Daily Archives: May 24, 2022

God of Justice | Today in the Word Devotional 

There is almost nothing worse than being falsely accused of a crime or indiscretion. Not only is it difficult to prove your innocence, but your name is tarnished. For many people in this position, their reputation is permanently damaged. This is the kind of situation David faced. He was confronted by people who used their cunning, intelligence, and social connections to try to bring him down (vv. 1–2). Their attacks against him came in the form of lies, “the poison of vipers is on their lips” (v. 3). Like skillful hunters, they laid traps and snares to catch him (v. 5). People have not changed much since David’s day. They still attack one another with malicious words. In this age of social media, verbal attacks have become common and damaging. What does faithfulness to God look like when we are attacked? David turned to God in prayer. He vividly described his situation to God knowing that God cared about him and about the truth. He confessed that God was his most secure refuge, “you shield my head in the day of battle” (v. 7). He prayed that his enemies’ plans would fail (v. 8). More than that, he prayed that their evil actions would rebound upon them (v. 9). It is important to note that David is expressing his anger to God, but leaves the results in God’s hands. His ultimate desire was not for wanton cruelty toward his enemies, but that justice would be done (v. 12). We can be confident today that every evil ever committed will either be justly forgiven because of Christ’s sacrifice, if the perpetrator turns to God in repentance and faith, or will be justly punished. Nothing escapes God’s notice. >> The psalms help us express our emotions to God, feelings of joy, sorrow, and even anger. Even after this study is complete, try reading one psalm every day. Use the Psalms during your prayer time, to help you turn to God in every situation.

He Constantly Abides — VCY America

For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake; because it hath pleased the Lord to make you his people. (1 Samuel 12:22)

God’s choice of His people is the reason for His abiding by them and not forsaking them. He chose them for His love, and He loves them for His choice. His own good pleasure is the source of their election, and His election is the reason for the continuance of His pleasure in them. It would dishonor His great name for Him to forsake them, since it would either show that He made an error in His choice or that He was fickle in His love. God’s love has this glory, that it never changes, and this glory He will never tarnish.

By all the memories of the Lord’s former lovingkindnesses let us rest assured that He will not forsake us. He who has gone so far as to make us His people will not undo the creation of His grace. He has not wrought such wonders for us that He might leave us after all. His Son Jesus has died for us, and we may be sure that He has not died in vain. Can He forsake those for whom He shed His blood? Because He has hitherto taken pleasure in choosing and in saving us, it will be His pleasure still to bless us. Our Lord Jesus is no changeable lover. Having loved His own, He loves them to the end.

He Constantly Abides — VCY America

All Authority in Heaven and on Earth | Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul 

The Lord Jesus Christ reigns as King over heaven and earth. Will we be faithful in serving Him and making disciples in His name? Today, Burk Parsons explains that Christ’s sovereign authority motivates us in obeying the Great Commission.

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The Bible and its Story: Isaiah Awaits King Ahaz

The second period of Isaiah’s mission was in the days of King Ahaz, the grandson of the leprous Uzziah. The period of devastation predicted by the prophet had already begun. The northern neighbors of Judah, the kingdoms of Syria and Samaria were leagued against her, and were ravaging her territory. King Ahaz, faint of heart, trusting neither in the strength of his armies nor in the righteousness of his heart, believing neither in himself, nor his people, nor his God, King Ahaz was planning an appeal to Assyria for help, was inviting in a mightier foe to save him from the lesser one.

‎Isaiah went forth at the Divine command. King Ahaz, perhaps in anticipation of a siege, was going to inspect the reservoir from which Jerusalem drew its water; so Isaiah, seating himself by the silent pool, awaited the coming of the king. Foreseeing all the disaster that would follow, he warned Ahaz against Assyria, and entreated the king to trust in the strength of their own people and the help of God. A wise statesman as well as prophet, Isaiah analyzed the character of their present enemies and showed how little was really to be feared from them.

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

The Heavenly City, Part 1 – Listen to Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah, May 24, 2022

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Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He said He was going to prepare a place for us. Have you ever tried to imagine what that place might be like? Dr. David Jeremiah returns to Revelation, filled with vivid descriptions of the incredible place being prepared for believers. 

— Read on www.oneplace.com/ministries/turning-point/listen/the-heavenly-city-part-1-963036.html

True Worship, Part 7 (#1) – Listen to Grace to You with John MacArthur, May 24, 2022

It’s been said that true worship doesn’t depend on the preacher or the place . . . but on the attitude of the heart. Question is . . . How do you cultivate the right heart attitude? What’s the pattern . . . the steps to follow?

— Read on www.oneplace.com/ministries/grace-to-you/listen/true-worship-part-7-1-965291.html

A Worldly Faith, Part 1 of 1 (Strength For The Journey) – Listen to Running To Win with Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, May 24, 2022

Even if we say we do not love the world, we can be tempted to violate our consciences. Lot compromised because his faith was too weak to stand against Sodom’s relentless debauchery. He lost his testimony, his family, and his character. In this message, we apply lessons from Lot’s failure. Is God faithful even when we fall hard?

It’s In the Waiting.. — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Sometimes we just need to stop, breathe and listen to what God is saying. Life can be so busy at times that we miss the important instructions we need to go forward. Give yourself permission to sit still and enjoy the stillness of the moment.

That brief pause may hold the key to the breakthrough you have been awaiting.

Lord teach us how to be still and wait in your presence. Teach us how important it is to listen for your still small voice in the midst of our daily routine.  Thank you for always being available for us. In Jesus name, Amen

Grace and Peace,
By Mary Pinckney


Further Reading

•  How to Have a ‘Quiet Time’ with God

•  How To Be Sure God Listens To Your Prayers

•  Salvation Explained

It’s In the Waiting.. — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Tomorrow is a New Day — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

I lift up my eyes to the hills from where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord the maker of the heavens and the earth.” Psalms 121:1-2

Sometimes we do not feel like we want to feel.
Sometimes we do not achieve what we want to achieve.
Sometimes things that happen do not make sense.
Sometimes life leads us in directions that are beyond our control.

It is at these times, most of all that we need someone who will quietly understand us and be there to support us

The Lord is saying....

I want you to know that I am here for you in every way, in every situation
in every perplexity, every turmoil and confusion that you go through, I go through with you, you are not alone, and remember that though things may be difficult now – tomorrow is a new day.

By Joshua Chin Hong Lim
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•  Pressing the RESET button on our lives 

•   Keeping Yourself in God’s Love – even during painful times in your life

•  Salvation Explained

Tomorrow is a New Day — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

The Bible and its Story: The Burning Coal

The sixth chapter of Isaiah turns back to tell of the prophet’s personal experiences, of the vision in which he was summoned to assume his prophetic office. He saw the Lord seated upon a throne “high and lifted up,” surrounded by trains of seraphim and other angels, singing. “And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.”

‎At sight of this splendor Isaiah was overwhelmed. “Woe is me!” he cried, “for I am undone.” Surely he would be stricken dead, since he, dwelling among an “unclean” people and himself sometimes speaking uncleanliness, he had dared look upon God! But the vision was not meant to destroy; it was meant to purify him. One of the seraphim, whom Isaiah describes as flying with six splendid wings, came to him bearing a coal of fire plucked from God’s altar. With the living coal the seraph touched Isaiah’s lips, and they were made clean, never again to deal with filth and falsehood.

‎Then the prophet heard the Divine Voice asking, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Eagerly he proffered himself for the unknown mission, “Here am I; send me.” So he was bidden warn Jerusalem of her sins and their inevitable punishment.

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

24 May 2022 News Briefing

US Army releases mysterious PSYOPS recruitment video
It’s a stretch to link the U.S. Army to witchery, but that’s happening in response to an eerie recruitment video shared on YouTube by Fort Bragg’s 4th Psychological Operations Group-Airborne. Titled “Ghosts in the Machine,” the video feels like a movie trailer and comes with no explanation other than: “All the world’s a stage. Join us.” “Have you ever wondered who’s pulling the strings?” the video asks. “You’ll find us in the shadows at the tip of the spear. “The Occult History of the U.S. Military’s PSYOPS and its Highly Symbolic Recruitment Video.”

It’s Not Just The USA: The Economic Instability Is Global
The actions of the authorities in developed countries, essentially an extension of the Keynesian economic policy discourse, have brought the economies into disrepute. The government is making money cheaper, just to maintain electoral support.

What It Means That ‘Hillary Clinton Did It’
The Wall Street Journal ran a scathing editorial on May 20, called “Hillary Clinton Did It”.

Iranian cruise missile sent to Hizballah could carry nuclear warhead. Sea blockade planned for Israel
Iran has furnished the Lebanese Hizballah terrorist group with a selection of cruise missiles, including the Kh-55, which is potentially capable of delivering a nuclear warhead. This weapon has a range of 3,000km. This report came from Western intelligence sources on Monday, May 16, when the Israel Navy joined the Israel military’s large-scale “Chariots of Fire” exercise.

Anaheim mayor resigns amid corruption probe in sale of Angel Stadium
Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu had been under pressure to resign since a federal affidavit made public last week showed that he was under investigation by the FBI in relation to the city’s sale of the stadium to Angels owner Arte Moreno and his development company.

EU oil embargo ‘in days’ as Ukraine isolation drives Russia closer to China
The European Union will likely agree an embargo on Russian oil imports “within days”, according to its biggest member Germany, as Moscow said it saw its economic ties growing with China after being isolated by the West over its invasion of Ukraine.

Biden says US prepared to respond if North Korea fires nuke
During a press conference while visiting South Korea on Sunday, Biden was asked if he’s concerned that North Korea may carry out a nuclear weapons test while he’s traveling between Asian countries. Biden said, “We are prepared for anything North Korea does.” “We’ve thought through how we’d respond to whatever they do, and so I am not concerned, if that’s what you’re suggesting,”

Biden: ‘Yes’ US military would fight China over Taiwan, WH immediately backtracks
On Monday, President Joe Biden said the U.S. would respond militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, but a White House official walked back his comments moments later. “You didn’t want to get involved in the Ukraine conflict militarily for obvious reasons,” a reporter said as Biden held a news conference in Tokyo alongside Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kushida. The reporter then asked, “Are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that? “Yes,” Biden replied. “That’s the commitment we made.”

China is defying global order to expand power, US admiral warns
In his written testimony submitted to the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Adm. Aquilino explained that the Department of Defense considers China the “most consequential strategic competitor to the United States and our allies and partners throughout the world.” He warned that the communist nation is currently executing a “dedicated campaign” to “uproot the rules-based international order in ways that benefit themselves at the expense of all others.”

Boeing’s Starliner capsule to land in New Mexico Wednesday
Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft will wrap up its landmark test flight to the International Space Station for NASA this week with a touchdown in New Mexico on Wednesday evening (May 25), if all goes according to plan.

Iran vows revenge over killing of Guard member
There has been no claim of responsibility for the killing, carried out on Sunday afternoon by two unidentified gunmen on a motorbike. But the style of the brazen attack bore the hallmarks of previous slayings in Iran blamed on Israel, such as those targeting the country’s nuclear scientists.

EU Parliament President: To be antisemitic is to be anti-European
“It is, to many outside of Israel, inconceivable that Israel’s right to existence is still put into question. Let me be clear: Europe will always back Israel’s right to exist,” Metsola said. “It pains me to say that, today we are seeing antisemitism on the rise. We know that is a warning sign for humanity. It matters to all of us.”

US negotiating deal among Saudis, Israelis and Egyptians
The talks involve finalizing the transfer of two strategic islands in the Red Sea from Egyptian to Saudi sovereignty, the sources said. The US and Israeli sources told Ravid the agreement is not complete and the sensitive negotiations are ongoing.

Jews, Christians unite to blow shofar outside WHO’s World Health Assembly
Jews and Christians who fear a one-world government with no checks and balances have sounded the alarm – or in this case, the shofar. Christians worldwide have united in a shofar ceremony with Israel365’s Josh Wander to warn the world of a hostile takeover by blowing the shofar outside the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Wander is a Jew from Jerusalem. The concerned Christians he united with hail from countries such as Germany, Romania, and even Texas.

At least 9 killed as fast-moving severe thunderstorms hit the most populated part of Canada, leaving 1 000 km of damage 
A line of fast-moving severe thunderstorms (derecho) swept over southern Ontario and Quebec – the most populated part of Canada – on May 21, 2022, leaving roughy 1 000 km (620 miles) of damage in its wake and at least 9 people dead. It developed near Sarnia, Ontario late Saturday morning and tracked northeast over southern Ontario toward Ottawa in the afternoon.

Swarm mission discovers interannual waves in Earth’s core
Using information from ESA’s Swarm satellite mission, scientists have discovered a completely new type of magnetic wave that sweeps across the outermost part of Earth’s outer core every seven years and propagates westward at up to 1 500 km (932 miles) a year. The discovery offers a way to probe the cylindrical radial component of the magnetic field inside Earth’s core.

Record-low temperatures hit southern Brazil 
Temperatures in Brazil began dropping early last week with the approach of Subtropical Storm “Yakecan”1 – eventually reaching unprecedented lows in the country’s south. At least one person has died of hypothermia in Sao Paulo.

Psychotherapist Who Conducts Transgender “Therapy” Encourages Teens to Distrust Their “Bigoted, Misinformed Parents” – Especially if They’re “Religious”
Rachel Simon, a licensed psychotherapist in Philadelphia who conducts transgender “therapy” said she encourages teenagers to distrust their “bigoted” parents especially if they are “religious.” Rachel Simon tells minor teens to disobey their Christian parents and turn away from God’s ways.

Woke Army Considers Letting Soldiers Change Base or State if They Don’t Like Local Laws on Gender, Racism or Abortion
The US Army is proposing a policy that would allow soldiers to request a move if they do not like the local laws on gender, racism(?), or abortion. Is there a single state today that discriminates based on race?

Covid Lies: Variants of Concern and the Only Way Out is Universal Vaccination
“The Covid-19 gene-based injections are not recommended and must not be coerced or mandated. Crucially, the vaccine passports database must be destroyed. “Serious crimes have obviously been committed. It is not the purpose of this document to accuse anyone or to assemble the evidence against them at this time.” – Dr. Mike Yeadon

The Human Battery, a New Source of “Green” Energy
The concept of “Human Battery” puts the transhumanist slogan about the need to merge with machines — or be left behind in the evolution of the human species — in a sinister context. The World Economic Forum (WEF”) has the ambition to transform people into batteries to power electronic devices and urban development.

FLASHBACK: Pfizer CEO at Davos Brags About New Pill with Chip That Will Send Signal to Authorities that It’s Been Ingested
Pfizer CEO who made millions pushing COVID vaccines is now excited about a pill with a chip that sends signals to authorities that the pill has been ingested. These people are frightening monsters.

CONGRESSIONAL TRAITORS AND THEIR BETRAYAL OF AMERICA! (PART 5)
People wonder I am calling for the defeat of almost all Republicans in Midterm Elections. The following should make it clear that almost all of Congress, both the House and the Senate have betrayed their oath of office and have committed treason against the United States and its citizens by aiding and abetting Russia and China! VOTE ACCORDINGLY!

The Prophetic Monkeypox Simulation 
Elite media outlets around the world are on red alert over the world’s first-ever global outbreak of Monkeypox in mid-May 2022—just one year after an international biosecurity conference in Munich held a simulation of a “global pandemic involving an unusual strain of Monkeypox” beginning in mid-May 2022.

All 16 Runners Who Collapsed and Runner Who Died at Brooklyn Half Marathon Said They Were Vaccinated
It is an absolute fact that all the runners who participated in the Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday declared that they had been vaccinated for Covid-19. Whether or not that is relevant to the unprecedented number of runners who collapsed or even the man who died during the event is another story.

Monkeypox just the latest engineered distraction as controlled demolition of human civilization accelerates 
Monkeypox, a very mild contagious disease that deserves no panic whatsoever, is reportedly spreading across the world among attendees of a gay pride gathering of 80,000 people in Gran Canaria.

Children’s drag queen dance party draws outrage in New England 
A government-run drag queen dance party for high school kids has set off outrage among parents in an affluent seacoast New England community.

Prediction: If another “pandemic” can result in more power for the power-hungry, there will likely be another “pandemic”
This story is about the proverbial “slippery slope” as it pertains to the potential new World Health Organization pandemic treaty that may gradually, then suddenly pave the way for the end of national sovereignty as we know it.

An Intellectual No-Fly Zone: Online Censorship of Ukraine Dissent Is Becoming the New Norm
Google has sent a warning shot across the world, ominously informing media outlets, bloggers, and content creators that it will no longer tolerate certain opinions when it comes to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Time Columnist Denounces Free Speech as a White Man’s “Obsession” 
It has become depressingly common to read unrelenting attacks on free speech in the Washington Post and other newspapers. The anti-free speech movement has been embraced by Democratic leaders, including President Joe Biden, as well as academics who now claim “China was right” on censorship. However, a Time magazine column by national correspondent Charlotte Alter was still shocking in how mainstream anti-free speech views have become. Alter denounces free speech as basically a white man’s “obsession.”

Tesla Is Building a Giant Battery in Texas to Back up Grid 
Almost a decade after moving into the electric vehicle industry, Elon Musk’s Tesla is supersizing its plans to bring its battery technology into the power storage game.

DC Elementary School Asks 4 Year-Olds To Identify ‘Racist’ Family Members 
There are some news items that make me sad and angry at the same time. Well, this article made me feel both. Sad, because I see how far much of America has drifted from any biblical mooring and has abandoned itself to an anti-Christian mindset. And angry (not a sinful anger), because more and more I see that young children are targeted for humanistic brainwashing.

CDC Officials Admit Agency Has Withheld Critical Covid Information From the Public, Including Data About Breakthrough Infections, Over Fears of “Vaccine Hesitancy”
Throughout the pandemic, the CDC has diligently maintained a running tally of Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths for the public to view – you know, all of the numbers that make up the majority of virus fear porn.

Belgium Monkeypox LOCKDOWNS start
Belgium monkeypox lockdowns have started May 22, 2022. Belgium introduces a 21-day quarantine for all monkeypox cases. Here we go again.

The Illuminati’s Satanic Council, Soros Moving His Pawns on Behalf of the Illuminati, Obama on Board of Directors Our Demonic Leaders
…This highly Evil and very Wicked cabal is made up of inter-generational Luciferians and Satanists who are the highest exponents of a kind of Magick, Black Magic, and are the Dark or Black Adepts in the Cult of Evil who are the major human agents of Evil on Earth. And it is this old, organizing intellect, this Luciferian and Satanic spirituality rendered apparent in the Cult of Evil and represented by these Black Adepts, that Christ characterized as the Synagogue of Satan… humanity’s great and awful affliction.

American Racial Purification is Behind One Party’s Policies: Why Do Democrats Hate White People?
Joe Biden’s Enormous Mistake: Joe’s initial error was stating that America will soon have less than 50% White residents, adding, “That isn’t a bad thing, by the way!” This brief essay is NOT About Replacement Theory, which claims leftists sabotage world democracy by switching native Anglos with swarthy foreigners, hopefully Muslim, for cultural takeover. Yet present leftists espousing Critical Race Theory (CRT) stating Whites are inherently bad—only have themselves to thank for ruining their own efforts to instruct others on race.

BIG ARIZONA FRAUD UPDATE: Law Enforcement Raids Nonprofits In ‘2000 Mules’ Ballot Trafficking Investigation – “Like Tweety Birds, They Sang”
Law enforcement has conducted a raid on Yuma County nonprofit organizations connected to the ballot trafficking scheme discovered by Yuma County citizens and revealed in the “2000 Mules” documentary.

Belgium introduces mandatory monkeypox quarantine as global cases rise
Belgium has become the first country to introduce a mandatory 21-day quarantine for monkeypox patients as cases of the disease — typically endemic to Africa — spread across the globe.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2022/05/24/24-may-2022/

Headlines – 5/24/2022

‘Palestine an open wound’ says Qatar’s emir at Davos forum

Senior Israeli lawmaker warns of “religious war” over Jerusalem moves

Authorities seek to tamp down tensions amid backlash over Temple Mount prayer ruling

Bennett’s chief of staff quits, in latest sign of discord in PM’s office

Likud MKs: We don’t mind voting against soldiers and rape victims to topple gov’t

Netanyahu says case against him ‘dead’ as prosecutors forced to revise indictment

Israel Supreme Court chief accuses politicians of seeking to ‘destroy’ justice system

European Parliament president to Knesset: To be antisemitic is to be anti-European

Battling inflation, Bank of Israel hikes interest rate for the 2nd time in 2 months

US said brokering talks to transfer islands from Egypt to Saudi with Israeli backing

Abraham Accords best answer to Iran – Israeli Ambassador to the US

PA refers Abu Akleh death to International Criminal Court prosecutors

Iran vows to avenge killing as it buries Revolutionary Guard colonel – Finger of blame pointed at Israel

Assassinated IRGC officer led terror attacks on Israelis in India, Thailand – report

Defiant Youth Targets Headquarters of Iran Prison Organization in Tehran – Entrance Set on Fire

Harrowing Prison Conditions in Iran Call for UN Action

At least four dead, 80 trapped under rubble in Iran building collapse

Jordan says Iran-linked groups in Syria wage drug war along border

Turkey’s Erdogan threatens new incursion into Syria

Turkey’s Erdogan says he will no longer talk to Greek PM

US warns American companies against business in Sudan, assails military for violence

Two killed, 120 wounded in gas cylinder explosion in Abu Dhabi restaurant: Police

Armenia and Azerbaijan leaders discuss ‘peace treaty’ over Nagorno-Karabakh

Russia’s war in Ukraine is threatening an outpost of cooperation in space

Report: Putin Arms Belarus With Nuke-Capable Missiles

Schumer, McConnell to Introduce Resolution to Fast-Track Sweden, Finland NATO Applications

Top-ranking senators tell Biden to move ‘expeditiously’ on NATO expansion

Pentagon working on plans to send troops to protect US Embassy in Kyiv

US ‘ways away’ from sending troops back to Ukraine, decision up to Biden: General

Russian diplomat at UN resigns, slams Moscow’s ‘aggressive war’

Russian diplomat at UN resigns over Ukraine war: ‘I am so ashamed of my country’

Russian soldier gets life sentence in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial

Henry Kissinger: Ukraine must give Russia territory

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy says he would meet with Putin to end the war

Putin’s TV appearances staged with pre-taped footage as cancer rumors swirl: insider

Zelensky Requests $5 Billion a Month from Global Community in World Economic Forum Speech

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy tells business leaders at Davos that world faces a turning point

Zelensky urges ‘maximum’ sanctions, oil and trade embargo on Russia in Davos talk

Starbucks to Exit Russia Completely After 15 Years in Russian Market

President Biden seems to praise high gas prices as ‘incredible transition’ Americans must go through

Biden says weighs reducing tariffs on China, asking OPEC to pump more oil

GOP Lawmakers Press Biden to Stand With Taiwan Against China

Biden Misspeaks on Taiwan, Says US Military Would Intervene

Biden says US would respond ‘militarily’ if China attacked Taiwan, but White House insists there’s no policy change

Biden’s Taiwan comment hangs over summit with leaders of Japan, India and Australia on final day of Asia trip

UN human rights chief begins China visit amid concerns it’s a publicity ploy

Japanese film that imagines killing seniors as solution to aging population problem breaks Cannes

Roger Marshall: ‘War Zone’ at U.S.-Mexico Border ‘Worse’ than What I Saw at Poland-Ukraine Border

Border Patrol Memo Lays the Groundwork for Mass Release of Illegal Immigrants into the U.S.

WaPo Suggests Black Americans Who ‘Tired of U.S. Hostility’ Consider Relocating to Ghana

Stock Selloff to Intensify as Fresh 10% Plunge Looms, Survey Finds

Biden admits the US economy has ‘problems,’ warns of ‘haul’ before relief

IMF says global economy faces ‘confluence of calamities’ in biggest test since World War II

The Top 50 Richest People Have Lost More Than Half a Trillion Dollars This Year

At Davos Confab, CEOs Fret Over Economy, Start to Plan for a Downturn

World Economic Forum’s Klaus Schwab at Davos Pushes Elitist Garbage “That We Act All as Stakeholders of Larger Communities”

Oxfam tells Davos: Time to tax growing billionaire club

With Mainstream Media Finally Paying Attention, Durham Continues Exposing Clinton’s Role In A Massive Criminal Conspiracy

Rep. Madison Cawthorn Facing New Insider Trading Ethics Complaint With ‘LGB’ Crypto Coin

Stacey Abrams Derides Georgia on Campaign Trail: ‘Worst State in the Country to Live’

Pence says a vote for Kemp will send ‘deafening message’ that GOP is ‘party of the future’

Wisconsin Republicans vote against decertifying 2020 election results, removing Assembly speaker

Amid Close Senate Race With Oz, McCormick Sues Over Mail-in Ballots

Pennsylvania Senate runoff: RNC intervenes to block McCormick absentee ballot move as Dr. Oz leads

Ex-DHS Disinformation Chief Nina Jankowicz Says She Was a Victim of Disinformation

Australian Politician at Davos Explains that We Need a “Recalibration” of Freedom of Speech

Jack Posobiec and News Crew Detained at Machinegun Point for an Hour by World Economic Forum Police

Reuters Reporter Calls Out Pentagon For Seizing His Phone on Trip: ‘Incomprehensible’

Liberal Media Freakout After President Trump Shares Response to El Salvador President’s Tweet on “Enemy from Within” Destroying America and Pushing Country to Civil War

Bill Gates Poured Millions into Dark Money Fund Attacking Elon Musk

World’s fastest passenger jet goes supersonic in tests

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Lakatoro, Vanuatu

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near South Sandwich Islands region

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands region

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Nosratabad, Iran

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Vallenar, Chile

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near San Jose Village, Northern Mariana Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits north of Svalbard

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 25,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Bezymianny volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

‘Sharkcano,’ Active Pacific Ocean Volcano Where Sharks Live in Acidic Water, Erupts: NASA

Sub-tropical disturbance moves inland, threatens to spark severe weather

Deadly derecho leaves widespread damage in Canada

At least 9 killed as fast-moving severe thunderstorms hit the most populated part of Canada, leaving 1,000 km of damage

Super tornado strikes Texas as weather officials urge caution: ‘absolute monster’

Sandstorm forces closure of Iraqi airports and public buildings

Record-low temperatures hit southern Brazil

Newsom Threatens to Impose Mandatory Water Restrictions if Californians Don’t Use Less on Their Own Amid Drought

Renewable energy dependence could lead to rolling blackouts in Michigan this summer

Drug Cartels Use Social Media to Lure American Teenagers into Human Trafficking

Will Smith tells David Letterman he had drug-induced vision about career being ‘destroyed’ before Oscars slap

Dave Chappelle ‘attacker’ admits he was inspired by Will Smith slap of Chris Rock at Oscars

Woke Scolds Attack Dave Chappelle for ‘Transphobic Jokes’ at John Mulaney Comedy Show

Comedian Bill Burr Blasts the Left’s Trans Mania: ‘What Do You Mean Men Can Get Pregnant?’

Woke Army Considers Letting Soldiers Change Base or State if They Don’t Like Local Laws on Gender, Racism or Abortion

School Board Director to Host ‘Queer Youth’ Event at Sex Shop for ‘All Ages’

Psychotherapist Who Conducts Transgender “Therapy” Encourages Teens to Distrust Their “Bigoted, Misinformed Parents” – Especially if They’re “Religious”

Male High School Teacher Writes About How Good it Feels to Wear Women’s Panties to School and Coming out as ‘Non-Binary’ to His Students

Transsexual pioneer criticizes modern trans activists, says they’re indoctrinating kids: ‘This isn’t a game’

‘An Apocalypse’: Probe Into Southern Baptist Sex Abuse Turns Up ‘Bombshell’ Findings

Southern Baptist members detail alleged grooming, sexual misconduct among clergy in new report

Russell Moore Calls Actions of SBC Leaders ‘Blasphemy’ following Release of Sex Abuse Report

Indiana pastor admits adultery, alleged victim says she was just 16 years old: ‘It’s not just adultery’

RZIM can be sued by donors over Ravi Zacharias’ sexual misconduct, judge rules

‘Anti-Woke Views’ Allegedly See Black Conservative Blocked from Priesthood

Behar: Why Is Pro-Choice Pelosi Banned from Communion? Pro-Death Penalty Abbott Is Not

Leftist DC Archbishop Gregory Stands with Pelosi and Her Abortion to Birth Policies – Will Not Order Priests to Refuse Her Communion

Sri Lankan medicine shortage a death sentence for some, doctors say

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Mid-Day Snapshot · May 24, 2022

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Democrats Hate America

When Stacey Abrams expresses contempt for Georgia, she speaks for a larger party problem.

Nate Jackson

People “get bitter” and “cling to guns or religion.” “Deplorables.” “Chumps.” These are just three examples of Democrats who simply couldn’t keep hiding the contempt they have for average Americans. It was no different as Stacey Abrams, running for the Democrat gubernatorial nomination in Georgia, called her state “the worst state in the country to live.” She’s welcome to leave at any time, but that’s her pitch to elect her governor of the state she still claims she won in 2018. It’s every Democrat’s pitch for whatever office.

Democrats would argue that what they really mean is that Republicans are wrecking things. “I am tired of hearing about how we’re the best state in the country to do business when we are the worst state in the country to live,” Abrams complained. By way of arguing that it’s Governor Brian Kemp’s fault, she later tweeted: “GA may be #1 place for biz, but we’re #48 in mental health, #2 in uninsured. #1 in maternal mortality & new HIV cases, #9 in gun violence. For too many, Kemp’s Georgia doesn’t include them. Why? Because #KempDoesntCare.”

Just to rebut one of those things at random, the vast majority of that “gun violence” is committed in the Democrat-run inner city of Atlanta, and it’s predominantly black-on-black crime.

This isn’t Abrams first drive-by insult of Georgia’s residents, either. In 2018, the former romance novelist proclaimed, “People shouldn’t have to go into agriculture or hospitality in Georgia to make a living.” In 2021, she attacked Atlanta business owners by way of calling for boycott of sorts — she successfully lobbied for Major League Baseball to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta to protest the state’s voter integrity law, costing business owners in the city, many of them minorities, an estimated $100 million.

Then she had the gall to blame Republicans for inflicting that harm.

The biggest narrative for Abrams is racial grievance, claiming that the state’s efforts to secure election integrity — efforts that have yielded record early turnout and big increases in minority turnout — are somehow racist “Jim Crow” throwbacks. Disparaging Republicans as racist is Democrat Playbook 101.

Which brings us to the fact that this story isn’t about Stacey Abrams. Well, at least not only about her.

The entire Democrat Party is full of people who aren’t interested in good faith arguments about policy or ideas. They’re invested in dividing the country into opposing factions based on race, sex, or whatever other attribute they can contrive. They slander their fellow Americans as racist bigots if we don’t go along with this division or submit to their agenda.

They say, as Andrew Cuomo once did in rebuttal to Donald Trump’s Make America Great Again slogan, that America was “never that great.”

When they do find success, as when Barack Obama was surging to the presidency in 2008, they say, as Michelle Obama did then, “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country.”

When they lose, they cry about “collusion” with Russia or “systemic racism” or whatever the bogeyman of choice may be to excuse their loss as not their fault. They blame anyone and everyone else.

Democrats seem to collectively believe they have the divine right of kings in America. If they’re not in power, it’s because evil forces have cheated them out of it. If they are in power, the only reason anything goes wrong is those same evil forces undermining the good they’re trying to do. In the end, all they have is division, disparagement, and deceit.

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Biden’s Taiwan Blunder

It’s another clean-up on Aisle 46 for our oft-confused commander-in-chief.

Douglas Andrews

So much for strategic ambiguity.

For decades, U.S. policy toward the China-Taiwan dispute has been to keep from tipping our hand, thereby keeping both our geopolitical foes and friends guessing. That ended yesterday — at least temporarily — at a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo, when a reporter asked Joe Biden if the U.S. would defend Taiwan if it were attacked by China.

“Yes,” replied the cognitively addled American president.

To which the obviously stunned journalist followed up, “You are?”

To which Biden, um, elaborated: “Look, here’s the situation: We agree with the One China policy; we’ve signed on to it and all the attendant agreements made from there. But the idea that — that it can be taken by force — just taken by force — is just not a — is just not appropriate. It will dislocate the entire region and be another action similar to what happened in — in Ukraine. And so, it’s a burden that is even stronger.”

In fact, under the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, the U.S. is committed to arming the island nation to defend itself but is unclear about whether American forces would join the fight — thus, strategic ambiguity.

We’ll say this about Joe Biden, though: His cringeworthy adventures off-script certainly keep his people on their toes. Recall that he recently called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “war criminal” on one occasion and said “he cannot remain in power” on another occasion.

In this case, as soon as that initial monosyllabic utterance left his lips, the Aisle 46 clean-up crew sprang into action. Not even the lickspittles at The New York Times could man the mops quickly enough. As Peter Baker writes:

Each time he says what he really thinks, there is the ritual cleanup brigade dispatched by the White House to pretend that he did not really say what he clearly articulated — or that even if he did, it did not really amount to a change in policy. But then Mr. Biden, unperturbed and unapologetic, goes out and does it all over again.

His remarks on Taiwan on Monday were just the latest instance of a president saying out loud what is on his mind even if it leaves his staff scrambling to spin it away afterward. In March, he called President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia a war criminal (just his opinion, not a legal conclusion, aides quickly explained). Then days later, he ad-libbed at the end of a speech that Mr. Putin “cannot remain in power” (just an observation, they said, not a call for regime change).

Of course, it’s possible that ol’ Scranton Joe is playing 4D chess while Xi Jinping is playing Chinese checkers. It’s possible that by appearing to be unambiguous about our intention to defend Taiwan, Team Biden was actually being ambiguous. Think about it: No one believes a word that comes out of this president’s mouth, and this is especially true when the situation calls for a degree of sophistication beyond a single syllable.

“Yes” is a great response when asked whether you want cream with your coffee. It’s rather less great when you’re threatening to engage in a hot war with a nuclear-armed superpower. China, after all, has long considered Taiwan a “breakaway province” and has long vowed to retake it by force if necessary. Complicating matters is that Taiwan considers itself to be a sovereign state, just as any other island entity might — especially one that has its own constitution, democratically elected leaders, a powerful tech and manufacturing economy, more than 23 million citizens, and about 300,000 active troops in its armed forces.

“This is amateur hour at 1600 Pennsylvania,” said China expert Gordon Chang, “and this actually has real-world consequences, largely because the Chinese will look at this and say that the administration is incapable and irresolute. Now, Biden was very clear a couple of days ago when he said, look, the United States will defend Taiwan. … There was no ambiguity about that, and now under pressure … you have his subordinates contradicting him. … And it’s bad not with regard to Taiwan only [but] all our defense commitments around the world.”

Meanwhile, a nervous world awaits Joe Biden’s next faux pas.

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How Long Can Putin Stay in the Fight?

Russia is struggling to replace bullets, bombs, hardware losses, and its forces in Ukraine.

Mark Alexander

One of Vladimir Putin’s UN mission diplomats, Boris Bondarev, became the first high-profile Russian to issue a very public resignation in protest. No, it was not because McDonald’s is pulling its Big Macs and Starbucks its overpriced lattes from the Russian market, finally virtue signaling their objections to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

In fact, in his letter of resignation, Bondarev, an arms control, disarmament, and nonproliferation specialist, made clear his objections to Putin’s dictatorial leadership: “For twenty years of my diplomatic career I have seen different turns of our foreign policy, but never have I been so ashamed of my country as on February 24 of this year. The aggressive war unleashed by Putin against Ukraine, and in fact against the entire Western world, is not only a crime against the Ukrainian people, but also, perhaps, the most serious crime against the people of Russia, with a bold letter Z crossing out all hopes and prospects for a prosperous free society in our country.”

He added: “Those who conceived this war want only one thing — to remain in power forever, live in pompous tasteless palaces, sail on yachts comparable in tonnage and cost to the entire Russian Navy, enjoying unlimited power and complete impunity. … Thousands of Russians and Ukrainians have already died just for this.”

Apparently, Bondarev is not what Putin declared to be a “true patriot” versus “scum and traitors” who oppose him. (Let me just get this out there: Bondarev didn’t hang himself.)

What Bondarev’s protest makes clear is that Putin is losing ground in Ukraine — and losing the support of an increasing number of Russian people.

Joe Biden’s “leading from behind” provision of $40 billion in military support and assistance, probably twice what was needed to keep Putin from progressing, is in many ways based on Ronald Reagan’s strategy to beat Russia into submission by draining its military, government, and market capital, and thus Putin’s political capital.

Biden is hoping for Putin’s retreat before the midterm elections so he can have a victory-lap photo op with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in order to divert attention from the one-year anniversary of his deadly surrender and retreat from Afghanistan. He may get the photo op, though not likely the intended political boost.

Our very reliable (former) American military sources on the ground in Ukraine observed this week that it is increasingly apparent that Putin may not be able to stay in the fight. They tell us that while Ukrainian forces are using their resources and Western military hardware very effectively, Putin is not able to replace his expended hardware and re-equip his forces at a pace to sustain the battlefront — even in the Donbas region of Eastern Ukraine. What began in March as “supply line problems” appears now to be a problem of actually having supplies — and the possibility of Russia’s military collapse in Ukraine is becoming a reality.

Political and military analyst Charles Lipson concurs with the assessment of our folks on the ground: “There is hard fight to come in the Donbas, where Russia has the advantage of defensive positions, but Ukraine has far better weapons, intelligence, resupply, and motivation. The looming question is how long Russia can stay in this fight as its army continues to lose vast numbers of men and material and its economy struggles — and fails — to replace them. Meanwhile, NATO’s powerful, long-range weapons are now reaching the frontlines. Those weapons, combined with good intelligence and precision targeting, should shift the advantage to Ukraine, whose outnumbered forces are determined to win back their country.”

Further, as Finland and Sweden now press for NATO membership, Putin is backed further into a Ukrainian corner — not a good place for a tyrant with tactical nukes.

Of course, if Russia does further retreat, who will Biden then blame for inflation and fuel prices now besieging Americans nationwide?

Meanwhile, the fastest way to ensure Russia’s retreat and defeat…

There is new evidence that Putin has been the target of assassination attempts since he launched the Ukraine invasion. No question the quickest way to end Putin’s ambitions is “regime change.” As I have written previously, the tidiest way to terminate Putin’s murderous Ukraine invasion — and his tyrannical dictatorship in Russia — is for a member of his security or military detail to put a bullet in his head. The more war- and sanction-related civil unrest that emerges in Russia’s major cities, the more likely a proud and heroic individual may impose that “regime change” — and that individual would qualify for a “Hero of Russia” medal.

Finally, let me be clear: It can’t be stated strongly or often enough that every drop of Ukrainian bloodshed is the direct result of Biden’s abject ineptitude. The most dangerous threat to U.S. national security has been and remains Joe Biden. Anyone who believes that Russian dictator and former KGB thug Vladimir Putin would invade Ukraine if Donald Trump was still president is pathologically delusional.

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Executive News Summary

Thomas Gallatin & Jordan Candler

Judge blocks Florida’s social media law, pro-abortion advocates promise “Summer of Rage,” and more.

Top of the Fold

  • Judge blocks Florida’s social media law: The U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court’s injunction against Florida’s social media law that sought to prevent larger social media companies from banning politicians on their sites. The impetus for the creation of the law was Twitter’s ban of Donald Trump following the January 6 Capitol riot, with the argument being concern for upholding the right to free speech. Ironically, the Court cited infringement of the First Amendment for its ruling against the law. “It is substantially likely that [the law’s] content-moderation restrictions and its requirement that platforms provide a thorough rationale for every content-moderation action violate the First Amendment,” the court found. Appellate Judge Kevin Newsom wrote, “Put simply, with minor exceptions, the government can’t tell a private person or entity what to say or how to say it.” Florida’s law is similar to a Texas law forbidding social media companies from censoring users over their expressed “viewpoints,” yet in Texas’s case the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law. The issue is now likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Pro-abortion advocates promise “Summer of Rage”: Last week, the Biden administration issued warnings about the potential for “pro-life violence” following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The direction of the warning made absolutely no sense given the unprecedented SCOTUS leak indicating that Roe v. Wade will likely be overturned. Furthermore, there was the protesting and illegal harassment of six of the justices’ homes by pro-abortion activists as well as a slew of leftist attacks against churches. But just to highlight how off-base the Biden administration’s warning is, we now have the pro-abortion group Women’s March promising a “Summer of Rage across America” that will “be ungovernable.” These extremists are making it crystal clear for anyone listening where the threat of genuine violence will be coming from, and those threats aren’t coming from those on the Right.
  • Diversity tit for tat at UNC? The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been denied accreditation for its journalism school, and the reason given has little to do with journalism and everything to do with woke ideology. You see, UNC’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media evidently failed to meet the Left’s racial diversity bar. According to the student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel: “The council’s site team said the journalism school needs to continue to follow its diversity plan and initiatives in student and faculty retention and recruitment specifically. It also said the school needs to include diversity and inclusion within its curriculum.” Reading between the lines, this decision likely has everything to do with UNC’s controversial attempted hire last year of woke race agitator Nikole Hannah-Jones, who gained fame following The New York Times publishing her infamous work of fiction called the “1619 Project.” Hannah-Jones, who has no academic background, was offered a position for five years at an annual salary of $180,000 with an option for tenure after the initial contract was up. She rejected the offer due to lack of a tenure guarantee, while also citing “viewpoint discrimination” and “race and sex discrimination” as further reasons for her decision. It now appears that UNC’s failure to land a dubious “journalist” as a professor has brought the wrath of higher education’s woke-committed radicals. And now the school will be paying the price, as failure to gain accreditation will likely lead to disinterest from prospective students as well as prestige.

Headlines

  • Gas prices set records for two weeks straight (Fox Business) | President Biden seems to praise high gas prices as “incredible transition” Americans must go through (Fox News)
  • Supreme Court sides with Arizona against death row inmates (Fox News)
  • Pro-abortion Nancy Pelosi ignores her archbishop’s ban, receives communion (Daily Wire)
  • FBI wrongly told its agents Trump-Russia collusion claims had come from DOJ, document reveals (NY Post)
  • Congress opens multiple investigations into Madison Cawthorn (Daily Wire)
  • Gavin Newsom urges aggressive water conservation and warns of statewide restrictions (LA Times)
  • Backlash prompts State Farm to end program donating trans books to schools (Washington Examiner)
  • Policy: Three ways to curb inflation (Daily Signal)
  • Humor: Miracle: Pfizer announces it just so happened to finish monkeypox vaccine yesterday (Babylon Bee)

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

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The Pro-Life Movement Post-Roe

What does the movement look like after this potentially big victory?

Emmy Griffin

The leaked Supreme Court decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization prompts the question of what is next for the pro-life movement. How do we heal from the harm that has been done by the lies and propaganda against the pro-life movement? The answer is simple: Continue to care for both the mother and the child in an even more courageous way. Here is what that looks like.

Education:

Educating people about abortion and what it really entails is a topic that should be preached from the pulpit and taken up by community leaders. Furthermore, pro-lifers should be using their gifts to spread the hope that comes with the preservation of life.

As Florida Family Policy Council President John Stemberger put it, “Churches must be mission-minded on this issue — preaching, teaching, and directly engaging with and supporting pregnancy resource centers.” These women, men, and children who are struggling with an unintended pregnancy need love and support. What better way to be the hands and feet of Christ than to care for the least of these?

Community leaders outside of the church should be embracing women in poverty or other sad circumstances. That could mean giving women access to pregnancy resource centers and fostering a community that doesn’t leave them alone in raising the children or making an adoption plan.

All pro-lifers should be courageously exposing the lies and weak arguments of the pro-abortion camp. Science and morality are on our side. With that in mind, the nuclear family should be celebrated and held on to as the ideal for building a healthier society.

Law and policies:

Should Roe v. Wade be overturned, abortion will be sent back to the states, where the people get to fight it out in a more direct way. This is both the exciting part of federalism and potentially the saddest.

In states that have declared themselves “sanctuary states” like California, Illinois, and New York, the pro-life movement’s job will be to continue to fight for the rights of the unborn. This includes electing pro-life politicians and continuing to advocate for women and their unborn babies through pregnancy resource centers.

In states that are ready to put even stricter restrictions on abortion or even abolish the practice, the pro-lifers’ job is to encourage politicians to fund life-giving services and also to pass laws that help make adoption easier.

Reforming adoption and the foster care system:

This is perhaps the most important cause pro-lifers should advocate for. Mothers who bravely make adoption plans for their children, and families who are waiting to adopt, need to have an easier time with that transition. The biggest pro-choice lie is that pro-lifers care only about preborn babies. I.e., once those babies are born, mother and child are left out in the cold. They point to the foster care system and adoption agencies that have thousands of children waiting to be adopted and question whether it’s more traumatic on the baby to have to endure that than to simply be aborted. This radical and evil sentiment was articulated by a Twitter user who said: “I would rather get an abortion than have a Brown child who ends up being adopted by white evangelicals. It is not a kindness to children of the global majority to give them to people who’ll traumatize them with self and ancestral hatred. An abortion is an act of love.”

There are so many things wrong with that statement that could be unpacked. But suffice it to say, its author assumes that children are better off dead than having a chance at a loving family. Just evil.

The most important takeaway is that adoption is the real act of love both by the birth mother and by the family that is going to adopt that child.

Adoption, though, is a difficult process. It is expensive. Twenty thousand dollars is considered an inexpensive adoption, and that’s only for domestic. Overseas adoptions are even more expensive. This effectively excludes lower-income families from being able to pursue an adoption.

The process of becoming adoptive parents can take years. Each year that a family waits, they have to re-do a home study. Some adoption agencies are now changing their standards and not allowing white families to adopt children from a different race. Children who are adopted struggle with that fact along with feelings of trauma and sadness. It is especially difficult for children who are older or have special needs to get adopted.

This intrinsically ties in to the need to reform the foster care system that primarily deals with older children. These children are removed from their homes because their parents are unable, unfit, or unwilling to take care of them. The system is rife with abuse, and it is notoriously difficult for parents or other family members to get their children out of the system.

Adoption should be and could be made better. Potential adoptees need resources to help with children who are struggling with trauma, who are special needs, and who are needing that community of support. Foster care is in need of reform. There are several ministries that are dedicated to walking alongside these families, helping them get their children back and giving them a community to not only hold them accountable but also to act as a support system.

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Baptists Face a Reckoning Following Sexual Abuse Report

A report commissioned by the SBC found that, over two decades, leadership covered up or ignored allegations against Baptist ministers.

Thomas Gallatin

America’s largest protestant evangelical denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, received a report it commissioned that investigated instances of sexual abuse by church leaders within the denomination. An independent firm, Guidepost, was hired to investigate allegations of sexual abuse by SBC church leaders, as well as perform an audit regarding the SBC’s practice of responding to such allegations.

Guidepost produced and released a 288-page report that covers nearly two decades. Beyond the numerous instances of abuse and the trail of very wounded people, one troubling finding was the SBC leadership’s decision in 2007, after it had begun compiling a list of pastors within the denomination who had been accused of sexual abuse, to essentially cover it up rather than make it public.

The report noted that the SBC’s list named some 585 ministers, but found that few of the SBC’s Executive Committee members knew the list even existed. Why many SBC leaders were unaware of the list, and therefore the extent of sexual abuse allegations that had been raised against pastors, evidently had to do with the denomination’s doctrine of church autonomy. It would seem that the first instinct of the SBC’s leadership at the time was to hide the sin.

In a 2007 memo, church attorney James Guenther explained the SBC’s “dilemma”: “I fear that a request from a Baptist general body to a church, or a church’s voluntary report to the general body, will be argued to show that the church had a duty to report.” He added, “If the church has a duty on the church’s part to report to the general body, then the general body has control over the church, and control, of any kind, breaks the principal and the legal shield of church autonomy.”

Furthermore, there were public image and legal concerns that seemed to inform the SBC leadership’s decision-making. As World Magazine reports: “The Guidepost report emphasized that the desire to protect the image of the SBC and shield it from legal liability drove the Executive Committee’s response to sexual abuse allegations for decades. [Former Executive Committee general counsel Augie Boto] and attorney James Guenther, the SBC’s outside counsel from 1966 to 2021, set the tone for handling allegations and focused on ‘avoiding any potential liability for the SBC,’ the report stated. That included keeping many of the elected members of the Executive Committee in the dark about the breadth of abuse allegations brought to SBC leadership.”

The keeping of many EC members in the dark leads back to the SBC’s unofficial 11th commandment not to publicly criticize other SBC leaders. The hush-hush attitude toward these sexual abuse sins committed by ministers let the problem fester, also allowing for the abuse of more individuals.

SBC leadership has responded to the report by expressing grief and calls for repentance. “There are not adequate words to express my sorrow at the things revealed in this report,” said SBC President Ed Litton. “I am grieved to my core for those who have suffered sexual abuse in Southern Baptist contexts, both for those named in this report and the many who are not.”

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, called on the SBC at its upcoming convention to fully engage the findings of the report. “The weight of truth calls for repentance, broken-hearted concern, and a concerted determination to make things right,” he said. “We will not get — and will not deserve — a second chance at this.”

While the report may tarnish the reputation of the SBC in the eyes of many, that should not be the primary concern of the SBC. The primary concern needs to be the church’s standing before God. One of the marks of the Christian is the fear of the Lord over and against the fear of man. In this instance, it appears that the fear of man rather than the fear of the Lord was guiding the SBC leadership and got the denomination into this current situation. But with the Lord, there is abundant mercy and forgiveness for all those who do repent and turn from their sins, for ultimately it is not the world that will be the judge but Jesus himself.

There is also great comfort and hope for the victims. Though they may have been wounded by and then invisible to church leadership, that is not so with the Lord, who sees them and helps them even now.

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Insight

“Truth and news are not the same thing.” —Katharine Graham (1917-2001)

Credit Where It’s Due

“If something about the human race is changing at a previously unprecedented rate, we have to at least discuss it. Broken down over time, the LGBT population of America seems to be roughly doubling every generation. … When things change this much, this fast, people are allowed to ask, ‘What’s up with that?’ … It wasn’t that long ago when adults asked a kid, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ They meant, ‘What profession?’ … Someone needs to say it: Not everything’s about you [LBGTers]. And it’s okay to ask questions about something that’s very new and involves children. The answer can’t always be that anyone from a marginalized community is automatically right, trump card, mic drop, end of discussion. Because we’re literally experimenting on children. … Common sense should tell you that when you reverse the course of raging hormones, there’s going to be problems. … This isn’t just a lifestyle decision. It’s medical. Weighing tradeoffs is not bigotry. … Remember, the prime directive of every teen is anything to shock and challenge the squares who brought you up. It’s why nobody gets a nose ring at 56. … If this spike in trans children is all natural, why is it regional? Either Ohio is shaming them or California is creating them. … If we can’t admit that in certain enclaves there was some level of trendiness to the idea of being anything other than straight, then this is not a serious, science-based discussion. It’s a blow being struck in the culture wars using children as cannon fodder. I don’t understand parents who won’t let their nine-year-old walk to the corner without a helmet, an EpiPen, and a GPS tracker. And God forbid their lips touch dairy. But hormone blockers and genital surgery? Fine.” —Bill Maher

Political Futures

“Inflation is still the number one issue in the country and the president is slow to react, whether it’s the border, whether it’s inflation, whether it’s gas prices, even Ukraine. I think the expectation is that whoever the president is gets ahead of the problems rather than behind the problem. So I think the election this fall is going to be about inflation. It’s going to be about the effectiveness of the Biden administration. And I think it bodes well for Republicans.” —Senator Rick Scott

Upright

“We’ve got to figure out how to decouple from China, and it’s going to take a while to do that. But if you look at what they want to do, they’re sending fentanyl [to] this country. We had over 100,000 people die of drug overdose last year. They never comply with any trade agreements. They’ve never complied with the [World Trade Organization]. So what we’ve got to do is … start building American jobs. We’ve got to get American manufacturing back. … People want to buy American products and there’s other countries to do business with.” —Rick Scott

Re: Foreign Policy

“To be clear, the problem isn’t that Joe Biden says that the US will intervene militarily if Taiwan is invaded. The problem is that it’s totally unclear if that’s true or if we even have the capacity to do so, and it’s even more unclear when his own White House keeps shushing him. This is the sort of thing that leads to actual conflict; if China believes that the US is shifting policy but that we don’t actually have the capacity or will to stop them but might in the future, it accelerates conflict.” —Ben Shapiro

Friendly Fire

“Unfortunately, even as we see Russia wage a war enabled by energy insecurity in Europe, this administration has made its opposition to domestic oil and gas production crystal clear — on and off federal lands and waters.” —Senator Joe Manchin

“My frustration is at an all-time high that we are talking to OPEC, Iran, and Venezuela to increase oil output while we are at the same time blocking increased energy production at home. What does it say to producers here in the United States when we consider working with the Venezuelan government, which certainly doesn’t share our values, instead of supporting domestic or North American production? Is this really in our best interest?” —Joe Manchin

“I must admit that I am skeptical that this administration will ultimately support the development of … critical mineral projects.” —Joe Manchin

Letting the Cat Out of the Bag

“When it comes to the gas prices, we’re going through an incredible transition that is taking place that, God willing, when it’s over, we’ll be stronger and the world will be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuels when this is over.” —Joe Biden (“They’re saying the quiet part out loud now. They’re causing you pain at the pump because it’s all part of their radical agenda.” —House Republican Whip Steve Scalise)

Baghdad Bobs

“Look, a lot of things have changed over the course of the last year and we’ve dealt with a lot of unexpected challenges. … What’s most important for the American people to understand right now is they have a president who is making clear … that inflation is his top economic priority.” —National Economic Council Director Brian Dees

“I hate to spoil the narrative but this [CBS News] poll shows [Biden’s] approval rating moving up, and solid public confidence on the two biggest problems he inherited: COVID and jobs.” —White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain

Useful Idiots

“The archbishop of San Francisco is calling for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to be denied receiving communion because of her pro-choice stance. He’s one of the priests who also called for President Biden to be denied sacrament. This is not your job, dude. That is not up to you to make that decision. … How dare you. How dare you.” —”The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg (“That is literally his job.” —Ben Shapiro)

“12 years of Catholic school, altar boy, family deeply involved in our church, and never saw anyone banned from receiving communion. This is a deep fissure in the church — and a position Pope Francis himself doesn’t support.” —CNN’s Jim Sciutto (“Pope Francis did not say that he did not support individual pastors making the decision whether or not to deny access to the sacrament in specific cases — in fact, that’s exactly what he told them they must do. He addressed the issue last September, telling journalists onboard the Papal plane that Catholics who supported abortion were ‘outside the community’ and that the sacrament of Communion was for those who were ‘in the community,’ or not estranged from it.” —The Daily Wire)

Stop Digging…

“I am tired of hearing about how we’re the best state in the country to do business when we are the worst state in the country to live.” —Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams

The BIG Lie

“The right to privacy that forms the basis of Roe v. Wade also protects the right to use contraception and the right to marry the person you love. Overturning Roe opens the door to restricting those rights.” —Vice President Kamala Harris

And Last…

“If you want to see the poor remain poor, generation after generation, just keep the standards low in their schools and make excuses for their academic shortcomings and personal misbehavior. But please don’t congratulate yourself on your compassion.” —Thomas Sowell

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Monkeypox outbreak may have been sparked by sex at two raves in Belgium and Spain, WHO expert warns

Dr David Heymann, who used to head the WHO’s emergencies department, said monkeypox may have happened been spread at two recent raves in Spain and Belgium.

Source: Monkeypox outbreak may have been sparked by sex at two raves in Belgium and Spain, WHO expert warns

DAILY BRIEFING:The Lionel Lens | Lionel Nation

#LionelNation #TheNewRenaissance #AmericanFocus If you think you’re going to even approximate the truth regarding the Buffalo tragedy or the Russo-Ukrainian military op on social media platforms you’re sadly mistaken. Let me show you reality.

Source: DAILY BRIEFING:The Lionel Lens

CDC admits to deliberately withholding incriminating COVID jab data from the public to minimize “vaccine hesitancy” | DC Dirty Laundry

(Natural News) For the past several months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has continually released to the public a running total of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) “cases,” hospitalizations, and deaths – or so we thought.

It turns out that this data was skewed, containing a mere fraction of the overall data that was collected by the agency.

The New York Times published a report explaining that the CDC has quietly collected much more detailed data about COVID infections based on age, race and vaccination status.

This information, had it been publicly released, would have gone a long way towards coming up with a solid plan to end the plandemic. Instead, the CDC deliberately withheld and suppressed it over fears that it might be “misinterpreted” and create more “vaccine hesitancy.”

In other words, the CDC believes that the American public, and really the world, is too stupid to understand simple data points and instead has to be force-fed lies in order to get them to roll up their sleeves.

“The CDC’s response when questioned about their withholding of COVID data and lack of transparency is essentially ‘we don’t trust you to be able to understand the truth,’” tweeted Dr. Nicole Saphier. “The condescension is palpable. The wheels are finally coming off.”

CDC has been lying to Americans for two years (and likely many more than that)

Other data that the CDC has been withholding includes detailed information about so-called “breakthrough” cases, meaning people who took the jab(s) and still got COVID.

As you may recall, the government repeatedly claimed that it was not even tracking breakthrough cases, which we now know is a lie.

“The medical elites just decided to hide the data because it didn’t fit the approved narrative, and, naturally, blamed the potential for ‘misinformation’ as justification for the coverup,” reported The Gateway Pundit (TGP).

Kristen Nordlund, a spokesperson for the CDC, now claims that her agency was just “slow” to release the different data streams “because basically, at the end of the day, it’s not yet ready for prime time.”

Instead, Nordlund added, the federal agency’s “priority when gathering any data is to ensure that it’s accurate and actionable.”

Oh, and Nordlund also threw in a caveat about how the American public might “misinterpret” the complete data, which is why it had to be craftily truncated and redacted to fit the narrative.

“The performance of vaccines and boosters, particularly in younger adults, is among the most glaring omissions in data the CDC has made public,” reported the Times.

The Times went on to reveal that the CDC presented certain information as risk comparisons with unvaccinated adults as opposed to just providing timely snapshots of hospitalized patients stratified by age, sex, race and injection status.

Another excuse that Nordlund gave for the CDC’s failure to report the full truth is that the complete data only represents 10 percent of the U.S. population.

“But the CDC has relied on the same level of sampling to track influenza for years,” the Times made sure to point out.

The only logical reason why the CDC would withhold data on breakthrough infections, claiming that it would promote “vaccine hesitancy,” is because the numbers presumably show that the shots are not working as claimed.

“Obama, in his 3rd term, is ruling America like the delusional, psychotic, power hungry, tyrannical dictator he’s always been,” wrote a commenter at TGP about Joe Biden’s presumed puppet master.

“Is everyone ready to fight like it’s 1776?” this same commenter added, warning that the next generation will become indentured slaves if Americans will just lie down and take all this tyranny without resistance.

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Source: CDC admits to deliberately withholding incriminating COVID jab data from the public to minimize “vaccine hesitancy”

CBN NewsWatch AM: May 24, 2022

Georgia is the key race in today’s political primaries, as former Vice-President Mike Pence backs incumbent Governor Brian Kemp, while former President Donald Trump supports his challenger, former Senator David Perdue; how Southern Baptist leaders failed to handle many years of claims of sexual abuse in their churches; Biden Administration brokering talks between Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt that could be a step toward the Saudis officially normalizing relations with Israel, according to a rep…

Source: CBN NewsWatch AM: May 24, 2022

It’s amateur-hour at the White House: Chang

Asia expert Gordon Chang joined ‘Fox & Friends First’ to discuss the implications of Biden’s gaffes on the world stage. #FoxNews … GORDON CHANG: This is amateur hour at 1600 Pennsylvania, and this actually has real world consequences, largely because the Chinese will look at this and say that the administration is incapable and irresolute.

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Kissinger warns of deadline for Ukraine peace settlement | RT – Daily news

The conflict with Russia must end in two months or it will spiral out of control, the veteran statesman warned

Kissinger warns of deadline for Ukraine peace settlement

There is a small window of opportunity to wind down the armed conflict in Ukraine and find a peace settlement, former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger has told a gathering of Western elites in Davos, Switzerland. Beyond that, Russia may break from, the rest of, Europe for good and become a permanent ally of China, he said on Monday during a speech at the World Economic Forum.

“Negotiations on peace need to begin in the next two months or so, [before the conflict] creates upheavals and tensions that will not be easily overcome,” the 98-year-old veteran diplomat said of the crisis. The outcome will determine the rest of Europe’s relationships with Russia and Ukraine alike, he said. “Ideally, the dividing line should return to the status quo ante,” he said.

“I believe pursuing the war beyond that point would turn it not into a war about the freedom of Ukraine, which had been undertaken with great cohesion by NATO, but into a war against Russia itself,” he added.

Kissinger is a prominent practitioner of the realpolitik approach to international relations – which puts the practical interests of nations before their ideological stances. He recalled that, eight years ago, when the Ukrainian crisis was launched with an armed coup in Kiev, he advocated for Ukraine to become a neutral state and a “bridge between Russia and Europe rather than… a frontline of groupings within Europe.”

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FILE PHOTO. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (C) gives a thank you speech during the peace talks between delegations from Russia and Ukraine at Dolmabahce Presidential Office in Istanbul, Turkiye on March 29, 2022.© Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
UK PM scuttled Kiev-Moscow peace talks – Ukrainian media

Kiev instead pursued membership of NATO as a strategic goal, paving the way for the current hostilities. The opportunity that he promoted then no longer exists, Kissinger said, but “it could still be conceived as an ultimate objective.”

The West should keep in mind the bigger picture and remember that “Russia has for 400 years been an essential part of Europe,” the diplomat said. He warned that the continent should be careful “so that Russia is not driven into a permanent alliance with China.”

Kissinger addressed the escalating confrontation between China and the US, saying the two nations now perceive each other as their only viable strategic competitor on the world stage. He said an arms race between the two countries was a particularly worrisome scenario for the entire world.

“A conflict with modern technology conducted in the absence of any preceding arms control negotiations, so that there are no established criteria of limitations, will be a catastrophe for humankind,” he said.

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Ukraine has ‘suspended’ peace talks – Putin

The gathering in Davos this week was the latest international forum that invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to make a case on behalf of his country. In his speech, he asked for more weapons for Kiev and more sanctions against Russia. He claimed Moscow was not interested in negotiating peace.

Russia has repeatedly said it was Ukraine that stalled the peace talks after some progress was made in Istanbul in late March.

“It was not our initiative to freeze the talks,” Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko told journalists on Monday, reiterating this position. “We are ready to come back to negotiations as soon as Ukraine demonstrates a constructive position and at the minimum reacts to the suggestions we sent to it.”

Russia attacked its neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German- and French-brokered protocol was designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force.

Source: Kissinger warns of deadline for Ukraine peace settlement