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
During this period of Judah’s dependence upon Assyria, Isaiah must have become fully familiar with the character of the haughty race of oppressors. Chapters ten to twelve of his book describe the Assyrians as rulers, speaking bitterly of the pride of each of them. “For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man.” The prophet warns these boasters, “Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood.” Their end shall come soon, Jerusalem shall cast them off. Her God will annihilate them. The rule of brute force shall be ended forever.
Then in one of the most beautiful passages of the Bible, Isaiah prophecies of the days when right not might shall rule, the days of God’s millennium. “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf, and the young lion, and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”
It can be challenging to be honest with yourself. We tend to give ourselves the benefit of the doubt and assume the best of our own intentions. This is especially true when we face conflict. We are quick to assume that we are right, and our opponent is clearly wrong! In today’s reading, David turns to God in prayer because his enemies were trying to trap him. But instead of praying immediately against them, David turned his focus inward. He wanted to make sure his heart was right before God. His request focused on three areas. He prayed that God would protect him from saying the wrong thing (v. 3). Words are powerful. They can build people up and tear them down. It is easy to say a damaging word in the heat of conflict. David prayed that God would guard his mouth, that he would only speak words that were right and true. David prayed that he would not join the wicked (v. 4). He understood the lure of living for oneself and not for God. He prayed, “Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil…along with those who are evil doers” (v. 4). Finally, David prayed that he would accept godly correction, “Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head” (v. 5). He knew there would be times when he would need a faithful friend to speak a hard truth. He prayed that he would have an open and receptive heart. A good summary of David’s heart toward God in this psalm is found in verse 8: “But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord.” >> Certainly, we can relate to David’s desire to keep his heart pure and his eyes focused on God. As the Lord Jesus reminded us, no matter what we face, we are to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness” (Matt. 6:33).
The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. (Psalm 128:5)
This is a promise to the God-fearing man who walks in the ways of holiness with earnest heed. He shall have domestic blessedness; his wife and children shall be a source of great home happiness. But then as a member of the church he desires to see the cause prosper, for he is as much concerned for the Lord’s house as for his own. When the Lord builds our house, it is but fitting that we should desire to see the Lord’s house builded. Our goods are not truly good unless we promote by them the good of the Lord’s chosen church.
Yes, you shall get a blessing when you go up to the assemblies of Zion; you shall be instructed, enlivened, and comforted, where prayer and praise ascend and testimony is borne to the great Sacrifice. “The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion.”
Nor shall you alone be profited; the church itself shall prosper; believers shall be multiplied, and their holy work shall be crowned with success. Certain gracious men have this promise fulfilled to them as long as they live. Alas! when they die the cause often flags. Let us be among those who bring good things to Jerusalem all their days. Lord, of Thy mercy make us such! Amen.
We all understand the importance of roadside warnings while driving. Our safety often depends on the signs that line our streets and highways—especially the ones posted to inform us of potential dangers that lie ahead. Yet in the realm of pastoral ministry, there is widespread reluctance to post warnings for those traveling the narrow road to eternal life.
In addition to his prophecies about the coming child, Isaiah declared to King Ahaz that the allied kings who were invading Judah should both perish; but because of Ahaz’ folly these deaths should not avail to save Judah. Mightier enemies, both Egypt and Assyria, should assail her; she should be invaded from every side. Her little enemies, Syria and Samaria, should indeed suffer; but Judah also would be sorely stricken. Samaria is here especially warned to repentance with an echoing refrain, “The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.”
All happened as Isaiah had foretold. The Assyrian armies came in response to Ahaz’s invitation, they plundered Syria and destroyed Samaria. As for Judah, though she was temporarily spared, yet her final doom became inevitable under the Assyrian yoke. King Ahaz sank to be a mere vassal of his mighty ally. He visited the huge city of Nineveh and thence brought home new vices, and the worship of other gods, to impose them upon his people. Worse and worse grew the shame and misery of the land, under false teachings and false priests; and against all this evil Isaiah continued to launch his thunders.
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.
Davos elites warn nations not to resist ‘painful global transition’ Echoing President Biden’s comments, two European leaders at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, described the record gas prices as part of a “painful” period of “transition” to alternative energy that should not be resisted. German vice-chancellor Robert Habeck, as Summit News reported, said Monday that governments should not seek to protect their citizens from the consequences. Biden, meanwhile, said Monday that the pain at the pump was part of “an incredible transition” of the American economy away from oil and natural gas.
The Sussmann Trial: Fingers Pointed At FBI Leadership The influence that FBI leadership (Comey and McCabe) had on the investigations related to the Trump/Russia accusations is notable – but not an exception. This is the first time we heard that the Alfa Bank hoax was pushed by FBI leadership.
DARPA launches ‘Ouija’ project to study radio signals in Earth’s atmosphere with satellites (DARPA) has set up a new program (opens in new tab), called Ouija, which will use sensors on “low-orbiting satellites” to track high-frequency radio waves in the ionosphere. Characterizing how radio waves behave in this space will be crucial to help future warfighters work effectively, DARPA officials said in an April 22 statement (opens in new tab). Signal propagation in the ionosphere is notoriously unpredictable, due to the high density of charged particles (mainly electrons) that can alter the path of radio signals.
New French govt pledges ‘zero tolerance’ for sexual abuse There will be “zero tolerance” for sexual misconduct by members of French President Emmanuel Macron’s new government, but the judiciary, not the press, will decide the truth, a government spokeswoman said after press coverage of Monday’s first Cabinet meeting focused on a minister who has been accused of rape.
‘Trans/queer’ Minneapolis preschool teacher experiences ‘gender euphoria moments’ when children affirm their identity A Minneapolis preschool teacher who instructs three-year-olds describes themselves as “a bratty queer slu*t here to make other queer sl*ts happy,” generating waves of controversy online. The teacher, Micha, goes by @lostmercreature and @queerhoneybear on TikTok where they post content about being an educator and their “trans/queer” sex life. Micha also posts about their hatred of capitalism and private schools — despite admitting they “work at a private montessori school.”
China threatens US after Biden says he’ll defend Taiwan Despite the White House’s efforts to walk back Biden’s remarks, officials in China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs were quick to criticize the rhetoric and vowed that China would defend its sovereignty, including its territorial claims over Taiwan.
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.” “These allusions to magic are not merely figurative. PSYOPS extensively researched occult and supernatural phenomenons such as ESP (extra-sensory perception) and remote viewing,” Vigilant Citizen reports. “There was always a ‘magical’, supernatural element to PSYOPS.”
Herzog to address World Economic Forum in Davos tomorrow President Isaac Herzog will fly out on Wednesday to address the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The forum has, in past years, been addressed by then-president Shimon Peres and then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In the past, the hour-long debate in Switzerland led to heated relations between Israel and Turkey.
Secret Service foils plot to assassinate pro-3rd Temple lawmaker The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and Jerusalem District Police revealed a Jerusalem-based Hamas terror cell planning to assassinate Israel public figures on Tuesday. Among them was MK Itamar Ben Gvir. Ben Gvir is among the lone parliamentarians who have openly called for the construction of the third Temple. Last month, Ben-Gvir entered the Temple Mount on Israel’s 74th Independence Day. During his visit, Ben-Gvir said: “The time has come to build a Jewish synagogue on the Temple Mount.”
FBI: ISIS member plotted to assassinate George W. Bush An ISIS terrorist plotted to assassinate former US President George W. Bush, Forbes reported Tuesday. The FBI filed a search warrant in March against Shihab Ahmed Shihab, an Iraqi man living in Columbus, Ohio. According to the FBI investigation, Shihab had been plotting to kill Bush for months, and traveled to Dallas, Texas in November to spy on the former president’s home. He allegedly sought revenge against Bush for the deaths Iraq suffered following the 2003 US-led invasion.
Biden’s decision to leave IRGC on terror list is correct and justified Prime Minister Naftali Bennett commented on Tuesday evening on the US decision to keep the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on the Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) list. “I commend the US administration, led by my friend President Joe Biden, on the decision to keep the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in their rightful place — on the Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) list.”
Large tornadoes hit west Texas, U.S. A very marginal severe weather day took a shocking turn of events with a localized outbreak of large tornadoes west of Lubbock, Texas on the evening of May 23, 2022.
Covid Truths: Why Officials Did Not Want Autopsies There are many things about this “pandemic” that are unprecedented in medical history. One of the most startling is that at the height of the pandemic so few autopsies, especially total autopsies, were being done. A mysterious virus was rapidly spreading around the world, a selected group of people with weakened immune systems were getting seriously ill and many were dying and the one way we could rapidly gain the most knowledge about this virus—an autopsy, was being discouraged.
DAVOS, W.E.F. AND W.H.O. OPENLY CONVERGE IN GENEVA IN A LAST DITCH EFFORT… THE SATANIC FORCES MEET IN GENEVA—BUT IT MAY BE A WEEK TOO LATE Does anyone think it accidental that the three most evil groups on earth chose to meet at the exact same time and place? Coincidence? After a two year break from the Scamdemic of their own making, the Davos demons have reconvened, starting May 22-29—in Geneva.
Violence is a culture problem, and infusing sociopaths with violent fantasy is deadly.
An 18-year-old sociopath murdered 19 elementary school children and two adults in a classroom in the small town of Uvalde, Texas, between San Antonio and the Mexican border. As a parent and grandparent, my heart breaks for these victims and their families, and the larger community traumatized by such violence. As a former law enforcement officer, the reality of that violence is visceral.
I have stopped to pray for these families many times in the last 24 hours, as I have over the last week for the families of those murdered by another 18-year-old in Buffalo, New York. Many of you have done the same.
The attacker was killed by a Border Patrol tactical unit officer who was working nearby when the call for help came. He was wounded in the attack but is in stable condition. Texas Department for Public Safety spokesman Lt. Chris Olivarez said the assailant was “evil,” a word repeated across the spectrum. And evil is the common denominator in every such case. Indeed, on the fringes of American culture, there is a sickness, a cancer that manifests as the darkest form of evil.
All of these factors are red flags that should have prevented this individual from legally obtaining a firearm.
However, what I believe is the single most significant contributing factor scripting this particular type of assault, but one that will get the least attention, is the fact that the assailant was steeped in the desensitizing violence of video games — spending countless hours through his formative years in a fantasy first-person killing role. Tens of millions of young people are submersed in these games and don’t emerge as sociopathic killers. But in those rare instances when a young person does become a mass assailant, their pathology, combined with their killing fantasy, results in bloodshed.
For example: The 1999 Columbine High School murderers were immersed in the violent game “Doom,” achieving “berserk mode.” The 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School murderer logged 83,496 kills in one violent video game, including 22,725 headshots.
The leading voice connecting gaming violence to acts of violence is Lt. Col. Dave Grossman (USA Ret.), a former West Point psychology professor whose books on killing in warfare are mandatory warfighter reading.
More than two decades ago, Grossman linked media violence with mass assailants in his 1999 book, Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence. That was a careful study of the connection between fantasy and reality world violence. His 2016 book, Assassination Generation: Video Games, Aggression, and the Psychology of Killing, irrefutably makes this link.
According to Grossman: “There is a generation out there that has been fed violence from its youngest days and has been systematically taught to associate pleasure and reward with vivid depictions of inflicting human death and suffering. These young people are coming to our old folks’ homes, our movie theaters … our kindergarten classes, our little league games, our hospitals, and day care centers.”
To that end, a joint statement from the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry declares, “At this time, well over 1,000 studies … point overwhelmingly to a causal connection between media violence and aggressive behavior in some children.”
And this happened as the FBI reports that the number of active shooter incidents, while rare, increased from 40 in 2020 to 61 last year. Among the 21,000 murders last year, 243 people were killed in mass assaults.
Predictably, the leftist Beltway politicos, including Joe Biden, paused from their advocacy for killing the most innocent among us, roughly 2,200 children before birth every day, and did what they always do, politicized the incident. They will spend the coming days insisting this was the result of “gun violence” and avoiding any suggestion that, first and foremost, violence is a cultural problem.
That is much more convenient and politically expedient than having to formulate a solution cognizant of the reality that criminals and sociopaths don’t obey laws.
Georgia’s primaries yesterday illustrated a fundamental truth irrespective of Trump’s endorsement.
The primary thing that we can learn from yesterday’s primaries is that candidates matter. While most of the Leftmedia is talking about whether Donald Trump won or lost with his endorsements, the reality is that individual candidates often make all the difference.
That isn’t to say that the best candidates always win. It’s painfully obvious that the worst candidate, however deceitful and even demented, can sometimes win 81 million* votes and the White House. But candidates either resonate with voters or they don’t. They either make the case or fail to. We’ll point to a few Georgia races.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp easily held off a Republican primary challenge from former Senate David Perdue, more than tripling the latter’s share of the vote and winning by 52 points. In 2020, Perdue was defeated by the unimpressive Jon Ossoff after Trump depressed voter turnout in the runoff with his over-the-top complaints about his own loss in Georgia. Trump then recruited Perdue to challenge Kemp, who was one of the unfortunate targets of Trump’s wrath and blame.
But as it turns out, Kemp is a good governor, Mike Pence endorsed him, and primary voters overwhelmingly rewarded him with a shot at a second term. He’ll face off once again against another politician who claims to have been cheated out of winning Georgia — Democrat Stacey Abrams. She lost to Kemp in 2018 and as recently as October 2021 insisted, “Just because you win, doesn’t mean you won.” Trump once said Abrams “might be better” than Kemp, though Perdue said after losing that Kemp is “a much better choice than Stacey Abrams.”
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was in the same boat as Kemp. In fact, he was the recipient of that infamous Trump phone call in which the president said: “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.” Raffensperger rejected Trump’s claims and yesterday handily defeated a Trump-recruited challenger in Representative Jody Hice, whose sole purpose for running was revenge for Trump’s 2020 loss.
But elsewhere in Georgia, the very Trumpian Marjorie Taylor Greene had no trouble winning 70% against a crowded field of challengers for the state’s 14th District House seat. That reveals two things: Greene resonates with the people in northwest Georgia, and northwest Georgia is not suburban Atlanta.
Herschel Walker, the former Heisman-winning University of Georgia running back, broke tackles in a crowded field to score the nomination to challenge Democrat Senator Raphael Warnock. Walker’s fame combined with his everyman appeal helped him cruise ahead of five others with 68% of the vote. It’s unlikely that Trump’s backing mattered.
Candidates matter. Trump’s endorsement sometimes did and sometimes didn’t. Georgia-based commentator Erick Erickson argued, “Georgia Republicans do like Trump, but they’re tired of his bulls**t and want to move on.” That’s true and it isn’t. A lot of voters in Georgia are still incensed about what happened in the state in 2020. That doesn’t mean all of them are in every part of the state, or that Trump’s vendetta against other Republicans always paid off.
2022 should be a banner year for Republicans. Democrats have wrecked the country in short order in just about every measurable way — inflation and gas prices, hateful division, and so on down a long list. But Republicans will prevail only if they’re able to rally around a common cause, and that common cause does not appear to be relitigating the 2020 election.
ISIS plot to assassinate GWB busted, San Fran mayor to skip Pride parade, Indiana legislature safeguards girls’ sports, and more.
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ISIS plot to assassinate George W. Bush busted: The Justice Department recently announced that it has thwarted an assassination plot against former President George W. Bush and charged an Iraqi citizen who was living in Columbus, Ohio, with aiding in it. The suspect, Shihab Ahmed Shihab Shihab, arrived in the U.S. via a visitor visa in 2020 and had subsequently filed an asylum request that was pending. As part of the plot, Shihab had paid individuals to illegally smuggle in an assassination team of foreign coconspirators across the U.S. southern border. But Shihab was more than just the money guy. The FBI affidavit notes, “Shihab stated that he wanted to be involved in the actual attack and assassination of former President Bush and did not care if he died as he would be proud to have been involved in killing former President Bush.” George P. Bush, the nephew of the former president, responded to the news by highlighting Joe Biden’s border crisis: “It just underscores the need for a perspective that this is a national security crisis that’s occurring on our southern border. I’m a military veteran who served in Afghanistan specializing in high value targets and spectacular attacks from ISIS … and this is what I’ve been talking about on the southern border, that if we have a porous and open border policy, it welcomes people.”
San Francisco mayor to skip Pride parade: The Democrat mayor of one of America’s most liberal cities, San Francisco, recently announced that she would not be marching in the city’s annual Pride parade. Mayor London Breed’s somewhat surprising decision is not due to her having a sudden change of heart regarding her support for the LGBTQ agenda; rather it’s in reaction to the Pride parade organization’s actions to ban uniformed police officers from marching in the event. San Francisco Pride executive director Suzanne Ford had defended the parade’s restriction against uniformed officers by saying that “for members of our community, the presence of the police in the parade is difficult for them given their history with the police department, so we want to honor and make sure we protect and make people feel safe.” For her part, Breed is standing behind her pro-law enforcement comments made last December: “It’s time that the reign of criminals who are destroying our city, it is time for it to come to an end. And it comes to an end when we take the steps to be more aggressive with law enforcement. More aggressive with the changes in our policies. And less tolerant of all the bulls**t that has destroyed our city.”
Indiana legislature overrides veto of law banning boys in girls’ sports: By a House vote of 67-28 and a Senate vote of 32-15, Indiana’s Republican-controlled legislature overrode Republican Governor Eric Holcomb’s veto of HB 1041, saving a bill that banned male-born athletes from competing in girls’ sports. “The purpose of this bill,” explained sponsor and Republican state Representative Michelle Davis, “is to maintain fair competition in girls’ sports now and in the future. As a former Division I athlete, I know that female athletes deserve fair competition and an even playing field, and this bill ensures just that: a fair and equal opportunity to compete for Hoosier girls.” Indiana now becomes the 17th state to enact measures aimed at protecting girls’ sports. Governor Holcomb justified his decision to veto the bill this past March by suggesting it created an inconsistent policy that would invite lawsuits. Following the override, the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana announced a lawsuit on behalf of a male 10-year-old student who competes in girls’ softball.
Biden keeps Iran’s IRGC on terrorist list (Politico)
K-12 schools must put boys in girls’ bathrooms to get federal lunch money (The Federalist)
Home sales absolutely plummeted last month (Not the Bee) | Warning: The spike in home prices is steeper than it was before 2008 (National Review)
Walmart releases “Juneteenth” ice cream, then cancels it because of woke backlash (Daily Wire)
U.S. birth rate rises for first time since 2014 (Axios)
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reappointed to second five-year term (AP)
Policy: Why Biden’s contradictions on Taiwan are dangerous (The Federalist)
Humor: 4D space chess: Elon Musk switches back to Democrat Party, harassment accusations immediately withdrawn (Babylon Bee)
The trial of Clinton crony Michael Sussmann is laying bare the rottenness of the whole Russia-collusion affair.
It’s long been an article of faith on the Left that Donald Trump was a Russian tool who colluded with our adversaries to swing the 2016 election and thereby deny Hillary Clinton her rightful place in history.
The truth, though, is that he wasn’t and he didn’t.
We’ve known all this to be a hoax and a dirty trick since early 2017, when then-House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes alerted Trump that the Obama administration had been spying on him. And in recent months and weeks, and most acutely during the ongoing trial of Clinton crony Michael Sussmann, Special Counsel John Durham’s investigative ocean of facts has melted away what remains of that tiny Clintonian “collusion” ice floe. Leftists can loathe Trump all they want, but facts are stubborn things. As the New York Post reports:
On Sept. 21, 2016, two days after Hillary Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann gave then-FBI General Counsel James Baker info about a supposed digital back channel between the Trump Organization and Moscow-based Alfa Bank, agent Joe Pientka texted colleague Curtis Heide: “People on 7th floor to include Director are fired up about this server.”
The “7th floor” refers to the most senior FBI agents and officials [including then-FBI Director James Comey], who have their offices on the seventh floor of bureau headquarters in Washington.
Think about that: The highest echelons of leadership within our nation’s premier law enforcement agency were “fired up” about getting Donald Trump based on information provided them by his opponent’s presidential campaign. This was the dirtiest of dirty tricks and a deep-state conspiracy.
Due to revelations during the Sussmann trial, we now also know that line-level agents at the bureau had been led to believe that Sussmann’s now-debunked claims of a secret back channel between Trump and a Russian bank had come from the Department of Justice — when in fact they came from Sussmann himself.
We also know that Sussmann lied to the bureau’s then-general counsel, James Baker, when he texted him to shop that falsehood to the bureau in order to have it open up a counterintelligence investigation on Trump and his campaign team. Sussmann told Baker he was acting on his own, as a concerned citizen, rather than as a stooge of the Clinton campaign. He’s being charged with making a false statement to the bureau, and his own words are the smoking gun. Here’s the verbatim language of that text message:
Jim — it’s Michael Sussmann. I have something time-sensitive (and sensitive) I need to discuss. Do you have availability for a short meeting tomorrow? I’m coming on my own — not on behalf of a client or company — want to help the Bureau. Thanks.
As for the FBI’s involvement, we also now know that it’s conducting an internal investigation of its handling of the FISA warrant process in the Trump-Russia case, also known as Crossfire Hurricane. The bureau’s purported abuse of the FISA process during the final weeks of the Obama presidency was the means by which it secured the ability to spy on Donald Trump and his campaign team.
The FBI has 37,000 employees, and untold thousands of them do their jobs in accordance with the bureau’s motto: “Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity.” But the same can’t be said for its leadership, which seemed to become corruptly partisan during the Barack Obama years, especially when it slow-walked the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s “private” email server and then launched the aforementioned “investigation” of Donald Trump. More recently, the bureau’s attempted entrapment in the “plot” to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and its still-secret involvement as agents provocateur during the January 6 Capitol riot have further tarnished its image.
Will anything come of its investigation? Doubtful. After all, this FBI fish is rotten at the head. But perhaps it’s a start.
As Biden continues standing up for the LGBTQ crowd, it’s worth asking who’s standing up for Christians.
It’s nearing that time of year again. In June, the rainbow flags and motifs come out and those in corporate America once again celebrate our “diversity” by overexposing it everywhere for a month — only to have it be put away like winter clothes as they shift gears toward their rah-rah patriotism for Independence Day before sliding into back-to-school sales after the holiday. Just can’t wait for that summer clearance sale!
Rather than just toe the corporate line, though, there are some of us who recall what the rainbow was originally meant to convey in the Book of Genesis, and it wasn’t a token of diversity or acceptance.
Be that as it may, the reason we bring this up is to note that the Biden administration recently put out a statement commemorating what’s known as the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. (If you didn’t know about it and missed it entirely, join the club.) Part of the statement claimed: “LGBTQI+ people are an essential part of families and communities — teachers, first responders, public officials, doctors, lawyers, front-line workers, and friends who enrich and strengthen every single country. And make no mistake: hateful legislative attacks against members of our own LGBTQI+ community cannot be tolerated in America or anywhere else. They spur discrimination and can stoke violence. And they are rooted in the same ignorance and intolerance that we see around the world. Hate is hate — and all of us have a responsibility to speak out against hate wherever we find it.”
The most interesting aspect of what is otherwise a rather boilerplate statement by a president who was elected on the pretense of unifying us — besides choosing to lead off the “essential part of community” clause by mentioning teachers at a moment in time when “grooming” in schools is front and center on the minds of millions of parents — is the part about “hateful legislative attacks.” Of course, we get no examples or evidence of such attacks from the Biden statement.
Many of us still believe, as our Mark Alexander put it, that “the private affairs of consenting adults, however sordid, are their business — until they attempt to normalize and nationalize them.” We can point to the fact that the “LGBTQ+” community has acquired a number of rights in the eyes of the law in a very short amount of time. Plus they get a whole month to celebrate their identity to boot. To use a catchphrase of a bygone era, “You’ve come a long way, baby.”
But here’s a thought exercise: Re-read the Biden statement, but this time imagine the word “Christian” in lieu of “LGBTQIA+.” Not only does the statement make sense, but it gets us to ask just what efforts the Biden administration is making to advance the human rights of Christian people both here and abroad. Are Christians being served as we attempt to “speak out against hate wherever we find it”?
Given that the prevailing approach of Democrat administrations has been to instill tolerance by diktat instead of letting Christians love the sinner but not condone the sin without undue harassment, it’s worth noting that Christians have to pray for affirmative court rulings to maintain their rights in the face of government policy. Bear in mind the Christian Employers Alliance, which brought the suit, is not seeking a ban on procedures sought by people wishing to resemble the opposite gender — it just don’t want to be forced to pay for an employee to have it done.
As the court ruling notes, the Alliance was put in place “to support Christian employers and develop strategies for them, so that they, as part of their religious witness and exercise may provide health or other employment related benefits to their respective employees and engage in other employment practices in a manner that is consistent with Christian values.” Fortunately, the court found, “Compliance with the mandate requires the Plaintiff and its members to violate their religious beliefs, convictions, and practices. This is an irreparable injury.” Judge Daniel Traynor’s preliminary injunction saved the day for now, but only until a higher court rules otherwise.
In the meantime, even those on the thoughtful Left are figuring out what we are up against. “If we can’t admit that, in certain enclaves, there is some level of trendiness to the idea of being anything other than straight, then this is not a serious science-based discussion,” observed lefty humorist Bill Maher. “It’s a blow being struck in the culture wars, using children as cannon fodder.”
When our children see that the world allocates the rainbow to celebrate “pride” for a whole month, it’s worth reminding them that Scripture tells us pride defiles a man.
The Left’s long-established goal has been to instigate an “incredible transition” away from fossil fuels entirely.
Joe Biden’s agenda when it comes to America’s energy is similar to his border policy — say one thing and do the opposite. With the border, the Biden administration has effectively implemented a de facto open-borders policy, which has resulted in more than two million illegal border crossings (that we know of), as well as record numbers of migrants caught crossing month after month. At the same time, the administration is pushing to end the Title 42 policy, with the only logical purpose being to increase the volume of migrants illegally entering the U.S. Meanwhile, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas repeatedly insists that there is no border crisis and that everything is under control.
Biden’s energy policy is decidedly anti-fossil fuel. Indeed, recall that on the campaign trail Biden said, “We are going to get rid of fossil fuels.”
Fast-forward to today, and that plan is well underway, with prices at the pump topping $4.00 a gallon on average across the entire nation and setting records daily for the last two weeks. Of course, high gas prices are not exactly popular with Americans, so the Biden administration has been spinning the blame on Vladimir Putin and his invasion of Ukraine, as well as on those “greedy” oil companies.
But the truth is that, like the immigration crisis, this was the Biden administration’s plan from the beginning. And Biden admitted as much when he recently responded to a question about the high price of gas:
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.
An “incredible transition” is the key takeaway from Biden’s comment. It explains why his administration has continued to work to shut down any new efforts for gas and oil companies to expand their drilling and extraction processes within the U.S. It explains why Biden has continued to block drilling on federal lands and why administration officials are going to the likes of Venezuela to procure needed oil.
The goal is clear: Force the nation to end its dependence on fossil fuels by strong-arming the leftist environmental pipe dream of a carbon-neutral future. In other words, force the impossible. The only winners in this scenario are America’s biggest geopolitical foes, China and Russia. Which just might be why both those nations have been heavily engaged in funding the promotion of anti-fossil fuel propaganda here in America, an ideology that neither of them would ever be foolish enough to adhere to.
“Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn. Ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom.” —A. Whitney Griswold (1909-1963)
Inquisitive Minds Want to Know
“Have we reached the ultimate stage of absurdity where some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, while other people are not held responsible for what they themselves are doing today?” —Thomas Sowell
“Can someone please explain how California has a water shortage…next to the Pacific Ocean? Call the Israelis and ask about their desalination plants. Droughts come and go, but California is next to an ocean. No excuse for a water shortage.” —Katie Pavlich
Re: The Left
“We are apparently fated to have our heartbreak and sorrow aggravated by a certain breed of politician. The breed finds the moment of unspeakable tragedy a fit moment to undertake histrionic displays and hysterical lectures promoting their favored causes. Among this number is President Biden, who could have met the moment but chose not to. He failed it.” —Scott Johnson
Standing on Caskets
“As a nation, we have to ask: When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God’s name will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done? … I am sick and tired of it. We have to act. And don’t tell me we can’t have an impact on this carnage. I spent my career as a senator and as vice president working to pass commonsense gun laws. We can’t and won’t prevent every tragedy. But we know they work and have a positive impact. When we passed the assault weapons ban, mass shootings went down. When the law expired, mass shootings tripled.” —Joe Biden
“Spare me the bulls**t about mental illness. We don’t have any more mental illness than any other country in the world. You cannot explain this through a prism of mental illness, because … we’re not an outlier on mental illness. We’re an outlier when it comes to access to firearms and the ability of criminals and very sick people to get their hands on firearms. That’s what makes America different.” —Senator Chris Murphy
“The only adjectives left to describe yet another school shooting are ‘sick’ and ‘tired’ of conservative extremists blocking common-sense steps to reduce the risk of these atrocities ripping away the lives of children and leaving their families to grieve their devastating losses.” —Senator Ron Wyden
“There is no such thing as being ‘pro-life’ while supporting laws that let children be shot in their schools, elders in grocery stores, worshippers in their houses of faith, survivors by abusers, or anyone in a crowded place. It is an idolatry of violence. And it must end.” —Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
“Another shooting. And the GOP won’t do a d*mn thing about it. Who the hell are we if we cannot keep our kids safe. This is preventable. Our inaction is a choice.” —California Governor Gavin Newsom
The BIG Lie
“The United States continues to enforce its immigration laws. … The restrictions at our Southwest border have not changed. … The bottom line is that U.S. borders are not open.” —DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (“In April alone, DHS released 118,000 migrants into the U.S., more than the 113,000 they removed.” —Bill Melugin)
“I wonder about [the] death penalty, which I am opposed to. So is the [Catholic] Church, but they take no action against people who may not share their view. … We just have to be prayerful. We have to be respectful. I come from a largely pro-life Italian American Catholic family, so I respect people’s views about that, but I don’t respect us foisting it onto others. Now our archbishop has been vehemently against LGBTQ rights, too. … So this decision, taking us to privacy and precedent, is very dangerous in the lives of so many of the American people. And again, not consistent with the Gospel of Matthew.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Non Compos Mentis Award
“The question about voter suppression and voter turnout … [is] correlation without causation. We know that increased turnout has nothing to do with suppression.” —Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (“If it dramatically improves voter turnout, it needs a name other than ‘voter suppression.’” —Seth Dillon)
“When we talk about the children of the community, they are a children of the community.” —Vice President Kamala Harris
“On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was shot and killed in police custody.” —The Washington Post
“Right now thousands of climate activists are flying on private jets to a climate summit in Switzerland. This is the equivalent of opening your clean water convention with an oil spill.” —Jimmy Failla
Joe Biden’s popularity among American voters continues to slip, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll published on Tuesday, which revealed that only 36% of respondents favorably view his presidency. This is the lowest score since he took office.
The poll, which gathered responses from a total of 1,005 adults, including 456 Democrats and 358 Republicans, suggests that more than half of Americans (59%) are dissatisfied with Biden’s performance as president. The approval rating of 36% was down by 6 percentage points in just one week from the previous 42% reading.
Even Biden’s popularity among fellow Democrats seems to be waning, as his approval rating within his own party fell from 76% last week to 72% in the new survey.
Meanwhile, another survey, conducted by Gallup over May 2-22 and also published on Tuesday, found that a staggering 83% of Americans think that the US has gone in the completely wrong direction, citing record high inflation, baby-formula shortages, record gas prices and mass shootings.
Additionally, the Gallup Poll found that even Democrats have grown increasingly frustrated with the way things are, as satisfaction has plummeted 14 points since April to just 24%, reaching its lowest point of Biden’s presidency.
Such low confidence in Biden’s performance and the growing unpopularity of Congress – 77% of respondents said they disapprove of the job it’s doing – could end up spelling trouble for the president and his Democratic Party in the upcoming midterm elections in November.
“With less than six months to go before the midterm elections, the public’s mood is sour, with few Americans satisfied with the direction of the country and approving of Congress, making the Democratic congressional majority extremely vulnerable,” Gallup said, adding that Biden’s approval rating was particularly weak among independents and was nowhere near the level required for a president to stave off significant midterm losses in Congress.
The Democrats currently hold a razor-thin majority control over both the US Senate and House. However, unless they find a way to raise the public’s confidence and provide solutions to the number of issues facing everyday Americans, the party could end up losing at least one chamber to the Republicans if polls are any indication of how people intend to vote in the 2022 midterms.
“The likelihood of a dramatic economic turnaround before November’s congressional elections appears slim, which puts pressure on Democrats to persuade voters to keep them in power despite the nation’s current struggles,” concluded the Gallup pollsters.
Throughout the pandemic, Sweden has faced an enormous amount of criticism and international pressure due to their willingness to stick to established public health principles and pre-pandemic planning.
Instead of following the incessant, anti-science groupthink that became part of a virus-induced political religion, Sweden chose instead to not impose the strict lockdowns that Dr. Fauci recently claimed were not tried in the US.
Sweden never mandated masks be worn in indoor public spaces, correctly identifying the lack of evidence supporting their use.
They kept schools open in defiance of teacher’s unions and politically motivated “experts” in the United States who advocated for a policy with zero benefits and tremendous harms.
Essentially, Sweden followed the actual science and not The Science™, with the requisite trademark and capital letters. That would include the guides that were prepared prior to the panic, inaccurate modeling, political motivations and crisis obsession took over.
Even last year it became readily apparent that no one in the media or public health establishment was willing to discuss the inarguable reality that Sweden’s results were no worse than many countries across the globe — and significantly better than many, many others.
In general, comparisons have been mainly focused on COVID specific outcomes, but now the World Health Organization, fresh off demanding authoritarian powers over sovereign nations whenever they deem necessary, has released a new report on their estimates of excess mortality.
Excess mortality is simply the number of deaths above the expected rate in a given country in a specific time frame.
Excess mortality captures all of the outcomes in a country — it’s not limited to COVID related metrics or any other specific cause.
For that reason it can often be a better indicator of the true cost of the pandemic, whether that be COVID mortality or the consequences of lockdowns, hospital policy or mental health breakdowns.
The WHO report contains many illuminating statistics from the first two years of the pandemic which illustrate that Sweden’s approach was undoubtedly the correct one; once again contradicting the expert derived “consensus” that advocates for endless restrictions on normal life.
Sweden’s relative success is easily visible when comparing thirty European countries in estimated excess mortality rate per 100,000:
Sweden ranks 25th out of the 30 countries.
24 countries had a higher excess mortality rate per 100,000.
In summary, Sweden, the country that eschewed strict lockdowns, had some of the lowest mask usage anywhere on earth, kept schools open and society functioning as much as possible, and had one of the lowest rates of overall mortality of any country in their region.
While a single graph or chart may not necessarily disprove pro-mandate arguments, this one comes remarkably close.
If lockdowns, masks and other restrictions were as important as experts and politicians preach that they are, these results should not be possible.
Countries like Germany, Portugal and the Czech Republic were all praised for having “science based” responses with strict lockdowns, and extremely high rates of mask compliance.
Portugal’s vaccine success
Germany’s “Master class in science communication”
The Czech Republic’s “Lifesaving lesson to wear masks”
Sweden vastly outperformed each of them.
But let’s dive in a bit deeper.
One of the more common refrains from mask advocates is that US states such as New York, New Jersey and others have poor cumulative results because they weren’t aware early on that masks “work,” so their policies were adjusted and spread was successfully reversed by mask mandates and other restrictions after the first wave.
However, Sweden shows the exact opposite.
Restrictions in Sweden for the entirety of 2020 and 2021 were consistently among the least authoritarian and invasive when compared to other western countries.
Once again, if mask mandates, lockdowns and strict vaccine based policies were so important and effective, we’d expect the outcomes in 2021 to be worse in Sweden, as most of the world experienced increased spread with more transmissible variants.
Instead we see the exact opposite:
Black bars indicate the 2020 rate in each country, while the orange bars are the 2021 rates.
In many European countries, excess mortality became significantly worse in 2021 despite the arrival of vaccines, the ingrained evidence-free belief in masks and widespread discriminatory vaccine passport policies. Sweden had the exact opposite results, with significantly lower rates in 2021 despite their “lax” rules.
Comparing the 2021 numbers exclusively also highlights Sweden’s success:
Although the determination of pro-mandate fanatics to exclusively compare Sweden to other Scandinavian countries is nonsensical, the 2021 excess mortality rates show Sweden with lower numbers than both Finland and Denmark.
The New York Times compared Australia’s COVID results to the United States, despite Australia being an island nation many thousands of miles away with 1/10th the population, so can we finally put the “Sweden did worse than Finland and Norway” nonsensical argument to bed now? https://t.co/oTuImdpH9m
Their numbers were also lower than a number of other countries that imposed mask mandates and strict vaccine passports like Ireland, Portugal and Greece.
Revisiting the overall chart from 2020-2021, it’s important to highlight several other countries that had much stricter rules than Sweden:
France, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain and Italy all had lockdowns, varying levels of vaccine discrimination, mask mandates and strict entry requirements.
All fared worse than Sweden.
The lockdown and mask apologists simply offered no explanation for this.
Oh sure, there are excuses and misdirections, but no actual explanations.
Yes, Sweden had higher cumulative rates than the other Scandinavian countries, but viewing them in context shows how similar they actually were, outside of Norway, which was essentially a global exception.
Norway, however, had significant rates of spread in late 2021 that would not be counted until the 2022 data is in.
In general, the Scandinavian countries were more lax than most of continental Europe regardless.
More importantly, the broader context of Europe shows how successful Sweden’s policies actually were.
Here are several notable countries and how much higher than excess mortality rates were from 2020-2021:
Czech Republic 229%
United States 163%
United Kingdom 100%
All of these countries had much harsher restrictions than Sweden with significantly worse results.
No matter how hard they try, every available piece of data and evidence continues to contradict the assertions made by incompetent experts desperate to protect their disgraced reputations and future grants.
Masks, lockdowns and strict discrimination at nearly every indoor business were all proven to be completely ineffective, both at reducing infections and overall mortality.
Sweden’s willingness to follow science and not The Science™ meant that they limited the negative impacts of COVID while avoiding higher numbers of deaths from other lockdown-derived consequences.
The vast majority of mainstream media outlets have no interest in covering these results because it contradicts the policies they’ve strongly advocated for and consistently promoted.
CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and many other mainstream left wing publications did their best to ensure that corporations, politicians, teacher’s unions and other decision makers had the cover to enforce seemingly endless mandates.
Disturbingly, toddlers are still masked in New York City, which appears to be heading back towards mask mandates and vaccine passports (now with boosters!).
School districts across the United States have already decided to mandate masks due to a slight increase in cases.
These policies will now be an endless, reoccurring threat in anti-science areas like Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
All based on the lie that masks work. A lie that Sweden helps expose.
How does natural selection work? Is it a positive process of starting with something simple, and then making it more complex? Or is it a “use it or lose it” negative process, where something complex becomes simpler? Dr. Scott A. Minnich and Dr. Stephen Meyer offered some great insights on natural selection and how it fits into the bigger picture of the origin of life during a recent episode of the HOPE One Live Show. Check out this short clip, and then dig even deeper into the fascinating topic of intelligent design by watching the rest of the episode posted in the description below!
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I know that a lot of people put their children into schools, thinking that the schools will teach children useful skills that will help them to get jobs and move out. Unfortunately, it seems as though the school boards, teacher unions and education bureaucrats don’t want to help parents. In fact, they view parents as their enemies. They want to indoctrinate children, and they want parents to let them.
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) considered calling for the federal government to use the “Army National Guard and its Military Police” against parents who made threats toward school officials before deleting the language from its September 29 letter to President Joe Biden, according to an independent review released on Friday.
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“Unfortunately the world and worldly practices as—opposed to biblical practices and principles—have entered the Church, and there appears to be a “deep church” as well as a “deep state.” Are we willing to acknowledge and recognize how much the world has been allowed into the Church? Are we even willing to address the issues biblically?”
(Helen Louise Herndon – The Aquila Report) The term “deep state” is ubiquitous in today’s parlance and used by many to signify political control and power in the United States. While driving my car just a while ago listening to the program, Issues, Etc., on the Lutheran Missouri Synod radio station KFUO, reference to the “deep state” occurred several times….
It was explained as the bureaucratic control and secret manipulation of government policy behind the scenes by certain influential members of government agencies. When I finally heard a clear definition of what it is, I couldn’t help wondering if something similar is taking place in some churches and denominations throughout Christendom? In other words, is there a “deep church” in the body of Christ? View article →
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