Daily Archives: May 26, 2022

Hear My Prayer | Today in the Word Devotional 

From the time of the early church, some psalms were set apart for use during times of repentance and confession of sin. By the 5th century, this group of psalms was known as the “Seven Penitential Psalms.” They model how sinful people should approach God. The seventh of these psalms is Psalm 143. In this poem, David does not confess a specific sin, but he acknowledges his sinful nature. He confesses that “no one living is righteous before you” (v. 2). The apostle Paul used this verse to ground his teaching—all have sinned and fallen short of God’s standard (Rom. 3:20; Gal. 2:16). David realizes that his suffering could be the result of God’s judgment. He prays to God to deliver him, not because of his righteousness but because of God’s faithfulness (Ps. 143:1). His trust is not in himself, but in God: “I have put my trust in you” (v. 8). David has good reason to trust in God. He muses, “I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done” (v. 5). He knows the stories of the Exodus, of Deborah, and Gideon. Israel did not deserve to be saved, but God heard the prayers of His people. David’s difficult situation made him long for God more than ever. He says that he longs for God like parched ground longs for water (v. 6). He knows he needs God’s saving help. He asks for God not only to deliver him from his enemies but also to teach and guide him in the way he should live (v. 10). >> David models for us how to approach God in humility and faith. Remember today that we are dependent upon God not only for our eternal salvation but also for each breath we make. Our hope in life and death is that we belong to God.

Possess, Not Only Profess — VCY America

For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance. (Matthew 13:12)

When the Lord has given to a man much grace, He will give him more. A little faith is a nest egg; more faith will come to it. But then it must not be seeming faith, but real and true. What a necessity is laid upon us to make sure work in religion and not to profess much, and possess nothing! For one of these days the very profession will be taken from us, if that be all we have. The threatening is as true as the promise.

Blessed be the Lord, it is His way when He has once made a beginning to go on bestowing the graces of His Spirit, till He who had but little, and yet truly had that little, is made to have abundance. Oh, for that abundance! Abundance of grace is a thing to be coveted, It would be well to know much but better to love much. It would be delightful to have abundance of skill to serve God but better still to have abundance of faith to trust in the Lord for skill and everything.

Lord, since Thou hast given me a sense of sin, deepen my hatred of evil. Since Thou hast caused me to trust Jesus, raise my faith to full assurance. Since Thou hast made me to love Thee, cause me to be carried away with vehement affection for Thee!

Possess, Not Only Profess — VCY America

Teaching Them to Observe All I Have Commanded | Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul 

The Great Commission cannot be fulfilled apart from teaching. Today, Burk Parsons identifies what it is that Jesus has commanded His people to teach as we strive to make disciples.

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THE CASTLE OF SELF — Reformedontheweb’s Blog

STRANGE to say, the great number of those who are saved are just the most unlikely people in the world to have been saved, while a great number of those who perish were once just the very people whom, if natural disposition had anything to do with it, we should have expected to see in Heaven. Why, there is one who in his youth was a child of many follies. Often did his mother weep over him, and cry and groan over her son’s wanderings; for what with a fierce high spirit that could brook neither bit nor bridle, what with perpetual rebellions and ebullitions of hot anger, she said, “My son, my son, what wilt thou be in thy riper years? Surely thou wilt dash in pieces law and order, and be a disgrace to thy father’s name.” He grew up; in youth he was wild and wanton, but wonder of wonders! On a sudden he became a new man, changed, altogether changed; no more like what he was before than angels are like lost spirits. He sat at her feet, he cheered her heart, and the lost, fiery one became gentle, mild, humble as a little child, and obedient to God’s commandments. You say, wonder of wonders! But there is another. He was a fair youth; when but a child he talked of Jesus; often when his mother had him on her knee he asked her questions about Heaven; he was a prodigy, a wonder of piety in his youth.As he grew up the tear rolled down his cheek under any sermon; he could scarcely bear to hear of death without a sigh; sometimes his mother caught him, as she thought, in prayer alone. And what is he now? He has just come from sin; he has become the debauched, desperate villain, has gone far into all manner of wickedness and lust, and sin, and has become more corrupt than other men could have made him; only his own evil spirit, once confined, has now developed itself, he has learned to play the lion in his manhood, as once he played the fox in his youth. It very frequently is so. Some abandoned, wicked fellow, has had his heart broken, and been led to weep and has cried to God for mercy, and renounced his vile sin; whilst some fair maiden by his side hath heard the same sermon, and if there was a tear she brushed it away; she still continues just what she was, “without God and without hope in the world.” God has taken the base things of the world, and has just picked His people out of the very roughest of men, in order that He may prove that it is not natural disposition, but that “Salvation is of the Lord” alone. With sinners, this doctrine is a great battering-ram against their pride. I will give you a figure. The sinner in his natural estate reminds me of a man who has a strong and well-nigh impenetrable castle into which he has fled. There is the outer moat; there is a second moat; there are the high walls; and then afterwards there is the dungeon and keep, into which the sinner will retire. Now, the first moat that goes round the sinner’s trusting place is his good works. “Ah!” he says, “I am as good as my neighbor; twenty shillings in the pound down, ready money, I have always paid; I am no sinner; ‘I tithe mint and cummin;’ a good respectable gentleman I am indeed.” Well, when God comes to work with him, to save him, he sends his army across the first moat; and as they go through it, they cry, “Salvation is of the Lord;” and the moat is dried up, for if it be of the Lord, how can it be of good works? But when that is gone, he has a second entrenchment — ceremonies. “Well,” he says, “I will not trust in my good works, but I have been baptized, I have been confirmed; do not I take the sacrament? That shall be my trust.” “Over the moat! Over the moat!” And the soldiers go over again, shouting, “Salvation is of the Lord.” The second moat is dried up; it is all over with that. Now they come to the first strong wall; the sinner, looking over it, says, “I can repent, I can believe, whenever I like; I will save myself by repenting and believing.” Up come the soldiers of God, His great army of conviction, and they batter this wall to the ground, crying, “ ‘Salvation is of the Lord.’ Your faith and your repentance must all be given you, or else you will neither believe nor repent of sin.” And now the castle is taken; the man’s hopes are all cut off; he feels that it is not of self; the castle of self is overcome, and the great banner upon which is written “Salvation is of the Lord” is displayed upon the battlements. But is the battle over? Oh, no; the sinner has retired to the keep, in the center of the castle; and now he changes his tactics. “I cannot save myself,” says he, “therefore I will despair; there is no salvation for me.” Now this second castle is as hard to take as the first, for the sinner sits down and says, “I can’t be saved, I must perish.” But God commands the soldiers to take this castle too, shouting, “Salvation is of the Lord;” though it is not of man, it is of God; “he is able to save, even to the uttermost,” though you cannot save yourself. This sword, you see, cuts two ways; it cuts pride down, and then it cleaves the skull of despair. If any man say he can save himself, it halveth his pride at once; and if another man say he cannot be saved, it dasheth his despair to the earth; for it affirms that he can be saved, seeing, “Salvation is of the Lord.” WHAT IS THE OBVERSE OF THIS TRUTH? Salvation is of God: then damnation is of man. If any of you perish, the blame will not lie at God’s door; if you are lost and cast away, you will have to bear all the blame and all the tortures of conscience yourself; you will lie forever in perdition, and reflect, “I have destroyed myself; I have made a suicide of my soul; I have been my own destroyer; I can lay no blame to God.” Remember, if saved, you must be saved by God alone, though if lost you have lost yourselves. “Turn ye, turn ye, why will ye die O house of Israel.” Charles H. Spurgeon – Words of Warning for Daily Life, ‘The Castle of Self’

THE CASTLE OF SELF — Reformedontheweb’s Blog

The Bible and its Story: Egypt Receives the Light

From the lament over Moab, Isaiah turns to warn Damascus and Samaria. Assyria shall overthrow them. Then he looks to the southward, toward Africa. Even those nations lying there beyond Judah are in danger from the common oppressor. It may be that ambassadors from far off Ethiopia had come to Jerusalem to consult upon means of defensive alliance; for Isaiah, speaking here perhaps as a statesman rather than a prophet, assures the Ethiopians that Assyria’s conquests shall not reach to them. Next he warns Egypt. Not the power of Assyria, but Egypt’s own wickedness shall well-nigh destroy her.

‎Then follows the remarkable series of passages in which the prophet declares that Egypt shall at length be saved by the light of God’s teaching. Her people shall become timid and fearful “like unto women;” yet shall a special effort be made to teach them. An altar shall be erected in the land, “for a sign and for a witness.” The people shall “cry unto the Lord because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one.” “And the Egyptians shall know the Lord in that day.”

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

The Suffering Church, Part 1 – Listen to Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah, May 26, 2022

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In many parts of the world, the pain of persecution is a harsh daily reality for Christians. Dr. David Jeremiah continues his series on Jesus’ letters to seven types of churches, with a focus on the persecuted church. Having endured the agony of crucifixion, Christ’s words to the suffering are well worth taking to heart. 

— Read on www.oneplace.com/ministries/turning-point/listen/the-suffering-church-part-1-963038.html

A Tested Faith, Part 2 of 2 (Strength For The Journey) – Listen to Running To Win with Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, May 26, 2022

When God is not our priority, our self-absorption destroys both us and our relationship with Him. To ensure we understand the cost of Calvary, God gave us Moriah. On that mountain, Abraham, a picture of God the Father, laid Isaac down, the picture of Christ the Son. In this message, we find three lessons about Abraham’s worshipful sacrifice. Are we putting the Lord first?

The Confession of Our Sin – Part 1 | Daily Radio Program with Charles Stanley…

Grasp the concept of what confession truly means.

First John 1:9 teaches, ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ Yet, we need to consider whether or not we really understand what it means to genuinely confess our sins. Are we confident that God has truly forgiven us? Dr. Stanley shows you how there is much more to confession than simply telling God what you’ve done. He also instructs you how to be sure that all of your transgressions have been forgiven once and for all.

— Read on www.intouch.org/listen/radio/the-confession-of-our-sin-part-1

Don’t Forget about Jesus’ Ascension | Truth For Life

Without the ascension, Christ’s nativity, passion, and resurrection would have been pointless. The ascension is the defining moment that marked the end of Jesus’ personal ministry on earth and the beginning of the Great Commission. Alistair Begg walks us through the Gospel plan, the Holy Spirit’s enabling power, and the personnel God uses to accomplish His purposes. As every believer joins in His mission, Jesus continues to reign from heaven, seeking the lost through weak, fearful servants like us.

Source: Don’t Forget about Jesus’ Ascension

Tears of Repentance and Forgiveness — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.” Mark 14:72


As long as Peter lived, a fountain of tears began to flow whenever he remembered how he denied his Lord. It is not unlikely that it was so, for his sin was very great, and grace granted to him afterwards was even greater.

This same experience is common to all of God’s children, according to the degree the Holy Spirit has removed your natural heart of stone. We, like Peter, remember our boastful promises: “Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you.” (Matthew 26:33, NLT) We eat our own words with the bitter herbs of repentance. When we think of how we promised we would act, and how often in overt or subtle ways, we have denied our Lord, we may weep whole showers of grief.

Peter must have contemplated, at length, his denial of his Lord. The place in which he did it, the reasons that led him into such heinous sin, the lies and blasphemies he uttered, and the dreadful hardness of heart which drove him to do so again and yet again. How can we, when we are reminded of our misdeeds, and their exceeding sinfulness, remain indifferent and stubborn? Shouldn’t we repent of our sin, and cry to the Lord for renewed assurances of His pardoning love? May we never take a dry-eyed look at sin. Doing so threatens us on a dangerous and lonely path, with a tongue parched in the flames of hell.

But Peter must also have thought about his Master’s look of love. The Lord followed up the rooster’s warning voice with an cautioning look of sorrow, pity, and love. That glance was never out of Peter’s mind so long as he lived. It was far more effectual than ten thousand sermons would have been without the Holy Spirit. The regretful apostle would be sure to weep when he recollected the Savior’s full forgiveness, which restored him to his former place. (John 21:15-19)

To think that we have offended so kind and good a Lord is more than sufficient reason for being constant weepers, both out of sorrowful repentance and at the same time joyful, thankful forgiveness. Lord, smite our rocky hearts, and make the waters flow.

By Charles H Spurgeon
Used by Permission
Updated to modern English by Darren Hewer, 2009.


Further Reading

•  Forgiveness – Yourself and  Others

•  The Power of Forgiveness | by Dr. Henry Brandt

•  Salvation Explained

Tears of Repentance and Forgiveness — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

The Bible and its Story: The Weeping of Moab

Other warnings follow that to Babylon. Philistia is threatened. One Assyrian invader had already been as a serpent to her; a later one would prove a “fiery flying serpent.” Let Moab also beware. Her people, once of kin to the ancient Israelites, have become their enemies. Now Moab must perish.

‎For ancient friendship’s sake the prophet entreats the Moabites to abandon their land and take shelter in Jerusalem. Yet he foresees that they will not. “We have heard of the pride of Moab; he is very proud: even of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath: but his lies shall not be so.” Hence the doom must fall. “And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful field; and in the vineyards there shall be no singing, neither shall there be shouting: the treaders shall tread out no wine in their presses: I have made their vintage-shouting to cease.”

‎“But now the Lord hath spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of an hireling, and the glory of Moab shall be contemned, with all that great multitude; and the remnant shall be very small and feeble.”

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

Heidelminicast: Heidelberg Catechism 93—How Are The Ten Commandments Divided? — The Heidelblog

The Heidelberg Catechism is one of the most beloved and well used catechisms to emerge from the sixteenth and seventeenth century Reformation. Published in its final form in 1563, the catechism has been used by millions of Christians to teach the faith to children and adults alike. Arranged in 52 Lord’s Days (Sundays) the catechism takes the Christian through the basics of the Christian faith (our creation, fall, redemption, new life in Christ, and glorification). It explains the Apostles’ Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord’s Prayer. It is a treasure. To encourage listeners and readers, we expect to post one question and answer a day on the HB. If you are subscribed to the Heidelcast or the Heidelblog (see below) you will receive these episodes automatically.

Heidelminicast: Heidelberg Catechism 93—How Are The Ten Commandments Divided? — The Heidelblog

26 May 2022 News Briefing

Biden trying to disrupt Israel’s celebration of Jerusalem’s reunification
The State Department wants the annual march to divert its path from the Damascus Gate and the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City; an Israeli official told The Times of Israel on Wednesday. The victory march is set to take place on Sunday. Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev approved the traditional route that originates in Safra Square to the Western Wall via the Old City’s Muslim Quarter. Local Arab store owners along the route feel compelled to close their shops early on the day of the march as they feel intimidated by the nationalist marchers.

Israeli expedition discovers virus that can severely affect oxygen-production from oceans
At least half the earth’s oxygen production and primary production of organic compounds comes from the ocean.
But when the team arrived at the same location a year later, they found the Prochlorococcus population in the hotspot significantly reduced and suffering from 10 times more infection than normal. In 2017, the Prochlorococcus population declined at 17o Celsius, when normally these cyanobacteria are comfortable at temperatures as low as 12o C. The Prochlorococcus, in short, suffered a virus outbreak, causing a high percentage of them to die. Until now, it had not been known that viral infection could have such a dramatic effect on cyanobacterial populations.

CIA announces 2 agents killed
The Central Intelligence Agency added two new stars to its Memorial Wall at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Va., on Monday, signifying for the first time that two agency officers were killed in the line of duty over the past year. In a press release, the CIA said it added the two new stars during its annual Memorial Ceremony to remember, honor, and celebrate its fallen personnel.

A 5.5 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Area Near the Fukushima Disaster Site
The 5.5-magnitude quake struck off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture in northeastern Japan on Sunday, but no damage or casualties were reported. A tsunami warning was not issued. The epicenter of the quake, according to the USGS, was 82 miles southeast of Shizunai, Japan, at a depth of 19 miles. The Japanese Meteorological Agency raised the magnitude to 6.0.

US Treasury set to push Russia closer to default
The U.S. Treasury Department is expected to tighten sanctions this week on Russia, threatening about $1 billion owed to bondholders for the rest of this year and putting the country once again on the edge of default. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said last week she’s unlikely to extend an exemption expiring Wednesday that allows Russia to make payments on its foreign-currency bonds to U.S. investors.

Australia, India, Japan and US end ‘Quad’ summit with eyes on China
Leaders of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) met on Tuesday in Tokyo, with China’s increasing influence and assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region looming large over the four-nation summit. They announced the roll out of a major new maritime initiative that is expected to monitor Chinese maritime activities in the region.

China must be prepared to destroy Elon Musk’s Starlink system, Chinese researchers say
Chinese military researchers are calling for their country’s military to develop ways to either counter or outright destroy the Starlink satellite internet service developed by Elon Musk.

Biden issues executive order on policing – here it is
According to a White House press release, the order directs Attorney General Merrick Garland to create a National Law Enforcement Accountability Database. All federal law enforcement agencies are required to participate in the database that will include “records of officer misconduct (including convictions, terminations, de-certifications, civil judgments, resignations and retirements while under investigation for serious misconduct, and sustained complaints or records of disciplinary actions for serious misconduct), as well as commendations and awards … also …

Mideast Has Experienced Dust Storms Nearly Every Week Since March
The most recent blanketed the Middle East on Monday, shrouding Iraq, Syria and Iran in an orange cloud which disrupted flights and sent people to hospitals with breathing issues. Iraqi officials declared Monday a national holiday in order to urge people to stay home during the dangerous storm. Kuwait International Airport suspended all flights Monday for the second time this month due to the dust. There have been 10 dust storms in the past two months.

EF-2 tornado confirmed in Uxbridge, Canada 
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.

In Memory of Those Who “Died Suddenly” in Israel
As reported in the media in one week, 10 – 16 May, the chief Israeli negotiator at the Oslo Accords and a Rabbi “died suddenly” in Israel.

Official Government reports suggest Authorities are using Monkeypox to cover up the fact the Covid-19 Vaccines cause Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
The new evolving hysteria surrounding the alleged emergence of ‘monkeypox’ in Western nations is not what it appears to be. We are not witnessing the monkeypox virus run rampant across first world countries for the first time ever.

Mike Whitney: “I’m going to go out on a limb here and say there is zero chance that this new monkeypox occurred naturally”
What do you think the chances are that an oddball affliction, like monkeypox, could spontaneously break out in 10 different locations around the world – where it had never appeared before – at the exact same time? How about “zero” chance? Is that too high?

People Starting to Go Hungry as Food Prices Soar, Some Barely Able to Afford One Meal a Day
On the cusp of summer, the cold, hard edge of hunger is hitting North America. At a time when experts are warning about global food shortages, a new report from Canada says individuals living on government benefits are being forced to live with less.

Gasoline price in Los Angeles rises to as much as $7.83 a gallon – more than the federal minimum wage 
Motorists in the United States are now grappling with sky-high gasoline prices that are reaching records daily.

Primary source of COVID misinformation is the feds, scientists and scholars tell surgeon general 
S Surgeon General Vivek Murthy recently asked the public how COVID-19 misinformation “in the digital information environment” had affected health outcomes, trust in the healthcare system and “likelihood to vaccinate,” among other issues.

Smart device that gives COVID test results in 20 minutes also sends data to CDC and other government agencies
A Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) testing smart device sends data results immediately to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal and state health agencies.

Expert calls CDC advisory panel a ‘kangaroo court’ 
One of the nation’s leading public health experts has slammed the CDC’s top advisory panel over its approval of Covid booster shots for children as young as five years old – just as leading jab manufacturer Pfizer reveals plans to submit an application to give the shots to babies as young as six-months this week.

VAERS Data Show New Deaths, Injuries After COVID Vaccines, As CDC Signs Off on 3rd Shot for Kids 5-11 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released new data showing a total of 1,268,008 reports of adverse events following COVID-19 vaccines were submitted between Dec. 14, 2020, and May 13, 2022, to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

Monkeypox detected in at least 11 countries; scientists claim to be puzzled over its spread 
An Israeli man in his 30s has been hospitalized in Tel Aviv with the first suspected case of the monkeypox virus. The man previously visited Western Europe, where there had been dozens of cases of the disease.

New Mexico approves plans for cloud seeding in the southeast portions of the state Plans for cloud seeding in New Mexico have been given the go-ahead. The Interstate Stream Commission recently approved a seeding operation that could potentially alleviate the drought-stricken southeast portions of the state.

China Insists Party Elites Shed Overseas Assets, Eyeing Western Sanctions on Russia
An internal Communist Party directive bars senior officials from owning property abroad or stakes in overseas entities, whether directly or through spouses and children

IT’S NOT THE GUNS: America’s left-wing culture of DEATH and self-mutilation is a FACTORY that produces mass shooters 
In the wake of the mass shooting yesterday in Uvalde, Texas, we must remember that on the very same day, over 2,700 human babies were murdered in America via abortion factories, according to reliable abortion estimates.

CNN now publicly asking whether mRNA injections have CAUSED the current covid wave – exactly as we’ve been saying since day one
Pigs might be about to fly now that fake news giant CNN is admitting, in a surprising turn of events, that Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccines” may actually be causing the constant and continual waves of covid infection that are being reported all around the world.

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.

6 Places Where Chilling Dystopian Events Forewarned About In George Orwell’s ‘1984’ Have Already Come True Both Here In America And Around The World 
When George Orwell wrote his novel ‘1984’ showing his dystopian vision of the future, based on real-life events he’s seen already take place across WWII Europe, he was warning a war-weary world that the events they had just witnessed could happen again, and on a much larger scale. In 2022, ‘1984’ is being used as a how-to guide to implement the New World Order, and the progress made thus far is truly mind-boggling, it’s truly of biblical proportions.

Radical leftist group unveils $30 million strategy to push LGBT agenda, stop GOP midterm landslide 
The alt-left public policy activist group MoveOn has unveiled a massive $30 million push to defeat Republican candidates across the nation in this year’s midterm elections as a means to protect abortion “rights,” advance even more outlandish “LGBTQIA+” ideology into law, and further undermine election integrity measures.

On Day 800 Of 15 Days To Flatten The Curve We Have The Worst School Shooting Since Sandy Hook, With Much More On Deck And Ready To Go 
It is mind boggling to me, as the overtly obvious spirit of Antichrist continues to sweep across America, manifesting itself yesterday in a horrific school shooting in Texas where 19 students and two teachers were killed, that the debate is about gun control. Taking away guns will no more stop mass shootings than Prohibition stopped the consumption of alcohol, or that the “Just Say No!” campaign prevented drug use. What we have here is a spiritual problem, and in a nation that is spiritually dead, that’s a pretty big problem. We told you 800 days ago this wasn’t going to stop, believe us now?

Massive Train Derailment Destroys Several Tons Of Vital Fertilizer
Fertilizer prices have skyrocketed in recent months..prepare yourselves for food shorages.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2022/05/26/26-may-2022/

Headlines – 5/26/2022

Stop Banning Jews and Christians From Praying on the Temple Mount: Orthodox Rabbi

Ahead of Flag March, Hezbollah chief says Al-Aqsa violation ‘will blow apart region’

Nasrallah: ‘Attack’ on Jerusalem would lead to ‘unimaginable consequences’

Palestinians say teen shot, killed in IDF clash during Jewish West Bank pilgrimage

Next coalition crisis? Ahead of High Court debate, Gantz says Homesh to be evacuated

Court criticizes prosecution’s request to alter indictment in Netanyahu graft case

Biden visit to Israel aims to please, but may alienate all parties instead

Gantz to make delayed India visit next week, marking 30 years of security ties

Turkey FM Visits Israel for First Time in 15 Years in a Sign of Warming Relations

Israel and Turkey opening new chapter in relations: Israel FM

Erdogan’s vowed military operation returns spotlight to Syrian border towns

Sweden not funding or arming ‘terrorist organizations,’ PM tells Turkey

Crowded migrant boat sinks off Tunisia with more than 70 people missing

French police clear channel migrant camps after violence leaves one dead

Iran said to have utilized confidential IAEA papers to cover up nuclear activity

IAEA at ‘very difficult juncture’ with Iran on unanswered queries about nuclear sites

Biden administration will submit any new Iran deal to Congress for review: Malley

U.S. senators voice frustration at Biden’s Iran policy

Chances for new nuclear deal with Iran ‘tenuous,’ US envoy tells Senate

US Imposes Sanctions on Moscow-Backed Iranian Oil Smuggling Network

Treasury Sanctions International Oil Smuggling Ring With Links to Iran

Clashes in Pakistan as defiant Imran Khan begins march to capital

Pakistan capital blockaded ahead of opposition protest

Pakistan police fire teargas, baton-charge supporters of ousted PM Khan

Blast Tears Through Kabul Mosque, Killing at Least 5

Over one million Afghan children could face severe malnutrition

U.N. Security Council urges Taliban to lift restrictions on women, girls

‘Kissinger still lives in the 20th century’: Ukraine hits back at suggestion it should cede land to Russia

Russian parliament scraps age limit for soldiers

Zelensky demands Russian troops leave Ukraine as precondition to diplomacy

Russia offers fast-track citizenship to residents of occupied Ukraine

Russia bans entry to numerous U.S. Jews, including Chabad rabbis

Russian billionaire investigated by UK for sanctions violations

Russia Inches Toward Default as Washington Ends Bond Payment Exemption

Russia to make foreign debt payments in rubles: Ministry

Ukraine looks for ways to get its grain out

Russia ready to set up corridor for ships carrying food to leave Ukraine: Ifax

China offers South Pacific free trade, security agreements: Documents

World Bank’s Malpass: Ukraine War Could Trigger Global Recession

George Soros Tells Davos Elites: Defeat Putin or ‘Civilisation May Not Survive’ the Climate Crisis

US condemns N.Korea missile launches, urges ‘dialogue’

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka appoints PM to head finance ministry

Genocide: Police Hack Shows Xi Jinping Ordered China to ‘Break the Lineages’ of Uyghurs

Dem China hawks hope Biden’s Taiwan gaffe was no accident

Key senators ask DOJ to probe ‘misleading’ foreign agent report filed by Hunter Biden-tied firm

Hunter Biden Emails Show How Family Spurned Public Schools Despite Public Stance

Sussmann billed the purchase of flash drives to Clinton campaign days before giving them to FBI

Grassley says new Durham evidence shows FBI misconduct, vendetta against Trump

Secret Video Recordings Leaked from Inside “The Hole” of DC Gitmo – First Footage Ever Released of Cockroach and Mold Infested Cell of J6 Political Prisoner

Appeals Court Rules ‘Insurrectionist’ Members of Congress May be Barred from Office in Cawthorn Case

Poll: Election Integrity a Major Concern for Midterm Election Voters

Most Controversial Republican Politician in the Country ‘Wins’ GOP Secretary of State Primary in Georgia

It Appears Democrat Voters Pushed Raffensperger Over the Top in Georgia GOP Primary

Stacey Abrams: Massively Increased Voter Participation Can Still Be ‘Suppression,’ You Know

Democrat crypto billionaire says he could spend a record $1 billion in 2024 election

Pope Francis: We Live in an Age of ‘Fake News,’ ‘Pseudo-Scientific Truths’

Babylon-stradamus: Babylon Bee Publishes List of Nearly 70 Satirical Stories That Recently “Came True”

DuckDuckGo caught giving Microsoft permission for trackers despite strong privacy reputation

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Davos gathering overshadowed by global economic worries

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Mid-Day Snapshot · May 26, 2022

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Three Democrat Disgraces: Obama, Biden, O’Rourke

There’s a time and a place for politics as usual. Yesterday wasn’t it.

Douglas Andrews

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” said Barack Obama’s cold-blooded chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. “And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”

Emanuel actually said that back in November 2008, while his boss was still president-elect, but it helped set the tone for the Obama presidency and its penchant for ramming unpopular legislation down the throat of the American people. And it’s been embraced by Democrats ever since.

Indeed, when it comes to politicizing even the most unspeakable of crimes, the Democrats simply can’t help themselves. Less than 24 hours after the Uvalde massacre, even before all the children had been identified, three prominent Democrats were trying to score political points: Obama himself, Joe Biden, and Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke. It was a race to the bottom, and we think Obama won going away.

“As we grieve the children of Uvalde today,” began Obama’s tone-deaf tweet, “we should take time to recognize that two years have passed since the murder of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer. His killing stays with us all to this day, especially those who loved him.”

We’re sorry. But the killing of career criminal George Floyd — the guy who once held a gun to a pregnant woman’s belly while his friends ransacked her home — does not stay “with us all to this day,” especially while we as a nation are still coming to grips with the senseless slaughter of 19 precious children and two teachers.

Did George Floyd deserve to die? No. Does he deserve to be lionized by the Left and commemorated each May 25 as if he’s a latter-day MLK? Hell no. And he certainly doesn’t deserve equal billing with the children of Uvalde in a tweet from a former president.

The Babylon Bee’s Seth Dillon harshly but accurately paraphrased Obama thusly: “It sucks those kids died, but remember George Floyd? He’s who I’m still thinking about.”

Obama wasn’t finished tweeting, though. “In the aftermath of his murder,” he continued, “a new generation of activists rose up to channel their anguish into organized action, launching a movement to raise awareness of systemic racism and the need for criminal justice and police reform.”

Which brings us to Joe Biden, ever buffeted by events, relegated to the dutiful signing of executive orders on behalf of his cop-hating former boss. “I’ve called on Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act,” he tweeted, “but Senate Republicans have stood in the way of progress. That’s why this afternoon, I’m taking action and signing an Executive Order that delivers the most significant police reform in decades.”

Think about that: Crime is soaring all across the country, cops are being gunned down in record numbers, and Biden’s solution is to handcuff our cops. No wonder he’s polling worse than every modern president.

As for what’s good within the order, we can thank Senator Tim Scott, whose reform bill was filibustered in 2020 by Democrats unwilling to acknowledge the commonsense reform measures proposed by a black Republican.

Finally, there was career candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, who’s running for governor in Texas and who thought it’d be a good idea to crash yesterday’s somber Uvalde press conference, which was held by Governor Greg Abbott and numerous state and local officials. As The Wall Street Journal reports: “After Mr. Abbott had spoken for several minutes, Mr. O’Rourke interrupted to point a finger at the Governor and declare, ‘This is on you. … You said this was not predictable. This is totally predictable when you choose not to do anything.’”

One booming voice rose above the ensuing fray, and it belonged to Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin: “Sir, you are out of line,” he said. “Please leave this auditorium. … I can’t believe you’re a sick son of a b**ch who would come to a deal like this to make a political issue.”

Enough said.

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Bully Biden Threatens Lunch Money

Public schools will lose funding for poor kids’ food if they don’t allow boys into girls’ restrooms.

Nate Jackson

What is it with bullies and people’s lunch money? That’s what every American should be asking after Joe Biden played the quintessential bully trope of threatening to take federal lunch money from any K-12 school or district that doesn’t let boys use girls’ bathrooms.

Unity. Or else.

The announcement came earlier this month from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which declared that, beginning in June, its “Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) … will interpret the prohibition on discrimination based on sex found in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 … to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Translation: The money at stake over Biden’s Rainbow Mafia agenda is for the lunches provided to lower-income kids, which doesn’t seem to match the usual Democrat talking points about “fair share.” It is, however, exactly what a bully would say, and just in time for “Pride Month” to boot.

“Whether you are grocery shopping, standing in line at the school cafeteria, or picking up food from a food bank, you should be able to do so without fear of discrimination,” said Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Deputy Under Secretary Stacy Dean. “No one should be denied access to nutritious food simply because of who they are or how they identify.” No, apparently they should be denied access to food simply because leftists are more worried about advancing gender dysphoria than feeding kids.

Digger further, however, the USDA combines the two problems in its quest for “equity”:

Historically, the LGBTQI+ community has faced striking economic and social disparities, such as higher rates of poverty, unemployment and nutrition insecurity. For example, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, more than 13% of LGBTQ respondents lived in a household that experienced food insecurity, compared to 7.2% of non-LGBTQ adult respondents. This survey also found food insufficiency — not always having enough food to eat — to be three times as common among transgender individuals (nearly 24% of respondents) as compared to cisgender individuals (8.3% of respondents).

We view those statistics with some measure of skepticism, but just for the sake of argument, let’s take them at face value and ask some questions. Does this necessarily mean that “LGBTQI+” folks face discrimination? Or does this mean that sex is not the only thing that’s dysfunctional in the home? How many intact marriages and families are represented in this statistic about food insufficiency? Could it be that food insecurity is a consequence of broken homes, and that broken homes are more likely to yield other consequences like sexual dysfunction?

What else do broken homes create? Bullies. Bullies who increasingly seem to go work for the government so they can force certain things on the American public. Bullies who need to groom kids to become more like them.

Federal funding is increasingly becoming a Faustian bargain, and this isn’t the first time the subject has been gender. Biden learned a lot of bully tactics from his former boss. During his second term, Barack Obama made federal funding contingent on compliance with his gender-bending agenda.

Our objection to this deviancy isn’t rooted in wanting to discriminate against anyone. Far from it. In fact, it’s tragic and abusive that kids struggling with gender dysphoria are not only being denied the actual treatment and help they need in favor of “affirmation” but that this lunacy puts other kids at great physical risk. Never forget that a male who was granted access to female restrooms in Loudoun County, Virginia, sexually assaulted a young woman, or that the district covered it up because the agenda was paramount. That surely wasn’t the only time, and it won’t be the last time.

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Executive News Summary

Biden’s approval sinks to record low, birth rates up for first time in years, Walmart cancels “Juneteenth” ice cream, and more.

Thomas Gallatin & Jordan Candler

Top of the Fold

  • Biden’s approval sinks to record low: It’s official: Joe Biden is the least popular president in modern U.S. history. Going all the way back to Harry Truman, Biden’s net average approval rating on his 490th day in office has sunk to a new low of 40.9%. Making matters worse for Biden, polling numbers indicate that he is now starting to lose Democrats. A whopping 70% of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track — 90% of Republicans, 70% of independents, and 49% of Democrats. His disapproval rating now sits at 59%, just one percentage point shy of his highest approval rating of 60% when he first came into office. Biden has done a complete 180. Put simply, no president has been this unpopular in the modern era, and it’s happening going into a midterm election in which historically the party of the president fairs poorly. The question is this: Just how bad will the midterms go for Democrats attached to a lead weight like Biden?
  • U.S. birth rates up for first time in years: Since 2014, the number of births in the U.S. had been steadily decreasing year after year by an average of 2% — until 2021, when the trend reversed. Over 3.6 million children were born in 2021, representing a 1% increase over 2020. The rate of increase spanned women across all age groups above 25, while falling for women age 15 to 24. The most likely factor behind the turnaround was coming out of the COVID pandemic, with much of society returning to normal after social distancing and lockdowns. While the growth in the birth rate is a good thing, there are concerns regarding a growing shortage of obstetricians across the country and how this will impact healthcare.
  • Walmart cancels “Juneteenth” ice cream: Last year, Joe Biden established June 19 as a nationally recognized federal holiday dubbed “Juneteenth.” The holiday was first established and observed in Texas, the last state in the Confederacy where, on June 19, 1865, emancipated slaves finally attained their freedom. Well, like every other national holiday, businesses take the opportunity to capitalize and market their goods accordingly. In that spirit, Walmart recently rolled out a special “celebration edition” ice cream with labeling that read, “Share and celebrate African-American culture, emancipation and enduring hope.” As soon as the ice cream hit Walmart’s store freezers, leftist snowflakes had a meltdown. “We said we want the reparations we are owed. They gave us Representatives kneeling in Kente cloth, ice cream and party decorations,” one social media user moaned. Another wrote: “Corporate America will co-opt Juneteenth now that it’s a federal holiday like everything else. We don’t have reparations, laws protecting our voting rights, or stopping Police from killing us, but we have ice cream…” Rather than ignoring the social media wokescolds screaming about ice cream, Walmart pulled the product and issued an apology. Yet another lesson emphasizing that there is simply no pleasing the woke mob.

Headlines

  • Lawmakers eye bipartisan national “red flag” law (Washington Times)
  • Police face questions over delays in storming Texas school (AP)
  • NRA forges ahead with convention in Houston (Washington Times)
  • Biden orders police reforms two years after Floyd killing (Washington Times)
  • Mehmet Oz, Dave McCormick head to recount in Pennsylvania Senate primary (National Review)
  • China announces military drills near Taiwan after Biden remarks (The Hill)
  • Oklahoma enacts nation’s strictest abortion ban (Washington Examiner)
  • Twitter to pay $150 million to settle federal suit over data collection practices (Washington Examiner)
  • Policy: How to actually solve the baby formula shortage (AEI)
  • Satire: Nancy Pelosi draws up articles of impeachment against the pope (Babylon Bee)

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

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The Home Price Explosion

The price tag for buying a house over the last two years has jumped at a faster rate than prior to the 2008 bubble burst.

Thomas Gallatin

Anyone who has been paying attention knows that the price of houses in the U.S. has been skyrocketing. In fact, the average home price has jumped a whopping 35% in less than two years, which is a faster rate of increase than the buildup to the 2008 housing collapse.

Indeed, the jump in housing values has begun to trigger alarm bells as worry grows that America may be facing another bubble burst like the one that led to the Great Recession. “For the recession we are probably entering, the most likely outcome is that home prices decline somewhere between the 1982 rate and the rate from 2008,” observed the Hoover Institution’s Kevin Hassett. “After a 19.8 percent increase over the past year, the odds are that most American homeowners will end the recession playing with house money.”

To put things in perspective, the national average price of a home in 2020 was $374,500. Today, the average price has jumped to $507,800. This 35% increase in home values coincided with a global pandemic that shut down nearly half the country, putting millions of Americans out of work. Congress’s response of seemingly endlessly printing and redistributing money has only proven to send the inflation rate to a 40-year high. At least as the housing bubble grew prior to 2008 the economy wasn’t also in rough shape.

In March, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas looked at home sale data and called it “abnormal,” noting that “reasons for concern are clear” as “the price-to-rent ratio, in particular, and the price-to-income ratio … show signs that 2021 house prices appear increasingly out of step with fundamentals.”

However, the folks at the Fed are attempting to spin a positive tone by suggesting that high housing prices are “not as bad as the Great Recession’s housing crash.” But even back in 2008 when the bubble burst, the inflation rate topped out at 5.6% and the price of gas peaked at $4.11 per gallon before quickly dropping back to an average of $3.15. Today, inflation is well over 8% with the national average for the price at the pump hitting $4.60. Some are predicting $6 by August.

While the factors underlying the housing price increases that led to the 2008 bubble bursting are indeed different, that hasn’t stopped fears that this current price hike is also an unsustainable scenario that may soon collapse. In a recent Gallup poll, just 30% said it’s a good time to buy a house, which is a 23% drop from last year, indicating that fear of an imminent pop is growing.

What is similar between 2008 and today is that in both cases much of the basis for the sudden spike in home prices can be directly connected to actions taken by the federal government to “fix” problems. Unfortunately, the fix usually ends up creating a worse problem than what was originally being addressed.

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The Left’s Solution Is Always Death

The so-called progressives’ latest proposition to solving poverty is medically assisted suicide and abortion.

Emmy Griffin

Where does the value of human life come from? Does it come from common sense? The government? Natural law? As podcast host Spencer Klavan often points out, understanding where ideas such as human rights and human value come from is essential when addressing social issues in the culture war.

In his latest episode of “Young Heretics,” Klavan traces the origin of the idea that life has intrinsic value, and with value comes rights. If you believe the Declaration of Independence is correct, then you believe your rights come from God. God-given rights stem from Judeo-Christian values. In Genesis 1:27-28, after creating man, God declares that mankind is made in his image. And because humans are image bearers, God commands us to be fruitful and multiply (i.e., be life givers).

God also demands in Genesis 9:6, “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man his blood will be shed; for in His own image God has made mankind.” This shows the depravity of taking a human life and depriving him of his right to live out his image bearing. This is where the idea of the sanctity of life comes from. But as we have found to our great distress, the Left wants to decide what value to put on humanity, all in the name of autonomy. This leads us to our neighbors to the north.

Canada, a nation that is incredibly left-leaning and progressive in its policies, has made it legal for people to commit medically assisted suicide if their quality of life is not what they deem sufficient. In essence, it’s providing a diabolical “solution” for poverty. According to The Spectator, here is how it came about:

In 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada reversed 22 years of its own jurisprudence by striking down the country’s ban on assisted suicide as unconstitutional, blithely dismissing fears that the ruling would ‘initiate a descent down a slippery slope into homicide’ against the vulnerable as founded on ‘anecdotal examples.’ … It only took five years for the proverbial slope to come into view, when the Canadian parliament enacted Bill C-7, a sweeping euthanasia law which repealed the ‘reasonably foreseeable’ requirement — and the requirement that the condition should be ‘terminal’. Now, as long as someone is suffering from an illness or disability which ‘cannot be relieved under conditions that you consider acceptable’, they can take advantage of what is now known euphemistically as ‘medical assistance in dying’ (MAID for short) for free. Soon enough, Canadians from across the country discovered that although they would otherwise prefer to live, they were too poor to improve their conditions to a degree which was acceptable.

In other words, outside sources like governmental entities are convincing the poor, ill, or disabled to kill themselves regardless of their own desire to live because they are convinced their life would get worse; it’s better just to die. This has eerie echos of Charles Dickens’s character Ebenezer Scrooge in reference to the poor of London: “If they would rather die, they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”

When the sanctity of life is only contextualized by the value that you or your government get out of it, encouraged and coerced suicide is the natural conclusion of that slippery slope. Death is a convenient way for a government to get rid of its poor who depend on them for all kinds of support.

This idea has also been voiced here in the States in a slightly different iteration. Abortion has been a debate here in the states for 50 years, and with the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade, the pro-abortion camp has aired its most “compelling” arguments. Since all of those arguments are ghastly, the Left’s latest tack is to argue for it from an economic angle.

In a recent interview with CNN, anchor Dana Bash brings up this very point with Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. Bash said: “Arkansas already struggles to support vulnerable children. Nearly one in four children in Arkansas lives in poverty. … Do you really think that your state is prepared to protect and care for even more children if abortion does become illegal there?”

Sadly, Hutchinson’s answer was underwhelming. If he had simply pushed back on the heinous premise that just because a person is born into poverty he or she is better off dead, it would have exposed this straw man.

Whether it’s Canada allowing medically assisted suicide or our own leftist arguing that abortion is the solution to poverty, the common denominator is that the solution is dehumanization and destruction.

“For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord. But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.” —Proverbs 8:35-36

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Biden’s Weakness Was Provocative in Ukraine

Even the haters admit it: Putin would never have invaded Ukraine while Donald Trump was president.

Douglas Andrews

Trump haters everywhere were dealt a bit of a blow recently when one of their own made clear what we on the Right had known to be true from the onset: Vladimir Putin would never have invaded Ukraine while Donald Trump was president. Hey, the truth hurts.

This hypothetical has been hotly debated ever since February 24, the day Russian forces rolled into Ukraine and started the European continent’s largest conflict since Nazi Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, thereby kicking off World War II. Eleven months prior to that invasion, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain had returned from a conference in Munich with Adolf Hitler. As he stepped onto the tarmac in London, he thrust a piece of paper in his hand and a promise of “peace for our time.” The people loved it. Little did they know.

As for Russia’s Putin, he’s long considered Ukraine to be part of Russia, and so he resolved to continue the annexation he began with the Crimean Peninsula in February 2014, when another toothless Democrat, Barack “Red Line” Obama, was president.

Why the long hiatus between invasions? As the Washington Examiner’s Byron York writes: “[Those] skeptical that Putin would have acted had Trump been president [have] gotten some support from an unlikely source. Fiona Hill, the Russia expert, former senior National Security Council aide in the Trump White House, and star witness against Trump in his first impeachment, appeared recently on a program sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Discussing the Ukraine war, Hill suggested that Putin waited to invade Ukraine until Biden became president, preferring Biden’s ‘predictability’ to Trump’s volatility.”

You don’t say. As Hill herself explains it, “[Putin] thought that somebody like Biden, who’s a trans-Atlanticist, who knows all about NATO, who actually knows where Ukraine is and actually knows something about the history and is very steeped in international affairs, would be the right person to engage with, as opposed to somebody you’ve got to explain everything to all the time.” Hill argued that Putin “wants to having predictability” when he’s engaging with another leader. And as York interjects: “In this view, Putin saw Biden as someone he could deal with as Russia seized territory from Ukraine. But not the erratic Trump. Who knew what he might do?”

Translation: Putin wanted someone he could roll.

As for rolling Trump? Not so much. Not so sure. Call it a foreign policy of strategic ambiguity. Sure, Hill’s comments are a backhanded compliment to Trump, but those are often the most credible.

Hill’s assessment thus conforms with what those on the Right had been saying all along. Take National Review’s Rich Lowry, certainly no great fan of Trump, who tweeted this back in February: “The sheer unpredictably of Trump, his anger at being defied or disrespected, his willingness to take the occasional big risk (the Soleimani strike), all had to make Putin frightened or wary of him in a way that he simply isn’t of Joe Biden.”

As for the critics — those like the discredited Rick Wilson of the equally discredited Lincoln Project — their case has always been flimsy. “Trump never once showed any anger, risk-taking or unpredictability with Putin,” Wilson tweeted just two days prior to Putin’s invasion. “He showed deference, adoration, admiration, obedience, and sought to wreck NATO, Putin’s highest goals. Putin didn’t need to buy the cow. The milk was free.”

Huh? Not even NPR believes that rubbish. The headline of the article reads, “Is Trump The Toughest Ever On Russia?” And, as Scott Horsley wrote back in 2018, the answer is yes.

Democrats, of course, don’t want to hear it, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Putin was a relatively good little dictator during Trump’s four years in office, but he’s become a mass-murdering despot on Joe Biden’s watch. As our Mark Alexander has noted, every drop of Ukrainian blood spilled in this war is the direct result of Joe Biden’s weakness and ineptitude. It’s unsettling to think about, but the American president himself may well be our greatest threat to national security.

In a way, Putin’s refusal to test Trump is the ultimate compliment that can be paid by a bully. Maybe it had something to do with that alpha handshake Trump put on him at the G20 summit. Or that time Trump quietly greased all those Russian mercs in Syria.

We’ll let you be the judge.

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Upright

“There is nothing so unruly, so insubordinate and disobedient, as a fallen human heart. It is deep, ethereal, and irrepressible; the subtle poison of sin has vitiated all its fountains, and many of the streams it has been sending forth since the Fall, have been deep and black as hell. Human power cannot touch it, law cannot reach it, force only increases its activity, and the grace of the gospel alone can subdue it to the sceptre of Christ. Warriors and kings may subjugate nations and empires, but the Lord alone can rule the heart.” —Irish minister William Graham (1810-1883)

“The main thing is to have a soul that loves the truth and harbours it where he finds it. And another thing: truth requires constant repetition, because error is being preached about us all the time, and not only by isolated individuals but by the masses. In the newspapers and encyclopedias, in schools and universities, everywhere error rides high and basks in the consciousness of having the majority on its side.” —German novelist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

Observations

“Every mass shooting in the United States must fit into one of two media boxes: gun control or white supremacy. If it does not fit into those boxes, it simply disappears from the national scene. This is not a recipe designed to promote actual solutions.” —Ben Shapiro

“The only solution the Left truly believes will work is total gun confiscation. They refuse to argue on behalf of that. So instead, they simply use phrases like ‘common sense gun reform,’ and then refuse to specify what such reform would be or how it would stop mass shootings. Then they lie and say that you oppose ‘common sense gun reform’ because you are either being paid by the gun lobby or because you don’t care enough about slain children. It’s despicably dishonest.” —Ben Shapiro

“Policies that enable & encourage people to abort or abandon their kids & their responsibilities are immoral and contribute greatly to the cultural rot that’s eating us from the inside. The government cannot raise your sons, but they can do a great deal that enables fathers to walk away. Stop foisting the hard work of raising young men on moms & grandmothers. Stop electing people who enable this deplorable behavior.” —Anna James Zeigler

Au Contraire

“The U.S. has no monopoly on fatherlessness, vice, lonely men, the internet; it is also a country with an already outsized christian population relative to its peers. A vague, mass ‘moral revolution’ — strictly conservative in character — as a ‘solution’ is such utter bulls**t.” —Florida Times-Union columnist Nate Monroe (“Mass shootings are a relatively recent phenomenon in this country, while gun possession is not. If you think that fact isn’t correlated to the precipitous decline of religious affiliation, which parallels the rise of depression & loneliness, I don’t know what to tell you.” —Allie Beth Stuckey)

Non Compos Mentis Awards

“As we grieve the children of Uvalde today, we should take time to recognize that two years have passed since the murder of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer. His killing stays with us all to this day, especially those who loved him.” —Barack Obama

“F**k your prayers. They haven’t worked for the last 20 mass shootings how about passing laws that will stop these killings.” —Congressman Ruben Gallego

“These massacres aren’t natural disasters, acts of God, or random. They are totally predictable, direct consequences of the choices made by Greg Abbott and the majority of those in the legislature.” —Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke

“Governor Abbott, if you have any decency, you will immediately withdraw from this weekend’s NRA convention and urge them to hold it anywhere but Texas.” —Beto O’Rourke

Dog & Pony Show

“Governor Abbott … signed 22 bills this year making it easier for mass shooters to buy, carry, and own guns in his state. Let’s apply his abortion laws to guns by deputizing citizens to sue anyone involved in gun violence. So you sold an AR-15 at the gun show? See you in court. Does your neighbor have too big an arsenal? Call the cops. Actually, let’s invoke some Supreme Court logic too. [Samuel] Alito says abortion’s not in the Constitution. Well neither are AR-15s. So I guess the Constitution doesn’t cover them either. Life is so sacred? Then stop using guns to abort young lives. … They’re going to come for those AR-15s, and you better get ready to give them up. … I think it’s time for the people to say, ‘We’re going to take this to the courts and we’re going to make you give these guns up because you don’t need to have them.’” —”The View” cohost Whoopi Goldberg

Yellow Journalism

“Arkansas already struggles to support vulnerable children. Nearly 1 in 4 children in Arkansas lives in poverty. … Do you really think that your state is prepared to protect and care for even more children if abortion does become illegal there?” —CNN’s Dana Bash to Governor Asa Hutchinson

Sexism Bait

“This is just the way that our politics has become. It’s become extremely personalized… And I think I’m a great main character for them. I have been opinionated, I’m a young woman, I have expressed myself online authentically, including, you know, posting videos, singing and things like that. It’s easy for them to attack me and to belittle me and to make fun of me.” —erstwhile Disinformation Czar Nina Jankowicz

And Last…

“An adult man that wants to dress up like a female is a glaring symbol of mental disease. A society driven by cowardice prevents this topic from being discussed honestly and openly. ALL of our children are at risk [because] we refuse to acknowledge — and instead encourage — mental illness.” —Candace Owens

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CBN NewsWatch AM: May 26, 2022

Remembering the victims of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, as more is learned about the shooter; Texas Democratic candidate for Governor Beto O’Rourke interrupts Governor Greg Abbott’s press conference on the shooting; Congress taking on gun violence, although disagreements remain; Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla says his company has developed a pill with a chip that sends a wireless signal to authorities for medication purposes after it’s swallowed- and one tech CEO says another chip is being developed that could track your activities; Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signs bill effectively banning abortion in the state, with a few exceptions; protests against the Iran’s Islamic government spread across that country; Barna Research finds that fewer and fewer Americans hold a Biblical worldview- and Danny Huerta of Focus on the Family is working to help families grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ; and Stockton University Professor Michael Busler tells CBN’s “The Global Lane” why he thinks inflation will go higher – and a recession cannot be avoided.

Source: CBN NewsWatch AM: May 26, 2022

Mollie Hemingway: Sussmann And Many Others Need To Be Held Accountable For Pushing This Russian Collusion Hoax | RealClearPolitics Videos

On ‘Kennedy,’ Mollie Hemingway discussed the current situation during the Michael Sussmann’s Trial:

MOLLIE HEMINGWAY: Today’s testimony was really bad for him. We seen evidence previously he lied about whether he was working on behalf of client when he funneled this information to the FBI but today that included little receipts from when he went to staples and build the Clinton campaign for the thumb drives, he put on thumb drives from the disinformation he fed into the FBI so when you are looking at the case of does he appear to be guilty for lying to the FBI when he claimed he didn’t have a client but build the campaign for what he was doing, it’s cut and dry. There’s the issue he’s in D.C., with a D.C. Jury that’s overwhelmingly supportive of his clients Hillary Clinton so whether or not he is convicted is a different issue than whether he appears to be guilty which reasonable people see it. KENNEDY: Our to other people who were manufacturing this entire crisis in the most disgusting way using federal agencies to spy on innocent Americans? Why is Sussman the fall guy? HEMINGWAY: He looks like he lied when he told the FBI he wasn’t looking for Clinton, feeding disinformation. So many other players should be held accountable. There was the Clinton campaign behind this Russian collusion hoax, the intelligence officials that pretended to believe the lies they were being told, different people would come with different pieces of information, all the same people, Democrat feeding information through different avenues. The intelligence officials clearly knew that, they live because they wanted to go after trump and the media that were either idiot or new they were lied to when they spread the Russia pollution hoax did so much damage to the country. They should all be held accountable in each their own way. Until they are the country cannot heal from what they did it’s a horrific attack on our elections, our system of government, trust and confidence people have in their agencies and almost no one has been held accountable.

Source: Mollie Hemingway: Sussmann And Many Others Need To Be Held Accountable For Pushing This Russian Collusion Hoax

FLASHBACK: The Document That Launched Crossfire Hurricane

READ: https://www.judicialwatch.org/declassification-spyoperation/
In May of 2020, Judicial Watch received the “electronic communication” (EC) that officially launched the counterintelligence investigation, termed “Crossfire Hurricane,” of President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. The document was written by former FBI official Peter Strzok and was obtained as the result of a Judicial Watch FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) lawsuit against the FBI and DOJ for: “The Electronic Communication that initiated the counterintelligence investigation of President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.” (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:19-cv-02743)).

Source: FLASHBACK: The Document That Launched Crossfire Hurricane