Monthly Archives: June 2022

The Bible and its Story: The Pool of Bethseda

Somewhere about this time, that is after Jesus had been preaching for nearly a year in Galilee, He visited Jerusalem again, probably to be present at the annual feast of the passover, as before. But he could not come now as on the previous year, a man unnoted amid the crowd. He was now famous; His name, His works were the wonder of all Palestine. Moreover the priesthood had learned to look on Him with doubt. They had heard that He claimed to forgive sins, a blasphemy. It was certain that He consorted with men of the poorer classes, and that He stirred the people to intense excitement.

‎Wishing to avoid such tumult as He might, Jesus came quietly to Jerusalem. He appeared, unknown, at the pool of Bethesda. Now this pool was reputed to be miraculous. The verse of the Bible quoted above says positively that it was so, but this verse has been said to be an interpolation in the text. The waters had certainly at intervals a curative effect, strongly felt by whosoever entered them at the moment of their agitation. Hence there was always a crowd of invalids about the pool “waiting for the moving of the water.”

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

An Eternal Pledge — VCY America

And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving kindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness; and thou shalt know the Lord. (Hosea 2:19-20)

Betrothment unto the Lord! What an honor and a joy! My soul, is Jesus indeed thine by His own condescending betrothal? Then, mark it is forever. He will never break His engagement, much less sue out a divorce against a soul joined to Himself in marriage bonds.

Three times the Lord says, “I will betroth thee.” What words He heaps together to set forth the betrothal! Righteousness comes in to make the covenant legal; none can forbid these lawful bans. Judgment sanctions the alliance with its decree: none can see folly or error in the match. Lovingkindness warrants that this is a love union, for without love betrothal is bondage and not blessedness. Meanwhile, mercy smiles and even sings; yea, she multiplies herself into “mercies” because of the abounding grace of this holy union.

Faithfulness is the registrar and records the marriage, and the Holy Spirit says “Amen” to it as He promises to teach the betrothal heart all the sacred knowledge needful for its high destiny, What a promise!

God is at Work No Matter How You Feel — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14 (NIV)


Read this as a prayer today –

In faith, I know this to be true:

•    Jesus, you are full of truth and grace, and you fill me with your truth and grace (John 1:14).

•    You are working within me to clear a channel so that your love flows through me into the lives of everyone I meet. When I find it difficult to love someone, I can be confident that you will love that person through me (Galatians 2:20-21).

•    I may not be where you need to be yet, but I am “confident of this, that he who began a good work in [me] will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6 NIV).

•    And I know “God is able to make all grace abound [in me], so that in all things at all times, having all that [I] need, [I] will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV).

•    Thank you, Jesus – You have filled me with your grace and truth, brought me deep and permanently into the love of God, and given me the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. I am, at all times, filled with grace, mercy, and peace (2 Corinthians 13:14 NIV).

By Jon Walker
Used by Permission

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Further Reading

•  How to Pray

•  Sample Prayers

•  Salvation Explained

God is at Work No Matter How You Feel — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Who Will Fight For You — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“Do not be afraid of them; the LORD your God himself will fight for you” Deuteronomy 3:22


We were driving our son’s quad on the trail through the forest in Northern Alberta. Wild roses, blue bells, wild strawberries and other plants blanketed the soil under the tall, slender Aspens. It was very peaceful and we were truly enjoying the ride.

And then, just ahead of us, we saw a mother grouse and her baby chicks scurrying across our trail. The chicks were scurrying as fast as their toothpick thin legs would carry them; however, the mother stood her ground, her tail feathers fanned out, her neck feathers ruffled. She was positioned to protect her family! We stopped the quad and watched.

The chicks had scattered on both sides of the trail and the mother began clucking rapidly, calling her chicks. Soon the chicks ran toward her and the whole family ran to hide in the underbrush.

A brave mother taking on a large four – wheeler; she was willing to give up her life for her little family. Mothers are like that.

But as I watched her, I thought of our Good Shepherd giving His life for His flock and of leaving the 99 sheep to look for the lost one. I thought about our Lord’s promise:

My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand” (John 10:29).

Comforting, isn’t it?

I am so thankful to You Lord Jesus, for protecting us, Your little flock, Your children. Only when we get to heaven will we realize how often You saved us from harm. Thank You again. Amen

by Katherine Kehler
Used by Permission

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Further Reading

• God WILL take care of you

•  God is Bigger than all my Problems

•  Salvation Explained

Who Will Fight For You — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

The Bible and its Story: The Head of John

Being promised anything she asked, Salome paused. She was shrewd and, like her mother Herodias, full of craft. Therefore she went to that mother to consult as to what she might best demand. Herodias answered swiftly and eagerly, “The head of John the Baptist.” Perhaps Salome had herself cause for resentment against John, or perhaps it was in wanton wickedness that she enlarged upon her mother’s words and demanded of the king not only that John should be beheaded, but that the severed head should be brought before her and her mother on a dish.

‎Herod would have refused the hideous request. He sought to save John. But Salome insisted; and, as the king was weak and foolish as well as wicked, she had at length her way. The king’s executioners were sent to the cell of John and slew him; and presently, apparently at the same banquet, Salome received the head. She herself bore it upon its dish as a welcome tidbit to her savage mother.

‎Then the disciples of John buried him; and when afterward the news of Jesus’ doings reached Herod, the king declared that this was John come again, risen from the dead to punish him.

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

The Earthly Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, Part 2, (#1) – Listen to Grace to You with John MacArthur, Jun 30, 2022

When and how will Satan be bound? What’s more . . . whose job will it be to bind him and what affect will that have on the earth . . . and on you?

When Loyalties Collide Part 1 – Listen to Running To Win with Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, Jun 30, 2022

The government is encroaching on the Christian freedoms our country once had, favoring various political agendas which run contrary to God’s Word. In this message about Jesus’ view of Caesar, we acknowledge three duties we owe government: taxes, submission, and prayer. When a country opposes the cross of Christ, what should believers do?

— Read on www.oneplace.com/ministries/running-to-win/listen/when-loyalties-collide-part-1-970638.html

30 Jun 2022 News Briefing

Turkey lifts objection to Finland, Sweden joining NATO
Turkey will support Finland and Sweden’s bids to join NATO after weeks of blocking their applications, the leader of the alliance announced. “I’m pleased to announce that we now have an agreement that paves the way for Finland and Sweden to join NATO,” NATO leader Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference.

China’s Productive Capacity Is Starting To Slip Away To India And Southeast Asia
Continued lockdowns in China aren’t helping the country’s ongoing, decade-long, production exodus, a new report from Caixin notes. The accelerating exodus from Asian production powerhouse has been helped along by Covid policy disruptions, rising labor costs and worsening trade tensions between the U.S. and China, the report notes. Southeast Asia and India are looking to take China’s place thanks to low labor costs and rising domestic demand.

South Carolina Rep. In Leaked Audio Strategizes “Sleepers” And “Dope Money” To Finance Senate Campaign
A South Carolina state representative on the ballot for the Democratic primary runoff on June 28 for the U.S. Senate has been heard in leaked audio strategizing on how to utilize Democrat “sleepers” to run as Republicans in local elections, as well as requesting drug money from a state prison inmate.

White House Is Quietly Modeling For $200 Oil “Shock”
As none other than pro-Biden propaganda spinmaster CNN reports, when it comes to what really matters (at least according to Gallup), namely the economy, and specifically galloping gasoline prices, the White House is in a historic shambles. For an administration that ended last year forecasting a leveling off of 40-year high inflation and eager to tout a historically rapid recovery from the pandemic-driven economic crisis, there is a level of frustration that comes with an acutely perilous moment. … it’s only going to get worse,

Hurdles ahead as Philippines’ Marcos begins six-year presidency
Ferdinand Marcos starts his six-year term as Philippines president on Thursday facing a host of challenges, from rising inflation and pandemic recovery to balancing relations between competing superpowers the United States and China. The 64-year-old, who is allowed only one term in the top job, has yet to fill all cabinet posts, but he has so far nominated experienced technocrats to handle the economy, helping to ease some market fears about his presidency and policy inexperience.

Pro-Palestine mapping website raises alarm in Jewish groups
Project includes nearly 500 local colleges, police departments, companies and nonprofits illustrates, and calls to dismantle and disrupt them; members of Congress call on federal law enforcement officials to get involved. … Harvard, MIT, Raytheon, General Electric, Moderna and Fidelity Investments,

Bennett steps down: I will remain a loyal soldier of Israel
Outgoing PM preaches message of unity as he announces he will not run in the upcoming elections. Bennett will remain ‘alternate prime minister’ and in charge of the Iranian issue until the next government is sworn-in following the elections, which are tentatively scheduled for the fall.

‘Iranian security establishment shaken by Israeli breaches’
A series of recent incidents inside Iran attributed to Israeli agents has significantly undermined the Iranian security establishment’s confidence in its own intelligence operations, and led to the recent shakeup in leadership, an Iranian cleric and former vice president said. According to a report by The New York Times Wednesday, the replacement of Hossein Taib, head of the intelligence unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), last week was a direct result of Israeli security operations in Iran, along with the failure of Iranian plots abroad.

Indirect US-Iran talks in Doha fail to achieve breakthrough
Nuclear deal discussions between US and Iranian envoys with EU intermediary end without signs of progress. The talks were a follow up on negotiations in Vienna to re-enter the 2015 nuclear deal, which had stalled as of March.

FCC commissioner urges Googles and Apple to remove TikTok from app stores
FCC commissioner cites national security concerns in calling on tech giants to no longer support TikTok app.

The Loss of Human Sensitivity and the Countdown to Redemption
From Generation to Generation: Divine Purpose and Timing in the Course of Human Events. Everything that happens in this world in the course of human events, is an instrument of Divine purpose, a part of the unfolding of prophetic promises and the revelation of G-d’s Name in the world, as we approach the time of Redemption.

Russia and Auschwitz: First They Ignored It. Then They De-Judaized It. Now They’re Exploiting It.
Moscow continues to see the most notorious Nazi death camp as a tool to serve whichever political purpose the Kremlin happens to be pursuing at the moment.

Christians help Jews Search for Red Heifer to reinstate Temple Service
The Temple Institute has been working to reinstate the red heifer ceremony since 2015, and recently, a pro-Israel Christian organization decided to help out. The Temple Institute launched its Red Heifer program about a decade ago, but even in Temple times, an animal that fulfilled the Biblical requirements was exceedingly rare.

Rare tornado hits the Netherlands, killing one person and injuring 10 others 
A rare tornado hit the coastal city of Zierikzee, Zeeland Province, southwestern Netherlands on June 27, 2022, leaving a trail of damage, one person dead and 10 others injured.

Rivers overflow, bridges collapse after heavy rains hit northwest Turkey 
Heavy rains hit northwest Turkey on Monday, June 27, 2022, causing river to overflow and bridges to collapse. While initial reports mentioned no fatalities, the country’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Tuesday that 2 people are missing.

Bangladesh hit by one of the worst floodings ever seen 
An estimated 7.2 million people have been affected and are in desperate need of shelter and emergency relief after heavy monsoon rains hit Bangladesh, causing record-breaking floods.

US Army Drops High School Diploma Requirement as Military Faces Unprecedented Challenges Under Joe Biden
After completely bending the knee to woke ideology and gutting itself with unconstitutional mandates that forced an experimental and dangerous vaccine, the US Military is taking the hacksaw to the standards that are used to find and train new recruits as the Armed Forces struggle through what some officials are calling the “most challenging recruiting year ever.”

Latest survey shows the COVID vaccines are a disaster: ~750,000 dead in US
In US, ~5M people who got the vaccine are now unable to work and ~750,000 are dead. The rate of heart issues is 6.6%, far more than they claimed. No wonder our government isn’t doing these surveys!

When Was The Last Time You Can Recall There Being So Many Powerful And Prominent Princes On The World Stage At The Same Time?
In the book of Daniel, talking about the soon-coming end times, we read about the Antichrist, the covenant and the prince of the covenant that form the mainframe of the time of Jacob’s trouble. Paul says that the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church will take place when the man of sin is revealed, so we have that.

WHAT CLIMATE CHANGE? Coal Plants In France Are Coming Back Online As A European Energy Shortage From Russian War In Ukraine Looms Large
Well, well, what an interesting turn of events
that we have developing right now in Climate Change obsessed France, coals plants coming back online. Will wonders never cease? Nope. As the war in Ukraine continues to grind on, and the possibility of not having enough power to make it through this upcoming winter season, France is turning back to coal as a backup power source. I wonder what Greta Thunberg will have to say about that one?

GOP Bill Would Let Adults Sue Doctors Who Trans Treated Them as Minors 
Republican lawmakers introduced a bill this week that would allow adults to sue doctors who perform experimental gender reassignment procedures on them as minors.

McMaster University holds segregated graduation ceremony for black students 
Hamilton’s McMaster University held its first segregated graduation ceremony for “Black identifying students” on Monday.

Democrats demand “abortion tents” in national parks to mass murder American babies on federal land; Sen. “Pocahontas” Warren thinks federal butchery of Native Americans didn’t go far enough
Left-wing abortion zealots want to set up “abortion tents” across America’s national parks in red states so that baby murder can continue to be carried out against America’s babies in contradiction to the recent Roe decision rendered by the US Supreme Court.

The 7 Step Process That Will Usher In the Great Reset 
America is at a very dangerous time in her history. The enemy (e.g. George Soros, on behalf of the Deep State, and his puppetiers) are already inside the gates wreaking havoc.

Video: Man Twerks for Children at Minnesota ‘Pride’ Event that Featured Amy Klobuchar, Jacob Frey
A grown man wearing only underwear and a pair of work boots twerked for children as he took part in the “family friendly” parade portion of the Twin Cities Pride Festival, which also featured pro-BLM Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar, and other left-wing politicians of Minnesota.

Videos: Democrats Say They Could Erect ABORTION TENTS In National Parks, Hand Out Abortion VOUCHERS 
Following the overturning of Roe vs Wade, bringing America into line with much of the rest of the world on abortion laws, the screeching seething desire of leftists to mash up babies in the womb has led to Democrats, who support NO LIMIT abortions, pledging to initiate slush funds to pay for ferrying around those who still want late term procedures, and even the suggestion of erecting abortion tents on federally owned land.

Former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger Testified that Paid Professional Agitators Were Operating at Jan. 6 Riot — NOW HE’S DEAD (VIDEO)
As The Gateway Pundit’s Kristinn Taylor reported on Monday — Michael Stenger, the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms during the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot that saw the Senate chamber occupied by protesters, is reported by Hill reporters to have died. A cause of death has not been reported.

CDC Caught Using False Data To Recommend Kids’ COVID Vaccine 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showcased highly misleading data about the risk of COVID-19 to kids when its expert vaccine advisers voted to recommend vaccines for children under five years old.

Beijing Communist Chief Announces Five More Years of Lockdowns
Cai Qi, the Chinese Communist Party secretary of Beijing, told state media Monday that the city would adhere to its “zero-Covid” policy of lockdowns and quarantines for the next five years.

Rite Aid, CVS Issue Product Restrictions After Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade Decision
Several national pharmacy chains said they’re imposing purchase limits on emergency contraception known as “morning-after pills” after a surge in demand after the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down Roe v. Wade.

The Suicide of Europe: An Introduction to The Scramble for Europe
Mass migration is not, as it seems, an organic emanation of humanity from poor countries, but a calculated project to repopulate the territory of the declining West, with racism its chief instrument, wrote John Waters.

Scaffold Tissue and Nanowires Are Most Likely the Cause of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, says Dr. Ariyana Love
As evidence of rubbery “blood clot” samples pulled out of veins and arteries of “vaccinated” deceased by embalmers continues to be revealed and analysed, a little over a week ago Dr. Ariyana Love gathered her research relating to tissue scaffolding and nanowires which led to some conclusions.

Alien Deception: We’ve Been Primed for Aliens 
The academic in me wants to start with a survey of all the alien conspiracy theories out there… but that would be an enormous undertaking and you wouldn’t read it anyway. So, let’s skip that bit – you probably know a handful of people who have devoted a lifetime to their particular conspiracy theory and have managed to commercialise the enterprise along the way. What I’ll attempt to do is sketch out a perspective and hopefully stimulate some conversation.

Energy Failure: Is there an Energy Crisis in Australia? 
Australia’s energy market was thrown into crisis in a case of market failure, resulting in soaring prices and fears of blackouts, according to Simply Wall St. Some companies were also accused of deliberately turning off generators to throttle supply and increase the margins they could earn from other generators.

Dutch Political Party Warns: ‘Transhumanism is as Dangerous as Nazism or Communism’ 
“Davos and Yuval Harari aim to create a physically and intellectually superior being that elites can control for the so-called greater good – for instance, to save the planet or prevent people from voting for Trump.”

Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Stops Killing Babies in Tennessee as New Abortion Ban Expected
The Planned Parenthood abortion business has stopped killing babies in Nashville as the state of Tennessee is expected to secure approval from federal courts to enforce its heartbeat law that bans abortions when the heartbeat of an unborn baby is detectable.

Politician Demands Bilderberg Conference Transparency: CIA Plot? New World Order? Shadow Government? 
One of the conference’s co-founders is nazi-linked Prince Bernhard, a member of Hitler’s “Reiter-SS,” a mounted unit of the SS.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2022/06/30/30-jun-2022/

Headlines – 6/30/2022

Herzog met Abdullah this week in Amman, president’s office reveals – In sign of warming ties ahead of Biden’s visit to region, Israeli and Jordanian leaders discuss ‘deep strategic issues,’ bilateral relations

Israel delays travel restrictions on West Bank in apparent gesture to Joe Biden

Palestinian reported killed in clash with IDF soldiers in Jenin

Likud vows to stymie US visa bill since it eases barriers on Palestinian travelers

Pro-Palestine mapping website raises alarm in Jewish groups

Israel’s government collapse – and fifth election in three years – offers a potential comeback for Netanyahu

Coalition infighting delays final dissolution of Knesset by another day

Knesset won’t dissolve tonight as final bills still stuck in committee

MKs to try again Thurs. to disperse Knesset, set election date, as wrangling goes on

Bennett announces he will not run in next election: ‘I will remain a loyal soldier’

Antisemitism largely eliminated from textbooks in Saudi Arabia – report

92 US lawmakers urge Biden administration to address domestic antisemitism

Ben & Jerry’s Israel, parent company Unilever reach deal to end settlement boycott

Jordan: Israel-Arab military alliance against Iran not on table

IRGC commander: Israel incapable of defending itself

Egypt warns Iran not to target Israelis on its soil – report

Renewed Iran talks end without significant progress, says EU mediator

Detained American in Iran implores Biden to take action despite stalled talks

Gantz says Iran and Hezbollah tried to hack UN peace force, steal deployment data

Israel has drastically damaged Iran’s intelligence operations, Iranian officials say

Iran reportedly arrests an IRGC general on charges of spying for Israel

Iranian border guard said killed in incident near Afghan crossing

Court finds 19 men guilty of terrorism-related charges in 2015 Paris attacks trial

G7: China must press Russia to stop Ukraine war

NATO chief says alliance faces ‘most serious security crisis’ since WWII

NATO deems Russia its ‘most significant and direct threat’

Tulsi Gabbard: Biden Treasonous in Letting Zelenskyy Dictate US War Goal

Zelensky pushes NATO for more weapons, pleads for further support

Biden thanks Erdogan on NATO decision as US signals support for Turkish F-16s

Greece Turns to Coal Amid War in Ukraine

Bolsonaro’s Brawl With a Top Justice Tests Brazil’s Democracy

Biden jokes he may not return from Spain as approval rating hits all-time low

Most Say Nation on Wrong Track, Including Dems: AP-NORC Poll

Judge Lifts Contempt Order Against Donald Trump in New York Civil Probe

John Eastman, a former Trump lawyer who helped design the plan to overturn the 2020 election, drops lawsuit blocking his phone records from Jan. 6 committee

Jan. 6 panel effort to blame Trump for violence ignores pointed warnings Congress got much earlier

The Odds Are Increasing That Trump Gets Charged – Cassidy Hutchinson advances the 1/6 committee’s theory of the case, though it’s not a slam dunk

CNN’s Wallace Praises Cassidy Hutchinson Testimony – ‘She Was Just Brilliant’

Bernstein: Hutchinson’s Testimony Now ‘Proven’ Trump Is a Criminal Seditious President

Jan. 6 Witness Account of Trump Outburst Gets Fresh Scrutiny

Former White House lawyer contradicts Cassidy Hutchinson Jan 6 testimony

Former White House lawyer says he wrote note to Trump that Hutchinson claims she authored

Source: Jan. 6 Panel Hasn’t Sought Rebuttal to Hutchinson Testimony

Secret Service: ‘We Were Not Asked’ to Confirm Cassidy Hutchinson’s J6 Story

White House Co-Worker: ‘Phony’ J6 Witness Cassidy Hutchinson ‘Did This to Basically Get Famous’

Commentary: The Cassidy Hutchinson Testimony Brings Down Two Targets – The J-6 Committee and the Press

“Fake Stories… No Cross Examination, No Real Republicans, No Lawyers… Unselects Should Be Forced to Disband” – President Trump on Corrupt Jan 6 Committee

Google Trends Data: Only Place in America Where J6 Cassidy Hutchinson Hearing Attracted More Interest than Gas was D.C.

Ginni Thomas Demands Context From J6 Panel Before She’ll Cooperate With The Hostile Probe

Giuliani associate Lev Parnas receives 20-month sentence for campaign finance crimes

Wealthy New Yorkers who fled in 2020 took $21B in income with them: IRS

Wall Street braces for turmoil

Powell says there is ‘no guarantee’ Fed can tamp down inflation without hurting the job market

Powell Says Economic Growth Will Likely Slow as De-Globalization Pressures Build

We’re Dangerously Close to Giving Big Tech Control Of Our Thoughts

US Federal Communications Commission Requests Apple and Google to Ban TikTok App Due to ‘National Security Risk’

California Bill Would Require Websites to Verify Users’ IDs

Nation braces for miserable travel weekend as canceled flights stack up

Fetterman calls for Biden administration to fine airlines amid cancellations

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Minor earthquake shakes northern Israel, latest in a series

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 21,000ft

Sangay volcano in Peru erupts to 20,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Krakatau volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Strengthening tropical rainstorm to slam into Nicaragua with flooding rain, high winds

‘A real forecasting nightmare’: Tropical rains head for Texas coast

Unseasonably heavy rain to impact Northern Territory and Queensland, Australia

Desperate amid drought, archbishop prays for ‘gift of rain’ in Italy

Japan swelters in its worst heatwave ever recorded

Extreme heatwave engulfs Iran, main cities record hottest June day since records began

Sandstorms shroud Iraq in orange haze

Rices Fire threatening more than 500 structures and critical infrastructure, California

Anchovies are reportedly raining from the sky across San Francisco

Environmental groups sue Biden administration over climate and wildlife impact of drilling lease sale

Biden Climate Envoy John Kerry Amid Supply Chain Crisis: “We Need to Spur the Transition to Green Shipping”

You’re On Your Own: UK Would Stop Gas Exports to Europe in Event of Winter Shortages

Abbott: EPA Plan Will Cripple Oil Production in Permian Basin, Raise Gas Prices Further

Stellantis Warns of Car Market Collapse If EVs Don’t Get Cheaper

Brutal killing caught on camera stokes religious tensions in India

Udaipur: India state on alert after Prophet Muhammad row beheading

2 Gunmen Killed, 6 Officers Wounded in Shootout at Canadian Bank

Police Arrest 19-Year-Old Amazon Worker in Texas for Threatening to Carry Out Mass Shooting – Called Uvalde Shooter an “Idol”

White House Rejects Blame for Deadly Migrant Smuggling Event in Texas, Says Border Is ‘Closed’

Joe Biden Flees When Asked About 51 Migrant Deaths in Texas

Rep. Brian Babin accuses White House press secretary of lying about 51 migrant deaths

California sheriff to Biden: ‘Close our border’ to spare migrants horrors of cartel trafficking

Massive Trove of Gun Owners’ Private Information Leaked by California Attorney General

West Hollywood votes to cut Los Angeles County sheriff funding amid crime wave

Skyrocketing Chicago crime has small businesses, corporations pack their bags: ‘Enough is enough’

Get Woke, Go Broke, U.S. Military Edition: Army Recruiting Craters

Ben Carson defends Clarence Thomas, says liberals believe Black conservatives ‘worse than Satan’

Bill Requires Federal Reserve To Address ‘Social Justice’

Massive Survey Finds Americans’ Views on Gender Are Shifting, But Not the Way Leftists Want

Democrats unveiling ‘Transgender Bill of Rights’

Inside Eureka Springs, the Bible Belt’s LGBTQ oasis

Police back down from plans to reroute Mitzpe Ramon pride parade to avoid yeshiva

Attorney General Ken Paxton says he will defend Texas sodomy law if Supreme Court revisits Lawrence vs. Texas

Shocking Footage From Disney Reveals Upcoming Transgender Character Saying ‘Men Have Periods Too’

Disney Hit Over Transgender Flag in Leaked Video

Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Law Will Force Teachers to Take LGBT Propaganda Out of Classrooms

DeSantis to investigate ‘sanctuary cities’ that abet human trafficking

R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison in sex trafficking case

Prince Andrew could be FBI’s target after Ghislaine Maxwell sentencing: lawyers

FBI investigating Catholic Church in New Orleans for child sex abuse

Supreme Court school prayer ruling stirs debate over how far religion will seep into campus

Atheist worker fired after refusing to attend company’s Christian prayer in NC, feds say

Rabbi’s suit over Florida abortion law tests bounds of religious objections after Roe

Pelosi receives Communion in Vatican despite abortion stance

Pastor: ‘Coordinated Effort’ to Disrupt Worship at Churches Following Overturning of Roe v. Wade

White House Promotes Website Advising Children About Hiding Abortions from Parents

Why data privacy is a concern in the wake of the Roe decision

Hacking group targets U.S. state governments that outlaw abortion following Roe repeal

Some big-city district attorneys vow not to prosecute abortion cases, setting up legal clashes in red states

Roe v. Wade Is History, but the Abortion Debate Reveals Rot at America’s Center

Nolte: Disappointed NY Times Admits There Was No ‘Roe v. Wade Bounce’ in Tuesday Elections

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra Laughs While Suggesting American Taxpayers Could Foot the Bill for Transporting Women to Pro-Abortion States

Influx of Abortion Pills Expected to Cross U.S.-Mexico Border Following Dobbs Decision

Major health system stops, then resumes Plan B amid Missouri’s abortion ban ambiguity

Physicians face confusion and fear in post-Roe world

Louisiana AG Warns Doctors Against Performing Abortions

CNN Promotes Illegal Abortion Scheme – Experts warn unregulated abortion pills put women at risk

Media Outraged Facebook Won’t Allow Black Market for Abortion Drugs

W.H.O. Chief Tedros Turns on U.S. over ‘Backwards’ SCOTUS Abortion Ruling

Pharma giant Bayer to set up cybersecurity center in Israel

New superbug found in pigs can jump to humans

Swans from Charles River Esplanade euthanized after exhibiting avian flu symptoms

US officials announce more steps against monkeypox outbreak

32-Year-Old Comedian Nick Nemeroff Suddenly Dies in His Sleep – Posted Earlier About Suffering Side Effects of COVID Vaccine

Sen. Cruz Slams PBS, HBO for Using Elmo to Push COVID Vaccines to Those Under 5

Army National Guard Approaches Vax Mandate with 5,000 Unvaxxed Guardsmen

Gov. Lee Orders COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Tennessee State Guard Despite Force’s Non-Federal Funding and Role

Do mask mandates work? Bay Area COVID data from June says no.

Fauci says he is experiencing ‘rebound’ of COVID symptoms after Paxlovid treatment

Source: http://trackingbibleprophecy.org/birthpangs.php

Mid-Day Snapshot · June 30, 2022

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Semper Fi, Woody Williams

Farewell to the last World War II Medal of Honor “caretaker.”

Mark Alexander

On February 23, 1945, a 21-year-old Marine corporal, Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams, watched from the bloody beaches of Iwo Jima as our flag was raised atop Mount Suribachi, immortalized by the sculpture at the Marine Corps Memorial.

For his heroic actions on that same day, Williams became one of 27 Iwo Jima Marines and sailors to receive the Medal of Honor — our nation’s highest military award for valor — “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty…” It was the bloodiest battle in Marine Corps history in which 7,000 Americans perished.

Williams, who was a very humble man and welcomed anyone to address him as “Woody,” was one of 472 World War II recipients of the Medal of Honor. He was the last living WWII recipient until his death this week at age 98 in his beloved home state of West Virginia.

Woody was the youngest of seven children born into a hard-working farming family, and, at just 3.5 pounds at birth in 1923, he was not expected to survive. Thank God he did. He wanted to enlist in the Marine Corps after the “Japs” attacked Pearl Harbor, but given that his low birth weight hindered his adult stature, he did not meet the 5’6″ minimum height requirement. But the Corps reduced that restriction in 1943 and Woody was in.

He trained in San Diego as an infantryman on the use of flamethrowers. At the time, this weapon was one of the most effective means of extracting Japanese fighters from their cavern entrenchments on Pacific islands. It was a heavy and cumbersome backpack device with three tanks, two for a mixture of diesel fuel and aviation gas and the third for compressed air. And if an enemy bullet pierced the tanks, it meant certain death for its bearer.

His first combat trials were with Company C, 1st Battalion, 21st Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division at Guadalcanal. He then served at the Battle of Guam in 1944 and in 1945 landed on the grainy volcanic sand of Iwo Jima, where he was charged with clearing enemy pill boxes.

Please take a moment to read his full Medal of Honor citation and ponder the extraordinary actions of this man. Like all recipients, he was an ordinary individual who demonstrated extraordinary acts of valor when confronted with circumstances that called him to put the lives of others above his own.

After the war, Woody remained with the Marine Corps Reserve’s 25th Infantry Company, and his final rank was Chief Warrant Officer 4. He spent 33 years as a counselor with Veterans Affairs. He was a devoted Christian and served as the chaplain for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society for 35 years. He also headed the Woody Williams Foundation, supporting the establishment of permanent Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments in communities across our nation and providing Living Legacy scholarships to the children of fallen Soldiers, Sailers, Airmen and Marines.

Like all recipients, Woody considered himself only a “caretaker” of the medal, and he wore it in honor of all others who served.

The last time we crossed paths was in April of last year at a memorial service for his friend, Charles Coolidge, the last living WWII European Theater Medal of Honor recipient. They were both proud members of the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the birthplace of the medal.

The image that remains seared into my memory is that of Woody standing quietly alone in a private moment over the casket of Mr. Coolidge, saying goodbye. Given his stature, I am reminded of another small man who became a giant among recipients, Desmond Doss.

In 2020, the Navy christened the USS Hershel “Woody” Williams in honor of his service.

The remaining 63 living Medal of Honor recipients issued a statement, closing with, “Semper Fi and Godspeed, Woody.” Indeed. His wife of 62 years proceeded him in death in 2007. He is survived by his two daughters and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Executive News Summary

Stephen Breyer officially retires, EPA keeps throttling energy production, Vatican allows Pelosi to take communion, and more.

Thomas Gallatin & Jordan Candler

Top of the Fold

  • Justice Stephen Breyer retiring from SCOTUS today: As the U.S. Supreme Court ends its current term, it also marks the permanent end of Justice Stephen Breyer’s time on the bench. The left-leaning justice will be stepping down today, a move he announced earlier this year. Breyer, who was nominated by Bill Clinton, joined the Court in 1994, making him the second-longest active serving justice behind Clarence Thomas. The 83-year-old Breyer will be replaced by former DC Circuit Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who will be sworn in at noon today.
  • EPA keeps throttling U.S. energy production: Despite Joe Biden’s repeated claims to the contrary, his administration is doing everything it can to inhibit energy companies from increasing oil and gas extraction capabilities. The latest evidence is the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of a new ozone regulatory standard that has direct implications on energy companies’ ability to extract oil from the Permian Basin. Located in Texas and New Mexico, the Permian Basin accounts for 43% of all U.S. oil production, and now the EPA has targeted parts of it for “non-attainment” with newly devised air quality standards. In truth, this is a backdoor approach to banning fracking, something the EPA is not permitted to do. Texas Governor Greg Abbott responded: “The EPA’s process could interfere in the production of oil in Texas which could lead to skyrocketing prices at the pump by reducing production, increase the cost of that production, or do both. Your administration’s announced action is completely discretionary. Thus, you have the power to stop it.” If Biden was really interested in helping Americans by getting the sky-high gas prices down, he could easily eliminate needlessly onerous regulations. Instead, he’s following through on his promise to end fossil fuels. In related news, the Supreme Court just limited EPA authority in regulating emissions.
  • Vatican allows pro-abortion Pelosi to take communion: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the Vatican this week and took part in a papal Mass where she was permitted to receive communion. Pelosi has long championed abortion despite the Catholic Church’s clear teaching that abortion is a grave sin. Pelosi responded to the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe by calling it “cruel,” “outrageous,” and “heart-wrenching.” She even claimed it was evidence of Republicans’ raging hypocrisy. The only raging hypocrisy is Pelosi claiming to be a good Catholic while not only justifying but promoting abortion. Maybe the Vatican shares in Pelosi’s hypocrisy, since rather than take an opportunity to hold an unrepentant Catholic to account, the Holy See opted for political optics rather than fidelity to Church doctrine. Pope Francis’s defense of administering communion to pro-abortion politicians is tremendously twisted. He stated that bishops must minister “with compassion and tenderness” and that the Eucharist “is not a prize for the perfect” but rather is “a gift of the presence of Jesus in the Church.” But is not repentance a prerequisite to taking communion? Indeed, it was this very issue of unrepentance that moved San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to send Pelosi a letter barring her from receiving communion.
  • U.S. military recruiting sinks thanks to woke nonsense: It appears that the U.S. Army has adopted a new slogan: “Get Woke, Go Broke.” How else does one explain the Army coming up 60% short of its recruitment goals this year? With the Army’s embrace of woke critical race theory, a lot of young qualified Americans are asking, Why would I want to join a military that demonizes the very nation I would be serving? Apparently, many individuals have raised this question and decided not to sign up. Military recruitment efforts have taken a nosedive. In fact, it’s gotten so bad that the Army has eliminated its mandate that potential recruits have at least a high school diploma or a GED certificate. And it’s not just the Army; every branch of the U.S. military has seen recruitment numbers drop. Wokeness preaches hatred of country, not love of country, which is a necessary prerequisite when asking people to be willing to sacrifice their lives.

Headlines

  • Supreme Court deals major blow to EPA power (Townhall)
  • SCOTUS allows Biden to end Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy (NBC News)
  • SCOTUS rules states can prosecute non-Native Americans on tribal lands (Fox News)
  • Biden supports ending filibuster to protect abortion access (Fox News)
  • Delusional Democrats advance “Transgender Bill of Rights” (PJ Media)
  • Two illegal immigrants arrested in connection with deaths of 50+ migrants (Free Beacon)
  • Mob loses a round: George Washington University will keep Clarence Thomas amid leftist pressure campaign (Free Beacon)
  • Policy: The FDA’s ban on a popular e-cigarette defies logic (City Journal)
  • Satire: J6 Committee says Cassidy Hutchinson told them that she heard Mark Meadows say that a Secret Service agent’s friend’s cousin’s husband once heard that one of Trump’s other aides said she thinks she heard him say he wanted to “do an insurrection” (Babylon Bee)
  • Satire: Donald Trump to star in “Fast and Furious 10: Capitol Riot” (Babylon Bee)

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The Democrats are Bleeding Voters

In the past 12 months, more than one million voters have switched parties from Democrat to Republican.

Lewis Morris

Is there any more awful brand out there than that of the Democrat Party? Voter registration data analyzed by the Associated Press shows that more than one million voters in 43 states have switched their party affiliation to Republican over the last 12 months. This accounts for a stunning two-thirds of all party switchers.

A voter migration of this magnitude should make the opposition nervous. Even worse news for Democrats: These GOP gains are particularly prevalent in the nation’s suburbs, which may help Republicans recover lost ground from the 2018 and 2020 election cycles.

Republicans boosted their share of party changers in 168 of 235 fringe suburban counties in the swing states of Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. The GOP also saw gains in 62% of medium metro counties in Democrat-run California and Colorado, and they captured 63% of party switchers in Democrat-run Pennsylvania.

Two drivers are pushing Democrat voters into the Republican camp. One is the Republican voters who left the GOP during the Trump era but have returned. Another is Democrat voters who are fed up with how far to the left their party has drifted. As one such voter told the AP, “The party itself is no longer Democrat, it’s progressive socialism.”

We should note that some Democrats have switched parties simply to create mischief — to vote in Republican primaries. An ostensible example of this was the primary defeat of first-term Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn in North Carolina’s 11th District. The Washington Post reported a spike in Democrats switching their status to “unaffiliated,” allowing them to vote in the Republican primary and thereby contributing to Cawthorn’s 1,384-vote defeat by “establishment” Republican Chuck Edwards.

Democrat Party leaders, and apparently The Washington Post, are encouraging Democrat voters to switch their affiliation in states with semi-closed systems in which only registered party members can vote in their primaries. The hope is to get enough outside voters to sway key Republican primaries in the Democrats’ favor by supporting fringy GOP candidates seen as weaker general-election opponents in November.

It’s hard to know if this sort of desperate tactic will work on a wide scale, but it’s doubtful that it has had any substantial impact on the spike in switches to the Republican Party.

Will the Supreme Court’s recent Dobbs ruling save Democrats? Like the case itself, there’s no shortage of opinions on the matter. Democrats by and large believe the overturning of Roe v. Wade will motivate their base. They’re certainly playing it that way. Anything to get the public’s mind off of $5-a-gallon gas and baby formula shortages.

Some political strategists say the economy is still the number one concern among voters. That’s unlikely to change unless the economy miraculously improves by November. As Sarah Longwell, a Republican strategist who studies swing voters, notes, “If you think that the overturning of Roe is just going to overturn the dynamics of 2022, I’m not sure that that’s true.”

With the abortion issue now returned to the states, there’s no reason to believe Republicans will be any less motivated to turn out in November than Democrats, who now face an intra-party schism. The far left of the party favors court-packing, filibuster elimination, and any trick it can pull to get its way. Traditional Democrats, though, like the voter quoted earlier, may not support far-left candidates who advocate such efforts. And hard-left voters may not support traditional Democrat candidates unless they do. Republicans, however, seem united and energized about November.

Either way you slice it, the Democrats have problems.

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Suburban Secession From Dem Cities

Rampant violence in lawless metropolises is the catalyst, but it’s also just the tip of the iceberg.

Emmy Griffin

The violence in Democrat-run cities is spiraling out of control. Places like ChicagoWashington, DC, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Baltimore have become crime capitals. This is because street criminals aren’t afraid of the police, the law is a suggestion, and even if they do get arrested, toothless prosecutors will likely uphold the cities’ soft-on-crime stance.

One city in particular has allowed the chaos to spread to the suburbs. In Atlanta, the wealthy northern suburb of Buckhead has had enough.

Atlanta is so riddled with lowlifes that earlier this week hoodlums shot up a Subway because an employee “put too much mayonnaise” on their sandwich. Law-abiding people are having to go armed everywhere they go.

Fox News has been tracking the crime surge in Buckhead and found that “rape is up 80% as of June 18, burglaries are up 26%, and robberies are up 8%.” People are afraid to go fill up their cars with gas. Homes are being invaded.

Buckhead City Committee CEO Bill White has declared the suburb’s intention to secede from the city. The biggest reason being that Atlanta’s current and previous mayors are big advocates of “defund the police.” Cops simply don’t want to work in a city where they aren’t supported.

White explained: “We’re short 180 police officers, so what are we supposed to do? They said this has never been done — taking a part of a city out and making its own city from that — but we’re going to do it, and we’re going to absolutely love our police.” White went on to make a promise to the police, saying: “We’re going to pay them. We’re going to give them a take-home car. We’re going to welcome them. We’re going to honor them every day and make up for this dumbest move of the century, this ‘defund the police,’ and turn that on its heels and put the smackdown on the crime here in Buckhead once and for all and have a happy place to live.”

This beleaguered suburb will hopefully get some reprieve by becoming an independent city. But poor Atlanta. It’s a grim testament to the truism, You get what you vote for.

The Buckhead/Atlanta imbroglio is small potatoes in comparison to the state of Oregon, whose eastern counties earlier this year voted to secede from the drug-riddled antifa thugocracy of the coast and join Idaho. Eastern Oregon has declared that the western coast does not represent its interests. Even this act of representative self-government is a small example of an even larger shift in the politics of America.

Elon Musk famously posted a meme on social media illustrating how the Democrat Party has pushed so far to the left so quickly that it has left voters who may have been considered middle-left in 2008 on the conservative side of the political divide. These voters are switching allegiances. According to the Associated Press, more than one million Democrats are switching parties, especially those in the suburbs. Leftist woke policies are making cities unlivable, and the law-abiding are tired of the lack of justice.

As our Nate Jackson so aptly stated: “The real story here is the serious division between conservatives and leftists. Again, despite Biden’s promise to bring ‘unity,’ Democrats have only sown hatred and division for years now. Given that a significant number of residents in one state have decided divorce is better than living under the same ‘roof,’ how much longer can we expect our country to abide its deep divisions?”

Federalism — the deferment of power to the states — may help alleviate these deep divides. It’s no secret that America is pretty divided these days. Much of that has to do with a simple fact: We fight too many political battles at the federal level. This idea of self-rule — where citizens who are invested in the places they live decide the issues at hand — is inherently American.

Secession may be a harsh term, evoking ghosts of the bloody American Civil War. But in reality, it’s an attempt by the people to assert their democratic rights and solve what the federal government is so ill-equipped to do.

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It’s a Crisis of Competence for Wrong-Track Democrats

These people can’t seem to do anything right — and they’re unwilling to focus on anything that matters.

Douglas Andrews

If you’re a Democrat, you have to be wondering how this thing ends.

Joe Biden keeps shuffling along and diminishing us on the world stage, Nancy Pelosi keeps force-feeding us junk food and phony testimony from the J6 nostalgia files, and no one within the Democrat Party seems to remember the timeless advice of the Ragin’ Cajun.

“It’s the economy, stupid,” said former Bill Clinton strategist James Carville some three decades ago. And whaddya know? It still is. Were anyone to ask him today, he might also reflect on how this Democrat Party ain’t his daddy’s Democrat Party. Heck, it’s not even Bill Clinton’s Democrat Party. Ever since Barack Obama put his stamp on the party, they’ve thrown in with the wokesters and the grievance-mongers and the coastal elites, and they’ve abandoned the working class to the Republicans.

Thank you very much.

“I remember vividly when, just before I turned 18 years old,” writes Rene Lopez, a Navy veteran, city councilman, and Republican congressional candidate for Arizona’s 4th District, “my father filled out my selective service paperwork and voter registration and, against my protests, registered me as a Democrat.” Lopez continued: “To my father, it did not matter that I considered myself a Republican, because, as he put it, ‘Our family are Democrats.’ My family saw this as an essential plank of our identity. ‘We are Mexican. We are Catholic. We are Democrats.’ My family believed that the Democratic [sic] Party looked out for working families and stood for their values.”

Again, that isn’t today’s Democrat Party, which seems utterly consumed with issues nowhere near the kitchen table: obsessively investigating a president who’s been out of office for 17 months, defunding our cops, defending our criminals, refusing to secure our borders, infusing wokeness into our military, fighting for biological men to compete against our daughters, locking down our businesses, shutting our schools, teaching black and brown kids that they’re oppressed and that their white classmates are the oppressors, and the list goes on.

But now, finally, after decades of unquestioning loyalty, “Working-class families are finally taking notice,” writes Lopez.

He continues: “It is hard to imagine anything more out of touch with the values held by families like my own than Stephen Colbert telling his audience, ‘I’m willing to pay $4 a gallon. Hell, I’ll pay $15 a gallon because I drive a Tesla,’ while working-class families are trying to figure out how to afford groceries and fill their gas tanks.”

Bingo. What a tone-deaf thing to say. As if everyone can afford to trade in that 12-year-old beater for a shiny new $60,000 electric vehicle.

But Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats aren’t merely coughing up congressional districts that are 84% Hispanic; they’re alienating everyone. They simply can’t seem to govern, can’t seem to focus on the things that matter. This coming holiday weekend, for example, we’re expecting to see thousands of flight delays and cancellations as the airline industry and the government blame each other for the impending chaos. What gives? Why is it suddenly so hard to hop on a plane? Even in those crummy Soviet-era satellite countries, the trains tended to run on time.

The deep deniers at The New York Times are hoping you don’t notice who’s steering the ship. Indeed, they just wrote this piece on how inflation is causing changes in folks’ behavior, but not once did they mention Joe Biden’s name or even the word “Democrat.”

The folks aren’t fooled, though. A brand-new AP-NORC poll shows that hardly anyone in the country thinks we’re on the right track.

As the AP reports: “An overwhelming and growing majority of Americans say the U.S. is heading in the wrong direction, including nearly 8 in 10 Democrats, according to a new poll that finds deep pessimism about the economy plaguing President Joe Biden.”

That a majority of us are on edge about the economy and inflation and a doubling of gas prices and rising crime and a porous southern border and a feckless foreign policy shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. But when 78% of Democrats think we’re heading in the wrong direction, that spells big trouble for the party in power.

“Eighty-five percent of U.S. adults say the country is on the wrong track,” the AP article continues, “and 79% describe the economy as poor. … The findings suggest Biden faces fundamental challenges as he tries to motivate voters to cast ballots for Democrats in November’s midterm elections.”

We’ll say. The AP poll gives Biden a 39% job approval number, but even that anemic number seems inflated. It’s held up by a mystifyingly high 72% approval rating from Democrats — who are these people? — but his support drops off a cliff with independents (only 25% approve of the job he’s doing) and Republicans (only 8%). In yesterday’s RealClearPolitics aggregate of polls, Biden dipped under 38% approval for the first time ever. Dude keeps falling off the floor.

Joe Biden and the Democrats have a crisis not of confidence, but of competence. They can’t seem to focus on and effectively execute even the basic functions of government. For Pete’s sake, they can’t even keep baby formula on the shelves.

But, hey, if you don’t care a lick about gas prices and you’re just hankerin’ for a hawt take on how Donald Trump behaved on January 6, 2021, they’ve got you covered.

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California Doxxes Gun Owners

The state’s Justice Department “mistakenly” posted online a database of information about concealed carry permit holders.

Nate Jackson

If you’ve seen the Netflix hit show “Stranger Things,” you know that much of the action hinges on an alternate dimension called the Upside Down. Everything in the Upside Down is in ruins and run by evil monsters — it’s backwards, time is stopped there, and it’s generally wrecked compared with our world.

In other words, it’s California.

You see, in California, the criminals go free and the law-abiding citizens have their private information leaked to the public. Thugs in San Francisco can snatch all kinds of things from stores without fear of prosecution or even arrest — to the point that many stores have closed for good. Meanwhile, concealed carry permit holders, who are on average more law-abiding than police, have been outed and endangered. By the state’s attorney general, no less.

Talk about upside down.

“As part of a Democrat-led effort to ‘better understand the role and potential dangers of firearms,’ California inadvertently leaked private information about every concealed-carry permit holder in the state,” reports The Washington Free Beacon. “The California Department of Justice on Monday mistakenly posted the personal details of concealed-carry permit holders when it launched its 2022 Firearms Dashboard Portal. The information included the full name, birthday, race, and address of every permit holder in the state, as well as the date permits were issued.”

Was it an inadvertent mistake, though?

This is precisely why gun owners warn about privacy violations — among other problems — nearly inherent in databases of people exercising their Second Amendment rights. California’s doxxing is a great example of (one reason) why any kind of gun registry is a terrible idea. Democrats run California, and Democrats are overtly hostile to the Second Amendment. When you think “guns are the problem,” you’re going to do stuff like this.

It’s not just an inconvenience, either. Given the hatred leftists have for conservatives these days, and the drastically increased crime both in California and nationwide, there’s a very real safety risk. Said Chuck Michel, president of the California Rifle & Pistol Association advocacy group, “The attorney general has put the lives of judges, prosecutors, domestic violence victims and everyday citizens at risk by releasing this sensitive confidential information that gives criminals a map to their homes.”

State Attorney General Rob Bonta called the release “unacceptable.” He added: “We acknowledge the stress this may cause those individuals whose information was exposed. I am deeply disturbed and angered.”

Was it coincidence that the leak happened on Monday, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of the people to bear arms? Many blue states are scrambling to update their laws following the Court’s ruling on concealed carry permitting, and — out on a limb — Democrats will be doing so in the most constrictive ways they can think of.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul moaned, “The Supreme Court, less than a week ago, turned our world upside down.” Well, when your world is the Upside Down, right side up does seem strange.

In California, Governor Gavin Newsom plans to sign 16 gun-related bills in the near future, including allowing legal action against manufacturers if their guns are used in crimes. Other Democrat governors are champing at the bit to do likewise.

This hostility to gun rights is a huge threat to Liberty and to individual Americans. In fact, tyrannical government is the primary reason we have a Second Amendment in the first place. Hochul, Newsom, and Co. would do well to remember that.

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“In 2016, Hillary falsely claimed that Trump colluded with the Russians to steal the election. Then spied on his rival presidential campaign — and even spied on him as the President of the United States. Then unleashed a bogus investigation to hobble his presidency. ‘Democracy!’ Hillary still claims Trump was an illegitimate president. Democrats objected to GOP wins in 1968 (Nixon), 2000 & 2004 (Bush 43), & Trump (2016).” —Mike Davis, former law clerk to Justice Gorsuch

“Interestingly, the justice who wrote Roe, Harry Blackmun, expected the ruling to have limited effect and never intended for it to be construed as giving women a “right” to an abortion, let alone one on demand and up to and including the third trimester. We know this because years after Blackmun’s death, his personal writings became public. Blackmun, a former general counsel for the Mayo Clinic, wanted doctors to determine what Blackmun anticipated would be rare instances in which an abortion would be medically necessary, as determined by the woman’s doctor. In 2005, the Los Angeles Times wrote about the release of Blackmun’s private papers in an article called ‘Roe Ruling: More Than Its Author Intended.’ Staff writer David Savage wrote: ‘Blackmun proposed to issue a news release to accompany the decision, issued Jan. 22, 1973. “I fear what the headlines may be,” he wrote in a memo. His statement, never issued, emphasized that the court was not giving women “an absolute right to abortion,” nor was it saying that the “Constitution compels abortion on demand.”’ Blackmun wrote that abortion ‘must be left to the medical judgment of the pregnant woman’s attending physician’ based upon a doctor’s consideration of ‘all factors — physical, emotional, psychological, familial and the woman’s age — relevant to the well-being of the patient.’ If there is any doubt that the Court expected Roe to change little about abortion, the day of the Roe decision, Chief Justice Warren Burger said, ‘Plainly, the court today rejects any claim that the Constitution requires abortion on demand.’“ —Larry Elder

“Now with Roe overturned, we will see which politicians supported the pro-life cause to win elections, and which actually believed it.” —former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Demagogues

“The most important thing to be clear about is we have to codify Roe v. Wade into law and the way to do that is to make sure Congress votes to do that. And if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, it should be provided an exception for this … to the filibuster.” —Joe Biden

“The federal government needs to be exploring what they can do to make federal lands available to help ensure access to abortion.” —Senator Elizabeth Warren

“The Supreme Court has engaged in the overreaching of its authority in denying the human and civil rights of any pregnant person or person that could become pregnant in the United States of America. They have engaged in overreach, and it is the responsibility of the president and Congress to put the Supreme Court in check because they have delegitimized themselves.” —Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“Folks, let’s get one thing straight: The ultra-MAGA agenda has always been about taking away women’s rights, in every single state.” —President Joe Biden

Braying Jenny

“Let’s talk about what it means to be pro-life. Universal healthcare, that’s pro-life. Restricting guns, that’s also pro-life. Fighting climate change, that’s also pro-life. Listening to doctors during a pandemic, also pro-life. Not forcing women to give birth like livestock, pro-life. … Calling Republicans pro-life is like calling O.J. Simpson pro-wife.” —”comedian” Chelsea Handler

And Last…

“BREAKING: Air Force One’s pilot will testify today that Trump grabbed the yoke of the aircraft to perform a flawless barrel roll.” —Joel Berry

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Mass hypnosis: why can’t people see through the COVID deception? \ LifeSite

Despite the statistics and mathematical models dramatically overrating the risk of the virus, and the obvious side effects of the vaccine, many are not capable of seeing it. The most salient characteristic of this psychological trend is that it makes people radically blind to everything that goes against the narrative in which they believe.

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CBN NewsWatch AM: June 30, 2022

Israel dissolves its government, heading for fifth round of elections in three and a half years; Israel loosens restriction on abortion, making abortion pills more widely available; Biden Administration also pushing to make the abortion pill more available in states where abortion is outlawed- but the dangerous side effects from the pill are rarely reported; new AP-NORC poll shows 85% of Americans – including 78% of Democrats – believe the country is on the wrong track; recent deaths of migrants in a truck in Texas highlights the severe crisis on the southern border; Douglas MacKinnon – author of the new book “The 56” – talks to CBN’s “The Global Lane” program about how the signers of the Declaration of Independence risked “their lives, fortunes and sacred honor” so Americans could be free; on the 15th anniversary of the iPhone, a look at how it’s been used to spread the Gospel; and Hershel “Woody” Williams, the last surviving World War II Medal of Honor winner, dies at 98- having converted to Christ at a church service on Easter Sunday, 1962.

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West violated key NATO-Russia treaty – Lavrov | RT – Daily news

The Founding Act of 1997 legally remains in force, but has effectively been violated by the US-led bloc, Lavrov claimed

West violated key NATO-Russia treaty – Lavrov

Neither Russia nor NATO has ever formally denounced the 1997 Founding Act, but in practice it does not work because the alliance is in violation of it, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov assessed on Thursday. There were some who believed that the key treaty would be scrapped by NATO during the summit of its leaders in Madrid.

“In a legal sense, the Founding Act continues to exist, we have not initiated the procedure for terminating this agreement,” the minister said during a press conference.

“The decisions that were taken [in Madrid] grossly violate the terms of the Founding Act, first of all the parts regarding NATO’s obligation not to host on a permanent basis any significant troops in the territories of the new – meaning Eastern European – member states,” Lavrov said.

He was referring to NATO’s decision this week to further build up its military presence at the Russian border.

The Russian minister’s assessment of the viability of the 1997 document coincided with that of his German counterpart, Annalena Baerbock, who is one of the most vocal critics of Russia.

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“The Russian government has made it clear that the NATO-Russia Founding Act is no longer worth anything to it. So we now have to acknowledge that this basic act was also unilaterally terminated by Russia, not by NATO,” Baerbock told reporters after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in May.

The key treaty was adopted as NATO was planning to expand in Europe, triggering concerns from Russia. Moscow said doing so would violate prior assurances that the alliance would not move past a unified Germany, as that posed a threat to Russian national security.

The first post-Cold War wave of NATO enlargement that incorporated the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland into the bloc came two years later, with more waves following against Russian objections.

Moscow has long complained about the inefficiency of the NATO-Russia Council, a forum where the two parties were supposed to settle grievances, which was established by the Act. However, the alliance used it to simply stonewall Russia, it claimed.

Russia fully suspended its office at NATO HQ in Brussels in October 2021, after the organization kicked out eight Russian diplomats for allegedly working for Russian intelligence. NATO’s office in Moscow was consequently shut down.

Source: West violated key NATO-Russia treaty – Lavrov

SCOTUS Restroom Signs Changed To Gender-Neutral In Preparation For KBJ Arrival — Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With Ketanji Brown Jackson set to take over Justice Stephen Breyer’s seat on the Supreme Court today, aides have been hard at work changing all the restroom signs to “gender-neutral” so Jackson doesn’t get confused when she has to use the restroom.

“It’s important to make accommodations for differently-abled non-biologists like KBJ,” said SCOTUS Clerk Michael Qian. “We are excited that Ketanji will not only be here to represent women of color, but people of mental confusion as well.”

The clerks will also be hard at work striking all uses of the word “woman” from cases and legal briefings passed to the newest justice, as any use of the word “woman” causes her to start stuttering in confusion and say things like “I’m not qualified for this.”

At publishing time, Conservatives called for KBJ to recuse herself from all cases involving women.


Satan held a press conference today responding to the big loss of Roe v. Wade. He’s doing his best to keep his chin up.

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Must Watch: Tucker Carlson Exposes Biden DOJ Targeting Of Political Dissidents | ZeroHedge News

Tucker Carlson has done it again.

On Thursday night, the Fox News host laid bare the Biden administration’s escalating war against political enemies.

Here’s a list of the things they’ve done, because no one has assembled them,” said Carlson.

First on the list is Douglass Mackey – who was arrested for allegedly creating memes aimed at trolling Hillary Clinton voters by convincing them they could cast their ballots by phone.

Next, Tucker notes the FBI raid on the homes of two men who lawfully organized a permitted January 6th political rally.

Tucker continues, reminding us of the time the feds seized Rudy Giuliani‘s attorney-client privileged records, as well as the arrest of InfoWars journalist Owen Shroyer for telling the J6 crowd that they were marching against the 2020 “stolen election” – which Carlson notes is protected free speech.

He then notes the raid of Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe and associates over how they obtained Ashley Biden’s “inappropriate showers with Joe” diary.

The list goes on and on, with Carlson noting the DOJ’s double standards and gestapo tactics against political opponents.

Watch:

(h/t The Last Refuge)

Source: Must Watch: Tucker Carlson Exposes Biden DOJ Targeting Of Political Dissidents

Greg Gutfeld: Cassidy Hutchinson testified about something she didn’t see

‘Gutfeld!” panelists react to former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony before the January 6 Committee regarding allegations former President Donald Trump ‘lunged’ at two Secret Service agents. #foxnews #gutfeld

Source: Greg Gutfeld: Cassidy Hutchinson testified about something she didn’t see