Daily Archives: November 11, 2022

The GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST: The ONLY HOPE for the WORLD – Pastor P. Hines Reformed Christian Podcast

10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10 – 11)

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From church website:

We subscribe to the Westminster Standards as our doctrinal statement. It consists of the following documents:

The Westminster Confession of Faith
The Westminster Larger Catechism
The Westminster Shorter Catechism

We also believe that Christian Worship is to be regulated and defined by God’s Word, the Bible.

Our worship services are designed to please and honor the Triune God of the Bible. We place Scripture reading and the preaching of the word of God at the center of worship along with Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. These are God’s gifts to His church and ought to always be at the center of Christian worship. We are a congregation that loves to sing God’s praises, recite His Word back to Him, and actively engage in hearing and learning from God’s Word.

We embrace and promote a comprehensive Christian world and life view.

There is no area of life which is not under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It is to God and His law which all people, including governments and civil rulers, will answer. The Word of God embraces and informs the way we view marriage, the family, children, education, politics, worship, law, government, war, the church, missions, evangelism, and worship. In the world today there is a battle of opposing worldviews. There are basically only two positions: God’s Word and man’s ideas. We stand positively for Biblical truth and negatively against man’s ideas which are opposed to Biblical truth.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only hope for mankind.

Because all men fall short of obeying God’s law, all men everywhere are in need of divine grace and salvation from God. This salvation is found only in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for sinners, was buried, rose again, and is alive today seated at God the Father’s right hand.

We Worship God Together as Families.

We offer nursery during morning worship service for newborns and infants but encourage people to keep as many of their children as they can with them for morning worship. The audio of the service is in the nursery via speakers. There is also a crying room with a video screen and audio of the sermon. We offer Sunday school classes for all ages but worship together as families. We do not offer “children’s” church. Children need to be in morning worship as soon as possible so they can learn how to participate as active worshipers of God which includes the singing of His praises and listening actively to sermons.

The GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST: The ONLY HOPE for the WORLD – Pastor Patrick Hines Reformed Christian Podcast

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Source: The GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST: The ONLY HOPE for the WORLD – Pastor P. Hines Reformed Christian Podcast

Advent Guide for Homeschool Morning Time or Family Worship: Free Download — G3 Ministries

I made this 10-day Advent Guide specifically with busy families in mind. Rare is the year that we get through an entire 4-week or 24-day guide in either our family worship or our homeschool. Like many of you, during December we have extra evening church activities, Christmas parties, recitals, rehearsals, and travel. So I’m left with half-finished advent books and a bunch of paper crafts that I’ll need to put somewhere (or throw away).

In this guide, I wanted to keep things simple and focused mainly on worship, while also allowing time for a few of the very best Christmas picture books and a couple of fun Christmas traditions. You can start this guide at any time during advent—it doesn’t have to be THE Sunday of advent (so, no fear of getting “off track”), and you don’t have to do it every single day in order to get through the whole guide. It only takes ten days.

I’ve included in the guide:

  • A special advent doxology with sheet music and piano accompaniment
  • Scripture readings for each day that go from the prophecies foretelling Christ, to Christ’s birth, to the mystery of the incarnation and the exaltation of Christ
  • Prayer prompts that tie in with each Scripture reading
  • Ten hymns with sheet music and piano accompaniment
  • Three passages to choose from for Scripture memory and Christmas-themed printables of each passage in both the ESV and the KJV
  • Ten suggestions of the best Christmas books centered on themes of love, self-sacrifice, and giving (no Santa type books or books that exclusively focus on a manger scene)
  • One simple arts-based activity per day that can become part of your family traditions
    • Poetry—two beautiful Christmas poems to read aloud (with notes for the parent)
    • Music—two portions of Handel’s Messiah with full orchestra and choir to watch
    • Art—two Christmas paintings to look at and add to the art gallery in the mind (no paintings of Christ)
    • Handicrafts—two simple, traditional Christmas crafts (that can be eaten or used as legitimate decoration; no glue-and-glitter paper crafts)
    • Culinary—two fun, delicious recipes for Christmas treats

I hope this guide is a blessing to your family as we remember the one who laid aside his glory to take on flesh and bear our sins and as we anticipate his coming again to rule the world with truth and grace and make all the nations, at long last, prove the glories of his righteousness and wonders of his love.

You can download the guide by clicking below:

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Advent Guide for Homeschool Morning Time or Family Worship: Free Download — G3 Ministries

The “All” of Belief — VCY America

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.Mark 9:23

Our unbelief is the greatest hindrance in our way; in fact, there is no other real difficulty as to our spiritual progress and prosperity. The Lord can do everything; but when He makes a rule that according to our faith so shall it be unto us, our unbelief ties the hands of His omnipotence.

Yes, the confederacies of evil shall be scattered if we can but believe. Despised truth shall lift its head if we will but have confidence in the God of truth. We can bear our load of trouble or pass uninjured through the waves of distress if we can gird our loins with the girdle of peace, that girdle which is buckled on by the hands of trust.

What can we not believe? Is everything possible except believing in God? Yet He is always true; why do we not believe in Him? He is always faithful to His word; why can we not trust Him? When we are in a right state of heart, faith costs no effort: it is then as natural for us to rely upon God as for a child to trust his father.

The worst of it is that we can believe God about everything except the present pressing trial. This is folly. Come, my soul, shake off such sinfulness, and trust thy God with the load, the labor, the longing of this present. This done, all is done.

The “All” of Belief — VCY America

Joseph: An Example of Suffering and Patience — G3 Ministries

After repeatedly commanding his readers to be patient in suffering (Jas 5:8–9), James points to the prophets and Job as examples for us today: “As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful” (Jas 5:10–11).

Joseph received and interpreted dreams from God, marking him as a prophet. So, surveying his life in Genesis 37–50, let’s consider his suffering and patience, being steadfast in the Lord’s purpose, and experiencing the Lord’s compassion, mercy, and blessing in time.

Suffering and Patience

When Joseph was “seventeen years old” (Gen 37:2), he was taken captive by his brothers and sold to some Midianites who sold him to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, in Egypt as a slave (Gen 37:24, 28, 36). This suffering began thirteen years of hardship and affliction that would end at age thirty when Pharaoh appointed him over the land (cf. Gen 41:46).

“After a time” in Potiphar’s house, Potiphar’s wife attempted to seduce Joseph (Gen 39:7). When he ran from her advances, she falsely accused him of the same, unfairly landing him in prison (Gen 39:17–20). Nonetheless, as the Lord had blessed him with favor in Potiphar’s house (Gen 39:1–6), the Lord gave him favor in the prison as well (Gen 39:21–23).

“Some time after this,” Joseph interpreted the dreams of his fellow prisoners, Pharaoh’s cupbearer and baker (Gen 40:1; cf. 40:5–22). The baker was hanged, and the cupbearer lived. “Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him” for “two whole years” (Gen 40:23–41:1). Joseph’s thirteen years of suffering and patience would soon come to an end.

Compassion, Mercy, and Blessing

We have already seen God’s compassion, mercy, and blessing in the midst of Joseph’s suffering (cf. Gen 39:1–6, 21–23). Now we see again as his suffering and patience end.

Now “thirty years old” (Gen 41:46), Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams of a coming abundance and famine, resulting in his promotion over Egypt with only Pharaoh over him (Gen 41:14, 44). Joseph was given a wife and had two sons, their names indicating that he had forgotten hardship and saw his life as fruitful instead (Gen 41:50–42).

He blessed Egypt by gathering stores in “seven years of plenty” and dispersing it in famine (Gen 41:53, 57). Over the next “two years” (Gen 45:6), Joseph provided for his family as well, revealing his identity in the end (Gen 42–44). Though sent to Egypt by sinful brothers and Midianite traders, Joseph looked back and saw God’s providence instead: “God sent me before you to preserve life” (Gen 45:5).

Joseph was reunited with his father Jacob that he had not seen for twenty-two years, and they lived together in Egypt for seventeen years (Gen 46:29; 47:28). He received his father’s blessing (Gen 49:22–26), and he forgave his brothers in full (Gen 50:15–21). Joseph echoed to them his life’s refrain: “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (Gen 50:20). Joseph lived for another fifty-four years and died at age 110 (Gen 50:26). His years of compassion, mercy, and blessing were many more than those of suffering and patience.

Lessons for Us Today

God puts us through suffering as we encounter various trials from time to time. When He does, we must be patient to let Him accomplish whatever His purposes may be, whether we know these purposes in time, in full, or neither. As we are patient, God will show compassion, mercy, and blessing—in this life, perhaps, and certainly forever in time to come. May God help us to persevere like Joseph whenever suffering comes our way.

Joseph: An Example of Suffering and Patience — G3 Ministries

The Soldiers’ Psalm — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Soldiers’ Prayer

Psalm 91 is called the Soldiers’ Psalm. We are told that in World War I, the soldiers of the 91st Brigade recited the 91st Psalm daily.

This brigade engaged in three of the war’s bloodiest battles. Other units suffered up to 90% casualties, but the 91st Brigade did not suffer a single combat-related death. God is willing and able to keep His words of covenant promise.

Plead God’s Psalm 91 shield daily. Confidently claim His rest, refuge, safety, covering, faithfulness, freedom from fear, angelic watchers, deliverance, and protection.

Prayer is the War. God’s Word is the Weapon.

Psalm 91

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2
 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

3
 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.

4
 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

5
 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,

6
 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7
 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.

8
 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

9
 If you make the Most High your dwelling—
even the LORD, who is my refuge-

10
 then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.

11
 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;

12
 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13
 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14
 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15
 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.

16
 With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation.

From: The Father’s Business, Used with permission

For prayer cards see, The Father’s Business,


Further Reading:

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: https://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/

The Soldiers’ Psalm — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

11 Nov 2022 News Briefing

Magnitude 7.1 earthquake strikes Tonga region, tsunami warnings issued
An earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck in the sea about 207 km (128.6 miles) east of south-east of Neiafu, Tonga, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said. A tsunami advisory was issued for American Samoa, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC).

Xi Jinping tells China’s military to prepare for war, ‘fight and win’ it
Chinese leader Xi Jinping recently called on China’s military to devote all of its energy to preparing for war, making combat readiness its singular priority so that Chinese forces can “fight and win” in a potential future conflict.

1M+ guns sold for 39th month in a row, National Shooting Sports Foundation finds
More than a million guns were sold in the U.S. for the 39th straight month in October, even as sales cool off from record pandemic-era highs, according to new data from National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).Monthly data from the NSSF estimated that 1,265,311 guns were sold at retail last month. That’s down 11.3 percent from October 2021, but still the fourth highest October since 2000, according to the data. NSSF bases its estimate on the number of federal background checks run through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS.

Blizzard Pounds Plains, Midwest; “Polar Vortex” To Unleash Chill Nationwide
The first blizzard of the 2022-23 winter season is unfolding across the northern Plains and through the upper Midwest today. Parts of North and South Dakota and portions of Montana, Minnesota, and Nebraska are in the storm’s path. Some areas could experience more than a foot of snow and snowfall rates of up to 2 inches per hour.

Loan Demand For Mortgage Loans Crashes To Depression Levels
banks are reporting both tighter lending standards and sliding demand for new loans…. and nowhere more so than in mortgages, both qualifying and otherwise, where demand has collapsed to “depression” levels as a result of the fastest every surge in interest rates.

Sports Star to Be Jailed 10 Months for ‘Transphobic’ Message That ‘God Created Adam and Eve’
“God created Adam and Eve,” wrote retired Greek football legend Vassilis Tsiartas in the second of two Facebook posts opposing a 2017 law that would have lowered the age to legally change one’s gender to 15 and removed other legal barriers. The 49-year-old initially responded by saying, “I hope that the first sex changes will be made to the children of those who voted for this abomination.” Members of Parliament may as well “legalize pedophiles and complete their crimes” against nature, he wrote. The Transgender Support Association, which brought the lawsuit, called punishing his biblical views “particularly important for the transgender community.”

Biden puts wide range of ordinary firearms in his cross-hairs
Biden on Wednesday put in his cross-hairs a wide range of ordinary firearms owned by millions of Americans, insisting that “assault weapons” be banned all across the country. Technically, any weapon can be used in an “assault” but leftists often use the term to describe weapons that have certain looks – such as an attached cartridge, a pistol grip, even camouflage markings.

U.S. judge declares Biden’s student debt relief plan unlawful
A federal judge in Texas on Thursday ruled that President Joe Biden’s plan to cancel hundreds of billions of dollars in student loan debt was unlawful and must be vacated, delivering a victory to conservative opponents of the program.

Gen Z Has A Religion They Want To Impose… Christianity Stands In Their Way
According to the report, “[a] quarter of Gen Z say they ‘have very little tolerance for people with beliefs that they disagree with.’ They don’t believe in unrestrained free speech, with nearly half agreeing that ‘some people deserve to be canceled.’”

Israel, US working together to counter threat of hypersonic missiles
srael Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) and MDA are key partners in numerous air defense projects. Washington and Israel have also signed an agreement that would see the US come to assist Israel with missile defense in times of war and the two militaries have held numerous joint air defense in recent years.

China unveils giant new drone that may point to future of air warfare
China is showing off a new large drone at its important Zhuhai air show. This event is the 14th exhibition of its type in China and is usually where Beijing shows off new airplanes, drones and munitions. China has become a major player in the military drone market over the last decade. China’s decision to unveil what is called the Wing Loong-3 is an attempt to showcase Beijing’s ability to build upon its existing smaller versions of the same drone, and claim that it now has a long-range drone capable of carrying numerous missiles.

Bnai Zion Hospital opens medical center for atomic, chemical and biological warfare
Bnai Zion Medical Center in Haifa announced Wednesday that they have opened emergency rooms to deal with the possibility of atomic, chemical or biological warfare in the future. The emergency rooms, which will also treat patients dealing with injuries and physical trauma as a result of earthquakes, were dedicated by billionaire philanthropist George Schaeffer at a cost of NIS 100 million. The nearly 3,000 square meter facility contains over 100 treatment beds.

Meta lays off 13 percent of its workforce
Facebook owner Meta will lay off more than 11,000 of its staff in “the most difficult changes we’ve made in Meta’s history,” boss Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday, reported the AFP news agency. Zuckerberg said the cuts represented 13 percent of the social media titan’s workforce and would affect its research lab focusing on the metaverse as well as its apps, which include Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

Israeli F-35s fly together with US B-52 bombers
Today (Thursday), two IDF F-35i “Adir” aircraft accompanied two American B-52 bombers assigned to CENTCOM through Israel’s skies. The flight took place as part of the increasing cooperation with the U.S. Armed Forces, which is a significant component of the national security of the State of Israel, maintains regional stability and thwarts regional threats.

Tunnel discovered in Egypt may be entrance to Cleopatra’s tomb
An archeologist from the University of Santo Domingo believes she may have found the entranceway to the lost tomb of Cleopatra after two decades of searching in Egypt. Kathleen Martinez and her team recently discovered a 4,281 foot tunnel around 40 feet below ground level, the Egyptian Ministry for Tourism and Antiquities announced recently.

‘We cannot accept that a Jew who prays on the Temple Mount gets arrested’
“We have some 10 demands for the new coalition government. We want to make some big improvements related to the Temple Mount,” he explains. “Some of them involve extending the hours that we can visit as Jews and tourists also, and fixing the law considering holy places in Israel that until today does not include the Temple Mount unfortunately.”

Chabad files Jerusalem lawsuit in fight to return Schneerson archive
Chabad-Lubavitch has opened a lawsuit in Jerusalem District Court that aims to seize Russian assets in Israel as part of its ongoing fight to see the return of the archives from the Schneerson library. The legal challenge intends to use American judgements against Moscow in which it was ordered to return the Scheerson library from Russia to the US and fined for contempt of court, according to the Jerusalem Post. The Schneerson library consists of 12,000 historical books and written documents dating from the last decades of the 18th century to the present. The collection has been held by the Russian government since the end of World War I.

Category 1 Hurricane “Nicole” makes landfall just south of Vero Beach, Florida
Radar imagery from Miami and Melbourne shows the center of Category 1 Hurricane “Nicole” has made landfall on the east coast of the Florida peninsula on North Hutchinson Island just south of Vero Beach at 08:00 UTC on November 10, 2022. Nicole is the latest calendar year hurricane to make landfall on the east coast of Florida on record, breaking the old record set by the Yankee on November 4, 1935.

4 deaths in Florida attributed to Tropical Storm Nicole, officials say
Tropical Storm Nicole has now been blamed for at least four deaths in Florida. Officials at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said two people were electrocuted by a downed power line early Thursday in Orlando.

Record rains hit California, leaving 1 person dead and several missing
A powerful storm hit California on November 8, 2022, bringing record-breaking rains, snow, and at least 1 tornado. The storm left one person dead and several others missing. This was the wettest start of November in nearly 20 years for many locations across the state.

England Suffered 300k Deaths Since May Resulting in Over 34k Excess Deaths
England has been suffering under the weight of excess deaths since the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines. Since May, over 34,000 excess deaths have been recorded.

Disabled By Choice – Transabled Movement Lays Bare The Dangers Of Trans Theology
…This movement is made up of people who feel themselves to be disabled but are in fact physically healthy. Many of them wish to have a limb removed or to be otherwise mutilated so that their appearance and ability will match how they “feel”; a medical community which has embraced the practice of cutting off penises and surgically removing healthy breasts for the gender dysphoric doesn’t have any compelling grounds to refuse.

Two eyewitness citizen accounts of maricopa county voting corruption and incompetence! 
I was one of the few private people who researched the 2020 Maricopa County fraudulent election. I will have a lot to say about Maricopa County corruption and incompetence in an article I am preparing for release. This will be perhaps my most important article and it will certainly be my most dangerous venture.

Pfizer profits from COVID vaccines and treatments, reaping almost $100 billion in sales
The pharmaceutical company Pfizer is reported to have grossed nearly $100 billion from its sales of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, and has recently announced it plans to triple or quadruple the price once it hits the commercial market next year.

Trudeau was warned by top intelligence that China was funding 2019 election candidates: report
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who once said he admired China’s “basic dictatorship,” was reportedly warned by top intelligence that agents of the Chinese Communist regime had been allegedly funding candidates in the 2019 federal election.

Wow! Holland says enough is enough and becomes first European country to withdraw sanctions against Russia, without permission from EU – Strange Sounds
Wow! Holland has said enough is
enough! They become the first European country to withdraw sanctions against Russia, without permission from EU. This is the first example we see of a European country acting in the best interest of their own country. Now who is next?

French Nuclear Reactor Power Outlook Worsens Ahead Of Winter, Electricity Prices Erupt
France’s nuclear troubles are mounting due primarily to routine maintenance of the country’s 56 aging reactors. A new update from French electric utility company Electricite de France SA, commonly known as EDF, said an outlook for nuclear power generation was slashed ahead of winter, causing chaos in energy markets.

SHOCKING: Corporations to start running GENDER COMPLIANCE AUDITS and “blackness checks” to qualify for lower loan rates from “woke” finance giants
Large corporations are signing loan agreements with finance giants that demand “LGBT quotas” and “black quotas” be met in order to receive beneficial interest rates on lines of credit. In essence, the more gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, Blacks or Hispanics a corporation hires, the more favorable the terms become for their borrowing.

HUGE Trans Man Wins New Hampshire Beauty Contest – Weighs Twice as Much as Closest Competitor
A HUGE trans man won a recent beauty contest in New Hampshire. Biological male ‘Brian’ won “Miss Greater Derry” a pageant under the Miss America organization.

Government publishes horrific figures on COVID Vaccine Deaths: 1 in every 310 people died within 1.5 months of receiving the COVID Vaccine Booster
Official figures published by the UK Government confirm 1 in every 310 people who received a third dose of the Covid-19 injection in England by 31st December 2021, sadly died within 48 days.

“Give Kremlin A Warning”: US ‘Nuclear Apocalypse’ Submarine Enters Mediterranean Sea 
“Rhode Island emerges in Gibraltar, armed with intercontinental missiles and hundreds of nuclear warheads. On a mission to give the Kremlin a warning,” La Repubblica wrote.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2022/11/11/11-nov-2022/

Headlines – 11/11/2022

US Ambassador on War Path Against Israel’s Majority Right: ‘We’ll Fight Any Annexation Attempt’

Israel reaches agreement with Qatar to allow direct flights during World Cup

Netanyahu, German leader talk expanding Arab ties; Erdogan offers congratulations

Ben Gvir hails racist Kahane, is booed for saying he doesn’t want to expel all Arabs

US blasts ‘abhorrent’ celebration of Kahane after prospective minister attends

Adidas says will work with ADL against antisemitism after Kanye West uproar

Alarming rise in American Jewish children’s complaints of antisemitism at school

Family, colleagues of Abu Akleh tell UN probe Israel deliberately killed journalist

IDF suspects engine malfunction behind crash of armed drone

Lapid warns military may face pressure to employ unlawful use of force

Israeli F-35 jets escort US bombers in show of force to Iran

Iran Rocket Test Boosts Odds of Israeli Strike, Middle East War

Iran Announces Production of New Hypersonic Ballistic Missile

UN atomic watchdog: Iran further increasing stockpile of highly enriched uranium

Iran Votes to Execute 15,000 Participants in Women’s Rights Protests

Iran Protesters Refuse to Back Down as 15,000 Face Execution

Iranian army chief says he’s awaiting orders to intervene in protests

Putin to skip Indonesia G20 summit due to assassination fear: Report

‘Well over’ 100,000 Russian troops killed or wounded in Ukraine, U.S. says

US observed Russian navy preparing for possible test of nuclear-powered torpedo

US sending Ukraine another $400 million weapons package, bringing total to over $19 billion

Biden’s Latest Gaffe: Russia Withdrawing From ‘Fallujah’

Biden to meet Xi on Monday for first high-stakes sit-down with Chinese leader

Biden expected to bring up Chinese economic practices, Taiwan and Russia’s war in Ukraine in first meeting with Xi as president

Va. Lt. Governor Sears: Trump has “become a liability” for Republicans

Satmar Rebbe: Trumpism has infiltrated Judaism, twisted many minds

Pence’s New Memoir Throws Trump Under The Bus For Questioning 2020 Election – Forgets He Promised Trump Voters, “We’ll Hear The Objections, We’ll Hear The Evidence”

AOC calls on party leaders to resign as state trends further right in midterm elections

Citing ‘potential bias,’ prosecutors drop case against CEO accused of storing election info in China

What’s Going On? Los Angeles County Drops Criminal Charges Against Konnech Chief Eugene Yu the Day After Midterm Elections

Unexplained Ballot Drop in GA Senate Race Likely Prevented Herschel Walker from Winning Race Outright – ‘Drop and Roll’ Pushed Race to Runoff

Emerald Robinson and Mike Lindell Show More “Drop and Roll” Activities in Key 2022 Races

Arizona’s Maricopa County election officials address ballot issues amid Kari Lake, Blake Masters lawsuit

Arizona election results delayed until after weekend, Maricopa officials say

Commentary: The Arizona Voting Machines Disaster in Maricopa County is Even Worse Than We Thought

Maricopa County Now Admits That Over 30% Of Polling Locations Were Affected By Machine Failures, Not 20% As Previously Stated – But They Want Us To Believe Only 17,000 Ballots Transported For Tabulation

AP: Stop talking about the Maricopa voting machines, peasants

Clark County with thousands of uncounted votes as nation eyes Nevada Senate race

Prominent pollster says time for America to mandate all ballots be counted on Election Day

‘Illegal Electioneering’ for PA Dems Fetterman, Shapiro Caught on Camera: Project Veritas

Sun Sentinel: Florida Is ‘Crimson Hellscape’ After Election

Tim Graham: The Polarizing Media Decries Polarization

Actress Patricia Heaton to Christians After ‘Disappointing’ Election: ‘Our Security Does Not Rest in Men or Governments but in God Alone’

Brazil’s Ministry of Defense Twitter Issues Statement on Audit Report: “It is not possible to guarantee that the programs that were executed in the electronic voting machines are free from malicious insertions”

Apple Limits AirDrop in China After It Was Used to Spread Protest Messages

‘It’s Worth Being Looked At’: Biden Suggests Elon Musk May Be A ‘Threat’ To National Security

President Joe Biden Threatens Elon Musk: ‘There’s A Lot of Ways’ to Intervene in His Twitter Takeover

‘You Heard the President’: National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan Confirms Administration Considering Musk Investigation

Two Twitter executives resign as Musk’s chaotic run continues

Mark Cuban Slams Elon Musk: Letting Anyone Get Verified ‘Killed the Most Valuable Part of Twitter’

Elon Musk tells Twitter staff that bankruptcy isn’t out of the question

Elon Musk tells Twitter staff to prepare for ‘difficult times ahead’ and ends remote work

Elon Musk Panics, Emailing Twitter Staff Economic Picture is ‘Dire’ and App May Not Survive Downturn

Musk Warns Twitter May Lose Billions Next Year

Thousands at Meta, Twitter, Salesforce lost jobs this week – the shock could ripple through the economy for months

Amazon Makes History After Losing $1 Trillion In Market Value Amid Tech Stock Rout

JPMorgan Analysts See Bitcoin Falling To $13,000 Amid ‘Cascade Of Margin Calls’

Riots Break Out over Inflation in Athens, Molotov Cocktails Thrown at Police

Dow Soars 1,026 Points on Cooling Inflation Data

US Inflation Eases to 7.7 Percent, Lowest Level Since January

Inflation holds grip on US economy in October as prices remain stubbornly high

Joe Biden: Rising Inflation ‘Will Take Time’ to Get Back to Normal

Travel, drugs, alcohol: survey shows how Biden student loan bailout recipients will spend extra money

John Kerry Spills the Beans at U.N.’s COP27 Meeting: They Want to Replace Capitalism with a New Economic System

Who Are the World Economic Forum’s ‘Young Global Leaders?’ The Names May Surprise You.

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Shi Yomi, India

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Olry, Vanuatu

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 25,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 22,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 21,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala eurpts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Nicole is U.S.’s first November hurricane in 40 years – why climate change extends hurricane season

At least 4 killed after Nicole makes historic, rare November landfall in Florida

US Airlines Cancel 1,220 Flights as Tropical Storm Nicole Makes Landfall in Florida

Tropical Storm Nicole Sweeps Roads Away on Florida’s Coast

Drone video shows Florida homes falling into ocean after Nicole rips through state

Record rains hit California, leaving 1 person dead and several missing

More military families sue over fuel-contaminated drinking water: ‘We’re just collateral damage’

World’s Worst Polluter China Promotes Climate ‘Compensation’ – But Won’t Pay

EU Green Deal an ‘Ideology-Driven Monster’ Causing Energy Crisis in Europe

Terror Victim Warns of Climate Extremist Drift Towards more ‘Radical’ Methods

Shellenberger: Climate Fanatics Are Weaponizing Mental Illlness

“I Will Never, Ever, Forgive These People” – Unhinged Climate Activists Cause Heartbroken Man to Miss His Father’s Funeral

Boston agrees to $2.1M settlement for refusing to fly Christian flag

Alex Jones Ordered to Pay $473M More to Sandy Hook Families

Biden Vows to ‘Try Like the Devil’ to Enact Federal Ban on ‘Assault Weapons’

California sheriff’s office will no longer patrol during the day due to ‘catastrophic’ staffing

Belgian police officer killed in suspected terror stabbing

Police Use DNA Phenotyping to Limit Pool of Suspects to 15,000

Lottery accused of ‘systemic racism’ after massive Powerball payout

British Airways Goes Gender-Neutral

Ontario School Board Rules to Allow Male Teacher to Wear Giant Prosthetic Breasts to School

Biological Male Wins Miss America in New Hampshire Teen Beauty Pageant

Tennessee Introduces Legislation To Ban Trans Treatments For Minors

California Passes Amendment By Massive Margins To Enshrine A ‘Right To Abortion’ In The State’s Constitution

Michigan Votes To Legalize Abortion Up To 24 Weeks Gestation

Montana Vote Adds to Win Streak for Abortion Rights Backers

Montana rejects ballot measure to require medical care for ‘infants who are born alive’

Scott Adams: China-controlled TikTok Helped Democrats Win on Abortion with Women

Man Arrested After Biting Pro-Life Activist in the Neck

Swalwell says parent oversight of education like ‘putting patients in charge of their own surgeries’

France Orders Poultry Indoors as Bird Flu Risk Level Raised to ‘High’

Thousands of turkeys affected after bird flu hits popular Pennsylvania farm

Measles outbreak erupts among unvaccinated children in Ohio daycare

Dengue vaccine poised for roll-out but safety concerns linger

Moderna Shot May Cause Double To Triple As Many Heart Problems As Pfizer, New Study Finds

4th COVID shot boosts antibodies for 13 weeks, Israeli study finds

FDA claims about boosters and kids branded ‘misinformation,’ research questions youth vaccination

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Rejects Emergency Appeal From NYC Workers Who Lost Their Jobs Due to Mayor Adams’ Covid Vaccine Mandate

Pelosi extends remote voting through Christmas, citing ongoing ‘public health emergency’

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Mid-Day Snapshot · Nov. 11, 2022

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Trump, the Midterm Election Red Ripple, and 2024

Why did that massive midterm “red wave” fizzle into a mere red ripple?

Mark Alexander

Donald Trump planned to use a post-midterm election “red wave” victory lap next week to announce he will run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. However, given that wave never reached the beach, he may delay his announcement. Despite the underwhelming midterm results, to put it kindly, Trump is still claiming that “200” candidates won because he endorsed them. Trump the “kingmaker” did help rally grassroots support for 22 primary candidates back in May, but the fact is, 200 candidates won in the general election on their own merits, not Trump’s endorsement.

Notably, the most critical Senate candidates with high-profile Trump endorsements have either lost (Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania) or are hanging in the balance (Herschel Walker in Georgia). That notwithstanding, Trump claims, “I think if [candidates I endorsed] win, I should get all the credit, and if they lose, I should not be blamed at all.”

Before considering further when Trump should announce — or whether he should announce — let’s consider the three factors that ensured the massive midterm “red wave” fizzled into a mere red ripple.

First would be the massive influence of the Leftmedia platforms, which perennially use their airtime to defend and endorse Demos. That, combined with the fact that Big Tech has refined and perfected the suppression of conservative speech, is a major factor in keeping the political playing field listing hard left. They have done a masterful job of keeping the Demos’ low-info voters dumbed down. Just imagine what the political landscape would look like if the media talkingheads and scribes were actually exercising objective professional journalism.

The second factor would be the Democrats’ bulk-mail ballot fraud strategy, which they refined and perfected in 2020 under the auspices of protecting voters from the ChiCom virus. In tandem with Leftmedia and social media bias, that strategy ensured that the 2020 election would produce the highest voter turnout rate since 1900, paving the way for the election of Joe Biden. In a case study of how leftists have perfected the art of the BIG Lie, they label Republican efforts to authenticate who is voting, by mail or in person, as “voter intimidation and suppression.”

Republicans have fielded too few legislators and resources on the front lines battling these two factors, and too few conservatives are financially backing organizations like The Patriot Post in the thick of those battles countering these insidious leftist subterfuges.

So, what is the third factor that killed the red wave? That is the 600-pound gorilla in the room, which, until this failed midterm, many considered the third rail of Republican politics. That would be the Trump factor.

Now, if you are one of Trump’s relentless defenders, stick with me through this analysis and then fire away. I have been there and done that.

Trump was the right general election alternative to Hillary Clinton in 2016, and, fortunately for the country, squeaked by her in the Electoral College vote. As I wrote often over his first three years, his administration accomplished many outstanding MAGA domestic and foreign policy successes, not the least of which would be his Supreme Court nominees.

He came into office swinging hard. As I noted in 2017: “The day he arrived in DC, he dropped a bomb on the Beltway status quo in Congress and its special interests. He dropped a bomb on the regulatory behemoths and their bureaucratic bottlenecks. He dropped a bomb on the trade and national security institutions and alliances that failed miserably over the previous eight years. And he dropped a bomb on all the pundits and mainstream media outlets.”

Those were glorious years, watching all the Demo rats scurry into hiding.

I wrote just ahead of his 2017 inauguration that his policies and personnel were shaping up to be as conservative as the Reagan administration, and indeed they were.

But the most stark and irrefutable difference between Trump and President Ronald Reagan was that Reagan united people across party lines, resulting in his historic 1984 reelection — when he won 49 states and lost only his opponent’s home state of Minnesota, and of course the bureaucrat vote in Washington, DC. No other candidate in American history has matched Reagan’s 525 electoral votes.

Conversely, there is no better evidence of Trump’s failure as a leader than his obsessive and self-destructive mastery of dividing rather than uniting, resulting in his reelection loss to the feckless and non compos mentis Joe Biden.

Despite my well-reasoned 2016 primary criticisms of Trump, and despite my criticism of his disgraceful and divisive communications as president, I did not foresee that he would devolve into a fratricidal autocrat by 2020, turning on almost all of his most loyal administration leaders who had lent their good names to his team in the best interest of our country — sometimes despite Trump.

I have been asked what the Trump turning point was for me. It came in December 2018, when he turned on Gen. John Kelly, a distinguished and humble Patriot who had served Trump very well first as DHS secretary and then as his chief of staff.

Trump’s penchant for fomenting division and hatred, combined with the other factors noted above, not only cost him reelection in 2020 but cost Republicans a red wave of midterm victories.

Historically, there was every reason for knowledgeable political analysts and pollsters to predict those victories. Newt Gingrich predicted 54-55 Senate seats for Republicans and 20-50 House seat pickups. Looking back at three decades of midterm elections, here is how other presidential approval ratings impacted House and Senate gains and losses for their respective parties:

1994 Clinton approval 46%: -54 -10
1998 Clinton approval 66%: +4 and 0
2002 George W. Bush approval 63%: +8 and +2
2006 George W. Bush approval 38%: -32 and -6
2010 Barack Obama approval 45%: -63 and -6
2014 Barack Obama approval 44%: -13 and -9
2018 Donald Trump approval 41%: -41 and +2

Then comes Joe Biden, with an abysmal approval rating of 42%. He had not been over 50% in more than a year, and he owned a plethora of political failures that should have ushered in a massive change in the House and Senate. While we don’t have all the totals yet, we are struggling just to maintain a 50-50 split in the Senate, and it appears the Republican House majority will be as thin as it was for Democrats over the last two years — a margin of about four to six seats.

So what does this tell us? The explanation runs much deeper than just media bias and bulk-mail balloting, the latter being primarily in states that are already Democrat strongholds.

A key to understanding the Demos’ midterm election strategy was Biden’s response when asked about the results: “It was a good day for democracy. Our democracy has been tested in recent years, but with their votes, the American people have spoken and proven once again that democracy is who we are. While the press and the pundits were predicting a giant red wave, it didn’t happen.” And asked what policies he would alter as a result, he brazenly declared, “Nothing,” adding, “The more [the people] know about what we’re doing, the more support there is.”

And there you have it — Biden and his Demos based their midterm strategy on “protecting democracy” against “election deniers.” In other words, the masters of hate and fear ran on their “hate and fear Trump” model, and they succeeded in holding back a red wave in a year that all indications supported it — except for the Trump factor. Turns out it was a brilliant strategy.

This is precisely why Biden delivered two very high-profile speeches before the election about “protecting democracy” from the MAGA threat. “Protecting democracy” has become code for hate and fear Trump, as has the “MAGA Republican threat.”

Neither of those speeches mentioned a single word about inflation, crime, immigration, or any other voter concerns. Democrat pollsters knew exactly what “fear and hate Trump” buttons to push to keep their voters on the plantation months ahead of the first ballots being mailed. And that is precisely why Biden’s handlers sent him out with the “democracy” message. As for Republicans, apparently running against Biden’s record was not a winning strategy. Biden’s ineptitude was already deeply discounted by Demo voters, baked into the electoral cake. (Notably, Biden so lowered the mental acuity bar for Democrats that even an imbecilic, tatted-up thug like John Fetterman prevailed in Pennsylvania.)

Like it or not, Trump is the lightning rod for all the deeply seated fear and hatred on the Left, and it is undeniably an earned and enduring legacy that he will not shake off.

Demos will run and win on the same hate-Trump strategy in 2024, when they will have substantially more Senate seats at risk. Of the 33 Class 1 Senate seats on the ballot, there will be 21 Democrats and two independents who caucus with Senate Democrats. If Trump is in, Demos will win.

What’s next?

In the interest of giving a red wave a chance of hitting DC in 2024, Trump should delay his announcement permanently, as I insisted three months ago. As I wrote in July, I believe he should spend all his energy and $100 million war chest rallying his grassroots base, and then undermine the Democrats’ 2024 primary field by endorsing a younger presidential candidate … and then get out of the way so that candidate is not dragging all of Trump’s baggage — the hate, fear, and division he has fomented — into the 2024 general election.

As I have flatly stated for almost a year, Joe Biden will NOT be a 2024 candidate, and once the Democrat Party has dispatched his heir apparent, Kamala Harris, much as they did Bernie Sanders in 2016, I believe their nominee will be California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

There is a great field of rising Republicans, and I strongly favor Ron DeSantis, whose record is extraordinary and who is positioned well, paired with any number of great prospects for VP.

But Trump is already doing what he inevitably does when a far more qualified candidate is on the rise, attacking DeSantis with his typical petulant personal insults. He’s also threatening to share damaging information about him if he becomes a 2024 candidate: “I would tell you things about him that won’t be very flattering.” This from a man with Trump’s sordid ethical and moral record?

After Trump awarded himself full credit for DeSantis’s remarkable Florida victory, yesterday he sent out a delusional campaign promotion devoted entirely to fratricidal attacks on “Ron DeSanctimonious.” Trump is desperately trying to head off the grassroots swing to DeSantis, as more of his former constituents wake up to the realization that Trump is toxic.

If you are not yet among them, I encourage you to get on board. I could add 1,000 words in quotes from nationally recognized and respected former Trump supporters, but the record speaks for itself. Once again, Barack Obama lost 63 seats in his first midterm election with 45% approval, yet with Biden at only 42%, Republicans had minimal gains. This can’t be blamed on media bias and ballot fraud.

There is not enough lipstick on the planet to put on the Trump 2024 pig. I can think of no scenario where he is the acceptable alternative to other far more capable and palatable primary candidates in the next election.

By the way, considering Biden’s failing mental acuity, I note that Trump would be 78 years old in January 2025, a year older than Ronald Reagan was when he left office. Trump’s mental acuity is also in decline, as evidenced by his aforementioned unhinged DeSantis attack letter.

If Trump can exercise enough humility to clear a path for DeSantis or one of the other very capable conservative 2024 presidential candidates, Democrats will have a difficult time prevailing in the next presidential election. That is a very big “IF.”

Trump’s insatiable and understandable desire to seek vindication against Hillary Clinton and her corrupt deep state political collaborators, who conspired against him even before the 2016 election, will blind him from doing what is best for the country now, and will likewise blind some of his defenders and supporters.

Finally, let me give the final word on Trump to another of my favorite rising GOP stars, Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears, who stands out not just because she is a black female conservative but because she is tough as nails. Sears offered this advice on Trump: “A true leader understands when they have become a liability. A true leader understands that it’s time to step off the stage, and the voters have given us that very clear message. … I could not support him.” (Anybody want tickets to a cage match between Sears and Harris?)

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Judge Strikes Down Student Loan Scheme

Even so, the Democrats’ strategy for winning the votes of young people was brilliant and effective.

Nate Jackson

Presidents do not have the constitutional authority to do what Joe Biden did in August with student loans — offer “forgiveness” of those loans by redistributing hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer money to upper-middle class college graduates. Even he admitted last year that he couldn’t do it before doing it anyway. Why the change of heart? His party needed votes in November, and it worked.

Judge Mark Pittman, a federal judge in the Northern District of Texas appointed by Donald Trump, struck down Biden’s student debt scheme Thursday, calling it an “unconstitutional exercise of Congress’s legislative power” that also failed on procedural grounds. Pittman wrote, “No one can plausibly deny that it is either one of the largest delegations of legislative power to the executive branch, or one of the largest exercises of legislative power without congressional authority in the history of the United States.”

Two non-qualifying borrowers were able to answer the question of standing in order to bring this suit. Several other challenges are working their way through other courts. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit had already temporarily blocked the plan.

Naturally, the Biden administration will appeal.

But as noted already, the administration’s plan was politically brilliant. Democrats spent years goading activists to run around clamoring for the idea of “forgiving” student loans for all those poor, unfortunate college graduates. When congressional Democrats couldn’t quite get such a bill passed, they turned to the Democrat president, who finally obliged, delivering a great big gift to an important voter constituency.

Now, not only are Republicans the heartless ones for opposing such a giveaway, they’re the mean grinches who just stole that money from eager recipients. It’s no wonder Generation Z showed up to vote Democrat this past Tuesday, blunting the predicted red wave.

Democrats sure do know how to market their snake oil. “We will never stop fighting for hardworking Americans most in need,” promised White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, “no matter how many roadblocks our opponents and special interests try to put in our way.”

In decrying a “lawless ruling from a Trump-appointed judge,” loan-forgiveness proponent Elizabeth Warren more clearly blamed GOP ogres: “Republican officials are trying to stop millions of working and middle class Americans from getting student debt relief.”

No, Republican officials are trying to uphold the Rule of Law and ensure that everyone pays their fair share of loans they — and only they — took out in the first place. Unfortunately, that’s a much harder position to explain and defend than the Democrats’ line: Hey, here’s some free money!

The twisted part of the Democrats’ message to Gen Z is that they’ll never make it without government help. Republicans and those “greedy corporations” have stacked the deck against them, and only Democrats can help. Such appeals to the worst of human instincts are how Democrats build a voter base.

By the way, if you’re wondering how borrowers intended to use the money they otherwise would have spent paying back their own loans, National Review’s Dominic Pino has an answer: “A survey from Intelligent.com found that 73 percent of borrowers who have their student debt reduced plan to spend their extra money on non-essentials such as travel, eating out, and new technology. Thirty-six percent said they’d buy a new gaming system, and 27 percent said they’d gamble with the extra money.”

So, if you have a moment, say a quick prayer for that struggling 25-year-old gender studies major living in his mom’s basement who will now not be able to afford that new video-game console. It’s hard out there.

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Executive News Summary

The conservative wins the media neglected, “The Problem of Whiteness” delayed, and more.

Nate Jackson & Jordan Candler

Cross-Examination

  • Conservative wins the media neglected: Tuesday’s election results held some good news for conservatives in areas that didn’t receive a whole lot of national attention. For example, Republicans will hold a 4-3 majority on the Ohio Supreme Court and a 5-2 majority on the North Carolina Supreme Court. Republicans gained a seat on the Illinois Supreme Court as well. Conservatives focused a lot more on local school boards across the country too. Perhaps out of negligence or apathy, these elections have tended to favor activist liberals for decades. National uproar over the indoctrination taking place in classrooms via CRT and gender confusion, however, has increased conservatives’ interest in fixing things. From Maryland to Michigan to Kansas and back to Florida and North Carolina, conservatives either captured majorities on school boards or came close. It will take just this sort of red wave to begin turning schools back toward education and away from indoctrination.
  • “The Problem of Whiteness” delayed: Protests led the University of Chicago to delay a course titled “The Problem of Whiteness” … for now. The instructor elected to defer the course until the spring quarter rather than beginning January 3. “This is how people who detest white people think and talk,” said one student. “And they have taken over all universities under the guise of ‘academic freedom.’ No sane professor can oppose it without risking their career.” It’s certainly free speech to offer such a blatantly racist course. But we don’t recall hearing too much about courses titled “The Problem of Blackness” or “The Problem of Gender Dysphoria.” And we probably won’t, either.

Headlines

  • Joe Biden, Xi Jinping to hold first in-person meeting Monday in Indonesia (Fox News)
  • Biden nominates new IRS chief as the agency prepares to double in size (Daily Wire)
  • Herschel Walker hauls in $3.3 million on first day of new campaign (Fox News)
  • CBS show finale has character accuse Ron DeSantis of being sex offender (Fox News)
  • Yoel Roth, the Twitter exec who censored Hunter Biden exposés, quits in latest mass exodus (NY Post)
  • Married couple sentenced to over 19 years for espionage-related offenses in plot to sell nuclear-powered submarine secrets (Daily Wire)
  • Miss America Organization crowns its first biologically male queen (RedState)
  • Woke SNL writers boycott show over Dave Chappelle appearance (PM)
  • Humor: Nation excitedly anticipates first funny SNL episode in years after writers boycott (Babylon Bee)
  • Policy: A real Republican autopsy (National Review)

For more editors’ choice headlines, click here.

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The Mess of Maricopa County

A republic is in deep trouble when its citizenry can’t be made to feel confident about its elections.

Douglas Andrews

What a mess.

As if these United States weren’t already an international laughingstock with Joe Biden as president, now we have vote-counting delays in Arizona, Nevada, and California that would make a South Sudanese dictator blush.

As the editorial page editors of The Wall Street Journal write: “As of Thursday afternoon, the ballots were only 83% counted in Nevada and 70% in Arizona. The figure for one competitive House race in California was 39%. These delays are a result of mass mail voting, and they’re no good for public confidence.”

No good at all. Let’s take a moment to remember how we got here, though, for it was Joe Biden himself who, just before the election, deliberately tried to lower our expectations about the sort of timely elections our nation once enjoyed:

“We know that more and more ballots are cast in early voting or by mail in America,” he said. “And we know that many states don’t start counting those ballots till after the polls close on November 8. That means in some cases we won’t know the winner of the election for a few days — until a few days after the election. It takes time to count all legitimate ballots in a legal and orderly manner. It’s always been important for citizens in the democracy to be informed and engaged. Now it’s important for a citizen to be patient as well. That’s how this is supposed to work.”

No, Joe, that’s not how it’s supposed to work. As we stressed last week, Election Day isn’t supposed to be Election Season. And yet here we are. Why, it’s almost as if his handlers had told him that control of the Senate would hinge on races in Arizona and Nevada, and that the Democrat machines in Arizona’s Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, and Nevada’s Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, would simply need a few extra days, maybe even a week or so, to find the necessary votes.

Ground Zero for electoral incompetence is right there in Maricopa County, just as it was in the 2020 presidential election. Nearly three days after the polls closed, the state’s two big races — the gubernatorial contest between Republican Kari Lake and Democrat Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, and the Senate race between Republican Blake Masters and Democrat incumbent Mark Kelly — have yet to be decided. And they’re not even close to being decided.

“I am 100% going to win,” Lake promised yesterday. “I have absolute 100% confidence that I will be the next governor of Arizona.” Her opponent is a debate-dodger and a horrible candidate, and Lake is an electric one. That their race is this close is, frankly, stunning.

Things got off on the wrong foot when many of the county’s vote-counting machines mysteriously stopped working due to printer problems. The timing couldn’t have been better for Democrats because everyone knows that day-of voting turnout is overwhelmingly Republican. Never fear, though, said Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates: “We apologize to those voters who are inconvenienced by some of the things that occurred today, but we feel very confident that every voter who showed up with ID … had the opportunity to vote and have their vote counted.” Uh-huh.

The lefties at the Associated Press were quick to dismiss any suggestion of impropriety: “Maricopa County remained the epicenter of election misinformation Wednesday after problems with voter tabulation machines in that Arizona county spawned conspiracy theories about vote rigging.”

Florida Senator Marco Rubio asked the question on Wednesday afternoon: “If Florida can count 7.5 million ballots in 5 hours, how can it take days for some states to count less than 2 million?”

As the Journal’s editors point out, Florida preprocesses incoming mail ballots and has an Election Day deadline. Given the glaring success of the Sunshine State, why wouldn’t every state do the same thing?

Looking at you, Arizona. And Nevada.

Indeed, Nevada. What must it be like to be Republican Adam Laxalt, who ran such a great campaign against incumbent Democrat Senator Catherine Cortez Masto? Laxalt had been in the lead in 17 of the 20 polls taken since September, and his 3.4% lead in the RealClearPolitics average seemed a sure thing. He went to bed on election night with a 30,000-vote lead, and since then he’s awakened each morning only to watch that lead being sliced to death with a thousand cuts.

At this point, Laxalt’s lead is around 9,000 votes, with around 90% of the ballots counted. Whether there are enough uncounted votes in the rural counties to stave off what seems like another razor-thin loss to another mediocre Democrat remains to be seen.

This is no way to build trust in our elections. In fact, it does just the opposite. And let’s be clear: This is by design, and these are Democrat doings. This perversion of Election Day into Election Season introduces all manner of new uncertainties into our elections, and all manner of new opportunities for mischief.

Put another way: The simpler the system, the more trustworthy it is. And the more complicated the system, the more suspicious it is.

Our election systems in certain states are both an outrage and an embarrassment. And folks wonder why we don’t trust government.

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Goodbye Jim Crow 2.0

Georgia had a record-high voter turnout this midterm, excising the ghost of voter suppression.

Emmy Griffin

Georgia has long been a target for the leftist “Jim Crow 2.0” dogwhistle. President Joe Biden coined the phrase in January 2021 in response to a voter integrity law passed in the state. Georgia’s only intent was to streamline its voting laws and put to bed claims of voter suppression. After Tuesday’s safe, easy, and fair election, the slanderous nickname has been shown to be a total lie. Georgia has been vindicated.

Why did the new voter integrity law get this deceiving nickname? Critics like Washington Post editorial board member Jonathan Capehart complained that it “restricted absentee voting.” He added, “It placed checks on who can provide food and water to people waiting to vote. And while it made ballot drop boxes permanent, it reduced their number, limited where they could be located and cut down the hours they are available.”

The midterms would be the ultimate litmus test for these allegations.

“According to Georgia Secretary of State data,” reports National Review, “3,957,598 voters cast ballots in the 2022 midterm election, up slightly from 3,949,905 in 2018 — a difference of 7,693 ballots.” This is a strong indication that the unfounded claim that Georgia voters are suppressed is false.

The specter of voter suppression was infamously raised by gubernatorial hopeful Stacey Abrams. In 2018, when she first faced current then-Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Abrams was beaten by nearly 55,000 votes. She refused to concede her loss and claimed that the reason she hadn’t won was due to voter suppression of the black vote. The narrative of racist voter suppression reared its ugly head for the first time in decades.

After many years pursuing this lie through the Fair Fight Action group she created, Abrams lost her court case in early October. The federal judge in the case is an Obama appointee and is black — two qualities that might make him more open to her claims. However, Judge Steve Jones put the kibosh on the racism claim. Just because 69% of the voters who were flagged as a mismatch in voting information were black did not actually prevent them from voting. National Review reported that Jones “quotes the Supreme Court for the proposition that a ‘policy that appears to work for 98 percent or more of voters to whom it applies — minority and non-minority alike — is unlikely to render a system unequally open.’”

Abrams lost yet again to Brian Kemp on Tuesday. She had 45.85% of the vote, and Kemp won with 53.4%, trouncing her by an indisputable margin.

As for the voting itself, the fears were that long lines and inefficiency would cause many to give up and not vote. The voter integrity law that inspired the horrid “Jim Crow 2.0” monicker actually worked to streamline voting and make it easier and more efficient. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution acknowledged: “Voters found out Tuesday that it’s possible to have both high turnout and short lines. No one reported threats or illegal behavior at polling places.”

With this demonstrative conclusion of the 2022 midterms, it’s time to bury the fallacious allegation of “Jim Crow 2.0” and excise its ghost to the trash heap of history where it belongs.

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The Global ‘Climate Change’ Shakedown

At this year’s UN Climate Change conference, the hosts put the arm on the U.S. and other nations for their share of “loss and damage” reparations.

Brian Mark Weber

Consumer prices are soaring. The southern border is wide open. Control of Congress hinges on a handful of extremely close races that have yet to be decided. So, what are President Joe Biden and the Democrats worried about?

Climate change.

The debate continues over the extent to which our climate is affected by human activity. In the 1970s, they said human pollution would send the globe into a deep freeze. When that didn’t work, they shifted their focus from global cooling to global warming.

But let’s just assume for a moment that left-wing scientists who’ve been predicting doom and gloom for the past 50 years are actually onto something. Are we to believe the only way to battle climate change is to embrace socialism? After all, that’s what the Democrats keep screaming. Give up your gas-guzzling cars, install solar panels on your home, embrace green energy — all heavily regulated and/or subsidized by government. That’s the sort of thing we keep hearing.

And yet despite this, the globalists want the United States to cough up more money to other countries as a form of climate reparations.

Last year’s United Nations Climate Change conference, also known as COP26, “demanded that wealthy nations ‘make significant progress’ to fulfill an overdue promise to provide at least $100 billion per year in financial aid to developing countries as they cope with the devastating effects of climate change,” reports The Washington Post. “Importantly, these funds are supposed to be ‘new and additional’ to nations’ existing aid budgets — ensuring that support for climate doesn’t take away from education, public health and other development concerns.” Yeah, the fanatics wouldn’t want that.

At this year’s COP27, countries continue to demand more money for what’s called “loss and damage” from climate change.

Even The New York Times admits it’s skeptical: “For decades, rich, polluting nations have repelled calls for loss and damage money. As a legal and a practical matter, it has been extraordinarily difficult to define ‘loss and damage’ and determine what it might cost and who should pay how much.”

The Times adds that Biden has already committed to significantly increasing funding to help underdeveloped countries build sea walls and implement drought readiness measures to help alleviate the consequences of powerful storms. Of course, no one asks where the money is coming from or how the funds will be monitored upon arrival.

Moreover, even if funneling American money to less developed countries could help fight climate change, it would be negated by countries like China and India, which are heading in the opposite direction by tapping into the power of coal, natural gas, and oil. In other words, no degree of socialism can stop the climate from changing.

“Crazy goals such as carbon-free electricity by 2035 and a 32% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 highlight the insanity of Biden’s radical climate activism, writes economist Larry Kudlow. “Renewables have proven unreliable and unsustainable.” He then adds, “The war against fossil fuels — including extremist environmental restrictions that have ended permitting for drilling, pipelining, and refining — has taken a huge toll on the economy and delivered a massive inflation tax on the middle class.”

Meanwhile, there are alternatives to pushing far-left policies. “Global electricity markets with the fewest restraints are realizing greater declines in CO2 releases,” says Rod Richardson, cofounder of the Clean Capitalist Leadership Council. “Tax cuts would stimulate clean energy markets even more,” according to Forbes.

And as West Virginia Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito points out: “America’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) is 30 percent cleaner than Russian natural gas. Increasing domestic energy production here — where it’s produced, refined, and transported in a much ‘greener’ way than in other nations — isn’t just good for business; it’s good for the planet.”

If political and environmental leftists really wanted to address climate change, they’d consider other approaches beyond asking the American people to surrender their way of life in order to appease the likes of Al Gore and Greta Thunberg.

No wonder so many people realize the truth: Fearmongering over climate change is ultimately more about power and politics than climate.

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“The American feels too rich in his opportunities for free expression that he often no longer knows what he is free from. Neither does he know where he is not free; he does not recognize his native autocrats when he sees them.” —Erik H. Erikson (1902-1994)

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“Montanans just voted by majority to deny healthcare to a tiny human being who is breathing, kicking and screaming outside the womb as a survivor of a failed abortion. In case anyone is wondering how monstrous abortion is, or how effective the ‘my body my choice’ propaganda is.” —Buck Sexton

“When people used to vote on Election Day falling behind in the last week meant you’d lose. No more. Democrats’ mastery of early ballot harvesting means if you surrender your lead once media coverage intensifies, or you have a disastrous debate, you’ve already banked your ballots. This is especially true where very high concentrations of party-line Democrat voters are concentrated in a small geographic area, compared to a widely dispersed rural vote.” —Stephen Miller

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“When we look at the mission … the voters have spoken. And they have said that they want a different leader. And a true leader understands when they have become a liability. A true leader understands that it’s time to step off the stage, and the voters have given us that very clear message. Because this is about America … A house divided against itself cannot stand. And indeed that’s where we are today. … I could not support [Donald Trump in 2024].” —Virginia Lt. Governor Winsome Sears

Non Compos Mentis

“Ron DeSanctimonious [is] an average REPUBLICAN Governor with great Public Relations, who didn’t have to close up his State, but did … and who has the advantage of SUNSHINE, where people from badly run States up North would go no matter who the Governor was, just like I did! … When I Endorsed him, it was as though, to use a bad term, a nuclear weapon went off. … I also fixed his campaign, which had completely fallen apart. … I stopped his Election from being stolen… And now, Ron DeSanctimonious is playing games!” —Donald Trump

Flood of Words and Drop of Reason (With Apologies to Benjamin Franklin)

“Well, we had an election [Tuesday]. And it was a good day, I think, for democracy.” —Joe Biden

“The states across the country saw record voter turnout. And the heart and soul of our democracy — the voters, the poll workers, the election officials — they did their job and they fulfilled their duty, and apparently without much interference at all — without any interference, it looks like.” —Joe Biden

“While the press and the pundits are predicting a giant red wave, it didn’t happen. And I know you were somewhat miffed by my … optimism, but I felt good during the whole process. I thought we were going to do fine.” —Joe Biden

“I especially want to thank the young people of this nation, who … voted in historic numbers again… They voted to continue addressing the climate crisis, gun violence, their personal rights and freedoms, and the student debt relief.” —Joe Biden

“When I came to office, we inherited a nation with a pandemic raging and an economy that was reeling. And we acted quickly and boldly to vaccinate the country and to create a stable and sustained growth in our economy; long-term investment to rebuild America itself and our roads, our bridges, our ports, our airports, clean water systems, high-speed Internet. And we’re just getting started.” —Joe Biden

“We’re dealing with global inflation as a result of the pandemic and Putin’s war in Ukraine. We’re also handling it better than most other advanced nations in the world. We’re lowering gas prices. … Our economic policies have created a record 10 million new jobs since I came into office. … And we’ve done all this while lowering the federal deficit in the two years by $1.7 trillion. Let me say it again: $1.7 trillion. No administration has ever cut the deficit that much.” —Joe Biden

“The overwhelming majority of the American people support the elements of my economic agenda.” —Joe Biden

“I want to be very clear: I’m not going to support any Republican proposal that’s going to make inflation worse.” —Joe Biden

“I’m going to keep my commitment that … no one earning less than $400,000 a year … are going to see their federal taxes go up.” —Joe Biden

“Under no circumstances will I support the proposal put forward by Senator Johnson and the senator from down in Florida to cut or make fundamental changes in Social Security and Medicare. That’s not on the table. I will not do that.” —Joe Biden

“I will veto any attempt to pass a national ban on abortion.” —Joe Biden

“I’ve never been more optimistic about America’s future than I am today. You know, I — particularly because of all those young people I’ve talked about, 18 to 30. They’re showing up. They’re the best-educated generation in American history, they’re the least prejudiced generation in American history, the most engaged generation in American history, and the most involved.” —Joe Biden

“The more [Americans] know about what we’re doing, the more support there is. … So, I’m not going to change the direction.” —Joe Biden

“I’m going to ban assault weapons.” —Joe Biden

“I said we’re going to restore the soul of the country, begin to treat each other with decency, honor, and integrity. And it’s starting to happen. … I’m going to do everything in my power to see through that we unite the country. It’s hard to sustain yourself as a leading democracy in the world if you can’t — can’t generate some unity. So, I’m not going to change anything in any fundamental way.” —Joe Biden

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“[Biden] believes our democracy is still under threat. … One election will not change that.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

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“Now that votes have been cast in record numbers and the people have spoken in a wonderful display of democracy, I need to take a sledgehammer to a narrative taking hold about Georgia. It’s the one that says the state’s onerous voter law implemented after the 2020 presidential election didn’t live up to its ‘Jim Crow 2.0’ reputation because it didn’t manage to suppress huge turnout for early voting. … ‘Jim Crow 2.0’ might not have blocked as many people from the voting booth as feared. But have no doubt it did its insidious convincing. And if allies of democracy don’t keep objecting to Georgia’s law — even on principle — expect that insidiousness to spread.” —Washington Post Editorial Board member Jonathan Capehart

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CBN NewsWatch AM: November 11, 2022

TROPICAL STORM NICOLE BRINGING HEAVY RAINS TO PARTS OF OUR SOUTHEASTERN STATES….THIS AFTER BATTERING THE FLORIDA COAST WITH 75-MILE AN HOUR WINDS… THE DEVASTATION COMES ALMOST A MONTH AFTER HURRICANE IAN LEFT ITS PATH OF DESTRUCTION. AS WE WAIT TO SEE HOW THE BALANCE OF POWER WILL SHAKE OUT ON CAPITOL HILL. FOCUS IS ALREADY SHIFTING TO 2024. TODAY ISRAELI PRESIDENT ISAAC HERZOG ANNOUNCED HE WILL ASSIGN BENJAMIN NETANYAHU AND HIS LIKUD PARTY TO FORM ISRAEL’S NEXT GOVERNMENT. COFFEE AND TEA: RECENT STUDIES SHOW THEY BOTH HAVE HEALTH BENEFITS. YET ONE OF THEM DOES HAVE A SLIGHT ADVANTAGE. TRENT DILFER HAS BEEN AN ALL-AMERICAN Q-B AND AN E-S-P-N ANALYST. NOW, HE’S A HIGH SCHOOL COACH.YOU MAY THINK THAT FOOTBALL IS HIS HIGHEST PRIORITY. YOU’D BE WRONG. ACTRESS PATRICIA HEATON TOOK TO SOCIAL MEDIA EARLIER THIS WEEK SENDING ENCOURAGING TO CHRISTIANS DISAPPOINTED FOLLOWING A NIGHT OF CLOSE ELECTION RESULTS.

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The group says they will “bring together premier religious leaders from the world’s major religions to put forth a prophetic interreligious call to action: “Ten Universal Principles for Climate Justice. ” They explain that religious leaders will take a time of prayer and then call for a “reexamination of deep-seated attitudes and for identifying ways to transform these attitudes for the wellbeing of Earth.”

Mt. Sinai was purposely chosen by event organizers because ” As an ancient sacred space, it was the site of prophetic experience, and receiving God’s message, for the prophets Moses and Elijah in all three Abrahamic traditions, and the prophet Muhammed in the Muslim tradition.”

Bringing together representatives from Christianity, Progressive Christian Mysticism, Judaism, and Islam, there is no world in which these interfaith prayer events are anything but blasphemous petitions to a Holy God.

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