There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. —Soren Kierkegaard. "…truth is true even if nobody believes it, and falsehood is false even if everybody believes it. That is why truth does not yield to opinion, fashion, numbers, office, or sincerity–it is simply true and that is the end of it" – Os Guinness, Time for Truth, pg.39. “He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
Samson was really at his strongest when he had reached his greatest point of weakness and humiliation. In spite of his shortcomings, how can Samson’s life encourage Christians to endure in their faith? In this message, W. Robert Godfrey teaches us how to rightly understand this biblical character through the lens of Scripture.
Sin and sorrow are twin sisters. They were born the same day. They have grown up together. It is as idle to say that there is no misery as to assert that there is no wickedness in the world. Some men seem to be uniformly prosperous. They appear to have but few trials. They have more than heart can wish. They are receiving their good things in this life. They are the abhorred of the Lord. Their eternity will be rueful. Yet even they have their seasons of weariness. And the mass of men have many and palpable sorrows. This is always true of the godly in this life: “Many are the afflictions of the righteous.” “Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” The tears of God’s people often flow, day and night. Waters of a full cup are wrung out to them. Oh, the weariness of good men! It has many causes. – Summary by William S. Plumer
00:00 1. A Word in Season to him who is Weary
37:59 2. A Word of Instruction
51:56 3. A Word of Encouragement
1:00:00 4. A Word of Caution
1:06:45 5. The Lord shall reign forever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord.
A Word to the Weary – William S Plumer / Full Christian Audio Book
William Plumer (June 25, 1759 — December 22, 1850) was an American lawyer and Baptist lay preacher from Epping, New Hampshire. Born in 1759 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, he represented New Hampshire as a Federalist in the United States Senate from June 17, 1802 to March 4, 1807. Plumer later became a Democratic-Republican and serve as a Governor of New Hampshire, 1812–1813 and 1816–1819.
In the 1820 presidential election, he cast the only dissenting vote in the Electoral College against incumbent President James Monroe, voting instead for John Quincy Adams. While some accounts say that this was to ensure that George Washington remained the only American president unanimously chosen by the Electoral College, others assert that he was instead calling attention to his friend Adams as a potential future presidential candidate, or protesting against the “wasteful extravagance” of the Monroe Administration. Plumer also eschewed voting for Daniel D. Tompkins for Vice President as “grossly intemperate” and having “not that weight of character which his office requires,” and also “because he grossly neglected his duty” in his “only” official role as president of the Senate by being “absent nearly three-fourths of the time.” Plumer instead voted for Richard Rush.
In 1803, Plumer was one of several New England Federalists who proposed secession from the United States due to lack of support for Federalists, rising influence of Jeffersonian Democrats and the diminished influence of the North due to the Louisiana Purchase.
Plumer was a founder and the first president of the New Hampshire Historical Society. He died in 1850, aged 91, at Epping, New Hampshire.
However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:9-11).
The little words in the Bible matter. Paul often says, “therefore” which, when we encounter such a word, my Bible teacher says we should mentally say to ourselves ‘what’s it there for?’ The word ‘however’ at the start of the excerpt means Paul has been explaining something and is now contrasting the previous something with what is coming next. My focus today, though, is on the word “if” that Paul uses here.
What a weighty thought; “IF” the Spirit dwells in us or IF the Spirit does not dwell in us.
We should not be constantly engaging in introspection, mulling over our past life prior to salvation, or pondering our sins to a gross extent, or constantly wailing ‘woe is meee, I’m such a vile sinner’… but a bit of introspection is often warranted. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 13:5, that we should examine ourselves to see if we pass the test. In 1 Corinthians 11:28 we must examine ourselves before we take the cup of remembrance and the bread at the Lord’s table.
John MacArthur said, “Churches are full of spiritual cripples, paralyzed by the grudges, bitterness, sins, and tragedies of the past. Others try to survive in the present by reliving past successes. They must break with that past if they are to pursue the spiritual prize.” Source, MacArthur, J. F. The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Philippians.
Here, Paul makes a flat statement, ‘If the Spirit is in you, then…’ The word ‘if’ warrants a quick look-see in this case. What does it mean IF the Spirit is in us? It means then we are changed and changing. We know the Spirit is in us because when we examine ourselves, we discover that our affections have changed. We now hate sin. We enjoy the word of God. We bring glory to Jesus, not ourselves. No one in the flesh will do those things. The flesh is only ever selfish.
Genesis 6:5 says, “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of mankind was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually.” That verse is not meant only for people living in the pre-flood times (antediluvian) but it applies to all living and dead humans who are not in the Spirit.
“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit,…. That is, ye are not carnal, but spiritual men; or ye are not in a state of unregeneracy, but in a state of grace: the reason proving this is, if so be, or “seeing”
“that the Spirit of God dwell in you; the inhabitation of the Spirit is a distinguishing character of a regenerate man; which is to be understood not of his omnipresence, nor of a participation of his gifts, whether ordinary or extraordinary: nor does the Spirit of God only dwell in his people by his graces, but in person as in office, and in a way of special favour; as a spirit of illumination, regeneration, sanctification, and faith, as a comforter, a spirit of adoption, an intercessor, and as a pledge and seal of happiness:”
“which inhabitation is personal; is not peculiar to him to the exclusion of the Father and of the Son; is expressive of property and dominion; is not confined to the souls of men, for he also dwells in their bodies; it is operative, powerful, and perpetual; it is the security of the saints’ perseverance, and the pledge of their resurrection and future glory.”
“This is owing not to any goodness in them, or to any fitness and preparations of theirs to receive him; but to a federal union to Christ and relation to him, to our Lord’s ascension and intercession, and to the love and grace of the Father; and this proves a man to be a regenerate man, to be in the Spirit, and not in the flesh; for the Spirit of God is never in this sense in an unregenerate man, nor is he in any such sense without his grace; so that the indwelling of the Spirit is the grand evidence of relation to God, of an interest in Christ and union to him, and of a man’s state and condition God-ward;” –end Gill’s
If you have been saved by grace for any length of time, and you look back, do you notice changes in yourself? Do you feel pricked by sin more? Is your conscience softer? Do you understand the Bible better? Are you releasing attachment to sins you used to enjoy, finding you enjoy them less or have abandoned them altogether? This is the Spirit at work in you. In that case the Spirit IS in you! Rejoice for the Lord is gracious and powerful to save sinners!
But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.Exodus 23:22
The Lord Christ in the midst of His people is to be acknowledged and obeyed. He is the vice-regent of God and speaks in the Father’s name, and it is ours implicitly and immediately to do as He commands. We shall lose the promise if we disregard the precept.
To full obedience how large the blessing! The Lord enters into a league with His people, offensive and defensive. He will bless those who bless us and curse those who curse us. God will go heart and soul with His people and enter in deepest sympathy into their position. What a protection this affords us! We need not concern ourselves about our adversaries when we are assured that they have become the adversaries of God. If Jehovah has taken up our quarrel, we may leave the foemen in His hands.
So far as our own interest is concerned we have no enemies; but for the cause of truth and righteousness we take up arms and go forth to conflict. In this sacred war we are allied with the eternal God, and if we carefully obey the law of our Lord Jesus, He is engaged to put forth all His power on our behalf. Wherefore we fear no man.
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Money. We all deal with it, but few know what to think about it. Our culture and even our friends and family can give us conflicting messages: money is power; money is a curse; money corrupts; money means you’ve made it.
Unfortunately, many Christians feel just as conflicted. Some fear wealth, feeling that the way to godliness is cutting oneself off from worldly concerns, especially financial ones. Some fear wealth is only an illusion; only the immaterial matters. Others, taking a cue from prosperity preachers, feel that riches much be a sign of favor and blessing from God. And if they aren’t rich, either they don’t have enough faith or God is cruelly withholding what is good. Many find themselves caught between these two extremes.
How are Christians to view money? Does God care how we use our financial resources, and if so, what should we do?
The book of Proverbs gives us a treasure trove of insights into how Christians should view and use wealth. Here are ten essential lessons:
1. Money has some value.
A rich man’s wealth is his strong city; the poverty of the poor is their ruin. (Prov. 10:15)
Proverbs takes an incredibly practical, realistic view of wealth. It hardly needs to be said that money is a powerful tool. Wealth is a “strong city” (10:15) that protects the rich. Money gives favor and “many friends” (14:20, 19:4). While money used well can be a blessing, it can also be used corruptly. The rich abuse wealth to rule over the poor (22:7) and pervert justice through bribery (17:8, 17:23). Although wealth is valuable, it is limited. While the rich may perceive it to be “a high wall” (18:11), some may not realize that “those who trust in riches will fall” (11:28).
2. If you want money, you must work for it.
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come on you like a robber and want like an armed man. (Prov. 6:10-11, see also Prov. 24:33-34)
Money doesn’t come easily. While many dream of winning the lottery or receiving a large inheritance, that is the exception, not the rule. Economics teaches us the principle of scarcity: there are limited resources, and so everything comes at a cost. Growing money requires faithful, diligent, patient work. Proverbs teaches that “the hand of the diligent makes rich” (10:4) and “in all toil there is profit” (14:23). It requires patience to gather wealth slowly, “little by little” (13:11). On the other hand, those who are lazy (6:10-11, 12:24) and eager to get rich (28:20) cheat themselves. The one who procrastinates “is a brother to him who destroys” (18:9), with his own desires killing him (21:25).
3. Don’t fall for a “get-rich-quick” scheme; ill-gotten gain always comes back to bite.
Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors. (Prov. 1:19)
Bribery, theft, dishonest business practices, fraud, lies—the media provides example after example of dishonest means to get ahead. And it isn’t just “out there”; most of us face the danger of being defrauded or temptation to cut corners at work. And yet, wealth gained in such a way will become a curse. It does “not profit” (10:2), “will dwindle” (13:11), “brings troubles” (15:27), is a “fleeting vapor and a snare of death” (21:6) and leads to poverty (28:22). Our righteous God “will by no means clear the guilty” (Exod. 34:7), including those guilty of financial crimes.
4. Plan ahead, plan ahead, plan ahead.
Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. (Prov. 4:26)
Planning ahead for your finances cannot be overstated. The wise save to take care of needs down the road (21:20). Diligent, thoughtful planning leads to “abundance” (21:5). Planning involves being realistic about your financial situation. Idle talk (14:23) and wishful thinking (28:19) lead only to poverty and want. The wise plan ahead to avoid dangers into which the simple keep going (22:3). Since “riches do not last forever,” careful thought and attention are required to provide for yourself and your family (27:23-27).
5. Never scorn wise advice.
Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed. (Prov. 15:22)
You don’t know everything, but neither does anyone else. We are all limited, and sometimes we don’t even know what we don’t know. But no matter how hard that can be to admit, it is even harder to recover from a costly mistake. We all have blind spots and may not realize it: “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes” (12:15), and “those who trust in themselves are fools” (28:26). As a result, a wise person seeks advice. For some, this means talking to friends, relatives, or pastors about finances for advice and accountability. Others may need professional assistance. Either way, it is crucial to understand your own shortcomings and be willing to get help, even with as sensitive an issue as money.
6. Pay it forward; giving to the poor is an investment in God’s economy.
Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him. (Prov. 14:31)
It’s official—helping others helps you, too. Research has found that being generous makes you happier and improves your outlook on life. What this research misses is why this is true. Our kind and generous God, who freely gives all things we enjoy, calls us to give to those in need. Moreover, these commands come with amazing promises.
Whoever is kind to the poor “lends to the Lord,” and he will reward them (19:17). The Lord himself will take up the case of the poor (22:22-23), blessing the generous (14:21, 22:9) and cursing those who close their hearts (28:27). Our generosity should spring from trusting God. Since the Lord is the one who makes men rich or poor (22:2), we know that he will take care of us when we obey him by taking care of our neighbors.
7. Wisdom is worth more than money.
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. (Prov. 3:13-15)
While money is valuable, wisdom is far more precious. Proverbs exhorts us to seek wisdom “as for hidden treasures” (2:4). It is worth more than “silver,” “choice gold,” and “rubies” (8:10-11, 16:16). Why is this? True wisdom leads us to value what is truly important. This world, along with all its wealth, is “passing away” (1 John 2:17). No matter how much we have, it can’t help us on the Day of Judgment (11:4). True, godly wisdom leads us to pursue the reward that lasts—namely, eternal life—no matter the cost (Matt. 16:25-26).
8. Righteousness is worth more than money.
Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. (Prov. 11:4)
Wealth is a miserable thing in which to place your trust. While money has value in this life, righteousness has value both in this life and in the one to come. Those who trust money or anything else other than the one true God will reap destruction and utter ruin (10:24, 11:28). In fact, it is better to be poor and righteous than enjoy “great revenues with injustice” (16:8). And yet, it often seems to be the opposite: there are many wicked people who prosper, while those who trust in God may live from paycheck to paycheck (see Eccl. 7:15, 8:14).
After the fall of Adam, our world was subject to the futility of the curse, and so there are many injustices. And yet, this isn’t the end of the story. Our righteous Lord will bring justice. It doesn’t matter how much you make or what your balance sheet looks like; all riches will melt away, and only those declared righteous through faith in Christ will have eternal life (John 6:40, Rom. 3:22).
9. Our success rests solely with the Lord.
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. (Prov.16:3)
Our culture is obsessed with independence and freedom. Young children are instructed to follow their hearts, teens to pursue their “dream jobs,” and adults to abandon friendships or even marriages that have grown stale. And yet, Proverbs paints a very different picture. While we may plan and dream, ultimately the Lord’s purposes and plans will prevail (16:9, 16:33, 19:21, 20:24).
Our success rests solely with the Lord (21:31). And he is such a good and kind master to serve: He “does not let the righteous go hungry” (10:3) and will prosper all those who trust in him (28:25). On the other hand, those who resist are ultimately fighting a losing battle against an all-powerful, all-wise Sovereign.
10. Fear God and keep his commandments.
The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. (Prov. 22:4)
Instead of pursuing money, pursue God. As we have seen, money is a valuable resource and there are principles in Proverbs that help us steward what God has given. Yet, knowing and fearing God is far more precious than great riches (15:16). While money can benefit us during our lives on earth, there is so much more to live for. Our duty is to “fear God and keep his commandments” because our sovereign, righteous Lord will surely “bring every deed into judgement” (Eccl. 12:13-14).
Once we have come to know God through his gospel of salvation in Christ alone through faith alone, we trust him to take care of us. We no longer need to live in fear; we can trust fully in his wise provision. As the writer to the Hebrews declares,
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” (Heb. 13:5-6)
“May the God of peace . . . equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20–21 (NIV)
God gives you everything you need to succeed in your life with Jesus.
The writer of Hebrews refers to this as equipping, and it’s similar to providing a sports team with the necessary training and equipment to succeed. They are given the equip-ment to win.
A common phrase among pastors is, “God doesn’t call the equipped; he equips the people he calls.”
And God is calling you.
The Bible says God will richly and lavishly support your every need as you begin your Jesus-journey. It’s not just your material needs that he’ll provide; he’ll also be a constant presence, going before you on your journey and sweeping in behind as you move forward.
God will be your strength, your wisdom, and your guidance. He’ll open doors of support and close doors that will take you in the wrong direction. He created you to succeed, and he’s been using people and circumstances throughout your life to equip you for your journey.
God equips you through others. One way God equips is through your family, friends, and co-workers. They may support you through material needs, but more importantly they can model a Jesus-life for you and help you bring your fears, concerns, and struggles into the light, so God can move you from fear to faith.
God equips others through you. Just as God uses others to equip you, he will also use you to equip others. Jesus-in-you can help others see God as an encourager and a supporter, and Jesus as a loving “friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24 NIV).
“God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged” Hebrews 6:18
Aside from my calling to be a prayer warrior, encouragement naturally followed suit. I had an inborn desire to build up those who had been brought down by illness, brokenness and loss. I wanted to hearten the individuals I had been praying for. Yet, my ability to cheer up the discouraged didn’t come without cost.
With all the heartbreaking things that can happen in a person’s life, it was impossible for me to remain unaffected by the continual negative onslaught in this fallen world. There were times I needed to be encouraged.
Reading today’s verse sharply reminded me of the one reason I could never be permanently dismayed. That singular root is hope. Its message immediately uplifts my downcast countenance.
Having my hope secured in Jesus Christ as my Savior, will always overshadow the temporary nature of dejection. Even though Satan strives to bring people down via despair, he has no hold over the supernatural exhortation encapsulated in God’s word.
As believers in Christ, we are vulnerable to heartbreak, grief and hopelessness. Without careful attention and discernment, our despondency can become overpowering and cripple our spiritual fervor. However, God isn’t caught off guard by this reality and it’s why his word is filled with inspiration.
From the Old Testament to the New, the Lord sprinkles encouragement throughout his holy pages to keep us going when life tries to strike against the hope we have in Jesus. God, in his awesome sovereignty, paves the way for our encouragement to be sparked in our faith journey.
Therefore, it’s imperative we engage with the Bible daily, so that we would not grow weary in the earthly things we face and that our encouragement would remain steadfast. God never changes or lies and we can stand firmly assured in our emboldened posture while taking hold of everything he supplies through the potency of his word.
Father God, I am so incredibly thankful that I have you and your son Jesus to base my hope in. Without that, I would be greatly discouraged. Keep me uplifted in the face of all that the world endeavors to dismay me with. It’s in Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.
Write out today’s verse onto a sticky note and place it somewhere you’ll gaze upon it often. Take in the truth of its message, allowing it to build you up against the enemy’s efforts to break you down.
Man shot to death in broad daylight in Boston, marking 30th fatal shooting this year Man shot to death in broad daylight in Boston, marking 30th fatal shooting this year Boston Police responded to the area of Paxton and Harvard streets in Mattapan at 1:13 p.m. Wednesday and found a man in his mid-30s shot and killed. Suffolk DA Kevin Hayden, speaking at the scene, called the shooting a “brazen” attack and said that he and his office are very concerned about not only the number of fatal shootings in recent weeks in the city, but especially the “rise of these happening in the middle of the daytime.”
Mayo denies kidney transplant for unvaccinated patient Mayo Clinic has declined to consider a kidney transplant for an unvaccinated woman with stage-four kidney disease, she told Alpha News. That woman, Amy Broten, received a letter Nov. 1 informing her that her kidney transplant evaluation was denied. “You have medical issues that need to be stabilized and/or improved prior to evaluation. The medical issues include: patient not willing to comply with the transplant team immunization requirements and recommendations,” the letter says. …a nurse from the transplant team who refused to continue the conversation when Broten said she wasn’t vaccinated against COVID-19.
Japan, Germany to enhance cooperation against China Japan and Germany confirmed Thursday that the two countries will deepen security and defense cooperation in consideration of China’s increasingly hegemonic moves. The two governments held a two-plus-two meeting Thursday in Munster, western Germany, where the foreign and defense ministers of the two nations agreed to arrange the start of negotiations on an Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement.
Iran threatens to kill UK journalists, news agency says A branch of the Iranian military recently made “imminent” and “credible” threats to the lives of two journalists in the U.K. before Iran labeled their news agency a terrorist organization. The threats were aimed at unnamed British-Iranian journalists with Iran International, a 24-hour Persian-language news channel based in London and available in Iran, which announced the threats on Monday.
Kremlin refuses to comment on US press report about undisclosed talks with Washington Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on November 7 that, while Russia remains “open” to talks, it was unable to negotiate with Kyiv due to its refusal to hold talks with Moscow. His comments come after The Wall Street Journal reported on November 6 that U.S. national-security adviser Jake Sullivan held undisclosed talks with top Russian officials in the hope of reducing the risk of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine spilling over or escalating into a nuclear conflict.
Used-Car Prices Collapse The Most Since Lehman Meltdown With soaring borrowing costs, the Federal Reserve has slammed the brakes on the once-booming used car market. The latest data on wholesale used-vehicle prices show October’s decline on a year-over-year basis was the worst since the financial crisis over a decade ago.
Mini gas chambers designed for euthanasia make even assisted-suicide supporters uneasy The headline in the Scottish Daily Express succinctly summarizes the reaction to a recent invention by Australian Dr. Philip “Death” Nitschke: “Outrage as scientist backs gas chamber ‘death pod’ scheme for Scotland.” Nitschke has become notorious over the past several years due to his high-profile promotion of his “do-it-yourself death pods,” airtight capsule-shaped pods in which the suicidal can seal themselves and release a nitrogen gas that will knock them out in 60 seconds and kill them within 10. It is not as swift a death as the lethal injection method but does have the benefit of ensuring that other people do not have to be involved.
Wot’s in the shots? What is in the Pfizer vaccines? Recently, Dr David Nixon, a Brisbane GP, decided to find out, putting droplets of vaccine and the blood of vaccinated patients under a dark-field microscope.
Under Banner Of Climate Change Led By Emmanuel Macron, The United Nations New World Order Marches Forward “We will not sacrifice our climate commitments under the energy threat from Russia and therefore all the commitments held by nations must be upheld,” said French President Emmanuel Macron. “For the richer countries, especially the European countries including France, this has been this has been the delivery of our national strategies, in line with our commitments.” For the Chief advisor of the World Wide Fund for Nature, Macron’s speech is a positive political signal that important negotiations have started.
“Well, I think if [candidates I endorsed] win, I should get all the credit, and if they lose, I should not be blamed at all.” —Donald Trump
“I got [Ron DeSantis] the nomination. He didn’t get it. I got it. And I thought that he could have been more gracious, but that’s up to him.” —Donald Trump
“Now that the Election in Florida is over, and everything went quite well, shouldn’t it be said that in 2020, I got 1.1 Million more votes in Florida than Ron D[eSantis] got this year, 5.7 Million to 4.6 Million? Just asking?” —Donald Trump
“We’re winning big in the Republican Party for the nomination like nobody’s ever seen before. There it is: Trump at 71%, Ron DeSanctimonious at 10%.” —Donald Trump, referencing some fantasy 2024 presidential poll, in a disgraceful and typically toxic fratricidal attack
“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
The BIG Lies
“Here’s the deal: Economic growth is up, price inflation is down, real incomes are up, gas prices are down.” —Joe Biden
“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
“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 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
Belly Laugh of the Week
“Across the board, what we’re seeing is enormous popularity for the Biden agenda.” —White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield
Dumb & Dumber
“The Latino vote is not the same everywhere! There are huge generational differences and in Florida [the] population of older voters (more likely Rs) [is] much larger than younger. Socialism does not play there. And there is a massive disinformation problem in Spanish language media.” —former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki
“Unfortunately, this year black men have been a very targeted population for misinformation. Not misinformation about what they want but about why they want what they deserve.” —failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams
“[John] Fetterman as a nominee at some point for president — um, I know there are some variables, obviously. But I just, you know — what he did in the super-red, deep-red parts of Pennsylvania, and the way that he ran ahead of Biden, as you were saying, ran ahead of Trump, I mean, it just makes you wonder about his future.” —MSNBC’s Katy Tur
“We could be … losing our rule of law and losing a situation where we have elections that we all can rely on. … A historian 50 years from now — if historians are allowed to write in this country, and if there are still free publishing houses and a free press, which I’m not certain of — but if that is true, a historian will say what was at stake … was the fact whether we will be a democracy in the future, whether our children will be arrested and conceivably killed. We’re on the edge of a brutal authoritarian system.” —historian Michael Beschloss
“This country is on track to repeat what happened in Germany when it was the greatest democracy going. [It] elected a chancellor who then co-opted the media.” —House Majority Whip James Clyburn
“Losing this democracy could very well be the end of the world.” —James Clyburn
“There’s 330 million people in the country. Maybe a good 80 to 90 million aren’t very bright. No offense to those of you watching who aren’t bright, but … you’re watching MSNBC, so I’m making an assumption that you know what’s going on.” —filmmaker Michael Moore
“The midterm elections are on Tuesday, and we have a tough decision ahead. On the one hand our democracy is being threatened by extremists who want power at all costs, even if it means burning us to the ground. On the other hand, gas is four dollars a gallon now.” —comedian Jimmy Kimmel
Letting the Cat Out of the Bag
“No more drilling. There is no more drilling. I haven’t formed any new drilling.” —Joe Biden
“We’re going to be shutting these [coal] plants down all across America and having wind and solar power.” —Joe Biden
“We’re going to close more coal plants.” —Michigan Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist
Let Them Eat Cake
“I grew up in a family where, you know, if the gas price went up, the food budget went down. So by this time of the week, we’d be eating Chef Boyardee if that budget wasn’t going to change, right? So that’s what families have to do.” —Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney
First, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) won re-election in a landslide victory on Tuesday. Then Disney’s corporate earnings disappointed Wall Street, sending its stock crashing to new lows. Now the entertainment giant is reportedly planning layoffs, a targeted hiring freeze, and travel limitation on its employees.
Border security is a life-or-death issue with many implications. Beyond the economic and electoral effects of illegal immigration, violent criminals and highly lethal drugs often enter the U.S. through its porous southern border. In addition, hundreds of people die each year while trying to cross the border.
Annual totals of border crossing deaths are commonly published by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) within about five or six months of the close of the federal government’s fiscal year on September 30th.
Yet, more than 13 months after the close of the 2021 federal fiscal year, CBP has not published the data for 2021, the first year of Joe Biden’s presidency. CBP also hasn’t responded to a Freedom of Information Act request for the data filed by Just Facts on Oct. 27, 2021. CBP is part of the Department of Homeland Security, which is under the authority of President Biden….
The same swing states where the last presidential election was stolen are again showing the mysterious sharp upward readjustment of the vote count for Democrat candidates. In Arizona where election day vote counting is on hold, mysterious tranches of votes keep arriving days after the election for the Democrat candidate for governor–17,000 here, 5,000 there. Tucker Carlson asked who benefits from long delays in vote counting. He investigated and reported that a Democrat won in 12 out of 13 delays in arriving at the outcome.
Homes historically have served as the primary store of value and wealth creation for most Americans. Housing represented one asset class that was available to both working and middle-class Americans, facilitated in part through government-sponsored entities (GSEs) such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, formed following the Great Depression, that aggregated lender risk, created market liquidity, and facilitated access to mortgages to millions of ordinary Americans.
This process created a both a level playing field and a point of entry for the working and middle classes into the world of capital accumulation. Home prices would typically grow in value over time, even during inflation, which would help sustain retirees and others who had invested in their homes and built equity value over decades.
Al Gore is the ultimate huckster when pumping the UN delegates to climate action. In bunko terms, this is the practice of “shaking the money tree” to loose money that is easy to grab. Gore’s climate claims are patently absurd and not one of his predictions over the years have come true. This is Technocracy and pseudo-science at its worst, and it’s coming for the world. ? TN Editor
The first of the ‘thematic’ days kicked off on Wednesday at COP27, focused on finance, and activists made it clear right from the start that there must be a global push to re-direct the hundreds of billions of dollars invested annually in fossil fuels to help fund community-led renewable energy initiatives.
Over 50 activists of all ages and backgrounds took over the so-called ‘Blue Zone’ – the main area of the conference centre in Sharm el-Sheikh overseen by the UN – to chant “Stop funding fossil fuels! Stop funding death!”
#LionelNation #Subscribe #BigTech With the election today both parties are looking for some advantage in the economic news inter alia. Candidates are also fanning out on the campaign trail with support from their respective parties’ biggest names, the NYT reports. https://nyti.ms/3WznrSs Lionel appearing at the fabled and storied Cutting Room in NYC (January 14 2023) Doors open at 6 PM.
Following a class action lawsuit filed by the America First Legal (AFL), a Trump-appointed federal judge ruled that Biden’s order forcing doctors to treat patients based on “gender identity” and not based on science is unlawful.
“HISTORIC VICTORY FOR SCIENCE,” AFL wrote on its Twitter account. “Federal court ruled that Biden’s edict forcing doctors to treat patients based on “gender identity” (i.e. providing “puberty blockers”, hormones, referrals to genital mutilation surgery) is unlawful, following AFL class action lawsuit.”
Stephen Miller, President of America First Legal, also announced the great news on his Twitter account.
“Huge litigation win for America First Legal. Federal judge just ruled that Biden’s edict forcing doctors to treat patients based on “gender identity” and not scientific reality (eg chemical castration) is unlawful.”
“Historic victory against gender lunacy and child abuse,” he continued.
U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk in Amarillo ruled that a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2020 holding that a law barring workplace discrimination protects gay and transgender employees did not apply to the healthcare law.
The ruling by Kacsmaryk, an appointee of former Republican President Donald Trump, came in a class action lawsuit by two doctors represented by the America First Legal Foundation, set up by former Trump White House adviser Stephen Miller.
They sued after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in May 2021 it would interpret Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which bars healthcare providers from discriminating on the basis of sex, as extending to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Kacsmaryk said Congress, when adopting the law, known as Obamacare, in 2010, during the tenure of former Democratic President Barack Obama, could have included “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” in the text, but “chose not to do so.”
Instead, the law incorporated the bar against discrimination “on the basis of sex” in Title IX, a 50-year-old federal civil rights law that bars such discrimination in education programs.
Kacsmaryk said the logic of the Supreme Court’s 6-3 conclusion that Title VII’s bar against sex discrimination covered gay and transgender workers did not lead to the same result under Title IX’s text.
“Title IX’s ordinary public meaning remains intact until changed by Congress, or perhaps the Supreme Court,” Kacsmaryk wrote.
George Bush is getting involved with the administration on Biden’s side again. He is telling Republicans to follow Biden’s war plan of funding Ukraine to its end. The end could mean World War. Do people listen to Bush after Iraq and Afghanistan?