Daily Archives: November 14, 2022

A Quiet Heart — VCY America

In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.Isaiah 30:15

It is always weakness to be fretting and worrying, questioning and mis-trusting. What can we do if we wear ourselves to skin and bone? Can we gain anything by fearing and fuming? Do we not unfit ourselves for action and unhinge our minds for wise decision? We are sinking by our struggles when we might float by faith.

Oh, for grace to be quiet! Why run from house to house to repeat the weary story which makes us more and more heart-sick as we tell it? Why even stay at home to cry out in agony because of wretched forebodings which may never be fulfilled? It would be well to keep a quiet tongue, but it would be far better if we had a quiet heart. Oh, to be still and know that Jehovah is God!

Oh, for grace to be confident in God! The holy One of Israel must defend and deliver His own. He cannot run back from His solemn declarations. We may make sure that every word of His will stand though the mountains should depart. He deserves to be confided in; and if we would display confidence and consequent quietness, we might be as happy as the spirits before the throne.

Come, my soul, return unto thy rest, and lean thy head upon the bosom of the Lord Jesus.

A Quiet Heart — VCY America

Religion Gone Wrong Part 2 | Pathway To Victory

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For thousands of years, people have been abandoning the one true God for false idols. And in Revelation 17, the story repeats itself once again—but this time, on a global scale. Dr. Robert Jeffress describes a false religion that will emerge in the last days and usher in the earth’s destruction.

Source: Religion Gone Wrong Part 2

Grace Alone (Sola Gratia) – Pastor Patrick Hines Sermon | Christian Sermons and Audio Books

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8
New American Standard Bible 1995 / NASB)

Grace Alone (Sola Gratia) – Pastor Patrick Hines Sermon – Pastor Patrick Hines Sermon

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▶️Pastor Patrick Hines (PLAYLIST): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzOwqed_gET2vqbY_shSW0MfXtYGSoCnT

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.

Please watch: “A Call to Separation – A. W. Pink Christian Audio Books / Don’t be Unequally Yoked / Be Ye Separate”

Source: Grace Alone (Sola Gratia) – Pastor Patrick Hines Sermon

How to get from guilt to joy — HeadHeartHand Blog

INTRODUCTION

Psychologists define guilt as “the painful thoughts and emotions we experience when we have harmed someone else or broken our own moral code.”

  • We experience, on average, 5 hours a week of guilty feelings. That’s the total of all the feelings we have of mild or moderate guilt.
  • Unresolved guilt is like having a snooze alarm in your head that won’t shut off. The nagging interruptions of guilt can make it hard to concentrate.
  • Guilty feelings make it difficult to think straight. When guilt is competing for our attention, it usually wins. Studies have found that concentration, productivity, creativity, and efficiency are all significantly lower when you’re feeling actively guilty.
  • Guilt makes us reluctant to enjoy life. Even mild guilt can make you hesitant to embrace the joys of life. Guilty feelings might make you choose to skip a party, not celebrate your birthday, or mope around during your vacation without being able to enjoy it.
  • Guilt can make you self-punish. The Dobby Effect—a phenomenon named after the head-banging elf in the Harry Potter books—refers to a psychological tendency for people to employ self-punishment to ward off feelings of guilt.
  • Guilt can play a major role in mental and physical illness. OCD, depression, anxiety, as well as insomnia, indigestion, chest pain have all been related to guilt.

That’s what the psychologists tell us about guilt, but it’s actually far worse than they think or say. The Bible says it is more serious in both its causes, symptoms, and its consequences. As we’ve been discovering in our study of Romans, it is caused by disobedience to God’s law and results in eternal consequences in hell. Some of us have probably been feeling that guilt more deeply and seriously as chapters 1-3 were expounded. Maybe you’ve been asking, How do we get from guilt to joy? Thankfully, that’s the journey Paul now takes us on.

BACKGROUND

In general terms we can summarize the first three chapters of Romans as follows:

  • Chapter 1 The Gentiles are guilty
  • Chapter 2: The Jews are guilty
  • Chapter 3: Everyone’s guilty .

But Paul doesn’t want to leave us there. He wants us to get from guilt to joy. He therefore introduces us to various characters to help us on our journey.

Who’s the first character?

1. EXECUTE MR GOODNESS

Mr Goodness hardly needs an introduction. As we are all born hand in hand with him, we all know him very well. And we like him, because he’s always telling us how good we are. And if we ever have any doubts about our goodness, he helps us to make excuses, blame others, or find others worse than ourselves to make us look good.

As Mr Goodness is extremely experienced, persuasive, skillful, and dangerous, the Apostle Paul spends the first few chapters of Romans attacking him. And in Romans 3, Paul takes the kill-shot by multiplying sharp scripture proofs of universal human sinfulness. Look at the underlined words in these verses. What’s his point?

We have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not oneno one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one (Romans 3:9-12).

Though there are times when Mr Goodness is driven out of our lives, he keeps resurrecting and whispering, “You’re not that bad. You are not as bad as most people. You have redeeming features. You’ve done enough to overcome the bad things.” That’s why Paul reminds us again later that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (23).

CHANGING OUR STORIES WITH GOD’S STORY

Execute Mr Goodness. If Mr Goodness is still whispering in your ear, use this chapter to execute him. As you read these verse, pray, “Lord, kill Mr Goodness in my life, so that I don’t believe his lies.

MR GOODNESS IS
REALLY MR BADNESS

2. LISTEN TO MR GUILTY

Paul has used God’s Law to attack Mr Goodness, who now lies dying on the floor. At this point, Mr Guilty enters the room and every one stops talking. Guilt stops our mouths. We realize we have no defense, alibi, or excuse.

Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God [NKJV: may become guilty before God]. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin (19-20).

Mr Guilty puts us in chains and drags us again and again to Mr Law (we’ll look at him a bit later). Mr Law presents us with two documents: God’s precepts to be obeyed and God’s penalties to be suffered.

 CHANGING OUR STORIES WITH GOD’S STORY

Listen to Mr Guilty. How do you respond to Mr Guilty? Are you still trying to argue with him using human standards? Are you still defending your goodness from his attacks? Or has he silenced you with God’s law?

MR GUILTY HAS LOTS OF POINTING FINGERS
BUT NO HELPING HANDS

3. RECEIVE MR RIGHTEOUSNESS (aka. Mr Perfect)

Into this gloomy room walks Mr Righteousness. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God (3:21-22). Mr Righteousness has a nickname: Mr Law-Satisfier. He comes to the law, looks at the precepts to be obeyed and the penalties to be suffered and says, “I can do both.”

But how come Mr Righteousness has a righteousness apart from the law? How can he be a law-satisfier without the law? This cannot mean what it seems to mean – a law satisfaction without satisfying the law. Rather it is a law satisfaction without any regard to our attempted law-satisfying. Mr Righteousness offers a law-satisfaction that is completely separate and independent from our attempted law-satisfying.

It is also a righteousness of God (21, 22). This is not a mere human righteousness but a divine righteousness. This is not a mere man that has obeyed the precepts and suffered the penalties. It is God himself. If a mere human being could achieve perfect righteousness it would only be enough for one person. But divine righteousness is infinitely valuable and can extend to a multitude greater than we can number.

Who is this Mr Righteousness? He’s been around for a long time. The law and the prophets bear witness to him, but he’s now been manifested (revealed) more clearly (25, 26). Who is Mr Righteousness? It’s Mr Jesus Christ. He can obey the precepts and suffer the penalties until they are exhausted. He is the righteousness of God.

CHANGING OUR STORIES WITH GOD’S STORY

Receive Mr Righteousness. Do you think you can add anything to Mr Righteousness? Do you think you can make him any better? “All our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment” (Isa. 64:6). Take him as yours.

OUR CLEANEST CLOTHES ARE FILTHY RAGS
THAT SOIL AND SPOIL CHRIST’S PERFECTION

4. CONNECT THROUGH MR FAITH

How do we get unchained from Mr Guilty and connected with Mr Righteousness? That’s where Mr Faith comes in. The righteousness of God [is] through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction (22).

Mr Faith can sever us from Mr Guilt and connect us with Mr Righteousness. As soon as we believe, Mr Faith smashes the chain of guilt and connects the soul with perfect righteousness (25). And this is not just for special believers, for those with special faith, or even strong faith. It’s for all who believe. For there is no distinction (23). Paul loves Mr Faith and refers to him again and again (24-26).

CHANGING OUR STORIES WITH GOD’S STORY

Connect through Mr Faith. Instead of hearing, “Guilty, guilty, guilty!” the moment we believe in Christ, we hear not just, “Innocent, innocent, innocent!” but “Perfect, perfect, perfect!” All precepts obeyed, all penalties paid.

If you need freedom or saving
He’s a prison-shaking Savior
If you’ve got chains
He’s a chain breaker

5. EVICT MR BOASTING

The light has gone on, the dust is settling, and we are now connected to Mr Righteousness. Paul looks around and says, “Where is Mr Boasting?” Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded (27).

Mr Boasting is best friends with Mr Goodness. They go everywhere together. Once Mr Goodness has done his work, Mr Boasting steps in with praise and applause: “You’re amazing. Look at all the good you’ve done. You’re far better than most people”

But faith turns the spotlight from self to Christ. And when that happens, boasting is evicted and runs away, cursing Mr Faith. [Boasting] is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law (27-28).

Mr Boasting sometimes gets back together with Mr Goodness and they stick their heads in the window and their foot in the door from time to time. But with the help of chapters like Romans 3 they are expelled and kept at a safe distance.

CHANGING OUR STORIES WITH GOD’S STORY

Evict Mr Boasting. Mr Goodness and Mr Boasting are best friends, but our worst enemies. Have regular searches for them in your soul, and if you find them, evict them without delay.

HE MUST INCREASE
I MUST DECREASE

6. HONOR MR LAW

So faith has chased away Mr Goodness, Mr Guilt, and Mr Boasting. What about Mr Law? Does Mr Faith chase him away too? Let Paul answer: Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law (31).

Every other pretended way of salvation diminishes the law in one way or another. In one way or another, the law is overthrown. These pretenders promise salvation by lowering the barrier or by compromising justice. Is that what God has done here?

No, this way of salvation strengthens and confirms the law. Christ’s righteousness reached the standard perfectly, and suffered the penalties fully. That’s why Pauls says God is both just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus (26). He is “a just God and a Savior” (Isa. 45:21)

CHANGING OUR STORIES WITH GOD’S STORY

Honor Mr Law. Be highly suspicious of any promised salvation which overthrows, or in any way diminishes, the law of God. The only salvation worth having is one that honors God’s law and his justice.

A LAWLESS SALVATION
IS A HOPELESS SALVATION

7. ENJOY MR JOY

Mr Goodness has gone. Mr Guilt has gone. Mr Boasting has gone. Who do we have left? Mr Righteousness, Mr Faith and Mr Law. And then walks in our seventh man, Mr Joy.

Mr Joy asks Mr Law, “Are you happy?” “I’m happy,” he replies, “My precepts have been met, my penalties satisfied. Rejoice!”

Mr Joy then turns to Mr Righteousness: “Mr Righteousness, you happy?” “Of course!” he says, “I still have a perfect complete righteousness. Rejoice!”

“Mr Faith, you happy?” “Sure, I’ve severed another person from sin and united them with perfect righteousness! Rejoice!”

“And what about you believer?” asks Mr Joy. “Me? Who could be happier! The law is satisfied. Guilt has gone. Righteousness is mine. And all by faith without any contribution from me.” What a happy scene. What a happy salvation! From guilt to joy!

CHANGING OUR STORIES WITH GOD’S STORY

Enjoy Mr Joy. Nothing makes God happier than his people’s happiness in his salvation. He loves to see them celebrating with Mr Righteousness, Mr Faith, and even Mr Law. He does not invite Mr Goodness or Mr Guilt to this party.

ENJOY MR JOY TO
GIVE JOY TO GOD

SUMMARY

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THE NEXT CHAPTER

Guilt is damaging and deadly. Spend as little time as possible in the company of Mr Guilt. We do need to meet him now and again to prevent Mr Goodness and My Boasting back in, but move quickly from there to Mr Righteousness through Mr Faith.

The Gospel is health- and life-giving. Joy has so many benefits for the body, the mind, and the soul. Let’s find our greatest joy in the Gospel. It’s both safe and saving.

Help someone else travel this journey from guilt to joy. Share this message with someone who needs to get on this road and stay on it.

Prayer. Perfect God, give me perfect joy by giving me your perfect righteousness.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. How would you explain guilt to a child?

2. In what ways has guilt damaged you or helped you?

3. Which of these characters do you need to have less of in your life? How will you do that?

4. What place does guilt have in the Christian life?

5. How can you get from guilt to joy quicker?

6. What Christian songs help you get from guilt to joy?

PDF OF SERMON NOTES

How to get from guilt to joy — HeadHeartHand Blog

November 14 – Faithful Men – Examples, Habits, and Descriptions — VCY America

November 14
Ezekiel 29:1-30:26
Hebrews 11:32-12:13
Psalm 112:1-10
Proverbs 27:17

Ezekiel 29:1 – Notice the precision of Ezekiel’s dates? Continual references to the xth year, in the yth month, in the zth day of the month. This is a formal dating system used at least 15 times in the Bible, and 12 of the times are found in Ezekiel, and none in Isaiah. This may be rooted in Ezekiel’s priestly heritage as opposed to Isaiah’s non-priestly heritage. Was the priest in exile careful to follow the details and dates of the Mosaic feasts?

Ezekiel 29:6 – Speaking of common phrases in Ezekiel, 51 of the 57 times that the phrase “shall know that I am the LORD” occurs in the Old Testament, it occurs in Ezekiel. We’ll see it 19 more times in this book. Compare this to the priestly declarations in Leviticus – 45 times we find the phrase “I am the LORD” as a justification (the reason why) for the laws that He created. Now 850 years later, God is using this as a justification for His judgment. The priests (representing God to man) had taught the law as a way to know the LORD, now 850 years later are teaching the judgments because people did not know the LORD.

Ezekiel 29:12 – Ellicott records that Nebuchadnezzar took the Egyptians captive to Babylon.

Ezekiel 30:15 – Sin in this verse is a geographical location (Sinai Peninsula) as opposed to a theological declaration.

Hebrews 11:32 – Jephthah and Samson were some of the less thrilling Biblical judges, yet they were used by God as was Gideon and David!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samson#/media/File:Sans%C3%B3n_matando_al_le%C3%B3n_-_Pedro_Pablo_Rubens.jpg

Hebrews 11:33 – We have a godly legacy of heroes who wrought great exploits and suffered great losses (Hebrews 11:36-37). They lived by faith, and we can be glad for the Faith of our Fathers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeMIMLP2Nmo

Hebrews 12:1-2 – What’s our response after we have walked thru the Hall of Faith? Follow their example, and run our race, looking unto Jesus, asking God to make us a faithful man as well. This song is from our friend Patch the Pirate, who named the tune after a pastor from Wisconsin that he respected for his faithful stand for the Bible.

Hebrews 12:8 – This is some of the harshest language in the Bible – yet it conveys a scary truth. If you are sinning on your race and God does not chastise you, you are an illegitimate son. John Bunyan paints a harsh scene of whipping in Pilgrim’s Progress for Christian when he was deceived off the path.

Psalm 112:1 – What does a modern day faithful man of Hebrews 12:1-2 look like? One that fears the LORD and delights in His commandments. Read thru this Psalm and see the blessings that come to the faithful man.

Proverbs 27:17 – How does a faithful man stay sharp? With faithful friends!

Share how reading thru the Bible has been a blessing to you! E-mail us at 2018bible@vcyamerica.org or call and leave a message at 414-885-5370.

November 14 – Faithful Men – Examples, Habits, and Descriptions — VCY America

The Deed of Doing — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

As disciples we have been set apart to expend our time, talent and treasures on Christ’s message.

“Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” Colossians 3:17

The apostle Paul, speaking to the church in Corinth, gives us insight into how we should do this. (2 Corinthians 9:6-11).

The first thing he tells us is that we are to be generous. “whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” (v 6b) Being generous means showing a readiness to give more of something than is strictly necessary or expected.

Secondly he tells us to be intentional with what we do. “what you have decided in your heart to give,” (v 7a) A deed is an action that is performed intentionally of consciously.

The third thing is that we are to do it voluntarily, “not reluctantly or under compulsion.” (v 7b)

His fourth instruction is that we do it cheerfully, “for God loves a cheerful giver.”(v 7c)

And then he tells us why… that, abounding in His grace, we might be sufficiently supplied…  “God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.” (v8)

…for everything we do in furthering the Kingdom of God. “He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God.” (vs 10,11)

As we do what we have been called to do, let’s do it generously, intentionally, freely and cheerfully.

Heavenly Father thank you for teaching us that if we sow sparingly we will also reap sparingly, and if we sow bountifully we will also reap bountifully. You tell us that we must do just as we have purposed in our heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for You love a cheerful giver. And You are able to make all grace abound to us, so that we will always have all sufficiency in everything, that we may have an abundance for every good deed. Amen.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

By Alec Niemi
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•   God Is…

•  More than a Father

•  Salvation Explained

The Deed of Doing — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Burnout — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8


“Burnout” used to be a phrase that I feared. I kept hearing about others in Christian ministry who were “burning out” because they took on too much. I kept wondering how this could happen, and there still are times when there are a lot of demands in my life of ministering to others that cause me to be concerned whether I will thrive or even survive!

There are 4 “alls” in this verse and 1 “every” that promise everything that I could possibly need to avoid burnout:

God is able to make all grace abound to you: God wants to give me more grace, if I will just let him. What does that look like? The first step is accepting the fact that I don’t have what it takes to get the job done myself. I need God’s grace every day of my life!

So that: the reason that he is giving me his abundant grace is that he wants me to do something with it.

In all things: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians. 4:13) When God calls me to do something, no matter how difficult, I can do it as long as I rely on his strength and not just my own.

At all times: the offer for more grace is always there! Like filling up my car with gas, I just need to stop long enough to be refueled by his Spirit! Often this happens in the morning, as I wait on God before I start my day.

Having all that you need: If I have everything that I need, I won’t burn out. I might get tired, even exhausted, but all I have to do is to go back to Jesus for more grace!

You will abound in every good work: God gives me grace so that I can do good things for others in his name (not so I can just kick back and live the “good life” for myself). God has a good work for me to do that is specific to his call and gifting.

Father God, thank you that you keep on giving, and never run out of grace! Please fill me up today, so that I can do all that you have called me to do, in your name. I give you all of the burdens that I am carrying in exchange for your abundant grace! Amen.

By Karen Woodard
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•  Burn Out Refill

•  When We Feel Burned Out

•  Salvation Explained

Burnout — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

14 Nov 2022 News Briefing

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“We’re Facing The Collapse Of Everything” – Michael Snyder Warns Of “The End-Times”
Journalist and popular author Michael Snyder says in his new book we are in “End Times.” Few Christians would disagree. So, where are we and what are we facing? Snyder explains, “I believe we are living at the very end of a timeline. I believe Jesus is coming back soon…

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United States Africa Command Announces It Killed 17 Terrorists In Somalia
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As California’s gruesome Proposition 1 is approved by voters, one pastor in the state is laying the blame at the feet of silent pulpits for neglecting their responsibility before God to speak up. The passing of the Proposition 1 ballot initiative, goes far beyond simply making abortion a protected right. Proposition 1 will enshrine limitless up till birth abortion into the state’s Constitution. Additionally, due to its broad and vaguely written text, Alliance Defending Freedom warns that Proposition 1 can also be used to target religious freedom, freedom of conscience, and parental rights.

Has Iran developed ‘unstoppable’ ballistic missile?
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Israel’s King Bibi Netanyahu is back: What comes next?
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US, Japan, S. Korea to coordinate if N. Korea conducts 7th nuclear test
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Israeli Groups Organize Global Interfaith ‘Climate Repentance’ Event
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Iran issues first death sentence related to anti-government protests
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Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits near the coast of Bio-Bio, Chile 
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China Shutters Schools as ‘Complicated and Severe’ Coronavirus Outbreak Hits Record Highs
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As we learned with FTX, things look fine up until the very moment they are not. And then billions can be lost in a very short time…

Washington Attempts To Bully India Into Cutting Ties With Russia
New Delhi, however, continues to spurn American attempts to subject its economy to Washington’s dictates…

‘There is nothing natural or safe about it’: Women share what happened next after taking abortion pills Years ago, two girls in their late teens became pregnant and sought help for their unplanned pregnancies. What they were told was that a chemical abortion was a fast, easy and effective way to end their pregnancies and carry on with their young lives. That lie and the scant information about what they were about to endure, they said, left them unprepared for the emotional and physical trauma that was to follow.

Church attendance still short of pre-pandemic levels although most have reopened: survey
Nearly three years after the COVID-19 pandemic forced churches across the United States to shut their doors, many attendees have yet to return, even as the vast majority of churches have resumed in-person services.

LGBTQ-Friendly Votes Signal Progressive Shift for Methodists 
The United Methodist Church moved toward becoming more progressive and LGBTQ-affirming during U.S. regional meetings this month that included the election of its second openly gay bishop. Conservatives say the developments only will accelerate their exit from one of the nation’s largest Protestant denominations

Cracks Are Appearing in the “Vaccines Are Safe and Effective” False Narrative
Amidst the bleak background of covid “vaccine”-induced harms is some light; a light that’s breaking through the cracks in the narrative. The sands are now definitely shifting, with increasing numbers who were previously steadfast advocates of the unquestionable safety of covid-19 “vaccines” doing U-turns. That’s mainly a function of the available science and the fact so many have either directly experienced adverse effects or know people close to them who have.

COVID Deaths are up 82% in the past 3 months compared to 2020 despite roll-out of 3rd Booster to Over 50’s & Vulnerable 
Data supplied by the Office for National Statistics confirms that significantly more people have died of Covid-19 in England and Wales over the past three months compared to the same period in 2020.

Official Data confirms the COVID Vaccine is killing Children – Europe has suffered a 552% increase in Excess Deaths among Children ever since EMA first approved the Pfizer Jab for Kids
On the 28th of May 2021, the European Medicines Agency extended the emergency use authorisation of the Pfizer Covid-19 mRNA injection to children aged 12 to 15. Six months later they extended the emergency use authorisation to 5 to 11-year-olds.

Exxon Mobil Makes First Oil Discovery In Angola In 20 Years
Exxon has now announced that it has, together with its partners, discovered hydrocarbons in Block 15 off Angola in the Bavuca South prospect. The discovery marks the first commercial oil find by ExxonMobil in the country since 2003.

Turkey refuses Israel’s request to deport Hamas terrorists
Turkey’s foreign minister said Turkey declined a request by Israel to deport Hamas members, according to reports, amid fears that Ankara’s rapprochement with Israel will suffer after the electoral victory of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Biden, Democrats celebrate keeping control of the Senate
President Joe Biden touted the results of the midterm elections, with Democrats projected to maintain control of the U.S. Senate following Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s narrow defeat of Republican Adam Laxalt to win re-election in Nevada.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2022/11/14/14-nov-2022/

Headlines – 11/14/2022

Netanyahu speaks to Bahrain crown prince of ‘great opportunities’ for cooperation

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Indicted Ex-PM, Officially Tapped To Form Government

Netanyahu tasked with forming coalition, vows to be PM for ‘all Israel’s citizens’

Women of the Wall group urges Netanyahu not to appoint Ben Gvir as police minister

Jewish Agency head warns incoming government not to alienate world Jewry

Far-right Plan to Change Law of Return Could Make Millions Ineligible for Aliyah

Israeli pop star Noa Kirel wears ‘Kanye West’ outfit in ‘message to world’ – Singer walks MTV red carpet in Germany in a fashion statement against rapper’s antisemitic comments

Dave Chappelle Uses ‘SNL’ Monologue to Echo Kanye’s Antisemitism

KFC Apologizes For Telling Germans To Remember Nazi Kristallnacht With Chicken

Israeli women ‘hang themselves’ in central Tel Aviv in protest over violence

High Court to rule on whether to give land to Palestinians or Efrat

Syria says two soldiers killed after Israeli airstrike hits airbase near Homs

Israeli air force attacks Hezbollah and Iranian forces in Syria

Iran leader sends delegation to restive region rocked by deadly unrest

Iran issues first death sentence related to anti-government protests

Six dead, dozens injured after explosion in busy Istanbul shopping area, officials say

6 killed, dozens hurt as major blast rocks Istanbul; Erdogan condemns ‘vile attack’

6 Dead in Istanbul Blast, Erdogan Says It ‘Smells Like Terrorism’

Suspect in custody in Istanbul blast that killed 6 and injured 81, officials say

Zelensky aide says Ukraine’s vote against Israel at UN ‘a grave mistake’

Zelensky says 400 war crimes already documented in Kherson

As Russian Army Falters in Ukraine, Paramilitary Leader Close to Putin Flexes Power

IMF chief warns on U.S.-China rivalry, calls Trump-era tariffs counterproductive

Leaders Land in Indonesia for G-20 Summit; US Seeks No Conflict With China, Says Biden

Biden and Xi Meet Face-to-face as Superpower Relations Mired in Tensions

Biden will seek to establish ‘red lines’ in talks with Xi

Biden Discusses Security Pact, Taiwan Strait With Australian Prime Minister

Japan is bracing itself for war with China

North Korea Sees New Opportunities in ‘Neo-Cold War’

Pope lunches with poor, denounces ‘sirens of populism’

Thousands march in Mexico against proposed electoral reform

Trudeau Responds to Allegations That 11 Canadian Federal Candidates Received Chinese Funding in 2019 Election

The People of Brazil and the Military Continue to Work Together to Overcome the Stolen Election

U.S. intelligence report says key gulf ally meddled in American politics: United Arab Emirates

George W. Bush and Barack Obama to Hold Back-to-Back Conferences This Week on “Democracy” and “Disinformation”

Chuck Schumer: Midterms a “Vindication” for Democrats’ Agenda After Clinching Senate Majority

Jon Voight: Only Trump Can Stop Swamp, ‘Pray’ He Returns as President

Michael Moore: Republicans Lost Because They Tried to Turn America into a Theocracy

Whitmer says midterms ‘perhaps’ showed rejection of political violence

Pelosi: Republican’s ‘Disgraceful’ Response to My Husband’s Attack Turned Off Voters

Uvalde County voters overwhelmingly to elect Republican candidates after mass shooting

Election deniers lose races for key state offices in every 2020 battleground

Video Montage: Dozens of Arizona Republican Voters Describe How Ballots Were Not Counted, Ballots Were Tossed in a Box, and People Were Not Allowed in to Vote

Maricopa County Election Judge Believes the Machines Were Programmed to Reject Ballots on Election Day

Protestors Gather Outside Maricopa County Election Office As Counting Slows

Arizona Election Protesters Demand ‘Military Step In’ – Claim Capitol Rioters Are Being ‘Tortured in Cages’

Kari Lake Bashes Arizona Election Process as a ‘Laughingstock’

Kari Lake Says Katie Hobbs Created ‘Major Ethical Problem’ by Not Recusing Herself

Another Democrat Miracle! Maggie Hassan Wins 1,100 Votes from Town with Population Under 700

FBI official who headed Whitmer, Jan. 6 probes set to retire ahead of GOP’s control of House

Pence to Muir: Trump’s words on 1/6 ‘endangered me and my family and everyone at the Capitol’

Trump Wanted I.R.S. Investigations of Foes, Top Aide Says

Report: FTX CEO detained by authorities in Bahamas

FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried Admits FTX Was a Crypto Laudromat for Ukrainian Government

Ukraine invested in top Dem donor’s crypto company FTX as Biden admin funded war effort: report

Woke Fail: Disney Begins Layoffs, Hiring Freeze, and Limiting Employee Travel as Stock Crashes

Schwab’s WEF is now pushing to implant Tracking Microchips in Humans as part of The Great Reset agenda

Secretive space ship shakes up residents with sonic booms upon landing in Fla.

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kroya, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Reykjanes Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Mariana Islands region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the eastern New Guinea region, Papua New Guinea

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 22,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Activists smash tablets atop ‘Mount Sinai’ to launch faith-based climate push

Man busted with 20,000 fentanyl pills set free: police sources

Tennessee GOP proposes bills to ban public drag shows and medical transition of minors

Pro-Transgender Propaganda Film for Children Sponsored by Pharmaceutical Company that Creates Feminizing Drug

Teen Says She Was ‘Brainwashed’ by LGBTQ Community and Its Sinister Agenda

Trudeau Liberals to facilitate suicide for the mentally ill starting in March

‘There is nothing natural or safe about it’: Women share what happened next after taking abortion pills

‘Masks reduce racism’ study is latest sign US medical establishment is insanely, perilously woke

Border Patrol Lifts Vaccine Mandate for Personnel

Happy Veterans’ Day: West Point Gives Unvaxxed Cadets 10 Hours to Get Vaccine or Face Punishment

Watchdog exposes ‘historic’ COVID unemployment funds lost as Congress investigates

In Boston, RSV cases in kids creating a ‘capacity disaster’ for one major hospital

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Mid-Day Snapshot · Nov. 14, 2022

“From The Patriot Post (patriotpost.us)”.

THE FOUNDATION

“If we move in mass, be it ever so circuitously, we shall attain our object; but if we break into squads, everyone pursuing the path he thinks most direct, we become an easy conquest to those who can now barely hold us in check.” —Thomas Jefferson (1811)

IN TODAY’S DIGEST

FEATURED ANALYSIS

Democrats Keep Senate, House No Longer Certain

There aren’t many silver linings, but there’s lots of blame to go around.

Nate Jackson

The dust continues to settle from last week’s midterm elections, but one thing became clear over the weekend: Democrats have retained control of the Senate, even without Georgia, which won’t be decided until December 6. That’s perhaps not surprising, but the shock could come if Democrats somehow manage to keep the House too. Stay tuned…

The Senate solidified as Senator Mark Kelly was declared the winner in Arizona, and Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto kept her seat after benefiting from those oh-so-predictable late-breaking Democrat votes. Republican Adam Laxalt led in many polls ahead of the election, and he led for several days in the vote count after the election. But as night follows day, Democrat votes just kept being counted and eventually Cortez Masto overtook Laxalt for good.

Sure, the mainstream media could be correct (for a change) and Nevada’s result could be entirely legitimate, but this phenomenon will always reek of cheating because it so reliably benefits Democrats. What’s the problem in Nevada? Well, Las Vegas, for one. As water evaporates from Lake Mead, we just keep finding the bodies. Literally. Vegas isn’t called Sin City for nothing. And as the biggest population hub in the state, Vegas will drive turnout for Democrats.

The 600-pound gorilla, however, is bulk-mail ballots. Nevada is among the handful of states that preemptively mail ballots to all registered voters. That sounds great — everyone seems to want to “preserve democracy” these days, right? The problem is twofold. Low-information voters are more likely to vote Democrat, and if you mail them a ballot without them even asking for it, that becomes much easier. Worse, authentication is a huge hole. Ask the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Victor Joecks, who managed to get eight ballots accepted with his signature in 2020.

That’s only eight ballots, you election denier! scream the media “fact-checkers,” who apparently don’t think anything bad ever happens in Vegas.

Chuck Schumer, who will remain Senate majority leader, was predictably ecstatic. He called the win a “victory and a vindication for Democrats,” adding, “The American people rejected the anti-democratic, extremist MAGA Republicans.”

Two men are receiving most of the blame for the GOP failing to gain the Senate: Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell.

Our Mark Alexander tackled the Trump effect Friday, so we won’t belabor that point here. As for McConnell, he infamously criticized candidate quality a couple of months ago when he never should have said any such thing, and he didn’t invest much campaign cash to help some of those candidates. Blake Masters in Arizona comes to mind, though Trump also spent little on his endorsee and Masters didn’t raise much himself either. McConnell did, however, spend far more than Trump, including investing heavily in Ohio to help J.D. Vance win … by about the same margin as Trump in 2020. He also spent big in Pennsylvania, and Mehmet Oz still couldn’t beat the stroke-addled thug John Fetterman. Clearly, money can’t fix everything.

McConnell deserves kudos for holding the line on the Supreme Court and other judicial appointments over the years. And he’s not responsible for bad candidates chosen in primaries — other than being the target of Trump-inspired voter ire in choosing those candidates. Still, some Republicans are beginning to grumble that maybe they should put their chips on an 80-year-old McConnell seeking his ninth term as leader.

Winning back Georgia’s Senate seat may not seem critical now that Democrats will control the Senate anyway, but it is hugely important. Forcing Vice President Kamala Harris to break ties is one thing, but having 51 Democrat votes also diminishes the power of Joe Manchin or Kyrsten Sinema, who have stood against Democrat efforts to kill the filibuster or pack the Supreme Court. Plus, a Walker loss leaves Georgia with two Democrat senators for at least the next four years.

Back to the House for a moment. The GOP currently leads 211-204, but 20 contests remain undecided, and it’s not a sure bet that Republicans will reach the requisite 218. That it’s still in question is astounding given that Republican turnout was higher. “In the two main election surveys, more Republicans than Democrats turned out to vote: 36% to 33% in the national media exit poll, and 49% to 43% in the AP VoteCast,” write the editors of The Wall Street Journal. “Republicans could get a majority share of the final House vote without getting a House majority. So much for the GOP’s supposed gerrymandering edge.”

The big rub seems to be that independents broke with tradition and voted for the party in power instead of the party out of power. “According to the national media exit poll, of the 31% of voters who identify as independent, 49% voted Democrat and 47% Republican,” says the Journal. “In the AP VoteCast survey, independents favored Democrats by four points.” Tell us again that Donald Trump isn’t to blame for that.

In the end, it seems Joe Biden is right about one thing: Republicans “have to decide who they are.”

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Mega Demo Donor and Crypto King Crashes and Burns

Sam Bankman-Fried went from Demo hero to crypto zero in the space of a week.

Douglas Andrews

Ya hate to see it. Hate to see Sam Bankman-Fried go from Demo hero to crypto zero in the space of a week.

Bankman-Fried — or SBF, as he’s known in cryptocurrency circles — was worth $15 billion at the beginning of last week and $0 at the end of it. Such are the fortunes of the smug 30-year-old digital entrepreneur who entertained the likes of Bill Clinton, Tom Brady, Katy Perry, and others at his Bahamas headquarters and spoke of becoming the world’s first trillionaire.

According to the Federal Election Commission, the $38 million Bankman-Fried donated to Democrat-affiliated PACs and other organizations this election cycle put him second behind only America-hating socialist George Soros, who ponied up nearly $127 million to the cause of wrecking our country. Bankman-Fried also spent $10 million to help defeat Donald Trump and stick us with Joe Biden in 2020.

Leftist politics are in the blood for Bankman-Fried. As the New York Post’s Miranda Devine writes, “SBF’s mother, Stanford law professor Barbara Fried, also is co-founder of left-wing political action committee Mind The Gap, which has raised a reported $140 million to help Democrats win elections through the same ‘get-out-the-vote’ grift.”

None of that leftist largess appears to have saved his house of cards. As Fox News reports: “A full-fledged liquidity crisis forced FTX to file for bankruptcy on Friday, and Bankman-Fried’s wealth, which was estimated to be $15.6 billion earlier [last] week, has sharply plummeted, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The index currently estimates Bankman-Fried has no material wealth.”

FTX’s collapse was felt far and wide. “The one-time industry titan FTX dragged down the rest of the crypto market with it,” Forbes reported, “sending the largest coins, bitcoin and ether, down 18% and 21% [last] week, respectively, while Coinbase shares tanked 23%.”

Wow. Who knew crypto could be such a risky business? Well, lots of sober-minded folks, actually — including our Mark Alexander, who had this to say about it back in June:

I have been fascinated by the pseudo-intellectual arguments for cryptos and their shady promoters, thus I have endured several marketing videos for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and others. The closest comparison I can make to the cultish crypto marketing language and attraction is that it’s akin to the lunacy of L. Ron Hubbard’s Scientology cult, with a dash of cult astrology thrown in for mass appeal.

Elon Musk was also suspicious back in March, when Bankman-Fried offered to help Musk buy Twitter. According to the New York Post, “Text messages show that Musk’s banker Michael Grimes told Musk that Bankman-Fried was offering ‘at least $3 billion’ to help Musk fund the Twitter deal.”

After the texts were leaked, Musk tweeted: “Accurate. He set off my bs detector, which is why I did not think he had $3B.”

Remarkably, though, some industry analysts apparently think anything of crypto’s volatility. “What’s shocking is the fall from grace, it was so rapid,” said crypto analyst Dan Dolev of Mizuho Securities, who must be the world’s dimmest analyst of any stripe. “We’re learning that value can evaporate within minutes in crypto, that’s the most shocking thing.”

We’re shocked that he’s shocked.

Bankman-Fried founded FTX in 2019, and it blew up, having been valued at $32 billion recently. The son of two Stanford professors, he naturally attracted investment from the Silicon Valley elite. He’s nothing if not eloquent, though, as evidenced by this Thursday morning tweet: “I’m sorry. That’s the biggest thing. I f***ed up, and should have done better.”

You’re telling us.

As for the blunderkind’s future, prosecutors may well focus on tweets he made last week, when he said FTX was “fine” and customer assets were safe — tweets he later deleted.

Will the Democrat Party refund the nearly $50 million SBF contributed to their cause, which came from investors who were sold on Bankman-Fried’s snake oil? Let’s just say we aren’t holding our breath.

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Executive News Summary

Xi meets Biden, Border Patrol chief thrown under the bus, Texas targets Philly for buses of migrants, and more.

Nate Jackson & Jordan Candler

Cross-Examination

  • Xi meets Biden: The Group of 20 summit kicked off in Indonesia today, with Joe Biden meeting Xi Jinping ahead of discussions. According to Biden, “We share a responsibility, in my view, to show that China and the United States can manage our differences, prevent competition from becoming anything ever near conflict, and to find ways to work together on urgent global issues that require our mutual cooperation.” Our differences? Like China unleashing the coronavirus pandemic upon the world and lying about it? Of course, our differences have extended much further back into history, and one of the biggest problems is China’s ability to use its favored nation status to bulk up on exports and fund the ChiComs’ expansionist vision under Xi. Biden is clearly not up to the task of standing up for U.S. interests. Indeed, he comes from the ideological cadre that would prefer to see the U.S., not the Chinese, knocked down a few pegs.
  • Border Patrol chief thrown under the bus: Christopher Magnus, the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, tendered his resignation to the White House over the weekend. Fox News reports it was “after being ordered to quit or be fired.” Magnus is the immediate fall guy for Joe Biden’s disastrous open borders. “Figures from the Department of Homeland Security show nearly 2.4 million migrants were detained at the border in the fiscal year that ended in September, which is an increase of 37% from last year,” Fox reports. That clearly didn’t hurt Democrats as badly as expected in the midterm elections, but Biden had to at least appear to do something.
  • Texas targets Philly for buses of migrants: Speaking of the border, a lot of attention was successfully brought to Team Biden’s disastrous handling of immigration by the governors of Texas and Florida, who sent bus loads of migrants to so-called “sanctuary” destinations. The predictable hypocrisy was appalling. Well, the Houston Astros recently beat the Philadelphia Phillies (Biden’s favorite team) in the World Series, but it seems Texas isn’t done with the City of Brotherly love, as Philadelphia officials expect a bus load of migrants to arrive from Del Rio later this week. More than 300 migrant-filled buses have left Texas in recent months. “As [President Joe] Biden does nothing,” said Governor Greg Abbott, “Texas will continue taking unprecedented action to relieve our overwhelmed border communities & secure the border.”

Headlines

  • Now that midterms are over, Nancy Pelosi says Biden should run again in 2024 (Daily Wire)
  • Elise Stefanik endorses Trump for president in 2024, as some push him to delay announcement (Fox News)
  • Conservatives flip school boards in wave of education wins (Daily Wire)
  • The new #MeToo movie “Tár” makes conservatives into monsters (The Stream)
  • Construction halted at Obama Presidential Center after noose reportedly discovered on grounds (Daily Wire)
  • Myocarditis risk from COVID vaccines up to three times higher from Moderna than Pfizer (Daily Wire)
  • Texas DPS apprehends 19 illegal immigrants from human smuggling attempts, stash house (Fox News)
  • University of Virginia shooting kills three, injures two; former football player named as suspect (Fox News)
  • Policy: America’s Fourth World vote system is a global embarrassment (Daily Signal)
  • Humor: Arizona announces it has finished counting and Calvin Coolidge has won its three electoral votes (Babylon Bee)

For more editors’ choice headlines, click here.

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Thank You, CAF Pilots and Crews

Vintage aircraft pilots and crews devote much of their lives honoring the war record of these aircraft and the military crews who maintained and flew them.

Mark Alexander

As the son of a World War II Naval Aviator who flew Corsairs, my father instilled in me a lifelong enthusiasm for historic aircraft restoration and operations. Today, I have friends who have restored and are flying the venerable Corsair and another more common but rare aircraft, the P-51 Mustang. Over the last 30 years, I have flown in a lot of military aircraft with great pilots, but the highlight of all those flights would be the hours I have spent in a P-51.

Thus, we were evermore deeply saddened last Saturday when two classic WWII Commemorative Air Force aircraft collided at an airshow in Dallas, and all six on board both planes perished in a moment. Those images will remain imprinted into my memory, along with others of such accidents over the years.

Vintage aircraft pilots and crews devote much of their time, energy, and resources to demonstration flights of historic aircraft — bringing joy to hundreds of thousands of folks every year while honoring the war record of these aircraft and the military crews who maintained and flew them. Many of those who pilot these aircraft are themselves distinguished veteran military pilots. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to fly with the CAF know well the spirit and devotion of these pilots and crews.

The pilot of the Bell P-63 Kingcobra fighter, Craig Hutain, lost situational awareness at a critical moment as he was forming up with the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber named “Texas Raiders.” Factors include the Kingcobra’s approach angle and the fact that it has notoriously constricted cockpit visibility. The B-17 pilots and crew included Captain Terry Barker, Captain Len Root, Major Curtis Rowe, Kevin Michels, and Dan Ragan.

We offer our gratitude for the patriotic devotion and dedication of these men and all their colleagues, and our deepest sympathy and prayers for their families and friends.

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Child Protection Legislation

Florida and Tennessee are leading the way protecting minors from the “transgender” ideologues.

Emmy Griffin

It’s no secret that the Biden administration has taken up the transgender flag in the culture war. Through the HHS Office of Population Affairs, Team Biden put out an advisory in March that states it is fully supportive of using the gamut of “gender-affirming care” for minors.

This inappropriately named treatment plan — better named gender-denying care— would include social transition, cross-sex hormones, puberty blockers, and even “gender-affirming” surgery for minors. Even the most minor of these — socially transitioning — has lasting effects and makes it very difficult if a child changes his or her mind. The major interventions of surgery physically alter or destroy healthy body parts in order to “affirm” that gender dysphoric child’s delusion and identity crisis. This state-approved body mutilation exploits the vulnerability of children who don’t have a fully developed pre-frontal cortex.

Two states, however, have been willing to take a stand against this state-sanctioned horror: Florida and Tennessee.

Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo has long been fighting against the faddish treatment endorsed by the federal government for kids declaring that they are transgender. Keep in mind, children who actually have gender dysphoria are exceedingly rare. The phenomenon we are seeing now is called “rapid onset” gender dysphoria and is largely a social contagion). The Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine recently voted to approve a rule that bans this destructive “gender-affirming care” for minors.

Dr. Ladapo was appreciative of the hard work and honesty of these two Florida medical boards, saying: “Today’s vote from the Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine will protect our children from irreversible surgeries and highly experimental treatments. I appreciate the integrity of the Boards for ruling in the best interest of children in Florida despite facing tremendous pressure to permit these unproven and risky treatments. Children deserve to learn how to navigate this world without harmful pressure, and Florida will continue to fight for kids to be kids.”

The movement in Tennessee, spearheaded by political pundit and activist Matt Walsh, went into hyperdrive when Walsh uncovered that Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) was providing “gender-affirming” treatment for minors. When it was uncovered, VUMC quickly tried to cover its tracks, but it was already exposed. This motivated the Tennessee legislature to introduce a bill that would ban “gender transitions” for minors.

In their fervor to protect children, Tennessee Republicans have also introduced Senate Bill 3, which would ban drag shows where children are present. State Senator Jack Johnson said in a statement that SB 3 is to protect our children’s innocence: “There are certain performances, movies and places that are inappropriate for children. Just as current law prohibits strip clubs from admitting children, this legislation would also prohibit sexually suggestive drag shows from being performed on public property, or on any non-age-restricted private property where a minor could be present.”

Parents of Florida and Tennessee can take a relieved breath. Their legislators and physicians are taking a stand to protect their children. These states’ boldness will hopefully inspire other states to take a child-protective stand.

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Two-Faced Joe Attacks the Oil Industry

Taking a page out of the authoritarian playbook, Joe Biden is demonizing the energy industry after having hobbled it.

Lewis Morris

Here’s a shocker: Before Joe Biden attacked the nation’s oil and gas producers as being war profiteers worthy of a windfall profits tax, he tried to court those very same companies to help refill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

White House officials, along with representatives from the State and Energy departments, reached out to several energy companies and trade groups in mid-October with a plan to buy oil from them to top off the reserve, which is now at half its 714 million-barrel capacity. The administration would guarantee purchase when the price of crude reached the $68- to $72-per-barrel threshold, paying up front for future delivery.

The White House claimed the plan would help stabilize the market and prevent potential gluts that send prices plummeting and put smaller energy producers out of business. The industry collectively nixed the idea because it couldn’t see the logic of it, mainly because there wasn’t any logic. The plan is too narrow to have any major effect on prices. There are also broader forces at work determining price levels, including international production and global factors such as the Russia-Ukraine war — not to mention Biden administration restrictions on domestic production. Those within the industry don’t trust Joe Biden. And who can blame them?

Biden has been at war with oil and gas producers since the day he took office. He immediately axed the Keystone XL pipeline, which had been approved and was ready for construction. His administration also put a chokehold on drilling permits and licensing for new refineries. He was handed an energy-independent American economy for the first time in decades. And what did he do with it? He replaced it with record-high gas prices and put us at the mercy of international oil cartels that love nothing better than to stick it to us.

Biden’s response to the oil industry’s rejection of the deal was to go on the attack. At an October 31 press conference, he shamefully labeled the companies as war profiteers. He also threatened to impose a windfall tax based on reports in the media of record quarterly profits by ExxonMobil and Chevron. Longtime Democrat political hand John Podesta, a climate adviser to the Biden administration, went so far as to say that oil producers are failing to show patriotism.

Much of this was clearly pre-midterm election bluster. Biden and his fellow Democrats were desperate to deflect voter anger over record-high gas and diesel prices from their own failed policies.

“It’s frustrating that a year ago we were being told to stop drilling, and in the past several months, we’ve been beat up for not drilling enough,” said ExxonMobil spokesman Casey Norton. “In actuality, we delivered record production from our U.S. refineries so that we could do our part to help meet demand.”

Biden’s windfall tax threat may be nothing more than that — a threat. There have been several attempts by congressional Dems to push such a tax through in the last couple of years, but the administration has provided little political backing. As for the accusation of war profiteering, the U.S. would actually have to be at war for that one to stick, right?

Biden’s words were probably just politics in the lead-up to an election in which his party faced a drubbing. That drubbing never materialized, but by lashing out in the way he did, Biden only served to heighten the mistrust the energy industry has for his administration. This will make future negotiations much more difficult and price relief for American consumers that much harder to find.

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On the Web

  • Douglas Andrews: Kayla Patrick’s Not-So-Soft Bigotry — Just as the Obama administration did before it, Team Biden is claiming that school discipline is rooted in racism.
  • Roger Helle: A Few Good Men — Where did the Marines’ “A Few Good Men” slogan come from? I was curious, so I did some digging.
  • In Brief: The 1980s Hangover and the GOP — If they ever want to win again (and that’s a big if), Republicans must play by the rules they helped create.

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SHORT CUTS

Insight

“All that we call human history … [is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.” —C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

Upright

“Let’s not forget, we’re all winners when D.C. is mired in gridlock; not only is it the most accurate representation of the national electorate’s mood but it means the system is working. … People who confuse and conflate the word ‘democracy’ with getting their way all the time are either frauds or fools.” —David Harsanyi

For the Record

“In 2018, 38 percent of voters said that they cast ballots to oppose Donald Trump. They broke 94 percent to 4 percent for the Democrats, helping the party gain 41 House seats. A third of the electorate said Trump didn’t figure into their votes. These voters went for Republicans, but only slightly — 52 percent to 44 percent. In 2022, by contrast, only 32 percent of voters in the national exit poll said that they cast ballots to oppose Biden. This group broke for Republicans 95 percent to 4 percent. But an even greater number of voters — almost half of the electorate — said that Biden was not a factor in their votes. They went for Democrats 60 percent to 37 percent.” —Matthew Continetti

“Donald Trump was an unpopular president who polarized the national electorate. Joe Biden is an unpopular president who makes the electorate yawn. Four years ago, the electorate was obsessed with Trump. In 2022 the electorate is thinking about other things. It is thinking of things like abortion. If you read the polls in the runup to Election Day, you would have thought that abortion rights were fading from voters’ minds. That was not the case. True, 31 percent of voters named inflation the most important issue in the exit poll. But abortion was close behind at 27 percent. And these voters went for Democrats by a greater margin, 76 percent to 23 percent, than inflation hawks went for Republicans, 71 percent to 28 percent.” —Matthew Continetti

“If Republicans haven’t noticed it already, their underperformance in the midterms offers yet another opportunity to realize what matters most to Donald Trump. What goal of the GOP was advanced by having candidates devoted to Trump’s ‘Stop the Steal’ gospel? How did it contribute to the party to have Trump attacking one of its candidates, Colorado Republican Joe O’Dea, who was trying to make a blue state competitive? Or insulting the Senate minority leader and his wife? Who did it help to have Trump teasing his potential presidential bid in the days before the election? In what world was it helpful or appropriate for Trump to come up with a derisive nickname for a rising star in the party, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, immediately before the election and then threaten him with damaging revelations? In all these instances, of course, Trump was thinking only of himself.” —Rich Lowry

“Of the $100 million Trump had, he only spent $15 million and saddled the GOP with a lot of clunker candidates. Part of the base, however, would rather blame conspiracies than ever cast doubt on Trump.” —Erick Erickson

“Republicans have followed Donald Trump off the side of a cliff.” —longtime Trump advisor David Urban

Political Futures

“In retrospect, the 2016 election should be viewed less as a victory for Donald Trump than a loss for Hillary Clinton. Years spent overinterpreting the strength of both Trump and the ‘America First’ agenda is one reason so many people, including me, are so surprised at this year’s outcome. Since Donald Trump became president, Republicans have lost the House, the White House, and the Senate. If they win these institutions back in 2022 and 2024, it will not be thanks to his influence but despite it. The national GOP needs to recognize Biden’s irrelevance, settle on an economic message and agenda that wins public support, take lessons in how to talk about the right to life, and reconnect with independents, suburban voters, and moderates. Maybe the governor of Florida, who just won reelection by 20 points without Trump’s ‘help,’ can teach them how to do it.” —Matthew Continetti

“It’s passing strange to become … devoted to a political figure who barely won a fluky presidential election, then lost a winnable reelection bid, before dragging the country through a bonkers attempt to overturn the result, with the episode ending in futility and bloodshed. … The choice has come into clearer focus, though. There is the kind of Republicanism that [Brian] Kemp and [Ron] DeSantis represent, which has a demonstrated record of success, and then there’s Trump’s, which fell short again. Nominating Trump in 2024 when only 35% of people have a favorable view of him would be a risk comparable to nominating Mehmet Oz or Don Bolduc for the Senate. And how has that turned out?” —Rich Lowry

“The positive and negative results of the midterms prove that Republicans can — and should — move forward without Trump. Trump’s great work for the party is done. … Trump is a liability for the GOP and it should now look to its younger generation of all-star governors for leadership. … The blindly loyal Democrat voters of Pennsylvania proved they don’t care how unqualified or unhealthy or leftwing their candidates are by electing poor John Fetterman to the U.S. Senate. But smarter, less tribal voters in Georgia, New York, Texas and elsewhere showed us on Tuesday they are tired of both political extremes. That’s why the Senate is 50-50. Normal Americans just want the economy fixed, the border fixed and the crime wave fixed so they can live in peace and prosperity. [Ron] DeSantis, [Brian] Kemp, [Greg] Abbot and other governors like them make the best presidential candidates for Republicans.” —Michael Reagan

“Trump is making a big mistake going after DeSantis, and he’s making a big mistake by running. He will lose.” —Marc Thiessen

From the Emotional Incontinence Files

“To the other side, reality doesn’t mean anything. They are only interested in power … and they’ll do anything to get the power. They’re willing to kill, literally kill, to get the power.” —actor Rob Reiner

Dumb & Dumber

“Please tell me what I’m missing here. What are we doing next? Putting patients in charge of their own surgeries? Clients in charge of their own trials? When did we stop trusting experts. This is so stupid.” —Congressman Eric Swalwell regarding Senator Tim Scott’s proclamation, “We are putting parents back in charge of their kids’ education.”

“On the one hand you have a party that tries … to save healthcare, that tries to save your right to vote, that tries to preserve a woman’s right, that tries to save the planet, and we still don’t have a supermajority? There is still half of this country [that] is not paying attention to their own needs.” —”The View” co-host Joy Behar

“Yes I do [think Joe should run again]. President Biden has been a great president for our country. … He has just done so many things that are so great.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

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People Immediately Noticed Something Mysteriously Absent from the White House’s Biden-XI Meeting Summary | The Western Journal

Over the weekend, in a historic first for his term in the White House, President Joe Biden flew to Bali, Indonesia, to meet face-to-face with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

According to a White House readout of the meeting, the two world superpower leaders broached a wide range of topics, including white-hot geopolitical issues like Taiwan, Russia’s nuclear threats and competitive trade.

But social media users quickly noted that there was a glaring omission of what’s easily the most important topic of all — the COVID-19 pandemic. You know, the thing that wiped out millions of people worldwide. That seems important, no?

It seems like the pandemic would be at or near the top of the priority list for such a meeting, at least worthy of a mention. Social media users tore into Biden’s White House for not bringing up the pandemic once, which is especially angering given that it changed our way of life on a global scale in the course of two years.

“Remarkable. Not one mention of coronavirus in Xi and Biden’s opening remarks at their first in-person meeting in five years,” Breitbart White House correspondent Charlie Spiering tweeted.

Another Twitter user echoed a sentiment that was widely repeated on Monday morning.

“Incredible. Biden’s just sweeping the Covid pandemic under the rug when it comes to holding China accountable. Unbelievably weak and pathetic,” the Twitter user wrote.

Many, including members of Congress, believe China — specifically a Wuhan laboratory — is the origin of COVID-19, known as the “lab leak theory.” A Republican Senate report on the pandemic earlier this year concluded that the lab leak theory is most likely the origin of the pandemic, The Washington Post recently reported.

While the Chinese lab leak theory is still being debated and investigated, and probably will be for years to come, it would have been nice for the U.S. president to mention something about COVID-19, given its impact on the United States and especially China, where conditions were so harsh in some of its cities those living there faced a total nightmare.

Some pundits on Twitter went down the conspiracy route, suggesting that the reason Biden failed to mention the pandemic was that it “helped to get him elected,” which was presumably a reference to the rise of mail-in ballot voting procedures in several U.S. states during an election year that was heavily favored toward Democrats.

“Biden doesn’t give a s*** where COVID came from. Because it helped to get him elected. If anything, he’s grateful for its existence and probably thanking Xi behind closed doors,” the pundit tweeted.

Instead of the pandemic or a range of other important topics, the two discussed climate change, according to the readout. It was probably an awkward topic for Xi since we know that China isn’t exactly known for its clean air initiatives and contributions to warding off what Democrats believe to be an existential threat to mankind.

“President Biden underscored that the United States and China must work together to address transnational challenges — such as climate change, global macroeconomic stability including debt relief, health security, and global food security — because that is what the international community expects,” the meeting summary noted.

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There was also no mention of the controversy surrounding the Uyghurs in the north-western region of Xinjiang. As the BBC reported, China has been accused of genocide against the Turkish ethnic group.

It seems crystal clear at this point that the Biden administration is absolutely terrified of bringing up the COVID-19 pandemic or any other sensitive subject with the Chinese. That will probably not change anytime soon.

Americans will have to wait until a Republican president with a backbone — hopefully in 2024 — is elected before we have someone in charge who isn’t afraid of asking the tough questions and who doesn’t have questionable family ties to the communist nation.

Source: People Immediately Noticed Something Mysteriously Absent from the White House’s Biden-XI Meeting Summary

This series of articles could help save your loved ones from transgender ideology

This is a resource for confronting LGBT activists and helping gender-confused individuals realize the harms of chemical and surgical mutilations. This article is a summary of the findings, but LifeSiteNews will continue to expose the harms of transgenderism.

Source: This series of articles could help save your loved ones from transgender ideology

Monday Briefing, November 14, 2022 | AlbertMohler.com

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This is The Briefing, a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview.

PART I (2:1 – 2:1) Barely a Red Ripple? Democrats Claim Thin Majority in the Senate. We Await Further Word on House Races

PART II (16:8 – 16:8) Go Figure: New Research Shows Married Couples Have Greater Financial Wealth Than Cohabiting Couples — And Sociologists are Scratching Their Heads as to Why

PART III (22:10 – 22:10) ‘Republicans Traded the Election of 2022 for a Generational Goal’: The Reversal of Roe. Was It Worth It?

PART IV (26:6 – 26:6) A News Story with a (Very) Weird Twist: Norwegian Princess Relinquishes Royal Duties to Marry American Celebrity Shaman

Source: Monday, November 14, 2022

As ‘Election Day’ Becomes ‘Election Week,’ Something Has Broken In ‘Our Democracy’ | Peace and Prosperity

It has been nearly a week since 2022 election day in the US. Despite the endless propaganda that “vote counting takes time,” the fact is there is no reason why hundreds of thousands of votes still have not been counted. Anomalies abound. What’s broken and how can it be fixed? Watch today’s Liberty Report:

Source: As ‘Election Day’ Becomes ‘Election Week,’ Something Has Broken In ‘Our Democracy’

America’s Electoral System Is Suffering From a Credibility Crisis | The Daily Signal

Defying all predictions of a photo finish Senate race, Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman won 50.3% of the vote to Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz’s 47.3%. The unexpectedly large margin helped avoid a midterm meltdown. But don’t be deceived; that margin masks major electoral system dysfunction that remains unaddressed.

If the margins had been narrower, things might have looked very different. Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, last year vetoed a commonsense measure that would have modernized Pennsylvania’s Depression-era voting laws. As a result, the Commonwealth is saddled with a ponderous mail voting system bolted onto a rickety election code that forbids routine practices like voter ID and pre-processing mail ballots. Those policies secure elections and speed tabulations, but were vetoed by Wolf last year.

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Worse still is the prospect for litigation. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently ruled that Commonwealth election officials must respect the letter of the law and not count mail-in ballots with missing or incorrect dates on their protective envelopes. And yet on election eve, the Fetterman campaign filed suit to count mail-in ballots even if they were not marked with a valid date. In a tighter race, that suit would have snarled vote-counting and thrown the election to the courts.

Other states may not be so lucky. Arizona’s high-profile race for governor remains on a knife’s edge. Maricopa County tabulators failed at 1 in 5 polling sites on Election Day due to a printer error. County officials now estimate they won’t be done counting until nearly a week after Election Day, due in part to a deluge of last-minute mail ballots. Nevada, too, is struggling to count votes. Voters deserve election results that are timely and accurate. Clearly, there is still too much slack in America’s voting laws.

Effective reform has a few key elements. First, every state should adopt a photo ID law for every in-person or mail-in ballot. Vulnerable mail ballots should be protected with bans on organized vote trafficking by political operatives, and drop boxes—if they are used at all—should be secured, evenly distributed statewide, and available only during regular business hours.

We should have prompt and accurate election results. Ballots should be received by Election Day and states should take advantage of pre-processing to speed counting. Post-election audits and process reviews should be used to ensure that vote totals are accurate and that election officials followed the law. The private funding of election administration, with its corrupting influence, should be discontinued. And under no circumstances should noncitizen voting be permitted in American elections.

Even more fundamentally, election laws must be written by lawmakers, not courts or partisan lawyers like Marc Elias.

Across the country, the Left has used rogue courts to change voting laws for partisan gain. Nowhere is that more evident than North Carolina’s Supreme Court, where Democratic justices expedited a lawsuit so they could strike down North Carolina’s popular voter ID law before voters could elect a Republican majority to the court.

In another case, the court seized the power to redraw the state’s congressional maps to Democrats’ advantage. Their overreach has teed up a U.S. Supreme Court case, Moore v. Harper, that could bring an end to the anti-democracy antics of left-wing election lawyers.

When states reform election laws, the results speak for themselves. Georgia was the midterm election’s shining example of how to do it right. When Georgia lawmakers passed a popular election integrity law last year, liberals immediately smeared it as “Jim Crow 2.0.” Left-wing politicians like President Joe Biden claimed it would suppress the vote and spell the end for democracy itself.

As it turned out, early voting shattered election records while Election Day was drama-free with the longest lines reporting wait times of only 10 minutes. Even the result of the tight Senate race between Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker—resulting in a runoff—was known by the next day. In short, it was an election in which it was easy to vote and hard to cheat.

Like Pennsylvania, some states—including Wisconsin, Michigan, and North Carolina—have failed to adopt commonsense election reforms due to intransigent governors, while other states like Arizona clearly have more work to do. And with a presidential election just two years away, now is the time to do it.

If our American democracy is at risk, it is because our elections have also been marred by confusion, dysfunction, and mismanagement.

Our electoral process suffers from a credibility crisis with many citizens harboring grave doubts about the legitimacy of future elections. States can ignore that, or they can follow Georgia’s lead and make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.

The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not reflect the official position of the Daily Caller News Foundation or The Heritage Foundation, the parent organization of The Daily Signal.

Source: America’s Electoral System Is Suffering From a Credibility Crisis

The Reconfiguration of America Minus Trump | Lionel Nation

#LionelNation #Subscribe #Midterms2022 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.

Source: The Reconfiguration of America Minus Trump

CBN NewsWatch AM: November 14, 2022

Benjamin Netanyahu begins forming a new government in Israel; CBN Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell talks about what Netanyahu faces in choosing a new Cabinet, potential divisions with the Biden administration, and the expected differences between his government and the previous coalition on key issues, like a Palestinian state; Republicans asking what went wrong in last week’s midterms as Democrats keep control of Senate; President Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping meet in Indonesia…

Source: CBN NewsWatch AM: November 14, 2022

Warren Buffett dismissed bitcoin as a worthless delusion and ‘rat poison squared.’ Here are his 16 best quotes about crypto. | Business Insider

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  • Warren Buffett has repeatedly criticized bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as risky and worthless.
  • “I can say almost with certainty that they will come to a bad ending,” the legendary investor said.
  • Bitcoin skyrocketed between the start of 2020 and November 2021, but it has plunged 65% in 2022.

Warren Buffett has been a vocal critic of bitcoin in recent years, repeatedly dismissing the cryptocurrency as worthless and a risky, speculative asset.

Crypto fans brushed off the billionaire investor and Berkshire Hathaway CEO’s warnings, driving bitcoin’s price up from around $7,000 at the start of 2020 to over $64,000 in November 2021. However, the currency has plunged 65% to below $17,000 since the beginning of 2022.

Here are Buffett’s 16 best quotes about Bitcoin and crypto, edited and condensed for clarity:

1. “Cryptocurrencies basically have no value and they don’t produce anything. They don’t reproduce, they can’t mail you a check, they can’t do anything, and what you hope is that somebody else comes along and pays you more money for them later on, but then that person’s got the problem. In terms of value: zero.” — CNBC, February 2020

2. “It’s ingenious and blockchain is important but bitcoin has no unique value at all, it doesn’t produce anything. You can stare at it all day and no little bitcoins come our or anything like that. It’s a delusion basically.” — CNBC, February 2019

3. “If you and I buy various cryptocurrencies, they’re not going to multiply. There are not going to be a bunch of rabbits sitting there in front of us. They’re just gonna sit there. And I gotta hope next time you get more excited after I’ve bought if from you and then I’ll get more excited and buy it from you. We could sit in the house by ourselves and we could keep running up the price between us. But at the end of the time there’s one bitcoin sitting there and now we’ve gotta find somebody else. They come to an end.” — CNBC, May 2018

4. “In terms of cryptocurrencies generally, I can say almost with certainty that they will come to a bad ending. If I could buy a five-year put on every one of the cryptocurrencies, I’d be glad to do it, but I would never short a dime’s worth.” — CNBC, January 2018

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5. “Probably rat poison squared.” — Fox Business interview at 2018 meeting

6. “It’s a mirage basically. It’s a very effective way of transmitting money and you can do it anonymously and all that. A check is a way of transmitting money too. Are checks worth a whole lot of money just because they can transmit money? I hope bitcoin becomes a better way of doing it but you can replicate it a bunch of different ways. The idea that it has some huge intrinsic value is just a joke in my view.” — CNBC, March 2014.

7. “It’s not a currency. It does not meet the test of a currency. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s not around in 10 or 20 years. It is not a durable means of exchange, it’s not a store of value. It’s been a very speculative kind of Buck Rogers-type thing and people buy and sell them because they hope they go up or down just like they did with tulip bulbs a long time ago.” — CNBC, March 2014

8. “A rising price does create more buyers and people think ‘I’ve gotta get in on this’ and it’s better if they don’t understand it. If you don’t understand it you get much more excited than if you understand it.” — CNBC, May 2018

Read more: ‘Extremes are becoming ever more extreme’: A Wall Street strategist who sounded the alarm before last year’s 35% crash showcases the evidence that a similar meltdown is looming

9. “It will feed on itself for a while and sometimes for a long while and sometimes to extraordinary numbers. But they come to bad endings and cryptocurrencies will come to bad endings.” — discussing speculative bubbles at Berkshire’s shareholder meeting in 2018.

10. “You’re going to be a lot better off owning productive assets over the next 50 years than you will be owning pieces of paper or bitcoin.” — CNBC, March 2014

11. “I get in enough trouble with things I think I know something about. Why in the world should I take a long or short position in something I don’t know anything about? We don’t have to know what cocoa beans are gonna do, or cryptocurrencies, we just have to focus on eight or 10 stocks.”— CNBC, January 2018

12. “It draws in a lot of charlatans who are trying to create various sorts of exchanges or whatever it may be. It’s something where people who are of less than stellar character see an opportunity to clip people who are trying to get rich because their neighbor’s getting rich buying this stuff that neither one of them understands. It will come to a bad ending.” — 2018 shareholder meeting

Read more: Michael Saylor has invested over $1 billion of MicroStrategy’s funds in Bitcoin. The software CEO-turned Bitcoin whale explains why he is making such a massive bet on the digital asset.

13. “Bitcoin has been used to move around a fair amount of money illegally. The logical move from the introduction of bitcoin is to go short suitcases because the money that was taken in suitcases from one country to another — suitcases will probably fall off in demand. You can look at that as the economic contribution of bitcoin to the society.” — CNBC, February 2020

14. “We don’t own any, we’re not short any. We’ll never have a position in them.” — CNBC, January 2018

15. “I don’t have any bitcoin. I don’t own any cryptocurrency, I never will. I may start a Warren currency, maybe I can create one and say there’s only going to be 21 million of them. You can have it after I die but you can’t do anything with it except sell it to somebody else.” — CNBC, February 2020

16. “I’m really sorry it happens because people get their hopes up that something like that is gonna change their lives.” — CNBC, February 2019

Read more: Cathie Wood’s ARK Invest runs 5 active ETFs that more than doubled in 2020. She and her analysts share their 2021 outlooks on the economy, bitcoin, and Tesla.

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Source: Warren Buffett dismissed bitcoin as a worthless delusion and ‘rat poison squared.’ Here are his 16 best quotes about crypto.

Steve Hilton: It’s time to hold Biden and his administration accountable

Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., says Democrats will need to brace for possible GOP investigations into the origin of COVID-19 and President Biden’s son Hunter on ‘The Next Revolution.’ #foxnews #fox #thenextrevolution Subscribe to Fox News!

Source: Steve Hilton: It’s time to hold Biden and his administration accountable