And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.Isaiah 2:4
Oh, that these happy times were come! At present the nations are heavily armed and are inventing weapons more and more terrible, as if the chief end of man could only be answered by destroying myriads of his fellows. Yet peace will prevail one day; yes, and so prevail that the instruments of destruction shall be beaten into other shapes and used for better purposes.
How will this come about? By trade? By civilization? By arbitration? We do not believe it. Past experience forbids our trusting to means so feeble. Peace will be established only by the reign of the Prince of Peace. He must teach the people by His Spirit, renew their hearts by His grace, and reign over them by His supreme power, and then will they cease to wound and kill. Man is a monster when once his blood is up, and only the Lord Jesus can turn this lion into a lamb. By changing man’s heart, his bloodthirsty passions are removed. Let every reader of this book of promises offer special prayer today to the Lord and Giver of Peace that He would speedily put an end to war and establish concord over the whole world.World Concord — VCY America
Do you sometimes wonder why bad things happen to good people?
Are you confused by what’s happening in your life?
Do you wonder where is God in all this?
We have been conditioned to think of God as a doting parent whose function is to shield us from unpleasant circumstances. No wonder we are disappointed. The Bible clearly teaches that God sometimes acts in severity. C.S. Lewis describes these actions of God as His “severe mercy.”
Listen to these Bible verses: “
For they persecute those you wound and talk about the pain of those you hurt” (Psalm 69:26).
“Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction” (Isaiah 30:20).
Notice, it wasn’t insensitive people, nor my own shortsightedness, nor the devil who gives the afflictions, but the Lord. Because He chooses them, they are carefully and lovingly measured to suit my person. Furthermore, there is a design, a redemptive purpose to what He chooses to bring into our lives.
“The LORD binds up the bruises of his people and heals the wounds he inflicted” (Isaiah 30:26)
God is very much involved in everything that happens to us.
I find great comfort in a balanced view of God: a parent wiser than I am (Isaiah 55:8); a God who cannot be manipulated by me or anyone else. God loves me enough to bring trials into my life that will grow my character and give me a deeper understanding of Who He is.
True, some hardships do come my way because of my own failures, selfish persons, or Satan’s strategies, but no matter, God is involved and His loving plan will be carried out. Job came to this conclusion at the end of his long ordeal. “No plan of yours can be thwarted,” he said. (Job 42:2)
Father, thank you that You work all things together for good in my life. I want to trust you more.
by Helen Grace Lescheid
Used by Permission
- Hope for the Hopeless
- Good News for You
- The God of Justice by Skip Moen
You stand before the judge, ashamed and humiliated. Justice and Courtrooms and God
Learn more about knowing Jesus at: https://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/When Life is Hard to Understand — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God
The Biden Administration Weaponizes the FBI Against Israel
The Biden administration is feeding Israel to the wolves. That is the only reasonable way to understand Channel 14’s bombshell report on Sunday that the FBI has opened an investigation of IDF soldiers in relation to the death of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh.
An official US Army app had Russian code, could have harvested data for Russia says report
An app for a key U.S. Army base was developed by a company that’s registered for business in Russia. Reuters believes it could have been compelled to harvest data for the Russian government, potentially putting critical U.S. military data into the hands of one of its top geopolitical adversaries. The company has denied sharing data with the Russian government. The software firm also developed code used on the CDC’s main app, as well as other CDC apps meant to track a wide range of health information.
Planned ‘universal health code’ linked to health data platform sparks fears in China
China is planning to digitize the medical records of its 1.4 billion people, harnessing the power of big data to track the health status of everyone in the country and sparking fears that the planned “universal health code” will become yet another tool for controlling the country’s citizens.
Car mows down 22+ CA police recruits while running, 5 critical
Villanueva said some recruits reported hearing the suspect vehicle accelerating. He also said the suspect vehicle left no skid marks on the road.
Trump vows to re-enlist, backpay troops fired over COVID-19 vaccine
“We will abolish every Biden COVID mandate and rehire every patriot who was fired from our military with an apology and full back pay,” Trump said.
Sen. Smith writes report spreading misinformation about abortion bans
A recent report released by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Duckworth, Mazie Hirono and Tina Smith is misrepresenting laws banning abortion and parroting the claim that pro-life laws are preventing women who are suffering from miscarriages and ectopic pregnancy from accessing medical care.
FBI Director Refuses To Answer Whether Agency Had Sources ‘Dressed As Trump Supporters’ In J6 Riots
FBI Director Christopher Wray refused to answer multiple questions Tuesday from a Republican congressman concerning whether FBI sources were embedded among Jan. 6 protesters during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Worldwide Threats to the Homeland.
Israel deploys remote-controlled robotic guns in West Bank
In two volatile spots in the West Bank, Israel has installed robotic weapons that can fire tear gas, stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets at Palestinian protesters. The IDF says the system is being tested at this stage and fires only ‘non-lethal’ weapons …
Digital ID Will Merge Your Identity & Reputation Into Trust Scores
“Trust Scores” or reputational scores are aspects of having a digital identity that haven’t been discussed much. By default, everyone who accepts a digital identity, whether decentralised or not, will receive a Trust Score. With the introduction of trusted digital identities, social credit systems are reaching the West.The tagline of many digital identity advertisements is “At the heart of all digital identity is trust.” But what does that even mean? One current definition of trust is that it is “a confident relationship with the unknown.”
Media Tries To Equate Christian Watchman With Christian Nationalism
Christian leaders have long held that the Left coined the term “Christian nationalism” as a pejorative to stop believers from speaking about national issues. “They are stretching that term to suggest that anyone bringing faith into the public square is advocating for ‘Christian nationalism,’” said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins at a recent townhall on the topic.
Israel revokes over 500 work permits of Ariel terrorist’s relatives
The Israeli military’s liaison to the Palestinians announced on Wednesday the revocation of 500 work permits of family and relatives of the Palestinian terrorist who murdered three Israelis at a gas station near the West Bank settlement of Ariel the day before.
Unusually strong earthquake rattles Lone Star State
A magnitude-5.4 earthquake rattled much of Texas Wednesday afternoon, leaving seismologists wondering what triggered the event.
‘Paralyzing’ lake-effect snowstorm expected to bury Buffalo, New York, in up to 3 feet of snow
A long-duration lake-effect snowstorm is expected to bury parts of western and northern New York, including the cities of Buffalo and Watertown, under up to 3 feet of snow into this weekend.
Florida plans to relaunch manatee feeding program to fend off mortality event
Biologists will once again try a supplemental feeding program meant to stem the tide of manatee deaths in the warm waters of Central Florida after the disappearance of essential seagrass along the state’s east coast.
Scientists Studied 12 Masks — Every One Contained This Cancer-Causing Compound
In a study of 12 face masks, every mask contained titanium dioxide (TiO2) particles in at least one layer, at levels that “exceeded the acceptable exposure level.”
Dr. Sherri Tenpenny warns of DEATH TSUNAMI caused by COVID-19 vaccines
“Since March of 2020, every single thing I’ve said was going to happen has. This death tsunami that I’ve been talking about for the last two years — it’s arriving right now,” she said. “I don’t know if that was the Holy Spirit moving me – I think it was part Holy Spirit and part scientific knowledge, and what I was able to study and learn and see along the way.”
Oregon’s Controversial Anti-gun Measure Passes; Still Faces Hurdles
A constitutionally questionable anti-gun measure appears to have passed in Oregon with a narrow margin supplied primarily by the West Coast population centers in the state. Measure 114, which will, among other things, require state residents to obtain a permit prior to purchasing a firearm, passed by 74 percent in Multnomah County, where Portland is located. Eastern portions of the state voted overwhelmingly against the measure.
Illegals Camping Out in El Paso Airport after City Ends Busing Program
Illegal immigrants have been overwhelming the El Paso, Texas, airport ever since the city ended its charter bus program, which transferred thousands of migrants to big cities like New York City every month.
Reuters wants DEPOPULATION to achieve “climate justice” – says there are just too many people alive
The corporate-controlled media is reporting that the total world population has now surpassed eight billion people, which Reuters says is too many to maintain “climate justice.”
Mastercard, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and Others Launch 12-Week Digital Dollar Pilot Program with New York Fed
Mastercard, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and others launched a 12-week digital dollar pilot program with the New York Fed.
Unelected World Leader Klaus Schwab Shows Up To At G20 In Indonesia To Give The Orders For The ‘Deep Systemic Restructuring Of Our World’
Every year, the leaders of G20 members meet to discuss mainly economic and financial matters and coordinate policy on some other issues of mutual interest, or so says the Council on Foreign Relations web site. This is a gathering of the most-powerful nations with the most-influential economies. Pretty easy to understand, right? So can someone please tell me what the architect of the Great Reset and the Fourth Industrial Revolution Klaus Schwab was doing there?
Did Russia Just Strike Poland? No, Ukraine Did!
Today (Tuesday) marks the largest Russian bombardment of Ukraine with precision guided missiles and drones. The Ukrainian equivalent of the Pentagon reported was struck in Kiev. And Western media now is reporting frantically that Russia fired a missile at a target in Poland. Russia denies it vehemently and initial pictures of the “device” that landed in Poland appear to show a S-300 anti-air defense missile.
EXCESS MORTALITY: Over 2400 Americans are DYING each day following vaccine mandates… Ed Dowd unveils alarming, evidence-based data
…sooner or later, the medical and scientific community will be unable to ignore the fact that over 2,400 Americans are dying each day — almost certainly from vaccines — which comes to about 900,000 Americans killed in a year.
Ticking Time Bomb: 500,000 Armed Foreign ‘Soldiers’ Are Hiding Inside Germany Awaiting Their Attack Orders
Hundred of thousands of foreign fighters, many of who are armed, have invaded Germany and are waiting for the signal to attack. The German government can no longer protect its citizens, that have been left armed and helpless by their policies.
CDC Study confirms COVID Vaccination increases risk of suffering Autoimmune Disease affecting Heart by 13,200%
A study conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration has shown that the risk of myocarditis following mRNA COVID vaccination is around 133x greater than the background risk in the population. This means Covid vaccination increases the risk of suffering myocarditis, an autoimmune disease causing inflammation of the heart, by 13,200%.
Polish Government Notified of Their Crime of Attempting to Legalise Genocide
On 1 October 2022, Dr. Diana Wojtkowiak served notice on ten Polish government officials including the Prosecutor General, Poland’s President and the President of the Council of Ministers. She has also published it as an open letter to all Polish citizens. By doing so, she has notified government officials of an attempted crime to legalise crimes of genocide against Polish citizens. The attempt is being made through a draft law should it be passed by parliament.
Judicial Watch: Defense Department Records Reveal U.S. Funding of Anthrax Laboratory Activities in Ukraine
Judicial Watch announced today it received 345 pages of records from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), a component of the U.S. Department of Defense, revealing that the United States funded anthrax laboratory activities in a Ukrainian biolab in 2018. Dozens of pages are completely redacted, and many others are heavily redacted. The records show over $11 million in funding for the Ukraine biolabs program in 2019.
Headlines – 11/17/2022
NBC Bay Area affiliate’s report on Paul Pelosi attack shares key details with retracted ‘Today’ report – NBC Bay Area’s report includes details that Pelosi opened door for police, didn’t try to leave house
“From The Patriot Post (patriotpost.us)”.
“The policy or advantage of [immigration] taking place in a body (I mean the settling of them in a body) may be much questioned; for, by so doing, they retain the Language, habits and principles (good or bad) which they bring with them. Whereas by an intermixture with our people, they, or their descendants, get assimilated to our customs, measures and laws: in a word, soon become one people.” —George Washington (1794)
IN TODAY’S DIGEST
- Schumer Sells Amnesty and Abortion to Fix Low Birth Rate
- Conservatives Should Conserve Marriage
- Executive News Summary
- The Battle for the School Boards
- January 6: Why Didn’t the FBI Stop It?
- Digging Out
- DAILY FEATURES: Reader Comments, Videos, Best of Right Opinion, Short Cuts, Memes, and Cartoons.
The awful irony of his sales pitch was apparently lost on the Senate minority leader.
“Illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple,” said the fiery senator at Georgetown University’s Immigration Law and Policy Conference. “When we use phrases like ‘undocumented workers,’ we convey a message to the American people that their government is not serious about combating illegal immigration, which the American people overwhelmingly oppose.”
Frankly, it’s hard to believe the lefties at Georgetown Law let this truth-telling border hawk in the door, much less invited him to speak. And he wasn’t done:
Above all else, the American people want their government to be serious about protecting the public, enforcing the rule of law, and creating a rational system of legal immigration that will proactively fit our needs rather than reactively responding to future waves of illegal immigration. People who enter the United States without our permission are illegal aliens, and illegal aliens should not be treated the same as people who entered the United States legally. The American people will never accept immigration reform unless they truly believe that their government is committed to ending future illegal immigration, and any successful comprehensive immigration reform bill must recognize this fact. Any immigration solution must recognize that we must do as much as we can to gain operational control of our borders as soon as possible.
Ted Cruz? Marco Rubio? Nope. That was Chuck Schumer back in 2009. See for yourself.
How times have changed. Or, rather, how Chuck Schumer has changed. Yesterday, the shape-shifting Senate majority leader found his way to a microphone outside the U.S. Capitol and, against a shamelessly assembled backdrop of brown-skinned props, began to lament our nation’s low birth rate and thus the need for amnesty for the many millions of illegals already here.
“Now more than ever,” he explained, “we’re short of workers. We have a population that is not reproducing on its own with the same level that it used to. The only way we’re going to have a great future in America is if we welcome and embrace immigrants — the Dreamers and all of them — because our ultimate goal is to help the Dreamers but get a path to citizenship for all 11 million or however many undocumented there are here.”
Remember how the Left went ballistic about “Replacement Theory” a few months back in the wake of the racially motivated Buffalo supermarket massacre? Well, Chuck Schumer just validated that “white supremacist conspiracy theory.”
The sweet-sounding “Dreamers” Schumer is referring to are the illegals who entered the U.S. while under the age of 16 and who’ve lived here for at least five years. As you can imagine, that’s an ever-growing group.
But listen closely because Schumer isn’t just talking about this age-limited cohort, and he isn’t just talking about amnesty. He says, “a path to citizenship for all 11 million or however many undocumented there are here.”
Thus, he’s calling for citizenship for every last one of them.
But that “11 million” number isn’t even close. A 2018 Yale study put the number at 22 million, and that number has surged many millions more since Joe Biden took office and appointed Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to implement his “open borders” policy. According to a recent analysis by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, some 5.5 million more have illegally crossed the border on Joe Biden’s watch.
With all this focus on illegal immigrants, though, we’re missing the awful irony of Schumer’s feigned concern about our nation’s lower birth rate. It’s an irony borne out by a bloody half-century of unfettered abortion and some 63 million Americans who were never allowed to be born, never allowed to grow up and be a part of the American workforce that Senator Schumer claims to care so much about.
“You’re funding Planned Parenthood to keep the native-born population smaller,” noted NewsBusters executive editor Tim Graham.
Said Republican strategist Greg Price: “They say that it’s empowering to stay single forever and never start a family, claim having kids destroys the environment, promote abortion as a moral good, and their solution when they realize people aren’t having enough kids is to import the third world to replace them.”
That pretty much sums it up, except that they’re also using your taxpayer dollars to ensure that migrants obtain abortions. Progressives are never done, never finished, and they’ve strayed much further to the left on illegal immigration, on abortion, on marriage, and on just about every other issue out there.
And yet they call conservatives “extremists.”
Yet 12 Senate Republicans joined 47 House colleagues in undermining the age-old institution.
Marriage: noun, the legal union of a man and a woman. For all of human history — since God created male and female and established marriage in the Garden of Eden — this was the operating definition of marriage, even if the abuse of polygamy sometimes distorted it. Not anymore.
That’s how we began an article in July after 47 House Republicans joined every Democrat in voting for the laughably misnamed Respect for Marriage Act. That law shows it’s “respect” for an age-old, God-ordained institution by utterly redefining it.
Yesterday, 12 Republican senators likewise joined every Democrat in disrespecting the institution of marriage by moving forward on a full vote on the legislation. The act repeals the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, passed by bipartisan majorities and signed by Bill Clinton, though later struck down by the Supreme Court. The new bill further “provides statutory authority for same-sex and interracial marriages,” codifying the Court’s 2015 Obergefell decision discovering a constitutional “right” to same-sex marriage.
“Make no mistake,” Alliance Defending Freedom President Kristen Waggoner warned, “this bill will be used by officials and activists to punish and ruin those who do not share the government’s view on marriage.”
Senator Mike Lee agreed, calling the bill’s added provisions to protect religious liberty “woefully insufficient.” Now, says the Utah Republican, “Religious Americans will be subject to potentially ruinous litigation, while the tax-exempt status of certain charitable organizations, educational institutions, and non-profits will be threatened.” His amendment to fix those things was rejected.
Once the final version is passed by both chambers of Congress, Joe “Good Catholic” Biden will sign the bipartisan legislation. “Love is love,” he said in a statement, “and Americans should have the right to marry the person they love.”
As Mark Alexander put it: “Democrats are institutionalizing gender disorientation pathology, with the ultimate objective of undermining family and faith, the foundational pillars of Liberty. Liberty is the antithesis of the statist tyranny the Left relentlessly seeks.”
Obviously, public attitudes toward same-sex marriage have changed drastically since 1996. Back in those days, just 27% of Americans supported legalizing it. Now, that number is 71%, clearly including a lot of Christians who seem all too willing to reject the Scripture that defines their religion. Well, except for perhaps that repeated phrase in the book of Judges: “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”
Many conservatives simply believe the ship of marriage has sailed and we should move on to more pressing battles. But “abandoning the defense of natural marriage to resist the biological and sexual anarchy around us would be a mistake,” argues Joseph Rigney, president of Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis. “This is because natural marriage is the bulwark against biological and sexual anarchy. Our task is not to conserve the losses of the past, but to recover what we have lost.”
Opposing the redefinition of marriage is not borne of some sort of bigotry or hatred of homosexuals, as the Left has convinced most folks is the case. It comes from a desire to conserve an institution that has been deteriorating for decades. For many and often legitimate reasons, divorce has become far more prevalent. So has abandoning marriage entirely in favor of cohabitation. The resulting broken homes deeply hurt the men and women torn asunder and the children caught in the middle.
Marriage isn’t easy and can be downright hard. Joining two independent, imperfect people together in holy matrimony doesn’t always go well. It’s not a condemnation but rather a lament for the human condition to observe that the traditional, intact nuclear family no longer describes most American homes.
Look around at the culture and ask yourself if we’re better for it.
Conservatives and Christians have often failed at upholding family. That is, again, lamentable. But “progressives” have deliberately attacked the institution — at the expense of men, women, and children alike. So you’ll have to forgive us if we reject their formulation of “love” because the results of their “progressive” ways have manifestly resulted in a lot less love.
Republicans take the House, McConnell reelected, Senate declares the pandemic is over, and more.
Nate Jackson & Jordan Candler
- Republicans take the House, McConnell reelected: The GOP “officially” won control of the House yesterday when the Associated Press declared a 218th seat for Republicans. An outfit called the Decision Desk had called a different race as number 218 the day before. Seven races still have not been called, but Republicans currently lead 218-210. Speaker Nancy Pelosi will announce her plans today. Meanwhile in the Senate, Mitch McConnell weathered a leadership challenge from Florida Senator Rick Scott, winning the vote 37-10. “I’m not going anywhere,” McConnell said, even though we’ve argued he should. The trouble is that Scott was not an obvious replacement, and few others are.
- Senate: The pandemic is over: Joe Biden declared that “the pandemic is over” back in September. Now, even 12 Senate Democrats agree, joining all 50 Republicans in the upper chamber to vote Tuesday to end the COVID national emergency declaration. Even Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was among them. Given that Biden used the pandemic to justify his student loan giveaway, this presents a real problem for him in defending that unconstitutional action in court, where he’s already lost multiple times. Will another court reinstate his redistribution plan now that the Senate — including members of his own party — view his pandemic justification as no longer relevant?
- San Fran trans plan: Nancy Pelosi’s hometown has always been a bastion of leftist sexual deviancy, from the “free love” of the 1960s to the “transgender” movement of today. Continuing that, er, proud history, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a new program: the Guaranteed Income for Trans People (GIFT). According to The Daily Wire, “The program is exclusive to transgender residents of the city, and led by The Transgender District, a neighborhood of the city for transgender people; it will give 55 transgender residents $1,200 a month for up to 18 months.” Other taxpayers will be fleeced to provide “free” money to people who have segregated themselves according to their own gender dysphoria. How sad. By the way, average monthly rent on a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco is nearly $3,000.
- House Republicans launch Hunter Biden probe, allege president played active role in son’s business dealings (National Review)
- Judge blocks U.S. from using Title 42 to expel migrants (Fox News)
- NBC Bay Area affiliate’s report on Paul Pelosi attack shares key details with retracted “Today” report (Fox News)
- House committee to investigate FTX collapse (Just the News)
- Average Thanksgiving Dinner cost surged 20% since last year (National Review)
- Credit card debt jumps to two-decade high (Free Beacon)
- Twenty-five injured after vehicle plows into law enforcement recruits on morning run in California (CBS News)
- No suspect, no weapon in killing of four University of Idaho students (AP)
- High school girl found guilty of bullying a male in girl’s locker room (Fox News)
- Michigan parents sue school board for allowing pornographic books in schools (The Federalist)
- New vaccine targets fentanyl, may offer route back to sobriety (Daily Wire)
- World’s major greenhouse gas emitters falling short of climate goals (Daily Wire)
- YouTube flagged a real video of the official World Government Summit as a conspiracy theory (Not the Bee)
- Hot mic catches Xi Jinping berating Justin Trudeau over leaks at G20 (Daily Wire)
- Policy: How electric vehicles make America more dependent on China (Daily Signal)
- Humor: Wife gains control of house with 1-1 majority (Babylon Bee)
For more editors’ choice headlines, click here.
It comes down to fighting for an actual education or endorsing woke indoctrination.
The parental rebellion against woke ideology in schools has long been building. It started with the COVID-19 lockdowns that gave parents an eye-opening view of what exactly their children were being taught (and not taught) each day. This midterm, though, was a reckoning. State and local candidates who ran on common sense and parental rights found success at the ballot box. This was especially true for school board races in blue strongholds.
The education of our children should be unifying. It should be something that we all agree on. And for the most part, parents do agree on what they want for their children educationally. It is the teachers unions and the left-wing activists (but we repeat ourselves) that have turned this into a battleground.
Instead of debating whether students should read Romeo and Juliet or The Canterbury Tales, parents are having to fight for pornographic books to be kept out of their children’s hands. Instead of history that is honest and that paints America as an imperfect country worthy of loving and cherishing, parents are faced with having to address critical race theory and gender ideology that activists are using to justify total institutional destruction.
The second that parents began raising a ruckus — see Loudoun County, Virginia — the Democrats did what they always do: chastise them for noticing and interfering. Instead of calming fears, this fanned the flames of resentment amongst parents. The nail in Terry McAuliffe’s campaign coffin in his gubernatorial race against Glenn Youngkin was when he said, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” Youngkin read the tea leaves correctly and took the opposite approach, saying, “I believe parents should be in charge of their kids’ education.” The parental coalition was born, and the stance that Youngkin took carried him into the governor’s mansion.
McAuliffe’s remark is the position of the teachers unions and of many of the radicals in the Democrat Party. That sentiment was echoed again recently by the National Education Association (NEA), which said, “Educators love their students and know better than anyone what they need to learn and to thrive.”
The ticklish thing about this statement is that there is a kernel of truth to it. There are some parents who evidently couldn’t care less about what their children are learning or even if they’re learning. There are parents who are so disengaged and/or dysfunctional that school is the only place of stability for their child. There are also parents who are well meaning but who are completely wrong in their approach to helping their child. This is particularly challenging for teachers. This faction of parents is, thankfully, the minority, but the teachers unions are utilizing this small portion of the parental population to justify their takeover of educational responsibility.
What conservatives like Youngkin and some school board hopefuls are recognizing is the very flawed premise that teachers are the only source of knowing what is best for a child. As capable and as wonderful as a teacher may be, there are several impediments to this statement being a reality for most students. Here’s some inside baseball from this writer’s years of experience as a classroom teacher. Let’s start with class sizes. It is simply a fact that the larger the class, the less personal and invested in each student a teacher is able to be. Many children get lost in the shuffle. That’s one way children can go through years and years of school and not read competently, write well, or understand mathematic computation.
There is also the fact that an individual teacher is only part of a child’s educational life for a year or two at most. That child is then moved on to another teacher, where the experience may be profoundly different and completely discourage that child’s will to learn.
Then there is that niggling issue of activist teachers, school administrators, and teachers unions whose only goal is to train up the next generation of Democrat voters (it’s a bonus if they are mindlessly repeating left-wing slogans and are incapable of critical thinking). As political pundit Allie Beth Stuckey often remarks, children are the non-consenting victims of the Left’s social experiments. As a nation, we are seeing this play out in real time. One needn’t look any further than the devastating number of children who have been duped into the gender ideology cult.
These agendas are antithetical to a thriving America. Going back to the previous point about teachers only investing in a child’s life for a limited amount of time, when these activists put poisonous ideas in children’s heads, and that child’s life is torn to pieces as a result, it’s the parents who are left to pick up the pieces.
Parents who are invested and interested in their child’s learning will see what teachers miss. The parents’ biggest job is to advocate for their child. They are the constant, they are the consistent, and they are the first teacher a child ever has. That is why their rights are paramount and should be supported. It’s a good, commonsense notion that does work for the majority of families. It’s also a bipartisan position that found some success during the 2022 midterms. Higher-level Republicans should take note because this is a winnable issue.
The increasingly apparent answer is that the bureau wanted to help the Democrats weaponize the riot against Donald Trump and his supporters.
If the FBI knew weeks and months ahead of time about the planned violence that was to unfold at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, why didn’t the bureau do anything to stop it?
It’s a great question. And the increasingly unavoidable answer is that the bureau wanted to tattoo this awful episode to Donald Trump and those who supported him as president.
If anyone out there has another explanation for the FBI’s bizarre inaction, we’re all ears. But as for whether the bureau knew in advance, that matter is no longer open to dispute. As The New York Times — of all sources — finally reports:
An F.B.I. informant who was embedded for months in the inner circle of Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the Oath Keepers militia, is likely to testify as a defense witness at the seditious conspiracy trial of Mr. Rhodes in connection with the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
The informant, Greg McWhirter, served as the Oath Keepers’ vice president but was secretly reporting to the F.B.I. about the group’s activities in the weeks and months leading up to the Capitol attack, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Better last than never, we suppose. According to recent court filings, the FBI had up to eight informants embedded within the Proud Boys in the months leading up to the January 6 riot.
The Times also reports that during an impromptu hearing last Tuesday morning during the Oath Keepers’ trial, “Lawyers said that Mr. McWhirter had been taken off a plane while traveling to Washington to testify after suffering a heart attack.” That unfortunate event kept McWhirter from taking the stand as a defense witness, and it’s unclear when he might be able to do so. We suspect the defense wishes him a speedy recovery.
We smelled a January 6 rat more than a year ago. That was when we wrote about the mysterious Ray Epps, who kept telling crowds in advance of the riot, “We need to go in to the Capitol!” Since then, we’ve been following the dogged reporting of Julie Kelly, who literally wrote the book on how the Democrats weaponized the J6 riot against Donald Trump and his supporters. As we wrote back in February:
The Capitol violence, as Kelly notes, had already begun before Trump’s speech had ended. How could that be? Weren’t these Trump supporters, who followed the president’s call to march to the Capitol and “peacefully and patriotically” make their voices heard? By the time these people make the walk to the Capitol, “a lot of whoever the instigators were, the provocateurs, the undercover agents, the informants, the rabble-rousers, they had already started a lot of the chaos that we saw,” she said. “So people who were coming from Trump’s speech really didn’t know what was going on.”
The FBI has pretty much taken the Fifth ever since. As Kelly was prompted to ask, “If January 6 was so bad, why do they have to lie about it?”
Just how eager was the FBI to let the looming J6 riot play itself out? As Kelly reports, “Another Oath Keeper turned informant called the FBI tip line in November 2020 over fears the group planned to go ‘to war with the United States government,’ but investigators didn’t contact him until March 2021.”
This sounds like a serious threat, no? How odd, then, that at the same time the FBI was failing to act on credible information regarding plots of violence on January 6, that very same FBI was working with its informants and taking preemptive action to arrest the plotters in the “kidnapping” case against Michigan Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer — even though the plotters hadn’t yet sprung into action.
In one case, the FBI acts preemptively. In another case, it didn’t. Why?
Now that Republicans have officially won back the House of Representatives, the FBI might soon undergo some much-needed congressional oversight. And we might soon begin to get some long-overdue answers about the FBI’s rank politicization.
Failure can be instructive if we allow it to be. That’s true even of national elections.
Republicans, reckoning with the wreckage from last week’s midterm elections, probably feel like South Floridians walking around the morning after Hurricane Ian, eyes like saucers. Did that really happen?
It did happen: Election 2022 was a catastrophe for Republicans, a gut-wrenching loss, a horribly squandered opportunity. And it was bad for the nation as well, a missed chance to provide some balance to the Biden administration’s unilateral leadership. Sure, there were some bright spots, but in the main, Republicans blew it. Epic failure.
Of course, failure can be instructive if we allow it to be. As any good football coach will tell you, how a team reacts to a shocking loss — or to a serendipitous win, for that matter — is likely to dictate its success for the balance of the season. So, let’s take a step back and consider takeaways from Election 2022.
Republicans first. There are plenty of reasons why the GOP underperformed, but front and center is its Trump problem. It’s time — way past time, actually — for Mr. Trump to step aside, voluntarily or not.
It is once again crystal clear that Trump’s outsized involvement and wrecking ball temperament are major impediments to GOP electoral success. They project an ugly — but accurate — picture of a party in disarray, a picture that evidently does not inspire voter confidence.
The Trump enigma has been looming too large over the GOP’s (and the nation’s) future for too long. Many Republicans agree with Trump’s policy instincts, and they admire his resilience and tenacity, but they know too that his reckless post-2020 election behavior cost the GOP the U.S. Senate majority two years ago and had the same effect last week.
Republicans, whether they like Trump or not, must recognize that another Trump run for president is doomed to failure. He is politically toxic.
The reality check on Trump’s vanishing prospects in 2024 may prove to be the silver lining on the otherwise gloomy cloud of the 2022 midterms. Prior to last week’s collapse, the party was girding for a long, nasty intra-GOP war to determine who will be its standard-bearer. There may still be a war, but I believe it will be soon and short.
Aside from its Trump dilemma, the 2022 lessons for the GOP are straightforward. Policy-wise, they’re on solid ground. Clearly, however, it’s not enough to be the Party of Not Biden — instead, GOP strategy must get back to basics: a clear agenda, better candidates, work harder, and play better.
On the other side, Democrats better not get too comfortable. No, President Joe Biden and Senator Chuck Schumer, the election results are not a validation of your hard-left agenda. A validation of your election tactics, perhaps, but not your agenda.
Tactically, Democrats win, hands down. Biden’s timing on his patently unconstitutional student debt forgiveness was perfect — just in time to win support from tens of thousands of young voters, and late enough to survive until Election Day. A federal judge suspended it three days after the election.
And having treated America to a four-year clinic on 2016 election denial (a reprise of their 2000 election denial), Democrat leaders top to bottom now adamantly insist — without a trace of embarrassment — that anyone who questions an election result (i.e., a denier) poses a threat to American democracy and is therefore unsuitable for public office. The smear worked beautifully.
While not exactly admirable, Democrat election tactics are effective. They play hardball. Republicans must learn to deal with it.
But Democrats, don’t delude yourselves into thinking that mainstream Americans view crushing inflation as a temporary inconvenience; that they’re so worried about climate change that they’re willing to accept sky-high energy costs and diminished reliability; that they think crime is just a Republican talking point; or that they’re OK with “gender affirming” mutilation of children.
The abortion issue will soon end up where it should have been all along — in the hands of voters, who will surely settle on legality with reasonable restrictions. Similarly, with Trump out of the picture, Americans’ interest in January 6 will wane, along with the democracy-in-peril narrative.
And so, in due time, Democrats will also have to start addressing those mundane kitchen-table issues that concern most Americans.
And, finally, a point for both sides: For more than a week after Election Day, we didn’t know for sure which party would control the House of Representatives. That’s the new normal, and it’s supposed to be OK. It’s not. Surely we can find a way to run elections more efficiently, securely, and consistently.
As unpleasant as it was, 2022 is not an election to be forgotten. It is to be understood and taken to heart. We can do better.
On the Web
- Scarlen Valderaz: Kamala Harris Thinks Young People Are ‘Stupid’ — They did vote for Democrats in droves, and Republicans are going to have to reckon with and change that.
- In Brief: Will Gen Z Know ‘Election Day’ at All? — Gen Z can do everything from home. If that becomes the voting norm, there’s no going back.
Don’t Miss Alexander’s Column
If you’d like to receive Alexander’s Column by email every Wednesday, update your subscription here.
Editor’s Note: Each week we receive hundreds of comments and correspondences — and we read every one of them. Click here for a few thought-provoking comments about specific articles. The views expressed therein don’t necessarily reflect those of The Patriot Post.
- Proud Boys Were Crawling With Feds Months Before J6 — Court records show that the “tinfoil-hat conspiracy” has turned into the truth.
- 57% Don’t Trust the Ballot System — Are we all “election deniers” now? How can we fix it?
- Electric Cars: Inconvenient Facts, Part 2 — Activists and politicians love electric cars so much so that they want to take away your other choices. But their green dream is just a fantasy.
- Humor: If Women Had the Same Rights as Guns — Feminists say they want their uteruses to have the same rights as guns. Now, it’s become a reality: Women have all the same rights as your AR-15!
- VICTOR DAVIS HANSONLet the Blame Games Begin?
- ADRIANA COHENFive Things Trump Must Do to Win in 2024
- CAL THOMASMike Pence: A Man of Integrity
- LAURA HOLLISTime to Reject the ‘Savior’ Class
- GUEST COMMENTARYAre We Really Helping the Poor?
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.
“And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works.” —Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)
Re: The Left
“In the coverage of FTX’s meltdown, many in the media have been rather slow to ask a simple question: why didn’t anybody notice that [Sam Bankman-Fried] was one of the most obvious scam artists of all time? Perhaps it’s the insanity of the digital age, in which those fresh out of college can be assessed as billionaires without actually showing a balance sheet. But there’s something else going on here: SBF was a key cog in a political machine dedicated to the proposition that a coalition of like-minded Left-wingers can seize the reins of capitalist enterprise and then work with friends in government to reconstruct the world. That, after all, was what SBF was publicly attempting to do. He dumped $40 million into the midterm elections in support of Democrats; he donated $5.2 million to then-candidate Joe Biden during the 2020 election cycle. He had pledged the FTX foundation to hand out $1 billion in 2022. He did all of this in the name of supposed ‘effective altruism,’ a philosophy in which Left-wingers seek to use capitalism in order to enrich themselves, then dump the money into favored causes. … ‘Effective altruism’ is just another iteration of the World Economic Forum-approved ‘stakeholder capitalism’ idea — the idea that CEOs owe their shareholders nothing, but the world at large their time, money and resources. There is a reason that FTX had partnered with WEF — a fact that WEF has now obscured by cleaning its website.” —Ben Shapiro
For the Record
“The Monday before the election we could declare a state of emergency for [Hurricane] Nicole, conduct an election, count like 7.7 million votes by midnight … And these other states are still counting their votes from the election! How pathetic is that?” —Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
“To his credit, Trump killed off the Clinton dynasty in 2016, nominated and got confirmed three constitutionalist justices, reformed taxes, pushed deregulation, got control of the border, significantly degraded ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and cinched normalization deals between Israel and the Gulf states, among other things. These are achievements that even his conservative doubters and critics — including NR — can acknowledge and applaud. That said, the Trump administration was chaotic even on its best days because of his erratic nature and lack of seriousness.” —National Review
“Certainly, GOP voters should give up on the idea that Trump is a winner. After securing the GOP nomination with plurality support in 2016, Trump didn’t exceed 47 percent in either of his campaigns, winning in 2016 with 46.1 percent and losing in 2020 with 46.8. This is, to say the least, a very narrow electoral path, and one must assume that with all that’s transpired since 2020, Trump is weaker than in his first two races.” —National Review
“Needless to say, Trump is a magnetic political figure who has managed to bond countless millions of Republicans to him. Many GOP voters appreciate his combativeness and hate his enemies, who so often engaged in excesses in pursuit of him. Once he won the nomination in 2016, they understandably voted for him in 2016 and 2020, given the alternatives. But the primaries won’t present a choice between Trump and progressives with calamitous priorities for the nation, but other Republicans who aren’t, in contrast to him, monumentally selfish or morally and electorally compromised. (And it should be added, won’t be 78 years old if elected and ineligible to serve two terms.)” —National Review
“Trump’s argument is simple: Things were good when I was in charge, and now everything sucks.” —Ben Domenech
“I honestly believe that we’re going to have better choices. I hear people saying that they would like us to move forward with leadership that will unite our country around our highest ideals and reflect the kind of respect and civility that the American people demonstrate to each other every day.” —former Vice President Mike Pence
“We need more seriousness, less noise, and leaders who are looking forward, not staring in the rearview mirror claiming victimhood.” —former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
The BIG Lie
“Yes. And we are working day in and day out to enhance its security.” —DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas when asked, “Do you continue to maintain that the border is secure?”
The Great Replacement
“Now more than ever we’re short of workers. We have a population that is not reproducing on its own with the same level that it used to. The only way we’re going to have a great future in America is if we welcome and embrace immigrants — the Dreamers and all of them — because our ultimate goal is to help the Dreamers but get a path to citizenship for all 11 million or however many undocumented there are here.” —Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer (“This is literally the Great Replacement, clearly outlined by Chuck Schumer.” —Matt Walsh | “The idea that it is US policy to deliberately replace white people through immigration and demographically transform the country is a racist conspiracy theory. Schumer: we are going to demographically replace white people through immigration as a matter of policy.” —Pedro L. Gonzalez | “They say that it’s empowering to stay single forever and never start a family, claim having kids destroys the environment, promote abortion as a moral good, and their solution when they realize people aren’t having enough kids is to import the third world to replace them.” —Greg Price)
For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.
For more of today’s cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.
“From The Patriot Post (patriotpost.us)”.
The world held its breath on Tuesday after a missile struck a Polish farm near the Ukrainian border, killing two people. Ukrainian officials immediately accused Moscow, while their Western patrons brought up invoking the NATO Treaty’s article on collective defense.
The Ukrainian leader’s insistence that a Russian missile hit Poland “could get millions” killed, the Fox News host said
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky could be “lying on purpose to get us into a war,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson declared on Wednesday night. Zelensky’s refusal to admit that a Ukrainian missile caused a fatal explosion in Poland makes him “not worth supporting,” Carlson suggested.
Zelensky “was commanding the US to lead the Third World War immediately” after the blast, Carlson told his viewers. “The only problem is that it was completely and utterly wrong.”
The Ukrainian leader described the explosion, which killed two people, as a Russian attack on NATO territory and called on the West to put Russia “in its place” in response. Anonymous US intelligence officials seconded his claims in statements to the press.
Moscow argued that debris at the blast site showed that it was caused by a missile from the S-300 air defense system, a piece of Soviet-era kit fielded by Ukraine. Within hours, the leadership of the US, NATO, and Poland had all publicly stated that the explosion was caused by a Ukrainian anti-air missile.
Zelensky doubled down. “I have no doubt that this is not our missile,” he said in a video address. “I believe that it was a Russian missile, based on our military reports.”
“That’s not only untrue,” Carlson said. “It’s a lie that could get millions of Americans killed. So you have to ask yourself, is it time to stop backing this guy? Could the risk be too high? He’s lying on purpose to get us into a war?”
“Maybe he’s not worth supporting in the first place. Maybe he’s just another corrupt Eastern European strongman in a tracksuit, getting as rich as he can on American handouts.”
Carlson has been a long-time critic of the US’ support for Zelensky, arguing that Ukraine is not democratic, and that intervening in its conflict with Russia is not in the US’ national security interest.
Zelensky has since walked back his claims, saying on Thursday that Kiev doesn’t “know for 100%” what happened.
As the techno-prophecies today are being proven to be mostly pure fantasy not based on anything real, and as we face the imminent collapse of our financial system drawing closer each day to the Great Reset, it is important that we learn from the mistakes these false beliefs that have propped up modern society have made, so that those who survive the difficult times we are now heading into, can begin to rebuild society on things that are true and lasting.
And one of the most pressing needs is to decentralize food production, breaking our society’s slavery to Big Food and their technology where just a handful of technocrats among the Billionaires and Bankers control most of the world’s food today, food that is contaminated and poisonous.
I have previously exposed who these powerful entities are that control most of the world’s food, in a previously published article from Behind the News Network last year:
This is must-reading if you want to understand how we got to the point where we are today, and how such a small group of rich and powerful families today control most of the world’s food production.
What I am going to cover in this article today are solutions to the problem of having so few people control most of the world’s food, by first properly defining just what food is and where REAL food comes from, so we can break the monopolies of Big Food and their slavery over the world’s population, and return to time-proven methods of food production that bring about health and food security.
Congressional investigators are poised to turn up the heat on the Biden administration’s foreign policy decisions now that Republicans are in control of the House, according to the incoming chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, who told the Washington Free Beacon in a wide-ranging interview that the administration’s dealings with China, Russia, and Iran will become the center of multiple probes.Republicans Set To Turn Up the Heat on Biden Administration’s Foreign Dealings — Conservative Review
New research shows there was more than a two-fold increase in progression of kidney disease among the double COVID vaccinated.
PART I (8:21 – 8:21) Twelve Republicans Voted in Favor in Respect for Marriage Act — But Redefining Marriage Is Profoundly Not Conservative
PART II (15:18 – 15:18) New Congressional Leadership Comes Into View: Why Does This Matter and Why Is the Road Ahead So Troubled?
PART III (19:3 – 19:3) Mass Cultural Confusion, Government Failure, and a Gospel Opportunity for the Church: Encouragement for Christians in a Society of Moral Revolt
PART IV (24:54 – 24:54) Issue of Abortion Goes Before Kentucky’s Supreme Court: But Abortion Rights Are Not, and Never Were, in the State’s Constitution.
Source: Thursday, November 17, 2022
“The battle for the hearts and minds of children is only beginning. Parents must continue to be heavily involved in the education of their children. Parents who can run for school board should run. If they can’t run, they should attend and speak up at school board meetings, educate themselves on current policies and curriculum, spread the word to other parents and community members, and vote.”
Although final votes are still being tallied, parental rights groups fighting for more say in education say they have been able to successfully flip school boards to conservative majorities and capture other open school board positions in at least 10 states, proving that there is a deep-seated “anti-wokeness” sentiment among the electorate.
- Pro-parental rights candidates won school board races in at least 10 states, even as counting continues in several districts.
- Moms for Liberty candidates won more than 100 seats, despite spending just $50,000 and advertising in just one state.
- Endorsed candidates by the 1776 Project PAC captured races in six states, which led the organization to report that it has now flipped 100 school boards from liberal to conservative in just one year.
- Despite this grassroots movement, teachers’ unions, education activists, and politicians continue to push back on the idea that parents should have a say in what their children learn and do while in public school.
Parents have grown alarmed in recent years as schools have changed the curriculum to put less emphasis on traditional academics and more to ideological topics and worked to undermine their parental rights to be informed of what their child is being taught and exposed to in the classroom and during other school activities.
These include the adoption of Critical Race Theory (CRT), discussions of gender theory, the use of sexually explicit books for reading assignments, the inclusion of shockingly graphic sex education material in school libraries, the embrace of mask and vaccine mandates, and the celebration of drag shows for children and teens. School officials are also pushing for the right of biological males to use female bathrooms and locker rooms and compete in women’s sports, as well as adopting policies that hide children’s gender confusion from their parents.
Parents also started attending and speaking up at school board meetings like never before, thanks to ongoing COVID lockdowns, mask mandates, and failing schools, even as teachers’ unions and the government, went to great lengths to shut out parents from having a say in school policies and curricula.
As an example, the New Jersey Education Association put out an ad during the recent elections that characterized concerned parents as “extremists,” while Rep. Eric Swalwell, D, reacting to a post by Sen. Tim Scott, R, tweeted that “it’s so stupid” for parents to be in charge of their child’s education.
These different factors drove a new interest in school board elections, with a lot of parents opting to run for open seats in order to better represent their own concerns in their child’s education, as well as those of other parents.
Last week’s elections indicate that parental concern over the direction of education has only increased.
For example, the 1776 Project PAC, a group that fights against the inclusion of CRT and “antiracist” curriculum in K-12 schools, announced that many of the candidates they endorsed won. Aiden Buzzetti, head of coalitions and candidate recruitment for the 1776 Project PAC, told the Daily Caller,
“Last night was a disappointing night for Republicans in many parts of the country, but we’re happy to say we were very successful in key races in Florida, Oklahoma, Ohio, Maryland, which were by far the biggest places we targeted. We also officially flipped our 100th school board since our first election in November 2021.”
Four of the candidates it endorsed in a Michigan school district won, flipping the board from liberal to conservative. Three candidates in a Maryland school board election won, flipping that board as well. Candidates endorsed by the group also won in Ohio and Oklahoma.
Parental rights groups succeeded in the face of media and activist blowback, as they and their candidates were labeled “extremist,” “anti-education,” “racist,” “homophobic,” and “transphobic.” They were also accused of being tied to “far right” organizations and their “millions” of dollars and slammed for “injecting politics” into education.
Still others claimed that that the failure of their endorsed candidates to win all school board races proved that the organizations don’t really appeal to Americans.
But those critics ignored the fact that grassroots parental rights groups are nascent. Take, for example, Moms for Liberty, the group that seemed to draw the most criticism. Formed just two years ago, it has grown to over 100,000 members and organized chapters in districts all across America.
Before last week’s election, 105 Moms for Liberty-endorsed candidates had won. Last week, the various chapters endorsed 270 candidates, with over 114 winning election, and 37 additional races have not yet been called.
That may not sound like an impressive winning percentage for a PAC, but the perception changes when you realize that Moms for Liberty only spent ad money in Florida, where they spent a total of just $50,000.
In that instance, Moms for Liberty’s winning percentage jumped to 61 percent, as 41 of their endorsed candidates captured 67 open school board seats in the Sunshine State. Co-founder Tiffany Justice said, “We’re thrilled with the results. A lot of our candidates were first-timers and they beat longtime incumbents.” She noted that the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers collected $575 million in dues in 2021, claiming that much of those funds were spent on campaigns opposing Moms for Liberty-endorsed candidates.
National organizations weren’t the only parental rights groups making an impact. The Minnesota Parents Alliance (MPA) declared that 49 candidates it endorsed won school board elections. It also reported that dozens of candidates who received training or assistance won seats. By the end, MPA, which was started just nine months ago, captured seats in 15 of 19 targeted school districts.
MPA executive director Cristine Trooien, said in a statement:
“Parent-backed candidates cut through all of the noise in this election and won support from voters because they talked about the important issues — academic achievement, equality and parental rights. Minnesota public schools will be better and more responsive because these candidates stepped forward to serve. We are thrilled with our success in year one and look forward to making an even bigger impact in 2023.”
The battle for the hearts and minds of children is only beginning. Parents must continue to be heavily involved in the education of their children. Parents who can run for school board should run. If they can’t run, they should attend and speak up at school board meetings, educate themselves on current policies and curriculum, spread the word to other parents and community members, and vote.
When confronting school boards and speaking with teachers, parents should argue for schools to return to a focus on academic excellence and a respect for a parents’ right to direct their child’s education and overall welfare. Parents can, understandably, get emotional when it comes to matters affecting their children and lash out with hasty, even angry responses, but it is important to keep one’s wits and address any concerns with love and grace.
Speaking and writing with love and grace does not mean, however, that parents should compromise or water down their message. Parents cannot, in any way, allow teachers and other adults to teach harmful ideas or direct any actions that confuse and damage children, undermine their relationships with others, or put them in harm’s way.
According to both the Bible and the Supreme Court, parents have a fundamental right and responsibility for the well-being and education of their children. Psalm 78:1-4, ESV, says,
“Listen, O my people, to my instruction; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not conceal them from their children, but tell to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.”
Moreover, John Locke, an English philosopher who heavily influenced the Founding Fathers and the U.S. Constitution, stated in his Second Treatise on Civil Government that all parents are
“by the law of nature, under an obligation to preserve, nourish, and educate the children they had begotten; not as their own workmanship, but the workmanship of their own maker, the Almighty, to whom they were to be accountable for them….”
The opposition will say otherwise and throw every possible vile attack at you for simply for trying to exercise your God-given rights to protect and guide your children. Parents, ignore them. Rise above it. Recognize this clanging noise as the desperate response of radicals finally losing their grip on the monopolistic power they’ve held for too long over the next generation.
You must embrace your duty as parents and fight for your children education and safety in every possible peaceful and civic way. In so doing, you can change your child’s future for the better, as well as the future of the country they will live in.Parental rights supporters prevail in school board elections across America — Standing for Freedom Center
The Republicans are back in charge of the House of Representatives. Buckle up for some turbulence ahead.
A few days ago we asked how much longer do we have to wait for the “first-day affidavit” in the FTX bankruptcy, traditionally the most detailed and comprehensive summary of how any given company collapsed into Chapter 11 (and in FTX’s case, Chapter 7 soon, as this will soon become a full-blown liquidation)…
Please use the sharing tools found via the share button at the top or side of articles. Copying articles to share with others is a breach of FT.com T&Cs and Copyright Policy. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to buy additional rights. Subscribers may share up to 10 or 20 articles per month using the gift article service. More information can be found at https://www.ft.com/tour. https://www.ft.com/content/7e81ed85-8849-4070-a4e4-450195df08d7
… and this morning we finally got our answer when it hit the docket (22-11068, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware), almost a full week after FTX filed on Nov 11… and boy is it a doozy.
Because how else would one describe it when FTX’s new CEO and liquidator, John Ray III, who also oversaw the unwinding and liquidation of Enron, admits that “Never in my career have I seen such a complete failure of corporate controls and such a complete absence of trustworthy financial information as occurred here.”
And just in case his shock at FTX’s fraud of epic proportions was not quite clear enough, he adds that “from compromised systems integrity and faulty regulatory oversight abroad, to the concentration of control in the hands of a very small group of inexperienced, unsophisticated and potentially compromised individuals, this situation is unprecedented.”
Courtesy of the affidavit, here is what the company’s org chart looks like as of Nov 17:
According to Ray, he has located “only a fraction” of the digital assets of the FTX Group that they hope recover during the Chapter 11 bankruptcy. They’ve so far secured about $740 million of cryptocurrency in offline cold wallets, a storage method designed to prevent hacks. This is just a fraction of the $10-$50 billion in liabilities the company disclosed in its bankruptcy filing.
How do we know it’s a fraud: as Ray writes on page 24, although the investigation has only begun and must run its course, it is my view based on the information obtained to date, “that many of the employees of the FTX Group, including some of its senior executives, were not aware of the shortfalls or potential commingling of digital assets.” Many maybe not, but some – and certainly SBF himself – did.
It gets better: Ray said that company’s audited financial statements should not be trusted, Ray said, adding that liquidators are working to rebuild balance sheets for FTX entities from the bottom up.
FTX “did not maintain centralized control of its cash” and failed to keep an accurate list of bank accounts and account signatories, or pay sufficient attention to the creditworthiness of banking partners, according to Ray. Advisers don’t yet know how much cash FTX Group had when it filed for bankruptcy, but has found about $560 million attributable to various FTX entities so far.
Although restructuring advisers have been in control of FTX for less than a week, they’ve seen enough to depict the crypto company as a deeply flawed enterprise. Lasting records of decision making are hard to come by: Bankman-Fried often communicated through applications that auto-deleted in short order and asked employees to do the same, according to Ray.
Corporate funds of FTX Group were used to buy homes and other personal items for employees, Ray said.
Corporate funds were also used to buy homes and other personal items for employees and advisers, sometimes in their personal names.
“In the Bahamas, I understand that corporate funds of the FTX Group were used to purchase homes and other personal items for employees and advisors. I understand that there does not appear to be documentation for certain of these transactions as loans, and that certain real estate was recorded in the personal name of these employees and advisors on the records of the Bahamas,” Ray said, who also noted that the company didn’t have appropriate corporate governance and never held board meetings. There was no accurate list of bank accounts and account signatories, as well as insufficient attention paid to the creditworthiness of banking partners.
Ray said the company did not have “an accurate list” of its own bank accounts, or even a complete record of the people who worked for FTX (see below). He added that FTX used “an unsecured group email account” to manage the security keys for its digital assets.
The filing sheds light on the sloppy business practices, such as FTX employees asking to be paid through an online “chat” platform “where a disparate group of supervisors approved disbursements by responding with personalized emojis.”
Below we excerpt some of the most notable highlights from the affidavit, which we embed at the bottom of the post and which everyone should read to get a sense of just how massive Sam Bankman-Fried’s fraud was.
- I have over 40 years of legal and restructuring experience. I have been the Chief Restructuring Officer or Chief Executive Officer in several of the largest corporate failures in history. I have supervised situations involving allegations of criminal activity and malfeasance (Enron). I have supervised situations involving novel financial structures (Enron and Residential Capital) and cross-border asset recovery and maximization (Nortel and Overseas Shipholding). Nearly every situation in which I have been involved has been characterized by defects of some sort in internal controls, regulatory compliance, human resources and systems integrity.
- Never in my career have I seen such a complete failure of corporate controls and such a complete absence of trustworthy financial information as occurred here. From compromised systems integrity and faulty regulatory oversight abroad, to the concentration of control in the hands of a very small group of inexperienced, unsophisticated and potentially compromised individuals, this situation is unprecedented.
- For purposes of managing the Debtors’ affairs, I have identified four groups of businesses, which I refer to as “Silos.” These Silos include:
- (a) a group composed of Debtor West Realm Shires Inc. and its Debtor and non-Debtor subsidiaries (the “WRS Silo”), which includes the businesses known as “FTX US,” “LedgerX,” “
FTX US Derivatives
,” “FTX US Capital Markets,” and “Embed Clearing,” among other businesses;
- (b) a group composed of Debtor Alameda Research LLC and its Debtor subsidiaries (the “Alameda Silo”);
- (c) a group composed of Debtor Clifton Bay Investments LLC, Debtor Clifton Bay Investments Ltd., Debtor Island Bay Ventures Inc. and Debtor FTX Ventures Ltd. (the “Ventures Silo”);
- (d) a group composed of Debtor FTX Trading Ltd. and its Debtor and non-Debtor subsidiaries (the “Dotcom Silo”), including the exchanges doing business as “FTX.com” and similar exchanges in non-U.S. jurisdictions. These Silos together are referred to by me as the “FTX Group.
- (a) a group composed of Debtor West Realm Shires Inc. and its Debtor and non-Debtor subsidiaries (the “WRS Silo”), which includes the businesses known as “FTX US,” “LedgerX,” “
- Each of the Silos was controlled by Mr. Bankman-Fried.2 Minority equity interests in the Silos were held by Zixiao “Gary” Wang and Nishad Singh, the co-founders of the business along with Mr. Bankman-Fried. The WRS Silo and Dotcom Silo also have third party equity investors, including investment funds, endowments, sovereign wealth funds and families. To my knowledge, no single investor other than the co-founders owns more than 2% of the
equity of any Silo.
- The diagram attached as Exhibit A provides a visual summary of the Silos and the indicative assets in each Silo. Exhibit B contains a preliminary corporate structure chart. These materials were prepared at my direction based on information available at this time and are subject to revision as our investigation into the affairs of the FTX Group continues.
There is much more information on each of these silos in the affidavit at the bottom of this post, but what we are curious about at this stage is what the Alameda balance sheet looks like: after all, that’s what started this whole avalanche in the first place. Here are the details:
The parent company and primary operating company in the Alameda Silo is Alameda Research LLC, which is organized in the State of Delaware. Before the Petition Date (as defined below), the Alameda Silo operated quantitative trading funds specializing in crypto assets. Strategies included arbitrage, market making, yield farming and trading volatility. The Alameda Silo also offered over-the-counter trading services, and made and managed other debt and equity investments. In short, the Alameda Silo was a “crypto hedge fund” with a diversified business trading and speculating in digital assets and related loans and securities for the account of its owners, Messrs. Bankman-Fried (90%) and Wang (10%).
Alameda Research LLC prepared consolidated financial statements on a quarterly basis. To my knowledge, none of these financial statements have been audited. The September 30, 2022 balance sheet for the Alameda Silo shows $13.46 billion in total assets as of its date. However, because this balance sheet was unaudited and produced while the Debtors were controlled by Mr. Bankman-Fried, I do not have confidence in it and the information therein may not be correct as of the date stated.
Remarkably, among the assets listed in the document was $4.1bn of related party loans extended by Alameda, $3.3bn of which was to Bankman-Fried both personally and to an entity he controlled. Bankman-Fried previously said that FTX had “accidentally” given $8bn of FTX customer funds to Alameda.
The liabilities as of September 30, 2022 were manageable. Unfortunately, the reality is that the asset and liability numbers at the consolidated level were flipped resulting in an $8 billion hole.
The problem, as we now know, is that the value of the assets was woefully overrepresented. But we’ll get to that.
First, let’s look at the immediate history that led to the bankruptcy filing:
EVENTS LEADING TO CHAPTER 11 FILING
The Debtors faced a severe liquidity crisis that necessitated the filing of these Chapter 11 Cases on an emergency basis on November 11, 2022, and in the case of Debtor West Realm Shires Inc., on November 14, 2022 (collectively, the “Petition Date”). In the days leading up to the Petition Date, certain of the circumstances described in Part III below became known to a broader set of executives of the FTX Group beyond Mr. Bankman-Fried and members of his inner circle. Questions arose about Mr. Bankman-Fried’s leadership and the handling of the Debtors’ complex array of assets and businesses.
As the situation became increasingly dire, Sullivan & Cromwell and Alvarez & Marsal were engaged to provide restructuring advice and services to the Debtors.
On November 10, 2022, the Securities Commission of the Bahamas (the “SCB”) took action to freeze assets of non-Debtor FTX Digital Markets Ltd., a service provider to FTX Trading Ltd. and the employer of certain current and former executives and staff in the Bahamas. Mr. Brian Simms, K.C. was appointed as provisional liquidator of FTX Digital Markets Ltd. on a sealed record. The provisional liquidator for this Bahamas subsidiary has filed a chapter 15 petition seeking recognition of the provisional liquidation proceeding in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
In addition, in the first hours of November 11, 2022 EST, the directors of non-Debtors FTX Express Pty Ltd and FTX Australia Pty Ltd., both Australian entities, appointed Messrs. Scott Langdon, John Mouawad and Rahul Goyal of Korda Mentha Restructuring as voluntary administrators.
At the same time, negotiations were being held between certain senior individuals of the FTX Group and Mr. Bankman-Fried concerning the resignation of Mr. Bankman-Fried and the commencement of these Chapter 11 Cases. Mr. Bankman-Fried consulted with numerous lawyers, including lawyers at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, other legal counsel and his father, Professor Joseph Bankman of Stanford Law School. A document effecting a relinquishment of control was prepared and comments from Mr. Bankman-Fried’s team incorporated. At approximately 4:30 a.m. EST on Friday, November 11, 2022, after further consultation with his legal counsel, Mr. Bankman-Fried ultimately agreed to resign, resulting in my appointment as the Debtors’ CEO. I was delegated all corporate powers and authority under applicable law, including the power to appoint independent directors and commence these Chapter 11 Cases on an emergency basis.
Cash management… or lack thereof:
The FTX Group did not maintain centralized control of its cash. Cash management procedural failures included the absence of an accurate list of bank accounts and account signatories, as well as insufficient attention to the creditworthiness of banking partner around the world. Under my direction, the Debtors are establishing a centralized cash management system with proper controls and reporting mechanisms.
During these Chapter 11 Cases, cash that the Debtors are able to locate and transfer to the United States without adverse consequences, including substantially all proceeds of the global reorganization effort, will be deposited into financial institutions in the United States that are approved depository institutions in accordance with the U.S. Trustee Guidelines. Each Silo will have a centralized cash pool, and the Debtors will implement appropriate arrangements for allocating costs across the various Silos and Debtors. The Debtors expect to file promptly a Cash Management Motion that will describe the new cash management system in more detail.
Because of historical cash management failures, the Debtors do not yet know the exact amount of cash that the FTX Group held as of the Petition Date. The Debtors are working with Alvarez & Marsal to verify all cash positions. To date, it has been possible to approximate the following balances as of the Petition Date based on available books and records:
The Debtors have been in contact with banking institutions that they believe hold or may hold Debtor cash. These banking institutions have been instructed to freeze withdrawals and alerted not to accept instructions from Mr. Bankman-Fried or other signatories. Proper signature authority and reporting systems are expected to be arranged shortly.
Effective cash management also requires liquidity forecasting, which I understand was also generally absent from the FTX Group historically. The Debtors are putting in place the systems and processes necessary for Alvarez & Marsal to produce a reliable cash forecast as well as the cash reporting required for Monthly Operating Reports under the Bankruptcy Code.
And now it gets really good: read this section on the company’s “Financial Reporting”
The FTX Group received audit opinions on consolidated financial statements for two of the Silos – the WRS Silo and the Dotcom Silo – for the period ended December 31, 2021. The audit firm for the WRS Silo, Armanino LLP, was a firm with which I am professionally familiar. The audit firm for the Dotcom Silo was Prager Metis, a firm with which I am not familiar and whose website indicates that they are the “first-ever CPA firm to officially open its Metaverse headquarters in the metaverse platform Decentraland.
have substantial concerns as to the information presented in these audited financial statements, especially with respect to the Dotcom Silo. As a practical matter, I do not believe it appropriate for stakeholders or the Court to rely on the audited financial statements as a reliable indication of the financial circumstances of these Silos.
The Debtors have not yet been able to locate any audited financial statements with respect to the Alameda Silo or the Ventures Silo.
Next, human resources: even more insanity here.
he FTX Group’s approach to human resources combined employees of various entities and outside contractors, with unclear records and lines of responsibility. At this time, the Debtors have been unable to prepare a complete list of who worked for the FTX Group as of the Petition Date, or the terms of their employment. Repeated attempts to locate certain presumed employees to confirm their status have been unsuccessful to date.
Nevertheless, there is a core team of dedicated employees at the FTX Group who have stayed focused on their jobs during this crisis and with whom I have established appropriate lines of authority and working relationships. The Debtors continue to review personnel issues but I expect, based on my experience and the nature of the Debtors’ business, that a large number of employees of the Debtors will need to continue to work for the Debtors for the foreseeable future in order to establish accountability, preserve value and maximize stakeholder recoveries after the departure of Mr. Bankman-Fried. As Chief Executive Officer, I am thankful for the extraordinary efforts of this group of employees, who despite difficult personal circumstances, have risen to the occasion and demonstrated their critical importance to the Debtors.
… and better: here are FTX’s “Disbursement Controls”
The Debtors did not have the type of disbursement controls that I believe are appropriate for a business enterprise. For example, employees of the FTX Group submitted payment requests through an on-line ‘chat’ platform where a disparate group of supervisors approved disbursements by responding with personalized emojis.
Digital Asset Custody… and the “use of software to conceal the misuse of customer funds.”
The FTX Group did not keep appropriate books and records, or security controls, with respect to its digital assets. Mr. Bankman-Fried and Mr. Wang controlled access to digital assets of the main businesses in the FTX Group (with the exception of LedgerX, regulated by the CFTC, and certain other regulated and/or licensed subsidiaries). Unacceptable management practices included the use of an unsecured group email account as the root user to access confidential private keys and critically sensitive data for the FTX Group companies around the world, the absence of daily reconciliation of positions on the blockchain, the use of software to conceal the misuse of customer funds, the secret exemption of Alameda from certain aspects of FTX.com’s auto-liquidation protocol, and the absence of independent governance as between Alameda (owned 90% by Mr. Bankman-Fried and 10% by Mr. Wang) and the Dotcom Silo (in which third parties had invested.
The Debtors have located and secured only a fraction of the digital assets of the FTX Group that they hope to recover in these Chapter 11 Cases. The Debtors have secured in new cold wallets approximately $740 million of cryptocurrency that the Debtors believe is attributable to either the WRS, Alameda and/or Dotcom Silos. The Debtors have not yet been able to determine how much of this cryptocurrency is allocable to each Silo, or even if such an allocation can be determined. These balances exclude cryptocurrency not currently under the Debtors’ control as a result of (a) at least $372 million of unauthorized transfers initiated on the Petition Date, during which time the Debtors immediately began moving cryptocurrency into cold storage to mitigate the risk to the remaining cryptocurrency that was accessible at the time, (b) the dilutive ‘minting’ of approximately $300 million in FTT tokens by an unauthorized source after the Petition Date and (c) the failure of the co-founders and potentially others to identify additional wallets believed to contain Debtor assets.
In response, the Debtors have engaged forensic analysts to identify potential Debtor assets on the blockchain, cybersecurity professionals to identify the parties responsible for the unauthorized transactions on and after the Petition Date and investigators to begin the process of identifying what may be very substantial transfers of Debtor property in the days, weeks and months prior to the Petition Date. The Debtors’ team includes business, accounting, forensic, technical and legal resources that I believe are among the best in the world at these activities. It is my expectation that the Debtors will require assistance from the Court with respect to these matters as the investigation and these Chapter 11 Cases continue.
Additionally, Ray notes that the fair value of the crypto assets held by the FTX International exchange was just $659,000 as of September 30. As a reminder, SBF made this sound to be as large as $5.5bn just a few days ago. While the filing does not include an estimate of crypto assets owed to customers, but says they are expected to be “significant”.
As the FT notes, amid Ray’s first statements on the collapse of FTX, a jurisdictional fight over the company’s legal proceedings has emerged. Earlier in the week, Bahamian officials filed a Chapter 15 bankruptcy in a New York federal court asking a judge there to respect a liquidation effort that had commenced in the island nation.
At issue is an FTX subsidiary known as “FTX Digital” not involved in the US Chapter 11 case in which the Bahamas says significant customer assets reside. Ray on Thursday wrote in a court filing that the Chapter 15 case should be consolidated in the Delaware bankruptcy court.
The punchline, however, was Ray’s final paragraph, a tangent on corporate communications which hardly needs discussion:
Finally, and critically, the Debtors have made clear to employees and the public that Mr. Bankman-Fried is not employed by the Debtors and does not speak for them. Mr. Bankman-Fried, currently in the Bahamas, continues to make erratic and misleading public statements. Mr. Bankman-Fried, whose connections and financial holdings in the Bahamas remain unclear to me, recently stated to a reporter on Twitter: “F*** regulators they make everything worse” and suggested the next step for him was to “win a jurisdictional battle vs. Delaware”.
- No record of any bank accounts
- No record of any cash accounts
- No record of any signatories
- No record of any employees
- No record of any payables or receivables
- No record of any investments
- No record of any decision-making
- No record of any board meetings
- No record of anything
And, as Bryce Weiner adds, there was also no record of any chats which were set to auto-delete, so there is no record of any internal communications.
Translation: if SBF avoids prison it is only because his tens of millions in (stolen) “donations” to Democrats have bought him a get out of jail for life card.
The full affidavit is below.
The DOJ claimed in a November 9 indictment that police officers opened the door themselves.
Republican Reps. James Comer and Jim Jordan alleged at a press conference Thursday that President Biden was actively involved in overseas business dealings alongside his son Hunter. Comer, citing whistleblowers, asserted that the Biden family “flourished and became millionaires by simply offering access to the family.” “Was Joe Biden directly involved with Hunter Biden’s business deals, and is he compromised?
Earlier US generations were healthier than the current one.
The world’s long ago best healthcare system — based on the ability to pay — is now in disarray.
The industry prioritizes profits over healthcare as it should be.
It shows in most all health categories.
Before the flu/covid mother of all state-sponsored scams was rolled out, about half the US population suffered from chronic illnesses.
Low income, poverty and adverse reactions from prescription drugs take an enormous annual toll on health in the US.
After heart disease and cancer, prescription drugs are the third leading cause of death throughout the US/West.
According to a Definitive Healthcare analysis, kill shots and all else flu/covid got around 334,000 US healthcare providers to leave the profession through 2021.
“Since 2020, one in five healthcare workers quit their jobs.”
“Surveys suggest that up to 47% of healthcare workers plan to leave their positions by 2025.”
“The US (currently) suffer(s) from a significant healthcare worker shortage.”
“Data show that this is going to have (detrimental) near-(and longer-term) effects on patient care, hospital and physician performance.”
Physicians, nurses, nearly physician assistants, physical therapists and clinical social workers left their profession in droves, many more to follow if the present trend continues.
Reasons included fear of infection, long hours, depression and stress, along with deaths of patients and colleagues.
Jabbed individuals comprise the vast majority of those diagnosed with flu/covid, ones hospitalized and deaths.
Unjabbed individuals are profoundly safer.
On Monday, Health Impact News (HIN) reported that the US healthcare system is “collapsing (from a) mass exodus of doctors and nurses.”
Many hospital emergency rooms curtailed service or closed for lack of enough staff.
HIN quoted longtime ER nurse Susan Pace, saying the following:
“The amount of blood clots, strokes, cardiac events like myocarditis/pericarditis, Bell’s Palsy, shingles, etc. that I’ve seen since the rollout (of kill shots) is more than I’ve ever seen in the previous 23.5 years combined.”
“I don’t know how anyone can’t be frightened by what we are seeing.”
“When I try to discuss this with my coworkers, they turn their heads and look downcast, but will rarely speak.”
(I)t’s because like me, they feel betrayed for following the (fabricated official) narrative, but unlike me they won’t open their eyes and speak out.”
“They’re afraid for their careers and also are scared to death that their bodies are ticking time bombs.”
Days earlier by letter to the White House — falling on deaf ears and blind eyes — dozens of healthcare organizations warned of things reaching a “breaking point” because of short-staffing and increasing numbers of patients.
An earlier survey warned that around one-third of US nurses intend to leave the profession by end of 2022.
How many medical professionals (in the US/West) already resigned, died or became disabled from kill shots they were mandated to take?
MSM are complicit with what’s going on, pushing what demands exposing and denouncing.
What the NYT calls a covid pandemic doesn’t exist — not now or earlier.
Like other MSM, it lied claiming that in 2020 and 2021, “nearly 15 million more people died globally than would have been expected during normal times (sic), and over one million Americans died (sic).”
And what the Times called “new covid variants” are scariants to mind-manipulate maximum numbers of people to unwittingly self-inflict harm.
Not a dime’s worth of difference separates one from others.
And everyone wanting their health protected and preserved should shun kill shots.
Jabbed individuals should shun more of the same.
Most everything pushed by MSM has been all about destroying health over the other way around.
Because of a mass exodus of US healthcare professionals, who’ll be left to save the system from collapsing in a few years if the present trend continues?
At a time when both wings of the US war party are pro-toxic mass-jabbing, when hospitals are paid big bucks to harm, not protect, individuals diagnosed with flu/covid — right or wrong — are largely on our own for self-protection.
US/Western regimes, their anti-public health agencies and MSM press agents are mortal enemies of healthcare as it should be.
They’re complicit in pushing mass-extermination of unwanted segments of society worldwide.
The poor, otherwise disadvantaged and elderly are most greatly at risk — ones US/Western regimes want eliminated.
And both wings of the US war party are complicit in what’s going on.
We’re largely on our own to seek out and work with healthcare professionals who remain dedicated to patient needs, doing no harm and providing only known safe and effective treatments as needed — according to the letter and spirit of the Nuremberg Code and Hippocratic Oath.Mass Resignations by Healthcare Professionals — The Stephen Lendman Blog
Members of the newly controlled Republican House on Thursday announced an investigation into the Biden family business and whether President Joe Biden is compromised by the family’s dealing schemes.
On “The Rubin Report” Wednesday, BlazeTV host Dave Rubin shared a clip of Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) reacting to the midterm election results by declaring the death of the Republican Party as we’ve known it.
“I think that this election was the funeral for the Republican Party as we know it,” Hawley said. “The Republican Party is as we have known it is dead, and voters have made that clear. And in particular, the folks who did not vote for Republicans in this last election who are independent voters, working-class independent voters, folks who voted for President Obama once upon a time, folks who then voted for President Trump, but stayed home this time. We are not a majority party unless we can appeal to those voters.”‘This election was the FUNERAL’: Why GOP Rep. Josh Hawley says the Republican Party is DEAD — Conservative Review
Scandal. Conspiracy. The beast which comes forth from the sea to make war with the saints and to overcome them. These are just a few phrases you may have heard regarding the developing FTX scandal. But what is FTX? And what is a scandal? Here’s everything you should know.
What is FTX?
FTX is a company that performs cryptocurrency exchange, just like those fake “Disney Dollars” that used to be sold in Disney parks (and could only be used to buy merchandise in said parks).
A quick Google search revealed that FTX stands for Futures Exchange, which is apt because its customers exchanged their future financial security for meaningless cryptocurrency.
FTX also stands for Fast Topical Xenon, a gas that can be applied to your skin to make you glow various neon colors, which may allude to a secret underground research facility in which FTX is used in the development of bio-weapons.
Why is this a scandal?
FTX co-founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried used “leet hacking skillz” to “move money around.” As a result, the company ran out of money and Bankman-Fried proved he is a “fried bank man.” He then quit and flew to Argentina, where Hitler still lives today.
You! You’re reading this!
I heard there was some money laundering through Ukraine to the Democrat Party?
This was essential to funding Democrat reelection efforts so they could send more money to Ukraine so Ukraine could launder the money through FTX to fund Democrat reelection efforts so they could send more money to Ukraine so Ukraine could launder the money through FTX to fund Democrat reelection efforts. Quite simple, really.
What crypto should I invest in now that the market has crashed and they’re cheaper than ever?
A Babylon Bee subscription. That’s crypto, right? Yeah, we’re pretty sure it is.
What is blockchain?
This is where the story gets more complicated. We don’t know because articles about it are long and confusing.
You can sponsor a poor, helpless liberal for just $8 a month:FTX Fraud Scandal: Here’s What You Should Know — Babylon Bee
If Senate Republicans were looking for anyone to blame for their disastrous performance in the midterms, they need only look in the mirror.Senate Republicans Keep Showing Us Why They Never Deserved A Majority — Conservative Review