Daily Archives: November 21, 2022

Trusting God Through Terminal Illness — Evangelical Magazine

I was sitting at the piano on a big stage in a large concert venue, something I had done many times before, but this time my hands were heavy. My fingers weren’t able to play the notes that they should have been playing and I knew that something wasn’t right. Some months later, I was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, an incurable condition in which all my muscles would stop working and eventually lead to my death.

I quickly progressed to using a wheelchair and had to give up the job I loved, teaching kids to play music. Within a few months, I was totally dependent on my wife to feed me, get me dressed and take me places. Within a year, I had lost the ability to eat and now I am losing my ability to speak. I use a ventilator to breathe, am fed by a tube in my stomach and spend my days in a specially adapted chair. I am very thankful that I have an eye-tracking device so that I can still use a computer and turn on the TV. When my voice gives up, I can use my eyes to slowly type a few phrases which my mechanical voice speaks out loud. It would be easy to look at me and feel that there was no purpose to my life, but that’s not what God says.

Here are four things that God is teaching me. I need to remind myself of them constantly and though I sometimes forget, I know that he never forgets me.

I am precious

Isaiah 43 verse 4 says, ‘You are precious and honoured in my sight, and … I love you.’

I need to remind myself continually that God loves me for who I am not what I can do. The Lord has chosen me to be his treasured possession (Deut. 14:2) and I am still precious to him despite my illness. He knows what he is doing and he is good.

If you are feeling that you have no purpose, the Lord wants to tell you differently. He wants you to know that your purpose is being his child, not what you are able to do.

I am blessed

When I first received the diagnosis, there was a time of real sorrow and sadness as I mourned the things that I knew would soon be taken away from me. Still some days are hard and I feel helpless and upset that I am a burden on others. Yet, God promises that if I lean on him and trust him, he will give me the strength that I need.

I need to ask God daily to help me remember my blessings. I have so much to be thankful for. Each day is a gift to enjoy being with my family, watching the birds and the garden grow. The Bible says that every good and perfect gift comes from God (James 1:17) and I have been able to find much pleasure in the everyday things around me that I had not noticed before.

When you have a serious illness your world becomes much smaller, but in God’s grace even that can be a blessing. God has opened my eyes to see the little things in life and I can pray about them. I have time to see God answering those prayers and to see how he is interested in the tiny little details of our lives. Sometimes, living in the moment is a real privilege. I don’t need to worry about earning money or running a house because I have to trust that God will give others the strength and wisdom to do that. I know I can trust God in the big things because I can see him working in the little things.

I am useful

It has been very hard not being able to get to church services and have fellowship with people. Zoom and YouTube are great but they aren’t the real thing. Often, although I know people pray for me and love me from afar, it can feel very lonely away from the church. Yet, wherever I am,  I am still part of God’s family. I really value people visiting and telling me what God is doing in their lives and in the church. It is good to be able to serve the Lord by praying for them and with them.

I can encourage others just by keeping going and letting them see that the Lord is helping me. I am learning that you don’t always need to be cheerful and smiling to be an encourager. Just sharing your life and your struggles and letting others see how God sustains you even in the midst of pain and darkness can be an encouragement. God is showing me that Christian fellowship is about sharing your life with others, the ups, the downs and the bits in between. That fellowship is precious and points to Heaven.

Each day I ask God to help me to be content and to make life as easy as possible for those around me. There are times when I struggle with not being fully involved in family life, but I know life needs to go on around me. There are meals to cook and school runs to do, and I can be useful by making those things as easy as possible. I am still a husband and dad and I pray that God will make me the best one I can be.

I am in daily contact with people who are caring for me. I can love them and pray for them. It has been hard for us as a family to open our home and share our lives with strangers, but it has also been a joy and we have seen God working through this.

I am being made new

I have learned that God is bigger than all of my infirmities. He is good and his ways are perfect. I don’t know why he is keeping me alive nor for how long, but whilst he does I know that he will give me the strength to shine for him. As my wife reminds me, even a weak and tiny flame can bring much light to a darkened room.

God doesn’t see my body as decaying. He is preparing me for Heaven. My body is being changed for good and when God sees me as ready, he will take me to be with him, forever. I know that I am more than my illness, I am a child of God and I am loved.

Some days I am scared and I’m sure there will be dark days ahead but Psalm 23 says, ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff they comfort me.’ I know that God will give me the strength to keep going until he calls me home. I am learning not to worry about tomorrow, but to be thankful and trust him for each day. He knows what is coming and he will help me when it comes.

Let me encourage you, in whatever situation you find yourself, to keep going. Remember that you are precious to the Lord and he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Trusting God Through Terminal Illness — Evangelical Magazine

Men as Men; God as God — VCY America

I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; and forgettest the Lord thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor?Isaiah 51:12-13

Let the text itself be taken as the portion for today. There is no need to enlarge upon it. Trembling one, read it, believe it, feed on it, and plead it before the Lord. He whom you fear is only a man after all; while He who promises to comfort you is God, your Maker, and the creator of heaven and earth. Infinite comfort more than covers a very limited danger.

“Where is the fury of the oppressor?” It is in the Lord’s hand. It is only the fury of a dying creature; fury which will end as soon as the breath is gone from the nostril. Why, then, should we stand in awe of one who is as frail as ourselves? Let us not dishonor our God by making a god of puny man. We can make an idol of a man by rendering to him excessive fear as well as by paying him inordinate love. Let us treat men as men, and God as God; and then we shall go calmly on in the path of duty, fearing the Lord and fearing nobody else.

Men as Men; God as God — VCY America

A Solitary Place — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”  Mark 1:35

Jesus needed to get away from all distractions to prepare for another day of serving others’ needs. Maybe Jesus had a lot on his mind that he needed to talk to the Father about. Whatever his reason, he had a limited time to do so. In fact, the following verses tell us that his disciples came looking for him, and said, “Everyone is looking for you!” (verse 37).

As I sit here in my chair by the window of my home, I am alone. But I can hear my son playing a video game downstairs, and since I have sat down, my phone has buzzed several times to let me know that I have messages. These things distract me as I try to listen to God’s Spirit. If I had a lot on my mind that I wanted to talk with God about, I would have to go somewhere more “solitary” than this!

A day of ministry lies before each one of us. It may not be healing or casting out demons or preaching. It may be wiping little noses, washing dishes, fixing meals, caring for an elderly parent, or serving people in some other way, but just as Jesus knew his purpose for being on this earth, we also have work to do. And just as Jesus did, it may be necessary to find a solitary place to pray before the busy day begins, and “the whole world” comes looking for us!

Father, thank you for sweet times of solitude and prayer that help us prepare for a day of serving others! Help us to bring you all of our worship and concerns, as we head into whatever you have called us to do today. Amen.

By Karen Woodard
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•  In the Stillness

•  The Day I Fell in Love

•  Salvation Explained

A Solitary Place — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Keep in Touch with Him — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12


I overlooked something important.

Everything in my life was going well at the time. The kids liked their school and friends. I enjoyed my career, and with a recent promotion came more income. Besides, the drive back from work barely took 10 minutes, which gave me more time to spend with the family.

After dinner, I stretched out on my favorite lounge chair and made plans for the weekend. I scribbled down a list of things to do and discovered something missing from not only my list but from my everyday life.

With a life filled with our kids’ school activities, soccer games, and nine holes of golf on the weekends, I gave little attention to prayer. I overlooked God’s importance and failed to recognize God’s care and blessings in our lives.

We read in Jeremiah 29 that God expects us to call on him; he is always ready to listen. Without time in prayer, we can lose touch with him and cease to experience his power in our lives over time.

As Christians, prayer is central to our faith. It strengthens our relationship with him and deepens our trust. Prayer helps us understand his will. And it opens our hearts to witness his loving actions in our lives and enables us to make sense of his divine plan when the plan seems unclear.

God wants us to make prayer a treasured activity. It is the perfect defense against indifference towards the One who provides all good things.

We are his children, and he waits to hear from us daily. Our faith deepens as we spend time with our Savior. Let us make sure to keep in touch.

Lord, never let us lose touch with you. Remind us that no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, you are only a prayer away—eager to listen and help. Amen.

Remember that the Lord is ready to listen. Share what is on your mind with him, whether it is good or bad. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance, to lead you to surrender and repentance.

By Doug Lim
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•   How to Pray

•  Prayer is Talking to God

•  Salvation Explained

Keep in Touch with Him — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

21 Nov 2022 News Briefing

NASA warns asteroid could impact the Earth in five months
According to NASA’s calculations, asteroid 2005 ED224 could impact the Earth on March 11, 2023. It is estimated to be 54-meters in diameter and normally, an asteroid this size would burn up or explode in the atmosphere. But ED 224 is traveling at 61,000mph and if it maintains this speed, the asteroid could penetrate the atmosphere and reach the ground.  Such an impact would create a crater 1,000 meters wide and release enough explosive energy to destroy an entire city.

European Refiners Now Have Too Much Oil
European refiners now seem to have more crude oil than they need – with the early panic about Russia’s dwindling oil exports – and the world’s subsequent oil shortage – proving to be overblown. Crude oil traders have pointed to Europe’s ability to source crude oil from Latin America, the Middle East, and the United States as the main cause for European refiners breathing a sigh of relief.

Arizona AG Launches Investigation Into Maricopa County ‘Election Irregularities’
AG Mark Brnovich’s election integrity unit has demanded a full report of well-publicized irregularities, and what he claims is evidence of “statutory violations.” The letter, sent late Saturday by Assistant AG Jennifer Wright to the county’s top civil division attorney, Thomas Liddy, is a major escalation over widespread problems with voting tabulators and printers, which delayed the declaration of a winner in razor-thin races in the attorney general’s race and the gubernatorial race.

Sex parties and fast cars: US agent turned cartel mole claims DEA corruption
As he enters prison, a disgraced former DEA agent who lived a decadent double life has claimed his own crimes were the tip of the iceberg. An agent of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Irizarry liked yacht parties with sex workers, jewelry from Tiffany, Louis Vuitton luggage and luxury cars. To finance his lifestyle – which came to include a BMW, two Land Rovers and three houses – Irizarry embezzled millions of dollars in government funds.
…other scandals afflicting the agency show no signs of abating. …corruption is endemic in the powerful US drug agency,

Polish Military Chief Says Russia is Escalating on NATO’s Border
Russia’s war on Ukraine is becoming more dangerous for Poland and other NATO allies on Ukraine’s border, said Polish military chief Gen. Rajmund Andrzejczak, after falling debris killed two people in his country this week.  “The conclusion [is] that Russia is escalating,” Andrzejczak said. “It is going closer and closer to the NATO borders. I would say winter is coming, not necessarily only in the season, but in much wider meaning: winter is coming to the borders.”

Smotrich demanding sovereignty plan be included in coalition deal
According to the report, the Religious Zionist Party is conditioning its support for a future government led by Benjamin Netanyahu in part on the Likud’s willingness to include a clause in the coalition agreement obligating the new government to take steps to apply Israeli sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria.

Iranian protesters defy violent crackdown by regime forces
Protests continued throughout Iran on Sunday, over nine weeks after Mahsa Amini was killed by Tehran “morality police.” Iranian protesters conducted demonstrations and strikes across Iran on Sunday after regime forces violently cracked down on Kurdish cities in western Iran overnight,

Hezbollah transporting hundreds of chemical weapons to Lebanon
The missiles were reportedly made in Masyaf, Syria, with the help of the IRGC and North Korean scientists. Hezbollah is storing hundreds of missiles carrying a toxic chemical payload at a warehouse in Al Qusayr, near the Lebanese-Syrian border, the Saudi Al-Hadath news reported on Sunday.

‘The people have spoken’: Musk reinstates Trump’s Twitter account
Twitter CEO Elon Musk said Saturday that former President Donald Trump will be reinstated on Twitter, following the results of a Twitter poll where a majority of voters favored his return. “The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” tweeted Musk, quoting a Latin phrase that means “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”

Trump draws bleak picture of current US-Israel relations
Donald Trump, addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual gathering via video feed on Saturday, said U.S.-Israel relations have deteriorated under the current administration. Joe Biden … sold out Israel’s security and began begging to re-enter the Iran nuclear deal on even worse terms,” he continued. “He unilaterally lifted key sanctions. He appointed countless anti-Israeli extremists to government positions.”

Thanksgiving weather forecast 2022: National outlook and storm potential for eastern half of US
Nearly 55 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles this week as the U.S. prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving…a potential storm in the east that could impact holiday plans and travel for the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Historic snowstorm drops 80 inches in Buffalo area as western New York digs out
A long-duration lake-effect snowstorm that’s underway in western and northern New York, including the cities of Buffalo and Watertown, will begin to wind down on Sunday and Monday after dropping 80 inches of snow in the Buffalo area.

Extreme lake effect snow around the Great Lakes
A major lake effect snow event produced record-breaking snow amounts around the Great Lakes over the past 2 days. The storm buried roads and vehicles and caused the deaths of at least 3 people.

“You Can’t Put It Back Together” – Jim Rickards Warns Of ‘Unstoppable Crisis Worse Than 2008’
“…we are staring at a worse financial crisis than 2008.  Throw FTX on top of that, and it’s like throwing gasoline on a fire…”

Polish Politician Blames Ukraine For Missile “Provocation” 
A Polish politician has blamed Ukraine for causing a “provocation” by falsely claiming its own missile that struck Przewodow had been fired by Russia.

‘SafeBlood’ Hardliners Want to Set Up Unvaccinated Blood Banks
Anti-vaxxers are trying to create a new global infrastructure for the supply of unvaccinated blood, driven by conspiracy theories and pseudoscientific beliefs about the dangers of mRNA COVID vaccines.

US Senators Introduce Bill to Ban Visitor Visas to CCP Members
Four Republican U.S. senators have introduced a proposal that aims to provide greater scrutiny of visas for Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members.

BRAZIL: Lula Minister Signs Order Allowing Child Services to Take Children Away from Free Election Protesters
Jane Zirkle at The War Room reported on Sunday that Brazilian Justice Inspector, Minister Luis Felipe Salomao. who was appointed as a minister by then-President Lula da Silva back in 2008, signed an order allowing child services to take children away from election protesters.

UN Climate Conference Approves Climate Change Reparations Fund
The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties on climate change organized by the United Nations (COP27) has wrapped up its two-week proceedings at Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. The conference parties are the nearly two hundred countries that agreed to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

FTX was HEAVY into funding vaccine research, biotech engineering and other globalist depopulation agendas through the “scientific research” community
The hundreds of grants and investments totaling at least $132 million that were earmarked by the FTX Foundation and its FTX Future Fund for use in developing new bioweapons, “vaccines” and other chemical and pharmaceutical products are officially null and void. And their recipients are now in a panic about it.

Leftists angered over tiny faith image attached to Christian’s online profile
We now know the extent of “tolerance” on the part of leftists [effectively none], and what it takes to trigger them and send them into a rage: A tiny online image that they don’t like appearing in a Microsoft software program.

Colorado Extends Covid Emergency by Including Cases of Flu and Other Respiratory Diseases
Covid rates are dropping but you want to cling on to these new emergency powers – so what do you do? If Covid isn’t around, citizens won’t allow these powers to be extended, will they? Well, Colorado USA has shown us the answer.

Study Identifies variety of Tactics used to Silence Doctors and Scientists 
A defrocked philosopher and bon viveur, Giordano Bruno committed a heinous crime: his philosophy did not agree with the official science embodied by the Catholic Church. Bruno thought the earth rotated around other planets and the universe was infinite: real heresy. After eight years of detention, unlike Galileo, he refused to recant and was burned at the stake in AD 1600.

The Intercept that funded Government/Big Tech Censorship begs for Donations after FTX Grants are put on hold
The Intercept begged its readers for donations after the publication revealed that a multimillion-dollar grant from disgraced former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried would be placed “on hold” due to FTX filing for bankruptcy.

The Science Behind Covid Explained
Today I’m bringing you the very best of Covid Rules and explaining the complicated science behind them, wrote James Macpherson.  “We were treated like idiots for two years. We must never, ever forget.”

CDC confirms COVID Deaths among Americans aged 5 to 44 increased by 160% in 2021 despite roll-out of COVID Vaccines
Official figures published by the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirm that Covid-19 deaths among children and adults up to the age of 44 increased by a shocking 160% in 2021 compared to 2020, despite the roll-out of the Covid-19 injection in December 2020.

Worst Chinese Bond Drop Since 2016 Is Coming To An End
On Friday, the PBOC added liquidity to the banking system for a second day, suggesting that it doesn’t want to see borrowing costs rise much further.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2022/11/21/21-nov-2022/

Headlines – 11/21/2022

Florida’s DeSantis to GOP Jews: West Bank was “not occupied territory” but rather a disputed area that is a historical homeland to Jews

DeSantis Highlights Florida, Israel Successes at Republican Jewish Coalition

Trump: US Jews ‘Don’t Appreciate Israel the Way They Should’

As coalition talks hit impasse, Smotrich slams Likud, vows to ‘stand by demands’

US Reform chief: Ben Gvir as police minister akin to KKK leader as attorney general

Government approves funds to record Holocaust survivors’ testimonies for the future

Jerusalem’s Grand mufti warns of regional religious war after Hebron unrest

US building ‘air and maritime defense’ system in Mideast to deter ‘imminent threats’

Israel completes testing naval Iron Dome

Hezbollah transporting hundreds of chemical weapons to Lebanon – report

IDF chief in US for meetings focused on the Iranian threat

Netanyahu confidante: Netanyahu ‘ready’ to attack Iran if Biden doesn’t neutralize threat soon

Iranian regime targets Kurdish city in crackdown on protests

“Enemies Have Been Defeated”: Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei As Protests Rage

Iran boxing chief says won’t return from Spain contest, will ‘be voice’ of protests

World Cup opening shows Qatar reemerge from Middle East isolation

Turkey Kurdish strikes: Operation Claw-Sword targets militant bases

Turkey launches deadly aerial campaign over Syria in response to Istanbul bombing

‘Heist of the century’: how $2.5bn was plundered from Iraqi state funds

Malaysia faces hung parliament for first time in history

France’s Macron Accuses Russia of ‘Predatory’ Influence in Africa

“Britain Knows What It Means To Fight For Freedom”: Rishi Sunak In Ukraine

Ukraine war: Rishi Sunak visits President Zelensky in Kyiv as he pledges 50m Euros in aid

Divided GOP tiptoes on Biden request for more Ukraine aid

‘Freezing’ Ukrainians Left ‘Without Electricity, Without Heating, Without Water’ in Kyiv: Mayor

“Torture chamber,” mass grave found in Kherson, Ukraine after Russia’s retreat

Ukraine Nuclear Plant Rocked by Rocket Fire, Second Time in 2 Days

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could start a race for nukes, Austin says

Ukraine, Russia trade blame over nuclear plant shelling; UN urges end to attacks

IAEA warns whoever was behind ‘powerful explosions’ at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant is ‘playing with fire’

Germany to Offer Poland Patriot System After Stray Missile Crash

North Korea’s Kim boasts new ICBM as US flies bombers

G7 Calls for ‘Significant’ UN Response to North Korea Missile Launches

China agrees to meet with US defense secretary for first time since Taiwan crisis

Commentary: Are We on the Road to Another Pearl Harbor? China is “is predisposed to delivering a decisive first blow against U.S.”

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg Apologizes After Former UK PM Boris Johnson Criticizes China at Singapore Event

McCarthy Says He Will Form Select Committee on China If Elected Speaker

FTX Lost $3.7 Billion in 2021 – In Bankruptcy Filing It Hides the Names of Its Unsecured Creditors Who Are Owed $3.1 Billion

Commentary: Greed plus woke ideology caused FTX crash from $32 billion to $0 – Under the guise of “saving the world,” the company bilked its customers for the sake of the Democratic party and other leftist causes

FTX’s ‘chief regulatory officer’ Dan Friedberg tied to online poker scandal

Sen. Hawley demands correspondence between federal officials and Democratic Party after FTX collapse

Samuel Bankman Fried May Have Started the Demolition of the Deep State

Media’s Latest Defense: Joe Biden’s Judgement Unaffected by Hunter’s Business Deals

Fact Check: AP Falsely Claims No Evidence Exists Joe and Hunter Biden Spoke About Foreign Business Deals

White House says GOP is spreading ‘conspiracy theories’ by investigating Bidens

Republicans identify 42 Biden administration officials they want to testify

Biden Turns 80 Years Old Amid Generational Shift in House

Schiff Claims ‘Evidence is There’ That Trump Engaged in ‘Criminal Conspiracy’, Enough to Make Criminal Referral

Kevin McCarthy: I Will Not Allow Adam Schiff or Eric Swalwell on House Intelligence Committee

RNC Had Roving Attorneys Quietly Monitoring Maricopa Voting Centers, One Has Finally Released His Damning Finds: Report

Arizona’s ‘Election Integrity Unit’ Demands Answers From Maricopa County Over Election Day Problems

Ariz. AG Takes Action – Ballots Reported in Black Duffle Bags – Officials Broke Election Laws – State Demands Names

Brazil: Lula Minister Signs Order Allowing Child Services to Take Children Away from Free Election Protesters

With a Smile, Musk Roils Twitter Hate From Critics for Reinstating Trump’s Account

Adam Schiff: Terrible Mistake to Let Trump Back on Twitter

Ex-Twitter employees are horrified by Elon Musk reinstating Donald Trump’s account: ‘Incredibly upsetting’

NAACP Calls for Companies to ‘Immediately Pause All Advertising’ on Twitter Over Trump Being Reinstated

That Was Quick! CBS News Resumes Posting on Twitter 48 Hours After Suspending Activity Due to ‘Security Concerns’ Because of Elon Musk

Elon Musk pokes fun at CBS’ short-lived Twitter hiatus after network resumes tweeting less than 48 hours later

Elon Musk Reinstates Project Veritas’ Twitter Account

Swedish Parliament Approves Constitutional Amendment Limiting Freedom of the Press

Artemis: Nasa expects humans to live on Moon this decade

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Fry, Greece

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kupang, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 21,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

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

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 11,000ft

National Guard activated amid deadly western New York snow storm that has dropped more than 6 feet of snow in region

Deadly lake-effect snowfall shut down travel, may rival New York state’s 24-hour accumulation record

In a First, Rich Countries Agree to Pay for Climate Damages in Poor Nations

Hungary, Austria, Serbia Agree New Deal to Stem Illegal Migration

Harry and Meghan to Receive Kennedy Award for Fighting ‘Structural Racism’ in Royal Family

Nearly Half of Young People Think Britain was Founded on ‘Systemic Racism’

All New York Schools Must Ditch Their Native American Mascots by the End of the Academic Year

American Bar Association Drops LSAT Requirement for Law School Admissions in the Name of Diversity

Civil Rights Inquiry Filed Against University of California Over ‘Discriminatory’ Berkeley ‘Ban’ on Zionist Speakers

Lyft drivers spread the Gospel with ride-hailing ministries

How Colleges and Sports-Betting Companies ‘Caesarized’ Campus Life

FTX Sam Bankman-Fried and His Girlfriend Caroline Ellison Had Unusual Ideas About Group Sex

Quentin Tarantino Regrets Not Having ‘Man-to-Man Talk’ With Harvey Weinstein: ‘I Didn’t Want to Deal With His Pathetic-ness’

Tarantino: Confronting Weinstein on rumors would have been ‘real hard conversation’

Qatar won’t allow any cooked Kosher food and public Jewish prayer

“What the Hell Are We All Doing Here?”: Media Confronts Moral Dilemmas and Coverage Quirks at Qatar World Cup

Qatar walks tightrope between Arab values and Western norms with World Cup gamble

‘Qatar bringing homosexuals’: Al Qaeda urges Muslims to shun World Cup

Catholic League: New Top Bishop Right to Link Abuse to Homosexuality

5 dead, 18 injured in Colorado LGBTQ nightclub shooting, police say

“Heroic” clubgoers fought and stopped a gunman shortly after he opened fire inside a LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Gay Club Shooter Threatened to Blow Up His Mother’s Home Last Year

Joe Biden Calls For ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban Following Deadly Gay Nightclub Mass Shooting

Oregon’s New Gun Control Law Sparks Buying Spree as Thousands Race to Get Firearms

Police Foil Attack on NY Jewish Community with Arrests at Penn Station

1 in 5 single adults more hesitant to have sex since Supreme Court flipped abortion ruling

Youth hospitalizations for suicidal thoughts rises 59% in 5 years: report

Facebook Oculus Founder Claims to Invent VR Device that Can Kill the User in Real Life When they Lose in a Game

Leaked State Dept Memo Reveals US Gov’t Used Taxpayer Money to Create Online Game to “Inoculate Youth Against Disinformation”

CBP Official: ‘Surprising’ Uptick in Ketamine Coming In, and It’s Being Used ‘as a Cocktail’ with Fentanyl

Pediatric professionals ask Biden to declare emergency over RSV surge

China announces 1st COVID-19 death in almost 6 months

China COVID cases steady as many Beijing businesses, schools shut

PFIZER Uses Press Release to Deny Liability Risk in Bizarre Announcement

Warning shot: Texas governor reminds school officials COVID-19 vaccines are only voluntary

FDA attorney argues guidance against ivermectin for COVID was recommendation, ‘not mandatory’

Perth protest: Freedom crowd rally for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s release and attack COVID mandates

The IRS says the new 87,000 agents could help rase as much as $1 trillion

Emmanuel Macron at APEC Summit: “We Need a Single World Order”

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

Mid-Day Snapshot · Nov. 21, 2022

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

THE FOUNDATION

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors?” —Thomas Jefferson (1781)

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Garland Hits Trump With Special Prosecutor

The deranged witch-hunting for the former president and current Republican candidate continues apace.

Nate Jackson

Donald Trump launched his 2024 presidential bid last Tuesday. Republicans then retook the House as key races were finally called, whereupon they immediately announced a probe of Joe Biden for corrupt influence-peddling schemes involving his son. Thus, Team Biden found the timing perfect for Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint another special prosecutor to investigate Trump. Anything to keep the Bad Orange Man front and center.

Haven’t we seen this movie before?

Yes and no. Whereas Robert Mueller and his crack team of Democrat prosecutors exonerated Trump of the whole Hillary Clinton-fabricated Russian-collusion hoax, John L. “Jack” Smith, the man Garland has appointed as special prosecutor 2.0, may manage to pin something on the former president.

Smith is a registered independent and reportedly has no past connection with Garland prior to this appointment. Garland and the deep state machine will certainly try to make this look as above board as possible, but make no mistake — it’s every bit as political as House members going after a president of the opposite party, whether Trump or Biden. Smith will surely follow Mueller’s lead in building a team of Democrat sleuths to nail Trump, and he answers to Democrat Garland, who answers to Democrat Biden.

Garland is “a political activist with an axe to grind after his 2016 Supreme Court nomination was thwarted by the man he’s now pledged to prosecute to the ends of the Earth,” as political analyst Tristan Justice points out.

“Based on recent developments, including the former president’s announcement that he is a candidate for president in the next election, and the sitting president’s stated intention to be a candidate as well, I have concluded that it is in the public interest to appoint a special counsel,” Garland said. “Such an appointment underscores the [Justice] Department’s commitment to both independence and accountability in particularly sensitive matters.”

It also underscores the Democrats’ overwhelming desire to run against Trump in 2024.

What will Smith be looking into? First, Trump kept a trove of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate, claiming to have declassified them and to have done nothing his predecessors hadn’t done. Second, Smith will take over “the ongoing investigation into whether any person or entity violated the law in connection with efforts to interfere with the lawful transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election or the certification of the Electoral College vote held on or about January 6, 2021, as well as any matters that arose or might arise directly from this investigation.” Yep, it’s “January 6 Inquisition: The Sequel.”

There are other matters for which Trump is under investigation elsewhere, and it’s quite possible that Smith will become the clearinghouse for all things Get Trump.

Trump likely violated the Presidential Records Act, though penalties for doing so are minor. It’s also true that Trump was not an admirable character after the 2020 election, refusing to concede and even trying to coerce then-Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the results based on incredibly dubious legal justification. Trump did not “incite an insurrection” — the idea that animated the Democrats’ second impeachment is preposterous. Neither, however, did he comport himself as a president should.

But what’s a special prosecutor going to do about that? And whose mind will change? Nothing and no one, especially given that Democrats will want this to drag out for, oh, about another two years.

Predictably, Trump says he “won’t partake” in what he calls “the worst politicization of justice in our country.” He has indeed been “proven innocent for six years on everything,” and this latest probe is just as “unfair” and “political.” That’s how Democrats roll.

“Hunter Biden is a criminal many times over and nothing happens to him,” Trump said. “Joe Biden is a criminal many times over — and nothing happens to them.” Once again, he’s right. Yet Garland will never appoint a special prosecutor to look into the current president of the United States, who is almost certainly compromised not just mentally but financially and otherwise, thanks to the dealings of his son in which he was a participant.

Is it too much to ask that America have a president who isn’t and/or shouldn’t be under investigation for criminal activity? We’re a nation of 330 million people. Surely we can do better than Clinton, Trump, and Biden.

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The Insider and the Election Denier

Mainstream Republican Kevin McCarthy and hard-left Democrat Hakeem Jeffries are maneuvering for their respective parties’ senior leadership positions.

Douglas Andrews

“The more we learn about 2016 election the more ILLEGITIMATE it becomes. America deserves to know whether we have a FAKE President in the Oval Office.”

So said hard-left New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, who’s the odds-on favorite to replace Nancy Pelosi as leader of the Democrat caucus. Thus, the party that spent the just-concluded midterm cycle smearing one Republican after another as election deniers is poised to elect the nation’s first-ever election denier as House minority leader.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Democrats invariably accuse their political opponents of that which they themselves are guilty.

Predictably, NBC and the rest of the Democrat propagandists skipped right over Jeffries’s historic election denialism to instead focus on the historic color of his skin: “If Jeffries is successful, it would represent a historic passing of the torch: Pelosi made history as the first female speaker of the House, while Jeffries, the current Democratic Caucus chairman, would become the first Black leader of a congressional caucus and highest-ranking Black lawmaker on Capitol Hill. If Democrats were to retake control of the House — a real possibility with Republicans having such a narrow majority — Jeffries would be in line to be the first Black speaker in the nation’s history.”

Jeffries, near as we can tell, would also become the first minority leader to have accepted the maximum campaign contribution allowed by law from a Ponzi schemer who lives in a polyamorous semi-colony. As Fox Business reports, Sam Bankman-Fried made a contribution worth $5,800 to Jeffries in July 2021, according to Federal Election Commission data. That’s indeed a paltry sum compared to the $38 million in graft the crypto con man ladled out to the universe of Democrats and their PACs, but it was the best he could do under existing law.

No word yet as to whether Jeffries has returned that money or donated it to charity, as many of his red-handed Demo colleagues already have.

On the other side of the aisle, current Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is positioned to become the next speaker of the House, and he’s already flexing some partisan muscles. Yesterday, he told Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo that he’ll keep the promise he made “to remove Swalwell and Schiff from the House Intelligence Committee and Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”

And why not? Swalwell was intimately involved with a Communist Chinese spy, Schiff leaked and lied with impunity during the entirety of the Russia collusion hoax, and Omar hasn’t been able to suppress her Jew hatred despite repeated admonishments.

These disqualifications will be especially fitting given that it was only last year when Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats booted Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene off the Education and Budget committees for having promoted a series of conspiracy theories that she later renounced, to no avail.

Democrats just can’t seem to learn that what goes around comes around.

Politics often makes strange bedfellows, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the unlikely partnership of McCarthy, the establishment insider, and Greene, the firebrand outsider. Greene has announced her support of McCarthy’s run for the speakership, and we have a hunch this tit-for-tat move by McCarthy has something to do with it.

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Executive News Summary

Massacre at LGBTQ night club, driver who plowed into LA sheriff’s recruits released, Philadelphia DA blames racism for his impeachment, and more.

Thomas Gallatin & Jordan Candler

Cross-Examination

  • Massacre at LGBTQ night club: In the early hours of Sunday morning, a 22-year-old man entered Club Q, a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and began shooting patrons. The attacker was quickly subdued by several patrons, but not before killing at least five people and injuring another 25. Police who arrived on the scene within minutes of the 911 call took the attacker into custody. At least two firearms were recovered from the scene including one long rifle. The motive behind the attack is still unknown, but that didn’t stop Joe Biden from leveling blame on both “gun violence” and hate toward “the LGBTQI+ community.” CNN tacitly tied the conservative Christian organization Focus on the Family to the crime by noting that its headquarters resides in Colorado Springs and that it “says homosexuality and same-sex marriage are sins.” The Leftmedia in general claims there’s a problem of growing anti-LGBT rhetoric, while completely ignoring the fact that the issue of both homosexuality and “transgenderism” has been increasingly shoved into the faces of Americans relentlessly by the media in nearly every facet of life. Narcissism is an undergirding feature of an LGBTQ movement that cannot tolerate the notion of “live and let live,” but instead insists that everyone embrace and celebrate sexually deviant lifestyles. The tragedy is that five people were murdered and over two dozen others injured, irrespective of the weapons used and the victims’ chosen sexual proclivities.
  • Driver who plowed into LA sheriff’s recruits released: A 22-year-old was immediately taken into custody last week after he drove his vehicle into a group of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recruits, injuring at least 25 of them, but he has been released. Sheriff Alex Villanueva stated that the attack was a “deliberate act,” though the suspect is being released due to “insufficient evidence” on which to charge him at this time. Villanueva noted that the release doesn’t mean the suspect won’t be re-arrested in the near future. Officials from the LA County District Attorney’s office explained that they “would not be presenting a case at this time” but also “cannot comment on the evidence in this case as this is an ongoing investigation.” Villanueva noted that the suspect had passed an alcohol breathalyzer test following the attack. The sheriff’s department had initially intended to charge the suspect with attempted murder of a peace officer.
  • Philadelphia DA blames racism for his impeachment: The Pennsylvania legislature voted to impeach Philadelphia’s Democrat District Attorney Larry Krasner last week. Earlier this year, a bipartisan committee was formed to investigate the George Soros-backed DA who won reelection last year. The state’s legislature is Republican controlled, and the lower chamber voted 107 to 85 to impeach Krasner. The result sets up a vote in the state Senate, where a two-thirds majority is required to remove Krasner. Hundreds of attorneys have left the DA’s office since he took over due to his implementation of radical leftist criminal justice reforms that have led to a significant increase in violent crime in Philadelphia, including a record 562 homicides last year. Republican Pennsylvania House Leader Kerry Benninghoff defended the vote: “We put ourselves on the record that we stand with the people of Philadelphia who have been living in fear for their lives and the safety of themselves and their families. We are standing up for those who do not have a voice, but long for safety and freedom from fear.” Krasner responded to his impeachment by asserting without any evidence that the vote was motivated by racism, as he claimed that Republicans were acting to disenfranchise “Black, brown, and broke” voters.

Headlines

  • Global climate conference closes with climate damage compensation deal (The Hill)
  • Climate activists throw flour onto Warhol-painted BMW (Fox News)
  • Joe Biden becomes first octogenarian president in American history (Free Beacon)
  • Wife of Bob Menendez draws scrutiny in federal probe; investigators are examining whether Nadine Arslanian received gifts or services from individuals who sought favors from New Jersey’s senior senator (WSJ)
  • Lori Lightfoot rages over Colorado shooting, gets dragged because she’s mayor of Chicago (Daily Wire)
  • Jordan Peterson has been released from Twitter jail alongside The Babylon Bee (Not the Bee) | Trump snubs Twitter after Elon Musk announces reactivation of ex-president’s account (CNBC)
  • “Avalanche” of illegals ready to flood U.S. border as Title 42 ends (PJ Media)
  • Report reveals just how much the DEI complex has infiltrated medical education (Free Beacon)
  • New York schools told to stop using Native American mascots (AP)
  • Princeton considering removing statue of its former president and influential founding father (Daily Wire)
  • Federal judge suspends Stop WOKE Act in Florida (Daily Wire)
  • California faces budget deficit despite nearly $100 billion surplus last fiscal year (Fox News)
  • “Traces of explosives” found on Nord Stream pipelines: Swedish authorities (PM)
  • Humor: Sad: With beer sales outlawed, World Cup attendees forced to just sit there and watch soccer (Babylon Bee)

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Realignment of College Rankings

Yale and Harvard’s scandalous chickens have come home to roost.

Emmy Griffin

Merit and reputation are the building blocks on which Ivy League schools have staked their storied and well-earned positions of prestige. Schools such as Yale and Harvard have had their images threatened by constantly being in the news for sordid affairs. Those scandalous chickens have come home to roost.

Yale Law School Dean Heather K. Gerken announced via a blog post that Yale would no longer be participating in U.S. News & World Report’s Best National University Rankings, calling the ranking system “profoundly flawed.” She wrote that the for-profit ranking system “disincentivize[s] programs that support public interest careers, champion need-based aid, and welcome working-class students into the profession. We have reached a point where the rankings process is undermining the core commitments of the legal profession. As a result, we will no longer participate.”

Harvard was quick to follow suit (within a few hours of Yale’s announcement, in fact). Harvard Law School Dean John Manning claimed, “It has become impossible to reconcile our principles and commitments with the methodology and incentives the U.S. News rankings reflect.”

At first glance, their boycott seems to have some kernels of truth. There is evidence that U.S. News & World Report’s ranking system methodology can be manipulated to give schools better scores. Columbia University admitted it had doctored information it gave to U.S. News & World Report, causing its ranking to soar to No. 2. After Columbia admitted its meddling, its rank dropped to No. 18. Moreover, former Temple University Dean Richard J. Fox was sentenced to 14 months of prison time after being caught committing a fraud scheme to “artificially inflate” Temple’s rankings.

Suffice it to say, there is a lot of stock put in the quality of schools based on U.S. News and World Report’s school rankings. But Harvard and Yale unranking themselves ultimately comes across as a case of sour grapes. A deeper dive into the ins and outs of the issue merit an alternative consideration for their faltering rankings.

Yale has had to navigate some serious scandals this past year. In March, some of its students disrupted a panel, drowning out the conservatives on the bipartisan panel discussing civil liberties by yelling. This imbroglio by the students, as well as academic concerns, has led many judges to swear off hiring any law clerks from Yale. According to The Washington Free Beacon, “Between September and October, 14 federal judges, including James Ho of the 5th Circuit and Elizabeth Branch of the 11th Circuit, said they would no longer hire clerks from Yale Law School, citing concerns about free speech and intellectual diversity.”

That concern is echoed in a survey conducted by the William F. Buckley Program at Yale. It all points to the school churning out obedient little leftists whose ideology is set. Not very much diversity there.

As far as academics are concerned, Gerken let the cat out of the bag when she wrote: “Today, 20% of a law school’s overall ranking is median LSAT/GRE scores and GPAs. While academic scores are an important tool, they don’t always capture the full measure of an applicant. This heavily weighted metric imposes tremendous pressure on schools to overlook promising students, especially those who cannot afford expensive test preparation courses.” In other words, being able to admit students of color in quotas they deem good enough to keep their virtue-signaling book balanced is more important than the equal opportunity and merit the LSATs provide.

U.S. News and World Report puts a lot of stock in “peer assessment” and reputation. Yale, which is usually ranked No. 1 in reputation, took a slight tumble in March after it tolerated that stunt from its students. Its ranking dropped to a tie for third with Harvard and Stanford as a result.

For its part, Harvard is facing some negative public attention with regard to affirmative action. At the Supreme Court, Students for Fair Admissions is suing Harvard because of discrimination against white and Asian students in the admissions process. Harvard is attempting to argue the merits of racial preferences in admittance to the university as opposed to achievement, but the Supreme Court appears poised to strike it down.

As Star Parker, founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, pointed out: “The diversity that really produces benefit in education is diversity of opinion, and Harvard has virtually none. In the most recent annual survey that the Harvard Crimson does of the university faculty of Arts and Science, more than 80% self-identified as ‘liberal’ or ‘very liberal.’ Only 1% self-identified as ‘conservative’ and zero as ‘very conservative.’”

Harvard and Yale are not the only schools to no longer participate in U.S. News & World Report’s Best National University Rankings. UC Berkley has also decided to unranked itself.

For these schools, this isn’t just a case of sour grapes; it’s an unwillingness to admit that when merit, achievement, and equal opportunity are thrown to the side, the quality of graduates suffers.

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Artemis 1 and America’s Return to the Moon

A new NASA program is laying the groundwork for future lunar exploration and beyond.

Lewis Morris

The Orion capsule launched from NASA’s Artemis 1 begins its 10-day lunar orbit today, marking a significant milestone in America’s long-awaited return to the Moon. On Wednesday, the unmanned capsule was launched atop the massive Space Launch System (SLS) rocket from Cape Canaveral’s famed Launch Complex 39B, the site of the manned Moon launches of the Apollo program a half-century ago.

It’s been 50 years since astronaut Gene Cernan was the last human to walk on the Moon, and the American space program has had its ups and downs ever since. The U.S. convincingly won the Space Race of the 1960s against the Soviets, but abruptly halted the Apollo program due to cost and a lack of interest from politicians and the public.

The Space Shuttle program, which began in 1981, helped establish and maintain our modern satellite network and assemble the International Space Station (ISS). While the Soviet Union, and later Russia, and other nations began exploring space and exploiting its commercial opportunities, the U.S. remained preeminent in space exploration.

In 2011, without a manned space vehicle to replace it, the Space Shuttle was retired. It was a low point for the U.S. space program. For the first time since 1961, America had no way of putting people into orbit. We were forced to hitch rides to and from the ISS from the Russians. Plans for returning to the Moon and a manned mission to Mars were without shape, without hardware, and without strong political support.

Now, the Artemis program is finally underway. Artemis, the sister of Apollo in Greek mythology, is designed to return humans to the Moon, this time to stay. Artemis 1, currently underway, will be an unmanned test of the major and minor components of the mission. This includes the Orion capsule, various ground and orbital computing and infrastructure systems, and the SLS, the most powerful rocket ever built.

Artemis 2, scheduled for 2024, will take a human crew to the Moon and back. Artemis 3 will bring astronauts to the Moon to set up a permanent base that will be the stepping stone for crewed missions to Mars and beyond.

It’s a lofty goal, but that was always the idea. The Moon missions of the 1960s have been picked apart by historians and scientists as being a public relations program to show up the Soviets. This was partially true, though the Earth-bound applications that have spun off from NASA missions to the Moon and elsewhere have brought immeasurable improvements to our way of life. Space exploration technology has trickled down to modern household appliances, advanced medical technology, the phones we carry, and the GPS that guides our Earth-bound trips. It was also an opportunity for America to showcase its grit and ingenuity for all the world to see.

The benefits of NASA’s work far outweigh the cost to taxpayers. At the height of the Space Race, NASA accounted for 4.5% percent of the federal budget. In 2021, NASA’s budget was $23 billion, a paltry sum compared to many other government programs and entitlements.

There is also the matter of national security. In recent years, the Communist Chinese have made some impressive strides in space exploration, sending unmanned probes to the Moon and Mars. They have near-term goals of a space station and a Moon base of their own, and a longer-term goal of overtaking the U.S. in the international order.

The Chinese have the willpower and the technology to make their space goals a reality. But if we hope to keep space free and open for all mankind, we can’t afford to cede this final frontier to China or any other nation.

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Sam Bankman-Fried’s ‘Progressive’ Altruism

The disgraced crypto king bought plenty of influence among those who should have been regulating his industry and paying attention to his crooked practices.

Douglas Andrews

The red flags were everywhere. Yet no one said a word.

That’s because everyone who should’ve noticed all the strange stuff surrounding Sam Bankman-Fried’s cryptocurrency scheme was too busy being beguiled and bought off by the young weirdo.

Columnist Becket Adams succinctly sums up a complicated story:

The short of it is this: FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried is almost certainly a conman and a thief. He opened a “bank” (a crypto exchange), accepted deposits of real money, helped himself to customers’ deposits without their knowledge, and then distributed mountains of cash to friends and, more importantly, Democratic coffers. Indeed, Bankman-Fried ranked as the Democratic Party’s second-biggest individual donor in the 2021–2022 election cycle, pumping an estimated $40 million into various Democratic campaigns and activist groups.

The 30-year-old Demo darling, whose crypto currency exchange collapsed amid reports that up to $2 billion in customer funds had gone missing, was spotted Saturday in the Bahamas, where one source said that he and his dad, a Stanford law professor, were seen with police and federal regulators.

Hopefully he’s feeling some serious heat. To this point — or at least until about two weeks ago, when it all started coming apart — he’s been living large and loving his life of “effective altruism,” which is a philosophy whereby leftists use the levers of capitalism to first enrich themselves and then to funnel their accumulated wealth into one progressive cause after another. No wonder the globalists at the World Economic Forum were so enamored of Bankman-Fried. No wonder they once promoted their partnership with him on the WEF website. And no wonder they’ve since erased any mention of it.

Bankman-Fried, who was at one point worth some $26 billion, is an odd duck, a guy whom, as Ben Shapiro notes, “bragged about never reading books (‘I think, if you wrote a book, you f***ed up, and it should have been a six-paragraph blog post’); he lived in a ‘polycule’ — a polyamorous semi-colony — along with nine of his executives; he wore gym shorts and T-shirts to important company events with Bill Clinton and Tony Blair; he placed … as chief operating officer his own intermittent girlfriend and as head of his associated hedge fund yet another intermittent girlfriend.”

What could go wrong, right? Well, plenty, actually. FTX has filed for bankruptcy, and John Jay Ray III, the man whom regulators have brought in to run what’s left of the company, has been stunned by what he’s seen. Ray, who knows a thing or two about corporate malfeasance, had this to say about the mess that is FTX:

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.

When Bankman-Fried is held to account for his massive swindle, his intentional failure to keep basic business records should be Exhibit A. As Ray writes: “One of the most pervasive failures of the FTX.com business in particular is the absence of lasting records of decision-making. Mr. Bankman-Fried often communicated by using applications that were set to auto-delete after a short period of time, and encouraged employees to do the same.”

“Many on the right are wondering,” writes National Review’s Jim Geraghty, “if Bankman-Fried got away with it for so long because he was exceptionally generous to the Democratic Party, and lots of people on the left wanted to believe the image he offered.”

It certainly seems so. Politico described Bankman-Fried as one of “just a handful of donors who spent $10 million-plus backing President Joe Biden in 2020, and in the last year, he’s hired a network of political operatives and spent tens of millions more shaping Democratic House primaries.”

There are a number of reasons why the expected Republican “red wave” of the midterm elections never materialized, but the Democrats’ ill-gotten gains from Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX Ponzi scheme certainly played a part. And his generosity toward Democrat lawmakers certainly helped keep the con going.

As Geraghty writes, “When you have $1 billion, you can buy a lot of friends who don’t want to look too closely at how you made your fortune.”

Democrats are now trying to distance themselves from this most infamous Demo donor since Bernie Madoff, but it strikes us as too little, too late. They’re only scrambling because their guy got caught.

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“I would rather starve and rot and keep the privilege of speaking the truth as I see it, than of holding all the offices that capital has to give from the presidency down.” —Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918)

For the Record

“If anyone had told conservatives 30 or 20 or even a year ago that the political price for overturning Roe v. Wade would mean taking back only one chamber of Congress in the subsequent midterm, they would never have believed you. So, even if the left’s tenuous claim that Dobbs saved them in 2022 is to be believed, the price for ridding the nation of the legal and moral abomination of Roe would be well worth it. But it is a tenuous contention. … We have no idea what the 2022 midterm environment would have looked like had the Supreme Court let Roe stand. It may well have depressed social conservative turnout. Elections are complicated and regionally unique. But there is little evidence that Dobbs produced a political earthquake or even that it changed very much at all.” —David Harsanyi

“Republican House candidates won 58% of the popular vote in the South and 53% in the Midwest, two regions that together account for 298 of the 538 electoral votes. Duplicating that support is one way an unproblematic Republican nominee could top 270 electoral votes in 2024.” —Michael Barone

Political Futures

“The first priority for House Republicans should be tempering expectations. Their most important achievement has already occurred — namely ensuring that Nancy Pelosi will no longer be speaker with all that that entails for Biden’s agenda. Making the most of their opportunity otherwise will require some realism, subtlety and creativity. … The Hunter Biden investigation obviously needs to focus on the public corruption and the question of the president’s involvement more than Hunter’s lurid personal life. … And impeaching Biden without even a majority in the Senate would be an exercise in futility. Otherwise, the field is wide open for probes that could be substantively important and politically useful, whether on the origins of COVID-19, how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other government entities responded to the pandemic, the Afghan withdrawal, and government pressure on social media companies. … They should pass bills to address inflation, support families, control the border, move toward a more merit-based legal immigration system, push back against the ‘woke’ education bureaucracy, reduce college costs, and point in a more sensible direction on crime. The party should demonstrate that it’s pro-family and pro-law and order, while trying to sell itself to the middle again as serious and competent.” —Rich Lowry

“To an extent, the GOP needs to figure out how to fundraise better and implement a better voter targeting/ballot harvesting operation before any other conversation becomes pertinent. To wit, there is perhaps little point in discussing 2024 unless and until the GOP makes the necessary operational changes to give its presidential candidate a viable chance at winning. But the reason that the topic of 2024 must be broached is that one of the reasons — not the sole reason, but very much a reason — for the GOP’s lackluster 2022 performance has himself already done precisely that. … An analysis from The New York Times’ Nate Cohn, based on underlying data from The Cook Political Report’s primary scoreboard data, concluded that the ‘Trump effect’ at the ballot box this cycle amounted to a five-point penalty compared with other Republicans. Specifically, while Cohn showed that Republicans nationwide ran an average of 5.6% ahead of their 2020 vote margin, what he dubbed so-called ‘MAGA candidates’ ran only 0.7% ahead — thus, a 4.9% differential. … The GOP has many other problems right now, but it is still clear that the latest incarnation of Trump-style politicking, focused as it is on relitigating the 2020 presidential election to an unhealthy extent and fighting petty personal battles, was rejected by the electorate in what should have been a breakthrough ‘red wave’ year.” —Josh Hammer

“Trump’s inner circle appears to be of the belief that other possible 2024 candidates must yield to the former president, and that doing otherwise would be ‘disloyal.’ They maintain this while Trump himself throws schoolyard insults at the extraordinarily popular DeSantis, mocking him repeatedly as ‘Ron DeSanctimonious,’ and veers off on other diatribes against popular Republicans, including a truly bizarre social media post about Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s (entirely normal) surname. All the while, substantive issues usually take a backseat to an intense focus on ‘stop the steal’ and other flavors of ‘doomerism,’ more broadly. Shaming the Republican base into blindly standing by a past president with such a checkered electoral record, no questions asked, is not going to cut it.” —Josh Hammer

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King of the Clowns

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The Most And Least Reliable Cars In America

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Compiled by assessing issues with over 300,000 vehicles in 17 trouble spots over the past 12 months according to participant feedback, the index saw major movement compared to 2020.

As Statista’s Florian Zandt shows in the chart below, two legacy brands, in particular, have moved up and down the ladder significantly…

While Toyota and Lexus traded places year-over-year, German manufacturer BMW climbed 10 spots and won the bronze medal in terms of reliability. Dropping 10 ranks, on the other hand, is Chevrolet, which only scored 40 out of 100 possible index points across all its models.

Notably, seven of the 10 highest-rated brands are Japanese.

The most valuable car company in the world, Tesla, which came in second-to-last in 2020, managed to climb four ranks. According to Reuters coverage of the report, the EV manufacturer still faces problems concerning “body hardware, steering/suspension, paint and trim, and climate system on its models.”

Jeep and Volkswagen dropped even further compared to 2020.

Coming in last is Mercedes-Benz, earning a reliability score of 26 out of 100.

Consumer Reports’ annual study analyzes consumer feedback for car manufacturers with more than two models and includes only the brands with enough data. By aggregating statistically significant weak points of popular car brands in the new car market, the report offers valuable insight into the market in the United States. It is considered vital information for every branch of the domestic automobile industry.

In case you were wondering, Consumer Reports notes that this year we have insufficient data to rank Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, Mini, Mitsubishi, Polestar, Porsche, and Rivian.

Judge Denies Jen Psaki’s Attempt To Avoid Testifying About White House-Big Tech Collusion | Daily Caller News Foundation

A federal court denied former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s request Monday to avoid deposition in a lawsuit alleging coordination between Biden administration authorities and social media companies to suppress free speech.

The lawsuit first filed by Republican Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry in May accuses President Joe Biden and administration parties, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), of colluding with or coercing the companies to “suppress disfavored speakers, viewpoints, and content” on their platforms with “dis-information,” “mis-information” and “mal-information” labels. Psaki filed a motion last week in a bid to avoid complying with the subpoena requiring her to testify, but Judge Terry Doughty of the Western District Court of Louisiana decided Monday to reject the motion and Psaki’s alternative request to stay her deposition.

The Republican attorneys general are suing Biden administration officials for colluding with social media and technology platforms to censor speech, particularly relating to COVID-19 and election “misinformation.”

The Louisiana court had ordered Psaki on Oct. 21 to cooperate with the request to depose her. The plaintiffs have argued that she made statements while serving as White House press secretary that “(1) attested to her personal knowledge of the participation of high- level White House officials in pressuring social-media platforms, and (2) reinforced the public threats of adverse legal consequences to social-media platforms if they do not increase censorship of views disfavored by federal officials,” according to the court’s memorandum order that day.

The Oct. 21 order also granted plaintiffs’ request to depose individuals including National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Elvis Chan and Surgeon General Vivek Murphy, despite their opposition.

The Louisiana court’s Monday memorandum said Psaki and the lawsuit’s federal defendants “were making an ‘end-run’” around its previous ruling by presenting arguments for quashing the subpoena. It argued that Psaki’s reasons for having to prepare and give deposition were not “undue burdens” that justified exempting her, so she would not suffer irreparable harm.

“The public interest lies in determining whether First Amendment free speech rights have been suppressed,” presiding Judge Terry Doughty stated in the memorandum.

Psaki’s attorney did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

Source: Judge Denies Jen Psaki’s Attempt To Avoid Testifying About White House-Big Tech Collusion

Saudi Arabia accused of beheading 12 people ‘while global attention is focused on World Cup’

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has previously been accused of backtracking on other policies, including looser restrictions on women.

Source: Saudi Arabia accused of beheading 12 people ‘while global attention is focused on World Cup’

Gov. Greg Abbott declares an invasion at our southern borders

On Monday’s “National Report,” Texas Highway Patrol Staff Lieutenant Christopher Olivarez says Gov. Abbott’s comments are perfect timing, especially as the end of “Title 42” approaches. Source: Gov. Greg Abbott declares an invasion at our southern borders

Rush Limbaugh | The real story of Thanksgiving… — CITIZEN FREE PRESS

RUSH: So, my second book was See, I Told You So. The first book is The Way Things Ought to Be and the second book is See, I Told You So. “Chapter 6, Dead White Guys, or What the History Books Never Told You: The True Story of Thanksgiving.”

Now, normally what I do is simply read from my first book. But there has now been another book added in the Rush Revere series, and the first Rush Revere book is Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. These are children’s books that were written to help young people get the true stories of America’s founding because so little of it is actually correctly taught.

In the children’s book version, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, I went into a little bit more detail about the Indians, the Native Americans who helped the arriving Pilgrims and what that story actually is and how the True Story of Thanksgiving has been obscured by what is taught — what I was taught, you were probably taught. Here’s the version you were probably taught:

The Pilgrims arrived here after an arduous trip across the Atlantic Ocean. They didn’t know why they were, had no idea what to do. They had nothing. The Indians took pity on them. The Indians saw them, and the Indians saved them. The Indians taught ’em how to do things they didn’t know how to do, like grow food, catch beavers, stuff like that.

The Indians saved them, and the Pilgrims thanked them by growing a whole bunch of food and having this big feast. So, the story of Thanksgiving that’s taught is basically how without the Native Americans there wouldn’t be a country because the Pilgrims would have died. At least the Pilgrims were nice enough to pay the Indians back with a big Thanksgiving dinner.

That’s not at all what happened. It’s not even close to what happened, which is why I decided to write about it. Now, in the Revere book — the children’s book, as I say — I went into greater detail about some of the Native Americans who provided assistance to the arriving Pilgrims, particularly a young native by the name of Squanto.

Now, I’m doing show prep today, and I come across a story in The Federalist. I quote from this website all the time, and I’m reading this story here, and, by the way, folks, it is… (chuckles) I don’t know. It’s right out of the Rush Revere book, and it’s right out of my See, I Told You So book. There’s a whole lot of discussion here of Squanto, who he was, what he did, how he helped, the details.

The point is The True Story of Thanksgiving is spreading, and I couldn’t be happier about that. Bottom line: It is spreading. I’m just gonna cut to the chase here before getting into reading the text. The Real Story of Thanksgiving, going back to the very first early days of the Pilgrims arriving at Plymouth Rock, is that socialism failed.

This is crucially important today, because we have just elected a Democrat Party that is going to implement socialism if they win these two seats in Georgia, and they’re gonna try regardless. But if they win those two seats in Georgia, you can say good-bye to the United States as you know it. It will become a socialist state. It will begin the process of becoming…

Well, we’re way down the road towards it anyway. So, it is crucially important here for people to understand this. It’s not antiquated. It’s not a cliche. It’s not something that you can make fun of people about. You know, it used to be when I first started this show in the late eighties, early nineties, if you dared to refer to the Soviet Union as “communist,” people made fun of you.

“Ah, come on, Rush! You see a communist behind every rock,” and they tried to ridicule you out of identifying communists and communism. Castro, the ChiComs. I never buckled, but a lot of people did — and they’re doing it now. If you say, “The United States, the Democrat Party’s on the pathway to socialism,” they make fun of you. They mock you.

“Come on! You don’t believe that. You can’t believe that! That’s just silly,” and they try to mock you and make fun of you, to silence you. But, folks, it’s real. Now… “The story of the Pilgrims begins in the early part of the seventeenth century… The Church of England under King James I was persecuting anyone and everyone who did not recognize [the church’s] absolute civil and spiritual authority,” actually, the state.

“Those who challenged ecclesiastical authority and those who believed strongly in freedom of worship were hunted down…” This is in England in the 1600s. They “were hunted down and imprisoned, and sometimes executed for their beliefs. A group of separatists,” people who didn’t want any part of this, “first fled to Holland,” they liked wooden shoes and cheese, “and established a community.”

They were there for eleven years. “After eleven years, about forty of” these separatists who liked wooden shoes and cheese, “agreed to make a perilous journey to the New World…” They had heard about it. Some new, exciting place that hadn’t been developed. They knew they would “face hardships,” hardships like you and I don’t know — and I’m not preaching to you.

I’m just telling you, we don’t know the hardship these people endured. We can’t. We are way too advanced now. People who lived in the 1600s would not believe life today. (Snort!) Try to explain flight, jet travel. They wouldn’t understand it. They knew they would “face hardships,” but paramount importance to them was living freely and worshiping God according to the dictates of their own consciences, their own beliefs.

That’s what they were denied the freedom to do in England. “On August 1, 1620, the Mayflower set sail. It carried a total of 102 passengers, including forty” of these separatists, the Pilgrims. There were just 40 of them. They were “led by William Bradford. On the journey” across the Atlantic… You talk about something that had to be frightening and scary?

The Mayflower was not much bigger than a 50-foot boat, and 102 people on it. “On the journey, Bradford set up an agreement, a contract” if you will, “that established just and equal laws for all [40] members of the [Pilgrim] community, irrespective of their religious beliefs.” It didn’t matter what their religious beliefs were.

These are the laws they were all agreeing to live by. “Where did the revolutionary ideas,” these laws, come from? We’re talking about the Mayflower Compact. That is what Bradford wrote. The Mayflower Compact derived “[f]rom the Bible. The Pilgrims were a people completely steeped in the lessons of the Old and New Testaments.”

They were devoutly religious people. No matter what else is said about them (and even that is denied), they were devoutly religious. “They looked to the ancient Israelites for their example. And, because of the biblical precedents set forth in Scripture, they never doubted that their experiment would work.”

They never doubted they would get to the New World. They never doubted that once they got there, they would thrive. The journey was long; it was arduous; it was dangerous. And when they finally landed, when the Pilgrims finally landed in New England in November, according to William Bradford’s detailed journal, they found a cold, barren, desolate wilderness. Imagine New England as it exists today as nothing but rocks, forest, undeveloped nature in November and getting colder.

There were no friends to greet them. There was no shelter of any kind other than hiding under a tree, there was nothing, folks. It was desolate. There were no hotels. There were no inns. There were no places to clean up. There were no houses. I mean, this was real hardship. The sacrifice that they had made for the freedom to worship was just beginning.

During that first winter — remember, they arrive in November — during that first winter, half of them, including William Bradford’s own wife, died of starvation, of sickness, exposure to the elements. Now we’re getting close to what you were taught in school. When spring finally came — and, by the way, writing that doesn’t do it justice. Spring didn’t just finally come. It was a survival. It was an act of survival that you and I cannot possibly relate to or understand.

American Special Forces can. Military people who’ve been trained can understand what the Pilgrims were — you and I can’t. We’ve never done anything like that first winter in the New World. They survived it. Spring finally came. They did meet the Indians, the Native Americans who were there, who did help them in planting corn and fishing for cod. They showed ’em where the beavers were so the beavers could be skinned for coats, other things. You animal rights people are not gonna like some of this story, but it happened.

But even at this, even with this degree of assistance from the Indians, the Native Americans, there wasn’t any prosperity yet. They had the Mayflower Compact. They had these laws they were living by, and there was no prosperity. And I wonder why. Now, this is important to understand here, folks, because this is where modern American history lessons end, with the Indians teaching the Pilgrims how to eat, how to fish, how to skin beavers, and all that.

That’s where it ends. And that’s the feel-good story. But that doesn’t even get close to the true story. You know, Thanksgiving is actually explained in some textbooks as a holiday for which the Pilgrims gave thanks to the Indians for saving their lives. It wasn’t that. That happened, but Thanksgiving was a devout expression of gratitude, the Pilgrims, to God for their survival, and everything that was a part of it.

Now, here’s the part that has been omitted. The original contract the Pilgrims entered into in Holland — they had sponsors. They didn’t have the money to do this trip on their own. They had sponsors. There were merchant sponsors in London and in Holland. And these merchant sponsors demanded that everything that the Pilgrims produced in the New World would go into a common store, a single bank, if you will. And that each member of the Pilgrim community was entitled to one share.

So everybody had an equal share of whatever was in that bank. All of the land they cleared, all of the houses they built belonged to that bank, to the community as well. And they were going to distribute it equally, because they were gonna be fair. So all of the land that they cleared and all the houses they built belonged to everybody. Belonged to the community. Belonged to the bank, belonged to the common store. Nobody owned anything. They just had an equal share in it. It was a commune.

The Pilgrims established a commune, essentially. Forerunner of the communes we saw in the sixties and seventies out in California. They even had their own organic vegetables, by the way. Yep. The Pilgrims, forerunners of organic vegetables. Of course, what else could there be? No such thing as processed anything back then.

Now, William Bradford, who had become the governor of the colony ’cause he was the leader, recognized that this wasn’t gonna work. This was costly and destructive, and it just wasn’t working. It was collectivism. It was socialism. It wasn’t working. That first winner had taken a lot of lives. The manpower was greatly reduced. So William Bradford decided to take bold action, which I will describe when we get back.

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RUSH: William Bradford, the governor of the Pilgrim community, saw that none of this was working. The Mayflower Compact was not working. Giving everybody a single share of stock in the common store, in the common bank was not working. Collectivism. It was as costly and destructive to the Pilgrims as it is and has been to anybody who has ever tried it.

So Bradford decided to scrub it. He threw it out and took bold action. He assigned a plot of land to each family. Every family was given a plot of land. They could work it, manage it however they wanted to. If they just wanted to sit on it, get fat, dumb, happy, and lazy, they could. If they wanted to develop it, if they wanted to grow corn, whatever on it, they could. If they wanted to build on it, they could do that. If they wanted to turn it into a quasi-business, they could do whatever they wanted to do with it.

He turned loose the power of the capitalist marketplace. Long before Karl Marx was even born. Long before Karl Marx was a sperm cell in his father’s dreams, the Pilgrims had discovered and experimented with what could only be described as socialism, and they found that it didn’t work. Now, it wasn’t called that then. But that’s exactly what it was. Everybody was given an equal share. You know what happened? Nobody did anything. There was no incentive. Nothing worked. Nothing happened.

“What Bradford and his community found was that the most creative and industrious people had no incentive to work any harder than anyone else, unless they could utilize the power of personal motivation! But while most of the rest of the world has been experimenting with socialism for well over a hundred years — trying to refine it, perfect it, and re-invent it — the Pilgrims decided early on to scrap it permanently. What Bradford wrote about this social experiment should be in every schoolchild’s history lesson. If it were, we might prevent much needless suffering,” if the true story of Thanksgiving had been taught for years and years and years.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: So, William Bradford, after putting everybody in a common store, the Mayflower Compact… They wanted to be fair. They wanted everybody to have one common share of stock in everything that happened that the Pilgrims produced — and it bombed. It didn’t work.

There was no prosperity; there was no creativity because there was no incentive. Here’s what Bradford wrote about the failure: “‘For this community [so far as it was] was found to breed much confusion and discontent…’” They were not happy, in other words. “‘[T]his community was found to breed much confusion and discontent and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort.’”

In other words, nobody worked.

The way they set it up, killed and discouraged work.

There was no need.

“‘For young men that were most able and fit for labor and service’” sat around and did nothing. “‘[T]hey should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without’” being paid for it? Why should they do that? So, they didn’t. “‘[T]hat was thought injustice.’ Why should you work for other people when you can’t work for yourself? What’s the point? Do you hear what he was saying, ladies and gentlemen?

“The Pilgrims found that people could not be expected to do their best work without incentive. So, what did Bradford’s community try next? They unharnessed the power of good old free enterprise by invoking” capitalism, “the principle of private property,” all the way back in the 1600s. It was incredible. “Every family was assigned its own plot of land,” and they could do with it whatever they wanted to do.

“‘This had very good success,’ wrote Bradford, ‘for it made all hands industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been.’” So when profit was introduced, when the opportunity to prosper was introduced, it went gangbusters. That, my friends, is the essence of the True Story of Thanksgiving. “Now, this is where it gets really good, folks, if you’re laboring under the misconception that I was, as I was taught in school.

“So they set up trading posts and exchanged goods with the Indians” after they had enjoyed this prosperity. It was not the Indians that brought them to prosperity. It’s not said to insult anybody. The Indians assisted in their arrival undeniably. But what led to prosperity for these original settlers was the common store failed. Socialism didn’t work.

It’s when they introduced what turns out to be capitalism. They didn’t have the name for it, but when they turned loose individual incentive — keep what you produce, sell what you don’t need — it went crazy. This is not something they were taught by anybody by self-experience. It was not the Indians. None of this is said to put anybody down. Don’t misunderstand.

The Indians did a lot of things that helped them, which I’ll get to in just a second, but it was their own industriousness. “[T]hey set up trading posts and exchanged goods with the Indians.” They sold stuff to them, and those “profits allowed them to pay off their debts to the merchants,” their sponsors in London and in Holland, and you know what?

The success of that colony after they had abandoned socialism and tried what was essentially capitalism, the word spread throughout the Old World of this massive amount of prosperity that was there for the taking in the New World. And guess what happened? The New World was flooded with new arrivals. “[T]he success and prosperity of the Plymouth settlement attracted more Europeans and began what came to be known as the ‘Great Puritan Migration.’”

And all it took was prosperity and the word spreading across the Atlantic Ocean of how there was prosperity and it was there for the taking. All you had to do was get there and give it a shot. The lesson is — The True Story of Thanksgiving is — that William Bradford and his Pilgrim community were thanking God for the blessings on their community after the first miserable winter of a documented failure brought on by their attempt at fairness and equality, which was socialism.

It didn’t work.

Only when they abandoned it did it work — and I need to say it again, because I don’t want people to misunderstand and get noses out of joint. The Native Americans, the indigenous people, the Injuns, whatever you want to call ’em, they were of considerable assistance, and they were friendly when the Pilgrims arrived. But they had little, if anything, to do with the prosperity that occurred.

Because that was the result of Bradford and the Pilgrim leadership deciding to change their structure, the Mayflower Compact. Now, Indians assisted, naturally. I can’t deny it. I mean, they taught them how to fish and this kind of thing that they didn’t know how to do, and that led them to be productive, undeniably so. But it was the Pilgrim community itself which experienced this massive prosperity.

The word of which spread all the way back to the Old World, Europe across the Atlantic Ocean.

Now, I mentioned earlier that The Federalist has a story on all this, and in it they describe much of what we did in the second book that dealt with this, the children’s book, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. That book goes into great detail about how the Indians did provide assistance and what kind of assistance it was, how valuable it was and how crucial it was.

In Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, we focus on a Native American by the name of Squanto. Now, as I told you, “During the winter of 1620, only 44 out of the original 102 [Pilgrims] survived, including their first elected governor of the colony, John Carver,” and it was “an Indian named Squanto came to their rescue.” As I say, this is, as I say, explored in great detail in Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.

“Squanto was no ordinary native. Early settlers in 1610 had captured him and sold him into slavery. A group of Catholic friars freed him and brought him to England, where he learned to speak English. In 1618, serving as an interpreter on an English ship, he was brought back to the New World.” It was Squanto — who is a famous Native American in his own right in the Pilgrim story. it was Squanto who “taught the Pilgrims how to plant and fish,” how to skin beavers. It was Squanto who “broker[ed] a peace treaty between the Pilgrims and other Indian tribes.”

There was more than one tribe of Indians. It was not copacetic. It was not friendly and at one with nature. It was not anything like the multiculturalists would have you believe. There were squabbles; there were power struggles; turf battles. It was human. The Indians, the Pilgrims, everybody was scrambling for power, for survival. Survivability was the name of the game. And it was not guaranteed.

Now, many of the Pilgrims literally believed that God had sent Squanto to save them. And they believed, the Pilgrims believed, that without Squanto they never would have survived, or thrived. And they experienced a tremendous harvest in 1621, and that’s the big gathering that is taught in the history books, the native Indians and the Pilgrims joined together for a huge feast, which is the foundational story of the Thanksgiving story that’s taught in public schools.

But, again, that is not The Real Story of Thanksgiving. That’s the textbook brand. It did happen, but it’s so much more than that. And I love taking the opportunity every year to explain the truth of, especially now given this election’s apparently, allegedly fallen out. Because even at The Federalist — this is so great that the story is spreading. “One of the most important legacies of early settlers is that they experimented with socialism in the 1620s, and it didn’t work. Private property rights and personal responsibility, two pillars of a free market economy, saved the Plymouth colony from extinction and laid the economic foundation for a free and prosperous nation that we all enjoy today.”

And that is exactly right. And that is The True Story of Thanksgiving. And that has been what should have been shared with you every Thanksgiving for the past 31 years.

Source: https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2020/11/24/the-real-story-of-thanksgiving-2/

Rush Limbaugh | The real story of Thanksgiving…

Biden’s new border ‘magic trick’ welcomes would-be illegal immigrants

Maria Esperanza Diaz Ruiz had expected to pay a smuggler to get across the U.S.-Mexico border. Then she learned the Biden administration’s new program would let her walk in for free, as long as she had a tale of woe from back home.

Source: Biden’s new border ‘magic trick’ welcomes would-be illegal immigrants

Respect for Marriage Act: What it is, the current status, and why religious liberty hangs in the balance — Standing for Freedom Center

Addressed in this article:

What is the expressed purpose of the Respect for Marriage Act?

Why is Congress so enthusiastic about passing this law now?

What is the current status of the RFMA now and what happens next?

What is the RFMA’s impact on religious freedom?


The purpose of the RFMA

The RFMA has one single priority, with a few subliminal (though concerning) priorities behind it. The intent of the RFMA is to enshrine a national right to same-sex marriage. As is stated in the bill’s most recent text, the purpose is “To repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and ensure respect for State regulation of marriage, and for other purposes.”

It’s important to note a brief summary of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) for proper context to the RFMA. DOMA was signed into law by President Bill Clinton and received support from nearly a third of both the House and Senate’s Democrat caucuses. DOMA had two primary sections: “Powers Reserved to the States,” which authorized states to deny same-sex marriage recognition, and “Definition of Marriage,” which defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman as it pertains to federal purposes such as taxes, benefits, etc. But since DOMAs enaction in 1996, both of these sections, which effectively made up the entirety of the law, were struck down by two different landmark Supreme Court cases. In 2013, the Court ruled in United States v. Windsor to repeal the “Definition of Marriage,” and in 2015, the Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges to repeal the “Powers Reserved to the States.” The Obergefell decision rendered same-sex marriage legal across all 50 states.

As it currently stands, DOMA is still a law on the books but is void of effective substance and remains in title only. The purpose of repealing DOMA is to ensure that, in the event that the Supreme Court overturns Windsor or Obergefell, DOMA won’t become active again.


Why is congress so enthusiastic about passing this law now?

While there are several speculations as to the timing of this push, such as the midterm elections, the most concrete factor is that the proven conservative majority on the Supreme Court has many people concerned that marriage-equality cases may be reversed, namely Windsor and Obergefell. The fear behind Windsor and Obergefell being overturned comes from a line by Justice Clarence Thomas in his opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, the case that reversed Roe v. Wade last June 24. Thomas postulated the idea that the Court should revisit cases dealing with “substantive due process,” which was a factor in Roe and Roe’s affirming case in 1992, Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Substantive Due Process was also a factor in Windsor and Obergefell.

Thomas said,

“As I have previously explained, substantive due process is an oxymoron that lacks any basis in the Constitution.” Thomas went on to say that the Court “should reconsider all
of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including GriswoldLawrence, and Obergefell. Because any substantive due process decision is demonstrably erroneous.”

Supporters of marriage equality are right to be concerned about the Court’s conservative jurisprudence. While the Dobbs decision was the biggest case of the season, the Court also ruled conservatively in a 2nd Amendment Case and a free speech case in the same term.


What’s the status of the RFMA now and what happens next?

Despite the Senate voting twice with the percentage needed to invoke culture, there is still potentially one more procedural vote before the Senate votes to pass the bill. At this point, it seems likely the Senate will pass the bill unless the 12 GOP senators and one Democrat change their minds. Since cloture has already been invoked, the filibuster is not an option and a simple majority (51 votes) is needed. With a split senate, Vice President Kamala Harris gets the tie-breaking vote. From there, the bill will return to the House of Representatives for a re-vote. The House passed the bill originally but the senate’s alternations were significant enough for the House to review and revote. Assuming House passage, it will go to President Joe Biden’s desk for signature.


The impact of the RFMA on religious freedom

Effectively, the RFMA would not impact marriage equality in America but would install a means to prevent repealing current marriage equality rights. The major impact of the RFMA sits not with marriage, but with religious liberty.

Opponents of the RFMA have strongly noted the bill’s lack of protection for religious people who, for example, may wish to not provide services in support of a same-sex wedding ceremony. While the bill has language that pertains to religious liberty protections, many have called the legislative language “lip service” used to garner enough votes to pass cloture (60 votes) which is first required to proceed to a vote for passage. To the common citizen, the language might appear to have more than a sufficient intent to protect religious liberties, but experts like Senator James Lankford have reason to doubt the legitimacy of these protections, saying, “we don’t deal with intent here in Congress, we deal with legislation and text. The words matter in this.”

For a strong and winsome analysis of the ramifications on religious liberty, watch Senator James Lankford’s delivery here:

Section 6 of the RFMA, “No Impact On Religious Liberty and Conscience” reads,

Nothing in this Act, or any amendment made by this Act, shall be construed to diminish or abrogate a religious liberty or conscience protection otherwise available to an individual or organization under the Constitution of the United States or Federal law.

Consistent with the First Amendment to the Constitution, nonprofit religious organizations, including churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, nondenominational ministries, interdenominational and ecumenical organizations, mission organizations, faith-based social agencies, religious educational institutions, and nonprofit entities whose principal purpose is the study, practice, or advancement of religion, and any employee of such an organization, shall not be required to provide services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods, or privileges for the solemnization or celebration of a marriage. Any refusal under this subsection to provide such services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods, or privileges shall not create any civil claim or cause of action.

As was noted before, the language here suggests that religious freedom should be of no concern. However, as Lankford has pointed out, the long list of alleged protections does not protect the individual citizen from being sued for refusal to participate in an activity that violates their religious convictions. Nowhere in the text is there protection for individual citizens or business owners. And it is no conspiracy to assume that private business owners will be targeted with this bill as law.

It is reasonable to assume that private business owners will have their religious freedom targeted. One would only need to remember Jack PhillipsBarronelle StutzmanCoach KennedyEmily CarpenterJoanna Duka, Breanna Koski, and several other business owners who have fallen into the same bullying crosshairs that the citizenry of America will continue to be subjected to with this law in place.


An eerie foretelling…

It’s worth harkening back to two heralding opinion excerpts from Obergefell v. Hodges. When the Court ruled 5-4 that gay marriage will now be legal in all 50 states, the notion that religious liberty may be targeted was presented by two justices: Justice Alito, who ruled in the minority, and Justice Kennedy, who ruled in the majority. Despite their varying positions, both saw it necessary to address the idea that legalizing gay marriage may compromise religious freedom:

“Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered.”

While Kennedy’s opinion did not directly suggest that anybody would be targeted, the fact that he felt it necessary to give a proactive defense says something. Despite Kennedy’s sentiment, this is not at all how things played out.

Alito warned,

The decision will also have other important consequences. It will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.

Since the 2015 ruling, several religious liberty cases dealing with same-sex marriage have accosted citizens with sincerely held religious beliefs, as Alito warned. He concluded,

Most Americans—understandably—will cheer or lament today’s decision because of their views on the issue of same-sex marriage. But all Americans, whatever their thinking on that issue, should worry about what the majority’s claim of power portends.

This bill would only serve to advance the agenda of anti-religious liberty bigotry while attacking those who were living their lives as normal citizens in a non-hateful, non-oppressive manner. There are two major remedies for this type of tyranny: prayer and voting. Several stories throughout the Bible show God-fearing people taking action to combat injustice. God won’t call everyone to vocational politics, but that doesn’t dismiss our responsibility to vote and take what action we can to slow the spread of evil in our policy fields.

All of the effort being pushed in Washington D.C. by committed faithful believers is severely undermined when the Church doesn’t vote. Policies are advanced by lawmakers, thus all efforts that go into creating and sending policies to the advancing offices are null and ineffective if the legislator of such office doesn’t stand for righteousness.

Stand righteously. Stand faithfully.

Respect for Marriage Act: What it is, the current status, and why religious liberty hangs in the balance — Standing for Freedom Center

Banned Twitter users return: ‘We’re coming back with a vengeance’

Several banned Twitter users are making their return to the social media platform, following new owner Elon Musk clearing a path for the restoration of censored accounts including activists, satirists and celebrities.

Source: Banned Twitter users return: ‘We’re coming back with a vengeance’

Biden Admin Ignores Court’s Latest Ruling, Tells Student Borrowers They’re Getting ‘Relief’

The Biden administration is beginning to approve applications for student loan relief amid a legal battle over the forgiveness plan, according to an email obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. The Department of Education is notifying applicants that they are eligible for student loan forgiveness and will be relieved of their student debt after “[prevailing] in court,” according to an email obtained by the DCNF.

Source: Biden Admin Ignores Court’s Latest Ruling, Tells Student Borrowers They’re Getting ‘Relief’

7 teams cancel ‘gay pride armbands’ at World Cup… — CITIZEN FREE PRESS

The “OneLove” armband due to be warn by the likes of England captain Harry Kane and Germany counterpart Manuel Neuer was designed as part of a campaign to promote inclusivity. © Marco Bertorello, AFP

France, England, Germany and four other European teams at the World Cup on Monday abandoned plans to wear a rainbow-themed armband in support of LGBTQ rights, citing the threat of disciplinary action from FIFA.

FIFA has been very clear that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the field of play,” the seven teams said in a joint statement.

Under FIFA rules, players wearing kit that is not authorised by football’s world governing body could be shown a yellow card. 

If that player was then shown a second yellow card, they would be sent off.

The armbands had widely been viewed as a symbolic protest against laws in the World Cup host nation Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.  

“As national federations, we can’t put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions including bookings, so we have asked the captains not to attempt to wear the armbands in FIFA World Cup games,” the federations of England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland said.

The climbdown after threats from FIFA came hours before England’s Harry Kane, the Netherlands’ Virgil van Dijk and Wales’ Gareth Bale were due to wear the armbands in Monday’s games. The captains of Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark had also pledged to wear the armbands in the coming days.

“Our number one priority at the World Cup is to win the games,” the Dutch soccer federation said in a separate statement. “Then you don’t want the captain to start the match with a yellow card.”

Monday’s decision shows the political situation surrounding the first World Cup in the Middle East – even after FIFA president Gianni Infantino asked all 32 national teams to keep politics off the soccer field.

Since being awarded the World Cup hosting rights in 2010, Qatar has faced years of criticism regarding its treatment of low-paid migrant workers as well as it’s criminalisation of gay and lesbian sex.

A testy meeting

FIFA raised the prospect of yellow cards on Sunday during a testy meeting with European soccer federations, including the seven teams that pledged to wear the armband.

The One Love campaign was started in the Netherlands and its symbol is a heart-shaped multi-coloured logo aimed at promoting inclusion and diversity in football and society.

However, the European plans were in clear breach of World Cup regulations and FIFA’s general rules on team equipment at its games.

“For FIFA final competitions, the captain of each team must wear the captain’s armband provided by FIFA,” the football body’s equipment regulations state.

The armband dispute flared two months ago when 10 European teams said they had joined the longer-standing campaign in Dutch soccer, but it was still not resolved when the seven teams arrived in Qatar.

FIFA offered its own compromise Monday by saying captains of all 32 teams “will have the opportunity” to wear an armband with the slogan “No Discrimination” in the group games.

FIFA’s original offer Saturday was that “No Discrimination” – the only one of its chosen slogans aligned with the European teams’ wish – would appear only at the quarter-final stage.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and AP)

Source: https://www.france24.com/en/sport/20221121-european-teams-scrap-one-love-lgbt-rights-armband-plan-at-world-cup

CBS News Drops ‘Breaking’ Story on Hunter Biden, Only Problem Is They’re 2+ Years Late

To set the scene, it was October 2020, roughly 15 days out from the 2020 general election. The New York Post dropped what should have been the most consequential political scandal story for a presidential candidate in modern U.S. history.

Of course, I’m referencing the infamous laptop belonging to Hunter Biden that contained mountains of illicit videos, photos and texts that essentially prove the Biden family has enjoyed massive profits from Hunter Biden’s shady business pursuits. Instead of the story rocking the front page of every mainstream outlet, it was ignored and, worse, purposely buried.

That is, until this past week. Over two years later. Hilariously, on Monday morning, CBS Mornings’ Twitter account declared that CBS News had “obtained data” from a laptop “purportedly” belonging to the son of the president of the United States.

“CBS News has obtained data from a laptop purported to have belonged to Hunter Biden. The data came directly from the source who said they provided it to the FBI under subpoena,” the outlet tweeted.

Source: CBS News Drops ‘Breaking’ Story on Hunter Biden, Only Problem Is They’re 2+ Years Late