Daily Archives: March 15, 2023

The Immutability of God: The Attributes of God with Steven Lawson | Ligonier Ministries

The Word of God remains true in every generation because God Himself is the same from age to age. In stark contrast, as human beings we are always changing. We must depend on the Lord as the only sure anchor amid the turbulent seas of life. In this message, Steven Lawson explores the biblical view of God’s immutability, explaining that His ways and His Word never change.

This message is from Dr. Lawson’s 16-part teaching series The Attributes of God. Learn more: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/attributes-god

Source: The Immutability of God: The Attributes of God with Steven Lawson

God Will Not Reject His People — Reformed Christian Studies

 By Keith Kauffman – Posted at Place for Truth:

“I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means!” – Romans 11:1

The fear of rejection is perhaps one of the more influential considerations in our decision making. The choices we make, the conversations we choose to have or avoid, the way we spend our money; many times, these decisions are guided by our desire to avoid being rejected by others. The desire for a lasting acceptance seems an innate characteristic of humanity. If we are fortunate enough to somehow make it as part of the “in” group, the inner circle, we often take whatever steps we deem necessary to remain as such. To be numbered among the people of God is the best inner circle there could be, the most glorious collection of people there has ever been. To be a sinner saved by the grace of God alone through the atonement set forth in Christ is to be truly blessed, and so it begs the question: can one ever go from being part of the people of God to being separate from the people of God? There have been erroneous systems of Christianity throughout the centuries that have argued it is indeed possible to lose one’s salvation. A sacramental Roman Catholicism argues for the necessity of works to maintain one’s place within the family of God. An Arminian Protestantism denies the Reformed doctrine of eternal security. Both theological systems fly directly in the face of Scripture’s assertion that once numbered among the people of God, there is nothing that could ever remove you. Yet it begs one final question though: could God Himself remove you? Again, the Scriptures are clear: by no means!

Books have been written to prove this point from Scripture, so we’ll forego a lengthy discussion on proving this point. We’ll simply echo what Paul says in Romans 8: those whom God predestines, he also calls, justifies, and glorifies. Salvation is entirely of God from beginning to end. Or perhaps more poignantly, once we have been united to Christ by faith, we cannot be disunited, and our sins, both past and future, are covered by His blood. The Father sees us always in His Son, and He cannot reject His Son. Again, those systems that assert the possibility of losing one’s salvation fail to see the beauty and importance of a believer’s union with Christ. But the promise that God will not reject His people should have real effect within us. Here are 3 simple effects that this wonderful promise of God should have …

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God Will Not Reject His People — Reformed Christian Studies

Why Truth Matters Now More Than Ever (Podcast) — Cold Case Christianity

Why is it so hard to discuss the truth of Christianity with non-believers? Is it becasue there isn’t any evidence for Christinaity, or becasue there has been a shift in the meaning of “truth”? In this interview with Bill Arnold from Faith Radio, J. Warner examines and defines the nature of truth.


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For more information about the nature of Biblical faith and a strategy for communicating the truth of Christianity, please read Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith. This book teaches readers four reasonable, evidential characteristics of Christianity and provides a strategy for sharing Christianity with others. The book is accompanied by an eight-session Forensic Faith DVD Set (and Participant’s Guide) to help individuals or small groups examine the evidence and make the case.

Why Truth Matters Now More Than Ever (Podcast) — Cold Case Christianity

An Expert Searcher — VCY America

For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. (Ezekiel 34:11)

This He does at the first when His elect are like wandering sheep that know not the Shepherd or the fold. How wonderfully doth the Lord find out His chosen! Jesus is great as a seeking Shepherd as well as a saving Shepherd. Though many of those His Father gave Him have gone as near to hell-gate as they well can, yet the Lord by searching and seeking discovers them and draws nigh to them in grace. He has sought out us: let us have good hope for those who are laid upon our hearts in prayer, for He will find them out also.

The Lord repeats this process when any of His flock stray from the pastures of truth and holiness. They may fall into gross error, sad sin, and grievous hardness; but yet the Lord, who has become a surety for them to His Father, will not suffer one of them to go so far as to perish. He will by providence and grace pursue them into foreign lands, into abodes of poverty, into dens of obscurity, into depths of despair; He will not lose one of all that the Father has given Him. It is a point of honor with Jesus to seek and to save all the flock, without a single exception. What a promise to plead, if at this hour I am compelled to cry, “I have gone astray like a lost sheep!”

An Expert Searcher — VCY America

Time — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

How often does our preoccupation with living make us forget that we are always in the presence of God?

We try and cram more and more into each of our days and often become so stressed and anxious that we don’t have enough time to fit everything in.  Sometimes it is the things that we put off doing until another day that tire us the most.  Yet it is in our everyday living that we should place God first as we continue with our work and our play.  How often do we become so caught up in the ‘everyday’ that we find we do not have enough time for God?

Our moods so often depend on how much time we have.  If we work all day and come home tired and stressed because we didn’t have time to finish all that was on our desk, or there was not enough time to finish the ironing or the gardening, or do the shopping; all these things affect the way we react to those around us.  We are often not happy in whatever we are doing.

I believe that happiness is not something for which we can search.  It is like a butterfly that is so elusive when we try to catch it, and yet when we don’t try, one may come to rest on our shoulder.  We can come to know true happiness only by living the life that the Lord would have us lead – by serving and showing unconditional love to others.  It is taking the time to slow down and listen to the still, small voice that gives us the patience and the courage to take each moment and know that we are surrounded by God’s grace.

Jesus tells us that

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  John 10:10

Is our life full in the way that this passage reveals?

I think of time as the thief, and so if we make time for God, the rest of our lives will come into perspective.

Lord, slow us down so that we may hear your Holy Spirit speak to us and discover our heart’s true longings and therefore recover our energy and our purpose for living.  Amen.

by Terry Stead
Used by Permission

Further Reading

•   God Is…

•  More than a Father

•  Salvation Explained

Time — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Time and Attention — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

God doesn’t desire more of our time sometimes; He desires more of our attention all the time.

Ever feel frustrated because you hear messages about getting closer to God and you definitely desire this for yourself, but you are inundated with so much to do already that this only makes you feel guilty because you are too busy for God? I think we all feel this at one time or another, but carving more time out of your busy schedule to be with God isn’t necessarily the only answer to this question. Look at the following scriptures:

I have set the Lord always before me.” (Psalm 16:8 NIV)

My eyes are ever on the Lord.” (Psalms 25:15 NIV)

I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.” (Psalm 34:1 NIV)

Reading these words makes you wonder if these are the words of a monk who had nothing else to do but devote himself to God. Actually, they are the words of David, King of Israel, a great ruler and warrior. How did he manage to run a nation at war, and keep his eyes on the Lord at all times? The only conclusion is that he did this while he did everything else. It’s a continual awareness of God that we are talking about here, not necessarily more time devoted to spiritual pursuits.

I once saw a sign that read: “Your God is what you pay attention to.” You see, I believe you can pay attention to God while you are doing everything else. It’s all about doing everything for God and seeing God in everything we do. It’s about bringing God into the boardroom, the exercise room, the living room, the bedroom. Now of course He’s already in all these places but we’re talking about being aware of His being there at all times. That’s what it means to set the Lord always before us.

Worship is a frame of mind that always has God in the picture. We don’t need church, or Bible study, or devotions to remind us about the Lord if we’re already aware of Him all the time. These opportunities then become more precious to us because we can devote all our attention to that which we have been doing all along.

by John Fischer
Used by Permission

Further Reading

•   Sample Prayers

•  How to Pray

• Struggles, Despair

Time and Attention — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

15 Mar 2023 News Briefing

Futurist makes bold claim that Humans are on track to achieve immortality in 7 years
A new video from the YouTube channel Adagio revisits futurist Ray Kurzweil’s ideas about how for humans, both singularity and immortality are shockingly imminent—as in, potentially just seven years away. The idea of singularity is the moment AI exceeds beyond human control and rapidly transforms society. Predicting this timing is tricky, to say the least.

Louisiana revival heads into 19th straight week
What started as a four-day revival event at a local church last year has blossomed into a 19th week of revival in the Hammond, Louisiana area, and it shows no signs of stopping. Sources tell CBN News, it started on Oct. 16 at the Old Zion Baptist Church located northwest of Hammond on Highway 442.

Hamas warns Israel against ‘violations’ during Ramadan
The Palestinian militant group Hamas warned Israel on Tuesday it would react to any possible “violations” at a flashpoint holy site in Jerusalem during the upcoming Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

14 US presidents who were members of one of the most mysterious and powerful secret societies in history
Almost a third of the US presidents have been Freemasons. It’s a statistic that sounds straight out of a conspiracy theorist’s fever dream (or “National Treasure,” at the very least).

Russia and China threaten to create global ‘danger and disorder,’ says Britain’s Sunak
Britain cast China as representing an “epoch-defining challenge” to the world order, in an update to its foreign policy framework published on March 13 that declared that the U.K.’s security hinged on the outcome of the Ukraine war. In the refresh of Britain’s blueprint for security and international policy, the government warned of China’s deepening partnership with Russia, and Moscow’s growing cooperation with Iran following the invasion of Ukraine.

Navy intel chief says average Americans are ‘naive,’ have ‘blindness’ on China threat
The commander of Navy intelligence recently called the average American “naןve” to the threats posed by China, saying the nation suffers from “a China blindness problem” as competition between the countries reaches new heights. Rear Adm. Mike Studeman, commander of the Office of Naval Intelligence, made the remark Feb. 15, Breaking Defense reported, at the height of the fallout over a Chinese spy balloon that flew over a large part of the U.S. before being shot down by fighter jets.

Trump Vows To “Totally Obliterate The Deep State” In “The Final Battle”
Speaking to a huge crowd in Iowa Monday night, President Trump promised to “totally obliterate the deep state,” and described his push for a second term as “the final battle.”

Treasury To Give Biden Family ‘Suspicious Activity’ Banking Reports To GOP Investigators
The Treasury Department is finally complying with a request to release suspicious activity reports (SARs) generated in connection with the Biden family and their associates’ business transactions. US banks have filed over 150 SARs from Hunter and President Joe Biden’s brother, James, which included “large” amounts of money tagged for further review by the Treasury. According to a 2020 report, SARs “often contain evidence of potential criminal activities, such as money laundering and fraud.” Even worse, we know Joe was involved in selling U.S. natural gas to China.

DeSantis Admin Yanks Hyatt Miami Liquor License For Hosting “Drag Queen Christmas” With Kids Present
In a 17-page complaint filed Tuesday by the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the state claims that the Hyatt’s James L. Knight Center violated several laws, including a prohibition of “lascivious exhibition” in front of people younger than 16, according to Florida’s Voice.

Elementary school teacher says confusing kids about gender is ‘the goal’
A teacher claims in a video that her “goal” is to confuse children about gender. Parents have identified the woman as a Mounds View Public Schools teacher. The woman in the video has been identified by parents and former students as Kourtney Ryan, a Valentine Hills Elementary school music teacher. One parent said she believes the 2021-22 school year was Ryan’s first year at the school.

How Can You Watch For A Day And Hour That No One Knows?
The subject of Bible prophecy continues to be a hotly debated subject within the church. Some see it as already fulfilled, others as allegorical lessons. But the most accurate way to approach the study of Bible prophecy is to see it as “history in advance”. What we also need to understand is that Bible prophecy is not predictions; it is as sure as the past as far as it being fulfilled.

Rampant Nazi golrification: A look into Europe’s antisemtic rallies
Study casts light on extreme right rallies across numerous Europan cities propagating Holocaust denial and hatred towards Israel and Jews. It has been almost 80 years since the end of World War II, but far-right marches are still taking place across Europe. Many of these marches display antisemitic symbols and glorify Nazism.

Defense Ministry to use RAFAEL to improve remote-controlled naval guns
Zeev Landau, the Defense Ministry’s deputy director-general and head of the Directorate of Production and Procurement, said the deal was “an advanced, first-of-its-kind agreement that will guarantee a maximum accessibility of 80%-95% for dozens of Typhoon and Mini Typhoon cannons manufactured by Rafael installed on various naval vessels, including battleships and patrol ships.”

Former NY Gov. Cuomo announces new pro-Israel Democratic group
Cuomo, who is expected to challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand as she runs for reelection next year, said he was forming the organization in order to pressure Democrats to fight criticism of Israel. he is launching an organization called “Progressives for Israel”

Are You Vexed By Our Lawless And Self-Destructive Society?
So, how can anyone who has been made righteous in Jesus, experience torment? 2 Peter 2:8 speaks of Lot and the people of Sodom. It says that living there, Lot “felt his righteous soul tormented day after day with their lawless deeds.” The King James Version says the corruption in Sodom “vexed his righteous soul.” The Living Bible says Lot was “sick of the terrible wickedness he saw everywhere around him.” In our day, it’s easy to understand.

Knesset first reading passes controversial override clause
Israel’s parliament on Monday night completed the first reading of the controversial “override clause,” a bill which would allow lawmakers to protect laws from judicial review.

‘Terrible blow’ for possible regional coalition; ‘defeat for Israel’: Saudi Arabia announces diplomatic ties with Iran
Saudi Arabia announced on Friday that it will restore diplomatic ties with Iran, after having asked the United States for security guarantees and help with its civilian nuclear program as a pre-condition for normalizing ties with Israel. The joint announcement by Saudi Arabia and Iran, following talks mediated by China, marks a victory for Iran and a defeat for Israel, which the ayatollah regime has threatened with annihilation.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad calls on Israeli Arabs to start intifada
Call for violent uprising comes days after PIJ official claimed Israel is at its weakest. “We call on all the fighters of our people and the free people in the West Bank and in Israel to mobilize for this war, so that there will be an overall intifada that will create the basis for the end of our enemy and its expulsion from all of Palestine,” Abu Hamza said.

‘Get Off Your High Horse!’ Christians Must Not Complain When Muslims Butcher Them
Imagine a Spaniard entering a mosque in Morocco, shouting ‘Long live Christ the King’ and killing the imam. Well, that’s what Muslims do day in and day out here in our Christian Europe—and nobody says a thing.

A Biblical Look at the Judiciary Debate
For most of us, without the ability to vote in the Knesset or sit on the Supreme Court, let’s not attempt to dictate how judges should be appointed, the apparent root of the current dispute, but instead focus on the qualifications of a judge as given in the Bible. Judges were historically a part of Israel’s governmental leadership in the scriptures. Most obviously, we all can read from the Bible book named “Judges” in English and “Shoftim” in Hebrew. Shoftim (שופטים) were specially appointed leaders of God’s people with special qualifications and important responsibilities.

Mayo nurse survives stage 4 cancer, urges others to be screened
Malmo was grieving the death of her son when she began feeling unwell. Malmo, who over the next year lost 15 pounds and developed anemia, assumed she had a bleeding stomach ulcer due to the stress and grief. Her symptoms grew to include irregular bowel movements, paling skin and shortness of breath … by the time she sought medical evaluation, her cancer had reached stage 4. A “firm believer in God and in Jesus,” Malmo said she never feared death, and when faced with it, she held strong.

Over 190 fatalities and 33 000 displaced by Tropical Cyclone “Freddy” in Malawi and Mozambique 
Tropical Cyclone “Freddy” has caused over 190 fatalities and displaced more than 11 000 people in southern Malawi and Mozambique. The cyclone made its second landfall in central Mozambique on March 11 and weakened as it moved northward inland over Zambezia and Tete provinces in Mozambique and southern Malawi.

Large tornado hits Taif, Saudi Arabia 
A large tornado swept through the countryside near the city of Taif, Makkah Province of Saudi Arabia on Sunday, March 12, 2023.

Strong M6.3 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea region, Papua New Guinea 
A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit the eastern New Guinea region, Papua New Guinea at 00:49 UTC on March 14, 2023. The agency is reporting a depth of 213 km (132 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 211 km (131 miles).

Almost 1 million Californians without power amid second atmospheric river impact in a week
California is grappling with the effects of a second atmospheric river in just one week, as heavy rainfall and high-elevation snow continue to pummel the state on March 14, 2023. The National Weather Service (NWS) has warned of a high risk for excessive rainfall today, with the storm expected to persist into Wednesday, further exacerbating the potential for widespread flooding.

Tropical cyclones Judy and Kevin affected 80% of Vanuatu
The passage of tropical cyclones Judy and Kevin over central-southern Vanuatu from February 28 to March 3, 2023, has caused widespread damage and devastation. According to the UN OCHA, 251 346 people, which is around 80% of the total population, have been affected by cyclones.

Major Nor’easter triggers snow, wind, and disruptions in northeastern U.S. 
A powerful Nor’easter is wreaking havoc across parts of the northeastern United States, with heavy snowfall, strong winds, and coastal flooding leading to travel disruptions and widespread power outages. The storm is expected to impact the region from northeast Pennsylvania to southern Maine through tonight.

Farmers Fear Contamination at Start of Growing Season Near Train Derailment
With spring planting just around the corner, Ohio and Pennsylvania farmers near the Norfolk Southern train derailment are worried about the effect spilled chemicals will have on their crops and livestock.

Biden Calls It ‘Sinful’ To NOT Mutilate Trans Kids
“Transgender kids is a really harder thing,” he began. “What’s going on in Florida is, as my mother would say, close to sinful. I mean it’s terrible what they’re doing.”

The FBI Just Admitted It Bought US Location Data
…While the practice of buying people’s location data has grown increasingly common since the US Supreme Court reined in the government’s ability to warrantlessly track Americans’ phones nearly five years ago, the FBI had not previously revealed ever making such purchases.

The Pentagon is funding experiments on animals to recreate ‘Havana Syndrome’ 
The Defense Department is funding experiments on animals to determine if radio frequency waves could be the source of the mysterious ailment referred to as “Havana Syndrome” that has afflicted hundreds of U.S. government personnel in recent years, according to public documents and three people familiar with the effort.

BREAKING: A ‘Vast Censorship Enterprise’ Funded by Taxpayers
A TWITTER FILES bombshell just dropped revealing how a foreign, dark money group (CCDH) targeting the free speech of US citizens may have been indirectly funded by the US government, military, and taxpayers themselves. Moreover, CCDH is part of a vast Censorship Enterprise which knowingly called for the suppression of true stories and content related to injuries from the experimental mRNA jabs.

5G Exposure To ENSLAVE The Vaxxed: Vaccinated Connected To Global 5G Death Grid
The World Economic Forum’s 2030 agenda will use 5G technology as a digital prison.
Mark Steele is here to explain how 5G can be used to exterminate the world’s population. New York city has one of the highest concentrations of 5G towers in the world. They also had some of the highest levels or reported Covid-19 symptoms.

Wall Street expert who foretold the Lehman Brothers collapse in 2008 predicts Credit Suisse to be next major bank failure and warns of ‘serious trouble’ for U.S. bond market after SVB collapse 
The expert who predicted the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 today warned that Credit Suisse could be the next to go under after the failure of two Wall Street banks left the US bond market in ‘serious trouble’.

Monster Energy Drink Company Launches ‘The Beast Unleashed’ Hard Seltzer Alcoholic Beverage Complete With 666 And The All-Seeing Eye On Every Can 
There has never been more information so readily available at the touch, swipe or tap of a smart device screen as there is right here right now in 2023. And yet, from a spiritual perspective, we are heartbreakingly ignorant of basic Bible truths. Paul tells us that our eyes and ears aren’t working right and our hearts have ‘waxed gross’.

Was Covid made in a Lab?
The story that the coronavirus was made in a laboratory in China (funded by America) is back in the news. It’s a distraction – designed to make everyone forget that we are seconds away from a nuclear war. It’s a trick to blame China (the American Government is trying to force China into becoming an active enemy and a participant in World War III). And it’s a scheme to make covid-19 seem more deadly than it was. The simple truth is that there was no pandemic.

German Health Minister admits a serious covid “vaccine” injury rate of 1 in 10,000 doses
During an interview on Sunday, Germany’s Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach admitted to severe vaccine injuries occurring at a rate of less than 1 in 10,000 doses.  That’s doses, not people. “There are severe disabilities, and some of them will be permanent … we don’t yet have the drugs for treating them,” Lauterbach said.

MP and American cardiologist call on the UK Parliament to hold the US government accountable for violation of the Biological Weapons Treaty 
UK Member of Parliament Andrew Bridgen and Dr. Richard Fleming have jointly called on the UK Houses of Parliament to hold the USA government accountable for their violation of the Biological Conventions Weapons Treaty resulting in the covid pandemic and unprecedented use of experimental genetic vaccines.

FACT CHECK: Member of House of Lords uses Mainstream Media to claim that “Antivaxers are a global menace who must be defeated”; So why did the Triple Vaccinated account for 92% of all COVID Deaths in 2022? And why are Mortality Rates per 100k LOWEST among the Unvaccinated (Antivaxxers)?
According to an article in The Times, ‘Antivaxers [sic] are a global menace who must be defeated’.

Russian Fighter Jet Dumps Fuel On $32 Million American Drone Over Black Sea…Then DESTROYS It…Pentagon Responds By Calling Incident Unprofessional And Unsafe
The State Department has requested a meeting with the Russian ambassador following an incident between the two countries early Tuesday morning. Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s ambassador, has been asked to meet following a Russian fighter jet colliding with and destroying an American Reaper drone over the Black Sea.

Association Bans Christian School Girls’ Basketball Team Who Refused To Play School With Biological Boy on Team
Playing in a state championship game is a momentous and rare occasion for a high school sports team. The fact makes a Christian high school girls basketball team’s refusal to play in a state playoff game because the opposing team had a biological male trans member on their roster especially notable.

NY AG Letitia James to host Drag Queens for NYC kids
…Steve Cortes, a former spokesman for President Trump’s campaign, added: “This kind of explicit targeting of children is just evil.” “Grownups want to dress in drag? More power to them. But what is this fascination with wanting people to bring their kids to your drag show?” TV personality Judge Alex Ferrer tweeted.

United Airlines Plane Diverted after Pilot Suffers “Chest Pains” Mid-Flight
A United Airlines flight from Guatemala to Chicago was diverted to Houston International airport after the pilot reported suffering “chest pains” mid-flight before becoming incapacitated.

Crazy Objects Found in Blood of the Vaccinated & In Vaccine Vials
The objects seen in these electron microscopy images are sourced from researchers all over the globe: Germany, New Zealand, Canada, Italy, Spain, and an international group from 7 countries.

Demand ‘America First’ Science – Stop “Scientific Money Laundering” and Billions Funneled to China Via US-Funded Research
According to a recent report, the U.S. government, through the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Agency for International Development, may have made duplicate payments involving tens of millions of dollars for high-risk research in Wuhan, China prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Exclusive: CDC Doled Out Hundreds of Millions in Grants to Push Vaccines, Collect Data in Communities of Color 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 2021 has doled out hundreds of millions of dollars in grants for the creation of “culturally tailored” pro-vaccine materials and for training “influential messengers” to promote COVID-19 and flu vaccines to communities of color in every state across the country.

It’s Not Working! The Fed’s Emergency Rescue Plan Has Not Ended The Banking Panic!
The widespread panic that we just witnessed is definitely not what the bureaucrats at the Federal Reserve were anticipating.  Following the second largest bank collapse in U.S. history on Friday and the third largest bank collapse in U.S. history on Sunday, the Federal Reserve unveiled an unprecedented rescue plan that was supposed to end the banking panic.

Biden Greenlights $8 Billion Oil-Drilling ‘Scheme’ on Federal Land in Alaska
U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday greenlighted a massive oil drilling project on federal land in Alaska, eliciting outrage from climate advocates who say the administration’s accompanying restrictions on oil and gas leasing in the region cannot make up for the destruction set to be unleashed by the approved Willow project.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2023/03/15/15-mar-2023/

Headlines – 3/15/2023

Netanyahu critics urge Germany, Britain to cancel his visits over judicial overhaul

In New York, Smotrich predicts compromise on overhaul that ‘mainstream’ will accept

Kohelet, think tank that shaped overhaul, announces compromise version for ‘agreed reform’

MKs approve 1st reading of override clause, in major step toward judicial overhaul

255 US investors warn Netanyahu overhaul may dampen cash infusions from abroad

‘Stop this madness’: Tech, manufacturing groups back Herzog in judicial deal push

Former Supreme Court chief: Judicial overhaul ‘a recipe for wiping out democracy’

Israel’s Top Secret Ex-nuclear Chiefs Come Out Against Netanyahu’s Judicial Coup

Knesset Advances Bill Allowing Israelis to Return to Evacuated West Bank Settlements

Disengagement repeal law for northern West Bank approved in first reading

U.K., France and Dozen Other EU Members Call on Israel to Halt East Jerusalem Dispossession

France 24 TV network suspends 4 journalists for alleged anti-Israel vitriol

Rampant Nazi golrification: A look into Europe’s antisemtic rallies

Study suggests US aid seen by Palestinians as ‘opportunity to promote terrorism’

Palestinian Islamic Jihad Terror Group Calls for Third Intifada

A New Intifada? Young Palestinian Fighters Rise as West Bank Boils

Gallant rejects 50 lawmakers’ call to free Huwara riot suspects held without charge

Netanyahu said to bar ministers from meeting US officials until Biden invites him

Rifts remain in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq home town 20 years after his fall

Lebanon’s currency value plunges to 100,000 against US dollar

Pakistani police fire tear gas into Imran Khan’s home as defiant former leader resists arrest

2023 sees 434% increase in aliyah from the former Soviet Union – Jewish Agency

Time to ‘snapback’ sanctions on Tehran, experts say – U.N. inspectors caught Iran an easy step away from weapons-grade uranium

Putin’s ally Lukashenko seals cooperation agreements with Iran

Russia sacrificing mercenary forces as ‘live meat’ after Wagner Group warlord loses ‘Putin’s trust’

DeSantis saying Ukraine support is not ‘vital’ national interest sparks backlash in GOP

Russian jet collides with American drone over Black Sea, U.S. says

Russian fighter jets ‘bullied’ US drone before knocking it out of the sky

Russian SU-27s Attacked U.S. Reaper Drone Over Black Sea: Dumped Fuel on Drone, Then Forced Crash After Colliding, Breaking Drone’s Propeller

US summons Russian ambassador over drone crash

White House says there have been ‘other intercepts’ of US aircraft by Russian aircraft in recent weeks

Putin says Russia is in a fight for the existence of the state

Trudeau Minister Admits Goal is Regime Change in Russia

Donald Trump Campaigns in Iowa: I Am the Only Candidate Who Can ‘Prevent WWIII’

North Korea launches multiple ballistic missiles into sea as South Korea warns of ‘grave provocation’ – Tuesday’s launches were North Korea’s second weapons test this week

Xi Jinping: China Will Be ‘Active’ in Reforming ‘Global Governance’

Pentagon’s $842 Billion Budget Focuses on China Threat

Blinken travels to Africa as new report shows China, Russia eclipsing US arms sales to continent

Learning from Ukraine, Taiwan shows off its drones as key to ‘asymmetric warfare’

James Comer: Treasury Reports Show Biden Family Made Millions from Chinese Company After 2016

Comer subpoenaed 14 years of bank records in Hunter Biden probe: Raskin

Speaker McCarthy: Administration ‘Fighting Every Step of the Way’ Against Biden Family Business Investigations

Carl Icahn: ‘Our System Is Breaking Down,’ ‘We Absolutely Have a Major Problem in Our Economy Today’

Everyone Will Be Affected: Sen. Lankford on SVB Bankruptcy

Moody’s Chief Economist: ‘Hot’ Inflation Data Demands Rate Hike, But We Have to Pause to Avoid Stressing Banks

Moody’s slashes outlook for US banking system to negative due to ‘rapidly deteriorating operating environment’

Moody’s Cuts Outlook For Entire US Banking Sector, Puts Six Banks on ‘Downgrade’ Watch

DOJ, SEC Investigating Silicon Valley Bank Collapse: Report

SVB collapse was driven by ‘the first Twitter-fueled bank run’

Newsom Failed to Disclose His Personal Ties with Silicon Valley Bank as He Lobbied For Bailout

‘Corporate Bailouts Must End’: 2024 GOP Candidates Weigh In On Silicon Valley Bank’s Collapse

Wall Street Journal Calls out Biden For Blaming Trump For Silicon Valley Bank Collapse

Biden Admin Shot Down Purchase Attempts for Failed Bank, Former Trump Official Says

Critics blame Biden spending spree for banking collapses as White House shirks responsibility

Kevin McCarthy: Biden’s ‘Failed’ Fiscal Policies, Rising Interest Rates Led to Silicon Valley Bank Crisis

Signature Bank faced criminal probe before firm’s collapse

As losses mounted, Silicon Valley Bank doubled down on woke investments and left-wing rhetoric

Signature Bank Chairman Led ‘Know Your Pronouns’ Seminar

SVB’s ESG: Hiring and Supplier Quotas Based on Ethnicity, Race, Sex

Silicon Valley Bank Getting a Biden ‘Bailout’ Was a Massive Contributor to Black Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter Movement Has Recieved a Stunning $82 Billion From Corporations

Boomerang: Brazil’s Lula Weaponized the January 8th Riots – Now He Wants To Avoid a Parliamentary Investigation at All Costs and Is Bribing Parliamentarians

Canadian Tories Saw Mysterious Decrease in Vote in Areas Flagged For Chinese Interference

Trump Lawyer Tacopina: Indictment Would Be ‘Weaponizing the Justice System’ to Take Vote Out of the Voters’ Hands

Left-Wing Activists Smash Windows, Are Arrested at UC Davis Charlie Kirk Event

Manhattan Institute: ChatGPT Displays Leftist Bias, Allows ‘Hate Speech’ Against Conservatives, Men

FBI Reports Over $10 Billion in Losses From Online Scams in 2022

Foreign actors suspected in hack of DC Obamacare exchange, theft of House members’ personal data

‘Technological singularity’ by 2045? Futurists predict point where humans, machines become one

Asteroid 2023 EN flew past Earth at 0.3 LD

Earth Just Dodged One Of The Fastest Coronal Mass Ejections Ever

Turkey’s Quake Toll Tops 48,000 as Government Races to Build Container Cities

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Lebu, Chile

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Kythira, Greece

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Vilyuchinsk, Russia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the central Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Merapi volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 13,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 13,000ft

DR Congo’s Nyamulagira volcano shows signs of erupting

Tropical cyclones Judy and Kevin affected 80% of Vanuatu

Over 190 fatalities and 33,000 displaced by Tropical Cyclone “Freddy” in Malawi and Mozambique

Heavy rains and deadly landslides hit Manaus, Brazil

Large tornado hits Taif, Saudi Arabia

“Potent” atmospheric river hits California with flooding as thousands evacuate

Widespread power outages reported as feet of snow fall in the Northeast

Minnesota mall roof collapses under weight of heavy snow

Massive seaweed bloom headed to Florida is a mystery to scientists

Germany Becoming an ‘Eco-Dictatorship’ Under Green Minister, Professor Warns

Climate Activists Glue Themselves to a Tanker Full of Cooking Oil Mistaking It For Crude Oil

Ohio sues Norfolk Southern over East Palestine train derailment

Louisiana Tent Revival Enters Its 19th Week: ‘It’s Only Gaining Momentum’

Hillsong Church charged Compassion International $1M annually for promotion: report

Joe Biden Targets Gun Manufacturers in CA Speech: “I Am Determined, Once Again, to Ban Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines!”

Biden to Use Executive Action to Secure Gun Control Congress Won’t Pass

Joe Biden Goes Around Congress, Directs AG Garland to Pursue Universal Background Checks

GOP Congressman Pushes for Weapons Lockers so House Employees Can Bring Guns for Self-Defense

Eight minors allegedly beat 33-year-old white woman unconscious in unprovoked Philadelphia attack

Israeli Police Close 11 Brothels in South Tel Aviv, Leaving Prostitutes Homeless

DeSantis strips luxurious Florida hotel’s liquor license after hosting ‘lewd’ drag show with children present

Hilton Hotels to Support ‘Queer Formals’ for Teens

Seven-Year-Olds Can be ‘Mixed Berry Gender Fluid Muffins’, Teachers Instructed

Wiener Vows to Stop California Bill Requiring Schools to Inform Parents About Gender Transition

Vermont Christian School Banned from Future Sporting Events After Forfeiting Girl’s Basketball Game Against Team with Trans Player

‘Deal with It’: Trans Runner Propels Massachusetts High School Girls Track Team to State Championship

Woke Actress Drew Barrymore Drops to Her Knees in Front of Trans Activist During Bizarre Interview – Then They Hug

Woke Jamie Lee Curtis Gives Her 2023 Oscar Statue ‘They/Them’ Pronouns

French First Lady loses lawsuit after being accused of secretly undergoing gender reassignment surgery

Greg Gutfeld: Biden thinks kids can somehow consent to trans-surgeries

Ron DeSantis Hits Biden Back: ‘It Is Not Sinful to Prohibit the Mutilation of Minors’

DeSantis releases graphic video showing trans surgeries after Biden calls governor’s policies ‘cruel’

Rep. Luna demands Capitol Police charge Jane Fonda for suggesting the ‘murder’ of pro-lifers

Tennessee Senate passes bill blocking abortion spending for local governments

Report: California Democrats Seek to Bolster State’s Role as ‘Abortion Haven’ with 17 More Bills

DOJ sues Rite Aid for alleged involvement in opioid crisis

Israeli scientists produce world’s first mRNA vaccine for bacteria

Ombudsman rips into Israel’s bungled indigenous COVID vaccine – State comptroller accuses Institute for Biological Research of providing inaccurate information regarding the progress and expenses of vaccine development and withholding true figures

Researchers oversold Israeli COVID shot, wasted millions on flop – comptroller

Final service academy lifts COVID-19 vaccine mandate after congressional, media pressure

China to reopen to foreign tourists for first time since Covid crisis

Shocking Study Out of Australia Shows up to a 26 Fold Increase in Excess Mortality in 2021 and 2022. Consistent With American Insurance Companies Findings.

RFK Jr. Says CIA Is Connected to 2001 Anthrax Attacks

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

Mid-Day Snapshot · Mar. 15, 2023

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


“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness.” —George Washington (1793)



DeSantis Comes Out Against Russian Proxy War

Yesterday’s drone incident over the Black Sea reinvigorated an important discussion about our nation’s Ukraine policy.

Douglas Andrews

Looks like our $200 billion proxy war with Russia just got a little more expensive.

Yesterday’s attack and ultimate downing by Russia of an unarmed $32 million U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone over the Black Sea once again raises questions about the wisdom of our involvement in an admittedly awful border war between Ukraine and Russia.

The knock-down incident occurred in international airspace over international waters when one of two Su-27s flying in tandem collided with our drone, damaging its propeller and forcing it to ditch into the Black Sea, west of Crimea.

As Fox News reports, “The State Department is summoning Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov to express its ‘strong objections’ to the intercept, spokesman Ned Price confirmed to reporters.”

In response, U.S. European Command and U.S. Air Forces in Europe issued a statement that reads in part: “Several times before the collision, the Su-27s dumped fuel on and flew in front of the MQ-9 in a reckless, environmentally unsound and unprofessional manner. This incident demonstrates a lack of competence in addition to being unsafe and unprofessional.”

Ooooh. They kill one of our drones, so we scold them for being “unprofessional” and “environmentally unsound.” (If there’s one thing that wounds the Russians deeply, it’s calling into question their environmental soundness.)

And so, once again, Joe Biden’s weakness proves provocative. Instead of a sternly worded memo, Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, whom even NPR conceded was the toughest U.S. president ever when it came to Russia, would’ve probably greased some Russian mercs somewhere. Elections have consequences.

What do the Russians say about this incident, which appears to be the most direct attack against a NATO aircraft since the end of the Cold War? Predictably, they say our drone was traveling toward Russia with its transponders off, and they say our drone ditched following the intercept.

Ambassador Antonov wasn’t exactly apologetic. “We assume that the U.S. will refrain from further speculation in the media and stop flights near Russian borders,” he said. “We consider any action with the use of U.S. as openly hostile.”

Translation: Pound sand, Joey.

All this brings us to Tucker Carlson, who, in a simple act of journalism that somehow never dawned on any other journalist anywhere, recently polled the likely and announced Republican presidential candidates about the matter that, next to combating Communist China, is the most important foreign policy issue currently facing our nation: namely, our ill-defined, blank-check support of Ukraine in the above-mentioned proxy war with Russia.

Donald Trump was always there, always against it, and his response to Carlson’s questions were unequivocal:

Like inflation and numerous other self inflicted wounds and mistakes made over the past two years, Russia would definitely not have raided and attacked Ukraine if I was your President. In fact, for four years they didn’t attack, nor did they have any intention of doing so as long as I was in charge. But the sad fact is that, due to a new lack of respect for the U.S., caused at least partially by our incompetently handled pullout from Afghanistan … the bloody and expensive assault began, and continues to this day. That is all history, but how does it end, and it must end, NOW! Start by telling Europe that they must pay at least equal to what the U.S. is paying to help Ukraine. They must also pay us, retroactively, the difference.

Now Ron DeSantis has joined Trump (and this analyst), firmly in the non-interventionist camp of the conservative populists. He began:

While the U.S. has many vital national interests — securing our borders, addressing the crisis of readiness within our military, achieving energy security and independence, and checking the economic, cultural, and military power of the Chinese Communist Party — becoming further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia is not one of them. The Biden administration’s virtual “blank check” funding of this conflict for “as long as it takes,” without any defined objectives or accountability, distracts from our country’s most pressing challenges.

DeSantis continued, saying that F-16s and long-range missiles should be “off the table” and that Biden risks “explicitly drawing the United States into the conflict and drawing us closer to a hot war between the world’s two largest nuclear powers.” He rightly calls that risk “unacceptable.”

DeSantis further notes that Biden’s policies “have driven Russia into a de facto alliance with China” and have “further empowered Russia’s energy-dominated economy and Putin’s war machine at Americans’ expense.”

Some pro-war Republicans have attacked DeSantis for his stance, but, as columnist Byron York notes, his position on Ukraine puts him “in the mainstream.”

Former Vice President Mike Pence, incidentally, also responded to Carlson’s questions, and his pro-war, stay-the-course position tends to align with that of our Mark Alexander and presidential candidate Nikki Haley.

“Our movement,” said Pence, “cannot forsake the foundational commitment that we have to security, to limited government, to liberty, and to life. But nor can we allow our movement to be led astray by the siren song of unprincipled populism that’s unmoored from our oldest traditions and most cherished values,” he told an audience at The Heritage Foundation. “Let me say: This movement and the party that it animates must remain the movement of a strong national defense, limited government, and traditional moral values and life.”

Pence added: “There can be no room in the conservative movement for apologists to Putin. There is only room in this movement for champions of freedom.”

Not all the candidates responded, but those who did provided some important insights into their foreign policy philosophies. You can read more on Carlson’s Twitter account.

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Biden’s Shotgun Approach to Executive Orders

His latest order on guns will do nothing to stop crime, all while trampling on the Constitution.

Nate Jackson

Inflation is still 6% (10.2% for groceries), employers are still understaffed, banks are still too big to fail, migrants are still flooding across the border, and fentanyl is still killing roughly 200 people per day. But Joe Biden’s got a fever, and the only prescription is more gun control.

He issued an executive order Tuesday that he says ostensibly “helps keep firearms out of dangerous hands” by directing Attorney General Merrick Garland “to take every lawful action possib— burp — possible to move us as close as we can to universal background checks without new legislation.” He also says his order “expands public awareness campaigns” about so-called red flag laws.

Don’t get us wrong — we’re not advocating for violent criminals to legally buy firearms. But most of them already don’t do so legally, and making it more illegal isn’t going to change that. Assault and murder, by the way, remain illegal in all 50 states. The particular gun used in the Monterey Park murders was also already banned in California. Perhaps all those George Soros-funded Democrat DAs in Democrat-run cities should try enforcing the law by prosecuting criminals.

As for red flag laws, no one wants to arm a dangerous man intent upon harm, but pre-crime measures tend to involve violating a person’s Fourth Amendment due process rights on the way to restricting his Second Amendment rights.

To add to the theater of it all, Biden traveled to Monterey Park, California, near the location of a recent mass murder. Democrats always seem to use the caskets of innocents as a platform for their anti-Second Amendment agenda. Biden, who has known great personal loss, gave remarks tugging at people’s heartstrings in a way few can. From devastating personal experience, he does know how to talk about grief.

Yet that grief doesn’t make his policy the right course, either from the standpoint of effectiveness or of American Liberty.

It also doesn’t mean he’s done. It could be argued that he’s chipping around the edges with this order, but he made clear he wants more. A lot more.

“None of this absolves Congress,” he said, “from the responsibility of acting to pass universal background checks [and] eliminate gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability. And I am determined once again to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.” He added: “Do something. Do something big.”

It’s odd to speak of manufacturer liability just days after bailing out a couple of big banks. In fact, one could be forgiven for thinking this gun order is a distraction from that news. It also happens to be false to claim, as he did once again, that the gun industry is “the only outfit you can’t sue these days.”

On a related note, what of Biden’s liability, along with Barack Obama’s, for running illegal guns to Mexican drug cartels during the Obama administration’s Operation Fast and Furious?

It’s also bizarre to continue railing against semiautomatic rifles with certain cosmetic features, but Biden is obsessed with doing so. “Assault weapons” is a gross misnomer for these firearms, which function the same as the vast majority of other guns, firing a single bullet with each trigger pull. The FBI’s annual report on murders doesn’t separate AR-15s from other rifles (which ought to tell you a lot, by the way), and the total murder count for all rifles in 2020 was 455. Remember that deaths due to fentanyl average roughly 200 per day and that fentanyl is largely smuggled across Joe Biden’s open border. Remember that most crimes with firearms are committed by thugs in Democrat-run urban centers — thugs who have a 50% chance of getting away with it. Remember that most gun deaths are suicides.

Again, don’t get us wrong — we’re not minimizing a single one of those deaths, but we do need perspective when the president of the United States demands that we outlaw legal firearms in common use protected by the Second Amendment. We need that perspective when the same guy who claims “democracy was threatened” within an inch of its life on January 6 also repeatedly threatens the American people that they’re going to need a whole lot more than AR-15s to take on the federal government.

We don’t know about you, but his histrionic threats don’t make us trust him and the federal government to have guns while we go without.

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Executive News Summary

Moody’s warns about banks, school punished for upholding dignity of women’s sports, and more.

Thomas Gallatin & Jordan Candler


  • Dems target banks/Moody’s warns about banks: Seeking to seize the moment of the Silicon Valley Bank collapse as an excuse to expand the federal government’s power, Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren along with several of her Democrat colleagues have targeted the Trump-era legislation that raised the “too big to fail” threshold regulations on banks. Warren claims the bipartisan legislation effectively caused SVB’s collapse and called for its repeal. Warren is once again engaged in a classic example of that political game of asserting correlation as causation. As Democrat Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH), who voted for the Trump-era bill, observed: “We need to complete the investigation of what actually happened at Silicon Valley Bank. All the regulation in the world isn’t going to fix bad management practices, and it appears that that’s one of the problems at SVB.” Meanwhile, speaking of bad management practices, Moody’s Investors Service just downgraded the entire U.S. banking sector from “stable” to “negative,” and it issued warnings against six specific banks it has placed on review.
  • Don’t let noncitizens vote: The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) filed a lawsuit against Washington, DC’s new law that gives non-U.S. citizens the right to vote in city elections. DC passed the measure last October, and this week it goes into effect after Congress failed to overturn it. The IRIL argues that the law “automatically dilutes the votes of U.S. citizens on a massive scale,” violates the “fundamental constitutional right to vote of the plaintiffs,” and voids their “equal protection of the law.” The law enfranchises roughly 42,000 noncitizens, including foreign diplomats, allowing them to vote in DC elections. This means that Chinese and Russian diplomats would be allowed to vote in our nation’s capital elections. Talk about a Trojan Horse.
  • School punished for upholding dignity of women’s sports: A Christian school in Vermont has been punished by the state for holding to biblical values and standards after the school’s girl’s basketball team refused to play in a tournament game against an opposing school that fielded a team with a “transgender” male player. The Vermont Principals’ Association has now ruled that Mid Vermont Christian School violated the state’s anti-discrimination policy and therefore will be barred from competing in future VPA tournaments. The school plans to appeal the ban, contending, “Cancelling our membership is not a solution and does nothing to deal with the very real issue of safety and fairness facing women’s sports in our beloved state.” It’s going to take more brave people like those at MVCS standing up against the “transgender” lobby in order to stop this culturally destructive ideology.
  • Meta lays off another 10K: Meta, the parent company of social media giant Facebook, just announced another round of layoffs. Last November, Meta laid off 11,000 employees, while this latest round will be another 10,000. CEO Mark Zuckerberg cited the need to improve “financial performance in a difficult environment,” adding, “This will be tough and there’s no way around that.” This will drop Facebook’s total number of employees to roughly 65,000, down from its all-time high just a year ago of 86,000. Facebook is also closing down some 5,000 job openings that it had failed to fill. Ironically, it appears that Zuckerberg’s ill-conceived “metaverse” is shrinking the size of the social media giant.
  • Newark scammed by fake country: Here’s a story for those social studies students who complained about having to take a geography quiz because they would never need such “time wasting” information. Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Ras Baraka was recently humiliated after, as CBS News put it, he invited “what he thought was the Hindu nation of Kailasa to Newark’s city hall for a cultural trade agreement.” The problem is, Kailasa doesn’t exist. It is a fake nation creation by hoaxers. We’re betting Baraka, who was an educator in the city’s public school system before becoming mayor, wishes he had spent more time looking at a world map.
  • Francis celebrates decade as pontiff: The Roman Catholic Church’s current pontiff recently celebrated a decade serving as the pope. Pope Francis’s tenure has been marked by his willingness to push the church’s doctrinal boundaries, which he seemed to recognize with an observation regarding the anniversary on the Vatican’s “popecast”: “These 10 years have been like this: living in tension.” Much of that tension is likely tied to comments Francis has made specifically regarding human sexuality, though he noted in the popecast that “gender ideology, today, is one of the most dangerous ideological colonizations.” What makes Francis difficult to pin down is that he appears to at times take both sides of opposing arguments. For example, Francis has said: “There is no contradiction for a priest to marry. Celibacy in the western Church is a temporary prescription.” On the other hand, Francis has also stated: “Personally, I think that celibacy is a gift to the Church. I would say that I do not agree with allowing optional celibacy, no.” The question is, how much of this “living in tension” is intentional?


  • Gun owners threaten immediate lawsuits over Biden order increasing background checks (Washington Examiner)
  • Biden probe reveals $3 million payment from Chinese energy company to family associate (Washington Times)
  • Treasury Department hands over Biden’s suspicious activity reports to House GOP (Free Beacon)
  • Biden claims he had an “epiphany” on same-sex marriage as a teen, but we have the receipts (PJ Media)
  • Biden says opposing the mutilation of children is “close to sinful” (PJ Media)
  • DeSantis strips luxurious Florida hotel’s liquor license after hosting “lewd” drag show with children present (Fox News)
  • Corporate America has donated $82 billion to BLM-related causes so far (Daily Wire)
  • Ohio sues Norfolk Southern over toxic train derailment (AP)
  • Increase in mortality rate among kids, teens largest in decades (The Hill)
  • Historic decline in IQ could stem from poor education, study shows (Campus Reform)
  • NYC ranked most congested city as motorists spend 10 full days in rush-hour traffic per year (NY Post)
  • China, Russia deploying space weapons to attack U.S. satellites, warns Space Force chief (Washington Times)
  • Policy: Trump vs. Biden: Academic study determines what president was more effective on border (Washington Examiner)
  • Satire: Biden admin promises to tax Silicon Valley billionaires on all the money the federal government just gave them (Babylon Bee)

For more editors’ choice headlines, click here.

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Hate Crimes Rise Under President Unity

The American undercurrent of cultural unrest is confirmed.

Emmy Griffin

Hate crimes are apparently on the rise in the United States of America. As critical race theorists, radical gender theorists, and other leftist ideologues are protected and promoted by the current administration and every other bastion of power in America, the cultural clash against religion, ethnicities, and other differences is more prevalent.

The FBI just released new statistics. In 2020, the number of reported hate crimes across the country was 8,052. In 2021, that number rose to 10,840. For clarity’s sake, the FBI defines hate crimes as targeted attacks against individuals or groups who have a different religion, race/ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

According to NBC News: “[An FBI] official said the top five hate crimes in 2021 were motivated by feelings against African Americans, whites, gay men, Jews and Asian Americans. The incidents were as varied as intimidation and assault to rape and murder.”

African-Americans and whites were the top two victims of hate crimes in terms of raw numbers. Proportionately, African-Americans and Asian American were more likely to be victims of hate crimes.

It’s also worth noting that even though homosexual men ranked number three in terms of raw numbers, the instances of hate crimes against them have actually decreased over the past five years.

The greatest number of hate crimes reported, 30%, were instances of intimidation; 23% were simple assault; 19.5% were property damage/vandalism; and 12% were aggravated assault.

What the data doesn’t tell us is how many of these hate crimes were self-inflicted (i.e. hoaxes) or whether there were other extenuating circumstances. Because it is a generalization by category, it’s also not clear if the instances of intimidation were simply because a person felt threatened or because they were actually threatened. For instance, did a hate crime get counted simply because a person used incorrect pronouns and that “victim” felt intimidated as a result? This is said not to make light of actual victims of intimidation but to indicate the intrinsic vagaries of this information as it was provided and perhaps to make a greater point about overall intersectional political bias.

As columnist Gary Bauer points out, Federal Circuit Court Judge Kyle Duncan was attacked, intimidated, and shouted down at Stanford Law School for being white and conservative. Isn’t that technically a hate crime? Or how about the antifa attack in Atlanta against the new police training facility? Or the overzealous surveillance and fining of churches in California?

However, according to today’s standard of racism and hate crimes, the horribly tragic death of Tyre Nichols (black) at the hands of police (also black) is considered a hate crime. Why? Because of the woke ideology of critical race theory, which states that the institution of law enforcement is systemically racist.

There is an argument to be made that the numbers in these hate crime statistics aren’t giving us the whole picture. The rhetoric promoted by and coming from Team Biden excoriates conservatives, allows targeting against Christians, and even seeks to promote Marxist-based ideologies such as critical race theory, radical gender theory, and anti-religious secular relativism.

Hate crimes and their qualifiers are becoming more subjective and political than reality-based and truthful. This state of affairs hurts everyone.

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Stanford Law Students Heckle Federal Judge

After being invited to speak there, the federal appeals court judge was shouted down by students and lectured by the school’s diversity officer.

Douglas Andrews

Judge Kyle Duncan, a Trump appointee who was invited to speak at Stanford University Law School by the school’s Federalist Society chapter, was shouted down by student protesters last Thursday. Take a moment to appreciate that: Future lawyers and judges berated a current judge.

Given that Duncan is a Fifth Circuit appellate judge, and given that the Fifth Circuit is headquartered in New Orleans, he probably had to travel a considerable distance to be treated so rudely on a campus with free speech policies. He said the protesters behaved like “dog sh*t.”

But it wasn’t just the more than 100 future jurists who were verbally abusing Duncan; the Stanford staff weighed in as well. They were led by Tirien Steinbach, the school’s associate dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion, who arrived on the scene when Duncan asked for an administrator to restore order. She didn’t restore order, of course, and even went on to join the unruly students.

Steinbach stood up and gave a minutes-long lecture to Judge Duncan about the “harm” he’d caused on the Court of Appeals. As The Washington Free Beacon notes, “The students were particularly angry at Duncan for a 2020 opinion in which he refused to use a transgender sex offender’s preferred pronouns.”

At one point, as the judge tried to speak, one student voice rose above the racket to say, “Your racism is showing.”

Steinbach then took over: “Your opinions from the bench land as absolute disenfranchisement” of the students’ rights, she said, accusing him of “tearing the fabric of this community.”

She continued: “And again I still ask, ‘Is the juice worth the squeeze?’ I mean, is it worth the pain that this causes, and the division that this causes? Do you have something so incredibly important to say about Twitter and guns and COVID that is worth this impact and the division. … When I say, ‘Is the juice worth the squeeze?’ that’s what I’m asking. Is this worth it?”

As for the disruption, Steinbach concluded: “I’m really grateful to be in this institution. I look out and I don’t ask, ‘What is going on here?’ I look out and I say, ‘I’m glad this is going on here.’”

A roar of approval erupted, then another representative of the law school stood up and said, “I want to ask that half the folks walk out in protest, and the rest of us, let’s turn down the heckling slightly, so he can get to our questions.”

As for those “questions,” some of which are captured in the above-linked Free Beacon article, some of them were unrelated to law and unable to be printed due to their obscenity. Ultimately, it became impossible for Duncan to deliver his remarks, and the event became so unruly that federal marshals had to escort him from the building.

In a follow-up article, the Free Beacon reports, “Hundreds of Stanford student activists on Monday lined the hallways to protest the law school’s dean, Jenny Martinez, for apologizing to [Judge Duncan].”

“The vast majority of Dean Martinez’s con law students joined the protest against her,” writes Power Line’s Scott Johnson. “They deserve suspension, expulsion, or a failing grade in con law, although I seriously doubt that Dean Martinez sees it that way. However, the student may deserve high marks for drama. We appear to be entering Abu Ghraib territory in protest theater.”

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Profiles of Valor: Brian Shul

“Please God, I can’t do this anymore. Let’s end it.”

Mark Alexander

There are a couple of signed military aviation books on my study shelf that I treasure above others. One of those would be Sled Driver by Brian Shul (unfortunately now out of print). That book and hundreds of other historic texts not only provide valuable research resources but great inspiration on what it really means “to support and defend” American Liberty.

Some of you may recognize Shul’s name because of a viral post, “LA Speed Check,” a short story about punking a Navy F/A-18 Hornet pilot one day when Brian and his back-seater were flying “Aspen 20,” a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, at 2,000 knots. Every military and civilian pilot can appreciate that story.

But what few know is what Major Brian Shul (USAF, Ret.) endured before qualifying to fly the fastest reconnaissance jet in history. He almost burned to death after his T-28 Trojan was shot down over Vietnam in 1973 — his 211th combat mission, this one providing close air support for the CIA’s Air America operations. He expected to die that day on enemy ground, recalling: “[I was] completely blind, as my helmet visor had melted. I did everything by feel.” But miraculously, a day after he was downed, Air Force Special Operations Command Pararescue teams located him for rescue and then air-evacuated him first to Thailand and then to Okinawa.

Shul says today: “Don’t confuse me with anyone famous, important, or heroic. What I am is the luckiest man you’ll ever see.”

After hanging on for two months, nobody expecting him to survive, he was transferred to the Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where he underwent 15 major operations over the next year. At one point enduring agonizing and constant pain, he recalls wanting to give up: “I quit, and I wanted to die. Please God, I can’t do this anymore. Let’s end it.”

But then, he says: “My turning point was a simple thing. I could hear [children on a playground] laughing, and I thought about how I used to be one of those kids. And at that moment, I heard Judy Garland come on the radio.” It was “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Praying his way through recovery and fighting to get back on his feet again, he was told he would never fly — but he would have none of that. Two days after his release, despite burn scars over most of his body, by the grace of God Shul passed a flight physical and, amazingly, was selected to be part of the first operational A-10 squadron, later becoming an A-10 instructor pilot.

Shooting high, Shul put in to become an SR-71 pilot, which required an astronaut-level physical just to qualify. He made it.

Speaking in third person about a mission he flew out of Okinawa, where he had been hospitalized a decade earlier, he says: “Remember that one day, an SR-71 took to the runway at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. That long, black nose swung out, waiting for its exact take off time. And the jet’s pilot that day could look out a little side window on a 15-degree heading for 2.1 miles. He could see the roof of the hospital he laid in a lifetime ago. And legend has it that during take off that day, the SR-71 did not climb out over the South China Sea to tanker. Instead, it made a hard left turn at the end of the runway, full burner, 300 feet (some say much lower) to buzz over a certain soccer field… Rattling every window in a certain hospital without breaking one, that jet turned back to the course, now that the entire base was alerted. And at that moment, the pilot knew what Einstein meant when he said, ‘Imagination is far more important than knowledge.’”

After 20 years and 5,000 hours in Air Force jets, Brian retired in 1990. I invite you to link here and listen to his personal account about his amazing journey.

(Please consider a designated gift to support the National Medal of Honor Sustaining Fund through Patriot Foundation Trust, or make a check payable to Liberty Fund (noting MoH Sustaining Fund on the memo line), and mail it to Patriot Foundation Trust, PO Box 407, Chattanooga, TN 37401-0407.)

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On the Web

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For the Record

“The fall of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) is quite a morality tale. It was one of the wokest banks in America. It worshipped at the altar of the left-wing worldview. … Last year, the bank made a $5 billion commitment to ‘support a healthier planet,’ while running an unhealthy bank. And over the past few weeks, the bank’s CEO managed to sell $3.6 million worth of shares before it went bankrupt. Just hours before government regulators seized control of the bank, some employees received $12,000 bonuses, while managers got $140,000 bonuses for their ‘great work.’ By the way, $140,000 is the annual salary for three families living in East Palestine, Ohio. And notice the speed with which the Biden Administration reacted to the SVB crisis. The people of East Palestine have had to beg for help, but not the leftists in Silicon Valley.” —Gary Bauer

“Joe Biden is bailing out his too-big-to-fail wealthy investor friends in Big Tech and Big Climate. If you understand that, you get the big picture with his rescue of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Signature Bank in recent days. Big Tech firms not only give Democrats an awful lot of money, but they stand as the Praetorian Guard for the flow of information.” —Nate Jackson

“Beginning in the second half of the 20th century, people in nearly every white-collar profession ceased finding their work inherently meaningful. So, they sought to use their profession to change the world. … That’s why the people running the Silicon Valley Bank were more interested in LGBTQ activism than in making money for its investors and protecting the money of its depositors. The former is way more meaningful.” —Dennis Prager

Political Futures

“The Biden administration has authorized a major oil drilling project in northern Alaska, and environmental groups aren’t happy about it. They say the president isn’t living up to his campaign promises and his climate commitments. It’s unlikely, though, that Biden has simply decided to stick it to his party’s ‘green’ wing. Instead, he may sense a bipartisan win with an election year looming, especially given his abysmal record on energy.” —Douglas Andrews


“MSNBC has a very high standard of what is factual. You have to go through a process before you report things on air to make sure they are factual and you have sources.” —former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki

Non Compos Mentis

“For those of you that didn’t notice, Florida was doing great long before Ron DeSanctus got there. … Sunshine and ocean are very alluring. It’s no too hard to work with those factors.” —Donald Trump

“[Biden] is absolutely a magnificent leader. He is younger than I am … so I don’t know what the problem is.” —Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Hot Air

“You can’t just go after China with a cudgel. You have to say: ‘We have to live on this planet together. How can we work together to save the planet from climate change?’” —Nancy Pelosi

“Mother Nature let her wrath be seen over the last two years. … If we don’t keep the temperature from going above 1.5 degrees Celsius, raised, then we’re in real trouble. That whole generation [18- to 35-year-olds] is damned. I mean, that’s not hyperbole.” —Joe Biden

“We can do solar, we can do wind cheaper than we can do fossil fuels.” —Joe Biden

The BIG Lies

“We’ve made strong economic progress in the past two years.” —Joe Biden (“When Biden took office, inflation was at 1.4% and gas was $2.39/gal. Today, inflation is at 6.[0]% and gas is $3.47/gal.” —RNC)

“I can remember exactly when my epiphany [on supporting same-sex marriage] was. … I was a senior in high school. And my dad was dropping me off and [I] remember [I was] about to get out of the car and I looked to my right and two well-dressed men in suits kissed each other.” —Joe Biden (“He had that epiphany in high school and then voted for the Defense of Marriage Act a few decades later.” —Greg Price)


“What’s going on in Florida is, as my mother would say, close to sinful. I mean, it’s just terrible what they’re doing. It’s not like, you know, a kid wakes up one morning and says, ‘You know, I decided I want to become a man’ or ‘I want to become a woman’ or ‘I want to change.’ … We make sure we pass legislation like we passed on same-sex marriage. You mess with that, you’re breaking the law, and you’re going to be held accountable.” —Joe Biden

And Last…

“On the most recent International Women’s Day, the ‘progress’ of women in America was on full display as we watched First Lady Jill Biden present the Woman of Courage award to a biological male. Perhaps by next year we’ll be celebrating International Dress-Wearers Day or International Estrogen-Containers Day. I can’t wait.” —Samantha Koch

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Your Own Personal – But Untrustworthy? – Artificial Intelligence | CBN NewsWatch – March 15, 2023

ChatGPT- an AI program you can have a conversation with- has quickly gained tens of millions of users, and it’s often very helpful – but analysts have pointed out it doesn’t always give true answers, while critics say it can be biased against conservatives and belief in God; major winter storm hits parts of the Northeast with heavy snow, while on the West Coast, parts of California are drenched with still more rain; can the Federal Reserve keep raising interest rates to fight inflation – which could cause more problems for the banking system?; CBN’s Studio 5 looks at a live-action stage show called “The Thorn,” about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, which was recently a movie event – and there are plans to make it available to a wider audience; and a Louisiana revival which was planned for four days has now stretched out to three weeks, and one of those involved says the Asbury University revival played a role in helping it grow.

Source: Your Own Personal – But Untrustworthy? – Artificial Intelligence | CBN NewsWatch – March 15, 2023

The ‘QAnon Shaman’ farce shows why the government can’t be trusted to tell the truth about anything

Whether it be the origins of COVID-19, the safety of COVID vaccines, or the events of the war in Ukraine, the US government can no longer be trusted to tell us the truth about anything.

Source: The ‘QAnon Shaman’ farce shows why the government can’t be trusted to tell the truth about anything

Wednesday Briefing, March 15, 2023 | AlbertMohler.com

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

PART I (15:29 – 15:29) ‘Bewildering Ambiguity’: The Legacy and Lessons of Pope Francis as He Marks Ten Years.

PART II (21:30 – 21:30) Justice Department Loses Death Penalty Argument in Terrorist Case: Scripture and Human Conscience Cry Out for Justice

PART III (26:42 – 26:42) President Biden’s New Theological Category: ‘Close to Sinful’ — But the Bible Knows Nothing of the It

Source: Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Actor Rainn Wilson says the quiet part out loud, pushes back on Hollywood’s disdain of Christianity

“The Office” actor Rainn Wilson unleashed a tweet on March 11 that quickly became front-page news in some sectors, as he admitted there’s a bias problem in our entertainment spheres.

Source: Actor Rainn Wilson says the quiet part out loud, pushes back on Hollywood’s disdain of Christianity

Democrats Boycott Congressional Trip to Texas Border — Conservative Review

All 15 Democratic members of the House Homeland Security Committee are boycotting a Wednesday field hearing in South Texas intended to address the border crisis.

The post Democrats Boycott Congressional Trip to Texas Border appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Democrats Boycott Congressional Trip to Texas Border — Conservative Review

Rough Time for Fake News: Trust in Media in the Sewer – Majority of Americans Now Believe Media Intends to “Mislead, Misinform or Persuade the Public” — The Gateway Pundit

It’s a rough time for fake news.
Trust in the media is in the sewer.

a new study has found.

In a survey of 5,593 adults, Gallup and the Knight Foundation — which have been publishing reports on trust in news media since 2017 — found only 26% of Americans view news media favorably overall. A full 50% of respondents disagreed with the statement that most national news orgs “do not intend to mislead, misinform, or persuade the public.”

Americans lead the international outcry against fake news.

The US ranks DEAD LAST among 46 countries in a recent study on trust in media.

The US ranks dead last in trust in media. Americans are wising up to the fake news movement in America today.
Poynter reported:

The United States ranks last in media trust — at 29% — among 92,000 news consumers surveyed in 46 countries, a report released Wednesday found. That’s worse than Poland, worse than the Philippines, worse than Peru. (Finland leads at 65%.)

The annual digital news report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford also found some improvement in trust in nearly all the countries surveyed — probably thanks to COVID-19 coverage — but not in the U.S. where the low rating was flat year to year.

One explanation, though not necessarily the only one, is the extreme political polarization in the U.S. This study, like many others, found extremely high levels of distrust — 75% of those who identify as being on the right thought coverage of their views is unfair.

Local news, both print and broadcast, fared better than national news. However, the findings for struggling local print outlets were not all good.

Interest in local news and willingness to pay for it was not strong. Only 21% in the U.S. said that they pay for news online. Of those who do, 31% said they pay for The New York Times, 24% for The Washington Post and only 23% for the site of a local or regional paper.

Rough Time for Fake News: Trust in Media in the Sewer – Majority of Americans Now Believe Media Intends to “Mislead, Misinform or Persuade the Public” — The Gateway Pundit

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Fauci Has Been in Charge of Developing Bioweapons for Pentagon Since 2002 (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. joined talk show host Jimmy Dore recently to discuss the US involvement with bioweapons programs, Dr. Fauci’s funding of coronavirus gain-of-function research and the Anthrax scare in 2001.

TGP’s Anthony Scott reported earlier on the Amerithrax attacks and the alleged CIA involvement in the bioweapons attack.   Robert Kennedy, Jr. insists the CIA was involved in the attack.


Robert Kennedy then spoke about the bioweapons accident in the US in 2014 that resulted in a federal ban on gain-of-function research in the United States.

Robert Kennedy, J.: “They took the money that Cheney gave them [from the Patriot Act], $2.2 billion, and they funneled it through NIH, and it all went through Anthony Fauci. So beginning in 2002, Anthony Fauci got a 68% raise from the Pentagon for doing bioweapons development, and he got a raise of billions of dollars a year, and then he started doing all of this gain-of-function.

In 2014, three of those bugs escaped in high-profile escapes from different labs in the US. Congress held hearings on it. Everybody was angry, and 300 top scientists sent letters to Obama saying you got to shut down Fauci because he is going to create a pandemic.

So, Obama ordered a moratorium, and at that time, Fauci had eighteen different gain-of-function experiments he was doing around the US. He instead moved his stuff offshore to Wuhan, where he could do it out of sight of these 300 scientists and nosy White House officials who were trying to shut him down.

And he continued to do it with the same people he was funding here, Ralph Baric and Peter Dazak, and they moved their operation to the Wuhan lab.”

Back in April 2020 The Gateway Pundit reported that Chinese Doctor Shi Zhengli was part of a team working on a coronavirus project jointly with US doctors in 2014 before it was shut down by the DHS for being too risky.
After the US research project was shut down, Dr. Shi continued her coronavirus research in Wuhan, China.

Doctor Shi Zhengli from China was part of a team, including Doctor Ralph S. Baric from North Carolina, that published an article in a 2015 edition of Nature Medicine.

In the article they discussed bat coronaviruses that showed potential for human emergence. The article was published in 2015.

This report was published shortly after their project was defunded by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The HHS in 2014 sent a letter to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where they announced they were going to defund the program.

Dr. Ralph S. Baric was identified in the letter.

After the work stopped in the US, the Chinese moved forward with the project and ran research and development in Wuhan at the Wuhan Virology Center. From Shi Zhengli’s papers and resume, it is clear that they successfully isolated the coronavirus in the lab and were actively experimenting with species-to-species transmission.

It’s also important to note that back in 2017 we had solid intelligence about a viral leak in a high-security Chinese virology R&D center that resulted in the SARS virus getting out and killing people.

This information provides a basis that contradicts the theory that COVID-19 is a variant that just magically mutated in a bat in the wild and then jumped to a human when they ate a delicious bowl of bat soup.

We then reported that the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, Hubei Province in China was hiring individuals for an ecological study of bat migration and virus transmission in November of 2019.

We now know from Dr. Shi’s resume and papers that she was still working on the coronavirus at that time.
Via Yaacov Apelbaum.

Hat tip Yaacov Apelbaum

The leader of the US task force overseeing the country’s response to the China coronavirus, Dr. Tony Fauci, was the one who funded the Wuhan bat virus work and kept it going.

If these research projects were banned in the US was it legal and appropriate for Dr. Fauci and NIAID to use taxpayer dollars to continue to fund the research in Wuhan, China?

Was Dr. Fauci ever going to explain his conflict of interest?

Did Dr. Fauci skirt US law to fund these dangerous projects in China?

Should the man in charge of the flawed US policy to treat and contain the China virus be trusted when he has not been upfront with his connections to the Wuhan research projects?

The Times of Israel reported:

Back in October 2014, the US government had placed a federal moratorium on gain-of-function (GOF) research—altering natural pathogens to make them more deadly and infectious–as a result of rising fears about a possible pandemic caused by accidental or deliberate release of these genetically engineered monster germs.

This was in part due to lab accidents at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in July 2014 that raised questions about biosafety at US high-containment labs…

…A CDC internal report described how scientists failed to follow proper procedures to ensure samples were inactivated before they left the lab, and also found “multiple other problems” with operating procedures in the anthrax lab.

As such in October 2014, due to public health concerns the US government banned all federal funding on efforts to weaponize three viruses—influenza, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

In the face of a moratorium in the US, Dr. Anthony Fauci–director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) and currently the leading doctor in the US Coronavirus Task Force–outsourced in 2015 the GOF research to China’s Wuhan lab and licensed the lab to continue receiving federal funding.

The Wuhan lab is now at the center of scrutiny for possibly releasing theSARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and causing the global Covid-19 pandemic.

What more does Dr. Fauci have in his past that he has not revealed to the American public?

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Fauci Has Been in Charge of Developing Bioweapons for Pentagon Since 2002 (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Bidens don’t seem to ‘cover their tracks’ in alleged China money web: Curley

Radio host Grace Curley discusses Rep. James Comer’s claim that a new Biden family member is emerging in the Hunter Biden probe and environmental groups’ lawsuit over the Willow Oil Project. #FoxNews

Source: Bidens don’t seem to ‘cover their tracks’ in alleged China money web: Curley