“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
China’s People’s Liberation Army believes that biological weapons, not nuclear weapons, are the key to global military dominance.
In our recent Gateway Pundit article, we described the 2005 and 2006 Chinese military publications by Colonel Ji-wei Guo, who advocated the use of biotechnology in developing new methods of waging war and recommended that military medical doctors be involved in creating bioweapons.
In his 2008 book, “Biological Outlook on War and Foresight of Biotechnology Supremacy,” Colonel Guo elaborated on the application of biotechnology in bio-based war, representing the “Third Leap” in military strategy:
“The third leap includes biotechnology and related sciences that develop and grow on the basis of information technology (including advanced computer and communication), nano-science and other convergence technologies, where biotechnology and biomedical science (including genetic engineering), cognitive science (including cognitive neuroscience) are comprehensively applied. It will cause huge quantitative changes in the combat environment, combat methods, space-time relationship, military structure and function, and will eventually cause new qualitative changes, which will bring about profound changes in modern military history. The operational level change brought by this military transformation is the further extension of the theory of power control with modern biotechnology as the main feature.”
Colonel Guo’s comments did not just represent the random musings of one particular Chinese military officer, but were concepts embraced by China’s People’s Liberation Army and became embedded in its military doctrine.
In his 2012 article “Development of military biotechnology and the future of bio-based war,” Major General Fu-Chu He wrote:
“As an emerging technology, military biotechnology expands the concept of weaponry and equipment, and becomes an important driving force behind the weaponry and equipment development. In recent years, great breakthroughs have been made in many fields of military biotechnology, such as synthetic biology, brain-computer interface and brain control, biological materials, bio-inspired machinery, bio-fuels, bio-electronics, bio-computing and non-lethal weapons, leading to the birth of new operational concepts. In future wars, military biotechnology will promote the bio-based weaponry and equipment, bio-based forces and bio-based combat style.”
Major General Fu-Chu He was President of the Academy of Military Medical Sciences, Vice President of China’s Academy of Medical Sciences, an Alternate Member of the 18th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party and Vice Director of Scientific and Technical Committee affiliated to Central Military Commission, which is China’s equivalent of the U.S. Department of Defense’s DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Major General Chen Wei is presently the Director of the Institute of Biotechnology, Academy of Military Medical Sciences and presumed head of China’s biological warfare program.
She was placed in command of the “clean up” operation in Wuhan after local authorities lost control of the COVID-19 outbreak. She also led China’s effort to create a COVID-19 vaccine.
Published in 2014, Major General Chen Wei co-authored the book “Biotechnology Development Yearbook, 2013,” which described the major biotechnological advances and their impact on military medical science.
The book contained 10 sections with 25 specific biotechnological topics including gene manipulation, synthetic biology, gene sequencing, biotherapeutics, biomaterials, bioinformatics, bio-imaging, cloning, and neurobiology.
In 2016, the Thirteenth Five-Year Plan’s Science and Technology Military-Civilian Fusion Program was launched by the Scientific and Technical Committee affiliated with the Central Military Commission.
That program incorporated all Chinese universities, pharmaceutical companies and “civilian” research centers, like the Wuhan Institute of Virology, into the People’s Liberation Army’s biotechnology warfare effort.
It is not then surprising that Major General Chen Wei’s predecessor as Director of the Institute of Biotechnology and retired Vice President of the Academy of Military Medical Sciences, Major General Pei-Tang Huang became an independent director of Hualan Biological Bacterin Inc. on April 26, 2019.
Given the intensity of the military-civilian research fusion program, perhaps it is no coincidence that in the two to three months after Pei-Tang Huang’s appointment, the chief executive officers of twenty-three multinational and domestic pharmaceutical companies across China resigned or retired, including Sanofi, Roche, Bayer, Bristol-Myers Squibb and General Electric Healthcare.
In April 2021, Hualan Biological Bacterin Inc. announced an exclusive agreement with the Russian government to produce 100 million doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology of Russia’s Ministry of Health.
None of the above seems to have drawn the attention of those responsible for U.S. national security.
Clearly, the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. intelligence agencies lack a basic understanding of the direction and extent of China’s biotechnology warfare program.
U.S. government officials seem unaware that COVID-19 was certainly an element of that program, perhaps even a test of it.
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President Joe Biden on Thursday said he believes police officers and first responders who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19 should be fired over the decision.
What are the details?
During a CNN Town Hall event Thursday night , Biden told moderator Anderson Cooper that it’s unacceptable for emergency services workers to remain unvaccinated.
Noting that as many as 1 in 3 emergency responders in cities across the country are balking at city vaccine mandates, Cooper asked, “I’m wondering where you stand on that. Should police officers, emergency responders be mandated to get vaccines? And if not, should they be, stay at home, let go?”
Biden responded, “Yes and yes.”
Cheers and applause broke out in response to the president’s remarks.
Biden responded to Cooper’s question by stating that he and his administration decided to hand down vaccine mandates because he didn’t feel there was any other reasonable choice. He also added that he highly doubts there will be mass revolts against required vaccines, or that employees will stage large-scale walkouts over the requirement.
“I waited until July to talk about mandating because I tried everything else possible,” he said. “The mandates are working. All the stuff about people leaving and people getting it, you have everyone from United Airlines to Spirit — all these airlines, we’re not gonna get … Ninety-six, 97% of the people have gotten the vaccine. All the talk about all these folks who are gonna leave the military if they are mandated, not true. You got about a 90-some percent vaccination rate. I mean, so the idea is that, look. The two things that concern me. One, are those who just try to make this a political issue.”
He then mocked those who are against COVID-19 vaccines on the basis of personal choice.
“‘Freedom! ‘I have the freedom to kill you with my COVID,'” Biden joked, and was met with applause, laughs, and cheers. “No, I mean, come on, freedom.”
He continued, “Number two, the second one is that the gross misinformation out there.”
“…should police officers, emergency responders be mandated to get vaccines and if not should they be, stay at hom… https://t.co/KF7ctZG2dI— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) 1634869694.0
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) appeared on Fox News Friday morning, where she slammed the president for his remarks on police and first responders as well as for mocking the American public, much of which prides itself on freedom of choice.
“My reaction is this is absolutely absurd and sadly it’s very typical of Joe Biden and the Biden administration to attack Americans’ everyday freedoms,” she said. “First of all, they’re turning their backs on law enforcement officers and first responders who put their lives and their health on the line every single day, particularly during the COVID pandemic. … These mandates are unconstitutional and it’s an attack on our very freedoms in this country and to have the President of the United States mock freedom, frankly, that’s un-American.”
You can listen to the rest of Stefanik’s remarks in the video below.
Joe Biden faced criticism after stranding thousands of Americans and Afghan green card carriers behind in Afghanistan after the country fell to the Taliban in August.
The Biden regime didn’t let stranded Americans delay their exit from the country. They insisted at the time that “only” 100 Americans were left behind as Americans fled the Taliban terrorists.
But that was a lie.
The Biden State Department on Thursday admitted that at least 363 Americans are still stranded in Afghanistan today! And that is after private groups have rescued hundreds of Americans left in Afghanistan since the US fled at the end of August.
Despite repeated denials that any American taxpayer money funded gain-of-function research for months, the National Institutes of Health is now admitting that a “limited experiment” was conducted. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) – who grilled Dr. Anthony Fauci about gain-of-function research multiple times – took a victory lap following the admission by the NIH.
Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak – the principal deputy director of the NIH and the deputy ethics counselor of the agency – issued a letter admitting that his health agency funded a “limited experiment” to test if “spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses circulating in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model.”
The letter – which was addressed to Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform – explained that the “research project conducted during the 2018-19 grant period used bat coronavirus genome sequences that already exist in nature.”
“Laboratory mice infected with the SHC014 WIV1 bat coronavirus became sicker than those infected with the WIV1 bat coronavirus,” the letter says.
NIH gave the grant to EcoHealth Alliance – which is run by British scientist Peter Daszak. However, Tabak claims EcoHealth failed to comply with the terms of the grant, which required it to “report immediately a one log increase in growth.”
“EcoHealth failed to report this finding right away, as was required by the terms of the grant,” Tabak said.
Tabak called on EcoHealth to submit to the NIH “any and all unpublished data from the experiments and work conducted under this award” within five days.
Tabak stressed that EcoHealth’s experiments with bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China did not cause the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is important to note up front that the published genomic data demonstrates that the bat coronaviruses studied under the NIH grant to EcoHealth Alliance, Inc. and subaward The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) are not and could not have become SARS-CoV-2,” Tabak wrote.
The letter never actually uses the term “gain-of-function.”
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines gain-of-function research as:
Studies, or research that improves the ability of a pathogen to cause disease, help define the fundamental nature of human-pathogen interactions, thereby enabling assessment of the pandemic potential of emerging infectious agents, informing public health and preparedness efforts, and furthering medical countermeasure development.
Fauci – the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – has repeatedly denied that any NIH funding went to gain-of-function research, including during testimony before Congress.
Republican lawmakers have reacted to the damning admission, including Sen. Paul – who locked horns with Dr. Fauci in several intense confrontations. The most heated face-off came in July, when Paul and Fauci accused the other of “lying” during a Senate Health Committee hearing.
On Thursday, the Republican senator from Kentucky shared the NIH letter on Twitter with the caption: “I told you so” doesn’t even begin to cover it here.”
Paul was asked about being vindicated during an interview on NewsNation.
“For over months and months, we’ve been saying that the NIH funded the Wuhan lab,” Paul said. “We’ve been saying that they funded gain-of-function research, where they take a virus from nature and combine it with another virus, and create a virus that’s not known in nature that can be more dangerous, that can cause a pandemic. They denied that. Now, we have the evidence from NIH, and it looks like NIH is starting to point fingers.”
On Twitter, Paul cited a report from The Intercept about U.S.-funded research on the coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, “Realize that NIH is still funding Ecohealth collaboration with Wuhan thru 2025. Fauci has publicly stated his support for continuing U.S. taxpayer funding of Wuhan.”
Sen. Paul warned about the dangers of gain-of-function research, and hypothesized the devastation that a potential lab-created virus could have on the world.
HHS Deputy admits Fauci’s NIH funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan but says it was ‘an unexpected result.’ If the experiment combines unknown viruses and tests their ability to infect and damage humanized cells, of course the result is ‘unknown’ before the experiment. But it is not ‘unexpected’ that the virus gains in function it is simply ‘unknown’. So, if this type of experiment created a virus that had 50% mortality (like MERS which they have experimented with in Wuhan), that result would be ‘unknown’ before the experiment but not “unexpected.”
Paul appeared Thursday on the “Fox News Primetime” to hammer home the possible hazards of a gain-of-function experiment gone awry.
“Five million people died from a virus that came out of a lab – wouldn’t we want to know, wouldn’t we want to prevent this from happening again? This virus is very deadly, what if we had a virus that had a 15% mortality rate?” Sen. Paul asked.
Paul cited Kevin M. Esvelt – an evolutionary and ecological engineer, assistant professor at the MIT Media Lab, and inventor of CRISPR-based gene drive technology – who wrote in the Washington Post about the perils of scientists manipulating viruses.
“These projects are the work of well-meaning scientists doing their best to save us from natural plagues,” Esvelt explained. “But they are biomedical researchers and epidemiologists, not defense experts; security and nonproliferation issues aren’t part of their training or mandate. Once we consider the possibility of misuse, let alone creative misuse, such research looks like a gamble that civilization can’t afford to risk.”
Sen. Paul said he has been asking for a bipartisan investigation into Fauci, and has already referred him to the Justice Department for an investigation. He added that this “partisan” Department of Justice is too busy going after “moms and parents complaining about what they are teaching in school,” but likely “don’t have time to go after Dr. Fauci for lying.”
“He should be held accountable because what we have developed as a system of health care in our country where doctors are afraid to speak out because they will cut out their research funding, doctors who have talked about innovative treatment to try to help people survive COVID are being lectured and told we will take your license,” Paul said of Fauci. “This is the kind of thing, this top-down centralization of medical authority, it’s not good for our country and it’s not good for innovation.”
He called on Dr. Fauci to resign.
Other Republicans blasted Fauci for denying that the NIH funded gain-of-function research.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.): “Fauci knew. He should be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.): “Evergreen tweet: Fauci lied again.”
Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.): “So when is Fauci going to be indicted for lying to Congress repeatedly? Oh wait, he’s a liberal so it’s ok. Different legal standards based on ideology for Garland’s DOJ.”
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) “Fauci wasn’t honest. Shocker.”
Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas): “I met a lady today who lost her husband of 52 yrs & couldn’t get treatment. She said ‘had we been in Florida [instead of Oregon] he would have lived.’ While Fauci covers up gain-of-function w/ EcoHealth Alliance & HHS prevents states from life-saving monoclonal antibodies.”
Former CIA Director Mike Pompeo: “Dr. Fauci was not honest with the American people. Your money went to China for gain-of-function research on viruses. Lots of questions for him to answer.”
Former President Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows: “To call this a bombshell is an understatement. Dr. Fauci and others claimed under oath the NIH didn’t fund gain of function research in the Wuhan Lab. Now the obvious is confirmed: they did.”
Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell: “Fauci lied under oath. Do something about it, Congress.”
What Has Athens to Do with Jerusalem? Acts 3:5; Colossians 2:8
What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem? What concord is there between the Academy and the Church? What between heretics and Christians? Our instruction comes from “the porch of Solomon,” who had himself taught that “the Lord should be sought in simplicity of heart.” Away with all attempts to produce a mottled Christianity of Stoic, Platonic, and dialectic composition! We want no curious disputation after possessing Christ Jesus, no inquisition after enjoying the gospel!
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Early Church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
God Has Many Ways of Bringing People Home Psalm 22:28; John 3:8; Philippians 2:13
God has various ways of bringing His children home; His sacred Spirit blows when, and where, and how it pleases.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Modern church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
83:16 seek your name. The psalm supplies a redemptive reason behind the judgment. As God judges the wickedness of the attackers, they will see their folly and turn to Him.
83:16that they may seek your name The psalmist seems to indicate that God’s enemies will plead for mercy in desperation after they are defeated.
Ver. 16. Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek Thy name, O Lord.—Shame leading to salvation:—
I. Ungodly men have good cause to be ashamed—
1. Because of the wrong they are doing to their Maker. You pride yourself upon your uprightness and integrity; but must God alone, then, be made to suffer through your injustice? Out of all beings, must He alone who made all other beings be the only one to be neglected?
2. There are many ungodly men who ought to be ashamed because they are acting in opposition to light and knowledge, contrary to their conscience, and against their better judgments.
3. Because of their postponements of what they know to be right.
4. Because of their violation of vows which they have made.
5. Because of their not loving the Lord Jesus Christ, and not trusting such a Saviour as He is.
6. A man ought to be ashamed who will not even think of these things.
II. Now, concerning these ungodly people, let me show you that shame is a very desirable thing if it drives them to God. Hence the prayer, “Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek thy name, O Lord.”
1. Sometimes shame attends the breaking up of self-righteousness.
2. I have known this shame to operate in some when they have done wrong, and have lost the repute they enjoyed among their fellow-creatures.
3. So have I seen failure driving a man to the strong for strength.
4. I have also known men brought to Christ with shame of another sort, shame of mental error leading to a humble faith.
III. The Lord is willing now to receive those who are ashamed of themselves.
1. You are the sort of man to come to Christ, because, first, you have the greatest need of Him. In the time of famine, we give the meal away first to the most hungry family.
2. If you are ashamed of yourself, you are the man to come to Christ, because you will make no bargains with Him. You will say, “Save me, Lord, at any price, and in any way!”
3. And you are the man who will give Him all the glory if you are saved. (C. H. Spurgeon.)
Ver. 16.—Fill their faces with shame; i.e. cause their enterprise to fail, and so bring them to shame and confusion of face. That they may seek thy Name, O Lord. A merciful purpose lies behind the greater number of Divine visitations. They are intended to scourge men into submission, and cause them to turn to God. The psalmist, being in full sympathy with God, desires that his merciful intentions may have effect.
Cover their faces with shame so that men will seek your name, O Lord (v. 16). The request here is for the enemies to be shown their true place and position in God’s sight. The word for ‘shame’ (qâlôn) is a poetic word that often stands as the opposite of ‘honour’. The request is for something more than simply degrading enemies before God and men. Rather, the aim is that they will then come to seek God for themselves.
16 The confidence of the nations will be shaken by God’s sovereign presence. The nations had boastfully claimed that they would rid themselves of the “name” of Israel forever (v. 4). Instead, the psalmist prays for the Lord to change their pride and boasting to “shame.” But he shows a deep awareness of God’s gracious nature as he opens a door to those among the nations who will seek the “name” of Yahweh. This thought is repeated in v. 18. God’s mighty acts in judgment must lead to the recognition that Yahweh alone is God (vv. 17–18)!
A child caught stealing a cookie may burst out in tears. But what is it that they are crying about? Is it for their sin? Or is it for getting caught? And even if they are sad about what they’ve done, is that any assurance that they won’t be back at the cookie jar once their guilt feeling fades?
Adults, too, feel sorrow when they are caught sinning. But is this sorrow evidence of true repentance? Charles Spurgeon addressed these questions in a July 31, 1881 sermon exploring what God tells us in 2 Corinthians 7:10:
“For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”
There we learn that there are two kinds of sorrow for sin, and that only one of them produces true repentance. What follows is a modernized excerpt from his sermon.
Some seem to think that merely being sad about a sin is repentance; but it is not. Read the text, and you will at once see that it is not. “Godly sorrow produces repentance.” It is an agent employed in producing repentance, but it is not itself repentance.
Sorrow is not repentance
We see that out in the world, where there is a great deal of sorrow on account of sin that is certainly not repentance, and never leads to it. Some are sorry for only a time; they are convicted of guilt, but that soon passes. Others are sorry for their sin because of the consequences it will have on their lives here on earth, while many more are brought to grief thinking about sin’s eternal consequences – they are afraid of hell. This last group would be delighted if it could be proved that there is no God. They are actually fond of their sins and would love to keep on committing them, but they sorrow because they know how a just God will deal with them.
That kind of sorrow is also not repentance. A moth may burn its wings in the candle, and then, full of pain, fly back to the flame. There is no repentance in the moth, though there is pain; and so, there is no repentance in some men, though there is in them a measure of sorrow on account of their sin. Do not, therefore, make the mistake of thinking that sorrow for sin is, or even necessarily leads to, repentance.
No repentance without sorrow
Next, do not fall into the other mistake, and imagine that there can be such a thing as repentance without sorrow for sin – there can never be such a thing! I heard a person say, quite flippantly, that it was a great thing to know the Greek language because then you could discover that repentance “simply means a change of mind.” Yes, it does mean a change of mind, but what a change of mind!
It is an entire and total change of mind, a turning of the mind right around, so that it hates what once it loved and loves what once it hated – it no longer puts bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter; darkness for light, and light for darkness. It judges righteous judgment, for the change of mind is thorough and complete; I therefore say that there is no repentance, that is worth anything, which is not accompanied by sorrow for sin.
Just consider the matter for a moment. Here is a man who says, “I repent.” But are you really sorry that you sinned? “No,” he replies. Then, my dear sir, you cannot have truly repented, for even someone who has not yet repented will often still be sorry for having done wrong. So much more then, when a man is convinced that he has transgressed against God, he ought to be sorry. So if you tell me that there can be such a thing as spiritual repentance, and yet no sorrow for having broken the law of God, I tell you that you do not know what you are talking about. The thing is clearly, on the very face of it, impossible.
There must be a deep hatred of the sin that you have committed, and even of the thought of ever committing that sin again. There must be sincere sorrow that you should ever have transgressed against God, and that you should be liable to transgress again. If there is no such sorrow as that in your heart, one of the things which are necessary to a genuine repentance is absent.
No threshold that must be met
I have tried so far to correct two mistakes, but there is a third that I must point out to you. Some seem to think that we must reach a certain point of wretchedness, or else we are not truly repentant. They imagine that we must grieve up to a certain level, or we cannot be saved; and they watch the convicted sinner to see when he gets near to what they consider to be a sufficient measure of brokenness of heart. But there are different methods of measuring this state of the spirit and some apply a very long measure indeed to all cases of this kind. I remember that one young friend, after I presented the gospel to him plainly and simply, said to me, “But is that all I have to do? I have only to believe in Christ in order to be saved? Why, my father was troubled to the depths of his soul for six long months before he could find the Savior, and part of the time he was so bad off that he had to be put in a lunatic asylum.”
Yes, that is the kind of notion some people have: that there is a certain amount of alarm, distress, apprehension, and fear which a man has to feel before he is up to the mark in this respect; but there is nothing at all in the Word of God to support that idea.
I will not waste time by dwelling upon it, because it is altogether a baseless supposition. We are not saved by any feelings or alarms that we may have. The source of eternal life is yonder, on that cross; and he who looks there shall find salvation. So away with the notion that there is a certain degree of wretchedness we must feel before we can come to the Savior!
It isn’t just one-time
Then, again, there is another mistake made by many: that this sorrow for sin only happens once, as a sort of squall, or a hurricane, or thunderstorm, that breaks over a man once, and then he is converted, and he talks about that experience all the rest of his life, but he has nothing more to do with it.
Why, dear friends, nothing could be a greater error. For myself, I freely confess that I have a much greater sorrow for sin today than I had when I came to the Savior more than thirty years ago. I hate sin much more intensely now than I did when I was under conviction; I am sure I do. There are some things that I did not know to be sin then, that I do know to be sin now, and therefore I strive to be rid of them. I have a much keener sense of the vileness of my own heart now than I had when first I came to Christ, and I think that many other believers here will say that it is the same with them.
It is a sweet thing to be sorrowful for sin, to be sorrowful for impurity, to be sorrowful for anything that made Jesus sorrow; it is not a thing that happens once, and then is done with; the godly sorrow of a believer lasts throughout his life.
Godly sorrow is no misery
I want also to correct another mistake, namely, that sorrow for sin is a miserable feeling. The moment the word “sorrow” is mentioned, many people suppose that it must necessarily be grief of a bitter kind.
Ah, but there is a sweet sorrow, a healthy sorrow! In honey, there is a sweetness that cloys after awhile. We may eat too much of it, and make ourselves ill; but in repentance there is a bitter sweetness, or a sweet bitterness – which shall I call it? – of which the more you have the better it is for you. I can truly say that I hardly know a diviner joy than to lay my head in my Heavenly Father’s bosom, and to say, “Father, I have sinned, but you have forgiven me; and, oh, I do love you!”
It does not spoil your happiness, my brother or sister, to confess your sin; the unhappiness is in not making the confession. The older ones among us can recollect that, when you were boys at home, and you had done wrong, you sometimes said, “I won’t own up to it.” And all the while that you hardened your heart against repenting, you were miserable – you know that you were! You missed your father’s goodnight kiss and your mother’s smile; and although, as long as you stubbornly held out you thought yourself very brave, yet you were very miserable. But do you also remember what it was like, afterwards, to go and say, “Father,” or “Mother, I was very wrong to do what I did, and I am truly sorry”? Then, as you received the kiss of full forgiveness, I do not suppose you ever felt more happy than after that.
That is the way for God’s child to always act: whenever you have done wrong, go at once to your Heavenly Father, with godly sorrow for that sin, and receive again the sweet kiss of his forgiving love. That is not misery; it is happiness of the highest kind!
Godly sorrow is concerned with God
We are told there is a godly sorrow, which “produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted.”
This is the sorrow that recognizes the enormity of what has been done, because this sin has been committed against God. That is the very heart of godly sorrow, as penitent David cried, “Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight;” and as the prodigal said, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight.”
Any hypocrite is sorry for sin that hurts his own interests, or which may damage his reputation among men. But men do not generally trouble much about wrong done to God. A crime is usually a wrong done to man, so we think it is a horrible thing. But a sin, inasmuch as it is against God, is something many people don’t care about at all.
Let me illustrate further – if I were to say, “You are a sinner,” you would reply, “Yes, that is true.” But if I were to say to you, “You are a criminal,” you might become angered. After all, a criminal is one who offends men, and that is, in our view, a very horrible thing; but a sinner being only one who offends against God, that is not, according to most people’s notion, anything in particular, so they do not care much about it.
However, when a man is really awakened, he sees that the enormity of offense is that it is an offense against God; that is the worst part of the offense, as he rightly judges, and he therefore sorrows over it. This is a sorrow which is to be cultivated by us, the mourning over sin because it is committed against God.
SUMMARY: Godly vs. worldly sorrow
Godly sorrow that produces repentance leading to salvation is:
sorrow that recognizes the enormity of the offense done to God
sorrow that understands no payment is sufficient, but seeks to repair what has been broken and heal the harms they have done, so much as they are able
sorrow arising out of an entire change of mind
sorrow which joyfully accepts salvation by grace
sorrow leading to future obedience
sorrow which leads to perpetual perseverance – the sinner now flees from sin
The sorrow of the world that produces death is:
sorrow that is self-centered, despairing at the consequences faced (either here, or in the hereafter) rather than the harm done
sorrow that seeks forgiveness from, but not healing for, those they have injured
sorrow arising from the shame at being found out
sorrow which seeks self-justification, by pointing to the sin of others (Genesis 3:12)
sorrow which does not concern itself with fleeing from temptation
Spurgeon’s collected sermons amount to more than 20 million words, or the roughly the equivalent of the complete Encyclopedia Britannica. This sermon has been abbreviated and modernized by Jon Dykstra, and cut from its original 7,000 words to just under 2,000. If you want to read the original (including some very good material that had to be cut only for space reasons) you can find it at here.
The early church’s stability was threatened by external persecution as well as internal confusion about what to believe and how to behave. Today’s church faces similar challenges. What’s our safeguard? Hear the answer on Truth For Life with Alistair Begg, Listen…
14 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (NASB)
We we be liars if we told all who would listen that every day was a great day and that because we are in Christ we never stumble nor reveal to others how vulnerable or weak we really are. However, the closer we walk with Christ the fewer should be those periods like that even though, sadly, we shall never be free from them until we are freed from this flesh. This being so, we should look at the tremendous love and affection we have received from Christ. None of us deserve it nor did we do anything to earn it. Yes, I have had a few try to tell me they did indeed make that decision for Christ all on their own with no help from the Holy Spirit. I often wonder if those who told me that are still “walking the walk.” In this morning’s devotion by Charles Spurgeon in his Morning by Morning he tell us how much we are blessed and what is expected of us.
C. H. Spurgeon
“The love of Christ constraineth us.”—2 Corinthians 5:14.
How much owest thou unto my Lord? Has He ever done anything for thee? Has He forgiven thy sins? Has He covered thee with a robe of righteousness? Has He set thy feet upon a rock? Has He established thy goings? Has He prepared heaven for thee? Has He prepared thee for heaven? Has He written thy name in His book of life? Has He given thee countless blessings? Has He laid up for thee a store of mercies, which eye hath not seen nor ear heard? Then do something for Jesus worthy of His love. Give not a mere wordy offering to a dying Redeemer. How will you feel when your Master comes, if you have to confess that you did nothing for Him, but kept your love shut up, like a stagnant pool, neither flowing forth to His poor or to His work. Out on such love as that! What do men think of a love which never shows itself in action? Why, they say, “Open rebuke is better than secret love.” Who will accept a love so weak that it does not actuate you to a single deed of self-denial, of generosity, of heroism, or zeal! Think how Hehas loved you, and given Himself for you! Do you know the power of that love? Then let it be like a rushing mighty wind to your soul to sweep out the clouds of your worldliness, and clear away the mists of sin. “For Christ’s sake” be this the tongue of fire that shall sit upon you: “for Christ’s sake” be this the divine rapture, the heavenly afflatus to bear you aloft from earth, the divine spirit that shall make you bold as lions and swift as eagles in your Lord’s service. Love should give wings to the feet of service, and strength to the arms of labour. Fixed on God with a constancy that is not to be shaken, resolute to honour Him with a determination that is not to be turned aside, and pressing on with an ardour never to be wearied, let us manifest the constraints of love to Jesus. May the divine loadstone draw us heavenward towards itself.
Jeremiah 39:2 – Now the action begins. Prophecies and imprisonment lead up to this pivotal action, the ninth day of the fourth month of the eleventh year of Zedekiah.
Jeremiah 39:3 – Every letter of Scripture is inspired, but not the commas. Those were added by stylists to help us understand Scripture better. What is fascinating with this verse is that we have a list of names of Babylonian officials, preserved for 2,500 years and for most of that 2,500 years the “official Babylonian records” were unavailable. That means that the ancient Jewish scribes had no records to check the spelling of these officials. The translators of the King James in 1611 had no idea who these people were. Skeptics weren’t impressed with the a 2,500 year “hand-me-down” account of a battle – even though the specifics included (dates (Jeremiah 29:2), names (Jeremiah 29:3), etc) should have been a clue.
In 595 BC (8 years before this event), a receipt for transfer of 27 ounces of gold was made by Nebo-Sarsechim, chief eunuch of Nebuchadnezzar. This individual – same name and title – was with Nebuchadnezzar at the fall of Jerusalem according to Jeremiah 39:3. In 1870 AD (2,465 years later), a mile outside Babylon, this reciept was dug up, sold to the British Museum 50 years later, and 87 years later (2007 AD) was finally translated!
From the invasion of Jerusalem in 587 BC to the translation of the King James Version in 1611 AD – an astounding 2,198 years – Jeremiah’s record was accurately preserved letter for letter. And the amazing thing is – we didn’t know it for another 396 years! Read more at the Top 10 (secular) Archaeological Discoveries of 2007!
Jeremiah 39:4 – Zedekiah refused to go out the front door to the Babylonians (Jeremiah 38:17), so now he is fleeing out the back door. And the king who refused to believe the God he could not see, now has his sight taken from him (Jeremiah 39:7). The king who would not go out, is dragged out in chains (Jeremiah 39:7). The king who would not leave his house, had his house burned (Jeremiah 39:8). The king who oppressed the poor (Jeremiah 7:5-7), had his land left to the poor (Jeremiah 39:10).
Jeremiah 39:18 – The King of Judah who sat on the Throne of David (Jeremiah 13:13) saw his sons slain before he lost his sight and was dragged in chains. But the foreign Ethiopian (Jeremiah 38:7) who intereceded for the prophet was delivered because he trusted in the LORD.
Jeremiah 40:3 – God spoke to several Babylonians.
Messengers of Berodach-baladan (by Hezekiah) (2 Kings 20:12)
Nebuzaradan (by the prophet?) (Jeremiah 40:2-3)
Nebuchadnezzar (by dreams) (Daniel 2:1)
Nebuchadnezzar (from Heaven) (Daniel 4:31-32)
Belshazzar (by a finger) (Daniel 5:5)
Jeremiah 40:16 – Famous last words. Gedaliah trusted a false friend (Proverbs 27:6).
Jeremiah 41:16 – So this whole chapter seems to be irrelevant – but notice the characteristics of the people of Israel outside of the kingdom. They’ve reverted back to the times of the Judges (Judges 21:25) “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” Gedaliah is assasinated by Ishmael, Ishmael slaughters people bringing offerings to the LORD, Johanan takes the remainder to Egypt.
2 Timothy 1:1 – This is Paul’s last letter, shortly before he would be beheaded by Nero. From J. Vernon McGee:
You can, I think, emphasize one word in this epistle above other words. That word is loyalty: (1) loyalty in suffering (ch. 1); (2) loyalty in service (ch. 2); (3) loyalty in apostasy (ch. 3–4:5); and (4) Lord loyal to His servants in desertion (ch. 4:6–22).
The deathbed statement of any individual has an importance which is not attached to other remarks. This is what lends significance to 2 Timothy. It is the final communication of Paul. It has a note of sadness which is not detected in his other epistles. Nevertheless, there is the overtone of triumph: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith,” written by Paul as his own epitaph (2 Tim. 4:7). Also, because this was his last letter, Paul was very personal. In these four short chapters, there are approximately twenty–five references to individuals.
2 Timothy 1:5 – Thank God for praying mothers and grandmothers!
2 Timothy 1:8 – Timothy is reading this from an inmate who is telling him to join him in suffering, because it is worth it. Why? Death doesn’t scare Paul -because Jesus abolished death (2 Timothy 1:10).
2 Timothy 1:12 – Paul had confidence because he knew Jesus and could trust Him! Paul knew Whom he believed!
2 Timothy 1:17 – Compare Onesiphorus who sought out Paul to Ebedmelech (Jeremiah 38:7) who sought out Jeremiah! As Jesus said – if you give a cup of cold water to my disciple, you have done it to me (Matthew 10:41-42). May we be practicing hospitality. Paul refused to be chargeable to the Thessalonians (1 Thessalonians 2:9), but he was grateful for those who insisted on helping him (2 Timothy 1:17). The Christian car mechanic who fixes the missionary’s car – has earned a prophet’s reward (Matthew 10:41), just like Ebedmelech (Jeremiah 38:7) and Onesiphorus (2 Timothy 1:17).
When I read this passage, I think of my grandfather, John McLario. He travelled to Havana, Cuba under Fidel Castro and was mentioned in God’s Missiles over Cuba for almost getting arrested there for his work in helping free imprisoned missionaries.
Psalm 90:4 – Six thousand years of human history isn’t even a week in God’s eyes.
Is Christianity anti-intellectual? Furthermore, is it irrational to believe in God or that the Bible is His perfect Word? Here is a list of ten world-class philosophers who are both unashamed Christians and professional intellectuals.
Throughout the article below are some helpful resources (videos and books) by the respective philosophers. At the end of the article, I will include links to two further resources for your own research.
Firstly, note that this list is far from exhaustive. Importantly, all of the following philosophers are “contemporary” in the sense that they were active during the late 20th century and/or the 21st century. Except for one (Norman Geisler), all of them are still alive (at the time of writing).
All of the below philosophers have taught at the university level or hold at least one doctorate. More importantly, however, they have made significant contributions to their academic fields.
All of these names are orthodox Christians; they are boldly living out the words of 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (AMP):
For though we walk in the flesh [as mortal men], we are not carrying on our [spiritual] warfare according to the flesh and using the weapons of man. The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood].
Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ…
As C.S. Lewis (himself one of the finest intellectuals of his era) put it:
“Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.”
While philosophy is not the be-all and end-all of the Christian life, it is encouraging to know that so many Christians are being faithful to God’s calling in their area of life.
God’s Word is more available than at any time in history, yet the world is starving spiritually. What does that mean as we approach the Last Days? Today on Turning Point, Dr. David Jeremiah considers this question and the effects of spiritual starvation on a world that desperately needs God.
There is much about the Biden administration that brings to mind both the excesses of and the surreal agenda to turn America into a Marxist/communist nation.
There is much about the Biden administration that brings to mind both the excesses of and the surreal agenda to turn America into a Marxist/communist nation. Earlier this week, David Ennocenti wrote hereabout how Fauci is reminiscent of the main character in an episode of The Twilight Zone On Thursday We Leave For Home.
There is another episode that is apt: To Serve Man from 1962. It was based on a short story by Damon Knight, 1950. That is the episode in which aliens arrive on earth and claim they are peaceful and only want to help humanity, solve their pressing problems and advance their technology. Facing Initial suspicions, the alien leader Kanamit gradually wins over the population because they do put an end to hunger, energy shortages and the arms race.
Soon people begin traveling to the Kanamit’s home planet, which they describe as a paradise. All the while a cryptographer is trying to translate their text, To Serve Man. She eventually decodes the book and learns it is a cookbook! The humans rushing to board their spaceships are being harvested as food!
Here is a quote from the episode:
“The fantastic ease with which human beings make adjustments. One day they watch with bated breath while a single individual orbits the earth in a rinky-dink little cubicle and they think this is the most historic moment that’s ever happened in the history of mankind. And then one year later, they stand in line waiting to take off in a space ship to go a hundred billions miles off into space and they act and react as if this were a weekend picnic in the country. Oh, the strange and complex sanity of man. Nothing fazes him.”
The Biden administration could be portrayed by a sci-fi screeewriter as operating on the Katamit plan. Subdue our population with a pandemic created by a bioweapon, lock them in their homes, inject them with a wholly experimental vaccine with secret ingredients that put their immune systems to sleep. Close their businesses, open the border to nearly two million migrants and do notvaccinate them; they will be a complaint replacement population in case the vaccines slowly cause early death to the vaxxed. Ban all the known therapeutics that might have saved hundreds of thousands of people, ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, as they are inexpensive and off patent. Allow the vaccine manufacturers to become fabulously wealthy to the point that they effectively control the nation’s government. They skipped the clinical trials that by law precede approval of most vaccines.
Like China’s CCP, big pharma doles out money by the many millions to influencers that can bring our legislators to heel. Like the humans of To Serve Man, they fall in line without batting an eye. They are unfazed by the horror going on around them. Drunk on power, mayors, governors, congressmen and the president, they enjoy their power over the people and of course believe that they will escape any negative consequences of the plan because they are special. They are elites, entitled to rule over the unwashed masses.
If covid was a real pandemic, the Biden administration would not be mandating that any and all health care workers, even doctors, first responders, firefighters, and members of the military submit to the jab or lose their jobs when they are most needed. As Josiah Lippincott of the Federalist writes, this is an ethical abomination. If the health of citizens were the issue, none of this would be happening. Our self-appointed tyrants like Fauci would not be mandating vaccines even for those who have recovered and have 27x the antibodies. This makes no sense; no sense at all.
Fauci is lying when he says the vaccines are necessary even for the recovered. So why force recovered people to be vaxxed but excuse all illegal migrants from the mandate? The Democrats voted down a bill that would have required border crossers to be vaccinated. What is in these vaccines that makes the ruling elite so aggressively determined to get them into every human not of their class?
It’s almost as if the Biden administration is like the Kanamits. There is a plan they are implementing and it has nothing to do with the health of the American people. Quite the opposite; there have been hundreds of thousands of deaths and injuries caused by the vaccines, more that all previous vaccines throughout history combined. The CDC and OSHA no longer report them because they would of course strengthen the resolve of the vaccine resistant.
Deaths overall are up, especially in the under-50 age group, both here and in Europe, most of them cardio or clot-related causes. A woman in France has developed prion disease after her second Pfizer jab. And now they want to vaccinate every child, ages five and up! Why? Kids are not at risk. They rarely get covid and if they do, they recover easily. They do not transmit covid and yet they must wear masks and submit to the jab to go to school.
Despite the volumes of information available about the dangers of the vaccines, such information is avoided or suppressed by the mainstream media. One has to go searching for it. So as the jabs keep injuring and killing, they have proven not to protect from Covid and yet the administration and its handmaidens in the media pretend this isn’t so and keep demanding every single person be vaxxed. Those that submit do not realize they are just pawns in a very nasty global reset plan to… what? Depopulation? Shorten lifespans? Cause infertility? Massively increasing the wealth of the already wealthy? All of the above?
Whatever the plan, those who comply are indeed serving the man. The final line of the Twilight zone episode is this: “How about you? You still on earth, or on the ship, with me? Well, it doesn’t make very much difference because sooner or later we’ll all of us be on the menu.” Like those protesting these mandates all over the world, let’s not be on Biden’s menu.
Nearly 70% of born-again Christians disagree with the biblical position that Jesus is the only way to God, according to a new survey from Probe Ministries, a nonprofit that seeks to help the Church in renewing the minds of believers with a Christian worldview.
Does any culpability apply to the esteemed Dr. Fauci or other senior leaders of the medical establishment responsible for imposing the restrictive rules that have resulted in many thousands of potentially avoidable deaths?
Scott Masson in theEpoch Timessummed up the COVID situation concisely. “There have been two threats to human health in the past 18 months: the immediate biological threat of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and the political decision to wage asymmetric warfare against it through social restrictions that destroy jobs, contravene human rights, and trash medical ethics.”
Regarding the trashing of medical ethics; from the beginning of the pandemic Dr. Anthony Fauci, the FDA, CDC, AMA, NIH, etc. have consistently denied the use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and more recently ivermectin for treatment of COVID-19. This was despite the demonstrable success in other countries like India. Monoclonal antibodies were recently approved by the FDA as an early treatment option. It is very effective, but unlike the above therapeutics, administering it requires a specialized medical center. The Biden administration quickly stepped in to “help” the supply chain after learning seven southern “red” states (most notably Florida and Texas) reported great success using it. Shortages immediately developed.
This week, we learned of negative news stories warning against the use of low-dose aspirin for COVID. Aspirin’s anti-coagulant properties are effective for preventing mini-strokes caused by the microvascular inflammation and thrombosis sometimes triggered by both COVID-19 and the vaccines. Is that why it is being attacked? Inexpensive vitamin D also helps build resistance to COVID-19 and D deficiency is a common characteristic shared by many who died from COVID. This deficiency is most acute for the elderly, the obese and dark-skinned people, so if you are in one of these groups consider getting tested before it is added to the left’s hit list.
Perhaps it was no coincidence that this past Sunday our pastor delivered a sermon on the Biblical Ten Commandments (Exodus; 20 1-17) focusing on number 6; “Do not Murder.” This triggered a troubling thought regarding the deliberate denial of permission for physicians to prescribe inexpensive therapeutics like HCQ and ivermectin as off-label treatments for COVID. These drugs have been widely and safely used in places like India both as a prophylactic and an early treatment protocol for COVID. India achieved far fewer hospitalizations and deaths than in countries banning their use. Do the deaths resulting from this questionable ban possibly fit the definition of murder?
Does any culpability apply to the esteemed Dr. Fauci or other senior leaders of the medical establishment responsible for imposing the restrictive rules that have resulted in many thousands of potentially avoidable deaths? Does any guilt apply to the media or reputable medical journals that knowingly spread false information about the above therapeutics so they would not be allowed? What about the contribution of big pharma CEOs who may have knowingly withheld information about harmful vax side effects like myocarditis, mini-strokes, deaths, and more? Is there any guilt due for suppressing evidence about the decreasing effectiveness of their vaccines against the now-dominant Delta variant? We know the current vaccines target only the original Alpha variant’s spike protein and ignore the other parts of the virus that can also cause harm.
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Did the World Economic Forum admit something very unnerving?
It has become increasingly clear that natural immunity is stronger because it combats the whole virus and other variants as well. In addition, this novel coronavirus is in the same family as the common cold and similarly replicates itself in the moist nasal and pulmonary air sacs before entering the bloodstream where antibodies can kill it. This explains why both vaccinated and unvaccinated people can equally spread the virus. Therefore, Mr. President, this is not “a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”
And speaking of politics, will any blame be attributed to elected leaders who purposefully suppressed or falsified information about known therapeutics that may have long ago lessened the severity of the pandemic just to achieve a political advantage by capitalizing on the fear caused by a high death count? Stoking fear certainly made it easier to coerce people into accepting the extreme lockdown mandates and relaxed voting safeguards just in time to corrupt both the 2020 and 2021 elections. Only God knows for sure who, if anyone, is guilty of murder in these scenarios, but perhaps more than a few have blood on their hands.
All I can contribute in regard to answering the murder question is illustrate magnitude of the body count that was potentially avoidable. The data in the table below is based on officially reported COVID death data for the U.S., U.K., Sweden and India. You can access my data source and monitor the most up-to-date daily death trends forthese four countries. My calculations to determine avoidable deaths assume the same early treatment protocols used by India (primarily HCQ and ivermectin) were simultaneously used by the others. The results are in the far-right column (in red) and is calculated using India’s reported total of 324 deaths per million from February 29, 2020 to October 16, 2021 (green box in column 3), then applying the same rate to the other three countries:
Note that India had by far the fewest COVID deaths relative to its population. India’s only significant death surge happened when the Delta variant showed up and HCQ was found to be less effective. However, India’s medical establishment did not hesitate to switch to its new, inexpensive take-home COVID kit that included ivermectin and the trend quickly reversed. India is relatively poor so cost is a major consideration. Therefore, neither the expensive vaccines nor the recently FDA approved monoclonal antibodies were used enough to contribute to its low death rates.
The U.K. is included because it had similar harsh lockdown, mask, and vaccine mandates as the U.S. Sweden is there because of its unique policy to minimize lockdowns and mask mandates. That bold decision enabled it to reach herd immunity quickly, although the achievement still came at a high cost in deaths initially. The vax rates in both Sweden and the U.K. have recently exceeded the U.S., but Sweden did not get serious about its vaccination rate until around June 2021, which just happened to coincide with the point when they first achieved herd immunity as indicated by its near zero deaths from that point. The vax effort was likely a total waste of money by that time and could have caused harm.
I must confess that the rather shocking estimate of 608K avoidable deaths in the U.S. is unrealistic because the count of total confirmed COVID deaths here (now over 724k) is grossly inflated. This is due to the U.S. changing the cause of death rules at the beginning of the pandemic to count deaths with COVID instead of deaths from COVID. I have no idea if the U.K. or other countries reported their cause of death data like the questionable American method. Regardless, there are still a lot dead Americans who may have survived COVID if the overarching goal of our medical establishment was to save lives and thereby allowed the flexibility to permit the emergency use of HCQ and ivermectin as an early treatment protocol.
In summary, it appears the left has permanently trashed medical ethics in their quest to fundamentally transform America.
1: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
2: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control
Presidents Reagan, Trump, and most Republicans seek to give individuals and the private sector more freedom, power, and money so individuals have more control over their lives. That is the opposite of fascism.
Biden, Obama, and other Democrats, in general, seek greater control of the government for most aspects of our lives. They are always seeking more power over the people. Those are the politicians who move towards fascism.
Trump’s policies of fewer regulations and lower taxes helped unemployment for all races and people of all education levels to move to record lows. Wages were rising more rapidly than any time during the Obama-Biden administration, especially for those at the bottom. Poverty levels hit an all-time low at the end of 2019. The policies were essentially lifting all boats.
The lower tax rates also generated record amounts of revenue. Tax revenues are over $600 billion higher in FY2021 than in FY 2017 before the lower rates took effect. So, why do Democrats continue to repeat that the tax rate cuts cost the government trillions of dollars when that is not true?
Why would Democrats want to raise rates on individuals and corporations when the lower rates generated more money unless it is about power and control, instead of results?
The CDC, NIH, most of the media and other Democrats know that schools throughout the country which do not require masks are not having a significant problem but still demand dictatorial mandates that they wear masks. In the past couple of months, the public was bombarded with exaggerations of hospitals being flooded with children sick with COVID. The stories have virtually disappeared because the problem isn’t bad and the story wouldn’t fit the narrative.
The New York Times, supposedly reliable news source no matter how much fictional garbage they report, put out a false story that 900,000 kids had been hospitalized with COVID when the actual number was 63,000. How could anyone miss by that much? Where were the fact checkers at the Times who should have verified the story before the public was lied to?
On Thursday, October 7, The New York Times buried a correction to a pernicious report that suggested 900,000 American kids had been “hospitalized” with COVID-19 when in reality it was around 63,000. But not only did the report mischaracterize those hospitalizations, but the report also falsely stated how Sweden and Denmark were distributing doses to young children and it also wrongly suggested child doses of the Pfizer vaccine would be ready by distribution in the U.S. this week.
The entire situation was poetic because the “science” reporter who loaded up her piece with these false claims was Apoorva Mandavilli. She’s the same Times reporter that took to Twitter last May to say that the increasingly likely Wuhan lab leak theory wasn’t true and had “racist roots.”
Unironically, Mandavilli was also “the 2019 winner of the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting,”
Maybe the media should put the number of children hospitalized from COVID in perspective. Each year around three million children are hospitalized for all causes. Look here:
So going on that, in a year and a half that would be 4.5 million. So with that the reality, would 63,000 hospitalized from COVID be an overwhelming problem?
As soon as Biden took office, he dictatorially stopped an environmentally safe energy pipeline, put a moratorium on new drilling on federal lands, and has sent the message that he and the Democrats will destroy the oil and coal industry. Then they say the rapidly increasing price is transitory and due to Biden’s excellent economic policies.
What we never see from Biden, Kerry, or other Democrats is scientific data that directly correlate oil and coal use to temperatures, sea levels and storm activity because there is none and they know the compliant media will never ask for any.
Capitalism is the economic system that gives the greatest opportunity to move up the economic ladder. Socialism, fascism, and Marxism gives the greatest results to powerful people in government and other connected people and businesses. Instead of seeking to have people move up the economic ladder, those systems seek to keep more people dependent on the government.
It is a shame that most of the media misleads the public into claiming that the politicians who give more power and freedom to the people are the authoritarians and the people who seek more control and power over the people are not. That is why many people are confused.
Instead of the media and other Democrats focusing on the border, Afghanistan, inflation, supply chain problems, and the Biden family corruption they are focused on Trump and an investigation into the January 6th “armed insurrection” which an FBI report said was not an insurrection and where no one was armed. The only person killed by a weapon was an unarmed veteran and the media and other Democrats don’t care about her.
Will Fauci be charged with perjury or will he be above the law like Hillary, McCabe, Comey. Lerner, Holder, Brennan, Clapper and others? See here:
With civic guidance and political leadership absent on the heels of multiple national crises, the entire country is now roiled in an era of massive civilian disobedience campaigns as thousands of American workers seek protection from President Biden’s flawed vaccine dictates.
If you listen to Biden’s recent incoherent statement on vaccine mandates or you are an incurable aficionado of what used to be called mainstream media, you may think there is reason to believe that a formal Presidential Executive Order mandating national Covid vaccinations had been issued. As with many Democratic initiatives, the truth and reality of Biden’s September 9th announcement are frequently at odds.
There was no mention of an Executive Order despite the widespread public message that a mandatory national vaccination decree was being applied to American businesses and the non-vaccinated public. Leave it to the Democrats to exaggerate their authority as they retain utter control over the lives of Americans; not unlike committed authoritarian gangsters intent on mugging what remains of our Constitutional republic.
Soon after the alleged ‘mandate’ was announced, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered further proof of how little the Democrats care about the American people or its economy when she announced that enforcement of the ‘mandate’ was included in the $3.5 trillion “reconciliation’ bill with a serious infraction costing employers up to $70,000 per violation and up to $700,000 for repeat offenders who dare question vaccine mandates as Un-American.