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. "…truth is true even if nobody believes it, and falsehood is false even if everybody believes it. That is why truth does not yield to opinion, fashion, numbers, office, or sincerity–it is simply true and that is the end of it" – Os Guinness, Time for Truth, pg.39. “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
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished. (2 Peter 2:9)
The godly are tempted and tried. That is not true faith which is never put to the test. But the godly are delivered out of their trials, and that not by chance, nor by secondary agencies, but by the Lord Himself. He personally undertakes the office of delivering those who trust Him. God loves the godly or godlike, and He makes a point of knowing where they are and how they fare.
Sometimes their way seems to be a labyrinth, and they cannot imagine how they are to escape from threatening danger. What they do not know, their Lord knows. He knows whom to deliver, and when to deliver, and how to deliver. He delivers in the way which is most beneficial to the godly, most crushing to the tempter, and most glorifying to Himself. We may leave the “how” with the Lord and be content to rejoice in the fact that He will, in some way or other, bring His own people through all the dangers, trials, and temptations for this mortal life to His own right hand in glory.
This day it is not for me to pry into my Lord’s secrets but patiently to wait His time, knowing this, that though I know nothing, my heavenly Father knows.
I have heard serene and beautiful places described as a “little piece of heaven“. It may be a pristine beach with tumbling waves glistening in the moonlight. A vast mountain vista or a bubbling creek under the canopy of shade trees. But it is ONLY a piece.
It cannot replace the inner peace that comes from Heaven.
Why? Because where we live and move and have our being is time-bound. Our world is ever changing– minute to minute, second to second. Weather can affect that serenity. Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and blizzards ravage the earth. Human progress can affect it as well. Bulldozers can topple mountains and oil tankers spill black gunk into the water, coating everything. And even if the serene views remain intact, our human emotions can discolor it. When we are angry or depressed we often block out birdsong and sunshine filtering through the leaves. No wonder cartoonists depict a dark cloud over the head of their characters. If there is one thing that is definitely not constant, it’s our mood.
“And the peaceof God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
This peace that passes all understanding, as Paul describes it, is not affected by change. It is constant, eternal, and unmoving. It doesn’t come and go, or ebb and flow. It is there like a solid foundation that is unshakeable even in times of turmoil. You can cling to it and know it’s not going to crumble. This peace only comes from anchoring our hearts, minds and souls into the living waters of our faith in God. It transcends whatever is happening in our ever-changing world, because His peace is not of this world. It is Heaven-sent. In John 16:33, Jesus said, “...in me you can have peace.”
Two words that sound the same but are so different.
The first one, pIEce – where the IE stands for I Enjoy – is fleeting. It can be gone in a moment.
The other is pEAce – where the EA stands for Eternal Access. For the believer, it is always there, no matter what.
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you” — Isaiah 26:3
While it is naive, on one hand, to think that trusting in God makes all of our problems go away — Christians have many of the same problems that unbelievers do because they share the same mortal flesh, on the other hand it’s true. If we trust in God, we believe our work stands or falls in his hands and that ultimately we will share in his victorious and glorious presence. It means our lives will not be lived in vain. That’s not just confidence; it’s the foundation of true peace — life lived to its fullest and richest, knowing that every moment of life matters and we don’t need to be anxious about its results when we rest our life in the hands of the LORD.
Almighty Father of Peace, thank you for giving me the assurance that my life will not be lived in vain. May I share that peace with others today. In the name of Jesus, my Prince of Peace, I pray. Amen.
Train Hard, So the Battle Will Be Easy “Israel is preparing for a war the likes of which we haven’t seen in years,” said General (retired) Amir Avivi, founder and executive director of the Israel Defense and Security Forum (ISDF). “This is an exercise that will end a long era in Israel in which the Israel Defense Forces have enjoyed only ‘luxury’ wars.”
Crypto giant Binance controlled ‘independent’ US affiliate’s bank accounts A senior Binance executive was the main operator for five bank accounts belonging to the giant cryptocurrency exchange’s purportedly independent U.S. affiliate, including an account that held American customers’ funds, bank records show. U.S. lender Silvergate Bank authorized the executive, Guangying Chen, a close associate of Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, to operate the accounts in 2019 and 2020, according to records from those years.
In-Depth: The Dark Spiritual Roots of Global Socialism — Communist Strategies Before Marx This man—along with his fellow utopian socialist, Robert Owen—had been advocating even before Karl Marx for the abolition of marriage and family on socialist grounds. Together, these early socialists’ writings illustrate how the attack on family unfolding in today’s culture is nothing new but is a manifestation of a much older agenda with documented links to spiritual darkness.
Jerusalem Mayor: ‘The words of the prophets are happening’ The words of the prophets are jumping off the pages and taking shape in front of our eyes, and I’m proud to lead a revolution for the city that is improving the lives of all the people in the city.” Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish people, and I’d say the capital of the world. Jerusalem has never had so many international delegations and conferences, just like in the days of King Solomon.
Taliban claims: ‘We will conquer Iran soon’ amid water dispute Senior Taliban commander Abdulhamid Khorasani, aka Nasser Badri, has in a video message warned that the group will fight against Iranians “with more passion” than they did against the US forces.”We will conquer Iran soon if Taliban’s leaders give the green light for jihad.”
Robert Hanssen, FBI agent who spied for Russia, found dead in prison Robert Hanssen, the former FBI agent turned spy whom the bureau describes as the most damaging in its history, was found dead in his prison cell on Monday, US authorities said. Hanssen, 79, was sentenced in 2002 to life in prison after pleading guilty to spying for the Soviet Union and later Russia for over 20 years.
Devastating floods hit Ecuador, extensive damage reported in Esmeraldas Over 11 750 individuals were impacted by intense flooding between June 3 and June 4, 2023, in the Esmeraldas Province of Ecuador due to the overflowing of six rivers following continuous rainfall. The cantons of Esmeraldas, Atacames, Quinindé, and Muisne bore the brunt of the floods, resulting in extensive damage to properties and necessitating broad-scale evacuations.
Widespread floods and landslides hit Haiti, leaving 15 people dead and 8 missing Haiti is grappling with the aftermath of heavy rains that have caused flooding and landslides across the country, resulting in at least 15 deaths, with eight people still missing and thousands of families affected. Over the weekend of June 3 – 4, 2023, the entire Hispaniola island nation was drenched in rain, causing several rivers to flood and forcing local authorities to enact emergency measures.
L.A. County wants to curb fentanyl use. Its approach worries some By a line of ragged RVs slung along 78th Street in South Los Angeles, a seven-member team passes out glass pipes used for smoking opioids, crack and methamphetamine. Part of the front line of Los Angeles County’s offensive against the deadly fentanyl epidemic,
To Address Loneliness, The Feds Want To Control Your Friends U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy recently released an advisory titled “Our Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation.” It warns that social isolation is a major public health problem. The 81-page document presents six government-directed “pillars” of action to address the health hazards of social isolation.
Are WHO Climate Lockdowns Coming? The proposed amendments to the International Health Regulations (“IHRs”) and the Pandemic Treaty both incorporate the “One Health” approach. This scheme will give the World Health Organization the “power” to initiate “climate lockdowns.”
State Farm Halts Home Insurance Sales In California Faltering California took another economic hit on Friday, as America’s largest personal lines insurer said it would immediately stop selling new home insurance policies in the state. California is the largest property and casualty insurance market in the country.
Firefighters Battle Wildfires in Northern Michigan On Sunday, firefighters in Northern Michigan continue the battle to contain wildfires near Grayling, Michigan. Officials said in a news release that the fire is currently estimated to be 2,400 acres large, though the actual number could be higher.
Net Zero Zealots impose levy to increase the cost of household goods Green levies to be imposed in the UK from April next year will increase food prices within months, pushing up shopping bills. Families are already facing spiralling food and drink prices as grocery bills will on average be £1,000 above 2020 levels by July 2023, according to calculations by the Resolution Foundation.
“I can’t believe the hypocrisy that comes out of that show sometimes.”
Can Tim Scott bring the country together? Can anyone bring the country together?
That’s what folks in the middle may be wondering as the 2024 presidential campaign ramps up and the Republican primary adds candidates. (Obviously, many others in the GOP understandably want retribution and to defeat and humiliate the other half of the country. That’s another story.)
Last week, we wrote of South Carolina’s black Republican senator being a plantation fugitive because, instead of thinking how white leftists tell him to, Scott thinks for himself and decided to be conservative. It came up because Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, and Whoopi Goldberg of “The View” had all attacked him as a man who “doesn’t get” racism, which they claim is why he’s a Republican. Their racist vitriol was completely over the top, and if any conservative had said the same thing about a black Democrat, he’d be run out of town on a rail.
Honestly, the flap can only help Scott because it provides him with a platform to show that he’s a better person than the women of “The View.” On Monday, in fact, he joined them for a discussion — notably without Behar, who’s off on Mondays.
Hostin in particular barely tried to mask her utter contempt for Scott as she sat beside him and asked loaded questions. “When it comes to racial inequality,” she said, “it persists in five core aspects of life in the U.S.: economics, education, healthcare, criminal justice and housing. At nearly every turn, these achievements were fought, threatened and erased most often by white violence. You have indicated that you don’t believe in systemic racism. What is your definition of systemic racism?”
As he began to answer, she interjected, “Or does it even exist in your mind?”
But Scott, we think, got the better of the argument.
“One of the reasons why I’m on the show,” he replied to Hostin, “is because of the comments that were made frankly on this show that the only way for a young African-American kid to be successful in this country is to be the exception and not the rule. That’s a dangerous, offensive, disgusting message to send to our young people today that the only way to succeed is by being the exception.”
He went on to list many blacks who’ve held leadership positions from police chief in his town to president of the United States. He argued that while we haven’t arrived at the final destination or the full realization of the American Dream, there has inarguably been “progress in America” as evidenced by his own life and the others he pointed to.
He said, “I believe America could do for anyone what she’s done for me: restoring hope, creating opportunities, and defending and protecting the America that we love.”
When Scott argued that indoctrination of kids with LGBT stuff shouldn’t be happening in schools, the audience began to boo. Hilariously, Goldberg chastised the audience because “this is ‘The View’” and all opinions get a hearing. Besides, contempt is reserved for the hosts.
As for Behar, way back when she was 29, she dressed up for a Halloween party as a “beautiful African woman.” Scott referenced that while talking with Fox News’s Sean Hannity later about his appearance on “The View.”
“Can you imagine an extreme liberal elitist telling me how to be a black man in America when she’s a white lady who dresses up in blackface?” Scott asked rhetorically. “I can’t believe the hypocrisy that comes out of that show sometimes.”
We can. They’re leftists.
In any case, Scott keeps making his argument for his candidacy and for America itself.
“We are a meritocracy. Your talent, your character, your grit take you as high as you’re willing to climb. But according to their policies, they take the first three rungs of the ladder out,” he said. “Making sure that we remain the freest, fairest land on God’s green Earth is my objective. And I’m so thankful that I have the blessing of running for president in the only country where this is possible.”
“And frankly,” he added, “the truth of my life disproves every single lie from the pit of hell that we’re hearing from the radical left.”
The California governor and shadow presidential candidate isn’t exactly a fan of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s illegal immigrant relocation program.
Here’s a suggestion for reducing the flow of illegals across our border: Treat them to a Third World hellhole far worse than the ones they’re fleeing.
Indeed, treat them to the Tenderloin district of Gavin Newsom and Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco, where the leading occupations are drug abuse, homelessness, and mumbling unintelligibly at passers-by.
Quick quiz: How can you spot the government employee in the Tenderloin? Answer: He’s the one wearing the haz-mat suit and hosing human waste down the sewer. (Admittedly, it’s a crappy job, but someone’s got to do it. And don’t laugh: Even back in 2018, these poop patrollers were making bank — nearly $200,000 a year in salary and benefits, and that was before Bidenflation kicked in.)
This brings us to the aforementioned Governor Newsom, the Democrat shadow presidential candidate who’s not-so-quietly auditioning for the job should his party’s powerbrokers find a way to Vaudeville-hook both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris off the stage. Newsom, as we’re learning, doesn’t like being made sport of — especially not by governors far more successful and popular than he is.
In a tweet yesterday addressed to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Newsom squealed: “You small, pathetic man. This isn’t Martha’s Vineyard. Kidnapping charges?”
He then linked to a page from California’s penal code, through which he tried to imply that DeSantis is guilty of kidnapping. Specifically, as the statute notes: “Every person, who being out of this state, abducts or takes by force or fraud any person contrary to the law of the place where that act is committed, and brings, sends, or conveys that person within the limits of this state … is guilty of kidnapping.”
Here, we’d remind Newsom of another tweet he sent — this one to then-President Donald Trump in 2018: “Let me be clear, @realDonaldTrump: California is a sanctuary state. We believe in the power of diversity. We have defied and resisted the xenophobic, hateful policies of your administration at every turn. We will do it again.”
So much for Democrats and “diversity.” When leftists come unhinged, they say and do the stupidest things.
Newsom’s threat to DeSantis, as The Washington Free Beacon reports, “came after a first private jet arrived Saturday in Sacramento from New Mexico with 16 illegal migrants from Venezuela and Colombia onboard. A second flight arrived midday Monday, reportedly carrying 20 more migrants. It is not confirmed whether DeSantis is behind the flights, but the migrants reportedly were carrying Florida state government paperwork.”
In Newsom’s defense, though, he’s right about one thing: California ain’t Martha’s Vineyard. The former is a lawless leftist dystopia, and the latter isn’t, largely because it has abided by Rule of Law and sensible governance. Oh, and it’s also worked diligently to keep the unwashed masses out — otherwise, the Kennedys and the Clintons and the Obamas wouldn’t be living there.
As it stands, then, what DeSantis spokesperson Taryn Fenske said last September about the governor’s equity excursions to the Vineyard holds true for California: They’re part of Florida’s illegal immigrant relocation program to “sanctuary destinations.” As Fenske noted, “States like Massachusetts, New York, and California will better facilitate the care of these individuals who they have invited into our country by incentivizing illegal immigration through their designation as ‘sanctuary states’ and support for the Biden administration’s open border policies.”
It appears that the satirists at The Babylon Bee are picking up what we’re laying down. “What kind of heartless bully would load migrants into a plane and send them to California, of all places?” said an angry Newsom in a statement from his private banquet room at The French Laundry. “We don’t even have water, electricity, or housing here! Whoever is doing this is inhumane. No migrant should be forced to live in a state with so many problems.”
Clearly, Gavin Newsom loves diversity in the abstract. But when the cold, hard, desperate reality comes up and punches him in the face, he squeals like a stuck pig. Perhaps he should take a page out of New York City Mayor Eric Adams’s book and invite these illegals to live amongst the people. In their homes.
After all, what could be more “diverse” than that?
YouTube reverses on election fraud, Wray’s contempt, Saudis buck Biden again, and more.
Nate Jackson & Jordan Candler
YouTube reverses on election fraud: And just like that, it’s okay to talk about 2020 election fraud on YouTube. The platform quietly announced that it will no longer remove content that says unapproved things about the results of the last presidential election. “In the current environment,” YouTube said in a blog post, “we find that while removing this content does curb some misinformation, it could also have the unintended effect of curtailing political speech.” You don’t say. YouTubers like Anthony Brian Logan eagerly await the removal of strikes over commentary about the election.
Wray’s contempt: FBI Director Christopher Wray still refuses to turn over documents implicating Joe Biden in Hunter Biden’s influence-peddling schemes. The House Oversight Committee subpoenaed those documents, and now Republican Chairman James Comer says the committee will convene contempt hearings for the FBI director. That Wray seems so intent on protecting Biden is strange given that he was appointed by Donald Trump. Perhaps the former president senses that because he’s slamming Ron DeSantis for supporting Wray in 2017. DeSantis was a member of the House back then and had no say in Wray’s nomination. Who did have a say? Donald Trump, who nominated him.
Saudis buck Biden again: Among the first things Joe Biden did upon taking office was to hamstring American oil production, which led the world under Donald Trump. The result was predictable and maddening: Gas rose from $2.39 a gallon on Inauguration Day to as high as $5.02 a gallon before settling back to $3.55 today. Biden raided the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help his poll numbers, and he also went hat in hand to the Saudis to beg them to increase production. Not only did the Saudis decline to increase production, but they instead cut production. Now they’re doing it again, announcing this week a reduction of one million barrels per day because Biden never carried through with his threats after the last cut. Weakness matters.
Trump lawyers meet with DOJ: Former President Donald Trump took some classified documents with him to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. He probably shouldn’t have done that, though we’d also note these were physical documents at a very secured location — as opposed to sending classified emails over an unsecured server like a certain woman who will never be president. In any case, Joe Biden’s FBI raided Trump’s home and his “Justice” Department is looking into an indictment, all while overlooking Biden’s own classified garage docudrama. Trump’s lawyers met with Justice Department officials Monday, which likely means a decision on whether to pursue charges is imminent. Stay tuned.
Normandy marks D-Day’s 79th anniversary, honors WWII veterans (AP)
FAA greenlights plan to allow illegal immigrants to be housed at JFK Airport (Townhall)
NYC mayor envisions private residences housing migrants (Daily Wire)
The problem with equity-based outcomes in school behavior management.
Under the Biden administration, schools have reimplemented a racial equity-based model to address discipline of students in the classroom. It is a practice that was first implemented under President Barack Obama but was rescinded in 2018 by President Donald Trump’s education secretary, Betsy DeVos. This latest iteration of race-based discipline was disseminated to the public schools through a May letter from the Department of Education (DOE) and Department of (Social) Justice.
Public schools were told to adhere to the Civil Right Act when delving out punishments. “Discrimination in student discipline,” states the letter, “forecloses opportunities for students, pushing them out of the classroom and diverting them from a path to success in school and beyond. Significant disparities by race — beginning as early as preschool — have persisted in the application of student discipline in schools.”
The letter goes on to admit, “While racial disparities in student discipline alone do not violate the law, ensuring compliance with Federal nondiscrimination obligations can involve examining the underlying causes of such disparities” (emphasis added). In other words, it’s not that public schools are in violation of the Civil Rights Act by enforcing school rules, it’s just that it’s not the administration’s favorite buzzword: equitable.
Biden’s DOE would, in fact, like public schools to use “restorative justice” when approaching student discipline in the hopes of mitigating what the Left calls disparate impact.
What is “restorative justice”? It’s essentially talking to the offending student sternly or having them write papers about their feelings. They are still permitted to be in classrooms where they have disrupted learning, threatened teachers or other students, or acted violently toward the same. Do you think they’ll change their behavior as a result? The answer is evident.
What is actually being taught to that student who was being disruptive, abusive, or violent is that there are no consequences for their bad behavior. It is green-lighting a reign of terror that has a more pervasive anti-education effect than any pandemic could inflict. If other students are worried about their safety in the classroom, how can they learn?
This Racial Marxism isn’t new even to the Biden administration. Biden’s leftist education policy expert Kayla Patrick said back in 2021: “In this country, nearly 80 percent of the teachers are white. And sometimes their mindsets are based solely in whiteness. So that means when they come into school, they have predisposed mindsets about who black children are, what they need to wear, and how they need to behave. And so instead of celebrating their identities and cultures, schools often erase them.”
The irony of this situation is that many of the teachers who are having such a difficult time with unmanageable student behavior are black themselves. However, under Racial Marxism, those teachers are being ignored or even accused of being racist because they are supposedly upholding white structural racism.
The DOE even conducted a survey demonstrating that poor student behavior has increased. More teachers have reported breaking up fights, receiving physical/verbal violence, and other disruptive classroom behaviors. Seventy-nine percent of all teachers who answered this survey believe they need more help and support in the disciplining of students.
This newest threat of being accused of racist practices in disciplining students is just one more stressor in an already difficult job, and it doesn’t solve the problem of poor student behavior. So much for more support.
It’s considered racist to ask why black students are disproportionately committing more violations than all other students. Even the DOE’s own data consistently list black students as committers of the most violations. It demonstrates a disparity, but that disparity has little to do with skin color and more to do breaking from positive cultural norms.
Those broken cultural norms are high levels of fatherlessness in black homes, rough neighborhoods, and exposure to violence through social media.
Let’s take this idea of disparity of outcomes a slightly different direction. In political pundit Ben Shapiro’s latest podcast, he describes a school in Manhattan that was accused of racism because there were such a small number of blacks and Latinos admitted. People cried racism. However, when all the facts were in place, a different set of disparities emerged: All students were admitted based on passing an entrance exam, and the vast majority of the students who passed were actually Asian. Shapiro’s point was that the disparities in family structure, emphasis on academics, and support systems for students impacted their ability to pass the entrance exam. Not the color of their skin.
The false flag of racism does not address the behavioral problems and actually hurts the black students it is trying to protect from “discrimination.”
According to Gail L. Heriot, law professor at the University of San Diego Law School: “African American students disproportionately go to school with other African American students. … If teachers fail to keep order in those classrooms out of fear that they will be accused of racism, it is these minority students who will suffer most.”
These kids will suffer because their learning environment will disintegrate, their teacher quality will diminish, and their desire to learn will be quashed. Education is one of the most effective ways to break negative cycles. It sets kids up for success. Giving students a victim mentality and no consequences for negative social behavior is continuing the cycle of hate and raising up a generation of people who cannot function well in the wider society.
By emphasizing equal outcomes instead of equal opportunity, the Biden administration’s Department of Education is denying children actual opportunities to succeed. And that is a travesty.
A new trend is taking hold in Generation Z, but it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
As thousands of college graduates wrap up their academic careers, they’re met with a moment that we of prior generations might well remember: the moment when their parents say, “Great, now get a job!”
However, the job prospects that at the start of the school year were believed to be nearly 15% better for the Class of 2023 than their Class of 2022 brethren have now deteriorated to the point where The Wall Street Journal called the job market “jittery.” The paper recently noted that those now seeking employment are “getting ready to enter a job market that is suddenly less eager to hire new grads.”
Granted, the concept of a “gap year” between high school and college isn’t new, and those who are graduating from college this year saw the class after them (which otherwise would have been the Class of 2024) take full advantage of it as the pandemic played havoc with on-campus learning for several quarters. And given that a number of students now work their way through college doing menial jobs, the idea of taking time off before embarking on a “real career” could appeal to them.
With this as a backdrop, “funemployment” was the subject of a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed by Suzy Welch, who may be better known as the widow of former GE CEO Jack Welch. Mrs. Welch, however, is a professor of management practice at NYU’s Stern School of Business, which means she comes across a lot of Zoomers, as the generation we’ve known as Generation Z has come to be called. While the concept of “funemployment” shocked her at first, she’s come around to understand their thinking, if not their priorities. When a friend who runs a large media company told Welch about the employee who left a meeting because she had to meet the plumber, Welch could counter with the student whose homework was late because she chose to attend a concert.
It’s a bold assertion, and in subsequent interviews Welch explained that “members of Gen Z took a more short-term view of their future and didn’t feel as beholden to their employers.” Part of that, she argued, is that the Zoomers have seen their parents who were productive and gave everything to their jobs be laid off anyway. As she told CNN host Michael Smerconish, when she asked her classes how many wanted to work in an office five days a week, “Zero hands went up.” The maximum seemed to be three, although many would prefer just one day a week.
Moreover, when students were asked about the topic by The Wall Street Journal, opinions were mixed. “Glamorizing ‘funemployment’ shows disdain for hard work and is based on a hedonistic conception of happiness,” opined Anika Horowitz of the University of Wisconsin.
“Our generation has been sold a lie,” countered Dartmouth student Eli Thrasher. “Irresponsible fiscal and monetary policies from politicians have caused the economy to stagnate. We were not responsible for kick-the-can stimulus packages, or a prolonged zero-interest-rate environment, yet we’re the ones paying the price. Companies we have dreamed of working for have instituted hiring freezes and layoffs, most of which specifically target junior positions.” In other words, it’s life — last hired, first fired when things go south.
Yet while Gen Z may believe they’ve come up with this merging of fun and joblessness, the dirty little secret is that their parents have likely already encountered the idea in their lives. Remember the Great Recession and the efforts to paper the “jobless recovery” as the Obama administration got underway? “Funemployment” was defined even back then as “a period of joblessness that you actually enjoy.” In fact: “Maybe you get to lay out, sleep in, work out, read up. It helps to have savings, severance, or an unemployment check to help pay the bills.”
Oddly enough, Suzy Welch mentions in the here and now that “some of her students were ‘getting a lot of help from their parents’ and they’re likely the ones praying they’ll get help from the government forgiving their student loans as well.”
Apparently, “funemployment” is made much more fun with other people’s money.
When it comes to the left’s gender insanity, the overwhelming majority of the American people agree with us.
Conservatives and pro-family advocates should be encouraged by a Rasmussen poll released late last week. When it comes to the left’s gender insanity that is on full display during “Pride Month,” the overwhelming majority of the American people agree with us — not the left and its woke corporate and media allies.
Here are the key findings from the poll.
Sixty percent of Americans OPPOSE school officials counseling students on sexual orientation and identity without parental consent. Just 26% think schools should secretly discuss these issues with children. The rest are undecided.
In a deeply divided America, 60%-to-26% is about as close to consensus as you will get, and Joe Biden is among that 26% fringe.
It’s even more interesting when you break down responses along party lines. Seventy-five percent of Republicans opposed school officials counseling students about sexual orientation and gender identity, but only 44% of Democrats think schools shouldn’t push gender ideology on kids. (Remember that the next time you’re voting for school board candidates!)
Americans agree with laws protecting children from mutilating transgender surgeries 62%-to-30%. How many other issues on the GOP agenda are 2-to-1 winners?
Rasmussen also found that 71% of Americans agreed with this statement: “There are only two genders, male and female,” while just 23% disagreed. Again, the insane left is pandering to an extreme fringe.
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“The president must be someone who abides [by] the law and our Constitution, and there’s no one else but Joe Biden.” —former FBI Director James Comey
“In a lot of countries, people who’ve been in office a longer period of time are praised for their wisdom, and I think that Joe Biden rightly says that he has grown very wise in his many decades in public office.” —Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD)
“Having a debt ceiling statute is a threat to us because [Republicans] will keep trying to careen the whole country over a cliff.” —Jamie Raskin
“Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed legislation on Tuesday that will ban transgender women from playing on female sports teams in college.” —ESPN (“Let me fix that, @espn. *Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed legislation on Tuesday that will ban biological MEN from playing on FEMALE sports teams in college.” —Kay Ivey)
“Determining the genuine condition or status of Christianity in America should not be primarily concluded based upon the trends of either declining mainline denomination or growing nondenominational congregations. The metric is whether or not these churches exhibit a congregation that is faithfully worshiping God ‘in spirit and truth.’ If people are leaving the mainline denominations because those denominations have increasingly compromised the Gospel and have effectively abandoned true faith in Christ, then their shrinking is a welcome sign. Likewise, if the nondenominational churches are growing because they are faithfully teaching and preaching the Gospel, then that is great news.” —Thomas Gallatin
“TRUTH. 1. God is real. 2. There are two genders. 3. Human flourishing requires fossil fuels. 4. Reverse racism is racism. 5. An open border is no border. 6. Parents determine the education of their children. 7. The nuclear family is the greatest form of governance known to mankind. 8. Capitalism lifts people up from poverty. 9. There are three branches of the U.S. government, not four. 10. The U.S. constitution is the strongest guarantor of freedoms in history.” —Vivek Ramaswamy
“Biden administration officials should stop chasing after their Chinese communist counterparts like lovestruck teenagers.” —Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR)
“MLB should not be apologizing to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, they should be apologizing to Catholics across America.” —former Vice President Mike Pence
The Biden administration was forewarned through the CIA that the Ukraine military planned a covert attack on the undersea Nord Stream pipeline a full three months before the sabotage took place, a report Tuesday claims.
WASHINGTON (Reuters)—U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken travels to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday on a mission to steady Washington’s relationship with Riyadh over deepening disagreements on issues ranging from China and regional security to oil prices.
Dr. Anthony Fauci in 2021 dismissed concerns that U.S.-funded Chinese scientists lied about performing risky gain-of-function research, calling those scientists “competent” and “trustworthy.” But a publicly disclosed grant shows Fauci’s own agency was simultaneously funding ethics training for Chinese scientists over widespread “research misconduct.”
It is part of the license of our age of rage for many who want to silence opposing viewpoints. There is, however, a way to end this anti-free speech movement sweeping through higher education.
Here is the column:
“Silence is violence.”
When those words became a popular mantra years ago on college campuses, I wrote that the anti-free speech movement was moving toward compelled speech while declaring dissenting views to be harmful.
Today, it isn’t just silence that is considered violence on college campuses. It is also speech, as both faculty and students are actively shutting down opposing views on subjects ranging from abortion to climate change to transgender issues.
Recently, many people were shocked by a videotape of Hunter College professor Shellyne Rodríguez trashing a pro-life student display in New York. Most were focused on her profanity and vandalism, but there were familiar phrases that appeared in her diatribe to the clearly shocked students.
That’s what the Russian Defense Ministry (MoD) suggested early Monday in announcing that Ukraine began a “large-scale offensive” in mounting attacks along five sections of the frontlines in the eastern Donbas region. But Russia said it thwarted the major attack and that some 250 Ukrainian troops were killed, which included Ukraine sending six mechanized and two tank battalions to Russian-controlled southern Donetsk.
“On the morning of June 4, the enemy launched a large-scale offensive in five sectors of the front in the South Donetsk direction,” the MoD statement began. “The enemy has failed to reach its goals and was unsuccessful.”
It added that in total the attacking forces lost six tanks, three infantry vehicles, and 21 armored vehicles in what would mark a significant defeat if confirmed. “The enemy’s goal was to breach our defenses in what they assumed was the most vulnerable section of the frontline,” the Russian military statement continued.
The surprising Monday Times headline said that “Nazi Symbols on Ukraine’s Front Lines Highlight Thorny Issues of History.” This acknowledgement comes after literally years of primarily indy journalists and geopolitical commentators pointing out that yes indeed… Ukraine’s military and paramilitary groups, especially those operating in the east since at least 2014, have a serious Nazi ideology problem. This has been exhaustively documented, again, going back years. But the report, which merely tries to downplay it as a “thorny issue” of Ukraine’s “unique” “History” – suggests that the real problem for Western PR is fundamentally that it’s being displayed so openly. Ukrainian troops are being asked to cover those Nazi symbols please!–as Matt Taibbi sarcastically quipped in commenting on the report.
The authors of the NYT report begin by expressing frustration over the optics of Nazi symbols being displayed so proudly on many Ukrainian soldiers’ uniforms. Suggesting that many journalistic photographs which have in some cases been featured in newspapers and media outlets worldwide (typically coupled with generally positive articles on Ukraine’s military) are merely ‘unfortunate’ or misleading, the NYT report says, “In each photograph, Ukrainians in uniform wore patches featuring symbols that were made notorious by Nazi Germany and have since become part of the iconography of far-right hate groups.”
The report admits this has led to controversy wherein news rooms actually must delete some photos of Ukrainian soldiers and militants. “The photographs, and their deletions, highlight the Ukrainian military’s complicated relationship with Nazi imagery, a relationship forged under both Soviet and German occupation during World War II,” continues the report.
So it’s merely “thorny” and “complicated” we are told. Below is a small sampling of the kinds of patches that appear on Ukrainian military uniforms with “some regularity” – in the words of The New York Times:
NATO itself has in the recent past been forced to delete images on its official social media accounts due to Nazi imagery being present among Ukrainian troops during photo shoots.
NATO quickly deleted a tweet yesterday that featured a photo of a Ukrainian soldier wearing the Neo-Nazi Black sun patch. Remember we're constantly told that neo Nazis in Ukraine are an insignificant fringe and if you point to it, you're a Putin stooge or worse. https://t.co/CPkdvl1T0b
The following line from the report says everything you need to know about the so-called “paper of record” and its one-sided and ultra-simplistic coverage of what many are finally waking up to realize is a war with a deeply complex reality (to say the least), and far from the MSM’s goodies vs. baddies Hollywoodesque narrative of Putler vs. the free world which is typical of networks from CNN to Fox to NBC…
“In November, during a meeting with Times reporters near the front line, a Ukrainian press officer wore a Totenkopf variation made by a company called R3ICH (pronounced “Reich”). He said he did not believe the patch was affiliated with the Nazis. A second press officer present said other journalists had asked soldiers to remove the patch before taking photographs.”
This is Schrödinger's New York Times:
Azov, which the newspaper correctly described as a "Ukrainian neo-Nazi paramilitary organization" in 2019, is now a cuddly "pro-democracy" group of moderate rebelshttps://t.co/rz1ZgNWdB8
And now we might expect some significant efforts at damage control, or even perhaps we’re witnessing the beginnings of evolving definitions and the moving of goalposts. More from NY Times [emphasis ZH]:
But some members of these groups have been fighting Russia since the Kremlin illegally annexed part of the Crimea region of Ukraine in 2014 and are now part of the broader military structure. Some are regarded as national heroes, even as the far-right remains marginalized politically.
The iconography of these groups, including a skull-and-crossbones patch worn by concentration camp guards and a symbol known as the Black Sun, now appears with some regularity on the uniforms of soldiers fighting on the front line, including soldiers who say the imagery symbolizes Ukrainian sovereignty and pride, not Nazism.
Some are writing more appropriate and apt headlines for the NYT story…
Only very recently Ukraine’s Defense Ministry and even President Zelensky’s office was caught in the act:
In April, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry posted a photograph on its Twitter account of a soldier wearing a patch featuring a skull and crossbones known as the Totenkopf, or Death’s Head. The specific symbol in the picture was made notorious by a Nazi unit that committed war crimes and guarded concentration camps during World War II.
The patch in the photograph sets the Totenkopf atop a Ukrainian flag with a small No. 6 below. That patch is the official merchandise of Death in June, a British neo-folk band that the Southern Poverty Law Center has said produces “hate speech” that “exploits themes and images of fascism and Nazism.”
To be expected, the Times still tries to run cover while desperately seeking to ‘reassure’ its audience by writing that “In the short term, that threatens to reinforce Putin’s propaganda and giving fuel to his false claims that Ukraine must be ‘de-Nazified’ — a position that ignores the fact that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is Jewish.”
New levels of cope indeed…
NYT inventing new levels of cope:
Nazi iconography has "meanings unique to Ukraine."
Nazi symbols "should be interpreted by how Ukrainians viewed them, not by how they had been used elsewhere." pic.twitter.com/eKzdPtRMZA
But then still, the NYT concedes awkwardly, “More broadly, Ukraine’s ambivalence about these symbols, and sometimes even its acceptance of them, risks giving new, mainstream life to icons that the West has spent more than a half-century trying to eliminate.”
I never feel more in the cultural minority than during Pride Month each June. The media are dominated by ads, products, events, and shows exalting LGBTQ ideology and behavior. Given my commitment to biblical sexual morality, each Pride parade and story makes me feel even more like a cultural outlier.
In my personal Bible study, however, I recently came across a phrase that infused me with immediate hope. If you need encouragement in your ministry today, I invite you to claim its promise with me.
“You shall not be intimidated by anyone”
Moses was arguably the greatest leader of a nation in human history. He rallied his enslaved Jewish people, stood for them before the mightiest ruler the world had ever seen, and led them from Egyptian slavery through the wilderness to the edge of their promised land. Along the way, he gave the world the Ten Commandments and the wisdom contained in the Torah.
In equipping the nation’s leaders to “judge righteously between a man and his brother or the alien who is with him” (Deuteronomy 1:16), Moses said: “You shall not be partial in judgment. You shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not be intimidated by anyone, for the judgment is God’s (v. 17, my emphasis).
If they would seek God’s wisdom and then share that wisdom with those they served, these national leaders could know that their words came from their omnipotent God. In that case, they did not need to be “intimidated by anyone,” for they were serving the King of the universe.
Paul’s testimony in 2 Corinthians 4 is the New Testament equivalent of Deuteronomy 1. Here the apostle writes, “Having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart” (v. 1). Here’s why: “We have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us” (v. 7).
Consequently, the apostle could testify: “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (vv. 8–9).
How can we make the same claim today?
“All his hope is fixed in his Creator”
My high school youth minister gave me the best single piece of advice I’ve ever received: “Always remember the source of your personal worth.” Moses and Paul knew that the “source” for their ministry was the unchanging, empowered revelation and omnipotence of their Lord.
From their example, let’s claim three simple reminders:
One: Trust the veracity and power of God’s word.
His promise is empowering: “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10–11).
Max Lucado observed: “Unlike the potter who takes something and reshapes it, God took nothing and created something. God created everything that exists by divine fiat.” And he did that with just his word (Genesis 1). Now we are called to proclaim his transforming word to the world today.
Two: Trust the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Jesus promised his followers that they would “receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” and would reach the world in that power (Acts 1:8). When they were soon “filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4), they began making that promise a reality (vv. 5ff).
Charles Spurgeon noted: “The enemy is so securely entrenched within us that he can never be driven out while we are in this body: but although we are closely beset, and often in sore conflict, we have an Almighty helper, even Jesus, the Captain of our salvation, who is ever with us, and who assures us that we shall eventually come off more than conquerors through Him. With such assistance the new-born nature is more than a match for its foes. . . .
“Fear not, you shall overcome, for who can defeat Omnipotence? Fight on, ‘looking unto Jesus’; and though long and stern be the conflict, sweet will be the victory, and glorious the promised reward.”
Three: Trust God to redeem cultural opposition by drawing us closer to Jesus.
God either removes our thorn or he redeems it (cf. 2 Corinthians 12:7–10). He wants to use cultural opposition to call us into deeper reliance on his Spirit.
Pope St. Gregory the Great observed:
“Often the frail mind, when it gains a good reputation among people for the good actions it has performed, dissipates itself in outward delights, thus putting to one side what it inwardly desires and sprawling happily in the luxury of hearing good things said about it. It is not becoming blessed that makes it happy, but being called blessed by other people. As it longs for the applause, so it abandons the very thing it was beginning to be. What made it deserving of praise in God ended up separating this weak soul from God.
“Sometimes, on the other hand, the soul perseveres in good works with constancy, and yet is buffeted by derision; it does great things but receives only abuse for them. In the end he who might have come out of himself, given praise, is thrown back into himself by insults. Thus he establishes himself more firmly in God, since outside there is no rest for him. All his hope is fixed in his Creator and amongst external ridicule and abuse he wants only the good opinion of the interior witness. The further he is pushed out of human favor, the closer a neighbor he becomes to God. He pours himself out in prayer and, under attack from without, is refined with a more perfect purity so as to enter more deeply into all that is interior.”
“That we can boldly conquer and endure”
The omnipotence of God and the veracity of his word have always been the truest sources of our confidence in public ministry. For example, John Calvin wrote a hymn that concludes:
Our hope is in no other save in Thee; Our faith is built upon Thy promise free; O grant to us such stronger hope and sure That we can boldly conquer and endure.
Eight centuries earlier, a Latin hymn begins:
Christ is made the sure foundation, Christ the head and cornerstone; Chosen of the Lord, and precious, Binding all the Church in one; Holy Zion’s help forever, And her confidence alone.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R) suggested Monday that he does not trust the FBI.
After meeting with FBI Director Christopher Wray and viewing an FBI document that allegedly contains evidence of a “criminal bribery scheme” in which Joe Biden participated as vice president, Comer fielded questions from the media.
“Why do you need the document in hand? You just got a chance to review it. Why move forward with contempt when the FBI says they’re cooperating in good faith?” the reporter asked.
In response, Comer said the dominant media narrative, which aligns with the White House’s narrative, is reason enough to question whether the FBI is taking seriously the allegations in the document.
“Let’s just look at what I’ve read in a lot of the media accounts, and with statements that [White House spokesperson] Ian Sams has made from the White House that ‘there’s no merit to this, this is crazy, this is a conspiracy theory, and you’re just supposed to take my word, or the FBI’s word,'” Comer began.
“I’m supposed to take the FBI’s word that they’re investigating this?” he questioned.
“Remember the main reason they’re not wanting to make this public is because they’re concerned about the source,” he emphasized.
\u201cReporter: \u201cWhy do you need the document at hand? You just got a chance to view it \u2026 Why move forward with contempt when the FBI says they\u2019re cooperating in good faith?\u201d\n\nHouse Oversight Chair James Comer: \u201cI\u2019m supposed to take the FBI\u2019s word that they\u2019re investigating this?\u201d\u201d
After meeting with the FBI, Comer said the FBI confirmed to him that the allegations have “not been disproven,” and he claimed bureau officials told him the information is “currently being used in an ongoing investigation.”
Though he is not certain, he said he assumes “that ongoing investigation is in Delaware.”
Comer’s apparent distrust of the FBI may be understandable because hours after the meeting, the Washington Post published a story, citing its own sources, that there is no investigation into the allegations. House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Jamie Raskin (D), who participated in the meeting with Comer and the FBI, also said there is no ongoing investigation.
In a statement, the FBI did not deny anything Comer said but rather took issue with his promise to pursue contempt charges.
The FBI has continually demonstrated its commitment to accommodate the committee’s request, including by producing the document in a reading room at the U.S. Capitol. This commonsense safeguard is often employed in response to congressional requests and in court proceedings to protect important concerns, such as the physical safety of sources and the integrity of investigations. The escalation to a contempt vote under these circumstances is unwarranted.
Meanwhile, Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.), a member of the House Oversight Committee, claimed the FBI is afraid for the safety of the confidential human source whose information is contained in the document.
The Department of Agriculture in Ireland is mulling the killing of 65,000 cows per year for the next three years as a means of reducing the country’s total dairy herd by 10% and helping achieve a 51% reduction in climate polluting emissions by 2030. Well that seems sane.
Independent journalist and former congressional candidate Laura Loomer posted a video of her confronting disgraced former FBI director James Comey at his book signing event on Monday.
The confrontation led to Comey leaving the stage and Loomer briefly detained by law enforcement.
“Last night I confronted the Criminal former FBI Director James Comey about the #DurhamReport findings at Comey’s book signing/book tour for his new crime novel,” Loomer tweeted with the video. “I asked Comey why a criminal like himself is now writing crime novels and when he plans on writing a crime book about himself.”
Loomer had interrupted the event by standing up and saying, “I think we all know, James Comey, that you’re a great storyteller because you made up the whole story about Crossfire Hurricane.”
“It’s really fitting that a criminal like yourself wrote a crime novel,” Loomer continued, before asking if he remembered her from the last time she confronted him.
The firebrand continued, “I think that your next crime novel should be about a criminal and incompetent FBI director who fed false information to the federal government and the press to stage a coup against a sitting United States president. That’s what I think.”
The liberal crowd booed and called for her to be kicked out of the event.
“You don’t belong here,” one angry man shouted.
As Loomer continued to blast Comey, he was rushed off the stage.
This is the second time Loomer has confronted Comey. Just last week, President Donald Trump shared her video of that confrontation on Truth Social.
Loomer told the Gateway Pundit that she was in Illinois after being asked to be the maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding and saw that Comey would also be in town for the book event.
“I find it ironic that a real-life criminal is now writing crime novels instead of spending time in prison for conspiring against a sitting US president,” Loomer said. “But I guess it takes a criminal to know a criminal.”
“Perhaps it is more of a manifesto than a novel,” Loomer laughed.
When asked what was going on by a Naperville Police officer, Loomer told them she had been questioning a criminal speaking on the stage. She was ultimately detained for about 15 minutes before being released.
Loomer’s friend who remained in the audience said she overheard one woman complain about the confrontation, while another called the move “brave.”
The Western world’s descent into becoming a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah escalates significantly every June, and June 2023 is no exception. Videos surfaced on Monday depicting scenes at St. Matthew’s School in Newfoundland, Canada, that would outrage anyone without a seared conscience.
The footage showcased a series of LGBTQI+ “Pride” decorations adorning the school, accompanied by adults, likely school administrators and teachers, dressed in flamboyant rainbow-colored costumes associated with the gay movement.
St. Matthew’s School, once a Catholic institution, joined the Newfoundland public school system in 1998. However, the decision to remove a prominent white Christian cross from the school’s facade in 2013 following a parental complaint had already raised concerns about the erosion of the school’s moral standards. The alarming videos originally shared on the school’s now-locked Twitter account captured scenes that deeply troubled true Christians everywhere.
Children from kindergarten to seventh grade were seen waving “trans-inclusive” “Pride” flags as adults greeted them at the school’s entrance.
Additionally, a “Pride” rainbow arch was displayed in the hallway, symbolizing an embrace of the LGBTQI+ movement. What alarmed many conservative Christian parents and observers most were the overt displays of LGBTQI+ symbols and the adult individuals’ flirtatious behavior.
St. Matthew’s School and its administration have not addressed the outrage over their despicable behavior. Their only response thus far has been to lock their Twitter account. This is unsurprising as public schools seem to enjoy sharing their perversion with children without parents ever catching wind of their systematic grooming efforts. As we’ve said often, if there is any possible way that you can get your children out of the public schools, do it before it is too late. These perverts want to brainwash your children and convince them that good is evil and evil is good.
“Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas, a former sheriff who wrote a book challenging the Democrats’ portrayal of Jan. 6, said the new footage shows the tragic day was far more complex than the original narrative set by the media and House Jan.6 committee.”
(John Solomon – Just the News) A door on the West side of the U.S. Capitol was left open and mostly unguarded for key moments during the Jan. 6 riot, allowing more than 300 people to enter the building unimpeded even as officers fought valiantly to keep protesters out of other sections of the official home of Congress, according to police security footage obtained by Just the News.
The footage — which confirms concerns first raised by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., two years ago — shows an episode in a narrow hallway in the middle of the Capitol that began around 2:30p.m. on Jan. 6, 2021 right after the first breaches were reported elsewhere in the landmark building. View article →