Three takes on the bill to stop Electoral College vote issues

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From the left, CNN crows on how this bill will stop the one time Republicans protested the count

Mitch McConnell gives big boost to electoral bill in response to January 6 attack

CNN blathers on without much thought on how this might prevent the next House floor speech by Maxine Waters or Sheila Jackson-Lee.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday he would support legislation that would make it harder to overturn a certified presidential election, an endorsement that will bolster its chances for passage in his chamber and puts him at sharp odds with former President Donald Trump, who has called on GOP senators to sink the plan.

McConnell said the “chaos” of the pro-Trump attack on the Capitol last year “certainly underscored the need for an update.”

“I strongly support the modest changes that our colleagues in the working group have fleshed out after literally months of detailed discussions,” McConnell said. “I’ll proudly support the legislation, provided that nothing more than technical changes are made to its current form.”

“Congress’ process for counting the presidential electors’ votes was written 135 years ago. The chaos that came to a head on January 6th of last year certainly underscored the need for an update,” added McConnell. “So did Januaries 2001, 2005 and 2017. In each of which, Democrats tried to challenge the lawful election of a Republican president.”

Last week, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and the vast majority of House Republicans opposed >their chamber’s version of the bill that would amend the Electoral Count Act of 1887. While the House bill has a number of similarities with the Senate’s version, including ensuring the vice president only has a ministerial role in overseeing a joint session of Congress approving state-certified electoral results, it differs in some of its details. Among the differences: The number of lawmakers who would be required to force the House and Senate to vote to overturn a state’s certified electoral results and the procedures for resolving election disputes in federal courts.

Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins and West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin have already lined up 10 Republican co-sponsors for their so-called Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act, enough support to surpass a filibuster with 50 Democratic votes.

The Senate bill would make a number of changes to the Electoral Count Act, and the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, in an attempt to address ambiguity in electoral law that Trump tried to exploit.

It would increase the number of House and Senate members required to raise an objection to election results when a joint session of Congress meets to certify them. One House member and one senator can currently object to electoral votes, sending them to a vote in Congress; If either chamber rejects the objection, the votes are counted. The Senate bill would require the support of one-fifth of each chamber to raise an objection. The House bill would raise the threshold even higher – to one-third of each chamber – to force both chambers to vote on whether to throw out a state’s electoral results.

In an effort to respond to Trump allies who tried to send fake electors to Congress, both bills try to make it harder for there to be any confusion over the electors themselves. In the Senate bill, it states that each state’s governor would be responsible for submission of a certificate that identifies electors, eliminating the potential for multiple state officials sending multiple slates of electors. But the bills differ in how lawsuits challenging election results can be taken up in federal court, with the House bill offering new avenues to sue, something some key Senate Republicans oppose.

In a clear response to Trump’s efforts to get then-Vice President Mike Pence to reject the electoral results of states that President Joe Biden won, both bills establish the vice president’s role as purely ceremonial. The Senate bill would deny the vice president the power to “solely determine, accept, reject, or otherwise adjudicate or resolve disputes over the proper list of electors, the validity of electors, or the votes of electors.”

(Read more at CNN)

For all the “good intentions” for “their side,” it has always been the law of unintended consequences that has ruled

When evangelicals of the 1950’s made laws in states like Oklahoma and Kansas aiming to curtail the effects of Catholic schools, the overwhelming numbers of schools those laws got applied to were evangelical schools in the 1970’s through the 90’s.

Of course, we should know all about unintended consequences. For the past few years our “benevolent leaders” have shut our businesses down due to a disease that has a mortality rate so low that Johns Hopkins stopped recording it in September 2022. Due to that shutdown, those “benevolent leaders” printed money and threw it around. Now America has inflation that ranges between 8.5 and 15%, depending on your location.

Additionally, there are the unintended consequences that seem to be at the origin of COVID. Whether you believe the pretty-much-disproven tale that this all started at the wet market in China or a U.S. (a.k.a. Fauci) funded lab in Wuhan (where it seems there were ties to the Chinese army), this has been little but unintended consequences. That is, billions have died worldwide because one of the following happened:

  • Someone picked up the wrong wild animal at a market in China or
  • The U.S. paid for virus-manipulating research in China (seeking to head off the next big illness) and it got away or
  • The Chinese army was using our money to create a weapon that got out (and they are still shutting down cities) or …

Let me remind you that it has been the Democrats who have most often (with Bush/Gore, Trump/Clinton, and many other elections) stood on the floor of the House and protested the count of the Electoral College. There are many videos of Waters, Jackson-Lee, and other Democrats railing at the counts. Therefore, this will come back to bite the originators of this bill.

From the squishy middle, The Hill points to McConnell’s support of the bill

McConnell backs the Senate’s Electoral Count Act bill

The Hill mentions McConnell’s support for the Senate version of the bill while disclosing some of the swampier details of the bill.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that he supports the Electoral Count Reform Act, which aims to protect future elections by making changes to the 1887 Electoral Count Act.

McConnell’s support gives a big boost to the legislation led by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), in part a response to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol that took place as Congress was trying to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“I strongly support the Collins legislation as introduced, and assuming that we make no changes here today, or at the most technical changes, I’ll be proud to vote for it and to help advance it,” McConnell said in a floor speech prior to the Rules Committee markup of the bill.

McConnell is taking on former President Trump by backing the bill. Trump has pressed Republicans to oppose the legislation, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) voted against a House version of the bill approved last week.

The Electoral Count Reform Act would clarify some procedures described by the 1887 law, including the roles of the vice president as well as state lawmakers in verifying the election of a president.

The bill introduces reforms to recognize a single, conclusive slate of electors in each state — battling a Trump plan to send “fake” elector certificates from key states won by President Biden.

It also affirms that the vice president’s role in the election is “solely ministerial” and raises the threshold for objecting to a state’s Electoral College results. Currently just one member of each chamber can object to a state’s results, but the bill would require one-fifth of each body to back the effort.

These changes would make it more difficult to make the kinds of challenges to the 2020 presidential election that took place on Jan. 6. On that day, after weeks in which Trump had insisted without evidence that the election had been stolen from him, a mob invaded the Capitol, forcing the evacuation of lawmakers and then-Vice President Mike Pence and temporarily delaying the certification.

Many in the mob thought Pence could stop the results of the certification of the Electoral College by a joint session of Congress. The law also currently allows one member of the House and one member of the Senate from a state’s congressional delegation to object to their state’s Electoral College results, which forces votes by the full House and Senate on the objection.

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The Senate and House proposals differ in a few ways, including a provision in the House bill that would require one-third of each chamber to back a vote to challenge a state’s electoral results.

(Read more at The Hill)

McConnell’s support. That really helps.

Of all the things that The Hill could focus upon, the support of McConnell remains as one thing that provides the least assurance that this bill will not come back to bite America. In fact, with his support, I would like to look over it to ensure that there is not an exclusion built into the bill for the benefit of China.

On the right, the Washington Examiner seems to suggest a swampy subterfuge in the Senate

McConnell endorses bipartisan electoral reform bill

The Washington Examiner seems to push at a subtle (but sometimes strong) scent of the swamp in the Senate.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will support the bipartisan electoral reform bill that emerged from the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday afternoon.

The bill, intended to make it harder to object to presidential election results following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot , received the Republican leader’s endorsement during a Tuesday floor speech. A similar piece of legislation passed the House last week.

“I strongly support the modest changes that our colleagues in the working group have fleshed out after months of detailed discussions,” McConnell said. “I will proudly support the legislation, provided that nothing more than technical changes are made to its current form.”

McConnell acknowledged the danger on Jan. 6 that resulted from attempts to use vague language in the Electoral Count Act to overturn the 2020 election but invoked Democrats who have tried to challenge election results in the past. He said the agreement addresses all of the “modest but important things without capitulating to our Democratic colleagues’ obsession with a sweeping federal takeover of all of our election law.”

The electoral reform bill ultimately cleared the Senate Rules Committee 14-1, with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) being the lone “no” vote. The legislation has 11 Democrats and 11 Republicans backing it and is likely to pass the full Senate once brought up for a vote.

In endorsing the bill, McConnell is breaking with his House counterparts. House GOP leadership whipped a “no” vote when the legislation came up in the lower chamber, but the House version goes further than the Senate’s. Only nine Republicans voted with Democrats to pass it.

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

While McConnell did use the Democrat’s nuclear option against them, this may be different

Admittedly, McConnell has used a few of the missteps of the Democrats against them. Most notably, he has applied the nuclear option to getting Trump’s judicial nominees through over the complaints of those that previously used the nuclear option.

However, Mitch (the swamp dweller) has one indelible characteristic: his Machiavellian traits. Nobody can get around that.

 

EPA And DOI Raid Oil Company’s Offices After It Spilled Fewer Than 3 Barrels Of Oil

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It is not just Trump that the government has raided with trumped-up charges

The EPA and DOI raid an oil company’s offices after its well spills fewer than three barrels of oil

The Daily Caller points out the case of QuarterNorth Energy where their offices were raided for a leak of less than three barrels of oil.


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Interior Department (DOI) agents searched the Louisiana office of QuarterNorth Energy, an oil company, for documents relating to an oil leak that spilled two and a half barrels of oil, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.

EPA and DOI agents searched the company’s office in Lafayette for documents detailing a January 2022 offshore oil leak that spilled 2.5 barrels or 107 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, according to Bloomberg, who cited sources familiar with the situation. The incident occurred when equipment got stuck in a well on QuarterNorth’s production platform, which exacerbated a preexisting leak, according to a report produced by the DOI’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which monitors offshore oil and gas producers.

“It’s harassment … they are sending a message to oil and gas producers,” Steve Milloy, a member of former President Donald Trump’s EPA transition team, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Spills are accidental and this one sounds really trivial… yet they want to treat it as a crime for political reasons.”

The well was leaking since Jan. 11, 2021, and was previously managed by QuarterNorth’s now-defunct predecessor, Fieldwood Energy, until late October, according to the bureau’s report.

“I can see them fining companies for them or making them clean them up, but raiding them is over the top,” Milloy stated.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

Biden hasn’t made a point through this raid, they have just proven themselves a bully

I can almost guarantee you that the wells administered by the Ukrainian company that employed Hunter each spilled more effluent. The reason I say this is that Ukraine, Russia, and all of the countries of the immediate area do not have the standards in drilling that we do.

But Joe’s DOI and EPA jump on this company with both feet.

 

More news repressed by the liberal media

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News that shows the Biden regime cannot quit from fail mode

The Biden regime launches an “Environmental Justice” office

The Washington Free Beacon reveals the Biden regime’s launch of its “Environmental Justice” office.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Saturday launched a new office that will be focused on the needs of minority communities overburdened by pollution and oversee the delivery of $3 billion in environmental justice grants created by the recent passage of new climate legislation.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan announced the creation of the Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights, which will be staffed by 200 EPA employees and led by a not-yet-announced Senate-confirmed assistant administrator.

He launched the new office at an event in Warren County, North Carolina, which was the site of protests 40 years ago that is regarded as the birthplace of the environmental justice movement.

“With the launch of a new national program office, we are embedding environmental justice and civil rights into the DNA of EPA and ensuring that people who’ve struggled to have their concerns addressed see action to solve the problems they’ve been facing for generations,” Regan said in a statement.

It was the latest move by the Biden administration to prioritize environmental justice in its policymaking. The Justice Department in May announced the launch of a new office to help low-income areas and communities of color battle the disproportionate impact of air and water pollution.

President Joe Biden has often cited protecting poor and minority communities from industrial pollution as a top priority and has pledged that 40% of federal clean energy investments will be channeled to the cause.

(Read more at the Washington Free Beacon)

If Joe cannot get his eyes onto the real target (the economy), he always has the press to cover for him

It seems that, if bumbling Joe cannot do anything to improve the economy (or at least take steps toward doing that), he only has the main stream press to cover for him. Hopefully the alternative press will be able to pull back the curtain (as it has with these articles and the ones that find their ways into conservative blogs like Bunkerville, Not of this World, and others).

News that obviously untrustworthy due to the history of lies within Facebook

Meta says it disables the Russian and Chinese propaganda permeating Facebook

The Los Angeles Times blindly parrots the claims by Meta (formerly Facebook) as it claims to clean up its act prior to the 2022 mid-term elections.

A sprawling disinformation network originating in Russia sought to use hundreds of fake social media accounts and dozens of sham news websites to spread the Kremlin’s talking points about the invasion of Ukraine, Facebook parent company Meta said Tuesday.

The company, which also owns Instagram, said it identified and disabled the operation before it was able to gain a large audience. Nonetheless, Facebook said it was the largest and most complex Russian propaganda effort that it has found since the invasion began in February.

The operation involved more than 60 websites created to mimic legitimate news sites including the Guardian newspaper in Britain and Germany’s Der Spiegel. Instead of the actual news reported by those outlets, the fake sites contained links to Russian propaganda and disinformation about Ukraine. More than 1,600 fake Facebook accounts were used to spread the propaganda to audiences in Germany, Italy, France, Britain and Ukraine.

The findings highlighted both the promise of social media companies to police their sites and the peril that disinformation continues to pose.

“Video: False Staging in Bucha Revealed!” claimed one of the fake news stories, which blamed Ukraine for the slaughter of hundreds of Ukrainians in a town occupied by the Russians.

The fake social media accounts were then used to spread links to the fake news stories and other pro-Russian posts and videos on Facebook and Instagram, as well as platforms including Telegram and Twitter. The network was active throughout the summer.

“On a few occasions, the operation’s content was amplified by the official Facebook pages of Russian embassies in Europe and Asia,” said David Agranovich, Meta’s director of threat disruption. “I think this is probably the largest and most complex Russian-origin operation that we’ve disrupted since the beginning of the war in Ukraine earlier this year.”

The network’s activities were first noticed by investigative reporters in Germany. When Meta began its investigation, it found that many of the fake accounts had already been removed by Facebook’s automated systems. Thousands of people were following the network’s Facebook pages when they were deactivated earlier this year.

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Researchers at Meta Platforms, which is based in Menlo Park, also exposed a much smaller network that originated in China and attempted to spread divisive political content in the U.S.

(Read more at the Los Angeles Times)

Of course, this may be a shell game

As many times as Facebook has lied, worked against us, and worked for the communists, this deserves a second and third consideration before giving them slack.

News that reveals the deception inherent to Facebook

Facebook spied on private messages of Americans who questioned the 2020 election

The New York Post tells how Facebook dug into private messages that centered on rejection of the 2020 election.

Facebook has been spying on the private messages and data of American users and reporting them to the FBI if they express anti-government or anti-authority sentiments — or question the 2020 election — according to sources within the Department of Justice.

Under the FBI collaboration operation, somebody at Facebook red-flagged these supposedly subversive private messages over the past 19 months and transmitted them in redacted form to the domestic terrorism operational unit at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, without a subpoena.

“It was done outside the legal process and without probable cause,” alleged one of the sources, who spoke on condition of ­anonymity.

“Facebook provides the FBI with private conversations which are protected by the First Amendment without any subpoena.”

These private messages then have been farmed out as “leads” to FBI field offices around the country, which subsequently requested subpoenas from the partner US Attorney’s Office in their district to officially obtain the private conversations that Facebook already had shown them.

But when the targeted Facebook users were investigated by agents in a local FBI field office, sometimes using covert surveillance techniques, nothing criminal or violent turned up.

(Read more at the New York Post)

Facebook, like the FBI, does not deserve too many more chances

I believe in second chances. However, I also believe in discernment and wisdom.

When it comes to organizations, there is a time for disbandment.

News that would show how easily the Biden actions would be to overturn

New lawsuit challenges the legality of Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan

Reason.com reports on a lawsuit filed against the Biden student loan forgiveness plan.

President Joe Biden’s plan to forgive hundreds of billions of dollars in student loan debt violates both federal law and the Constitution, according to a just-filed lawsuit from the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), a libertarian law firm.

“This isn’t how laws are supposed to be made,” Caleb Kruckenberg, an attorney for PLF, tells Reason. “Only Congress has the power to pass laws and spend money under the Constitution. The administration’s actions here are flagrantly illegal.”

This is the first serious challenge to Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan, which he announced last month. The lawsuit’s plaintiff is Frank Garrison, who’s also an attorney at PLF. Garrison borrowed federal student loans to pay for law school, but according to him, Biden’s debt forgiveness plan will actually subject him to a financial penalty in the form of a state tax. This gives him standing to sue the U.S. Education Department, his lawsuit argues.

“Despite the staggering scope of this regulatory action, it was taken with breathtaking informality and opacity,” the lawsuit claims. “In the rush, the administration has created new problems for borrowers in at least six states that tax loan cancellation as income.”

(Read more at Reason.com)

With this lawsuit being filed on 27 September 2022, I hope it will work in time

Considering the magnitude of the Biden dictum, I hope that the Supreme Court puts this on a fast track.

News that shows the naked partisanship within Biden

Biden calls Florida mayors but not DeSantis as Hurricane Ian nears

The New York Post points out how Biden called Democrat mayors in Florida but refused to call (my original wording due to the original story early in the evening of 27 September) held off a call to Governor DeSantis as Hurricane Ian approaches.

President Biden called three Florida mayors Tuesday as Hurricane Ian nears Florida’s western coast — hours before reaching out to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, with whom he has clashed on issues such as COVID-19 policies and migration.

As the devastating Category 3 storm approached, Biden first spoke with Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch and Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard. Castor and Welch are Democrats, while Hibbard is a Republican.

The president waited until Tuesday night to phone DeSantis.

The two discussed “the steps the Federal government is taking to help Florida prepare for Hurricane Ian,” said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. “The President and the Governor committed to continued close coordination.”

DeSantis is a potential 2024 Republican presidential candidate and has frequently criticized Biden’s performance.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at her regular press briefing that Biden “held separate calls” with the mayors and “discussed planning and preparation for Hurricane Ian.”

Biden “underscored his commitment to the people of Florida and made clear that impacted communities will have the full support of the federal government to augment state and local emergency response efforts,” Jean-Pierre added.

Deanne Criswell, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, joined Biden for his calls with the mayors and Criswell said Biden delegated to her the responsibility of liaising with DeSantis on Friday.

“The president directed me to contact the governor early on before we even did the declaration. I did that,” she said. “My regional administrator is with the governor right now making sure that we’re understanding what the needs are and our focus is on the current life safety needs.”

(Read more at the New York Post)

Can you imagine the backlash had George W. Bush refused to call a Democrat governor?

If Reagan had refused to deal with a Democrat governor during his last year of his presidency, would we still be hearing about it in the press?

News that shows the dictatorial tendencies of Joe Biden when he uses executive orders more than Trump

Biden-era Democrats learn to love emergency powers after hating them under Trump

The Washington Examiner lays out a case for the over-use of executive orders by Joe Biden.

A sizable group of Democratic politicians have pressured President Joe Biden to declare national emergencies on the climate and abortion rights in recent weeks, but nearly 80 of those lawmakers attacked his predecessor’s use of emergency powers.

Former President Donald Trump declared a national emergency at the southern border in February 2019 as a means of bypassing Congress and securing funding for the completion of his campaign-promised border wall. The move was heartily opposed by Democrats at the time as an abuse of executive power.

“The President’s unlawful declaration over a crisis that does not exist does great violence to our Constitution and makes America less safe, stealing from urgently needed defense funds for the security of our military and our nation,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in a joint statement at the time. “This is plainly a power grab by a disappointed President, who has gone outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process.”

Even Trump’s final White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows , then a North Carolina Republican congressman and the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus , suggested Trump’s border emergency was a “slippery slope” and predicted “the potential for national emergencies being used for every single thing that we face in the future where we can’t reach an agreement.”

The House passed a bill in late February 2019 seeking to block Trump’s declaration, as outlined in the National Emergencies Act of 1976, but the measure eventually died in the Senate. Biden ended the border emergency in February 2021, shortly after entering office. A year and a half later, he is facing pressure from Democrats to invoke similar emergency powers on abortion and climate.

Eighty-three members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus sent a letter to the president and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra on July 12, urging him to declare an emergency in response to “the Supreme Court’s radical and dangerous decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

Sixty-eight of the letter’s signatories voted to overturn Trump’s border emergency back in 2019, and only two of the lawmakers who did not vote yes were sitting members of Congress at the time. Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Steve Cohen (D-TN) both abstained from voting.

The White House is weighing declaring a public health emergency to shield doctors, pharmacies, and other healthcare providers who offer access to abortion pills in states with stringent abortion bans, but officials are reportedly concerned about the prospects that Republicans would attempt to file lawsuits over any such declared emergencies. Biden himself said he was open to reevaluating the idea during a meeting with state governors who took action to protect abortion access following the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling.

Similarly, Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Ed Markey (D-MA), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) all called on Biden to declare climate change a national emergency this past week.

(Read the whole article at the Washington Examiner)

Odd how things change

Trump used the executive order to advance the wall and secure the border. Although the press loves to overlook the murders perpetrated by illegals and the damage done by border crossers (like the 2,200 deaths, 118,000 rapes, and 138,000 assaults recorded).

Now Biden wants to allow abortion (a.k.a. baby murder) up until birth in all 50 states under his (devoutly Catholic) watch.

 

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Biden’s social media defunds another company

Why has PayPal cancelled the Free Speech Union?

Britain’s Spectator allows an op-ed commentary on PayPal’s cancelation of the account of the Free Speech Union.

I thought one of the benefits of being cancelled – I lost five positions in quick succession at the beginning of 2018 – is that it immunises you from being cancelled again. After all, what more dirt could be thrown at me? The offence archaeologists did such a thorough job four years ago, sifting through everything I’d said or written dating back to 1987, that there was nothing left to dig up. But it turns out that was naive. Last week I got cancelled again.

The instrument of my downfall was PayPal, the technology company that supports online money transfers and operates as a payment processor for online businesses, auction sites and so on. At around 2 p.m. last Thursday I received an email from PayPal informing me that the company was ‘initiating closure’ of my personal account because I was ‘in violation’ of its ‘Acceptable Use Policy’. I looked up that policy and it covers a multitude of sins, but no clue was offered as to which one I’d committed. ‘If you have money in your PayPal balance, we’ll hold it for up to 180 days,’ it said. That was a bit annoying because I have over £600 in the account, but it wasn’t the end of the world. I mainly use it for receiving payments from European magazines I write for occasionally.

Then it got serious. Within a few minutes of contacting me, PayPal sent the same message to the Daily Sceptic, the news publishing website I’ve been running for two-and-a-half years, and the Free Speech Union, the organisation I set up in 2020 to defend people threatened with cancellation. In both cases, PayPal was shutting down the accounts for the same reason – breaching the Acceptable Use Policy. No further details. To give you a sense of how serious this is, about a quarter of the Daily Sceptic’s donor revenue is processed by PayPal and about a third of the Free Speech Union’s 9,500 members pay their dues via PayPal.

‘So what?’ you might think. Just email all those people and advise them to use a different payment processor. I’ll do that, obviously, but it’s inevitable that some won’t bother – some of them won’t even open the emails – and the resulting loss of revenue will be hugely disruptive. The Daily Sceptic has four people on the payroll and the Free Speech Union has 15 and they both operate on tight margins. I was relying on PayPal to deliver the service it promised to perform when I first signed up and which I’ve been paying for until now (1.5 per cent commission on every transaction). I had no idea it could just whisk the rug out from under you, with no notice and without having to provide any proper explanation. In my case, the excuse offered was obviously bogus. How could all three accounts be guilty of ‘violating’ the same policy within minutes of each other?

(Read more of the travails of being deplatformed from the Spectator)

From this, we know that this struggle has a global nature

This does not exist as a struggle between Democrats and Republicans. More possibly, it might consist of a struggle between socialists and freedom-minded people. It might also remain as a fight between the big-government people and the individualists. 

Biden’s election handlers seem to be up to their old tricks

Democrats “charity” voter-registration scheme

The Wall Street Journal shares an Op-Ed that points toward a nefarious bent within Democrat circles.

Senate Democrats plan to pass the Disclose Act, a bill they claim would force “dark money” groups into the light. Never mind the darkness that envelops their own epic voter-registration scam.

A New York Times article this week confirmed a political reality that Republicans have been slow to publicize: Democrats are openly abusing charities to stack voter rolls in their favor. The Times story was ostensibly about “voter registration” groups worried that donors weren’t giving enough to “democracy-related” programs this midterm cycle. Read closely and you notice the story is entirely about Democrats, confirming a longstanding scheme by which foundations and private donors funnel tax-exempt dollars into “charities” that microtarget and register Democratic voters.

(Read more at the Wall Street Journal)

And, according to Joe, we can trust Democrats to not cheat again

And who wouldn’t trust this crew when they have failed at everything, but continue to do nothing but blame the other side?

Biden’s FBI goes full Gestapo against pro-life speaker

FBI raids home of Catholic pro-life speaker and author with guns drawn as his terrified kids watch

Lifesitenews reports that a Catholic speaker was raided by the FBI with guns drawn in front of the speaker’s children.

A well-known pro-life author, sidewalk counselor, and father of seven was the latest victim of a U.S. Department of Justice-sponsored SWAT raid and arrest — for supposed “FACE Act” violations — at his rural home as his children looked on “screaming.”

Mark Houck is the founder and president of The King’s Men, which promotes healing for victims of pornography addiction and promotes Christian virtues among men in the United States and Europe.

According to his wife Ryan-Marie, who spoke with LifeSiteNews, he also drives two hours south to Philadelphia every Wednesday to sidewalk counsel for six to eight hours at two different abortion centers.

Ryan-Marie, who is a homeschooling mother, described how the SWAT team of 25 to 30 FBI agents swarmed their property with around 15 vehicles at 7:05 a.m. this morning. Having quickly surrounded the house with rifles in firing position, “they started pounding on the door and yelling for us to open it.”

Before opening the door, she explained, her husband tried to calm them, saying, “‘Please, I’m going to open the door, but, please, my children are in the home. I have seven babies in the house.’ But they just kept pounding and screaming,” she said.

When he opened the door, “they had big, huge rifles pointed at Mark and pointed at me and kind of pointed throughout the house,” Ryan-Marie described.

When they came in, they ordered the kids to stay upstairs. “Our staircase is open, so [the kids] were all at the top of the stairs which faces the front door, and I was on the stairs as well, coming down.”

“The kids were all just screaming. It was all just very scary and traumatic,” she explained.

After asking them why they were at the house, the agents said they were there to arrest Mark. When Ryan-Marie asked for their warrant, “they said that they were going to take him whether they had a warrant or not.”

(Read the full story at Lifesitenews)

Aren’t you glad we have the “Great Unifier” in charge?

Aren’t you glad that devoutly-Catholic Joe is in charge of the FBI?

An admission by a member of the press on media bias

A liberal reporter claims Republicans shouldn’t have a say on any issue

Townhall comments on the words of a CNN news reader who said the quiet part of silencing Republicans out loud.

Poynter senior media writer Tom Jones is fretting over CNN’s makeover of distancing itself from being an extreme left-leading outlet. 

Titled “CNN ‘hewing toward the center’ is not necessarily good for our democracy,” Jones fret that the network’s attempt of being less polarizing could be dangerous to the country. 

Jones also claimed that “the other side shouldn’t be given a voice” on certain topics, especially when it comes to former President Trump.

His piece bashed a recent story in the Chicago Tribune which touched on CNN’s move to becoming less polarizing amid its new CEO Chris Licht stepping in. 

The Chicago paper boldly stated that most issues have two sides, however when it comes “to the antics of former President Donald Trump,” the Right shouldn’t be allowed to report on it. 

“Here’s the problem: All Americans aren’t reasonable enough or willing to accept what’s true… and it isn’t just a small minority of those who aren’t willing to accept things such as the 2020 presidential election, the authenticity of our elections and other bedrocks of our democracy. For the editorial board to wrap up the issue by briefly mentioning the ‘antics of former President Donald Trump’ seems overly dismissive and not nearly as comprehensive of what’s truly at stake here,” Jones said. 

“Perhaps it’s Pollyannaish to hope that CNN can retrofit itself in a country where each political side believes the other is living in a kind of dangerous alternate reality,” according to the Tribune. 

(Read at Townhall to get several paragraphs of excuses for this bias)

This shouts “Don’t trust Democrats in the press” as loud as anything

That is, this is the loudest shout from the Democrat press to ignore them since they tried to bury the Hunter laptop.

Democrat media outlets now deny previous “fact checks”

The Washington Post botches a fact-check to cover for Democrats’ abortion extremism

The Washington Examiner exposes the poor job done in “fact checking” done by liberal outlets like the Washington Post who now have lowered their standards to the level where they deny having previously “fact checked” for Democrats.

So often, the “fact-checking” industry in the establishment media serves as an organ of the Democratic Party.

Even then, the Washington Post may have made it a bit too obvious.

Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post decided to fact-check claims by Republicans that Democrats support abortion “until the moment of birth,” citing comments from both Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters, who used that phrase. It’s not a particularly difficult fact to check, given that Democrats do support keeping abortion legal at any point in pregnancy and frequently decline or refuse to name a single abortion restriction they would ever support.

But Kessler decided instead to fact-check a claim that was never made.

Kessler says that the “GOP attacks are disingenuous at best” because “they imply that late-term abortions are common.” He then proceeds to “fact check” how many late-term abortions are performed in the United States. In his verdict, Kessler concludes, “The campaign rhetoric suggests such late-term abortions happen frequently. The truth is that they do not.”

But again, this is the claim he was supposedly “fact-checking.” Kessler fabricated a strawman claim to give him an article that is more favorable to Democrats. He knows that Democrats oppose all abortion restrictions — everyone knows it because they keep saying so — and their stance is out-of-touch with most people’s views on the issue. So he decided to make the issue about the frequency of late-term abortions, which he concludes is at least 10,000 per year.

Speaking of which, that 10,000-a-year number also gives the lie to the claim that late-term abortion is “extremely rare.” It is much more common, for example, than deaths from AR-15s or other so-called “assault weapons.” All rifles combined, AR-15s included, accounted for only 364 gun homicides in 2019. (There were 10,258 total gun homicides in 2019, which is almost as many late-term abortions as Kessler decided are “extremely rare.”)

According to the Washington Post’s own police shooting database, there have been 7,768 people shot and killed by police since 2015. That hasn’t stopped the Democrats and their allies in the media from claiming that it is an epidemic. The Black Lives Matter movement is given national reverence by liberals, including Kessler’s paper, even though only 1,689 of those victims were black and, of that group, only 144 in the last eight years were unarmed. So police misconduct and shootings with so-called “assault weapons” are both considerably rarer than late-term abortions, which Kessler declared “extremely rare” at 10,000 per year.

Would Kessler ever claim that Democrats are out of line on gun control or police shootings? Of course, he wouldn’t. Today’s Democratic Party is essentially a political arm of the legacy media corporations.

(Read at Washington Examiner how this type of bias would not be tolerated against the left)

If the main stream press does not want to be seen as just an arm of the Democrat party, why do this?

Why make abortion the focus when the real story is a failing president? Then why pull the focus from abortion when Democrats’ radical stance becomes so evident?

More news that the main stream media doesn’t tell: promotion of LGBTQ+ agenda items

Hilliard City School District promotes an “LGBTQ+ resource guide” with instructions on sex work and abortions

The Washington Free Beacon provides a case where liberals provided minors with information on getting abortions and working in the sex industry (sounds like multiple counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor to me).

Teachers in an Ohio school district are wearing name badges that students can scan with their phones to access an “LGBTQ+ resource guide,” which includes instructions on how to get abortions and “organize like a sex worker.”

Hilliard City School District participates in the National Education Association’s “I’m Here” program, which encourages teachers to wear the badge. The group says the program is supposed to educate teachers on how to respond to LGBT students. But a Washington Free Beacon review found that the QR code takes students to resources that describe abortion as the removal of “pregnancy tissue,” encourage gender transitioning without parental consent, and promote sex work.

Public schools around the country are coming under fire for teaching age-inappropriate lessons to students. Parents in Idaho, for example, caught the state government this month offering “porn literacy” to students. A parent sued a Maine school district for offering books with “sexually graphic material, including descriptions of queer sex,” the Free Beacon reported in July.

The teachers’ badges have sparked outrage among parents in Hilliard City, ABC 6 reported earlier this month.

“The badge has a QR code that once scanned takes you to a website that has extremely inappropriate information, and as a parent that crosses the line,” Hilliard City parent Lisa Chaffee said.

Hilliard City superintendent Dave Stewart said the badges only concern “adult learning,” though the website from the QR code provides resources aimed at K-12 students. After backlash from parents, the district advised teachers to cover the QR code on the back of the badge, according to a statement from Stewart.

One link from the online guide encourages children to seek LGBT resources without their parents’ approval.

(Read at the Washington Free Beacon about the links concerning protections in Texas for LGBT issues)

So, what holds a more important place in your heart than children? With that answered, why doesn’t the press report on this?

If the press really wants to grab our attention, why not show how the LGBTQ+ community has targeted our children through liberal teachers?

One more exchange that would have been repeated daily had the liberal/conservative or male/female or race roles been reversed

John Kennedy spends over four minutes clarifying points that a nominee would rather obscure

In the following video taken from the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on 7 September 2022, Senator John Kennedy illustrates how people who sign a document should know what they sign. That is, because a judicial nominee had co-written a document titled “Mandate for Change,” maybe she should not be so surprised she now finds herself denying what the publication advocated.

 

Liberal repression of the news

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Few media outlets report on an attack against Republican volunteers

Two Republicans are attacked as they volunteer for Texas Governor Greg Abbott

Mediaite tells us how two volunteers for Texas Governor Greg Abbott were attacked in Humble (north of Houston).

Two volunteers for Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s re-election campaign were attacked by a man near Houston, local officials told Fox News.

While door-knocking in Humble, Texas, the two volunteers were chased and attacked by a man who ripped the side view mirrors off their car, Abbott’s campaign said in a statement. He was reportedly arrested and charged with criminal mischief.

According to the campaign:

Yesterday, two Texans for Greg Abbott volunteers were assaulted by a man in the Humble while they were knocking on doors. The man chased the volunteers through a neighborhood, tried to drag them out of their car, and punched both side view mirrors off of the vehicle. The volunteers called police, who responded to the scene. After identifying the suspect, and finding pieces of the vehicle in his trash can, Harris County authorities took the suspect into custody and charged him with criminal mischief.

“Political violence is never acceptable,” Mark Miner, the communications director for Abbott’s campaign, said in a statement. “With just over a month until Election Day, the passion to win should never bubble over into something more dangerous. There is no place for this in Texas.”

(Read more at Mediaite and see photos of the car used)

Although the left always whines the most about our being able to protect ourselves, it has been the violent left that has hurt and killed

It has been the Left’s “bail reform” that has let felons onto the streets.

It was a loony Bernie supporter that shot Steve Scalise. It was a Democrat who ran over and killed a Republican teen.

However, we don’t know this (since this is not the focus of the media).

A media giant hides the story of a Republican teen being killed by a Democrat who held political grudges

CBS hides the alleged political motive behind a hit-and-run of Republican

Breitbart lays out the facts when CBS tries to obscure those inconvenient facts.

CBS News, a far-left propaganda outlet that spreads lies and conspiracy theories, is deliberately deceiving its readers about the reported motive behind the hit-and-run murder of an 18-year-old North Dakota man.

In the immediate wake of His Fraudulency Joe Biden declaring 65 million Trump supporters threats to America, 41-year-old Shannon Brandt deliberately ran down teenager Cayler Ellingson over a “political argument,” according to police reports. Police add that on the 911 call, Brandt accused the teenager of being “part of a Republican extremist group and [Brandt claimed] that he was afraid they were ‘coming to get him.’”

According to Ellingson’s mother, her son called her that night and asked if she knew who Brandt was. She did. Ellingson’s mother says her son called back later and said “he” or “they” were chasing him. After that, she wasn’t able to reach her son.

What makes this story a story is the alleged political motive, is the police reporting that this young man was run down for no other sin than being a Republican.

Because CBS finds that information inconvenient to the false narrative that only Trump supporters are violent threats to democracy, CBS chose to deceive its readers by not revealing the reported motive, which, per the police, was stated by the alleged murderer.

“North Dakota driver charged with fatally striking teenager says he purposely hit the teen after a political argument,” reads the CBS headline. Oh, okay … Please tell me more, CBS News. But wouldn’t you know it, nowhere does the story mention that the alleged murderer believed his victim was a dangerous Republican and a threat to him.

(Read more at Breitbart)

If this were a felon being held down by a cop

If, instead of a White Republican teen run over and killed by a Democrat who got out on bail within a week, a Black felon had been killed by a cop — would there be riots? Seems to me there were.

Seems to me that I not only watched Democrats riot for two years over that, I also saw:

  • A presidential candidate and his running mate contribute to the bail of felon rioters
  • Promises from Democrats that the riots would continue until they won
  • Televised ads this past weekend showing a female relative of the Black felon who died (where she said so much more needed to be done)

Since we are sinners, more needs to be done. All of us have a self-centered nature and look out for ourselves. Therefore, there will always be a need to help others. However, why is it always liberals that seem to ignore half of the equation?

A liberal company and its subsidiary uses financial discrimination to suppress dissention against radical gay agenda

“Gays Against Groomers” organization banned from PayPal and Venmo

Florida Voice reported on the discrimination against “Gays Against Groomers” by PayPal and its subsidiary Venmo.

The organization Gays Against Groomers announced they are banned from making any transactions with large payment processors PayPal and Venmo. 

Gays Against Groomers is a coalition of gay people created to stop the sexualization and abuse of young children. They were recently seen outside of a meeting with a digital billboard displaying anti-grooming messaging at a Miami-Dade County school board meeting.

The Miami-Dade School Board voted 8-1 against the H-11 action which would recognize October as ‘LGBTQ+ History Month.’ The proposal was rejected because parents believed it conflicted with the state’s Parental Rights in Education bill, which Gays Against Groomers also were not in favor of, saying it was parents’ right to decide whether to teach their children about gay and lesbian rights rather than teachers in public schools.

“We are an organization that consists entirely of gay people whose only mission is to safeguard children from abuse,” they say. “Woke homophobia is real.”

Moms for Liberty had a similar altercation with PayPal, having its funds frozen by the payment processing corporation. In August, DeSantis helped play a role in influencing the company to unfreeze their funds.

They said PayPal unfroze the money in the group’s account following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ announcement last week that Florida would crack down on “woke” banking.

(Read more at Florida Voice)

I would hope that those gays who stand against grooming would speak out; however, it doesn’t seem the social media giants approve

If anyone has a voice that differs from the social media giants (as I do), they should expect to be minimized, defunded, and otherwise brought down.

Liberals pushing false narratives again (remember the Russian collusion hoax)

A TikTok influencer tells how a Democrat group offered to pay him $400 to push a false narrative

The Federalist outlines a case where a TikTok influencer was approached with an offer to push a false narrative.

A left-wing nonprofit focused on “fighting disinformation” allegedly offered a TikTok influencer $400 to spread lies about Republican involvement in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot.

Preston Moore, a lawyer with a large following on TikTok, told his followers in a video on his account that he was approached by the Good Information Foundation to make an “anti-Donald Trump propaganda post related to the January 6 investigation that is completely not true.”

After Preston said he was interested in collaborating, the foundation reportedly told him what to include in his post, including “images and scenes from the January 6th insurrection” and talking points like “the violence on January 6 was actually planned and paid for by Trump Republicans.” Specifically, the foundation told Preston he could say that the “Trump campaign paid literally millions of dollars to make January 6 happen” and that many Trump officials and Republican members of Congress were involved.

Other examples of “key messaging” Preston says the foundation highlighted for him to include was that “there is an ongoing threat of political violence or MAGA Republicans trying to overturn elections,” and that he should try to channel the anger of his followers to make them, as he summarized, “more likely to vote in the midterms.” 

When Moore responded to the email by asking, “What is the basis for the claim that the Trump campaign itself paid millions of dollars to make the January 6 siege of the Capitol happen?” he says the foundation refused to answer his question.

“We know of only one person who blew the whistle, but God only knows how many people are taking them up on this,” Scott Walter, president of Capital Research Center, told The Federalist. “Just how many TikTokers are they doing this with? How many Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts are they targeting? How much money have they allocated? Because $400 is total chump change for these guys.”

(Read more at The Federalist)

Based on this, how much information can you trust from TikTok?

Then again, if I got my news from the source of the Tide pod challenge, maybe trust isn’t the central issue. Maybe I’m not really looking for information, but entertainment.

Again, a social media giant limits the conversation by removing a group

TikTok bans CatholicVote after they flag videos on LGBTQ agenda for kids

CatholicVote shows the hypocrisy of TikTok in their removal of CatholicVote.

The Big Tech video platform banned CatholicVote “for ‘hateful behavior’ after it posted videos calling attention to sexualized LGBT-themed children’s books and drag shows intended for kids,” reported Caroline Downey at the National Review:

While the platform has flagged the organization’s content in the past, today it was formally locked out from its account, Joshua Mercer, communications director for CatholicVote.org, told National Review.

TikTok had previously restricted the CatholicVote account on two occasions. 

In one video, CatholicVote intern Ethan Potter read passages of the “Pride”-themed book “Rick,” about a ten-year-old boy learning about sex and “gender identities” from an LGBTQ after-school program.

In the other case, CatholicVote posted a clip from a local news report about a drag event in Texas, where children were filmed interacting with an obscene performer. A woman who protested the event tells reporters in the video that she opposes drag events in general, but would not be getting involved if it weren’t for the children being exposed to it. “It’s kids now,” she says.

“It started with drag queen story hour, now it’s children’s books about sex and 10-year-olds throwing cash at grown men,” CatholicVote’s caption stated.

In both instances, TikTok claimed the posts were in “violation” of the platform’s “hateful behavior” policy. “We do not tolerate content that attacks or incites violence against an individual or a group of individuals on the basis of protected attributes,” read a notification sent to CatholicVote. “We do not allow content that includes hate speech, and we remove it from our platform. We also suspend or ban accounts that have multiple hate speech violations.”

(Read the full article at CatholicVote)

Here, TikTok seems to show its CCP credentials

By eliminating the voice of CatholicVote, TikTok shows its origins with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). 

Does this refer to the inclusion of conservative ideas or actual misinformation?

A report suggests that TikTok search results are riddled with misinformation

Detroit News mentions a report suggesting that TikTok searches result in multiple instances of misinformation.

TikTok may be the platform of choice for catchy videos, but anyone using it to learn about COVID-19, climate change or Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is likely to encounter misleading information, according to a research report published Wednesday.

Researchers at NewsGuard searched for content about prominent news topics on TikTok and say they found that nearly 1 in 5 of the videos automatically suggested by the platform contained misinformation.

Searches for information about “mRNA vaccine,” for instance, yielded five videos (out of the first 10) that contained misinformation, including baseless claims that the COVID-19 vaccine causes “permanent damage in children’s critical organs.”

Researchers looking for information about abortion, the 2020 election, the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, climate change or Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on TikTok found similarly misleading videos scattered among more accurate clips.

The amount of misinformation — and the ease with which it can be found — is especially troubling given TikTok’s popularity with young people, according to Steven Brill, founder of NewsGuard, a firm that monitors misinformation.

TikTok is the second most popular domain in the world, according to online performance and security company Cloudflare, exceeded only by Google.

Brill questioned whether ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok, is doing enough to stop misinformation or whether it deliberately allows misinformation to proliferate as a way to sow confusion in the U.S. and other Western democracies.

“It’s either incompetence or it’s something worse,” Brill told The Associated Press.

TikTok released a statement in response to NewsGuard’s report noting that its community guidelines prohibit harmful misinformation and that it works to promote authoritative content about important topics like COVID-19.

“We do not allow harmful misinformation, including medical misinformation, and we will remove it from the platform,” the company said.

(Read more at Detroit News)

Does this surprise anyone?

When the left (the source of the Russian collusion hoax, the golden showers hoax, and numerous other lies broadcast as fact for years) controls a media, they include lies. When the left (those who ignored the Hunter Biden laptop, Joe Biden’s Council on Foreign Relations “Well, son-of-a-bitch” admission on getting a prosecutor fired who was investigating his family, and many other oversights) controls the media, they sweep many things that would damn them under the rug.

 

God’s final Word – Chapter 14, verses 14 through 20

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God’s final Word – The final reaping of the Earth

The following comes through the notes of Mark Ramsey.

  1. Prophecies of the final judgement

    Jesus came the first time as a servant; He will return as the sovereign King and Judge. In His first coming, He came in humility; in His second coming, he will come in majesty and splendor; the first time He came to the earth, He came “to seek and save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10); when He returns, it will be to “judge the living and the dead” (2 Timothy 4:1). Jesus came the first time as the Sower, He will come again as the Reaper.

    The cataclysmic “Day of the Lord” judgment is about to fall on Satan, his demon hordes, the Antichrist and all the wicked, unrepentant people of the world. This judgment is depicted in this passage as the final reaping of the earth.

    Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson? Who is this, robed in splendor, striding forward in the greatness of his strength? “It is I, proclaiming victory, mighty to save.” Why are your garments red, like those of one treading the winepress? “I have trodden the winepress alone; from the nations no one was with me. I trampled them in my anger and trod them down in my wrath; their blood spattered my garments, and I stained all my clothing. It was for me the day of vengeance; the year for me to redeem had come. I looked, but there was no one to help, I was appalled that no one gave support; so my own arm achieved salvation for me, and my own wrath sustained me. I trampled the nations in my anger; in my wrath I made them drunk and poured their blood on the ground.” (Isaiah 63:1‭-‬6 NIV)

    During His earthly ministry, Jesus repeatedly warned of the coming day of judgment. The Old Testament prophets presented striking parallels with Revelation 14. Isaiah 63:1-6 pictures the divine Judge’s garments stained red from the winepress of His wrath and in Isaiah 63:6, He cried out, “I trod down the peoples in My anger and made them drunk in My wrath and I poured their lifeblood on the earth.”

    Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepress is full and the vats overflow— so great is their wickedness!” Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine. The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the heavens will tremble. But the Lord will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel. (Joel 3:13‭-‬16 NIV)

    Joel 3:13-16 helps us understand the nature of the symbols in Revelation 14. The valley of decision refers to the Jezreel Valley near the biblical city of Megiddo.

    Joel, Isaiah and the Lord Jesus Christ all spoke of a coming harvest of divine wrath when the Messiah will execute His final judgment. What is your emotional and spiritual response to this coming judgment?

    This passage pictures the final harvest of divine wrath in two agricultural motifs: the grain harvest which is the seven bowl judgments and the grape harvest, which is the battle of Armageddon. It is important to realize that we are only seeing a brief symbolic preview of these events.

    Do you ever wonder, “Why does God allow evil to continue unchecked in this world?” With the Lord, justice is delayed but not denied. In His mercy, God has delayed judgment for as long as possible. 2 Peter 3:9. The only reason God has not judged the world yet is that He is giving unbelievers one last time to repent. Are you grateful for His delay? Explain.

    But there will be a day when God’s patience will run out. His mercy will give way to judgment. Knowing this day is coming, do you feel any urgency or desire to share the gift of salvation? Explain.

  2. The grain harvest
    1. The Reaper — Revelation 14:14

      I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. (Revelation 14:14 NIV)

      1. White Cloud —

        “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. (Daniel 7:13‭-‬14 NIV)

        Throughout Scripture, the cloud represents the glory of God.

        Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people. (Exodus 13:22 NIV)

        While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the Lord appearing in the cloud. (Exodus 16:10 NIV)

        Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. (Exodus 40:35 NIV)

        It also represents God’s power and glory in the New Testament Matthew 17:5 – Mount of Transfiguration; Acts 1:9 – Christ’s ascension; Jesus said “they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.” Mark 13:26

      2. Son of Man – The same Son of Man whom John saw at the beginning (Revelation 1:13) appears again sitting on the cloud. He is sitting as He waits for the proper time to stand and begin reaping. The reaping (the 7 bowl judgments) will be followed by Christ’s return to establish His kingdom. Son of man was the Lord’s favorite title for Himself during His incarnation. The text does not use the definite article “the” son of man; yet it is the same description as Revelation 1:13, possibly because this is Jesus in His glorified state. Regardless, there is no doubt that this is Jesus Christ in His glorified state and this is the last time Scripture refers to Him by that title.
      3. Crown of Gold – This is a στέφανον (pronounced “stephanon”) crown worn by victors in war – the crown of triumph and conqueror over His enemies.
      4. Sharp Sickle in His Hand – Sickles were used to harvest grain. This is a picture of the Lord’s enemies being cut down like grain.
    2. The Ripeness — Revelation 14:15

      Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, “Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” (Revelation 14:15 NIV)

      This angel comes out of the heavenly temple, from before the throne of God and pleads for Jesus to begin reaping. A created angel cannot command the Son of Man to proceed with judgment. Therefore, the cry should be regarded as a plea. The Greek word translated “ripe” suggests that the condition of wicked humanity has become “overripe.” This tells us that the Lord, in His mercy, has delayed judgment for as long as possible.

      The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9 NIV)

    3. The Reaping — Revelation 14:16

      So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested. (Revelation 14:16 NIV)

      This is one of the most tragic and sobering statements in all of Scripture. Chapter 16 details the seven bowl judgments.

  3. The Grape Harvest
    1. The Reaper — Revelation 14:17

      Another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. (Revelation 14:17 NIV)

      The reaper is the 5th angel. Angels play a prominent role in Revelation – summoning the four horsemen, sounding the 7 trumpets, defeating Satan and his demon hosts, pouring out the 7 bowl judgments, announcing the battle of Armageddon and binding Satan. The Son of Man will be assisted by the holy angels in His final judgment.

    2. The Ripeness — Revelation 14:18

      Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, “Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because its grapes are ripe.” (Revelation 14:18 NIV)

      The sixth angel appears and is designated as the one who has power over fire. He came out from the altar which is associated with the prayers of the saints. (Revelation 6:9-11) His appearance means the time has come for those prayers to be answered. Unrepentant sinners are depicted as clusters of grapes to be cut off from earthly existence.

    3. The Reaping — Revelation 14:19-20

      The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath. They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia. (Revelation 14:19‭-‬20 NIV)

      All the enemies of God who survive the 7 bowl judgments will fall into the great wine press of God’s wrath. This will be a slaughter beyond our imagination and blood will flow deeply in troughs and streambeds. Revelation 19:11-21 describes the scene.

  4. God’s Justice
    God’s justice holds everyone accountable. For the believer, God’s justice was poured out on Jesus when He hung on a cross. For the unbeliever, God’s justice will be poured out on them.
    God’s justice is coming. How will you respond? You can decide to be God’s friend by confessing your sinfulness, repenting and trusting in Jesus’ death and resurrection as the only means of salvation and then, commit to live your life in a way that pleases Him (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10) or you can decide to be God’s enemy, in which the judgment of Revelation 14 is reserved for you.
    As a believer, are you using your freedom in Christ to live a life free from sin’s dominion? Have you forgotten that there will be an accounting of your works at the judgment seat of Christ? What can you expect from the One Who said:

     

    I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. (Revelation 2:23 NIV)

 

How bad has immigration been with Biden?

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How bad in terms of terrorists caught in a year

So far in 2022 with Biden: 78 illegal aliens caught on the FBI Terror Watchlist

Breitbart reports through a 20 September 2022 article on the quadruple increase in apprehensions of Terror Watchlist illegals coming over the Southern border during 2022.

Border Patrol agents along the southwest border with Mexico apprehended 78 migrants listed on the Terrorist Screening Dataset (Watchlist) during the first 11 months of Fiscal Year 2022. This is three times the total of the last four years’ apprehensions of potential terrorists combined.

A report released late Monday afternoon from U.S. Customs and Border Protection details the arrest of 78 migrants who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico Border who appear on the terrorist watchlist known as the Terrorist Screening Dataset (TSDS). With one month to go this year, the total is three times more than the combined total of the past four fiscal years.

In contrast, not a single person appearing on the watchlist was arrested crossing the U.S.-Canadian border, the report states.

The TSDS ” is the U.S. government’s database that contains sensitive information on terrorist identities. The TSDS originated as the consolidated terrorist watchlist to house information on known or suspected terrorists (KSTs) but has evolved over the last decade to include additional individuals who represent a potential threat to the United States, including known affiliates of watchlisted individuals,” CBP officials stated. “TSDS watchlisted individuals encountered by the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) after entering the country without inspection may be detained and removed, to the extent possible under CBP policy, or turned over to another government agency for subsequent detention or law enforcement action, as appropriate.”

The report from CBP stated that in addition to the 78 watchlisted migrants apprehended in 11 months this year, another 15 were apprehended in all of FY21, three in FY20, none in FY19, six in FY18, and two in FY17.

(Read of the additional reports and the known “gotaways” at Breitbart)

We caught 78 in 11 months — but how many got through?

How many accompanied the 272% increase in known fentanyl coming across our Southern border in 2022?

The “gotaways” are determined through counting the people seen on drones, surveillance cameras, by aerial observation, and other remote viewing options

Because the million “gotaways” recorded as having crossed the Southern border during the Biden regime occurred when border agent eyes were dedicated to watching drone cameras, wall cameras, or flying in border-tracing planes, those same agents were not available for border duty (just as the agents who were tending to hordes of aliens in detention centers, agents who were on hospital patrol, and other agents on other abnormal patrols have been).

Thence, the repeated references to “gotaways” during the Biden regime border crisis really refers to the woeful misapplication of agents. It also refers to the sieve-like border that Biden has allowed in order to open up America to a flood of drugs and other illegal harm.

How bad in terms of total numbers who we know made it over in a year

Number of arrests if illegal aliens reaches a record one-year-high

The Daily Wire lays out in a 20 September 2022 article how the number of illegal aliens this year have again set a record.

The situation at the southern border has deteriorated so badly during the Biden administration that for the first time, over two million immigration arrests were made in eleven months, reaching a new threshold.

Instead of blaming their own lax policies vis-à-vis immigration for the problem, Biden administration officials blamed governments in Latin America, The Washington Post reported.

“Failing communist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba are driving a new wave of migration across the Western Hemisphere, including the recent increase in encounters at the southwest U.S. border,” Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus offered as an excuse. “Those fleeing repressive regimes pose significant challenges for processing and removal.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection detained 203,598 immigrants who entered the United States from Mexico in August; if that rate of immigration continues, over 2.3 million arrests would have been made between the end of September 2021 and September 2022, the Post surmised.

(Read more at the Daily Wire on how this compares with Obama and how Biden explains it away)

Last year was a record year

Now we follow a record year with a record year.

Illegal border crossings record shattered, 2022 marks highest numbers

The Western Journal uses an 8 August 2022 article to detail how the number of illegal aliens this year have (as you would expect) set a record.

Border Patrol agents have encountered a record number of 1,853,837 migrants since October, according to internal U.S. Customs and Border Protection data exclusively obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

The illegal border crossings, which occurred between Oct. 1, 2021, and Aug. 6 2022, already exceed the 1,662,422 Border Patrol encountered in fiscal year 2021, which was already a record high for the force, according to the internal data.

The record number comes after Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas assured the public in July that “the border is secure.”

The number of migrant rescues and deaths also surpass the record highs of fiscal year 2021. In total, there were 19,144 rescues and 663 deaths between Oct. 1, 2021 and Aug. 6, 2022.

There were 18,881 illegal alien rescues and 650 illegal alien deaths between October 2021 and July 2022, and the new numbers show the devastation is only increasing, according previous data the DCNF earlier exclusively obtained.

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd told the DCNF that the blame is on President Joe Biden.

“This should surprise no one. There is no ceiling with this administration, only excuses. When the Deputy Press Secretary says something as stupid as this is 21st century border security, you know things are only going to get worse,” Judd said.

(See some interesting tweets at the Western Journal)

How bad in terms of the crimes inflicted on Americans

Illegal immigration leads to 2,200 deaths, 118,000 rapes, 138,000 assaults

The Washington Examiner provides through 21 August 2022 article an explanation of the crimes inflicted on Americans by the illegal aliens to which Biden has opened the borders.

The hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants expected to rush the U.S.-Mexico border this year will face over one million cases of rape, assault, murder, and kidnapping during their journey, according to a troubling new analysis.

The report on “predation and victimization of undocumented migrants” from Princeton Policy Advisors, provided to Secrets, gave a grim prediction of crimes the migrants will face. It said that the immigrants will be victimized an average of 1.4 times this year.

The startling numbers include:

  • 2,200 deaths.
  • 180,000 rapes or coerced sex.
  • 138,000 assaults.
  • 81,000 cases of drug smuggling.
  • 27,000 cases of human smuggling.

“In all, we estimate economic migrants will suffer 1.1 million traumatic or adverse events trying to reach the U.S. in 2018. This represents a predation rate of 144 percent. That is, those 711,000 migrants attempting to cross illegally into the U.S. this year will suffer on average 1.4 adverse events during the journey,” said the report from the group that studies immigration and promotes conservative immigration reform.

It added that in a typical case, illegal immigrants “are likely to be detained by U.S. Border Patrol and commonly suffer another adverse event like rape or robbery.”

Author Steven Kopits wrote, “These statistics speak to a global scale humanitarian crisis on our borders, second only to the chaos engulfing Venezuela in our hemisphere.”

(Read of possible consequences faced by some “immigrants” at the Washington Examiner)

Truthfully, though I have seen murders skyrocket under Democrat oversight, I missed this

Because I have seen some nearly 300 murders by felons released by Democrat judges, I have been unaware of the murders and other crimes perpetrated by illegal aliens.

Nonetheless, this is insane.

Just because we allowed Democrat judges into our system and allowed them to continually release felons back to the streets to murder, we cannot use that as an excuse to ignore Biden’s importation of crime.

Just because Harris County has home-grown felons (some murderers being let out on $9,000 bond by senseless Democrat judges), that does not mandate our having to import more lawlessness.

No.

Never.

How bad is it in terms of how illegals are allowed to repeatedly attack Americans

Three-times-deported illegal alien arrested for possibly 21 sexual assaults

Breitbart reports through a 18 September 2022 article how an illegal alien readmitted by Biden and discovered in a sanctuary county has come to the focus of 21 sexual assault investigations.

An illegal alien, deported three times from the United States, has been arrested in the sanctuary county of Fairfax County, Virginia, for possibly 21 sexual assaults, police reveal.

Juan Rodriguez Alfaro, a 42-year-old illegal alien from Honduras, was arrested last week on charges that he carried out multiple sexual assaults on women and girls on a nature trail in Fairfax County.

Police said Alfaro is possibly linked to at least 21 sexual assaults in the area and in some cases, they said he was naked. Before his arrest, in a separate 2021 case, Alfaro was wanted for attempted rape and sexual assault in Suffolk County, New York — another sanctuary jurisdiction.

(Read about four different jurisdictions looking into this criminal at Breitbart)

As noted above, we don’t need to import someone who rapes 21 times

This is on Joe and every Joe voter. We do not have to do this, but they have.

Although I stand by the concept of personal culpability for personal acts — Joe has given the rest of his group too much warning of what he is doing for them to claim they had no part in his acts.

With all of the warnings he has displayed, they know his intentions. Therefore, if they continue to support him, they share in his guilt.

Illegal alien charged with raping teen on Martha’s Vineyard ferry

Breitbart points out through a 9 June 2022 article how an illegal alien has been charged with raping a teen on a Martha’s Vineyard ferry.

An illegal alien has been charged with raping a teenage girl on a Martha’s Vineyard ferry in the sanctuary state of Massachusetts.

Bruno Sanches De Jesus, a 20-year-old illegal alien, was arrested and charged with two counts of rape this week after allegedly raping an 18-year-old girl on the Steamship Authority ferry that runs from Martha’s Vineyard to Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson revealed that De Jesus overstayed his 90-day visa two years ago after arriving in the United States from Portugal. De Jesus, Hodgson said, has been living in Dorchester, Massachusetts since then.

(Read at Breitbart how this guy purportedly got turned over to ICE by the sanctuary state)

Maybe this might explain why Martha’s Vineyard deported the 50 from the “sanctuary” within 24 hours

Maybe this might explain the departure from liberal lunacy. Problem is, the people of Martha’s Vineyard who appeared on video (at least the videos I saw) were just as looney as ever.

How bad is it in terms of how the Biden regime has lost track of known terrorists

23 illegal aliens on Terrorist Watch List arrested — “What happened to them?’ asks former Border Chief

Breitbart shows in a 4 August 2022 article how Biden’s border control falls woefully short of the Keystone Cops when it comes to performance.

Border Patrol agents arrested 23 migrants who illegally crossed from Mexico in 2021 and subsequently were identified as being on the Terrorist Watch List. The former head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection wonders what happened to those 23 migrants.

Fox News reports from a Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request that Border Patrol agents apprehended 23 migrants whose names matched the list. The apprehensions occurred between January 20 and December 27, 2021.

Former U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner and Chief of the Border Patrol, Mark Morgan, told Breitbart News that the report from Fox News raises serious questions.

“The real question we need to be asking this administration is, what did you do with the 23 people from the Terrorism Screening Database you took custody of?” Morgan said during an interview. “Their arrest would have triggered further investigation by the FBI and other law enforcement entities.”

“Did you release some or all? he asked. “Did you remove some or all?”

Morgan said the appearance of these migrants on the TSDB means they should have been subjected to additional screening. Their appearance on the list means officials believe they have some connection to terrorism.

“That’s different from Known and Suspected Terrorists or KSTs, those look-outs have more definitive connections, he explained. KSTs are people who are “known or suspected terrorists” who would spend more money to smugglers to avoid apprehension.

Border Patrol agents apprehended nearly two million migrants during the first year of this administration, Breitbart reported. In addition, another approximately 500,000 migrants got away without being apprehended during that first year — 700,000 in the first 14 months, Morgan added.

“Among the more than 700,000 got-a-ways in the first 14 months of this administration, how many KSTs or other high-value targets managed to get by us?” the former commissioner asked. “This goes to the very heart of the false narrative of this administration. That you can be for border security and illegal immigration at the same time.”

Morgan said some sector chiefs attempted to highlight these arrests but the Biden administration quickly removed the information from public view.”

“As Commissioner, I supported releasing this data, all day, every day. What is this administration actually trying to hide?” he concluded.

(Read at Breitbart how various conservative outlets tried to get to the bottom of this issue)

Why would the Biden regime hide the disposition of terrorists?

What has Biden got to hide regarding these terrorists? Is Biden so inept that he lost them? Or is he cooperating with them to attack his political enemies?

While this is dark speculation, this is based on the actions of a dark regime that seems all too willing to stage 4 am vote surges, coordinate with social media companies to suppress speech, and raid their political opponents.

How bad is it? — Even Mexican papers are pointing to the disaster

Dozens of criminals and gang members are trying to enter the US as illegal immigrants

The Tamaulipas Post illustrates through a 7 September 2022 article how gangs and criminals have targeted Biden’s border sieve.

Border Patrol agents in one sector of the overwhelmed southern border have arrested more than two dozen gang members and criminals — including sex offenders — this week.

In a press release, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the apprehension of 21 gang members, two sex offenders, and three illegal aliens with prior convictions including for robbery and battery.

Agents in Rio Grande Valley on Aug. 27 located a Salvadoran Tango Blast gang member with a prior conviction for aggravated robbery in the U.S. among a group of five illegal immigrants in Roma. A day later, agents nabbed a Salvadoran 18th Street gang member with a prior conviction for aggravated homicide.

On Monday, agents in Brownsville arrested a Mexican national who had been convicted this year and sentenced to two years in jail for indecency and sexual contact with a child. It was not clear how he was released.

On the same day, agents near Sarita, Texas, stopped a Guatemalan national who had an outstanding warrant in Houston for indecency with a child.

Also, this week agents located a Sureno gang member with convictions for battery and immigration offenses, as well as a Paisas gang member with a prior conviction for evading arrest. Separately, CBP said that agents have arrested 20 gang members associated with both the 18th Street and MS-13 gangs.

Border Patrol agents have been dealing with a massive number of migrants hitting the border each month. There were nearly 200,000 migrant encounters in July, with more than two million encounters in the fiscal year 2022 so far — a new record.

Meanwhile, more than 500,000 illegal immigrants have evaded Border Patrol this fiscal year, raising concerns that there may be criminals and gang members among those getting past agents. The Biden administration has claimed the border is “secure,” an assessment that FBI Director Christopher Wray did not directly endorse when asked by lawmakers.

So far this fiscal year, agents have stopped 627 gang members compared to 348 in FY 2021 and 363 in FY 2020. Meanwhile, Border Patrol has stopped 9,381 criminal migrants, compared to 10,763 last fiscal year and 2,438 in FY 2020.

(Read more at the Tamaulipas Post)

So, it seems that Mexico laughs

I don’t blame them. We should be better.

 

Unequal application of the law under Joe Biden

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Inequity in the application of justice between pro-death and pro-life forces

Biden’s Department of Justice prosecutes a Planned Parenthood window breaker, but has yet to arrest the Crisis Pregnancy Center attackers

The Daily Caller reports the inequity in the application of law by the Biden Department of Justice when it comes to protesters around the topic of abortion.

The Justice Department (DOJ) announced Monday that a man pleaded guilty to vandalizing a Planned Parenthood clinic, despite reportedly going months without arresting anyone responsible for a number of attacks on crisis pregnancy centers since May.

Devin Friedrick Kruse entered guilty pleas for two misdemeanor counts of Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act violations, having destroyed property and broken windows at a Grants Pass, Oregon, Planned Parenthood clinic on Nov. 23 and Nov. 26 2021, the DOJ’s press release said. He later claimed to have acted out of anger over Planned Parenthood killing unborn children.

“Citizens have a legal right to peacefully protest, but Mr. Kruse’s actions of repeated violence toward a Planned Parenthood clinic crossed a line,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Kieran L. Ramsey said, according to the press release. “The FBI will continue to work with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners to ensure the safety of our communities while respecting individuals’ First Amendment rights.”

However, as of Sept. 14, the DOJ has so far failed to make any arrests in numerous attacks on crisis pregnancy centers since the Supreme Court’s draft opinion calling for Roe v. Wade’s reversal became public.

The Jane’s Revenge pro-abortion group took credit for vandalizing or setting fire to the facilities of faith-based groups including crisis pregnancy centers on more than 15 occasions between the draft’s May 2 leak and Sept. 14, Fox News reported. None of the attacks had led to an arrest by then.

One late June attack left a Washington D.C. pregnancy center smeared with red paint and eggs, while organizations in Wisconsin and Oregon have reportedly been attacked with Molotov cocktails, according to the Catholic News Agency. A Washington state pregnancy center was spray-painted with “Jane’s revenge” and the words, “If abortions aren’t safe, you aren’t either,” according to KTTH radio host Jason Rantz.

(Read at the Daily Caller about the FBI excuse for inaction)

This makes sense, considering the bail-raising Kamala and Joe did for Antifa and BLM

Joe may deny it now, but anyone with a non-Google search engine can link to the articles on how “Joe’s staffers” and “Kamala’s staffers” raised funds to bail out murderers and sex offenders.

Therefore, for someone to get prosecuted for breaking a window of Planned Parenthood while gangs roam free after vandalizing a Crisis Pregnancy Center (a place where women go to get baby formula, food, diapers, job training, and other help) — that makes sense to the radical socialists like Biden.

Inequity in the area of the Mar-A-Lago raid

If this is an “even-handed application of the law,” can Merrick Garland be serious?

The Texas Insider uses the logic of Cal Thomas to point out the illogic of the Biden raid on Mar-A-Lago.

Commenting about the FBI executing a search warrant on former president Donald Trump’s Florida home – which he approved – Attorney General Merrick Garland said: 

“Faithful adherence to the rule of law is the bedrock principle of the Justice Department and of our democracy. … All Americans are entitled to the even-handed application of the law, to due process, and to the presumption of innocence.” 

None of this applies to the way the Department of Justice, the FBI and most of the media have treated Donald Trump.

From the Steele Dossier, Russia “collusion,” the labeling of Trump as a Russian “asset,” the Mueller Report, and the refusal by the Biden administration to enforce our immigration laws, the Justice Department in this administration has done just the opposite when it comes to equal application of the law and due process. 

Whatever one thinks of Trump’s character, he is entitled to the same presumption of innocence as any other American. Trump always suffers from a presumption of guilt. He is forced to continually prove he is innocent of charges, often made by “sources” who leak information to anti-Trump media, or must explain himself to hostile Democrats (and a few hostile Republicans). 

The specter of armed federal agents outside Trump’s Florida home is not an image I suspect many of us are comfortable with. Even those who do not like Trump and hope he does not run for president in 2024 should be alarmed at how this focus on him is contributing to what has been a long slide in the trust Americans place in our institutions. 

  • In 1973, when the Gallup organization began polling on the subject, 42% of respondents had a “great deal/quite a lot” of confidence in Congress.
    • This year that number is just 7%.
  • In 1991, 73% of the public had a great deal/quite a lot of confidence in the presidency.
    • This year only 23% feel that way.

Confidence in the criminal justice system has reached a new low with just 14% coming down on the side of great deal/quite a lot. Is it any wonder with stories of woke prosecutors freeing criminals with low or no bail only to see many of them commit new crimes? 

In what should be a warning to the media – a warning that has been apparent for many years – confidence in the trustworthiness of newspapers has declined from a high of 51% in 1979, to a record low of 16% today.

Confidence in TV news reflects a similar drop – from 46% in 1993, to the current 11%.

Perhaps some introspection by the media as to the “root causes” might be beneficial to the profession and the public.

Gallup has recorded similar declines in confidence levels for other institutions, including the church (no wonder with all the scandals and some TV evangelists still living the lifestyles of potentates as opposed to that of the One they claim to follow).

(Read at the Texas Insider to find areas that surprise Democrats — but not us — to find strong support)

I would be glad if Merrick just applied the standard to Trump once applied to Hillary

Although Hillary was never and will never be president (and, therefore, did not have the authority to determine which documents were classified), it would be nice if the standard of “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case” would be applied to the last President.

Inequity in the courts for Trump protesters

Senator Johnson and colleagues request answers from DOJ on unequal application of justice to Trump protestors

The office of Senator Ron Johnson and a team of conservatives called for attention from the Department of Justice on the unequal treatment of the Trump protesters.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), along with senators Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), sent a letter on Monday to Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting information on the unequal application of justice between the individuals who breached the Capitol on Jan. 6, and those involved in the unrest during the spring and summer of 2020. The senators sent 18 questions to the attorney general on what steps the DOJ has taken to prosecute individuals who committed crimes during both events, and requested a response by June 21.

“Americans have the constitutional right to peaceably assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances,” the senators wrote. “This constitutional right should be cherished and protected. Violence, property damage, and vandalism of any kind should not be tolerated and individuals that break the law should be prosecuted. However, the potential unequal administration of justice with respect to certain protestors is particularly concerning.”

(Go to the site of Senator Ron Johnson to see the full letter)

While it would be nice to get an update on this, I know the FBI and DOJ are stonewalling and Ron Johnson is under attack

Although it would be almost imperative to get a resolution on this inequity, you have to know that the true fascists at the FBI and DOJ have stonewalled this. Additionally, Ron Johnson finds himself in what seems to be a tight race.

 

A service for CBS (who can’t expose the lies of Joe Biden)

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Deconstructing arrogance and idiocy in reporters of CBS

Admittedly, when I saw Scott Pelley of CBS and Sixty Minutes bumbling and blathering on with Biden as they walked through a mostly-empty Detroit Auto Show (as a Sixty Minutes ad), I was not intrigued. I could not care less what that doddering old fool might say or what the incurious “journalist” might ask; therefore, I never watched that once-respectable news show. However, when Bunkerville built a blog post from Miranda Devine tweets that encapsulated the interview, I started to wonder, “How many verifiable lies could CBS have caught had they been an honest news organization rather than a branch of the Democrat propaganda machine?”

Therefore, I dug into the CBS transcript and compared that to reality in order to create the following table. Thence, hopefully the top-rated journals linked in the table might expose either Joe’s lies or his incompetence.

Pelley/Biden exchange Headlines disproving Biden
Scott Pelley: Sir, with the Federal Reserve rapidly raising interest rates, what can you do to prevent a recession?
Joe Biden: Continue to grow the economy. And we’re growing the economy. It’s growing in– in a way that it hasn’t in years and years.
The Wall Street Journal reports in a 28 July 2022 article that Biden faces recession worries after six months of economic contraction
The Daily Mail informed us in a 21 August 2022 article that 97% of US executives believe US is now in a recession or close to one, despite Biden’s denials

Biden should consider the common voter

Biden’s statement does not stay in touch with the reality that people who pump gas or buy food have to experience. Wake up, Joe and Scott.

Scott Pelley: Mr. President, first Detroit Auto Show in three years. Is the pandemic over?
Joe Biden: The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lotta work on it. It’s– but the pandemic is over. if you notice, no one’s wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it’s changing. And I think this is a perfect example of it.
Politico says in a 17 August 2022 article that HHS says it plans to extend Covid-19 public health emergency
ABC News point in a 19 September 2022 article to Democrats who buck Biden’s case for the pandemic being over due to pandemic aid

Too many powerful groups (including cheating Democrats) will stand against this

I’m sorry, but I cannot believe that the Democrat machine that Biden has set up in pharmaceuticals, education, and the voting systems will go away that easily. I don’t believe that people will let the money that was allocated be turned to something out of their control.

Scott Pelley: Have you been briefed, sir, on the top-secret documents that were found at Mar-a-Lago?
Joe Biden: No.
Scott Pelley: No one has come to you to warn you that important national security secrets were revealed by the storage of those documents at the former president’s home?
Joe Biden: I have not personally spoken to anyone on that– in that regard. I’m sure my administration is aware of all of that, and so is the National Security Council. But I have not.
Scott Pelley: were you notified of the FBI’s execution of a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago?
Joe Biden: No. Not ahead of time.
The New York Post outlines in a 23 August 2022 article What did Biden ‘really’ know about the drive to raid Mar-a-Lago?
Fox News quotes a former Supreme Court clerk who says in a 24 August 2022 article that “It’s not believable” Biden didn’t know about FBI raid

Biden has attended too many briefings for me to believe this

If all other presidents since Lincoln have had daily briefings on the events occurring within their administration, why wouldn’t that happen with Dementia Joe and his FBI? Even if you ignore the report from the New York Post, I just don’t buy the idea that he was not involved.

Scott Pelley: Which leads to my next question. You are more aware of this than anyone. Some people ask whether you are fit for the job. And when you hear that, I wonder what you think.
Joe Biden: Watch me. And ma– honest to God, that’s all I think. Watch me. If you think I don’t have the energy level or the mental acuity, then– then, you know, that’s one thing. It’s another thing, you just watch and– and, you know, keep my schedule. Do what I’m doing. I– I think that– you know– I don’t– when I sit down with our NATO allies and keep ’em together, I don’t have ’em saying, “Wait a minute, w– how– how old are you? What are you– what say?” You know, I mean, it’s a matter of, you know, that old expression: The proof of the pudding’s in the eating. I mean, I– I– I respect the fact that people would say, you know, “You’re old.” And– but I think it relates to h– how much energy you have, and whether or not the job you’re doing is one consistent with what any person of any age would be able to do.
The New York Post showed us in a 14 April 2022 article and video how Biden shakes hands with thin air after North Carolina speech
The New York Post shows in a short video how Joe Biden trips again as he goes up the stairs to Air Force One

Inserting a video of Biden stammering would be overkill

But I do like SocialistMop.

Scott Pelley: What should Chinese President Xi know about your commitment to Taiwan?
Joe Biden: We agree with what we signed onto a long time ago. And that there’s one China policy, and Taiwan makes their own judgments about their independence. We are not moving– we’re not encouraging their being independent. We’re not– that– that’s their decision.
Scott Pelley: But would U.S. Forces defend the island?
Joe Biden: Yes, if in fact there was an unprecedented attack.
The New York Post reports in a 19 September 2022 article that Biden says US troops would defend Taiwan; White House backtracks remarks
The New York Post pointed out regarding a previous flub (23 May 2022) that White House walks back Biden Taiwan defense claim for third time in 9 months
Politico reported in a 23 May 2022 article that Biden’s Taiwan defense pledge inflames U.S.-China relations

A little push back would have been nice

Even if they provided only half of the push back that they gave to President Trump when he mentioned the proven hoax started by Hillary, I might start to watch them for 10 minutes. But I will not watch Sixty Minutes.

 

Biden projected everything he accused against the Ultra-MAGA

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Biden claims against the “Ultra-MAGA”

In the Biden red speech (quite misnamed Continued Battle for the Soul of the Nation), our assigned commander in chief made a number of accusations against about half of the nation. Specifically, he said:

MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution.  They do not believe in the rule of law.  They do not recognize the will of the people. 

They refuse to accept the results of a free election.  And they’re working right now, as I speak, in state after state to give power to decide elections in America to partisans and cronies, empowering election deniers to undermine democracy itself.

MAGA forces are determined to take this country backwards — backwards to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to contraception, no right to marry who you love.

They promote authoritarian leaders, and they fan the flames of political violence that are a threat to our personal rights, to the pursuit of justice, to the rule of law, to the very soul of this country.

They look at the mob that stormed the United States Capitol on January 6th — brutally attacking law enforcement — not as insurrectionists who placed a dagger to the throat of our democracy, but they look at them as patriots.

Those are all terrible accusations, so let’s consider them one by one:

MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution.  They do not believe in the rule of law.  They do not recognize the will of the people.

(continued)

Anti-Constitutional/anti-law Biden

Consider now how it was Biden who:

Authoritarian Biden

Let’s consider a second portion of Dementia Joe’s speech:

MAGA forces are determined to take this country backwards — backwards to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy,

(continued)

They promote authoritarian leaders, and they fan the flames of political violence that are a threat to our personal rights, to the pursuit of justice, to the rule of law, to the very soul of this country.

Consider these authoritarian moves by Biden as he:

 

Things Democrats could do with hot topics this week, but will not

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They could be consistent with their years of preaching and provide shelter, food, and other necessities to illegal aliens

Mayor Adams suggested New York City should “reassess” right-to-shelter access amid illegal alien busing crisis

The New York Daily News opens up on how their Mayor Adams has suggested New York City should “reassess” right-to-shelter access amid illegal alien crisis.

A massive influx of Latin American migrants in recent months has driven the city’s shelter system so close to collapse that Mayor Adams suggested Wednesday it’s warranted to reassess local homeless policies — including a long-standing law that assures the right to shelter for New York’s neediest.

The mayor floated the extraordinary proposal in a statement that also admitted his administration failed to provide shelter beds for roughly 60 homeless men on Monday night, forcing them to sleep on floors and benches at a Manhattan intake center. He said that was a result of the shelter system being overburdened by the arrival of more than 11,000 South and Central American migrants since May.

“The city’s system is nearing its breaking point. As a result, the city’s prior practices, which never contemplated the bussing of thousands of people into New York City, must be reassessed,” Adams said.

Though Adams’ statement didn’t explicitly mention the so-called “right-to-shelter” law, it’s the primary legal mechanism underpinning the city’s homeless policies.

But in a head-scratching twist, Adams spokesman Fabien Levy disputed the idea that the mayor was solely referring to the right-to-shelter law in calling for a reassessment of “prior practices.”

“We must reassess the entire situation,” Levy said. He would not say what rules besides right-to-shelter could fall within the scope of the mayor’s proposed reassessment.

Under the law, the city must provide a bed in a homeless shelter to anyone in need of one, regardless of immigration status or other circumstances. That has been the case since 1981, when the city entered a consent decree that established the right-to-shelter requirement. It’s unclear whether Adams would have authority to reassess right-to-shelter protocols, as the law is protected under the state constitution.

Advocacy groups, the Legal Aid Society and the Coalition for the Homeless, said Tuesday that Adams’ administration violated the right-to-shelter law when it didn’t provide beds for the approximately 60 men who were stuck at the intake center at 30th Street and First Avenue.

(Read more at the New York Daily News)

“Massive influx” in New York? As mentioned in other posts, New York has not seen 1/10th of one month of what Texas alone gets in a sector.

Over the past few months of complaining by the New York/Chicago/DC mayors, these “sanctuary cities” have only received 1/10th of the number of illegal aliens that came into one sector of Texas during one month.

Therefore, they’re not progressive, they’re pretenders. They’re not sanctuaries. They’re slaughterhouses of the souls.

They could lower barriers to drilling and help build everything that gets shipped

Yellen says gas prices may spike again this winter as Europe cuts off Russian oil

Forbes quotes another doddering member of the Biden regime as she lays out the obvious but does not explain the simple things America could do to alleviate the problem.

Gas prices could jump again this winter following a monthslong decline in the United States, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned Sunday, as the European Union plans to largely stop buying Russian oil in December as a gesture of disapproval of the war in Ukraine.

The EU hopes to cut off Russian oil tanker shipments to Europe and ban companies from insuring Russian ships that carry oil to other regions like Asia, where Russian imports have increased, a plan that could risk “a spike in oil prices,” Yellen said during a Sunday appearance on CNN’s State of the Union.

Yellen called the threat of rising oil prices “a risk that we’re working on,” adding that a proposed cap on the sale price of Russian oil would help contain costs in the U.S., which have finally fallen after skyrocketing earlier this year.

The price cap would help slash the revenue that Russia earns from oil—which Yellen said the country uses to “fight this illegal war” in Ukraine—while still allowing Russian petroleum to enter the global oil market and “hold down” prices.

(Read more at Forbes)

Yellen states the obvious about Russia and Europe, but not the blatantly obvious about America

Yes, the Russian oil will become more scarce due to the geopolitical issues. Oddly, it seems that the Biden regime solution is to knuckle under (which would be the real effect of a “price cap” that would likely be quickly circumvented).

However, why doesn’t she mention that American drilling has dropped to the lowest level since Truman. Why not start up American drilling and fire up those American jobs?

They could lower taxes on all of us and spur the economy

Inflation at 8.3% – the second drop in a row – but still sits near 40-year high

The Daily Mail reports on the inflation remaining at a near 40-year high that does not match the rosy picture painted by the Biden regime.

Inflation in the US dipped again in August to an 8.3 percent annual rate, thanks largely to falling gas prices, but remained near a four-decade high even as President Joe Biden says he is making progress on the issue.

The Commerce Department’s latest consumer price index report on Tuesday represented a drop from the 40-year high of 9.1 percent recorded in June and 8.5 percent in July — but the latest numbers were hotter than expected, and Wall Street dropped sharply in reaction. 

The Dow dropped more than 1,000 points on Tuesday afternoon and the S&P 500 sank 3.9 percent, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite lost 4.7 percent.

(Read more at the Daily Mail)

Of course, why should we expect inflation solutions from the Biden regime? They are too busy eating cake.

Breitbart points out how the Biden regime went into cake-eating mode upon signing the misnamed Inflation Reduction Act.

The White House is planning a celebration of President Joe Biden’s “Inflation Reduction Act” on Tuesday, even as consumer prices rose again in August, according to the latest numbers from the federal government.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index released Tuesday morning shows that inflation in August rose one-tenth of a percentage point from July and up 8.3 percent from the previous year.

Grocery prices continue rising fast, as prices rose 0.7 percent from July and 13.5 percent from the previous year. Restaurant prices are up 0.9 percent from July

The “Inflation Reduction Act” spends billions of dollars subsidizing green energy projects, subsidies for electric cars, and propping up government-subsidized health care.
But the cost of health insurance and energy keeps rising.

(Read more of Biden’s banality at Breitbart)

And, yes, inflation rose after they made their announcement.

They could create a stable business environment that does not just favor a few

Stock futures fall after inflation data is higher than expected

The Wall Street Journal outlines the reaction of the markets stronger-than-expected inflation appearing again on the Biden scene.

Stocks suffered their worst day in more than two years after hotter-than-expected inflation data dashed investors’ hopes that cooling price pressures would prompt the Federal Reserve to moderate its campaign of interest-rate increases.

Investors sold everything from stocks and bonds to oil and gold. All 30 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined, as did all 11 sectors in the S&P 500. Only five stocks in the broad benchmark finished the session in the green. Facebook parent Meta Platforms dropped 9.4%, BlackRock declined 7.5% and Boeing fell 7.2%.

The Dow fell 1,276.37 points, or 3.9%, to 31104.97. The S&P 500 declined 177.72 points, or 4.3%, to 3932.69. The Nasdaq Composite slid 632.84 points, or 5.2%, to 11633.57.

All three indexes posted their steepest one-day losses since June 11, 2020. The declines left the Dow industrials down 14% in 2022, while the S&P 500 has lost 17% and Nasdaq Composite has retreated 26%.

Investors had eagerly anticipated Tuesday’s release of the consumer-price index, which provided a last major look at inflation before the central bank’s interest-rate-setting committee meets next week. Expectations for the path of monetary policy have held sway over the markets as investors factor higher rates into asset prices and try to project how well the economy will hold up as rates rise.

“It increases the probability of recession if the Fed has to move more significantly to address inflation,” said Chris Shipley, chief investment strategist for North America at Northern Trust Asset Management.

The new data showed the consumer-price index rose 8.3% in August from the same month a year ago. That was down from 8.5% in July and 9.1% in June—the highest inflation rate in four decades.

But on a month-to-month basis, the figures showed inflation accelerating in August, dashing investors’ hopes that price pressures would weaken, allowing the Federal Reserve to slow its pace of interest rate increases in the coming months.

(Read more at the Wall Street Journal)

Considering how all of the good news on Biden’s economy has been regime gaslighting and press gaslighting, the regime might want to consider voter intelligence

Rather than insulting voter intelligence, Joe might try telling the truth about his socialist policies.

 

Trump allies raided by FBI

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First, Congressman and Trump ally Scott Perry said the FBI seize his cellphone

The Guardian tries to talk up the seizure of a Congressman’s phone by the FBI (painting Representative Perry as a threat to the Biden regime).

Federal investigators seized the cellphone of the Republican congressman Scott Perry on Tuesday, his office said, suggesting the justice department is examining the communications of a close ally of Donald Trump and person of interest to the House January 6 select committee.

The move by the FBI to take Perry’s phone came a day after federal agents executed a search warrant on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and seized boxes of documents, though it was not clear whether the two events were connected.

Perry, the prominent Republican from Pennsylvania who is also the chair of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus and has been subpoenaed by the select committee, confirmed that his phone was taken by federal investigators in a statement earlier reported by Fox News.

“This morning, while traveling with my family, 3 FBI agents visited me and seized my cell phone. They made no attempt to contact my lawyer, who would have made arrangements for them to have my phone if that was their wish,” Perry said in the statement.

“My phone contains info about my legislative and political activities, and personal/private discussions with my wife, family, constituents, and friends. None of this is the government’s business.”

The congressman – one of Trump’s most vociferous defenders on Capitol Hill – compared the seizure of his phone to the FBI’s search of Trump’s Palm Beach resort, claiming, without evidence, that the moves were politically motivated overreach by the Biden administration.

“As with President Trump last night, DoJ chose this unnecessary and aggressive action instead of simply contacting my attorneys. These kinds of banana republic tactics should concern every citizen,” Perry said of the court-approved warrant used by the FBI.

(Read more at the Guardian)

When I heard of the FBI seizing a Representative’s phone, I didn’t know what to think

I hoped that it would be a one-off — and maybe it would have been the only other banana-republic tactic of the FBI had the real press sprung into action. However, we do not have a real press. The conservative media has been suppressed to the extent that they cannot get their message out.

Try searching on Google or Bing for a headline out of today’s Breitbart top five articles. You will not find anything from Breitbart.

On the other hand, try looking at your standard main stream media article for both sides of a story (for example, the second and third articles quoted in this blog post). At best, you may find a pretense or a tease at presenting the conservative side. Rarely does the article address both sides.

Second, Bannon announces that 35 Trump allies have been raided by the FBI

Newsweek reports on the announcement by Steve Bannon where he claimed 35 Trump allies had been raided by the FBI.

Steve Bannon, former adviser to ex-President Donald Trump, says the same day he was arraigned on criminal fraud charges, the FBI carried out raids on the homes of nearly three dozen allies of the former president.

Speaking to conservative talk show host Charlie Kirk Friday, Bannon made the explosive allegation, saying law enforcement is part of a broader conspiracy to hobble opponents of President Joe Biden. Bannon’s remarks come a day after he pleaded not guilty in a New York court to fraud charges and amid efforts by conservative figures to cast the FBI as being politically weaponized.

Bannon told Kirk that the FBI “rolled in on” 35 “senior members of MAGA, Republican supporters of Donald Trump.” Saying the alleged searches were unnecessary because their targets have lawyers, he called the FBI the “jackbooted Gestapo,” a reference to the secret police of Nazi Germany.

“This is this globalist apparatus,” Bannon said. “This is the American arm of that: the Biden regime.”

Bannon added, “They’re trying to use lawfare, financial terrorism, law—you know, everything legally—and quite frankly, up to assassinations.”

(Read more at Newsweek)

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Oddly, Newsweek (falling short of its name) does not dig into who the FBI has raided

Would this happen were it not Biden benefitting? This lack of curiosity seems almost as compelling as the lack of curiosity the press seems to have in the stabbing murder of an investigative reporter by a Democrat.

Read allusions to the FBI’s Mike Lindell search warrant “items to be seized”

Newsweek teases us with a promise of a look at the FBI warrant for Mike Lindell’s phone, seized while he was in a Hardee’s drive-through.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell shared details of an FBI search warrant for his cell phone despite being told not to “disclose the existence” of the subpoena.

Lindell, a Donald Trump supporter and one of the most prominent pushers of 2020 election misinformation, said his cell phone was seized by federal agents on Tuesday while he was at a Hardee’s fast-food drive-thru in Mankato, Minnesota.

Lindell said he was questioned by the FBI about Tina Peters, a Colorado clerk who is under indictment over allegations of tampering with election voting equipment. Lindell said he was also asked about Dominion Voting Systems, and fellow 2020 election denier Doug Frank.

(Read more at “Newsweek“)

Here, again, the press promises much and delivers nothing

The sad thing is (for just the story presented by this main stream media outlet) that the media promises, but does not deliver. Although their headline reads Read FBI’s Mike Lindell Search Warrant ‘Items To Be Seized’, no links appear in the article to the warrant. No quotes of the warrant. It talks about a letter from the U.S. Attorney District of Colorado which they claim accompanied the search warrant. Further, they claim the warrant calls out an official criminal investigation of a “suspected felony” in Colorado.

I will call a BS on this one regarding any claim of objectivity or thoroughness by the press or any claim of lawfulness by the FBI.

 

Big Tech censorship again

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What are they scared of?: Google News excludes coverage of My Son Hunter by Breitbart News

Breitbart asked the obvious in a 12 September 2022 article: why has a giant with government protection (and FBI connection) censored the coverage of a film by Breitbart?

Despite a major wave of interest in the hit film My Son Hunter resulting in coverage from publications including NewsweekRolling Stone, and the Washington Posttrending hashtags on social media, and a feature on Tucker Carlson, Google has deliberately excluded Breitbart articles about the new film from the Google News tab even though as the film’s distributor, Breitbart News is the best source of information on the movie about Joe and Hunter Biden. After Breitbart News requested comment on the matter from the Masters of the Universe, a week-old Breitbart article on the movie appeared on page two of the News tab.

The recent film My Son Hunter from Breitbart News chronicles the story of Hunter Biden, including his corrupt business dealings, his relationship with his father, and a rockstar lifestyle funded by China. The film received widespread acclaim and trended across Twitter on the day of its release. The film was praised by the leftists at the Daily Beast and has even been credited by one left-wing critic for helping him learn the truth about the Biden family. The film’s launch was so popular that a surge of user traffic halted access to MySonHunter.com on release day.

Yet despite this widespread popularity, Google has excluded articles from Breitbart News about its own film from the Google News tab, a popular feature where users can receive a curated list of daily headlines and stories. A week-old story from Breitbart News now appears on page two of the News tab, a change that occurred a day after our team sent a request for comment to the internet giant.

While articles from other publications do appear when searching for the film, with many left-wing outlets attacking or criticizing the movie, none of Breitbart News’ articles covering My Son Hunter have been included before today. Despite 78 articles published by Breitbart News about the movie receiving thousands of comments, huge numbers of views, and widespread virality across social media platforms, Google deliberately includes only a single article from Breitbart on Google News searches about the hit film, and an older article at that.

In fact, searching for Breitbart News on Google News returns articles about Breitbart News, but no articles actually published by Breitbart. This is not the first time that Breitbart News has been the target of Google’s censorship and suppression.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Does it seem that Google has become obsessive in its application of its own regressive “progressive” views?

Does it seem that Google might aught to limit itself to the Cyrillic alphabet and to the doublespeak of the Soviets?

Owner of SnapChat lets Democratic campaign groups scoop up GOP Voter data and censor conservatives

The Daily Caller reported in a 8 September 2022 article on how the owner of SnapChat let Democrat-affiliated groups scoop up Republican voter data and censor conservatives.

Several prominent Democratic campaign groups accessed Republican voter data as a result of what Snap, the owner of Snapchat, called an unintentional data leak, allowing those groups to optimize midterm ads, Axios reported.

While there was no evidence the data leak was intentional, GOP voter data from Republican-affiliated consulting firm i360 was accessed by the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial campaign and used to optimize ads in advance of the midterm elections, Axios reported. By contrast, Democratic voter data from the research firm TargetSmart was only accessed and leveraged by the conservative news outlet the Daily Wire.

The leak did not give the groups access to data on individual users, a Snap spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation. Snap also stressed that the data leak only affected a small number of ads, despite the two groups being the primary political data groups on the app.

Snap takes full responsibility for the mistake, stressing that the two vendors were equally impacted, and that steps were taken to resolve the issue and notify both companies immediately upon its discovery, a Snap spokesperson told the DCNF. The leak was the result of a failure to follow typical data safety processes, and Snap is taking steps to prevent the situation from happening again, a Snap spokesperson told the DCNF.

Ultimately, while the data is a tiny fraction of the overall political advertising data used in the 2022 midterm elections, voters will likely be concerned by it nonetheless, Republican strategist Eric Wilson told Axios.

“i360’s Republican clients and their donors will be surprised to learn that their data is being used to help Democrats, Planned Parenthood and other opponents,” Wilson said to Axios. “They should ask if and how their campaign activities were used to enhance the data provided via Snapchat.”

(Read more at the Daily Caller on how they claim Democrats did not take advantage of the data)

Sure. And the simultaneous occurrence of Biden’s vote surges at 4 a.m. is a fluke

Fool me once.

Klobuchar abandons her own Journalism Competition and Preservation Act after Cruz amendment prohibiting censorship collusion

Breitbart showed in a 8 September 2022 article how Senator Klobucher abandoned her own media cartel bill once Senator Cruz added an amendment that prevented collusion ending in censorship.

After nearly two years of lobbying by representatives of the nation’s largest, wealthiest, and most pro-censorship media companies, after being killed in the House and then revived in the Senate, the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) is (temporarily) dead again — killed by its champion, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), because Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) successfully added an amendment that would prevent media companies and tech companies from colluding on content moderation.

The core concept of the JCPA is allowing media companies to form a legal cartel in the U.S., for the sole purpose of negotiating with tech giants for special favors.

Sen. Cruz’s amendment, which passed by a narrow 11-10 vote of the Senate Judiciary Committee, limits the scope of those negotiations: the media cartel would be allowed to negotiate with Big Tech on fair payments for their content, but on nothing else — including content moderation.

In his remarks, Sen. Cruz made it clear that the purpose of his amendment was to prevent big media companies from negotiating the suppression of their competitors with tech giants like Facebook and Google.

“What this amendment would do, is it would say [that] when the cartel sits down to negotiation, it would say ‘we’re not going to discuss censorship, we’re going to discuss price,’” said Cruz.

Sen. Klobuchar’s response was to pull the bill from proceedings rather than pass it out of committee with the Cruz amendment. In doing so, she effectively revealed that enabling collusion between Big Media and Big Tech on censorship has always been a core Democrat aim behind the JCPA.

Sen. Cruz successfully won over his colleagues on his amendment. In tense exchanges at this morning’s markup hearing on the bill, a somewhat panicked-sounding Sen. Klobuchar attempted to persuade the lead Republican co-sponsor of the bill, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), that the amendment preventing censorship collusion between Big Media and Big Tech could not be allowed.

“Senator Kennedy… we’ve worked on this months. We won’t be able to support the Cruz amendment here… If this is in it, we can’t support the bill.”

“I don’t understand why,” responded Kennedy. “To me, the issue is supposed to be about money, and not about moderating content, and this [the amendment] just makes explicit what I thought was implicit in the bill.”

Klobuchar’s last-ditch efforts to persuade Republicans were unsuccessful, and the Cruz amendment passed by a narrow 11-10 vote of the committee.

(Read at Breitbart how Klobuchar tried to trick Republicans)

This requires a hat tip to YourNews.

The Democrats have this cheating at the state level in most East Coast states. Now they want it nationwide.

Fool me twice.

 

How have Democrats provided industrial-level gaslighting? (continued from this morning)

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The Big One: Media Gaslighting

CNN’s pro-Biden hype, the NYT’s “evidence-free” ignorance and more

The New York Post lays out a list of hype, lies, and ignorance parading as reporting in main stream media.

Diary of disturbing disinformation and dangerous delusions

This tweet:

We say: CNN is doing its darnedest to help President Biden and Democrats ahead of the November midterms, arguing that based on an average household consuming 90 gallons a month, the recent drop in gas prices equates to a $100 monthly tax cut from the government. Yet did CNN mention at the same time that the spike in prices, from $2.42 when Biden took office to $5.03 in June, was like a $235-a-month ($2,820-a-year) tax hike, based on that 90-gallon figure — far more than offsetting the $100 “cut”? Of course not.

This statement:

“Without evidence, the mayor [Eric Adams] has blamed the bail reform law for letting repeat offenders out of jail.”

— The New York Times, Saturday

We say: Uh, it’s the Times that’s making that claim “without evidence.” If the paper actually took an interest in the city (instead of focusing on, say, where Mayor Adams eats dinner), it might’ve noticed the endless stream of recidivists being freed soon after arrest, thanks to bail reform. Indeed, Adams has held pressers flagging NYPD data to back up his claim. And The Post, too, has cited countless  examples — like the sex fiend whose unprovoked sucker punch knocked out an innocent bystander. Or the guy arrested 41 times left free to pummel a subway worker. Indeed, we flagged 10 career criminals who alone racked up 500 arrests since “bail reform,” with most still out on the streets. So much for “without evidence.”

Spot the difference:

“[The president] does not have that power [to cancel student debt].”

— Speaker Nancy Pelosi, July 28, 2021

“Now clearly, it seems he has the authority to [cancel student debt].”

— Pelosi, Tuesday

We say: Give Speaker Pelosi credit for flexibility. One day the president lacks the power to cancel debt, the next day he doesn’t. What changed? Nothing, except President Biden’s decision this week to buy votes from progressives and college kids by . . . forgiving their debt. If only the rest of us could change the rules whenever we wanted.

(Read two more cases of liberal gaslighting as exposed by the New York Post)

While this may be the big one (and the gaslighting on Hunter’s laptop probably gave many undeserved votes to Biden), anyone who is awake expects it

While only the 2,000 mules know whether they would have been able to manufacture enough ballots to overcome the truth had the news on the Hunter laptop been released. I would like to think that they might have been overwhelmed and forced to go back to their “Trump stole the election” narrative.

Gaslighting by silence

Biden just refused to answer simple questions on the loan forgiveness program

Townhall exposes Biden’s attempt to gaslight through silence when he and his minions refuse to answer simple questions on his student loan forgiveness program.

It has been four days since the Biden administration announced the cancellation of student loan debts, causing a massive wave of mixed reactions. 

In true Biden fashion, the White House has yet to clarify who will be responsible for paying off those cancelled loans, skirting around the questions at every chance. 

Perhaps it will be taxpayers ultimately paying for the loans, since the plan calls for the government to forgive the debt, which will only add to the nearly $31 trillion in existing U.S. debt taxpayers are already on the hook for.

During press briefings earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre struggled to answer basic questions on where the money will be coming from. 

At one point, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy and Jean-Pierre had a heated exchange where he had to ask six times about who will be paying for the loans, to which she refrained from ever really answering. 

During a segment on CNN, the Biden administration once again dodged questions on the plan that will forgive thousands of dollars in federal student loans.

“New Day” host John Berman incessantly asked Education Secretary Dr. Miguel Cardona how much the plan was going to cost. 

Offering no firm answer, Cardona insisted that the cost of the plan would be offset and that there should be no concerns about inflation. 

However, the Biden administration has yet to even explain how the added spending will be offset. 

Meanwhile, the National Taxpayers Union Foundation predicts that the cost of student debt cancellation could average $2,000 per taxpayer, and that’s on the low end.

(Read more on the billions of dollars of additional costs predicted at Townhall)

Do you think inflation is bad when just a $1,400 to almost everyone got mailed out?

Just think of what a bailout of who knows how many student loans (each at $10,000 or $20,000) might do. No wonder Biden has dodged this question. No wonder he is building a wall around his compound.

More free money gaslighting: The true cost of “free money”

A new Penn-Wharton model goes beyond the media gaslighting and shows the true cost of Biden’s student-loan bailout

Townhall comments on the way a Penn-Wharton model cut through the gaslighting on Biden’s student-loan forgiveness plan.

New analysis shows estimates predicting President Joe Biden’s student loan bailout will cost taxpayers $300 billion are grossly underestimated. 

According to the University of Pennsylvania Penn Wharton business school, the reallocation of student debt payments from wealthy degree holders to the working class could cost up to $1 trillion. 

“President Biden’s new student loan forgiveness plan includes three major components. We estimate that debt cancellation alone will cost up to $519 billion, with about 75% of the benefit accruing to households making $88,000 or less. Loan forbearance will cost another $16 billion. The new income-driven repayment (IDR) program would cost another $70 billion, increasing the total plan cost to $605 billion under strict “static” assumptions. However, depending on future IDR program details to be released and potential behavioral (i.e., “non-static”) changes, total plan costs could exceed $1 trillion,” Penn Wharton released Friday morning. 

The White House has not conducted an official assessment about how much Biden’s bailout will cost but officials continue to insist the move is “fiscally responsible” and won’t add to inflation.

(continued)

Economic experts, including Democrats, disagree. 

(Read the four methane-filled tweets I omitted at Townhall)

Most of us got $1,400 in “COVID stimulus,” that got invalidated by $5,000 of inflation

Was the $1,400 COVID funds worth the $5,000 inflation that we have suffered since? Of course, not all of the COVID were the cause for the inflation, but it contributed. So, was it worth it?

Will it be worth it when the college loans (each at about $10,000) go on the federal free-money system?

Gaslighting at its greatest: A regime that contradicts itself within the same day

Jerome Powell’s speech tanked the market just as Biden claimed credit for a great market

Townhall discusses how the a speech from the Federal Reserve tanked the stock market while Joe Biden was saying “the economy is great.”

Central bankers gathered in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, this week for an annual Federal Reserve symposium and to hear a highly anticipated Friday speech by Chairman Jerome Powell as the Fed plans for how it will continue to grapple with inflation at 40-year highs and a recession kicking in ahead of the midterms. 

“Restoring price stability will take some time and requires using our tools forcefully to bring demand and supply into better balance,” Powell said, actions that will “bring some pain to households and businesses.” No kidding.

Powell reiterated the Fed’s aim, saying “we are moving our policy stance purposefully to a level that will be sufficiently restrictive to return inflation to 2%.” That means stomping on the current 8.5 percent inflation shown in July’s Consumer Price Index with more interest hikes that are more aggressive in the months ahead. “We will keep at it until we are confident the job is done,” Powell pledged.

Notably, Powell’s awaited declarations on the state of the U.S. economy and what the Fed would be doing in response ran less than 10 minutes, far less than the half-hour speech that was expected.

The shortness of the Fed chair’s remarks did not, however, limit their impact on American markets. Powell’s words saying previous interest rate hikes are “not a place to stop or pause” shook markets and sent the Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P 500 tumbling more than two percent on Friday.

(continued)

So what does Joe Biden have to say?

“The economy’s looking good.” That’s was the president’s take as he was departing the White House on Friday afternoon — before he spends another weekend at home in Delaware. “I feel good about it,” Biden added of the economy his tax-and-spend policies have ruined.

(Read the whole article at Townhall)

If they are going to lie, at least they should talk so they don’t kill the talking points

At least they could coordinate enough to make the world think that one of them was doing more than reading prepared notes from a prompter.

Gaslighting on gasoline

Dementia Joe cites lowering gas prices while ignoring how low gas prices during Trump’s time

The New York Post reports on how Joe Biden’s gaslighting on gasoline prices earned him some well-deserved mocking.

President Biden was mocked online for touting falling gas prices — although they are still nearly twice as high as when he took office — in a tweet that contained a typo.

​”​For American families looking for a little more breathing room, these savings matter,”​ the president said in a post on Monday.

The tweet included a graphic showing that “At current prices, the average driver will spend $35 less per month for one peson [sic] or $70 less per month for a family with two cars than they would if gas prices stayed at their peak.”​

The average gallon of gas on Monday, according to AAA, was ​$4.35, nearly twice the $2.37 a gallon it was when Biden entered the White House in January 2021.

Gas prices hit their peak of $5.01 nationally, according to AAA, on June 14.

Some critics pointed out the hypocrisy of Biden taking credit for falling gas prices even as his administration blamed others, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, when they spiked, dubbing it the “Putin Price Hike.”

(Read more at the New York Post)

Three proofs that Biden has crushed oil/gas drilling

First, a dashboard on oil-and-gas leasing and drilling

First, Western Priorities lays out a dashboard regarding onshore oil-and-gas leasing and drilling under the Biden regime.

As war rages in Ukraine and debate over drilling on American public lands is once again in the news, a new dashboard from the Center for Western Priorities provides an at-a-glance look at onshore oil and gas activity under the Biden administration, including permitting and production that has occurred on leases sold prior to the start of the administration and statistics from past and upcoming lease sales. The dashboard will be regularly updated with the latest information available from federal agencies.

Data for federal lands only

While many politicians are using the current crisis to call for opening more public lands for drilling, publicly-available data compellingly shows why watering down drilling safeguards is exactly the wrong path to take. Combined, the oil and gas industry holds leases to more than 26 million acres of publicly-owned minerals, more than half of which sit unused. Companies now hold more than 9,000 approved but unused drilling permits on federal and tribal lands, all of which could be put to use today. Further, oil production on public lands has reached levels not seen in nearly two decades, despite industry claims that the Biden administration has suppressed domestic production.

The Biden administration inherited a federal oil and gas program that is broken and rigged in favor of the oil and gas industry—allowing companies to anonymously nominate public lands they want to drill, purchase leases at bargain rates, lock up public lands, and pay below-market royalty rates that shortchange taxpayers. It has been this way for decades, as documented repeatedly by the Government Accountability OfficeCongressional Budget Office, and the Interior Department’s Inspector General. And it reached a low point during the Trump administration, which tried to make oil and gas drilling the “dominant” use of America’s public lands.

“The system for drilling on our public lands is wildly outdated and fundamentally broken,” said Jennifer Rokala, Executive Director of the Center for Western Priorities. “Oil companies have amassed a massive stockpile of unused drilling permits and idle leases, essentially using public lands to pad their books at bargain rates.”

Upon taking office, President Biden ordered a pause on new oil and gas leasing to allow time for a comprehensive review of the federal oil and gas program. A federal court halted that pause in June, ordering the administration to resume leasing. Since then, the Biden administration has taken steps to resume leasing; however, another federal judge ruled in February that the department could not use the social cost of carbon to analyze the effects of future oil and gas drilling, contradicting previous rulings that the Interior Department could not offer oil and gas leases without analyzing the climate impact. Taken together, these rulings have left the administration in a legal bind, unable to proceed with lease sales either with or without climate analyses.

(Read more at Western Priorities)

Second, a summary of the state of drilling on federal lands

Second, NewsMax describes oil drilling on federal lands up to August 2022 under the Biden regime.

resident Joe Biden’s administration has leased far fewer acres for oil and gas drilling offshore and on federal land at the early stages of his presidency than has any other leader since Harry Truman at the end of World War II, according to a new analysis. 

“The president said he was going to stop leasing, and he’s been remarkably successful,” former Trump administration Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, an energy lawyer, told The Wall Street Journal in response to its analysis, which shows Biden’s Interior Department has leased 126,228 acres for drilling in his first 19 months of office, through Aug. 20. 

Only Truman, at this stage of his presidency, leased fewer acres, coming in at just 65,658 in 1945-46. However, notes the publication, at that time, the federal government did not control the deep-water leases that now make up the largest part of the federal energy program, and offshore drilling was just starting.

(Read at NewsMax how you’ll have to go back to Nixon to get it more screwed up)

Finally, a lay out of the state of drilling permits

Breitbart tells us how drilling permits have plummeted under the Biden regime.

Data from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) shows that approved permits to drill oil and gas on public lands have seen a substantial drop off under President Joe Biden’s administration after peaking in April of 2021, according to a report.

Last April, approved permits topped out at 643 but gradually declined since, with two minor increases in September and November of last year, Environment and Energy Publishing (E&E News) reported. In January — the month that saw the second-lowest permit approvals during the Biden presidency — only 95 permits were granted, marking an 85 percent drop-off since April 2021, according to E&E News. February produced a minor increase in permit approvals, registering at 186, which was still the fourth lowest in a single month during Biden’s term to date.

Moreover, outputs from New Mexico and Wyoming have gradually tapered off, according to the states’ BLM offices, per E&E News.

Spokesperson Melissa Schwartz of the Interior Department, which supervises the BLM, told E&E news via email that the agency is efficient, noting approval turnaround time had dropped more than 50 percent over the last decade. “Schwartz also noted that the oil and gas industry holds significant drilling rights already,” E&E News reports. “Many of the drilling permits held by industry — and 60 percent of the acreage leased to oil producers — sits unused, she said.”

(Read more at Breitbart)

 

How have Democrats provided industrial-level gaslighting?

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Budget Gaslighting

Biden tries to brand himself as deficit cutter, not big spender

The Washington Examiner pulls back the curtain on Joe’s reinvention of himself as he tries to brand himself as a deficit cutter (despite all of his deficit spending).

President Joe Biden has been trying to convince voters he is a deficit cutter and not a big spender before November’s midterm elections.

But although Biden’s hyped student loan debt forgiveness announcement this week has energized Democrats, it has also rankled Republicans, independents, and budget experts as Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell warns the public to expect “some pain” as the central bank attempts to tame inflation.

Biden’s executive order this week canceling $10,000 in federal student debt for borrowers earning less than $125,000 a year and $20,000 for eligible Pell Grant recipients came after the White House Office of Management and Budget‘s midsession review.

The OMB amended its projected budget gap this week to $1 trillion in fiscal year 2022, $1.7 trillion less than last year, $400 billion less than March, and the lowest deficit since 2019 before the pandemic. But that was before the White House bowed to pressure Friday and provided an estimated cost for Biden’s student debt forgiveness proposal. The administration predicts the program’s price tag will be roughly $24 billion a year for the next decade if 75% of eligible borrowers participate. That $240 billion number is short of the Penn Wharton Budget Model’s $300 billion to $980 billion forecast.

Bipartisan Policy Center Senior Vice President Bill Hoagland ripped the OMB’s update, which was due July 15, as unhelpful. That is because it does not account for new legislation, including the $280 billion manufacturing and innovation CHIPS and Science Act and the $430 billion climate and healthcare Inflation Reduction Act, in addition to the student debt cancellation scheme, according to Hoagland.

“I don’t know what value it has other than, as I said, they can check the box that they released this report,” he told the Washington Examiner. “For those of us who follow these things, it’s not helpful but maybe for the PR purposes out there having another opportunity to say the deficit’s coming down. I just don’t know how they get away with that today when they turn around and potentially add back another $300 billion.”

For Hoagland, who did credit the OMB for “being more honest with the economic assumptions,” the next-best deficit projection would be published by the Congressional Budget Office in January.

“It’s come down, but I would be a little bit skeptical of how much of that reduction was associated with actual policy,” he said. “It was associated with not doing another stimulus package to deal with COVID.”

More broadly, Cato Institute’s tax policy studies director, Chris Edwards, dismissed Biden’s deficit messaging as “idiotic” and “bulls***,” agreeing with Hoagland that this summer’s legislative flurry will exacerbate it in the coming years.

Edwards, who similarly criticized former President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) spending, compared the current political moment to the 1980s and ’90s, when lawmakers “feared running big deficits” in case they contributed to high inflation and interest rates. Consumer prices rose by 8.5% in the 12 months ending July 31, and Powell foreshadowed another 50 or 75 basis-point rate hike in September on Friday during a speech in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

“The landscape has changed so much in Washington now that, even with 9% inflation, politicians are opening the floodgates to spending,” Edwards said, contrasting Biden with former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. “That’s politically remarkable.”

“It’s completely wrong for the executive branch to take such a big spending action without the legislature being involved,” the Downsizing Government editor continued on student debt. “This is going to put $300 billion on the federal government’s tab that young people are going to have to pay back in the future in the form of higher taxes.”

Biden repeated his deficit talking points this week during his first Democratic National Committee fundraiser and rally of the 2022 midterm cycle after his summer vacation.

“You hear Republicans always talking about the deficit, right? About big-spending Democrats?” he said Thursday night during the Maryland rally. “Well, guess what? When the last guy was president, he increased the debt by $2 trillion in tax cuts, not a penny of it paid for. OK? Well, guess what we did? We’ve reduced the deficit.”

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

If you are voting for Biden, something other than everyday reality has your mind

If, after almost two years of Biden disaster, you are still considering Democrats, then what reasoning stands for you? Is it that you depend on government subsidies? Are you a self-loathing Fetterman-clone who lives off the family trust fund and bought your house for a dollar from your sister? Are you a single-issue voter that has decided to zone in on transgenderism, destroying the police, abortion through all nine months in all states, or some other nebulous Democrat cause?

Why, at this point, does anyone put any credit in the Democrat message? 

Gaslighting by affixing names

Biden calls on the mob

The American Thinker exposes the way Biden started his name-calling trend by dubbing the opposition as “fascists.”

The Dems decided they needed a little presidential revival before the midterms to fire up their base — which isn’t looking very motivated at the moment. They gave President Gremlin a few days of vacation to rest up, a couple of shots of Adderall to switch on long-dormant brain cells, and a few hits of oxygen so he could walk out onto the stage without collapsing.

They trotted Biden out to a friendly audience in a suburb of Washington, D.C., and he gave a real barn-burner of a speech. He was angrier than an old coot screaming at the neighborhood kids to get off of his yard. Apparently, the Democrats think that is a good look for them. I wonder if they’ve considered that this speech may come to define the Biden presidency?

The speech was about those that voted for Donald Trump, but it revealed a great deal more about our presidential sock-puppet himself. We learned that Joe has an advanced case of Trump Derangement Syndrome. He said:

We’re seeing now either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA agenda. It’s not just Trump… It’s almost semi-fascism.

Our uniter in chief believes anyone who could be counted among the MAGA movement is a fascist — sorry, semi-fascist, if that makes any difference. He doesn’t just hate Donald Trump. He hates anyone who doesn’t hate Donald Trump. And the Democrats endorse this attitude because they’re no longer in the business of winning the competition of ideas. They’re in the business of amassing and applying raw governmental power.

(Read more at the American Thinker)

The only thing I have not seen so far has been a side-by-side video of Joe and Adolf

As you can see from the following tweets, the idiocy of Joe’s “Red Speech” was not well received by any but the dyed-in-the-wool (or would that be “died-in-the-wool” for the die-hards?).





Democrats acknowledge their gaslighting over President Trump’s claim that the documents had been declassified

The affidavit acknowledges the Trump administration official’s claim that President Trump had previously declassified the seized documents

One America News Network outlines how the documents at the center of the Mar-A-Lago raid were already declassified.

Lawmakers are outraged at the heavy redactions in the highly anticipated affidavit used to obtain a search warrant for the raid on Mar-a-Lago.

20 of the 38-pages that were released on Friday were either significantly or fully redacted. However, page-19 of the affidavit may point to the can of worms that the Department of Justice (DOJ) knows it opened by ransacking the 45th President’s Florida home earlier this month.

Page 19 cited a Breitbart article from May 5, 2022. That article stated that former Trump administration official, Kash Patel, said the 15-boxes of documents had already been declassified but that the classification markings had not been updated.

Patel maintained that President Trump retained and declassified those documents in anticipation of leaving government. He said that Trump did this because he thought the American public should have the right to read it for themselves.

“The President, by law, is the ultimate arbiter of the classification authority. If he says it, it’s declassified,” stated Patel. “It doesn’t need to go through the bureaucratic rigmarole (and) be written down in appropriate style. That’s not what the constitution says.”

Patel also vocalized that reports claiming that Trump took classified information are completely false and is just another disinformation campaign against him.

Trump appointed Patel alongside John Solomon in June as his representative for access to Presidential records. As the former Pentagon Chief of Staff, Patel explained that all previously classified documents have classification markings on them. This simply means they used to be classified. He added that “government simpletons” did not follow the President’s orders to have them marked as “declassified,” which he did and has the unilateral authority to do.

“When these rubes get in the way because they say ‘ohh well you know so-and-so didn’t sign the letter, White House counsel didn’t do this’ that’s a farce,” remarked Patel. “And not only did the President do it by writing in October of 2020, he did it verbally at least, to the best of my recollection, multiple times in the whole sets of documents.”

Patel did not go into specifics about the document, but he said they contain information on Russiagate and the Ukraine impeachment fiasco which Trump wanted the public to have access to. The former Pentagon Chief of Staff suggested that the documents may have selectively be leaked to advance a false political narrative. Patel posted a statement on Truth Social shortly after the redacted affidavit was released.

(See the closing tweet at OANN)

A passing acknowledgement is not enough for most

Because the press has continued to push the “Russia” angle for years after it was disproven by Mueller, just one admission in an affidavit will not be enough.

Joe Biden mocks President Trump’s ability to declassify documents while in office and, when challenged, responds with “I don’t know.”

The New York Post caught Joe Biden gaslighting on presidential powers to declassify — until he gets a challenge.

President Joe Biden on Friday mocked Donald Trump’s claim to have declassified all of the documents targeted in an FBI raid on his Florida estate earlier this month.

Biden — asked about his predecessor’s stance after a judge released a heavily redacted version of the feds’ affidavit seeking the search — scoffed to reporters, “I just want you to know I’ve declassified everything in the world.

“I’m president, I can do — c’mon,” Biden said as he was leaving the White House for the weekend.

Pressed further about the case, he quickly added, “I’m not going to comment because I don’t know the details.

“I don’t want to know,” Biden added. 

(Read more on Biden’s ignorance at the New York Post)

If Biden includes any documents in his library, then we will need to investigate

Obviously, the “procedures for declassifying” mentioned by “experts” must be believed (at least according to the Biden-supporting group).

Never mind that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled in March 2012 (and it has never been challenged in any higher court):

Under the statutory scheme established by the PRA, the decision to segregate personal materials from Presidential records is made by the President, during the President’s term and in his sole discretion.

(continued)

Since the President is completely entrusted with the management and even the disposal of Presidential records during his time in office, it would be difficult for this Court to conclude that Congress intended that he would have less authority to do what he pleases with what he considers to be his personal records.

Yep. Never mind legal precedent that has never been challenged. Just go with what these idiots say and apply it fully to them for eternity.

 

Democrats show how they value criminals over victims

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How John Fetterman has prioritized his agency to value criminals over the victims

In a 10 September 2022 Brietbart article, Dr. Oz outlined how the department under John Fetterman has become a radicalized group that caters to criminals.

As Pennsylvania’s sitting lieutenant governor, Fetterman chairs the state’s Board of Pardons which abruptly radicalized under his leadership. Since assuming office in 2019, the five-person Fetterman-led board has recommended at least 46 commutations to Gov. Tom Wolfe (D). During Wolfe’s first term as governor, before Fetterman was elected to the lieutenant governorship, the board only made six recommendations, as the Philadelphia Inquirer noted. Moreover, Fetterman previously stated that law-abiding Pennsylvanians would be no less safe if the state emptied its prison systems by a third.

“He seems to value the positions of the criminals above the innocent, which again far-left radicals tend to do, but this goes beyond that,” Oz told Breitbart News Saturday host Matthew Boyle.

“Not only does he want to release one-third of all prisoners, saying it wouldn’t make a difference, but he wants to legalize all drugs, wants to have heroin injection sites,” and “he wants an open border,” said Oz referencing Fetterman’s call for safe injection sites in Philadelphia in 2018.

(Read the whole article and listen to the interview at Brietbart)

Fetterman does not come with a blank slate

Unlike many wannabe liberal senators and representatives, John Fetterman not only comes with a set of promises made to liberal groups, he comes with a liberal track record. For anyone but the most un-investigative and completely dull, this should send up red flags, fireworks, and multiple alarms.

Democrats put out drug vending machines

Townhall comments on how the Biden regime has begun funding drug supply vending machines.

The Biden administration is spending nearly $3.6 million to help fuel the drug epidemic with “harm reduction kiosks.” 

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) a $3 million grant was awarded to place drug kiosks filled with items and substances such as naloxone, syringes, fentanyl test strips and condoms in the rust belt of Kentucky. 

Some machines may even supply smoke kits that include crack pipes. 

The Biden administration claims the kiosks will reduce the stigma for drug users, aiming to make drug use safer rather than eliminate it. 

The NIH claims the vending machines are a more preferable method for drug users because it removes them from having to interact with an actual person who may potentially be a medical doctor. 

Earlier this year, the Biden administration proposed a $30 million harm reduction grant program that ultimately would have funded the distribution of crack pipes and the supply of clean syringes for heroin users. However after much backlash, the administration backed off the idea. 

In July, the New York Times reported that Biden’s drug policy czar Dr. Rahul Gupta, supported harm reduction policies including safe injection sites which allow users to use lethal substances in an environment supervised by medical professionals or volunteers. 

(Read more at Townhall)

This comes from the regime that supplies crack pipes to drug addicts

When we read about drug supply vending machines being created by the Biden regime, we must think back just a few months to stories for the stories of how Dementia Joe would fund crack pipe distribution to advance “racial equity.” 

Joe Biden asks Congress for billions of dollars more to fund his catch-and-release network

Brietbart lays out Biden’s newest scheme to spend billions of dollars more to fund his scheme to catch-and-release illegal alien criminals.

The White House is asking Congress for another $5 billion to bus, fly, and house the southern flood of economic migrants into Americans’ workplaces and housing.

Any additional funding will accelerate the federal “cheap labor distribution [network] that too many politicians in Washington are willing to participate in,” said John Feere, a former homeland security official. He now works for the Center for Immigration Studies.

The inflow of workers, renters, and consumers “benefits groups on both sides of the border — governments, human smuggling operations, and businesses,” he told Breitbart News.

The request is part of a budget request — a “Short-term Continuing Resolution” — sent by the White House to Congress. The document asks Congress to spend billions of dollars on Democratic priorities, including $11.7 billion for Ukraine and more funds to run the federal government’s off-the-books migration network.

For example, the document asks for extra funding for the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, the Emergency Food and Shelter grant program, and the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008.

The statement asks for $1.8 billion to fund the TVPRA, which relays young migrants from their cartel-backed coyote guides at the border to federal agencies. The agencies then operate the North-side migration network and deliver the migrants for free to their illegal-migrant parents, “sponsors,” and employers throughout the United States:

Language is needed to appropriate $1.8 billion to the Department of Health and Human Services for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Refugee and Entrant Assistance account for the Unaccompanied Children program, Transitional and Medical Services program, and Refugee Support Services program. Without this anomaly, ORR will not have sufficient resources to care for or place additional unaccompanied children in shelters during the period of the CR, or to provide cash, medical assistance, and support services to humanitarian entrants, particularly in response to the increased number of Cuban entrants
(continued)

This request would provide $2.9 billion to the Disaster Relief Fund in the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency to address ongoing and anticipated disaster response costs.

Since Biden’s inauguration, his deputies have allowed at least 3 million migrants to cross the southern border in search of jobs and housing.

(Read more at Brietbart)

Just open up the printing presses

Just open up the printing presses more under Biden. Under Bush, (and more under) Obama and Trump, we needlessly funded the stock market with printed money (called “quantitative easing” — not that it eased the plight of average Americans).

Now, though, it seems that we have fully opened the printing presses to full bore. Damn the torpedoes and ignore the inflation. We (the ship of America — under the liberal admiralty) seem willing to sacrifice all in pursuit of their liberal pipe dreams.

Democrat Henry Cuellar points out “open borders” advocates “don’t like it” when they “get a drop” of what we get

Brietbart quotes Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar as he illustrates the “not in my backyard” attitude of many “open border” advocates.

On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Your World,” Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) stated that cities that Texas is busing migrants to are getting “only a drop” of what border communities deal with and said that “it’s interesting, people can say open borders, but when it happens in their own backyard, they don’t like it.”

Cuellar said, [relevant remarks begin around 2:45] “Look, it’s interesting, about a year ago or two years ago, the first city that bused some people from the border away from the border was actually my hometown of Laredo. We actually bused them to Dallas and to Houston. And guess what happened? My friend, the mayor in Houston called the mayor in Laredo and said, hey, what are you doing? You can’t send them over here. So, it’s interesting, people can say open borders, but when it happens in their own backyard, they don’t like it. What they’re seeing is only a drop of what Tony Gonzales and myself and the border communities see. We get thousands of individuals that are coming in.”

He added, “When you look at it, when there [are] high numbers of people coming across, 60% of the Border Patrol agents in the south are doing border processing work, that is babysitting the migrants. 10% of them are actually doing administrative work. That only leaves 30% of the agents that are actually at the border or are at the checkpoints.

(Read more at Brietbart)

Again, it only matters when it happens in your back yard

Maybe that is why Mayor “Beetlejuice” Lightfoot has been shipping illegal aliens to Republican suburbs.

The Illinois Democrat law for bail abolishment will free suspects charged with murder, kidnapping, and more

Brietbart shows how a new Democrat law in Illinois will release kidnappers, murderers, burglars, and more dangerous criminals.

Beginning January 1, 2023, Illinois will become the first state in the nation to have eliminated cash bail — even for some of the most violent crimes. As a result, local district attorneys say they will be forced to free thousands of suspects accused of crimes like murder and kidnapping.

In Winnebago County, Illinois, alone the district attorney estimates that about 400 charged criminals will be freed from jail despite their being accused of violent crimes. Likewise, in Will County, Illinois, about 640 charged criminals will be freed from jail, including 60 accused of murder.

Violent crimes for which bail will be abolished next year:

  • Second-degree murder
  • Drug-induced homicide
  • Kidnapping
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Aggravated battery
  • Nearly all drug offenses
  • Aggravated DUI
  • Aggravated fleeing
  • Arson
  • Intimidation
  • Threatening a public official

“Anyone sitting in jail right now with all these pending charges, they’re going to be let out,” Johnson County, Illinois Sheriff Peter Sopczak told WTVO. “The gates are open and they’re going to be let out onto the streets.”

The new law even allows suspects accused of domestic violence to be released from jail after just 24 to 48 hours. If prosecutors cannot prove that the suspect is a direct threat to one or more people, they will be released from jail without bail.

(Read more at Brietbart)

Nothing more needs to be said

Except maybe a post or two on the how two felons that murdered Deputy Omar Ursin were both out on bond set by Democrat judges. Ah, but that doesn’t matter to the Democrat voter.

 

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Now that secret documents are back in the news, here’s an oldie, but a goodie


Now that the focus remains on secret documents, maybe we should review this oldie

Thanks to SocialistMop for pulling together this mashup in 2016 over the top secret emails on Hillary’s private server.

Those of us who have remained aware of news may remember how Hillary was found to have mishandled secret documents and to have exposed those to foreign agents.

We also remember how Hillary was not prosecuted for these violations of the Espionage Act (a serious violation that our military was willing to prosecute less-than-judicious seamen over for taking pictures of their work area).

If you like that, consider … well … My mind’s going blank now …

 

Three stories that point toward possibly encouraging trends among Republicans

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GOP eyes the use of a 146-year-old rule to punish Democrats who refuse to testify

The Western Journal reports on a tool that one team of Republicans has proposed using against Democrats who refuse to testify before a Republican committee (as happened several times during the Obama regime).

GOP Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona is floating the idea of using the Holman rule, dating back to 1876, to force Biden administration officials to comply with congressional oversight if Republicans retake control of the House and the Senate in the November midterm elections.

Just the News reported Saturday, “The arcane rule had fallen out of sight for decades, but in 2017 House Republicans revived it to allow any federal bureaucrat’s salary to be cut to $1 in an effort to force spending cuts on agencies or programs unwilling to reduce spending.”

Biggs — a member of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Reform committees — believes it could be applied to reduce the pay of government officials who don’t comply with congressional subpoenas.

(continued)

Republicans ran into this problem during the Obama administration with their Fast and Furious investigation as well as the one into former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner for her unit’s targeting of conservative groups.

In 2012, the House voted to hold then-Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for the DOJ’s failure to turn over documents related to Fast and Furious, the botched Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gun-running operation into Mexico.

In 2014, the House also held Lerner in contempt for not complying with its investigation into her unit.

Both Holder and Lerner were referred to the DOJ for criminal contempt, but the agency in both instances did not press charges.

The refusal to act on referrals from Republican lawmakers stands in contrast to the agency charging former Trump administration officials Steve Bannon, who was convicted this summer, and Peter Navarro for failing to comply with subpoenas from the Democrats’ highly partisan House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol incursion.

So if Republicans retake the House in November, they likely will run into an uncooperative DOJ, as they did during the Obama years.

“I anticipate further obstruction on the part of Merrick Garland,” Biggs said. “But we may have to find a way, to devise a way to go around Merrick Garland to get these people to come in. And that’s why I think [what] we need to do first and foremost is reinstate the Holman rule, so that we get to hold people like Merrick Garland responsible.”

“And that Holman rule allows the Congress to basically defund an individual bureaucrat, who is willfully … violating the subpoena power and oversight power of the United States Congress,” he said.

(Read more at the Western Journal)

One thing that might make this tactic better would be to hold this card close to the vest

We know that the Congress holds the purse strings of the government. That stands without question.

Therefore, if the Republicans in question were to play this as a surprise tactic, they might be able to apply more pressure to the person at the focus of the investigation.

That is to say, if the person did not have the opportunity to fund raise, to gather support from his or her colleagues, or otherwise prepare — the reduction of pay from hundreds of thousands of dollars to a dollar might have more effect. Nonetheless, if they can just agree to use this tactic, it will be a start.

Republican Attorneys General sue the Biden regime to force the release of emails between the social media giants and Biden regime members

Fox News points out how a group of state Attorneys General have sued the Biden regime to force the disclosure of how the Biden regime uses social media to censor.

A federal judge in Louisiana ruled Tuesday that the Biden administration has 21 days to turn over all relevant emails sent by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and Dr. Anthony Fauci to social media platforms regarding alleged misinformation and the censorship of social media content. 

The decision by Judge Terry Doughty, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, came as part of a lawsuit filed in May by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, accusing the Biden administration of suppressing the constitutionally protected right to free speech on elections, the COVID-19 lab leak theory, coronavirus-related lockdowns and other issues. 

The Justice Department objected to the handing over of the email correspondence under executive privilege and presidential communications privilege, but Doughty decided, “This Court believes Plaintiffs are entitled to external communications by Jean-Pierre and Dr. Fauci in their capacities as White House Press Secretary and Chief Medical Advisor to the President to third-party social media platforms.” 

Schmitt, who is running for U.S. Senate in Missouri, announced the development regarding his lawsuit on Twitter.

In their initial filing, he and Landry argued that “having threatened and cajoled social-media platforms for years to censor viewpoints and speakers disfavored by the Left, senior government officials in the Executive Branch have moved into a phase of open collusion with social-media platforms under the Orwellian guise of halting so-called ‘disinformation,’ ‘misinformation’ and ‘malinformation.'”

“As a result of these actions, there has been an unprecedented rise of censorship and suppression of free speech — including core political speech — on social media platforms,” the lawsuit says. “Not just fringe views, but perfectly legitimate, responsible viewpoints and speakers have been unlawfully and unconstitutionally threatened in the modern public square.” 

(Read more at Fox News)

We need to know how Biden and the FBI have violated the Constitution

We need to know how Biden has censored conservatives. We need to know how Biden has kept damaging news about Hunter Biden, about the Biden family business deals, about Chinese and Russian spies providing pressure against the first family.

We need to know how deeply the corruption in the FBI can be traced. We need to know how old the cover-ups have been.

Abbott needs to keep up the pressure as Bowser declares a public emergency over the 1/10th of a Texas one-month illegal-alien allotment gets spread between her city, New York, and Chicago

The Daily Mail shows how liberals who claim to provide “sanctuary cities” have just been blowing hot air now that they get a fraction of the flow of illegal immigrants that Biden has dropped into Texas.

Washington D.C. is now in a state of emergency after Texas and Arizona sent thousands of migrants from their states to the nation’s capital – and Mayor Muriel Bowser announced $10 to create a new office dealing with this crisis.

A Democratic council member accused Governors Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona during a press conference Thursday of creating the crisis and insisted District of Columbia should now be considered a ‘border town.’

Her claims come after years of Republicans claiming that all towns in America are border towns because the migration crisis – coupled with drug trafficking – is spilling over and affecting communities across the nation.

Bowser said she would demand the federal government reimburse the D.C. local government for the $10 million cost of setting up an office supporting organizations working to provide migrants with meals, accommodations and healthcare.

The D.C. Democratic mayor announced a public state of emergency for her city during a press conference Thursday.

Abbott’s office slammed Bowser for ‘hypocrisy’ and said she was being dramatic by declaring an emergency when the amount of migrants sent there from Texas amounts to approximately 1 percent of her city’s population.

Bowser previously insisted that the National Guard be activated to assist D.C. authorities with the migration crisis plaguing the city and filling up homeless shelters. Bowser was twice denied those pleas.

Abbott, a Republican, launched the initiative busing migrants to D.C. in mid-April before expanding the reach to New York City in August and in September started sending buses to Chicago.

The goal in sending migrants to so-called sanctuary cities, Abbott said, was to help curb the crisis at border communities in the Lone Star State, as well as bring the crisis to the front steps of lawmakers and other ‘elites’ who make decisions that affect border states.

So far, approximately 9,400 migrants have been bussed from Texas and Arizona to D.C. over the last nearly five months, according to Bowser’s office – this is less than .01 percent the amount of migrants who cross the southern border in that same time period.

‘Mayor Bowser is an absolute hypocrite,’ Abbott spokeswoman Renae Eze told DailyMail.com.

‘In a city with a population over 700,000, she’s claiming an emergency for just over 7,900 migrants being bused into her sanctuary city,’ she added. ‘That’s barely 1% of the population of Washington, D.C.’

‘The true emergency,’ Eze insisted, ‘is on our nation’s southern border—not in our nation’s capital—where small Texas border towns are overrun and overwhelmed by hundreds of migrants every single day as the Biden Administration dumps them in their communities.’

(Read more at )

D.C., New York, and Chicago only get a fraction of what has flooded tiny border towns

Fox News reports how the small busloads arriving at D.C. do not stand up to the masses arriving in small Texas towns.

Just over 1,000 migrants have been bused so far to New York City, in addition to over 7,000 that have been sent voluntarily to Washington D.C. While the numbers are just a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of migrants that hit the border each month, Democratic officials in both states have declared themselves overwhelmed and called for federal aid.

(Read more at Fox News)

I guess it isn’t a crisis until it is a crisis in your backyard.

 

Adding context to the red Biden speech

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During his Nazi-esque speech in Philadelphia, Joe did not propose or solve, but he did accuse

During the speech (which the Biden regime has published at the White House web site), Biden did not propose any solutions to the problems he has created.

He did not suggest a solution to the inflation he (and previous administrations) created through bailouts. He did not lay out an explanation of how we might get out of the transgender confusion his party seems to have released. He did not propose a fix to the torrent of illegal aliens he has unleashed on America. He did not explain how we might get beyond COVID and monkey pox and whatever illness they might either bring up or revive to keep us under their thumb.

Instead, fist-shaking Joe spent the whole speech accusing and blaming. Here are three key points made by Joe where Joe cannot stand up against his own hypocrisy:

  • “Democracy cannot survive when one side believes there are only two outcomes to an election: either they win or they were cheated.  And that’s where MAGA Republicans are today
  • They promote authoritarian leaders, and they fan the flames of political violence
  • And here, in my view, is what is true: MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution.  They do not believe in the rule of law.

If election-denying makes one fascist, then consider the fascist nature of Democrats’ statements over the next 10 minutes

Note: By the way, I included the above Republican video due to the influences of ChrisX. As I was in the ending stages of laying out the last point of this post, I also ran into input from Bunkerville.

 

Thanks to both.

If promoting violence is a MAGA Republican trait, then consider who spoke glowingly of the George Floyd riots

If promoting violence has become the standard for fascism, then remember how he spoke glowingly of the George Floyd rioters who burned cities. Remember how he intoned “We can’t stop here.” Remember who kneeled for almost nine minutes to honor a felon, but kept checking his watch during the funerals of 13 US troops who died during his failed withdrawal. Remember who never denounced Black Lives Matter or Antifa by name. Remember whose staff bailed out felons.

Consider who condoned the “joke” staged by Kathy Griffin.

Consider which side (liberal or conservative) seem most gleefully to be calling for civil war. Consider which side:

If violating the Constitution makes you a fascist, remember who defied the Constitution since 2020?

Remember who defied the Constitution over the past nearly two years over:

 

Harris County Judge “flip-flops” in constable defunding debate

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Lina Hidalgo “flip-flops” in constable defunding debate

Houston Fox affiliate KRIV reported how Lina Hidalgo completely changed her story on the defunding of Harris County Constables over the months.

Note: Because the video below was taken from a roundtable discussing the same topic as this quoted article, only the video up to the 1:25 mark applies to this article. If you watch beyond that, you will be subjected to the spin of four Democrats that make up the six-member discussion panel.

Read below the video for the quoted portion of the article.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo has responded angrily to those who contend she and the Democratic majority on Commissioners Court stripped local Constables of millions of dollars they’d saved in their departmental “rollover” accounts.

“It is a lie de-funding and you are hurting our law enforcement,” said Hidalgo at an August 17 press event.

Despite the “de-funding” protests of front line peace officers overwhelmed by an ongoing crime wave, the money was clawed back.

“We can not afford to have these savings accounts. We can’t. We have to spend the money on the rise in violent crime,” said Hidalgo in July 2021 before voting to take the funds.

Turns out, that forced transfer of more than $20 million in Constable savings represents a 180 degree reversal of a public pledge Hidalgo made in open court on December 9, 2019.

“I would hate to punish the departments that have been saving as opposed to forcing themselves to spend down at the end of the year, so I would fundamentally want to preserve that and not punish folks who have been able to make savings,” said Hidalgo.

FOX 26 asked Judge Hidalgo for an explanation of the “flip-flop,” but she has yet to respond.

In the meantime, Texas Comptroller Glen Hegar has ruled the claw back of constable savings by Harris County, constitutes “de-funding” as defined by the State Legislature under Senate Bill 23.

(Refer to KRIV for a PDF copy of the Senate Bill 23, a quote from Alexandria Morales Mealer [Lina Hidalgo’s November opponent], and a legal opinion by the county administrator)

Get out there and vote, Republicans and conservatives

Remember the two factors that put Lina Hidalgo into power:

We have to expect the same and we have to overcome both of these challenges.

Even though lying Lina Hidalgo said she never defunded the constables, she joined other Democrat county judges to sue the state over the legality of Senate Bill 23

Houston Public Media reports that Lina Hidalgo has joined other Democrat county officials to hire two expensive law firms to sue Texas Comptroller Glenn Heger over his enforcement of a new law.

Harris County is preparing to strike back at Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar over his move to possibly block the county’s budget. County leaders voted along partisan lines to pursue legal action against the comptroller.

All three Democrats on the court – Judge Lina Hidalgo and Commissioners Rodney Ellis and Adrian Garcia – voted in favor of pursuing legal action. The three also voted in favor of an agreement to hire two outside law firms, Yetter Coleman LLP and Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP, in advance of a possible lawsuit. Republican Commissioner Jack Cagle voted “a vehement no.” Republican Commissioner Tom Ramsey was absent on a long-planned vacation to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary.

The move comes a week after Comptroller Glenn Hegar accused county leaders of cutting funding to two constables precincts in the upcoming budget by no longer allowing departments to roll over money left from the previous year.

Hegar threatened to invoke Senate Bill 23, which bans counties with more than a million residents from cutting funding to law enforcement without first going to the voters to approve the proposed budget. Failure to do so, or to withdraw the alleged budget cuts, would require the county to drop its ad valorem tax rate significantly.

Governor Greg Abbott immediately endorsed Hegar’s action in a press release.

Judge Lina Hidalgo argued that, on the contrary, Hegar is the one threatening to defund Harris County’s police if he blocks adoption of the county budget. She also hinted that the lawsuit could be extended to Governor Abbott, saying that Hegar was effectively acting at his direction.

“I’m not asking for this fight. The last thing our community needs is to have their public health, their law enforcement actually defunded by the state. But if they’re going to try to do this, we have to fight back,” Hidalgo said. “I am pretty opposed to giving in to any kind of extortion.”

The county must approve its budget for the new fiscal year by October 1st.

Judge Hidalgo said that, far from cutting police funding, the proposed county budget would increase funding to all arms of county law enforcement by more than $90 million. She argued that her administration has regularly increased funding to all county law enforcement, including the constables, since she took office in 2019.

(See the letter to Hegar and see more of Lina’s reasoning at Houston Public Media)

So which is it? Has Lina defunded the County Constables and Sherriff’s office by millions or has she not?

These bits of information don’t seem to find any focus in this article:

  1. Lina Hidalgo and the Democrats have decided to stick with the “Defund the Police” line of action despite the ongoing crime wave
  2. Lina Hidalgo’s claim to not defund the police can easily be refuted by referring to the public record and to her statements
  3. Local mass media (ABC, CBS, NBC, and the public media) seem to be intent on covering for Democrats in any way they can (ABC, CBS, NBC, and the local paper do so by ignoring the story — the public media does so by trying to make the conservatives look like the bad guys).

 

God’s final Word – Chapter 14, verses 12 and 13

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God’s final Word – Blessed are the dead in Christ

The following comes through the notes of Mark Ramsey and the responses of the class.

    1. Blessed are the dead in Christ — Revelation 14:12-13

      This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus. Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” (Revelation 14:12‭-‬13 NIV)

      The Greek word Μακάριοι (pronounced “makarioi”) translates to “blessed” which refers to spiritual joy an satisfaction. It describes an inner joy that is the fulfillment of contentment and peace.

      Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. (Psalms 32:1‭-‬2 NIV)

      Praise the Lord. Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands. (Psalms 112:1 NIV)

      Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29 NIV)

      Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NIV)

      Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. (Revelation 1:3 NIV)

      Do you consider yourself blessed? Explain.

      One class member pointed to God’s promise to never lose us from his hand. Our salvation does not depend on our grip of God. God holds us in his hand. Therefore, that class member feels himself very blessed. Further, we receive blessing by reading the Word, by praying, and by meeting together.

      Mark Ramsey then read the story How the Church (and the State) Failed Abigail Martinez by Mo Hodge Ministry:

      Recently, at The Celebration of America’s Promise to Parents event, hosted by the Alliance Defending Freedom, Abigail Martinez, a grieving mother, shared a story that every single parent, pastor, and lawmaker in America needs to hear. Abigail’s daughter Yaeli began to struggle with depression when she was in the 8th grade. Without communication with her mother, Yaeli was quickly funneled by personnel at her school towards the LGBTQ group, and then to an outside psychologist. Soon, Yaeli was being led by these adults towards a “social transition,” going by the name “Andrew” and increasingly presenting as a boy. All the while, she was urged to keep the details hidden from her family.  

      Once she caught wind, Abigail protested both the secrecy and the strategy of this counseling, urging the counselors to instead look into underlying issues of Yaeli’s mental health. Instead, she was told that by refusing to call her daughter by her new name and pronouns, she was the problem. If anything happened to Yaeli, the school said, it would be Abigail’s fault.  

      From that moment on, the system boxed her out at every turn. When Yaeli was 16, the school psychologist urged the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services to intervene, arguing that because her mom was “unsupportive” of her social transition, Yaeli would be better off living elsewhere. Yaeli was moved to a group home, where she started taking cross-sex hormones. Abigail was only allowed to see her daughter for one hour each week, supervised, and strictly warned not to bring up anything relating to her daughter’s transition, including their Christian faith. If she did, her visitation rights would be revoked.  

       “If we keep [Yaeli] out of your home,” Abigail remembered being told, “she [will] have more chance to survive. She’s not going to try to commit suicide.”  

      Instead, all the while, Yaeli’s mental health continued to decline. The testosterone caused her constant pain, for which a doctor prescribed CBD oil. “She was taking the [cross-sex] hormones; she was not happy,” her mother said. “She changed her name, [but] was not happy, she adopted a dog because that was going to make her happy. None of it, everything that they’ve done, didn’t work.”  

      At age 19, having moved out of the group home and pursued her new identity for about three years, Yaeli took her own life. As Abigail later told The Daily Signal, “I don’t want any parent to go through this, because this pain never goes away. … You breathe and you can feel the pain.”  

      It’s hard to imagine a tragedy like this could happen. It’s hard to believe that a parent could lose custody to the state, simply for holding to a child’s biological sex. What’s not hard to imagine is that Yaeli Martinez will not be the last victim of these bad ideas, indoctrinated by state power. 

      Local governments like Los Angeles County aggressively promote the doctrine of “gender-affirming care,” even if it means tearing a family apart. On a state level, one California senator has proposed a bill empowering courts to remove children, not just from California residents, but from anyone who travels to the state and whose children claim their parents do not support them in their gender identity or sexual orientation choices. A similar case recently unfolded in Ohio, where a county prosecutor charged a couple with “abuse and neglect” for seeking counseling instead of transition for their daughter. And in Michigan, it is very likely that a ballot initiative will be taken to the voters this November utilizing the language of “reproductive freedom” to usurp parental rights in similar ways. 

      Through these laws, the state perpetuates grave evil. In the case of Yaeli Martinez, the silence of her church was even more tragic. When at the state-assigned group home, Yaeli repeatedly asked her mother when a pastor or youth leader might come visit. She had felt close to these leaders and was eager to see them. “[They] know I’m here, right?” Abigail remembered her daughter asking.  

      As Abigail said, “I asked them. I gave them the address.” But they never visited. Not Abigail. Not Yaeli. No public support from the pulpit. No private support either. Abigail Martinez has walked this path all alone.  

      In this, Abigail was the victim of a church culture designed around making people feel good and dodging difficult issues. Shame on them. Yaeli Martinez will not be the last teenager in crisis. 

      (The reading ended, but the article continues)

      All agreed that it was wrong for the schools to take the actions taken. All also admitted that the Church cannot afford to have “feel good” portions within it.

      How do you consider yourself blessed based Revelation 1:3?

      The whole class related how they felt blessed by the reading of this prophecy.

      There are 7 beatitudes in Revelation and this is the second one, which pronounces blessing on the dead in Christ specifically during the Tribulation.

      Even in Jesus’ sermon on the beatitudes, the last three apply to the Tribulation saints.

      Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:1‭-‬12 NIV)

      1. Focus on the blessing of the saints — Revelation 14:12

        This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus. (Revelation 14:12‭ NIV)

        John calls attention to the imminent fulfillment of all God’s promises to the faithful saints through the ages but there is a particular promise to the martyrs of this last half of the Tribulation because there will never be a period of such intense and universal persecution like this.

        1. Patient endurance: this reveals that believers’ death are blessed because death ushers us into the glories of heaven. True saving faith is internal and cannot be lost or destroyed. Also known as the doctrine of eternal security or “once saved, always saved.”
          1. God’s promise established this:

            For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)

            Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. (John 3:36 NIV)

            “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. (John 5:24 NIV)

          2. God’s purpose assures this:

            For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” (John 6:40 NIV)

          3. God’s power guarantees this:

            My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. (John 10:27‭-‬29 NIV)

          4. This is wholly God’s grace:

            For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8‭-‬9 NIV)

          Based on God’s promise, purpose, power, and grace, do you believe you will be blessed when you die? Explain.

        2. How is this patient endurance evident?
          1. The saints obey the commandments of God:

            To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. (John 8:31 NIV)

            Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” (John 14:21 NIV)

            You are my friends if you do what I command. (John 15:14 NIV)

            In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, (1 John 5:3 NIV)

          2. The saints remain faithful to Jesus: The Tribulation saints will remain loyal to Jesus, even under the tyrannical reign of the Antichrist.

            In our culture today, how can we remain faithful to Jesus and obey the commandments of God? Explain.

            One class member reiterated his comments on staying in the Word, staying in touch with other believers for praise and confessing sins (keeping on the narrow path), and staying in prayer.

      2. Recording the voice from heaven — Revelation 14:13

        Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” (Revelation 14:13 NIV)

        This is the 6th time that John heard a voice from heaven and he will hear it 3 more times. The voice commanded John write. He is commanded 12 times to write, in addition to the seven commands in the letters to the seven churches, as he was under a divine mandate to record the visions he saw.

        Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. (Psalms 116:15 NIV)

        Those who died in the Lord and those from now on. All those in the past and the future. However, this is a specific promise and assurance to the Tribulation saints.

        The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. (Revelation 22:17 NIV)

        The Holy Spirit is quoted directly here and in Revelation 22:17. His is an emphatic “yes” in the Greek and they are blessed because they rest from their labors – during the Tribulation, their lives will be a hard, difficult, and dangerous struggle for survival. They will be excluded from society, unable to buy or sell and will live as fugitives.

        They are also blessed because their deeds follow them. Deeds refer to their service to the Lord.

        God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. (Hebrews 6:10 NIV)

        If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. (1 Corinthians 3:12‭-‬14 NIV)

        What are some deeds that may follow Christ followers in death today? Do you ever consider this in your life today?

        A class member mentioned the prime deed that will follow us: witnessing. The souls who get added as the result of our obedience to the Great Commission will be deeds that will follow us. Another class member suggested that just witnessing might follow us. After our death or being taken away, that person who heard the witness might consider it again and be saved. One class member pointed to the writings of Paul, John, and the other apostles as deeds that have remained long after their departure to heaven.

        One of the most challenging incentives to faithfulness in labor and seed-sowing is the possibility that some of our own labor may bear fruit to help win souls after our death and even during the Tribulation.

        The truth is the choices we make during this life will irreversibly chart the course of our eternal destiny. Do you believe this and, if so, how does it impact your daily life?

 

Biden has nothing to run on, so he attacks the past

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Since Biden cannot cite any success of his own

Biden attacks at least half of America (anyone who is against his failing policies) and encourages them to “defend Democracy”

The Washington Examiner examines the ranting of a demented, old guy wandering in a state where a crucial Senate seat has become the center of attention (while we should focus on the failing Democrat agenda).

President Joe Biden called on voters to unite against “Make America Great Again” Republicans regardless of their own ideology during a prime-time address in which he urged the public to protect democracy by casting their ballots for Democrats in the November midterm elections.

Biden’s speech came as critics accused him of hypocrisy by claiming he aspired for unity while at the same time caricaturing Republicans as “extreme.”

“I will not stand by and watch elections in this country be stolen by people who simply refuse to accept that they lost,” Biden said Thursday on the steps of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. “As your president, I will defend your democracy with every fiber of my being, and I’m asking every American to join me.”

Biden started his 25-minute remarks, his third in the battleground state of Pennsylvania this week, with a hoarse voice before clearing his throat and finding his momentum. He reiterated to those gathered around him, including protesters who were within earshot, that “too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal.”

“Not every Republican embraces extreme ideology,” he said, condemning violence. “But there’s no question that the Republican Party today is dominated, driven, and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans.”

“MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution,” he added. “They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people. They refuse to accept the results of a free election.”

The White House was adamant Biden’s address Thursday would be optimistic and not political, but it was staged two months before November’s midterm elections and constituted a continuation of the president’s 2020 “battle for the soul” of the country campaign. That slogan emerged after the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Biden’s conflation of MAGA and traditional Republicans coincides with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Thursday becoming the 10th GOP co-sponsor of the Senate’s bipartisan Electoral Count Act reform bill. It also comes as Trump Secretary of Defense Mark Esper described “extreme partisanship” as the No. 1 threat to the homeland and a NBC poll found that 21% of respondents consider democracy their most pressing issue.

Democrats hope Biden underscoring the importance of safeguarding democracy will rattle Republican-leaning and independent voters after Trump’s 2020 challenges, the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, and now his alleged mishandling of classified materials amid concerns the former president will scramble 2022 by announcing a 2024 White House bid. But GOP members, such as Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, have criticized “divider in chief” Biden for not understanding the “soul” of the country, let alone their rank and file.

“Entering office, Biden promised a presidency of ‘unity,'” McDaniel said. “Since then, Biden has used the office to label those who didn’t go along with his agenda as dangerous, semifascist, and reinstating a ‘Jim Crow era.’”

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

Tell me one thing that has gotten better under Dementia Joe

Let’s list the things that could be at the top of the list of accomplishments for Dementia Joe, since he put them there:

  • The border — Joe reversed the border policies of Trump; therefore, we should hear him crowing about this. However, since he is not, let me break it down further for you:
  • Energy — His first act was to close down the Keystone pipeline. Recently, prices have dropped due to fears of a worsening recession. Still, has gasoline dropped to the $1.79-2.50 range it held before his election or is it in the range of $3.01-4.40? Dementia Joe is biting us in the pocket book when it comes to gas prices alone.
  • Inflation — It seems that there are costs to his small handouts to citizens, his bigger handouts to his friends, and his stifling of the energy sector. Handing out money makes money less valuable. Similarly, cutting off oil as a supply of energy makes it more valuable. Add to that, it seems that gasoline and diesel costs (which have been inflated by Joe) make up a big part of the costs of everyday goods.
    Even though out-of-touch Joe claims inflation is “Zero, Zero,” my bills haven’t levelled out. Truthfully, with the level of debt the “Inflation Reduction Act” piles on us citizens, I would be surprised to break even if the medical savings Joe claims he procured really do appear. However, so far, my Tylenol and band aids are only getting more expensive.
  • Crime — In 2020, Joe held an online interview with a liberal activist where the two had the following exchange:
    Biden Surplus military equipment for law enforcement, they don’t need that. The last thing you need is an up-armored Humvee coming into a neighborhood. It’s like the military invading. They don’t know anybody. They become the enemy. They are supposed to be helping these people. So my generic point is
    Barkan So do we agree that we can redirect some of the funding?
    Biden Yes. Absolutely.

    Additionally, don’t forget Joe’s and Kamala’s bailing out criminals at the height of the anti-cop “George Floyd” riots. Like the Soros-funded judges and district attorneys all over the nation, Biden has done more to let criminals out than protect Americans.

  • COVID — Even though Joe claimed he could see “light” in the darkness he called “COVID, gun violence, [and] insurrection,” I remember his campaign promise from two years ago.

    He said he would “shut down the virus, not the country.” In contraposition to that, he has pushed members of our military out due to their refusal of the jab. He has tried to force all of us employed by medium-sized companies (by executive order that got overruled) to get the jab.

    And, though he and his wife are four-times jabbed, he and his wife continue to get cases of COVID.

So, tell me what he has done so well that we need to give him a majority in Congress?

Biden’s Ministry of Irony fails to call Dementia Joe out for demonizing a large part of America in front of a red backdrop

The Daily Wire provides a second perspective on Biden’s hack speech that demonized millions while he called for unity.

Democrat President Joe Biden demonized millions of Americans during a primetime speech Thursday evening where he claimed that he wanted the country to unite.

Biden repeatedly had to clear his throat and coughed throughout the speech as he claimed that people who challenged the results of the 2020 presidential election were “extremists.”

“Too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal,” Biden said. “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.”

“There’s no question that the Republican Party today is dominated, driven, intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans. And that is a threat to this country,” Biden claimed. “MAGA Republicans have made their choice. They embrace anger. They thrive on chaos. They live not in the light of truth, but in the shadow of lies. Together, we can choose a different path.”

Biden claimed that he was not talking about “every Republican,” claiming that his issue was with “MAGA-Republicans,” or those who support the former president. While Trump’s approval rating among Republicans has softened since he left office (pre-FBI raid) and many prefer a different candidate for the 2024 election, Trump did at one-point hit a 90% approval rating with Republican voters. Biden’s approval with Republican voters has largely hovered in the single digits.

(Read about the comments of your favorite Black lesbian Biden mouthpiece at the Daily Wire)

Who cares how many Republicans approve of Trump? How many Americans will vote with their wallets and remove the Democrat agenda from their paycheck?

Well, since there were a few hecklers there to keep Joe humble, maybe some will vote with their wallets.

 

Three problems with letting government “help” you

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The first problem: introducing the issue of a third-party payer

Way more than $10,000 student-debt forgiveness

The Wall Street Journal allowed an opinion piece by William Galston that pointed out the markedly higher rate of inflation in higher education than in the rest of our existence.

When I entered Cornell University in 1963, annual tuition was $1,700, which sounds small but amounted to 27% of the median family income of $6,200. This academic year Cornell’s tuition will be $62,456—about 72% of the median family income of $86,000. If tuition had risen by the general rate of inflation (3.9% a year) it would now stand at almost $16,500. But because tuition costs rose at 6.3% annually, it is nearly four times as high.

The bottom line: By saving carefully, middle-income families in 1963 could send their children to Cornell without plunging into debt. Today, this is no longer possible.

The same dynamic has played out in publicly funded institutions. In 1963 Ohio State’s student newspaper was wringing its hands about the jump in “tuition fees” to an unheard-of $375 a year. This year, the university’s annual in-state tuition is $12,485, and, as every parent with a college-age child knows, room and board is a hefty additional sum.

Ohio State is no aberration. In the wake of the Great Recession, most states reduced their appropriations for public higher education, shifting costs from taxpayers to students and their families. Although appropriations per student have recovered somewhat in recent years, they remain lower than they were 15 years ago and cover a smaller share of college costs.

The novels of my youth featured students who “worked their way” through college. Today’s students should do what they can to help their families pay for higher education, but what was possible half a century ago is no longer feasible—even less so for families with several children in college at the same time.

Young people from immigrant and minority backgrounds, many the first in their family to attend college, typically have limited family income and wealth on which to rely. While some receive all-expense-paid scholarships, many have no choice but to incur substantial debt if they want to attend college.

(Read more at the Wall Street Journal)

When there is a possibility that someone else will pay, you don’t worry about expenses until it is too late

When — rather than working evening jobs/summer jobs/winter jobs — college students can depend on a third payer, then the need to seek cost-cutting measures disappears. Students consider going to where their friends will attend, where the most attractive programs exist, or where the best football program has been built — rather than putting brain cells to work at finding the most affordable college.

Therefore, college prices have been allowed to increase by 25% over the same period that other commodities (other than medical care) have increased at 8-9%. It’s interesting to see how much colleges have been able to get away with just because nobody was looking at the price.

Likewise, we see the same in the medical field (where we have work-related health insurance, Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid, and programs out the backside that will aid in getting medical care — all at a cost to someone).

But then again, how many times have all of us taken the doctor’s recommendation for the expensive pill that will be paid for by our insurance? Wasn’t tone of the selling points of Obamacare (that never delivered on its promised savings) that we would all save $2,500 per family? Instead, my insurance bills and the doctors that I could afford to see have become steadily more expensive over the years. And these costs have regularly outstripped the current inflation. So, like the expensive pill “paid for by the insurance,” we learn that there is no free ride from Obamacare or third-party paid college.

Secondly, there are mistakes (intentional or oversights) that totally screw up the numbers

Gunnels made mistakes in his historical salaries that even Twitter could not ignore

In addition to the above article, Mr. Gunnels published a tweet on our liberal-friendly platform: Twitter.

In case that tweet gets deleted in any way, I made a screen grab of it (below).

However, as you can see from the following screen grab taken directly from Twitter, this tweet had information that even the Twitter liberals could not stomach. Therefore, if you refer to the bottom additional 1.5 inches of the tweet, you will see information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that corrects Gunnels.

So the moral of this story is this: don’t just trust liberals who come spouting nearly believable proofs for their arguments.

Use a method practiced by a favorite sage of mine.

Trust, but verify.

– Ronald Reagan

The third problem originates in the fact that we live in an extremely fallen world

The American kleptocracy: a government of liars, thieves, and lawbreakers

Zero Hedge perfectly illustrates the point that we need limited government by showing that we have become a kleptocracy.

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable.”

– H. L. Mencken

The American kleptocracy (a government ruled by thieves) continues to suck the American people down a rabbit hole into a parallel universe in which the Constitution is meaningless, the government is all-powerful, and the citizenry is powerless to defend itself against government agents who steal, spy, lie, plunder, kill, abuse and generally inflict mayhem and sow madness on everyone and everything in their sphere.

Think about it.

Almost every tyranny being perpetrated by the U.S. government against the citizenry—purportedly to keep us safe and the nation secure—has come about as a result of some threat manufactured in one way or another by our own government.

Cyberwarfare. Terrorism. Bio-chemical attacks. The nuclear arms race. Surveillance. The drug wars. Domestic extremism. The COVID-19 pandemic.

In almost every instance, the U.S. government (often spearheaded by the FBI) has in its typical Machiavellian fashion sown the seeds of terror domestically and internationally in order to expand its own totalitarian powers.

Who is the biggest black market buyer and stockpiler of cyberweapons (weaponized malware that can be used to hack into computer systems, spy on citizens, and destabilize vast computer networks)? The U.S. government.

Who is the largest weapons manufacturer and exporter in the world, such that they are literally arming the world? The U.S. government.

Which country has a history of secretly testing out dangerous weapons and technologies on its own citizens? The U.S. government.

Which country has conducted secret experiments on an unsuspecting populace—citizens and noncitizens alike—making healthy people sick by spraying them with chemicals, injecting them with infectious diseases and exposing them to airborne toxins? The U.S. government.

What country has a pattern and practice of entrapment that involves targeting vulnerable individuals, feeding them with the propaganda, know-how and weapons intended to turn them into terrorists, and then arresting them as part of an elaborately orchestrated counterterrorism sting? The U.S. government.

Are you getting the picture yet?

The U.S. government isn’t protecting us from terrorism.

The U.S. government is creating the terror. It is, in fact, the source of the terror.

Consider that this very same government has taken every bit of technology sold to us as being in our best interests—GPS devices, surveillance, nonlethal weapons, etc.—and used it against us, to track, control and trap us.

So why is the government doing this? Money, power and total domination.

We’re not dealing with a government that exists to serve its people, protect their liberties and ensure their happiness. Rather, these are the diabolical machinations of a make-works program carried out on an epic scale whose only purpose is to keep the powers-that-be permanently (and profitably) employed.

Case in point: the FBI.

The government’s henchmen have become the embodiment of how power, once acquired, can be so easily corrupted and abused. Indeed, far from being tough on crime, FBI agents are also among the nation’s most notorious lawbreakers.

Whether the FBI is planting undercover agents in churches, synagogues and mosques; issuing fake emergency letters to gain access to Americans’ phone records; using intimidation tactics to silence Americans who are critical of the government, or persuading impressionable individuals to plot acts of terror and then entrapping them, the overall impression of the nation’s secret police force is that of a well-dressed thug, flexing its muscles and doing the boss’ dirty work.

It’s a diabolical plot with far-reaching consequences for every segment of the population, no matter what one’s political leanings.

As Rozina Ali writes for The New York Times Magazine, “The government’s approach to counterterrorism erodes constitutional protections for everyone, by blurring the lines between speech and action and by broadening the scope of who is classified as a threat.”

This is not an agency that appears to understand, let alone respect, the limits of the Constitution.

For instance, the FBI has been secretly carrying out an entrapment scheme in which it used a front company, ANOM, to sell purportedly hack-proof phones to organized crime syndicates and then used those phones to spy on them as they planned illegal drug shipments, plotted robberies and put out contracts for killings using those boobytrapped phones.

All told, the FBI intercepted 27 million messages over the course of 18 months.

What this means is that the FBI was also illegally spying on individuals using those encrypted phones who may not have been involved in any criminal activity whatsoever.

Even reading a newspaper article is now enough to get you flagged for surveillance by the FBI. The agency served a subpoena on USA Today / Gannett to provide the internet addresses and mobile phone information for everyone who read a news story online on a particular day and time about the deadly shooting of FBI agents.

This is the danger of allowing the government to carry out widespread surveillance, sting and entrapment operations using dubious tactics that sidestep the rule of law: “we the people” become suspects and potential criminals, while government agents, empowered to fight crime using all means at their disposal, become indistinguishable from the corrupt forces they seek to vanquish.  

To go after terrorists, they become terrorists. To go after drug smugglers, they become drug smugglers. To go after thieves, they become thieves.

It’s hard to say whether we’re dealing with a kleptocracy (a government ruled by thieves), a kakistocracy (a government run by unprincipled career politicians, corporations and thieves that panders to the worst vices in our nature and has little regard for the rights of American citizens), or if we’ve gone straight to an idiocracy

This certainly isn’t a constitutional republic, however.

Some days, it feels like the government is running its own crime syndicate complete with mob rule and mafia-style justice.

In addition to creating certain crimes in order to then “solve” them, the FBI—the government’s law enforcement agency—also gives certain informants permission to break the law, “including everything from buying and selling illegal drugs to bribing government officials and plotting robberies,” in exchange for their cooperation on other fronts.

USA Today estimates that government agents have authorized criminals to engage in as many as 15 crimes a day (5600 crimes a year). Some of these informants are getting paid astronomical sums: one particularly unsavory fellow, later arrested for attempting to run over a police officer, was actually paid $85,000 for his help laying the trap for an entrapment scheme.

In addition to procedural misconduct, trespassing, enabling criminal activity, and damaging private property, the FBI’s laundry list of crimes against the American people includes surveillance, disinformation, blackmail, entrapment, intimidation tactics, and harassment.

For example, the Associated Press lodged a complaint with the Dept. of Justice after learning that FBI agents created a fake AP news story and emailed it, along with a clickable link, to a bomb threat suspect in order to implant tracking technology onto his computer and identify his location. Lambasting the agency, AP attorney Karen Kaiser railed, “The FBI may have intended this false story as a trap for only one person. However, the individual could easily have reposted this story to social networks, distributing to thousands of people, under our name, what was essentially a piece of government disinformation.”

Then again, to those familiar with COINTELPRO, an FBI program created to “disrupt, misdirect, discredit, and neutralize” groups and individuals the government considers politically objectionable, it should come as no surprise that the agency has mastered the art of government disinformation.

The FBI has been particularly criticized in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks for targeting vulnerable individuals and not only luring them into fake terror plots but actually equipping them with the organization, money, weapons and motivation to carry out the plots—entrapment—and then jailing them for their so-called terrorist plotting. This is what the FBI characterizes as “forward leaning—preventative—prosecutions.”

Another fallout from 9/11, National Security Letters, one of the many illicit powers authorized by the USA Patriot Act, allows the FBI to secretly demand that banks, phone companies, and other businesses provide them with customer information and not disclose the demands. An internal audit of the agency found that the FBI practice of issuing tens of thousands of NSLs every year for sensitive information such as phone and financial records, often in non-emergency cases, is riddled with widespread violations.

(Read more at Zero Hedge of NSA and FBI issues and even the warnings we had of the development of this police state)

As you see, our nation’s fathers were wise to limit the power of government

All of us sin. All of us tend to tilt the table in the direction that benefits us. Therefore, to limit the effect of the individual sins of our leaders, we do best to have limited government.

From this springs the conservative theory of limited government. To seek governmental help is to seek more governmental involvement and, then, more governmental power.

God’s final Word – Chapter 14, verses 6 through 11

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God’s final Word – Triumphant Saints

The following comes through the notes of Mark Ramsey and the responses of the class.

  1. God’s messengers

    Angels serve throughout Scripture as God’s messengers, in fact, the Greek word — ἄγγελος (angelos) — means “messenger.” They brought messages to Daniel, Zacharias, Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, Phillip and Paul. Angels also minister to and care for believers.

    One class member recalled that Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, was visited by Gabriel and made mute when he did not believe that he would become a father in his old age. Another class member recalled how Phillip was directed to go to a desert road to meet the Ethiopian eunuch. Finally, a class member remembered the account where Paul was told by an angel that his shipmates would survive the storm.

    They will play a major role the end time events. They will gather the unbelievers for judgment, believers for glory and accompany the Lord Jesus Christ when He returns to earth In triumph in Revelation, they are involved in the outpouring of God’s wrath and proclaiming the consummation of the age.

    In these verses, the messages from these three angels are designed to produce a remedial fear leading to saving faith. God will graciously offer sinners another opportunity to repent before unleashing the arriving bowl judgments.

    Why do you thins the Lord uses angels in these ways? Are you grateful?

    One class member said that he showed gratefulness by following the commands of Christ: reading the Word, praying to the Father, sharing the gospel, showing praise, and showing love. While these acts would not earn salvation, they helped build a relationship with God.

  2. The first angel: preaching the gospel — Revelation 14:6-7

    Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.” (Revelation 14:6‭-‬7 NIV)

    Do you find it strange that an angel is proclaiming the gospel? Explain.

    Yes. Up to this point, the gospel has been the sole purview of believing people.

    This is an amazing mission. Jesus had given the Great Commission to His followers:

    He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Mark 16:15‭-‬16 NIV)

    Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18‭-‬20 NIV)

    But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 NIV)

    The preaching of the good news has always been the unique privilege and responsibility of Christian believers Yet at this point in history, conditions have become so extreme that the Lord uses this new method. God, in His infinite grace, will send forth this mighty angel proclaiming the gospel to every tribe, nation and language so that no one will be able to say that they had not heard the gospel. There will be none who have an excuse for rejecting the Lord.

    And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14 NIV)

    What do you think your role is in reference to the command of Christ to carry the gospel to the world, near and far. Do you consider it a command and/or a privilege? Do you feel you are part of the Great Commission? Explain.

    One class member shared that she felt part of the Great Commission by packing a Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox. She noted the statistic that (out of 12 boxes shared) one child would believe in Christ. Another member mentioned his work with Awanas and the teaching of memory verses to the children. Another member related how they worked at the Tamina Road mission and shared both food and hope with the people there. Yet another spoke of their dealings with a retirement home. She mentioned how a man named Mike pointed out that he liked hugs, too. She went on to talk about how relationships there reflected the glory of Christ.

    This angel appears in midair or midheaven which refers to the point in the sky where the sun reaches its high point at moon making it most visible to those on the earth. The seal and trumpet judgments have occurred and the 144,000, the two witnesses and other converts have shared the gospel but most of the earth’s population has rejected the gospel yet the Lord gives them another chance.

    What is the eternal gospel which is proclaimed? It is the good news of forgiveness and eternal life in heaven, it is the declaration that people are sinners facing eternal judgment in hell but that God has provided atonement for their sins through the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ. How do people in western civilization today generally respond to this eternal gospel? The angel calls the people to fear and honor Gat by turning to His Son and no longer fear and worship Satan. Also, to give God glory.

    For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:21 NIV)

    Refusing to give God glory is the core of man’s prideful rebellion. How do you give God glory?

    One class member simply reiterated the points he made regarding his daily habits of Bible study, prayer, witnessing, and just living Christian love.

    Opportunity is fading fast; the bowl judgments are about to be poured out and Jesus is about to return. The angel cries out to worship our Creator.

    The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (Romans 1:18‭-‬20 NIV)

    Do you believe time is running out for anyone you know or for you to share the gospel?

  3. The second angel: pronouncing judgement — Revelation 14:8

    A second angel followed and said, “ ‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great,’ which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.” (Revelation 14:8 NIV)

    This angel pronounced the bad news of judgment. Sadly, this implies that the first angel’s message was largely rejected

    The repetition of “on” underscores the finality, certainty and comprehensive nature of the judgment.

    Babylon refers to the Antichrist’s worldwide political, economic and religious empire. Babylon from its inception symbolized evil and rebellion against God. It was founded by Nimrod, a proud and powerful God-rejecting ruler and Babel was the site of the first organized system of idolatrous false religion. The tower of Babel was an edifice designed to facilitate idolatrous worship. The seeds of idolatry and false religion spread around the world from Babylon.

    The world will be intoxicated, seduced and deceived by the Babylonian false religion headed by the Antichrist. The picture is sexual immorality and spiritual prostitution. Because of this, they will end up drinking the “wine of the wrath of God.” 14:10 Do you see similarities of today with this Tribulation period?

  4. The third angel: promising damnation — Revelation 14:9-11

    A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.” (Revelation 14:9‭-‬11 NIV)

    The full fury of God’s wrath, so long restrained, will be unleashed. Unrepentant sinners will be banished from God’s presence relationally and they will be barred forever from a loving relationship with Him. The strongest language of damnation in all of Scripture is described in Revelation 14:10. This is an eternal punishment for the divinely-created soul and spirit which will last forever.

    God’s gracious warnings will go unheeded by most of the sinful world. Here is a clear illustration of this sad truth expressed in the following verse:

    This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. (John 3:19 NIV)

 

One more strike against the empire?

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Democracy dies in darkness. So why hasn’t it died?

All the news that’s print to fit

Your daily dose of federal propaganda filtered through a conservative outlet – with a twist

FBI special agent who opened Trump investigation reportedly escorted out of bureau

Just the News reports how the story has changed from the architect of the Hunter Biden cover-up “abruptly resigning” to his being “forced to leave his post” (likely with wheelbarrows of government pensions in tow).

Former FBI Washington Field Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Tim Thibault was reportedly escorted out of the bureau Friday, amid whistleblower allegations that he showed political bias in his handling of politically sensitive investigations.

The Washington Times reported eyewitness accounts that “Thibault was seen exiting the bureau’s elevator last Friday escorted by two or three ‘headquarters-looking types.'”

The article appears to have been updated and now states that Thibault “abruptly resigned” but that he was “forced to leave his post” and cites two unnamed former FBI officials.

CBS News reported Tuesday that two U.S. officials have confirmed that Thibault resigned and was escorted from the building.

“But these officials also said that Thibault had reached retirement age,” reported the network’s Catherine Herridge, “and they added that all of those who retire hand over their badge and gun and are escorted out of the building.”

Just the News has not independently confirmed the Times and CBS reports.

(Read more at Just the News)

I sure am glad the government overlords offer liberals like Lois Lerner and Timothy Thibault the chance to leave their posts

Somehow, I don’t remember that offer being made to General Flynn, Roger Stone, or Paul Manafort.

Still, so far, this FBI has gotten away with:

Take in mind that the FBI/Biden regime got all of the above and only had to give up one lackey (Tim Thibault). They probably think they got a great deal.

I think it’s up to us to prove them wrong on election day.

One more thing: this post requires a hat tip to Bunkerville.

Stories not broadly reported on the Trump raid

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Former Supreme Court law clerk shreds the reasoning of the intelligence czar’s review of the Mar-a-Lago documents

Townhall lays out the reasoning of Mike Davis (former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch) regarding the specifics behind the Trump raid.

The circus over the FBI’s raid of Mar-a-Lago on August 8 continues with this latest development: our intelligence czar told Congress her office would review the seized documents. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines announced yesterday that the records taken from the home of the former president would undergo a thorough classification process (via CBS News):

The director of national intelligence is preparing to review the items recovered during the FBI search of at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate earlier this month, CBS News has learned. 

In a letter sent to congressional leaders Friday, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said her office would conduct a “classification review of relevant materials.” 

“The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) are working together to facilitate a classification review of relevant materials, including those recovered during the search,” Haines wrote. “ONDI will also lead an Intelligence Community assessment of the potential risk to national security that would result from the disclosure of the relevant documents.

This raid has become an ever-degrading hurricane in the news cycle. 

Federal agents ransacking the home of a former president over the fact that he wasn’t turning over documents to the National Archives fast enough is a historic moment. The obstruction of justice allegations is once again proven false. Trump’s lawyers worked with government officials to review and send records back. They sent 15 boxes to the agency in January. The allegations that nuclear secrets were strewn about the residence were also false. At least there’s no mention in the affidavit that provided probable cause for the raid.  

Mike Davis, a former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, has been active and informatory about classification, the presidency, and how the liberal media is focusing on things that don’t matter in this case. He’s continued to inform the public that the classification statutes and regulations do not apply to the presidency’s office, that government always over-classifies materials of any post-presidency, and that Trump taking the documents is a declassifying action. Trump already declassified documents relating to Crossfire Hurricane—the FBI spy operation against his campaign.


(Read more at Townhall)

Why the press wasn’t focusing on Crossfire Hurricane or the declassified Hillary documents is beyond me

It would seem that at least the Republican-leaning press (possibly Fox or NewsMax) might mention the declassified Crossfire Hurricane.

Elsewhere, I have heard of the papers on Hillary being declassified. If that, in fact, is the case — I cannot understand the press ignoring that also.

Judge announces “preliminary intent to appoint a special master” to review seized Trump records

The Washington Examiner details U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon’s announcement that there will be a “special master” to review the Trump documents.

A federal judge in Florida announced the court’s “preliminary intent to appoint a special master” to review the documents seized during the FBI’s raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon said in a Saturday order that she was providing “notice” of the decision to the parties involved, noting that the decision was made due to the “exceptional circumstances presented.” On Monday, lawyers for the former president filed a motion requesting the appointment of a special master to assess the records, arguing that the raid of his Palm Beach, Florida, golf club and winter residence was a “shockingly aggressive move.”

“Pursuant to Rule 53(b) (1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Court’s inherent authority, and without prejudice to the parties’ objections, the Court hereby provides notice of its preliminary intent to appoint a special master in this case,” Cannon wrote in a filing Saturday.

A hearing on the motion to commission a special master, also known as a third-party attorney, will be held this Thursday in West Palm Beach.

The District Court judge ordered the Justice Department to file a response by Wednesday providing, “under seal,” a “more detailed Receipt for Property specifying all property seized pursuant to the search warrant executed” on Trump’s Florida golf club. The judge also ordered Trump’s legal team to respond to the defense’s response before Thursday’s hearing.

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

If the main stream media is not lying again, then this judge may turn back on this request

The judge at the center of this request for a “preliminary intent to appoint a special master” may be rethinking her request (according to a pre-drive-time report on Houston’s ABC affiliate).

Search warrant affidavit for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate: Five things to know

Fox News addresses five things about the Trump raid that seem to be left out of the affidavit. Here are portions of the first three points:

1. Lots of black ink

Approximately 20 pages of the 38-page document were either significantly or fully redacted. Twenty-four pages had at least some information blacked out. 

Significant redactions were expected, given the Justice Department’s argument about the sensitivity of the case. 

“Premature disclosure of the contents of this affidavit and related documents may have a significant and negative impact on the continuing investigation and may severely jeopardize its effectiveness by allowing criminal parties an opportunity to flee, destroy evidence (stored electronically and otherwise), change patterns of behavior, and notify criminal confederates,” the Justice Department wrote. 

2. Lots of pages

The length of the affidavit was also notable. An average search warrant affidavit from federal law enforcement is significantly shorter than the 38-page document the FBI submitted to Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart. 

Prof. Mark W. Smith, a professor at the Ave Maria School of Law and senior fellow in law and public policy at The King’s College told Fox News Digital the length still raises questions. 

“The length of the probable cause affidavit is not unprecedented, but it is a bit odd. The more explaining an attorney must do in writing often that translates into a longer legal document and frequently signifies a weaker legal position,” he said. “The reference to multiple federal statutes and detailed discussion of confidential designations makes the document look a bit like an educational tool for the public or perhaps for the Florida federal courts.”

(continued)

3. Affidavit cites other documents Trump possessed with classified markings

The affidavit refers to nearly 200 documents with classified markings that Trump had previously handed over. It said that the FBI in May inspected 15 boxes of documents Trump gave to the National Archives and Records Administration earlier this year, which contained a trove of documents marked classified. 

“A preliminary triage of the documents with classification markings revealed the following approximate numbers: 184 unique documents bearing classification markings, including 67 documents marked as CONFIDENTIAL, 92 documents marked as SECRET, and 25 documents marked as TOP SECRET,” the affidavit said. “Based on my training and experience, I know that documents classified at these levels typically contain NDI.”

(Read the rest and see the illustrations at Fox News)

I don’t care who we have as the next Republican president. That president had better play tough

The next Republican president had better use some law enforcement wing to instill fear in Democrats — just as the Democrats have done since Johnson. Otherwise, nothing will change.

Note that I am not necessarily advocating lawlessness. However, we either need to go full lawfulness or full lawlessness. Nothing else will get the attention of the politicians.

DOJ leaves “unanswered questions” with blacked out Trump raid affidavit

Townhall discusses the unanswered questions left by the affidavit and the raid on Mar-A-Lago.

As Spencer reported, the Department of Justice has released a highly redacted version of the affidavit used by the FBI to raid President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. 

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley looked it over and says it leaves a number of unanswered questions.

(Read more at Townhall)

The black of the redactions only shows how deeply into the muck of the swamp we have waded

When we ask for clarity and get pages of nothing but black ink, we do not have clarity. That constitutes one pure and simple fact.

So, when did we go from a country “of the people and by the people” to a country of secrets? I would say it was well before some old, demented guy could brag to European elites about getting his son out of a fix by threatening to withhold billions of American taxpayer dollars from going to a backwater nation.

Key details are lacking in the DOJ’s Trump raid affidavit

Townhall points out how the affidavit only builds the case that the FBI raid was merely political.

The day has arrived. Parts of the Biden Justice Department affidavit that provided probable cause for the FBI to raid the home of a former president have been released. Spencer and Katie wrote about this supposed bombshell that was predictably a dud when it comes to corroborating the most explosive allegations against Donald Trump and the dispute over missing documents with the National Archives. Judge Bruce Reinhart, who also signed off on the equally shoddy search warrant, wasn’t convinced by the government’s arguments for keeping the entire affidavit under seal. He allowed the Department of Justice to redact portions that could harm the integrity of the investigation, the security of its sources, and here’s the kicker: the safety of Donald Trump. 

It’s a sea of black ink that does very little to support the narrative that this federal raid, which occurred on August 8, was justifiable. There’s no smoking gun here; Trump isn’t even mentioned in the affidavit in a way that gives the impression that he was targeted for criminal acts. All it did was bolster the argument that an over-politicized goon squad at the FBI and DOJ ransacked Trump’s home as a warning to Trump to stay at home in 2024. Federal agents have threatened those who might paint the Biden White House negatively. This raid is a Trump-media-DOJ story. The point is if there were something genuinely criminal—we would have known about it by now; the same applied to the Russian collusion hoax. 

Some are focused on the classified documents that the FBI discovered on the Mar-a-Lago property, but there are no specifics about the nature of these documents. Also, there is nothing about nuclear secrets, a comical DOJ leak that further exposed this raid as part of a political persecution campaign. Brett Tolman, executive director for Right on Crime, noted that the affidavit does not contain evidence that supports the federal mens rea requirements, which is a burden of proof benchmark the government must meet to show criminal intent. There was no evidence to provide probable cause to search the safe. In other words, it’s quite a nothingburger that shows the DOJ cobbled together a bunch of fake law violations to make for incomprehensible legalese to bust down the doors of the home of an ex-president. That’s not law and order; that’s a rogue DOJ that’s become increasingly engulfed by paranoia, vindictiveness, and political animosity.






(Read of input from Katie Pavlich, Spencer Brown, and Matt Vespa at Townhall)

Emptying the swamp starts at the universities

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Biden’s student-loan forgiveness makes reform urgent

The Wall Street Journal delves into the effects of Biden’s latest attempt to buy votes.

President Biden has announced a plan to forgive between $10,000 and $20,000 in federal student loans for tens of millions of borrowers. The scheme will cost more than $300 billion and benefit mostly college-educated households that don’t need the help. But its most pernicious consequence is the precedent it sets. Colleges are sure to exploit the promise of repeated cancellations by hiking tuition and opening new degree programs of questionable value.

The federal government is on track to disburse $1 trillion in new student loans over the coming decade. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimates that it will take less than a decade for the outstanding stock of student loans to climb back to its current level. Candidates in the next Democratic presidential primary will try to one-up each other with new promises of forgiveness.

Already, progressives are expressing their discontent with the supposedly moderate scope of the loan-cancellation scheme. One activist described Mr. Biden’s plans as a “bucket of ice water on a forest fire.” It’s more like a can of gasoline.

The moral-hazard effects of the decision will be profound. Students will gladly take out larger loans when colleges can credibly wink and whisper that higher tuition rates are no big deal since the loans will be forgiven anyway. To capitalize on previous expansions of federal student-loan programs, universities have added more than 9,000 new master’s degree programs over the past decade. More are sure to come, even though research shows that nearly half of master’s degrees don’t provide a positive return on investment. Taxpayers should ready themselves to subsidize more worthless degrees at higher prices.

Now that Mr. Biden has opened the debt-cancellation floodgates, reining in the federal student-loan program is the only way to stop this madness. Yet the administration has proposed no serious plan to reduce new student-loan volume, even as it argues that past loans are burdensome enough to warrant cancellation.

(Read more at the Wall Street Journal)

Let’s see. They have opened the floodgates to the sea of student debt. Also we have a new navy of IRS agents. What will happen to the common citizen?

You don’t think that we will get swamped in more inflation and then called in for an audit, do you?

How Biden created the problem he now purports to solve

The Guardian outlines the process Biden went through to create the problem in school loans he now wants to forgive (green bolding is mine for emphasis).

In 10 weeks’ time Joe Biden will lay “Joe’s vision for America” at the feet of Iowa’s caucus-goers in the hope that the first voters in the Democratic presidential race will put him on the road to the White House.

Among his promises is that he will fix the student loan crisis saddling 45 million Americans with crippling debt now totalling a staggering $1.5tn. One idea is to allow people struggling to repay private student loans owed to banks and credit card companies to discharge them in bankruptcy.

The pledge is one of the most striking policies on offer from Democratic candidates in the 2020 race, given how the problem Biden now proposes to resolve came about in the first place. Private student loans were largely stripped of bankruptcy protections in 2005 in a congressional move that had the devastating impact of tripling such debt over a decade and locking in millions of Americans to years of grueling repayments.

The Republican-led bill tightened the bankruptcy code, unleashing a huge giveaway to lenders at the expense of indebted student borrowers. At the time it faced vociferous opposition from 25 Democrats in the US Senate.

But it passed anyway, with 18 Democratic senators breaking ranks and casting their vote in favor of the bill. Of those 18, one politician stood out as an especially enthusiastic champion of the credit companies who, as it happens, had given him hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions – Joe Biden.

Roots of the student loan crisis

Student debt has become a hot-button issue on the Democratic campaign trail. Candidates are vying to position themselves as having the most radical solution to the crisis, which now holds more than one in three young adults in its grip as well as 3 million Americans beyond the age of 60 still laboring to honor college loans they took out decades ago.

More than 1 million people default on their student loans every year. By 2023 the proportion of borrowers falling behind with repayments is expected to reach 40% – puncturing a massive hole in the system.

But very little discussion has been devoted to how this monumental disaster came about. How was it, for instance, that the sum of outstanding educational loans borrowed from private financial entities shot up from $56bn in 2005 to $150bn in just 10 years – contributing to an overall student debt burden second in the US only to home mortgages.

Until 2005, private student loans were eligible for bankruptcy protections just like other forms of private credit. But in that year Congress passed the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, a law that made it vastly more difficult for struggling former students to rebuild their lives by discharging the debts and starting over.

Earlier this year, Biden tried to justify his backing of the 2005 act. His campaign spokesman told Politico that “knowing that the bill was likely to make it through the Republican-led Congress, he worked to moderate the bankruptcy bill and protect middle class families. He believed that if you have income and consumer debts you can pay, you should agree to a repayment plan that you can afford.”

Dig into the record, and you find a more complicated story that puts Biden in a less flattering posture. His offer to the caucus-goers of Iowa when they gather on 3 February is in effect that he will reverse a damaging provision that in 2005 he himself voted through.

(Read more at The Guardian)

Actually, it was both Obama and Biden who created this mess

Also, Obama had his hand in federalizing the student loans as demonstrated through a 16 April 2015 Investors Business Daily article (where, again, the green bolding is mine for emphasis).

Irresponsibility: A new report finds that 27.3% of student loans are delinquent. Why does this matter? Because thanks to President Obama, about $1 trillion dollars of student loan debt is owed to the federal government.

Obama keeps trying to portray the student loan crisis as a problem suffered by students burdened by a mountain of debt when they graduate, and who are unable to make enough money to pay it back.

But that’s not the real crisis.

First, average student loan debt is only a little over $20,000. A student who gave up his $5-a-day Starbucks habit could pay off the principal in about a decade.

Second, despite the endless hue and cry about rising tuitions, the amount students actually pay to go to college — net of grants, aid, discounts, and what not — has barely budged, according to the College Board.

The problem isn’t even that, at nearly $1.2 trillion, the total amount of student loan debt now exceeds that of auto loans or credit card debt.

The real crisis is one Obama himself manufactured since taking office.

In 2010, Obama eliminated the federal guaranteed loan program, which let private lenders offer student loans at low interest rates. Now, the Department of Education is the only place to go for such loans.

Obama sold this government takeover as a way to save money — why bear the costs of guaranteeing private loans, he said, when the government could cut out the middleman and lend the money itself?

The cost savings didn’t happen. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office just increased its 10-year forecast for the loan program’s costs by $27 billion, or 30%.

What did happen was an explosive growth in the amount of federal student loan debt. President Clinton phased in direct federal lending in 1993 as an option, but over the next 15 years the amount of loans was fairly stable. The result of Obama’s action is striking. In each of the past six years, federal direct student loan debt has climbed by more than $100 billion. (See chart.)

And since Obama keeps making it easier and easier to avoid repaying those loans, it’s a problem that taxpayers will eventually have to shoulder.

Through words and actions, Obama has encouraged irresponsibility on the part of student borrowers. He constantly talks as if student debt were an unfair burden they unknowingly had foisted upon them.

At the same time, he’s made it easier and easier to avoid paying back student loans in full. Earlier this year, for example, Obama expanded eligibility for his “pay as you earn” program, which limits loan payments to 10% of income, with any debt left after 20 years forgiven.

(Read more at Investors Business Daily)

Just as with the Affordable Care Act, this move by Obama was meant to drive more people into the care of the federal government.

Joe Biden’s role in the student debt crisis dates to the 1970s

The Intercept likewise explores the ways Joe Biden has had his hand in the student debt crisis (and, again, I use bold green text to emphasize ideas).

JOE BIDEN PLAYED a central role in the creation of the student debt crisis that he and other candidates are now promising to fix, according to a close look at the legislative history around the spiraling phenomenon.

Today, more than 44 million Americans collectively owe nearly $1.6 trillion in student loan debt, a figure that has surpassed similar numbers for nearly every other form of debt, including credit cards and auto loans. The issue of student loan debt has even radicalized a high-ranking Trump administration student loan official, A. Wayne Johnson, who resigned from Betsy DeVos’s Education Department last October to launch a Senate campaign in Georgia centered on mass student debt forgiveness.

Early in his senatorial career, Biden played a role in making it easier for students and parents to take out burdensome loans, spanning across several decades. Later, his landmark bankruptcy reform legislation made it nearly impossible to discharge student loans, birthing a predatory industry and sinking millions into unsustainable levels of debt.

The former vice president has enjoyed a relatively leisurely stroll through the Democratic primary over the past year, as his opponents waited for the three-time presidential candidate to fade harmlessly away. After watching Julián Castro wilt in the wake of his attack on Biden in an early debate, none wanted to be seen as the one holding the knife when the lights came on.

Yet Biden has refused to go quietly, stubbornly remaining atop the field. And so the knives are coming out. Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has recently attacked his judgment for supporting the Iraq War and allowing his son to profit from a natural gas company in Ukraine while Biden was leading anti-corruption efforts there. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders unloaded on him Monday night on CNN, hitting everything from his vote for the war and damaging trade deals to his push for a major bankruptcy reform bill, “which has caused enormous financial problems for working families.”

On Tuesday morning, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren pointedly released a plan to repeal the “harmful provisions” in the bankruptcy bill, reviving a bitter fight she had with the then-Delaware senator more than a decade ago. A surrogate, Adam Green of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, linked the bankruptcy plan to the line of attack against Biden that progressives see as the most potent: He is unelectable. “When thinking about electability, it would be complete malpractice to nominate someone who conspired in backrooms for years with credit card lobbyists and voted for every corporate bankruptcy bill, Wall Street deregulation, and trade deal that voters hate,” Green said.

“So if we’re going to beat Trump, we need turnout,” Sanders said Monday night. “And to get turnout, you need energy and excitement. And I don’t think that that kind of record is going to bring forth the energy we need to defeat Trump.”

In 1978, Biden supported the Middle Income Student Assistance Act, which eliminated income restrictions on federal loans to expand eligibility to all students. Biden helped write a separate bill that year blocking students from seeking bankruptcy protections on those loans after graduation. (The income restrictions on federal loans were reinstated in 1981.) Then he went on to vote to create the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students, or PLUS, program in 1980 and the Auxiliary Loans to Assist Students, or ALAS, program in 1981, which extended loan eligibility to students with no parental financial support.

“Within a few years, the crackdown [on student debtors filing for bankruptcy] that began in 1978 would extend beyond just government loans. In 1984, as Biden was gaining seniority on the Judiciary Committee, the Delaware lawmaker reprised his role as one of his party’s top negotiators on a new legislative proposal,” the International Business-Times reported in 2015. “Under that bill — which was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan — bankruptcy exemptions were extended to non-higher-education loans like those for vocational schools, according to the U.S. Department of Education.”

(Read more at The Intercept)

Does this surprise you (considering the bragging by Biden with the Council of Foreign Relations, the FBI’s hiding of the laptop, and so much more)?

What has to happen for your “Son of a B****” moment?

Liberal Axios wonders about The next student loan crisis

Axios opines over the next student loan crisis now that college students have been trained to avoid the responsibility of paying their own bills.

President Biden’s student debt cancellation plan is welcome news for millions of existing borrowers, but it does little to address high college costs that will burden future students.

Why it matters: Student Defense, a nonprofit that is pushing for broader systemic changes, compared the plan to bailing the water out of a sinking boat without plugging the leak.

By the numbers: Higher ed costs are astronomical, including for graduate programs, even though “sticker price” inflation has moderated in recent years.

  • Average in-state tuition for a four-year public university is $9,410 per year, and more than doubles to $23,890 for out-of-state students, per The College Board. Average four-year private university costs are $32,410, per year, or nearly $130,000 for the diploma.
  • For context, the median family income in 2021 was $79,900. If such a family has two in-state college students, 23.5% of their pre-tax income would be consumed by college costs (minus financial aid and/or federal loans). If the kids attend a four-year private school, it would be 81% of the family’s pre-tax income.
  • And none of this includes room and board.

Why costs are so high: The simplest answer is that schools have had little incentive to control costs, particularly when abundant student loans — both public and private — can make tuition rates appear more affordable than they really are.

  • Moreover, some schools are motivated to spend on high-ticket items like new construction, because that can attract wealthier students (including from overseas) who don’t request financial aid. In the end, however, those costs often get passed down to everyone.

This is a systemic issue, which explains why most politicians have preferred to play along the easier margins.

  • Biden’s primary responses to future loan obligations have been to increase the size of Pell Grants, to crack down on predatory schools and to reduce monthly repayment percentages. None addresses the costs of the product being financed.

There are possible solutions that have been circulating among education experts, not all of which rely on taxpayer largesse like making public college free for lower-income students.

  • One would be to limit loans tied to education at schools that have a demonstrated history of onerous student debt burdens. In other words, if most of a school’s students aren’t receiving the sort of education that allows them to pay off their loans, cut it off at the source.
  • This could include a gainful employment rule focused on career programs, which is favored by the Biden administration but languishing in Congress.
  • Another would be to deny federal research grants to schools whose tuition rates increase at an unacceptably high level. This would be particularly impactful at large public and private universities.
  • The federal government also could consider revoking the tax-exempt status of schools that exceed tuition inflation limits, although that likely would face court challenges.

(Read more at Axios)

Obama economist blasts Biden student loan forgiveness: Gasoline on a fire

Newsweek shows how Jason Furman laid into Biden’s plan to forgive student loans.

President Joe Biden‘s plans to cancel some student loan debt have drawn criticisms from top Republicans for being “unfair” to Americans who tightened their belts to pay for college, but Biden’s announcement has raised concerns among economists for other reasons.

Economists in the Obama administration have criticized the forgiveness over fears that it will only further record-high inflation—a point some Democrats made against Biden’s plans with just 11 weeks to go before Election Day.

Pouring roughly half trillion dollars of gasoline on the inflationary fire that is already burning is reckless,” Jason Furman, the former chairman of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors, tweeted on Wednesday. “Doing it while going well beyond one campaign promise ($10K of student loan relief) and breaking another (all proposals paid for) is even worse.”

On Wednesday, Biden announced that his administration would forgive up to $10,000 in student loans for Americans earning less than $125,000 annually, and $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients making the same income. The unprecedented action from the White House fulfills a campaign promise Biden made while on the campaign trail two years ago.

Currently, more than 45 million borrowers across the U.S. owe $1.6 trillion in federal student loan debt.

Many have cautioned Biden against canceling debt as the economy remains uncertain and Americans continue to worry about high food and housing prices.

Furman’s concerns that the plans could worsen inflation echo warnings from Larry Summers, who was the director of the National Economic Council under Obama.

(Read more at Newsweek)

 

The indoctrination in schools turns out to be a killer topic for schools and Democrats

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Enrollment soars at virtual charter schools, but critics claim it’s killing public schools

The Washington Examiner digs into the matter behind the rise in enrollment at virtual charter schools as public schools lose students.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, traditional brick-and-mortar schools were forced to pivot to online learning. Days turned into months and in some cases years with millions of students and their parents left to fend for themselves. When schools reopened, fearful parents, frustrated by their schools’ access to remote learning, started seeking other options, such as virtual charter schools .

Lured in by flashy advertising campaigns with big promises of specialized learning, hundreds of thousands of parents signed their children up, bringing a fringe education option into the mainstream.

“It was an excellent option because [my child] has a learning disability and it allowed him to go at his own pace,” Maryland parent Julie Parsons told the Washington Examiner.

Cyber charter schools have been around for about 20 years but gained popularity during the pandemic. Today, it is one of the most controversial school choice options available and pits parents and corporations against taxpayers and policymakers.

These virtual schools operate all over the country and allow students to complete their coursework from home and over the internet. They are available to students so long as they are residents of the state in which the school operates.

Proponents like Sharon Sedlar, a mother of six and the founder of PA Families for Education Choice , say the schools offer a more flexible schedule and tailored experience for students who do not enjoy or excel in traditional classrooms or have other types of problems, such as attendance.

(Read additional input on these cyber schools at the Washington Examiner)

Now that parents have looked over the shoulders of their kids and seen indoctrination, a set of new trends begin

One of them may be online schooling (like the one mentioned above), where the parents can monitor the class and ensure indoctrination does not occur.

Another would be homeschooling.

Homeschooling on the rise for Black families nationwide

Memphis Fox affiliate WHBQ points out that Black families have been opting for homeschooling.

A growing number of Black families jumped into homeschooling during the height of the pandemic and now many are staying with it even as in-person learning returns.

LaNissir James is a longtime homeschool parent.

She said all 7 of her kids are homeschooled and they’ve stayed with it because of the flexibility and freedom.

“Particularly when it comes down to Black history. I’m able to not be so bothered about what the textbooks teach and don’t teach, I’m able to really organically help them understand a little bit about their history and their why,” said James.

According to the latest Census Bureau data, in the spring of 2020 about only about 3% of Black families were homeschooling and by the fall of 2020, that jumped to 16%.

That’s compared to the national average of about 11% of families in homeschool during the same time period

“It’s caused us as a team to create learning materials and supplemental materials,” said Joyce Burges, Co-founder of National Black Home Educators.

Burges said the organization now helps thousands of families nationwide. She said many Black families are also staying with homeschooling for reasons beyond COVID-19

“Especially these young parents with their home businesses, they want to transfer that to the children building that legacy and you just can’t have that in a normal classroom,” she said.

(Read more at WHBQ)

If Black parents wake up and pull their kids from failing public schools, there will likely be a cascading failure of public schools (or they will wake up to their wokism)

I believe that a renaissance of Black home education would act as a canary in our educational coal mine: it might just wake up the rest of us to the poor condition of our schools. At that point, the rest of us would have a decision: do we abandon the schools and save our kids or do we gut the schools and start over?

For years, a number of us have been sending our most vulnerable family members to the the harsh environments of the schools as little missionaries. Then we wonder how those children come out of school with wavering faith or misconstrued ideas about the workings of the universe.

Homeschooling on the rise throughout the country

LaPlace, Louisiana newspaper L’Observateur shows how homeschooling has become a nationwide trend.

The numbers of parents opting to homeschool their kids is on the rise in the U.S. for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is to provide religious or moral instruction. The Census Bureau reports that in the spring prior to the onset of the pandemic about 3% of children were being homeschooled, by the fall the numbers rose to 11.1%, and as covid self-isolation routines began to be relaxed, the rate of homeschooling has remained at high levels.

Aiding the movement are a growing number of online resources such as PragerU Resources for Educators & Parents (PREP) and PragerU Kids whose Director of Outreach, Jill Simonian, says part of the reason homeschooling is on the rise is the Leftist political motivations of teachers and school officials. As she told Rebecca Weber, CEO of the Association of Mature American Citizens, during a recent interview for AMAC’s Better for America podcast, “our education system is being overtaken by Marxism and socialist movements.”

Simonian says her mother and her sister were both schoolteachers and that she has always had respect and affection for formal schooling. “I was under this false impression.  I was miseducated, if you will, that our public school system was still functioning in the way that it was maybe, you know, 50, 60 years ago.” But it was during the covid lockdowns that her eyes were opened and she saw that her children were being indoctrinated “to hate America, to question themselves, to hate themselves, to think that America is a horrible place.  I would see it happening firsthand, and I was shocked.  I would see teachers and principals not wanting to do the Pledge of Allegiance.”

(Read more at L’Observateur)

With resources like this, we can do it

Additionally, there are resources available through individual churches and other organizations (like the Home School Legal Defense Association)

The politics of homeschools: Religious conservatives don’t want their children indoctrinated into liberalism

A research paper that found its way to Research Gate says the quite part out loud for liberals: homeschooling has become more predominant among the evangelicals who detest the liberal indoctrination performed in public schools.

Since the 1980s, the US has experienced an increase in the number of homeschooling families. It is estimated that the number of homeschooled children has grown 15–20% annually (Bauman, 2001) and now totals about two million students (Murphy, 2012). While the population of homeschooling families is considered to be heterogeneous – such that parents homeschool for various pedagogical, ideological, and/or religious reasons (Gaither, 2008; Isenberg, 2007; Kunzman, 2009; Van Galen, 1991) – much of the growth in the number of homeschoolers is attributed to an increase in the number of conservative Christian homeschoolers (Cibulka, 1991; Kunzman, 2009; Lines, 2000, 1991; Murphy, 2012; Van Galen, 1991).

(Read more at Research Gate or Google Scholar)

If you dig into this scholarly paper, you will see the degree the liberals want to regulate the freedom of homeschooling

By reading further into this article, you will find the author seeming to advocate for the regulation of homeschooling. If you want to remain free to homeschool, you will need to vocally communicate that to all representatives, both state and national. It will not remain free without your participation.

Going back to a topic we can win — Republicans need to stay on school

The Washington Examiner points out how the Democrat school fiasco has turned into a Republican gold mine.

(down some lines)

There was one bright spot for Republicans, however, some thousand miles south in Florida. Of the 30 school board members endorsed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, 19 won outright, seven advanced to runoff elections, and just four lost. And it wasn’t just how many seats DeSantis won but where he won them. Most prominently, both of the candidates DeSantis endorsed in Miami-Dade won, making Miami-Dade the largest school district in the country with a conservative majority.

As Gov. Glenn Youngkin showed in Virginia’s 2021 elections, Republicans can score big wins in blue areas by giving parents more power over their children’s education. The teacher’s union-led COVID lockdowns were a big eye-opener for many parents, as was the woke curriculum they saw their children being taught through distance learning.

The liberal media may have dubbed DeSantis’s Parental Rights in Education law the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, but Florida voters have turned it into the “Don’t Vote for Democrats” legislation. A recent YouGov poll commissioned by the Washington Examiner found that an overwhelming majority of adults (67%) oppose school teachers providing classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender to children in kindergarten through the third grade.

Even the teachers unions’ own polling shows that Democrats have badly over-politicized school curricula. An American Federation of Teachers poll from this May found that, by a 32-percentage-point margin, adults said they were more likely to vote for candidates who believe public schools should focus less on teaching race and more on core subjects. A similar 54%-26% margin favored legislation banning “transgender students who were born as males from competing in girls athletics.”

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

If you want a reason to fight in this battle, consider the Drag Queens at school program

The Daily Caller reminds us that we cannot lower our guard with our kids or their schools.

Two families removed their children from a school district in West Chester, Pennsylvania, due to the “woke indoctrination,” according to documents obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Stetson Middle School in West Chester, Pennsylvania, posted photos of drag queens and LGBTQ activists on the walls of classrooms for 7th graders as a part of Pride Month, according to documents obtained by the DCNF. Jim Jacobs, a father of an 11-year-old at the school, and Jacobs’ brother have removed their children from the school after learning of the pride month activities, Jacobs told the DCNF.

Classrooms featured a pride flag on the wall with photos of Bianca Del Rio, a drag queen, Marsha P. Johnson, a LGBTQ activist and drag queen, and Audre Lorde an activist who focused on the “injustices of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia,” documents obtained by the DCNF showed. Other posters included  Harvey Milk, the first public official in California that was an openly gay man, and Elliot Page, a transgender actor.

The photos of each included QR codes with links and students were encouraged to take photos with the same sex in front of the pride flag, Jacobs told the DCNF.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

 

God’s final Word – Chapter 14, verses 1 through 5

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God’s final Word – Triumphant Saints

The following comes through the notes of Mark Ramsey and the responses of the class.

  1. Triumphant living

    Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among mankind and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless. (Revelation 14:1‭-‬5 NIV)

    The Bible speaks of the Christian life in triumphant terms.

    No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37 NIV)

    for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. (1 John 5:4‭-‬5 NIV)

    But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57 NIV)

    But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. (2 Corinthians 2:14 NIV)

    However, believers’ triumphs and victories in this life are incomplete and marred by setbacks and defeats. The world, the flesh and the devil take their toll on our best efforts. Regardless, today, would you describe yourself as living in triumphant terms? Explain.

    One class member said that he lived triumphant because Christ conquered all. Another class member quoted Romans 8:37 saying “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

    Chapter 14 is a bright contrast to the darkness of chapter 13. Chapter 14 describes the Lamb, angels, redeemed saints, genuine worship and those sealed by God. In chapter 13, there is falsehood, wickedness, corruption and blasphemy. In chapter 14, there is truth, righteousness, purity and praise.

    This passage yields important practical principles for triumphant Christian living today.

    Please note that the events in chapter 14 are not in chronological order. Jesus does not return until chapter 19 and He sets up His kingdom in chapter 20. John saw a preview of what is to come, like a trailer for a movie coming out soon. By the way, this is what we are doing in studying Revelation – allowing God to remind us of the victory that is still to come.

    These 144,000 faithful followers of Jesus fulfill these prophecies:

    Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above. For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. (Isaiah 37:31‭-‬32 NIV)

    “In that day,” declares the Lord, “I will gather the lame; I will assemble the exiles and those I have brought to grief. I will make the lame my remnant, those driven away a strong nation. The Lord will rule over them in Mount Zion from that day and forever. (Micah 4:6‭-‬7 NIV)

    During the Tribulation, they will confront unbelievers, call them to Christ through repentance and faith and proclaim catastrophes of the coming judgments. How do you compare yourself to these believers? Explain.

    A class member noted that she makes a point to not compare herself to others. Furthermore, it would be hard to determine just how one would react to the extreme circumstances of the tribulation. 

  2. The marking of both sides — Revelation 14:1

    Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. (Revelation 14:1 NIV)

    This is a monumental moment in redemptive history.

    “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.” I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father. Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.” (Psalms 2:6‭-‬9 NIV)

    The moon will be dismayed, the sun ashamed; for the Lord Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before its elders—with great glory. (Isaiah 24:23 NIV)

    Unbelievers will receive the mark of the beast (13:16-17) and the 144,000 (12,000 Jewish believers from each of the twelve tribes of Israel) will have the mark of God placed on their foreheads (7:3) for their protection. They will preach the gospel and they will not be harmed regardless of Satan and the unbelievers’ desire to kill them.

    Despite all Satan’s efforts, all 144,000 will survive and meet Jesus on Mount Zion at the second coming. They will enter the millennial kingdom as living men.

    Only the redeemed people will enter the kingdom. When Satan is released at the end of 1,000 years, he will lead a rebellion against Christ. How can this happen?

    One class member pointed to the children born to those who accept Christ during the Tribulation (but are not martyred).

    Children will be born to the redeemed and some will not believe. In fact, there will be enough unregenerate people by the end of the Millennium for Satan to lead a worldwide rebellion.

    When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (Revelation 20:7‭-‬10 NIV)

    Scripture speaks of salvation during the Millennium – a salvation the 144,000 will no doubt proclaim. Do you find it amazing that people will rebel against Jesus at the end of the Millennium?

    One class member noted that, due to the depravity of the current generation, nothing surprises him.

    Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. (Isaiah 60:3 NIV)

    This is what the Lord Almighty says: “In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’ ” (Zechariah 8:23 NIV)

  3. The voice of God — Revelation 14:2-3

    And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. (Revelation 14:2‭-‬3 NIV)

    and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with his glory. (Ezekiel 43:2 NIV)

    His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. (Revelation 1:15 NIV)

    Ezekiel 43:2 likens the voice of God to the sound of many waters and Revelation 1:15 describes the voice of the Lord Jesus in the same manner. This mighty voice had a musical quality-harps in the Old Testament are frequently associated with joyous praise.

    Heaven will resound with joyous praise when Jesus returns in triumph to establish His earthly kingdom.

    What is the new song? The song of redemption. All heaven will overflow with praise because God’s redemptive work culminating in the return of Christ is accomplished.

    Why is the song restricted to the 144,000? Scripture doesn’t say but Henry Morris offers a possible explanation in The Revelation Record, p.260.

    The song was a new song, never before heard in earth or heaven. The theme of the song is not revealed but whatever it is, it is uniquely appropriate to the unique experiences of this unique body of 144,000 dedicated Christian witnesses. They had been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, protected by the name of the Father sealed on their foreheads, and completely dedicated to His service and testimony. Many have been Christ’s faithful witnesses and martyrs through the centuries, but never a group like this. The song which they singno one else could ever really “learn” (the Greek word means “experimentally understand”). The heavenly assembly could sing the words and the tune, but only the 144,000 could truly understand its meaning, for it was their new song.

    The Scriptures tell of nine “new songs,” and each one speaks of a glorious theme specifically designed for the singer of the song. The first six are in the book of Psalms (Psalm 33:3; 40:3; 96:1; 98:1;144:9;149:1) and one is in Isaiah 42:10. One of the new songs was sung by the redeemed host at the throne of the Lamb when He received the earth’s title (Revelation 5:9). The last new song is here on this occasion. One other song is mentioned in Revelation, but it is not a “new song,” being identified rather as “the song of Moses, and of the Lamb” (see on Revelation 15:3).

    Although the words of the song of the 144,000 are not recorded, it surely dwells in part at least on the great truth that they had been “redeemed from the earth.” Although in one sense all saved people have been redeemed from the earth, these would know the meaning of such a theme in a more profound way than others. They had been saved after the rapture, at that time in history when man’s greatest persecutions and God’s greatest judgements were on the earth. It was at such a time that they, like Noah (Genesis 6:8), had “found grace in the eyes of the Lord” and had been separated from “all that dwell upon the earth” (Revelaton 13:8). Not only had they been redeemed spiritually but, precursively as it were, they had been redeemed from the very curse on the earth (Genesis 3:17), being protected from pain and death by the guarding seal. Further, they had apparently even been set free from the very presence of sin in their lives in order to accomplish the unique and demanding ministry ordained for them by the Lamb.

  4. The darkness of the Tribulation — Revelation 14:4

    These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among mankind and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. (Revelation 14:4 NIV)

    In the midst of the darkness of the Tribulation period, with all divine restraint removed and sin is released like a flood, the 144,000 will shine forth like beacons of purity. The sexual purity reference means that they will stand apart from the sin of the culture. (14:4a)

    They will be completely loyal to the Lamb no matter what the cost. (14:4b) Do you follow Jesus wherever He goes? Are you willing to obey Him regardless of the cost? Explain. In other parts of the world today, many are paying a steep price for following Jesus. The 144,000 may legitimately be viewed as the first fruits of redeemed Israel in the Tribulation period. (14:4c)

  5. God’s Truth — Revelation 14:5

    No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless. (Revelation 14:5 NIV)

    They will speak God’s truth without compromise.

    They will do no wrong; they will tell no lies. A deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouths. They will eat and lie down and no one will make them afraid.” (Zephaniah 3:13 NIV)

    “Blameless” is better understood as sanctified who are called to holiness. Does the description of the 144,000 convict you as a follower of Jesus? (sexually chaste; follow the Lamb without hesitation; they have no lies on their lips; they are set apart for holiness in an unholy world)

    Take some time to do a self-examination. Is my lifestyle an unspoken testimony of God’s grace?

    1. Do keep myself pure and above reproach?
    2. Do I practice immediate obedience to the statements of Scripture? Or, do delay, rationalize and pick and choose what to obey?
    3. Do consider my speech against the standard of absolute truth? Or, do tell half-truths or deception?
    4. Do cultivate a blameless lifestyle that remains the same in private and in public?

    These 144,000 will spearhead the greatest revival the world will ever know. Their lives and ministry provide a pattern for us to follow. Will you be part of the effort to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the culture that surrounds you?

 

A pattern of lies and deceit in our installed president

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Yes, Biden called for the “unmasking” of General Flynn while in a meeting in the Obama oval office

The New York Post provides a little insight to the instance where Joe Biden suggested using the Logan Act against General Flynn during the transition to the Trump administration.

Former Vice President Joe Biden appears to have “personally raised the idea” of investigating Michael Flynn for potentially having violated the obscure Logan Act during his phone calls with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, according to newly filed court papers Wednesday.

The previously sealed document also says that former President Barack Obama told top members of his administration that “the right people” should investigate Flynn.

But then-FBI Director James Comey acknowledged during the meeting — which also involved Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and possibly national security adviser Susan Rice — that Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak “appear legit,” according to the Washington, DC, federal court filing by Flynn’s defense lawyers.

The revelations are contained in handwritten notes prepared by disgraced ex-FBI Agent Peter Strzok that Flynn’s lawyers called “stunning and exculpatory evidence” in the government’s since-abandoned case against President Trump’s former national security adviser.

A partially blacked-out copy of Strzok’s notes is attached to the filing and includes a mention that appears to say: “VP: ‘Logan Act.’”

“According to Strzok’s notes, it appears that Vice President Biden personally raised the idea of the Logan Act,” defense lawyers Jesse Binnall and Sidney Powell wrote.

”That became an admitted pretext to investigate General Flynn.”

The revelation contradicts Biden’s claim of total ignorance regarding the Flynn probe when he was vice president, which he was asked about during a May 12 interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

“I know nothing about those moves to investigate Michael Flynn,” he said at the time.

Biden later claimed he misunderstood the question, adding, “I was aware that there was — that they asked for an investigation, but that’s all I know about it, and I don’t think anything else.”

The Logan Act, which dates to 1799, bars unauthorized Americans from engaging in “any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government.”

The law has only led to two indictments — in 1803 and 1852 — but neither resulted in a conviction.

Strzok’s notes, apparently written on Jan. 4, 2017, were “previously withheld from General Flynn” until finally being turned over on Jan. 23 of this year, his lawyers wrote.

(Read about the court filing and the effect of the notes at the New York Post)

Wouldn’t a little turn-about work well here?

As Democrats exit office, surely a little oversight might be done. Maybe Republicans might prepare for a big oversight to occur soon in the oval office.

Unveiled memos raise questions about Biden’s role in President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate

The Washington Times reports how newly-disclosed memos show that Joe Biden seems to have requested the FBI raid on President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

A newly revealed letter shows that President Biden authorized the National Archives and Records Administration to reject any executive privilege claims that former President Donald Trump might use to stop the Justice Department from accessing classified documents stored at his Mar-a-Lago estate.

A letter posted late Monday on the website of conservative journalist John Solomon — one of the few people authorized by Mr. Trump to review National Archives records — revealed that Mr. Biden ordered the National Archives to share all materials it had requested from Mr. Trump to be shared with the Justice Department and the FBI.

The letter, written by National Archivist Debra Wall to Trump attorney Evan Corcoran, says the president cleared the way for her to rule on Mr. Trump’s executive privilege claims. That opened the door for the National Archives to allow the FBI and the Justice Department to review the missing documents, which culminated in this month’s raid on Mr. Trump’s residence.

“The counsel to the president has informed me that, in light of the particular circumstances presented here, President Biden defers to my determination, in consultation with the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal counsel regarding whether or not I should uphold former the former President’s purported ‘protective assertion of executive privilege,’” Ms. Wall wrote. “I have therefore decided not to honor the former president’s ‘protective claim of privilege.’”

Ms. Wall also wrote in her letter that Mr. Biden has the authority to nix Mr. Trump’s privilege claims based on a 1977 Supreme Court decision against former President Richard M. Nixon in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal.

She wrote that the decision “strongly suggests that a former president may not successfully assert executive privilege ‘against the very Executive Branch in whose name the privilege is invoked.’”

The letter raises questions about the White House’s claims that Mr. Biden was caught off guard by the FBI investigation into his predecessor before the Aug. 8 raid. Mr. Biden was aware of “the particular circumstances” surrounding Mr. Trump’s claim of executive privilege, according to Ms. Wall’s letter.

A memo by White House Deputy Counsel Johnathan Show, also posted on Mr. Solomon’s website, shows that the administration was engaged in conversations with the FBI, the Justice Department and the National Archives as early as April after Mr. Trump voluntarily returned 15 boxes of classified material to the Archives after they had been sent to Mar-a-Lago in the waning days of his administration.

Mr. Show also wrote that Mr. Biden would not object to waiving Mr. Trump’s privilege claim.

The memo and letter are the strongest evidence to date that the White House was involved in the Justice Department’s criminal investigation into Mr. Trump.

(Read more of Biden’s FBI fishing trip at the Washington Times)

This is exactly what was at the center of Watergate (except that we now have proof of presidential involvement)

If you would like to see the memos broken by John Solomon, go to Just the News.

After reading them, you might ask “Why hasn’t the press been all over this?” But you can’t forget: at the Washington Times, they’re Democrat journalists protecting Democrat politicians.

 

Oh, “No One Is Above The Law” or is it just Democrats?

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Democrats say “No one is above the law,” but this list of their corrupt allies proves otherwise

The Federalist pops a little bit of liberal bliss as they explore the times Democrat politicians ignored the law and were enabled by lawless agencies. Here are the first six of the list of 20 violators of our common good:

When the FBI executed a raid on the home of former President Donald Trump, who happens to be the most popular political leader in America, the “get Trump” crowd was overjoyed.

Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy PelosiMiles Taylor (the “anonymous” author who pretended to be a senior Trump aide), Clinton-era Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, even Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, and many others all gave the same justification for the FBI’s actions that they gave for Trump’s first and second impeachments: “No one is above the law, not even a president of the United States.”

Yet, a majority of Americans know that’s categorically untrue. That’s why so many of them rejected Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray’s scolding of anyone who dared question their credibility following the raid.

But while the FBI and DOJ have busied themselves with targeting Trump and his aides, colluding with the National School Boards Association to silence concerned parents, concocting entrapment schemes masquerading as plots to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and chasing down election integrity supporters at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, plenty of real criminals and security threats have gotten away scot-free. That’s no accident.

Here is everyone who Democrats and their bureaucrat buddies have deemed “above the law” and unworthy of proper investigation and prosecution.

  1. President Joe Biden

    A president avoiding paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes seems like the kind of thing federal agencies, including the recently financially invigorated Internal Revenue Service, should explore. Yet Biden, who hasn’t explained millions of dollars of his recorded income, and First Lady Jill Biden together reportedly dodged about $517,000 in Medicare and Obamacare taxes between 2017 and 2020 without scrutiny.

  2. Hunter Biden

    The president’s son isn’t just a walking liability for the Biden family name, he’s a glaring national security threat with a long, infamous history of using illicit drugs, engaging in possibly criminal sexual escapades with foreign women, and selling access to his dad under the guise of doing business with foreign oligarchs.

    Besides all this and his reckless handling of a lost gun in 2018 — which, against normal protocol, the Secret Service reportedly helped him cover up — Hunter likely lied on federal forms about his drug use to purchase that gun, a felony, with barely a whisper of punishment.

  3. Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton and her staff mishandled highly classified information, which resulted in at least 91 security violations. The FBI, of course, never raided Clinton’s house over her rogue server despite the crimes committed to cover it up. Instead, as Sen. Chuck Grassley put it, the FBI “inexplicably agreed to destroy [Clinton staffers Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson’s] laptops knowing that the contents were the subject of Congressional subpoenas and preservation letters.”

  4. Everyone Involved in Benghazi

    Speaking of Clinton, why wasn’t she or any other Obama-era bureaucrat who was responsible for abandoning four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, where they were murdered by terrorists, punished for trying to cover up the fatal scandal?

  5. Illegal Border Crossers

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection has apprehended roughly 3.5 million illegal border crossers since Biden assumed office, but those migrants are rarely punished for violating the law.

    Instead of addressing how the compromised border is fostering an environment ripe for trafficking and other crimes, the Biden administration along with the FBI and DOJ have brushed off concerns about illegal immigration. Apparently, it is more important to go after American citizens than prosecute potentially dangerous foreign ones.

  6. Gavin Newsom and Every Other Dem Who Partied While Americans Suffered Lockdowns<

    Dozens of Democrats including California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Pelosi, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio were caught violating their own Covid-19 lockdown rules. If Democrats cared about rule of law so much, why did these politicians escape accountability?

(Read the rest of the list at The Federalist)

Also, let’s not forget our history

Let’s no forget our recent history with James Comey taking notes during meetings with the last competent president and sending those notes to a friend.

Let’s not forget our recent history with the IRS targeting conservative groups. Let’s not forget Lois Lerner.

Let’s not forget the Kennedy clan. Let’s not forget Chappaquiddick Ted.

When the press says “No one is above the law,” that’s media code talk for targeting conservatives

The Daily Caller documents the enraptured commentary on Twitter by main stream media personalities as the FBI raid on the Trump estate occurred.

Media personalities and Democratic lawmakers celebrated on Twitter about the news of the Monday raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

“FBI raids Mar-a-Lago,” actor/director Rob Reiner tweeted. “Game on!!!”

“Fascists hate the rule of law,” MSNBC host Joe Scarborough posted on Twitter. “They fight it, try to undermine it, work every day of their lives to destroy it. But in America, they fail. Fascists are brought to justice by law abiding Americans. Because in America, we still believe that no man is above the law.”

(Read more at the Daily Caller for additional inconsequential statements from liberals who would howl if the tables were turned)

Let’s see how enraptured they get if and when the tables get turned

Will it be “Game on” when an FBI or other law enforcement division shows up at the Biden compound?

Will they be saying “This is not America” when an IRS truck pulls up to the Pelosi mansion?

New York progressives have spawned a bloody war on the streets — and innocents are paying the price

The New York Post comments on the violence that progressives have encouraged to the injury of innocents on the streets.

New York’s progressives have spawned an ugly war that’s taking place not just on the ideological fronts but in the streets — and it’s claiming real casualties. Yet what the progressives fail to admit is that these casualties aren’t just numbers on a spreadsheet; they’re real people.

On Aug. 13, New York added another name to its casualty list with the killing of taxi driver Kutin Gyimah. Gyimah was a real person — a father of four and loving husband. He died after he was brutally attacked by riders for daring to collect his fare for his driving services.

And his merciless death came just a day after another innocent, Jesus Cortes, was blindsided by a sucker punch to the head, in an unprovoked attack allegedly by parolee Van Phu Bui. The out-of-the-blue wallop caused fracturing to Cortes’ skull and bleeding in his brain.

Alas, in this very hot war, the humanity of innocents like Cortes and Gyimah is utterly lost. To the progressives, casualty numbers can never be high enough to change their course, because their mission is more important than a few dead bystanders.

And they are waging their battles from within all sectors of the government, which are being increasingly occupied by ideologues who create policies that sound good but create hell for civilians.

As Jesus Cortes lay in a hospital recovering from his injuries, New York’s occupying forces downgraded Bui’s charges from attempted murder to assault and harassment and promptly released him from jail. Why? Because their ideology dictates that they reserve compassion for the criminal element, not the innocent who are preyed upon.

(Read at the New York Post how the progressive policies produce neither “equity” nor fairness)

Sadly, this will need to start happening to the media elites before action will occur

Either a family member of an elite politician or a close associate of one of the main stream elites will need to suffer like Gyimah or Cortez before action will start in the liberal enclave of New York.

 

Lina Hidalgo presents this interesting set of contradictions

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Lina Hidalgo claims to be a simple public servant. She claims not to have defunded the police. She claims innocence in various matters. However, in just one simple search of the web site for Houston Fox affiliate (KRIV), I found:

 

Lina Hidalgo has only started to feel the pressure

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Lina Hidalgo refuses to answer questions and lies at press conference

Houston Fox affiliate KRIV reports how Lina Hidalgo and Adrian Garcia disputed their having defunded the county sheriffs.

82 days out from a pivotal election, top Harris County Democratic leaders attempted to back their claim that they have adequately funded law enforcement during the worst crime wave in 40 years.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez reported thousands of additional arrests made possible by an increase in overtime funding, triggered in December by widespread public protest.

FOX 26 asked Gonzalez if he had been granted the additional funding in 2021, 2020, and 2019 would it have gotten the County ahead of the crime wave?

“Yes absolutely, anytime we have any additional overtime or resources it’s always going to be a force multiplier,” said Gonzalez.

The Sheriff went on to concede he has been asking for more “boots on the ground” for years

“Ever since I was elected Sheriff, we have been asking for additional resources as we assess crime in our community. We absolutely could use more,” said Gonzalez.

The Sheriff’s stunning candor undercut the claim of Judge Lina Hidalgo and Commissioner Adrian Garcia that Harris County Law enforcement was properly funded during the ongoing escalation of violent crime.

(Read more at KRIV)

Hidalgo led the court that took do many destructive things

It was Hidalgo:

Also consider this

 

Democratic operatives control voter rolls in 31 states

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Democratic operatives control voter rolls in 31 states

The Federalist quotes Verity Vote when it points out that Democratic operatives control voter rolls in 31 states.

A prominent voter-roll management system used by 31 states and the District of Columbia has politically compromised ties, according to a new report by independent research group Verity Vote.

The Electronic Registration Information Center, or ERIC, was sold to states as a quick and easy way to update their voter rolls. Started in 2012 by far-left activist David Becker and the left-leaning Pew Charitable Trusts, the program is ostensibly run by the member states themselves. But as public records show, Democratic operatives are working overtime under the cover of ERIC to accomplish their partisan goals and drive Democratic voter turnout.

David Becker, Far-Left Activist

Becker’s left-wing ties have long concerned Republican state officials participating in ERIC. Before he started ERIC, Becker worked as a lobbyist for People for the American Way, a George Soros-funded advocacy group best known for the Right Wing Watch project, a website that catalogs and attacks conservative politicians and movements.

Before that, though, he was a Justice Department attorney whom colleagues remember as a “hard-core leftist” who “couldn’t stand Conservatives.” 

While at the DOJ, Becker became the subject of an ethics complaint after he contacted Boston and offered his help in defeating a lawsuit made against the city by his employer for voting infractions. According to Hans von Spakovsky, former counsel to the assistant attorney general for civil rights at the time, Becker “was supposed to be nonpartisan, but his emails uncovered in the Boston investigation revealed nasty, disparaging remarks about Republicans. Very unethical and unprofessional.”

After his stint at the DOJ and People for the American Way, Becker became the director of election initiatives at Pew Charitable Trusts, where he organized the creation of ERIC in 2012. Though Becker officially left ERIC in 2016, public records show he has continued to play a strong role in the organization, coordinating with state officials on ERIC-related activities and even running ERIC meetings. Documentation of that role is provided in Verity’s report. This is in violation of ERIC’s bylaws as Becker is a “non-voting board member” of ERIC and should not have the power to direct projects.

(Read more at The Federalist)

The announcement above is the realization of the Democrat Clerk Work program mentioned at this blog previously

This matches a previous post at this blog where Democrats planned to implement their Clerk Work program where they would take over local offices in charge of running elections.

Harris County, Texas shows itself as the dreamscape of Democrat election cheating

In Harris County, Texas, this is partially enacted through the Democrat majority on the county commissioners’ court (ruled by Democrats Lina Hidalgo and Adrian Garcia) when they appointed a third non-elected official to oversee elections in the county (Clifford Tatum). This appointment was preceded by the appointment of:

Open cheating, anyone? Ineptitude in officials, anyone?

 

God’s final Word – Chapter 13, verses 11 through 18

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God’s final Word – The False Prophet

The following comes through the notes of Mark Ramsey and the responses of the class.

  1. The False Prophet — Revelation 13:11

    Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon. (Revelation 13:11 NASB1995)

    The major weapons in Satan’s arsenal are deception and manipulation.

    You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44 NASB)

    No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds. (2 Corinthians 11:14‭-‬15 NASB)

    in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Corinthians 4:4 NASB)

    Do you believe you have ever been deceived or manipulated by the devil or his minions? If so, what was the result? How did you recognize it and recover?

    One class member admitted that she had been deceived by a preacher on television (who she named, but the name was too faint for me to hear); however, when the preaching did not align with the Bible, that class member abandoned the preacher.

    Another class member shared that he been deceived by a business partner.

    “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7:15 NASB)

    But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. (2 Peter 2:1 NASB)

    Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1 NASB)

    False prophets have plagued God’s people from the beginning of history. But they will proliferate even more as the return of Christ to establish His kingdom approaches. The devil will intensify his efforts.

    for false Christs and false prophets will arise, and will show signs and wonders, in order to lead astray, if possible, the elect. (Mark 13:22 NASB)

    But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, (1 Timothy 4:1 NASB1995)

    Knowing this, what is your response?

    One class member pointed to how we have had to deal with Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses. Therefore, we should be able to handle the lies Satan will create to cover for the Antichrist (however, luckily, we won’t be there).

    The false prophet in the Tribulation will be the final false prophet and he will be Satan’s last and most powerful lying deceiver. The false prophet, who will counterfeit the Holy Spirit, will form the satanic false trinity with the Antichrist and Satan. He will be the high priest and religious leader of the Antichrist, who will lead the people into the satanic religion of worshipping Antichrist. The false prophet will deify Antichrist and convince unbelievers that he is the only hope for the world’s salvation.

    Do you think the world is “ripe” for such a situation? Explain.

    One class member pointed to political commentators who worked against President Trump and now are denouncing Governor DeSantis. That class member did not defend the sometimes gruff words of President Trump, but supported the righteous end-acts of both President Trump and Governor DeSantis.

    Another class member pointed out that we are not to put our trust in Earthly princes (but in God — something everyone agreed to).

  2. Another of the same kind — Revelation 13:11

    Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon. (Revelation 13:11 NASB)

    The Greek term ἄλλο (pronounced “allo” and meaning “another of the same kind”) indicates that this beast like the first beast, will be a person.

    This beast will come out of the earth. He will be indwelt by a demon out of the abyss. Coming out of the earth suggests that he will be less overpowering and terrifying than the Antichrist.

    Two horns vs. ten horns indicates he is less powerful and as harmless as a lamb. He is a subtle deceiver.

    He is a child of hell because he spoke as a dragon. He will be the dragon’s mouthpiece. He will speak deceiving words of praise about the Antichrist, luring the world to worship him.

  3. Demonic power and authority — Revelation 13:12-14

    He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who *had the wound of the sword and has come to life. (Revelation 13:12‭-‬14 NASB)

    The false prophet will exercise the same kind of demonic power and authority as the Antichrist as both are empowered by Satan. “In the Antichrist’s presence” implies that the Antichrist will delegate authority to him. He will lead the worldwide cult of Antichrist worship.

    The efforts to promote worship of the Antichrist will receive a boost when he apparently is healed from a fatal wound and the false prophet performs great signs of his own.

    that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. (2 Thessalonians 2:9‭-‬10)

    Although the inhabitants (unbelievers) will be deceived, God’s elect will not be deceived.

    For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. (Mark 13:22 NIV)

    There will be a blasphemous image set up most likely on the temple grounds in Jerusalem and will be connected with the abomination of desolation.

  4. The image gets breath — Revelation 13:15-18

    And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six. (Revelation 13:15‭-‬18 NASB)

    This image may be a humanoid image of the Antichrist, some type of artificial intelligence that sounds and acts like the real person, that will deceive people into worshipping it and the beast it represents. Those who do not worship the image will be killed. Many of those martyred saints mentioned in chapters 6 and 7 will be killed at this time. Not all believers will be killed.

    All unbelievers will be given a mark. The mark will signify that the person bearing the mark is a follower of the Antichrist.

    Without the mark, no one will be able to buy and sell. The Antichrist will maintain strict economic control over the world. We already know microchips are being utilized in the world for financial records as well as medical records and proof of vaccines.

    Imagine that you live in this time in which a professing Christian is outlawed and punished by death. The soldiers of the government are patrolling the neighborhood and arresting those suspected of being Christians. You are confronted and asked, “are you a Christian?” You have a choice to make. Either deny Christ and live or confess Him and die. Can you imagine such a scenario and your response?

    Intensify the scene. Your spouse, children, or grandchildren are with you. “Reject Christ or they die!”

    This is going on in the world today.

    The mark will be the name of the beast or the number of his name.

    Most people will follow the safe course by worshipping the beast. Revelation 14:9-11 warns of their fate.

    A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.” (Revelation 14:9‭-‬11 NIV)

    These passages stand as a warning to the unbelieving world and a challenge to believers to lead watchful, godly lives and to share the message of hope of Jesus in an increasingly hopeless world before it is too late. It is possible to say “no” to God once too often. We are called to rescue the souls of those who are walking aimlessly or arrogantly to disaster and death by faithfully proclaiming the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. Will you choose to follow Jesus by denying yourself, taking up the cross and following Him in your daily life?

 

Six stories centering on the FBI’s dishonest dealings with Trump

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FBI took three passports in raid of Mar-a-Lago

The Washington Examiner reports on how President Trump has claimed to have had three passports taken by the FBI.

Former President Donald Trump accused FBI agents of taking three passports in their search of his Mar-a-Lago home one week ago.

The accusation, made in a Truth Social post on Monday, comes four days after a judge unsealed a search warrant, including an inventory of items taken from Trump’s residence in Florida, which showed some classified materials.

“Wow! In the raid by the FBI of Mar-a-Lago, they stole my three Passports (one expired), along with everything else,” Trump said. “This is an assault on a political opponent at a level never seen before in our Country. Third World!”

There is some speculation surrounding the multiple Trump passports, as some individuals may possess more than one for diplomatic or official business travel.

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

I do not inherently trust anyone. However, when it comes to the FBI’s Russian collusion hoax, the Democrat’s January 6 “insurrection,” or the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid — I will trust the words of Donald Trump over FBI Leftists

The Leftists in the FBI have proven to be more subversive and less trustworthy than Donald Trump and his associates. When the “golden showers” tale and the story from Christopher Steele came out, the FBI spent $32 million investigating before announcing Trump innocent of the accusations.

Although the 6 January inquiry has not come to an end (and will likely never do so), nothing has come out in a formal fashion that has implicated President Trump of involvement in wrongdoing.

Moreover, as the following article illustrates, when Trump suggested that passports were taken, the FBI (despite initial denials by the agency and its apologists in the media) soon admitted that they had taken those passports.

CBS says Norah O’Donnell’s tweets denying FBI confiscation of Trump passports do not measure up to CBS standards

The New York Post delves into the story of how CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell has so consistently gotten the story against President Trump wrong.

“CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell is rankling journalists at CBS News with her tweets about former President Donald Trump’s passports, with some griping that she played it fast and loose according to CBS News’ reporting standards.

O’Donnell tweeted Monday that she had been told by a “DOJ official” that the FBI was “not in possession” of Trump’s three passports, which contradicted the former president’s statement that his travel documents were taken by FBI agents who searched his Florida home last week.

But the anchor attributed the information to a single source — a big no-no at CBS News, which has a strict two-source protocol, angry CBS sources told The Post. They added that the tweets also made it sound like O’Donnell was calling the former president a “liar.”

“This is an embarrassment for CBS that the face of your network can’t even make a second call to a Justice Department rep,” one livid source said. “It’s Journalism 101.”

The FBI had returned the documents earlier in the afternoon, according to now-public correspondence between Trump’s camp and the DOJ.

(Read more at the New York Post)

Of course, the inherent trust of the Left with anything that advances their narrative leads us to the next two stories

The Leftists in the newsroom of CBS would rather believe the worst about Trump; therefore, they don’t bother to check their single sources for accuracy. Likewise, they want to believe the best about a group that has done nothing but attack Trump from his first days of campaigning; therefore, they support this agency (as shown in the next article).

Only liberals trust the FBI in significant numbers

The New York Post tells us how only liberals trust the FBI in significant numbers.

It is curious that the biggest fans of the FBI today are liberals. You hear them on MSNBC, singing from the same song sheet as former disgraced CIA and FBI operatives who have been transformed into esteemed and well-paid TV experts, shilling for whatever unseen forces motivate them, or creating confusing narratives to cover their tracks. 

At the same time, a majority of Americans, 53%, view the FBI as “Joe Biden‘s personal Gestapo,” according to a new Rasmussen poll out Thursday. 

The agency’s standing is at rock bottom among Republicans and conservatives, and not too healthy with independents and moderates. 

The poll, conducted on Monday and Tuesday, one week after the extraordinary FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida mansion, shows just 50% of all voters hold a favorable view of the federal law-enforcement agency, down from 60% in May 2020. 

But while just 30% of Republicans and 45% of independents feel positive about the FBI, 75% of Democrats and 81% of liberals are big fans. 

Since the Mar-a-Lago raid, 70% of Republicans say they have less trust in the FBI than they used to, while 50% of Democrats trust it more. 

(Read more at the New York Post)

Trump and Obama both had procedures that reclassified documents taken as part of executive work

In the following issue of Facts Matter, Roman Balmakov points out that the Trump team issued the following regarding the accusation that Trump held classified documents:

The very fact that these documents were present at Mar-a-Lago means they couldn’t have been classified …  As we can all relate to, everyone ends up having to bring their work home from time to time. American presidents are no different. President Trump, in order to prepare for work the next day, often took documents including classified documents from the Oval Office to the residence. He had a standing order that documents removed from the Oval Office and taken into the residence were deemed to be declassified.

Back in 2009, Obama issued Executive Order 13526 in that order, he laid out a process by which all federal officials would follow to declassify documents; however, in that executive order, he explicitly exempted himself:

Information originated by the incumbent President or the incumbent Vice President, the incumbent President’s White House Staff or the incumbent Vice President’s White House Staff that solely advise and assist the incumbent President is exempted from the provisions of paragraph (a) of this section.

Likewise, John Ratcliffe, former Director of National Intelligence, said:

The president does have ultimate declassification authority. He can literally declassify — and President Trump had that authority, and could declassify anything you want while he was president.

Of course, the liberal-left portion of the Obama regime produced an ideologue who contradicted Obama’s own exemption for the President in the declassification process when he (Richard Immerman) said:

He can’t just wave a want and say it’s declassified. … There has to be a formal process. That’s the only way the system can work. … I’ve seen thousands of declassified documents. They’re all marked ‘declassified’ with the date they were declassified.

Luckily, it seems that the Trump team had a response for the Leftist’s banality:

The power to classify and declassify documents rests solely with the President of the United States. The idea that some paper-pushing bureaucrat, with the classification authority delegated by the President, needs to approve of declassification is absurd.

It would seem that Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s ruling on Bill Clinton’s sock drawer might have some effect

As recorded in an article at Just the News, a 2012 ruling by Judge Amy Berman Jackson on secret documents found with Bill Clinton.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington D.C. ultimately rejected Judicial Watch’s suit by concluding there was no provision in the Presidential Records Act to force the National Archives to seize records from a former president.

But Jackson’s ruling — along with the Justice Department’s arguments that preceded it — made some other sweeping declarations that have more direct relevance to the FBI’s decision to seize handwritten notes and files Trump took with him to Mar-a-Lago. The most relevant is that a president’s discretion on what are personal vs. official records is far-reaching and solely his, as is his ability to declassify or destroy records at will.

“Under the statutory scheme established by the PRA, the decision to segregate personal materials from Presidential records is made by the President, during the President’s term and in his sole discretion,” Jackson wrote in her March 2012 decision, which was never appealed.

“Since the President is completely entrusted with the management and even the disposal of Presidential records during his time in office, it would be difficult for this Court to conclude that Congress intended that he would have less authority to do what he pleases with what he considers to be his personal records,” she added.

(Read the full article at Just the News)

Tweets that illustrate the dishonest cooperation between the Democrat media, the political Democrats, and the Democrat FBI

By the way, these tweets were shamelessly stolen from Bunkerville during the light of day. Each of these illustrate the cooperation between the Democrat media, the Democrat FBI, and the Democrat politicians.

 

An argument against using altered states to reach God

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An argument against using altered states to reach God

An associate of mine pointed to a friend who claimed to be closer to God when using a mind altering substance and asked me how I might respond. This was the most of my response:

There are several reasons not to try to reach God via altered state (mushrooms, alcohol, …).

  1. The first is God tells us to use our brains to know Him.

    Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 NASB)

    If we were to submit to using drugs to reach God, then skeptics could rightly assign any manifestation of the ordeal as being mere intoxication (as did the mockers who observed the first Christians “began to speak in other languages.”

    When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” (Acts 2:1‭-‬13 NIV)

  2. A second reason for not using brain-altering chemicals to commune with God comes from the command where God tells us not to use altered states of consciousness to reach Him.

    And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, (Ephesians 5:18 NASB)

  3. Third, if God allowed the use of a drug to get closer to Him, that would count as works. As Ephesians 2:8-9 reveals, our relationship with God does not depend upon works.

    For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8‭-‬9 NASB)

    Additionally, that one type of drug (wine, mushrooms, heroin, …) would rank as a special type of works. If wine was ok, but whiskey was not, there would be a contradictory type of works at play.

  4. Since ancient witches and sorcerers used drugs to advance their “magic,” God forbids us to use drugs to worship Him. In fact, when this gets referred to in Galatians, it gets lumped in with other “acts of the flesh.” So much for using it to get close to God.

    The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19‭-‬21 NIV)

 

Liz Cheney loses Wyoming primary to Trump-endorsee Harriet Hageman

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Liz Cheney loses Wyoming primary to Trump-endorsee Harriet Hageman

The Epoch Times gives us the low-down on the loss of our favorite RINO Liz Cheney (and, hopefully, soon-to-be forgotten CNN commentator).

When former President Donald Trump announced in September 2021 that he was supporting Harriet Hageman in challenging Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) in the Aug. 16, 2022 Republican primary for Wyoming’s lone congressional seat, the three-term incumbent defiantly shot back: “Bring it.”

Cheney fell into disfavor with the Republican party and her constituents—70 percent of whom voted for Trump in 2020—for being among the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, serving as co-chair of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, and being among the former president’s most unrelenting antagonists.

In a May rally for Hageman, the former president implored Wyoming voters to give him the honor of saying, “Liz, you’re fired.”

According to a projection by Decision Desk HQ, Cheney has been fired by her constituents with Hageman rolling to a convincing win in the primary and to near-certain victory in November in deep red Wyoming.

With 6 percent of the votes counted at 9:53 p.m., Hageman, a natural resources attorney from Fort Laramie, garnered 60 percent of the vote, according to AP. Cheney drew 35 percent.

(Read more at The Epoch Times)

This began not with Trump, but with the Tea Party

The origins of this battle were between the common people of the Tea Party and the establishment. Hence, one has to wonder whether they are having a political wake for Liz at the Bush ranch (or if they are waiting for the rumored presidential run where this “superwoman in her own eyes” does her best to prevent another Trump run).

 

Really? FBI goes after documents protected by attorney-client privilege — NOT espionage documents

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FBI seizes privileged Trump records during raid; DOJ opposes request for independent review: sources

Fox News lays out the central things that went awry during the Democrat raid on Donald Trump’s home.

The FBI seized boxes containing records covered by attorney-client privilege and potentially executive privilege during its raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News, adding that the Justice Department opposed Trump lawyers’ request for the appointment of an independent, special master to review the records.

Sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News Saturday that the former president’s team was informed that boxes labeled A-14, A-26, A-43, A-13, A-33, and a set of documents—all seen on the final page of the FBI’s property receipt —contained information covered by attorney-client privilege.

The FBI seized classified records from Trump’s Palm Beach home during its unprecedented Monday morning raid, including some marked as top secret. But the former president is disputing the classification, saying the records have been declassified.

The warrant and property receipt from the FBI’s Monday search were formally unsealed Friday afternoon.

Attorney-client privilege refers to a legal privilege that keeps communications between an attorney and their client confidential. 

Sources told Fox News that some records could be covered by executive privilege, which gives the president of the United States and other officials within the executive branch the authority to withhold certain sensitive forms of advice and consultation between the president and senior advisers.

It is unclear, at this point, if the records include communications between the former president and his private attorneys, White House counsel during the Trump administration, or a combination.

Sources told Fox News that, due to attorney-client privilege, Trump’s team asked the Justice Department for their position on whether they would support a third party, independent special master to review those records, but sources told Fox News that the DOJ notified Trump’s team that they would oppose that request. 

The Justice Department and the FBI declined to comment.

(Read of the comments from the Trump spokesperson and see the warrant at Fox News)

This Biden regime should be labelled “the gang that couldn’t shoot straight”

Once they were handed the government, this group of nincompoops have not gotten anything right. They did not have to go strong left on transgender policy. They did not have to push this on our military (along with pushing an un-needed vaccine on our military and healthcare personnel). They did not have to start up the failed Iran deal. They did not have to continue stocking Afghanistan with weapons and then abandon it at the loss of American and coalition. They did not have to do everything they have to cripple our energy (and economy). They did not have to attack their political rivals by way of the partisan FBI.

But they have.

 

We know who commands the American Gestapo, but who remains in the Vichy Republicans?

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The American Gestapo

After a judge orders the DOJ to respond to the Trump raid, A.G. Garland claims to seek to open the warrant and Rep. Gabbard calls this an abuse of power

The Christian Broadcasting Network reports how a judge has ordered the Department of “Justice” to respond on the Trump raid while Tulsi Gabbard accuses of Biden of a blatant abuse of power.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland admitted in a hastily called press conference on Thursday afternoon that he had personally signed off on the search warrant issued against former President Trump, authorizing the unprecedented FBI raid.

Garland also revealed that the Department of Justice is seeking to unseal the mysterious warrant, citing “substantial public interest in this matter.”

The move comes right after the same federal judge who signed the warrant ordered the DOJ to respond to a watchdog group’s motion to unseal the warrant.

Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart told the DOJ to respond by next Monday, but all the details still might not be made public. “The response may be filed ex parte and under seal as necessary to avoid disclosing matters already under seal. In that event, the Government shall file a redacted Response in the public record,” Reinhart wrote.

On Aug. 9, Judicial Watch filed its motion asking the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to unseal as soon as possible the search warrant materials used by the FBI to raid Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida earlier this week. 

“The Biden administration’s raid on President Trump’s home is an outrageous, reckless, and unprecedented abuse of power. And the American people have an urgent right to know how it happened and who is responsible,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.

The Albany Times Union and The New York Times have joined Judicial Watch in filing for the unsealing of the warrant by filing an amicus letter and motion respectively. 

Due to multiple organizations filing to unseal the warrant, Judge Reinhart ordered, “To avoid the need for individualized orders on any future motion(s) to unseal, it is ORDERED that the Government shall file an omnibus response to all motions to unseal on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on August 15, 2022.”

According to numerous media outlets, the warrant reportedly relates to an alleged dispute over the Presidential Records Act

As CBN News reported, the probe is reportedly part of a federal investigation into whether Trump took classified records from the White House after he left office. Trump had previously cooperated with federal officials, allowing them access to his Mar-a-Lago home to reclaim documents.

(continued)

Meanwhile, former congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard said the FBI’s raid on Trump’s home shows an “escalating, very dangerous trend of abuse of power” by the Biden administration.

“This is something that every American should be extremely concerned about because this raid is just the latest serious escalation of this disturbing trend that we’ve seen of blatant abuse of power by those in power, to not only protect their friends but to target their political opponents or frankly anyone who dares to dissent or challenge or disagree or even question what this administration is doing,” Gabbard told Fox News.

(Read more at CBN)

While this statement from Gabbard may be meant merely to distinguish her from the Democrats that push through the rest of the Build Back Broker plan by Biden, I agree with her rhetoric

But, while I agree with her rhetoric, more than rhetoric is needed. Action first. Rhetoric can come when things are not as critical and people might need to be informed on a topic. However, the only people without an opinion now are those who remain willfully blind.

In what alternate universe does the Democrat-bolstered IRS need to enforce its judgements with deadly force?

Once a voluntary tax to a life-and-death matter, the Biden Inflation Reduction bill makes the IRS too powerful

As reported by Breitbart and archived at Archive Today, a job advertisement for the Internal Revenue Service includes a “Major Duty” where the applicant should expect to “Carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”

A job listing for the position of IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent stresses that applicants must “carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force” in order to carry out their duties.

The job listing says:

As a Special Agent you will combine your accounting skills with law enforcement skills to investigate financial crimes. Special Agents are duly sworn law enforcement officers who are trained to “follow the money.” No matter what the source, all income earned, both legal and illegal, has the potential of becoming involved in crimes which fall within the investigative jurisdiction of the IRS Criminal Investigation. Because of the expertise required to conduct these complex financial investigations, IRS Special Agents are considered the premier financial investigators for the Federal government.

It goes on to describe Special Agent “major duties,” which include “[carrying] a firearm and [being] willing to use deadly force, if necessary.” Applicants for the Special Agent position must also “be willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.”

(Read more at Breitbart)

By the way, this requires a hat tip to Bunkerville.

Despite Democrats’ dive into the realm of the National Socialists, no justification exists for arming the pencil pushers that cannot answer the phones or issue tax returns

If they cannot handle manning a phone bank to respond to questions about tax forms and if they cannot issue tax returns on time, then they really don’t deserve guns or deadly force. This weaponizing should not last beyond the first few minutes of Republican domination of the House and Senate.

Vichy Republicans defined

These top GOP senators still haven’t condemned Democrats’ banana republic FBI raid on Donald Trump

The Federalist tells us in a 9 August 2022 article how certain Republican politicians have not condemned the raid on Trump’s home.

More than 24 hours after the FBI’s “unannounced raid” on former President Donald Trump’s home, some in Senate GOP leadership including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have refused to condemn the rogue agency’s actions against their party leader.

While House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy rushed to condemn the Department of Justice’s “intolerable state of weaponized politicization” the night of the raid and even announced plans to “conduct immediate oversight of this department,” neither McConnell, Senate Republican Policy Committee Chair Roy Blunt, nor Senate Republican Whip John Thune had publicly mentioned a word to their constituents, the press, or their colleagues by Tuesday afternoon about taking action against the politicized bureaucratic agencies that have increasingly targeted Americans.

Instead of addressing the two-tiered justice system in the U.S., something nearly 80 percent of Americans say is a legitimate problem facing the nation, as a united party that stands behind its former presidential leader, McConnell and his Senate peers have remained deliberately mum on the FBI’s ambush at Mar-a-Lago.

Their offices did not immediately respond to The Federalist’s questions about whether they plan to condemn the raid.

(Read more at The Federalist)

Dan Crenshaw, my representative, has remained silent on this overreach

Dan would not stand up for us when the Democrats cheated. I cannot find any comment from him on 2000 Mules or any statement in support of True the Vote; therefore, I can only assume he depends on Democrat votes to be elected.

 

This Biden-commented story will now disappear; HOWEVER, …

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Biden jumped into the middle of what he thought would be the persecution of Muslims in redneck America

Reuters applauded Joe Biden’s sidling up to the Muslim community by way of pushing for an investigation of four murders of Muslim men.

Police in New Mexico on Sunday asked for the public’s help in locating a “vehicle of interest” in their probe of four fatal shootings of Muslim men whose slayings in Albuquerque over the past nine months are believed by investigators to be related.

Mayor Tim Keller said state authorities were working to provide an “extra police presence at mosques during times of prayer” as the investigation proceeds in New Mexico’s largest city, home to as many as 5,000 Muslims out of some 565,000 total residents.

The latest victim, police said, was gunned down on Friday night, in a killing that local Islamic leaders said occurred shortly after he had attended funeral services for two others slain during the past couple of weeks.

All three of those men, as well as the very first victim who was shot dead in November, were Muslim men of Pakistani or Afghan descent who resided in Albuquerque.

Police have given few details of the latest murder but described the first three killings as ambush shootings. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has characterized them as “targeted killings of Muslim residents.”

U.S. President Joe Biden posted a message on Twitter on Sunday expressing solidarity with the Muslim community, adding, “These hateful attack have no place in America.”

(Read more tripe at Reuters)

Of course Dementia Joe channeled Obama

Dementia Joe has done his best to continue the failed portions of the Obama years. Why not return to this?

The first problem is that the murderer wasn’t who Joe Biden suspected

A 51-year-old Sunni Muslim has been arrested in connection with the murders

The United Kingdom’s Metro reports that Muhammad Syed, an Afghan Sunni Muslim, has been arrested.

A ‘primary suspect’ has been charged in two of four killings of Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Muhammed Syed on Tuesday night was charged with murder for two of the killings. He was also identified by police as the main primary suspect in the other two cases.

When police arrived to search Syed’s house in Albuquerque, he drove away in a Volkswagen Jetta that they believe was used in one of the ‘ambush-style’ shootings.

Police followed Syed from the home before eventually arresting him in Santa Rosa – about 118 miles west of Albuquerque.

Syed was charged with the July 26 murder of Aftab Hussein and the August 1 murder of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain.

‘The gun used in both of those shootings was discovered during the overnight search of his home,’ stated police.

Police Chief Harold Medina said they are still working to charge Syed for the deaths of Naeem Hussain on August 5 and Mohammed Zaher Ahmadi on November 7, 2021.

He did not know whether the deaths would be classified as hate crimes, serial killings, or both.

(Read more at Metro)

Any speculation on how long it will take Biden and the Democrats to act like this never happened?

Will you be able to measure the shortness of time?

However, we cannot let them sweep the Trump raid under the rug

Despite the tendency of the main-stream-dupe Democrats to swing their cameras away from the real story of the Trump raid, we cannot let it go.

Standing for Trump’s rights not to be raided and even eliminating the FBI are not a matter of opposing “defund the police.” The police that I support are local and must answer locally for their actions. Accountability remains a central part of any structure that I want to use to invest power.

The FBI, on the other hand, does not answer to a local control (or any control outside of the Democrat National Committee). That presented quite a conflict of interest (or at least should have) when the House, Senate, and presidency were held by the other party. And, now that the American gestapo has installed their own brand of demented leader, it compounds the problem.

Therefore, we cannot afford to let this go, since, as we were reminded by The Federalist‘s Margot Cleveland:

If we have the attorney general come out, we have the FBI director come out and say, “We had evidence. We had evidence that he had classified documents. We went to court. We did this the right way. We got a warrant” — why should we believe them? They already proved to us that they were willing to lie and that a judge was willing to rubber-stamp something in the past to get Trump.

 

Lists for Democrats (and practical Democrats)

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Lists pertaining to the Inflation Reduction Act, the Trump Raid, and related tweets

A list of complaints against the Inflation Reduction Act

Things in the Inflation Reduction Act that don’t reduce inflation, but do raise my hackles:

A list of raids the FBI should make before it gets disbanded

Since the FBI has shown itself to be a group of Democrat hacks over the past few years, it should invest in the following raids before we disband it:

Finally, consider these points