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: