Update to Four stories about abortion during the coronavirus scare


Monday, a Federal Judge stands with Planned Parenthood

Politico reported on 30 March 2020 that a Federal Judge stood against Governor Abbott’s prohibition of abortion during the coronavirus scare.

Federal judges on Monday lifted restrictions Texas, Ohio and Alabama imposed on abortion during the coronavirus pandemic in decisions that could have repercussions for several more Republican-led states that have deemed the procedure non-essential during the crisis.

District Court Judge Lee YeakelIn Texas, District Court Judge Lee Yeakel sided with abortion clinics and granted a temporary restraining order through April 13 while arguments on the underlying legality of the state’s order play out.

In Ohio, District Court Judge Michael Barrett similarly sided with Planned Parenthood and other groups challenging the state’s ban and issued a two-week temporary restraining order.

In Alabama, District Court Judge Myron Thompson ordered the suspension of the state’s abortion ban until he can hear arguments in a video conference on April 6.

“The State’s interest in immediate enforcement of the March 27 order — a broad mandate aimed primarily at preventing large social gatherings — against abortion providers does not, based on the current record, outweigh plaintiffs’ concerns,” he said.

Iowa, Mississippi and Oklahoma are among the other states that recently moved to suspend access to the procedure as the pandemic intensified, arguing it would preserve desperately needed medical supplies. Texas’ order was one of the strictest, threatening a $1,000 fine or 180 days of jail time on abortion providers who violated the ban.

Yeakel agreed with Texas clinics who argued that women who need an abortion can’t live with a weeks- or possibly months-long delay. Clinic operators told reporters Monday that they’ve already had to cancel hundreds of appointments since the ban took effect last week.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has argued that the state exercised proper discretion in halting the procedures because abortions are not “immediately medically necessary” or needed to save the life or health of the mother.

“Regarding a woman’s right to a pre-fetal-viability abortion, the Supreme Court has spoken clearly. There can be no outright ban on such a procedure,” wrote Yeakel, an appointee of President George W. Bush who has sided with abortion providers in several previous cases.

“This court will not speculate on whether the Supreme Court included a silent ‘except-in-a-national-emergency clause’ in its previous writings on the issue,” he added.

(Read more at Politico)

What do you expect from an Rino appointee?

Since the acorn does not fall far from the oak tree, what can you expect? Would you expect this judge to do something to cut the funding to other Democrats?

Tuesday, the Fifth Circuit stands with Governor Abbott

ABC reports that the Fifth Circuit appeals court temporarily has re-instated Texas and Ohio orders limiting abortion access due to the coronavirus.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is allowing a controversial Texas executive order that blocks elective abortions during the coronavirus pandemic to remain in effect for now.

The case tees up a battle between supporters of abortion rights and a handful of conservative states arguing that bans on elective abortions and other medical procedures are necessary to help preserve medical supplies.

A divided panel of the appellate court on Tuesday put on hold a lower court opinion that blocked Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order — requiring that health care providers “postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately medically necessary” to preserve a patient’s life or condition — from applying to elective abortions. The lower court had published its opinion on Monday.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had specified that “any type of abortion that is not medically necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother” was included in the order, prompting a challenge from state abortion providers and national abortion rights groups last week.

In Tuesday’s 2-1 decision, the appeals court said it wants to give itself “sufficient time” to consider an emergency petition filed by Paxton. Judge Jennifer Elrod, a George W. Bush appointee, and Judge Kyle Duncan, a Donald Trump appointee, voted to freeze the lower court opinion.

Judge James Dennis, a Bill Clinton appointee, dissented from the order. He noted that the lower court had already concluded that “irreparable harm would flow” from allowing the executive order to go into effect as it applies to abortions.

The court has ordered more briefings in the case.

Paxton praised the court’s ruling on Tuesday, asserting that the temporary stay “justly prioritizes supplies and personal protective equipment for the medical professionals in need.”

But supporters of abortion rights accused Texas of playing politics.

“Let’s be clear, it is never the right time to play politics, but doing so in the wake of Covid-19 is a despicable low,” Aimee Arrambide, the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, said in a statement.

Texas’ case is the first such challenge to a coronavirus state order to reach the appeals court, but several others may follow.

(Read more at ABC)

Let us pray

The best response is to pray for all affected.

Four times Democrats found Conservatives remember things Democrats did a week/month ago

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A week ago: a statement about hospital ships in New York Harbor

  1. Rachel Maddow said “It is nonsense. No hospital ship will be in New York Harbor next week

Just a week ago (on the 20 March 2020 broadcast – with a hat tip to GOP War Room), Rachel Maddow said in a “breaking news” announcement on MSNBC:

In terms of the “happy talk” we’ve had on this front from the federal government, there is no sign that the Navy hospital ships that the President made such a big deal of, the Comfort and the Mercy — there’s no sign that there’ll be anywhere on site helping out anywhere in the country for weeks yet. The President said when he announced that those ships would be put into action against the Covid-19 epidemic, he said “One of those ships would be operational in New York Harbor by next week.”

That’s nonsense. It will not be there next week.

Comfort docks in New York Harbor

As reported by the One America News Network on 30 March 2020, the Comfort docked in New York Harbor on 30 March 2020.

BDBNew York City Mayor Bill De Blasio rejoiced upon the arrival of the USNS Comfort in New York Harbor on Monday. The ship brought medical staff as well as additional supplies to the city amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“There could not be a better example of all of America pulling for New York City tan the arrival of the USNS Comfort,” said the mayor.

The hospital ship will help lighten the burden on New York City’s medical community by treating patients who don’t have coronavirus aboard the ship. This will help free up space in local hospitals as they deal with a surge in COVID-19 cases.

(Read more at the One America News Network)

Please, please ignore the main stream media

If they are not pressing forward with propaganda promoting a socialist or lies condemning a believer or a capitalist, then they are otherwise lying about something else (refer below).

A day ago, Pelosi accuses Trump of costing American lives

  1. Nancy Pelosi: Trump fiddles as people are dying

On Sunday, 29 March 2020, Speaker Pelosi opined to CNN‘s Jake Tapper that President Trump’s response to the coronavirus has been deadly to Americans.

On 7 March, Nancy Pelosi stops progress on the coronavirus bill to negotiate

Bloomberg reported on 12 March 2020 that the coronavirus relief bill remained on hold for a week while San Fran Nan negotiated big-government perks into the bill.

Pelosi_TrumpFiddlesHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump’s Treasury secretary haggled by phone throughout the day Thursday in a search for a compromise on emergency legislation to alleviate some of the economic pain of the escalating coronavirus outbreak.

A vote on a package of Democratic proposals, including emergency paid sick leave, enhanced unemployment benefits, and free coronavirus testing, was delayed while the negotiations went on. Pelosi and Steven Mnuchin talked five times as both sides looked for a way to get support in the Republican-controlled Senate and from the president.

(Read more of the Democrat-friendly slat at Bloomberg)

  1. During February, Pelosi visits SF Chinatown to show woke support during coronavirus fears

 
The following video from San Francisco CBS affiliate KPIX shows Speaker Pelosi disregarding social distancing and encouraging others to shop in an area that deals with products obtained from China.

Note: Should any liberal read the above paragraph, the fact that the Wuhan coronavirus comes from China should give you pause when considering coming in contact with people who have been in China.  However,  it does not give you license to attack people from China. More specifically, it does not give you permission to attack Americans of Chinese heritage.

In January, Pelosi fiddled with impeachment

A 29 March 2020 article in Brietbart points out the words of Senator Blackburn, who cited the instance of Pelosi carrying on a sham impeachment during a time where President Trump started the Coronavirus Response Team.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for her accusations that President Donald Trump did not move fast enough to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Nancy Pelosi is accusing Trump of not responding fast enough to the Chinese coronavirus. This is the same person that fiddled around with a sham impeachment* that wasted valuable time…” she tweeted.

“You’re not fooling anyone, Nancy,” she added.

(Read the rest, especially the impeachment/coronavirus timeline, at Brietbart)

Of course, there are other quotes I could pull from

There are quotes from Bill De Blasio telling New Yorkers to go about life as usual (during mid-March). We have sound bites from health officials saying that the people of New York should use the subway, go to restaurants, and live life as usual. There are quotes from the Health commissioner of New Orleans saying that it was ok to go to Mardi Gras.

Six stories where you’ll say “I thought so!”

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  1. Flashback to 2013: Scientists warned that bats and Chinese wet markets could foster the next pandemic

The Daily Caller uses a 27 March 2020 article to point us back to a previous warning provided through the journal Science.

Scientists warned that Chinese wet markets like the one in Wuhan could be a breeding ground for the next SARS-like pandemic — in 2013.

“Researchers say they have for the first time isolated a closely related virus from bats in China that can infect human cells,” Kai Kupferschmidt wrote in October of 2013.

The warning came just over a decade after 2002’s deadly SARS outbreak, and Kupferschmidt cited a number of researchers and scientists who saw the potential for those viruses to not only infect humans but to spread globally once they had done so.

Coronaviruses such as SARS and MERS had long been linked to bats, although in most cases, scientists believed that there was an intermediate step or host animal that was infected before the virus made the jump to humans.

But the data collected in 2013 suggested that an intermediate host animal might not actually be necessary.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

As for myself, I did not expect this. However, it does not surprise me.

After the things that I have recently read about the possible beginnings of the current coronavirus, it would not surprise me to find that people more familiar with Chinese markets and virology. That is, although I am no expert in cardiovascular topics, I am no more surprised at this report of an earlier warning than I was at the announcement by the government in the 1960’s that cigarette smoking harmed your lungs.

  1. Devin Nunes: Majority of Americans Believe the Opposite of What News Media Says

Breitbart relays the words of Representative Nunes taken from an interview made during The Trevor Carey Show.

Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA), the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, joined The Trevor Carey Show recently, where he discussed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) efforts to include non-essential measures into a bill to assist Americans during the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

One of the measures Pelosi and her party attempted to include in the bill was retirement plans for community newspaper employees. Nunes said:

If you don’t think that 90 percent of the media, including many of the local media, if you don’t think they’re working for the Democrats, you are fooling yourself. Why would they put that in there? They put that in there because they want these retirement plans, they want to socialize the news media.

Nunes said the Democrats’ efforts are a way to “promote their party to stay in power,” which he said is “not surprising.”

“I really think it was a misstep,” Nunes continued. “What they don’t understand now is that we’re approaching now half of America that when they see stuff in the fake news, they actually believe the opposite. They don’t realize that they’re having that effect.”

Nunes added:

What was maybe 25 percent of people three years ago, or before Trump was elected, just disregarded what the media said. I bet we’re approaching 50 percent of Americans: if the mainstream news media says something, they just think it’s not true and must be the opposite.

“It’s starting to backfire on them, not nearly fast enough,” Nunes concluded. “They’re causing panic, they’re really hurting the economy, meaning the press and their Democratic allies.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Maybe this statement comes from the confirmation bias of Representative Nunes

Still, it rings true with me. Certainly, I rarely believe things reported through main stream media outlets unless I double-check those reports through other sources.

Mind you, I do regularly cite liberal sources like the New York Times in either:

  • An effort to show what liberals think or
  • An effort to convince liberals of a point by using a source that they accept.

Therefore, I fully understand how Devin Nunes can divorce main stream media from the truth. Main stream media ran out on the truth long ago.

  1. New York City wants taxpayer bailout for low wage migrant economy

Breitbart reports in a 27 March 2020 article that New York City has called for US taxpayer baillout of illegal aliens.

Taxpayers should bail out the low-wage migrant workers who support the city’s elite economy during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by the city’s comptroller, Scott Stringer.

Legal immigrants and illegal migrants are part of the city’s one million population who are “too often ignored, underpaid, and overworked … [and] very often lack healthcare, have to travel long distances to get to work, and struggle with childcare,” said Stringer’s March 26 report.

But Stringer’s plea for a taxpayer bailout of city’s cheap labor economy ignores the reality that Americans are impoverished by the elite’s support for mass migration, said Jessica Vaughan, policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies.

The report cites impoverished “Nurses, janitors, grocery clerks, childcare staff, bus and truck drivers … those in our social service, cleaning, delivery and warehouse, grocery, healthcare, and public transit industries.”

“Back in the day when these workers were Americans and unionized, they were making more than a living wage,” she said. Before elites encouraged millions of legal and illegal migrants to flood Americans’ workplaces, she said:

People raised their families on those jobs — they were good jobs … They were jobs that people were glad to have, where they could support their families [and homes] on them. They had [medical] benefits. If that was still the system …. they would have  good healthcare plans, and they would have sick leave.

Stringer is asking for “taxpayers to subsidize the city’s cheap labor economy,” and to preserve the city’s policy of  “corporate welfare through illegal immigration,” Vaughan said.

The disguised plea for the illegal immigration bailout is spotlighted by Stringer’s back-handed admission that “many in New York City are also undocumented, meaning they do all of the above while living in fear of deportation under the current federal administration.”

(Read more at Breitbart)

When have liberals not wanted a taxpayer bailout for illegal aliens?

Wasn’t it just four months ago that New York was handing out drivers licenses to illegal aliens? If I remember correctly, it was explained to me that this was done in an effort to blur the lines between those who had entered the US illegally and those who had either been born into citizenship or had followed the rules. Thence, it was an effort to defeat the law through this blurring of the lines, New York asked the US taxpayer to pick up expenses that would normally only go to deserving US citizens.

Similarly, wasn’t it early in 2019 that New York gave free college to illegal aliens as a slap to President Trump?

  1. China temporarily bars entry from foreign visitors amid coronavirus pandemic

As reported by Fox News on 27 March 2020, China has decided to temporarily bar entry from foreign visitors amid coronavirus pandemic.

China will temporarily close its borders to foreign nationals, effective midnight Saturday, in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.
“The suspension is a temporary measure that China is compelled to take in light of the outbreak situation and the practices of other countries,” China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a statement Thursday. “China will stay in close touch with all sides and properly handle personnel exchanges with the rest of the world under the special circumstances.”

The restriction will apply to foreigners holding visas or resident permits, and those with APEC Business Travel Cards.

Entry with diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas will still be allowed, as well as entry for economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or those entering for emergency humanitarian needs.

President Trump banned travel from China in late January to slow the spread of the virus, and other European countries followed suit.

Hong Kong, too, effected a ban Wednesday on all non-residents from entering the island.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Communist Party have recently  touted a dip in new coronavirus cases, claiming that any pop-ups of the virus have been “imported.”

Analysts like foreign affairs expert Gordon Chang say not to give much weight to the word of Chinese leadership.

“For China, the truth has always been a casualty,” Chang told Fox News.

He added that Beijing has been pushing to send China back to work and show the world that China, under Xi’s leadership, has beaten coronavirus.

(Read more at Fox News)

Of course, this might mean that China has experienced a resurgence of the virus

As much as I want to return to work, this bit of news suggests three things:

  • First, it suggests that we cannot depend on the Chinese (who told us weeks ago that their cases of Covid-19 were in decline)
  • Second, as much as we may want to return to work, we must affirm life at all stages by figuring out ways all of us can work safely and quarantining those who have fallen under this coronavirus.
  • Finally, we must open ourselves to messages from our ideological advisaries while retaining enough sense to discern idiocy from a workable idea.

  1. Surprise! Democrats shut down cities in coronavirus scare and US unemployment claims reach record 3.28M this week

After watching Democrat leaders in California, New York, Houston, and Dallas shut down businesses (and, therefore, with over half of the nation’s population on lockdown) — we find that a main stream media outlet obsessing on the record unemployment created by the Democrats (but not drawing a single reference to the Democrats).

Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week – almost five times the previous record set in 1982 – amid a widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus.

The surge in weekly applications was a stunning reflection of the damage the viral outbreak is inflicting on the economy. Filings for unemployment aid generally reflect the pace of layoffs.

Layoffs are sure to accelerate as the U.S. economy sinks into a recession. Revenue has collapsed at restaurants, hotels, movie theaters, gyms and airlines. Auto sales are plummeting, and car makers have closed factories. Most such employers face loan payments and other fixed costs, so they’re cutting jobs to save money.

As job losses mount, some economists say the nation’s unemployment rate could approach 13% by May. By comparison, the highest jobless rate during the Great Recession, which ended in 2009, was 10%.

“What seemed impossible just two weeks ago is now reality,” said Nancy Vanden Houten, an economist at Oxford Economics, a consulting firm. “The US economy will experience the largest economic contraction on record with the most severe surge in unemployment ever.”

The economic deterioration has been swift. As recently as February, the unemployment rate was at a 50-year low of 3.5%. And the economy was growing steadily if modestly. Yet by the April-June quarter of the year, some economists think the economy will shrink at its steepest annual pace ever – a contraction that could reach 30%.

In its report Thursday, the Labor Department said 3.283 million people applied for unemployment benefits last week, up from 282,000 during the previous week. Many people who have lost jobs in recent weeks, though, have been unable to file for unemployment aid because state websites and phone systems have been overwhelmed by a crush of applicants and have frozen up.

That logjam suggests that Thursday’s report actually understates the magnitude of job cuts last week. So does the fact that workers who are not on company payrolls – gig workers, free-lancers, the self-employed – aren’t currently eligible for unemployment benefits even though in many cases they’re no longer able to earn money.

(Read more at ABC13)

Based on this, it looks like Democrats have had even worse of an impact on the economy

It looks like the hidden economy of musicians, waiters, and other workers who work for tips have been devastated. Likewise, weekend disk jockeys, the party clowns, and other small-time performers had their lives put on hold. In the same way, a number of jobs that I cannot as much as call to mind have been put on hold.

Somehow, there needs to be a way to balance safety and work — and that balance needs to be located now.

  1. Project 21: Dems’ identity politics quite apparent amidst pandemic

OneNewsNow reported through a 25 March 2020 article how Project 21 (an alliance of conservative, young Blacks) has pointed out the identity politics being used by Democrats in the coronavirus scare.

A conservative black leader says it’s sad that Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats are playing “identity politics” with the much-needed coronavirus relief package being debated in Congress.

While the White House and the Senate have apparently agreed on a $2 trillion emergency bill to resuscitate an economy that’s been slammed by the coronavirus pandemic, it appears the Democrat-led House could be a stumbling block to its passage. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has drawn a great deal of criticism from President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers for using the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to push the Democrats’ radical political agenda.

The version of an aid package she proposed on Monday required that any company getting coronavirus-related aid disclose its diversity stats, including its employees’ race, gender, and pay, its corporate board “diversity,” and the structure of its offices that deal with diversity and inclusion.

OneNewsNow spoke with Horace Cooper, who is co-chairman of the >Project 21 Black Leadership Network.

“You would think that we could come together at this point and come up with solutions. It is a sad, sad thing to observe,” he laments. “Racial discrimination is not the problem that is facing America. Coming together and developing solutions so that we can address this pandemic – that’s where our effort ought to be.

“So shame, shame on those who can’t get around their identity politics,” he continues. “The only thing I can say is: it’s something that the American people can see with both eyes now.”

According to Fox News, >Pelosi may be warming to the Senate bill, signaling “tepid support” for the bipartisan bill – and expressing gratitude only to her fellow Democrats for their role in putting together legislation she said “does not go as far” as she and House Democrats proposed earlier this week.

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

Luckily for those out of work due to Democrat governors, mayors, and judges — this changed, because Americans need help

Luckily, Nancy Pelosi went from insisting that Americans pay millions to Planned Parenthood to just insisting that American pay millions to the Kennedy Center, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and many other liberal projects before they American people get help.

Acknowledge the crisis, but fix your eyes on Christ


This post was taken almost completely (with the exception of two or three extended verses and a few changed sentences) from a lesson provided by Mark Ramsey. Therefore, if a Bible passage seems too long or a sentence does not make sense, blame it on me.

Acknowledge the crisis, but fix your eyes on Christ

We find it so natural to fix our eyes on the current crisis, because it affects us all — our health, our jobs, our food and essentials, our socialization, our time to worship, and our time to serve together (and the list goes on). The government issues mandates to stay home and to social distance. Not only do we experience the economic and health issues of the coronavirus, but we read about the locust plague causing food concerns in East Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. We fix our eyes on the crisis, because it is so immediate and frightening.

When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his servants had a change of heart toward the people, and they said, “What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” So he made his chariot ready and took his people with him; and he took six hundred select chariots, and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them. The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he chased after the sons of Israel as the sons of Israel were going out boldly. Then the Egyptians chased after them with all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and they overtook them camping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon. (Exodus 14:5‭-‬9 NASB)

But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.” (Exodus 14:13‭-‬14 NASB)

Focus on the words “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord …”

Do we really believe this when we fix our eyes on the crisis?

Here is our problem — we often get the central principle of this lesson backwards. We acknowledge the Lord, but fix our eyes on the crisis. Far better to acknowledge the crisis and fix our eyes on Jesus. It is not difficult to acknowledge the crisis as it surrounds us like the Egyptian army. But how hard is it to fix our eyes on our Savior?

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 NASB)

Hebrews 12:2 tells us to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, as we run this race we call life. The word “fix” means to “look away from all else and set one’s gaze upon.” Greek scholars say that this present participle means attention focused “constantly during the entire struggle.”

So, how do we apply this in a practical, everyday way? We have all probably heard the phrase, “fix your eyes on Jesus” for most of our Christian life.

First, let’s look at what the Bible says about our eyes and the eyes of the Lord.

Our eyes

I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me. (Psalms 101:3 NASB)

There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, (Proverbs 6:16‭-‬17 NASB)

Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law. (Psalms 119:18 NASB)

For my eyes are toward You, O God , the Lord; In You I take refuge; do not leave me defenseless. (Psalms 141:8 NASB)

To You I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens! (Psalms 123:1 NASB)

Make me know Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. (Psalms 25:4 NASB)

My eyes are continually toward the Lord , For He will pluck my feet out of the net. (Psalms 25:15 NASB)

The Lord’s eyes

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness, (Psalms 33:18 NASB)

I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. (Psalms 32:8 NASB)

For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord , And He watches all his paths. (Proverbs 5:21 NASB)

For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And His ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (1 Peter 3:12 NASB)

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 NASB)

For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.” (2 Chronicles 16:9 NASB)

Now that we have examined the scripture about eyes – think about a time or times when you locked eyes with someone you loved. What did you communicate? “I love you. It’s going to be ok. I’ve got your back, don’t worry. I am here with you.”

We are called to lock eyes with the One who saved our soul for all eternity. When we do that, we have such a connection with Him that everything about us abides in Him and He in us (John 15:4-5).

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. (John 15:4‭-‬5 NASB)

With this coronavirus pandemic surrounding us and a stimulus package of over $2 trillion passed (with unknown consequences), how do we keep our eyes locked on the eyes of Jesus when life as we knew it before seems to be falling apart?

Steps for keeping our eyes on Jesus

  1. Focus on who God is:
    • Our Savior

      for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11 NASB)

    • Our Redeemer

      Our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name, The Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 47:4 NASB)

    • The Anchor of our soul

      This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, (Hebrews 6:19 NASB)

    • Our Stronghold

      The Lord also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble; (Psalms 9:9 NASB)

    • Our Shelter

      The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalms 18:2 NASB)

    • Our Rock

      He said, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; (2 Samuel 22:2 NASB)

    • Our Living Hope

      Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (1 Peter 1:3 NASB)

    • Our Father

      I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30 NASB)

    • Our Creator and Maker

      for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. (Hebrews 11:10 NASB)

    • Our Comforter

      “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4 NASB)

    • Our Everlasting Peace

      And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7 NASB)

  2. Focus on your time with Him — Begin every day with Him through prayer, quiet time, and reading His Word.
  3. Focus on who you are in Christ:
    • Blessed

      Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. (Luke 6:21 NASB)

    • Chosen

      So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; (Colossians 3:12 NASB)

    • Redeemed

      Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” (Galatians 3:13 NASB)

    • Saved

      For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; (Ephesians 2:8 NASB)

    • Adopted

      He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, (Ephesians 1:5 NASB)

    • Loved

      But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. (Romans 8:37 NASB)

    • God’s Workmanship

      For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 NASB)

    • A new creation

      Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. (2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB)

    • Forgiven

      Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32 NASB)

    • Born again

      for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. (1 Peter 1:23 NASB)

    • Free

      It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1 NASB)

    • Sealed by the Holy Spirit with a guaranteed inheritance

      who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge. (2 Corinthians 1:22 NASB)

  4. Focus on His promises:
    • He will never leave you or forsake you

      Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you , nor will I ever forsake you ,” (Hebrews 13:5 NASB)

    • Every good thing comes from Him

      Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. (James 1:17 NASB)

    • He will pick us up when we fall

      The Lord sustains all who fall And raises up all who are bowed down. (Psalms 145:14 NASB)

    • You will never be alone

      In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O Lord , make me to dwell in safety. (Psalms 4:8 NASB)

    • He is our Advocate

      My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; (1 John 2:1 NASB)

    • He is our High Priest and we can approach the throne with confidence

      And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 5:9-10 NASB)

    • He has a special place for you in heaven

      In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2 NASB)

    • He is coming again!

      If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:3 NASB)

  5. Focus on His call on your life:
    • An ambassador for Christ

      Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20 NASB)

    • His light

      Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 NASB)

    • His salt

      Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” (Mark 9:50 NASB)

    • A disciple maker

      Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19 NASB)

Two stories on Americans working to help others in the coronavirus crisis

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  1. Mike Lindell of My Pillow manufacturing face masks for US hospitals

As first reported on the Chris Salcedo Show and then on Fox 9 in Minnesota, Mike Lindell has taken the challenge to help America leave its addiction to Chinese goods. As noted by the Fox 9 article:

MyPillow-face-mask-productionMinnesota-based company MyPillow is joining the effort to supply health care workers with the protective gear they need amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

CEO Mike Lindell says about 75% of MyPillow’s production will now be making cotton face masks for health care workers. He says about 90% of the company’s sewers will be working on the masks.

“We have capacity to make a lot of things at big rates and we’re going to be going hopefully from 10,000 units a day to 50,000 units a day in a very short period of time,” said Lindell.

Lindell says it took about three weeks to shift production as it was difficult at first to get a supply of elastics needed to create the masks. At this time, he says components are not available to make other types of masks, so his company focused on making the 100% cotton masks. He says MyPillow worked with a coalition from President Donald Trump’s administration to get the proper design.

“Something is better than nothing to get [health care workers] through,” he said.

The masks will be going to hospitals in Minnesota and throughout the country.

(Read more at Fox 9)

Although this would be good news regardless, it also is good news due to Mike Lindell’s story

As noted by the Salvation Army, Mike Lindell suffered through addiction until 2009, when he came to pray to God (as recorded by the Salvation Army):

Lindell’s drug abuse finally ended Jan. 16, 2009. By then, My Pillow was starting to gain traction. Lindell had been selling the product on the road at trade shows and state fairs. He first began developing the pillow in the early 2000s; when people tried the pillow and loved it, he knew he was on to something.

“I knew that if I didn’t quit that day, I wouldn’t be able to make the most of what was happening in my life,” Lindell said. “I couldn’t wait. Not even one more day.”

With that, he prayed.

MikeLindell“I asked God to take away my desire to do drugs,” Lindell said. “I said, ‘Take it away, and I’m all yours.’”

God answered the prayer.

“The next morning, the desire was gone,” Lindell said. “Everything was gone. I woke up and felt the most peaceful I ever have.”

He’s been sober ever since.

(Read more at the Salvation Army)

  1. Ed Secretary Betsy DeVos Halts Collections Actions Against Student Loan Defaulters

Breitbart reports in a 25 March 2020 article that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has halted collections actions against student loan defaulters.

Betsy-DeVosU.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has directed the Federal Student Aid (FSA) office to halt collection actions and wage garnishments against students who have defaulted on their education loans.

According to a press release, DeVos’s department will refund more than $1.8 billion to more than 830,000 students in default in order to provide assistance during the coronavirus crisis.

DeVos said in a statement:

These are difficult times for many Americans, and we don’t want to do anything that will make it harder for them to make ends meet or create additional stress. Americans counting on their tax refund or Social Security check to make ends meet during this national emergency should receive those funds, and our actions today will make sure they do.


(Read more at Breitbart)

While this falls under the duties of her job, it still constitutes good news

For those who went to college during the 1970’s, you might remember a time when students could attend a public college, work during the summer, and have their college debt paid before graduation.

For those of you who attended during later years, it would seem that college has become a growth industry for socialist professors. Although this does not minimize the responsibility of the student for considering the cost (and for considering the demand for the chosen field — since the market will support only so many feminist professors), it seems that the cost of college should be brought down to a level that certain needed professions (engineers, honest journalists, etc) can be staffed.

Four stories about abortion during the coronavirus scare

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  1. During outbreak, missionaries continue work … so do abortionists

According to OneNewsNow in an article published on 20 March 2020, not only do missionaries continue their compassionate work during this coronavirus scare — murderous abortionists also continue their work.

Americans keep hearing about the need to self-quarantine and to practice so-called “social distancing” during the coronavirus outbreak, but there are other things to consider.

“Number one, are you getting good quality sleep?” asks Dr. Bret Nicks, professor of emergency medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health and spokesperson for Christian Medical Association. “Are you getting appropriate exercise? Are you eating well under the current situation where you may have limitations with access to food and specific activities?”

He adds that those who are able to go outside and get some fresh air and sunshine should do so.

“Keep in mind that social distancing is a very, very important issue, so I’m not saying to go to a location where there’s ten or more people spending time together,” he advises. “But if you are one who is either told by your workplace to go home and work from home and to distance yourself, then get outside, feel the value of the sunshine, and get some exercise.

Most of the U.S.-based missions organizations have empty offices due to the virus outbreak, but OneNewsNow was able to talk to Amy Glass of Georgia-based Mission to the World – a group affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America.

Glass says they have been in contact with their missionaries. “We do have recommendations that we’ve asked them to follow, which follow the CDC travel recommendations,” she shares. “And … we’re asking them to not travel in or through Level 3 or Level 2 countries.”

Most are staying put, she adds, and are following the CDC recommendations to prevent spread or contracting the virus. But Glass says missionaries are continuing to preach the gospel in their adopted countries.

Elected officials throughout the country are reacting to the virus by limiting gatherings, in some cases to six people, closing restaurants and theatres and so forth to curb the spread of the virus. But Planned Parenthood is keeping its facilities open, having personnel on duty and providing abortions.

“This is really quite scary,” says Matt Lamb is with Students for Life. “What’s really, really telling is that all along they’ve been saying they’re about health care, they’re about health care. Well then, why don’t they cancel their appointments – and then they could focus on the so-called health care that they say is most of what they do?”

Those health services have been dwindling for years while Planned Parenthood abortions have increased. Students for Life suggests the abortion mills close down.

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

At first, it seemed all things were stacked in favor of the Democrats

When this coronavirus scare began, it seemed that things were on the “normal” track (where Texas laws on trying to make abortionists as safe as the local outpatient surgery center were being ruled unconstitutional). The only abnormal factor was the ever-hyped, but never defined risk posed by the coronavirus. So, in response, work-a-day guys like me took to washing our hands every time we became aware of touching a common object.

Also, there were a few occasions where my wife and I helped out the elderly neighbor. However, as Christians, most of our outward ministry took the form of obedience to rulers who weren’t necessarily friendly to Christians (that being the Democrats in the county government that botched elections and pulled other tricks).

However, it has occurred to me that, in stark contraposition to their support for abortion, the recent hyperventilation on the coronavirus has taken away from the Democrats’ narrative that life is expendable. Rather, their closing of counties, schools, and other institutions suggests something quite conservative. With all of their acts to close down society, they are saying that life is precious.

I cannot agree more; however, I wonder if Lina Hidalgo even knows that she has made such a statement against Planned Parenthood.

  1. Simultaneously, National Review quotes the Planned Parenthood view of “Forget Coronavirus, the Abortions Must Go On”

National Review points out through a 20 March 2020 article the breakneck speed at which Planned Parenthood has undertaken despite the current health crisis.

As the number of cases of COVID-19 across the U.S. has begun to rise in recent weeks, some insist that now is the time to focus on . . . abortion.

NARAL board member and abortionist Daniel Grossman weighed in on the matter today, tweeting, “Abortion is NOT an elective medical procedure. It’s essential healthcare and must be available during the pandemic. It can’t be delayed. Patients can’t wait until an undetermined later date to get an abortion. We need to make access available throughout the pandemic.”

(Read more at National Review)

For anyone who has observed the pipeline of money from Planned Parenthood to the Democrats, their perceived need to keep the pipeline open should not suprise

There has long been a loop of funding between Planned Parenthood and Democrats. Therefore, we should expect that someone will someone will bellow when this cash cow gets stuck.

  1. Later, Texas and Ohio order abortions to be delayed due to coronavirus outbreak

Time reported in a 25 March 2020 article that Texas and Ohio have restricted both plastic surgery and abortion during this time of worry over the coronavirus.

Texas and Ohio have identified abortion as one of the non-essential medical procedures that should be delayed amid the coronavirus outbreak, fueling the debate over abortion rights in states that have already sought to restrict them.

As the coronavirus spreads across the U.S., threatening to overwhelm hospitals, several states have required that nonessential surgeries and medical procedures be delayed, especially as healthcare workers face severe shortages of personal protective equipment.

But now that advice has intersected with the battle over abortion rights, while advocates warn that women seeking abortions might not be able to wait weeks for treatment.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

“We must work together as Texans to stop the spread of COVID-19 and ensure that our health care professionals and facilities have all the resources they need to fight the virus at this time,” Texas Attorney General Paxton said in a statement, after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the postponement of all surgeries and procedures that are “not immediately, medically necessary.”

“No one is exempt from the governor’s executive order on medically unnecessary surgeries and procedures, including abortion providers,” Paxton said. “Those who violate the governor’s order will be met with the full force of the law.”

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost also ordered clinics to stop performing abortions, defining non-essential abortions as “those that can be delayed without undue risk to the current or future health of a patient,” the Columbus Dispatch reported.

(Read more at Time)

Thank God for leaders who will stand for the right

There have been numerous Republicans who would not stand up to the pro-abortion Democrats. Too many Republicans have been ready to turn a blind eye to America’s holocaust.

Thank God for those like Governor Abbott who stand up for life.

  1. Abortion providers sue Texas governor over ban on procedure during coronavirus crisis

The Hill reports in a 25 March 2020 article that a group (including Planned Parenthood) has sued Texas over the ban on abortion during the coronavirus crisis.

planned-parenthood-sues-texas-over-coronavirus-abortion-ban-scaledAbortion providers in Texas filed a lawsuit against Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Wednesday challenging his statewide ban on abortions during the coronavirus outbreak.

Abbott’s administration last week directed health providers in the state to pause all surgeries that aren’t immediately necessary in order to conserve medical supplies for health workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus epidemic.

Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) said on Monday that directive included abortions, essentially ending access to the procedure in the state for the time being.

“Groups were forced to go to court today after Gov. Abbott used the COVID-19 crisis to block access to essential, time-sensitive abortion procedures,” Planned Parenthood said in a statement.

“Instead of addressing this crisis, Abbott and Attorney General Paxton are spending valuable time and resources scoring political points by trying to further restrict abortion access which has already been pushed out of reach for many Texans.”

The global shortages of masks and gloves is a major concern for health workers who need to stay healthy to treat the influx of coronavirus patients that are expected in the coming weeks and months.

But supporters of abortion rights argue the procedure is essential and time-sensitive.

“There are people in Texas who need an abortion today. Now. They cannot wait a delay of 30 days or even less,” said Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president and CEO of Planned Parenthood on a call with reporters Wednesday night.

Planned Parenthood’s clinics in the state have stopped providing surgical abortions. Providers have also stopped providing medication abortions because it is not clear whether those are permissible under Abbott’s executive order.

Amy Hagstrom-Miller, president and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health, which runs three abortion clinics in Texas, said it had to cancel 150 appointments this week after Paxton’s announcement.

“Attorney General Paxton’s conclusion that abortion care is not an essential medical service that is needed by our community during this pandemic has already created a health crisis on top of a health crisis,” she said to reporters.

Nancy Northup, president and CEO of Center for Reproductive Rights, which is representing abortion providers in the suit, said they are seeking a temporary restraining order against the ban, and eventually a permanent injunction.

“Texas is abusing the state’s emergency powers,” she said.

(Read more at The Hill)

When it is too dangerous (due to coronavirus) to get a tooth extracted, why are people wanting to allow abortions

It would not have to do with the millions (or more) that Planned Parenthood provides to Democrats, would it?

Two potential causes for the spread of the coronavirus

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Are “woke” politicians to blame for the Coronavirus outbreak

Townhall comments in a 25 March 2020 article on how politicians that were trying to prove themselves not prejudiced may have spread the coronavirus.

The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. has many hot spots, but one is particularly large: New York City. The Big Apple is responsible for over half of the 59,000+ cases of the virus in the country that has already killed over 800 people. Like President Trump, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have given updates. Now, I know now is not the time to point fingers, but Democrats can’t help themselves and neither can their allies in the media. They filibustered an economic relief bill they co-wrote, dragged their feet, and tanked the markets for a couple of days for very minor changes. It’s pathetic. They just don’t want to make it look like Trump is winning, even though he’s ahead by like five touchdowns. The polling shows Trump’s handling of this crisis is met with 60 percent approval among Independent voters and nearly a quarter of Democrats. Game over, losers.





(Read more at Townhall)

While this article points finger toward one group that may have contacted those with the virus, this ain’t the whole liberal story

We have a number of reasons that these “woke” politicians might be more likely to contract the coronavirus and spread it widely. Among these reasons are these chief reasons:

  • As evidenced by the photos included in the tweets above, nobody practiced social distancing during the period that this disease likely was in its infancy in New York.
  • The legal immigrants and the illegal aliens who work in the Chinatown eateries likely get paid on the same level as most restaurant employees (low wages, no benefits). They will necessarily come to work when sick.
  • Immigrants and aliens have family and friends in the mother country who they visit and exchange mail with. Those can be avenues for infection.
  • As low-wage employees, both immigrants and aliens most likely will receive some or all of their payment in cash. That is an avenue for infection.
  • As noted in the next article, people can catch the coronavirus without showing symptoms. You can still infect others while not showing symptoms yourself.
  • The open borders advocated by Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and many other Democrats might attract the support of those who deal in human smuggling. Were this to be the case, then these people might be a source of the virus.

Captain Obvious reports: Asymptomatic carriers of the coronavirus spread the disease

In one article by the Daily Mail, the reporter points out that asymptomatic children likely spread the disease.

Likewise, a CNN similarly suggested that infected people without symptoms played a large part in spreading the disease.

New studies in several countries and a large coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts bring into question reassuring assertions by US officials about the way the novel virus spreads.

These officials have emphasized that the virus is spread mainly by people who are already showing symptoms, such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing. If that’s true, it’s good news, since people who are obviously ill can be identified and isolated, making it easier to control an outbreak.

But it appears that a Massachusetts coronavirus cluster with at least 82 cases was started by people who were not yet showing symptoms, and more than half a dozen studies have shown that people without symptoms are causing substantial amounts of infection.

For weeks, federal officials have emphasized that asymptomatic transmission can happen, but have said that it’s not a significant factor in the spread of the virus.

On March 1 on ABC’s This Week, US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar told host George Stephanopoulos that asymptomatic spread is “not the major driver” of the spread of the new coronavirus.

“You really need to just focus on the individuals that are symptomatic,” he said. “It [the containment strategy] really does depend on symptomatic presentation.”

The website for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention echoes that assessment.

(Read more at CNN)

Really, it seems this boils down to a choice between totally containing an illness and tanking our economy

Although the author of the article above wants to make it a decision between life (sheltering at home in accordance with our benevolent Democrat overlords) and death (slogging into work half-dead from this hyped-up illness), the choice is quite different. The choice is between continuing to listen to a narrative that doesn’t seem to have any more threat than the annual flu (which the CDC estimates killed between 23,000 and 59,000 Americans) and killing our economy.

When Lina Hidalgo calls to Clay Jenkins< and he makes references to web sites like COVID ACT Now, they have to expect that a few of us will look up the sources they cited when justifying shutting down the economies in the two largest metropolises in Texas.

So far, even with the public relations stunt Lina Hidalgo pulled with several United Way leaders, this little dictator of a county judge has not proven her case for shutting down our economy.