22 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-21-22

  1. Indeed, because their old one is all busted up. Even the Lancet, who was instrumental in pushing falsehoods about the lab leak theory is coming around to reality. It’s amazing what they can find when they leave politics out of their “medical” info…

    “‘Pandemic’ Truths: Time for a New Narrative”


    “The evidence is pouring in:

    Nwo reports that Malta, which is “the world’s model Covidian citizen, just reached its highest COVID-19 death rate, despite being one of the most vaccinated nations on the planet with over 85 percent of the population fully vaccinated.”

    WorldNetDaily reports that “Data released by the Scottish government shows people who have been vaccinated with two or three doses of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are more likely to become infected, be hospitalized or die than people who are unvaccinated.” The disparity is significant.

    Data from the U.K. from August 16 to December 5, 2021 show that the vaxxed account for four out of every five Covid deaths, mainly among the triple-vaxxed.

    Multi-vaccinated Israel is at the cutting-edge of vaccine compliance, yet cases and mortalities are surging uncontrollably. Obviously, every change in the viral genome triggered by the vaccines produces a new variant, such as the latest kid on the block, the BA.2 Omicron offshoot.

    The E.U. Medicines Agency warns that booster shots may weaken the body’s natural immune system, a finding backed by the W.H.O.

    In an open letter published in Natural Selections, Wyoming paramedic Jordan Hayes compellingly argues that there should be, not only religious exemptions, but scientific exemptions to mandatory vaccination, for at least two obvious reasons: “The current crop of mRNA tech is designed for a version of the virus no longer in circulation,” and “The mRNA tech does not durably prevent transmission of even the version it was designed for.”

    Statistics relating to “all cause mortality” make it clear that Covid mortality rates have been vastly exaggerated. The harm caused by the clumsy omnibus response to the pandemic far exceeds the suffering attributed to the virus. Delayed medical treatments and suspicious post-vaccine deaths are not calculated by the CDC and the FDA, which “determine on a case-by-case basis whether reported adverse events can be attributed to the vaccine” rather than dealing with large comparative figures and significant numbers of similar events—thus leaving a false impression of vaccine safety.

    A Danish study shows that “the effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines against omicron is actually negative. The Pfizer vaccine makes recipients 76.5 percent more likely and the Moderna recipients 39.3 percent more likely to be infected than unvaccinated people.”

    Pfizer’s 95 percent vaccine effectiveness claim is drastically wrong. According to Pfizer’s own numbers, the absolute risk reduction in the unvaccinated control group (0.88 percent) compared to the test group (0.84 percent), is statistically insignificant, providing a net benefit of only 0.04 percent. But Pfizer gave the relative risk reduction number, that is, the difference between 0.88 percent and 0.84 percent, which is 95 percent. Moreover, the trial was “unblinded” after only two months rather than the stipulated three years, so that there was no longer a viable placebo group and thus no way to assess long term effectiveness and safety. Indeed, after six months, the inoculated group showed an increase in illness and mortality.

    As the CanadianCovidCare Alliance reports, “Pfizer’s own 6 month report data on its COVID-19 inoculation shows greater illness and death in the inoculation arm than the placebo arm”—plus poor trial design, missing data, underpowered studies, passive surveillance and more. And it’s getting worse. Dr. Mark Trozzi exposes Pfizer’s “missing information,” grudgingly released by the FDA, which shows between 87.5 percent and 100 percent abortions and premature deaths of babies during preliminary trials involving injected pregnant women.

    Pulmonary specialist Dr. Peter Kory reports that CV19 injections are “not safe, not effective” and are causing an escalating number of deaths. Dr. Kory warns that “you are starting to see it in actuarial data with life insurance companies. The life insurance companies have been paying out claims like they never have before.” Actuarial tables don’t lie. Dr. Kory points out that government agencies are suffering from “regulatory capture” by Big Pharma “while disregarding cheaper, safer and more effective drugs.” The “war” on re-purposed drugs like Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin is ongoing. It is revealing that the FDA initially insisted on waiting 55 years before releasing vaccine-related documents.

    Lockdowns don’t work. An extensive meta-study performed by three acknowledged experts showed conclusively that “based on the stringency index studies, we find little to no evidence that mandated lockdowns in Europe and the United States had a noticeable effect on COVID-19 mortality rates.” The same is true of SIPOs (Shelter-in-Place Orders) and NPIs (Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions). Writing in the Brownstone Institute, Joakim Book suns up: Lockdowns “are not worth the hassle, the pain, the societal upheaval, the misery and human suffering that accompanied them.” ”

    But muh narrative……..

    It was so sciencey….. and false.


  2. Of course they did. And now they’ll expect local taxpayers to make up the difference.

    This is what Dems do. Never let a crisis go to waste.

    “How Schools’ COVID-Aid Joy Ride Could Send New Hires Off a Fiscal Cliff — Again”


    “As school districts across the country grapple with declining enrollments induced by the pandemic, many are engaged in spending sprees like those of the past leading to widespread layoffs and budget cuts when federal money ran out.

    Bolstered by $190 billion in pandemic relief funding from Washington, the nation’s public schools are hiring new teachers and staff, raising salaries, and sweetening benefit packages. Some are buying new vehicles. Others are building theaters and sports facilities.

    Using such temporary support for new staff and projects with long-term costs is setting the table for perilous “fiscal cliffs” after COVID funding expires in 2024, some education budget analysts say. And that’s on top of doubts about whether money to battle the pandemic is being properly spent in the first place.

    The latest round of pandemic relief for K-12 schools – the 2021 Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, or ESSER – provided $122 billion to help school districts “safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.”

    In a January press release hailing what it called the success of the program, the Department of Education highlighted vaccination programs, tutoring, retention bonuses, and new hires. But it neglected to mention numerous other perks and frills that districts are bankrolling with that money.

    Creston Community School District in Iowa used $231,000 of COVID relief to expand its sports stadium bleachers to make them compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

    The school board in Fort Worth, Texas, in October approved spending $171,000 of the district’s pandemic money for five vans to transport the district’s gifted and talented students.

    Moore County Schools in North Carolina is already asking the county for more money after exhausting its pandemic account, which funded expenditures including the installation of two new running tracks and gym lockers.

    The McAllen, Texas, school district, which has lost 15% of its enrollment since 2011, approved using relief funds for a project that critics contend is not connected to education: a $4 million expansion of a nature park on city property. That was permissible under the spending rules, so long as the state education department approved the construction project.

    In an email, Texas Education Agency spokesman Frank Ward said approval of ESSER-funded construction projects “only certifies that the school system has met the minimum requirement for prior approval,” but declined to elaborate on individual projects. “Ultimately, allowable uses of ESSER funds will be determined by auditors,” Ward wrote.

    Education analysts say the spending free-for-all is occurring precisely because of such murky, open-ended guidance from Washington. Each state was required to file a general spending plan for its share of ESSER funding – but not to provide specifics.

    The “current wave of funding is all over the place,” said Chad Aldeman, policy director at Georgetown University’s Edunomics Lab, which conducts research on the economics of education. “There is not a clear articulation of what this money is for.””

    “Aldeman added that district leaders are trying to balance competing interests, making fiscal cliffs almost inevitable. “They would like to use the money to address learning loss or emotional situations with students, but their go-to strategies are adding staff,” he said. “They know in the back of their minds that it could be trouble down the line, especially with enrollment figures not looking good for a lot of districts.””


  3. This I 100% get.

    But for some of the same as well as some different reasons.

    For me, it’s like fishing. It gives you time away from the crowds, the fast pace of life for a bit. It’s relaxing, allows time for reflection on God’s handy work, and prayer as well. It’s soothing for me.

    “America’s Youth Have a New Favorite Activity. It’s More Wholesome Than You Think.

    Birding, of all things, has enjoyed an ascendant rise in popularity since the start of the pandemic”


    “Sam is a 28-year-old math teacher in Boston. Later this evening, after he’s done grading quizzes and packing up for the day, he’s going with his friend Mikey to a pond near their house. Some American woodcocks come out at dusk, and they’re hoping to catch a glimpse. They’ll bring a couple beers and a joint, so if they strike out, no worries. It’s still a nice walk. Sam says he found his way to birding during the pandemic. His participation was “definitely ironic at first,” he confesses. But he “started to do it in earnest in January 2021 and never looked back.”

    “I go birding for a day once or twice a month,” he says, “but I live pretty close to some local spots that I’ll stop by once or twice a week for an hour, usually solo. It’s pretty calming. Birding in the Boston area is great in the winter because the sea ducks come down from Canada and the Arctic to breed, so it’s a good activity for the season.”

    Each season has its birds. The first day Sam saw red-winged blackbirds this year (which he describes as a “ridiculously common bird”), he was stoked as much for the sighting as for a sign that spring was near. This past week, he celebrated a bizarre anniversary: a year since his favorite birding escapade. “It’s tough to separate the bird itself from the adventure of finding it. Last year on St. Patrick’s Day, I spotted a King Eider in full breeding plumage on the beach in Southie. There were drunk homies everywhere and then me birding,” he laughs.

    As outdoor activities go, birding wouldn’t seem to carry the young person’s panache of surfing, climbing or skiing. The pastime’s reserved for retirees in gray New Balances and beige fanny packs; let them bumble through the woods and point out sparrows. It’s unclear what sort of adrenaline endgame that could possibly offer (or why they need to have a clinical name — ornithologist — that makes them sound like medical professionals), but fair enough. They’re not bothering anyone. And they’re not exactly inspiring anyone, either. Right?

    At times, the birders that be have tried, with varying degrees of success, to convince younger generations that their beloved activity is worthwhile. In 2011, a lighthearted movie called The Big Year charted the efforts of three competitive birders, in their bid to find the most birds in a single year. (Anything over 700 is considered a very big year.) The film was a commercial flop, though it’s hard to imagine that the cast kept people away. It starred Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black.

    Later on, in the mid-2010s, birding found footing amongst the legions of hobbyists occupying America’s hippest neighborhoods. Early waves of gentrifiers in cities like Brooklyn, Portland and Austin picked up birding much the same way they started planting vertical gardens in their living rooms or keeping bees on their rooftops. You might call them dinner party naturalists. They were disciples of Jonathan Franzen, The New Yorker and This American Life, and viewed bird-watching as the next step in their journey toward total self-edification.

    Something’s different this time around, though. Over the last year and a half, younger millennials and members of Gen Z actually seem interested in birding. Is there a level of irony involved? Of course. But over 340 million views for the TikTok page “birding tiktok” would suggest some degree of genuine intrigue. What’s driving the engagement? Marc Parnell, the author of The Birding Pro’s Field Guides, a series of 41 North American handbooks, has a couple theories.

    “There’s more engagement from new and existing birders,” he says. “It’s in line with a rise in outdoor activities like hiking, cycling and backpacking. The pandemic accelerated this trend, as restrictions on gatherings forced individuals outside and into more self-driven hobbies. The very nature of birds is that they are everywhere; they’re deeply intertwined in the local ecology. So people started experiencing exciting interactions with birdlife at a level that wasn’t present in the recent past.”

    In other words: some people might’ve become accidental birders. Take enough walks around the neighborhood during your workday, or enough weekend trips to a local state park, out of a desire to ease the ennui of quarantine, and you might just start to notice all those birds chirping and squawking around you. That was certainly the case for Jared, an accountant who now calls birdwatching a “huge” part of his life. “I’ve always liked birds, but I spent seven months on Hawai’i Island during the peak of the pandemic and that really converted me into a hardcore birder,” he says. “It’s just a part of my identity now.”

    Dan, a 30-year-old Minnesotan, has a similar story. “I became obsessed with birding and bird-feeding during the pandemic. It’s a way to escape and get closer to nature during a stressful time. So many millennials and Gen Zs are missing a connection to wildlife … for me, this hobby has reduced my anxiety and stress. I think that’s why I was drawn to it during the thick of quarantine. I now have six bird feeders hanging from my apartment balcony.”


    I’d recommend skipping the alcohol and weed though….. 🙂

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  4. Democrat leaders, DAs, and Soros money, sticking it to law abiding America yet again.

    “City of Philadelphia Hobbles Police with Dangerous New Ordinance”


    “Last year, Philadelphia’s city council passed an ordinance called “Achieving Driving Equality.” The bill, signed into law in October and going into effect earlier this month, prohibits the Philadelphia Police Department from stopping drivers who are violating certain aspects of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code. Unfortunately, the ordinance ignores common sense, stops the police department from enforcing the duly enacted laws of Pennsylvania, and disregards established precedent from the U.S. Supreme Court. In short, the city has joined Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner in fostering disorder and lawlessness in the City of Brotherly Love.

    To understand the ordinance, it’s important to review why vehicle codes exist. In Pennsylvania, drivers must register their cars and get them inspected regularly. Drivers must display their license plates on their cars so they can be identified, maintain working lights, and operate vehicles with bumpers. Nobody wants a defective car with no lights and no identification crashing through the streets of Philadelphia. Moreover, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that if police observe an actual vehicle code violation, they can stop the driver, even if the police are using the stop to check for other criminal conduct as well. Of course, the police are not allowed to pull someone over based solely on their race, age, or other protected status.

    Under the newly enacted ordinance, however, the city forbids the police from stopping a vehicle for an expired registration; for a light being out on a vehicle; for a license plate not being secured in the regular position on the back of a car; for operating without valid inspection; for a bumper violation; for having material that obstructs views out of the car from the front, side, or rear windows; and for other violations. Philadelphia’s Democratic-majority city council, Mayor Jim Kenney, and the public defender’s office, which helped craft the legislation, stated that the bill’s purpose was to stop an allegedly disproportionate number of minority drivers from being pulled over for such infractions. Now, Philadelphia is the first major city in the United States to adopt a blanket ban on such traffic stops.

    It’s apparent that none of Philadelphia’s officials have bothered to take a statistics course. They fail to acknowledge that there may in fact be more minority drivers who are violating these vehicle laws in Philadelphia than non-minority drivers. If that is the case, then the police are simply pulling over the people who are violating the law, regardless of race. In a famous and controversial study of driving habits on a major highway in New Jersey, the Justice Department found that minority drivers were speeding much more often than white drivers, possibly explaining why the police were issuing more speeding tickets to those minority drivers.

    Besides this major theoretical flaw, the novel Philadelphia bill may have disastrous and long-lasting practical consequences for safety in an ever-more-violent city.”


  5. Genius!

    “RNC launches voter registration initiative at gas stations amid rising prices”


    “The Republican National Committee (RNC) launched a voter registration initiative that will run at gas stations across the country in the upcoming weeks amid a sharp rise in fuel prices.

    As gas prices in the country hit record highs, “the RNC will be holding several voter registration events across the country in the coming weeks,” information about the events shared with The Hill said.

    The first event took place in Arizona Saturday, where volunteers and staff registered Americans to vote from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. local time.

    Republicans have slammed President Biden over high fuel prices as the country continues to grapple with record inflation.

    The president warned Americans that the price of fuel was likely to climb even higher earlier this month, when he announced that the U.S. would ban oil imports from Russia amid its war with Ukraine.

    “Arizonans are frustrated with paying the record-high gas prices we’ve seen recently, this is an issue that affects almost every single Arizonan,” Ben Petersen, the communications director for Arizona’s RNC, said.

    “There’s no doubt that everyone is feeling the pain at the pump, so a gas station right now may be the very best possible place for one of our volunteers to have a conversation with someone and get someone signed up to vote,” he added.”


  6. The leftists pervs corrupt everything, even the kids.



    Exactly. Pay attention people.

    I don’t want reconciliation, nor friendship, with the part of the country that pushes this trash. I want them locked up for child abuse.




  7. Joe is dirty, just like Hunter.


  8. Here’s the tweet that got the Babylon Bee suspended. They called him a guy, because he is. But the truth is now censored.



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  9. Didn’t they hear?

    Has no one told them?

    America is back! And the adults are in charge now!

    Enjoy suckers. 🙂

    “I&I/TIPP Poll: Are You Better Off Today Than A Year Ago? By 4-To-1, Americans Say ‘No'”


    “Are you better off today under President Joe Biden than you were a year earlier? And are you financially prepared for a downturn in the economy or a job loss? The March I&I/TIPP Poll suggests most Americans would answer “no” to both of those questions.

    The poll asked: “Generally speaking, is your family better off today than it was one year ago, worse off than it was one year ago, or about the same as it was a year ago?”

    Fewer than one in five (20%) said they were “better off.” while more than twice that number — 42% — said they were “worse off.” Another 36% said they were “about the same.””


  10. Enjoy!

    “Joe Biden’s War

    The fate of the world is in the hands of a man who is literally and demonstrably a weak-willed and mentally disabled dimwit.”


    “So here we are in a shooting war with Russia. We are supplying the weapons, and the Ukrainians are doing the fighting and dying. But make no mistake. In addition to arming the Ukrainians, by our sanctions, we have declared economic war on Russia and, reportedly, are also using our satellites to target Russian troops for death and destruction. We are in this war just as surely as if Americans were on the ground pulling the triggers.

    And, as this goes on, the question becomes how will it play out? Will Russia retaliate with cyberattacks to disrupt our domestic power grid, pipelines, transportation, financial institutions or other infrastructure? Will it unleash chemical or biological agents? Will it use tactical nukes to speed up the rubbling of Ukraine’s cities? How will we respond if Russia pursues any of these options? And how close are we to that one misstep that could cause events to spiral out of control into nuclear conflagration?

    How did we get here?

    The answer is simple. The titular head of the Biden regime is weak, corrupt, and mentally incompetent. None of this is or has been a secret. All of it has been on embarrassing display before the entire world and was disastrously demonstrated by Joe Biden’s witless and chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan as well as his astoundingly moronic prewar assurance to Vladmir Putin that the United States would not militarily oppose an invasion of Ukraine.

    Biden’s caretakers have tried to hide and explain away his glaringly obvious unfitness for office. During the 2020 presidential campaign, he was kept out of public view. As our purported president, his public appearances have been marked by his inability to extemporaneously speak in a coherent manner. He even struggles to read off a teleprompter and frequently appears to be confused and lost in a mental fog.

    Nevertheless, the Biden regime has been aided and abetted by corporate media eager to do their bit to mask Biden’s deficits. Similarly, none of the corporate media have questioned or investigated the Biden family’s murky financial dealings in Ukraine, Russia, and China.

    In this regard, the Biden regime has been assisted by our intelligence and federal law enforcement agencies that kneecapped Donald Trump’s presidency based on lies concocted by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign while dismissing as Russian disinformation the evidence of the Biden family’s corruption contained on Hunter Biden’s laptop computer.

    Joe Biden was installed in the Oval Office by a process that had all the features of the color revolutions that our deep state has so successfully fomented around the world. On election night, the vote count was mysteriously halted. There followed an avalanche of mail-in ballots of unknown provenance. The corporate media promptly declared Biden the winner, and denounced anyone who dared to publicly question this outcome. Those who persisted in challenging the result were smeared, banned from social media, and canceled. Many have been sued in court or had their livelihoods threatened or destroyed.

    And with that, it was mission accomplished. America’s color revolution had succeeded in installing a drooling fool in the Oval Office.

    Today Russia has decided to exploit Biden’s obvious weaknesses. But how long will it be before Communist China, North Korea, Iran, Islamic terrorists, narco states and every other malign element take advantage of the unprecedented opportunity presented by Biden’s weak and semi-comatose leadership?

    We must face facts. Donald Trump, the only President in this century who did not get us into a war and whose policies produced a thriving economy, American energy independence, and stable foreign relations, has been replaced by a literal idiot who has wrecked our economy, opened our borders, and undermined our national security. And now, in his most remarkable achievement to date, he has gotten us into a shooting war between two countries where in each he and his family have surreptitiously reaped untold wealth.

    The fact is that we have gone to war on behalf of a country where, according to a U.S. Senate report, the Biden family has had questionable financial dealings and are fighting yet another country where Elena Baturina, the wife of the former mayor of Moscow and reputedly the wealthiest woman in Russia, made a 2014 wire transfer of $3.5 million to Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC, a company co-founded by Hunter Biden. In 2015, then Vice President Joe Biden was seen having dinner in Georgetown with Ms. Baturina. Unlike other oligarchs, she reportedly has not been subject to the U.S. sanctions which were imposed following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

    All of which gives rise to certain unavoidable questions. What are the Biden family’s benefactors in Ukraine and Russia getting for their money? Whose interests is the Biden regime serving? What covert influences may be in play and what effect, if any, are they having on our involvement in and conduct of the war?

    These are vital and troubling questions. We are staring at the possibility of getting into a nuclear war over a conflict that does not directly or immediately affect our national security or survival. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is vile, cruel, and evil, but it does not pose an imminent threat to the United States.

    Moreover, why is the Biden regime giving precedence to the invasion of Ukraine over the ongoing invasion of the United States through our southern border? How is it that the Biden regime is allowing and promoting the invasion of our nation while – at the risk of nuclear world war – it has maneuvered us into an armed conflict over the territorial integrity of a country that abuts Russia?

    Is this a case of misdirection? Is the Biden regime using this war to distract us from the disaster at our southern border and the wanton and mindless destruction of our energy independence and economy?”


  11. Kizzie, I was thinking about your statement the other day to AJ as I read 2 Cor. today. Paul can be so sarcastic in his writings. He did not mince words for sure. Frankly, I cannot understand why hwessli cannot see why the laptop does reflect on President Biden. I also could not understand why he would reiterate that CRT is not taught in grade schools when I commented that I know paraprofessionals and staff who do know aspects of it are taught. I also know those who know gender confusion is pushed by some teachers in pre-school and elementary schools. Of course, I am not suggesting that college CRT is being taught and that should be obvious. I have no time or desire to debate every word, though, and I imagine AJ doesn’t either. We are all called to debate civilly and may disagree sometimes on what that consists of. I have no doubt that both can defend themselves quite well. I do like to hear both points of view and often just read without comment. Just adding my two cents.

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  12. I guess I should go back and read that. I was done on it, so I moved on.

    I suspect my reaction will be much the same as it was above at 9:21…

    “I don’t want reconciliation, nor friendship, with the part of the country that pushes this trash. I want them locked up for child abuse.”

    Flee from evil, it’s ideas, and those who push it, and stop trying to make friends with it.


  13. Now just to be clear here, I’m not saying HRW is evil.

    Clearly, HRW is mostly reasonable, polite, and reasonably intelligent. I actually enjoy going back and forth with HRW most of the time.

    But other times, I have no patience for it. It’s not personal to HRW, although at times I think he’s accepting of completely irrational ideas. It’s the ideas themselves, like those at 9:21 above. I refuse to play nice with people who push such harmful ideas.

    I respond to him as I do my left leaning neighbor I feel the same way about. That is sarcastic at times, especially when they feign ignorance on issues like the laptop and how they bought all the lies about Trump. Especially when they continue to be unable to admit much of what they said and pushed were lies. I’m gonna make them own that. We all should.


  14. Kathaleena – Was Paul being sarcastic to believers or unbelievers? One thing he said in 1 Corinthians was that he would be all things to all men in order to win some. When he stood in the midst of the Areopagus, at the altar to “The Unknown God”, he noted their religiosity, and then preached Christ. He did not berate them for being ignorant or worshipping false gods, he simply acknowledged the people, and preached Christ.

    My comment was not in reference to HRW’s comments, other than to say that he presents them respectfully, but to AJ’s responses to him, which I often find to be rude. (I’m sorry to say that, AJ, but that is how I see it.)


  15. This happened to come up for my reading yesterday. It is very good, but I wasn’t sure I would share it. Although it is aimed at online theological discussions, the points are just as applicable to political/social issue discussions. I will share here the main points, but the whole thing is worth reading.

    ~“1. Carson’s Rule
    The first rule comes from D.A. Carson and states
    You don’t have to follow Matthew 18 before publishing polemics. . . .

    2. Murray’s Rule
    The second rule comes from John Murray and states
    You must take full responsibility for even unwitting misrepresentation of someone’s views. . . .

    3. Alexander’s Rule
    The third rule comes from Archibald Alexander and states
    Never attribute an opinion to your opponent that he himself does not own. . . .

    4. Gillespie’s Rule A
    The fourth rule is from George Gillespie and states
    Take your opponents’ views in total, not selectively. . . .

    5. Gillespie’s Rule B
    The fifth rule also belongs to Gillespie and states
    Represent and engage your opponents’ position in its very strongest form, not in a weak ‘straw man’ form. . . .

    6. Calvin’s Rule
    The sixth rule is Calvin’s and states
    Seek to persuade, not antagonize, but watch your motives! . . .

    7. Everybody’s Rule
    The seventh and final rule belongs to each of the previous six theologians and states
    Only God sees the heart—so remember the gospel and stick to criticizing the theology.”~



  16. 12:42, good ‘rules.’

    And the most effective debates are those that leave the “personal” out of it — debate or argue (respectfully) the issues on their merits, without taking personal aim at your opponent. Debates lose me (and I suspect many others) completely when that happens.

    On another topic, this was encouraging, I think, though time will tell:



    Is a post-Trump media world beginning to take shape?


    t looks like exhausted news consumers — battered by polarized cable channels that elevate opinion over facts — are finally being heard.

    Piece by piece, a post-Trump media world is starting to take shape. It looks something like a universe where resentment and resistance are pushed to the side and straight news steps back into the spotlight.

    In just the past few weeks, several high-profile developments point to an emerging correction in journalism:

    Spectrum, a cable distributor which operates more than 30 local newsrooms around the country, has announced it will soon launch a national newscast, headed up by a former executive producer of “NBC Nightly News.” The move comes, Spectrum says, after a survey of 10,000 viewers showed a high level of trust in the company’s local newscasts.

    At the same time, cable outlet NewsNation said it would continue to expand the number of newscasts on the service — reaching 21 hours a day by June. NewsNation, owned by The Hill’s parent company Nexstar Media Group, was launched in 2020 with a mission to deliver straight news.

    And it is now apparent that CNN’s new bosses will move quickly to bring the network back to the journalistic center. David Zaslav, who takes over as CEO of CNN’s parent company later this spring, has said that “overall we’d probably be better off if we just had news networks in America” rather than partisan opinion. To head CNN, Zaslav has tapped CBS producer Chris Licht, someone he calls “a true news person.” …

    … All of this is a tacit acknowledgement that journalism — and cable news especially — lost its way during the Trump years, when blatant calls to tribal instincts became the easiest pathway to ratings success.

    But, just like the politics that placed Donald Trump in the White House, that media development didn’t appear out of thin air. It began slowly during George W. Bush’s administration, when figures like MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and FOX’s Bill O’Reilly came to dominate their networks and appeal to distinct political factions. The Tea Party revolt during the Obama years raised the stakes — elevating additional star commentators like Glenn Beck and Rachel Maddow. …

    … Cable chieftain John Malone has talked about returning the industry to “actual journalism.”

    That’s important. It could signal that certain titans of television may be willing to sit through some softening of revenue as key parts of the news environment readjust.

    The most crucial unknown in this incipient shift is, as always in media, the audience. Too often, viewers tell researchers they want news sources they can trust, they want balance — but don’t follow through with their content choices. For these viewers, “trust” means “loud voices I agree with,” and “balance” means “just the facts that bolster my views.” …

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  17. You are entitled to your opinion Kizzie, even if I or others disagree.

    But save the lecture and rules for someone that might care for such niceties.

    I was clear above, I think we’re beyond that, I want no part of such stupidity, and I refuse to play nice with it. I’m going to continue to call out the falsehoods, the lies, the degenerate garbage they push on children, and other such evil endeavors.

    My delivery may not be to your liking, but you should be agreeing this stuff is evil. Truth matters, and folks shouldn’t be discouraging others from speaking out about it even if they don’t feel they should. You can play nice and not point it out, but don’t expect me to play along. You do you, and I’ll do me.


  18. Hmmm.



    Putin quotes Jesus to justify invasion of Ukraine

    MARCH 19, 2022

    During a pro-war rally in Moscow on Friday night, Russian President Vladimir Putin invoked the words of Jesus Christ in order to justify his invasion of Ukraine.

    Moscow police said more than 200,000 people attended the rally, Al Jazeera reported. Polling shows that a majority of Russians support the war in Ukraine, which has already left numerous Ukrainian civilians displaced, injured, and dead.

    Speaking to the crowd in a turtleneck and down winter coat, Putin said he ordered the invasion “to get people out of their misery, out of this genocide, that is the main reason, the motive and purpose of the military operation that we began in Donbas and Ukraine,” according to The Washington Post. Russia has repeatedly accused the Ukrainian government of committing genocide in separatist-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine.

    “And this is where the words from the Scriptures come to my mind: ‘There is no greater love than if someone gives his soul for his friends,'” Putin continued, paraphrasing John 15:13.

    Both the Post and ABC News translate the Russian word душу (dushu) as “soul,” but most English translations of the passage use “life.” The verse is part of a long discourse Jesus delivered to his disciples as they traveled to the Garden of Gethsemane, where he was arrested and taken to be crucified after ordering Simon Peter not to use force to defend him.

    Putin identifies as a Russian Orthodox Christian but has expressed discomfort with speaking publicly about his faith. …


  19. From another perspective re politics:

    Resisting the Politics of Fear
    Why Christians Should Be Known for Keeping Their Political Cool



    … The answer is not an easy one, but I suspect it goes something like this. Through his providential rule, God ensures us that evil is always fighting a losing battle as Christ’s kingdom continues its inexorable advance. Thus, the Christian who loves his nation will not, finally, fear for his nation—not, at any rate, in his reflective moments. But rather, he’ll trust in God’s prevailing providence.

    And yet confident love is not a call to political quietism; quite the contrary! If anything, it’s often the person possessed of perfect love and calm confidence who’s able to accomplish the most good in politics.

    Consider the career of William Wilberforce, who labored for decades to destroy the monstrous evil of the slave trade. He possessed a firm assurance that the Lord’s cause would prevail in due course.

    Or consider his friend, John Jay, who fought staunchly for American independence yet often bewildered his colleagues by his fearless equanimity. As he addressed his countrymen in 1776, “If we turn from our sins, he will turn from his anger. Then will our arms be crowned with success, and the pride and power of our enemies, like the arrogance and pride of Nebuchadnezzar, will vanish away. Let us do our duty and victory will be our reward.”

    To be sure, not every story of Christian political engagement has a happy ending, a resolution that feels like “victory” in the near term. But the arc of history is long, and it ends in Christ’s triumph. Thus, as we labor today seeking justice for the oppressed and the good of our nation—whether the fight be for the alleviation of poverty or the lives of the unborn—we can do so freed from fear of man and death, in perfect love and full confidence that the battle belongs to the Lord. Let us indeed do our duty, and victory will be our reward.

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  20. AJ – My comment was not about your continuing “to call out the falsehoods, the lies, the degenerate garbage they push on children, and other such evil endeavors.” Yes, I agree that “Truth matters, and folks shouldn’t be discouraging others from speaking out about it. . .” But that is not what I am referring to. My comment was specifically about how you often respond to HRW, but you also often respond similarly to others on here that you disagree with. My point simply is attack the issue, not the person.

    Those rules are not merely “niceties”, but good principles for believers to follow when debating or arguing various issues.


  21. Kizzie, Paul was being sarcastic with believers. He did not mince words. I am not saying we should verbally attack people or let our tempers get the best of us. There are times to call someone out, however. I just thought the way Paul talks is not as ‘nice’ as some modern Christians think it should be. I am not advocating name calling or incivility.

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