39 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-12-22

  1. DJ,

    Here’s the thing. While those type of churches may exist, they are the exception, not the norm. Most folks separate their faith and their politics. Politics ends at the door. In our church we don’t discuss it during church functions, or hear it from the pulpit or elders. While we may discuss it during lunch with the guys, that’s after we’ve prayed for President Biden and all our leaders at Men’s Prayer Time. It’s not something that comes up often.

    Now I must confess, we do have one of those dreaded American flags in the church (oh, the horror…🙄 ) as well as the NJ flag and the “Christian” flag. Our former church had these too, and also a picture of the current president (whoever it is at the time) with a reminder to pray for our leaders. While the pearl clutching Alberta may faint at the sight of it, most folks don’t even notice these things, because politics ain’t why they’re there.

    The writer says he was overwhelmed by responses from Pastors. Yet he names none. If their churches are being “taken over” as he alleges, shouldn’t those pastors be speaking out publicly about it? Yet they aren’t, which leads me to believe he’s full of it and embellishing to once again bash other Christians who dare support the bad orange man. It’s the same trash they’ve been pushing for the last 5+ years now. It’s their only business model. Their target audience is establishment R’s and Democrats who want to hear their voice echoed. Trump is gone yet they still won’t stop talking about him and his supporters because that’s where they make their money from like minded Dems and Dem Lite.

    And why do you call for “respectful” dialog after you post a link that bashes your brethren yet again? Where’s the respect from The Atlantic?

    Where is their apology for bearing false witness against our president and anyone who dared support him? When will they admit they were completely wrong on Russia, Alfa Bank, the Steele Dossier, that it wasn’t a Clinton trap, for pushing for investigations to ruin a president based on false narratives and flat out lies? Repentance and asking for forgiveness would be the Christian thing to do. Yet they never get around to that, just straight to lecturing those who dare support the bad orange man. Lather, rinse, repeat. That’s all they do.

    Now as for Alberta specifically….

    Here’s a link to his “hits” while at Politico and The Atlantic. This is the only reason The Atlantic hired him, because he’s got his Never Trump bona fides, like French and the rest of these clowns. Every story on Trump is exactly what you would expect from a leftist NTer. Why would anyone take theological or church advice from such a partisan source?



    Alberta and the Atlantic’s entire motive here is to pit Christians against one another. He wants people punished for the heresy of daring to support the wrong politicians. This is the partisan media opining on something they know little about, have zero credibility on the topic of, and yet people still bother with them? Why?

    They know they’re losing the argument, so I expect more of this type of “reporting” to come from him and the French’s of the world as they try to maintain the control they’ve enjoyed for too long. But their hold is slipping, it’s a new world now. Stop wasting your time with the wolves among the sheep.

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  2. Once again the AP beclowns itself.

    Perhaps they need to update the definition of “filibuster” in their style book. They seem confused on what that word means. There was a vote, they lost. This is how it’s supposed to work. R’s and Manchin didn’t obstruct or delay the vote, or prevent it, they simply won the vote. Democracy is a thing still…

    The obstructing or delaying of legislative action, especially by prolonged speechmaking.
    An instance of this, especially a prolonged speech.
    An adventurer who engages in a private military action in a foreign country.


    Gee…. I wonder why folks don’t trust the media…. 🙄

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  3. “Schumer Show Vote on Radical Abortion Bill Goes Down in Flames”


    “Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has repeatedly shown his ineptitude when it comes to leading Democrats in the upper chamber, and he did so again in spectacular fashion on Wednesday afternoon. In what he seems to think was a grand gesture to prove his party’s commitment to a woman’s (birthing person’s?) right to kill her unborn child only put Democrats on the record supporting a bill that’s more radical than Roe ever was.

    After the unprecedented leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion signaling that Roe v. Wade would be overturned, Schumer jumped into action and called for the passage of a bill to supposedly “codify” Roe in federal law. But he once again failed to do the math among his own caucus or the Senate as a whole before holding what became nothing but a failed show vote to prove Democrats support radical abortion rights that go beyond what even most pro-abortion Americans support.

    The vote to break a Republican filibuster and move to the final vote on the “Women’s Health Protection Act” came down 51-49, with every Democrat but one voting to move ahead — Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia joined all the Republicans to block the legislation from moving forward.

    Sixty votes were necessary to end debate on the bill and move ahead — but that threshold was never going to be met. Even if, somehow, enough Republicans agreed to vote with all the Democrats to move forward to a vote on the bill, Schumer didn’t have the 50 votes necessary to achieve a tie that would be broken by Vice President Kamala Harris to pass the measure after Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) said he opposed the Women’s Health Protection Act outright.”

    “The legislative vehicle for Schumer and Democrats’ plan, which Speaker Nancy Pelosi previously passed through the House of Representatives, does far more than “codify” the right to abortion manufactured in the Court’s decision in federal law. That claim was thoroughly debunked by Guy here in a deep-dive on the “appalling and extreme departure from the current status quo” the bill Schumer pushed to a failed vote on Wednesday would be:

    In summary, the Democratic bill would make elective abortions legal across the entire country for all nine months of pregnancy (with “mental health” loopholes eliminating any real limitations), eliminating virtually all existing state-level restrictions (including lopsidedly popular ones), gutting conscience protections for healthcare workers who don’t want to participate in abortions, allowing non-doctors to facilitate the abortions, and likely forcing taxpayers to finance all of it. Short of endorsing post-birth infanticide or instituting CCP-style compulsory abortions, it’s hard to imagine a more extreme piece of legislation on this issue. Dressing this up as “codifying Roe” is astoundingly dishonest, yet it’s mindlessly — or perhaps not so mindlessly — repeated by journalists, ad nauseam.

    The WHPA is so radical that, as Wednesday’s vote showed, not even all Democrats supported the measure, nor did liberal Republicans such as Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Schumer, apparently, didn’t do the math or didn’t care he was leading his caucus to yet another defeat on a divisive issue that hasn’t been seen to motivate Democrats ahead of the midterms.”

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  4. Make no mistake, this isn’t hyperbole. This is a fact. This is exactly what the failed bill would have allowed in all 50 states, no restrictions allowed.


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  5. He’s losing it. 25th Amendment time…


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  6. The gaslighting never stops…

    “Biden’s FDA Chief Asserts “Misinformation” is Leading Cause of Death in Nation

    Biden Disinformation Alert: Dr. Robert Califf mentions not one word about drug overdoses, suicides, or murders.”


    “There is now an intriguing, new candidate in the sprightly competition for the worst Biden appointment.

    In February, the Senate narrowly confirmed Dr. Robert Califf as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The vote was 50-to-46 (6 Republicans supported him, 5 five who caucus with Democrats opposed him, and one senator voted present).

    In fact, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) wanted the nomination withdrawn completely.

    …Manchin called on Mr. Biden to withdraw the nomination in an opinion essay, noting that while Dr. Califf pledged to make changes the last time he was commissioner, the F.D.A. approved five new opioids in 2016 and 2017.

    “I have never been more profoundly confident of a vote I’m going to cast than I am right now,” Mr. Manchin said in a fiery floor speech on Monday, directly placing partial blame for the worsening epidemic on Dr. Califf. Opposition to his nomination, Mr. Manchin added, would “send a message to this administration, to our president, that we need a new direction at the F.D.A.”

    “We need people who want to protect us,” he concluded, “not people who allow drugs to destroy us.”

    Biden might be wishing he heeded Manchin. Califf is now using his position to assert the senseless idea that “misinformation” is a leading cause of death in the nation.

    Newly confirmed Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf says “the issue that keeps him up at night… is the proliferation of false and misleading health information, particularly online — and the distrust in institutions, data, and expertise that it has wrought.”

    So reports Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico for the Association of Health Care Journalists, from an interview AHCJ patient-safety team leader Kerry Dooley Young conducted with Califf on Friday in Austin at Health Journalism 2022, AHCJ’s annual conference.

    “I believe that misinformation is now our leading cause of death,” Califf said, citing resistance to COVID-19 vaccination, the number of people taking the anti-parasite drug Ivermectin, and increasing use of electronic cigarettes.

    “Historically, the FDA has been relatively quiet and puts out definitive information through guidance or labels or regulatory actions … that would be transmitted to consumers and patients through trusted intermediaries,” he said. “But the world has changed at this point.”
    However, during an interview with CNN’s Pamela Brown, FDA chief Dr. Robert Califf noted he could not “quantify” the impact of misinformation on death rates.

    I have to acknowledge there is no way to quantify this. So, I can’t say the numbers come out just like they would for heart disease or cancer.

    Then he “sciences” his assertions to support the Disinformation Board and its goals that the current administration has touted.”

    “Of course, Califf neglects to mention any of the following:

    Drug overdose deaths are at a record high (the report contains actual numbers).
    The rising rate of suicide and depression among American kids.
    The consequence of chronic diseases left untreated because of covid response.
    The fact murders have spiked nearly 40 percent since 2019.”


    Democrats open border, defund the police, soft on crime, and lockdown policies built this.

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  7. Not sure….?

    You helped cause this clown, and we didn’t forget that.

    “Fauci Downplays Increase In Overdoes, Suicides, Abuse, Violence: “Not Sure The Lockdowns…Did It”….”

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  8. Further evidence in the indictment against Democrats.

    “Study: Remote Learning in Blue States Widened Economic and Racial Gap While Red States Fared Much Better

    “Interestingly, gaps in math achievement by race and school poverty did not widen in school districts in states such as Texas and Florida and elsewhere that remained largely in-person.””


    “A new study has found that blue states which kept schools closed longer, opting for remote learning during the pandemic, had a harsh effect on poor and minority students.

    Meanwhile, in red states like Florida and Texas where schools reopened sooner, the same types of students fared much better.”


    “A study shows remote learning led to large losses in achievement for students during the pandemic, with blue states and students from low-income areas hit the hardest by the losses.

    “Interestingly, gaps in math achievement by race and school poverty did not widen in school districts in states such as Texas and Florida and elsewhere that remained largely in-person,” Thomas Kane, a professor of education at Harvard and one of the authors of the study, said of the study’s results in an interview with the Harvard Gazette last week. “Where schools shifted to remote learning, gaps widened sharply. Shifting to remote instruction was like turning a switch on a critical piece of our social infrastructure that we had taken for granted.”

    The study was conducted by Harvard University, the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research at the American Institutes for Research, and NWEA. The group analyzed data from 2.1 million students in 10,000 schools in 49 states, finding remote learning to be the primary cause for large losses of student achievement during the pandemic.

    Here’s more from Liz Mineo of the Harvard Gazette:

    Remote learning likely widened racial, economic achievement gap

    A new report on pandemic learning loss found that high-poverty schools both spent more weeks in remote instruction during 2020-21 and suffered large losses in achievement when they did so. Districts that remained largely in-person, however, lost relatively little ground. Experts predict the results will foreshadow a widening in measures of the nation’s racial and economic achievement gap.
    The report was a joint effort of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research at the American Institutes for Research, and NWEA, a nonprofit research and educational services provider. It analyzed achievement data from 2.1 million students in 10,000 schools across 49 states and is the first in a series that will be tracking the impact of catch-up efforts over the next two years.

    Professor Thomas Kane, who was part of the study, is interviewed as part of the article and offered this comment:

    Interestingly, gaps in math achievement by race and school poverty did not widen in school districts in states such as Texas and Florida and elsewhere that remained largely in-person. Where schools remained in-person, gaps did not widen. Where schools shifted to remote learning, gaps widened sharply. Shifting to remote instruction was like turning a switch on a critical piece of our social infrastructure that we had taken for granted. Our findings imply that public schools truly are the “balance wheel of the social machinery,” as Horace Mann would say.”

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  9. Like I said yesterday in reference to the John Deere story, in the wrong hands remotely disabling vehicles can create havoc.

    “Joe Biden Is Threatening Our Freedom of Movement”


    “The federal gov’t and silicon valley are looking to clamp down on your freedom of movement. Your ability to move about as you please does not fit with their goals for the future of our world. Automotive-related freedoms, including access to fuel, allow us to be free to move without the permission of silicon valley and the federal government. Automotive freedoms are not only hobby related; they are essential to preventing yet another step along the road to serfdom at the hands of woke corporations and federal bureaucrats.

    Biden recently signed into law a requirement that all vehicles produced after 2026 be fitted with a remote kill switch. Electric vehicles are already equipped with this capability via internet-connected “superchargers.” These corporations can sell you a product for tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, then prevent you from using them. Worse yet, if the law is not challenged or repealed, these kill switches will have a “back door” that allows government agencies to shut your vehicle off remotely as well.

    With conservatives slowly waking up to the reality that corporate managers are not on our side, this should be among our top concerns. Internal combustion vehicles, so far, are free of the sorts of nanny state controls that are standard on electric vehicles, so preserving our access to gasoline and diesel fuel is an absolute necessity

    Right to repair is also an important issue. It is not, as some techno-authoritarians claim, a simple matter for tinkerers. Rather, it is a critical component of our ability to maintain freedom of movement. Right to repair ensures that we are able to hire independent professionals to repair our vehicles and other products rather than being forced to pay astronomical prices to manufacturers.

    Now that the environmental superiority of electric vehicles is being called into question, the real agenda behind climate hysteria is clear: climate change fear mongers want us poorer and unable to travel and commute as we see fit. As the Biden administration’s intentional policy of high gas prices hits the average American in the pocket book, it’s important to note that the cost of EV batteries is also rising. Subsidized demand for these batteries has led to a massive increase in the prices of conflict minerals, such as lithium and cobalt, that make up these batteries.

    There is no evidence that the actual cost of electric vehicles will be dramatically lower than those of internal combustion vehicles. Currently the average price of an electric vehicle is $56,000. What does this say about your ability to travel freely in the coming years if the federal government effectively bans our use of internal combustion vehicles?”

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  10. Faux anger pays apparently…

    “The unbearable rightness of being a Democrat”


    “Top Democrats keep emailing me to tell me how angry they are. They’re asking for money, and people apparently donate more if those seeking handouts are in a rage.

    I mentioned recently that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) asked me for support on the grounds that she was made “sick to [her] stomach” by originalist Supreme Court justices moving to overturn the “constitutional right to abortion.”

    Then, the “Ragin’ Cajun,” Democratic operative James Carville, emailed me saying he was “furious.” That was his one-word headline. “I’m so damn angry,” he went on, “I can hardly type this message to you.”

    A flunky doubtless typed it for him, which is an amusing irony but beside the point. The salient thing is that Col. Cueball, like Pelosi, thinks it’s persuasive that his feelings are running high. On the Left, anger is seen as self-justifying. Fury is its own excuse. If you’re throwing a fit, you must be right. Rage or nausea make your argument unassailable.

    This exactly fits Allan Bloom’s landmark 1987 analysis The Closing of the American Mind. He saw that university leftism was dragging America into a sort of anti-rational imbecility that displaced reason with emotion, and he noted that “civilization or, to say the same thing, education, is the taming of the soul’s raw passions.” He added, “Indignation or rage was the vivid passion characterizing those in the grip of a new moral experience.”

    These passionate militants graduated to run the Democratic Party and send me fundraising emails. There is an adamantine chain of causation between their emotional preening and the urge to violence that recently produced the firebombing of a pro-life/anti-abortion organization’s headquarters in Wisconsin. If you’re a left-winger, you can lob Molotov cocktails at people whose opinions you dislike and feel self-righteous about it.

    Graffiti scrawled on the Wisconsin organization’s wall declared, “If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either.” The dauber doubtless justified his or her physical threat because, you know, he or she was really mad.

    And why not? After all, rage supposedly justified a national orgy of destruction two years ago after the police murder of a black man, George Floyd. And, just this past week, President Joe Biden’s White House took days to stop making excuses for mobs attempting to intimidate conservative justices outside their homes. Initially, press secretary Jen Psaki refused repeatedly to condemn it, saying, “The president’s view is that there is a lot of passion, a lot of fear, a lot of sadness … about that leaked document.”

    Passion, fear, sadness — emotions rather than reasons. With a veneer of excusable emotion, the Left uses violence again and again to get its way. This is right out of Saul Alinsky’s militant handbook Rules for Radicals, which inspired Hillary Clinton’s university thesis and has now been absorbed into the Democrats’ DNA.”

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  11. It’s fine….

    A less educated, less adapted citizen is easier to control.

    Right Fauci and Joe…?

    Lockdowns have bad consequences.

    “Covid-Era Babies Are ‘Talking’ Less, Signaling Future Reading Challenges”


    “We know the pandemic has had a serious negative impact on the academic achievement of school-age children. But recent evidence shows we also need to worry about Covid-era babies and toddlers.

    Because of Covid-related disruptions, about a third of early elementary students will likely need intensive support to become proficient readers, according to one study. Now two additional studies suggest that many children born during the pandemic will also be at risk for academic failure. It seems that overburdened parents haven’t been able to engage babies and toddlers in the kind of “conversation” that is crucial for language development—and eventually, for reading.

    Both of the recent studies relied on an innovative piece of technology that enables researchers to determine how much verbal interaction young children experience. Developed by a nonprofit called LENA, the “talk pedometer” is a device that sits in the pouch of a vest worn by a child. It records both the child’s own vocalizations—not just words, but babbling, cooing, and the like—and the number of words spoken by any adult who is near the child.

    In addition, the device can calculate the number of “conversational turns”—brief episodes of back-and-forth dialogue—in which the child engages. Research has shown that the number of conversational turns affects brain development and is a key predictor of children’s school readiness, social-emotional development, and other life outcomes. Language development drives vocabulary, and vocabulary drives reading readiness, said Dr. Jill Gilkerson, Chief Research and Evaluation Officer at LENA, during a recent webinar sponsored by the organization.

    LENA itself conducted one of the studies, which analyzed recordings of over 600 babies aged zero to nine months. Babies born during the pandemic, the study found, are vocalizing less and experiencing fewer conversational turns.

    Independently, another study from Brown University’s Advanced Baby Imaging Lab found similar results. The lab has been tracking over 1700 families with young children since 2010. One year into the pandemic, researchers found that children’s average cognitive performance was the lowest it had been since the study began. A separate analysis of infants found a dramatic decline in verbal functioning in 2021, apparently because adults were initiating fewer conversational turns.

    The reasons for the decline in vocalizations and conversational turns aren’t entirely clear from the data, but the Brown study concluded that factors related to the pandemic had “by far the greatest impact on infant and toddler neurodevelopment.” It seems likely that a combination of stressed caregivers and social isolation is to blame. (Neither study addressed the question of whether masks might interfere with language development, since both were conducted in homes rather than daycare or preschool settings.)

    During the webinar, Dr. Sean Deoni—who led the Brown study—said the findings were worrisome. Children are resilient, but the first thousand days of their lives are crucial to their later development. And the older children get, the harder it is to compensate for the effects of early deficits, he said.”

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  12. “How could we possibly have a nationwide baby formula shortage crisis in America?”


    “There are some things that shouldn’t happen in America, and the shortage of baby formula we’re seeing now is one of them.

    Parents with an infant who is primarily fed through formula are thinking of little else right now. One Texas mom was forced to drive an hour just to find her baby formula. This should not be.

    Formula is unique in that it’s meticulously made to mimic the milk a mother can produce and it serves to feed only a very tiny human for a short period of time. To magnify the problem, if the baby has been consuming only formula, he or she can handle little else.

    Many women who nurse still supplement with formula if their milk supply is low. In fact, around 50 percent of moms either give their babies breast milk and formula or just give their babies formula.

    Supply chain issues and inflation have contributed to the shortage, but Abbott Nutrition’s recall of several major brands in February seems to have taken the issue from a problem to a crisis.

    The recalls were necessary. Four babies fell ill and two died from drinking infections caused by consuming formula that had Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria in it.

    The facility was shut down and has not yet reopened — and it gets worse.

    A whistleblower alleged as far back as October that Abbott has been covering up the fact that some batches of formula were contaminated. The Food and Drug Administration delayed inspections until January. Both may be culpable here. Did the FDA alert other brands of a possible supply crisis?

    Abbott produces the top-selling baby formula in the U.S.: Similac, which is about 40 percent of the entire market.

    Between November and early April, the out-of-stock rate of baby formula jumped to 31%, and then to 40% to finish out April. In six states, including Texas, more than half of baby formula was completely sold out during the week starting April 24, a data site that tracks retail prices said.

    Still: There are upwards of 50 other formula brands available in the marketplace. Where are they?

    For months, we’ve been talking about the “supply chain crisis.” This is apparently what it looks like when it hits home — and I don’t mean you didn’t get your latest Amazon Prime find in two days. I mean, you’re feverishly worried that the four cans Target lets you buy online will last until you can find more.

    A manufacturing and delivery cycle now takes between 12 and 16 weeks from start to finish. Between freight delays, labor shortages, and winter storms, the 2021 supply chain issue created a 2022 supply chain crisis.”

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  13. “What’s Roberts Waiting On?

    It’s been a week and the inaction on Dobbs is dangerous.”


    “Over the weekend, Jed Babbin was exactly correct in his characterization of the leak, quite possibly by a Sonia Sotomayor law clerk named Amit Jain if the speculation is correct, of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs case which would reset our jurisprudence back to something more manageable than the dog’s breakfast of activism and black-robe politics we’ve been mired in for half a century.

    The leak of the Supreme Court’s February draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was a political act that proved, redundantly, how thoroughly politics has invaded the court. Equally important is the fact that the leak was a crime that should be prosecuted under federal law.

    Central to that drama is that Dobbs would reverse Roe v. Wade if Justice Sam Alito’s draft opinion (which says, correctly, that Roe was “egregiously wrong”) remains the majority opinion of the court. Roe, which created the hitherto unknown constitutional “right” to abortion, is of existential importance to the Democrats. Without abortion “rights” and the claim that Republicans are racists, the Dems have no claim to anyone’s vote.

    Chief Justice John Roberts issued a statement in which he said the leak was “appalling,” adding that the draft opinion didn’t represent the final or even current opinion of the court. Associate Justice Clarence Thomas later said that the high court wouldn’t be bullied. It remains to be seen if the court is immune to the bullying and direct threats from the liberals.

    As Babbin notes, the leak of that draft majority opinion in the Dobbs case is a crime and it needs to be prosecuted.

    But as of now, there is no particular indication that’s going to happen.

    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts could have, should have, called in the FBI to investigate the leak. He didn’t. Instead, it’s the Marshal of the Supreme Court. Maybe they’ll do the job.

    But it’s been more than a week. How hard is it to find out who leaked that opinion to Politico? Assumedly, the leak was made via email. It’s hard to believe a long document like that was printed out and handed over to be scanned. So scour everybody who works at the Court and had access to the opinion, starting with their work email and then private email, then seize their devices.

    The federal government can find out who leaked the opinion. It shouldn’t take a day to get this done. How many potential suspects are there? Three or four dozen, tops? That we don’t know by now and no charges have been brought tells you it isn’t a high-priority investigation.

    And meanwhile, a group of Democrat fascists calling itself Ruth Sent Us, a bizarre name given that its namesake, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was pretty critical of Roe v. Wade as terrible law even if she was pro-abortion, are now disseminating the home addresses of Supreme Court justices for the express purposes of breaking federal law.

    Because it’s illegal to harass judges at their homes to try to intimidate them or otherwise change their judicial opinions.

    Everybody at Ruth Sent Us, in a country with a Justice Department which wasn’t completely compromised and corrupted, would have been hauled into jail and subjected to the precise treatment the January 6 protesters have enjoyed.

    The January 6 protesters were there to demonstrate against what they saw as a corrupt presidential election — and oh, by the way, Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie 2,000 Mules makes an awfully good case that they were right. What are the Ruth Sent Us goons who have chased at least one justice out of his home — Samuel Alito, who wrote the opinion, and his family have been moved to a secure location thanks to death threats from the mostly peaceful firebombers and others in the streets — demonstrating against?

    Not a corrupt decision. A decision they don’t like. One which was leaked, illegally.”

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  14. Fauxahontas still doesn’t understand how govt works after decades in it.

    But does the media call her on it?

    Of course not.


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  15. This millionaire feels your pain…. 🙄


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  16. Have mercy we don’t pay poor Katie enough to afford bacon??!! I can see a salary increase in the future for our poor “legislatures”!!
    Seriously…thank you Aj for articulating what was swirling around in my brain last night concerning the Atlantic/Alberta hit piece.
    When reading anything whether it be an article or a book I firstly research the author. What is in their brain and what have they written in the past? Do they have an agenda or do I even want to read what comes forth from their brain or heart?
    It is true that with a little research much will come out about Alberta. “Let’s get a bit of dirt on “Christian’s” and spread it around like manure to stink up the lot of them. And the Atlantic has it’s own history of being far left, supporting Hillary and of course they would love to publish a dark shadow on the church. Separation of church and state don’t you know. Christians are supposed to not have an opinion?
    As you stated, which I was immediately thinking, they focus on a couple of churches/pastors and this is to malign us all? Yes, there are churches that focus on trigger issues in our government’s sad state of affairs, but I would wager the percentage is very low. We do not at our church nor do most churches in our area. We are encouraged to pray for our leaders with clear understanding we shall all stand before the Lord one day. Even the one church I know of locally that does focus on what is going on in our government prays for our “leaders”. I do not attend that church but I do hear of what the Pastor has spoken during Sunday service. He has brought in some legislators to speak on Sunday and Eric Metaxas was a guest speaker a couple months ago. So there you go..perhaps Alberta would like to visit that church in Colorado Springs and write another article for the Atlantic.

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  17. You knew this was coming…..

    So evil.

    Same millionaire who couldn’t afford bacon.

    “Democrat Rep Says Bidenflation “Reinforces … Need” For Abortion Because Of Food Expense…”


  18. For illegals, on your dime, while you can’t get any for your children.

    What’s wrong with this pic?



  19. This is sure to bring down the price of gas, huh Joe?

    And it’s all intentional.


    Joe built this.


  20. More White House and “fact checker” liars exposed….


    They didn’t get it wrong. They lied, to carry water for Biden.


  21. I love the smell of leftist desperation in the morning…:)



  22. It’s everyone’s fault but Joe’s….






  23. AJ, thank you for the response.

    Christians who disagree should be able to discuss these issues as brothers and sisters. Disagreement can (and often is) healthy — and growth-inducing — but we tend to forget that.

    I am not familiar with the author of the Atlantic piece but I wouldn’t presume to guess what his “motives” might be, that’s sheer speculation that none of us are privy to. We can’t know those kinds of things so I don’t go there. I based my reaction on the work itself, not on where it appeared or who wrote it. I’m close enough to the subject matter to make my own judgement on its credibility.

    While I did note earlier that the story relied much on anecdotal instances, specifically the two pastors featured in the story, I thought it was a fair piece of journalism. I say that as an “insider,” as a Christian of many years who has been involved in churches for many years, all within the conservative and more orthodox “versions,” if you will. The article resonated with me but more importantly also with a number of other Christians I know well who also have read it — as lining up with much of what they’ve observed and witnessed in various different churches in many different places over the past few years. And this is hardly the first piece written about all of this by fellow Christians who share the concern.

    It had genuine credibility.

    And the church can always benefit from honest criticism. It doesn’t behoove us to be overly sensitive and circle the wagons every time someone suggests the church might be missing its mark here or there. It happens. A lot. We should listen.

    RE the U.S. flag inside church sanctuaries — Baptist churches are likely different on the flag-in-the-sanctuary issue, but among Reformed churches this has long been a topic of discussion, dating back (at least, but likely before) to when I joined my first Reformed church during the Clinton Administration (not that any reaction to that administration was related to the in-house church-flag debate). Our small Presbyterian church decided to remove the US flag from the sanctuary, with some objections from one member, and older WWII veteran, as I recall so it wasn’t without controversy we all were sensitive to how this could be seen so personally by some.

    But the intent was to emphasize that the church stands apart from “the government,” no matter how patriotic we may feel or how “good” or “rotten” the particular government may be.

    The message simply was this: Our allegiance is to Christ and no other.

    Governments, even the best of them, typically don’t like any “higher” authority.

    For too long there’s been this bland, “civil” – quasi-Christian religion that’s been embraced or at least accepted widely in the US and it’s done the church no favors. The church became too comfortable with the government and visa versa.

    So perhaps what we’re seeing, as painful as it may be, is a healthy pulling apart of that too-friendly relationship. Government and secular politics will never be our friend, not really. Best if the church comes to realize that’s not (and shouldn’t be) the “norm” and stand on its own feet, learning how to “be the church.”

    There are always dangers when the church becomes too entangled, especially with political parties and politicians. (I find it healthy that we have at least a few Democrats in our congregation.)

    We saw the political dangers during the Moral Majority era (which then bled right into the televangelist era — not a pretty time for the church in the United Sates and it, rightly, took some severe hits from the non-believing “outsiders” for all of that.

    There are many distractions now that threaten to pull the church this way and that, elevating politics or secular culture above what our first and true allegiance is.

    We need to remember who we “are,” and Who it is we represent.


    Kind of an afterthought, but while our pastor holds a post-millennial position, he understands how that may unfold is to be on a that to be a (very) gradual, up and down, timeline. It’s important for Christians to vote, but never should we be gathering up a militia.

    I’m becoming more of an amillennial in my thinking, more along the lines of the “two kingdoms” existing, for now, a view that also is prevalent among folks in our congregation. How one views much of that can impact how “crazy” some of the current political turmoil can make us (or not make us, hopefully and more preferably).

    The church needs to stay grounded. I think that Atlantic article expressed what many of us have been witnessing for several years now — that the church finds itself too often on shaky ground, feeling panicked or angry or afraid at the what we see taking place around us.

    The church has been through much worse. But we know who is in control. We just seem to forget that too often (and we’re all surely guilty of that).


  24. How can it be too explicit for the School Board, yet it is approved by the Board for children to read?

    If it can’t be read at a public meeting, then it certainly doesnt belong in schools.


    “A Colorado mother was cut off at her local school board meeting after trying to read out a sexually explicit passage from a book she said was available to children in the school district.

    The mother, identifying herself as D. Barnes, spoke at a March 16 school board meeting for Adams 12 Five Star Schools, which serves Denver’s northeastern outskirts. She told board members that she was “very concerned” about the material that children have access to through their schooling.

    “I do not favor book banning,” she said to the audience, many of whom had spoken before her either in support or opposition to the district’s policy regarding “gender non-conforming” and transgender students. “But I do want to tell you that pornography does not belong in our schools.”

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  25. These people are predators.



    “Four-year-olds at an Alert Bay, British Columbia school were reportedly given this homework assignment on touching their private body parts. The worksheet asks students to draw pictures of places in their home where they can masturbate privately.”


    “T’lisa̱lagi’lakw School is part of the Namgis First Nation. A spokesperson for the Nation told Libs of TikTok “the incident is under investigation” and therefore was not able to comment further. The principal could not be reached for comment.”


  26. ———


  27. There goes another false narrative….



  28. Priorities people….

    Their’s aren’t yours….


  29. It’s a clown world….



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  31. So AJC’s assertions are false.

    “True the Vote claims that cellphone location records show that “mules” visited multiple drop boxes in a day, but publicly available location data often aren’t accurate enough to prove that people actually stopped at drop boxes. They could have been driving by drop boxes on busy streets as they travel to and from work.”


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  33. This goes nicely with the links posted above….

    It’s kind of important to actually see something before you render judgement in an uninformed manor.

    “Fact-Checker Fail: 2000 Mules vs. the media”


    “In a familiar pattern, left-wing fact-checkers furiously try to hide the damning proof of election fraud in the 2020 election presented in Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary 2000 Mules. But those “fake checkers” clearly did not actually watch the film. See, e.g., Ali Swenson, Associated Press, reprinted at U.S. News and World Report or at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Initially, one should note that 2000 Mules is not a western. It refers to the term developed decades ago of “drug mules,” who carry illegal drugs for criminal cartels such as smuggling drugs across the border.

    With 2000 Mules, the leftists desperate to hide voter fraud clearly only watched the free trailer for the movie and did not spring for the $20 to $29 to actually see the entire film. The film can be purchased from the Salem radio network from Dinesh D’Souza on “Locals” at or at the main website.

    After mainstream journalists became discredited as biased, left-wing propagandists, very suddenly, a new fad sprang up: fact-checkers. Now the same journalists whom we stopped believing in the normal news are suddenly believable because they call themselves “fact-checkers.”

    But if there is anything that presumably a fact-checker would do, you’d think it would be to actually carefully read and analyze a claim point by point to determine its truth. (Typically, fact-checkers specialize in being distracted by a minor detail. For example, a news story might report that Sen. Nogood smashed into a green-colored van full of nuns while driving drunk. The fact-checker would then spend pages discussing how there is “no evidence” that the van was colored green. The van might have been blue. So rating: False.)

    True The Vote did what the government failed to do. The organization purchased through commercial brokers the cell phone “geotracking” or “geolocator” data from specific cities in particular states where the election was decided. They then analyzed the GPS data to show the paid “mules” who visited left-wing nonprofit organizations and then drove to many different ballot drop boxes on the same day — then did it all over again the following day, day after day, for weeks.

    While ballot “harvesting” is illegal in the states sampled, one is allowed to deliver ballots from family members or a voter for whom one is the officially designated caregiver. Otherwise, it is a crime to drop off someone else’s ballots in an election dropbox.

    But under no circumstances would one legally or legitimately do that again and again, day after day, for weeks or months. The fake checkers discuss the data as if these mules made only one trip, on one day, to only one drop box location. They didn’t watch the film.

    The film explains that the analysis filtered out people who were driving past drop boxes, or whose routines did not fit a voter fraud hypothesis. Only those driving straight up to a dropbox carrying their cell phones were included.

    The analysis considered the “pattern of life” routines of cell phone users. Those going to work or shop near a drop box would be excluded, as opposed to those who spent only a few minutes at the drop box and then immediately turned around and drove on to the next drop box location. A person parked for a long time for an appointment or shopping would be excluded.

    (The fact-checkers also skip over the fact that — by my rough estimate — perhaps around 10% of those mules active during the election season were also located in the middle of violent ANTIFA riots throughout the year 2000.)

    The documentary carefully explains how they filtered out the possibility of anyone dropping off ballots for his family. Only mules who visited ten or more ballot drop boxes were included in the analysis. For example, one “mule” visited drop boxes in six different counties.

    Ballots are different for different counties, congressional districts, and state legislative districts. So no one dropping off legitimate ballots would go to drop boxes in six different counties. Someone dropping off Grandma’s ballot would not visit ten to one hundred different drop boxes — and do this over again the next day and the next and the next.

    The fact-checkers tell us that geotracking is not that accurate. Oddly, the FBI is prosecuting peaceful, nonviolent protesters from January 6, 2021, based on that same “imprecise” geotracking data allegedly showing people inside the U.S. Capitol. Oops. Never mind. So geotracking cell phone locations is precise, except when it isn’t. Depends on the needs of the moment.

    But it doesn’t actually matter, because True the Vote set such a high bar that the data cannot be dismissed. Only those mules who visited left-wing, election-related nonprofit offices and then went from there straight to election drop boxes were included.

    The film repeatedly explains how they obtained over four million minutes of official government surveillance video viewing the ballot drop boxes (promiscuously deployed due to COVID-19). The trailer shows only a few snippets out of four million minutes. Even the documentary barely scratches the surface of that ocean of data.

    Yet the fact-checkers “analyze” the surveillance videos as if the few examples shown are the only surveillance videos. That is, they dismiss the examples shown only in the movie trailer. Had they actually watched the documentary, they would have known that the same mules are showing up again and again in various surveillance videos at different drop boxes all over the city. Not just once, as in the movie trailer.

    The four million minutes of video show mules stuffing dozens of ballots into drop boxes, not two or three. Often, we see ballots falling all over the sidewalk. The governmental surveillance video shows sometimes twenty or thirty ballots at a time getting stuffed into boxes already full.”


    The “fact checkers” are garbage.

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