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Nothing to see here, just another tech company trying to swing an election for Democrats.
“Is the Pilot Working? RNC Says Google Sent Over 20M GOP Emails to SPAM in 6 Days”
“The Republican National Committee told MRC Free Speech America on Monday that Gmail suppressed over 22 million GOP get-out-the-vote and fundraising emails Wednesday through Friday.
Gmail sent more than 3.1 million RNC emails to users’ spam filters on Wednesday, more than 9.8 million emails to spam on Thursday and nearly 10 million emails on Friday, the RNC said.
“We’re 40 days out from Election Day, we do not have any new transparency from Google,” the RNC wrote in an emailed statement. “We have raised this issue with Google for months with no resolution. On top of it all, our emails have been suppressed despite concrete changes that have improved overall performance.
This comes more than a month after the FEC approved a Google pilot program to supposedly remove political spam bias from the email provider’s email filter, following widespread outcry among Republican politicians and political organizations. ”
This is exactly what they warned could happen, and it has.
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After the shocking news that Walker supported abortion decades ago but no longer does, let’s look at his opponents past too, to be fair…
So I ask you, which is worse?
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Guns for we, but not for thee….
The bottom line is they fear the voting public, and brown shirts gonna brown shirt…
“Armed and Beltway-ish: More Federal Bureaucrats Than U.S. Marines Are Authorized to Pack Heat”
“When Congress authorized $80 billion this year to beef up Internal Revenue Service enforcement and staffing, Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy invoked the language of war to warn that “Democrats’ new army of 87,000 IRS agents will be coming for you.”
A video quickly went viral racking up millions of views, purporting to show a bunch of clumsy bureaucrats receiving firearms training, prompting alarm that the IRS would be engaged in military-style raids of ordinary taxpayers. The GOP claims were widely attacked as exaggerations – since the video, though from the IRS, didn’t show official agent training – but the criticism has shed light on a growing trend: the rapid arming of the federal government.
A report issued last year by the watchdog group Open The Books, “The Militarization of The U.S. Executive Agencies,” found that more than 200,000 federal bureaucrats now have been granted the authority to carry guns and make arrests – more than the 186,000 Americans serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. “One hundred three executive agencies outside of the Department of Defense spent $2.7 billion on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment between fiscal years 2006 and 2019 (inflation adjusted),” notes the report. “Nearly $1 billion ($944.9 million) was spent between fiscal years 2015 and 2019 alone.”
The watchdog reports that the Department of Health and Human Services has 1,300 guns including one shotgun, five submachine guns, and 189 automatic firearms. NASA has its own fully outfitted SWAT team, with all the attendant weaponry, including armored vehicles, submachine guns, and breeching shotguns. The Environmental Protection Agency has purchased drones, GPS trackers, radar equipment, and night vision goggles, in addition to stockpiling firearms.
A 2018 Government Accountability Office report noted that the IRS had 4,487 guns and 5,062,006 rounds of ammunition in inventory at the end of 2017 – before the enforcement funding boost this year. The IRS did not respond to requests for information, though the IRS’ Criminal Investigation division does put out an annual report detailing basic information such as how many warrants the agency is executing in a given year.
Yet more than a hundred executive agencies have armed investigators, and there doesn’t appear to be any independent authority actively monitoring or tracking the use of force across the federal government.
When asked about the need for such lethal materiel, agency officials typically speak only in general terms about security concerns. Agencies contacted by RealClearInvestigations from HHS to EPA declined to provide, or said they did not have, comprehensive statistics on how often their firearms are used, or details on how they conduct armed operations.
“I would be amazed if that data exists in any way,” said Trevor Burrus, a research fellow in constitutional and criminal law at the libertarian CATO Institute. “Over the years of working on this, it’s quite shocking how much they try to not have their stuff tracked on any level.”
Abigail Blanco, an economics professor at the University of Tampa, and the co-author of “Tyranny Comes Home: The Domestic Fate of U.S. Militarism,” told RCI that the militarization of the federal government appears to track closely with the increased militarization of local police.
Blanco cites data in her book from criminologist Peter Kraska, who found that about 20% of small-town police departments had SWAT-style teams in the mid-1980s, deployed about 3,000 times annually. After the creation of a federal program in 1997 to arm local police with surplus military equipment, about 90% of small-town police departments had SWAT teams by the early 2000s and those units were being deployed 45,000 times annually. Current estimates suggest those SWAT teams are deployed as many as 80,000 times a year.
By and large, the arming of the federal bureaucracy is a relatively recent phenomenon: Some 74,500 federal agents had firearm authority in 1996, a number that has nearly tripled since then. Some of the increase is due to agencies taking responsibility for the security of their own buildings. The Department of Veterans Affairs, for example, did not have a police force in 1995, but by 2018 it had nearly 4,000 armed officers, mostly dedicated to guarding the agency’s hospitals and other medical sites.
“We can all understand the dangerous world out there,” said Adam Andrzejewski, the CEO of Open The Books – and thus, he said, the need for some heavy weaponry in the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice. “But some of these other agencies, like Health and Human Services, they’ve got machine guns?”
Andrzejewski said that when he asked HHS about its arsenal, the agency spoke only in general terms about the dangers employees faced. It did not detail an increase in threats or provide specific examples of cases where such weapons would be required.”
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Dems built this.
Newly released numbers from the National Crime Victimization Survey confirm that violent crime in urban areas is rising dramatically.”
“Confirming widespread perceptions, the nation’s largest crime survey finds that violent crime in urban areas rose dramatically from 2020 to 2021. The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the statistical arm of the Department of Justice, recently released findings from the 2021 National Crime Victimization Survey. According to the NCVS, which dates to the Nixon administration, the rate of violent crime rose only in urban areas. It did not change to a statistically significant degree in suburban or rural areas.
The NCVS involves about a quarter of a million interviews each year with a nationally representative sample of U.S. residents. The federal government’s field agents ask respondents whether they were the victim of a crime within the past six months. According to the NCVS, violent crime in urban areas rose 29 percent from 2020 to 2021, from 19.0 to 24.5 victimizations per 1,000 persons aged 12 or older.
From 2018 through 2020, the NCVS found that the violent-crime rate in urban areas was between 29 percent and 42 percent higher than the rate in rural areas. In 2021, however, the violent-crime rate in urban areas was 121 percent higher, more than doubling the rate in rural areas (24.5 victimizations in urban areas, versus 11.1 in rural areas, per 1,000 persons). In addition, the violent-crime rate in urban areas was 48 percent higher in 2021 than in suburban areas, more than tripling any difference in urban and suburban rates registered from 2018 to 2020. The property-crime rate in urban areas was nearly twice as high in 2021 as in suburban areas (157.5 to 86.8 victimizations per 1,000 households) and nearly three times as high as in rural areas (157.5 to 57.7 victimizations per 1,000 households).
These statistics do not include murder, as murder victims obviously can’t answer a crime survey. In 2020, according to FBI statistics, the nationwide murder rate rose 27 percent, the largest percentage increase in at least 100 years—higher even than during the surge of violence at the start of Prohibition (see page 414 in this census report, page 83 in the PDF). In cities such as Minneapolis, Portland, and New York, the increase was even greater, as former attorney general Jeff Sessions has noted.
While the Census Bureau does not officially distinguish urban areas from suburban areas, BJS does. As is explained in detail in Classification of Urban, Suburban, and Rural Areas in the National Crime Victimization Survey, BJS classifies most cities that stand at the center of a major metropolitan area, as well as many other densely populated places, as urban. BJS delineates urban and suburban areas using a measurement called “weighted housing-unit density,” essentially a measure of how closely people live to one another. The overall weighted housing-unit density for the United States is 2,396 housing units per square mile (based on the 2010 Census). Among cities with populations of at least 50,000 people (as of 2010), the 15 U.S. cities (or Census-designated places) with the highest levels of urban density—based on weighted housing-unit density—are as follows:
New York, N.Y. (weighted housing-unit density of 29,345 housing units per square mile)
Hoboken, N.J. (25,870)
Union City, N.J. (20,477)
San Francisco, Calif. (17,316)
Miami Beach, Fla. (17,063)
Jersey City, N.J. (13,837)
Honolulu, Hawaii (13,756)
Boston, Mass. (12,708)
Chicago, Ill. (11,429)
Arlington, Va. (10,485)
Cambridge, Mass. (10,377)
Washington, D.C. (10,115)
Miami, Fla. (9,887)
Somerville, Mass. (9,770)
Philadelphia, Pa. (9,706)
(Note: Los Angeles, at 6,961, is 30th.)
Beyond providing geographical breakdowns on crime, the NCVS asks crime victims about the demographics of those who committed the crimes against them. For violent crimes in which the victim could identify the race or ethnicity of the offender, 66 percent of white victims said that the person who perpetrated the crime against them was also white. That’s similar to (1.1 times) the percentage of the overall (over-12) population that is white (61 percent). In comparison, 34 percent of Hispanic victims said that the perpetrator of the crime against them was also Hispanic, which is nearly double (1.9 times) the overall percentage of the (over-12) population that is Hispanic (18 percent). Most strikingly, 71 percent of black victims said that the perpetrator of the crime against them was also black—5.9 times the overall percentage of the (over-12) population that is black (12 percent).
While black Americans are often the victims of intra-racial crime, white or Hispanic offenders commit comparatively few violent crimes against black victims. According to the 2021 NCVS, 6.9 times as many violent crimes were committed by black offenders against white victims (480,030) as by white offenders against black victims (69,850). In comparison, essentially the same number of crimes were committed by whites against Hispanics as vice versa (1.0 times as many in either direction). Again, that’s according to the victims.”
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10% for “The Big Guy”…..
And hoping for billions from the Chinese. Joe Biden is bought and paid for.
“Ex-Hunter business partner Tony Bobulinski takes on the Biden machine”
“Whatever else was on the president’s agenda Wednesday, with both his son Hunter and brother Jim Biden under federal investigation, and Republicans poised to take back the House next month amid an avalanche of whistleblower disclosures, the noose tightening around his family’s influence peddling scheme clearly is “top of mind.”
“No one f–ks with a Biden” can be read both as a message to embolden the loyal and a threat to potential traitors. It’s a fair bet it wasn’t the first time the president had spoken those words in the past 24 hours.
The stakes are high, and he knows it.
When Bobulinski, the former business partner of the president’s son Hunter and brother Jim Biden, was asked by Carlson on Tuesday night about the fact that he has “the most powerful agencies in the world, the FBI and the CIA, working against you,” he answered: “Yes. And you just made my heart skip.”
You don’t get a more credible witness than Bobulinksi, a decorated former US Navy officer with top secret security clearances from the National Security Agency and the Department of Energy. The pressure on him over the past two years has been enormous, and the nation owes him a debt of gratitude for staying the course. A successful businessman with a young family, he has nothing to gain and everything to lose by pitting himself against the world’s most powerful family.
But as he told Carlson. “I bleed red, white and blue [and] the American people deserve the facts.”
As we piece together those facts almost exactly two years after The Post published the first bombshells from Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop, it appears that the coverup will turn out to be worse than the original corruption. It involves the FBI, as catalogued by more than a dozen whistleblowers, and potential collusion with Big Tech, the Biden campaign and former intelligence officials.
There are three strands to the Biden story:
1) The decades-old Delaware family business selling Joe’s influence to the highest bidder which was internationalized when he became vice president. The concern is that millions of dollars which flowed to the Biden family from China, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Romania, and elsewhere, may have compromised the president.
2) Evidence of Joe Biden’s involvement and potential financial benefit in Hunter and Jim’s foreign deals, despite his repeated denials that he knew anything about his family’s business. Material from the laptop and from Bobulinski suggests he met with more than a dozen of Hunter’s business partners, including overseas, in the White House, at the VP’s Washington residence and at a three-for-one dinner at Café Milano in Georgetown on April 16, 2015, to which Hunter invited partners from Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan.
3) The coverup.
That’s the way the Republicans in the House are expected to divide up their investigations of the Biden family if they win back the House, with the House Oversight Committee taking the first two lines of inquiry and the Judiciary committee focusing on the coverup.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the Judiciary ranking member, has promised a forensic examination of the last few weeks before the 2020 election, when evidence damaging to Joe Biden was hidden from the American people, and may have changed the outcome. Within hours of The Post publishing its first scoop about the laptop on Oct. 14, 2020, the story was censored by Facebook, which recognized it instantly as the “disinformation . . . dump” which the FBI had recently warned them about in specific detail, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed six weeks ago on Joe Rogan’s podcast. Twitter followed Facebook and locked The Post’s account for two weeks.
Two days later, on Oct. 16, 2020, Democratic House intelligence chairman Adam Schiff went on CNN to falsely claim that “the smear on Joe Biden and the Biden family is all coming from the Kremlin [and] the intel community has confirmed that.”
Three days after that, on Oct. 19, 2020, 51 former intelligence officials, including John Brennan and three other former CIA heads, published a scurrilous letter falsely claiming the laptop material was a Russian information operation”. The letter got Joe Biden off the hook in his final debate against Donald Trump. ”
And it was completely made up.
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Bought and paid for.
“Former Biden Family Business Partner: The Bidens Expected “Billions” From Chinese Business Dealings…”
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Get what they deserve?
Oh honey no, not in Biden’s America and Dem run crap holes.
“A group of females wearing neon-green bodysuits trolled the New York City subway before attacking, robbing, and tossing around two 19-year-old females on Sunday. From The New York Post:
“She said she was attacked by aliens, and I didn’t know what she was talking about,” the mother of one of the victims told The Post on Monday.
“Yesterday was her birthday,” said the distraught mom, who asked that she and the victims remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation. “This is how she spent her 19th birthday. I hope they get what they deserve and then some because it’s disgusting.”
The mother said her daughter and a friend at first “were on the platform going home.
“They were just literally standing to get on the train. These wretched grown women came down the stairs being all loud. They went to get into the train, and one of them bumped [the friend],” the mom said.
“My daughter was like, ‘Come on’ [to her friend], and they got on the other car. Then the women came on their car through the door between the cars. They attacked my daughter.
“There was a woman with red curly hair, and she was helping [the teen]. And there was a man who took his sweatshirt off and helped the girls. He got hit. My daughter, she had like five of the girls on her at one time. [She and her friend] were both punched in the face.”
“The mother criticized the people around the girls because they watched and recorded the attack. No one helped the two girls.”
Follow the science! they said….
But then they didn’t.
“Association of American Physicians and Surgeons: FDA Misled the Public About Ivermectin
Wisconsin Supreme Court to decide on whether judge can order ivermectin to treat covid.”
“The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) recently filed a motion and amicus brief Thursday evening with the federal district court in Galveston urging it to allow the lawsuit to proceed against the FDA for its misleading statements against ivermectin, a drug used to fight parasites and given to covid patients during the early stages of infection.
In Apter v. HHS, a group of physicians sued to hold the Food and Drug Administration, a federal agency within the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), accountable for its interference with physicians’ ability to treat Covid-19.
“Defendant FDA has improperly exploited misunderstandings about the legality and prevalence of off-label uses of medication, in order to mislead courts, state medical boards, and the public into thinking there is anything improper about off-label prescribing,” AAPS writes in its amicus brief to the court. “Not only is off-label prescribing fully proper, legal, and commonplace, but it is also absolutely necessary in order to give effective care to patients.”
Yet the FDA published multiple statements and sent letters to influential organizations to falsely disparage ivermectin, implying that it was not approved for treating Covid-19. Many, including courts and state medical boards, were misled by the FDA into thinking that its lack of approval for this treatment meant that ivermectin should not be used to treat Covid-19.
As a reminder, ivermectin was one of the topics in a particular “Second Opinion” panel that Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) hosted earlier this year. Johnson gathered world-renowned doctors and medical experts to offer a different perspective on the pandemic: global pandemic response, the current state of knowledge of early and hospital treatment, vaccine efficacy and safety, what went right, what went wrong, what should be done now, and what needs to be addressed long term.
Dr. Pierre Kory is the former Chief of the Critical Care Service and Medical Director of the Trauma and Life Support Center at the University of Wisconsin and an expert in using “horse dewormer” ivermectin. He details the studies across the globe, including the success of its use in a Brazilian city and Uttar Pradesh, India (news of which has been hidden or dismissed by the press).
The organization is focusing on the fact that ivermectin has been previously approved for off-label use on humans.
“It has never been proper for the FDA to interfere with that essential part of the practice of medicine, and the FDA knows it,” AAPS informed the court. The FDA “insisted and continues to insist on interfering with the prescription of this safe medication by physicians in treating Covid-19,” AAPS added.
AAPS General Counsel Andrew Schlafly pointed out to the court that the FDA “has engaged in a campaign of interference with the proper use by physicians of ivermectin, which has long been approved as fully safe for human use.” He alerted the court that once the FDA approves a medication as safe, then physicians have full authority to prescribe it to treat any illness, particularly a novel virus like Covid-19.
In another ivermectin-related court case, the Wisconsin Supreme Court will take up a lawsuit to force a hospital to administer ivermectin to a covid patient.
The Court agreed to look at the issue after a state appeals court rejected the demand of a Waukesha County man who wanted a judge to order a hospital to use ivermectin to treat his uncle who was hospitalized with COVID-19. Ivermectin is a drug used to treat parasites in horses as well as human beings.
The case was one of five that the Supreme Court listed Friday as cases the justices will take up in the coming months.
After Waukesha County resident John Zingzheim was put on a ventilator with COVID-19 in October 2021, his nephew, Allen Gahl, obtained an ivermectin prescription for his uncle from a doctor he had connected with online. Gahl holds a power of attorney for health care for his uncle.
Doctors at the hospital, operated by Aurora Healthcare, refused to fill the prescription or administer the drug, saying it would be below the standard of care for COVID-19 patients.”
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Yes, the men seemed to just watch. So sad. 😦
Kizzie, none of my comments were about David French. Some seem to support what he said, however, and I do not in relation to these events. Sometimes we can bend over so far to be ‘fair’ that we fall over.
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Just another unqualified, unfit fraud who lived off Mom and Dad until he was 50, and off taxpayers ever since then.
“The mainstream media may be taking the gloves off against John Fetterman in Pennsylvania. A new report scrutinizes the Democrat senate candidate’s time as Lt. Governor and Mayor of Braddock, painting a picture of laziness that has been prevalent throughout his life story.
According to the Associated Press, Fetterman held a very “light schedule” as Lt. Governor despite bragging about “reimagining” the office. Apparently, what he meant by that was leeching off taxpayers while not accomplishing anything of value.
Records from Fetterman’s four years in office, however, offer a different portrait of his time in the $179,000-a-year elected job. They show Fetterman typically kept a light work schedule and was often absent from state business, including presiding over the state Senate, which is one of his chief duties, according to an Associated Press review of his daily calendars and attendance records.
The review found that Fetterman’s daily schedule was blank during roughly one-third of workdays from January 2019, when he first took office, to May of this year, when he suffered a serious stroke. Even on days where his schedule showed he was active, a typical work day for Fetterman lasted between four and five hours, the records show.
This should surprise no one that knows anything about Fetterman’s past. This is the same guy who got a $54,000 “salary” from his parents until he was 49 years old because he refused to get a real job while the Mayor of Braddock (a very small town that only pays $150 for the position). Fetterman also bought a home from his sister for $1, a hand-out few others receive in their lifetime.
All the while, Fetterman has presented himself as a working man’s hero despite never actually being a working man. He constantly touts his support for unions, wearing gym shorts and Carhartt hoodies in lieu of actually looking like a grown adult that is running for the US Senate.
As the AP details, though, Fetterman is a fraud. He’s a lazy bum who has sucked money from taxpayers while giving them little to nothing in return. Working only 4-5 hours a day when he was there, he would often not show up for work at all. One of the major parts of being Lt. Governor in Pennsylvania is presiding over the state’s Senate. Fetterman couldn’t even be trusted to do that. When he was Mayor of Braddock, he missed one-third of city-council meetings despite describing his tenure as a “full-time job.””
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The insane run the show now.
David French would call this just another “blessing of liberty.”
Hack. He continues to lie about his “brethren” yet some support him nonetheless., because they all agree, Orange Man Bad, and so are his supporters.
“The crew over at The Dispatch is having a normal one. As I wrote yesterday, Jonah Goldberg let it be known that he could never forgive Ron DeSantis for how he ran his gubernatorial campaign, despite the fact that he triumphed over a rabidly left-wing, absolute degenerate in Andrew Gillum (see Never Trump Come for Ron DeSantis and When All You Do Is Hate Trump, Everything Looks Like Trump). Apparently, support for disastrous foreign policy and abortion aren’t red lines within Goldberg’s conservative ideal, but DeSantis making a commercial courting the Trump vote was just a bridge too far. Like I said in my original piece on the matter, opposition to DeSantis was always a forgone conclusion.”
“Yes, this is the same David French that has routinely mocked conservatives for voicing opposition to big tech’s arbitrary and discriminatory guidelines. In fact, French has often denied such a problem even exists. When Parler was scuttled by Amazon, he cheered and excused the decision. French also took great joy in Donald Trump being banned from social media. Yet, now that someone he approves of is being targeted, suddenly it’s “unacceptable.””
“Of course, French can never just admit he holds inconsistencies. In response, he made a post doubling down on his original assertions that somehow it was different when big tech were targeting those who he marks as enemies. That notion was quickly dispatched by those who are able to think with some basic clarity, i.e. everything not revolving around Donald Trump.”
“As the charging documents show, Parler was not a major factor regarding “violent speech” and the Capitol riot. In fact, the Oath Keeper filing has zero mentions of Parler, while only mentioning Facebook. Yet, French was happy to spit on Parler’s (temporary) grave and proclaim it completely right and just that Amazon broke their agreement with the site, despite it clearly being for political reasons. You can always go start your own Amazon, I’ve been assured.
Further, the fact that vague, arbitrary pronouncements (as demonstrated by French above) are abused to bring about targeted censorship is exactly the point, and it’s one French is too intellectually dishonest to concede. He instead tries to straddle the fence on the matter. One man’s acceptable is another man’s violence. That’s why free speech is so important, and it doesn’t become any less important if it’s a private company seeking to stifle it. The left have shown over and over that they will judge language as they see fit, and in the case of Anderson’s book, the justification is that it promotes violence toward transgenders. In other words, it’s being taken down by the same standards French formerly promoted to go after his political opposition. The only real fundamental difference is that it’s now happening to someone he personally approves of.”
This is who you support, because Orange Man Bad?
OK then….. 🙄
As of today PNG has lifted all covid protocols. That means that the unvaccinated may return. Many have been waiting.
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Kathaleena – I understand and appreciate your view.
It seemed to me that my comments were being misconstrued to say that I was supporting DQSH, which I was not. My only point in my comments was to point out that David French – whether he is right or wrong in his views on freedom of speech – was not in favor of DQSH either.
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AJ – I’m not sure if your “This is who you support, because Orange Man Bad?” was aimed at me or not, but just in case you had me in mind . . .
It is possible to agree with and glean from various writers and sources without agreeing with every little thing. It is also possible to agree with and glean from writers and sources that we would generally not agree with. Also, it is the right thing to do to stand up for someone who is being misquoted whether we are a fan of theirs or not.
(Misquoting or taking quotes out of context, which are so prevalent on social media, are forms of breaking the ninth commandment. As Christians, we are supposed to do our best to protect the reputations of others, whether we like them or not.)
You know that I have not been a fan of Trump’s, but did you know that I often defended him when he was misquoted or his words were taken out of context? I did. And because I did it so often, I was told that I really must like him. Simplistic thinking like that is way too common on social media, and maybe in our society in general.
It should be expected for Christians to disagree on politics — particularly on candidates who are all flawed in their own many ways.
We live in what is a pluralistic society (and in what is a fallen world with fallen individuals). Politics are messy, candidates are to be scrutinized and prove their worthiness to the voters.
We live in a time when a number of faithful Christians have not, in good conscience, been able to cast ballots for those running for president. I never thought I’d see that day — when the lesser of two evils can’t even clear the essential bar — but here we are. I pray this period does not last. But it’s also far from unique in the world’s history.
There is no utopia here on earth. Democratic societies, which Christians are part of, will always feature debates and differences of opinion. We all hope and pray that the field of candidates will improve and the political parties will find their bearings going forward.
May God raise up men and women who are worthy of our votes and support.
And may we, as believers who have a much higher calling than politics, certainly, disagree with respect, striving to be “slow to speak, quick to listen.” — and take a breath and remember that God is sovereign even over all of this.
Christians have pretty much always lived amid hostile cultures. This is not new.
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Disagreeing is one thing.
French and Moore and the rest actively vilified Trump and his supporters on numerous occasions. They were most unkind and continue to be. They reap what they sow.
Clutching pearls and pretending he didn’t and doesnt is laughable.
As for the more recent embrace of events like drag queen shows and parades and reading hours, I suspect they are more of a fad that will quickly fade as people basically become bored with the novelty. It’ll wear off, I predict.
Our culture is eager to be up with the times — and many more now have grown up without any kind of church experience or exposure — so getting onboard the gay promotional bandwagon has been a rather prominent trend.
The media, both news but mostly entertainment, has led the way with the prominence of gay themes and characters and parades.
But I honestly think the more visible aspects of this will fade quickly. There recently was a film released with much fanfare — a romantic comedy about gays and staring nearly an all-gay cast — that drew a surprisingly tiny audiences on its opening weekend, perplexing many film industry types who expected it would be a blockbuster general audience draw.
Much of this popular trend that’s most visible, I believe, will fade rather quickly.
That doesn’t mean the culture hasn’t changed, somewhat dramatically, and has quietly embraced that sea change, however.
But again, believers have always lived in hostile cultures. Our calling is to deal with that in ways that don’t violate our biblical commands.
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I’ve not read everything French or Moore have written by a long shot. They have strong opinions, but I haven’t found them to be unduly harsh by way of personal attacks. I’ve found them to be reasoned and thorough in their writings, explaining their positions thoughtfully, agree or disagree with them.
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Not supporting Trump is not an unusual position among Christians, btw.
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Why can’t writers and tweeters and whomever write about various issues and matters instead of tearing down other people? I have seen so many articles over the past few years that have merely focused on tearing down one person or another. Perhaps say, “I disagree with Mr. So-and-so’s latest piece/speech, and this is why. . .” without going on and on about how bad So-and-so is.
Of course, I realize that this is merely a pipedream. And it has been going on for a long, long time, even back to the beginning of our country. But that doesn’t mean that we Christians – who are supposed to honor all the commandments, including the ninth, which is way too easy to transgress, even unknowingly -have to share those pieces/tweets/whatevers.
The RNC and FOX have turned their attention to Warnock – they must have become bored of throwing mud at Fetterman. FOX News polling has both at +4%. I’m surprised it’s that close – Oz and Walker are simply bad candidates. One is a snake oil salesman and the family of the other candidates is the one supplying the mud. Republicans can win gerrymandered house seats with similar candidates but with senate and presidential elections, gerrymandering can’t help. You need quality candidates.
My impression from the above posts is the Republicans have no actual plan for the American people if they win the House, no policy etc. Their only plan is to investigate Biden. With this attitude, it’s no wonder the House race has narrowed and has become a coin toss. If it wasn’t for gerrymandering and the overweight rural votes, I’d predict a Democratic House. As it is, I’ll give the Republicans a slight majority. A majority they have no intention of using to govern but rather to invesitgate and smear.
It’s highly unlikely Google gmail server is targeting RNC emails. Spam filters are based on algorithms modified by the users own history. And they make mistakes. I still get really bad spam in my mailbox yet have to search for medical and personal emails that somehow ended up in the junk box. Republicans just have to modify their filters especially when first setting up their account. When they make baseless accusations, they just confirm millennial suspicion of boomers. Meanwhile Biden is repairing infrastructure, forgiving student loans, and pardoning drug possession felons. Somebody is actually governing
Vastly amused the right has finally conceded and admitted that the US police and law enforcement agencies have engaged in creeping militarization. This is old news.
Crime rates in major US cities are no different than crime rates in much smaller US cities. When using per capita violent crime rates as a comparison, very little difference is seen. The violence in the US is far too high and other than Mexico, the US leads all OECD countries in violent crime. Its not a Democrat vs Republican problem, its an American problem.
I don’t know much about these Mermaids tweets, but not sure why Rowling is surprised. A former student once explained how easy it was to obtain trans type clothing and medication. They bought a prepaid VISA card at the corner store and ordered “binders” from Amazon. They tried to order puberty blockers in a similar fashion but it was a bit more difficult. One can complain and grieve LGBQT organizations but the kids just ignore all that and get what they want through the internet. Most see LGBQT organization as old school for a different generation.
And DJ is correct, society has a short attention span, they’ll find something else amusing soon enough. Unless of course it really bothers certain people. Just like DeSantis tried to own the libs, anything that makes social conservatives squirm is “owning them”
Just curious, which part about the pointing out of Fetterman’s atrocious record, obvious infirmities, sponging off his parents until 50, holding an innocent black jogger at gunpoint, or using his police force to spy on political rivals is considered mud slinging by you?
It’s called truth. Those are called facts, and yes, that’s still a thing to some voters here in the US.
The releasing of videos where he brags about releasing career criminals in his own words, that? Murderers too?
I’m at a loss here.
I see no mud, just cold, hard honest facts.
This is great news. 🙂
“66 Abortion Clinics Have Stopped Performing Abortions Since Overturn Of Roe”
“Sixty-six abortion clinics in 15 states have stopped performing abortions since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June and returned laws related to abortion to individual states.
The research was released on Thursday by the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion-rights organization.
“Prior to June 24, these 15 states had a total of 79 clinics that provided abortion care. As of October 2, that number had dropped to 13, and all of them are located in Georgia. This means there are no providers currently offering abortions in 14 of the 15 states,” the institute stated in its press release.
“Among the 66 clinics where abortion is no longer available, 40 are still offering services other than abortion, while 26 have shut down entirely,” it added.
The list of 15 states includes Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
While the Guttmacher Institute claimed that the change is having “a devastating impact,” pro-life supporters across the nation are celebrating the decline in clinics offering abortion services.
The institute stated that 14 states where abortion is currently unavailable accounted for 125,780 abortions two years ago. Georgia, which now has a six-week abortion ban, has also effectively banned most abortions across the state.”
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