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DAILY BIBLE VERSE
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
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Last week, Florida’s legislature passed a law similar to Mississippi’s law that bans abortion after the first 15 weeks of pregnancy. The White House immediately went ballistic over this, with strong statements of opposition from both President Biden and Vice President Harris.
But as that article points out, this is only one of many recent state laws reining in abortion, some of them more severe than Florida’s. So why the immediate harsh reaction to Florida? Redstate's reasonable theory is that they’re scared to death of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is proving to be a tough, effective, very popular leader who could run for President and draw the same supporters as Trump, only without the years of media-amplified negatives.
That’s why you’re hearing so many anti-DeSantis stories (for example, he “yelled” at teenagers to take off their masks – spoiler alert: he didn’t). Expect to hear a lot more attacks on DeSantis and Florida by Democrats, even as many of them are fleeing to Florida to escape the consequences of their own insane policies.
By the way, kudos to VP Harris for at least having the honesty to use the word “abortion” in her statement. Biden continued the usual liberal fuzzy euphemism game of calling it “reproductive health care.” It’s not very healthy for babies, is it?
If you were wondering how “Democratic” socialists would find a way to blame America for Russia attacking Ukraine, wonder no more, you imperialist, you.
Elon Musk Speaks Out
Lately, Tesla and Starlink billionaire Elon Musk has been showing more common sense and leadership than we’re getting from our own White House. He stood up for increasing American oil production (even though he sells electric cars), and in less than a day, he provided satellite access and equipment for Ukraine to get back onto the Internet. But now, he’s drawing the line at what he sees as doing the same thing Russia is doing.
Putin signed a new law barring Russian news outlets from reporting on his war on Ukraine. In response, many governments (but not Ukraine’s, oddly) are pressuring media and Internet companies such as Starlink to ban Russian news outlets as propaganda. He tweeted, “We will not do so unless at gunpoint. Sorry to be a free speech absolutist.” He added, “And also my sympathies to the great people of Russia, who do not want this.”
I understand the impulse to ban Russian media outlets when we know they’re being forced to censor themselves and air Putin’s propaganda. But if we are aware of that in advance, wouldn’t it be useful for us to know what they’re telling their own people, so we know what we have to counter? Also, you never know when some brave journalist is going to slip in some helpful real information or make a stand that the world should see.
In America, the Founders gave us free speech and freedom of the press because they trusted the people to have enough sense to know when they were hearing garbage ideas and argue them down and reject them. When the government starts deciding whose ideas are incorrect and unworthy of being spoken, that’s the slippery slope to tyranny.
We were already sliding that way as it is. Letting our government use Russia as an excuse to outright ban certain media outlets from the public square would only move us further down the well-known path of all fanatics, who eventually become what they once claimed to hate.
How We Got Here
I wouldn’t normally suggest relying on Vox.com to “explain” things in the news, but in this case, they did a pretty objective job of summing up the history of Russia and Ukraine that brought us to this moment. If you’re just now catching up, this might be a helpful way to spend nine minutes, and a good companion piece to today’s commentary about trying to make sense of this conflict.
Planning for Defeat
Is the Biden Administration already planning for dealing with a Ukrainian government in exile in Poland after Russia conquers Kyiv? Well, that’s according to a Washington Post story based on a leak from an unnamed source, so it sounds pretty solid.
“Only socialism can cure COVID”
Here’s why some people go to college and come out even dumber: At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, flyers recently appeared about a campus Marxist group’s event promoting the idea that “only socialism can cure COVID.”
For the record, and as noted at the link: socialist countries didn’t have it any better than other nations (if I’m allowed to say this, it actually started in China); evil capitalist business owners didn’t force people to go back to work, the workers demanded to be allowed to go back to work; and it’s now become clear that big government made plenty of mistakes, overreached its power and likely did more harm than good.
So I assume this theory of socialism beating COVID is based on the idea of using controlled burns to prevent forest fires: that only one deadly disease can stop another.
In Other News
With Ukraine and Russia dominating the news, let’s not lose sight of the fact that President Biden has chosen a nominee for the Supreme Court. She has a very troubling, left-wing activist history. But if anyone brings that up or dares to filibuster her, they will be attacked as a bigot who’s just trying to prevent the first black female Justice from being confirmed.
So when that happens, let’s all look back and remember that we could have had a black female SCOTUS Justice nearly 20 years ago, but we were told that her record and attitude were more important than any such surface characteristics, so she would probably be filibustered. We were told this by that great statesman, Sen. Joe Biden. Who, characteristically, also got that Justice’s name wrong.
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