It isn’t generosity when you “give” the money of others

This is an update of a 12-year old post, but note how timely it is: Our grifter President has always been a total cheapskate, in addition to his many other moral failings, yet he and his handlers are oh-so-generous with our money. And keep in mind that his income noted below may not include the kickbacks he got from other countries.

A typical year of giving for Joe Biden. Probably!

When the title says “give,” it obviously means, “take at the point of a gun to redistribute to your voters in counterproductive ways.”

Most Liberals assume that they are more generous.  They come from Stereotype Land and read the script just like the media and entertainment complexes tell them to.  But studies show that by any measure — giving time, money, or even blood donations — conservatives are more generous.  They just don’t lobby Caesar to “give” your money and count it as a good deed on their part.  See Who Really Cares.

And consider how these Liberal heroes want to take your money to “give” to others but can’t manage any real and significant giving themselves.  If Joe Biden, for example, can’t afford to give more than 0.2% over his roughly quarter-million-dollar income (that is point-two percent, not two percent — only $369 per year), then how could he possibly afford to pay increased taxes?  Oh yeah, there will be loopholes for him and those who vote for the tax increase bills.

His 0.2% giving and the percentages below are even worse than they look because they are based on Adjusted Gross Income, which is typically much less than gross income.

The Palins gave over 10 times what Biden did, percentage-wise, though that was still just 2% in 2007 and 3.8% in 2006.  They donated much more money than the Bidens with only half the income.

Too bad the media didn’t lead with that story in 2008.

A truly inconvenient truth: Al & Tipper Gore donated $353 of their 1997 income of $197,729, or 0.18%.  That is a fraction of 1%.  I wonder if he’s making real donations now that he’s getting rich off the AGW fraud?

More Liberal Scrooges (read the whole article at the link – it is priceless).

Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo was a homeless advocate throughout the 1990s, but according to his own tax returns he made no charitable contributions between 1996 and 1999. In 2000 he donated a whopping $2,750. In 2004 and 2005, Cuomo had more than $1.5 million in adjusted gross income but gave a paltry $2,000 to charity.

Cuomo made no charitable contributions in 2003, when his income was a bit less than $300,000.

Barack Obama — wow, a whole percent!  Hope and change, baby.

Barack Obama has a rather poor track record when it comes to charitable contributions. He consistently gave 1 percent of his income to charity. In his most charitable year, 2005, he earned $1.7 million (two and a half times what George W. Bush earned) but gave about the same dollar amount as the President.

John Kerry

Senator John Kerry likewise has a poor record. In 1995 he gave zero to charity, but did spend $500,000 to buy a half stake in a seventeenth century painting. In 1993, he gave $175 to the needy.

Ted Kennedy, champion of the poor

Senator Ted Kennedy has clearly relished his role over the years as a liberal Robin Hood. He once told Al Hunt of the Wall Street Journal, “I come from an advantaged life, and I’ll be goddamned if I’m going to get re-elected to the U.S. Senate by taking food out of the mouths of needy children.” But this should not be confused with Senator Kennedy actually giving much money to needy children.

. . . With a net worth of more than $8 million in the early 1970s and an income of $461,444 from a series of family trusts, Senator Robin Hood gave barely 1 percent of his income to charity. The sum is about as much as Kennedy claimed as a write-off on his fifty-foot sailing sloop Curragh.

But the poverty pimps give loads, right?  Uh, not exactly:

Jesse Jackson has often claimed that he operates from a “liberal spirit of compassion and love” while conservatives are “heartless and uncaring toward the silent poor.” But according to his publicly-released tax returns, he regularly donates less than 1 percent to charity.

Not surprisingly, while the political ideology of conservatives isn’t driven by redistributing the wealth of others, they are far more generous.  Even FDR was a cheap giver:

This evidence of liberal hypocrisy is damning enough, but what really amazes is how poorly these liberals do in comparison to so-called “heartless conservatives.” President Ronald Reagan, for instance, was often called heartless and callous by liberals. Unlike Roosevelt or JFK, Reagan was not a wealthy man when he became president. He had no family trust or investment portfolio to fall back on.

And yet, according to his tax returns, Reagan donated more than four times more to charity — both in terms of actual money and on a percentage basis — than Senator Ted Kennedy. And he gave more to charities with less income than FDR did. In 1985, for example, he gave away 6 percent of his income.

George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have continued this Reagan record. During the early 1990s, George W. Bush regularly gave away more than 10 percent of his income. In 2005, Vice President Dick Cheney gave away 77 percent of his income to charity. He was actually criticized by some liberal bloggers for this, who claimed he was getting too much of a tax deduction.

These Liberal leaders preach about generosity but they are hypocrites and fakes.  They want to take from neighbor A to give to neighbor B — while taking their commission, of course — and consider it charity on their part.  And they have plenty of confused and/or fake religious folks helping them, including the Methodist leader who thinks the proposed health care bill — which includes taxpayer-funded abortions — is in the spirit of the Good Samaritan.

Save this link to show those who claim that Liberal leaders really care about others. Even if their voting didn’t lead to wildly counterproductive results, whatever it is, it isn’t giving on their part.

And don’t be like them! Lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven by giving wisely to advance God’s kingdom. You won’t regret it.

Roundup

Science Can No Longer Ignore These 3 Discoveries That Point To God — You almost feel sorry for atheistic scientists. Every day they wake up to discover that the universe is even more complex and exquisitely designed than they realized the day before, and they have to pretend that it is all by chance. It is no wonder they are so unhappy. It takes a lot of energy to prop up such a ridiculously false worldview. Romans 1:21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

Philosopher of science Stephen Meyer’s new book, “Return of the God Hypothesis: Three Scientific Discoveries That Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe,” documents the history of the fall of the God hypothesis in science during the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. But the hypothesis is back, Meyer explains, detailing three scientific discoveries of the last 100 years that are fueling its “return.”

The three are: 1) the discovery that the secret of life is the information contained in living things, 2) the discovery that the laws and constants of physics in our universe are extremely “fine-tuned” for life and 3) the discovery that the universe had a beginning.

. . . Charles Darwin’s extremely implausible explanation for the origin of species, which becomes more implausible with every new biological and biochemical discovery, remains popular in the scientific world today only because — no matter how implausible and how inconsistent with the evidence — it must be true because it is the only alternative anyone can imagine to the “unscientific” theory of intelligent design.


School Pamphlet Promotes Sex for 11-Year-Olds, Tells Girls How to Get Secret Abortions — But keep sending your kids to them.


David Frum poses as a conservative. There are lots of them like this.

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3rd Grade Teacher Brainwashes Classroom: Shows Off Pride Month Curriculum — We’re going to need a lot of millstones to clean this place up. As predicted, the Pervert Lobby immediately went from “We would never push this on children, we just want to blah blah blah” to “Of course we are pushing it on children!” And pushing this on 3rd graders?! Get your kids out of public schools.


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Are you reading the Bible regularly?

I read the Bible through for the first time in 1996 – some in the morning, and some at night. It was the most transformational year of my life. I wasn’t trying to change, but the Word changed me anyway.

I do much better when I do a chapter in the morning and a chapter at night. Keeps me focused on God.

If you are short on time, listen to the Bible on your commute. The average chapter is less than 4 minutes. You can download it for free at Bible.is .

The PrayerMate app is great for prayer. Prayer is not my strong suit, but that app helps.

If you aren’t reading the Bible regularly it is because you’ve decided not to.


Male feminists are the worst. They actively fight for laws allowing their own children to be slaughtered up to their first breaths. Real men protect the weak — especially their own children!


How Rich Americans Plan to Escape Biden Tax Hikes: PPLI Is a Perfect Loophole — The rich have already found a way to avoid the tax increases? No kidding. Soaking the rich sounds great, but they are remarkably waterproof. The truth that lower tax rates lead to higher tax revenues may seem counterintuitive, but it has proved out repeatedly all the way back to the 1920’s. The elites, such as Obama, don’t like the optics, so they continue to put forth counterproductive schemes. But having lower personal rates gives people less incentive to hide their money. Having lower corporate rates means more companies and jobs in the U.S. I saw it countless times when I worked at Compaq/HP.


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Forbes Deletes Article by Education Expert Asserting That Forcing Children to Wear Masks Causes Psychological Trauma — Disappointing move by Forbes. Hopefully the “Streisand effect” brings more attention to it than it would have received otherwise.


They are Molech-worshiping ghouls, out in force with their logical fallacy-fest to support crushing and dismembering children to their first breath. Yes, blacks are killed at a rate three times that of whites. It is perhaps the only form of systemic racism in place. Jeffrey Toobin is your typical male feminist – arguably the lowest form of life — fighting for the right for women to kill his unwanted children. Real men protect the weak. And only Leftists could celebrate crushing and dismembering Down Syndrome children.


Sir Isaac Newton did his best work while working from home during a pandemic — I’ve been working from home full-time for 6 years, and did it for almost 15 years on a part-time basis (1-2 days a week) before that. It was a huge gain for productivity and enjoying life. The Covid thing has been a disaster on many levels, but it has yielded some good things. People at work who used to scoff at working from home now love it. My employees are thrilled. And Isaac knew the benefits all along!

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Video: Pro-life reasoning — The case for life & responding to pro-choice arguments

Hi all,

I’m re-running this in light of all the bad arguments the Molech-worshiping ghouls are throwing out in reaction to the Texas abortion law.

This is a video version of the PowerPoint slides I’ve shared before.  I taught this for years to volunteers at Care Net Pregnancy Center.  What was always interesting is how these great folks, who were strongly pro-life, hadn’t heard how to make the case for life and how to respond to pro-choice sound bites.  And most of them had never heard of people like Kermit Gosnell, the greatest serial killer in American history, because they got most of their news from the mainstream media that successfully hid his story.

Pro life reasoning from Eternity Matters on Vimeo.

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VA Supreme Court Affirms Reinstating Loudoun Teacher Fired Over Pronouns — Good for this guy! I’ll never agree to put my pronouns in an email or whatever at work, but if I had to at the point of a gun I’d say “XY,” as in XY chromosomes.

“I’m a teacher, but I serve God first. I will not affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa, because it’s against my religion,” Cross said. “It’s lying to a child, it’s abuse to a child, and it’s sinning against our God.”


Texas Pro-Life Law Stands, Left Begins Meltdown — More good news! Of course, the Molech-worshiping ghouls are wetting their pants over this. I think we should abolish abortion completely, but laws that reduce them save lives. A dim-witted congresswoman said the law would harm queer people (huh?!) and impact black women more than white. So the black congresswoman is sad that not as many black children will be crushed and dismembered — because black lives matter, or something. Somewhere Rachel Held Evans is grinning (most likely through gnashing teeth).


Leftists are opportunistic racists, exploiting black people 24×7. George Bush called it the “soft bigotry of low expectations,” but it is really the harsh bigotry of zero expectations. The Left doesn’t expect blacks to be able to get an ID, obey laws, understand math, study, work, etc. They just buy their votes with your money. When will blacks as a whole repudiate the Left’s insulting nonsense?


Elizabeth Holmes Might Claim Abusive Relationship in Theranos Fraud Trial – WSJ — So female executives are easily manipulated and too weak to be held accountable for their behavior? Interesting defense. Duly noted. Full-blown feminism is bad enough, but selective feminism is worse.


Yes, we need more equality! Forget the glass ceiling, what about the grass ceiling, where every lawn mowing team I see is 100% male? Or the concrete ceiling, where the only road construction females I’ve ever seen are holding the stop/go signs?


We also need more equity – that is, equal outcomes. So whenever you see white Leftists blathering on about equity, remind them to put the “quit” in equity by resigning their position so that a minority can have it.


I assume you saw the article about the public school teacher who hid the U.S. flag, had kids pledge allegiance to the Pervert Pride Flag, teaches kids to hate themselves and their country, and who knows what else. Get your kids out of government schools! This lady just happened to out herself. The rest are mostly like her but aren’t quite as stupid as her to advertise it.

P.S. We need to bring back the word pervert. For example, I refer to the “pride” flag as the Pervert Pride Flag. It is precise and will provoke a needed reaction. Every letter in their alphabet soup of perversions represents a perversion of God’s created order.


Harvard’s New Lead Chaplain is an Atheist — No surprise that colleges wouldn’t allow real Christians to do the job. Most of the hospital chaplains I’ve encountered aren’t Christians. When my wife was in the hospital a few years back, the chaplain was a tatted/ringed hippie caricature who was into New Age. I shared the Gospel with him. A good friend who spent lots of time in the hospital said that he regularly shared the Gospel with non-Christian chaplains.


Feminism & Its Failures — How low will they have to go before they admit what an abject failure it is? We need more patriarchy.

Happiness metrics confirm that women are struggling: Suicides, depression, substance abuse, and sexually transmitted infections have all increased dramatically over the last five decades. Women aren’t becoming happier, just more medicated. A 2020 Pew Report showed that over 50 percent of liberal white women under 30 have some sort of mental-health issue. That statistic alone is stunning enough to indicate that something is going very wrong for the modern woman, despite the steady uptick of feminist advances.


Nearly Half Of U.S. Children Are Now Overweight Or Obese — The statistics were staggering before the pandemic, and now they are worse. If adults let themselves go it is one thing, but it is child abuse to watch kids get obese. Feed them a little healthier food, feed them a little less of it, and get them off the couch to go play and exercise!



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To make the Taliban’s job easier, Biden gave them a list of Americans in Afghanistan — This is history-making stupidity. It is so stupid that it must have been intentional. It seems that they want all our Afghan allies to be executed. Such a combination of stupidity and evil! And don’t get me started on leaving the equipment behind and shutting the other airbase. The “we will hunt you down” line was meaningless.


This is why the media hid Biden, he’s too incompetent to be president — No kidding. Trump is an immoral man who didn’t force his immorality on the populace. Biden is an immoral man joining forces with a sea of immoral Democrats forcing their immorality on the populace. They all knew he was incompetent even when not suffering from dementia, but they propped him up and hid him anyway. Oh, and they stole the election.

And predictably, the media isn’t reporting on Biden’s failures as much as they are on how Republicans are “pouncing” on the failures. And they ignore how he said the quiet part out loud when noting that he was told which journalists to call on.


In my experience, most of the “anti-racist” Leftists on Facebook have very few black friends. One dude years ago keep ranting about racist Republicans. For grins, I checked his friends list. Not one black friend! Oh, wait, there was a picture of a black lab, but the owner was white. Meanwhile, I had over 20. But he’d still insist that I was the racist. And of course, he was pro-abortion, so he was part of the project to exterminate black children.


My wife and I joke about playing the “cancer” card to get out of things. But we don’t actually do it! Yet Biden can’t go 15 minutes without trying to generate sympathy from the death of his son — when he isn’t simultaneously “taking responsibility” and blaming Trump. He does it to deflect from his incompetence. What a twisted ghoul. And after he’s done with that, he trots out the straw-man argument about why we should leave Afghanistan. Most people agreed on that, but he is pretending that’s the issue and not his incalculably bad decisions in making the exit.


ELCA Installs “Golden Female Genitalia Statue” Woman as “Pastor of Public Witness” — This wolf was BFFs with Rachel Held Evans, doing conferences together, which tells you all you need to know about both of them.


Renters Must Pay Their Bills After SCOTUS Ends Squatter Protections — Good news, sort of. Glad that the renters have to pay now, but the damage has been done. So many middle-class landlords will have been driven to sell their properties to the large real estate companies. And the Left will continue to brazenly put forth unconstitutional mandates knowing that they’ll never have any consequences.


As noted in another post, I’m not anti-vaccination, but I’m absolutely anti-mandatory vaccinations. Delta’s move to charge employees $200 per month for not being vaccinated is perverse, as are the medical personnel whining about not wanting to treat the unvaccinated. I’m waiting for them to charge extra and/or refuse service to everyone else with preventable illnesses — obese people, smokers, sodomites, fornicators, etc.

If they are forcing you to take it, then it is propaganda, not medicine.

Here’s a video with one Democrat after another saying not to take the vaccine. They blamed it on Trump, but it is the same vaccines they are giving today and shaming you for not taking.



All people have inherent value because they were created in the image of God, but you need to actually accomplish something to be special to the world. Hat tip for the photo: Ace of Spades


Nancy Pelosi and others repeated the lie that women are underpaid. If you believe that, you need to expand your media horizons. That has been disproven countless times. Also, it would be illegal, and wise companies would hire all women to save money.


Picking a lane on election and predestination

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Note: While I’m unapologetic about holding to Reformed theology, I’m not evangelical about it. I share the gospel without mentioning it, and gladly fellowship with authentic Christians who hold other views. However, I don’t appreciate the ignorance and arrogance of those who condemn those who believe Reformed theology.

If God didn’t choose to save some particular sinners destined for Hell, then it is because He couldn’t save them, or He wouldn’t save them.

Reconciling God’s sovereignty with man’s responsibility is important to think through for orthodox Christians – whether Reformed, Arminian, Molinist, or whatever you like to call yourself (i.e., anyone who agrees that God knew before creation began who would ultimately choose to repent and believe, and that open theism is false because God is omniscient and not learning as He goes). But I see too many people making the task unnecessarily difficult because they forget that our default destination is Hell. They unwittingly create a straw-man situation where God owes an opportunity for salvation to everyone. But then it wouldn’t be mercy and grace; it would be justice.

In other words, aside from Adam and Eve, who could have chosen otherwise but ultimately needed a Savior because of their choices, everyone else was initially destined for Hell. (For simplicity, I’m leaving out any miscarriage and age of accountability scenarios, however one fleshes those out).

So absent God’s mercy and grace, everyone would end up in Hell. People overcomplicate this to try to get God off the hook for eternal damnation. But it is they who put him on the hook. Everyone deserves to go there, but by God’s mercy and grace, He elects and predestines to save some. So humans are always the cause of them not being saved, not God.

I’ve yet to see someone with orthodox Christian beliefs come up with any alternative besides these reasons for why people end up in Hell:

  1. God didn’t elect them (Reformed)
  2. God couldn’t persuade them (Arminian or Molinism)
  3. God wouldn’t persuade them (Arminian or Molinism)

Even if you hold the view that God “looked down the corridor of time” and elected and predestined those who would choose him of their own “free will,” you are still left with those choices for the remainder.

Option 2 means that nothing God could have done would have convinced you to repent and believe.  It wouldn’t have mattered if He sovereignly put a stellar apologist next door to you and gave you lots of encounters with solid Christians (i.e., good experiences with Christianity and complete access to the facts and logic behind the faith). That sounds like Reformed theology to me, as it means that God created these people knowing that nothing would persuade them to believe. In his foreknowledge, He elected not to make them spiritually alive (a la John 3:8 “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”). They allegedly could choose him freely, but He was powerless to convince them.

Option 3 means that God could have persuaded them but elected not to. Again, that sounds Reformed to me.

I’ve heard of people trying to use Molinism (the concept of middle knowledge, where God knows every possible scenario that could have happened) to get around this, saying that God picked the universe where the most people would choose him. But that means that some would go to Hell in this universe but wouldn’t have in another universe, so God chose them to go to Hell. So they unwittingly end up with the same (false) scenario they are trying to explain away.

It is more biblical and logical to say that people have “free will” within their given nature. But as you can’t choose to fly like a bird because it isn’t in your nature, you can’t choose Jesus when it isn’t in your spiritually dead nature. But if God makes you spiritually alive (again, John 3:8) then you can and will choose Jesus because it is now in your nature to be able to do so.

If God didn’t choose to save some particular sinners destined for Hell, then it is because He couldn’t save them, or He wouldn’t save them.


Bonus thought: Why would Paul anticipate this argument if he was presenting anything but the Reformed view? Romans 9:19–20 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?”

An overview of Thomas Sowell’s Discrimination and Disparities

Every Leftist, and especially the Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters, should read and understand Thomas Sowell’s Discrimination and Disparities.  Sowell wrote for Forbes magazine back in the ’90s, and it was always my favorite column.  He is still brilliant.  Here are some highlights, though the book has so much more that you’ll want to read it yourself.

Minimum wage increases hurt the employment rates of blacks more than whites.  Leftists don’t know that (bad), or they don’t care (really bad). 

It is less profitable to put stores in dangerous areas because of higher theft rates and lower sales volumes.  The higher prices are to compensate for those issues.  The poor aren’t being gouged, as those stores are still less profitable than those in safe areas.  But the law-abiding poor do suffer because of the lawbreakers.  The Leftist response, which is to attack and defund the police and refuse to prosecute crimes, only exacerbates the situation. 

Building laws designed to slow housing growth drive up real estate rates dramatically, hurting the poor the most.  It caused half of the black population to move out of San Fransisco. 

Groups generally self-segregate.  He gave many examples, but just one is how Jews from different parts of the world tended to not only settle in the same primary area but within that area would also settle within sub-groups based on their country of origin.  So it is no surprise that blacks would tend to self-segregate.  “Red-lining” is likely part of rational discrimination, where an area is a poor prospect for everything from loan repayments down to being able to deliver pizzas safely.

Blacks were often well integrated in the north and in cities like San Francisco until southern blacks moved there in large numbers.  They were demonstrably more violent and disliked even by the blacks already in those locations.

Geography plays a significant impact on levels of education and advancement.  Even when of the same race, mountain people groups always lag behind coastal groups because their access to information and commerce is limited.  That’s geography, not bigotry – although Leftists are certainly bigoted in how they refer to mountain peoples.

Politicians who risk nothing continue to pretend that moving people from poor neighborhoods to middle-class neighborhoods will magically change their plight.

A study of that program published in the Journal of Human Resources concluded: “We did not find evidence of improvements in reading scores, math scores, behavior or school problems, or school engagement, overall or for any age group.” Another study of the same program published in the American Journal of Sociology concluded that “there is no evidence that extra time spent in low-poverty integrated neighborhoods improves economic outcomes.”

It turns out that for many people living in poverty, it was their own bad decisions and lifestyles that got them there.  So force-fitting them in more affluent neighborhoods — with your tax dollars, of course — doesn’t change the worldview of those being imported, but it does harm those already living there.  And it isn’t just white people complaining:

According to the Chicago Tribune, the resistance of working-class and middle-class blacks “in some cases has been fierce.” Black homeowners have “protested, loudly” at public meetings that they “didn’t want ‘those people’ moving back into their rejuvenated neighborhood.” Often homeowners at public gatherings “would shout at officials that they’d worked hard to get where they were and that they didn’t want to live next door to people who would just tear up their homes. They called them ‘project people,’ ‘lowlifers’ and ‘freeloaders.’”

Leftists were wrong on eugenics in the late 1800s through the mid-1900s, and now they are wrong on discrimination.

American Progressives took the lead in promoting genetic determinism in the United States then, as they later took the lead in promoting the opposite presumption that disparities imply discrimination in the second half of the twentieth century.

In what seems like an endless “law of unintended consequences” reel, Leftists almost always make problems worse. Here’s another example, where they oppose criminal background checks.

. . . those particular employers who automatically did criminal background checks on all their employees tended to hire more young black males than did other employers.

One professor thought he was being discriminated against for being black when in his own words it had everything to do with how he was dressed.

Professor Wilson’s sarcasm and anger were directed at people whose reactions reflected a greater concern for their own personal safety than for his sensitivities. His account suggests that they were not racists, for merely by wearing a tie he avoided tensions on both sides, even though wearing a tie did not change his race.

Sowell had a keen insight into how free market economics helps blacks, because even racists will hire them and pay market wages if they need the manpower. This happened after the Civil War. Some whites would collectively try to limit black wages, but if your crops will rot if they aren’t picked then you might be inclined to violate that agreement and to pay blacks a higher wage.

While racists, by definition, prefer their own race to other races, individual racists—like other people—tend to prefer themselves most of all.

Housing restrictions, typically put in place by Leftists, are racism disguised as environmentalism.

The racial impact of these housing restrictions was more pronounced than many racially explicit restrictions. By 2005, the black population of San Francisco was reduced to less than half of what it had been in 1970, even though the population of the city as a whole was growing.43 In an even shorter span of time, between the 1990 and 2000 censuses, three other California counties—Los Angeles County, San Mateo County, and Alameda County—had their black populations decline by more than ten thousand people each, despite increases in the general population in each of these counties.

More “law of unintended consequences” at work. By trying to force businesses to hire unqualified workers they reduce the opportunities for qualified minorities to get jobs.

When a federal agency can so easily make charges of discrimination on behalf of workers from racial or ethnic minorities—charges that can be costly and time-consuming to defend against in the courts, or charges that can force costly settlements out of court—that reduces the value of hiring black or other minority workers, even when their job qualifications are equal to the job qualifications of other workers who present no such legal risk. Employers therefore have incentives to locate their businesses away from concentrations of minority populations, so that they will not be as legally vulnerable to costly charges of discrimination if their work force does not end up with the same demographic makeup as that of the surrounding population.

The Left assumes that any disparate outcomes must be because of racism.

What was equally implausible was that black-owned banks were discriminating against black applicants. But in fact black-owned banks turned down black applicants for home mortgage loans at a higher rate than did white-owned banks.

People across the political spectrum often assume that people in different wealth quintiles always stay there, but there is a surprising amount of movement between them.

A University of Michigan study that followed a given set of working Americans from 1975 to 1991 found that 95 percent of the people initially in the bottom 20 percent were no longer there at the end of that period. Moreover, 29 percent of those initially in the bottom quintile rose all the way to the top quintile, while only 5 percent still remained in the bottom 20 percent.

No, police aren’t racist against black speeders. Blacks, on average, speed more than whites.

Another violation of the law that can be tested and quantified, independently of the police, is driving in excess of highway speed limits. A study by independent researchers of nearly 40,000 drivers on the New Jersey Turnpike, using high-speed 1,636cameras and a radar gun, showed a higher proportion of black drivers than of white drivers who were speeding, especially at the higher speeds.

There are several key factors that impact whether you are likely to be poor, such as marriage.

For example, despite the high poverty rate among black Americans in general, the poverty rate among black married couples has been less than 10 percent every year since 1994. Do racists care whether someone black is married or unmarried? If not, then why do married blacks escape poverty so much more often than other blacks, if racism is the main reason for black poverty?

Reducing tax rates typically increases tax revenues paid by the rich, but Leftists ignore that or think it makes bad politics to agree with facts.

In 1920, when the highest tax rate on the highest incomes was 73 percent, people with incomes of $100,000 or more paid 30 percent of all income tax revenues. After the tax rate on the highest incomes was cut to 24 percent, people in that same income bracket paid 65 percent of all income tax revenues in 1929.76 Nevertheless, in the world of words, these were called “tax cuts for the rich”—and have remained so ever since, in utter disregard of empirical evidence as to the actual amount of tax revenues collected from high-income taxpayers at different tax rates. There were similar results from later tax rate reductions during the Kennedy, Reagan and George W. Bush administrations.

Leftists abuse words 24×7. We should never concede to saying “wealth redistribution,” because that implies that it was distributed arbitrarily to begin with, and not based on providing value to customers.

Although such verbal displays—insinuations as distinguished from arguments—may be in aid of a redistributionist agenda, neither income nor wealth can be redistributed when it was not distributed in the first place, but earned directly from those who valued whatever was sold.

The “acting white” backlash in many black communities that holds blacks back is seen in similar ways in poor white parts of England.

As Dr. Theodore Dalrymple described the situation among England’s white underclass: If you don’t mend your ways and join us, they were saying, we’ll beat you up. This was no idle threat: I often meet people in their twenties and thirties in my hospital practice who gave up at school under such duress and subsequently realize that they have missed an opportunity which, had it been taken, would have changed the whole course of their lives much for the better. And those who attend the few schools in the city that maintain very high academic standards risk a beating if they venture to where the poor white stupids live. In the last year I have treated two boys in the emergency room after such a beating, and two others who have taken overdoses for fear of receiving one at the hands of their neighbors.

Sadly, Leftists have convinced too many people that any differences in outcome are only because of malevolent racism.

When there are major disparities in outcomes among men who are all in the top one percent in IQ, and among siblings raised under the same roof, as well as discriminated-against minorities being more economically successful than those discriminating against them—as has happened in the Ottoman Empire, many Southeast Asian countries, and much of Eastern Europe, for example—the insistence on believing that human biases are the primary cause of disparities in outcomes ignores a vast range of evidence to the contrary.

This quote exposes a fundamental problem with Critical Race Theory.

But what can any society today hope to gain by having newborn babies in that society enter the world as heirs to prepackaged grievances against other babies born into that same society on the same day?

OK, that was a lot of quotes, but I could have done dozens more. Read the book or anything else by Sowell.

Ed Litton and his supporters are frauds (with updates)

And they are harming the body of Christ with their arrogance. Even a Leftist publication like Newsweek can see the hypocrisy.

As you’ve probably read, Litton was the presidential choice of the “woke” Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) crowd during their recent election. Shortly afterward, one video after another came out showing how blatantly Litton has plagiarized sermons of J.D. Greear – and not just sermons, but bad sermons. This plagiarism started as early as 2015. You’ll probably cringe as you watch them. He’s not just an actor, he’s a bad actor.

Litton has made one foolish statement after another. He claimed to be transparent – and his supporters lauded him as such – while his church took down 140 of his sermons from YouTube. That’s a peculiar type of transparency. And he and his church gave mealy-mouthed and conflicting explanations for the reasons. He tried to claim it was because his church was transferring files to a new server, but that is another insulting lie. They hid them on YouTube, not their own server! And his “apology” was that he was sorry if people were offended, which is a non-pology.

He claimed to have a team of eight people who help put together his sermons, yet the outlines of many of them followed Greear’s, down to the examples and “personal” stories. Litton lied about only copying the outlines, as some of the lines he uses were not in the outlines or manuscripts but were in the videos. And does it take that many people to plagiarize? Or was he throwing them under the bus to hide his sins? He is now claiming that he is mentoring this team on how to preach. But what he’s teaching them is that you don’t do your own sermons; you lift them from others and have other people do the work for you.

Litton also didn’t realize that his church’s website had a statement that misstated the Trinity. So this guy is too busy to know what his own website says and to prepare his own sermons, but he has plenty of time to be a pastor of a large church and the President of the SBC?

Seminary students lose points on papers even for improperly documenting footnotes, and they can get kicked out for plagiarism. Yet Litton’s supporters actually rationalize that any sermon speaking true things belongs to God and therefore is immune to plagiarism. He used an illustration of Jesus being a diamond and how you don’t credit the shovel and pick when you’ve found one. But Litton wasn’t taking the credit of the tools but of the other miners who labored to find the diamond. The entire line of thinking is absurd, and it is insulting that they’d expect anyone to believe it. Using their logic, you could copy any sermon word-for-word and it wouldn’t be a sin. And don’t get me started on pastors who buy sermons off the Internet. Greear took down a comment about something he previously bragged about, which is using a company called Docent to do “research” for his sermons. Litton was probably using Docent’s material without realizing it. Ironically, I’ll bet that Docent doesn’t want one pastor to pay them for research and then share it with other pastors.

A friend of mine had a pastor resign because of plagiarism, and it was far less extensive than Litton’s. Yet Litton’s church and denomination are covering for him. And watch the very end of this video to see Litton tell his congregation to ask him for wisdom “even if you have to steal it from somebody.” That’s pretty bold and cynical from a guy plagiarizing a sermon (watch the entire video to see how bad it was).

While downplaying homosexuality, they (Litton and Greear) claimed that the Bible “whispers” about sexual sin. Among countless other examples, tell that to Sodom and Gomorrah. And they pretended that the Bible is unclear about describing homosexual behavior just because of the type of transliteration used repeatedly when translating the Bible. And they foolishly claimed that homosexuality doesn’t send you to Hell because heterosexuality doesn’t send you to Heaven. In their desire to be clever and gloss over homosexuality, they used a lame and fallacious analogy.

Litton is not even good at preaching other people’s sermons. He was obviously chosen for his woke politics and not his skills. He even admitted how he had lied about his sermon preparation time. He is a disgrace and should be fired from both jobs, but I think the actions of his supporters are worse. Al Mohler, J.D. Greear, James Merritt (who actually encouraged plagiarism before speaking on holiness – talk about tone deaf!), Danny Akin, and others have permanently ruined their reputations by refusing to state the obvious. They insist that Litton is honest, humble, transparent, and full of integrity. Shame on all of those liars. They’ve actually claimed that Litton was just doing “theology in community,” which would be laughable if the subject weren’t as serious.

As false teachers count on you not reading the Bible, these woke leaders are assuming that people won’t watch the videos for themselves. Sadly, they are probably right. Mohler had been spectacularly clear in denouncing plagiarism in the past, but he’s been silent on Litton thus far. The only good thing about this is that the “woke” SBC crowd is highlighting how deceitful they are. It isn’t like Litton is the only one doing this, and they know it. Like their secular brethren, the end always justifies the means.

If the SBC can’t get rid of a serial plagiarizer and liar such as Litton, then real churches should withdraw.

2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Updates

Litton had the gall to tell a reporter that all the accusations are coming from unnamed sources. He is a serial, unrepentant liar. Epic comment from Justin Peters:

Unnamed sources? My name is Justin Peters. Let’s add to my name the names of Gabriel Hughes, Jeff Maples, Jordan Hall, Tom Buck, Tom Ascol, Josh Buice, Phil Johnson, and literally dozens upon dozens of others who have been talking about this (along with their names) for at least 2 weeks now. There, fixed it.


Here’s just one of many videos showing the copying. If you don’t cringe through this, you aren’t paying attention.

Justin Peters exposes false teachers and “hearing from God”

The “hearing from God” false teaching is rampant in evangelicalism and is very destructive. Consider how popular the book Jesus Calling is when it is pure blasphemy. Justin Peters does a great job of quickly exposing these awful teachers.

A popular passage they abuse is John 10:27: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. But they can’t be bothered to read the passage in context. Consider the following:

  • John 10:6 clearly teaches that this “voice” is a figure of speech, but they can’t be bothered to read in context. John 10:6 This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
  • This passage is about salvation. We are saved after “hearing his voice,” but it isn’t audible.
  • The Jews literally heard his voice but didn’t respond. If only the false teachers would consider that! They were right there in front of the physical Jesus and hearing every word audibly, but still, they rejected him.
  • The sheep hear because of what the Father does, not because of their holiness, practice, or spiritual disciplines.

The video also has Matt Chandler’s bizarre shark/pirate story. That message went to his entire church plus thousand more who listen to his Podcasts. It makes Christians look foolish.

As Justin Peters says, if you want to hear from God, read the Bible. If you want to hear from him audibly, read it out loud. But these wolves are too busy doing Satan’s work and making you avoid scripture while inventing your own messages from God. The lack of discernment is sickening.

And yes, when the disciples asked Jesus how to pray, He gave them the Lord’s Prayer and said nothing about listening for a response from God. If prayer was a two-way street, that would have been a good time to tell us (or in any other of the 31,000+ verses).

God told me to tell these wolves that He isn’t talking to them outside the Bible.

Soft drinks are bad for your health and a waste of money, and the sellers are “woke” perverts

Never heard of Ronaldo, but good for him! Only use sodas as treats.  Have you ever seen the picture with sugar cubes stacked up next to various drinks?  It is alarming how much sugar you consume with them.  And even the sugar-free versions have downsides because of their chemicals and what they do to your body.  I hope this shames other athletes into refusing endorsement for soft drinks, fast food, etc.

Along the “eat a little less” line of thinking, I know someone who cut out sodas and quickly lost a lot of weight.  That was his only change.

Update: Feeling hypocritical now (but not too much), as I drank 40 oz. of Coke for breakfast the day after I posted this. I was getting a CT scan as part of my cancer follow-up (all clear, praise God!) and they make you drink a lot of something sugary before the scan. I picked cranberry grape juice, then changed my mind to Coke, forgetting how much you have to drink. I was wired.

Priscilla Shirer’s dangerous and false teaching

Priscilla Shirer is a famous Christian author, and far too many people (primarily women) buy her books and believe her nonsense. She equates the Bible with hand-me-down clothes and insists that God must give you something fresh and new. And even if you get it wrong, you should keep claiming to speak for God. You’d have to be biblically ignorant not to immediately dismiss her false teachings. She’s a clever wolf, actively teaching you to ignore the Bible and go with your own feelings of what God is supposedly telling you directly.  That won’t turn out well.

Years ago we were members of a generally solid Bible-believing Baptist church.  However, the women’s group studied one of Shirer’s books that claimed to teach you how to hear from God. That’s nonsensical on its face, of course, as if God isn’t speaking to you, there is nothing to hear, and if God is speaking to you, then you couldn’t miss it if you tried.  She turned the story of Samuel on its head, claiming that Samuel needed to learn how to hear from God.  Sadly, the pastors were reluctant to get involved and correct the women.

Shirer has made a career out of her false teaching.  Via Priscilla Shirer Attacks the Bible as ‘Hand-me-down Revelation’:

In the clip, she is saying that having a preacher teach the scripture is insufficient and not personalized enough, that it gets stale, old, and is a mark of immaturity to not seek more. In contrast, it is a sign of growth and wisdom to want more than that, and so seek some “revelation” that is new, fresh, and personalized just for you.

Speaking within the context of receiving clothing hand-me-downs, Shirer creates the analogy by recounting how one year as a young girl she was not excited to get hand-me-downs, because the clothes “had not been specifically chosen for me.”

“And I’ve been okay with hand-me-downs with secondhand clothes all of these years, but all of a sudden I want of my own stuff. I wanted something to come with my name on it that had specifically been chosen for me. There ought to come a time in your relationship with the Lord, when hand-me-down revelation just doesn’t do it for you anymore.

There ought to come a little bit of disconcerting, a little bit of maturity in your walk with God where you become a little bit unsettled to only be spoon-fed the Word of God from someone else to you.

Now, we thank God for our pastors and our teachers and our leaders that help us to rightly divide the word of truth *but* there ought to come a time in your life where you’ve decided, “You know what? I want fresh revelation with my name on it that has come straight from God’s Spirit for my life.”

As with most false teachers, Shirer doesn’t want you to read the Bible.  Why?  Because you might realize how anti-biblical her teachings are!  The more you read the Bible, the more you’ll realize how awful she is. 

Pray for discernment in the church and that people would read the Bible more.  And never trust Christian bookstores.

Here’s my lesson on decision making and the will of God and hearing from God.

A great summary of the Covid fiasco

Here is a thorough summary of what really happened, why Fauci should be in jail, and, as if you need more reasons, why you should never trust Democrats or the media. An enemy of our country designed this virus with some of our money, it has caused trillions of $ in losses and incalculable damage to people, and the villains tried to cover it up. And they almost succeeded. Will anyone learn from this?

Source: It’s Clear Now Anthony Fauci Isn’t A Fool, He’s A Villain

On Jan. 1, 2020, Fauci received a credible warning from a professor at the Scripps Research Institute, Kristian Anderson, that some of SARS-COV-2’s features “(potentially) look engineered” and that she and her colleagues “all find the genome inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory.”

Fauci later blasted the “lab origin theory” as completely uncredible, leading the entire media-industrial complex to deride theories of bio-engineering or even the idea the virus might have leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. His assurance, despite now finding it safe to backtrack on saying he’s “not completely confident” of SARS-2’s natural origin, was doubtless a major factor in Facebook banning posts supporting the lab origin theory.

That’s just one among many lies he’s spun since SARS-COV-2 reached our shores. It was clear from almost the beginning that Fauci was not just a benevolent science bureaucrat “trying to figure it out,” not just a bumbling idiot, but someone willing to put the entire nation through a punishing social and medical experiment, to gaslight the public time and time again to keep it going, and then bask in the sycophancy of Democratic Party lawmakers and the media while millions suffered needlessly. That’s the sort of thing we expect from the villains of political thrillers, not well-intentioned public servants who are just trying to “follow the science.”

Students 100 years from now might be forgiven for thinking Fauci was an invented boogeyman. Deceit is a classic character trait of fictional antagonists, and Fauci is, as one popular (now Twitter-banned) lockdown skeptic put it, a “one-man highlight reel of mendacity.”