D.C. Attorney Refused To Prosecute 67% Of Cases

Federal prosecutors in the Washington, D.C., U.S. attorney’s office declined to prosecute 67% of those arrested by the police in cases that would have been tried in the D.C. Superior Court in 2022, according to The Washington Post.

Matthew Graves, the District’s Biden-appointed U.S. attorney, said the office is prosecuting most violent felonies and that the cases most frequently dropped are gun possession, drug possession and burglaries, according to the Post. The local police chief has said officers aren’t to blame, and that every person they arrest needs to be taken off the city’s streets.

“Of course we are concerned,” Robert J. Contee III, the Washington, D.C. police chief, told the Post. “We believe every person we arrest should be off the streets.”

“I can promise you, it’s not MPD holding the bag on this,” he said. “That’s B.S.”

As recently as 2015, the prosecutor’s office was only rejecting 35% of arrests that would have been tried in the Superior Court, according to the Post. At 67%, the D.C. office declines far more cases than comparable local or prosecutor’s offices; the prosecutor’s office in Wayne County, Michigan, where Detroit is located, declined 33% of cases last year, while prosecutors in Philadelphia declined 4% and prosecutors in Cook County, Illinois, which includes Chicago, declined 14%, according to the Post.

Graves’ office prosecuted 87.9% of arrests made in homicides, armed carjackings, assaults with intent to kill and first-degree sexual assault cases in 2022, he told the Post; in 2018 that figure was 95.6%.

The Washington, D.C. crime lab has been unaccredited since 2021, meaning prosecutors have to pay to have evidence examined at outside laboratories, and violent offenses are prioritized, according to the Post. Graves also told the outlet that police body camera footage has increased the proportion of cases prosecutors drop because they can tell earlier whether there’s sufficient evidence for a conviction.

Graves’ office did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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LAUREL DUGGAN

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House Passes Republicans’ Signature Energy Reform Bill

The House of Representatives passed Republicans’ signature energy package, the Lower Energy Costs Act, in a mostly party-line vote Thursday.

The legislation, introduced by House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, includes permitting reform and rolls back several executive orders that limit domestic energy production. Democratic Texas Reps. Vicente Gonzalez and Henry Cuellar, Maine Rep. Jared Golden, and Washington Rep. Marie Glusenkamp Perez voted with 221 Republicans in supporting the package. Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick was the only Republican to oppose it.

“What a great day this is for American families who have been struggling for too long under the weight of high prices, record-high inflation, all of the problems that President Biden has created, and especially for those people that have been frustrated to so long that President Biden has gone after American energy but yet gone all around the world and begged foreign dictators to get our energy from them,” Scalise said at a press conference held after the bill passed. “This has never been a question of whether or not we have oil or natural gas in the U.S. The question is, ‘where do we get it?’”

The Lower Energy Costs Act, which is not expected to pass the Senate, would resume construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which Biden blocked on his first day in office. It also includes reforms of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act initially proposed by Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin in the 117th Congress that would speed up permitting for various projects.

The legislation would also prohibit foreign companies from mining on U.S. soil if those companies have documented histories of human rights violation. That provision is targeted at Chinese entities, many of which employ Uyghur slave labor.

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MICHAEL GINSBERG

Congressional correspondent.

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Personal Statement: I have merged with the Center for the Study of Political Islam International

This column is different than ones I have published before in that it is a personal statement.

I have been on the frontlines of the defense against Political Islam for almost 20 years. It has been my pleasure during this time to meet, to know and to work with some of the most wonderful people in the world – people who love their countries, their civilization and who are incredibly courageous.

In 2014, I was approached by Milan Podlipny from the Czech Republic. He had been following my work and proposed establishing the Center for the Study of Political Islam International (CSPII), which would be a global educational non-profit organization.

We partnered and Milan’s determination and talent, along with the hard work of many dedicated individuals resulted in a successful volunteer organization. Currently, CSPII has an expanding all-volunteer team of more than 25 nationalities with branches in 12 countries around the world.

Our members have presented lectures and workshops to media, government agencies, academia, and the general public, educating them on the political doctrine of Islam. I am very proud of this organization and what its volunteers have accomplished.

Now, I’m turning my attention to working more closely with the administration of CSPII. My website, www.politicalislam.com has merged with the international site, www.cspii.org in an on-going effort by our members to clarify and update the material and methods which I presented over the years. Please check it out.

CSPII will periodically publish national newsletters and strategic analyses on important international events. Watch for the Political Islam in North America Newsletter in your email box.

Thank you all so much for your support through the years. If you would to like to become more involved in our efforts, go here.

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Tucker Carlson Says ‘There Is No Coming Back’ From Trump Indictment That ‘Suspended’ Rule Of Law

Fox News host Tucker Carlson said that “there is no coming back” from the indictment of former President Donald Trump by a Manhattan grand jury Thursday, calling it a suspension of the rule of law.

“American politics was thrown into complete chaos perhaps permanently about three hours ago, when a grand jury in Manhattan, one of the most liberal cities in America, a place where 80% voted for Joe Biden, decided to indict Biden’s political opponent in the upcoming election, the Republican front runner, a man who leads by 30 points in polls, Donald Trump,” Carlson, a co-founder of the Daily Caller News Foundation, said. “The jury did this at the urging of a man called Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney who has been famous by making the city much more dangerous by refusing to enforce laws against crimes like robbery and rape.”

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg secured a grand jury indictment against Trump Thursday. The case centered around an alleged $130,000 payout to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, during Trump’s successful run for the White House.

“Now, we don’t know at this hour what the indictment says, we don’t know what the charges are, but previous news reports suggest they will emanate from an alleged payment seven years ago, a payment federal regulators said violated no law, but Alvin Bragg apparently believes is a crime,” Carlson continued. “Either way, the net result is Donald Trump is the first former President Trump of the United States ever to be indicted. So, no matter what happens next, we can be certain there is no coming back from this moment.”

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Republican presidential contenders and potential candidates condemned the indictment as “politically motivated” and “a dark moment in American history.” Republican elected officials, former officials and conservative media figures also ripped the indictment.

Carlson also listed other investigations which he had previously condemned as efforts to keep Trump from running for president.

“This indictment is something brand new, the beginning of something. It is also a culmination of something, the culmination of an effort to make certain, to make sure that Donald Trump is never elected president again. That was the whole purpose of the January 6th committee. So far, it is not working, Trump is leading the Republican field for the nomination by a wide margin,” Carlson said.

“As far as we know the DOJ is still investigating Donald Trump on another pretextual offense, supposedly storing classified documents at his home, something we later discovered that virtually everyone who has served in federal office does, including Mike Pence,” Carlson continued. “But take three steps back, pause for a minute and consider the escalation of tactics on display here. In 2016 The most powerful interest in this country decided that Donald Trump could not be president and in fact for the most part assumed that he would never be, which is too ridiculous to be real, but just to make sure he was never was, the FBI worked with the Clinton campaign to spread false allegations that the president had been colluding with the government of Russia.”

Carlson also noted the arrest of Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security advisor, as well as both times Trump was impeached.

“The rule of law appears to be suspended tonight, not just for Trump, but for anyone who would consider voting for him,” Carlson said, noting the storming of the Tennessee state house Thursday by protesters demanding gun control.

“What we’re seeing now is lawlessness,” Carlson added.

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HAROLD HUTCHISON

Reporter.

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REPORT: ‘QAnon Shaman’ Released From Prison Just Weeks After Tucker Carlson’s Video Release

The so-called “QAnon Shaman” has been released from prison and sent to a halfway house just weeks after Daily Caller co-founder and Fox News host Tucker Carlson released footage from the Capitol riot, according to the Daily Mail.

Thirty-five year-old Jacob Chansley was sentenced in 2021 to 41 months in prison followed by another 36 months of supervised release after entering a plea deal for charges of civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, entering and remaining in a restricted building and other non-violent crimes.

Chansley was not accused of assaulting law enforcement or destroying government property, though prosecutors argued he deserved a harsh sentence because he “showed no remorse in the days after the event,” Politico reported.

Chansley’s attorney, Albert S. Watkins, said Thursday that Chansley has been released from prison after serving just 27 months of his 41-month sentence, according to the Daily Mail.

“After serving eleven months in solitary prior to his sentence being imposed, and only 16 months of his sentence thereafter, it is appropriate this gentle and intelligent young man be permitted to move forward with the next stage of what undoubtedly will be a law abiding and enriching life,” Watkins reportedly said.

“I applaud the decision of the US Bureau of Prison in this regard,” Watkins continued, according to DailyMail.

The announcement comes after Carlson aired footage appearing to show officers escorting Chansley through the halls of the Capitol building on Jan. 6. The footage, which Carlson obtained from Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and aired on March 6, shows Chansley walking with two officers, and at one point passing a group of several officers who do not appear to try to stop or arrest Chansley.

Prosecutors rejected Carlson’s argument that video footage undercut claims of criminal conduct by Chansley, saying Carlson left out incriminating parts. 

“The televised footage lacks the context of what occurred before and after the footage,” prosecutors wrote in a court filing related to charges against Proud Boys member Dominic Pezzola.

“The televised footage shows Chansley’s movements only from approximately 2:56 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.,” prosecutors continued. “Prior to that time, Chansley had, amongst other acts, breached a police line at 2:09 p.m. with the mob, entered the Capitol less than one minute behind Pezzola during the initial breach of the building, and faced off with members of the U.S. Capitol Police for more than thirty minutes in front of the Senate Chamber doors while elected officials … were fleeing from the chamber.”

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BRIANNA LYMAN

News and commentary writer. Follow Brianna on Twitter.

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Manhattan Grand Jury Votes To Indict Donald Trump

A Manhattan grand jury voted Thursday to indict Former President Donald Trump.

The indictment comes almost two weeks after Trump announced on Truth Social he expected to be arrested in connection to a years long investigation into whether or not he paid hush money to former porn star Stormy Daniels. Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen allegedly sent $130,000 to Daniels so that she would not disclose an earlier alleged affair with the president. Cohen claims Trump then reimbursed him. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office investigated whether Trump forged business records to hide the alleged payout.

Trump is now the first president in American history to be indicted.

Trump is reportedly being indicted on more than 30 counts related to business fraud, CNN said citing two sources familiar with the case.

Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York opted not to charge Trump for the case in 2019, while the Federal Election Commission dropped its investigation into the case in 2021, Fox News reported.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as details become available. 

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BRIANNA LYMAN

News and commentary writer. Follow Brianna on Twitter.

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Why a Whack-a-Mole video? Because We’re Certainly Living in ‘Interesting’ Times.

We certainly live in “interesting” times. There are a multitude of other adjectives that could be used to describe our day – exasperating, frustrating, tiring, etc…etc… I chose to use my favorite “safe” word!

In one day I can hear about a school shooting, queer youth assemblies, FBI corruption, voter fraud, killer plant fungus, TikTok trojan horse, deep state, globalist intentions, friends with heart problems, cancer, COVID vaccine reactions, family troubles, inflation… you want me to go on? The list can go on ad nauseam!

As a Christian and especially as an intercessor, I know everyone of these issues call for – even demand – my attention, concern and prayer. But I cannot give each of these issues the important prayer it deserves. I do not have the emotional resources to care as deeply as I want to, nor the time to dedicate as much as their importance deserves, nor the knowledge to know how to pray for each as I should. A brief cry out to the LORD on their behalf is what I can do.

That is where the whack-a-mole analogy comes in. I pray for one need. Then another need pops up to pray for. Then another one, then another. One right after the other. It never stops. All important. Some catastrophically important! I can take a break in prayer, but that just means there are needs that have popped up that I gave absolutely no attention to. And this is not a game! These are real needs that in far too many cases have life-and-death consequences.

I say, “Oh LORD!! What are we to do?” As I prayed this to the LORD, I heard Him say, the best way to win at the whack-a-mole game is to go behind the game and unplug it! In meditating on this answer and trying to understand what it meant and how to apply that to prayer, I began to see that the issue is power. The whack-a-mole game can’t work if its power source is removed. Satan’s attacks are diverted, dimmed or canceled when his power is cut off. Relating that to prayer, as we declare God’s word and operate consistent with His word, we can shut the door to Satan’s power.

Declaring God’s word is powerful when an individual brings God’s word to bear on a situation. When two or more join together, Jesus says He is right there adding His presence to the power. What could / would / WILL happen when hundreds or thousands of believers together declare His word?

Making declarations is not the same as asking God’s intervention in a specific situation. Nor are making declarations supposed to take the place of intercession for specific needs. God has an amazing and miraculous way of impressing upon us which specific need or situation we should carry as our prayer responsibility.

God’s word is very clear that His word is powerful. This is made plain throughout scripture. Maybe the clearest expression of this is from Isaiah 55: 10,11 – ” For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth. It will not return to Me empty without accomplishing what I desire and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”

So too are the verses from Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:18,19 and Revelation 3:7,8. God has given His church/ekklesia, His Bride the authority to open and shut doors so that His model prayer in Matthew 6 can be fulfilled to see “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

God is raising up His people in all of Florida’s 67 counties and now spreading to over 20 states with more coming to stand together and declare His words over our counties, states and nation. Every 2nd Saturday at 8 am we make declarations together. We are going behind the enemy, behind the situations we can actually see and using the Word of God, the keys of the kingdom to shut the door to the enemy, to cut off his power and open the door to God’s work in our land.

I am asking every Christian, every intercessor, every prayer group, every pastor and every church to do this. 15 minutes. Once a month. That is all the time it takes to speak out the declarations. If you are in a group, everyone reads the declarations out loud together. If you are by yourself, still read them out loud. We are speaking into the heavenlies. Remember, the weapons of our warfare are “divinely powerful for the destruction of strongholds and destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God”, 2 Corinthians 4,5.

There are two ways to get the declarations. The best way is to go to the PrayerLinkFL website and click on the CONNECT tab and click on CONNECT at the next page. It will take you to the CityMatters page for PrayerLinkFL. If you don’t know, CityMatters is a facebook alternative for Christian ministries that is private and secure. Go through the free sign-up process and you will receive the declarations via e-mail each month. As an alternative, you can e-mail me at randy@PrayerLinkFL.com and tell me you want the declarations and I will e-mail them directly to you a few days prior to the 2nd Saturday of the month.

Click here to see the Declarations we will be doing on April 8.

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The Claim That ‘Gender-Affirming Care’ Saves Lives Is Falling Apart

Monday’s tragic shooting at The Covenant School, a Presbyterian private school in Nashville, Tennessee, is exposing the sobering reality that what is being marketed to the public as “gender-affirming care” is not doing what we were told it would do­­­­ – alleviate mental health issues and gender confusion.

In the past few years, several mass shootings have been carried out by members of the transgender-identifying community. This is a rather alarming statistic, given that only 0.1% of the population experiences gender dysphoria, according to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V-TR. So, what is going on here?

At one time, gender dysphoria was considered a mental disorder, but now, due to the increasing prevalence of a worldview shaped by gender identity ideology, it has morphed into a human rights issue. The ideology borrows from the mental health aspects of gender dysphoria in order to justify medical “intervention.” It claims that the elevated mental health issues in the transgender-identifying community can be pinned on the social discrimination these individuals face. In the simplest terms, the transgender-identifying person’s mental well-being is based on having the right external circumstances, such as being called by the “correct” pronouns, undergoing all the desired plastic surgeries, having access to the opposite sex’s hormones, and having others affirm their internal idea of reality. What could possibly go wrong with that approach to life?

In the aftermath of The Covenant School tragedy, we can be assured that discrimination will be offered up as an excuse for a transgender-identified person carrying out a mass shooting. But if facing discrimination is cause for someone to commit such a heinous act as mass violence, then we ought to adjust how we flag potential perpetrators and offer other mental health interventions to gender-affirming care, such as ones that help people develop stronger internal loci of control rather than be subject to the changing tides of their circumstances.

Advocates of gender-affirming care insist it is both lifesaving and evidence-based health care for those who identify as transgender. But the research used to make such a claim is full of methodological errors and can be easily disputed as a research body that is incomplete. In just one example, it is well known that the trans-identifying community has experienced a high rate of childhood traumas. It is also well-known that trauma victims have high suicide attempt and completion rates. The problem is that the supposed scientific research on the transgender issue doesn’t explain how researchers have differentiated those in the transgender community who are suicidal because of the influence of childhood trauma from those they claim are suicidal because of the lack of affirmation and pharmaceuticals.

Not only are the currently published studies problematic, but there is a lack of ongoing and long-term follow-up reports that address the impact of cross-sex hormones and surgeries. Most of us have seen the commercials in which the lawyer announces a class action suit against a pharmaceutical company for a particular drug’s side effects that were discovered later. Why did the suit come about? It was a result of continual study and monitoring of a particular drug to understand if the harms of taking that medication outweigh the benefits.

In our current climate, there is no sensible monitoring of the psychological effects of minors or adults taking cross-sex hormones or engaged in any aspect of gender-affirming care. We don’t know the long-term psychological effects of social transition (e.g., adopting the opposite sex’s name and pronouns) either. Although we don’t know if the perpetrator of the March 27 shooting was on cross-sex hormones, we do know that she was in counseling and, given the state of the profession, was most likely encouraged to identify as the opposite biological sex.

To address this unscientific and dysfunctional approach to treating gender dysphoria, bills have been proposed across the country to place age requirements on the physiological aspects of gender-affirming care. Although most of these proposals require a person to be 18 years old before they can receive cross-sex hormones or undergo surgical procedures to change their sexual organs, the evidence to support these “interventions” isn’t good for any age.

Unfortunately, the tragedy at The Covenant School proves to be one more big piece of evidence suggesting that gender-affirming care (whether social or physiological) is not doing what it set out to do — treat mental health issues. On the contrary, the evidence shows that those who take these drugs are 19 times more likely to commit suicide. There is also mounting evidence that those who have detransitioned have experienced compounded psychological complications as a result of what they went through under “gender-affirming care.” Now, we face the tragic reality of a transgender-identifying biological female, who, against the normative profile, committed an act of mass murder.

We do not understand the long-term psychological ramifications of the so-called gender-affirming approach to mental health care, but we do have growing evidence that this sort of “affirmation” is not a remedy for mental health problems.

One thing this tragedy has confirmed is that our leaders and legislators should focus on saving lives and invoke a moratorium on these risky, baseless “gender affirming” interventions.

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Dr. Jennifer Bauwens

Dr. Jennifer Bauwens is the Director of the Center for Family Studies at Family Research Council.

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Virginia School District to Remove 14 Sexually Explicit Books from School Libraries

On Wednesday, Spotsylvania County Public Schools (SCPS) in Fredericksburg, Va. announced that it would be removing 14 books that “contain sexually explicit content and themes that are inappropriate for young persons” from the school district’s libraries. With the move, SCPS joins a growing list of school districts around the country that have opted to remove school library books that contain graphic sexual content amid a growing movement of parents decrying the availability of “pornographic” books to minors.

In a press release, SCPS Superintendent Mark Taylor cited a recent state law put in place in 2022 as the impetus for the removal of the books. “These books contain sexually explicit material which makes it clear there should be parental notification,” he said. “State law sets the definition. The only way we can guarantee they’re not available to students without parental permission is to remove them.”

The measure, championed by Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin (R), requires that parents be notified of books available in school libraries that contain sexually explicit material.

According to an SCPS memorandum from Taylor provided to The Washington Stand, the 14 books marked for removal include: “All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto” by George Johnson; “Like a Love Story” by Abdi Nazemian; “Dime” by E. R. Frank; “Sold” by Patricia McCormick; “Out of Darkness” by Ashley Hope Perez; “Beloved” by Toni Morrison; “America” by E. R. Frank; “Looking for Alaska” by John Green; “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky; “Water for Elephants” by Sarah Gruen; “Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe” by Preston Norton; “More Happy Than Not” by Adam Silvera; “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison; and “Nineteen Minutes” by Jodi Picoult.

The memo goes on to note that the books on the removal list can still be assigned by teachers with parental permission.

In an attachment to the memo, a compilation of extractions of the explicit content from the books is listed. In many of the extractions, sexual encounters between minors as well as between adults are described in graphic detail. The content also includes hundreds of instances of profanity and crude references to sexual organs and other sexual terms, as well as racial and sexual orientation slurs, which are all notably prohibited from being uttered in most schools.

A growing movement of parents protesting sexually explicit books in school libraries has taken place across the country over the last few years, with parents voicing their concerns at school board meetings in New YorkTexasVirginiaAlabama, and Florida, among others. At recent board meetings in GeorgiaTexas, and Alaska, parents who read content from sexually explicit books were told to stop reading due to the graphic content, with a speaker in Florida being physically kicked out of a meeting for reading the content.

Lawmakers in a number of states are responding to parents’ concerns, as explicit books have been removed from school libraries in MissouriFloridaLoudoun County (Va.)Texas, and elsewhere.

Critics, as well as many legacy news outlets, claim that the removal of explicit books from school libraries amounts to a “book ban.” However, the SCPS press release notes that the 14 books on the removal list remain available at local public libraries if students wish to access them. The press release went on to state that copies of the books being removed “will be stored securely until arrangements can be made to donate them.” Superintendent Taylor’s memo recommends “that they be donated to the Central Rappahannock Regional Library or another public library system.”

Meg Kilgannon, senior fellow for Education Studies at Family Research Council, commended SCPS’s decisive action.

“It is great to see a school system take this issue seriously,” she told The Washington Stand. “Too often, school leaders delegate this task, or allow political pressure from activists to overwhelm the reasonable concerns of parents. To his great credit, Superintendent Taylor has removed books with sexually explicit content from school libraries. He will no doubt face hysterical accusations of the worst sort from LGBTQ activists, library associations, and publishing industry lobbyists.”

“Fortunately, most parents can understand that school libraries and public libraries serve different age ranges and that no child has an alleged ‘right to read’ explicit or pornographic content. Thanks to Spotsylvania County Public Schools, their school board members, and Superintendent Taylor for preserving childhood innocence and academic excellence,” Kilgannon concluded.

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Dan Hart

Dan Hart is senior editor at The Washington Stand.

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New Podcast to Tackle Today’s Critical Issues from a Biblical Worldview

The Washington Stand’s (TWS) new podcast is now available. The podcast, called “Outstanding,” will feature TWS writers and others exploring the news from a biblical worldview. With the aim of having critical conversations on the news of the day and the issues that shape us, the podcast is hosted by Joseph Backholm, Family Research Council’s senior fellow for Biblical Worldview and Strategic Engagement.

Washington Stand editor-in-chief Jared Bridges said, “Christians are instructed in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to ‘take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.’ In today’s media we have an abundance of thoughts speeding at us. At TWS, we wanted a way to help readers take some of these swirling thoughts captive from a biblical worldview. This podcast gives us a format for unpacking some of those big ideas and concepts we’re confronted with in the news every day.”

As Backholm put it, “There are so many stories other news outlets don’t want to cover. This will give us an opportunity to tell those stories in a way we haven’t been able to do before and reach a new audience as well.”

“People are confused about what’s happening in the world,” he went on, “and I look forward to helping people get clarity about what is happening in our ever-changing world so we can confidently do what God has called us to do.”

The podcast is now available on many popular podcast apps, including:

Episodes 1-4 are fully available at launch, and new episodes will be released each week, so interested listeners should subscribe to “Outstanding” on their favorite podcast app.

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VIDEO: Ex-Jesuit ‘Alberto Rivera’ Discusses The Infiltration Of The Jesuits by Communists

BACKGROUND:

Alberto Magno Romero Rivera (1935 – 1997). Alberto was an anti-Catholic religious activist who was the source of many of fundamentalist Christian author Jack Chick’s stories about the Vatican. Chick promised to promote Alberto’s claims even after he died. Rivera claimed to have been a Jesuit before becoming a Fundamentalist Protestant, and many of the stories Chick published about Rivera involve Jesuit conspiracies.

According to Rivera: After education at a Catholic Seminary, he was sent to destroy various Protestant organizations and discredit Protestant leaders, but became disillusioned upon finding that the Vatican was behind Freemasonry and that its reverence of the Virgin Mary was contradicted by the Bible. In 1965, at an Ecumenical Conference in a Guatemalan stadium, he denounced the Catholic Church to an audience of 50,000 people. The Jesuits then sent him to a top-secret Sanatorium in Spain to make him recant his faith. Here he was tortured and given drugs until he nearly died, eventually being put into an IRON LONG because his lungs had broken down from the abuse. Nearly at death, he asked Jesus to forgive him and was miraculously healed. A senior Jesuit attempted to persuade Rivera to return to Catholicism, but instead was himself persuaded to give Rivera the passport and papers he needed to escape Spain. Afterwards he flew to London and rescued his sister María, a nun, after she nearly died in a convent.

According to Rivera, Jesuits are responsible for the creation of communism, Islam, and Nazism, and causing the World Wars, recession, the Jonestown Massacre, and the assassinations of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy; he further claims that the Catholic Church wants to spread Homosexuality and abortion, that the Charismatic Movement is a front for the Catholic Church, that the Popes are antichrists, that the Catholic Church is the Whore of Babylon, and that Muhammad was used by the Catholic Church to create Islam and destroy the Jews and other groups of Christians.

Alberto was killed in his own congregation by people He knew. These people disguised themselves as saints of the Most High and played the role of saints, with the purpose to kill and destroy “Bible believing.”

Throughout Christendom, Protestantism was menaced by formidable foes. The first triumphs of the reformation past, Rome summoned new forces, hoping to accomplish its destruction. At this time the ORDER OF THE JESUITS was created, the most cruel, unscrupulous, and powerful of all the champions of popery. Cut off from earthly ties and human interest, dead to the claims of natural affection, reason and conscience wholly silence, they knew no rule, no tie, but that of their order, and no duty but to extend its power. The gospel of the Savior had enabled its adherents to meet danger and endured suffering, undismayed by cold, hunger, toil, and poverty, to uphold the banner of truth in face of the rack, the dungeon, and the stake. To combat these forces, Jesuitism inspired it followers with a fanaticism that enabled them to endure like dangers, and to oppose to the power of truth all the weapons of deception. There was no crime too great for them to commit, no deception too base for them to practice, no disguise too difficult for them to assume. Vowed to perpetual poverty and humility, it was their studied aim to secure wealth and power, to be devoted to the overthrow of Protestantism, and the re-establishment of the papal supremacy.

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Elon Musk, Apple Co-Founder, Tech Experts Issue Warning on ‘Giant AI Experiments’: ‘Dangerous Race’

There is so much the general public does not understand about AI or its risks to society and civilization.

Imagine it in the wrong hands.

Elon Musk, Apple co-founder, other tech experts call for pause on ‘giant AI experiments’: ‘Dangerous race

Musk, Wozniak, other tech innovators sign open letter urging temporary pause in the development of AI systems more powerful than OpenAI’s GPT-4, citing risks to society and civilization

By Chris Pandolfo | Fox News

Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, and a host of other tech leaders and artificial intelligence experts are urging AI labs to pause development of powerful new AI systems in an open letter citing potential risks to society.

The letter asks AI developers to “immediately pause for at least 6 months the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4.” It was issued by the Future of Life Institute and signed by more than 1,000 people, including Musk, who argued that safety protocols need to be developed by independent overseers to guide the future of AI systems. GPT-4 is the latest deep learning model from OpenAI, which “exhibits human-level performance on various professional and academic benchmarks,” according to the lab.

“Powerful AI systems should be developed only once we are confident that their effects will be positive and their risks will be manageable,” the letter said.

The letter warns that at this stage, no one “can understand, predict, or reliably control” the powerful new tools developed in AI labs. The undersigned tech experts cite the risks of propaganda and lies spread through AI-generated articles that look real, and even the possibility that Ai programs can outperform workers and make jobs obsolete.

“AI labs and independent experts should use this pause to jointly develop and implement a set of shared safety protocols for advanced AI design and development that are rigorously audited and overseen by independent outside experts,” the letter states.

“In parallel, AI developers must work with policymakers to dramatically accelerate development of robust AI governance systems.”

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ‘GODFATHER’ ON AI POSSIBLY WIPING OUT HUMANITY: ‘IT’S NOT INCONCEIVABLE’

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and more than 1,000 tech leaders and artificial intelligence experts are calling for a temporary pause on the development of AI systems more powerful than OpenAI’s GPT-4, warning of risks to society and civilization.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and more than 1,000 tech leaders and artificial intelligence experts are calling for a temporary pause on the development of AI systems more powerful than OpenAI’s GPT-4, warning of risks to society and civilization.

The signatories, which include Stability AI CEO Emad Mostaque, researchers at Alphabet-owned DeepMind, as well as AI heavyweights Yoshua Bengio and Stuart Russell, emphasize that AI development in general should be not paused, writing that their letter is calling for “merely a stepping back from the dangerous race to ever-larger unpredictable black-box models with emergent capabilities.”

According to the European Union’s transparency register, the Future of Life Institute is primarily funded by the Musk Foundation, as well as London-based effective altruism group Founders Pledge, and Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Musk, whose electric car company Tesla uses AI for its autopilot system, has previously raised concerns about the rapid development of AI.

Since its release last year, Microsoft-backed OpenAI’s ChatGPT has prompted rivals to accelerate developing similar large language models, and companies to integrate generative AI models into their products.

Notably absent from the letter’s signatories was Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI.

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Another Country Dumps Dollar, Tells Citizens To Get Rid Of Holdings Of U.S. Dollar and Switch to Yuan

The dollar as the main world currency is our pillar of strength and power. Look what Biden and The Democrats did to us.

IRAQ DROPS DOLLAR IN TRADE WITH CHINA

Kenya President Tells Citizens To Get Rid Of Holdings Of US Dollar, As Nations Dump The Dollar And Begin To Embrace Petroyuan

“I am giving you free advice that those of you who are hoarding dollars you shortly might go into losses. You better do what you must do because this market is going to be different in a couple of weeks.”

By: Jacob M. Thompson, WPN, March 2023:

It is no secret that the US Dollar is becoming less and less valuable by the day, losing its purchasing power at a rapid scale; and with the clear divide that has been created between the East and Western world due to the Russia-Ukraine war, many nations are growing sick and tired of the dollar and are now looking to dump it before it depreciates in value some more.

Click here to view the Infographic: A DOLLARS WORTH: Purchasing Power of the U.S. Dollar.

Now the President of Kenya is urging citizens and national investors to begin releasing their holdings of US dollars for the time being.

Last week President William Ruto says that wealthy investors in the country will incur losses if they are holding onto a lot of dollars because his administration launched measures that will ensure that demand for foreign currency will lessen in the weeks to follow, as reported by Africa outlet Digital Citizen.

‘President Ruto noted that one of these measures involved the State finalizing on an arrangement that will allow oil importers to purchase the commodity using shillings instead of dollars,’ the outlet explained. Gas imports account for 30% of the country’s yearly import bill.

Ruto explained that the State is working with the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) to renew the interchange exchange market in order to further address the dollar crunch.

He said during a speech at the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE):

We just concluded a market-driven arrangement in our fuel sector that will see Kenya access all our fuel needs on a deferred six-month credit that will eliminate a demand of USD 500 million dollars every month from this market.

I am giving you free advice that those of you who are hoarding dollars you shortly might go into losses. You better do what you must do because this market is going to be different in a couple of weeks.

I am happy that the players in that sector including our banks are coming forward and they are participating and their working with the Central Bank so that we can again take charge of our market so that it is not distorted by brokers.

We have done what we must do as the government to ensure that we ease the burden on people who want to realize their returns in dollars.

President Ruto said.

Putin Mocks U.S. For Destroying Their Dollar

It is no secret that Russia has been dumping their holdings of US dollars for many years as they look for new currencies and nations to increase trade with.

In 2021 Russia had already dumped all their holdings of the dollar. At the time Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement:

The de-dollarization process is… taking place not only in our country, but also in many countries around the world, which have begun to experience concerns about the reliability of the main reserve currency.

He said.

Almost exactly one year to date, The WinePress reported in 2022 that Russia still is maintaining their plight of “de-dollarization” of the Russian economy, along with other European ones, as they move to increase trade with China and other BRICS nations and allies.

Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said at the time:

The American and European currencies are toxic for us. What should we do with them?

What do we need them for? That is, we are selling our own wealth – gas, while getting candy wrappers, toxic candy wrappers. Who needs them?

Following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Russia, Putin once again put the US dollar on blast during an interview on a Russian news outlet.

They saw off the branch they’re sitting on – I’ve been reiterating that – by limiting the use of the dollar based on momentary, situational considerations of political nature. They are harming themselves, and we might even add, they shoot themselves in the foot.

We would use the dollar, but they do not let us. How can we make payments? In a currency that is acceptable to our partners. The yuan is one of these currencies, especially since it is used by the International Monetary Fund.

Putin said in an interview with journalist Pavel Zarubin.

Putin added that ‘after the Russian gold and foreign currency reserves were frozen, all the countries in the world have wondered how reliable their US partners are,’ according to Russian outlet Tass. “And they have come to the conclusion that they are not reliable,” he noted.

In comparison, Putin gave praise to the Chinese yuan for trade and transactions.

Do you know that the Middle Eastern oil-producing countries have announced they want to use the yuan for settlements? We will be gradually expanding this and will be expanding [the use] of the reliable currencies.

However, each country is determined to strengthen its national currency, and all the countries will strive to do so. Therefore, no doubt, it is a big mistake on the part of the US authorities that they restrict settlements in dollars around the world for the countries they do not like for some reason.

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FREEFALL: Americans No Longer Value Patriotism, Religion

And what is replacing it? Toxic destructive left wing poison.

Make America America again.

America Pulls Back From Values That Once Defined It, WSJ-NORC Poll Finds

Patriotism, religious faith, having children and other priorities that helped define the national character for generations are receding in importance to Americans, a new Wall Street Journal-NORC poll finds.

The survey, conducted with NORC at the University of Chicago, a nonpartisan research organization, also finds the country sharply divided by political party over social trends such as the push for racial diversity in businesses and the use of gender-neutral pronouns.

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Patriotism, religious faith, having children and other priorities that helped define the national character for generations are receding in importance to Americans, a new Wall Street Journal-NORC poll finds. Some 38% of respondents said patriotism was very important to them, and 39% said religion was very important. That was down sharply from when the Journal first asked the question in 1998, when 70% deemed patriotism to be very important, and 62% said so of religion

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New SalemNow documentary looks at our “Irreligious Nation”: The questions of who and what to believe has caused many in the U.S., and the world, to lose faith in our institutions. Religion is no exception; we’re shifting ever closer to atheism or irreligion. In fact, the fastest growing religion is no religion at all.

The question of who and what to believe has caused many in the U.S., and the world, to lose faith in our institutions. Religion is no exception; we’re shifting ever closer to atheism or irreligion. In fact, the fastest growing religion is no religion at all. In the wake of this growing trend, a group of Americans looking to understand this shift join the Sorbo family, traveling to Israel to explore and examine their own faith and the impact that irreligion, disconnection, and cynicism is having on culture and society worldwide. They ask, do we really need religion at all?

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‘Day of Vengeance’: Trans Activist Group Organizes a Gathering in D.C.

Although it’s only Tuesday, Americans have lived through several sobering breaking news stories already this week, ranging from the aftermath of the tornado that ripped through Mississippi to the Nashville school shooting that left three adults and three children dead. And based on the Left’s latest call to action, leaders worry the violence may only continue.

A transgender activist group, referred to as TRAN (Trans Radical Activist Network), will be hosting an event called “Day of Vengeance” in Washington, D.C. from March 31 through April 2. Attendees are encouraged to wear a mask and arrive at the Supreme Court at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Although details are still being finalized, TRAN has heavily advertised for the event by posting graphics on TikTok and promoting their motto, “The time is now.”

“The Trans/Non-Binary/Gender Non-Conforming/Intersex communities are facing astronomical amounts of hate from the world,” the activist group states on their Day of Vengeance website. “The trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming/intersex communities have always existed. ‘We’re Here, We’re Queer, and We aren’t going anywhere’ needs to be echoed loudly.”

The “nationwide network of activists and community organizers for transgender/non-binary rights” have also announced their plans to raise funds that will allow transgender-identifying individuals in the state of Virginia to receive firearms and self-defense training. TRAN tweeted an encouragement to their selective viewers to attend the dance at a Richmond club, saying, “Come boogie with us and defend trans life!”

The “Day of Vengeance” is set to occur the same week a Wayne State University (WSU) professor was suspended for his threatening words against “right-winged speakers.” College of Liberal Arts and Sciences professor Steven Shaviro wrote a Facebook post, claiming it is “far more admirable to kill a racist, homophobic, or transphobic speaker than it is to shout them down.”

“The transgender community is, by definition, mentally troubled,” said Joseph Backholm, senior fellow for Biblical Worldview and Strategic Engagement at Family Research Council. “That doesn’t mean they will all become school shooters any more than it means all young white men will become school shooters because some have been. But denying that a troubled population is troubled isn’t going to make anything better, but that’s what we’ve been doing for a while now.”

The idea for “Day of Vengeance” was adopted from another transgender awareness day called “International Transgender Day of Visibility,” devoted “to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide.” According to TRAN co-founder Tsukuru Fors, visibility is no longer enough.

“We are calling for Trans Day of Vengeance,” he said in an interview with Struggle La Lucha. “Vengeance means fighting back with vehemence. It is our battle cry to declare to the world that we the transgender/non-binary communities will neither be silenced nor eradicated. And we are calling to our allies, members of other marginalised communities to make themselves known and to fight with us.”

In light of this weekend’s event, Backholm shared that there may be a bigger issue at hand. “A transgender day of vengeance is consistent with their worldview. Forgiveness is part of a broader worldview that acknowledges your own need to be forgiven and the ability to place your hope in something other than your circumstances. Many people who identify as transgender have embraced a worldview in which all their problems are someone else’s fault and forgiveness simply perpetuates their oppression. In that world, vengeance is the evil but logical response.”

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