Tulsi Gabbard issues warning about potential war with Russia on Tucker Carlson (from YouTube transcription)
Note the language that this “will” happen:
Russia has thousands of nuclear weapons aimed towards us that could hit any town or city in America in less than 30 minutes and exact a cost upon every one of us that would result in excruciating death and suffering beyond comprehension. Hundreds of millions of people dying and suffering seeing their flesh being burned from from their bones – this is something that that that you know you can’t really even imagine uh and it’s a cost that that we will all pay.
Tucker congressman thanks so much for coming on so is this conflict moving toward war and are there leaders in this country who would like to see that do you think
Tulsi Gabbard it is moving in a very dangerous direction and the question for the american people is are we willing to go to war with russia on behalf of ukraine and we need to understand that such a war would come at a cost beyond anything that we can really imagine because this is not a war that that is just okay this is going to be something that’s happening to someone else somewhere else on the other side of the world no this is something that will directly impact me and you tucker every single one of your viewers and all of our loved ones and this is this is a war that is not a game it’s a war in which there are no winners because you’ve got you know thousands of nuclear weapons that the united states has aimed towards russia russia has thousands of nuclear weapons aimed towards us that could hit any town or city in america in less than 30 minutes and exact a cost upon every one of us that would result in excruciating death and suffering beyond comprehension hundreds of millions of people dying and suffering seeing their flesh being burned from from their bones this is something that that that you know you can’t really even imagine uh and it’s a cost that that we will all pay
Tucker Why in the world would we ever contemplate going to war with russia honestly
Tulsi Gabbard it is one that we should not do for those very reasons if you look at the the impacts of what a nuclear war brings it really brings about the end of the world as we know it and our leaders should understand this consequence and take it seriously and this is why president biden instead of continuing to escalate tensions and continuing this new cold war between the united states and russia he needs to de-escalate these tensions kind of you know to take the heat out of it and actually focus on bringing an end to this new cold war because if he doesn’t then it’s not a question of if we go to war with russia if this war ends up with it with a nuclear holocaust it really is then just a question of when and if we continue down this path that we are on it’s something that could happen a lot sooner than any of us think
Russian military vehicles with ‘invasion stripes’ descend on Ukraine border By Jesse O’NeillApril 15, 2021 | 12:28am | Updated Russian military vehicles with ‘invasion stripes’ descend on Ukraine border
More than 100,000 Russian troops in assault vehicles painted with “invasion stripes” were headed to Ukraine’s border Wednesday, intensifying fears of war between the neighboring nations.
The advancing force includes 1,300 battle tanks, 3,700 drones, 1,300 artillery and mortar units and 380 multiple launch rocket systems, according to documents leaked to the Daily Mirror.
Enlarge ImageRussian tanks sit on Russian-Ukrainian borderline on April 6, 2021. Russian tanks sit on the Russia-Ukraine border on April 6, 2021. Reuters Tensions between the countries have been escalating following Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea territory in 2014, an attempt by Moscow to keep NATO away from its borders. Ukraine is not a member of NATO, but support for the organization has risen in recent years, and the country is allied with many NATO nations — including the US.
Kyiv has claimed 14,000 people have died in the ongoing conflict, and many fear that Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that the COVID-19 pandemic is the right time to attack and control large parts of the country, according to the report.
President Biden made it clear that repercussions against Vladimir Putin and his country for their interference with U.S. policies.
President Biden made it clear that repercussions are planned against Vladimir Putin and his country for their interference with US policies. SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images The appearance of painted stripes on Russian armored vehicles headed to the front lines reminded military experts of similar stripes on tanks used by the Soviet army during the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia, the Mirror reports. The stripes are used as a deterrent to friendly fire.
The Russian armored vehicles headed to the frontlines reminded military experts of tanks used by the Soviet Army during the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia. The Russian armored vehicles headed to the front lines reminded military experts of tanks used by the Soviet army during the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia. @tiimoooshka; TikTok The military exercise could also be seen as a challenge to the US, as President Biden is expected to impose sanctions against Russia for election interference, hacking and bounties on troops in Afghanistan.
Warships of the Russian navy’s Caspian Sea flotilla sailing on the waters that separate Russia and Ukraine on April 13, 2021. Warships of the Russian navy’s Caspian Sea flotilla sail on the waters that separate Russia and Ukraine on April 13, 2021. Russian Defence Ministry/AFP
A tank is deployed in Russia A tank is deployed as tensions rise between Russia and Ukraine. Rossiya1 The Biden administration has sent warships to the Black Sea to defend against the military buildup, and Russia has warned the US to stand down.
The Kremlin has claimed it is offering protection to pro-Russian citizens in East Ukraine, warning of a return of “Nazi Europe,” according to the article.
A Ukrainian serviceman walks along a trench at a position on the front line with Russia-backed separatists near Gorlivka, Donetsk region
Russia has announced that it’s closing the strategic Kerch Strait until October under guise of military exercise. This effectively closes the Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk to traffic. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is pissed “Such actions of the Russian Federation are yet another attempt, in violation of the norms and principles of international law, to usurp the sovereign rights of Ukraine as a coastal state, since it is Ukraine that has the right to regulate shipping in these waters of the Black Sea,” the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry
МИД Украины протестует в связи с ограничением РФ свободы судоходства в Черном море МИД Украины протестует в связи с ограничением РФ свободы судоходства в Черном море Министерство иностранных дел Украины выражает решительный протест в связи с объявлением РФ…
The Biden administration targeted Russia with sweeping sanctions and diplomatic expulsions Thursday, punishing Moscow for its interference in the 2020 US election, its SolarWinds cyberattack and its ongoing occupation and “severe human rights abuses” in Crimea.
Biden imposes new sanctions on Russia in response to election interference and cyber hacks – CNN Politics
The Biden administration targeted Russia with sweeping sanctions and diplomatic expulsions… Joe Biden declares national emergency with regard to Russia in a letter to congress over Crimea and Ukrain (and election meddling)
Biden declares national emergency at Ukraine-Russia border — but calls back US warships
The Biden administration declared a national emergency on Thursday, slapping sanctions on …
UK summons Russian ambassador over ‘malign behaviour’ and Ukraine
Britain’s foreign ministry said it summoned Russia’s ambassador on Thursday to express its concern about “malign behaviour” by the Russian state and show London’s support for actions announced earlier in the day by U.S. President Joe Biden.
UK summons Russian ambassador over ‘malign behaviour’ and Ukraine | Reuters
Britain’s foreign ministry said it summoned Russia’s ambassador on Thursday to express its… Poland has expelled three Russian diplomats in relation to cyber-attacks carried out on the United States by the Russian Federation. The news of the expulsions came after the Russian ambassador was summoned to a meeting at the Polish Foreign Ministry on Thursday.
Poland expels three Russian diplomats over cyber attacks
Poland expels three Russian diplomats over cyber attacks Poland has expelled three Russian diplomats in relation to cyber-attacks carried out on th… Biden to deliver a speech at 4:30 ET 1:30 PT about Russia
Biden to deliver remarks on Russia at 4:30 p.m./2030 GMT Biden to deliver remarks on Russia at 4:30 p.m./2030 GMT U.S. President Joe Biden will deliver remarks on Russia at 4:30 p.m./2030 GMT on Thursday … Ukraine will consider arming itself with nuclear weapons if it does not become a member of the NATO military alliance, the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany said. “Either we are part of an alliance like NATO and contribute in this way to making Europe stronger … or we are left with the other option, which is to arm ourselves,” Ambassador Andriy Melnyk told Deutschlandfunk radio Thursday.
Ukraine mulls nuclear arms if NATO membership not impending: envoy Ukraine will consider arming itself with nuclear weapons if it does not become a member of… Russia says Moscow will respond to U.S. sanctions, summons U.S. envoy Russia’s foreign ministry said on Thursday it was “unavoidable” that Moscow would respond to new U.S. sanctions and that it had called in Washington’s ambassador in Moscow for “tough talks”.
Russia says Moscow will respond to U.S. sanctions, summons U.S. envoy
Taiwan tells Biden emissaries it will counter China’s ‘adventurous manoeuvres’ with U.S Yimou Lee Thu, April 15, 2021, 12:47 PM·2 min read
TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen told emissaries visiting at U.S. President Joe Biden’s request on Thursday that the island would work with the United States to deter threats from Chinese military activities.
Former senior U.S. officials, including former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd and former Deputy Secretaries of State Richard Armitage and James Steinberg, are visiting Taipei in a trip to signal Biden’s commitment to Taiwan and its democracy.
Tsai told the U.S. delegation in a meeting at the Presidential Office that Chinese military activities in the region have threatened regional peace and stability.
“We are very willing to work with like-minded countries, including the United States, to jointly safeguard the peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific and deter adventurous manoeuvres and provocations,” Tsai said.
She vowed to continue to cooperate with the United States to counter “cognitive warfare” and misinformation, but did not elaborate.
Dodd told Tsai the Biden administration would be Taiwan’s “reliable, trusted friend,” which will help the island expand its international space and support its investment in self defence.
He added the U.S. partnership with Taiwan is “stronger than ever” and that the visit was to reaffirm Biden’s commitment to the island.
Tsai also told the delegation that Taiwan looks forward to resuming trade talks with the United States as soon as possible. Taipei has long sought a free trade deal with Washington.
Dan Biers, director of the State Department’s Office of Taiwan Coordination, is also part of the delegation.
Taiwan is China’s most sensitive territorial issue and a major source of contention with Washington, which is required by U.S. law to provide the island with the means to defend itself.
Taiwan has complained over the last few months about almost daily missions by China’s air force near its air defence identification zone (ADIZ). Twenty-five Chinese aircraft, including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers, entered Taiwan’s ADIZ on Monday in the largest reported incursion to date.
China announced on Wednesday it would begin five days of live-fire drills off a part of its coast facing Taiwan, which Taiwan’s Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng told reporters the country would pay close attention to.
“There’s some psychological impact, but don’t get too worked up about this. Everyone should have confidence in the armed forces,” he said.
Chiu will meet with the visiting Americans, his deputy Chang Che-ping told lawmakers.
The unofficial U.S. visit, which a White House official called a “personal signal” of the president’s commitment to Chinese-claimed Taiwan, is further straining Sino-U.S. relations.
China on Wednesday described its military exercises near Taiwan as “combat drills” and said the meeting of the U.S. officials with Tsai “will only exacerbate the tense situation in the Taiwan Strait”.
(Reporting by Yimou Lee; Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Gerry Doyle)
MYSTERY WIRE — Amazing images have been leaked from a secretive Pentagon investigation of UFOs.
The Task Force has been gathering evidence for a comprehensive report for Congress which is due in June that includes photographs and videos of UFO encounters with U.S. military assets, including Navy destroyers off the southern California coast.
Part of the report is to educate other military and intelligence officials about the nature of the UFO mystery.
The new images were gathered by the Task Force and obtained by investigative filmmaker Jeremy Corbell, who confirmed their authenticity. Mystery Wire has independently confirmed that the visual materials are included in the briefing presentation prepared by the UAP Task Force.Navy images showing trans-medium Sphere travel from the air to underwater. (Image sourced by @JeremyCorbell)Still images from video recorded by the U.S. Navy showing Pyramid shaped UAPs flying above the USS Russell. (Image sourced by @JeremyCorbell)
“This (video) was taken on deployment from the USS Russell,” Corbell said. “It shows what they described as vehicles. And they made a great distinction. They made sure in this classified briefing, they made a great distinction that this is not something that we own either a black project, this is not something of a foreign military, that these were behaving in ways that we did not expect. And that they were you know shaped non aerodynamically. Like pyramids, these are flying pyramids!”
The video is one of several forms of visual evidence gathered by the UAP Task Force to document bizarre encounters reported by the U.S. Navy during the past two years, including photos of three stationary drones of unknown origin, reported earlier this week.
This is a developing story. Mystery Wire will update this story as needed.
Here at The Babylon Bee we understand how tricky it can be to pick up your Bible and read it, so that’s why we put together this list to help you out. We’ve scoured the internet and asked the greatest theologians of our day to provide you with only the latest and greatest tips and tricks.
Here are the definitive 7 best tips for reading your Bible:
At any point this week take a seat, open up your Bible, and read it. – Wow! This is big if true. It can’t be that easy, can it?
With your Bible in hand, try opening it and reading the words inside. – We really like this one, and it’s proven to work every time.
Consider grabbing your Bible and turning past the front cover and table of contents, and start reading literally any page you’d like. – Do this and you’ll be well on your way to reading your Bible this week.
Click the app on your phone that says Bible and read the words that appear on your screen. – OK, that was weird. It’s like I can read my Bible anywhere now.
Look at and comprehend the meaning of the printed matter in front of you by mentally interpreting the characters or symbols of which the Bible is composed. – Whoa! This almost sounds like the definition of reading. You’re doing it!
If any of these get a little too complicated, just fall back to the basics and read your Bible. – This one is a true life saver.
Point your eyeballs at an open Bible and see what it says. – We haven’t tested this one out yet, so try it out and let us know what happens!
Well, we hope this cleared everything up and helped you get through all the necessary steps to read your Bible. It can be really challenging and confusing out there, so always remember these helpful pointers!
Having been a regular viewer of PBS NewsHour for many years now, it is time to inform PBS NewsHour I will no longer view the programme. That is because news is about and only about ethics, integrity, robust questioning, authenticity and presenting objective reality.
However, when news and reporting become nothing more than a presentation of self-serving sycophantic ideology, and highly embarrassing groveling and propaganda (which would make any totalitarian regime proud); there is no point in viewing this type of news. That is because this ‘type of news’ is no longer news. It is what a healthy genuine democracy (referring to a totalitarian regime) would describe this sort of journalistic toadying as being nothing more than an ‘obsequious upholding of the ideological propaganda political party line of the totalitarian regime.’
Added to this, is the fact that if any objective critical questioning and analysis is presented to this form of self-serving sycophantic and ideological groveling; what happens is that this robust and objective questioning is immediately met with a declaration of immense and severe outrage by these news organisations in question.
Blame and criticism of others (who are not members of the sycophantic self-serving party line’ collective) is what is taking place in America now. The mainstream American media now is one which, rather than being ethical, objective and self-reflective. And having the intellectual capacity, and moral scholarly insight, to deeply, honestly, factually, authentically and intellectually examine (at the highest cognitive and analytical level), circumstances as to what is actually taking place, and to then reporting objectively. What the American mainstream media is doing instead, as noted is blaming, criticising and viciously attacking those reporters and news commentators who have the integrity to ask important objective questions.
This is taking place despite of the sociological, journalism and organisational research universally and irrefutably informs how important integrity, openness, transparency and accountability is for a healthy organisation (especially a news organisation) to not only successfully operate and exist but to also know and understand that personal morality and organisational ethical, open, transparent and accountable process is what advances the profound and important cognitive and intellectual skills and capabilities of critical thinking and associated high-order erudite thinking and writing. Profoundly and axiomatically, it is all of these skills, knowledge and capabilities that then combine to help develop and advance a highly complex, social, ethical and politically sophisticated news organisation and a healthy universally understood and axiomatically democratic society as well.
To this effect one only needs to read the American Declaration of Independence to see this in action. In preparation for the writing of the Declaration of Independence, the American Congress, in June of 1776, appointed a committee of five men. They were: Thomas Jefferson, Robert R. Livingston, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and John Adams to write the Declaration of Independence. Even though no Minutes were kept, what is immutably certain is that the committee engaged in robust discussion, which included the general outline of what should be considered, written and presented in this Declaration document.
The Committee eventually decided that Thomas Jefferson would be the person who would write the first draft. It is profoundly important to note that in terms of robust discussion, that neither the 1776 Declaration of Independence, nor the writing and signing of the 1787 American Constitution, would ever have taken place, if the current 2021 self-serving unhealthy political climate and the associated obsequious nature and reporting in the mainstream news organisations, had been in place at that time of the founding of America’s democracy. As a result of this academic and highly sophisticated intellectual thinking by the Founding Fathers, America was at one time at the forefront of the world in terms of research, writing, journalism, objective reporting and media commentary, book publishing, manufacturing and so much more. However, and tragically, this is no longer the case for America.
In less than 240 years the nation of America is in what could only be described as being in catastrophic decline. Along with this decline, which includes the military, manufacturing, research, objective education principles and practices, and the American media itself. All of this has become a self-evident joke which the world can see. However, this self-inflicted joke is one which America refuses to see and acknowledge. Here is but one example: When riots, looting and arson were taking place throughout America, these riots, the looting and the arson were being reported in newspapers and presented on mainstream American media as being peaceful riots, arson and looting. All of this could best be described (in the current non-banned book by Hans Christian Andersen) titled: “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”
However, and importantly, as noted there are those in the World who see and know what the truth is. All of these empirical knowers are sniggering and openly laughing at America in relation to what is taking place. The external enemies of America are especially delighted and are gleefully, with immense joy, loudly laughing at how America is self-destructing in its own hypocrisy, and drowning itself in its self-made quagmire of subjective feelings-based nonsense of postmodern relativism.
America’s current self-evident ideologically Socialist political system, and with the support of its embarrassing fawning mainstream media would (to pursue its ideological goals), rather see itself socially implode (which is not taking place), than to engage in the pursuit of universal objective truths that matter, and which objectively advances a nation.
America has in its anthem the words “the land of the free, and the home of the brave.” However (which all the world knows and can see for itself) America is now, self-evidently, not the land of the free but is the land that is ruled by fear. It is no longer the home of the brave, but the home of the afraid; and those who are also constantly cowering and obsequiously apologising.
If America was the land of the free and the home of the brave, the brave would have freely, and many times by now, announced that the emperor has no clothes. And the reason this has not, and is not taking place, is because of fear.
The existential American reality is that “the land of the free, and the home of the brave” no longer exists. What American has become instead, as noted, is the land that is now ruled by fear; and it is the home of where everyone is afraid. And this decline into the never ending apologising abyss of self-destruction, is all of its own making.
“Hey mum, hey dad, look, there is a wonderful peaceful riot, with looting, book burning and firebombing of buildings taking place.” “Yes, isn’t that simply wonderful. We certainly don’t have to grovel and apologise for any of these types of peaceful riots. That is because all of these peaceful riots, peaceful book burnings and peaceful fire bombings is why we can now all proudly call this type of peaceful rioting action as being true American patriotism, and true American freedom of expression at its very best.”
“Hey mum, hey dad, the police have been peacefully attacked, and the police station has been firebombed, burned and destroyed.” “We don’t use the word attacked anymore. Attacked is a dreadful prejudiced word that has been rightly cancelled. You won’t understand how important this type of peaceful firebombing patriotism of police stations actually is; until you are at least fifteen. This is all about what we Americans call peaceful patriotic spiritual American freedom, with the inalienable Constitutional freedom and America’s Democratic right to oppress the people, for the people, and by the people.”
“Hey mum, hey dad, look, there’s the President. He’s walking onto Air Force One. and look, he’s not wearing any clothes.” “Quiet, of course he is. If he wasn’t wearing any clothes the media would have told us so. We’re not stupid, and neither is our Democratic media. That is why we always only watch the Democratic inspired American media of authentic elected Democratic truth.
“It is our true Democratic American media that will always tell us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Which is the only truth we really need to hear. And as you now firmly know, we are making sure that you will have this exact same and immovable and important self-righteous patriotic love and understanding of this our now and all-important spiritual sycophantic American freedom of expression that we now all truly and proudly have.”
“What does sycophantic mean?” “It means that we are always right, and you are always right and that you will always agree with us and support this new and wonderful Democratic fawning American patriotism.” “You mean fawning is like a baby deer.” “Yes, fawning is like a baby deer.” “Great, I love fawning. Thanks mum, thanks, dad, I will always agree with you and I already love this new fawning Democratic American patriotism. You’re the best. I love you both. Just like I love our new sycophantic Democratic America.”
Authored by Victor Davis Hanson via The Epoch Times
There are 10 new ideas that are changing America, maybe permanently.
1) Money is a construct. It can be created from thin air. Annual deficits and aggregate national debt no longer matter much.
Prior presidents ran up huge annual deficits, but at least there were some concessions that the money was real and had to be paid back. Not now. As we near $30 trillion in national debt and 110 percent of annual GDP, our elites either believe permanent zero interest rates make the cascading obligation irrelevant, or the larger the debt, the more likely we will be forced to address needed income redistribution.
2) Laws are not necessarily binding anymore. Joe Biden took an oath to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” But he has willfully rendered federal immigration laws null and void. Some rioters are prosecuted for violating federal laws, others not so much. Arrests, prosecutions, and trials are all fluid. Ideology governs when a law is still considered a law.
Crime rates do not necessarily matter. If someone is carjacked, assaulted, or shot, it can be understood to be as much the victim’s fault as the perpetrator’s. Either the victim was too lax, uncaring, and insensitive, or he provoked his attacker. How useful the crime is to the larger agendas of the left determines whether a victim is really a victim, and the victimizer really a victimizer.
3) Racialism is now acceptable. We are defined first by our ethnicity or religion, and only secondarily—if at all—by an American commonality. The explicit exclusion of whites from college dorms, safe spaces, and federal aid programs is now noncontroversial. It is unspoken payback for perceived past sins, or a type of “good” racism. Falsely being called a racist makes one more guilty than falsely calling someone else a racist.
4) The immigrant is mostly preferable to the citizen. The newcomer, unlike the host, is not stained by the sins of America’s founding and history. Most citizens currently must follow quarantine rules and social distancing, stay out of school and obey all the laws.
Yet those entering the United States illegally need not follow such apparently superfluous COVID-19 rules. Their children should be immediately schooled without worry of quarantine. Immigrants need not worry about their illegal entry or residence in America. Our elites believe illegal entrants more closely resemble the “founders” than do legal citizens, about half of whom they consider irredeemable.
5) Most Americans should be treated as we would treat little children. They cannot be asked to provide an ID to vote. “Noble lies” by our elites about COVID-19 rules are necessary to protect “Neanderthals” from themselves.
Americans deserve relief from the stress of grades, standardized testing, and normative rules of school behavior. They still are clueless about why it is good for them to pay far more for their gasoline, heating, and air conditioning.
6) Hypocrisy is passé. Virtue-signaling is alive. Climate change activists fly on private jets. Social justice warriors live in gated communities. Multibillionaire elitists pose as victims of sexism, racism, and homophobia. The elite need these exemptions to help the helpless. It is what you say to lesser others about how to live, not how you yourself live, that matters.
7) Ignoring or perpetuating homelessness is preferable to ending it. It is more humane to let thousands of homeless people live, eat, defecate, and use drugs on public streets and sidewalks than it is to green-light affordable housing, mandate hospitalization for the mentally ill, and create sufficient public shelter areas.
8) McCarthyism is good. Destroying lives and careers for incorrect thoughts saves more lives and careers. Cancel culture and the Twitter Reign of Terror provide needed deterrence.
Now that Americans know they are one wrong word, act, or look away from losing their livelihoods, they are more careful and will behave in a more enlightened fashion. The social media guillotine is the humane, scientific tool of the woke.
9) Ignorance is preferable to knowledge. Neither statue-toppling, nor name-changing, nor the 1619 Project require any evidence or historical knowledge. Heroes of the past were simple constructs. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees reflect credentials, not knowledge. The brand, not what created it, is all that matters.
10) Wokeness is the new religion, growing faster and larger than Christianity. Its priesthood outnumbers the clergy and exercises far more power. Silicon Valley is the new Vatican, and Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Twitter are the new gospels.
Americans privately fear these rules, while publicly appearing to accept them. They still could be transitory and invite a reaction. Or they are already near-permanent and institutionalized.
The answer determines whether a constitutional republic continues as once envisioned, or warps into something never imagined by those who created it.
Rapper Montero Hall, known publicly as Lil Nas X, skyrocketed to fame in 2029 with his song “Old Town Road” and has remained in the public attention since then. The rapper, who is an open homosexual and has made videos with blatantly occult themes, now is releasing a limited line of ‘satan shoes’, which claim to have human blood in them and are limited to 666 pairs.
Lil Nas X is reportedly all set to release a pair of exclusive “Satan-themed shoes,” and fans can’t seem to quite wrap their heads around this peculiar development.
Just a day after his Montero “Call Me By Your Name” music video took the internet by storm, Montero Lamar Hill, aka Lil Nas X, found himself on the Twitter trending page yet again, after his latest collaboration with retail start-up MSCHF surfaced online:
A limited edition collab, the Nike-style shoes have been modeled on the lines of the popular Air Max ‘ 97 and are priced at a steep $1,018.
If the association with Satan wasn’t already established enough, what’s interesting to note is that there are reportedly 666 pairs that have been manufactured, with each pair bearing a message from Luke 10: 18 of The Bible which reads:
“I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
However, the most sinister reveal lies in the soles of the pair, which are reportedly filled with 66cc of red ink and “one drop of human blood”.
In light of this unconventional collaboration, Twitter was soon abuzz with a slew of reactions. (source)
One can see the website for the shoe release here. It’s openly satanic, and there is no hiding what he is saying. The number ‘666’ on the shoe, the black color, the giant bronze pentagram on the front, the clear red liquid in the shoe bottom, make it very clear that nothing good is associated with these shoes. Likewise, the newest video from this rapper, released at the same time as his shoes (which one can look up on his own) shows the rapper in a variety of sodomitic and demonic scenes until at the end, the rapper dies and slides down a stripper pole into hell where she twerks on and simulates being sodomized by the devil before killing him and taking his place.
However, what one should be concerned about is not merely the satanic imagery. In fact, that might be considered at best a secondary concern. Yet what could be worse that the obvious?
What is worse is that Nike is the one who manufactured these shoes.
The rapper did not make these shoes. It is doubtful he would know the first thing to do. He certainly supports the concept, and is clearly one who supports evil things, but he ultimately is just a useful food, a willing pawn, one who cares more about power and influence than about truth or moral right. What is more disturbing are the actions of Nike, because the corporation is the one- and not just “the company”, but the specific individuals in R&D, marketing, customer service, and leadership -who supported, created, engineered, marketed, and are profiting from the sale of these shoes.
The real blame is more with Nike. Nike did not have to market these shoes. Nobody forced them to do this. This is an action made by their free choice. It is also unlikely they are making much money from these shoes anyways, but rather are profiting off of promoting satanism. This is the real commodity, not the shoes being marketed to people.
No amount of ‘activism’ is likely to stop these people at this point, because the reason that Nike is able to market such shoes is because, clearly, they believe they have enough popular support to be able to sell these shoes without too much open backlash that threatens their bottom line.
Companies and even government do not care about the backlash, because it has no real effect on their ability to do business, for that is the only kind that they care about.
The country is changing. This isn’t about rap, or any one particular kind of music, but that open demon worship is now being accepted in society, and the marketing of this stuff is the proof of it.
Likewise, ask yourself, what has the ‘conservative’ movement done to stop this? The conservative movement has not conserved anything, except for putting a temporary hold on the status quo.
What one is looking at here is a view of the future with these shoes.
It gives me no joy to say that the Christians have lost the culture wars, because the consequences are going to be serious. Christianity is no longer a ‘profitable’ thing, but rather, anti-Christian causes have become popular, and even arguably profitable to promote. This is just part of the result here, and it is not going to get better, for this is just the obvious. It is often the less obvious things- such as the public embrace and defining of the culture by the sins which cry out for divine vengeance, and punishing those who stand against them -that are more serious, as their end result is thing such as the above.
If it took thirty years- 1987 to 2017 -for the US to completely embrace sodom, what will the US look like if patterns do not stop in 2047?
Based on my own experience, as well as some ideas I would really like to apply, I have compiled a list of suggestions that can serve the purpose of greatly irritating the enemy and remaining in the light of grace of our Lord and Saviour.
1. Memorise biblical verses of protection. Some particularly useful ones include:
The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. (2 Timothy 4:18)
But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3)
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. (Psalm 46:1-3)
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. (Psalm 121:7l
2. Develop a Christian phrase that can be repeated regularly. My favourites are:
Jesus saves me. (This cannot be refuted as it is a timeless present tense for “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13))
I am for Jesus. (This is a double edged sword against darkness for it indicates that your will is aligned towards Jesus. It also shows that you belong to God. Very effective.)
3. Prayer to be almost constantly on your lips or in your mind.
The Lord’s Prayer.
Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.
St Patrick’s Breastplate (partial)
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.
4. Play hymns, prayers or an audio-bible on multiple devices in many rooms. This will certainly irk any unwelcome entity, particularly if you leave it on a constant, low volume if you need to have a break. A choice selection includes:
With glee I seek to irritate the enemy, in the hope to make the home environment as uncomfortable as possible for it to ever reside within. But I do so under the protection of Christ and without hatred.
A horrified grandma has captured an image of “a demon” standing over her grandchild’s bed after setting up a camera in the infant girl’s room because she was heard telling someone to “go away” in the night.
Words are easily twisted to obscure the truth, but these images show the immense absurdity of twisted logic. Although not as horrible as some of the historic disasters shown (or anticipated), if one is trying to hide looting, rioting and arson as a ‘peaceful protest’, this is a wicked lie – especially for those personally affected by this evil. Enjoy the humour, but pray for the end of all suffering through the redemptive work of Christ.