Preparing Your Heart to Pray for the Federal Election

Preparing Your Heart to Pray for the Federal Election

While praying for the federal election, here are some spiritual principles to observe, that we may pray with clean hands and a pure heart for the good of our nation. Let us turn to the Word of God and examine our inner dispositions, that our prayers may be effective with the grace of God.

Twenty-one days of prayer and fasting 

This message was released at the 24 Hours of Prayer call on the 30th of April as a prelude to entering into the 21 days of fasting and prayer, beginning May 1st 2022.

These 21 days are an appointed time for the Ecclesia of Australia to come before the Lord God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, through prayer and fasting. Like Esther and Daniel who received instruction to prepare their hearts, minds, souls and bodies, to humble themselves in repentance before God for their nation’s sin and desperately entreat God’s intervention for deliverance, we are being summoned in this hour before God for such a time as this!

This is a crucial election like none other, in a season of great upheaval and shakings in all spheres of life as we know it in Australia and the world. The depravity of conscience in politics and government, resulting in evil laws by which a society is now mirrored, is now untenable to a God-fearing people who have now awakened to stand for what is right in the kingdom of God, or we shall perish.

This warfare is spiritual. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for the pulling down of strongholds. Hence, a preparation to fight the good fight of faith and action.

Psalm 24 was impressed upon us by the Holy Spirit as a guiding pattern for these days of preparation:

1 The earth belongs to the Lord and its fullness the world and those who will dwell in it.
2 For He has founded it on the seas, and established it on the floods.

This establishes the sovereignty of God.

Here are some required protocols to follow while entering a solemn assembly:

Faith vs the Sin of Unbelief

The most important requirement to approach God is to have faith in Him. A whole generation of Israelites who saw mighty miracles and came out of 400 years of slavery never made it to their ultimate destination, the Promised Land, because of unbelief. God addresses their unbelief in Hebrews 3 and 4. The consequence of unbelief is to never enter His rest.

Hebrews 11:6 ~ “Without faith it is impossible to please God,
for he who comes to God must believe that He exists
and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

Clean Hands and a Pure Heart

Psalm 24:3-4 ~
“Who may ascend the hill of the Lord?
Who may stand in His Holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart;
Who has not lifted his soul to vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.”

In approaching God’s presence as His Ecclesia on His holy hill, especially in these 21 days, God is requiring us to examine our hands and our own hearts.

The work of our hands blesses God! Our hands minister to Him in the purity of actions from pure thoughts and motives of the heart, and bring glory to His name. God loved David as a man after His own heart, but when it came to building a temple for Him, His Holiness could not accept the blood on David’s hands. Let us examine our hands.

We are being called to be watchmen on the walls of our nation and family in this hour.

God’s call as a watchman according to Ezekiel 33:7-9 has a serious consequence ~

7 Now as for you Son of Man:
I have set you as a watchman to the house of Israel.
Therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them from Me.
8 When I say to the wicked, “O wicked man, you shall surely die,”
and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way,
that wicked man shall die in his iniquity.
But his blood I will require from your hand.
9 Nevertheless, if you on your part warn the wicked to turn from his way
and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity.
But you have delivered your soul.

There is a higher calling to the Ecclesia to come into maturity and know our calling and where to stand and watch and pray.

The work of our clean hands brings forth fruit, much fruit that will remain, as Jesus said in John 15;16.

May King David’s repentant prayer from Psalm 51:10-12 be our prayer too.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.”

Forgiveness From the Heart

Mark 11:24-26 ~
24 “Therefore I  say to you whatever things you ask when you pray,
believe that you will receive them, and you will have them.
25 and when you stand praying,
forgive if you have anything against anyone,
so that your Father Who is in heaven
may also forgive you your sins.
26 But if you do not forgive,
neither will your Father Who is in heaven forgive your sins.

This is a serious reason for unanswered prayers.

Family

In this season as we draw close to God as the Ecclesia in prayer, let us examine our hearts like King David in Psalm 101:2-7 ~

2 “I will consider the path that is blameless.
When will You come to me?
I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
3 I will set no wicked thing before my eyes.
I hate the work of those who turn aside: it shall have no part of me.
4 A perverted heart shall be far from me:
I will not know anything wicked.
5 Whoever privately slanders his neighbour, him I will destroy;
6 Whoever has a haughty look and a proud heart, I will not endure.
7 He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house;
He who tells lies shall not remain in my sight.”

These were the protocols of King David as He ministered to a Holy God in the tabernacle every day.

Unhindered Prayers

1 Peter 3:7 ~ Husbands, likewise dwell with them with understanding, giving honour to the wife as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.

Let us repent and walk with an upright heart in our own homes, with forgiveness and with love and grace, and offer the truth of the Word with no complacency or apathy. God, give us the courage and the gift of obedience to speak and obey the Truth of Your Word.

Psalm 101 is also a prophetic prayer for the kind of candidates and leaders we want in our Parliaments and House of Representatives.

The Righteousness of God

  • By the Blood and the Broken Body of Jesus

Hebrews 10:19-21 declares,

“Therefore brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way that He has opened for us through the veil, that is to say His flesh, and since we have a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse them from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”

  • Righteousness through Faith

Romans 3:22-26 ~ This righteousness comes through faith in Jesus Christ,
to all upon all who believe, for there is no distinction.
For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God,
being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood,
for a demonstration of His righteousness,
because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins previously committed,
to prove His righteousness at this present time
so that He might be just and be the justifier of him who has faith in Jesus.

  • Faith is credited as Righteousness to the seed of Abraham

Romans 4:20-25 ~
20 “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief,
but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.
21 and being fully persuaded that what God had promised, He was able to perform.
22 therefore it was credited to him as righteousness.
23Now the words, “It was credited to him” were not written for his sake only,
24 but for us, to whom it shall be credited
if we believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,
25 Who was delivered for our transgressions, and was raised for our justification.

Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach. ~ Proverbs 12:24

  • Hebrews 10:26-30 has a severe warning

26 For if we wilfully continue to sin
after we have received the knowledge of the truth,
there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
27 but a fearful expectation of judgement
and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.
28 Anyone who despised Moses’ law died without mercy
in the presence of two or three witnesses.
29 How much more severe a punishment do you suppose he deserves,
who has trampled underfoot the Son of God,
and has regarded the blood of the covenant,
that sanctified him to be a common thing,
and insulted the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know Him who said “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.”
And again He says,” The Lord will judge His people.”
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Let us not partake of the body and blood of Jesus unworthily. Let us examine our hearts and confess our sins daily and walk in the forgiveness and victory of the cross.

Let us as the Ecclesia pursue Life in the Spirit.

Romans 8:2 ~ “For the Law of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death.” There is power in the purity of hands, heart and motives led by the Spirit to pray the effective fervent prayers of the righteous that avail much. The Judeo-Christian values of our nation will be preserved because of the law of Life in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 24:7-10 is a prophetic decree to the heads of Gates and doors in the spiritual realm that have held back justice and righteousness in our land. It is the time and season to decree and proclaim and prophecy to the gates and welcome the King of glory to be mighty in battle, as we decree His finished work on the cross, His righteousness to enter and govern in every area of our nation.

God needed Ezekiel to prophesy with his mouth, life and Spirit to the dry bones to become an army. Jesus commanded His disciples to speak to the mountains to move. Jesus defeated the enemy only with the Word in His mouth by decreeing, “It is written,” “It is written,” “It is written,” even as He was filled with the Spirit.

The gates of a city or region/nation are powerful places of trade, transfer and authority. The gate is an entryway into an unknown place or a place of great significance. The elders of the city sat at the gates; kings addressed their subjects at the gates. Mordecai heard of the plan for the assassination of the king at the gates.

We as a nation stand at a pivotal place of transition depending on whom we elect to sit at the gates of our nation’s governance and security. It is time as watchmen to be vigilant and watchful in prayer to discern the enemy’s plans. Here is a vision and angelic encounter that my pastor Jimmy Njino shared at our Sunday service (starts at 11:02 min):

Jesus is alive and victorious over all that was, that is and is to come. Let us boldly declare Colossians 2:14-15 ~

“He blotted out the handwriting of ordinances
that was against us and contrary to us,
and He took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross.
And having disarmed authorities and powers,
He made a show of them openly,
triumphing over them by the cross.

Psalm 118:19-29 ~ A prophetic decree:

Open to Australia the gates of righteousness;
We will go into them, and we will praise the Lord;
This (Canberra Declaration /your family) is the gate of the Lord;
The righteous shall enter through.
We will thank you that YOU have heard us
And have become our deliverance.
Jesus the Stone that the builders rejected has,
And now is the cornerstone of Australia.
This is what the Lord has done and it is marvellous in our eyes.
This is the day that the Lord has made we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Save us, we ask You, O Lord; O Lord we ask you, send now success.
Blessed be he that comes in the name of the LORD;
We have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.
The LORD is God,
And He has shown us His Light;
Bind the sacrifice with cords,
even unto the horns of the altar.
You are Australia’s God, Israel’s God and we will praise You.
Oh give thanks to the LORD,
For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever.
Amen.

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Photo by Nelson Ribeiro.

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California Policies Making it #1 Spot for ‘Crime Tourism’

California Policies Making it #1 Spot for ‘Crime Tourism’

During a press conference on Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed the Biden administration for misleading Americans by arguing that oil companies are at fault for rising energy prices due to unused oil and gas leases.

“Their latest talking point is there’s all these wonderful permits that just the oil companies for whatever reason don’t want to drill upon,” Cruz said. “Now, I understand that the White House’s talking points are written by an 18-year-old intern who’s taking freshman socialism, but it would be good to have someone who has actually worked in the private sector and has some awareness of how energy is produced.”

“Energy producers will drill for oil and gas wherever it is profitable, wherever it is viable,” he continued. “Many of those permits are not being drilled because if you got a natural gas well that you’re trying to drill, you have to have a pipeline to carry the gas from the well to its end users and the Biden Administration is also freezing pipelines.”

On Monday, Fox News asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki why President Biden has refused to resume issuing new oil and gas leases on federal lands. Psaki responded by saying “there are 9,000 approved drilling permits that are not being used.”

However, representatives in the energy industry said that Psaki’s “accusation” was a “complete red herring.”

“That accusation is a complete red herring,” American Exploration & Production Council (AXPC) CEO Anne Bradbury told FOX Business. “It’s really a distraction from the fact that this administration has paused leasing on federal lands, something that we’re concerned about and something that we think needs to continue right away.”
Kevin O’Scannlain at the American Petroleum Institute (API) made similar comments.

“The argument about ‘unused’ leases is a red herring, a smokescreen for energy policies that have had a hamstringing effect on the world’s leading producer of natural gas and oil,” O’Scannlain said. “It suggests American producers have been motivated by a desire to manipulate the market during the current crisis in Europe. This is false. American oil and gas producers are able and willing to do their part to support American energy leadership, including providing energy that can help allies abroad.”

“Ultimately, energy policies affect the energy investment climate,” O’Scannlain continued. “Specifically, they impact the ability of producers – typically accountable to shareholders – to take the risks involved in spending billions of dollars to find and develop oil and gas. Mischaracterizing the way federal leases work does not help foster new investment and risk-taking.”

O’Scannlain also explained that “When a company acquires a lease, it makes a significant financial investment at the beginning of the lease in the form of a non-refundable bonus bid and pays additional rent until and unless it begins producing… Developing a lease takes years and substantial effort to determine whether the underlying geology holds commercial quantities of oil and/or gas. The lengthy process to develop them from a lease often is extended by administrative and legal challenges at every step along the way.”

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Ted Cruz Slams Biden Admin Over ‘Talking Points Written By An 18-Year-Old Intern’

Ted Cruz Slams Biden Admin Over ‘Talking Points Written By An 18-Year-Old Intern’

The U.S. State Department urged Saturday that all Americans in Russia should immediately leave the country, as foreign policy and military experts access the very dangerous escalation of war in Ukraine. Those U.S. officials also warned Americans that they may have a difficult time getting access to their bank accounts in Russia and may face some forms of harassment as they leave the country, according to news reports. 

Moreover, on Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that any third party involved in establishing a no-fly zone in Ukraine would be considered a participant in the conflict and subject to actions by Russia’s military. NATO nations voted against a no-fly zone in Ukraine this week, but the European Union and the United States continue to implement stringent sanctions on Moscow. Those sanctions, however, have yet to change any course of action by Putin. Furthermore, on Saturday Ukrainian officials accused Russia of violating the cease fire agreement and reports suggest that attacks continue in Mariupol and Volnovakha.

I spoke with Daniel Hoffman, a Russia expert and three time CIA station chief this week on  The Sara Carter Show podcast, and he stated that Putin’s actions are no surprise to those who have watched him from his time with the KGB and throughout his political career.

“Putin’s escalating,” said Hoffman. “And all you have to do is go back in history and look what he did in Grozny in 99, 2000, where he just leveled Grozny did the same thing in Aleppo, in Syria. That’s the way the Russians do it, you know, in in the United States in our military, and I can tell you this from experience, if we’re trying to kill an al Qaeda guy, that’s what we’re going to do. And we’re going to want to be near certain that that’s the guy we’re killing.”

Hoffman said that’s not the way Russian military is trained because collateral damage is not a detriment.

“We’re not at war with the non-combatants, we don’t want to kill them,” said Hoffman. “Russia is violating, massively violating international law, and the law (of land) war. They’re not showing proportionality. They’re not discriminating between combatants and non combatants. And they are not trying to avoid killing non combatants. In fact, they’re deliberately targeting them. They’re targeting schools and residential areas. And, and that is sad to say, typical of the Russian rules of engagement. And the fact that the media is shining a spotlight on that, you know, look, we’ve got Fox News colleagues out there in Ukraine right now, in harm’s way reporting, God bless them, but it’s a warzone. And we rely on them to report the facts. That’s important.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky slammed NATO Friday  as being  a weak  and “underconfident” organizations for failing to establish the no-fly zone over his country.

Even if NATO refused a no-fly zone there is still much more that can be done to dismantle Putin’s Russian economy and cripple his military operation, said Hoffman.

“As far as cratering Russia’s economy, there’s arguably more we could do,” Hoffman said.

He said that will require other nations, including Europe to stop  buying Russian gas and oil.

“So there’s probably still more we could do,” he said “But Vladimir Putin’s $600 billion rainy day fund is inaccessible to him right now. And in the immediate term, look, sanctions are great, and they’re good long term, you know, targeting the Russian economy and making it clear to Russia’s elites that this is going to carry on, and we’re going to continue to hammer their economy.”

He said Ukraine needs “humanitarian assistance, food, water, and they need military equipment.”

“And we’ve got to find a way to ensure that we continue to do that, as Russia ramps up their attacks,” said Hoffman. “And that’s going to be the challenge for us. All the while ensuring we don’t end up in a kinetic war with Russia. You know, the hallmark of the Cold War was we fought a lot of proxy wars against the Soviet Union, but we never engaged in direct combat. And there’s no question that I think from both Republicans and Democrats would agree that we want to avoid direct contact with with the Russian military, but at the same time, support Ukraine. And that’s, that’s that’s what we’ve got to do.”

This State Department’s guidance to Americans  is stronger than the guidance given Wednesday asking Americans to in the country to consider leaving. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow is also planning to host a virtual town hall for Americans that are still in in Russia this Wednesday.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC

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U.S. warns Americans to leave Russia, as Putin continues escalation in Ukrainian war

U.S. warns Americans to leave Russia, as Putin continues escalation in Ukrainian war

If Russia invades Ukraine, the initial battle is expected to be “short, sharp and extremely deadly,” stated senior and retired military officials that spoke with SaraACarter.com. Moreover, those same officials believe any invasion will lead to a lingering Ukrainian-insurgency that will exacerbate and intensify a crisis for years to come, according to a top retired military commander who worked with NATO operations.

Retired Lt. Gen. Robert Wood spoke with Jerry Torres, a retired Special Forces military officer and currently an investigative documentary filmmaker working with SAC media. Wood contends Russian President Vladimir Putin is establishing his global presence by using extreme military maneuvers along the Belarus border with Ukraine which could trigger NATO ‘Article Five’ discussions between members.

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A local resident of the Ukrainian-controlled village of Stanytsia Luhanska, gestures as she cleans up debris from her home after the shelling by Russia-Backed separatists (Photo by ALEKSEY FILIPPOV/AFP via Getty Images)

Further, Russia’s move to place 150,000 plus troops along the border with Ukraine is just the beginning of a new conflict bearing all the hallmarks of a new cold war between the west and a new Russo-Putin empire, Wood said.

“We have two NATO nations that are really along the Black Sea, and they too, are going to be threatened – Bulgaria and Turkey,” said Wood, referring to Russia’s threat on Ukraine, which declared its independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991.

With regard to Putin, Wood told Torres, “I think right now, there’s a lot of demonstration and staging going on, that signals to NATO and signals to the world that Putin is back on the stage.”

He said Putin uses the attention to build his reputation at home and in the public.

“It demonstrates his power in the region,” Wood said. “And I think it has actually added to his ability to attract China as we’ve seen lately, to become a closer ally.”

Wood warned as well, that “it’s not just the Ukraine problem.”

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Wood added, “if there’s an offensive action against Ukraine, it will immediately threaten countries of NATO – it may not trigger Article Five, but it might, it might trigger a look at the Article Five provisions of the NATO compact that says an attack on one, is an attack on all.”

Wood told Torres “there’ll be a debate, it will be part of the discussion. And once again, that’s exactly what I think Putin wants to have. He wants to bring that to the top, force the discussion and play his hand. It’ll be interesting to see how that turns out.”

Wood warned that Ukraine’s second largest natural gas reserves, comparable to Norway in Europe, is also what Putin is eyeing. Wood said Putin “has enormous capacity to store gas and oil capabilities in Ukraine itself. It’s a prize in this world of energy and portance of energy. And for Russia in particular.”

He added, “Ukraine has these reserves and the storage capability that not only allow it to be a nation to stand on its own, but also to be a remarkable prize for Putin.”

Wood told Torres: “I think this conflict, if it starts, is going to be short, sharp and extremely deadly.”

“If you look at the nature of the systems, and the opposition of strengths and weaknesses to Ukraine forces, again I think it will be short, sharp and extremely bloody, but it’s not going to stop quickly,” he added. “I think there will be a counter-insurgency, or after the conventional stage – we’ll have guerilla war.”

A retired senior Military official familiar with the Eastern European region who spoke on condition of anonymity due to their work, stated that “while Russia has the capability of taking the major Ukrainian cities, an insurgency will form that will be highly effective in degrading Russian control and morale for years to come.”

“The Ukrainian people are tough. And having had a taste of freedom and Democracy, there is no doubt they, for the most part, do not want to return to Russian satellite nation,” the official added.

On Friday the Associated Press reported a humanitarian convoy was hit by shelling and ‘pro-Russian rebels’ were evacuating civilians from the area where conflict had escalated. There were also numerous news reports of a car bombing in Donetsk and other reports of shelling hitting an elementary school. There were no casualties as of yet, according to reports.

Moreover, the Kremlin has continued to flex its muscle with nuclear drills on the border, while U.S. and European leaders continue to search for diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis.

Jerry Torres contributed to this story. 

You can follow Sara Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC

You can follow Jerry Torres on Twitter @JerryW_Torres 

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BLM suspends fundraising after threats from liberal states for delinquent financial disclosures

BLM suspends fundraising after threats from liberal states for delinquent financial disclosures

Schools across the country are participating in this week’s national “Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action.” It’s an activist-driven curriculum from the group where children as young as kindergarten are learning things such as “everybody gets to choose their own gender.”

Additional lessons will include disrupting “Western nuclear family dynamics.” The week kicked off Monday and encompasses 13 “Black Lives Matter Guiding Principles” but designed for elementary and middle-school kids.

National Review reports the “principles include a commitment to restorative justice, being transgender affirming and queer affirming, creating space for black families that is ‘free from patriarchal practices,’ and ‘the disruption of Western nuclear family dynamics and a return to the ‘collective village’ that takes care of each other.”

The Black Lives Matter at School website has a “Starter kit” which explains that In addition to 13 principle are four demands: end zero-tolerance discipline policies; mandate black history and ethnic studies; hire more black teachers; and fund counselors, not cops.

One of the participating schools is Centennial Elementary in Denver, Colorado where the lessons will be taught to kindergarteners and first-graders. The school previously made headlines in December after they announced plans for a racially segregated “families of color playground night.”

Included in the starter kit to be used for lessons are writings by Lelana Garcia, author of a children’s book about BLM principles. Some of her teachings are:

When “discussing big ideas with little people” it is necessary to “consider age-appropriate language so that our students or children can grasp the concepts.” For example, she suggests not talking about police violence with “our youngest children.”

When discussing BLM’s principle of being transgender affirming, Garcia offers the following kid-friendly language: “Everybody has the right to choose their own gender by listening to their own heart and mind. Everyone gets to choose if they are a girl or a boy or both or neither or something else, and no one else gets to choose for them.”

When discussing the BLM principle of a “Black Village,” which includes the goal of disrupting the Western nuclear family structure, Garcia suggests teaching kids that “there are lots of different kinds of families; what makes a family is that it’s people who take care of each other; those people might be related, or maybe they choose to be a family together and to take care of each other. Sometimes, when it’s a lot of families together, it can be called a village.”

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BLM ‘School Week of Action’ teaching children to ‘choose their own gender’ and ‘disrupt nuclear family’

BLM ‘School Week of Action’ teaching children to ‘choose their own gender’ and ‘disrupt nuclear family’

Schools across the country are participating in this week’s national “Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action.” It’s an activist-driven curriculum from the group where children as young as kindergarten are learning things such as “everybody gets to choose their own gender.”

Additional lessons will include disrupting “Western nuclear family dynamics.” The week kicked off Monday and encompasses 13 “Black Lives Matter Guiding Principles” but designed for elementary and middle-school kids.

National Review reports the “principles include a commitment to restorative justice, being transgender affirming and queer affirming, creating space for black families that is ‘free from patriarchal practices,’ and ‘the disruption of Western nuclear family dynamics and a return to the ‘collective village’ that takes care of each other.”

The Black Lives Matter at School website has a “Starter kit” which explains that In addition to 13 principle are four demands: end zero-tolerance discipline policies; mandate black history and ethnic studies; hire more black teachers; and fund counselors, not cops.

One of the participating schools is Centennial Elementary in Denver, Colorado where the lessons will be taught to kindergarteners and first-graders. The school previously made headlines in December after they announced plans for a racially segregated “families of color playground night.”

Included in the starter kit to be used for lessons are writings by Lelana Garcia, author of a children’s book about BLM principles. Some of her teachings are:

When “discussing big ideas with little people” it is necessary to “consider age-appropriate language so that our students or children can grasp the concepts.” For example, she suggests not talking about police violence with “our youngest children.”

When discussing BLM’s principle of being transgender affirming, Garcia offers the following kid-friendly language: “Everybody has the right to choose their own gender by listening to their own heart and mind. Everyone gets to choose if they are a girl or a boy or both or neither or something else, and no one else gets to choose for them.”

When discussing the BLM principle of a “Black Village,” which includes the goal of disrupting the Western nuclear family structure, Garcia suggests teaching kids that “there are lots of different kinds of families; what makes a family is that it’s people who take care of each other; those people might be related, or maybe they choose to be a family together and to take care of each other. Sometimes, when it’s a lot of families together, it can be called a village.”

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Health Industry Distributors’ Association: Supply Chain Delays ‘A Healthcare Issue’

Health Industry Distributors’ Association: Supply Chain Delays ‘A Healthcare Issue’

The Health Industry Distributors’ Association (HIDA) released harrowing data stating “Transportation Delays Are A Healthcare Issue.” HIDA’s December release states, “research estimates that approximately 8,000-12,000 containers of critical medical supplies are delayed an average of up to 37 days throughout the transportation system.”

The statement continues, “The West Coast port with the greatest number of delayed medical containers are the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The most congested East Coast port is the Port of Savannah.”

An infographic is accompanied with the statement which breaks down the crisis further. 17 is the average number of days the shipments are delayed at the Port. There’s an 11 day average delay by rail, and a 9 day average delay by truck.

In those shipping containers, the infographic states 187,000 gowns, 360,000 syringes and 3.5 million surgical gloves are held. The ports with the most medical delayed supplies are Los Angeles/Long Beach, Savannah, New York/New Jersey, Charleston, Seattle, Oakland, Boston, Baltimore and Houston.

Axios reports under a “Why it matters” headline, that “Per their projections, medical supplies arriving at a U.S. port on Christmas Day won’t be delivered to hospitals and other care settings until February 2022.”

As a result, “that could delay critical supplies at a time when health care is already expected to most need them due to surges from Delta and Omicron.”

Additionally, “The supply chain problems can compound, starting with medical supplies languishing in U.S. ports for an average of 17 days, officials said.”

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HOA Fines FL Congressional Candidate for ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Christmas Light Display

HOA Fines FL Congressional Candidate for ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Christmas Light Display

Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) was carjacked at gunpoint on Wednesday as she returned to her vehicle after an event in a Philadelphia park.

The congresswoman was “physically unharmed,” according to a statement from her spokesperson.

“She thanks the Philadelphia Police Department for their swift response, and appreciates the efforts of both the Sergeant at Arms in D.C. and her local police department for coordinating with Philly PD to ensure her continued safety,” the statement said.

According to WPVI, “Scanlon was walking to her parked vehicle and was approached by two men driving a dark-colored SUV.”

“Both men, who were armed, demanded the keys to her vehicle, police say,” WPVI continued. “They took off with her blue 2017 Acura MDX with license plate LKG-8893.”

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney released a statement saying he was “appalled” by the crime.

“I’m appalled to learn of this violent crime that was perpetrated against my friend and colleague, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon,” Kenney wrote on Twitter. “My thoughts are with her during what I’m sure is a traumatic time.”

“Everyone deserves to feel safe in our city, and sadly that hasn’t always been the case this year,” Kenney added. “It’s disheartening and infuriating that criminals feel emboldened to commit such a reckless crime in the middle of the day in what should be a place of peace — one of our city’s parks.”

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