Throwing things under the bus

Above and beyond: The National Guard have been deployed in Massachusetts to drive school buses in the face of a shortage of drivers. Yes, you read that right…

Amazon has said it will pay $18 hour for newly hired delivery drivers and warehouse workers. The tech giant said it will also pay tuition and text book costs for employees. That’s if they have time and energy to study after working their long shifts

Visual Capitalist reckons its got insight into the fastest growing jobs over next 20 years

The Democrat’s $3.5TR spending bill hit another snag this week, with Sen. Joe Manchin saying he would not support it. The government is also looking for ways to fund the spending bill, including a draft proposal for $2.9TR in tax hikes over the next ten years. Axios broke down where the money would come from

Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez drew fire last week after attending the swanky Met Gala in a dress emblazoned with the message “Tax the rich.” AOC used the attention to plug her Green New Deal policies, but many pointed out that the $30K+ a ticket gala is a tax deduction for the well-heeled attendees. If AOC wants to go to the ball with masked servants and all, that is fine. But, it is hard to reconcile her Socialist words with her extravagant actions. The Congresswoman insisted it is part of her political duties to attend, overseeing “cultural institutions that serve the public,” but has been accused of receiving prohibited gifts by accepting free tickets.

Wake up, sleepwalker

Ben Domenech’s monologuing is usually worth your time, but his recent discourses on Fox might pique Mad Christian’s particular interest. While there is plenty to cause alarm in Domenech’s “The American Crisis,” he does offer hope and challenges his viewers to wake up.

In one commentary, Domenech reflects on the Obama era campaign called “The Life of Julia,” warning that the current administration, under the cover of the pandemic, is picking up where Obama left off.

“The Life of Julia” summarized, probably too well, the hollowness of a life dependent on the State. Writing at CNN, William Bennett notes: “Julia’s entire life is defined by her interactions with the state. Government is everywhere and each step of her life is tied to a government program. Notably absent in her story is any relationship with a husband, family, church, or community, except a ‘community’ garden where she works post-retirement. Instead, the state has taken their place and is her primary relationship.”

While Progressive politicians may think it is just to have everyone provided for by government, a little bit of thought reveals that such dependancy makes you slave to the whims of the rich and powerful. It would seem a few folks have done their homework, though, with a recent survey finding that a whole lot of Americans don’t want assistance from the government and would rather be left alone. 

We know for realz that our readers are awake! It has been exciting to see the Mad Christian movement come to life, and we know that many of you are already fighting back. We can remember Nehemiah, who wrote: 

“For they all were trying to make us afraid, saying, “Their hands will be weakened in the work, and it will not be done.”Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.” 

If you want some inspiration, Joy Pullman compiled a list at The Federalist with heaps of ways you can “shake wide awake.”  Run along home, Sanballat, we got work to do.

Neo-marxist “critical race theory”

Who has time to explain that?

It means that if you live in Illinois and are not a member of a “protected class,” then expect to endure sanctioned public shaming as part of public schooling.

It’s, like, legit. They voted for it and everything. “Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards” will mandate teacher-led activism to “embrace” and “encourage” progressive viewpoints.

“Yes, you should become a member of a protected class if you can,” was my honest pastoral counsel out loud today.

I did not plan to have to say that.

To be wise is to be aware of otherwise unseen realities. The result of God-given wisdom is prayer.

There is not enough time for prayer.

But if we don’t use the church calendar to actually keep track of time, what good is it? It’s like a mod on someone else’s game.

Lent is a magical myth from another planet, a Disney-borified story after-remembered in between 8am and next Tuesday. In the dark winter, well after Christmas has past, Wednesday service is a lamppost indeed, a step through the wardrobe of these dystopic times. This year, more than ever, I feel its pull, like a portal, to another time, to a world before clockworks and steeple bells, to an ancient place where knights and castles were still a future dream but where Christians of the Roman Imperium marked their madness with the same first “Monday in Lent.”

Where there is no news, there are no troubles.
But the news is a tasty trifle;
over the lips it swiftly goes!

-Proverbs 26:20b, 22

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
Rev. Fisk