I am not American, and I/m a good 20 hours ahead of Mountain Time. So I missed that today is that most unique American Celebration. So have a good day off, and be of cheer. From what I can understand the secrets around the election will come out, and the war is still cold.
You can go elsewhere for the legal stuff. I prefer statistical modeling. What the team Briggs was in did was smart, and defensible.
The idea is simple. In each of several states—Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Pennsylvania—the state authorities recorded certain absentee ballots as missing, i.e. never returned. Obviously, the votes of these ballots categorized as missing were never counted.
Votes not counted are a no-no.
A professional poll called people on these lists (many thousands!) and asked two questions: (1) Did you request an absentee ballot? and, if so, (2) Did you return that ballot? (All these calls were recorded.)
There are obvious errors if (a) a person did not request an absentee ballot but got one, and (b) they returned the ballot but it was never recorded as received.
The total number of absentee ballots marked by authorities as never returned differed by states, but it was small nowhere: about one hundred thousand or more in each state; half a million in Arizona.
The survey itself was simplicity itself, asking short simple questions. It was merely a matter of extrapolating its numbers to the known population to produce the results, which are reproduced here.
Go read it. There is a lot coming out here. We need to get onto the rectilinear. This morning I had a challenge in that the Prophet Zephaniah describes in blunt detail the sack of Jerusalem. I’m no prude, but it is graphic, so I suggest you use the links and read it. From it we should learn that there will be defeats, suffering and trials until the end. At that time all will become clear. It may be that the current Trumpian lawsuits are a lesson for us.
Do not look at the mocking and triumph and the news. That is like the weather today — thunderstorms are predicted today, it was fine yesterday. What matters is the underlying climate.
So on what is now called black Friday, we will not go shopping, but we will pray. That we are restored, and our nation restored. The US is still litigating the election. be thankful. The woke are running New Zealand.
To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Testimony. Of Asaph, a Psalm.
80 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh,
stir up your might
and come to save us!
3 Restore us,[a] O God;
let your face shine, that we may be saved!
4 O Lord God of hosts,
how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
5 You have fed them with the bread of tears
and given them tears to drink in full measure.
6 You make us an object of contention for our neighbours,
and our enemies laugh among themselves.
7 Restore us, O God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved!
4 Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honour, 5 not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. 7 For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. 8 Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.
9 Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, 10 for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, 11 and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12 so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.
13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
The times are historic, which means that they are not times of peace. Our commands at this time are simple: don’t try to be special. Don’t be famous. Don’t trade your morality and integrity for fame.
We should live quietly. A trade is good. Reflect the will of God in how we live. Let the soyoys and virtue signalers rant. We know that our salvation will come, May this crisis lead to reformation,
And may Emmanuel return.