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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

VA Gov. Terry McAuliffe: Former Clinton Money Man Has 2 Decades of Shady Deals With China

By Rick Pearcey • May 25, 2016, 10:23 AM

Brent Sher reports at the Free Beacon:

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D.), who is under federal investigation for a $120,000 contribution his campaign took from a Chinese billionaire, has a two-decades-long history of controversial dealings with China.

McAuliffe, who rolled his large network of wealthy businessmen and prolific fundraising ability into a political career for himself, has been criticized for doing inappropriate business with the Chinese since the early days of his career when he was fundraising for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaigns.

McAuliffe’s work with China has even been investigated by the Department of Justice before.

"McAuliffe did not respond to a request for comment," the Free Beacon reports.

Read more.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Virginia School Board Unanimously Rejects Obama Transgender Bathroom Dictate

By Rick Pearcey • May 24, 2016, 10:30 AM

"A Virginia school board unanimously approved an ordinance on Friday resisting the Obama administration's transgender bathroom edict and requiring students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their biological sex," Claire Chretien reports at LifeSiteNews.

"The ordinance, which immediately took effect, allows public school students in Grayson County, Virginia, to request to use a single-stall facility but prevents them from accessing facilities that don't correspond with their biological sex," LifeSite reports.

Read more.

Nancy Pearcey: Transgender Extremism -- The Inhumane Ideology Behind Unsafe Showers, Restrooms, and Dressing Rooms

J. Richard Pearcey: The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"

Monday, May 23, 2016

Federal Agents Are Coming for Your Home

By Rick Pearcey • May 23, 2016, 12:20 PM

Katie Kieffer writes at Townhall:

Your home or apartment -- and the neighborhood in which you live-- is under siege.

"Agents" -- sans black glasses and black business suits -- who work for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have written a new regulation called "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" (AFFH) that rejects your Fourth Amendment private property rights under the guise of fighting "discrimination."

Read more.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Radio: Nancy Pearcey on "Washington Watch With Tony Perkins"

By Rick Pearcey • May 20, 2016, 10:48 AM

Zach Dasher of the Monroe, Louisiana, "Duck Dynasty" clan will be substitute hosting for FRC's Tony Perkins.

Nancy is scheduled to appear around 5:32 pm eastern time today.

Here's a list of stations to listen locally in your area. And here's the main page for Family Research Council radio.

FlushTarget Ad: Stop Targeting Women and Children -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • May 20, 2016, 10:22 AM

Watch on Youtube the ad exposing the real-world consequences of Target's extremist, unsafe bathroom and dressing room policy.

Lean more at FlushTarget.com.

See also the American Family Association and its stand for the safety of women and chidlren -- and its stand against Target's socially irresponsible policy -- which absolutely opens wide the door "allowing sexual predators . . . access to their victims."

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Now Louisiana Tells Schools to Ignore Obama's Dead-on-Arrival Transgender Order

By Rick Pearcey • May 19, 2016, 09:52 AM

"Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said the [Obama] order lacks not just the force of law, but any constitutional standing or common sense," LifeSiteNews reports.

"In his own letter to state educational leaders, Landry said he wrote 'to reassure' them that he 'will vigorously defend the state and its citizens from unlawful action threatened on the basis of this incorrect interpretation of law'," LifeSite reports.

"Let me be perfectly clear," Landry states in his letter, "President Obama and his appointees do not have legal authority to require our children share locker rooms and bathrooms with children of the oppositive sex."

Louisiana thus "joins the growing list of states that told the Obama administration its transgender guidelines are dead on arrival and will not be implemented in the remaining months of his lame duck presidency," LifeSiteNews states.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Another Journalist Murdered in Mexico

By Rick Pearcey • May 18, 2016, 10:18 AM

Ildefonso Ortiz reports at Breitbart:

The murder of yet another journalist in Mexico continues to make that country one of the deadliest places for the reporters. Unlike other countries, in Mexico, journalists are often targeted not only by criminal organizations, but also by corrupt government officials.

On Saturday, unknown gunmen shot and killed Manuel Torres in Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico's Proceso reported. The slain reporter had been in the business for more than 20 years having worked at Mexico's TV Azteca, Radiover.com, as well as the daily newspaper Noreste. According to Reporters Without Borders, Torres covered court cases, police news and cartel violence. He also edited his own news website, Noticiasmt, and worked for the Poza Rica city hall.

"Torres is the sixth journalist to be murdered in Mexico this year," Breitbart reports.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Lying Homosexual "Pastor" Admits Hoax After Attacking Whole Foods

By Rick Pearcey • May 17, 2016, 08:24 AM

A homosexual Texas "pastor" who "sued Whole Foods after he bought a cake that he alleged had a slur written on it in icing has dropped his lawsuit against the grocer," the AP reports.

"Jordan Brown
of Austin dropped the suit and issued an apology on Monday. Brown said he was 'wrong to pursue this matter and use the media to perpetuate this story'," according to AP.

"Whole Foods vigorously denied the allegation when Brown first came forward in April. The Austin American Statesman reports the company released surveillance video that it said showed Brown was lying and filed a counter suit against him," AP reports.

Whole Foods "said in a statement Monday that given Brown's apology and public admission his story was false, it sees 'no reason' to move forward with its lawsuit," according to AP.

By the way, in this email to Whole Foods, Brown apologizes for just about everything except lying. Nowhere does he admit straight up that he lied and that he apologizes for lying.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Iran's "Moderate" Foreign Minister Laments "Martyrdom" of Top Hezbollah Terrorist

By Rick Pearcey • May 16, 2016, 09:16 AM

Patrick Goodenough reports at CNSNews.com:

Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister hailed by engagement advocates as personifying a supposed "moderate" element in Tehran, has expressed his condolences over the death of a top Hezbollah terrorist linked to the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut and the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Haririi.

"Zarif sent a weekend message to Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah, expressing sorrow at the death of Mustafa Badreddine, saying his "martyrdom" would further strengthen "resistance" forces against the Zionist enemy and terrorism, according to Hezbollah and Iranian state media accounts," Goodenough writes.

"Zarif, who has met with Secretary of State John Kerry on numerous occasions during and since marathon negotiations on a nuclear deal, described the dead terrorist as 'all passion and devotion' in defending the ideals of Islam and the Lebanese people," according to Goodenough.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Challenging "Faith": Day 2 of Nancy Pearcey on James Dobson's "Family Talk" Radio

By Rick Pearcey • May 13, 2016, 01:06 PM

Click here to listen:

Many people today believe that Christians have a "blind faith"” that's based on feelings and not facts. But Nancy Pearcey returns to Family Talk to continue her explanation of how Christianity is the only worldview that is consistently logical. She also shows how no other worldview answers the questions that matter the most. Don't miss this powerful conclusion here on Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.

For more on the Biblical basis for challenging blind "faith," see my Foreword to Nancy's book Finding Truth.

Here are the first few paragraphs:

Picture It's not every day that an avowed atheist and devout hymn writer agree.

First, from famed atheist Richard Dawkins: "Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence."

Second, these words from the composer of a beloved hymn: "You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart." Pastor and musician Alfred Ackley wrote the hymn "He Lives" when challenged by the question "Why should I worship a dead Jew?" His answer is that Jesus is not dead but is the resurrected Messiah. How does Ackley know? "He lives within my heart."

What Dawkins condemns, Ackley approves. But note: both atheist and hymnist declare that "faith" is a matter of internal realities.

In contrast to this internalized definition of faith is the liberating call to "test everything" that infuses the Christian worldview and animates Finding Truth. In this vibrant mind-set, people are expected to think for themselves, question authority, examine evidence, and push for answers that make sense of our world.

Read more.

Ted Cruz Talks With Michael Berry About Cruz's 2016 Run for President -- Audio

By Rick Pearcey • May 13, 2016, 09:28 AM

I enjoyed this relaxed, insightful interview between these two friends -- one in politics, the other in radio. Listen here.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Nancy Pearcey on James Dobson's "Family Talk" Radio Thursday and Friday

By Rick Pearcey • May 12, 2016, 08:35 AM

Our editor at large Nancy will be discussing her new book Finding Truth (you know, the book with that fantastic Foreword).

You can listen to today's broadcast here.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Gizzi: Newt Gingrich Tops Trump's VP List

By Rick Pearcey • May 11, 2016, 09:45 AM

"Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is now the leading candidate to be tapped by Donald Trump as his running mate, a close confidante of Trump tells Newsmax," John Gizz of Newsmax reports.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Lynch: States Can't "Insist" a Man Is a Man and a Woman Is a Woman, If Person Feels Otherwise

By Rick Pearcey • May 10, 2016, 10:11 AM

Susan Jones reports at CNSNews.com:

The U.S. Justice Department is putting the feelings of transgenders -- men who think they are women and women who think they are men -- above the privacy rights of the vast majority of people who don't contest the biological facts of who they actually are.

Read more.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Trans-Hate Tyranny: The Queer War Against Male-Female Diversity

By Rick Pearcey • May 9, 2016, 11:19 AM

"The battle over men accessing women's bathrooms and vice versa has little do with bathrooms or even transgenderism, a well-known LGBT activist admitted last week," Claire Chretien writes at LifeSiteNews.

"It has everything to do with re-working society and getting rid of the 'heterobinary structure' in which we live -- eliminating distinctions between 'male' and 'female' altogether."

Or as a surgically altered extremist called Riki Wilchins puts it, "What really needs to be contested here is not just our right to use bathrooms with dignity . . . , but the entire underlying hetero-binary structuring of the world queers must inhabit."

Go here to read "Bathrooms Are Just the Beginning," by Claire Chretien.

Friday, May 6, 2016

White House Admits It Played Americans for Fools to Sell Iran Nuke Deal

By Rick Pearcey • May 6, 2016, 11:27 AM

John Podhoretz writes at the NYPost:

In an astounding New York Times piece by David Samuels, senior White House officials gleefully confess they use friendly reporters and nonprofits as public relations tools in the selling of President Obama's foreign policy -- and can do it almost at will because these tools are ignorant, will believe what they’re told, will essentially take dictation and are happy to be used just to get the information necessary for a tweet or two.

The White House's "greatest triumph, according to Samuels, was selling a misleading narrative about the nuclear deal with Iran -- the parameters of which were set a year before the administration claimed and which had nothing to do with the fact that a supposedly more accommodating government had risen to power," Podhoretz states.

Read more.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Pale Rider: Paul Ryan's "Tea Party Sympathizer" Primary Opponent Releases Motorcycle Ad

By Rick Pearcey • May 5, 2016, 10:40 AM

Patrick Howley reports at Breitbart:

House Speaker Paul Ryan's Wisconsin primary opponent Paul Nehlen is out with his first potential viral video ad of the 2016 election cycle.

Nehlen is a water filtration company executive in Wisconsin who calls himself a tea party sympathizer. He is challenging Ryan in the First Congressional District, prioritizing three key issues: government spending, mass immigration, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

"Nehlen can gain traction on those issues because of Ryan's decisions since he's been at the top of House leadership, responsible in part for crafting a national bipartisan agenda with the Democratic-controlled White House," Howley writes.

Watch Nehlen's motorcycle ad here.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

"Sex Change" Surgery: What Bruce Jenner, Diane Sawyer, and You Should Know

By Rick Pearcey • May 4, 2016, 12:10 PM

Walt Heyer writes at Public Discourse:

Bruce Jenner and Diane Sawyer could benefit from a history lesson.

I know, because I suffered through "sex change" surgery and lived as a woman for eight years.

The surgery fixed nothing -- it only masked and exacerbated deeper psychological problems.

Come to think of it, Target could benefit mightily from this history lesson on "sex change" surgery, as well.

Here is information on Target's leadership and contact page. For additional action possibilities, see the American Family Association website here.

Read the entire article by Walt Heyer.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Trump Accuses Cruz's Father of Helping JFK's Assassin -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • May 3, 2016, 09:40 AM

Jeva Lange writes at The Week:

Hold on to your tinfoil hats -- Donald Trump just accused Ted Cruz's father of possibly having a hand in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

The comment was made during Trump's phone-in to Fox and Friends on Tuesday, when the Republican frontrunner was asked about Cruz's father, Rafael Cruz, who has been actively imploring evangelical voters to support his son.

"You look at so many of the ministers that are backing me, and they're backing me more so than they're backing Cruz, and I'm winning the evangelical vote. It's disgraceful that his father can go out and do that," Trump ranted.

"Then things get weird," Lange writes.

"Trump goes on to claim that Rafael Cruz is an unidentified man in an August 1963 photograph with JFK-assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, where the pair is seen handing out pro-Castro pamphlets in New Orleans," Lange recounts.

"However, the theory that the mystery man in the photograph is Rafael Cruz was first floated by the dubious tabloid National Enquirer, and has since been dismissed as 'another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage' by Cruz's campaign," Lange writes.

"Experts on the JFK assassination also agree there is no evidence at all to corroborate Rafael Cruz's affiliation with Oswald in any way," Lange notes.

"Not everyone is convinced, apparently," Lange writes. 

"Nobody talks about it . . . What [Rafael Castro] was doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death -- before the shooting. It's horrible," Trump said, according to Lange.

The story concludes with video from Fox and Friends; Trump makes his assassination comments around the 5:10 mark.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Did Ted Cruz Lie About Not Knowing, Never Working Together With John Boehner?

By Rick Pearcey • May 2, 2016, 04:05 PM

Ted Cruz says, "I don't know John Boehner, " and "He and I have never worked together."

By "don't know," Cruz does not mean never having met Boehner. Rather, as Cruz said to Meygan Kelly, "I've probably met him 2,3,4 times in my life. I'd be surprized if we said 50 words to each other. And everything we've ever said has been empty pleasantries like 'Good to see you, Mr. Speaker'."

Here Cruz is drawing a reasonable distinction between knowledge of a person that is infrequent and very casual in nature, and knowledge of a person that is beyond causal and not infrequent. A possible example of the deeper knowledge could be Boehner's (as he claims) being a golfing and "texting buddy" of Donald Trump. Most of us would agree that there are very differnent levels of knowing people -- such that one would not say of a person infrequently related to that you in fact "know" that person. This, clearly, is what Cruz is asserting. To meet does not equal to know.

To counter this, political opponents have noted that John Boehner claims that Cruz was once Boehner's lawyer. Cruz says, Boehner and I "have not worked together" and yet Boehner says: "Ted Cruz used to be my attorney." Boehner said this to Jay Leno on the Tonight Show in January 2014, according to the WPost.

According to some political observers, Boehner's assertion is supposed to help nail Cruz as a liar.

A couple of points here. I would suppose that very many of us have hired out lawyers for professional services. In certain circumstances we could therefore say truly: "I have met the said lawyer." And yet we could also say we do not really know the lawyer in any kind of depth. We could honestly say this about any number of other people we might have hired for professional services.

Secondly, the natural inference from hearing a statement like "Ted Cruz used to be my attorney" is that Boenher and Cruz worked together directly and therefore had direct knowledge of each other in this context.

It turns out however, that Cruz may not at all have been Boehner's attorney in this manner. Instead, Cruz is on record as being part of a legal team, in which younger Cruz was a "junior associate," and his "involvement ... didn’t extend beyond assisting with briefs and attending meetings with Boehner’s staff" -- that is, not with Boehner. This is according to a Cruz Campaign statement quoted in the Daily Mail.

According to the Cruz campaign, Cruz "doesn’t remember even meeting Boehner" when the Texas senator was supposedly the Speaker's lawyer. "Much less" does Cruz recall "ever having had a substantive conversation with him."

As I read and analyze the record, Cruz seems to have acquitted himself both honestly and well. If anyone might have left the wrong impression, that person may be John Boehner, whose statement, "Ted Cruz used to be my attorney" seems to rather overstate what in fact was the case.

For more from Ted Cruz on this, see this Press Conference video from Cruz in Indiana, uploaded on Youtube April 28 (he begins addressing specifically Boehner's comments at the 13:15 mark).

Friday, April 29, 2016

Source: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to Endorse Ted Cruz

By Rick Pearcey • April 29, 2016, 12:12 PM

AP reports:

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is giving Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) boost in his push to stop Donald Trump’s march to the Republican presidential nomination.

Pence will endorse Cruz on Friday afternoon, for the state's primary Tuesday. That's according to a Republican official with direct knowledge of the endorsement who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to share the news before the announcement.

Read more.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Boehner: Ted Cruz "Lucifer in the Flesh"

By Rick Pearcey • April 28, 2016, 01:48 PM

Thus the D.C. Establishment hates Cruz but is "texting buddies" with Trump.

Of the two GOP presidential hopefuls, therefore, which one is more likely to smite the heart of darkness on Capitol Hill?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

If Cruz Wins in Indiana . . .

By Rick Pearcey • April 27, 2016, 08:37 AM

The possibility of Donald Trump reaching the "magic number of 1,237 and win the nomination without a contested convention all comes down to next week's primary in Indiana and the big California primary on June 7," Daniel Horowitz writes at Conservative Review.

"If Cruz wins Indiana next week, he will be well on his way to blocking the path for Trump to clinch the nomination outright."

Read more.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

David Daleiden: Raid on My Apartment Was Like "1984"

By Rick Pearcey • April 26, 2016, 09:13 AM

Ben Johnson reports at LifeSiteNews:

At hundreds of rallies this weekend, speakers called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and the exoneration of David Daleiden.

But at a protest in Sacramento on Saturday, Daleiden himself took the microphone and revealed new details of his court case, his goal, and the day that California agents raided his Orange County apartment to confiscate all his undercover footage of Planned Parenthood, including scenes that had never seen the light of day.

The 27-year-old investigator said the day that California Attorney General Kamala Harris sent agents to his doorstep "started out a day like any other . . . except like it was 1984."

Read more.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Regnerus: Media Gush Over "Gay" Parenting Study -- But It Gives Much Bleaker Picture Than They Admit

By Rick Pearcey • April 25, 2016, 10:22 AM

The following article by sociologist Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas (Austin) appears at LifeSiteNews:

A new study of 6-to-17-year-old children of female same-sex households has been rushed to publication and is now making the rounds at the typical outlets, which are proclaiming that now the social science here is truly, genuinely, totally, finally settled.

The problem is that the study doesn't really accomplish anything near what its adoring fans claim it does. In fact, it all but undermines their wish for consensus.

"Here's what the new study claims," Regnerus writes: "No differences were observed between household types on family relationships or any child outcomes."

But "here’s what the study actually signals," Regnerus counters: "Female same-sex parents report more anger, irritation, and comparative frustration with their (apparently misbehaving) children than do opposite-sex parents."

And then the rest of Regnerus' 1,500-word-plus analysis articulates this thesis.

"People think I have it in for the LGBT community(ies)," Regnerus observes. "I do not." Instead, Regnerus does "have it in for a [so-called] science that refuses to proceed honestly, and instead shelters privileged groups -- as it currently is doing -- with a protective shell of administrators, grant-makers, and editors."

Caring about empirical science rather than politically correct propaganda outcomes may not win Regnerus high approval ratings in San Francisco, but "there are more important things in life than" popularity, the sociologist notes.

But "about the comparative advantages of stably-married households with mom, dad, and children, I am not wrong. It will take more than smoke, mirrors, and shifty rhetoric to undo the robust empirical truth."

As I have noted on radio, in print, and in speaking, test everything, my friends. "Test everything."

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Atheist Artist Rejected God Until Sudden Realization Changed Everything

By Rick Pearcey • April 21, 2016, 01:31 PM

Billy Hallowell reports at The Blaze:

Artist Charlie Mackesy recently revealed the details of his journey from atheism to Christianity, telling the CBN News about how a key moment 25 years ago led him to embrace God and truly discover his artistic abilities.

While standing in a London park 25 years ago, Mackesy said that he suddenly had a feeling that "there must be more to this than meets the eye" -- an idea that truly set him on his professional and theological paths. "Jesus quietly introduced me to a journey into finding people really beautiful, which is how my art really began," he told the outlet.

Read more here and here.

Here is Mackesy's website, where you can view his paintings, drawings, lithographs, and sculpture. The "About" page is here.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Nancy Pearcey Speaking in Metro Birmingham

By Rick Pearcey • April 20, 2016, 08:47 PM

Join Nancy for a book-signing and presentation Thursday, April 21, 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Evangel Classical Christian School in Alabaster, Alabama.

Transfascism: Your Daughter Must Pee Next to a Man, and You Will Be Compelled to Agree

By Rick Pearcey • April 20, 2016, 10:38 AM

Ben Shapiro writes at Conservative Review:

The rules of bigotry according to the left represent a constantly shifting kaleidoscope of nonsense.

This week, we learned that if you don't want your small daughter peeing next to a giant man who thinks he is a woman, you are a bigot; if you are a woman who is uncomfortable with a man who thinks he is a woman whipping out his male genitalia to urinate in front of you, you are a bigot; if you are a religious person who doesn't want to participate in an activity you consider sinful, you are a bigot.

At the heart of this insanity is not bigotry but fascism -- the attempt by extremist secularists to use the absolutized idol of government to impose their relativistic will and aberrant desires upon the people of the United States.

The word "bigotry" does have meaning. But unfortunately for rainbow fascists, that meaning can be understood and sustained only where there is a sufficient basis for ethical moral norms that apply across the human condition.

You have that basis in the founding, liberating, and humane vision set forth in the Declaration of Indepdendence, which wisely roots unalienable human rights in a verifiable, transcendant Creator (not the immanent state) who has given rules for freedom.

Very sadly, however, those gripped by transfascism absolutely hate and despise that vision -- and therefore reject the very basis upon which to defy sin and death, alienation and decay.

Nothing but pain and suffering, tears and confusion, hatred and destruction, follow in the wake of this regressive extremism.

Those who hate the rules of freedom necessarily love the rule of bigotry. The transfascist bigot with no basis for love is consummed by a self-inflicted hatred that he, she, or it will never understand.

Insanity over against the basic biological facts of life regarding male and female is but the eve of destruction. And as night follows day, if sanity be not restored, there will be blood. In bathrooms and in streets there will be blood. Watch the evening news as the body politic bleeds out.

Intelligence coupled with humanity revolts.

The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Liberty Counsel Taking Action: Bathroom Bills Put Women at Risk and Defy Common Sense

By Rick Pearcey • April 19, 2016, 07:30 AM

Liberty Counsel has released the following statement:

Liberty Counsel has offered or provided pro bono assistance in 20 states regarding bathroom bills and religious liberty/LGBT issues in order to protect women and children.

Since Governor Pat McCrory recently signed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act into law, North Carolina is now one of 29 states which do not recognize "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" as protected classes at the state level for purposes of public accommodations.

These legislative actions are not to discriminate against homosexual and transgender lifestyles, but rather to protect women and girls.

In September 2012, a police report stated that Clay Scott Francis, a 45-year-old cross-dressing man, undressed and exposed his genitals several times to minor girls in a Washington college women's locker room. Students from a nearby high school and children at a local swimming club shared locker rooms with the college.

When a parent complained, the local district attorney did not pursue charges because he said the "criminal law is very vague in this area." Yet school officials stripped two high school girls’ swim teams of their Federal Title IX rights and they were forced to dress in a smaller room while Francis was given use of the women’s locker room.

Recently, a 51-year-old cross-dressing male in Georgia entered the women's restroom and exposed himself. In Minneapolis, a 15-year-old boy entered the girls' locker room, where five girls were in various stages of undress, as they prepared for a basketball game. The boy disrobed in front of the frightened girls.

When the girls and the parents complained, school authorities said they could not prevent boys from using the girls' locker room because of the so-called "transgender" policy.

"We have no interest in discriminating against anyone," said Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver. "These are all commonsense laws that protect the privacy and safety of women and girls. Allowing men to use the women's restrooms and locker rooms is unconstitutional and very harmful," said Staver.

Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Texas University OKs Concealed Carry in Classrooms

By Rick Pearcey • April 18, 2016, 09:31 AM

"Texas A&M University officials cleared the way for concealed-carry permit holders to cart their guns into classrooms with 'few major restrictions,' according to the new policy," Cheryl Chumley reports at WND.

Read more.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Deputy Constable Shot 4 Times in Possible Houston Ambush

By Rick Pearcey • April 15, 2016, 10:54 AM

At Fox News:

A deputy constable in Houston who was shot four times Wednesday night after a suspect approached him from behind and opened fire in an apparent ambush is expected to survive after undergoing emergency surgery on Thursday morning.

Alden Clopton, an 11-year veteran of the force who is married and has children suffered wounds to the abdomen and had a bullet lodged near his heart, authorities said.

"It was completely unprovoked," a constable spokeswoman said. Both deputy constables were in uniform and had marked vehicles.

Read more.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Trump's "Triumph of the Will"

By Rick Pearcey • April 14, 2016, 09:03 AM

"Trump's policy -- to the extent he has any policy -- is all nationalist, all socialist," Robert Morrison argues in American Thinker.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

WPost: Cruz Likely to Block Trump on 2nd Ballot at GOP Convention

By Rick Pearcey • April 13, 2016, 11:19 AM

Ed O'Keefe writes at the Washington Post:

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is close to ensuring that Donald Trump cannot win the GOP nomination on a second ballot at the party's July convention in Cleveland, scooping up scores of delegates who have pledged to vote for him instead of the front-runner if given the chance.

The push by Cruz means that it is more essential than ever for Trump to clinch the nomination by winning a majority of delegates to avoid a contested and drawn-out convention fight, which Trump seems almost certain to lose.

The GOP race now rests on two cliffhangers: Can Trump lock up the nomination before Cleveland? And if not, can Cruz cobble together enough delegates to win a second convention vote if Trump fails in the first?

Read more.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Rev. Graham to Bruce Springsteen: "A Nation Embracing Sin" and "Political Correctness Is Not Progress"

By Rick Pearcey • April 12, 2016, 10:00 AM

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

Reverend Franklin Graham criticized rocker Bruce Springsteen for canceling a concert in North Carolina because he opposes the new state law there that prohibits biological males from using women's locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms, stating that Springsteen's pro-homosexual views are not progressive, but conducive to "embracing sin" and worshipping "godless secularism and political correctness."

Read more here.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Saudi Arabia Cracks Down on "Un-Islamic" Hairstyles Among Soccer Players

By Rick Pearcey • April 11, 2016, 10:35 AM

"Supposedly inspired by one of the teachings of the Prophet Muhamed," three football players "were banned from a match" after Saudi soccer authorities "issued a decree last week banning" a "mohawk like style" haircut called the "Qaza," the U.K. Independent reports.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Trump Cancels California Trip to Focus on NY Amid Signs of Campaign Trouble

By Rick Pearcey • April 8, 2016, 09:33 AM

Loren Gutentag reports at Newsmax:

Although Republican front-runner Donald Trump had announced his plans earlier this week to visit California and attend a press conference on Friday at his golf club in Rancho Palos Verdes, the Los Angeles Times reports the trip has now been canceled amid mounting questions on whether he can capture the presidential nomination without a contested party convention this summer in Cleveland.

"Mr. Trump has rescheduled his California trip and will be campaigning in New York," said Hope Hicks, Trump's spokeswoman. "He looks forward to returning to California in the weeks ahead."

"According to the LA Times, the change in plan comes as Trump and his advisers are trying to regroup after a devastating loss to Sen. Ted Cruz in Wisconsin," Newsmax reports.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Franklin Graham: PayPal Deserves "Hypocrite of the Year Award"

By Rick Pearcey • April 7, 2016, 09:26 AM

Billy Hallowell writes at the Blaze:

Evangelist Franklin Graham is hitting back at PayPal's decision to cancel plans to expand to Charlotte, North Carolina, in protest over the state's enactment of a controversial transgender bathroom bill, saying that the company deserves the "hypocrite of the year award!"

"Congressman Robert Pittenger made a great point yesterday: 'PayPal does business in 25 countries where homosexual behavior is illegal, including 5 countries where the penalty is death, yet they object to the North Carolina legislature overturning a misguided ordinance about letting men in to the women’s bathroom? Perhaps PayPal would like to try and clarify this seemingly very hypocritical position'," Graham wrote on his Facebook page.

Graham "said that the North Carolina law, which was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory late last month, was advanced to help protect women and children against sexual predators, and that he applauds the effort," Hallowell reports.

Bathroom Boycotts Flush Safety of Women and Girls

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Yet Another "Anti-Muslim Hate Crime" Fizzles in the Face of Facts

By Rick Pearcey • April 6, 2016, 11:42 AM

In a column titled "Perps of 'Far-Right' Hit-and-Run on Muslim Woman Were Muslim," Robert Spencer writes at Frontpagemag.com:

The Footage went far and wide, and was trumpeted everywhere as evidence of "Islamophobia" spreading like Ebola in Europe: a hijabbed Muslim woman was brutally mown down by a speeding car during a protest in the Muslim neighborhood of Molenbeek in Brussels.

A passenger even leaned out of the car after hitting the woman and took a photo.

The gruesome footage spread everywhere as evidence that the "far-right," you see, had declared open season on poor Muslim migrants, and Muslims all across the continent were endangered.

The only problem was that this scenario of white racists preying upon innocent Muslims, so wildly popular in the international media, was false yet again: people in the hit-and-run car were Muslims.

"In today’s politically correct environment, hate crimes are political capital," Spencer explains. "They foster the impression that resistance to Islamic terrorism equals hatred of Muslims, and results in the victimization of innocent people."

Consider, therefore, that "Hamas-linked CAIR and other Islamic supremacist organizations want and need hate crimes against Muslims, because they’re the currency they use to buy power and influence in our victimhood-oriented society, and to deflect attention away from jihad terror and onto Muslims as putative victims," Spencer writes. "Want power and influence? Be a victim!"

Read more as Robert Spencer makes that case that this hit-and-run "is just another in a long line of 'Islamophobic hate crimes' that turns out to have been perpetrated by Muslims. Indeed, many of them are actually faked by Muslims."

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Pew: Trump Has Benefitted From Evangelicals' Support, But . . .

By Rick Pearcey • April 5, 2016, 06:16 AM

"He's Not the First Choice of the Most Committed," announces the headline of a Pew Research story by Jessica Martinez and Gregory A. Smith. They write:

Donald Trump is at the head of the Republican field due, in part, to the strength of support from many self-described "born-again or evangelical" Christians in the early primary and caucus states, according to the exit polls.

His success with evangelicals has surprised many observers because of his background; he is a thrice-married man who once described himself as "pro-choice," and appears not to share some of the beliefs embraced by one of the country's most socially conservative religious groups.

But a new Pew Research Center poll shows that among evangelicals, Trump performs far worse with the roughly two-thirds who are most religiously committed.

Whereas half of white evangelical Republican voters who attend religious services less than once a week say they’d like to see Trump get the GOP nomination, just 31% of churchgoing GOP evangelicals say the same.

Click here to read more.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Eve of Wisconsin: Two Polls Place Cruz Over Trump

By Rick Pearcey • April 4, 2016, 10:18 AM

Sandy Fitzgerald reports at Newsmax:

Two polls released over the weekend for the Wisconsin primary election show Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the lead over Donald Trump heading into Tuesday's vote.

According to a CBS/YouGov poll released on Sunday, Cruz came out over Trump by 43 percent to 37 percent, and in a  Loras College poll out on Saturday, Cruz took the lead by 38-31 percent.

Click to read more.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Bathroom Boycotts Flush Safety of Women and Girls

By Rick Pearcey • April 1, 2016, 10:04 AM

Jan LaRue of the American Civil Rights Union writes at American Thinker:

Here’s a question for the mayors and governors who are boycotting North Carolina because of its single-sex public restroom law:

"Is your taxpayer-funded, executive office bathroom open to the public, including every Tom, Dick and Harry pretending to be 'Mary'"?

Read more.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Sabato Crystal Ball: Electoral College Landslide for Hillary in Trump Race

By Rick Pearcey • March 31, 2016, 09:47 AM

Cathy Burke reports at Newsmax:

Longtime political analyst Larry Sabato is predicting an electoral college blowout for Hillary Clinton in a November general election matchup with current GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

In the University of Virginia political science professor's "Crystal Ball" prediction, the Democratic presidential front-runner beats Trump 347-191.

"Although a Clinton-Trump matchup could be an 'electoral embarrassment' for the GOP, Sabato writes that because of the political polarization in the country, Clinton would likely take less than 55 percent of the two-party vote," Newsmax reports.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Climate Alarmist Spills the Beans

By Rick Pearcey • March 30, 2016, 10:29 AM

In a column titled "Another Climate Alarmist Admits Real Motive Behind Warming Scare," this from Investor's Business Daily

Listen to the words of former United Nations climate official Ottmar Edenhofer:

"One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with the environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole,” said Edenhofer, who co-chaired the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group on Mitigation of Climate Change from 2008 to 2015.

"So what is the goal of environmental policy?," IBD asks.

Answer: "We redistribute de facto the world's wealth by climate policy," says Edenhofer, according to IBD.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Johh Kasich, Go Home: "Embarrassing," "Spoiler"

By Rick Pearcey • March 29, 2016, 10:03 AM

"He's an institutional, traditional Republican insider-type who represents exactly what the voters are rejecting this election cycle," says Frank Cannon, founder of the American Principles Project, reports Newsmax.

Read more.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Report: Islamic State Crucifies Priest on Good Friday

By Rick Pearcey • March 28, 2016, 10:24 AM

"ISIS has reportedly crucified Indian priest Fr. Thomas Uzhunnalil on Good Friday. Fr. Uzhunnalil was kidnapped by ISIS on March 4 while working in Yemen at a home run by the Missionaries of Charity,' according to Christine Rousselle at Townhall.

"However, the Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service said Bishop Paul Hinder -- based in the United Arab Emirates' capital of Abu Dhabi -- had 'indications' the Indian priest was still alive. Cindy Wooden tweeted the news Monday," Fox News reports.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Ted Cruz: "Let Me Be Clear: This National Enquirer Story Is Garbage" -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • March 25, 2016, 02:59 PM

The U.K. Guardian has video of remarks by Ted Cruz in response to a National Enquirer story alleging that Cruz has had affairs with five different women.

Here is a transcript of what Cruz stated (as captured on video and available at the Guardian):

Three days ago, Donald Trump sent out a tweet threatening my wife, Heidi, attacking her directly.

Now Heidi has done nothing to Donald. The next day, the National Enquirer publishes a story.

It is a story that quoted one source on the record -- Roger Stone, Donald Trump's chief political advisor.

Let me be clear: This National Enquirer story is garbage

It is complete and utter lies.

It is a tabloid smear.

And it is a smear that has come from Donald Trump and his henchmen.

It is attacking my family.

And what is striking is Donald's henchman Roger Stone has for months been foreshadowing that this attack was coming.

It's not surprising that Donald Trump's tweet occurs the day before the attack comes out.

And I would note that Mr. Stone is a man who has 50 years of dirty tricks behind him. He's a man for whom a term was coined for copulating with a rodent.

Well, let me be clear: Donald Trump may be a rat, but I have no desire to copulate with him.

And this garbage does not belong in politics.

Jim Hoft at the Gateway Pundit states that he contacted one of Cruz's supposed mistresses, and here is her reply:

It's ridiculous. Anyone with half a brain knows it's false . . . I don’t think the article is true. I can't see Cruz being like that . . . All I know is it's not me. There's a reason they don't use my name. They know it's BS.

The Washington Post reports that it "has not been able to confirm any of the allegations made by the Enquirer."

Meanwhile, a poll by the Washington Free Beacon shows Cruz extending his lead over Trump to 4.8% in Wisconsin.

In addition, a Fox News poll show Cruz surging against Trump nationally -- with Cruz at 38% and Trump at 41%, a statistical tie "within the poll's 5-point margin of error."

Michigan House Slaps Board of Education Over Shadowy Gender Identity Push

By Rick Pearcey • March 25, 2016, 09:17 AM

Peter Hasson reports at the Daily Caller:

Voicing their clear opposition to a guidance from Michigan's Board of Education that would push schools to allow male students to use girls bathrooms and locker rooms, Republicans in the state legislature hit board members where it hurts: their wallets.

A House appropriations subcommittee amended a budget bill on Wednesday to strip all travel and per-diem funding from the Board of Education, meaning board members will have to pay for travel expenses out-of-pocket if the budget bill is approved.

"According to a statement from Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter, the Board 'failed to notify the state Legislature before moving forward on this controversial proposal'," the DC reports.

"The Board kept the public [in] the dark as well, issuing the guidance without a press release," the DC states.

"We have heard from countless parents who are upset at being deliberately cut out of their children's education, and are livid at a government body that is trying to cut them out under the cover of night," Speaker Cotter is quoted as saying.

"The word is out now on their divisive plan, and many parents are scrambling to have their voices heard."

"Originally, the public had only until April 11 to comment on the proposed guidance," the DC reports. But "facing strong public backlash, the Board announced the comment period would be extended an additional 30 days. The public can submit feedback on the proposed policy here." 

Michigan Public Schools to Let Students Choose Gender, Name, Bathroom 

American College of Pediatricians: Gender Ideology Harms Children

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Kansas Gov Signs Bill Protecting Religious Freedom for Student Groups

By Rick Pearcey • March 24, 2016, 10:07 AM

Peter Fricke has the story at Campus Reform.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Today: Pearcey Report Editor at Large Nancy Pearcey on Focus on the Family

By Rick Pearcey • March 23, 2016, 10:14 AM

Live streaming is available here:

Prof. Nancy Pearcey describes her former struggle as an agnostic searching for truth among varying worldviews, and how her search led her to Christianity.

For those facing a similar struggle in searching for rationale, reasonable answers to life's big questions, Nancy offers wisdom-based principles for determining whether a worldview can be trusted.

"Listen online, or purchase the download," says Focus.

To find out more about Nancy's most recent book -- Finding Truth -- go here.

Click here to read my Foreword to Finding Truth.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Hillary on Brussels Terror: "Completely" Shutting Borders "Unrealistic"

By Rick Pearcey • March 22, 2016, 09:41 AM

"It's unrealistic to say we're going to completely shut down our borders," Hillary Clinton said this morning on the Today show.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Michigan Gov't Schools to Let Students Choose Gender, Name, and Bathroom

By Rick Pearcey • March 21, 2016, 11:10 AM

Peter Hasson reports at the Daily Caller:

Michigan's State Board of Education has drafted a guidance that would push the state's schools to allow all students, regardless of parental or doctoral input, to choose their gender, name, pronouns, and bathrooms.

Spearheaded by board president John C. Austin and signed by state superintendent Brian Whiston, the guidance informs Michigan public schools that only the students themselves -- i.e. not their parents or doctors -- can determine what their individual gender identities are.

"The responsibility for determining a student's gender identity rests with the student. Outside confirmation from medical or mental health professionals, or documentation of legal changes, is not needed," the guidance states.

This government school "guidance" comes on the heels of an announcement by the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) warning against the dangers of gender ideology. 

The ACP "issued a position statement last month entitled 'Gender Ideology Harms Children,' which will be followed by a peer-reviewed statement on the subject that's expected to be released by summer, the college told CNSNews.com," CNSNews reported last week.

"The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex," the ACP said in a statement issued February 2.

"Facts -- not ideology -- determine reality," the ACP stated, according to CNSNews.com.

Michigan State's Board of Education "president John Austin did not immediately reply to The Daily Caller's request for comment," the DC reports.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Giant Texas Cross Upsets Atheist Extremist

By Rick Pearcey • March 18, 2016, 09:11 AM

A San Antonio atheist apparently ignorant of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights (which allow for freedom of religion and are rooted in the existence of a real Creator who is the source of unalienable rights -- see the Declaration of Independence) is filing a lawsuit because a big cross is being built on Interstate 37 in Corpus Christi (which means, "Body of Christ," as Todd Starnes points out).

According to Starnes, atheist Patrick Greene "did not file a lawsuit because he believes the cross is tacky. Nor did he file a lawsuit because of potential safety hazards."

Instead, "he filed a lawsuit because the mayor and other city leaders attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the cross," Starnes writes.

"When I saw the mayor in her official position and the council in their official positions were attending a groundbreaking ceremony for a Christian symbol -- that smacked right in the face of the Constitution of the state of Texas," the atheist said, according to Starnes.

Does Mr. Greene mean the Texas Constitution that begins like this?

Humbly invoking the blessings of Almighty God, the people of the State of Texas, do ordain and establish this Constitution.

Christianity as a verifiable and publicly actionable worldview enacted in human history embraces human freedom and elevates the mind, something atheism has never had the intellectual and moral resources to do.

Yes, in their extremism against the enduring American mainstream -- purposely rooted in a real Creator -- folks who are atheists can file lawsuits.

But the worldview of atheistic materialism is intellectually bankrupt and unable -- as a matter of principle -- to ground or sustain human liberty and freedom of thought.

Or you could put it like this: "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God'" (Ps 14:1). And even more foolishly, the fool says to his society, "There is no God in public life."

Read the entire column by Todd Starnes.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Report: Senate Leaders "Really Close to Rallying Behind" Ted Cruz

By Rick Pearcey • March 17, 2016, 09:30 AM

"Senate leaders are very close to rallying around Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz in order to stop rival Donald Trump, according to one former Senate aide," Tre Goins-Phillips reports at the Blaze.

"John Hart, former communications director for Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn (R) and editor-in-chief of news site Opportunity Lives, told Glenn Beck Wednesday that he has spoken with several former colleagues on Capitol Hill and current Senate aides who have told him Congressional leaders 'are really close to rallying behind' Cruz, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)," the Blaze reports.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Boehner Wants Paul Ryan as Nominee . . . Calls Ted Cruz "Lucifer"

By Rick Pearcey • March 16, 2016, 02:05 PM

Politico reports:

Former Speaker John Boehner said Paul Ryan should be the Republican nominee for president if the party fails to choose a candidate on the first ballot.

"If we don't have a nominee who can win on the first ballot, I'm for none of the above," Boehner said at the Futures Industry Association conference [in Boca Raton, Florida]. "They all had a chance to win. None of them won. So I'm for none of the above. I'm for Paul Ryan to be our nominee."

"Wading into the GOP nominating battle for the first time since leaving office last fall, Boehner said that 'anybody can be nominated' at the convention in Cleveland this summer," Politico reports.

"Boehner, who now splits his time between Florida, Ohio and D.C., had long whispered to friends that he believes Ryan could be the party's political savior if it came to that," Politico states. "But Boehner never said it publicly until now."

Boehner wasnt' done. "In the same question-and-answer session here, Boehner referred to Ted Cruz as "Lucifer," Politico reports.

Comment: Boehner's comments express the muck and mire that characterizes establishment GOP politics -- which is alienated not just from its own contemporary grassroots base but is also alienated from the enduring American mainstream.

This muck and mire needs to be replaced by a politics of conviction rooted in the rules of freedom. For more on those foundational rules, see the Declaration of Indepedence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

Hat Tip: Conservative Review

Border Walls Would Humanely Enforce a Just Law

By Rick Pearcey • March 16, 2016, 08:51 AM

Terry Jeffrey writes at CNSNews.com:

The federal government has a duty to enforce this nation's borders and do it in a humane manner that minimizes harm to human life both inside U.S. territory and on the approaches to it.

The best way to do that at the border with Mexico is to build effectively impermeable barriers that send a simple, straightforward message: You can only cross this border legally.

Not securing the border does harm. "By failing to secure the border, the federal government not only allows foreign nationals to come here illegally to live and work, but also provides an avenue for deadly drugs, for the criminals who bring them and for potential terrorists." Jeffrey writes.

"Failure to secure our border not only harms people in the United States, it also harms people in Mexico and would-be illegal border crossers. Mexicans are victimized by the drug cartels that exploit our unenforced border, and migrants seeking to cross our unsecured border to illegally live or work here put themselves at risk in remote regions and in the custody of human traffickers," Jeffrey explains.

Americans "should not turn" their backs "on those who seek refuge and asylum, especially Middle Eastern Christians who face genocide by Islamic State terrorists," Jeffrey writes. "Nor do we need to stop legal immigration."

However, Jeffrey concludes, the legal obligation to secure the "border of the United States is a just law that the federal government has [a] duty to enforce. Building walls that deter and stop illegal crossers is a humane way to do it."

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Gingrich on Hannity: It's "Either Trump or Cruz" -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • March 15, 2016, 10:35 AM

Speaking on Hannity last night, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sees no "path for anybody else" other than Donald Trump or Ted Cruz after today's GOP Super Tuesday II, featuring primaries in Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, and Florida.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Homosexualists Seek to Ban Movie "Pink" Depicting Kids Suffering From "Gay" Adoption

By Rick Pearcey • March 14, 2016, 01:40 PM

Matthew Cullinan Hoffman reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

A new motion picture now showing in Mexican theaters is exposing the public for the first time to a relentlessly realistic depiction of the dangers and harm suffered by children adopted by homosexual couples.

Pink: It's Not What They Say It Is, which debuted on two hundred screens this weekend in the Cinemex chain of theaters, is the story of a homosexual couple who adopt a boy, inevitably exposing him to the chaos and confusion generated by their promiscuous lifestyle.

Click to read more.

Friday, March 11, 2016

2016 Finalists: Trump Lead Over Cruz "Is Real But Far From Secure" -- Rasmussen

By Rick Pearcey • March 11, 2016, 10:36 AM

Pollster Scott Rasmussen writes:

Doing the math for the Trump campaign's magic number today shows that the front-runner still has a lot of work to do.

"Everything up until now has been a warm-up for the real action," Rasmussen states.

"Trump and Cruz will face each other in roughly two dozen primaries and caucuses between March 15 and June 7. That competition will select the Republican nominee."

Thursday, March 10, 2016

CNN Republican Debate Tonight

By Rick Pearcey • March 10, 2016, 10:12 AM

From CNN.com:

On Thursday, Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will debate. The four will participate in a Republican debate hosted by CNN, Salem Media Group, The Washington Times and the Republican National Committee.

When and where is the debate? The Republican debate will be held at the University of Miami at 8:30 p.m. ET Thursday.

How can I watch it? It will be broadcast live on CNN, as well as live-streamed online at CNN.com and across mobile devices for all users without logging in. CNN International and CNN en Espanol will also simulcast the debate. Salem Radio Network will be the exclusive radio provider for the debate.

Who will moderate the debate? CNN's Jake Tapper will moderate and CNN's Dana Bash, Salem talk radio host Hugh Hewitt and The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan will join as questioners.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Florida Fireworks: Carly Fiorina Endorses Ted Cruz

By Rick Pearcey • March 9, 2016, 01:44 PM

David Rutz reports at the Washington Free Beacon:

Carly Fiorina, the only woman who ran for the 2016 Republican nomination, endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) on Wednesday in a surprise appearance in Miami, Florida.

Fiorina praised Cruz as a "leader and a reformer," and as a true "constitutional conservative" who had the best chance to beat frontrunner Donald Trump, saying "it is time to unite" behind him. She relayed a story that she went to vote in the Virginia primary earlier this month and, even though she saw her own name, she checked the box for Cruz.

"Part of her reason, she said, was that Cruz bucked the 'status quo' as a senator in Washington," Rutz reports.

"He's willing to take on the status quo in Washington, D.C., whether it's replacing the IRS or finally fixing the Veterans Administration so our veterans get the care that they deserve, or finally fixing our immigration problems," Fiorina said in her speech, which can be seen on Youtube.

"I can tell you from personal experience," she said, "in order to lead, you must challenge the status quo, and when you challenge the status quo, guess what. You do more than ruffle feathers. You make enemies. It is part of it. It is the price of leadership."

As Rutz reports, "Fiorina added she was 'horrified' by the prospect of Trump winning the nomination, but party leaders would not be able to lead the fight against him."

"We’re going to have to beat Donald Trump at the ballot box, and the only guy who can beat Donald Trump is Ted Cruz," Fiorina told the rally.

Fiorina also made the case that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton "are two sides of the same coin."

And that coin is an "incompetent and corrupt" establishment coin.

Therefore, neither Trump nor Clinton are going to "reform the system," because "they are the system," Fiorina said.

"Hillary Clinton has made millions of dollars selling access and influence from the inside, and Donald Trump has made billions of dollars" operating from outside-in, "buying people like Hillary Clinton."

In short: "They are the system. They will not reform it."

As she concluded, Fiorina said, "There are big differences between progressives and conservatives. And we need to remember those differences as you head to the ballot box on Tuesday. . . .

"We, as conservatives, we know that no one of us is any better than any other one of us.

"We know that each of us is gifted by God. We know that all of us want to live lives of dignity and purpose and meaning.

"And we know that our values, our principles, our policies work better to lift people up regardless of their circumstances.

"It is progressives who believe that some are smarter than others, some are better than others, so it's okay if some decide for others and choose for others. That is not who we are.

"So my fellow conservatives, my fellow Republicans, you have a very important job on Tuesday. And I say to you: It is time.

"It is time to take our party back. It is time to take our government back. It is time to take our country back.

"And so, it is time now to unite behnd the one man who can beat Donald Trump, who can beat Hillary Clinton, who can beat the D.C. cartel. It is time to unite behind Ted Cruz."

"Cruz and Fiorina embraced on the stage after her speech, which was enthusiastically received," Rutz reports.

"Trump won Michigan, Mississippi and Hawaii on Tuesday, while Cruz took Idaho, making the GOP fight look increasingly like a two-man race. Trump leads the delegate count with 458, with Cruz in second at 359. Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the other two remaining candidates, are well behind," Rutz concludes.

Watch on Youtube the Fiorina endorsement of Ted Cruz.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

National Poll: Trump, Clinton Still Lead, But Grip Slipping

By Rick Pearcey • March 8, 2016, 09:45 AM

Newsmax reports the following numbers from a WPost-ABC News poll:

For the Republicans --

  • Donald Trump: 34%
  • Ted Cruz: 25%
  • Marco Rubio: 18%
  • John Kasich: 13%

"In January, Trump had a 16-point lead," and Ohio governor "John Kasich was in single digits," Newsmax reports.

For the Democrats --

  • Hillary Clinton: 49%
  • Bernie Sanders: 42%

"Hillary Clinton's lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders has slipped to an all-time low," Newsmax states.

Read more.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Romney Refuses to Rule Out Accepting GOP Nod at Contested Convention

By Rick Pearcey • March 7, 2016, 10:26 AM

The U.K. Daily Mail reports:

The former governor of Massachusetts and the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, has refused to rule out becoming nominee again this year at [a] contested convention.

On NBC's Meet the Press, Romney said that he doesn't think anyone in the Republican party should say no to being nominated.

He said: "I don't think anyone in our party should say, 'Oh no, even if the people of the party wanted me to be president, I would say no to it.' No one is going to say that."

But if the GOP tries to replace, say, Trump with Romney at the convention, "there’s a walkout," warns Rush Limbaugh, as quoted at Newsmax.

“If that happens, then you've got utter chaos," says the king of talk radio.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Post Debate: Without Rubio in the Race, Cruz Would Dismantle Trump

By Rick Pearcey • March 4, 2016, 07:56 AM

Daniel Horowitz writes:

Ted Cruz won this debate so handily that even the members of the media, who have largely ignored him throughout this debate, admitted he broke through the pack.

Cruz dismembered Donald Trump and made the case that he is the only consistent conservative who has the temperament to be president.

Also, unlike Rubio, Cruz did it with a sense of seriousness and sobriety instead of getting into the gutter with Trump.

Read more.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Hating Freedom: Leftist Fascists Take Over College Campuses

By Rick Pearcey • March 3, 2016, 10:57 AM

A week ago today, the extremist ugly head of campus "liberalism" snapped and snarled at California State University Los Angeles.

The occasion was the appearence of Ben Shapiro to give a speech. Shapiro writes:

Hundreds of students gathered to chant slogans, block entrances and exits to the student union auditorium, rough up those who wished to enter, pull the fire alarm, and trap other students inside that auditorium under threat of violence. Police officers stood aside and allowed that mob to violate basic safety protocols, reportedly at the behest of the school administration.

"This is America in 2016, on a state-funded university campus," Shapiro observes. 

How has the U.S. arrived at this unsafe place?

"We have spent two generations turning college campuses from places to learn job skills to places to indoctrinate leftism and inculcate an intolerant view of the world that insists on silencing opposition," Shapiro explains.

"We have made campuses a fascist 'safe space' on behalf of the left. Anyone who disagrees must be shut down, or threatened or hurt."

This hatred against freedom is not limited to university extremists.

"We've entered an era of politics in which baseless feelings count more than facts, in which political correctness means firing those with different viewpoints, in which government actors insist that they can police negative thoughts," Shapiro writes.

"We're on the edge of freedom's end, and many Americans don't even see it," Shapiro concludes.

"They would have had they been at CSULA that day. And they will soon enough if they don't stand up for their rights today."

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Ben Carson Suspends Campaign: "I Do Not See a Political Path Forward"

By Rick Pearcey • March 2, 2016, 03:00 PM

Released today by the Carson Campaign:

I have decided not to attend the Fox News GOP Presidential Debate tomorrow night in Detroit. 

Even though I will not be in my hometown of Detroit on Thursday, I remain deeply committed to my home nation, America. 

I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results.

However, this grassroots movement on behalf of "We the People" will continue.

Along with millions of patriots who have supported my campaign for President, I remain committed to Saving America for Future Generations.

We must not depart from our goals to restore what God and our Founders intended for this exceptional nation.

I appreciate the support, financial and otherwise, from all corners of America.

Gratefully, my campaign decisions are not constrained by finances; rather by what is in the best interests of the American people.

I will discuss more about the future of this movement during my speech on Friday at CPAC in Washington, D.C.

Here is the Ben Carson for President 2016 website.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Christian Post: "Donald Trump Is a Scam. Evangelical Voters Should Back Away"

By Rick Pearcey • March 1, 2016, 07:40 AM

Billy Hallowell reports at The Blaze:

The Christian Post, a website that describes itself as the largest evangelical news site in the U.S., has, for the first time in its existence, taken a specific editorial position in a presidential race, telling its readers that Donald Trump is "especially bad."

"We the senior editors of The Christian Post encourage our readers to back away from Donald Trump," opens an op-ed from the site’s senior editors.

As the most popular evangelical news website in the United States and the world, we feel compelled by our moral responsibility to our readers to make clear that Donald Trump does not represent the interests of evangelicals and would be a dangerous leader for our country."

Read more.

Monday, February 29, 2016

The New California Crime Wave

By Rick Pearcey • February 29, 2016, 10:38 AM

"A criminal-justice 'reform' measure unleashes thousands of predators," says Frontpagemag. And crime has gone up in the Golden State.

As one professional predator put it, “I can go do a burglary and know that if it's not over $900, they'll just give me a ticket and let me go."

So La-La Land has enacted a "chirpy" thing called "The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act" -- which has resulted (as expected) in "some 14,000 fewer inmates in California State prisons and local jails" -- and yet, for some unfathomable reason, in 2015 all kinds of crime increased in that Left-Coast bastion of moral and social sanity.

That is to say, "improved public safety . . .  failed to materialize" in 2015, according to relevant cirme stats noted in the Frontpage article. 

Someone needs to study this to figure out what's going on.

Meanwhile, there's progress: Career criminals can now operate in a safer place. 

Here's the story at Frontpagemag.com.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Doctors Rip Obama for Opening Border to Exotic Sexually Transmitted Diseases

By Rick Pearcey • February 26, 2016, 08:08 AM

Paul Bremmer reports at WND:

The Obama administration's Department of Health and Human Services has decided to no longer ban foreigners with three particular sexually transmitted diseases from entering the country, leaving the past president of the American Association of American Physicians and Surgeons wondering what the administration possibly could be thinking.

"I’m just appalled at this whole thing, and I guess I have to say who benefits?" Dr. Lee Hieb, M.D., a spinal surgeon, asked in an interview with WND. "What's this all about? Why would they do this? What possible benefit to Americans is there in accepting yet more disease across the border?"

Read more.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Students Told to Write Essay on Their Conversion to Islam

By Rick Pearcey • February 25, 2016, 07:17 AM

Todd Starnes writes:

British moms and dads were fuming after a school instructed students to write an essay explaining why they had converted to Islam.

Gemma Gough posted the assignment on Facebook -- and said her child would not be completing the assignment.

"This is not acceptable," she wrote. "Kids are too impressionable and imagine if these letters got in the wrong hands in years to come."

"The 12- and 13-year-old kids at Beaucamps High School in Guernsey were told to consider what it would be like to become a Muslim," Starnes explains. "They also had to write a letter to their loved ones explaining their decision to become a Muslim."

According to Starnes, the "controversial lesson was part of a creative writing exercise as part of a religious education lesson, The Daily Mail reports. The school pointed out that it was a make-believe scenario -- and no child was actually forced to convert to the Islamic faith."

No doubt appropriately skeptical, "local residents were not convinced," Starnes notes.

Read more.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Newsmax TV: Pollster Predicts Trump-Cruz Ticket

By Rick Pearcey • February 24, 2016, 08:55 AM

"They'll throw the establishment over, and you'll find Donald Trump and Ted Cruz running, probably with Trump as president and Cruz as vice president," pollster Matt Towery predicts on Newsmax TV.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Rubio and the Establishment's Game Plan

By Rick Pearcey • February 23, 2016, 08:06 AM

We now know the GOP Establishment's game plan, writes Steve McCann at American Thinker:

The Republican Establishment has finally exposed their game plan for the 2016 presidential nominating process. Go all out for Rubio, destroy Cruz’s character and set up a one on one between Trump and Rubio

If Rubio cannot win the nomination outright, then make certain that the entire process ends up in a brokered convention. They are convinced that Trump, as he appears to have a ceiling of around 35-40% among Republican voters, easily can be defeated by another candidate. 

The question is who, and their overwhelming answer is Rubio, as the donor class is opening up their wallets and the endorsements of establishment politicians are flowing.

 But that game plan, even if successful, may not end well for the GOP.

"Marco Rubio is the epitome of the perfect candidate of the Ruling Class," McCann writes, "as he will perpetuate their strangle hold on the levers of power and will insure that their standard of living and status will not be threatened."

Is Trump a viable alternative? Perhaps not.

McCann writes, "I do not support Trump for various reasons having to do primarily with his unbridled narcissism as well as not being able to fully trust who he is, as he has been and still is on both sides of the political spectrum on virtually every issue.” 

McCann concludes with a warning that GOP Washington elites will surely ignore, based on their previous performance.

"If the Establishment succeeds in foisting Marco Rubio on the Republican electorate at the expense of both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz," McCann writes, "the Republican Party will end up on the ash heap of history. There will be a political earthquake."

Monday, February 22, 2016

What Voters Did Not Vote for in South Carolina

By Rick Pearcey • February 22, 2016, 11:16 AM

Daniel Horowitz writes at Conservative Review:

It's quite evident from the exit polling and the mood of the electorate that voters did NOT vote for the following . . . :

  • Single-payer health care
  • Eminent domain
  • Women in combat
  • Being an "honest broker" between Israel and the Palestinians
  • Open borders
  • The homosexual agenda
  • Judicial supremacy
  • Abortion and Funding Planned Parenthood
  • Raising taxes on the wealthy
  • Cutting deals with the Democrats and establishment Republicans

See more.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Mark Levin: Marco Rubio Skipping CR Event "Shows Enormous Disrespect and a Lack of Class"

By Rick Pearcey • February 19, 2016, 11:21 AM

"Radio host and Conservative Review editor Mark Levin tells Breitbart News Daily Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) showed 'enormous disrespect' by cancelling his scheduled speech at the Conservative Review conference Thursday night only five minutes before he was set to appear on stage," Katie McHugh reports at Breitbart.com.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Rafael Cruz to Pastors: Drop the PC Sermons and Fight

By Rick Pearcey • February 18, 2016, 09:02 AM

"We can't divorce ourselves from what's happening in the civic society," Rev. Rafael Cruz says, according to WND.

"If we do not bring the moral fiber and the moral character of America to the forefront, America's going to crumble."

Click to read more.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Clinton, Sanders, and Progressive Racism

By Rick Pearcey • February 17, 2016, 10:27 AM

Water Williams writes:

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders seek to claim the "progressive" mantle.

Both claim the other is not a true progressive. Clinton teased Sanders as being the "self-proclaimed gatekeeper for progressivism."

Bernie Sanders said that Hillary Clinton can't be both a moderate and a progressive and that most progressives don't take millions from Wall Street.

But let's talk about the origins of progressivism.

It's only historical ignorance that could explain black affinity for progressivism.

Read more.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Muslim Mufti: How to Beat Your Wives

By Rick Pearcey • February 16, 2016, 10:55 AM

Jumping right in: "After the warning and separation, comes the hitting -- hitting that does not make her ugly. The prophet [Muhammad] said: ‘Do not hit the face and do not make her ugly' . . . ."

Monday, February 15, 2016

We Must Have an Immediate Scalia Autopsy

By Rick Pearcey • February 15, 2016, 10:05 AM

James Lewis writes at American Thinker:

President Obama is constantly claiming unconstitutional powers, something that Justice Scalia opposed with all the intellectual force at his command. Meanwhile the Supreme Court itself has come under serious criticism ever since Chief Justice Roberts issued self-contradictory opinions favoring ObamaCare. Hillary Clinton is being credibly accused of national security felonies as Secretary of State, and the DOJ and FBI are said to be at odds on indicting Hillary. If she becomes President there is likely to be a bloodbath in the permanent government in DC. A Perfect Storm is rising in American politics.

As we can tell from the jubilation on the Left, Justice Scalia had hateful enemies, and he must have received death threats, which the FBI must now re-examine. The American public must also know on whose authority an obviously necessary post-mortem examination was avoided. The best way to restore public trust is to appoint a bi-partisan Congressional committee to oversee a medical pathology team.

"In the seven years of Obama Washington DC has become a city of fear," Lewis continues. "No one was afraid to smear and assault George W. Bush during his presidency. But Obama has been nearly immune -- and it's not just his magical charm.

"Obama and Jarrett use ruthless tactics to frighten the politicians in DC. Some Democratic City Machines, including Chicago, have a long history of gang collusion. Saul Alinsky advocated a Left-Syndicate alliance in Chicago, and Alinsky wrote the political agitation manual for Obama and Hillary.

"None of this comes close to proving that Justice Scalia died from anything other than natural causes," Lewis observes. "We simply do not know at this point. But we can know the answer by conducting the appropriate post-mortem examination."

"It is only reasonable to insist on that."

Friday, February 12, 2016

Geller: Ohio Bloodbath at "Nazareth Restaurant" . . . "Appears Terror Related"

By Rick Pearcey • February 12, 2016, 11:34 AM

Pamela Geller writes:

The name of the popular Middle Eastern restaurant where the murderous machete attack took place is Nazareth -- the childhood home of Jesus.

The owner is an "outspoken Christian" from Israel.

Law enforcement said, "There's nothing to lead us to believe this is anything more than a random attack."

Right off the bat they are saying it isn't terror. Which means it's terror.

One witness told My Fox 28 Columbus that the scene in the restaurant was pure "carnage" and it seemed like a "systematic attack."

The Gahanna News tweeted this: "Breaking: Machete attack appears terror related. Suspect asked owner where he was from (Israel) before returning to attack."

Name of suspect: Mohammed Berry -- of "Somali background and may have traveled to Dubai in 2012," states TV10.com.

CBS reports "that law enforcement is concerned that this incident has the hallmarks of the type of so-called 'lone wolf' terrorist attack that they have been working to stop."

- See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2016/02/ohio-bloodbath-at-middle-eastern-eatery-nazareth-restaurant-machete-attacker-shot-dead.html/#sthash.jho9s9fw.dpuf

The name of the popular Middle Eastern restaurant where the murderous machete attack took place is Nazareth — the childhood home of Jesus. The owner is an “outspoken Christian” from Israel. Law enforcement said “there’s nothing to lead us to believe this is anything more than a random attack.” Right off the bat they are saying it isn’t terror. Which means it’s terror.

One witness told My Fox 28 Columbus that the scene in the restaurant was pure “carnage” and it seemed like a “systematic attack.”

- See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2016/02/ohio-bloodbath-at-middle-eastern-eatery-nazareth-restaurant-machete-attacker-shot-dead.html/#sthash.jho9s9fw.dpuf

The name of the popular Middle Eastern restaurant where the murderous machete attack took place is Nazareth — the childhood home of Jesus. The owner is an “outspoken Christian” from Israel. Law enforcement said “there’s nothing to lead us to believe this is anything more than a random attack.” Right off the bat they are saying it isn’t terror. Which means it’s terror.

One witness told My Fox 28 Columbus that the scene in the restaurant was pure “carnage” and it seemed like a “systematic attack.”

- See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2016/02/ohio-bloodbath-at-middle-eastern-eatery-nazareth-restaurant-machete-attacker-shot-dead.html/#sthash.jho9s9fw.dpufthat law enforcement is concerned that this incident has the hallmarks of the type of so-called "lone wolf" terrorist attack that they have been working to stop.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Liberalism, Debt, Dependency: How History Will Remember Obama

By Rick Pearcey • February 11, 2016, 10:25 AM

Terry Jeffrey writes at CNSNews.com:

In the budget message he sent Congress this week, Obama portrays himself as a president who led America back to economic good times . . . .

Is Obama the architect of an economic renaissance? A champion of the working man?

Is this what reasonable people a century from now will look back and see in the era of his presidency?

No. Nor should people see that now.

The truth is: Obama took office at a time when big-government liberalism had already put America on a downward trajectory. He not only kept this nation on that trajectory, he accelerated it.

For more on the Obama economic record, see "Obama Economy Destroying Businesses: Thousands of Stores Closed, Including Entire Shopping Malls."

Read the entire column by Terry Jeffrey.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

New Hampshire Gives Muslim Ban Huge Thumbs Up

By Rick Pearcey • February 10, 2016, 10:38 AM

"New Hampshire voters are in love with Donald Trump's plan to temporarily ban all Muslim immigration into the U.S.," Douglas Ernst reports at WND.

"Exit polls of Republican primary voters on Tuesday showed strong support -- 66 percent -- in favor of the immigration component of Trump's strategy to combat terrorism."

Read more.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Really, Mr. Obama: Islam "Always Been a Part of America"?

By Rick Pearcey • February 9, 2016, 11:18 AM

Joseph Klein writes at Frongpagemag.com:

To single out Islam as an unabashedly positive force that has “always been part of America” is simply not supported by the historical record.

No mosques were even built in the United States until the early twentieth century.

Muslim slave traders enabled the market for slaves to grow in America.

The first war that the young United States fought against foreign powers was against Muslim states.

The founding fathers cited by Obama who owned copies of the Koran were not comfortable with the rigidity of Islamic doctrine and its warrior mentality.

Muslim Americans’ contributions to such fields as science and jurisprudence, such as they are, did not begin in earnest until well after the middle of the twentieth century.

And, by the way, Mr. Obama, the "oldest mosque in the U.S. was built in North Dakota in 1929," Klein writes.

That would be 153 years after the Declaration of Independence was set forth in 1776 and 322 years after the Jamestown was founded in 1607.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Victory Now: No Room for Compromise With Inhumane, Anti-U.S. Socialism of Democrats

By Rick Pearcey • February 8, 2016, 11:05 AM

Steve McCann writes at American Thinker:

In the United States of 2016 the occupant of the White House is someone steeped in and aggressively implementing statist ideology. And one of the two major political parties has as its only candidates for the presidency a dedicated lifelong socialist in Bernie Sanders and a newly declared socialist in Hillary Clinton.

In recent polls nearly 59% of Democrats say they would vote for a socialist candidate as well as nearly 50% of independents and even more frightening nearly 70% of those between the ages of 18 and 29 in the country claim they would vote for a socialist. . . .

"Within the United States, because of the unrelenting socialist indoctrination of the people and the stealth takeover of the Democratic Party by the radical Left, plus the unwillingness of the only viable opposition -- the Republican Party -- to understand that one cannot compromise with those whose sole objective is the seizure of political power, this process is well on its way and the culmination, if not stopped now, will be the end of this nation as a bastion of freedom and opportunity," McCann explains.

"Yet the mindset of the Republican Party is still that of compromise and getting along with the opposition. Virtually all of the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination tout their ability to make deals and get along with their political adversaries. It is that mindset that has eventuated in the debacle the nation now finds itself in," McCann continues.

McCann concludes: "There can no longer be any consideration of compromise with the now unabashed socialist Democratic Party. They must be defeated and their gains rolled back. This election is the last opportunity to do so before it is too late, as the devastating polling statistics so frighteningly confirm and which the Republican Party chooses to ignore."

Friday, February 5, 2016

NH Poll: Trump Flat, Rubio and Cruz Gaining

By Rick Pearcey • February 5, 2016, 09:00 AM

Mike Flynn reports at Breitbart.com:

A new NBC/Marist poll finds Donald Trump with a 13-point lead in New Hampshire, down 6 points from the middle of January. With the state voting Tuesday, Trump has 30 percent support, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) with 17 percent and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) with 15 percent.

Trump's support is unchanged from two earlier NBC polls of the Granite State, going back to the beginning of January. Trump's lead has shrunk as both Rubio and Cruz have gained support in the past two weeks.

Rubio has gained 6 points since mid-January, while Cruz has gone up 3 points. Rubio's support is still fluid, however, as 13 percent of his supporters say they could still change their mind. Only 6 percent of Trump and Cruz supporters say they might change their mind.

"John Kasich and Jeb Bush round out the top five in New Hampshire, with 11 and 10 percent respectively," Breitbart reports. "Their support is also unchanged from the middle of January."

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Islamic Rape and Murder of Christian Boys

By Rick Pearcey • February 4, 2016, 10:49 AM

"Another Muslim world phenomenon being imported into the West," Frontpagemag.com states. Perhaps Mr. Obama could address this issue the next time he visits a mosque.

Here's the story.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

DeLay: Trump "Throwing Chairs" Out of Trump Tower

By Rick Pearcey • February 3, 2016, 11:47 AM

"Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told Newsmax TV on Tuesday that the Iowa caucuses were a referendum on New York values -- and conservatives across the board rejected Donald Trump for Ted Cruz as a result, leading the Texas senator to victory," Todd Beamon reports at Newsmax.

"'Cruz did a great service to everybody when he talked about New York values,' DeLay told The Steve Malzberg Show in an interview," according to Newsmax. "It was 78 percent of the people that voted last night didn't vote for Donald Trump," DeLay said, Newsmax reports.

"That's onerous for Donald Trump," DeLay also said, accordiing to Newsmax. "I'm sure he is regrouping and firing people and throwing chairs out his Trump Tower window right now because he didn't get what he expected -- or at least what he told the American people."

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

C-SPAN: Ted Cruz Iowa Caucuses Victory Speech

By Rick Pearcey • February 2, 2016, 10:10 AM

Watch here.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Boko Haram Muslims Burn Children Alive in Hut Attack

By Rick Pearcey • February 1, 2016, 08:37 AM

"A witness who hid in a tree told media outlets he saw the terror group Boko Haram go on a shooting and burning rampage through Dalori village and two nearby refugees camps that including the killing of children by fire," Cheryl Chumley reports at WND.

Boko Haram is a militant Muslim group in Nigeria.

The witness "said he heard the screams of children as they burned to death inside the huts Boko Haram members attacked, the Associated Press reported," according to WND.

"Bodies of charred victims who had also been shot were scattered about the dirt streets of the village and camps, located just a few miles from Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram," WND reports.

"The attacks, which lasted for almost four hours, kicked off with separate suicide bombings, AP reported, citing a telephone conversation with a survivor named Alamin Bakura," according to WND.

Friday, January 29, 2016

8-0: Texas Cheerleaders Beat Secularists in Victory for Unalienable Human Rights to Free Speech and Religious Liberty

By Rick Pearcey • January 29, 2016, 02:55 PM

From the Liberty Institute

Today, in an 8-0 decision, the Texas Supreme Court decided in favor of the Kountze Cheerleaders in the case of Matthews v. Kountze Independent School District.

Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher, LLP, Liberty Institute, and Beaumont attorney David Starnes represented the students, asking the Texas Supreme Court to protect the rights of all Texas students to free speech and religious liberty.

(Read the court opinion: http://www.txcourts.gov/media/1284936/140453.pdf)

Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of Liberty Institute, says, "This is an 8-0 victory for the free speech and religious liberty rights of all Texas students.

"We are delighted that the court considered this case so straightforward that it did not even require oral argument.

"In light of today's Supreme Court ruling, we hope the Court of Appeals will resolve this case permanently in the cheerleaders' favor."

James Ho, lead appellate counsel from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP says, "At a time when religious liberty is under assault nationwide, this ruling is a welcome reminder that the Constitution protects people of faith -- and a welcome rebuke to government agencies that try to play games with our rights.

Prerak Shah, co-lead counsel from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP says, "We are profoundly grateful to the Texas Supreme Court for enforcing our legal rights, and to Senator Cornyn, Senator Cruz, Governor Abbott, and General Paxton for their leadership and for standing with the cheerleaders in their fight to protect the First Amendment."

The case now returns to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth District in Beaumont, Texas.

Background on Case
In 2012, a group of high school cheerleaders from Kountze, TX painted Bible verses on their run-through banners for school football games.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation found out about the banners and filed a complaint with Kountze ISD (KISD).

In response, the school district banned the cheerleaders' signs. KISD claims the banners are government speech, which they can censor at will, while the cheerleaders' attorneys contend that the banners are the cheerleaders' private speech, which is protected under Texas law.

Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher, LLP, Liberty Institute, and Beaumont attorney David Starnes represented the students.

The attorneys won a Texas Supreme Court victory that advances the fight for religious liberty in schools.

See Also
Foolish Kentucky School Censors "Charlie Brown" Christmas -- Don't Give in to Christian-Hating Spiritual Terror -- J. Richard Pearcey at Breitbart

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Rev. Graham to Wheaton College: "Islam and Christianity Clearly Do Not Worship the Same God"

By Rick Pearcey • January 28, 2016, 08:51 AM

Michael W. Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

In reaction to a political science teacher at evangelical Wheaton College who decided to wear the hijab in solidarity with Muslims and suggested that, "Christians and Muslims worship the same God," Rev. Franklin Graham said this "is no minor issue that should be debated," because "Islam and Christianity clearly do not worship the same God."

"Islam denies that God has a Son. They deny that Jesus is God. They do not believe in a Triune God -- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit," CNSNews quotes Graham as saying.

"I can tell you -- Islam and Christianity clearly do not worship the same God," Graham said, according to CNSNews.

"How the faculty council can now support this professor being allowed to teach students is deeply concerning."

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

See What Happened When a Man Who Appeared Homeless Walked Into a Chick-fil-A

By Rick Pearcey • January 27, 2016, 10:37 AM

At the Daily Signal:

A Tennessee father is crediting Chick-fil-A with helping teach his daughter "life lessons" in his viral Facebook post about a store manager’s kindness toward a man in need.

Here's how the post concludes:

According to its corporate website, the fast food chain's purpose is "to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A."

The Chick-fil-A website further claims everyone who works at the company is taught to treat "every person who comes through our doors with honor, dignity, and respect."

Read more.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Quinnipiac: Trump vs. Cruz in Iowa "Too Close to Call"

By Rick Pearcey • January 26, 2016, 10:53 AM

Cathy Burke reports at Newsmax:

Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz are racing down to to the wire in a "too close to call" contest in Iowa for the GOP presidential nomination, with the real estate billionaire at 31 percent support and Texas lawmaker at 29 percent, a new poll shows.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday shows Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at a distant 13 percent and the rest of the Republican field straggling behind in single digits with just six days left until the state's pivotal caucus voting.

Gov. Jeb Bush languishes at 4 percent, according to Newsmax.

Monday, January 25, 2016

France "on Its Knees": New ISIS Video Shows Paris Attackers Committing Prior Atrocities, Threatening UK

By Rick Pearcey • January 25, 2016, 08:59 AM

Fox News reports:

A new video released by the ISIS terror group late Sunday shows nine of the extremists who carried out the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris beheading and shooting captives, as well as training with weapons while plotting the carnage that left 130 dead in the French capital.

The 17-minute video shows the extent of the planning that went into the multiple attacks in Paris, which French authorities have said from the beginning was planned in Syria. The video was provided online by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi websites.

"The video also contains threats against the United Kingdom, showing images of London landmarks Tower Bridge and St. Paul's Cathedral and claiming extremists are ready to strike 'anytime, anywhere'," according to Fox. "At one point, the image of British Prime Minister David Cameron is shown with a crosshair over his face."

"A narrator describes the terrorists as 'nine lions of the caliphate who were mobilised from their lairs to make a whole country, France, get down on its knees," Fox reports.

Read more.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Spiritual Terror: The Cologne Cathedral and the Weakness of Germany

By Rick Pearcey • January 22, 2016, 08:41 AM

Stephen Brown writes at Frontpagemag.com:

Besides acts of sexual and religious terrorism meant to break down German society, the attacks against the women and the cathedral were also a show of Islamic power. Women and religious minorities can be terrorised by Muslim mobs just like in Islamic countries. Their reach is growing.

But perhaps the most important message the New Year’s Eve events were meant to convey was directed at Muslims living in Germany and the Islamic world. And the message is that Germany cannot protect either its women or its religion. It is weak.

"In fact," Brown writes, "German Christians are so feeble that one of their greatest cathedrals suffered a humiliating attack during a religious service, presided over by one of Germany’s highest churchmen, without consequences.

"And by [Muslim mobs] publicly molesting such large numbers of infidel women so boldly and brazenly without retaliation, German men are shown as equally weak."

Read more.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Funeral Director License Revoked, Plays Race Card

By Rick Pearcey • January 21, 2016, 10:18 AM

6ABC.com reports:

A Philadelphia funeral director who was arrested and charged after three decomposing bodies were found in her garage has had her license revoked.

The state Board of Funeral Directors announced Tuesday that Janet Powell Dailey's funeral director and supervisor licenses have been revoked, as was the license for her business Powell Mortuary Services.

The board said in its decision that Dailey "failed to fulfill one of the most fundamental responsibilities that a licensee has, to treat the deceased with dignity and respect."

One of the woman's daughters told 6ABC that her mom "said I want you to know I did nothing wrong. She said it's the media coming after poor, black businesses."

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Schaeffer Associate Jane Stuart Smith, Rest in Peace

By Rick Pearcey • January 20, 2016, 08:35 AM

Accomplished and loving woman Jane Stuart Smith died January 14 in Roanoke, Va.

When I met her at L'Abri in Switzerland she was central to the L'Abri community founded by Francis and Edith Schaeffer.

I was 21 years old, enjoyed her table, her writing, her live voice, and recorded music, and have often missed her and what she represents. And look forward to seeing her again.

She was a light upon this earth and will no doubt brighten Heaven as well.

Until next time, Jane Stuart Smith, RIP.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

"The Nation That Gave the World the Magna Carta Is Dead"

By Rick Pearcey • January 19, 2016, 09:25 AM

Pamela Geller writes at Breitbart:

The British Parliament on Monday debated whether or not to ban Donald Trump from the country for the crime of saying that in light of jihad terrorist attacks, there should be a temporary moratorium on Muslim immigration into the U.S.

I did not expect for one moment that the Brits would ban the U.S. presidential candidate who may very well be the next President of the United States. A nation whose national self-esteem (or what’s left of it) is rooted deeply in its place in history would be infamous for having banned the leader of its closest ally, the one that saved her from the Nazi onslaught.

"On the other hand," Geller continues, "maybe they will ban Trump. After all, the British government banned me from entering the country for standing up against jihad terror. To ban Trump for calling for a temporary moratorium on Muslim immigration would just be more of the same. The British government, egged on by the left, seems determined to silence any and every voice against jihad terror and Islamization. The consequences for Britain will be catastrophic."

Geller concludes: "What’s bitterly ironic is that Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, a lapdog of Islamic supremacists, has just called on immigrants to learn English within two-and-a-half years of arriving in Britain, or face deportation. If Trump had said that, the British left would be working up another petition denouncing him. Will Cameron be banned from the country?

"The nation that gave the world the Magna Carta is dead."

Monday, January 18, 2016

Join Nancy Pearcey and J. Richard Pearcey at Houston-Metro Conference

By Rick Pearcey • January 18, 2016, 10:07 AM

Nancy and I will be speaking at a conference in the Houston area Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.

Titled "Christ Culture Conference -- Finding Truth Now," the event will be held at Sienna Ranch Baptist Church in Missouri City, Texas, in the southwest Houston metro area.

Here's the schedule of the conference:

9:00-10:00 am -- Open doors/light refreshments

10:00-11:00 am -- J. Richard Pearcey presents: "Test Everything: What Every Atheist and Christian Needs to Know"

11:15 am-12:15 pm -- Nancy Pearcey presents: "Finding Truth: Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes"

Lunch Break: 12:15-1:15 pm (Lunch is provided by Sienna Ranch)

1:15-2:15 pm -- J. Richard Pearcey presents: "A Nation in Crisis: The Truth About Where We're Headed and What We Can Do About It"

2:30-3:30 pm -- Nancy Pearcey presents: "The Worldview Factor: Finding Sexual Healing in a Secular Age"

3:45-4:30 pm -- Book Signing: Nancy Pearcey available to sign books

Talks subject to change

This conference is free of charge, and there will be a book table.

For more information, please see this announcement from Sienna Ranch Baptist Church.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Liars or Fools: Which Govern America?

By Rick Pearcey • January 15, 2016, 10:25 AM

Raymond Ibrahim writes:

When it comes to the connection between Islam and "anti-infidel" violence, one fact must be embraced: the majority of those in positions of leadership and authority in America are either liars or fools, or both.

Read more.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

"Cruz Commander 2016": Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson All-in for Ted Cruz -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • January 14, 2016, 11:42 AM

"Donald Trump may be a reality star, but Ted Cruz has just won the endorsement of one of conservative America's best-loved reality stars -- Duck Commander Phil Robertson," WND reports.

"Robertson, who stars on Duck Dynasty, announced his endorsement Wednesday of Cruz for president," WND states.

"Ted Cruz is my man, I'm voting for him," Robertson says in the ad, available on Youtube.

And for anybody on the fence, know this: "He's the man for the job. And he will go duck huntin'," Robertson says.

By the way, speaking of endorsements, Phil Robertson also endorses Nancy's latest book, Finding Truth.

Watch the "Cruz Commander 2016" announcement here.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Why Minimum Wage Is Bad Economics -- and Racist

By Rick Pearcey • January 13, 2016, 09:24 AM

In his most recent column, Walter E. Williams explains why: 

It is incompetence or dishonesty for my fellow economists to deny these two effects of minimum wages: discrimination against employment of low-skilled labor and the lowering of the cost of racial discrimination.

Read more.