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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving: Celebrating the Bedrock of American Exceptionalism and Prosperity

By Rick Pearcey • November 26, 2015, 08:51 AM

Breitbart publishes this from Jarrett Stepman:

Although often seen as a day to kick off the Christmas shopping season, Thanksgiving is perhaps the most deeply American holiday and its tradition is connected to the idea of "American exceptionalism."

Here are the concluding remarks: 

Americans today are privileged to live in a country based on timeless principles and aided by the sturdiest men and women who often made great sacrifices to ensure the blessings of liberty for both themselves and future generations.

Americans have much to be thankful for, and as busy as life may be, as occupied with the multitude of distractions that come with unparalleled prosperity, Thanksgiving should provide at least a brief moment to acknowledge the true blessing of living in an exceptional country.

Read more.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dozen "Refugees" in U.S. Connected to Terrorism Just This Year

By Rick Pearcey • November 25, 2015, 09:27 AM

Katie Pavlich writes:

The battle over Syrian refugees is raging on as the White House doubles down on their policy to bring 10,000 refugees from terror hot spots to U.S. soil over the coming months. But a new report from Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions details 12 alarming instances of refugees being connected to terrorism just this year.

"There are many more examples of refugees being tied to terrorism since 9/11," Pavlich continues. "Last week President Obama accused Republicans of being afraid of 'widows and orphans' after raising concerns, along with Democrats, about the vetting process for new refugees."

Meanwhile, this just in: "FBI, Homeland Security" have raised concerns about Thanksgiving terror, issuing a "New Warning of Copycat Terror Attacks," Newsmax is reporting this morning. 

These security authorities have released a "bulletin to 18,000 law enforcement agencies across the country warning of copycat attacks, similar to the Paris terrorist strikes that killed 130 people earlier this month," Newsmax reports.

Also, according to a recent Bloomberg poll, a majority of Americans oppose Obama on the question of Syrian refugees.

"Most Americans want the U.S. to stop letting in Syrian refugees amid fears of terrorist infiltrations after the Paris attacks, siding with Republican presidential candidates, governors, and lawmakers who want to freeze the Obama administration’s resettlement program," Bloomberg reports.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Surging Cruz in Virtual Tie With Trump in Iowa -- Quinnipiac Poll

By Rick Pearcey • November 24, 2015, 08:04 AM

Sandy Fitzgerald reports at Newsmax:

Ted Cruz has edged into a virtual tie in Iowa with GOP front-runner Donald Trump in a new Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday.

Trump retains a narrow lead of 25 percent of the vote, followed by Cruz with 23 percent, doubling his support from four weeks ago. The difference falls within the poll's 4 percent margin of error.

Here are the results:

Donald Trump: 25%

Ted Cruz: 23%

Ben Carson: 18%

Marco Rubio: 13%

Rand Paul: 5%

Jeb Bush: 4%

Carly Fiorina: 3%

Chris Christie: 2%

Mike Huckabee: 2%

Rick Santorum: 2%

John Kasich: 1%

Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki: 0%

Monday, November 23, 2015

Bravo! Liberated Bakery Fires Up Town With Pro-America Sign

By Rick Pearcey • November 23, 2015, 12:31 PM

Cheryl Chumley reports at WND:

A bakery in Ohio has caused quite a stir with a warning to all customers that basically says: abandon political correctness, all ye who enter here.

It reads, the Blaze found: "Notice: This store is politically incorrect. We say Merry Christmas, God bless America, we salute our flag & give thanks to our troops, police officers and firefighters. If this offends you, you are welcome to leave. In God we trust."

The sign at Schuler’s Bakery, owned by Trent Schuler, has been posted for a couple of weeks at the Springfield location, but it’s gained notoriety on social media in recent days. And staffers tell the Blaze business has been booming.

"We didn't do it for the publicity," said store clerk Katelynn Jackson to the news outlet. "It was just to prove a point."

Well done, Schuler's Bakery. Your stand expresses the mainsteam of the American ethos, which is founded upon a reality oriented, verifiable Creator who acts into human history (see this and the Declaration of Independence) and expects human beings to apply the liberating love of God and neighbor across the whole of life, including business life, community life, and political life.

"Merry Christmas" is about public truth in the marketplace of this world. As the ever politically incorrect and free-thinking Jesus of Bethlehem said, "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."

Political correctness is darkness, for it tries to put knowable and testable truth regarding God, man, and the cosmos "under a bowl" instead of "on its stand," where anyone with open eyes is inclusively invited to see.

People who are offended by truth that is knowable, verifiable, and liberating are "welcome to leave" -- it is their choice to say no to enlightenment and live in darkness. But why stumble when you can run and leap for joy?

When it comes to creating an alternative to the darkness of political correctness in today's world, the recipe at Schuler's Bakery points to a better way. 

Bravo, Schuler's Bakery. Bravo!

Schuler's Bakery Facebook Page

Friday, November 20, 2015

Trump: I Would "Absolutely" Use Database to Track Muslims

By Rick Pearcey • November 20, 2015, 08:38 AM

Elliot Smilowitz reports at The Hill

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he would "absolutely" use a database to track Muslims in the U.S. "I would certainly implement that," Trump said Thursday, according to MSNBC.

Asked whether Muslims would be legally required to sign up for such a database, the businessman said, "They have to be -- they have to be."

"[The database] would stop people from coming in illegally. We have to stop people from coming into our country illegally," he added.

"Trump had said earlier Wednesday that he believes that the war on terror will require unprecedented surveillance of America's Muslims. 'Certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy,' he said in a Yahoo interview," The Hill reports.

"We’re going to have to do things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago," Trump said, according to The Hill.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Ted Cruz Calls Out Obama on "Refugees": Debate Me, "Insult Me to My Face"

By Rick Pearcey • November 19, 2015, 11:17 AM

CNN reports:

Ted Cruz challenged President Barack Obama on Wednesday to a debate on Syrian refugees and said that if the president is going to insult him, he should do it to his face.

"I would encourage you, Mr. President, if you want to insult me, come back and insult me to my face," Cruz said of Obama, who is in the Philippines.

"'Let's have a debate on Syrian refugees right now,' he added.

"'We can do it anywhere you want. I'd prefer it in the United States and not overseas where you're making the insults. It's easy to toss a cheap insult when no one can respond'."

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Jordan King Contrasts to Obama: "Paris Attacks" Show ISIS Terror Respects No Borders

By Rick Pearcey • November 18, 2015, 02:21 PM

"The atrocious Paris attacks shows that [the] scourge of terrorism can strike anywhere and anytime," Jordan King Abdullah II said while visiting Kosovo, Breitbart reports.

In contrast to Barack Obama, who mocked Republicans who warn about terrorists disguised as refugees crossing borders, the king of Jordan said, "Groups such as Daesh (ISIS) expose themselves daily as savage outlaws of religion devoid of humanity respecting no laws and no boundaries."

Obama has castigated GOP candidates for U.S. president, saying they are "scared of widows and orphans."

King Abdullah said, "We must act fast and holistically to tackle and respond to the interconnected threats whether it is in this region, Africa, Asia, or in Europe," Breitbart reports.

"The atrocious Paris attacks shows that scourge of terrorism can strike anywhere and anytime," the Jordanian king said.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Obama's CIA Director Cites "Impact of Climate Change" as a Deeper Cause of Global Instability

By Rick Pearcey • November 17, 2015, 09:48 AM

CNSNews.com reports:

Speaking [yesterday] at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan said that CIA analysts see "climate change" as a "deeper cause" of the instability seen in places like Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Yemen and Libya.

I'm not so sure about "climate change." But we might want to look at brainfreeze.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Alabama Governor: No Syrian Refugees to Alabama

By Rick Pearcey • November 16, 2015, 11:17 AM

The following statement was released November 15 by the office of Alabama governor Robert Bentley:

Governor Robert Bentley on Sunday announced he is refusing Syrian refugees relocating to Alabama.

"After full consideration of this weekend's attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm's way," Governor Robert Bentley said.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is working diligently with the FBI, DHS and federal intelligence partners to monitor any possible threats. Law enforcement presence has been increased at major gathering events in Alabama to further insure the safety of citizens. To date, there has been no credible intelligence of any terrorist threats in Alabama.

Alabama currently has one U.S. State Department approved refugee processing center in Mobile. There have been no Syrian refugees relocated in Alabama to date, though neighboring states have processed a number of refugees.

“The acts of terror committed over the weekend are a tragic reminder to the world that evil exists and takes the form of terrorists who seek to destroy the basic freedoms we will always fight to preserve. I will not place Alabamians at even the slightest, possible risk of an attack on our people. Please continue to join me in praying for those who have suffered loss and for those who will never allow freedom to fade at the hands of terrorists," Governor Bentley added.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Fighting Oppression: Angry White Leftists Target Black Conservative Woman

By Rick Pearcey • November 13, 2015, 10:09 AM

Dr. Carol Swain of Vanderbilt University has "committed the ultimate hate crime. She has been insensitive to idiots," Daniel Greenfield writes at Frontpagemag.

According to Greenfield, Dr. Swain . . .

. . .  was born in segregated Virginia. The second of twelve children, she grew up sharing a bed with her sisters in a shack that had no running water. Her family was so poor that she had no shoes and had to stay home from school when the weather was bad. She never did make it to high school.

And now 1,400 leftist fascists have signed a petition to Vanderbilt University demanding that one of the most respected African-American scholars in this country take diversity training or be "terminated."

"The students targeting Dr. Swain claim to be 'fighting oppression'," Greenfield observes. "But true resistance to oppression is in fighting oppressors.

"Fighting oppression by destroying free speech and silencing dissent is just oppression no matter how much hypocritical self-righteous makeup it wears to the dance.

Here's what is really happening. "The left is taking off its masks. It has given up pretending that it believes in rights and freedoms. Now, in its final stage, it imposes oppression in the name of tolerance and sensitivity. It claims that eliminating the opposition is the only way to make its oppressed oppressors feel safe and welcomed," Greenfield argues.

"The fight for Dr. Swain’s academic freedom and her freedom of speech is the true fight against oppression," Greenfield concludes.

"Dr. Swain has been fighting against real oppression generations before her attackers were even old enough to complain that gluten in their light beers is oppression.

"She lived under segregation. She rose up from crushing poverty. And she is still standing strong against her oppressors today."

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Mizzou: Whites Not Allowed

By Rick Pearcey • November 12, 2015, 08:44 AM

"In an ironic development, to say the least, protesters at the University of Missouri (MU) segregated themselves by race Wednesday night, having white students leave a gathering in order to create a 'black-only healing space'," Blake Neff writes at The Daily Caller. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Debate Gold: Ted Cruz Soars on Immigration -- Youtube

By Rick Pearcey • November 11, 2015, 12:04 PM

"Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz struck gold with his comments on immigration at Tuesday night's debate, delivering remarks that resonated well with a Fox News focus group composed of New Hampshire primary voters," Oliver Darcy reports at The Blaze.

I transcribed his remarks, and here is what Cruz said:

What was said was right. The Democrats are laughing. Because if Republicans join Democrats as the party of amnesty, we will lose.

And, you know, I understand that when the mainstream media covers immigration, it doesn't often see it as an economic issue.

But I can tell you for millions of Americans at home watching this, it is a very personal economic issue.

And I will say the politics of it would be very, very different if a bunch of lawyers or bankers were crossing the Rio Grande.

Or if a bunch of people with journalism degrees were coming over and driving down the wages in the press.

Then we would see stories about the economic calamity that is befalling our nation.

And I will say, for those of us who believe people ought to come to this country legally, and we should enforce the law, we're tired of being told it's anti-immigrant.

It's offensive.

I am the son of an immigrant who came legally from Cuba to seek the American Dream. And we can embrace legal immigration while believing in the rule of law.

And I would note, try going illegally to another country. Try going to China or Japan. Try going to Mexico. See what they do.

Every sovereign nation secures its borders.

And it is not compassionate to say we're not going to enforce the laws, and we're going to drive down the wages for millions of hard-working men and women.

"That is abandoning the working man," Cruz said.

You can watch these remarks by Cruz on this Youtube video, beginning at the 1:01 mark.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Attacking Our Founders: What About Counting Black Slaves as "Three-Fifths of a Human"?

By Rick Pearcey • November 10, 2015, 09:49 AM

Many of my columns speak highly of the wisdom of our nation's founders," writes economist and author Walter E. Williams.

"Every once in a while, I receive an ugly letter sarcastically asking what do I think of their wisdom declaring blacks 'three-fifths of a human.'

"It's difficult to tell whether such a question is prompted by ignorance or is the fruit of an ongoing agenda to undermine American greatness. Let's examine some facts about our founders and slavery."

Here are two important paragraphs from Williams:  

At the time of the 1787 Constitutional Convention, slaves were 40 percent of the population of southern colonies. Apportionment in the House of Representatives and the number of electoral votes each state would have in presidential elections would be based upon population. Southern colonies wanted slaves to be counted as one person. Northern delegates to the convention, and those opposed to slavery, wanted to count only free persons of each state for the purposes of apportionment in the House of Representatives and the Electoral College. The compromise reached was that each slave would be counted as only three-fifths of a person. 

If the convention delegates had not reached this compromise, the Constitution would have not been ratified and there would not have been a Union. My questions to those who criticize the three-fifths clause are twofold. Would it have been preferable for the southern states to be able to count slaves as whole persons, thereby giving southern states more political power? Would blacks have been better off without constitutional ratification and a Union made possible by the three-fifths compromise? In other words, would blacks have been better off with northern states having gone their way and southern states having gone theirs and, as a consequence, no U.S. Constitution and no Union? Abolitionist Frederick Douglass understood the compromise, saying that the three-fifths clause was "a downright disability laid upon the slaveholding states" that deprived them of "two-fifths of their natural basis of representation."

In other words, the three-fifths clause was an attack on the power base of the slaveholding states, not an attack on the humanity of black people.

"With union," Williams writes, "Congress at least had the power to abolish slave trade in 1808. According to delegate James Wilson, many believed the anti-slave-trade clause laid 'the foundation for banishing slavery out of this country'."

Read the entire column here.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Release the Records: Ben Carson vs. Barack Obama, College Edition

By Rick Pearcey • November 9, 2015, 12:04 PM

Media outlets such as the Washington Post have opened to the door to the "demand that President Barack Obama release his Columbia University records immediately," Wayne Root writes. "How nice of them! Thank you!"

Root explains:

If the media thinks Dr. Carson's claims about his college experience 40 years ago are relevant, then clearly Obama's college claims are relevant too.

It's time for all of us to demand Obama release his Columbia college records. It's time for the media to scrutinize Obama the same way they are scrutinizing Ben Carson, Donald Trump, and every other GOP Presidential candidate.

"Dr. Carson's claims haven't cost taxpayers a dime," Root concludes. "But Obama's presidency has cost all of us dearly. If it was all built on a lie, on fraud, we have a right to know."

Friday, November 6, 2015

Metro Houston: Christian Daycare Workers Fired for Refusing to Call a Little Girl a Boy

By Rick Pearcey • November 6, 2015, 02:29 PM

Lana Shadwick reports at Breitbart:

Two daycare workers have been fired for refusing to go along with the center's transgender agenda. Madeline Kirksey, one of the workers who is an author of a Christian book, says her religious liberty rights have been violated. The two were fired after refusing to call a little girl a boy.

The two male parents of a six-year-old little girl told employees at the school to refer to their daughter as a boy, and to call her by a new masculine name. The little girl's hair had also been cut like a boy's.

Kirksey, "and another worker who does not want to be identified, were fired from the Childrens' Lighthouse Learning Center in Katy, Texas, a city just west of Houston," Breitbart reports.

Will someone please rise up to protect this 6-year-old girl from these abusive "male parents"?

And, by the way, loving parents might want to think twice about putting their children in the hands of any unenlightened school or center that fails to respect the wonder and diversity of the male-female distinction and its grounding as a biological fact of life.

You can contact the Children's Lighthouse Learning Center in Katy, Texas, by calling 281-395-4466.

Transgender Politics vs. the Facts of Life
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Mark Levin Interviews Kentucky Governor Elect Matt Bevin

By Rick Pearcey • November 5, 2015, 04:44 PM

Yesterday "on his radio program, Conservative Review Editor in Chief [and nationally syndicated radio host] Mark Levin interviewed Kentucky Governor Elect Matt Bevin."

As CR Wire continues

Levin and Bevin talked about a wide range of subjects including how Bevin outwitted the establishment of two parties to win his election. 

Bevin also went through the uplifting history of the Lieutenant Governor elect of Kentucky, an African American Female Tea Party leader named Jenean Hampton, a 57 year old native of Detroit, who rose through the ranks of corporate America to run a manufacturing plant for a Fortune 500 company. Hampton is the first African American statewide elected official in the history of Kentucky, a former slave state.

To listen to Levin's interview with Bevin, go here.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

College Professor Caught Shredding Constitution in Undercover Video

By Rick Pearcey • November 4, 2015, 09:11 AM

"I'll put it in the shredder," says Colleen Cohen of Vassar.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Jeb Bush Fades in N.H., Despite Ad Blitz

By Rick Pearcey • November 3, 2015, 10:44 AM

Mike Flynn writes at Breitbart:

A new poll of New Hampshire Republicans by Monmouth University confirms the fading fortunes of the Jeb Bush campaign.

Despite spending more on TV than all other candidates combined, Jeb has dropped to sixth place in nation’s first primary state, a must-win for his Presidential ambitions. In July, Jeb Bush was second in New Hampshire.

Jeb's Tough Guy Persona Falls Flat

Monday, November 2, 2015

Making Culture: New Book by HBU Prof. Nancy Pearcey in the Works -- and More

By Rick Pearcey • November 2, 2015, 04:42 PM

I am happy to announce that The Pearcey Report editor at large and Houston Baptist University Professof of Apologetics Nancy Pearcey is writing a new book for publisher David C. Cook. The new book will address life and sexuality issues and is the second volume of the two-book contract that she signed with the Colorado publisher.

The book will be based on plenary addresses Nancy has delivered in several venues, including L’Abri, Denver Seminary, New Orleans Baptist Seminary, Apologetics Canada, Southern Adventist University, Southern Evangelical Seminary, Evangelical Ministries to New Religions, and Igreja Batista da Lagoinha, reputed to be the largest church in South America.

Nancy has has also published on the subject of human sexuality in the Christian Post, and in national media outlets such as The Daily Caller ("CPAC, Homosexuality, and the Crack-Up of Conservatism) and The American Thinker ("Facts, Values, and the Redefinition of "Marriage").

She delivered the annual lecture for Denver Seminary's Gordon Lewis Center, speaking Oct. 2, 2015, on "Finding Truth: How the Bible Teaches Critical Thinking." For a luncheon the following day, she addressed to topic of "Arguing for Sexual Truth in a Secular Age." That evening she spoke at Horizon Christian Fellowship in Denver.

In addition, The Pearcey Report editor at large published two articles on John Piper’s website, Desiring God, each of which attracted several thousand hits: "One Strategy to Rule Them All: How to Answer Skeptics from Romans 1" (published Aug. 30) and "The Bait-and-Switch over Same-Sex 'Marriage'" (published Oct. 1).

In media, Pearcey was invited to appear on Breitbart News (Sept. 26) during the recent Values Voter Summit broadcast, and on various Christian programs: Gino Geraci on Crosswalk, John Clemens on the Clemens Report, David Wheaton on The Christian Worldview, and a podcast interview with Michael Easley, former president of Moody Bible Institute.

Nancy did print interviews that appeared in Apologetics for Parents and in ByFaith, in both the online and the print versions, which was titled "Man -- the Master Idol Maker: Pearcey Shares Principles from Romans 1." ByFaith is the "online magazine of the Presbyterian Church in America."

It was last March that Nancy published her new book, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism & Other God Substitutes. The book was endorsed by leading Christian philosophers and apologists, including J.P. Moreland, Doug Groothuis, and Paul Copan; by popular apologists Lee StrobelRavi Zacharias, Greg Koukl, J. Warner Wallace, and Sean McDowell; by writers and artists such as John Erickson (Hank the Cowdog) and Doug TenNapel (Veggie Tales), and even entertainer Phil Robertson (Duck Dynasty). 

Publicity for the book has included some 50 media interviews, including radio interviews on the Janet Parshall Show, the Janet Mefford Show, the Frank Sontag Show, Stand to Reason, Campus Crusade (Cru), American Family Radio, and Family Talk hosted by Meg Meeker and Ryan Dobson. Print interviews have appeared in World magazine, the Christian Post (Napp Nazworth), Jonathan Merritt’s On Faith & CultureByFaith, the Gospel Coalition, and HBU's The Pillars

Nancy was featured in a cover story in Today’s Christian Living and over the past months was invited to give plenary talks on Finding Truth at several conferences, including Faith & Law (an organization of Capitol staffers in Washington, D.C.), Apologetics Canada, the Newport Foundation, New St. Andrews College, and the Association of Christian Classical Schools. She also addressed the apologetics class at Second Baptist Church in Houston

Reviews of Finding Truth have appeared, among other places, in Patheos, Challies.com, and Christianity Today

The apologetics organization Stand to Reason has led reading groups on Finding Truth, a Ratio Christi group has led a women's group through the book, churches report using it in their youth groups, a businessmen's group in Atlanta is currently studying the book, and Christian school teachers have contacted Nancy about using the book in their classes.

For additional information on Nancy and her work, please see the official Nancy Pearcey website.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Obama Regime Hating Liberty: America's Soft Tyranny Is Hardening

By Rick Pearcey • October 30, 2015, 06:28 PM

Patricia McCarthy writes at American Thinker:

We are semi-officially a lawless, soft (but hardening) tyranny. How else does one explain Lois Lerner not being charged with the numerous crimes she has most certainly committed? 

As many others have noted, the fix was in as surely as the fix is in on the countless crimes committed by Hillary Clinton and her grubby Clinton Foundation that sells influence at very high prices. Like Lerner, Clinton likely will be deemed above the law by the DOJ and the FBI. 

By way of contrast, "General Petraeus and several others were charged, jailed and/or fined for crimes so minimal compared to Hillary's because they did not toe the Obama line: no deviation from the agenda is allowed, no criticism of the regime will be tolerated," McCarthy observes.

As for "American citizens outside of the protective bubble of the government," they "are not only expendable, they are fodder for bureaucratic abuse," McCarthy writes.

McCarthy concludes with this quote from Montesquieu: "There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice."

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Cruz to Hannity: How About GOP Debate With Hannity, Levin, and Limbaugh as Moderators? -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • October 29, 2015, 01:41 PM

In this video clip of Sean Hannity discussing with Ted Cruz last night's CNBC debate debacle (see "Corrupt Media: CNBC Bias Loses the Republican Debate"), Cruz makes the case that a GOP presidential primary debate would be better served with Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and Rush Limbaugh as moderators.

"In my view, Republican primary debates ought to be moderated by people who would vote in a primary," the Texas senator says to Hannity in the above-mentioned clip.

"How about a debate moderated by Sean Hannity and Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh?" Cruz says.

"I'm in," Hannity replies. "And I think I can speak for the other three. They're in as well."

My view: A Hannity-Levin-Limbaugh moderated debate would be a blockbuster ratings event and a highly productive, informative evening. I'm in, too. Let's do it.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Jeb's Tough Guy Persona Falls Flat

By Rick Pearcey • October 28, 2015, 03:04 PM

Or as Kathleen Parker writes, "When all else is failing, reinvent yourself." Well, maybe that works for some people.

In any case, Jeb Bush does seem to be a nice guy. But his personality is not at issue.

His problem is not just that he's a Bush. His problem is that he seems clueless regarding the purpose of being president of the United States.

My only advice is that he read and think through the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. If he doesn't understand there's a vision for freedom within the liberating circle of constitutional norms and "enumerated powers," then he really ought to seek a different line of work.

Something among the "really cool things" that he "could do," to borrow his phraseology.

Look: Every job -- from dog-catcher to parent to ice-cream truck driver to governor to actor to pastor to president is about "getting things done," etc., etc.

The real question is: What is it, Mr. Bush, that is specific to the elected office of president of the United States?

There's a very specifiic job description relative to being president. Unfortunately, Jeb and about 200% of the Republican establishment do not appear know what that description is.

Or if they know it, they reject it. Neither option encourages confidence.

If you don't know the job by now, Mr. Bush, why should we hire you?

Meanwhile, read the rest of Kathleen Parker's column here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Rand Paul on Socialism: "Ultimately . . . They Exterminate You"

By Rick Pearcey • October 27, 2015, 02:45 PM

Melanie Hunter reports at CNSNews.com:

In an interview on 'The Glenn Beck Program' on Monday, GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called socialism 'the most anti-choice economic system,' where ultimately if you don't listen, 'they exterminate you.'

"It's the most anti-choice economic system. If you don't listen, they fine you. If you don't pay the fine, they imprison you.

"If you will not listen, ultimately what has happened in history -- and people get mad when I say this -- but they exterminate you, and that's what happened under Stalin," said Paul.

Read more.

Socialists Cause Famine in "Breadbasket" of Africa
I Lived Socialism: A False Ideology Against Guns, Gold, and God

Monday, October 26, 2015

Guns & Gov't: Media Again Try to Trap Ben Carson

By Rick Pearcey • October 26, 2015, 05:10 PM

And fail. Again.

But Ben Carson on Meet the Press got to utter wild words like government finds it "much more difficult to dominate people who are armed."

In an insane world, common sense is crazy.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Video: Bill O'Reilly Likens Black Lives Matter to Nazi Party

By Rick Pearcey • October 23, 2015, 11:58 AM

Cheryl Chumley reports at WND:

Bill O'Reilly, Fox News star of the highly rated "O'Reilly Factor," engaged in a heated debate with a couple of panelists over Black Lives Matter, its embrace of violence against police and the Democratic Party's support of the movement, ultimately posing the blunt question: How would you feel if Republicans brought out Nazi members to speak about political issues?

He opened with commentary about the Black Lives Matter movement "not all that different than the Black Panther movement" in that they "both believe police actively target blacks for oppression."

O'Reilly then said "Black Lives Matter movement [is] causing trouble all over the country," and cut to video segments of some of the members' recent protests, including one where they marched down a street chanting, "pigs in a blanket" and another one where they called for "dead cops."

Read more.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Islam Comes to Kansas

By Rick Pearcey • October 22, 2015, 09:55 AM

"The Muslim conquest of America continues apace. And some unexpected places are being heavily colonized," Carol Brown writes at American Thinker. "Case in point: Wichita, Kansas."

Read more.

What Is Killing the Western World?

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Dutch Firebrand Geert Wilders Attends Anti-Islam Party Launch in Australia

By Rick Pearcey • October 21, 2015, 10:14 AM

From AFP:

Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders was Wednesday met by protesters as he helped launch a new political party in Perth, the Australian Liberty Alliance.

The Dutch firebrand and eurosceptic, who was controversially granted a visa, said the new party was modelled on his own Freedom Party in opposing "the Islamisation process."

The secular Australian Liberty Alliance was set up by the Q Society of Australia, a volunteer-run anti-Islam lobby group established in Victoria state in 2010. The size of its membership is not known.

"Elsewhere in Europe, like minded parties, such as in Austria, Sweden, France and even Switzerland, have become big parties as well," he said after braving a small but vocal group of protesters chanting "say it loud, say it clear, racists are not welcome here." [Memo to protesters: Islam is a religion, not a race.]

"Wilders is often reviled for his fiery rhetoric, but his Freedom Party continues to ride high in opinion polls in the Netherlands amid the European refugee crisis," the AFP story concludes.

For more information on the Australian Liberty Alliance, visit their website here.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Report: 9-11 Hijackers Obtained Florida I.D. Cards Under Jeb Bush's Watch

By Rick Pearcey • October 20, 2015, 12:19 PM

Alex Swoyer reports at Breitbart:

GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush is defending his brother, former President George W. Bush, against GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s reminder that 9-11 occurred under George W. Bush's watch.

But the International Business Times (IBT) reports a number of the hijackers on 9-11 actually obtained Florida drivers licenses -- or I.D. cards -- while Jeb Bush was governor, which allowed them to blend into society.

"Breitbart News' Julia Hahn reported that Jeb Bush’s own writings -- reveal that even the Bushes admit that 'leaky' immigration enforcement was a major driving factor in leading to the terrorist attacks," Breitbart reports.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Winner: Swiss People's Party Surges in Election to Protect Nation Against "Mass Migration"

By Rick Pearcey • October 19, 2015, 09:04 AM

"The vote was clear," said Swiss People's Party (SVP) leader Toni Brunner on Swiss television, according to Reuters. "The people are worried about mass migration to Europe."

"Sunday's result cemented the SVP's the SVP's position as the dominant force in Swiss politics," Reuters reports.

Friday, October 16, 2015

France's Top Weatherman Questions Climate Change, Is Promptly Suspended

By Rick Pearcey • October 16, 2015, 10:29 AM

Henry Samuel writes from Paris for the Telegraph:

Every night, France's chief weatherman has told the nation how much wind, sun or rain they can expect the following day.

Now Philippe Verdier, a household name for his nightly forecasts on France 2, has been taken off air after a more controversial announcement -- criticising the world's top climate change experts.

Mr. Verdier claims in the book Climat Investigation . . . that leading climatologists and political leaders have "taken the world hostage" with misleading data.

In a video promoting his new book, Verdier says, "Every night I address five million French people to talk to you about the wind, the clouds and the sun. And yet there is something important, very important that I haven’t been able to tell you, because it's neither the time nor the place to do so," the Telegraph reports.

Verdier adds, "We are hostage to a planetary scandal over climate change -- a war machine whose aim is to keep us in fear," according to the Telegraph.

"His outspoken views led France 2 to take him off the air starting this Monday," the Telegraph reports.

"I received a letter telling me not to come. I'm in shock," the Telegraph quotes Verdier as telling RTL radio. "This is a direct extension of what I say in my book, namely that any contrary views must be eliminated."

"Settled Science"? There's Nothing More Unscientific
Belief vs. Science: Lacking Scientific Support, UN Seeks "Young Woman" to Sell Global Warming

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Another Obamacare Collapse: Kentucky Healthcare Co-op Goes Under

By Rick Pearcey • October 15, 2015, 11:12 AM

Despite receiving "over $146 million in federal loan money" . . . "the Kentucky Health Cooperative has decided not to offer health insurance plans for 2016," Leah Jessen reports at the Daily Signal.

"The Kentucky co-op (Consumer Oriented and Operated Plan), a nonprofit health insurer created with federal taxpayer funds under Obamacare, announced its fold on Friday," according to the Daily Signal.

"It is with sadness that we announce this decision," Glenn Jennings, interim CEO of the Kentucky Health Cooperative, is quoted as saying in a statement.

"This very difficult choice was made after much deliberation," Jennings said. "If there were a way to avoid it and simultaneously do right by the members, providers and all others that we serve, we would do so."

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Cruz, Gohmert Demand Removal of Margaret Sanger Bust

By Rick Pearcey • October 14, 2015, 09:37 AM

Todd Beamon reports at Newsmax:

Twenty-six Republicans, led by presidential candidate Ted Cruz and Rep. Louie Gohmert, have called on the Smithsonian Institution to immediately remove a bust of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, saying that honoring her "is an outrage."

"Ms. Sanger was an avowed advocate of eugenics and the extermination of groups of people she deemed as 'undesirables," the GOP legislators said in a letter sent Friday to Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery.

"Sanger's bust is part of the gallery's 'Struggle for Justice' exhibit at the Smithsonian," Newsmax reports.

"Specifically, Ms. Sanger singled out African Americans, among other minority groups, as deserving to be subjected to such horrific and inhumane treatment," the letter states, according to Newsmax.

"Honoring a figure who promoted such hatred and deep-seated racism is not only contrary to the values that the exhibit is purporting to promote, but also deeply antithetical to the very values most Americans hold dear," the letter states, Newsmax reports.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Democrat Debate Tonight -- Donald Trump to Live-Tweet

By Rick Pearcey • October 13, 2015, 10:11 AM

Trump Tweets: "At the request of many, and even though I expect it to be a very boring two hours, I will be covering the Democrat Debate live on Twitter!"

It goes without saying that Trump's live-Tweet coverage of the debate will be the best coverage of anything by anyone, ever.

Monday, October 12, 2015

More Than 60 Legal Scholars Urge: Reject Supreme Court Homosex "Marriage" Opinion as Binding

By Rick Pearcey • October 12, 2015, 11:56 AM

At CNSNews.com:

A group of more than 60 legal scholars released a statement . . . calling on all federal and state officeholders not to accept the Supreme Court's Obergefell v. Hodges decision -- declaring a national right to same-same sex marriage -- as binding precedent.

One of the signers and authors of the statement was Robert. P. George, the founder of the American Principles Project and McCormack Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton. 

"We stand with James Madison and Abraham Lincoln in recognizing that the Constitution is not whatever a majority of Supreme Court justices say it is," said George. "We remind all officeholders in the United States that they are pledged to uphold the Constitution of the United States, not the will of five members of the Supreme Court." 

What follows is the complete text of the statement


We are scholars and informed citizens deeply concerned by the edict of the Supreme Court of the United States in Obergefell v. Hodges wherein the Court decreed, by the narrowest of margins, that every state in the country must redefine marriage to include same-sex relationships. 

The Court's majority opinion eschewed reliance on the text, logic, structure, or original understanding of the Constitution, as well as the Court's own interpretative doctrines and precedents, and supplied no compelling reasoning to show why it is unjustified for the laws of the states to sustain marriage as it has been understood for millennia as the union of husband and wife.

The opinion for the Court substituted for traditional -- and sound -- methods of constitutional interpretation a new and ill-defined jurisprudence of identity -- one that abused the moral concept of human dignity.

The four dissenting justices are right to reject the majority opinion in unsparing terms. 

Justice Scalia refers to it as "a naked judicial claim to legislative
. . . power; a claim fundamentally at odds with our system of government."

Justice Thomas says the opinion "exalts judges at the expense of the People from whom they derive their authority" as it perverts the meaning of liberty into an entitlement to government action. 

Justice Alito calls attention to the well-established doctrine that the "liberty" guaranteed by the due process clause protects only those rights "that are deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition," and that it is "beyond dispute that the right to same-sex marriage is not among those rights." He further points to the opinion’s tendency to reduce the purpose of marriage to "the happiness of persons who choose to marry." He warns it will be used to "vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy" and is yet another example of the "Court's abuse of its authority."

Chief Justice Roberts says "the Constitution leaves no doubt" that the majority's "pretentious" opinion is incorrect. It even attempts to "sully those on the other side of the debate" in an "entirely gratuitous" manner. 

If Obergefell is accepted as binding law, the consequences will be grave. Of the results that can be predicted with confidence, four stand out: 

First, society will be harmed by being denied the right to hold out as normative, and particularly desirable, the only type of human relationship that every society must cultivate for its perpetuation. This compelling interest is strengthened by the fact that there is strong evidence to support what common sense suggests, namely, that children fare best when raised by their married mother and father who are both responsible for bringing them into the world and who provide maternal and paternal influences and care. 

Second, individuals and organizations holding to the historic and natural understanding of marriage as a conjugal union -- the covenantal partnership of one man and one woman -- will be vilified, legally targeted, and denied constitutional rights in order to pressure them to conform to the new orthodoxy. 

Third, the new jurisprudence of dignity is unlimited in principle and will encourage additional claims to redefine marriage and other long-established institutions.

Fourth, the right of all Americans to engage in democratic deliberation, and ultimately self-government, will be decisively undermined. 

Any decision that brings about such evils would be questionable. One lacking anything remotely resembling a warrant in the text, logic, structure, or original understanding of the Constitution must be judged anti-constitutional and illegitimate. Obergefell should be declared to be such, and treated as such, by the other branches of government and by citizens of the United States.

In 1788, James Madison wrote, "The several departments being perfectly co-ordinate by the terms of their common commission, neither of them, it is evident, can pretend to an exclusive or superior right of settling the boundaries between their respective powers."

In 1857, Abraham Lincoln said, "Judicial decisions are of greater or less authority as precedents, according to circumstances. That this should be so, accords both with common sense, and the customary understanding of the legal profession." If a decision "had been made by the unanimous concurrence of the judges, and without any apparent partisan bias, and in accordance with legal public expectation, and with the steady practice of the departments throughout our history, and had been in no part, based on assumed historical facts which are not really true; or, if wanting in some of these, it had been before the court more than once, and had there been affirmed and re-affirmed through a course of years, it then might be, perhaps would be, factious, nay, even revolutionary, to not acquiesce in it as a precedent." If, however, a decision is "wanting in all these claims to the public confidence," it is "not factious" to resist it. 

Obergefell is wanting in all these claims to the public confidence. It cannot therefore be taken to have settled the law of the United States. 


We stand with James Madison and Abraham Lincoln in recognizing that the Constitution is not whatever a majority of Supreme Court justices say it is.

We remind all officeholders in the United States that they are pledged to uphold the Constitution of the United States, not the will of five members of the Supreme Court

We call on all federal and state officeholders: 

To refuse to accept Obergefell as binding precedent for all but the specific plaintiffs in that case.

To recognize the authority of states to define marriage, and the right of federal and state officeholders to act in accordance with those definitions.

To pledge full and mutual legal and political assistance to anyone who refuses to follow Obergefell for constitutionally protected reasons.

To open forthwith a broad and honest conversation on the means by which Americans may constitutionally resist and overturn the judicial usurpations evident in Obergefell.

We emphasize that the course of action we are here advocating is neither extreme nor disrespectful of the rule of law. Lincoln regarded the claim of supremacy for the Supreme Court in matters of constitutional interpretation as incompatible with the republican principles of the Constitution. Our position is summed up in Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address: 

"I do not forget the position assumed by some that constitutional questions are to be decided by the Supreme Court, nor do I deny that such decisions must be binding in any case upon the parties to a suit as to the object of that suit, while they are also entitled to very high respect and consideration in all parallel cases by other departments of the government. And while it is obviously possible that such decision may be erroneous in any given case, still the evil effect following it, being limited to that particular case, with the chance that it may be overruled and never become a precedent for other cases, can better be borne than could the evils of a different practice. At the same time, the candid citizen must confess that if the policy of the government upon vital questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made in ordinary litigation between parties in personal actions, the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having to that extent practically resigned their government into the hands of that eminent tribunal."

The proper understanding and definition of marriage is self-evidently a vital question affecting the whole people. To treat as "settled" and "the law of the land" the decision of five Supreme Court justices who, by their own admission, can find no warrant for their ruling in the text, logic, structure, or original understanding of the Constitution, would indeed be to resign our government into the hands of that eminent tribunal. That is something that no citizen or statesman who wishes to sustain the great experiment in ordered liberty bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers should be willing to do. 

The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"

Friday, October 9, 2015

He Stopped a Jihadist in France: Now He's Been Stabbed in California

By Rick Pearcey • October 9, 2015, 11:55 AM

Matthew Vadum writes at American Thinker:

Yesterday’s brutal knife attack on the U.S.-born French train hero Spencer Stone is yet more evidence suggesting that Stone and his fellow heroes are being targeted, possibly by Islamic terrorists.

"In just the span of a week, this is the second time a world-famous American Christian who overwhelmed a would-be mass-murdering jihadist terrorist on a train in Europe two months ago appears to have been targeted," Vadum writes. 

Read more here

What Is Killing the Western World?

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Smugglers Set Up Anti-U.S. Nuclear Jihad Armageddon

By Rick Pearcey • October 8, 2015, 11:10 AM

Robert Spencer writes at Frontpagemag.com:

"You can make a dirty bomb, which would be perfect for the Islamic State," an arms smuggler is quoted as saying to a potential buyer in Moldova in an Associated Press report published Wednesday. "If you have a connection with them, the business will go smoothly."

Arms smugglers, says the report, are specifically targeting Islamic jihad groups, principally but not solely the Islamic State, to sell them material for bombs -- including nuclear material.

One explained: "I really want an Islamic buyer because they will bomb the Americans."

This could be one aspect of Barack Obama's inhumane legacy: A mushroom cloud rising above American soil.

Read more here.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Hillary Super PAC Leaks Dirt on Biden to Politico, NYT

By Rick Pearcey • October 7, 2015, 09:12 AM

Patrick Howley reports at Breitbart.com:

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's operatives are digging up dirt about her potential primary challenger, Joe Biden, and leaking it to the press.

David Brock, founder of the pro-Clinton super PAC Correct the Record, is overseeing a massive anti-Biden opposition research effort, New York Magazine reports.

"A source confirmed that Correct the Record is behind recent press attacks on Biden's character and record," Breitbart reports.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Dick Morris: Jeb Bush Can't Win

By Rick Pearcey • October 6, 2015, 07:18 AM

Dick Morris writes:

Say what you will about Trump, Carson, Carly, Rubio, Cruz, Huckabee, Kasich, Christie or even Rand, they are stand-out personalities with compelling positions and features. 
By comparison, Jeb just blends into the background, looking like a less-interesting hybrid of his father and brother.

"Jeb deserves his current 4 percent vote share in the latest Pew Research poll," Morris concludes. "He is not a winner."

Read the entire column here.

Monday, October 5, 2015

NYC Police Ignore Muslim Brotherhood Assault on Streets of New York -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • October 5, 2015, 09:37 AM

Joe Herring and Dr. Mark Christian write at American Thinker:

New York City residents were treated to a glimpse of their (and our!) future recently when Egyptian journalists in town to cover the visit of Egyptian president Al-Sisi to the U.N. were assaulted by Muslim Brotherhood agents -- in full view of New York City police.

The journalists were assaulted verbally and physically while New York’s finest looked on, deigning to intervene in much the same way a schoolteacher does with a recalcitrant student -- tut-tutting and tsk-tsking -- rather than apprehending and jailing the violent assaulters as one would expect on the streets of an American city.

"In the end, after clearly committing crimes of personal violence, the attackers were sent on their way," Herring and Christian writes. "Not arrested.  Not detained.  Simply allowed to wander off, their intimidation attack successful and unchallenged."

Here is video of the altercation.

Read the entire article at American Thinker. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Houston Moms Taking Up Firearms Training to Protect Their Families

By Rick Pearcey • October 2, 2015, 12:24 PM

Matt Vespa writes at Townhall:

Mothers in the Houston area are concerned by the 50 break-ins that have occurred in their community. So, they’re doing what many moms would do to protect their families; they’re undergoing firearms training.

Here's a video report at KPRC-TV news.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

FBI: Gun Murders Continue to Fall

By Rick Pearcey • October 1, 2015, 09:36 AM

Stephen Gutowski reports at FreeBeacon.com:

A report published by the FBI on Monday shows that gun murders and other violent crimes continued to fall in 2014.

The FBI Crime in the United States report found 8,124 murders committed with firearms in 2014, down from 8,454 in 2013. That represents a 3.9 percent drop year over year and the lowest rate of any year included in the report.

"The gun prohibition lobby and Michael Bloomberg and friends must be choking on this huge drop in homicides,” the Free Beacon quotes Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation as saying. 

"They have been claiming that we have a 'gun violence' epidemic. What we have are a record number of new gun sales and owners over the past few years which has translated into more guns less violent crime," Gottlieb said, according to the Free Beacon.

"It is time for people like Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton to admit that guns save lives," Gottlieb said, the Free Beacon reports.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood Caught in a Lie to Congress

By Rick Pearcey • September 30, 2015, 11:18 AM

Yesterday, Planned Parenthood boss Cecile Richards told Rep. Mia Love of Utah, "We do not have mamogram machines at our health centers, and we've never stated that we did" (Youtube).

In contrast, Richards said the following on CNN in 2011: "If this bill [cutting off federal funding of Planned Parenthood] ever becomes law, millions of women are going to lose their healthcare access, not to abortion services, to basic family planning, you know, mamograms."

In this Youtube video, Planned Parenthood clinic staff from around the country say their clinics do not provide mamograms: 

* Planned Parenthood of Georgetown: "We do not provide mamograms . . . . We don't deal with the health side of it so much."

* Mid-Town Facility, Indianapolis, Planned Parenthood: "We don't here."

* Washington, D.C., Planned Parenthood: "We do not offer, like, um, the mamogram."

* Atlanta, Ga., Planned Parenthood: "We do not."

* St. Louis, Planned Parenthood: "We don't."

* Perth, N.J., Planned Parenthood: "We don't do mamograms here."

* New York, N.Y., Planned Parenthood: "We don't offer mamograms."

* Burlington, Iowa, Planned Parenthood: "No."

* Lincoln, Nebraska, Planned Parenthood: "No, I'm sorry, we don't."

* Memphis, Tenn., Planned Parenthood: "No ma'am, we sure don't."

* Arizona Planned Parenthood: "We don't provide those services whatsoever."

Clearly, if Planned Parenhood does not provide mamograms or "those services whatsover," it follows that defunding Planned Parenthood will not put obtaining "those services" in jeopardy.

And yet, as noted earlier, Planned Parenthood's CEO Cecile Richards: "If this bill [cutting off federal funding of Planned Parenthood] ever becomes law, millions of women are going to lose their healthcare access, not to abortion services, to basic family planning, you know, mamograms" (see her declaration at the 2:16 mark of this video).

This is, again, the same Cecile Richards who yesterday told Congress, "We do not have mamogram machines at our health centers, and we've never stated that we did."

For more, see "Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood Caught in a Lie to Congress," by Thomas Lifson at American Thinker.

U.S. House Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood in Wake of Baby Parts Scandal
Why Pro-Abortion Is Anti-Science

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Gallup: 52% of Americans Say Most Members of Congress Are Corrupt

By Rick Pearcey • September 29, 2015, 09:36 AM

CNSNews.com reports:

Fifty-two percent of Americans believe that most members of the U.S. Congress are corrupt and 32 percent believe the member who represents them is corrupt, according to a Gallup survey released [yesterday].

"In a similar Gallup survey released nine days ago, 75 percent of Americans said they believe corruption is widespread throughout government in the United States," CNSNews reports.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Why Are We Still Listening to Karl Rove?

By Rick Pearcey • September 28, 2015, 06:40 AM

After all, writes Jeffrey Lord, what Karl Rove advises -- "the fraternal order timidity of the ever-cautious GOP Establishment -- never ends well for GOP presidents, be they Ford, Bush, or Bush."

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Nancy Pearcey on Breitbart News Saturday Radio

By Rick Pearcey • September 26, 2015, 12:56 PM

The Pearcey Report editor at large Nancy Pearcey will appear on Breitbart News Saturday radio today at approximately 2 p.m. EST on Sirius XM radio the Patriot Channel 125.
Nancy will be interviewed by Breitbart CEO Stephen Bannon. The topic is this weekend's Values Voter Summit being held in Washington, D.C., and her new book Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes.

Friday, September 25, 2015

John Boehner to Resign

By Rick Pearcey • September 25, 2015, 11:20 AM

"House Speaker John Boehner reportedly told Republican House members this morning that he intends to resign as speaker and vacate his seat in the House next month," CNSNews.com reports.

Law & Terror: Broward Sheriff Hires CAIR Leader Nezar Hamze as Deputy Sheriff

By Rick Pearcey • September 25, 2015, 07:18 AM

Joe Kaufman writes at Frontpagemag.com:

When Sheriff Scott Israel made the decision to hire Florida CAIR leader Nezar Hamze as a Deputy Sheriff at the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO), he did so knowing that Hamze was involved with a Muslim group with, at the very least, a questionable background. And he did so against the advice of three ranking officials from the Sheriff’s office, who refused to recommend Hamze a little over one year prior to Hamze’s hiring."

"Surely" Sheriff Israel "would know that CAIR was founded by individuals associated with Hamas," Kaurman observes. "Indeed, CAIR was established as part of a terrorist umbrella organization led by the then-global head of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook, who was based in the United States at the time."

The upshot is that Sheriff Israel "has compromised the BSO and exposed local and national security to a threat from within," Kaufman argues.

"Scott Israel has ignored the directives of his distinguished BSO colleagues and has done what, for many, is the unthinkable," Kaufman continues. "He has brought together the worlds of law enforcement and terrorism."

By the way, those directives, those "non-recommendations," "may have had a little to do with the fact that Hamze was found to be lying on his polygraph test," Kaufman suggests.

"According to BSO Polygraphist Melissa Broadhurst, 'It is the opinion of this examiner that the applicant had chart reactions to the following polygraph test questions: lying about use of marijuana, lying about use of illegal drugs, lying about buying illegal drugs'," Kaufman writes.

What should happen now? "Sheriff Israel’s resignation should be swift," Kaufman concludes, "so that the BSO and the community can move on to leadership who will serve to protect and not place the community in danger."

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Dick Morris: Trump Is Right, "Fox News Is in the Tank for Bush"

By Rick Pearcey • September 24, 2015, 08:46 AM

Newsmax quotes Dick Morris as saying the following on The Steve Malzberg Show

Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, was [President George H.W.] Bush's main guy and main strategist. I first met Roger in 1988 when he and I worked together on Bush 41's campaign and worked on the negative ads that sank [Michael] Dukakis.

The Bush family has always been intimate with Fox News, and they are protecting Jeb Bush.

"Fox's allegiance to Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, is why [Megyn] Kelly purposely went after Trump in the first debate, Morris believes," Newsmax reports.

"She never would've done that if she hadn't gotten encouraged from upstairs," Morris said, according to Newsmax. "That's why Trump is correct for not going on there. They are set up for Bush."

As Morris sees it, "As soon as conservatives around the country realize that, which they will as they listen to the biased coverage, the better."

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Christian Jailed for Praying Dies After Officials Deny Diabetes Medication

By Rick Pearcey • September 23, 2015, 01:03 PM

The U.K. Express reports:

Tiang Kwentianthong passed away after his release from prison where authorities reportedly watched him deteriorate without helping.

According to human rights groups, Mr. Kwentianthong, from Huey, Laos, was arrested after he was caught praying for a sick woman.

Human Rights Watcher for Lao Religious Freedom said the 61-year-old "continued to suffer severe diabetes" throughout his imprisonment.

The human rights group issued a statement saying, "During his imprisonment," Mr. Kwentianthong "requested permission to be treated for his worsening diabetic condition, but the prison officials denied his request."

"The father-of-six was arrested nine months ago when he and four other Christian men visited a recent Christian convert who had asked for prayers for healing," the Express reports.

"All Christian activities, such as prayer, require government approval in Laos -- which is a predominantly Buddhist nation," the Express states.

"A court found Mr. Kwentianthong and the four others guilty of 'performance of the medical profession without a license' because of their prayers for healing, sentencing them to nine months in prison," according to the Express.

"Despite being released in March, his condition worsened and he died last week," the Express reports.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Carson: Under Islamic Law, Homosexuals, People of Other Faiths Must Be Killed

By Rick Pearcey • September 22, 2015, 01:19 PM

Melanie Hunter reports at CNSNews.com:

In a post on his Facebook page Monday, GOP presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson explained further why he would not advocate electing a Muslim to the White House who did not renounce Sharia law, saying that the Islamic law calls for homosexual men and women to be put to death as well as people from other religions.

"The first issue I want to deal with tonight is the stories today about my comments yesterday when I was asked if I would support a hypothetical Muslim candidate for President. I responded 'I would not advocate for that,' and I went on to say that many parts of Sharia Law are not compatible with the Constitution. I was immediately attacked by some of my Republican peers and nearly every Democrat alive," Carson said.

"Carson told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, 'I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that'," CNSNews.com reports.

"The president should be 'sworn in on a stack of Bibles, not a Koran,' Carson told The Hill, according to CNSNews. "I do not believe Sharia is consistent with the Constitution of this country."

On his FB page, Carson states, "Know this, I meant exactly what I said. I could never support a candidate for President of the United States that was Muslim and had not renounced the central tenant of Islam: Sharia Law," CNSNews reports.

"Those Republicans that take issue with my position are amazing. Under Islamic Law, homosexuals -- men and women alike -- must be killed. Women must be subservient. And people following other religions must be killed," CNSNews quotes Carson as saying.

Carson: "Stop Listening to These People Who Tell Us We Cannot Talk About God"
Carson: "Many Republican Politicians "Are just like the Democrats"

Monday, September 21, 2015

TN Bill Would Supercede Supreme Court's Homosex "Marriage" Decision

By Rick Pearcey • September 21, 2015, 12:52 PM

Mark Hodges reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

The Supreme Court has no power to impose gay “marriage” on the states, according to a new measure introduced by Tennessee legislators that would ignore the court's decision.

The Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act states that in the state [of] Tennessee, marriage is between one man and one woman, "regardless of any court decision to the contrary."

The bill would make a law that "any court decision purporting to strike down natural marriage, including Obergefell v. Hodges, is unauthoritative, void, and of no effect."

Two Wilson County lawmakers -- State Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet and Rep. Mark Pody of Lebanon, both Republicans -- unveiled the bill at a rally at the state Capitol before hundreds of cheering voters.

"The Obergefell case is clearly and blatantly an overstep of the Supreme Court's authority," LifeSiteNews quotes Sen. Beavers as saying.

"The legislators also quoted Thomas Jefferson, who said, '[Whensoever] the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force'," LifeSiteNews reports.

This general principle from Jefferson appears in the first paragraph of the "Resolutions Adopted by Kentucky General Assembly," Nov. 10, 1798.

The U.S. Constitution, which defines the sphere of Supreme Court authority, clearly states that Congress -- not the Supreme Court -- is the legislative branch of the federal government.

"All legislative powers granted herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives," states the U.S. Constitution in Section 1 of Article 1.

Therefore, the Supreme Court has no authority to make law. Period.

In addition, any attempt to transmogrify a High Court "ruling" or "decision" in "the law of the land" not only violates the U.S. Constitution but also violates the Supreme Court "Oath of Office," in which every justice of the court swears to "support and defend" the Constitution before entering into that office.

Here is the Supreme Court Oath of Office:  

I, _________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

"It is time that states like Tennessee stand up against the judicial tyranny of which Thomas Jefferson so eloquently warned," Rep. Pody said, accordng to LifeSiteNews. "This decision defies constitutional authority, and is one of the most glaring examples of judicial activism in U.S. Supreme Court history."

Because in Obergefell the High Court defied constitutional authority and broke the oath sworn to by the High Court justices themselves, its attempt to redefine marriage is "unauthoritative, void, and of no force."

Against this judicial tyranny, this High Court anarchy and violation of the rule of law, Tennessee legislators have stood up.

Bravo, Tennessee legislators. Let freedom ring.

Kim Davis: Modern Day Rosa Parks
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Friday, September 18, 2015

U.S. House Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood in Wake of Baby Parts Scandal

By Rick Pearcey • September 18, 2015, 02:27 PM

Dustin Siggins reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to defund Planned Parenthood while legislators continue their investigation of allegations that the abortion giant is profiting from the sale of fetal body parts.

The bill would take the $235 million of savings and invest it into Federally Qualified Health Centers.

With three Republicans and two Democrats crossing the aisle, the final vote for H.R. 3134, the "Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015," was 241-187.

The bill would defund Planned Parenthood while Congress investigates whether it has violated federal fetal harvesting laws, as well as partial-birth abortion and abortion modification laws.

"Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-TN, said in a statement that the vote was 'about continuing the process to protect our most vulnerable'," according to LifeSiteNews.

"The bill was one of two pro-life bills passed by the House today. The other was H.R. 3504, the 'Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,' which makes killing a baby born due to a botched abortion first-degree murder," LifeSiteNews reports.

"Neither bill is expected to pass the Senate, which has garnered frustration among many pro-life leaders," LifeSiteNew states.

Read more here.

Why Pro-Abortion Is Anti-Science
New Planned P'hood Video Transcript: Nurse Admits It "Fun" to Dissect Dead Babies
Aborto-Fascism and Free-Market Homicide

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Drudge Poll on GOP Debate: Trump Dominates, Fiorina Jumps, and Cruz, Rubio Have Pulse

By Rick Pearcey • September 17, 2015, 10:34 AM

Matt Drudge ran on his website a readers poll of last night's GOP presidential debate. As of 10:34 EST, here are the results, based on 571,978 votes:

* Trump: 54%

* Fiorina: 20%

* Cruz, Rubio: 6%

* Carson, Paul: 4%

* Bush, Christie, Huckabee, Kasich, Walker: 1%

GOP Debate: Trump Is the Target

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

GOP Debate: Trump Is the Target

By Rick Pearcey • September 16, 2015, 12:08 PM

Regarding tonight's Republican debate, this from CBSNews.com:

Eleven candidates will appear in primetime at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

The last time Republicans met for a debate, Trump was the novelty front-runner. The novelty has now worn off, and Trump, still the leader of the pack, is now a target -- of Republicans, Democrats, and immigration protesters.

The Huffington Post strikes the same theme, jumping in with the headline "It's Finally Time to Whack the Trump Piñata."

But is Jeb Bush up to the task? Maybe not, as "Bush Allies Worry: Is Jeb Tough Enough?", asks a Politico headline -- with the kicker: If Bush "doesn't land punches against Donald Trump, some warn, 'it might be over'."

A New Yorker writer raises the question "Could the GOP united behind Ben Carson to Defeat Donald Trump?" and notes that, "in stark contrast to Trump, Carson is unfailingly courteous, and he is very popular among Christian evangelicals."

"The rise of Trump and Carson has meant major pain for the former frontrunners in the race, who need to make a splash tonight," Grayson Kamm writes at WTSP.

"Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, is down to 2 percent in the most recent New York Times/CBS News poll. Back in the spring, Walker was leading the race. And Florida's Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush are both sitting in the shadows at just 6 percent," Kamm writes.

As is the case with Trump and Carson, Carly Fiorina is a "political outsider, having spent most of her career in business," the AP states. "She's also showed no fear in taking on Trump, including after he was recently quoted insulting her appearance."

And Ted Cruz? The Texas senator is "polling comfortably in the middle of the pack. He's neither desperate for attention nor has he gotten caught up in Trump's wrath," Abby Livingston writes at the Texas Tribune.

For more coverage of tonight's debate, go here.

Watch the CNN GOP presidential debate here.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Black Lives Matter Supporter Murders KY Cop -- a Former Navy SEAL Who Babysat Black Man's Children

By Rick Pearcey • September 15, 2015, 09:58 AM

Matthew Vadum writes at Frontpagemag.com:

A Black Lives Matter supporter [named Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks] was killed by police yesterday after he shot a rookie Kentucky State Trooper to death following a high speed chase.

This murder is the latest in a series of cop-killings nationwide committed by aggrieved African-Americans who falsely claim blacks are perennial victims of racial discrimination at the hands of law enforcement.

The virulently racist Black Lives Movement, which formed after the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, in 2012, has been promoted by President Obama who has gone out of his way to foment race-based resentment and cop-hatred.

The movement's members, who idolize convicted, unrepentant cop-killers Assata Shakur and Mumia Abu Jamal, have declared "war" on law enforcement and openly call for police officers to be assassinated.

Murdered trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder had "joined the state police force earlier this year after graduating from a police academy" and "was a U.S. Navy veteran and a former SEAL," Vadum writes.

Ponder "was offered a track scholarship to Western Kentucky University but turned it down to serve his country. He was also a track star in high school who stayed in touch [with] his track coach, James Webb, and babysat his children, WHAS-TV in Louisville reports," Vadum continues. 

"Webb, a black man, said 'I care about all my athletes, it was just a special relationship from the times he was in Hawaii and stationed everywhere, he always kept me abreast on what's going on'," Vadum writes.

In sharp contrast, "Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks will be remembered for what he was: a cop-killing hood who seized an opportunity to strike a blow for an evil, racist, anti-American cause," Vadum concludes.

Exposing Black Lives Matter Movement for What It Is: Promotion of Cop Killing
The Profound Racism of Black Lives Matter
How to Have a Race War

Monday, September 14, 2015

Kim Davis: Modern-Day Rosa Parks

By Rick Pearcey • September 14, 2015, 09:34 AM

"Kim Davis -- the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to homosexuals -- is my new hero!," Jesse Lee Peterson writes.

"If we had 10 more like her, we could save America today. Her courageous stand reminds me of another Christian woman, Rosa Parks, who was arrested for refusing to disobey her conscience."

Read more here.

Huckabee Schools Stephanopoulos on Kim Davis's Proper and Legal Defiance
Kim Davis Lesson: Don't Just Pray. Fight Back
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"

Friday, September 11, 2015

Office Depot Refuses to Print Copies of Pro-Life Prayer for Planned Parenthood

By Rick Pearcey • September 11, 2015, 02:23 PM

Susan Berry reports at Breitbart.com:

Office Depot has refused to print copies of a pro-life prayer on the grounds that to do so violates company policy of printing material that "advocates the persecution of people who support abortion rights."

"Karen Denning of Office Depot defended her company’s refusal to make copies of the prayer, stating that company policy forbids 'the copying of any type of material that advocates any form of racial or religious discrimination or the persecution of certain groups of people'," Berry reports.

Office Depot "also prohibits copying any type of copyrighted material," Denning added, according to Berry. "The flier contained material that advocates the persecution of people who support abortion rights," Breitbart quotes Denning as saying.

Comment: In my view, if Office Depot wants to go on record as supporting the documented fascist inhumanity of Planned Parenthood, that is Office Depot's ill-advised decision to make.

Office Depot should not be legally attacked for this policy -- this is their business and their property.

But people who support the humanity and dignity of human beings -- red and yellow, black and white, including the diversity and dignity of preborn human beings -- have every right to take their business elsewhere.

In addition, pro-humanity activist groups would do well to educate Office Depot on the corporate inhumanity of their policies in regard to Planned Parenthood. We in the Pearcey household will look to humanity-affirming alternatives so long as Office Depot enables this kind of gross inhumanity.

Let me be clear: So that love, truth, and humanness might grow, evil should be discriminated against -- indeed, evil must be discriminated against.

I hope Office Depot sees the light of day soon. Bravo to those individuals or groups who help that happy day come to pass.

Why Pro-Abortion Is Anti-Science, by Nancy Pearcey
Abortofascism and Free-Market Homicide, by J. Richard Pearcey
Remove Our Names: "Corporate Donors" Flee Sickening Planned Parenthood

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Huckabee Schools Stephanopoulos on Kim Davis' Proper & Legal Defiance of Judicial Tyranny -- Video and Transcript

By Rick Pearcey • September 10, 2015, 01:48 PM

Former Arkansas governor and current GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee appeared last Sunday on "This Week," anchored by former Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos.

Below is a transcript of their discussion (watch Youtube here), in which Huckabee explains that Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis is within her right as an elected official -- following Kentucky law, federal law, and the U.S. Constitution -- to refuse to bow to judicial tyranny, in this case the judicial tyranny of a court order demanding that she obey a Supreme Court ruling as if that ruling were a piece of legislation, which it is not:

George Stephanopoulos: Governor, thank you for joining us this morning. I know you're going to be going to Kentucky on Tuesday as a part of demonstration and support of Kim Davis.

But there are some dissenting voices in the conservative movement. I wanted you to respond to something from Rod Dreher in The American Conservative.

He says that, "The Supreme Court makes a ruling we don't like, we are obliged to obey the law or be willing to suffer the consequences of disobedience. What we cannot do, and what the government cannot permit, is open defiance of settled law."

He believes this is going to backfire on the religious liberty movement.

What's your response?

Mike Huckabee: Well, he would have hated Abraham Lincoln because Lincoln ignored the 1857 Dred Scott decision that said black people weren't fully human. It was a wrong decision. And to say that we have to surrender to judicial supremacy is to do what Jefferson warned against, which is, in essence, surrender to judicial tyranny.

And we had so many different presidents, including Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln -- there were other founders like Hamilton, Adams -- who made it very clear that the courts can't make a law. The Constitution is expressly clear that that's a power reserved to Congress.

When the courts have a ruling, then it is incumbent on Congress to codify that into law and specifically delineate what that means. That hasn’t happened, George.

Stephanopoulos: But, sir, how is this different, then, from Loving v. Virginia back in 1967? Of course that was a Supreme Court ruling that struck down bans on interracial marriage. If a clerk at that time had said, “Listen, my religious beliefs forbid me from issuing this license,” would you support that?

Huckabee: Well, it's an incredibly different situation --

Stephanopoulos: How so?

Huckabee: -- because what the Supreme Court did in Loving -- No, it’s not the same, George, not even close. Because in Loving you still had a marriage which was a man and a woman, and it was equal protection. But it didn’t redefine marriage. What’s -- the Supreme Court did in June --

Stephanopoulos: But you didn’t have laws implementing --


Huckabee: And this is why I think --

Stephanopoulos: You didn’t have laws implementing the ruling then either, so would it have been OK to defy the Supreme Court in that case?

Huckabee: I think it’s -- again, it's a very different equation altogether because this is a redefinition. Marriage is not defined in the federal Constitution at all. It's a matter for the states. And applying the 14th Amendment to the equality of men and women in their relationship in marriage is totally different than redefining marriage.

And I think what we’ve seen here is the overreach of the judiciary. This, if allowed to stand without any congressional approval, without any kind of enabling legislation, is what Jefferson warned us about. That’s judicial tyranny.

Stephanopoulos: I’m not sure I follow your reasoning, sir. This is exactly the same. In both cases, you have the Supreme Court saying --

Huckabee: No, it’s not.

Stephanopoulos: -- that state laws further the Constitution, don’t further the 14th Amendment.

Huckabee: George, can you cite for me what statute Kim Davis would be required follow in order to issue a same-sex marriage license in Kentucky when her state specifically says, by 75% of the voters, that marriage means one man, one woman? Can you cite the statute at the federal or state level that she’s supposed to follow? Even the very form that she fills out specifically lists a male and a female. Does she have the authority just to scratch that out and create her own?

Stephanopoulos: Doesn’t she have to the duty to obey a legal order from the court?

Huckabee: Well, you obey it if it’s right. So I go back to my question. Is slavery the law of the land? Should it have been the law of the land because Dred Scott said so? Was that a correct decision? Should the courts have been irrevocably followed on that? Should Lincoln have been put in jail? Because he ignored it.

I mean, that’s the fundamental question. Do we have a check-and-balance system? Do we have three equal branches? Or do we have one supreme branch, not just the Supreme Court? That’s the fundamental question.

And, George, this is a bigger issue than this one thing. This goes back to the larger issue of whether or not what we’ve learned in 9th-grade civics is even still operative. And why people are so angry across the country, not just on this issue but on others, is that the ruling class has thumbed their nose at the very Constitution.

You’ve got Democrats who ignored the law when it was the law to have traditional marriage.

Gavin Newsom in San Francisco as mayor performed same-sex weddings even though it was illegal. Did he ever get put in jail? He most certainly did not.

You have Barack Obama and Eric Holder, when he was attorney general. They ignored the rulings of DOMA. Did they get put in jail for ignoring the law? They most certainly did not.

So when is it that liberals get to choose which laws they support, but a county clerk in Kentucky who, acting on her Christian faith, is criminalized, jailed without bail, because she acted on her conscience and according to the only law that is in front of her?

Stephanopoulos: One of the most memorable statements ever made by a president on separation of church and state was a quote from John F. Kennedy to the Baptist ministers back in his campaign in 1960. Let me play a bit of that.

(Video clip begins)

John F. Kennedy, President of the United States: But if the time should ever come, and I do not concede any conflict to be remotely possible, when my office would require me to either violate my conscience or violate the national interest, then I would resign the office.

(Video clip ends)

Stephanopoulos: Would you make that same statement in your candidacy for president?

Huckabee: I can't see any circumstance in which I would be required to violate my conscience and -- and the law. And if so, I think maybe there is a point at which you say either I'll resign or put me in jail.

But what I want to go back to is that --

Stephanopoulos: But let me -- before you do --

Huckabee: -- if we -- listen --

Stephanopoulos: -- before you do, though, let me ask you, a follow-up on that --

Huckabee: OK.

Stephanopoulos: -- because I've just [garbled] for one situation. The federal government now recognizes same-sex marriage for tax purposes. Health, Social Security and death benefits go to same-sex couples.

So would you resign rather than carry out those policies?

Huckabee: Well, when you say the federal government recognizes it, what statute under which do they recognize it?

They do it by decree, but there is no congressionally elected -- or voted upon statute.

George, let me --

Stephanopoulos: So you would reverse that?

Huckabee: Let me give you an example. When I was governor -- No, let me finish this, because it's very important.

When I was governor, we had a Supreme Court case on school finance that said we were inadequate and inequitable. They ruled. I read the ruling. I agreed with it. I knew it was right.

But I didn't just sit down at my desk and start writing new checks to school districts. We had to go back to the legislature, come up with a school funding formula. It was passed. I signed it. And then we ordered the Department of Education to send checks.

We are bypassing the process when we have one branch of government acting as [if] it has authority over the other two. And what I'm coming back to -- and I -- I think people are missing this -- either we live under the rule of law, which is a three-branch, checks-and-balances system of government, or we end up with what I think was so powerful when Lincoln said this -- and I want to read this.

He said, "If the policy of the government upon vital questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court the instant they are made, then in personal actions, the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having, to that extent, practically resigned their government into the hands of this imminent tribunal."

We either -- we either are a people of government, a people of law, and we are a nation of the people, or we are a nation under the power of the Supreme Court, which is what --

Stephanopoulos: Yes.

Huckabee: -- the dissenting opinion of Roberts and Scalia so powerfully said.

Stephanopoulos: Governor Huckabee, that's all we have --

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Kim Davis Lesson: "Don't Just Pray. Fight Back"

By Rick Pearcey • September 9, 2015, 09:13 AM

"It is good that we pray, but it's not good that we do so little of everything else," Robert Oscar Lopez writes at American Thinker.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Politico: Boehner's Future as Speaker in Doubt

By Rick Pearcey • September 8, 2015, 11:05 AM

At Politico:

Something has changed for John Boehner.

Figures in his close-knit circle of allies are starting to privately wonder whether he can survive an all-but-certain floor vote this fall to remain speaker of the House.

And, for the first time, many top aides and lawmakers in the House do not believe he will run for another term as House leader in 2017.

The Boehner era might be coming to an end, they say.

Rep. Steve King: I Will Not Vote for Boehner as Speaker
Lee Leads, Boehner Cowers
Tea Party to Boehner: Your Time Is Up

Monday, September 7, 2015

Trump Leads Anti-Establishment Candidates to 60% as Bush Crashes

By Rick Pearcey • September 7, 2015, 10:17 AM

Matthew Boyle writes at Breitbart.com:

New polls from NBC News and Marist out from New Hampshire and Iowa show that, once again, billionaire Donald Trump is winning a fight with yet another career politician: This time, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Bush’s position in the all-important first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa has deteriorated significantly as he's at a meager 6 percent -- in a poll with a margin of error of 5.5 percent -- meaning he's slipping further and further into the lower tiers of candidates there.

Trump, meanwhile, is at 29 percent in Iowa while fellow political outsider and conservative Dr. Ben Carson is at 22 percent. The two of them -- Carson and Trump -- combined earn 51 percent of the GOP primary electorate in Iowa.

"Throw in Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO who's also never held political office and is currently at 5 percent, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) -- another political outsider who’s only held office for two years in the U.S. Senate and is at 4 percent -- and a strong majority of 60 percent of Iowa Republicans support a political outsider and not another Bush," Boyle writes.

Read more.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Huckabee: Clerk Kim Davis and the "Criminalization of Christianity"

By Rick Pearcey • September 4, 2015, 08:57 AM

Cheryl Chumley reports at WND:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee . . . jumped directly into the jailing of Kim Davis -- the Kentucky clerk who refused to grant gay wedding licenses and is now behind bars -- and said Americans need to wake up to the "criminalization of Christianity" that's coursing through the country.

According to Chumley, among Huckabee's statements on this issue are:

"What a world, where Hillary Clinton isn't in jail but Kim Davis is."


"Government is not God. No man, and certainly no unelected law, has the right to redefine the laws of nature or of nature’s God."

Homoesex "Marriage" Opens Door to Unlimited Statism
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"
"God's Authority": KY Clerk Refuses to Issue License for Phony Homosex "Marriage" After Losing High Court Fight

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Haiti Fraudster Had Line to Clinton at State Department

By Rick Pearcey • September 3, 2015, 08:59 AM

Alana Goodman reports at Free Beacon:

A Clinton donor was granted a $10 million federal loan for a Haiti house-building scam around the day his lobbyist was in contact with Hillary Clinton about the project, emails released by the State Department show.

Lobbyist Jonathan Mantz, who served as Clinton's 2008 finance director, reached out to Clinton with details about his client Claudio Osorio's Haiti house-building efforts in January 2010. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a federal agency that works closely with the State Department, was in the process of approving a $10 million loan for Osorio’s company InnoVida around the same time.

"InnoVida later defaulted on the loan and the houses were never built. Osorio, who has contributed to both the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign, is currently serving 12 years in federal prison on fraud charges related to the loan," according to the Beacon.

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation "ended up approving InnoVida's loan request in just two weeks -- although the process typically takes months or years -- and waived a requirement for the company to turn over an audited financial report up-front, according to court testimony from OPIC officials reviewed by the Free Beacon," Goodman reports. [emphasis added]

Truth Catching Up to Hillary Clinton
CNN, Politico, WPost, NYT Bury Hillary Clinton Email Bombshell
Hillary Reverses Course: I Proudly Stand With Planned Parenthood

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Exposing Black Lives Matter Movement for What It Is: Promotion of Cop Killing

By Rick Pearcey • September 2, 2015, 11:18 AM

Katie Pavlich writes at Townhall:

It's time to expose the Black Lives Matter [BLM] movement for what it is: a racist, violent hate group that promotes the execution of police officers.

The evidence is in their rhetoric and written on their shirts.

If you're against racism and murder, and in favor of a humane, free, and civil society, then fanatical groups like Black Lives Matter must renounce racism and cop-kiling -- or be shut down for fomenting violence.

Fortunatey, "two-thirds of the African American community flat-out reject BLM or strongly disagree with the movement's tactics," Pavlich writes.

Shame on rogue White House occupier Barack Obama for meeting with this group and shame on Barack Obama's Democrat Party for "affirming 'Black Lives Matter'."

Read more here.

How to Have a Race War
The Profound Racism of "Black Lives Matter"
Did Black Lives Matter Organizer Mislead Oprah by Pretending to Be Biracial?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

"God's Authority": KY Clerk Refuses to Issue License for Phony Homosex "Marriage" After Losing High Court Fight

By Rick Pearcey • September 1, 2015, 10:35 AM

At the Blaze:

A county clerk in Kentucky who is continuing to deny marriage licenses to gay couples says she's doing so "under God’s authority."

Secularists may freak out at this "under God's authority," but that just shows how alienated they are from the American mainstream, which happens to be that of a nation rooted in the concept of "unalienable rights" . . . from . . . the . . . Creator.

You can read about it in the Declaration of Independence.

And please note: We are not talking about blind "faith" or privatized religion here. Rather, we are talking about publicly actionable information from a Creator who has given that information in space and time so that it can be checked for its veracity.

For more on this reality orientation, as opposed to that of secular superstitions or that of fanatical belief in counterfeits, see this article and this book.

Now back to that story in the Blaze:

Rowan County clerk Kim Davis emerged from her office Tuesday morning after some couples were denied the licenses. She asked David Moore and David Ermold, who've been rejected four times, to leave. They refused, surrounded by reporters and cameras.

Ermold said: "We’re not leaving until we have a license."

Davis responded: "Then you’re going to have a long day."

Well done, Miss Kim.

Let it be noted that no person should be forced to give a government stamp of approval upon that which is a counterfeit, whether we are talking about counterfeit money or counterfeit homosex "marriage."

This is true even if a misguided "Supreme" Court -- or Congress or President or a couple of guys really into perverted sex -- tries to impose its will. Well, there is no power or authority or perversion that can change that which is intrinsically a counterfeit into that which is intrinsically authentic.

These politically correct homofascists need to get a clue.

Meanwhile, people who think for themselves revolt.

As do those who care about a silly little thing called "freedom."

Just as the core elements of marriage, love, and freedom were above the pay grade of the King of England in 1776, even so they are above the pay grade of homosexuals and their lawyer allies on the U.S. Supreme Court today.

Truth, not counterfeits, sets you free. Well done, Miss Kim. Well done. Now, may many others go and do likewise.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Students Risk Failing Grades for Saying "Male," "Female," "Illegal Alien"

By Rick Pearcey • August 31, 2015, 07:10 AM

Peter Hasson reports at Campus Reform:

Multiple professors at Washington State University have explicitly told students their grades will suffer if they use terms such as "illegal alien," "male," and "female," or if they fail to "defer" to non-white students.

And by all means, students, never, ever think for yourself or question authority, professorial or otherwise.

Or you can stand up. Be a human being. Refuse to submit to the coercive establishment. And stop funding campus oppression.

Don't Think, Just Agree: The Closing of the Campus Mind
School District: No More "Boys" and "Girls" -- That's Judgmental

Friday, August 28, 2015

Report: LGBT Rainbow Hate-Flag Found in Journalist-Murderer's Virginia Apartment

By Rick Pearcey • August 28, 2015, 09:55 AM

John Nolte writes at Breitbart.com:

The Daily Telegraph has learned that "police reportedly confiscated a gay pride flag" from the apartment of Vester Lee Flanagan Wednesday. In an apparent hate crime, Flanagan is the 41 year-old black journalist who murdered two white Virginia reporters on live television Wednesday morning before turning his gun on himself.

In a manifesto faxed to ABC News, Flanagan, an Obama-supporter, claimed that his motive involved a "race war." Flanagan was black and gay and apparently angered by the fact that he had been a victim of racism and homophobia at the hands of "black men and white women."

Both of Flanagan's intended victims were straight.

The gay pride rainbow flag reportedly found in Flanagan’s apartment is seen by many as a symbol of anti-Christian hate.

"After a white racist terrorist in South Carolina murdered nine innocent black churchgoers, photos of the racist with the Confederate Flag resulted in a media frenzy to ban the flag," Nolte continues.

"Like the Confederate flag, the provocative gay pride flag, a symbol of religious oppression, has flown on government property, Nolte writes. "The Confederate Flag has since been taken down in South Carolina."

But "thus far," Nolte concludes, "other than a mention in the Telegraph, the media has not reported on the fact that Flanagan might have owned the LGBT rainbow hate-flag."

Shame! Fascist Oregon Fines Christian Bakery, Then Tells Them to Shut Up
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality," by J. Richard Pearcey

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Join Nancy Pearcey for Focus on the Family Radio Recording

By Rick Pearcey • August 27, 2015, 11:17 AM

Today Pearcey Report editor at large Nancy Pearcey will be a guest on a Focus on the Family Radio event at Asbury University, which is near Lexington, KY. 

And, by the way, you are invited to become part of this event. The Asbury U website states:

All members of the Asbury community — students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends — are invited to be part of the studio audience for the Daily Broadcast on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Co-host John Fuller and special guest Nancy Pearcey, a well-known author and professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University, will join Daly for the episode, titled “Examining Worldviews to Find the Truth.”

The event is free, but due to limited seating, tickets are required. Tickets are available online at: asbury.edu/FoF2015.

To listen to Focus on the Family radio programs, please go here.

For info on Nancy's new book, Finding Truth: Unmasking Atheism, Secularism and Other God Substitutes, go here.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Socialists Cause Famine in "Breadbasket" of Africa

By Rick Pearcey • August 26, 2015, 09:04 AM

Andre Walker writes: 

Around 1.5m people are facing severe shortages of food this year in Zimbabwe, the country once known as the "breadbasket of Africa." The World Food Programme (WFP) announced the shortages, blaming a fall in maize production, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Officially the reason for the fall in maize production is a drought that has affected a number of countries in the region. But the reality is far more sinister: Zimbabwe is in the grip of a nasty Socialist dictatorship that is as incompetent as it is corrupt.

Read the whole column at Townhall.

Obama Toasts Failed African Socialist
I Lived Socialism: A False Ideology Against Guns, Gold, God

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ex-Satanist: Babies Ritually Aborted for Devil

By Rick Pearcey • August 25, 2015, 10:11 AM

Leo Hohmann writes at WND:

Zachary King remembers the day well. It was in 1982. He was young, rebellious and dabbling in the occult

But on that day, he would make the transition from novice to the deeper things of Satan.

"I had just turned 14, and they told me there was going to be a sex party in someone’s house and all the males in the coven were going to sleep with this woman," recalls King, now 47 and a pro-life activist living in Florida.

"The purpose of the party was to get her pregnant, and then nine months later we were going to be doing an abortion."  

"The word abortion was something he’d only heard once before," King recalls, according to Hohmann. "It was used by his mother in a whispered tone."

King says he "went home and looked it up in the dictionary," but "that didn’t really explain it. So I went to the library, and I found whole books which had so much information I couldn't grasp it all."

Then he went to his "coven and asked an older guy, 'What is an abortion?'

"He said, 'We say a spell, and there is a baby in its mother's womb and we kill it'," according to Hohmann.

Read the whole story at WND.

Reactionary Satanists "Waterboard" Women in Planned Parenthood Counter-Protest
"Hail Satan!": Wendy Davis Supporter Hurls Molotov Cocktail at Pro-Lifers

Monday, August 24, 2015

Reactionary Satanists "Waterboard" Women in Planned Parenthood Counter-Protest

By Rick Pearcey • August 24, 2015, 11:59 AM

Barbara Boland reports at the Washington Examiner:

Satan worshipers launched a counter-protest against pro-lifers outside the Detriot and Ferndale, Michigan, Planned Parenthood locations Saturday.

Clad in black robes, members of the Satanic Temple of Detriot drenched bound women with milk, simulating water-boarding to "illustrate the theocratic agenda imposed upon female bodies." The milk symbolized breast milk, one of the protest organizers explained on Facebook.

The group attached a symbol of their temple to the American flag and held up a sign that read, "America is not a theocracy. End forced motherhood."

Unfortunately for this Satanic propaganda campaign, the fact is that America is a nation rooted in a verifiable, knowable Creator who welcomes questions ("test everything") and has endowed human beings with "unalienable rights," among them the rights to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," the anti-Satanist Declaration of Independence states.

"Members of the Satanic Temple drew inspiration for their 'political theatre' from the nationwide anti-Planned Parenthood protests Saturday," the Examiner reports. "Tens of thousands showed up to protest Planned Parenthood at over 300 locations across the country after a series of undercover videos revealed the abortion giant was harvesting and selling fetal organs and tissue," according to the Examiner.

"The pro-life protesters hope to end Federal taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, which currently receives over half a billion dollars per year. Michigan state senators, some of whom appeared at the protests Saturday, have launched their own bill to defund the organization," the Examiner reports.

"The Satanic Temple strongly opposes the promotion of misinformation and believes that all people are entitled to make informed decisions about their health, family and future without coercion," the Examiner quotes the group's website as as saying.

Satanists "consider our action a form of worship; the rejection of tyranny is an affirmation of selfhood. So long as perverted theocratic systems of power attempt to manipulate our communities and distort truths for political gain, we will rebel," the Satanist website also states, according to the Examiner.

"Satan worshipers believe that 'Satan is representative of the eternal rebel, enlightened inquiry and personal freedom,' proclaims the Satanic Temple's web site," the Examiner reports.

The Satanist position faces several difficulties, let us say. "Eternal rebel"? Not quite, because Satan is a creature and therefore is not the "eternal" anything.

"Rebel"? OK, but against what? Well, against what truly is enlightened inquiry -- to be more precise, enlightened inquiry into the inhumanity of Planned Parenthood's murdering of pre-born human beings and harvesting their body parts for profit.

Actually, these Satanist folks are reactionaries -- relying on ignorance and sloganeering to deny, among other things, the "personal freedom" of innocent human life. After, one cannot practice "personal freedom" if one is killed in the womb.

Instead of anti-science Satanism and its reactionary superstitions, far better to embrace knowledge, wisdom, ethics, and humanity living in liberating community with God and neighbor. That is a vision for humanness and freedom.

By the way, I'm all for "eternal rebellion" if that means resisting and overcoming any dehumanizing idol (like Satan, for example) that rises up in opposition to the good, the true, and the beautiful.

As I have written elsewhere: "There is a sense in which" human beings are in fact "hardwired to rebel -- not against good, but against evil. Not against life in community with our Creator and our neighbor, but agains that which, if not resisted, alienates us from the good, the true, and the beautiful -- including freedom. So of course a creature destine for freedom is a creature of resistance against tyranny, and so the founders in the Declaration affirm the 'right' and 'duty' to 'throw off' a government has as it 'direct object . . . the establishment of an absolute tyranny'."

And while we're at, let's throw off the unenlightened reactionary superstitions of Satanic propaganda. Saving the "least of these" from an experience far worse than water-boarding is on the right side both history and humanity. If the Satanists are upset, you might be doing something right.

"Hail Satan!": Wendy Davis Supporter Hurls Molotov Cocktail at Pro-Lifers
New Planned P'hood Transcript: Nurse Admits "It's Fun" to Dissect Dead Babies

Friday, August 21, 2015

Why "Progessives" Are Wrong to Revere Racist Margaret Sanger

By Rick Pearcey • August 21, 2015, 11:02 AM

"Margaret Sanger is a saint in the feminist church," writes political science professor Paul Kengor. "She is a charter member of the progressive hall of fame. Liberals revere this woman who preached "race improvement" and denounced what she called "human weeds."

Read more at The Daily Signal.

When Abortion Icon Margaret Sanger Spoke to the KKK
Planned Parenthood Created for "Poplulation Control" of U.S. Blacks: Sen. Ted Cruz's Dad

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Video: Trump, Politically Correct Reporter Spar Over "Offensive" Term "Anchor Baby"

By Rick Pearcey • August 20, 2015, 11:10 AM

"Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump debated the use of the term anchor baby with a reporter at a press conference in New Hampshire on Wednesday," Ian Hanchett reports at Breitbart.com.

"Trump was asked, 'You said that you have a big heart, and that you're not mean-spirited. Are you aware that the term anchor baby, that's an offensive term? People find that hurtful'," Breitbart reports.

According to Breitbart, "Trump responded, 'You mean it's not politically correct, and yet everybody uses it?' He then suggested the reporter give him a different term to use, to which the reporter suggested, 'The American-born [children] of undocumented immigrants.' Trump said in response, 'I’ll use the word anchor baby'."

Comment: Well done, Donald. I, for one, am a bit "offended" that "journalists" seem to think their job is to pose as reporters while helping to impose a regime of political correctness -- which is little more than propaganda serving the dictatorship of an oppressive secular progressive elite.

Please, Mr. and Missus reporter: Stop with the posturing and propaganda. Instead, try serving human freedom and dignity by being honest reporters. You want "change"? That would be a massive advance in positive change.

Read the story and watch the video here.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Did Black Lives Matter Organizer Shaun King Mislead Oprah by Pretending to Be Biracial?

By Rick Pearcey • August 19, 2015, 10:03 AM

Milo Yiannopoulos reports at Breitbart.com:

An investigative blogger has accused Shaun King, a key figure in the Black Lives Matter movement, of misleading media icon Oprah Winfrey by pretending to be biracial in order to qualify for an "Oprah scholarship" to historically black Morehouse College. The blogger says King is white and has been lying about his ethnicity for years. . . .

[I]n recent weeks, rumours have been circulating about his ethnicity. A 1995 police incident report lists Shaun King’s ethnicity as white. And blogger Vicki Pate, who has been assembling forensic accounts of Shaun King’s background and family tree on her blog, "Re-NewsIt!," has published her findings.

Pate "told Breitbart last night that King has never denied her accusations," Yiannopoulos reports.

"Shaun King has not denied the story to me, or anyone else, as far as I know," Pate is quoted as telling Breitbart.com. "Whenever it is mentioned on Twitter, he simply blocks whoever is asking and reports them for 'harassment.' He did reply to one person but only to say, 'Haters gonna hate.' I myself have been suspended from Twitter just for posing the question," Pate says, according to Breitbart.com.

"King did not return mutiple requests for comment via email and social media. He has since blocked us, too," Breitbart.com reports.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Carson: "Stop Listening to These People Who Tell Us We Cannot Talk About God"

By Rick Pearcey • August 18, 2015, 11:50 AM

Patrick Goodenough reports at CNSNews.com:

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson won an enthusiastic response from an audience at the Iowa State Fair Sunday as he called for Americans to unify to confront problems facing the nation -- and made a fervent case for talking about God.

"We have to stop listening to these people who tell us that we cannot talk about God, we cannot talk about our faith," the retired neurosurgeon said.

"I wonder, do they realize that our founding document, our Declaration of Independence, talks about certain inalienable rights given to us by our Creator -- aka God?” he asked.

"Carson went on to note the key references to God in the pledge of allegiance, on the walls of U.S. courtrooms, and on coins and banknotes," CNSNews reports.

“So, if it's in our founding documents, it's in our pledge, it's in our courts and it's on our money, but we're not supposed to talk about it, what in the world is that?” Carson is quoted as saying. "In medicine we call it schizophrenia, a form of craziness."

According to CNSNews, the GOP 2016 presidential hopeful also said "it was time for Americans 'to realize that there's nothing wrong with living by godly principles -- of loving your fellow man, caring about your neighbor, developing your God-given talents to the utmost so that you become valuable to the people around you, having values and principles that govern your life."

“And if we do that,” Carson said, "not only will we remain a pinnacle nation, but we will truly have one nation, under God."

"Carson in his remarks underscored the fact that he is 'not a politician'," CNSNews reports. As such, Carson said that unlike others aiming for the nation's highest elective office, he is not trying to "get re-elected; I want to save our nation."

Carson: Many Republican Politicians "Are Just Like the Democrats"
How the New Resistance Can Win the Culture War, by J. Richard Pearcey

Monday, August 17, 2015

Ted Cruz Laughs at Reporter's Iran Question, Then Responds Bluntly

By Rick Pearcey • August 17, 2015, 01:49 PM

Among other things, Cruz of Texas said: "If there's one principle that history has taught us, it is that if someone tells you they want to kill you, believe them."

Read the news story and watch the video here.

NYT Caves, Places Ted Cruz's Book A Time for Truth on Bestseller List
Romney-Style Republican Won't Win White House in 2016

Friday, August 14, 2015

Christian Defies Rogue Court: "I'm Not Going to Make Same-Sex Wedding Cakes"

By Rick Pearcey • August 14, 2015, 10:29 AM

"It's not up to the courts to decide what marriage is," said Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop. "It's up to God to decide that. If we are living in obedience to Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Bible, we are on the right side of history -- no matter what they say."

Read the entire story by Todd Starnes.

Fox Sports Sue for Anti-Religious Discrimination After Firing Football Analyst for Views on Homosex "Marriage"
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"
Shame! Fascist Oregon Fines Christian Bakery, Then Tells Them to Shut Up

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Truth Is Catching Up to Hillary Rodham Clinton

By Rick Pearcey • August 13, 2015, 07:24 AM

"Hillary Clinton’s spinmeisters are working overtime to deal with the latest developments in her ongoing e-mail scandal," Joseph Klein writes at Frontpagemag.com.

"They have an increasingly tough road to hoe as the Clinton cover-up begins to unravel."

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

CNN, Politico, WPost, NYT Bury Hillary Clinton Email Bombshell

By Rick Pearcey • August 12, 2015, 11:38 AM

John Nolte writes at Breitbart.com:

Tuesday night the bombshell news hit that Democrat presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton turned over her rogue email server to authorities and that the Inspector General found that, despite Clinton saying the complete opposite was true just a few months ago, two highly classified documents were in fact found in her emails and therefore on an unsecured server located in her New York home.

It is crucial to note that those 2 are only part of a very small sample size of the thousands of emails Hillary turned over.

Nevertheless, in an obvious effort to protect the White House for Democrats, much of the left-wing media (that identifies as objective) are noticeably downplaying and even burying this objectively huge news.

"No Comment": NBC Covers Up Evidence of Immigration Crime Wave
New York Times Caves, Places Ted Cruz's A Time for Truth on Bestseller List
Albert Camus on Politicians and the Purpose of Journalism

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Walter E. Williams: Academic Fascism

By Rick Pearcey • August 11, 2015, 10:26 AM

Walter Williams writes in a column published today:

From the Nazis to the Stalinists, tyrants have always started out supporting free speech, and why is easy to understand.

Speech is vital for the realization of their goals of command, control and confiscation. Free speech is a basic tool for indoctrination, propagandizing, proselytization. Once the leftists gain control, as they have at many universities, free speech becomes a liability and must be suppressed. This is increasingly the case on university campuses.

Williams supports his thesis with examles from the University of California, Harvard, Oberlin College, Vassar, Azusa Pacific, and Brandeis University and then writes:

Western values of liberty are under ruthless attack by the academic elite on college campuses across America. These people want to replace personal liberty with government control; they want to replace equality before the law with entitlement. As such, they pose a far greater threat to our way of life than any terrorist organization or rogue nation. Leftist ideas are a cancer on our society.

"Ironically," Williams concludes, "we not only are timid in response, but also nourish those ideas with our tax dollars and charitable donations."

There is no humane reason to support this kind of oppressive agenda that poses as liberation but ends in unfreedom. Far better to "test everything."

Monday, August 10, 2015

Down the Memory Hole? Question About Jeb Bush's Planned Parenthood Funding Disappears From Debate Transcripts

By Rick Pearcey • August 10, 2015, 02:42 PM

Ben Johnson reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

Journalists have long refused to report the negative side of the abortion industry. Now, the mainstream media have been accused of going one step further: removing mentions of Planned Parenthood funding from the transcripts of the first Republican presidential debate.

Megyn Kelly asked Jeb Bush a probing question about his decision to serve nearly five years on a philanthropy that gave millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood, during the Fox News Channel's prime time debate on Thursday. Yet all trace of that question has disappeared from numerous "full" debate transcripts posted by the nation's foremost media websites.

"Jeb Bush served as a founding director of the Bloomberg Family Foundation (now known as the Bloomberg Philanthropies) from 2010 until the end of 2014. While he was responsible for providing oversight, the tax-exempt foundation announced a $50 million family planning grant that included a global partnership with Planned Parenthood to overturn pro-life laws around the world," LifeSiteNews reports.

Kelly asked Bush: "How could you not know about these well-publicized donations? And if you did know, how could you help a charity so openly committed to abortion rights?"

Rather than answer Kelly's question, "Bush responded by speaking about his pro-life record as governor of Florida," Johnson reports for LifeSiteNews. And "when asked a second time, Bush replied, 'I didn’t know, but it doesn’t matter',"

But, of course, it does matter.

"Last Friday night, several members of a voters panel told Kelly that they did not believe Bush was telling the truth about not knowing about the grants," LifeSiteNews reports.

In addition, according to LifeSiteNews, one person on the panel "said that if Jeb did not know, it was a major oversight." Another panelist said Bush "flat-out lied," LifeSiteNews reports. 

And yet, "despite the audience's reaction and two days of sustained coverage on Fox, the question does not appear in debate transcripts posted online by The Washington Post, CBS News, and Time magazine," LifeSiteNews reports.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Obama on Comparing GOP to Iranian Hardliners: "What I Said Is Absolutely True"

By Rick Pearcey • August 7, 2015, 02:18 PM

Pam Key reports at Breitbart.com:

CNN’s New Day on Friday highlighted a clip from President Barack Obama’s interview with Fareed Zakaria set to air in its entirety Sunday in which the president doubles down on his remarks from earlier in the week when he declared Iranian hardliners chanting "death to America" were "making commom cause" with Republicans.

"What I said is absolutely true factually. The truth of the matter is inside of Iran, the people most opposed to the deal are the Revolutionary Guard, the Quds Force, hardliners are opposed to any cooperation with the international community. The reason that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the rest of the folks in his caucus who oppose this -- jumped out and opposed it before they even read it, before it was even posted is reflective of an ideological commitment not to get a deal done. In that sense they have a lot in common with hardliners who are much more satisfied with the status quo," Obama said, according to Breitbart.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Watch 1st GOP Presidential Primary Debates

By Rick Pearcey • August 6, 2015, 01:42 PM

The primetime debate featuring the top tier (according to current polling) GOP presidential hopefuls begins at 9 pm ET. This group includes Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, and John Kasich.

The earlier debate, featuring 2nd-tier candidates, airs at 5 pm ET. This group includes Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Jim Gilmore.

Watch on Fox News cable or online here.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

FBI Alert: "Middle-Eastern Males Approaching Families" of Military

By Rick Pearcey • August 5, 2015, 03:18 PM

Oliver Darcy reports at the Blaze:

The Denver division of the FBI issued an alert to law enforcement in Colorado and Wyoming over suspicious behavior from "Middle-Eastern males" who have approached families members of military personnel in recent weeks.

The bulletin, issued in July but only attracting attention in recent days, cited an incident when the wife of a military member was "approached in front of her home by Middle-Eastern males" who told her that she was "the wife of a US interrogator." The alert said when the woman denied the claim the "men laughed." The individuals eventually left the area, but were seen in the area on other occasions, according to the bulletin.

"The FBI added that similar incidents were reported in Wyoming throughout June," the Blaze reports.

"On numerous occasions family members of military personnel were confronted by Middle Eastern males in front of their homes," the Blaze quotes the alert as saying.

"The males have attempted to obtain personal information about the military men’s family members through intimidation," the FBI alert states, according to the Blaze.

"The FBI said in the bulletin that the men have not been identified and urged individuals to report 'concerning additional incidents," the Blaze reports.

Who might be behind this intimidation? "The Islamic State terror group has on several occasions threatened to strike military members in their homes," the Blaze states.

"In March, a group calling itself the 'Islamic State Hacking Division' posted a list of addresses purportedly belonging to approximately 100 military members. The group called for their beheadings, saying it leaked the information 'so that our bothers residing in America can deal with you'," according to the Blaze.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

New Planned P'hood Transcript: Nurse Admits "It's Fun" to Dissect Dead Babies

By Rick Pearcey • August 4, 2015, 04:13 PM

Blake Neff reports at the Daily Caller:

The transcript accompanying the latest undercover Planned Parenthood video has an employee of the group admit she finds it "fun" to dissect fetuses for their organs and would "enjoy" the opportunity to do it on behalf of fetal tissue purchasers.

The exchange isn’t included in the 15-minute edited video released Tuesday by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), but is instead buried deep in the 119-page transcript accompanying it (a full-footage version of the video hasn’t been released yet).

In the exchange, Melissa Farrell, director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, admits she and her co-worker would find it enjoyable if a tissue buyer wanted them to dissect dead fetuses for parts.

"It would be exciting too if you needed it dissected, because LaShonda and I are the most Curious George of the group," Farrell is quoted as saying. "I know it’s sickening on some level, but it’s fun."

Abortofascism and Free-Market Homicide, by J. Richard Pearcey
Dawkins: Nazi Eugenics "May Not Be Bad"?
Why Pro-Abortion Is Anti-Science, by Nancy Pearcey

Monday, August 3, 2015

Fox Sports Sued for Anti-Religious Discrimination After Firing Football Analyst for Views on Homosex "Marriage"

By Rick Pearcey • August 3, 2015, 01:30 PM

Daniel J. Flynn reports at Breitbart.com:

College football analyst Craig James filed suit against Fox Sports in a Dallas court this morning contending religious discrimination for his 2013 termination over his stance on gay marriage.

"Fox Sports fired James for one reason only: his religious beliefs about marriage," the 35-page suit charges.

"In so doing, Fox Sports violated the law. Specifically, Fox Sports violated the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act ('TCHRA') and Texas contract law along with a myriad of equitable principles."

Homosex "marriage" is a counterfeit, and no one (atheist, Christian, baker, or photographer) should be penalized for questioning it, rejecting it, or for preferring the real thing over the phony.

Fox Sports should have commended Craig James but befouls itself instead. Please, Fox, get your head out of the moral and political gutter and back into sports.

The games will be more enjoyable to watch. And you'll smell better, too.

The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"
Shame! Fascist Oregon Fines Christian Bakery, Then Tells Them to Shut Up

Friday, July 31, 2015

Hillary Reverses Course: I Proudly Stand With Planned Parenthood

By Rick Pearcey • July 31, 2015, 11:12 AM

Katie Pavlich writes:

On Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Hilllary Clinton expressed concern over new undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood doctors haggling over the price of aborted baby parts

“I have seen pictures from them and obviously find them disturbing," Clinton said in an interview with The New Hampshire Union Leader.

But just 24-hours later, Clinton has changed course, saying last night that she proudly stands by and supports the abortion giant.

"According to the Washington Free Beacon, the daughter of Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards is working for the Clinton campaign," Pavlich writes.

Scarborough: Hillary Clinton "Running Scared" From the Press
Kirsten Powers: Time to Crush Planned Parenthood, by J. Richard Pearcey

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wheaton College Ends Student Health Insurance Over Obamacare

By Rick Pearcey • July 30, 2015, 10:45 AM

Mariana Barillas reports at Campus Reform:

Wheaton College (Ill.) will no longer offer its students health care coverage after being denied a temporary exemption from the Obamacare contraceptive mandate.

"We regret that we were not able to provide earlier notice of this significant change, which affects roughly a quarter of our student body," said vice president for student development Paul Chelsen in a July 22 statement. The college will not renew its student health insurance plan (SHIP) for the upcoming school year.

"Additionally, Chelsen declared that the 'College desires that every student have access to quality and affordable healthcare' but said an 'unexpected notification' to comply with the contraceptive mandate 'did not allow the College adequate time to make alternate plans to provide student coverage in line with its institutional convictions'," Campus Reform reports.

"As previously reported by Campus Reform," Barillas continues, "Judge Richard Posner, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, denied the college's request for a preliminary injunction earlier this month. If it had been granted, the college would have been given a temporary religious exemption until its lawsuit was decided."

The Chicago-area college "is currently suing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services because of religious objections to 'emergency contraception' coverage as part of its student health plan. The private Christian liberal arts college holds that several act as abortifacients and being required to provide them would violate its religious convictions," Campus Reform reports.

Top 10 Reasons Not to Enroll in Obamacare
Boy With Cancer Loses Coverage After Obamacare Launch

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ben Carson on Planned Parenthood: "Same People Who Say It's a Meaningless Clump of Cells Are Trying to Get Livers"

By Rick Pearcey • July 29, 2015, 10:39 AM

Craig Millward reports at CNSNews.com:

At a rally to defund Planned Parenthood on Capitol Hill Tuesday, GOP presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson criticized  Planned Parenthood, calling it "hypocritical" that "these same people who say that it's a meaningless clump of cells are trying to get livers and lungs and kidneys."

"Well isn't it funny that these same people who say that it's a meaningless clump of cells are trying to get livers and lungs and kidneys, because how could you have such organs from a meaningless clump of cells," Carson said, according to CNSNews.

"Carson was speaking at a rally organized by Women Betrayed, a project of Students for Life of America and Pro-Life Future, to call for an investigation into Planned Parenthood as well as defunding them. The Capitol Hill rally was one of more than 60 rallies across the nation organized by Women Betrayed," CNS reports.

"I think we have gradually slid in terms of our morals to a point where we don't really care about the killing of human beings," Carson is quoted as saying.

"That is the bad news. The good news is that I think we are changing, and I think things like this are starting to change us a lot. There are actually more people now who identify as pro-life than people who identify as pro-death, and we are capable of changing.

"There was a time in this country when people thought it was okay to own other people, and they thought they could do anything they want with them, because they belong to me. I can beat them, I can kill them, I can do whatever I want to do to them, and we fortunately, as a society matured and began to think about what the words of our Declaration of Independence and the words of our Constitution actually meant," Carson said, according to CNSNews.

"Well those words are meaningful today too," Carson explained, "because they talk about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Well guess what. There can be no liberty and pursuit of happiness if there is no life." 

Read more here.

Remove Our Names: Corporate Donors Flee Sickening Planned Parenthood -- Coca Cola, Ford, Xerox
Kirsten Powers: Time to Crush Planned Parenthood, by J. Richard Pearcey
Why Pro-Abortion Is Anti-Science, by Nancy Pearcey

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cruz Defends Huckabee Against Barack Obama and Jeb Bush on Iran Nuke Deal

By Rick Pearcey • July 28, 2015, 11:45 AM

Todd Starnes reports at FoxNews.com:

President Obama and Jeb Bush have drawn the ire of Sen. Ted Cruz after they attacked Gov. Mike Huckabee for his comments about the Iran nuclear deal. 

Huckabee said the president's Iran policy would "take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven."

"The president bristled at what he called a 'ridiculous' comment," Starnes writes. "The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are just part of a general pattern we've seen that would be considered ridiculous if it weren't so sad," Obama said, according to Starnes.

Obama also expressed his displeasure with Sen. Ted Cruz. "We've had a sitting senator call John Kerry Pontius Pilate. We've had a sitting senator, who also happens to be running for president, suggest that I'm the leading state sponsor of terrorism. These are leaders in the Republican Party."

Cruz stood his ground and "rebuffed the president's slap," saying it was "particularly sad today that President Obama chose to engage in gutter politics -- attacking Mike Huckabee by name, attacking me -- both of us for standing up against this catastrophic deal -- rather than defending [his position on] the merits," Starnes reports.

"Cruz told me he 'emphatically' stands by Huckabee and his comments," Starnes writes.

Huckabee "is exactly right to highlight the threat that the Obama nuclear deal poses to the nation of Israel. It is a sad day when the president of the United States cannot or will not see this truth," Cruz said, according to Starnes.

In addition to Obama, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush also "lashed out at Huckabee's assessment of the Obama Administration's deal with Iran -- calling it 'just wrong'," Starnes writes.

"'I think we need to tone down the rhetoric, for sure,' Bush said at a campaign stop in Florida," according to Starnes. "The use of that kind of language is just wrong," Bush is quoted as saying.

Bush said, "This is not the way we're going to win elections, and that's not how we're going to solve problems," Starnes reports.

"Cruz took exception to Bush's attack on the former Arkansas governor," Starnes reports. This is "not a question of rhetoric," Cruz countered, according to Starnes. "It's a question of speaking the truth."

Far better, in Cruz's estimation, to "direct your fire to the real threats facing America -- including the threat of an Iran-led by radical theocratic zealots who chant 'Death to America' and 'Death to Israel'," Cruz advised Bush, according to Starnes.

In a related development, Cruz has invited Obama to "debate the substance of the Iran deal . . . at any time and any place" of Obama's choosing. Perhaps Jeb Bush could help Obama prepare for such a debate.

"Let's do it in front of the American people any time in the next 60 days," Cruz said (see video).

War Is Here: Jihad in Chattanooga
New York Times Caves, Places Ted Cruz's Book A Time for Truth on Bestseller List 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Coulter: Trump Could Win

By Rick Pearcey • July 27, 2015, 10:45 AM

Heather Smith reports at the Daily Caller:

In a D.C.-based radio interview, best-selling author Ann Coulter Friday defended GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump and believes he could be a "nominee who could win" the election.

"Trump is different. We have been lied to for thirty years about immigration. That’s why Trump is striking this chord. He’s attractive. He’s tall. He’s hilariously funny. I think he could be not only a nominee who could win but a third party candidate who could win," Coulter told WMAL Friday.

"She admitted in the interview she has reversed her stance on opposing candidates who were not governors," Smith writes.

"The more I see Trump talk, the more it diminishes the other candidates," Smith quotes Coulter as saying.

Top GOP Strategist Runs to Politico, Smears Trump Voters as "Clowns"
Trump Battles Hypocritical Establishment
Attkisson: Trump Said "Exactly Opposite" of What Is Claimed

Friday, July 24, 2015

Remove Our Names: "Corporate Donors" Flee Sickening Planned Parenthood -- Coca Cola, Ford, Xerox

By Rick Pearcey • July 24, 2015, 07:24 AM

Chelsea Scism reports at Daily Signal:

Representatives from Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co. and Xerox say they’ve asked Planned Parenthood to remove their names as corporate donors to the embattled organization.

The move follows a Daily Signal report revealing the names of 41 companies that Planned Parenthood listed as donors. That list, which was featured on Planned Parenthood’s website, has since been removed.

"This latest development comes in the wake of two undercover videos that showed Planned Parenthood executives talking about the sale of fetal body parts. Planned Parenthood is facing both federal and state investigations -- and the possibility of losing taxpayer funding," the Daily Signal states.

"Earlier this week, The Daily Signal used information from 2nd Vote to publish the names of 41 companies listed by Planned Parenthood as contributor," the Signal reports. "Shortly after the story was published, representatives from Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co. and Xerox contacted The Daily Signal to say they were erroneously listed and requested that Planned Parenthood take them off its website."

Kirsten Powers: Time to Crush Planned Parenthood, by J. Richard Pearcey
Why Pro-Abortion Is Anti-Science, by Nancy Pearcey
Abortofascism and Free-Market Homicide, by J. Richard Pearcey

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Top GOP Strategist Runs to Politico, Smears Trump Voters as "Clowns"

By Rick Pearcey • July 23, 2015, 09:23 AM

"Brilliant," John Nolte writes at Breitbart. "Keep in mind that this is the same GOP Establishment privately and publicly lecturing Trump about 'tone'."

Attkisson: Trump Said "Exactly Opposite" of What Is Claimed
Trump Battles the Hypocritical Establishment

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Kirsten Powers: Time to Crush Planned Parenthood

By Rick Pearcey • July 22, 2015, 11:01 AM

At 7:40 p.m. EDT last night, USAToday published a Kirsten Powers column titled "Crush Planned Parenthood" with the kicker "Caught in a stomach-turning video, all it can apologize for is the tone."

Referring to two recently released undercover videos that have just exploded across the news (here and here), Powers states, "The problem is not the tone. It's the crushing.

"It's the organ harvesting of fetuses that abortion-rights activists want us to believe have no more moral value than a fingernail. It's the lie that these are not human beings worthy of protection," Powers writes.

"There is no nice way to talk about this. As my friend and former Obama White House staffer Michael Wear tweeted, 'It should bother us as a society that we have use for aborted human organs, but not the baby that provides them'."

Powers next deals with Planned Parenthood's unsuccessful attempts to knock down the video, such as: "It's heavily edited," it's a "humanitarian exercise," the video-maker once wrote for the Weekly Standard (!).

In addition, Powers notes that Planned Parenthood's "usual defenders are nowhere to be found." For example, "There was total silence from The New York Times editorial board and their 10 (out of 11) pro-abortion rights columnists. Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi -- both recipients of Planned Parenthood’s highest honor, the Margaret Sanger Award -- have been mum."

Then there's the sad effort by "Mississippi abortion doctor Willie Parker," who "ran with the trope that direct quotes from a Planned Parenthood doctor constitute a vicious attack," Powers writes.

But this savage doctor wasn't done. "He compared Nucatola to Jesus," Powers writes.

"It's no secret that my frame of reference for the work that I do and in terms of generating compassion is related to my religious understanding and, in particular, my Christian religious understanding," Powers quotes Parker as telling Cosmopolitan magazine.

That "Christian" "religious" "understanding" reveals to the abortionist, he says, "a strong parallel between what's happening to my colleague [Nucatola] and the trial week of Jesus before he was crucified [as] he was marched from place to place, asked to answer allegations."

Total nonsense, of course. Jesus sacrificed his life for others, but abortionists kill others to advance themselves, sell aborted baby body parts over lunch, and trade blood for money to buy Lamborghinis. These and other subtle differences between the humane Jesus of history and the inhumane abortionism of Planned Parenthood abound.

Powers concludes: "When abortion doctors are elevated to gods who may not be questioned or held accountable, society has officially gone off the rails."

"The gods" should of course be questioned (a mentality I have written about in a book Foreword here).

For that matter, in matters big and small, the unquestioning mantra of "don't think, just believe" may be accepted in many circles today -- whether in church, on campus, in the voting booth, or in the boardroom, or in the fevered minds of abortion-believing fanatics -- but that mantra is totally inadequate to the free-thinking human being endowed by the Creator to think, evaluate evidence, and "test everything."

This approach, by the way, is central to Nancy Pearcey's new book, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes. If you want real-world principles for questioning the inhumane prescriptions of our age, or of any age, this book is a terrific place to begin.

Why Pro-Abortion Is Anti-Science, by Nancy Pearcey
Abortofascism and Free-Market Homicide, by J. Richard Pearcey

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

"No Comment": NBC Covers Up Evidence of Immigration Crime Wave

By Rick Pearcey • July 21, 2015, 09:25 AM

Julia Hahn writes at Breitbart:

[Today] the "Judiciary Committee will hear testimony from Americans who lost loved ones to criminal alien violence. On Sunday’s Meet The Press, Chuck Todd made a declaration that would surprise these devastated families: "We couldn’t find a single study that links violent crime and immigration."

Apparently neither Mr. Todd nor his research staff ever thought to look up the government’s own 2011 report on criminal alien activity, published by the Government Accountability Office.

"Breitbart News emailed Mr. Todd and his show to ask why the government’s own data, and a great deal more information, which would have disproven Mr. Todd’s sweeping declaration, was omitted," Hahn writes.

"A staff aid to Mr. Todd replied: 'no comment'," according to Hahn.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Attkisson: Trump Said "Exactly Opposite" of What Is Claimed

By Rick Pearcey • July 20, 2015, 10:55 AM

Greg Richter reports at Newsmax:

The Washington Post's reporting of Donald Trump's statement saying that Arizona Sen. John McCain is "not a war hero" miscast the GOP presidential candidate's words, investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson says.

Attkisson, the former CBS News reporter, posted a fact-check of the Post's report on her website, saying that the newspaper had left out the context of Trump's remarks, including the ongoing feud between him and McCain. McCain called Trump supporters at a recent anti-illegal immigration rally "crazies."

Attkisson also noted that although the Post reported Trump's initial statement that McCain was not a war hero, it did not report four instances immediately following in which Trump said that McCain was a war hero. . . .

"Most of Trump's 14 declared Republican presidential rivals said he was wrong, but there was one notable exception," Newsmax reports: Sen. Ted Cruz.

The Texas senator "didn't defend Trump's words, and was quick to say that McCain is a 'hero and a friend.' But he also said he refused to play what he termed a 'media game' of getting Republicans to attack each other," Newsmax reports.

"'I'm not going to go into the gutter with personal attacks impugning character,' Cruz told Bloomberg Politics at the Family Leadership Summit after Trump had made his controversial statement there," according to Newsmax.

Trump Battles the Hypocritical Establishment 
Polls Show "President Trump" May Not Be So Far-Fetched

Friday, July 17, 2015

War Is Here: Jihad in Chattanooga

By Rick Pearcey • July 17, 2015, 09:01 AM

In a column with the kicker "Another Muslim heeds the Islamic State's call to murder military personnel," Robert Spencer writes:

A Muslim named Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire at a Navy recruitment center and a Marine Reserve Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday morning, murdering four Marines.

It was yet another Islamic State attack inside the United States, emphasizing once again that the U.S. is at war, and that the war is here, now, on our soil.

Final sentence: "Is there any limit to the weakness, fecklessness and refusal to face reality of America’s current leadership? Is there any limit to the willingness of the majority of the American public to put up with all this? This unreality and indifference is only going to grow more costly."

Thursday, July 16, 2015

New York Times Caves, Places Ted Cruz's Book "A Time for Truth" on Bestseller List

By Rick Pearcey • July 16, 2015, 09:00 AM

Katie McHugh reports at Breitbart.com:

The New York Times acknowledged Wednesday that Sen. Ted Cruz's book, A Time For Truth, belongs on its bestseller list and gave it a no. 7 ranking in nonfiction, after snubbing it and accusing the Cruz campaign of making "strategic bulk purchases."

HarperCollins sent an inquiring email to The New York Times last week after the book's impressive sales were ignored by the paper.

"We have uniform standards that we apply to our best seller list, which includes an analysis of book sales that goes beyond simply the number of books sold," spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said, according to Politico. "This book didn’t meet that standard this week."

But the Cruz campaign smelled something rotten in New York and "furiously attacked the New York Times for their deliberate omission," Breitbart reports.

"The Times is presumably embarrassed by having their obvious partisan bias called out. But their response -- alleging 'strategic bulk purchases' -- is a blatant falsehood. The evidence is directly to the contrary. In leveling this false charge, the Times has tried to impugn the integrity of Senator Cruz and of his publisher HarperCollins," Rick Tyler of the Cruz campaign is quoted as telling Politico.

Amazon is apparently none too pleased, as well. "An Amazon spokeswoman said that A Time For Truth was a bestselling book," Breitbart reports, and that the online giant "found no evidence of 'unusual bulk purchase activity'."

"Cruz's book currently ranks as the number-one bestselling book in 'Political Conservatism & Liberalism' on Amazon," according to Breitbart. As of this writing, A Time for Truth continues to hold that no. 1 spot.

As of yesterday, the New York Times has "backed down . . . without apology while maintaining they did nothing wrong," Breitbart reports.

"This week's NYT best seller list was arrived at using the same process as last week's -- and the week before that. That process involves a careful analysis of data, and is not influenced in any way by the content of a book, or by pressure from publishers or book sellers," Times spokeswoman Murphy is quoted as telling The Hill via email, according to Breitbart.

Unfortunately, there is no way to verify the truthfulness of the Times' claim to innocence, for the newspaper conducts its deliberations in secret.

"Our approach serves Times readers by authenticating broadly popular books through the confidential reporting of a wide range of retailers. In order to avoid compromising that process, we do not disclose who reports sales to us," Murphy is quoted as saying.

So when it comes to verifying the NYTimes' bestseller list, there's no need to think, ask for evidence, or think critically about the newspaper's results. Just believe. Blindly.

If the Times says it, you're supposed to "believe" it, and that settles it.

Or maybe not.

Let us just say: That simplistic approach to life -- in matters big or small, deep and wide, is not recommended. Far better to adopt and practice the principle of "test everything."

Meanwhile, we encourage secular fideists not to revel in their various "faith" constructs. And maybe it's time to buy A Time for Truth.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Volunteer Watchdog Group Dispatches to Western States to Monitor "Jade Helm"

By Rick Pearcey • July 15, 2015, 09:22 AM

Barnini Chakraborty reports at Fox News:

A controversial U.S. military training exercise known as "Operation Jade Helm" rolls out this week across several southwestern states -- but a group of wary citizen watchdogs will be keeping an eye on them. 

Pete Lanteri, a former Marine now living in Arizona, told FoxNews.com that volunteer members he's helped organize will be on the ground as part of a newly formed surveillance campaign called "Counter Jade Helm." A product of mounting suspicions across western states over the exercise itself, the group has been set up to locate, track and observe U.S. soldiers -- Green Berets, Air Force Special Ops, Navy SEALs -- training across the Southwest.

"The three-month military exercise kicks off Wednesday," Fox reports, and "Lanteri played down the notion that the 'counter' campaign could lead to conflict."

"We’re not paranoid tin-hat wearing freaks,” Lanteri is quoted as telling Fox News. "We’re not going to be out there confronting people or holding signs."

According to Fox News, "Lanteri and his volunteers will be in plain clothes, in plain sight and armed with only cell phones and video cameras, he says."

Lanteri "plans to travel to central Texas over the weekend to help kick off the 'Counter Jade Helm' project," Fox reports. "He said California, Louisiana, New Mexico, Mississippi, Florida and Utah also are among the states participating in the counter-missions; there have been conflicting reports about which specific states Jade Helm will be in, though the operation appears to concentrate in the Southwest."

What are Lanteri's motivations? "I did this because A: I believe in monitoring what the government does and B: I see this as a training opportunity,” Lanteri, who has spent a decade working on the Arizona-Mexico border, said," according to Fox.

"Lanteri says aside from the 'conspiracy nut jobs,' there have been others who genuinely feel that the military may be up to something not quite right. He says it's their right as U.S. citizens to be able to question motive and look for answers," Fox reports.

"Ronald Reagan said to trust and verify, and that's what we’re going to do," Lanteri said, according to Foxnews.com.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Bolton: Obama Nuke Deal With Iran "an American Munich"

By Rick Pearcey • July 14, 2015, 11:38 AM

From Aaron Klein at WND:

John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, slammed the Obama administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran as an "American Munich," warning the deal will not only make Iran a nuclear state but will result in "half a dozen nuclear weapons states" across the Middle East.

"This deal is an American Munich," Bolton told WND, comparing the pact with the ill-fated Munich Agreement which sought to appease Nazi Germany by annexing portions of Czechoslovakia.

Bolton continued: "Barack Obama is trying to appease the mullahs in Tehran by making one concession after another. The result will be not just a nuclear Iran, but half a dozen nuclear weapons states in the world’s most volatile and dangerous region."

"Bolton was responding to the historic nuclear accord announced early Tuesday between the United States, Iran and other world powers," WND reports.