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Monday, October 31, 2011

"Spreading Rumors": Cain Campaign Accuses Politico

By Rick Pearcey • October 31, 2011, 05:29 AM

Alex Pappas reports at The Daily Caller:

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s campaign is accusing Politico of “unsubstantiated personal attacks” after the news outlet published a story Sunday night claiming two unnamed women made sexual harassment allegations against the candidate more than a decade ago.

“Fearing the message of Herman Cain who is shaking up the political landscape in Washington, Inside the Beltway media have begun to launch unsubstantiated personal attacks on Cain,” J.D. Gordon, Cain’s spokesman, said in a statement provided to The Daily Caller.

Friday, October 28, 2011

10 Reasons Christians Should Reject Romney

By Rick Pearcey • October 28, 2011, 07:32 AM

Former Navy chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt writes:

We've all heard the controversy about presidential candidate Mitt Romney's faith. Is he a Christian? He claims to be, yet 75 percent of American Protestant pastors disagree with the statement: "I personally consider Mormons to be Christians." Wherever you stand, here are the top 10 reasons Christians can never vote for Mitt Romney -- and they have nothing to do with his Mormon faith.

Among the Top 10 reasons are these 3, according to Klingenschmitt:

  • Romney forced homosexual "marriage" upon Massachusetts
  • Romney is pro-abortion
  • Romneycare is the reason we have Obamacare.

Klingenschmitt concludes, "Evangelical Christians who care about pro-family, pro-freedom, pro-life, pro-marriage and pro-law/order issues can never support Mitt Romney for president."

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Crosses at Catholic University Offensive, Say Muslims

By Rick Pearcey • October 27, 2011, 05:18 PM

And so are all those Western bodies with heads still attached. Meanwhile, at FoxNation, this:

The Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights confirmed that it is investigating allegations that Catholic University violated the human rights of Muslim students by not allowing them to form a Muslim student group and by not providing them rooms without Christian symbols for their daily prayers.

The investigation alleges that Muslim students “must perform their prayers surrounded by symbols of Catholicism -- e.g., a wooden crucifix, paintings of Jesus, pictures of priests and theologians which many Muslim students find inappropriate.”

Maryland Considering Flush Fee Hike

By Rick Pearcey • October 27, 2011, 03:34 PM

"A state task force is considering doubling, and maybe even tripling, the state's flush fee," reports AP.

How about we flush the concept of the unlimited reach of government?

On the other hand, there may be college professors, Occupy protesters, and journalists who suppose themselves "free" so long as the state provides bread and circuses, condoms, safe ways of killing babies, and the right to marry my chipmunk. 

Ask any true believer: It's all right there in the living constitution.

Atheists Try to Stop Prayers Before Football Games

By Rick Pearcey • October 27, 2011, 10:22 AM

Todd Stames reports at FoxNews.com:

An Alabama school district has been accused of allowing prayers that invoke the name of Jesus during high school football games, according to a complaint filed by a national atheist organization.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation said the Lauderdale County school district has violated the First Amendment by allowing the prayers at Brooks High School.

These atheists clearly have an open and shut case. For as everybody knows, the 1st Amendment states that prayers should not be allowed before high school football games and that Congress shall pass all manner of laws that prohibit the free expression of Christianity anywhere outside one's craninum, unless one is safely enclosed in a prayer closet or perhaps church building.

Yes, indeed, the Founders, who hated God and Christianity, had enough sense to limit cults to backwaters and secret places and were sufficienly wise in tolerance to know where to draw the line, lest a new Inquisition break out and the god of almighty government equality be overthrown, resulting in chaos, regression, and less freedom for Joe to marry Johnnie, and for Michelle to kill baby Alonso, if progress or the pursuit of happiness so require.

Thus the joy of life, personal peace, and affluence in Obamaville and Rinoland.

Karl Rove's Big Problem

By Rick Pearcey • October 27, 2011, 01:00 AM

It's not whether he is a conservative,  but whether he is a Constitutionalist.

If you are a Constitutionalist -- that is, you embrace a form of government designed to protect the ideals of the Declaration of Independecnce -- then you stand for freedom. 

If not, you stand against freedom. I see little evidence that the likes of a Rove is a Constitutionalist. If not a Constitutionalist, that would mean Rove and those like him are enablers of unfreedom.

I'm willing to be corrected, but that's how I see it at this point.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

If Violating "Constitutional Rights" Can Get You Jailed . . .

By Rick Pearcey • October 26, 2011, 07:48 PM

. . . Why is Obama still walking around? See what happened to this U.S. border agent.

While we're at it, let's not discriminate: There may be one or two more among those who represent not the people but "society's biggest lawbreaker" who should visit the slammer el pronto. 

Poll: Cain Routs Romney in Head-to-Head Matchup

By Rick Pearcey • October 26, 2011, 07:54 AM

IBOPE/Zogby asked the following question:

If the Republican primary in your state were held today, and the only candidates were Mitt Romney and Herman Cain, for whom would you vote?

Results: Cain (63%), Romney (29%).

Conclusion: In this hypothetical matchup between Cain and Romney, Cain crushes Romney by 34 points.

"U.S.-Funded Egyptian Military Kills Coptic Christians"

By Rick Pearcey • October 26, 2011, 07:37 AM

In "Coptic Christians Rally for Human Rights," Faith McDonnell writes:

Copts, who traveled by the busloads from such places as Chicago, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, came to Washington to protest the brutal treatment of Egypt’s Christians and demand that the Obama administration pressure Cairo to protect the rights of non-Muslims.

They also wished to call attention to congressional legislation that supports Copts and other vulnerable people groups.

The demonstration was a response to an Egyptian army-led massacre of Christians on Sunday, October 9, in Cairo.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Rivendell Sanctuary Featured in Media Profile

By Rick Pearcey • October 25, 2011, 11:43 AM

Rivendell Sanctuary, where Nancy and I are on the faculty, is featured in an overview article titled "Christian Have College Choices," published at OneNewsNow.

OneNewsNow is a division of the American Family Association. 

Pearceys Resign From Rivendell Sanctuary

President Robespierre and "Putting All Rich People to Death"

By Rick Pearcey • October 25, 2011, 09:20 AM

Occupy the Rich! The class warfare of "economic justice" is a revolution that eats its children and is now nibbling at "Hollywood's Daryl Hannah, Alec Baldwin, Roseanne Barr."

Monday, October 24, 2011

Romney Skips Iowa Evangelical Event

By Rick Pearcey • October 24, 2011, 08:01 AM

Christopher Santarelli writes at The Blaze:

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made his first campaign stop to Iowa in months on Thursday. While the former Massachusetts governor says he wants to gain the support of Iowans, Romney did not attend an event with other candidates and 1,000 Iowa evangelical activists Saturday, the state’s “most potent conservative voting bloc” according to AP.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

See This: New Film "October Baby" Looks Powerful

By Rick Pearcey • October 22, 2011, 06:45 PM

Here's the website and trailer. And here's an overview of the film: 

October Baby is a coming of age story of Hannah, a beautiful 19-year-old college freshman. In spite of her energetic (if somewhat naïve) personality, Hannah has always felt like an outsider. Something is missing. She has always carried a deep seeded sense that she has no right to exist.

When she discovers she was adopted it comes as a shock, but Hannah's world is rocked even more when she learns why she was never told before -- because she was the survivor of a failed abortion.

Desperate for answers, she embarks on a road trip with some friends (including her oldest and closest friend Jason) to find her biological mother. In the process she unexpectedly discovers hope, love and forgiveness.

This uplifting and beautiful film may change the way you look at the world, your loved ones . . . and life.

Great Video for Herman Cain

By Rick Pearcey • October 22, 2011, 05:58 PM

As is done in this video, Herman Cain should keep Declaration themes (and Constitutional content) front and center in his campaign. And although Cain is surging now, remember that no vote has been cast.

The likes of a Bachmann, Santorum, or Gingrich are still out there, and any one of these could move into contention.

If Perry doesn't up his debate performance, and overcome his record on issues such as illegal immigration, his campaign is over (barring collapse of the other campaigns).

Romney's record indicates he is the weakeast choice when it comes overcoming not just Obama but Obamaism. 

Mitt's RINOism could be the rope that radicals who are conceptually anti-American use to finally hang the Republican Party, if not the nation.

Is This Enough? Herman Cain Statement on Abortion

George Soros Funds Wall Street Protests

By Rick Pearcey • October 22, 2011, 03:22 PM

Matthew Vadum writes:

Radical anti-American billionaire George Soros‚Äč is a major backer of a left-wing group that is funneling money to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The nonprofit organization at the receiving end of Soros’ largesse, Alliance for Global Justice, is managing donations benefiting the communists, socialists, anarchists and hippies now occupying Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan.

As of Oct. 19, OWS had taken in a grand total of $435,000 from all sources, including donations made by individuals online and in person, according to reports.

Is This Enough? Herman Cain Statement on Abortion

By Rick Pearcey • October 22, 2011, 11:00 AM

In response to recent questions regarding whether GOP candidate for president Herman Cain is merely personally pro-life and would therefore fall in line with the "pro-choice" but really pro-abortion position, in contradiction to science, ethics, and the mainstream of American exceptionalism (see the Declaration and Constitution), the following statement has been released by Herman Cain: 

Yesterday in an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN, I was asked questions about abortion policy and the role of the President.

I understood the thrust of the question to ask whether that I, as president, would simply "order" people to not seek an abortion.

My answer was focused on the role of the President. The President has no constitutional authority to order any such action by anyone. That was the point I was trying to convey.

As to my political policy view on abortion, I am 100% pro-life. End of story.

I will appoint judges who understand the original intent of the Constitution. Judges who are committed to rule of law know that the Constitution contains no right to take the life of unborn children.

I will oppose government funding of abortion. I will veto any legislation that contains funds for Planned Parenthood. I will do everything that a President can do, consistent with his constitutional role, to advance the culture of life.

Note Cain's emphasis on the Constitution. Let us hope and work to ensure that Cain's approach to the question of life expresses in particular his approach to governance in general.

That is, that, if elected, a President Herman Cain would do everything "consistent with his constitutional role," to advance not just the culture of life (which of course would be a huge advance over abortofascism) but also to do everything "consistent with his constitutional role" to advance a culture of freedom.

Earlier today I read an article by Tom Tancredo in WorldNetDaily, and it was titled, "Herman Cain Is the Real Deal."

How do we know, according to Tancredo, that Cain is the real deal? Because Cain possesses what Tancredo calls the threee "Cs" -- character, competence, and commitment.

Sounds good, right? But this is not enough. Far from it.

Here is my reply, which I have posted on Facebook as well:

May I suggest a 4th "C"? The Constitution.

Would Cain's "character," "competence," and "commitment" be directed toward Constitutional governance -- or just open a new door for "conservative" Un-Constitutional governance?

We had that with the Bushes and RINOs, and that helped pave the way for the conceptually anti-American Obama and the modern Democrat Party.

If Cain is pro-Constitution, let him NOW, in INTERVIEWS, and DURING FUTURE DEBATES set forth his views in ways that clearly express a high view of constitutional and Declarational governance.

A "problem-solver" is not enough, not by a longshot, IF THE AIM IS FREEDOM.

What is needed is a CONSTITUTIONAL PROBLEM-SOLVER who appreciates the principial connection between the Constitution and the Declaration -- where the center of gravity for human freedom and unalienable rights is not the state but the Creator.

That Herman Cain is framing his opposition to abortion in terms constitutional is an advance of freedom over barbarism.

Now let the man who would replace Obama and Obamaism do so on the basis of an full-orbed vision-for-freedom, which is precisely what is given in the Constitution and Declaration.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sowell on Cain's Ethnicity: "Certainly One of Us, Far More Than Barack Obama"

By Rick Pearcey • October 21, 2011, 08:30 AM

Jeff Poor reports at The Daily Caller:

On Thursday’s broadcast of “Cavuto” on the Fox Business Network, Hoover Institution senior fellow Thomas Sowell said former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain, who grew up in Atlanta in the 1960s, had origins more closely associated with civil rights struggles than President Barack Obama’s.

“My gosh, [Cain] is certainly one of us, far more so than Barack Obama,” Sowell said, ”raised in Hawaii and going to a private school -- an expensive private school.”

Discussing his own upbringing, Sowell said that despite not having “a lot of frills” like electricity, central heating or running water, he was fortunate to have a family. Sowell pegged his success to his parents’ habit of pushing him to get a good education.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Why No Anti-Obama Signs at Wall Street Protests?

By Rick Pearcey • October 20, 2011, 10:21 AM

"The Occupy Wall Street folks tell us to blame Wall Street for the nation's financial troubles," writes columnist Larry Elder.

But "notice the no-fly zone over President Barack Obama."

Excellent point: "Where are the anti-President Barack Obama signs or the verbal chants denouncing the president? . . . Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and President Barack Obama say they sympathize with the protesters. Of course, they do."

We have seen more than "two years of reckless spending, the inflationary printing of money, massive 'stimulus' that failed to 'save or create' 3.5 million jobs, green technology 'investments' in soon-to-be-bankrupt companies whose investors donated to and raised money for the president's election and unpopular bailouts."

In short: "The dismal results are in," says Elder.

"What to do?," he asks.

That's all to predictable: "Find a scapegoat -- provided it isn't Freddie, Fannie or the Community Reinvestment Act, the real culprits behind the housing meltdown. No, Wall Street will do nicely.

"Just keep Obama's name off the list of grievances."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Biden Tells Reporter: "Don't Screw Around With Me" -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • October 19, 2011, 11:03 PM

Human Events editor Jason Mattera writes: 

Vice President Joe Biden now says he didn’t make a reference to rape, and got testy with HUMAN EVENTS when we asked if he would like to retract his comments that the number of sexual assaults would increase if Republicans don’t sign on to Barack Obama’s latest “jobs” proposal.

“I didn’t use, no no no . . . Let’s get it straight, guy. Don’t screw around with me,” Biden lashed out at HUMAN EVENTS. Then Biden confirmed that he indeed did talk about rape in terms of the President’s spending measure. “Murder will continue to rise, rape will continue to rise, all crimes will continue to rise,” if the Democrats agenda isn’t passed, he added.

Here is video of the encounter.

Cain the Contender

By Rick Pearcey • October 19, 2011, 08:19 AM

Robert Stacy McCain writes at American Spectator:

Scores of reporters and dozens of cameras surrounded the candidate in the "spin room" here at the Sands Expo and Convention Center following Tuesday night's CNN Republican presidential debate. "Mr. Cain! Mr. Cain!" reporters shouted, shoving their microphones toward the man who was never expected to become a serious contender for the GOP nomination. If nothing else, the Las Vegas debate confirmed that Atlanta businessman Herman Cain is indeed now a contender.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Thieves Steal Obama's Teleprompter!

By Rick Pearcey • October 18, 2011, 12:06 PM

WWBT reports:

When you see President Obama speak, there is a pretty typical setup including the presidential seal on a podium, the see-thru Teleprompter and a portable sound system.

Thieves saw the truck carrying that equipment and couldn't resist the target.

This Alarming Event Raises Serious Questions, America: Now that Barry's teleprompter has been stolen and he therefore is incapacited, does this mean Joe Biden is acting president of the United States?

Or does the theft of the presidential teleprompter constitute a national crisis, requiring a suspension of elections and the Constitution, to save the Republic, to Create or Save Jobs, to Save the Democrat Party, and to Save Obama?

Finally: Is Michelle still Queen?

Hat tip: Drudge Report

Messiah College Gives Pro-Riots Leftist Piven a Forum, Then Cancels Conservative Speaker

By Rick Pearcey • October 18, 2011, 09:36 AM

If parents and financial supporters of Messiah College get wind of this, there may be Heaven to pay:

On the surface it may seem odd that a self-professed Christian school would be hostile to the presentation of conservative ideas, but that’s nothing unusual for Messiah.

Students and alum tell us that teachers there preach “social justice” (read: socialism) as though it were gospel, which is why when the president of the College Republicans told us on Saturday evening that [Prof. James] LaGrand wanted their forum canceled, we believed him. 

Obama Kin: "Occupy Wall Street" Liberalism's Unwashed Last Stand

By Rick Pearcey • October 18, 2011, 09:02 AM

Dr. Milton R. Wolf writes:

Liberalism is dying before our eyes, not with a whimper or a bang, but with a grand unbathed and so apropos whine-fest. The central tenets of statism are in free-fall, and its beneficiaries, namely those who live off the fruits of other people’s labor, are in a panic for one last round of government handouts before they completely bankrupt the nation. . . .

The failed Obama presidency . . . is just the beginning. The most liberal president in history, with an assist from his predecessor, has unmasked the structural flaws of liberalism itself. All told, nearly $5 trillion of government bailouts and stimulus spending between the two presidents failed to rescue our economy. Their $5 trillion bought the most expensive lesson in human history: Government cannot create wealth, and an overtaxed and overregulated private sector can’t, either.

Milton R. Wolf is a second cousin of Barack Obama. Wolf blogs at miltonwolf.com.

Herman Cain: Runaway Slave

By Rick Pearcey • October 18, 2011, 08:32 AM

Lloyd Marcus writes: 

White massas Lawrence O'Donnell, Janeane Garofalo and the Democratic Party leadership have instructed their black "slave control" enforcers/overseers to "Stop Cain! NOBODY, escapes the Liberal Democrat Slave Plantation! NOBODY!!!"

New Rasmussen Poll Shocks: But Will Cain Be 1st Black American President?

Monday, October 17, 2011

New Rasmussen Poll Shocks: But Will Cain Be 1st Black American President?

By Rick Pearcey • October 17, 2011, 06:18 PM

"The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows Cain attracting 43% support, while Obama earns 41%," according to Rasmussen Reports

Clearly we have a long way to go, but: If Herman Cain wins the GOP nod, he could very well defeat Obama in a landslide in 2012.

This is because a) Obama's performance as president has been so weak on so many fronts, and b) because Cain seems able to articulate a vision-for-freedom that operates within the circle of American exceptionalism, and not against it, as does the well-articulated but false vision-against-freedom on display daily by Obama. 

Where there is no vision, a people perishes. But also where there is a false vision, a people also perishes, even if brought in on "historic" "hope and change."

In Obama's case, a well-articulated but false and destructive vision-against-freedom defeated John McCain, who had a superior resume but an inferior vision.

All other things being equal, just as meaning beats technique, vision beats resume. Man does not live by bread alone.

As the consciousness of the American people is raised to a new and more profound awareness of what it really takes to build (and keep) a nation of freedom, Herman Cain may have enough of a sense of that vision, and the ability to articulate that vision, to win enough support to garner a huge electoral victory.

Such a victory by Cain would mean, among other things, that he would be the first black American president. That is to say, he would be the first black president who self-consciously affirms, and operates within, the founding thoughtforms of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution.

Obama rejects both. Obama may be the first black president on American soil, but he is not the first black president with American soul.

Barack does not affirm the mainstream and enduring ideals of the American ethos, based on unalienable (and definable) rights from the Creator (and not the federal state or any other state).

This is not an endorsement of Herman Cain. It is an endorsement of the politics of human exceptionalism in community with God and man, which is the mainspring of freedom at the center of the Declaration and Constitution. 

This is beyond RINOs and liberals, secularist and technocrats, but it is not beyond anyone or any nation that remembers who we are as human beings. Remembrance is freedom.

Communist, Nazi Parties Endorse "Occupy" Protests

By Rick Pearcey • October 17, 2011, 08:02 AM

David Martosko writes at The Daily Caller:

In a move that may redefine the term “strange bedfellows,” the American Nazi Party issued an official endorsement of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement on Sunday afternoon.

The announcement put the organization, a self-described “National Socialist” political party, in company with the Socialist Party USA, which explained its own support for the left-wing protesters in a nationwide conference call last Tuesday night, crediting organized labor with the protests’ strength and sophistication to date.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Herman Cain's Big Bad Sin, According to Liberals

By Rick Pearcey • October 15, 2011, 08:17 PM

Thinking while black.

Bricks of Tolerance: "Gay" Hate Vandalizes Church, Threatens More Violence

By Rick Pearcey • October 15, 2011, 07:17 PM

Drew Zahn reports at WND:

In the early morning hours, on the eve of a banquet desgned to expose the homosexual activist agenda, security cameras on the campus of the Christian Liberty Academy, a school run by the Church of Christian Liberty in Arlington Heights, Ill., captured what may be a prominent example of an anti-Christian "hate crime."

An unknown vandal or vandals threw chunks of concrete bricks through the school's entryway with a message protesting the banquet, which was planned by Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, or AFTAH, to honor pro-family activist and author of The Pink Swastika, Dr. Scott Lively.

Upon the concrete bricks were written the words "Shut down Lively," and the vandals included a note theatening more violence if the church and school didn't stop hosting such "homophobic" guests.

"This is just a sample of what we will do if you don't shut down Scott Lively and AFTAH," the note reads. "F--- Scott Lively. Quit the homophobic s---!" 

Huge Difference Between Wall Street Protesters and Obama

By Rick Pearcey • October 15, 2011, 06:50 PM

I just want to make sure that people understand there's a huge difference between the Wall Street Protesters and Obama: They're trashing Wall Street, and Obama's trashing America. Got it?

Pro-Abort Representative Can't Bring Herself to Say "Heartbeat"

By Rick Pearcey • October 15, 2011, 01:05 PM

John Jalsevac writes at LifeSiteNews:

The other week I drew attention to a shocking video in which a number of Planned Parenthood representatives repeatedly urged university students to ignore the science about when life begins. Not only did they suggest that the science has no bearing at all upon the debate about abortion, but they appeared even to cast doubt on the very ability of science to learn for certain key facts about the unborn child -- such as when the heartbeat begins.

Now comes another video, in which a leading lawmaker, a Representative in the United States House of Representatives, struggles to find a way to describe a bill in Texas that requires doctors to allow women to listen to the heartbeat of their unborn child before deciding to have the child killed through an abortion.

Of course, the fact that an unborn child has a heartbeat is deeply problematic for pro-aborts (“blobs of tissue” don’t generally have heartbeats), so how does Rep. Sheila Jackson manage to obscure this reality? She says that the bill allowed women to listen to “uh, sounds that, uh, might discourage this needed action."

Abortofascism is a cult that cannot stand the sunlight of scientific fact or ethical principle. It is a barbarism of blood and greed that no person of balance or good will could possibly and knowably embrace.    

Why Pro-Abortion Is Anti-Science

Marxist Mayhem in Wall Street Protests

By Rick Pearcey • October 15, 2011, 11:39 AM

Mike Spaniola writes at American Thinker:

The so-called "Wall Street protesters" who presently follow the '60s adage of "taking it to the streets" might do well to review a bit of history -- in particular, as it relates to the consequences of Marxist ideology.

In 1951, when the horrors of the Red Terror, Siberian gulags, and Auschwitz death camps were still very real, author Eric Hoffer wrote in his acclaimed book, The True Believer, that the "monstrous evils of the 20th century have shown us that the greediest money grubbers are gentle doves compared with money-hating wolves like Lenin, Stalin and Hitler, who in less than three decades killed or maimed nearly a hundred million men, women and children and brought untold suffering to a large.

Lenin's "Useful Idiots" in Manhattan

By Rick Pearcey • October 15, 2011, 10:37 AM

"President Obama, the Democratic Party, and the 'Occupy Wall Street' mobs are following the Marxist blueprint of Lenin's The State and Revolution to a tee," writes Ellis Washington at WND.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Gingrich: Probably 70% of Republicans "Want Someone Other Than Romney"

By Rick Pearcey • October 14, 2011, 07:44 AM

Newt was talking to Sean on the radio.

Joseph Farah on the Next Black President

By Rick Pearcey • October 14, 2011, 07:39 AM

Yep, it could be Herman Cain, says the editor in chief of WorldNetDaily.

Rush: Romney's Global Warming Views Mirror "Current Regime"

By Rick Pearcey • October 14, 2011, 07:00 AM

Grant M. Dahl writes at CNSNews.com:

Talk show host Rush Limbaugh observed on his show yesterday that Mitt Romney’s views global warming mirror those of “the current regime,” so a Romney presidency could have a “huge” negative impact on the economy

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Why I Am Not a Christian

By Rick Pearcey • October 13, 2011, 12:42 PM

Tomorrow in our Theology class at Rivendell Sanctuary we shall have a Socratic circle that discusses "Why I Am Not a Christian," a lecture by famed atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell.

In stark contrast to the cults of politics, "faith," and "settled science" so evident on today's campus, in Hollywood, around politics, and in the formerly mainstream media, free-thinkers who embrace the Judeo-Christian worldview because it is empirically verifiable, logically consistent, answers the basic philosophic questions, and is existentially viable relish the opportunity to test various truth-claims in the marketplace of ideas.

Some may prefer to cling to their false ideolgies, inhumane politics, materialistic economics, and family-destroying social agendas. Others would rather seek truth. And then on the basis of what is discovered, help build a better world. 

And so tomorrow we shall ask ourselves and Bertrand Russell a few honest questions. It's called the free exhange of ideas. You may recall that, once upon a time in America, a lot of colleges did that.

Pearceys Resign From Rivendell Sanctuary

Jesse Jackson, Jr: Obama Should Declare "National Emergency," Take "Extra-Constitutional" Action

By Rick Pearcey • October 13, 2011, 09:44 AM

The Daily Caller reports:

Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. told The Daily Caller on Wednesday that congressional opposition to the American Jobs Act is akin to the Confederate “states in rebellion.”

Jackson called for full government employment of the 15 million unemployed and said that Obama should “declare a national emergency” and take “extra-constitutional” action “administratively” -- without the approval of Congress -- to tackle unemployment.

“I hope the president continues to exercise extraordinary constitutional means, based on the history of Congresses that have been in rebellion in the past,” Jackson said. “He’s looking administratively for ways to advance the causes of the American people, because this Congress is completely dysfunctional.”

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

School Apologizes After Student Suspended for Saying Homosexuality Is Wrong

By Rick Pearcey • October 12, 2011, 08:36 AM

Kathleen Gilbert reports at LifeSiteNews:

The Texas school where a teen was punished for saying homosexuality was wrong has apologized and stated the boy “has the right to express an opinion in a manner consistent with law and policy.”

The Fort Worth Independent School District has issued a letter fully vindicating high school freshman Dakota Ary, who was given in-school suspension for telling another student that he believes homosexuality is wrong because of his Christian faith.

The school should also apologize for hatefully discriminating against the Creator and his verifiable norms for human sexuality and healthy families.

Bravo to student Dakota Ary and Liberty Council for standing up to the homosexual propaganda machine. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

GOP Debate: 3 Non-Liberal Questions Charlie Rose & Co. Should Have Asked

By Rick Pearcey • October 11, 2011, 10:41 PM

Tonight's GOP presidential debate focused on economics, and that is good. However, the debate/discussion would have been much more lively, informative, and revealing if Charlie Rose and Co. had asked the following questions: 

1. Does man live by economics, or bread, alone? Why? Why not? And can you relate your answer to the founding ethos of the United States?

2. How does your economic philosophy differ from that of Barack Obama's?

3. As a constitutionalist (because when president you will have taken an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States), how would your economic policies, limited by constitutional governance so that freedom might grow and thrive, differ from those who reject the Constitution?

Prediction: If the Republican nominee articulates his or her vision for freedom, based on the Constitution and Declaration, over against the failed liberal vision of Barack Obama, the GOP will win with a huge mandate for freedom-oriented change in America. And we may even rediscover a basis for refounding the republic that liberals and secularists have been so busy trying to destroy since the 1960s.

If not, however, if the Republican nominee fails to articulate such a vision, Obama well win again. And there's no telling where that might end.

In this regard, the lessons of history offer little comfort. The human being does not live by bread alone.

Joe the Plumber Running for Congress

By Rick Pearcey • October 11, 2011, 08:22 AM

A story at Newsmax reports that Joe Wurzelbacher, otherwise known as "Joe the Plumber," "has filed papers to run as a Republican in Ohio’s newly drawn 9th District, where Obama scored nearly two-thirds of the vote and where Democrats Dennis Kucinich and Marcy Kaptur will run in a primary."

Monday, October 10, 2011

Gallup: Obama Hits All-Time Low Among Blacks as Cain Surges Among GOPers

By Rick Pearcey • October 10, 2011, 06:44 PM

"Gallup released new polling data today that showed African American presidential candidate Herman Cain's support was surging among Republicans even as President Barack Obama’s job approval hit an all-time low among blacks," reports Terry Jeffrey at CNSNews.com.

"In a poll of 1,064 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents conducted Oct. 3-7, 18 percent said they supported Cain for president," Jeffrey writes. "That put the former Godfathers Pizza CEO in a close second behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who placed first with 20 percent."

Regarding their assessment of Obama's performance as president, "only 80 percent of blacks told Gallup in the week that ended on Oct. 9 that they approved of the way Obama was handling his job," Jeffrey continues.

"Previously," Jeffrey reports, "Obama’s lowest approval among blacks had been the 81 percent he had received in the weeks that ended on March 6 and August 14 of this year."

The current 80 percent figure is a drop of 16 points from Obama's all-time high of 96 percent approval among black voters. 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Herman Cain Is for Real

By Rick Pearcey • October 8, 2011, 11:04 PM

"I am not formally endorsing him for the presidency," writes Joseph Farah at WND, "but, with the polls headed in the direction they are clearly heading, it's certainly time for all of us to recognize Herman Cain is the real deal."

Friday, October 7, 2011

Zogby Zinger: Herman Cain 38%, Mitt Romney 18%

By Rick Pearcey • October 7, 2011, 06:31 PM

John Hayward writes at Human Events:

The IBOPE Zogby poll of GOP presidential contenders was the first to declare that Herman Cain’s surge after the Orlando debate had made him a front-runner.

Two weeks later, they’ve got him in first place by a whopping 20% margin over Mitt Romney.

He "Dared to Question" Evolution

By Rick Pearcey • October 7, 2011, 06:53 AM

"The Rutherford Institute is preparing to appeal a recent court decision against an Ohio science teacher who tried to teach his student to think critically about evolution," reports OneNewsNow.

I know this is impolite, but I should point out that sometimes the findings of "settled science" are wrong, as is suggested by this recent case in the news when a scientist, once ridiculed by his colleagues and "thrown out" of his research group, won a Nobel Prize.

But, no worries, my Darwinian faithful: Everybody but that high school science teacher knows that evolution is a fact!!!! and that Darwin could never, ever, never, ever really be scientifically challenged.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Obama Brags About HHS Reg Catholic Bishops Call Attack on Liberty

By Rick Pearcey • October 6, 2011, 10:34 AM

Terry Jeffrey writes at CNSNews.com:

Bantering with the audience at a fundraiser in St. Louis yesterday, President Barack Obama bragged about a new regulation, proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services, that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has denounced as an “unprecedented attack on religious liberty” . . . .

Combined with Obamacare’s mandate that all individuals must buy health insurance, the “preventive services” regulation would require all American Catholics to buy health care plans that pay for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortions -- all of which violate Catholic moral teaching.

Palin Statement on 2012 Decision

By Rick Pearcey • October 6, 2011, 12:07 AM

From Wasilla:

After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order. . . .

From the bottom of my heart I thank those who have supported me and defended my record throughout the years, and encouraged me to run for President. Know that by working together we can bring this country back - and as I’ve always said, one doesn’t need a title to help do it. . . .

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

O'Reilly to Dawkins: "I Think Intelligent Design Made Everything Happen"

By Rick Pearcey • October 5, 2011, 09:25 PM

Bill O'Reilly aired an interview with arch-atheist Richard Dawkins last hour on "The Factor." 

During the interview Dawkins said atheism has absolutely nothing to do with the evil of Pol Pot, Mao, or Joseph Stalin, but that there is a logical connection between belief in God and evil in the world.

O'Reilly countered that religion provides a restraining influence on people like Mao and Stalin -- for example, "Thou shalt not kill."

O'Reilly also said he thinks you cannot explain existence simply on the basis of something like a "meteor crashed into the earth" and everything resulted from that.

"I think Intelligent Design made everything happen," O'Reilly concluded.

As a follow-up to this discussion, Dawkins (if he is open-minded) and O'Reilly might find Does God Exist?, a DVD discussion by Dr. Stephen Meyer, of interest.

Meyer is co-founder of the Discovery Institute, that notorious outfit that talks a lot about . . . Intelligent Design.

Nancy and I would argue that affirming the existence of God is about following the evidence wherever it might lead and that the Judeo-Christian worldview alone has demonstrated an ability to answer adequately the basic philosophic questions that every serious worldview must deal with and that every seeking person honestly asks.

Trust ("faith"), then, is a matter of the whole person making a commitment on the basis of good and sufficient evidence (as Francis Schaeffer so often put it).

It's not "blind faith" or that dumbed-down substitute called "religion" that some secularists are happy to shackle genuine critical thinkers with. 

The point? The affirmation of Intelligent Design emerges out of the evidence, not against it.

So, who knows, maybe we'll see the likes of a Stephen Meyer on "O'Reilly" in the not-too-distant future.

A "Factor" discussion about Intelligent Design and scientific evidence for the Creator would seem to make sense: It would, after all, fit rather nicely with the Founders' insistence that the Creator is so real, and that information from Him is so valid, that it is actionable politically up to the high level of being the basis for American freedom.

What did they write and spill their blood for? "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

If there is no Creator, Mr. Dawkins, all of this exceptionalism falls to the ground. And the sun, the moon, and all the rocks and particles of your impersonal, mindless, meaningless, explanationless cosmos couldn't care less.

But if there is a Creator and unalienable human rights are among the "blessings of liberty" -- as the empirical data, historical data, and reason itself leads us to conclude -- everything changes culturally and politically, for the good.

You could ask King George. Or Stephen Meyer. Or Richard Dawkins, if he's willing to think outside that very tiny materialistic box.

Talk Like This Could Get Herman Cain Elected President

By Rick Pearcey • October 5, 2011, 06:26 PM

From a news headline: "Herman Cain to Occupy Wall Street protesters: If you're not rich, 'blame yourself.'"

Obama Has Now Increased Debt More Than All Presidents From George Washington Through George H.W. Bush Combined

By Rick Pearcey • October 5, 2011, 04:30 PM

Terry Jeffrey reports at CNSNews.com:

The Obama administration passed another fiscal milestone this week, according to new data released by the Treasury Department. As of the close of business on Oct. 3, the total national debt was $14,837,099,271,196.71 -- up about $44.8 billion from Sept. 30.

That means that in the less than three years Obama has been in office, the federal debt has increased by $4.212 trillion -- more than the total national debt of about $4.1672 trillion accumulated by all 41 U.S. presidents from George Washington through George H.W. Bush combined.

1st Question Sean Hannity Should Ask Every GOP Presidential Hopeful

By Rick Pearcey • October 5, 2011, 04:00 PM

Do you affirm the Constitution (as written), the Declaration (as written), and will you restore constitutional norms to federal governance, including refusing to sign any legislation that cannot be directly supported chapter and verse by the plain and literal meaning of the Constitution, and by disestablishing and defunding every form and agency and program of unconstitutional federal governance, so that the American republic and her citizens can once again live in freedom and dignity based upon unalienable rights from the Creator and not from the state?

And now, the follow-up question: If you cannot affirm the above, how can you in any sense, with any integrity, swear an oath, without mental reservation, to support, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States?

ACLU Weeps Over Dead Terrorist

By Rick Pearcey • October 5, 2011, 08:11 AM

Newt Gingrich at Human Events:

The ACLU is aghast. Liberal bloggers are proclaiming the end of the Bill of Rights. Even some on the right have joined in the hand-wringing.

The source of their angst? News last Friday that one of Al Qaeda's most senior leaders, Anwar al-Awlaki, was killed in a U.S. drone attack on his convoy in the Yemeni desert.

Soros Helping Islam Look Less Radical

By Rick Pearcey • October 5, 2011, 07:49 AM

Chad Groening reports at OneNewsNow:

A conservative media watchdog organization says left-wing billionaire George Soros is funding a course that teaches journalists how to downplay the negative aspects of Islam.

The three-hour online course called "Covering Islam in America" is a project of The Poynter Institute, which claims the program is designed to "give a broad explanation of the religious, social, political, and geographical facts about Islam today." That organization has partnered with the Social Science Research Council and Washington State University to strengthen "accurate" reporting and to enhance "the ability of the media to fairly report on a range of pressing issues."

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Nearly $500K to Send Michelle, Family to Africa

By Rick Pearcey • October 4, 2011, 04:49 PM

Mark Tapscott writes at the Washington Examiner:

How much does it cost taxpayers to fly First Lady Michelle Obama, her two daughters and her mother, a niece and a nephew, a hairstylist and makeup artists to South Africa and Botswana to give a few speeches, meet Nelson Mandela, and enjoy a safari on a private game preserve?

Nearly half a million dollars, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) concerning Obama's June 21-27 journey.

Well, it may be expensive, but at least the Queen's entourage is in good hands.

How can that be, you ask?

Tapscott reassures us: "The Obama daughters were listed on the manifest as 'senior staff'."

Whew! The kids as "senior staff." Was worried there for a minute. Glad somebody's helping Michelle mind the store.

Hat tip: Drudge Report

Obama's New Black Panther Problem

By Rick Pearcey • October 4, 2011, 09:00 AM

Jammie Wearing Fool writes at Human Events:

Coming on the heels of the Washington Post hit piece on Rick Perry, we're wondering whether the Post and the rest of the Washington press corps will be mentioning Barack Obama's association with the notorious racists from the New Black Panther Party.

You may remember some of these charming fellows from this video on Election Day in 2008.

Following that the Obama Justice Department squashed an investigation, leading to the resignation of J. Christian Adams . . . who now has a book coming out this week.

New Book Chronicles Lawlessness in Obama Machine

By Rick Pearcey • October 4, 2011, 08:40 AM

Quin Hillyer writes at American Spectator:

J. Christian Adams has outdone himself. As of today, his new Regnery Publishing book, Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department, is available at bookstores.

Even apart from some new photographs of Obama in close proximity to New Black Panthers, what I've read of the book already (I'm only halfway through) is explosive almost beyond belief.

Adams names names, and dates, and places. He describes events in vivid prose.

And he repeatedly makes an impassioned case that all of us should expect better justice than the law-trampling leftism of the Obamites that he describes in chilling detail.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Trailer: Gerard Butler in "Machine Gun Preacher"

By Rick Pearcey • October 3, 2011, 08:19 PM

Looks interesting. Here's the trailer. Movieguide reviews the film here, and big game hunter/preacher man Doug Giles comments here.

Sen. Inhofe: Obama's EPA Waging War on Fossil Fuels

By Rick Pearcey • October 3, 2011, 08:48 AM

John Rossomando writes at Human Events:

Job creation has been all over President Obama’s lips in the past few weeks, but GOP opponents say his Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory war on fossil fuels is costing the economy far more than the estimated $447 billion price tag of his jobs proposal.

“The President of the United States wants to destroy American energy,” said Oklahoma GOP Sen. James Inhofe, the ranking member of the Senate Energy and Public Works Committee. “His intention is to kill fossil fuels, which we rely on for 99% of the energy in America.

“All of this killing of our energy supply is not by accident. It’s on purpose.”

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Obama Refers to His Wife as "Michael"

By Rick Pearcey • October 1, 2011, 02:30 PM

The Emperor formerly known as Obama has no clothes and, apparently, one or more of the following: 

A) A new wife

B) A new name for his old wife

C) A very close friend named "Michael" (sex, gender, species, and planetary location unknown) 

D) An oratorial gift that includes includes reading but not thinking

E) A brain in Spain that rains mainly on the plains.

For additional alternative explanations of "President Teleprompter and the Dog That Ate the Name of My Wife," available at Netflix, please see Thomas Lifson's comments at American Thinker.

And here is video from C-SPAN, no doubt doctored, cherry-picked, spun, or taken out of context -- whatever floats your propaganda and pragmatic "truth"-needs of the moment.

Because, as everybody knows, Barack Obama is brilliant. And because "That's the way, uhuh, uhuh, I like it."

By the way, is that how you spell "uhuh"?

Final Question: Who Is Pulling This Guy's Strings? Please, take me to your leader.

Former Minnesota Governor Visits Our Rivendell Class

By Rick Pearcey • October 1, 2011, 11:48 AM

Former Minnesota governor Al Quie visited our class at Rivendell Sanctuary last Wednesday, September 20. His granddaughter Savannah Quie is one of our students. 

Mr. Quie held office from 1979 to 1983, and when Savannah introduced him to the class, she was beaming as she described him as a man of great integrity.

He told us that he bought several copies of Nancy's book Total Truth and gave it to members of his family.

We were also joined in class Thursday and Friday by Katrina and Michelle Brittain, who are respectively the sister and mother of Justin Brittain.

Several of us enjoyed discussion over lunch with Katrina and Mrs. Brittain, and last night they jumped right in to a refreshing time of volleyball in the gym.

Whether from local Minneapolis environs (Al Quie) or flying in from the Southwest (Katrina and Michelle Brittain, New Mexico), Nancy and I think it's terrific that family members of our students take such an interest in their education, which occurs on so many levels, at Rivendell Sanctuary. 

Pearceys Resign From Rivendell Sanctuary

Out of the Mainstream Watch: Obama Says America's "Gotten a Little Soft"

By Rick Pearcey • October 1, 2011, 10:58 AM

However, a healthy, vibrant, constitutionally strong America would never, ever have elected the likes of a Barack Obama. And we wouldn't put up with a herd of RINOs, either.

Hence, the Tea Party, townhalls, and "angry mobs" re-educating themselves and their nation on what it means to live free under God (see the Declaration) in a world replete with self-serving game-playing elitists who excel in swamplands like Washington, D.C.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, here is President Obama on America as a "great, great country that has gotten a little soft."

Palin Goes After Fox News

By Rick Pearcey • October 1, 2011, 10:50 AM

Steve Flesher asks at American Thinker:

Is Sarah Palin preparing to declare her candidacy for president? In what is sure to cause a lot of speculation, she has taken the opportunity in her last two interviews on Fox News to go after some of that network's tactics and contributors.

Mainstream Watch: Hundreds of Pastors -- We Must Obey God, Not the State

By Rick Pearcey • October 1, 2011, 10:39 AM

Bob Unruh reports at WND:

Just the name Internal Revenue Service can strike fear in the hearts of consumers, business owners, and business operations volunteers for churches alike.

But this weekend, pastors have the opportunity to thumb their noses at the federal agency -- and have the weight of one of the largest Christian and human rights defense teams at their backs.

It's the weekend for the Alliance Defense Fund's annual Pulpit Freedom Sunday, on Oct. 2.

That's the Sunday each year when pastors are encouraged to "present biblical perspectives on the positions of electoral candidates" to "exercise their constitutionally protected right to free religious expression."