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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mark Levin: "Eric Cantor Is Going to War" With Conservatives

By Rick Pearcey • February 28, 2013, 07:54 PM

Susan Jones reports at CNSNews.com:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is among the "munchkin" Republicans who are afraid of alienating women by opposing reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, conservative talk-radio host Mark Levin said Wednesday night.

Levin blasted Cantor for "going to war" with conservatives by pressing them to support the Democrats' version of the bill.

"Eric Cantor is the number-two Republican in the House," Levin is quoted as saying. "He's the majority leader because we, the conservatives, made him the majority leader. We gave them the House of Representatives. Now he's passing a piece of ultra left-wing trash, dressed up as a violence against women law, which is a disaster, and threatening conservatives who want to kill it."

According to CNSNews, Levin also said, "We are not fooled by the title on this law," and "we are not fooled that aspects of it are unconstitutional and were ruled unconstitutional in the year 2000. And we are not fooled by the breadth of this law, which includes people who are not women, which confers jurisdiction in some cases to Indian tribes, which expands immigration for more illegal immigrants; and which has such ambiguous and vague language as 'emotional distress' or 'using unpleasant speech'."

CNSNews also reports that Levin said the "Violence Against Women Act is also the violence against men act, because it extends protections to homosexuals. 'You better keep that in mind. Because Eric Cantor is going to war with us. Mr.Cantor, I hate to tell you this: We're already in political war with you'."

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Legal Prostitution a Dutch Disaster

By Rick Pearcey • February 28, 2013, 12:58 PM

Julie Bindel writes at the UK Spectator:

In 2000 the Dutch government decided to make it even easier for pimps, traffickers and punters by legalising the already massive and highly visible brothel trade. Their logic was as simple as it was deceptive: to make things safer for everyone. Make it a job like any other. Once the women were liberated from the underworld, the crooks, drug dealers and people traffickers would drift away.

That was theory. Now, 12 years later, the results are in and all too clear. Bindel writes:

Rather than afford better protection for the women, it has simply increased the market. Rather than confine the brothels to a discrete (and avoidable) part of the city, the sex industry has spilt out all over Amsterdam -- including on-street. Rather than be given rights in the "workplace", the prostitutes have found the pimps are as brutal as ever. The government-funded union set up to protect them has been shunned by the vast majority of prostitutes, who remain too scared to complain.

The legislative nomenclature has changed, but the harsh reality of the sex trade remains. Bindel explains:

Pimps, under legalisation have been reclassified as managers and businessmen. Abuse suffered by the women is now called an "occupational hazard", like a stone dropped on a builder’s toe. Sex tourism has grown faster in Amsterdam than the regular type of tourism: As the city became the brothel of Europe, women have been imported by traffickers from Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia to meet the demand. In other words, the pimps remained but became legit -- violence was still prevalent but part of the job, and trafficking increased. Support for the women to leave prostitution became almost nonexistent. The innate murkiness of the job has not been washed away by legal benediction.

"The Dutch government hoped to play the role of the honourable pimp, taking its share in the proceeds of prostitution through taxation," Bindel writes. "But only 5 per cent of the women registered for tax, because no one wants to be known as a whore -- however legal it may be." 

Despite all of this openminded, libertine legality, crime also persists in the sex trade: "Illegality has simply taken a new form, with an increase in trafficking, unlicensed brothels and pimping," Bindel notes. "With policing completely out of the picture, it was easier to break the laws that remained."

HT: Lynn Barton

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Human Events Kills Newspaper, Dumps Staff

By Rick Pearcey • February 28, 2013, 09:21 AM

Paul Bedard writes in his Washington Secrets column:

Human Events, for decades the lone national conservative newspaper before the Fox era, on Wednesday announced that the grim reaper killing off print publications around the nation has reached its door on Capitol Hill. The Feb. 18 issue currently on the stands will be its last.

But Human Events, Ronald Reagan's fave, like the Christian Science Monitor, U.S. News and Newsweek before it, will live on via the Internet, where it receives 1 million visitors a month.

Among those reportedly getting the axe, my friend and great reporter and next-door office buddy John Gizzi

When I was managing editor of Human Events, Ann Coulter came onboard. Tom Winter was editor in chief, and Terry Jeffrey was brought in as editor (now editor in chief at CNSNews.com). Former co-owner Allan Ryskind was also a terrific reporter (his dad, Morrie, wrote for the Marx brothers).

Reporters included John Gizzi, Tim Carney, Mike Catanzaro, Joe D'Agostino, and Michael Chapman (now managing editor at CNSNews.com). And there was, of course, the irrepressible Miss Linda.



Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Video: See Police Confiscate Guns from Americans

By Rick Pearcey • February 27, 2013, 08:53 AM

Bob Unruh writes at WND:

Is it possible -- or even imaginable -- that in the United States of America, police could go door to door and confiscate citizens' legally owned firearms?

To many, such a concern is conspiratorial and evidence of paranoia. They might be surprised to learn that not only has outright gun confiscation of legally purchased weapons already occurred in a major way in the U.S., but public officials in some areas are right now attempting to pass legislation to allow more of the same.

For more on what is happening in states such as Alabama and Washington, and to see video of what already happened after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, go here

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Shock! One of the Worst Hospitals in the UK’s Notorious National Health Service Is Turned Around by a Private Firm

By Nancy Pearcey • February 26, 2013, 08:37 AM

Medical care delivered by the National Health Service has gotten so bad in the UK ("a monumental failure," writes David Catron at American Spectator) that the desperate Brits are experimenting with privatization to improve their healthcare system -- and it is working.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Yahoo!'s Regressive Work-From-Home Ban Is Bad News for Families

By Nancy Pearcey • February 25, 2013, 08:30 AM

Lisa Belkin writes at HuffPost:

What others see as the future of the workplace, and what parents see as a most important tool for juggling home and work, Marissa Mayer apparently sees as disposable.

The CEO of Yahoo!, who made news when she took the position last summer while five months pregnant, announced through the company's human resources arm yesterday that employees will no longer be permitted to work remotely.

This is bad news for family. Read Total Truth chapter 12 on how the family was affected by the industrial revolution, which first removed work from the home, and how the family is much healthier when work can be reintegrated into life.

Hat Tip: Patty Lyle


More Than 60 Gun Makers and Sellers Saying "No!" to Law Enforcement in Anti-2nd Amendment States

By Rick Pearcey • February 25, 2013, 07:38 AM

Mike Opelka writes at The Blaze:

Momentum appears to be building in the movement that has gun makers (and a few gun retailers) rejecting business from law enforcement agencies in states where the Second Amendment is being compromised by gun control laws.

The Blaze published on Sunday night a list of 67 "gun manufacturers and retailers who are taking a stand and refusing to do business with state agencies in places where citizens are denied their full Second Amendment rights."

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Burqa Crisis in Philadelphia

By Nancy Pearcey • February 23, 2013, 04:50 PM

Daniel Pipes writes:

Philadelphia, the city where I live, has quietly and unassumedly become the capital of the Western world as regards female Islamic garb as an accessory to crime.

This is why some countries -- France, Belgium -- have banned the burqa. Not out of religious discrimination but because criminals are using the garment to hide their identity.

Hat Tip: Lela Gilbert

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"If Things Are So Peachy" in America, Mr. Obama, Why the "Black Hawks, Tanks, and Loads of Ammo?"

By Rick Pearcey • February 23, 2013, 01:49 PM

There are widespread reports of urban warfare drills, including "tanks rolling through neighborhoods," in cities across America.

Robert Small at American Thinker wonders what's going on in urban centers such as Houston, Miami, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Harrisburg, and elsewhere.  

"We the People" are the boss. It's time to bring Obama and our other employees in for a very frank discussion. They serve at our pleasure. We do not serve at theirs.

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Media Matters Targets Dr. Ben Carson

By Rick Pearcey • February 23, 2013, 12:40 PM

Garth Kant reports at WND:

Media Matters has posted a "research article" claiming Dr. Benjamin Carson is just "the latest in a long line of black conservatives -- from Clarence Thomas to Herman Cain -- relentlessly promoted and propped up by right-wing voices in the media."

The article, "Ben Carson’s Moment," contains just a few original paragraphs and a slew of links to articles and videos.

Carson, the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, struck a chord with many Americans when he delivered a devastating critique of Obamacare at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month, with President Obama seated a few feet away.

"Though he already was the youngest head of a major division at Johns Hopkins, the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins and the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, it was the prayer breakfast speech [video] that catapulted him into headlines," reports WND.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Homeschoolers Barred From H.S. Sports but Illegal Immigrant Peers Play On

By Rick Pearcey • February 22, 2013, 09:02 PM

Benjamin Chance writes at Breitbart.com:

Is it "fair" that illegal immigrants and foreign exchange students are allowed to play high school football on Friday nights and to participate in extra curricular activities at public schools, while many of their peers, who are legal US citizens but who happen to be homeschooled, are being denied "equal" access to the same opportunities in their local communities?

In Virginia last week, seven Democrats and a lone Republican, perhaps unaware or unmoved by such a discrepancy, made the point moot and rejected the so called "Tebow Bill" that sought to "level the playing field."

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Sexual Assaults Fell 90% After Colorado Springs University Legalized Campus Guns

By Rick Pearcey • February 22, 2013, 08:36 PM

Daniel Greenfield writes at Frontpagemag.com:

Colorado Springs University legalized the right to carry concealed firearms on campus in 2003. Since then, according to Students for Concealed Carry, the number of forcible and non-forcible sexual assaults dropped sharply, falling 90 percent from a high in 2002 to a new low in 2008.

While Colorado Democrat Joe Salazar suggested that women could not be trusted to carry guns on campus because they might not know when they’re being raped, a young woman who was raped on campus because she was not allowed to carry a firearm, despite having a permit, has said otherwise.

Greenfield concludes: "They say that an armed society is a polite society. It may also be a rape-free society so long as the right to bear arms isn’t limited to just cops and criminals."

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Star Parker: Blacks Who Back Gun Control Need to Study History of Slavery and Jim Crow

By Rick Pearcey • February 22, 2013, 07:34 PM

Penny Starr reports at CNSNews.com:

At a Friday event billed as a Black History Month press conference, Star Parker said African Americans in Congress who support gun control efforts by President Barack Obama and his administration should consider the history of blacks in this country and people around the globe who were oppressed, including being banned from owning firearms.

"Parker said her organization held the event to allow black leaders 'to express our deep concern of efforts currently under way to limit our God-given and constitutional right of self-defense'," reports CNSNews.com.

"The gun control laws that banned or put restrictions on African Americans from owning firearms in the United States are documented on a timeline from 1640 to 1995 by the National Rifle Association’s Institute of Legislative Action and can be found here," reports CNSNews.com.

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Conn. Parent Tries to Ban High School Pro-Life "Hate Group" . . . "Terroristic"

By Rick Pearcey • February 22, 2013, 07:14 PM

Thaddeus Baklinski reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

A parent with a daughter attending Branford High School complained to the local school board that the pro-life club at the school "is a club that gets its directive from an extreme base of hate and intolerance. Their tactics of killing doctors, assaulting women, blowing up clinics is terroristic in nature and a total disregard for law and woman at large."

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Missing Welsh Boy Found . . . Under Beanbag Chair

By Rick Pearcey • February 22, 2013, 06:52 PM

Napping.


Girl Scouts "Give Thanks" for Membership in Worldwide Pro-Abortion Organization

By Rick Pearcey • February 22, 2013, 03:25 PM

Cathy Ruse writes at LifeSiteNews.com:

Today the Girl Scouts of America celebrate “World Thinking Day" . . . .

They also "give thanks for" their membership in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), the creator of World Thinking Day. And to really show their thanks, they collect money to send it to WAGGGS. Parents, hold on to your pocketbooks!

Who or what is WAGGGS? "A noted player on the international stage, WAGGGS is an ardent advocate for controversial social policies including abortion and sex rights for children," writes Ruse.

Moreover, "Girl Scouts USA is its single largest organizational funder. In fact, every American girl who joins a Girl Scout troop at her neighborhood church is made a de facto member of this radical group."

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Mark Steyn: Obama Is Crushing the Media Just Like the Soviet Union Did

By Rick Pearcey • February 22, 2013, 08:53 AM

Jeff Poor writes at the Daily Caller:

On Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on Thursday, National Review columnist Mark Steyn argued that the media -- despite recently taking umbrage at President Barack Obama’s lack of transparency on the golf course -- are lapdogs not unlike the journalists coerced by the Soviet Union.

"Obama has achieved the same relationship with the press and the media and public information that the Soviet Communist Party had to jam radio transmissions and smash printing presses to achieve," Steyn said. "Essentially these guys are volunteering to do for him what they had to be coerced into doing in most self-respecting countries."

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Panic Buttons and Shotgun Give-Aways: New Moves in Self-Defense

By Rick Pearcey • February 21, 2013, 06:55 PM

PANIC BUTTONS: "Marietta Public Schools have added 'panic buttons' to its schools in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.," according to CBS-Atlanta. "WGCL-TV reports that these 'panic buttons' will immediately place a call to 911 when pushed by school officials."

SHOTGUNS: A Houston group is "giving Away Shotguns in High-Crime Neighborhoods to Test If Crime Is Reduced," reports CBS-Houston. "A University of Houston graduate student [named Kyle Coplen] says he’s conducting a study to hopefully answer the question being asked across the country, 'Do more guns reduce crime or not?'"

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Campus Rape Victim: "I Was in a Safe Zone and My Attacker Didn't Care"

By Rick Pearcey • February 21, 2013, 03:16 PM

Joe Schoffstall writes at CNSNews.com:

Recently, Revealing Politics released a video of Colorado Rep. Joe Salazar arguing that college women don't need guns to prevent rape because they can use whistles, "safe zones," and call boxes instead. His theory behind this was that just because women feel they're going to be raped, doesn't mean it's actually going to happen.

On Wednesday, NRA News Radio Host Cam Edwards interviewed Amanda Collins, a woman who was raped at the University of Nevada at gun point in a gun free zone. The brave woman responds to the comments made by Rep. Joe Salazar.

During the radio interview, Collins warned about a "false sense of security." She said the University of Nevada, Reno, "didn't have any call boxes the night that I was attacked. They afterwards they installed them. But I can tell you that a call box above my head while I was straddled on the parking garage floor being brutally raped wouldn't have helped me one bit. The safe zones? Well I was in a safe zone and my attacker didn't care."

Listen to the interview here.

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With Obama's Axelrod at NBC, Political Operators Become the President's Press

By Rick Pearcey • February 21, 2013, 09:30 AM

An editorial at Investor's Business Daily states:

As if media bias weren't troublesome enough, the ascent of President Obama's top strategist to a plum job at NBC creates an even bigger issue: that of the political establishment becoming the press. Where does it end?
. . .

Axelrod, remember, isn't just any White House official, but the ultimate political insider, the fixer whose wizardry created Obama. He cooked up the defining "Hope" and "Change" slogans, and the Obama "narrative," enabling a man with far-left ideas to reach the White House. With no Axelrod, there'd be no President Obama. . . .

"Team Obama has declared it has no intention of dismantling its campaign apparatus post re-election," IBD continues. "Put Axelrod in the catbird seat at a news outlet and the 'narrative' continues. Combine that with Team Obama's masterful manipulation of journalists, its command of social media, and an ugly picture emerges of a press indistinguishable from the political establishment."

IBD concludes: "This has happened in banana republics, but never in a Western democracy. . . . The one thing that will stop it is a press that won't cooperate. So where is that press?"

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Massachusetts Forces Schools to Let "Transgender" Boys Use Girls' Restrooms, Lockers

By Rick Pearcey • February 20, 2013, 07:58 AM

Kirsten Andersen reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester has issued orders to the state’s K-12 public schools requiring them to permit "transgender" boys and girls to use the opposite sex’s locker rooms, bathrooms, and changing facilities as long as they claim to identify with that gender.

Many elementary schools in smaller Massachusetts towns include children from kindergarten through eighth grade, making it possible for boys as old as 14 to share toilet facilities with girls as young as five.

"Under Chester's leadership, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released an 11-page document on Friday outlining this and other new guidelines giving 'transgender' students special status and privileges in Massachusetts schools," reports LifeSiteNews.

"The policy does not require a doctor’s note or even parental permission for a child to switch sexes in the eyes of Massachusetts schools," LifeSiteNews also reports. "Only the student’s word is needed: If a boy says he’s a girl, as far as the schools are concerned, he’s a girl."

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

$10,000 Prize for Best GOP Takeover Plan

By Rick Pearcey • February 19, 2013, 11:01 AM

Neil W. McCabe writes at Human Events:

As Karl Rove plans to block conservatives in GOP primaries, an architect of modern conservatism offers a $10,000 prize for the best plan for the conservative takeover of the party.

"The Liberty Prize" will go to the grassroots conservative, who creates the best blueprint or ideas for conservatives to take control of the Republican Party, win the 2016 election and then govern America by January 2017, said Richard A. Viguerie, the chairman of ConservativeHQ.com.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Columnist Resigns After KY Paper Refuses to Run Op-Ed on Publication’s Liberal Bias

By Rick Pearcey • February 18, 2013, 05:24 PM

Alex Pappas reports at the Daily Caller:

The lone conservative columnist at the largest and most influential newspaper in Kentucky says he quit writing for the paper because editors are refusing to publish his opinion piece calling the publication out for its apparent liberal bias.

Columnist John David Dyche told the Daily Caller Monday that he’s written for the Louisville Courier-Journal for about a decade and his column had never been rejected until last week.

Dyche says he quit after Pam Platt, the paper’s editorial page editor, left him a voicemail on Feb. 11 making it clear they wouldn’t run his piece about the paper’s politics.

In a voicemail to the columnist, Platt reportedly says, "Hi, John David, it’s Pam Platt at the Courier-Journal and I’m just calling to let you know that I’m not going to run your column tomorrow," according to a transcript of the voicemail the Daily Caller says it was provided.

"To me it goes sort of off of what your column is supposed to be
. . . . My understanding is a conservative take on issues of the day and that’s not what this is. So, anyway, thanks a lot and I’ll talk to you soon," the transcript reportedly says.

The Daily Caller is also reporting that it has "obtained a copy of the rejected column. In it, Dyche calls on the editorial page to be more balanced."

"Journalistic jihads against Kentucky’s Republican U. S. Senators, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, and crusades for gun control and higher taxes, are in full force and frequently fill almost the entire editorial and op-ed pages,” Dyche reportedly writes. "Such one-sidedness neither works in the marketplace nor serves the public interest."

The Daily Caller also reports that the Dyche column "called on the paper’s reporters to disclose their political affiliations in the spirit of transparency."

In this regard, the Dyche column reportedly states:

Like the rest of the press, the Courier-Journal claims to play an exalted role in public affairs. . . . But while righteously demanding absolute openness and full disclosure from every other entity and person involved in government, the press does not apply the same standard to itself.

"Change that by disclosing the party registration and voting choices of all editors and reporters," Dyche wrote, according to the Daily Caller.

Memo to the Louisville Courier-Journal: Media malpractice as evidenced by the formerly mainstream media is a huge story, not just in terms of the "issues of the day" but also in terms of the strategic decline away from fact-based, fair-minded reportage and opinion, as may be the case, for example, at the Louisville Courier-Journal

If the Louisville Courier-Journal is a real journalistic enterprise and not an exercise in organized political passions and hatreds, and if there has been a liberal bias in evidence in the paper's reporting, then this should be addressed and repaired in short order. 

Meanwhile, I would encourage a free people to demand, demand, demand a free press, rooted in fact and fair in coverage. If your local paper isn't up to the job, then show it the door and find one that is. And if you can't find one that is, think about creating a media outlet yourself. This is America, people. Grab hold of God (see the Declaration, for example) and take life by the horns. Plow the field of journalism.    

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Report: Actor Alec Baldwin Calls Black Photographer "Coon"

By Rick Pearcey • February 18, 2013, 08:20 AM

Leonard Green reports at the NYPost:

Actor Alec Baldwin allegedly calls a black Post photographer a racial epithet, a "crackhead" and a "drug dealer" during a confrontation on an East Village street yesterday morning, prompting police to intervene.

Baldwin had first been approached by a Post reporter while walking his dogs outside his East 10th Street pad at around 10:50 a.m. He was asked for comment on a lawsuit against his wife, Hilaria, involving her work as a yoga instructor.

The “30 Rock’’ star grabbed the reporter, Tara Palmeri, by her arm and told her, “I want you to choke to death,” Palmeri told police, for whom she played an audiotape of the conversation.

"He then called G.N. Miller -- a decorated retired detective with the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau and a staff photographer for the Post -- a 'coon, a drug dealer,' Miller’s police statement said," according to the Post.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Mark Levin: Obama Administration Preparing for Societal Collapse by Buying Vast Amounts of Ammo -- Audio

By Rick Pearcey • February 16, 2013, 10:41 PM

Jeff Poor reports at the Daily Caller:

On Friday’s night broadcast of his radio show, Mark Levin speculated that the federal government is stockpiling ammunition to ensure the rule of law in the event of a total societal and economic collapse.

On Feb. 8, Investor’s Business Daily editorial writer Andrew Malcolm penned a piece about the Department of Homeland Security amassing what he called "sufficient firepower to shoot every American about five times -- including illegal immigrants," or more than 1.6 billion bullets.

"I’m going to tell you what I think is going on," Levin is quoted as saying. "I don’t think insurrection. Law enforcement and national security agencies -- they play out multiple scenarios. They simulate multiple scenarios."

Levin thinks the federal government is simulating the "collapse of our financial system, the collapse of our society, and the potential for widespread violence, looting, killing in the streets, because that’s what happens when an economy collapses."

He said he is "not talking about a recession" but rather a "collapse when people are desperate, when they can’t food and clothing, when they have no way of going from place to place, when they can’t protective themselves." 

Levin correctly notes that "there aren’t enough police officers on the face of the Earth to adequately handle a situation like that."

Listen at the Right Scoop to audio of Levin's remarks on why the "Obama administration has been buying and storing vast amounts of ammunition in recent months."

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Cal Thomas v. Star Parker: Should Ben Carson Apologize to Obama for Prayer Breakfast Remarks?

By Rick Pearcey • February 16, 2013, 01:40 PM

Cal Thomas says yes: "Our politics have become so polarized and corrupted that a president of the United States cannot even attend an event devoted to drawing people closer to God and bridge partisan and cultural divides without being lectured about his policies. . . . 
Carson should publicly apologize and stop going on TV doing 'victory laps' and proclaiming that reaction to his speech was overwhelmingly positive."

Star Parker says no: "What seems to offend Cal Thomas is that Dr. Carson has not fallen victim to the Washington disease that Thomas himself seems to have contracted as [a] result of too many years in our nation’s capital. . . . Religious ritual devoid of content is pointless and destructive. This was Isaiah’s message 2,800 years ago. This is Dr. Ben Carson’s critical message for America today. It’s certainly nothing to apologize about."

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Texas Preps for Going It Alone

By Rick Pearcey • February 16, 2013, 12:43 PM

Bob Unruh reports at WND:

Texas was its own nation before joining the United States, and many jokes have been made about some Texans still not recognizing that "other government" with which it now is affiliated.

But lawmakers there are drawing attention by considering a law that would have Texas review how it would respond should the U.S. government no longer be there to send federal tax revenue back to the state.

According to WND, "The proposal would set up a committee to study what the state gets from Washington, 'the effects on the state budget if federal fiscal policy necessitates a significant reduction in or elimination of federal funding' and 'a plan to address the loss of federal money'."

"The plan, HB 568, has been introduced by Rep. James White, who said in a statement [the] Texas Self-Sufficiency Act 'creates a select committee to evaluate the effects of a possible reduction in or elimination of federal funding on the state budget due to federal fiscal policy'."

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Teen Sues Parents to Stop Coerced Abortion

By Rick Pearcey • February 15, 2013, 10:04 AM

John Jalsevac reports at LifeSiteNews:

A pregnant Texas teen is suing her parents for allegedly attempting to coerce her into an abortion using "verbal and physical threats."

The girl, 16, who is two months pregnant, claims that her parents have taken her phone and her car and have kept her home from school as punishment for not aborting. She also claims that her parents and grandparents conspired to slip her an abortion drug.

A judge has granted a temporary restraining order against the parents until the case is heard. . . .

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Christopher Dorner, Folk Hero of the Left

By Rick Pearcey • February 14, 2013, 09:50 AM

Matthew Vadum writes at Frontpagemag.com:

Dorner is suspected of killing at least one police officer and two others. He allegedly gunned down 28-year-old Monica Quan and her husband-to-be 27-year-old Keith Lawrence outside their home.

Quan’s father Randy, a former Los Angeles Police Department officer turned lawyer, represented Dorner in disciplinary hearings that resulted in Dorner’s dismissal. Dorner reportedly called Mr. Quan days after the murder to taunt him.

Dorner’s cross-country rampage has been met in recent days with Facebook fan pages, sympathetic statements on Twitter, and grassroots-level enthusiasm for this brutal sociopath.

"But making vicious killers into folk heroes in nothing new for the Left," Vadum writes. "American history in recent decades is bursting with cop killers romanticized by the Left."



Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sexual Violence in Egypt Takes on Political Dimension

By Rick Pearcey • February 13, 2013, 02:42 PM

Priscille Lafitte reports at France24:

Protesters took to the streets of Cairo and in capitals around the world on Tuesday demanding an end to endemic sexual aggression in Egypt that is taking on an increasingly political dimension.

The rally was the latest in a series of actions to protest against a "culture of impunity" and follows harrowing reports of multiple sexual attacks, including one particularly savage rape, in and around Tahrir Square on the January 25 second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution.

The demonstrators were spurred on by comments on Monday by Egyptian lawmakers, which suggested that women were to blame for sexual attacks against them simply for being on the streets at night.

"'Women know they are among thugs' when demonstrating in Tahrir Square, said Adel Afify, a member of the ultra-conservative Asala Party. 'By getting herself involved in such circumstances, the woman bears 100 per cent responsibility'," he said, reports France24.

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Is "Homeland" Ammo for Obama's "National Security Force"?

By Rick Pearcey • February 13, 2013, 10:19 AM

From Investor's Business Daily:

Our future president in 2008 called for "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded" as the military. Should the "bitter-clingers" be worried?

Consider: The Department of Homeland Security has been "arming itself to the teeth at the same time the administration has been making war on the Second Amendment and pushing for stricter gun control measures such as universal background checks, while others, such as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, hint at outright confiscation."

It is all too easy to dismiss concerns such as these as some kind of conspiracy theory. After all, "our government wouldn't take up arms against its own people, would it?" asks IDB.

Answer: "Can you remember Waco, Texas?"

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Mark Levin BLASTS Both Democrats & GOP for Destruction of Country

By Rick Pearcey • February 12, 2013, 05:56 PM

From The Right Scoop:

Mark Levin was furious tonight over the destruction of this country by Democrats like Obama, Pelosi, and Reid and gutless Republicans who are not only complicit, but even now are still afraid to speak out about it:

You should view these politicians with the deepest contempt you can possibly imagine.

What they are doing to this country, what they are doing to our finances -- there is not a criminal in any federal prison, state prison, city or county jail, with respect to financial crimes of any sort who collectively could have done the kind of damage that Barack Obama and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and YES, willing, timid, gutless Republicans have done to this country!

To your future, to your children and your grandchildren!

What they are doing is with malice and with forethought . . . .

Hat tip: Drudge

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After 65+ Years, Jesus Portrait Suddenly "Unconstitutional"

By Rick Pearcey • February 12, 2013, 09:17 AM

Michael F. Haverluck reports at OneNewsNow:

Alleging that a portrait of Jesus . . . that has been hanging inside the entrance of an Ohio middle school for more than 65 years is unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Jackson City School District for its permanent removal.

The ACLU of Ohio, along with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, claim that the so-called "separation of church and state" precludes Jackson Middle School from hanging the painting, but School Superintendent Phil Howard disagrees.

"We're not violating the law and the picture is legal because it has historical significance," Howard is quoted as announcing at a school board meeting in January.

The "so-called 'separation of church and state'" is correct. Thomas Jefferson "undoubtedly meant that the First Amendment prohibited the federal Congress from enacting any law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," says Matt Staver of Liberty Counsel, according to OneNewsNow.

"The First Amendment clearly erected a barrier between the federal government and religion on a state level. If a state chose to have no religion, or to have an established religion, the federal government had no jurisdiction one way or the other. This is what Thomas Jefferson meant by the 'wall of separation'," says Staver.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Tony Bennett: Gun Control or We Become Nazi Germany

By Rick Pearcey • February 11, 2013, 09:18 AM

The famed and likeable crooner recently demonstrated he understands neither the history of the Nazi rise to power nor the greatness of America.

“I just believe that assault weapons -- they were invented for war. They shouldn’t be on our streets here," Bennett said a few days ago.

"This is the kind of [turn] that happened to the great country of Germany, where the Nazis came over, created tragic things, and they had to be told off," Bennett continued. "And if we continue this kind of violence and accept it in our country, the rest of the world is going to take care of us in a very bad way. We should learn that we’re the greatest country because we’re all different nationalities, different religions, and we should show the rest of the world how to behave."

Not true, argues attorney and columnist Ben Shapiro. "The Nazis didn’t rise to power thanks to an armed population," he explains. "They secured their power at least in part thanks to a disarmed population. The Weimar government passed gun registration and licensing for all guns in 1928. And the Nazis were the purveyors of mass violence, not the result of it."

As for the U.S., "the notion that America is great because of her diversity, as Tony Bennett seems to say, not because of the freedoms guaranteed to each American by God -- freedoms protected by the citizenry itself -- is a vision of the universe that cannot stand the test of time. Diversity rests on rule of law. And rule of law rests on rights. And rights rest on the American people’s ability to protect their lives, liberties, and pursuit of happiness," Shapiro writes.

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Lionel Messi: "The Most Talented" . . . HD Video

By Rick Pearcey • February 9, 2013, 05:06 PM

Here's the video.


Video: Watch Obama Get His "Medicine" on Live TV

By Rick Pearcey • February 9, 2013, 04:20 PM

Drew Zahn reports at WND:

At the National Prayer Breakfast, broadcast live on C-SPAN2, Dr. Ben Carson said he didn’t want to "offend" anyone, but his words nonetheless were likely to have made one distinguished guest in attendance -- President Barack Obama -- squirm in his seat.

Carson is director of the pediatric neurosurgery division at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. His inspiring story of growing up the son of an illiterate, single black woman to becoming one of America’s most esteemed doctors has been detailed in the book Gifted Hands and the movie of the same name.

At Thursday’s prayer breakfast, Carson took aim at a number of topics that may have caused the man seated two chairs to his right a bit of indigestion, including class-warfare economics.

Here is Youtube video of Dr. Carson's remarks.


Texas Reaganauts: Rove Did Not Run 1980 Reagan Campaign in Texas, But He Was Involved

By Rick Pearcey • February 9, 2013, 04:03 PM

Michael W. Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

Republican political consultant Karl Rove went on The O’Reilly Factor on Thursday and said -- in response to conservative criticism of his political action committee -- that he had been the director of the 1980 Ronald Reagan campaign in Texas, a point questioned by veteran Texas GOP campaign leaders and which seems to be only partly true for the period after Reagan secured the Republican presidential nomination that year.


Star Parker: Does Republican Party Have a Future?

By Rick Pearcey • February 9, 2013, 03:29 PM

In her latest column, Star Parker, president of CURE (Center for Urban Renewal and Education) asks: Will the GOP stand for the rules of freedom or will it abandon those principles and itself be abandoned?



Friday, February 8, 2013

Crowd Packs Heat, City Backs Down

By Rick Pearcey • February 8, 2013, 08:39 AM

Chris Sullivan reports at MyNorthwest.com:

It's been three weeks since an Oak Harbor city councilmember started a national controversy by trying to kick out a wounded Army veteran who was legally carrying a weapon during a council meeting.

Councilmember Rick Almberg then walked out.

The council was met by 160 people Tuesday night, many who were packing heat.

"There were handguns in holsters and rifles slung over shoulders and an unknown number of people concealing their weapons as the Oak Harbor City Council met," Sullivan reports.

"Many attended the meeting to show support for veteran Lucas Yonkman who Councilmember Almberg tried to have kicked out of City Hall last month, including Joe Hawkins who openly mocked him," according to Sullivan.

"Mr. Almberg I just want you to know that I have a concealed ham sandwich right here. I don't want you to get up and walk away," Mr. Hawkins is quoted as saying.

Hat Tip: WND

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Black Pro-Lifer Files Lawsuit Against NAACP (National Association for the Abortion of Colored People)

By Rick Pearcey • February 7, 2013, 07:53 AM

Ben Johnson reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People threatened with legal action Ryan Bomberger for using its name and trademark to oppose abortion. Now the chief creative officer of The Radiance Foundation is fighting back.

Bomberger said he received a letter from NAACP attorney Ned T. Himmelrich accusing him of "trademark infringement" for mentioning the NAACP in his artwork and his website. The artist and musician, who is black, often refers to the organization as the "National Association for the Abortion of Colored People," a designation that singularly displeased its liberal leadership.

"It is ironic that a black man is being sued by the nation’s oldest civil rights group for exercising his most basic civil right -- the freedom of speech," Bomberger is quoted as saying.

"This threat of legal action from the NAACP is nothing more than a multi-million dollar organization’s attempt to bully someone who’s simply telling the truth."

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Terence P. Jeffrey: Karl Rove Is Not a Conservative

By Rick Pearcey • February 6, 2013, 11:38 AM

Terry Jeffrey, editor in chief of CNSNews.com and formerly editor of Human Events, writes:

Karl Rove -- "The Architect," as President George W. Bush called him -- crafted Bush's two presidential campaigns and served as a key player in Bush's White House.

Now, with an assist from the New York Times, Rove is presenting himself as a conservative leader. On Sunday, the Times reported that American Crossroads, the super PAC Rove started, was beginning a new program called "The Conservative Victory Project."

This project, as the Times put it, will "recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and tea party enthusiasts."

But Rove is no conservative.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Obama "Kill List" Paper Leaked . . . Criteria for Assassinating U.S. Citizens

By Rick Pearcey • February 5, 2013, 09:57 AM

Josh Peterson reports at The Daily Caller:

A leaked secret Justice Department "white paper" detailing the Obama administration’s legal justification for the targeted drone assassinations of Americans living abroad made its way onto the Internet late Monday evening.

The 16-page white paper -- said to be a summary of a longer 50-page document on the highly controversial policy -- is seeing the light of day ahead of the Senate confirmation hearing of John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s top pick for CIA chief.

"Brennan is said to be the policy’s architect," reports The Daily Caller.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

7 Reasons Women-in-Combat "Diversity" Will Degrade Tough Training Standards

By Rick Pearcey • February 4, 2013, 07:57 AM

"There are seven major reasons why the Obama Administration, including compliant members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are being less than candid about the consequences of policies that lame-duck Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered on January 24," according to the Center for Military Readiness.

They are:

1. Pentagon Feminists Will Not Accept Men’s High Standards

2. “Critical Mass” Means Many Women, not the Exceptional Few

3. Group Rights, Not Individual Rights

4. Diversity Czar, Career Penalties Will Drive Standards Down

5. “Gender-Free” Training is Not the Same as “Gender-Fair” Training

6. Unannounced Lowered Standards will Be “Equal” But Not the Same

7. Compromised Standards Will Increase Resentment and Harassment Problems

"Under Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, members of Congress -- not the President, the Defense Secretary or even the Joint Chiefs of Staff -- have the responsibility to make policy for the military," says the Center for Military Readiness.

"Congress should fulfill this responsibility by exercising diligent oversight, to include a full and public review of all research data gathered in the past year."

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Censorship-Fighting Conservatives Launch Facebook Alternative

By Rick Pearcey • February 1, 2013, 09:14 AM

Todd Starnes reports at FoxNews.com:

A group of conservatives is launching their own social networking site after enduring what they call years of censorship and liberal bullying on Facebook.

The Tea Party Community is expected to officially launch on Saturday -- but the social networking site for conservatives has already drawn nearly 50,000 members.