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Friday, November 29, 2013

Boy With Cancer Loses Coverage After Obamacare Launch

By Rick Pearcey • November 29, 2013, 11:14 AM

Garth Kant writes at WND:

Hunter Alford is the happy kid next door with a big grin who idolizes country music star Blake Shelton. His parents call him a "wild, fun loving, zombie-killing boy who loves the military and police."

He is normal in every way, except this 7-year-old already plays guitar and keyboards and has his heart set on learning to fiddle.

Something else sets Hunter apart.

He was born with a rare form of cancer and lost his health insurance just after Obamacare went into effect.

Americans were told the health-care law was designed to help children just like Hunter, born with a deadly pre-existing condition and little means to pay for expensive treatments.

The Affordable Care Act was not supposed to take away the insurance these most-vulnerable children already had and leave them utterly defenseless against a life-threatening disease.

Answers are hard to come by, but it looks like that’s what the president’s signature achievement has done in the small town of Gainesville, Texas.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Leader of Navajo Code Talkers Says Redskins Name Not Derogatory

By Rick Pearcey • November 28, 2013, 12:21 PM

AP reports:

A leader of the Navajo Code Talkers who appeared at a Washington Redskins home football game said Wednesday the team name is a symbol of loyalty and courage -- not a slur as asserted by critics who want it changed.

Roy Hawthorne, 87, of Lupton, Ariz., was one of four Code Talkers honored for their service in World War II during the Monday night game against the San Francisco 49ers.

The Navajo Code Talker said the name Redskins is "a name that not only the team should keep, but that's a name that's American," according to AP.

"The word Redskins is of course neither offensive nor racist," as I have noted elsewhere. "And this lingual fact is not changed just because some person or some group claims to be 'offended.'

"The question is whether the accusation is justified," I noted. "It is not. Accusation is one thing, proof is another.

"In fact . . . the name Redskins is a 'way to honor the warrior heart of the American Indian. . . . Redskin is beautiful, as are all skin colors given by our amazing Creator. Celebrate diversity, celebrate Redskins'."

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Alec Baldwin, Fired by MSNBC, Asks Why Not Martin Bashir?

By Rick Pearcey • November 27, 2013, 10:38 AM

Greg Richter reports at Newsmax:

Alec Baldwin's MSNBC show "Up Late" has been taken off the air for good, but the outspoken star notes that MSNBC host Martin Bashir remains on the cable news channel.

Baldwin came under fire for allegedly using a gay slur against a photographer on the street, while Bashir called for Republican tea party favorite Sarah Palin to be administered unprintable punishments from the days of slavery. Bashir's remarks were scripted and made it onto his program.

"Martin Bashir's on the air, and he made his comment on the air! I dispute half the comment I made," Baldwin told the Gothamist.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christians Flee Marauding Muslims in Africa’s "Forgotten Crisis"

By Rick Pearcey • November 26, 2013, 07:52 AM

Patrick Goodenough reports at CNSNews.com:

The Central African Republic (CAR) is "descending into complete chaos," becoming a breeding ground for extremists and threatening to sink into religious and ethnic conflict that could spread through an already troubled region, the U.N. Security Council was told on Monday.

Tens of thousands of Christians who have fled violent attack by Muslim rebels are sheltering at a Catholic mission in a town called Bossangoa, about 250 miles north of the capital, Bangui. Last week, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius warned that the country was "on the verge of genocide."

"CAR is a mostly Christian and animist country, a little smaller than Texas, with a long history of instability," Goodenough reports. "The U.N. says virtually the entire population of 4.6 million is affected by the current crisis, which erupted almost a year ago when an Islamic rebel alliance called Seleka began launching attacks."

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Friday, November 22, 2013

National Journal: Obama's Image Machine

By Rick Pearcey • November 22, 2013, 08:38 AM

In an article titled "Obama's Image Machine: Monopolistic Propaganda Funded by You," Ron Fournier writes at National Journal:

"As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist's camera lens, officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the Executive Branch of government," reads a letter delivered today to Carney by the WHCA and several member news organizations including The Associated Press and The New York Times.

The letter includes examples of important news events that were not covered by media photographers, and yet pictures were taken by the White House image team and widely distributed via social media. This happens almost daily.

Unlike media photographers, official White House photographers are paid by taxpayers and report to the president. Their job is to make Obama look good. They are propagandists -- in the purest sense of the word.

"Journalists understand that the president's family and national security events must be off-limits at times," Fournier writes. "Journalists also don't object to the White House using social media; those are platforms as legitimate as televisions and print. The problem is that the Obama White House is simultaneously restricting access of independent media while flooding the public with state-run media."

The point, again: "This is propaganda -- utterly lacking a skeptical eye."

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Obamas Trash America to Save Obamacare

By Rick Pearcey • November 21, 2013, 08:45 AM

At Investor's Business Daily:

As support for Obamacare collapses, Barack and Michelle have been deploying increasingly harsh language to attack the current system. So much so that they're now trashing the very character of the country.

In regard to collapsing support, "A fascinating number in Wednesday's CBS poll is that only 7% of the American public want Obamacare 'kept in place'," writes John Nolte at Breitbart.com.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

New South Wales Rejects Homosex "Marriage"

By Rick Pearcey • November 20, 2013, 10:46 AM

Thaddeus Baklinski reports at LifeSiteNews:

Members of the State Legislative Council of New South Wales, Australia voted earlier this week by a narrow margin of 21 to 19 to uphold the true meaning of marriage.

"It’s a no-brainer that we should have the right to marry, but I also think equally that it’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist," said lesbian and journalist Masha Gessen at the Syndey Writers Festival in June 2012.

"That causes my brain some trouble," Gessen went on to say. "And part of why it causes me trouble is because fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there -- because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie."

For more on Gessen's remarks, please go here

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Obama Removes "Under God" From Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

By Rick Pearcey • November 19, 2013, 12:27 PM

Larry O'Conner writes at Breitbart.com:

Washington DC talk show host Chris Plante reported today that Barack Obama omitted the words "under God" from the Gettysburg Address when reciting the great speech for a Ken Burns documentary. 

Burns had filmed all living presidents as well as various Hollywood personalities and luminaries to pay homage to the speech which was delivered by Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago, today.

Plante broke the story on Washington DC talk radio station WMAL on his mid-morning program, "The Chris Plante Show."

As WMAL reports:"Curiously, however, in his version of the address, President Obama omitted the words 'under God'." 

This all-important language "under God" -- recognizing the reality that human freedom has its center of gravity in the Creator (see the Declaration of Independence) and not in the state, and thereby protecting "We, the People" from the dictators and tyrannies of human history -- occurs in the following sentence of the unmanipulated Gettysburg Address: "That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom."

Here is a YouTube video of Obama's misreading of Lincoln's Gettysburg address. His omission occurs at the 1:34 mark).

If one's goal is to "fundamentally transform" America, one sure way to do so is to remove the foundation of America. A house of freedom lacking the foundation of freedom cannot stand. 

Extremism can be packaged in many ways. Today's radicals may be hoping that a suit and tie amid the trusted trappings of the U.S. presidency will do the trick. Critical thinking on behalf of sales resistance, intelligence, and freedom -- "under God" -- revolts.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Albert Camus on Politicians and the Purpose of Journalism

By Rick Pearcey • November 18, 2013, 11:25 AM

From Camus biographer Olivier Todd (Albert Camus: A Life): Camus viewed "politicians as a class of professional liars, feeling that a journalist's job was to expose lies."



Friday, November 15, 2013

After Apology, Obama Vows "Push Back" Against Healthcare Critics

By Rick Pearcey • November 15, 2013, 11:20 AM

Wynton Hall reports at Breitbart.com:

Hours after President Barack Obama declared in a Thursday White House press conference that he "fumbled the roll out on this health care law" and said "that's on me," Obama delivered a defiant speech at a Cleveland plant wherein he vowed to "push back" against the swelling chorus of Americans opposed to Obamacare.

"We are not going to gut this law," said Obama. "And those who say they're opposed to it and can't offer a solution, we'll push back!"

Obama added: "Our politics get screwed up sometimes. Websites don't work sometimes. But we just keep going." 

The President's strident tone represented a striking contrast to his press conference statements uttered shortly before his Cleveland remarks.  

"A new Quinnipiac poll finds that Obama's job approval rating has plunged to its "lowest point ever," as just 39% of Americans now approve of the job he is doing," Breitbart.com reports. 

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

If You Like Your Food, You Can Keep Your Food

By Rick Pearcey • November 14, 2013, 11:03 AM

"Marie Antoinette at least allowed the peasants to eat cake; if they could find it. Barack Obama isn’t just starving Americans of food money with his economic policies; he is now taking food out of their mouths," Daniel Greenfield writes. "Forget your hot dogs, doughnuts, and popcorn. Start eating your horse."


Mark Steyn: Japanese Rent Cats to Cuddle

By Nancy Pearcey • November 14, 2013, 10:08 AM

The Japanese are living out a dystopia like the one described in P.D. James's novel The Children of Men, which portrays a world where everyone is infertile and no children are being born. Mark Steyn writes:

In Lady James's speculative fiction, pets are doted on as child-substitutes, and churches hold christening ceremonies for cats.

In contemporary Japanese reality, Tokyo has some 40 "cat cafés" where lonely solitary citizens can while away an afternoon by renting a feline to touch and pet for a couple of companiable hours.

In Lady James's speculative fiction, all the unneeded toys are burned, except for the dolls, which childless women seize on as the nearest thing to a baby and wheel through the streets.

In contemporary Japanese reality, toy makers, their children's market dwindling, have instead developed dolls for seniors to be the grandchildren they'll never have: You can dress them up, and put them in a baby carriage, and the computer chip in the back has several dozen phrases of the kind a real grandchild might use to enable them to engage in rudimentary social pleasantries.

Mark Steyn describes here how the Japanese are opting out of sex and marriage too.

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Christian Organization Drops "Duck Dynasty" Star

By Rick Pearcey • November 14, 2013, 08:18 AM

Hollie McKay reports at FoxNews:

Despite his devotion to dinner time prayers and Christian values, "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson has been axed from speaking at a benefit in Bristol, Tenn. for the faith and Bible-driven organization, Family Ministries.

Why? 

Wine.

The famous family announced its latest business venture last week: Duck Commander Wines. In conjunction with the winemakers of Trinchero Family Estates in Napa, the Robertsons' own line of Red, Moscato and Chardonnay is slated to hit stores next month.

According to the Ministries, Duck Commander Wines goes against the organization's core values.

"A rep for the organization told FOX411 that while they had no hard feelings toward the Robertson family and respect their business decision, they were expecting a predominantly teen turnout for the event and no longer felt that the Duck Commander CEO's presence would be the right fit," Fox News reports.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Think Obamacare Is Bad Now? It Gets Worse Next Year

By Rick Pearcey • November 13, 2013, 09:11 AM

Betsy McCaughey writes at IBD:

The President claims that people losing their health plans and having to sign up on the exchanges will be getting a better deal.

Losing your doctor, shopping blind for a health plan, settling for Medicaid-level care and government controls, all for a premium 41% higher than before and with a deductible that's doubled? 

Sounds substandard to me.

Right now, most people getting cancellations bought plans in the individual market.

Wait until the other shoe drops in 2014, and millions of people who had on-the-job coverage lose it

The truth about Obamacare will become so painfully obvious that even the White House lie machine can't cover it up.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Exposed: The Real God of Atheist Jack London

By Nancy Pearcey • November 12, 2013, 04:23 PM

new biography of Jack London has just appeared and is garnering lots of reviews. But it does not reveal who "London's God" was. Are your kids picking up his evolutionist religion in literature class?  

From Saving Leonardo:

Jack London was the best-known representative of literary naturalism, a movement that fleshed out in fiction the tenets of philosophical naturalism. These were novelists and playwrights who portrayed humans as biological organisms with no real freedom, determined by their genetic heritage and social environment....

Largely self-taught, London acquired his education by devouring books in the public library. There he came upon the works of Herbert Spencer, a British philosopher who was the most influential popularizer of evolution in nineteenth-century America. Immediately the young writer underwent what one historian calls “a conversion experience.” In Spencer, he found evolution projected onto a large screen, applied not only to biology but also to sociology, art, literature, commerce -- evolution expanded into a complete worldview. It was Spencer who coined the phrase “survival of the fittest” (Charles Darwin borrowed it from him). And he saw the process at work everywhere, not only in nature but also in human society. Spencer, more than anyone else in the nineteenth century, brought evolution to America.

And London, more than anyone else, integrated an evolutionary worldview into American fiction. Through Spencer he discovered Darwin, whose works he read so thoroughly that he could quote entire passages by heart. He embraced other materialist thinkers as well, such as Karl Marx and Friedrich Nietzsche. Yet it was Spencer who remained his “god,” the deity to whom “he would remain faithful for the rest of his life.”

The way he served his god was by writing stories expressing Spencer’s evolutionary worldview. In “The Law of Life,” an old Eskimo named Koskoosh is abandoned by the tribe and left to die in the falling snow. Weak, blind, and waiting for the wolves that will inevitably devour him, he reconciles himself to his fate by musing that, in the evolutionary scheme of things, the individual does not really matter anyway. Nature assigns the organism only one task: to reproduce so the species will survive. After that, if it dies, “what did it matter after all? Was it not the law of life?”

The story pounds home the naturalistic theme that humans have no higher purpose beyond sheer biological existence.
. . . 

Books like these are taught in the classroom as simply "the classics."  It's up to us to make sure our own children are equipped as critical thinkers to recognize and wrestle with the worldview themes that are being taught -- not just in words, where they're easier to recognize, but also through plot, characterization, and story line.

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Obamacare's Alligator "Navigators"

By Rick Pearcey • November 12, 2013, 12:35 PM

Over at National Review, John Fund writes about new work from videographer James O’Keefe, whose reporting reveals a swampland of "corruption at the heart" of Obamacare, the "president's signature program." Fund writes:

James O’Keefe, the guerrilla videographer who helped bring down ACORN (the "community organizing" group that Barack Obama worked for as a lawyer and trainer) and got NPR’s president fired, is back.

This time, his undercover investigators focused on Obamacare’s "navigators," the nearly 50,000 people who, in the words of the Department of Health and Human Services, "will serve as an in-person resource for Americans who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in plans" on the Obamacare exchanges (at least when they’re finally working).

The total value of grants doled out for nonprofits and community organizations to hire navigators has topped $67 million nationwide, and some of the money is going to a group run by ACORN’s highly controversial founder

That "additional assistance" offered by navigators includes advising "clients on how to lie." Fund continues:  

The events of O’Keefe’s video of a Texas navigator site run by the National Urban League are a familiar sight to viewers of his past efforts exposing Medicaid and voter fraud. Government-paid workers supposedly trained to uphold the law advise clients on how to lie on government forms, evade legal requirements, and ignore proper procedures.

"You lie because your premiums will be higher," one navigator advises an investigator for O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, who tells the worker he sometimes smokes. "Don’t tell them that. Don’t tell ’em."

Then there is the problem of a "nationwide nonprofit," "non-political" organization called Enroll America, nevertheless described as the "official group" for the Democratic National Committee. Enroll America "appears to be sharing data and working directly with Battleground Texas," whose goal is "turning Texas blue." Fund writes: 

O’Keefe’s cameras then visit Enroll America, a nationwide nonprofit group that has launched a multi-state grassroots campaign to help millions of Americans sign up for health coverage.

Daniel Clayton of Enroll America says the group is "purely nonprofit. It’s not partisan, non-political." But when Brian Pendleton of Enroll America is introduced at a speaking engagement, Enroll America is described as "the official group for the DNC [Democratic National Committee]."

Enroll America, O’Keefe reports, appears to be sharing data and working directly with an explicitly political group called Battleground Texas, activities that he notes “are prohibited unless certain conditions are met."

Adrian Bell, the regional field director for Battleground Texas, proudly notes the group was "started by President Obama’s national field director" and is "dedicated to turning Texas blue."

"There’s much more in the video, which O’Keefe hints will not be his last," Fund notes. But "left unexplored is how so many navigators nationwide were hired without any background checks required." This lack of criminal background checks is, by itself, a recipe for disaster, a clearly rotten fruit indicative of bad, if not to say rotten, government. 

"While Texas and some other states have passed requirements of their own, the absence of such checks at the federal level was acknowledged by HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week," Fund writes.

Sebelius "was asked by Texas senator John Cornyn if 'a convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them.'

"'It’s possible,' was Secretary Sebelius’s less-than-comforting reply," Fund writes.

It's possible? Can there be any doubt, America, that there are who knows how many alligators among the 50,000 navigators inhabiting the Obamacare swamplands?

The Obama administration isn't just reducing American citizens to the status of dependent subjects. It's as if a free people is being reduced to food, reduced to fodder for an imperious, ravenous ideology -- at the mercy of felons, convicted or otherwise, elected or otherwise. Imagine, "We the People" as lunch for the cavernous jaws of Washington elites.



Monday, November 11, 2013

Criminal Terror Charges Filed Against Obama

By Rick Pearcey • November 11, 2013, 09:07 PM

Jerome Corsi reports at WND:

Several prominent media sources in Egypt are now reporting that Egyptian lawyers have filed criminal terrorism charges in the International Criminal Court against President Obama in addition to the criminal terrorism charges previously filed in Egyptian courts against the president’s half-brother Malik Obama.

Malik Obama is quickly becoming a person of interest in Egypt for his alleged management of funds for a terrorist organization based in neighboring Sudan. A group of Egyptian lawyers, meanwhile have charged President Obama with crimes against humanity for his support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

The charges come as the criminal trial against former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is scheduled to begin in Egypt in January 2014. Morsi facing charges that he supported the Muslim Brotherhood in acts of violence directed against the Egyptian people.

"President Obama is likely to be a subject in Morsi’s criminal trial because of evidence the Obama administration used the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to provide direct financial support to key Muslim Brotherhood political operatives, with the full knowledge and complicity of the Morsi government, as WND was first to report in August," Corsi reports.

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"Abortion Barbie" Wendy Davis "Pro-Life"?

By Rick Pearcey • November 11, 2013, 12:12 PM

"Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth), best known for her 11-hour filibuster against a controversial bill aimed at severely cutting access to abortion services across the Lone Star State, said her views on abortion make her 'pro-life'," writes Paige Lavender at the Huffington Post.

What are those views?  "I care about the life of every child," she told the Valley Morning Star of Harlington, Texas. "Every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed without being able to be a part of the Texas dream, every woman and man who worry about their children’s future and their ability to provide for that future. I care about life and I have a record of fighting for people above all else.”

But Mockarena at Chicks on the Right seems unconvinced. "Abortion Barbie herself, Wendy Davis, is calling herself pro-life now.  Yes -- the same Wendy Davis who catheterized herself to talk for 11 hours about how aborting babies late-term is so completely necessary and perfectly ok," Mockarena writes. 

Ms. Davis, who filed paperwork last Saturday to run for governor of Texas, is of course not pro-life. To advocate that one class of people (pregnant females) should be allowed to destroy another class of people (unborn males and females) is pro-death, not pro-life. It is a policy reminiscent of fascism, not of freedom. It trafficks in cruelty, not compassion.

Of course, anybody can say, "I care about life." And some people may be sincere in saying so.

But a statement like this falls flat once you realize it does not include caring about the real lives of innocent preborn human beings if and when pregnant females decide to impose their will and kill those people.

This is not about caring, it's about controlling -- up to and including the ultimate control of an abortionist's tool-kit of horror. The "caring" state -- whether Texas or the federal government -- that can legitimize your death can terrorize you in your life, should you happen to escape the womb.  

Wendy Davis' abortion beliefs are inhumane. They are neither scientific (because pro-abortion is anti-science), nor are they ethical (because "pro-choice" entails the planned killing of the innocent). 

In fact, her beliefs aren't even pro-choice: For to kill a baby is to kill a lifetime of choices. To borrow from Camus, this is philosophy legitimizing crime -- a crime against science, ethics, humanness, and choice.

The people of Texas should not allow Davis to impose her private values and inhumane beliefs upon real people, including those individuals who are blessed to be alive but happen to be unborn. When it comes to abortion and truly caring about real people, including "the least of these," the "Abortion Barbie" is no doll. Let the children live.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Tea Party-Backed Calif. Assemblyman Announces Bid for Governor

By Rick Pearcey • November 8, 2013, 08:25 AM

"California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly announced that he is running for the gubernatorial seat in 2014," Becky Yeh reports at OneNewsNow.

"In a campaign video released by Donnelly's campaign, the Republican said he wants to let current Governor Jerry Brown know that the people of California are coming back for their freedom. Donnelly pointed to the state's poverty rate, high taxes and high unemployment.

"'California's broken. The California dream has been swallowed up by an ever-expanding government,' he says in the two-minute video," Yeh reports. 

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Carcinogenic War on Women

By Nancy Pearcey • November 6, 2013, 10:48 AM

Dorinda C. Bordlee and Nikolas T. Nikas write at National Review's The Corner:

In the early days of the HHS mandate forcing even religious objectors to provide free coverage for contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs, our NRO post titled "Three Things Everyone Should Know About the HHS Mandate" pointed to evidence establishing that the mandated contraceptive drugs are carcinogenic.

And now, the most prestigious federal appeals court has taken judicial notice of this fact as well.

Citing Bioethics Defense Fund's amicus brief, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is the first court to recognize that the World Health Organization classifies certain contraceptives required by the HHS mandate as carcinogenic.

This completely underminds the government's claims that the drugs "promote women's health" and must therefore be provided by all employers, regardless of religious objection.

"The Obama administration has shown a shocking lack of respect for women’s health and their rights to full disclosure of serious medical risks," The Corner concludes. "The D.C. Circuit’s recognition of the carcinogenic classification of the mandated drugs suggests that the real war on women is not being waged by those who oppose the mandate, but rather by those who are coercively imposing it." 

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Barack Obama Lies Like a Marxist

By Rick Pearcey • November 6, 2013, 10:30 AM

Editor in Chief of CNSNews.com Terry Jeffrey writes:

A week after he signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama went on a road trip to Portland, Maine, to boast and prevaricate about what he had just done.

"So now that this bill is finally law and all the folks who have been playing politics will finally have to confront the reality of what this reform is, they're also going to have to confront the reality of what it isn't," said Obama, introducing a lie that has gotten belated, but much-deserved, attention in recent days.

"They'll have to finally acknowledge that this isn't a government takeover of our health care system," he said.

"They'll see that if Americans like their doctor, they will keep their doctor. And if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you. It hasn't happened yet. It won't happen in the future."

"Anyone who actually read the law, or even just a small part of it," Jeffrey counters, "would have known this was untrue." 

By way of contrast, "in his first press conference as president in 1981, Ronald Reagan, who would lead the West to victory in the Cold War, startled the liberal press when he accurately described the mendacity of the leaders of the Soviet Union, who were seeking a 'one-world socialist or communist state'," Jeffrey continues.

The Soviets "have openly and publicly declared that the only morality they recognize is what will further their cause," Jeffrey quotes Reagan as stating, "meaning they reserve unto themselves the right to commit any crime, to lie, to cheat, in order to attain that, and that is moral, not immoral . . . . We operate on a different set of standards." 

"Not anymore," Jeffrey concludes. 

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Obamacare a "Purposeful, Deceitful, Fraudulent Lie"

By Rick Pearcey • November 5, 2013, 10:07 AM

In an article titled, "Obama Has Rebranded Himself as a Liar, Forever," Bob Unruh writes at WND:

If you like your health-care plan, you can keep your health-care plan. 

You can keep your doctor.

There are no death panels.

You’ll save $2,500 a year in health care premiums under Obamacare.

The costs of health care will go down.

The Obamacare website is working.

When ex-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the liberal Democrat from liberal California, famously said Congress would have to pass Obamacare so that people could see what’s in it, who knew that the more people find out, the more misrepresentations, misstatements and misleading information they would find?

"The New York Post’s Kyle Smith defined the problem over the weekend," Unruh continues, quoting from Smith:

This week was something new. It was the week Obama was revealed to be a stone-cold liar. . . . On June 15, 2009, Obama said, in one of hundreds of similar statements, "No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like you doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like you health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what."

"But as Americans in droves now are finding out, many cannot keep their doctor and their plan. And their costs are going up, sometimes by thousands of dollars," Unruh writes.

"Obama has rebranded himself as a liar, forever,” Smith concludes at the NYPost. "He will carry this new label to his grave.”

Read more here.

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Intact Families Help the Poor, Stop Cycle of Poverty

By Nancy Pearcey • November 5, 2013, 09:24 AM

Napp Nazworth reports for the Christian Post on findings presented at the American Enterprise Institute:

Children raised by both their mom and their dad are more likely to go to college and to make more money than children raised by unwed and divorced parents, and the impact is greater among the poor. This is just one of the findings presented at the American Enterprise Institute's Tuesday panel discussion, "Left behind: Why trends in family structure and parenting are setting some kids up to fail."

Unwed childbearing is now the new norm for women under 30 in the United States, noted keynote speaker Isabel Sawhill, senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution. There is also a growing class divide, she said, with the low income having more children out-of-wedlock than those with high levels of income.

The high rate of unwed childbearing among the poor and lower middle-class is important because children of divorced and single parents do less well in school, are less likely to go to college, and are more likely to have children as unmarried teens and young adults, thus perpetuating a cycle of poverty.

Here is the entire news report.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Report: German Police Recover "Degenerate" Artworks "Looted by Nazis"

By Nancy Pearcey • November 4, 2013, 11:08 AM

From the Guardian:

German police have confiscated about 1,500 modernist masterpieces thought to have been looted by the Nazis from the flat of an 80-year-old man from Munich, in what is being described as the biggest artistic find of the postwar era. 

The artworks, which could be worth as much as €1bn (£860m), are said to include pieces by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Paul Klee, Max Beckman and Emil Nolde. They were looted by the Nazis and had been considered lost until now, according to a report in the German news weekly Focus

The works, which would originally have been confiscated as "degenerate art" by the Nazis or claimed from Jewish collectors in the 30s and 40s, had made their way into the hands of a German art collector, Hildebrand Gurlitt. When Gurlitt died, the artworks were passed down to his son, Cornelius -- all without the knowledge of the authorities.

The article says the paintings were banned because the Nazis considered them "unGerman" or Jewish. But the abstract expressionist Emil Nolde was Protestant. He created many paintings depicting scenes from the New Testament. 

Here's what I wrote about Nolde in Saving Leonardo:

Around World War I, expressionism grew much darker. The war was taken as an indictment of Western science and rationality. Technological progress had not created the promised paradise on earth. Instead it had created grotesquely efficient killing machines -- machine guns, tanks, bombs, poison gas. The resulting carnage was on a scale never witnessed before. Hundreds of thousands were slaughtered sometimes in a single battle. "Reason had become irrational and inhuman -- soulless technique, technique without a conscience," Kuspit writes. It had also "become aggressively materialistic in this society, dehumanizing people and permitting the inhumanity that ran rampant in the First World War." . . .

Were these works beautiful? They were not intended to be. In the face of such cruelty and inhumanity, it seemed that one could create beautiful works of art only by indulging in Pollyanna sentimentality. "The Expressionists felt so strongly about human suffering, poverty, violence and passion, that they were inclined to think that the insistence on harmony and beauty in art was only born out of a refusal to be honest," writes Gombrich. "It became almost a point of honour with them to avoid anything which smelt of prettiness and polish, and to shock the 'bourgeois' out of his real or imagined complacency." 

In spite of their sensitivity to suffering -- or perhaps because of it -- the expressionists remained open to the spiritual realm. "Man cries out for his soul," wrote art critic Hermann Bahr in 1916. "Art also cries out in the dark, calling for help, appealing to spirit: that is Expressionism." . . .

Many expressionists probed what the Christian gospel meant under such conditions. Emil Nolde was raised in a Protestant family that was intensely religious, but his mask-like faces and strident colors were too expressionistic for the Nazis. He was another painter denounced by the Nazi regime as "degenerate" and forbidden to paint any more. 

It will be exciting to see Nolde's missing paintings when they are released. Here is Nolde's Pentecost, from 1909. His harsh, intense colors were disturbing, yet Nolde said, "I was obeying an irresistible need to represent a deep spirituality." 

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Newspapers Directed to Cover Up Black Violence

By Rick Pearcey • November 4, 2013, 07:07 AM

Colin Flaherty writes at WND:

When a mom and daughter were kidnapped, forced to withdraw money from an ATM, raped, then shot last week, the Indianapolis Star played it by the book: Do not mention the suspects are black.

Don’t.

The SPJ story was just repeating what dozens of chapters around the country tell its members in regular seminars: Unless someone is considerate enough to wave around a sign saying, "Kill Honky," or issue a press release or utter racial expletives in front of lots of witnesses, the fact that the suspects just happen to be black has no bearing on the story.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Survey: Parents' Time With Kids More Rewarding Than Paid Work

By Nancy Pearcey • November 1, 2013, 03:42 PM

Based on a new Pew Research Center analysis of government time use data, Wendy Wang writes:

Parents find much more meaning in the time they spend with their children than in the time they spend at work. American parents with children under age 18 find 62% of their child-care experiences “very meaningful,” compared with 36% of paid work-related activities."

These findings are based on an analysis of the new Well-being Module from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS).

The Pew survey found that, when it comes to happiness, time with children also beats time at work. Parents on average report that they are “very happy” in 35% of their child-care activities, compared with 19% of their paid work-related activities.

So much for the notion that a professional career is the sole source of true fulfillment.

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Judge: Courts Can’t Be "Swayed by Christian Values" or Promote "Virtue and Morality"

By Rick Pearcey • November 1, 2013, 03:17 PM

Hilary White reports at LifeSiteNews:

Sir James Munby, president of the Family Division of the British court system has said that only "secular" judges can serve a "multicultural" society, and that judges must not "be swayed by Christian values."

"A secular judge must be wary of straying across the well-recognized divide between church and state," Munby said in a speech to the first annual conference of the Law Society’s family law section in London. . . .

Munby disparaged "Victorian judges" who promoted "virtue and morality." Such judges discouraged "vice and immorality" while maintaining a "very narrow view of sexual morality."

"Critics say that Justice Munby’s religious statements fly in the face of Britain’s constitution, with its officially established Church of England, with Queen Elizabeth II as its Supreme Governor," White reports.

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