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Friday, February 28, 2014

Convicted Terrorist Worked as Obamacare Navigator in Illinois

By Rick Pearcey • February 28, 2014, 09:32 AM

Jillian Kay Melchior writes at National Review:

A terrorist from Jordan briefly worked as an Obamacare navigator in Illinois while authorities remained unaware of her conviction for involvement in a deadly grocery store bombing and two other attacks.

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh was convicted in Israel for her role in several bombings, including the 1969 attack on an upscale Shufersol grocery store, which killed two Hebrew University students who had stopped in to buy groceries for a hiking trip in the Jerusalem hills. Leon Kanner and Eddie Joffe were killed by a bomb hidden in a candy box tucked on a shelf, which also injured nine or 10 others, according to a website maintained by the Israeli government to commemorate terror victims.

The Illinois Department of Insurance quietly revoked Odeh’s certification as a Navigator In-Person Counselor on November 24, explaining in a disciplinary report that the decision was "based on an investigation which revealed that she had been convicted in Israel for her role in the bombings of a supermarket and the British Consulate in Jerusalem and failed to reveal the conviction on her application."

One wonders what other terrorists, convicted or otherwise, are trolling in the shadows of Obamacare.

But let's not go overboard, here. 

As long as Christians are forced to submit to homosexualist desires in Arizona, the motherland shouldn't experience too many speedbumps on the way to Obama's fundamentally transformed nation formerly known as America.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Eric Holder Asks State Attorneys General to Ignore Law

By Rick Pearcey • February 27, 2014, 11:26 AM

From Investor's Business Daily:  

Attorney General Eric Holder wants his counterparts at the state level to treat the rule of law with the same contempt and selectivity that he and his boss in the White House employ.

'We the people" and "consent of the governed" are important American concepts that Holder and his boss, President Obama, do not understand. They've made it clear by spreading their creeping lawlessness among the attorneys general of the 50 states.

We acknowledge the doctrine of prosecutorial discretion, which provides those charged with enforcing our laws in the courts with the authority to decide which particular cases merit pursuing.

However, this power does not extend to deciding which laws passed by the duly elected representatives of the people may be enforced.

Read more here.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Black Pastors: Impeach Holder

By Rick Pearcey • February 26, 2014, 09:45 AM

Penny Starr reports at CNSNews.com:

A coalition of black pastors announced on Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., that they are launching a campaign to gather one million signatures on a petition calling for the impeachment of Attorney General Eric Holder for violating his oath of office by trying "to coerce states to fall in line with the same-sex 'marriage' agenda."

"President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have turned their backs on the values the American people hold dear, values particularly cherished in the black community: values like marriage, which should be strengthened and promoted, rather than weakened and undermined," says a statement by the Coalition of African American Pastors [CAAP] that has been posted online with their impeachment petition.

"Our nation calls for the building up of a healthier marriage culture; instead, our elected leaders are bent on destroying marriage, remaking it as a genderless institution and reorienting it to be all about the desires of adults rather than the needs of children," CNSNews quotes the coalition as saying.

"In pursuing this intention, the president and his administration are trampling the rule of law. Attorney General Holder in particular has used the influence of his office and role as the chief law enforcement figure in our nation to try to coerce states to fall in line with the same-sex ‘marriage’ agenda," states the coalition, according to CNSNews.

"Millions of voters in 30 states have voted to defend marriage as the union of one man and one woman, but Attorney General Holder is attempting single-handedly to throw those votes away!," CNSNews also reports CAAP as stating.

"For abandoning the oath he swore in taking office and his duty to defend the common good, Attorney General Holder should be impeached by Congress," the coalition argues, according to CNSNews. "CAAP is calling on all men and women of good will to sign the following petition urging Congress to take action against the Attorney General’s lawlessness today!"

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Outrage That Atheists Invited to CPAC

By Rick Pearcey • February 25, 2014, 04:59 PM

"Media Research Center Pres. Brent Bozell today denounced the CPAC conference, saying 'no conservative should have anything to do with this conference' because it is giving voice to groups, such as American Atheists, that attack conservative principles," CNSNews.com reports.

Here is Bozell's complete statement, as reported by CNSNews.com:

The invitations extended by the ACU, Al Cardenas and CPAC to American Atheists to have a booth is more than an attack on conservative principles. It is an attack on God Himself.

American Atheists is an organization devoted to the hatred of God. How on earth could CPAC, or the ACU and its board of directors, and Al Cardenas condone such an atrocity?

It makes absolutely no difference to me that CPAC and ACU have backed down and removed the booth. I am sick and tired of these games. I will continue to denounce CPAC, ACU and Cardenas.

No conservative should have anything to do with this conference. If you do, you are giving oxygen to an organization destroying the conservative movement.

"The GOP's dilemma," and apparently the conservative movement's dilemma, "is that it is double-minded," as I have noted elsewhere.

"On one side, some embrace a secular vision that sees the Creator of the Founders and of the Declaration as a kind of nice 'religious' touch or 'values' touch. But also in the GOP are those who show an appreciation of the connection between a real Creator and real freedom in the real world.

"What the New Resistance senses is that neither the single-minded secularism of the Democrats nor the double-minded imbalance of the Republicans is an adequate foundation for freedom, whether we are talking about July 1776, March 2010 or 100 years from now."

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Embattled Battleground Texas' Jennifer Longoria Embraced by Michelle Obama

By Rick Pearcey • February 25, 2014, 09:37 AM

Lee Stranahan reports at Breitbart-Texas:

Breitbart Texas has discovered a photo of Michelle Obama with her arm around Jennifer Longoria, the Battleground Texas organizer who was videotaped bragging about taking confidential voter information off of voter Bexar County voter registration forms.

Breitbart Texas broke the scandal by publishing the latest James O'Keefe/Project Veritas undercover video last week [watch video here].

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Pressure on Brit Politicians to Explain Links to "Vile" Pedophile Group

By Rick Pearcey • February 24, 2014, 06:31 AM

Guy Adams and Tim Shipman report at the UK Daily Mail:

Pressure is mounting on three Labour grandees to explain their links with a vile group that tried to legalise sex with children.

MPs, commentators and even Labour-supporting newspapers lined up yesterday to attack the silence of the party’s deputy leader Harriet Harman, her MP husband [Jack Dromey] and former minister Patricia Hewitt.

The chorus of condemnation follows the Mail’s devastating series of reports into how the trio held key roles in a human rights organisation that supported the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE).

The Mail has revealed how, before they became MPs, the three were leading officials in the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) which granted "affiliate" status to PIE and built close links with it.

"The group of predatory paedophiles was calling for the age of consent to be cut to just four," according to the Daily Mail.

In addition, the Mail reports, the "NCCL itself lobbied Parliament for the age of sexual consent to be cut to ten -- if the child 'understood the nature of the act' -- and called for incest to be legalised in what one MP dubbed a 'Lolita's charter'."

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Girl Scout CEO Makes YouTube Plea Against Cookiecott

By Rick Pearcey • February 24, 2014, 05:03 AM

Austin Ruse writes at Breitbart.com:

There is now little doubt that the Girl Scout cookie boycott is having an effect on cookie sales this year.

Girl Scout spokesman Kelly Parisi went on The O’Reilly Factor this week to try and defuse the mounting controversy, and Girl Scout executives have sent threatening letters to their critics. 

Girl Scout CEO Anna Marie Chavez took to YouTube on Thursday to deny all charges leveled by the boycotters and to deny at least one charge they haven’t even made.

Despite these efforts, "Girl Scout watchdog groups say Chavez has cleared up nothing and responded with a flurry of fact checks provided to Breitbart News," Ruse reports.

"When Chavez insists the Girl Scouts have never had a relationship with Planned Parenthood," Ruse continues, "Girl Scout critics point to the 2004 admission made by Chavez’s predecessor, Kathy Cloninger, on The Today Show: 'We have relationships with our church communities, with YWCAs, and with Planned Parenthood organizations across the country'."

"Beyond this admission by the former Girl Scout CEO, Ann Saladin, a stay-at-home-mom and former Girl Scout leader, has documented other examples of such collusion on the website MyGirlScoutCouncil.com," Breitbart reports.

To read the rest of the news report, go here.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Kill the News

By Rick Pearcey • February 21, 2014, 10:09 AM

In a story titled "New Obama Initiative Tramples First Amendment Protections," Byron York writes at the Washington Examiner:

The First Amendment says "Congress shall make no law
. . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press
. . ."

But under the Obama administration, the Federal Communications Commission is planning to send government contractors into the nation's newsrooms to determine whether journalists are producing articles, television reports, Internet content, and commentary that meets the public's "critical information needs."

Those "needs" will be defined by the administration, and news outlets that do not comply with the government's standards could face an uncertain future. It's hard to imagine a project more at odds with the First Amendment. . . .

Advocates promote the project with Obamaesque rhetoric. "This study begins the charting of a course to a more effective delivery of necessary information to all citizens," said FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn in 2012.

Clyburn, daughter of powerful House Democratic Rep. James Clyburn, was appointed to the FCC by President Obama and served as acting chair for part of last year.

The FCC, Clyburn said, "must emphatically insist that we leave no American behind when it comes to meeting the needs of those in varied and vibrant communities of our nation -- be they native born, immigrant, disabled, non-English speaking, low-income, or other." (The FCC decided to test the program with a trial run in Ms. Clyburn's home state, South Carolina.)

Nice try, Ms. Clyburn. But what you "emphatically insist" on is emphatically rejected by the rules of freedom, as set forth in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

It is an extremism set against the mainstream of the ethos of freedom.

It is a path that leaves every American behind, except perhaps those like Ms. Clyburn, who are in the one percent of the one percent who would impose power over all the rest.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects human freedom by telling the federal government to keep its big intrusive, taxpayer-funded nose out of the news business.

A "core value" of freedom is that the federal government stays out of our business. The federal government is a creation of the states, not the Lord of the States. Just who do these people think they are? We literally pay their salaries. They answer to us.

A free people needs a free press to guard against government oppression, which after all, characterizes about 150% of world history.

And then there is the Declaration of Independence, which counsels the total rejection of what Clyburn insists upon.

"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," the Declaration states.

And what, according to the Declaration, is the point of government? "To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men."

What are a people of freedom and dignity, living in community with their Creator, to do when that freedom and dignity is insistently attacked by a federal government?

"Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government," the Declaration states.

The human spirit rightfully rises up against those who organize against human freedom. Love of neighbor entails the rejection of tyranny over the neighborhood.

The people of South Carolina, and liberty-minded people across the United States, would do well to take whatever legal and moral means necessary to remind federal operatives that the state was created for man, and not man for the state. 

With people like Clyburn running loose in Washington, and federal operatives running roughshod across the land, America needs a free, strong, and vibrant press more than ever.

Information is power. News gathering is power. It is too important to be placed in the hands of Washington politicians. This is doubly so when those politicians insist on imposing extreme ideological agendas that war with the rules of freedom and the dignity of the human being. 

Let's repeat what is at the core of mainstream America: "Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government."

It's time to rise and shine, America. Rise and shine.



Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mooove! California Cattle Leave for Texas

By Rick Pearcey • February 20, 2014, 09:25 AM

Joel B. Pollak writes at Breitbart:

How bad is the California drought?

So bad that California ranchers are selling their cattle to Texas ranchers -- even though Texas, too, is going through a major dry spell.

It is the latest migration from California to Texas -- and another sign that California's southwestern rivals are managing the drought conditions more successfully.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

O'Keefe Busts Illegal Voter Scheme to "Turn Texas Blue"

By Rick Pearcey • February 19, 2014, 10:30 AM

Brandon Darby writes at Breitbart-Texas:

In an apparent violation of state law, Battleground Texas officials are exploiting legally protected information to turn voters out to the polls as part of the Democratic party's quest to paint the Lone Star State blue, a new undercover video from James O'Keefe reveals.

"The footage shows Battleground Texas volunteer Jennifer Longoria [photo] saying the group uses the phone numbers from voter registration forms in later efforts to boost turnout on election day," Darby reports.

"Texas Election Code prohibits the use of, or even the copying of, phone numbers provided by individuals registering to vote," Darby writes.

“Every time we register somebody to vote, we keep their name . . . address, phone number,” Longoria says on the videotaped report. Darby also reports that the video "shows volunteers calling to boost turnout for Wendy Davis's gubernatorial bid."

Longoria's Twitter page description states, "Battleground Texas Field Organizer, world changer, adventurer, language offender, book trafficker, future wife. My kids believe in science; I register voters. San Antonio TX."

Watch the video here.



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Schlafly: America Must Stop "Dictatorial Obama"

By Rick Pearcey • February 18, 2014, 08:58 AM

Greg Corombos reports at WND:

The woman who vanquished the Equal Rights Amendment more than a generation ago is now focused on stopping what she considers amnesty for people in the country illegally, who will never vote Republican and often don’t respect America’s founding principles.

Eagle Forum Founder Phyllis Schlafly is also disgusted by the recent spate of federal judges striking down voter-approved laws and state constitutional amendments that define marriage only as the union of one man and one woman.

She told Radio America that the American people must "stop this dictatorial attitude of Obama" and the judges "who think they can do anything they want."

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Of Course He Should Be Impeached

By Rick Pearcey • February 17, 2014, 09:30 AM

David Catron writes at American Spectator

The people we send to Congress have traditionally been very jealous of their power, and there was a time when they would have been considerably less supine in their dealings with such a power-mad president.

The House has impeached two presidents and seriously considered impeaching a third. There may not be enough votes in the Senate to convict Obama, but there are certainly enough Republicans in the House to pass articles of impeachment.

Their inaction is not about votes. It’s about cowardice. The GOP is more concerned about its short-term political prospects than the long-term good of the Republic.

Sadly, there is a precedent for this and where it leads. The Roman Emperor Tiberius once alluded to it with the following remark concerning the self-seeking and moral cowardice that had allowed Rome’s once-powerful Senate to be emasculated: "Those men are fit to be slaves."

If our elected representatives in Congress don’t do something about Obama, they will be regarded by posterity with equal scorn.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Ronald Reagan's Roadmap to Victory

By Rick Pearcey • February 14, 2014, 11:26 AM

Hebert E. Meyer writes at American Thinker

Do you miss President Reagan?  Do you smile every time you see a film clip of our 40th president on some television show? And do you lunge for the remote control and flip from Fox News to a movie channel every time one of the current Republican would-be presidents starts to say something so weird, so clumsy, so blindingly stupid you'd think he was actually trying to help Hillary get elected?

Treat yourself to a copy of 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative, by Paul Kengor.  It's a brilliant, beautifully written summary of what Ronald Reagan believed and how he communicated his beliefs to those of us he cheerfully called "my fellow Americans."

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

American Humanist Association Demands Students Stop Feeding Starving Kids

By Rick Pearcey • February 13, 2014, 12:03 PM

Todd Starnes writes:

Stop feeding starving children, or else!

The American Humanist Association [AHA] sent that message to a school in Robbinsdale, Minn., accusing them of violating the U.S. Constitution by allowing students to participate in a community service project at a church that involved preparing meals for impoverished children in Haiti.

The humanists got their britches in a bunch after the family of a student at the School of Engineering and Arts objected to the project being held at Calvary Lutheran Church.

"The school has clearly violated the Establishment Clause,” Starnes quotes AHA attorney Monica Miller as writing in a "threatening letter to the school and district officials."

According to Starnes, the lawyer wrote, "By sending public school children under your authority to a religious environment -- to work with a religious organization that is on a religious mission -- is a violating of the First Amendment principle of church-state separation."

Sorry, but this use of the First Amendment is humanist horse-hockey. Utter propaganda.

Nowhere does the U.S. Constitution forbid schools and churches from working together to help others in the name of Jesus.

Nowhere does the U.S. Constitution forbid even individual states from establishing their own denominational state church, should the good citizens, say, of Minnesota, decide on such a course of action.

And nowhere in the U.S. Constitution can you find the phrase "church-state separation."

What the Constitution forbids is the federal government ("Congress shall make no law . . .") from sticking its intrusive nose into the choices that a free people under God decide to make as they seek to live lovingly and truthfully in community with God and their fellow man, their neighbors, their communities. Even if those neighbors live in communities in places such as Haiti.

What is forbidden is the establishment of a national Christian state denominational church, so that there is not a monopoly of ecclesiastical and governmental power wielded by, say, the Baptists or Anglicans in unity with the political power structure of the day.

That would be too much power consolidated into the hands of too few people. It's the sort of thing that a free-thinking people do well to attend to if they would learn the lessons of history.

What is the point of the Constitution? To set up a form of government that enfleshes and protects the rules of freedom as set forth in the Declaration of Independence.

And what is at the heart of human freedom and dignity in the Delcaration? None other than the Creator. Not as a private feeling, but as public truth.

What says the Declaration?

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.

This is not the Creator "religiously" domesticated, as some propagandists seem to envision -- that is, some kind of fairy-tale figure locked away safe and sound inside church walls and prayer closets.

No. This Creator is a public figure. This Creator is pro-verification, pro-evidence, and pro-reason, and this Creator expects human beings created in his image to apply the principles of human freedom and dignity across all of life.

Humanists are trying to impose their propaganda and ahistorical secular superstitions upon the American people. They are trying to consolidate all power under the control of a religiously secular state, with its freedom-denying tentacles choking every aspect of our daily lives.

The result is not enlightenment, but darkness. Not humanness, but inhumanity.

"This is a new low even for humanists," Starnes concludes. "It takes a special kind of godless thuggery to take food out of the mouths of starving children." 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Michael Sam's Father on Homosexual NFL Player

By Rick Pearcey • February 12, 2014, 09:30 AM

Deacon Jones is "turning over in his grave."

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Wanted: Ventriloquist. Apply at NAACP

By Rick Pearcey • February 11, 2014, 12:15 PM

Melanie Hunter reports at CNSNews.com:

Democratic strategist Angela Rye in an appearance on MSNBC’s "PoliticsNation" on Friday accused Republicans of trying to impeach President Barack Obama, because he’s "black in the White House."

Her attack is unfortunate. Using unfounded accusations of racism to protect Obama, or any president, itself smacks of racism. It relies on skin color to protect a privileged politician from legitimate critique. It is a form of cultural fascism.

Let us shout it from the mountain top: Red and yellow, black and white, questioning authority is pleasant in His sight.

This is what freedom is about. It is what free-thinking people do.

It's humane, it's Godly, and it expresses the unalienable expectation, embedded by the Creator, that human beings should think for themselves and rise up against oppression, no matter the skin tone of the oppressor.

This is especially the case in our constitutional republic, where the chief executive is hired by the people and can be fired by the people. He answers to us, we do not answer to him.

Meanwhile, here is a case for the discussion of impeachment. 

Also, in this video, NAACP member William Barber refuses to apologize for his bigoted "ventriloquist" attack on black Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.

In addition, as this same video documents, after answering "yes" to the question, "Do you think the Tea Party is racist?", marchers at a protest in North Carolina last weekend were not able to provide a single example to support their accusation. 

Maybe they needed a ventriloquist.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Mark Levin to Keynote Tea Party 5-Year Anniversary Event

By Rick Pearcey • February 10, 2014, 12:58 PM

Matthew Boyle writes at Breitbart.com:

Radio’s Mark Levin will keynote a five-year anniversary event for the Tea Party movement hosted by Tea Party Patriots in Washington, D.C., Breitbart News has learned exclusively.

“The Tea Party, which consists of millions of hard working taxpayers, is to be celebrated not condemned,” Levin told Breitbart News. “The ruling class must be trounced and its media cheerleaders must be exposed if the republic is to survive. The Tea Party is our only hope.  It's a great honor to be asked to speak to such outstanding and courageous patriots,” he added. 

"Levin, the host of The Mark Levin Show, served as the chief of staff to Attorney General Ed Meese during Ronald Reagan's administration. He is the New York Times best-selling author of several books, and is the president of the Landmark Legal Foundation," Boyle writes.

"Levin will be delivering speaking alongside Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) at the Feb. 27 event, as will Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin among others," according to Boyle.

For my take on the opportunity that the Tea Party has represented, please see "How the New Resistance Can Win the Culture War."


Sad Story of "Gay" Footballer Michael Sam

By Rick Pearcey • February 10, 2014, 12:02 PM

Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is a homosexual, which means the "defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL," AP reports.

"We admire Michael Sam's honesty and courage," the NFL said in statement, according to AP.

Perhaps not so admirable is that homosexuality disrespects the human body and that its disciples are enabling a political ideology that opens the door to unlimited statism

And there might be one or two health concerns.

Fanatics needn't bother about any of this, of course, because reality will bend to their religious desires. By "religious," I mean the word in the dumbed-down secular usage of "faith" that is uninterested in facts or in careful evaluation.

Free-thinkers, however, follow the evidence. Even in the face of that oh-so-dreaded peer pressure that substitutes for ethics these days.

Intelligence revolts.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Film: Brad Thor's "Athena Project" to Star UFC Champ Ronda Rousey

By Rick Pearcey • February 7, 2014, 06:26 PM

FoxSports reports:

Athena Project could be huge for Rousey, according to Variety. The magazine speculates that it could become a franchise, giving the UFC champ "a chance to become the female action star Hollywood is lacking."

The book is about a top-secret, all-female Delta Force counter-terrorism team sent to hunt and kill a terrorist after a bombing in Rome that kills 20 Americans.

Rousey was introduced to Thor over the phone while she was filming The Expendables 3 in September. Rousey fell in love with The Athena Project book and developed a rapport with Thor, attaching herself to the movie before it even had a studio involved, sources told Variety.

Here is Brad Thor's website.

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Girl Scout Cookiecott Breaks Out All Over

By Rick Pearcey • February 7, 2014, 10:47 AM

Austin Ruse writes at Breitbart.com:

The national boycott of Girl Scout cookies is inundating the group leading it. John Pisciotta, the boycott leader and director of Pro-Life Waco, tells Breitbart News his phone is "ringing off the hook."

What started at Breitbart News has now been reported by hundreds of media outlets large and small all across America.

The Associated Press picked up on the story on February 4, and since then the report has been carried by FOX News, Huffington Post, Washington Post, Bloomberg/BusinessWeek, ABC,  MSNNPR, and Yahoo. Additionally, US News and World ReportAOL/HuffPoLive, and CBS DC/Washington have all run original stories on Cookiecott 2014.

In fact, a Google search of "Cookiecott 2014" returns 35,000 results, including a conversation on the Weight Watchers message board. The Breitbart report that broke the story now has 62,000 Facebook shares. Cookiecott has entered into the national conversation.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Exorcism Priest Signs Movie Deal

By Rick Pearcey • February 6, 2014, 09:38 AM

"The Rev. Michael Maginot has signed a deal with Evergreen Media Holdings to bring "The exorcisms of Latoya Ammons" to the big screen," IndyStar.com reports.

Maginot "declined to disclose the terms of his contract with Evergreen Executive Chairman Tony DeRosa-Grund, calling it a 'standard deal,'" according to IndyStar. "DeRosa-Grund produced The Conjuring, grossing $318 million worldwide."

In an article previous published by the Star, Latoya Ammons "claims that she and her three children had been possessed by demons." The report "received international attention. More than a dozen movie producers and countless TV shows have clamored for interviews."

Maginot reportedly "performed a series of exorcisms on Ammons" and says "he signed a contract with DeRosa-Grund because he felt the producer wouldn’t sensationalize what happened, acccording to the Star.

"The story is good as it is,” Maginot told the Star. "You don’t need to go crazy with it." The priest also says he "signed a contract with Zak Bagans, host and executive producer of Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel, to make a documentary," the Star reports.



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ben Carson: Tea Party "Not Demons, But Defenders of Freedom" in "National Elections of 2014 and 2016"

By Rick Pearcey • February 5, 2014, 10:13 AM

Ben Carson writes in the Washington Times:

As we approach the national elections of 2014 and 2016, the Tea Party and all other groups who respect the Constitution and our Judeo-Christian heritage should put aside minor differences and issues that can be addressed later and present a united front of common sense to combat forces that wish to fundamentally change America. . . .

It is obvious that our God-given rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are jeopardized in today's environment of overt deceit by high government officials and blatant disregard of our Constitution.

When those in power pick and choose the laws they wish to enforce and grant waivers and exemptions to their favored groups, it is clear we are moving away from the principles of fairness and equality that once characterized our nation.

When the president can change laws with the stroke of his pen or a phone call and not be challenged by the other branches of government or by the media, we are in dire straits.

As Carson sees it, "The central question is this: Do you trust the future of your children and grandchildren to this kind of governing structure? Or do you trust those patriotic citizens who wish to preserve the liberties that were fought for by the early Tea Party patriots, and by 'the greatest generation,' who stormed the beaches of Normandy in the face of fierce machine-gun fire?"

Carson concludes: "These modern-day patriots are ordinary citizens who toil incessantly day by day to provide food, education and safety for our citizens. These are the people who fill the ranks of the Tea Party. They are not demons, but defenders of freedom. They are you and me."

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Uproar Over Texas Student Newspaper's Use of Term "Pro-Abortion"

By Rick Pearcey • February 4, 2014, 12:14 PM

Jill Stanek writes:

A student reporter for The Daily Texan, the student newspaper for the University of Texas, got it right when calling abortion supporters what they are -- "pro-abortion" -- five times in an article about a counter-demonstration held during the annual pro-life Texas Rally for Life on January 24.

The term even made the article’s headline.

But she infuriated those who support abortion but who strangely aren’t proud of it. . . .

"The headline and terminology were quickly removed from the online story and replaced with 'abortion rights,'" Stanek continues. "The only evidence remaining is the hard copy of the newspaper," snapshots of which Stanek provides in her column.

Here's how The Daily Texan explains the abrupt changes to both the top front-page headline and to the body of the news report:

Editor's note: Because of an editing error, a previous version of this article used the term "pro-abortion." It has been corrected to reflect proper AP style. This was an editorial oversight, so please direct comments to the managing editor at managingeditor@dailytexanonline.com.

Let it be noted that no newspaper need follow, slavishly or otherwise, the "proper" style guide of the Associated Press. Note also that even when publications adopt, as an accident of history, the AP style, many of these publications will contravene this style guide with their own in-house style guide.

In any case, all reporting should be fact-based, and these facts should not be "corrected" or sacrificed on the altar of style, politics, or ideology. 

There is a difference between journalism and propaganda. If not, perhaps The Daily Texan wouldn't mind changing its name to The Daily Texan Propaganda.   

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Hollywood Upset: No Singing About God

By Rick Pearcey • February 3, 2014, 12:14 PM

Mark Tooley writes at American Spectator:

There’s been a strange controversy over the now rescinded Oscar nomination for Alone Yet Not Alone, the song by quadriplegic Christian author Joni Eareckson Tada for an independent movie of the same name.

The nomination was reputedly "controversial" because it’s a religious song for a faith-based film.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Board of Governors explained that there had been inappropriate lobbying by the song composer, who’s a former board governor.

The composer says his mere email advocacy pales next to more typically sophisticated media campaigns for big budget Hollywood film songs.

It’s reportedly the first time the Academy has rescinded a nomination.

Hollywood likes to adopt the pose of being a rebel. But sometimes, let us say, "reactionary" seems a more apt description. 

Some controversy is just too much too bear, I suppose. Rebels must be taught lessons.

In any case, for a discussion of a film that upsets Tinseltown stereotypes, my review of "reel rebel" Fireproof may be of interest. 

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