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Friday, October 30, 2015

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

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

Patricia McCarthy writes at American Thinker:

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

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

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

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

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



Thursday, October 29, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Jeb's Tough Guy Persona Falls Flat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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

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

Melanie Hunter reports at CNSNews.com:

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

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

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

Read more.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

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

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

And fail. Again.

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

In an insane world, common sense is crazy.



Friday, October 23, 2015

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

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

Cheryl Chumley reports at WND:

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

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

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

Read more.



Thursday, October 22, 2015

Islam Comes to Kansas

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

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

Read more.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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

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

From AFP:

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

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

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

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

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

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



Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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

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

Alex Swoyer reports at Breitbart:

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

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

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



Monday, October 19, 2015

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

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

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

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



Friday, October 16, 2015

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

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

Henry Samuel writes from Paris for the Telegraph:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Another Obamacare Collapse: Kentucky Healthcare Co-op Goes Under

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

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

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

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

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



Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Cruz, Gohmert Demand Removal of Margaret Sanger Bust

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

Todd Beamon reports at Newsmax:

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

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

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

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

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



Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Democrat Debate Tonight -- Donald Trump to Live-Tweet

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

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

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



Monday, October 12, 2015

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

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

At CNSNews.com:

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

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

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

What follows is the complete text of the statement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Therefore: 

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

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

We call on all federal and state officeholders: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, October 9, 2015

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

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

Matthew Vadum writes at American Thinker:

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

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

Read more here

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

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

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

Robert Spencer writes at Frontpagemag.com:

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

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

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

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

Read more here.



Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Hillary Super PAC Leaks Dirt on Biden to Politico, NYT

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

Patrick Howley reports at Breitbart.com:

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

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

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



Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Dick Morris: Jeb Bush Can't Win

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

Dick Morris writes:

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

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

Read the entire column here.



Monday, October 5, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is video of the altercation.

Read the entire article at American Thinker. 



Friday, October 2, 2015

Houston Moms Taking Up Firearms Training to Protect Their Families

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

Matt Vespa writes at Townhall:

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

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



Thursday, October 1, 2015

FBI: Gun Murders Continue to Fall

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

Stephen Gutowski reports at FreeBeacon.com:

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

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

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

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

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