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Thursday, March 21, 2019

New Zealand's Knee-Jerk Gun Ban Is Exactly Why We Have 2nd Amendment

By Rick Pearcey • March 21, 2019, 01:23 PM

Nate Madden writes at Conservative Review:

Thank goodness we have the Second Amendment. . . . I'm especially grateful after seeing the latest news out of New Zealand. 

Less than a week after the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand has moved to ban and confiscate semi-automatic long guns.

The bill bans so-called "military style semi-automatic firearms," which according to the bill are any rifle or shotgun that accepts a detachable magazine that holds more than five rounds.

But .22 and smaller-caliber arms are exempt, so everybody's varmint guns are safe.

And, according to reports, the legal owners of now-illegal hardware will be entitled to "fair and reasonable" compensation through a buyback program that's expected to cost a couple hundred million dollars.

"Gun bans like this frequently follow on the heels of a heinous violent crime, when people are thinking least clearly about the issue," Madden explains. "We don't think clearly when we're dealing with grief and trauma. That's just a fact."

In addition, Madden writes, "Just as it's common for individuals to make sweeping, ill-advised life changes in the wake of personal tragedies, it's possible for large groups of people to do ill-advised things in the wake of public tragedies, like give up their ability to defend themselves."

That, Madden asserts, is "what happened with Britain's big gun ban in the 1990s, the same with Australia, and the same now with New Zealand. And it's the exact tactic the anti-gunners in this country employ when they immediately try to use human suffering to push for more gun control. It took New Zealand less than a week to enact this gun-grab."

Madden concludes: "For the record, once again: Gun bans only affect the law-abiding; the best defense against a bad guy with a gun is the ability to fire back; and the warm and fuzzy feeling people might get from passing new gun control laws won't stop a bullet when a wicked person breaks them."

Read the entire column here

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

South Carolina Democrats Fighting to Prevent Universities From Teaching the Constitution

By Rick Pearcey • March 20, 2019, 06:06 PM

Anders Hagstrom reports at Daily Caller:

South Carolina Democrats argued for more than an hour to prevent legislation that would require state universities to teach a "Constitution 101" course. . . .

The Republican-proposed bill would update an existing 1924 requirement to teach the course, which the University of South Carolina [USC] has hitherto ignored.

The legislation has already passed in the Senate, but Democrats in a Tuesday House subcommittee hearing argued the update would be too burdensome on students both financially and academically.

The bill would require students to take a 3-credit, semester-long class covering America's founding documents, including the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Federalist Papers.

"Democratic South Carolina State Reps. Ivory Thigpen and Wendy Brawley argued the cost of the course, which Thigpen referred to as "Constitution 101," may be transferred onto students," Hagstrom writes.

The two Democrats "also pointed to a representative from USC who argued against the bill's requirement that students pass a comprehensive exam covering the course material to graduate," Hagstrom reports.

Republican South Carolina State Rep. Garry Smith, however, "pointed to several classes not required by law that USC could stop offering if it wanted to cut costs, such as a class on "Global Citizenship," according to Hagstrom.

"I would argue that if you can't pass a comprehensive exam on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, then maybe you shouldn't graduate," Smith said, Hagstrom reports.

Read more here



Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Trump to International Criminal Court: Don't Touch Our Servicemen -- or Else

By Rick Pearcey • March 19, 2019, 06:27 PM

Peter Skurkiss writes at American Thinker:

Last week, the Trump administration in the person of secretary of state Mike Pompeo gave the European international set another swift and deserved kick in the derrière.

That's when the secretary of state made it known that the U.S. will not grant visas to members of the International Criminal Court (ICC) who attempt to come here to investigate any alleged war crimes by members of the American military in Afghanistan.

The ICC has been making noises to that effect. Pompeo also said economic sanctions could follow if the ICC persists.

Read more here



Monday, March 18, 2019

Google Goes Orwell: Erasing Photo of Climate Dissident From History as Co-Founder of Greenpeace

By Rick Pearcey • March 18, 2019, 05:01 PM

Thomas Lifson writes at American Thinker:

It's starting to look as if Google's executives see George Orwell's 1984 as a how-to manual.

One of the most famous citations from that work reads: "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

That helpful hint (for totalitarians) perfectly matches what the tech tyrants have just done to Patrick Moore, one of the founders of Greenpeace, a man who now warns against the dangers of demonizing CO2 and carbon as the source of the purported climate change that shows up only after ground station temperatures have been "adjusted" (always in the direction of indicating warming now) . . . .

"Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google and current president of Alphabet, the corporate parent of the entire empire, spent the first six years of his life in the USSR, where he may have been so amazingly precocious that he picked up a trick from that nation's history under Stalin, Lifson suggests. "Except that Stalin's henchmen faced the challenge of artistically airbrushing the Kremlin officials out of photographs with Stalin when they fell out of favor with the tyrant."

Read more here



Friday, March 15, 2019

14 Media Outlets Spread Hoax About Trump Calling for Violence During Breitbart News Interview

By Rick Pearcey • March 15, 2019, 04:31 PM

John Nolte writes at Breitbart:

The establishment media are deliberately spreading fake news about President Trump, saying he called for violence during his interview with Breitbart News.

Outside of the usual-usual fake news to damage Trump and to distract from their failing Russia Collusion Hoax, the media's propaganda effort here is to make Trump pay a political price for daring to sit down with an alternative news outlet like Breitbart News and to warn other politicians not to violate the rules about who is "supposed" to be allowed to hold high-profile interviews.

In this particular case, because the president said nothing wrong in his interview with us, the media have been forced to invent something.

"Case in point," Nolte continues, is "all this nonsense about Trump calling for violence. Here's what Trump actually said," according to Nolte: 

"So here’s the thing -- it's so terrible what's happening," Trump said when asked by Breitbart News Deputy Political Editor Amanda House about his anticipated executive order on campus free speech.

"You know, the left plays a tougher game, it's very funny. I actually think that the people on the right are tougher, but they don't play it tougher. Okay?

"I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump -- I have the tough people, but they don't play it tough -- until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.

"But the left plays it cuter and tougher. Like with all the nonsense that they do in Congress . . . with all this invest[igations] -- that's all they want to do is -- you know, they do things that are nasty. Republicans never played this."

About this, Nolte writes: "I don't care how many times you read that, there is nothing there -- not a word, not a peep, not anything that has anything to do with violence of any kind, nothing even close to Barack Obama's actual calls to violence with his rhetoric about bringing a gun to a knife fight or punching back twice as hard, which everyone in the media wrote off as political rhetoric . . . ."

Read more here



Thursday, March 14, 2019

Eco-Marxism: Socialist Extremists Pushing Green-Deal Students to Strike for Red Across America

By Rick Pearcey • March 14, 2019, 06:01 PM

Brian Sussman writes at WND:

This Friday thousands of students across America will walk out of school in the name of human-caused global warming.

It's called the U.S. Youth Climate Strike, part of a global student movement inspired by socialist radicals in Europe.

As a guy who used to interpret weather data for a living, allow me to assure you there is no impending global climate emergency.

What should be treated as an emergency is the green brainwashing of the millennial generation.

They've sucked up Al Gore's big bag of hot air, held their collective breath, and now they're turning red. Red, as in Marxism, socialism and communism.

As I state in my 2012 best-seller, Eco-Tyranny: How the Left’s Green Agenda Will Dismantle America, Karl Marx perceived the environment as an effective tool to push his anti-capitalist, anti-God agenda.

Read more here



Wednesday, March 13, 2019

"How Many More?": Police Chief Blasts Sanctuary Policies After Illegal Immigrant Charged With Murder

By Rick Pearcey • March 13, 2019, 01:19 PM

Lucia Suarez Song reports at Fox News:

The San Jose police chief blasted California's sanctuary city policies Tuesday after a previously deported illegal immigrant with a long rap sheet was arrested for murder in the brutal stabbing of a 59-year-old woman.

Chief Eddie Garcia said the murder of Bambi Larson, who was killed inside her home Thursday afternoon, demands that police and the county have an honest conversation over the refusal to honor U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests for violent criminals.

"This isn't about politics, this is about public safety," Garcia said during a press conference Tuesday, during which he also spoke about the arrest of 24-year-old Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza. "He could have been turned over six times."

Read more here



Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Anthony Borges -- Barça Fan and Hero of Florida School Shooting -- Invited to Barcelona to Make Dream Come True

By Rick Pearcey • March 12, 2019, 06:04 PM

At the FC Barcelona website:

Anthony Borges, the Barça fan who was the hero of the Florida school shooting on 14 February 2018 when he saved the lives of 20 fellow pupils, is in Barcelona as a guest of FC Barcelona to experience both the city itself and the second leg of the Champions League last 16 tie against Olympique Lyonnais at Camp Nou. For Borges it is a dream come true to travel to Barcelona to [meet] his Barça heroes and see a game in the flesh as the Florida hero and his family will visit the FC Barcelona Museum and other attractions in the city. . . .

Borges acted in the most heroic of manners when an armed gunman burst into the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The attacker opened fire on several of Borges' classmates and the youngster, aware of the danger, locked himself and other students in to a classroom to avoid the gunman. The killer tried to get into the room but Anthony blocked the door to prevent him from entering. The assailant, a former student of the school, fired various times hitting Anthony with five bullets in his back and limbs. Thanks to his bravery, his schoolmates escaped the attack unharmed.

Read more here



Monday, March 11, 2019

As the Democrats Go Socialist, They Go Anti-Semitic

By Rick Pearcey • March 11, 2019, 06:23 PM

Daniel Greenfield writes at Frontpagemag.com:

"Every government having regard to good morals ought to repress the Jews," opined Pierre Leroux, the leftist credited with coining the term Socialism.

"When we speak of Jews, we mean the Jewish spirit, the spirit of profit, of lucre, of gain, the spirit of commerce."

"What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly God? Money," Karl Marx ranted.

"American socialism traces its ideological ancestry to Charles Fourier, a French socialist bigot who declared that Jews were the embodiment of capitalism, 'parasites, merchants, usurers,' and the 'incarnation of commerce: parasitical, deceitful, traitorous and unproductive'," Greenfield continues.

"Even the term anti-Semite was popularized by Wilhelm Marr, the socialist founder of the League of Antisemites," Greenfield writes.

"The inventor of anti-Semitism's arguments were the same ones put forward by Marx, Fourier, H.G. Wells, Lenin and countless other socialists," according to Greenfield.

Thus: "The Jews were all about the 'Benjamins.' They started wars. They were disloyal and manipulated society. They were a dangerous foreign element."

Greenfield connects the dots: "These are the same tropes that were put forward by Rep. Ilhan Omar and defended by her socialist allies in the House Progressive Caucus and across the media."

Moving deeper, "anti-Semitism is one of the meeting points between socialists and Islamists. The more anti-Semitism she spews, the more Rep. Omar unites the identity politics caucus of minority group racial nationalists and Islamists, with the traditional Left," Greenfield explains.

Read more here



Friday, March 8, 2019

Extremist Indoctrination in Classrooms Gets Green Light From GOP Legislators

By Rick Pearcey • March 8, 2019, 03:07 PM

Lawrence Lockman writes at Frontpagemag.con:

Should teachers in Maine's public schools be allowed to push partisan politics and ideology in the classroom?

I don't think so, and neither do many parents who have contacted me. That's why I sponsored LD 589, proposed legislation directing the state board of education to draft a Code of Ethics for K-12 teachers.

Simply put, the Code of Ethics would forbid teachers from endorsing candidates as part of their classroom instruction, from introducing controversial material not germane to the subject being taught, and generally from using their classrooms as bully pulpits for political, social or religious advocacy . . . . 

"There's abundant evidence that students in Maine's K-12 government schools are being subjected to Leftist indoctrination in the classroom," Lockman writes.

"'Progressive' teachers, administrators, and textbook publishers have been working overtime to ensure that students practice 'correct thinking' on subjects such as racial guilt, gender identity, illegal immigration, and other controversial issues," Lockman states.

"As soon as the Code of Ethics bill was referred to the Education committee for a public hearing in late February, all the usual suspects announced their opposition," Lockman continues.

"The head of the statewide teachers' union insisted that teachers never engage in political advocacy in the classroom, while the far-Left ACLU defended the right of teachers to do exactly that," Lockman notes.

Read more here



Thursday, March 7, 2019

Alabama Court Recognizes Aborted Baby as Legal Person, Lets Wrongful Death Suit Proceed

By Rick Pearcey • March 7, 2019, 06:12 PM

Calvin Freiburger writes at LifeSiteNews:

Personhood Alabama and a father whose baby was aborted against his will won a legal victory Tuesday with a probate judge formally recognizing Ryan Magers' child as a legal person, allowing his case against the abortion center responsible to proceed.

Last month, Magers filed a suit against the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives (AWC) abortion facility, seeking damages for the 2017 abortion of his and his girlfriend’s six-week-old child, dubbed Baby Roe.

The suit is targeting AWC, three unnamed workers associated with it, and the pharmaceutical company responsible for the abortion pill AWC dispensed to Baby Roe's mother.

Read more here



Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Women's March Co-Leader Linda Sarsour Refuses to Acknowledge Israel's Right to Exist -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • March 6, 2019, 06:09 PM

Joshua Caplan reports at Breitbart

Women's March co-leader Linda Sarsour on Wednesday refused to respond when asked if Israel has the right to exist after promising to answer the question following a Washington, D.C., rally in support of Rep. Ilhal Omar (D-MN), who is under fire for repeated antisemitic remarks.

In exclusive footage captured by Breitbart News, videographer Matthew Perdie confronts Sarsour on whether she believes the Jewish state and the Middle East's sole democracy has the right to exist.

"We'll answer questions later, after the press conference," Sarsour responds, adding, "I'll be happy to answer that."

"In a subsequent clip, Sarsour and her entourage begin walking away from the pro-Omar event, held near the U.S. Supreme Court, almost immediately after her remarks, refusing to acknowledge Perdie as he repeats his question about Israell," Caplan reports. 

"An associate then physically blocks Perdie from approaching the activist," Caplan writes. "Several men begin pushing the videographer and peppering him with questions on why he attended the pro-Omar event -- and if he receives compensation from Israel."

"Why are you here?" Caplan quotes a man as asking the videographer. "Do you work for Israel?" the man asks, according to Caplan. "before inquiring how much the videographer is paid."

Caplan reports that "Footage of the testy encounter ends with Perdie noting that Sarsour declined to answer the question despite saying she would oblige."

Read more here



Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Venezuela's Maduro Has a Choice: Leave on His Own -- or With a Military Escort

By Rick Pearcey • March 5, 2019, 06:38 PM

At Investor's Business Daily:

"Maduro must go," Vice President Mike Pence said, following talks with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido about how to best get rid of that country's socialist dictator who has presided over the collapse of a once-wealthy country. Pence is right of course. But it may be easier said than done.

President Trump supports Guaido "100%," Pence said. And on this major diplomatic point, Trump's not alone. Some 50 countries support Guaido as the legitimate leader of troubled Venezuela, given that the previous election of President Nicolas Maduro was clearly fraudulent and rigged.

And, indeed, Guaido is legitimate. He's the leader of Venezuela's National Assembly. He became acting president . . . in January after the legislature declared Maduro's election fraudulent. Under Venezuelan law, the National Assembly can name a new president.

"But getting Maduro to go might be tough," IBD continues.

"The greatest concern is that, as with Italy during World War II, Maduro will be forced out and left to the tender mercies of an angry mob. Not the ideal way to start anew if you're a hopeful, forward-looking nation."

Read more here



Monday, March 4, 2019

Female Olympian: Transgenders Should Not Be Able to Compete in Women's Sport

By Rick Pearcey • March 4, 2019, 04:23 PM

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com

Following on the heels of tennis legend Martina Navratilova, who condemned the idea of transgender "women" competing against real woman as "unfair" and "insane," Olympics swimming champion Sharron Davies, MBE tweeted that such "women" with a "male sex advantage" should not be allowed to compete in women's sport . . . . 

Sharron Davies, MBE, is a former competitive swimmer for Great Britain, who won the silver medal in the individual medley at the 1980 Olympics. She also won two gold medals at the 1978 Commonwealth Games. She has worked as a sports presenter on British television for many years.

In a March 1 tweet, Davies said, "I have nothing against anyone who wishes 2be transgender. However I believe there is a fundamental difference between the binary sex u r born with & the gender u may identify as."

"To protect women's sport those with a male sex advantage should not be able 2compete in women's sport," Davies tweeted, according to Chapman. 

"In another tweet on March 2, she wrote, 'We all have a right to our opinions & respect from others but females athletes also have a right to a level playing field #FairPlay'," Chapman reports.

Read more here



Friday, March 1, 2019

Maryland Sheriff on Restrictive Gun Bill: "We Will Not Comply"

By Rick Pearcey • March 1, 2019, 03:39 PM

A.W.R. Hawkins reports at Breitbart:

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis says he and his deputies "will not comply" if Maryland lawmakers follow through with a long gun licensing and confiscation law.

Lewis told Delmarva Now that he believes lawmakers are punishing residents throughout the state for the out-of-control crime in Baltimore.

He said, "Law-abiding citizens are repeatedly being penalized because of Baltimore City's inability to control their crime. And I'm sorry -- I'm not someone's puppet. I'm going to stand up for what I think is unjust and unconstitutional to the American people, including those living in the state in Maryland."

"We're gonna let them know that we are sick and tired of being penalized for Baltimore City's inability to control crime," the sheriff said, according to Breitbart.

"If these bills pass, we will not comply."

Read more here



Thursday, February 28, 2019

Why Doesn't Bernie Sanders Release His Tax Records?

By Rick Pearcey • February 28, 2019, 04:32 PM

Liz Peek writes at Fox News:

Is Bernie Sanders hiding something? You have to wonder.

The democratic socialist senator from Vermont, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, claims he is happy to show voters his tax returns . . . but, pressed on the subject, continues to stall.

Asked in a CNN town hall whether he, like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., would release a decade of his personal finance records, Sanders said he would, "sooner than later," but assured Wolf Blitzer that his "tax returns will bore you to death, nothing special about them."

That may be, but his reluctance to open his tax filings to the public, after he and fellow Democrats have sharply criticized President Trump for not releasing his tax records, makes us ponder what Sanders may not want to share.

Read more here



Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Revolution in Aisle 4: What Happens When Soviet Big Shot Drops by Texas Grocery Store

By Rick Pearcey • February 27, 2019, 07:18 PM

In this podcast titled "Clean Up on Aisle 4," Mike Rowe recounts when a Soviet Union bigwig dropped by a Houston-area grocery store and how what that man saw helped "change the history of the world." 

You can start listening at the 2:50 mark (scroll down the page to the video link)

Hat Tip: The Michael Berry Show (added 3/1/2019)

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

"Flawed" and "Dishonest": U.K. "State of Hate" Report Ignores Leftist Hate

By Rick Pearcey • February 26, 2019, 01:54 PM

Paula Boddington writes at Frontpagmag.com:

The organization Hope Not Hate was founded in the UK in 2004 "to provide a positive antidote to the politics of hate," in its own words. On February 18th it released its annual "State of Hate" Report, described as a "guide to what the far right has been up to." It is uncertain why the far left is excluded from the group's investigation of "hate"; indeed, the criteria for inclusion or exclusion of the groups and individuals who figure in this report is unclear. A rag-bag of disparate groups and individuals are included, ranging from men with gripes about feminism, Nazi Satanists, and legally registered political parties.

Hope Not Hate is an influential group, frequently advising the media including TV programs, with its research often cited by academics who may then advise governments, regulators and social media companies. The "State of Hate" report has had considerable media coverage. It paints a gloomy portrait of a rudderless, angry, far right which are allegedly on the rise in the UK, fueled by disenchantment with politics, and where an anti-Muslim rhetoric has replaced an anti-immigrant rhetoric.

"Conducting this kind of social research is extremely complex and difficult," Boddington observes.

"It's hard enough to get a good picture of outward behavior, let alone to determine people's true motivation and attitudes," Boddington writes.

"Hope Not Hate's report is methodologically limited and conceptually flawed, yet they exercise no caution in attributing 'hate' to thousands upon thousands of individuals," Boddington states.

Read more here.

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Has a Serious Billionaire Problem

By Rick Pearcey • February 25, 2019, 04:35 PM

Investor's Business Daily notes

Democrats have recently discovered a new threat to the American way of life: billionaires.

An interviewer recently asked socialist Ocasio-Cortez: "Do we live in a moral world that allows for billionaires? Is that a moral outcome?"

Her answer: "No, it's not. It's not. It's not. And I think it's important to say that."

Her policy advisor, Dan Riffle, said that "every billionaire is a policy failure."

Not to be outdone, fellow socialist and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders complained that "We live in a nation owned and controlled by a small number of multibillionaires whose greed, incredible greed, insatiable greed, is having an unbelievably negative impact on the fabric of our entire country."

Elizabeth Warren calls billionaires "freeloaders" who don't "pick up their fair share."

Read more here.



Friday, February 22, 2019

Video: Activist Tells Hannity About Alleged Assault on UC-Berkeley Campus

By Rick Pearcey • February 22, 2019, 09:57 AM

Victor Garcia repots at Fox News:

A conservative activist whose brutal pummeling at Cal-Berkeley was caught on cell phone video told Sean Hannity Thursday he has no doubt that it was his political beliefs that prompted the attack.

Hayden Williams said Tuesday's violent attack at the hands of an unidentified suspect on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley started when the assailant ironically accused him of promoting aggression.

"This person claimed we were promoting violence on campus and proceeded to take his aggression out on us," Williams told Hannity.

Williams sported a black eye while appearing on the show, the result of being violently punched in the face while helping conservative group Turning Point USA recruit members.

Read more here



Thursday, February 21, 2019

Hit List: Coast Guard Officer Arrested on Terrorism Charges Targeted Liberals

By Rick Pearcey • February 21, 2019, 05:58 PM

Kathryn Blackhurst reports at Lifezette:

The U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant whom authorities arrested last week on suspicion of domestic terrorism kept a hit list filled with prominent Democratic politicians and mainstream media members, according to prosecutors.

Christopher Paul Hasson, 49, is from Silver Springs in Maryland. He works at the Coast Guard's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

He is a white supremacist and has held extremist views for years, prosecutors say.

"The defendant is a domestic terrorist, bent on committing acts dangerous to human life that are intended to affect governmental conduct," prosecutors stated in court documents filed last Tuesday, according to Lifezette.

Read more here

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Kentucky Senate: 2nd Amendment Is Your Concealed Carry Permit

By Rick Pearcey • February 20, 2019, 04:31 PM

A.W.R. Hawkins reports at Breitbart:

The Kentucky Senate passed a bill late last week to eliminate the state's concealed carry permit requirement. The bill, SB 150, now heads to the Kentucky House.

The NRA-ILA reports that SB 150 is sponsored by Senator Brandon Smith (R-30), and it passed the Senate by a vote of 29-8.

WBKO reports that the text of SB 150 makes clear the bill is designed to "allow concealed deadly weapons to be carried by persons age 21 and over without a license in same locations where concealed carry license holders may carry them."

"On January 31, 2019, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) signed legislation to end her state's concealed carry permit requirement," Hawkins reports. "In so doing she made South Dakota the 14th state to recognize the Second Amendment as a sufficient carry permit."

According to Hawkins, "Kentucky is now vying to be the 15th state to do away with any requirement to obtain government permission before exercising the right to bear arms."

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Tennis Legend Navratilova on Trans Athletes: "It's Insane and It's Cheating"

By Rick Pearcey • February 19, 2019, 01:59 PM

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

Martina Navratilova, who won multiple Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles and is considered among the best female tennis players in history, denounced the idea that transgender females -- men who claim they are women -- can compete fairly in women's sports, stating "it's insane and it's cheating."

"[I]t is surely unfair on women who have to compete against people who, biologically, are still men," she wrote in The Sunday Times on Feb. 17. "[F]airness should always be valued and strived for" and "unfairness introduced through human action and chemical means should be condemned and outlawed."

Read more here



Monday, February 18, 2019

Al Sharpton Backs Away From Smollett, Decades After Tawana Brawley Fiasco

By Rick Pearcey • February 18, 2019, 04:20 PM

Brian Flood reports at Fox News:

When "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked by two masked men yelling racist and homophobic epithets, as well as "This is MAGA country," MSNBC host Al Sharpton came out in support of the star.

But amid multiple reports this weekend that Smollett may have been involved in orchestrating the attack, Sharpton, who made his name in the 1980s as the spokesperson for Tawana Brawley in what turned out to be false claims she was raped by four white men, changed his tune on-air on Sunday.

"If it is found that Smollett and these gentlemen did, in some way, perpetrate something that is not true, they ought to face accountability to the maximum," Sharpton said referring to the actor and two men linked to him who have been questioned by police.

"Let us get to the bottom of it, and let justice be done, no matter who is right or wrong," Sharpton said, according to Fox News.

Read more here



Friday, February 15, 2019

New Mexico County Makes Itself "Second Amendment Sanctuary" for Gun Owners

By Rick Pearcey • February 15, 2019, 03:50 PM

David Krayden reports at Daily Caller:

An enclave in New Mexico is declaring itself a "Second Amendment Sanctuary County" for gun owners.

Quay County, population 10,000, issued the resolution Wednesday as a means of protesting the state's coming gun control legislation that many feel is onerous and includes new background checks that will affect gun sales between private citizens.

Read more here



Thursday, February 14, 2019

Poll: 77% of Voters Support Protecting Babies Who Survive Abortion

By Rick Pearcey • February 14, 2019, 05:02 PM

Dr. Susan Berry reports at Breitbart:

A new poll released by the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) finds 77 percent of voters support legislation to ensure a baby who survives a failed abortion is given the same medical treatment as any other baby born prematurely at the same age
. . . . 

When political party affiliation is a factor, 86 percent of Republicans support the legislation, as do 70 percent of Democrats, and 75 percent of independents. . . .

According to the poll, 75 percent of women and 79 percent of men support the legislation.

"Americans overwhelmingly reject the Democratic Party's extreme agenda of abortion on demand through birth and even beyond," says SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser, according to Breitbart.

"Three in four voters agree babies born alive during a failed abortion should be protected in law, and nearly two-thirds oppose efforts to allow late-term abortion even at the moment of delivery, like those in Virginia and New York," Dannenfester says, Breitbart reports.

"Democrats -- many of whom receive political contributions from key abortion industry giants like Planned Parenthood -- have made abortion a central plank of their party's platform," Breitbart reports.

Read more here.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Packing Heat on Campus: Florida Schools Get Armed

By Rick Pearcey • February 13, 2019, 03:59 PM

Joe Kovacs reports at WND:

There's something new seen in the halls of Florida schools this year: guns out in the open.

Packing heat on the campus of the Manatee School for the Arts in Palmetto, Florida, is Harold Verdecia, a 39-year-old former infantryman in the U.S. Army, who completed tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Armed with a Kel-Tec "Bullpup" rifle and a 9mm Glock 19X, Verdecia has been hired by the school with the sole responsibility of stopping an active shooter.

More than 2,000 students attend MSA, and Verdecia says he gets complimented frequently by many of them.

"They come and thank me all the time," he says on this video posted by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Read more here



Tuesday, February 12, 2019

More Than 1,000 Ph.D. Scientists "Skeptical" of Darwinian Evolution

By Rick Pearcey • February 12, 2019, 04:33 PM

Tyler O'Neil writes at PJMedia:

On the 210th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birthday, the Discovery Institute is going public with a list of more than 1,000 Ph.D. scientists who declared their skepticism toward Darwin's mechanism for evolution: natural selection acting on random mutation. This mechanism is the centerpiece of Neodarwinism, the current but eroding consensus on how evolution took place.

"We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged,"the statement reads.

The Discovery Institute released a video of 19 scientists reading the statement [watch the video].

"Our statement is not anti-evolution, it's on what is the mechanism," John West of the Discovery Institute is quoted as telling PJMedia yesterday.

According to PJMedia, West says the list arose in 2001 in "response to claims that were frequently parroted by the media that there are no scientists who raise questions about Darwinian theory."

Read more here



Monday, February 11, 2019

Whoopi STILL Absent From "The View" Since Behar Blackface Photo Re-Emerged

By Rick Pearcey • February 11, 2019, 02:01 PM

Peter D'Abrosca writes at Big League Politics:

Star co-host of ABC's The ViewWhoopi Goldberg, missed her fourth straight show Monday morning, coinciding with the resurfacing of co-host Joy Behar's blackface photo last week.

On Tuesday, a photo emerged of Behar dressed in blackface, which she discussed openly on the show in 2016. Goldberg has not made an appearance on the show since.

"BLP will keep monitoring the Goldberg situation, with hopes that she will soon reappear to ask Behar if wearing blackface is acceptable," D'Abrosca writes. 

Read more here



Friday, February 8, 2019

Another Woman Accuses VA Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Raping Her in College

By Rick Pearcey • February 8, 2019, 06:45 PM

Joshua Caplan reports at Breitbart:

A second woman has come forward with an allegation of sexual assault against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D-VA), claiming the embattled Virginia Democrat raped her while they were in college in 2000.

In a statement through her lawyer, the accuser, Meredith Watson said she confided in classmates about the alleged incident immediately after it occurred, and shared her account with others in emails and Facebook messages.

According to Watson, while she and Fairfax were friends at Duke University, the two had not dated or been intimate prior to the alleged incident.

"At this time, Ms. Watson is reluctantly coming forward out of a strong sense of civic duty and her belief that those seeking or serving in public office should be of the highest character," Breitbart quotes Watson's legal representation, Nancy Erika Smith, as saying today.

"She has no interest in becoming a media personality or reliving the trauma that has greatly affected her life. Similarly, she is not seeking any financial damages," Smith says, according to Breitbart. 



Thursday, February 7, 2019

"Massive Gov't Intervention": Socialist Ocasio-Cortez Unveils New Green Deal for "Economic Transformation"

By Rick Pearcey • February 7, 2019, 03:41 PM

Penny Starr reports at Breitbart:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), a self-described Democratic Socialist, introduced the Green New Deal on Thursday, which is a resolution that calls for transforming the United States economy.

Ocasio-Cortez gave her plan first to National Public Radio (NPR), which called her "the most famous member of Congress" and "a media star" in an interview aired on Thursday.

"Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us," Ocasio-Cortez told NPR on Morning Edition. . . .

"The resolution, which provides no specifics for how to achieve or pay for its broad goals -- 'net-zero emissions by 2050,' 'wage and benefit parity for workers,' 'counteract[ing] systemic injustices,' 'repairing historic oppression of indigenous communities, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities,' and universal health care -- has 50 Democrat cosponsors, according to NPR," Starr reports.

"NPR asked Ocasio-Cortez if she would agree that her resolution calls for 'massive government intervention' to reach its goals," according to Starr.

"It does. I have no problem saying that," Breitbart quotes Ocasio-Cortez as saying and "adding that the private sector has failed to address climate change."

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Crackpot U: Catholic College Gives Out Free "Chest Binders" to Female Students Who Think They're Men

By Rick Pearcey • February 5, 2019, 02:58 PM

College Fix reports:

The College of Saint Rose was founded nearly 100 years ago by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet to educate women, with a particular focus on professionally training teachers.

Coeducational for 50 years, the Catholic college in New York is now helping women transition to men -- for free.

Student newspaper The Chronicle reports that the college counseling center is giving away "chest binders," which flatten and obscure the outline of female breasts, to students who request them.

Read more here



Monday, February 4, 2019

Christian University Bans Ben Shapiro

By Rick Pearcey • February 4, 2019, 05:29 PM

Celine Ryan reports at Campus Reform:

A private Christian university announced it is canceling a student-organized speaking engagement by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, citing a "current high volume of rhetoric."

In a Friday statement, Arizona's Grand Canyon University [GCU] explained the rationale behind its decision to cancel the event, organized by the school's Young Americans for Freedom [YAF] chapter.

The university said that while its mission often aligns with Shapiro's message, specifically regarding his emphasis on Judeo-Christian values and the importance of a free market economy, the school has decided to bar him from speaking in order "to focus on opportunities that bring people together."

"By caving to an unseen mob and ignoring the popularity of Shapiro among its student body, Grand Canyon University just played itself and deserves whatever negative response this brings,” said YAF spokesman Spencer Brown in a statement last Friday, according to Campus Reform. 

"GCU has abandoned the sentiment of its own proclaimed values, deluded itself into acting like the liberal campuses it claims to differ from, and blindly accepted the Left's ludicrous argument that Shapiro's presence somehow damages students, campuses, or debate," Brown said, CR reports.

Read more here.



Friday, February 1, 2019

K-12: Faking It -- "Nothing You See in Modern Education Is Real"

By Rick Pearcey • February 1, 2019, 04:40 PM

"Welcome to Wonderland," writes Bruce Deitrick Price at American Thinker.



Thursday, January 31, 2019

NBC News: Growing Number of Churches Want Armed Security

By Rick Pearcey • January 31, 2019, 02:57 PM

Mary Pflum writes at NBCNews:

When Chris Crews prepares for church on Sunday mornings, he follows a routine. He rises early. He puts on his church clothes, a button-down shirt paired with blue jeans or khakis. Then, before leaving the house with his wife and two children, he straps a firearm -- a 9 mm or a .45 -- to his right hip.

"I don't leave home without a gun," Crews said. "It's kind of like the old American Express card ads: I just won't leave home without it."

Crews, 47, is part of the security team at Ava Assembly of God, a Pentecostal church of 300 members in Ava, Missouri. The church has no paid security guards. Instead, it counts on a team of 18 church members to keep fellow congregants safe. None of the security team members are paid and all carry handguns.

"Ava Assembly of God launched the security team 18 months ago," Pflum continues, "after the church's pastor, Buddy Boyd, received threats related to a domestic dispute involving members of the community."

"In response, and amid rising fears of mass shootings in general, a congregant suggested forming a security team. Boyd quickly agreed," Pflum writes.

"Times have changed," Boyd says, according to Pflum. "The No. 1 concern is to protect our parishioners."

Read more here



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

South Dakota Lawmakers: The 2nd Amend Is Your Concealed Carry Permit

By Rick Pearcey • January 30, 2019, 02:44 PM

A.W.R. Hawkins writes at Breitbart

The South Dakota House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday intended to abolish the need to acquire a concealed carry permit in order to carry for self-defense.

The NRA reported the House vote 47-23, in favor of doing away with the permit requirement. The measure had already passed in the Senate.

The measure faced opposition from Democrats, some of whom contended that removing a concealed carry permit requirement would somehow boost suicides.

The Argus Leader reports that the Democrat opposition was joined by State Rep. Doug Barthel (R-Sioux Falls), who indicated he opposed the bill because his constituents opposed the bill.

"But State Rep. Tim Goodwin (R-Rapid City) told his Republican colleagues that the bill should be supported on the grounds that they all took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, which says nothing about requiring a permit to exercise Second Amendment rights," Hawkins explains. 

"Then Gov.-elect Kristi Noem (R) had already signaled support for ending the requirement and now the legislation to do so sits on her desk," Hawkins reports. "Noem has five business days to act on the legislation."



Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Democrat-Controlled House Committee to Eliminate "So Help You God"

By Rick Pearcey • January 29, 2019, 05:39 PM

Cameron Cawthorne reports at the Washington Free Beacon:

Democratic members of the House Committee on Natural Resources are in the process of eliminating the words "so help you God" from the oath witnesses recite before they testify before the panel.

A draft of the new rules package, obtained by Fox News, shows the key committee plans to ask their witnesses to recite a shorter oath: "Do you solemnly swear or affirm, under penalty of law, that the testimony that you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?" . . . 

The committee, which has oversight of national parks, wildlife, and energy, has also proposed rule changes to expand its authority over natural gas in Alaska and fossil-fuel resources.

"Rep. Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.), the House Republican Conference chair and a member of the natural resources committee, likened the Democratic Party to the 'party of Karl Marx'," Cawthorne reports.

"It is incredible, but not surprising, that the Democrats would try to remove God from committee proceedings in one of their first acts in the majority," Cheney is quoted as telling Fox News. "They really have become the party of Karl Marx."

"This isn't the first time Democrats have attempted to strike references to 'God' in official party documents," according to Cawthorne.

"The floor of the 2012 Democratic National Convention erupted with boos after a decision to restore to the platform a reference to 'God' and the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital," Cawthorne reports. "The inclusion was a reversal after they initially omitted these references."

The mainstream U.S. position on these matters is clearly not just to include God in a secondary way, but to base the entire structure of the federal government and American body politic upon The Creator. 

Thus we read in the Declaration of Independence:

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. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men. . . .

In its ever-growing alienation and extremism, the Democrat Party, by choice, is removing itself root and branch from the enduring American mainstream of human freedom, liberation, dignity, and self-government. Karl Marx must be smiling -- or not. Somewhere. 

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Top 5 Failed Socialist Promises: From Lenin to Chavez

By Rick Pearcey • January 28, 2019, 04:47 PM

Maxim Lott writes at FoxNews.com:

Politicians of all stripes make big promises to get into office -- but some of the most extravagant promises of the last century have come from socialist politicians pledging to reshape society as a utopia for all.

As socialist ideas enjoy somewhat of a resurgence among young Democratic lawmakers and their liberal base in the U.S., and troubled nations such as Venezuela and North Korea reel from the fallout tied to socialist policies, Fox News took a look back at some of the biggest promises of the movement and how they turned out.

Go here to read more on 1) Hugo Chavez "promises universal medical care," 2) Lenin "promises 'peace, bread and land'," 3) Castro "promises freedom of the press," 4) Nehru of India "promises end of poverty," and 5) Mao "promises open discussion."



Friday, January 25, 2019

Covington Bishop Apologizes to Pro-Life Students

By Rick Pearcey • January 25, 2019, 07:40 PM

Calvin Freiburger reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

Amid mounting pressure, Bishop Roger Joseph Foys of the Diocese of Covington issued a new statement Friday apologizing to a group of pro-life students the Diocese initially condemned over a confusing video from the March for Life.

The Diocese was among those that condemned a group of Covington Catholic High School students after reports claimed a video showed them harassing an elderly Native American veteran at the March for Life last weekend.

But additional extended video and firsthand accounts soon revealed the man, Nathan Phillips [Video: "Not a Vietnam Vet"] was the one who waded into the group waiting for its bus and decided to beat a drum inches from student Nick Sandmann's face, and other adults who accompanied Phillips shouted racial taunts at the kids.

Read more here



Thursday, January 24, 2019

Top Democrat Tells Democrats: "Give Trump the Money" for Border Wall

By Rick Pearcey • January 24, 2019, 05:12 PM

Ryan Saavedra reports at Daily Wire:

Minnesota Democrat Rep. Collin Peterson said in an interview this week that the Democrats should give President Donald Trump the money that he wants to build the border wall on the southern border.

Peterson, the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, told KFGO's "News & Views" on Tuesday that "when I bring up what I have to say [to Democrats], they look at me cross-eyed."

"Give Trump the money," Peterson said, adding that he would "give him the whole thing . . . and put strings on it so you make sure he puts the wall where it needs to be."

"Why are we fighting over this?" Peterson continued. "We’re going to build that wall anyway, at some time."

Read more here



Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Pelosi to Trump: No State of the Union Address in the House Until Federal Gov't Is Opened

By Rick Pearcey • January 23, 2019, 05:12 PM

Melanie Arter reports at CNSNews.com:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that she will not allow President Donald Trump to deliver his State of the Union address from the House floor next week.

In a letter to the president, Pelosi wrote, "I am writing to inform you that the House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the president's State of the Union address in the House Chamber until government has opened."

After Pelosi's letter was sent, Trump told reporters he's "not surprised" by Pelosi's reaction, adding, "It's really a shame what's happening with the Democrats. They've become radicalized."

Read more here



Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Feminist Seminar @UCLA: "Please Refrain" From Wearing Fragrances -- Including Deodorant

By Rick Pearcey • January 22, 2019, 05:48 PM

Celine Ryan writes at Campus Reform:

Students hoping to attend a University of California, Los Angeles event focusing on America's "gendered regimes of incarceration" may have to do so in a cloud of body odor.

UCLA's event description for "Thinking Gender: Feminists Confronting the Carceral State" in February warns attendees to "please refrain" from wearing products with fragrances, such as "perfumes, hair products, deodorants, detergents, etc."

This stipulation is meant to ensure the "health and safety" of all individuals at the event.

"Presumably, the event would permit students to wear fragrance-free variants of those products," Ryan continues. "The gathering of students will use 'feminist, queer, abolitionist, and intersectional interventions' to confront the United States' "gendered regimes of incarceration."

Read more here



Monday, January 21, 2019

Dog Makes Accidental Modeling Debut at Mumbai Fashion Show

By Rick Pearcey • January 21, 2019, 05:18 PM

"Every dog has his [or her] day -- even on the runway in Mumbai, India," wags the New York Post.  



Friday, January 18, 2019

Pence: "To See Major News Organizations Attacking Christian Education Is Deeply Offensive to Us"

By Rick Pearcey • January 18, 2019, 09:37 AM

Susan Jones reports at CNSNews.com:

Vice President Mike Pence, defending both his wife and his Christian faith, spoke Thursday about the liberal backlash resulting from Karen Pence's decision to return to a Christian school as a volunteer art teacher.

"To see the mainstream media . . . criticize my wife because she's choosing to return to the classroom of an elementary Christian school is wrong," Pence told "Washington Watch."

Read more here.



Thursday, January 17, 2019

Report: Google Employees Freak Out Over the Word "Family"

By Rick Pearcey • January 17, 2019, 12:32 PM

Lucas Nolan reports at Breitbart:

According to a recent report, the use of the word "family" caused many Google employees to freak out, arguing that the term was homophobic.

The Daily Caller reports that many Google employees were offended by the term "family" after it was used to describe a household with children when discussing a Google product aimed at kids.

The backlash against the term was so severe that a vice president at the company was forced to comment on the issue and ask employees how the company could be more inclusive.

The Daily Caller writes that one employee became particularly upset after a presenter showed a "Project Unicorn" feature that regularly used "family" to mean "a household with children."

"The employee ultimately stormed out of the presentation and posted a rant in an internal Google thread which was well received by other Google employees," Breitbart reports.

Read more here.



Wednesday, January 16, 2019

2020 Hopeful Beto O'Rourke Questions Relevancy of Constitution in Widely Mocked Interview

By Rick Pearcey • January 16, 2019, 11:16 AM

Gregg Re reports at Fox News:

Former Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke faced across-the-board criticism on Tuesday after an unflattering interview in The Washington Post portrayed him as equivocal and unsure on a variety of substantive policy issues -- and included a comment that seemed to question the modern-day relevance of the U.S. Constitution.

O'Rourke, 46, is widely considered a possible 2020 presidential contender, after falling only a few percentage points shy of dethroning incumbent Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm elections.

But his relative lack of experience and expertise has emerged as a central objection to his prospective candidacy.

Speaking in El Paso, Texas, O'Rourke added fuel to those concerns by repeatedly demurring when asked for a direct answer on his positions on everything from visa overstays to whether President Trump should withdraw military forces from Syria.

"At one point in the two-hour chat with The Post's Jenna Johnson, O'Rourke openly wondered whether the U.S. can 'still be managed by the same principles that were set down 230-plus years ago' in the Constitution," Re reports.

"The comment drew harsh rebukes on Twitter," Re continues. "This may make it difficult to take any future oath of office to 'preserve, protect and defend the Constitution'," Re quotes Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming as stating.

Read more here



Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Trans-Fanaticism: "Gender-Affirming" Treatment for Children Has No Scientific Basis, Medical Experts Warn Court

By Rick Pearcey • January 15, 2019, 01:28 PM

Allegra Thatcher writes at the College Fix:

Medical professionals who study youth psychology and treat gender-confused youth are sounding the alarm about court rulings that they claim put transgender ideology ahead of "sound science" and the law.

The Alliance Defending Freedom filed a friend-of-the-court brief on their behalf just after Christmas, in a K-12 bathroom case being appealed to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

By questioning the scientific underpinnings of "gender-affirming" treatment for gender-confused youth, the brief seeks to halt the momentum of LGBT activists who are pressuring public schools to comply with their students' gender-identity requests.

"Gender is an engineered term," Andre Van Mol, a board-certified family physician who signed the brief, told The College Fix in a phone interview. 

"Nouns have gender. People have a different sex," the College Fix quotes Van Mol as saying. Van Mol "serves as co-chair of the Committee on Adolescent Sexuality for the American College of Pediatricians," according to the Fix.

"It's an ideological term -- this is not a scientific thing," Van Mol says, the Fix reports. "Gender went from applying to nouns to becoming a substitute for biological sex."

Read more here.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Chicago Man Suffers Instant Blowback When He Tries to Rob Woman

By Rick Pearcey • January 14, 2019, 01:29 PM

Amber Athey reports at Daily Caller:

A 25-year-old Chicago woman with a concealed carry license shot and killed a man who attempted to rob her at gunpoint last week.

Police say the armed 19-year-old man approached the young woman at a bus stop in Chicago's Fernwood neighborhood Tuesday morning.

Surveillance video captured across the street from the bus stop shows a struggle between the two before the woman pulls out her own firearm and shoots the man in the neck.

The man took off running but was later found by police and transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"According to a report by ABC 7 Chicago, the area is known to be dangerous and women routinely arm themselves to make sure they don't fall victim to similar attacks," Athey reports.

"It's tragic that he did die, but the lady had to do what she had to do," said Bianca Daniel, who lives in the neighborhood, according to The DC.

"I'm kinda of proud that, like, that's what she did because she stuck up for herself," Daniel said, according to Athey.

"The suspect was identified by police as Laavion Goings," The DC concludes. "The woman suffered only minor injuries and police will not file charges in the case."

In this case, a good girl with a gun was able to defend herself, putting into practice the unalienable human right to life and to self-defense. 

There is gratitude that the victim escaped unharmed but no joy in the death of this young man. And yet he put his own life in jeopardy by violently accosting another human being. 

We do not know what the attacker's ultimate intentions were, and neither does his victim. Not just robbery, but sexual assault and murder could have been the outcome.

We do know that a young woman refused to be a sitting duck. She refused to be a defenseless victim.

As a significant human being, she took responsibility for being able to protect herself and those around her. Lawful and moral self-defense is an act of love. 

A young man illegally and immorally broke the bonds of human community, and for that he paid the ultimate price.

The attacker violated the liberating, civilizing, humanizing command to "Love thy neighbor." And then he died.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Fake News: CNN Rejects Local San Diego Report on Border Wall Because It Doesn't Support Its "Narrative"

By Rick Pearcey • January 11, 2019, 02:17 PM

Monica Showalter writes at American Thinker:

CNN is "news, corrupted."

Seriously, the people over there are rejecting actual news because it doesn't support their manufactured "narrative," turning down a report they themselves commissioned from local station KUSI because they didn't like the facts-on-the-ground the report contained -- or, more likely, the bigger fact on the ground that the local report supports the stance of a president who says and shows by numbers that there really is a crisis at our border.

The network President Trump calls "fake news" can't let that San Diego report get out.

Read more here



Thursday, January 10, 2019

Mothers in Shock as Daughters Come Home From College With Mustaches, Breasts Removed

By Rick Pearcey • January 10, 2019, 11:50 AM

Jennifer Kabbany writes at The College Fix:

Rapid-onset gender dysphoria, which has been described as a "contagion," has caught up with more and more mothers who are shocked when their formerly feminine daughters suddenly come from home college with mustaches, acne, different demeanors -- even their breasts removed.

To read Pam's, Emma's, Dorothy's, and Kathy's stories, go here



Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Fact Check: Real Crisis, Real Victims -- Inhumane Costs of an Open Border

By Rick Pearcey • January 9, 2019, 01:04 PM

John Binder writes at Breitbart:

During the Democrat response to President Trump's Oval Office address, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accused the president of "manufacturing a crisis" at the United States-Mexico border.

In a fact check by Breitbart News, Pelosi's statement is incorrect. A review of the crime at the southern border, cartel warfare, drug epidemic, deaths from an open border, asylum fraud, and costs to American taxpayers reveal a startling crisis at the border.

Read more here.



Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Dennis Prager: Mitt Romney Fails Again

By Rick Pearcey • January 8, 2019, 11:16 AM

Prager writes at Townhall:

The first public thing Mitt Romney did in the year 2019 -- on Jan. 1 -- was publish an attack on President Trump in the Washington Post, which, as we know, has not lacked for attacks on Trump.

He did not even wait until being sworn in, two days later.

I campaigned for Sen. Mitt Romney when he ran for president, including a closed-door meeting with him to raise funds among wealthy Los Angeles Republicans. As it turns out, I worked to elect a somewhat foolish man with few identifiable convictions. (For the record, I would do so again, since just about any Republican president will do less damage to the country than any leftist -- and Democratic politicians are now all leftists.)

Life is filled with disappointments, and I will survive this one. But I should explain why this Romney column is so disappointing. . . .

Read more here.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Golden Globes: Anti-Gun Hollywood Surrounded by Security Walls and Armed Guards

By Rick Pearcey • January 7, 2019, 02:12 PM

A.W.R. Hawkins writes at Breitbart:

Anti-gun Hollywood celebrities enjoyed presidential-level protection by barricades, bomb-sniffing dogs, armed guards, LAPD officers, and numerous security checkpoints as they arrived for the 2019 Golden Globes. . . .

Variety previewed the heightened level of security expected around the Beverly Hilton -- the venue for Sunday night's star-studded ceremony -- by noting that the days of being able to park on the street, walk up, and get inside may be long gone. They report that "the City of Beverly Hills has cracked down on allowing crowds near the building" . . . . 

Beverly Hills public information manager Keith Sterling made clear that federal agencies would also be involved in security. Sterling said, "As you might imagine, we are prohibited from discussing the specific security plans we have in place. But this is an extensive, collaborative effort, with federal and local agencies assisting the Beverly Hills Police Department."

Hawkins concludes: "After the good guys with guns keep Hollywood's upper crust safe at the Beverly Hilton, the celebrities can go back home, and wake up Monday to start pushing more gun control for commoners."

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Friday, January 4, 2019

"Gun-Toting Hippies" vs. Boulder "Assault Weapons" Ban

By Rick Pearcey • January 4, 2019, 11:34 AM

Valerie Richardson reports at the WTimes:

Boulder's newly enacted "assault weapons" ban is meeting with stiff resistance from its "gun-toting hippies," staunch liberals who also happen to be devoted firearms owners.

Only 342 "assault weapons," or semiautomatic rifles, were certified by Boulder police before the Dec. 31 deadline, meaning there could be thousands of residents in the scenic university town of 107,000 in violation of the sweeping gun-control ordinance.

"I would say the majority of people I've talked to just aren't complying because most people see this as a registry," said Lesley Hollywood, executive director of the Colorado Second Amendment group Rally for Our Rights. "Boulder actually has a very strong firearms community."

Read more here

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Another Good Guy With Gun -- This Time a City Official -- Shoots Home Intruder

By Rick Pearcey • January 3, 2019, 10:51 AM

Dave Urbanski writes at The Blaze:

Typically stories about United States citizens who take to heart their constitutional right to keep and bear arms -- and who use their guns to protect themselves and loved ones -- involve civilians.

But this time the good guy with a gun turned out to be a Florida city official -- and the result was the same as it's been in so many of these instances: Bad news for the bad guy.

It all started when "Palmetto police spotted a possibly impaired driver about 10 p.m. Thursday and attempted to pull over the vehicle -- but the driver sped away instead, police told the Bradenton Herald," Ubranski writes.

Read more here.



Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Lloyd Marcus: The Truth About Pelosi, Democrats, and Their Twisted, Inhumane Morality

By Rick Pearcey • January 2, 2019, 12:20 PM

Mr. Marcus writes at American Thinker:

Democrat Nancy Pelosi said Trump's border wall is immoral and too expensive. Hearing Pelosi lecture Trump and the American people about morality is beyond repulsive.

Pelosi, her fellow Democrats and fake news media seek to prevent our side from using the word "morality" in the political arena. Any Republican and conservative who dares bring up the morality of an issue is immediately branded a religious nut, trying to force their wacko outdated values onto the public.

Pelosi and her minions are flooding the airwaves with their absurd perverted narrative that building a wall (to protect Americans) is immoral. Meanwhile, these wicked Democrats who refuse to secure our borders live in highly secured and gated communities. Using their logic, shouldn't stopping people from invading their personal properties make Democrats immoral?

As I said, Democrats having the gall to throw morality into the face of Trump and everyday Americans who desire a secure border is pretty obnoxious. Here are examples of Democrats' twisted view of morality . . . .

Read more here.



Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas From The Pearceys

By Rick Pearcey • December 24, 2018, 09:42 AM

Nancy and I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!  And a Happy New Year!

To help put into context how the "revolutionary good news" of this season "confronts cults of faith, secularism, religion & politics," please consider my "Christmas Spirit in Space and Time."



Friday, December 21, 2018

Chavez Birthplace Stagnates 20 Years on From Socialist Revolution

By Rick Pearcey • December 21, 2018, 10:56 AM

AFP reports:

Deserted streets and closed stores surround the imposing statue of late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in his birthplace of Sabaneta, 20 years after the enigmatic figure launched the country's revolution.

Sabaneta, in Barinas State, has not forgotten its most illustrious son and commemorates him with almost fanatical devotion, marking out important sites from his life in much the same way as Holy Land tours paying homage to Jesus Christ.

The "Route of Conscience" visits the house of Chavez's grandmother Rosines, where he was born on July 28, 1954.

It includes the house he grew up in, his school and a tree under which South American liberation hero Simon Bolivar once camped -- and from where Chavez launched the campaign for his last election.

Yet Sabaneta has not been spared the crippling financial crisis that has left millions of Venezuelans in poverty.

Read more here

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Liberal Billionaire Soros Gave $1.35 Million to "Nonpartisan" Watchdog Inundating Trump Admin With Lawsuits

By Rick Pearcey • December 20, 2018, 02:26 PM

Joe Schoffstall reports at the Washington Free Beacon:

Liberal billionaire George Soros provided $1.35 million to a "nonpartisan" government watchdog organization last year that is hitting the Trump administration with a steady flow of complaints and lawsuits in an attempt to "damage" his presidency, according to tax filings provided to the Washington Free Beacon.

Separate state filings also reveal that the "nonpartisan" watchdog shares employees with the liberal Media Matters for America, an organization that was founded by Democratic operative and Clinton loyalist David Brock. Confidential documents handed out by Brock to big money donors in early 2017 and obtained by the Free Beacon previously shed light on how Brock planned to attack Trump over the course of his presidency using his constellation of organizations.

"Soros gave $1.35 million to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that does not reveal its donors," according to Schoffstall.

"The group has been involved with a number of high-profile lawsuits and complaints against Trump and other Republicans," Schoffstall reports. "Its top members regularly appear on news programs attacking the administration and members of the GOP but are rarely identified as having a left-wing mission by the outlets and on-air personalities."

Schoffstall also reports that "Soros's donations to CREW came from two entities in his Open Society Foundations network including $1,250,000 from the Foundation to Promote Open Society and $100,000 from the Open Society Policy Center, according to a review of his groups' most recent tax forms covering the 2017 fiscal year that were provided by Soros's spokesperson."

Read more here.



Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Mark Levin: Government Shutdown "Phrase Is a Lie" -- 75% Already Funded

By Rick Pearcey • December 19, 2018, 12:26 PM

In her report at CNSNews.com Emily Ward provides the following transcript from the Mark Levin radio show:

So, this government shutdown business: Will the government shut down, or not? Friday night, midnight! Will the government shut down, or not?

They don't even tell you --what does that mean, "the government shut down"?

First of all, that phrase is a lie; the government doesn't shut down. You'll be long dead -- your children and your grandchildren too -- before this government shuts down, unless it shuts down from a financial and economic collapse.

But, legally? No.

"Seventy-five percent of the government['s] already been funded" -- are you aware of this? -- as they point out at CNSNews.com.

He signed a minibus appropriations bill -- the president did -- "that funded the Department of Energy; Military Construction [and] Veterans Affairs; [and] the . . . Legislative Branch for the entirety of fiscal [2019]."

That doesn't end until September 2019, the 30th.

"Then, on Sept. 28, Trump signed another 'minibus' law funding the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health [and] Human Services [(HHS)] and Education through the end of [the] fiscal year" again
-- September 30, 2019.

And, so, 75 percent of the government's funded.

Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are specifically, as a matter of statute, carved out to be protected. The United States military and federal law enforcement: specifically carved out to be protected, should there be a government shutdown.

Now, that's 25 percent of the government that's subject to a shutdown -- but that's not even true -- because, of that 25 percent, they have what' called essential and nonessential employees and tasks.

A significant percentage of the 25 percent is said to be essential. And as I've told you before, many years ago, when I had Paul Ryan on this program, when he was actually conservative -- I think he was heading the appropriations committee -- he said, that under the worst of circumstances, 17 percent of the government is effectively shut down when we have a full shutdown.

So, we cry crocodile tears.

Now, those of us who live in the private sector, a shutdown is a shutdown.

Those of us who live in the private sector, when you're given a pink slip, you're not reimbursed, later, for every dollar you would've earned but for the fact that there was quote, unquote, a shutdown.

So, even nonessential employees never lose out. They might be inconvenienced, but in the private sector, you actually lose your d--- job.

I just discussed with you, in 3 1/2 minutes, something you have never heard on a cable TV show, on a network TV show or a satellite TV show -- something you have never heard on a prime-time news program.

Moreover, since the 1976 Budget Act -- excuse me, 1974 Budget Act -- 20 different occasions in which the government has shut down, quote, unquote shut down.

Do you remember any of them in any significant way? Were you harmed by it? Were you harmed by it?

No, you weren't harmed by it, and yet, it is the only tool available to a president to get spending under control or to force his priorities on left-wing radical kooks, like Pelosi and Schumer, who do not believe in protecting the American people from criminals, terrorists and drug lords.

To Levin's comments I would only point out that when you hear today the phrase "Government Shutdown," note that the government in mind is the Federal Government.

All other levels of government are still operating -- state, country, city, etc., governments are still operating.

As our Declaration of Independence makes clear, the American ethos is not rooted in government.

Rather, our republic of human freedom and dignity is rooted in a real-world, testable Creator who endows unalienable and publicly actionable human rights. 

In this body politic, government is good -- but not ultimate. Government per se is good -- but not ultimate. 

The federal government is merely one level of order in the American political ethos -- an expression of order among many other levels of order in the American ethos. 

A free and strong people can easily survive the temporary shut down of the federal government.

We created it. It did not create us.



Tuesday, December 18, 2018

2nd Amendment God-Given, Even in Pittsburgh

By Rick Pearcey • December 18, 2018, 10:32 AM

Cheryl K. Chumley writes at the WTimes:

The Democratic mayor of Pittsburgh, William Peduto, has reacted to a recent Tree of Life Synagogue killing spree that left 11 dead by proposing bans on certain firearms, bump stocks and magazines that he deems high capacity.

He also wants the power to issue "extreme risk protection orders" to give courts the right to confiscate firearms from those deemed by police or family members to pose a "significant danger," according to the draft of his proposed legislation.

And all the legal gun owners in America should go: You first, Mr. Mayor.

You first give up your armed security detail, your office guards, your hired protection forces -- and then maybe, just maybe, your proposal won't sound quite so hypocritical.

"The proposal will, however, still break Second Amendment rights," Chumley continues.

"No matter how 'common sense' these newest anti-gun proposals are being sold, they’re still clear violations of the Second Amendment. That's already been established, more than once."

Read more here

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Famed Atheist Sam Harris Deletes Patreon Account Over Banning of Anti-Leftists

By Rick Pearcey • December 17, 2018, 11:13 AM

Hank Berrien reports at Daily Wire: "On Sunday evening, famed atheist Sam Harris fired off a tweet announcing he would delete his Patreon account on Monday to protest Patreon banning several content creators from using their platform."

I just checked Harris' Patreon page, and the following message appears: "This Page Has Been Removed."

Read more here



Friday, December 14, 2018

Germany Approves 3rd "Gender" for Official Documents

By Rick Pearcey • December 14, 2018, 10:51 AM

Oliver J.J. Lane reports at Breitbart:

Germany's parliament has voted to recognise a third gender for government documents, meaning that citizens can now be recognised in the European country as male, female, or diverse.

The change in law came late Thursday night and follows a 2017 court ruling which required the German government to either allow a third gender or to scrap gender classification altogether.

Read more here.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Tucker: Trump Insists GOP Congress Should Fund Wall -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • December 13, 2018, 09:57 AM

Go here to watch Tucker refute anti-wall CNN, Pelosi, Schumer, and various usual race-baiters.

See also
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

McCarthy: I'm 100% Sure We Have Votes to Pass $5 Billion in Wall Funding

By Rick Pearcey • December 12, 2018, 09:23 AM

Ian Hanchett reports at Breitbart:

On Tuesday's broadcast of the Fox News Channel's "The Story," House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) expressed 100% confidence that he has the votes to pass a bill that has $5 billion in border wall funding.

Host Martha MacCallum asked, "[A]re you guys going to be able to pass a bill that has $5 billion in wall funding before you leave for the holidays, or are you going to be here throughout Christmas, and perhaps throughout New Year's?"

McCarthy answered, "Well, the answer here is yes in the House. The question is, it takes 60 votes in the Senate, would Senator Schumer (D-NY) want to have another shutdown like he had before?"

Read more here



Tuesday, December 11, 2018

New Jersey Hell: Invites Violent Criminal Aliens in While Stripping Citizens of Right to Self-Defense

By Rick Pearcey • December 11, 2018, 11:23 AM

Daniel Horowitz writes at CR:

For those of you living in free states, here is a glimpse of the living hell endured by those residing in blue states.

When the clock strikes midnight Tuesday morning, anyone in New Jersey who owns a magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition is officially in possession of illegal contraband and is deemed a fourth-degree felon.

Unlike previous magazine bans, this one retroactively bans people from even owning such magazines in their homes, even though they had been purchased legally.

At the same time, the most violent criminal aliens will be actively shielded from deportation by state officials, against federal law.

The inmates are running the asylum, while the law-abiding citizens and federal law enforcement are treated like criminals.

"While the courts create insane rights for violent criminal aliens, they refuse to recognize the most unambiguous right to bear arms or the constitutional prohibition on ex post facto laws," Horowitz continues.

"New Jersey has become a sanctuary to the most dangerous criminal aliens and gangs, many of whom engage in gun trafficking, but peaceful citizens are stripped of the right to self-defense and treated like criminals."

Read more here



Monday, December 10, 2018

NeverTrump Peter Wehner Gleefully Announces Desire for Revenge Against Trump Supporters

By Rick Pearcey • December 10, 2018, 11:05 AM

Thomas Lifson writes at American Thinker:

Trump Derangement Syndrome has always been ugly, but the release of sentencing memoranda for Michael Cohen in which allusions are made to purported Cohen crimes "directed" by "person one" (known to be Donald Trump) has unleashed visions of impeachment and conviction.

More disturbingly, there is a lust for vengeance against Trump-supporters becoming visible.

Whatever the merits of this interpretation and the likelihood of an actual indictment, the haters are excited at the prospect of not just removing Trump from office, but also wreaking vengeance upon those who supported him.

Witness this tweet from NeverTrump Peter Wehner:

It looks very much like 2019 will be the year the Trump presidency comes crashing down. A similar fate awaits those who hitched their wagon to him; who have been his sycophants, courtiers and court pastors. The blast radius from the Trump presidency will be enormous.

-- Peter Wehner (@Peter_Wehner) December 10, 2018

I have never met, nor have I paid much attention to Wehner, so it is unlikely he is thinking of me as one of those deserving vengeance from within the "blast radius," but I do take it personally. For the crime of supporting someone he hates, I deserve an awful "crashing down" -- whatever that means. . . .

Read more here

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Transgen Fanaticism: Virginia School Board Fires Teacher for Not Using Student's False, Unscientific Pronouns

By Rick Pearcey • December 7, 2018, 03:18 PM

Breck Dumas writes at The Blaze:

After nearly seven years of teaching French at West Point High School in West Point, Virginia, Peter Vlaming is out of a job.

The school board unanimously agreed to fire the educator Thursday over his refusal to use new pronouns when addressing a transgender student.

A West Point ninth-grader who was born female transitioned to identifying as male over the summer, and the student complained that Vlaming made the student feel uncomfortable and singled out by not specifically referring to the student as "him," the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported . . . . 

Read more here

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

New York College Allows Pregnancy Center on Campus

By Rick Pearcey • December 6, 2018, 11:32 AM

Katie Franklin writes at LiveAction:

Over the years, college campuses have grown a notorious reputation for being over-zealous echo chambers that suppress free speech -- particularly that of conservative and pro-life students who don't toe the pro-abortion line.

So it's surprising when a school does just the opposite and protects the rights of students who disagree with abortion radicals.

This month, the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz did just that. In a refreshing move that pro-choice politicians should take note of, the school stood by its relationship with a life-affirming pregnancy help center -- The Bravo Center -- defending its presence on campus and opting for neutrality.

"We must remain viewpoint neutral and even handed when we make determinations [regarding guests]," SUNY-New Paltz official Mike Patterson told the school newspaper, Franklin writes. 

"If we had a Planned Parenthood, then it is only fair to have The Bravo Center," Patterson said, according to Franklin. "It protects the interests of those students that might want this. That means you're going to have different viewpoints and ideologies."

Read more here.



Wednesday, December 5, 2018

"Orgy Island" Creep, Clinton Pal Epstein, Settles Before "Sex Slaves" Testify

By Rick Pearcey • December 5, 2018, 09:49 AM

"The Bill Clinton-linked financier accused of sexually abusing women on his 'Orgy Island' getaway agreed to a last-minute settlement that likely means none of his accusers will testify in court," WND reports.

"Jeffrey Epstein, 65, allegedly operated a sex ring at his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, a residence in New York City, and his private-island estate in the Virgin Islands, dubbed by some 'Orgy Island'," according to WND.

"The deal was announced Tuesday as jury selection in a civil lawsuit brought by a lawyer for his accusers was set to begin, Fox News reported," WND states.

"Fox News said court documents it obtained in 2016 showed former President Bill Clinton took at least 26 trips on Epstein's private jet, known as the 'Lolita Express'," WND reports.

Read more here



Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Socialist Snake Oil: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tips Ignorant Hat Once Again

By Rick Pearcey • December 4, 2018, 11:19 AM

Cheryl Chumley writes at WTimes:

Once upon a time, Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and ex-vice presidential candidate, called out the government-run health care plan known as Obamacare for its death panels -- or, in bureaucratic lingo, its Independent Payment Advisory Board -- and for that, was soundly mocked and scorned by both members of the media and Democrats.

Now, one of the left's own darlings, the newly elected congresswoman from New York, socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is using Palin's line to describe private health care plans as a means of advancing her own policy pursuit of "Medicare for all," which is to say taxpayer-funded Medicare for each and every American.

"Talk about a twist on truth," Chumley counters and then cites the following Tweet from Ocasio-Cortez:

Actually, we have for-profit "death panels" now: they are companies + boards saying you're on your own bc they won't cover a critical procedure or medicine. Maybe if the GOP stopped hiding behind this "socialist" rock they love to throw, they'd actually engage on-issue for once.

"Here's how Jim Hanson, the president of the Security Studies Group, responded" to Ocasio-Cortez, Chumley notes:

Nice try.

But commercial insurance gives people choices about what coverages they want & decide to pay for.

Your single payer nightmare will replace that with a one size fits none "choice" decided by faceless bureaucrats.

Coverage for all. Treatment for few. [italics added]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez boasts a nice smile and happy face, as befits a saleswoman -- but what she is selling is socialist snake oil.

For a real-world understanding of the nightmare that happens to people when socialists like Ocasio-Cortez have their way -- when centralized government control supplants the diversity of human freedom and human choices -- consider this Oct. 23, 2018 report from the Miami Herald on "Blackouts Force Venezuelans to Live and Work -- Even Perform Surgery -- in Darkness."

Read more from the Chumley column here



Monday, December 3, 2018

Bad News for Dick's Sporting Goods After Caving to Gun Controllers

By Rick Pearcey • December 3, 2018, 10:03 AM

Emily Zanotti reports at Daily Wire:

Dick's Sporting Goods is warning investors that its decision to remove certain "assault-style" weapons from its Field & Stream stores cost it dearly and may limit its future gains.

The sporting goods retailer was forced to confront angry shareholders late last week after its stocks tanked more than 4.5% and financial conglomerate J.P. Morgan Chase downgraded Dick's shares, saying the company was "overweight." . . . 

Dick's says it can trace the downturn not just to an overall retail downturn, but also directly to its decision to take action on "gun control," banning the sales of "assault-style" rifles at its Field & Stream affiliated retailer and discontinuing any gun sales to people under the age of 21.

Read more here

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Friday, November 30, 2018

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" Called Bigoted

By Rick Pearcey • November 30, 2018, 09:53 AM

Lukas Mikelionis reports at Fox News:

HuffPost, a liberal news site, was lampooned after saying Christmas classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was "seriously problematic" over claims that it features sexism and bullying.

"Viewers are noticing the tale may not be so jolly after all," the outlet's video said. "And they're sharing their observations online."

Among those observations was the suggestion that the TV classic was a story about racism and homophobia, while calling Santa Claus abusive and bigoted.

Gladly, "HuffPost's effort to highlight the perceived bigotry of the beloved movie attracted tens of thousands of negative comments, most of them mocking the video," Mikelionis reports.

Among the negative comments is this: "Liberalism is a disease" -- tweeted by Donald Trump, Jr., according to Fox News.

Read more here



Thursday, November 29, 2018

Gun-Rights Groups Call for Dialogue After Alabama Police Shooting

By Rick Pearcey • November 29, 2018, 08:40 AM

Stephen Gutowski reports at the Free Beacon:

A pair of gun-rights groups called for a national dialogue between law enforcement and the gun-carrying community on Tuesday after a legally armed man was mistakenly killed during a shooting at a mall in Alabama last week.

The Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms released a joint statement calling for police officers and law enforcement officials to sit down with gun-carry advocates and firearms trainers to discuss ways to prevent legally armed civilians from being shot by police during future incidents.

The groups said the conversation was necessary to save lives of good Samaritans who are trying to defend themselves or others during attacks in public places. They said that while cases of mistaken shootings during attacks have been rare up until now, the prevalence of concealed carry means they could become more common if steps aren't taken to prevent them.

Read more here



Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Nooses Found Near Mississippi State Capitol Turn Out to Be Democrat "Protest"

By Rick Pearcey • November 28, 2018, 08:24 AM

Emily Zanotti writes at the Daily Wire:

A group of nooses discovered hanging off trees near the Mississippi state Capitol were not a warning from a white supremacist group, but rather a "protest" by leftists against Mississippi Republican Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Mainstream media organizations melted down on Monday after a number of nooses were found hanging in the vicinity of the capitol building, strung from trees as part of a "message" campaign -- though the Associated Press, which first reported the story, didn't give much more information about the "message" the nooses were trying to send, only that it was one of "hate."

Read more here



Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Millennial Poll: America "Racist," Not "Great," Obama Better Than Washington

By Rick Pearcey • November 27, 2018, 01:34 PM

Paul Bedard writes at the Washington Examiner:

Younger Americans are turning on the country and forgetting its ideals, with nearly half believing that it isn't "great" and many eyeing the U.S. flag as "a sign of intolerance and hatred," according to a new and disturbing survey.

Those who came of age under former President Barack Obama also have a larger-than-life view of the 44th president and feel that he had a "bigger impact" on the United States than the father of the country and leader of the Revolutionary War, former President George Washington.

On the release of the report, Nick Adams, founder of FLAG [Foundation for Liberty and American Greatness], said, "We suspected that we would find decreasing numbers of Americans well-versed in our nation's most important principles and young people less patriotic than the generations that came before, but we were totally unprepared for what our national survey reveals: an epidemic of anti-Americanism."

"That half of millennials and Gen Z believe that the country in which they live is both 'racist' and 'sexist' shows that we have a major fraction of an entire generation that has been indoctrinated by teachers starting in grade school that America is what's wrong with the world," Adams also said, according to Bedard.

Read more here



Monday, November 26, 2018

WATCH: Mike Huckabee Interviews Nancy Pearcey on the Huckabee TV Show

By Rick Pearcey • November 26, 2018, 10:03 AM

Pearcey Report editor at large Nancy Pearcey's appearance on the Mike Huckabee TV show was broadcast Saturday and Sunday this past weekend.

Here's how Huckabee opens: 

Did you know that, according to the left, there are now 57 genders?

Now is this just lunacy? Or a concerted effort to increase government power over the most intimate areas of our life?

My next guest addresses that question and many more in her new book, Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality."

Please welcome professor and best-selling author Nancy Pearcey.

To watch the Nancy Pearcey-Mike Huckabee interview, edited for TV, please go here



Friday, November 23, 2018

"Do Not Enter": Former Olympic Village Becomes Migrant No-Go Zone

By Rick Pearcey • November 23, 2018, 10:17 AM

Chris Tomlinson reports at Breitbart:

The former Olympic village in the northern Italian city of Turin has become a no-go zone according to reports that say the area has become filled with migrants and police "do not enter."

The three buildings within the village were built to house athletes during the 2006 winter Olympics, but are now increasingly used by newly arrived migrants along with far-left activists in their so-called "social centres," Il Giornale reeports.

Around 95 per cent of the residents are men aged 25 to 35, and come from mainly Nigeria, Gambia, and Mali. A large number of them are reported to be illegal migrants.

"Far-left activists have occupied the area for several years and cooperate with the illegal migrants to 'resist' any attempts to evacuate the squatters," Tomlinson reports for Breitbart.

Read more here



Thursday, November 22, 2018

President Abraham Lincoln's "Proclamation of Thanksgiving"

By Rick Pearcey • November 22, 2018, 12:46 PM

On Saturday, Oct. 3, 1863, in the midst of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued the following proclamation:

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and provoke their aggressions, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict; while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised, nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that, while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation, and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United Stated States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.



Wednesday, November 21, 2018

"Pro-Life" John Kasich Threatens to Veto Bill Banning Abortions on Babies With Heartbeats

By Rick Pearcey • November 21, 2018, 01:02 PM

Calvin Freiburger reports at LifeSiteNews:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a past and potentially-future Republican presidential candidate who bills himself as "pro-life," has renewed his opposition to pending legislation that would protect almost all pre-born babies in his state.

On Thursday, the Ohio House voted 60 to 35 to pass House Bill 258, which bans abortions on any pre-born baby with a detectable heartbeat, except in cases of a "substantial and irreversible" physical threat to the mother.

Any physician who violates the statute would face up to a year in prison. Pre-born babies’ hearts finish forming around seven or eight weeks into pregnancy.​​ 

"Establishing human heartbeat protections in Ohio is a historic opportunity for those committed to the cause of life," Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati declared last week.

"Kasich confirmed he remains opposed to the heartbeat bill during a meeting with reporters at the statehouse Monday, the Toledo Blade reports," according to LifeSiteNews.

"I see nothing that’s coming that would make me change my position," he said, the Blade reports.

Read more here



Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Cheryl Chumley vs. Ocasio-Cortez: Here's Why Your Socialism Is Wrong

By Rick Pearcey • November 20, 2018, 02:40 PM

Cheryl Chumley writes at the WTimes:

The newly elected self-declared socialist congresswoman for New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, just hit at Republicans for so-called "drooling" at the chance to criticize her and said that instead of standing at the ready to go public with all her mistakes and missteps, they ought to instead "actually step up enough to make the argument they want to make."

OK. Invitation accepted. So here goes: Socialists don't belong in American politics.

Socialists don't even belong in American society.

President Donald Trump may call the media the enemy of the people. But that title, that badge, that phrase of scorn and derision, more rightly belongs on the chest of those who say they're American but at the same time claim political adherence to socialism, either formally -- through the party, and its various offspring parties -- or informally, in ideology.

Drum them out.

"Yes, that's right, socialists are the enemy of America, the antithesis of the American dream, the bold-face opposers to all that the Founding Fathers represented -- to all that patriots over the long, sometimes bloody decades have fought to preserve," Chumley continues.

"A pretty smile doesn't change that fact. An engaging personality doesn't change that. A pretended compassionate concern for the working guy doesn't change that, either. . . ."

Read more here



Monday, November 19, 2018

Totalitarian Democracy of Stacey Abrams

By Rick Pearcey • November 19, 2018, 09:48 AM

Abraham H. Miller writes at American Thinker:

"Democracy has failed in Georgia," said Stacey Abrams in what hardly could be called a concession speech after a ballot recount confirmed that the Republican candidate, Brian Kemp, had defeated her in Georgia's gubernatorial contest.

Of course, democracy did not fail in Georgia. The voters made their voices heard at the ballot box, and Ms. Abrams did not like what she heard.

The late Israeli historian J.L. Talmon called such behavior "totalitarian democracy" or "messianic democracy," which found its origins in the French Revolution when the extremists arrogated to themselves the unfettered right to interpret the will of the people.

"Alexis de Tocqueville wrote about this when he observed that those who made the French Revolution always spoke in the name of the people, without in the least having bothered to consult them," Miller explains.

"Talmon's theme was that in totalitarian democracy there exists a general will, an abstraction that is known to elites who divine what the people really want and assume the right to speak in the name of the people," Miller continues.

"In totalitarian democracy, the elite are not the people's representatives but their messiahs," Miller states.

"Abrams stands squarely in the long pantheon of those who claimed not only to understand the will of the people but also to embody it. This pantheon," Miller notes, "includes the French Revolution's Robespierre, Italy's Benito Mussolini, Argentina’s Juan Peron, and Lenin, among others.

Read more here.



Friday, November 16, 2018

Chicago Pastor Asks Man in Drag to Leave Church: "Go Put on Man Clothes"

By Rick Pearcey • November 16, 2018, 12:19 PM

Lisa Gutierrez reports at KansasCity.com:

A Chicago pastor who asked a man dressed in drag to leave a worship service because he was dressed like a woman stands by his actions after coming under fire.

A Facebook video of the Sunday night encounter shows Antonio Rocquemore of Power House International Ministries asking the unidentified man to step out into the aisle.

"Can you leave my church and go put on man clothes? And don't come here like that no more," Rocquemore can be seen telling the man in the video, posted by Christian James Lhuillier.

"I hold a standard in here. Whatever you do on the outside is your business, but I will not let drag queens come in here. If you're gonna come in here you're gonna dress like a man."

Read more here



Thursday, November 15, 2018

"Non-Binary" D.C. Public Schools Harming Students & Families They Claim to Serve

By Rick Pearcey • November 15, 2018, 11:41 AM

In reply to a news report titled, "D.C. Public School Students Now Allowed to Identify as 'Non-Binary'," I wrote on Facebook:

Be thankful we do not live in a non-binary universe.

If we did, life on the road would be chaos and death.

No bus driver would be able to bus kids to school without an accident.

Life is impossible without antithesis.

Knowledge is impossible without the possibility of detecting the difference between "there" and "not there."

A non-binary world pretends opposites are so yesterday.

But then today a bus that is "there" as opposed to "not there" runs your precious life over.

Science is impossible without the possibility of evaluating the difference between fact and fiction, myth and truth --

The difference between fantasies that kill and information that liberates.

Non-binary is just another word for "enslave my mind."

In a non-binary world, the insane feel free as they bounce with confidence to the gas chambers.

D.C. public schools need to stop harming students and families they purport to serve.

Imagine there are no opposites. It's easy, then you die.

D.C. public schools need to stop harming students and families they purport to serve.



Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Gun Controller David Hogg Compares Shootings to Shark Attacks

By Rick Pearcey • November 14, 2018, 12:44 PM

Ashe Schow writes at Daily Wire:

Gun control activist David Hogg, who survived the Parkland, FL school shooting earlier this year, attempted to make a profound statement about shootings by comparing them to shark attacks.

"Imagine saying the only way to stop shark attacks is with more sharks," Hogg tweeted. . . .      

On its face, this makes a little sense. Why would you release more sharks hoping to stop sharks from attacking people?

But if you think about it for more than a second, you can see how the argument falls apart.

Sharks are the guns, in this analogy, so let's look at this from a gun rights and gun control view.

"For gun-rights activists, the idea that a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun is a prevalent talking point," Schow continues.

"In Hogg's analogy, that would mean finding good sharks to stop the bad sharks," Schow observes. "If we could train sharks like that, well, that would be awesome."

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Survey of Financial Journalists: Liberals Outnumbering Conservatives 14-to-1

By Rick Pearcey • November 13, 2018, 11:05 AM

David Rutz reports at the Free Beacon:

A survey of financial journalists revealed a stark political contrast, with 58 percent of respondents describing themselves as liberal against just 4 percent calling themselves conservative.

The study, conducted by professors at Arizona State University and Texas A&M University, sought to "provide new insights into the inputs, incentives, and beliefs that shape their reporting" by interviewing 462 financial reporters about their jobs.

"The findings of the reporters' political leanings mirrors that of Politico surveys of the White House press corps in 2016 (zero Republicans among 72 reporters surveyed) and 2017 (three Republicans out of 63 surveyed)," Rutz reports.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Why Trump Right on CA Wildfires: "Green Policies" Burning Golden State to a Crisp

By Rick Pearcey • November 12, 2018, 02:21 PM

Matthew Vadum writes at Frontpagemag.com:

Trump is right -- at least in a big-picture way -- and his critics are wrong.

Years ago environmentalist lobbies ideologically opposed to economic growth put the screws to California's once-thriving wood-harvesting industry. New federal and state regulations came into effect make it increasingly difficult for the industry to operate.

"As a result, timber industry employment gradually collapsed, falling in 2017 to half of what it was 20 years earlier, with imports from Canada, China, and other nations filling domestic need," Chuck DeVore, Vice President of National Initiatives at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, writes at Forbes.

As timber harvesting permit fees rose and environmental regulations intensified, industry employees left the field and "[t]he combustible fuel load in the forest predictably soared," according to DeVore.

“No longer were forest management professionals clearing brush and thinning trees."

"With all that kindling piling up on forest floors," Vadum continues, "today's devastating wildfires were not hard to foresee."

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Sick: Vox's Matt Yglesias Condoned Violence Against Wife of Tucker Carlson

By Rick Pearcey • November 9, 2018, 01:08 PM

Mike Brest reports at the Daily Caller:

Vox employee Matt Yglesias deleted all of his tweets Thursday night after facing criticism for defending the attacks against Fox News host Tucker Carlson's wife.

Yglesias announced on Twitter Thursday morning that he "honestly cannot empathize with Tucker Carlson's wife" after members of Antifa swarmed her home and cracked the front door Wednesday night.

"I think the idea behind terrorizing his family, like it or not as a strategy, is to make them feel some of the fear that the victims of MAGA-inspired violence feel thanks to the non-stop racial incitement coming from Tucker, Trump, etc.[,]" Yglesias tweeted before deleting it.

"He followed up that tweet adding, 'I agree that this is probably not tactically sound but if your instinct is to empathize with the fear of the Carlson family rather than with the fear of his victims then you should take a minute to reflect on why that is'," Brest reports.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Samantha Bee Defends Acosta: We Should Be "Ashamed" of Trump

By Rick Pearcey • November 8, 2018, 12:45 PM

Ben Kew writes at Breitbart:

TBS Full Frontal host Samantha Bee defended CNN's White House correspondent Jim Acosta after he got physical with a White House intern at a press briefing on Wednesday.

After a testy exchange with Acosta over his policies on immigration, President Donald Trump accused Accosta of being a "very rude person," adding that "CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them."

"No, we should be ashamed of you working for us!" Bee responded.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Trump Exulting in Having Nancy Pelosi as His Foil

By Rick Pearcey • November 7, 2018, 10:38 AM

Thomas Lifson writes at American Thinker:

Prior to the election, there was speculation that President Trump wanted Republicans to lose the House in order to ensure his 2020 re-election by running against the crazy House Dems, led by Nancy Pelosi, whose verbal inartfulness is already legendary.

On the campaign trail, he warned his supporters about the dangers of a Pelosi speakership, but I am pretty sure he recognizes in her the possibilities for deal-making.

Support for that hypothesis comes from the congratulatory call he made to her last night, and from his tweet this morning endorsing her for Speaker. . . .

Lisfon says he looks "forward to the intra-party conflict ahead for the Democrats as the impeachment-crazed haters run up against the party establishment. . . . Trump knows that the aging establishment versus the new generation radical crazies (Alexandria Occasional-Cortez, for example) is a fault line that he can exploit."      

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Democrat Stacey Abrams: Banning Guns Like Banning Radar Detectors

By Rick Pearcey • November 6, 2018, 11:39 AM

A.W.R. Hawkins writes at Breitbart:

During Monday morning interview on CNN, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams made clear she does not see any difference between banning guns and banning radar detectors.

Her appearance gave the host time to reference Abrams' Sunday comments, wherein she said that Georgians may have to “turn their guns in” under her gun control plans.

The host asked if she was really going to take away people's guns, and Abrams responded by comparing bans on radar detectors with bans on commonly owned semiautomatic firearms.

"I support a law that will ban 'assault weapons'," Abrams is quoted as saying. "And just as when we banned radar detection, for example, some people turned in their devices, some people kept them and just refused to use them anymore."

According to Hawkins, "after mentioning that people were able to keep their radar detectors but were banned from using them," Democrat Abrams "then pointed out that the case could be different with weapons, saying, 'Weapons are more dangerous, they are more vulnerable to misuse'."

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Monday, November 5, 2018

"Die Jew Rats": Democrat Charged With Vandalizing New York Synagogue

By Rick Pearcey • November 5, 2018, 11:56 AM

Lloyd Billingsley writes at Frontpagemag.com:

On Friday, just days after 11 people were murdered in a Pittsburgh synagogue, New York City police arrested James Polite, a Democrat, for vandalizing a New York synagogue with anti-Semitic messages.

"Die Jew rats we are here," read one message, along with "Jews better be ready," and "Hitler."

The next day, CNN failed to report that Polite, 26, was a Democrat activist who had worked on the Obama campaign in 2008.

CNN described him as a "Brooklyn man" arrested and charged with a hate crime for the anti-Semitic messages and "criminal mischief and making graffiti."

Other reports found more background on the Democrat, who had been identified through surveillance footage.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

6-in-9 Swing District Voters: Keep Migrant Caravan Out of the Country

By Rick Pearcey • November 2, 2018, 12:59 PM

John Binder reports at Breitbart:

Nearly 6-in-9 likely voters in swing districts across the United States say federal officials must keep a migrant caravan of at least 10,000 Central Americans out of the country.

In a new poll by NumbersUSA, about 65 percent of likely voters in swing districts this election cycle say the migrant caravan headed to the U.S. to overwhelm the country's asylum and immigration system needs to be kept out of the country.

About 40 percent say "all of them" in the caravan should be stopped "from entering the country." About 25 percent of likely swing district voters say the U.S. should "require them to remain in Mexico until their asylum hearing."

"Only 18 percent of likely swing district voters support the country's current asylum process, which allows illegal border crossers and asylum-seekers to enter the U.S. while awaiting their hearings," Binder reports.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

AZ Poll: Martha McSally Solidifying Lead Over Kyrsten Sinema for U.S. Senate

By Rick Pearcey • November 1, 2018, 01:27 PM

Hank Berrien reports at Daily Wire:

A new poll released on Thursday from ABC15 Arizona and OH Predictive Insights shows Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally solidifying her lead in the close senatorial race against Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema.

The poll found McSally garnering 52% of the vote while Sinema got 45%. 2% of voters were undecided; 1% said they'd vote for Green Party candidate Angela Green.

"Mike Noble, the head pollster for OH Predictive Insights, said the key factors in the race are the recent confirmation fight over Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court and the migrant caravan headed to the United States," according to Berrien. 

"With the migrant caravan headed for the United States, McSally has been focusing on the issue," Berrien reports.

"Every single day, everywhere I go, people are asking me about the caravan," McSally is quoted as saying. "Every single day, they are asking about what we are doing to secure our border."

Daily Wire also reports that McSally "held a news conference Tuesday in Mesa, where three members of 'angel families,' people whose relatives had been killed by illegal immigrants, offered their endorsements of her."

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

School of Lies: Eavesdropping on Obama's Organizing for Action This Election

By Rick Pearcey • October 31, 2018, 01:12 PM

Lee DeCovnick writes at American Thinker:

There is nothing like the local coffee shop near my home to hear the unvarnished truth.

Tuesday morning, I was sitting with my morning brew reading how wonderful it was that the Dodgers got slam dunked, when a group of 12 folks, mostly in their 20's, and the leader in her forties, orders and they sit across from me at a large table and hold their meeting.

They are the true believers; door bell ringers for the Democratic candidate for the California Assembly in my district.

The leader was real piece of work, white, sour faced, short hair, no makeup, black jeans and black tee, and wearing a black and white "Palestinian" keffiyeh around her neck, and carrying a notebook with the OFA (Organizing for Action) logo. Yes, Obama's own Revolutionary Guards.

Let me report just the most salient instruction that was told to these folks . . . lie.

In a nutshell, the leader said to ask the home owners you contact what their political concerns are, then feed these concerns back as positive positions for the candidate.

Taxes too high? Feed back that the candidate wants to lower taxes.

More gun control? Feed back that the candidate want more gun control.

Too many immigrants? Feed back that the candidate wants to review the situation.

"This went on, ad nauseum, for 15 minutes," DeCovnick wrties.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Networks Disregard Florida GOP HQ Getting Shot Up . . . Bash Trump Instead

By Rick Pearcey • October 30, 2018, 12:00 PM

Nicholas Fondacaro writes at Newsbusters:

For a week, the liberal media have been railing against President Trump, claiming he was the one responsible for the violence and death in recent days.

Yet when the Volusia County Florida Republican Party headquarters was sprayed with bullets Sunday night, none of the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) cared enough to mention it during their Monday news programs. . . . 

Turning a blind eye to violence against Republicans was not new to the liberal media.

Just last month, the networks ignored a GOP office in Wyoming being intentionally set on fire. The broadcast networks have also ignored the disturbing upsurge in physical attacks against GOP candidates and lawmakers. One attack included a candidate in California who had to use a lawn sign to fend off a man trying to stab him.

"Instead of covering the attack against the GOP office," Fondacaro writes, "the networks decided their time was better-spent railing against Trump for criticizing the press and for being, in their minds, an insufficient 'consoler-in-chief'."

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Candace Owens Announces "Blexit" -- The Black Exit

By Rick Pearcey • October 29, 2018, 12:52 PM

Watch and listen here as Candace Owens unveils a new initiative she calls BLEXIT -- the "Black Exit from permanent victimhood, the Black exit from the false idea that we are somehow separate from the rest of America."

"We free," the Blexit website proclaims. And then explains: 

BLEXIT is a frequency for those who have released themselves from the political orthodoxy. It is a rebellion led by Americans wishing to disrupt the simulation of fear.

BLEXIT is a renaissance. It is our formal declaration of independence.

Here's the website.


Kanye West Designs "Blexit" Shirts, Encourages Black Americans to Leave Democrat Party

By Rick Pearcey • October 29, 2018, 12:27 PM

Tom Joyce reports at LifeZette:

Rapper Kanye West, who has been open about his support for the current sitting president, is now using merchandise to help encourage black Americans to leave the Democratic Party.

The artist designed a series of "Blexit" ("black exit") merchandise that was revealed at Turning Point USA’s Young Black Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., over the weekend.

West himself was not at the event, but Turning Point's communications director, Candace Owens, who has grown friendly with West, praised him for it there.

"Blexit is a renaissance, and I am blessed to say that this logo, these colors, were created by my dear friend and fellow superhero Kanye West," Owens is quoted as saying the D.C. summit.

West "has taken one of the boldest steps in America to open a conversation we have needed to have," Owens said, according to LifeZette.



Friday, October 26, 2018

Nancy Pearcey @LifeZette: #MeToo Movement Roils Classical Music World

By Rick Pearcey • October 26, 2018, 12:42 PM

Pearcey Report editor at large Nancy Pearcey writes at LifeZette:

Officials with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra are facing a federal sexual harassment complaint by primary oboist Katherine Needleman (pictured above left) against concertmaster Jonathan Carney. She claims he propositioned her for sex, then retaliated when she denied his advances. (The concertmaster is second in importance only to the conductor.)

The Cleveland Orchestra’s concertmaster, William Preucil, celebrated as the best in the country, was recently suspended. Violinist Zeneba Bowers charges that after assaulting her, Preucil threatened to blacklist her if she told anyone.

Even world-renowned conductors have been ousted. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London canceled conductor Charles Dutoit’s appearances "for the immediate future" following allegations of sexual assault, including rape.

The Metropolitan Opera in New York City fired star conductor James Levine earlier this year, saying it found credible evidence that he engaged in "sexually abusive and harassing conduct both before and during the period when he worked at the Met."

Charles Dutoit? James Levine? I grew up in a musical home (and attended college on a full-tuition violin scholarship), so these are names I've known since my teens, always spoken with reverence.

Yet these revelations did not come as a great shock to some people in the classical music world.

I interviewed a husband and wife who work as professional musicians and teach at the university level. They said the pervasiveness of sexual harassment "has been known for years, but nobody did anything about it."

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Exploding the Transgender Myth

By Rick Pearcey • October 25, 2018, 11:09 AM

Avrohom Gordimer writes at American Thinker:

The Trump administration is finally bursting the bubble -- a bubble full of hot air, falsehoods, and nefarious social agendas.
. . .

The entire transgender legitimacy movement is a fabrication in which new vocabulary was introduced to glorify those who suffer from the psychiatric condition known as gender dysphoria.

Although it has been sanitized to reflect political correctness and liberal values, the American Psychiatric Association's classification of gender dysphoria treats the condition as a mental disorder; it is hard to avoid the inescapable scientific truth.

Under President Obama, the federal government was directed to deny this truth and to treat those with gender dysphoria as really being of the sex they imagine they are, due to their disorder.

President Trump has corrected this error and should be applauded.

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