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Monday, September 25, 2017

Bannon to Conservatives: Job No. 1 Is Beat the "Corrupt" GOP Establishment

By Rick Pearcey • September 25, 2017, 10:05 AM

AP reports:

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon told conservatives Sunday at a rally that they needn't worry about Democrats but instead should focus on the "corrupt and incompetent Republican establishment."

Bannon spoke to about 400 people at a St. Louis hotel during the rally hosted by Phyllis Schlafly Eagles, a spinoff of the conservative think tank Eagle Forum that Schlafly founded and led until her death last year at age 92.

During a three-minute speech, Bannon said he left the White House because Trump "needed a wingman to go against the Republican establishment."

"It's not the Democrats, we'll get to them and we'll beat them, like we beat Hillary Clinton," AP quotes Bannon as saying.

"But the first thing you've got to get through is a corrupt and incompetent Republican establishment,” Bannon told what AP reports as a cheering crowd.

These establishment Republicans, Bannon said, are not "conservatives. They're liberals, and that is why we've got to fight every day."

"Despite his continuing support for the president, Bannon is heading to Alabama to campaign against the Trump-backed candidate [Luther Strange] in that state's Republican Senate primary," AP states.

In fact, Bannon is set to speak this evening "at a rally for former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, ahead of the Tuesday runoff."

Bannon reportedly said the GOP establishment has practiced a "politics of personal destruction" against Roy Moore.

"They're out to destroy him. Do you know why? Because they cannot take the righteousness the people like Judge Moore represent," Bannon said, according to AP.



Friday, September 22, 2017

Palin, Gorka Attack Trump-Backed Senate Pick, Rally for Roy Moore

By Rick Pearcey • September 22, 2017, 11:29 AM

Peter Doocy writes at Fox News:

Sarah Palin returned to the campaign trail Thursday night to rally support for Judge Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race, armed with a pitch heavy on anti-GOP establishment criticism.

"We're sending Trump someone who has our back -- not Mitch McConnell's," Palin told a raucous crowd of hundreds . . . .

"Sebastian Gorka, who served as a White House adviser until August, joined Palin on stage in Montgomery last night," Doocy reports.

"All you need to know is that Luther Strange is endorsed by Mitch McConnell . . . . He is a creature of the establishment, that's why we can’t support him," Gorka told Fox News, according to Doocy.

Read more.



Thursday, September 21, 2017

Schools Are Banning Best Friends

By Rick Pearcey • September 21, 2017, 10:13 AM

Chris Weller writes at Business Insider:

Members of the royal family aren't often told what they can and can't do. But just a few days into his first year of school, 4-year-old Prince George already faces a mandate: No best friends allowed.

Thomas's Battersea, the school George attends, bans kids from having best friends, Marie Claire reports. Instead, teachers encourage all students to form bonds with one another to avoid creating feelings of exclusions among those without best friends.

"The trend of banning best friends has been growing for several years, and it's spread beyond European borders to American schools as well," Weller continues. "Some psychologists and parents argue kids become more well-adjusted when they have larger friend groups and can avoid negative feelings associated with feeling left out."

According to Weller, "Critics . . .  say the approach robs kids of the chance to form valuable coping skills. By grappling with mild social exclusion when they're young, kids will emerge as more capable, resilient adults, these advocates argue."

Comment: I wonder how Thomas's Battersea school (which highly recommends itself) feels about the concept of "better" and "best" schools. Perhaps societies should adopt a core value of that does away with any kind of school evaluation, lest students feel "left out" for not being able to attend schools that qualify as better or best, and lest parents' feelings are hurt in cases where their kids are excluded from such schools.

One could argue that if the concept of best friends is harmful, then equally so must be the concept of best schools, and, really, "best" anything. Just give every school a trophy for having walls and no grades (A+ signifying the "very best"). "Best" is so yesterday.

Another question: Is being educated better than not being educated? Is it "best" to be ignorant? Apparently yes, in some circles, as long as you feel good about it, and your support group agrees.

Sounds a bit cultish, though, doesn't it? "Ooh, we love you! Now Believe."

This is a boon for gender fanatics. Who cares if teacher-activists in non-best schools with no best friends declare there are 7,986 genders and counting? Wouldn't want anyone to feel left out and under-liberated. Long live the anti-binary binary.

Read more at Business Insider.

 



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

NFL Ratings Tank -- Worst Viewership in Nearly 2 Decades

By Rick Pearcey • September 20, 2017, 10:07 AM

David Hookstead writes at the Daily Caller:

NFL ratings are in an absolute free fall after week two of the season.

Viewership for the league is down to its lowest point since 1998, according to Sports Media Watch [SMW].

The evidence? Hookstead quotes the following from SMW:

The Week 2 NFL singleheader window delivered an 8.4 rating and 14.5 million viewers on CBS Sunday, down 24% in ratings and viewership from last year on FOX (11.0, 19.2M) and down 14% and 13% respectively from 2015 on CBS (9.8, 16.7M).

The 8.4 rating is the lowest for the Week 2 singleheader since at least 1998. The first two NFL windows on CBS this season have both declined double-digits to multi-year lows.

How to account for this dismal performance?

"The writing has been on the wall since last season when Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem," Hookstead explains. "People have grown tired of the NFL becoming a political side show, and it's exhausting getting lectured about the problems with society during games."

Are people simply growing tired of football? Consider: "College football has no problem getting viewers. Plenty of unimportant games are still garnering at least a million viewers," Hookstead writes, "which is a pretty clear indication that it's not football itself that's becoming unpopular."



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Laura Ingraham's New Show Premieres October 30 on Fox News Channel

By Rick Pearcey • September 19, 2017, 11:00 AM

From the Fox News Insider:

Laura Ingraham, the newest member of the Fox News Channel primetime lineup, joined "Fox & Friends" this morning to discuss her new show and the big stories of the day.

She said "The Ingraham Angle," which debuts on Fox News Channel on October 30th at 10:00 p.m. ET, is going to be an unpredictable, wild ride.

"We're going to have a chance to talk about the issues that I think our country is really in turmoil about, and also a lot of the good stuff that's happening that we sometimes overlook in the culture and in politics," Ingraham said. "New voices and a new experience. We're looking forward to it."

Read more.



Monday, September 18, 2017

"Satanist Group" Fizzles in Tacoma Elementary School

By Rick Pearcey • September 18, 2017, 10:34 AM

From Liberty Counsel:

Atheists masquerading as a so-called Satanist Temple group recently ended its after-school program at Point Defiance Elementary School in Tacoma.

The After-School Satan Club ceased meeting soon after teachers from the Seattle Satanic Temple offered their first meeting in December 2016. Apparently, only one child joined the club.

The group states that its purpose is to target the districts where Good News Clubs meet after school. The Good News Clubs are sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship.

"Tacoma School Board’s decision last year to allow the Satanist club drew protests from parents who asked school officials to ban it," according to Liberty Counsel.

"The Satanic Temple is an atheist organization known for controversial publicity stunts proclaiming it is a Satanic group in order to scare school boards into blocking access to the Good News Clubs," Liberty Counsel states. "The After-School Satan Club promotes evolution, gender confusion, and abortion to club attendees."

Read more.



Friday, September 15, 2017

"That Sucker's Coming Off": 83-Year-Old Homeowner Defeats Rooftop Trespasser in Satisfying Style

By Rick Pearcey • September 15, 2017, 03:20 PM

Dave Urbanski reports at the Blaze:

The poor guy had been making lame-brained decisions all morning -- but his worst misstep by far was landing on 83-year-old Wilford Burgess' rooftop.

After getting word from a caller who complained about being followed Tuesday morning, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies spotted a man jumping from roof to roof in La Puente, California -- and the chase was on, KTLA-TV reported.

The suspect managed to keep cops on the run for several hours until he stopped on Burgess’ roof where a standoff commenced, the station said. Sheriff's department officials even used a crisis negotiator in an attempt to talk the guy down, KTLA added.

But after another hour went by, Burgess told KABC-TV he "got tired" of the trespasser's "games" -- then he grabbed a ladder and told deputies, "I'm going up on the roof -- that sucker's coming off."

Read more. Watch video of this event here.



Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tucker Schools Writer Who Calls "Star-Spangled Banner" a "Neo-Confederate Symbol"

By Rick Pearcey • September 14, 2017, 10:22 AM

At Fox News Insider:

Tucker Carlson debated a writer from Alternet DC who said the Star-Spangled Banner's designation as our national anthem has its roots in neo-Confederate circles.

One day before the 203rd anniversary of Francis Scott Key penning the song while onboard a ship during the Battle of Baltimore, Key's monument in the Charm City was defaced with the term "racist anthem."

Jefferson Morley told Carlson that for nearly a decade in the 1920s, neo-Confederate groups petitioned - ultimately successfully -- to have Key's tune made our official anthem.

That goal finally came to pass in 1931.

Carlson said the anthem itself is not racist [and, by the way, the writer agrees], and the Confederacy came to exist decades after Key took that famous glance across the Patapsco River.

Read more and view the video here.



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Security Contractors: Clinton State Department Silenced Us on Benghazi Terror Lapses

By Rick Pearcey • September 13, 2017, 12:03 PM

Cameron Cawthorne reports at the Free Beacon:

Two security contractors on Tuesday blew the whistle during an exclusive interview with Fox News' chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge about Hillary Clinton's State Department silencing them on Benghazi lapses.

Four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, were killed on September 11, 2012, in a terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

"Was the State Department contract officer trying to silence you?" Herridge asked.

"Oh absolutely," longtime special forces soldier and security contractor executive Joe Torres said. "The U.S. ambassador is dead and nobody is held accountable for it."

"Brad Owens, a former Army intelligence officer echoed Torres," the Free Beacon reports, "saying that those 'who made the poor choices that actually, I would say, were more responsible for the Benghazi attacks than anyone else, they're still in the same positions, making security choices for our embassies overseas now'."

"Torres went on to say that this terrorist attack could happen again and ‘nothing [has] changed' in making the security safer," according to the Free Beacon.

Read more.



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Poll Shows Judge Roy Moore Has 14-Point Lead in Alabama Senate Runoff

By Rick Pearcey • September 12, 2017, 11:25 AM

But establishment swamp monster Mitch McConnell's "Attacks Endanger Safe GOP Seat," says Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart.

Leahy writes:

An Emerson College Poll released on Monday shows that Judge Roy Moore is leading incumbent Senator Luther Strange (R-AL) in the September 26 Republican primary runoff election by 14 points.

This is the fourth in a series of polls conducted since the August primary in which Moore and Strange qualified for the September 26 runoff election that shows Moore with a double-digit lead over Strange.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) well financed paid media attacks on Moore, however, are putting the safe Republican Senate seat in jeopardy for the December general election.

Read more.



Monday, September 11, 2017

Trump Budget Deal With Democrats Will Worsen U.S. Fiscal Environment

By Rick Pearcey • September 11, 2017, 02:47 PM

From Justin Bogie at CNSNews.com:

Late Wednesday night, the Senate released the text of legislation that would provide disaster relief funding and other federal aid for Hurricane Harvey and other 2017 disasters, suspend the debt limit, and extend the National Flood Insurance Program and government funding into December.

The latest budget deal forged by President Donald Trump and key Senate Democrats is a failure on numerous levels.

It takes advantage of a natural disaster to increase domestic spending and the federal debt limit -- both of which are unrelated issues. [emphasis added]

It also fails to prioritize national defense spending and continues to spend money on inefficient and outdated domestic programs.

Congress should reject this deal and go back to the drawing board.

Bogie concludes: "Congress and the administration are using the victims of a disaster to push their own agenda through -- once again avoiding the serious and necessary discussions over bloated federal spending and the unsustainable national debt."

Read the entire column here.



Friday, September 8, 2017

Study: Drinking Coffee May Reduce Your Risk of Dying by 64%

By Rick Pearcey • September 8, 2017, 09:49 AM

Yes, coffee lovers, Friday just got happier: Here at LifeZette is "plenty of confirmation your morning concoction supports good nutrition and offers numerous health benefits."

For example, as the column from Manny Alvarez, M.D., reports: A "study by Spanish researchers from the Hospital de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain," found that "drinking coffee may reduce a person’s risk of death by 64 percent. Even those over the age of 45 could lower their risk of death by 30 percent with 2 extra cups per day."

Slackers beware -- A single cup will not do. According to LifeZette, the "magic number of cups for the healthiest individuals was not one, but four cups each day."

Yep. It's a tough job. But somebody's got to drink it.

To read more about the health benefits of coffee, go here.



Thursday, September 7, 2017

Feminist Germaine Greer: Transgender Surgery Does Not Make a Man a Woman

By Rick Pearcey • September 7, 2017, 02:05 PM

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

Feminist icon Germaine Greer, author of the best-selling The Female Eunuch and other works, has been pilloried by her fellow leftists and some journalists because she does not believe that transgender surgery turns men into women and, as she told the BBC, the sex-reassignment procedure has been "a disaster" in some cases.

"What I'm saying is it doesn't make them a woman," said Greer about sex-reassignment surgery during an interview with BBC Newsnight, hosted by Kirsty Wark. "And apparently people have decided that because I don't think that post-operative transgender men, i.e., M-to-F transgender people, are women, I'm not to be allowed to talk."

Greer also explained that she did not care if some people were offended by her views because "people get hurt all the time" and "I'm not about to walk on eggshells."

Chapman reports that Wark objected during the BBC interview, saying, "But surely you've heard a man who feels that he would like gender reassignment to make him/her feel more comfortable in her body, then that's what should be done and they should be allowed to do that."

To which Greer countered: "I'm not saying that people should not be allowed to go through that procedure. What I'm saying is it doesn't make them a woman. It happens to be an opinion. It's not a prohibition. Carry on, if that's what you think it is you want to do. I've been accused of inciting violence against transsexual people. That's absolute nonsense."

According to CNS, Greer also stated, "I think that a great many women don't think post-operative, or even non-post-operative transsexual, M-to-F, transsexual people sound like or behave like women. But they dare not say so. . . . Not everybody does feel comfortable, by the way, post-operatively. There have been a couple of cases, I found very interesting, where the actual acceptor of the procedure has felt that it's been a disaster."

Greer also noted the unfortunate complication of steroid use. "It's also a problem if what you have to do after gender reassignment is use steroids every day of your life," Greer said, according to CNS. "That's not a happy outcome either."

Wark raised another objection, CNSNews reports: "But for those who do not feel it's been a disaster and feel more comfortable, then do you understand how they might feel you've been hurtful to them?"

“People are hurtful to me all the time," Greer reportedly countered. "Try being an old woman, I mean, for goodness sake. People get hurt all the time. I'm not about to walk on eggshells."

Here is video of the BBC interview. For a longer, saltier video of the interview, go here.



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

U.S. Virgin Islands Gun Grab Ahead of Hurricane Irma

By Rick Pearcey • September 6, 2017, 11:09 AM

"U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp signed an emergency order allowing the seizure of private guns, ammunition, explosives and property . . . . in preparation for Hurricane Irma, the Daily Caller reports.

My hunch is that homes that are appropriately defended are less likely to be looted. Why court a man-made disaster when a natural disaster is already breathing down your neck?

Meanwhile, in "Gun-Controlled Chicago: At Least 45 Shot, Seven Killed over Labor Day Weekend," according to Breitbart. Government control of the means of self-defense seems to make Chicago less safe, more dangerous. And that's bad government, not good government.

Meanwhile, part 2, Chicago Mayor and former Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel tells "Dreamers" that Chicago schools are a "Trump free" zone, the WTimes reports.

Is this really a solution? Let's make an already violent gun-controlled Chicago an avowed magnet for illegal aliens? You expect folks who disrespect immigration laws to care about obeying gun laws? Something's not adding up. 

Chicago already suffers from a hurricane of violence. Based on current policies, more violence could be on the way. Not from nature, but from politics.



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Evangelical Group on DACA: "The Bible Does Not Teach Open Borders"

By Rick Pearcey • September 5, 2017, 11:04 AM

Ian Mason reports at Breitbart:

Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration (EBI), a group of faith leaders and other Evangelical Christian conservative activists, offered President Donald Trump and the GOP Congressional leadership advice on the impending end of DACA.

"While some faith groups use selective Bible words for open borders and amnesty, we consider the whole counsel of scripture," the letter reads. "We find that the bible does not teach open borders, but wise welcome."

Addressed to the president, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the letter comes as President Trump is rumored to be on the verge of announcing the repeal of President Barack Obama's Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

"DACA, a legally questioned executive order, offers amnesty and work authorization to hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens in direct contradiction of federal immigration law. Contrary to popular portrayal, DACA does not affect illegal alien children," Breitbart reports. "The average age of illegal aliens protected by DACA is 25."

Read more.



Friday, September 1, 2017

Repeal & Replace Mitch McConnell: Alabama Senate Outsider Roy Moore Floats McConnell Ouster

By Rick Pearcey • September 1, 2017, 04:37 PM

Brendan Kirby writes at LifeZette:

Outsider Roy Moore, who is favored to knock off Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) in this month's Republican primary runoff, suggested Friday that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) should be replaced as majority leader.

In an interview with LifeZette, Moore objected both to McConnell's lack of results in passing President Donald Trump’s agenda and his attempts to prop up Strange.

"I wouldn't necessarily think he would be a majority leader I would support," he said. "But, you know, I can work [with] anybody. I'm not a person who doesn't forgive. But, you know, you don't get over these things easily."

Election Day Background: "Alabama Republicans will pick their nominee on Sept. 26 for the [seat] vacated by Jeff Sessions, who became President Donald Trump's attorney general," Kirby explains. "Strange, who was appointed to the seat by former Gov. Robert Bentley, finished second in the first round of balloting last month. Moore, a former state Supreme Court chief justice and popular figure on the religious Right, came in first."

McConnell Missteps: "The Senate Leadership Fund, a political action committee closely aligned with McConnell, dumped more than $2 million into the primary during the first round. Much of that went into attack ads targeting Moore and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), who finished third," Kirby reports.

Moore Critiques Approach of Ethically Challenged Establishment: "It has a lot to do with the kind of campaign ads they've run and the kind of campaign they're running," LifeZette quotes Moore as saying.

"If you can't run on your credentials, if you take after the other candidate with false and deceptive advertising, then what does that say about ethics? What does that say about your ethical standards? And I think that's what's lacking in Washington," the Senate hopeful said.

Moore Critiques Failure of Establishment Leadership: "A lot is in leadership,” Moore said, according to LifeZette. "The people of Alabama, the people of America in November of 2016, signaled they wanted a change in the way Washington does business. And I think the Establishment under McConnell is doing business the same way they did before. They don't want change. They want to keep the same system going that they had before."

Accordng to LifeZette, "Moore backs Trump's call to eliminate the filibuster rule that requires a 60-vote supermajority to pass most legislation -- a move McConnell has resisted. Moore said he believes it is not just unwise but unconstitutional."

"McConnell's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment," LifeZette reports.



Thursday, August 31, 2017

SPLC Should Rename "Hate Map" to "Groups We Hate Map"

By Rick Pearcey • August 31, 2017, 03:59 PM

Liberty Counsel states in an August 30 press release:

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) admitted its fault and removed a town from its "Hate Map" this week. That map irresponsibly mixes religious organizations with violent hate groups, and this time it included the town of Amana because an unknown source alleged some people who might have been associated with The Daily Stormer met one time in a restaurant for coffee. This is one of many inaccuracies and gross over-characterizations that can be found on SPLC's map.

Amana, an innocent town, was then blacklisted by the SPLC. People living there were brought under a cloud a suspicion because of the improper, sweeping accusation of the SPLC. The SPLC makes wide generalizations and then seeks to harm those within its self-proclaimed classification of others.

In a similar manner, the SPLC targets anyone who disagrees with them on issues related to the LGBT agenda. Then it claims civil disagreement as "evidence" for falsely classifying a peaceful organization as "hateful." To do so is just as wrong and even more harmful than the SPLC’s mischaracterization of the city of Amana.

Liberty Counsel has complied a comprehensive answer to SPLC's false name-calling of its non-profit Christian ministry and its pro bono work in the legal field. The SPLC continually grossly misrepresents and labels Liberty Counsel as a so-called "hate group." However, Liberty Counsel is not a "hate group" and hates no one. In addition to its many ministries, Liberty Counsel has a humanitarian relief program and had been providing help to victims of Hurricane Harvey, regardless of their beliefs, status, background or actions. In direct opposition to the SPLC's false campaign, Liberty Counsel believes in reaching out with kindness and truth to all Americans.

"As a pastor before becoming an attorney, my heart then and now is for hurting people," said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. "Liberty Counsel exists to help other people. Right now, we are focusing resources on helping victims of Harvey. We believe that every person is created in the image of God and should be treated with dignity and respect. We are putting those beliefs into action in Texas. This is hardly the action of a hate group! If the SPLC were intellectually honest, it should retitle its 'Hate Map' into 'Groups We Hate Map,'" said Staver.

In 2016, the Disciplinary Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice, under President Obama, sharply rebuked and reprimanded attorneys for employing the SPLC's "hate group" label to dismiss a conservative advocacy group. It stated that using the SPLC’s map "overstepped the bounds of zealous advocacy and was unprofessional." It continued that such behavior is "uncivil" and "constitutes frivolous behavior and does not aid the administration of justice."

Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.

For more on Liberty Counsel, please see their website.



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Teacher: Dear Parents, Tell Your Kids to Stop Talking About God

By Rick Pearcey • August 30, 2017, 12:37 PM

A 1st-grade teacher at McCordsville Elementary School in McCordsville, Indiana, sent a letter to parents informing them that certain words and topics are forbidden in public schools, among them God, Jesus, and Devil.

But a parent took action against this outrage, and soon the school, teacher, and students got a lesson in constitutional rights and parental power. Here's the story from Todd Starnes.

Comment: This 1st-grade teacher betrays ignorance not just of the Constitution and U.S. founding principles but also of the public, fact-based nature of Judeo-Christian thinking and living.

It's terrific to see parents step up to reclaim their responsibility for the education of their children -- for whom teachers are to act as servants, not masters.



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Anchor: "I Experienced Hate Firsthand Today . . . From These People Dressed in All Black at a Protest in Berkeley"

By Rick Pearcey • August 29, 2017, 11:44 AM

CNSNews reports:

Frank Somerville, a news anchor for KTVU in the San Francisco Bay Area, published an article with the San Francisco Chronicle today describing his personal experience of attending a protest in Berkeley, where left-wing protesters dressed in black, chanting they were against hate, sought to intimidate other people.

"I experienced hate firsthand today," wrote Somerville. "It came from these people dressed in all black at a protest in Berkeley. Ironically they were all chanting about no hate."

Read more.



Monday, August 28, 2017

Joe Arpaio May Challenge Jeff Flake for Arizona Senate Seat

By Rick Pearcey • August 28, 2017, 02:51 PM

Steven Nelson reports at the Washington Examiner:

After receiving President Trump's first pardon, Joe Arpaio's plans have gone from possible prison to book-writing, speeches, and potentially another run for office in Arizona, with Sen. Jeff Flake's seat one opportunity he is eyeing.

The former Maricopa County sheriff told the Washington Examiner he's upset at negative reaction to the Friday pardon, and that he feels Republican politicians are insufficiently supportive of the president, who he calls a great man.

"I could run for mayor, I could run for legislator, I could run for Senate," Arpaio said Monday. One particular race, however, is likely to gain significant attention: the GOP primary next year facing Flake, R-Ariz., a forceful Trump critic.

"There's no way I'm going to go fishing," Arpaio said, according to the Examiner.

Comment: Run, Joe, Run.

Read more.



Friday, August 25, 2017

Poll: 85% Say Freedom of Speech More Important Than Not Offending Others

By Rick Pearcey • August 25, 2017, 11:03 AM

Tom Ciccotta reports at Breitbart:

A new poll released by Rasmussen Reports on Wednesday revealed that over 85 percent of American adults believe that the right to free speech is "more important than making sure no one is offended by what others say."

A mere eight percent said they believe that guarding against personal offense is more important than protecting free speech.

73 percent also agreed with the famous line often attributed to Voltaire: "I disapprove of what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it." Another 10 percent disagreed with that statement, and 17 percent said they are undecided.

Read more.



Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Democratic National Committee: America's Most Notorious Hate Group

By Rick Pearcey • August 24, 2017, 10:07 AM

John Perazzo argues at Frontpagemag.com:

While the imaginary "white supremacy" of Trump's aides and advisers makes Democrats squawk with fiery indignation, the DNC not only countenances a number of very real, impossible-to-miss racial supremacists of its own, but it actually celebrates and honors them."

Read more.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Former News Network CNN Hits New Low in Anti-Trump Propaganda

By Rick Pearcey • August 23, 2017, 01:52 PM

Peter Barry Chowka writes at American Thinker:

CNN hit a new low -- and that's saying a lot -- Tuesday night in its coverage of President Trump's speech in Phoenix

The former news channel is now little more than a propaganda mouthpiece for the Deep State

On Tuesday, it used a half-dozen anti-Trump panelists, with no one representing a counter view, to introduce a new fake news meme: not only is the 45th POTUS a racist and a Nazi-sympathizer, but he is an imminent national security threat to the United States. . . .

Comment: LOL



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Welcome to College, Comrade: Now Confront Racism and Privilege

By Rick Pearcey • August 22, 2017, 01:35 PM

Nathan Rubbelke reports at The College Fix:

Before the fall semester even kicked off at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, incoming freshmen were asked to ponder race and privilege -- and what they could do about it.

On Friday, the public university's freshmen orientation included a program called "First Class" that focused on the school's common reading program selection "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Right-leaning scholars have described the book as positing that "America is not a nice place for black people to live," and say it presents a "belief that white hatred of blacks pervades every aspect of American society, and nothing short of a revolution will end it. . . ."

Utter nonsense, of course. But it bespeaks an efficient training ground for leftwing fanatics and their shock troops to follow their leaders into a brave new Soros-funded, federally mandated future.

This anti-educational approach has already worked wonders in revolutionary Germany, the revolutionary USSR, and revolutionary Cambodia, so why shouldn't it work wonders here as well, in the increasingly less free USA?

Things are off to a good start. Already mobilized is the racism of Black Lives Matter and the fascism of Antifa. Yes, the "nothing short of a revolution" is well on its way -- but this means more fanatics will be needed to man the barricades, woman the social media outposts, and transgender the campus guillotines.

This is where little Johnnie and little Susie can grow up and help "change" the world. Isn't culturally appropriating America's children into ideological indoctrination centers otherwise advertised as colleges and universities a hoot? And what an amazing privilege!

Read more.

 



Monday, August 21, 2017

Exposing the Myth: Nazism and Fascism Are "Phenomena of the Right"

By Rick Pearcey • August 21, 2017, 10:40 AM

Dinesh D'Souza writes at WND:

The myth that fascism and Nazism are phenomena of the right relies heavily on Americans not knowing what fascism and Nazism really mean, what those ideologies stand for. Leftists in academia and the media have worked hard to portray fascism and Nazism in terms of sheer demagoguery and generic authoritarianism, carefully concealing the ideological roots that would reveal fascism and Nazism’s true political colors.

Think about this: We know the name of the philosopher of capitalism, Adam Smith. We also know the name of the philosopher of Marxism, Karl Marx. So, quick: What is the name of the philosopher of fascism? Yes, exactly. You don't know. Virtually no one knows. This is not because he doesn’t exist, but because the political left -- which dominates academia, the media and Hollywood -- had to get rid of him to avoid confronting fascism and Nazism's unavoidable leftist orientation.

"So let's meet the man himself, Giovanni Gentile, who may be termed fascism's Karl Marx," D'Souza recommends. "Gentile was, in his day, which is the first half of the 20th century, considered one of Europe's leading philosophers. A student of Hegel and Bergson and director of the Encyclopedia Italiana, Gentile was not merely a widely published and widely influential thinker; he was also a political statesman who served in a variety of important government posts. How, then, has such a prominent and influential figure vanished into the mist of history?"

Read more.



Friday, August 18, 2017

American Left Adopts Taliban Tactics in Destruction of Historical Icons

By Rick Pearcey • August 18, 2017, 11:19 AM

A.W.R. Hawkins writes at Breitbart:

As the American left targets historical icons for removal and/or destruction, one is reminded of the way the Taliban destroyed centuries-old Buddhist statues and the Islamic State's ongoing violence against Christian churches and landmarks.

In short, the American left, the Taliban, and the Islamic State (ISIS) hold two things in common. First, an inability to appreciate the whole of history as it happened, which includes good times and bad. And secondly, a tendency to express this lack of appreciation via violence and destruction.

Read more.



Thursday, August 17, 2017

"Terrorist Attack" in Barcelona -- Van Strikes Crowd in Popular Tourism Spot

By Rick Pearcey • August 17, 2017, 12:19 PM

Oliver J.J. Lane reports at Breitbart:

Spanish police have confirmed a truck has struck a crowd on a popular tourist street in central Barcelona in what they are calling a terror attack, with local media claiming there are up to a dozen injured in the "serious incident."

According to reports, the van involved in the incident left the road and entered the pedestrianized area of the walk and drove through the crowds until it crashed into a kiosk. Spanish police were quick to identify the incident as a "terrorist attack" and said the attacker had fled the scene.

"It is not clear whether the attacker has been arrested, but police called on social media users to not share images of the ongoing counter-terror operation, which may suggest concern doing so could help suspects avoid capture," Breitbart reports.

"Police evacuated the La Rambla pedestrianized street in Barcelona Thursday afternoon, as shop keepers closed their roller-shutters with customers inside to protect them from events outside, reports local newspaper La Vanguardia," according to Breitbart. "All local railway stations have been closed."

Read more.



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Real Race War: Not the Fake One Against "White Supremacy"

By Rick Pearcey • August 16, 2017, 11:30 AM

David Horowitz writes at Frontpagemag.com:

What "Unite the Right" actually demonstrated [in Charlottesville] was that the assortment of neo-Nazis, pro-Confederates and assorted yahoos gathered under the banner of the "Alt-Right" is actually a negligible group. This was a national show of strength that actually attracted all of 500 people. Compare that to the tens of the thousands who can readily be marshalled by two violent groups of the left -- Black Lives Matter and Antifa -- and you get an idea of how marginal "white supremacists" are to America's political and cultural life.

Yet "white supremacy" and its evils became the centerpiece of all the fake news reporting on the event, including all the ludicrous attacks on the president for not condemning enough a bogeyman the whole nation condemns, and that no one but a risible fringe supports. Talk about virtue signaling! Omitted from the media coverage were the other forces at work in precipitating the battle of Emancipation Park, specifically Black Lives Matter and Antifa, two violent leftwing groups with racial agendas who came to squelch the demonstration in defense of the monument.

"Unlike the Unite the Right demonstrators, the leftist groups did not apply for permits, which would have been denied since there was another demonstration scheduled for that park on that day," Horowitz continues.

"But why should they have applied for a permit, since the havoc they had previously wreaked in Ferguson, Berkeley, Sacramento, Portland and other cities, was accomplished without permits, while their criminality was presented by the media as 'protests,' and their rioting went completely unpunished"? Horowitz asks.

"What is taking place in the media accounts and political commentaries on this event is an effort by the left to turn the mayhem in Charlottesville into a template for their war against a mythical enemy -- 'white supremacy' -- which is really a war on white people generally," Horowitz explains.

"The ideology that drives the left and divides our country is 'identity politics' -- the idea that the world consists of two groups -- 'people of color' who are guiltless and oppressed, and white people who are guilty and oppressors. This is the real race war," Horowitz writes. 

Horowitz concludes: "Its noxious themes inform the mindless, hysterical hatred for President Trump, and the equally mindless support for racist mobs like Black Lives Matter and Antifa. It is a war from which no good can come. But it won't be stopped unless enough people have the courage to stand up and name it for what it is."



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Predominately Black Group Forms to Protect Confederate Monuments

By Rick Pearcey • August 15, 2017, 10:28 AM

Jeff Paul reports at CBS Dallas-Ft. Worth:

The debate about Confederate statues in Dallas intensified on Monday as a group made up of predominantly African Americans called for the monuments to remain standing.

Several cities across America have now begun to remove or talk about removing Confederate markers shortly after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned deadly.

Former city council member Sandra Crenshaw thinks removing the statues won't help.

"I'm not intimidated by Robert E. Lee's statue. I'm not intimidated by it. It doesn't scare me," said Crenshaw. "We don’t want America to think that all African Americans are supportive of this."

"Crenshaw, along with some Buffalo Solider historians and Sons of Confederate Veterans are coming together to help protect the Confederate markers from toppling over in Dallas," the CBS local reports.

In their view, monuments such as those in the Freedman’s Cemetery "tell an important story and help heal racial wounds," Paul reports.

"Some people think that by taking a statue down, that's going to erase racism," Crenshaw said, according to the CBS affiliate. "Misguided."

Read more.



Monday, August 14, 2017

Maduro's Son Threatens to Take Over White House With Rifles

By Rick Pearcey • August 14, 2017, 12:14 PM

Fortunately for Trump & Co., Maduro is threatening the White House in New York, not the one in Washington, D.C. Well, that was a close one.

Jack Heretik has more at the Free Beacon.



Friday, August 11, 2017

Hillary Clinton's Election Loss Compared to the Death and Resurrection of Jesus by Her Own Pastor

By Rick Pearcey • August 11, 2017, 07:59 AM

Said pastor is Bill Shillady.

And by the way, "Given her depth of knowledge of the Bible and her experience of caring for people and loving people," Hillary Clinton would "make a great pastor," Shillady said to The Atlantic, according to Sarah Taylor reporting for The Blaze.

And by the way, Part 2, the Blaze also reports that Shillady has a "book of devotionals he sent to Clinton throughout the 2016 campaign."

It just so happens that the book is "up for sale and Shillady has embarked on a press tour as a result."

One might be forgiven for concluding that, in the land of Clinton, just about everyone is working an angle. Gimme that old-time politicized religion.

My only question is who, after Shillady, first read the book of devotions: Hacked Hillary or the Russians?



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Georgia Man: Cops and Military Banned From His "Inclusive" Gym

By Rick Pearcey • August 10, 2017, 11:29 AM

"An Atlanta gym owner is under fire after he put up a sign banning police officers and military members from working out at his facility," Camila DeChalus reports at Circa

The sign says: "Do whatever the f--- you want, correctly, except crossfit cultism. No f-----g cops."

"Jim Chambers, owner of EAV barbell, said that he put up the sign that said police officers and active military members were not allowed to enter the gym because the majority of the gym members are minorities."

And there's this, according to Circa: "Chambers told WXIA-TV that people who work out at his ["inclusive"] gym are generally uncomfortable with law enforcement."

Memo to Jim's gym: Hate is not inclusive.

Read more.



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Diversity Killer: The Google Gulag

By Rick Pearcey • August 9, 2017, 08:58 AM

Daniel Greenfield at Frontpagemag.com explains why the "gates of the internet cannot remain in the hands of a corporation intolerant of free speech."



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Google Decides "Diversity" Really Means "Uniformity"

By Rick Pearcey • August 8, 2017, 09:09 AM

Thomas Lifson writes at American Thinker:

There's no hiding from Google! The author of the samizdat memo that “went viral” within Google late last week, and was leaked to the public over the weekend has been identified and fired.

George Orwell would immediately recognize the problem. What we have here is doubleplus ungood crimethought.

Were he still alive, I speculate that Orwell would offer a new corporate slogan to replace "Don't be evil." How about "Diversity means uniformity."

Next week: 2 + 2 really equals 5. Accept that, and your liberation into slavery is well-nigh complete.

Read more.



Monday, August 7, 2017

NYPD Cops Launch Boycott Against Dunkin' Donuts

By Rick Pearcey • August 7, 2017, 08:54 AM

Kerry Picket reports at The Daily Caller:

Police union leaders in New York City called for a boycott of all Dunkin' Donuts after a worker at a Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin-Robbins in the city refused service to two NYPD detectives last Friday, The New York Post reported.

According to The Post, a Brooklyn Dunkin' Donuts clerk told two NYPD officers, "I don't serve cops."

Read more.



Friday, August 4, 2017

Mark Levin: What's the Purpose of Immigration?

By Rick Pearcey • August 4, 2017, 09:52 AM

Gage Cohen reports at CNSNews.com:

On his nationally syndicated radio show Thursday, host Mark Levin praised President Trump's announcement regarding immigration reform based on merit, saying that "the purpose of immigration is to benefit the American citizenry," not "for the benefit of the alien foreigner."

"The purpose of immigration is not to bring in as many people from all over the world as possible to increase the ranks of the Democrat party and expand the welfare state," said Levin. "And it's time we take this argument back."

"Levin's comments come hours after the President announced the RAISE Act, giving those who speak English and can financially support themselves preference in obtaining a green card and coming to the United States," Cohen reports.



Thursday, August 3, 2017

NASA Searches for Planetary Protection Officer to Save Earth From Alien Contamination

By Rick Pearcey • August 3, 2017, 09:33 AM

James Rogers writes at Fox News:

Looking for a fresh career challenge? NASA is searching for a planetary protection officer to protect Earth from extraterrestrial contamination.

While the job title may conjure up images of Will Smith in "Independence Day," the role, which has a salary of up to $187,000 a year, requires a very unique set of scientific skills.

Read more.



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mizzou Cuts Ties With Former Dean Who Accosted Student Journalist

By Rick Pearcey • August 2, 2017, 11:00 AM

Shannon Spada reports at Campus Reform:

The University of Missouri has officially cut ties with Janna Basler, the former dean of student life who was caught on video shoving a student reporter during the protests that rocked campus in 2015.

Basler's departure comes roughly 17 months after the dismissal of Melissa Click, a former instructor who called for "muscle" to evict a different student journalist from the premises.

Neither Basler nor Mizzou is commenting on the nature of her departure, but some speculate that it could be due to budget cuts imposed in response to the dramatic drop in enrollment that Mizzou has experienced since the protests. [emphasis added]

Read more.



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Anthem Protests Top Reason Fans Watched Fewer NFL Games

By Rick Pearcey • August 1, 2017, 10:51 AM

"Player protests of the National Anthem -- such as when quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee in protest -- are the number one reason sports fans watched fewer National Football League (NFL) games, a new survey shows," Craig Bannister reports at CNSNews.com.



Monday, July 31, 2017

Italian Poster for "Casablanca" Attracts $478,000 at Auction

By Rick Pearcey • July 31, 2017, 09:26 AM

"The only known surviving Italian issue poster for the classic movie Casablanca has sold for $478,000 in Dallas at a public auction of vintage movie posters," AP reports.



Friday, July 28, 2017

Why Replace Obamacare With Anything?

By Rick Pearcey • July 28, 2017, 11:12 AM

Should "American taxpayers pay for your poor medical decisions?" Of course not. Claire Hawks explains at American Thinker.



Thursday, July 27, 2017

Texas Booms, California Flatlines

By Rick Pearcey • July 27, 2017, 09:19 AM

Terry Jeffrey reports at CNSNews.com:

Texas, the nation's second most populous state, had the fastest growing economy in the nation in the first quarter of this year with its state GDP growing at a real annual rate of 3.9 percent, according to data released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis [BEA].

By contrast, California, the nation's most populous state, ranked 42nd out of 50 states for first quarter economic growth, with its GDP growing at a real annual rate of just 0.1 percent.

"The Texas economy, according to BEA, was driven up by a boom in the mining sector and by a large increase in manufacturing," Jeffrey continues.

California's economy was dragged down by the arts, entertainment and recreation sector; finance and insurance; retail trade; and agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting," according to CNSNews.

Read more.



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Monster Monopoly: The Enduring Lesson of Baby Charlie Gard

By Rick Pearcey • July 26, 2017, 11:27 AM

Lloyd Billingsley writes at Frontpagemag.com:

Those working on health reform in the USA can learn a lot from the ordeal of Connie Yates and Chris Gard. The brave parents fought the good fight, but the government prevented them from doing their utmost for their beloved child.  That's the injustice inherent in the kind of government monopoly system Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders want.

Adoption of that kind of system in America could be a point of no return for the people's freedom of choice in health care. In cases of infants with rare conditions, it could be a matter of life and death. That is the enduring lesson of Charlie Gard, born on August 4, 2016.

Read the entire column.



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Graphic: Raped 12-Year-Old Girl Found Dead Near Texas Border

By Rick Pearcey • July 25, 2017, 11:07 AM

Cartel Chronicles reports from Piedras Negras, Coahuila, for Breitbart:

A week-long manhunt led authorities to arrest a man wanted for kidnapping, raping, murdering, and disposing the body of a 12-year-old girl in this border city.

The case began two weeks ago in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, when the parents of 12-year-old Yuliana Rubi Hernandez Barrera reported her missing. Mexican authorities issued an alert and searched for the girl for five days until authorities found her decomposing body in an open field.

An autopsy carried out by Coahuila investigators revealed that the victim had been sexually assaulted prior to the murder.

Read more.



Monday, July 24, 2017

Kangaroo Court Medicine: The U.K. Is Trying to Kill Baby Charlie Gard

By Rick Pearcey • July 24, 2017, 11:28 AM

Peter Barry Chowka writes at American Thinker:

It now seems abundantly and shockingly clear: Great Britain's kangaroo High Court and the country's National Health Service system of socialist medicine are trying to kill baby Charlie Gard. [emphasis added]

These two entities -- the National Health Service, or NHS, backed up by the legal authority of the British courts -- hold total power over innocent little Charlie. His life and death are in their hands. But are they ethically and judiciously employing that power?

Under a system of government-controlled, socialized medicine, the state does have the authority to determine the life and death of every individual who resides within the country's borders. The Charlie Gard case is the perfect illustration of that power and how it can be wickedly wielded.

We've heard the term Death Panels, and here they are for all to see. . . .

"Look out, America," Chowka concludes. "When single-payer socialized medicine arrives on our shores, it will be the last nail in the coffin of our precious individual liberty and freedom -- and many of us will, like Charlie Gard, find ourselves helplessly waiting for the end of life to come, at the dirty hands and the arrogant say-so of some bureaucrats or a judge, long before it should."



Friday, July 21, 2017

Texas School District Approves Paddling for Misbehaving Students

By Rick Pearcey • July 21, 2017, 11:27 AM

Tre Goins-Phillips reports at The Blaze:

Officials in a South Texas school district have approved an old-school method of discipline for misbehaving students: Paddling.

The Three Rivers Independent School District administrators approved the paddling policy Tuesday, which allows either the principal or the campus' behavior coordinator to administer corporal punishment for misbehaving students, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported.

Corporal punishment is defined as "deliberate infliction of physical pain by hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping or any other physical force used as a means of discipline," according to the Texas Classroom Teachers Association.

The district voted 6-0 in favor of paddling, with one trustee absent. Three Rivers students, whose parents have provided written or verbal consent, will receive one paddling for his or her infraction after misbehaving in the classroom.

Next question: When will parents in Minnesota rise up to paddle the extremist Minnesota public schools, which has adopted a regressive "transgender" toolkit for kindergartners?

"Educators" so confused as to think that allowing boys into the girls' bathrooms promotes "safety" deserve a big schwack to their foolish posteriors.

If that doesn't work, try a 2-by-4 between the eyes, to get their attention. I hear that works for mules.

Then replace these posteriors and head-cases with liberated learners who will bring salt and light, accountability and wisdom, to the high honor fo serving parents by helping to educate their children.



Thursday, July 20, 2017

McD Worker to Cop: "I Ain't Serving No Police"

By Rick Pearcey • July 20, 2017, 10:49 AM

Fox News reports:

Scott Naff, an officer for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, reportedly paid for his food in the drive-thru line, but was allegedly refused the food when he got to the window. Naff’s wife, Cathy, told the newspaper that the employee saw the uniform and told her husband: "I ain't serving no police."

She posted the story on her Facebook page to inform her close friends about the incident, and the story went viral, the report [at Richmond.com] said.

"He was in uniform and [in] his police vehicle. He paid for his food and drove forward to the next window," she wrote, according to Fox 8. "The young man who was working that window looked at him and backed away from the window mouthing something to my husband."

"The guy finally walked to the window and slid it open," Cathy reportedly said. "The guy said, 'I ain't serving no police' and closed the window. The guy proceeded to tell everyone in McDonald's, including the manager, that he was not going to serve the police."

"Cathy said it was not her husband's intention to cost someone [his] job, but she wanted to bring to light what police officers go through while interacting with the public," Fox News reports.

"Cathy updated her Facebook status to say a manager at the McDonald's had told her and Scott the employee in question had been let go," according to Fox News.



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

President Trump Reverses Obama's Anti-Christian Refugee Policy

By Rick Pearcey • July 19, 2017, 07:36 AM

Joseph Klein writes at Frontpagemag.com:

After declaring that Christians have "been horribly treated" by the refugee program under former President Barack Obama, President Donald Trump has reversed the Obama administration's disgraceful discrimination against Christian refugees

According to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. State Department refugee data, during the period from January 21, 2017 -- President Trump's first full day in office -- through June 30, "9,598 Christian refugees arrived in the U.S., compared with 7,250 Muslim refugees. Christians made up 50% of all refugee arrivals in this period, compared with 38% who are Muslim."

From April through June 2017, Iraq was "the only Muslim-majority nation among the top six origin countries." The number of Syrian refugees admitted to the U.S. from January 21, 2017 through June 30, 2017 was 1,779. Comparing the number of refugee admissions from Syria for the entire month of January with the entire month of February 2017, the number dropped by nearly half. By June 2017, the number of refugees admitted from Syria was about 26 percent of the already low number of 673 admitted in February. 

"By contrast" Klein continues, "Pew Research Center reported that in fiscal year 2016 -- Barack Obama's last full fiscal year as president -- 'the U.S. admitted the highest number of Muslim refugees of any year since data on self-reported religious affiliations first became publicly available in 2002.' Overall," Klein writes, "the number of Muslims admitted as refugees exceeded the number of Christians who were admitted."

With regard to Syria, Kelin states that, "of the 12,486 refugees from Syria admitted to the United States during that same fiscal year by the Obama administration, about 99 percent were Muslim and less than 1 percent were Christian. Estimates of the Christians' proportion of the total population of Syria have ranged from 5 to 10 percent since the onset of the Syrian civil war. Muslims made up 87% of Syria's total population."

"Christians and other religious minorities seeking refuge from genocide and persecution in Syria and other Muslim-majority countries are clearly the most at risk today if they are forced to remain in those countries," Klein states.

"Any just refugee policy for the United States," Klein writes, "must be based on the principle that those most at risk receive the highest priority in admission decisions. President Trump has tried valiantly to correct the misdeeds of the Obama administration by following that principle, which explains at least in part his administration's reversal of the number of Christian versus Muslim admissions."

Klein concludes: "When refugee admissions to the United States resume after President Trump's temporary suspension order expires, President Trump should continue to undo the Obama administration's inexcusable discrimination against Christian victims of Muslim jihadist persecution."

Read the entire Joseph Klein column.



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Socialism Kills Elephants: Dozen Vultures Circling Elephant's Pen in Caracas Zoo

By Rick Pearcey • July 18, 2017, 10:19 AM

"Nothing illustrates the miserable state of the Caricuao zoo more than the dozen vultures circling above the pen of Ruperta, a 46-year-old African elephant who was once the animal park's star attraction," the LATimes reports.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Christian Pastor Shot Dead Outside Church in India

By Rick Pearcey • July 17, 2017, 07:17 AM

Thomas D. Williams reports at Breitbart:

In the latest instance of lethal violence against Christians in India, two masked gunmen on motorcycles shot a Christian pastor to death on Saturday night as he was standing outside the Temple of God church in Punjab state.

The 50-year-old Rev. Sultan Masih was standing outside the church talking on his mobile phone around 8:45 on Saturday evening when two armed youths with their faces covered drove by on a motorcycle and fired multiple shots at the pastor from a close range, according to police. . . .

"The pastor sustained a bullet wound to the head and two more to the chest and was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival," Breitbart reports.

"Rev. Masih had been serving at the Temple of God Church for more than two decades and reportedly had no enmity with anybody," according to Breitbart. "The pastor also ran a school for poor children inside the church. He is survived by his wife and two children."



Friday, July 14, 2017

"Please Help": Texas Man Stuck in ATM

By Rick Pearcey • July 14, 2017, 08:06 AM

"Shocked customers at a Texas ATM got more than cash from the money machine when a technician trapped behind it slipped notes through the receipt slot begging for help, police said," Fox News reports.

Read more.



Thursday, July 13, 2017

Unhinged: Maine Lawmaker Appears to Threaten Violence Against Trump on Facebook

By Rick Pearcey • July 13, 2017, 11:16 AM

"Maine state Rep. Scott Hamann said he regrets a since-deleted Facebook post in which he appeared to threaten violence against President Trump and berated the president and his supporters," Jay LeBlanc reports at Circa.com.

"'Trump is a half-term president, at most, especially if I ever get within 10 feet of that p----,' the South Portland Democrat wrote in a post that began making the rounds on social media Tuesday night," Circa reports.

"Making threats against the president is a crime," LeBlanc continues.

"The Secret Service is aware of Hamann's post but has not opened an investigation, David Watson, resident agent in charge of the Secret Service's Maine field office, told the Bangor Daily News," according to Circa.

Read more.



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Rand Paul: Senate Republicans Keeping Obamacare

By Rick Pearcey • July 12, 2017, 10:11 AM

Rand Paul at Breitbart:

I miss the old days, when Republicans stood for repealing Obamacare. Republicans across the country and every member of my caucus campaigned on repeal -- often declaring they would tear out Obamacare "root and branch!"

"What happened?"

Read more.



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Feds Intensify Investigation Into Jane Sanders' College Land Deal

By Rick Pearcey • July 11, 2017, 09:47 AM

Paul Crookston reports at the Free Beacon:

The FBI and federal prosecutors have interviewed another half-dozen people as part of a federal investigation into a land deal made by Jane Sanders, wife of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), while she was president of the now defunct Burlington College.

Prosecutors in recent months have obtained boxes of college records, conducted interviews, and even brought a Vermont official before a grand jury to testify, the Washington Post reports. Former trustees of the now-closed college also said that Jane Sanders' lawyers interviewed them to find out what potential witnesses may be saying to federal investigators.

Sanders' spokesman called the allegations "baseless" and implied that the investigation is politically motivated.

"My wife is about the most honest person I know," husband Bernie said, according to the Free Beacon. "When she came to that college, it was failing financially and academically. When she left it, it was in better shape than it had ever been."

"The college closed in 2016 after it was unable to reverse the financial difficulties over which Jane Sanders resigned as president," the Free Beacon reports.

Read more.



Monday, July 10, 2017

Zucker-Punched: How CNN Took on Trump and Lost

By Rick Pearcey • July 10, 2017, 10:11 AM

In "Trump's War on the Big Boss of Fake News," Daniel Greenfield writes at Frontpagemag.com:

When CNN brought in Jeff Zucker, it wasn't for his journalistic acumen. Zucker was best known for his work on the Today Show. After billions in losses at NBC, his  new Comcast bosses wanted him gone.

CNN and Zucker were perfect for each other. Both were sinking ships looking for an easy way out.

Zucker's plan for CNN was simple. Get out of the news business.

Or as he put it, "news is how you define it." Fake, real; it's all a matter of definition.

And Zucker was going to "broaden" the definition of what news is. And the definition was reality shows . . . .

"Before President Trump called out CNN as fake news, its new boss had already turned it into fake news," Greenfield writes.

Read more.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Charlie Gard's Parents Meet With Hospital to Fight for Baby's Life

By Rick Pearcey • July 7, 2017, 11:52 AM

"International pro-life activists arrived in London today, where they will be joining baby Charlie Gard's parents for an important meeting with hospital officials at 5:00 p.m. local time" in London, LifeSiteNews reports. This would be 12:00 noon Eastern Standard Time in the U.S.

Meanwhile, "Please Mrs. May, give Charlie this chance," headlines the U.K. Daily Mail as "Charlie Gard's emotional mother pleads with the PM ahead of meeting with Trump at G20 as she reveals FIVE doctors now agree there's a '10% chance' treatment could work."

For more information on baby Charlie and his parents' struggle to get care for their son, see their Facebook page here.



Thursday, July 6, 2017

Rep. Steve Scalise Back in ICU

By Rick Pearcey • July 6, 2017, 11:10 AM

Susan Jones reports at CNSNews.com:

In a statement released at 10 p.m. Wednesday night, the Medstar Washington Hospital Center said Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), shot and seriously wounded at a baseball practice on June 14, is back in intensive care.

"Congressman Steve Scalise has been readmitted to the Intensive Care Unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center due to new concerns for infection. His condition is listed as serious. We will provide another update tomorrow, July 6."

Read more.



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Chelsea Clinton Bashes Trump Over CNN Wrestling Tweet -- Then Gets Twitter Smackdown

By Rick Pearcey • July 5, 2017, 03:35 PM

Because of the documented moral and legal misbehaviors of parents Bill and Hillary Clinton, daughter Chelsea inhabits an all-too-apparent glass house. Thus, as Chris Enloe writes at The Blaze:

Chelsea Clinton was recently rebuked on Twitter after she implied that President Donald Trump's controversial CNN tweet makes him unpresidential. [emphasis added]

Trump ignited controversy on Sunday when he tweeted a short video of him body-slamming "CNN."

The video was from an appearance Trump made at a WrestleMania event in 2007 and the CNN logo was superimposed over the face of a WWE wrestler that Trump slammed to the ground and then began beating. . . .

To continue reading Chris Enloe's "Chelsea Clinton Bashes Trump Over CNN Tweet -- Then Twitter Reminds Her She Has No Room to Talk," go here.

To view first-hand the 28-second Trump Tweet that launched a thousand reactionary migraines at CNN, go to @realDonaldTrump on Twitter.

To understand how "CNN Has Fallen Into Trump's Pro-Wrestling Trap, and It Can't Get Up," visit the venue at American Thinker.

And see The American Spectator to ponder "How Is CNN Not Embarrassed?"

By the way, as we go to press this afternoon, the Trump Wrestling CNN tweet has garnered 342,480 retweets and 570,138 Likes.



Tuesday, July 4, 2017

July 4, 1776 -- A Declaration of Independence

By Rick Pearcey • July 4, 2017, 01:26 PM

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, 

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.



Monday, July 3, 2017

Qatar Joins Screening Ban for "Wonder Woman" Over Israeli Star Gal Gadot

By Rick Pearcey • July 3, 2017, 10:27 AM

"Qatar has joined Lebanon and Tunisia to become the latest state to ban the screening of the hit movie Wonder Woman starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot," Simon Kent reports at Breitbart.

"As Breitbart Jerusalem reported," Kent continues, "Gadot, who served in the IDF during the 2006 Lebanon war, has come under fire for her open support of Israel, in particular for a tweet during 2014's conflict with Gaza in which she prayed for the safety of Israel's citizens."

According to Kent, Doha News is now reporting that the "presence of the Israeli star in the blockbuster is enough for authorities in Qatar to ban the screening. Wonder Woman was initially scheduled to premiere in Doha last Thursday across local theater chains VOX Cinemas Qatar and Novo Cinemas."

"I am sending my love and prayers to my fellow Israeli citizens," the actress wrote on her Facebook page in 2014. "Especially to all the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children . . . We shall overcome!!! Shabbat Shalom!"



Friday, June 30, 2017

CNN Has 17 Million Bogus Twitter Followers

By Rick Pearcey • June 30, 2017, 10:39 AM

"CNN isn't just the king of 'fake news' these days, it's also apparently the king of fake Twitter followers," Chelsea Schilling writes at WND.

"In fact, more than 17 million of CNN's Twitter followers have been determined to be 'fake,' according to Twitter Audit."

Read more.



Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wheelchair Woman Uses Gun to Stop Armed Robbery

By Rick Pearcey • June 29, 2017, 11:03 AM

"It's my home," Melinda Vandal of Cleveland told news station Fox 8, according to Steven Gutowski at the Washington Free Beacon. "I have to protect myself."

"I put the gun up to the window of the door and I yelled, 'get off my property,'" Vandal said, the Free Beacon reports.

"I don't want to ever hurt anyone, but I feel like I need to protect myself," the woman reportedly told Fox 8. 

Read more.



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Levin: Americanism vs. Progressivism -- What Does That Mean?

By Rick Pearcey • June 28, 2017, 11:19 AM

Jordan Schachtel writes at CR:

Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin started his radio show Tuesday explaining the motives behind his latest book, Rediscovering Americanism, and the dichotomies explored within it.

"Throughout Rediscovering Americanism you'll see these dichotomies. You'll see these opposites," he explained.

"Americanism versus progressivism. What does that mean? It means constitutionalism versus centralism. It means individualism versus conformity."

"It's about private property versus collectivism," Levin also said, according to Schachtel. "Prosperity versus redistribution. Separation of powers versus the administrative state. Eternal universal truths versus ideological social engineering.

"Stability versus constant transformation. Real science versus social science. The rights of man versus the power of government. An eternal moral order versus situational ethics. Liberty versus growing authoritarianism. Education versus indoctrination. The civil society versus the federal leviathan."

Read more.

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“Throughout 'Rediscovering Americanism,' you’ll see these dichotomies. You’ll see these opposites,” he explained.

“Americanism versus progressivism. What does that mean? It means constitutionalism versus centralism. It means individualism versus conformity.”

Levin continued: “It’s about private property versus collectivism. Prosperity versus redistribution. Separation of powers versus the administrative state. Eternal universal truths versus ideological social engineering. Stability versus constant transformation. Real science versus social science. The rights of man versus the power of government. An eternal moral order versus situational ethics. Liberty versus growing authoritarianism. Education versus indoctrination. The civil society versus the federal leviathan.”



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Why Germany Is Once Again a Threat to the West

By Rick Pearcey • June 27, 2017, 09:49 AM

Nikolaas de Jong argues at American Thinker:

Far from being the defender of Western values like individual liberty and individual rights, the modern Germany is acting in a very German way indeed.

After an adjustment period of some decades following the Second World War, during which the country had to atone for its past misdeeds and keep quiet, Germany is once again trying to impose its rule and a new form of its vicious ideology on Europe and the West.

Read more.



Monday, June 26, 2017

Auto Insurance Study: Pot in, Crashes Up

By Rick Pearcey • June 26, 2017, 09:47 AM

AP reports:

A recent insurance study links increased car crash claims to legalized recreational marijuana.

The Highway Loss Data Institute [HLDI], a leading insurance research group, said in study results released Thursday that collision claims in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon went up 2.7 percent in the years since legal recreational marijuana sales began when compared with surrounding states.

"We believe that the data is saying that crash risk has increased in these states and those crash risks are associated with the legalization of marijuana," AP quotes Matt Moore of HLDI.

"Insurance industry groups have been keeping a close watch on claims when auto accidents across the country began to go up in 2013 after more than a decade of steady decline," AP reports.

"Insurance companies found several possible factors at play in the spike that included distracted driving through texting or cellphone use, road construction, and an improved economy that has led to leisurely drives and more miles driven, as well as marijuana legalization," AP states.



Friday, June 23, 2017

6 Georgia Inmates Receive Reduced Sentences for Saving Officer's Life

By Rick Pearcey • June 23, 2017, 02:35 PM

I wondered if something like this might happen for the Georgia inmates. Madeleine Weast reports at the Washington Free Beacon:

Six Georgia inmates have been granted reduced sentences for saving a sheriff's deputy who collapsed during a work detail.

The prisoners at Polk County jail got their sentences cut by 25 percent after saving an officer who passed out on June 12, CNN reported Thursday. The deputy suffers suffered from a chronic medical condition that became agitated by the heat outside.

The deputy was on detail supervising the inmates perform lawn maintenance at a cemetery when he collapsed.

According to Weast, the "six inmates sprang into action, instead of fleeing, after the officer began hyperventilating before passing out."

"When he started breathing, it was just real heavy and real fast," inmate Greg Williams is quoted as saying.

"One inmate used the deputy's phone to call 911 and another removed his bulletproof vest and gun belt so he could breathe easier," Weast reports.

"When that happened, in my opinion, it wasn't about who is in jail and who wasn't," Williams said, according to Weast. "It was about a man going down and we had to help him."

Here is Channel 10 news video (WTSP, Tampa Bay) of this event.

Meanwhile, more good news: The "Georgia Family" of the incapacitated officer "Prepares Lunch for 6 Inmates Who Saved Officer's Life," WSBTV reports from Atlanta.

Well said, and well done, Mr. Williams -- to you and your fellow inmates.

And thanks to all, and for all, for these uplifting demonstrations of hope and healing.



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Multicultural Ramadan Terror Comes to Wisconsin and Michigan

By Rick Pearcey • June 22, 2017, 10:44 AM

Robert Spencer writes at Frongpagemag.com:

Ramadan is in full swing -- it doesn't end until Saturday evening -- and Britain has been a particular recipient of Islamic piety during the holy month, with major jihad attacks in Manchester and London. But now the United States has been included in the multicultural festivities, as jihadis have struck, albeit with limited results, in Wisconsin and Michigan.

A Taliban spokesman recently said: "Our fight is Jihad and an obligatory worship. And every obligatory act of worship has 70 times more reward in Ramadan." Not just the Taliban believe that. Another likely believer in those special Ramadan rewards is a Muslim in Milwaukee named Mohamad Hamdan.

Read more.



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Camille Paglia Blames Democrats for Destroying Journalism

By Rick Pearcey • June 21, 2017, 11:09 AM

"It's obscene," the outspoken author and professor said on Sean Hannity's radio show, Jeff Poor reports at Breitbart.

"It's outrageous, OK? It shows that the Democrats are nothing now but words and fantasy and hallucination and Hollywood."

"There's no journalism left," Paglia said, according to Breitbart.

"What's happened to the New York Times? What's happened to the major networks? It's an outrage."

Read more.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Republicans Introduce New Gun-Carry Legislation in Wake of Alexandria Attack

By Rick Pearcey • June 20, 2017, 10:24 AM

Stephen Gutowski reports at the Washington Free Beacon:

Republican Congressman Thomas Massie (R., Ky.) introduced a bill on Thursday that would require Washington, D.C., to honor valid gun-carry permits from other states.

Rep. Massie said the D.C. Personal Protection Reciprocity Act was a direct reaction to last week's attack on Republican congressmen at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., which left four injured.

"After the horrific shooting at the Republican Congressional Baseball practice, there will likely be calls for special privileges to protect politicians," Rep. Massie said in a statement. "Our reaction should instead be to protect the right of all citizens guaranteed in the Constitution: the right to self-defense. I do not want to extend a special privilege to politicians, because the right to keep and bear arms is not a privilege, it is a God-given right protected by our Constitution."

Read more.



Monday, June 19, 2017

Poll: Will You Shop at Whole Foods Now That Amazon Owns It?

By Rick Pearcey • June 19, 2017, 08:16 AM

Take the poll and view the results at the Daily Caller. "Will you shop at Bezosmart?"

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Amazon Buying Whole Foods

By Rick Pearcey • June 16, 2017, 10:14 AM

Gross.

Time to break up Amazon to "check and balance" the monopolistic power of its extremist, anti-family, pro-homosex owner Jeff Bezos. Currently worth $84.6 billion.

Here's the story from Circa.



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hillary Clinton Compares Herself to Wonder Woman

By Rick Pearcey • June 15, 2017, 01:26 PM

And the listening-viewing video audience died laughing. Literally: The audience died.

Just kidding. But that could almost be true.

Go here to enjoy the wit and wisdom of failed presidential candidate but rather successful 5-star grifter Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But before you go, a question: Who is more real -- Wonder Woman or Hillary Clinton?

Yeah, that's a hard one. Well, maybe not.



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Affirming "Lactatia": The "LGBT Agenda Is an Active Threat" to Our Children

By Rick Pearcey • June 14, 2017, 09:08 AM

Evidence -- Matt Walsh writes:

The LGBT community has been celebrating an 8-year-old drag queen who goes by the name "Lactatia."

The child has been "performing" in sexually charged drag shows in Montreal since he was 7.

His "supportive" (read: abusive, insane, barbaric, Satanic) parents have encouraged his continued sexual exploitation.

His mom even does his makeup for him.

So, his mom is "affirming." All must be well. Except it's not.

Read more.



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Golasso! Soccer Star Refuses to Wear Rainbow Uniform Promoting LGBT

By Rick Pearcey • June 13, 2017, 09:46 AM

Mark Hodges reports at LifeSiteNews:

A Christian athlete with the U.S. national soccer team has listed "personal reasons" for bowing out of games where her team will be wearing gay "pride" rainbow jerseys in support of homosexuality.

U.S. Women's Soccer announced late last month that during June their teams will wear rainbow "Pride" jerseys, in honor of homosexuality "pride" month. During June, the team plays two international "friendlies."

Team member and outspoken Christian Jaelene Hinkle has pulled out of those matches "for personal reasons." U.S. Soccer did not replace Hinkle on their roster for the June games. 

Read more.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Democrats' Hoodwinking of Blacks

By Rick Pearcey • June 12, 2017, 10:07 AM

Walter E. Williams writes:

Ask any black person which political party has been black people's political ally. With near unanimity, blacks would answer the Democratic Party. Asked which political party has been hostile to blacks, they'd say the Republican Party with similar unanimity.

For better answers, check out Prager University's five-minute clip "The Inconvenient Truth About the Democratic Party," by Carol Swain, professor of political science at Vanderbilt University. . . .

Since its founding in the late 1820s, the Democratic Party has defended slavery, started the Civil War and opposed Reconstruction. The Democratic Party imposed segregation. Its members engaged in the lynchings of blacks and opposed the civil rights acts of the 1950s and '60s. During Reconstruction, hundreds of black men were elected to Southern state legislatures as Republicans, and 22 black Republicans served in the U.S. Congress by 1900. The Democratic Party did not elect a black man to Congress until 1935. . . .

Read more.



Friday, June 9, 2017

Guns Don't Kill People -- Liberalism and Radical Islam Do

By Rick Pearcey • June 9, 2017, 12:42 PM

Trevor Thomas writes at American Thinker:

After the recent attack on Manchester by Islamic terrorists, British author and journalist Douglas Murray provided a simple two-word suggestion for what might help prevent future such violence in Great Britain: "less Islam."

To bolster his point, Murray pointed out that, "countries like Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic have very little Islam and very little Islamic terror. By contrast, France has a great amount of Islam and a great amount of Islamic terror.” Of course, Islamic apologists "promptly went bananas" (Murray's words) . . . .

Read more.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Mark Steyn: Obama Always Does "Bloodless Mr. Spock Routine" -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • June 8, 2017, 09:49 AM

But the real-world results of Obama's "dispassionate" routine are anything but bloodless, as the "world largely went to Hell" on Obama's watch, said Steyn yesterday during an appearance on Tucker Carson Tonight.

Watch the video clip here



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Elderly German Woman Fined 1,350 Euros for Sharing Anti-Refugee Joke on Facebook

By Rick Pearcey • June 7, 2017, 10:55 AM

Merkel's oppressive politically correct Germany apparently has no sense of humor, freedom, or national survival.

By the way, according to HeatStreet, 62-year-old Jutta B. "had her home raided and was arrested by police for the 'crime' of sharing an image on Facebook captioned 'Do you have anything against refugees?'"

Just pluck that ripe fruit, Islam. It's begging you. Just pluck that ripe German fruit. And devour.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

O'Donnell: Beyond Valor -- Rangers Lead the Way on D-Day

By Rick Pearcey • June 6, 2017, 10:26 AM

Bestselling military historian Patrick O'Donnell writes about D-Day, June 6, 1944, at Breitbart:

"We were about two hundred feet from the beach when a shell blew off the front of our landing craft, destroying the ramp,” recalled Ray Alm from B Company of the 2nd Ranger Battalion, which landed on Omaha's deadly Dog Green Beach at approximately 7:40 a.m. on D-Day.

"My two best buddies were right in front of me, and they were both killed. I was holding a .45 pistol and carrying a bazooka with eight shells; it was so heavy that I just went right under the water. So I had to let everything go except the shells . . . ."

Read more.

 



Monday, June 5, 2017

Breaking News: "Multiple Fatalities" in Orlando Shooting -- Live Stream

By Rick Pearcey • June 5, 2017, 10:02 AM

"A shooting in Orlando's industrial area left multiple people dead Monday morning, officials said," Fox News is reporting.  

"The shooting comes a week before the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre, also in Orlando, where 49 people were fatally shot by Omar Mateen, an Islamic extremist," Fox reports.

10:18 Update: apparently not a terror incident, according to sources, WFTV 9 reports.

Watch WFTV 9 live stream.



Friday, June 2, 2017

LGBT Heresy Infiltrates Orlando Northland Community Church

By Rick Pearcey • June 2, 2017, 09:09 AM

From a Liberty Counsel press statement:

Northland Community Church and Pastor Joel Hunter hosted the Orlando LGBT event, "Elevating the Dialogue on LGBTQ Inclusion and Understanding in the Church," on May 18, with the apparent purpose to "affirm" LGBTQ by distorting the Bible and changing church doctrine. (emphasis added)

Prior to attending the event, attendees were encouraged to complete a survey. The survey was created by The Reformation Project (TRP), a so-called "Bible-based, Christian grassroots organization" that works "to promote inclusion of LGBT people by reforming church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity" with the goal for a global church that fully affirms LGBT people.

The survey was quickly removed from the internet after Liberty Counsel's previous press release was distributed. (emphasis added)

Read the entire press statement from Liberty Counsel.



Thursday, June 1, 2017

New J.R.R. Tolkien Book Published After 100 Years

By Rick Pearcey • June 1, 2017, 08:37 AM

The BBC reports:

A new book by Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien is going on sale -- 100 years after it was first conceived.

Beren and Lúthien has been described as a "very personal story" that the Oxford professor thought up after returning from the Battle of the Somme.

It was edited by his son Christopher Tolkien and contains versions of a tale that became part of The Silmarillion.

The book features illustrations by Alan Lee, who won an Academy Award for his work on Peter Jackson's film trilogy.

See the book's page at Amazon.

Read more.



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Donald Trump Will Exit Paris Climate Change Agreement

By Rick Pearcey • May 31, 2017, 09:09 AM

Charlie Spiering reports at Breitbart:

President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, according to a report from Axios reporter Jonathan Swan citing two sources with knowledge of the decision.

The news was confirmed by several mainstream media outlets.

The decision wreaks havoc on former President Barack Obama's legacy as president, despite pleas from world leaders for the United States to show leadership on climate change and remain in the agreement.

"Trump's decision fulfills a key campaign promise to supporters of his run for president, widely supported by Republican members of congress who felt that the treaty unfairly jeopardized the American economy," Breitbart states.

Read more.



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Recordings: Texas A&M Professor Applauding Anti-White Violence

By Rick Pearcey • May 30, 2017, 10:35 AM

Toni Airaksinen reports at Campus Reform:

More videos have been released showing a black professor endorsing violence against whites, including one in which he remarks that "white people dying . . . has generally worked."

Professor Tommy Curry of Texas A&M University (TAMU) became a focus of controversy earlier this month when a recording of a 2012 podcast interview resurfaced, in which he discussed "killing white people in context" and asserted that "in order to be liberated, some white people may have to die."

Here's Professor Curry's webpage at TAMU.

Read more.



Monday, May 29, 2017

Honor Our Fallen: Respect the Violence and Grit of War

By Rick Pearcey • May 29, 2017, 11:28 AM

Jarrin Jackson writes at Conservative Review:

Insurgents conducted an ambush in a busy marketplace. Rockets. The exchange of machine gun fire. Then silence.

A few minutes later, a truck zipped into our base and stopped at our aid station. An insurgent was sprawled over the hood, two wounded Afghan police were on litters, and two dead Afghan police officers were heaped in the bed.

I helped transfer the wounded into the aid station and turned around to see some Afghan police dragging their buddies' corpses around the corner of a wall.

They left them on the ground. The flies were grateful. 

Fast forward to the end of that deployment. A rocket killed one of my soldiers . . .

Read more.



Friday, May 26, 2017

Donald Rumsfeld Shuts Down Joy Behar Over Trump Election Results With 2 Words

By Rick Pearcey • May 26, 2017, 09:57 AM

Katie Jerkovich reports at the Daily Caller:

Donald Rumsfeld shut down Joy Behar on The View Thursday when she argued with him that Hillary Clinton actually won the election because she got more votes.

"Well he [Donald Trump] lost by more than three million votes in the popular vote. He won the electoral vote," Behar explained to the former Secretary of Defense.

"What counts?" Rumsfeld responded.

"Well the electoral vote counts," Behar answered.

"I thought so," Rumsfeld said.

What this means, Ms. Behar, is that Hillary Clinton did not actually win the election.

Behar knows this but keep babbling away. Almost as if she's saying something.



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bozell Blasts "Especially Disappointing" USAA, Other Advertisers for Dropping Hannity

By Rick Pearcey • May 25, 2017, 05:30 PM

Craig Bannister writes at CNSNews.com:

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell issued a statement Friday condemning liberal calls for advertisers to boycott conservative commentator Sean Hannity.

The unwarranted boycott push is part of liberals' efforts to silence conservative views and re-establish a monopoloy of the information the American public can access.

Here at Newsbusters is the full statement from Bozell:

The attack on Sean Hannity is a part of the liberal strategy to re-establish their monopoly over television news. They want only one voice on the air: their own. All others must be silenced.

We now see elements of corporate America joining in the liberal cause and advancing the liberal strategy. These corporations are not serving the interests of their customers.

Sponsoring a free, meaningful dialogue based on mutual respect reflects what happens among consumers in everyday life. When corporations withdraw from that debate, it does not serve the interests of their country, it merely makes them servants of the politically correct.

It is especially disappointing that an upstanding company like USAA would so easily succumb to the pressure of left-wing extremists. For decades, Sean Hannity has been a fierce supporter of the military at every turn. And this is how you treat him?

We have remained silent for far too long. A bridge has been crossed. Stay tuned.

No doubt, members of USAA will not be pleased with the company's caving to politically correct extremism. You can contact USAA at 800-531-8722.



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"Black Lives Matter" Movement to Be Awarded Peace Prize

By Rick Pearcey • May 24, 2017, 11:27 AM

Edmund Kozak reports at Lifezette:

The Black Lives Matter movement will receive the Sydney Peace Prize, an award given by the Sydney Peace Foundation --  part of the University of Sydney -- and be honored at an event in the city in November, the foundation announced this week.

Black Lives Matter was chosen for allegedly "building a powerful movement for racial equality, courageously reigniting a global conversation around state violence and racism. And for harnessing the potential of new platforms and power of people to inspire a bold movement for change at a time when peace is threatened by growing inequality and injustice," the foundation's website states.

"Defenders of law enforcement against the often-violent, racially charged and hateful rhetoric of the Black Lives Matter movement, which often openly advocates for violence against police, expressed disapproval," Lifezette states.

"Giving a peace prize to a group that foments violent demonstrations would be enough to give irony a bad name," observed Georgetown law professor William Otis, according to Lifezette.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Venezuela Civil War Closer as Mobs Burn Childhood Home of Socialist Hugo Chavez

By Rick Pearcey • May 23, 2017, 09:42 AM

Monica Showalter writes at American Thinker:

Following the toppling of at least five statues of the late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, angry mobs startled the ruling regime by burning down Chavez's childhood home, set up as a shrine to his socialist revolution by his supporters.

 It surely takes the anger and bitterness in the streets to another level. We no longer hear much in the way of restraining voices for non-violence in that socialist hellhole much. The mob has taken over and the monuments are beginning to topple.

 It's a sign of a growing civil war, in fact, and like most of such events it could be very bloody. In the midst of the largely non-violent Velvet Revolutions of Eastern Europe in 1989, the sorry end of the region's worst dictator, Nicolae Ceaucescu, was the exception -- dragged from his palace hideaway to some wall by angry rebel troops and summarily shot as crowds cheered.

"The other Nicholas, Nicolas Maduro, seems to be headed for the same fate, given the efforts to take down the relics of the illegitimate regime," Showalter writes.

Read more.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Survey: Target's Customer Satisfaction Plunging

By Rick Pearcey • May 22, 2017, 10:06 AM

Warner Todd Huston reports at Breitbart:

A new survey finds that customer satisfaction has plunged as retail giant Target continues to struggle to recover from its now one-year-old financial slide.

Target has gone four full quarters slipping in a variety of metrics from profits, stock prices, and even perception of its brand name. But a new survey by investment bank Cowen has also found that customer satisfaction has also tumbled.

The survey of 2,500 Target customers shows declines across the board, including customer service, merchandise selection, and overall quality. According to the survey, Target's satisfaction level has fallen 383 points to 66.7 percent, MSN Money reported.

"As MSN ruefully noted, 'It appears unhappy Target shoppers could be taking their business elsewhere'," Breitbart reports.

Meanwhile, Target has been shuttering "high-priority projects" amid a continuing downturn in the corporation's financial well-being.

"The company’s stock price hit $64.77 at market close on Feb. 8," Breitbart states, which "was down from $83 when the boycott began
. . . when the company made its transgender policy on April 19 of last year."

According to Breitbart, Target closed "May 19 at just under $56 . . . a far cry from its high of $84.14 seen last year."

Lesson: People would rather shop at stores where, among other things, a) women and children are less likely to be endangered in bathrooms and dressing rooms, and b) where mainstream commerce and not extremist social policy is the order of the day.

Read more.



Friday, May 19, 2017

2 AM: Violent Underwear-Clad Intruder Invades Texas Pastor's Home, Is Shot Dead -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • May 19, 2017, 07:59 AM

"A man was shot and killed in northwest Harris County after investigators say he broke into a home and attacked the family inside," KTRK TV reports from Cypress, Texas, a community in the northwest Houston metro area. "Detectives say the intruder was wearing nothing but his underwear," according to KTRK.

"The pastor's daughter says her whole life her family hasn't believed in owning a gun but she now feels strongly that if her brother-in-law did not have his gun, they may not all be here today," Courtney Fischer of KTRK reports on the video that accompanies the news story. 

Comment: Self-defense is an inalienable human right that expresses the primordial will-to-life integral to human beings created in the image of a verifiable, reality-oriented, and living Creator who affirms the individual human as a creature of great significance and worth. This is humane wisdom for life in a broken world where hell can break loose at 2 AM.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Roger Ailes Dead, 77

By Rick Pearcey • May 18, 2017, 09:45 AM

Foxnews.com reports:

Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a cable powerhouse before leaving the company last year, died Thursday morning at the age of 77.

The Ohio-born television pioneer was a confidante of presidents and an acknowledged master of communications. He founded Fox News in 1996 and built it into the nation's long-running No. 1 cable news network Ailes resigned from Fox in July amid charges of sexual harassment.

According to Fox, his wife Elizabeth Ailes released the following statement:

I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning. Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many. He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise -- and to give back.

"The cause of death was not immediately released," Fox News reports.



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Yale Dean Loves Diversity. Except for "White Trash"

By Rick Pearcey • May 17, 2017, 02:08 PM

Joshua Rhett Miller reports at the NYPost:

A dean at Yale University who championed cultural sensitivity has apologized for her "insensitive" Yelp reviews of restaurants, gyms and movie theaters, including hot takes on what "white trash" customers would find tasty and employees she blasted as "barely educated morons."

June Chu, dean of Yale's Pierson College, apologized for the offending reviews, which had been circulating among students for several months, after the Yale Daily News published screenshots on Saturday.

"To put it quite simply: If you are white trash, this is the perfect night out for you!" Chu said in a review of a Japanese eatery, according to the Post.

“This establishment is definitely not authentic by any stretch of any imagination and perfect for those low class folks who believe this is a real night out. Over salted and greasy food. Side note: employees are Chinese, not Japanese," Chu wrote, the Post reports.

Comment: Modern day "diversity" is a weakness, not a strength.

It makes an idol out of differences and thereby creates an unresolvable tension among these very demanding gods as they vie for cultural supremacy. White vs. black vs. brown vs. red vs. yellow is the world these deities long to create and must create. 

Clearly, this "diversity" is division, not strength. Weakness, not strength. It is an ideology that breeds a hatred for differences, not the embrace of them.

It fosters people and groups with superiority complexes and chips on their shoulders. It puts "victims" in charge of guillotines.

Cultural hatreds and insensitivies are not anomalous outcomes of such "diversity" but rather its natural by-products. And by that fruit you can evaluate the merits of what poses as "diversity" on campus today.

Racism we will have with us as long this world remains broken and unhealed.

Chu's "white trash" comment suggests she may be a racist. But even if not, she will walk, talk, and quack like a racist if she drinks deep that campus Kool-Aid bottled and sold as "diversity."

This is true of her and millions like her on campuses across America today. It could make the racism of yesterday pale in comparison to the racism of tomorrow -- at Yale and around the world.

"Diversity" has a big problem: It makes everything OKKK.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

University of Michigan Students "Marginalized" by "Masculine" Dark Wood Paneling

By Rick Pearcey • May 16, 2017, 10:48 AM

It's tough out there for a student on today's university campus.

There's so much dark wood paneling.

The impact on minority students is especially troubling, according to reports from the field: "[M]inority students" at the University of Michigan "felt marginalized by quiet imposing masculine paneling."

Whew! What these precious young minds have to deal with these days! Just to survive and thrive on campus.

No worries. HeatStreet brings you the latest action reports from the bravest of the brave at the University of Michigan.



Monday, May 15, 2017

"This Isn't Berkeley": SUNY New Paltz Student Paper Slams Antifa

By Rick Pearcey • May 15, 2017, 09:09 AM

Chris Pandolfo writes at CR:

As Antifa violence sweeps college campuses across the nation, there is hope in knowing some college students are rejecting the extreme tactics of the far-left.

In an op-ed from the editors of The New Paltz Oracle titled "This isn't Berkeley," the official student newspaper of SUNY New Paltz condemned the presence of Antifa, which it characterizes as "a far-left paramilitary group," on their campus.

"Antifa protesters have a nasty habit of turning their 'protests' into full blown riots -- destroying property, setting fires alight, and physically assaulting those they disagree with," Pandolfo writes.

"The editorial board of The New Paltz Oracle should be congratulated for defending free speech against political violence," Pandolfo concludes. "Hopefully other student groups across America will do the same."

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Socialism Kills: Infant Deaths Soar in Venezuela

By Rick Pearcey • May 12, 2017, 12:22 PM

AFP reports:

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro fired his health minister after statistics showed infant deaths surging, as elderly protesters angry over medicine shortages planned fresh rallies Friday demanding the socialist leader quit.

The health ministry on Wednesday released data showing deaths of infants under the age of one soared by 30 percent in 2016 and deaths of women linked to childbirth by 65 percent.

The government replaced minister Antonieta Caporale on Thursday with Luis Lopez Chejade, the official journal said.

Wednesday's data referred to 2016, but Caporale took over as health minister only in January this year.

"Hospitals and protesters are complaining of severe shortages of medical supplies from an economic crisis that has fueled opposition calls for early elections," accoridng to AFP.

"Elected in 2013, Maduro is resisting pressure for an early vote, calling the crisis a U.S.-backed conspiracy," AFP reports.

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Socialist Venezuela Owns Hundreds of Companies and Most Are Going Under



Thursday, May 11, 2017

Texas Woman Takes Neighborhood Patrol Into Her Own Hands -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • May 11, 2017, 09:41 AM

Jessica Willey reports at KTRK in Houston:

Armed with a shotgun and pepper spray, a southwest Houston homeowner has become a one-woman neighborhood patrol.

Debbie Davis has lived in the Brays Village neighborhood near Harwin and Boone for 30 years. She told Eyewitness News crime has gotten progressively worse over the last two years, and just this last Sunday, her next door neighbor was attacked in her driveway.

"If you come here, you're going to pay. I'm done," said Davis.

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Hat tip: Michael Berry radio show at KTRH.



Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Anonymous Warns: "Prepare" for World War 3 -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • May 9, 2017, 11:05 AM

"The infamous hacktivist group Anonymous has released a chilling new video -- urging people across the globe to 'prepare' for World War 3 -- as the U.S. and North Korea continue to move 'strategic pieces into place' for battle," Chris Perez reports at the NYPost.



Monday, May 8, 2017

Tucker: Texas Gov. Abbott Discusses Bill Banning Sanctuary Cities -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • May 8, 2017, 10:29 AM

"The real issue here," says the governor of Texas, "is public safety. . . . The first role of government is keeping people safe."

Recalling the shooting death of Kate Steinle in "Sanctuary" city San Francisco by an illegal immigrant, Abbott stated, "As governor of Texas I cannot allow a San Francisco Kate Steinle situation to be repeated here."

Watch this segment of Tucker Carlson Tonight here.



Friday, May 5, 2017

Racism Watch: Measles Outbreak in Minnesota Grows to 41 Cases

By Rick Pearcey • May 5, 2017, 11:43 AM

According to Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart:

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported on Thursday that the number of measles cases diagnosed in the state has jumped to 41, an increase of seven reported cases over the last 24 hours.

Thirty-eight cases have been reported in Hennepin County, two in Ramsey County and one in Crow Wing County

MDH says that "34 of the cases are Somali Minnesotan."

Who knew? Measles is racist.

And so is the MDH, for targeting and focusing on Somalis, the result of said targeting is to harm disproportionately women, children, and minorities in particular. And of course, illegal immigrants, none of whom are illegal.

May the gods, goddesses, and transgods of PC Heaven save us.

Speaking of which, try this powerful medicine: Self-identify as healed. Measles begone! Learned that at Berkeley.

By the way, there are $50 doctorates from the Cayman Islands if you're too busy fighting oppression to make time for all that rigorous study. Berkeley or the Caymans. No diff.  

OR: Drop the PC mythology and go to real doctors, especially ones not infected by measles or by political correctness. If you want to save the children. Then clean up Minnesota. Their heads may be frozen. Melt that racism.