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Friday, January 29, 2010

Breitbart: How David Shuster Lied to Get Me on MSNBC

By Rick Pearcey • January 29, 2010, 11:43 AM

Invited to Appear on MSNBC: While David Shuster promised journalistic fairness and objectivity, "a simple Google search of David Shuster and [ACORN-buster] James O’Keefe immediately finds that Shuster went into a Twitter frenzy to tar and feather James O’Keefe and propagated what are now provably false lies about the Landrieu case," writes Andrew Breitbart at Big Journalism.

Noticing the Liberal View on Race

By Rick Pearcey • January 29, 2010, 08:47 AM

Chris Matthews "has outdone himself," writes Tony Gallardo at American Thinker. "After the State of the Union Speech, he said, 'You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour.'

"Hold on there, fellow," says Gallardo, "you're going to fast for me. My head is spinning. You are telling us he is black, but you didn't notice he is black. Exactly how does that work?"

Gallardo concludes, "By repeatedly insisting that they are post racial," liberals are "telling us they are obsessed with race."

And what a sad, unnecessary obsession. By way of contrast, not as chest-pounding but as a simple, liberating fact of life, I'll reaffirm what I wrote yesterday (on Twitter and Facebook): "Sorry, but when I watch Obama speak, I see a man, not a skin color."

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Udo Middelmann: Haiti and the Innocence of God

By Rick Pearcey • January 28, 2010, 10:44 AM

Speaker, author, and former atheist Udo Middelmann, president of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation, writes:

The assumption that God is behind all things happening, behind the earthquake in Haiti, Katrina’s destruction in New Orleans, and catastrophes as large as the Tsunami or as little as a household accident, is built on the view of a closed system universe.

There is an effect: therefore there must be a cause. True, but who or what is the cause?

If there is a single cause, there is no distinction between good and evil. If there are many possible causes, we do well to discern and oppose the destructive ones.

To blame historic Christianity’s God is not justified in light of Scripture and the person and life of Jesus. The Bible speaks of a world which now gives God grief, where people and nature are not "at peace," and where God interferes precisely because, as the Lord’s Prayer tells us, His will is not yet being done "on earth as it is in heaven." God sent prophets because what people did was in opposition to the will of God, not in concurrence with it. 

Likewise, Jesus, who is God in the flesh and the exact image of the Father, does not walk about holding people’s hands in their misfortunes and accompany them through misery. Instead he aggressively opposes sickness, false teaching, vile government, and death itself.

Where other religions and secular philosophies start with the assumption of the normality of things and events, as sad as they are, God describes a sickening abnormality in his creation and acts, speaks, protests, and encourages us to do likewise.

There is no fatalism in Jewish and Christian teaching, though many times it seems to be in the language and explanations believers use to erroneously comfort themselves. There is the sound of false piety from what is in fact a total contradiction to what Jesus taught and did.

The faith and hope that God’s sovereignty is expressed in every event is something for the future.

For the time being, Haiti, Tsunami, Katrina, and your child falling out of a swing are things you should be upset about. We should not settle into acceptance, but rise for energetic and healing intervention to prevent each and recurrent tragedies.

For a more thorough development of these ideas you may want to consult my book The Innocence of God.

In addition to his work at the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation, Middelmann is also visiting professor of philosophy at The King's College in New York City. For more information, please contact Middelmann at The Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation, CH – 1882 Gryon, Switzerland.

Alito's "Not True" Is Correct: Video

By Rick Pearcey • January 28, 2010, 08:24 AM

"Much is being made of the president's peroration on the SCOTUS ruling last week permitting corporations to speak freely on political matters in federal elections," writes Clarice Feldman at American Thinker

"As he spoke, attacking the Court, whose members but for Chief Justice Roberts and Scalia were present, observers saw Justice Alito shake his head and say to himself 'not true'." (Here is video.)

"And he was right," says Feldman. "President and purported constitutional scholar Obama was once again showing he has no idea about the law."

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Poll: Fox Most Trusted Name in News

By Rick Pearcey • January 27, 2010, 09:10 AM

"Fox is the most trusted television news network in the country, according to a new poll out Tuesday," writes Andy Barr at Politico.

"A Public Policy Polling nationwide survey of 1,151 registered voters Jan. 18-19 found that 49 percent of Americans trusted Fox News, 10 percentage points more than any other network."

Obama: The God That Failed

By Rick Pearcey • January 27, 2010, 08:37 AM

From the Washington Times:

Mr. Obama came to Washington promising a new tone, an end to bitter partisanship, a new openness and frankness with the American people.

But transparency was obscured, partisan lines hardened, and the White House became an ivory tower of arrogance.

As Mr. Obama steps to the podium to give his State of the Union address tonight after a year in office, the man who stood above the world has crashed back down to Earth.

Film: "The Book of Eli" and Sissified Christians

By Rick Pearcey • January 27, 2010, 07:53 AM

Molotov Mitchell reviews this "fantastic film featuring tremendous performances" from Gary Oldman, Denzel Washington, and Jennifier Beals.

The point of the film: In this "Christian 'Mad Max' story . . . . as liberal forces seek to destroy the Bible here in America, The Book of Eli paints a prophetic portrait of what could happen should they succeed."

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

S.C. Candidate for Congress: "Stop the Madness"

By Rick Pearcey • January 26, 2010, 10:16 AM

"Stovall Witte, who worked as U.S. Rep. Henry Brown's first chief of staff before taking a position at Charleston Southern University, said Friday he is entering the increasingly crowded race for the 1st District seat Brown has held," reports SunNews.com. "Witte said he is resigning his position as the university's vice president for advancement and marketing to concentrate full time on the race."

When asked his opinion on the current Congress, Witte replied: "Stop the madness. We have people who seem not to realize we're at war. We have people who don't seem to care that they're passing laws that aren't in line with the Constitution. And then we're spending all of our children's money."

New Poll: Rubio Beating Crist by 3 in Florida Senate Race

By Rick Pearcey • January 26, 2010, 09:51 AM

"A new poll shows Marco Rubio ahead of Charlie Crist for the first time in the race," writes Erick Erickson at Red State. "The Quinnipiac University poll has Rubio ahead by 3 and also beating Kendrick Meeks, the expected Democrat."

David Limbaugh: "It's Not About Me" -- Wink, Wink

By Rick Pearcey • January 26, 2010, 09:22 AM

David Limbaugh writes:

The more painful exposure we have to Barack Obama -- and we're talking hyper-exposure at this point -- the more we realize how narcissistic he is. Indeed, we are treated to this overexposure precisely because of his narcissistic impulses. He can't keep himself out of the spotlight.

So it was that on the heels of his crushing personal defeat in the Massachusetts senatorial election last week, Obama's principal reaction was, "This isn't about me."

When someone says that one time or a few times, you might believe him. But when he says it repeatedly (see below), you have to conclude he is protesting too much and means just the opposite.

An Observation on the Washington Culture Power Machine: Sadly, the "not about me" syndrome is an equal opportunity syndrome. Christians especially may want to be careful, in an age of "Big Christianity" (with insidious parallels to Big Government) and big celebrity, in the embrace of "Big Namism," as if the Lord God can work only through huge ministries the have as their center of gravity a star "spiritual giant" (with a professed PR record of humility -- just ask his carefully cultivated "supporters") who has "written" oh so many impressive books, articles, columns, and so on. All topped off with humble "not about me" "think tanks," etc., beginning to spring up named after the carefully packaged and marketed humble one. Some of these people will tell you to your face, and will say in front of thousands (or millions if on TV), that it's not about them, even as they ink book deals where other people do the real work but the supposed "brilliant thinker" takes credit (because it advances the "work of the kingdom" -- Ananias and Saphirra of Acts 5 might have loved that con, until they were exposed).

This of course is a tragedy. But there is hope, a better way. And for an authentic and humane Biblical alternative to this "ape the world" embrace of secularism ("pragmatically" effective but leaving a trail of dead and wounded in its wake), I would suggest (as a start) No Little People, an essential book of sermons by Francis Schaeffer (who actually lived the alternative). And to help flesh this out, you may also find "Francis Schaeffer: A Student's Appreciation of a Distinct Approach" a worthwhile read. You might also consider chapter 13 of Schaeffer's True Spirituality ("Substantial Healing in the Church") as well as chapter 13 of Nancy's Total Truth ("True Spirituality and Christian Worldvew").

The road to Hell is paved not just with good intentions but also with people doing the Lord's work in the world's way, even though they have had every opportunity to know and do better. You might say Washington phoniness camoulflaged with Gospel-talk stinks to High Heaven. Judgment day could be full of surprises

Lech Walesa to Campaign for Illinois Republican

By Rick Pearcey • January 26, 2010, 07:00 AM

"It's not every day that a Nobel Prize winner becomes involved in a U.S. election, but Lech Walesa -- famed for his Cold War leadership of the Solidarity movement in Poland -- will be campaigning this week for a GOP gubernatorial candidate in Illinois," writes Robert Stacy McCain at American Spectator.

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Adam Andrzejewski is "seeking the seat previously held by impeached Democrat Rod Blagojevich and currently held by Pat Quinn," McCain continues. Andrzejewski is "backed by many Tea Party activists and has never previously held elective office -- a point in his favor, according to Walesa."

Monday, January 25, 2010

Another Democrat Set to Retire

By Rick Pearcey • January 25, 2010, 09:19 AM

"Arkansas Democratic Rep. Marion Berry plans to announce Monday that he won't seek re-election this fall, people who have spoken to Berry told The Associated Press."

Obama Uses Teleprompters in Speech to 6th-Graders: Video

By Rick Pearcey • January 25, 2010, 08:03 AM

From Real Clear Politics: "President Obama uses two teleprompters while speaking to students at a school in Falls Church, Virginia."

Hat tip: Neil Russo

Justice Roberts Hints He Could Overturn Roe v. Wade

By Rick Pearcey • January 25, 2010, 07:20 AM

"Chief Justice John Roberts last week made it clear that the Supreme Court over which he presides will not hesitate to sweep away its own major constitutional rulings when doing so is necessary to defend America’s bedrock governing document," writes Theodore Kettle at Newsmax.

Two Points: "The announcement of that guiding core principle means two very big things. First, Roberts and his fellow strict constructionists on the court are now armed and ready with a powerful rationale for overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion ruling if Justice Anthony Kennedy or a future justice becomes the fifth vote against Roe.

"Secondly, successfully placing Roberts atop the high court is beginning to look like former President George W. Bush’s most important legacy -- a gift that will keep on giving for conservatives for decades."

Massachusetts! Now What?

By Rick Pearcey • January 25, 2010, 06:27 AM

Report Back to the Front Lines: "It is now time to return, emboldened and better equipped, to where the battle for America is the fiercest, and reengage the tooth-and-nail struggle to prevent the Obama administration from fulfilling its all-encompassing visions of statism," writes Miguel A. Guanipa at American Thinker.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Whites Only Basketball League Announced

By Rick Pearcey • January 22, 2010, 02:22 PM

"The Augusta Chronicle reported on Tuesday that the All-American Basketball Alliance plans to kick off its inaugural season in June and hopes that Augusta will be one of 12 cities to host teams," reports the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

"But here's the kicker: According to a press release the newspaper and other Augusta media outlets received from the new league, 'only players that are natural-born United State citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league'."

One strains to believe that this is not a joke. But just in case it is not, here is my reply:

1. As the offspring of two parents of the "Caucasian race," I reject this league.

2. As a naturalized "Caucasian" citizen of the United States, having been born in Germany of a wonderful German woman named Annie, I reject this league.

3. As a person of color -- after all, "white" is a color -- I reject this league.

4. As a graduate of Butler High School (Augusta, Ga.) and Augusta State University, I reject this league.

5. Meanwhile, I shall continue to enjoy the sport of soccer with my brothers -- all of them "created equal" by God -- from Ghana, Morroco, Mauritania, Sudan, Trinidad, Jamaica, El Salvador, Mexico, Virginia, and parts elsewhere in the great U.S.A.

6. I'm human, and I'm proud.

Billboard: Prepare for War -- Live Free or Die

By Rick Pearcey • January 22, 2010, 01:40 PM

On Facebook is a photo of a billboard with the following content:

A citizens guide to REVOLUTION of a corrupt government.

1. Starve the Beast, keep your money.

2. Vote out incumbents.

3. If steps 1 & 2 fail?


Specter Tells Bachmann: "Act Like a Lady"

By Rick Pearcey • January 22, 2010, 07:35 AM

On the radio: "I'll treat you like a lady," said Sen. Specter. "So act like one."

Obama Appointee: Freedom Is Exaggerated

By Rick Pearcey • January 22, 2010, 07:27 AM

"Yesterday's huge Supreme Court victory for free-speech rights in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission serves as a warning to the Obama administration on other speech-related issues," states an editorial in the Washington Times.

"Several Obama appointees have denigrated the importance of the First Amendment, and one presidential appointee, Mark Lloyd, holds views fundamentally at odds with the Supreme Court and America's whole tradition of protecting free speech."

Here's a quote from Mr. Lloyd: "It should be clear by now that my focus here is not freedom of speech or the press. . . . This freedom is all too often an exaggeration. At the very least, blind references to freedom of speech or the press serve as a distraction from the critical examination of other communications policies."

The editorial concludes, "Yesterday's Supreme Court ruling stands as a rebuke to Mr. Lloyd's dangerous creed. There's nothing exaggerated about the importance of the First Amendment."

Obama Setback, Brown Victory, Really a Conservative Win?

By Rick Pearcey • January 22, 2010, 06:37 AM

"I battle against Obama for the cause of constitutional liberty," writes Alan Keyes. "But it makes no sense to get so caught up in the battle that we forget the cause. There's no harm in rejoicing in Obama's Massachusetts setback, so long as we remember that when two of our opponents fight, it's better for us if neither gains strength from the victory."

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Palin and the Constitution

By Rick Pearcey • January 21, 2010, 02:40 PM

Yesterday in a column titled Olbermann vs. America, what I wrote regarding Keith Olbermann's unfortunate response to the stunning Scott Brown victory included a challenge to Sarah Palin:

Yesterday's vote in Massachusetts is a vote against estrangement from our national and creaturely identities. Yesterday stems the tide against freedom, and for that we give thanks.

But strategic victory and a strategic initiative await a critical mass of Americans who insist on returning homeward (and thus forward) to the Founding Vision -- the Declaration, the Constitution, etc. -- where a real Creator and not the pretend god of the secular state is recognized as the center of gravity of human freedom.

I have said and written many good things about the views of Sarah Palin, but it should be pointed out that her heartfelt affirmation of a "commonsense, independent agenda" may not be enough to meet the strategic challenge of our moment in history. For "commonsense" could have made you a slave in Athens, eaten by lions in Rome, headless in France 1793-94, "verboten" in Deutschland, and frozen in the workers' paradise. 

So I am happy to report that last night on Fox in an interview with Sean Hannity, the former governor of Alaska did in fact bring the Constitution to the fore. Here's how the interview concluded:

Hannity: If you had to look into the Gov. Palin's crystal ball for 2010, what do you see happening? Do you see this continuing? Do you see the Republicans taking over Congress? Do they have a shot at the Senate?

Palin: I do. I have a lot of optimism for some takeover of just commonsense conservatives being elected and being reelected to make sure that we have a sound agenda and sound policies to get our country back on the right track.

I see that the momentum is on the commonsense and constitutional conservative side, and that this provide[s] a whole lot of optimism for all the country.

It is almost impossible to overstate the importance of the Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights to recovering America as a country that embraces freedom and dignity under God, as opposed to unfreedom and indignity under the heel of some kind of coercive, impositional state that in practice, in effect, seeks to replace the Creator.

Clearly, the Founding Fathers would have understood this emphasis. Just as clearly, Sarah Palin and the Republican Party would do themselves well to articulate and practice that self-same vision. Idolatry, including the idolatry of the secular state, makes for bad politics.

Der Spiegel: The World Bids Farewell to Obama

By Rick Pearcey • January 21, 2010, 10:46 AM

"U.S. President Barack Obama suffered a painful defeat in Massachusetts on Tuesday," writes Charles Hawley at Der Spiegel. "With mid-term elections looming, it means that Obama will have to fundamentally re-think his political course. German commentators say it is the end of hope."

Will Kudlow Challenge Schumer in Senate Bid?

By Rick Pearcey • January 21, 2010, 09:21 AM

"Fueled by Scott Brown's stunning 'Massachusetts Miracle,' the New York political scene is buzzing with talk of a movement to draft Larry Kudlow to challenge liberal New York Sen. Chuck Schumer," reports David Patten at Newsmax.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Olbermann vs. America

By Rick Pearcey • January 20, 2010, 01:01 PM

In many ways what you are seeing in Keith Olbermann's performance (Olbermann Renews "Teabagging" Attack on Scott Brown) is what American government and society would look like if secularist "liberalism" -- a worldview that rejects the Founding concept of a Creator who is the source of unalienable rights (and human reason and empirical data, by the way) -- wins the day.

That kind of secularism, if logically extended and lived upon, results in the abolition of unalienable rights, rational discourse, and the appeal to evidence. You will hear talk of "living Constitutions" and "values," but really all that's left is the inhumane application of raw power -- in the womb, the workplace, and the White House.

It is a recipe for America as wasteland.

For a Pretend Creator (i.e., a federal state) is not strong enough to carry the weight of rights, reason, and evidence. That kind of "god" will be crushed, and all that depends upon that kind of pretension will be crushed with it, including those who try to build a free society upon it.

Yesterday's vote in Massachusetts is a vote against estrangement from our national and creaturely identities. Yesterday stems the tide against freedom, and for that we give thanks.

But strategic victory and a strategic initiative await a critical mass of Americans who insist on returning homeward (and thus forward) to the Founding Vision -- the Declaration, the Constitution, etc. -- where a real Creator and not the pretend god of the secular state is recognized as the center of gravity of human freedom.

I have said and written many good things about the views of Sarah Palin, but it should be pointed out that her heartfelt affirmation of a "commonsense, independent agenda" may not be enough to meet the strategic challenge of our moment in history. For "commonsense" could have made you a slave in Athens, eaten by lions in Rome, headless in France 1793-94, "verboten" in Deutschland, and frozen in the workers' paradise. 

And perhaps rather surprisingly (ask King George), you could say that what the Founders gave us was actually uncommonsense, given the history of humanity in this hard world.

Yes: Extremely uncommon is the vision of the Declaration and content of the Constitution. Sadly, these brilliant documents do not keep us from making mistakes; happily, they do give us a basis for correcting them.

In contrast to secularists past and present, the Founding Vision gives a fixed point that liberates -- with a real Creator as the basis for real unalienable rights. Having a secure foundation is a good thing, because without a fixed point, talk of progress has no meaning.

I hope no one concludes from this a calling to hate an anchor on MSNBC, however heated or misguided the debate might be. The point is not hate, but love. Love of freedom and all the Blessings of Liberty from the One who gives the blessings, for everyone. This too is uncommonsense.

Report: Reid Would Welcome Brown to Senate

By Rick Pearcey • January 20, 2010, 07:29 AM

In a story titled "Shock Poll Victory Leaves Obama Reeling," Ros Krasny of Reuters reports, "U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said he would welcome [Scott] Brown to the Senate as soon as he received the paperwork from Massachusetts officials." 

Why Scott Brown Won

By Rick Pearcey • January 20, 2010, 07:03 AM

Katie O'Malley writes at Human Events: "Call them Tea Partiers, grassroots activists, or any number of coarse and insulting smears from the likes of Keith Olbermann, their power and impact can not be denied after this stunning victory."

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

10 Commandments Display Stays

By Rick Pearcey • January 19, 2010, 12:43 PM

From OneNewsNow:

An appeals court decision favoring a Ten Commandments display in Grayson County, Kentucky, will likely not be appealed.

The display -- entitled "Foundations of American Law and Government" and found on the second floor of the county courthouse -- also includes the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, The Star-Spangled Banner and the national motto, among other things. The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that it passes constitutional muster. Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel and Liberty University argued the case.

White House Keeps Up War on Fox News

By Rick Pearcey • January 19, 2010, 10:17 AM

"The White House communications director is lobbing new firebombs at Fox News, saying it is not 'a traditional news organization' and won't be treated as equal to other news networks," reports David a Patten at NewsMax.

"The remarks by Dan Pfeiffer, who recently replaced Anita Dunn as the White House communications director, indicate that the administration has no plans to back off its strident anti-Fox News rhetoric."

All Eyes on Bay State

By Rick Pearcey • January 19, 2010, 06:36 AM

"From Pittsfield to Framingham, North Andover to Dorchester, the candidates for US Senate made a last dash across the state yesterday, issuing their final pitches to voters ahead of a special election today that has drawn the eyes of the nation," reports Boston.com

Speaking of "final pitches," here's this confident toss from Republican underdog but now leading in several polls Scott Brown to Barack Obama:

Let me just tell you something, Mr. President. You can criticize my record. . . . But don’t ever start criticizing my truck . . . . 'Cause in a few months, I’m gonna pack up that truck and drive it right down to Washington.

Obama EEOC Pick: Society Should "Not Tolerate Private Beliefs" That "Adversely Affect" Homosexuals

By Rick Pearcey • January 19, 2010, 06:04 AM

"Chai Feldblum, the Georgetown University law professor nominated by President Obama to serve on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, has written that society should 'not tolerate' any 'private beliefs,' including religious beliefs, that may negatively affect homosexual 'equality'," reports CNSNews.com.

Monday, January 18, 2010

World Misled Over Himalayan Glacier Meltdown

By Rick Pearcey • January 18, 2010, 08:50 AM

From the London Times:

A warning that climate change will melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 is likely to be retracted after a series of scientific blunders by the United Nations body that issued it.

Two years ago the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a benchmark report that was claimed to incorporate the latest and most detailed research into the impact of global warming. A central claim was the world's glaciers were melting so fast that those in the Himalayas could vanish by 2035.

In the past few days the scientists behind the warning have admitted that it was based on a news story in the New Scientist, a popular science journal, published eight years before the IPCC's 2007 report.

None Dare Call It Socialism

By Rick Pearcey • January 18, 2010, 07:44 AM

That would be impolite in certain toney circles, but Larry Thornberry at American Spectator ignores peer pressure and forges ahead.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Danny Glover: Haiti Earthquake a Response to Copenhagen

By Rick Pearcey • January 15, 2010, 10:06 AM

Says the Man From Hollywood: "They're all in peril because of global warming. They're all in peril because of climate change . . . . When we did what we did at the climate summit in Copenhagen, this is the response, this is what happens."

Hat tip: Drudge

Top 3 "Most Influential" U.S. Conservatives

By Rick Pearcey • January 15, 2010, 08:23 AM

According to the Telegraph, the top 3 "most influential" conservatives in the U.S., in order of rank, are 1) Dick Cheney, 2) Rush Limbaugh, and 3) Matt Drudge.

Great Awakening 2010: Eureka, I'm a Conservative!

By Rick Pearcey • January 15, 2010, 06:56 AM

Awakening Has Started: "For the longest time, average Americans were in a political stupor," writes Harold Witkov at American Thinker. "But not anymore."

What's happening? "In the past year," Witkov continues, "across this great nation of ours, an awakening has started. Individual Americans, by the droves, are experiencieng their own political eureka moments and transforming into conservatives."

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Red State: "Sheer Panic" in Massachusetts

By Rick Pearcey • January 14, 2010, 06:16 AM

"The Democrats have gone into ’sheer panic’ mode over Martha Coakley’s campaign in Massachusetts," writes Erick Erickson at Red State.

"If Scott Brown keeps Coakley down to a narrow victory -- never mind Brown winning in a state that really does not like Republicans -- it will send shockwaves throughout Washington, D.C., and probably expedite a wave of retirements and party flipping," Erickson concludes.

Hollywood Turning Against Obamacare

By Rick Pearcey • January 14, 2010, 06:00 AM

"Alec Baldwin, award winning actor and wannabe leftist political commentator, called on Congress to sink congressional health care legislation today, saying he would rather the federal government 'put a Major Oil Company Out of Business,' according to the headline of his column at the Huffington Post," writes Lachlan Markay at Newsbusters.

"Baldwin isn't the only liberal entertainer calling for the death of ObamaCare. Plans to tax so-called 'Cadillac' health care plans -- or the most expensive insurance plans -- have riled up some key Democratic supporters. The Teamsters Union and the AFL-CIO have protested, but now objections are also being raised by Hollywood's biggest unions."

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sarah Palin Debuts as Fox News Contributor

By Rick Pearcey • January 13, 2010, 11:16 AM

The former governor of Alaska and author of Going Rogue -- currently ranked no. 19 at Amazon -- is off to a good start.

In two segments, Bill O'Reilly interviews the newest Fox News contributor, Sarah Palinhere.

Scott Brown Running for "People's Seat," Not "the Kennedy Seat"

By Rick Pearcey • January 13, 2010, 07:18 AM

"Anybody who thinks the threats of a socialistic health overhaul and big government haven't sparked a popular uprising need only look one place: Teddy Kennedy's Massachusetts," states an editorial at Investor's Business Daily.

"Now We Have a White House Negro"

By Rick Pearcey • January 13, 2010, 06:15 AM

From CNSNews.com:

The niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has denounced racially charged comments Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) made about Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.
The new book Game Change (Harper) about the 2008 presidential race states that Reid believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama -- a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,’ as he later put it privately.”  

Democratic leaders have defended Reid, as have black activists such as Rev. Al Sharpton, but Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., views the controversy differently.
“I don’t care who said it,” she told CNSNews.com. “It doesn’t matter to me. It’s still wrong. It’s outrageous to say that we are going to let a man have a position because he is light-skinned and he uses a Negro dialect when it is convenient.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Red State: Charlie Crist Will Drop Out of Senate Race

By Rick Pearcey • January 12, 2010, 10:24 AM

"The Crist campaign says it is not true, but the writing is on the wall," says Erick Erickson.

Palin Skips CPAC, Accepts Tea Party Offer

By Rick Pearcey • January 12, 2010, 08:59 AM

"In step with the title of her No. 1 best-seller Going Rogue, former GOP vice-presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin is bypassing the traditional summit for conservatives this year, the Conservative Political Action Conference, while planning to speak at a tea party event," reports WND.

Monday, January 11, 2010

In Hasan Case, Superiors Ignored Their Worries

By Rick Pearcey • January 11, 2010, 09:09 AM

"A Defense Department review of the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, has found the doctors overseeing Maj. Nidal Hasan's medical training repeatedly voiced concerns over his strident views on Islam and his inappropriate behavior, yet continued to give him positive performance evaluations that kept him moving through the ranks," reports AP.

Bravo to Brit Hume

By Rick Pearcey • January 11, 2010, 08:08 AM

Selwyn Duke says he is "always amused when people object to others' effort to convert them, especially since it's a daily occurence."

Friday, January 8, 2010

Why The Pearcey Report Will Publish Again Monday

By Rick Pearcey • January 8, 2010, 12:36 AM

Nancy and I are having a terrific time learning and speaking at Awakening 2010.

See you Monday!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Brit Hume: Media Backlash Over Tiger and Christianity Remarks Reflects Double Standard

By Rick Pearcey • January 7, 2010, 06:33 AM

Karen Shuberg reports at CNSNews.com:

Brit Hume said he was “not surprised” by the media backlash over his Christian remarks to Tiger Woods on “Fox News Sunday” this week and that there is a “double-standard” when it comes to speaking publicly about Christianity versus other religions.

Hume, a Fox News analyst, told CNSNews.com: “There is a double standard. If I had said, for example, that what Tiger Woods needed to do was become more deeply engaged in his Buddhist faith or to adopt the ideas of Hinduism, which I think would be of great spiritual value to him, I doubt anybody would have said anything.”

Tea Party Head Warns GOP of Florida Repeat

By Rick Pearcey • January 7, 2010, 06:18 AM

From the Washington Times:

A founder of the 'tea party' movement said Wednesday he had a warning for Republican state leaders: Back conservative candidates or else other states will suffer the same backlash that toppled Florida's Republican Party chairman this week.

"We are turning our guns on anyone who doesn't support constitutional conservative candidates," Dale Robertson, who operates TeaParty.org out of Houston and helped start the movement nearly two years ago.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sarah Palin: It's a War, Not a Crime Spree

By Rick Pearcey • January 6, 2010, 09:07 AM

Fatal Flaw: "President Obama’s meeting with his top national security advisers does nothing to change the fact that his fundamental approach to terrorism is fatally flawed," writes Sarah Palin on her Facebook page.

"We are at war with radical Islamic extremists and treating this threat as a law enforcement issue is dangerous for our nation’s security. That’s what happened in the 1990s and we saw the result on September 11, 2001," she argues.

"This is a war on terror not an 'overseas contingency operation.' Acts of terrorism are just that, not 'man caused disasters.'

"The system did not work. Abdulmutallab was a child of privilege radicalized and trained by organized jihadists, not an 'isolated extremist' who traveled to a land of 'crushing poverty.'

"He is an enemy of the United States, not just another criminal defendant." (emphasis added)

Read the entire statement from Sarah Palin.

System Is Working: Underwear Bomber's Visa Now Revoked

By Rick Pearcey • January 6, 2010, 08:11 AM

"Under the category of looks-like-about-12-days-too-late, the State Department has announced it is revoking the U.S. visa for suspected Nigerian underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab," writes Andrew Malcolm at the LATimes.

"That will show him and who knows how many others that the Obama administration really means business."

Hat tip: Instapundit

Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck Apparently Not Dead

By Rick Pearcey • January 6, 2010, 07:12 AM

And that's even though Wikipedia pronounced Rush had died, and a "major news organization" made inquiries about the "fatal plane crash of Glenn Beck," reports Jim Meyers at Newsmax.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Brit Hume: Tiger Woods Should "Turn to Christian Faith"

By Rick Pearcey • January 5, 2010, 10:33 AM

Said Mr. Hume on "Fox News Sunday" (transcript at Politics Daily):

Tiger Woods will recover as a golfer. Whether he can recover as a person I think is a very open question, and it's a tragic situation for him.

I think he's lost his family, it's not clear to me if he'll be able to have a relationship with his children, but the Tiger Woods that emerges once the news value dies out of this scandal -- the extent to which he can recover -- seems to me to depend on his faith.

He's said to be a Buddhist; I don't think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith.

So my message to Tiger would be, 'Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.'

Steele: GOP "Screwed Up" After Reagan

By Rick Pearcey • January 5, 2010, 09:14 AM

From AP:

Republican Party Chairman Michael S. Steele offers a simple explanation for why the GOP all too often lost touch with typical Americans after the Ronald Reagan era: "We screwed up," he claims in a new book offering a blueprint for the party's resurgence.

That "we" includes the last two Republican presidents and the most recent Republican candidate for president.

The name of the book is Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Ex-Lesbian Lisa Miller "Disappears" With Daughter

By Rick Pearcey • January 4, 2010, 08:37 AM

"Ex-homosexual Lisa Miller has apparently disappeared following a court order to transfer custody of her daughter to lesbian Janet Jenkins, her former partner, on January 1st," reports Lifesite News.

Rush Returns Wednesday

By Rick Pearcey • January 4, 2010, 07:58 AM

From KNSS News Radio 1330: "Rush will return to the microphone on Wednesday, January 6th. Mark Steyn will be the guest host on Monday, January 4th and Tuesday, January 5th."

Hat tip: Big Hollywood