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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Video: Immigrant to Conn. Gun Panel -- "Few saw the 3rd Reich coming until it was too late"

By Rick Pearcey • January 31, 2013, 11:33 AM

Jason Howerton reports at The Blaze:

During a public hearing on gun violence in Hartford, Conn. on Monday, a legal immigrant by the name of Henson Ong issued a passionate defense of the Second Amendment and argued that gun control simply "does not work."

The video of Ong’s testimony has already surpassed 130,000 views on YouTube. . . .

"Your own history is replete with high school rifle teams, boy scout marksmanship merit badges," he explained. "You could buy rifles at hardware stores, you could order them . . . your country was awash in readily available firearms and ammunition, and yet in your past you did not have mass school shootings."

"What changed?" he asked. "It was not that the availability of guns suddenly exploded or increased, it actually was decreased. What changed was societal decay," he added, resulting in more applause.

In his conclusion, Ong quoted Judge Alex Kozinski in his 2002 dissent in the case of Silveira v. Lockye

"My excellent colleagues have forgotten these bitter lessons of history," Ong quoted Kozinski.

"The prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime usually do. But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late," Ong continued.

"The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed only for those exceptionally rare circumstances when all other rights have failed," Ong read.

"A free people can only afford to make this mistake once."

Here is Youtube video of Henson Ong testifying on gun control at a public hearing in Hartford, Conn.

Mark Levin on Obama Gun Action: "This is 1930s stuff"  
Fascism Is Back

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Charlie Daniels: "Chaos and bloodshed" on "streets of this nation"

By Rick Pearcey • January 30, 2013, 10:14 AM

He is also "deeply concerned about the rapid erosion of personal liberty and our president's cavalier attitude toward the Constitution and consolidation of power into a monolithic central, federal government, a bureaucratic nightmare that makes and enforces the rules, controlling even the administration of health care and the curriculum our children will study in school."

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Video: Obama to "60 Minutes" -- Sit, Lie Down, Roll Over, Fetch . . . Good Boy!

By Rick Pearcey • January 29, 2013, 05:45 PM

Or as ace interviewer Steve Kroft puts it: "I Think He Knows That We're Not Going To Play Gotcha With Him."

CBS's Dickerson to Obama: "Pulverize" ... "Declare War" ... "Go for the Throat" of GOP 
MSNBC: No Negative Obama Stories -- and No Positive Romney Stories
-- Last Week of Campaign

Why Are Boy Scouts Contemplating Suicide?

By Rick Pearcey • January 29, 2013, 10:00 AM

David Kupelian writes at WND:

The Boy Scouts of America -- one of the last truly great American institutions, which for 100 years has prepared tens of millions of boys for responsible manhood -- is reportedly on the verge of changing its policy on homosexuals. . . .

America is in a time of great crisis on many fronts, and much that is good we are in danger of permanently losing. The Boy Scouts of America is one of the most important and loved and truly valuable organizations in American history. It is literally a sacred trust between one generation and the next. The Supreme Court is on their side. Public opinion is on their side. God is on their side.

Why on earth would they trade all this away by giving in to pressure from people who detest them and everything they stand for?

"A little bit of America will die if the Boy Scouts organization gives in to the pressure and makes this decision," Kupelian concludes.

"You might want to let them know how you feel. You can reach the Boy Scouts of America at 972-580-2000. Tell them how much you appreciate them -- and tell them to stand strong."

Romney vs. the Boy Scouts 
Radical Rules for Girl Scouts' Birthday
Pro-Same-Sex "Marriage" Lesbian: "Institution of Marriage Should Not Exist"

Monday, January 28, 2013

Editing Nancy Pearcey's New Book

By Rick Pearcey • January 28, 2013, 05:00 PM

Tonight I begin editing Nancy's new book, on apologetics. In the not distant future, she'll be editing my book on themes related to the question of resistance in today's world.

Accosted! Journalist Blocked, Followed by Mayor Bloomberg Security After Gun Control Question . . . Video

By Rick Pearcey • January 28, 2013, 03:03 PM

Wynton Hall reports at Breitbart.com:

In an explosive exchange outside the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., security guards for billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accosted senior Talk Radio Network investigative reporter Jason Mattera when he asked the mayor about his strong support for gun control.

Here is video of the exchange.

Beyond the Tea Party

By Rick Pearcey • January 28, 2013, 11:34 AM

Memo to contemporary Sons of Liberty: "It may be too late for marches and rallies."

Saturday, January 26, 2013

"About One in Four Black Babies Aborted"

By Rick Pearcey • January 26, 2013, 06:22 PM

Paul Strand reports at CBN:

Statistics show about one in four black babies are aborted. . . .

"We're witnessing numbers of about 1,500 black babies a day that are dying," said Pastor Stephen Broden of the group Life Always.

"Broden partly blames the media for refusing to cover this de facto genocide. His organization has put up billboards across the nation to highlight the growing tragedy," CBN reports.

On the other hand: "So what if abortion ends a life?"

Video: This Is a High-Information Doggie

By Rick Pearcey • January 26, 2013, 04:00 PM

If only we could teach the GOP establishment, not to mention a few voters, what this dog already knows.

Communist Party Cheers Obama Gun Control

By Rick Pearcey • January 26, 2013, 12:36 PM

William F. Jasper writes at Infowars:

It should come as no surprise that the Communist Party USA is on board with President Obama’s plan to attack Americans’ right to keep and bear arms as a means to "end gun violence." A cardinal feature of communist regimes, like all dictatorships, is the prohibition of private ownership of arms, creating a monopoly of force in the hands of the State.

In a January 18 article, People’s World, an official publication of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), declared that "the ability to live free from the fear or threat of gun violence is a fundamental democratic right
-- one that far supercedes any so-called personal gun rights allegedly contained in the Second Amendment."

"The American Founding Fathers . . . recognized that the armed private citizen is the ultimate check and balance against the centralized monopoly of force which invariably turns tyrannical and deadly," Jasper writes.

Why the 2nd Amendment? "The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed"

Many Ways Conservatives Can -- and Should -- Help the Poor

By Rick Pearcey • January 26, 2013, 09:04 AM

James M. Roberts writes at The Foundry:

[Daniel] Hannan does not want conservatives to simply criticize leftist development aid policies complacently without offering an alternative.

There is a good one: economic freedom, including free trade, which is measured annually in The Heritage Foundation/The Wall Street Journal’s annual Index of Economic Freedom.

Tina Turner Dropping U.S. Citizenship

By Rick Pearcey • January 26, 2013, 08:49 AM

Fox News reports:

The Nutbush, Tenn. native is giving up her US passport, in favor of a Swiss one.

"I'm very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here. . . . I cannot imagine a better place to live," Turner told the German newspaper Blick.

"Turner has lived in the Zurich suburb of Kuesnacht since the mid-1990s," Fox reports.

"The local Zuerichsee-Zeitung newspaper said on its website the local council announced its decision to grant the 73-year-old Turner citizenship in an official notice published in Friday's edition."

Hundreds of Thousands Join Record-Breaking March for Life

By Rick Pearcey • January 26, 2013, 08:30 AM

Ben Johnson reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

Huddled under winter coats and hats and scarves, hundreds of thousands of pro-life activists gathered on the Mall in Washington D.C. this morning to send a clear message to politicians in the Capitol, and the whole country: 40 years is too long, abortion must end! But despite the frigid January temperatures, the crowd, made up largely of teens and young adults, was boisterous, with many groups chanting pro-life slogans and singing hymns as they walked.

This year's March marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, since which an estimated 55 million babies have been killed by abortion in America.

Rand Paul: "Right and Wrong Have Become Subservient to a Hedonism of the Moment"

By Rick Pearcey • January 26, 2013, 08:17 AM

Elizabeth Harrington reports at CNSNews.com:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told a crowd of thousands of pro-life Americans gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the 40th annual March for Life on Friday that America is a nation “adrift" where "right and wrong have become subservient to the hedonism of the moment."

“Can a nation long endure that does not respect the sanctity of life?” Paul asked. “Can a nation conceived in liberty carry its head high if it denies protection to the youngest and most vulnerable of its citizens? Can a country founded on God-given rights continue to thrive without understanding that life is a precious gift from our Creator?"

Friday, January 25, 2013

You Can't Confiscate Guns Without First Confiscating the Constitution -- and Then What Are You, Mr. Obama?

By Rick Pearcey • January 25, 2013, 08:35 PM

In contrast to the current White House occupant, Sheriff Joe Arpaio's approach respects the mainstream American -- and human -- rules of freedom (cf., Declaration of Independence, U.S. Bill of Rights).

More at "Sheriff Joe Arpaio: I'm Not Confiscating Guns."

Obama: "Executive Action" on Gun Control "Within My Authority as President" 
Caddell: "This Country Is on the Verge of Explosion"
U.S. Marine Schools CNN: "Unconstitutional Laws Are Not Laws"
Why the 2nd Amendment? "The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed"

Court Rules: Obama's Unconstitutional Abuse of Power

By Rick Pearcey • January 25, 2013, 02:06 PM

In an article titled, "Obama Recess Appointments Unconstitutional," Stephen Dinan reports at the Washington Times:

In a case freighted with major constitutional implications, a federal appeals court on Friday overturned President Obama’s controversial recess appointments from last year, ruling he abused his powers and acted when the Senate was not actually in a recess. [emphasis added]

The three-judge panel’s ruling is a major blow to Mr. Obama. The judges ruled that the appointments he made to the National Labor Relations Board are illegal, and the board no longer has a quorum to operate.

"If some administrative inefficiency results from our construction of the original meaning of the Constitution, that does not empower us to change what the Constitution commands," the Times quotes the judges as writing.

Salon: "So What If Abortion Ends a Life?"

By Rick Pearcey • January 25, 2013, 10:18 AM

The dark nihilistic inhumane heart of abortionism: "All life is not equal."

Why Pro-Abortion Is Anti-Science 
Abortofascism and Free-Market Homicide

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Female Feminists Ought to Do Fine in Combat . . .

By Rick Pearcey • January 24, 2013, 01:03 PM

. . . As long as their enemies are unborn. On the other hand, fighting against science, sex, and love, not to mention engaging in ground combat against opposition that is armed, could pose a problem.

Women in Combat: Feminism vs. Science, Sex, Love, and War

By Rick Pearcey • January 24, 2013, 10:50 AM

In "Obama Ignores Deadly Risks to Women in Combat," Arnold Ahlert writes at Frontpagemag.com:

It didn’t take long for the Obama administration to advance a pernicious piece of its promised radical agenda. Two days after the president laid out his far-left vision during the inauguration, senior defense officials announced that Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will lift the military’s ban on women serving in combat.

The move overturns a 1994 provision that prohibited them from being assigned to ground combat units. Panetta has given the various service branches until 2016 to come up with exemptions, and/or make any arguments about what roles should still reman closed to women.

Thus, another bit of gender radicalism has been shoved down the nation’s throat through executive fiat -- and this one is sure to have deadly consequences.

"It is precisely those deadly consequences -- especially for servicewomen -- that are irrelevant to feminists and their enablers, who have long pushed the idea that men and women are essentially interchangeable," Ahlert writes. "Nothing could be further from the truth, and combat is where those differences could produce deadly results."

Ahlert continues: "Ground combat is arguably the most physically grueling activity in which one can be engaged, and despite what the feminists would like Americans to believe about equality, science says otherwise: men have almost twice the upper-body strength as women."

Poll: Voters Say Democrat Party More Likely Dominated by Extremists
Why Pro-Abortion Is Anti-Science

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

55 Million Dead Since Roe

By Rick Pearcey • January 23, 2013, 10:04 AM

Ben Johnson reports at LifeSiteNews:

Pro-life groups today expressed their grief for the 55 million unborn children aborted since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide and renewed their determination that the ruling – which turns 40 today – will not endure for another generation.

"Today, we remember the 55 million human beings who had the most basic right and freedom tragically stolen from them through abortion, the first right of all -- the right to life," said Lila Rose of Live Action. "Without the right to life, there are no other rights."

Why Pro-Abortion Is Anti-Science
Obama Administration: We Can and Will Force Christians to Act Against Their Faith
Abortofascism and Free-Market Homicide

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Obama "Invoking Some False god," Real Agenda "Very Disturbing"

By Rick Pearcey • January 22, 2013, 02:35 PM

Steve Jalsevac writes at LifeSiteNews:

We are now seeing President Obama's real agenda and it is very disturbing. It's out -- bold, front and centre.

He will use his enormous political power to try to remake marriage and family life and suppress all the natural law concepts of sexual morality.

Obama, invoking some false god, has taken on the role of the anti-religion leader of the United States, and perhaps also of the world . . ."

Fascism Is Back

Monday, January 21, 2013

CBS's Dickerson to Obama: "Pulverize" . . . "Declare War" . . . "Go for the Throat" of GOP

By Rick Pearcey • January 21, 2013, 12:20 PM

"A column published on Slate.com over the weekend urged President Obama to 'pulverize' and destroy his Republican opponents -- even 'go for the throat' -- in order to cement his legacy'," reports Fox News.

"The words of advice, though, didn't come from a Democratic strategist or a former member of the president's inner circle," Fox notes. "The nearly 2,000-word playbook came from CBS News' political director John Dickerson."

"To hear Dickerson tell it, Republicans have proved so intransigent that Obama's only option is to obliterate them," Fox continues.

"The subhead on the article said, 'Obama must declare war on the Republican Party' if he wants to transform American politics."

Comment: We see again why the formerly mainstream media is formerly mainstream: In advising Obama, CBS's Dickerson has taken sides in a political battle. He could do this as a columnist but not as a political news director at CBS News.

A news director position requires a person who embraces fact-based reporting and whose commitment to objective, fact-based reporting supercedes any commitments to a political party, for or against the politics of Obama or anybody else.

Journalism is not propaganda; it is fact-based reporting of newsworthy events that occur in this world. 

This is what journalism is, and it is not what Dickerson has given us an example of. In this respect, therefore, he does not stand in the defining mainstream of journalism.

But also, in advising Barack Obama, Dickerson is advising someone who, as the record indicates, rejects the rules of freedom as set forth in the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

This is the second way in which Dickerson is a member of the formerly mainsteam media: He operates outside of a) the rules for reporting and b) the rules for freedom.

Moreover, the further Dickerson operates outside of those principles, to that degree he practices an anti-reporting extremism in media and an anti-freedom extremism in politics.

If CBS News would like to live up to its name as a news organization, it would do well to insist that everyone hired to produce and report on news evinces a commitment to real reporting.

It is possible, after all, to be passionately committed to the discovery of truth.

Meanwhile, Americans would do well to practice an appropriate and humane skepticism toward all media.

To question authority is part of our birthright as human beings endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable abilities, among them the ability to reason, to check facts, and to demand accountability of those who hold positions of power in media and politics and elsewhere. Test everything.

MSNBC: No Negative Obama Stories -- and No Positive Romney Stories
-- Last Week of Campaign

CNN Star Caught Reading Liberal Blog on Air
"Objective" Journalism and the Formerly Mainstream Media

Friday, January 18, 2013

West Point Warns . . . About "Civil Activism, Individual Freedoms, and Self-Gov't"!

By Rick Pearcey • January 18, 2013, 12:31 PM

The alert comes in a document "issued this week by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.," reports Rowan Scarborough at the Washington Times.

Title of the study: "Challengers From the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right."

Scarborough writes:

The center -- part of the institution where men and women are molded into Army officers -- posted the report Tuesday. It lumps limited government activists with three movements it identifies as “a racist/white supremacy movement, an anti-federalist movement and a fundamentalist movement.”

The West Point center typically focuses reports on al Qaeda and other Islamic extremists attempting to gain power in Asia, the Middle East and Africa through violence.

But its latest study turns inward and paints a broad brush of people it considers "far right."

According to Scarborough, the report "says anti-federalists 'espouse strong convictions regarding the federal government, believing it to be corrupt and tyrannical, with a natural tendency to intrude on individuals' civil and constitutional rights. Finally, they support civil activism, individual freedoms, and self government. Extremists in the anti-federalist movement direct most their violence against the federal government and its proxies in law enforcement.'"

In addition, the report "draws a link between the mainstream conservative movement and the violent 'far right,' and describes liberals as 'future oriented' and conservatives as living in the past."

"If [the Defense Department] is looking for places to cut spending, this junk study is ground zero," says a GOP "congressional staffer who served in the military," according to Scarborough.

Tyranny Watch: Obama's Militarization of the Homefront
Marine Corps Law Enforcement Battalions to "Control Civil Disturbances"
FYI, Free-Thinkers: 1st Counterfeit "Marriage" at West Point Chapel 

Lawmaker Denounces Federal Program Promoting Islamic Culture

By Rick Pearcey • January 18, 2013, 08:52 AM

Todd Starnes reports at Fox News:

A North Carolina congressman is denouncing the use of federal dollars to “promote the rich cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations.”

Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) told Fox News that he was appalled by the hundreds of thousands of dollars used to fund the program through a National Endowment for the Humanities grant -- calling it “wasting taxpayer money.”

Jones was referring to the “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys” program. The NEH program put dozens of books promoting the Islamic culture in more than 800 libraries in all 50 states. The program is funded by a $1.8 million grant. . . .

Craven Community College, in Jones’ district, was one of the institutions to receive the NEH grant.

Jerry Schill, chairman of the local Craven-Pamlico Christian Coalition, said, “In light of the government’s role in keeping God out of the public square and the obstacles that Christians face when it comes to prayer and the ability to publicly proclaim our faith, it just seems more than odd that the federal government will provide a package of ‘Muslim Journeys’ to a number of colleges nationwide.” 

Obama: Islam Has Shaped the USA
Top Muslim Calls for U.N. to End Free Speech
Middle East: "Where Hitler Failed, We Must Succeed" 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Mark Levin on Obama Gun Action: "This Is 1930s Stuff"

By Rick Pearcey • January 17, 2013, 10:00 AM

Jeff Poor reports at The Daily Caller:

On Wednesday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” conservative talk show host Mark Levin said President Barack Obama’s executive actions to curb gun violence, which were announced during a Wednesday press event, are as “un-American” and “fascistic” as they are unhelpful. . . .

“There are certain things in his executive orders that are un-American. In some ways they are fascistic. Doctors are private citizens. Do we really want doctors reporting to the federal government if they think somebody might have violent tendencies? . . .

“I think there are a couple things in it that are poison pills," Levin continued, "the attempt to nationalize the medical profession and to have doctors reporting their clients to the federal government, this is 1930s stuff."

Levin also blasted Obama's call for a "national database where all innocent law-biding citizens that buy guns are in a database. Can I ask you a question -- what does that do? I can understand a national database of criminals. Why do you need a national database of Americans that own guns? What is that for?”

Fascism Is Back
Prof. Ellis Washington on "Nazi Roots of Gun Control Laws"

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sources: Rand Paul to Push Legislation Nullifying Obama’s Executive Orders on Guns

By Rick Pearcey • January 16, 2013, 08:09 PM

Alex Pappas reports at The Daily Caller:

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul plans to introduce legislation in Congress soon nullifying the executive orders on guns announced by President Barack Obama on Wednesday, a source familiar with the plans confirmed to The Daily Caller.

The Republican legislator plans to reveal his plans for legislation during an appearance on Sean Hannity's show on Fox News on Wednesday night, the source said.

New NRA Ad: "Media Speaks for Elites, America Speaks for Itself"

By Rick Pearcey • January 16, 2013, 04:21 PM

Here's the ad on YouTube.

The 2nd Amendment is a mainstream rule of freedom that stands as a bulwark to help protect against the tyranny of organized political and media hatreds, which are on ample display in this video.

Woman Hiding With Kids Shoots Intruder
U.S. Marine Schools CNN: "Unconstitutional Laws Aren't Laws"

Rand Paul: "I'm Against Having a King"

By Rick Pearcey • January 16, 2013, 08:03 AM

In comments titled, "Rand Paul vs. King Barack," John Hayward writes at Human Events:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) gave an interview to the Christian Broadcasting Network in which he rather strongly denounced President Obama’s threats to impose gun control through executive orders. ”I’m against having a king,” said the Senator.

”I think having a monarch is what we fought the American Revolution over, and someone who wants to bypass the Constitution, bypass Congress, that’s someone who wants to act like a king or monarch.”

Congressman: Impeach Obama if He Uses Executive Action for Gun Control 
Obama: "Executive Action" on Gun Control "Within My Authority as President"

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Reports: Estimated 1 Million-Plus March in Paris Against Homosex "Marriage" Plans

By Rick Pearcey • January 15, 2013, 09:43 AM

LifeSiteNews.com reports from Paris:

A million. And more. The turnout for this Sunday’s demonstration against French President François Hollande’s move to legalize same-sex “marriage” reached gigantic and even un-hoped for proportions. . . .

At half past two, the minister for Social affairs, Marisol Touraine, announced that the turnout was far less than the organizers had hoped. At 5 p.m. official figures were given out by the police: 340,000 participants. That was half their real count: unofficial sources from police headquarters say the “Préfecture” had actually counted 700,000, but had received orders to halve the figure. . . .

The demonstrators kept streaming towards the gigantic Champ de Mars which can hold some 800,000 people, and which was filled to overflowing with a rotating crowd of demonstrators.

"By 11 p.m. a number of officials at the Préfecture rebelled, according to unofficial sources, and reported estimates of as many as 1.2 to 1.4 million," LifeSiteNews reports.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Congressman: Impeachment if Obama Uses Executive Action for Gun Control

By Rick Pearcey • January 14, 2013, 08:27 PM

Caroline May reports at The Daily Caller:

Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman threatened Monday afternoon that he would file articles of impeachment against President Barack Obama if he institutes gun control measures with an executive order.

Stockman warned that such executive orders would be “unconstitutional” and “infringe on our constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms.”

“I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment," said Stockman.

Obama: "Executive Action" on Gun Control "Within My Authority as President"

By Rick Pearcey • January 14, 2013, 01:48 PM

Fred Lucas reports at CNSNews.com:

President Barack Obama said Monday he would take executive action pertaining to gun control. Though he wasn’t specific, he said some would have to do with tracing guns.

"Some of them I can accomplish through executive action," Obama said during a news conference one week before his second inauguration. "I am confident that there are some steps that we can take that don’t require legislation and that are within my authority as president and where you have a step that has the possibility to reduce gun violence, I want to go ahead and take it."

And, Mr. Obama, it is within the authority of "We the People" to take executive action against any infringement of the 2nd Amendment.

You, and every president, work for us. And our refusal to abide any infringement of the right to self-defense against unlawful "executive action," under God, may be a helpful reminder to you, in this matter.

Spying on School Kids

By Rick Pearcey • January 14, 2013, 12:29 PM

From the Washington Times:

School districts in Texas are using tracking chips to spy on students. That’s just fine with a federal judge who ruled Tuesday against Andrea Hernandez, a 15-year-old high school sophomore in San Antonio.

With the help of the Rutherford Institute, Miss Hernandez and her father filed a lawsuit arguing the creepy “student locator project” violated her constitutional rights.

"Like a growing number of institutions around the country, Northside Independent School District forces students to wear photo identification cards around their necks at all times," notes the Times. "Cameras also watch the every move of pupils as they roam the halls and use the playgrounds."

There's more. "The high school Miss Hernandez attends took the logical next step by requiring students to carry 'Smart IDs' with radio frequency identification chips (RFID) that enable administrators to pinpoint each child’s whereabouts in real time," the Times continues.

What's at stake? The Times reports that, "according to court documents, school officials implemented the program 'to further increase the safety of its students and hopefully increase State funding.'" 

Safety? "Having school administrators monitor students at all hours won’t make them any safer,"  the Times counters. "In fact, it was a school board member who took the lives of 38 elementary students in Bath Township, Mich. in a horrific mass murder 86 years ago."

The Times suggests a truer motivation: "That state and federal officials love to blow taxpayer cash on gimmicks pushed by lobbyists regardless of whether they enhance learning. In this case, the school district hoped to pocket $1.7 million in state funding by embracing Big Brother."

It's an intriguing phenomenon: The increasingly secularized public school system has no room for the Creator -- who happens to be the source of unalienable human rights (see the Declaration) -- but welcomes with open arms the intimate impositions of Big Brother.

This steamrolling intimacy is an attack on the individual and the uniqueness and freedom of the person. Andrea Hernandez and family are humans and therefore are right to resist.

They are endowed by a knowable and verifiable Creator "with certain unalienable Rights," and among these rights are "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

In contrast, when Big Brother spies on you, no one is safe -- most of all, from Big Brother. But when the individual is the apple of the Creator's eye, all are set free. 

In a broken world, this will not lead to perfection. But it will lead away from the "safety" of spying and micro-control wherein schools resemble education camps that honor submission over minds that are free. 

Maybe this is what, in the end, really concerns Big Brother and his demanding disciples: The person properly in revolt exposes the idolatry and mental barbed wire of Big Brother, and that terrifies him.

The neighbors might see. They might remember who they are. That could ruin everything.

Public Schools Turning Teens Into Relativists 
Study: Public Schools Teachers Not Underpaid

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Strangers With Guns Shoot Robber, Rescue Victim -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • January 13, 2013, 02:38 PM

Drew Karedes reports at KHOU 11 News in Houston:

A couple of strangers came to the rescue when a man [named Kevin Dorsey] was robbed at gunpoint. Now, the victim wants to say thank you to the Good Samaritans.

The strangers ended up shooting the robber, identified as Christopher Hutchins.

After Hutchins "had been shot, police say he jumped over a fence and was attacked by a German Shepherd. That attack prevented him from getting away," according to KHOU.

Obama Signs Bill Giving Him Armed Protection for Life 
Woman Hiding With Kids Shoots Intruder
Texas Town Lets Teachers Carry Guns

Citadel: Group to Build Neighborhood Fortress

By Rick Pearcey • January 13, 2013, 02:07 PM

Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr., reports at CNSNews.com:

A group of like-minded patriots, bound together by pride in American exceptionalism, plan on building an armed community to protect their liberty.

The group, named Citadel, intends to purchase 2,000 to 3,000 acres for the project in western Idaho.

The community will comprise of 3,500 to 7,000 families of patriotic Americans who "voluntarily choose to live together in accordance with Thomas Jefferson's ideal of Rightful Liberty."

Caddell: "This Country Is on the Verge of Explosion"
U.S. Marine Schools CNN: "Unconstitutional Laws Are Not Laws"
Why the 2nd Amendment? "The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed"

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Several Hundred Thousand Due in Paris to Protest Counterfeit Homosex "Marriage"

By Rick Pearcey • January 12, 2013, 11:40 PM

Tom Heneghan reports for Reuters:

Strongly backed by the Catholic hierarchy, lay activists have mobilized a hybrid coalition of church-going families, political conservatives, Muslims, evangelicals and even homosexuals opposed to gay marriage for the show of force.

French Protests: Marriage = One Man + One Woman
Huge Outcry Against Counterfeit "Gay Marriage" in UK 
Coalition of Black Pastors Targeting Counterfeit Homosex "Marriage"

Court Rules: Unborn Is "Child"

By Rick Pearcey • January 12, 2013, 05:50 PM

Bob Unruh reports at WND:

A ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court has concluded that a reference in state law that prevents exposing children to dangerous chemicals also protects an unborn child.

Pro-abortion is anti-science, and unborn children should not be subjected to it.

Obama OKs Killing Unborn in Notre Dame Speech 
The Evil Religious Presidents Do 
Pro-Abort Representative Can't Bring Herself to Say "Heartbeat"

Obama WH: Thou Shalt Not Secede

By Rick Pearcey • January 12, 2013, 04:55 PM

The White House speaks on secession: The Founding Fathers "did not provide a right to walk away" from the federal government.

Prof. Walter E. Williams examines the secession issue and states: "There’s absolutely nothing in the Constitution that prohibits it. What stops secession is the prospect of brute force by a mighty federal government, as witnessed by the costly War of 1861." 

Mark Levin: "I can barely contain my fury"

By Rick Pearcey • January 12, 2013, 11:22 AM

From Mark Levin on the radio:

You know folks, I'll be honest with you. I just told a friend of mine -- even though I sit behind this microphone and I try to be civil and so forth -- I can barely contain my fury about what's going on in this country.

I'm just being honest with you. I can barely contain it. I'm so frustrated by this tyranny, you have no idea. Now we can analyze it, we can intellectualize it, we can parse it and so forth and try to unravel it.

But I'm just telling you, from an emotional point of view, it is just so damned infuriating to see the greatest country on the face of the earth run by a bunch of lilliputians, who are constantly attacking it from within.

No discussion on the news programs about an imperial president exercising an authority he does not have under our Constitution. Nothing.

No discussion about all the lives saved and all the people protected as a result of the Second Amendment. Nothing. They continue to perpetuate the lie, the big lie that somehow, some new regulation, some new government fiat would have prevented what happened in Newtown, Connecticut. 

Disrespecting Texas Heroes

By Rick Pearcey • January 12, 2013, 11:02 AM

Joe Gimenez writes:

William Barrett Travis and Stephen F. Austin, two great heroes of Texas' historic fight against the Mexican tyrant Santa Anna, would be rolling in their graves if they could watch the Travis County Court of Commissioners and City of Austin maneuver to end gun shows in their namesake city and county.

The moves by court and council might seem innocuous, appropriate and innocent enough to the media-washed voters in this blue dot county of red Texas.

But ominously they signal that the city and county, governed almost exclusively by liberals, will likely move down the path of ever-stricter gun laws -- like the ones that don't secure the safety of citizens in Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., etc.

Obama Signs Bill Giving Him Armed Protection for Life

By Rick Pearcey • January 12, 2013, 10:43 AM

Paul Joseph Watson writes:

Despite launching a gun control agenda that threatens to disarm the American people, President Obama has signed a bill that would afford him armed Secret Service protection for life.

Woman Hiding With Kids Shoots Intruder
Texas Town Lets Teachers Carry Guns

Civil War if "Big Brother Barack" Starts Grabbing Guns?

By Rick Pearcey • January 12, 2013, 10:26 AM

Matt Barber writes:

You’re not going to neuter my household and tear away my ability to defend my wife and precious babies like Dad did all those years ago.

I really, really hope this president and his authoritarian cohorts in Congress will slow down, take a deep breath and realize that, right now, they’re playing a very dangerous game of chicken.

If they try what I think they might, but hope they don’t, I fear this nation -- already on the precipice of widespread civil unrest and economic disaster -- might finally spiral into to utter chaos, into a second civil war. 

Caddell: "This Country Is on the Verge of Explosion" 
U.S. Marine Schools CNN: "Unconstitutional Laws Are Not Laws"
Why the 2nd Amendment? "The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed"

Friday, January 11, 2013

Why the 2nd Amendment? "The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed"

By Rick Pearcey • January 11, 2013, 12:57 PM

Here is the full text of the 2nd Amendment:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Joseph Story was professor of law at Harvard University and served as a Supreme Court Justice for thirty-five years. 

In his Commentaries on the Constitution, Story delineates the purpose of the 2nd Amendment:

The militia is the natural defence of a free country against sudden foreign invasions, domestic insurrections, and domestic usurpations of power by rulers. . . .

The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Gov. Cuomo: "No One Needs 10 Bullets to Kill a Deer"

By Rick Pearcey • January 10, 2013, 10:24 AM

John Hayward writes at Human Events:

The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, delivered a State of the State address on Wednesday that ran for over an hour, and ended with a hysterical, podium-pounding rant about gun control.

At one point he promised he wasn’t interested in “taking away people’s guns,” but then he launched into some very energetic demands to do exactly that.

The governor may want to avail himself of "The Right to Shoot Tyrants, Not Deer," by Andrew Napolitano.

U.S. Marine Schools CNN: "Unconstitutional Laws Are Not Laws"
Woman Hiding With Kids Shoots Intruder

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Caddell: "This Country Is on the Verge of Explosion"

By Rick Pearcey • January 9, 2013, 10:13 AM

Speaking at a banquet in Texas, Democrat Pat Caddell said the U.S. is in a "pre-revolutionary moment" and "on the verge of explosion."

In describing Caddell's remarks, Terri Hall writes:

He perfectly articulated what’s broken in politics today: government no longer operates by the consent of the governed, it’s rigged against the ordinary citizen by lobbyists, special interests, and corruption, and as a Gallup poll announced today, two-thirds of Americans believe Congress cares more about retaining their power, even to the detriment of the country, than they do about serving and preserving the country.

Watch a Youtube video of Caddell's remarks here.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

January 19: "Gun Appreciation Day"

By Rick Pearcey • January 8, 2013, 11:19 AM

Joe Schoffstall writes:

Pushing back against calls for greater gun control from some members in Congress, conservative groups have now launched a Chick-fil-A style "Gun Appreciation Day" set to take place on January 19, 2013. . . .

"The national 'Gun Appreciation Day,' which is being launched by a coalition of conservative and gun rights groups, will take place a day before California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein is expected to introduce legislation for an assault weapon ban," according to [U.S. News and World Report].

U.S. Marine Schools CNN: "Unconstitutional Laws Are Not Laws" 
Woman Hiding With Kids Shoots Intruder

Monday, January 7, 2013

Hitler in Touch With His Inner Woman

By Rick Pearcey • January 7, 2013, 02:00 PM

In a report titled, "Hitler Took Female Hormones, New Notes Show," Paul Bedard writes:

Newly discovered notes from a U.S. Army interview of former Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler doctors reveal that the madman had homosexual tendencies, did not sleep in girlfriend Eva Braun's bedroom, and was doped up with multiple drugs including female hormones.

Middle East: "Where Hitler Failed, We Must Succeed" 
How Hitler and Nazis Tried to Steal Christmas

Huge Outcry Against Counterfeit "Gay Marriage" in UK

By Rick Pearcey • January 7, 2013, 12:47 PM

"With the coalition government about to publish their bill to legalise gay marriage in England and Wales there has been a huge increase in opposition to the measure over the last two months," Dr. Peter Saunders writes at Christian Medical Comment.

"Over 624,000 people have now signed the Coalition for Marriage (C4M) petition against the redefinition of marriage, which simply reads as follows:

I support the legal definition of marriage which is the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others. I oppose any attempt to redefine it.

By contrast, the "petition has overwhelmed that of the 'Campaign for equal Marriage' (C4EM) which has attracted only 64,000 signatures, just over 10% of C4M’s total," Saunders writes.

"This underlines the growing suspicion that the push to legalise gay marriage is the concern of a small liberal elite which does not speak for the majority."

Coalition of Black Pastors Targeting Counterfeit Homosex "Marriage"
French Protests: Marriage = One Man + One Woman

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Churches "Digging Their Own Grave"

By Nancy Pearcey • January 6, 2013, 04:28 PM

What follows is from a Weekly Standard profile of Ken Meyers, a friend who produces the Mars Hill Review. Andrew Ferguson writes:

One of Myers’s recurring themes is the ways in which the dumbing down of the general culture has infected American Christianity and conservatism. These are two spheres where we might expect the work of “preserving cultural treasures” to be taken up.

Yet wander into a Mass or worship service in any suburban Catholic or Protestant church and you’ll hear “praise songs” that might have been lifted from Sesame Street or, if the service is High Church, the soundtrack of Phantom of the Opera.

It’s hard to believe this is the same religion that inspired Bach and Palestrina, whose choral works are no more familiar to the average pastor or parishioner than the chants at a Kikuyu circumcision ceremony. . . .

“I’ve always thought that beautiful art was a great apologetic resource,” Myers says. Beauty is the chief attribute of God, said Jonathan (not Bob) Edwards. “Beauty points to a Creator.” Yet the church, Myers says, “capitulates more and more to the culture of entertainment.”

“It’s a way of keeping market share. But they’re digging their own grave. There’s a short-term benefit, but in the long term, the kinds of cultural resources they need to be faithful to the Gospel won’t be there.”

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Celebrity Minister Dropped as Liberty U Seminary Dean 
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Saturday, January 5, 2013

U.S. Marine Schools CNN: "Unconstitutional Laws Aren't Laws"

By Rick Pearcey • January 5, 2013, 06:12 PM

Madeleine Morgenstern reports at The Blaze:

Cpl. Joshua Boston, the U.S. Marine whose scathing open letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) over proposed new gun control legislation went viral, again vowed not to abide by any new law requiring him to register his firearms.

“Whatever happens happens. I have a right granted to me by the Second Amendment in our bill of rights and it says ‘shall not be infringed,’” Boston said Saturday on CNN. “Unconstitutional laws aren’t laws.” (emphasis added)

Make sure you watch the video clip included in Morgenstern's report, where the Marine explains why, even if, as the CNN anchor states, "The law is the law if it becomes law, and you're just willing to break it."

The Marine has a point: The authority of the federal government rests upon its sworn fidelity to the U.S. Constitution, which was devised to protect the rules of liberty set forth in the Declaration of Independence.

A federal official, such as Dianne Feinstein, is not authorized to pass laws that violate the U.S. Constitution, including the right to bear arms, a right that recognizes the need to protect a free people against the danger of a monopoly of governmental power in the hands of the few, as is the case in Washington, D.C., today.

Unconstitutional "laws" are acts of tyranny, even if passed by people wearing suit and ties. Such "laws" may be "legal" in the sense of an imposed dictate from an extremist power structure in Washington, but they lack legal Constitutional authority.

Unconstitutional government is outlaw government and goes to the heart of why the Founders insisted on the Second Amendment. 

Tyranny prefers an opposition unable to defend itself. "In government we trust" is a death wish.

Woman Hiding With Kids Shoots Intruder 
Arne Duncan: "Common Values" Trump Constitutional Right to Bear Arms

Friday, January 4, 2013

Woman Hiding With Kids Shoots Intruder

By Rick Pearcey • January 4, 2013, 07:54 PM

WSB-TV reports:

A woman hiding in her attic with children shot an intruder multiple times before fleeing to safety Friday.

The incident happened at a home on Henderson Ridge Lane in Loganville [Ga.] around 1 p.m.

The woman was working in an upstairs office when she spotted a strange man outside a window, according to Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman. He said she took her 9-year-old twins to a crawlspace before the man broke in using a crowbar.

But the man eventually found the family.

"The perpetrator opens that door. Of course, at that time he's staring at her, her two children and a .38 revolver," Chapman told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh.

Dear Sen. Dianne Feinstein: You might read this news report to see an example of why someone -- say, a mother and her children -- might need a 30-round magazine.

Apparently, the intruder didn't get a "Safe Map."

"My wife is a hero," said the victim's husband, Donnie Herman. Amen and amen.

Hat tip: Cameron Gray

Arne Duncan: "Common Values" Trump Constitutional Right to Bear Arms

Update: Georgetown Law Prof on "Evil" U.S. Constitution, Part 2

By Rick Pearcey • January 4, 2013, 07:25 PM

Georgetown Law professor Louis Michael Seidman to Megyn Kelly on Fox:

"Actually, Megyn, I think that’s one of the biggest problems with the document,” he replied. “Of all the constitutions in the world, the American Constitution is the most difficult to amend."

If you seek anti-freedom extremism decked out in a suit and tie, this is it.

Here's more on suit-and-tie tyranny, courtesy of the civil Obama administration.

Fascism Is Back 
Appeal for Dictatorship

2 Million Plus! Thanks for a Great 2012 at The Pearcey Report

By Rick Pearcey • January 4, 2013, 01:08 PM

We enjoyed -- and appreciate -- 2,768,908 views from our readers.

Taxpayer Bill for Obama's Hawaii Vacations: $20,000,000.00

By Rick Pearcey • January 4, 2013, 11:55 AM

White House reporter Keith Koffler writes:

The total cost to taxpayers of Obama’s vacations to Hawaii since becoming president is likely in excess of $20 million, and possibly much, much more.

During a time of budget deficits that threaten the nation’s security and its future, the Obamas have chosen to maintain a “family tradition” and vacation halfway around the world instead of finding far cheaper alternatives closer to home.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Tyranny Cliff: "Teaching People to Love Their Servitude"

By Rick Pearcey • January 3, 2013, 01:19 PM

Robert Ringer writes:

Does any politician -- tea party? conservative? libertarian? -- have the honesty and courage to talk openly about the really important cliff, the one we’re still hanging onto by our fingernails? The cliff I’m referring to is the tyranny cliff.

Ringer gives "Barack Obama an 'A' for what he has managed to accomplish during his first four years in office -- moving the country toward Marxism and dictatorial rule at Mach speed."

But, says Ringer, Obama's success "has been a two-edged sword for him. He has moved so swiftly that he has also awakened millions of snoozing serfs who had heretofore been quietly and obediently marching in lockstep toward their enslavement."

But Obama is by no means soley responsible for this march into unfreedom, says Ringer. 

Long before the rise of Obama, the Washington power-axis "had already established its superiority over its former employer, the citizenry, by teaching people to love their servitude."

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Matt Barber: Politically Incorrect Guide to "Sexual Identity"

By Rick Pearcey • January 2, 2013, 09:33 AM

Matt Barber writes:

It’s a mixed up muddled up shook up world . . . -- The Kinks

Through the secular-”progressive” looking-glass, the term “sexual orientation” has, in a few short years, evolved to accommodate an ever-expanding fruit basket of carnal appetites.

First it was “LGB” -- liberal shorthand for “lesbian, gay and bisexual.” Then they added a “T” for “transgender.” That’s cross-dressing. You know, fellas like 45-year-old Clay Francis (aka, “Colleen”).

Mr. Francis enjoys macramé, long walks on the beach, wearing lady knickers and showering fully nude with 6-year-old girls.

Because it’s illegal to “discriminate based on the basis of gender identity,” and since it’s the only “tolerant” thing to do, this brave bellwether of the persecuted LGBT victim-class has secured the “civil right” for him and other men to fully expose themselves to your daughter in the locker room at Olympia, Washington’s Evergreen State College.

But slow down, Dad. According to the law, if you have a problem with Mr. Francis baring all to your baby girl, then you’re the problem. You’re a “transphobe” (“homophobia’s” evil twin sister, er, brother . . . whatever). Deck this sicko for terrifying your first-grader and you’re off to jail while “Colleen” is off to the “Human Rights Campaign” for a commendation as the latest victim of an “anti-LGBT hate crime.”

Rosa Parks in drag, I guess.

But to make sure they didn’t miss anyone, pooh-bahs over at Child Corruption Central added a “Q” to the “sexual orientation” mix. In case some fifth-grader in Ms. Adamsapple’s health class gets the urge to “taste the rainbow” (and I don’t mean Skittles), the catch-all term “questioning” was tacked on.

Gotta meet those recruiting quotas.

According to the “gay” activist group GLSEN, sexuality is “fluid” and “may change over time.” Unless, of course, you’re already “gay,” and then change is impossible, fixed and immutable. Like that hotel in California, “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”

Nobody said it’s supposed to make sense.

Still, because “progressives” aren’t progressive unless they’re progressing toward progress, this nonsensical alphabet soup of sexual deviancy has ballooned to a marvelous “LGBTQQIAAP.”

No kidding.

The latest word salad in the counter-”heterosexist” war against “heteronormativity” (yes, they consider these real things) is “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Allies, and Pansexual.”

In Canada, they’ve added "2S" which means: “Two-spirit. The visionaries and healers of aboriginal (sic) communities, the gay and lesbian shamans.”

Well, duh.

I just can’t believe these closed-minded bigots left out members of the mistreated “BDSM” community (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism and Masochism). That’s OK, I guess. Being mistreated is their whole shtick, right? Or maybe they’re covered under “P” for “pansexual.” That means, more or less, that if the mood strikes, you’ll take a roll in the hay with anyone or anything in any way imaginable (or unimaginable).

Speaking of rolls in the hay, don’t put away your alphabet soup decoder ring just yet. It looks like we’ll soon be adding another “B” to the mix.

The late “gay” activist icon Frank Kameny -- a pervert before his time -- endorsed the practice of bestiality a few years ago. He called sex with animals “harmless,” saying that “as long as the animal doesn’t mind -- and the animal rarely does -- I don’t mind, and I don’t see why anyone else should.”

So we’ve further lowered the bar from “consenting adults” to “consenting adults and hoofed mammals.” How does that work? Bestiality is OK, but “neigh” means “neigh”?

In today’s frenzied struggle for unfettered sexual license cleverly couched as “civil rights,” we shouldn’t be surprised, then, that oppressed peoples representing all form of “sexual orientation” are lining up for their slice of “equality” pie.

Yes, even, um, animal lovers. According to a recent report by Florida’s Gainesville Sun, for instance, “Lawyers representing a Marion County man accused of sexual activity with a miniature donkey have filed a motion asking a judge to declare the Florida statute banning sexual activities with animals unconstitutional.”

“Carlos R. Romero, 32 . . . is accused of sexual activities involving animals, a first-degree misdemeanor, after he allegedly was found in a compromising position in August with a female miniature donkey named Doodle.”

First of all, I was offended by the article’s insensitive use of the term “miniature donkey.” I believe, if I’m not mistaken, the preferred nomenclature is “little horse.”

Still, I was especially struck -- though not surprised -- by the legal arguments Romero’s lawyers ponied up. They claimed “that the statute infringes upon Romero’s due process rights and violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.”

“By making sexual conduct with an animal a crime, the statute demeans individuals like Defendant (Romero) by making his private sexual conduct a crime,” they wrote.

Right. The statute demeans Romero.

“The personal morals of the majority, whether based on religion or traditions, cannot be used as a reason to deprive a person of their personal liberties,” the attorneys wrote.

This line of argument is directly from the homosexual activist playbook -- the rationale adopted by the majority in the landmark Lawrence v. Texas case. In Lawrence, the U.S. Supreme Court manufactured, for the first time in history, a constitutional “right” for men to sodomize each other.

So why not Doodle?

In his characteristically brilliant dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia forecast exactly what’s happened in the decade since: “State laws against bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality and obscenity are likewise sustainable only in light of Bowers’ validation of laws based on moral choices,” he wrote. “Every single one of these laws is called into question by today’s decision.”

Predictably, polygamists and incestuous siblings are now clamoring for so-called “marriage equality” based on Lawrence. At this rate, there’s little doubt they’ll get it.

Once our culture decides, as a matter of course, that all morality is relative, all bets are off. Once we determine, as a matter of law, that people are entitled to special privilege because they subjectively define their identity based upon deviant sexual proclivities and behaviors, moral, legal and cultural anarchy are inevitable.

The brave new world is upon us.

Matt Barber (@jmattbarber on Twitter) is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He serves as vice president of Liberty Counsel Action. (This information is provided for identification purposes only.)