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Friday, January 31, 2014

"Internews": When Government and Media Are One

By Rick Pearcey • January 31, 2014, 11:38 AM

Joseph Farah writes:

Thomas Jefferson -- ["Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it"] -- never could have imagined what would become of the free press in America.

But don’t blame Jefferson. As I have chronicled before, Jefferson and his colleagues didn’t have much experience with the free press. That’s because he and the other American Founding Fathers all but invented it.

That’s right. You don’t hear or read much about this history any more. But it’s true. The free press is an original America idea like baseball and jazz.

And like baseball and jazz, there have been a few changes in the rules and craft along the way.

Like what?

I was stunned to learn recently about an American "news agency" that has been subsidized by the U.S. government [that is, U.S. taxpayers] to the tune of $364 million over the last 10 years.

Have you heard about this? It’s one of the biggest outrages I’ve ever encountered. Hat tip to the Media Research Center.

Internews was founded by a self-described Marxist, has been supported by George Soros and is avowedly committed to what it calls "progressive," meaning left-wing, reporting.

"To put its $364,325,778 in federal funding in perspective," Farah writes, "Internews has gotten an average of $83,122.46 from taxpayers per day during the past 12 years. That’s $83,000 every single day for 12 years. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-TX, said that so much money going to influence journalism is a real problem.

"'People need unbiased information so that they can form their own opinions and make educated decisions. It is only through fair reporting that the American people, and people worldwide, can benefit,' Rep. Smith told the Business and Media Institute," according to Farah.

"Smith, who heads the Media Fairness Caucus on the Hill, said: 'One of the greatest challenges a democratic America faces today is a biased media. It is inexcusable and irresponsible for the federal government to give American taxpayers’ dollars to a one-sided media organization'," Farah writes.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ann Coulter: GOP May Be "Fringe Party in About a Decade"

By Rick Pearcey • January 30, 2014, 04:11 PM

Coulter writes:

Citing surveys from the Pew Research Center, the Pew Hispanic Center, Gallup, NBC News, Harris polling, the Annenberg Policy Center, Latino Decisions, the Center for Immigration Studies and the Hudson Institute, Schlafly’s report overwhelmingly demonstrates that merely continuing our current immigration policies spells doom for the Republican Party. . . .

Consider the following issues (quoting Coulter):

Proud to be an American? "According to a Harris poll, 81 percent of native-born citizens think the schools should teach students to be proud of being American. Only 50 percent of naturalized U.S. citizens do."

Constitution vs. International Law: "While 67 percent of native-born Americans believe our Constitution is a higher legal authority than international law, only 37 percent of naturalized citizens agree."

Obamacare: "According the 2012 National Asian American Survey, as well as a Kaiser Foundation poll, only 40 percent of the general public holds a favorable opinion of Obamacare, 42 percent unfavorable. Meanwhile, 51 percent of Asians have a favorable opinion of Obamacare, 18 percent an unfavorable one. Even Koreans support Obamacare by 57 percent to 17 percent."

Capitalism: "A Pew Research Center poll of all Hispanics, immigrant and citizen alike, found that Hispanics take a dimmer view of capitalism than even people who describe themselves as 'liberal Democrats.' While 47 percent of self-described 'liberal Democrats' hold a negative view of capitalism, 55 percent of Hispanics do."

Gun Rights: "Pew also found that only 27 percent of Hispanics support gun rights, compared to 57 percent of non-Hispanic whites. According to Latino Decisions, large majorities of Hispanics favor a national database of gun owners, limiting the capacity of magazines and a ban on semiautomatic weapons."

Big Government: "Seventy-five percent of Hispanic immigrants and 55 percent of Asian immigrants support bigger government -- also according to Pew. Even after three generations in America, Hispanics still support bigger government 55 percent to 36 percent, compared to the general public, which opposes bigger government 48 percent to 41 percent."

"Immigrants -- all immigrants -- have always been the bulwark of the Democratic Party," Coulter writes. "For one thing, recent arrivals tend to be poor and in need of government assistance. Also, they’re coming from societies that are far more left-wing than our own. History shows that, rather than fleeing those policies, they bring their cultures with them. (Look at what New Yorkers did to Vermont.)

"This is not a secret," Coulter continues. "For at least a century, there’s never been a period when a majority of immigrants weren’t Democrats."

The upshot: "At the current accelerated rate of immigration -- 1.1 million new immigrants every year -- Republicans will be a fringe party in about a decade."

If this analysis is correct, more is at stake here than the prospects of a political party. For America herself, as a land of freedom and human dignity, may be stumbling, even crashing, into her sickbed. 

Not because of immigrants per se, but because no society can sustain human freedom without a vision of freedom, verified and rooted in reality, that gives an adequate basis for human freedom and dignity.

If there is no rock of freedom, there can be no house of freedom built upon that rock.

The Democrats reject this basis, given their clear and ideological opposition to the rules of freedom as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. Their preachers say, "Seek ye first the Kingdom of Washington, and all these things shall be added unto you." But theirs is a kingdom of slavery.

And the Republicans? Their leadership seems clueless, double-minded, and incredibly easy to co-opt. Theirs is a kingdom of confusion ripe for the taking. They would hold onto power. Freedom not so much.

The answer, if one comes, will not come from Washington and certainly not from the current GOP. The answer, if it comes, will come from the people, under God, who having grabbed ahold of the rules of freedom, run with all of their might toward the open spaces and fertile soil of the Promised Land. 

It's never to late to discover America again, even America the young, in the brightness of a new day. This doesn't mean easy times are ahead. It does mean there is a way homeward. With a living Creator as the source of unalienable rights, neither death, decay, or unfreedom has the final say.

How the New Resistance Can Win the Culture War

Chick-fil-A Gives Free Food to Motorists Stranded in Southern Snowstorm

By Rick Pearcey • January 30, 2014, 09:13 AM

From Todd Starnes:

Chick-fil-A had a captive crowd of hungry customers. So why did they give away their food?

What I Saw at Chick-Fil-A Today 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Obama "Year of Action Figure": Constitution Not Included

By Rick Pearcey • January 29, 2014, 08:49 AM

Amy Payne writes at The Foundry:

President Obama says this is a "year of action" -- and last night he made it very clear whose action he was talking about.

After noting recently that he has a pen and a phone and can use those to make changes without the help of Congress, Obama charged forward with promises of taking executive action wherever lawmakers fail to meet his demands.

In this cartoon, an Obama "Year of Action Figure" "comes with pen and phone" but "Constitution Not Included."

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Thomas Sowell: The Blessings of Inequality

By Rick Pearcey • January 28, 2014, 12:19 PM

"We are lucky that we are so different," Thomas Sowell writes, "so that the capabilities of many other people can cover our limitations."

But more than this, Sowell argues, the inequality of abilities (or "diversity," one might say) we see in human beings can save lives and enhance "everyone's well-being."

Yes, human beings are created equal, as the Declaration of Independence so appropriately notes.

This fact of life affirms the ontological worth and significance of the human being. It expresses the basis upon which people are to be respected by the powers that be and not steamrolled by big government, big business, big media, big "ministry," big Hollywood, big "science," or big anything.

Thus government, business, ministry, and so on, are created to serve man. Man is not created to worship and serve any of these entities. 

But note: Human beings are created equal in their individuality, as well. All of us have fingerprints, and yet every set of fingerprints is unique. In the human being, therefore, both unity and diversity are equally affirmed.

When diversity -- or inequality, properly understood -- is respected, our lives are enriched (in creativity, achievement, healing, wealth, and so on). Vive la différence.

The opposite is equally true. When diversity (or inequality) is disrespected, our lives are impoverished. Freedom, ideas, speech, excellence, and creativity begin to disappear as society is herded down the road to serfdom, to borrow a phrase. 

Diversity can also be deified. But this is a bad move because, as an idol, diversity breeds chaos -- even if it is well marketed ("Diversity is our strength!").

Chaos in morals and politics is, of course, unlivable. And so the temptation comes: Let us organize our lives around "unity." 

But when unity is grasped as a final solution, when it is deified in reaction to the totalizing god of "diversity," the real-world result is uniformity and oppression. The individual is smashed in the name of equality (or "fairness," "tolerance," etc.).

All too quickly, a people faces an elitist steamroller of presidential pens and phones, of federal laws and regulations, of dog-whistle peer pressure seeking to impose pretended absolutes enforced by those who hold power at a particular moment in history. 

How do we move forward to achieve individual and corporate balance? By realizing that both unity and diversity are gifts from the Creator. They are too wondrous and powerful to be left in the hands of politicians. 

The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality" 
Memo to Conservatives: Accepting Homosex "Marriage" Opens Door to "Unlimited Statism"

Monday, January 27, 2014

YouTube: Trailer for D'Souza's New Film "America"

By Rick Pearcey • January 27, 2014, 12:02 PM

Paul Bond writes at The Hollywood Reporter:

The filmmakers behind Dinesh D'Souza's upcoming doc have vowed to press on while their star defends himself after his indictment on federal charges that he violated campaign finance laws in 2012.

On Sunday, they released a trailer for the move, America, that is set for release on July 4. . . . ["being released in time for the 4t of July," D'Souza says in the trailer].

In America, D'Souza -- who wrote and produced the film -- makes the claim that 1960s radical leftism is more or less indistinguishable from current mainstream liberalism, a doctrine that he says preaches the United States is the product of "stealing and plunder" from Native Americans, Mexicans, and African-American slaves.

"I want to take this progressive, leftist critique head on," D'Souza says in the trailer. The movie will include re-creations of some of the major events in American history.

"America is directed by John Sullivan and co-produced by Gray Frederickson, who won an Oscar for producing The Godfather Part IIand Gerald Molen, who won an Oscar for Schindler's List. D'Souza and Sullivan co-directed 2016: Obama's America," THR reports.

Click here to view the trailer (3 minutes, 1 second) on YouTube.

"Question Authority" should be the motto of every free-thinking American and of every free-thinking human being.

If this documentary lives up to what is promised in the trailer, it should be a very powerful treatment more than a little worrisome to the Obama administration and its allies in media, Hollywood, politics, and academy. "Test everything."

The D'Souza Arrest: Obama Action Adopts the Stalinist Style 
Sowell Reviews Film "2016: Obama's America" 
Dinesh D'Souza: How I Became George Obama's "Brother"

Friday, January 24, 2014

Sarah Palin: NAACP Attack on Tim Scott Shows Left's "Increased Intolerance"

By Rick Pearcey • January 24, 2014, 10:24 AM

From Tony Lee at Breitbart.com:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin fiercely defended Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) after an NAACP leader called him a ventriloquist's dummy.

"The NAACP’s attacks on Senator Tim Scott illustrate the anger and increased intolerance of the political left. Having falsely staked the claim of 'embracing diversity,' we see another example of the left’s 'tolerant hug' excluding those who do not subscribe to their liberal agenda," Palin wrote on Wednesday.

"It’s not personal. It’s not racist. It’s not mean spirited. It’s COMMON SENSE to NOT subscribe to their failed liberal policies that lead to dependence on an unstable and bankrupt government."

Shelby Steele: Decline of the Civil Rights Establishment 
Donors Flock to Top "Mama Grizzly"

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ann Coulter: The Heroism of "Sugar Daddy" Wendy Davis

By Rick Pearcey • January 23, 2014, 12:02 PM

Ann Coulter writes:

Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator running for governor, became a liberal superhero last June when she filibustered a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks. (This was the good filibuster, not that awful filibuster three months later by Ted Cruz -- that was just grandstanding.)

Apart from her enthusiasm for abortion (and you have to admit, abortion is really cool), the centerpiece of Davis’ campaign is her life story. Also the fact that she’s a progressive woman who doesn’t look like Betty Friedan.

"In a typical formulation," Coulter continues, "Time magazine said Davis was someone who could give the Democrats '"real people' credibility," based on 'her own personal story -- an absent father, a sixth-grade-educated mother, a teen pregnancy, followed by life as a single mom in a mobile home, then community college and, at last, Harvard Law School.'

Coulter then turns to headlines that "capture the essence of Wendy-mania." For example -- 

CNN: Wendy Davis: From Teen Mom to Harvard Law to Famous Filibuster

Bloomberg: Texas Filibuster Star Rose From Teen Mom to Harvard Law

The Independent (UK): Wendy Davis: Single Mother From Trailer Park Who Has Become Heroine of Pro-Choice Movement

Cosmopolitan: Find a Sugar Daddy to Put You Through Law School!

"Actually," says Coulter, "that last one I made up, but as we now know, it's more accurate than Davis' rags-to-riches life story."

Go here to read the rest of Coulter's column on the "Heroism of Wendy Davis."

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Missy Robertson: "Taking a Stand for Christianity in a Public Way"

By Rick Pearcey • January 22, 2014, 01:00 PM

In an interview with Fox News, Missy Robertson (wife of Jase) is asked what she has "come to learn about the audience that watches Duck Dynasty" following A&E's suspension of her father-in-law, Phil.

Missy replies:

Our fans are truly passionate! I can say personally that I am completely overwhelmed by the outspoken support of our family.

People have called to me from the open windows of their cars, across parking lots, in the grocery store, at the mall, just about everywhere I go in public.

They have gone out of their way to make a point in letting us know that they support our family 100 percent and appreciate our taking a stand for Christianity in a public way.

Missy's emphasis on standing for "Christianity in a public way" is quite to the point. For the Biblical worldview, properly understood, refuses to let itself shrink into a "private value system" or "belief system" (or "my truth" or "my values") but rather has always embraced the concept of publicly verifiable and publicly actionable information from the Creator.   

"Christianity is not a series of truths in the plural, but rather truth spelled with a capital 'T,'" Francis Schaeffer stated in an address at the University of Notre Dame. 

As such, said Schaeffer, what is affirmed is "truth about total reality, not just about religious things. Biblical Christianity is Truth concerning total reality -- and the intellectual holding of that total Truth and then living in the light of that Truth."

Thus the title of Nancy's book Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From Its Cultural Captivity. 

In contrast to Schaeffer's affirmation, and to Missy's emphasis, we have the likes of "A&E and other secularists," who "seek to domesticate Biblical content from the Creator by redefining 'faith' as a 'personal matter' for so-called 'religious people'," as I noted in my most recent column.

"This effort reflects the modern reduction of 'faith' to a private 'belief system' or 'religious feeling' and is the product of anti-Christian secularism, not of a robust, pro-verification Christianity. Instead, the Biblical record concerns testable information regarding objective reality and is meant to be acted upon by free-thinking human beings across the whole of life, including public life."

What Missy states directly in this interview was also noted by Korie (wife of Duck Commander CEO Willie) when she said during a New Year's Eve interview on Fox, "At the end of the day we sit down and thank God for our blessings. . . . Hopefully we can spread that message. . . . As a country, if we can come back to that a little bit, maybe we’ll have a great 2014."

Yes, Christianity is so true to reality that its message can properly be applied to the country.

As I see it, the "Christian worldview is decidedly not 'religious' in the dumbed-down modern sense of the term but rather challenges people to 'test everything,' to evaluate truth-claims, and to think and see for themselves." 

Control freaks are right to be wary: Knowing the truth can not only set you free, but it can liberate a nation as well.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Wendy Davis Blames Her Opponent for News Story Questioning Her Biography

By Rick Pearcey • January 21, 2014, 08:46 AM

John Sexton writes at Breitbart.com:

Wendy Davis has apparently settled on a plan divert questions about her biography raised over the weekend by the Dallas Morning News. In a response sent to one news outlet and on Twitter, Davis and her allies are blaming her opponent Greg Abbott.

For example, on Twitter Wendy Davis writes, "Two days ago, Abbott and his campaign sunk to a new low, making personal attacks on my family, my education, and my character."

But the facts of the news gathering do not appear to support Davis's efforts at damage control. As Dallas Morning News reporter Wayne Slater tweets, "Story was about Davis, not Abbott. In researching, I talked to no -- zero -- Abbott people. They saw story this morn when u did."

Here is Slater's original news report, titled "As Wendy Davis Touts Life Story in Race for Governor, Key Facts Blurred."

Sexton concludes: "Davis and her allies are trying to make her out to be the victim of an unfair personal attack, but there is no one to blame for her admittedly 'loose language' but herself. If Davis had stuck closer to the truth, there wouldn't be room to question her story."

"Abortion Barbie" Wendy Davis "Pro-Life"?

Monday, January 20, 2014

Christian Pastor Martin Luther King, Jr., "Changed America"

By Rick Pearcey • January 20, 2014, 01:20 PM

Kevin Jackson writes at American Thinker:

You probably don't know who Reverend Michael King, Jr., was.

That's because Reverend Michael King, Jr., is the only private citizen to have a national holiday in his honor, and is Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

King's father changed his and his son's names to Martin Luther in honor of the German reformer, Martin Luther. Martin Luther, of course, was a German monk, a professor theology and iconic figure of the 16th century reform movement of Christianity, also called the Protestant Reformation. He argued that you could not buy your way into Heaven, or avoid God's wrath, but instead must rely on God's grace.  Martin Luther was ostracized by both the Pope and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, when he refused to retract all his writings at the Diet of Worms in 1521. For this he was excommunicated by the Pope and condemned as an outlaw by the Emperor. . . .

"So why is Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., now referred to as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr? Jackson asks.

"It's simple," he explains. "The Left wants no remnants of the Christian revolution that changed this country. They want to make people forget that the biggest change to happen to American since the Civil War was led by a black Christian who was also a Republican. (See note below.)

"Referring to King as 'Dr. King' implies that the Civil Rights movement was led by an academic, that academia brought us 'change we can believe in.'

"Liberals believe in their educations, even if they have not a lick of practical experience or even common sense. Ph.D. King can lead a revolution," Jackson explains, "but a Republican pastor cannot be put in charge. That role is exclusively for black demagogues and fake reverends."

Two of those "black demagogues and fake reverends" would be Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, according to Kevin Jackson, who writes:

"Reverend" Jesse Jackson has no degree in Divinity. Jackson is a theology school dropout, having left the Chicago Theological Seminary in 1966 to "focus full-time on the civil rights movement." I think he meant the Civil Unrest movement.

As for "Reverend" Al Sharpton, he never even attended seminary. Sharpton attended Brooklyn College and dropped out in 1975, after just two years. But Sharpton did something better. He was befriended and mentored by "Reverend" Jackson.

"Michael, who became Martin Luther, was his own man. And unlike the false prophets of the Left who have profited on the back of the Civil Rights movement and the good works of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Reverend King made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Be proud Bible-thumpers," Jackson concludes. "It was a black Republican Christian who changed America."

Note: For further consideration, here is a Newsmax story headlined "Registration Unknown, Martin Luther King Was Likely Republican." According to Newsmax, "It is impossible to know whether King was Democrat, Republican, or independent. His home state of Georgia did not have registration by party, so allegiance to a political party depended on which primaries a voter chose to cast a ballot in. . . . But there is some evidence as to where his party leanings were, including the observations of the Republican who was Martin Luther King's congressman." 

Shelby Steele: Decline of the Civil Rights Establishment 
Is Martin Luther King the Slave of Black People? 
How to Have a Race War

Friday, January 17, 2014

Report: Tens of Thousands Fled Socialized Canadian Medicine in 2013

By Rick Pearcey • January 17, 2014, 10:08 AM

Michael Bastasch writes at the Daily Caller:

Every year thousands of Canadians have no choice but to seek medical care outside of the country’s single-payer health care system, according a report from a Canadian free-market think tank.

In 2013, nearly 42,000 Canucks left their homeland to avoid long wait times and inferior care that plagues their centralized health system.

"The report from the free-market Fraser Institute found that 41,838 Canadians became 'medical tourists' in 2013 and sought care outside of their hockey-loving country," TheDC reports. "While there were slightly fewer people fleeing the Canadian health system in 2013 than the previous year, the number leaving still amounts to nearly one percent of medical patients in Canada."

"Canadians may leave for a number of reasons including a lack of available resources or appropriate technology, a desire to return more quickly to their lives, to seek out superior quality care, or perhaps to save their own lives or avoid the risk of disability," the Fraser Institute's Nadeem Ismail is quoted as telling the Daily Caller.

"That a considerable number of Canadians traveled and paid to escape the well-known failings of the Canadian health care system speaks volumes about how well the system is working for them," Ismail said, according to the Daily Caller.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

$2016: Big Haul for Rand Paul

By Rick Pearcey • January 16, 2014, 09:23 AM

Tony Lee writes at Breitbart.com:

Showing that he may be a more formidable contender than his father should he run for president in 2016, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) already has $2.2 million in the bank that he could use for a potential presidential run. . . .

Paul is one of the potential 2016 candidates who may gain the most from Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's traffic scandal, especially among Wall Street and more establishment donors.

Should he run, Paul is expected to do strongly in the "Live Free or Die" state of New Hampshire which hosts the nation's first primary. He may exceed expectations in Iowa, where Evangelical leaders have indicated that Paul may be a "force" if he unifies Evangelicals and those in the liberty movement in the first-in-the-nation caucuses.

Rand Paul: "Seriously Considering" White House Run
Rand Paul: "I'm Against Having a King"

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New: "Blackphone"Could Be "NSA Proof"

By Rick Pearcey • January 15, 2014, 08:42 PM

"Promises highly secure privacy protection that would make the NSA wince," states BetaBeat.

"Could be the first NSA-proof phone," headlines Mashable.

ZDNet says: "Powered by a security-oriented Android build named PrivatOS, Blackphone is touted as a carrier and vendor-independent smartphone which allows consumers and businesses to make and receive secure phone calls, exchange secure texts, transfer and store files, and video chat without compromising privacy on the device."

This video introduces "Blackphone."

Here's the press release.

And more: "Nobody else can watch you without your knowledge."

First-Grader Told to Stop Talking About Bible

By Rick Pearcey • January 15, 2014, 08:38 AM

Todd Starnes writes at Fox News:

The parents of a six-year-old girl said their daughter was humiliated when a teacher interrupted the child’s one-minute speech and told her to sit down because she’s "not allowed to talk about the Bible in school," attorneys for the California family allege.

The incident occurred Dec. 19 inside a first grade classroom at Helen Hunt-Jackson Elementary School in Temecula, Calif. The previous day the teacher instructed boys and girls to find something at home that represented a family Christmas tradition. They were supposed to bring the item to school and share the item in a classroom presentation.

According to Starnes, "Brynn Williams decided to bring the Star of Bethlehem that adorned the top of her family’s Christmas tree. She also worked on a one minute presentation to explain that her family’s tradition is to remember the birth of Jesus at Christmas time."

"Our Christmas tradition is to put a star on top of our tree," Brynn is quoted as saying. "The star is named the Star of Bethlehem. The three kings followed the star to find baby Jesus, the Savior of the world."

But "before the child could utter another word, the teacher intervened, according to Robert Tyler, the general counsel for Advocates for Faith & Freedom -- the law firm representing the Williams family," Starnes writes.

According to Tyler, "Brynn’s teacher said, 'Stop right there! Go take your seat. . . . Bryn was not allowed to finish her presentation by reciting the Bible verse, John 3:16."

"Tyler said the little girl was the only student in the class not allowed to finish her presentation," Starnes writes.

Public School Promotes 5 Pillars of Islam
High Schoolers Perform Bestiality-Themed Play
Public Schools Turning Teens Into Relativists
Ending Regressive Public Education 
Where Do Public School Teachers Send Their Own Kids?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Washington Pushing Software to Measure Americans' Home Energy Use

By Rick Pearcey • January 14, 2014, 11:04 AM

CNSNews.com reports:

The Energy Department on Tuesday is rolling out new, improved software to help Americans measure the energy efficiency of their homes.

DOE says its energy-scoring software -- called the
Home Energy Scoring Tool -- is like a vehicle's mile-per-gallon rating because it allows homeowners to compare the energy performance of their homes to other homes nationwide. It also provides homeowners with suggestions for improving their homes' efficiency. 

The Energy Department "says its Home Energy Score is useful if you are a homeowner looking to renovate or remodel your home, lower your utility bills, improve the comfort of your home, or reduce your energy usage," according to CNSNews. "Moreover, 'the score serves as an official way to document these improvements and thereby enhance your home's appeal when you're ready to sell.'

"Right now, getting your home scored is voluntary," CNSNews reports.

Secularist Washington-Centrism Is Un-American
Francis Schaeffer on Authoritarian Government
6 Principles of Propaganda Lenin Used to Fundamentally Transform Russia

Monday, January 13, 2014

Caffeine May Boost Long-Term Memory

By Rick Pearcey • January 13, 2014, 08:57 AM

At Medical News Today:

New research suggests that a dose of caffeine after a learning session may help to boost long-term memory. This is according to a study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

Espresso Crisis? 10 Best Coffee Machines 
Coffee Reduces Risk of Cancer

Friday, January 10, 2014

Girl Scouts Sleaze: Replaces "Homopunk" Rocker With Abortion Advocate

By Rick Pearcey • January 10, 2014, 09:43 AM

Austin Ruse writes at Breitbart.com:

The Girl Scouts want you to know that nothing has happened to Josh Ackley. Last month, Breitbart News reported that Ackley -- the main media spokesman for the Scouts -- was also the lead singer of a "homopunk" band, The Dead Betties, who made several controversial videos, including one where a woman is strangled and another where a young man writhes naked on the ground and appears to touch his genitals.

Within a few days of the story breaking, the Girl Scouts scrubbed Ackley from their media page, though the Scouts tweeted on December 19 that he was still around: "We’re happy to clear this up for you. Not only is Josh Ackley still employed, no one has been demoted."

"Many who watch the Girl Scouts and their leftward drift viewed the Josh Ackley scandal as merely a sideshow -- certainly an illumination into the current Girl Scout mindset, but still just a sideshow," Ruse writes. 

"The real story of the rolling Girl Scout scandal," Ruse continues, "is their attachment to feminist politics, particularly their connection to Planned Parenthood, which is the largest single abortion provider in the United States. . . .

"So, it came as no surprise that the new Girl Scout media spokesman came from the Ms. Foundation, one of the preeminent abortion advocacy groups in the country. . . . According to their own website, in 2012 the Ms Foundation for Women contributed more than $1 million to abortion advocacy." 

Girl Scouts Join Planned Parenthood at Huge Pro-Abortion Conference 
Girl Scouts "Give Thanks" for Membership in Worldwide Pro-Abortion Organization 
15-Year-Old on Girl Scouts: "We Were So Deceived"

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Number of Americans Shedding Republican Label "Exploding"

By Rick Pearcey • January 9, 2014, 11:20 AM

A Gallup poll Wednesday shows that the "number of Americans self-identifying as independents soared to a record 42 percent while the share of Republicans plunged to an all-time low of 25 percent," reports Ralph Hallow at the Washington Times.

Cruz "Back in America" Receives Standing Ovation 
Kentucky-Bribed "Statesman": Mitch McConnell Unmasked 
Mark Levin: "Eric Cantor Is Going to War" With Conservatives

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Will "Duck Dynasty" Controversy Awaken Americans to Homofascist Juggernaut?

By Rick Pearcey • January 8, 2014, 11:20 AM

The following statement is released by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays:

The gay bullying and intimidation deployed against Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson is nothing new to the ex-gay community.

For too long in this country, gay rights organizations have incorporated ex-gay bashing as an integral part of their mission. Christian ex-gays are ridiculed for their faith, while people seeking therapy for unwanted same-sex attractions are painted as dangerously delusional.

On this one-way street of intolerance, former homosexuals are accused of being liars or fakes while transgenders are celebrated for changing their gender identity.

Using their political power and mainstream media support, gay activists work to keep ex-gays in the closet while demanding legal recognition of single-sex marriage as an equal right.

This well-organized and heavily-funded bullying of former homosexuals and ex-gay speech is known by the ex-gay community as "homofascism." 

Like Phil Robertson, ex-gays are subjected to demands that they apologize for their existence and views. For gay "civil rights" groups, it seems that no worse sin exists than renouncing one’s own homosexuality. 

For this cardinal offense, ex-gays and their supporters have to endure retaliation, public humiliation and economic loss unless they submit to public repentance, otherwise known as a gay "teaching opportunity." 

Now we see that straights like Phil Robertson and his Christian family are also being subjected to homofascism. 

Under homofascism, Mr. Robertson and ex-gays are expected to publicly atone, become enlightened, and proclaim that homosexual sex is normal, natural and healthy, despite medical facts to the contrary, their own personal religious beliefs, and an escalating AIDS rate among male homosexuals. 

Anyone deviating from this sacramental belief is treated as a heretic, to be bullied into submission or censorship.

Those individuals who no longer want to act out homosexually, including minors who have been molested by a same-sex adult, are treated like the lepers in the Bible. They are seen as a dangerous threat to society, and their attempts to seek therapeutic help must be outlawed. 

Is bullying and persecution a gay civil right? No, it’s not; homofascism is wrong.

Unless we stop it now as was accomplished with the Duck Dynasty backlash, homofascism will spread to persecute anyone who dares to disagree with the gay lobby, regardless if you live in Manhattan or the woods of Louisiana -- no one will be spared.

When irrational fears of male-female heterosexuality instigate demands for public censorship and obedience to the gay lobby, silence is not an option. 

All who call themselves Christians must speak out against injustice and homofascism. Otherwise, we will lose America -- and our souls.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Supreme Court Halts Homosex "Marriage" in Utah

By Rick Pearcey • January 7, 2014, 08:55 AM

Dustin Siggins reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

In a shock to homosexual activists, the Supreme Court halted all same-sex "marriages" in Utah on Monday morning.

The state began handing out marriage licenses to same-sex couples last month after Judge Robert Shelby's ruling that Utah's voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman violates the U.S. Constitution. However, last week, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes asked the Supreme Court to "stay" Judge Shelby's decision until the state's appeal makes its way through the courts. 

"The decision by a single federal judge to redefine marriage in Utah is lawless," said National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown in a statement released yesterday. NOM is "pleased that the Supreme Court has put this decision on hold to allow the state to appeal it in an orderly fashion."

"If Shelby's decision is upheld, that would make Utah the ninth state where gay 'marriage' has been legalized by judicial decree, out of the 18 states that recognize such unions," according to LifeSiteNews. "Voters in the majority-Mormon state voted to uphold traditional marriage in 2004."

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Monday, January 6, 2014

After Harris-Perry Apologizes for Racist Romney Comment, MSNBC Renews Claim Tea Party Is Racist

By Rick Pearcey • January 6, 2014, 08:13 AM

Warner Todd Huston writes at Breitbart.com:

On the same show that host Melissa Harris-Perry was forced to apologize for her attack on Mitt Romney's adopted African-American grandson, MSNBC kept up its drumbeat of dealing the race card against its enemies by declaring that the core of tea party is racist.

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Ben Carson: Legal Recreational Marijuana Latest Plunge Into Hedonism

By Rick Pearcey • January 3, 2014, 10:45 AM

Greg Richter reports at Newsmax:

The legal sale of recreational marijuana began in Colorado on Jan. 1, but Dr. Ben Carson sees it as society's latest step downward.

The use of medical marijuana in some cases has been proven to be useful, Carson said Thursday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren." But, he added, it is a gateway drug.

"I don't think this is something we really want for our society," Carson said. "You know, we're gradually just removing all the barriers to hedonistic activity. We're changing so rapidly to a different type of society, and nobody is getting a chance to discuss it because it's taboo."

"The recently retired chief of pediatric neurosurgery at John's Hopkins University Medical School has hinted at his own run for the presidency in 2016," Newsmax reports.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

U.S. No Longer Leads World in "Politics and Morality": Lech Walesa

By Rick Pearcey • January 2, 2014, 12:33 PM

"Former Polish President Lech Walesa says America no longer leads the world "in terms of politics and morality," Rebecca Shabad reports at The Hill:

"Walesa, in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, spoke negatively about President Obama’s leadership skills," according to Shabad.

"When he was elected, there was great hope in the world. We were hoping that Obama would reclaim moral leadership for America, but that failed. America does not lead the world in the area of morality," Walesa is quoted as saying.

Walesa is a "Nobel Prize winner" and "served as president of Poland in the 1990s," when he "led the Solidarity movement that helped end the Soviet Union's grip on Eastern Europe," Shabad explains. 

The former president of Poland "acknowledged the United States military remains the world's top power but argued the U.S. economy is getting weaker," Shabad reports.

"'America did not regain its leadership status,' [Walesa] said, adding that the world is lucky there were no major conflicts because otherwise it would be helpless," according to The Hill. "It’s a dangerous situation in the long run, Walesa said. 'We are awaiting a president who will understand that'."

Over at American Thinker, Rick Moran comments on America's place in today's world: "Where we aren't getting kicked out, we're retreating. No one fears us, no one trusts us. No one much likes us. The thugs of the world rejoice that President Obama is in office, while our former allies try to make sense of our policies.

"Walesa is right," Moran concludes. "If, as some speculate, a major war is on the horizon, God help us all."

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