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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Mark Levin: Jeb Bush Must Answer Whether He Stands with Boehner, Scalise Amid White Supremacist Scandal

By Rick Pearcey • December 31, 2014, 08:32 AM

Matthew Boyle writes at Breitbart:

Nationally syndicated conservative radio host Mark Levin, a former official in President Ronald Reagan’s administration, is calling on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to answer whether he stands with House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise in the wake of a blistering Scalise scandal concerning his longtime ties to a top aide to former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke.

"We’ve had nonstop Jeb Bush talk the last two weeks," Levin said in an email to Breitbart News late Tuesday evening. "Is there a reason why he’s silent now about the GOP leadership debacle in the House? They are his supporters after all."

"Reached earlier in the day by phone, Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell said, when asked for her boss’s thoughts on the scandal, that she hadn’t spoken with Bush about it yet. But she promised to track him down sometime on Tuesday and get a statement to Breitbart News about it later in the day -- a statement that still hasn’t materialized," according to Boyle.

"Since early Monday afternoon when the Scalise scandal first broke, Bush has gone missing from the political narrative -- and seems to be trying to sit out the racially-tinged incident where an establishment Republican and member of Congressional GOP leadership has come under fire from all sides for his alleged ties to top KKK officials in Louisiana," Boyle writes.

"Not only did Scalise speak at a 2002 event hosted by one of Duke’s organizations, he has -- according to Duke and Duke’s top political aide Kenneth Knight -- been in close contact for nearly a decade with Knight," Boyle continues. 

"What’s more is that Boehner and McCarthy threw their weight behind Scalise, publicly defending him in coordinated statements right as more news showed Scalise actually had a longtime personal and political relationship with Duke’s top aide Knight," according to Boyle. "Duke was the KKK’s grand wizard for a time, and Knight later became his campaign manager in his quests for various political offices."

Boyle concludes: "Breitbart News has reached out to Bush’s communications director many times throughout the day on Tuesday since that first promise for a statement on whether he stands with Scalise and the other GOP leadership officials after this -- but phone calls and emails have been ignored."

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Obama Administration Lifts Lifetime Ban on Male Homosexuals Donating Blood

By Rick Pearcey • December 30, 2014, 11:40 AM

Ben Johnson reports at LifeSiteNews:

The Obama administration announced [December 22] that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was lifting a lifetime ban on homosexual or bisexual men from donating blood, as long as they had not had sex for at least a year.

The FDA action contradicts a decision earlier this month from its own expert panel, which did not recommend changing the lifetime ban for men having sex with men, as well as hearing expert testimony that a one-year ban would not be adequate to protect public health.

A panel of 17 experts on the FDA's Blood Products Advisory Panel voted against the change this month, but [a Health and Human Services] panel had backed the one-year limit.

"In a press release, the FDA insisted that it had 'carefully examined and considered the available scientific evidence' and taken into account 'the recommendations of advisory committees to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the FDA' before making its decision," Johnson reports.

"Although a sliver of the population, men who have sex with men (MSM) make up more than 60 percent of all new AIDS cases," according to LifeSiteNews."The percentage of HIV-positive men who knowingly have sex with other men without using a condom has increased over the last decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to nearly two-thirds (62 percent)."

"Members of the Blood Products Advisory Committee were clearly reluctant to recommend any change to the current policy in the absence of a national program of comprehensive monitoring of the entire blood transfusion system from donor to recipient," Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council is quoted as saying.

"Research presented to the Committee confirmed the dramatically elevated risk of HIV infection among men who have sex with men (MSM) -- a risk 62 times higher than in the general public. This risk certainly justifies the highest level of vigilance, and political and social concerns must not be allowed to trump the public health," Sprigg said.

"It is shocking that the FDA did not even wait for a recommendation from their own Advisory Committee before rushing to the politically correct decision demanded by homosexual activist groups," Sprigg also said.

"The previous policy that no blood be collected from any male who has had sex with another male since 1977 had been in place since 1983," LifeSiteNews states.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Reason's Gillespie: Crime Rate Drops as Gun Permits Rise

By Rick Pearcey • December 29, 2014, 09:07 AM

Greg Richter writes Newsmax:

Despite efforts from the left to restrict gun ownership on claims that it will reduce crime, the opposite is actually true, says Reason.com editor Nick Gillespie.

In a Sunday blog post, Gillespie points out that crime rates drop in states that enact laws allowing more people to carry concealed weapons, and they drop even further as more residents of those states avail themselves of their right.

In 1987, Gillespie notes, the total crime rate was 5,550 per 100,000 people while the violent crime rate was 610 per 100,000. By 2013, those figures had dropped to 3,099 and 368.

"A study by the Crme Prevention Research Center [CPRC] earlier this year found that 11.1 million Americans have concealed carry permits, up from 4.5 million in 2007. During that period, murder and violent crime rates dropped 22 percent," Richter reports.

"When you allow people to carry concealed handguns, you see changes in the behavior of criminals," CPRC president John R. Lott is quoted as telling Fox News. 
"Some criminals stop committing crimes, others move on to crimes in which they don’t come into contact with victims, and others actually move to areas where they have less fear of being confronted by armed victimsm," Lott told Fox, according to Richter.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Video: Baby Jesus Figure Stolen, Replaced With "Severed Real Pig's Head"

By Rick Pearcey • December 26, 2014, 09:23 AM

WHDH TV in Boston reports: 

Police in Haverhill are on the lookout for a vandal who stole baby Jesus from a manger and replaced him with a real pig's head.

Police said the vandals struck the nativity scene in front of Sacred Hearts Church in the early morning hours of Christmas Day.

"Police are investigating the incident. . . . A news conference is planned for 10 a.m. Friday," WHDH reports.

Print and video reporting on this news story are available here

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas at Bastogne

By Rick Pearcey • December 25, 2014, 11:39 AM

Rich Lowry writes:

"What’s merry about all this, you ask?”

Thus began a Christmas Eve message from General Anthony McAuliffe to his troops besieged at the Belgium town of Bastogne. Adolf Hitler had launched a desperate counteroffensive against the allies in the West in December 1944. As described in the book No Silent Night: The Christmas Battle for Bastogne, the town became a linchpin of the Battle of the Bulge.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

St. Louis Unrest After Black Teen Killed by Police Officer

By Rick Pearcey • December 24, 2014, 10:15 AM

BBC reports:

U.S. police have clashed with protesters in Missouri after an officer shot dead a black teenager near where Michael Brown was killed in August, a death that triggered national protests.

A crowd of about 100 gathered at the scene in St Louis early on Wednesday after scuffles the night before. St. Louis County police said the man who was shot had pulled a gun at a petrol station and pointed it at the officer.

"For weeks there have been protests about alleged police brutality," BBC reports. "Berkeley is about two miles from the suburb of Ferguson, where the 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead by a white officer."

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Feminist Christmas Tale: God Raped Mary

By Rick Pearcey • December 23, 2014, 10:27 AM

Kristine Marsh writes at Newsbusters:

Salon and Alternet seem to exist only to provide click-bait for kooks. Alternet certainly succeeded with their Sunday article entitled, "Why rape is so intrinsic to religion" which was also cross-posted on partner site Salon. In the article by Valerie Tarico, she tries to argue that the virgin birth of Jesus Christ was God raping Mary, similar to Greek and Hindu tales of gods raping women. "It's a common theme in the history of religion, and it's more than a little rapey," Tarico claims.

"'Rapey' is not exactly an adjective most would use to describe the Christmas story, but never underestimate what an Alternet writer can come up with!," Marsh writes.

"Tarico even manages to tie it all in to 'the shocking prevalence' of rape 'on college campuses and in society at large. I guess she completely ignored the Rolling Stone apology and media blow-up, showing that one student’s account of shocking gang rape might've been false. Not to mention, the most recent comprehensive study from the DOJ which shows, 20 percent of college-age women are not raped on campus, more like 0.6%," Marsh observes.

Comment: Feminism despises Christianity, for an unholy slew of reasons. Perhaps one of them is that feminism despises truly strong women. Mary, of course, could have said no, and there is no indication that God would have forced her (see Luke 1:26-38). Instead, she made an informed choice: "May your word to me be fulfilled" (Luke 1:38).

The Bible affirms the significance of human beings, that we can make decisions and change history. Choice is crucial, but it is not a blank check that lets one class of humanity (pregnant women) decide whether another class of humanity (preborn human beings) lives or dies.

Yes, Scripture does not look kindly upon abortofascism. Yet another reason some might choose to despise a God of truth and love who acts into verifiable human history to overcome evil with good.

Folks who are truly concerned about rape might note that trying to rape truth to bend it to their inhumane social and political agendas is not a sign of good faith. Let it not be done according to their word.

Christmas Spirit in Space and Time

Monday, December 22, 2014

Satanic Temple Erects "Snaketivity Scene" at Michigan Capitol

By Rick Pearcey • December 22, 2014, 08:17 AM

AP reports,

Christians and Satanists put up competing displays Sunday on the Michigan Capitol grounds as Christmas week got underway.

The Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple set up its "Snaketivity Scene" featuring a snake offering a book called "Revolt of the Angels" as a gift. The snake is wrapped around the Satanic cross on the 3-feet-by-3-feet display. Capitol rules require that displays have to be taken down each night.

"Word of the Satanic Temple's plans led state Sen. Rick Jones, a Grand Ledge Republican, to erect a Nativity scene on Friday featuring baby Jesus, Joseph and Mary. He put it back up Sunday morning," AP reports.

"Jones said he was happy to 'represent the light and not the darkness'," according to AP.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Video: Students Agree to Deport Americans in Exchange for Illegal Immigrants

By Rick Pearcey • December 19, 2014, 09:01 AM

Maggie Lit reports at Campus Reform:

Students at George Washington University (GWU) willingly signed a petition supporting the deportation of one American citizen in exchange for one illegal immigrant.

"Please sign our petition for President Obama to deport one American citizen, in exchange for one undocumented immigrant," read the petition. "Everyone must be allowed a shot at the ‘American Dream.' Americans should not be greedy. Let us right the wrongs of our past and make another’s dreams come true."

"It makes sense," one student told Campus Reform. "Like, I’ve noticed that there is a lot of like hatred against undocumented immigrants and it’s not necessarily their fault."

Watch the video here

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Brad Thor: "If Jeb Bush Is the Nominee, I Will Never Vote Republican Again"

By Rick Pearcey • December 17, 2014, 07:35 AM

Michael Patrick Leahy reports at Breitbart.com:

Best-selling author Brad Thor is expanding the tweet that started a social media firestorm. On Tuesday he sent out this tweet: "Hey @Reince and @GOP - let me be perfectly clear. If Jeb Bush is the nominee, I will never vote Republican again."

"Thor, whose thriller, The Lions of Lucerne, was published in 2002, has written ten additional New York Times best-sellers. His most recent novel, Act of War, was published in 2014, and a new thriller is in the works," Breitbart reports. 

Thor is "not squeamish in detailing the current condition of the United States. 'I believe that the problems facing this country are so dire I don't want someone who is going to kick my dog less'," the best-selling author said, according to Breitbart.

"We don’t need a patrician manager of the big federal  bureaucracy in D.C.," Breitbart quotes Thor as saying. "We need an absolute constitutional warrior, not only someone who is going to whittle this government down to the size it should be, but someone who is able to rally everyone behind him or her. . . . It's more important to put someone in who's going to fix things, not manage its decline."

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Atheist Group's Nativity Complaint Backfires

By Rick Pearcey • December 16, 2014, 08:03 AM

Brittany M. Hughes reports at CNSNew.com:

When the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) went after a city council in Jay, Fla., for displaying a nativity set on public property, the atheist group might have won a battle, but seems to have lost the war.

The FFRF, known for protesting any and all religious displays in public places, sent a complaint letter recently to local officials in the 526-person city of Jay, arguing against the life-sized nativity that had been set up on the site every Christmas for nearly 40 years, the group said in a press release.

In a letter sent to the city’s mayor, FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel alleged, "It is unlawful for the town to maintain, erect, or host a holiday display that consists solely of a nativity scene, thus singling out, showing preference for, and endorsing one religion." He added there are "ample private and church grounds where religious displays may be freely placed."

"In response to the group’s complaints, the city council declared the nativity set surplus property and sold it to the Santa Rosa County Ministerial Association, thus removing it from public property," according to CNSNews.

This move appeared to please FFRF co-president Dan Barker, who "praised the city council’s decision as 'divesting the town of a divisive display'," CNSNews reports.

"But the town has not been deprived of the nativity, reports the American Pastors Network [APN]. In fact, after the ministerial association purchased the nativity, they then placed the huge Christian display on private property near one of the busiest parts of the small town, reports the American Pastors Network," according to CNSNews.

The Nativity scene "now stands at a busy corner at the town’s main stop light -- ironic, say nativity supporters, because many more people will see it there," CNSNews quotes APN as stating in a press release. 

"Anyone who actually takes time to study our nation’s history and read the writings of our founders -- not the interpretations of those writings written two hundred years later -- knows that religious liberty and the acknowledgement of Almighty God as the source of that liberty are the bulwark of our nation," CNSNews quotes President Sam Rohrer as saying in the press statement.

"Threats like these against towns that want to display nativities are a blatant attack on our God-given and constitutionally protected freedoms," Rohrer states.

"Groups like FFRF base their arguments on the sound bite of 'separation of church and state,' but again, history proves these arguments wrong, as Thomas Jefferson’s famous 'wall' was in response to the sincere concerns of the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut that religious freedom might be considered a favor granted by government rather than an inalienable right given by God," Rohrer states, according to Hamilton Strategies.

"FFRF would do well to remember that Jefferson himself attended congressionally approved church services held in the U.S. Capitol building itself -- the seat of American government," Rohrer advises.

"The truth remains that public displays of the nativity scene on government property in no way violate the Constitution. FFRF's attempts to stifle religious liberty, however, do."

Monday, December 15, 2014

Jihad in an Australian Chocolate Shop

By Rick Pearcey • December 15, 2014, 07:28 AM

Robert Spencer writes at Frontpagemag.com:

The details are still sketchy, but this is what is apparently confirmed as of this writing (8PM EST Sunday night): As many as 50 people have been taken hostage in the Lindt Chocolat Café in Sydney, Australia’s central pedestrian mall, Martin Place. Some of the hostages have been forced at gunpoint to hold up the black flag of Islamic jihad against a window of the café. . . .

This is an unprecedented event in the West. There have been jihad attacks, and hostage situations, but this is the first jihadist hostage event in a Western country since the Islamic State issued this threat in a September video: "We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah, the Exalted. This is His promise to us; He is glorified and He does not fail in His promise. If we do not reach that time, then our children and grandchildren will reach it, and they will sell your sons as slaves at the slave market."

Spencer concludes: "As Australians, and in due course Americans and Britons and Canadians, grow accustomed to the new possibility that a stop for a cup of coffee could result in one’s head being separated from one’s body, the time for this politically correct unreality about the jihad threat is over. Realism about the nature and magnitude of the threat is long overdue. The patrons inside the Lindt Chocolat Café, now hostages, deserve nothing less, as do the rest of the citizens of the embattled and besieged West.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Church Welcomes Doubters as Atheist Christmas Billboard Attacks "Fairy Tales"

By Rick Pearcey • December 12, 2014, 11:52 AM

American Atheists (AA) last week launched a "billboard campaign featuring a young girl writing a message to Santa Claus that reads: 'Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I'm too old for fairy tales'," reports Stoyan Zaimov at Christian Post

"The AA billboards have gone up in major cities like Memphis, Nashville, St. Louis and Fort Smith, as well as in more residential areas near churches and schools," CP reports.

A church in Alma, Ark., responded with its own billboard ad, which states, "Questions, Doubts, Curiosity? All welcome at Grace," according to CP.

"Our goal is not to oppose their message, but rather to respond with love and support. We actually welcome their desire to support those who have felt alienated by believers and start discussion between and among the Atheist and Christian communities," Grace Church states on its website. 

Two comments. First, the church does well to welcome those with doubts, who question, and are curious. The Biblical worldview affirms the human mind as sourced in the rationality of the Creator. Therefore, churches and the Christian community in general ought to be safe places for those who want to consider and discuss whether Christianity is true and therefore warrants their commitment. 

Second, there is no need to think "love and support" is somehow an alternative to opposing the message of atheists. If atheism is false and harmful to human freedom and dignity, to "love and support" includes refuting that unfortunate message. "Speaking the truth in love" is how Ephesians 4:15 puts it.

Jesus epitomizes love, and yet his Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7) directly challenged the settled opinion and cultural powers of his day, even as it now challenges the settled opinion and cultural powers in our own day. This is good news for thinking human beings, but not so good news for the fairy tales and superstitions of atheism.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Student: Texas Prof Calls Ted Cruz "Bast---," Compares Tea Party to Nazis

By Rick Pearcey • December 11, 2014, 09:36 AM

Maggie Lit reports at Campus Reform:

A Texas psychology professor was caught on video last month comparing the Tea Party to the Nazis.

Dr. Blake Armstrong, a South Texas College (STC) professor, told students not to tell anybody about his assertions; however an anonymous student who had enough of the professor’s anti-Republican rants decided to record the class on Nov. 17, as reported by The Blaze.

"This semester, [Dr. Armstrong] insulted Republicans about three times before this video was recorded," the student said, according to Jason Howerton at The Blaze

The student also said the professor "called Sen. Ted Cruz a bast--- for using the last name Cruz to win his election. I didn’t know exactly what he meant, but I decided to start recording,' The Blaze reports.

"It's very easy to see that [Amstrong] has a vendetta against Republicans and religion with an emphasis on Christianity," the student also reportedly said.

The "psychology concentration" page at South Texas College provides publicly available contact information for Mr. Armstrong (email: blakea@southtexascollege.edu, phone: 956-447-6658).

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Lecrae to Join Hip Hop Legends Run DMC, LL Cool J for "Christmas in Brooklyn"

By Rick Pearcey • December 10, 2014, 08:51 AM

Vincent Funaro reports at Christian Post:

Lecrae will perform alongside hip hop legends and pioneers LL Cool J and Run DMC at the Christmas in Brooklyn event, which takes place on Dec. 19 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. . . .

 Lecrae has had a huge year with his album reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and performing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He has also been a voice in the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the Michael Brown case.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Limbaugh: "Real Outrage" Is "American Died" While NY Enforced Cigarette Tax

By Rick Pearcey • December 9, 2014, 11:05 AM

Melanie Hunter reports at CNSNews.com:

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said on “Fox News Sunday” that the “real outrage” in the death of Eric Garner in New York City is that an American died while the state was enforcing tax collection on cigarettes.

“I think the real outrage here is that an American died while the state is enforcing tax collection on cigarettes. This is just absurd,” said Limbaugh. “And it -- you know, people talk about the left, they want a big state, they want a powerful state. Well, here it is. You've got to take all of it,” Limbaugh said.

“What was Eric Garner doing? He was selling cigarettes, loose cigarettes, and the police in New York -- because they're so eager for tax collection, what is being done here with regard to taxes and the state's desire to collect them no matter what, how many cops were descended on that situation for cigarettes?” Limbaugh is quoted as asking. 

How many people smoking marijuana did the cops pass by and ignore on the way to Eric Garner? You've got $13 a carton, $13 a pack in New York City, over $6 of that is taxes. And the authorities are telling the cops, you go out and you stop that, because they're so intent on collecting tax revenue,” Limbaugh said, according to CNSNews.com.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Eric Garner’s Widow: Chokehold Death "Wasn't a Black-and-White Thing"

By Rick Pearcey • December 8, 2014, 10:25 AM

The NYPost reports: 

The chokehold death of Eric Garner in NYPD custody wasn’t "a black-and-white thing," his widow said Sunday -- a stunning admission that breaks sharply from lawmakers and protesters who have seized on the racial aspect of the case.

Esaw Snipes said she believed her husband was "murdered unjustly," but said skin color wasn’t a factor behind his fatal arrest for allegedly selling loose cigarettes on Staten Island last summer.

"The statement flies in the face of demands by Snipes and others — including the Rev. Al Sharpton -- for the civil rights investigation announced by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder last week," the Post reports.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Atheists Tell Town to Keep Christ Out of Christmas Parade

By Rick Pearcey • December 5, 2014, 11:18 AM

The town of Piedmont, Alabama "wanted to honor the reason for the season" during their annual Christmas parade, "and that landed them in a world of trouble with a group of out-of-town atheists," Todd Starnes writes. 

"The parade committee selected 'Keep Christ in Christmas' as the theme of Thursday night’s parade. Seeing how there’s a church on nearly every street corner in town -- no one gave it a second thought," Starnes explains.

"I was totally shocked when I received the letter. It’s a small town. It’s a small Christmas parade. We didn’t think there would be any problems at all," Starnes quotes Mayor Bill Baker as saying.

"Little did the mayor know that his town was about to be infested with an ill-tempered gaggle of atheists from Wisconsin -- the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)," Starnes continues. "They alleged that a single person in Piedmont had complained about the parade theme -- and the FFRF sent the mayor a threatening letter." 

According to Starnes, the letter complains that the theme of the Christmas Parade "alienates non-Christians and others in Piedmont who do not in fact have a 'strong belief in prayers' by turning them into political outsiders in their own community." Furthermore, the "sentiment of 'Keeping Christ in Christmas' does not qualify as a secular celebration."

Comment: The atheists are absolutely wrong. Nothing in the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution forbids the free people of the United States from freely and publicly exercising their respect for and commitment to the truth of Christianity.

The 1st Amendment places a prohibition on the Congress of the United States, not on the people of the United States, and that amendment forbids the Congress from making any law "respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

This atheist organization is extremist in nature. Christians in America, as well as all others who value truth in governance and freedom in their corporate and individual lives, would do well to insist on practicing what is the mainstream of America -- that is, the public recognition of the Creator as the integration point of civil life in the United States.

After all, the Declaration of Independence states, "All men are created equal" and "are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
. . . among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Furthermore, "to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men."

Live free, people of Piedmont. Reject the chains of atheists.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Boehner Plans Amnesty Sellout to Pelosi

By Rick Pearcey • December 4, 2014, 08:50 AM

Neil Munro reports at the Daily Caller:

Press reports say House Speaker John Boehner will ask Rep. Nancy Pelosi to help him overcome “snowballing” GOP opposition to the GOP leadership’s draft 2015 government budget bill.

Boehner’s draft bill funds the entire government for 2015, but makes merely token efforts to stop President Barack Obama’s agencies from implementing his unpopular amnesty, according to rank-and-file GOP legislators. . . .

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Black Crime Claims Life of Apologist for Black Crime

By Rick Pearcey • December 3, 2014, 09:06 AM

Colin Flaherty writes at American Thinker:

David Ruenzel knew, better than most, about the white privilege that killed him. 

As a writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of this favorite topics was rooting out racism. And how white racism is permanent. White racism is everywhere. And white racism explains everything.

This mantra of the Critical Race Theory and the Southern Poverty Law Center applied to all white people because, even if they were not personally cracking the whips, or breaking the skulls, white people benefitted from a racist system that did all that -- and a lot more.

"By the time of his death, Ruenzel had accumulated many of the trappings of the white privilege he exposed: The job. The home. The intact family. And most importantly in his case, white privilege endowed Ruenzel with an expectation of safety in the Oakland neighborhood where last week two black people are suspected of killing him," Flaherty writes.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Kansas Minister Defends Family, Shoots Intruder in the Head

By Rick Pearcey • December 2, 2014, 08:25 AM

"A minister in Valley Center, Kan. defended himself and his family on Sunday morning by shooting a would-be intruder in the head," Chuck Ross reports at the Daily Caller.

"The suspect, Cory Landon, sustained a graze wound to the forehead and was picked up by police while walking down the road in a rural area just north of Wichita," according to the DC.

"The minister was home with his wife and three children, one of them only six months old, when he heard his home alarm going off and found Landon trying to enter the residence through a window."

Monday, December 1, 2014

Opposition to Common Core Spurs Jump in Homeschooling

By Rick Pearcey • December 1, 2014, 07:00 AM

Perry Chiaramonte reports at Fox News:

The homeschooling boom is getting a new push due to opposition to Common Core, the controversial national education standard that some parents claim is using their children’s public school lessons to push a political agenda, according to critics of the Washington-backed curriculum.

North Carolina, already a home-schooling hotbed, saw a 14 percent rise last year in the number of students being educated at home, according to a report from Heartlander Magazine. Similar increases have been seen in Virginia, California and New York, according to education activists.

"If you look at national, and even state polls, you can see that the more familiar people become with Common Core, the more they dislike it," Bob Lubke of the North Carolina-based Civitas Institute is quoted as telling Fox News. "They feel like they are losing control of what their kids are learning."

"The uptick in homeschooling has become a trend across the nation over the past couple of years, even in states like New York and California,” Glyn Wright said, according to Fox News. "Americans have rejected the Common Core initiative because they are tired of unaccountable federal bureaucracy, especially when it comes to their child’s education, and because they are seeing first-hand the poor quality and content of the Standards that are meant to prepare children for the workforce instead of giving them a well-rounded, superior education."