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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Sarah Palin: President Trump Should "Call for the Unshackling of the Political Bands Tying Us to the U.N."

By Rick Pearcey • December 29, 2016, 01:35 PM

John Hayward reports at Breitbart:

On Thursday's Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM, former Alaska Governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin talked with Breitbart London Editor-in-Chief Raheem Kassam about the return of national sovereignty that began with Brexit and might lead to a United States withdrawal from the United Nations in the wake of its anti-Israel vote.

"Palin said there were two ways to look at how the incoming Trump administration should handle the United Nations," Breitbart reports.

"One is, I called for our next president, Donald Trump, to call for the unshackling of the political bands tying us to the UN," Pain said, according to Breitbart.

"By exiting the UN, where injustice is actually rewarded, we then will be able to uphold America's reputation as the leader, and as the kind and compassionate and generous nation that we are -- as the nation sharing values that, when emulated by any other nation, can bring justice and equal rights to any other nation," Palin reportedly said.

"So I call upon President-Elect Trump to lead that charge. But the other way to look at this," she continued, is to ask: "Is it really going to be one person, one leader's responsibility to do so? Or is this going to be part of the revolution that we have just seen, that did elect Trump? . . . It's We the People needing to step up and do it. It's our government. It's our money funding the lion’s share of the globalist circus. It's We the People needing to rise up and make this a part of the revolution that we have just so benefited from."

Read more.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Make Nice, Make Terror: Helping the Needy Through Islamic Terror and Bigotry

By Rick Pearcey • December 28, 2016, 09:11 AM

Joe Kaufman and Beila Rabinowitz write at Frontpagemag.com:

The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has organized the Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) annual "Day of Dignity," an event advertised as assisting those in poverty, since October 2013.

More than helping those in need, though, doing events such as these help to hide the fact that these two groups, CAIR and Islamic Relief (IR), are associated with international terror and, in at least one case, crude racism.

It is a sinister exploit of phony altruism and community service to further the cause of radical Islam. . . .

"The 'Day of Dignity' is actually a 'Day of Deceit' aimed at presenting a warm fuzzy façade to hide these groups' violent extremism behind a good cause," Kaufman and Rabinowitz conclude.

Read more.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Brilliant Thomas Sowell Says Farewell

By Rick Pearcey • December 27, 2016, 12:05 PM

The brilliant, articulate thinker and scholar Thomas Sowell is stepping down as a nationally syndicated columnist published by Creators Syndicate.

Sowell explains his decision:

Even the best things come to an end. After enjoying a quarter of a century of writing this column for Creators Syndicate, I have decided to stop. Age 86 is well past the usual retirement age, so the question is not why I am quitting but why I kept at it so long.

It was very fulfilling to be able to share my thoughts on the events unfolding around us and to receive feedback from readers across the country — even if it was impossible to answer them all.

Being old-fashioned, I liked to know what the facts were before writing. That required not only a lot of research, it also required keeping up with what was being said in the media.

During a stay in Yosemite National Park last May, taking photos with a couple of my buddies, there were four consecutive days without seeing a newspaper or a television news program — and it felt wonderful. With the political news being so awful this year, it felt especially wonderful.

This made me decide to spend less time following politics and more time on my photography, adding more pictures to my website.

You can read the rest of Sowell's column here.

Pubiishing Thomas Sowell's columns during my tenure as managing editor of Human Events on Capitol Hill, and linking to them or commenting on them at The Pearcey Report and Pro-Existence, has been one of the "things looked forward to" as I work with ideas and seek to provide stimulating thought and information to the reading public.

Meanwhile, Mr. Sowell, just because you're stepping down from Creators, that doesn't mean you have to stop writing altogether.

I, for one, hope to see more of your written work -- whether occasional columns, essays, and/or new books.

And by all means, continue snapping and sharing your wonderful photos.

Thomas Sowell at Pro-Existence

Monday, December 26, 2016

Socialism Kills Christmas: Venezuela Edition -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • December 26, 2016, 12:12 PM

Redistribute the Toy Wealth: In this video, Matt Kibbe comments on the latest low from the inhumane socialist government of Venezuela El Presidente Nicolas Madura -- in which government authorities "confiscated" -- that is, stole -- "nearly 4 million toys from a toy distributor."

"Jacking Santa's little helpers at the point of a gun, taking toys from one and giving them to others -- that ain't Christmas," Kibbe concludes.

Watch the Kibbe video here.

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Bethlehem Bombshell: Christmas Spirit in Space and Time

By Rick Pearcey • December 23, 2016, 12:42 PM

The joyous Christmas season has become increasingly secular, religious, and fragmented, helping make the most wonderful time of the year perhaps also the most manipulative. We celebrate, and that is good, even healing. And given the hectic pace of life in America, there is much to admire in our ability to rise to the occasion of Christmas festivity every December.

But on a deeper level, the awe and cheer that attend a Holy Night and a Christmas Day seem more than ever to rest upon cultural understandings weak and eroding. Consider how fact today is alienated from meaning, “faith” from life, spirit from matter, and wonder from the real things of life in a searching, troubled world. The optimism of a new beginning in a New Year fades when we lose touch with secure points of reference by which to measure hope and find comfort in progress. Power elites employ malleable symbols of religion and politics to manipulate money and masses towards results that overturn the original content of words and action rooted in history.

There is a remedy for this, and it is found in the humane and concrete realities of the events that started it all some 2,000 years ago. What follows is a kind of Christmas and New Year’s debriefing related to information given in Luke 2, where familiar but revolutionary words await: “And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them” (Luke 2:20).  

What Luke gives us is part of a narrative that has comforted many millions of people around the world and throughout history. And yet, in this passage is no mere comfort. For in it is a cosmos of light and humanity that challenges settled expectations about what many regard as normal life in enlightened society.

Read more from "Christmas Spirit in Space and Time."

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Robert Reich: Boycott Everything Trump

By Rick Pearcey • December 22, 2016, 09:45 AM

The boycott will fail, and not only fail but strengthen Trump. Here's the anti-Trump boycott story at CNSNews.com.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore for U.S. Senate

By Rick Pearcey • December 21, 2016, 01:59 PM

My favorite line in the analysis of the pro-marriage, pro-Constitution stand by persecuted Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, by Daniel Horowitz of Conservative Reivew, arrives in the conclusion:

We are tired of being betrayed by pseudo-conservatives in the Senate. Wouldn't Roy Moore make a great senator to replace the great Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. (C, 78%)?

To see how Horowitz's column moves from title to conclusion, please read "A Few Good Men: 8 Judges Rally to Judge Moore's Side" here.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Denzel Washington on "Fake News": If You Read the Newspaper, "You're Misinformed"

By Rick Pearcey • December 20, 2016, 06:30 PM

Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:

Commenting on the topic of "fake news," Academy Award winning actor Denzel Washington criticized the so-called mainstream media by saying if you read the newspaper, then "you're misinformed," and added that in a world where there is too much information the media strive to be first and not to be truthful, no matter who it hurts. "Anything you practice you'll get good at -- including BS," said Washington.

Read more.

Houston Anchorwoman Fired for Pro-Trump Post Goes Nuclear on Rigged TV Station
Intelligence Revolts Against the Less-Than-Zero-Credibility National Media

Monday, December 19, 2016

"Diversity" = Weakness: Students of Color Conference Turns Into "Oppression Olympics," Leads to Fights, Canceled Sessions

By Rick Pearcey • December 19, 2016, 10:30 AM

Kate Hardiman reports at The College Fix:

This year's University of California Students of Color Conference unproductively devolved into something of an "oppression Olympics" between different minority groups, prompting arguments between participants and ultimately leading to some canceled sessions at the annual event.

Diversity without unity is a seedbed of divisiveness, weakness, and hatred -- as the secularist gods of race, gender, and victimhood vie with each other for supremacy.

Read more.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Students Petition to Fire Professor for Shaming Trump Supporters

By Rick Pearcey • December 15, 2016, 10:05 AM

Peter Van Voorhis reports at Campus Reform:

Students at Orange Coast College have started a petition to fire Olga Perez Stable-Cox, the professor who called the election of Donald Trump "an act of terrorism" during an in-class tirade.

Cox, who teaches Human Sexuality, has made national headlines for claiming that Trump is a "white supremacist," and stating that Vice-President-elect Pence is "one of the most anti-gay humans in this country."

"The petition denounces Cox not merely for her comments about Trump and Pence, but also for asking all Trump supporters to stand up in front of the entire class, which the anonymous student who submitted the video asserts was an attempt to isolate and publicly shame those who voted for Trump," Van Voorhis writes.

Read more.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Audio: Mark Levin Shreds Trump Secretary of State Pick Rex Tillerson

By Rick Pearcey • December 14, 2016, 10:00 AM

Chris Pandolfo writes at Conservative Review:

Tuesday evening on the radio, Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin addressed the announcement that Exxon-Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state.

Levin said that the choice of Rex Tillerson ranks among the "worst" of Trump's Cabinet picks.

Tillerson has close ties to members of the ruling class establishment. His nomination was praised by the likes of Condoleezza Rice, Robert Gates, and James Baker -- luminaries of the Bush administration and, in the case of Rice and Gates, lobbyists for Exxon-Mobil. Additionally, his close relationship with Vladimir Putin is a major cause for concern.

To read more and hear Levin's take on Rex Tillerson, click here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Nurse Fired After Offering to Pray With Patients Before Surgery

By Rick Pearcey • December 13, 2016, 10:15 AM

Jonathan Petre reports at the U.K. Daily Mail:  

A nurse with 15 years' experience has been sacked after discussing Christianity and offering to pray with patients before operations.

Sister Sarah Kuteh was dismissed for breaching guidelines, even though her job involved asking people preparing for surgery about their religion.

The mother-of-three, who is now suing the hospital for unfair dismissal, said she was offering solace to patients she believed were happy to chat about their beliefs, and described her sacking as "disproportionate and punitive."

"The row comes after [Prime Minister] Theresa May told MPs that Christians should feel able to speak about their faith at work," Petre reports. "The Prime Minister's comments followed criticism by Government watchdog the Equality and Human Rights Commission, highlighted by The Mail on Sunday, of politically correct organisations that curb freedom of expression."

See Also
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May Affirms Christmas, Free Speech: "Our Christian Heritage Is Something We Can All Be Proud Of"
Baltimore Ravens Tight End Benjamin Watson: Christianity Not Privatized, But Is Wholistic Reality-Oriented Commitment

Monday, December 12, 2016

Michael Kinsley Accuses Donald Trump of Fascism

By Rick Pearcey • December 12, 2016, 10:09 AM

In fact, Bookworm makes the case at American Thinker that, if Kinsley wants to "go around calling people 'fascists'," he should "start by looking in your own mirror and by saluting the picture of Obama you have hanging over your bed."

Kinsley leveled his less than convincing accusation at Trump here ("Donald Trump Is Actually a Fascist") in the Washington Post last Friday.

For an overview into the meaning of fascism, please see my comments at "Fascism Is Back."

Friday, December 9, 2016

Lawbreaker Alert: The Coming Sanctuary Cities Crackdown

By Rick Pearcey • December 9, 2016, 12:15 PM

Matthew Vadum writes at Frontpagemag.com:

Chicago is one of the best places to live in America if you're one of the millions of illegal aliens present in the country -- and free-spending, lawbreaking Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying his best to keep it that way.

Emanuel (D), who used to be a congressman and then President Obama's chief of staff, dropped by Trump Tower in New York on Wednesday to urge President-elect Donald Trump to abandon his campaign promise to crack down on sanctuary cities.

"I also spoke out strongly about what it means to be a sanctuary city who will support and secure the people who are here, like my grandfather who came to the city of Chicago as a 13-year old 100 years ago," said Emanuel who actually has no real bargaining power in the equation because he's on the wrong side of the law.

"Chicago was a sanctuary city for my grandfather. His grandson today is the mayor of this city, which is a testament to the strength of the values and ideals of America."

"Emanuel, of course, is leaving out the values that make Americans inclined to support the rule of law and therefore oppose illegal entry and visa-overstaying by foreigners," Vadum counters.

"Emanuel is a strident, in-your-face supporter of the sanctuary city movement that gave illegal aliens permission to rob, rape, and murder Americans," Vadum writes.

Read more.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Coulter: How the Establishment Will Try to Destroy Trump

By Rick Pearcey • December 8, 2016, 11:15 AM

Coulter writes in her latest column:

Shortly before Thanksgiving, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni wrote a column that should chill you to the bone.

Titled "Donald Trump's Demand for Love," Bruni said: "I had just shaken the president-elect's normal-size hand and he was moving on to the next person when he wheeled around, took a half step back, touched my arm and looked me in the eye anew. 'I'm going to get you to write some good stuff about me,' Donald Trump said."

Bruni is a fabulous writer, but if he ever writes good stuff about you, Mr. President-elect, YOU WILL HAVE FAILED. . . .

The Times is in total opposition to Trump's stated goal to make America great again. Trump has got to know -- not next year, but by 5 p.m. today -- that anyone pursuing his agenda will incite rage, insanity and spitting blood from that newspaper.

There's a long and tragic history of Republicans who won the war but lost the peace by trading results for respectability.

Read more.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Houston Anchorwoman Fired for Pro-Trump Post Goes Nuclear on Rigged TV Station

By Rick Pearcey • December 7, 2016, 10:38 AM

Fake News, Real Propaganda: Scarlett Fakhar, former news anchor of Fox 26 affiliate KRIV TV in Houston, Texas, gave Garth Kant of WND a behind-the-scenes look at her recent firing by that affiliate.

The story that emerges "appears to be of a blatant double standard and a hypocritical enforcement of company policy at KRIV," Kant writes.

"I was fired for by political beliefs," Fakhar states.

What we saw documented in election 2016, and continue to see in its aftermath, is that so-called mainstream journalism today is ideology-driven coverage -- not fact- or news-driven coverage.

Individuals who don't fit that narrow propagandistic mold and who dare think and speak outside of that unfortunate, politically correct status quo discover they have no place in that rigged system.

That is a crucial discovery to make. In fact: Any human being is too good for any system of propaganda.  And so is a society that would be free.

Kant writes:

It's difficult to imagine a more clear-cut a case of media bias.

One reporter at a television station said on the air, "Ted Cruz is like the dark lord from Star Wars," and, "I think he's the Antichrist."

Another reporter at the same television station stated in a private Facebook post that she was "happy and relieved" the morning after Donald Trump won the presidential election.

The reporter who privately made the conservative comment was fired.

The reporter who publicly made the liberal comment still has his job.

Read more here.

James O'Keefe: "Corrupt Scum" Mainstream Media Is Dead. We Won -- Video
Intelligence Revolts Against the Less-Than-Zero-Credibility National Media

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

James O'Keefe: "Corrupt Scum" Mainstream Media Is Dead. We Won -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • December 6, 2016, 10:07 AM

James O'Keefe of Project Veritas, speaking at the David Horowitz Freedom Center's 2016 Restoration Weekend held November 10-13 at the Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Florida:

Thank you very much. I only have about 10 to 15 minutes before I go to lunch, but I wanted to say a few words. I was invited here at the last minute. My friend, Jim Young here, invited me, and thanks for having me. I want to say a few words and show just a very few clips from Project Veritas. I wanted to say that we did it, and the media in this country, as Bill Little said last night, is now discredited. It's dead and we have killed it and it's been a long time coming because they put us through so much over the last 10 years: Planned Parenthood, civil lawsuits, jail, defamation, lies, slander and now we've won. 

I'm going to walk you through very quickly just some of what I think are the poignant historical moments. It all started 4 weeks ago when Twitter kicked me off. I was kicked off Twitter for releasing the videos, and out of nowhere thousands of people sent messages to the CEO of Twitter. Thousands of people sent messages to Jack Dorsey and they reinstated my account 36 hours later, and when they did we had 40,000 new followers.

Go here for the must-see video of O'Keefe's presentation and a transcript of his remarks.

Rigged Media's Anti-Christian Witch Hunt of HGTV's Chip and Joanna Gaines
Intelligence Revolts Against Less-Than-Zero-Credibility National Media

Monday, December 5, 2016

Why We Shouldn't Ban "Offensive" Books

By Rick Pearcey • December 5, 2016, 11:15 AM

As Logan Albright argues at CR, "Simply because something is difficult or upsetting does not mean it shouldn't be examined. In a way, that's what education is all about."

Friday, December 2, 2016

Rigged Media's Anti-Christian Witch Hunt of HGTV's Chip and Joanna Gaines

By Rick Pearcey • December 2, 2016, 01:04 PM

From Tony Perkins at the Daily Signal:

Bullying Christians may be a favorite strategy of the left -- but it's not necessarily an effective one. Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's popular show Fixer Upper may be sending that message without ever opening their mouths.

In what can only be described as a politically motivated witch hunt, BuzzFeed posted a non-story about how the fan-favorites attend a church where it's apparently news that the pastor preaches straight out of the Bible.

In her hit piece (disguised as journalism), author Kate Aurthur implies that Chip and Joanna may be hateful people for attending a church that has the nerve to believe what Scripture says. "So are the Gaineses against same-sex marriage? And would they ever feature a same-sex couple on the show, as have HGTV's House Hunters and Property Brothers? Emails to Brock Murphy, the public relations director at their company, Magnolia, were not returned."

"Not surprisingly, Aurthur's piece got instant attention -- not much of it good," the column states. "BuzzFeed readers are angry that the site is trying to destroy a couple that many consider the best duo on HGTV."

"This is the dumbest story I have ever heard," a reader noted. "It's like a witch hunt for their beliefs, to try and stir the oil from a pot into the flames of the stove. This kind of article is exactly what is wrong with the media."

Read the rest of the column here.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Larry Kudlow: "Everyone's a Winner With Trump's Across-the-Board Tax Cuts"

By Rick Pearcey • December 1, 2016, 11:44 AM

Newsmax reports:

Veteran financial guru Larry Kudlow, who served as the Donald Trump campaign's senior economic adviser, tells Newsmax TV that the president-elect's tax-overhaul blueprint will benefit every economic class in America.

"When you have across-the-board tax cuts, across-the-board reductions in marginal tax rate, everyone's a winner," Kudlow told Steve Malzberg on "America Talks Live."

"There are no losers in this. None. Zero,” Kudlow said, according to Newsmax.

Read the rest of the news report here.