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HALF-FULL REPORT 12/19/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 19 December 2014

Yesterday in the Kremlin, the Putin Huilo gave what Bloomberg described as an "Extremely Long Very Weird Press Conference."

It reminded me of the now-viral YouTube video of the Chinese two year-old missing a putt:

As the London Economist describes Putin's Russia, it's The End of the Line.

What is happening to Russia - and elsewhere - affords an extremely teachable moment in what makes prosperity and indeed freedom itself possible.  Let's take that moment now....

All that aside, we nonetheless are facing Two More Years of Hell.  This week provided ample evidence of why....

And how Islam is rapidly becoming a religion of criminal insanity....

Yet there is some good news....
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 18 December 2014

Asking you not to read this is like telling you not to think of a pink elephant.  Of course I want you to read this - or else why am I writing it? - but I want to enjoy Christmas first. 

Christmas is one week from today (12/18).  This is a time to set problems aside - personal, national, global - and simply bask in the blessings of our family, our loved ones, our friends, and of the life with which Providence has gifted us.

It sure isn't a time to wallow in the mire of what's coming - but if not now, when?  After Christmas, we're looking forward to celebrating a happy new year.  No, it's best to get this over with quickly.

For we have to brace ourselves:  the next two years are going to be the longest two years of our lives.  They will get continually worse as our country descends into the Hell that a satanic president wants America to be.

Zero is not Lucifer incarnate, let's be clear, but it's obvious now that he is literally "satantic" in the sense of being fiendishly and maliciously intent on damaging America's culture, society, and founding institutions as much as possible.

So what do we do?  Here are five options.
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THE END OF BANKS? Print E-mail
Written by Louis-Vincent Gave   
Friday, 19 December 2014

Banks are intermediaries, and it's the business of the internet to eliminate unnecessay ones.  Thus a friend of mine observes:
What Lending Club and other P2P lenders do is provide an online market-place that connects borrowers and lenders directly; think the eBay of loans and you have the right conceptual grasp. Moreover, the business model of online market-place lending breaks with a banking tradition, dating back to 14th century Florence, of operating on a 'fractional reserve' basis. 
So what happens to a world that moves ‘ex-bank' and where most new loans are extended peer-to-peer? In such a world, the banking multiplier disappears along with fractional reserve banking (and consequently the need for regulators?).

What happens when bankers stop lending their clients umbrellas when it is sunny, and taking them away when it rains?
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Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Vladimir Putin has lost control of Russia's economy and may be forced to impose Soviet-style exchange controls after "shock and awe" action by the central bank failed to stem the collapse of the ruble.

"The situation is critical," said the central bank's vice-chairman, Sergei Shvetsov. "What is happening is a nightmare that we could not even have imagined a year ago."

The currency spiked from 71 to 98 against the euro yesterday (12/16) in the biggest one-day drop since the default crisis in 1998 as capital flight gathered pace, despite a drastic rise in interest rates to 17% the day before (12/15) intended to crush speculators and show resolve. It closed at 87, and at this writing today (12/17) is at 83.

Yields on two-year Russian bonds spiraled to 15.36%, while credit default swaps are pricing in a one-third chance of a sovereign default. The shares of Russia's biggest lender, Sberbank, fell 18%.

Neil Shearing, from Capital Economics, said the spectacular failure of the rate shock may bring matters to a head. "If a rise of 650 basis points won't do the job, we are near the end. That means stringent capital controls," he said.

In Washington, the White House said it had no intention of easing pressure on Russia to halt the freefall. "It is President Putin's decision to make. The aim is to sharpen the choice that he faces," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest yesterday.

After years of bluster and suggestions by Mr. Putin that the US is a paper tiger, the Kremlin is now coming face to face with the cataclysmic consequences of what it has done by invading Ukraine and changing Europe's borders by force.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 19 December 2014

There's one chance in four a coed will be raped before she graduates from college, feminists say. Which is like saying the earth is flat, the sun revolves around it, the moon is made of camembert.

Only about two percent of rape charges are false, feminists claim. That number originated in Susan Brownmiller's 1975 book, "Against Our Will." She offered no evidence to substantiate it. No study ever has, said Edward Greer in a law review article.

The worse the crime, the more vile are those who make false accusations of it. That applies to feminists in spades.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014

"How many legs does a calf have, if you call the tail a leg?" Abraham Lincoln asked a Congressman during a discussion of whether he had the authority to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.

"Five," the Congressman replied.

"Four," Lincoln corrected him. "Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg."

We can assume that Lincoln would similarly correct Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee who have as expansive a definition of "torture," as he would those feminists who include consensual sex in their definition of "rape."

Foremost of the "tortures" Democrats decried in a 500 page report was the waterboarding of three senior al Qaida leaders. CIA interrogators were themselves waterboarded before using the technique on terrorists.

Grandstanding journalists have volunteered to be waterboarded to "prove" it's torture. Which should prove conclusively it isn't. No journalist has ever volunteered to have his fingernails pulled out.
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Written by Michael Ledeen   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014

I kept asking myself, why would DiFi - Senator Dianne Feinstein - approve a "report" whose main effect inevitably would be to damage America? 

And it occurred to me that it might be a mistake to try to understand this bizarre event in the usual context of domestic politics.  It probably belongs to a different realm of analysis:  national security, international affairs, and espionage.  Maybe that was really the point of the operation.

It benefits our enemies, after all.  It undermines other countries' willingness to share information, and to work with us "in the field."  Anyone who takes life seriously must acknowledge that, quite aside from the merits of the "case" brought by Democrat staffers on the Senate Intel Committee, we've been damaged. 

The real scary question is:  Did DiFi and her Democrat colleagues issue the "Torture Report" for no other purpose than to damage their own country?  The report itself contains a very large clue why the answer may be yes.
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Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Why do very successful nations often adopt policies that lead to their undoing?

After a revolution or major reform, some countries allow a high degree of economic freedom, establish the rule of law, protect private property rights and establish low tax rates with strict limits on government spending and regulation.

The economy takes off, the citizens become far richer and then the government mucks it up, usually by attempting to redistribute income and expand state control.

Is Chile, which has been one of the bright spots in the world economy, falling into this pattern under socialist President Michelle Bachelet?

For the past three decades, Chile has outperformed the other South American countries and now has the highest per-capita income in South America, averaging approximately $22,000 per year on a purchasing power parity basis.

The World Bank lists Chile as a "developed economy," and it was the first Latin American country to become a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The average Chilean has a per capita income about three times higher than in 1983.

And now the Chilean people seem poised to let Ms. Bachelet throw it all away.
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Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Thursday, 18 December 2014

For most living creatures, instincts take charge of the necessary ordering that life requires: finding food, finding a mate, sleep cycles, protective behavior.

But we humans are different in a fundamental way: our basic survival tool is our conscious mind, and unlike instinctual animals, we can choose to use our basic tool of survival... or not.

Because of this, we can do something pretty amazing: with our conscious minds, we train our own brains to hold the structure of our lives. We do this by creating habits. The habits we practice daily, weekly, monthly... are all maintained through neural pathways that we've established in our brain that make it easy and natural for us to follow these routines.

These habits - if they are good ones - help us to build a sense of meaning, purpose and direction. They are what allow us to persevere and reach long term goals. Without habits, we'd need to use our willpower for every single action we take.

The trouble is, we acquire many of our habits by default - from routines that our family valued and practiced or that we learned in school or from influential people in our lives.  So here are some tips on how to get rid of bad habits and acquire good ones.
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 19 December 2014

Recently, the Chula Vista Police Department in California's San Diego County ran an e-mail forum with the local community (a question and answer exchange) with the topic being, "Community Policing." 

One of  the civilian e-mail participants posed the following question:

"I would like to know how it is possible for police officers to continually harass people and get away with it?"

CVPD Sgt. Barry Bennett replied with this comprehensive answer:

"Thank you for your inquiry regarding how it is possible for us to continually harass people.

First of all, let me tell you's not easy.  In Chula Vista, sometimes you have a situation where a single cop is responsible for harassing 10,000 or more people a day.

Now, your average ten-hour shift runs 36,000 seconds long. This gives a cop one second to harass a person, and then only three-fourths of a second to eat a donut and then find a new person to harass. 

This is not an easy task. To be honest, most cops are not up to this challenge day in and day out. It is just too tiring. What we do is utilize some tools to help us narrow down those people which we can realistically harass.

The tools available to us are as follows:
HALF-FULL REPORT 12/12/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 12 December 2014

"Boehner Wins Funding For Obama's Amnesty." 

Welcome to this morning's headline.  It's hard to imagine more nauseating news, confirming all of our suspicions about what Rino rectum sellout corrupt scumbags are John Boehner and the House GOP leadership.

It is now clear that Boehner and the GOP Establishment is in collusion with Zero to grant unconstitutional amnesty to millions - uncountable millions with subsequent chain migration - of illegal non-Americans....

It's hilarious that no member of the Enemedia has ever questioned Zero's intelligence.  For while he has the ruthless cunning of a mafia gangster or narcissistic sociopath, he shows no evidence of being either educated or very bright. A case in point is...

With the exposure of the UVA Rape Hoax, the question now is what effect will that have on the other FemiLeft Rape Cause, that of the destruction of Bill Cosby?....

Get comfortable for what's coming next, preferably with a tumbler of your favorite adult beverage within easy reach.  This is one of those gems that by itself is worth a year's subscription to TTP.....
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 11 December 2014

The treasonous release of the Democrats' "Senate Torture Report" this week (12/09) is definitive proof that they lack any patriotism or even basic decency whatever.  If they had any integrity - of which they don't have a picogram - they'd change their name to the HateAmerica Party.

Like most normal Americans, I couldn't care less how a Moslem terrorist is interrogated, other than what he knows about terrorist attacks on Americans be extracted from him as efficiently and dependably as possible.  The monsters of Al Qaeda and ISIS et al have divested themselves of any claim to human rights.

The only practical argument against torturing terrorists is that it's so undependable: the guy will say anything to stop the torture. Often, a dramatic presentation of the threat of torture works better. Take the Israeli way:

When a Palestinian terrorist is captured, how many Israeli lives can be saved depends on how quickly Shin Bet (Israeli Security) agents can make him squeal. They strip him naked and sit him in a chair with his legs forced apart. They bring in a large Doberman pincher whose muzzle is placed inches from his genitals. They explain:

"This is Herman. Herman is a very unusual dog. Herman can smell when someone is lying. When someone lies, it gets Herman very mad. And when Herman gets mad, he bites - really hard. So we suggest you tell us the truth."

Works like a charm.  At least in many cases.  In those that don't, the consequences are really gross and the Palestinian is rendered useless in the needed time-frame.  A more reliable method is required.  Here are three. Buckle your seat belt.
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Written by Ralph Peters   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Tuesday's (12/09) willful, unnecessary and gratuitously destructive release of the one-sided "torture report" at the insistence of outgoing Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) - backed by the White House -  amounts to nothing less than providing aid and comfort to the enemy in wartime.

Can anyone cite one practical good accomplished by releasing this gratuitously destructive report at this time? Will revealing successful practices make us more secure? No.

The report provides a propaganda windfall for Islamist fanatics. Will it benefit our allies? No.

It exposes those who took great risks to help us in the wake of 9/11. Will it "set the record straight?" No. It distorts the record grotesquely in the interests of political correctness, blame-shifting and short-term political advantage.

Of course, the release of this report just now - which may lead to the deaths of more Americans, as the senator has been warned - is another sign of the Obama administration's desperation.

Team Obama's genius for failure in every policy field, foreign or domestic, has left the administration's inner circle frantic to deflect attention from its parade of deceptions, derelictions and disasters.
Written by General Michael Hayden   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Yesterday (12/09), the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence chaired by Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein (CA) publicly issued an unclassified Executive Summary of its classified report to Congress on the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program in response to the terror attack on America of September 11, 2001.  It has been dubbed the "Torture Report" by the media.

As CIA Director from May 2005 to February 2009 I'm not here to defend torture. I'm here to defend history.

The Senate Democrat report is exceedingly graphic in its description of several interrogations; it is designed to shock and it does. So too would an equally detailed description of drone strikes, which are currently supported by these same lawmakers and, by the way, deemed lawful by the Department of Justice.

The Senate Democrat document reads like a shrill prosecutorial screed rather than a dispassionate historical study. What happened here seems clear. The staff started with a conclusion and then "cherry picked" their way through 6 million pages of documents, ignoring some data and highlighting others, to make their case.
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 12 December 2014

The testimony Monday (12/8) of Jonathan Gruber, professor of economics at MIT and a leading architect of Obamacare, posed a delicate problem for ABC, CBS, and, especially, NBC News.

The House Oversight Committee wanted to hear more from Prof. Gruber about how the administration deceived Congress, CBO and the American people to get Obamacare passed. The hearing was great theater.

"Gruber groveled. Gruber regretted. Gruber apologized. Gruber was sorry," said Scott Johnson of the Power Line blog. "He squirmed. He dodged. He apologized," said Politico.

The problem for the broadcast networks was how to explain to their viewers who Gruber is and why he was squirming, dodging and groveling, because before Monday, they'd reported next to nothing about the things he'd said.
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