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HALF-FULL REPORT 12/09/16

trump-air-force-oneGetting tired of winning yet?  Hope not, ‘cause the show is just getting started. 

This morning (12/09), the Daily Mail reports in detail how Trump is exactly right in claiming Boeing’s cost for the new Air Force One is over $4 billion. 

Even CNBC News had to admit:  Trump’s Air Force One Tweet Was A Brilliant Move.

When I called Jack Kelly to thank him for the great HFR he wrote in my absence last week, he told me something I didn’t know – that Marine General and Defense Secretary-designate James “Mad Dog” Mattis has a huge bear rug lying in his living room.

“The thing is,” Jack tells me, “is that the bear isn’t dead – he’s just afraid to move.”

OK – we’re off!  The HFR is packed this week with good news you need to know.  Plus there’s a very important announcement at the end – and there’s the HFR Hero of the Year.  Here we go…

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THERE’S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN

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The President and First Lady of the United States

What can you say to this picture, taken at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, except OMG?

A multi-billionaire President and the hottest First Lady in US history.  A billionaire who can’t be bought, can’t be intimidated, who’s flamboyantly proud of being a self-made capitalist, who refuses to apologize for his wealth, who genuinely loves his country and is determined to defend it, who knows just what it takes to create widespread prosperity with plentiful good jobs…

… and a wife that leaves the wife of every other leader on earth in the dust.  A First Lady so stunning that if she were standing next to a Ferrari (and you didn’t know who she was), you wouldn’t notice the car.

The focus so far is the impact Trump will have on America.  It’s time for that focus to go global.  There’s not only a new sheriff in town in America – there’s a new sheriff in town for the entire world.

As in so many Western movies, the job of the new sheriff is to rid the town of the corrupt old sheriff and his gang of bullies.  In the movies, this is normally done with bullets and fists.  They still have their place.  As Mad Dog Mattis says, “Some folks need killing” – like ISIS terrorists.  It’s why we have a military – why Trump will have a military of warriors instead of Obama’s transgenders.

For the most part, however, Trump will be a game-changer for America and the world on far deeper and foundational levels.  The first level will be economic, the second cultural, the third and deepest psychological.  It is going to be absolutely fascinating to watch how these unfold.

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LOVING HIM FOR THE ENEMIES HE HAS MADE

trump-for-me“We love him for the enemies he has made,” said Edward Bragg, seconding the nomination of Grover Cleveland for president at the Democratic National Convention in 1884.

Progressives (leftie liberals with a new name disguise) breathlessly tweet updates of Hillary Clinton’s lead in the national popular vote, as if it mattered. It doesn’t.

For ProgLibs, the only legitimate elections are those they win. They show reverence for democracy by threatening with death electors who won’t vote for the loser in their states. Nothing says “LoveTrumpsHate” like mobs beating up people who supported Mr. Trump.

The abominable behavior of ProgLib Hillary supporters is one reason why Donald Trump may forge a coalition that could dominate national politics for a decade or more.

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THE FIVE LESSONS OF TRUMP

teachers-trumpWhat can Republicans learn from Trump’s victory? The biggest lesson is that the old way of politics is dead. McCain and Romney showed that twice. Now Trump has shown how Republicans can actually win.  Here are five ways. 1. Find Your Natural Base The GOP is ashamed of its base. It doesn’t like being associated with the very voters who made 2016 happen. Its autopsy last time around searched for ways to leave the white working class behind. There’s a party that did that. Their symbol is a jackass. They just lost big because they ran out of working class white voters. The Democrats have tried to manufacture their base using immigration, victimhood politics and identity politics. The GOP has wasted far too much time trying to compete on the same playing field while neglecting its base.

Trump won by doing what the GOP could have done all along if its leadership hadn’t been too ashamed to talk to people it considered low class because they shop at WalMart.

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TRUMP TARGETS IRAN

endtheirandealIn the US and around the world, people are anxiously awaiting US President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement of his choice to serve as secretary of state. There is no doubt that Trump’s choice for the position will tell us a great deal about the direction his foreign policy is likely to take. But the fact is that we already have sufficient information to understand what his greatest focus will be.

Trump’s announcement last week that he has selected Marine General James Mattis to serve as his defense secretary is a key piece of the puzzle. Mattis has a sterling reputation as a brilliant strategist and a sober-minded leader.  Yet, in 2013, Obama summarily removed Mattis from his command as head of the US Military’s Central Command  -- because of his opposition to Obama’s strategy of embracing Iran.

That opposition is part of why he’ll be Trump’s SecDef.  Trump is interested in ending the war that the forces of radical Islam started with the US not on September 11, 2001, but on November 4, 1979, with the seizure of the US embassy in Tehran.

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THE ITALIAN JOB

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Matteo Renzi resigning on Monday 12/05

Italy's Matteo Renzi thought the "silent majority" would save him, if only he could chivvy enough of them to polls. The prime minister misjudged disastrously.

The voters certainly turned out. They smashed through the 60% threshold that Mr. Renzi thought would secure him victory in the constitutional referendum, but only to register their silent anger  - with him, with his government, with Brussels, and with an Italo-European establishment that has run the Italian economy into the ground.

"I didn't realize they hated me so much," he confessed before his resignation, the wunderkind of European politics no more. 

The referendum was no ordinary vote and it may prove much harder this time to shrug off the volcanic effects. "The whole world was against us. They threw every piece of [expletive] at us. Our achievement is a miracle," said Beppe Grillo, the flamboyant comedian behind the triumphant Five Star Movement.

A narrow 'No' had been discounted. Almost nobody expected a landslide rejection by 59% to 41%, with reaching 71% in Sicily in what amounts to a primordial scream by the pauperized Mezzogiorno.

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WHY ARE CASTRO-LOVERS BLIND TO HIS EVIL?

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Castro and his acolyte Sean Penn

How many political enemies would a dictator have to kill before you would no longer want your non-adult children to meet with him?

Sean Penn wrote a particularly mindless semi-tribute to Fidel Castro in the Dec. 3 edition of the Daily Beast, where he is far harsher on Donald Trump than on Castro. The article caught my attention because he had taken his young children to Cuba to meet Castro.

I assume that Mr. Penn would not have been as enthusiastic about his children meeting Hitler, Stalin or Mao (if that had been possible), because they each were responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of people, rather than just mass-murdering thousands, as was Castro.

Many Castro tributes poured in from those who should have known better, such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In addition to all of the killings and imprisonments, Castro also deprived the Cuban people freedom of speech, of assembly, of the press and of religion, the right to travel, and to fair and free elections, among other things.

His apologists say “Oh, never mind, because he improved literacy and health care.”  Those who have praised Castro and Cuba merely reveal their own ignorance and lack of an ethical compass.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 12/02/16

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Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis

Jack Wheeler is off again to another remote and exotic place, and has asked me to fill in on the HFR.  And what a week it’s been!

After multiple credible sources reported yesterday (12/1) Donald Trump asked retired Marine General James Mattis to be his secretary of defense, and “Mad Dog” had accepted, Mr. Trump acknowledged in Cincinnati today it was true – though the formal announcement won’t be made until Monday.

Hot ziggety! This news alone is enough to fill the glass to overflowing this week.  But it’s merely the icing on the cake – the best news in a week filled with good news.

There is more good news than bad chiefly because Democrats and the Lying Swine adamantly refuse to learn lessons from Nov. 8. 

So without further ado, we bring you this week's HFR!

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WHY DO LIBERALS WORSHIP EVIL?

World's Sexiest CorpseLast Friday (11/25) at age 90, Fidel Castro finally croaked.  Cuban-Americans danced in the streets of Miami.  Liberals mourned.  A mystery I’ve found puzzling for almost 60 years rose again to confront me.

When I was 14 years old in 1958, my father was able to take my family to Moscow on a filming assignment.  We went to Lenin’s Tomb, where a huge line of Russians waited their turn to enter and see the corpses of Lenin and Stalin encased in glass displays. 

We went to the front of the line, as "foreign guests."  Everyone from the guards to the people in line were so reverential, as if this were a holy, sacred place.  There was complete silence as we entered the tomb with a number of Russians and proceeded between the two bodies under glass, nobody making the slightest sound.  It was impossibly creepy.

It was also hard for me not to laugh.  All over Moscow we had seen huge statues of Lenin and Stalin, making them look like giants towering above the rest of us mere pygmies.  Yet I had learned in the research I'd done back home that they were not much taller than midgets – Lenin was five-foot-one, while Stalin was under five-four.

What really got to me was all the pretending that these two monsters were moral giants.  What would the world think of Germans flocking to the tomb of Hitler, with Hitler's body on display under glass and worshipped? 

I was only 14, yet I knew that these men had murdered millions, that they were among the most evil men who had ever lived, that they were moral equivalents of Hitler.  The reverential silence, the worship of evil, displayed by these Russians all around me as we slowly shuffled past their corpses was terrifying and mysterious.  Suddenly, I didn't want to laugh.

When we came out again onto Red Square, I felt overwhelmed by a question:  Why would people worship evil? 

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