Date: February 17th 2006

To The Point Weekly Report for February 17th 2006

Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 17 February 2006

It's beginning to sink in to a lot of folks - from the State Department to the French Foreign Ministry to Egyptian intelligence - that Iran's Ahmadinejad is far more dangerous and wacko than the Ayatollah Khomeini.

Perhaps most interesting is that France is bellying up to the anti-Iran bar.  There has been a major fallout, for example, between France and Hezbollah, the Iran-sponsored terrorist outfit.  Chirac is so worried now about a major Hezbollah terrorist attack in Paris that he threatened Iran he would retaliate with nuclear missiles.

Finally we have arrived at Yogi Berra's fork in the road.  Yogi advised that, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."  When both France and the US agree that the Ahmadinejad regime in Tehran has to be removed, you know we've arrived. 
Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 17 February 2006

Today's (2/17) Wall Street Journal has an op-ed by a CIA intelligence officer, Guillermo Christensen, entitled Un-Intelligence.  The article exposes the self-serving attack on President Bush and the War in Iraq by a fellow CIA officer named Paul Pillar in the current issue of Foreign Affairs.

Pillar is now being lionized by the left for his anti-Bush screed - but you first learned about him here at To The Point in October 2004.

Porter At The Pass revealed that Paul Pillar and his left wing cabal at the CIA, which I named The Pillar Gang, was conducting a covert campaign of leaks and disclosures to damage George Bush's chances of re-election and help John Kerry's.

As explained in "Porter At The Pass":

Chapter Twenty One: THE TRAP OF CHOLULA
Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 17 February 2006

The Jade Steps

Chapter Twenty One: The  Trap of Cholula

They spent most of the siesta, the Spaniards' period of rest after the mid-day meal, having fun turning Spanish words into Nahuatl.  Malinali was having so much fun it made her forgetful.  She shook her head.  "I must leave," she told them.  "Our Mesheeka guests have come for their daily ceremony of complaining to Captain Cortez, and I must be there, for it is through me that they address their complaints."

"Have fun," Aguilar joked.  Malinali sighed.  "Our talking - that was fun.  But ‘fun' and ‘Mesheeka' are two words that don't go together - in Spanish or Nahuatl."

Today is the nineteenth day here in Tlaxcala, she thought as she walked to Cortez's quarters, and for every one of those days, the Mesheeka emissaries who had accompanied them from Xocotlan had come to complain to Cortez about what terrible people the Tlaxcalans were, how they were all traitors and thieves and poor and wicked and not fit even to be slaves.  It was so tiresome to hear and translate, and how Cortez could pretend to always be courteous and polite, or even stay awake, during the daily moaning, she didn't know.

When she saw the crowd of soldiers in front of Cortez's quarters, she realized something was different.
Neal Asbury   
Friday, 17 February 2006

We are persistently being reminded by our multinationals of the 1.3 billion customers of China who are eagerly waiting to hand over their hard earned cash for our products and services.

They have used this as justification to invest incredible amounts of American shareholder equity to construct so much China-based manufacturing capacity it will make your head spin. In all this excitement and jubilation of incalculable profit making opportunity, it sure would be nice to know: who is going to pay for all this stuff?

Millions of American shareholders have been led to invest in capital-intensive,  technology-stripping joint ventures to produce vast quantities of just about everything for people who do not have the money to pay for it.

These joint ventures are some of the most lopsided that have ever been conceived. This brings new meaning to Lenin's famous remark that in pursuit of short term profits, "Capitalists will sell the rope which the communists will use to hang them".

The China Dream has forever been a fairy tale with countless western industrialists being seduced into betting the ranch on a mythical market that will never exist.

Jack Kelly   
Friday, 17 February 2006

Former Vice President Al Gore is bitterly disappointed he was not elected president.  Periodically, he expresses his disappointment in ways that gives us reason to be thankful he wasn't.

The most recent was last weekend, when he traveled to Saudi Arabia to make a speech denouncing the United States. The occasion was the annual Jeddah economic forum, which is sponsored in part by the family of Osama bin Laden (which claims to have distanced itself from the family black sheep). 

Mr. Gore has not disclosed how much he was paid for his words of wisdom.  It probably is less than the $267,000 former president Bill Clinton was paid for speaking to the group in 2002, but odds are his fee was in six figures.

Whatever Mr. Gore's speaking fee was, his hosts likely thought it a bargain, considering what the former vice president had to say.

Tashbih Sayyed   
Friday, 17 February 2006

As a Moslem, I've followed with great agony and embarrassment the buildup of religious frenzy across the Moslem world in response to the cartoons published in a Danish newspaper.

On the one side the show of force by Islamists underlined the extent to which Islam has been hijacked by radicals and on the other side it emphasized the vulnerability of open societies to the growing influence of militant Islam.

The demonstration of violence by the Islamists forced the democratic societies to face up to the reality that Moslems who do not reject some of the basic precepts of political Islam can never integrate in a secular society. They will always remain a hurdle in the development of a pluralist setup and intellectual progress.

The dance of insanity performed on the streets in the name of Prophet Mohammed's love and honor has also forced many Moslems to come out of their slumber and ponder as to why their faith and their prophet have suddenly become a subject of criticism and ridicule by non Moslems.
Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 17 February 2006

Objective reality exists.  Determining what it is can be tricky, particularly when we mix feelings, beliefs, assumptions, and past experiences.

In other words, separating out what is objective reality from our internal subjective experience is not an automatic process.  It takes practice, it takes conscious investigation, and it takes a willingness to question our pre-conceived assumptions, beliefs, and expectations.

For example, when I concentrate, I contract the muscles on my forehead between my eyes (the procerus muscles, to be exact).  When my wife sees me contract those muscles, her immediate assumption is that I am angry.  But I am not angry, I am just concentrating.

So a good skill to learn and practice is to distinguish the meaning you make of things internally from the actual objective events in the world.

Here is a simple exercise that will help you learn how to do this:

POLITICAL NASDAQ: February 10-16, 2006
Dagny D'Anconia   
Friday, 17 February 2006

The liberals have been trying to find a “smoking gun” to get rid of “evil” Dick Cheney for a long time.  This week they were delighted when a real smoking gun was found instead of just a figurative one.  Not surprisingly, they became hysterical and obsessed with Dick Cheney’s hunting accident.  After all, these are the same people who break out in a sweat if there’s a gun in the room.
Furthermore, this verified their preconceived notion that the Administration is made up of out-of-control macho Texans who can’t be trusted with deadly force.  The accident was living bleeding proof that the Administration will shoot innocent civilians based on faulty intel.  Even though in reality it had no bearing on Iraq policies, in their minds the story line is the same.  That is why they took a common hunting mishap and turned the news into the all hysteria all the time network.
The DDI remained down even with the Cheney events.  The long term prospects of the left are still bleak:
Dennis Turner   
Tuesday, 14 February 2006


Do drivers want to see a photorealistic image of the road ahead on their navigation displays?

Google, Volkswagen, and nVidia think so, and they're working on a mapping and navigation system that could present Google Earth satellite images of highways and buildings.

Since 2005, Volkswagen of America's Electronic Research Lab in Palo Alto, California, has been developing prototype vehicles with the system. While there’s no projected date for the concept to become reality in production vehicles, it’s not far off.

Humor File 
Thursday, 16 February 2006


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