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HALF-FULL REPORT 01/30/15 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 30 January 2015

Are you ready for Vegas?  Yes - the TTP Vegas Rendezvous is official!  It's at the Platinum Boutique Hotel & Spa, just off the Strip and its most famous intersection of Caesar's, Bellagio, Paris, and the Flamingo.

The dates are Friday April 24th to Sunday April 26.  We haven't been able to hold a Rendezvous since 2011 as I've been traveling so much.  And with so many requests - "Come on, Jack, when's another Rendezvous??" - it was clear we better have one this spring. 

So give Miko a call at 202-656-3008 or email him at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it to sign up now.  I'll see you in Vegas!...

Well, here's a first.  Never before has the HFR found cause to praise Mrs. Zero, but we're happy to so this week....

Dissolve the intelligence agency that has all the dirt on you, in order to deflect attention away from you for the murder of the investigator exposing you?  Good luck, murderess.  Argentina's Curse of Cristina may with any luck soon be over...

Speaking of murderers.  Yesterday (1/30), Texas proceeded with the execution of Robert Ladd after the Supreme Court rejected ACLU arguments that his IQ was too low at 67. Here's why IQ is irrelevant...

Our HFR Health & Fitness feature this week focuses on news stories like this on CBS on Tuesday (1/27): Common Allergy Meds May Increase Odds of Dementia.  Here's how to avoid that and start thinking sharp and clear at any age...
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IT'S GOTTA BE A GUV Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 29 January 2015

Last Saturday (1/24) in Des Moines, 23 of the most prominent conservatives in the country spoke at the Iowa Freedom Summit, organized by Congressman Steve King (R-IA) and Citizens United.

Was the next President of the United States among them?  Let's hope so - albeit the no-shows were Jindal, Paul, Rubio, and Jitt Rombush (or is it Meb Bushney?).  It's vastly too early to predict who that will be, but we can start winnowing the field.

Let's first eliminate those who are ridiculously tiresome old news.  That would be Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, and Donald Trump.  Go away and goodnight.

Next, there are those for whom the spotlight has moved on... Then there are the long-shot dark horse non-politicians.  We move on to Senators who should stay where they are, and stop believing - as almost all Senators do, Dem or Pub - that they would be God's gift to the presidency.

With all that said, we come to the presidential timber bottom line:  It's gotta be a guv.  A governor who's a proven success at applying conservative principles in his (or her) state.  Who could that be?
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THE SNOW JOB OF CLIMATE CHANGE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 30 January 2015

As I was shoveling great gobs of it from my driveway this week, I remembered that Porter Fox, writing in the New York Times last February, predicted "the end of snow."

Last winter was the coldest on record for much of the country. At least a dozen cities reported more than twice as much snowfall as normal, AccuWeather said.

The record for "major impact" snowstorms in a decade on the East Coast, set in the 1960s, was 10. We've already had 14 such storms in this decade, noted meteorologist Joe D'Aleo.  Note that this decade is only half over.

One of those 14 was last weekend, mere days after EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said "climate change" could put an end to winter sports.  Welcome to Warmism, the greatest snow job in history.
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STALIN, MOHAMMED, AND OBAMA Print E-mail
Written by Ralph Peters   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Pundits agonize over President Obama's resistance to calling Islamist terror "Islamist terror." How can he not see the obvious? How can he ignore the overwhelming and ever-increasing evidence?

How can he insist that his subordinates continue their buffoonish insistence that Islamist terror has nothing to do with Islam and that they-secularized Christians and non-observant Jews-know Islam's character better than Moslems themselves?

It's easy. President Obama and his commissars fit the longstanding pattern of behavior (insistence, denial, castigation) that the hard left has embraced for generations.  Just as Obama's ideological predecessors could never criticize Stalin, so their successors today can never cricize Mohammed.
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A PRESIDENT WHO LIVES IN FANTASY LAND Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 27 January 2015

If you were a librarian, would you put President Obama's recently delivered State of the Union address in the fiction or nonfiction section?

All presidents puff their accomplishments and gloss over their failures, but no previous president has been so blatant in just making up "facts" and numbers that are so disconnected from reality.

The Islamic State (which is also called ISIS or ISIL) is gaining territory, yet the president said we are "stopping ISIL's advance."

He said, "We're upholding the principle that bigger nations can't bully the small, by opposing Russian aggression." In the year since his last State of Union address, Russia has grabbed Crimea, taken control of part of Eastern Ukraine, and continues to take more territory in Ukraine. If this is success, what would failure look like?

The president's description of the economy was also a trip through Fantasy Land.
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THREE GURUS WHO STILL DON'T GET IT Print E-mail
Written by Michael Ledeen   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015

The real threats to us, and how to deal with them, that is.  Lots of well-known former foreign policy/national security officials don't, or feel obliged to appear "realistic" (diplospeak for "don't do anything, keep talking"). 

Some former military officers do, although only up to a point.

Three duly respected policy professionals, Denis Ross (Obama's - and plenty of others' - Middle East guru for a few years early on), Eric Edelman (Bush's under secretary of defense and earlier ambassador to Turkey), and Ray Takeyh of the Council on Foreign Relations tell us it's Time to Take It to Iran (1/23).

But it turns out they really don't get what the "It" really means in their own title.  We need to explain it to  them.
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THE OVERCRIMINALIZATION OF AMERICA Print E-mail
Written by Charles Koch   
Tuesday, 27 January 2015

As Americans, we like to believe the rule of law in our country is respected and fairly applied, and that only those who commit crimes of fraud or violence are punished and imprisoned.

But the reality is often different. It is surprisingly easy for otherwise law-abiding citizens to run afoul of the overwhelming number of federal and state criminal laws. This proliferation is sometimes referred to as "overcriminalization," which affects us all but most profoundly harms our disadvantaged citizens.

How did we get in this situation? Here's how:

Congress creates, on average, more than 50 new criminal laws each year. This has translated into more than 4,500 federal criminal laws spread across 27,000 pages of the United States federal code. (Note: This number does not include the thousands of criminal penalties in federal regulations.)

As a result, the United States is the world's largest jailer - first in the world for total number imprisoned and first among industrialized nations in the rate of incarceration. The United States represents about 5 percent of the world's population but houses about 25 percent of the world's prisoners.

We have paid a heavy price for mass incarceration and could benefit by reversing this trend. We support the following five-step approach to criminal justice reform:
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A WONDERFUL WAY TO SUPPORT UKRAINE Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 30 January 2015

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This is a pinup poster by Ukrainian artist Sviatoslav Pashchuk, for the purpose of helping the morale of Ukrainian soldiers defending their country from the murderous slaughter of Putin Huilo's Russian imperialism.

It's dedicated to The Ukrainian Border Patrol, entitled The Hunter Instinct.  At the bottom is the warning: "Separatism is dangerous to your health".

Pashchuk is consciously imitating the pinup posters drawn for the American GI's of WWII.  He has hordes of fans among Ukrainian soldiers, indeed fans all over Ukraine.  Here are a couple of others.   This one is dedicated to the Donbas Volunteer Battalion, entitled Goodies for the Bullies:
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HALF-FULL REPORT 01/23/15 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 23 January 2015

King Salmon - that's Alaska's State Fish.  Because of its "high oil content," says one seafood website, it's "the richest salmon in the world."  But why all the headlines about it this morning?

Oh... sorry... that's King Salman, the new ruler of Saudi Arabia.  It's so easy to get vowels mixed up as written Arabic doesn't have them. 

Salman wasted no time this morning replacing Abdullah's relatives with his own.  He's got to be in a hurry as he won't be around for long either - he's 79 with persistent reports (such as in The Economist) he has Alzheimer's.


Thus the Saudi Kingdom could be in beaucoup deep kimchee.  For, like the Former Soviet Union, it's not a real country but a colonial empire within its own borders. 

A history of that with pics is appended below, but for now here's a shot I took of the Ibn Saud Conquest Map inside the Masmak Fort in Riyadh.
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We'll laugh at Zero's "More Cowbell Speech," but the bottom line is scary serious:  he's a fascist.  That needs to be said everywhere repeatedly:  President Barack Obama is a fascist. Here is precisely why...
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THE STRAITS OF GIBRALTAR Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 22 January 2015

Ceuta, Spanish Morocco.  The Greeks called them "The Pillars of Hercules," pushed apart by their legendary hero to link the Atlantic with the Med on his way to perform one of his Twelve Labors.  A monument here commemorates the myth.

From here you can easily see the famous Rock looming across the straits even through the fog.

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That was where the Moslem invaders from Africa aimed for in the year 711, led by their general Tariq ibn Ziyad.  Their invasion successful, the invaders named the Rock Jebel Tariq­ - the Mountain of Tariq - in his honor.  When the Christian knights of Castile finally kicked the Moslems out in 1462, they gave the Rock its Spanish pronunciation, Gibraltar.

The great historical irony is that The Moslem Conquest of Spain - which could have been the Moslem Conquest of All Europe had not Charles Martel defeated the invaders at the Battle of Tours in 732 - was made possible by a Christian traitor, the ruler of Ceuta at the time.
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DOES AMERICA HAVE A PRO-TERRORIST PRESIDENT? Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 23 January 2015

"Sleeper cells" like the one that attacked the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo are here, says Sen. Dianne Feinstein, former chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. ISIS has sleeper cells in America, says former CIA officer Bob Baer. So does Iran, says former CIA operative "Reza Kahlili."

"Another 9/11 is imminent unless we act decisively, and quickly," former CENTCOM adviser Ali Khedery warned President Barack Obama in August.

Terror attacks rose sharply during the insurgency in Iraq, fell after it was crushed by the troop surge, have skyrocketed since 2011. Deaths from terror rose 41 percent in 2012, 61 percent in 2013.

The spike coincides with the president's feckless efforts to woo Islamists; dithering over the civil war in Syria; belated recognition of and piddling response to the threat posed by ISIS.

Diminishing when Mr. Obama assumed office, the terror threat now is rising faster than the capacity of security agencies to cope with it, some experts fear.  Is Mr. Obama merely incompetent or insouciant, or is he pro-terrorist?  Let's count the ways...
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THE ABYSS BETWEEN THE LIBERAL ELITE AND NORMAL AMERICANS Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Little illustrates more clearly the large and expanding gulf between ordinary Americans and liberal elitists than their responses to two movies out this month.

"American Sniper," the Clint Eastwood film based on the autobiography of Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL who is credited with more confirmed kills (160) than any other sniper in U.S. history, was a box office smash when it opened last weekend.

Mr. Kyle left the Navy in 2009. A month after his autobiography was published in 2012, he was murdered at a firing range in Texas by a former Marine he'd befriended, who apparently was suffering from PTSD.

Taya Kyle, Chris Kyle's widow, said actor Bradley Cooper and the film's writers and producers have portrayed him accurately.

NRO's David French explains why the movie is a  cultural game-changer that millions of normal Americans are flocking to see.  Chris Kyle is the true American war hero of our day, as Alvin York was for WWI and Audie Murphy for WWII.

And that's why liberal elitists hate it.
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LIONS OF LIBERTY Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015

People are more free and prosperous as a result of the work of Gary Becker, John Blundell, Leonard Liggio, Gordon Tullock and Henry Manne, all of whom passed away during the last eight months.

Henry Manne, dean emeritus of the George Mason University Law School, and one of the founders of the field of law and economics, died this past Saturday (1/17), at age 86.

Most lawyers know little about economics, and as a result, many judges make unnecessarily harmful decisions. Dr. Manne, who was both a lawyer and an economist, had been influenced by the work of Ronald Coase and Aaron Director (who had been professors of his at the University of Chicago Law School) and by economists Milton Friedman, Armen Alchian and others.

Henry Manne's impact will remain for generations, not only from his own writings, but from the influence he had on his students and others that he mentored (including yours truly), and the fact that courses in law and economics are now taught in many law schools.

In May 2014, one of the true economic giants, Gary Becker, at age 83 left us.

Becker had made important contributions to our understanding of the motivations for discrimination, crime and drug addiction. He was always a pleasure to be with because of his many original insights into human behavior.  Awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1992, his mentor Milton Friedman (Nobel Laureate in 1976), said that Gary Becker was the best student he ever had.
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CHANGING THE DIRECTION WASHINGTON HAS TAKEN OUR COUNTRY Print E-mail
Written by Senator Joni Ernst   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015

[Note:  No one but a masochist would have voluntarily watched the JOTUS - Jerk/Joke, take your pick - give his SOTN - State of the Narcissist - speech last night.  But Iowa Senator Joni Ernst gave a GOP response that spoke directly to normal Americans, with whom her words will resonate.  The text and video of her speech are below.]

I'm Joni Ernst. As a mother, a soldier, and a newly elected senator from the great State of Iowa, I am proud to speak with you tonight.

A few moments ago, we heard the President lay out his vision for the year to come. Even if we may not always agree, it's important to hear different points of view in this great country. We appreciate the President sharing his.

Tonight though, rather than respond to a speech, I'd like to talk about your priorities. I'd like to have a conversation about the new Republican Congress you just elected, and how we plan to make Washington focus on your concerns again.

We heard the message you sent in November - loud and clear. And now we're getting to work to change the direction Washington has been taking our country.

The new Republican Congress also understands how difficult these past six years have been. For many of us, the sting of the economy and the frustration with Washington's dysfunction, weren't things we had to read about. We felt them every day.

We felt them in Red Oak - the little town in southwestern Iowa where I grew up, and am still proud to call home today.
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AN END RUN AROUND THE GREEN BLOB ON GM CROPS Print E-mail
Written by Matt Ridley   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The European Parliament voted last week (1/13) to let countries decide their own policies on growing genetically modified crops.

The vote allows countries such as Britain to press ahead because of hard evidence that such crops are good for the environment, good for consumers and good for farmers; and let countries such as Austria continue to ban the things despite such evidence.

It's a strange-bedfellow  alliance of the rational with the superstitious against the bureaucratic.

Indeed, the untold story is that it was a triumph of subtle diplomacy by Owen Paterson - the Euroskeptic former UK environment minister who knows how to work the Brussels system.

Last year he denounced what he called The Green Blob - "the network of environmental pressure groups, renewable energy companies and public officials who keep each other well supplied with lavish funds, scare stories and green tape."

It was the Green Blob that suffered defeat in Brussels last week.
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