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HALF-FULL REPORT 08/22/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 22 August 2014

It's an understatement to say this has been an eventful week, reeking with horror, mayhem, and jaw-dropping Democrat thuggery.

Yet, at week's end - at least Friday morning as this is written - the glass is turning out to be more than half-full.  The bad guys are taking it in the shorts from Austin to Ferguson to Donetsk to Gaza to Iraq. And it's been a bad week for Zero too...

We'll start with the good news about Raed Atar, Muhammad Abu Shamaleh, and Muhammad Barhoum:  they're dead.  The three top Hamas military commanders were nailed in an IAF air strike yesterday (8/21).  It's a Moral and Military Blow for Hamas, declared the Jerusalem Post...

You may have noticed there's a new YouTube graphic in the left side bar.  That's a link to the TTP YouTube video channel.  I kicked it off with four vids of me that I hope you enjoy (and yes, one is the Arm Wrestling Putin saga).  Feel free to send them to everyone you know on earth.  We'll be adding to our video library (and not just me pontificating!).  Let us know on the Forum what you think...

OK, here's the question of the moment.  On January 20, 2017 when President-elect Perry takes the oath of office on the Capitol's West Portico, will he have sent a thank you note and personal invitation to attend to Rosemary Lehmberg?...

Then there's the Epic Fail of Ferguson.
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FRACKING IS THE FUTURE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 21 August 2014

Twenty-three years ago this Sunday, August 24, 1991, Ukraine - by a vote of its Parliament of 321-2 - seceded from the Soviet Union and declared its independence. 

Russian fascist imperialists have been desperately trying to reconquer it ever since, from massive bribes to Ukrainian politicians to be pro-Russia, to KGB destabilization of Ukraine's government, to KGB poisoning of Orange Revolution leader Viktor Yushchenko, to holding it hostage to Gazprom gas, to Putin's seizure of Crimea and attempt to seize all of eastern Ukraine.

Putin's frantic aggression in Ukraine is not based entirely on a revanchist desire to recapitulate the USSR.  It turns out there's a lot of frackable shale gas in Ukraine's east - over 140 trillion cubic feet (tcf) in the Yazivska field alone right near where Putin's agents shot down MH17.

The economy of Russia is an upside-down pyramid balanced not on its base but on its tip of Gazprom gas sales to Europe.  Should European countries start to frack their own reserves, Gazprom dies and Russia with it.

Thus Putin has been bribing every EU bureaucrat, politician, journalist and enviroweenie he can to protest against, denounce in the news, and pass laws to ban fracking.  It has worked marvelously - until now. 
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DRUNK DEM THUGS AND THE PHONY INDICTMENT OF RICK PERRY Print E-mail
Written by Sarah Palin   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Remember Barack Obama telling his followers to always "bring a gun to a knife fight"? Like good subjects do, his supporters in Texas obeyed. Friday (8/15), Texas Gov. Rick Perry was indicted on two counts of abuse of power. 

This ridiculous politically motivated "indictment" of Governor Rick Perry stems from the ugly thug tactics of the "politics of personal destruction" that the left is known for. They draw blood and leave scars on conservatives who threaten their political power, hoping the threat retreats and hoping his or her base of support remains silent in fear of becoming collateral damage.

First and foremost, today's liberals have no shame. Case in point: Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.  Here are the drunk, ugly, and thuggish details.
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THE AMAZING PERRY LAWFARE BACKFIRE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 22 August 2014

"We love him for the enemies he has made," said Edward S. Bragg in his speech seconding the nomination of New York Gov. Grover Cleveland to be the Democrat candidate for president in 1884.

Republicans are saying that about Texas Gov. Rick Perry. He's not the first Republican to be victimized by Democrat efforts to criminalize policy differences. But he could be the last.

Democrats make bogus criminal charges against Republicans to hurt them with voters who read only the headline "so and so was indicted."

But there must be some ambiguity for "lawfare" to work, and the news media must be complicit. Yet so flimsy are the charges against Gov. Perry that even liberals described them as "B.S.," "fishy," "sketchy," "far-fetched," "unbelievably ridiculous," the "stupidest thing I've seen in my entire career." Stupid enough to be denounced by the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Backfire City.
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HILLARY WILL MAKE ZERO A DEAD DUCK - WILL SHE MAKE HERSELF ONE TOO? Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Obamas and the Clintons detest each other, insiders say. Which isn't surprising. Aside from Bill - who's a scoundrel, but an affable one - they aren't very likeable.

Even if Barack Hussein Obama were as swell a guy as Barack Hussein Obama thinks he is, he snatched from Hillary the prize she's lusted for most of her life. A better person than she is would harbor some resentment.

So when Hillary and Barack "hugged it out" at a party in Martha's Vineyard a few days after she'd criticized his conduct of foreign policy in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic magazine, a new world record for a public display of insincerity was set.

Hillary has just begun to hammer Barack, thinks New York Post columnist John Podhoretz. He'll get more unpopular as the tragic consequences of his policies pile up, so she thinks she must run  "as his sadder but wiser replacement - the one who saw it go wrong."

Journalists shielding the president now will join the critics after the midterm elections. Preserving the viability of the next Democrat candidate for president will matter more then than whitewashing the record of this one.https://forums.tothepointnews.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=76860&p=78304#p78304
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HOW MANY BUREAUCRATS ARE LEGALIZED CRIMINALS? Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Do you think people in government are more or less honest than those in the private sector?

A major function of most regulatory agencies is to keep those in the private sector honest and from abusing power. Yet we know that those in government often abuse the power that has been entrusted to them. The American Founders were well aware of the problem. As Thomas Jefferson warned:

"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first."

As the size of government has grown, and particularly the bureaucratic state, the chains of the Constitution have been loosened, and predictably the abuse of power has also grown -- the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) being Exhibit A.

Exhibit B is the ways bureaucrats and politicians enrich themselves and their cronies with insider trading -- a criminal offense for anyone outside of government but not within.
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GOOD NEWS IS NO NEWS Print E-mail
Written by Matt Ridley   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Is this the most ghastly season ever? August 2014 has brought rich pickings for doom-mongers. From Gaza to Liberia, from Donetsk to Sinjar, the four horsemen of the Apocalypse - conquest, war, famine and death - are thundering across the planet, leaving havoc in their wake.

And (to paraphrase Henry V), at their heels, leashed in like hounds, debt, despair and hatred crouch for employment. Is there any hope for humankind?

Think only of how often you have seen images of dead children this summer: strewn across a cornfield in Ukraine, decapitated on a street in Iraq, blown apart on a beach in Gaza, wounded in a hospital in Syria, being buried in Liberia. The fate of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria is hardly any less horrible. Man is a wolf to man.

In the world of money you can find plenty to cry about too. Argentina has defaulted on its debt. Britain's national debt has doubled in four years. The Eurozone is in permanent recession and teeters on the brink of its next crisis. Stock markets are wobbling.

All true and all horrible. But the world is always full of atrocity, violence, death and debt. Are things really worse this year or are journalists just reporting the clouds in every silver lining?
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A FIRST GRADE PROBLEM FOR POLITICIANS Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 22 August 2014

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If any politician isn't as smart as most first graders in Hong Kong and can't figure this out in 20 seconds, never vote for them. 

Hint:  It's not a mathematical test, but a thinking out of the box test.  Children get it, but many adults don't -- at least not in 20 seconds.
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HALF-FULL REPORT 08/15/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 15 August 2014

We begin by noting the passing of two famous women this week.  The first is the natural death at 89 of Lauren Bacall, a woman of sublime beauty, character, class, and talent:

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She became a Hollywood icon with her very first movie in 1944, To Have and Have Not with Humphrey Bogart, whom she subsequently married.  Her "whistle" scene remains today as one of the most famous in motion picture history.

The second passing is the political death at 66 of a lady who is the antithesis of beauty, character, class, and talent:

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ARE WE REALLY GOING TO LET THIS HATE-AMERICA PRESIDENT DESTROY US? Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 14 August 2014

I was having dinner with Robin Williams' next door neighbor when we both learned of his suicide.  We were on a cruise ship on the Baltic Sea, where I was a lecturer.  We were both shocked at the news, he less than me.

"I didn't know him well," he said, "and mostly saw him when he was walking his dog along our street in Tiburon.  He was always friendly and had a nice smile for you.  I must say, though, that over the last couple of weeks, he seemed quite depressed as if a dark heavy cloud was pushing down on him.  As a medical doctor, I was concerned."

Most any of us can rattle off their favorite Robin Williams movies.  Mine are Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting, Hook, Jumanji, Good Morning, Vietnam - and my favorite of all, Moscow on the Hudson.  Made in 1984, it was wonderfully pro-American and anti-Soviet.

He was extraordinarily gifted and talented, beloved and admired by millions, wildly successful, enormously famous, and mega-rich.  Yet at 63 in the prime of his life, he willfully terminated his existence.  Whatever demons he had living in his brain, he let them defeat him.  There should be a sobering lesson in his tragedy for us as Americans.
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HOW OBAMA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ISLAMIC HORROR IN IRAQ Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 14 August 2014

U.S. air strikes have permitted thousands of Yazidi refugees surrounded by the brutal terrorists of the Islamic State (previously known as ISIS or ISIL) to flee, the Pentagon announced late last night (8/13).

But military experts say the limited military actions President Barack Hussein Obama has authorized won't stop the relentless advance of IS, which in the last two weeks has seized from the Kurds many towns, two oilfields, the Mosul dam. IS controls "a volume of resources and territory unmatched in the history of extremist organizations," said Janine Davidson of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr.  Obama likened the IS terrorists to a "jayvee team" in an interview in January. He blames his Mother of All Miscalculations on bad intelligence. That's not true, said the head of the DIA. Underestimating IS was a policy failure, not an intelligence failure, said former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell.

"The intelligence community has been trying to warn him about this for well over a year - about the blitzkrieg in Iraq for months - and the White House just shut down," said retired Army LtCol. Ralph Peters, a former intelligence officer.

We may not be interested in war, but war may be interested in us. IS says it's planning attacks in America. IS can hurt us much more than al Qaida ever could, says Iraq war vet David French.  The IS is a metastasizing cancer for which Mr. Obama bears considerable responsibility.
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN LIBERAL MORAL RELATIVISM MEETS ISLAMIC EVIL? Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014

I can't imagine how a father could contemplate killing his ten year old daughter because a mullah had raped her in a mosque, but I know it is evil.

It is evil, too, to behead or bury alive helpless people because they are of a different faith; to blow up little girls because they went to school. But many prominent liberals have criticized Islamists only when making false and invidious comparisons between them and Christians, or Republicans.

Liberals tend to conflate Islamists with Moslems generally, which is like conflating Germans with Nazis, Italians with the Mafia.

It's as puzzling as it is appalling so many liberals - who trumpet their support for women's rights and gay rights - are unable or unwilling to distinguish between the majority and the Islamists.

"Islamist" is a racist term, according to "media critic" Kay Sokolowski. Which is preposterous, because Islam is a religion with adherents in virtually every ethnic group.

Ignorance goes a long way toward explaining why liberals believe such nonsense. But ignorance alone can't explain the willful blindness of so many to the evil proudly displayed by ISIS, Boko Haram, Hamas and other Islamist groups.
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THE CHINESE ATTEMPT TO NATIONALIZE CHRISTIANITY Print E-mail
Written by Zachary Keck   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014

China will redouble its efforts to nationalize Christianity, a senior Chinese official announced on last Thursday (8/07).

"The construction of Chinese Christian theology should adapt to China's national condition and integrate with Chinese culture," Wang Zuoan, director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, said at a Shanghai forum on the "Sinicization of Christianity," according to Chinese state media.

Gu Mengfei, deputy secretary-general of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement - a state-sanctioned umbrella organization for Protestant churches - elaborated on the initiative. "This will encourage more believers to make contributions to the country's harmonious social progress, cultural prosperity and economic development," Gu said.

As the name implies, the Three-Self Patriotic Movement - which long predates the establishment of the People's Republic of China - has Chinese nationalism at its core.

The Three-Selfs are the three principles of self-support (financial independence from foreigners), self-leadership/governance, and self-propagation (indigenous missionary work).

Nonetheless, the officials' comments last week indicate that the Chinese Communist Party intends to further tighten its grip over Christianity. There are a number of possible targets and motivations for the crackdown.
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OIL PRICE FALL AND RUSSIAN RUIN Print E-mail
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Oil prices have fallen to a nine-month low, with surging supply from OPEC - the Saudis have opened the taps - the US flooding the market, and fresh demand wilts, leading to an "oil glut" in the Atlantic region despite the twin crises in Iraq and Russia.

The Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA), the leading oil think tank, said yesterday (8/12) that the world will consume less crude than experts had thought this year. Saudi Arabia's supplies are running at the highest level since last September and crude from Libya is back on the market.

The IEA cut its forecast for the rise in global consumption to just 1m barrels a day (b/d) this year due to near recession conditions in Europe and as pervasive weakness in the world economy disappoints.

This comes as supply rises by a further 300,000 b/d beyond what was already planned. The warning sent Brent crude prices tumbling to $104 a barrel, the lowest this year.  US crude is now at $96.

The sudden shift in the balance of the market has allowed the OECD club of rich states to build up their oil stocks at the fastest rate in eight years, creating an extra layer of protection against any possible supply shock from Russia and Iraq.  This good news is disastrous for the Kremlin.
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THE WORLD'S BEST GOVERNMENT Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Geneva. Switzerland is not perfect, but as countries go, it is hard to find one that is much better.

The more people know about Switzerland, the higher regard they tend to have for it. By almost any measure of human accomplishment, and particularly in creating a most successful country governance model, the Swiss are clearly No. 1 in the world.

Switzerland is a small, landlocked nation without much in the way of natural resources. It has managed to stay out of wars for two centuries and developed a long-term multilingual and multireligious democracy without strife. There is a rule of law with competent and unbiased judges and strong protections for private property.

Switzerland also ranks higher than average among the OECD countries (the 35 most-developed economies in the world) in levels of education and student test scores, and has lower levels of air and water pollution.

Civil liberties are strongly protected, including freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly and even the right to own guns. It does not get much better than this.
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