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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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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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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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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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THE MIRACULOUS BREAKTHROUGH YOU NEVER HEARD OF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 15 August 2014

You're probably reading this on your computer, iPad, or smartphone. When we drive somewhere new we get precise directions with real-time traffic information via GPS. We carry music, movies, and truckloads of files in a gizmo no bigger than our thumb.

We store thousands of books and read them off of small pads, in an instant. We find any bit of information we desire to know through the Internet. And we can talk by phone to almost anyone from almost anywhere - with live video included if we like.

These technological miracles are part of our everyday lives; and such revolutionary inventions as the television, telephone, air travel, microwave ovens, and even rocket ships are so... 20th Century. They're like background noise to us now.

But we are aware of them, and when I mention these technological breakthroughs, most readers will recognize and appreciate them immediately.

Yet there's a much more revolutionary transformation that we enjoy today that most of us have no awareness of whatsoever... a revolution in our very humanity, a revolution that bodes well for our very existence.

The chances are you've never heard of this, in part because of another technological development: television news.
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AN EXAMPLE OF IRONY Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 15 August 2014

"Irony" is one of those words that is often used but many people remain unsure of exactly what it is.  As a public service, TTP offers this helpful example.

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Hassan was found guilty of murder -- he stabbed his wife 40 times before beheading her -- on February 7, 2011, and his currently incarcerated at the Clinton Correctional facility in New York.  His parole date hearing is scheduled for October 2033.
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HALF-FULL REPORT 08/08/14 Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 08 August 2014

The United States is once again at war in Iraq - sort of. President Barack Obama authorized last night humanitarian air drops to the up to 40,000 Yazidi refugees trapped on Mt. Sinjar, and "limited" air strikes on the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) terrorists who want to exterminate them.
The belated American intervention comes at the 11th hour for Iraq, where it is rapidly approaching midnight. It remains to be seen whether the "narrow," defensive, heavily conditioned air strikes the president approved will be enough to avert catastrophe, or if they'll just make a terrible situation worse. 
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In Afghanistan Tuesday, Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene was killed and 15 others wounded by an Afghan soldier turned terrorist. Gen. Greene was the highest-ranking American service member to be killed since the war on terror began, the 2,340th to die in Afghanistan. More than 73 percent have died since Barack Obama became president.
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Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan, and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn, won their primaries this week, giving conservative insurgents bupkes for the year in their challenges to incumbent GOP senators. The one clear cut victory for the Tea Party this week came in Michigan, where young libertarian Rep. Justin Amash turned back handily a very well funded, very nasty campaign to oust him. 
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The Santa Barbara Masters, the water polo team on which Joel Wade plays, won the gold medal in the 55 and older category in the World Championships in Montreal last week.
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The Obamunists may be having second thoughts about issuing new executive orders to gut what little remains of enforcement of immigration law and protection of our southern border.
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OBAMA'S PLAN OF PERFIDY FOR ISRAEL Print E-mail
Written by Caroline Glick   
Friday, 08 August 2014

Barack Obama has a plan. 

He wants to use the ceasefire talks in Cairo to strengthen Fatah, aka the "Palestinian Authority."  In remarks Wednesday (8/06), Obama said:

"I have no sympathy for Hamas. I have great sympathy for some of the work that has been done in cooperation with Israel and the international community by the Palestinian Authority. And they've shown themselves to be responsible. They have recognized Israel.  They are prepared to move forward to arrive at a two-state solution. I think [PA Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, aka] Abu Mazen is sincere in his desire for peace."

While the administration's new plan sounds nice in theory, it has one basic problem.

Hamas and Fatah are partners. Hamas's demands are Fatah's demands. Hamas's goals are Fatah's goals. Giving Fatah control of the borders means giving Hamas control of the borders.

Abbas said himself in a speech broadcast on the PA's official station in December 2009 , as he was trying to form the sort of Fatah-Hamas unity government that he established in April, "There is no disagreement between us [Fatah and Hamas]: About belief? None! About policy? None! About resistance? None!"

So what is Mr. Obama's Plan of Perfidy trying to accomplish?
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