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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014


How's this for irony?  I'm on my way to Amsterdam, soon to land at Schiphol Airport - from where MH17 took off on July 17 to be shot down by Putin's Proxies over Ukraine.  From there, I join our Baltic Cruise bound for... St. Petersburg, Russia.  This will be interesting.

When the Soviet Union dissolved at the end of 1991, signaling America's victory in the Cold War, there were high hopes that a now-free and non-Communist Russia would embrace freedom and democracy, joining the West along with other liberated Soviet colonies.  But no.  The Russians didn't celebrate, they immersed themselves in bitter resentment instead.

Thus Putin described the breakup of the Soviet Union as a "tragedy," the "greatest geopolitical disaster of the 20th century."  Not World War II, not Nazism or Communism, not the existence of the USSR but its termination.

Thus he and his millions of Russian admirers are motivated by a passionate revanchism (French from revanche, "revenge") - the dream of reversing territorial losses.  It is exactly the same motivation as the Mexican Nazis (May 2005) of the Reconquista movement. 

Last Friday (7/25) in the pages of the Washington Post, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko called for "a worldwide coalition of nations in support of Ukraine" against Russian revanchism, led by the US and the EU.  Yesterday (7/29), both the US and EU together with Canada, responded to Poroshenko's plea, announcing a new round of economic sanctions on Russia.

Next, expect to see Poroshenko call for a composed of those nations that were once under the Russian boot and will be again unless they unite to prevent it.  

He will argue that it's not just Ukraine's freedom at stake - it's all of Eastern Europe's.  He will remind his fellow Eastern European leaders of Benjamin Franklin's famous quip during the signing of the Declaration of Independence, "We must, indeed, all hang together, gentlemen, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately."

How many will heed his call?  There are 23 Former Russian Colonies in Eastern Europe.  Let's take a look at them.
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Written by Daniel Hannan   
Thursday, 31 July 2014

"How, as a socialist, can you not be an anti-Semite?" Adolf Hitler asked his party members in 1920. No one thought it an odd question. Anti-Semitism was at that time widely understood to be part of the broader revolutionary movement against markets, property and capital.

The man who coined the term "socialism," the nineteenth-century French revolutionary Pierre Leroux, had told his comrades: "When we speak of the Jews, we mean the Jewish spirit - the spirit of profit, of lucre, of gain, of speculation; in a word, the banker's spirit."

The man who popularized the term "anti-Semitism" had taken a similar line. Wilhelm Marr, a radical nineteenth-century German Leftist, may not have been the first person to use the word, but he certainly - and approvingly - brought it to a wide audience: "Anti-Semitism is a Socialist movement," he pronounced, "only nobler and purer in form than Social Democracy".

It's a measure of the modern Left's cultural dominance that simply to recite these quotations is jarring.

That we have largely edited such facts from our collective memory says a great deal about the assumptions of modern politics. In the puerile formula that seems to dictate our definitions, Left-wing means compassionate and Right-wing means nasty so, since anti-Semitism is nasty, it must be of the Right.

Such reasoning is not confined to self-righteous seventeen-year-olds; it has, bizarrely, taken over a large chunk of our public discourse.
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 31 July 2014

Starvation has claimed the lives of 128 people - 18 of them children or babies - in the Palestinian refugee camp since the conflict began. But the Yarmouk camp is in Syria, where images of atrocities go viral only when misrepresented as coming from Gaza, so the world has paid little attention to their suffering.

"My Twitter and Facebook feeds would have me believe that the only noteworthy military conflict in the world today is that between Israel and Hamas," said Jonathan Messing of the Stanford Business School.

"Either many of you care about war only when it involves a Jew holding a gun, or you are woefully unaware of what else is going on in the world," Mr. Messing said. At the time he wrote, about 170,000 had died in ongoing violence in Syria; 600 in Gaza.

"It must be so awkward having to check whether the dead child is from Gaza or Syria before deciding whether to be morally outraged," tweeted Marc Lynch, director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University.

The sequence of events triggered by the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers reminds Clarice Feldman that "Providence isn't just a city in Rhode Island."
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014

CNN's Drew Griffin, whose reporting on secret waiting lists at the medical center in Phoenix led to the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, concluded that VA dysfunction and corruption are so widespread and deeply ingrained that just making a change at the top won't change much. 

 "I don't know how you fix this...other than I would throw out every senior manager in the VA," Mr. Griffin told CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin June 23.

When he made that remark, the Office of Special Counsel, an independent agency set up to protect whistleblowers, was investigating 10 cases where VA employees said they were punished after reporting abuses to management. OSC now is investigating 67 charges of retaliation at 45 VA facilities in 28 states, its chief told the House Veterans Affairs Committee July 12.

After she told Congress data was being falsified to hide long delays and errors in processing veterans' claims, she was retaliated against, Kristen Ruell, a quality review specialist in Philadelphia, told the House Veterans Affairs Committee July 14.

"The VA's problems are the result of morally bankrupt managers that through time and grade have moved up into powerful positions where they have the power to, and continue to, ruin people's lives," Ms. Ruell said.
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Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Do you want the Obama administration sharing all of your financial information with the Russian, Chinese and Saudi Arabian governments? You may be thinking, not even President Obama would go that far. Not so, read on.

This past week, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released its full proposal for a global standard for the automatic exchange of financial information. The rationale behind this despicable idea is to more effectively enable governments, such as that of France and the United States, to identify tax evaders.

This might sound like a good idea until one realizes that every individual and business will be stripped of all of their financial privacy if this becomes the law of the land - and it is very close to being just that.

Under the OECD proposal, all of the information that financial institutions now report to the U.S. government to try to ensure income-tax compliance, including your account balances, interest, dividends, proceeds from the sale of financial assets - would be shared with foreign governments.

The United States and other governments will, of course, claim that your sensitive financial information will remain confidential - and that you can trust the governments.

It is bad enough when American officials leak or misuse sensitive financial information about U.S. citizens and businesses, but just think what is going to happen when all of those corrupt officials in foreign governments get ahold of it.
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Friday, 01 August 2014


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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 25 July 2014

We start with a news bulletin.  Yesterday (7/24), software developers at a company called Division Six in Oregon - some of whom are TTPers - announced the release of a smartphone app called the Covert Christian Bible.

It is a KJV (King James Version) Bible that is hidden in your smart phone, camouflaged to look like another harmless application such as a calculator app. Only a secret code known to the user reveals the Bible is there. 

The app's social networking features enable Christians to create their own study group or accept an invitation to join another that interests them anywhere in the world. For example: A person in Kansas can form a Bible study group with members in Toronto, Jerusalem, and London. A person in Dallas could join a Bible Study group started in China.

The World Net KJV is free.  Right now there's only a version for Android phones; an iPhone/iPad version will be out shortly.  And it's only in English at first, with the KJV in other languages to come (I'm bugging them for Arabic and Chinese in particular).

The HFR congratulates the software team of Division Six for their brilliant contribution to the protection of Christians under persecution around the world.

Okay, it's been an intense week so let's go -- and you get only one guess as to who's the HFR Hero of the Week.
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 24 July 2014


Yesterday (7/23), an article in the prestigious foreign policy journal The Diplomat began:

"Although the tragic incident of MH17 now attracts global attention, the real big news last week was the establishment of the BRICS development bank at the BRICS summit in Brazil."

Although the article displays the blatant bias of its author as a professional Chicom apologist (Dingding Chen is a professor of government at China's University of Macau), there are many in the West and the US who agree - particularly among those who root for the collapse of the dollar.

Despite Mr. Chen's hyperbole, the BRICS' New Development Bank is worth paying attention to as a possible competitor to 1) the IMF & World Bank, 2) the SWIFT international banking transaction network, and 3) the US dollar as the world's reserve currency.

The key word in the sentence above is "possible" - for when you examine each of the BRICS individually (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) you begin to see what's possible here is not very probable.  Competition for the SWIFT/IMF/US$ hegemonies is to be welcomed - but it is very unlikely it will be provided by this crowd.

Far more possible is the group will become known as the GOLDBRICS, given Webster's definition of "goldbrick" as: a worthless brick that appears to be of gold; something that appears to be valuable but is actually worthless.

Let's begin with their "R" - Russia.
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Written by Bernard-Henri Levy   
Friday, 25 July 2014

In eastern Ukraine, Vladimir V. Putin has been playing with fire.  He has mobilized the worst elements to be found in the region.

He has taken thugs, thieves, rapists, ex-cons and vandals and turned them into a paramilitary force.

He has permitted ad hoc commanders of separatist groups to kill or chase off intellectuals, journalists and other moral authorities in the cities of Donetsk and Lugansk.

He has watched as a vodka-soaked rabble army destroys or takes over public buildings, hospitals, schools and municipal offices of the country it is pretending to liberate.

He has allowed a veritable gang war to take hold - without caring that he is losing control of the forces that he has unleashed, with rival bands pitted against one another and carving out fiefs amid the growing anarchy.

Most troubling of all:
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Obama administration is arguably the most corrupt administration in U.S. history.

Corruption destroys civil society and economic growth by undermining the rule of law and protection of private property. Corruption takes many forms, from the simple payment to a government official for a favor, to the failure of government employees to do what they are paid to do, to gross abuse of power.

Eric Holder's  "Justice" Department is involved in a $100 billion shakedown racket against the big banks. It has been able to greatly expand its budget outside the legislative process by obtaining financial "settlements" from the private sector, through threats, intimidation and asset forfeiture.

This is corruption on a massive scale. The real question should be: Why is Mr. Holder not in jail?

If regulatory agency officials are not doing what they are legally required to do, why are they not in jail?

Those in government who waste or misspend funds for which they have a fiduciary responsibility are stealing from their employer - the American taxpayer. Why are they not in jail?
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014

"The border is secure," say both the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as thousands of illegal aliens swarm across it.
Barack Hussein Obama is "absolutely" the most transparent president in history, claims White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, as the administration was flying illegals to secret locations without informing the governors of the states or the mayors of the communities in which they would be housed.

As Syria, Iraq and Libya all fall into chaos; Russians blow commercial airliners out of the sky in Ukraine; full war breaks out between Israel and Hamas; Egypt and Saudi Arabia turn away from the U.S.; and intelligence officials warn al Qaida is stronger than ever, Press Secretary Earnest said President Obama has "substantially improved the tranquility of the global community." 

We understand why politicians stretch, trim, hedge, massage or ignore the truth when it's difficult for us to learn it. But why do they lie so blatantly when the truth is smacking us in the face? Do they think we're so stupid we'll believe them, rather than our lying eyes?

Evidently, many of us are. The Reason Foundation completed recently a survey of "Millennials" (18 to 29 year olds).
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Written by Erick Erickson   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014

It is certain that a Russian made anti-aircraft missile fired by Russian armed, trained, and commanded Ukrainian "separatists" shot down Malaysia Air flight MH-17 last week killing all 298 passengers and crew aboard.

Yet even if this was a conscious act perpetrated by the Russian government under the leadership of Vladimir Putin, we already know what is going to happen to Putin in particular and Russia in general. Nothing.

Despite widespread disgust at Russia's involvement in this act of terrorism the odds are that Putin simply toughs it out and moves on. 

The Kremlin's standard strategy will work once again:  1) obfuscate and confuse the truth by spreading several made-up disinformation stories; 2) delay or block any attempt to find out what happened; 3) depend on European (and now American) cowardice in confronting the Kremlin; 4) double down in the face of criticism.

Putin realized from the earliest moments that his thugs in eastern Ukraine, if not his army, were behind this operation. The last wreckage from MH-17 had hardly stopped bouncing when Russian media was reporting two different stories. These were for the consumption of its domestic audience and of subscribers to Ron Paul's newsletters.
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Written by Sir Max Hastings   
Monday, 21 July 2014


News of the destruction of Flight MH17 and the appalling murder of 298 people gave Russia's president Vladimir Putin a chance to step back from a precipice.

He could have stood up before the world and denounced the crime; endorsed a full investigation and punishment of the guilty.

Instead - yet almost inevitably, given the nature of the man - he presented his stone face. He asserted, against all logic and evidence, that Ukraine and its rulers were the guilty parties.

He lied, as he has lied all his life since he was first schooled in deceit and brutality by those masters of the art, his old employers at the KGB.

Putin probably felt that no path was open to him save denial, because the facts point blame for this huge tragedy squarely at the Kremlin.

Putin has acted throughout his tenure of power on the assumption that European leaders are marshmallows, to be defied with impunity.

It is time, and beyond time, to prove him wrong.
Written by Amb. Samantha Power   
Monday, 21 July 2014


[This is the statement of US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power delivered to the UN Security Council on Friday, July 18]

Yesterday, we were all shocked by the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. All 298 people aboard - 283 passengers and 15 crew - were killed. As we stared at the passenger list yesterday we saw next to three of the passengers names a capital "I." As we now know, the letter "I" stands for infant.

To the families and friends of the victims, it is impossible to find words to express our condolences. We can only commit to you that we will not rest until we find out what happened. A full, credible, and unimpeded international investigation must begin immediately. The perpetrators must be brought to justice. They must not be sheltered by any member state of the United Nations.

Let me share with you our assessment of the evidence so far.
Written by Dr. Tom Nichols   
Monday, 21 July 2014

Here's what the shootdown of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 means: Russia, with Vladimir Putin at the wheel, just drove off the edge of a cliff. The moment Flight 17 exploded was the moment that Putin's foreign policy officially went over the ledge, and with it his dreams of restored Russian greatness.

Putin is deflecting blame, of course. He has no choice: he armed, paid, and unleashed a ragtag army of goons in eastern Ukraine, under the command of a Russian intelligence officer who was supposed to provide some adult supervision. Now they've betrayed the Kremlin and screwed up.

Putin, a typical and mediocre product of Andropov's KGB, will never again be able to portray himself as a savvy, cool broker in international affairs, nor Russia as just another great power. Now, he's just another Soviet-era thug, a perception that was already growing before the Malaysian airliner plunged out of the sky.

No matter how the current crisis ends, Putin's name will forever be tied to this outrage, and his personal bid to create a more respected Russia through violence and intimidation is permanently defunct.
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