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Written by Caroline Glick   
Friday, 11 July 2014

What is Hamas doing?

Hamas isn't going to defeat Israel.

It isn't going to gain any territory. Israel isn't going to withdraw from Ashkelon or Sderot under a hail of rockets.

So if Hamas can't win, why is it fighting?

One reason is that Hamas has every reason to take heart from the responses it has received from Mr. Obama.
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Written by Matt Ridley   
Thursday, 10 July 2014

Michelle Obama's Food Police are on the prowl: if you hear a knock on the door, hide the sugar bowl, the butter dish and the salt. Her campaign to force us all to eat a "low-fat" diet - called "My Plate" - is just getting started.  What's happening in Tennessee is a good example.

Her war on foods that are high in saturated fats, sugar and salt is all in the name of "protecting the children."  Yet there is a strong possibility that the "diabesity" epidemic she campaigns against has been caused largely by the very food police whom she champions.

So argues a devastating new book: The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz, an experienced journalist who spent eight years tracking down all the evidence for and against the advice to eat low-fat diets. She finds that it was based on flimsy evidence, supported by an intolerant consensus backed by vested interests and amplified by a docile press. And it made us fatter.

Low-fat became a craze. It still is: look at supermarket shelves.  Read Mrs. Obama's press releases.  But it's all a fraud.
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Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 11 July 2014

The Georgia state trooper was flashing his blue and red roof lights at the white Chevvy pickup, so the driver pulled over to the side of the road.

The nervous driver looked up anxiously as the Trooper came up to his window.  "What did I do, Officer?" he asked.

The Trooper shook his head with a slight smile.  "Nothing, son.  I'd just like to take a picture of your vehicle.  Do you mind?"

At first, the driver didn't understand - was there something wrong with his car that he would get a ticket for?  Then he understood.  With a big smile, he replied, "Sure, Officer, go right ahead."

Then he got out to take a picture of the cop taking a picture of his window sticker.

This is TTP's kind of state trooper...
HALF-FULL REPORT 07/04/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 04 July 2014

Welcome to the Happy Fourth of July HFR!

Today is when we celebrate the Birth of America - mankind's most successful nation, that has created more freedom and prosperity for more human beings than any society, culture, or country in the history of this planet or any other.

Those who disagree are cordially invited to read the full text of America's founding document adopted and signed by America's Founders on this day 238 years ago, the most moral political document in history, The Declaration of Independence.  For it is its stated principles that created our nation.

In fact, it would be worthwhile for all of us, before the barbeque, beer, and fireworks later today, to gather in a quiet place with friends, family, and loved ones to read the Declaration aloud, to have its moral genius resonate in our souls.

And when you read aloud its 27 examples of "repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States," you will no doubt recognize that many of them are being purposefully perpetrated today - with the same direct object - by America's current tyrant, King Zero.

The good news is that he is not King Zero I, as in "the First."  There will never be another, a "the Second."  This Fourth of July HFR will be devoted to discussing why.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014

What aggravates me most about my fellow conservatives is how few are willing to let a constitutional crisis get in the way of promoting their hobby horses, or taking potshots at other conservatives with whom they have petty grievances.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-OH, announced plans last Wednesday (6/25) to sue the president, on behalf of the House of Representatives, for "failing to faithfully execute the laws."

The idea for the suit originated with David Rivkin, a Washington lawyer, and Elizabeth Price Foley, who teaches constitutional law at Florida International University. Conservative columnist George Will likes it. The Speaker has a strong case, says Jonathan Turley, a liberal who teaches constitutional law at George Washington University.

Yet the Boehner suit is "feckless" and "frivolous," says Andrew McCarthy, who prosecuted the ringleader of the first World Trade Center bombing. Impeachment is the only solution," he said.

Mr. McCarthy, you see, is promoting a book, "Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama's Impeachment."  Would he rather have people buy his book than see Mr. Boehner succeed?
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Written by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher   
Monday, 30 June 2014

An Open Letter to the President

Dear Mr. President:

My apologies for missing your commencement address at the University of California at Irvine on June 14, honoring the 50th anniversary of one of our fine academic institutions. Meetings with my constituents just seemed more pressing, and, of course, we can meet back in Washington whenever it's convenient for you.

In any case, between fundraisers and enjoying the "Zot! Zot! Zot!" chants of the graduating Anteaters, the questions I have raised about your "green" agenda clearly were on your mind. You evidently determined that ridiculing those, like me, who question your "settled" science would be the best way to make your case.

To the laughing grads, you said: "And today's Congress is full of folks who stubbornly and automatically reject the scientific evidence about climate change. They will tell you it is a hoax, or a fad. There was one member of Congress who mentioned a theory involving ‘dinosaur flatulence' - which I won't get into."

Mr. President, we both know I have referred to the theory of man-made global warming as a "hoax," and, yes, I once used the phrase "dinosaur flatulence" as lighthearted ridicule at what I considered to be climate alarmism.

What I have learned is never to underestimate humorless zealots, especially those cloaked in the pretensions of "science." One of the traits of a fanatic is the willingness to conduct personal attacks, to limit debate, to use questionable facts and to seek government to impose policy on others.

Sir, my congressional colleagues and I cannot ignore costs when making decisions. Simply put, no matter how apocalyptic the theory behind it, we cannot make this crony-capitalist concoction of yours into a policy priority.
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 03 July 2014

There was an "audible gasp" from spectators when Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen told the House Ways & Means Committee the hard drive on Lois Lerner's computer had been destroyed.

The IRS broke the law when it targeted conservative groups; broke it again when it leaked confidential tax information; broke it a third time when it destroyed evidence.

Mr. Koskinen wouldn't apologize for the lost emails; for not informing Congress for months afterward; for giving misleading testimony in March.

He was "arrogant," did "a terrible job," said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

He is "as smug and imperious as any bureaucrat you will meet," said the New York Post.

"It's all there - the arrogance, the wealth, the air of privilege," said Rosslyn Smith, who blogs at the American Thinker. "He has the makings of a great Bond villain."

The federal bureaucracy has a face.  And it's really repulsive.  How are we going to wipe the smug smile off it?
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Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014

Do you know why the U.S. economy shrank almost 3 percent in the first quarter of this year?

When the news of the dreadful gross domestic product (GDP) number came out last week, many were surprised, but none were more surprised than the folks in the Obama administration. Many of their supporters had been saying this was the year of a real economic recovery.

The quick reaction was to blame the bad GDP numbers on the cold weather.  It is rather ironic that the president blames the bad economy on the cold weather, while at the same time he is running around the country saying we have to spend many more tax dollars to prevent warmer weather a hundred years from now.

But get ready for much worse economic weather.  Today, July 1, the administration implements perhaps the most stupid and destructive piece of tax regulation ever devised - the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

This one regulation by itself may well cause another drop in GDP during the third quarter of this year.  The Disaster of FATCA has begun.
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Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014

The collapse of Ukraine's ceasefire yesterday (7/01) has shattered hopes for a quick end to the crisis in the Donbass, setting off fresh capital flight from Russia and raising the specter of further Western sanctions against Russian companies.

Markets were caught off guard as Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko launched air strikes and an artillery barrage against rebels, pleading that he had no choice after they killed 27 Ukrainian servicemen. "We will attack and we will liberate our land. The end of the ceasefire is our response to terrorists, rebels, looters," he said.

The International Monetary Fund said the conflict risks deep damage to Russia's economy, starving it of foreign funds and knowhow. "Geopolitical tensions have brought the Russian economy to a standstill... This comes at a crucial moment when the old growth model based on energy has been exhausted," the IMF said.

The EU is holding the Kremlin accountable for the failed ceasefire. Its ambassadors agreed Monday (6/30) to "intensified preparations" for new sanctions, effectively cocking the gun.

A strategy paper from Angela Merkel's Christian Democrat Party called for a complete change in policy, deeming it impossible to work with the Kremlin so long as Vladimir Putin is in charge.
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Written by Matt Ridley   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014

The good news on this side of the Pond is that Britain could soon grow genetically modified crops commercially.  This is a victory for common sense over irrational opportunism, and also for the environment over pollution.

Under pressure from the European Union's health and consumer commissioner, Tonio Borg, and Britain's environment secretary, Owen Paterson, the EU is on the brink of ceding control of the issue to national governments. That suits countries such as France and Austria, who are implacably opposed to GM crops -- and Britain, which thankfully is not.

It is now clear that the opposition to GM crops has been counter-productive for the environment as well as harmful to the economy and the consumer.

Remember, "organic" bean sprouts killed 51 people in one E coli outbreak in Germany in 2011. GM food has killed nobody. There's now simply no way to argue with a straight face, after billions of GM meals have been eaten all round the world, that the technology is a threat to our health. The reverse is actually the case.

So this is a technology that is safe for human health, better for the environment, more effective than the alternative and economically beneficial to consumers and farmers. Let the French ban it if they want to.
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Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Thursday, 03 July 2014

I've played water polo for most of my life, and still do. I've had the privilege of playing on some truly excellent teams, and I've also played on some, well... not so excellent teams.

I've also been involved with groups of psychologists who thought they knew how to be part of a team or build teams. I was always surprised at the lack of understanding among them.

Today I want to talk about some of the things I've found over the years that make for an excellent team... and a not so excellent team, whether it's for work, play, or marriage.

This is by no means exhaustive. There is so much that goes into team building that I can't put it all in one article. But I want to focus mostly on doing away with one great big flawed cliché: "There is no I in ‘team'."

The truth is, an excellent team has excellent players, each one of whom is there for his personal achievement and for the team's collective achievement. There is no contradiction between the two.

When either of these two elements is missing, the magic just won't happen.  A perfect example of this happened at the World Cup on Tuesday (7/01).
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Friday, 04 July 2014

Starting today, July 4th, 2014....


HALF-FULL REPORT 06/27/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 27 June 2014

Before we descend into overwhelm regarding all that's been going on this week, let's first talk about the price of oil.

After Stone Age Moslem marauders seized Mosul on June 11 and seemed poised to march on Baghdad, oil traders on both sides of the Pond panicked, sending Brent crude in Europe to a year-high of $116 and WTI in the US to $108.  Energy pundits breathlessly predicted soaring prices to $120 and far beyond.

Yet since the panic spike, both prices have been dropping.  Today (6/27), Brent is at $113, WTI a little above $105.  How come?  One primary reason is the Kurds...

...America's leader doesn't have the cojones to stand up to Putin's bullying, but the leaders of Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia sure do.  Today (6/27) in Brussels, they -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, and Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca - signed formal political and economic accords with the European Union.

Putin stamped his foot and made all kinds of threats should they do so, and they shrugged and signed anyway...


In addition to Jack Kelly standing in for me last week with another of his great HFRs, he also helped me keep abreast of what's been going on this week while I've been in Namibia.  Here are some excerpts from what he tells me:
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 26 June 2014

Etosha Pan, Namibia.


This is the current edition of a Namibian weekly paper distributed throughout Southern Africa.  As you can see, the cover story is A Demon Facing Africa.  While it is ostensibly about a program of Zero's called Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI), the story makes it clear that the Demon is Zero himself as the chief agent of American imperialism.

This is true cosmic irony, as one of the largest demons inhabiting Zero's soul is his hatred of America and Britain for White Western Imperialism regarding Kenya.

Yet it is too easy to engage in the obverse opportunity to accuse Barack Obama of being The Demon Facing America.  For that is only ostensibly true.  He is the apotheosis of the Demon, but not the Demon himself.

The Demon we are talking about has been the curse of most nations throughout history.  It is the real Demon facing almost every country in Africa, of which the anti-American idiots of The Southern Times haven't an inkling.  It is the Demon that America's Founders created America to suppress.  It is the Demon that America's Left is dedicated to unleashing.  And today, Barack Hussein Obama is the Demon's hero.

The Etosha Pan is a wonderful place to forget about all of this.   Here is where you witness Africa Primeval.  It is simply breathtaking to watch a leopard stalk a wildebeest from yards away:
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 24 June 2014

More than 1,000 vets may have died over the last decade because of delayed or improper care, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, a physician, charged in a lengthy report Tuesday (6/24).

Drug dealing, theft and even murder are “pervasive” at VA facilities, he said. 

Many VA nurses spend their days working on union activities, not caring for patients, Sen. Coburn said. Because it’s all but impossible to fire them, an increasing number of VA employees don’t bother to come to work at all.

The coverup of waiting lists “is just the tip of the iceberg, reflecting a perverse culture within the department where veterans are not always the priority and data and employees are manipulated to maintain an appearance that all is well,” Sen. Coburn said.
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