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CONTAINING PUTIN Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin's clear goal is to re-establish as much of the Russian Empire (1721-1917) as he can. At its greatest extent, the Russian Empire included the territories of the old Soviet Union, most of Eastern Europe, Finland and Alaska (up to 1866).

Mr. Putin knows the next U.S. president is unlikely to be as indecisive and reluctant to act as President Obama. He also faces falling demand for Russian oil and gas and unexpected price declines, which may cause him to run through Russia's considerable financial reserves. Accordingly, the pressure is on Mr. Putin to act quickly.

The Russian economy is now little more than a petro-state, relying on oil and gas, which account for 68 percent of its total exports, and more than half of its government revenue. Much of Russia's manufacturing base evaporated after the end of the Soviet Union. The ruble has fallen more than 30 percent against the dollar since the beginning of this year. As a result, inflation is accelerating (more than 8 percent at the moment) as imports become more and more expensive.

Thus Mr. Putin is both dangerous and vulnerable.  He must be contained.  Let's see how.

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KING OF DENIAL Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 14 November 2014

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HALF-FULL REPORT 11/07/14 Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 07 November 2014

While Democrats were being sent to Siberia, Jack Wheeler is traveling in the Middle East, so I'm filling in on the HFR this week. Other stuff was going on in the world, but I'm focusing on you can guess what.

All the bad candidates this year were Democrats. Democrat memes lost much of their potency. Democrats sounded like a party out of ideas, that has lost touch with the people, clings to power for no other reason than to use it to line their pockets.

Did Democrats lose the Mandate of Heaven Tuesday?
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Many races were closer than they should have been because Democrats lavishly funded pseudo "Libertarian" candidates in key races. This tactic didn't work in Georgia or North Carolina, but is why Mark Begich can play Sore Loserman in Alaska, and it cost Ed Gillespie the senate seat in Virginia.

If we don't do something about this, we could have big trouble in the purple states in 2016. My preferred solution - to draw and quarter the pseudo Libertarians, then boil them in oil - is, alas, impractical.
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Now that the midterms are over, presidential buzz begins in earnest. The first GOP presidential debate will be Sept. 16. Ugh!

I have a mild preference for Scott Walker, but the possibility of an all nonwhite ticket intrigues me, if only because it would be so much fun to watch heads explode at CNN and MSNBC.
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The lame duck session will be an early, critical gut check for Republicans. They must try to block anything other than housekeeping measures needed to keep the government going until the new Congress convenes, because anything else Democrats try to do will be illegitimate.
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THE DAWN OF AMERICA 3.0 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014

It's time for...

 

Yes, that's Paul McCartney playing guitar for Jagger and Bowie.  The performance was in 1986, but we can dance and sing our version today.

Calling out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat?
America's here and the time is right for dancing in the street.

As Churchill quipped, "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else."

We saw America 3.0 dawning this morning with the astounding election returns of GOP victories across the country.  This is not a simple rejection of Zero.  It is far deeper than that.  It is the rejection of the Dem vision for America, the maintenance and expansion of the obsolete America 2.0 industrial big government state.

Yesterday, the GOP received a massive mandate to begin dismantling the 2.0 legacy state - which means primarily defunding and eliminating entire federal agencies such as Education and the EPA, and returning most federal programs to the states via the 10th Amendment.

They have to be smart about this of course, and act with a great deal of finesse.  Yet this is long range.  What about right now?

The most immediate concern is the lame duck session that starts next Wednesday (11/12).  There are two basic threats.  Here's how to counter them. 
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TYPHOID BARRY AND THE COMING REPEAL OF OBAMACARE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 06 November 2014

Every Republican who took a senate seat from a Democrat Tuesday campaigned hard for repeal of Obamacare. Of the 60 Democrats in the senate who voted to impose Obamacare in 2009, 28 won’t be there in January, noted Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner.

If I were, say, Sen. Claire McCaskill, and I had to run in 2016 in Missouri, where Republicans have veto proof majorities in both houses of the legislature, I’d be thinking long and hard about that.
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THE GREAT DOLLAR BULL RUN HAS STARTED Print E-mail
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Tuesday, 04 November 2014


The US dollar has surged to a four-year high against a basket of currencies and has punched through key technical resistance, marking a crucial turning point for the global financial system.

The index - a mix of six major currencies - hit 87.4 on Monday (11/03), rising above the key level of 87. This reflects the plunge in the Japanese yen since the Bank of Japan launched a fresh round of quantitative easing last week.

Data from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange show that speculative dollar bets on the derivatives markets have reached a record high, with the most extended positions against the euro, the yen, the Australian dollar, Mexican peso, the Canadian dollar, the Swiss franc, sterling, and the New Zealand dollar, in that order. The Swedish and Norwegian currencies are also coming under heavy pressure.

David Bloom, currency chief at HSBC, said a "seismic change" is under way and may lead to a 20% surge in the dollar over a 12-month span. The mega-rally of 1980 to 1985 as the Volcker Fed tightened the screws saw a 90% rise before the leading powers intervened at the Plaza Accord to cap the rise.

 "We are only at the early stages of a dollar bull run. The current rally is unlike any we have seen before. The greatest danger for markets and forecasters is that they fail to adjust their behavior to fully reflect a very different world," he said.
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WHAT IS OR IS NOT ISLAMIC FOR OBAMA? Print E-mail
Written by Caroline Glick   
Thursday, 06 November 2014

In his speech on September 11 announcing that the US would commence limited operations against Islamic State, US President Barack Hussein Obama insisted, "ISIL, [i.e. ISIS or Islamic State] is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL's victims have been Moslem." 

To be sure, it is hard to see how any human faith can countenance IS's actions. For the past several months, on a daily basis, new videos appear of IS fighters proudly, openly and wantonly committing crimes against humanity. This week for instance, a video emerged of an IS slave market in Raqqah, Syria, where women and girls are sold as sex slaves to IS fighters. 

Despite the glaring contradiction between divinity and monstrosity, the fact is that IS justifies every single one of its atrocities with verses from the Koran.

IS referred to its sex slave market in Raqqah for instance as the "Booty Market... for what your right hands possess."
The phrase "what your right hands possess" is a Koranic verse (4:3) that permits the sexual enslavement of women and girls by Moslem men.

By contrast to what he says about IS, throughout his tenure in office, Obama has gone out of his way to mainstream Moslem extremists. This has taken the form of granting senior appointments to people aligned with the Moslem Brotherhood. Further, Obama has befriended radical Islamic leaders who openly support terrorism, including Turkish dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

How are we to explain this seeming anomaly?
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THE LAWLESSNESS OF OUR GOVERNMENT Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 04 November 2014

The basic function of government is the protection of person and property, and the United States is losing ground both in absolute terms and relative to other countries on this basic measure of liberty.

Last month, the Economic Freedom of the World annual index for 2014 was released, as was the 2014 edition of the International Property Rights Index. Despite slightly different methodologies, both indices were very close in their global rankings of property-rights protections.  In 1980, the United States ranked No. 1 in the world -- now we have sunk to below France.

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THE SECRET TO IMPROVING YOUR LIFE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Thursday, 06 November 2014

For decades, psychologists and social scientists have looked for ways to improve our abilities; our mental health, success, well-being, and happiness.

They have explored the possibility of raising IQ in individuals. They have sought to understand and transform unconscious processes - or change the external "stimuli" of a person's world for the better. For a time, it was also believed that raising self-esteem would support success and personal growth across the board.

None of this has panned out very well. IQ seems to be fairly constant over an individual person's lifetime.  Unconscious processes are, well, unconscious. Criminals, it turns out, have very high self-esteem.

But there is one quality that we can improve significantly, on purpose, as individuals, that leads to positive consequences across the spectrum of our life experiences.  It is...
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THE WAVE Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Thursday, 06 November 2014

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HALF-FULL REPORT 10/31/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 31 October 2014

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Yes, President Zero has become a fright mask scaring America.  It's all trick and no treat for Democrats.  Welcome to the Happy Halloween HFR!

Goblins from Electoral Hell are haunting the Dems this week.  Could it really be that next week Hell actually freezes over?

There are a whole host of reasons why it could.  Let's enjoy them.  Then we'll have to list the caveats.

*Amazingly, there have been no October Surprises haunting Pubs.  There have been an avalanche of them on the Dems - the latest being Louisiana's Scary Mary Landrieu yesterday (10/30) saying she and Zero are unpopular because the entire South is racist and sexist.

She just didn't throw her own state and herself under the bus, but every Dem in the South who will now be asked if they agree.  Wow.  Normally, a bitter candidate denounces voters after losing - but before?  May not be long until the white coats take her away to the Funny Farm.

*A headline to relish from Wednesday (10/29):
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A TREMBLE OF EUROWEENIES Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 30 October 2014

Some of my favorite words in the English language are "collective nouns," the colorful names for groups of animals going back to the 15th century that every kid had to know to go hunting with his dad. Not knowing them was laughable ignorance.

We would laugh today if someone said a "herd of fish" instead of a school, or a "flock of cattle," instead of a herd or drove. We know it's a pride of lions, but it's a leap of leopards, a crash of rhinos, a shrewdness of apes, a skulk of foxes. Perhaps you've heard of a murder of crows or an exultation of larks, but it's an unkindness of ravens, an ostentation of peacocks, a bouquet of pheasants, a parliament of owls.

Collective nouns were applied to groups of people as well. We still call it a congregation of churchgoers, but it's an impatience of wives, a boast of soldiers, an impertinence of peddlers, an illusion of painters. I love the one for prostitutes: a flourish of strumpets.

It's a tremble of cowards.  That certainly was the appropriate designation for the French-German Euroweenie portion of participants at the Paris conference I attended earlier this week.

It was a conference on Global Security organized by the French Ministry of Defense, the US Department of Defense, and NATO. It had a dual focus:  on the threat of Russian aggression in Ukraine, and on cybersecurity. 

Held in the King's Council Chamber of Les Invalides, among the 40 some attendees were ministers of defense and ambassadors from several countries, high level EU and NATO officials, Pentagon generals, and key executives from major defense and cybersecurity companies.  I attended as the geopolitical strategist for one of the conference sponsors.

There was no press, and no attribution for anything said was permitted.  Given that restriction, here is what happened.
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A VIRTUOSO OF MALICIOUS INTENT Print E-mail
Written by Caroline Glick   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Since he assumed office nearly six years ago, US President Barack Hussein Obama has been dogged by allegations of managerial incompetence. Obama, his critics allege, had no managerial experience before he was elected. His lack of such experience, they claim, is reflected in what they see as his incompetent handling of the challenges of the presidency.

In everything from dealing with the Congress, to reining in radical ideologues at the IRS, to handling the chaos at the Mexican border, to putting together coordinated strategies for dealing with everything from Ebola to Islamic State (IS), Obama's critics claim that he is out of his league. That he is incompetent.

But if Israel's experience with him is any guide, then his critics are the ones who are out to sea. Because at least in his handling of US relations with the Jewish state, Obama has exhibited a mastery of the tools of the executive branch unmatched by most of his predecessors.

Obama is a master of mendacity, a virtuoso of malciousness.  Consider two recent news stories:
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THE EVIL PARTY Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 30 October 2014

Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, and Democrats and their allies in the news media gotta foment race hatred for political gain.

The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, has been wracked by violence since Aug. 9, when Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, shot Michael Brown, 18, who was black.

A mob sought "justice for Mike Brown" by looting area businesses. Many journalists accepted as Gospel the account of the shooting by Mr. Brown's accomplice in a convenience store robbery shortly before it.

What they never report is that violent crime is mostly intra-racial. In 2011, 83 percent of white homicide victims were murdered by other whites, 91 percent of black victims were killed by other blacks, according to FBI data.

White on black violence is rare. Blacks are 25 to 39 times more like to commit violent crimes against whites than vice versa, according to various studies.

When violence is black on black, Democrats and  the news media pay little attention; even less when it is black on white. They paint a misleading - and incendiary - portrait of violence in America.  And they do it on purpose.
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OUR ANTI-HEALTH-AND-SAFETY PRESIDENT Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, an instructor in clinical medicine at Columbia University and a volunteer for Doctors Without Borders, returned to New York City Oct. 17 from Guinea, where he'd been treating Ebola patients.

He passed "enhanced screening" at Kennedy airport, but last Thursday (10/23), Dr. Spencer tested positive for Ebola.

Despite feeling "sluggish" on the previous Tuesday, the next day Dr. Spencer took two subway trains from Manhattan to a bowling alley in Brooklyn, then a taxi back home. In the six days prior to his diagnosis, Dr. Spencer made numerous other excursions around the city.

Why didn't Dr. Spencer minimize his contact with others until after the 21 day incubation period had passed? Why especially, on a day he was feeling "sluggish," did he ride subways, eat at restaurants, go bowling?

What's most alarming is that neither Dr. Spencer nor nurse Amber Vinson - who took a commercial flight from Cleveland to Dallas despite having a fever -- violated CDC protocols.

By contrast, thanks to their strict border controls, Senegal and Nigeria are Ebola free. Given the now obvious inadequacy of airport screening, and the apparent unwillingness of health care professionals to minimize contacts during the incubation period, travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines are musts to prevent the spread of the disease here.

The Obama administration strenuously opposes both.
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