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THE QUESTION TO ASK Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 January 2015

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HALF-FULL REPORT 01/16/15 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 16 January 2015

I'm starting this HFR with tears in my eyes.  They are tears of joy and pride.

I just got an email with a link to a story last week (1/05) in the Marine Corps Times.  The story title couldn't be more uninteresting - Changing Sea Duty - but the first line is not:

"Marines and sailors are at the center of a test that could change naval warfare."

Someone in the USMC came up with a revolutionary way to deploy Marines more effectively and carried it through from conceptual creation in his brain to implementation at sea.

That someone, who has now changed US naval warfare for the better, is my son, USMC Captain Brandon Wheeler...

From the personal to nationally heart-warming news. 

The Oscar Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were announced yesterday afternoon (1/5) - with the voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences proving they are not racists by refusing to nominate actors and actresses just because they are black...

This is absolutely hands down - or is it pants down? - the best headline of the week:  Thief Demands Victim Drop Pants, Victim Kills Him...

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YOUR ADVENTUROUS YEAR Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Monday, 12 January 2015

How about making 2015 be that for you?

The older you get, the more apparent it is that life - your life - is really short.  There is a scene in the movie On Golden Pond where the character played by Henry Fonda is celebrating his 80th birthday with his family.  His wife (Katherine Hepburn) asks him, "How does it feel to be 80?"  He answers, "Well, I'm surprised it got here so fast."

The only way I know of to not get to old age fast is to not slow down - to speed up instead.  My way is to fill my life with more adventure than ever.

As old age approaches, lots of people make a "bucket list," things they dream of doing before it's finita la musica.  Yet the sooner you start your own bucket list, no matter what age, the better - for the more time you'll have to live your dreams.  Don't be under the illusion, however, that you have plenty of time. 

The years pass ever more quickly.  This last one has come and gone - 2014 is over forever.  Don't let 2015 be the same before living one of  your dreams.  Carpe diem.  Here we go.  Ever see this?  It's one of the most iconic pictures of World War II - a section of the famed Burma Road called 24-Zig.

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The Burma Road was built to carry US supplies from Burma to Chiang Kai Shek's capital of Chungking to fight the Japanese in China.  It turns out that the 24-Zig is not in Burma, it's in China.  It was lost for many years and has now been rediscovered.  How'd you like to go there with me?  Or here?...
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THE PERFECT WAY FOR THE FRENCH TO PROVE THEY ARE CHARLIE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Millions of French men and women are proclaiming Je suis Charlie - I am Charlie - as we all know.  But saying it is not proving it.  That must be done by doing, by concrete action.

Yes, they can agitate and demand their government do what's necessary - such as:

*Eliminate all Non-Moslem No-Go Zones in France;  apply normal police authority to them as anywhere else.
*Eliminate Islamic Sharia Law as having any binding legal authority in France.  Any Moslem demanding to live under Sharia Law will be provided with a one-way ticket to the Islamic country of his choice where Sharia prevails.
*Terminate all welfare programs and assistance of any kind to all non-French citizens.

Good luck on their Euroweenie government doing any of this.  So let's focus on what Frenchfolk can do themselves.  And how perfect it would be for them to prove they are Charlie through that ultimate expression of their culture - food.

The timing couldn't be better.  There's an ingredient in French cuisine that no self-respecting French chef would be without, yet strikes horror in the hearts of both Moslems and Moochelle Obama together with her fascist food police.  You can't get better than that.  We are talking about lard - rendered pig fat.  And guess what?

Lard Is The New Health Food.  Quite seriously.
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NO, MR. PRESIDENT, ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF VIOLENCE, NOT PEACE! Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015

"Allahu Akbar!" (God is greater), shouted the terrorists who attacked the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. "We have avenged the Prophet Mohammed."

The terrorists weren't Moslems, because Islam is a religion of peace, said President Barack Obama. The United States needs to "redouble" efforts to explain "what the tenets of Islam actually are," said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

"Islam teaches peace," the president said at the UN last September. "Islam" means peace, he and like-minded liberals often have said.

No it doesn't, said Anjem Choudary, imam of a mosque in London.

"Islam does not mean peace but rather means submission to the commands of Allah alone," Mr. Choudary writes in USA Today (1/07). "Therefore, Moslems do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression, as their speech and actions are determined by divine revelation and not based on people's desires."
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PRESIDENT AWOL Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 15 January 2015

When 44 world leaders joined 1.6 million Parisians to condemn Islamist terror last Sunday (1/11), President Barack Hussein Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were watching football.

Secretary of State John Kerry was in India (where it's been unseasonably cold), to give a speech on...what else?.. global warming.

Attorney General Eric Holder was in Paris, but didn't attend because he was in "high level meetings," aides said. With whom? Nearly every prominent French official was at the rally.

There were fewer Obama officials at the rally than have appeared in episodes of the CBS show "The Good Wife," noted an "ashamed" Jake Tapper of CNN.

The absence of senior U.S. officials gives tacit support to the Charlie Hebdo killers, says retired Army intelligence officer Ralph Peters: "Passivity in the face of terror is complicity."

It's appalling if the White House didn't grasp the symbolic importance of U.S. participation; more appalling if the snub were deliberate.  More likely is the latter.
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CHINA'S TRIPLE-D NIGHTMARE OF DEFLATION, DEVALUATION AND DEFAULT Print E-mail
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Thursday, 15 January 2015

China is at mounting risk of a financial crisis this year as growth sputters and deflationary pressures trigger a wave of defaults.

This is the warning issued by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The US lender is telling clients that a confluence of forces is threatening to chill the speculative mania on the Shanghai stock exchange and to expose the underlying fragility of China's $26 trillion edifice of debt.

"A credit crunch is highly probable," says the investment bank in a clients-only report entitled "Focus on the Triple D: Deflation, Devaluation, and Default," written by David Cui, Tracy Tian and Katherine Tai.  Mr. Cui, Head of China Equity Strategy at BofA Merrill Lynch, is the No. 1 ranked China strategist by Institutional Investor magazine.

They say the country's highly-leveraged companies cannot safely withstand President Xi Jinping's drive to stamp out moral hazard and wean the country off excess credit, warning that the mix of slower growth and excess debt "could prove lethal for the financial system."

Analysts from other financial institutions agree.
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THE GREAT GLOBAL TAX HAVEN LIE Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Cayman is prosperous, in part, because of a great global lie, which causes many big rich nations to pursue bad economic policies. The global lie is that the developed countries have too little government, rather than too much.

The simple and obvious empirical fact that most developing and developed countries with smaller government sectors have grown faster in recent decades than those countries with big government sectors is ignored both by the politicians and many in the media.

The political classes in these big government countries, rather than taking responsibility for their own misguided policies, look for scapegoats. Their favorite scapegoats are high-growth countries with low tax rates on savings and investment. They blame offshore financial centers like Cayman, Hong Kong, Bermuda, and even mid-sized countries like Switzerland for engaging in "unfair tax competition."

The truth behind the great global "tax haven" lie is that offshore financial centers owe their prosperity to tax transparency, not tax evasion.
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WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN...? Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 16 January 2015

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From Florida, there's a funny news story this week about the new rug in the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office having an embarrassing typo.

This reminds us at TTP of the brain-teasing riddle:

Q:  What do you get when a dyslexic suffers from insomnia, and then decides in his sleepless reverie that he's an agnostic?

A:  You get someone who stays up all night long wondering if there really is a Dog.
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HALF-FULL REPORT 01/09/15 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 09 January 2015

Since I discussed yesterday the Moslem Massacre in Paris in Time to End the Insanity, we'll start with what happened on Capitol Hill this week.  The rage directed at John Boehner, while fully justified, nonetheless, calls for a step back into perspective.

Let's have a 19th century American poet from Vermont provide it, John Godrey Saxe (1816-1887).  You see, the real problem in the House GOP is far scarier than Boehner...

In California, the building of the Santa-Barbara News-Press was vandalized late Wednesday night (1/07) after the editors refused demands they stop referring to illegal aliens as "illegal."  "The border is illegal, not the people who cross it" was spray-painted in red on the building.

For now, the pro-illegal thugs are armed with spray cans, not AK-47s.  But many will now ask, in the wake of Charlie Hebdo and the growing threat of Mexican Nazis - for how much longer?...

Yet you may be amazed that the HFR Hero of the Week without doubt is a Moslem...

And there's juicy stuff, good news, and the HFR Health & Fitness feature as well...
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TIME TO END THE INSANITY Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 08 January 2015

The BBC headline this morning (1/08):  Winter Storm Brings Misery to Middle East Refugees.  Seems like the perfect counterpoint to the Moslem terrorist slaughter in Paris yesterday.  But first this:

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In response to Moslem slaughter, there is an ever-growing list of media cowards refusing to publish cartoons of Mohammad, including all the usual suspects: AP, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NY Times, NY Daily News, London Telegraph and more.

Islam is the world's most humorless religion - and here's a key point: a religion that can't take a joke has a mortal weakness.  TTP has been exposing that weakness for years.  Almost a decade ago (June 2005), we told you about The Islam Comic Book.

Remember when you were a kid in grade school, and if you really want to show contempt for someone you'd say, "He can dish it out but he can't take it"? Moslems are like that.

They can dish out insults to infidels, arrest Christians for praying in Saudi Arabia, confiscate their Bibles and throw them in the trash, call Jews pigs and monkeys, and spit on the whole human race that isn't Moslem. But they go into murderous frenzies of righteous outrage at the slightest criticism of their history and beliefs.

The question we need to ask Moslems is: Until you start showing respect and tolerance for our values, religion, and civilization, why should we show any respect and tolerance for yours?

Well and good - but you may be asking now:  What's this got to do with a snowstorm in the Middle East?  Why is it such a "counterpoint" to the Charlie Hebdo Moslem Massacre?
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THE PREDICTABLE RESPONSE TO MOSLEM SLAUGHTER IN PARIS Print E-mail
Written by James Delingpole   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015

This morning (01/07), 12 people, including two policemen, have been murdered in Paris at the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by two hooded men wielding AK47s and shouting "Allahu akbar! We are avenging the honor of Prophet Mohammed!"

In 2011 the magazine was firebombed after running a caricature of Islam's founder. Charlie Hebdo's most recent tweet, before the latest attack, was a cartoon featuring the leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Here's what will happen next.

1. French authorities will urge the public not to jump to any unhelpful conclusions about the motivation of the killers.

2. Politicians, police chiefs and mainstream media reports will urge restraint over what is clearly an inexplicable rogue incident which may have nothing whatsoever to do with the Religion of Peace.

3. Extensive - and largely fruitless - efforts will be made to find Moslem community leaders prepared to speak out against the incident.

4. Liberal commentators will take pains to draw a distinction between Islamism and Islam, noting that the former is a malign perversion of the latter which, as any informed person knows, explicitly forbids the murder of innocents.

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DEMOCRAT DEATH WATCH Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 08 January 2015

What's most significant about the new 114th Congress is Democrats no longer can block votes on popular reform bills the House passes, says columnist Charles Krauthammer. "The days of hiding under Harry Reid's desk are over."

Journalists would rather talk about dissension among Republicans. Even before the new Senate was sworn in, there were stories about how hard it may be for the GOP to keep control in 2016.  You wouldn't know from reading them that it's the Democrats who are at death's door.

They've become a party defined by desperation.  To maintain their slipping grip on power, Democrats make ever more baldly racist appeals. They smear police, side with protesters who disrupt the lives of ordinary Americans, make excuses for rioting and looting.

Given that, I might as well tell you what I really think:  Democrats today remind me of insects.
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JEB BUSH 2016? YEAH, RIGHT Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 06 January 2015

Jeb Bush is the "clear frontrunner" for the Republican nomination for president, prominent pundits say. Evidently these pundits don't know many Republicans.

Not that Jeb is an implausible candidate. He was arguably the best governor in America during his 8 years in Florida (Jan, 1999--Jan, 2007), left office with high approval ratings.

Florida, with 29 electoral votes, is the 4th largest state, by far the largest swing state. Barack Hussein Obama won it narrowly in 2008 and 2012. A Republican must carry Florida to be elected president.

But Jeb Bush has been out of office for 8 years, an eternity in politics. He's old news now, and Republicans have never been as fond of the dynasty thing as are Democrats.

Jeb led New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 23 percent to 13 percent, in a CNN/ORC poll Dec. 18-21. Pundits treated this as if it were a very big deal. It isn't.  Here's why.
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THE GOP CONGRESS' JOB ONE: TARGET BUREAUCRATS Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 06 January 2015

What is the greatest obstacle confronting the new congressional Republican majority in enacting good policy? It may not be President Obama, because there is an even more formidable force in Washington that crushes good policy: the Permanent Bureaucracy.

The permanent bureaucracy is made up of federal employees, government contractors and their employees, congressional staff and the special-interest lobbying community (including law and accounting firms). It also includes the media establishment, which depends on leaks and information from those in government for stories in exchange for protective coverage.

Hardworking taxpayers never cease being ripped off by wasteful and fraudulent government spending and regulation. Unlike what happens in the private sector, people in government rarely go to jail or are even fired for financial misconduct.

The government requires financial and senior officers of companies to sign off on the accuracy of their financial statements in order to protect stockholders. Company officers are subject to civil and criminal penalties, including jail time for misstatements, and their names are released to the press.

There is no reason for taxpayers to be any less protected than stockholders from financial negligence or fraud.  Here's how to do it.
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