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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 29 May 2014

[This commencement address was originally published in 2005. We rerun it at college graduation time. Feel quite free to send this to any recent college graduate you may know.]

Mr. Chancellor, Members of the Board of Regents, Members of the Faculty, Honored Graduates, Families and Friends:

It's funny that they call this ceremony a Commencement, for you've all reached the finish line:  college, goodbye, we're outta here.  Yet of course, "commencement" means a beginning, not an end.

But one is supposed to at least start - commence - a talk such as this by saying funny things.  So I'll start by talking about Clark Gable movies.  If you've heard of Clark Gable at all, you know he was the biggest movie star in Hollywood a long time ago.  His most famous movie was Gone With The Wind.

He made a movie in 1955 called The Tall Men with Jane Russell as his girlfriend and Robert Ryan as the heavy.  It's a pretty ordinary Western flick with outlaws and cowboys and Indians - and at the end, Ryan, the bad guy, and his henchmen get the drop on Gable, the good guy, and all seems lost. 

Suddenly, surprise, Gable outfoxes Ryan and triumphs.  Gable makes his exit, and after he does, Ryan delivers a line that I want you to never forget.

Serendipity is funny, a very funny thing, finding something where you least expect it.  Out of the blue, out of a movie awash with pedestrian dialogue, comes a line so profound it detonates inside your brain. Ryan turns to his men and says:
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 27 May 2014

If you were a political leader who wanted to control the population, but wanted to do it without using brute force, how would you do it?

The answer: control how individuals and businesses spend their money by controlling their bank and other financial accounts. The Obama administration has set up a program to do just that, called "Operation Choke Point."

If the government can prevent you from spending your money on legal products and information services it does not like, it soon has control over much of your life. You might be thinking this could not happen in America, but it is.

Increasingly, businesses and individuals engaged in legal activities are having their banking relationships severed because people within the Obama administration and some politicians do not like the particular activity.

The Justice Dept.'s "Operation Choke Point" should be renamed Operation Choke Freedom, for that does seem to be its very purpose.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The first five months of 2014 have been the coldest since the National Weather Service began keeping records in 1888.  If "climate change" alarmists got out more, they might have noticed.

Between 1979 -- when weather satellites started measuring temperatures in the lower troposphere -- and 1998, they rose about 1.1  degrees Celsius (1.98 degrees Fahrenheit).

Temperatures stopped rising since then, and have fallen since 2012. The "pause" in warming (212 months) is now longer than the warming trend was (211 months).

The earth has warmed about 16 degrees F since the last ice age. The net increase since 1979 -- 0.19 degrees C (0.34 F) -- is well within the range of natural fluctuation.

So why, as President Obama says so often, do 97 percent of scientists agree climate change is "real, man-made, and dangerous?"

Because they don't agree. The Warmists led by Mr. Obama are running a Consensus Scam.  Here's how the scam works.
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Written by Michael Ledeen   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014

We all know the Moslem world is a political and cultural disaster zone.

All you need to know is the spectacularly low level of book sales in the Arab world, and a similarly miserable record in winning Nobel prizes, whether in literature or hard science. 

A dozen years ago, a group of Arab scholars did a report for the United Nations that ascribed the failure of Arab society to a lack of freedom, knowledge and womenpower.  And things have gotten considerably worse since 2002;  the authors could write that there were no ethnic conflicts then.  That's long gone.

Never mind failed states -  we're talking about a failed civilization, even in the most culturally advanced Moslem domain, the Islamic Republic of Iran.  The root of their failure is the War Against Fun.  They're not only failures, but grim, humorless failures.  This is the miserable common denominator of the Moslem world.

But it is a war that is being lost.
Written by Caroline Glick   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman were right when they blamed the noxious anti-Israel incitement rampant in Europe for Saturday's (5/24) murderous shooting attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels and the assault and battery of two Jewish brothers outside their synagogue in a Paris suburb later that day.

Anti-Israel incitement is ubiquitous in Europe and is appearing in ever-widening circles of the Western world as a whole.

Until this week, the Catholic Church stayed out of the campaign to dehumanize Jews and malign the Jewish state.

Pope Benedict XVI was perceived as a friend of Israel, despite his childhood membership in the Hitler Youth. His opposition to Islam's rejection of reason, eloquently expressed at his speech at the University of Regensburg in 2006, positioned him as a religious champion of reason, individual responsibility and law - Judaism's primary contributions to humanity.

His predecessor Pope John Paul II was less willing to confront Islamic violence. But his opposition to Communism made him respect Israel as freedom's outpost in the Middle East. John Paul's visit to Israel in 2000 was in some ways a historic gesture of friendship to the Jewish people of Israel.

Alas, the Golden Age of Catholic-Jewish relations seems to have come to an end during Francis's visit to the Promised Land this week.
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Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Thursday, 29 May 2014

There are several important qualities that define our humanity. Today I want to talk about two of them: our capacity for conscious empathy, and our ability to consciously redirect our emotional impulses. We have a choice of whether and how we will use these; the benefits can change the course of our lives.

Empathy is the quality that allows us to relate to other people, to have feelings for them, to understand them in an experiential/emotional sense, and not just as an intellectual study. Without the capacity for empathy, we could not see one another as human, with common feelings, thoughts, and experiences.

The opposite of empathy is envy.  When we are envious, other people become simply, "the thing that possesses something we want."

But to override our impulse to see people as things requires us to stop and think, to reconsider our initial, more primitive impulses, and to make a different choice.
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Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 30 May 2014

HALF FULL REPORT 05/23/14 Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 23 May 2014

Jack Wheeler is in Sao Tome and Principe, so I'm filling in for him on the HFR this week. Jack's visit to the island nation, a "lush tropical paradise" in the Gulf of Guinea off the west coast of Central Africa, completes his goal of having visited every country in the world.
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In excellent news from across the pond, UKIP, (The United Kingdom Independence Party) Britain's genuinely conservative party, is creaming Labour and the faux conservative Tories in local elections today (5/23).
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Here at home, the big news is about the macro blunder from which Team Zero may not recover.
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In what Catherine Herridge of Fox News described as a "significant shift," House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi named five Democrats to the Benghazi Committee.
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After being inundated with a flood of negative comments, the IRS has backed off a proposed rule to censor political speech.
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When Karl Rove said Hillary Clinton "is wearing glasses only for people with a traumatic brain injury," he set off a flap which bled into this week when the Clintonistas went nuclear in response.

Their overreaction suggests to me there's more to this than the Clintons are letting on. Rove isn't the first to notice.

Even if Hillary is just swell, an election in Pennsylvania Tuesday suggests the Clinton magic may be fading.
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The heroes of the week are...the mainstream media!
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Ilheu do Bom-Bom, Principe Island, São Tomé & Principe, Africa.  I have come here, one of the remotest and least known countries in Africa, for two reasons.

First is to make a scientific pilgrimage. There's a profound relevance to what happened here almost a century ago, and how science is perverted in America today. So we'll begin there.

"Africa" and "science" are two words you don't often see in combination.  Yet it was here that one of the most momentous experiments in the history of science took place.  Here is where the most famous scientist of modern times - Albert Einstein - became famous.  If it hadn't been for what happened here, he'd have remained unknown.  Here's the story. 

We'll get to the second reason later.  But here's a hint -- you won't believe how magical this place is.  And yes, there are pictures.
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Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Thursday, 22 May 2014

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is the annual showpiece of Vladimir Putin, who began his political career as deputy mayor of St Petersburg. 

In its opening session today (5/22), the most senior Western politician attending told Russia's leaders in the bluntest terms that their country will be frozen out of the global financial system and face slow economic breakdown unless the Kremlin steps back from confrontation with the West.

Peter Mandelson, Member of the British House of Lords, former Deputy Prime Minister and EU Trade Commissioner, informed them:
"A sense of Russia-risk is crystallizing around the events in Ukraine. The great danger is that this negative sentiment will set in concrete around Russia.  It is the markets that are leading the way, not governments, and they are quickening the pace. This is the looming nightmare for the Russian economy and it will have to be dealt with very boldly by the Russian government. To be cut off from global capital markets is not a good idea."
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 22 May 2014

It's been a month since we learned up to 40 of more than 1,400 veterans on a secret waiting list at the VA hospital in Phoenix may have died while waiting up to a year for treatment.

Since that CNN broadcast April 23, doctored records and preventable deaths have been reported at 25 other VA facilities.

It wasn't until yesterday (5/21) that President Barack Hussein Obama spoke in public about the scandal.

He'd learned of it from news reports, said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. That's also how the president learned the Obamacare web site was a mess; the IRS was targeting conservative groups; security at the Benghazi consulate was lax, aides said.

Evidently no one who works for Mr. Obama ever tells him anything.

"I will not stand for it," Mr. Obama said. "There must be consequences."

But he took no steps either to alleviate the suffering of veterans, or to punish those who've neglected them. 
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Liberals don't like black conservatives, but maybe God does.

"Ben Carson is warming to the idea of running for president," Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard wrote after interviewing the famous neurosurgeon.

He'd prefer not to be a candidate himself, Dr. Carson says. But "if I felt called by God to officially enter the world of politics, I would certainly not hesitate to do so," he wrote in his book "One Nation," released today (5/20).

America is lurching into crisis because "God, with the big ‘G' is being replaced by government with the little ‘g,'" former Rep. Allen West, R-Fla, warned in a stemwinder at the Floyd County Republican dinner in Rome, Georgia last Thursday (5/15).

Liberals tend to snark when evangelicals talk this way. They shouldn't. If they earnestly seek His counsel, God will show them how they are to serve, Dr. Carson and Mr. West sincerely believe.

Evangelicals have from time to time confused something they'd like to do with what God wants them to do. And if God wants Ben Carson, or Allen West, or both, to run for president, that doesn't mean He expects either to win.

On the other hand, that may be precisely what God has in mind.
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Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014

What is the Republican Party's vision for America? You may have a hard time answering other than "not President Obama and his policies."

Most Republicans plan to run their fall campaigns focusing on the Obama scandals -- admittedly a target-rich area -- with scandals involving Obamacare, Benghazi, the Internal Revenue Service and Veterans Affairs. All of this is not a vision of the future, though.

It is hard to build a consensus -- but smart, strong-minded individuals in the past have been able to articulate a vision that attracted not only the public but other politicians. Ronald Reagan accomplished this, and he was fortunate to have a visionary economic evangelist by his side who helped shape much of the Reagan program and became its principal salesman.

The GOP needs this man's vision and passion to end the Malaise of Obama.
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Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 23 May 2014

After the recent revelation of long wait times and delays in care at VA hospitals shocked the nation, congressional Democrats from both houses and independent journalists undertook their own investigation to determine the cause of the problem.

What they found was shocking: evidence of a coordinated conspiracy among numerous ill veterans to avoid seeking medical care and blame their subsequent problems on President Obama.

"It's racism pure and simple", said one congressional staffer who played a tape recording of a VA patient telling an undercover investigator "I'm supposed to go for a colonoscopy next week but I'm gonna skip it and blame it on Obama if I get sick."

"I know it sounds an awful lot like my voice," the staffer said of the tape, "but it is a VA patient. Trust me."

While on the surface, it seems incredible and even bizarre that anyone would go to such lengths to embarrass a politician they dislike, it is consistent with the pattern of racism that has emerged since the coronation of the country's first black president in January 2009.
HALF FULL REPORT 05/16/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 16 May 2014

My first email early this morning (5/16) was to congratulate TTPer Karma Singh.  You've been reading his reports on India, the last one being India's Ronald Reagan (4/30/14).

The results of history's largest election - well over 500 million ballots cast - were announced today, giving India's Ronald Reagan - Narendra Modi - a stunningly massive victory. 

The corrupt Congress Party, which has monopolized power in India for most of the last 67 years, had its clock cleaned.  Modi has a mandate to govern India as strong as Nehru's Congress Party in the 1950s.

Nehru was a Third World Socialist who ruined India's economy.  Modi is and will do the opposite. India has much to be proud of today and much to look forward to.  Now we in America must hope that we'll follow in India's footsteps and elect a pro-capitalist pro-freedom pro-patriotism government, starting this November...

...But we certainly won't be taking those steps by electing an immoral idiot like Jeb Bush as president.
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