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HALF-FULL REPORT 11/15/13 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 15 November 2013

What wonderful teachable moments there were this week.  Two in particular were supreme examples of the power of affirmations.  There are two kinds: positive affirmations, like "Remember to go to the store"; and negative affirmations, like "Don't forget to go to the store." 

Any shrink will tell you the latter are dangerous, because it's the key word that sticks in your brain:  "Don't FORGET to go to the store" is really telling someone to forget, not remember.

Yesterday (11/14), the man whom every libtard in America believes is the smartest man ever to work in the Oval Office announced on national television, "I don't think I'M STUPID enough" to mislead people on Zerocare.  Great messaging, genius.  You just told the entire country you are.

That's just the start of the fun this week -- big fun, and you won't believe who the HFR Hero of the Week is. In fact, it's so much fun that I'm making, for the first time ever, this HFR a Free Access.  Enjoy!
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 14 November 2013

Brit Hume is no spring chicken.  He's been a journalist reporting on American politics for 45 years.  On Tuesday (11/12), he told Megyn Kelly on Fox News that the Zerocare meltdown is "as bad a political disaster as I have ever seen." 

That means as bad as Vietnam was for Lyndon Johnson, as Watergate was for Richard Nixon, and badder than Iran-Contra was for Ronald Reagan and Monica Lewinsky was for Bill Clinton.  Hume is saying that the political fate of Barack Hussein Zero is now in dire jeopardy.

I prefer a different descriptive adjective, however, to characterize this current "political disaster."  For me, more appropriate than "bad" would be "wonderful" or "thrilling."  So much so that I may be the most enthusiastic admirer and supporter of Zero's signature program on the planet, far more than any felonious "navigator."  I think "Obamacare" - a moniker that all conservatives should change to "Zerocare" - is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

There is a lunacy making the email rounds claiming that what Hume is calling a "disaster" is really a success, that it was planned this way to achieve the ultimate liberal-fascist goal of total government control over the US health care system. 

It would make more sense to argue that the Zerocare meltdown is proof that Barack Hussein is a conservative mole, that he planned this in order to achieve his goal of the ruination of liberalism and the destruction of the Democrat Party.

Both of these claims regarding what Zero is planning are delusional.  The ancient Greeks would recognize what is going on in an instant.
Written by Jack Kelly   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013

The administration is spending $67 million to hire thousands of "navigators" to help people sort through the Obamacare maze.  Some could be convicted felons, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted.

"HHS decided to build political support for the Affordable Care Act by pouring money into supportive organizations so they could launch poorly trained workers into their communities without obtaining criminal background checks or creating systems for monitoring their activities," said former Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue.  "It will not take long for navigators to become predators, and HHS has no plan to deal with the new breed of predators it is creating."

"Navigators" in Texas were caught on video advising clients to lie to obtain subsidies.

Fraudsters and scam artists take advantage of the frequent crashes of Obamacare web sites. "If an insurance shopping website is usable, it's not the federal government's," the Wall Street Journal warned.

There is no greater consumer fraud than Obamacare itself, which I suppose is why Ms. Sebelius wants to exempt it from laws which fight fraud in Medicare.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 12 November 2013


Ever hear of the strangler fig?  It's a parasitic tree in tropical forests that grows by wrapping its huge roots ever more tightly around a host tree until the host tree can't grow anymore and dies (see the video below).  It's what our government in Washington has become.

The slowest postwar economic recovery ever is stalling out. Real (inflation adjusted) median income for American households fell $2,627 during Barack Hussein Obama's first term, according to a report released last week by the U.S. Bureau of Census.  The number of people with incomes below the poverty line rose by 6,667,000 -- equivalent to the population of Massachusetts.

Our economic wounds are  nearly all the result of government policy.  The five worst offenders are:
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 12 November 2013

What do you think the minimum wage per hour should be? How did you come up with that number?

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, and the Obama administration proposed raising it to $10.10 per hour last Thursday (11/08).  Last week, the voters in New Jersey passed a $8.25 per hour minimum wage, while the voters in the town of SeaTac, Wash., passed a $15 per hour minimum wage.

A noted labor economist, Walter Williams, has written: "Among academic economists, there is little or no debate over the unemployment effects of minimum wages. Our only debate is the magnitude of unemployment."

In 1977, Mr. Williams authored a classic paper showing that one of the major reasons for the original federal minimum wage back in 1938 was the desire of racist, white-only unions to keep skilled black tradesmen from getting jobs owing to their willingness to work for less than the union rate.

It should be no surprise that those who argue most strongly for higher minimum wages are unions, seeking protection from those who need the work and would be willing to work for less, and members of the political class who spout lofty slogans about how they are out to protect the working poor. Do both these groups want more unemployment?
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Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013

For some, happiness is a word that conjures up visions of selfish people concerned only with their own pleasure; but this sort of hedonistic approach to happiness is a recipe for serial bursts of pleasure at the expense of long-term happiness.

As you know, when I speak of happiness, I am describing a much richer concept; more akin to what the ancient Greeks called eudaimonia or "success at being human."

One of the central elements for living well is how you relate to other people. In this regard, happiness is literally the opposite of self-centeredness or self-absorption. In fact, contrary to many Las Vegas advertisements or Hollywood-lifestyle fantasies, self-absorption is a key ingredient for depression, and single-minded focus on personal pleasure is a recipe for long-term misery.

So here's the single most effective thing you can do to get an immediate and significant boost to your genuine happiness - and to set the stage for a deeper, long-term happiness as well. It's simple. It's not mysterious. But it is substantial:
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Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 15 November 2013


The only people dumber than Dumb Debbie are the retards of Florida's 23rd Congressional District who elected her.
HALF-FULL REPORT 11/08/13 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 08 November 2013

It sure is good to be back home and writing the HFR.  Thanks to the Date Line, flying east you can leave Australia at night and arrive in  the US that morning of the same day.  Today (11/08) I say goodbye to my 60s. 

Tomorrow, in addition to being World Freedom Day - the 24th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 - is the Big Seven-O for me.  Yes, it's good to be home, and with my life-partner of 30 years.

I couldn't be more grateful to Jack Kelly, who so sturdily manned the HFR ramparts in my absence, and to Mae, who graciously filled in for him.  Thanks so much to you both!

Let's get started.  I'm not sure who's the week's Hero (who do you suggest?), but it's clear who's the Jerk of the Week, a jerk named Robert Sarvis, the Democrats' stalking horse in Virginia who conned the Libertarian Party into nominating him and cost Ken Cuccinelli the governorship.

In other election news, Governor Fatso was reelected in New Jersey, and promptly dubbed The Elephant Man by TIME Magazine.  I just got off the phone with my buddy Jack Abramoff, who explained why Christie the Rinocrat scares him: 
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THE LAND OF OZ Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 07 November 2013

Brisbane, Australia.  I'm making a pit stop here on my way from Nauru back to the US.  Oz - Aussies pronounce their country's name Oz-trial-yah, as they don't speak English but a funny language called Strine that occasionally sounds like English - is the place to follow up on the insanity of The Island of Fubar.

Besides, I can't resist having written a TTP column for you in all seven continents this year. Africa and South America in March, Antarctica in April, Europe in August, Asia in September, all those in the US (North America), and this one in Australia now.

So let's talk about Oz, and how the Aussies are facing their version of a lethal threat that can destroy America.  Like the US, it is a wealthy First World country with a long difficult-to-defend (albeit maritime) border with a large, poor, and corrupt Third World country.

How they ruinously handled this, and how they are solving the problem now, is a crucially important lesson for us.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 05 November 2013

It's the most breathtaking lie in the history of American politics, the dirtiest trick a president and his political party have ever played on the people they were elected to represent.

In June of 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services estimated that as a consequence of Obamacare, 66 percent of those covered by small employer plans and 45 percent of those covered by large employer plans would have their health insurance cancelled.  So would "40 to 67 percent" of those who had individual health insurance policies. 

That adds up to 93 million Americans, calculated Avik Roy, the health care expert for the Manhattan Institute. 

Barack Hussein Obama knew.  So did senior Democrats in Congress.  Yet both promised Americans over and over that "if you like your health insurance, you can keep it."

This was a bald-faced lie.  And Mr. Obama and the senior Democrats knew it was a lie.

Often before, political leaders have made mistakes which inadvertently have caused Americans pain.  Never before has a president and his party conspired to do deliberately so much harm to so many.
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 07 November 2013

President Barack Hussein Obama is a "flagrant liar," said Joe Scarborough, host of the "Morning Joe" program on MSNBC.

That's unquestionably true, as Mr. Obama is demonstrating yet again by lying about the big lie he told to get Obamacare passed.  But it's startling to hear an MSNBC talk show host say it.

The president has been able to lie with impunity, confident the "mainstream" media would never call him on his ever more frequent, ever more blatant departures from the truth.

But the botched rollout of Obamacare is changing things.  It's enabling millions of Americans who voted for him to see The Zero in the White House for who he really is -- and it's a very ugly sight.
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Written by James Delingpole   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013

"Climate change" has become a "substitute religion" for people with a "nakedly political" agenda which has less to do with saving the planet than it does with reining in economic growth and wealth redistribution.

Well, we know this. But how nice it is to hear it from the mouth of a statesman as distinguished as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, in a blistering speech last night (11/05) at the Global Warming Policy Foundation here in London.

Howard's own record during the great climate change scare is not entirely unblemished. Thus, Howard goes some way towards answering a question which is going to be asked an awful lot by future historians, students of economic disaster and psychologists of mass hysteria: why didn't more people speak out sooner against this costly, environmentally damaging, and utterly specious "climate change" craze?
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Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013

Do you think the government is too big, taxes too much and regulates your lives more than it should?

Polls consistently show that most Americans think there is too much government. Nevertheless, those in the majority who say they want smaller government continue to vote for people who ultimately give them larger government.

All too many are willing to vote for those politicians who promise more benefits to some to be paid for by others, without understanding that they will eventually become the "others." The American Founders clearly understood the danger. As Thomas Jefferson said, "When the people realize they can vote themselves benefits, all is lost."

What has gone wrong and why? In an incisive, new book, "Terms of Engagement: How Our Courts Should Enforce the Constitution's Promise of Limited Government," Clark Neily lays much of the blame at the feet of the judiciary.   

Mr. Neily is the senior attorney for the Institute for Justice, and is perhaps best known for success in the Heller case, where the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to own guns.
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Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Tuesday, 05 November 2013

Be careful what you wish for. The euro's founding fathers dreamt of a superpower currency to match the dollar, freeing Europe from US monetary hegemony. Charles de Gaulle grumbled that America enjoyed an "exorbitant privilege" as holder of the world's reserve currency, able to get away with murder. Now they have one themselves, only to discover that it is a curse.

China's central bank has been buying fistfuls of euros as it accumulates a world record $3.7 trillion in foreign reserves, and its motives are not entirely friendly. So have the central banks of Russia, Brazil and the Middle Eastern oil sheikhdoms, all aiming to cut reliance on the US dollar, part of a $9 trillion surge in reserves leaking, with tidal force, into the euro.

In China's case, it is deliberately driving down the yuan to capture export share. You could say China is exporting excess manufacturing capacity to Europe, or, in plain talk, exporting unemployment.

The euro exchange rate is far too high for two-thirds of the euro states, a key reason why unemployment hit an all-time peak of 12.2 per cent in September. It is pushing Europe's crisis states into Thirties-style deflation, making it almost impossible for Italy, Spain and Portugal to dig their way out of debt.
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HALF-FULL REPORT 11/01/13 Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 01 November 2013

Reality was again the nemesis of Democrats.  Millions have received word that because of Obamacare, their health insurance policies will be cancelled.  Millions more soon will.  Most of those whose policies aren't cancelled will have to pay more.

The White House and Democrats in Congress have known since 2010 as many as 93 million could lose their insurance, but kept lying about it.  Instapundit makes an excellent suggestion on how Republicans might capitalize on their mind-blowing mendacity.

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Most world news this week ranges from bad, to very bad, to awful.  As long as Barack Obama is president, it'll get worse.

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The president is in "great distress," says a body language expert. But Zero may be happier than HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She's on "death watch," the Washington Post said before she testified to Congress. It's a "suicide watch" now.

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How can Republicans capitalize on the Obamacare meltdown?

A superb strategy is that begun by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.  Proposing legislation to let people who like their health insurance plan keep it directly addresses the element of Obamacare that's causing the most pain; sounds moderate, but would be fatal to Obamacare if enacted, and will prove irresistible to Democrats in tight races.
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