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FLAT-FOOTED IN IRAQ Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Iraq will go down in history as one of President Barack Obama's greatest achievements, said Vice President Joe Biden in 2010, cementing his reputation as the biggest dunce ever to serve in that office.

An Islamist army headed by a man who was in U.S. custody until Mr. Obama became president has reached the outskirts of Baghdad, the headless corpses of more than 1,000 men, women and children strewn in its wake. Our embassy staff is being evacuated.

By the summer of 2008, al Qaida in Iraq had been soundly defeated. Attacks on U.S. troops had all but stopped; sectarian violence had been reduced to a trickle. The troop surge had worked.

No world leader ever before, no matter how feckless, has ever lost a war his predecessor had won.
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OH WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE... Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Thursday, 19 June 2014

Lying takes a huge toll on our relationships, our physical health, and our mental health. But sometimes we’re not so clear about what it means to be honest. Does it mean we say everything that we think or feel?

There are very strong benefits to honesty; and also some common sense guidelines as to what’s appropriate to express.

Let’s start with outright lying. Americans lie an average of...
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IRAQ'S CIVIL WAR THREATENS GLOBAL ENERGY SUPPLY FOR YEARS Print E-mail
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Brent crude jumped above $113 a barrel as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant raced towards Baghdad.

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Spectacular advances by Jihadi forces across northern Iraq have raised the spectre of a Sunni-Shia conflagration in the heart of the Middle East, triggering a surge in oil prices and throwing into doubt the structure of global energy supply for the next decade.

Brent crude jumped above $113 a barrel as the self-described Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) raced down the Tigris Valley towards Baghdad with sophisticated weaponry, seizing on its momentum after the historic capture of Mosul. Oil prices are approaching levels last seen during the Arab Spring.

Iraq is turning into a nightmare.
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BETTER FUEL PRODUCTION & TRANSPORT COULD ENHANCE U.S. SECURITY Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 17 June 2014

You may have noticed gasoline prices are rising. If the Middle East situation gets much worse, gasoline prices will rise even more. The good news is that we are likely to avoid long gas lines as we had in the late 1970s under President Carter, because fracking and other new technologies have lessened our dependence on foreign oil and gas. The bad news is that a major rise in oil prices could easily tilt Europe and other places back into a recession, which could kill the little growth the United States is now experiencing.

The tragedy is all of this was unnecessary, but brought about by the Obama administration, letting short-term political considerations and ideology override good economics and global security.
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INFIDEL AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 20 June 2014

The following is a transcript from the Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower at the Atlanta airport, recorded July 4, 2007:

Atlanta ATC:  "Tower to Saudi Air 911, you are cleared to land Eastbound on  runway 9R."

Saudi Air:  "Thank you Atlanta ATC. Acknowledge cleared to land on  infidel's runway 9R - Allah be Praised "

Atlanta ATC:  "Tower to Iran Air 515 -- You are cleared to land Westbound on  runway 27L."

Iran Air:   "Thank you Atlanta ATC. We are cleared to land on infidel's' runway 27L. Allah is Great "

Pause: Static.............
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HALF-FULL REPORT 06/13/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 13 June 2014

Windhoek, Namibia.  A merry Friday the 13th to you from the cleanest, friendliest, most pleasant capital in all of Africa.  The best pub with the best beer and the best steaks in all Africa is here as well - Joe's Beerhouse - which makes Windhoek especially enjoyable.

I'm here a day early for my Hidden Africa safari so I can pen the HFR.  So much has happened this week with events continuing to unfold that there are more questions than answers. 

For example:  How come a ragtag bunch of jihadist loonies naming themselves with cosmic irony after the Mother Goddess of Ancient Egypt - Isis - i.e., the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria acronymed ISIS, is suddenly on the verge of taking over Baghdad but not Damascus?

This is a monumental disaster laid directly at Zero's feet.  Are there any silver linings, other than it will increase the loathing and contempt millions of Americans are feeling towards him?  Yes, there are several.  First is it helps the Kurds...

...Here's another question of the week:  Has Mexico declared war on America or has Obama?

The answer is Yes.
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DEMOCRATS FLEE OBAMA'S EMPTINESS OF BRAIN AND BLACKNESS OF HEART Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 10 June 2014

It's the straw that broke the camel's back, the galactic blunder that's sent virtually every Democrat in a competitive race sprinting for the tall grass.

I'm referring to the trade of five senior Taliban commanders for, as Mad Magazine so aptly put it, "one deserting weasel."

Desertion in wartime is a capital offense. Team Obama treats it as if it were like cutting an 8:00 a.m. class to sleep in after a night of partying.

The only military crime worse than deserting your post in a combat zone is to turn your gun on your comrades. If reports from multiple sources that he collaborated with the Taliban are true, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may have done that, too.

For months after he walked away from his post, the Army made a massive effort to find Sgt. Bergdahl.  But when reports mounted Sgt. Bergdahl was collaborating, the Army decided it wasn't worth risking the lives of more soldiers to get him back.

Now and then the military has sought return of a deserter. George Washington offered to trade Maj. John Andre, whose capture foiled Benedict Arnold's plot to sell West Point to the British, for Arnold.  

But Washington planned to hang the traitor, not fete him as a hero -- as Mr. Obama has done.
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CANTOR'S CANARY IN THE DEMOCRAT'S COAL MINE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 12 June 2014

On Tuesday (6/10), Rep. Eric Cantor, R-VA, became the first House majority leader in US history ever to be defeated in a primary election. No one in Washington saw this coming. Most try harder to spin the result than to understand why it happened.

They will regret it.

It was chiefly the impression he was too close to wealthy special interest groups; too timid in defending the values his constituents hold dear that did in Eric Cantor.

Their fondness for cheap labor is why big business supports travesties such as the "Gang of 8" immigration bill. His constituents think Rep. Cantor cared more for their money, and Wall Street's, than for them.

But those who say illegal immigration wasn't an important issue are idiots -- or think you are.

Giddy Democrats think the majority leader's defeat is a problem just for Republicans. But it isn't only Republicans who notice our obese, dysfunctional government serves mostly a politically connected elite.
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OBAMA'S FATAL CONCEIT IS THE CAUSE OF HIS FAILED PRESIDENCY Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Would you have traded five terrorists for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl?

The decision may have been wrong or right, but what is striking is that President Obama seems to have made this decision, and all too many others, in an ad hoc way, rather than using decision theory.

Decision theory is an orderly way of thinking and choosing among alternatives when there is a number of variables for which the probabilities of each may or may not be known to the decision-maker. It's the opposite of Mr. Obama's thought process.

Politicians and criminals both have a tendency to underestimate the probability of getting caught in bad acts. Is it because few studied decision theory or because there is a certain recklessness in the nature of those who follow such pursuits?

Obviously it's the latter in Mr. Obama's case, who suffers from what is known as The Fatal Conceit.
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CONFESSIONS OF A PUBLIC DEFENDER Print E-mail
Written by Michael Smith   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014

For many years now, I have been a public defender in a large southern metropolitan area. Fewer than ten percent of the people in the area I serve are black but over 90 per cent of my clients are black. The remaining ten percent of my clients are mainly Hispanics but there are a few whites.

I have no explanation for why this is, but crime has racial patterns. Hispanics usually commit two kinds of crime: sexual assault on children and driving under the influence. Blacks commit many violent crimes but very few sex crimes. The handful of whites I see commit all kinds of crimes. In all my years as a public defender I have represented only three Asians, and one was half black.

As a young lawyer, I believed the official story that blacks are law abiding, intelligent, family-oriented people, but are so poor they must turn to crime to survive. Actual black behavior was a shock to me.

The media invariably sugarcoat black behavior. Even the news reports of the very crimes I dealt with in court were slanted. Television news intentionally leaves out unflattering facts about the accused, and sometimes omits names that are obviously black.

All this rocked my liberal, tolerant beliefs, but it took me years to set aside my illusions and accept the reality of what I see every day. I have now served thousands of blacks and their families, protecting their rights and defending them in court. What follow are my observations.

To be clear, my observations are of defendants in court and their families.  They do not apply to those many blacks leading law-abiding lives.
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THE WORLD'S MONEY PRINTING CHAMPION IS JAPAN, NOT THE US Print E-mail
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Thursday, 12 June 2014

There are no one-way bets in global finance, but Japan's stock market comes close. The authorities are about to funnel astronomical sums into Japanese stocks openly and deliberately under the next phase of Abenomics, both by regulatory fiat and by purchasing the Nikkei index directly with printed money.

Prime minister Shinzo Abe is unshackling the world's biggest stash of savings, the $1.3 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF). Officials say the ceiling on equity holdings will rise from 12% to around 20% as soon as August, opening the way for a $100 billion buying blitz.

Mr. Abe's move comes sooner than expected and amounts to a market shock, though nobody should be shocked anymore as he keeps doubling down on the world's most radical economic experiment.

The Nikkei index stalled in December after rising almost 100% since September 2012, even though the Bank of Japan (BoJ) is still showering the economy with money, buying $75 billion of bonds each month. The BoJ's balance sheet will reach 70% of GDP by March 2015, three times the US Federal Reserve's.
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AMERICA'S WORST ECONOMIST BLAMES AYN RAND FOR CLIMATE DENIALISM Print E-mail
Written by James Delingpole   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has come up with an exciting new theory as to why the world's economies are still proving reluctant to bomb themselves back to the dark ages in order to "combat climate change."

Apparently, it's all the fault of a certain uncompromising Jewish Russian emigree:
Well, think about global warming from the point of view of someone who grew up taking Ayn Rand seriously, believing that the untrammeled pursuit of self-interest is always good and that government is always the problem, never the solution. Along come some scientists declaring that unrestricted pursuit of self-interest will destroy the world, and that government intervention is the only answer.

It doesn't matter how market-friendly you make the proposed intervention; this is a direct challenge to the libertarian worldview. And the natural reaction is denial - angry denial. Read or watch any extended debate over climate policy and you'll be struck by the venom, the sheer rage, of the denialists.
Next week, he could maybe tell us why racism is caused by listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd.  What's certain is that Krugman badly needs a career change. He trained, I believe, as an economist but what's palpably clear when reading his article is that he doesn't really understand his subject at all.

Let me give you some examples of what I mean.
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CONAN O'BRIEN ON HILLARY'S HEALTH Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 June 2014




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

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I grew up with Mad Magazine as a kid.  I'm glad to see them at the top of their game.

The question is:  Will this be the moment - terrorists being traded for a traitor in a criminal breaking of the law - when America finally snaps?  Is this the last straw on the gargantuan pile of scandal straws to break the camelidian spine of Zero's presidency?

Especially when, in the face of a nation-wide explosion of outrage, Zero doubles-down - as he always does - announcing yesterday (6/05) that he has "absolutely no apologies" for trading Taliban terrorist leaders for a deserter so traitorous he taught the Taliban how murder his fellow soldiers.

The last American soldier to be executed for desertion was Pvt. Eddie Slovik on January 31, 1945.  Bergdahl deserves a fair trial.  But if he is found guilty, he then deserves the fate of Eddie Slovik.

And what fate does Zero deserve?  To be out of power, and to live a long life of humiliation in the realization that history will regard him as despised and loathsome. 

Keep reading to find out how this may happen... and there's lots more in this HFR.
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TRADING TERRORISTS FOR A TRAITOR IS THE VA SCANDAL ON STEROIDS Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 05 June 2014

When Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl, 23, walked away from his guard post at OP-Mest in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan June 30, 2009, he left behind his rifle, helmet, flak jacket -- and a note saying he'd become disillusioned with the Army.

"I am ashamed to be an American," he wrote in an email. "The horror that is America is disgusting."

Afghans in Yahya Khel, a village two miles away, said PFC Bergdahl asked for their help in getting in touch with the Taliban.

A Taliban deputy district commander in Paktika province told the London Sunday Times PFC Bergdahl taught him how to turn a mobile phone into a remote control for a roadside bomb.

Many in the Intelligence Community think PFC Bergdahl was an "active collaborator," reported James Rosen of Fox News.

The White House had expected "near euphoria" to break out when the deal was announced, said Chuck Todd of NBC News.

It did - among the Taliban, not Americans. This was a "great victory," said Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
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