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Written by Jack Kelly   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Authorities uncovered and disrupted a plot by terrorists of the Islamic State to kidnap some Australians at random, behead them, make videos of the beheadings.

In dawn raids Sept. 18, 800 federal and state law enforcement officers made 15 arrests in Sydney and Brisbane. More raids were conducted the next day.

There are about 500,000 Moslems in Australia. About 160 are active supporters of the terror group, authorities suspect. At least 20 have returned to Australia after fighting for IS in Syria and Iraq, according to the Australian Secret Intelligence Service.

We're the "Great Satan" in the Islamic State's demonology. Australia isn't even the "Little Satan." Australia hasn't bombed them. We have. If IS was planning kidnappings and beheadings there, why couldn't - our wouldn't - IS be planning comparable acts of terror here?

There are about 2.6 million Moslems living in America today, up from 1 million in 2000, according to the 2010 U.S. Religion Census. At least 100, perhaps as many as 300 "Americans" are fighting with IS in Syria and Iraq, "senior U.S. officials" told the Washington Times. About 40 who fought with IS have returned to the U.S., said Rep. Tim Bishop, D-NY.

For every one who went overseas to fight, there could be as many as ten IS supporters here at home. Former colleagues still on the job have told him "with no uncertainty" that IS has established "sleeper" cells in the U.S., former CIA Middle East operative Bob Baer told CNN's Jake Tapper.
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Written by Paul Driessen   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Recent news stories underscore the tremendous benefits brought by America's fracking revolution.

* The global economy saves $4.9 billion per day in oil spending because of the shale oil boom. Without it there would be a 3 million barrel per day shortfall and prices would likely be 55% higher: $150/barrel.

* Rust Belt cities and industries - from manufacturing, real estate and law to hotels, restaurants and many others - are rebounding because of drilling, fracking and production in nearby shale areas. In Ohio unemployment fell to 5.7% in July from 10.6% four years ago; oil output increased 26% just from the previous quarter, while gas production rose 31% - generating billions in state and local revenues.

* The US oil and natural gas boom means jobs and business for almost 30,000 companies within the industry's vast and complex supply chain. Indeed, the petroleum industry accounts for nearly 10 million jobs and almost 8% of all domestic economic activity, including states far from actual drilling activities.

* The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers launched a new website to help veterans and other men and women find high-paying jobs in the booming oilfield, fuel and petrochemical industries.

The benefits of fracking are in the trillions, while the alleged risks are exaggerated or even fabricated. So what drives anti-fracking zealots who seem to materialize en masse whenever a new project is announced?
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Yes, the world is a mess -- but there is a long-run solution.

Most countries, including those with the biggest economies, are plagued with slow growth and rising, unsustainable debt burdens. The slow growth is in large part a result of excessively large government sectors -- with taxes, regulations and spending far beyond the optimal.

And the rise in debt increases the pressure for more taxes, which slows growth even further and thus fuels the demand for even more government spending to take care of the growing numbers of those "left behind" (because of the lack of growth). This is an economic death spiral.

Citizens in many countries, including the United States, feel they have lost control of their own governments -- because they have.

They no longer think they are masters of their destinies. Large centralized government, by its nature, becomes uncaring at best, and brutal and oppressive at worst. The movement for secession in Scotland was a cry to regain control.

There are secession moments all through Europe, as well as the rest of the world. A few examples:
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Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 26 September 2014

News item:  Semper Latte - Obama Causes Firestorm by Saluting Marines with Coffee Cup

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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 19 September 2014

Right now and for the next 46 days until November 4, we are in a street fight for the life of America.  Which is why Ann Coulter said yesterday (9/18) that the only thing that matters right now is winning the Senate.  She's right.  There's no possible way to even slow down Zero's commitment for America's demise with Harry Reid still Majority Leader for the next two years.

But she forgot about Louisiana...

Compounding the bad news (good news for us) for Putin's Russia is a host of threats by ISIS to "liberate Chechnya and all the Caucasus" from Russia.  Lots of Chechens are getting their "terrorist field training" with ISIS, and will now be bringing their skills back to their homeland. 

Chechnya is one of a half-dozen regions of the Russian North Caucasus with a predominately Moslem population...

Meanwhile, the Zero Madness continues in DC.

On Monday (9/15), he announced he wants to send 3,000 US soldiers to Liberia to somehow combat the Ebola virus.  This is criminally insane.  But here's the big question, asked by IBD: 

If protecting us from Ebola far away in Africa is so panic-button-pushing important, why is Zero doing nothing or saying anything about "the strange new diseases now spreading and infecting Americans here, which at least one prominent U.S. doctor says may be spread by illegal aliens now in our country with zero health care screening as part of Obama's open borders policy"?
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 18 September 2014

I first met Darrell Issa on Halloween.  He was a freshman Congressman in 2001, and he came to a Halloween Party my wife and I had at our home in McLean, Virginia.  Two of his California colleagues, both good friends of ours, brought him.

I make the world's greatest eggnog and it was served liberally.  Given the crowd, the conversation naturally turned to politics and geopolitics.  We were having a merry libational time solving the world's problems when the subject of Israel came up.

Issa, who had been quiet, launched into a passionate plea for the Palestinian Arab "Right of Return."  John Fund of the Wall Street Journal and I instantly glanced at each other, for we both well knew this was code for advocating the extinction of Israel.

My ever-vigilant bride Rebel noticed, realized the conversation could go quickly sideways, and deftly changed the subject.

Given this introduction, it came as little surprise to me that, one month later (11/30/01) conservative columnist Debbie Schlussel denounced Issa as "Jihad Darrell" for his public support of Hezbollah and Yasser Arafat.

As a freshman, Issa was touted as "the richest man in Congress" - which he still is, with a net worth of over $355 million.   That money, adroitly spent on generous campaign donations to one's colleagues, enables you to ascend the Congress power hierarchy.  Which is why, when the Pubs got their majority back in January 2011, he was anointed as Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

And what has he accomplished regarding the most scandal-ridden presidency in US history?  Nothing.  Why?
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Monday, 15 September 2014

This is a first.  An opportunity for an extraordinary adventure has just arisen.  Ordinarily, I'd tell you all about it.  But I can't - that's what makes this a Mystery Adventure.

I can tell you the dates:  November 7 to 19.  That's leaving the US and return, door-to-door.  I can tell you the cost:  $6,650.  That's everything except international airfare.

But I can't tell you where.  Except to say that when you get back, it will blow your every friend's mind.  "You went where!?" they'll all ask in jaw-dropping amazement.

I can't tell you the itinerary.  Except to say that once you see the pictures, you will be astounded that these places exist.

I can tell you that we'll be safe and secure.  I can tell you that there is now a window of opportunity during which the welcome mat has been laid down for us.  This is why we must carpe diem, seize the day and opportunity, for who knows when it might arise again.

Thus far, I have only told a few friends about this who have traveled with me often before.  They understand why I cannot make this public.  Yet, being TTPers themselves, they have suggested that I tell all TTPers about it, however elliptically.

This is because I have three spaces left and I'm running out of time.  There are no special requirements, as the Mystery Adventure is not physically rigorous, you only need normal good health. There is no camping -- we'll stay in the best hotels and dine in the best restaurants in the country.  It is for men and women, couples and singles.  

This is an adventure of thousands of years of culture and history, and as timely as current events get.  It is one of breathtaking natural beauty and eye-opening wonder at how friendly and pro-American people on the street are.  It is an experience you will never ever forget.

Here's the deal.  I'll send you a Powerpoint PDF of the Mystery Adventure - it's a big 5.8MB file due to the photos - if you personally request it and provide your TTP bonafides.  Like how long you've been a TTPer and why.  Frankly, I have to be very sure of who I bring with me.

Let me know at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or Miko at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it .

Please, though, don't make the request unless you're sure you can make the dates - November 7-19 - and the cost -- $6,650.  Yet if you can handle both, better let me know right now.  There's no time to spare.
Written by Daniel Greenfield   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014

When it comes to Iraq, Obama lectures the Sunnis and the Shiites on getting along and forming a government that won't exist for the sole benefit of a single group at the expense of the other.

But in America he runs exactly that sort of government.

Al Sharpton, Obama's close political ally, and the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, his mentor, are familiar types in Iraq. You can find a thousand Jeremiah Wrights on any given Friday screaming about killing the Shiites or the Sunnis. You can find a million Al Sharptons community organizing local hatreds until they explode.

Those are the ugly tribal politics that Obama has brought to America. Instead of repairing the economy, he focused on wealth redistribution. Instead of bringing Americans together as one nation, he calculatedly tore them apart around manufactured crises of race, gender, class and religion. He pitted blacks against whites, liberal Protestants against Catholics, the poor against the middle class and the cities against the suburbs.

Obama promised us a united America and gave us a divided America. He has shown that he is a slicker and more polished version of Al Sharpton.

After coming to prominence with a vision of "There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America," he shrugged off helping Americans as a whole and instead championed narrow tribal interests.

Just-ousted Nouri al-Maliki wasn't the Prime Minister of Iraq. He was the Prime Minister of a Shiite Iraq. Obama isn't the President of the United States. He's trying to be the President of Black America, Gay America, Latino America, Asian America, Transgender America and a thousand other Micro-Americas.

At no point in time has he been the President of the United States of America.
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 19 September 2014

I joined the Marines during the war in Vietnam. Veterans of that era think it was lost because of the political constraints President Lyndon Johnson imposed on military operations.

We lost because LBJ ordered on again, off again pinprick air attacks on nothingburger targets in North Vietnam to "send a message." The message North Vietnamese leaders got was the Americans wouldn't seriously harm them.

Half measures in war end badly.  Politicians decide whether to go to war, set strategic objectives. But political constraints on tactics diminish the effectiveness of military action. To send messages, you use Western Union, not the Air Force.

We could have won easily, as I show below.  And now, President Zero is being LBJ Redux in Iraq, fighting a half-fast war more to mollify domestic political critics than to deal with the threat ISIS poses.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 16 September 2014

It's easy to bamboozle the boobs who comprise the base of the Democrat Party, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid evidently thinks.

Hilarity broke out on the Senate floor a week ago Monday (9/8) after 25 Republicans joined 54 Democrats in voting to begin debate on a constitutional amendment proposed by Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, to overturn the Supreme Court decision which threw out limits on campaign contributions.

By voting with Democrats to advance consideration of a Democrat-sponsored measure, Republicans were "stalling" and "obstructing," charged a flummoxed Sen. Reid.  Yes, he actually claimed that.

That's because he knows most of his voting base really are idiots.  He's right and here's why.
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Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 16 September 2014

If you were a campaign manager for Republicans running for the Senate or House in November, what policy positions would you advise them to take?

The Republican Party has been under a lot of criticism for running a campaign of "Not Obama" rather than presenting a positive agenda -- and much of this criticism is valid. That being said, it is far easier for those of us who are with policy organizations to give advice about what a candidate ought to say -- because we don't take the direct hit if our policy ideas don't resonate with a majority of voters.

As a result, too many candidates resort to the banal -- "I am in favor of a strong national defense, lower government spending, and tax reform."

Years ago, I occasionally advised political candidates from the congressional to the presidential level, and so I have some understanding of why candidates are less policy-pure and specific than we would like them to be.

So here's how GOP candidates can run a positive issues-oriented campaign that a majority of voters can agree with, yet can substantially advance freedom and prosperity.
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014

China’s leaders have brushed aside warnings of an incipient credit crunch in the Chinese economy, determined to purge excesses from the financial system despite falling house prices and the deepest industrial slowdown since the Lehman crisis.

Industrial production dropped 0.4% in August from a month earlier, a rare event that highlights how quickly China is coming off the boil. The growth of fixed asset investment fell to record lows.

“It is a shockingly sharp deceleration,” said Wei Yao, from Societe Generale. “What is surprising is the calm response from Beijing. The new leadership’s tolerance for short-term pain seems to have jumped by another big notch.”

Electricity output has dropped 2.2% over the past year as the authorities continue to force dinosaur industries into closure, chipping away at excess capacity.

New credit has fallen 40%, and there has been an outright contraction of trust loans and undiscounted bankers acceptances over the past two months, the result of a clampdown on parts of the shadow banking nexus.

Premier Li Keqiang has so far refused to blink, determined to drive through deep reforms and wean the economy off exorbitant levels of debt before the damage becomes irreversible. “We are restructuring instead of expanding the monetary supply,” he said last week, warning markets not to expect easy money to ignite a fresh boom this time.

But will he and his fellow Communist Party leaders keep not blinking?

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Friday, 19 September 2014


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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 12 September 2014

Can't resist starting this HFR off with Red State's Erick Erickson's comment on Zero's Nothingburger speech to the nation Wednesday night (9/10):

"This speech is what I imagine you'd try to say to your mom if she walked in on you playing with yourself. It was awkward and we've caught the President with his pants down."

Amidst a lot of dumb stuff, Zero's dumbest claim of all was: "ISIL is not ‘Islamic.'  No religion condones the killing of innocents."

The Koran does just this and repeatedly. A quartet of samples from a myriad...

A perfect example of what we discussed in 9/11 and the 10th Commandment - emerged this week in Oklahoma.  Leave it to a Marine, State Rep. John Bennet, to provide it.

You'd think that John Bennett would be a lay down for HFR Hero of the Week.  Problem is, there's a trio of other contenders...

Actually, however, there is good news in the Islamic world this week.  Disgusted and enraged by ISIS barbarism in the name of their religion, Moslems all over the world are partaking in their version of the "ice bucket challenge" craze - the ISIS Flag Burning Challenge.

I particularly like the topless Femen feminist flag burners.  Good for them all.
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9/11 AND THE 10TH COMMANDMENT Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 11 September 2014

Any adult in America knows where they were 13 years ago today. 

In the days following the Moslem Atrocity of 9/11, if someone had predicted 13 years hence that instead of having wiped Islamic Terrorism from the face of the earth, we'd still be cowering in fear of its threat, they would have been thought deranged.  Yet we are.

How is this possible? 

Let's ask another question.  In his TTP column this week, Richard Rahn contrasted "aspirational societies" where productive work and success are not punished, with societies consumed by envy.  He sums up America's crisis with one devastating observation:
"The United States used to be an aspirational society, but has increasingly become an envious society."  
How did this happen?

It turns out that these two questions - among the most critical questions we can ask of our country today - have the same answer.

The answer starts with our society's failure to follow the 10th Commandment of Exodus 20:17 -
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