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WHY THE DEMS CAN'T TAKE KENNY ROGERS' ADVICE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014

The secret to surviving, The Gambler told Kenny Rogers, is to "know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, know when to run."

It's time for her fellow Democrats to fold their Obamacare cards, says pollster Celinda Lake.

"In terms of Obamacare, don't defend it, say it was flawed from the beginning, and we're going to fix it," Ms. Lake said at a poll briefing hosted by the Christian Science Monitor March 25.

This "mend it don't end it" strategy was followed by Alex Sink in the special election for a House seat in Florida March 11.  It failed, as will other Dem attempts.  Here's why.
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ARONOFSKY'S NOAH DESERVES AN OSCAR FOR BEST COMEDY OF THE YEAR Print E-mail
Written by Erik Erickson   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014

I just saw Noah. The film is a remarkable display of special effects. It is also one of the funniest comedies I have seen in a very long time.

Aronofsky deserves a great deal of praise for turning a serious subject into a non-stop laugh fest of techno-electro music, orchestral scores, blasting special effects, and even rock monsters.

The ad campaign tried to ease Christians' nerves that all would be well, artistic license was taken, but the movie would be faithful to the story. If they hadn't tried to con Christians into the movie, I wouldn't have a problem. It was a pretty awesome sci-fi spectacle complete with Ent-like rock monsters, a super-powered Methuselah, Adam and Eve as glow in the dark space aliens, and Hermione Granger.

I am not kidding.
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GREECE PROVES HOW OVERSPENDING CAN RUIN AN ECONOMY Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014

Athens, Greece.  How far can a modern economy sink?

The Greek economy is entering its fifth year of decline. Nominal gross domestic product is about 28 percent lower than it was four years ago. The official unemployment rate is 27.5 percent (as though the decimal point matters, given the poor quality of the data).

The unemployment rate for young people is about 60 percent. Nonperforming loans continue to rise. The privatization program continues to fail, in part because of an absence of bidders.

In a paper posted earlier this month, leading Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis of the University of Athens and the University of Texas at Austin argues Greece is "a failed social economy." The following are several of his examples:
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HOW TO MASTER YOUR EMOTIONS Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014

This week I want to go into more depth about emotions. If you can master them, you will more fully own your own life. The quality of personality that this grows is conscientiousness, and it happens to be one of the most important qualities for your overall health and longevity.

Sometimes our emotions make life worth living: love, joy, ecstasy, delight, curiosity... Our emotions bring us these experiences and fill us with the meaning and motivation of life.

Sometimes our emotions can throw us into the worst that humanity can endure: pain, sadness, horror, grief, anger, fear, terror, depression... When this is what we feel, life can become overwhelming and, conversely, when life feels overwhelming, sometimes these are the feelings that come to dominate.

There are tools that can help us master our emotions, even when times are very, very hard.  Here are some of those tools.
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A WHOLE NEW MEANING Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 04 April 2014

This is the true story of the time Jay Leno went into the Tonight Show audience to find the most embarrassing first date that a woman ever had.
 

The winner described her worst first date experience.  She said it was midwinter...snowing and quite cold... and her date had taken her skiing in the mountains outside Salt Lake City, Utah.

They had fun on the slopes all day, then headed back to Salt Lake late that afternoon.

They were driving back down the mountain, when she gradually began to realize that she should not have had that extra après-ski cappuccino.
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HALF-FULL REPORT 03/28/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 28 March 2014

Is this the most fabulous 30-second political ad you've ever seen in your life?

 

Joni Ernst is a 43 year-old state senator, a Lt. Colonel in the Iowa National Guard who served in Iraq, and a rock-solid conservative - see her issue positions - who is a Republican candidate for the US Senate.

On Monday (3/24), she released the ad above that's been hailed by NRO as having "The Greatest Opening Line in the History of Campaign Commercials."  To wit:

"I'm Joni Ernst... I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm, so when I get to Washington, I'll know how to cut pork."

On Wednesday (3/26), the front page headline in Iowa newspapers was "Sarah Palin Endorses Joni Ernst." 

That evening, Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show showed the ad in his opening monologue, then commented:  "I don't know what she's running for but just give her the job."  On Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert endorsed her, explaining:

"Joni, you had me at 'castration.' Folks, it does not matter what else she stands for. I'm pulling for her whole-hog, or whatever is left of the hog when she's done with it."
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WAS SEIZING CRIMEA WORTH WRECKING THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY? Print E-mail
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Capital flight from Russia has spiked dramatically since President Vladimir Putin first sent troops into Crimea and may reach $70 billion over the first quarter of the year, prompting fears that the country may soon have to impose capital controls to stem the loss.

"It is shocking," says Bartosz Pawlowski from BNP Paribas. "Markets have been extremely complacent, fooling themselves that Russia is invulnerable because it has almost half a trillion in foreign reserves. But reserves can become almost irrelevant in this sort of crisis."

Lars Christensen from Danske Bank says the authorities may resort to some form of financial coercion to lock down funds in Russia. "Capital controls are a serious risk, and should not be discounted. Whatever now happens, there has been permanent damage to the Russian economy because investors are not going to forget this lightly."

The US and the EU are ratcheting up the pressure each day following a spate of sanctions last week on Mr. Putin's inner circle. The latest example came Monday (3/24), when....
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THE TWO LAWSUITS THAT COULD DESTROY OBAMACARE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 27 March 2014

"The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy," said Benjamin Franklin. "An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy."

But it's been tough sledding for equal protection of the laws these last five years.

The president alters at his whim laws passed by Congress, exempting some, but not others, from Obamacare provisions.

His attorney general won't prosecute civil rights offenses -- if the victims are white.

Pennsylvania's attorney general won't prosecute bribe-taking politicians -- if they are black.

The scofflaws could be reined in -- if plaintiffs prevail in lawsuits which got hearings in courts in Washington D.C. last week.
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EXPOSING THE CROOKED SHYSTER JOURNALISM OF THE WASHINGTON POST Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014

"The biggest lease holder in the northern Alberta oil sands is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, the privately-owned cornerstone of the fortune of conservative Koch brothers Charles and David," began a lengthy story in the Washington Post March 20.

"The finding about the Koch acreage is likely to inflame the already contentious debate about the Keystone XL Pipeline," said reporters Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin.

Which was the purpose of a two page "report" issued by the International Forum on Globalization, on which the Post story is based.

"IFG's intention is to demonstrate the Koch-Keystone connection," Executive Director Victor Menotti  told the Post reporters. 

Which exists only in the feverish imagination of the far left group.   Here's the story of how the crooked left-wing shyster jouranlism of the Washington Post was exposed.
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THE "MONEY LAUNDERING" SCAM Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014

To whom would you be willing to trust with all of your financial and tax information: 1) close family members; or 2) the U.S. government and foreign governments, including Russia?

For the last several decades, global liberty-haters have dreamt that all financial privacy would be eliminated. They have sought out a variety of excuses to act as Peeping Toms peering into your bank accounts.

In the 1980s, their big push was to enact "anti-money laundering" legislation, with the claim that it would make catching drug dealers and other assorted criminals easier. The United States passed its first anti-money laundering law in 1986 -- despite the fact that no one could objectively define "money laundering", because it is not an action but an "intent" to act unlawfully.

As a result of all the global anti-money laundering regulations, total compliance costs for financial institutions are now in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Basic banking and other financial services have been reduced and even eliminated for tens of millions of people around the world. Have all of these regulatory costs done any good?
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A PATH TO WISDOM: DO THE OPPOSITE OF ROUSSEAU Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Thursday, 27 March 2014

I've written often about Thomas Paine (1736-1809), one of my favorite historical figures. I thought this week as a counterpoint I'd write about one of my least favorite figures... his 18th century contemporary, Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778).  

Being against reason, science, civilization, individual liberty, and self-discipline, Rousseau's thinking has been at the root of much of the psychological, political, and cultural trouble of our time.  It has specifically popularized a philosophy of emotions that has done and continues to do great harm.

While ideals of individual liberty, natural rights, representative democracy, and private property were growing in influence throughout the west, Rousseau argued against them.

When Rousseau sent his friend Voltaire a copy of his second Discourse, Voltaire began his brilliant reply, "I have received, Monsieur, your new book against the human race."   Which is why one clear path to wisdom is to ignore his baneful influence completely.
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MICHELLE IN CHINA Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 28 March 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by her mother, Marian Robinson - known to the hotel staff at their $8,350 a night suite as "The Barker" - her daughters Malia and Sasha, plus 5,000 attendants, servants, aides, and Secret Service agents, has just completed her vacation in China, which cost US taxpayers approximately 15 billion dollars.

The highlight of her trip, she said, was speaking to a group of awestruck Chinese citizens, during which she recounted her years of oppression as a victim of racism and how she survived the American extermination camps.

"There were laws in America that discriminated against people like me because of the color of our skin," said Michelle. A sharp inward gasp was heard as the interpreter finished her comment in Mandarin.

Still haunted by laws that were no longer in effect when she was born, Michelle outlined her plight as she endured racism in Princeton University, and narrowly escaped death at Harvard Law School. Tears were seen streaming down the cheeks of some of the visibly moved Chinese citizens.
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HALF-FULL REPORT 03/21/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 21 March 2014

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Who's the Prankster now?

Zero issued his first set of "punitive sanctions" against the Kremlin on Monday (3/17).  They were so wimpy the liberal New York Daily News called him "Putin's Patsy" - denouncing him as "hapless, helpless and hopeless in facing down Russian strongman Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea."

The banner headline on Drudge was Russia Laughs at Obama ‘Sanctions' - Calls Him ‘Prankster'. 

Yesterday (3/20), Zero issued his second set of sanctions.  Nobody is laughing in the Kremlin today.  That's because they are for real, targeting Putin's Inner Circle - the guys who hold Putin's "personal purse strings."  Right in tandem yesterday, Merkel and the EU announced they were placing asset freezes on these same guys. 

As the HFR has been predicting for the last two weeks, the strategy is to bankrupt Putin personally, seize his stash of billions.  That is now underway.

And the Russkie response?  I can't resist adjusting Fox's headline:
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THE 1974 OBVERSE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 20 March 2014

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Are you ready?  Are you ready?  History is about to change direction.  That a self-declared "rebel on the right" street artist named Sabo created this poster, then plastered it on streets in Beverly Hills over last weekend, is one indication.  Pictures of it went instantly viral on the Web, then went viral on stilts when Cruz tweeted his response:

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Even the HuffPo was in awe of Cruz's perfect sense of humor, calling it "incredible."  Cruz then sent a signed poster back to Sabo, inscribing, "The fight for liberty never ends."  Say goodbye to a Republican Party being run by Rino squishes.  Here's the Pub Party of the future.  Cruz is cool.
 
Welcome to 1974 in obverse.
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ARE BANKERS BEING SUICIDED? Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 21 March 2014

Investment banker Kenneth Bellando, 28, was found dead March 12 on the sidewalk in front of the apartment building on Manhattan's East side where he lived. Police think he jumped from the roof of the six story building.

A former investment bank analyst at JP Morgan, Mr. Bellando had been working at Levy Capital since January. His brother, John, is a chief investment officer at JP Morgan.

Mr. Bellando is the 11th financial professional -- the 4th with ties to JP Morgan -- to die mysteriously in the last two months.

One of them, American Title Services president Richard Talley, 57, was found dead in the garage of his home in suburban Denver Feb. 7. Police have ruled his death a suicide.  Mr. Talley shot himself in the head and torso eight times with a nail gun, police said. That's tough to do  Suicide or suicided?
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