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Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 19 June 2015

Two stories dominated the news this week. One is really, really important. The other is frivolous. Of course, the news media focused more attention on the frivolous story.

Hackers stole sensitive information from databases of the Office of Personnel Management on 4 to 14 million federal employees, who now could have their identities stolen, or worse.

This was a cyber Pearl Harbor which "wrecked American espionage," said John Schindler, a former counterintelligence officer for the National Security Council.  Actually, it was no real hack at all, but we'll get to that.

The news media gave more attention to Rachel Dolezal, who was president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane and a part time professor of Afro-American Studies at Eastern Washington University until her parents outed her as being 100 percent white.

Conservatives chortle as liberals, who said Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner is a woman because he/she thinks he/she is, perform verbal somersaults to make pseudo-distinctions between him/her and Ms. Dolezal.

Once, journalists told us what we needed to know as well as what we liked to hear. It's easier to write about Rachel Dolezal than about the implications of a cyber Pearl Harbor.  But there's another, truly sinister reason.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 18 June 2015

Here's how to give the poor access to good health care without clobbering middle class Americans or  taxpayers.

When I wrote this, Jack Wheeler reminded me of his Health Freedom vs. Health Fascism from May of 2009.  It's not surprising, given that we think alike, that our "here's how" lists are so similar.   Here's mine.  Jack's is appended below for comparison. 

Specifics aside, one thing on which all conservatives should be able to agree is that the antidote to Obamacare health fascism is getting the government out of the way of health freedom.

Comments on the Forum will be appreciated.  And feel free to add your own suggestions on how to expand health freedom in America.
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Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 16 June 2015

If enough people have a demand for a particular product, whether it is prostitution, gambling, drugs and alcohol, or an anonymous, instantaneous and low-cost money transfer, it will be supplied.

The big issue at the moment is money transfer. Governments want to know both the source of everyone's money and how it is spent in order to collect more taxes, regulate behavior, reduce certain types of criminality and increase political control.

The IRS and other government agencies claim that all of the financial information they collect is strictly confidential -- which is a laughable claim in an age when Lois Lerner, Edward Snowden and all of those Chinese and Russian hackers flout the rules.

As the government has become more and more intrusive in the financial affairs of individuals and businesses, the incentives for those who can develop ways to either legally or illegally get around the increasingly costly and abusive regulations has grown.

This dynamic promises to create alternative private currencies that will make government currencies obsolete.
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Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Thursday, 18 June 2015

[Note:  TTP is happy to congratulate Joel Wade as the goalie of the Santa Barbara Masters Water Polo team which just won the US National Championship on June 14.  Here's the team after their victory - Joel is standing 3rd on the right.]


After my workout this morning, I stopped at the cliffs above Capitola, overlooking the Monterey Bay.

The five minutes or so I spend gazing out at the protected expanse of the largest ocean on Earth gives me something I need -- something we all need, a fundamental requirement for our happiness and well-being actually... and something that is all too easy to be oblivious to in these days of iPhones, Kindles and 24-hour news cycles.

A sense of awe.

Awesome is a word that's now used promiscuously. If something's good, it's awesome! If something's enjoyable, it's awesome! If something's mildly impressive, it's awesome!

But awe is not such a mundane experience. Webster's dictionary defines awe as "An emotion variously combining dread, veneration, and wonder that is inspired by authority or by the sacred or sublime."

What is it about awe that's so important?
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 19 June 2015

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, was very worried about a plague of countless pigeons infesting the City Centre.  He could not remove the pigeons from the city.  

All of London was full of pigeon poop, the people of London could not walk on the pavements, or drive on the roads.  It was costing a fortune to keep the streets and pavements clean.
One day a man came to the Mayor Johnson's office in the London City Hall and offered the Mayor a proposition.
"I can rid your beautiful city of its plague of pigeons without any cost to the city.  But, you must promise not to ask me any questions, said the man. "Or, you can pay me one million pounds to ask one question."
The mayor considered the offer briefly and accepted the free proposition.  "Meet me at the base of Nelson's Column tomorrow morning at 9," the man requested. 

The next day at 9am the man and the mayor met at the Column's pedestal.  The man opened his coat, and released a blue pigeon. 
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HALF-FULL REPORT 06/12/15 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 12 June 2015

We'll start the week by going from the ridiculous to the sublimely ridiculous.

The first:  Malaysia has turned itself into a laughingstock joke of a country in front of the entire world.  All to placate "mountain spirits," in reality the god Malaysians really worship, the god of anti-white racist envy. 

For the sublimely ridiculous, we go to Sargodha, Pakistan - but be warned:  do not be eating or drinking anything when you read or watch this.

Question:  Can we do this with Somali ISIS wannabes in Detroit?  Headline, Monday (6/08):  In Terror Fight, Australia Debates Revoking Citizenship.

You may think we're losing the Culture War, but on two of its most important fronts there's very good news.  Also very good news in the Danger Is Opportunity Department.

And of course, the best news of the week: that early this afternoon (6/12), Obamatrade went down in flames in the House, 302-126.  This is a massive defeat for Zero, and for the entire Pub Rino Establishment.  The whole thing is a garbage bag of weirdness.

We'll close with a look at who's becoming the most intriguing prez candidate of all.
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 11 June 2015

The past several days have seen much commemoration of the most heroic episode of liberation in modern history:  that of D-Day, June 6, 1944. 

By contrast, we've seen very little media comment about another pivot point of history that also took place in early June years ago.  The complete moral opposite of D-Day, it was the Chicom slaughter of thousands in cold blood on Tiananmen Square, June 4, 1989.

The Chicoms then proceeded to consolidate their power, allowing crony capitalists aligned with them to become immensely rich while ruthlessly suppressing any objection to their rule. The explicit goal of the Chicom PLA (Peoples Liberation Army) has today become to replace the US as the world's premier military power.  The strategy to do so they call The China Dream.

There is a specific place in the world where the PLA is focusing their China Dream efforts.  Stop them there and their dream is gone.  So - here is what needs to be done.  And here is the man to do it.
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Written by Phyllis Schlafly   
Tuesday, 09 June 2015

Hillary Clinton has laid out her game plan for winning back the White House for herself and her husband next year. Let's hope Republicans are paying attention.

Seeing as Clinton won't have the youthful exuberance that propelled Obama to his unlikely double victory, she plans to build a whole new electorate out of people who didn't vote for Obama.

That was the gist of her speech in Houston last week (6/04), which her friends at MSNBC called a "far-reaching vision for expanding access to the ballot box."

Who are the new voters to whom Clinton wants to give "access to the ballot box"? They include felons and noncitizens, along with anyone who can't prove identity, citizenship or residence within the voting precinct.

Though Clinton gave lip service to the notion that "every citizen" should vote, her Democrat allies are in court trying to stop every reasonable means of verifying a voter's citizenship.

That's no surprise because, according to a recent Rasmussen survey (5/29), "Most Democrats Think Illegal Immigrants Should Vote."  Of course they do, for that's Hillary's plan to cheat her way into the White House.
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 09 June 2015

"I'll restore faith in the country we all love," Hillary Clinton pledged at a fund-raiser in Manhattan June 1.

To find out which country that is, we'll have to check the list of donors to the Clinton Foundation, tweeted actor and former GOP Sen. Fred Thompson.

The Clinton campaign was awful eight years ago. Ready for Hillary 2016 hasn't been an improvement. Things have gone so poorly since Ms. Clinton announced her candidacy April 12 she plans to take a mulligan.

Hillary will relaunch her campaign with a rally on Roosevelt Island this Saturday (6/13). By choosing that day without consulting the locals, Team Clinton forced cancellation of a long scheduled event for children, which generated bad press and irritated community leaders.

She's dodged questions about scandals, but acting like a queen on the way to her coronation reinforces impressions she's arrogant and out of touch. And even her toadies in the news media are irritated by her refusal to answer their questions. Hence the mulligan.

Here's why it may not do her any good.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 12 June 2015

"A Hillary Clinton match-up with Marco Rubio is a scary thought for Democrats," the New York Times reported May 22.

Democrats with bylines are frightened too, hit pieces in the New York Times and the Washington Post indicate.

Marco Rubio has gotten 4 traffic tickets since 1997, the Times reported June 5. One every 4 to 5 years may be below average for Florida. So reporters Alan Rappeport and Steve Eder beefed up their story by adding in the 13 tickets his wife got.

What bearing does Jeanette Rubio's lead foot have on her husband's fitness for office? The Times' shady move promptly got the ridicule it deserved.

"Taken together, Marco Rubio and Napoleon conquered most of Europe," tweeted John Ekdahl.   "Taken together, Marco Rubio and Pontius Pilate agreed to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ," tweeted Steve Klein.

It's so gratifying to see the libtard media do a total faceplant and subject themselves to merciless ridicule.
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Written by Bruce Thornton   
Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Recently, several liberal - or "progressive" as they want to be called now - professors have publicly complained that their students are hounding them for failing to consider their tender sensibilities by straying beyond the PC orthodoxy on sexual assault, sex identity, linguistic correctness, and a whole host of other progressive shibboleths.

Northwestern "feminist" professor Laura Kipnis found herself in a Title IX star chamber for an article she wrote decrying the immaturity of her legally adult students.

Over at Vox, another progressive confessed (anonymously as "Edward Schlosser," reminding us that academics are an invertebrate species):  I'm A Liberal Professor and My Liberal Students Terrify Me.

It's shocking that these progressives should now be shocked at such intolerance and persecution after decades of speech codes, disruptions of conservative speakers, campus inquisitions which ignore Constitutional rights, cancellations of commencement speakers, and ideological litmus tests imposed on new hires and curricula.

Their shock bespeaks not principle, but rather indignation that now they are on the receiving end of the bullying and harassment they have long inflicted on conservatives and people of faith.

Call it Karma: the campus intolerance that progressives are now whining about is the child of the progressive ideology many of the complainers still embrace.  Let's revel in the details.
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Written by Victor Davis Hanson   
Wednesday, 10 June 2015

History is not static and it does not progress linearly. 

There was more free speech and unimpeded expression in 5th-century BC Athens than in Western Europe between 1934-45, or in Eastern Europe during 1946-1989. An American could speak his mind more freely in 1970 than now.

Many in the United States had naively believed that the Enlightenment, the U.S. Constitution, and over two centuries of American customs and traditions had guaranteed that Americans could always take for granted free speech and unfettered inquiry.

That is an ahistorical assumption. The wish to silence, censor, and impede thought is just as strong a human emotion as the desire for free expression - especially when censorship is cloaked in rhetoric about fairness, equality, justice, and all the other euphemisms for not allowing the free promulgation of ideas.

Welcome to Dark Age America - a Pre-Enlightenment Age when groupthink acceptance of a lie replaces truth on grounds of social utility.  When current popular culture is not empirically grounded, but operates on the premise that truth is socially constructed by race, class, and gender concerns. When, in our current Dark Age, logic is ignored in lieu of ideology.
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Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 12 June 2015

With all the commemoration of D-Day over the past week, it's only fitting that the TTP Humor File commemorate the man who brought so much fun and laughter to the men who fought on that day, and who risked their lives for America for over 50 years (1941-1991) - Bob Hope.

His was a decent humor, the antithesis of the crude vulgarity of today.  It was far more joyful.  Far more worthy of laughter.  So enjoy this tribute to this wonderful human being - and cry right along with those soldiers who reminisce over what he meant to them.  

Thanks for the memory, Bob...

HALF-FULL REPORT 06/05/15 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 05 June 2015

Abraham Lincoln was fond of asking a riddle of anyone he thought was proposing nonsense.  "How many legs would a dog have if you called his tail a leg?"  He would always get back the answer, "Well, five, of course."

Lincoln would smile and shake his head.  "Of course not," he'd reply.  "Calling a tail a leg does not make it a leg.  The dog still has four legs as before."

We can be confident that this would be Lincoln's answer - as it would be any rational person's - to Bruce Jenner's assertion that he is now somehow a woman.  He is instead still a man - albeit a very, very psychologically ill one.

Thus there is no need to go apocalyptic about this, as if the cultural sky is falling.  It's time to have fun instead.  The easiest thing in the world to do is enrage a liberal - and it's so much fun.  The libtards have given us a golden opportunity to ridicule what is "the intensely reverential reaction to Bruce Jenner's narcissistic self-mutilation."

This will drive libtards into sissy-fit tirades, calling you "transphobic."  That's their latest insult.  Oh, please, don't throw me in the transphobic briar patch!  Thank you for sharing, now STFU.

The bottom line:  It is not "transphobic" - and why should we care if it is, anyway? - to recognize this farce as a media publicity stunt. 

Jenner is a mentally ill pathological publicity-seeker.  The entire "transgender" hysteria is simply the latest lunacy of the left, which he cynically manipulated to gain gigantic publicity for a 65 year-old has been....

There's lots more in this week's HFR.  Oh, and the Hero of the Week is a lawyer.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 04 June 2015

Major health insurers seek eye popping rate increases for 2016 - 25 percent in Oregon, 30.4 percent in Maryland, 36.3 percent in Tennessee, 51.6 percent in New Mexico.

Despite subsidies for the industry of at least $16 billion, many insurers lose money. Far fewer signed up for Obamacare than they expected (and the administration claimed). Those who did sign up are older and sicker.

Subsidies for insurance companies mask the true cost, says Stephen Parente, director of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute. When they expire in 2017, premiums for the cheapest plan could rise nearly 100 percent for individuals, 50 percent for families, he says.

That's on top of sky high deductibles.  Obamacare is a cancer inside the body of health care in America -- and it is metastasizing.
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