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Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 10 April 2015

My fiancée wanted her rabbi, a family friend, to marry us. He refused - because I'd made it clear I wouldn't convert; our children would be baptized.

I admired him for it. The rabbi would have done just about anything for my lady - except that. He took his faith, and his office, seriously. To preside over our wedding would have mocked both.

I don't think a person's sexual preference has anything to do with character - or is any of my business.

I applaud gays in long term monogamous relationships. They ought to have the same legal protections as if they were married. But I'm against gay marriage, because God said marriage is between a man and a woman, and I take Him at His word.

President Obama compared the "struggle" for gay marriage to the struggle for civil rights in his speech last month commemorating the 50th anniversary of the march in Selma, Alabama.  As always, he's immorally wrong.  Here's why.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 07 April 2015

At Rolling Stone, "journalistic integrity" is an oxymoron.

That's the upshot of the magazine's response to a 12,000 word report issued Monday (4/06) on the bogus story Rolling Stone published last November, which claimed a fraternity at the University of Virginia used gang rape as an initiation rite.

The story was based on the unverified word of "Jackie," who claimed she was raped during a party for pledges at the Phi Kappa Psi house the night of Sept. 28, 2012.

If Ms. Erdely or Rolling Stone had themselves checked the key details of Jackie's story, they'd have learned before publication there was no party at the Phi Kappa Psi house the night the rape allegedly occurred; that the fraternity rushes in the Spring.

And if she or the magazine's fact checkers had contacted the three friends Jackie said would back up her story, they'd have learned her friends didn't, as the Washington Post found out when it talked to them after the story was published.

Warning signs were ignored because Ms. Erdely wanted to write, and her editors wanted to print, a story supporting the narrative white fraternity boys are responsible for an "epidemic" of sexual assaults on college campuses.

Neither Ms. Erdely nor her editors have expressed a word of contrition to the frat boys they smeared. They're sorry they got caught, not sorry for what they did.
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Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 08 April 2015
Last week, the Obama Justice Department declined to press charges against former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner -- even though there was overwhelming evidence that she had targeted conservative groups and may have been complicit in destroying her emails.

She also waived her Fifth Amendment privilege by proclaiming her innocence before a congressional committee and then refused to answer questions.

It is possible that for some unknown reason Ms. Lerner's case should have been dropped, but to many it appeared that once again President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder were applying the rule of law selectively.

The rule of law breaks down when those charged with enforcing the law are, in fact, violators of it. Politicians have increasingly exempted and declined to prosecute themselves and other government employees for violations of the law that apply to the rest of us.

How do we get them to obey their own laws? Here are two ways.
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Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 10 April 2015


HALF-FULL REPORT 04/03/15 Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 03 April 2015

President Barack Obama has got a deal with Iran, sort of, for which he paid a terrible price. In their pathetic eagerness for a deal - any deal -- Zero and Lurch pursued the mullahs like lovesick teenagers stalking a high school prom queen.

Republicans think President Obama poses a more "imminent threat" to the United States than Vladimir Putin, according to a Reuters-Ipsos poll Monday. Liberals are aghast, but I'd say his appeasement of Iran proves us right.

The Shia Houthi rebels backed by Iran have captured the presidential palace in the port city of Aden in Yemen, the AP reported Thursday. If the Houthis gain control of Aden, they could cut off shipments of oil to Europe through the Suez canal. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard explains what that would mean for the world economy.

A virulent flesh eating skin disease has reached epidemic proportions in Raqqa, which ISIS has made its capital. Has God sent a plague?

The big news at home this week was the hysterical, hypocritical, factually challenged assault of the fascists (we really must stop calling them liberals) on Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Hillary Clinton's lawyer said her email server has been "wiped clean." Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC, has asked her to come before the Benghazi Committee by May 1 to explain why she did it. Former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy wants to know why a subpoena hasn't been issued compelling her to appear.

What Hillary did is flat out plain obstruction of justice, said Karl Denninger. Hillary must be hiding something "very, very bad" if she'd rather take the heat for erasing the server, said former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson

Ted Cruz has tripled his support among Republicans since he announced his candidacy for president.
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Rabaul, New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea.  The Brits called him George, a Melanesian native of Rabaul born here in 1934.  He was 8 years old when the Japanese invaded and seized this island from the Brits - who took it and all of German New Guinea after World War I.

George showed me where the Japanese kept the Australian and British prisoners they captured, all overgrown now.  Hidden in the bush, he watched as they were hung or beheaded, and then... eaten.  "The officers thought human liver was a delicacy," he said.  "The soldiers would cut off pieces of thighs and arms to fry in strips."

I recount George's eyewitness not to guilt-monger, as I'm aware of how difficult it was for TTPers of Japanese ancestry to read The Lesson of Iwo Jima last week. 

The evidence for Japanese cannibalism during WWII is extensive, along with numerous other hideous atrocities.  Entire cultures and societies have the capacity to go criminally insane, as do individuals. 

One of the most recurrent themes in history is barbaric savagery - from the constant blood feuds of primitive tribes to the Mongols of Genghiz Khan to the Reformation's Thirty Years War to Stalin's genocidal murder of millions of Ukrainians and Hitler's of Jews.

There is a famous scene in the movie classic The African Queen, when Bogart tells Hepburn such savagery is "natural" - and Hepburn responds that "Nature is what we were put here on earth to rise above."

Christianity offers a way to do this for individuals - but how can an entire culture, an entire people rise above their past?

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Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 03 April 2015

Given the furor that's erupted, you'd think Indiana was the first state - not the 20th -- to pass a law to protect freedom of conscience.

The Indiana law would permit discrimination against gays, said Apple CEO Tim Cook in the Washington Post. Singer Miley Cyrus and actor Ashton Kutcher said much the same thing, more crudely.

Apple "will never tolerate discrimination," Mr. Cook said. Apple does business in 4 of the 10 countries where homosexuality is punishable by death; builds many of its products in China, where Christians are persecuted. But Mr. Cook is by no means the only hypocrite among critics of Indiana's law:

Illinois passed its RFRA in 1998. State Sen. Barack Obama voted for it.  Indiana's law, like those in the other 19 states, mimics the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which Congress approved nearly unanimously and proudly signed into law by Bill Clinton.

"The anti-Indiana backlash is a perfect storm of hysteria and legal ignorance, supercharged by the particularly censorious self-righteousness of the Left," said National Review Editor Rich Lowry.  It's yet more evidence that lefties aren't "liberals" at all - they're fascists.
Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015

Do you think the government should be able to seize your property if you have not been convicted of any crime?

Most people are not aware that one of the most odious activities of federal, state and local tax and police authorities is that of "asset forfeiture." Asset forfeiture laws allow law enforcement to seize and keep property of individuals and businesses without a criminal conviction.

The practice has been rife with abuse by law enforcement officials, often using seized property of innocent individuals for their own use. As a result of the outcries about the abuse, there was a unanimous vote by both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate in New Mexico to end the practice of civil asset forfeiture in the state. The bill now awaits the signature of Gov. Susana Martinez.

Former federal prosecutor and director of the Justice Department's Asset Forfeiture Office, Brad Cates, now a resident of New Mexico, is one of the leading advocates of repeal of asset forfeiture laws at both the state and federal levels.

Mr. Cates and the first director of the federal Asset Forfeiture Office, Judge John Yoder, in an article in The Washington Post last September, wrote: "We find it particularly painful to watch as the heavy hand of government goes amok. The program began with good intentions but now, having failed in both purpose and execution, it should be abolished."

President Obama's nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, the current U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, strongly defended civil asset forfeiture during her Senate confirmation hearings, despite major abuses by her own office. This may now be jeopardizing her confirmation.

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Written by Caroline Glick   
Thursday, 02 April 2015

Last week (3/25), the Jerusalem Municipality announced it is shelving plans to build 1,500 apartments in the Har Homa neighborhood. Officials gave no explanation for its sudden move. But none was needed.

Obviously the construction of apartments for Jews in Jerusalem was blocked in the hopes of appeasing US President Barack Obama.

But is there any reason to believe he can be appeased? The White House now is issuing condemnations of Israel faster than the UN General Assembly. To determine how to handle what is happening, we need to understand the nature of what is happening.  First, we need to understand that the administration's hostility has little to do with whatever Israel does, but rather with what Israel is

In that regard, we must clearly recognize what Obama's goal is: replacing Israel with Iran as America's chief ally in the Middle East and enabling it to develop nuclear weapons.  What is the best way for Israel to respond?
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015

The long-simmering struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran for Mid-East supremacy has escalated to a dangerous new level as the two sides fight for control of Yemen, reminding markets that the epicenter of global oil supply remains a powder keg.

Brent oil prices spiked 6% to $58 a barrel after a Saudi-led coalition of ten Sunni Muslim states mobilized 150,000 troops and launched air strikes against the Iranian-backed Houthi militias in Yemen, prompting a furious riposte from Tehran.

Analysts expect crude prices to command a new "geo-political premium" as it becomes clear that Saudi Arabia has lost control over the Yemen peninsular and faces a failed state on its 1,800 km southern border, where Al Qaeda can operate with near impunity.

The Saudis face an impossible dilemma. The harder they hit the Houthis, the greater the danger of a power vacuum that can only benefit Al Qaeda and Islamic State groupings that already control central Yemen. They are among the most lethal of the various Al Qaeda franchises. A cell from that area was responsible for the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.

Yemen is the latest country swept up an epic struggle for mastery between the Sunnis and Shias across the Middle East that some have compared to the Catholic-Protestant blood-letting of the Thirty Years War in 17th Century Europe.  Could this struggle end up tearing Saudi Arabia apart?
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Written by Matt Ridley   
Thursday, 02 April 2015

The environmental movement has advanced three arguments in recent years for giving up oil, gas, and coal - collectively called "fossil fuels": (1) that we will soon run out of them anyway; (2) that alternative sources of energy will price them out of the marketplace; and (3) that we cannot afford the climate consequences of burning them.

These days, not one of the three arguments is looking very healthy. The argument that fossil fuels will soon run out is dead, and the other two are on their death-beds. 

The shale genie, for example, is now out of the bottle. As Mark Hill of Allegro Development Corporation argues, frackers are currently experiencing their own version of Moore's law: a rapid fall in the cost and time it takes to drill a well, along with a rapid rise in the volume of hydrocarbons they are able to extract.

Meanwhile, wind power, for all the fantastic sums of public money spent on its expansion, has inched up to-wait for it-1% of world energy consumption in 2013. Solar, for all the hype, has not even managed that: If we round to the nearest whole number, it accounts for 0% of world energy consumption.

In sum, a more realistic assessment of our energy and environmental situation suggests that, for decades to come, we will continue to rely overwhelmingly on the fossil fuels that have contributed so dramatically to the world's prosperity and progress.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Who's been reading Hillary Clinton's email?

"She thinks they're erased," said Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, whose reporting (with Carl Bernstein) brought the Watergate scandal to light. "The Chinese or Iranians probably have them."

Hillary's private intelligence network reminds him of Iran Contra, and of the scandal involving ex-CIA officer Ed Wilson, who was convicted in 1983 of illegally selling weapons to Libya, said Jeff Gerth, who wrote with Sam Biddle an investigative report on it.

Ms. Clinton conducted official business on a private server to evade the requirements of federal law.  But what's really bad about what Hillary did is private servers like hers are notoriously easy to hack.

Her personal emails could have become "a priority target for foreign intelligence services," the chairmen of the Senate committees on Foreign Relations, Intelligence, and Homeland Security said in a letter to the State Department's inspector general.

Her obsession with secrecy has caused some to call Hillary "the Democrats' Nixon." Which may be unfair to Nixon.
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Friday, 03 April 2015


HALF-FULL REPORT 03/27/15 Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 27 March 2015

Evidently the Army doesn't agree with National Security Adviser Susan Rice that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl -for whom President Obama swapped five Taliban leaders, and may have paid a hefty ransom --served with "honor and distinction."

The New York Post thinks a court martial for Bergdahl will make an Iran deal a harder sell. Not many Americans will trust a president who swapped five terrorist leaders for "one deserting weasel" to make a good one.

Rebuffs from the mullahs intensify Zero's efforts to appease them. He's ordered U.S. air strikes in support of Iran's forces in Iraq. The Iranian militias Obama is supporting are more dangerous than ISIS, said retired Gen. David Petraeus, who is advising him on Iraq.

Yemen is in chaos. Shiite Houthi rebels linked to Iran have ousted President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi and dissolved Parliament. The U.S. embassy has been closed, vital intelligence documents lost. Some have been turned over to Iran. But White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest - aka Baghdad Bob - insisted yesterday Yemen is an anti-terror success story.

The FBI disrupted a plot by ISIS supporters to kill "scores" of soldiers at a U.S. military base.

NATO's new Secretary General was in Washington for three days this week, but President Obama wouldn't interrupt his busy schedule of ESPN watching and golf to meet with him.

Dingy Harry Reid is hanging it up.

Why of course it will be all right for a group affiliated with ISIS to conduct a training camp for students at Cornell, Joseph Scaffido, the assistant dean for students, said in response to a question from what he thought was a Moroccan student.
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Tuesday, 24 March 2015


Iwo Jima.  This is Mount Suribachi from the air.  The memorial where the Marines planted the American flag in Joe Rosenthal's iconic photo is at the bare patch on the rim above the area of white rocks on the right.

I took the picture flying here with over 30 Marines who fought here 70 years ago, all in their late 80s-early 90s today.  The experience of walking the black sands of Iwo Jima and standing on top of Suribachi with them was emotionally overpowering.

This is the 70th anniversary of the Marine victory at Iwo Jima, and you may have seen the news stories.  Here's one from the London Daily Mail.  The battle was fought from February 19 to March 26, 1945 - 36 days in which 6,871 Marines were killed and 19, 217 wounded (out of a total invasion force of some 70,000). 

The lessons to be learned here have the most profound relevance to today.  Here they are...
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