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HOW DO WE END THE GOVERNMENT'S EXTORTION RACKETS? Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014

When the government "fines" you for not buying health insurance, is it, in fact, a fine, a tax or government extortion?

The biggest U.S. banks have been "fined" something in the neighborhood of $125 billion (yes, billion) over the past five years, without anyone in the banks or the banks themselves charged or convicted of criminal wrongdoing. How can that be?

Countless individuals have had their property (automobiles, cash and bank accounts) seized by state, local and federal law enforcement officials, including the IRS, without being convicted of wrongdoing. How can that be?

The distinction between a tax, a fine and government extortion is not trivial, particularly when fines are running into the tens of billions or even hundreds of billions of dollars of revenue for the government.

The  basic and clear provisions of the Constitution's Article I and the 4th and 5th Amendments are violated on a daily basis by all too many ignorant or corrupt law enforcement officials, and upheld all too often by judges who think their own opinions trump the Constitution.  How can we put an end to this?
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HOW CRIMINALS OBEY GUN LAWS Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 10 October 2014


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HALF-FULL REPORT 10/03/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 03 October 2014

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This picture of Teddy Roosevelt is a family heirloom. The reason is that the man standing in front of TR is the Chief of the Secret Service Presidential Bodyguard -  my grandfather Lucien C. Wheeler. For 20 years (1902-1922), Lucien guarded the lives of four presidents: TR, Taft, Wilson, and Harding.

I have such fond memories of Papa as a young boy.  He spoke with reverence about the Secret Service and its sacred duty to guard the President.  I can only imagine the contempt and disgust he would feel over what Zero has done to it.  I know what he would say:  "The fish rots from the head."

In the wake of a trio of scandals, Julia Pierson had to resign as Secret Service Director on Wednesday (10/01).  And just how did the press learn of these scandals such as a felon with a gun being in an elevator with Zero?  They were leaked by Secret Service agents themselves disgusted by Julia's incompetence and considered her "a joke from Day One."

Secret Service leaks embarrassing Zero are just the start of what promises to be an endless succession.  This was made clear by Piers Morgan of all people (remember him?), who explained how Zero "committed professional suicide" last Sunday (9/28) on 60 Minutes...

Two more gifts came out of Zero's big mouth this week.  Yesterday (10/02) at Northwestern University, he uttered what the WaPo's Chris Cillizza reports were "28 Words Democrats Wish Obama Really Didn't Say." ...

Here's a trio of Good News rulings for the week... followed by the HFR Hero of the Week.  We have five candidates...

And here's why Abbott and Costello make the HFR think of Ted Cruz.
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OBOLA OBAMA Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 02 October 2014

It's too soon to answer the question the IBD is asking this morning:  "Is Ebola Obama's Katrina?"  Yet the Zero Administration's malfeasance makes the question already worth asking.

Thomas Eric Duncan is a Liberian citizen with a Liberian passport, living in the capital city of Monrovia.  On Monday, Sept. 15, he helped carry (was in physical contact with) a family friend sick with Ebola to her home, who died early the next morning.  With him at the time was the lady's brother, who then died of Ebola the day after his sister, Wednesday the 17th. 

On Friday the  19th, knowing that he had been doubly exposed to Ebola, he left for the United States.  It is hard not to conclude that he came here for the medical treatment that he would die without if he remained in Monrovia, and could care less who he infected along the way.

Thanks to this, people are freaking out everywhere, especially in Dallas with parents pulling their kids out of schools, as five of their schoolmates were exposed to Duncan after he reached Dallas. The London Daily Mail reports that over 100 people were in contact in Dallas with Duncan, many of whom are now quarantined.

So - how does all of this make Zero "Obola Obama"?

Try this on.  Yesterday (10/01), Josh Earnest, the pathetic dweeb who recently replaced the pathetic dweeb who's name I can't bother to remember as White House Spokesman, announced that the Zero Government has no intention of preventing Ebola carriers from entering the United States.  Obola Obama.
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ERIC HOLDER'S DEMONIZATION OF HONEST ELECTIONS Print E-mail
Written by Ed Meese and Ken Blackwell   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014

[TTP has long maintained that voter fraud is a primary means by which Democrats win elections - which accounts for their fanatical opposition to Voter ID laws.  Here, Ronald Reagan's Attorney General, together with the former Ohio Secretary of State, explain the fraud of Eric Holder's opposition. ---JW]

Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his resignation last Thursday (9/25), leaves a dismal legacy at the Justice Department.  Of all his legal innovations, one was especially pernicious: the demonizing of state attempts to ensure honest elections.

As a former U.S. attorney general under President Reagan, and a former Ohio secretary of state, we would like to say something that might strike some as obvious:

Those who oppose photo voter-ID laws and other election-integrity reforms are intent on making it easier to commit vote fraud.

That conclusion is inescapable, given the well-established evidence that voter-ID laws don't disenfranchise minorities or reduce minority voting, and in many instances enhance it, despite claims to the contrary by Mr. Holder and his allies.

As more states adopt such laws, the left has railed against them with increasing fury, ascribing racial animus to people who are trying to safeguard democratic integrity. But there's something even worse than name-calling:
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THE OBAMACARE SLEEPER DISASTER FOR DEMS IN NOVEMBER Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

In the Kaiser Family Foundation's tracking poll for September, 47 percent of registered voters had an unfavorable opinion of Obamacare; 35 percent approved. In a poll for the liberal webzine Politico last month, 44 percent of likely voters said the law should be repealed; 38 percent said it should be "modified." Only 17 percent want to keep it as is.

Throughout the summer, dissatisfaction with Obamacare has risen across the political spectrum, among all age, ethnic and income groups, the monthly Kaiser surveys indicate. This is because "more and more people are having personal experience with the law," said Byron York of the Washington Examiner.

In September, 44 percent of Kaiser's respondents said Obamacare has affected them personally, up from 38 percent in May. Twice as many said they'd been hurt by the law as said they'd been helped by it.

Yet, says Politico, Obamacare has become "background noise" in the midterm elections. It's the "incredible fading issue," says U.S. News & World Report. It's "fizzled," said the Christian Science Monitor.

This may be the oddest bit of political spin ever. It's true many Americans tell pollsters they're concerned more about illegal immigration, Islamic terror, the faltering economy. But liberal journalists believe - or expect you to - that it's somehow good for Democrats that other issues now work even better for Republicans than Obamacare does.  Good luck with that.
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WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE SECRET SERVICE IS WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE ENTIRE GOVERNMENT Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 03 October 2014

On September 19, Omar Gonzalez, 42, scaled the fence in front of the White House.

The incident happened two weeks ago, but was in the news this week because the Secret Service has been less than forthcoming. After a whistleblower leaked details, the House Oversight Committee had some questions for Secret Service Director Julia Pierson at a hearing Tuesday (9/30).

"I take full responsibility," Ms. Pierson said, which is what bureaucrats say when they don't expect to be held accountable.

But because Democrats are as upset as Republicans at this latest in an appallingly long list of Secret Service screwups, Ms. Pierson actually was held accountable. She resigned the next day.

This was just, because the Secret Service got more dysfunctional on her watch, and she misled Congress. But as Ms. Pierson cleaned out her desk, no one could blame her for thinking it unfair.

The Secret Service is no more dysfunctional than the Veterans Administration, Holder Justice, the IRS, or HHS, which after spending $2 billion still can't make the Obamacare web site work. Ms. Pierson didn't lie as often or as egregiously as have many others. But only she has had to walk the plank.
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THE UMBRELLAS OF HONG KONG EXPOSE CHINA'S CATCH-22 Print E-mail
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Friday, 03 October 2014

China's Xi Jinping cannot make any serious concessions to Hong Kong's democracy movement. The Umbrella Revolution spreading from the affluent Island to the poorer quarters of Kowloon is an existential threat to the Chinese Communist Party.

"If he were to give way, it would set off contagion across the mainland," said George Walden, a veteran British diplomat who survived the Cultural Revolution inside China and later negotiated Hong Kong's future with Deng Xiaoping.

"The authorities see this as a matter of life and death, a fuse that can take down their world," said Zhao Chu, a Chinese columnist and star on Weibo - China's Twitter.

For China's Communist Party, the Hong Kong drama exposes its Catch-22, the impossible contradiction of its policies.  Yet the crisis comes at a treacherous moment for Hong Kong as well.

The enclave is up to its neck in China's credit bubble, channeling $1.2 trillion in hard currency loans to Chinese companies. The International Monetary Fund said the "extreme tail event" of a credit shock in China would "entirely wipe out capital in Hong Kong's banking system."
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ARAB CIVILIZATION HAS COLLAPSED Print E-mail
Written by Hisham Melhem   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014

With his decision to use force against the violent extremists of the Islamic State, President Obama is doing more than to enter a quagmire. He is doing more than play with the fates of two half-broken countries-Iraq and Syria-whose societies were gutted long before the Americans appeared on the horizon.

Obama is stepping into the chaos of an entire civilization that has broken down.

Arab civilization, such as we knew it, is all but gone. The Arab world today is more violent, unstable, fragmented and driven by extremism-the extremism of the rulers and those in opposition-than at any time since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire a century ago.

Every hope of modern Arab history has been betrayed. The promise of political empowerment, the return of politics, the restoration of human dignity heralded by the season of Arab uprisings in their early heydays-all has given way to civil wars, ethnic, sectarian and regional divisions and the reassertion of absolutism, both in its military and atavistic forms.

With the dubious exception of the antiquated monarchies and emirates of the Gulf-which for the moment are holding out against the tide of chaos-and possibly Tunisia, there is no recognizable legitimacy left in the Arab world.

Is it any surprise that, like the vermin that take over a ruined city, the heirs to this self-destroyed civilization should be the nihilistic thugs of the Islamic State? And that there is no one else who can clean up the vast mess we Arabs have made of our world but the Americans and Western countries?
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THE ECONOMICS OF BLUEBERRIES Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Blueberries are healthier than bread, so why don't people eat more blueberries and less bread?

Perhaps it's because blueberries cost roughly 15 times more than bread (depending on the time of year) for the same number of calories. Blueberries are a labor-intensive crop and are costly to harvest (as are many healthy fruits and nuts), unlike wheat and corn.

There are those who want to increase the minimum wage, and there are those who want to further restrict the use of foreign, seasonal farmworkers. Both fail to think clearly about the consequences of such actions.

Let's do some clear thinking for them.
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REDUCE YOUR TAXES BY 100%!! Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 03 October 2014

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HALF-FULL REPORT 09/26/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 26 September 2014

Obviously, the HFR's glass is more than half-full this week with the announcement yesterday (9/25) that the racist scumbag running the Department of Injustice is quitting.

The disgusting tearful hypocrisy of his goodbye to Zero aside, this is an event to be savored.  Here's a sample of the Congressional goodbyes to the most corrupt, criminal, and law-destroying AG our country has ever had the misfortune to endure...

Yet there is more to celebrate than his resignation - it's the timing.  There's lots of speculation on why he chose this moment, but the bottom line is he announced it a scant 40 days before the election...

Let's squelch the latest nightmare rumor on Holder - that Zero plans to nominate him for the next Supreme Court vacancy.  There's as much chance of that as Hillary being able to fly to the moon on her broomstick...

We're taking a break here for an important public service announcement.  The headlines regarding the Ebola epidemic in West Africa are becoming ever more dire.  That of Forbes yesterday (9/25) was: "Ebola - It's Far, Far Worse Than You Thought."

TTPers asked our Forum's resident genius, Skye, what could be done.  Here is his response.  Our suggestion is that you copy and paste it into an email sent to your Congressman, Senator, and any friend who is a health professional.  Who knows how many lives you could save by doing so...

How many times have you been subjected to flashing website ads blaring about the "coming collapse of the dollar"?  Two of the best conservative economic minds put the kibosh on this blather Saturday...

On Wednesday (9/24), Zero gave a speech at the UN.  The link is to the full text.  It was roundly ridiculed and denounced by many conservative pundits.  But believe it or not, there was a lot in it that is praiseworthy...

We close with a tribute to one of the world's most admirable women...
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THE DOUBLE DEATH KNELL OF WARMISM AND DEMOCRAT FASCISM Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 25 September 2014

The Left died last Sunday (9/21).  It was a spectacular demise, with 400,000 weirdly costumed moonbats clogging up the streets of downtown Manhattan engaged in a "People's Climate March."

What we witnessed was the socio-political equivalent of what biologists call "death fluorescence."  They've actually photographed a death wave of bright blue fluorescence propagating through an organism as it dies.

Reason TV essentially recorded the same phenomenon in New York on Sunday:

 

You can just see the blue wave enveloping the bearded idiot at the end who says the solution to climate change is for everyone to just "turn off" every energy device they have.  What's turned off is his brain - and that of his 400K fellow marchers.

Yet this event was far more than a mass collection of hippie losers and fruitcakes without a cause, or Climate Commies coming out to claim intellectual leadership for Warmism.  What we're seeing is the last gasp of the Left.

So here's why the death knell of Warmism may be the death knell of Democrat Fascism itself.
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THE DANGER OF WARMISM IS NOT TO THE PLANET BUT THE SANITY OF ITS ADVOCATES Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 26 September 2014

Climate change is as grave a threat as the Ebola virus or the terrorists of the Islamic State, Secretary of State John Kerry said in anticipation of the UN conference in New York this week.

All but a "tiny minority" of "extreme ideologues" in the "Flat Earth Society" think the planet is warming dangerously, he said in speeches in Indonesia and Hawaii.

The temperature of the earth has been stable "for literally millions of years," Mr. Kerry said.

When the most recent ice age peaked about 20,000 years ago, there was a glacier where Chicago is today. Lake Michigan is the residue from it. Palm trees once grew in Antarctica. During the Roman and Medieval Warm Periods 2,000 and 1,000 years ago, grapes grew in Northern England and Newfoundland.

Only a blithering idiot would say the earth's temperature has been stable "for literally millions of years."

But it was when Mr. Kerry said greenhouse gases are "a very thin layer of gases - a quarter inch, half an inch, somewhere in that vicinity - way up there at the edge of the atmosphere" that he set a "new standard for utter imbecility," said Mr. Ebell, environmental expert for the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
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POLITICIANS NEED AN "OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY ADDICTS ANONYMOUS" PROGRAM Print E-mail
Written by David Leyonhjelm   
Thursday, 25 September 2014

[This speech was delivered by Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm on the floor of the Australian Senate Chamber in Canberra on Tuesday, September 23]

My name is David and I am an OPM addict.

Actually, that is not true; I am not addicted. I might be one of the very few people in this house who is not, because addiction to OPM is a national crisis and I am surrounded by addicts.

I am not talking about the drug opium but something far more terrible. I am talking about an addiction to other people's money.

Spending other people's money on other people is what we do here. It is the worst kind of expenditure and it explains why so much public money is wasted.

An inevitable characteristic of OPM is that so many grand government plans are destined for failure. Before we can do something about our addiction to OPM, we must first acknowledge our problem. What we need is an OPM Addicts Anonymous.

Many government programs are not created because people demand them or because the market was unable to provide the services but because politicians have bought favor with OPM. Politicians are addicted to OPM because they use it to expand their influence, reward political cronies and keep their constituencies dependent on them.

The time has come to admit:  Politicians pretending to be compassionate, when all they are doing is handing out other people's money, are just thieves masquerading as angels.
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