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FATCA: OBAMA'S NEXT DISASTER AFTER OBAMACARE Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014

How would most Americans and Congress react if a foreign government passed laws regulating U.S. businesses and people in the United States?

Probably with justified outrage. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act or FATCA is U.S. financial imperialism at its worst.  It's causing great resentment in much of the world, which is hurting U.S. interests.

The administration and many in Congress seem to have learned nothing from the Obamacare disaster. Now that they have destroyed the world's best health care system, they are in the process of further destroying what was at one time a very functional global financial system.

In its place, they would erect a tax law whose costs were far higher than its benefit, that may drive hundreds of billions of dollars of job-creating foreign capital out of the United States, and that could trigger a global financial crisis.  Only the Democrats could do something so sinister and masochistic -- and try to stymie any Republican effort to repeal it.
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FINISHING THE UNFINISHED Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014

One day in the 1920s Russian psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik was sitting in a café in Vienna waiting for her coffee refill. It never came. She noticed that her waiter had an excellent memory for all of his customers' orders, but somehow had forgotten her coffee.

Bluma set herself to the task of investigating this phenomenon further.

What she found in her subsequent studies was this: People tend to remember the details of things exceptionally well when those things are unfinished. She had already paid her waiter, so he had forgotten about her because he was finished with her as a customer.

What is unfinished haunts us. It stays with us, nagging us to bring it to completion. Benjamin Franklin once said that houseguests, like fish, begin to smell after three days. What is unfinished has an uncanny ability to stink up our lives.  Here are some tips on how to unstink them.
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HALF-FULL REPORT 01/24/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 24 January 2014

Well, Portugal, here we come!  On Monday (1/20), we announced The TTP Portugal Retreat, and as of today (1/24), it's almost booked out.  Those TTPers who took my advice to move quickly were smart to do so.  We only have a couple of spaces left. 

So there's no time to waste.  Don't miss out on coming to sunny, beautiful, historical Portugal with Rebel and me.  We're going to have a fabulous time.  (And yes, Rebel has agreed to have a 3-day post-retreat excursion visiting five World Heritage Sites and staying in a King's Palace.)

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We have a lot of ground to cover, so let's start right off the bat with the HFR Hero of the Week.  He's a professional boxer - the Heavyweight Champion of the World.  He retired undefeated last month, so he could run to be elected president of his country. 

But to do that, he has to lead a revolution against a brutally corrupt dictatorship - literally, with barricades in the streets, burning tires, and Molotov cocktails.  This is for real.  This is a scene on the streets of Kiev, Ukraine from yesterday (1/23).

Let's also hope and fervently pray that such scenes will not become necessary in America to retrieve our freedom. 
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THE TTP PORTUGAL RETREAT Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Monday, 20 January 2014

THE TTP PORTUGAL RETREAT
Thursday, March 20 - Tuesday, March 25
$1,950


Last week (01/10), we learned about the history of Portugal in California in Europe.  We also learned that's where the first TTP International Retreat will be. 

Again, this is different than a Rendezvous, where a lot of us gather to enjoy each other's company and to hear our speakers.  This is an intimate get together of no more than a dozen TTPers to discuss the world in depth.  And I might as well give you a warning up front.

In addition to learning more about the world than you thought possible over a long weekend, you run the risk of falling head over heels in love with Portugal.  I describe it as utterly captivating, and once you are there you'll easily understand why. Actually, you'll understand just with the pictures below. Here's our schedule. 
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CELEBRATING LIFE ON THE DAY OF DEATH Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 23 January 2014

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This has got to be the best picture from yesterday's March for Life.  It was truly an extraordinary event - hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers marching from the White House to the Supreme Court in bitterly below-freezing cold, and doing so in good cheer.

Actually, the event in Washington DC was only one of many Marches for Life that took place in cities all over the country on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court's most hideous - and ludicrously unconstitutional - decisions, Roe v. Wade, on January 22, 1973.

It's pretty easy to understand - inhuman not to, in fact - why people would be passionately anti-abortion, and be morally revolted by a mother killing her own child. 

The obverse is more difficult.  While it may be understandable that under certain circumstances of a woman's life, she could feel that terminating her pregnancy was her only solution, what is unfathomable is the hysterical, fanatical frenzy of passion that consumes pro-abortionists. 

It's clinically pathological.   It's one of the clearest markers that folks on the Left aren't just mistaken, they're deranged.  What were the villains of the Harry Potter novels called?  Death-eaters.  That's them.  The good news is that an increasing majority of Americans looks upon them as such.  Even better news is that the reason this number is increasing is because it's composed of Millennials - young folks 30 and under.
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A PHYSICIAN'S VIEW ON THE SANCTITY OF LIFE Print E-mail
Written by Ben Carson, MD   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014

My entire professional life has been devoted to saving and enhancing lives. Thus, the thought of abortion for the sake of convenience does not appeal to me. I have personally met several people who have told me that their mothers had considered abortion, but happily decided against it.

Most of us instinctively want to protect helpless creatures and sometimes go to great lengths to do so. The television commercials about abused animals are very poignant and as a society, we sometimes delay or cancel large construction projects to protect an "endangered" insect, amphibian or fish.

Yet many of us turn a blind eye to the wanton slaughter of millions of helpless human babies who are much more sophisticated than some of the other creatures, when nothing is at stake other than the convenience of one or both parents. I am not saying that we should abandon our efforts to save baby seals and a host of other animals.

Rather I am saying shouldn't we consider adding human fetuses and babies to the list?
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REGRESSIVE HEROINES Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 24 January 2014

Wendy Davis and Elizabeth Warren are feminist heroines.  Which indicates feminists these days don't expect much from their heroines.  Call them regressive-liberal heroines.

Ms. Davis, a state senator in Texas, has parlayed the attention the national news media lavished upon her 11-hour filibuster against a bill to forbid abortions after 20 weeks into a campaign for governor.

She could give Democrats "real people credibility," based on "her own personal story - an absent father, a sixth-grade-educated mother, a teen pregnancy, followed by life as a single mom in a mobile home, then community college and, at last, Harvard Law School," gushed the regressives at Time magazine.

"The Today Show accompanied her back to the mobile home as if it were taking Abraham Lincoln back to the log cabin where he was raised," said Rich Lowry of National Review.

Unlike Time and NBC, Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News checked out the claims Ms. Davis made in her campaign biography.  He found a few discrepancies.
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REGRESSIVE RACISM Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014

What George Wallace and "Bull" Connor would have decried as "miscegenation" is commonplace in America today.

Ten percent of all married couples in 2010 were interracial, a 28 percent increase since 2000, according to the Census Bureau. There were 157,000 interracial married couples in 1960, 5.4 million in 2010. 

Nine million Americans reported being of mixed race, a 32 percent increase over 2000.

At one time or another, all but 9 states (Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Wisconsin) had laws forbidding mixed race marriages.  We've come a long way in half a century. 

But there are still racists among us.  Especially among regressive liberals.  Call what they espouse Regressive Racism.   Here are some revolting examples of it.
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WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THE GOVERNMENT IS AN OUTLAW? Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Without the rule of law, a civil and prosperous society cannot long endure. The annual reports of The Economic Freedom of the World and The Index of Economic Freedom show very large declines in the international ranking of the United States in the rule of law over the past decade.

The Obama administration is becoming increasingly arbitrary concerning what laws it chooses to enforce or not enforce, while, at the same time, through executive orders and administrative decisions, just making up "law" outside of the constitutional process.

Perhaps the clearest examples of this abuse can be found at the IRS, which increasingly acts as a rogue agency with the support of its masters at the Treasury and Justice Departments. 

The IRS has a long record of ignoring the Constitution and the rule of law.  Now it's become much worse.
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HOW DID WE GET TO THIS SPYING-ON-EVERYONE FIASCO PART II Print E-mail
Written by Vendome   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014

So, in Part I on January 8,  I left on the note about how many of you had thought the RSA had been bribed to handover backdoor information of their supposed unbreakable code.

Not as cute the government finally thinking "Hey, we forked over all this money for this equipment.  We actually own it or parts of it and now we demand access to our stuff."

Then they thought:   "Our partners under the 1994 CALEA law - the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act - requires communications companies to help us and provide a means and method to surveil so as not impede our investigations!  Let's have a talk with them.  Only this time we bring some of our other partners like DEA and DOJ into the conversation and let's get serious on this."

So the list of agencies who can surveil you just got bigger.  But how did they start surveiling?  Let's discuss begin with just one program called Carnivore.
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YOU REALLY THINK YOU'RE WORTH IT? Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 24 January 2014

News headline:  Fast Food Workers Strike for Higher Minimum Wage

Photo story:  Fast Food Workers Across America Protest

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HALF-FULL REPORT 01/17/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 17 January 2014

Where's the pony?

Ronald Reagan was fond of describing an optimist as a kid on a farm happily digging through a huge pile of horse manure, yelling, "There's got to be a pony in here somewhere!"  What would he say about a week, or a time like this?  Knowing him, I think he'd say, "Well, sometimes there just isn't any pony."

Yes, there will be days like this.  But three more years of days like this??  One thousand ninety-eight more days?  (See the Countdown Clock to the end of the Zero Presidency.)

And realize there is a high probability that those 1098 days are going to be progressively worse.  With each passing day and week and month, we're going to have more fascism, more unemployment, more dependency, more cultural depravity, more corruption, more crony capitalism, more liberal hate, more Enemedia lying and cover-ups of Zero scandals, more persecution of Tea Partyers, and more surrender to America's enemies like Iran and the Chicoms.

So - how can we possibly stand it?    What in the Diety's name are we going to do? 

First, we'll review how grim it's been this week.  Then we'll discuss six alternatives to dealing with it.  (No fair skipping ahead, but one of them is following the advice of Josey Wales.)
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CALIFORNIA IN EUROPE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 16 January 2014

We'll have to deal with the deluge of dictatorship Zero and his minions are inflicting upon us in the HFR tomorrow.  Today, we have to take a break and get outta this place.  How about to one of the world's most pleasant places, Europe's California?

Especially since we're going to have a TTP Retreat there in March.  More about that later.

Both my wife, Rebel, and I grew up in California, so we know it when we see it - and we recognized it right away in Portugal.  The weather, the plants, the ocean, the sunsets in the ocean, the coast - which is more beautiful than Italy's (okay, except for Amalfi), way more friendly than France's (surprise), and far less known and populated than Spain's.

Then of course, there's the great wine and great food.

Also of course, there are differences.  California, as anyone who grew up there knows, no longer exists - it is Mexifornia, as Victor Davis Hansen terms it, with a Hispanic vise-grip on the government in Sacramento welcoming an illegal alien flood.  The European corollary is Eurabia - the flood of Moslems demographically destroying so many countries like France, where half the schoolchildren in many major cities today are Moslem.

But not in Portugal.  The Moslem population is miniscule.  Make that invisible.  You never see a mosque, you never see a woman in a burka.  The Portuguese are Christian Europeans.  They kicked Moslem invaders from Africa out of their country 764 years ago (in 1249) and are happy to keep it that way.

California's history is as recent as Portugal's is ancient.  People have been living there before they were people.
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A MESSAGE TO WHITE AMERICANS Print E-mail
Written by Allen West   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Every day I am amazed at the insanity I witness in our America and here is another example.

According to a report in The Hill, Attorney General Eric Holder is at it again with his racial preference policies:
Attorney General Eric Holder called upon the nation's school districts Wednesday to rethink "zero tolerance" disciplinary policies that he said disproportionately punish minorities and push too many students into the justice system. Alarming numbers of young people are suspended, expelled or even arrested for relatively minor transgressions like school uniform violations, schoolyard fights or showing ‘disrespect' by laughing in class," Holder said during a speech in Baltimore.
So now the US Department of Justice under Eric Holder will use its power to enforce "civil rights protections" in school disciplinary actions. In fact, the DoJ and DoEd are putting schools on notice that they are prepared to use their authority to investigate the claims of racial disparity in the punishment of students.

Thus my message to white Americans:
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THE WAR ON POVERTY HAS CREATED MORE POVERTY Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 17 January 2014

Fifty years ago this month, President Lyndon Baines Johnson declared war on poverty.  We've spent nearly three times as much to fight it as on all of America's real wars combined.

We haven't gotten much bang for all those bucks. At 15.2 percent in 2012, the poverty rate was the highest since 1965 (17.3 percent).

The federal government spends on "means tested" programs more than $19,000 for each man, woman and child classified as "poor." 

If a poor single mother with two children actually got all the money purportedly spent on her behalf, she'd have at least $6,000 more than the median income.

She gets nowhere near that much.  This fact, coupled with their sheer number (83, according to the Congressional Research Service) suggest poverty programs benefit chiefly the bureaucrats who run them.  Surprised?  I think not.
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