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CONFUSING TEMPERAMENT WITH PATHOLOGY Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Saturday, 26 July 2008

It happens in every introduction to a college psychology course. Young undergraduates sit quietly in their seats listening to the lectures on psychopathology, wondering to themselves what their diagnosis might be - or what their friend's or family member's diagnosis might be.

"Am I depressed? Do I have an anxiety disorder? Am I bipolar? Does everyone around me think I'm paranoid?"

These diagnoses serve an important and practical function. They provide psychotherapists with guidelines and criteria that can inform them as to what sort of interventions might help.

But they also can look just like painful exaggerations of normal human functioning. Most of us can feel depressed, or anxious, or moody, or worried at times. That's not a problem, it's normal.  So I want to warn you that when a person (or a therapist) confuses normal human functioning for pathology, it can cause all kinds of trouble.
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LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD THE VERSION FOR POLITICALLY CORRECT LIBERALS Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Saturday, 26 July 2008

There once was a young person named Little Red Riding Hood who lived on the edge of a large forest full of endangered owls and rare plants that would probably provide a cure for cancer if only someone took the time to study them.

Red Riding Hood lived with a nurture giver whom she sometimes referred to as "mother," although she didn't mean to imply by this term that she would have thought less of the person if a close biological link did not in fact exist.

Nor did she intend to denigrate the equal value of nontraditional households, although she was sorry if this was the impression conveyed.

One day her mother asked her to take a basket of organically grown fruit and mineral water to her grandmother's house.
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HALF-FULL REPORT 07/25/08 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 25 July 2008

Yes, it's the Breck Boy, making headlines in Tuesday's (7/22) National Enquirer:  Sen John Edwards Caught with Mistress and Love Child.  And get a load of the mistress' picture.  Isn't she a looker?  Can you imagine waking up next to that?

Last October, the Enquirer ran a story about Edwards cheating on his wife, whose cancer he was milking for the sympathy vote during his presidential campaign.  But the Enquirer never revealed her name, so her identity came as a big surprise to the public when it was revealed now.

A surprise to the public - but not to you.  For the day after that first NE story, on October 11, 2007 you learned her identity in The Breck Boy Is Cleared From The Presidential Field.   She's a New Age Bimbo named Lisa Druck, who now goes by the name of Rielle Hunter.  But as a TTP'er, you already knew that - a long time ago.

The HFR  raises its goblet of glee that the Breck Boy has been cleared from the vice-presidential field. 

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Now let's have a beer on the beach - Huntington Beach in Orange County, California, where the Republican Party will triumph or die in November.
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GOOD NEWS FROM BULGARIA Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 25 July 2008

I fell in love with Bulgaria when I was first there as the Soviet empire was collapsing in early 1990. 

There's thousands of years of history - Bronze Age tribes, the Ancient Greeks, the Romans, medieval Christian kingdoms, hidden monasteries protecting Christianity from centuries of Moslem oppression by the Ottoman Turks, finally gaining independence in 1908 only to lose it to the Soviet Union during World War II, and now free at last.

And all through this, Bulgarians forged and kept a Christian culture and heritage.  Hundreds of thousands of people come from all over the world to visit the extraordinary monasteries such as Rila the Bulgarians built to preserve their culture from Moslem imperialism.

Even more visitors - millions in the height of the summer - come to vacation on the gorgeous beaches of Bulgaria's Black Sea coast.  In the winter, skiers flock to ski resorts high in the Balkans.

It's a country of such profusion of flowers everywhere there's an entire valley called the Valley of Roses.  You couldn't ask for a more hospitable warm-hearted people - or ask for a better way to be shown hospitality, for Bulgarians really know how to make good wine and are more than happy to share a glass with you at every opportunity.

And speaking of opportunity...   There are more opportunities to make a lot of money in Bulgaria than almost anywhere else in the world.  Especially because a major obstacle of those opportunities was removed this week.
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THERE IS NO EVIDENCE CARBON EMISSIONS CAUSE GLOBAL WARMING Print E-mail
Written by Dr. David Evans   
Thursday, 24 July 2008

I devoted six years to carbon accounting, building models for the Australian Greenhouse Office.  When I started that job in 1999 the evidence that carbon emissions caused global warming seemed pretty good: CO2 is a greenhouse gas, the old ice core data, no other suspects.

The evidence was not conclusive, but why wait until we were certain when it appeared we needed to act quickly? Soon government and the scientific community were working together and lots of science research jobs were created.

We scientists had political support, the ear of government, big budgets, and we felt fairly important and useful (well, I did anyway). It was great. We were working to save the planet.

But since 1999 new evidence has seriously weakened the case that carbon emissions are the main cause of global warming, and by 2007 the evidence was pretty conclusive that carbon played only a minor role and was not the main cause of the recent global warming.
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THE REAL OBAMA IN AFGHANISTAN Print E-mail
Written by Capt. Jeffrey S. Porter, USMC   
Thursday, 24 July 2008

[Last Saturday, July 19, Barack Hussein Obama paid a brief visit to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on his way to Kabul.  US Marine Battle Captain Jeffrey S. Porter wrote a brief  eyewitness account in an email to his family and friends, which To The Point is able to publish here.]

Hello everyone,

As you know I am not a very political person. I just wanted to pass along that Senator Obama came to Bagram, Afghanistan for about an hour on his visit to 'The War Zone'. I wanted to share with you what happened. He got off the plane and got into a bullet proof vehicle, got to the area to meet with the Major General (2 Star) who is the commander here at Bagram.

As the Soldiers were lined up to shake his hand he blew them off and didn't say a word as he went into the conference room to meet the General. 
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WHO DO YOU GET WHEN YOU COMBINE NARCISSISM AND MEGALOMANIA? Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 24 July 2008

In a news conference Wednesday (7/23) in Sderot, an Israeli city subject to frequent rocket attacks by Palestinian terrorists, Sen. Barack Hussein Obama addressed the doubts many Israelis have about his commitment to their security.

"In terms of knowing my commitments, you don't have to just look at my words, you can look at my deeds," Mr. Obama said.  "Just this past week, we passed out of the Senate Banking Committee, which is my committee, a bill to call for divestment from Iran, as a way of ratcheting up the pressure to ensure that they don't obtain a nuclear weapon."

Sen. Obama is not a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. He had nothing to do with the advancement of the bill he referred to.

Barack Hussien Obama has the thinnest resumé of any major party candidate for president in history, and this isn't the first time he's tried to pad it.  But his false claim in Sderot goes beyond puffery.
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TALL, SLENDER, INCOMPREHENSIBLE, AND SIMPLISTIC Print E-mail
Written by Tony Blankley   
Thursday, 24 July 2008

Watching Obama glide through his foreign trip so far, nervous Republicans and other patriots have to hope that American voters will not view Obama through the eyes of a Hollywood casting director. That's because one could not cast a man who visually can portray a worldly statesman better.

We all must envy his ability to effortlessly drape his tall, imperially slender form in gilded Louis XV chairs in foreign palaces. Mixing just the right combination of worldly bonhomie and serious mien, his presentation (conveniently presented to the world with video but no audio) make, by comparison, Henry Kissinger, FDR and Winston Churchill all look like clumsy provincial oafs.

The visual is everything in his campaign, for when he does submit himself to the occasional press interview, his actual words read in print must make his handlers as nervous as his visual images make Republicans nervous.

His discussion of his Iraq policy is almost incomprehensible, and his understanding of the world stunningly simplistic.
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HALF-FULL REPORT 07/16/08 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 17 July 2008

So many of you have said they miss the Half-Full Report during our summer schedule that I figure I better change the schedule rather than give the HFR a summer hiatus.

So here we go, although with so many goodies to choose from, where do we begin?  Let's start by trying to decide who gets this week's prize for being The World's Most Wonderful Hypocrite - Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh or the Editors of the New Yorker Magazine.

Is there a single person possessing a three-digit IQ on the entire planet who actually believes New Yorker editor David Remnick's claim that his cover cartoon of Obambi as a Moslem imam, Mrs. Obambi as a Black Panther, and them fist-bumping in America-hating admiration of Osama bin Laden is a satire?

...Nonetheless, When it comes to sheer straightforward look-you-in-the-eye hypocrisy, India's leaders leave the guys at the New Yorker in the dust.  In lyrical words full of glowarming pieties, they've just announced India will be increasing its CO2 emissions by twenty times in the coming years.

...There's even happier glowarming news.  The world's most fascist scientist, the founding guru of global warming and Algore's mentor, James Hansen, may be about to get what he deserves.

And now it's time for us to retire to a quiet table off in a corner of the barroom where we can talk and not be overheard.  This will be between just you, me, and bottle of Famous Grouse. 
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DEMS AND OIL Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Wednesday, 16 July 2008

On July 15, President Bush announced he was lifting the executive branch moratorium on offshore drilling.  In the 24 hours that followed, crude oil futures plunged $9.26 (6.3 percent), the biggest oil price decline in 17 years. 

Oil prices fell again yesterday (7/16) when the Bureau of Land Management overrode the objections of environmentalists and opened  4.9 million acres of land in Alaska to oil exploration.

Now reflect on these words.  "Coal makes us sick, oil makes us sick, it's global warming, it's ruining our country, it's ruining our world, we've got to stop using fossil fuel," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) said last month.

No, Harry, it's Democrats who are ruining our country.  What we've got to do is throw you and your ilk out of office.
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OBAMA THE MILQUETOAST FLIP FLOPPER Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 15 July 2008

During his eight years in the Illinois state senate, Barack Hussein Obama voted "present" 130 times.  That's an astounding 12-13 times a year in which he said, in effect, "I'm here, but I'm not going to take a stand on this issue."

Given that record of bold leadership, I'm surprised Sen. Obama acted as he did on the legislation Congress passed July 9 to renew the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. 

Sen. Obama had pledged to filibuster FISA if it contained a provision to provide retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies which cooperated with the government, and then reneged on that promise. 

The FISA flip flop is the latest of er, ah, "pivots" Sen. Obama has made recently on campaign finance, NAFTA, gun control, the death penalty, and abortion.  Now get ready for the Mother-of-All-Pivots he is about to make on the Iraq war. 
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GOOD NEWS AND CRITICAL QUESTIONS FROM TUSCANY Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Villa Santa Colomba, Sienna, ItalyRobert Mundell, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics in 1999, has been holding a small, annual conference here in Tuscany at an exquisite castle he purchased several decades ago and restored.

His wife, Valerie, is a charming hostess and an accomplished organizer of the conferences. The castle is the family's principal residence, though Dr. Mundell continues to teach one semester each year at New York's Columbia University, where he is a professor of economics.

To get fresh ideas about the current global economic problems of the day, Dr. Mundell invites not only academic economists to his conferences but also central bankers and other financial and business professionals to obtain a variety of perspectives.

Some of the questions discussed at the conference will be found below, and you may wish to think about them yourselves. But first, the good news is that...
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ENTITLEMENT VERSUS ENTERPRISE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 18 July 2008

There is one polarity of behavior that, more than any other single issue, connects virtue and happiness together in such a way that it fuels much of our public and political debate.  It connects what I have to say from my field of psychology with the global political issues that are the overall focus of To The Point as a whole.  This is:

Entitlement versus enterprise.

This week our 10 year-old son Jesse is in a tech camp at UC Santa Cruz. Every morning when I drop him off and every afternoon when I pick him up, we drive through a crowd of UC service workers who are picketing for higher wages, more benefits, and "guaranteed step ups," which I take to mean a guaranteed increase in their position and pay, based on time spent on the job and regardless of their performance.

They have signs that say - literally - that they are treated as slaves, and they walk back and forth through the crosswalks, slowing down traffic, and chanting "the people, united, will never be defeated," and other greatest hits from the left-wing protest theme book.

It's been a great opportunity for Jesse and me to talk about the difference between entitlement and helplessness on the one hand, and enterprise and effectiveness on the other.
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OBAMBI WITHOUT A TELEPROMPTER Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 18 July 2008

The media has had a lot of fun ridiculing John McCain's inability to deliver a good speech while reading from a teleprompter - while idolizing Hussein Obambi's mastery of the technology.

The media refuses to focus on the obverse:  that McCain is far better than Obambi at extemporaneous speaking and answering spontaneous questions from an audience.  This is why Obambi refused McCain's offer to hold a series of "town hall" debates and discussion across the country.  McCain would wipe him out.

Last May, TTP suggested - in Is Obama On Drugs - that the cause of Obambi's many extraordinary gaffes and speaking errors could be stimulant drug use, either of amphetamines or cocaine.

With this in mind, have a look at what Hussein Obambi is like without a teleprompter.  He is lost without one.  His thinking gets so confused that it's truly hilarious.  Drugs or straight, this guy's brain is not wired together right.
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WHAT IF, MR. BERNANKE? Print E-mail
Written by Skye   
Sunday, 13 July 2008

What if Fed chairman Ben Bernanke and the other Fed board members actually believe that the Consumer Price Index means the same thing as it did in the 1970s?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (an agency of the Labor Dept.) calculates the CPI, not the Federal Reserve. If the Fed Governors are unaware of the changes since then in how it is calculated, it would explain why they aren't in a panic over the current real consumer inflation rate.  It would explain why they really seem to be certain that we are not in a recession. 

It would also mean that unless they wake up from their time warp, the dollar and our economy are truly doomed.
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