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ROCKING RUSSKIES Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Thursday, 06 March 2008

Prepare yourself for this one - maybe with a Stoli martini or two. 

Back in the days of the Soviet Union, the Soviet Red Army had an official choir composed of male soldiers and musicians.  It still exists.  The Red Army Choir performs throughout Russia to this day.

Now consider the Finnish rock band called The Leningrad Cowboys.  A little while ago, they held a concert in Russia, in which - to the screaming applause of Russkie teen-agers - they got the Red Army Choir to join them on stage for a performance of "Sweet Home Alabama."  In English.  You couldn't make this up.

We're talking seriously off the wall here.  Better have that Stoli ready when you watch it:
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HALF FULL REPORT 2/29/08 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 29 February 2008

We start off this week's HFR with a marvelous confirmation that Yes, Virginia, Hollywood really is that stupid and shallow...

Next up is the exhilarating photo flap over Hussein Obambi's looking like a Moslem girlie-man in drag.

Then the HFR announces that its Hero of the Week award goes to General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, who had the courage to publicly state that "global warming is a total crock" of fecal material...

The HFR further announces the impending death of North Korea...

And lastly, there appeared this week two astonishingly hopeful signs of moderation in Islam.
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JOHN THE JERKOMANIAC Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 28 February 2008

In her tribute to Bill Buckley, Mona Charen lauded not only what he had accomplished - a "profoundly consequential life" - but what he was as a human being:  "by universal acclimation, the most gracious man on the planet."

"It was always Bill," she observed, "who rushed to get a chair for the person left standing" at a meeting.  "Always Bill who reached to fill your glass" of water.  "Always Bill who volunteered to give you a lift wherever you were going, insisting it was on his way."

With his usual impeccable timing, Bill Buckley chose to leave us at just the opportune time to contrast the gracious humanity of the founder of America's conservative movement with the personality of the man claiming conservatives should support his nomination for President of the United States.

The Democrat Party and its candidates, Mrs. Bill Clinton and Hussein Obambi, have the neurosis possessed by all liberals - Infantilizomania, the obsessive compulsion to treat adults as children.

The presumptive candidate of the Republican Party has a different type of neurosis - Jerkomania, the obsessive compulsion to be a jerk.
 
The only way for McCain to overcome this is for conservatives, when they think of him, to think of Cordell Hull.
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TURKEY'S PHONY INVASION OF IRAQ Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Turkey Invades Northern Iraq blared headlines around the world last weekend (2/23-24).  Thousands of Turkish troops had crossed several miles into Iraq to "root out" PKK Kurdish guerrillas from their "mountain strongholds."

Here is a map of the Turkey-Iraq border.  It runs west-to-east or left-to-right from Syria (the triangle that Highway 6 runs through is Syria) to Iran.  [See map in main article.]

Note the Turkish town of Cukurca.  This is the Turkish Army's staging point, where the invasion was launched, and from where, as CNN announced yesterday (2/27), Turkey Sends More Troops Into Iraq.  The farthest penetration of Turkish troops has been about 24 kilometers or 15 miles into Iraq in the area of the Iraqi village of Al Amadiyah.

Anyone who sees this map and knows where the PKK is based is instantly LOL - laughing out loud.  The PKK "stronghold" is in the Qandil mountains where Turkey, Iraq, and Iran come together - almost 100 miles by road or jeep track from Cukurca.

This is a phony invasion.  Check out this story in the Washington Post, whose eyewitness reporter states the Turkish troops can "go no farther" than 15 miles into Iraq, that the Turkish military has "targeted Kurdish civilians in villages that are often far from the bases of the [PKK] guerrilla group," and quotes an Iraqi Kurdish soldier:  The Turks "say there are PKK in this area, but actually the PKK are very far from here."

Why would the Turkish Army stage a Potemkin invasion of Iraq and pretend to attack the PKK?   To ramp up anti-Kurdish Turkish jingoistic nationalism while preserving the business deal the Turkish Army has with the PKK to run drugs.
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HAS HUSSEIN OBAMA BEEN BOUGHT OFF BY A PARTNER OF SADDAM HUSSEIN? Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

You probably would have heard of Nadhmi Auchi by now if Sen. Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. were a Republican.

A British citizen of Iraqi descent, Mr. Auchi, 70, is a billionaire, the 279th richest man in the world, according to a Forbes magazine survey last year.

A great deal of Mr. Auchi's money was made doing business with the regime of Saddam Hussein, much of it under the table.  In 1987, Mr. Auchi helped French and Italian firms win a huge oil pipeline contract in Iraq, chiefly by paying off Iraqi officials, according to testimony given by an Italian banker to prosecutors in Milan. 

Mr. Auchi is also a business partner of Syrian-born businessman Antoin "Tony" Rezko, who has supported Mr. Obama financially since his first run for the Illinois state senate in 1996.
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SO SLIPPERY HE MAKES BILL CLINTON LOOK HONEST Print E-mail
Written by Tony Blankley   
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton has road-tested several versions of attacks on Sen. Barack Obama that don't work. Obviously, and first, don't come out against change and hope - the perennial themes of successful election campaigns.

Even my old boss, Ronald Reagan, campaigned for re-election in 1984 in response to the claim that America needed to change on the phrase, "We ARE the change" (as well as on the hopeful theme of "morning in America").

If a candidate is not for change, he is not for us.  Nor will Americans ever vote for a presidential candidate on what he or she has already done for us. In American politics, gratitude is always the lively expectation of benefits yet to come. The question is always, what will you do for us tomorrow?

Americans will not give Sen. John McCain the White House because we are grateful for his heroism 40 years ago at the "Hanoi Hilton." We are grateful, and he was heroic. Americans might gladly vote a medal, or even an opulent retirement home, but not the presidency.
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AN AMAZING QUESTION ASKED BY EASTERN EUROPE Print E-mail
Written by Paul Belien   
Thursday, 28 February 2008

During the past two centuries, three major European continental nations have tried to impose their will on the rest of the continent, indeed, on the globe. First France in the early 19th century, then Germany in the first half of the 20th century, and finally Russia.

In the second half of the 20th century, France and Germany each realized that on their own their importance on a European and global level was going to decline. Hence, they became the motors of the so-called European unification process. Many - especially in Britain, but also in smaller countries such as Denmark and the Netherlands - perceive the European Union to be a joint Franco-German effort at dominating Europe.

Eastern European nations such as the Baltic states and Poland fear that one day the Franco-German axis might be enlarged by bringing in Russia.  They realize that the biggest threat to their independence is a Franco-German-Russian axis. If one day Paris, Berlin and Moscow decide to join forces the rest of Europe will have to do as they are told.

So they have begun to ask themselves an amazing question.
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EUROPE'S CHOICE: STATISM OR FREEDOM Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Ljubljana, Slovenia.  As I gaze out on the prosperous and exquisite "old town" of this ancient city, it seems far removed from the country of Yugoslavia of which it was part.

After a brief battle in 1991, Slovenia won its independence, and is now a part of the European Union. The tensions between Serbia and Kosovo, the final remnants of Yugoslavia, are felt not much more deeply here than in most other parts of the EU.

By almost any measure, Slovenia has been an economic success during the last 18 years, and now enjoys a per capita income (on a purchasing power parity) almost equal to that of the average EU country, and about 60 percent of that enjoyed by the average American.

Despite Slovenia's success, it now faces many of the same problems found in the larger EU countries. Back in 1991, Slovenia, tucked up against the Austrian Alps, had the goal to be a little Switzerland with its economic prosperity and personal liberty. Yet, two decades later, the economic system in Slovenia looks more like that of France than Switzerland.

Thus the debate here, as it is emerging in so many places in Europe, between retreating into stagnant statism or moving forward into freedom.
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CYNICISM IS BAD FOR YOUR HUMOR Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 29 February 2008

"Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others."  Groucho Marx

"By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth."  George Carlin

When you read those quotes, how do you feel?

Those are two examples of cynical humor, from two very funny people (who are not always cynical)

There are a lot of benefits to having a sense of humor. The laughter and perspective that humor provides has been shown to boost immune activity, increase arterial blood flow comparable to aerobic exercise, and is correlated with healthier heart function - in addition to the obvious, that it tends to be fun and to feel good.

But there are different kinds of humor. There is playful humor, friendly humor, joyful humor, and then there is sarcastic humor, biting humor, cynical humor. It turns out that cynical humor measurably negates the positive effects of humor itself.
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A THANK YOU FROM AMERICA'S NEXT PRESIDENT Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 29 February 2008

My fellow Identity-Americans:

As your future President I want to thank my supporters, for their ... well, support.

Your mindless support of me, despite my complete lack of any legislative achievement, my pastor's relations with Louis Farrakhan and Libyan dictator Moamar Kadaffi, or my blatantly leftist voting record while I present myself as some sort of bipartisan agent of change.

I would also like to thank the Kennedy's for coming out in support of me. There's a lot of glamour behind the Kennedy name, even though Teddy killed a female employee with whom he was having an extra marital affair and was pregnant with his child.

And I'd like to thank Oprah Winfrey for her support.  Her love of meaningless empty platitudes will be the force that propels me to the White House.
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MCCAIN LEMONADE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 21 February 2008

Aren't you just so surprised?  The infamous article I authored three weeks ago that went viral on the Internet and got McCainiacs in a total tizzy, How the Clintons Will Destroy John McCain, warned of the wardrobe full of McCain skeletons nicely arranged on hangars just waiting for the lib media to take out and display to the world.

I warned, for example, of "media disclosures of the lady lobbyists in Washington having adulterous affairs with McCain - there are at least three of them."

I didn't, however, think that the New York Times and the Washington Post would jump the gun so soon and wait a little longer - but they decided Michelle Obama's incredible not-proud-of-her-country admission was so damaging to her husband's campaign that attention had to be re-directed to a juicy McCain adultery scandal, replete with color pics of the hot blonde lobbyist involved.  This morning (2/21), the photo of Vicki Iseman is up on Drudge for millions to see.

In response, McCain did exactly the right thing:  he attacked.  He didn't simply denounce the story as a "smear," but he had his campaign manager, Charlie Black, announce that McCain would now "declare war on the New York Times."

Perfect.  When you've got lemons, make lemonade.  And that's just what conservatives must do now with the lemon of John McCain.
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HALF-FULL REPORT: 2/22/08 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 22 February 2008

I have been saving a very special bottle of wine - a 1992 Chateau Vieux French Bordeaux - for a very specific occasion:  to celebrate the death of Fidel Castro.  Looks like I'll be opening it soon - for the best news of the week is Castro's announcing he has one foot in the grave by ending his 49-year run as Cuba's El Jefe Maximo.

I chose the vintage not just because 1992 was a great year for French reds, but because I went to Cuba that year.  I told the story a couple of years ago in Cuba Libré.  A meeting with Castro had been set up, at which I intended to tell him the Cuban people would some day urinate on his grave.  He got wind of it and canceled the meeting.  My wife was very relieved.

Dagny D'Anconia explained the dictator's slow and awful descent towards demise some time ago in The Partial Assassination of Fidel Castro.  Drawn-out lingering nightmare agony - just the sort of hell a piece of murderous human garbage deserves.

What's hilarious is the lib media's portrayal of Raul Castro as a Cuban Mikhail Gorbachev reformer.  Raul is a 76-year old alcoholic who hasn't much longer to go himself.  The army and secret police still run everything, but with Fidel gone the regime has no legitimacy.  Odds will increase for a really bloody revolution.
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BARACK THE SHADOW BOXER Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 21 February 2008

Texas State Sen. Kirk Watson had an embarrassing moment the night the candidate he is supporting for president won the Wisconsin primary.  MSNBC's Chris Matthews asked him to name a legislative accomplishment of Sen. Barack Obama.

"I'm not going to be able to do that tonight," Mr. Watson replied.

Or any other night.  Barack Obama, noted National Review's David Frum, has the thinnest resume of any candidate for president since William Jennings Bryan in 1896. 

Then 36 (the youngest man ever nominated for president), Bryan had been a congressman for only six undistinguished years when, on July 9, he electrified the Democratic convention in Chicago with his Cross of Gold speech.

"Men and women screamed," wrote one eyewitness reporter, and "like demented things, divested themselves of their coats and flung them high in the air."  He won the nomination the next day.

Bryan got creamed in the general election, which suggests there is a limit to how high a populist with little on his resume besides a charismatic personality and a silver tongue can rise.
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HOPE FOR IRAQ IN DENMARK Print E-mail
Written by Michael Ledeen   
Friday, 22 February 2008

I'm in Denmark this week as an observer at an Iraqi "reconciliation conference" that has brought nearly two dozen political and religious leaders to Copenhagen. It's a fascinating group.

The clerics range from Sunnis and Shiites to members of little-known pre-Islamic sects like the Yezidis (who seem to be historically linked to the Zoroastrians) and the Mandaeans (the central figure of whose faith is John the Baptist), all of whom have suffered ghastly depredations in the terror war following the defeat of Saddam Hussein.

Political figures include National Security Adviser Muwafaq al-Rubayie, who spent a long and intense day here on Tuesday (2/19), and remains in close contact as the participants try to hammer out a collective document.

It's probably sheer coincidence that this conference takes place at the moment General Petraeus is expressing considerable hope for reconciliation, and his statement that Iraqis need to shout instead of shoot is very much in the forefront of the discussions here.
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PUBLIC EDUCATION AND HIGHER TAXES Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Friday, 22 February 2008

Why do individuals and countries engage in self-destructive behavior? Many books have been written on the topic, but given the U.S. election campaign, it is worth examining why some politicians and other opinion leaders advocate policies contrary to both good theory and empirical evidence.

Despite this evidence of success, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama want to increase the top tax rates, though there is no evidence that raising the top rates will result in any more revenue but there is evidence it will result in slower growth.

They can get away with it because voters have had their brains mangled by public education.

Since education in almost all countries these days is chiefly in public institutions, except for relatively small numbers of students educated in U.S. private schools and universities, it should come as no surprise that the government employees doing the "educating" are biased toward the public sector and are anti-business.
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