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DESTROYER OF THE GULAG BUT NO LOVER OF FREEDOM Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Ariel Cohen   
Thursday, 07 August 2008

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who died Sunday (8/03) of heart failure at age 89, was a titan in Russian literature and politics of the 20th century. He survived the Stalinist purges, World War II, eight years in the gulag, a successful battle with cancer, and communist denunciation. After spending 18 years exiled in America, he made a triumphant return to his homeland in 1994.

Mr. Solzhenitsyn's life was full of contradictions. Together with another giant, Russian Nobel Prize winning physicist Andrei Sakharov and fellow dissidents, he contributed greatly to the exposure of totalitarian socialism's moral bankruptcy.

However, he was a harsh critic of liberal democracy, and of America, despite the fact that it gave him shelter and protection during his difficult years of exile. A Harvard commencement speech in which he accused Americans of hedonism and cowardice became a scandal. While his family became U.S. citizens, he refused to do so.

Russia today probably approaches Mr. Solzhenitsyn's ideal.
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NOBAMASENSE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 07 August 2008

Barack Hussein Obama's efforts to explain his energy policy indicate why his campaign has emphasized celebrity over issues.  The liberal San Francisco Chronicle says he is offering "more flip-flops than a Lake Tahoe souvenir stand."

In a speech in Lansing, Michigan Monday (8/04), Mr. Obama  called for release of 70 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.  As the AP's Tom Raum noted in his lead, this was a reversal of a position he had taken less than a month before. 

"The strategic oil reserve, I think, has to be reserved for a genuine emergency," Sen. Obama said in a press availability in St. Louis July 7: 

"You have a situation, let's say, where there was a major oil facility in Saudi Arabia that was destroyed as a consequence of terrorist acts, and you suddenly had huge amounts of oil taken out of the world market, we wouldn't just be seeing $4 a gallon oil.  We could see a situation where entire sectors of the country had no oil to function at all.  And that's what the strategic oil reserve has to be for."

Now, apparently, a drop in the opinion polls is reason enough to tap the strategic petroleum reserve.
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POLITICIANS ALWAYS BLAME THE PROBLEMS THEY CAUSE ON OTHERS Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 05 August 2008

Two of the following three news stories are true and one is not. Which ones do you think are true?

Story No. 1:
"A new commission appointed by Norway will investigate ways of putting a stop to the huge flows of money into tax havens. Tax evasion and corruption are believed to cost poor countries at least $50 billion a year (according to an estimate by Oxfam International)."

Story No. 2:
"A new commission created by several small low-income non-oil producing nations was established to seek ways of forcing oil rich nations to share their oil revenue with poor nations."

Story No. 3:
"Senators declare war on offshore havens. Congressional scrutiny of the offshore vehicles used by companies, investment funds and wealthy individuals is increasing."
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AN ANTIDOTE TO WORRY AND REGRET Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 08 August 2008

Do you lie awake thinking about the gal or the guy you didn't marry, the business you didn't enter, the house you didn't buy, the town in which you didn't settle down, the job you didn't take, the childhood you didn't have?

Do you ruminate about what you "coulda shoulda woulda" done?

If you do, I have something to offer this week that could save you from dwelling on what you wish you had done, and get you focused on what you want to make happen now.

First of all let me ask you two questions: 
  1. When you think of past regrets, are you happy?
  2. If not, do you believe that by ruminating or regretting that you are somehow improving your life?
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DO SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Monday, 04 August 2008

People tend to overestimate the pain of bigger troubles, and underestimate the pain of smaller ones. They don't anticipate that the smaller troubles will lead to much harm, so they let don't tackle them with gusto.  

This is why when I was working primarily as a Marriage and Family Therapist I would often see couples on the verge of a divorce, not from any huge offense or betrayal, but when an accumulation of small things had become so painful it made it worth getting help.

Each little thing had gone by, seemingly too small to bother with, but over time the injuries accumulated, the daily sweet and good interactions faded, and love and trust had eroded grain by grain to the point where little could be done to rebuild the joy and the bond that should have lasted a lifetime.

We are often more forgiving of the more dramatic things that hurt us the most, and hold on to grudges for smaller transgressions. So it turns out that we do need to sweat the small stuff.  But there are ways to do this without breaking into much of a sweat at all.
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OUR FAVORITE INSURANCE AGENT Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 08 August 2008

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HALF-FULL REPORT 08/01/08 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 01 August 2008

This week it became abundantly clear what a certain megalomaniacal naïve neophyte narcissist presidential aspirant should most appropriately be named.

Predecessor names have been Obambi, The Obamarama, Obamessiah, The One, and The Child - the latter due to the rumor that when in Israel last month, he made a secret visit to Bethlehem to see where he thinks he was born.

They are all obsolete now, because as of this week, he shall henceforth be called:  Egobama.

A proverb of the ancient Greeks applies to Egobama:  He whom the gods wish to destroy they first drive crazy.  For the Greeks, it was a particular kind of craziness that caused self-destruction:  hubris.  Not rational earned pride but lunatic self-importance, egomania.

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The HFR breathes a sigh of relief that at last the invertebrate incompetent crook running Israel, Ehud Olmert, is stepping down.   Getting this despised man out of power has been like trying to pry an abalone off a rock (any diver knows how hard that is).  And tragically, he'll still be around for many more months - the mortally critical months from November to January in particular.

Those are the months - specifically from November 5 to January 19 - between the US election and inauguration.  That's when Bush will have a fully free hand to conduct a US strike, or assist an Israeli strike, on Iran.

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Should the HFR raise a glass to coincidences?  Like the coincidence between the Half-Full Report 07/16/08 revealing the CIA-ISI-Taliban-opium nexus and the CIA leaking to the New York Times two weeks later (7/30) a story about the Pakistan ISI links to the Afghan Taliban?

Isn't it funny how all of a sudden, right after but never before - for years never before - the To The Point revelation, there's a flurry of big time media stories denouncing the ISI-Taliban connection?  How about this headline in the Washington Post today (8/01):  U.S. Officials: Pakistani Agents Helped Plan Kabul Bombing.

Even funnier is how CIA Deputy Director Stephen Kappes is doing the CYA Dance after the TTP revelation, leaking these stories.  What's not funny is that it's all smoke and mirrors.
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THE CHINESE MIRACLE ON CAPITOL HILL Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 01 August 2008

A miracle took place on Capitol Hill yesterday, July 31, 2008.  Democrats and Republicans in the House united on a vote of 419-1 to explicitly and in itemized detail condemn the Chicom government of China.

The single lone Congressman to vote No was Ron Paul (R-TX) - demonstrating once again that his total incapacity to defend America against its foreign enemies is why his presidential campaign failed.

House Resolution 1370 is the most pro-American statement of Congress in modern times.  For it is China that is and will be the greatest national security threat to America for the foreseeable future.  Far more than Islamic crazies running around chanting allahallahallah, and believing that blowing themselves up will somehow force the world back into the 7th century.

To The Point is thus pleased to provide the full text of H. Res. 1370.  It is an astounding compendium of Chicom perfidy.
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RUSSIAN MADNESS IN THE MIDDLE EAST Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Ariel Cohen   
Friday, 01 August 2008

In March 2009, Russia will deploy modern S-300 long-range anti-aircraft missiles in Iran. By June 2009, they will become fully operational, as Iranian teams finish training with Russian instructors, according to U.S. and Russian sources.

Mikhail Margelov, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian Senate, visited Washington last week. He said Iran is likely to produce a nuclear bomb "soon." Given the blood-curdling rhetoric of its President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, it is feared that Iran may use it against Israel.

The deployment of the anti-aircraft shield next spring effectively limits the window in which Israel or the United States can conduct an effective aerial campaign aimed at destroying, delaying or crippling the Iranian nuclear program.
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THE GREEN BERET COURT MARTIAL Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 01 August 2008

US Army Green Beret James T. (Smokey) Taylor was awakened in the early morning hours of November 5, 2007, when an intruder broke into his home in Knoxville, Tennessee.   He investigated the noises with one of his many weapons in the house. 

"It was just after Halloween, on Monday morning at 4:30," Taylor testified in his trial.  "I heard this commotion at the door and grabbed my fishing gun, a little .22 revolver, to see what was going on. 

"I got to the front door and this fellow had ripped my security door out of its frame. He said, 'You're going to have to kill me. I'm coming in'."

When a warning to leave went unheeded, Taylor brought his .22 caliber pistol to bear and shot him right between the eyes.
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THE HOAX OF THE HOLLOW MULLAHS Print E-mail
Written by Michael Ledeen   
Thursday, 31 July 2008

The mullahs in Tehran love hoaxes.  The most hilarious was the recent photo of a "new warplane," which on examination was a plastic toy model.

This was of a piece with the Photoshopped "evidence" of "new Iranian missiles," which was doubly deceptive: it was an old missile, not (as claimed) a new one, and there was only one of "them," not (as claimed) four launched simultaneously.

Alongside these hoaxes, designed to convince their people and the West that Iran is a mighty military power, Iranian leaders brag about their economic power as well. It's another hoax; every Iranian knows that the country is a basket case.

Yet our government plays right along.  We act in such a feckless way as to permit the mullahs to say to their people, "You see, the Americans are afraid of us. They will do nothing. You have no hope." And the hell of it is that the Islamic Republic is hollow, as its own behavior and its own results on the battlefield prove abundantly.
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THE DESTROYER OF AMERICA Print E-mail
Written by Tony Blankley   
Thursday, 31 July 2008

A rally in Berlin in front of a quarter-million glistening-eyed, bosom-clenching, swooning Germans is a historically awkward spot for a leader to proclaim his worldwide goals for tomorrow.  But that's where Barack Hussein Obama chose to declare:

"The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between natives and immigrants cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down. We know that these walls have fallen before. After centuries of strife, the people of Europe have formed a union of promise and prosperity."

That last sentence would suggest that Obama is not terribly keen about nation-states -  ours in particular.

That is why, presumably, he says that we must tear down the walls between the countries "with the most" -- that would be the United States -- and those with the least. That is why he calls for tearing down walls between "natives and (illegal?) immigrants."
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BOONE PICKENS WRONG ON WIND, RIGHT ON GAS Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Saturday, 26 July 2008

If you watch cable tv, chances are you've seen an ad promoting T. Boone Pickens' plan for reducing the vast sums we're spending on imported oil.

Hearts quickened in the Democrat party because Mr. Pickens says in the ad: "This is one emergency we can't drill our way out of."  That's what Democrats say when they block drilling off our coasts and in Arctic National Wildlife Reserve.  But the budding romance cooled when Mr. Pickens made it clear he supports lifting those drilling bans.

Mr. Pickens' plan has two key elements.  The first is to build a massive series of wind farms on the Great Plains.  The second is to convert most motor vehicles in the U.S. to run on compressed natural gas.

He's ridiculously wrong on wind, but bulls-eye right on natural gas. 

Then again, Jack Wheeler explained the argument for natural gas over two years ago in What Bush Can Do To Get Cheaper Gas (April 2006) and The Natural Gas Solution (May 2006).  Both are worth re-reading carefully now.   
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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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