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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.
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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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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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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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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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.
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. 


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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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.
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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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. 
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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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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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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