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MEANING AND PURPOSE FOR THE RIGHT AND THE LEFT Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Monday, 01 September 2008

When you have something that absorbs your attention and gives you goals to aim for, you have a sense of purpose. When you have something that matters to you, usually involving other people and/or a sense of something larger than yourself, you have a sense of meaning.

Meaning and purpose are important concepts - crucial to living a happy and successful life. But the central and sometimes frustrating feature of both is that they are earned over time, through searching, through focus and commitment to your work, your family, your friends, your faith, and the activities that you find bring you a deep sense of satisfaction.

But there is a cheap and easy path to a more short-term and fragile sense of meaning and purpose, and it's part of human nature for people to take it.  That path is:  following the Great Leader.

There is a difference between admiring a leader who is also a hero on the one hand - as I do with a man like Ronald Reagan or General Petraeus - or on the other hand "crying your eyelashes off" (Oprah) or "getting a tingle up your leg" (Chris Matthews) from an Obama speech.

The difference, I think, lies in your relationship to the philosophy of individualism.
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SARAH! A SURPRISE TO THE WORLD BUT NOT TO TTP'ERS Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Saturday, 30 August 2008

What did that guy say standing in front of that phony cardboard Greek Temple a couple of nights ago in Denver?  Nobody remembers, nobody cares.  Because everybody is talking about somebody else, the most exciting political surprise of modern times.

In fact, the only people on earth not surprised were readers of To The Point.

On June 4, 2008, TTP's Jack Kelly - whom TTP'ers in the Forum have now dubbed "Nostradamus" - wrote Fire and Nice for McCain's VP.  Her high school basketball teammates called her Sarah Barracuda.  Her fellow beauty contestants for Miss Alaska named her Miss Congeniality. 

Fire & Nice.  Nostradamus Kelly takes political acumen and prescience to a whole new level.  Isn't it odd that a VP pick now being universally described by conservatives as "brilliant" and "inspired" came as such as surprise.  Well, we at To The Point are happy to describe Jack Nostradamus Kelly as brilliant and inspired!

So - the first question that comes to mind to ask Dems and Omaniacs is:   Do you have any idea how large a full-grown bull moose is?
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ARE THE DEMS STUPID ENOUGH TO MISUNDERESTIMATE SARAH? Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Saturday, 30 August 2008

I wrote Fire and Nice for McCain's VP back in June in which I said Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin would be the ideal running mate for Sen. McCain.  But I never thought he'd pick her.

I underestimated him.  And Democrats will underestimate "Sarah Barracuda" at their peril.

If I were Slow Joe Biden, I'd be worried.  A former journalist, Sarah Palin is careful about what she says and says it well, qualities for which Sen. Biden is not reknowned.  

Sen. Obama picked Sen. Biden in part because of his reputed skill as a hatchet man.  But if Sen. Biden comes on too hard in the vice presidential debate, he'll look like a bully. Alaska is littered with the bodies of those who tried to bully Sarah Palin and failed.
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NOT IN DENVER Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 28 August 2008

That's where I am this week - not in Denver.  That's where I encourage you to be as well.

When Hussein Nobama gives his ridiculous Greek Temple speech today, I will literally be underwater - scuba diving off a small island in the Caribbean called Saba (say-bah).

It's a funky little place most have never heard of, a mountaintop in the sea, so steep it has no beaches and no rivers.  Saba's population of 1200, many of whom are descended from pirates six and seven generations ago, make do with rainwater.  They live in tiny homes clustered in tiny hamlets in high mountain valleys around the island.

The people are wonderfully friendly and gracious, there's no crime of any kind, the food is great, the beer is cheap, and the diving incredible - one of the best in the world.

What better place to completely ignore whatever craziness there is going on in the world, particularly the Democrat craziness in Denver?
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OBAMAS FAVORITE MOSLEM Print E-mail
Written by Alex Alexiev   
Wednesday, 27 August 2008

As the Democrat Convention's carefully-scripted coronation of perhaps the least qualified major party presidential candidate in recent American history builds up to its climax, few have noticed that the convention's most pregnant political message may have already been delivered before it officially started.

It came in the form of a decision by Obama's campaign to feature the president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Ms. Ingrid Mattson, at an "Interfaith Gathering" of Leftist religious luminaries the day before the convention opened (8/24).

In doing that, Obama and the Democrat leadership rather demonstratively bestowed their seal of approval on the largest and most important front organization of the American Muslim Brotherhood, a conspiratorial Islamist revolutionary movement dedicated, in their own words, to "a grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands."  

The implications of this political legitimization of a group dedicated to the destruction of our constitutional order are so profoundly disturbing that some background on what exactly ISNA and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) or Ikhwan Muslimi are is in order.
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WHY DO POLITICIANS ALWAYS CONFUSE INCOME WITH WEALTH? Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Which of the following families is "richer"?

The first family consists of a wife who has recently become a medical doctor, and she makes $160,000 per year. Her husband is a small business entrepreneur who makes $110,000 per year, giving them a total family income of $270,000 per year.

However, they are still paying off the loans the wife took out for medical school and the loans the husband took out to start his business, amounting to debts of $300,000. Their total assets are valued at $450,000; hence, their real net worth or wealth (the difference between gross assets and liabilities) is only $150,000.

The second family consists of a trial lawyer who took early retirement and his non-working wife. They have an annual income of $230,000, all of it derived from interest on tax-free municipal bonds they own. However, their net worth is $7 million, consisting of $5 million in bonds, a million-dollar home with no mortgage, and a million dollars in art work, home furnishings, automobiles and personal items.

The second family is clearly far better off financially than the first family, yet many in the U.S. Congress, including Sen. Barack Hussein Obama, want to increase taxes on the first (and poorer) family and not on the wealthier family.
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SLOW JOE BIDEN: A FERRARI FOR A MOUTH, A TOYOTA FOR A BRAIN Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 26 August 2008

The funniest of several mirthful moments in the Democrats' vice presidential candidate rollout was the assertion by aides for Sen. Barack Hussein Obama that though he's been in the U.S. Senate for more than 35 years, Joe Biden isn't a Washington insider because he takes the train home to Wilmington every night.

Do they really believe this?  Or is it just that they think we're stupid enough to believe it?

The only running mate who could have moved the needle much for Sen. Obama was Hillary Clinton, and he had powerful reasons other than electability for not selecting her.

But Slow Joe?
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HALF-FULL REPORT 08/22/08 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 21 August 2008

We start with the revelation that there is a solid scientific reason for calling this the Half-Full Report.  Psychological researchers have studied silver and bronze medal winners over the last several Olympics.  It turns out that, on average, the bronze winners were happier than the silver.

Those that won the silver were filled with regret that they didn't win the gold, while those that won the bronze were happy they got a medal at all rather than nothing for finishing fourth.

The lead researcher, Dr. Thomas Gilovich of Cornell University, summed up the lesson learned:

"The key to understanding happiness is not to think about it as a trait but as a talent.  Happy people have a talent - they are able to argue that life is a glass half full."

Happy people look at life as a glass half-full.  Yes, that is exactly the purpose of the Half-Full Report!  It's good to have science behind the reason.

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Wasn't it so much fun this week watching Obambi get the crap beat out of him by a woman and an old man?  The HFR's description last April of him as a pussy sure is turning out to be spot on:
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THE O-MAN: THOSE 398 WORDS THAT WENT VIRAL Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 21 August 2008

Last June, I wrote O=Zero, offering an O=Zero bumpersticker (there's also an O=Zero T-shirt).  Somebody, I haven't the foggiest idea who, excerpted 398 words from the article and emailed all his (or her) friends, who proceeded to do the same with their friends.

When this happens exponentially, and the email ends up in umpteen gazillion inboxes so that people tell you "this is the fourth time I've been sent this!", it is said to "go viral."

An example of how viral is that a columnist for Townhall, Doug Giles wrote a column about it .  He starts by saying:
A buddy of mine in Texas sent a friend of his, an Obama backer, a devastating article written by Dr. Jack Wheeler in which he spotlights in 398 words the fact that Barack, in reality, is much different from the fabricated Jesus image the Dim-o-crats would have us worship.

Yes, in just a few keystrokes Wheeler deftly dismembered the notion spun by the scribes of Obama that he is the fresh breeze blowing in our land and reveals, instead, that Barack is a typical uberliberal slim shady politician who simply blows.
The funny thing is, he continues on about Obambi but never quotes a single one of my "398 words"!  So I thought that, just in case you've had your inbox turned off lately or are one of the rare folk who haven't been sent this, you'd like to see all 398.
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JACK ABRAMOFF'S OCTOBER SURPRISE FOR JOHN MCCAIN Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 20 August 2008

As Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, it was John McCain who launched the investigation of lobbyist Jack Abramoff. 

Those investigations provided the springboard for the incredible media frenzy of the "Abramoff lobbying scandals."  The Washington Post, for example, ran over 50 above-the-fold front page headline stories on Abramoff to feed the frenzy.

Jack Abramoff is in jail today because of John McCain.  Now it's payback time.  Abramoff will be setting off a bombshell timed to do maximum damage to his nemesis right before the election. 

And in so doing, he will be ripping the lid off and exposing the dirtiest secret of how Washington really works.  The way it works is like this.
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THE SHOCK OF LEARNING OBAMA IS RADICALLY PRO-ABORTION Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 21 August 2008

Wonder why Barack Hussein Obama's been plunging in the polls?  Consider how he's elevated a policy dispute into a character issue.

Sen. Obama thinks he can sell icicles to Eskimos.  That self confidence is likely what brought him to Pastor Rick Warren's mega-church last weekend to woo evangelicals.

Mr. Obama thought he had an opening, because religious young people are as attracted to what's hip and cool as much as their less religious contemporaries, and young evangelicals tend to be very concerned about the environment and helping the poor.

But far and away the most important issue for evangelicals, young and old, is abortion, and Sen. Obama has one of the most radically pro-abortion records of any politician in America.  The less evangelicals -- and most ordinary Americans -- know about it, the better for Sen. Obama. 

So a politician with less ego and more judgment would have stayed as far away from the Saddleback Church as possible. As Arnold would say, big mistake.
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THE CORPORATE INCOME TAX AND BLUSTER BRAIN POLITICIANS Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Thursday, 21 August 2008

Rank the following taxes from best to worst: individual income taxes; payroll taxes, corporate income taxes, sales or consumption taxes, and residential property taxes. The vast majority of economists would rank the corporate income tax as being worst and the sales tax and residential property tax as the best.

Unfortunately, the corporate income tax is often the favorite tax of fiscally irresponsible politicians because it is not easily seen.   In fact, the corporate tax is paid by workers in lower wages and fewer new jobs, by consumers in higher prices and by savers and investors in lower rates of return.

Last week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a study that showed 28 percent of large companies paid no corporate income tax in 2005 almost always because they had made no profit.

Rather than thoughtfully considering whether the corporate income tax should be reduced or abolished, several bluster brains in the U.S. Congress used the report as an excuse to attack corporations.
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MIND OVER MAGIC: McCain Vs. Obama Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Thursday, 21 August 2008

The contrast could not have been starker in Saddleback Chuch. The first hour of Rick Warren's questioning period featured Barack Hussein Obama, relaxed, thoughtful, pensive, nuanced, taking all sides of an issue - the Post-Modern candidate.

The second hour was taken by John McCain, exhibiting passion and energy, and who showed that he knew what he believed, knew what he wanted to say, and could communicate precisely what he wanted to do.

The difference was not simply a matter of style. It demonstrated a fundamental contrast in world views. Not just political world views, but metaphysical world views: one that believes in magic, one that believes in reality.

Words to Obama are like the spells of a wizard, conjuring new realities from the mundane muggle world.

This is why the standard solution to conflict in the liberal world is to sit down and talk. Talk with the UN. Talk with Ahmedinijad. Talk with Al Qaeda.  Talk with Putin. If only the right people, those with the special knowledge of the magical nature of words, could sit down with our enemies and talk with them, then all could be resolved.  This is why liberals live in a world of literal illusion, rather than actual reality.
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WHY I'VE DECIDED TO VOTE DEMOCRAT Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 22 August 2008

I'm voting Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

I'm voting Democrat because freedom of speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.

I'm voting Democrat because when we pull out of Iraq I trust that the bad guys will stop what they're doing because they now think we're good people.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe that people who can't tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don't start driving a Prius.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe that when the terrorists don't have to hide from us over there, they'll come over here, and I don't want to have any guns in the house to shoot them with. 
 
(I'm so Democrat that I have a big sign on the door of my house:  There are no guns in this home!  That, I am quite sure, will deter criminals.  I think all Democrats should be required to display this sign on their home.)
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HALF-FULL REPORT 08/15/08 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 15 August 2008

Could there possibly be a glass half-full of anything worth drinking during this horrific week when the Cold War has been bloodily re-ignited?

Yes, actually.  So let's take our bottle of Polish Vyborova vodka out of the freezer for a chilled martini (just a spray of vermouth, please), and raise a toast to the latest Czar of Russia for being such an idiot to invade Georgia.

For all the grudging praise of what a "genius" Czar Vlad is, let's ask:  if you were him, if you were bent on reestablishing Russia as an imperial superpower so intimidating that all your neighbors and every leader of Euroweenia would lick your boots - who would you want as President of the United States, Obama or McCain?

It's a rhetorical question, isn't it? 
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