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THE BEAUTY OF 2010 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 05 February 2009

Right now, it is dawning on folks all over the country that Zero really isn't ready for prime time, that they were conned by the leftstream media to elect an empty suit who has never managed as much as a corner store and is a clueless naïve fool who doesn't know what he's doing.

When the public has maniacally high expectations, only to see them thwarted and dashed to the ground, heroes turn into zeros very, very fast. 

What happens to Zero when he is no longer worshipped but hated instead?  For someone whose personality consists primarily of empty narcissism and hubris, it could be psychologically catastrophic.  When that someone is the single most powerful human being on earth, it could be catastrophic for all of us.

This disturbing question was asked by a perceptive TTPer on the Forum, who notes that:  "The One having a functional, emotional and psychological breakdown under the calamitous pressure and problems of office in the next year is a very serious possibility."

Underneath that famously calm and cool exterior lies a fragile ego, like that of all narcissists.  As his failures and flounders mount, as his inability to deal with the monumental problems and threats voters expect him to solve becomes obvious no matter how much the media covers for him, his ego could disintegrate.
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THE AMERICAN OPTION Print E-mail
Written by Senator Jim DeMint   
Thursday, 05 February 2009

The stimulus bill that is being championed by Mr. Obama, which was passed by Democrats in the House last Wednesday (1/28), is the worst piece of economic legislation Congress has considered in a hundred years.

Not since the passage in 1909 of the 16th Amendment--which cleared the way for a federal income tax--has the United States seriously entertained a policy so comprehensively hostile to economic freedom, or so arrogantly indifferent to economic reality.

This bill is not a stimulus, ladies and gentlemen; it is a mugging. It is a fraud. Conservatives who fear proponents of this bill want to inch our economy closer to European-style socialism are kidding themselves. The proponents of this bill want to strap a big rocket on the back of our economy and launch it all the way to Brussels!

This massive spending bill is fatally flawed. It will not rescue our economy; it will strangle it. That is why this bill must be stopped dead in its tracks. It cannot be fixed in the Senate by adding a few tax cuts or taking away a little spending. It must be scrapped entirely.
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ELECTORAL VICTORY IN IRAQ Print E-mail
Written by Major General John F. Kelly, USMC   
Wednesday, 04 February 2009

I don't suppose this  will get much coverage in the States as the news is so good.  No, the news is unbelievable.  

Something didn't happen in Al  Anbar Province, Iraq today, Saturday January 31.

Once the most violent and most dangerous places on earth, no suicide vest bomber detonated killing dozens of voters.  

No suicide truck bomber drove into a polling place collapsing the  building and killing and injuring over 100.

No Marine was in a firefight engaging an Al Qaeda terrorist trying to disrupt democracy.

What did happen was Anbar Sunnis  came out in their tens of thousands to vote in the first free election of their lives.
 
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OBAMA'S CULTURE OF CORRUPTION Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 06 February 2009

When in the 2008 campaign Democrats spoke of a "culture of corruption" in Washington, few realized they were making a promise.

The Obama administration is only a few weeks old, but already more senior officials in it have suffered from ethical taint than in any previous administration.

You've heard of the ethics travails of Bill Richardson, Tim Geithner, Tom Daschle, Eric Holder, and Hilda Solis.  Now comes the most recent candidate in Obama's malleable ethics sweepstakes:  Ron Sims, chosen Monday (2/02) to be the deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

As King County (Seattle) executive, Mr. Sims was fined $124,000 for "blatant" violations of Washington state's state public records act for failure to release documents with regard to financing of the stadium where the Seattle Seahawks play.  Last month the state supreme court said the fine should be increased.
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THE SUBMISSION OF OBAMA TO ISLAM Print E-mail
Written by Frank Gaffney   
Friday, 06 February 2009

How appropriate that Barack Hussein Obama featured Aretha Franklin in his inaugural festivities since her signature song is "Respect."  Literally from the moment she finished belting out "My Country Tis of Thee" on January 20, the new President has been conveying his "respect" the Moslem world.  Unfortunately, the way he practices it seems to be spelled S.U.B.M.I.S.S.I.O.N.

Several observers have noted in recent days that Mr. Obama's outreach to the Moslem world is not only defensive and apologetic.  It explicitly embraces a narrative that is factually erroneous and deprecating to his own country.

What is really worrying is that Mr. Obama's actions and rhetoric are almost certainly being perceived by his target audience as evidence not of respect but of subservience-- precisely what Islam (the word "islam" literally means "submission" in Arabic) requires of all of us, Moslems and non-Moslems, alike.  
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THE RUSH TO REGULATE AND FINANCIAL DISASTER Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Friday, 06 February 2009

If you knew -- "a few weeks ago, the federal government had to commit several hundred billion dollars for a guarantee of Citicorp's assets, though examiners from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) have been inside the bank full-time for years, supervising the operations of this giant institution, under the broad powers granted by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of 1991 to bank supervisors" -- what would you think about the effectiveness of U.S. bank regulation?

The above quote comes from a thoughtful and important new paper, Regulation without Reason, by Peter J. Wallison, former general counsel of the U.S. Treasury and now a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Mr. Wallison warned for years - in books and articles - that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were headed for disaster, and now he is taking on the ill-thought out proposals to increase regulation of the financial industry, both by politicians and people who should know better.

The frightening thing is that many of the same intellectually and financially corrupt politicians - e.g. Rep. Barney Frank and Sen. Chris Dodd - whose actions directly helped bring on the present crisis, have now been put in charge of the hen house and are tasked with "making reforms."
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THE O PLOT THICKENS Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 06 February 2009

In The Beauty of 2010, Jack talks about a post on the TTP forum wondering about the likelihood of Obama "having a functional, emotional and psychological breakdown under the calamitous pressure and problems of office in the next year." That's a question worth considering.

When you talk about a breakdown, you are talking about behavior that demonstrates fragility or emotional vulnerability that renders a person incapable of coping with his or her day to day responsibilities.  Incompetence is my great worry with Obama.

The events of the past several weeks worry me, because they look like the actions of somebody who is fundamentally overwhelmed and unprepared.  Of a man who is letting others take care of business, while he gives speeches and votes "present" - which is exactly what Obama has been practicing all his life.

It is reasonable to expect that he would continue to do what he has practiced.
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OBAMA IS A JOKE PART II Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Wednesday, 04 February 2009

Jay Leno:

"Barack Obama said yesterday that the economy was 'going to get worse before it gets better.' See, that's when you know the campaign is really over. Remember before the election? 'The audacity of hope!' 'Yes, we can!' 'A change we can believe in!' Now it's, 'We're all screwed.'"

"Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order on his first full day in office, directing the closing of Guantanamo Bay. He said he needs the money for new prisons to hold Democratic mayors and governors."

"There was a huge scientific breakthrough today.  Researchers say they are very close to finding someone from Obama's Cabinet who's actually paid their taxes."

"Because of a huge budget crisis, California is now going to delay paying tax refunds.  To which Tom Daschle said, 'That's why I didn't pay them in the first place'."

Conan O'Brien:

"A New York elementary school became the first school in the country to be named after Barack Obama. Yeah, that's very nice. Yeah, unfortunately, no one likes their team's new nickname, the Fighting Husseins."

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THE GREATEST PICTURE EVER TAKEN OF AMERICA'S NEW PRESIDENT:
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CAREFREE IN AN UNCAREFREE WORLD Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 28 January 2009

It's not easy to summarize in a few hundred words all that was discussed over many hours at Carefree.  What's far easier is to summarize what we all experienced:  the straightforward joy of getting together with fellow TTPers.

Here's a collection of photos, courtesy of Maureen Bowen, to give you an idea.  Or see the Forum posts by attendees such as Spartan and Mitch Rapp.

Thanks to Google Earth wizard Dan Barak, we could focus in on any country or geographical location in the world and discuss it - which we did for dozens of countries all over the planet.

When it came to the main event, however, what we didn't discuss regarding the United States was how and why Zero and his "Stimulus" will be catastrophically bad.  We all knew that the entire $800+ billion stimulus program will make the economy much worse, because its purpose is not improving the economy but increasing the political power of Democrats and their fascist allies on the Left.

There was no point in discussing this.  So we focused instead on:  what do we do about it, how do we get out of its way, how do we keep our freedom and save our financial derrieres?
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HALF-FULL REPORT 01/30/09 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 30 January 2009

The Age of Zero is only ten days old at this writing (1/30), and already this is a failed presidency.  On the eve of Zero's Immaculation, his approval rating was 83%.  Now Rasmussen reports it's 63%, a 20% drop in less than two weeks.

The goofball mistakes are piling up, but here's the top three, a Stupidity Hat Trick.

His first international interview is with a Moslem news outlet, earning him the label: "President al-Arabiya."  He grovels and apologizes to the Moslem world for America being the target of their hatred, as only a liberal embarrassed to be an American can.

In return, Mahmoud Ahmadinutjob spits in his face and demands that Zero beg for forgiveness for America's sins against Iran, the number one terrorist state on earth.

Zero follows up this demonstration of brilliance by attacking Rush Limbaugh by name, petulantly demanding that Republicans not listen to him.  Did Rush somehow bribe Zero to say this?  Now, everybody is listening to Rush - who immediately takes maximum advantage of his Zero-provided megaphone and offers an extremely clever proposal:
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THE ISLAMIZATION OF EUROPE Print E-mail
Written by Geert Wilders   
Wednesday, 28 January 2009

[You may have seen news stories, such as on Fox News, about the Dutch member of parliament, Geert Wilders, being prosecuted in Dutch courts for "insulting Islam." Recently, Mr. Wilders delivered this speech in New York.  After reading it, you may watch his 15-minute film Fitna. Geert Wilders is a hero of Western Civilization, and he may go to jail for it. ]

I come to America with a mission. All is not well in the old world. There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic. We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe. This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West. 

The danger I see looming is the scenario of America as the last man standing. The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe.

The Europe you know is changing. You have probably seen the landmarks. The Eiffel Tower and Trafalgar Square and Rome's ancient buildings and maybe the canals of Amsterdam. They are still there. And they still look very much the same as they did a hundred years ago.

But in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world, a world very few visitors see - and one that does not appear in your tourist guidebook. It is the world of the parallel society created by Moslem mass-migration.
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PROOF THAT THE TREASURY SECRETARY IS A TAX CHEAT Print E-mail
Written by Skye   
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
 
Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY) is Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which is responsible for writing federal tax legislation.  Last September, he admitted he did not pay the required income taxes on some of his private income (Caribbean rental properties, etc.).

Although Republicans demanded he resign his chairmanship, Speaker Nancy Pelosi firmly supported Rangel.

Yesterday (1/27), Timothy Geithner was sworn in as Treasury Secretary, despite the fact did not pay $34,023 in self-employment taxes from 2001 to 2004 when he worked at the International Monetary Fund.

Geithner said that his failure to pay self-employment tax was due to mistakes made by his individual tax return preparation software, which he identified in his testimony during his Senate confirmation hearing as Turbo Tax.

This is a provable lie.  And it gives the Republicans a golden opportunity:  to introduce the "Rangel-Geithner Equal Treatment Under The Tax Law Bill."
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THE BLANK SCREEN OF A DECEPTIVE DICTATOR Print E-mail
Written by Tony Blankley   
Thursday, 29 January 2009

Barack Hussein Obama is a beguiling but confounding figure. As he said of himself in "The Audacity of Hope," "I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views."

It is indeed audacious that he should proclaim this consciously disingenuous attribute. And as one reads his inaugural address, it is hard not to conclude that it was crafted shrewdly to perpetuate such confusion.

Run-of-the-mill politicians try to hide their duplicity. Only the most gifted of that profession brag that they intend to confound and confuse the public.

And it is working. Many of my fellow conservative commentators are embarrassingly eager to search Obama's words, groveling for hopeful signs that he is not a radical intent on changing the face and nature of our republic.
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EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE AND THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Thursday, 29 January 2009

If you knew economic growth and new job creation begin to slow when total government spending is larger than about 25 percent of the economy, and you knew total government spending in the United States is about 36 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) - would you propose policies to make government larger or smaller to create more jobs and boost economic growth?

Over the last few decades, many economists have done studies on the "optimum" size of government. A new study just completed shows the optimum size of government is less than 25 percent of GDP. Optimum is defined as that point just before government becomes so large as to reduce the rate of economic growth and job creation.

Rather than increasing the size of government, the empirical evidence shows that sharply reducing taxes, regulations, and government spending down to at least 25 percent of GDP would do the most to spur economic growth and create more jobs over the long run.

There is virtually no empirical evidence - in the United States or anywhere else - to support the belief of economists of the Keynesian school that a big increase in government spending will make matters better, rather than worse. 
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WHY THERE'S HOPE FOR AMERICA Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 30 January 2009

Americans had a choice last year between a young, bold, energetic, optimistic, and symbolically transformative president, who promised to take effective action and solve problems; and an old, awkward preacher of self-sacrifice who could not articulate a clear message in the debates.

This was not an election between a clear conservative versus a clear liberal. This was an election between a muddled centrist deal maker and an American optimistic problem solver. That's what people thought they saw.

Of course we dread how Zero wants to go about solving problems. We understand the socialism behind his flowery rhetoric. But don't confuse our understanding and rejection of such ridiculous political fascism with the understanding of most Americans who voted for this man.

They will see, soon enough, that this was a mistake. This may take some time, and we will likely be in for some rough waters ahead. While you will want to take effective action yourself to protect you and your family from the troubles that will result, I also want to encourage you to take a step back, and stand outside of the context of the political world, so that you can remember everything else in your precious life.

There are two things that I want to suggest for you to practice in order to make this easier for you:
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