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HALF-FULL REPORT 03/13/09 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 13 March 2009

I plopped onto a barstool at the HFR Saloon and ordered a Maximus.  "So you're into Double IPAs, eh?" noted the bartender as he served it in a frosty mug.  "Best beer in America," was my response.

"Well, you look like you need a best of something," he observed. 

"What I need is a refuge from insanity.  That's why I come here - the HFR Saloon is a refuge from the insane asylum America is becoming.  Just today, the big headline in my paper [The Washington Times] is "Obama Vows to Get Tough on Earmarks."  He said this as he was signing legislation that had 9,000 earmarks.  If the nation doesn't laugh itself silly over that, then we have a nation of retards.

"But maybe the whole world is going insane.  Again today, the guy who runs Blackstone declares that "45% of the world's wealth has been destroyed" in this global economic meltdown.  What does that mean?  That close to half of all the homes, cars, commercial buildings, all the gold and silver in bank vaults, all the stuff that everybody owns in the world has been demolished?  Is this guy nuts?  And yet it makes headlines. 

I paused to quaff my Maximus.  I was beginning to draw a crowd.
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THE TRAP OF LIZZIE WEBBER Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 12 March 2009
 
Many years ago when I was running a cinnamon business in South Viet Nam, I flew from Saigon to Jesselton in British North Borneo (now it's Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia).  Out the window I saw all these gorgeous tropical island paradises sprinkled over the ocean.  I asked the captain what they were. 

"The Spratlys," he said.  I pointed to one jewel in particular.  Checking his map, he answered, "Lizzie Webber."

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"Yeah, she's beautiful all right - but don't ever go sailing down there," he warned.  "She's a trap, just like all the Spratlys."

Now today, thanks to President Zero, America is caught in the trap of Lizzie Webber.
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FROM COWBOY TO CHURLISH DIPLOMACY Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Americans anxiously watching their 401ks melt away may not have noticed the Obama administration is off to a rocky start in foreign policy, too.

We were told often during the campaign that Mr. Obama would repair relationships with foreign governments allegedly damaged by the "cowboy" diplomacy of George W. Bush. 

But in his first weeks in office, President Obama gratuitously has offended allies, and has made clumsy overtures -- contemptuously rebuffed -- to adversaries.

Most puzzling has been the back of the hand treatment the president has given to our closest ally.  The British were ecstatic when Mr. Obama was elected.  They aren't any longer.
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THOSE WHO CAUSED OUR PROBLEMS CANNOT FIX THEM Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Thursday, 12 March 2009

Those in the Obama administration blame the Bush administration for the current mess. Yet the markets have continued to fall since President Obama was nominated (S&P down 48 percent), elected (down 28 percent) and assumed office (down 15 percent).

Worse yet, the markets are down to less than half the level they were when the Democrats took over Congress two years ago. The markets are clearly registering a vote of "no confidence" in the Democrat Congress and the Obama administration.

Markets are leading indicators, and so it is only a matter of time before the general public registers its vote of no-confidence in the Obama administration.

Rep. Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, is on a witch hunt to find people in government and the private sector to threaten and blame.  This is ironic in the extreme, given that Mr. Frank was, and continues to be, a major part of the problem. 
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THE BRITISH TWO-FER OF POVERTY AND A POLICE STATE Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Warning to tourists - it is now illegal to take a photo of a London policeman or "bobby." The time-honored tradition of tourists having their pictures taken with London cops is being dealt a silly death blow by those who control the British nanny-state. The British are not only losing their economic prosperity, but their civil liberties as well.

Will Britain again become the "sick man of Europe"? A quarter-century ago, Margaret Thatcher led Britain out of an economic wilderness and enabled it to have the fastest-growing economy among the four big countries in the European Union.

Today, however, under Gordon Brown's Labor government,
Britain is rapidly rushing backward with pre-Thatcherite economic policies.  At the same time, civil libertarians on both the left and right are increasingly concerned that Britain is drifting toward becoming a police state.
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THE ANTI-HAPPINESS OF LIBERALS Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 13 March 2009

When you watch the news on TV, you may think you're getting an accurate picture of what's going on in the world. But what you're actually getting is a selection of all the worst things that are happening at any given moment throughout the entire world.

Liberal (or "progressive" as they call themselves) politicians use this to make you feel personally helpless, and to inflate their own importance.  People with a sense of pessimism and powerlessness can easily think that only some great force can solve things.

That great force always, for liberals, turns out to be more and more government power and control over our lives.  This is why liberals have a vested interest in anti-happiness.
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PROPOSED DIVORCE AND SEPARATION AGREEMENT Print E-mail
Written by John J. Wall   
Friday, 13 March 2009

Dear American Liberals, Leftists, Social Progressives, Socialists, Marxists, and Obama Supporters, et al:

As a law student, I have drawn up a divorce & separation agreement on behalf of my fellow Conservative Americans and you.

We have stuck together since the late 1950's, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce.  I know, we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but, sadly, this relationship has run its course. 

Our two ideological sides of America cannot, and will not ever agree on what is right, so let's just end it on friendly terms.  We can smile, chalk it up to irreconcilable differences, and go our own way.

Here is a model separation agreement:
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HALF-FULL REPORT 03/06/09 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 06 March 2009

When I walked into the HFR Saloon today, everyone at the bar was laughing their heads off.  "What's so funny?" I asked.  "Haven't you heard?" came a reply.  "Our messiah-in-chief has a new title.  He's now President Teleprompter."

"Yes, even the New York Times is saying he's addicted - can't give a speech or make the simplest announcement without it," my barmate continued.  There's even a website now: teleprompterpresident.com

"And this guy has the audacity to make fun of Rush Limbaugh - who just spoke at that CPAC conference for 90 minutes straight without a single note.  Can you imagine what would happen to Zero if he had to debate Rush one-on-one?  He'd be a joke."

"He already is a joke, and a quite tasteless one," I responded.  "That's why he's being called ‘Jimmy Obama,' after the disastrous bad joke of the Carter presidency."  I ordered a pint of Guinness.

"But he's already blown way past Carter incompetence.  So I think we should start calling him ‘Richard Obama' - after Richard Nixon."

Everyone at the bar gave me a blank stare.

"Ah, how did Nixon's presidency end?" I asked rhetorically.  "He resigned, he quit.  Our country literally cannot afford four years of Zero - our economy and our national security will be ruined, no joke, no exaggeration.  We need this guy outta here ASAP.  We need him to suffer the fate of Richard Nixon."

Everyone promptly ordered another Guinness with which to properly reflect on this.
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THE OBAMA-PROOF PORTFOLIO Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 04 March 2009

In the wake of Zero's election last November (the DOW was above 9,000 on 11/04), TTP predicted the DOW was headed to below 7,000 (The Word That Can Save America, 11/21).  Wait ‘till you see where we think it's headed now (see below).

By now, it should be clear to anyone with a desire for self-preservation that Zero's economic policies are indistinguishable from those skillfully designed to destroy the American economy on purpose.

Thus the urgent need for strategies to preserve one's savings and assets under attack by Zero's malicious economic masochism.  We all need to develop an "Obama-Proof Portfolio."
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THE WATERMELON WHITE HOUSE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 04 March 2009
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Mayor Dean Grose of Los Alamitos, a small community in Orange County, California, resigned Monday (3/02) for emailing this cartoon to some friends, with the caption, "No Easter egg hunt this year."

He resigned because the media screamed the tired old bogeyman of "Racism! Racism!" and he was so stupid he fell for the ridiculous accusation. Mayor Grose promptly begged for forgiveness like a good little white boy, saying he hadn't a clue about watermelons and racism.  He probably didn't.

Yet the cartoon above is completely accurate.  We do have a Watermelon White House in Washington now.  But this hasn't anything to do with silly antiquated racial stereotypes.  It has to do with what a watermelon is today in terms of political and social activism.
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THE WAY TO WIN IN AFGHANISTAN Print E-mail
Written by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher   
Friday, 06 March 2009

I have just returned from Afghanistan, and here is what I have concluded.

America has put its emphasis on establishing a central government based in Kabul as the dominant authority in Afghanistan, something no one - foreign or Afghan - has been able to do for centuries.

Rather than lack of "boots on the ground," victory is being turned into defeat by the insistence on centralized power. That takes the form of a grandiose plan to train and equip a 135,000-man National Army. "It won't work," I sadly told a U.S. general who briefed me in Afghanistan over the recess. "This plan will fail."

The general could not fathom how his plan, based on centralizing power in Kabul, was totally unworkable. I predicted all the militias and ethnic and provincial power brokers left out of the general's plan soon would be hired on by the drug cartels and Taliban fanatics. The situation, I cautioned, would worsen, not improve.

Here's how we can win instead.
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OBAMA'S VIETNAM Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Monday, 02 March 2009

Barack Hussein Obama probably wouldn't be president if he hadn't taken a strong stand against the war in Iraq, which gained him the support of the antiwar Left. But he also talked about another war, the war in Afghanistan.  That was the important war, he said.  He'd beef up the U.S. presence there. 

Politically, it made a great deal of sense.  The moonbats, thrilled by his opposition to the war in Iraq, overlooked Mr. Obama's hawkish rhetoric about Afghanistan.  And no Republican could accuse him of being weak on national security.  He wasn't against fighting America's enemies; he just wanted to fight them in the right place.

But a national security policy designed chiefly for its effects on domestic politics has its drawbacks.  President Obama says little about Iraq these days, since he's essentially following George W. Bush's strategy there. And Afghanistan -- where he has announced he will boost U.S. troop strength by 17,000 -- has become "his" war.

That war isn't going well.
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FINALLY JEWS QUESTION THEIR FAITH IN OBAMA Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 06 March 2009

Few did more to reassure Jews it was "safe" to vote for Barack Hussein Obama - which they did by 78% - than Martin Peretz, financier and editor in chief of the New Republic magazine since 1974.

"Can Friends of Israel -- and Jews -- Trust Obama?" he asked in an article in January of last year.

His answer was yes.  "Obama's points, which he has made many times, should reassure anyone who is concerned about what his presidency would mean for the security of Israel," Mr. Peretz wrote then.

But Mr. Obama's appointment of Charles "Chas" Freeman to be director of the National Intelligence Council is causing Mr. Peretz second thoughts.  A lot of Jews are starting to have "buyer's remorse" regarding Mr. Obama.  It's about time.
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NEW WORLD DISORDER Print E-mail
Written by Ralph Peters   
Wednesday, 04 March 2009

Economic hope produced the American Revolution. Economic hopelessness delivered the French Revolution. Demagogues, not democrats, will hallmark the worsening economic crisis.

The potential for political turmoil is vast. Among the populated continents, only Australia has a chance of avoiding serious violence. We in the West stand at the brink of a terrible global struggle. Our response has been to fight among ourselves.

The order that diplomats adore is crumbling.
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LEAVE PEOPLE BETTER THAN YOU FOUND THEM Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 06 March 2009

In Jack's Half Full report last week, he mentioned 14 year old McKay Hatch's "No Cussing Club". If you go to his site, you'll find a page where you can take the No Cussing Challenge. It's a great idea in itself, but at the end of the agreement you take, there is a line that struck me as essential to living well:

 "I will leave people better than I found them!"

In these times where fears and passions will continue to grow, that is wonderful advice.  I often talk about how you can cultivate a sense of joy, playfulness, and optimism in your daily life. To do this with empathy for others is what it means to leave them better than you found them.

There are certain principles that you can use as guidelines toward this end:
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