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THE CURSE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 16 May 2008

I have a 10 year old at home, and she is always saying, "That's not fair." When she says that, I say, "Honey, you're cute; that's not fair. Your family is pretty well off; that's not fair. You were born in America; that's not fair. Honey, you had better pray to God that things don't start getting fair for you."  P.J. O'Rourke. The Problem is Politics

The focus by progressives, liberals, racial hucksters and demagogues on entitlements, grievances, and "social justice" is a smokescreen for one of the basest of human motivations: Envy. The effect on those who seek such leveling by force is as tragic as the effects on the rest of us for their efforts.

Envy is simply helpless greed. If we think of greed as the elevation of things over the people in our lives, then envy is that same sentiment from a passive or helpless position - though the liberal con men and women on the left make it out to be much more noble than all that.
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THE TALE OF THE ARAB FLIGHT CREW Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 16 May 2008

The brand spanking new Airbus 340-600, the largest passenger airplane ever built, sat in its hangar in Toulouse, France without a single hour of airtime.  Enter the Arab flight crew of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) to conduct pre-delivery tests on the ground, such as engine runups, prior to delivery to Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi.  The date was November 15, 2007.

The ADAT crew taxied the A340-600 to the run-up area. Then they took all four engines to takeoff power with a virtually empty aircraft.  Not having read the run-up manuals, they had no clue just how light an empty A340-600 really is.

The takeoff warning horn was blaring away in the cockpit because they had all 4 engines at full power. The aircraft computers thought they were trying to takeoff but it had not been configured properly (flaps/slats, etc.) Then one of the ADAT crew decided to pull the circuit breaker on the Ground Proximity Sensor to silence the alarm.

This fools the aircraft into thinking it is in the air.
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HALF-FULL REPORT 05/09/08 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 09 May 2008

The HFR opens this week by celebrating Naqba - that glorious event the suicidal schmucks of the Arab world, the Palestinians, call "the Catastrophe."  Yes, the creation of Israel 60 years ago in May of 1948 was a catastrophe for people filled with envy and hate.  But for anyone who admires triumphs of the human spirit, the existence of Israel is not just something to celebrate on its 60th birthday, but every single day....

.... From one inspiring story to another.  The HFR raises a glass of Chianti to a great Italian, Roberto Calderoli.

The government of Libya had threatened (last Friday, 5/02) new Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi with "catastrophic consequences" should Calderoli be appointed to his Cabinet.  That was because in February of 2006, Calderoli, a leader of Italy's Northern League Party, appeared in an interview on national television wearing a t-shirt with cartoons of Mohammed - in sympathy with the Danish cartoonists who drew them....

... The HFR switches to Chablis to look down its nose at all the white wine liberals in such a tizzy over Hillary Clinton's channeling George Wallace by saying "hard working white Americans support me."  Then her key advisor Paul Begala had the chutzpah to point out an obvious truth:  that "Obama can't win with just the eggheads and African-Americans."

So here is the HFR's prediction....

... We close this week's HFR with two additional indications of why Obambi Hussein is going to lose.
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HOW TO BE FREE OF FOREIGN OIL Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 09 May 2008

In a speech last Friday (5/02), President Bush called for increased oil and gas production "in Alaska and our outer continental shelf."  Nancy Pelosi actually had the Orwellian effrontery to respond:

"Drilling is the failed energy policy of yesterday that has brought us record gas prices today."

Producing more oil causes higher prices!  How Orwellian doublethink can you get? She sneered at Bush's policy of increasing production and his promise to veto her party's attempt to demonize oil producers by calling it "drill and veto."

If the Republicans from John McCain on down are too stupid to take the Dems to the electoral cleaners with that, they deserve to lose.

If McCain & GOPco did have the brains, we could free of foreign oil, or well on our way, by the end of his first term.  Unfortunately, they don't - especially McCain.  He's so braindead he's opposed to drilling ANWR because it would be like drilling in the Grand Canyon.

But if by chance, his economic advisor, former Senator from Texas Phil Gramm, can persuade him to put national security over a howling Alaska wilderness, and get him to somehow grasp that the way to be free of foreign oil is through increased domestic production, then here's how it can be done.
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THE STUPIDITY OF $4 A GALLON Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 08 May 2008

The average retail price of a gallon of gas in the U.S. this week is $3.61, according to the Energy Information Administration.  That's up 55 cents a gallon from this time last year.  Many analysts expect the price to approach $4 a gallon this summer.

Anticipating this, last month Sen. John McCain proposed suspending the 18.4 cent a gallon federal gasoline tax between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has endorsed the idea.  Sen. Barack Hussein Obama has denounced it.

Sen. Obama wasn't always hostile to such "gimmicks."  As an Illinois state senator, he voted three times temporarily to suspend that state's gasoline tax.  Gasoline prices then were about $2 a gallon.

The 5% Illinois state sales tax on gasoline was suspended, despite Mr. Obama's objection, in June of 2000 for the remainder of the year.  The suspension led to a price decline of three percent compared to neighboring states.
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BARACK "DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HISTORY" OBAMA Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 08 May 2008

In his victory speech after the North Carolina primary, Sen. Barack Hussein Obama said something that is all the more remarkable for how little it has been remarked upon.  In defending his stated intent to meet with America's enemies without preconditions, Sen. Obama said:

"I trust the American people to understand that it is not weakness, but wisdom to talk not just to our friends, but to our enemies, like Roosevelt did, and Kennedy did, and Truman did."

That he made this statement, and that it passed without comment by the journalists covering his speech, indicates either breathtaking ignorance of history on the part of both, or deceit on the part of both.
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THE GREATEST ENEMY OF MOSLEMS IS SAUDI ARABIA Print E-mail
Written by Ralph Peters   
Thursday, 08 May 2008

As corrosive as the Saudis have been for our system, they're far worse for Moslems.

The crucial point you have to grasp is that the Saudis don't give a downtown damn about Moslems - flesh-and-blood men, women or children. They only care about Islam. They'd sacrifice tens of millions of Moslems to further their perversion of the faith.

I've visited over a dozen Moslem countries and many more that have significant Moslem minorities. In every case, I've found the Saudis funding evil.

From Thailand to the United States, the Saudi goal is to prevent Moslems from integrating into their host societies. In poor countries, such as Kenya, they pay families to pull their children out of state schools and send them to madrassahs - where they learn to recite the Koran, but no career skills.

The Saudis don't mind if Moslems live in poverty and squalor - as long as Moslems don't identify with the societies around them. They want strict religious and cultural apartheid.
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TRYING TO MAKE A BUCK IN BELGIUM Print E-mail
Written by Mercury Traveler   
Thursday, 08 May 2008

This is a personal story of what it's like doing business in Europe - specifically a part of Europe called Wallonia, or French-speaking Belgium.

In 1976 Occidental Oil constructed the Claymore Alpha gas production platform for the North Sea.

The platform had a total steel component of more than 600,000 tons. The modus operandi was to construct the platforms with prefabricated modules of 500 tons weight max each and put them together module by module. Since the North Sea only allows a good weather gap of 1 to 2 months each year in summer time, the costs and time delays were staggering.

A Dutch maritime engineer-pioneer, Pieter Heerema, had the fantastic idea to start constructing with 5,000 ton modules, ten times as big as before. He was the first to use an old tanker, welding compartments in it, and with the help of sensors and computer steering pump with massive pumps seawater in or out of the different compartments to counterbalance  the heavy loads.

But he had a very big problem.  I made the mistake of trying to solve it in Belgium.
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WISDOM FROM AVIATION/MILITARY MANUALS Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 09 May 2008

"Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons." - General MacArthur

"Tracers work both ways." - U.S. Army Ordnance

"Five second fuses only last three seconds." - Infantry Journal

"Any ship can be a minesweeper. Once."

"Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do." - Unknown Marine Recruit

"If you see a bomb technician running, follow him." - USAF Ammo Troop

"Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing."
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HALF-FULL REPORT 05/02/08 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 02 May 2008

What could be more delightful than the Dems tearing themselves apart?  That they go broke doing it.

The best news of the week -     Jeremiah "God Damn America" Wright trashing Obambi and Obambi trashing him back - shouldn't qualify for the HFR as the glass is just too intoxicatingly, overflowingly full.  And, besides, we discussed this in Obama in Greece.

But right in second place has got to be Democrat Coffers Run Dry.  The Dems have raised so many millions - and blown them all.  Only Democrats could do this.  What do they know about living within their means, anyway?  Even a DNC official admitted that it's "nuts that we're spending so much money fighting each other instead of Republicans." 

To which we can only say, don't stop now.  We're enjoying seeing your IQ-challenged donors seeing their money go up in smoke, for nothing.    We're also enjoying listening to the grinding and gnashing of Democrat teeth over...
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THE COMING DESTRUCTION OF RUSSIA Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 01 May 2008

Which of two kinds of fascism do you think are more dangerous - one stemming from a culture's or a people's feeling of inferiority or superiority?

If a country possessing a Fascism of Inferiority got into a war with a country possessing a Fascism of Superiority, all else being equal which do you think has a better chance of winning?

Russians are xenophobic because they deeply suffer from a lack of cultural self-confidence and an inferiority complex towards the West.  Han Chinese are xenophobic because they feel they are a culturally and racially superior form of humanity.  Westerners, Japanese, Blacks, Tibetans, et al, are all sub-human compared to the Han.

Russia is dying - literally.  Life expectancy is lower than that of Bangladesh.  Millions of Russian men drink a gallon of vodka a week.  Millions of Russian women are sterile after having so many abortions.  This is a culture with a death-wish, one that does not want to survive.

The conclusion that CIA Director Michael Hayden draws from Russia's demographic collapse, given in a speech at Kansas State yesterday (4/30), is that Russia will have to import millions of foreign workers.  There's only one place that can supply a sufficient number of such workers:  China.

The question really is, will Russia surrender peacefully or put up a fight - maybe even a nuclear fight?
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OBAMA IN GREECE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 02 May 2008

If you could bring the playwrights of Ancient Greece - Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides, Aristophanes - from 5th century Athens to watch the Democrat primary race of today, they would recognize it instantly.  It is a perfect Greek tragedy.

All the incredible amounts of money being spent, all the frantic energy and hysteria, the entire swirling maelstrom created by a vast cast of characters - all of it is for naught, for there can be only one outcome, an inescapable outcome of doom.

The old playwrights would scoff at our naïve notions of free will, our arguments that each of the participants in the tragedy - such as the "superdelegates" - really do have the capacity to act for themselves.

No, they would say, the characters have no choice, for no matter what they do, they are drawn into a trap of ineluctable fate, like a fly caught in a web of invisible silk strands, so invisible he doesn't know he's caught while the spider approaches.

The 5th century Greeks would have understood the play.  A 4th century Greek would understand what happens to the audience watching the play.
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OBAMA AT WRIGHT'S MERCY Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 01 May 2008

Rarely in the history of American politics has a bigot had as much power as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright enjoys today.

Support for Sen. Barack Obama has plunged nationally and (more importantly) in North Carolina since Rev. Wright confirmed at his National Press Club appearance Monday (4/28) that he does indeed hold racist, lunatic, anti-American views, and implied that Sen. Obama has been insincere in separating himself from them.  "He had to distance himself, because he's a politician," Rev. Wright said.

If you're running as the candidate of hope and change who will "bring us together," it is hard to imagine how things could get worse.  But they can.

Jeremiah Wright could destroy his former protégé in a single interview.  Obama is at the mercy of a man who hates the country of which he wants to be president.
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THE BEST FRIEND OF TERRORISTS IN IRAQ IS THE NEW YORK TIMES Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 01 May 2008

If James Glanz wins a prize for his reporting from Iraq, it will be for fiction.

Mr. Glanz is the bureau chief of the New York Times in Baghdad.  When Iraqi troops began an offensive March 25 to take Basra from the Mahdi Army, an Iranian-backed militia nominally headed by the Moqtada al Sadr, he and his colleagues described the fighting (which spread to other cities in southern Iraq and to the Sadr City section of Baghdad) as a military defeat and a political catastrophe for Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki.

After three weeks of reporting nothing but alleged Iraqi government setbacks, it must have come as a shock to subscribers of the New York Times to read, in a dispatch April 20 from Mr. Glanz and Alissa Rubin, that "Iraqi soldiers took control of the last bastions of the cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's militia in Basra on Saturday."

Ignorance and stupidity alone cannot explain how the New York Times reported this story so wrong for so long.
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THE LIBERAL HAT TRICK OF IGNORANCE, ENVY, AND DELUSION Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Thursday, 01 May 2008

Have you ever wondered why so many people see higher taxes and more government as the solution to every problem, despite the empirical evidence that more government reduces economic efficiency and growth, plus diminishes our liberties?

As will be shown, the arguments from the big government advocates are usually based on a combination of economic and historical ignorance, envy, and just plain delusional thinking.

The New York Times editorial page has long been a bastion of this delusional thinking. On April 24, the paper produced one of its classic inane editorials in favor of higher taxes on labor and capital, which contained this gem of a sentence: "Memo to McCain: 401(k) savers get no benefit from a low capital-gains [tax] rate."

Everyone who has ever taken basic economics should know a lower tax rate on an investment (i.e., the capital-gains tax) will lead to a higher rate of return, and hence the investment will be worth more. Though this concept is not difficult for most people to understand, it seems beyond the knowledge and reasoning ability of those who write editorials for the New York Times.

Unfortunately, the Times has plenty of global company when it comes to economic ignorance, envy and delusional thinking. We find it among many politicians in almost every government world-wide.
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