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Written by Jack Kelly   
Saturday, 18 October 2008
In last week's column, I wrote that Sen. Obama had written a dust jacket blurb for ex-Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers' memoir, "Fugitive Days."  This is not true.  Sen. Obama's praise was for an earlier book by Mr. Ayers, "A Kind and Just Parent," published in 1997.
I'm putting this correction at the beginning of this column rather than at the end as is customary because I am mortified by my mistake, and I don't want it to become a part of Internet lore.

There is enough misinformation out there already.

On Oct. 11, veteran civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis compared John McCain and Sarah Palin to segregationist George Wallace.

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Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 14 October 2008

"My friends, we've got them just where we want them," Sen. John McCain said in a revamped stump speech Monday (10/13).

Since Sen. Barack Hussein Obama has leads ranging from 4 to 11 percentage points in the major polls, few conservative pundits share Sen. McCain's optimism. Given the severity of the financial crisis, it's doubtful a Republican ticket headed by Abraham Lincoln or Ronald Reagan could prevail this November.  

The amazing thing is  Sen. McCain still has a chance to win. That chance will evaporate if economic turmoil continues.  But if the stock and credit markets stabilize and panic subsides, Sen. McCain still could prevail -- but only if he elevates his game in the final debate tomorrow (10/15).
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Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Tbilisi, Georgia. Despite having been invaded two months ago by a country 30 times its size, the Republic of Georgia appears to be dealing with that crisis far better than the United States and other major governments are dealing with the international financial crisis, and thus the question is, "Why"?

The answer quite simply is that the Georgia leaders are not so arrogant to think they know better than markets, and hence they are relying on the market to solve most of their problems.

The prime minister, Lado Gurgenidze, was both educated and spent considerable time in England and clearly was influenced by Margaret Thatcher. I asked him if he was concerned that the pressures to grow the size of government because of the invasion would undermine Georgia's reforms (note: history shows governments almost always grow in relative size versus the private economy in the time of crisis, such as wars or financial instability, even if governments create the crisis).

The prime minister replied that the Georgians have not retreated from their reforms, including shrinking the size of government, and they fully understand any retrenchment would be very damaging.
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Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Saturday, 18 October 2008
A reward has to come at the end of an accomplishment, not at the beginning. Otherwise it becomes less than useless, it becomes a liability. Liberals do not get this.

As parents, my wife and I learned early on about making deals with our kids where the reward comes first:
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 10 October 2008

Tirana, Albania.  I had a private dinner with an extraordinary man last night (10/09) - just the two of us with one of his key advisors.  Albania is very fortunate to have Dr. Sali Berisha (he's a physician with a specialty in heart surgery) as its Prime Minister.

He's a man of immense erudition and learning who is street wise in the ways of the world, having dealt with every major leader on the planet for years.  The country he admires above all others is America.

In this, he speaks for the great majority of Albanians.  Albania is probably the most pro-American country on earth today.

Yet it was a strange and scary experience to hear him relate the recent history of Albania - for at one point he seemed to be describing that of America's instead.  What I really hoped he wasn't describing was the history of America's immediate future.
1955-1956: A BOY SCOUT'S FANTASY Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Tuesday, 07 October 2008

On a Boy Scout camping trip in June, 1955, I sat in my tent which was pegged into the sands of Carpenteria Beach, California.  As a lowly Second Class Scout, the biggest goal in my life at the time was to become a First Class Scout.  How long would that take? I wondered, as I paged through the Boy Scout Handbook looking at the requirements.

Then I made the mistake of looking at what it took to be a Star, then a Life Scout, and started imagining.  Dazed with fantasies, I crawled out of the tent with the handbook.  When some of the other Scouts saw me with this puzzled look, they asked, "What's with you, Wheeler?"

Still in a daze, I put my mouth in gear before engaging my brain, and mumbled, "Do you know that if I made First Class by August, I could make Star by November and Life by February?"

I wasn't ready for the torrent of derision.  "You idiot, Wheeler!"  "What a joke, Second Class!"  "In your dreams, Bozo!"  They walked away with sneers and laughs.

I stood there in the sand in shock.  Why had what I said made them so angry - really angry?   I didn't know why they were so mad, but I didn't care - for now I was mad, so mad I made a decision right there to turn this fantasy into reality.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 10 October 2008

Who is Barack Hussein Obama?  Is he the thoughtful, moderate guy he's appeared to be in the first two presidential debates?  Or is he a closet radical? The election is less than a month away, and we still don't know.

In his campaign advertising, Sen. McCain has made much of the association between Sen. Obama and William Ayers, a leader of the Weatherman domestic terror group in the 1970s who has never expressed regret for setting bombs in the Capitol, the Pentagon and police stations. 

But Sen. McCain didn't mention Mr. Ayers in Tuesday's debate.

"Why doesn't he say these things to my face?" Sen. Obama wondered in an interview with ABC after that debate.  It's a fair question.  And a puzzling one, because the relationship between Sen. Obama and Mr. Ayers is much closer than Sen. Obama has so far acknowledged. 
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Written by Steve Baldwin   
Friday, 10 October 2008

Here is what American voters need to know.

The following information has been completed on my own time and not on behalf of any group or organization.  It is based upon my own research and uses contacts I have in all branches of the US government, conversations with think tank leaders, policy experts, election law attorneys, sources within the McCain campaign, and top political consultants.

It's a frightening picture.  What's even more terrifying is what Obama's America will be should voters ignore the facts below.
Written by Richard Rahn   
Friday, 10 October 2008

Can you name a country that has a flat 10 percent income tax on both personal and corporate income, and that is also running a budget surplus of 8 percent of gross domestic product (the equivalent of the United States running a budget surplus of more than $1 trillion)?

The surprising answer is Bulgaria, formerly one of Europe's most backward countries.

Most of the former communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe have instituted flat-rate income tax systems. Estonia was the first, and Bulgaria is one of the most recent, having only moved to the 10 percent flat rate at the beginning of this year.

It's one of several lessons America and the politicians she elects could learn from Bulgaria.
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Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 10 October 2008

I don't know about you, but I've been way too caught up in the dynamics of this election. I've been reading too much, watching too much TV, checking up on breaking news on the internet, and I have not been happier for it. Quite the contrary.

The unfortunate truth is that we are dangerously close to electing an America-hating radical to be President of the United States, during a time of great financial upheaval. This makes me anxious and cranky.

It also has me revisiting many of the things that I've recommended that you do over the past several years, and reminding myself of a perspective that is vitally important to keep in mind in a dangerous and volatile world:
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Written by To The Point News   
Wednesday, 08 October 2008

Are you troubled by liberalism?  Not sure why your brain works the way it does?  Fear not!   Join Liberals Anonymous and recover your brain with this 12-step program.                       

 Step 1: Admit that you're a liberal.

This is the first step for every liberal on the way to recovery.  It is important to understand that you're not "progressive," "moderate," or "enlightened."  You're a liberal, and you need to be honest with yourself about that fact.

Step 2: Pledge to support your beliefs with facts.

Realize that truth is more important than moral superiority and is the only way to come over to reality.  You must research beyond propaganda from the Sierra Club, Hillary Clinton and CNN to understand things as they really exist in the world.  You can no longer argue based on "feelings" or emotion.  You will actually need to back up your arguments with real information.  This is a difficult step, because it means you can't be lazy any more.
HALF-FULL REPORT 10/03/08 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 03 October 2008

Sofia, Bulgaria. Dr. Joel Wade couldn't write his column yesterday (10/02) because he was so nervous waiting for the Palin-Biden debate.  He's feeling a lot better this morning.  So are we all.  You betcha.

So let's lift a pint of Kamenitza beer in honor of Sarah Palin and the hope she has reignited the McCain-Palin ticket... 

...Kamenitza is my selection out of a large number of excellent Bulgarian beers because of its advertising motto:  Success in your hands (there's a picture of a hand holding a bottle), followed by the ad copy:  Because you are successful, we present to you a Bulgarian beer with character.

You would never, ever see such an ad in any country in Western Europe.  In France or Germany, young people sneer at entrepreneurial capitalism as their purpose in life is to sponge off the state...

...Thus the garish irony of our election in November.
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 01 October 2008

Varna, Black Sea Coast, Bulgaria.  I'm sitting on the veranda of my luxury suite at the five-star Flamingo Grand Hotel with a spectacular view of the Black Sea, and enjoying a glass of spectacularly good Bulgarian red wine.

It seems odd that this place of such peace, beauty, and enjoyment is where to kill Putin's Russia - but it is, exactly right here.

With Vladimir Putin using his oil billions and traditional Russian thuggery - murdering opponents, invading neighbors - to reignite the Cold War and reestablish the Soviet Russian Empire, it's time to think of ways to put an end to it.

If we got rid of the Soviet Union, it should be child's play to get rid of Putin's Russia.  And it is. 

Putin's Russia has a mortal vulnerability.  Exploit that vulnerability, and he, together with his entire imperialist enterprise is done for.  That vulnerability is not oil.  It is...
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1989: SERIOUS PEACE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 03 October 2008

This first week of October in 2008, we launch a new feature in To The Point.  It is entitled How We Won The Cold War: A Personal Account of the Greatest Adventure of Modern Times.  "Winning Cold War" for short in the left side bar. This calls for an explanation, and a confession.

The confession first.  I have absolutely no excuse whatever for not completing The Jade Steps.  After completing 33 chapters, I have only the concluding last chapter and the epilogue to go, and I haven't done it.

So I hope that by starting another book, it will force and embarrass me enough to finish the historical novel.

How We Won The Cold War, however, is no novel.  It's the way things really happened.  It's the book my literary agent (and avid TTP'er) Theron Raines has said what I must write, the book I owe to history.

The situation is this.  I have completed the first six chapters, which I'll be posting for the next successive six weeks.  They are setting-the-scene chapters which give me time to get back from my travels and get back to work (yes, this means finishing The Jade Steps as well!).

Hopefully, so many of you will bug me so much to keep posting the next chapter in the series that I will actually get the book written to completion.

So here we go with an Introductory Note and Chapter One, 1989: Serious Peace.  Wish me luck.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 03 October 2008

"All you have to do is go down Union street with me in Wilmington or go to Katie's Restaurant or walk into Home Depot with me where I spend a lot of time and you ask anybody whether or not the economic and foreign policy of this administration has made them better off in the last eight years," said Sen. Joe Biden in the vice presidential debate to bolster his assertion he's in touch with the concerns of the middle class.

That answer suggested otherwise.

"It came as a surprise to us in Delaware that Joe Biden recently had a meal and talked with patrons at Katie's Restaurant on Union Street in Wilmington," said an email to National Review Online.  "Katie's Restaurant closed years ago.  It was on Scott Street in Little Italy."

The people who fill up at his neighborhood gas station can't pay for a full tank of gas, Sen. Biden said.  Sen. Biden lives in a 7,000 square foot estate on a four acre lakefront lot in Greenville, which is described as "northern Delaware's priciest area."

Sen. Biden says things which are not true with passionate conviction.  That's a polite description of a pathological liar.
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