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MADAM SECRETARY? Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Mr. Obama is considering appointing Sen. Hillary Clinton to be his Secretary of State.  Henry Kissinger, who was Richard Nixon's Secretary of State, thinks this would be a good idea.

Marty Peretz, editor in chief of the influential liberal magazine The New Republic, thinks it would be a bad idea.

My attitude is, since Mr. Obama is most unlikely to pick the candidate I prefer -- former UN Ambassador John Bolton -- why not Hillary?  Especially in comparison to the announced alternatives.
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WILL OBAMA TELL OUR SOLDIERS AFRICA IS WORTH DYING FOR? Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Friday, 21 November 2008

The recent drop in oil and other commodity prices makes it almost a certainty that some unstable commodity-exporting nations will reach a crisis stage in the next few months. The only question is, which countries are likely to erupt first?

The Middle East is always a safe bet for an explosion, but there is a very good chance the next eruption will be in Africa, with the most likely location being Congo, followed by Sudan.

In Latin America, Argentina is headed for another debt default and financial meltdown, and Venezuela continues to rapidly deteriorate.

And there is Russia, which is likely to react poorly as its once booming economy goes into to a sharp recession.

But -- pressures will mount on the United States to become involved, particularly in Africa, as mass killings begin again.
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POLITICAL JEDI MIND TRICKS Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 21 November 2008

In the Star Wars movie "The Phantom Menace," Jedi knight Qui Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) tries to get a character named Watto to agree to a deal he does not want.  "What?" Watto sneers.  "You think you're some kind of Jedi, waving your hand around like that?  I'm a Toydarian, mind tricks don't work with me."

The left uses a repertoire of "Political Jedi Mind Tricks" to get voters to agree to things they don't really want to.  Here's how to understand them so we all can be like Watto.

A technique that the left has become incredibly skilled at is the use of postmodern philosophical principles in order to undermine any sense of moral clarity.

By muddying the water around issue after issue, Obama moves fluidly from one stance to another, without the slightest notice being taken. He does this blatantly, obviously, in broad daylight, but nobody seems to question this, or, if they do, there are so very many issues about which he does this that any time one is identified and confronted, there are dozens more that slip by.

For example, there is one trick that he uses repeatedly:
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THE EVIL OF THE FEAR OF THE EVIL EYE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 14 November 2008

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The November 4th election is being hailed as "transformational."  It certainly has been personally transformational for me.

Grocery shopping at the local Giant supermarket is a very different experience now.  As I look at all the people scrutinizing the fruits and vegetables, telling the butcher what cut of meat they want, or walking down the aisles pushing their carts with a list in their hand, they all look so normal, just like before last week.

Yet I know that a majority of them are either suicidally insane, too stupid to know what they've done to themselves, or crypto-fascists.  Before last week, they were all my fellow Americans.  Now I don't really know who or what they are.

They, together with 60-odd million others, have decided to lurch America radically and thoughtlessly to the left.  Collectively, they are a cold-shower demonstration of the self-destructive evil of the fear of the evil eye. 
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THE PHOENIX CONSPIRACY Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 13 November 2008

The To The Point Phoenix Rendezvous is little more than two months away: January 23-25.  It will be a conspiracy - TTPers plotting how best to survive the depredations of the coming NMP Regime.

As we said in the immediate wake of last week's electoral insanity, TTP will be focusing on practical survival, on preserving and even expanding your freedom and pocketbook.

Yet - a big yet - there are a number of things that we can't put in print, but can only discuss in a completely closed-session off-the-books personal discussion - and that's what we'll be doing in Phoenix. 

We'll be sending you the details regarding the venues and costs shortly.  But to get in an early reservation and deposit, as we can accommodate a limited number, please email Miko, TTP's general manager, at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it   now.

Speaking of now, however, let's get to work on some initial steps you can take to protect yourself personally and financially.  Here are two ways to consider regarding what to do with your money, one relative, one absolute.
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DO SVIDANIYA Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 12 November 2008

That's how you say goodbye in Russian (pronounced das veh-don-yah).  Adios, comrades.  Finita la musica.  The music is over for Putin and all the other commies in the Kremlin.

Putin's personal fortune and the Kremlin's cash cow lies in Gazprom, the Russian gas monopoly that supplies over 20% of the government's budget.  Six months ago - last May - Gazprom (GAZP:RU) had the largest market cap of any company in the entire world, US$360 billion.  It is now (11/13) $91b.  It has lost 75% of its value and so has its share price.

Further, it has made a number of large acquisitions with its stock as collateral.  Margin Call City. 

That's gas.  Let's take oil.  The Kremlin says its budget is based on a price of $65 a barrel, while independent analysts think its at least $70.  Yet the collapse of benchmark oil prices to below $60 currently masks the fact that Russia sells a lower grade, Urals Crude, than benchmark grades like Brent or WTI (West Texas Intermediate).

Today, Urals crude closed at $48.80.
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THE NIGHT WE WAVED GOODBYE TO AMERICA Print E-mail
Written by Peter Hitchens   
Friday, 14 November 2008

Anyone would think we had just elected a hip, skinny and youthful replacement for God, with a plan to modernize Heaven and Hell - or that at the very least John Lennon had come back from the dead.

The swooning frenzy over the choice of Barack Obama as President of the United States must be one of the most absurd waves of self-deception and swirling fantasy ever to sweep through an advanced civilization. At least Mandela-worship - its nearest equivalent - is focused on a man who actually did something.

I really don't see how the Obama devotees can ever in future mock the Moonies, the Scientologists or people who claim to have been abducted in flying saucers. This is a cult like the one which grew up around Princess Diana, bereft of reason and hostile to facts.
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WELCOME TO VICHY AMERICA Print E-mail
Written by Dagny D'Anconia   
Thursday, 13 November 2008

This was not just another election.  The last time we had a presidential election, the Left tried to get a brazen traitor elected - namely John Kerry.  This new President from the Left is even more than that.  Obama was no traitor, because he never was really on our side in the first place.  His loyalties have always been to his "tribe" of Marxists and the poor dark skinned people of the world.

Never before have we had a president who probably wasn't even an American citizen.  (If he was a citizen, he would have released his birth certificate.  His own grandmother remembers his birth in Kenya. link)

Never before did so much untraceable internet-donated money enter the election, most likely from overseas. link  The drop of the American dollar and stock market made foreign money sources in Europe and the Middle East all the more potent.  His rock-star status in Europe and fund raising trip there was a blatant ploy to encourage foreign investment in the outcome of our election.  The Clintons once gave gross military favors to the Chinese in exchange for illicit donations, but now interference from foreign financial sources is vast. 

Obama was really a foreign candidate - in spirit, funding, and citizenship.   This was not an American election.  It was an international election between America and Anti-America.
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ONE WAY TO BE EFFECTIVE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Thursday, 13 November 2008

In the coming weeks, I'm going to focus on how we might be more effective at defeating liberal ideas and power, and strengthening the effectiveness of our conservative ideas, hopefully paving the way for a comeback of libertarian/conservative/classical liberal influence in this country.

One of the things that most undermined George Bush's effectiveness as a president was that  he wasn't able to come out fighting against the constant barrage of liberal attacks upon him. His graciousness led him to a kind of gentleness with his opponents, and that was the weakness within his strength.

In a post to the TTP Forum by "eddd7: under the heading, "Saul Alinsky Takes the White House", he suggests we follow the advice of Clausewitz, who "...when going against a superior force,  wouldn't attack a perceived weak spot. The leader or superior force can cover that too quickly. We attack at a weakness in their strength."

So what is the Democrat liberal-left's strength, and what is the weakness in their strength?
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CELEBRATION Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 14 November 2008

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GOODBYE AND GOOD RIDDANCE Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 November 2008

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THE END OF THE SILK ROAD Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Tuesday, 04 November 2008

Dunhuang, Gansu Province, China.  As you can see from the map, here is where the branches of the Silk Road came together. 

From Dunhuang it was a straight shot through the "Gansu Corridor" between the snow-capped Qilian (Southern) Mountains and the Gobi Desert to the first big city in China, Lanzhou, and on to the capital of ancient China, Chang'an (now called Xian, famous for the Terracotta Army made for the mausoleum of China's first emperor, Chin Shi Wang (259-210 BC) - after whom China is named although Beijing insists his name be spelled Qin).

For the pilgrims, merchants, and traders who brought the exotic goods of the West to the East, here is where the road ended.  Finally they were in China.  So it seems appropriate that I am here at the end of the fabled Silk Road on the day when the American Road of Freedom came to an end.

This is a day of true historical tragedy, when history's greatest nation of its own free will decided to commit suicide for no good reason whatsoever, an act of inexplicable mass insanity.

Yet this is not a time for bitterness or anger.  It is, instead, a time to shrug.
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THERE'S GOT TO BE AN ELEPHANT IN HERE SOMEWHERE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 07 November 2008

Ronald Reagan was fond of describing the ultimate optimist as a young boy happily digging through a huge pile of horse manure while yelling, "There's got to be a pony in here somewhere!"

So after six weeks in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and 7,000 kilometers overland across Chinese Turkestan, I've returned to Washington and the biggest pile of political manure in the history of America.  I can't help thinking that Ronald Reagan would say, "There's got to be an elephant in there somewhere."

First, though, let's dispense with two alleged "silver linings" to this debacle.  Both are stupefyingly naïve. 

One is that this election "heals" the wound of racism and the legacy of slavery, so that nevermore can Sharpton-type race hustlers claim that America is an incurably racist nation.

This is delusionary. 
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1977-1983: RESURRECTION Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 07 November 2008

Her name was Jacqueline.

I thought of her as I stood on the beach looking out at the waves. It was a lonely stretch of beach in north Malibu, near the Ventura County Line. Far away from the frenetic bustle of L.A., I had moved up here where it was peaceful and quiet, where I could walk on the beach in solitude and recover from her loss.

She was born in the French Alps, the daughter of a cheesemaker. Growing up in the rustic village of Villette‑par‑Aime in the province of Savoie south of Mont Blanc, she had had a Heidi‑like childhood ‑‑ herding sheep, milking cows, gathering wild raspberries and mushrooms in the forest.

She grew up to be a tough strong mountain girl, helping her family eke out the montagnard (French mountain peasant) way of life amongst the glaciers and waterfalls, the high alpine pastures strewn with wildflowers, the valleys and crags of the Alps.

Finishing the local school, she made her way to Paris as a magician's apprentice in a traveling magic show that toured through the small villages and towns of France, from Provence to Gascony, from Brittany to Champagne. Once in Paris, she struggled at part‑time office jobs while taking singing and dancing lessons at night.

The lessons paid off when she was hired by the legendary Folies Bergère.

With her spectacular beauty, she quickly became the world famous show's principal showgirl, idolized by all of Paris and surrounded by a horde of admirers ‑‑ writers, directors, millionaires, and playboys.

"Every night," she had told me, "there would be so many roses in my dressing room I hardly had any space to change costumes. And just two years before, I was digging potatoes with my mother and herding cows with my father!"

Her life had become a dream. But her greatest dream lay beyond Paris ‑‑ it was to come to America.
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WE NEED NEWT Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 07 November 2008

Ordinarily, the identity of the party chairman doesn't matter very much.  The proof of this is that the current chairman of the Republican National Committee is Mike Duncan.  I hadn't heard of him, either.

The party chairman is usually mostly a fund-raiser and a technician.  But this is one of those rare times in history when the chairman of the Republican National Committee will have to function as the chief spokesman for the party, its primary public face.

The RNC will select a new chairman soon. The new leader needs to be a man of ideas and vision who can communicate them well, and a superb fund-raiser who is comfortable with the new technologies.  But Ronald Reagan is unavailable, and Superman and Batman exist only in comic books.

But there is a man whose time has come, or, rather, returned.
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