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Thursday, 05 March 2009

In this time of deepening doom and gloom, we all need to see something extraordinary, people getting a thrill out of life in an incredibly amazing way.  Here it is, and it will absolutely blow you away:
HALF-FULL REPORT 02/27/09 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 27 February 2009

The bartender here in the HFR Saloon always eyes me warily when I say off-the-wall things like, "It doesn't matter how much I drink today because I'll still stay sober."

He refused to serve me anything but soda water until I explained myself.  "Well, nothing could be more sobering than what happened to America this week.  You know how they say that in Chinese, the word for ‘danger' or ‘crisis' is the same word for ‘opportunity'?"

He nodded, I continued.  "One thing this entails is that the bigger the danger, the bigger the opportunity.  I'm not sure I can imagine a bigger danger to my country than its president purposefully planning to destroy it - and with the political power to do so."

"The opportunity on the other side has got to be amazingly big to match that," he noted.  "What is it?"

"To get rid of all this liberal-commie anti-American fascist Big Brother crap once and for all.  To replace the Moocher America we have now with a Free America, a Constitutional America."

His brow furrowed.  "So you're saying that having a president out to destroy America is what it takes to wake people up and get them to save America?  Does that mean you're glad to see this guy in the White House?"

I winced.  "Ouch.  Let me think about that, man.  I better stick to soda water today, huh?"   "Good idea," he observed.
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 26 February 2009

The current leader of Japan has the most appropriate name for a politician in world history.  He is Prime Minister Taro Aso, pronounced "ass-hoe." 

This week (2/24), Prime Minister Aso met President Zero in the White House.  Albeit that, at 47, the American is the junior of the Japanese by 21 years and embodies youth and fitness, it was nonetheless a meeting of Old Japan and Old America.

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has had a monopoly of power in Japan since the end of World War II.  Here is how Hidekazu Kawai, professor emeritus of comparative politics at Gakushuin University in Tokyo, describes the LDP today:

"The LDP has become a source of structural corruption permeating the entire society.  The Aso administration of the LDP exists to win elections, not cope with economic crisis.  All that the ruling party has come up with as a solution to our crisis is to distribute cash."

Remind you of some other party and its leaders in some other country?
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JIMMY OBAMA Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Wednesday, 25 February 2009

His most ardent supporters debate whether Mr. Obama is more like Abraham Lincoln or like Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  But so far, the president he most closely resembles is Jimmy Carter.  Call him Jimmy Obama.

In 1976, Mr. Carter was a fresh new face with a thin political resume who blew past better known Democrats in the primaries running as an "outsider" and a "reformer."

Jimmy Carter, like Barack Hussein Obama, took office during tough economic times.  Mr. Carter coined the term "misery index" (the rates of inflation and unemployment added together).

Mr. Carter proceeded to make a bad situation worse.  The misery index stood at 13.57 in the summer of 1976 when he was clubbing President Ford with it.  Four years later, it had risen to 21.98.  Now Jimmy Obama seems poised to follow in his footsetps.
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Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Do you understand why well-known economists, including Nobel Prize winners, are on opposite sides of the debate about the stimulus package and what should be done about the recession?

Not only Americans, but people everywhere are confused, largely because the economists who are writing and speaking about what should be done have such fundamental disagreements.

There are two main schools of thought. One group is under the broad umbrella of the Chicago or Austrian school economists who are heavily influenced by the teachings of F.A. Hayek (1899-1992) and Milton Friedman (1912-2007).  The economists of the Reagan White House were of this school.

The members of the other group are commonly known as Keynesians, who accept many of the teachings of John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) and his disciples.  Mr. Obama's economists belong to this school.

Both schools offer reasonable explanations for what causes and what solves recessions.  But there is one outcome for which Keynesians have no solution:  stagflation.  It turns out that's just where we're headed.
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Written by William Happer   
Thursday, 26 February 2009

Testimony before the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee on February 25, 2009

Madam Chairman and members, thank you for the opportunity to appear before the Committee on Environment and Public Works to testify on Climate Change. My name is William Happer, and I am the Cyrus Fogg Bracket Professor of Physics at Princeton University.

We have been in a period of global warming over the past 200 years... (while) atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) have increased from about 280 to 380 parts per million over the past 100 years.  Is this good or bad for humanity?

I believe that the increase of CO2 is not a cause for alarm and will be good for mankind. I predict that future historians will look back on this period much as we now view the period just before the passage of the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution to prohibit "the manufacturing, sale or transportation of intoxicating liquors."

At the time, the 18th amendment seemed to be exactly the right thing to do - who wanted to be in league with demon rum? It was the 1917 version of saving the planet. 
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Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 27 February 2009

How much time to you spend having good, positive feelings, compared to the time you spend having negative feelings?

How much time do you spend feeling things like joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe, and love? Compared to the time you spend feeling things like bitterness, irritation, contempt, helplessness, pessimism, shame, fear, hatred, impatience, and dread?

If you think that your ratio is somewhere around an equal, 1:1 ratio of positive to negative feelings, you've got some work to do - you are probably depressed and unhappy.  (If it's worse than 1:1, we need to talk!)

If you think your ratio is around 2:1 - twice as much positive as negative feelings - you are probably getting along okay, like the majority of folks. But you probably wouldn't consider yourself particularly happy.

The tipping point, the ratio that Barbara Fredrickson and her colleagues have found leads to an upward spiral of positive feelings and experience, is 3:1 - Three times as much positive as negative feelings!  Here's how to get to that three-to-one tipping point -- and beyond.
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Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 27 February 2009

Recently, to give an example of public service, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) joined together to write a column providing expert IRS advice to US taxpayers.

They have called their column, Ask the Tax Guys.  Here is a few samples of their advice.

Dear Tax Guys:

I've had a lot on my mind lately, and when I was going through some old receipt boxes in my filing cabinet I suddenly realized I haven't paid my income taxes for the past 8 years. Am I in trouble? Please help!

Forgetful in Fort Worth

Dear Forgetful:

The IRS realizes that many well-meaning taxpayers like you can be distracted by various family illnesses, baseball pennant races, political campaigns, and so on. The rules for late filing can be surprisingly flexible if you have the right qualifying circumstances.

According to IRS guidelines, you are eligible for the 306(b)(19) "I Forgot" amnesty if the following applies:
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HALF-FULL REPORT 02/20/09 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 20 February 2009

Ensconced in a booth in the HFR Saloon, we have to be extra careful today.  For no matter how many of Durk Pearson's Party Pills we take to nutritionally protect us from booze, if we were to drink to all the marvelous events of this week, we would all get very seriously sloshed.

So, bartender, just set down a bottle of 12 year-old Famous Grouse and we'll each have a wee dram in praise of...

Let's see, first would have to be celebrating the ongoing travails of Senator Tombstone Burris.  He has become such an embarrassing joke to the Dems that not only has the Chicago Tribune and Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn called for him to resign, the black pastors of Chicago have as well...

...What was it that W. C. Fields said about water?  That it was the stuff that rusts pipes, that you can't trust it because even a straight stick turns crooked in it, that fish do unmentionable things in it.

In light of another of his famous quips, that "Once in the wilds of remotest China, I lost my corkscrew, and was forced to live on food and water for days..." he might get a chuckle out of this headline of February 16: "Parched China to Slash Water Consumption by 60 Percent"

...Amidst all the outrage over our new terrorist-pardoning Attorney General, Eric Holder, accusing America of being "a nation of cowards," shouldn't we notice the irony that Holder is right, in precisely the opposite way he intends?  America is a nation of cowards for electing Obama.  The only reason he was elected is because he is black.  
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 18 February 2009

One of the more arresting observations of the way we view history, past and current, was that of 18th century British writer (and son of England's first Prime Minister Robert Walpole, 1676-1745), Horace Walpole (1717-1797):

"This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel."

This is because those for whom rationality runs their brains rather than their emotions are more in charge of their lives and destinies.  They can thus look upon the Obozos of history as droll. 

Those who only have their feelings to keep them afloat are mere flotsam in the river of events.  As such, they can't help but see themselves as helpless victims in a tragedy beyond their control.

There is another difference between those who think and those who feel:  they react very differently in a crisis, with one consequence being the former survive more than the latter.  Especially if the former are better armed.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Wednesday, 18 February 2009

The connection between depression and war is greater than most people realize. Hard economic times tend to radicalize people, and to turn them towards violence.  Hitler never would have ruled Germany, nor Mussolini Italy, if it hadn't been for the Great Depression.

Conservative Republicans are fond of saying that it wasn't Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal that ended the Great Depression: it was World War II.

Conservative Republicans are fond of saying this because it is indisputably true.  But conservative Republicans rarely reflect on why it was that World War II ended the Great Depression.  One who has is economist Bruce Bartlett, a Treasury department official in the administrations of Ronald Reagan and the first President Bush.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Monday, 16 February 2009

At the Battle of Asculum in 279 BC, the Greek king Pyrrhus defeated a Roman legion, but at frightful cost to his own troops.  When sycophantic courtiers congratulated him on his "great victory," Pyrrhus responded: "one more such victory, and we shall be undone."

President Obama plans to celebrate his Asculum -- passage of the (at least) $787 billion "stimulus" bill -- with a signing ceremony in Denver tomorrow (2/17).  Sycophantic courtiers in the news media hailed this as a great victory for the president, but it comes at the cost of the illusion that Mr. Obama represents a change from the corrupt old ways of Washington.

As a candidate, Mr. Obama pledged a bipartisan approach to government.  As a president, he is fond of only the appearance of bipartisanship.  He treats Republicans like a young man who expects a girl to put out if he buys her a hamburger and a beer.
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Written by Ralph Peters   
Friday, 20 February 2009

The European Union faces its first existential crisis. The EU worked well in the good times, when dissenting voices could be bought off, but worsening hard times threaten to knock it apart.

Half of Europe is broke (but still putting on the dog), while the other half tries to shun its spendthrift neighbors. Not long ago, the Europeans smugly lectured the US on our financial incompetence. Now it looks like their mistakes were worse.

Greed is universal. But it's especially dangerous when masked by self-righteousness. European financial managers and investors were at least as greedy as our worst Wall Street wizards. They just fell for different -- and even bigger, even worse -- scams.
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Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 20 February 2009

In addition to what Jack had to say in What We Have Got And They Have Not, there is an element that I want to encourage all of us to cultivate over the coming months and years - not just because it will make you happier, but it will also make you more effective.

That is a sense of joy, playfulness, and optimism in your daily life.

You may respond:  "Right. Obama and Pelosi are on a roll, destroying our economy and national security, the press is sycophantically playing along, and I'm supposed to be happy about this?"

No, not happy about this, but happy, positive, hopeful, and effective in your own life. Even when events look bad.  Here are some tips on how to acheive this quality called grace under fire.
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Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 20 February 2009

The next Prime Minister of Israel will be Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu.  There is perhaps no world leader better at putting down a snotty liberal journalist.

He gave a good example in a recent interview on BBC - British Television, which is notoriously, rabidly, left-wing and anti-Semitic.  The interviewer asked him this question:

"How come so many more Palestinians have been killed in this conflict than Israelis?"

Bibi smoothly responded, "Are you sure that you want to start asking in that direction?"

The interviewer took the bait.  "Why not?" he innocently asked.

Bibi replied:
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