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FREEDOM'S BIRTHDAY 2008 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 04 July 2008

[This was originally in To The Point for July 4, 2004. This is the version for 2008.  We at To The Point wish all of you an exceedingly happy Fourth of July.]

July 4th is Freedom's Birthday. My suggestion is, amidst the fireworks and barbeques and flag-waving fun - all of which are great - that you take the time to feel good about America.

Put aside your worries and concerns, your frustrations and fears about what's wrong with America. For one day, forget the negative - put it all in a zip-lock bag, hide it in the back of the freezer, and pretend it doesn't exist.

You travel around the world and you see the remnants of history's great civilizations. You walk through the preserved wreckage of Rome's Imperial Forum or the Acropolis of Ancient Athens and you wonder -- what was it really like to be here when these civilizations were at their peak? You can do that today in Washington DC -- or your hometown.

We Americans are privileged to live in one of history's supreme moments. We Americans are participants in one of history's greatest civilizations in its prime.

Someday in some future epoch, history will have moved on, and there will be distant centuries between that time and the American Era. People will then look upon America as we do upon ancient Egypt or Greece, and will do so with same wonder and awe.

I suggest you look upon America with that wonder and awe now.
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EAST OF THE DEAD SEA Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 03 July 2008

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The 2,000 year-old Rose Red City of Petra was the religious center of an ancient desert people named Nabataeans.  They didn't build huge temples such as this - they carved them out of cliffs of rose-red sandstone in their hidden mountain sanctuary east of the Dead Sea.

Their capital was the ancient city of Ammon, known to the Greeks and Romans as Philadelphia, after the Hellenic ruler of Egypt,  Ptolemy II Philadelphus (309-246 BC).

Nabataea flourished until it was conquered by the Roman Emperor Trajan (53-117 AD).  The Nabataeans converted to Christianity and lived as peaceful farmers until they were overrun by Arab invaders in the 7th century who forced them to submit to Islam.

They vanished, and so did any memory of Petra until it was discovered by a Swiss explorer, Johann Burckhardt, in 1812.  Ammon, pronounced Amman (ah-man vs. ah-mone) by the Arabs, had been reduced to rubble by a series of earthquakes during the Middle Ages, and remained a small village with some Roman ruins for centuries.

The entire area east of the Dead Sea was a forgotten desert wasteland, incorporated into the Ottoman Empire in the early 1500s and ignored by the Sultans in Istanbul.  And then the history that continues to shake our world today began...
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DEMOCRATS WRONG, AL QAEDA RIGHT ON IRAQ Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 03 July 2008

There hasn't been a terrorist attack on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001.  The number of experts who, on Sept. 12, 2001, would have predicted this happy state of affairs is precisely zero.  The principal reason why we've been safe at home these last seven years has been the war in Iraq.

Sen. Obama describes the war in Iraq as a "distraction" from the war on terror.  But that's not how al Qaeda saw it.

In a 2005 letter to Abu Musab al Zarqawi, al Qaeda's number two, Ayman al Zawahiri, described Iraq as "the place for the greatest battle of Islam in this era."

A few months earlier (December, 2004), Osama bin Laden himself said in an audiotape: "The whole world is watching this war and the two adversaries; the Islamic nation on the one hand, and the United States and its allies on the other. It is either victory and glory or misery and humiliation."

For al Qaeda, Iraq has turned out to be misery and humiliation.  To the great disappointment of Democrats.
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MASTER OF THE O-TURN Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 03 July 2008

It's a good thing many of Barack Hussein Obama's supporters don't care much about issues, because their candidate has been changing his position on them with dizzying speed.

"Barack Obama aligned himself with welfare reform on Monday, launching a television ad which touts the way the overhaul 'slashed rolls by 80 percent'," ABC News reported July 1.  "Obama leaves out, however, that he was against the 1996 federal legislation which precipitated the caseload reduction."

When the Supreme Court overturned the District of Columbia's ban on handgun ownership June 26, Sen. Obama said he supported the decision of the 5-4 majority.  But last November he told the Chicago Tribune he thought the DC handgun ban was constitutional.  While in the state legislature, he proposed legislation that would, in effect, have banned handguns in Illinois.

There are a lot more examples.  As a flip-flopper, Obama leaves John Kerry in the dust.  He's such a "master of the U-turn" that an Obama political U-turn should be called an O-turn.
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A PESHMERGA'S QUESTION Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Saturday, 28 June 2008

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This is Mir Mokhsen, a Peshmerga or Kurdish freedom fighter who has fought in hundreds of battles for Kurdish freedom for half a century.  He has faced Saddam Hussein's tanks, Russian-made helicopter gunships, chemical weapons and poison gas, the unspeakable brutality of Saddam's soldiers countless times - and survived.

He has never given up.  Never.  This revered warrior has a question for you:  As an American, the freedom he has risked his life so much for has been given to you - so what are you doing to preserve it?

Mir Mokhsen has heard that there will be a gathering of Americans dedicated to preserving their freedom in Boston at the end of August.  He wishes he could attend, but he belongs in the mountains of his beloved Kurdistan.  You, on the other hand, belong in Boston, where the American Revolution began.

The To The Point Revolutionary Rendezvous is August 22-24.  Don't disappoint Mir Mokhsen.  Don't disappoint yourself.  Be there and join your fellow TTP'ers for a revolutionary good time. 

To participate, click on the Rendezvous box in the TTP left side bar, and call TTP General Manager Miko de los Reyes at 703-992-4529 or This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it .  Please call or email Miko right away.  No procrastinating.  That means now!

After all, you wouldn't want Mir Mokhsen to think you're not a freedom fighter, would you?

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INCONVENIENT FACTS ARE IRRELEVANT FOR GLOWARMERS Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 27 June 2008

You've probably heard the permanent ice cap in the Arctic has receded considerably, because the people who are worried about global warming talk about it all the time. 

You may not know ice in Antarctica is growing. This is an awkward topic for global warming alarmists, because if global warming were, ah, global, this shouldn't be happening.

So how could ice be melting at the north pole while it's building up at the south?  There's a good reason, but as it's natural and not man-made, glowarming alarmists and their journalistic cheerleaders are paying no attention to it.
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CONGRESSMEN WITHOUT A MIRROR Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Saturday, 28 June 2008

Are you aware that without speculators, most food and physical products would cost a whole lot more?

Because many members of Congress don't possess a mirror, they have been looking for the villain who is causing gasoline prices to soar. A large number, mostly but not exclusively Democrats, have decided that speculators, or at least "greedy speculators," are the villains.

Many members of Congress make up "solutions" to things they do not understand and cause problems where there are none or make real problems worse, which explains the current run-up in gasoline prices.
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THE KURDISH MAP Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 26 June 2008

One of my favorite lecture topics is "The Map of the Future."  In a talk I've given to business groups in a number of countries and all over the US, I put a big map of the world up and start describing the map's illusions. 

I point to Russia, the largest country in the world at 17 million square kilometers (msk, 6.5 million square miles or msms); Canada, the second largest at 10msk, 3.8msm; and Greenland, the world's largest island at 2.2msk, 0.85msm - all totaling 29.2 million square kilometers or 11.3 million square miles.  Spread out across the top of the map, they look like they take up half the world.

Africa, squat and compact athwart the Equator, looks dwarfed in comparison.  Yet in reality, you could fit all of Russia, Canada, and Greenland combined into Africa with room to spare - for Africa exceeds 30 million square kilometers or 11.7 million square miles.

The flat world map is a lie.  Gigantic Greenland is actually the same size as Saudi Arabia.  If you wanted to go directly in a straight line from Gibraltar to the Bering Straits, you wouldn't go across Russia, you'd go across the North Pole.

"Now let's talk about another set of lies and illusions on this map," I continue.  "These lines drawn all over, which governments of countries call their ‘borders,' and claim they actually exist.  They are desperate to keep the illusion that they exercise ‘sovereignty' within their ‘borders' and will do anything to preserve the illusion."

The Kurds, at 40 million the largest ethnic group in the world without their own country, are in the geopolitical business of exposing such illusions.  To see how, let's take a look at two maps, one from the past, another from a proposed future.
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'ANY AMERICAN WHO HATES GEORGE BUSH IS CRAZY' Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 19 June 2008

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You're looking at the oldest continuously occupied city in the world.  For 7,000 years, people have been living in what is now called the Citadel - the same people who live there now:  the Kurds.  The Citadel is the center of Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

I am writing this from a hotel room - with wireless Internet! - overlooking this most ancient of cities.  The sense of history here is enormous.  A couple of dozen miles northeast of here is a wide flat plain called Gaugemela, where in 331 BC, the 40,000 Greek soldiers of Alexander the Great met the 100,000 Persians of Darius III.

Utilizing a battle strategy so masterful it is studied by all students of warfare, Alexander destroyed the Persian army, killing 50,000 at a loss of 4,000.  Darius fled and was killed by his own generals, who surrendered the entire Persian Empire to Alexander.  The Kurds celebrated their liberation from Persian tyranny, and thanked their god, Yazdan, and his prophet, Zoroaster, for Alexander.

Today, they thank Yazdan for George W. Bush.
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THE SHAMEFUL SCUM OF THE SCANDAL OF HADITHA Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 20 June 2008

A lie can get half way around the world before the truth can lace up its combat boots. This is especially true when the lie is propagated by a major news magazine and a senior member of Congress.

On March 19, 2006, Time Magazine published an article written by Time reporter Tim McGirk which in effect accused a squad of Marines of having murdered civilians in Haditha, Iraq, and their superiors of covering it up.

"It's much worse than reported in Time Magazine," said Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa, at a press conference May 17, 2006.  "There was no fire fight.  There was no IED that killed these innocent people.  Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood."

On December 21, 2006, four enlisted Marines were charged with multiple counts of murder.  Later, four officers in their chain of command were charged with having covered up the murders.  The news coverage of the indictments was enormous.

This Tuesday (6/17), a military judge dismissed charges against LtCol. Jeffrey Chessani. He was the seventh of the eight Marines either to have the charges against him dismissed, or be found not guilty.    Yet Tim McGirk and Jack Murtha are not the only shameful scum responsible for the scandalous treatment of the Haditha Marines - we must include the Navy prosecutors as well.
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THREE SIGN POSTS TO A MCCAIN VICTORY Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 20 June 2008

Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. has the lead for the time being.  But three sign posts point the way to a McCain landslide in November -- in the unlikely event the Arizona senator has the wit to heed them.

What figures to be by far the most important issue this fall is the skyrocketing price of energy and its deleterious effect on the broader economy and national security.

National security is the one issue Sen. McCain knows something about, and Sen. Obama knows nothing.  However, the fact that we're winning the war on terror makes most Americans less interested in it, and more focused on economic concerns.  

Voter anxiety about Sen. Obama's fitness to be commander in chief is a strong subsidiary issue.  But this election will be won or lost at the gas pump.
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FEDERAL PROSECUTORS AS INTERNATIONAL THUGS Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Friday, 20 June 2008

Imagine a fellow who lives in a dry county in Mississippi (where alcohol is not sold or served) goes to New York and has a drink at a bar where he knows the bartender. Shortly thereafter, the bartender visits his friend in that dry county in Mississippi. The local sheriff arrests both the bartender and his friend for an act committed in New York.

Most people, quite properly so, would argue the Mississippi sheriff has no business arresting people for a legal act committed in New York, even though it would have been illegal if committed in Mississippi.

Unfortunately, some prosecutors in the U.S. federal government are now acting like the rogue Mississippi sheriff described above when it comes to gambling, securities and tax laws in foreign countries.
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THE POST TURTLE Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 20 June 2008

While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old Texas cowboy rancher, whose hand was caught in a gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man.

Eventually the topic got around to Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. and his bid to be our President.

The old cowboy said, "Well, ya know, Obama is a 'post turtle'."

Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a 'post turtle' was.

The old cowboy said, "When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a 'post turtle'."

The old man saw a puzzled look on the doctor's face, so he continued to explain.

"You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, he doesn't know what to do while he is up there, and you just want to help the dumb ass get down."
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DUMB AND DUMBER: MCCAIN AND OBAMA ON OUR OIL Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Monday, 16 June 2008

Sen. John McCain plans to visit Colombia and Canada this summer, presumably to contrast his views on free trade with those of Sen. Barack Hussein Obama.  He may also visit Iraq, in part to remind people Sen. Obama hasn't been there in more than two years.

Sen. McCain should add one more stop on his summer travel itinerary.  He should visit the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an area about the size of South Carolina in Alaska's far north.

Oil companies want to drill in a portion of ANWR roughly the size of Dulles airport, where the U.S. Geological Survey thinks there may be 10.4 billion barrels of recoverable oil, an amount equivalent to 37 percent of the current U.S. proved reserves of 21.7 billion barrels.  

But Sen. McCain says he'd no sooner drill in ANWR than in the Grand Canyon.  And Sen. Obama is even dumber than that.
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HAPPINESS ISN'T ALWAYS VIRTUOUS Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Monday, 16 June 2008

Happy people make the world a better place. They tend to be more virtuous and to bring positive relationships and effective problem solving where they go.

But not always.

Some of the happiest people on earth are those who hold very rigid and inflexible beliefs with absolute certainty. And these are also the people who tend to make life miserable for the rest of us.

The terrorist leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi talked about how miserable he had been before he committed himself fully to his "cause", and how happy he had been since - happily beheading innocent people for the cameras so that he could horrify as many people as he could.

I don't doubt that he actually felt happy. He was totally absorbed in what he considered meaningful "work", and he could put everything he had into it, without the burden of doubt or reflection. He was certain, and passionate, and committed.  Happily, our soldiers killed him in June, 2006.
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