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TIMEOUT FOR STORYTIME Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Tuesday, 22 January 2008

It's time to take a break from the wearisome incessancy of politics and presidential campaigns 24/7.  So gather around, boys n' girls, and let me tell you a story about moral debauchery during the greatest age of intellectuality mankind has ever known, about kings and concubines, dukes and adulterers, heroism and war, with an ending that will change the way you look at the most mundane everyday thing.
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THE GRAVE SCANDAL OF ISLAMIST INFLUENCE IN THE PENTAGON Print E-mail
Written by Frank Gaffney   
Thursday, 24 January 2008

A scandal is emerging in the Pentagon that may be the most strategically ominous case of official misconduct since the Clinton administration's China-gate.

It began with the firing last month of Stephen Coughlin, a major in the Army Reserves working as a civilian contractor for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, when he ran afoul of Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England's point-man on Moslem community outreach, Hashem Islam.

Mr. Islam is an admirer of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), an organization designated by the Justice Department as a front for the Moslem Brotherhood (Ikhwan Muslimi).
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THE GOP RACE BEFORE FLORIDA Print E-mail
Written by Arnold Steinberg   
Friday, 25 January 2008

A good man has withdrawn from the campaign.

Fred Thompson, as I predicted, withdrew from the campaign after his predictably disappointing performance in South Carolina. But he has surprised me by not endorsing John McCain...yet.  

Thompson hinted days earlier that South Carolina would be conclusive for him, but it was emotionally taxing on his wife.  One thing at a time.  He may yet endorse, although in a conference call to his maxed-out donors yesterday (1/24), he said he would not.

Perhaps he is waiting to see whether McCain or Romney wins the very competitive Florida primary on Tuesday.  Indeed, the winner of that primary has a real leg up on Super Tuesday.  And for one candidate, Rudy Giuliani, it could be a life line, or the last gasp. 
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THE SIMPLEST STIMULUS Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 24 January 2008

When Democrats and Republicans agree quickly on something, it's usually either a meaningless gesture, or a raid on the federal treasury.

The economic stimulus package agreed to by President Bush and congressional leaders will be more beneficial to politicians than it will be to our economy.

The deal -- the principal element of which is to give income tax rebates to people who pay little or no federal income tax -- is driven by fear our economy may be going into recession. 

Since the definition of a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative growth, we're not in one yet, and neither the Congressional Budget Office nor the Federal Reserve thinks we'll go into one this year. 

But the economy is weakening, for two principal reasons.
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ACCELERATED EXPECTATIONS Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 25 January 2008

One of the sure strategies for a conniving political candidate is to play to people's perceptions that things are bad. "There's a whole lotta hurt out there," as Mike Huckabee says.

By any stretch of the imagination, life in America is far better that it has ever been - in some cases miraculously so. The trouble is, we're used to this progress, and expect it to continue and accelerate.

When the rate of acceleration does not measure up with our expectations, it's easy for a politician, or journalist, or professor, to use our disappointment as evidence that we're going to hell in a hand basket.

Add to this our therapeutic culture, which looks for anything that falls short of these accelerated expectations as some sort of deficit, or malady, or victimization, and you've got yourself the makings of a culture ripe for political picking - because politicians will make themselves out to be the saviors of all who see themselves as victims of such a cruel and disappointing world.
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THE LESSON OF THE SERMON Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Thursday, 24 January 2008

A minister decided to describe a science project for his Sunday sermon.

Four worms, all fat and wigglingly healthy, were placed in four jars.  The first contained alcohol, the second in a jar of concentrated cigarette smoke, the third in a jar of chocolate syrup, the fourth in a jar of good clean soil.

The results were:  the worm in the alcohol died, the worm in the cigarette smoke died, the worm in the chocolate syrup died - while the worm in the soil lived and thrived.

"So what conclusion," asked the minister of his congregation, "may we come to from this experiment?"

Old Grandma Maxine in the back pew quickly raised her hand and said:
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32 PICTURES OF HELL ON EARTH Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Thursday, 24 January 2008

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RED HERRING SCAPEGOAT? Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 17 January 2008

Topping my personal list of mondo bizarro stories this week was the headline in papers all over the country, Ex-Congressman Charged in Terror Case.  The story reveals that:
Former congressman from Michigan Mark Siljander was indicted Wednesday (1/16) as being part of a terrorist fundraising ring that allegedly sent more than $130,000 to an al-Qaeda and Taliban supporter. He's accused of lying about lobbying on behalf of an Islamic charity (The Islamic American Relief Agency or IARA) that was accused of sending funds to terrorists... The government accuses IARA of sending approximately $130,000 to help Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, whom the United States has designated a global terrorist..
I knew Mark quite well when he was in Congress (1981-86), and know he despised Gulbuddin.  Although I haven't seen him in some time, for Mark to be caught in a scam not just with a terrorist fundraising ring, but the terrorist being Gulbuddin, is just off the wall.

So one question to ask is:  where did the IARA get the $130,000 to send to Gulbuddin?

Turns out the Islamic charity got the money from the US government:  USAID, the US Agency for International Development.     
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THE ILLEGAL ELEPHANT IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 16 January 2008

The Washington Post, flagship of the liberal elite in our nation's capital, ran the most marvelously revealing story this week (1/15).  In typical heart-tugging WaPo style, Emergency Care Waits Found To Be On Rise described the growing nationwide "deadly" crisis of hyper-crowded hospital emergency rooms.

After providing examples and stats showing how much longer it takes to see a physician in an emergency room, the article listed the causes of this "frightening trend."  Guess what they don't mention.
 
The idiom "elephant in the room" refers to ignoring something overwhelmingly obvious, pretending it doesn't exist.  Liberals take this one step further - they really don't see the elephant, they willfully blind themselves to the elephant's existence, in this case taking up most of the space in the emergency room of most of the hospitals in the country.

Any of you who have been in an ER recently know exactly what I am talking about:  they are overflowing with illegal aliens speaking a torrent of Spanish demanding free medical care.

It's another example of why the issue of illegal immigration is such an Achilles Heel for Democrats in November.
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ROOTING FOR BLOOMIE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 16 January 2008

What is it with little guys with egos as big as their billionaire bank accounts who think they can get elected President of the United States as a third party independent?

Beats me.  But while it was horrifically destructive the last time - in 1992 - it may be marvelous today.  Right now, I'm rootin' for Bloomie.

Ross Perot was five-foot-six.  Michael Bloomberg is maybe a half-inch taller.  We owe the Clinton Presidency to Perot - the 19% of the vote he gained was mostly a protest against George H. W. Bush.  If Perot had not run, Clinton would have lost.  Thanks, Ross.

Now Little Mikey thinks it's his turn to come to America's rescue.  I can see the ad now, Bloomie strolling along a sun-kissed beach, looking straight into the camera, and saying:

"Hi, America!  I know what you're suffering from, causing you so much frustration and anxiety.  You're a victim of Electile Dysfunction - the inability to become aroused over any of the choices for president put forth by either party in the 2008 election year.  You want a cure for this terrible malady, America?  Well, you're looking at it - me, Mike Bloomberg for President."
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Chapter Thirty-Three: REAPING THE WHIRLWIND Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 17 January 2008

[With a final chapter 34 and an Epilogue to go, The Jade Steps is nearing completion.  So it's worth re-emphasizing again that The Jade Steps is a true story.  Every principal event described actually happened, every named person really lived and had that name.  It all happened almost 500 years ago, but it still remains the cause of the civil war within Mexico's soul.  Mexico will never rise out of the Third World until this spiritual wound is healed.  That is the purpose of this book.]
 
The Jade Steps
Chapter Thirty-Three:  Reaping The Whirlwind
 
"Doña Marina! Doña Marina!"  Someone was screaming at her, shaking her violently.  It was Doña Luisa.  Dazed from fainting, Malinali stared at the woman in confusion.  "You must not stay here! The Aztecs are attacking!"  She heard the words with no understanding.  She felt herself being pulled roughly to her feet and pushed into a run.  They reached a set of trees.  She looked around in bewilderment.  There was this incredible noise, but it seemed so far away.

She looked in the direction of the noise and saw the Tacuba causeway.  It was filled with screaming Aztec warriors swinging their macuahuitl obsidian-edged wooden swords and racing towards Pedro de Alvarado and his men.  Somehow the sight of it seemed as distant as the noise.  Suddenly, like the wave of a storm, the full sight and the sound of the battle crashed upon her.  She heard claps of thunder, but the sky was clear.  Then she saw the brigantines in the lake on either side of the causeway, firing their canons into the Aztec mass.  She recognized the captain of one of the ships, Juan Jaramillo, the officer who had protected her during La Noche Triste.

She saw Pedro de Alvarado lead his horsemen into a charge straight into the Aztecs, as the musketmen and crossbowmen formed positions on the edges of the causeway to fire into them.  So many Aztec warriors had filled the causeway in their fury and rage to get at the Spaniards that they couldn't move.  They just became targets for the cannons and muskets and arrows and the hooves of war horses.  They died in the hundreds, and still more hundreds, until they gave up the assault, retreating back into the city shouting insults and taunts that they had killed...

Then the terrible sight that had caused her to faint appeared before her eyes, the bloody head of Cortez bouncing and rolling in the dust, and she screamed in horror.  Doña Luisa embraced her and she clung to the Tlaxcalan princess, sobbing uncontrollably for "My Captain, my Captain..."  She finally let go, and, whispering her thanks, she walked alone along the shoreline to stare vacantly out upon the waters of Lake Texcoco.

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THE GOP RACE BEFORE SOUTH CAROLINA Print E-mail
Written by Arnold Steinberg   
Thursday, 17 January 2008

I've done perhaps 1700 surveys and focus groups.  Generally, I've maintained that published polls affect pundits, insiders, and donors - not voters.  But I've been saying for awhile that this year (the way the primaries are clustered and with the hyper-media coverage) would be different, and it is. 

What happens in each primary is affecting national numbers.  And national numbers are affecting what happens in each primary.  There is a momentum effect, and people are looking for validation.  That's why I have long predicted Rudy's collapse, and how national polling numbers would change, and even when they would change. 

Yet I find it easier, at this point, to count out winner Huckabee than no-show Rudy.  Anything is possible in this volatile environment, including a brokered convention.  So here are a few thoughts on where the main candidates are on the eve of the South Carolina primary (1/19), and where I am, and why I continue my view from last year that McCain has the inside track.
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THE WACKO NEW YORK TIMES, NOT THE WACKO VET Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Last Sunday (1/13), the New York Times published a 7,000-word investigative report (it started on the front page under a three column hed above the fold, and filled more than two full pages inside) that is a testament to what can be accomplished by journalists who lack brains or integrity, but who possess an agenda.

The theme of the story, headlined "Across America, Deadly Echoes of Foreign Battles," is that veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, scarred by the horrors they experienced, have launched a murder spree upon returning to the United States.

Apparently Ms. Sontag and Ms. Alvarez did a search of the Nexis database of newspaper articles and found 121 stories of murders committed by veterans since the war on terror began. They then described some of those murders in lugubrious and exhaustive detail.

Ms. Sontag and Ms. Alvarez apparently have learned what little they "know" about the military from Rambo movies, and never learned much about statistics. 

Their story doesn't just grossly exaggerate and sensationalize a problem, it fabricates one that mostly doesn't exist.  It's the sloppiest, most biased story I've ever seen in journalism.
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SHARIA LAW AND MAFIA RULE IN FRANCE Print E-mail
Written by Paul Belien   
Thursday, 17 January 2008

Last May, French voters elected Mr. Sarkozy as president because he had promised to restore the authority of the Republic over France's 751 no-go areas, the so-called zones urbaines sensibles (ZUS, sensitive urban areas), where 5 million people live - 8 percent of the population, almost all Moslem immigrants or their children.
 
Eight months later, the situation in the ZUS has remained as "sensitive" as before.
 
People get mugged, even murdered, in the ZUS, but the media prefer not to write about it. When large-scale rioting erupts and officers and firemen are attacked, the behavior of the thugs is condoned with references to their "poverty" and to the "racism" of the indigenous French.  
The French media never devote their attention to the bleak situation of intimidation and lawlessness in which 8 percent of the population, including many poor indigenous French, are forced to live. Moslem racism towards the "infidels" is never mentioned.
 
Xavier Raufer, a former French intelligence officer who heads the department on organized crime and terrorism at the Institute of Criminology of the University of Paris, thinks that bribes from organized crime has a lot to do with the indifference of the French establishment.
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FINALLY A BIT FASTER AGAINST IRAN AND SYRIA Print E-mail
Written by Michael Ledeen   
Friday, 18 January 2008

Lately, we've been doing much better at catching the Iranians, often in tandem with the Syrians, who are giving a lot of support to terrorists in Iraq.

Better yet, we are slapping penalties on them, most recently on three terrorist supporters and leaders in Iran and one in Syria, where he runs the al-Zawra television station. Americans are henceforth forbidden to do business with these rogues, and if the USG - Iraq Reconstruction Task Force can get at any of their assets, we'll grab them.

That's excellent news, and the announcement is helpfully accompanied by considerable documentation of the terrorists and their supporters singled out by our Treasury Department. Undersecretary Stuart Levey, who has been one of the driving forces behind this program, puts it in a broad context: Iran and Syria are fueling violence and destruction in Iraq. Iran trains, funds, and provides weapons to violent Shia extremist groups, while Syria provides safe haven to Sunni insurgents and financiers.

All of which and more clearly shows what I and others have been arguing for a long time:  Iran supports al-Qaeda.
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