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COULD HILLARY VANISH IN A PUFF OF SMOKE? Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Monday, 12 November 2007

Most pundits in Washington have already conceded the Democrat nomination to Sen. Clinton because of the large leads she holds in national opinion polls. 

But that lead is illusory, because normal people don't pay much attention to politics a year before the election.  It's not a surprise that there are a lot of undecideds in the national polls, or that the frontrunners in both parties are the candidates with the highest name recognition.

The polls in Iowa -- where a higher proportion of voters is paying attention, because the Iowa caucuses are less than two months away -- tell a different story.  There, Hillary Clinton's lead over Sen. Barack Hussein Obama is within the margin of error.

Sen. Obama is so wet behind the ears dolphins could swim there.  But he's a likeable guy, and people tend to vote for the candidate they like.
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DECLARING DEFEAT Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 15 November 2007

We're floundering in a quagmire in Iraq. Our strategy is flawed, and it's too late to change it. Our material resources have been squandered, our best people killed, and our reputation around the world is circling the drain.  We must withdraw immediately.

No, I'm not channeling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  I'm channeling Osama bin Laden, for whom the war in Iraq has been a catastrophe.

Al Qaeda had little presence in Iraq during the regime of Saddam Hussein.  But once he was toppled, Al Qaeda's chieftains decided to make Iraq the central front in the global jihad against the Great Satan. 

"The most important and serious issue today for the whole world is this third world war, which the Crusader-Zionist coalition began against the Islamic nation," Osama bin Laden said in an audio tape posted on Islamic Web sites in December, 2004.  "It is raging in the land of the Two Rivers.  The world's millstone and pillar is Baghdad, the capital of the caliphate."

Jihadis, money and weapons were poured into Iraq from all over the Moslem world.  All for naught.  Al Qaeda has been defeated in Iraq.
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DECLARING VICTORY Print E-mail
Written by Tony Blankley   
Thursday, 15 November 2007

It has become obligatory for both pro- and anti-war commentators to never mention the possibility of victory in Iraq.

The most that anti-war people will admit is that the surge has gained a temporary military advantage in a war that cannot be won militarily. The most pro-war commentators will claim is that they see the possibility of "success" perhaps, maybe, someday, somehow.

But as of Veterans Day 2007, I think one can claim a very real expectation that next year the world may see a genuine, old-fashioned victory in the Iraq War.

In five years we will have overturned Saddam's government, killed, captured or driven out of country almost all Al Qaeda terrorists, suppressed the violent Shi'ite militias and induced the Sunni tribal leaders and their people to shun resistance and send their sons into the army and police and seek peaceful resolution of disputes.

And we will have stood up a multisectarian, tribally inclusive army capable of maintaining the peace that our troops established.
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LIVING LIFE THROUGH AN ACTIVE VOICE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 16 November 2007

If you want to write effectively, if you want to engage your readers, it is important that you write mostly in the "active" voice. The active voice directly links the subject with his or her action; the subject causes the action:

"Steve took the hammer and swung it hard against the wall." We know who swung the hammer: Steve did, and he swung it hard against the wall.

This is in contrast with the "passive" voice, where the subject is acted upon by the verb, and the subject is often absent entirely:

"The hammer was swung against the wall," or, "The hammer hit the wall." Who swung the hammer? We don't know, and we are left with a more vague understanding of just what happened here.

I got to thinking about using the passive versus the active voice in life.  What about using the passive voice versus the active voice in your daily speech and writing? How would that affect a person's life?  So I want to have you join me in a little experiment.
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HOW NOT TO KEEP A GIRLFRIEND Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 16 November 2007


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ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING ABOUT $100 OIL Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 09 November 2007

Yesterday (11/08), the Wall Street Journal ran an article giving ten reasons Why $100 Can't Float.  They were good, persuasive reasons.  Yet taken together, they were not sufficiently persuasive as they ignored the political dimension of the problem.

Put in a nutshell, we have near $100 oil instead of energy independence at a fraction of the cost because Congress is an obstacle rather than a solution to the problem.

Right here in America, we have enormous energy reserves of coal, natural gas, liquid oil, and oil shale.  With foreign oil now so expensive, it should be easy to produce our own energy at far less cost.  And it will be easy if Congress does three things:
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MOSLEM TERRORIST DRUG LORDS WITH NUKES Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 08 November 2007

How's that for your basic nightmare scenario?  Welcome to Pakistan's future.  And for once, the Moonbats are right.  It is Bush's fault.

It is not, of course, Bush's fault that Pakistan is a make-believe country ludicrously constructed by the colonial British, as we learned in The Lunacy of a British Legacy

It's not his fault that Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI - the Pak CIA) created the Taliban as a joint business venture to run the Afghan heroin trade (as we learned about in The Bourne Absurdity).

But it is his fault for not eliminating Afghanistan's  poppy fields, which are capitalizing the Islamist maelstrom engulfing Pakistan. 

That's because the family of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, along with the family's business partners in New Jersey, are making millions from Afghan heroin as well.

All the media attention is now on Pervez Musharraf and his consolidation of power, with predictable puerile moaning about his "threat to democracy."  Naturally, almost no big media attention is paid to the heroin drug money fueling the crisis. 

If they did, reporters' attention might better be directed away from the riotous streets of Islamabad and towards a McMansion on a leafy quiet street in Mendham, New Jersey.
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BESLAN IN AMERICA? Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 08 November 2007

On Sept. 1, 2004, Chechens affiliated with al Qaeda seized a middle school in Beslan, Russia.  In the three day siege, 334 people --most of them children -- were killed.  Could something like that happen here?

* In May of 2006, two Saudi students at the University of South Florida boarded a school bus.  They were "cagey and evasive" in explaining why they boarded the bus, said a spokesman for the Hillsborough County sheriff.

* In March of 2007, the FBI issued a bulletin to law enforcement warning that Moslems "with ties to extremist groups" were signing up to be school bus drivers.

*  A Houston television station reported in August of this year that 17 large yellow school buses have been stolen.

Al Qaeda prefers middle schools because the girls are old enough to rape, but the boys aren't big enough to fight back, says retired Army LtCol. Dave Grossman, who runs a private security firm. 

Why would al Qaeda contemplate something so monstrous?
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MOSLEM NAZIS Print E-mail
Written by Paul Belien   
Thursday, 08 November 2007

During the Second World War, the Nazis worked on plans to build the Messerschmitt Me 264 Amerikabomber, an airplane specially devised to fly suicide missions into Manhattan's skyscrapers.

Albert Speer, the Nazi minister for armaments, recalled in his diary Inside The Third Reich: "It was almost as if [Hitler] was in a delirium when he described to us how New York would go up in flames. He imagined how the skyscrapers would turn into huge blazing torches. How they would crumble while the reflection of the flames would light the skyline against the dark sky."

Hitler hated Manhattan. It was, he said, "the center of world Jewry." Less than 60 years later, Hitler's plans were executed by Moslem immigrants living in Germany. At the 2003 trial of the network around Mohamed Atta (the pilot who flew into the World Trade Center), Shahid Nickels, a German convert to Islam and a friend of Atta's, said that the Islamists had targeted Manhattan because it is "the center of world Jewry, and the world of finance and commerce controlled by it."

The parallels between Nazism and Islamism are overwhelming. Yet the subject is a taboo.
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THE ENTITLEMENT CRISIS AS A MORAL CRISIS Print E-mail
Written by Star Parker   
Thursday, 08 November 2007

The U.S Comptroller General and head of the GAO, Government Accountability Office, has described the entitlements crisis facing this country as a "tsunami" that approaches while we continue to party on the beach.

What GAO head David Walker is talking about are the massive upcoming obligations under Social Security and Medicare that we have no funds to meet. Tens of trillions of dollars of supposed commitments, promises made to us by our government, that today we have no clue how we'll pay.

In those rare moments when our political "leaders" screw up sufficient courage to acknowledge this dark and ominous fiscal cloud hanging over us, the discussion is invariably technical. Proposed tax increases, cap increases, retirement age increases, benefit cuts, indexing -- all geared to "save the system."

But who has considered that, despite all the discussion about unfunded liabilities, what we really have on our hands is, at root and core, a moral crisis?
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MAY THIS STRIKE LAST FOREVER Print E-mail
Written by Tony Blankley   
Thursday, 08 November 2007

From Islamabad to London to Paris to Moscow to Los Angeles - wherever a flickering video image could reach - the nerves of the world became more frayed this week with the images of mass demonstrations in the streets and the stunning announcement that Hollywood writers have gone on strike for more humane working conditions.

The contract between the 12,000-member Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) expired Oct. 31. (Who knew it took 12,000 writers to produce the dreck coming out of Hollywood these days?)

Imminently we will be seeing the pathetic consequences of the strike: heartbreaking images of Jay Leno telling lame jokes (well, not all things will change), Jon Stewart silently making mere faces at the camera (his clever lines having been unwritten due to the strike), Stephen Colbert, denied the words written for him to mock Bill O'Reilly, forced to pointlessly over-gesticulate.
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LANGUAGE, LIBERALS, AND TRUTH Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 09 November 2007

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." Abraham Lincoln

Well, Bill Clinton came close....

In the Democrat debates last week however, his wife got caught stumbling over her convictions. Her little meltdown regarding New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's proposal to give drivers licenses to illegal immigrants, and her sloppy attempts to throw sand in the eyes of the public by playing the victim card, bode very ill for the core strategy of the left in this country.

The big idea of this strategy is that the effective use of language to manipulate reality is the key to power.

While all effective action involves some degree of manipulation, with the left - which today includes many of the Democrats - that manipulation is primary; reality is subservient to ideology.

Here are a few uncomfortable realities for the left:
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A MAP OF NORTH AMERICA FOR CITIZENS OF MEXICO Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Thursday, 08 November 2007

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DEMOCRACY, DEMOCRATS, AND TAXES Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 02 November 2007

In response to The Salvation of 2008, TTPer "Bogie" was thoughtful enough to post on the User Forum a list of 50 reasons for The Fair Tax.

Together, they make a pretty convincing case for replacing all personal/corporate income taxes, FICA payroll taxes, gift/death taxes and the AMT with a national retail sales tax.  I would add #51, the end of the depreciation schedule for a business' capital expenditures.

Yet there is another overarching reason for the Fair Tax replacing our present tax structure, which is that it is vastly more democratic, and provides a far firmer and more stable foundation for a democracy.

Which is why Democrats are against it because they don't want a real democracy.

Take a look at the Who Pays Income Taxes charts from the National Taxpayers Union.  You'll see that over the last several years, the percentage of total income taxes paid by the top 1%, top 5%, top 10% of taxpayers has gone up, while that paid by the bottom 50% has gone down.  1% of taxpayers now pay almost 40% of all personal income taxes, while 50% pays 3%.

How dangerous this is for a democracy can be seen with this simple image:  imagine balancing a pyramid on its point.
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TECHNOLOGY, FREEDOM, AND SAVING LIVES Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 02 November 2007

When a super-genius tells you that you may have saved millions of lives, it really makes your day. 

You read about Durk Pearson last August, that he has an IQ M.I.T. was unable to measure as it was so far above the upper measurable limit of 220.  And you read about my having dinner with Chief Justice John Roberts last week in The Only Issue.

I was telling Durk about the dinner and how it wasn't appropriate for me to ask him substantive case questions, but that I was able to contribute to the conversation.  The connection between technology and freedom was raised and I offered to give an example.

The technology of gene sequencing, I said, can now, at the cost of many millions of dollars, sequence the entire genome of an individual person, identifying all the recognizable mutations and genetic defects that person has.

Gene sequencing technology is improving at such a rapid rate that a Moore's Law is now kicking in regarding it.
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