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KICKING RUDY’S TIRES Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 08 March 2007

Rudy Giuliani is casting a long shadow over the Democratic as well as the Republican presidential races.  Opinion polls indicate the former New York mayor has a large lead not only among likely GOP voters, but in match ups with the leading Democratic contenders as well.

It defies conventional wisdom that a candidate who is pro-choice on abortion and pro-gay rights could be a serious contender for the Republican nomination.  But two events have stood the conventional wisdom on its head.

For most conservatives, winning the war on terror is the paramount issue, because nothing else matters much if we lose.  Mr. Giuliani arguably has the best credentials on the paramount issue. 
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KINDNESS IS ITS OWN REWARD Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Thursday, 08 March 2007

I have often at least implied in these columns that virtue is its own reward. One of the beauties of the increasing body of knowledge on what makes for a happier life is that this is no longer just a platitude based on wishful thinking, it is the truth.

When people are more grateful, more forgiving, more courageous, more optimistic, more loving, more empathetic, more able to self-regulate, more responsible, and more engaged, they are rewarded with a greater sense of happiness and well-being.

In the case of the virtue of kindness, the more you do kind things, and the more you are aware of how often you do kind things, the more kind and grateful you want to be, and the more kind and grateful you become.

So your homework for this week is:
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BURQA BLUE Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 09 March 2007

Three young Afghan ladies got so tired of misogynist Islam oppressing them they formed a rock band called Burqa Blue and taped a video of their performance.

It’s become a cult hit in Germany – so the YouTube clip below is a German new broadcast containing the video.  It was taped in Kabul, as you can recognize the city in the background and street shots.

Women in Afghanistan really do have to wear this medieval garment which hides them head-to-toe.  They can only see through a cloth mesh.  The video shows what’s it’s like for a woman to see wearing a burqa.

The identity of the ladies is unknown, other than they are from, and still reside in, Kabul.  The drummer goes by the name of “Narghiz,” while the other two won’t even given pseudonyms.

That’s because they are afraid they will be killed for their lyrics of playful sabotage.


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SCIENCE'S LATEST MIRACLE DRUG Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 02 March 2007

You will need Windows Media Player to view this Video.

If you do not have Windows Media Player, you may click on one of the following links (based on your computer's operating system) to download and install the necessary program:

For Windows XP users:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/11/default.aspx

For More Windows Media Player Versions:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download/AllDownloads.aspx?displang=en&qstechnology=
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THE COMPULSION TO APOLOGIZE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 01 March 2007

I've written often, such as in Rejecting The Evil Eye, about liberals' fear of envy.  This fear is what makes them liberals.  Thus the key insight:
Liberalism is not a political ideology or set of beliefs. It is an envy-deflection device, a psychological strategy to avoid being envied. It is the politicalization of envy-appeasement.
Nothing more epitomizes liberals' fear of envy than their compulsion to apologize.  Apologize to the world for the existence of  exploitative America.  Apologize to the Earth for the existence of polluting humanity.  Last Sunday (2/25), the Democrat-controlled legislature of Virginia voted to "apologize" for the state's role in slavery.

When you apologize for something that your great-great-great-great grandfather, at the latest, might have done (and most likely not, for the overwhelming majority of Virginia residents are not the descendants of slave owners), you require psychiatric counseling.

Another example of how liberalism is a psychological affliction - a particularly dangerous one when it's the basis of foreign policy.

Which brings us today to a Democrat Congressman from California, "Moonbat Mike" Honda.
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THANKS TO CHAIRMAN COX Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 01 March 2007

When the DOW tanked on Tuesday (2/27), losing over 400 points, the comparison du jour was to the Black Monday crash of October 19, 1987 - which was of course silly, as the former was only a 3.3% loss in value, while the latter was 22.6%.

Nonetheless, it prompts me to tell you a story, which starts in the Chang Tang Plateau of northern Tibet.  That's where I was at the time of '87 crash, leading an overland expedition from Beijing to Kathmandu across Tibet north to south. 

We heard about the crash from BBC broadcasts on my short wave radio.  One expedition member, Big John Perrott, had a panic attack.  Having no way to reach his broker - northern Tibet is about as remote as you get - he thought he was bankrupt.

By the time we got to Lhasa by the end of the month, and John could call his broker, the market - and his portfolio - were well into recovery.  He said he'll be forever grateful for being in the Chang Tang on Black Monday.

But while I was in Tibet on Black Monday, a good friend of mine was in a meeting at the White House.
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TESTING GLOBAL WARMING Print E-mail
Written by J.R. Dunn   
Friday, 02 March 2007

Science works by means of prediction on the basis of testing a hypothesis. 

Once data is collected and evaluated, and a hypothesis formed, scientific method requires that certain predictions be made to act as tests of the overall theory. If the predictions work out, we can regard the hypothesis as proven. If not, we vow to do better next time.

How, then, can the hypothesis of man-made ("anthropogenic") global warming be tested?  Wouldn't one way be to have access to some natural example comparable to what's occurring now, so that we could analyze it and get some idea of what we're facing?

It so happens that we have exactly that. This isn't the first time warming has occurred on earth - it's a commonplace and recurring phenomenon.  One such episode took place in relatively recent historic time - the Medieval Warm Period.

During the MWP, worldwide temperatures rose by 1 to 3 degrees centigrade for a roughly three-hundred-year period beginning in the 10th century and ending late in the 13th century.

Warming advocates have made a series of predictions concerning climatic effects over the coming century. Do they pass the MWP test?
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A HILARIOUS INCONVENIENCE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 01 March 2007

It doesn't take much to be the funniest moment in an Academy Awards show that Washington Post television critic Tom Shales described as "alternately a bore and a horror." 

But I thought it hilarious when Algore won the Oscar for best documentary for "An Inconvenient Truth."

Documentaries ought to bear some relationship to reality.  "An Inconvenient Truth" is a cheesy propaganda film. Dr. Richard Lindzen of the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, who is to climate science what Tom Brady is to football, has described it as "shrill alarmism."

"You'd think that a science-based, call to action film from a guy who flunked out of divinity school...would be received with a certain amount of skepticism, but in officially atheist Hollywood, Albert Arnold Algore Jr. is the second coming of Moses, Maimonides, Martin Luther, all rolled into one," wrote "David Kahane," a nom de plume for a screenwriter in Hollywood.
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BUSH AND THE COPPERHEADS Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 01 March 2007

What if we win in Iraq?  If the thought makes you break out in a cold sweat, you could be a Democrat candidate for president.

American history has a grave lesson for the Democrats.  They need to be reminded that their Democrat Party clamored for a U.S. defeat during the Civil War. 

Back then, the leaders of their party called themselves "Peace Democrats," who urged Union soldiers to desert and hated Abraham Lincoln as much as their political descendants hate George Bush today.  They were confident of capturing the White House in 1864.

Then Sherman captured Atlanta two months before the 1864 elections.  The "Copperheads," as the Republicans called the Democrats after a venomous snake, got creamed by the voters who thought victory was nigh.  And it was: at Appomattox five months later (April 9, 1865).

President Bush may have his Atlanta before the primaries begin.
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THE HOAX OF NEGOTIATIONS Print E-mail
Written by Michael Ledeen   
Friday, 02 March 2007

A great hoax is being perpetrated on the world, the hoax of negotiations as an untried method to "solve" the "Iranian problem." In fact, we have been negotiating with the mullahs ever since-indeed even before-the 1979 revolution that deposed the Shah and brought to power the Islamic Fascist regime of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

In the intervening 28 years, we have participated in countless face-to-face encounters, myriad "demarches" sent through diplomatic channels, and meetings-some on the fringes of international conferences-involving "unofficial" representatives of one government or the other.

The lack of any tangible result is obvious, yet the chatterers, led by James Baker and Lee Hamilton, and cheered on by intellectuals, editorialists, and instant experts on Iran, act as if none of this ever happened.
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CHINESE PANIC AND PERSPECTIVE Print E-mail
Written by Dagny D'Anconia   
Friday, 02 March 2007

Thanks to Jack's Thanks to Chairman Cox, we have a better perspective on the market panic drop this week compared to its granddaddy back in 1987.  I'd like to discuss their Chinese origins.

While the Americans have reduced the once wild-and-wooly behavior of their banks, the newly capitalistic Chinese are only now getting a handle on it.  Indeed, a clumsy Chinese attempt to rein in risky stock speculation caused the current debacle.  We can think of China as the Wild East, much like banking was in our own historical Wild West.

It is hard to identify an American-started panic since 1929.  One possible exception is the mini-crash on Friday the 13th of October 1989 which was in part the result of the wild-and-wooly junk bond market.  Even the panics created in China and passed to the US have been progressively less pronounced in the US over the years.  Drops have decreased from 1987 to 1997 (here's a series of nice comparison charts), and now in 2007. 

What's particularly interesting are the Chinese connections  between the famous 1987 Black Monday drop to that of this week - so much smaller we might call it Pale Grey Tuesday:
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A MORAL STEAM ENGINE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 02 March 2007

There are times in a life, or in a world, where a single idea, conceived, committed to, and followed through, can bring about the most breathtaking change.

My family and I went to see the new and very moving film, Amazing Grace last Sunday. It is the story of how a small group of people brought an end to the slave trade in England.

In 1807, at a time when slavery was a universally accepted part of life, at a time when the economy of Great Britain was dependent to a large extent upon the slave-driven plantations in the Caribbean, for the slave trade to be abolished was a singularly heroic and inspiring feat.

While Amazing Grace focuses on the life of William Wilberforce (1759-1833), the member of parliament who tenaciously held to his purpose for 23 years, there is a fantastic book, Bury the Chains by Adam Hochschild, that centers around the life of the man who inspired Wilberforce, Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846).

Clarkson was known as the Moral Steam Engine.  What I want to talk to you today is how each of us has the capacity to be a moral steam engine in our own lives.
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HOW TO HAVE FUN WHEN YOU’RE RETIRED Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 02 March 2007

Hi.  My name is Bill Thompson.  Working people frequently ask retired people like me what they do to make their days interesting.

I tell them it's always important to have fun.

For example, the other day I went downtown and went into a shop. I was only in there for about 5 minutes and when I came out there was a cop writing out a parking ticket. I went up to him and said, "Come on, man, how about giving a retired person a break"? He ignored me and continued writing the ticket.

So I decided to have fun with this cop and called him a "Nazi ."
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DEMOCRATS AT DELPHI Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 23 February 2007

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.

For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear. 

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) spoke those words in the Roman Senate over two thousand years ago.  But his words could be addressed to Traitor John Murtha and the leadership of the Democrat Party today.

They have bet on America's defeat in Iraq.  Somehow they believe that their country's defeat will bring them personal victory in 2008 - retaining and expanding their control of Congress and regaining the White House.

It's not going to work out that way. It's going to turn out that the Democrat strategy will achieve defeat - theirs.  Root for defeat and you'll get it - yours.
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THE ANNA NICOLE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 22 February 2007

The only TV news I watch is Fox.  CBS has that blonde airhead, ABC/NBC have nonentities, and CNN is the English translation of Al Jazeera.  But lately I can't even watch Fox, for the only news it seems to cover is the ersatz drama about a bimbo with giant mariachis.

No doubt that giant mariachis are among the most wondrous creations in the known universe - but endless discussion of the deceased possessor of two of them is not news.  At least, not any longer.  Shouting, "Enough already!", I either click the off button on the remote, or go in search of a CSI rerun or John Wayne movie.

Pretty soon, of course, viewers will get bored with the Anna Nicole story and move on to some other silliness.  So let's do a thought experiment.  Suppose, just suppose, that Fox doesn't let up, keeps featuring the story, dissecting every detail, comes up with new revelations, month after month after month after month.

Now suppose all other news outlets do the same.  For months, stretching on into the interminable future.  Would you go (a) out of your mind, or (b) no longer pay attention to nor have any interest in the news altogether?

Welcome to the Anna Nicole Presidential Campaign - with no giant mariachis.
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