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SILENCE IN SYRIA, PANIC IN IRAN Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 19 September 2007

One of India's top ranking generals assigned to liaise with the Iranian military recently returned to New Delhi from several days in Tehran - in a state of complete amazement.

"Everyone in the government and military can only talk of one thing," he reports.  "No matter who I talked to, all they could do was ask me, over and over again, ‘Do you think the Americans will attack us?' ‘When will the Americans attack us?' ‘Will the Americans attack us in a joint operation with the Israelis?' How massive will the attack be?' on and on, endlessly.  The Iranians are in a state of total panic."

And that was before September 6.  Since then, it's panic-squared in Tehran.  The mullahs are freaking out in fear.  Why?  Because of the silence in Syria.

On September 6, Israeli Air Force F-15 and F-16s conducted a devastating attack on targets deep inside Syria near the city of Dayr az-Zawr.  Israel's military censors have muzzled the Israeli media, enforcing an extraordinary silence about the identity of the targets.  Massive speculation in the world press has followed, such as Brett Stephens' Osirak II? in yesterday's (9/18) Wall St. Journal.

Stephens and most everyone else have missed the real story.  It is not Israel's silence that "speaks volumes" as he claims, but Syria's.  Why would the Syrian government be so tight-lipped about an act of war perpetrated on their soil?  Here's the answer:
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SUPER-CHAOS IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST DESERT Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 20 September 2007

In his memoirs, Henry Kissinger relates a conversation he had with the 20th century's most murderous monster, Mao Tse-Tung.  The topic was the extent to which a country can experience chaos, social breakdown and upheaval.

The bigger the country, the greater its capacity for chaos, said Mao.  A small country can become chaotic on a limited basis, but only a giant such as China has the capacity for what Mao called "super-chaos."

It was this capacity for such "super-chaos" that required, according to Mao, a ruthless and unchallenged Communist dictatorship to keep it in check.  It was a clever term for the same tired rationale used by all tyrants to justify their oppression.

Yet anyone familiar with the long history of China is well aware of its periodic episodes of anarchic collapse, and the deep-set fear most Chinese have of them.  But no matter how much the Chinese try to prevent them, they come anyway and it sure looks like one is headed their way now.

What's coming is a tsunami of pollution washing over China that is about to leave in its wake what World Bank analysts say will be "the world's biggest desert."

Imagine what would happen if you dumped several hundred million people in the Sahara, currently the world's biggest desert.  That's China's future, folks.  Only worse.
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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BANK ROBBER AND A LIBERAL? Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 21 September 2007

The difference was made gin-clear by a recent editorial in the International Herald Tribune, wholly owned by the New York Times, sneeringly entitled The Nanny State?

The difference is this:  A bank robber doesn't claim he has a moral right to steal your money.  A bank robber doesn't claim his thievery makes him the moral superior over his victims.

Liberals do - which makes them far more immoral than common criminals, thugs and thieves. 

According to the IHT, "The United States has long had one of the most meager tax takes in the industrial world [at least they call it ‘take,' as in ‘theft'].  America's social spending [i.e., welfare programs] is almost the stingiest among industrial nations."

Such meager and stingy theft is condemned as a "moral outrage," a contemptibly "tightfisted" approach to "public needs."

It is liberal thievery that is the moral outrage - and we have a Congress in Washington run by such thieves because too few conservatives have the courage to denounce the criminality.
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WITH DEMOCRATS, NOTHING IS CERTAIN BUT LIES AND TAXES Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 18 September 2007

In recent years, the old "let's tax them more" crowd was on the defensive. But now, with a politically weakened president, the tax increase lobby is out in full force.

All the Democrats running for president have promised to increase taxes. Almost every week, some senator or representative advocates more taxes to impose upon the American people.

The tax increasing Democrats are betting the new generation of voters does not remember how the old, high tax rates affected the economy. The U.S. has only suffered three "down" quarters of economic growth since 1982 - a record never before enjoyed.

To pull off the "new taxes will not hurt" charade, the Democrats need to convince people the Reagan and Bush tax cuts had nothing to do with the unmatched economic growth and job creation.

If Benjamin Franklin were with us today, he would rephrase his famous quote and say, with Democrats, nothing is certain but lies and taxes.
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GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE, MORALLY DEFECTIVE CULTURES DO Print E-mail
Written by Jim Warner   
Friday, 21 September 2007

Earlier this month (9/04) in the Washington Post, Mayor Adrian Fenty and Attorney General Linda Singer of the District of Columbia published an op-ed article defending their determination to appeal a lower court's decision that the District's gun laws, passed in 1976 banning handguns, are unconstitutional. 

In the op-ed the Mayor claimed that the laws have "saved lives" as though handguns were some sort of pathogen.  Are handguns a pathogen, an agent which causes a morbid condition?

Vermont has the same size population as DC, about 600,000.  Yet Vermont has no gun laws.  How is it then that Vermont had 2,819 fewer murders over the past 11 years than the District of Columbia?  What makes the inhabitants of the District of Columbia 4,860% more likely to die from murder than inhabitants of Vermont?  What is the pathogen?

It is not enough to say that the two jurisdictions cannot be compared because Vermont is rural.  This seems to imply that rural people are somehow genetically different from people who live in cities, which is absurd.  Let me suggest that the pathogen, in all probability, is culture.
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“AL QAEDA IS THE ENEMY OF ALLAH” Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Last Thursday (9/13) al Qaeda killed with a roadside bomb Sheikh Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, the founder and leader of the Anbar Salvation Council, the coalition of Sunni tribes that banded together to fight al Qaeda.  He, more than any person save Gen. David Petraeus, is responsible for the dramatic turnaround in Iraq.

The political "leadership" in Iraq has ranged from poor to frightful, in large part because Saddam Hussein ruthlessly murdered anyone who might one day oppose him.  But Sheikh Abu Risha rose far above mediocrity. 

"It is an Iraqi national disaster," Iraq's national security adviser, Muwaffaq al-Rubaie, said at Sheikh Abu Risha's funeral Friday.  "What Abu Risha did for Iraq, no single man has done in the country's history." By murdering the Lion of Anbar, al Qaeda hopes to fragment the Anbar Salvation Council, weaken Sunni efforts to fight the terror group, and to foment strife between Sunni and Shia.

It could work out that way.  But the murder of Sheikh Abu Risha also may backfire.  More than 1,500 mourners attended his funeral.  Mourners chanted "We will take our revenge," and "There is no God but Allah and al Qaeda is the enemy of Allah," the BBC reported.
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FROM COMMUNISM TO PUTINISM Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Friday, 21 September 2007

The view of Russia is clear from where I am writing this, Bucharest, Romania.  Month by month, President Putin of Russia has been erecting a new authoritarian model that owes more of its lineage to fascism than communism.  

That model can now be named:  Putinism  - a Russian nationalistic authoritarian form of government that pretends to be a free market democracy.

Unlike Soviet communism, the new Russian state does not seek to direct every aspect of political and economic life. Instead, through limited, direct control and intimidation, plus strategic investments in both institutions and people, not only in Russia but other nations as well, the Kremlin seeks to ensure favorable global press and decisions beneficial to its interests from political and business leaders around the world.

Putinism is shrewd and ruthless -- but how long can it succeed?
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MAKING THINGS HAPPEN Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 21 September 2007

Some people base their hopes for success on luck. They wait for their ship to come in, or for an opportunity to arise, or for success to somehow "happen" for them. Because they view the events of their life as provided for them by fortune, they are passive in their role as decision maker.

It is also common for a person to take charge of some things, but not others. A person can be hugely effective in their business for example, and yet be completely at the mercy of passing feelings and impulses in a romantic relationship - or vice-versa.

There is certainly an element of luck to a life. Being born in America today is a better turn of fortune than being born in, say, North Korea. And it is unquestionably better to be born into some families rather than others.

But luck favors the prepared mind, and given whatever your circumstances are, what you decide to do with your gifts, opportunities and hardships is your leverage; and the degree to which you devote yourself to your commitments is the motive force to use that leverage to build a happy and successful life.

As America's most beloved philosopher, Yogi Berra, succinctly explained it:
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LIES & POWER Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Tuesday, 18 September 2007


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MOONBATS JUMP THE SHARK Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 13 September 2007

Hear that wonderful sound - the sound of liberal teeth gnashing?

How does that old crooner tune go?  "It was desperation, I know..."  OK, maybe Dinah Shore back in 1957 said "fascination,"  but Moveon.org sang an updated version in their full-page New York Times ad calling the commander of our soldiers in Iraq a traitor.

Desperation City, folks.  I love to see liberals living in it.  All that sweet taste of thumpin' they gave the hated Republicans last November has turned to ashes and bile.  The Moonbat Left is so consumed with rage and frustration it's jumped the shark.

That's what the Moonbats have done with the "General Betray Us" ad - and that's what the Democrats in Congress have done by their cowardly refusal to condemn it.  After something has jumped the shark, there's nowhere to go but down, all the way to crash and burn. 
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VICTORY OVER JIHAD DAY Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 12 September 2007

We mourn and grieve on September 11.  We should celebrate on September 12.  Today is Victory Over Jihad Day.

For it was on September 12 that the Moslem Jihad to conquer Europe was defeated, decisively defeated for centuries.  The year was 1683.  The battle scene was Vienna. We owe this victory over jihad to one of the truly great heroes of Western Civilization, Jan Sobieski (so-be-yes-key), Jan III, King of Poland (1629-1696).
 
When, then, will Islam's current Jihad against us be over?  Because rest assured, it will be over, most likely not with a bang like the Battle of Vienna (or nuking Mecca) but with a whimper - a Moslem whimper.

A whimper is what I'm hearing with Osama Bin Laden's alleged video speech released last week.  Take a careful look at this pathetic drivel, folks.  You just won't believe how sophomoric and downright stupid it is.
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OSAMA AS A COFFEE HOUSE COMMIE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Wednesday, 12 September 2007

There was something odd about the Osama bin Laden video made public last week, noticed Web logger George Maschke (Booman Tribune).

"The video freezes at about 1 minute and 58 seconds, and motion only resumes again at 12:30," (10½ minutes later)  Mr. Maschke said.  "The video then freezes again at 14:02 and remains frozen until the end.  All references to current events occur when the video is frozen."

Could the current events references have been added to an older tape? Osama is dressed just as he was in his last video, released in 2004.  But that may be simply because there isn't much of a selection at the mall near his cave.

Bin Laden sounds more like Keith Olbermann, MSNBC's nutty talk show host, than like an Islamic terrorist leader.
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A GENERAL WHO DEFEATS TERRORISTS IN IRAQ AND DEMOCRATS IN DC Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 13 September 2007

Fresh from having put al Qaeda to flight in Iraq, General David Petraeus routed the Democrats in Washington this week.

Gen. Petraeus came to Washington in obedience to a law passed by Democrats that he report on the situation in Iraq. But Democrats wanted to pick a fight with him, because they didn't like what he had to say.

"There is a long American tradition of savaging failed generals," wrote Michael Gerson in the Washington Post.  "It is more novel to attack a successful one."

And not very wise.  When asked in a New York Times/CBS poll who they trust the most on Iraq, 21 percent of respondents chose Congress.  Sixty eight percent chose the U.S. military.

When asked about the MoveOn ad, Gen. Petraeus had this classy response: "Needless to say I disagree with the message of those exercising the First Amendment right that so many generations of soldiers have fought and died protecting."

While Gen. Petraeus was being classy, Democrats were not.
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SIX YEARS AFTER Print E-mail
Written by Tony Blankley   
Friday, 14 September 2007

In the Moslem fifth of the world, probably about a quarter of the population wishes to be in conflict with America and the West. Probably more than half do not wish such conflict but wrongly suspect that America is out to divide and suppress Islam.

Meanwhile, much of the Moslem Westernized elite (no more than 5 percent of the total Islamic population) both in Moslem countries and in America and the West rather desperately hope radical Islam and the Western response it has induced would just go away. They would prefer to live and prosper peacefully in the globalized Western political world.

Moslem governments in the Middle East and elsewhere are playing a dangerous double game - cooperating with Western intelligence and covert military efforts and jailing some of the terrorists, while at the same time giving rhetorical and sometime financial support to much of the deranged paranoia about Americans and the Jews that further inflames the radical instincts of the Moslem masses.

In fairness to those governments, most governments - West or East - live in the short term. In the long term, the Moslem regimes would be overthrown if the radicals gain power, but in the short term they would risk further inflaming the radicals if they didn't rhetorically support their madness. So the Moslem governments increasingly risk losing tomorrow for the sake of staying alive today.
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THE END OF BELGIUM Print E-mail
Written by Paul Belien   
Friday, 14 September 2007

In the early 1990s following the fall of Communism, the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia fell apart. Today, the federal Kingdom of Belgium, the last of Europe's multinational states, is beginning to unravel.

In 1830-31, the international powers put Belgium together as a political compromise and an experiment in building one state out of two nationalities.

The country is home to 6 million Dutch-speakers, or Flemish in Flanders, its northern half bordering the Netherlands, 3 million French-speakers or Walloons in Wallonia, its southern half bordering France, and 1 million people in its capital Brussels, an enclave within Flanders, which is also the capital of the European Union (EU).

While capitalist-minded Flanders generates wealth (it accounts for 70 percent of Belgium's GDP and 80 percent of its exports), Wallonia, at the receiving end of a generous welfare system, spends most of the money and vetoes any attempt to reform the system. Every year 6.6 percent of Flanders' GDP is spent on welfare in Wallonia.

Flanders cannot allow this situation to continue. The growing electoral appeal of the secessionist Vlaams Belang (VB) party, which strives for an independent Flanders, pressured the Flemish Christian Democrats to propose the transformation of Belgium into a confederation of two largely independent states with only the king, foreign policy and defense in common.

On June 10, the Flemish Christian Democrat leader Yves Leterme, the son of a Walloon father and a Flemish mother, won the Belgian general elections.  The end of Belgium may be nigh.
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