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THE IMPORTANCE OF HELPING MEXICO Print E-mail
Written by Ralph Peters   
Friday, 10 August 2007

Imagine if our country were so ravaged by drug cartels that the president sent the military into a third of the states to break the terror.

That's where Mexico is today. We all pay the price.

Narcotraficante infighting took over 3,000 lives in Mexico last year as the Sinaloa and Gulf cartels struggled for turf. With government officials and police officers facing the old choice of "silver or lead," out-of-control corruption plagued the country.

Entire states fell under the influence of the drug lords. Narco-violence spread to previously safe regions, such as Monterrey - the most prosperous city between the Amazon and the Rio Grande. By late 2006, Mexico faced its gravest internal crisis since the Revolution of 1910.

In response, Mexicans elected a tough president, Felipe Calderon. And President Calderon took action, ordering the army into nine states and deploying troops to cities such as Tijuana and the run-down resort of Acapulco.

But the drug lords are fighting back. Today, the level of violence transcends mere crime. Mexico faces a narco-insurrection. And its government needs help.
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THE LEFT’S ANTI-MILITARY DISHONESTY Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 10 August 2007

What began as a controversy over the credibility of the New Republic's "Baghdad Diarist" is morphing into questions about the integrity of Franklin Foer, editor of the venerable liberal magazine.

The controversy began July 13 when the Diarist, a soldier in Iraq, wrote of three instances of shocking behavior.  The soldier has now been identified as Private Scott Thomas Beauchamp.  It is clear that he lied - either to Army investigators or to the magazine.

But why was the liberal magazine's editor so eager to believe his lies?

[Note by JW: Franklin Foer interviewed me at length for a story he was writing on the Reagan Doctrine in 2003.  The description and quotes of me are accurate, but the whole article turned out to be an anti-conservative screed.  The cover story, Founding Fakers, in the August 18, 2003 issue of The New Republic, demonstrates Foer's left-wing intellectual dishonesty.]

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WORKER’S WOES IN IRAN Print E-mail
Written by Michael Ledeen   
Friday, 10 August 2007

Mansour Osanloo, who heads the Tehran bus workers' union, was thrown into the infamous Evin prison for the third time last month, after a highly successful European trip on which he tried to inform his Western trade-union brothers of the mounting repression against Iranian workers.

During his previous incarcerations, Osanloo had been brutally tortured. Films were distributed showing bruises on his body, and his tongue had been slit.

One of Osanloo's fellow union organizers, Mahmoud Salehi of the Saqez Bakery Workers' Association, has been jailed in the city of Sanandaj (Kurdistan Province), where he is said to be in serious medical difficulties.

The International Trade Union Confederation and the International Transport Workers' Federation have appropriately called for pickets, protests, and letter-writing campaigns demanding the release of these two brave men.

So far as I know, no labor union is planning to demonstrate for them in this country, and certainly the American government has not said a word on their behalf.
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SELF-CONTROL AND LACK OF ENERGY Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 10 August 2007

The ability to control and direct your actions, and contain and direct your impulses and emotions, is one of the most important abilities for a person's happiness and success in life.

If you are at the mercy of passing feelings, or unable to hold your focus on a commitment - whether it be attention to a small task or devotion toward a life's mission - you will be severely limited in what you can expect to be able to do in your life.

According to new research by Dr. Roy Baumeister of Florida State University, this ability may depend to some degree on the level of glucose (simple sugar) in your brain.

This research shows how to have better self-control - and explain other puzzles, such as why diet programs are so notoriously ineffective.
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A QUARTET OF MESSAGES Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 10 August 2007

A quartet of informative and inspirational messages for Moslem terrorists and their friends in Congress:

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THE ARCTIC OCEAN PIE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 03 August 2007

While chilling here in Sumatra (see Sumatra Sunrise) after writing an exposition of one entire ocean (the Indian:  see The French Ocean), I never thought I'd soon be writing about another, and one so far away.

Yet the Russians' stunt of planting their flag on the bottom of the Arctic Ocean at the North Pole is such a dangerous joke that I'm compelled to do so.  The joke is on the Russians, for there already is an American flag planted there. 

Evidently, the six Ruskie explorers in their Mir mini-subs didn't look around very much when they reached the sea floor at 14,000 feet down.  If they had, they would have seen the stars and stripes - or at least what it's encased in.

It's quite a story of how that American flag got there.  And it provides quite an opportunity to create an Arctic Ocean Pie - one that the UN doesn't get a slice of.
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SUMATRA SUNRISE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 01 August 2007

It's a funny thing about epiphanies - you never know when or where you'll have one.  This particular one of mine came appropriately enough in a church - but this was a church in a village called Tuk Tuk on an island in a lake in Sumatra.

It was the joyous singing of the congregation that triggered it, a congregation composed of families, of men and women and children of all ages joined together.  The contrast between this seemingly ordinary Sunday service in a small Christian church with that of a mosque -men only, chanting like joyless robots, their children not with them, nor their wives whom they force to hide behind veils and burqas, was overwhelming.

For these courageous churchgoers live on a Christian island surrounded by a Moslem sea.  Sumatra is part of Indonesia, a country with the world's largest Moslem population.  My heart went out to these people happily singing and celebrating their faith.  Tears began streaming down my face and they would not stop.

They were tears of gratitude and hope - for I believe these people will not succumb to Islamization but triumph over it.  Here in Sumatra there is a Christian sunrise. 

I am going to encourage you to come here, to Lake Toba, and experience this yourself.  After all, in what other magical paradise on the planet can you get a good meal for a dollar and a hotel room for $25?  A spacious room with a balcony that has this view:

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A PRO-AMERICAN SHOCKER FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES Print E-mail
Written by Ralph Peters   
Wednesday, 01 August 2007

Sometimes where a thing is said is bigger news than what was said. That happened on Monday, when The New York Times ran a guest op-ed entitled A War We Just Might Win detailing the progress in Iraq. 

Long before the fall of Baghdad, The New York Times was as dogmatically pessimistic about the Bush administration's efforts as it was gushingly supportive of Joseph Stalin in the 1930s. It even promoted the least-qualified op-ed writer in North America as its point man for its attacks on our military: Frank Rich, whose experience was with ballet slippers, not combat boots.

Frank must feel like a dying swan just now.

What did the column in Monday's Times say? Exactly what TTPer have known for months:



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WHAT MATTERS TO YOU, WHAT DO YOU LIKE, AND WHAT ARE YOU GOOD AT? Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Thursday, 26 July 2007

Knowing yourself - knowing what matters most to you, knowing what you enjoy, and knowing what you are good at - can give you a good sense of direction, and an effective foundation on which to establish goals in your life. Committing to those goals can then give you the structure within which you can pour your creative and productive energies.

Today I want to offer you a simple exercise that can help you to do just that, courtesy of professor Tal Ben-Shahar of Harvard University.  Simple -- but if you do it right, very effective.
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IT’S NOT JUST DEMOCRATS WHO REFUSE TO SEE WE’RE WINNING IN IRAQ Print E-mail
Written by Ralph Peters   
Friday, 27 July 2007

To a military professional, the tactical progress made in Iraq over the last few months is impressive.  To a member of Congress, it's an annoyance.

The herd animals on Capitol Hill -- from both parties -- just can't wait to go over the cliff on Iraq.  And even when the media mention one or two of the successes achieved by our troops, the reports are grudging.

Yet what's happening on the ground, right now, in Baghdad and in Iraq's most-troubled provinces, contributes directly to your security.  In the words of a senior officer known for his careful assessments, al Qaeda's terrorists in Iraq are "on their back foot and we're trying to knock them to their knees."

Do our politicians really want to help al Qaeda regain its balance?
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THE IRS: END IT BECAUSE YOU CAN'T MEND IT Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Friday, 27 July 2007

Do you fear the Internal Revenue Service, even though you have done nothing wrong?  Most Americans do, and for good reason.

For decades, the courts, congressional hearings and the press have documented a steady stream of abuses by IRS personnel and federal prosecutors dealing with tax cases.

Last week, a federal judge dismissed charges against 13 former employees of the accounting firm KPMG because the government had violated their rights, in what had been billed by the government as its biggest-ever tax shelter case.

Despite overwhelming evidence of disgraceful and illegal government behavior (in the private sector it would be called extortion), the government has decided to appeal the case. Have they no shame?

Of, course, that's a rhetorical question.  Who needs shame when you have guns and power instead?

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BORNEO SUNSET Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 26 July 2007

This is a tale of tattooed headhunters and white rajahs, of fantastically rich sultans and weirdly demented princes, of spectacular natural wonders and their destruction, of Chinese Christians, Malay Moslems, and Javanese imperialists, of impossibly beautiful sunsets in the South China Sea.

This is a tale of Borneo.  It is also a tale of Christians under siege.

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JUST HOW PRO-TERRORIST ARE THE DEMOCRATS? Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 26 July 2007

NBC News obtained last week a bulletin the Transportation Security Administration sent July 20 to airport officials and local law enforcement.

"A surge in recent suspicious incidents at U.S. airports may indicate terrorists are conducting pre-attack security probes and 'dry runs' similar to dress rehearsals," the bulletin said.

Passengers aboard United Air Lines Flight 93 almost certainly prevented either the U.S. Capitol building or the White House from destruction on 9/11.  The suspicions of a teenage clerk in a video store in New Jersey likely prevented a murderous attack on U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix. Our first line of defense against a terror attack is a vigilant public.

Which is why it is puzzling that Democrats would seek to punish Americans who report suspicious behavior to the authorities.
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THE DOMINICAN CONNECTION Print E-mail
Written by Dagny D'Anconia   
Monday, 23 July 2007


The problem of bribing politicians is similar to the problem of money laundering. Both involve hiding the sources of funds. There is an effort to track down foreign accounts by the Treasury Department, but here's where it gets very interesting:

FinCEN (The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network [12]) started to issue money laundering Advisories back in 1996 during the Clinton Administration. Their first Advisory was for the Seychelles. [13] The Seychelles had set up its laws so anyone with 10 million US$ to invest in the country could have an account and could live there indefinitely regardless of the crimes he or she had committed elsewhere. It was a tropical haven for world class criminals. Grover Norquist, the right wing free-market tax crusader was the lobbyist for the Seychelles at the time. (More about him later.)

The Advisory said...


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LISTEN TO THE MILITARY Print E-mail
Written by Michael Ledeen   
Tuesday, 24 July 2007

At his press conference last week, President Bush - echoing the public assessments from his military underlings in Iraq - gave a clear picture of the war. Remarkably, not a single political leader or pundit saw fit to notice the dimensions of the war he described:

The fight in Iraq is part of a broader struggle that's unfolding across the region...The same regime in Iran that is pursuing nuclear weapons and threatening to wipe Israel off the map is also providing sophisticated IEDs to extremists in Iraq who are using them to kill American soldiers.

The same Hezbollah terrorists who are waging war against the forces of democracy in Lebanon are training extremists to do the same against coalition forces in Iraq.

The same Syrian regime that provides support and sanctuary for Islamic jihad and Hamas has refused to close its airport in Damascus to suicide bombers headed to Iraq.

...the war against extremists and radicals is not only evident in Iraq, but it's evident in Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories and Afghanistan.
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