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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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Tuesday, 18 September 2007

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Written by Richard Rahn   
Friday, 14 September 2007

Alpbach, Austria. Nestled in the middle of the Alps, this is about as scenic as a place can be. The homes and lodges, all of which have the distinctive Alpine architecture, are graced with lovely hanging red and white flowers. There is no crime, no graffiti, no litter and no apparent poverty.

In short, it is the perfect place for the 63rd annual Alpbach European Forum, where many European opinion leaders gather each summer to discuss the problems of, and opportunities for, Europe.

Alpbach, of course, is no more representative of Europe than is the Disney-created town of Celebration, Florida, representative of America. They are both attempts to produce the ideal community.

Many conference participants seek to fashion their ideal version of Europe, yet fail to understand that the philosophers of the Scottish Enlightenment and the economists of the Austrian School (along with their University of Chicago comrades) many years ago set forth the rules that need to be followed for Europe and the rest of the planet to achieve peace, tolerance and ever-increasing prosperity.

Ironically, America learned the lessons from these Europeans better than did Europe, and now many Asians are learning them and becoming ever freer and more prosperous as a result. Yet today, many in Europe claim they have a more humane economic system than one with the rough edges of American style capitalism. However, reality shows a very different picture.
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Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 14 September 2007

Back when Osama bin Laden was alive, in one of his diatribes he said, "When the people see a strong horse and a weak horse, they naturally gravitate toward the strong horse" - meaning that people like power, and will prefer following a leader or movement who can defeat others.

This is true, of course, as far as it goes, except that we are not horses.

People do not follow horses; horses follow people - when those people are strong and clear.  When they are wimpy and ambivalent, a horse will follow someone else.

This is the world of primal animal instincts, impulses, and feelings. A predator - animal or human - will smell fear and attack; or smell strength and the resolve to fight, so will reconsider.  Prey will smell danger and flee, or succumb to fear.

In our day-to-day world, people can easily lose sight of the fact that we do in fact live in a world of these primal instincts and motives. This is how liberals can decide to appease terrorists, or some conservatives and libertarians can decide to avoid a confrontation in favor of "minding our own business."

This was the great tragedy of Vietnam. The single most dangerous consequence of our loss in Vietnam was our loss of intimidation toward our enemies, and the loss of safety that we inspired in our allies.  Now liberals want to repeat the tragedy in Iraq.
Written by To The Point News   
Thursday, 13 September 2007

A TTPer has a thoughtful suggestion regarding civilization's struggle with Islamofascism:

Declare ­Dahij (Jihad backwards) - a Holy War to impose secular rule on Moslems everywhere.

We could have the Dahij version of the Saudi Mutaween (religious police enforcing obedience to Sharia law), who would patrol Moslem neighborhoods making people take off modest garments and wear more revealing clothing.

We could have the Dahij Vice Squad requiring the watching of at least one porn flick a week ("Melissa Mounds Does Mecca," or the latest featuring Moslem hard core porn star Sahara Knite.) 

The Dahij Food Police would make sure pork was available in all restaurants, and that everyone has plenty to eat all day long during Ramadamadingdong, the sacred Dahij month occurring at the same time as Ramadan.

And the Dahij Thought Police would require people to recite the Dahij Sacred Oath: 
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 07 September 2007

Next week will see an interesting juxtaposition of events:  the sixth anniversary of the Islamist Attack on America of September 11, 2001 and the testimony of Gen. Petraeus to Congress on Iraq.

Alpha and Omega.

As the first letter of the Greek alphabet, Α, α, "alpha" signifies the start of something, the last letter, Ώ, ω, "omega" signifies its end.

The destruction of the World Trade Center Twin Towers was Al Qaeda's Alpha.  Bin Laden and his cronies were ecstatically jubilant when they got the news of their mission's success, certain that America would then collapse psychologically as did the Towers.

Thus you can bet your last farthing that the last place Osama thought he would be six years after his triumph is still in an Afghan cave hiding for his life.

And worse, for Bush's war in Iraq is his omega.

For all the caveats and qualifiers Petraeus will provide in his testimony, one truth should shine out:  that Al Qaeda has been defeated in Iraq.  It's over.  They lost. We won.
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 06 September 2007

Pay no attention to Frank Morgan. 

The entire gaggle of the Moonbat Left - Pelosi-Reid-Murtha-Daily York Times-CNN-Time&Newsweek - the whole screaming lot are pretending to have resurrected the marvelous character actor who played Professor Marvel and "the man behind the curtain" in The Wizard of Oz.

They're having Frank trying to convince an electorate of Dorothies that the Republicans are mired in gloom over their 2008 prospects, terrified of the Magic Democrat Wizard that will recapture the White House and cement control of Congress.

The Mighty Oz has decreed inevitable doom upon the evil, corrupt Republicans, who are helpless to avoid their deserved electoral fate. 

Let's have fun and be Toto, exposing the Mighty Moonbats as feckless frauds.  The truth behind the 2008 curtain is that the Democrats are screwed.
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 06 September 2007

Good morning, boys and girls!  Yes, I know, mornings suck:  summer's over, no more sleeping late, you have to get up at some stupidly early hour to rush off to school, your parents are grouchy and harping on you to hurry, there's no time for a decent breakfast - and who's hungry at the crack of dawn? - so by second period you're starving and falling asleep in class from lack of food and energy.

Gotta be a better way to start the day, right?  Well, there is - and also for your folks, who  have to rush off to work, so they probably skip a decent breakfast and stuff some sugar garbage into their mouths as they race out the door, just like you.

Yet, as any doctor will tell you, breakfast is, health and energy and nutrition wise, the most important meal of the day.  "Yeah, right, whatever," I hear you respond with a sarcastic laugh.  Like, no time, dude, no time!

Oh, yes, there is.  You can make and consume the To The Point Breakfast in five minutes flat.  Of course, the ideal here is to get your folks to make it for you while you're getting ready.  Then it will take you less than a minute to gulp it down and you're ready to roll.

So, Mom and Dad, here's how to whip up the Quick and Delicious Incredibly Healthy To The Point Breakfast in about four minutes - five if you're still groggy because that first cup of coffee hasn't kicked in yet.
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Written by Dagny D'Anconia   
Friday, 07 September 2007

Back when George W. Bush won the November 2000 election, Hipolito Mejia had just won the Dominican Republic election.  Mejia was a friend of the US:  He sent troops to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom and set upon an ambitious course of reform. 

Mejia's law and order and pro-America stance also won Mejia some Leftist enemies.  In 2004 President Mejia lost the election and he was replaced by his Leftist predecessor Leonel Fernandez.  Hugo Chavez had a hand in it by helping destroy the Dominican Republic's economy.  Chavez halted oil shipments to the Dominican Republic in public revenge for Mejia's outspoken support of the US.   

Under Fernandez, law enforcement and the reforms launched against corruption were functionally gutted.  Chavez warmly welcomed Fernandez' Dominican Republic into his oil development (oil-bribe) fund PetroCaribe and the Dominican Republic offered to host it's conference.  The Leftist alliance of oil and cocaine producers and distributors was once again in a position of power in the Dominican Republic.

Given that the current president of the Dominican Republic has close ties to Communist enemies of the US, has not enforced the money laundering laws, and indeed seems to be mostly ignoring them, and the Dominican Republic is a major drug conduit to the US, one has to ask why hasn't Bush's FinCEN acted with an Advisory to stop the money laundering there?  Why would the Bush White House want to prop up the Leftist President of the Dominican Republic?

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