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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 YOUíRE 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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THE WORLDS RICHEST AND MOST DANGEROUS GANGSTER Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 22 February 2007

Suppose there's a Mafia Don.  Not a benign and pro-American Marlon Brando Godfather, but a ruthless brutal gangster who hates America and holds a bottomless grudge against her.

Let's suppose this Mafioso has amassed an enormous personal fortune of ill-gotten gains.  Stashed away in hidden bank accounts and assets all over the world, his net worth exceeds 20 billion dollars - billion with a ‘b'.

But say that's just his personal stash.  Say the total amount of money his gang has accumulated is 300 billion - almost a third of a trillion dollars in cash.  Say he controls it.

Let's finally suppose that this centibillionaire anti-American gangster has an arsenal of several thousand nuclear bombs, most of them in the nose cones of intercontinental missiles aimed at us.

If there were such a man, shouldn't we be a bit more worried about him than a bankrupt midget in Persia without a single real nuke to his name?

For there is indeed such a man.  His name is Vladimir Putin, President of Russia.
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THE DEMENTED DEMAGOGIC DEMOCRAT DESTRUCTION DERBY Print E-mail
Written by Tony Blankley   
Friday, 23 February 2007

Last month, Sen. Barack Obama called for our troops to leave Iraq by March 2008. Last weekend, Sen. Hillary Clinton called for our troops to start leaving within 90 days.

In this Demented Demagogic Democrat Destruction Derby (military status: 5F) of American national-security interests, I suppose former Sen. John Edwards, in an effort to hold on to his title of supremo anti-war candidate, will have to designate it a crime against humanity that the troops weren't pulled out a week ago last Friday.

Mrs. Clinton's husband had a campaign war room in the election of 1992. Now she seems to have put up a quick prefabricated anti-war room for her campaign 2008.

It seems almost pointless to engage in a serious policy debate with a party whose leading contenders for the presidency are willing to simply make up any preposterous national security policy in a contest of one-upmanship targeted at winning the hearts and minds (if that is the word for it) of their party's ready-for-institutionalizing edge of their lunatic fringe voters.
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A KAFKA PROSECUTION Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 22 February 2007

Scooter Libby must feel as if he were a character in a Seinfeld episode written by Franz Kafka.

Seinfeld was the fabulously successful  1990s sitcom "about nothing."  In Kafka's novels, his protagonists are trapped in situations that are incomprehensibly complex, bizarre, or illogical.

The fate of Mr. Libby, who used to be chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, is now in the hands of the jury.  He is charged by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald with having lied about something that isn't a crime, because his memory of an event differs from that of journalists, whose memories also are faulty.

Cross examination revealed that virtually every prosecution witness has serious memory problems.  But only Mr. Libby's memory is on trial.
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AGENCY AND OPTIMISM Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 23 February 2007

In Know Your ABC's, I talked about what you need to do to learn optimism. When something good happens in your life, think of it as Personal: "I had something to do with this," Permanent, "I always make things like this happen," and Pervasive, "I make things like this happen in many areas of my life."

In contrast, if something bad happens in your life, do the opposite: Think of it as Impersonal, "I had little or nothing to do with this happening," Transitory, "Things like this never happen to me," and Limited, "This sort of thing doesn't happen in other areas of my life."

If you want to become more pessimistic and feel more helpless, do the opposite.

But there is one element of this formula that has always bothered me. What if you made something bad happen through your own actions, but you don't accept that you had anything to do with it?  Like Bill Clinton?

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AN ANALYSIS OF US LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 23 February 2007
The full title of this report, prepared by the Congressional Research Office at the request of Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) is:

An Analysis of US Law Enforcement Agencies Upon Encountering A "Venomous Snake" Within Their Jurisdiction.

Summary of the report's findings:

 1. FBI: Searches for but cannot locate snake. After snake is caught by the  local police, FBI forms a Snake Task Force of 150 agents, sets up a command center, holds press conference and assumes credit for capture of  [a] snake.

 2. USSS (Secret Service): Forms a protective ring of agents around snake and escorts to a safe area.

 3. ATF: Sends SRT team to arrest snake; they expend all of their ammo,  then burn the forest down killing the snake and other local fauna. At a Congressional inquiry makes a presentation on why additional funding  is required to properly train agents how to battle the threat of snakes.

 4. TSA: Abides by Congressional ruling to "prevent profiling" of venomous  snakes, which requires "random" snake inspections. Venomous snake escapes  while TSA officials strip-search non-venomous species.
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T-SHIRT OF THE YEAR Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 23 February 2007


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TTP hat tip:  Bill Gregory
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LIGHTWEIGHT JACKASSES, HEAVYWEIGHT ELEPHANTS Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 14 February 2007

All the CW (conventional wisdom) talk in DC here is about how the Republicans are deep in doom over their prospects for the presidency in 2008 while the Dems are high in the sky.  Don't buy it.  It's the Defeatocrats who are in deep kim-chee.

There are now 9 - nine - of them running for their party's presidential nomination:  Joe Biden, Wesley Clark, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich, Bill Richardson, Tom Vilsack, Barack Hussein Obama Jr, and Hillary Clinton.  Lightweight City.

Only one of them can be taken seriously, possibly two.

Kucinich is a pint-sized left-wing moonbat.  Dodd is a tall left-wing moonbat who loves Fidel Castro.  Clark is a flake on a ego-trip.  Richardson has a room-temperature IQ.  The Breck Boy (Edwards) is a Jay Leno joke (re: his rich/poor "Two Americas" campaign theme, Leno shows a picture of his $12 million mansion and quips, "We know which America he lives in").

None of them have an ounce of gravitas, political weight, heft, seriousness.

Lighter than any of them, however, is The Obamarama.  He is nothing but a media creation of hype and frenzy, stories about whom are more appropriate in the supermarket tabloids among the latest breathless revelations regarding Brad and Jen and Jolie. 

The PIAPS is as good as the Dems have got.  Now let's look at the other party's roster.
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PELOSIíS PRIMROSE PATH Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 16 February 2007

The streets are frozen solid here in Washington, its dangerous to even walk to the Metro much less drive around, and I am having so much fun.  It's a tossup over what's more hilarious, the global warming freaks in Congress having to cancel a hearing about how we're all going to fry because of snow blizzards and freezing rain, or the talking news heads endlessly blathering about Anna Nicole.

Most fun of all though is how GW is leading Pelosi Galore right down Primrose Lane - right this way, Nancy.

First he gets her to waste enormous amounts of time in full public view trying to get an impossibly stupid "non-binding" resolution devoid of meaning that has outraged her radical left hate-America base - because they want her to spend her time on defunding the war.

Now that she's making an empty fool of herself to normal voters and infuriating her most fervent supporters at the same time, Bush gets her into a frothing tizzy over Iran.  "The President has no authority to go into Iran," she hyperventilates, thinking that GW is about to land the Marines at Bandar Abbas, seize the Iranian oil fields, bomb the nuke facilities into radioactive rubble, and plunge the world into genocidal chaos.

The lady is being played like a Stradivarius, and she doesn't even know it.  She's oblivious!  This is a thing of sheer beauty.  It can snow and freeze all it wants.  I'm enjoying the view.
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