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Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 29 March 2007

Insight magazine reports that Al Gore is contemplating running for the nominee of the Green Party.

Both he and Ralph Nader are evidently convinced that Hillary Clinton will get the Democrat nomination, and Mr. Nader is urging Mr. Gore to take her on under the Green banner.

There is little love lost between Mr. Gore and the Clintons, and if you're living in a fantasy world (as Mr. Gore largely has been since his shattering defeat), there are two good reasons to convince yourself you could win as a third party candidate, or accomplish something important even if you didn't.
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Written by Jim Warner   
Friday, 30 March 2007

The contrived controversy over the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys is largely an exercise in imaginary indignation.

Congressional Democrats suggest that some of the firings may have been improper and demand to know the reasons for each of them. By what authority they make such demand is not clear, since the Supreme Court has ruled that, with limited exceptions, Congress has no voice in the dismissal of federal officers.

Neither the statute providing for the appointment of U.S. attorneys nor the Supreme Court opinion makes any attempt to define what would constitute proper or improper reasons for dismissal. In fact, nowhere is there any suggestion that the president would need any reason to dismiss a federal officer who is not covered by the Civil Service Act.  

If Congress can have no voice in the removal of U.S. attorneys and no reason is required to dismiss them, then by what authority do members of Congress demand to know why the attorneys were fired?
Written by Richard Rahn   
Thursday, 29 March 2007

Are you absolutely sure you paid the exact amount of income tax you owed last year -- not too much and not too little?

I am willing to bet the vast majority of those reading this paid either too much or too little -- not because they intended to but because the tax code is so complex it is almost impossible to know precisely the right number.

As Americans sit down to file their taxes before the infamous April 15 deadline, most will feel some anxiety and many will feel trapped - trapped in a system they cannot understand, nor can they obtain the help that will fairly represent them against the government or protect them against having their hard earned monies misspent.

At this moment, some in Congress are on a rant about the unsupported claim that more than $300 billion in taxes due last year were not collected, and demanding even more coercive measures.

Why is there not equal outrage in Congress about all the Americans who pay too much each year because they cannot understand, or the IRS has made it too costly to obtain, the deductions to which they are legally entitled?
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Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 30 March 2007

Psychotherapy has its place. We now have effective definitions and treatments for psychological troubles that people in earlier times just had to suffer with.

People with anxiety, depression, bipolar (manic depression), trauma and a wide range of other troubles all have hope for improving their quality of life due to innovations and research in the field of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.

But there is a cultural offshoot of the world of psychotherapy, a sort of pop-psychology world view that I believe has done tremendous harm to our culture - not just in the United States, but throughout Western culture as a whole.

Freud has made us helpless.

Of course, Freud the man hasn't forced me or you personally into a helpless state - after all, he died in 1939. But his theories and the offshoots of his theories, the direction that the field of psychology took the Western culture as a whole has had the net effect of making us more helpless as a culture.
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Written by To The Point News   
Thursday, 29 March 2007

Here we have in the photo series below the British Royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace or "Buck House" as it is affectionately known to Londoners.  From left to right, there are HRH Queen Elizabeth II, her husband Prince Phillip the Duke of Edinburgh, her daughter Princess Anne the Princess Royal, and her son Prince Charles Prince of Wales.  Standing behind is her grandson Prince Harry (son of Charles and Diane).

The first shot was taken just as Prince Phillip has initiated a major effort of royal flatulence.  It's impact on the eardrums of his family members has begun registering.  Phillip seems quite pleased with the magnitude of what he is emitting.

The second shot shows Phillip in full throttle and thoroughly enjoying his performance.  Harry is losing it, Charles is annoyed, Anne is amused, and the Queen is royally perturbed.

The last shot finds Phillip in deep satisfaction at the consummation of his discharge, Anne congratulating him, Charles bemused (his normal response to most anything), Harry has lost it entirely, and the Queen's expression needs no explanation.

Phillip has indeed cause for satisfaction in life.  He was born in 1921 on a kitchen table at Villa Mon Repos on the Greek island of Corfu as Philippos Schleswig-Holstein Sondenburg Gluckberg.
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 22 March 2007

Oodles of media ink have been spent discussing conservative frustration over the current "top tier" of Republican presidential candidates.  Giuliani, Romney, McCain - none of them ring conservatives' bells.  Thus the latest tingling of excitement over Fred Thompson.

The son of a used-car salesman in Alabama, Thompson is both fully conservative and fully presidential.  The Dems don't have anyone like him.

Thus the frustration among the Dems regarding their "top tier" - only two, Hillary and Gumby - is far greater and far more frightening to them than any distress among the GOP.

It is dawning on the Dems that Hillary is just too plain unlikeable to be electable.  And it is beginning to dawn on them that The Obamarama's 15 minutes of frenzied fame is about over.  It's all smile and phony personal story.  He's got nothing interesting or substantive to say.

So as he flames out, Dems are desperate for an alternative.  And I'm getting excited about their desperation, for all the buzz here on Capitol Hill is that they are getting excited about Algore.

Could we be lucky enough to face Al in '08?
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Monday, 19 March 2007

The Democrat Party is in thrall, we're told, of the mighty power of the Moonbat Left, with its millions of passionate adherents all ruthlessly organized via to bring doom to any politician who dares oppose them.

Their strength would literally be on parade, they boasted, in the nation's capital in a glorious resurrection of the left's finest moment of anti-war protest forty years ago.   More than a hundred thousand of them would march on the Pentagon, humbling their arrogant warmongering government over Iraq as their parents and grandparents once did over Vietnam.

Why they chose March 17, 2007 as the "40th Anniversary" of the legendary-to-them March on the Pentagon is mysterious, as the latter took place on October 21, 1967.

On that October day 40 years ago, well over 100,000 lefties, cheered on by Jane Fonda, Noam Chomsky, and Abbie Hoffman, marched from the Lincoln Memorial over Memorial Bridge and down to the Pentagon, where they were met by 2,500 armed Army soldiers.

Lefty author Norman Mailer wrote a book about it, The Armies of the Night, which however poorly and egomaniacally written, won a Pulitzer Prize. 

No one, not even as awful a writer as Mailer, is going to write a book about the pathetic fizzle of this last Saturday.  What a bust.
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 23 March 2007

Yes, corn cobs, not corn, meaning the rip-off scam of ethanol perpetrated upon us by Archer Daniels Midland and the corn farmer lobby.

The latest exposé of the ethanol scam is that in the current (3/19/07) issue of Business Week, Ethanol's Growing List of Enemies.

Energy independence is the key to solving one of our gravest economic problems, the trade deficit - of which oil imports account for over 40% -- and the key to defeating Islamofascism. 

What if we just didn't care anymore about Saudi oil?

And corn cobs - corn cobs - may be the key to energy independence.  Thanks to scientists in Missouri.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 22 March 2007

Two female explorers, Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen, planned a trek across the Arctic Ocean earlier this month to highlight the dangers of global warming.  They had to call the expedition off because it was too cold.

"One night they measured the temperature inside their tent at 58 degrees below zero, and outside temperatures were exceeding 100 below zero at times," Ann Atwood, who helped organize the expedition, told the Associated Press.

"They were experiencing temperatures that weren't expected with global warming," Ms. Atwood acknowledged.  "One of the things we see with global warming is unpredictability," she said.

Uh, Ms. Atwood, one thing people who haven't drunk the Kool Aid can predict is that it'll be mighty cold in the Arctic in winter. (Jack Wheeler, who has been to the North Pole 21 times, told me he fell out of his chair laughing at this news item.  "What ditzes," he observed.)

The Jim Jones of this Kool Aid testified on Capitol Hill last Wednesday. 
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Written by Philip Stott   
Friday, 23 March 2007

[After reading Professor Stott, I could not encourage you more to view  The Great Global Warming Swindle, a brilliant UK documentary not shown on US television but available on the Internet.  It's long but absolutely worth watching. ---JW]

Global warming represents the latest doom-laden "crisis," one demanding sacrifice to Gaia for our wicked fossil-fuel-driven ways.  But neither history nor science bolsters such an apocalyptic faith.

Our so-called "crisis" is neither a product of current observations nor of projections.

But does it matter if global warming is a "crisis" or not? Aren't we threatened by a serious temperature rise? Shouldn't we act anyway, because we are stewards of the environment?

Herein lies the moral danger behind global warming hysteria. Each day, 20,000 people in the world die of waterborne diseases. Half a billion people go hungry. A child is orphaned by AIDS every seven seconds. This does not have to happen. We allow it while fretting about "saving the planet."

What is wrong with us that we downplay this human misery before our eyes and focus on events that will probably not happen even a hundred years hence?

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Written by Tony Blankley   
Thursday, 22 March 2007

As an early and continuing strong supporter of President Bush's war effort, I nonetheless regularly have criticized his administration's inept communications and war-fighting strategies -- particularly in the years from 2004 to 2006.

Along with many others, I was both exasperated and puzzled by the gap between the magnitude of the president's bold enterprise and the stingy assignment of material resources (men and material), and diplomatic energy with which he provisioned it.

Even so, for all their mismanagement of a still vital and noble struggle, the Bush team has better served our cause than has the Democrat Party served its interests in its near-unanimous opposition to the war recently.

Theirs has been the most blatantly unprincipled war opposition short of treason in living memory -- and the Democrat Party is likely to pay a fearsome price at the polls for a generation.
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Written by Richard Rahn   
Thursday, 22 March 2007

Why do non-Americans so dislike Americans or, at least, the American government?  Could part of the reason be because the U.S. State Department appears to think its mission is to be rude, insulting and condescending?

This month, the State Department has set a new record by managing to insult the citizens of 123 different lands at one time in the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report: Volume II, Money Laundering and Financial Crimes.

The 450-page report discusses what other countries are doing to reduce money laundering and financial crimes, which is fine. But then the authors go on gratuitously lecturing each of the countries by name about how they could do things "better."

The Report, produced by the global nannies and nags at State, is filled with endless demands that other countries do a better job enforcing their laws, pass more laws, sign more international treaties and engage in some practices that would be illegal and unconstitutional in the U.S.   

Some examples:
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Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 23 March 2007

I talked last week of the antithesis to the vicious cycle, what I am calling the benevolent cycle. But what if you are dealing with someone who is in a vicious cycle themselves, and insists on including you in their dance?

It's all well and good for you to be geared toward a positive pattern of interaction, but that does not give you magical powers to transform someone else who is not. I've been wrestling with this one all week. Of course the most common and difficult situation for a vicious cycle to develop is with your mate.

The key to hold on to here is that a spirit of benevolence is in your own best interest anyway, regardless of what anyone else is doing. This can be hard to remember when you are being henpecked, criticized, or given the "silent treatment".

Benevolence is not about putting up with bad behavior. It is not about getting beat up or used as a doormat. Benevolence is a strong stance of looking for the best in the world, the best in yourself, and the best in the person you are with.

So here are some ideas that could help you to get to a more benevolent stance with your mate:
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Written by To The Point News   
Thursday, 22 March 2007

Philosophy Professor Tibor Machan sends us a collection of sayings by the erudite philosopher Steven Wright:

I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

I woke up one morning and all of my stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates.

Borrow money from pessimists - they don't expect it back.
99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
All those who believe in psychokinetics, raise my hand.
The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 15 March 2007

A news item today, New species of leopard discovered in Borneo, brought up a lot of thoughts and memories.  Like the times I've spent in Borneo, especially of climbing Mount Kinabalu.

The animal discovered is a new species of Cloudy Leopard, the rarest big game cat in the world.  So before any thoughts or memories came to mind, I looked up from my desk to the mantel above my office fireplace.  On it is a mounted cloudy leopard, perched on a branch, fangs bared, ready to pounce.  I shot it in South Viet Nam in 1961.  I was 17 years old.

I mentioned hunting tigers back then in Tigers and Treason (Sept. 2004) - but it was less about tigers than John Kerry's betrayal of his fellow soldiers and of the wonderful people with whom I hunted, the Montagnard tribesmen of South Viet Nam.  So I skipped any mention of leopards.  It was more important to talk about the Democrat presidential candidate's treason towards America and her friends.

I'll tell you about the leopard - but first let me tell you about another act of treason and what you can do about it.
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