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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 07 December 2007

Most religions contain beliefs and practices than adherents of other religions consider off-the-wall weird.  But no matter how strange stuff like wearing sacred underwear may seem to some (there's actually an official site explaining it:  Mormon Underwear), it's very hard to see how the religion of Mormonism is dangerous to our national security.

Mitt Romney's speech yesterday (12/06) should dispel any real concern that his faith somehow disqualifies him for the presidency.  I encourage you to read his speech entire, for it's impressive. 

Yet there is a religion that is in fact a grave danger to America, and believing in it should disqualify anyone aspiring to the  presidency.  It's not an alien faith of foreign invention like Islam, but homegrown, originating right here in the US.  Among the members of its church are many of our country's most prominent citizens, including several presidential candidates.

I refer, of course, to...
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 06 December 2007

"Hey, Jack, when's your next expedition and where to?"  That's the question, or variants of it, I'm asked most.  For a while now, I've been frustrating a lot of folks who've been bugging me for an answer because I've been unable to give it.

Now I can.  I've been leading expeditions to remote places in the world for over a third of a century, and during all that time I had a dream of an ultimate way to experience the world, an ultimate set of adventures and expeditions.  Now that dream is coming true.

Suppose you wanted to traverse the entire length of the Nile River, all 4,000 miles from  source (Jinja, Uganda where it exits Lake Victoria) to mouth (Alexandria, Egypt, where it enters the Mediterranean).  Or visit the most exotic, the most untouched islands in the South Pacific or the Indian Ocean.  How would you do it?

You'd have to charter a boat, for a lot of money, and take a lot of time - week upon week, even a month or two.  What if there were a way to do it in days?  Quickly, comfortably, at substantially less cost than a boat charter yet seeing and experiencing more than from the surface of the water?

The world would open up to you in a way impossible before.  That's the dream.  But how?  The answer is...
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 07 December 2007

I'd sure like to make a suggestion for an ideal Christmas gift for someone you really care about:  a membership in To The Point

Just click on that link and you can sign up a friend for a wonderfully memorable and enlightening month's membership for less than ten bucks - or for those you really care about, a full year.

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There's WineStar crystal wine glasses offered by Ed & Susan Sanders.  They beat Reidel hands down.  You won't believe how much better wine tastes with Ed & Susan's stemware.  They make a great way to celebrate the Christmas-New Year's holidays, any other holiday, and life every day.

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Then there's my sister Judy (an avid TTPer!), with her marvelously illustrated children's book, Jessica The Furry Baroo, that's such a fun way to impart a love of nature and the critters in it to kids.

Of course, there's Dr. Joel Wade's new book, Mastering Happiness.  What a great gift for anyone you want to be happy!
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 06 December 2007

The current Attorney General for the State of Florida is Bill McCollum.  After being a Congressman representing Florida's 5th District for 20 years, he ran for Senate in 2004 only to be screwed by Karl Rove, who wanted Bush's buddy Mel Martinez.

Thus we have the pro-illegal alien Martinez in the Senate - but at least Florida lucked out to have McCollum bounce back to be elected its AG last year.  How lucky can be seen by a letter McCollum wrote this week (12/03) in his official capacity to the president of the University of Florida.

American universities are today dominated by professors and administrators who viciously attack any attempt at giving their students a pro-America education.    Finally, here is one state attorney general who has the guts to legally prosecute such viciousness.  America needs more Bill McCollums.

Here is his letter:
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Written by Frank Gaffney   
Thursday, 06 December 2007

Suddenly, a new national debate is beginning about the national security, economic and other implications of Persian Gulf potentates using their petrodollars to buy up strategic American assets.

Most recently, the Emir of Dubai's purchase at fire-sale prices of 4.9 percent of the largest U.S. bank, Citigroup, caused a level of unease not seen since he tried to buy his way into many U.S. port facilities.

Almost completely unremarked thus far has been a parallel - and in many ways far more insidious - effort to penetrate, influence and dominate America's capital markets: so-called "Sharia finance."

Some estimates suggest an amount nearing one trillion dollars is now being invested around the world under this rubric. If trends continue, all other things being equal, such funds may grow to many times that amount within a few years.

As one Islamofascist puts it, Sharia investing is simply "financial jihad against the unbelievers." 
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Written by Dagny D'Anconia   
Friday, 07 December 2007

Hillary Clinton has been playing a dangerous game with China.  After over a decade of illegal contributions to the Democratic Party and special favors to the Clintons by the Chicoms, Hillary has turned on her old Chinese friends and sold them out in a desperate bid to win in 2008.  The American dollar and economy have suffered collateral damage in this Clinton double cross with China.

"Chinagate" was the name for numerous illegal campaign contributions from the PRC to the Democrats that helped them to win the 1996 elections.  As you may remember back in 1996, the Clintons apparently traded missile secrets to China via Loral in exchange for donations from the PRC. 

Thus when Hillary started her run for president, she was in a position to count on the support of the PRC.  Poor residents of Chinatown were making large donations to Hillary.  She was getting numerous suspicious donations from Chinese operatives including Norman Hsu and the Paw family on the west coast, and also from numerous suspicious donations from the East coast. 

This might have continued in a simple repeat of the 1996 election scandal if Hillary had any loyalty to her PRC benefactors.  However, the reality was that she had more to gain from selling them out than continuing the game.  Consider the benefits to turning on her former friends:
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 06 December 2007

Iran suspended its nuclear weapons program in 2003, and probably won't be able to build a bomb before 2015 if it does restart it, a new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) has concluded.  That's very good news...if it's true.

But that's a BIG if.  The NIE is a SWAG (Scientific Wild-Assed Guess), not a statement of proven fact. 

It's a SWAG from an Intelligence Community (IC) whose predictive record about the Middle East has been poor.  It's a SWAG that's challenged by Israeli intelligence, whose predictive history is much better.  And it's a SWAG that is diametrically opposed to the last SWAG the IC issued on Iran's nuclear program.

An IC that had "high confidence" in a 2005 NIE that Iran was building a bomb and was resistant to international pressure now has "high confidence" that Iran stopped building it two years before that NIE was issued! 
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Written by Tibor Machan   
Thursday, 06 December 2007

Paul Krugman, Princeton economist and columnist for The New York Times, has no problem with coercing people to do what they'd rather not do. So it's no surprise that he favors the universal health case system advocated by Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. 

He is worried, however, that under the more modestly coercive system advocated by Barack Hussein Obama, "healthy people could choose not to buy insurance-then sign up for it if they developed health problems later." 

Under Hussein Obama's system, argues Professor Krugman, "People who did the right thing and bought insurance when they were healthy would end up subsidizing those who didn't sign up for insurance until or unless they needed medical care."  The old free rider problem, nothing very novel at all.

Yet the problem arises only if there is coercion involved in the first place.
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Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 07 December 2007

We know an awful lot about what makes for a good life. And in a general way we have known many of these things for a very long time. The research that has come out of the field of Positive Psychology is often more confirmation than revelation about what it takes to make a happy life.

Gratitude, forgiveness, integrity, empathy, earned gratification, optimism, hope, engagement, and close and loving relationships are all central to living a good life. And, if you stand back and consider these, it's clear there's no real mystery in this.

So why is it so difficult for us to actually practice these consistently?

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Written by To The Point News   
Thursday, 06 December 2007

Senator Hillary Clinton was invited to address a major gathering of the American Indian Nation two weeks ago in upper New York State.

She spoke for almost an hour on her future plans for increasing every Native American's present standard of living, should she one day become the first female President.

She referred to her career as a New York Senator, and how she had voted "YES" for every Indian issue that came before Congress.

Although the Senator was vague on the details of her plans, she seemed most enthusiastic about her future ideals for helping her "red sisters and brothers."

At the conclusion of her speech, the Tribes presented the Senator with a plaque inscribed with her new Indian name, Walking Eagle.

The proud Senator then departed in her motorcade, waving to the crowds.

A news reporter later inquired of the group of chiefs as to how they came to select the name given to the Senator.
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 29 November 2007

Karl Marx was an evil fool, but he did utter an occasional witticism - such as history does get repeated:  "The first time as tragedy, the second time as farce."

You can imagine his bitter laughter if he had witnessed Condi's Farce in Annapolis this week.

There have been a number of first times, efforts of bottomless naiveté to "achieve peace in the Middle East."  It's hard to believe, after all of this, that Condi Rice and her boss can be so actually naïve to think another Snipe Hunt for Peace is anything but. 

Annapolis, however, is Condi's show, not Bush's.  He's not that naïve to bet his legacy on a snipe hunt.  Texans know what a snipe hunt is.  So he let Condi stage her extravaganza, delegates from 49 countries including a gaggle of Arabs from such places that don't recognize Israel as Bahrain, Qatar, Morocco, and Pakistan.  The main achievement was they all agreed to continue talking. 

In the Middle East, continuing to talk is considered close enough, like in horseshoes and hand grenades.  But if the talk is to actually accomplish peace between Israel and her neighbors, then three requirements have to met.

First, it's got to use the actual word in Arabic for "peace," not the phony substitutes.
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 29 November 2007

This Tuesday, November 27, a weird full-page ad appeared in The Washington Times directly targeting conservatives.  Its headline in big bold print:  U.S.-Russia:  Toward a political, economic and military alliance.

It was paid for by an outfit called  It's not clear if these folks are on the KGB payroll, but they might as well be. 

They seem to be the same group of Blame America First Conservatives I wrote about back in July of '05:  the folks at American Conservative and infected with the disease of Anti-Semitism, who hate Israel more than they love America, who root for America's defeat in Iraq.

Now they're rooting for the KGB Billionaire Mafia that runs Russia.

Last February, you learned that Putin is The World's Richest and Most Dangerous Gangster, the most corrupt ruler in world history, having accumulated a personal fortune of over 20 billion dollars - and control over thousands of nukes.

You also learned that Bush and Cheney were contemplating exposing Putin's billionaire corruption.  There's been a lot of debate in the White House about this, but it looks like the first salvo has finally been fired.
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 30 November 2007

Get ready for a To The Point Winter Rendezvous on the sugar-sand white beaches of Sarasota.  The dates are Friday February 8 to Sunday February 10.  A lot of TTPers are putting a lot of effort into making this work, so that it will the most successful and the most fun Rendezvous so far.

Sarasota is Florida's unknown gem.  The Ringling Brothers made the place and for years it was the winter headquarters of their famous circus.  It's on Florida's west coast 56 miles or an hour's drive south of Tampa (so getting there with direct flights or from Tampa International is easy). 

It's famous for its white "sugar-sand" beaches, gorgeous sunsets, and many cultural activities, but hasn't got the crowds of snowbirds many other places in Florida have.

We'll be updating you with schedules and costs, but we wanted you to know now:  Beach Party Rendezvous, 2/8-10, 2008.  We are going to have a great time.  See you in Sarasota!
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 30 November 2007

[Joel says he's excited, and so am I.  His new book, Mastering Happiness, is a distillation of his best columns in To The Point.  We at TTP are so proud to help make this possible.  And this column of his today is a brilliantly insightful ‘must read.'  What an eye-opener!  Once you finish it, be sure and click on the logo for Joel's book in the TTP right side bar.  It will make a great Christmas present for everyone you know and love, including yourself. -JW]

Two exciting things today:

1) My new book, Mastering Happiness, is now available! 

2) There is a study I want to tell you about that may help us understand the divide between liberals and conservatives.  It turns out that liberals live in a Gary Larson "The Far Side" cartoon.
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Written by Rita Lingwood   
Friday, 30 November 2007

Recently, Tina Griego, journalist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News, wrote a column titled, Mexican Visitor's Lament.

She interviewed Mexican journalist Evangelina Hernandez while she was visiting Denver.  Hernandez said, "They (illegal aliens) pay rent, buy groceries, buy clothes....what happens to your country's economy if 20 million people go away?"

That's a good question --- it deserves an answer.  Over 80% of Americans want secured borders and illegal migration stopped.  But what would happen if all 20 million vacated America?

For starters here in California where I practice law, if 3.5 million illegal aliens moved back to Mexico, it would leave an extra $10.2 billion to spend on overloaded school systems, bankrupted hospitals and overrun prisons.
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