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DO YOU CARE ABOUT THE DOLLAR? Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Friday, 26 October 2007

Do you care about the fall of dollar against the euro? Here's why you should care and what might be done about it.

The exchange rate movement implies that the whole physical stock of Europe (land, buildings, machines, art, etc.) is suddenly worth 40 percent more in dollar terms than it was six years ago - and this of course is nonsense, given there has been no drastic difference in the performance of the relative economies in the last six years.

Many economic commentators argue that the dollar has fallen relative to the euro largely because of the U.S. trade deficit, and must fall further to rectify it, even though the United States has been running a trade deficit for years.

In fact, it has been the desire of foreign governments, companies and individuals to buy dollar assets, such as U.S. government bonds, which has caused the trade deficit. For them to obtain dollars to invest in the U.S., they must sell us goods and services.
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NO RISK, NO FUN Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 26 October 2007

One of the great joys in life can be to look for things to do that are consistent with your values, but a bit outside your comfort zone.

Some people are by temperament more drawn toward risk and novelty. Others are more drawn to security and the familiar. Most of us are along a continuum somewhere in-between, and there is good life to be lived throughout this entire spectrum.

One thing we know, however, is that a good way to increase your happiness is to use your strengths in new and different ways.  That means making the process of finding and using your strengths in new ways into a habit.

And that means not just making a habit of using a new strength, but making a dynamic habit of finding and using different strengths in different ways on a regular basis. You may find a wonderful opening for more joy in your life.
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AN UPDATE ON CANADA’S ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CRISIS Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 26 October 2007

Dispatch from The Manitoba Herald, Canada, October 20, 2008.

With an American military victory achieved in Iraq, the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton imploding after an unending stream of scandals, House Speaker Pelosi under indictment for treason, and Democrats facing total disaster in the upcoming elections, the flood of American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week, sparking calls for increased patrols to stop the illegal immigration.

Canadian border farmers say it's not uncommon to see dozens of sociology professors, animal-rights activists and same-sex couples crossing their fields at night.

"I went out to milk the cows the other day, and there was a Hollywood producer huddled in the barn," said Manitoba farmer Red Greenfield, whose acreage borders North Dakota.

"The producer was cold, exhausted and hungry. He asked me if I could spare a latté and some free-range chicken.  When I said I didn't have any, he left. Didn't even get a chance to show him my screenplay, eh?"
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THE SALVATION OF 2008 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Americans are by and large in a sour mood.  The only hope for Republicans in 2008, it seems, is that voters will be more soured on Democrats than Republicans for House and Senate seats, and be more turned off by Hillary than whomever the GOP offers up.

It's a slender reed of hope on which to bet the future of America.  For if the Dems sweep the White House and Congress, every Republican Bush-hater will soon long for the yesterday of GW.  A Socialist-Fascist America run by a criminal political mafia and enforced by hundreds of hyper-liberal judges.

Yet fear of this, fear of Hillary - FOH - will not be sufficient to prevent this.  What the voters have to be offered is something so exciting, so electrifying, so positive yet well-grounded, well-thought-out and researched so it is actually achievable, that it sweeps away the sourness.

This is what happened in 1994.  The electorate was in this same crummy mood, and the GOP came up with the Contract With America.  The CWA was an exciting positive vision that was real and achievable.  Voters responded by ending the Democrat Party's monopoly control of 64 years (with two irrelevant interruptions) over the House.

What Republicans need is the CWA's equivalent for 2008.  There is such a thing, and what's more, a growing number of key Republican Party leaders are beginning to embrace it.  It may turn out to be the Salvation of 2008.
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HANDICAPPING THE SENATE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 19 October 2007

One of the nicest and sharpest guys in the Senate is John Ensign of Nevada.  As the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, he's in a good position to handicap the Senate races for 2008.

He did just that at a small briefing on Capitol Hill this week, promising to do so without any Pollyannic varnish.  Judge for yourself. 

Currently, of 100 Senate seats, 51 are Democrat (counting Bernie Sanders and Joe Lieberman), 49 are Republican.  The odds seem slim that the GOP could gain the majority, but less slim that the Dems will expand theirs.  Thirteen months is an eternity on an election clock.  There will be surprises on both sides, count on it.

There are 22 Republican seats up, including five retirements, while the Dems have only 12.  Many GOP seats are vulnerable, but the Dems' main targets are:
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HOPE IN TORONTO Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 19 October 2007

One of the more depressing aspects of our current cultural morass is the overwhelming dominance of the Marxist Moonbat Left on our college campuses. 

The massive support and sympathy for Islamofascism and what I call Fabian Sharia-ism (constant demands for special consideration for Moslems in accordance with their phony "Sharia" Islamic "law") is seen at universities everywhere.

That's why what's happening at the University of Toronto is interesting.  Canada for the most apart is even more wimp-out appeasing to Moslem demands than the US.  So it's not surprising that the popular campus restaurant, Bluff's, caved to the Moslem Student Association (MSA) and changed its menu for all chicken and beef dishes to be certified "halal," the Moslem equivalent of kosher.

That of course wasn't good enough for the Moslems, who see, just like the Communists, any offer of accommodation as weakness, thus an invitation to make further demands.  They claimed Bluff's changing its menu according to their wishes was actually "offensive" to them, for Bluff's continued to serve them food in an "unsuitable" environment.  That is, Bluff's continues to serve beer and play dance music.
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A ROMAN HOLIDAY FOR ETHANOL Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 18 October 2007

The Germans have a word for it:  schadenfreude (shay-din-froy-deh).  It means someone being happy over someone else being unhappy.  The only English equivalent is the term "Roman holiday," referring to the happy excitement Romans got over gladiators' suffering in the Colosseum.

It says a lot about us that we don't even have a word for this terrible and all too-common emotion.  Yet all of us have probably experienced it at one time or another, and right now it's hard to resist it regarding folks who are biting the financial dust with ethanol.

As this recent story, Ethanol Boom Is Running Out of Gas, in the Wall Street Journal details, the glut of ethanol plants has caused a collapse of ethanol prices while the price of the corn from which it is made is rising.  Thus many ethanol companies are now "under deathwatch."

So of course, the corn farmer lobby and ethanol producers are screaming for more subsidies from Congress.

They won't get them because a Nobel Prize winner has just pounded in the final nail in ethanol's coffin.

No - not the phony you just thought of, a real Nobel Laureate.
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DO YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION? Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 18 October 2007

A fellow I know, Dave Marlett, answered yes to this question and has come up with a real way to do so.  A real way any individual American can.

It happened when he wanted to get his house painted last spring.  He couldn't find, out of all the house painting businesses that he called, one that could guarantee it didn't employ illegal alien workers.

There have to be companies who follow the law and refuse to hire illegals, he told himself.  But how would he or anyone find them?  What if there was a way to find them, a sort of clearinghouse enabling customers all over the country to locate companies that have pledged to hire only legal workers?

That's how Dave conceived of ProAmericaCompanies.     http://rebelholiday.biz/    rebel holiday
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THE RE-SOVIETIZATION OF RUSSIA Print E-mail
Written by Ariel Cohen   
Friday, 19 October 2007

Every move the Putin administration makes today is dictated by the desire to shape Russia's future internal power structure and to set the course for the country's foreign and security affairs in general, and its relationship with the United States in particular for years to come.

Keeping the relationship with Washington on the verge of a crisis and inventing an imaginary "American enemy" is creating much needed legitimacy for the current Russian leadership, which now has only Mr. Putin's personal popularity as its political base.

The image of Russia surrounded by enemies is absolutely necessary for today's Russian ruling class of senior secret police officers, as it positions them in the eyes of the people as the saviors and defenders of Mother Russia.

Russia is being Re-Sovietized.
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THE REAL FAILURE IN IRAQ IS MEDIA COVERAGE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 19 October 2007

It's getting harder to write negative stories about the situation in Iraq, but Jay Price and Qasim Zein of the McClatchy Newspapers did their best:

"A drop in violence around Iraq has cut burials in the huge Wadi al Salam cemetery (in Najaf) by at least one third in the past six months, and that's cut the pay of thousands of workers who make their living digging graves, washing corpses or selling burial shrouds," they wrote Oct. 16.

Nostalgia for the bad old days was also evident in the decision of the Washington Post to publish Tuesday (10/16) an op-ed signed by 12 former U.S. Army captains deploring the situation in Iraq.  The Post neglected to mention that none of them have been in Iraq since Gen. Petraeus took command and we started winning this war.

Perhaps the Post chose veterans whose information is old and stale because those serving in Iraq now might not say what the editors of the Washington Post would like to have you hear.
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A CHANGE IN PERSPECTIVE WILL DO YOU GOOD Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 19 October 2007

One of the most useful skills that you can practice for your own happiness is the ability to look at a given situation, idea, or belief from a fresh angle, a different perspective, or from within a new context.

We are creatures of habit. We grow accustomed to doing things in a certain way, seeing things from a certain point of view, or thinking about things from within a familiar frame of reference - and that can be a good thing; if what you've practiced and gotten used to makes for a good, happy, and virtuous life.

But if what you're used to is unnecessarily limiting, or causes you to suffer, or allows you to do things that do harm to yourself or others?  Then it may be time for a change in perspective.

It's interesting that nearly every great classic in literature whether fiction or biographical, is a story of changing perspective to overcome challenge, or failing to change perspective and being tragically defeated by that challenge.

What if you could consciously and actively cultivate the ability to look for and change your perspective for the better? Let's see if we can help you do that.

We can start with some examples of how revelatory a change in perspective can be.  One of my favorites is when Ronald Reagan said near election day in 1980: "I had a dream that Jimmy Carter came to me and asked, ‘Why do you want my job so badly?' I told him, ‘Well, I don't want your job, I want to be President'."

And a personal favorite, when our daughter Savannah was about 4 years old, watching The Wizard of Oz, she looked at us at one point and said, "You know, the witch is afraid of Dorothy."
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AND YOU SHOULD GET A BETTER BRAIN Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 October 2007

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THE BRECK BOY IS CLEARED FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL FIELD Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 11 October 2007

What is happening to Dem presidential aspirant John Edwards - the Breck Boy - is too awesomely delicious not to quickly brief you on.

The National Enquirer is now running a story about Edwards cheating on his wife.  The Enquirer doesn't reveal her name or anything about her identity. 

Evidently she is Lisa Druck, the former girlfriend of novelist Jay McInerney who described her as "jaded, cocaine-addled, (and) sexually voracious."
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MARGARET HAMILTON FOR PRESIDENT Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 11 October 2007

According to Comedy Central's Jon Stewart, that's who Democrats are going to foist upon America next November. 

Below is a video clip of Stewart reporting on the now-infamous Hillary Cackle.  It is a hilariously funny put-down of Her Royal Shrillness, or as she is known on the internet, the PIAPS.

Try to stop laughing enough at the end of the clip and listen carefully to Stewart's closing line:

(click on the link below to view the clip on Comedy Central)
HILLARY CLINTON CACKLES

He says, "She'll be our first president that you can't spill water on."  Margaret Hamilton in the White House.
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SO MUCH TO CELEBRATE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 12 October 2007

On our hike through the Garden of the Gods at the TTP Summer Rendezvous last August, TTPer Ed Sanders gave me a good-natured ribbing about my mentioning in some previous article that I loved to celebrate things by drinking good red wine in a Reidel crystal glass.

Ed and his wife Susan, it turns out, are the US distributors for Reidel's competitor, WineStar.  "Our hand-blown unleaded crystal leaves Reidel in the dust, Jack," Ed told me.  "If you drink a favorite red from our Diamond Cru instead, you'll be blown away by the difference."

Ed kindly offered to send me a sample to prove it.  There was a shipping delay and it just arrived.  Okay, I asked myself, I've got the glass - what do I celebrate? 

Well, tonight, October 12, there is celebration to savor.  Not only is it time to toast the 515th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of America, but of the world's greatest buffoon winning the world's most tawdry and degraded award.

Whatever glass you have, WineStar or not, fill it full and raise it to Algore's Nobel.  You can be quite sure that one person who will not is Hillary Clinton. 
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