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ELIMINATING THE EVIL OF APRIL 15 Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Friday, 13 April 2007

With evil day of April 15 nigh, it is time to demand of the various presidential candidates to show how they propose to lift the unconscionable burden of the IRS off our oppressed shoulders.

As is well known, the current U.S. income tax system and the Internal Revenue Service are a huge and unnecessary drag on both the economy and individual liberty. The IRS code and regulations have become hopelessly complex and grown to about 7 million words.

No one can possibly understand the present code, including even those at the IRS. Thus no matter how well-meaning, the taxpayer is always at risk for noncompliance -- such laws are characteristics of totalitarian, not free, societies.

Such laws need to be abolished.  There are two serious proposals for doing so:  the "Flat Tax" and the national sales tax, better known as the "Fair Tax." (See Flat Tax Revolution by Steve Forbes, and  The Fair Tax Book by Neil Boortz and Congressman John Linder.)
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LOVE, PARENTS, AND PATRIOTISM Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 13 April 2007

As a kid, I loved my Dad and Mom, but over the years I also began to find fault with them, I discovered that they had weaknesses and frailties, and I became disappointed in them to some degree

When I really grew up (meaning, when I became a parent myself), I realized my parents were human, just like me. They made mistakes, just like me. They had failings and weaknesses, just like me.

And I realized you can love the important people in your life however they fare in their own struggle. To feel that love is one of the great joys and privileges of life.

There is a great comfort, a great pride, a great sense of meaning and continuity and resilience that comes from loving and honoring one's parents, one's home, one's community, and one's country.  Especially ours, America.

For some reason, maybe because they have never really grown up, folks on the Left deny themselves that comfort, that pride, that love and meaning and privilege of being American.

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WHATWERETHEYTHINKING.COM Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Wednesday, 11 April 2007

The websites listed here are all those of legitimate companies that didn't spend quite enough time considering how their on-line names might appear and be misread especially all in lower case. 

These are not joke sites, but actual real businesses.  Still, you've got to ask:  What were they thinking?  Check them out yourself ...

"Who Represents" is where you can find the name of the agent that represents any celebrity, like Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie.  Their website is www.whorepresents.com.

"Experts Exchange" is a knowledge base where programmers can exchange advice and views at www.expertsexchange.com.
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WHERE THE COLD WAR BEGAN, WHERE THE WAR ON ISLAMOFASCISM CAN END Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 04 April 2007

A muezzin is calling people to prayer from a minaret nearby as I am writing this.  I am in Hewlar, Iraq - more appropriately Iraqi Kurdistan, or even more appropriately South Kurdistan.

That's what Kurds in Iraq call their portion of Kurdistan.  Kurds in Turkey call theirs North Kurdistan. Kurds in Syria call theirs West Kurdistan.  And Kurds in Iran call theirs East Kurdistan. 

I am here in Hewlar to participate in a conference of Kurdish leaders and intellectuals from all four regions of Kurdistan because of To The Point's The Kurdish Key to the Middle East (October 2006) being so widely read throughout the Kurdish community worldwide.

The speech I gave yesterday (4/4) was broadcast on live satellite television into Iran where, according to reports we received today, it caused an extraordinary reaction upon viewers.  Especially in a region called Mahabad.  It is an unknown bit of history that the Cold War began in Mahabad.  Now it might be where the War on Islamofascism may be won.
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TWO WOMEN IN THE MIDDLE EAST Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 06 April 2007

Here are pictures taken this week of two women in the Middle East.  Which woman do you think is a greater advocate of America's most cherished values of liberty and human rights?  Which woman do you think has more courage to fight for those rights, and women's rights in particular?

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CHESHIRE-CHEESE-EATING BRITISH SURRENDER MONKEYS Print E-mail
Written by Ralph Peters   
Friday, 06 April 2007

It was a fitting image of the 14 wimps and a sob sister arriving back in the United Kingdom yesterday: skulking away with pink goody bags in hand.

The color was no accident - although yellow would've been more appropriate.

The released hostages weren't allowed to make any more statements. Apparently, the Blair government feared they'd repeat their lavish praise of their Iranian captors.

Look, we're all glad they're home safe, if not necessarily sound. But why on earth is Britain, the land of the legendary stiff upper lip, celebrating cowards who clambered over one another to shame their country?
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BEYOND COWARDICE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 06 April 2007

Patricia Hewitt, Health Secretary in Tony Blair's cabinet, was upset by pictures broadcast from Iran of the 15 captive British sailors and marines, reported Christopher Booker of the Sunday Telegraph.

"It was deplorable that the woman hostage should be shown smoking," Ms. Hewitt said.  "This sends completely the wrong message to our young people."

When liberals cower when petty thugs make threats (which is pretty much whenever petty thugs make threats), conservatives,  understandably, suspect them of cowardice.  But Ms. Hewitt's bizarre response to her country's humiliation suggest something else is at work.

The most remarkable aspect of this most recent Iranian hostage crisis is the lengths to which so many prominent people in the West have gone to make excuses for inexcusable Iranian behavior.
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THE LIBERAL GHETTO OF HATE Print E-mail
Written by Tony Blankley   
Friday, 06 April 2007

Last week my former boss, Newt Gingrich, threw a much-needed conceptual bomb into the jejune public dialogue of presidential aspirants. Amid the platitudes, banalities and evasions that constitute pre-presidential debate these days, Newt argued (in a speech last weekend) that bilingual education only encourages students to be linguistically "living in a ghetto."

Predictably, the PC riot squad screeched into the media to suppress such clarity of language. Peter Zamora, co-chairman of the Hispanic Education Coalition, intoned: "The tone of his comments were [sic] very hateful."

Someone needs to tell Mr. Zamora that it is hateful of ideological "civil-rights" activists to try to intimidate any politician who would dare to liberate kids from the linguistic ghetto that serves to preserve their political power.
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PROFESSIONAL AT BEING OBLIVIOUS Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Friday, 06 April 2007

If you knew how to make life better for your fellow Americans, would you? The political class in Washington constantly claims it "cares about you," but when it comes to policy many do just the opposite.

Most people understand the Republicans messed up by allowing nondefense spending to grow faster than the economy. The Democrats ran against the irresponsible Republicans by claiming they would be "fiscally responsible."

So, rather than present a budget that would reduce the growth rate of domestic spending, they have just proposed one that would increase it, even above Republican proposals, and require increases in taxes.

You can only wonder if they are even more brain dead than the Republicans.
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BAN DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE! Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 06 April 2007

This wonderful video by Penn & Teller is so instructive of just how mindless many environmentalists are.  At an eco-festival, they are asked to sign a petition to ban the "dangerous chemical" di-hydrogen monoxide. 

"It's in most everything we eat and drink and too much of it can be really dangerous, even kill you," the gullible petition signers are told.  Not one of these fools bothers to ask any questions, such as just how is it dangerous and why, and what is dihydrogen monoxide anyway.

If they had so bothered, they would have been informed it is H2 - dihydrogen -- + O - monoxide:  H2O, water.

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THE POISON THAT IS KILLING THE WEST Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 30 March 2007

The media photo that best explains the Iranian seizure of 15 British sailors and marines last Friday (3/23) is not one that shows them eating and "being well cared for," nor of female sailor Faye Turney wearing a Moslem headscarf.

It is this one of a "Walk of Witness" parade in London the day after the hostage seizure (Saturday 3/24) that had nothing to do with it:

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3,000 people wearing color-of-mourning black T-shirts saying "So Sorry" paraded in front of Big Ben and the Parliament Building to mark the 200th anniversary of the law abolishing the slave trade throughout the British Empire. 

What were these people so sorry about?  You would think that this would be a joyous occasion, the bicentennial celebration of a historically heroic British achievement - the abolishment of the slave trade.

But no, these self-flagellants were in deep mortification over the previous existence of what was abolished - an institution as old as history, accepted by every civilization for thousands of years.  They perverted something morally noble into an excuse for feeling morally guilty.  This is the poison that is killing the West, the poison that empowers the evil of the West's enemies such as the mullahs of Iran.
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CONDI VS. CHENEY IN THE PERSIAN GULF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 30 March 2007

Though The Poison That Is Killing The West has only been up for a short while, there's already a discussion thread on the User Forum.  Dennis Turner, for example, is pessimistic regarding war with Iran (he's pessimistic that there won't be war - I'm optimistic there will be!):
Sad to say, but I don't think we'll take them on. I think we'll issue an ultimatum banning Iranian naval forces from the waterway, but won't shoot when they violate the ban. I hate to be so pessimistic but I see this happening in Israel, where the threat is existential, with Rice pushing for final status issues with the PA while they do not recognize Israel, accept previous agreements, agree to collect weapons and dismantle the terrorist infrastructure, renounce violence, etc.
Whether Dennis or I are right on this depends on who emerges victorious in the main power struggle taking place in the White House right now:  between Condi Rice and Dick Cheney.

I'm betting on Dick. 
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HELPING TONY Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 29 March 2007

I have just sent the following letter to a friend in the White House who asked for informed suggestions regarding Tony Snow's recurrence of cancer.  Many TTPers have expressed their concern for Tony and are praying for him.  Here is an initial series of suggestions for him.
 
Dear Tim,

A close friend of mine for many years is a medical researcher whose IQ was unable to be measured by MIT as it was so far above 200.  Here is what he suggests for Tony, as supplementing the treatment from his physicians.

Go to this website of the National Center for Biotechnology Information and the National Institutes of Health:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/.   In the PubMed search box, enter in the specific medical name of the type of cancer Tony has as determined by the pathology report, plus "treatment," plus "immune" or "immunity," plus "experimental" or "adjuvant."
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Chapter Thirty-One: THE SPANISH PHOENIX Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 28 March 2007

The Jade Steps
Chapter Thirty-One:  The Spanish Phoenix


By nightfall, the expedition reached the town of Xaltepec on the far side of the valley.  It was deserted, and everyone had to forage for food.  Malinali tried to clean the bloody gashes on Cortez's head and the deep wound in his left hand, but Cortez shook his head.  "To a man, all of us are wounded, exhausted, and hungry," he told her.  "Organize help for them, tend to them... then you may have all night to tend to me."

When Malinali returned, she found Cortez fast asleep.  At dawn the next morning, she tried to clean and bandage him as best she could, but he was anxious to get underway.  "Our only hope of safety lies in those mountains of Tlaxcala," he said, as he gazed at them looming above Xaltepec.  Slowly, slowly, the expedition trudged up into the mountains to the Tlaxcalan frontier fortress town of Hueyotlipan (way-oat-lee-pahn).

There to greet them were King Xicotencatl, Chief Maxixcatzin, and Commander Chichimecatecle.

"Malinche!  Malinche!" they cried out when they saw Cortez.  Chief Maxixcatzin threw his arms around him.  "How grieved we are at your misfortunes, and the number of our own people who have been killed with yours," he told Cortez through Malinali.  "We warned you not to trust the Mesheeka, but you went to their city and did not believe us.  Now all we can do is help with your wounds and give you rest and food.  Here you are home."
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ENOUGH ALREADY Print E-mail
Written by Michael Ledeen   
Friday, 30 March 2007

There's an easy answer for the deep thinkers now torturing themselves for an explanation of the Iranian seizure of 15 British hostages:  The mullahs took the hostages because that is what they do. They've been doing it for a long time.

Why now? Because now is when they succeeded in doing it; they've been trying all along.

The interesting and important question is what we - yes, we - are going to do about it.

You can be sure that the "professionals" in Foggy Bottom and Whitehall are giving learned memos to their leaders in which the word "de-escalate" appears with some frequency, along with "diplomatic solution."

I doubt many of them will lose much sleep over their own considerable responsibility for the current unpleasantness, but let's write a footnote to their memos that says: The Brits have labored mightily for many years to prevent the United States from pursuing vigorous action against Iran.


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