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MEXICO'S HISTORY, PELOSI'S TREASON, AND CINCO DE DRUNKO Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Monday, 05 May 2014

Today, May 5th, is known as Cinco de Drunko among college kids these days.  They know it's nothing more than an excuse to get wasted on Jose Cuervo.

Cinco de Mayo is a phony tradition, a joke on los gringos, then exploited as a marketing gimmick by Mexican restaurant chains.  So at TTP, our tradition on or about May 5th is to explain la verdad, the truth.

Which is, to begin with: Nobody in Mexico cares about May 5th.  Only we, us gringos, pretend to.  For if you ask just about any reveler at the nearest Pancho Villa's Cantina or some such Mexican-themed bar anywhere in the US, just what is being celebrated on May 5th, you'll get either a blank stare or "It's their July 4th " ignorance.

So first the real history of Mexico.  Then the reality - the horrific reality of how treasonous fascists like Nancy Pelosi are using Mexico to destroy their own country.  And who is the one man that will stop them.
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CHECK YOUR PRIVILEGE OR CHECK YOUR CHARACTER? Print E-mail
Written by Tal Fortgang   
Wednesday, 07 May 2014

Hi, my name is Tal Fortgang, and I'm a freshman at Princeton University.  I'd like to tell you about a phrase that floats around college campuses, Princeton being no exception, that threatens to strike down opinions without regard for their merits, but rather solely on the basis of the person that voiced them.

"Check your privilege," the saying goes, and I have been reprimanded by it several times this year. The phrase, handed down by my moral superiors, descends recklessly, like an Obama-sanctioned drone, and aims laser-like at my pinkish-peach complexion, my maleness, and the nerve I displayed in offering an opinion rooted in a personal Weltanschauung.

"Check your privilege," they tell me in a command that teeters between an imposition to actually explore how I got where I am, and a reminder that I ought to feel personally apologetic because white males seem to pull most of the strings in the world.

I do not accuse those who "check" me and my perspective of overt racism, although the phrase, which assumes that simply because I belong to a certain ethnic group I should be judged collectively with it, toes that line.

But I do condemn them for diminishing everything I have personally accomplished, all the hard work I have done in my life, and for ascribing all the fruit I reap not to the seeds I sow but to some invisible patron saint of white maleness who places it out for me before I even arrive.
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WE'RE NOT RUNNING OUT OR USING UP THE WORLD'S RESOURCES Print E-mail
Written by Matt Ridley   
Thursday, 08 May 2014

How many times have you heard that we humans are "using up" the world's resources, "running out" of oil, "reaching the limits" of the atmosphere's capacity to cope with pollution or "approaching the carrying capacity" of the land's ability to support a greater population?

The assumption behind all such statements is that there is a fixed amount of stuff-metals, oil, clean air, land-and that we risk exhausting it through our consumption.

"We are using 50% more resources than the Earth can sustainably produce, and unless we change course, that number will grow fast-by 2030, even two planets will not be enough," says Jim Leape, director general of the World Wide Fund for Nature International (formerly the World Wildlife Fund).

But here's a peculiar feature of human history: We burst through such limits again and again. After all, as a Saudi oil minister once said, the Stone Age didn't end because we ran out of stones.  So here's why all the ecologists' scaremongering is baloney.
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THINKING ONE WAY AND VOTING ANOTHER Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 06 May 2014

The federal government is too big, too powerful, said 66 percent of respondents to a Gallup poll in January.  Big government is "a threat to individual liberty," said 54 percent in a Rasmussen poll in April; a bigger threat than big business or big labor, said 72 percent in a Gallup poll in December.

The tax system needs sweeping changes, said 72 percent in a Pew poll last May. Replace it with a flat tax, said 62 percent in a Reason-Rupe poll in April. A special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate the IRS, said 76 percent in a Quinnipiac poll in February.

Abortions should be restricted to the first three months of pregnancy, said 84 percent in a Marist poll in January. 

All these views and others like them are more in accord with what Republicans think than with what Democrats think. But many who hold them vote for Democrats. Why?
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CHINA AND THE JEWS Print E-mail
Written by Michael Ledeen   
Thursday, 08 May 2014

Over the past couple of decades the Chinese have become more interested in the Jews.  Of late the Chinese regime has been bringing Jewish scholars and theologians to the People's Republic to discuss Torah, Talmud, Mishnah and even some of the more mystical tracts.

Believe it or not, there are now Chinese government radio broadcasts in Hebrew.  The Jewish experts who are brought to China find themselves speaking Hebrew with their Chinese interlocutors. 

Why?

It's no surprise that China-Israel trade is increasing, nor that the China-Israel relationship has grown and deepened.  After all, Israel may well be the most dynamic country in the world, bursting at the seams with high-tech startups, dazzling inventions-especially in military and medical technologies-and highly educated and talented people.

But I'm not talking about Israel here.  This is about the Chinese fascination with the Jews and Judaism, the religion and the People of the Book.  I've got a theory.
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WHY PUTIN IS CAUSING WAR IN UKRAINE Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 06 May 2014

Most wars result from at least one side overestimating its chances of success and one or more of the sides not having a clear "endgame."

Russian President Vladimir Putin has a clear goal, which can be discerned from his own statements and actions, and from discussions with those who know him well. It is to leave as his legacy the re-establishment of the Russian Empire.

The Russian Empire existed from 1721, when Peter the Great proclaimed it, until its collapse in 1917. At its high point in 1866, the Russian Empire included all of modern-day Russia plus Alaska, Finland, the Baltic nations, much of present-day Poland, parts of other Eastern European countries, the Central Asia "Stans," part of Mongolia, and the shores of the Caspian Sea.

Mr. Putin, a master of strategy and timing, sees that he has a 2-year window of opportunity to grab or control much of the former Russian Empire. He correctly sees President Obama as weak and indecisive, and hence unwilling to stand in his way -- giving him a window before Americans likely elect a stronger president.

And he must start in Ukraine.  Here is why.
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ARE YOU FLOURISHING? Print E-mail
Written by Alexander Green   
Wednesday, 07 May 2014

At an investment conference in Carlsbad, California last month, there were dozens of experts sharing their best ideas on stocks, bonds, interest rates, currencies, commodities, real estate and metals.

But I had the distinct honor of introducing someone who wasn't there to tell attendees how to optimize their portfolios. He was there to show us how to optimize the rest of our lives.

It was my good friend, Dr. Joel Wade.

As one of Jack Wheeler's closest friends, Joel has been writing The Virtue of Happiness column since the inception of TTP in 2003.  But I thought you should know more about him beyond the wisdom of these columns.

He offers a vital service.
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AROMATHERAPY Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 09 May 2014

There is a scent that can ease anxiety, promote a sensation of security, calmness and control, in any uncomfortable situation.

An while you are insufflating the fragrant fumes, reflect on the advice of Henry Ford:

"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian."


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HALF-FULL REPORT 05/02/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 02 May 2014

It's great to be back at the HFR ramparts.  I can't thank Joe Katzman enough for the amazing job he did all of last month while I was gone in Yemen, Socotra, Libya, Tunisia, and Portugal.  Thanks, Joe!  And to Miko, who held down the entire TTP fort.

Here's a quote to start things off:

"Russians are immune to both reason and the bludgeon.  The only thing you can do with a Russian is give him what he wants or kill him.  Unfortunately, even if you give him what he wants, sooner or later, you're probably going to have to kill him anyway."

This observation made by Rail Black, the fictional hero of Wildcase, a marvelous thriller novel written by my friend of many years, Neil Russell, seems acutely apt this week...

Other than Putin's invasion of Sudetenland Ukraine possibly triggering war between the US and USSR Russia - financial, military, covert or otherwise - the other blockbuster news of the week was the discovery of the Smoking Benghazi Gun that will blow away Hillary's chances for 2016.  Here it is...

All this talk of Benghazi reminds me of the mistake Clive Bundy made...

And the HFR Hero of the week is obviously...
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MAY DAY SHOULD BE MAY DAY NOT COMMIE DAY Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 01 May 2014

Sintra, Portugal.  We're finishing a repeat of the TTP Portugal Retreat today.  What a wonderful time Rebel and I have been having with our fellow TTPers.  We're completing it by having our own celebration of May Day.

For millennia, especially here in Europe, the First of May was a happy, joyful celebration of life after winter, with dancing around a Maypole and crowning a pretty girl with flowers as Queen of May.  When we were kids, my sisters would always get up early to pick flowers, and leave them in a basket at the front door for Mom, our family's Queen of May.

Today is a national holiday in Portugal, as it is in over 30 other countries in Europe and dozens of other countries around the world.  But not as May Day.  Instead, it's called International Workers Day.  Since it was the invention of Communists in 1889, it should be called Commie Day.  Only Communists could take an innocent celebration of springtime and turn it into celebration of murder, terrorism, hate, and envy.

Here's the story.  It begins not in Europe but in America.
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INDIA'S RONALD REAGAN Print E-mail
Written by Karma Singh   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Hi, fellow TTPers.  You first heard from me last October when I told you about The Coming Capitalist Salvation of India.

It was a heads-up regarding the almost impossible-to-believe level of government venality and corruption in India today - and its impending cure: the election of India's Ronald Reagan, Narendra Modi.  So I'd like to suggest you re-read it to get you back to speed before we discuss what's happening right now.

Ready?  OK, here we go.

Since India's last general election in 2009, 100 million more voters have been added to the rolls, bringing India's electorate to 815 million.  You can't have them vote all at once, so the 2014 election is taking place in 9 regional phases from April 7 to May 12.  All 543 seats of India's Parliament, the Lok Sabha, will be chosen from a multitude of parties.  The results will be announced on May 16.

The country has not witnessed this kind of excitement about an election since independence in 1947. There have been record voter turnouts across the country. I cannot emphasize the prominence of this election to India and the world. The result of this election will not just change but transform the country, either for good or worse.
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AMERICA RISING Print E-mail
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014

[Note by JW:  Ambrose has written something which should provide lively debate on the TTP Forum.  Feel free to counter him with opposing facts and data.]

Americans are purging their excesses one by one. Spending by the US Federal government has seen the steepest drop as share of national income since demobilization after the Second World War.

Claims that President Barack Obama is bankrupting America with a lurch towards hard-left statism are for tabloid consumption only. Outlays have fallen from 24.4% to 20.6% of GDP in five years. Spending is roughly in line with its 40-year average. This fiscal squeeze has been achieved without driving the economy into recession or a Lost Decade, a remarkable feat.

The US Congressional Budget Office expects the budget deficit to drop to 2.8% of GDP this year, and 2.6% next year. This is about the same as the Eurozone but with a huge difference. The US economy is expanding fast enough to outgrow its debts.

The US energy revolution is of course at least half the story. It has stoked booms across the Dakotas, Wyoming, Nebraska, Washington, Oregon, Utah and Texas.

Francisco Blanch, from Bank of America, estimates that shale gas and oil have given the US economy an extra tailwind worth 1.9% of GDP - what he calls the "energy carry" - with effects rippling through the chemical and plastics industries. New investments in ammonia plants are rising at an exponential rate, thanks to natural gas prices that are $4.40 (per BTU) in the US and $15 on Asia's spot market.

While Obama can in no way claim credit for this, the other half of the story is monetary stimulus a l'outrance (to the bitter end) - quantitative easing - to offset fiscal tightening and prevent a "pro-cyclical" downward spiral, which is what occurred when the European Central Bank jumped the gun and raised rates twice in 2011 before recovery was entrenched, setting off the cataclysmic crisis that nearly destroyed EMU in mid-2012.
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THREE RULES TO TELL IF POLITICIANS ARE LYING Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014

"Obamacare is on a winning streak," wrote Sam Baker in the National Journal April 16, the day the administration claimed 8 million people have signed up for it.

Good news is "snowballing," he said. "Enrollment has surged beyond expectations. Costs are coming in lower than predicted."

The fact that enrollment has exceeded the goal of 7.1 million the administration set last fall means the debate over Obamacare is "over," President Barack Hussein Obama said.

There are three rules of the thumb for evaluating things politicians say to which journalists ought to pay more heed:

Rule #1: When a politician proclaims debate on an issue "over," he means his side is losing it.

The truth, of course, is the president wants to change the subject because Obamacare is killing Democrats.
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OUR CRIMINAL VETERANS ADMINISTRATION Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 02 May 2014

At least 40 veterans on a secret waiting list at the Veterans Administration hospital in Phoenix have died while waiting months -- in some cases a year or more -- for appointments, a whistleblower told CNN.

The secret waiting list was a scheme by managers to get around the VA rule that patients should see a doctor within 30 days of making an appointment, said Dr. Sam Foote.

When a vet asked for an appointment, his request wasn't entered in the official computer system, said Dr. Foote, who worked at the VA hospital in Phoenix for 24 years.

The patient's data was kept instead on a secret electronic list. If a vet died while waiting for an appointment, his or her name was deleted from the secret list. There was no official record he or she had ever asked for treatment.

This conspiracy to commit what amounts to murder wasn't confined to Phoenix, but is just the tip of the VA's criminal iceberg.
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HOW CAN WE GET POLITICIANS TO KEEP THEIR PROMISES? Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Have you noticed that many political candidates, when running for office, claim they are going to make government less corrupt, irrational, incompetent and burdensome? Yet after they are elected, it only gets more so.

Politicians like to speak in broad, general terms rather than lay out specific things that they can and will do. If voters demand more specifics, though, they will get them.

The following are four specific measures that most members of Congress should be able to support because, once explained, the benefits are obvious.

*Let's start by asking:  Do you think you should be able rely on Internal Revenue Service guidance when preparing your taxes? This would seem to be a no-brainer - an obvious "yes."  However...
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