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Friday, 31 May 2013

Obama, during his meeting with Queen Elizabeth in Buckingham Palace, asked, "Your Majesty, how do you manage to run the affairs of your government so smoothly?"

The Queen smiled and replied, "The secret, Mr. President, is to get intelligent people to work for you."

"How do you know if they're intelligent," Obama asked.

"That easy," replied the Queen.  "I do it by asking riddles."  She told her aide to send in Prime Minister David Cameron.  He entered shortly thereafter to inquire, "How may I be of service, Your Majesty?"

"David, tell me:  your mother and father have a child, but it is neither your brother nor your sister.  Who is it?"

Without hesitation, he replied, "Why, that would be me!"  The Queen thanked him and he left.

Back in Washington and reflecting on this conversation, Obama called in Joe Biden to the Oval Office.  "Joe, tell me:  your mother and father have a child, but it is neither your brother nor your sister.  Who is it?"
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 24 May 2013

The Drudge Report has been running hilarious headlines this week on Anthony "Little" Weiner's run for Mayor of New York.  It was one year ago (last week of May, 2011) that Weinergate broke, resulting in the punniest week ever for the HFR.

How could Drudge resist red-siren headlining the news of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's putdown of Weiner's candidacy as PREMATURE ELECTION, and subtitling the headline with an altered quote of Cuomo:  "Shame on us if we erect him."

Nothing is deadlier to a politician than to be a joke in the eyes of the public.  Jay Leno did it to Zero on The Tonight Show Monday night (5/20).  Here's the transcript but be sure and watch the embedded video of Kids Ask Obama the Darndest Questions.

You know the HMS (His Majesty's Ship) Zero is in danger of sinking when the rats of the Libtard Media have started abandoning it.

On Wednesday (5/22), the editorial staff of the New York Times ran an official op-ed condemning "the Obama administration" for "threatening fundamental freedoms of the press."

And yesterday evening (5/23), the entire home page of HuffPo, the Libtard media's main website, was devoted to a demand that Eric Holder resign:  "TIME TO GO"  blared HuffPo.

The only news this week that could possibly be better than Holder soon to be an ex-AG is this.

Mrs. Zero  will be taking an "extended vacation" for the next few months, running away and hiding from the world and shutting up so we won't have to suffer her insufferable busybody hectoring.
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 23 May 2013

Last week's Humor File was Nixon Was A Piker compared to Barrack Milhous Zero.  Like all good humor, it's funny because it's true:  Nixon was no piker in the scandal and mendacity department, but Zero is far worse.

Yet, at this particular conflation of events, as we simultaneously rage at Zero's awfulness and revel in its ongoing exposure, it's useful to step back and regard what's going on in America today in the context of history and economic reality.

We'll start with the case for Nixon being more destructive of our economy and freedoms than Zero, then on to the worse case regarding FDR.  For the lesson is:  it's hard to keep America down.  We go through crises and dangers, and then bounce back.  No matter how much FDR's Reds tried to support the Soviet Union, we thrived in the 1950s - and eventually got rid of the Soviet Union itself.

We can see this happening right before our eyes as we suffer the Curse of Zero.  It's not just that we all have tingles of joy running up our legs over Zero being up to his jug ears in one scandal after another.  It's that, no matter how hard Zero has tried to hamstring and suffocate the American economy, he has failed.  And we can take such advantage of his failure.
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 24 May 2013

As we all know now, in 2012 the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups (but not liberal groups) applying for tax exempt status, demanding the names and addresses of their members and donors, and their contacts with journalists and legislators.

"Please detail the content of the members of your organizations' prayers," the IRS asked a pro-life group in Iowa.

Tax collectors have no right to demand such information from Americans. We must find out who is responsible for targeting critics of the Obama administration, and hold them accountable.

But the more important reason for getting to the bottom of this breathtaking abuse of power is so we can keep it from ever happening again.  The only way to do it is to eliminate the IRS.  But how?
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Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Every few years, at least from the time of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, there is a scandal involving abuse of power at the Internal Revenue Service. We are again in the midst of one of these periodic abuse scandals, with many solemn promises that the problems will be corrected and will not happen again.

As always, the rhetoric is far from the reality for two basic reasons. The first is the nature of the income tax, which, by definition, is subjective in its interpretation of the definition of "income" and thus subject to abuse. The second is the type of person that the IRS attracts as an employee.

In the former, the agency is corrupt in the Orwellian sense. When the federal government's General Services Administration or the IRS takes a number of its employees to Las Vegas for a conference, is this a taxable benefit (income) or not? The answer is this case is "no" because this is the type of benefit the political class enjoys.

In the latter, because the IRS is feared, loathed and resented, it attracts all too many workers who are insensitive to the needs and problems of others, and some even enjoy being bullies.

These flaws of the IRS cannot be mended -- thus the only real solution is to put an end to the IRS itself.
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Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The curse of hedging that blighted gold in the 1990s is making a comeback, and threatens to loom over the market like Banquo's ghost.

London-listed gold producer Petropavlovsk has said it will pre-sell 55pc of its future output planned for the second quarter of 2014, at an average price of $1,408 an ounce. This is the first time that a big producer has hedged more than half its future sales.

"We have a huge investment program and thought a little price protection in the short-term will let us sleep better at night," said chairman Peter Hambro.

Tyler Broda from Nomura said this may signal the return of "structural hedging" across the industry, with other companies scrambling to lock in forward contracts. "This could increase the pressure on the spot gold price over the coming years," he said. The risk is a vicious circle as hedging leads to lower prices, leading to more hedging.
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Written by Ralph Peters   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013

The Arab Spring has unleashed the Arab Collapse. Everybody still standing in the region is picking the flesh of the helpless. The Islamist cancer proved more virulent than Arabs themselves expected, while dying regimes behave with unrestrained ruthlessness.

And our diplomats still think everyone can be cajoled into harmony.

We're witnessing a titanic event, the crack-up of a long-tottering civilization. Arab societies grew so corrupt and stagnant that violent upheaval became inevitable. That's what we're seeing in Syria and Iraq - two names, one struggle - and will find elsewhere tomorrow.

We can't stop it, we can't fix it, and we don't understand it. But we can stay out of it.  Here's how we can and why we should.
Written by Jack Kelly   
Wednesday, 22 May 2013

It was drummed into us in boot camp that "Marines go back for their wounded.  Marines go back for their dead.  We leave no one behind."

I found the same ethos in the Army Special Forces when I joined them later.  During the Vietnam war, the Air Force went to extraordinary lengths to rescue downed pilots. 

But on 9/11/2012, Americans at our consulate in Benghazi were left behind.

It may well be true, as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta claimed, that military help couldn't be sent because it was unavailable.  But if that is true, somebody screwed the pooch, big time.  Was it the POTUS?
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Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Thursday, 23 May 2013

It's good to have a back-up plan, or a Plan B, especially in uncertain times; but it's also important to remember that this is only for when your plan A is threatened. Often the best thing you can do is to fully commit to your primary vision; sometimes the best defense is a good offense.

It's excellent to have a plan that you can fall back on if things don't work out; but today I want to talk about some elements of committing to your plan A that can be easily neglected... because we take them for granted.

If you're thinking of moving away from your home, be it out of state or out of the country, before you do so, consider what you will be leaving behind.  Be very careful before you abandon your Plan A.
Written by Andy Borowitz   
Friday, 24 May 2013

WASHINGTON -President Obama used his weekly radio address on Saturday to reassure the American people that he has "played no role whatsoever" in the U.S. government over the past four years.

"Right now, many of you are angry at the government, and no one is angrier than I am," he said. "Quite frankly, I am glad that I have had no involvement in such an organization."

The President's outrage only increased, he said, when he "recently became aware of a part of that government called the Department of Justice."

"The more I learn about the activities of these individuals, the more certain I am that I would not want to be associated with them," he said. "They sound like bad news."
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 17 May 2013

Agent Sadusky (Harvey Keitel): "And what about you?"
Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage):  "I'd really love not to go to prison. I can't even describe how much I would love not to go to prison."
Agent Sadusky:  "Someone's got to go to prison, son."
---National Treasure (2004)

"My question isn't about who's going to resign -- my question is who is going to jail over this scandal?"
---House Speaker John Boehner, May 15, 2013

"A few more days like this, and Obama's going to claim he was born in Kenya."
--- comedian Dennis Miller

Now, I know you all think that this week, the HFR glass is as overflowing as much as the glass in Ronald Reagan's favorite Irish joke.  However, after we've yelled Bunga! Bunga! a few dozen times watching the news and mooned Zero every time we see his disgusting face on the screen, let's see if we can't discuss what's happening with a smidgeon of sobriety.  I admit it won't be easy.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 16 May 2013

Though arguably the least significant of three burgeoning scandals that have made this the worst fortnight ever for the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama, the Justice Department's covert seizure of the telephone records of Associated Press reporters may cause him the most grief. 

Journalists unmoved by evidence his Justice Department ran guns to Mexican drug cartels and promoted vote fraud are very, very upset.

Some Democrats who faithfully parroted administration talking points on Benghazi jumped ship after the Internal Revenue Service admitted targeting Tea Party groups. The FBI has now launched a criminal probe.

Fewer have been willing to parrot the party line on Benghazi since the number two guy in our embassy in Libya testified that during the attack on 9/11/2012, he told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton it was the work of terrorists affiliated with al Qaeda.  All told, this is a Hat Trick of Scandals.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Thanks to the testimony of whistleblowers last week, and subsequent reporting of how "talking points" were systematically scrubbed of every reference to the truth, we know for sure President Barack Hussein Obama and senior aides were lying when they blamed a Youtube video for the attack on our consulate in Benghazi.

More important is what is being covered up.  To get to the bottom of what may be more a looming national security crisis than a scandal in the past, we must have answers to a large number of critical questions. 

The way to get them is for the House of Representatives to form a Select Committee, armed with subpoena power, to investigate what was going on before and during the attack on 9/11/2012, and what's been happening since.

Here's how to form it, who should be on it, and what its members should focus on.  Hint: not impeachment.  There are very good reasons why - at least not before the mid-term elections in November 2014.
Written by Michael Ledeen   
Wednesday, 15 May 2013

The secretary of state was back in Washington a few days ago (5/09), begging the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to take it easy on the poor Iranians.  Enough with the sanctions, he said.  Secretary Kerry has joined decades of his predecessors, buying  into the latest version of the 30-year old illusion that we can make a deal with the Tehran regime if only we deal properly and humbly with them. 

He said there was a "window of opportunity" for a couple of months.  It doesn't much matter if he really believes this legend, or is following instructions from President Obama, who is still pursuing this unholy grail despite five years of swift kicks in his behind.  The one he so loves to lead with.  Either way, it's an embarrassment.

But then, our new secretary of state has great flair for embarrassing us.  In Obama's community of narcissists, Kerry is a bit different.  He excels at self-humiliation, as he showed in his recent sortie to Moscow, where Czar Putin kept him waiting for many hours before sparing some time to "discuss" Syria and related topics, no doubt including Iran. 
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Written by Ralph Peters   
Wednesday, 15 May 2013

To borrow the climactic line from Easy Rider, "We blew it." Or, to be fully accurate, President Obama blew an unprecedented chance to aid Syria's then-moderate opposition back in 2011.

We could have helped end the monstrous Assad regime, gaining good will and practical advantage in a hopeful new state.

Now it's too late. And Obama may be ready to act at last. The result could be disastrous.

Strategy isn't only about doing the right thing, but about doing the right thing at the right time. Doing what appears to be the "right thing" too late often makes things worse.

How did the window for aiding the Syrian rebels close?
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