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HALF-FULL REPORT 02/20/15 Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 20 February 2015

Foremost in the news this week were more atrocities by Islamic terrorists, more frantic efforts by President Barack Obama and his minions to deny Islam has anything to do with Islamist terror.

ISIS is very much Islamic, writes Graeme Wood in a long, must read analysis in the Atlantic. It scared the bejeebers out of a liberal colleague at the Post-Gazette, who wanted to make sure I saw it.

There are moderate Muslims willing to fight ISIS, but Zero won't help them.

The way to defeat ISIS is with a jobs program, said Marie Harf, the dumber one in the State Department's Dumb and Dumber tag team of spokessluts.

A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked Obama's illegal amnesty plan.

Obamacare has a nasty surprise in store for millions of Americans.

Can a Republican be elected to the U.S. Senate from California? Can pigs fly? (Maybe.)
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BURMA NOTES Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 19 February 2015

Inle Lake, Burma.  This is the first of a "Notes" series, a running commentary on where I am as I make my way across the world to the Vegas Rendezvous in late April.  We start in Burma, where I have been for the past week.  These are my impressions so far.

*Burma - 25 years ago the socialist military dictatorship insisted the name be changed to "Myanmar," but I along with most everyone else still call it Burma - is just emerging from a hermit socialism isolated from the world, and at a breakneck pace. 

The contrast can be jarring.  You see oxcarts with the farmer holding the reins to the oxen in one hand, and making a cell phone call with the other.  But overall, the "energy" of Burma is one of gentle serenity.  Even in Rangoon where the traffic is horrendous, there's no road rage of any kind, no honking horns.

Outside of Rangoon, almost no one drives fast, frantic to get where they are going.  People proceed at a measured pace, they don't race; everyone makes room for everyone, whether an oxcart, a pedicab, a motorbike, car, bus or truck.  Every smile is returned, and every wave.  It's easy to see why the British fell in love with Burma - it's the people, their gentleness, their serenity of soul.
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SCIENCE HAS DISGRACED ITSELF WITH ITS WARMIST DECEIT Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Wednesday, 18 February 2015

This might not be a good time to remind New Englanders digging out from a “Biblical” series of storms that a year ago this month a writer in the New York Times predicted “the end of snow.”

In 8 of 14 winters since the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said “milder winter temperatures will decrease heavy snowstorms,” the snow extent in North America has been greater than average, according to the Global Snow Lab at Rutgers University.

Last year was the earth’s warmest since 1880, said NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies Jan. 16.

Which was odd, because according to the National Climatic Data Center, last winter was the coldest since 2009-2010; last summer the coolest since 2009. Temperatures recorded at stations of the Global Historical Climatology Network from Jan. 1 through May 6 were the lowest ever.

How do the coldest winter and summer in four years, the coldest Spring ever recorded add up to the warmest year?

They don’t.  Here's how science has disgraced itself with warmist deceit.
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TO ELIMINATE TAX FRAUD, ELIMINATE THE IRS Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 18 February 2015

There are decades of stories about corporations, movie actors, artists and politicians hiding money from the taxman. Many economic studies have shown that once tax rates exceed 20 percent, most people will start thinking about and then acting in legal or illegal ways to avoid the tax bill.

The reason there is so little remorse about tax avoidance and evasion is that virtually everyone knows that much of what government does is a ripoff. If people really believed that "government is underresourced" and spends its money wisely, they would not take legal charitable and other deductions when they file their income taxes.

The president's buddy, Al Sharpton, is welcome at the White House almost any time, even though the Internal Revenue Service reportedly claims he owes millions in unpaid taxes.  If Mr. Sharpton had robbed a supermarket of a mere $10,000, it is unlikely he would be welcome at the White House.
The message is obvious. The government even tells us that federal employees, including thousands at the IRS, owe billions in back taxes, yet little is done. At the same time IRS leaders have the unmitigated gall to demand larger budgets.

Every thinking person implicitly knows that the U.S. government is the world's biggest financial fraudster.  Here's what to do about it.
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THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS AN ANTI-SEMITE Print E-mail
Written by Caroline Glick   
Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Barack Obama is mainstreaming anti-Semitism in America.

Last week (2/09), apropos of seemingly nothing, in an interview with Mathew Yglesias from the Vox.com website, Obama was asked about terrorism. In his answer the president said the terrorism threat is overrated. And that was far from the most disturbing statement he made.

Moving from the general to the specific, Obama referred to the jihadists who committed last month's massacres in Paris as "a bunch of violent vicious zealots," who "randomly shot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris."

In other words, Ahmedy Coulibaly, the Moslem terrorist at Hyper Cacher, the kosher supermarket he targeted, was just some zealot. The Jews he murdered while they were shopping for Shabbat were just "a bunch of folks in a deli," presumably shot down while ordering their turkey and cheese sandwiches.

Obama's statement about the massacre of Jews in Paris is notable first and foremost for what it reveals about his comfort level with anti-Semitism.  The bottom line is that he is embracing anti-Semitism and Islamic fascism more nakedly by the day.  Let us count the ways.
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HAIL SHALE GAS! Print E-mail
Written by Matt Ridley   
Tuesday, 17 February 2015

I don't know about you, but I have been especially glad of my gas-fired central heating and hot water in the past few frigid weeks.

Gas really is rather special: it provides us here in Britain with 84 per cent of our domestic heat, 27 per cent of our electricity, much of the feedstock for our synthetic consumer products, and pretty well all of the nitrogen fertilizer that has fed the world and largely banished famine.

Although we import half of it, beneath Lancashire and Yorkshire, in the Bowland shale, lies one of the richest gas resources ever discovered, just 10 per cent of which would be enough to provide nearly 50 years of British needs.

The technology to get it out involves using water and sand to make cracks that are a millimeter wide in rocks that are a mile and a half down. A month's work leads to 25 years of gas flow from a quiet box of tricks that can be hidden behind a hedge.

No need to festoon the hills with permanent concrete bases for 400ft towers of steel trying to suck a sparse trickle of energy out of the wind on a cold, calm day.

Shale gas extraction is a process that has proved very safe and clean in the United States. It has had virtually no impact on groundwater, earthquakes or surface pollution anywhere. These are exaggerated myths constantly repeated by the wealthy multinational pressure groups such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, by wealthy fashion designers and their nimby friends in gin-and-jag country, and by Vladimir Putin and other Russians with an interest in expensive gas.
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CREEPY JOE! Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 20 February 2015

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HALF-FULL REPORT 02/13/15 Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 13 February 2015
The brutal execution by ISIS of a Jordanian pilot has lit a fire under Jordan's King Abdullah, who has stepped up air strikes, moved "thousands" of troops to his border with Iraq.

A graduate of the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, paratrooper and pilot, Abdullah, 53, was a major general commanding Jordan's special forces when he ascended to the throne in 1999. He's vowed "retribution like ISIS hasn't seen."  I wish our president had his stones.
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He doesn't, said the former editor of Ashar al-Awsat, an Arabic newspaper published in London.

"Everyone knows the international anti-ISIS coalition is just a cover for the Obama administration's spineless reluctance to make any lasting decisions or take any real action in the Middle East," said Tariq Alhomayed.
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Zero is trying harder to defeat Bibi Netanyahu in the Israeli elections March 17 than to defeat ISIS, but his efforts appear to be backfiring. He's also failing to keep Bibi from speaking to a joint session of Congress.
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The White House had very specific intel about where ISIS was holding Western hostages, but a rescue mission failed because Obama  dithered for seven weeks before authorizing it.
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In remarks which even for him were breathtakingly ignorant, erroneous and offensive, President Barack Obama declared moral equivalence between Islamic extremism and Christianity.
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Must see tv this week is watching White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest and State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki get eaten alive as they try to defend President Obama's claim the murder of four Jews in a kosher deli in Paris the day after the Charlie Hebdo massacre was "random."
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Illinois' new Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, has issued an executive order to put an end to the requirement state employees in the Land of Lincoln pay union dues even if they don't join the union.
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The man who murdered "American Sniper" Chris Kyle wasn't suffering from PTSD. He may have been an Islamist seeking vengeance.
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John Judis, co-author of "The Emerging Democratic Majority" in 2002, has recanted. He now sees an "Emerging Republican Advantage."
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THE PLATINUM VEGAS RENDEZVOUS XIV Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015

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We're having a Platinum TTP Rendezvous in Vegas and you're invited.

Rendezvous XIV - our 14th - will be at The Platinum Hotel at the Strip, Friday April 24 to Sunday April 26.

Just a block away from the Strip itself right behind Bally's & Paris, and a half-block from the monorail that takes you along the entire Strip, The Platinum is a no-smoking, all-suite, casino-less boutique hotel that has gone all out to welcome TTP.

Miko got us a room rate for TTPers of $132 a night.  This is for a suite with a king size bed and pillow top mattress, living room, full gourmet kitchen, 42-inch plasma tv, double-size whirlpool tub and walkout balcony.  Thanks, Miko!

Of course, The Platinum has a great bar where TTPers can gather, and we have our own dining and meeting rooms.  The food is great too.

All of you who attended a Rendezvous before well know what an extraordinary experience they are.  If you've never been - now's your chance.  TTPers are a community of rational pro-Americans and we love each other's company.  You simply have to be there! 

We haven't had a Rendezvous since 2012.  It's taken us this long to recover from the shock of Zero's reelection - but now that the end of the Curse of Zero is in sight, it's high time we focus on the future.  Here's the rundown on the speakers we have so far.
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THE REAL CRUSADERS Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015

[This was written in 2005.  We are republishing it in light of Zero's idiotic Prayer Breakfast speech last week, comparing Medieval Christians to Moslem terrorists of today who want the whole world to live in their world of Dark Ages barbarism.  This is the real history of the Crusades in summary form.  It is not taught in schools or universities today, and certainly never learned by Zero.  He claims to have been educated at Harvard and Columbia, but extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and his words and deeds have never provided any evidence he is educated in any way.]

It’s amazing how much the Arabs complain about the Crusades when they had so little to do with them. The Crusades were their great trauma, they constantly moan, the bottomless source of their resentment of the West and Christianity. Mysteriously, they never condemn the Real Crusaders who wiped out their entire civilization.

There were eight separate Crusades over two hundred years, from 1095 through 1294. The Arabs played no significant role in any. The first was caused by the Seljuk Turks, who had swarmed out of Central Asia to conquer the Middle East, and seized Jerusalem in 1070. The Holy City had been part of the Fatimid Empire of Ismaili Shia Berbers from North Africa, who provided Christian pilgrims unhindered access to their holy places and freedom to worship in their churches.

The Seljuks conducted pogroms on the Christians and desecrated their churches. They also terrified Byzantine Emperor Alexius I, who had lost much of his empire to them, so much that he pleaded with his rival in Rome, Pope Urban II, to call for all Christendom to rescue the Holy Sepulcher from the Islamic infidels.
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WAS THE KILLER OF THE SHEEPDOG HERO A CLOSET MOSLEM? Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 13 February 2015

The runaway box office success of "American Sniper," which chronicles the exploits of Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL credited with more confirmed kills than any other sniper in U.S. history, has unhinged many liberals.

After seeing the movie, I can understand why they're so upset.

Actor Bradley Cooper and director Clint Eastwood have captured precisely what motivates "sheepdogs" like Chris Kyle. I was deeply moved, because I was a "sheepdog" once.

Kyle  served four tours in Iraq chiefly because he wanted to protect as many Marines as he could from the vicious killers they were fighting.  After leaving the Navy in 2009, Kyle worked with veterans who had mental problems. On Feb. 2, 2013, he was murdered by one of the vets he was trying to help.

His family says Eddie Routh has PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). That's not likely, because he never saw combat.  There's disturbing evidence that Routh began sympathizing with the Moslem terrorist prisoners he guarded in Iraq.
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THE "HYUNDAIZATION" OF THE GLOBAL DEFENSE MARKET Print E-mail
Written by Joe Katzman   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Ten or fifteen years ago, when you looked at the cars on the road, how many Hyundais did you see? How many Hyundais do you see now, driven by buyers who wanted a "good enough" car for a reasonable price? 

Back in my April 4/14 Half-Full Report, I referred to a nascent "Hyundaization" (hun-dye-zay-shun) trend in the global defense market.  Even now, few people have noticed this.

Hyundaization has been masked by spending from high-end customers who only want top-end gear, and by global fire sales of used Western equipment. As an example of those fire sales, many of the Jordanian F-16s bombing ISIS right now recently belonged to the Dutch and Belgian air forces.

After a decade of those sales, however, there isn't much second-hand equipment left to sell. That's opening the door to new buys from new sources. A combination of technology trends, industrial policies, and a multi-polar global shift will give this trend staying power.

This is a sea change on multiple levels.  "Hyundaization" is going to have profound diplomatic, military, and industrial consequences.  Let's talk about them.
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WAS OBAMA'S SMEAR OF CHRISTIANITY JUST STUPID OR WORSE? Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 12 February 2015

Radical Islamists and Christians both have bloody hands, Barack Hussein Obama said at the National Prayer Breakfast Feb. 5.

"Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ," he said. "In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ."

Mr. Obama's moral equivalence shocked even those accustomed to his habitual disregard for truth.   "To compare the depredations of the Islamic State with those of the Crusaders is patronizing in the extreme," said liberal Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson.

It was like FDR saying he couldn't speak out against Hitler because of what we did to the Indians a century ago, said MSNBC talk show host Joe Scarborough.

What Obama said was both patronizing and stupid, yes.  But was it also something worse?
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NO SURPRISE THAT OBAMA BELONGS TO THE MULTI-CULTI CULT Print E-mail
Written by Michael Ledeen   
Thursday, 12 February 2015

There was nothing particularly new about President Obama's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast the other day.  Not that it's unimportant.  It's extremely important. 

But the unfortunate notion that all religions, and indeed all cultures, are morally equivalent has been with us a long time, and it's very fashionable. 

It's now the conventional liberal wisdom, as a matter of fact.  Even Pope Francis is a member of the liberals' Multi-Culti Cult.

I'm not going to dwell on the silly anachronisms and false parallels in the speech - Governor Jindal did it best, I think, when he told the president to relax about medieval Catholicism and focus his concerns on contemporary Islamism - but rather on what we're supposed to do when we encounter religious views that offend us, or seem threatening to us.  

Obama basically said we should just shut up. His remarks weren't made in a theoretical debate.  They come shortly after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, and other barbaric acts in the name of radical Islam.  They are part of the doctrine of multiculturalism or "multi-culti," which started as "culturalism," early in the last century.
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EXPOSING WHO CAUSED THE GREAT RECESSION HAS THE PERPS HOPPING MAD Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015

What do you think was the primary cause of the Great Recession -- too little government regulation ,or dictates by the government to banks and other mortgage lenders, requiring them to lend to the unqualified?

Peter J. Wallison, former general counsel of the U.S. Treasury Department and White House counsel to President Reagan, who was also a member of the congressionally authorized Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, has just published a book, "Hidden in Plain Sight," in which he clearly documents what caused the financial crisis and why it is likely to happen again.

For this act of detailed scholarship and truth-telling, he has come under fierce attack by many of those who were, in part, responsible for the crisis.  Mr. Wallison is a problem for the political class, much like the boy who said the emperor had no clothes. He cannot be dismissed as a know-nothing lightweight.

So his character must be impugned since the facts are on his side.  The Great Recession was a crime, and its perps do not like being exposed.
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