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THE ABYSS BETWEEN THE LIBERAL ELITE AND NORMAL AMERICANS Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Little illustrates more clearly the large and expanding gulf between ordinary Americans and liberal elitists than their responses to two movies out this month.

"American Sniper," the Clint Eastwood film based on the autobiography of Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL who is credited with more confirmed kills (160) than any other sniper in U.S. history, was a box office smash when it opened last weekend.

Mr. Kyle left the Navy in 2009. A month after his autobiography was published in 2012, he was murdered at a firing range in Texas by a former Marine he'd befriended, who apparently was suffering from PTSD.

Taya Kyle, Chris Kyle's widow, said actor Bradley Cooper and the film's writers and producers have portrayed him accurately.

NRO's David French explains why the movie is a  cultural game-changer that millions of normal Americans are flocking to see.  Chris Kyle is the true American war hero of our day, as Alvin York was for WWI and Audie Murphy for WWII.

And that's why liberal elitists hate it.
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LIONS OF LIBERTY Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015

People are more free and prosperous as a result of the work of Gary Becker, John Blundell, Leonard Liggio, Gordon Tullock and Henry Manne, all of whom passed away during the last eight months.

Henry Manne, dean emeritus of the George Mason University Law School, and one of the founders of the field of law and economics, died this past Saturday (1/17), at age 86.

Most lawyers know little about economics, and as a result, many judges make unnecessarily harmful decisions. Dr. Manne, who was both a lawyer and an economist, had been influenced by the work of Ronald Coase and Aaron Director (who had been professors of his at the University of Chicago Law School) and by economists Milton Friedman, Armen Alchian and others.

Henry Manne's impact will remain for generations, not only from his own writings, but from the influence he had on his students and others that he mentored (including yours truly), and the fact that courses in law and economics are now taught in many law schools.

In May 2014, one of the true economic giants, Gary Becker, at age 83 left us.

Becker had made important contributions to our understanding of the motivations for discrimination, crime and drug addiction. He was always a pleasure to be with because of his many original insights into human behavior.  Awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1992, his mentor Milton Friedman (Nobel Laureate in 1976), said that Gary Becker was the best student he ever had.
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CHANGING THE DIRECTION WASHINGTON HAS TAKEN OUR COUNTRY Print E-mail
Written by Senator Joni Ernst   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015

[Note:  No one but a masochist would have voluntarily watched the JOTUS - Jerk/Joke, take your pick - give his SOTN - State of the Narcissist - speech last night.  But Iowa Senator Joni Ernst gave a GOP response that spoke directly to normal Americans, with whom her words will resonate.  The text and video of her speech are below.]

I'm Joni Ernst. As a mother, a soldier, and a newly elected senator from the great State of Iowa, I am proud to speak with you tonight.

A few moments ago, we heard the President lay out his vision for the year to come. Even if we may not always agree, it's important to hear different points of view in this great country. We appreciate the President sharing his.

Tonight though, rather than respond to a speech, I'd like to talk about your priorities. I'd like to have a conversation about the new Republican Congress you just elected, and how we plan to make Washington focus on your concerns again.

We heard the message you sent in November - loud and clear. And now we're getting to work to change the direction Washington has been taking our country.

The new Republican Congress also understands how difficult these past six years have been. For many of us, the sting of the economy and the frustration with Washington's dysfunction, weren't things we had to read about. We felt them every day.

We felt them in Red Oak - the little town in southwestern Iowa where I grew up, and am still proud to call home today.
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AN END RUN AROUND THE GREEN BLOB ON GM CROPS Print E-mail
Written by Matt Ridley   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The European Parliament voted last week (1/13) to let countries decide their own policies on growing genetically modified crops.

The vote allows countries such as Britain to press ahead because of hard evidence that such crops are good for the environment, good for consumers and good for farmers; and let countries such as Austria continue to ban the things despite such evidence.

It's a strange-bedfellow  alliance of the rational with the superstitious against the bureaucratic.

Indeed, the untold story is that it was a triumph of subtle diplomacy by Owen Paterson - the Euroskeptic former UK environment minister who knows how to work the Brussels system.

Last year he denounced what he called The Green Blob - "the network of environmental pressure groups, renewable energy companies and public officials who keep each other well supplied with lavish funds, scare stories and green tape."

It was the Green Blob that suffered defeat in Brussels last week.
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THE QUESTION TO ASK Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 23 January 2015

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HALF-FULL REPORT 01/16/15 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 16 January 2015

I'm starting this HFR with tears in my eyes.  They are tears of joy and pride.

I just got an email with a link to a story last week (1/05) in the Marine Corps Times.  The story title couldn't be more uninteresting - Changing Sea Duty - but the first line is not:

"Marines and sailors are at the center of a test that could change naval warfare."

Someone in the USMC came up with a revolutionary way to deploy Marines more effectively and carried it through from conceptual creation in his brain to implementation at sea.

That someone, who has now changed US naval warfare for the better, is my son, USMC Captain Brandon Wheeler...

From the personal to nationally heart-warming news. 

The Oscar Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were announced yesterday afternoon (1/5) - with the voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences proving they are not racists by refusing to nominate actors and actresses just because they are black...

This is absolutely hands down - or is it pants down? - the best headline of the week:  Thief Demands Victim Drop Pants, Victim Kills Him...

Have fun, there's more.
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YOUR ADVENTUROUS YEAR Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Monday, 12 January 2015

How about making 2015 be that for you?

The older you get, the more apparent it is that life - your life - is really short.  There is a scene in the movie On Golden Pond where the character played by Henry Fonda is celebrating his 80th birthday with his family.  His wife (Katherine Hepburn) asks him, "How does it feel to be 80?"  He answers, "Well, I'm surprised it got here so fast."

The only way I know of to not get to old age fast is to not slow down - to speed up instead.  My way is to fill my life with more adventure than ever.

As old age approaches, lots of people make a "bucket list," things they dream of doing before it's finita la musica.  Yet the sooner you start your own bucket list, no matter what age, the better - for the more time you'll have to live your dreams.  Don't be under the illusion, however, that you have plenty of time. 

The years pass ever more quickly.  This last one has come and gone - 2014 is over forever.  Don't let 2015 be the same before living one of  your dreams.  Carpe diem.  Here we go.  Ever see this?  It's one of the most iconic pictures of World War II - a section of the famed Burma Road called 24-Zig.

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The Burma Road was built to carry US supplies from Burma to Chiang Kai Shek's capital of Chungking to fight the Japanese in China.  It turns out that the 24-Zig is not in Burma, it's in China.  It was lost for many years and has now been rediscovered.  How'd you like to go there with me?  Or here?...
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THE PERFECT WAY FOR THE FRENCH TO PROVE THEY ARE CHARLIE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Millions of French men and women are proclaiming Je suis Charlie - I am Charlie - as we all know.  But saying it is not proving it.  That must be done by doing, by concrete action.

Yes, they can agitate and demand their government do what's necessary - such as:

*Eliminate all Non-Moslem No-Go Zones in France;  apply normal police authority to them as anywhere else.
*Eliminate Islamic Sharia Law as having any binding legal authority in France.  Any Moslem demanding to live under Sharia Law will be provided with a one-way ticket to the Islamic country of his choice where Sharia prevails.
*Terminate all welfare programs and assistance of any kind to all non-French citizens.

Good luck on their Euroweenie government doing any of this.  So let's focus on what Frenchfolk can do themselves.  And how perfect it would be for them to prove they are Charlie through that ultimate expression of their culture - food.

The timing couldn't be better.  There's an ingredient in French cuisine that no self-respecting French chef would be without, yet strikes horror in the hearts of both Moslems and Moochelle Obama together with her fascist food police.  You can't get better than that.  We are talking about lard - rendered pig fat.  And guess what?

Lard Is The New Health Food.  Quite seriously.
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NO, MR. PRESIDENT, ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF VIOLENCE, NOT PEACE! Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015

"Allahu Akbar!" (God is greater), shouted the terrorists who attacked the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. "We have avenged the Prophet Mohammed."

The terrorists weren't Moslems, because Islam is a religion of peace, said President Barack Obama. The United States needs to "redouble" efforts to explain "what the tenets of Islam actually are," said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

"Islam teaches peace," the president said at the UN last September. "Islam" means peace, he and like-minded liberals often have said.

No it doesn't, said Anjem Choudary, imam of a mosque in London.

"Islam does not mean peace but rather means submission to the commands of Allah alone," Mr. Choudary writes in USA Today (1/07). "Therefore, Moslems do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression, as their speech and actions are determined by divine revelation and not based on people's desires."
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PRESIDENT AWOL Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 15 January 2015

When 44 world leaders joined 1.6 million Parisians to condemn Islamist terror last Sunday (1/11), President Barack Hussein Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were watching football.

Secretary of State John Kerry was in India (where it's been unseasonably cold), to give a speech on...what else?.. global warming.

Attorney General Eric Holder was in Paris, but didn't attend because he was in "high level meetings," aides said. With whom? Nearly every prominent French official was at the rally.

There were fewer Obama officials at the rally than have appeared in episodes of the CBS show "The Good Wife," noted an "ashamed" Jake Tapper of CNN.

The absence of senior U.S. officials gives tacit support to the Charlie Hebdo killers, says retired Army intelligence officer Ralph Peters: "Passivity in the face of terror is complicity."

It's appalling if the White House didn't grasp the symbolic importance of U.S. participation; more appalling if the snub were deliberate.  More likely is the latter.
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CHINA'S TRIPLE-D NIGHTMARE OF DEFLATION, DEVALUATION AND DEFAULT Print E-mail
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Thursday, 15 January 2015

China is at mounting risk of a financial crisis this year as growth sputters and deflationary pressures trigger a wave of defaults.

This is the warning issued by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The US lender is telling clients that a confluence of forces is threatening to chill the speculative mania on the Shanghai stock exchange and to expose the underlying fragility of China's $26 trillion edifice of debt.

"A credit crunch is highly probable," says the investment bank in a clients-only report entitled "Focus on the Triple D: Deflation, Devaluation, and Default," written by David Cui, Tracy Tian and Katherine Tai.  Mr. Cui, Head of China Equity Strategy at BofA Merrill Lynch, is the No. 1 ranked China strategist by Institutional Investor magazine.

They say the country's highly-leveraged companies cannot safely withstand President Xi Jinping's drive to stamp out moral hazard and wean the country off excess credit, warning that the mix of slower growth and excess debt "could prove lethal for the financial system."

Analysts from other financial institutions agree.
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THE GREAT GLOBAL TAX HAVEN LIE Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Cayman is prosperous, in part, because of a great global lie, which causes many big rich nations to pursue bad economic policies. The global lie is that the developed countries have too little government, rather than too much.

The simple and obvious empirical fact that most developing and developed countries with smaller government sectors have grown faster in recent decades than those countries with big government sectors is ignored both by the politicians and many in the media.

The political classes in these big government countries, rather than taking responsibility for their own misguided policies, look for scapegoats. Their favorite scapegoats are high-growth countries with low tax rates on savings and investment. They blame offshore financial centers like Cayman, Hong Kong, Bermuda, and even mid-sized countries like Switzerland for engaging in "unfair tax competition."

The truth behind the great global "tax haven" lie is that offshore financial centers owe their prosperity to tax transparency, not tax evasion.
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WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN...? Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 16 January 2015

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From Florida, there's a funny news story this week about the new rug in the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office having an embarrassing typo.

This reminds us at TTP of the brain-teasing riddle:

Q:  What do you get when a dyslexic suffers from insomnia, and then decides in his sleepless reverie that he's an agnostic?

A:  You get someone who stays up all night long wondering if there really is a Dog.
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HALF-FULL REPORT 01/09/15 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 09 January 2015

Since I discussed yesterday the Moslem Massacre in Paris in Time to End the Insanity, we'll start with what happened on Capitol Hill this week.  The rage directed at John Boehner, while fully justified, nonetheless, calls for a step back into perspective.

Let's have a 19th century American poet from Vermont provide it, John Godrey Saxe (1816-1887).  You see, the real problem in the House GOP is far scarier than Boehner...

In California, the building of the Santa-Barbara News-Press was vandalized late Wednesday night (1/07) after the editors refused demands they stop referring to illegal aliens as "illegal."  "The border is illegal, not the people who cross it" was spray-painted in red on the building.

For now, the pro-illegal thugs are armed with spray cans, not AK-47s.  But many will now ask, in the wake of Charlie Hebdo and the growing threat of Mexican Nazis - for how much longer?...

Yet you may be amazed that the HFR Hero of the Week without doubt is a Moslem...

And there's juicy stuff, good news, and the HFR Health & Fitness feature as well...
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TIME TO END THE INSANITY Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 08 January 2015

The BBC headline this morning (1/08):  Winter Storm Brings Misery to Middle East Refugees.  Seems like the perfect counterpoint to the Moslem terrorist slaughter in Paris yesterday.  But first this:

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In response to Moslem slaughter, there is an ever-growing list of media cowards refusing to publish cartoons of Mohammad, including all the usual suspects: AP, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NY Times, NY Daily News, London Telegraph and more.

Islam is the world's most humorless religion - and here's a key point: a religion that can't take a joke has a mortal weakness.  TTP has been exposing that weakness for years.  Almost a decade ago (June 2005), we told you about The Islam Comic Book.

Remember when you were a kid in grade school, and if you really want to show contempt for someone you'd say, "He can dish it out but he can't take it"? Moslems are like that.

They can dish out insults to infidels, arrest Christians for praying in Saudi Arabia, confiscate their Bibles and throw them in the trash, call Jews pigs and monkeys, and spit on the whole human race that isn't Moslem. But they go into murderous frenzies of righteous outrage at the slightest criticism of their history and beliefs.

The question we need to ask Moslems is: Until you start showing respect and tolerance for our values, religion, and civilization, why should we show any respect and tolerance for yours?

Well and good - but you may be asking now:  What's this got to do with a snowstorm in the Middle East?  Why is it such a "counterpoint" to the Charlie Hebdo Moslem Massacre?
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