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WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE SECRET SERVICE IS WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE ENTIRE GOVERNMENT Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 03 October 2014

On September 19, Omar Gonzalez, 42, scaled the fence in front of the White House.

The incident happened two weeks ago, but was in the news this week because the Secret Service has been less than forthcoming. After a whistleblower leaked details, the House Oversight Committee had some questions for Secret Service Director Julia Pierson at a hearing Tuesday (9/30).

"I take full responsibility," Ms. Pierson said, which is what bureaucrats say when they don't expect to be held accountable.

But because Democrats are as upset as Republicans at this latest in an appallingly long list of Secret Service screwups, Ms. Pierson actually was held accountable. She resigned the next day.

This was just, because the Secret Service got more dysfunctional on her watch, and she misled Congress. But as Ms. Pierson cleaned out her desk, no one could blame her for thinking it unfair.

The Secret Service is no more dysfunctional than the Veterans Administration, Holder Justice, the IRS, or HHS, which after spending $2 billion still can't make the Obamacare web site work. Ms. Pierson didn't lie as often or as egregiously as have many others. But only she has had to walk the plank.
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THE UMBRELLAS OF HONG KONG EXPOSE CHINA'S CATCH-22 Print E-mail
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Friday, 03 October 2014

China's Xi Jinping cannot make any serious concessions to Hong Kong's democracy movement. The Umbrella Revolution spreading from the affluent Island to the poorer quarters of Kowloon is an existential threat to the Chinese Communist Party.

"If he were to give way, it would set off contagion across the mainland," said George Walden, a veteran British diplomat who survived the Cultural Revolution inside China and later negotiated Hong Kong's future with Deng Xiaoping.

"The authorities see this as a matter of life and death, a fuse that can take down their world," said Zhao Chu, a Chinese columnist and star on Weibo - China's Twitter.

For China's Communist Party, the Hong Kong drama exposes its Catch-22, the impossible contradiction of its policies.  Yet the crisis comes at a treacherous moment for Hong Kong as well.

The enclave is up to its neck in China's credit bubble, channeling $1.2 trillion in hard currency loans to Chinese companies. The International Monetary Fund said the "extreme tail event" of a credit shock in China would "entirely wipe out capital in Hong Kong's banking system."
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ARAB CIVILIZATION HAS COLLAPSED Print E-mail
Written by Hisham Melhem   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014

With his decision to use force against the violent extremists of the Islamic State, President Obama is doing more than to enter a quagmire. He is doing more than play with the fates of two half-broken countries-Iraq and Syria-whose societies were gutted long before the Americans appeared on the horizon.

Obama is stepping into the chaos of an entire civilization that has broken down.

Arab civilization, such as we knew it, is all but gone. The Arab world today is more violent, unstable, fragmented and driven by extremism-the extremism of the rulers and those in opposition-than at any time since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire a century ago.

Every hope of modern Arab history has been betrayed. The promise of political empowerment, the return of politics, the restoration of human dignity heralded by the season of Arab uprisings in their early heydays-all has given way to civil wars, ethnic, sectarian and regional divisions and the reassertion of absolutism, both in its military and atavistic forms.

With the dubious exception of the antiquated monarchies and emirates of the Gulf-which for the moment are holding out against the tide of chaos-and possibly Tunisia, there is no recognizable legitimacy left in the Arab world.

Is it any surprise that, like the vermin that take over a ruined city, the heirs to this self-destroyed civilization should be the nihilistic thugs of the Islamic State? And that there is no one else who can clean up the vast mess we Arabs have made of our world but the Americans and Western countries?
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THE ECONOMICS OF BLUEBERRIES Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Blueberries are healthier than bread, so why don't people eat more blueberries and less bread?

Perhaps it's because blueberries cost roughly 15 times more than bread (depending on the time of year) for the same number of calories. Blueberries are a labor-intensive crop and are costly to harvest (as are many healthy fruits and nuts), unlike wheat and corn.

There are those who want to increase the minimum wage, and there are those who want to further restrict the use of foreign, seasonal farmworkers. Both fail to think clearly about the consequences of such actions.

Let's do some clear thinking for them.
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REDUCE YOUR TAXES BY 100%!! Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 03 October 2014

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HALF-FULL REPORT 09/26/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 26 September 2014

Obviously, the HFR's glass is more than half-full this week with the announcement yesterday (9/25) that the racist scumbag running the Department of Injustice is quitting.

The disgusting tearful hypocrisy of his goodbye to Zero aside, this is an event to be savored.  Here's a sample of the Congressional goodbyes to the most corrupt, criminal, and law-destroying AG our country has ever had the misfortune to endure...

Yet there is more to celebrate than his resignation - it's the timing.  There's lots of speculation on why he chose this moment, but the bottom line is he announced it a scant 40 days before the election...

Let's squelch the latest nightmare rumor on Holder - that Zero plans to nominate him for the next Supreme Court vacancy.  There's as much chance of that as Hillary being able to fly to the moon on her broomstick...

We're taking a break here for an important public service announcement.  The headlines regarding the Ebola epidemic in West Africa are becoming ever more dire.  That of Forbes yesterday (9/25) was: "Ebola - It's Far, Far Worse Than You Thought."

TTPers asked our Forum's resident genius, Skye, what could be done.  Here is his response.  Our suggestion is that you copy and paste it into an email sent to your Congressman, Senator, and any friend who is a health professional.  Who knows how many lives you could save by doing so...

How many times have you been subjected to flashing website ads blaring about the "coming collapse of the dollar"?  Two of the best conservative economic minds put the kibosh on this blather Saturday...

On Wednesday (9/24), Zero gave a speech at the UN.  The link is to the full text.  It was roundly ridiculed and denounced by many conservative pundits.  But believe it or not, there was a lot in it that is praiseworthy...

We close with a tribute to one of the world's most admirable women...
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THE DOUBLE DEATH KNELL OF WARMISM AND DEMOCRAT FASCISM Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 25 September 2014

The Left died last Sunday (9/21).  It was a spectacular demise, with 400,000 weirdly costumed moonbats clogging up the streets of downtown Manhattan engaged in a "People's Climate March."

What we witnessed was the socio-political equivalent of what biologists call "death fluorescence."  They've actually photographed a death wave of bright blue fluorescence propagating through an organism as it dies.

Reason TV essentially recorded the same phenomenon in New York on Sunday:

 

You can just see the blue wave enveloping the bearded idiot at the end who says the solution to climate change is for everyone to just "turn off" every energy device they have.  What's turned off is his brain - and that of his 400K fellow marchers.

Yet this event was far more than a mass collection of hippie losers and fruitcakes without a cause, or Climate Commies coming out to claim intellectual leadership for Warmism.  What we're seeing is the last gasp of the Left.

So here's why the death knell of Warmism may be the death knell of Democrat Fascism itself.
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THE DANGER OF WARMISM IS NOT TO THE PLANET BUT THE SANITY OF ITS ADVOCATES Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 26 September 2014

Climate change is as grave a threat as the Ebola virus or the terrorists of the Islamic State, Secretary of State John Kerry said in anticipation of the UN conference in New York this week.

All but a "tiny minority" of "extreme ideologues" in the "Flat Earth Society" think the planet is warming dangerously, he said in speeches in Indonesia and Hawaii.

The temperature of the earth has been stable "for literally millions of years," Mr. Kerry said.

When the most recent ice age peaked about 20,000 years ago, there was a glacier where Chicago is today. Lake Michigan is the residue from it. Palm trees once grew in Antarctica. During the Roman and Medieval Warm Periods 2,000 and 1,000 years ago, grapes grew in Northern England and Newfoundland.

Only a blithering idiot would say the earth's temperature has been stable "for literally millions of years."

But it was when Mr. Kerry said greenhouse gases are "a very thin layer of gases - a quarter inch, half an inch, somewhere in that vicinity - way up there at the edge of the atmosphere" that he set a "new standard for utter imbecility," said Mr. Ebell, environmental expert for the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
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POLITICIANS NEED AN "OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY ADDICTS ANONYMOUS" PROGRAM Print E-mail
Written by David Leyonhjelm   
Thursday, 25 September 2014

[This speech was delivered by Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm on the floor of the Australian Senate Chamber in Canberra on Tuesday, September 23]

My name is David and I am an OPM addict.

Actually, that is not true; I am not addicted. I might be one of the very few people in this house who is not, because addiction to OPM is a national crisis and I am surrounded by addicts.

I am not talking about the drug opium but something far more terrible. I am talking about an addiction to other people's money.

Spending other people's money on other people is what we do here. It is the worst kind of expenditure and it explains why so much public money is wasted.

An inevitable characteristic of OPM is that so many grand government plans are destined for failure. Before we can do something about our addiction to OPM, we must first acknowledge our problem. What we need is an OPM Addicts Anonymous.

Many government programs are not created because people demand them or because the market was unable to provide the services but because politicians have bought favor with OPM. Politicians are addicted to OPM because they use it to expand their influence, reward political cronies and keep their constituencies dependent on them.

The time has come to admit:  Politicians pretending to be compassionate, when all they are doing is handing out other people's money, are just thieves masquerading as angels.
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THE DEMOCRATS' WHITE VOTER PROBLEM Print E-mail
Written by Daniel Greenfield   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Hardly a week goes by without some Democrat Party hack putting finger to iPad and swiping out a screed about the Republican Party's problem with women or minorities.

This time it was Debbie Wasserman Schultz with "The GOP's Woman Problem." Schultz claims that the Republican Party was "rejected again by a bloc of voters that make up more than half of the electorate." That claim is as real as Schultz's hair color.

The Republican Party doesn't have a "woman problem." Romney in 2012 won the votes of white women in every age group; including young women. And Obama lost white women as he did all white voters.

He lost white voters by 59% to 39%. He lost white voters of every age and gender. His loss among white voters was completely unprecedented for any winner of a presidential election.

The GOP doesn't have a "woman problem," but the Democrats have a "white woman problem" and a "white man problem."

The articles about the GOP's problem with minority voters blame the Republican Party for alienating minority voters. But shouldn't the Democrat Party be held accountable for alienating white voters?

This is about more than just numbers.
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THE BARBARIANS ARE INSIDE OUR GATES Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Authorities uncovered and disrupted a plot by terrorists of the Islamic State to kidnap some Australians at random, behead them, make videos of the beheadings.

In dawn raids Sept. 18, 800 federal and state law enforcement officers made 15 arrests in Sydney and Brisbane. More raids were conducted the next day.

There are about 500,000 Moslems in Australia. About 160 are active supporters of the terror group, authorities suspect. At least 20 have returned to Australia after fighting for IS in Syria and Iraq, according to the Australian Secret Intelligence Service.

We're the "Great Satan" in the Islamic State's demonology. Australia isn't even the "Little Satan." Australia hasn't bombed them. We have. If IS was planning kidnappings and beheadings there, why couldn't - our wouldn't - IS be planning comparable acts of terror here?

There are about 2.6 million Moslems living in America today, up from 1 million in 2000, according to the 2010 U.S. Religion Census. At least 100, perhaps as many as 300 "Americans" are fighting with IS in Syria and Iraq, "senior U.S. officials" told the Washington Times. About 40 who fought with IS have returned to the U.S., said Rep. Tim Bishop, D-NY.

For every one who went overseas to fight, there could be as many as ten IS supporters here at home. Former colleagues still on the job have told him "with no uncertainty" that IS has established "sleeper" cells in the U.S., former CIA Middle East operative Bob Baer told CNN's Jake Tapper.
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ANTI-FRACKING ZEALOTS ARE THE ENEMIES OF HUMANITY Print E-mail
Written by Paul Driessen   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Recent news stories underscore the tremendous benefits brought by America's fracking revolution.

* The global economy saves $4.9 billion per day in oil spending because of the shale oil boom. Without it there would be a 3 million barrel per day shortfall and prices would likely be 55% higher: $150/barrel.

* Rust Belt cities and industries - from manufacturing, real estate and law to hotels, restaurants and many others - are rebounding because of drilling, fracking and production in nearby shale areas. In Ohio unemployment fell to 5.7% in July from 10.6% four years ago; oil output increased 26% just from the previous quarter, while gas production rose 31% - generating billions in state and local revenues.

* The US oil and natural gas boom means jobs and business for almost 30,000 companies within the industry's vast and complex supply chain. Indeed, the petroleum industry accounts for nearly 10 million jobs and almost 8% of all domestic economic activity, including states far from actual drilling activities.

* The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers launched a new website to help veterans and other men and women find high-paying jobs in the booming oilfield, fuel and petrochemical industries.

The benefits of fracking are in the trillions, while the alleged risks are exaggerated or even fabricated. So what drives anti-fracking zealots who seem to materialize en masse whenever a new project is announced?
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THE WORLD'S PROBLEM IS TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Yes, the world is a mess -- but there is a long-run solution.

Most countries, including those with the biggest economies, are plagued with slow growth and rising, unsustainable debt burdens. The slow growth is in large part a result of excessively large government sectors -- with taxes, regulations and spending far beyond the optimal.

And the rise in debt increases the pressure for more taxes, which slows growth even further and thus fuels the demand for even more government spending to take care of the growing numbers of those "left behind" (because of the lack of growth). This is an economic death spiral.

Citizens in many countries, including the United States, feel they have lost control of their own governments -- because they have.

They no longer think they are masters of their destinies. Large centralized government, by its nature, becomes uncaring at best, and brutal and oppressive at worst. The movement for secession in Scotland was a cry to regain control.

There are secession moments all through Europe, as well as the rest of the world. A few examples:
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SEMPER LATTE Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 26 September 2014

News item:  Semper Latte - Obama Causes Firestorm by Saluting Marines with Coffee Cup

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HALF-FULL REPORT 09/19/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 19 September 2014

Right now and for the next 46 days until November 4, we are in a street fight for the life of America.  Which is why Ann Coulter said yesterday (9/18) that the only thing that matters right now is winning the Senate.  She's right.  There's no possible way to even slow down Zero's commitment for America's demise with Harry Reid still Majority Leader for the next two years.

But she forgot about Louisiana...

Compounding the bad news (good news for us) for Putin's Russia is a host of threats by ISIS to "liberate Chechnya and all the Caucasus" from Russia.  Lots of Chechens are getting their "terrorist field training" with ISIS, and will now be bringing their skills back to their homeland. 

Chechnya is one of a half-dozen regions of the Russian North Caucasus with a predominately Moslem population...

Meanwhile, the Zero Madness continues in DC.

On Monday (9/15), he announced he wants to send 3,000 US soldiers to Liberia to somehow combat the Ebola virus.  This is criminally insane.  But here's the big question, asked by IBD: 

If protecting us from Ebola far away in Africa is so panic-button-pushing important, why is Zero doing nothing or saying anything about "the strange new diseases now spreading and infecting Americans here, which at least one prominent U.S. doctor says may be spread by illegal aliens now in our country with zero health care screening as part of Obama's open borders policy"?
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