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Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 05 December 2014

I've lost a mentor and a dear friend; Nathaniel Branden passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 3rd. Playful, brilliant, mischievous, incisive, inspiring... He was the best ally a young soul striving for strength and self-possession could have.

When someone we care about passes, we long for stories that remind us of them; stories that help us feel like we can still know them better, as though they're somehow still here, and we can continue to feel closer to them, if only for a little while longer; while we get used to the jarring truth that they're gone.

There are stories that are public knowledge - and they are big stories. Nathaniel was instrumental in creating a systematic philosophy and organized school of thought from the novels and thought of Ayn Rand.

I'd like to give a brief introduction to the man for those who may not know him or his work. Then what I have to say is more personal.
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Friday, 05 December 2014


HALF-FULL REPORT 11/28/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 28 November 2014

It's so obvious who the HFR Heroes of the Week are that we need to dispense the suspense and laud them right out front. 

They are the six white men, three white women, two black women, and one black man who comprised the Saint Louis County Grand Jury that refused to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson.  We must add to them the St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch, whose statement announcing the grand jury decision on Monday (11/24) is here.

They all knew their lives could be at stake with the murderous anger and multitude of death threats against them, yet they opted for the truth straight in the face of it.  That's flat out American heroism.  We owe them a grave debt of gratitude...

There are good lessons to be learned from this Ferguson Lunacy, and benefits to be gained.  Here's the most important...

There was another major event that rivaled the Ferguson grand jury decision in importance this week.  For background, who is the GOP Congressional Establishment leader you most love to hate?
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 27 November 2014

On Thanksgiving Day, Americans gather with their family and friends to celebrate the blessings that Providence has bestowed on their beloved country.

A deep appreciation of these blessings involves understanding that they were earned.  It is to understand the awesome truth of how "God helps those who help themselves" applies to the Mayflower Pilgrims and their First Thanksgiving at America's birth.

This is an appreciation and understanding of which those on the Left are incapable - for it would mean celebrating the capitalist freedom that made that original Thanksgiving possible.  This no liberal, no Democrat, no leftie can do.  Thus they must distort history instead.

The distortion starts in Kindergarten, with the childish make-believe of your kid's school play portraying the noble Squanto teaching the helpless Pilgrims how to feed themselves. So let's drop the curtain on the distortion and watch the real thing. Here it is.  This is what needs to be taught to every schoolchild in America, instead of the garbage they learn now.
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Friday, 28 November 2014

Five million Swiss voters will decide on Sunday (11/30) whether to force the Swiss National Bank to repatriate all its gold from vaults in Britain and Canada, boost its holdings of bullion to 20% of foreign reserves and then keep the metal forever.

The "Save Our Swiss Gold" referendum is a valiant attempt by Switzerland's army of gold bugs -- and the populist Swiss People's party (SVP) - to lead the world back to the halcyon days of the international Gold Standard. It is a primordial scream against a quantitative easing and money creation a l'outrance (at all costs) by the leading central banks.

Yet there is a snag. The Swiss National Bank (SNB) is the biggest printer of them all in relative terms, far outstripping the Bank of Japan, let alone the US Federal Reserve or the Bank of England - mere amateurs at this game.  

At one stage it was mopping up half of the entire sovereign bond issuance of the eurozone each month, a scale of action that the European Central Bank's Mario Draghi can only dream of.

You have to smile when you hear Swiss gold enthusiasts complaining that these foreign bonds - bought with electronic fiat francs created out of thin air - are now losing value as the euro slides against the dollar. But then we all suffer from cognitive dissonance.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014

In Moore, Oklahoma Sept. 26, Alten Nolen, 30, beheaded Colleen Hufford, 54. He was trying to behead a second woman when he was shot. A convert to Islam, Mr. Nolen had posted a grisly photo of a beheading on his Facebook page.

"Kill the disbeliever, whether he is civilian or military," an Islamic State leader urged supporters in the West five days before Mr. Nolen cut off Ms. Hufford's head.

Her murder was "workplace violence," said the FBI. Which is how the Obama administration characterized the 2009 murders of 13 soldiers at Fort Hood by Nidal Malik Hasan, who was shouting "Allahu Akbar" as he gunned them down.

In the report of the 911 Commission, the word "Islam" appears 322 times, "Muslim" 145 times, "jihad" 126 times. But in the national intelligence strategy the Obama administration issued in 2009, those words don't appear at all, noted Katherine Gorka of the Council on Global Security.

To know your enemy is the key to victory, said Sun Tzu (544-496 BC). We're losing a war all but won when President Obama took the oath of office because of his bizarre refusal to recognize our enemy.
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Written by Michael Ledeen   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The New York Times headline yesterday (11/24):  A Nuclear Deal for US and Iran Slips Away Again.

He did it again, as we should have expected.  Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei walked us right up to the finish line, spat on Obama, and walked away. Months and months of secret and public talks, letters, back channels, and gestures produced nothing of the sort the president, assorted foreign ministers, pundits, and politicians had been predicting.

Instead we are to keep talking, and keep paying the Islamic Republic for the pleasure and privilege.

It's not Barack Obama's unique failure; the same thing happened to Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Both of them came to believe they had a deal with Khamenei, and both of them were rudely disabused of their error when the Iranians walked away.

No sensible person doubts Obama's willingness to be generous to the Iranians.  Any lingering skepticism should be definitively eliminated by the latest "extension," which reportedly bestows $700 million on Khamenei every month for continuing to talk.

You read that right:  British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond announced that "Iran will receive about $700 million per month in frozen assets."  Iranian Assets Unfrozen ran the headline.

Khamenei could certainly have had a very good deal if he wanted it. If he didn't take one, it's because he doesn't want it. Why?
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Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Whom do you work for? Such a simple question should not require a government agency to give an answer.

However, the Obama administration, in its never-ending quest for power over individuals and businesses, has decided that it -- rather than you or your employer -- should determine whom you work for.

Last Thursday (11/20), the Senate held a hearing for President Obama's nominee for the National Labor Relations Board, Lauren McFerran, after the administration abruptly withdrew the nomination of the tainted Sharon Block for the same post.

The National Labor Relations Board has the responsibility to be an unbiased referee in disputes between labor unions and management and to make sure that U.S. labor regulations are followed. As union membership has fallen from more than a third of the labor force in the 1950s to a 97-year low of 6.7 percent of the private labor force this year, the NLRB is not as relevant as it was in decades past.

However, like most government bureaucracies, the people at the board are looking for ways to expand their mission -- and their budget and power. The Obama administration, rather than seeking out people who would be impartial to serve on the board, has selected people with strong ties to unions.  There is no doubt whatever that Lauren McFerran is one of them.
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Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014

There is a great misunderstanding about what it means to live a happy life, and it can be summed up in the popular symbol of the smiley face.

Now, I like to smile. I love feeling that kind of glowing, delighted state of emotional bliss. It's wonderful to be full of joy and love and laughter. But feeling those things doesn't in and of itself make for a happy life; and just because we don't happen to feel them in the moment doesn't mean we are unhappy.

In fact, if simply feeling those emotions all the time was what constituted happiness, and if Aristotle was correct in saying that, "Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence," then it would be a simple matter to find the right combination of drugs that would perpetually bathe our neurons with joyful chemicals, and we could all be perpetually happy and fulfill the aim and end of our existence.

But this smiley face view of happiness is a mistake. Here's why.
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 28 November 2014

Those of us of a certain age remember dancing to the Beach Boys' Surfin' USA in 1964. Now everyone can enjoy its revised cover.

As we all know, President Zero has a new border policy:


So the Beach Boys, led by Rusty Humphries, decided to get in on the fun.  TTP is sure the Beach Boys never expected America to look like this fifty years later.  Put on the headphones and crank up the volume!  (Click Read More for the video)
HALF-FULL REPORT 11/21/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 21 November 2014

I just got back from what you know by now was The Mystery Adventure I couldn't name last September - for I am on the Mullah Regime's blacklist. 

I was able to secretly scribe Hope for Iran then post it in Istanbul yesterday, and now have to play catch up with what's been going on in the world.  Yet again, I can't thank Jack Kelly enough for penning two marvelous HFRs in my absence.

Let's start by taking a break to read the best description I've seen of Zero's almost impossibly mendacious demagoguery last night (11/20):  Ben Shapiro's Kneel Before Zod.  His opening line:

"It was historic, both in its scope and its dishonesty: the speech represented a closely-woven and incredible tapestry of falsehood, exposited with a straight face by the greatest liar in modern American history... (It was) like watching a madman describe, with preternaturally perfect sincerity, how the moon was constructed of cheese."

The bottom line for me was how much this drama is a truly Reaganesque moment.  It's a lesson of history for the GOP -- and wait 'till you see the pictures of how it might happen.
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HOPE FOR IRAN Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 20 November 2014

Shiraz, Iran.  "Where are you from?" the Iranian man asked me.

With a big smile, I happily answered, "America."  He responded with a smile of his own.  "Ah, America... America Number One!"

He hooked his two index fingers together.  "American people, Iranian people, good... friends."  He unhooked his fingers and waved his hand in a gesture of contempt.  "Governments, no good."  We both belly-laughed.

I and my friends with me repeatedly had the same experience, whether in Tehran, Sari, Mashad, Yazd, Isfahan, Shiraz or Tabriz.  We lost count of the people - men and women - who approached us to ask where we were from, and upon being told we were Americans, without exception they would react with surprise, then a beaming smile and say "Welcome."

We never once received a negative reaction or a frown.  Collectively we've had encounters with hundreds of people over the past twelve days with people all over Iran who spoke some English, some well, some just a few words, and the one thing they wanted us to know was the abyss of difference between them - the people of Iran - and their government.

The mullahs who ran their government and preached hate for America did not speak for them.  One lady covered in a black hejab tightly grasped the hand of one of the women among us to plead, "Please tell your friends in America that we Iranians are not their enemy."

As one shopkeeper in Isfahan's bazaar told us, "What I want is for more Americans to come to Iran, and for all the mullahs to leave." Here's how to do it -- and yes, there are my pictures.
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Written by Senator Ted Cruz   
Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Constitution designs a system of checks and balances for our nation, and executive amnesty for immigrants here illegally unilaterally decreed from the White House would seriously undermine the rule of law.

Our founders repeatedly warned about the dangers of unlimited power within the executive branch; Congress should heed those words as the president threatens to grant amnesty to millions of people who have come to our country illegally.

To be clear, the dispute over executive amnesty is not between President Obama and Republicans in Congress; it is a dispute between President Obama and the American people. The Democrats suffered historic losses in the midterm elections largely over the prospect of the president's executive amnesty. 

President Obama was correct: His policies were on the ballot across the nation in 2014. The elections were a referendum on amnesty, and the voters soundly rejected it. There was no ambiguity.

Undeterred, President Obama appears to be going forward. It is lawless. It is unconstitutional. He is defiant and angry at the American people. If he acts by executive diktat, President Obama will not be acting as a president, he will be acting as a monarch.

Congress, representing the voice of the people, should use every tool available to prevent the president from subverting the rule of law.  Here are two of them.
Written by Michael Ledeen   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014

What sort of deal is being concocted between Obama and the Iranian regime?  Pundits, experts, reporters, and pols are weighing in on epiphenomena ranging from the number of Iranian centrifuges that will be allowed to how quickly or slowly the remaining sanctions will be lifted.

Here in Washington the "inside story" that has been circulating for more than a week is: the deal is all done and it will be announced before the 24th, the nominal deadline for the negotiations on a "permanent" agreement.

I've been here since 1977, approaching forty years, and "inside stories" have been wrong...almost always.  Say 80-90 percent of the time.  That's because the "information" is circulated to advance or sabotage policies or individuals, not to inform.  So I don't pay much attention to such stories.

Especially when it comes to Iran, there's always a considerable amount that we don't know and aren't going to know, so it's best to be tentative.

But we do know some things, and there is an historical record that is pretty consistent, so let's go with that stuff.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Only 36 percent of Americans expressed approval of Democrats in a Gallup poll Nov. 12, the lowest in the 22 years Gallup has been asking that question. Republicans were approved of by 42 percent. In Gallup's poll 13 months ago, 43 percent had approved of Democrats, just 28 percent of the GOP.

To understand how Democrats could fall so far so fast, consider MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, to whom the Obama administration paid $400,000 to help design Obamacare.

Prof. Gruber thinks he's very smart, and you aren't.

"(Obamacare) was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies," he said during a health care conference at the University of Pennsylvania in October of last year.

"Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage," Mr. Gruber said.
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