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THE NEW CONSERVATIVE COUNTER-CULTURE Print E-mail
Written by Joe Katzman   
Thursday, 23 April 2015

I'd like to give all TTPers - both those who will be attending the Vegas Rendezvous this weekend and those unable to do so - an intro to what I'll be talking about.

First, though, I need to get something off of my chest. I have become very, very tired of reading standard conservative media. Frankly, the gelded whining gets to me. Detailed arguments aplenty, explaining why the latest Leftist power-grab or exploitation is wrong. Or why their latest hate speech is unfair.

So. What.

Newsflash: the other side doesn't care. They've made it crystal clear that power is the only goal, that they enjoy using power to enrich themselves and hurt others, and that there are no limits of law or decency that restrain them. If you're looking to standard conservative media for hope or change, I recommend Prozac as a mandatory Plan B.  

Economics? Once, this was their spearhead. Now? They'd need a high-power telescope to see even Zero Hedge ahead of them; meanwhile, the global economic order makes ticking sounds.

Popular culture? Never a strength - and now it's the main front of the Left. External enemies? This, they still get. But not the internal ones, who are statistically much more likely to murder you (yes, Virginia, liberals are more lethal than terrorists).

Like so much of the conservative movement, they keep trying to approach the 21st century with the worldview and infrastructure of 1980. Not. Working. The cold hard truth is that liberty's future is arising without them - and may not need them.

What's needed are the bright spots of the new conservative counter-culture.  Here they are...
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WHEN DID AMERICA FORGET IT'S AMERICA? Print E-mail
Written by Natan Sharansky   
Tuesday, 21 April 2015

On a number of occasions during the negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, the Israeli government has appealed to the United States and its allies to demand a change in Tehran's aggressive behavior.

If Iran wishes to be treated as a normal state, Israel has said, then it should start acting like one. Unfortunately, these appeals have been summarily dismissed.

The Obama administration apparently believes that only after a nuclear agreement is signed can the free world expect Iran to stop its attempts at regional domination, improve its human rights record and, in general, behave like the civilized state it hopes the world will recognize it to be.

As a former Soviet dissident, I cannot help but compare this approach to that of the United States during its decades-long negotiations with the Soviet Union, which at the time was a global superpower and a existential threat to the free world. The differences are striking and revealing.

And the reason for those differences is tragic.
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SCOOBY AND THE LYING SWINE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Wednesday, 22 April 2015

On her way to Iowa in a van she called "Scooby Doo," Hillary Clinton stopped for lunch at a Chipotle restaurant in Toledo.

It was "historic," said Newsweek. She carried her own tray, gushed the New York Times. "We've never seen her eat a burrito before!" marveled Mark Halperin of Bloomberg News.

Politico wrote a story about "the everyday people who made Hillary Clinton's burrito." The subtext, I gather, was how thrilling that must have been for the peasants.

I hope they were thrilled, because Hillary didn't leave a tip.

The "listening tour" - right down to the name of her van - is a reprise of what Ms. Clinton did when she ran for the Senate in 2000.

Every event in Iowa - where Hillary met mostly with small, pre-screened groups - was staged and scripted. In the first, three "ordinary Iowans" she chatted with in a café were Democrat campaign operatives driven there by her staff.

And yet the Lying Swine continue to swoon.
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THE WORLD ECONOMY'S PROBLEM IS TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 22 April 2015

This past week, the International Monetary Fund again lowered its global economic forecast for 2015.

The Federal Reserve had forecast the U.S. economy to grow about 4 percent near the beginning of each year for the last five years. But during each year, the Fed was forced to reduce its forecast until it got to the actual number of approximately 2 percent. Other government agencies have been making equally bad forecasts.

These mammoth errors clearly show that the forecast models the official agencies use are mis-specified and contain incorrect assumptions.

Government economic policymakers have been trying to solve a problem of too much government spending, taxing and regulation by inappropriately using monetary policy, which has not and cannot solve the fundamental problems. It is like using a hammer rather than a shovel to dig a hole.

There is only one non-destructive solution to the global econoomy's woes.
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SERIOUS PLAY Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Wednesday, 22 April 2015

A relationship can have complex and unique needs at any given time, so there isn't really a "one size fits all" panacea for troubles. But of all the specific actions we can take to improve our relationships, I have found none that apply as often or as effectively as this:

Be playful.

Sounds easy, doesn't it? But it's more challenging than meets the eye, and there are clear guidelines for it to work:

We have to play as an ally, as a member of the same team; we have to be for our mate, our child, our friend; and the play must have a spirit of love, kindness and optimism, as opposed to cynicism or sarcasm. There cannot be bitterness or resentment clouding the play; it's the combination of creative, interactive flow and positive emotions that elevates us.

If you're up for the challenge, you're in for some pleasant surprises.  Here's how to be seriously playful.
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THE CLINTON FOUNDATION Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Saturday, 25 April 2015

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HALF-FULL REPORT 04/17/15 Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 17 April 2015

Russia will lift its ban on the sale of anti-aircraft missiles to Iran, Vladimir Putin announced Monday (4/13). That will hugely complicate an Israeli air strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee reported out unanimously Tuesday a bill to give Congress the right to impose sanctions on Iran if the administration's deal lacks adequate safeguards. But no bill that has the support of so many Democrats can be all good.

A few hours after President Obama announced Tuesday he would remove Cuba from the State Department's list of nations which sponsor terror, a Cuban-supported terror group murdered 10, wounded 17 in an attack on a military base in Colombia.

ISIS is conducting an offensive on the provincial capital of Ar Ramadi, Iraq's 4th largest city. The situation is "way worse than we've been told," said LTC Allen West.

Al Qaida has seized control of a major airport, an oil terminal, and a major military base in Yemen.

Hillary Clinton has agreed to testify before the Benghazi Committee, Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-SC, told radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt Wednesday, but he won't schedule her appearance until the committee has all relevant documents.

Hillary wiped her private email server clean in part because it was "packed full" of missives to and from her lesbian lovers, said the National Enquirer.

Hillary announced her candidacy for president Sunday with a tweet and an insipid video. There were lots of glitches in the rollout, but she is campaigning exactly as an unlikeable candidate with stale, unpopular ideas, a record devoid of accomplishment, and a closet full of scandals ought to campaign.

Marco Rubio threw his sombrero into the ring Tuesday. He has the most upside potential of any GOP candidate, many think, because the contrast with the PIAPS is so vivid.
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THE LESSON OF CHATHAM Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 16 April 2015

Waitangi Bay, Chatham Island.  If you want an ultimate of remote and rugged isolation constantly swept by storms and gale-force winds of the Roaring Forties, here is where you come.  

And if you want to know how an unknown genocidal atrocity can teach us how to better deal with liberal guilt-mongering, well, here too is where you come.  Believe it or not, it's in Polynesia.
 
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OUR HOTHOUSE FLOWER CHILDREN IN COLLEGE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 17 April 2015

"Universities emulate greenhouses where fragile young adults are coddled as if they were hothouse orchids," says Victor Davis Hanson, who taught the classics at Fresno State University. "Hypersensitive students are warned about ‘micro-aggressions' that in the real world would be imperceptible."

Many colleges have established "designated areas where traumatized students can be shielded from supposedly hurtful or unwelcome language that should not exist in a just and fair world," he says.

By contrast, Columbia University Prof. Todd Gitlin recalls when he was in college years ago having to watch the Nazi propaganda film "Triumph of the Will" in a sociology class.

"The pedagogical tactic was precisely to produce discomfort," he said. "Discomfort was the crucible for a 'teachable moment.'  Universities are not fallout shelters. Attention to the appalling causes disturbance. Deal with it. You're at college to be disturbed."

So what do we do with this -- how do we get college kids to stop being hothouse flowers?  Here's one way to start.
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THE DEMOCRATS' 187-YEAR WAR AGAINST THE BLACKS Print E-mail
Written by Robert Homer Lee   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The Democrat Party has been waging war against Blacks since the election of the first Democrat President in 1828, Andrew Jackson. Democrats were the party of slavery whose voters included the cotton farmers.

In their party platforms from 1840 to 1860, the Democrats supported slavery. After Lincoln's election, Democrats sparked the Civil War. After the war was over and slaves were emancipated, the Democrats became the party of Jim Crow laws and the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).

Renowned historian Eric Foner wrote, "In effect, the Klan was a military force serving the interests of the Democrat Party, the planter class and all those who desired the restoration of white supremacy."

The last Democrat linked to the KKK was Senator Robert Byrd, who died as recently as 2010 while still in office. Like many Democrats, he voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

Yes, it's true that Democrat President Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) signed the Civil Rights Act into law in 1964. But there is more to the story.  Let me tell it to you.
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THE FED SCARES THE IMF Print E-mail
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The United States is poised to raise rates much more sharply than markets expect, risking a potential storm for global asset prices and a dollar shock for much of the developing world, the International Monetary Fund is warning in its just-issued IMF World Economic Outlook (WEO).

The IMF fears a "cascade of disruptive adjustments" as the US Federal Reserve finally pulls the trigger for the first time in eight years, ending an era of cheap and abundant dollar liquidity for the international system.

The Fed's long-feared inflexion point is doubly treacherous because investors seem ill-prepared for what lies ahead, and levels of dollar debt outside the US have reached an unprecedented extreme. The Fund says future contracts are pricing in a "much slower" pace of monetary tightening than the Fed itself is forecasting.

The crunch comes as the world economy remains becalmed in 2015 with stodgy growth of 3.5%, held back by another set of brutal downgrades for Russia and string of countries in Latin America. Emerging markets face a fifth consecutive year of slippage as they exhaust the low-hanging fruit from catch-up growth and hit their structural limits.

The world will remain stuck in a low-growth trap until 2020, and perhaps beyond.
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THE FARCE OF CLIMATE FASCISM AND ASTHMA Print E-mail
Written by James Delingpole   
Tuesday, 14 April 2015

President Obama has made a not-so-subtle attempt to personalize his administration's war on "climate change" by linking it with his daughter Malia's asthma.

Nice try, Mr. President. But the evidence just doesn't stack up.  It's one more farce for the Climate Fascists.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the EPA's Gina McCarthy and the Surgeon General Vivek Murthy have lent their ‘expert' support to the ‘global warming means more asthma' thesis  -- all a classic case of doing their masters' bidding.

Problem is, despite this impressive show of concerted ‘expert' strength, the connection between climate change and asthma is flimsy on stilts.

This becomes evident when you examine the claims made by the CDC website. It certainly sounds authoritative. (How could America's leading national public health institute possibly get it wrong where health issues are concerned?) But none of them bears close scrutiny.

Let's examine them one by one.
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ABOLISH THE IRS! Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Abolish the Internal Revenue Service? IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has said the government must have an IRS to collect the taxes to fund the government.

Mr. Koskinen is right that no matter what kind of tax system we have, there needs to be a tax collection bureau. But those in favor of abolishing the present IRS are correct in that the United States certainly can get along perfectly well without the politicized, abusive and rights-trampling tax agency the IRS has become.

There is simply no excuse for much of what the IRS does. IRS agents complain that nobody likes them and they are shunned when they go to parties. Count me as one who is not sympathetic.

Some IRS workers claim they are there for patriotic reasons because someone has to raise the revenue to keep the government going.  Here's a question to ask them:

What if IRS agents went on strike - as real patriots - to demand that the monies they collect would no longer be used for political payoffs, mismanaged programs and unconstitutional activities?
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SERIOUSLY NOT PC Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 17 April 2015

A guy goes in an adult store and asks for an inflatable doll.

The guy behind the counter says, "Male or female?"

The customer says, "Female"

The counter guy asks, "Black or white?"

The customer says, "White"

The counter guy asks.....
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HALF-FULL REPORT 04/10/15 Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 10 April 2015

"It's hard not to think that Iran is out to humiliate Barack Hussein Obama," said Richard Fernandez after the mullahs contradicted every assertion he's made about his "historic" Iran deal. "With this calculated slight, they not only want to wipe the floor with his reputation, they want to see him crawl.  And he probably will."

We can't laugh about this farce because the implication's of Zero's craven behavior are so ominous. So, for pure comedy gold, here is State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf saying the president was "a little mixed up" and "muddled," and here is Ms. Harf again, dismissing criticisms of the Iran deal by former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and George Schultz as "a lot of big words and big thoughts."

Iran has sent a destroyer and a support ship to the coast of Yemen. It sure looks as if the fit is about to hit the shan there.

Bowe Bergdahl was planning to join the Taliban when he walked away from his post, an investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigation Service determined in 2009, according to LtCol. Anthony Shaffer, a former Army intelligence officer who served in Afghanistan.

Hillary has leased office space in Brooklyn for her campaign headquarters. She may formally announce she's running for president this weekend.

Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House. Brian Beutler, a putz who writes for The New Republic, wants April 9 to be made a national holiday, and to disavow or rename all monuments to the Confederacy.

Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana  re-opened yesterday. "Within an hour, all eight tables were filled and six people were waiting for carryout orders," owner Kevin O'Connor said.

On Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, became the second Republican officially to announce his candidacy for president. He'll run as an anti-Establishment outsider, critical of Republicans as well as Democrats.
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