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OBAMA'S IRAQIZATION OF AMERICA Print E-mail
Written by Daniel Greenfield   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014

When it comes to Iraq, Obama lectures the Sunnis and the Shiites on getting along and forming a government that won't exist for the sole benefit of a single group at the expense of the other.

But in America he runs exactly that sort of government.

Al Sharpton, Obama's close political ally, and the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, his mentor, are familiar types in Iraq. You can find a thousand Jeremiah Wrights on any given Friday screaming about killing the Shiites or the Sunnis. You can find a million Al Sharptons community organizing local hatreds until they explode.

Those are the ugly tribal politics that Obama has brought to America. Instead of repairing the economy, he focused on wealth redistribution. Instead of bringing Americans together as one nation, he calculatedly tore them apart around manufactured crises of race, gender, class and religion. He pitted blacks against whites, liberal Protestants against Catholics, the poor against the middle class and the cities against the suburbs.

Obama promised us a united America and gave us a divided America. He has shown that he is a slicker and more polished version of Al Sharpton.

After coming to prominence with a vision of "There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America," he shrugged off helping Americans as a whole and instead championed narrow tribal interests.

Just-ousted Nouri al-Maliki wasn't the Prime Minister of Iraq. He was the Prime Minister of a Shiite Iraq. Obama isn't the President of the United States. He's trying to be the President of Black America, Gay America, Latino America, Asian America, Transgender America and a thousand other Micro-Americas.

At no point in time has he been the President of the United States of America.
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HALF-FAST IN IRAQ Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 19 September 2014

I joined the Marines during the war in Vietnam. Veterans of that era think it was lost because of the political constraints President Lyndon Johnson imposed on military operations.

We lost because LBJ ordered on again, off again pinprick air attacks on nothingburger targets in North Vietnam to "send a message." The message North Vietnamese leaders got was the Americans wouldn't seriously harm them.

Half measures in war end badly.  Politicians decide whether to go to war, set strategic objectives. But political constraints on tactics diminish the effectiveness of military action. To send messages, you use Western Union, not the Air Force.

We could have won easily, as I show below.  And now, President Zero is being LBJ Redux in Iraq, fighting a half-fast war more to mollify domestic political critics than to deal with the threat ISIS poses.
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BAMBOOZLING THE BOOBS OF THE DEMOCRAT BASE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 16 September 2014

It's easy to bamboozle the boobs who comprise the base of the Democrat Party, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid evidently thinks.

Hilarity broke out on the Senate floor a week ago Monday (9/8) after 25 Republicans joined 54 Democrats in voting to begin debate on a constitutional amendment proposed by Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, to overturn the Supreme Court decision which threw out limits on campaign contributions.

By voting with Democrats to advance consideration of a Democrat-sponsored measure, Republicans were "stalling" and "obstructing," charged a flummoxed Sen. Reid.  Yes, he actually claimed that.

That's because he knows most of his voting base really are idiots.  He's right and here's why.
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HERE'S HOW PUBS CAN GO POSITIVE WITH VOTERS Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 16 September 2014

If you were a campaign manager for Republicans running for the Senate or House in November, what policy positions would you advise them to take?

The Republican Party has been under a lot of criticism for running a campaign of "Not Obama" rather than presenting a positive agenda -- and much of this criticism is valid. That being said, it is far easier for those of us who are with policy organizations to give advice about what a candidate ought to say -- because we don't take the direct hit if our policy ideas don't resonate with a majority of voters.

As a result, too many candidates resort to the banal -- "I am in favor of a strong national defense, lower government spending, and tax reform."

Years ago, I occasionally advised political candidates from the congressional to the presidential level, and so I have some understanding of why candidates are less policy-pure and specific than we would like them to be.

So here's how GOP candidates can run a positive issues-oriented campaign that a majority of voters can agree with, yet can substantially advance freedom and prosperity.
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IS CHINA REALLY BITING ITS ECONOMY'S BULLET? Print E-mail
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014

China’s leaders have brushed aside warnings of an incipient credit crunch in the Chinese economy, determined to purge excesses from the financial system despite falling house prices and the deepest industrial slowdown since the Lehman crisis.

Industrial production dropped 0.4% in August from a month earlier, a rare event that highlights how quickly China is coming off the boil. The growth of fixed asset investment fell to record lows.

“It is a shockingly sharp deceleration,” said Wei Yao, from Societe Generale. “What is surprising is the calm response from Beijing. The new leadership’s tolerance for short-term pain seems to have jumped by another big notch.”

Electricity output has dropped 2.2% over the past year as the authorities continue to force dinosaur industries into closure, chipping away at excess capacity.

New credit has fallen 40%, and there has been an outright contraction of trust loans and undiscounted bankers acceptances over the past two months, the result of a clampdown on parts of the shadow banking nexus.

Premier Li Keqiang has so far refused to blink, determined to drive through deep reforms and wean the economy off exorbitant levels of debt before the damage becomes irreversible. “We are restructuring instead of expanding the monetary supply,” he said last week, warning markets not to expect easy money to ignite a fresh boom this time.

But will he and his fellow Communist Party leaders keep not blinking?

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THE LAPDOG Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 19 September 2014

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HALF-FULL REPORT 09/12/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 12 September 2014

Can't resist starting this HFR off with Red State's Erick Erickson's comment on Zero's Nothingburger speech to the nation Wednesday night (9/10):

"This speech is what I imagine you'd try to say to your mom if she walked in on you playing with yourself. It was awkward and we've caught the President with his pants down."

Amidst a lot of dumb stuff, Zero's dumbest claim of all was: "ISIL is not ‘Islamic.'  No religion condones the killing of innocents."

The Koran does just this and repeatedly. A quartet of samples from a myriad...

A perfect example of what we discussed in 9/11 and the 10th Commandment - emerged this week in Oklahoma.  Leave it to a Marine, State Rep. John Bennet, to provide it.

You'd think that John Bennett would be a lay down for HFR Hero of the Week.  Problem is, there's a trio of other contenders...

Actually, however, there is good news in the Islamic world this week.  Disgusted and enraged by ISIS barbarism in the name of their religion, Moslems all over the world are partaking in their version of the "ice bucket challenge" craze - the ISIS Flag Burning Challenge.

I particularly like the topless Femen feminist flag burners.  Good for them all.
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9/11 AND THE 10TH COMMANDMENT Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 11 September 2014

Any adult in America knows where they were 13 years ago today. 

In the days following the Moslem Atrocity of 9/11, if someone had predicted 13 years hence that instead of having wiped Islamic Terrorism from the face of the earth, we'd still be cowering in fear of its threat, they would have been thought deranged.  Yet we are.

How is this possible? 

Let's ask another question.  In his TTP column this week, Richard Rahn contrasted "aspirational societies" where productive work and success are not punished, with societies consumed by envy.  He sums up America's crisis with one devastating observation:
"The United States used to be an aspirational society, but has increasingly become an envious society."  
How did this happen?

It turns out that these two questions - among the most critical questions we can ask of our country today - have the same answer.

The answer starts with our society's failure to follow the 10th Commandment of Exodus 20:17 -
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THE ASPIRATIONAL SOCIETY VS. THE ENVIOUS SOCIETY Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 09 September 2014

Hong Kong.  Why is Hong Kong succeeding while New York City is receding?

They are both world-class cities with about the same per-capita income and great natural harbors. New York is about 15 percent larger in population, while Hong Kong is about one-third larger in area (but unbuildable because of the steep terrain). Both have large immigrant populations who are seeking better lives.

Last week, I explained how much of Hong Kong's success was a result of it having the freest economy in the world, with low levels of government spending, low tax rates, a minimum of government regulation and the rule of law. There is more.

Hong Kong, like Singapore, South Korea, Chile and Switzerland are aspirational societies, rather than societies consumed with envy, like France. Work, saving and investment are not punished in aspirational societies, and there tend to be less social conflict and a higher level of civility.

(It was U.S. venture capitalist Terry Anker who first used the term "aspirational society" to describe Hong Kong during our meetings in this glorious city this past week. It is a more inclusive term than "opportunity society" that Newt Gingrich and Jack Kemp frequently used to describe their vision for the United States.)

The United States used to be an aspirational society, but has increasingly become an envious society.
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THE GOP WAVE ON THE HORIZON Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A Republican "wave" has yet to emerge in the midterm elections, which is causing angst in some conservative circles.  This should shake any Republicans out of their complacency, but isn't a cause for alarm.

For as they look out to sea, bigfoot analysts Stu Rothenberg and Charlie Cook think they spot it on the horizon rolling in to wash Democrats out of office on Nov. 4.

36 races for governor and all 435 House seats are up, but far and away the most important are the 36 races for the U.S. Senate, where the GOP needs a net gain of six to take control away from Dirty Harry Reid.

Analysts concede GOP pickups in Montana, South Dakota, and West Virginia. What's causing the angst is that every other race in which Republicans expected to be competitive is rated a tossup, or the Democrat has a lead.

So let's scan the horizon and see just how big this wave could be.
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DISGUSTINGLY VILE DEMOCRATS Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 11 September 2014

"Rand Paul, who will likely run for President as a stay-at-home Republican, went to Guatemala recently and performed eye surgeries as a means of displaying his foreign-policy bona fides," wrote New Yorker Editor and Obama hagiographer David Remnick. "Was Bashar al-Assad, Syria's ophthalmologist-in-chief, impressed?"

Since the mid 1990s - long before his election to the Senate in 2010 - Sen. Paul has been going to Guatemala to provide free surgical care to poor people in desperate need of it. He's never claimed his charitable work is a foreign policy credential.

It's kosher to criticize Sen. Paul's foreign policy views; to suspect expediency motivated the recent shift in them; to consider his inexperience in foreign affairs a handicap. (I have, I do, and I do.) But to attack him for his charitable work is unspeakably vile.

Here are more examples of how disgusting Democrats and their toadies can be.
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EGYPT'S EXTRAORDINARY PEACE PROPOSAL TO THE PALESTINIANS Print E-mail
Written by Caroline Glick   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Something extraordinary has happened.
 
On August 31, PLO chief and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told an audience of Fatah members that Egypt had offered to give - give, as in cede sovereignty to - the PA some 1,600 square kilometers (625 square miles) of land in Sinai adjacent to Gaza, thus quintupling the size of the Gaza Strip. Egypt even offered to allow all the so-called "Palestinian refugees" to settle in the expanded Gaza Strip.
 
Then Abbas told his Fatah followers that he rejected the Egyptian offer.

On Monday (9/08), Israeli Army Radio substantiated Abbas's claim.
 
According to Army Radio, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi proposed that the Palestinians establish their state in the expanded Gaza Strip.
 
In his speech to Fatah members, Abbas said, "They [the Egyptians] are prepared to receive all the refugees, [and are saying] ‘Let's end the refugee story.'" "But," he insisted, "It's illogical for the problem to be solved at Egypt's expense. We won't have it."
 
In other words, Sisi offered Abbas a way to end the Palestinians' suffering and grant them political independence. And Abbas said, "No, forget statehood. Let my people suffer."
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THE BREAKUP OF BRITAIN? Print E-mail
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Tuesday, 09 September 2014

Powerful investors across the world have woken up to the possibility that Scotland may vote to break up the United Kingdom next week (9/18), with some already preparing defensive action that risks a potentially dangerous flight from sterling and Britain's bond market.

Japan's biggest bank, Nomura, has advised clients to slash financial exposure to the UK and brace for a possible collapse of the pound after polls showed the independence campaign running neck and neck, warning that the separation of England and Scotland after more than 300 years would be a "cataclysmic shock."

Stephen Jen, head of SLJ Macro Partners and a Chinese-speaker from Taiwan, said Asian investors are flabbergasted by the sight of an ancient and successful union tearing itself apart for no obvious reason. "It is totally bizarre. They simply don't understand it, and nor do I. Until a week and half ago everybody thought there was a zero probability of Scotland voting Yes," he said.

"We have always assumed the United Kingdom would stay united, but now everything we thought about the UK has suddenly been tested, and will have to be repriced."

Simon Derrick, from Bank of New York Mellon, said the UK is leveraged to global financial cycle and has become a magnet for the "carry trade", sucking in funds from Japan, the Middle East and other regions searching for yield.

Mr. Derrick said a 15% plunge in sterling is "quite conservative" given the dangers of a messy divorce. "We think the high $1.40s against the dollar is entirely feasible. People always underestimate how far sterling can fall when the tide turns," he said.
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THE BEST GIFT Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 12 September 2014

During the recent cease-fire, the leader of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, Khaled Mashal, sent a gift to the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, in an elaborate box with a note.

After having the box checked for safety reasons, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened the box and saw that the content was human feces.

He opened the note, handwritten in Arabic by Mr. Mashal, which said, "For you and the proud people of the Zionist Entity."

Mr. Netanyahu, literate in Arabic, pondered the note and decided how best to reciprocate.

He quickly did so by sending the Hamas leader a very pretty package with a personal note.
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HALF-FULL REPORT 09/05/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 05 September 2014

One of Hollywood's legends is that their deaths always come in threes.  This proved true when Joan Rivers' came yesterday (9/04), which followed that of Lauren Bacall (8/12), and one day earlier, Robin Williams (8/11).  They were marvelously gifted, and we should be grateful for the joy they brought to our lives.

As Howie Carr of the Boston Herald notes this morning (9/05), in Massachusetts bad news also come in threes - as it did this week.  On Wednesday (9/03), Secretary of State Lurch hinted he might run in 2016, as did Governor Incompetence and Senator Talking Bull.

...Two months from today we'll know if we're going to suffer the undiluted Curse of Zero for another 28½ months, or if it will be diluted enough to render Zero impotent.  Here's this week's Sitrep.

...You can't blame Mitt Romney for capitalizing on his clairvoyance.  The entire Zero-worshipping Enemedia made fun of his "gaffe" when, during the 2012 campaign, he told Wolf Blitzer that Russia was "without question, our number one geopolitical foe.  They fight every cause for the world's worst actors."

Since it's now blindingly obvious he was right, you can't fault his timing by penning a piece in the WaPo yesterday (9/04):  The Need for a Mighty US Military.

However, Mitt is playing catch up with Rick Perry.  Right now, Rick's the Pub front-runner for 2016.  He showed why in his fabulous speech in Dallas last Friday evening (8/29).  I encourage you take 24 minutes to watch it all.  He quotes Thomas Paine:  "The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government" - and goes from there.  Enjoy:
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