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OBAMA'S FATAL CONCEIT IS THE CAUSE OF HIS FAILED PRESIDENCY Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Would you have traded five terrorists for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl?

The decision may have been wrong or right, but what is striking is that President Obama seems to have made this decision, and all too many others, in an ad hoc way, rather than using decision theory.

Decision theory is an orderly way of thinking and choosing among alternatives when there is a number of variables for which the probabilities of each may or may not be known to the decision-maker. It's the opposite of Mr. Obama's thought process.

Politicians and criminals both have a tendency to underestimate the probability of getting caught in bad acts. Is it because few studied decision theory or because there is a certain recklessness in the nature of those who follow such pursuits?

Obviously it's the latter in Mr. Obama's case, who suffers from what is known as The Fatal Conceit.
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CONFESSIONS OF A PUBLIC DEFENDER Print E-mail
Written by Michael Smith   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014

For many years now, I have been a public defender in a large southern metropolitan area. Fewer than ten percent of the people in the area I serve are black but over 90 per cent of my clients are black. The remaining ten percent of my clients are mainly Hispanics but there are a few whites.

I have no explanation for why this is, but crime has racial patterns. Hispanics usually commit two kinds of crime: sexual assault on children and driving under the influence. Blacks commit many violent crimes but very few sex crimes. The handful of whites I see commit all kinds of crimes. In all my years as a public defender I have represented only three Asians, and one was half black.

As a young lawyer, I believed the official story that blacks are law abiding, intelligent, family-oriented people, but are so poor they must turn to crime to survive. Actual black behavior was a shock to me.

The media invariably sugarcoat black behavior. Even the news reports of the very crimes I dealt with in court were slanted. Television news intentionally leaves out unflattering facts about the accused, and sometimes omits names that are obviously black.

All this rocked my liberal, tolerant beliefs, but it took me years to set aside my illusions and accept the reality of what I see every day. I have now served thousands of blacks and their families, protecting their rights and defending them in court. What follow are my observations.

To be clear, my observations are of defendants in court and their families.  They do not apply to those many blacks leading law-abiding lives.
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THE WORLD'S MONEY PRINTING CHAMPION IS JAPAN, NOT THE US Print E-mail
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Thursday, 12 June 2014

There are no one-way bets in global finance, but Japan's stock market comes close. The authorities are about to funnel astronomical sums into Japanese stocks openly and deliberately under the next phase of Abenomics, both by regulatory fiat and by purchasing the Nikkei index directly with printed money.

Prime minister Shinzo Abe is unshackling the world's biggest stash of savings, the $1.3 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF). Officials say the ceiling on equity holdings will rise from 12% to around 20% as soon as August, opening the way for a $100 billion buying blitz.

Mr. Abe's move comes sooner than expected and amounts to a market shock, though nobody should be shocked anymore as he keeps doubling down on the world's most radical economic experiment.

The Nikkei index stalled in December after rising almost 100% since September 2012, even though the Bank of Japan (BoJ) is still showering the economy with money, buying $75 billion of bonds each month. The BoJ's balance sheet will reach 70% of GDP by March 2015, three times the US Federal Reserve's.
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AMERICA'S WORST ECONOMIST BLAMES AYN RAND FOR CLIMATE DENIALISM Print E-mail
Written by James Delingpole   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has come up with an exciting new theory as to why the world's economies are still proving reluctant to bomb themselves back to the dark ages in order to "combat climate change."

Apparently, it's all the fault of a certain uncompromising Jewish Russian emigree:
Well, think about global warming from the point of view of someone who grew up taking Ayn Rand seriously, believing that the untrammeled pursuit of self-interest is always good and that government is always the problem, never the solution. Along come some scientists declaring that unrestricted pursuit of self-interest will destroy the world, and that government intervention is the only answer.

It doesn't matter how market-friendly you make the proposed intervention; this is a direct challenge to the libertarian worldview. And the natural reaction is denial - angry denial. Read or watch any extended debate over climate policy and you'll be struck by the venom, the sheer rage, of the denialists.
Next week, he could maybe tell us why racism is caused by listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd.  What's certain is that Krugman badly needs a career change. He trained, I believe, as an economist but what's palpably clear when reading his article is that he doesn't really understand his subject at all.

Let me give you some examples of what I mean.
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CONAN O'BRIEN ON HILLARY'S HEALTH Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 June 2014




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HALF-FULL REPORT 06/06/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 06 June 2014

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I grew up with Mad Magazine as a kid.  I'm glad to see them at the top of their game.

The question is:  Will this be the moment - terrorists being traded for a traitor in a criminal breaking of the law - when America finally snaps?  Is this the last straw on the gargantuan pile of scandal straws to break the camelidian spine of Zero's presidency?

Especially when, in the face of a nation-wide explosion of outrage, Zero doubles-down - as he always does - announcing yesterday (6/05) that he has "absolutely no apologies" for trading Taliban terrorist leaders for a deserter so traitorous he taught the Taliban how murder his fellow soldiers.

The last American soldier to be executed for desertion was Pvt. Eddie Slovik on January 31, 1945.  Bergdahl deserves a fair trial.  But if he is found guilty, he then deserves the fate of Eddie Slovik.

And what fate does Zero deserve?  To be out of power, and to live a long life of humiliation in the realization that history will regard him as despised and loathsome. 

Keep reading to find out how this may happen... and there's lots more in this HFR.
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TRADING TERRORISTS FOR A TRAITOR IS THE VA SCANDAL ON STEROIDS Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 05 June 2014

When Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl, 23, walked away from his guard post at OP-Mest in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan June 30, 2009, he left behind his rifle, helmet, flak jacket -- and a note saying he'd become disillusioned with the Army.

"I am ashamed to be an American," he wrote in an email. "The horror that is America is disgusting."

Afghans in Yahya Khel, a village two miles away, said PFC Bergdahl asked for their help in getting in touch with the Taliban.

A Taliban deputy district commander in Paktika province told the London Sunday Times PFC Bergdahl taught him how to turn a mobile phone into a remote control for a roadside bomb.

Many in the Intelligence Community think PFC Bergdahl was an "active collaborator," reported James Rosen of Fox News.

The White House had expected "near euphoria" to break out when the deal was announced, said Chuck Todd of NBC News.

It did - among the Taliban, not Americans. This was a "great victory," said Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
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OBAMA'S SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014

The 18th century playwright Richard Brimsley Sheridan wrote one of the comedic classics of the British theatre, A School for Scandal.  We certainly have such a school in the White House today.

President Barack Hussein Obama's usual response to scandals swirling about his administration is to stall until people lose interest.

When a scandal breaks, the president expresses surprise (he didn't know what was going on until he heard about it from the news media) and outrage (he's "madder than hell"). He vows to get to the bottom of it, but doesn't actually do anything.

In the past, the news media have covered for Mr. Obama when he's hidden policy failure in a flurry of words. But now they've begun to take note of the widening gulf between what he says and what he does.
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NO MORE POLITICAL CORRECTNESS REGARDING MOSLEM ANTI-SEMITISM Print E-mail
Written by Milos Zemin   
Thursday, 05 June 2014

[This speech was delivered at the Israeli Embassy in Prague on May 26 in celebration of Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's Independence Day, by Milos Zemin, President of the Czech Republic]

Ladies and gentlemen,

Let me thank you for the invitation to celebrate Israel's Independence Day. There are dozens of days of independence being celebrated every year in the Czech Republic. Some I may attend, others I cannot. There is one I can never miss, however: it's the Israeli Independence Day.

There are states with whom we share the same values, such as the political horizon of free elections or a free market economy. However, no one threatens these states with wiping them off the map. No one fires at their border towns; no one wishes that their citizens would leave their country.

There is a term, political correctness. This term I consider to be a euphemism for political cowardice. Therefore, let me not be cowardly. It is necessary to clearly name the enemy of human civilization.
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THE US ECONOMY IS BEING DRAGGED OVER A GREEN CLIFF Print E-mail
Written by James Delingpole   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014

"Feeding the masses on unicorn ribs". That was how Walter Russell Mead once poured scorn on Obama's misbegotten attempts to revive the US economy by creating five million "green jobs."

Mead was quite right, of course. And there was plenty of evidence to back him up, such as the 2009 report by a Madrid university professor Gabriel Calzada Alvarez that for every expensive "green job" created by government subsidy, 2.2 jobs were destroyed in the real economy.

The Obama administration responded as only the Obama administration knows how: by calling in its left-wing attack dogs. Friendly organizations including George Soros's Center for American Progress and various well-funded wind industry lobbyists were recruited to monster this unhelpful evidence, which was dismissed for its "lack of rigor."

It's in this context we need to view the Environmental Protection Agency's dispiriting announcement of its latest assault on US industry - disingenuously billed as a "commonsense plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants."

Because here's the bottom line:  The more "clean energy" you develop, the more scum-sucking corporatist parasites you attract, the more eagles you slice and dice, and the greater the burden you place on both the taxpayer and the economy - all to no discernible practical purpose whatsoever.
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THE IRONY OF HOW FRACKING SAVED OBAMA Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Without fracking of oil and gas deposits, there would have been no economic growth in the U.S. over the past five years. Yet the oil and gas industry has been a favorite whipping boy of the environmental zealots both inside and outside of the administration.

Without those brilliant entrepreneurs and engineers in the private sector who developed the new techniques to unlock massive amounts of oil and gas at reasonable cost, it is unlikely that President Obama would have been re-elected - for it is they who have kept his economy afloat.

Mr. Obama owes his renewed presidency to the very people he gives his back of the hand to.  Is there no end to the irony of this president?
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WHEN IT'S GOOD TO WIPE OUT A SPECIES Print E-mail
Written by Matt Ridley   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014

The prospect of the deliberate extinction of some harmful species is getting closer.  Be in no doubt - it would be an unambiguously good thing.

Smallpox was eradicated outside laboratories in 1977, when Ali Maow Maalin recovered from the disease in Merca, Somalia (he died last year of malaria).  The last case of smallpox was the death of Janet Parker, a medical photographer, in Birmingham in 1978, who caught it from a laboratory.

If you had predicted in 1978 that 36 years later we would have extinguished no more diseases (apart from rinderpest, a cattle disease), you would have been thought a dire pessimist. Yet smallpox turned out to be uniquely vulnerable to eradication because its short incubation period, lack of an animal reservoir and its obvious symptoms allowed rapid vaccination responses to contain outbreaks.

Polio was expected to follow it to the viral grave soon afterwards, but that dream has been repeatedly postponed. Indeed, this year polio is resurgent, with 82 cases so far, compared with 34 by this date last year.

Most of them are in Pakistan, a country where polio vaccinators are sometimes murdered by the Taliban on the suspicion that they are US or Israeli agents spreading Aids or sterilizing girls.
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WARM WELCOME Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 06 June 2014

News Headline from The Washington Post:

ARCTIC OCEAN GETTING WARM - SEALS VANISH AND ICEBERGS MELT

As reported by the Associated Press:

The Arctic ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consulafft, at Bergen, Norway.

Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone.
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HALF-FULL REPORT 05/30/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 30 May 2014

Before we dive into all the fun of this week, I really need to thank all of you who wrote such kind comments on the Forum regarding the completion of my Every Country in the World life goal.  It's still sinking in that I've done this at last, and your words meant a lot to me...

By contrast, Zero's words certainly didn't mean very much to West Point graduating cadets when he spoke to them on Wednesday (5/28).  His speech was an "icy" disaster as described by CNN.  It was so bad that both the WaPo and the New York Times sneered at it...

As Americans celebrated Memorial Day last Monday (5/26), with soldiers being told by their Commander-in-Chief that he will "never forget" their sacrifices, US Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi is shackled in a pestilential Mexican prison cell with Zero not lifting a finger to get him out.  Here's what to do...

I've regarded Eric Shinseki as an impossible jerk since he was Clinton's Army Chief of Staff - and by his unilateral decision decided to degrade the Army's elite soldiers by issuing black berets to every soldier in the entire army...

OK, humor break.

Question:  How do you brainwash a liberal?

Answer:
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COMMENCEMENT 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 29 May 2014

[This commencement address was originally published in 2005. We rerun it at college graduation time. Feel quite free to send this to any recent college graduate you may know.]

Mr. Chancellor, Members of the Board of Regents, Members of the Faculty, Honored Graduates, Families and Friends:

It's funny that they call this ceremony a Commencement, for you've all reached the finish line:  college, goodbye, we're outta here.  Yet of course, "commencement" means a beginning, not an end.

But one is supposed to at least start - commence - a talk such as this by saying funny things.  So I'll start by talking about Clark Gable movies.  If you've heard of Clark Gable at all, you know he was the biggest movie star in Hollywood a long time ago.  His most famous movie was Gone With The Wind.

He made a movie in 1955 called The Tall Men with Jane Russell as his girlfriend and Robert Ryan as the heavy.  It's a pretty ordinary Western flick with outlaws and cowboys and Indians - and at the end, Ryan, the bad guy, and his henchmen get the drop on Gable, the good guy, and all seems lost. 

Suddenly, surprise, Gable outfoxes Ryan and triumphs.  Gable makes his exit, and after he does, Ryan delivers a line that I want you to never forget.

Serendipity is funny, a very funny thing, finding something where you least expect it.  Out of the blue, out of a movie awash with pedestrian dialogue, comes a line so profound it detonates inside your brain. Ryan turns to his men and says:
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