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Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015

"Allahu Akbar!" (God is greater), shouted the terrorists who attacked the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. "We have avenged the Prophet Mohammed."

The terrorists weren't Moslems, because Islam is a religion of peace, said President Barack Obama. The United States needs to "redouble" efforts to explain "what the tenets of Islam actually are," said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

"Islam teaches peace," the president said at the UN last September. "Islam" means peace, he and like-minded liberals often have said.

No it doesn't, said Anjem Choudary, imam of a mosque in London.

"Islam does not mean peace but rather means submission to the commands of Allah alone," Mr. Choudary writes in USA Today (1/07). "Therefore, Moslems do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression, as their speech and actions are determined by divine revelation and not based on people's desires."
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 15 January 2015

When 44 world leaders joined 1.6 million Parisians to condemn Islamist terror last Sunday (1/11), President Barack Hussein Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were watching football.

Secretary of State John Kerry was in India (where it's been unseasonably cold), to give a speech on...what else?.. global warming.

Attorney General Eric Holder was in Paris, but didn't attend because he was in "high level meetings," aides said. With whom? Nearly every prominent French official was at the rally.

There were fewer Obama officials at the rally than have appeared in episodes of the CBS show "The Good Wife," noted an "ashamed" Jake Tapper of CNN.

The absence of senior U.S. officials gives tacit support to the Charlie Hebdo killers, says retired Army intelligence officer Ralph Peters: "Passivity in the face of terror is complicity."

It's appalling if the White House didn't grasp the symbolic importance of U.S. participation; more appalling if the snub were deliberate.  More likely is the latter.
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Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Thursday, 15 January 2015

China is at mounting risk of a financial crisis this year as growth sputters and deflationary pressures trigger a wave of defaults.

This is the warning issued by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The US lender is telling clients that a confluence of forces is threatening to chill the speculative mania on the Shanghai stock exchange and to expose the underlying fragility of China's $26 trillion edifice of debt.

"A credit crunch is highly probable," says the investment bank in a clients-only report entitled "Focus on the Triple D: Deflation, Devaluation, and Default," written by David Cui, Tracy Tian and Katherine Tai.  Mr. Cui, Head of China Equity Strategy at BofA Merrill Lynch, is the No. 1 ranked China strategist by Institutional Investor magazine.

They say the country's highly-leveraged companies cannot safely withstand President Xi Jinping's drive to stamp out moral hazard and wean the country off excess credit, warning that the mix of slower growth and excess debt "could prove lethal for the financial system."

Analysts from other financial institutions agree.
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Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Cayman is prosperous, in part, because of a great global lie, which causes many big rich nations to pursue bad economic policies. The global lie is that the developed countries have too little government, rather than too much.

The simple and obvious empirical fact that most developing and developed countries with smaller government sectors have grown faster in recent decades than those countries with big government sectors is ignored both by the politicians and many in the media.

The political classes in these big government countries, rather than taking responsibility for their own misguided policies, look for scapegoats. Their favorite scapegoats are high-growth countries with low tax rates on savings and investment. They blame offshore financial centers like Cayman, Hong Kong, Bermuda, and even mid-sized countries like Switzerland for engaging in "unfair tax competition."

The truth behind the great global "tax haven" lie is that offshore financial centers owe their prosperity to tax transparency, not tax evasion.
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WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN...? Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 16 January 2015


From Florida, there's a funny news story this week about the new rug in the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office having an embarrassing typo.

This reminds us at TTP of the brain-teasing riddle:

Q:  What do you get when a dyslexic suffers from insomnia, and then decides in his sleepless reverie that he's an agnostic?

A:  You get someone who stays up all night long wondering if there really is a Dog.
HALF-FULL REPORT 01/09/15 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 09 January 2015

Since I discussed yesterday the Moslem Massacre in Paris in Time to End the Insanity, we'll start with what happened on Capitol Hill this week.  The rage directed at John Boehner, while fully justified, nonetheless, calls for a step back into perspective.

Let's have a 19th century American poet from Vermont provide it, John Godrey Saxe (1816-1887).  You see, the real problem in the House GOP is far scarier than Boehner...

In California, the building of the Santa-Barbara News-Press was vandalized late Wednesday night (1/07) after the editors refused demands they stop referring to illegal aliens as "illegal."  "The border is illegal, not the people who cross it" was spray-painted in red on the building.

For now, the pro-illegal thugs are armed with spray cans, not AK-47s.  But many will now ask, in the wake of Charlie Hebdo and the growing threat of Mexican Nazis - for how much longer?...

Yet you may be amazed that the HFR Hero of the Week without doubt is a Moslem...

And there's juicy stuff, good news, and the HFR Health & Fitness feature as well...
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 08 January 2015

The BBC headline this morning (1/08):  Winter Storm Brings Misery to Middle East Refugees.  Seems like the perfect counterpoint to the Moslem terrorist slaughter in Paris yesterday.  But first this:

In response to Moslem slaughter, there is an ever-growing list of media cowards refusing to publish cartoons of Mohammad, including all the usual suspects: AP, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NY Times, NY Daily News, London Telegraph and more.

Islam is the world's most humorless religion - and here's a key point: a religion that can't take a joke has a mortal weakness.  TTP has been exposing that weakness for years.  Almost a decade ago (June 2005), we told you about The Islam Comic Book.

Remember when you were a kid in grade school, and if you really want to show contempt for someone you'd say, "He can dish it out but he can't take it"? Moslems are like that.

They can dish out insults to infidels, arrest Christians for praying in Saudi Arabia, confiscate their Bibles and throw them in the trash, call Jews pigs and monkeys, and spit on the whole human race that isn't Moslem. But they go into murderous frenzies of righteous outrage at the slightest criticism of their history and beliefs.

The question we need to ask Moslems is: Until you start showing respect and tolerance for our values, religion, and civilization, why should we show any respect and tolerance for yours?

Well and good - but you may be asking now:  What's this got to do with a snowstorm in the Middle East?  Why is it such a "counterpoint" to the Charlie Hebdo Moslem Massacre?
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Written by James Delingpole   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015

This morning (01/07), 12 people, including two policemen, have been murdered in Paris at the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by two hooded men wielding AK47s and shouting "Allahu akbar! We are avenging the honor of Prophet Mohammed!"

In 2011 the magazine was firebombed after running a caricature of Islam's founder. Charlie Hebdo's most recent tweet, before the latest attack, was a cartoon featuring the leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Here's what will happen next.

1. French authorities will urge the public not to jump to any unhelpful conclusions about the motivation of the killers.

2. Politicians, police chiefs and mainstream media reports will urge restraint over what is clearly an inexplicable rogue incident which may have nothing whatsoever to do with the Religion of Peace.

3. Extensive - and largely fruitless - efforts will be made to find Moslem community leaders prepared to speak out against the incident.

4. Liberal commentators will take pains to draw a distinction between Islamism and Islam, noting that the former is a malign perversion of the latter which, as any informed person knows, explicitly forbids the murder of innocents.

Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 08 January 2015

What's most significant about the new 114th Congress is Democrats no longer can block votes on popular reform bills the House passes, says columnist Charles Krauthammer. "The days of hiding under Harry Reid's desk are over."

Journalists would rather talk about dissension among Republicans. Even before the new Senate was sworn in, there were stories about how hard it may be for the GOP to keep control in 2016.  You wouldn't know from reading them that it's the Democrats who are at death's door.

They've become a party defined by desperation.  To maintain their slipping grip on power, Democrats make ever more baldly racist appeals. They smear police, side with protesters who disrupt the lives of ordinary Americans, make excuses for rioting and looting.

Given that, I might as well tell you what I really think:  Democrats today remind me of insects.
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JEB BUSH 2016? YEAH, RIGHT Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 06 January 2015

Jeb Bush is the "clear frontrunner" for the Republican nomination for president, prominent pundits say. Evidently these pundits don't know many Republicans.

Not that Jeb is an implausible candidate. He was arguably the best governor in America during his 8 years in Florida (Jan, 1999--Jan, 2007), left office with high approval ratings.

Florida, with 29 electoral votes, is the 4th largest state, by far the largest swing state. Barack Hussein Obama won it narrowly in 2008 and 2012. A Republican must carry Florida to be elected president.

But Jeb Bush has been out of office for 8 years, an eternity in politics. He's old news now, and Republicans have never been as fond of the dynasty thing as are Democrats.

Jeb led New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 23 percent to 13 percent, in a CNN/ORC poll Dec. 18-21. Pundits treated this as if it were a very big deal. It isn't.  Here's why.
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Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 06 January 2015

What is the greatest obstacle confronting the new congressional Republican majority in enacting good policy? It may not be President Obama, because there is an even more formidable force in Washington that crushes good policy: the Permanent Bureaucracy.

The permanent bureaucracy is made up of federal employees, government contractors and their employees, congressional staff and the special-interest lobbying community (including law and accounting firms). It also includes the media establishment, which depends on leaks and information from those in government for stories in exchange for protective coverage.

Hardworking taxpayers never cease being ripped off by wasteful and fraudulent government spending and regulation. Unlike what happens in the private sector, people in government rarely go to jail or are even fired for financial misconduct.

The government requires financial and senior officers of companies to sign off on the accuracy of their financial statements in order to protect stockholders. Company officers are subject to civil and criminal penalties, including jail time for misstatements, and their names are released to the press.

There is no reason for taxpayers to be any less protected than stockholders from financial negligence or fraud.  Here's how to do it.
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Written by Matt Ridley   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015

If we could prevent or cure all cancer, what would we die of?

The new year has begun with a war of words over whether cancer is mostly bad luck, as suggested by a new study from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and over whether it's a good way to die, compared with the alternatives, as suggested by Dr Richard Smith, a former editor of the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Cancer is now the leading cause of death in Britain even though it is ever more survivable, with roughly half of people who contract it living long enough to die of something else. But what else? Often another cancer.  Cancer's growing dominance of the mortality tables is not because it's getting worse but because we are avoiding other causes of death and living longer.

It is worth remembering that some scientists and anti-pesticide enviros in the 1960s were convinced that by now lifespans would be much shorter because of cancer caused by pesticides and other chemicals in the environment.

In the 1950s Wilhelm Hueper - a director of the US National Cancer Institute and mentor to Rachel Carson, the environmentalist author of Silent Spring - was so concerned that pesticides were causing cancer that he thought the theory that lung cancer was caused by smoking was a plot by the chemical industry to divert attention from its own culpability: "Cigarette smoking is not a major factor in the causation of lung cancer," he insisted.

In fact it turns out that pollution causes very little cancer and cigarettes cause a lot. But aside from smoking, most cancers are indeed bad luck.
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Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 09 January 2015

Back in early 2006 during the Great Danish Mohammed Cartoon Fiasco, we described Islam as The Cartoon Religion.

With Moslems slaughtering cartoonists in Paris, Islam has become a religion that invites loathing and ridicule.  The folks at PJMedia are advising Do Not Submit - Republish Mohammed Cartoons Everywhere.

But where do you get the material?  One suggestion is in Google Images, enter the F world followed by "Islam," "Mohammed," or "Allah."  You'll get more than you need.  Here are two of the milder ones.  Have fun.



HALF-FULL REPORT 01/02/15 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 02 January 2015

A brand new year.  Is it time for predictions?  OK, here's one you can count on.  There will be a whiteness of Black Swans.

Yes, a "whiteness" is the collective noun for swans, even when they are black (the subspecies Cygnus atratus in Australia).  These days, a capitalized "Black Swan" refers not to a bird but an event - something that comes sailing into history right out of the blue and bites us right in the tuches.

The worst, most negative Black Swan in modern American history continues in 2015 - the Zero Presidency.  Interestingly, the Curse of Zero will test my next prediction:  that whatever and how many Black Swans bite the world this year, America will sustain them - even triumph over them - better than anywhere else.

Now why would that be?...

It's also time to introduce a new feature in the HFR.  Most every week, I'll try to include a useful tip on health & fitness.  None of us are getting progressively younger, but we can all do any number of things to slow our progress down in the opposite direction.  Here's the HFR's first entry...

We're going to close with... Perspective Time.  Just to make you feel good.
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WHAT TO READ 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year's Eve!  And welcome to the third annual TTP What to Read list.  We initiated this tradition with a list of the books I read and recommended in 2012, the first What to Read.  That was followed a year later with What to Read 2013.

So here we go with what I've read and suggest for your consideration in 2014.  I'm sure that on New Year's Eve, you're planning to spend the evening curled up with a good book, right?  You better not be...

Tomorrow and beyond is another story.  A good book can help clear your brain from the night before - in addition to a lot of the amino cysteine to detox your system (best sources:  Durk & Sandy's Party Pills, N-Acetyl-Cysteine at your local GNC, or a multi-egg omelette with plenty of garlic, onions, and ricotta cheese).

All of the books below you can get on Kindle/iPad (instantly and much cheaper).  Let's start with the political and geopolitical, then move into science and history...
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