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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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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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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.
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.
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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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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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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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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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Tuesday, 07 April 2015

Hobart, Tasmania.  Before we delve into Tassie, as Tasmaniacs affectionately call their island, I need to make an announcement.

With the Platinum Vegas Rendezvous a little more than two weeks away, I better explain why it may the Last Rendezvous.

As you may know, TTP is a labor of love for me, and not the way I make a living - I do that primarily by running expeditions. They often come together in that I prefer the company of TTPers on an expedition.  By contrast, I try never to take any liberals and lefties, as having to put up with one in a remote place in the world is a serious annoyance.

I've been running Jack Wheeler Expeditions for 38 years, starting with the first commercial expedition in history to the geographic North Pole, on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean at 90 North. That was in April, 1977. I started To The Point 12 years ago, at the end of March, 2003. 

Over those last 12 years, many of you have had extraordinary adventures with me - safaris in the Serengeti and Namibia, Gorillas and Pygmies in Central Africa, Concordia by helicopter to K2 base camp in northern Pakistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, The Land of the Dragon Blood Tree in Socotra, North Korea, the North Pole, remote islands in French Polynesia, Hidden Burma, Hidden China, Hidden Persia... it's a long list.

Next September, some of you will be with me to The Lost Kingdom of Lo.  I've been able to operate all of these and still keep TTP running without interruption - thanks in large part to Miko, and to Jack Kelly's superb HFR's when I'm gone.  A TTP Rendezvous, however, is different.  My travel schedule has been so intense recently that the Vegas Rendezvous is the first we've been able to schedule since 2012.

And now I have no idea when I'll be able to schedule another.  The reason is that I am passing my expedition baton to my son, Brandon.
Written by Daniel Greenfield   
Thursday, 09 April 2015

How are wars won?

All wars are culture wars. To win you must destroy the values of the other side. You must destroy their sense of purpose and the values instilled in them to break them as an organization.  That is what the left has been doing to us.  But it's not over yet.

The most important thing to understand about this phase of the culture war is that the left's goal is to break you as an individual, to take away your values and to replace them with their own. If it cannot do these things, it will try to destroy you and even use you as a cautionary tale to warn others.

The left is not fighting this as a war of ideas. It attacks the area of least resistance with whatever slogan or argument is most convenient at the time. Don't debate its ideas. Indict its hypocrisy. It mocks the values of others, but demands that what is sacred to it be off limits.

This is a weakness. Don't defend your own values. Attack its values. You aren't the establishment. You lost. You're the rebels. Be rebellious. They are the owners. Wreck what they have made without counting the cost.

The left is not afraid of the conservative establishment. It remains worried about a populist right that stops worrying about being nice or following the rules and hits them unpredictably and remorselessly.  It wasn't afraid of John McCain. It was afraid of Andrew Breitbart.
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Written by Caroline Glick   
Thursday, 09 April 2015

US President Barack Hussein Obama, his advisers and media cheerleaders have long presented his nuclear diplomacy with Iran as the only way to avoid war. Obama and his supporters have castigated as warmongers those who oppose his policy of nuclear appeasement with the world's most prolific state sponsor of terrorism.

But the opposite is the case. Through their nuclear diplomacy, Obama and his comrades started the countdown to war. Israel faces threats unlike any it has faced in recent decades -- which all emanate from Obama-backed Iranian aggression and expansionism carried out under an Obama-sanctioned Iranian nuclear umbrella.  

Israel is not alone in this reality. The unrolling disaster also threatens the moderate Sunni states including Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. The now regional war in Yemen is but the first act of the regional war at our doorstep.

Which may well go nuclear - for the path to a Middle East where every major and some minor actors have nuclear arsenals is before us. There are many reasons this war is now inevitable.
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Written by James Delingpole   
Wednesday, 08 April 2015

China's approach to international energy and environmental policy can be summed up very simply: tell the idiot yang guizi whatever they want to hear - then carry on doing what China wants, regardless.

Fortunately for the prospects of the US economy, it would appear that not every US politician has fallen for the risible line, heavily promoted by the Obama administration and its amen corner in the environmental movement, that China cares every bit as much as the West does about the allegedly urgent need to curb global CO2 emissions.

Two who very much haven't are Republican senators Roy Blunt of Missouri and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma who have just launched a challenge to the bilateral climate change "agreement" reached by Mr. Obama with China last year, whereby both countries have supposedly made a commitment to reducing their "greenhouse gas" emissions.

In addition, there is, as this ACCF policy research special report notes, a good deal of further legal trouble ahead for Obama and his eco-fascists at the EPA.  Mr. Obama may yet be prevented from being China's Useful Green Idiot - however much he wants to be.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 10 April 2015

My fiancée wanted her rabbi, a family friend, to marry us. He refused - because I'd made it clear I wouldn't convert; our children would be baptized.

I admired him for it. The rabbi would have done just about anything for my lady - except that. He took his faith, and his office, seriously. To preside over our wedding would have mocked both.

I don't think a person's sexual preference has anything to do with character - or is any of my business.

I applaud gays in long term monogamous relationships. They ought to have the same legal protections as if they were married. But I'm against gay marriage, because God said marriage is between a man and a woman, and I take Him at His word.

President Obama compared the "struggle" for gay marriage to the struggle for civil rights in his speech last month commemorating the 50th anniversary of the march in Selma, Alabama.  As always, he's immorally wrong.  Here's why.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 07 April 2015

At Rolling Stone, "journalistic integrity" is an oxymoron.

That's the upshot of the magazine's response to a 12,000 word report issued Monday (4/06) on the bogus story Rolling Stone published last November, which claimed a fraternity at the University of Virginia used gang rape as an initiation rite.

The story was based on the unverified word of "Jackie," who claimed she was raped during a party for pledges at the Phi Kappa Psi house the night of Sept. 28, 2012.

If Ms. Erdely or Rolling Stone had themselves checked the key details of Jackie's story, they'd have learned before publication there was no party at the Phi Kappa Psi house the night the rape allegedly occurred; that the fraternity rushes in the Spring.

And if she or the magazine's fact checkers had contacted the three friends Jackie said would back up her story, they'd have learned her friends didn't, as the Washington Post found out when it talked to them after the story was published.

Warning signs were ignored because Ms. Erdely wanted to write, and her editors wanted to print, a story supporting the narrative white fraternity boys are responsible for an "epidemic" of sexual assaults on college campuses.

Neither Ms. Erdely nor her editors have expressed a word of contrition to the frat boys they smeared. They're sorry they got caught, not sorry for what they did.
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