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HALF-FULL REPORT 06/26/15: PEACE IN THE VALLEY Print E-mail
Written by Joe Katzman   
Friday, 26 June 2015

"But hatred is best combined with Fear. Cowardice, alone of all the vices, is purely painful - horrible to anticipate, horrible to feel, horrible to remember; Hatred has its pleasures. It is therefore often the compensation by which a frightened man reimburses himself for the miseries of Fear. The more he fears, the more he will hate. And Hatred is also a great anodyne for shame. To make a deep wound in his charity, you should therefore first defeat his courage."

- C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

Anonymous Conservative, call your office.

I listen to a national Christian radio station called K-LOVE. Which is kind of odd for a Jew. It doesn't stop me from listening to my heavy metal collection, Matisyahu's Orthodox Jewish reggae, or anyone else. It just makes things better. It fades into the background like any other pop music, but instead of crap like "Dear Future Husband" or "All About That Bass," it's stuff that makes me feel uplifted and happier. I find myself humming the tunes, and they're good in every sense. The Jesus references just get filtered at the mental router; I respect Christians a lot, but I know what I believe and why. You might want to try K-LOVE for yourself, and see.

Judaism is like the Blues Brothers: "We're on a mission from G-d." It isn't a safe mission, but it's ours. Think. Adapt. Make your mission happen. Get back up. Keep. The. Faith. Oh, and you're probably gonna be chased. A lot. Just sayin'. Christianity has a very different key to it. This isn't the real thing. Bear it faithfully, even to the cross. Let it pass, and know that we win in the end. Then there's the Buddhist ideal: "And do you realize," the master replied calmly, "that you are standing before a man who can be run through without blinking an eye?"

The courage each lends to its best practitioners is similar, but subtly different. As this week reminds us, it's the most important thing. Not courage for a little while, but courage forever.
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WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING: THE CASE FOR MIKE FLYNN, REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE (IL-18) Print E-mail
Written by Ace of Spades   
Friday, 26 June 2015

"In politics today, sadly, we don't debate issues as much as the theater around those issues."
-- Mike Flynn, June 6, 2015, laying out his case in opposition to the TPA
"[T]rust that a Mike Flynn win is not a local win -- it's a national blow against Boehner approaching the importance of the Brat victory.
-- PJ Media's David Steinberg detailing the dirty tricks campaign being run against Mike Flynn by supporters of Establishment fave-rave Darin LaHood

I have previously endorsed Mike Flynn. But that's easy. Let me explain my case for him.
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A SOUTHERN CROSS TO BEAR Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 25 June 2015

The Confederate battle flag had nothing whatever to do with the gruesome murders Dylann Roof committed in the Emanuel AME Zion church in Charleston, South Carolina.

But Gov. Nikki Haley is right to seek its removal from a monument to Confederate soldiers on the grounds of the state capitol. Conservative CNN commentator Erick Erickson explains why.

And, as Gov. Haley noted, "the hate-filled murderer" and others of his ilk have appropriated the Southern Cross as a symbol of white supremacy. It no longer matters that for many Southerners who followed it into battle, it wasn't.

Robert E. Lee was more critical of slavery than were Union generals U.S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman. Lee was against secession. He fought for the South because he could not fight against Virginia, his home state.

We should all thank God the South lost. But it is false and malicious to assert all Confederates were virulent racists, akin to Nazis.
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OBAMA IS A GHOUL Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Dylann Roof, 21, sat in a Bible study in the Emanuel AME Zion Church in Charleston, South Carolina for nearly an hour before murdering 9 of the parishioners he told police had been "so nice to him."

As most of us were recoiling in horror from such evil, "progressives" - pouncing like vultures on fresh killed carrion - politicized this awful crime.

"This type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries," said President Barack Hussein Obama.

Since 2001, there've been 14 shootings with as many or more victims in Norway, France, Switzerland, Britain, Germany, Finland, Serbia, Brazil and Mexico.

He knew this, yet he used Roof's lunacy to promote his Hate America racist agenda -- and to promote gun-control laws for the purpose of disarming citizens.
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OPM, FAILURE, AND LEGITIMACY Print E-mail
Written by Joe Katzman   
Tuesday, 23 June 2015

All Your (Data)Base Are Belong to Us: OPM, Failure & Legitimacy


You can think of this as part 3 of the Half-Full Report. Part 1: Wild Cards and Part 2: The McRaven Mindset were already too stacked for the amount of coverage this issue requires. Frankly, this is also just too damn important. I wasn't kidding when I said:
"It will take American intelligence decades to recover, and the level of idiocracy/ incompetence involved here is beyond anything you've ever seen from the Obama administration. I repeat: anything."
The implications reach far beyond foreign policy. Among other things, they explain why the conservatives/libertarians who piss you off on security-related issues are people you need. Desperately.
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HOW AMERICA'S GREECE COULD BECOME AMERICA'S HONG KONG Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 24 June 2015

America's Greece is Puerto Rico. 

Like Greece, the Puerto Rican government has more debt than it can service, and some are calling for a bailout by U.S. taxpayers. The major Puerto Rican state-owned or controlled enterprises are all losing money, including the power authority which is insolvent.

Puerto Rico is an American territory that was acquired from Spain in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. The island has a population of about 3.6 million, which is declining as many Puerto Ricans emigrate to the U.S. mainland or elsewhere because of the continuing economic stagnation.

Hong Kong was a small British territory, with the British legal system but no self-government. Yet, it has become rich -- having more than twice the per capita income of the average American -- without receiving aid and subsidies from Britain which the United States has and continues to provide to Puerto Rico.

The operative question is why has Hong Kong become so much more successful than Puerto Rico?
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THE BEST MENTAL EXERCISE IS PHYSICAL Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.
- Thomas Jefferson

It's no secret that exercise is good for our physical health.  As a friend of mine puts it: "In short, physical activity is the best, easiest and cheapest way to decrease your mortality risk and increase your life span. It is also the most powerful anti-aging tactic we've got."

But exercise is vital for our mental health as well; and sitting a lot and not exercising is tremendously harmful for our emotional and psychological life.

I've written about the upsurge in depression over the past several decades. The most popular treatment for depression nowadays is medication. It's quick to administer, it's easy to do - just take a pill.

Exercise isn't as easy as medication; it takes work, self-discipline and perseverance. But exercise is as much as 2½ times as effective as medication for overcoming depression.

Once we develop the habit of exercise, we can easily overcome the inertia and the discomfort; then the benefits we gain against the depression continue, and the side effects are all positive.  Here's how to do it.
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ROBERTS COURT EXPOSED Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 26 June 2015

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HALF-FULL REPORT 06/19/15 - PART 2 OF 2 Print E-mail
Written by Joe Katzman   
Saturday, 20 June 2015

"The Way of the foreman carpenter is the same as the Way of the commander of a warrior house.
In the construction of houses, choice of woods is made. Straight un-knotted timber of good appearance is used for the revealed pillars, straight timber with small defects is used for the inner pillars. Timbers of the finest appearance, even if a little weak, is used for the thresholds, lintels, doors, and sliding doors, and so on. Good strong timber, though it be gnarled and knotted, can always be used discreetly in construction. Timber which is weak or knotted throughout should be used as scaffolding, and later for firewood."
            - Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of 5 Rings

Saturday's Special extends beyond Friday's "Abroad, Two Broads, 10 Broad" set, and makes all of the references above clearer. On a related topic, Vegas Rendezvous attendees who are still wondering about some of the terms I threw up in Hope & Change v2.0's initial "shock and awe" slide will get a helping hand in the coming week - we're going to start publishing a detailed, link-filled Glossary.

Part 2: Saturday Special  

The McRaven Mindset

I suspect that many of you may be asking "Joe, how was Friday's ISIS nightmare scenario Half-Full?" The answer lies, not in external events, but in ourselves. ISIS, like Putin, is forcing Europe to make some fateful choices that pivot around the Cultural Marxist Left's most cherished beliefs. The question isn't whether specific events are bad or good. The question should be:
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HALF-FULL REPORT 06/19/15 - PART 1 OF 2 Print E-mail
Written by Joe Katzman   
Friday, 19 June 2015

Wild Cards

"The Way of the foreman carpenter is the same as the Way of the commander of a warrior house.

In the construction of houses, choice of woods is made. Straight un-knotted timber of good appearance is used for the revealed pillars, straight timber with small defects is used for the inner pillars. Timbers of the finest appearance, even if a little weak, is used for the thresholds, lintels, doors, and sliding doors, and so on. Good strong timber, though it be gnarled and knotted, can always be used discreetly in construction. Timber which is weak or knotted throughout should be used as scaffolding, and later for firewood."
            - Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of 5 Rings
 
Hello, all. I'm given understand that the 2 Jacks are indisposed for this one - so you get a wild card instead. A few of them, actually. Let me throw a few words out there to get things started: legitimacy, the real ISIS, dictator penalty, friends, idiocracy, tribe, war to the knife, start the signal, Marilyn, Benedict.

With that said, this was on very short notice. We're going to start with a very abbreviated set today, counting Abroad, Two Broads, 10 Broad. We'll extend to the full Half-Full Report tomorrow (Saturday). So come on back for more!
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REAGAN AND ISIS Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015

WWRRD?  It's the question all Pub prez contenders need to ask and answer:  What Would Ronald Reagan Do?

It's particularly apposite regarding ISIS, to contrast RR with his successor, President No Strategy.  It's easy enough to criticize and ridicule Zero for being such a limp-wrist in confronting America's enemies.  It's quite another to clearly state just how you'd go about neutralizing their threats.

The candidates to trust on this would be those who will say, "I'd do what Reagan would do, and here's what that is."  So let's perform a thought-experiment. 

We're in the Situation Room in the basement of the West Wing at the White House for a meeting of the National Security Council, chaired by President Ronald Reagan.  Secretary of State John Bolton begins:  "Mr. President, you've been fully briefed on the ISIS terrorist movement.  What should our strategy be towards them?"

Reagan responds:
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DICTATORSHIPS AND OBAMA STANDARDS Print E-mail
Written by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher   
Friday, 19 June 2015

If the president must lead from behind, could he at least get behind someone who wants to win the war against Islamic extremism?

It continues, dreadfully. Islamic State's advancing war on civilization-despite the Obama administration's protestations that it has been stanched-brazenly pushes the modern world toward despair.

Now Islamic State, or ISIS, announces it has taken 86 more Christians hostage, their likely fate a grisly martyrdom. On the same day, June 8, at the G-7 summit, President Obama admitted that he lacks a "complete strategy" to defeat the Islamic extremists now bedeviling Iraq and Syria, much of the rest of the Middle East, and beyond.

We may begin to wonder: Is this irresolution or resolution? I do not like to ascribe darker motives but necessarily wonder what explains the commander in chief's uncertain trumpet.

If the civilized world now searches desperately for steadfast leadership at this time of crisis, it can no longer look to the American administration.

Better to look to the embattled region itself-to Jordan's King Abdullah II, to Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to the leaders of formative Kurdistan, to the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and to Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. 

If you would lead from behind, Mr. President, then please get behind these men.
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THE QUESTIONS HILLARY WON'T ANSWER Print E-mail
Written by Peter Schweizer   
Tuesday, 16 June 2015

"We need to stop the flow of secret, unaccountable money," Hillary Clinton said Saturday (6/13) during her vaunted campaign "do over."

That she said this without a trace of irony is no real surprise. Ever since the release of "Clinton Cash" - which documented the Clintons' love of secret and unaccountable money - the couple's reaction has been to pretend the scandal has nothing to do with them.

Indeed, save for a generic response to a generic question on the topic, Hillary Clinton has yet to answer a single question about "Clinton Cash."

What's fascinating is the surge of new revelations of Clinton sleaziness since my book's publication.  There have been enough post-book revelations to fill a second volume, or a third.  Here are just a few samples:
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TWO SCANDALS EXPOSE HOW SINISTER IS THE LIBTARD MEDIA Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 19 June 2015

Two stories dominated the news this week. One is really, really important. The other is frivolous. Of course, the news media focused more attention on the frivolous story.

Hackers stole sensitive information from databases of the Office of Personnel Management on 4 to 14 million federal employees, who now could have their identities stolen, or worse.

This was a cyber Pearl Harbor which "wrecked American espionage," said John Schindler, a former counterintelligence officer for the National Security Council.  Actually, it was no real hack at all, but we'll get to that.

The news media gave more attention to Rachel Dolezal, who was president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane and a part time professor of Afro-American Studies at Eastern Washington University until her parents outed her as being 100 percent white.

Conservatives chortle as liberals, who said Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner is a woman because he/she thinks he/she is, perform verbal somersaults to make pseudo-distinctions between him/her and Ms. Dolezal.

Once, journalists told us what we needed to know as well as what we liked to hear. It's easier to write about Rachel Dolezal than about the implications of a cyber Pearl Harbor.  But there's another, truly sinister reason.
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HOW TO REFORM HEALTH CARE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 18 June 2015

Here's how to give the poor access to good health care without clobbering middle class Americans or  taxpayers.

When I wrote this, Jack Wheeler reminded me of his Health Freedom vs. Health Fascism from May of 2009.  It's not surprising, given that we think alike, that our "here's how" lists are so similar.   Here's mine.  Jack's is appended below for comparison. 

Specifics aside, one thing on which all conservatives should be able to agree is that the antidote to Obamacare health fascism is getting the government out of the way of health freedom.

Comments on the Forum will be appreciated.  And feel free to add your own suggestions on how to expand health freedom in America.
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