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Written by Charles Koch   
Tuesday, 27 January 2015

As Americans, we like to believe the rule of law in our country is respected and fairly applied, and that only those who commit crimes of fraud or violence are punished and imprisoned.

But the reality is often different. It is surprisingly easy for otherwise law-abiding citizens to run afoul of the overwhelming number of federal and state criminal laws. This proliferation is sometimes referred to as "overcriminalization," which affects us all but most profoundly harms our disadvantaged citizens.

How did we get in this situation? Here's how:

Congress creates, on average, more than 50 new criminal laws each year. This has translated into more than 4,500 federal criminal laws spread across 27,000 pages of the United States federal code. (Note: This number does not include the thousands of criminal penalties in federal regulations.)

As a result, the United States is the world's largest jailer - first in the world for total number imprisoned and first among industrialized nations in the rate of incarceration. The United States represents about 5 percent of the world's population but houses about 25 percent of the world's prisoners.

We have paid a heavy price for mass incarceration and could benefit by reversing this trend. We support the following five-step approach to criminal justice reform:
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 27 January 2015

If you were a librarian, would you put President Obama's recently delivered State of the Union address in the fiction or nonfiction section?

All presidents puff their accomplishments and gloss over their failures, but no previous president has been so blatant in just making up "facts" and numbers that are so disconnected from reality.

The Islamic State (which is also called ISIS or ISIL) is gaining territory, yet the president said we are "stopping ISIL's advance."

He said, "We're upholding the principle that bigger nations can't bully the small, by opposing Russian aggression." In the year since his last State of Union address, Russia has grabbed Crimea, taken control of part of Eastern Ukraine, and continues to take more territory in Ukraine. If this is success, what would failure look like?

The president's description of the economy was also a trip through Fantasy Land.
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HALF-FULL REPORT 01/23/15 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 23 January 2015

King Salmon - that's Alaska's State Fish.  Because of its "high oil content," says one seafood website, it's "the richest salmon in the world."  But why all the headlines about it this morning?

Oh... sorry... that's King Salman, the new ruler of Saudi Arabia.  It's so easy to get vowels mixed up as written Arabic doesn't have them. 

Salman wasted no time this morning replacing Abdullah's relatives with his own.  He's got to be in a hurry as he won't be around for long either - he's 79 with persistent reports (such as in The Economist) he has Alzheimer's.

Thus the Saudi Kingdom could be in beaucoup deep kimchee.  For, like the Former Soviet Union, it's not a real country but a colonial empire within its own borders. 

A history of that with pics is appended below, but for now here's a shot I took of the Ibn Saud Conquest Map inside the Masmak Fort in Riyadh.

We'll laugh at Zero's "More Cowbell Speech," but the bottom line is scary serious:  he's a fascist.  That needs to be said everywhere repeatedly:  President Barack Obama is a fascist. Here is precisely why...
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 22 January 2015

Ceuta, Spanish Morocco.  The Greeks called them "The Pillars of Hercules," pushed apart by their legendary hero to link the Atlantic with the Med on his way to perform one of his Twelve Labors.  A monument here commemorates the myth.

From here you can easily see the famous Rock looming across the straits even through the fog.


That was where the Moslem invaders from Africa aimed for in the year 711, led by their general Tariq ibn Ziyad.  Their invasion successful, the invaders named the Rock Jebel Tariq­ - the Mountain of Tariq - in his honor.  When the Christian knights of Castile finally kicked the Moslems out in 1462, they gave the Rock its Spanish pronunciation, Gibraltar.

The great historical irony is that The Moslem Conquest of Spain - which could have been the Moslem Conquest of All Europe had not Charles Martel defeated the invaders at the Battle of Tours in 732 - was made possible by a Christian traitor, the ruler of Ceuta at the time.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 23 January 2015

"Sleeper cells" like the one that attacked the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo are here, says Sen. Dianne Feinstein, former chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. ISIS has sleeper cells in America, says former CIA officer Bob Baer. So does Iran, says former CIA operative "Reza Kahlili."

"Another 9/11 is imminent unless we act decisively, and quickly," former CENTCOM adviser Ali Khedery warned President Barack Obama in August.

Terror attacks rose sharply during the insurgency in Iraq, fell after it was crushed by the troop surge, have skyrocketed since 2011. Deaths from terror rose 41 percent in 2012, 61 percent in 2013.

The spike coincides with the president's feckless efforts to woo Islamists; dithering over the civil war in Syria; belated recognition of and piddling response to the threat posed by ISIS.

Diminishing when Mr. Obama assumed office, the terror threat now is rising faster than the capacity of security agencies to cope with it, some experts fear.  Is Mr. Obama merely incompetent or insouciant, or is he pro-terrorist?  Let's count the ways...
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Little illustrates more clearly the large and expanding gulf between ordinary Americans and liberal elitists than their responses to two movies out this month.

"American Sniper," the Clint Eastwood film based on the autobiography of Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL who is credited with more confirmed kills (160) than any other sniper in U.S. history, was a box office smash when it opened last weekend.

Mr. Kyle left the Navy in 2009. A month after his autobiography was published in 2012, he was murdered at a firing range in Texas by a former Marine he'd befriended, who apparently was suffering from PTSD.

Taya Kyle, Chris Kyle's widow, said actor Bradley Cooper and the film's writers and producers have portrayed him accurately.

NRO's David French explains why the movie is a  cultural game-changer that millions of normal Americans are flocking to see.  Chris Kyle is the true American war hero of our day, as Alvin York was for WWI and Audie Murphy for WWII.

And that's why liberal elitists hate it.
Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015

People are more free and prosperous as a result of the work of Gary Becker, John Blundell, Leonard Liggio, Gordon Tullock and Henry Manne, all of whom passed away during the last eight months.

Henry Manne, dean emeritus of the George Mason University Law School, and one of the founders of the field of law and economics, died this past Saturday (1/17), at age 86.

Most lawyers know little about economics, and as a result, many judges make unnecessarily harmful decisions. Dr. Manne, who was both a lawyer and an economist, had been influenced by the work of Ronald Coase and Aaron Director (who had been professors of his at the University of Chicago Law School) and by economists Milton Friedman, Armen Alchian and others.

Henry Manne's impact will remain for generations, not only from his own writings, but from the influence he had on his students and others that he mentored (including yours truly), and the fact that courses in law and economics are now taught in many law schools.

In May 2014, one of the true economic giants, Gary Becker, at age 83 left us.

Becker had made important contributions to our understanding of the motivations for discrimination, crime and drug addiction. He was always a pleasure to be with because of his many original insights into human behavior.  Awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1992, his mentor Milton Friedman (Nobel Laureate in 1976), said that Gary Becker was the best student he ever had.
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Written by Senator Joni Ernst   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015

[Note:  No one but a masochist would have voluntarily watched the JOTUS - Jerk/Joke, take your pick - give his SOTN - State of the Narcissist - speech last night.  But Iowa Senator Joni Ernst gave a GOP response that spoke directly to normal Americans, with whom her words will resonate.  The text and video of her speech are below.]

I'm Joni Ernst. As a mother, a soldier, and a newly elected senator from the great State of Iowa, I am proud to speak with you tonight.

A few moments ago, we heard the President lay out his vision for the year to come. Even if we may not always agree, it's important to hear different points of view in this great country. We appreciate the President sharing his.

Tonight though, rather than respond to a speech, I'd like to talk about your priorities. I'd like to have a conversation about the new Republican Congress you just elected, and how we plan to make Washington focus on your concerns again.

We heard the message you sent in November - loud and clear. And now we're getting to work to change the direction Washington has been taking our country.

The new Republican Congress also understands how difficult these past six years have been. For many of us, the sting of the economy and the frustration with Washington's dysfunction, weren't things we had to read about. We felt them every day.

We felt them in Red Oak - the little town in southwestern Iowa where I grew up, and am still proud to call home today.
Written by Matt Ridley   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The European Parliament voted last week (1/13) to let countries decide their own policies on growing genetically modified crops.

The vote allows countries such as Britain to press ahead because of hard evidence that such crops are good for the environment, good for consumers and good for farmers; and let countries such as Austria continue to ban the things despite such evidence.

It's a strange-bedfellow  alliance of the rational with the superstitious against the bureaucratic.

Indeed, the untold story is that it was a triumph of subtle diplomacy by Owen Paterson - the Euroskeptic former UK environment minister who knows how to work the Brussels system.

Last year he denounced what he called The Green Blob - "the network of environmental pressure groups, renewable energy companies and public officials who keep each other well supplied with lavish funds, scare stories and green tape."

It was the Green Blob that suffered defeat in Brussels last week.
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Friday, 23 January 2015

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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 16 January 2015

I'm starting this HFR with tears in my eyes.  They are tears of joy and pride.

I just got an email with a link to a story last week (1/05) in the Marine Corps Times.  The story title couldn't be more uninteresting - Changing Sea Duty - but the first line is not:

"Marines and sailors are at the center of a test that could change naval warfare."

Someone in the USMC came up with a revolutionary way to deploy Marines more effectively and carried it through from conceptual creation in his brain to implementation at sea.

That someone, who has now changed US naval warfare for the better, is my son, USMC Captain Brandon Wheeler...

From the personal to nationally heart-warming news. 

The Oscar Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were announced yesterday afternoon (1/5) - with the voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences proving they are not racists by refusing to nominate actors and actresses just because they are black...

This is absolutely hands down - or is it pants down? - the best headline of the week:  Thief Demands Victim Drop Pants, Victim Kills Him...

Have fun, there's more.
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Monday, 12 January 2015

How about making 2015 be that for you?

The older you get, the more apparent it is that life - your life - is really short.  There is a scene in the movie On Golden Pond where the character played by Henry Fonda is celebrating his 80th birthday with his family.  His wife (Katherine Hepburn) asks him, "How does it feel to be 80?"  He answers, "Well, I'm surprised it got here so fast."

The only way I know of to not get to old age fast is to not slow down - to speed up instead.  My way is to fill my life with more adventure than ever.

As old age approaches, lots of people make a "bucket list," things they dream of doing before it's finita la musica.  Yet the sooner you start your own bucket list, no matter what age, the better - for the more time you'll have to live your dreams.  Don't be under the illusion, however, that you have plenty of time. 

The years pass ever more quickly.  This last one has come and gone - 2014 is over forever.  Don't let 2015 be the same before living one of  your dreams.  Carpe diem.  Here we go.  Ever see this?  It's one of the most iconic pictures of World War II - a section of the famed Burma Road called 24-Zig.

The Burma Road was built to carry US supplies from Burma to Chiang Kai Shek's capital of Chungking to fight the Japanese in China.  It turns out that the 24-Zig is not in Burma, it's in China.  It was lost for many years and has now been rediscovered.  How'd you like to go there with me?  Or here?...
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Millions of French men and women are proclaiming Je suis Charlie - I am Charlie - as we all know.  But saying it is not proving it.  That must be done by doing, by concrete action.

Yes, they can agitate and demand their government do what's necessary - such as:

*Eliminate all Non-Moslem No-Go Zones in France;  apply normal police authority to them as anywhere else.
*Eliminate Islamic Sharia Law as having any binding legal authority in France.  Any Moslem demanding to live under Sharia Law will be provided with a one-way ticket to the Islamic country of his choice where Sharia prevails.
*Terminate all welfare programs and assistance of any kind to all non-French citizens.

Good luck on their Euroweenie government doing any of this.  So let's focus on what Frenchfolk can do themselves.  And how perfect it would be for them to prove they are Charlie through that ultimate expression of their culture - food.

The timing couldn't be better.  There's an ingredient in French cuisine that no self-respecting French chef would be without, yet strikes horror in the hearts of both Moslems and Moochelle Obama together with her fascist food police.  You can't get better than that.  We are talking about lard - rendered pig fat.  And guess what?

Lard Is The New Health Food.  Quite seriously.
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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