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HALF-FULL REPORT 05/01/15 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 01 May 2015

It's May Day.  For millennia, this has been a joyful celebration of the end of winter, with flowers and happy festivities.  Today, you'll notice news stories like, Oakland Braces for Major May Day Mayhem.

It's not May Day, it's Commie Day.  How it became that way was told last year (May 1, 2014) in May Day Should Be May Day, Not Commie Day.  It's what actually happened, so while the history may make you ill, it really is a must-read...

Last weekend was our Vegas Rendezvous, and many attendees said it was the best ever.  It really was fabulous.  I can't thank all our amazing speakers enough.  Most especially, though, I want to express my appreciation to our marvelous TTPer attendees.  Personally, it was such a pleasure to see and meet them all...

A great tragedy occurred this past week.  On Saturday (4/25), a gigantic 7.9 earthquake struck central Nepal. Through my friends there, I expressed my deepest condolences to the Nepalese, and I'm sure you do as well.  Nonetheless, the damage is far from total.  Much of the country had little damage.  Which means that our Lost Kingdom of Lo expedition this August is still on...

The protohominid thugs who trashed their own city, Baltimore, this week would have been regarded as good news by Vladimir Lenin and Saul Alinsky.  If we wished to be Leninist and Alinskyite, so would we...

There's a Thank God Department this week.  On Tuesday (4/28), the headline appeared that we've been praying for...

Lastly, the HFR Hero of the Week is a 12 year-old kid.
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THE BLAME FOR BALTIMORE LIES WITH DEMOCRATS Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 01 May 2015

"I think we, as a country, have to do some soul searching" about the rioting in Baltimore, President Barack Obama said Tuesday (4/28).

Bunk. "We, as a country" are not to blame.

First and foremost, blame resides with the racist thugs who looted stores, burned buildings and automobiles, assaulted police officers, shopkeepers, and white people who crossed their path.

Next in order of culpability are the politicians whose belated and timid response allowed the thugs to run amok. The conduct of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has been especially appalling.

Ms. Rawlings-Blake is a Democrat. So are all 15 members of the city council. Baltimore hasn't had a Republican mayor for 48 years, since Theodore McKeldin left office in 1967. Maryland has had just two Republican governors since 1969. Democrats have controlled both houses of the legislature since 1992. "The system" that has failed poor blacks in Baltimore was designed, and is administered, exclusively by Democrats.

Ms. Rawlings-Blake is black. So is the president of the City Council, a majority of its members, and the States Attorney. Blacks in Baltimore aren't oppressed by The Man. In Baltimore, politically connected left wing Democrat blacks are The Man.
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LIBERALS AND BALTIMORE Print E-mail
Written by Sean Collins   
Thursday, 30 April 2015

Amazing scenes from Baltimore: rioters throwing bricks at police, looting and burning down a CVS pharmacy and other stores, stomping on police cars and setting them on fire.

The rioting followed the funeral of Freddie Gray on Monday (4/27), a black man who died in police custody in uncertain circumstances. The next day (4/28), National Guard in camouflage patrolled the streets, and a curfew was imposed.

The rioters also burned down a housing project for seniors and a community centre, a $16million investment by the Southern Baptist Church that was due to open in six months. It was meant to be a sign of hope in a blighted area.

And yet, despite the evident self-destructiveness, some were claiming that the rioters were "uprisers" that represented a "rebellion". Morehouse College professor Mark Hill Lamont told CNN that the turmoil in Baltimore was "resistance to oppression" rather than rioting.  Salon commentator Benji Hart called the rioting a "legitimate political strategy"

But there was nothing "political" in the rioting and looting. In fact, in political terms, destroying one's neighborhood is a big setback for those who want to have legitimate concerns about policing addressed and effect other changes.  Liberals seem to not care less.
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A BOMBER PILOT FOR 2016? Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 30 April 2015

Bomber pilots in World War II knew they were over the target when they began taking FLAK --the German acronym for Flugzeug Abwehr Kanonen" (air defense artillery).

So hold your course steady, Scott Walker. You've frightened them.

By "them," I don't mean just Democrats and leftist ideologues. Big business and establishment Republicans are terrified too.

The flak they've fired at Wisconsin's governor for what most Americans regard as uncontroversial remarks indicates "terrified" isn't hyperbole.

"The next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that's based, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages," Gov. Walker said on Glenn Beck's radio program April 20.

Gov. Walker is "far right," "anti-immigrant," "xenophobic," wants to end legal immigration, said many on the Left. Lying and name-calling are the Left's idea of "debate" on most issues .But establishment Republicans piled on too.

All this flak means Walker is bombing a bullseye on the most serious issue regarding America's future.  Is he the bomber pilot we need for 2016?
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AN OPEN LETTER TO POPE FRANCIS Print E-mail
Written by The Cornwall Alliance   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Your Holiness:

As world leaders contemplate a climate agreement, many look to you for guidance. We commend you for your care for the earth and God's children, especially the poor. With this letter we raise some matters of concern that we ask you to consider as you convey that guidance.

Much of the debate over environmental stewardship is rooted in a clash of worldviews, with conflicting doctrines of God, creation, humanity, sin, and salvation. Unfortunately, that clash often works its way into the very conclusions of environmental science.

Rather than a careful reporting of the best evidence, we get highly speculative and theory-laden conclusions presented as the assured results of science. In the process, science itself is diminished, and many well-meaning moral and religious leaders risk offering solutions based on misleading science. The effect, tragically, is that the very people we seek to help could be harmed instead.

Specifically, the scientific method demands that theories be tested by empirical observation. By that test, computer climate models of the warming effect of enhanced atmospheric carbon dioxide are wrong. They therefore provide no rational basis to forecast dangerous human-induced global warming, and therefore no rational basis for efforts to reduce warming by restricting the use of fossil fuels or any other means.

Further, we ask you to consider that substituting low-density, intermittent energy sources like wind and solar for high-density, constant energy sources like fossil fuels would be catastrophic to the world's poor.
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CHINA'S COMING LOST DECADE Print E-mail
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Tuesday, 28 April 2015

China is drafting plans for bond purchases to boost liquidity and shore up the country's $2.6 trillion edifice of local government debt, becoming last of the world's big economic powers to resort to quantitative easing.

The news propelled the Chinese stock market to a seven-year high yesterday (4/27), helped by fevered talk of a merger between Sinopec and PetroChina, the country's two oil giants..

The Shanghai Composite index of equities has risen by 40% this year and 125% since June, even as the economy grapples with a property slump.

Corporate profits fell 2.6% in the first quarter and swathes of industry are mired in recession. "The operational situation of industrial enterprises remains grave," said the National Bureau of Statistics.

Total debt has reached 250% of GDP, if all forms of trusts, shadow banking, and off-shore lending are included. "No country has ever survived that sort of rise without something bad happening," said Nariman Behravesh, global economist for IHS Global Insight.
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WHY DO THE GREEN TALIBAN WANT AFRICA TO STAY POOR? Print E-mail
Written by Matt Ridley   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015

In what is probably the silliest comment on climate since Harry Reid blamed global warming on the Koch brothers, a green journalist opined of the refugees currently dying in the Mediterranean: "This is what climate crisis looks like . . . We know there is evidence that the violence triggered by the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011 were in part fuelled by protests over soaring food prices."

The soaring prices were actually exacerbated (as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN confirmed) by the diversion of much of the world's farmland into making motor fuel, in the form of ethanol and biodiesel, for the rich to salve their green consciences. Greenie climate policies were a far greater contributor to the Arab Spring than climate change itself.

Without abundant fuel and power, prosperity is impossible. Nearly 700 million Africans rely mainly on wood or dung to cook and heat with, and 600 million have no access to electric light.

As the International Energy Agency recently put it in a recent report, "increasing access to modern forms of energy is crucial to unlocking faster economic and social development in sub-Saharan Africa". Africa is awash with fossil fuels - but not the capital to build plants to turn them into electricity.

Greenie activists and politicians in the West -- what I call the Green Taliban -- are determined to deny them that capital.  Why?
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SECRETS OF SWISS SUCCESS Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Geneva, Switzerland.  What is the happiest place? Last week (4/23) in its annual World Happiness Report, the United Nations reported that Switzerland was No. 1. The United States ranked No. 15, and the African country of Togo came in last, at number 158. (Scroll down to Figure 2.2 for the ranked list.)

Switzerland is arguably the world's most successful country -- and most improbably so. It is landlocked and without much in the way of natural resources. It has four official languages, many different religious groups, and is surrounded by warring neighbors. Yet, it has remained an island of peace and prosperity.

The modern Swiss federal state goes back to 1848, when a federal constitution was adopted, giving the central government responsibility for defense, trade and legal matters. All other government matters were left to the cantons and the communes (i.e., cities and towns).

The U.S. Constitution, which is more than a half-century older than the Swiss, also greatly limited the powers of the central government -- but unlike the Swiss, there has been a centralization of power in the capital at the expense of the states and local governments.

How did the Swiss do it?
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PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 01 May 2015


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HALF-FULL REPORT 04/24/15 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Saturday, 25 April 2015

It's a jump from Niue to Vegas.  My brain hasn't the faintest idea of what time zone it's in, so my own "puzzle of paradise" is how I'm going to compose a coherent HFR right now, especially when the Rendezvous begins in a few hours.

Jack Kelly has been manning the HFR ramparts superbly since early February - that's how long I've been gone - so let's hope I still remember how to do this.  Let's start right off the bat with the HFR Hero of the Week - actually, she's the Heroine of the Week, a British lady named Katie Hopkins...

Now, if you prefer an American Hero of the Week - well, that's obvious too:  Peter Schweizer.  His new book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, won't be out until early May - but just a handful of excerpts from it this week are destroying the PIAPS' White House hopes...

Scweizer may have written her political obituary.  We need other political obituaries too - like those of any pro-amnesty RINO White House aspirant like Jeb Bush.  Or else it's America's obituary that will be written.

Yes, folks, we're turning into Chavista Venezuela, which is seeing a population explosion (of voting age adults!) just in time for elections.

Mark Fitzgibbons at AT explains that America is already a Soft Police State.  But there's one instructive counter-example from South Carolina...

Meanwhile, you've got to love a guy who drives libtards apoplectic, like he did on Wednesday - a sacred day for all lefty eco-fascists as "Earth Day" - to the moonbats at Mother Jones who ran this headline:  Scott Walker Celebrates Earth Day by Proposing To Fire 57 Environmental Agency Employees.  How cool is that? 
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PUZZLES OF PARADISE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Niue Island, Polynesia.  Have you ever seen the ocean turn day-glo pink?  It does here naturally during a sunset. 

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Niue (new-way) is the Polynesian paradise you've never heard of (yes, there will be more pictures below). 

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Why is one of the puzzles we'll talk about, including the world's greatest puzzle of all.  First, though, as I watch this glorious sunset in the Pacific, I can't help thinking of all the Pacific sunsets I saw where I was born and grew up, a place that was a paradise that's been destroyed by liberals.

California is in the headlines now because of its draught, and all the Greenie Lefties and EPA bureaucrats responsible should be sent to a Reeducation Camp out in the Mojave Desert to learn what brainless twits they are.  Meanwhile, I'm gloating because Niue, a small island with no lakes or rivers, has pure drinkable water coming out of its ears.
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THE NEW CONSERVATIVE COUNTER-CULTURE Print E-mail
Written by Joe Katzman   
Thursday, 23 April 2015

I'd like to give all TTPers - both those who will be attending the Vegas Rendezvous this weekend and those unable to do so - an intro to what I'll be talking about.

First, though, I need to get something off of my chest. I have become very, very tired of reading standard conservative media. Frankly, the gelded whining gets to me. Detailed arguments aplenty, explaining why the latest Leftist power-grab or exploitation is wrong. Or why their latest hate speech is unfair.

So. What.

Newsflash: the other side doesn't care. They've made it crystal clear that power is the only goal, that they enjoy using power to enrich themselves and hurt others, and that there are no limits of law or decency that restrain them. If you're looking to standard conservative media for hope or change, I recommend Prozac as a mandatory Plan B.  

Economics? Once, this was their spearhead. Now? They'd need a high-power telescope to see even Zero Hedge ahead of them; meanwhile, the global economic order makes ticking sounds.

Popular culture? Never a strength - and now it's the main front of the Left. External enemies? This, they still get. But not the internal ones, who are statistically much more likely to murder you (yes, Virginia, liberals are more lethal than terrorists).

Like so much of the conservative movement, they keep trying to approach the 21st century with the worldview and infrastructure of 1980. Not. Working. The cold hard truth is that liberty's future is arising without them - and may not need them.

What's needed are the bright spots of the new conservative counter-culture.  Here they are...
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WHEN DID AMERICA FORGET IT'S AMERICA? Print E-mail
Written by Natan Sharansky   
Tuesday, 21 April 2015

On a number of occasions during the negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, the Israeli government has appealed to the United States and its allies to demand a change in Tehran's aggressive behavior.

If Iran wishes to be treated as a normal state, Israel has said, then it should start acting like one. Unfortunately, these appeals have been summarily dismissed.

The Obama administration apparently believes that only after a nuclear agreement is signed can the free world expect Iran to stop its attempts at regional domination, improve its human rights record and, in general, behave like the civilized state it hopes the world will recognize it to be.

As a former Soviet dissident, I cannot help but compare this approach to that of the United States during its decades-long negotiations with the Soviet Union, which at the time was a global superpower and a existential threat to the free world. The differences are striking and revealing.

And the reason for those differences is tragic.
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SCOOBY AND THE LYING SWINE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Wednesday, 22 April 2015

On her way to Iowa in a van she called "Scooby Doo," Hillary Clinton stopped for lunch at a Chipotle restaurant in Toledo.

It was "historic," said Newsweek. She carried her own tray, gushed the New York Times. "We've never seen her eat a burrito before!" marveled Mark Halperin of Bloomberg News.

Politico wrote a story about "the everyday people who made Hillary Clinton's burrito." The subtext, I gather, was how thrilling that must have been for the peasants.

I hope they were thrilled, because Hillary didn't leave a tip.

The "listening tour" - right down to the name of her van - is a reprise of what Ms. Clinton did when she ran for the Senate in 2000.

Every event in Iowa - where Hillary met mostly with small, pre-screened groups - was staged and scripted. In the first, three "ordinary Iowans" she chatted with in a café were Democrat campaign operatives driven there by her staff.

And yet the Lying Swine continue to swoon.
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THE WORLD ECONOMY'S PROBLEM IS TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 22 April 2015

This past week, the International Monetary Fund again lowered its global economic forecast for 2015.

The Federal Reserve had forecast the U.S. economy to grow about 4 percent near the beginning of each year for the last five years. But during each year, the Fed was forced to reduce its forecast until it got to the actual number of approximately 2 percent. Other government agencies have been making equally bad forecasts.

These mammoth errors clearly show that the forecast models the official agencies use are mis-specified and contain incorrect assumptions.

Government economic policymakers have been trying to solve a problem of too much government spending, taxing and regulation by inappropriately using monetary policy, which has not and cannot solve the fundamental problems. It is like using a hammer rather than a shovel to dig a hole.

There is only one non-destructive solution to the global econoomy's woes.
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