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A TREMBLE OF EUROWEENIES Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 30 October 2014

Some of my favorite words in the English language are "collective nouns," the colorful names for groups of animals going back to the 15th century that every kid had to know to go hunting with his dad. Not knowing them was laughable ignorance.

We would laugh today if someone said a "herd of fish" instead of a school, or a "flock of cattle," instead of a herd or drove. We know it's a pride of lions, but it's a leap of leopards, a crash of rhinos, a shrewdness of apes, a skulk of foxes. Perhaps you've heard of a murder of crows or an exultation of larks, but it's an unkindness of ravens, an ostentation of peacocks, a bouquet of pheasants, a parliament of owls.

Collective nouns were applied to groups of people as well. We still call it a congregation of churchgoers, but it's an impatience of wives, a boast of soldiers, an impertinence of peddlers, an illusion of painters. I love the one for prostitutes: a flourish of strumpets.

It's a tremble of cowards.  That certainly was the appropriate designation for the French-German Euroweenie portion of participants at the Paris conference I attended earlier this week.

It was a conference on Global Security organized by the French Ministry of Defense, the US Department of Defense, and NATO. It had a dual focus:  on the threat of Russian aggression in Ukraine, and on cybersecurity. 

Held in the King's Council Chamber of Les Invalides, among the 40 some attendees were ministers of defense and ambassadors from several countries, high level EU and NATO officials, Pentagon generals, and key executives from major defense and cybersecurity companies.  I attended as the geopolitical strategist for one of the conference sponsors.

There was no press, and no attribution for anything said was permitted.  Given that restriction, here is what happened.
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THE EVIL PARTY Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 30 October 2014

Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, and Democrats and their allies in the news media gotta foment race hatred for political gain.

The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, has been wracked by violence since Aug. 9, when Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, shot Michael Brown, 18, who was black.

A mob sought "justice for Mike Brown" by looting area businesses. Many journalists accepted as Gospel the account of the shooting by Mr. Brown's accomplice in a convenience store robbery shortly before it.

What they never report is that violent crime is mostly intra-racial. In 2011, 83 percent of white homicide victims were murdered by other whites, 91 percent of black victims were killed by other blacks, according to FBI data.

White on black violence is rare. Blacks are 25 to 39 times more like to commit violent crimes against whites than vice versa, according to various studies.

When violence is black on black, Democrats and  the news media pay little attention; even less when it is black on white. They paint a misleading - and incendiary - portrait of violence in America.  And they do it on purpose.
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A VIRTUOSO OF MALICIOUS INTENT Print E-mail
Written by Caroline Glick   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Since he assumed office nearly six years ago, US President Barack Hussein Obama has been dogged by allegations of managerial incompetence. Obama, his critics allege, had no managerial experience before he was elected. His lack of such experience, they claim, is reflected in what they see as his incompetent handling of the challenges of the presidency.

In everything from dealing with the Congress, to reining in radical ideologues at the IRS, to handling the chaos at the Mexican border, to putting together coordinated strategies for dealing with everything from Ebola to Islamic State (IS), Obama's critics claim that he is out of his league. That he is incompetent.

But if Israel's experience with him is any guide, then his critics are the ones who are out to sea. Because at least in his handling of US relations with the Jewish state, Obama has exhibited a mastery of the tools of the executive branch unmatched by most of his predecessors.

Obama is a master of mendacity, a virtuoso of malciousness.  Consider two recent news stories:
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THE LEGEND OF THE LONE WOLF TERRORIST Print E-mail
Written by Michael Ledeen   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014

When I last wrote about this subject (Ledeen's Lair May 2013), they called them "homegrown" terrorists, the phrase of the month a year and a half ago.  Back then, such imaginary monsters were bombing marathons;  today they are shooting Canadian parliamentarians and security guards, and attacking NYPD guys with their jihadi axes.

It doesn't really matter what you call them, because they're figments of the "expert" imagination. The legend-mavens tell us that there are "normal" Americans (this part is very important) who somehow just go bad, and turn into murderous terrorists.  There is no foreign input, no alien country or intelligence service, no global conspiracy.  The terrorists are homegrown and they are on their own. They are  Lone Wolves.

It's not so. There are homegrown terrorists like the Unabomber, but these aren't the people we're talking about just now.  Unabomber is a nut, but he's a distinctly American nut, and definitely a lone wolf. 

The so-called lone wolves of recent days-the killer in Canada, the axeman in New York, and, we should add, the Oklahama City decapitator - aren't loners, they're members.  They've been inspired by local or online jihadis.
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HOW CONGRESS CAN STOP IRS VIOLATIONS OF FREEDOM AND THE LAW Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014

After last week's ruling wherein a federal court failed to permanently bar the Internal Revenue Service from targeting conservative groups, there can be no doubt that liberty and the IRS are incompatible.

The IRS continues to seize bank accounts of individuals and businesses without a court determination of wrongdoing.

Officials of the Obama administration and the IRS have demonstrated time and time again that they are willing to misuse their powers for partisan political purposes.

Congress has the power to correct IRS abuses. One example: Legislation that gives the right to taxpayers to hold individuals within the IRS personally accountable for political targeting or other improper uses of power. That is, IRS employees must have their sovereign immunity protections taken away from them.

The potential problems an IRS employee might have with the loss of such protection is of far less danger to the republic than the danger that politically corrupted, irresponsible and renegade IRS employees pose to the public.   Here are other examples.
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OUR ANTI-HEALTH-AND-SAFETY PRESIDENT Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, an instructor in clinical medicine at Columbia University and a volunteer for Doctors Without Borders, returned to New York City Oct. 17 from Guinea, where he'd been treating Ebola patients.

He passed "enhanced screening" at Kennedy airport, but last Thursday (10/23), Dr. Spencer tested positive for Ebola.

Despite feeling "sluggish" on the previous Tuesday, the next day Dr. Spencer took two subway trains from Manhattan to a bowling alley in Brooklyn, then a taxi back home. In the six days prior to his diagnosis, Dr. Spencer made numerous other excursions around the city.

Why didn't Dr. Spencer minimize his contact with others until after the 21 day incubation period had passed? Why especially, on a day he was feeling "sluggish," did he ride subways, eat at restaurants, go bowling?

What's most alarming is that neither Dr. Spencer nor nurse Amber Vinson - who took a commercial flight from Cleveland to Dallas despite having a fever -- violated CDC protocols.

By contrast, thanks to their strict border controls, Senegal and Nigeria are Ebola free. Given the now obvious inadequacy of airport screening, and the apparent unwillingness of health care professionals to minimize contacts during the incubation period, travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines are musts to prevent the spread of the disease here.

The Obama administration strenuously opposes both.
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HALF-FULL REPORT 10/24/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 24 October 2014

Ten days to go until Election Eve.  Is it time to play this?



Yes, there's still time for things to go sideways, and many races are close enough for the Dems to cheat their way to victory - especially in Colorado.  But every time I start to worry about Dem voter fraud this year, I think of Joe Biden.

Remember his incredibly obnoxious performance debating Paul Ryan in 2012?  It was the single VP candidate debate on national television, with Ryan trying to have a serious discussion about serious issues, and all Biden did was smirk and eye-roll ridicule everything Ryan said. 

A voice of alarm went off in my brain - which I unfortunately ignored as I couldn't believe it at the time - that Biden was signaling the fix was in.  He couldn't take the debate or the entire campaign or voter sentiment seriously because he knew Dem Party operatives had made sure the election would follow Stalin's dictum:  "It doesn't matter who votes - what matters is who counts the votes."

You won't find SloJo being a smart-ass now - or any other Dem and Enemedia pundit.  They are all in a state of gloom and panic living in Sour Grapes City. 

That alone tells you the Pub margin of victory in many races is too big for Dem cheating to overcome.  So maybe we really can sing along with the 1967 Beatles, It's Getting Better All The Time.  Let's look at some specifics.
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ON THE ROAD TO MANDALAY Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Burma is a hidden country. Sandwiched between India and Thailand, it is essentially the drainage basin of the Irawaddy River, rising in the glaciers at the southeast corner of the Tibetan Plateau and flowing south for 1,350 miles to the Bay of Bengal.

Out of a welter of tribal regions and warring principalities, it emerged into history only about a thousand years ago with the Pagan Empire.  It established Buddhism throughout what is now Burma, and constructed over 10,000 Buddhist temples during the 10th-13th centuries.  2,200 remain in the plains of Pagan today, one of the world's most wondrous sights -- as you can see by the picture above.

The Mongol invasions of the late 1200s wiped Pagan out. Various kingdoms warred, rose, and fell for the next 500 years until the Brits arrived, who in a series of Anglo-Burmese Wars from 1824-1885 colonized and created Burma as a Province of British India.  The capital was Rangoon, built by the Brits into a flourishing city known as The Garden City of the Orient, and way upriver on the Irawaddy was the city they were all lyrical about - Mandalay.

It was Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) who made Burma the ultimate of the romantically exotic with his poem Mandalay in 1890. 

By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin' lazy at the sea,
There's a Burma girl a-settin', and I know she thinks o' me;
For the wind is in the palm-trees, and the temple-bells they say:
"Come you back, you British soldier; come you back to Mandalay!"
        Come you back to Mandalay,
        Where the old Flotilla lay:
        Can't you 'ear their paddles chunkin' from Rangoon to Mandalay?
        On the road to Mandalay,
        Where the flyin'-fishes play,
        An' the dawn comes up like thunder outer China 'crost the Bay!

I'd like you to come with me on the Road to Mandalay...
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TED'S TOP TEN FOR 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Ted Cruz   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014

By all signs, Americans are preparing to send Washington a clear message in the 2014 elections.

The question is, will Washington listen?

Republicans - poised to take control of Congress - should set our sights on three big goals to make Americans feel confident in their futures once again: jumpstart the economy, safeguard constitutional liberties, and strengthen our national security.

Here are ten critical priorities for the 2015 Congress:

First, embrace a big pro-jobs, growth agenda.

For six years, the Obama economy has been trapped in stagnation, hurting millions. A Republican Congress should immediately help Americans get more jobs by embracing America's energy renaissance.

This means passing legislation to make it easier to build energy infrastructure, such as the Keystone pipeline. But, we need an energy policy that's bigger than Keystone.

An effective energy plan would also protect innovative energy technology, such as hydraulic fracturing, from being handcuffed by the federal government. We can also open up land for exploration and ensure that American companies can export liquefied natural gas around the world.

And, lastly, stop the EPA from implementing rules that will destroy coal jobs and drive up our electricity bills.

Second,
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FROM TRUMAN'S FAIR DEAL TO OBAMA'S RAW DEAL FOR AMERICANS Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 24 October 2014

If Republicans win control of both the House and Senate, "the interests of billionaires will come before the needs of the middle class,"  Barack Hussein Obama said at a October 8th $32,500 a plate fund-raiser at the $16 million Greenwich, Connecticut estate of a billionaire named (I'm not making this up) Rich Richman.

You can't top that remark for hypocrisy, or the setting for irony.  President Hussein did the same thing last night (10/23), at yet another $32,500 a plate dinner at the home of that ultimate trust fund baby, Jay Rockefeller.

It isn't the middle class who write $32,500 checks. Those who do expect something in return. They've been getting it.

The Obama administration "protected Wall Street. Not families who were losing their homes. Not people who lost their jobs. And it happened over and over and over," Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, told the liberal webzine Salon.

Fauxcahontas isn't right about much, but she is about this. The administration's fiscal and monetary policies rewarded Wall Streeters whose reckless lending magnified the subprime mortgage crisis.

The "D" in Democrat certainly no longer stands for Democracy as it did for Harry Truman.  Today under Obama it stands for Deceit, Duplicity, and Dishonesty.
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THE 10TH AMENDMENT SOLUTION TO GOVERNMENT INEPTITUDE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Under the "leadership" of Dr. Thomas Frieden, the Centers for Disease Control has fought smoking and obesity, built bike lanes, conducted "Zombie Preparedness Drills," argued gun violence should be treated as a public health issue.

When CDC was established in 1946 (as the Communicable Diseases Center), it was created for the explicit purpose of protecting Americans from dangerous epidemics. CDC isn't very good at that.

Virtually every assurance Dr. Frieden made about Ebola isn't true. Most alarmingly false was CDC's claim any U.S. hospital with an isolation ward could treat Ebola patients safely. Only four hospitals in the entire country are fully equipped to treat the deadly disease. Most are woefully unprepared.

Such ridiculous (and dangerous) ineptitude is not an aberration in our ridiculously vast federal bureaucracy -- it's the norm.  We need a 10th Amendment solution for it.
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RUSSIA IS DECAYING FASTER THAN THE SOVIET UNION Print E-mail
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Thursday, 23 October 2014

It took two years for crumbling oil prices to bring the Soviet Union to its knees in the mid-1980s, and another two years of stagnation to break the Bolshevik empire altogether.

Russian ex-premier Yegor Gaidar famously dated the moment to September 1985, when Saudi Arabia stopped trying to defend the crude market, cranking up output instead.

"The collapse of the USSR should serve as a lesson to those who construct policy based on the assumption that oil prices will remain perpetually high. A seemingly stable superpower disintegrated in only a few short years," he wrote in 2007.

Lest we engage in false historicism, it is worth remembering just how strong the USSR still seemed. It knew how to make things. It had an industrial core, with formidable scientists and engineers.

Vladimir Putin's Russia is a weaker animal in key respects, a remarkable indictment of his 15-year reign. He presides over a rentier economy, addicted to oil, gas and metals, a textbook case of the Dutch Disease.

"Russia is already in a perfect storm," says Lubomir Mitov, Moscow chief for the Institute of International Finance. "Russia is fundamentally crippled. They have outsourced their brains and lost their technology. It looked as if Russia was strong during the oil boom but it was an illusion and now they are in an even worse position than the Soviet Union," he says.
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CHEAPER OIL IS GOOD NEWS FOR ALL Print E-mail
Written by Matt Ridley   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014

So ingrained is the bad-news bias of the intelligentsia that the plummeting price of oil has mostly been discussed in terms of its negative effect on the budgets of oil producers, both countries and companies.

We are allowed to rejoice only to the extent that we think it is a good thing that the Venezuelan, Russian and Iranian regimes are most at risk, which they are, and which is indeed good news.

Yet by far the greater benefit of the oil price fall comes from the impact on consumers. The price of Brent crude oil in Europe has fallen from about $115 a barrel in June to about $86 today (10/22), while crude in the US is at $82.

That will make a tank of gas cheaper (though not by as much as it should, because of taxes) but it will also make everything from chairs to chips to chiropractic cheaper too, because the cost of energy is incorporated into the cost of every good and service we buy. The impact of this cost deflation will dwarf any effect of, say, a fall in the price of Exxon shares in your pension plan.
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WHAT IS THE OPTIMUM INCOME TAX RATE? Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014

What is the maximum income-tax rate that anyone should be expected to pay?

Some questions are never settled, in part because people often ignore the theoretical and empirical evidence, and history that can help answer the question. The question of what an optimum income-tax rate would look like is one of those questions.

Rather than attempt to answer it, political demagogues merely shout: "It is only fair that the rich pay more."

Back in 1971, a Scottish economist by the name of James A. Mirrlees wrote a groundbreaking paper, in which he attempted to answer the question of what an optimum income-tax regime would look like if one desired to reduce inequalities while at the same time not discouraging work and economic growth.

Up to the time of Dr. Mirrlees' work, no one had been able to figure out the optimum trade-off between equality and efficiency. Dr. Mirrlees was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics in 1996 for his work, and was knighted in 1998.  Here is what he won his Nobel and knighthood for.
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A SIGN OF GRATITUDE Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 24 October 2014

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