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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 21 May 2015

Not John Wilkes Booth... no, no, no, no, the lunatic who murdered Lincoln is the last person on earth needed now. 

We need John Wilkes (1725-1797), the British Member of Parliament hated by King George III, hero to America's Founders, and the inspiration for the Bill of Rights.

Here's the story of his epic struggle and victory against King George.  Wilkes became the idol of liberty for the British, especially those in New England.  "Wilkes and 45!" was their rallying cry for freedom from King George's multitude of tyrannies. 

Wilkes inspired Sam Adams, John Adams, Franklin, Jefferson, and especially James Madison, who inserted the Fourth Amendment into the Constitution thanks to him

One can barely imagine the disgust and contempt that Wilkes, together with all of America's Founders, would have for how our King George - President Zero - is destroying freedom in America today.  They'd have even more disgust and contempt for the vast number of Americans who are letting him do it.

Where are our John Wilkeses today?
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Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015

If taxpayers suddenly stopped subsidizing Amtrak, what do you think would happen?

Before trying to answer that question, it is useful to review U.S. railroad history. The first railroads were built in the United States in the late 1820s, and by 1900, only 70 years later, almost every town in the country had rail access.

Railroads were high tech, the Internet of their time. The system was built and profitably operated by private companies.

Amtrak and the modern freight railroad companies use the infrastructure that was built long ago. The 180-year-old privately built Canton Viaduct (an incredible stone bridge - see link) in Canton, Massachusetts and the 100-year-old Hell Gate Bridge (the model for the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia) over the East River in New York are still used by Amtrak.

The investor-owned Pennsylvania Railroad built the hugely expensive North River Tunnels under the Hudson River in 1904-1908, which were technological wonders of the time. They are still used by all of those who ride Amtrak from New Jersey to New York.

In this context, it's rather ironic when President Obama claimed that private business only succeeded by using government infrastructure --  "You did not build that" -- when, in fact, government mostly uses privately built infrastructure.
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Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015

People who are extroverts -- who are more sociable, who like to be out, talk, and interact with other people, and who gladly put themselves into new situations -- tend to be happier than people who are not.

That's great for those who, by temperament, happen to be extroverts. But what if we're not naturally extroverted? We can still improve our overall happiness by doing extroverted things.

The delightful truth is that, from simply taking more extroverted actions, our overall happiness grows about the same as if we were naturally extroverted.

Yet if you tend to be an introvert, if your natural comfort is to be more solitary or quietly inward, there are significant strengths to this that are of great benefit as well.  

It turns out there are benefits and pitfalls in both extrovert and introvert temperaments, too much or too little of either.  The trick is finding the right balance for you between them - what I call your personal Golden Mean.  Find it and you can have the best of both worlds.

We'll start with how an introvert can get some of the benefits of being an extrovert by practicing certain skills.  Then we'll do it the other way around.
Written by Daniel Greenfield   
Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Obama can't defeat ISIS with soft power, though ISIS could beat him with soft power assuming its Caliph ever decided to agree to sit down at a table with John Kerry without beheading him.

Iran has picked up billions in sanctions relief and the right to take over Yemen and raid ships in international waters in the Persian Gulf just for agreeing to listen to Kerry talk for an hour. And that might be a fair exchange.

As bad as having your capital or ship seized by Iran is, listening to John Kerry talk is even worse.

So far ISIS has preferred the classical approach of killing everything in its path. The approach, deemed insufficiently nuanced by masters of subtlety like Obama and Kerry, has worked surprisingly well.

For it's hard to destroy something if you don't know what it is. And it's hard to know what a thing is if you won't even call it by its name or name its ideology.

The left loves root causes, but the root cause of ISIS isn't poverty, unemployment or a lack of democracy.  It's...
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 19 May 2015

An Amtrak train bound for New York May 12 derailed a few minutes after leaving Philadelphia, killing 8, injuring more than 200 of 243 passengers and crew.

The crash could have been prevented if more had been spent on infrastructure, journalists speculated  before investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board reached the site.

The train was going more than twice the speed limit of 50 mph as it entered a sharp curve at Frankford Junction, NTSB investigators said. The train sped up as it entered the curve.

Positive Train Control - which forces trains to slow if the operator ignores speed limits - was installed along that section of track, but wasn't turned on, Amtrak said.

Amtrak is getting $1.4 billion this fiscal year. Republicans want to reduce that by $200 million, but propose no cuts in the portion of its budget that funds safety.

Democrats imply "budget cuts" were to blame even though cuts not yet made couldn't possibly be responsible. Their ghoulish demagoguery diverts attention from the misplaced priorities and (in)competence of Amtrak's management.
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HALF-FULL REPORT 05/15/15 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 15 May 2015

What is going on around here?  Whatever the Pubs are drinking on Capitol Hill, they need to keep drinking it.  This week, we present the House of Good News.

There are four examples, ending with Speaker John Boehner yesterday (5/14) showing the world how to deal with The Lying Swine.  You're gonna love it...

More good news in the Karma Payback department:  Tuesday (5/12) - Obama Accused of Being Sexist by Chairwoman of NOW...

In the I'm-As-Shocked-As-Claude-Rains department is this poll released on Monday (5/11): Democrats now view socialism as favorably as they view capitalism. As? As?? 

This is a fun and hopeful HFR - which is why a high school kid is the Hero of the Week.  We worry about America's future with good reason.  But there are also good reasons for optimism as well.  Here's a great example...

And there's another example of American ingenuity and insight that you'll find fascinating, funny, and mind-bending thoughtful.  Here's The Bike You Can't Ride...
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 14 May 2015

Well, it finally happened.  Somebody let the Fascist cat out of the Warmist bag.

Of course, TTP has being doing this for 10 years, starting with Solar Warming (September 2005).  Now, however, someone with a global megaphone has said it too, and with crystal clarity.

That someone is Maurice Newman, Australia's most prestigious business leader and Prime Minister Abbott's close personal advisor.

Newman, in Oz's largest national newspaper, "touched to the point" on Warmism just as precisely as Ronald Reagan did when he identified the Soviet Union as an "Evil Empire." 

To say it's caused a Total Libtard Meltdown Down Under is a gross understatement.  Here it is in full, for it's important you read it all,

And here's how, with just four words, Prime Minister Abbott can now bring a lot more freedom into the world.
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 15 May 2015

"White masculinity is THE problem for America's colleges," said Saida Grundy, professor of sociology and Afro-American Studies at Boston University, in an indiscreet tweet.

Whites have had it better than peoples of color, men have had it better than women, so white male students should be made to "check their privilege," say many college administrators, professors and students - chiefly those in ethnic and gender studies.

The irony of arguably the most sheltered, cosseted and subsidized among us demanding that others "check their privilege" is lost upon them.

What they call "privilege" is really "a consequence of hard work, of delaying gratification and of sacrifice," said Art Schlichter, a retired Army officer turned trial lawyer.

"If we have privilege, it was earned at Bunker Hill, Gettysburg and Normandy," he said. It's a function of character, not of "skin tone or the number of vowels in your name."

Let's face it -- "white privilege" is a guilt-mongering racist scam.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The surprise victory of Britain's Conservative Party in the election last Thursday (5/7) was a grave embarrassment to all 11 of the UK's biggest pollsters, who predicted the Tories would lose narrowly, or barely eke out a win.

"In all my years as a journalist and strategist, I've never seen as stark a failure of polling," said David Axelrod, President Obama's campaign guru, who advised the Labour Party ("labor" spelled the Brit way). 

Axelrod, you'll enjoy hearing, returned to the US humiliated by his own failure.

The British election was just the most recent surprise for pollsters globally, who badly underestimated Likud's strength in the Israeli election March 17; badly underestimated how well Republicans would do in the 2014 midterm elections.

Why have pollsters become so bad at understanding voters recently?  There are many proposed explantions, but ine stands out.
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Written by Daniel Pipes   
Wednesday, 13 May 2015

A ranking Iranian political figure, Issa Kalantari, recently warned that past mistakes leave Iran with water supplies so insufficient that up to 70 percent, or 55 million out of 78 million Iranians, would be forced to abandon their native country for parts unknown.

Many facts buttress Kalantari's apocalyptic prediction:

*Once lauded in poetry, Lake Urmia, the Middle East's largest lake, has lost 95 percent of its water since 1996, going from 31 billion cubic meters to 1.5 billion.

*What the Seine is to Paris, the Zayanderud was to Isfahan - except the latter went bone-dry in 2010.

*Over two-thirds of Iran's cities and towns are "on the verge of a water crisis" that could result in drinking water shortages; already, thousands of villages depend on water tankers.

Nor are Iranians alone in peril; many others in the arid Middle East may also be forced into unwanted, penurious, desperate exile. With one unique, magnificent exception, much of the Middle East is running out of water due to such maladies as population growth, short-sighted dictators, distorted economic incentives, and infrastructure-destroying warfare. Some specifics:
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Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Wednesday, 13 May 2015

When we approach any problem, how we approach it begins with an idea, a belief, a story about what that problem is, and what needs to be done about it.

To considerable extent, we can choose the fundamental belief or premise from which we approach any problem... and how we frame a problem can be the very key to success or failure.

Currently, the widely accepted premise is that psychological problems - depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), addictions et al - are abnormal phenomena.

They don't belong here. They were brought to us by some unfortunate circumstances - an unhappy childhood, a personal weakness, a society that's sick. They're polluting the system, like a harmful bacteria or virus, and we want all trace of them eliminated immediately.

What if that premise is wrong?

I've been working with people as a teacher, a marriage and family therapist, and a life coach for 35 years now. I started with that premise of problems as aberrations - the "disease model" of psychology. I don't buy it anymore.

Let's explore a different premise, and see where it takes us.  The explorations starts with asking certain questions.
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Gdansk, Poland.  Over the past 1,000 years, this city on the Baltic has gone through cycles of great prosperity and almost total destruction.

This is the city where World War II began 76 years ago on Sept. 1, 1939. And this is the city where the fall of European communism began in 1980.

This past week, several leaders of Eastern and Central European nations came to Gdansk to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II at the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers of 1970, who were shot by the communists for merely peacefully protesting their conditions.

They were also here to celebrate their liberation from the Soviet Empire and the blossoming of their economies ever since.  No where can you see that blossoming more vibrantly than in Poland.  There surely is a lesson here for America when it must soon attempt to rise from the economic and social ruins of the Obama Presidency.
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Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 15 May 2015

An actual In Flight Safety Announcement on Southwest Airlines -- only in America!

HALF-FULL REPORT 05/08/15 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 08 May 2015


This was the winning entry in the Draw Mohammed Contest in Garland, Texas last weekend, drawn by artist Bosch Fawstin,  He was one of the 300 attendees of the contest that a pair of Moslem retards - let's abbreviate that to "motards," like we do with "libtards" for both are morally retarded - were attempting to mass murder and were thankfully gunned down before they could.

Jack Kelly's appellation for the libtard media is The Lying Swine, and their reaction to the motard terrorism at Garland perfectly shows why. Instead of condemning the terrorists, they hysterically condemned the woman who organized the contest for "provoking" them.

She's obviously the HFR Hero of the Week...

There's more good news this week - lots of it.  One reason is another lady mensch who is also "making the right enemies."  That would be just-announced (5/04) presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.  You won't believe how she took down late night host Seth Meyers on Tuesday (5/05)...

I like Carly and loathe The PIAPS -- as do guerrilla artists in LA.  You'll love their art work...

I've always thought that Mrs. Clinton was morally retarded. More so than her husband, but unlike him, politically stupid and eternally unlovable  To be evil, diabolically evil, is, however, in another human dimension.  Vladimir Putin provided yet another example this week that this is what he is...

There's much more in this HFR, but you have to read it to get to it.
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015

Today, May 5th, is known as Cinco de Drunko among college kids these days.  They know it's nothing more than an excuse to get wasted on Jose Cuervo.

Cinco de Mayo is a phony tradition, a joke on los gringos, then exploited as a marketing gimmick by Mexican restaurant chains.  So at TTP, our tradition on May 5th is to explain la verdad, the truth.

Which is, to begin with: Nobody in Mexico cares about May 5th.  Only we, us gringos, pretend to.  For if you ask just about any reveler at the nearest Pancho Villa's Cantina or some such Mexican-themed bar anywhere in the US, just what is being celebrated on May 5th, you'll get either a blank stare or "It's their July 4th " ignorance.

So first the true history of Mexico.  You'll learn more about Mexico's history in ten minutes than you ever did in school or anywhere else.

Then the reality today -- the horrific truth of how treasonous Dem fascists and their useful idiot Rino masochists are using Mexico to destroy their own country.
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