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THE PAINTED MONASTERY

painted-monasteryThis is the Painted Monastery of Voronet.  You read about it in 9/11 and the Religion of Slavery, written last month commemorating the 16th anniversary of the most evil attack on America in our history.

I am on my way to China today for my Mysteries of the Gobi expedition.  While Jack Kelly mans the HFR ramparts, I thought I’d tell you what I just discovered about Voronet that is truly extraordinary.  You might consider being in a comfortable chair you can’t fall out of, with three fingers of your favorite adult beverage at the ready.  It is that mind-blowing, and will get your mind off the insanities of current Lying Swine headlines.

Built and painted in 1488, Voronet is an apotheosis of devotion to the story of Christianity.  It is little wonder it is known as “the Sistine Chapel of East Europe.”  The beauty of its devotion is overwhelming.

I was taking a lot of photos, and it was only when I got back home did I take a close look zooming in on them.  Then I zoomed in on a panel that made my jaw drop to the floor.  Believe it or not, I suddenly thought of the human shrunken head on display in my study.  Then Santa Claus.  Here’s why.

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THE MORAL SICKNESS OF THE LEFT ON DISPLAY

vegas-massacreAmerican just witnessed, endured, and suffered the worst mass shooting in its history.

A crazed psychopath holed up in the Mandalay Bay hotel; stocked up on ammo and guns; and, at the close of a music festival across the street, shot at the crowd of 22 thousand people for over ten minutes with high-powered rifles that appear to have been converted to machine guns.  Fifty-nine people died.  Five hundred or more were injured, many of them seriously.  It was a terrible, murderous event.

The horror of it has led some on the Left to reveal the amoral emptiness at their cores.  Because the festival was a country music celebration, they assumed that the attendees were Republicans and so deserved to die.

An executive attorney for CBS, Hayley Geftman-Gold, tweeted "... am actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often republican gun toters."  Another woman, TheResistANNce, tweeted, "Pray only trumptards died.  Their jumping to politicize the tragedy speaks volumes about their soulless selves.

To th Left, the event is an opportunity to vilify the deplorables who just might be Trump-supporters.  That's what they do.  This is the chasm that divides the Left from the Right.

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I WAS FOR GUN CONTROL UNTIL I DID THE RESEARCH

gun-control-myths-factsIn the wake of the mass murder in Las Vegas on Sunday (10/01), the calls for gun control have become deafening – from Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) denouncing Congress’s failure to pass gun-control legislation as an “unintentional endorsement” of mass shootings, to pundit Keith Olbermann calling for the NRA to be labeled a “terrorist organization.”

I am a professional statistician.  And I admit, before I started researching gun deaths, gun-control policy used to frustrate me.

I wished the National Rifle Association would stop blocking common-sense gun-control reforms such as banning assault weapons, restricting silencers, shrinking magazine sizes and all the other measures that could make guns less deadly.

Then, my research colleagues and I at FiveThirtyEight spent three months analyzing all 33,000 lives ended by guns each year in the United States, and I wound up frustrated in a whole new way.

We looked at what interventions might have saved those people, and the case for the policies I’d lobbied for crumbled when I examined the evidence. The best ideas left standing were narrowly tailored interventions to protect subtypes of potential victims, not broad attempts to limit the lethality of guns.

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THE BELLS OF BARCELONA ARE TOLLING FOR EUROPE

Barcelona

Barcelona

President Trump got bad advice about the secession crisis in Catalonia. When Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy visited the White House last week, he said that Spain's northeastern region would be "foolish to secede."

On the contrary, the gutsy Catalans are the world's poster-kids for populism. Their independence movement is a real revolution. America shouldn't meddle in Spain's internal affairs, to be sure, but we ought to recognize a kindred political movement when we see it.

Unlike the anti-clerical left-wing movements of the past, the Catalan revolutionaries today evince thoroughly bourgeois goals. As a revolutionary movement, the Catalans better resemble the Americans of 1776 than the French of 1789, the Russians of 1917, or the Catalan revolutionary government of the late 1930s that ultimately was crushed by Francisco Franco.

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CATASTROPHE LOOMS FOR SPAIN

Catalans demand full independence from Spain

Catalans demand full independence from Spain

Top global banks and bond funds are increasingly alarmed by the secessionist showdown in Spain, fearing that Catalan leaders will declare unilateral independence within days and set off a dangerous chain-reaction.

The link is to the horrific bloody violence perpetrated by Spanish police upon unarmed Catalans simply trying to vote.  Here’s another. Twitter feeds such as #SpainOutOfEU, #ShameOnSpain, #CatalanReferendum have numerous videos of the unbelievable brutality on Sunday (10/01).

Those old enough to remember the Spanish Civil War can only shudder at TV footage of crowds across Spain cheering units of Guardia Civil for beating up defenseless Catalans, egged on with chants of “go get them.”

On Monday, hundreds of thousands of Catalans marched in the streets demanding full independence from Spain.  Yesterday (10/03), Catalan President Carles Puigdemont told BBC that Catalonia will declare independence “within a matter of days.”

Events on the ground are moving with lightning speed.

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RESCUING PUERTO RICO

rescuing-puerto-ricoThe disastrous hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico might provide the excuse for the necessary, fundamental reform on the island.

Puerto Rico has spent most of the past 12 years in recession, leading to its current bankruptcy. The bankruptcy was caused by gross fiscal mismanagement over the last few decades.

Only during the term of Gov. Luis Fortuno (2009-13) was any serious attempt to right the ship, but Mr. Fortuno was ultimately defeated by the government unions.

Puerto Rico now has a federally appointed oversight board to try to sort out the mess. The task was difficult before the latest hurricane, but now it will require even more radical measures.  Here’s what’s needed to rescue Puerto Rico.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 09/29/17

 

This has been a revelatory week.  Hours after the HFR was posted last Friday (9/22), the President denounced the “SOBs” who hate their country so much they won’t stand for our anthem while being paid absolute fortunes to play a game.

His specific words were not intemperately spontaneous, but chosen carefully to get exactly the reaction – from both his supporters and opponents – they got. We’re only just beginning to see, today one week later, just how yuge a win it is for him.  As in yuge.

Simultaneously, this alleged political neophyte gets his entire base of tens of millions to jump to their feet in roaring support for him, lances the boil of the Left’s ruinous politicalization of sports, and exposes for all to see just how much Democrats and their Fake News propagandists really do hate America.

Soak in this headline from USA Today on Tuesday (9/26):  NFL Commits Suicide by Trump with Politically Correct Protests.

Focus in on that expression: “Suicide by Trump.”  This is Sun Tzu-level genius, goading and manipulating your enemies to destroy themselves, at no harm to yourself while increasing and expanding support from those on your side.  That’s how Ronald Reagan got the Soviet Union to destroy itself.

The “Suicide by Trump” strategy has wide application as we’ll see…

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TRUMP SUCKERS THE NFL TO GO FULL KAEPERNICK

turn-off-the-nflI live in Pittsburgh.  You can imagine the contempt I feel for the Steelers right now and their execrable coach.  But I also love the way Trump is playing them, and the entire Leftie cabal, like a fiddle.

Coach Mike Tomlin thought he’d found a way around the dilemma the NFL created for teams with its knee jerk reaction to remarks President Trump made Friday night (9/22).  Tomlin hadn’t.  Same with scores of players on other teams.

Isn’t it amazing how easily the president goads adversaries into cutting their own throats? He baits the hook, they snap at it like trout.

With a few remarks and a couple of tweets, he triggered an indefensible “Full Kaepernick” PC response, for which Social Justice Warriors in the NFL will pay dearly.  Yet that’s only half of Trump’s two-fer here.

Often, the president tweets or speechifies provocatively to make the Lying Swine chase rabbits. Was there something he wanted to divert their attention from?  Could it be it was “the Rod from God”?

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