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TECTONIC EUROPE

Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska.  Welcome to a country you never heard of.  It’s a Christian country in Europe – and proudly so, unlike those Euroweenie countries like Germany busily Moslemizing themselves.

The churches and cathedrals here are magnificent –TE1

It’s a peaceful, prosperous place – and great for having a beer inside a medieval fortress overlooking a beautiful river…TE2Problem is, it’s at the center of Tectonic Europe, where two geopolitical plates have been grinding against each other for centuries and still do today.  It could get terribly worse.  Here’s why.

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WORSE AND WORSER

WorserDemocrats should unite against “prattling demagogue” Donald Trump, who is “a lightning rod for the politically disenfranchised and marginalized who trust in nothing but their misplaced biases,” Rob Biller wrote in a letter to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette May 19.

I’ve a newsflash for Mr. Biller: Democrats who voted for Hillary Clinton in the primaries are neither smarter nor more moral than the bigots, thugs, morons and gullible fools who voted for Trump in the Republican primaries.

It’s difficult to imagine how anyone could be less qualified to be president of the United States than Donald Trump.  But he’s not the one who more than 100 FBI agents are investigating for multiple security violations and public corruption.

Hillary has been a national figure for a quarter century…which makes it all the more remarkable that her public record is devoid of anything resembling accomplishment.

It’s difficult to lie more often than Donald Trump, but Hillary trumps him (can’t resist the pun). The “mainstream” media have  downplayed evidence of Hillary’s wrongdoing, and her lies about it. But in the wake of the damning State IG report issued yesterday (5/25), that’s changing.  Fast.

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GENETICS, GM FOOD, AND GREENIE PARANOIA

This summer brings the 50th anniversary of the full deciphering of the genetic code — the four-billion-year-old cipher by which DNA’s information is translated and expressed.   The genetic code was the greatest of all the 20th-century’s scientific discoveries.

Fifty years on, the discovery of the genetic code has produced a cornucopia of good and very little harm. It has convicted the guilty and exonerated the innocent in court on a huge scale through DNA fingerprinting. It has enabled people to avoid passing on terrible diseases.

It has led to the development of new drugs, new therapies and new diagnoses. It has given partial sight back to a blind man through gene therapy. It has increased the yield of crops while reducing the use of chemical pesticides.

Yet still we are bombarded with scares about Frankenstein foods, biological warfare, designer babies, genetic discrimination and the return of eugenics. We have a virtual ban on GM crops and put huge obstacles in the way of GM vaccines.

The exhaustive and cautious new report from the American National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine leaves no room for doubt that genetically engineered crops are as safe or safer, and are certainly better for the environment, than conventionally bred crops.

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DOES CHINA’S LEADER WANT TO POP CHINA’S DEBT BUBBLE?

Nobody rings a bell at the top of the credit supercycle, to misuse an old adage. Except that this time somebody very powerful in China has done exactly that. 

China watchers are still struggling to identify the author of an electrifying article in the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, People's Daily, that declares war on debt and the "fantasy" of perpetual stimulus. 

Written in a imperial tone, it commands China to break its addiction to credit and take its punishment before matters spiral out of control. If that means bankruptcies must run their course, so be it. 

China's debt is approaching $30 trillion, 440% of China’s GDP of $6.8 trillion.  Popping a debt bubble that gigantic could be catastrophic for the entire world’s global - and over-globalized - financial system. 

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SASSE 2016!

No independent since George Washington has been elected president.  Only former president Teddy Roosevelt in 1912 has been competitive (and that gave us Woodrow Wilson – thanks, Teddy…).  But both Trump and Hillary are so wildly unpopular that for the right independent, victory isn’t out of the question.

For there’s more than one way to skin a victorious cat.  My candidate for cat-skinner is Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse.

Even if he finishes third in the popular and electoral votes, Sasse could be elected.  All he need do is best the two lying leftist scoundrels in enough states to keep either of them below 270 electoral votes.

If no candidate wins a majority in the electoral college, the House of Representatives will choose the president: the 12th Amendment which supersedes Article II, Section 1, Clause 3.  Each state delegation will have one vote.  California and Wyoming will be equal.  Among Hillary, Trump and Sasse, for whom do you think the current Republican majority in the House would vote?

Burke did say: “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”

Here’s what we who can do only a little better start doing right now:

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THE FEDERAL REGULATORY PARASITE

When Moses came down from the mount, he brought with him 10 rules covering most things that people really needed to know and could remember. There are now literally millions of federal rules that we are all supposed to have knowledge of and comply with — clearly an impossible task for any mere mortal.

The result is we have lost our individual liberty because, if the feds decide to target you, they can always find some rules you have broken. The IRS is Exhibit A, with more than 70,000 pages of rules that no one can possibly know.

Several studies from highly reputable institutions have been released in the last number of days, all with similar alarming conclusions — namely, millions of new jobs have not been created, and wages for existing jobs have stagnated because of the ever-increasing costs of new regulations.  What can we do about it?

Well, what do you do when you see a mosquito on your arm biting you?

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HALF-FULL REPORT 05/20/16

Wednesday, The Donald released his short list for the Supreme Court. It’s a blockbuster: to quote John Yoo at National Review, “these names are a Federalist Society all-star list of conservative jurisprudence.” 

What we should think about this is already a matter of considerable debate.

A month ago, the conventional wisdom was that Hillary would slaughter Trump. As I predicted, that “wisdom” was ludicrously wrong. Rasmussen now has Trump +5, 42-37. And that's just for starters. Indeed, the Trump-loathing Wall Street Journal actually asked this week "Can Hillary Win? It's Hard to See How".

All this, plus the Democrat War on Women, Bill Clinton's rape problem, drafting women, and a hilarious new poll of Native Americans on the Washington Redskins. And of course, much much more.

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THE REAL ATLANTIS

Atlantis1Knossos, Crete.  Welcome to Atlantis.  This is what it looked like.  And this:

Atlantis2More nonsense has been invented about Plato’s myth of Atlantis – mentioned briefly in his Timaeus and Critias and nowhere else by anyone else in antiquity – than any other legend you care to name. 

Yet like many myths, it was constructed out of something that really existed.  Here’s the story and the lesson to be learned.

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THIS IS HOW FASCISM COMES TO AMERICA

[This essay by conservative scholar Bob Kagan states precisely why To The Point has so fervently opposed Trump’s candidacy and will continue to do so—JW]

The Republican Party’s attempt to treat Donald Trump as a normal political candidate would be laughable were it not so perilous to the republic. If only he would mouth the party’s “conservative” principles, all would be well.

But of course the entire Trump phenomenon has nothing to do with policy or ideology. It has nothing to do with the Republican Party, either, except in its historic role as incubator of this singular threat to our democracy. Trump has transcended the party that produced him.

His growing army of supporters no longer cares about the party. Because it did not immediately and fully embrace Trump, because a dwindling number of its political and intellectual leaders still resist him, the party is regarded with suspicion and even hostility by his followers. Their allegiance is to him and him alone.

And the source of allegiance?

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ARSENIC AND CYANIDE

The danger is greater today than it was in July of 1863 that government “of the people, by the people, for the people” may perish from the earth.

I’ve survived a long battle with cancer to find my country afflicted by twin deadly cancers.  The election of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump spells doom for the constitutional republic for which – during my service in the Marine Corps and Army Special Forces -- I was willing to lay down my life.

Even if he weren’t a liberal Democrat, a con man, a boor, and an ignoramus on public policy, I’d never vote for Trump because he’s the antithesis of everything my parents taught me a good man should be.

Hillary Clinton is even worse.  If they weren’t the presumptive nominees of their parties, neither Hillary nor The Donald could get a security clearance.

In their desperation to stop her, some conservatives refuse to recognize how little difference there is between the political views of Hillary and Trump, and none whatsoever in their (lack of) ethics.  Arsenic is as deadly a poison as cyanide.  I don’t plan to take either.

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