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HALF-FULL REPORT 04/21/17

There’s a presidential prediction this morning we should hope comes true:

trump-tweet-042117No candidate was mentioned as everyone knows who he’s talking about – that Sunday (4/23), the French will swing big time for Marine Le Pen.

So ISIS has one of its agents, Karim Cheurfinom de guerre Yousef al-Belgiki, Joe the Belgian – gun down a policeman in cold blood with an AK right on the Champs Elysées 60 hours before the election. 

Looks like ISIS wants Marine Le Pen to win too.  Here’s why….

The New York Post is wrong when it opined yesterday (4/20) that If US Campuses Can’t Protect Free Speech They Need New Management.  What’s needed instead is….

We’ll see what the solution is to the fascist thugs infesting so many colleges, the good and the bad in Trump’s foreign policy, good domestic news, and a wonderfully inspirational Hero of the Week.  Here we go…..

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HOW DONALD TRUMP AND XI JINPING CAN EARN THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE SOLVING NORTH KOREA

panmunjom-border Ereyesterday on Monday (4/17), Vice-President Mike Pence was here at the Panmunjom border between North and South Korea.  But this is a view the Silver Fox never saw.  For it is from the North Korean side.   I took this picture in 2010.

Many of you know I have been all over North Korea three times (twice more in 2012).  The article to read, for lots of photos and the real history as contrasted with the mythic of the most insane country on earth, is Pelosi in Pyongyang (September 2010, which I had to write under a pseudonym as I was under surveillance in Beijing).

There’s no more insane border on earth than what you’re looking at above.  The border runs through the middle of these three blue negotiation huts in the center of what’s known as the Joint Security Area.  You cannot believe how tense the atmosphere here is. 

But let’s take a close look at something that’s hilarious.  We’re going to focus on those two Nork soldiers guarding the entrance to the main negotiation hut in the center – and on what’s next to them.

Then we’re going to analyze in detail the actual threat of North Korea, and how to end it.

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PUTIN IS FINDING OUT WHAT MAGA MEANS

trump-putinYou may have noticed that Vladimir Putin is distinctly annoyed with us, and he is right to be.

For we have deprived him of his great dream to join, and perhaps even lead, the ranks of the world’s most important leaders. Today, following the attack on the Syrian air base, Putin is just one more dictator.

During the Obama years, the Russian tyrant had grown accustomed to getting his way most everywhere. Invade Crimea? Fine. Grab slices of eastern Ukraine? No problem. Open military bases in Syria and Libya? You bet. We wouldn’t challenge him.

That has all changed with Trump.  For when America moves decisively, the whole world changes.  Thus, all those pundits who belittled the Tomahawk attack on Syria or the MOABing of ISIS have missed a very important point.

Over the past eight years, Russia’s effective power in the world had grown far beyond its real power. That has now changed, and you can expect our actual and would-be allies, and our global enemies, to change their recent tunes.

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THE SCREAMS OF LITTLE GIRLS IN LITTLE PALESTINE

A Face of Evil - Jumana Fakhruddin Nagarwala

A Face of Evil - Jumana Fakhruddin Nagarwala

Livonia, Michigan is known as Little Palestine. The Detroit suburb is famous for its anti-Israel meetings. You could go hear Mustafa Barghouthi, Omar Barghouti and Ali Abunimah without taking a long drive. It’s also known for its shady doctors. Dr. Murtaza Hussain was busted for letting unlicensed employees diagnose patients and write prescriptions. Dr. Waseem Alam and Dr. Hatem Ataya pleaded guilty in the nation’s largest Medicare fraud case totaling $712 million in false billings centering on Shahid Tahir, Muhammad Tariq and Manavar Javed’s Livonia medical firms.

But what was going on at one Livonia clinic was far worse than the theft of millions. Anyone passing by at the right time could hear the screams of little girls. We think of horrors like Female Genital Mutilation as a terrible thing that happens over “there.”  Now, as American towns and cities are reshaped by Moslem migration, “there” is now right here. The terrible practice has come to America.

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ONLY GULLIBLE FOOLS BELIEVE THAT THE GREAT BARRIER REEF IS DYING

great-barrier-reefThe Great Barrier Reef is dead. It has ceased to be, expired and gone to meet its maker, kicked the bucket, shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain and gone to join the bleedin’ choir invisible. It is an Ex Great Barrier Reef.

Well, at least it is if you believe the left-wing media such as the Guardian or the New York Times, which claims that the reef is at “terminal stage” because of damage allegedly caused by “climate change.”

Lots of eco loons have been rending their garments and throwing their (recyclable, organic, gluten-free) toys out of the pram in horror at this hideous disaster.

But it’s OK.  The Great Barrier Reef isn’t in the remotest danger.  Here’s why.

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THE SAFE HAVEN OF BRITAIN AMIDST THE WOES OF EUROPE

Theresa May

Theresa May

On Tuesday (4/18) to the surprise of many, British Prime Minister Theresa May called for an early or “snap” General Parliamentary Election.  It was a very smart move.

Assuming – as does most everyone – that her Conservative Party wins a landslide victory on June 8,  Theresa May will be the only leader of a major EU state with a crushing mandate and the backing of a unified parliamentary phalanx.

All others will be in varying states of internal disarray. None will have a workable majority in their parliaments. Bitter internal disputes will continue to fester over the loss of democratic control under monetary union, whether or not euroskeptic parties actually come to power.

This gives the Prime Minister formidable clout. We have moved a long way from the first chaotic weeks after the Brexit referendum last June. The tables have since turned.

Britain will enter the Brexit talks led by an ancient and disciplined party of great governing credibility, while grave discord lies on the other side of the Channel, whether in France, Germany, Italy or elsewhere.

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THE FREE MARKET INCENTIVE SOLUTION TO GOVERNMENT PROBLEMS

free-mkt-incentive-solutionHere’s a question:  Is rewarding efficiency is more effective than punishing inefficiency?

Kinder and gentler governments use market-based price incentives and less coercion. Yet all too many government officials forget about the superiority of the price system, and resort to the threat of or actual violence to get the people to do what they want.

Business people use the price system to attract customers with lower prices and good employees by offering higher wages (the price of work) rather than coercion.

Then you have the occasional business (United Airlines, for example) that forgets that prices tend to work better than violence, and acts like coercive government. Just think of the amount of money and grief United would have saved itself by offering a price sufficiently high to get one passenger to give up his or her seat rather than dragging a random customer out of his seat.

Prices allocate scarce resources and motivate future production. It is a basic concept that seems to elude many who think like socialists.

One of the major reasons the Soviet Union collapsed was the massive misallocation of resources because of a nonfunctional price system. A major reason Obamacare is collapsing is because it relies too much on coercion and bureaucrat pricing (as contrasted with market pricing).

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HALF-FULL REPORT 04/14/17

kanchenjunga-massifWhat you’re looking at would cause any world-class mountaineer’s jaw to drop.  In the center is Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest mountain on earth at 8,586 meters/28,169 feet.  But it’s much more than that.

The mountaineering ultimate is to climb an achttausender – a mountain over 8,000 meters high (26,247’).  There are 14 of them, all in the Himalayas and Karakorums of Nepal, Tibet, and Pakistan.  But what you are seeing is unique – for the entire ridge line of the Kanchenjunga Massif is over 27,000 feet, with four 8,000-meter summits in a row.

From right to left:  Kanchenjunga South, 8476/27,808; Kanchenjunga Central, 8482/27,828; Kanchenjunga Main; and Yalung Kang, 8505/27,903. 

What’s even more astounding is that no one has seen what you’re seeing before from this perspective – from a helicopter 23,000 feet high

Helicopters don’t fly remotely close to that height – except that our new specialized high-altitude Eurocopters can.  I took this picture last week on our third Himalaya Helicopter Expedition – and I’d like to dedicate it to Jack Kelly, who enabled me to take it by writing the HFR in my absence….

So – welcome to the Good Friday HFR! 

In that context, it’s only appropriate to begin with an observation of Jack Kelly’s in his HFR 03/31/17 that’s so classic it belongs in a future edition of Bartlett’s Quotations:

“CNN commentator Angela Rye compared Obama to Jesus. We could find out if we crucify Zero, wait three days, see what happens.”

FYI – Jack Kelly will be manning the HFR helm while I’m in Hidden Ireland in early June.  If you’ve always wanted to experience the Emerald Isle in a truly magical way, now’s your chance.  Hope you’ll join us…

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HIDDEN IRELAND

The Rock of Cashel – County Tipperary

                The Rock of Cashel – County Tipperary

The St. Patrick’s Day HFR (3/17/17) asked if TTPers would be interested in an exploration of the coolest places in Ireland this summer.  The response was an overwhelming Yes!  So here we go.

The best time is early June when the weather is beautiful and before the tourist summer flood.  So our dates are Monday June 5 to Wednesday June 14.  That’s from arrival to/departure from Dublin.

You won’t believe how much – and what – we’ll see and experience in those 10 days.  I can only take 10 of you – actually just five couples – so if you want to be among them, email me at jack@tothepointnews.com right now.

I’ll send you the full daily itinerary with a lot of pictures – trust me, it will blow you away.  If you’ve ever dreamed of experiencing the magic, the history, the beauty of Ireland, and getting to know the wonderful Irish people from all walks of life, now’s your opportunity.

To whet your appetite – yes, we go to the most famous pubs in Dublin, to Newgrange, the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, and Blarney Castle – but how about taking a small boat to the hideout of Luke Skywalker?

For he, as the latest “Star Wars” movie reveals, resides on the extraordinary island of Skellig Michael off the west coast.  It is a World Heritage Site as a nature sanctuary and as the earliest monastic complex of the first Irish Christians in the 600s.

island-of-skelligThere’s so much more.  To find out, again email me at jack@tothepointnews.com.  Carpe diem.  See you in Dublin.

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