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HALF-FULL REPORT 04/03/09 Dr. Jack Wheeler Half-Full Report Friday, 03 April 2009
Well, that settles that - he's a Moslem. No one, much less a President of the United States, who is not a Moslem would deeply bow to a Saudi Wahhabi tyrant in an act of utter submission.
This is the most disgraceful act of any president in American history. Wahhabism is the most evil religion on earth, a religion of hate which the Saudi king spends billions promoting around the world. To bow to its principal proponent is submission to evil, an announcement of one's true beliefs.
No patriotic American can ever again, upon seeing this picture and understanding its meaning, consider this man to be the legitimate president of his country.
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WHERE IS JOHN GALT? Dr. Jack Wheeler Behind The Lines Thursday, 02 April 2009
All readers of Ayn Rand's masterpiece, Atlas Shrugged, know its central question, "Who is John Galt?"
Written over half a century ago, it is clearly the greatest and most influential novel of the 20th century. Over six million copies have been sold, averaging 77,000 copies per year in the 1980s, 90,000 in the 1990s, 137,000 in the 00s - until recently.
200,000 copies were sold in 2008, and sales so far this year are at triple those of last year. This is because, according to the Ayn Rand Institute, "there are uncanny similarities between the plot-line of the book and the events of our day."
We discussed these similarities last December in Atlas In America.
Reading Atlas for the first time in 1966 was the single most intellectually thrilling experience of my life. And yet, there was something that bugged me. Asking who is John Galt presupposes there is a John Galt. As I witnessed the cultural destruction of America in the 1960s, I realized the terrible truth that there is no such person. He is a Platonic invention.
Today, the fascist nightmare that is destroying America is hideously similar to that described by Rand over fifty years ago. But if we ask today, not who is John Galt but where is John Galt, the question echoes in the wind with no answer.
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TIME TO BOOGIE Dr. Jack Wheeler TTP Intelligence Bulletin Thursday, 02 April 2009
Want to take a break from the nonstop fascism emanating from Washington? Then let's boogie!
The happiest, most irresistibly foot-stompin' music has got to be Boogie-Woogie. The greatest boogie-woogie piano player in the world is Silvan Zingg from Switzerland.
What's more, the two greatest boogie-woogie dancers in the world are also Swiss - Maéva Truntzer and William Mauvais.
For the last 8 years, Silvan Zingg has sponsored the International Boogie Woogie Festival in Lugano, Switzerland. Thousands of folks from all over Europe will be at the one this year, April 16-18. Yes, the Swiss, believe it or not, really know how to boogie. Who knew?
So sit back, turn up your computer speakers, listen to Silvan Zingg, and watch Will and Maéva boogie like you've never seen. This is guaranteed to put a smile on your face, while your feet won't be able to stay still.
You won't be able to watch it just once - so anytime you want to feel happy and put the Zero Blues aside, here it is:
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WHEN MONEY DIES Sandy Shaw Guest Authors Thursday, 02 April 2009
Inflation is a way that governments can pay off their debts (albeit with depreciated currency) without outright default or overt tax increases. In the U.S., government debt has grown to impossible-to-pay levels. Yet the spending is rapidly accelerating.
The immensely costly new programs being created on an almost daily basis by the Obama Administration and the Democrats (mostly) in Congress come at a huge price, most of which (along with the continuing burden of Medicare and Social Security, etc.) can only be paid for by continually increasing the money supply into hyperinflationary territory.
It is thus highly instructive to read the best account of what actually happened during Germany's hyperinflation of the early 1920s. Until now, this was difficult and very expensive to do. Amazon, for example, has only one single copy of When Money Dies: The Nightmare of the Weimar Collapse by Scottish writer and Conservative politician Adam Dugdale Fergusson. The price is $2,500!
Now there is a way to read it for free.
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WHAT YOU SAID – TTP Survey Summary Part 2 Rebel Holiday Guest Authors Thursday, 02 April 2009
Last week we reviewed your responses to how often you read "ToThePoint," and the value you find in it. It was very motivating for Jack and staff to read! We also shared some of the concerns you voiced about the changes we are currently experiencing in our country and our world.
This week we will discuss Question 3, which is actually a series of questions.
Question 3. How interested would you be in the following options?
Not at all
Never thought of this
Depends on the location
Dual citizenship & 2nd passport
Home/2nd home in community of conservatives abroad
Home/2nd home-in community of conservatives in US
Being a part of a community of TTP members anywhere
Going on an exploratory trip
Seriously learning about these options
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THE LUNACY OF LIBERAL DIALOGUE Jack Kelly Kelly's Panorama Thursday, 02 April 2009
All of us are brothers under the skin. We humans (except, of course, for Republicans and AIG executives) all have good hearts, and we all want basically the same things. Disputes between nations and cultures are chiefly the result of miscommunication, and can be resolved by compromise, concession, and "dialogue."
That's a pleasant thing to believe, and many Americans - mostly wealthy liberals who've led sheltered lives - believe it. But to sustain the belief requires a stupendous ignorance of history, whose blood-soaked pages reveal more disputes between nations and cultures have been driven by greed, envy, and religious zealotry than by miscommunication.
"War started from Adam when Cain he killed Abel until now," said Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, once al Qaeda's number three, as he confessed proudly last month his role in planning the 9/11 attacks and 30 others. "It's never going stop killing of people. This is life."
It's uncomfortable to realize there are people in the world who want to kill you just because you are different from them, and will do so unless you kill them first. But then, what characterizes a liberal is being uncomfortable with reality.
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HOW CONGRESS CAUSES BANK FAILURES Richard Rahn Rahn on Econ101 Thursday, 02 April 2009
Why did some banks and financial institutions fail and others succeed?
There are many reasons, but one common ingredient of those that have not failed is that they are organized as partnerships and/or are controlled by a family, or are closely held by a few senior officers. That is, they have "skin in the game."
So why are not more banks and other financial companies organized as partnerships? Primarily because the tax code requires partners individually to pay full tax on their pro-rata share of the profits as they are earned.
A properly structured tax code would encourage companies to reward their executives on the long-run profitability of the enterprise, rather than on short-run profits, which is now the case.
Members of Congress rant against the short-term mentality of many in Wall Street and elsewhere, but it is precisely the tax and regulatory systems put in place by Congress that have caused much of the problem.
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KEEP THE CHANGE Dr. Joel Wade The Virtue of Happiness Friday, 03 April 2009
Change is a very popular concept. I have spent most of my adult life searching for effective ways to help people to change their lives for the better. Social scientists have spent over a century trying to make all of the individuals of society change for (their vision of) the better. Our current President swept into office promising a vaguely defined vision of hope ‘n change.
But while we each have a certain desire for change, we also have a strong pull toward the familiar. Both forces balance us in a dance of dynamic action and inhibition of that dynamic action.
Which brings me to our current political and economic situation/fiasco. For it ignores the balance and nags on and on about change. As my kids will readily tell you, nobody likes to be nagged.
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TURBOSHARE TAX PREPARATION SOFTWARE To The Point News Humor File Friday, 03 April 2009
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