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ACROSS THE SAHARA

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[Today we introduce a new feature of TTP: on Mondays, my column on Adventure & Exploration.  Each Monday we’ll explore some astounding but little known part of our world.  Our initial exploration will be across the Sahara Desert.  It’s an experience unlike anywhere else.  I hope you enjoy it. – JW] 

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©2019 Jack Wheeler

A Trans-Sahara Expedition, crossing the remotest heart of the world’s largest desert, has always been one of the truly great explorations possible on our planet.

Unfortunately, it’s far too dangerous to do today, with banditry and terrorist attacks on travelers.  Someday this will cease.  So I thought I’d show you what an extraordinary experience it was to cross the Sahara when it was safe back in 2003 – for it will be again.

sahara-map In the center of the Sahara is the country of Niger.  We’re going to cross it from one end to the other to find one of our world’s special places, of achingly lonely beauty, of fascinating and friendly peoples, and mysterious lost cities, hidden oases, and camel salt caravans.

We’ll end by exploring on foot an astounding region where Niger, Libya, and Algeria come together – it will blow you away.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 03/15/19

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NY Post Cover Monday March 12, 2019

NY Post Cover Monday March 12, 2019

Welcome to the Cornucopia HFR.  Pelosi caving is just the start of it this week.  It’s not just that she blinked – so did Schiff and Nadler.

With the collapse of Bobby Mueller in failing to find any evidence of Trump-Russia “collusion,” the Dem Witch Hunt that Schifty and Fatso were planning to perpetuate with endless subpoenas and investigations has collapsed also.  As CTH explains in Failure to Launch (3/11), they’ve surrendered.

We’ve barely begun reveling in this cornucopia week.  Saddle up, let’s go….

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THE ROUTE TO ANNAPURNA

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Annapurna I ©2019 Jack Wheeler

For the past two weeks in our exploration of the greatest mountains of the Himalayas, we’ve learned the route to Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyo, and that to Makalu and Kanchenjunga.  This week we explore Manaslu and Annapurna.

height-of-himalayan-giants We first note that the five “eight-thousanders” (over 8,000 meters high) we’ve been to so far are on Nepal’s borders, while Manaslu and Annapurna (along with Dhaulagiri, we’ll get there next week) are entirely within Nepal.  (Shisha Pangma is in Chinese Tibet.)  So we get to go completely around them.

We ended  our experience with Kanchenjunga by returning to our home base in Kathmandu, the famed Yak & Yeti hotel.  We’re up at dawn the next morning to board our ultra-high altitude AS 350 B3 Eurocopters and head north for Manaslu.  Here’s the trekking route around the world's eighth highest mountain at 8,163 meters/26,781 feet.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 02/01/19

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Natural color NASA Sat Photo of the Great Lakes January 27, 2018

Natural color NASA Sat Photo of the Great Lakes January 27, 2019

How cold is it?  It’s so cold that, the New York Post joked about “AOC “(Alexandria Occasional-Cortex)  on its cover yesterday (1/31):

aoc-in-her-pockets It’s so cold that this morning’s headline (2/01) is for real:  Lake Michigan Has Completely Frozen Over.

Nonetheless, Occasional-Cortex and her Fascicrat ilk went bananas in rage (is there any other emotion they feel?) when POTUS made fun of their religion:

trump-tweet-012819 Yet their demented Warmist fanaticism is merely one path of many in their descent into madness this week, in which Democrats have become a party of Psychotic Fascism.  No longer a political party but a criminally evil gang bereft of any morality, just thuggish hate and lust for fascist power.

The question of the moment then becomes:  What will the President do about this in his State of the Union Address four days from now this Tuesday (2/05)?

 

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HALF-FULL REPORT 01/25/19

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Nick Sandmann – HFR Hero of the Week

Nick Sandmann – HFR Hero of the Week

Look at his eyes.  There is no fear in his eyes.  That’s the reason for the pathological hate.  Nick Sandmann is our Rosa Parks.

Just as she became an icon of resistance to the anti-black racism of the Democrat Jim Crow South in the 1950s, The Sandmann is now our icon of resistance to the anti-white racism of the Fascist Democrat Party and the Fascist Media today.

Look at his fearless eyes.  Look at his pleasant smile.  It’s not a “smirk” – it’s an expression of a friendly kid, who’s confidant in himself.  He’s saying silently, “It’s okay to be white, I have no apologies for who I am, and I refuse to sit in the back of your anti-white racist bus.”

This morning (1/25) we published Nick Sandmann’s statement, What Happened at the Lincoln Memorial.  Obviously a must-read.

On Wednesday (1/23), young Nick was interviewed by Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s Today show.  She started right out asking Nick to apologize and admit the episode was his fault.  He refused, saying “I had every right to stand there,” and “I cannot say I’m sorry.”

This 16 year-old boy has more spine than the majority of Republicans in Congress put together.  Here’s the lesson Nick Sandmann has to teach all of us who love America against those who hate us and it:

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HALF-FULL REPORT 01/18/19

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pelosi-flight-postponement-letterMy ribs are sore.  Every time I see this immortal letter and all the attendant media frenzy around it, I can’t stop belly laughing.

For example – Pelosi’s taxpayer-paid junket was unannounced, the public knew nothing about it, so when POTUS blew the whistle, he exposed it but waited until the Dems were in the bus on the way to Andrews:

send-the-letter Undiluted Ronrico Purple Label 151 Proof humiliation.  Here we go…

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AN ADVENTUROUS 2019

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adventure-20192018 is history, 2019 has arrived.  What are your hopes and dreams, what do you wish to accomplish in this brand new year?

None of us is getting younger – the arrow of time only flies in one direction.  Before you know it, the adage is staring you in the face:  “I thought getting old would take a lot longer…”  If that hasn’t happened to you yet, it soon enough will.

As the years fly by, we keep saying to ourselves, “Someday, I’m going to…”  And that someday never comes.  So how about your someday coming this year – making 2019 an adventurous year doing what you’ve dreamed of?

This is going to be a busy year for Wheeler Expeditions, too much to put into one TTP article.  So I thought I’d give you a heads-up on just three.  Why don’t you let me know if any of them get your juices flowing?  Hopefully, you’ll be able to join me on at least one, or they’ll spark ideas of yours.  Let’s all look forward to An Adventurous 2019.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 01/04/19

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Welcome to the Macbeth HFR.  You just watched Sean Connery as Macbeth in the famous soliloquy of Act V Scene V, reciting what is now the theme song of the Pelosi Democrats sworn in to the 116th Congress yesterday (1/03).

Theirs is indeed, “A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

Here’s the Pelosicrats’ theme song entire, as composed by William Shakespeare:

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury Signifying nothing.

Hold on to these words as you see the Dems strut and fret their hour upon the stage of Capitol Hill.  Their lives are but walking shadows lit by a brief candle, from whom we will hear no more soon enough.

Here we go for 2019.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 12/28/18

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govt-shutdownUntil funding for food stamps runs out in about three weeks or so, and Dem voters start sending death threats en masse to Upchuck Schumer saying they’re going to die without them so better him to die instead.

You thought 2018 was crazy?  2019 will be an Al Jolson year because you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.  So we bid a non-fond adieu to a frying pan year as we step into the fire of the next.

The Fascist Dems and Media will continue their War on Trump not just unabated but on steroids.  The real question is, can POTUS hold his base?  How many Trumpers will fight to the knife for him, how many will just give up and retreat, how many will go over to the Dark Side?

On that, America’s fate depends.

If we want to save our country from the Dem Fascisti, we must give Trump what he needs most:  tough love, not blind support.  So welcome to the Tough Love HFR at the end of 2018.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 12/07/18

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frackers-gift What might this be?  As it’s right close to the Tex-Mex border, you might think it’s something to do with illegals invading across it – proposed ICE Catch & Detain areas, maybe.  But no.

It’s a Christmas Present to America from the entrepreneurial heroes of America’s fracking industry and the US Geological Survey (USGS).

A lot going on this week.  Here we go…

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HALF-FULL REPORT 11/30/18

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trials-for-treason-tweetWhen I first saw this Treason Meme all by itself on Drudge ereyesterday (11/28), I thought it was a funny spoof.  Then I checked Trump’s twitter feed and my jaw dropped.  POTUS himself posted it!  Whoa, Nellie.  This is deadly serious, no spoof.  And about time.

That’s quite a lineup.  Two former presidents, one of their execrable wives with her girlfriend Huma and hitman Pervert Podesta, both of Zero’s Attorneys General, his Intel and FBI chiefs, plus the Evil Duo of Mueller and Rosenstein.  The President of the United States is saying they all belong behind bars.

Which they do.  And so many others.  Where’s “Commie John” Brennan?  Slimy Andy McCabe? Where’s Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey?  Guess there was no room for them in the meme, not to mention the reporters and editors CNN, WaPo, New York Times, and others of the Fascist Media.

It’s going to be a very crowded jail cell.  Okay, here we go….

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HALF-FULL REPORT 11/16/18

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As California goes, so goes the nation – into a Democrat sewer

As California goes, so goes the nation – into a Democrat sewer

Kathmandu, Nepal. I’m back from Wheeler Expeditions’ 6th Himalaya Helicopter Expedition – a mind-boggingly memorable experience all of us will treasure for the rest of our lives.

I was hoping that this week’s news might be better than that of the last.  That hope has been dashed to the degree it’s given me a wide-awake nightmare.  Let’s start with how last week’s HFR (11/09) began:

“Obviously, the majority of voters failed their IQ test on Tuesday (11/06).  My initial reaction is: forget all the silver lining, Trump-really-won Pollyanna happy talk.  This turned out really badly. 

 

It shouldn’t have been close, it shouldn’t have been remotely close.  The Left, the flat-out Fascism that has taken over the Democrat Party, needed to have the hell beaten out of it electorally.  Now a preponderance of voters – your fellow citizens – gave the green light for that fascism to flourish.

 

And of course, whenever it’s close, the Dems will use every filthy trick they know to cheat their way into victories they didn’t earn.  Already provisional ballot boxes are being discovered in the trunk of someone’s car, recounts are demanded, suddenly losers like Arizona’s Enema surge ahead, and in many other states as well.

 

What do we do?  We fight.  There is no other choice, other than submission to being slaves of the Left.”

What we’ve got at the end of this week is the realization of just how much we have to fight to avoid that submission, how deeply entrenched the cultural and moral corruption of the Left’s Fascism has become throughout our country.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 11/09/18

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Back to Mount Everest for my 75th

Back to Mount Everest for my 75th

Kathmandu, Nepal.  Welcome to the World Freedom Day HFR!  And to my 75th HFR!

Here is President Trump’s Presidential Proclamation on World Freedom Day. November 9 is a US federal government official observance celebrating the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent liberation of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Colonial Empire from Communist tyranny.  It is a special day for me, as I was privileged to play a substantive role in helping President Ronald Reagan achieve this.

Today is also a very special personal day for me as it is my birthday – my 75th birthday in fact.  I call it my Himalayan 75 that I told you about last September, as I embark once more on Wheeler Expeditions’ Himalaya Helicopter Expedition.

And best of all, both of my sons, Brandon and Jackson, are here in Kathmandu with me.  We’re operating two HHEs this fall season, and Brandon just finished leading the first, while Jackson is co-leading the second with me starting tomorrow.  What better birthday present could I have than my two sons joining me to make Wheeler Expeditions a family business?

Being in the Himalayas is isolated from the world.  So tell me – did anything important or interesting happen in the US or elsewhere this week?  Didn’t we have some kind of election?  How’d that turn out?

Okay, seriously, folks, here we go.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP KEEP THE HOUSE RIGHT NOW

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vote-dana The lead article on Breitbart this morning (10/31) is: “Ten Races Could Determine Who Controls House After Midterms.”

One of the ten is California CD 48:

CA-48: Incumbent Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA-48) now has a two point lead in this Orange County district over his Democrat challenger, Harley Rouda, in a poll released by Monmouth University last week. While still a statistical tie, a poll earlier this month showed the two candidates in a dead heat, 48 percent to 48 percent.

 

For more than half a century, Orange County was the strongest Republican county in California. This district, however, has been moving slowly left for some time. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the district by two points.”

The Left has always hated Dana for his key role in getting rid of their idol, the Soviet Union, for being so unapologetically conservative across the board – for 30 years the ACU Ratings of Congress has given him a well over 90% conservative score (latest ranking 94.42%) – and now so totally pro-MAGA.

The difference is that this year, the Left and the Dems have been pouring money into the campaign of Dana’s opponent, a carpetbagger from Columbus, Ohio named Harley Rouda, Jr.  His father, Rouda, Sr., was a self-made entrepreneur who built a very successful business from scratch (HER Realtors in Ohio).

Harley, Jr. is an all too-typical child of inherited wealth, who having never earned his money resents and apologizes for it by embracing socialist-fascist anti-capitalist left wing causes and politics.  So he moved to California and is trying to buy a seat in Congress and join Nancy Pelosi in trashing America.

As reported by Breitbart (10/12), Rouda supports every far-left position there is, open borders, amnesty for illegals, sanctuary cities, pro-abortion, the entire Pelosi-Bernie-Antifa agenda.

So far, Dana’s popularity has been able to fend Rouda off.  But just now, radical left-wing billionaires have suddenly flooded Rouda’s campaign coffers with millions.

On October 25. The Orange County Register reported that Billionaire Michael Bloomberg Spends $4 Million to Back Rouda and Defeat Rohrabacher, Making CA-48 the Priciest House Race in the US.

Almost 80% of the $18 million-cost of the race comes from radical lefties like Bloomberg and Soros to defeat Dana.

Dana can fight back and triumph, but he needs our help to do so.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 10/12/18

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mad-demsJerusalem, Israel.  We’re in the middle of Hidden Holy Land II with a wonderful group of TTPers.  It’s dawn here, meaning it’s just past midnight in DC, and still yesterday in California.  By the time I wrap this up, Friday in America will have barely begun, so if any October Surprise happens today, it will have go unmentioned here.

It is extraordinary to be here at one of the great crossroads of history on the eve of America’s crossroad of history just 25 days from today.  First however, let’s reflect on what a momentous week this has been in the history of Western Civilization.  In particular, yesterday and today.

Yesterday, October 11, we celebrated the 1,286th anniversary of the Battle of Tours in 732 AD, when Charles Martel (686-741), forever known as The Hammer, and his 30,000 Christian soldiers crushed an invading horde of 200,000 Moslem Jihadis in what is now central France.

Today, October 12, is for celebrating the 526th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of America, for on this day in 1492, the Great Admiral landed on Guanahani (now known as San Salvador or Watlings) island in the Bahamas.

But we’re just getting started.  We’ll go from when the first human culture began ca. 40,000 years ago to where Abraham in buried to why Dems have become as demented as Palestinian terrorists to a genius pro-Trump rapper in the White House yesterday.  Let’s go.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 10/05/18

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american-or-democratYou’ve seen it in a hundred movies or more.  It’s a plot device used over and over.  You know who the good guy is, but you’re not sure who the bad guy is.  You have your suspicions but maybe it’s someone else.  Then comes the defining moment of confirmation – when a character commits an act of irretrievable evil.

He (or she) has done something for which there is no excuse, it is irretrievable, there is no hope of recovery or salvation.  No more suspicion, the plot is now fixed and must lead inevitably towards the hero destroying the villain in a climactic confrontation.

We are living this movie right now.  We are one month away from its climax.

Most all times in our lives as individuals or those of a country, an issue is not black and white.  There are arguments on both or various sides, and we must choose where the preponderance of good lies, choose which side has more assets than liabilities.

Not this time.  Not this election on November 6.  The Democrats’ criminally deranged and morally disgusting behavior towards Judge Kavanaugh and his family is irretrievable.  They have proven beyond doubt to be an evil that must be extinguished electorally.

There is now no moral excuse for voting Democrat.  Are you an American or a Democrat?  On November 6, you cannot be both.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 09/21/18

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theyre-after-you So there you have it.  You can’t get clearer evidence of this than current Dem demagoguery with Brett Kavanaugh.  Dem dirtbags have no morality whatever as any normal person has.  All they care about is gaining power over you and me, and will commit any lying, cheating, stealing, and smearing it takes to get it.

But really – we all know this, which must include Republican Senators.  While the Dems are called the Evil Party for good reasons, it’s not true that the GOP is the Stupid Party, for no one can be that blind and dumb.  No, the GOP is the Coward Party, and right now that fatal flaw may result in their extinction.

There are so many lessons and good things to know this week.  Let’s go…

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HALF-FULL REPORT 09/14/18

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peanuts-on-trumpCountdown to launch – 53 days to go until November 6.  First thing to do is watch and read then-candidate Trump’s historical battle cry in late October 2016, posted on TTP this morning: We Are At The Crossroads of History Again.

His election was a great battlefield victory in the war against the Hate America Left – but that war is far from won.  The next great do-or-die battle looms before us on November 6.

Also posted this morning on TTP is Michael Walsh’s soaringly eloquent, Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Dream.  The founding literature of Western Civilization is Homer’s Iliad, composed from centuries-old oral traditions around 700 BC.  It indeed starts with Homer’s immortal lines, which Walsh compares to the self-destructive rage of the Democrats today.

That’s just for openers.  This was an intense week, really bad for Google, Dems, the global libtard media, and good for the good guys.  Let’s go…

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ARETHA’S FAMILY SHOWS NO RESPECT

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Among the Queen of Soul’s many memorable songs, the one most remembered is her massive 1967 hit, Respect.  Take a moment to enjoy:

Tragically, that was the one thing the Franklin family did not give her for her funeral on Friday, August 31.

Yesterday (9/03), the Associated Press ran a story carried around the world: Aretha Franklin’s Family Says Eulogy Was Offensive.

Well, of course, one would think, that must be the “very, very distasteful” eulogy delivered by a sociology professor infamous for being a hate-filled anti-white racist, Michael Eric Dyson.  But no, they took offense not at the worst eulogy to Aretha, but the very best.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 08/31/18

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trump-pence-at-the-topA Masoquismo Continuo! 

That’s the theme for the HFR this week.  We’re adapting the motto of the RENAMO Anti-Communist freedom fighters of Mozambique (where Portuguese is the lingua franca) in the 1980s, A Luta Continua, The Struggle Continues.

Now, enjoy the motto of the Democrat Party-Libtard Media Complex:  A Masoquismo Continuo!  The Masochism Continues!

Last week’s HFR explained why Trump Derangement Syndrome is causing the Dems’ and their media poodles’ death wish.  It’s that all the passions of the Left are frenzies of masochism.

One of the behavioral rules of lefties – such as they always lie and always project – is that they always double-down.  This week, true to form, they doubled-down on their masochism.   So settle in your most comfortable chair with a full glass of a full-bodied red, and let’s have some fun.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 08/24/17

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memorial-wallI’m exercising all my will power to stay calm and not hyperventilate – and I hope you will do the same.  I’m up at dawn since writing the HFR is an all-day marathon, checking the British papers as it’s still too early for those in the US.

London being five hours ahead of New York, much of the US Lying Swine media get their clues on what to morning-headline from their Limey Lying Swine counterparts.  You need to brace yourself for this.  It’s not satire.  This is the actual “news” headline in the London Independent this morning:

russian-bots So we come to an extraordinary teachable moment for all Americans.  Teachable for what?  It explains why Trump Derangement is causing the Death Wish of the Democrat Party. Here is the explanation in a nutshell.  There’s so much more in this HFR.  Here we go…

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HALF-FULL REPORT 08/17/18

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Welcome to the Unhinged HFR.

In the middle of August when the primary concern of most folks is whether the inside of their forearms is as tanned as the outside, instead we’re up to our eyeballs in unhinged news.  Feel free to say what you think we missed in the Forum.

It’s been a Wacko Week, so much so it’s hard to know where to begin.  Might as well begin the most wacko of all, CNN’s latest heartthrob even dumber than Stormy Daniels.  How dumb?  She titled her book after herself, not PDJT:  Unhinged. Let the fun begin.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 03/18/16

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On Wednesday (3/16), Megyn Kelly interviewed Ted Cruz.

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At 4:25 Cruz explains why Trump is the one candidate Hillary can beat. At 7:30 he explains how he’ll get a majority of delegates and avoid a contested convention.

But in case there is, here’s a neutral solution for avoiding it. Plus a slew of convincing reasons (beyond Cruz’s) why Trump has no chance of beating the PIAPS in November.

We have to get out of here, however, so we see what’s happening with Putin, and bad news in China. The Hero of the Week will surprise you, yet you may cheer nonetheless.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 03/11/16

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TrumpRubio on CubaMarco scored home runs in the Miami debate last night, but does he have a chance to win Florida on Tuesday? Cruz obliterated Trump, so how will he do on Super Tuesday 3? What advice did Jeb Bush give Rubio, Cruz, and Kasich in private meetings yesterday?

What is a far greater worry than a brokered Pub convention to both Trump and Hillary? You’ll get the chills finding out.

What’s killing the whales dying en masse on English Channel beaches? Why are so many Iranians converting to Christianity? Who’s the hot young blonde that the HFR Hero of the Week? You’ll laugh your head off seeing what’s she’s done.

This plus videos and pics in this week’s Half-Full Report!

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HOW PATRIOTIC IS MARCO RUBIO?

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This question is in no way meant to disparage Rubio’s core patriotism. He obviously loves America, means it no harm, is a good decent moral person who’s solidly conservative in most ways (albeit his fatal error on Gang of 8 Amnesty).

If he were the GOP nominee I would vote for him without the slightest hesitation. He would be light years preferable to the PIAPS or Crackpot Bernie or SlowJoe.

But that’s not the issue at hand. For the reality is that, after last night (3/08) winning a total of 0 delegates – zip, zero, nada – in Michigan, Mississippi, Idaho and Hawaii, Rubio is a dead man walking towards the nomination. His candidacy is a busted flush (defined as “something worthless that had great potential”).

Trump, on the other hand, is a four-flusher. A phony vulgar scam-artist braggart, all hat and no cattle whether in political principles, business acumen, character and integrity, or plain moral decency. His stubby little fingers cannot – cannot as a mortal necessity – be allowed access to the presidential codes for launching nuclear weapons.

Marco Rubio is not going to be the GOP presidential nominee in 2016. It is now his patriotic duty to do whatever he can to prevent Donald Trump from being that nominee instead. That means it is his patriotic duty to do the only thing to stop Trump.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 03/04/16

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Port Blair, Andaman Islands. Welcome to the most interesting islands on earth for an anthropologist, as they are home to the world’s only Paleolithic people, untouched and uncontacted since they arrived here 40,000 years ago.

We don’t even know what they call themselves. Since they live on North Sentinel Island (out to the left of South Andaman in the map, we call them Sentinelese.

Andaman IslandsIn the HFR of February 1, 2013, they were the HFR Heroes of the Week for being the world’s greatest example of sustained defiance of external authority over their liberty. The relevant excerpt of that HFR is appended at the end below.

Who might be the HOTW today? Figuring that out is the task at hand. First however, I must express my deep appreciation and gratitude to my buddy Rod Martin for writing such a wonderful series of HFRs while I’ve been in India. From all the many kudos expressed in the Forum, my opinion is shared by many TTPers. Thanks, Rod!!

My opinion on Trump, however, is not shared by all TTPers. But that’s the deal here – I get to say what I want, and you get to disagree if you want.

Thus I was overjoyed to see Trump get sliced and diced last night in Detroit. The most revelatory moment came right at the start, when out of the blue he gratuitously informed the entire planet exactly why he has such a massively boastful yet paper-thin ego:

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STRANGLING PARADISE

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Bangaram Atoll, Laccadive Islands, India. Welcome to the Strangled Paradise. Sure looks beautiful doesn’t it?

LaccadiveIslands1Thatch huts under swaying palms, perfect white sand beach, crystal clear water of translucent turquoise. Do you wish you were here?

Don’t.

The picture is real – I just took it. This place could be a real dream-paradise, but it’s not. And there is a very clear reason why.

The Laccadives are a microcosm for India. It’s critical for the world it not be.

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BERNIE IN INDIA

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Cochin, Kerala, India. Welcome to India’s Malabar Coast, known as the Garden of Spices for 5,000 years.

Trade routes for black pepper and other spices were established with ancient Sumer by 3,000 BC, and continued with Babylon, Egypt, Greece and Rome. By 573 BC, there was a flourishing Jewish merchant community here.

In 52 AD, St. Thomas the Apostle, one of Jesus’ 12 Disciples, arrived in Cochin to establish one of the very earliest Christian churches, which continues to thrive today, the St. Thomas Christians.

After Vasco da Gama’s pioneering a sailing route from Portugal around Africa to here in 1498, the Portuguese made Cochin the center of their spice trade, ruling here for 163 years and further cementing Christianity.

They were followed by the Dutch, then the British, thus after almost 2,000 years, it is little wonder that there are Christian churches of various denominations everywhere and devoutly attended – from huge centuries-old cathedrals to modern glass temples: [see photos in main text]

Thus it is also little wonder that Kerala is India’s most prosperous state, with many people living very well:

But where there is prosperity, there is envy. So it is little wonder too that Kerala is the bastion of the Communist Party of India (CPI), and of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI(M)) for whom the CPI isn’t sufficiently filled with envious hate:

The Hammer and Sickle is ubiquitous:

Bernie Sanders would feel right at home.

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HOW DID THE ANCIENT GREEKS KNOW WHAT AMERICA’S FATE IS?

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“Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first drive insane.”

 It’s a proverb of the Ancient Greeks so old it predates their great poets such as Sophocles (496-406 BC) who quotes a version of it in Antigone. They applied it to individuals, especially kings.

Yet it applies with equal force to countries, societies, nations, and civilizations. Turn the pages of a historical atlas to see the evidence, as they emerge, rise, flourish, subside, then vanish from history – century after century for thousands of years, all over the world.

This terrible truth is being applied to America today. There is a now-famous quote – attributed to many but its author is so far unknown – that observes:

"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.

The Greeks if observing today would note that this quote applying to Zero could apply equally to Donald Trump.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 01/29/16

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I woke up this morning to a deluge of Forum comments on my Trump Derangement Syndrome yesterday. A large number of them were from Trump supporters who strongly disagreed with me.

They did so with courtesy and grace, with reasoned arguments rather than schoolyard insults. Trump could learn a lesson from them. I can’t thank them enough. We can continue to agree to disagree, and do so with mutual respect. I am so proud of my TTPers.

Which brings me to my gratitude for Rod Martin. Rod has been a dear and close friend of mine for more years than we both care to admit. Ours is a mutual admiration society. And of course, he’s an avid TTPer. Read his bio in the link, and you’ll quickly be excited to know Rod will be manning the HFR helm in my absence. Thanks, Rod!

Here’s the full text of the GOP candidate debate last night (1/29). It was glorious to have a real debate without Trump in the way, a clear demonstration of how much better the whole Pub primary campaign would have been without him.

Trump made a disastrous mistake in wimping out of the debate, afraid of a girl. The Fox debate last night dwarfed Trump’s egomaniacal competing rally, 4.5 times as many, 12.5 million vs. 2.78 million viewers. In fact, the headline is: Debate Without Trump Got Better Ratings Than Last Debate With Trump.

Cruz took advantage and closed the deal with Iowans with what Carl von Clausewitz called the schwerpunkt, the decisive point. At least, that’s what I think will happen Monday. We’ll see.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 01/22/16

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DONALD PERÓN

The GOP prez race came into sharp clear focus this week with Trump overtly morphing into an American Juan Perón.

100 years ago, Argentina was in a race with America to be the most successful economy in the world. Its GDP per capita was higher than Germany’s, France’s, or Italy’s. That was long ago, for thanks to a succession of demagogic populists, stretching back to Juan Perón (1895-1974), the country is a wreck.

That’s The Parable of Argentina, The Economist’s warning to any country tempted to embark on its version of Peronism – that it risks becoming “the Argentina of the 21st century.”

This is precisely what America risks with Donald Perón. On Tuesday (1/19) in Iowa, he abandoned the slightest pretense of being anything other than a crony capitalist wedded-to-the-establishment populist vote-panderer.

What more could it possible take for Trumpkins to wake up from their hypnotic trance, to realize they have been suckered by a charismatic demagogue like Juan Perón, a mentally imbalanced narcissist like Obama, who only wants fame-power-adoration without principles or mercy?

His election would be the death of conservatism in America and of any chance to regain our freedom or Constitution. Because conservatives will have abandoned every single conservative principle they claim to possess in selling their souls to him.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 01/15/16

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Ted Cruz Makes Donald Trump His Mitch. That’s got to be the best headline on last night’s Pub debate. And it was so satisfying to hear the audience boo Trump as he made a horse’s ass of himself.

Beyond the fireworks and one-liners, however, was a useful lesson in morality and patriotism….

Meanwhile, I’m breathing easier this morning with Cruz looking like he’ll win Iowa after all. Trump lied last night when he said he was leading in all the latest Iowa polls. Plus this bleak story Wednesday (1/13) in the NYT about how lousy Trump’s ground game is in Iowa. Then there are the two Gallup polls released Wednesday…

Now that’s all out of the way, let’s get to the best news of the week: The PIAPS is going over the edge. Here she is on Tuesday (1/12) equating “white terrorism” and “police violence” with ISIS…

We’ll also have some fun, explain why food prices are sky high, reveal a wonderful Hero of the Week, and close with a personal thank you from me.

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THREE STRIKES AND I’M OUT

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I’ve never used TTP as a confessional, but there’s always a first time. I’m in a state of existential crisis.

Maybe it’s sparked by what happens tonight in Charleston, South Carolina. It could be a pivot point of history – for the world, for America, and my own life.

Strike One for me was my countrymen in the millions being literally deranged enough to elect a man who wanted God to damn America.

Surely, I thought, this must be a temporary insanity. Normal people have the capacity to go around the bend, then come to their senses, happens all the time. As Zero proved himself to be just as evil as I knew he was, I comforted myself in the conviction that the Curse of Zero would be over in 2012. It was impossible, inconceivable, unimaginable, that Americans would re­-elect him.

Yet they did. It doesn’t matter that the Dems rigged the vote. What matters is that the election was close enough for them to cheat and rig it. That was Strike Two.

Still, it never occurred to me that there would ever be a Strike Three. Now it has.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 01/08/16

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1InwaterBacteriaIt was last night over a glass of Russian River’s Pliny the Elder Double IPA that I decided to open this week’s HFR about beer and freedom.

I came of age in days of yore, when “American beer” – Schlitz-Pabst-Miller-Bud – was a watery tasteless oxymoron compared to real beer like in Germany or Belgium. Today is completely different.

From Denmark’s Faroe Islands north of Scotland to Gibraltar, I have had guys in pubs tell me they had to admit the best beer in the world now is American. Look at RateBeer’s Top 100 Beers in the World. 79 are American. The American craft beer industry has left the rest of the planet in the dust.

That’s because there is a connection between beer and freedom…

There’s something that Ted Cruz did this week that I dare not make explicit. I can only allude to it, and if you get it, you’ll quickly grasp that he’s not just smart, he’s scary OMG smart…

Let’s go global and see what’s been afoot in the world this week. Germany is getting exactly what it deserves for idiotically letting in Moslem welfare beggars by the million. And North Korea did not set off an H-bomb. We explain why….

And it’s obvious who’s the Hero of the Week.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 01/01/16

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Welcome to 2016 – the last year of the worst presidency in American history. With all the doom and gloom being predicted that 2016 will be even more ghastly than 2015, it’s time to cheer up!

Recall the advice given to the fellow who was sad and depressed: “My friend said, ‘Cheer up! Things could be worse!’ So I cheered up, and sure enough, things got worse!”

First the bad news about 2016, then the good.

The bad news is that it is going to get worse. 2016 will be the Year of Zero Unleashed. His hatred of America will be fully vented in an explosion of vindictiveness wreaked upon us, an orgy of fascist rules, executive orders, and flat-out lawlessness designed to abolish our freedom, ruin our economy, decimate our culture, and surrender to our enemies.

So what could possibly be the good news? It’s that we can look upon the Year of Zero Unleashed not as a disaster, but as an opportunity. A historically unique one to fundamentally re-transform America to the free country it once was. Here’s how.

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THE CRUZ SLINGSHOT

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There is a famous scene in the insanely funny 2006 movie Talledega Nights, where racecar driver Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) performs his Shake N Bake move: Slingshot engaged!

ShakenBakeAs all NASCAR fans know, the “slingshot” is a real racing tactic. Here’s professional racecar driver Alex Lloyd describing the maneuver:

“We all know about the Ricky Bobby ‘Shake N' Bake’ slingshot. And making use of the draft to complete a pass is crucial. The longer you can stay in the wake of the car you are pursuing the better. With each second your momentum gains and you pick up speed. Then at the very last moment pop out and use the slingshot to assist in getting you alongside and passing your competitor.”

Now let’s apply that strategy to Ted Cruz in his race for the GOP presidential nomination.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 12/25/15

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Paris, France. Merry Christmas and welcome to the Christmas Half-Full Report!

Today we celebrate the hopefulness and optimism inherent in Christianity. It’s “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year” as the Christmas song declares – and which you can hear in the sound system of restaurants, markets, and stores all over in Paris.

Yes, in English. In fact, everywhere you go in Paris, you hear the classic Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole Christmas songs that we all grew up with – like White Christmas, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, Winter Wonderland, Silent Night. Not French. American. Even in France, the most wonderful day of the year connects Christian hope with the fundamental cheerfulness of the American character.

And not just in France. Last week, Rebel and I were in Warsaw and it was the same. The Poles are perhaps the most devoutly Christian people in Europe. Christmas is a true religious day for them. And you hear Crosby and Cole, American Christmas music everywhere as well.

The Poles have very good reason to be optimistic today, with a new government devoted to standing up for Poland against Putin’s threats and EU bureaucratic tyranny. Poland is the hope of Europe right now, the patriotic free market alternative to the Moslemized welfare states of so much of the EU.

There is even a patriotic free market television news station now – Republika TV – as a very popular alternative to Poland’s libtard media always apologizing for Putin as they are on the Kremlin payroll.

I gave an interview which Republika both broadcast in Poland with Polish subtitles and on their YouTube channel without. Here’s the latter all in English:

JWinterview

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AN ADVENTUROUS LIFE

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Last spring I received an email from a fellow named Ryan Trapp. He had just published a book entitled Chasing 193: The Quest to Visit Every Country in the World.

Every sovereign country, for him, meant all 193 UN member states (although for me that also includes states the UN refuses to recognize: Taiwan, Kosovo, and Somaliland – add the two UN observers, Palestine and the Vatican, and the real number is 198)

Less than 100 people on earth had ever done so, he told me, 2% of the number of people who had climbed Everest (over 4,000). He had interviewed 34 of these folks for his book, and had been unable to contact me to be one of them. Due to the book’s popularity, he was writing a Volume II, and now that he had tracked me down, asked if I would be interviewed for it.

I consented, entitling the interview An Adventurous Life. I thought I’d share it with you, especially at this time of year when it’s good to take a break from our world going bonkers. Answering Ryan’s questions was an interesting experience of self-exposure and self-reflection. It’s fairly lengthy at over 6600 words so it’s probably best digested not all in one go. I hope you enjoy it. Photos at the end.

An Adventurous Life: Jack Wheeler Chapter for Chasing 193 Vol II

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HALF-FULL REPORT 12/18/15

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When I was 16 years old, I went to the Amazon by myself and was adopted into a clan of Jivaro headhunters – the ones who shrink the heads of their enemies killed in murder raids.

HeadShrinkerI learned that their sense of reality was the polar opposite of ours. This week I learned that it’s not.

Two weeks ago, the theme of the HFR was derangement. Last week’s was absurdity. We’re way beyond both this week. We’re into hallucinatory reality.

The Jivaros’ religion, you see, is based on taking a hallucinatory drug they call natema made from the Banisteriopsis caapi vine which they boil to make a tea.

The hallucinations experienced under natema are very similar of those of LSD. The experience is orchestrated by the clan’s uvisheen or shaman, so that when he directs the participants to see the Jaguar God or the Snake Goddess leap out of the campfire, they do – and know it’s real because they can confirm with each other they are seeing the same thing.

It turns out that use of banisteriopsis tea in religious rituals is widespread among native peoples in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and Brazil – such as the Quechua (descendants of the Incas), who call it ayahuasca, the vine of the soul.

The basis of their religion is that the drug enables them to “part the veil” of what we think is reality, and see a “higher” reality. In other words, they believe that the hallucination is reality, the real reality, while what normal people call reality is a hallucination, that “reality” is an illusion.

This inversion or hallucinatory reality is of course a form of full-blown insanity – and is what we are experiencing now in America, from believing that homosexuality is normal and heterosexuality is not to “Islam is a religion of peace.” Yet this week we seem to have reached an apotheosis of this reality-inversion.

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WHAT TO READ 2015

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Merry Christmas! And welcome to the fourth annual TTP What to Read.

We initiated this tradition with a list of the books I read and recommended in 2012, the first What to Read. That was followed a year later with What to Read 2013, then What to Read 2014.

It’s a week before Christmas to give you a chance to provide a Christmas present from the list. The links are to the Kindle edition on Amazon, each with multiple comments and quotes.

You can inexpensively gift someone instantly with the Kindle edition – I read all of these on my iPad – while there’s still time for Amazon to deliver a hard copy, or there’s your local bookstore.

I kept the list not to all the books I read this year, but to just those I thought would be of real interest to TTPers. There are several I think it quite important for you to consider.

I’m sure you’ll find at least one or two fascinating either for yourself or someone you care for. Or a regressive libtard you want to educate and/or infuriate.

And, please let us know on the Forum what books rang your bell this year. Here we go.

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