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EUROPE SLIDES INTO THE POOR HOUSE

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europe-in-the-poor-houseAthens, Greece. Europe’s most significant contribution to the world economy at the moment is serving as a bad example.

Much of Western culture and law can trace its origin back to this city of 2,500 years ago. The ancient Athenians learned that democracy is fragile and can lead to bad outcomes — not that other governing systems have proved to be more successful over the long run.

One of the fatal flaws of democracy is the recurring irrationality of the people to vote themselves benefits that they are unwilling to pay for. The idea of getting something for nothing is so powerful that politicians have used the same con everywhere on the planet for thousands of years.

The end is always the same. The music stops when the cupboard is empty.  Greece is now Exhibit A in Europe, with others soon to follow.

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SHOULD JOURNALISTS GO TO JAIL FOR THEIR SEDITIOUS LIES?

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Does she deserve an orange jump suit?

Does she deserve an orange jump suit?

As a First Amendment maximalist, I am inclined to reply an automatic "No" to my own headline — should journalists go to jail for spreading their seditious lies?

But a penalty of some kind, indeed a serious one, should certainly be levied for misinforming the public on the most important subject of our day, which has happened repeatedly over the last few years concerning the Russia probe.

And when these prevarications can be shown to have been deliberate, to have been done knowingly, difficult as that may be to prove, the line to sedition may have been crossed.

Thus there is an argument the reporters involved should face legal consequences.  Are they guilty of sedition? Decide for yourselves: read 18 U.S. Code § 2384. Seditious conspiracy.

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THE FRIGHT OF COMEY

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comey-fearIn a recent New York Times  op-ed (5/01), fired FBI Director James Comey was back again preaching to the nation about the dangers of Donald Trump and his capacity to corrupt any top-ranking federal official of lower character than Comey’s own.

Comey seems to have become utterly unhinged by Donald Trump, especially when the president, in his Queens accent, scoffs in the vernacular—quite accurately, given the transgressions of the FBI hierarchy—about “crooked cops.”

What an affront to Comey’s complexity, his subtlety, his sophistication, his feigned Hamlet-like self-doubt—at least as now expressed in his latest incarnation as Twitter’s Kahlil Gibran.

One can say a number of things about the timing of Comey’s latest sermon and his characteristic projection of his own sins on to others.  Here they are.

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THE ROAD TO MANDALAY

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©2019 Jack Wheeler

©2019 Jack Wheeler

Burma is a hidden country, sandwiched between India, China, and Thailand, along with a bit of Bangladesh and Laos.

During the Cold War under a Soviet-aligned Military Marxist dictatorship, guerrilla rebellions broke out.  In the 1980s as a private operative for President Reagan’s strategy to terminate the Soviet Empire, I clandestinely crossed from Thailand into Burma on more than one occasion with Karenni and Karen guerrillas.

The military junta resisted, even changing Burma’s name to "Myanmar," Rangoon to "Yangon," and moving the capital to an empty plain called Nay Pyi Taw in 1989.

Twenty years later the junta began relenting and freeing up the country, so much so by 2015 I was confident enough to take a small group of friends to explore the country.  We had a wonderful enlightening time.

Now I’m thinking of doing this again next year, as a number of you have asked if I would.  What I’d like to show you is a small sample of what we saw – just a hint, a taste of all there is in this extraordinary land.  All the photos are mine.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 05/03/19

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envy-of-the-world How cool is this to wake up in the morning to this Drudge headline?  Except if you’re a Democrat fascisti realizing there will be 6 more years of Trump making America even greater than ever.

And how about the Drudge kicker links above the giant headline? Hispanic Unemployment Lowest Ever... Best for women since 1953... Record jobs even for high school dropouts!

Hard to imagine the depth of Dem abysmal gloom over this, compounded by the fright and panic overwhelming them, explained by Kim Strassel today (5/03) in For Fear of William BarrWhich brings me to the Forum.  Here we go with another great HFR!

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AUTHENTIC ITALY

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authentic-italyMy wife Rebel and I were having dinner with Italian friends in Rome a while ago, who asked, “Why not a Wheeler Expedition in Italy?”

I answered, “We’d love to, but it has to be an adventure to really cool places in Italy that folks who’ve been to Rome-Venice-Tuscany don’t know about and would love to go to if they did.  It has to be to the real authentic Italy for a true experience of a lifetime.”

Our friends smiled – to us and each other.  “We’ve been exploring just those places for years – it’s our hobby.  We’d start in the Apennines of course, Italy’s mountain spine, to Abruzzo…”

And that is how, after many months of exploring and planning, Rebel and I with our Italian friends created the unique and extraordinary adventure of Authentic Italy.  I’d like to invite you to experience the Italy you’ve dreamed of and you’ll never ever forget.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 04/26/19

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new-christian-crusadeAt the end of this month, April 2019, the lesson is clear:  We need a New Christian Crusade against the enemies of Christendom, Western Civilization, and the self-evident truths of the Declaration of Independence.

Since the start of 2019, countless churches in France have been vandalized, looted, desecrated, and set on fire.  The libtards of Newsweek reported it thus (3/21):  Catholic Churches Are Being Desecrated All Over France – and Officials Don’t Know Why.

Right.  Just like every official in France can’t still explain how Notre Dame’s roof and spire burned down April 15.  The latest from yesterday’s (4/25) New York Times: Notre Dame Fire Investigators Focus on Short-Circuits and Cigarettes.

Right.  Any cockamamie excuse will do in order to ignore the unmentionably obvious – arson set by Moslems.

That’s just the start of a chock-filled HFR.  We’re off!

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HALF-FULL REPORT 04/19/19

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game-over Happy Good Friday!  This is a day of celebration for all Christendom – as the ancient Catholic catechism says, on this day, “Christ showed His great love for man, and purchased for him every blessing.”

And tonight, Passover begins for Jewish people around the world.  Pesach Sameach!

Coincidentally, this is a good Friday for America, as proclaimed on the cover of today’s (4/19) New York Post:

trump-clean And we’re just getting started.  What a week – here we go!

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BARR BRINGS ACCOUNTABILITY

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The most inadvertently honest reaction to Attorney General William Barr’s congressional testimony this week came from former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Mr. Barr had bluntly called out the Federal Bureau of Investigation for “spying” on the Trump campaign in 2016. Mr. Clapper said that was both “stunning and scary.”

Indeed. Here's what Trump’s foes have to be scared about.

No doubt a lot of former Obama administration and Hillary Clinton campaign officials, opposition guns for hire, and media members are stunned and scared that the Justice Department finally has a leader willing to address the FBI’s behavior in 2016

They all worked very hard to make sure such an accounting never happened. Only in that context can we understand the frantic new Democrat-media campaign to tar the attorney general.

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THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT WING IN ISRAEL

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Thousands of young Jewish boys celebrate Jerusalem Day

Thousands of young Jewish boys celebrate Jerusalem Day

Like lots of millennials who have catapulted to fame, May Golan got her start on the internet, blogging about life in her South Tel Aviv neighborhood. From there she gained a platform as a social activist, with 25,000 followers on Facebook and 16,300 on Twitter.

On Tuesday (4/09), hours before she won a seat in Israel’s Knesset, she reached out to voters in one last Facebook video, wearing a T-shirt with the words “Netanyahu. Right-wing. Strong. Successful.” emblazoned in blue and white block letters.  She is 32.

In other words, Golan is staunchly right wing. She’s also a lot like many Israeli Jews of her generation.

While American millennials have a reputation for liberal politics, young Israeli Jews have gone the opposite direction over time. For at least the past 10 years, these voters have identified as right wing at much higher levels than their parents.

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