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THE FATAL SICKNESS OF FREE STUFF

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The U.S. economy has been going nowhere for seven years, and there are increasing fears that it is going into a recession with only 38,000 jobs being created last month.

At the same time, Venezuela, the country with the largest oil reserves on the planet, is sinking into economic chaos. None of this need happen. The disease is the same -- only the fever is higher in Venezuela.

Politicians, at least going back to ancient Rome (with its bread and circuses), quickly understood that they could buy temporary support from the people if they were promised “free stuff.” As Margaret Thatcher famously said:

“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

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USING YOUR SIXTH SENSE TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE

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We’re all familiar with the five senses: sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. But we have another whole world of sensation that is often overlooked. It’s central to our power to change our habits – and our lives – for the better.

The “sixth sense” that I’m talking about is not something mystical or hypothetical. It is our felt sense. It’s the physical sensations in our body – in our limbs, in our motions, and in our guts.

The latter, for example, is a very real internal sensory experience from our enteric nervous system. This is a nerve complex connecting our brains with our gastrointestinal system, heart and lungs through our vagus nerve.

It’s the second-largest nerve in our body – about the same size as our spinal cord – that carries information from our guts to our brain.  And growing our awareness of it can become a tremendous resource for growth and change.  Here’s how to do this.

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HALF-FULL REPORT 06/03/16

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What was it that Henry Kissinger said about the war between Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and Ayatollah Khomeini’s Iran (1980-1988)?

“It’s a pity both sides can’t lose.”

That’s exactly the way I and millions of my fellow Americans feel right now.  We want a pox on both the Pub and Dem parties – and their voters insistent on shoving the two worst presidential candidates of our lifetimes down our throats.

The only time either His Hairness or Her Shrillness ever tell the truth is when they are lambasting each other – as they did yesterday (6/02).

I remain convinced there will be what Jack Kelly calls today the Biden Switcheroo.  He has his doubts, while I have far fewer.  You may be surprised why.

We have the pathological madness of the week, the headline laugh of the week, a startling Hero of the Week, and we end with marvelously good news that’s thanks in large part to TTPers.  Here we go….

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THE BIDEN SWITCHEROO

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Democrat Party leaders who couldn’t care less that Hillary Clinton is a liar and a crook who has gravely endangered national security will drop her in a New York minute if they think she’ll lose the election.

If the FBI recommends Hillary be indicted, party leaders plan to ease her out and replace her with Vice President Joe Biden, a billionaire friend who is wired into their thinking told Jack Wheeler, he reported in the HFR last week.

Millions of Americans would greet the Biden Switcheroo with sighs of relief.  Slow Joe would be a terrible president.  But he doesn’t lie nearly as often as do Hillary and Trump; isn’t being sued for fraud or investigated by the FBI; hasn’t committed or enabled sexual assault, and nobody has questioned his sanity.

Yet there are many obstacles lying in wait for the Biden Switcheroo.  Let’s discuss them.

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WHAT IF BERNIE GOES GREEN?

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If Hillary wins in November, the people she has most to thank are those who voted for Trump in the primaries, for nominating the only candidate more unpopular than she is.

That I think Hillary will win doesn’t mean I want her to win.  Trumpkins seem confused about that.

I could be mistaken. I grossly overestimated the intelligence and character of Republican primary voters (40 percent of them, anyway), grossly underestimated the selfishness, greed, cluelessness and cowardice of GOP “leaders” (upwards of 80 percent of them, apparently).

But I’m pretty sure the only way Trump could become competitive is if Bernie Sanders decides to accept the Green Party nomination and runs in the fall.

There’s a fair possibility this will happen.  Sanders is no more a Democrat than Trump is a Republican. 

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IT IS DIFFICULT TO IMAGINE HILLARY NOT BEING INDICTED

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Allow me to introduce myself.  For over 25 years, from 1981 to 2007, I was the Founding Director of the Justice Department’s Office of Information and Privacy.

As such, I handled information-disclosure policy issues on the dozens of Clinton Administration scandals that arose within public view, as well as two that did not.  Since retiring, I have taught government secrecy law at American University’s Washington College of Law.

This past week has been a milestone of sorts for those who closely follow the continuing saga of Hillary Clinton’s wrongful use of email systems during her tenure as Secretary of State.  But the kind of milestone it was depends on where you stood when the week began.

If you’re for Trump, you’re rejoicing; for Sanders, you have regrets; die-hard for Hillary, you’re rationalizing.  But if you’re a more mainstream member of the Democrat Party?

You, my friend, are simply scared to death, terrified even, for reasons that are truly unprecedented.  

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THE PALESTINE HOAX

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In his best-selling book The Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain described his 1867 visit to Ottoman Palestine as it was known then as a land of “unpeopled deserts” and “mounds of barrenness,” of “forlorn” and “untenanted” cities (chapter 48).

The Palestine of Mohammedans (as he called Moslems) is a “waste of a limitless desolation,” he concluded, “desolate and unlovely” (chapter 56).

The same is true today of the Palestinian Museum which opened in Ramallah on May 18 with much fanfare and one slight problem. While admission is free, there’s nothing inside for any of the visitors to see except the bare walls. The Palestinian Museum had been in the works since 1998, but has no exhibits. The museum cost $24 million. All it has to show for it are a few low sloping sandy buildings indistinguishable from the dirt and a “garden” of scraggly bushes and shrubs.  It’s hard to think of a better metaphor for Palestine. 

Palestine is an empty building with nothing in it. It’s a political Potemkin village. There’s a flag, an anthem, a museum and all the trappings of a country. But if you look closer, there’s nothing inside.

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CHINA’S FEAR OF CHRISTIANITY

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Over the course of the last two and half years, the Chinese government has shown signs of increasing nervousness and wariness of the growth of Christianity.

In its latest grasp for control, the Communist government has taken Christian churches in Zhejiang province to task, by removing the crosses that adorn some 1,700 churches. Citing breach of building codes, the government sent in police SWAT teams to remove the crucifixes from spires.  Zhejiang is an important province of 55 million, adjacent to Shanghai, China’s and the world’s most populous city of 25 million.

Early last month, Xi Jinping made a speech on religious policy stating, “We must resolutely guard against overseas infiltrations via religious means and prevent ideological infringement by extremists.”

This stance is in line with the CCP’s long-held objective of controlling belief systems. A Pew Research Center report estimates that there are close to 68 million Christians in China — an astonishing number considering the growth of Christianity has largely been by way of faith conversion – while the BBC estimates there are as many as 100 million.

And it’s worth noting that Christianity is hardly a recent “overseas infiltration.” Chinese have been adopting the Christian faith since 635 AD during the Tang Dynasty.

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