Citizens protest Chicago Islamic Conference

A group of concerned Americans exercised their First Amendment Rights yesterday in Chicago, Illinois to protest an Islamic conference in the Oak Lawn region of the city.

Media sources report that the meeting was organized by Hizb ut-Tahrir, who some consider to be an extremist Islamic organization that reportedly promotes anti-Western sentiment.

Furthermore, the Islamic institution is also apparently linked with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who confessed to participating in the 9/11 plot, FOX News reveals.

The group wants to bring Muslim nations together around the world under just one single leader and reportedly has no connections to terrorism.
Mohammad Malkawi spoke to the Chicago Sun-Times on behalf of the group and claimed that "We have never aligned ourselves with militant groups. The accusations are baseless and without merit," but the 75 protestors who gathered seemed to think otherwise.

According to United Press International one protestor who expressed she was a "suburban SUV-driving sports mom" told the news provider that the Islamic group "will hurt us" and that they "are not hiding their intentions."

The conference brought around 800 attendees to the area.
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Latest Obama ratings poll shows decrease in healthcare approval

A recent poll conducted via telephone by the Washington Post and ABC news found that fewer Americans are lending their support to President Obama’s healthcare reform plans.

According to the figures, only 49 percent of respondents feel confident about the administration’s plans for healthcare whereas in June, 53 percent expressed their approval.

Similarly, Americans’ confidence in Obama’s handling of the economy has also slid slightly as 52 percent currently endorse his decisions compared to 58 percent last month.

Furthermore, one quarter of survey participants feel that the administration is placing too much of a priority on healthcare, while 39 percent expressed they believe there is too little of an emphasis on fixing the federal budget deficit.

As a result, 55 percent of respondents think that it is most important that the government work to avoid a greater deficit rather than increase overall consumer spending.

Of those surveyed, 33 percent identified themselves as Democrat, 22 percent were Republican, 41 percent were registered Independent and only 4 percent had no affiliation.

Despite slipping public support, the government aims to push healthcare reforms and the issue is of extreme importance.

Last week, Obama explained he was "urging the House and the Senate, Democrats and Republicans, to seize this opportunity, and vote for reform."
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Spice may benefit women who took HRT

New research shows that curcumin found in the Indian spice turmeric may help reduce some women’s risk of breast cancer if they utilized hormone replacement therapy (HRT.)

Many women choose HRT to offset the physical and emotional affects of menopause despite the fact that this treatment carries side effects including an increased risk of breast cancer.

Scientists at the University of Missouri found that in animals curcumin reduced the occurrence and likelihood that progestin -accelerated tumors would develop. Curcumin prevented VEGF from developing and this molecule helps direct blood to a growing tumor.

Researcher Salman Hyder of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center explained that the findings may promote the consumption of turmeric or even just curcumin as a cancer preventative.

"The results of our study show that women could potentially take curcumin to protect themselves from developing progestin-accelerated tumors," he said.

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Middle East Mayhem Could Push Oil Over $150 per Barrel

The philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau once said, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

I’ve been thinking about what Rousseau said because I have passed an anniversary of sorts. Thirty-years ago this past spring I was trying desperately to keep my grades up as a junior at the University of Calgary.

One afternoon the sun was beating into our classroom. It was a petroleum-economics class taught by a Frenchman, Dr. Mitra. But that day was unusual because the professor was agitated. This was most strange. The only agitation I had ever seen in that class came from the students who regularly received Cs and Ds from the white smocked, pipe carrying Dr. Mitra.

As the bell rang, Mitra exclaimed: “This thing in Iran… this Khomeini; it changes everything!”

I don’t remember what I thought of this. I was young and selfish, so I probably wondered if it would affect the final I was already cramming for. It turned out that Dr. Mitra was talking about a lot more than a final exam for one of his classes.

It was the late 1970s, the stock market was in crisis, there was a young inexperienced Democrat sitting in the Oval Office and, oh yes, a pop star that some called “The King”, had died prematurely—of a drug overdose in his home, they said.

Sound familiar?

Back to the Future
Years later I think Dr. Mitra was saying the revolution in Iran would permanently change the markets. That nothing in international oil would be as it was before; that the removal of the Shah and a new clerical regime with its Supreme Leader would transform the Middle East.

He was right.

In 1979 the Iranian Revolution sent oil prices soaring. The country’s oil production plummeted drastically to 2.5 million barrels a day. The 1980 Iraqi invasion worsened the situation. In fact, combined production of both countries fell to just 1 million barrels per day compared to 6.5 million barrels in 1978! This lowered the global production by 10 percent, and oil prices rocketed to $36 per barrel.

Today Iran is on the brink of another revolt. America is getting ready to pull out of Iraq, a move that could throw that country into chaos. With violence escalating in both nations—countries that produce 12 million barrels of oil per day, an amount almost equal to what America imports—the ordinances are set for another price explosion.

In fact, there is a growing potential for a new terror to boil-over in the Middle East… a nuclear kind of terror.

Just how close Iran is to having operational nuclear weapons is unclear. But one thing is certain; Israel is taking the threat seriously. Last month former Israeli defence minister Shaul Mofaz told Israeli radio that Iran is a ballistic power close to becoming a nuclear power.

“Iran has undoubtedly passed beyond the point of no return, moving closer to the ultimate nuclear capacity everyday," said Mofaz.

We are talking nuclear missiles in a region that holds two-thirds of the world’s conventional petroleum reserves. It’s enough to give American strategic planners nightmares. It also sets up the biggest potential for oil and gas profits ever. A scenario that I believe will push crude oil past $150 per barrel and natural gas above $8 per 1,000 cubic feet.

Then, on July 10th, Israel issued a direct warning to Iran. It spelled out the catastrophic consequences if it attacks the Jewish state with weapons of mass destruction.

In an interview published last Friday in the Hebrew daily Ha’aretz, Israel’s national security advisor Uzi Arad said Israel must have "tremendously powerful" weapons to deter or retaliate for a nuclear strike.

In other words, touch us and we will wipe you off the map.

To read more of Israel’s sword-first diplomacy, go to: http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-07-10-voa10.cfm.

In 2009 Iran’s Crisis is an Even Bigger Threat

My office sits 20 minutes from Calgary’s core and I try to get downtown as often as I can. Last week I was at the Canadian Unconventional Oil Forum held at one of the city’s fancier hotels. It’s not so much what you hear from the speakers as what you hear at the bar—coffee, juice or otherwise.

I ran into an old university buddy during a break. He heads up a mid-sized oil and gas company that has more than 100 million barrels of proven reserves.

“If there’s trouble with Iran, it’s going to be a real mess,” he said. “Look at Bush and that Iraqi thing. That was about oil. And if this thing in Iran gets out of hand, the U.S. will be in there too. They’ve got no choice.”

I asked him if I could quote him.

“Sure,” he said as he walked back towards the lecture theatre, “just don’t use my name.”

Annual U.S. Field Production of Crude Oil

The fact is America’s fortunes are tied to Iran and the Middle East. Consider this:

  • The United States accounts for less than 4 percent of the world’s oil production but consumes more than 30 percent of world oil supplies.
  • The average oil well in the continental United States pumps less than 300 barrels per day. The average well in Iran produces 10,000 barrels per day.
  • The last elephant oil field (more than a billion barrels) discovered in the United States was in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska in 1968.

In fact, 2009 marks a milestone for the United States. For the first time since World War II, we pumped less than 5 million barrels of oil per day. We pumped almost twice as much oil 30 years ago during the first Iranian crisis.

As Thomas Wolfe said, we can’t go home again

Meanwhile, Iran remains an oil kingpin. It is the de facto leader of OPEC, has the second largest conventional oil reserves in the world and is the world’s fourth largest producer of crude.

Yet in the end maybe Rousseau was wrong, at least in this instance. Things haven’t so much stayed the same, they have gotten worse. And that is bad news for America which lately has only shown talent for one thing—pumping money.

It is however good news for petroleum investors. The first Iranian revolution doubled the price of crude oil. Today, with America so much more dependent on the Middle East and with the stakes so high, the upcoming price spike could be huge, perhaps putting oil above $150 per barrel. Any way you look at it, that’s an A+ for energy investors.

Yours for real wealth,

—John Myers

They Stole That Election Fair And Square

One of the dirtiest campaigns ever conducted for the U.S. Senate is finally over. And to the dismay of anyone who cares about decency and decorum in “the world’s most exclusive club,” the chief mud-thrower has been declared the victor.

Shame on the 1.4 million celebrity-stricken Minnesotans who voted for a mean-spirited, hate-filled, dishonest demagogue named Al Franken. Shame on the courts and an incredibly biased Secretary of State who tortured and twisted a so-called “recount” until they made sure Franken had enough votes to win. And shame on the Republicans in Minnesota for allowing the election to be stolen from them.

When this campaign began, Norm Coleman, the Republican incumbent, was expected to win handily. No one gave Al Franken much of a chance. After all, this is the former Saturday Night Live performer whose major contributions to our culture have been sketches like “Planet of the Enormous Hooters” and books such as Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Liar. (Same to you, buddy.)

But that was before the economy imploded and the Obama bandwagon began to soar. Franken was incredibly well-funded by the left, so he was able to afford a ton of TV and print commercials. The result was some of the most blatantly dishonest advertisements his advisers could devise. Franken flat-out lied about Coleman’s voting record. He even accused his opponent of being “the fourth most corrupt senator in Congress.”

The leftwing activist group ACORN was busy, registering every warm body they could find. They were aided by Minnesota’s absurd same-day registration law. In Minnesota, election officials trust but don’t verify. How many illegal immigrants, felons, non-residents and other ineligibles did ACORN manage to get to the polls? We’ll never know. But you can bet it was a whole lot more than Al Franken’s razor-thin margin of victory.

When the original vote tally was announced it appeared that Coleman had won by 725 votes. The results were so close that a recount was inevitable. And that’s when the Franken forces really went to work to rig the results.

They brought in the same team that had found enough votes in the 2004 race for governor in Washington State to hand the election to Christine Gregorie. They were aided in Minnesota by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, a Democrat Party official and ACORN activist who got away with approving recount totals that favored Franken—but accepted the original tally in other cases, all of which just happened also to favor Franken.

By the time the recount ended Franken had gained 436 votes from “corrections” in just three heavily Democrat precincts. That, combined with votes that were removed from the Coleman side in other precincts, was enough to tip the election in Franken’s favor. Coleman appealed the results to the Minnesota Supreme Court, which ruled on June 30 that Franken had won the election by 312 votes. A few days later the gloating and gleeful ex-comedian took his seat as the 60th Democrat in the U.S. Senate. That brings the party of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama to a filibuster-proof majority. Not a pretty thought, is it?

But before you tear out your hair and fall to the floor sobbing, “That’s it. It’s all over. Nothing can save our poor Republic now,” hold on a moment. I do see a few rays of sunshine in this otherwise bleak assessment.

First, I don’t believe that Al Franken will be an asset for the Democrats. Instead, I think he will turn out to be a huge liability. The man has absolutely no class. He’s a mean-spirited guttersnipe who will find it impossible to keep his big mouth shut, or to resist the temptation to spout extremist views that are way to the left of most Americans.

As Connie Hair observed in Human Events, “Unless the powers that be in the Senate can put a big, fat muzzle on his mouth, Al Franken’s brand of politics and caustic deportment would make him the poster child for everything that’s wrong in America in 2010. The Senate’s own Rosie O’Donnell.”

Right. And what are the chances that this egotistical grandstander will allow himself to be muzzled? Or even agree that, for the good of his party, he should sit down and shut up for a while? I put them pretty close to zero.

Barack Obama may be the smoothest fraud we’ve seen in many a year. But take it from me; Al Franken is the complete opposite. The junior senator from Minnesota may just prove to be the most attractive target conservatives have had in years. Sort of a real-life tar baby, where every accusation sticks.

So please, Al, get on that soap box every chance you get. I can’t wait to see how far down your throat you can shove your foot. In fact, I’ll even help push.

They Haven’t Stolen This One… Yet
While the bad guys were celebrating their victory in Minnesota, several thousand miles to the south the good guys (and gals) won at least a temporary victory in Honduras.

Unfortunately, rather than cheer the sensible (and completely legal) actions of responsible Hondurans, our President has chosen to side with Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez and demand that the so-called “coup” be reversed.

In case you didn’t follow the story, here’s a quick recap. The Honduran constitution forbids a president succeed himself. The then-president, Manuel Zelaya, inspired by Venezuela’s Marxist boss, Hugo Chavez, decided to change the rules. He asked the Honduran Congress to amend the constitution to permit him to run again. The Congress, which was fed up with all of his unconstitutional shenanigans, said “absolutely not.”

So Zelaya vowed to go “to the people.” He said he would hold an illegal referendum. When the courts wouldn’t sanction his scheme, his buddy Chavez had a bunch of ballots printed in Venezuela and smuggled into Honduras.

When the military got wind of this, they seized the ballots. That’s when Zelaya said he would lead a mob to the military base where they were stored and have them distributed.

With that, responsible Hondurans said “enough.” Well, actually, they said “basta” and a lot of more colorful words. The Honduran Supreme Court ordered the military to arrest Zelaya. The Honduran Congress voted to support the action. So two weeks ago, Honduran soldiers marched into the presidential palace, seized Zelaya, and put him on a plane to Costa Rica.

This very reasonable and even humane action (most would-be dictators kill their opponents) sent the left into absolute conniption fits. The United Nations voted unanimously to condemn the action. Here’s an important principle, folks. When a majority of the members of the United Nations favors something, you can bet your bottom dollar that it’s bad for freedom.

As I write these words, Hondurans are refusing to buckle under to all the international pressure—even that coming from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Roberto Micheletti, the speaker of the Honduran congress, was named as caretaker president to serve out Zelaya’s term. Micheletti declared, “We have established a democratic government, and we will not cede to pressure from anyone. We are a sovereign country.”

When Zelaya tried to return to the country, Micheletti ordered the airport closed. Zelaya’s plane was not allowed to land. Time will tell if Micheletti and his brave and determined allies in Honduras will succeed.

A handful of Americans have come to their defense. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement saying, “The rule of law is working in Honduras. President Obama should not undermine the democratic institutions that guarantee freedom by forcing an illegitimate president back into power…. The United States should support the Honduran people and their legitimate leaders in their brave and heroic stand for freedom and the rule of law.” To which I offer a hearty “amen.”

If you haven’t already done so (and if by the time you read this Hondurans are still clinging to their freedom), please ask your senators and representatives to support them. It’s time we helped the good guys win one.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

Energy savings help planet and wallets

Energy savings help planet and wallets Summer electricity bills can make a dent in one’s assets, especially in the current economic climate, and with that in mind a non-profit organization has published tips on ways to avoid the escalating costs.

The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) says the easiest way to save is to turn off the lights, not only when no one is at home, but also in rooms that are not in use at any particular moment.

It also stresses the importance of switching off, or at least turning to an energy-saving mode, any electronic equipment, such as a radio, TV set or a computer that is not being used.

A great economizing step – but one few people keep in mind – has to do with unplugging electronic equipment during longer absences, such as summer vacations.

In fact, the ASE says that "even if all of the appliances … are turned off, chances are that they are still drawing a small amount of energy."

It warns that this small (usually around 1-5 watts) "phantom load" for each individual device can quickly add up.

Families may also consider installing energy-saving bulbs to improve efficiency for longer-time financial benefits.

A smart way of using air-conditioning can also make a big difference in the domestic budget. Unless there are pets in the house, there is no need to run the AC when there is nobody home, the organization says.

During the night, some families have also chosen to cool only the bedrooms, for added savings.
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Retirement funds decline in June

Retirement funds decline in June According to BNY Mellon Asset Management, the funded status of a typical U.S. corporate pension plan fell by 5.7 percentage points in June for the first time in four months.

The company says falling yields on long Aa corporate bonds which drove liabilities higher have contributed to this result.

Its analysis suggests assets for an average moderate risk portfolio increased 0.3 percent, while liabilities rose 7.6 percent during the month. For the first six months of the year, the funding ratio for the typical plan is up 5.2 percentage points, as represented by the BNY Mellon Pension Liability Index.

"Rising stock markets improved the funded status of pension plans in March, April and May, but the rally slowed in June and was unable to keep up with the rise in liabilities," says Peter Austin, executive director of BNY Mellon Pension Services, the pension services arm of BNY Mellon Asset Management.

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Higher vitamin D supplementation protects seniors from fractures, article says

Higher vitamin D supplementation protects seniors from fractures, article says Swiss researchers believe that vitamin D supplementation of at least 400 international units per day (IUD) reduces risk of certain bone fractures in older people.

The conclusions, presented by scientists from the University of Zurich, are based on a meta-analysis of 12 previous clinical trials of oral vitamin D supplements in adults age 65 or older, and apply to non-vertebral fractures, including eight trials specifically studying hip fractures.

The overview has yielded insights which suggest that vitamin D supplements decreased the risk of non-vertebral fractures by 14 percent and of hip fractures by 9 percent. At higher doses – exceeding 400 IUD – this type of supplementation was found to reduce non-vertebral fractures by 20 percent and hip fractures by 18 percent.

The authors published their analysis in the Archives of Internal Medicine where they wrote that "[the results suggest] that higher doses of vitamin D should be explored in future research to optimize anti-fracture efficacy."

"Also, it is possible that greater benefits may be achieved with earlier initiation of vitamin D supplementation and longer duration of use," they added.

A significant decrease in fracture risk was also noted among participants whose blood serum levels of vitamin D achieved a greater increase.
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Gun rights activists criticize Supreme Court nominee

Gun rights activists criticize Supreme Court nominee As Sonia Sotomayor continues through her confirmation hearings before Congress, gun rights groups have made it clear they oppose her candidacy for the nation’s highest court.

Those groups include Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and Second Amendment Foundation who wrote a letter that was hand-delivered to every member of the U.S. Senate earlier this month.

"The Supreme Court is almost certain to decide next year whether the Second Amendment applies to states and local governments, as it does to the federal government,” they wrote.

However, they sought to remind lawmakers that "while on the Second Circuit, Judge Sotomayor revealed her views on the right to keep and bear arms in Maloney v. Cuomo."

In that case, which was decided in January the Second Circut Court panel said that the Second Amendment does not apply to the states.

Speaking on Tuesday, Sotomayor said she accepted the highest court’s ruling from last year guaranteeing an individual’s right to own guns and added she would keep "an open mind" on the issue.

The Senate vote on the nomination is expected before the end of July, and commentators widely expect Sotomayor to be confirmed as the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.

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HRT elevates ovarian cancer risk, study says

HRT elevates ovarian cancer risk, study says Post-menopausal women who have used hormone replacement therapy (HRT) appear to be at an increased risk of ovarian cancer, according to researchers.

What is more, this seems to hold true regardless of the duration of use, the formulation, estrogen dose, regimen or route of administration.

Danish scientists from Copenhangen University analyzed data from 909,946 women aged 50 through 79 years and concentrated on their pattern of HRT use.

After eight years, a total of 3,068 women were diagnosed with ovarian cancers. However, current users had a 38 percent higher risk of the developing the disease compared with those who never used HRT.

The relative risk of epithelial ovarian cancer, a sub-category of the disease, among current HRT users was 44 percent higher, while previous users had a 15 percent increased risk compared with women who had never used HRT.

The study also found that the risk of both types of cancer did not significantly increase with longer duration of HRT, however it did decline over time after the therapy was discontinued.

In light of such studies, some women have opted for alternative approaches to relieving menopausal symptoms including diet, exercise and nutritional supplements as well as massages and reflexology treatments.
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Senate healthcare proposal includes mandates, public option

Senate healthcare proposal includes mandates, public option The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 13-10 along party lines on Wednesday to approve a $615 billion healthcare reform proposal.

It requires businesses with at least 25 employees to offer health insurance or pay a penalty, and contains provisions requiring individuals to obtain coverage, according to Bizjournals.com.

The bill also includes a government-run public option that would compete with private insurers, a provision opposed by congressional Republicans and groups such as the National Federation of Independent Business.

Senator Chris Dodd, a Connecticut Democrat, who presided over the committee vote, said it was more important to get what he believes is the right bill than to get GOP votes.

"There is a value in achieving bipartisanship but I will not sacrifice a good bill for that," he stated, quoted by the Associated Press.
The Democrats may indeed not need the GOP support as together with two independents they have at least 60 seats – the absolute majority – in the Senate.

On Thursday, it was House Democrats turn to work on their version of the legislation, which reportedly seeks to provide coverage to nearly all Americans by subsidizing the poor and penalizing individuals and employers who do not purchase health insurance.

Meanwhile, the National Center for Policy Analysis has called the bill a "1,018-page nightmare" that will force as many as 119 million people to lose their private health insurance and be forced into a Medicare-like plan.
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Scientists: Combination of DHEA and vitamin D enhances bone health

Combination of DHEA and vitamin D enhances bone healthResearch presented in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests supplements containing DHEA combined with vitamin D and calcium may increase bone density in older women.

DHEA is a natural steroid hormone produced in the adrenal gland, gonads and brain, and doctors believe those who have low levels of the hormone may suffer from lower bone density, which in turn makes them susceptible to fractures.

The study was conducted by scientists from Saint Louis University and Washington University who divided women aged 65-75 into two groups.

The first received the DHEA supplement, vitamin D and calcium for two years. The control group received a placebo, vitamin D and calcium for the first year and then the DHEA supplement the second year.

At the end of the second year, women who initially took the placebo experienced an approximate 2 percent increase in spinal bone density, while those receiving DHEA supplement from the start showed around a 4 increase.

The researchers believe vitamin D and calcium supplements, which were given to both groups, could be responsible for the increase in bone density.

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Can an herb prevent obesity?

Can an herb prevent obesity?Scientists believe that turmeric, an aromatic spice, may help prevent weight gain.

To arrive at their conclusions, scientists from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University fed high-fat diets to two groups of mice for 12 weeks. One of the groups also received supplementation of 500 mg of curcumin, a polyphenol found in turmeric, per 1 kg of food.

The researchers found that the mice whose diet was enriched with curcumin did not gain as much weight as the control animals.

Dr. Mohsen Meydani, director of the Vascular Biology Laboratory at the USDA HNRCA, and the study’s senior author, says weight gain is possible through the formation of new blood vessels (angiogenesis) that in turns allows for the expansion of fat tissue.

He says, "Based on our data, curcumin appears to suppress angiogenic activity in the fat tissue of mice fed high-fat diets."

Turmeric is a perennial herb related to ginger, and native to tropical South Asia. It has been known for centuries in natural medicine for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

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Second Amendment, race dominate Supreme Court confirmation hearing

Second Amendment, race dominate Supreme Court confirmation hearing Sonia Sotomayor started her congressional confirmation hearings earlier this week, and hot-button issues such as gun rights and her alleged activism have dominated the proceedings so far.

The Republicans have pressed Sotomoyor to explain her "wise Latina" remark that had been interpreted by some as suggesting Latinos with a certain background had better judgment than white people who have not lived those experiences.

Sotomayor stated that it was an "unfortunate rhetorical flourish," and sought to clarify she does not believe that any "ethnic, racial or gender group has an advantage in sound judgment."

The panel also asked questions about her judicial philosophy, given her 2008 opinion supporting the city of New Haven’s decision to annul the results of a firefighter promotion exam because almost no minorities qualified. The Supreme Court recently overturned that decision.

In response, the nominee vowed to base her rulings on law, rather than racial considerations and emphasized her record of 17 years as a judge demonstrates her commitment to applying the law rather than making it.

With regards to gun rights, Sotomayor said she accepted a Supreme Court ruling from last year guaranteeing an individual’s right to own guns and said she would keep "an open mind" on the issue.

The Senate vote on the nomination will likely take place before the end of July, and if confirmed Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic and the third woman to serve on the highest court.
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Powerful Tips For Your Health

Seniors, Take Note—Cholesterol is in your favor after about age 75. The higher your cholesterol, the longer you will live, so say studies. Cholesterol drugs are commerce in my opinion. Cod liver oil and fish oil are the naturals for blood thinners and very, very essential omega-3s. Beware though, if you bite through a fish oil capsule and it tastes fishy—don’t take it because it’s rancid.

There is nothing better than fish oil and cod liver oil for men’s prostate. Herbal supplements help, but the fish oil is basic.

High Insulin—It equals more fat and more inflammation because the more obese we are, the more insulin we are making and the more inflammation we are generating. This is what we call compounding in reverse. Again, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids have profound anti-inflammatory effects. Cod liver oil is all grandma had and she lived to be 91! Eat sardines every time you can. She did.

Reduce Calories—I don’t want to hear it, but my study more and more says that to slow down the aging process, reduce calories. Our body works itself to death processing food.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)—The number one alternative to HRT is Black Cohosh, which is excellent for hot flashes.

There are bad studies by people who don’t like herbs, but they are nonsense. Take 100 to 500 mgs of Black Cohosh daily as your needs demand. And yes, you need quality herbs from Western Europe and Australia where a strict code of pharmaceutical good manufacturing practices is applied by law to herbal products.

CoQ10 to Prevent Strokes—Yes, 100 to 400 mg per day says Dr. James Balch. If you are taking cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins), you had absolutely better take CoQ10.

Blood Sugar—To lower blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides and to cleanse the liver, take milk thistle.

Allergic Reaction—If serious but not yet an emergency requiring a trip to the hospital, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) stirred in water and drunk as rapidly as possible can bring the reaction under control in quick time. Why does it work? It works because acute allergic reactions bring on a rapid acidification of the bloodstream. Baking soda neutralizes the acidity quickly and can usually reverse the allergic reaction.

Immunizations and vaccinations made with live viruses have increased dramatically in the last 25 years. Immune systems, especially in children, can’t handle the load. So allergic reactions go up and up. Immunizations of innocent children is an assault by the state upon their person.

Stomach acid—Activates pepsin, an enzyme secreted by the stomach lining to digest proteins into amino acids and peptides.

Many seniors are starving to death because they are not digesting proteins for lack of stomach acid. Lots of chronic illness and death originates from low stomach acid. TV commercials doctor us with antacids. This should be exposed as murder. It never will be. The simple answer is betaine hydrochloride which you can get from a supplement company.

Constipation—Use any one or any two:

  • Olive oil—4 ounces of extra virgin olive oil with a juice.
  • Ascorbic Acid—Commonly known as vitamin C. This will flush you in a hurry. If too acidic, get sodium ascorbate.
  • Magnesium—One gram, three times a day.

Most people only need one of these. All are good for you. I know that you need the magnesium, whoever you are. The research is mind-boggling! Over 90 percent of the American people are low in magnesium.

Why are only 10 percent of the French obese, while in England 22 percent are fat, and in the U.S. 33 percent are fat? The answer is the French eat animal fat, raw butter, cream, steak and duck. Americans eat sugar in large amounts.

Have you noticed that establishment medicine and media blame smoking and cholesterol for most of our health problems? They never, never mention SUGAR—the actual killer. The Sugar Trust won’t let them.

Yes, it is very difficult to eat in America without sugar. Food processors see to this.

Most diseases in America are really just one disease—the Sugar Disease.

Prostate Cancer Witchcraft—Above I mentioned how important omega-3 fatty acids are. Add to this testosterone. You know how establishment medicine tries to reduce testosterone with what they call androgen-blockade. Their foolish theory is that testosterone causes prostate cancer, so they attempt to cut testosterone off in prostate cancer patients so it won’t "drive tumor growth."

Men who get prostate cancer usually have very low testosterone. This is age related. Young men have peak testosterone and most (almost none) have prostate cancer. According to this, don’t the medical people have all this backwards?

Incidentally, their success rate is near zero. If you survive their witchcraft, you would have anyway.

Your urologist may not agree, but men, your first line of defense against prostate cancer may be a high blood level of testosterone.

Says Dr. William Douglas in Real Health Breakthroughs, that testosterone is very protective, as well as an anti-aging hormone for men. We should strive to maintain a testosterone blood level of the average 20-year-old man. You can get 5 percent testosterone cream by prescription from your compounding pharmacy or get the same effect with a homeopathic compound.

Zinc Deficiency & Cancer—Zinc deficiency in the U.S. is common since soils are progressively more depleted—plus it is removed from processed foods. Zinc deficiency causes the overuse of salt and loss of sense of taste.

People with zinc deficiency are at increased risk for getting esophageal and oral cancers. Zinc deficiency creates damage in the genes that leads to cancer in many ways. According to studies, referenced by Dr. Sherry Rogers, correcting zinc deficiency reversed cancers.

Coughing, Codeine & Cocoa—Theobromine in cocoa is 30 percent more effective for stopping a persistent cough than codeine. It has to be cocoa, not just chocolate. I am told that Hershey’s does have a pure chocolate product labeled "Hershey’s Cocoa".

Salt, You Have to Have It—Dietary sodium only causes elevated blood pressure in 5 to 10 percent of salt-sensitive people. Please don’t use refined salt (sodium chloride). Get sea salt from The Grain and Salt Society.

Garlic and Echinaccea can greatly help to reduce bacteria in the gut such as E. Coli.

Is Your Food "natural," "free range" or "organic"? Who knows. My best guess is that these captions more than anything else bring higher prices.

Report: Fatty acids may help prevent colon cancer

Fatty acids may help prevent colon cancerA research review published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology has summarized a study on the potential role of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), in lowering the risk of colon tumors.

DHA is an omega 3 essential fatty acid that can be found in fish oil and algae.

The international study focused on the impact of n-3 and n-6 PUFA on PGE2, a key factor in the development of colorectal cancer.

Researchers from the Charite University Hospital in Berlin led by Jing X. Kang from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston found that adding DHA to a colon cancer cell line reduced cell growth and viability during the incubation period.

They also showed that the n-3 PUFA DHA can directly suppress PGE2-induced colon cancer cell growth.

The results appear to support the calls for dietary supplementation with DHA as a powerful tool to counteract PGE2-promoted colon cancer growth that is associated with the Western diet. This type of diet tends to be rich in red meat and deficient in fresh produce, and in addition to being blamed for an increased rate of cancers, it has also been linked to cardiovascular diseases.

According to American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer among Americans. Some 150,000 new cases are diagnosed and nearly 50,000 people die from the disease each year.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19265495-ADNFCR

Swiss offshore case may near settlement

Swiss offshore case may near settlement Media reports have suggested UBS, a major Swiss bank, as well as the U.S. and Swiss governments may be about to strike a deal that would help them avoid drawn out court proceedings.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service has filed a lawsuit against the bank in an effort to force it to disclose the identities of thousands of American citizens it suspects of hiding assets in Switzerland and tax evasion.

The bank has already provided the names of about 250 clients and paid the U.S. $780 million in fines related to offshore tax havens, according to FoxBusiness.com.

Now, the three parties had asked a federal court in Miami to postpone a hearing scheduled for July 13 so they can continue settlement talks.

The Justice Department has said any deal "would necessarily include a provision requiring UBS to provide the Internal Revenue Service information on a significant number of individuals with UBS accounts."

The U.S. government’s crackdown on what it sees as tax havens was prompted by the financial crisis and the costly stimulus bill as well as several rounds of bailouts that need to be paid for.

It gathered steam after the G20 summit in London in April where global leaders pledged cooperation in pursuing the matter.
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It’s official: Federal deficit exceeds one trillion

Federal deficit exceeds one trillionThe government has presented new figures for the federal budget deficit which suggest it has increased in June by another $94.3 billion to reach $1.09 trillion so far this fiscal year.

It was the largest budget shortfall the government has recorded in the month of June, media reports have said.

The Treasury Department has blamed a "double whammy" of escalating expenditures and tax revenue collapse for the deficit.

The government has spent trillions trying to revive the economy which continues to show few signs of recovering from the recession.

In fact, recent Labor Department figures show unemployment continues to climb – with the average rate reaching 9.4 percent last month – which further constrains government revenues as tax receipts have fallen.

The estimated decrease in revenue derived from taxes imposed on individuals amounted to 22 percent so far this fiscal year, while corporate tax receipts fell by a staggering 57 percent in the same period.

Budgetary projections for the coming months say expenses will continue to outweigh income into 2010.

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Couples increasingly opt for alternative fertility treatments

Couples increasingly opt for alternative fertility treatments There are signs that the popularity of holistic fertility treatments has been growing, especially since mainstream therapies can have mixed results and cause side effects in addition to growing increasingly expensive.

Fertility clinics around the country are now offering alternative and complementary therapies which include fertility yoga, acupuncture, massage, nutrition counseling and, in some cases, even spiritual guidance, according to media reports.

The benefit of holistic techniques lies in helping individuals to better cope with stress and achieve a calmer level of existence, suggests Dr. Laurence Jacobs, reproductive endocrinologist with Fertility Centers of Illinois.

He adds, "These holistic methods enhance medical treatment, improve reproductive function and create an overall better state of mind and health."

Those struggling with infertility may also choose from a range of natural herbal resources to boost their chances of conception.

For example, MotherNature.com, a natural health website, quotes Dr. Julian Whitaker from a wellness center in Newport Beach, California, who says supplements containing antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamins C and E can increase sperm count and motility.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19263306-ADNFCR