Stepping down, Sarah Palin takes aim at media, Hollywood

Stepping down, Sarah Palin takes aim at media, Hollywood Alaska governor Sarah Palin officially resigned on Sunday, offering few clues as to her political future but scolding media for "making things up" and the liberal elites for attempts to restrict access to guns.

Echoing suggestions she made on July 3, when she announced her surprise resignation a year and a half before the end of her first term, Palin repeated that the intense media scrutiny of her family contributed to her decision.

"Our new governor has a very nice family, too, so leave his kids alone," she stressed, referring to Sean Parnell, a Republican and Palin ally.

In her speech, the outgoing governor also went after Hollywood "starlets" who oppose gun rights, warning against "anti-hunting, anti-second amendment circuses from Hollywood."

Her political future and ambitions remain shrouded in mystery, but a spokesperson has confirmed Palin’s political action committee, SarahPAC, has raised more than $1 million to date.

And her parting words leave no doubt she is not leaving the spotlight.

"With this decision, now I will be able to fight even harder for you, for what is right and for the truth," she vowed, adding, "I have never felt you need a title to do that."

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Top Democrat calls for bipartisan healthcare bill

Top Democrat calls for bipartisan healthcare bill As the battle over healthcare reform heats up, two influential congressmen appeared on a Sunday talk show to call for cooperation and compromise.

Despite assurances from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that Democrats in her chamber have enough votes to pass the bill, Senator Kent Conrad, a North Dakota Democrat and chairman of the budget committee, said Republican support will be needed.

What is more, he suggested a bipartisan legislation would also be desirable, saying on ABC’s This Week, "We’re probably going to get a better product if we go through the tough business of debate, consideration and analysis of what we’re proposing."

Appearing on the show alongside Conrad was South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint, who, although he clashed with his Democratic counterpart on many issues, sounded a similar note when he said that "We could have a plan in a few weeks … if the goal is not a government takeover."

In DeMint’s view, removing the proposal of a public insurance option will facilitate a compromise across the aisle and result in a reform that has a broad political support.

President Obama and the Democrats want to introduce the bill before congressional summer recess begins in August.

However, commentators have suggested that even if the Democrats – who have 60 votes in the Senate – manage to push the reform through on their own, such a partisan legislation might spell political trouble for the party as well as President Obama in the years to come.

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‘Electronic’ cigarettes deemed unsafe, according to the FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently revealed that devices that were meant to be safe alternatives to smoking may be harmful to a user’s health.

Electronic cigarettes, also known as ‘e-cigarettes,’mimic actual cigarettes and pump out nicotine, flavors and other chemicals to remind ex-smokers of the taste and feel they miss. However, the cartridges also emit harmful chemicals like diethylene glycol that is commonly found in antifreeze, according to the FDA.

The FDA has not approved these e-cigarettes, yet they are marketed to young people and can be found online and in shopping malls where youth spend time.

In response, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, FDA comissioner, said, "the FDA is concerned about the safety of these products and how they are marketed to the public."

Another study by Wake Forest School of Medicine revealed young people should not be exposed to even more nicotine or cigarette product.

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Three Dragons Battle a Mouse Over Value of Money

In the scorching Nevada heat a battle is taking place that pits, essentially, three enormous dragons against a mouse. It’s the case of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) vs. Robert Kahre, and its outcome could have an enormous impact on our nation’s money, particularly if the economy collapses and hyperinflation sets in as we expect.

But Kahre isn’t just facing the IRS. His antagonists include the Federal Reserve and U.S. Justice Department. All three entities have ever-full money sacks, giving Kahre long odds of success indeed.

We mentioned Kahre July 7 in an article about the Justice Department’s attempts to gather information on people posting comments on the Las Vegas Review-Journal website about the case. So this case is about both freedom of speech in the U.S. as well as monetary policy. But since we dealt with the freedom of speech issue last time, we’ll deal with the monetary policy now.

Kahre, a contractor, is one of four people charged in a 57-count indictment of fraud and conspiracy. What he did was expose the Fed for the fraud it is. So now he’s fighting the three behemoths, the IRS, the Fed and U.S. Justice Department.

According to the government’s case, Kahre and others concocted a fraudulent cash payroll “scheme” and then peddled it to other Las Vegan contractors. What was Kahre’s “scheme?”

He paid his subcontractors in gold and silver coins. Then, using the face value stamped on the coins, determined their payments didn’t pass the threshold for reporting to the IRS.

Appearing on a screen in the courtroom during the government’s opening trial arguments were the words, “This is a case about money, greed and fraud.” Truer words couldn’t have been spoken, and the fact that a government lawyer was uttering them is truly ironic.

For the money, greed and fraud angle falls on the heads of the three dragons. The money Kahre used to pay his subcontractors is stamped by the money creators as legal tender, with dollar denominations stating their value. The fact that their face value represents amounts far less than their actual value is evidence of the fraud the government has perpetuated on its people.

Just as junk silver coins printed prior to 1965 are worth more for their metal content than their printed face values, the gold and silver in U.S. Mint legal tender coins are too. And the reason this has occurred lies with the non-constitutional entity called the Fed, which prints fiat money backed by nothing. This has devalued our nation’s currency.

In Kahre’s defense, lawyers argue that the workers agreed to be independent contractors so he did not have to withhold taxes for them. His six businesses are in the trades of painting, drywall, tiling, plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical work. It is not at all unusual to pay this type of employee as a subcontractor without withholding taxes and sending the IRS and subcontractor IRS Form 1099 at tax time if the payment threshold is met.

By claiming the payments on the face value of the coins, that threshold was never met. So the IRS got irritated because no taxes were owed.

In essence, Kahre manipulated the government’s own laws to his and his contractors’ advantage and the big government boys and girls at Justice and IRS, and the thugs at the Fed didn’t appreciate Kahre’s imagination.

So they came down on him and his friends hard. And to put another kicker on it, it’s Kahre’s second trial on essentially the same charges. The first, last fall, ended without a conviction, so Justice lawyers dropped a few defendants, added one, and reworked their charges. Not a true case of double jeopardy, as he wasn’t acquitted the first time. But the big government boys and girls are so unhappy with him they’re taking a second shot.

When hyperinflation hits, the economy collapses and gold and silver coins are used for payments and trade, how will we be taxed? The face value of the coin? The coin’s value in dollars? Will there even be a government left to tax us? These are questions we’ll be dealing with in a few years.

And one other thing: a curious aspect of this trial is the lack of interest shown it by the media. Nothing reported in the mainstream media, and not much even from local media—just the original story and another that ran July 5 without actually covering details of the trial.

Perhaps the media is afraid big government boys and girls will target them once they’re finished feeding on the little mouse appetizer.

Concealed weapons amendment disapproved

Gun owners will not be allowed to cross state lines with concealed weapons as the Senate voted against this proposed amendment. The proposal was rejected by a thin margin after a 58-39 vote, with 20 Democrats registering their disapproval of the measure.

In order to pass this amendment, 60 senators would have had to vote in favor of the movement. According to USA Today, the vote was supported by mainly Republican senators with strong approval from Democrats from rural states where senators are more inclined to be pro-gun.

The amendment was strongly supported by the National Rife Association, Gun Owners of America and Senator John Thune of South Dakota.

In addition, this bill would have allowed those with a concealed weapons permit in one state to transfer the document to other states that, according to The Hill, Thume said was a "common sense" plan.

On the other hand, those against the bill, namely New York Senator Charles Schumer, were quite vocal in their dislike. He is quoted as saying that "if this had passed, it would have created havoc for law enforcement and endangered the safety of millions of New Yorkers."ADNFCR-1961-ID-19279154-ADNFCR

Obama continues to push healthcare reform

President Obama is adamant that Congress embrace his healthcare reform proposals and continues to work to push the issue forward.

Obama communicated that he understood many in Congress were opposed to his reform plans, telling press and officials "I know that there are those in this town who openly declare their intention to block reform." He maintains that he will keep his attention focused on helping the American people.

"We can choose action over inaction," he explained, urging the wary to approve his point of view. "We can build on the extraordinary common ground that’s been forged, and we can do the hard work needed to finally pass the health insurance reform that the American people deserve."

It seems that Obama also wants to remind Congress and the public that his plans are intended to unite, not divide those of opposing views, working for the greater good. "I look forward to working with Congress in the days ahead to getting the job done," he said.
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Police step on Harvard Professor’s civil liberties

Harvard professor Henry Gates was allegedly the victim of police harassment as he tried to force his way back into his own home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A neighbor heard a disturbance at his residence and subsequently called the police, who then appeared at the scene and began to question Gates.

The officer, Sergeant James Crowley, reportedly questioned the professor in a way he felt was inappropriate and potentially offensive in Gates’ opinion. He implied that the police were called because Gates is African American and were racially profiling him.

Gates was told that the police were called to investigate a potential burglary and media sources report that he replied "Why, because I’m a black man in America?"

He was then taken into custody for further exclamations – his account now differs from that of the police – but today’s charges against him were dropped.

Due to the apparent infringement of Gates’ civil liberties and potential racial profiling, the renowned professor is rumored to be considering making a documentary on racial profiling, using the incident as inspiration. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19277757-ADNFCR

Study: Honey used for antimicrobial purposes

More often, people stir honey into tea, use it to make desserts such as baklava and sometimes even spread it on toast. Now a new paper reveals that one kind of honey may be used as a novel first aid treatment.

The paper appears in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiological Infectious Diseases and examines the Leptospermum honey, found commonly in New Zealand and Australia.

Because honey has a low pH level, researchers found, it does not irritate the wound site. In addition, the treated, medical-grade honey also promotes the growth of new tissue and helps eliminate pain and scarring.

CEO and chairman of Derma Sciences, Edward Quilty produces MEDHONEY which is derived from the Leptospermum honey and he feels that the recent article "does a great job" of highlighting its medical benefits.

MEDHONEY has subsequently been used to treat surgical wounds, diabetic foot ulcers, burns and other skin complications.

Researchers further discovered that this honey also has antimicrobial properties, in that it acts as an antibiotic against bacteria like methicillin resistant S. aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant strains (VRS).

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What is C-Reactive Protein?

C-Reactive protein (CRP) is the concentration of a protein that is produced by the liver during episodes of acute inflammation. It is a part of the body’s basic emergency response system.

As far as my study goes, everybody should at least have a CRP test annually.

CRP is a health marker that indicates early signs of the risk of heart disease and stroke. Without this test most doctors rely on lipid profile (cholesterol and triglycerides) as their indicators or predictors of heart disease and stroke. Evidence is substantial that high CRP levels double the risk of heart disease and stroke. Millions of people have normal cholesterol levels but high levels of inflammation in their cardiovascular system as identified by the CRP blood test.

Many studies in the last few years have shown that inflammation is always present in the heart blood vessels of heart attack patients with normal cholesterol levels.

An inflammatory response is a normal response to disease or injury and particularly to infection. The trouble with inflammation is that it is sometimes an over response doing more harm than good.

It is now clear that atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is an inflammatory disease rather than a cholesterol buildup problem.

Infection and inflammation are closely related. Researchers have suspected for some time that artery disease may have an infectious component.

Chronic low level or subclinical infection or inflammation is a tipoff that something is out of stasis, or balance. Those who have had bacterial or viral infections are more susceptible later to inflammation leading to heart attacks or stroke.

A CRP blood test can accurately predict future heart problems even in otherwise low risk patients, such as those who don’t smoke, who have normal cholesterol and blood pressure, and no family history of heart disease or diabetes.

Above normal CRP has multiple, independent affects that cause heart disease not seen and not suspected. The very important thing is that a CRP blood test may predict many months or years in advance of an incident.

Keep in mind that many heart disease risk factors such as obesity, lack of exercise, smoking and high blood pressure are all known to increase inflammation and CRP levels. In fact, fat cells by themselves and independent of the rest of the body produce inflammation and higher CRP levels leading to heart disease. Fat is an organ in and by itself that can, over time, destroy the rest of the body with subclinical infection and eventually heart disease.

Many of us are dying as walking time bombs, totally unsuspecting.

What to do? Get a CRP test at least once a year. Be sure to get the high-sensitivity CRP test because it can detect the extremely low level of inflammation (infection) linked to early heart disease.

Get inflammation down to get CRP down.

It’s what you eat! The American people live on commercial non-foods. Get off all trans fats such as French fries, cookies and crackers.

With high CRP goes high ratios of omega-6s to omega-3s. To restore balance to approximately 1:3, take high dose fish oil (3 teaspoons daily), and eat fish three to five times weekly. Be careful of other blood thinners because fish oil is a natural blood thinner—one of the best. Too much omega-3 fatty acids could cause bleeding in some people. Not much of a risk though, in my opinion. But be sure to see your doctor—especially if you are on any prescription drugs.

Reference: C-Reactive Protein by Scott J. Deron, D.O., FACC.

Aloe vera benefits teeth and gums too

Some use aloe vera to ease the pain on sunburn while others apply it to small abrasions or minor burns for skin pain and irritation relief.

Now, new research shows that aloe vera can also help keep teeth and gums healthy.

According to the most recent Academy of General Dentistry’s Journal, General Dentistry, aloe vera in a tooth gel form may help prevent cavities and promote gum health by helping eradicate disease-causing bacteria from the mouth.

Certain anthraquinones in the plant prevent inflammation, therefore helping to keep gums healthy. Aloe vera is less likely to irritate those with sensitive teeth and gums.

Dr. Dilip George, who co-authored this study, suggested that users research aloe-containing products to find out which ones are produced to best maintain the plant’s nutrients. Overheating the aloe, for example "destroys or reduces the effects of certain essential compounds, such as enzymes and polysaccharides," he says.

The American Dental Association recommends that each person brush his or her teeth twice a day to maintain good oral health. Individuals should also floss regularly.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19275704-ADNFCR