Grab These Gold Coins While You Can

There’s a new kind of stampede taking place these days. This one is into Buffaloes. The new $50 American Buffalo gold coin from the U.S. Mint, that is.

It seems fitting that, at the very time we are seeing gold setting record highs almost every day, the U.S. Mint is releasing the 2009 American Buffalo gold coins. The strength of these magnificent creatures is certainly reflected in the purity of the gold each coin contains.

These spectacular coins became available for purchase just a few days ago and smart buyers are scooping them up as quickly as they can. The last time the Mint released any Buffalo coins they sold out quickly and the premiums in the aftermarket skyrocketed. We expect the same thing to happen again.

If the design of the $50 American Buffalo looks familiar to you, that’s because the Mint copied one of the most popular coins it ever created—the famous “Buffalo nickel,” which was first introduced in 1913. The designer was James Earle Fraser, a student of Augustus Saint-Gaudens—the man tapped by President Theodore Roosevelt to create new designs for America’s coinage.


For the famous buffalo on the reverse of the coin Fraser based his sculpture on Black Diamond, a powerful-looking bison and popular attraction at the New York Zoological Gardens.

Three different Native Americans posed for the obverse of the coin. Fraser said two of them were Chief Iron Tail of the Lakota Sioux and Chief Two Moons of the Cheyenne. He said he could never recall who the third man was.

American Buffalo gold coins were authorized by Congress in December 2005, by a bill that became known as the Presidential $1 Coin Act. The act specified that the coins be struck in .9999 fine 24-karat gold, making them the first “pure” gold coins ever issued by the U.S. Mint. (The American Eagle gold coins contain nearly 10 percent alloy and thus are 22-karat gold.)

Although the original “Buffalo” coins were worth five cents, the new American Buffalo gold coins carry a face value of $50, or 1,000 times higher. They are legal tender of the United States, so in the unlikely event that gold prices ever collapse you will be able to exchange your $50 gold Buffaloes for the equivalent amount of Federal Reserve notes.

We don’t expect that to ever happen, of course. What is far more likely is that the price of gold will continue to rise. And the premium on the $50 American Buffalo gold coins will also climb. We can’t promise that they will be a good investment. But that has been the case with every other Buffalo coin the U.S. Mint has produced.

The U.S. Dollar—Hazardous To Your Wealth

Ludwig von Mises, the father of the Austrian School of Economics, once said, "Government is the only agency which can take a useful commodity like paper, slap some ink on it, and make it totally worthless."

Until recently, many investors felt safe investing in the U.S. dollar. But as they’ve seen the purchasing power of the dollar fall, this has changed. Thanks to the government’s massive trade and budget deficits, wasteful spending practices, and gargantuan creation of new money and debt, cautious investors increasingly are looking for ways to protect their wealth.

For more than 6,000 years, nothing has protected wealth better than gold. When this country was founded an ounce of gold would buy you one of the finest suits available. That was true in the depths of the Great Depression. And it is still true today.

If I am correct that the U.S. government and the Federal Reserve will continue to flood the world with massive amounts of new “money”—virtually all of it created out of thin air—the purchasing power of the dollar will continue to fall. Simply put, it will take more diluted dollars to buy the same ounce of gold in the future.

I always like to own some gold as “wealth insurance” in case of a crisis. But in times like these, I also like to hold gold as an investment. Not in speculative, highly leveraged gold options, futures or even mining shares, but rather in the metal itself. I’m pleased to note that gold out-performed every other asset class—stocks, bonds, real estate, even other commodities—in 2008. I probably don’t need to remind you that 2008 was the worst year for most investors since the Great Depression. But not for those who had the protection of gold in their portfolios.

As our government works overtime to print more money and create more debt, I take pride in knowing that the U.S. Mint is producing something of beauty and of lasting value. No matter what current or future administrations do, the $50 American Buffalo gold coin will stand the test of time. Unlike paper money, which loses value while the ink is drying, the American Buffalo is .9999% pure gold. We know it will protect your purchasing power better than paper. Gold always has.

The $50 American Buffalo and other coins produced by the U.S. Mint can be purchased through a group of National Dealers registered with the Mint. I’m proud to say that my firm, Asset Strategies International, has been a member of that group since 1986. A list of all 21 National Dealers appears on the Mint’s website at www.usmint.gov/bullionretailer.

Many local coin dealers can also order American Buffaloes for you. Look under “coins” in your yellow pages for a list of stores near you. Before placing an order, ask what the availability is and what the premium will be. That’s the amount above that day’s spot price of gold you will be charged. Also, what shipping and insurance will cost. Then, go with the best deal from the most reliable dealer you can find.

If you want a well-recognized, 24-karat gold coin, the American Buffalo is a great choice. But don’t wait until limited supplies mean higher premiums. Get your American Buffaloes now and hang on for the ride!

—Michael Checkan

Conservatives Protest Expanded Hate Crimes Bill

Conservatives protest expanded hate crimes billThe Senate voted 68-29 last week to expand the existing federal anti-hate crimes measure to include acts committed due to the victim’s gender and sexual identity.

The legislation was named after two victims of bias crime, Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr., who were killed in Wyoming and Texas, respectively, in 1998.

Judy Shepard, Matthew’s mother and president of the foundation set up in his name, praised the move saying it will send a message to Americans that "their government will protect them from violence, and provide appropriate justice for victims and their families."

And Joe Solmonese of the Human Rights Campaign called it "our nation’s first major piece of civil rights legislation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people."

However, the vote came under fire from many conservatives who have worried it could be used to limit freedom of speech of those whose religious or other beliefs do not agree with homosexuality.

In fact, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said that the bill is "part of a radical social agenda that could ultimately silence Christians and use the force of government to marginalize anyone whose faith is at odds with homosexuality."

With the new provision, lawmakers expanded the scope of federal hate crimes, which previously only included race, color, religion and national origin. To become law, the bill must now be signed by President Obama who pledged to do so.
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What can I do to Reduce my Chances of Developing Cancer?

Dear Bob,

What can I do to reduce my chances of developing cancer?

A: The main things you can do are: get Omega-3 fats from krill oil, fish oil or cod liver oil; take up to 5,000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily; eat as much fresh raw vegetables daily as you can (research has shown that if one-half of your diet is raw, the probability of no cancer is very high); maintain ideal body weight; boil, poach or steam your foods (never fry or charbroil); and take iodine daily according to your needs.

Also, cancer is a sugar junky and cancers thrive on sugar. Avoid all sugar of all kinds, especially fructose corn syrup. Almost all commercial foods contain sugar. If we are to avoid sugar, we will have to work at it in America.

Best Wishes,
Bob

Senate Votes Against Additional Wall On U.S.-Mexico Border

Senate votes against additional wall on U.S.-Mexico border The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2010 after it had been stripped of the provision to build an additional 700 miles of reinforced fencing along the southern border.

The idea had been championed by Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina who voted against the bill and criticized those who helped defeat his amendment.

"We’re learning there’s almost nothing politicians won’t do to get out of promises they make in the daylight," he said, quoted by GovernmentExecutive.com.

However, Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee chairman Robert Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat, had argued before the vote that the wall was "too proscriptive and too costly," and that the bill included funds to build a virtual fence along the border and to hire more Border Patrol officers, according to the news source.

Environmental and community organizations have also praised the vote. Sierra Club representative in Washington Michael Degnan commented that border walls have not been proven to stem illegal immigration, but they have a devastating impact on communities, families and the wildlife in the region.

Among other controversial elements in the $42.8 billion bill are the provisions that allow prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention center to be transferred to the U.S. mainland for trial.
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Research Uncovers Anti-inflammatory Properties Of Ginseng

Research uncovers anti-inflammatory properties of ginseng According to the results of a new study, the herb ginseng—which has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for millennia—may be a natural anti-inflammatory agent.

The news comes from the University of Hong Kong where scientists isolated seven ginseng compounds, called ginsenosides, which they say show strong immune-suppressive effects.

Using human immune cells, which they treated with extracts of ginseng, they discovered the seven ginsenosides had the ability to selectively inhibit expression of the inflammatory gene CXCL-10.

Allan Lau, lead researcher on the team, says the beneficial effects of ginseng may result from the combined effects of ginsenosides which appear to target different levels of immunological activity.

However, he added that "further studies will be needed to examine the potential beneficial effects of [the herb] in the management of acute and chronic inflammatory diseases in humans."

Ginseng is a perennial fleshy plant native to cooler climates of eastern Asia, including northern China, Korea and eastern Siberia. Extracts and nutritional supplements containing ginseng are available in many health stores across the U.S.
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Americans Increasingly Disagree With Obama’s Policies, Polls Show

Americans increasingly disagree with Obama's policies, polls show A pair of new opinion polls has found President Obama’s policy ratings among Americans are slipping, though he remains personally popular.

The first survey, released by the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation on Oct. 20 suggests 51 percent of respondents disagree with Obama on main issues. This marks the first time a majority has expressed such opinion since he took office last January.

However, the poll also found that two-thirds of Americans have a positive opinion about his personal qualities.

"This president might be shaping up to be a little like Ronald Reagan, where people actually didn’t often agree with [his] ideas, but they loved the guy," said Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist and CNN contributor, quoted by the news provider.

Meanwhile, the poll prepared by Gallup suggest Obama’s job approval ratings averaged 53 percent in the third quarter, down from the average of over 60 percent during his first two quarters in office.

Gallup says the president’s ratings were the highest on Jan. 21, 2009—the day of his inauguration—when 69 percent of Americans expressed their approval of him.
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Emergency Preparedness Tips Before Onset Of Winter

Emergency preparedness tips before onset of winter As the country gets ready to set the clocks back one hour on November 1, it may be worth remembering that wintertime brings with it a danger of disasters in certain parts of the country for which Americans should be prepared.

Emergencies that have been associated with cold weather include blizzards, floods, blackouts and influenza, but individuals and families may reduce their risks by organizing a stockpile of essential supplies before inclement conditions arrive.

"We already use daylight saving time to focus on preparedness by checking batteries in smoke alarms, so it’s a great time to ensure that we have supplies to fall back on in the event of an emergency," said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

"Use the extra hour to create a new emergency kit or check your current stockpile for any perishable items that may have expired or canned goods that you may have used," he adds.

APHA also recommends reviewing community emergency preparedness plans, including evacuation routes, emergency shelters and the location of food banks, and updating the family communication plan.

It also suggests collecting medications in one place, and making sure there are enough supplies in case family members need to stay home with the flu for a few days.
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Marriage Refusal Questions Extent Of Government’s Right To Intervene In Personal Life

Marriage refusal questions extent of government's right to intervene in personal lifeAs the fallout from the refusal by a New Orleans official to marry a interracial couple continues, the issue of the extent to which the state has the right to intervene in individuals’ freedom to marry a person of their choice is again gaining center stage.

Earlier this month, justice of the peace in Louisiana Keith Bardwell refused to issue a marriage license to a mixed-race couple on the grounds that such unions tend not to last and citing concern about children that may be born to the couple.

His decision has caused a firestorm of criticism, with accusations of racism and calls for the official to stand down.

"This is a clear violation of constitutional rights and federal and state law. … disciplinary action should be taken immediately, including the revoking of his license," said the state’s Republican Governor Bobby Jindal, quoted by CNN.

Meanwhile, the couple, which was married by another state official, is planning to sue Bardwell.

A refusal to perform an interracial marriage ceremony goes against the landmark 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia in which the justices stated unanimously that the Constitution protects the individual’s freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race and this freedom cannot be infringed by the state.
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Let’s Nuke the Environmentalists

Greenpeace is running rampant across Alberta’s oil sands. In the past few weeks, 37 activists have been arrested in a spate of incidents targeting North America’s most important energy resource.

The most recent occurred on Oct. 5 when 19 activists stormed an upgrader in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. They tied themselves to equipment which is used to transform heavy oil into gasoline.

The protesters unfurled banners reading “Climate Crime” and “Climate SOS” to draw attention to an industry they say is killing the planet.

In September, two-dozen Greenpeace commandoes kayaked down the Athabasca River to intercept a Suncor bridge where conveyor belts move bitumen into an oil sands upgrader.

But my favorite is the protestors that drove a convoy of pickup trucks into the heart of Shell Oil’s massive open pit mine, halting production.

They came from Edmonton to Fort McMurray, Alberta, a 360-mile round trip. The irony of burning all that gasoline to shut down a facility that helps to provide affordable gasoline was apparently lost on them.

Greenpeace says that it is putting a spotlight on the “climate crimes of the tar sands.”

Meanwhile, trouble is also brewing west of the oil sands in the Peace River region, an area that encompasses the Alberta and British Columbia border. It is here that an eco-terrorist is on the loose. His target is EnCana Corp (NYSE: ECA), which is working the vast unconventional pools of sour gas that lay a mile beneath the countryside.

In the past year he has blown up six sour gas pipelines. EnCana is a preeminent natural gas company in North America. Yet the company is so afraid that the bomber is going to kill himself or somebody else they have posted an Osama bin Laden-like bounty of $1 million for information leading to a conviction. The newspapers are calling it the largest reward in Canadian history.

In a letter to the Dawson Creek Daily News the bomber wrote: “Return the land to what it was before you came every last bit of it… before things get a lot worse for you and your terrorist pals in the oil and gas business.”

The badly handwritten letter sent July 15 insists EnCana cease operations in the area. The bomber also promised to suspend attacks during a three-month grace period so “we can all take a summer vacation.”

All considered the oil patch is lucky to have a lazy terrorist on its hands.

From Elephant Fields to Real Elephants

I can already picture the hate mail, “Myers, not everyone concerned about the environment is a protestor or a bomber!”

True, but a lot of Greens just don’t get it. Let me give you an example.

In the early 90s I went to South Africa to report on the gold mines. There, my Uncle Richard and I joined a tour group. Our guide was an English conservationist.

He told our table how the South African government sold elephant hunting licenses for $20,000 a pop. Traveling with game wardens, hunters gladly paid this fee to stalk single bull elephants.

This, said our tour guide, allowed the South African government to cull the herds, thus preventing mass starvation of the animals. All of the funds were put back into the game parks allowing for their future expansion and the eventual growth of the elephant population.

For one woman in our group, this was too much. Right there in a Johannesburg restaurant she came unhinged. “You sell elephant lives for money!”

Sometimes I can’t help myself and this was one of those times.

I turned to my uncle and said, “What do you think Richard?”

I then explained that in 1957 my father Vern and my Uncle Richard had gone on safari and had in fact bagged an elephant.

I went on to defend Richard with the truth—saying that, in fact, elephants have always been endangered by poachers, not hunters; that licensed hunting had in fact created a windfall for conservation throughout southern Africa.

But there was no convincing the lady from Toronto. Once she knew that Richard had killed an elephant he might as well have murdered a baby. She told him that in her book, killing an elephant was worse than killing a person.

I knew then and there that some environmentalists were downright crazy.

Any lingering doubts were erased by a 1990s PBS program called, Can the Elephants be Saved? It should have been titled, Are the Environmentalists Crazy?

The program NOVA focused on Zimbabwe’s wildlife management, one of the most effective on the continent. In the decades leading up to the 1990s the nation’s elephant herd had doubled to more than 60,000 animals, twice what the Parks Department considered the optimum size for the country. Where there were just 3,000 elephants in the Hwange National Park in 1930, there were more than 20,000 by 1990.

To prevent the Park’s destruction and the mass starvation of thousands of elephants, Zimbabwe game officials would accompany high stake hunters who culled a limited number of elephants with high caliber rifles at short distances. For the Park Service it was a matter of the greater good since elephants could not be moved safely to other game parks.

Every elephant culled was immediately skinned and butchered. A full grown elephant can provide 2,000 pounds of prime meat. Dried, this lifesaving resource remains edible for up to one year and helps sustain some poor black tribes on the fringes of the game parks.

This utilization of elephants not only preserved the park but also the long-term existence of elephants and other game. It also contributed millions of dollars to the Zimbabwe economy—money that was used to expand the national parks, build needed infrastructure and improve the standard of living for the Zimbabwe people.

All for the good, correct? Not according to Cynthia Moss, then and still the head of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project in Kenya.

Moss told NOVA that shooting just one elephant, for whatever reason, is fundamentally wrong.

“I don’t call that conservation. I would rather see no elephants than elephants being culled, and that’s an extreme position I’ve come to hold, just because I think it is morally unjustified to kill elephants,” Moss said.

If that’s not an ideologue what is? I can picture Hitler slamming his fist upon a desk and declaring: “If Germany can’t win the war, it doesn’t deserve to survive!”

In case you think Moss’ outlook has evolved, guess again. In fact you can visit her Website at: http://www.elephant.se/cynthia_moss.php. There, she is asked who had the biggest influence on her life. Her answer: Echo.

If you want to know who Echo is you can see her picture at: http://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=51.

The Hard Truth about Crude Oil

Greenpeace demonstrates that when it comes to the environment, it’s not just individuals that are off kilter.

Then there is the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Earlier this year the EDF proclaimed: “For about a dime a day (per person), we can solve climate change, invest in a clean energy future, and save billions in imported oil.”

Newsweek, no friend to conservatives, had this response in its April 27, 2009, issue: “(If what the EDF says) sounds too good to be true, it’s because it is.”

Newsweek points out that four-fifths of the world’s and America’s energy comes from fossil fuels—oil, coal, natural gas—which are also the largest source of man-made carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas.

This is a fundamental fact that isn’t going to change for generations, regardless of how many people chain themselves to oil sands sites or blow up pipelines.

Moreover, Alberta’s oil sands will remain the key to meeting America’s growing thirst for oil. Canada already supplies the U.S. with 22 percent of its petroleum, the bulk of which comes from Alberta’s oil sands. That share will climb significantly over the next 20 years as oil sands operations expand, Greenpeace be damned.

Yours for real wealth and good health,

John Myers
Myers’ Energy and Gold Report

A Really Frightening Halloween

The night before Halloween was really frightening 71 years ago.

It was on Oct. 30, 1938 that Orson Welles produced a radio drama for CBS called The War of the Worlds. The studio duplication of a live newscast was so realistic that thousands of people did not realize the program was a play. Instead, they honestly believed that Martians had landed in a field in northern New Jersey and were dispatching everything the U.S. military sent against them.

Recordings of that original broadcast (available through most public libraries) sound convincing to this day. Check one out and see if you don’t agree.

And here’s some less frightening news: Statisticians tell us that Nov. 1 is the best day of the year to purchase stocks. This is probably because September and October are historically the worst two months of the year for the stock market.

Thus, they form a bottom from which the following six months, starting with November, have got to be better. Will that be true again this year? Time will tell.

—Chip Wood

Administration Eases Marijuana Policy

Administration eases marijuana policyIn a significant departure from the policy of the George W. Bush administration, Attorney General Eric Holder has instructed federal prosecutors to stop prosecuting those who use marijuana for medical purposes in the 13 states where it is legal.

Thus far, prosecution was possible because of the 2005 Supreme Court ruling stating the federal government could continue to enforce U.S. law barring the cultivation, possession and use of marijuana, even in states that had legalized it.

Holder said that "it will not be a priority to use federal resources to prosecute patients with serious illnesses or their caregivers who are complying with state laws on medical marijuana."

However, he added that law enforcement will still go after traffickers "[hiding] behind claims of compliance."

Advocates of legalizing marijuana, who argue it may help treat chronic pain and nausea, have praised the government for the decision.

"This change in policy moves the federal government dramatically toward respecting scientific and practical reality," said Bruce Mirken of Marijuana Policy Project, quoted by the Associated Press.

However, critics have claimed it will weaken law enforcement in their fight against Mexican drug cartels.

During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised he would not prosecute medical marijuana users in states where the practice was legal under state law.
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Ginkgo May Become The New Natural Pain Remedy

Ginkgo may become the new natural pain remedyExtracts of ginkgo biloba are a popular natural supplement believed to enhance memory, but according to a new study it may also be beneficial against a common type of pain that is difficult to treat.

The research from the Catholic University of Seoul in South Korea focused on feeding the compound to rats to see how effective it may be against neuropathic pain often associated with herpes infections, limb injury or diabetes.

The results suggested that responses to cold and pressure pain stimuli were significantly reduced in ginkgo-treated animals, compared to those which received a placebo. The scientists also found a positive correlation between the dose of ginkgo extract and the pain-relieving effect.

In addition, the team was able to establish that pain was reduced for at least two hours after ginkgo supplementation.

Dr. Steven L. Shafer of Columbia University, editor-in-chief of Anesthesia & Analgesia where the study was published, said it was a good sign that scientists are researching the properties of the herb, which is part of the ancient oriental medical tradition, "in an effort to determine what chemical constituents account for the many beneficial effects traditionally ascribed to it."

Ginkgo biloba is a tree that currently occurs in the wild only in the northwest of Zhejiang province in eastern China, but its extracts are widely available in natural health stores in the West.
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FTC Unveils Another Personal Data Infringement

FTC unveils another personal data infringement Demonstrating how vulnerable Americans’ personal data is to a breach, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced a settlement with ChoicePoint, one of the largest data brokers in the U.S., stemming from charges that the company failed to implement a comprehensive information security program protecting consumers’ information.

The FTC said that the company had been required to put the program in place by a previous court order. Ultimately, the failure led to data breach in 2008 that compromised the personal information of 13,750 people and put them at risk of identity theft.

ChoicePoint is now subject to a modified court order that expands its data security assessment and reporting duties, and the company will pay a $275,000 fine.

According to the commission, ChoicePoint turned off a key electronic security tool used to monitor access to one of its databases in April 2008, and it failed to detect that the security tool was off for four months. During that period, an unknown person conducted multiple unauthorized searches of the database containing sensitive consumer information, including Social Security numbers.

The company contacted the FTC after it discovered the breach.

The FTC claims that if the security software tool had been enabled, ChoicePoint likely would have detected the breach in a timely manner and minimized its impact.
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If You Are Known by the Company You Keep, What do Obama’s Associates Say About Him?

In the Aesop’s Fable, The Ass and His Purchaser, a man looking to buy a donkey wanted to test the animal before completing the purchase. So he put the donkey in his field with the other donkeys to see what would happen.

The donkey immediately strayed from the majority of the herd and cozied up to the laziest donkey of all.

Seeing that, the man led the donkey back to his owner. When the owner asked how he could judge the donkey’s character so quickly the man explained, “I didn’t even need to see how he worked. I knew he would be just like the one he chose to be his friend.”

A person is known by the company he keeps.

Fables are popular because they tell the story of the way things in life really work. In business, when someone takes over a department or company, that person promotes those he or she likes to positions of authority. The new manager seeks out those who have a philosophy, work ethic and disposition similar to his.

One would expect a president to do the same thing. After all, a president is elected—supposedly—based on the vision, ideas and proposals he championed during the campaign. It would then make sense that he would put in place those who supported his vision and would therefore be enthusiastic in working to achieve it.

So who are President Barack Obama’s friends, and who has he put in charge of the effort to enact his policies? And what do the friends he has chosen and the people he has put in position of authority in his administration say about him?

Following, in alphabetical order, is a list of some of Obama’s friends, advisors and people charged with enacting his policies:

  • William Ayers—Now a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Ayers spent 10 years as a fugitive in the 1970s when he was part of the domestic terrorist organization known as the Weather Underground. In the early 1970s the Weather Underground was responsible for bombing the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., and setting a bomb that didn’t go off at a military induction center in Oakland, Calif. The group also murdered two policemen and a Brink’s truck driver in a botched armored car robbery, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) website. Ayers surrendered to face charges in the 1980s, but the charges were dropped because of improper surveillance. Coincidentally, on Sept. 11, 2001, Ayers was being interviewed about a book he had written and he told the interviewer he didn’t think the Weather Underground had done enough. Ayers and Obama first crossed paths in Chicago in the 1990s and served together on the board of the not-for-profit Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a boondoggle to spend tens of millions of dollars for their pet “education” projects. Obama downplayed his friendship with Ayers as casual, but evidence indicates their relationship was much more. Many now believe that Ayers penned Obama’s “autobiography” Dreams from My Father.
  • Carol Browner—Obama’s Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, Browner is an avowed socialist. She served as one of 14 leaders of Socialist International’s Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which calls for global governance and says rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change, according to an article in The Washington Times. The group supports socialism and has been harshly critical of U.S. policies. She is also a supporter of smart growth policies, as we have described previously. Browner also served on the board of Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection, though her name was scrubbed from the site after Obama tapped her for the director’s position. Not surprisingly, Obama’s transition team told The Times Browner’s membership in a socialist organization was not a problem.
  • Frank Marshall Davis—You won’t find Davis’ name on an organizational chart of White House staff, but he was instrumental in forming the political philosophy of Barack Hussein Obama. Called “Uncle Frank” in Dreams from My Father, Davis was a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), according to a 1951 report of the Commission on Subversive Activities to the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii. Obama has admitted to spending time with Uncle Frank—who he cryptically describes as being a person of some modest notoriety at one time—and listening to his poetry and getting career path advice. Davis may also have been a pedophile. Writing under the pseudonym Bob Greene, Davis wrote a debased pornographic novel entitled, Sex Rebel: Black (Memiors of a Gash Gourmet), in which he describes group sex encounters and sex he and his wife had with a 13-year-old girl named Anne. Davis died in 1987.
  • Anita Dunn—As White House Communications advisor, Dunn has been seen a lot lately as the face of the Obama administration’s strategy to try and discredit Fox News. She is described on Politico.com as a veteran Democratic strategist and top advisor on Obama’s presidential campaign. As the war between the Obama White House (see more under Rham Emmanual) and Fox has escalated, videotape has surfaced showing Dunn gloating over how the campaign “controlled” the media. Another videotape surfaced showing Dunn speaking at a June high school graduation ceremony where she praised Marxist/Communist Chinese Premiere Mao Zedong as one of her favorite philosophers and one of the two people she turns to most. It’s difficult to understand how Mao had time to philosophize as he was busy killing somewhere between 50 million and 70 million of his country’s citizens during his 27-year reign of terror.
  • Ezekiel Emanuel—The president’s Special Advisor for Health Policy, Ezekiel is brother to White House Chief of Staff Rham Emanuel. Ezekiel is the source of Sarah Palin’s death panel idea. This Emanuel has written that he believes many healthcare treatments should be denied to those under 15 and over 65 to save money, the rationale being that only people between 15 and 65 are beneficial to society.
  • Rahm Emanuel—Obama’s White House Chief of Staff, Emanuel is a thug Chicago politician who once sent a two-and-a-half foot long, dead and decomposing fish to lobbyist Allen Secrest to express his displeasure. He’s known for his full-time use of gutter language and once told then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair just before an appearance with Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal: “This is important. Don’t f**k it up.” He also coined the phrase, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” He’s also behind the ridiculous policy of starting a fight with television news agency Fox News.
  • Chai Feldblum—Nominated by the president to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Feldblum signed a radical 2006 manifesto which endorsed polygamous households and argued traditional marriage should not be privileged “above all others,” according to a report in Catholic News Agency. According to a statement from the White House, Feldblum has worked on advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights…” She is co-director of Workplace Flexibility 2010, which she described at a UCLA symposium as a homosexual rights group that aimed to change the American workplace and revolutionize social mores, according to a report on the WorldnetDaily website.
  • Patrick Gaspard—White House Political Director, Gaspard was formerly a lobbyist for Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the organization that sent its thugs out to disrupt Tea Party protests and stir up trouble at town hall meetings in August. Prior to that, Gaspard worked as national field director for American Coming Together (ACT), a sub-group of the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). ACT was fined $775,000 in civil penalties by the federal government for various voter fraud offenses. You can read more about ACORN here.
  • Eric Holder—The Attorney General of the United States is an anti-gun racist who earlier this year referred to the United States as “a nation of cowards” on race relations. He also has an interesting take on justice. He worked to convince President Clinton to pardon billionaire fugitive Mark Rich (convicted of fraud and racketeering), Weather Underground (where have we heard of that organization before?) terrorists Susan Rosenberg and Linda Evans, and he declined to prosecute New Black Panther brutes who stood over a Pennsylvania polling station with baseball bats intimidating voters. Oh yes, he also wants to bring Guantanamo Bay prisoners to the United States.
  • John Holdren—Obama’s Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is not only an abortion supporter, he is an abortion nut who believes that compulsory abortions could be sustained under the existing U.S. Constitution if a population crisis arose. He also supports mass sterilization of the U.S. population through lacing the country’s water supply with drugs. Holdren authored with two other people a book called Ecoscience promoting their loony ideas about population control and One World Government—or what they called a Planetary Regime—to regulate international trade, the food supply and determine the optimum population for the world.
  • Valerie Jarrett—The New York Times called Jarrett, Obama Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, the ultimate Obama insider. She has also been called the other half of Obama’s brain. She’s another one of those Chicago thug politicians who has gamed the system—including operating as a slum lord—for her own benefit. Her company, Habitat, Inc., managed the Grove Parc housing complex which was located in the district represented by State Senator Obama. As state senator, Obama coauthored a bill to give tax credits for developers which Jarrett used on the complex. As U.S. senator, Obama pressed for increased federal subsidies for like projects. Despite receiving government funds and tax credits, Grove Parc was ordered demolished because of its deplorable condition. She also served the administrations of Chicago mayors Harold Washington and Richard Daly, both scandal-plagued. Washington, by the way, was backed in his bid for mayor by Chicago’s Communist Party and the local branch of the Democratic Socialists of America. Called by the Washington Post a tutor to Obama and his wife Michelle, Jarrett is the step-daughter of Chicago journalist Vernon Jarrett. Vernon Jarrett was an associate of Frank Marshal Davis, Obama’s mentor, when Davis lived in Chicago prior to moving to Hawaii.
  • Kevin Jennings—This former school teacher and long-time gay rights activist was named Obama’s Safe Schools Czar. He has accused Baptists, the Boy Scouts and sports fans of anti-gay bias, and advocates a special high school for gay teens and gay-straight alliance clubs for every high school in America, according to a report in CNSNews.com. He believes that kindergartners should be taught to respect all sexual orientations while insisting that “ex-gay messages” and “Christian values” are misused to isolate or denigrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and have no place in the nation’s public schools, CNSNews.com reported. Oh yeah, he also supports pedophilia. While Jennings was a teacher, a minor student told Jennings that he was having gay sex with an adult. Jennings covered it up. He also has praised Harry Hay, a defender of the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), which promotes legalization of sexual abuse of young boys by older men.
  • Van Jones—Once Obama’s White House Environmental Advisor, Jones was fired in the dead of night on a holiday weekend after a video surfaced in which he called Republicans a bodily orifice, and after a controversial document he signed was revealed. That document accused former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney of either planning or knowing about ahead of time the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In addition to being a 9/11 Truther, Jones is an avowed Communist. He was appointed to his position by Valerie Jarrett, who has been seen on video praising Jones and saying she and Obama had been watching Jones for a long time.
  • Mark Lloyd—FCC Diversity Czar, is also known as the man who wants to stifle free speech in America like Hugo Chavez does in Venezuela. He has been videotaped saying the Chavez revolution in Venezuela was almost lost because of the privately-owned media. Chavez, of course, is the Marxist dictator of Venezuela, personal friend to Communist dictator Fidel Castro of Cuba and Islamic terrorist dictator Mahmoud Ahmadenijad of Iran. In 2006, while at the liberal Center for American Progress, Lloyd wrote a book entitled, Prologue to a Farce: Communications and Democracy in America. In it he presents the idea that all private broadcasters should be charged licensing fees at a rate equal to their operating expenses and that money should go to the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). In a 2007 report entitled The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio, Lloyd complains about the fact that people want to listen to Christian and conservative talk radio rather than liberal radio, and lists ways the Federal government can fix the “problem.” His solution would include caps on the number of local stations a corporation can own, ensure greater local accountability on radio licensing and require owners who fail to fulfill their obligations to pay a fee to support PBS.
  • Cecelia Munoz—Now White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Munoz was previously Senior Vice President of The National Council of La Raza, the largest Hispanic lobbying organization in the country, which has called national anti-immigration groups “hate groups.” La Raza, which literally translates The Race, funds extremist groups and supports illegal immigration as a way of obtaining political power. The group advocates taking the Southwest U.S. for the purpose of creating a new Hispanic state.
  • Cass Sunstein—Recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Administrator of the White House Office of Administration and Regulatory Affairs, Sunstein is a Harvard Law School professor and dingbat who has—in writings and speeches—called for a ban on all hunting and claims that animals should be represented by lawyers in animal abuse cases. He is a socialist who has advocated for gun control and heavy regulation of the Internet. He also wrote in his 2008 book, Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness, that he believes people’s organs can be harvested without their consent. Sunstein would like to see personal email communications regulated by the government and believes the Internet is anti-democratic because of the way users can filter out information of their own choosing.
  • Rev. Jeremiah Wright—Obama sat in Wright’s church for 20 years yet claims to have never heard any of the hate-filled racism that crossed his lips. Wright’s anti-Semitic, anti-American sermons came to light during the campaign. Among his claims: the U.S. government was responsible for infecting blacks with the virus that causes AIDS, America was responsible for the 9/11 attacks—“the chickens have come home to roost”—and Jews are responsible for ethnic cleansing in Gaza and are pressuring Obama associates to keep Wright and Obama separated.

These are just a few of the folks who have occupied or currently occupy Obama’s inner circle. He was passed off by the mainstream media as being a centrist and moderate, but many of friends are anything but that, and some are quite radical. And when you parse some of his words or find video or audio from several years ago you know that Obama himself has some radical views.

But the media ignored Obama’s ties to radicals and communists. That, and Obama’s soaring rhetoric led many otherwise thoughtful and good people down the primrose path, and they voted for him without realizing what they were getting.

But as the truth gets out about his associates, the cover is coming off. He’s becoming known by the company he keeps, as well as his own deeds.

Study Documents Fundraisers For Legislators Involved In Healthcare Reform Work

Study documents fundraisers for legislators involved in healthcare reform work With the debate about the shape of the healthcare reform provoking cross-partisan divisions, it may be interesting to note a recent study from Consumer Watchdog which found that industry lobbyists have hosted at least 130 fundraisers for lawmakers thus far in 2009.

The targeted members of Congress sit on five key committees responsible for fashioning comprehensive healthcare reform, and they include the Senate Finance Committee as well as Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; House Education and Labor; House Energy and Commerce; and House Ways and Means Committees.

Senate Finance Committee members raised the most money from the health industry, the report has found. Cumulatively, they benefitted from 11 fundraisers and $13,150,077. Meanwhile, House Labor and Pensions received $747,014.

Overall, all committees have raised nearly $31 million this year.

"The public can’t be confident in health reform if Congress insists on accepting industry money while legislating," comments Carmen Balber, Washington director for Consumer Watchdog.

She goes on to ask, "who can tell which hard decisions on health reform are being made over $1,000 high-balls shared by lobbyists and politicians while the public’s locked out of the room?"

The organization has therefore called on lawmakers to cancel upcoming health industry fundraisers and return any campaign contributions from the industry until the healthcare reform process is complete.
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Research Explains Blood Pressure Benefits Of Vegetables

Research explains blood pressure benefits of vegetables It is widely known that consumption of vegetables has numerous health benefits, and a new study has found a link that may explain why they also appear to contribute to lower blood pressure.

Scientists from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago have discovered that a specific amino acid called glutamic acid may be responsible for this effect. They have suggested that increasing its intake may therefore contribute to better cardiovascular health.

The research team reviewed data from the International Study on Macro/Micronutrients and Blood Pressure involving 4,680 participants aged between 40-59 and living in rural and urban areas of China, Japan, the U.S. and the UK.

Their results suggested that boosting the consumption of protein-rich vegetables by 4.72 percent resulted in a 1.5 to 3 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) decrease in systolic blood pressure and a 1 to 1.6 mm Hg reduction in diastolic pressure.

Dr. Jeremiah Stamler, professor emeritus of the Department of Preventive Medicine in the Feinberg School, explains that scientists believe reducing average systolic blood pressure by 2 mm Hg could lower stroke death rates by 6 percent and reduce mortality from coronary heart disease by 4 percent.

For people suffering from high blood pressure there is also a range of nutritional supplements they can add to their diet to boost their cardiovascular health.

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Democrats Threaten Special Procedure To Prevent Education, Healthcare Filibuster

Democrats threaten special procedure to prevent education, healthcare filibuster Media reports suggest Democrats in Congress are preparing to invoke special rules that require only a simple majority vote to push through upcoming education and healthcare reform bills.

According to TheHill.com, Democratic Senator Robert Harkin of Iowa, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, is planning to use the reconciliation procedure to go around a possible Republican obstruction when presenting legislation that would end the Federal Family Education Loan program, which offers subsidies to student loan companies.

Democratic lawmakers also paved the way for the use of the special procedure to vote on the comprehensive healthcare reform bill when the Ways and Means Committee approved the measure last week.

Committee chairman Charlie Rangel of New York said that the "action was necessary because there is a possibility that a handful of Senate Republicans could choose to engage in partisan tactics to stall this important health reform bill," quoted by FoxNews.

Reconciliation is a legislative process intended to allow a contentious budget bill to be considered without being subject to filibuster. Under its rules, only the simple majority of 51 votes, rather than 60, is required for the bill to pass.
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Study Says Blueberries May Help Maintain Weight, Prevent Diabetes

Study says blueberries may help maintain weight, prevent diabetes The extract from North American lowbush blueberries biotransformed with bacteria from the skin of the fruit has shown promising results in tests against obesity and high blood sugar, according to new research.

Scientists from the Universite de Montreal, the Institut Armand-Frappier and the Universite de Moncton tested the blueberry juice on mice prone to obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes and hypertension, and discovered that the extract reduced their food intake and led to lower body weight.

They concluded that the biotransformed blueberry juice holds great therapeutic promise because it seems to decrease hyperglycemia by up to 35 percent and can protect young pre-diabetic animals from developing these metabolic conditions in the first place.

Dr. Pierre S. Haddad, a pharmacology professor at the Universite de Montreal Faculty of Medicine and senior study author, said studies in mice are valuable as their obesity and obesity-linked type 2 diabetes closely resemble the diseases in human.

Among other natural resources that can help lose and control weight are regular exercise, low-fat diet as well as nutritional supplements containing green tea extracts.
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Question: Benefits of Vitamin D

Dear Bob,

I hear about the benefits of Vitamin D all the time , however no one ever seems to say how many hours of sunlight are required to get the right amount of Vitamin D nor do they say how much Vitamin C one must take as a supplement or drink as a juice on a daily basis… can you please tell me?

Thank you!

A: Writing in his book, The Vitamin D Cure, James E. Dowd, M.D., says there is no one-size-fits-all amount of sun exposure required to maintain adequate levels of Vitamin D without supplementation. The amount varies by age, size, skin type and latitude. He says that today’s urbanized lifestyle prohibits most people from getting the proper amount of sunshine, and long sleeves, wide-brimmed hats and sunscreen with a SPF of as low as eight would prevent a person from getting the proper amount of sunshine. His book contains a chart that can help you determine how much you would need. There is also a sunshine calculator available online at http://www.thevitamindcure.com/calculator/. He does write that those who regularly use tanning beds usually have adequate levels of Vitamin D in their systems.

In regard to Vitamin C, it has been generally established that 2,000 mg per day of Vitamin C is the proper dose for healthy adults, according to Michael Cutler, M.D.

Best Wishes,
Bob

Study Leads To Dosage Recommendations For Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Study leads to dosage recommendations for omega-3 fatty acids Searching for the best dose of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an essential omega-3 fatty acid, researchers from France have established that 200 mg per day is sufficient to boost heart health in men.

The scientists enrolled 12 healthy men aged between 53 and 65 years to investigate the effects of different doses of DHA, including 200, 400, 800 and 1,600 mg per day. The participants spent two weeks consuming each dose amount.

After the end of the two weeks, the researchers analyzed the men’s blood and urine samples which showed that the biochemical markers that predict cardiovascular problems — such as those related to aging, atherosclerosis and diabetes — were affected already at the lowest dose.

Michel Lagarde, co-author of the study, explains that the study shows a regular consumption of small amounts of DHA is likely to improve individuals’ health status, especially in regards to cardiovascular and circulation functions.

Among the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids are oily fish such as salmon and mackerel, but they can also be obtained from dietary supplements like krill or fish oil.
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