CAIR Blasts Mayor R. Rex Parris And Senator James Inhofe Over Racial Comments

CAIR blasts Mayor R. Rex Parris and Senator James Inhofe over racial commentsThe Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has called on Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) to meet with representatives of the state’s Muslim community in the wake of the comments he made in support of government profiling of Muslims.

During last month’s meeting of the Senate Armed Services Committee that reviewed the Fort Hood shootings, Inhofe reportedly stated that he believed in racial and ethnic profiling, claiming that "all terrorists are Muslims or Middle Easterners between the ages 20 and 35."

In response, the organization cited FBI statistics that suggest the vast majority of terrorist attacks on American soil have been committed by non-Muslims.

"It is disturbing to hear a member of the U.S. Senate suggest that entire religious and ethnic groups should automatically be considered terror suspects," said CAIR-OK executive director Razi Hashmi.

He added that by portraying all Middle Easterners as suspects, the politician "does a disservice to our nation and to its tradition of racial and religious diversity."

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles branch of the CAIR said it will complain to the Justice Department over comments made by Mayor R. Rex Parris of Lancaster, Calif., who reportedly said he was "growing a Christian community."
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Republicans Threaten To Skip Healthcare Summit Unless Obama Starts From Scratch

Republicans threaten to skip healthcare summit unless Obama starts from scratchOn Monday, leading House Republicans responded to President Obama’s proposal for a bipartisan summit on healthcare reform, stating that they may decline to participate if the administration uses the Democratic bills as a starting point.

In a letter to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) expressed concern over reports that the president plans to promote the same piece of legislation that the GOP has publicly condemned over the last few months.

"If the starting point for this meeting is the job-killing bills the American people have already soundly rejected, Republicans would rightly be reluctant to participate," Boehner and Cantor wrote.

The two House leaders also openly questioned Obama’s sincerity regarding an open, bipartisan discussion concerning healthcare reform.

"’Bipartisanship’ is not writing proposals of your own behind closed doors, then unveiling them and demanding Republican support," they said. "Bipartisan ends require bipartisan means."

In response, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said that the president is open to any "good ideas that stand up to objective scrutiny," but also stated that Obama has been clear about his support for the congressional bills created by Democrats.
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Thoughts on the Super Bowl, A Good Suggestion and a Tea Party

*Three Super Bowl victories. Congratulations to all the fans of the New Orleans Saints ,who finally saw their team win the Super Bowl after a 42-year drought. Congratulations, too, to everyone who believes, even a tiny bit, in “the Super Bowl predictor.” This one says that if one of the original NFL teams wins the Big Game, the stock market will go up for the year. (Don’t scoff; it’s been right 79 percent of the time. How does that compare to your method?) And finally, congratulations to CBS for not buckling to pressure from NOW and other loony lefties to suppress that delightful ad featuring Tim Tebow and his mom. I loved it.

*Keep those cards and letters coming, folks. Well, actually I mean keep those emails coming. Don’t know if you read any of the correspondence at the end of my Straight Talk columns, but you should. Some of the observations and suggestions from you Dear Readers are a pure delight. I especially want to thank David J., who disagreed with a previous comment about Obama being a one-term president. His argument? “We should all mail the White House website and tell Obama to resign. We don’t need him as a one-term president. We need him as a 13-month president!” Glad you’re on our side, David.

*The Tea Party is our most popular. Here’s a stunner from a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. While 35 percent of Americans have a positive view of the Democrats and 28 percent say the same of the Republicans, 41 percent of us have a positive view of the tea party movement. Yup, those grassroots rebels are now more popular than either the Demopubs or the Republicrats. Good for them.

—Chip Wood

Human Rights Activists Call For Impeachment Of Judge Jay Bybee For Allegedly Sanctioning Torture

Human rights activists call for impeachment of Judge Jay Bybee for allegedly sanctioning torture More than a year after the Bush administration left office activists are still trying to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the alleged use of torture during the interrogations of terrorism suspects.

In the latest installment, DisbarTortureLawyers.com has joined forces with other organizations to demand the impeachment of Jay Bybee, a federal judge and the former head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Council. They claim that Bybee authored memos that sanctioned the use of torture and "offensive war."

The coalition has cited a recent Newsweek story that suggests the Department of Justice report on Bybee and his subordinates has been edited to remove the finding of misconduct that appeared in the report’s original version.

"If the Newsweek piece is true … then Congress should immediately launch a full scale investigation to determine if politics, political pressure or something worse entered into this decision," said DisbarTortureLawyers spokesperson and attorney Kevin Zeese.

He added that the group will also seek to work with foreign lawyers and judges to prosecute "torture advocates" for crimes against humanity.

"That torture has resulted in many deaths, not just of torture victims, but of our own soldiers who were killed by those who turned against America because our government tortured," Zeese concluded.
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The Hand of God

It’s amazing the lengths to which some will go in an effort to remove God from public discourse.

Activist liberal judges have tied themselves into knots in order to remove Christianity from public schools and nativity scenes from public property. Individuals have sued government to have the words, “In God We Trust” removed from coinage and to ban prayer, the 10 Commandments, Christmas parties and religious demonstrations from public schools.

And many of the comment strings that follow articles posted on Personal Liberty Digest seem to eventually devolve, at some point, into commenters debating religion and government—even when the original article is on another subject entirely. Inevitably one or more of the posters makes the false claim that the Founding Fathers were primarily somewhere between agnostic (the existence of God is unknown or unknowable) or practiced deism (denying the interference of the Creator with the laws of the universe).

Nothing could be further from the truth. Depending on exactly who you consider to be the Founding Fathers—signers of the Declaration of Independence, signers of the Articles of Confederation, signers of the Constitution, delegates to the Constitutional Convention or all of the above—their religious affiliations were as follows: about 54 percent Epicopalian/Anglican, about 18 percent Presbyterian, about 16 percent Congregationalist and the rest either Quaker, Dutch/German Reformed, Lutheran, Catholic, Huguenot, Unitarian, Methodist or Calvinist.

The First Amendment to the Constitution is very clear, and the Constitution would not have been ratified without the promise of the passage of a Bill of Rights. It says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” While the Founders wanted to make sure that America didn’t become like England with a State Church, they also understood that there was a need for men to keep God in their lives.

Unfortunately, activist judges and Supreme Court Justices have either misunderstood that or deliberately sought to ignore it. As a result, courts have interpreted all manner of government bodies to be Congress. They’ve also placed emphasis on the first part of what has been termed the Establishment Clause while de-emphasizing the second.

The Founders would have objected to this interpretation as much as they would one that allowed Congress to pick a denomination and name it the State religion. The proof of this can be found in their own words.

“It is the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the SUPREME BEING, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping God in the manner most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession or sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship.” John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776.

“The liberty enjoyed by the people of these states of worshiping Almighty God agreeably to their conscience, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights.” George Washington, to the Annual meeting of Quakers, September 1789.

“In the supposed state of nature, all men are equally bound by the laws of nature, or to speak more properly, the laws of the Creator.” Samuel Adams, letter to the Legislature of Massachusetts, Jan. 17, 1794.

 “All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth—that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?” Benjamin Franklin, To Colleagues at the Constitutional Convention.

 “Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?" Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virgina, 1782.

While many will claim that Franklin and Jefferson were deists, their writings indicate that they, like the rest of the Founding Fathers, believed God actually had a hand in affairs of men.

That’s something we need to remember as well. If we forget that, we are truly doomed as a nation.

Unbalanced Body Chemistry Can Wreck Your Health

When you’re born, you’re at the height of your health… and your pH levels are in a nearly perfect alkaline balance. But if you’re like most folks, you pay very little attention to balancing your body chemistry. Yet to be healthy, you must be in acid/alkaline pH balance—and slightly on the side of alkalinity. An infant is highly alkaline… an 80-year-old person is highly acid… and death is 100 percent acidity.

This critical balance between acidity and alkalinity is measured on a scale of 0 to 14 known as the pH—or “potential of hydrogen.” On this scale, 0 to 7.0 is acid, 7.0 is neutral and 7.0 to 14 is alkaline. If you’re a healthy person with perfectly balanced pH, you would have a reading of about 7.4 in your blood and about 7.25 in your tissues. However, most people fall in the acid range of 6.2 to 6.4.

Why? Take a look at the three main reasons why we are so far below the healthy alkaline range:

  • Stress—If you’re alive and working in America, you’re swimming in stress. This is a big reason for an increase in acid production.
  • Dehydration—Seven out of 10 of us are chronically dehydrated. This means we suffer from dehydration fatigue, sluggish metabolism and an urge to eat all the time. Our thirst mechanism lacks strength and is often mistaken for hunger.
  • Poor Diet—As you age you become more acidic because you build up more acid waste due mainly to a diet poor in nutrition. Most people eat 80 percent acid foods and only 20 percent alkaline foods. However, you should reverse that in order to be healthy.

Foods such as beef, pork, pasta, hamburgers, hot dogs, frozen snack foods, crackers, cookies, rice and most sugar cereals are acid-forming and commercially processed. These are the foods that most Americans live on. Sugar and artificial sweeteners (except Stevia) are even bigger culprits. And soft drinks are the real dangers with a high acid pH level of 2.5!

And while we devour the health-robbing acid-based foods, we turn up our noses at the good guys—alkaline-forming foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and other foods high in fiber. This is a way of life that spells disaster for our health.

Just as acid can ruin your car battery, this is what acid overload can do to your body:

  • Eats away at the linings of your arteries and increases your chances of both brain and cardiovascular problems
  • Erodes cartilage and causes inflamed joints
  • Damages skin cells which contributes to premature wrinkling and other aging issues

But that’s not the only damage you face. Excess acid can cause blood sugar problems… high blood pressure… calcium-deprived bones… low energy… poor circulation… sexual problems… sleep problems… leg cramps… and a host of other issues.

In fact, in his popular book, Alkalize or Die, Theodore A. Baroody, M.A., D.C., N.D., Ph.D., shook the scientific world with the statement, “The countless names of illnesses do not really matter. What does matter is that they all come from the same root cause… TOO MUCH ACID IN THE BODY!”

However, by understanding the importance of the acid/alkaline balance in your body—and taking steps to reverse the acid dominance—you can halt your march toward poor health.

—By Michael Cutler, M.D.

Obama Invites GOP To Join Healthcare Talks

Obama invites GOP to join healthcare talksIn a CBS interview with Katie Couric on Sunday, President Obama attempted to breathe life into the stalled healthcare debate by inviting congressional Republicans and Democrats to a summit meeting on Feb. 25.

Obama, who has recently been accused of leading a partisan effort to push healthcare reform through behind closed doors, is being forced to talk compromise after the Democrats lost a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate following a special election victory by Republican Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts.

"I want to come back and have a large meeting, Republicans and Democrats, to go through systematically all the best ideas that are out there and move it forward," said the president.

While GOP leaders plan on accepting Obama’s invitation, they also demand that the president and other Democrats be willing to completely replace the proposed healthcare bill.

"If we are to reach a bipartisan consensus, the White House can start by shelving the current health spending bill," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, quoted by Fox News.

Meanwhile, a White House aide said on Sunday that the president does not plan to start from scratch regarding healthcare reform and that the Democrats will be "coming in with [their] plan," according to The Wall Street Journal.
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Palin Slams Obama Administration During Tea Party Keynote Address

Palin slams Obama administration during Tea Party keynote address During the weekend, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin delivered the keynote address to the attendees of the Tea Party movement’s first-ever national convention Feb. 6, saying that the Obama administration’s policies were causing America to "drown in debt."

Speaking in Nashville, Palin said that the government’s outsize spending—in particular its massive $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal year 2011—will place undue burden on the shoulders of future generations.

Palin also criticized Obama’s foreign policy, dismissing it as too conciliatory and failing to "distinguish America’s friends from her enemies" as well as face up to the "true nature" of the threats to national security.

In concluding her speech, the former Alaska governor affirmed her support for the Tea Party movement, stating that "America is ready for another revolution and you are part of this." However, she reportedly dismissed the idea of becoming its leader as it was not "a top-down operation."

Finally, a day after the speech, Palin, who is a new Fox News commentator, revealed on the air that she was receiving daily policy briefings from advisers, and hinted she might run for president in 2012.
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Polls Struggle To Capture Impact Of Tea Party Movement

Polls struggle to capture impact of Tea Party movement Just days after the first Tea Party nation’s convention wound down in Nashville several opinion polls appeared to send conflicting messages about the movement’s likely impact in this crucial election year.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Poll, only about a third of Americans view the movement favorably, while a plurality (40 percent) have not heard of it or don’t have enough information to form an opinion.

In addition, about 26 percent of the public is critical of the grassroots movement.

"The Tea Party movement is a blank slate to many Americans, which is not surprising for a political movement that is only about a year old," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

However, there are signals that the movement may already be influencing electoral outcomes in some key states.

For example, a new poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports shows Texas Governor Rick Perry leading Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison 44 percent to 29 percent in the race for reelection.

Perry was endorsed by former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who has been branded by some as the unofficial leader of the Tea Party movement.

Palin delivered the keynote address at the Nashville convention Feb. 6, and a day later she made a public appearance with Perry on the campaign trail in suburban Houston, according to The Daily Texan.
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Study: Saffron Could Help Prevent Blindness In The Elderly

Study: Saffron could help prevent blindness in the elderlyA recent study conducted by Italian and Australian researchers has found that saffron, the Indian spice that gives curry its color, is capable of reversing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of blindness in the elderly.

In the trial, conducted at Italy’s Policlinico Gemelli, researchers gave one group of study participants a saffron pill for three months, followed by a placebo for another three months. A second group was given the supplements in reverse order, according to the Telegraph.

The researchers found that all respondents who took the pill showed significant improvements in their eyesight. However, the visual benefits disappeared after each volunteer stopped taking the supplement.

"The outcome of this experiment was remarkable—significant improvement in vision after several weeks of taking saffron in pill form, which reversed when the patients were taken off it," said professor Jonathon Stone of the Vision Center at the University of Sydney.

"This is very encouraging for a non-invasive way to treat certain important eye diseases," he added.

Meanwhile, earlier studies using animals have indicated that a diet high in saffron can also help protect the eyes from the damaging effects of bright light.
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Staying Safe During A Blizzard

Staying safe during a blizzard As the East Coast is being hammered by the second snowstorm in less than a week, many Americans are looking for was to stay safe and protect their property from damage.

During a blizzard, staying indoors is the safest thing to do, as most people die in car accidents on slippery roads or freeze when stuck in a vehicle.

Those who need to travel should carrying a survival kit with a shovel, windshield scraper, battery powered radio, extra batteries, road salt and sand, booster cables, emergency flares and a fluorescent distress flag.

It is also important to always keep the fuel tank above half full.

Individuals who become stranded in a vehicle during a snowstorm should stay inside and run the car for short periods of time to provide heat, cracking the windows slightly open to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Moreover, a stranded person should clap their hands, stomp their feet and move around as much as possible at least once an hour, according to Weather.com.

Meanwhile, experts from the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) offered tips on how to prevent property damage during blizzards. They include clearing out basement window wells of snow and removing snow from windows and doors to prevent water from seeping through frames. Snow should always be shoveled away from the home’s walls.

In order to avoid accumulation of noxious gasses inside, it is important to clear the areas around exhaust pipes and air vents on heaters, furnaces and dryers.

RIA also recommends removing snow from the roof using a rake since excess snow that melts quickly can freeze in the eaves and cause ice dams.

Finally, all drains and gutters should be free from dirt and debris, and owners should watch the property for unexpected flooding since the ground may not be able to absorb a lot of moisture.
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McCarthy Was Right!

On Feb. 9, 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy (R.-Wisc.) gave a Lincoln’s Birthday speech in Wheeling, W.V., in which he asserted that scores of communists had infiltrated the U.S. State Department.

His charges, far from causing a nationwide fervor of anti-communist hysteria, as his critics have alleged, went mostly unnoticed at the time. Just two weeks earlier, Alger Hiss, then and now the darling of the left, was convicted of two counts of perjury for lying about being a spy for the Soviet Union. He was sentenced to life in prison.

We now know for certain, thanks to documents discovered in Moscow after the collapse of communism there, that McCarthy was, if anything, understating the case; and that Hiss was guilty of far more than perjury. He was a conscious and deliberate traitor to his country.

For nearly six decades, the left has conducted a relentless smear campaign against the junior senator from Wisconsin, making his name a symbol of irresponsible extremism. For an excellent account of what really did happen, get Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies, by M. Stanton Evans.

Truth may not forever be on the scaffold, nor deceit firmly on the throne. But for Joe McCarthy, who should be hailed as a genuine American hero, it certainly seems that way.

—Chip Wood

Obama’s Incompetence Has Left Israel Gunning for War

“(Obama) is too much Chamberlain and not enough Churchill.”–Chris Matthews, MSNBC.

President Obama has been in office more than a year, yet his administration’s lack of accomplish is startling.

Obamacare is DOA. The total budget is tipping towards $4 trillion per year and the federal deficit will hit a record $1.6 trillion this year.

Yet all this and an unemployment rate of almost 10 percent will not prove to be the President’s biggest blunder. That distinction will likely go to his foreign policy failures whose fruition leaves Israel set to wage war, energy prices and the dollar be damned.

It almost happened once before, almost three decades ago when I was just getting started in this business.

The morning traffic that the growing city of Spokane could muster was bottlenecked on Monroe Street as I headed south towards downtown and my dad’s offices at Myers’ Finance & Energy. It was June and the morning sun was pouring into my old Pontiac whose only climate control was rolling down the windows.

I fussed through the push-buttons on the old radio until I hit the news channel. The headline blared out of the single speaker on the dashboard: “Israeli jets have struck and apparently destroyed Iraq’s nuclear reactor.”

It was the coups de grâce in Saddam Hussein’s nuclear ambitions and the world was fortunate that Israel was able to pull it off—even if the markets were spooked. The attack and the near miss on a broader war helped push bullion prices up more than 20 percent that summer.

It is no secret that Israel is looking to launch a similar strike, this time on Iran’s nuclear processing facility.

But Iran is no Iraq. Besides the fact that Iran will not be caught flat-footed there is the fact that Iran has a far more capable military than what Iraq had 29 years ago.

There is also the fact that Israel won’t have a strategic ally if it executes another attack on a Muslim reactor. Iran cooperated with Israel during its attack on Iraq’s Osirak reactor, providing the Israeli air force with maps and other tactical information.

“There is no guarantee that the Iranian nuclear facilities would be eliminated. Iran could be expected to have learned the lessons exposed by the experiences of both Iraq in 1981 and Syria in 2007, when Israel destroyed their suspected nuclear facilities,” writes the Feb. 3, Sydney Morning Herald. “One would expect Iran to have located many of its nuclear facilities either deep underground or within the mountains to reduce their vulnerability to that type of attack.”

Not only can Iran repulse such an attack on its nuclear facilities but it can threaten the entire region in ways that Saddam Hussein could only dream off.

Iran Captures the High Ground

Last year Iran announced that it had successfully launched its first domestically produced satellite into orbit using an Iranian-built rocket. Tehran proclaimed that “the official presence of the Islamic Republic was registered in space.”

That rocket launch shows that Iran is now able to gather its own satellite intelligence and demonstrates the strides the country has made in rocket technology—the kind of rockets that can be used in a first strike on any of its neighbors.

Furthermore, Iran is working on a second nuclear power plant. It is conceivable that Israel might be successful in knocking out one of the reactors. The other would be left intact and able to develop nuclear weapons after a protracted stand-off. That sets up the possibility for the region’s two super-powers to go, as Slim Pickens said in the movie, Dr. Strangelove: “Toe to toe, nuclear combat.”

America’s Lack of Leadership

So what is the Obama administration doing? It is playing peacemaker and appeaser.

Early in his administration Obama had said he would give the Iranians until the end of 2009 to change their policy on nuclear weapons development. But a year later the Iranians continue with plans to develop a nuclear warhead.

As England did with Hitler, so far America has focused on a diplomatic solution to the “Iran problem.” The Obama administration wants to bring together a coalition that will impose what it calls “crippling economic sanctions” on the Iranians. The most decisive would be stopping Iran’s gasoline imports. But such sanctions are now unlikely as China and Russia have made it clear they will not participate.

Last week Vice President Joe Biden launched a blistering attack on Iran’s hard-line leaders, claiming they were “sowing the seeds of their own destruction.”

Biden’s comments came days after the United States sent more warships to the Gulf and pledged to America’s most important allies to increase its missile defense systems in the region. In other words, the administration is desperately trying to use tough talk and an unproven missile shield to protect the world’s strategic oil supplies in Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
 
In the face of the greatest threat of nuclear war since the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Obama administration is launching angry words while trying to build walls to protect its allies. If it reminds you of Neville Chamberlain, you are not alone.

“If you want to compare Obama in any way, compare him to Neville Chamberlain. He says we’re going to have peace in our time,” commented Rush Limbaugh.

In part the U.S. is playing peacekeeper because it is in no position to begin another conflict. Problems in Iraq are far from over. In fact, civil war may be looming. Kurdish and Iraqi forces are said to be near the brink of a war.

Last week the Pentagon made an announcement underscoring why President Obama is so quick to look for diplomatic solutions. The Pentagon flatly stated that the U.S. is to abandon its doctrine of always being ready to fight two simultaneous-conventional wars.

This message has not been lost on Israel. If the past 60 years of history have demonstrated anything it is that the Jewish state will use its military as a first option.

When Israel successfully executed its attack on Iraq in 1981 it helped push gold prices from $390 to $463 per ounce. A strike now that is less than a resounding success could push bullion prices dramatically higher, perhaps in the $1,500 to $1,700 per ounce range. I firmly believe this because the summer of 1981 gold price spike happened when bullion was in a withering bear market. Today the Midas metal is in the midst of one of its biggest bull markets ever.

Money market funds are currently paying an average return of less than 1 percent. That is the smallest return that money markets have ever paid. Consider the fact that at this rate, it will take more than 500 years to double your money.

I believe we are at the brink of a Middle East war at a time when Washington is proving to be impotent with the economy and foreign relations. Add to it the crippling downward momentum of the dollar and you have what I believe is every reason to get out of cash and into energy investments and gold.

Action to take: Sell-off all fixed return investments (bonds) other than short-term Treasury bills and add to your holdings of physical gold. I like 1-ounce U.S. American Eagle coins as well as 1-oz. Canadian Maple Leaf and South African Krugerrand coins.

Yours for real wealth and good health,

John Myers
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Scott Brown Sworn In, Promises An Independent Voice In Senate

Scott Brown sworn in, promises an independent voice in SenateScott Brown officially became the 41st Republican member of the Senate after being sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden Feb. 4, a week earlier than expected.

"I want to get to work," said the junior senator shortly after taking the oath of office. "There are a lot of votes pending that I would like to participate in."

Brown, who has vowed to vote against the healthcare bill and "send it back to the drawing board," said last week that he plans to take part in the debate over the best strategy for job creation.

"The last stimulus bill did not create one new job," he said. "In Massachusetts, it hasn’t created one new job, and across the country as well."

Brown added that small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy, and that tax cuts across the board are necessary to stimulate economic growth.

Meanwhile, Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin demanded that Brown "respect the rights of the [Democratic] majority," referring to the former state senator’s sudden push to be seated before a vote on one of President Obama’s nominees for the National Labor Relations Board, according to the Boston Herald.

Brown was initially expected to be seated on Feb. 11, but pushed to be sworn in sooner after several commentators complained that he was "dilly-dallying" and taking "a three-week victory lap."
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Fish Oil May Help Prevent Psychotic Disorders In People With A History Of Mental Illness

Fish oil may help prevent psychotic disorders in people with a history of mental illness Results of a new study suggest that the daily consumption of fish oil capsules containing long-chain omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent the development of psychotic disorders in individuals at the highest risk.

Researchers from the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, and the Orygen Youth Health Research Center in Melbourne, Australia, conducted a clinical trial on 81 individuals who had mild psychotic symptoms or a family history of psychotic disorders with decreasing cognitive function.

After three months, subjects taking fish oil supplements were nearly 23 percent less likely to develop a progression of psychosis than participants in the control group who took a placebo. The research team also found that the nutrient considerably reduced symptoms and improved functioning in those with psychotic tendencies.

"The finding that treatment with a natural substance may prevent or at least delay the onset of psychotic disorder gives hope that there may be alternatives to antipsychotics for the prodromal [early symptomatic] phase," the authors stated.

Subjects taking omega-3 fatty acids did incur some digestive complications but were predominantly free of any clinically relevant undesirable effects.
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House Approves Record Debt Ceiling Increase, Reinstitutes Pay-go Regulations

House approves record debt ceiling increase, reinstitutes pay-go regulationsThe House voted last week to approve "pay-as-you-go" legislation, which requires Congress to offset tax cuts or the funding of new programs by first reducing spending elsewhere or increasing taxes in a different sector. The new regulations were attached to a bill that will raise the debt ceiling by a record $1.9 trillion.

The pay-go legislation was voted against by every Republican member of the House, who dismissed it as ineffective.

"This is just cover for Democrats to feed their spending addiction through new tax increases, and it does nothing to meaningfully increase fiscal accountability or reduce the deficit and debt," said Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO.), quoted by the Coloradoan.

House leaders utilized an unusual procedural maneuver that allowed moderates to vote for the pay-go legislation without directly supporting the debt increase. The entire bill passed without holding a vote on the issue of raising the debt limit.

"With Democrats sinking the country deep into the red, [the] vote to bring on more debt is simply reckless," said Ken Spain, communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The bill will now be sent to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law in the coming days.
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Tea Party Movement Begins Convention, Blasts Obama And Democrats

Tea Party movement begins convention, blasts Obama and Democrats Leaders of the Tea Party movement gathered for their first-ever convention in Nashville, Tenn. over the weekend, ostensibly to criticize the Obama administration and to unveil a national organizing strategy for the midterm elections.

The event kicked off Thursday night with former Republican Congressman and presidential candidate Tom Tancredo’s speech in which he stated that illiterate voters determined the results of the 2008 presidential election, according to media reports.

"People who could not even spell the word ‘vote’, or say it in English, put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House," he said, adding that "his name is Barack Hussein Obama."

Tancredo also accused the president and the Democrats of trying to destroy the constitution and America and urged the attendees to "take it back."

However, the former Colorado representative also said that he was glad Republican Senator John McCain lost the election, saying it would have been a repeat of "Bush 1 and Bush 2," according to RTTNews.

The movement was launched last year in response to the stimulus package passed by Congress and signed by President Obama. Its website specifies that Tea Party Nation wants to preserve God given freedoms introduced by the Founding Fathers and believes in limited government, free speech, the Second Amendment, the military and secure borders.

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Cardiovascular Disease

When we have a heart attack or stroke the immediate cause is a blood clot. Therefore, keeping our blood thin is of paramount importance. Daily natural blood thinners can greatly reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Write these words and paste them on the inside of a kitchen cabinet door:

  • Eat fresh or herbal garlic daily.
  • Eat fish often and take krill oil, fish oil or cod liver oil daily.
  • Take gingko biloba daily.
  • Take nattokinase daily.

There are many other natural blood thinners, but if you at least take garlic and krill oil, fish oil or cod liver oil daily and eat fish you will be much safer than those who don’t.

You may notice that you bruise slightly or have some capillary fragility—slight bleeding spots. This is only a symptom of thin blood. I have seen many people with dark blue hands from prescription coumadin (rat poison). I like krill oil from Health Resources™. It’s available at www.healthresources.net.

In my experience, I have seen men weighing 350 to 400 pounds who you would think should be dead, but they were all big fish eaters and none of these goliath people had heart disease—including cardiac arrhythmias or ventricular fibrillation.

Consumer Watchdog Says Wall Street Spent Millions To Influence Financial Reform Outcome

Consumer Watchdog says Wall Street spent millions to influence financial reform outcome As the financial reform bill makes its way through Congress and the tug of war continues between the proponents and opponents of greater regulation, a nonpartisan consumer advocacy organization has released a report that details the Washington lobbying efforts of the financial industry.

According to the report, the Senate Banking committee members received $41 million in contributions since 2005, and representatives of Wall Street banks and investment firms spent $336 million lobbying Congress in the first three quarters of 2009.

Those who received the highest contributions during 2005-2009 included Democratic Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut ($9 million), while the top grossing Republican was Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, who netted more than $2.5 million.

Among the biggest contributors were the American Bankers Association ($1.26 million), Citigroup and Morgan Stanley, both of which donated more than $400,000.

The report also found that contributors in particular opposed the creation of The Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA), preferring the authority to remain with the current regulators who failed to prevent abuses such as predatory mortgage lending that led to the near-economic collapse, according to Consumer Watchdog.

"To ordinary voters, this flood of dollars looks like Wall Street buying votes," said Carmen Balber, Washington director for organization.

"The fate of an independent consumer regulator is a test of whether politicians will rise above financial industry influence to enact meaningful regulatory reform that directly aids ordinary Americans," she concluded.
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Newburgh Mayor Nick Valentine Wants To Host Terrorism Trial

Newburgh Mayor Nick Valentine wants to host terrorism trial The administration’s decision to hold the 9/11 terrorism trial in New York City has met with much criticism over the last few months, but when the mayor of an impoverished upstate town invited the trial to be relocated there, the proposal did not satisfy everyone.

Newburgh is located some 60 miles north of New York and used to serve as George Washington’s headquarters during the American Revolution. Today, however, it is plagued by high unemployment, crime and poverty, according to media reports.

This has prompted Mayor Nick Valentine to propose that the controversial trial—which critics claim will endanger the security of millions of people in the densely populated New York area—be moved to his town.

He explained that his motivations are primarily economic. "There has to be a net result of economic stimulus and safety to your city, and making it visible around the world as a community that is really trying to be better," he said, quoted by the Times Herald-Record.

"We’re doing it by seizing an opportunity, and this is an opportunity," he added.

However, security experts Peter Bergen and Karen Greenberg have criticized the idea, suggesting the trial of five men—including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks—"belongs in New York."

In a commentary written for CNN they stated that it will bring a sense of justice for the families, restore the power of the rule of law and the criminal justice system, and boost confidence in America’s security apparatus.
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Global Warming Expert Cleared Of Some Allegations, New Investigation Launched

Global warming expert cleared of some allegations, new investigation launched Penn State University officials have cleared climate researcher Michael Mann of concealing information, falsifying data and misusing confidential information, following an investigation into the unauthorized release of more than 1,000 private emails that brought into question current global warming science.

However, the panel was not able to reach a conclusion on whether Mann’s research activities "seriously deviated from accepted practices within the academic community," according to the Los Angeles Times. Authorities at the university have put together a new committee of five science professors to review the allegations and report their findings within the next four months.

"Even though no evidence to substantiate the fourth allegation was found, the university administrators thought it best to convene a separate committee of distinguished scientists to resolve any remaining questions about academic procedures," said Mann.

"I fully support the additional inquiry, which may be the best way to remove any lingering doubts," he added.

Meanwhile, Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) the top Republican on the House investigations committee, said that the university’s continued investigation calls into question Mann’s credibility as a global warming expert, The Washington Times reports. Issa has asked President Obama to freeze the professor’s $541,184 stimulus grant supplied by the National Science Foundation.
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Obama: Senate Might Drop Cap-and-trade Aspect Of The Energy Bill

Obama: Senate might drop cap-and-trade aspect of the energy billWhile speaking at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire last week, President Obama acknowledged that it is conceivable that an energy bill may be approved in the Senate without the cap-and-trade component that he has been pushing since taking office last year.

"The only thing I would say about it is this: We may be able to separate these things out," said Obama. "And it’s conceivable that that’s where the Senate ends up."

Also known as emissions trading, cap-and-trade legislation would set a limit on the amount of pollutants that a company can emit, and would then force that company to purchase credits if they exceed their allotment.

Senate moderates from both sides of the aisle have recently pushed Obama to accept an energy-only bill that does not include the emissions trading component, which exists in the House bill that was passed last year, according to The New York Times.

Meanwhile, a White House spokesman quickly downplayed the president’s remarks, stating that they were only an "observation" and that "nothing has changed" since his State of the Union address last week.
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The Dirty Dozen: How 25 percent of Americans are Dying from the Food They Eat

Given our fast-paced, stressed-to-the-max lifestyle, it is no wonder that 25 percent of Americans eat at fast-food restaurants every day! That’s one in four people opting for low nutrition, high calorie, bad tasting, done-in-a-jiffy food. And it’s killing us.

Diseases like obesity, high blood pressure, fatty liver and high cholesterol are more prevalent in today’s high-tech health-conscience society than in the past, when we were ignorant about such things. And there’s truly no excuse for it!

One look at Eric Schlosser’s documentary, Fast Food Nation, tells the tale in all its devastating morbidity. Forget about E.coli and sub-standard working conditions and the tumors cut off the sides of beef before processing it for burgers done “your way.” Forget about the cheap toys restaurants like McDonald’s and Burger King use to attract the kids, and by extension the family, in for a potentially life-shortening meal.

Let’s talk good health and stick to the facts. In terms of food, that means keeping a tight leash on calories, fat, cholesterol and sodium. And if we Americans are too tied to our fatty burgers and deep fried chicken, or we’re just too pressed for time and money to make the necessary change… then at least we can face the enemy armed with the truth about our fast-food indulgence.

I was in the process of researching the nutritional facts from 12 of the more popular chains when a copy of Aramark Corporation’s “Guide to Fast Food” came across my desk. In this little gem I found the “tale of the tape” on 20 of the country’s most popular fast food chains. Starbucks, too! And if you think eating at Subway is good for you because of that guy from the commercial… think again. And if you think chicken served in these restaurants is a better choice than beef… you’ve been misled.

Of the 20 fast food restaurants listed in the guide I’ve culled information from 12, and I call them “The Dirty Dozen.” Below are some tables based on the information published by Aramark, as provided by the franchises themselves, or found on their websites. I call these tables, “The Worst of the Worst” (i.e., things never to eat), and “The Best of the Worst” (i.e., things almost never to eat). I then list the worst and best from the selected Dirty Dozen, in terms of overall numbers of calories, fat, cholesterol and sodium.

The Worst of the Worst

 
Calories
Carbs (g)
Fat (g)
Cholesterol (mg)
Sodium (mg)
Baskin-Robbins Chocolate Shake
750
80
43
115
290
Boston Market 1/4 Dark Meat w/ Skin
320
2
21
180
460
Burger King BK Big Fish Sandwich
710
67
38
105
1110
Dairy Queen Grilled Chicken Filet Sandwich
310
30
10
50
1040
Domino’s Pepperoni Hand Tossed (2 SL)
448
55
18
38
776
Dunkin’ Donuts Blueberry Muffin
490
76
17
75
610
KFC Hot & Spicy Chicken Breast
505
23
29
162
1170
Krispy Kreme Glazed Devil’s Food Donut
390
41
24
5
250
McDonald’s  Biscuit w/ Bacon, Egg, Cheese
540
36
34
250
1550
Subway
6" Subway Club, Cold
294
40
5
30
1250
Taco Bell
Taco Salad w/ Salsa
850
65
52
60
1780
Wendy’s Big Bacon Classic
580
45
31
95
1500

 

The Best of the Worst

 
Calories
Carbs (g)
Fat (g)
Cholesterol (mg)
Sodium (mg)
Baskin-Robbins Ice Daiquiri Scoop
130
33
0
0
10
Boston Market Steamed Vegetables
35
7
0.05
0
35
Burger King Small Hash Browns
240
25
15
0
460
Dairy Queen Fudge Bar (No Sugar Added)
50
13
0
0
70
Domino’s Cheese hand Tossed (2 SL)
375
55
11
23
776
Dunkin’ Donuts Low-Fat Bran Muffin
260
59
2
0
440
KFC Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy
120
17
6
0
440
Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donut
210
18
16
40
800
McDonald’s Hash Browns
130
14
8
0
330
Subway Veggie Delight
200
37
2.5
0
500
Taco Bell
Taco
170
12
10
30
330
Wendy’s Small French Fries
270
35
13
0
85

 

The Worst and Best of the Worst

Highest Calories 890Pizza Hut—Medium Stuffed Crust Cheese Pizza (2 slices)
Lowest Calories 35Boston Market—Steamed Veggies
Highest Carbohydrates (g) 0Pizza Hut—Medium Cheese Stuffed-Crust Pizza (2 slices)
Lowest Carbohydrates (g) 0Boston Market—1/4 White Meat, No skin, Without Wing
Highest Fat (g) 52Taco Bell—Taco Salad w/ Salsa
Lowest Fat (g) 0Baskin Robbins—Ice Daiquiri, Regular Scoup
Highest Cholesterol (mg) 250Burger King—Croissan’wich w/ Sausage, Egg, Cheese
Highest Cholesterol (mg) 250McDonald’s—Biscuit w/ Bacon, Egg, Cheese
Lowest Cholesterol (mg) 0Plenty of items with no Cholesterol, such as plain baked potato, steamed veggies, salads without dressing, water
Highest Sodium (mg) 2,180Pizza Hut—Medium Stuffed Crust Cheese Pizza (2 slices)
Lowest Sodium (mg) 10Baskin Robbins—Ice Daiquiri, Regular Scoop

 

And the big looser is… Pizza Hut. It ranked No. 1 on three of the Worst of the Worst lists. And that’s no great achievement!

Ok, so now you know that what seemed “good” (e.g., chicken, turkey, fish) is actually bad when prepared the fast food way, in terms of calories, fat, carbohydrates, cholesterol and sodium content. And you also know that what these chains serve up as “good for you” food is as boring as a collection of ballpoint pen tops. But you’ve just got to eat fast food because time and money are rooting for the dark side. So where does that leave us…

Well, here are some tips, if you absolutely MUST eat fast food:

  1. Go for the salads, veggies, potatoes (no sour cream or bacon)
  2. Broiled is better than fried
  3. Never eat anything breaded
  4. Deep fried is out of the question
  5. Water is the only drink for you
  6. Hold the salt, there’s plenty already in there
  7. No desert, thank you.

But the real issue here is being responsible and taking control of your own health and wellness… and by extension, your longevity. How about working on time management and money allocation? How about preparing your lunch the night before and brown bagging it a couple days a week? Then, with the money you’ve saved on food, and the time you’ve saved going to the death chain, you can treat yourself to a better-for-you meal at a nicer restaurant with more choices.

In the end, the fast food restaurants and the doctors you’ll see for your cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes and cancer don’t give a damn about you. It’s only you and the ones that love you who care. And if you don’t care enough about yourself, then how about taking care of No. 1 for the people who love you?

So it’s time again to eat and a decision is eminent. You can easily choose the fast food road to death. Or you can make the lifestyle change necessary to extend yourself a healthy and happy life. It’s your choice.

—Dr. Mark Wiley