Happily Married Men Have Lower Stroke Risk

A happy marriage may help avoid risk of having a fatal stroke, according to a new studyA large study has found that being happily married may actually be good for physical health—at least when it comes to the risk of having a fatal stroke.

The study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2010 found that single or unhappily married men may have an elevated risk of fatal stroke in the coming decades.

The results were based on findings from 10,059 civil servants and municipal workers with an average age of 49 who participated in the Israeli Ischemic Heart Disease Study in 1963. Using the national death registry and other records, researchers tracked the fate of the men through 1997.

Researchers found that both single men and men who reported dissatisfaction with their marriage had a 64 percent higher risk of dying from a stroke than men who considered their marriages very successful.

The research team admits there are several limitations to their study, including a lack of data on nonfatal versus fatal strokes and information on participants’ medical treatment after the first five years of the initial study. Women also weren’t included.

Among the best ways to prevent strokes are controlling hypertension, avoiding smoking, eating a healthy, low-fat diet and exercising, according to the National Stroke Association.ADNFCR-2035-ID-19646711-ADNFCR

U.S. Physician Shortage May Worsen Following Healthcare Overhaul

U.S. physician shortage may worsen following healthcare overhaulAlthough democrats claim healthcare reform will provide millions of Americans with medical insurance, there is no guarantee that there will be enough doctors to treat the sudden influx of new patients.

Over the past decade the United States has seen the number of students training to become primary care physicians and registered nurses dwindle rapidly, and the recently passed healthcare bill is bound to only exacerbate the issue.

According to the Associated Press (AP), several recently published reports have predicted a shortfall of approximately 400,000 primary care physicians over the next 10 years due to other career paths and medical specialties having better pay, improved hours and a higher profile.

"I think you have a real supply issue," said Fred Earley, the president of Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield, quoted by the Charleston Daily Mail.

"I think we have a real concern over whether we have the number of physicians or primary care providers to provide the care for all these additional people that are going to be accessing the health care system," he added.

The federal government has estimated that 65 million people currently reside in areas that are experiencing a shortage of local doctors. In Massachusetts alone, approximately 40 percent of family and general practitioners are not accepting new patients, a record number for the state that is only expected to increase over the next few years.
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Sarah Palin Appears At A Tea Party Rally In Nevada To Persuade Voters To Oust Harry Reid

Sarah Palin appears at a Tea Party rally in Nevada to persuade voters to oust Harry ReidAfter campaigning with her former presidential running mate John McCain, Sarah Palin energized a Tea Party crowd in Nevada on Saturday, urging them to "take back America."

The choice of state was not accidental, as Nevada is the home state of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat. In fact, Palin stressed Reid will have to explain his voting record when he comes back to the state to campaign for reelection this fall.

The former Alaska governor also expressed hope that the big government politics and the big spending promoted by this Congress will come to an end in November.

"You’re fired!" Palin told a cheering crowd of some 9,000 Tea Party activists gathered in a small former mining town south of Las Vegas.

Some polls are showing Reid may be losing ground in the Silver State, due in part to a persistently high unemployment rate. However, Democrats hope that if the healthcare reform proves popular, he and other Democrats who currently appear vulnerable will be able to hold on to their seats.

To that end, President Obama was in Iowa City last week trying to convince Americans that the enacted reform will benefit them and their businesses in the long run.
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Pennsylvania Governor Latest Politician To Offer Help Defending Healthcare Act In Court

Pennsylvania governor latest politician to offer help defending healthcare act in courtDespite the fact that dozens of state attorneys general filed a lawsuit last week to overturn the recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, there are many politicians, mainly on the Left, who have vowed to defend the healthcare bill.

Among them is Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, who signed a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, in which he and the governors of Washington, Michigan and Colorado offer to do just that.

"We believe the legal efforts [of those who seek to overturn the bill] will fail in court, unnecessarily delay the urgent need to get our citizens access to healthcare and waste our state tax dollars," Rendell and others wrote.

"As you prepare and deliver your defense of this landmark legislation, you have our commitment to work with you, at your request, to assist in this effort," they added.

The act was passed by the House of Representatives on March 21, and signed by President Obama two days later, although there was another vote after the Senate failed to pass two amendments to the reconciliation package. To date, at least 14 state attorneys general joined the lawsuit filed in a federal court in Florida by that state’s chief prosecutor Attorney General Bill McCollum. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19695445-ADNFCR

The Sellout of America: Why Our Enemies are Thriving

The Russians are coming. No, T-72 tanks are not plowing through Poland headed for Paris. There is no need for that outdated Soviet doctrine. Not when Russia can patrol near our coastal waters and harvest our most strategic resource—petroleum.

While the Obama administration seems bent on banning offshore oil drilling on the outer continental shelf, Russia is filling the vacuum, building its energy wealth and stretching its strategic reach all the way to Cuba and the vast oil pools that lay inside the Gulf of Mexico.

The Kremlin’s aim to be the world’s dominant power hasn’t changed since the Soviets tried to smuggle first-strike nuclear warheads onto the island of Cuba. But unlike First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev, today’s supreme leader Vladimir Putin is not gunning to win the arms race. He is out to win the energy race. So far it has been no contest.

Last year marked a milestone for the United States. For the first time since World War II, we pumped less than 5 million barrels of oil per day. We pumped almost twice that much oil 30 years ago when Jimmy Carter was president.

While Carter handed over the Panama Canal, Obama’s mistakes will be far more devastating to the U.S.

“Over the last 25 years, opportunities to head off the current crisis were ignored, missed or deliberately blocked, according to analysts, politicians and veterans of the oil and automobile industries,” wrote The New York Times.

“What’s more, for all the surprise at just how high oil prices have climbed, and fears for the future, this is one crisis we were warned about. Ever since the oil shortages of the 1970s, one report after another has cautioned against America’s oil addiction.”

Yet the Obama administration has blindly ignored the warnings. The president continues to tout clean energy over offshore oil, even though seven out of 10 Americans want to drill for it.

Obama’s position on offshore drilling is as cloudy as the deep warm waters of the Gulf. As a senator he opposed it. As a candidate, Obama seemed to support it. But as president, Obama has stifled efforts to expand it.

This month The Washington Post said it now knows the president’s true intentions: “Hidden deep within the president’s budget proposal released on Feb. 1 are numbers that reveal his true intentions. The budget shows that revenues collected from new offshore leasing will decline over the next five years—from $1.5 billion in 2009, to only $413 million in fiscal 2015. If the president planned on expanding offshore drilling, revenues would be increasing, not decreasing. This budget clearly indicates that he has no intention of opening additional areas to drilling off our nation’s coast.”

Enter Russia—a nuclear mega power with a growing choke-hold on fossil fuel supplies. Last summer Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin signed four contracts securing exploration rights in Cuba’s economic zone in the Gulf.

Havana says there may be 20 billion barrels of oil along its coast. That’s the total remaining conventional oil reserves of the U.S.

The Cuban deal will cement the Kremlin as the dominant petroleum power in the world. Russia already has three times more oil reserves than the U.S. Russia also has the largest natural gas reserves in the world—four times more than Canada and eight times more than Saudi Arabia.

“Vladimir Putin’s Russia is assembling an economic machine powerful enough to force Europe, the U.S. and Asia to their knees,” wrote The First Post. “It does not involve uranium, explosives or suicide bombers, but the natural resources that power the global economy. Russia will soon exert such sway over the supply of oil and natural gas that the OPEC crisis of the mid-1970s could seem trivial.”

Half of Russia’s state revenues and more than one-third its exports are derived from petroleum. Clearly Putin isn’t worried about cleaning up the environment (just one reason world carbon reduction agreements are useless and dangerous), but in projecting power. To that end Russia has surpassed Saudi Arabia as the world’s number one oil producer. The Kremlin also has its hands on the kill-switch to critical natural gas supply lines to Europe and Asia.

Meanwhile America’s dependence on oil is growing just as its availability is shrinking. The last time the U.S. produced such little oil Truman was President. And I can’t find one oilman in 100 that thinks the decline in American oil production is going to be arrested. As one Canadian oil company president said to me: “U.S. production in the lower 48 is falling into a black hole.”

What the Kremlin understands and what the White House doesn’t is that there is nothing on the horizon to replace petroleum. In fact, every four years, the U.S. consumes a cubic mile of oil. This has the energy equivalent of:

  • Four of the giant Three Gorges dams, cranking at full capacity for 50 years.
  • More than 30,000 1.65-megawatt wind turbines, cranking for 50 years.
  • A whopping 100,000 1-megawatt coal-fired electric plants, going full-bore for 50 years.
  • Fifty-two giant nuclear electric plants, running at 100 percent capacity for 50 years.

There aren’t in enough windmills or solar panels now or in 20 years from now that will significantly offset this demand.

What It Means
America is headed for an unmitigated disaster. Russia is bent on becoming the dominant petro-power of the world. Putin has gone so far as to say his country is an “energy superpower” and he has repeatedly demonstrated he will use his nation’s growing energy wealth as a blunt instrument of Kremlin foreign policy.

While Obama fetters away opportunities to drill for more oil, Putin is busy outflanking America on all sides. Russia is busy building closer relations with Iran and Pakistan, America’s key enemy and ally on the War on Terror. And in our own hemisphere Putin is about to meet with Venezuelan President and Uncle Sam hater, Hugo Chavez.

As for Cuba and its oil, it is just the latest energy domino to fall. There will be many more as Russia aims to dominate America, not with armies but with oil.

Yours for real wealth and good health,

John Myers
Myers’ Energy and Gold Report

The Remarkable Pony Express

The “help wanted” ad in the newspaper didn’t mince words:

“Wanted. Young, skinny, wiry fellows. Not over 18. Must be expert riders. Willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred.”

Through this and similar advertisements, several hundred riders were recruited for a remarkable venture that began 150 years ago this week. On April 3, 1860, the Pony Express began delivering mail and other vital documents from St. Joseph, Mo., to San Francisco. The service charged $5 to carry a half-ounce letter across the continent, a price that was later reduced to $1.

The logistics were impressive. Relay stations—190 in all—were established an average of 10 miles apart across the West. Ten miles is the most a horse can gallop without pause. Riders, who could not weigh more than 125 pounds, were permitted 20 pounds of personal gear (most of it water, plus a rifle and pistol) and carried 20 pounds of mail.

The riders raced all-out to the next station, changed mounts on the run, and continued on for nine more stations, or another 90 miles. It took nearly 100 horses and a dozen riders to cover the 1,966 miles from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean. But with the advent of the Pony Express, mail delivery that previously took 25 days by stagecoach (and prior to that, nearly six months by ship) took just 10 days.

A mere 19 months after the Pony Express began, it ceased to exist. It was forced out of business when telegraph wires linked California with the East. As a result, messages could be transmitted for pennies instead of dollars and arrive in minutes instead of days. The Pony Express name and facilities were sold to Wells Fargo, a bank that used the symbol for most of the next century.

In the 19 months that it existed, the Pony Express suffered the loss of only one rider and one mail pouch. But the achievements of those incredibly brave riders became a legendary part of the settlement of the West.

—Chip Wood

The Color of Your Food and Drink Makes a Difference

A simple change in the color of your foods and beverages could make a big impact on your health, according to dietician Julie Upton. “The pigments that give plants their color also provide the antioxidants that protect against heart disease, inflammation and certain cancers.”

Try swapping your white grapefruit juice for pink. Or eat more dark green veggies like spinach and kale instead of light-colored lettuce. Other options include 100 percent whole grain black rice instead of white varieties, or black beans—which contain more fiber and antioxidants compared to light-colored beans.

Study: Omega-3s may lower the risk of developing endometriosis

Study: Omega-3s may lower the risk of developing endometriosis Consuming foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids can significantly reduce a woman’s risk of developing endometriosis, a painful condition that causes sections of the womb lining to grow outside of the uterus, a new study has found.

Endometriosis, which has no cure, is a debilitating disease that affects approximately 10 percent of women over the age of 18 and often leads to infertility.

In the study, lead investigator Stacey Missmer, an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School, analyzed the diets of more than 70,000 women who took part in the U.S. Nurse’s Health Study. After 12 years of follow-up, the researchers discovered that 1,199 women had been diagnosed with endometriosis.

After comparing the subjects’ dietary questionnaires to the incidence of endometriosis, Missmer found that women who ate foods with the highest levels of omega-3s had a 22 percent lower risk of developing the condition than those who consumed minimal amounts of the nutrient.

Meanwhile, the research team also discovered that women who consumed high levels of trans fats had a 48 percent increased risk of endometriosis.

Foods rich in omega-3s include tuna, salmon and many vegetables. Fish oils and related compounds are also available in the form of nutritional supplements.
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Paper Money Syndrome: What is it?

As the crescendo toward the climax builds the paper money syndrome becomes more evident and vulgar.

Let me explain. The dictionary definition of syndrome is: “A group of related or coincident things, events, actions, etc. There is also a pattern of symptoms that characterize or indicate a particular social condition.”

A syndrome involves everything known about a phenomenon.

The paper money syndrome specifically refers to the evolved psyche of the people in all human relationships since the beginning of the fiat regime in 1913 in the United States, especially since 1971 when President Richard M. Nixon closed the gold window. This is the year that the United States went on 100 percent pure fiat and took the rest of the world on the same non-system.

The opposite of the paper money regime would be the 100 years before 1913 when the U.S. was most of the time on the gold standard.

Can we become conscious of the fiat money system and recognize it? I think that we can, and the sooner the better.

When governments enter upon a paper money fiat regime the whole psyche of the population begins to change along with mythical finance and the diminishing store of value of the currency.

It’s as if we are on solid ground and suddenly we come upon quicksand. We become unstable and gradually begin to lose our orientation. We begin a journey in a ship of society without a rudder. It is so gradual that few recognize the change. After all, we still have our legal system, our “representative” government, our flag, our pledge of allegiance, “freedom of religion,” our Constitution and all the symbols that define America.

The “feel good” psyche of expanded fiat and credit fools all but a very few.

From the beginning we have fiat wars on credit. This kills millions but the people focus on the resulting materialism. The State justifies wars and uses patriotism to appeal to the people.

The purpose of fiat paper money is a tax on the population which doesn’t have to be collected or enforced. The state simply has to inflate the currency by printing more paper money. The people are slow to realize the sinister purpose of inflating the currency.

Inflation or depreciation of the currency is a monetary plague that attacks the spenders and the savers. Your wealth is taken without a gun to your head and the crowd even clamors for inflation, while the politicians use inflation to buy votes and political power.

The people don’t understand printing press money but the politicians and the government bureaucrats do. They can promise the people everything without taxes and still have their wars, too.

How then do we recognize the fiat paper money syndrome? Fiat money is more than a monetary phenomenon. It affects the whole mental condition of the people.

The gold standard brings everything in a society into balance and stability, including the spirit of a people, while a fiat paper money regime causes a quicksand-like unbalanced mentality.

The fiat system begins deterioration of society immediately and finally ends in economic collapse through hyperinflation. The finality is the destruction of the middle class and indeed the impoverishment of all who trust paper money.

Many financial businesses enrich themselves with fiat. The life insurance business collects trillions of nominal dollars promising savings and death benefits. If they pay back at all the money is highly inflated (depreciated) so that policyholders take huge losses and, in the latter stages, are all wiped out completely.

So what does the fiat person look like? What is his mental condition? What is his morality? What is the outlook of society? What is the work ethic?

What happens to the family and the institution of marriage? What about the increase of perversion and free love? What about violence and the rule of law? What is public education?

The fiat paper regime is in reality a non-system, fickle and floating without substance, whereas the “rule of law” is what a Federal judge says it is.

Society clings to symbols and standards of the past, grasping and clawing for human liberty that has become elusive and deceptive.

Life in the fading years of the fiat regime is characterized by a Ponzi and fragmented mentality entertained with “bread and circus.”

There is no accountability or individual responsibility since citizens have become vassals of the State. Fiat forces more and more dependency upon the State and with dependency comes more and more control.

Fiat means the massive growth of government with increasing human control.

As fiat completely loses its store of value in the public mind, more and more paper money is never enough. This creates a gambling public. Greed overwhelms restraint. Financial innovation is organized and sanctioned fraud upon the public.

Government employees are bought off with fiat.

The public is easily persuaded to support military adventurism and supply their sons and daughters for cannon fodder. The pretexts are creative as long as the public still believes the politicians and bureaucrats.

The family deteriorates in the latter days of the fiat regime into free love. Wives must work to pay debts and support more and more materialism.

Not one in a million suspects that fiat and the depreciating currency is at the root of the collapse of the social and moral order.

The legal and accounting professions are creations and creatures of fiat. They act as parasites upon the misfortunes of the people caused by the fiat system.

The fiat system promotes altruism with slogans like, “For the greater good.” Translated this means give of your substance so that we can all be equally poor on the animal farm.

Work ethic deteriorates because fiat creates the hopelessness of “what’s the use, there is never enough money.”

There is an increase of perversion and free love in the latter days of fiat. Ugly immorality and base human nature comes out of the closet.

The fiat system presumes to condemn violence but promotes it with a court system that is easy on crime and criminals.

“Public education” is a dumbing down system which promotes dependency on government.

Fiat creates greed and greed destroys morality and undermines the rule of law.

All the above is reversed under the gold standard.

Even though hyperinflation is—in many ways—a complex economic problem… the process of protecting yourself is simpler than you might think. In fact, there are two primary things you must do: 1) Get your assets to safety, and 2) Make sure you take care of your basic needs (and those of your family).

As Democrats celebrate healthcare victory, Republicans vow to fight against the bill

As Democrats celebrate healthcare victory, Republicans vow to fight against the bill The healthcare bill received the final endorsement from the House of Representatives last week, and President Obama set out to promote the proposal among the American people, but many conservatives continue to vow to push for its repeal.

Among them is David Larsen, Republican candidate for the 7th Congressional District in New Jersey this November, who said that the Democrats’ celebration is premature as he will oppose the individual mandate if sent to Washington, based on his belief that it is intrusive and will lead to inefficiencies.

"Washington just handed another whopping tax to business and the average American better get used to waiting in lines [to get medical care]," he said.

Attorney General Henry McMaster of South Carolina, who joined a lawsuit against the federal government, echoed Larsen’s concerns, saying that the individual mandate is "unconstitutional and a violation of state sovereignty and individual liberty," according to CNN.

Meanwhile, President Obama was in Iowa City on March 26 to promote the bill, which he called "a historic step" that would give 32 million more Americans access to affordable healthcare.

He also challenged his Republican opponents to repeal the law, saying "go for it," The Washington Post reported.

"If they want to have that fight, we can have it," he added, quoted by the news provider.
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Gates to ease enforcement of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy

Gates to ease enforcement of 'don't ask, don't tell' policyDefense Secretary Robert Gates has announced that the Pentagon will soften its policy of not allowing openly homosexual individuals to serve in the military.

Gates said that anonymous, third party complaints will no longer trigger an investigation under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. With the new guidelines, which will go into effect in 30 days, informants must present complaints under oath and each case needs to be reviewed by a senior officer at the level of a one-star general or higher. Military leaders are also advised to ignore complaints based on simple hearsay.

Furthermore, military personnel can no longer be expelled from any branch of the armed forces based on information provided to lawyers, clergy and psychotherapists, CNN reports.

“I believe these changes represent an important improvement in the way the current law is put into practice, above all by providing a greater measure of common sense and common decency,” said Gates.

Meanwhile, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said that the new guidelines undermine the enforcement of the law, which Gates admitted can only be repealed by Congress.

“The new regulations only invite open defiance of the law which was passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton,” concluded Perkins.
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House Democrats report widespread threats following healthcare vote

House Democrats report widespread threats following healthcare voteThe FBI is currently investigating several reported death threats and acts of vandalism aimed at Democrats who voted to overhaul the healthcare system.

While more than 10 lawmakers complained of threats leading up to the final vote, two congresswomen from New York and Arizona reported that the windows of their district offices had been smashed soon after the measure was passed.

Furthermore, the FBI is also investigating an alleged incident concerning Representative Tom Perriello’s (D-Va.) brother, who told investigators that a gas line had been purposefully severed at his Charlottesville home. Apparently, Tea Party activists had posted the address online assuming that it was the congressmen’s estate, encouraging members to stop in and "express their thanks" for his vote, Fox News reports.

Meanwhile, Representative Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), who herself received "alarming" threats, blamed leaders of the GOP on Wednesday for "fanning the flames" of hatred toward Democrats, according to USA Today.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) condemned the acts of violence in an interview with Fox News, calling the threats "unacceptable."

"Yes, I know there is anger, but let’s take that anger and go out and register people to vote, go volunteer on a political campaign, and let’s do it the right way," he said.
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Republicans look to Senate, elections to reverse healthcare bill

Republicans look to Senate, elections to reverse healthcare billAs the Senate Republicans are trying every parliamentary tool to kill the new healthcare reform bill, other conservatives are calling on Americans to "fire" the Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.

Among politicians who are expressing similar views is former presidential candidate Gary Bauer who said that the passage of the healthcare bill was "a tragic mistake," and warned Democrats that "elections have consequences." He also stated that the only remedy for what he called a disaster was a ballot box this November.

Meanwhile, the National Taxpayers Union (NTU)—a nonprofit organization working for lower taxes, smaller government and economic freedom—has called on the Senate to reject the bill.

Pete Sepp, NTU vice president for policy and communications, explained that a substantive healthcare reform can be enacted by allowing insurance competition across state lines, establishing less burdensome tax treatment for insurance purchases and pushing through malpractice reforms.

In his view, "Unbridled spending, tax hikes and a more powerful, less accountable government are not the ways to lower costs and improve quality of care."

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Stress-fighting foods

Stress Fighting FoodsMany people eat when they’re stressed. But there are certain foods that can actually help reduce stress and help individuals stay healthier by avoiding stress-induced health problems such as hypertension, heart disease, stomach problems and obesity.

Foods high in folic acid such as asparagus, help the brain produce the chemical serotonin, which is a mood stabilizer.

Experts say foods high in antioxidants including vitamins C and E, as well as the mineral selenium can repair damage to cells caused by stress. Citrus fruits, berries and nuts are all known for being high in antioxidants.

Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids may also be beneficial for fighting stress. Experts say packing a tuna sandwich for lunch on particularly stressful days can help avoid stress and depression.

EMaxHealth.com suggests eating oatmeal as a healthy carbohydrate to fuels the brain’s production of serotonin. Putting milk on your oatmeal also fights stress since because foods high in calcium can reduce muscle spasms and soothe tension.

Nutritional supplements containing these stress-busting vitamins can also help individuals who don’t get enough from food sources.

And, exercise, meditation and deep breathing exercises may also help keep you healthy and stress-free.

It Was A Republic, But We Couldn’t Keep It

Will it never end?

Will the daily, relentless assault on our freedoms by the current socialist-in-chief, President Barack Obama, and the socialist Democrat-controlled Congress never end?

Will the constant pounding and pounding on the Constitution by Obama and Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the rest of the socialist elite elected class—as they work to not just chip away at our nation’s foundation as progressives before them, but to obliterate it completely—never end?

Will the takeover of business and industry never end?

Will the calls for a cap-and-trade system that will raise taxes and energy costs and further erode out economic well-being never end?

Will the push for amnesty for illegal aliens never end?

Will the spending and the money printing and currency debasement never end?

Will the hubris of the elected class never end?

Apparently not.

Day by day; week by week; month by month the socialist Democrats pounded away at so-called healthcare reform. In office for 14 months, the Obama-Pelosi-Reid triumvirate worked to enact a socialist, European-style big government healthcare system on America.

The American people didn’t want what Obama, Reid and Pelosi were peddling. By 59 percent to 39 percent, according to the latest CNN/Opinion Research poll, Americans opposed Obamacare.

And they said so over and over. They said “no” to the secrecy of the bills, which were crafted in smoke-filled rooms, behind closed doors and foisted upon the public at the moment of the vote. They said “no” to the cost which kept growing and growing with each incarnation. They said “no” to the Louisiana Purchase (to get Mary Landrieu’s vote), the Cornhusker Kickback (to garner Ben Nelson’s support) and to the Gator Aid (to secure the support of senior citizens).

They said “no” by marching on Washington D.C., by the tens of thousands. They said “no” through the Tea Parties. They said so through calls and letters. They said “no” at town hall meetings. They said “no,” “no,” “No,” “NO!”

They said “no” at the voting booth in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Yet the socialist Democrats passed it anyway.

So the people ask, “What part of no don’t you understand?”

Know this: Pelosi, Reid and Obama—they understand. They just don’t care. It’s the progressive way.

Responding to questions about the special favors garnered by recalcitrant Senators in order to enlist their support, Reid replied with something to the effect of: That’s the legislative process. If a Senator didn’t get something he wasn’t doing his job.

Hey. It’s only money, and printing it is cheap.

As Pelosi responded when asked where Congress gets the authority to mandate United States citizens purchase health insurance: “Are you serious?”

Well, yes Madame Speaker, Constitutional issues are serious business to us. They should be to you. But they’re not. That’s because the Constitution limits their power over the citizenry and power is what the socialist elected elites seek.

If the Constitution was important to the socialist elite there would have been an open process in putting together a bill that reformed the health insurance system by letting the free market system work rather than further empowering government. And certainly there would have been no talk of using parliamentary trickery—the Slaughter Rule, also known as Deem and Pass—to pass it.

If the Constitution was important to the socialists there would be no provisions mandating that people buy something simply for being American and no need for 14 states to file suit against the Federal government for violating the 10th Amendment.

If the Constitution was important to the socialists Americans wouldn’t be sitting back asking themselves, “What’s next on their agenda: Another stab at amnesty for illegals, another run at cap-and-trade, a gun grab, a value added tax?”

If the Constitution was important the government wouldn’t own General Motors, Chrysler, the financial industry and now, insurance companies.

If the Constitution was important the government wouldn’t be in the business of setting the salaries of everyone from the lowest level employee to the CEOs of large companies.

To be fair, all of this can be laid at the feet of the socialist Republicans who blindly followed George W. Bush’s big government socialism over the economic cliff. They—the socialist Republicans—are claiming an epiphany now and appear to be standing up to the Democrat tyranny. But like all socialist elected elites, when they controlled Congress the socialist Republicans grew government, expanded its power to monitor its citizenry and supported Bush’s nation-building, empire-expanding war policies and his original $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

Though they—the socialist Republicans—claim to be strict constructionists when it comes to the Constitution now, they helped Bush enact his ridiculous “compassionate conservatism” that increased government entitlement spending and therefore increased the roles of non-producers eager to sponge off the hard work of the producers.

But that’s what you get from the socialist elected elites. They ignore the Constitution because to them the “be all and end all” is government. They like big government and they like bigger government even better.

You can be sure that the Obama-Pelosi-Reid triumvirate isn’t going to rest on its laurels. More big government programs are on the way.

And Pelosi is not afraid to kick in a few doors to accomplish it. As she told a group of Leftwing bloggers leading up the passage of Obamacare, “…once we kick through this door there will be more legislation to follow.”

So this is only the beginning of the socialist takeover of America. It’s evidence that sovereignty is in the hands of but a few, just as the writer Brutus warned in Anti-Federalist No. 1: “If the people are to give their assent to the laws, by persons chosen and appointed by them, the manner of the choice and the number chosen, must be such, as to possess, be disposed, and consequently qualified to declare the sentiments of the people; for if they do not know, or are not disposed to speak the sentiments of the people, the people do not govern, but the sovereignty is in a few.”

At the close of the Constitutional Convention a woman asked Benjamin Franklin what type of government had been created. Franklin’s reply: “A republic, if you can keep it.”

We couldn’t.

Where Can I Buy Junk Silver?

Dear Bob,
Where would I buy junk silver (pre-1964 coins)? Getting very concerned and want to be prepared for when the $$ loses its value. Is this the best way to go?

Wayne Goldsborough

Dear Wayne,

The best place to buy is from a local coin dealer. Be sure it is a reputable dealer who has been in business for a number of years, and check with the Better Business Bureau for complaints against the company. You can buy a full bag ($1,000 face value of coins) for around $12,500, depending on the spot price of silver. You can also buy half bags $500 face value or quarter bags $250 face value. For privacy purposes, pay with cash if possible.

There are also online stores that sell them, as well. Be sure to thoroughly check them out. As of today, full bags are selling for slightly less than $12,500.

Best Wishes,
Bob

Seaweed Fibers May Help Combat Obesity

Seaweed fibers may help combat obesityResults of a recent UK study suggest that seaweed fibers may one day be capable of helping people fight obesity.

In the study, a team of Newcastle University researchers used an artificial gut to test the effectiveness of more than 60 different natural fibers by measuring the amount of fat that was digested and absorbed with each alternative treatment.

Lead investigators Iain Brownlee and Jeff Pearson found that alginate—a natural fiber found in sea kelp—was able to reduce fat intake by approximately 75 percent, which is more competitive than the majority of over-the-counter anti-obesity treatments.

"This suggests that if we can add the natural fiber to products commonly eaten daily—such as bread, biscuits and yogurts—up to three quarters of the fat contained in that meal could simply pass through the body," said Brownlee.

The next step for the research team is to conduct clinical trials to see how effective alginate is when eaten as part of a normal diet. In addition to weight management, adding seaweed to food has been proven to boost fiber content and overall digestive health.
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As Immigration Supporters Converge On Washington, FAIR Accuses Obama Of Sellout

As immigration supporters converge on Washington, FAIR accuses Obama of sellout On March 18, President Obama made a pledge to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) that he would push for amnesty for illegal aliens, in a move that that the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) called an act of "buying votes."

Obama’s promise came just hours after members of the CHC threw their support behind the healthcare reform bill, which passed late on March 21.

The announcement also coincided with the release of an outline for amnesty legislation by Senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), which would require illegal aliens to admit that they broke the law, pay a fine and back taxes and fulfill certain civic requirements in order to regulate their status. Moreover, the proposal calls for increases in future immigration to the United States.

"The Schumer-Graham plan appears to be a near carbon copy of the McCain-Kennedy-Bush amnesty legislation that was resoundingly rejected by the American people in 2007," said Dan Stein, president of FAIR.

Coincidentally, a huge crowd marched on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., March 21—the day of the healthcare vote—to support the administration’s proposals for immigration overhaul.

During the rally, Obama spoke via a video link, saying he would do "everything in my power" to get a deal within the year.

"While Congress and the administration ignore the concerns of millions of American families who are struggling through the worst economic crisis in 75 years, they appear remarkably responsive to the demands of people who are in the country illegally," Stein commented.
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Vitamin D Supplementation Linked To Lower Heart Disease Risk

Vitamin D supplementation linked to lower heart disease riskThe growing list of health benefits associated with vitamin D supplementation became more extensive at the recently held American College of Cardiology’s 59th annual scientific session in Atlanta. According to a new study, consuming the sunshine vitamin can help ward off heart disease in people with low blood levels of the nutrient.

In the study, researchers from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, Utah, monitored more than 9,400 patients who exhibited low vitamin D levels in an initial blood test.

After one year of follow-up, a total of 47 percent of patients had increased their nutrient levels through supplementation to more than 30 nanograms per milliliter, which is generally considered normal.

The research team found that those who boosted their vitamin D levels were 33 percent less likely to have a heart attack, 20 percent less likely to develop heart failure and had a 30 percent lower risk of dying between doctor visits.

"Although randomized trials would be useful and are coming, I feel there is enough information here for me to start treatment based on these findings," said lead author Brent Muhlestein, quoted by Health Day News.
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Can Eating Walnuts Slow Prostate Cancer Growth?

Can eating walnuts slow prostate cancer growth?United States researchers have found that walnut consumption significantly reduces the growth of tumors in mice genetically programmed to develop prostate cancer.

In the study, lead researcher Paul Davis, a professional nutritionist working with the University of California, Davis Cancer Center, fed a diet of whole walnuts to a group of lab mice predisposed to prostate cancer and compared the progression of the disease to that of subjects on a normal diet.

After 18 weeks of follow-up, Davis and his colleagues found that consuming the human equivalent of 2.4 ounces of walnuts per day resulted in a 30 percent to 40 percent tumor growth reduction compared to mice in the control group.

The investigators also found that mice on the walnut diet had lower blood levels of insulin-like growth factor, which is a protein that had been linked to prostate cancer in separate studies.

“This study shows that when mice with prostate tumors consume an amount of walnuts that could easily be eaten by a man, tumor growth is controlled,” concluded Davis. “This leaves me very hopeful that it could be beneficial in patients.”

Although walnuts are high in fat, they have also been linked to improved heart health and an enhanced metabolism.
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Stupak Defends Decision To Accept Abortion Deal For Final Healthcare Votes

Stupak defends decision to accept abortion deal for final healthcare votesPresident Obama made good on his promise to conservative Democrats on Wednesday by signing an executive order reaffirming restrictions on federal funding for abortion services.

In order to acquire the final few votes to push through healthcare legislation in the House, Obama made an 11th-hour deal with Representative Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and other anti-abortion Democrats to eliminate a loophole in the Senate’s version of the bill, which many members of the House found to be inadequate.

However, Stupak and his colleagues are taking fire from fellow abortion opponents for allowing the president to buy their votes for an executive order that many conservatives believe to be rather ambiguous.

In fact, Stupak has taken heavy criticism from both sides of the aisle. While pro-life supporters say he is allowing more openings for abortion, pro-choice members believe the order may eventually lead to the denial of abortion services for women, Fox News reports.

Stupak defended the decision on Tuesday, comparing the order to other historically significant initiatives, such as Lincoln’s resolution to free the slaves.

“Throughout history, executive orders have been an important means of implementing public policy,” said the Michigan representative. “The most famous executive order was the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Lincoln in 1863.”
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