Kerry, Lieberman Unveil Climate Bill Proposal

Kerry, Lieberman unveil climate bill proposalAfter months of preparations, Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) held a press conference in Washington, D.C., last week to unveil their new energy and climate bill, known as the American Power Act.

The proposal would establish a cap on carbon emissions from utilities, introduce a fee on transportation fuels, and offer incentives for the expansion of nuclear power and offshore oil drilling. The future of that last provision, however, is currently unknown due to the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico last month.

In fact, in order to appeal to potential critics the bill includes a caveat that would allow states to veto offshore drilling within 75 miles of their coast, according to media reports.

President Obama has welcomed the legislative proposal, saying "Americans know what’s at stake by continuing our dependence on fossil fuels."

He added that "the challenges we face are reason to redouble our efforts to reform our nation’s energy policies."

However, the bill’s political prospects have already been marred by the defection of one of its former sponsors. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), said last week that the attempts to pass a comprehensive immigration reform this year are likely to prevent an energy and climate bill from passing by the end of 2010. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19774375-ADNFCR

ACLU Criticizes Obama, Holder Over Miranda Rights Proposal

ACLU criticizes Obama, Holder over Miranda rights proposalIn the wake of the attempted bombing in New York City’s Times Square earlier this month there have been signals from the Obama administration that it would seek a new law to loosen the requirement that terrorism suspects be informed of their constitutional rights during interrogation.

Attorney General Eric Holder alluded to this during a string of appearances on network news shows on Sunday morning, and it has civil and human rights defenders up in arms.

For example, the nation’s top civil rights organization, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), said the proposal, if it became legislation, would undermine the Miranda requirement that was ruled to be a constitutional right by the United States Supreme Court.

Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office Laura W. Murphy expressed her disappointment at what she saw was Holder’s suggestion that Americans should choose between their freedoms and security.

Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director of the ACLU, added that "legislation that significantly undermined Miranda would be unconstitutional, as Mr. Holder should know as well as anyone. The Miranda requirement is rooted in the Fifth Amendment."

On May 1, Faisal Shahzad, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, allegedly tried to blow up a car packed with explosives in the middle of Times Square in New York City. The attempt was unsuccessful and Shahzad was apprehended two days later as he was trying to leave the country on a a flight from JFK airport to Dubai.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19771275-ADNFCR

Gold Continues Its Winning Streak

Gold continues its winning streakThe price of gold continues to hover at record levels after reaching an all-time high of $1,245.40 an ounce on May 11.

Commentators believe that the recent volatility of the stock market is prompting investors to flee to the safety of precious metals, driving their prices up.

In addition, Europe’s ongoing debt crisis—and the nearly $1 trillion rescue package—have been stoking inflation fears and doubts about the pace of global economic recovery.

While high gold prices may appear to make it less attractive for new investors to convert their currency into precious metals, some analysts—such as Jeffrey Nichols, managing director of American Precious Metals Advisors and senior economic adviser to Rosland Capital—are predicting the prices will continue their upward trend, hitting $1,500 an ounce by the end of 2010, quoted by CNN.

For those who would like to make the investment,, an investors’ website, says physical gold can be bought at various prices and in various forms, including coins, bars and jewelry. It says American Buffalo, American Eagle and St. Gaudens are among the most popular gold coins.

Moreover, gold can be stored in bank safety deposit boxes or at home. Some companies allow investors to store gold with them as well as trade the metal on the market.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19774153-ADNFCR

Prying The Lid Off The Fed

With very little notice the United States Senate voted 96 to 0 last week to require the Government Accountability Office to audit the Federal Reserve’s emergency actions during and after the 2008 financial crisis.

The measure was an amendment to legislation to overhaul the financial regulatory system and was proposed by socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). It was a watered down version of Sanders’ original provision that would have subjected the Fed to continuing audits of its routine operations.

It’s also weaker than the House-approved version that passed late last year which authorized audits of every item on the Fed’s balance sheet. The two bills will have to be reconciled later and one of its sponsors in the House, Representative Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), is confident the stronger version will prevail in conference. The bill’s original sponsor, Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) isn’t so sure.

We can only hope Grayson is right. The White House, the Fed and most Senators opposed the stronger version but agreed to the weaker version. That means they feel it doesn’t have any teeth. As evidence, an amendment by Senator David Vitter (R-La.) that would have mirrored the House language failed on a 62 to 37 vote. Sanders and six Democrats joined 30 Republicans in favor. (As an aside: Liberals, read that last sentence again and answer—who is it that is the party of the banksters? Still not sure? Then what about President Obama’s trip to New York May 13 to raise money for the Democrat party from Wall Street “fat cats” at $15,000, $30,000 and $50,000 a plate?)

You may remember that back in 2008 the fraud the biggest banksters had been pulling off began to unravel. Their scheme of playing both sides against the middle—selling off their debt falsely sold as safe bets while placing side bets they would collapse—fell apart. But it was good while it lasted because in the beginning they profited both ways.

So President George W. Bush abandoned free market principals to save the free market system. Big banksters Ben Bernanke and Henry Paulson—Bush’s Fed chairman and Treasury secretary—convinced him to loot the U.S. Treasury to pay off their buddies at the other big banks. The result was the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), a $700 billion bailout of the financial institutions.

Bernanke, as a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in 2004, said in a speech, “we are in a new era, where economic volatility has been permanently eliminated.” It seems he missed on that prediction.

As for Paulson, prior to being named Treasury secretary he was the CEO of Goldman Sachs. Coincidently, Goldman Sachs got $10 billion in TARP funds.

With Bernanke’s incompetent pronouncements and Paulson’s ties to Goldman Sachs, you had the foxes guarding the henhouse… and one of them had no clue. And President Barack Obama’s Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is no better. As president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York he worked with Paulson to bail out American International Group (AIG)—the firm that paid bonuses of about $165 million to its executives—and together the two decided to let Lehman Brothers fail.

Since the bailouts some in Congress have been trying to learn from the Fed who got what and when did they get it. So far all they’ve gotten is silence.

And that’s what the audit bill is all about; trying to pry the lid off the secret Fed.

But you must understand what the Fed is. It is neither Federal (part of the U.S. Government) nor does it hold reserves, writes G. Edward Griffin in his book, The Creature from Jekyll Island.

It was formed by six conspirators who met in secret in 1910 on Jekyll Island, Ga., writes Antony C. Sutton in his book, The Federal Reserve Conspiracy. Those men were Senator Nelson Aldrich (father-in-law of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and a representative of the Standard Oil crowd); German banker Paul Warburg, of the German bankers MM Warburg of Hamburg and Kuhn Loeb in the U.S.; Henry P. Davison, partner in J.P. Morgan and Chairman of Bankers Trust Company; Benjamin Strong, vice president of Banker’s Trust; Frank Vanderlip, chairman of National City Bank; and Charles D. Norton, president of First National Bank.

The Fed is a corporation, but it is unlike any other corporation in America. It pays no taxes. Its articles of incorporation are not filed in any state. There is no list of its stockholders anywhere, according the book, They Own It All (Including You).

Since its inception it has operated in secret. The only information that ever comes out is whatever the Fed chairman wants to reveal when he sits before Congress. If you’ve ever watched that dance on C-Span you know Congress never gets real answers.

But, despite its secrecy, it controls the money in the United States. It decides the interest rates banks pay… which ultimately decides the interest rates you pay. It decides how much money is printed… which devalues your savings and investments. It also decides which businesses survive—AIG—and which businesses fail—Lehman Brothers.

This is not a free market system. It’s a system of theft and destruction.

Study: Diabetics Who Eat A Bran-Enriched Diet Suffer Fewer Heart-Related Deaths

Study: Diabetics who eat a bran-enriched diet suffer fewer heart-related deathsWomen with type-2 diabetes may be able to improve their heart health by consuming a diet rich in bran, according to a new Harvard School of Public Health study.

For the research, lead author Lu Qi and his colleagues analyzed the medical data and food frequency questionnaires of 7,822 diabetic women who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study, which began in 1976. During the 26 years of the study, a total of 852 deaths had occurred, including 295 cardiovascular-related fatalities.

After adjusting for risk factors, the investigators found that women who consumed the highest levels of bran had a 55 percent lower risk of death from all causes and a 64 percent reduced risk of a heart-related mortality than those who consumed the smallest amounts of the whole grain component.

Although the survey only included women, Qi noted that he believes diabetic men will receive the same benefit from adding more bran into the diet.

"We do recommend that, when people with diabetes choose a grain product, they should choose a whole-grain product," Stephanie Dunbar, director of clinical affairs at the American Diabetes Association, told Health Day News. "It should be brown rice instead of white rice, whole-wheat bread rather than white bread."

NRA To Celebrate ‘American Values’ This Weekend

NRA to celebrate 'American values' this weekendThe National Rifle Association (NRA) will be holding this year’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits, which it calls "a celebration of American values" at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. from May 14-16.

The organization estimates that some 70,000 visitors will attend the event, which it says will "provide a safe and fun atmosphere the whole family can enjoy."

Leading firearm manufacturers will be on hand to display the industry’s latest products. There will be hunting and shooting accessories, and an extensive private collection displayed by NRA-affiliated gun collector clubs will cover acres of convention space, for a total of 400 exhibits.

On May 14, the NRA will hold its Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum that will feature prominent speakers from across the country, including Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour; former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton; former Governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin as well as television and film actor Chuck Norris.

The event comes just weeks after the release of a new Violence Policy Center study that says the NRA and other members of the gun lobby "are embracing and validating anti-government rhetoric." ADNFCR-1961-ID-19774155-ADNFCR

Arizona Si, Obama No!

Bloodshed! Violence! Riots! Threats!

That’s been the reaction from the racists of La Raza, and a number of other self-proclaimed do-gooders, who claim to be outraged that the good citizens of Arizona have the unmitigated gall to do what their Federal government should be doing for them—protecting them from an alien invasion.

I have a lot to say about this whole contrived crisis, as you might imagine. And I hope you do, too. That’s what the “comments” section at the end of this column is for.

But before I do, I have one introductory item I must mention. And that is to congratulate the law-enforcement officials in New York City and environs who were so quick to identify and arrest Faisal Shahzad, the would-be terrorist who tried to blow up part of Times Square and several innocent civilians.

As many of you know, I’m not a huge fan of our government’s response to the Islamofascists who want to kill us. I sometimes suspect we’d be better off without the Department of Homeland Security, their minions in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the unconstitutional abuses of the USA PATRIOT Act and much more. But I have to say the people charged with protecting us seem to have done a great job this time. Thanks, everyone. (And thanks, too, that the only suicidal jihadists our enemies can attract seem to be as dumb as rocks. That certainly helps.)

And now, back to the current crisis.

Do you remember back in 1986, when Ronald Reagan proposed and Congress approved the Immigration Reform and Control Act? That legislation was supposed to solve the immigration crisis once and for all. It granted amnesty to 2.7 million “undocumented workers” then living in the United States. We were told this would set them on the path to becoming law-abiding, English-speaking, tax-paying citizens.

We were also assured that the flood of illegal immigration into this country would be stopped. Congress subsequently approved legislation to build a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and to hire thousands of additional agents for the Border Patrol.

None of this happened. Not a single thing we were promised 24 years ago came true.

Instead, the flood of illegals into this country became a tsunami. Where we once had 4 million to 5 million illegal immigrants, we’re now told the correct number is somewhere between 12 million and 20 million. The number is several times higher than a pessimist’s worst prediction two decades ago. Even more shocking is that responsible authorities can’t tell us the right number to the nearest million—or even the nearest 5 million.

Whatever the correct number, it’s enough to overwhelm our schools, our hospitals, our prisons and our law enforcement officials wherever illegal aliens settle in any significant numbers.

This is not immigration. It’s an invasion. And we need to deal with it as such.

This is not just my opinion. It’s what our Constitution says. Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution clearly states, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a republican form of government, and … shall protect each of them against invasion….”

Please note that the Constitution does not specify a military invasion or the use of arms. No, it simply says “invasion.” And if that is not what we are facing, what is it?

Shame on President Obama for refusing to do his constitutional duty to protect us from this unlawful invasion. Shame on Congress for refusing to act to defend us.

And congratulations to the people of Arizona who acted wisely and responsibly (and, may I point out, legally and constitutionally) to do what our Federal government has refused to do—that is, to protect their citizens and enforce the law.

It is amazing to me, and disgusting, too, to see how many liberal do-gooders out there are actively encouraging lawbreakers to break more laws. Sadly, I even put Obama in this category.

Let’s not let them get away with it.

Let’s demand that Congress pass legislation that will stop the invasion and demand the President enforce it. Will that mean hiring 12,000 new border guards, as President Bush once promised to do? Fine. Let’s do it. Hire them, train them and give them all the latest high-tech goodies (and old tech stuff, too, such as the vehicles, floodlights and weapons) to do the job.

Will that mean building a wall along the border with Mexico, stretching from California to Texas? Then appropriate the money and let’s finish building the darned thing.

In addition, we must tell the government of Mexico that we require its cooperation in halting the tidal wave of illegal immigration pouring out of their country—a tidal wave they have been actively encouraging. That must stop. This is not a request; this is a condition for our continuing friendship.

We must also warn the people of Mexico (and their friends, family and allies in our country) that the U.S. is going to enforce its laws. Make it clear that we will no longer look the other way or compromise on enforcing our rules and regulations. There will be no way across the border except legally. Period.

And most important of all: We must demand that our government do whatever needs to be done to secure our borders. No more excuses. No more delays. The time to act is now.

There is much more that could and should be said on this subject. As we move to resolve this crisis, let’s make sure that illegal aliens who knowingly and deliberately broke our laws aren’t given a better deal than all those applicants for entry who have played by the rules.

Let’s make it our choice who gets to come here—when, from where, how many and for how long. If we need more temporary workers, fine. Let’s decide how many can come, how long they can stay and what they must do (and not do) while they’re here.

And let’s also insist that we get to decide what to do about the millions of illegals who are already here. I’ll agree that if they’ve been law-abiding, tax-paying contributors to our society since they arrived, that deserves some consideration. But just because someone got away with a crime for years doesn’t mean they’ve earned a free pass to citizenship.

All of these issues, and more, we can debate and decide later on. For now, there is only one thing that must be done. We must secure our borders.

If you agree, then there are two things you can do. First, forward this column to several other friends and family members. Urge them to read it, to act on it and to pass it on to others.

Two, contact the three people in Washington who have been elected to represent you—your two Senators and one Representative. It takes only a moment to call their office, or send them an email, and tell them, “Before doing anything to fix the immigration mess, I demand that you secure our borders. If you won’t help stop the invasion of our country, I will elect someone who will.”

If you’re not sure how to contact your congressmen (or don’t know who they are), there’s an easy-to-use website called Contacting the Congress that will give you this information in moments. When you get to the site simply enter your address and the contact information for your representatives in Congress will appear.

It isn’t often you get an opportunity to help decide the kind of country your children and your children’s children will live in. This is one of them. So please do it now, while you’re thinking about it. And while we still have time.

Meanwhile, if you live in Arizona, please accept my congratulations on what your government is trying to do. And my condolences on the way you’re being treated by others, from the president of the U.S. to the racist rabble-rousers of La Raza.

If you don’t live in the Grand Canyon State but know someone who does, please tell them they are not alone in this battle. The vast majority of American people share their concerns. Urge them to stand fast while we rally others behind them.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

—Chip Wood

Biden: Kagan Does Not Have An Anti-Military Bias

Biden: Kagan does not have an anti-military bias Vice President Joe Biden defended the administration’s latest Supreme Court Justice nominee on Tuesday, telling ABC’s Good Morning America that Elena Kagan does not have an anti-military bias.

Conservative leaders are heavily criticizing Kagan for the decision that she made as the dean of Harvard Law School to ban military recruitment on campus due to her condemnation of the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy, which prevents openly gay individuals from serving in the Armed Forces.

"She has taken very few policy positions, and the one policy position that she took in favor of gay rights when she was dean of the Harvard Law School, directly contrary to congressional law … troubled many," Senator Jon Kyl, (R-Ariz.) told Fox News.

Meanwhile, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said on Good Morning America that Kagan will be forced to answer questions related to her controversial decision as well as her lack of practical experience with the law.

In response, Biden noted examples of other successful Supreme Court justices who had minimal judicial experience.

"She is Main Street," he added. "This is a woman who has lived in the real world."

Study: Eating Nuts Can Help Lower Cholesterol Levels

Study: Eating nuts can help lower cholesterol levels Individuals who are suffering from high blood pressure may want to consider supplementing their diet with a moderate amount of nuts, according to a recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

For the research, a team of investigators collected data from 25 separate trials that were designed to investigate the health benefits linked to nut consumption. After analyzing the serum levels of 583 men and women, the researchers found that participants who consumed an average of 2.4 ounces of various nuts each day experienced a 5.1 percent total cholesterol concentration reduction.

When looking closer, lead author Joan Sabate discovered that individuals who added nuts to their diet for an extended period of time reduced their low-density lipoprotein levels—or bad cholesterol—by an average of 7.4 percent.

"Nuts are a food that has been consumed by humans throughout history," said Sabate. "Increasing the consumption of nuts as part of an otherwise prudent diet can be expected to favorably affect blood lipid levels and have the potential to lower coronary heart disease risk."

National Day Of Prayer, Thai Fun, Obama Names And BP

*Maybe we should pray for them. By all reports, the National Day of Prayer May 7 was a huge success. I say “by all reports,” but actually there were very few mentions of it. Did you hear anything on television or read in the press about the Pentagon “disinviting” Billy Graham’s son from speaking there to mark the event? Or all the lawmakers and staffers who joined Rev. Franklin Graham on the steps of the Capitol to mark the event? Sadly, the White House declined to send a representative to the event.

*Now this sounds like fun. We just received a note from a niece who is working as a missionary in Chiang Mia, Thailand. She says the city recently celebrated the Thai New Year with a water-splashing festival. “It’s the height of the hot season,” she explained, “and everyone took three days off to go around the city throwing buckets of water on everyone else. I was soaking wet the entire time.”

*How many names do you have for him? I mentioned in last week’s Straight Talk that the commentators to my column have many imaginative names for our Commander in Chief. Among the ones that we can print are Obummer, Obumbler, and Odumber. I think it’s safe to say that not every reader is a great fan of the man.

*Was it really an accident? The repercussions are still being felt from that terrible explosion on the BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The screams of outrage and retribution have been deafening. But until I read John Myer’s column in last week’s Personal Liberty Alerts, I had not considered the possibility that this was no accident, but rather the result of deliberate sabotage. John makes a compelling case; to read his important column, just click here.

—Chip Wood

Member Of Tea Party Movement Releases Tax Protests Statistics

Member of Tea Party movement releases tax protests statistics After the Tax Day protests died down, members of the Tea Party movement took stock of the rallies nationwide and reported that more than 2 million people attended them.

Tea Party Patriots (TPP), a grassroots organization that subscribes to the principles of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets, also revealed that 2,000 groups are now voluntarily affiliated with it.

"The Tea Party principles have steadily attracted a growing percentage of Americans to the movement," said Sally Oljar, TPP state coordinator for Washington.

TPP was founded in March 2009 as a support and networking umbrella for Tea partiers, 9/12, As a Mom, Constitution Party, We the People and other liberty oriented groups across the nation. It stresses its strictly non-partisan nature.

In fact, earlier this week Phillip Dennis, founder of the Dallas Tea Party, sought to dispute the belief that politicians such as Sarah Palin represent the movement.

In an article written for CNN Dennis said that Palin and many other politicians from both sides of the aisle use the Tea Party banner to raise money or expand their political base.

"The real center and strength of the movement [are] the people who work full-time jobs, have family responsibilities and make time to manage and grow their own group," he wrote on the CNN website. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19765986-ADNFCR

Americans Want Immigration Reform, But Also Skilled Foreign Workers, Poll Finds

Americans want immigration reform, but also skilled foreign workers, poll finds The controversial new Arizona immigration law and the proposal that was presented in the United States Congress in response may have stirred a lot of emotions on both sides of the issue, but Americans seem to agree on at least some aspects of immigration.

A poll conducted by Zogby International for TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of CEOs that promotes the growth of the innovation economy, has shown that two in three Americans are in favor of improving the nation’s high-skilled immigration system.

Specifically, 66 percent of respondents believe that it’s acceptable to hire highly-skilled individuals from other countries through the nation’s legal immigration process if an American is not available to fill jobs that require high-level engineering or science skills.

Only 20 percent believe that the job should be left open indefinitely.

"These survey results show strong support for a high-skilled immigration system that can help drive economic growth and job creation," said Rey Ramsey, president and CEO of TechNet. He added that companies like Google, Intel, eBay and Yahoo! were founded by immigrants.

Ramsey also said that "high-skilled immigrants play a vital role in American competitiveness abroad and job creation–we need public policies that reflect this fact."

The immigration reform proposal recently unveiled by Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), includes provisions to offer permanent-resident status to every foreigner with an advanced degree in science or technology from an American university. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19771267-ADNFCR

From Terror To Telescreens

 “There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”
— George Orwell,

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wasted no time in capitalizing on the fear of the populace in the wake of Time Square bomb plot. Less than two weeks after the “bomb” was found and disarmed, Bloomberg was touring London’s “ring of steel”—some 12,000 security cameras that blanket the city’s underground train system.

Why? He’s ready to ramp up New York City’s own ring of steel by adding to the 4,000 surveillance cameras already there. I say “already there” rather than “already watching” because Bloomberg himself has said about half of the cameras don’t work, forcing authorities to rely on police patrols and random bag searches.

Bloomberg told reporters that with street crime low, a stronger surveillance system can help deter and track down terrorists.

“There is always the threat of terrorism,” Bloomberg told The New York Daily News. “That’s what really this is all about, in being able to deter, prevent—and if God forbid something happens, apprehend—the people that caused it.”

Bloomberg acknowledged what he called “very serious” concerns about civil liberties and the use of surveillance cameras. But he said the threat of global terrorism had forced authorities to make adjustments, according to the Tri-City Herald.

Serious concerns? Those same serious concerns he acknowledged back in 2007 when he announced the installation of the first 4,000 cameras?

“We just have to do something here to make the city safer. Sadly, it is a little bit of an infringement on your rights,” Bloomberg told a news conference in October, 2007, according Reuters.

New Yorkers and those who will visit that nanny state should be the ones with serious concerns. Bloomberg is working fast and furious to control every aspect of the populace—banning smoking, monitoring fat intake and now watching their every move.

It all seems quite orchestrated. The “bomb,” as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said, didn’t look very sophisticated. It wasn’t. It consisted of two five-gallon gasoline cans, three propane tanks, two toy clocks, a couple of M-88 firecrackers and a non-explosive fertilizer.

Accused bomber Faisal Shahzad, reportedly an adherent of members of the Pakistani Taliban, is said to have attended a terrorist school in Pakistan. If so it’s a safe bet he flunked. As one explosives expert said, “I would venture to say, he’s not the valedictorian of the bomb school.”

The whole operation was amateurish, from the way the car was illegally parked and drew immediate suspicion, to the toy clock in the window that was readily visible, to the bomb that stood little chance of exploding. Add to that the failure of the United States security apparatus to notice Shahzad’s travel to and from Pakistan even though he was on a no-fly list and it seems another false flag terror operation was underway.

It almost mirrors the underwear bomber story, which we wrote about last January. You can read those articles here, and here.

Bloomberg is so interested in keeping us safe… safe from secondhand smoke, safe from trans-fat and safe from car bombers… that he’s willing to make concessions with “a little bit of an infringement on your rights.”

It’s just one more step toward fascism and a tightening of the grip the state has on its subjects. The first steps began long ago. And then 9/11 came along—an incident in which the evidence that it was an inside job has become overwhelming (see, and Google “rediscover 911” and “nano-thermite”)—and we got the USA PATRIOT Act and the suspension of habeas corpus.

Then the underwear bomber came along and we got naked body scanners in airports.

The Times Square bomber came along and we’re going to get surveillance cameras all over New York City.

As a commenter on one blog site posted: “One incompetent Muslim bomber-$400. Closed circuit television cameras all over New York City-$$millions. Coming martial law-Priceless.

In Orwell’s 1984, Winston knew he could escape Big Brother’s view after dark because the telescreens couldn’t see in darkness. Orwell predicted the surveillance but he couldn’t predict night vision technology.

Where will you go to escape Big Brother’s view?

The Anti-Incumbent Mood

In what The Washington Post described as “the most powerful demonstration yet of the anti-Washington tide that is altering the nation’s political landscape,” three-term Senator Robert F. Bennett was defeated at the Utah Republican Party’s nominating convention Saturday.

Bennett, who in the past has supported amnesty for illegal aliens, further angered conservatives with his votes to support the Wall Street bailout program in 2008 and with his work last year to craft a bipartisan healthcare bill with Senator Ron Wyden (D.-Ore.).

In Utah the GOP selects its candidate through a nominating process at its state convention. Bennett polled third behind attorney Mike Lee and businessman Tim Bridgewater in two rounds of voting, according to The Hill.

Tea Party activists are touting the victory as a major step toward returning the Republican Party to its conservative foundations of limited government and low taxes, according to The Post.

As The Post reports: “The political atmosphere, obviously, has been toxic, and it’s very clear some of the votes that I have cast have added to the toxic environment," Bennett told reporters after the defeat. Choking up, he added, "Looking back on them, with one or two very minor exceptions, I wouldn’t have cast them any differently even if I’d known at the time it would cost me my career."

And that was Bennett’s problem. If he ever understood that he should, as a self-avowed conservative, work to limit government and reduce taxes then he forgot it at some point during his 18 years of service. Or perhaps he forgot it long before, as he held an office that had been held by his father, Wallace F. Bennett, from 1951 to 1974 and worked on his father’s reelection campaigns beginning in 1962.

Although the elitist elected class wants to keep power firmly within “the family,”—as evidenced by the endorsements Bennett received from prominent Republican establishment types like Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney—this is not how our Founding Fathers envisioned it.

As Philadelphia Continental Congress delegate Tench Coxe wrote in An American Citizen No. 2, “As our president bears no resemblance to a king so we shall see the Senate has no similitude to nobles. First, not being hereditary, their collective knowledge, wisdom, and virtue are not precarious. For by these qualities alone are they to obtain their offices, and they will have none of the peculiar qualities and vices of those men who possess power merely because their father held it before them.”

Obviously, Bennett’s knowledge, wisdom and virtue were not enough for him to continue to hold onto power, at least not in Utah. And his father’s coattails weren’t sufficient either.

There is a purge coming to Washington and it’s time for the elitists in both parties to begin honing their resumés.

Obama Nominates Elena Kagan As Next Supreme Court Justice

Obama nominates Elena Kagan as next Supreme Court justiceDespite conservative criticism that she has no practical experience as a judge, President Obama nominated current Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court on Monday.

Kagan, who taught alongside Obama at the University of Chicago Law School in the early 1990s, will fill the seat of retiring Justice John Paul Stevens if she is confirmed by the Senate.

Many conservative leaders are criticizing the nomination due to the fact that the bulk of Kagan’s legal experience is as an academic. Although she has been serving as the nation’s solicitor general for more than a year, Kagan has never handed down a sentence in a courtroom, Fox News reports.

"President Obama’s nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court is irresponsible," said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton. "Ms. Kagan is a liberal activist and political operative with no experience as a judge. A Supreme Court nominee ought to have significant practical experience as a lawyer or a judge—especially a nominee for the nation’s highest court."

Despite heavy condemnation from the right, most political pundits agree that it would be too difficult and costly for Republican senators to filibuster the nomination, as seven of them voted to confirm Kagan as solicitor general last year.

International Osteoporosis Foundation Unveils New Vitamin D Recommendations For Seniors

International Osteoporosis Foundation unveils new vitamin D recommendations for seniors The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) has released new vitamin D recommendations for older adults who are at a high risk of low bone mass, poor muscle development and osteoporotic fractures.

According to a statement published in the latest issue of the journal Osteoporosis International, vitamin D supplementation can improve lower limb strength and, in turn, reduce a person’s risk of falling. The nutrient can also lessen fracture risk by helping to recover bone metabolism.

After significant research, Bess Dawson-Hughes, professor at Tufts University and lead author of the statement, recommends that healthy older adults take at least 800 to 1,000 International Units (IU) of vitamin D each day.

Individuals who are at high risk, including those who are obese, have osteoporosis and limited sun exposure, should consider taking as much as 2,000 IU of the nutrient per day. The research team also noted that high risk patients should have their serum levels consistently monitored by their physician.

"The high prevalence of suboptimal levels raises the possibility that many falls and fractures can be prevented with vitamin D supplementation," said Dawson-Hughes. "This is a relatively easy public health measure that could have significant positive effects on the incidence of osteoporotic fractures."

Dodd: High-speed Trading May Have Been Responsible For Last Week’s Market Crash

Dodd: High-speed trading may have been responsible for last week's market crashSenate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) said on Monday that high-speed automatic trading programs—which use mathematical models to buy and sell stocks in milliseconds—may have been responsible for the April 6 financial meltdown, when the market crashed nearly 1,000 points in just a few minutes.

While appearing on CBSFace the Nation, Dodd indicated that the momentary crash is an example of Wall Street’s "casino environment" where "finance is getting detached from the real economy."

The senator noted that he and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will conduct hearings to determine the need for regulations designed to prevent sudden market crashes. He added that the financial overhaul bill currently being debated in Congress could help assist in that effort.

"We need to get in place our bill, have the president sign it, so we have the tools to protect our economy from these kinds of events," Dodd said.

Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, said on the same program that "technology has gotten ahead of the regulators," and that safeguards need to be put in place to prevent similar events from occurring.

Ron Paul Supports Cannabis Farming, Blasts Government Ban

Ron Paul supports cannabis farming, blasts government ban Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) spoke on the Senate floor recently in support of industrial hemp growers’ declaration that May 17-23 be celebrated as Hemp History Week.

Paul alluded to America’s long tradition of growing hemp, saying that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson engaged in such activity and that the Federal government encouraged American farmers to grow hemp to help the war effort during World War II.

He then went on to criticize the government for having outlawed cultivation of this crop, even though "in every other industrialized country, industrial hemp, defined to contain less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana, may be legally grown."

The congressman added that this policy makes it necessary to import all hemp products and materials resulting in "high prices, outsourced jobs, and lost opportunities for American manufacturing."

In response to Paul’s statement, the sponsors of Hemp History Week, including Vote Hemp and Hemp Industries Association member companies, issued a statement saying they were pleased by his support.

Eric Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp, said Hemp History Week supporters plan more than 100 events focusing on local hemp farming history and the sampling of hemp products, hoping to generate 50,000 signed postcards to the Department of Justice asking to allow United States farmers to grow non-drug varieties of cannabis under existing state laws.

Los Angeles Approves Measure To Boycott Arizona Over Immigration Law

Los Angeles approves measure to boycott Arizona over immigration lawIn an effort to boycott Arizona’s new immigration law, the Los Angeles City Council overwhelmingly approved sanctions May 12 that will bar the city from conducting business with the Grand Canyon State.

The resolution, which was approved by a 13-1 margin, could affect contracts worth as much as $52 million, although Councilwoman Janice Hahn indicated that only about 15 percent of those deals will be included in the boycott, The Associated Press (AP) reports.

She noted that the measure will not include contracts related to the airport, the city’s Department of Water and nuclear energy agreements. However, the boycott may affect waste management and engineering contracts. Hahn added that the majority of those deals will now go to California suppliers.

Although other cities have passed resolutions to boycott business deals with Arizona, Los Angeles is the largest metropolitan area to pass official sanctions.

"I find it really interesting that we have people out there that are attempting a boycott in favor of illegal actions in Arizona," said Governor Jan Brewer, who signed the immigration bill into law last month. "That to me is just unbelievable."

Meanwhile, officials with the city of Phoenix released a report estimating that the area is on pace to lose more than $90 million in hotel and convention business over the next five years due to similar boycotts, The Washington Post reports.

Tea Party Flexes Muscles In Primaries Across The Nation

Tea Party flexes muscles in primaries across the nation The strength and influence of the Tea Party movement was on display again last weekend, when GOP delegates in Utah voted incumbent Senator Robert Bennett out of the party. Bennett, who came in third in the vote, lost to two candidates put forward by the Tea Party movement who will now vie for the Republican nomination.

Over the last several months, the 76-year-old three-term senator came under increasing criticism from the movement for his support of the bailout of financial firms and co-sponsoring a healthcare bill with a Democrat, according to media reports.

In the end, not even an endorsement from the NRA and Mitt Romney was enough to save Bennett, who is now rumored to be considering running as an independent.

Commentators are seeing this as "the beginning of a trend," in the words of journalist Robin Wright who spoke Sunday on ABC News‘ "This Week."

In fact, fresh media reports have suggested the Tea Party movement is setting its sights on Republican primaries in other states, including Kentucky, where a vote is set to take place in mid-May.

The developments come just days after Florida’s Republican Governor Charlie Crist announced he was leaving the Republican Party to run for the United States Senate as an independent, after polls showed he was losing popularity to conservative, Tea Party-backed Marco Rubio. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19768522-ADNFCR

Obama’s New Deal

"Now, what we’re doing, I want to be clear, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money." President Barack Obama, April 28, 2010, (emphasis added).

President Barack Obama went to Wall Street last month to champion his cause for financial regulation. Fresh from his healthcare victory the President seems itching for another fight.

Meanwhile the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced fraud charges against Goldman Sachs, arguing that the firm had committed fraud in structuring and selling its debt obligations. This has Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) raising troubling questions.

Issa has asked the inspector general of the SEC to investigate the timing of the announcement. He believes the Obama Administration is going after Goldman Sachs just as Democrats are pushing for passage of financial reform legislation in the Senate.

According to Issa, “[This has] fueled suspicion that the Commission … may have engaged in unauthorized disclosure or discussion of Commission proceedings in order to affect the debate over financial regulatory legislation currently pending.”

Last week Goldman Sachs leaked a story that it doesn’t want to engage in a legal battle with the SEC. The Wall Street Journal quoted one senior executive at the firm as saying "We can’t be going to war with the SEC." Goldman understands it needs to choose its battles.

I should have done that better when I took up boxing at the Lilac City Boxing Club. One day I was on a roll, landing a combination on my sparring partner, a man who had once fought Frank Bruno for the World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight title. After connecting with a final punch I stepped back. The grizzled old fighter shrugged his hulking shoulders and then gave me a million dollar grin.

“My turn,” said Harvey Steichen.

A few years later I started working for what was then Prudential Securities in Spokane, Wash. I quickly learned that everyone associated with Wall Street was interested in two things—making money and keeping regulators at bay.

One day the Men in Black arrived. As two SEC field agents marched into our offices, one of the old timers whispered to me, “Here comes the Gestapo.” A few weeks later, two up-and-coming brokers were summarily dismissed. I never knew their crime but I understood they were fired because of a judgment by the Federal government. The rumor was they were charged with insider trading.

Don’t get me wrong. I hate Wall Street. After six months at the brokerage company I decided I either had to jump out of my eighth story office or quit.

I think many of you probably feel the same kind of disdain for high finance, especially after learning that big banks deceived their clients into buying risky mortgage investments while they themselves ran side bets that the investments would go bust.

When the house of cards collapsed two years ago it was Washington’s argument that major investment houses simply had to be bailed out. In that aftermath, scores of executives tucked away multi-million dollar bonuses, much of it courtesy of Joe and Jill Taxpayer.

But now the Obama administration is demanding its pound of flesh. According to the The Independent, “This [the fight with Goldman Sachs[ has become the greatest battle between the American government and a private firm since President Franklin Roosevelt took on the ‘House of Morgan’ in the 1930s.”

Illustration of Barack Obama taking notes from Franklin D. RooseveltObama has stylized himself as a New Deal President the likes of FDR. A couple of months ago Obama denounced “fat-cat bankers” for rewarding themselves bonuses after being saved by government bailouts. “Shameful,” he said. In fact, this President sounds much like FDR, who in 1936 denounced Wall Street for its “financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking,” and who fueled his fight by saying: “I welcome their hatred.”

I hate Wall Street, but I hate big government even more. The last thing America needs is another FDR. The Billings Gazette recently summed up that Presidency: “FDR closed all the banks, removed the gold standard for the dollar, created innumerable government agencies, established the Tennessee Valley Authority, instituted a minimum wage for workers, encouraged unionization of industry, created the Social Security system, initiated public housing programs and allowed the national debt to soar into the billions. In addition, he attempted to pack the Supreme Court.”

Under Obama’s New Deal the United States has reversed the course set by Ronald Reagan, a man who brought a tidal wave of deregulation and with it, unprecedented economic prosperity. Under Obama’s command the U.S. is veering hard to the Left, a destination that will allow less freedom while creating bigger government. And oh yes, he is also packing the Supreme Court.

“The nanny state is smothering us all,” wrote the Ukiah Daily Journal. “The economic financial crisis which is upon us is being deliberately made worse (or at least being deliberately caused to continue) in order to be used as one excuse to turn the U.S. into a socialist state. If you don’t believe this, stay tuned, because you have been overwhelmed by the lies and myths.”

If you’re like me you’re probably feeling staggered by the Obama onslaught. I urge you to hang tough and stay in the fight. In the words of Lou Holtz, the former football coach at Notre Dame, “We have to fight for our freedom.”

Action To Take
There is a tidal wave of regulation coming down the pike and not just for the investment banks. Big oil is also going to get clobbered in the wake of the Gulf Coast disaster. And the Federal government won’t stop there. I expect that Washington will unroll miles of red tape on publicly traded companies. The result will raise the cost of doing business. That’s a profit killer, something that Wall Street hasn’t yet awakened to. Tighter regulations, growing inflation and rising interest rates will unleash a raging bear market. Therefore, I urge you to stay liquid with cash and/or short-term Treasury bills, physical precious metals and a sprinkling of gold and energy stocks.

Yours for real wealth and good health,

John Myers
Myers’ Energy and Gold Report

The Incomparable Irving Berlin

It was 122 years ago this week that America’s most prolific composer and lyricist was born. Israel Isidore Beilin—who became much better known as Irving Berlin—was born in Mogilev, Russia, (in what is now Belarus) on May 11, 1888. The future composer was 5 years old when his parents moved to New York City.

After his father died when Berlin was 8, he took on many menial jobs to survive, including selling newspapers and bussing tables. He was working as a singing waiter in Chinatown when the proprietor asked him to write an original song for the restaurant. “Marie From Sunny Italy” was the result. When it was published, it earned the writer the princely sum of 37 cents. It not only launched a new career for him, it also gave him a new name, when Israel Beilin was misprinted as “I. Berlin” on the sheet music.

Although he could not read music and could barely play the piano, Berlin went on to compose more than 3,000 songs, including “God Bless America,” “White Christmas,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” His first No. 1 song was “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.” When it was released in 1911, four different versions took the top four spots on the best-seller list. “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” later went on to top the charts in four successive decades—1927 (recorded by Bessie Smith), 1937 (by Louis Armstrong), 1938 (by Bing Crosby), 1947 (by Al Jolson) and 1959 (by Ray Charles).

The 1942 film Holiday Inn featured Berlin’s most-recorded song, “White Christmas.” The first recording by Bing Crosby has sold close to 100 million copies. The song’s immense popularity led to a second movie, White Christmas, which was released in 1954. Berlin won an Academy Award for “White Christmas”—one of seven Oscar nominations he received. He is the only presenter in the history of the Academy Awards to read off his own name when he opened the envelope to announce the winner in the Best Song category.

It’s hard to dispute the tribute paid him by fellow songwriter Jerome Kern, who said, “Irving Berlin is American music.” Today most schoolchildren have never heard of America’s most successful songwriter. But they know all the lyrics to Gnarls Barkley’s songs.

Some would say this is not an improvement.

—Chip Wood