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.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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

Pelosi Asks The Catholic Church To Embrace Immigration Reform

Pelosi asks the Catholic Church to embrace immigration reformWhile speaking at the Nation’s Catholic Community conference last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pleaded with religious leaders to "instruct" their followers to support immigration reform, according to Fox News.

Pelosi, who is Catholic, told the group of sisters, priests and activists that the church will play an important in shaping the future political landscape.

"The cardinals, the archbishops, the bishops that come to me … say, ‘We want you to pass immigration reform,’ and I said, I want you to speak about it from the pulpit," Pelosi told the audience.

"Some [who] oppose immigration reform are sitting in those pews, and you have to tell them that this is a manifestation of our living the gospels," she added.

Meanwhile, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer denied Senator Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) request last week that she delay the implementation of the state’s new immigration law. Just a day earlier, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Refugees asked the governor to hold off on enforcing the law for one year so Congress could work on developing a federal immigration proposal.
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Graham: ‘Impossible’ To Pass Climate Change Bill By The End Of The Year

Graham: 'Impossible' to pass climate change bill by the end of the yearSenator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the principal Republican sponsor for climate change legislation, told reporters last week that the current political landscape has made it "impossible" for Congress to pass or even consider an energy bill by the end of the current term.

Graham, who had been working on drafting a climate change bill with Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) for several months, suggested last week that he may pull out of the debate after learning that Democrats considered immigration reform to be a greater priority, according to The Associated Press (AP).

The senator indicated on Friday, May 7, that the oil spill off the Gulf of Mexico will most likely prohibit the legislation from including aggressive off-shore drilling, a measure that he considers to be crucial in modifying the nation’s energy practices, The New York Times reports.

"Regrettably, in my view, this has become impossible in the current environment," Graham said. "I believe there could be more than 60 votes for this bipartisan concept in the future, but there are not nearly 60 votes today and I do not see them materializing" anytime soon.

Kerry and Lieberman said they plan to introduce the bill today, with or without Graham’s support.
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Study: Vitamin D Supplements Most Effective When Taken With The Largest Meal Of The Day

Study: Vitamin D supplements most effective when taken with the largest meal of the dayAccording a new study published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, a person’s body receives the greatest benefit from a vitamin D supplement when it is taken with the largest meal of the day.

For the study, a research team from the Cleveland Foundation Bone Clinic recruited 17 patients who were being treated for a vitamin D deficiency, but who were not responding to conventional nutrient supplementation. Participants were then instructed to take their standard vitamin D tablets with their largest meal of the day.

After a median follow-up time of three months, the subjects increased their blood levels of the nutrient by an average of 56 percent.

"This is an important finding for patients being treated for vitamin D deficiency," said senior author Angelo Licata, quoted by Health Day News. "By doing something as simple as changing when you take your vitamin D supplement, you can improve the level in your blood by over 50 percent."

A vitamin D deficiency can cause rickets, low bone mass, osteoporosis and can contribute to heart disease.
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Center For Individual Freedom Warns FCC Continues To Pursue Internet Regulations

Center for Individual Freedom warns FCC continues to pursue internet regulations The controversy surrounding the attempts by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to impose Internet regulations has resurfaced after reports suggested its chairman is looking for a new way to do so after his first attempt was blocked by a court.

Last month, the United States District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the FCC had overstepped its jurisdiction when it attempted to impose net neutrality rules on Comcast, which had blocked its subscribers from using the file-sharing website BitTorrent.

Now, the Center for Individual Freedom (CIF) warns that Julius Genacowski is planning to seek to reclassify broadband services under New Deal-era "common carrier" laws created for early landline telephone technology, in an effort to continue to purse the government’s goal of regulating the Internet.

"The FCC should not attempt to apply archaic 1930s rules to 21st century technologies. This move will do nothing but stifle innovation, investment and growth within the broadband sector," said Timothy Lee, CIF’s vice president of Legal and Public Affairs.

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One Cause, Many Ailments: How One Simple Imbalance Can Lead To Many Chronic Problems

When considering the assessment and maintenance of health, there are radical differences between the methods of Western and Eastern medicine. On a broad scope, it can be said that where Western medicine focuses on content (specific body parts and their associated symptoms), Eastern medicine focuses on context (the symptoms as they relate to and effect the entire body).

Consider this list of 10 ailments. Did you know that all of them can be caused by (or stem from) the same underlying condition? Can you guess what it is? Give it a try; here’s the list:

  1. tension-type headaches
  2. tempero-mandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
  3. “knots” in the back of the neck
  4. “rocks” in the shoulders
  5. “sore” chest muscles
  6. irritability
  7. poor sleep
  8. chronic “achy” feeling
  9. numbness or tingling of the arms and/or hands
  10. trigeminal neuralgia (facial pain)

Give up? The answer is Forward Head Posture (FHP). All 10 problems can be associated with this same underlying cause.

FHP Described
FHP is one of the most common postural problems we experience on a chronic basis. It is our modern lifestyle that is responsible for it—as we’ll see in a minute. In essence, FHP is the result of either repetitive forward head movement, or the carrying (holding) of the head in a position that is forward of the shoulder plum-line.

Proper postural alignment finds ankles, knees, hips, shoulders and ears all falling along the same vertical central line. The relatively heavy head must rest directly on the neck and shoulders, like a golf ball on a tee. Yet, FHP finds the head sticking out, jutting forward of the shoulders, with the ears in line with the chest or front of the deltoids.

Cause And Effect
FHP can be caused by many things. Here is a list of five of the more common ones:

  1. looking down toward your hands while typing or reading
  2. looking into a microscope
  3. sitting improperly with shoulders rounded and back hunched
  4. driving with your head more than 2 to 3 inches from the headrest
  5. carrying a backpack or heavy purse slung over one shoulder

These are not all of the causes of FHP, but enough to make the point. The problem is that repeated forward and/or downward facing postures cause concurrent hypotonic (lengthening) and hypertonic (shortening) of several major muscles (i.e., lavater, rhomboid, trapazious, pectoral), degeneration of cervical (neck) vertebrae and irritation of cervical nerves.

According to literature from the Mayo Clinic, “FHP leads to long term muscle strain, disc herniation, arthritis, and pinched nerves.” (Mayo Clinic Health Letter, V.18, #3, March 2000)

Did you know that pinched or irritated nerves, tightened muscles and isometric contraction (which occurs when the neck must hold upright a forward leaning head), all cause pain as a result of “stagnation of blood, fluids and qi energy). And when there is blockage or stagnation, there is pain.

What You Can Do
Now that we’ve identified a single underlying cause of many problems, the next step is correcting the problem. And what better way to do this than following the simple idea of returning the body to homeostasis: That is, rebalancing what is imbalanced. Here are four simple things you can do to correct (balance) FHP.

• Lying Head Raise: Lay face down on the floor with your hands overlapped and held on your lower back. Lift and extend your head and shoulders up, while squeezing your shoulder blades together. Hold for three seconds, and repeat 15 times. Do this three times per day.

• Chin Tuck: Hold your shoulders straight. Stick your chin out to the front and hold for three seconds. Pull your chin in as far back as it will go and hold for three seconds. Repeat six times. Do this three times per day.

• Chin To Chest Stretch: Overlap your fingers and place both hands behind your head. Use your hands to push your head down so your chin goes toward your chest. Do NOT lower your head and then press with your hands, as this defeats the idea of the stretch. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds and return to the upright position. You should feel a stretch between your shoulders. Repeat three times. Do this three times per day.

• Doorway Stretch: Stand with both feet parallel behind (but in the center of) a door frame. Place one arm 90-degrees along the side of the doorframe facing you. If your right arm is touching the frame, then your right foot takes a long step forward. Be sure to bend your knee, as if you were really trying to walk forward. You should feel a nice stretch across your chest. If not, turn your body to the left. Hold for 20 seconds. Repeat three times then switch sides. Do this three times per day.

Here are a few simple ways to adjust your daily activities to prevent FHP from taking hold in your body—or returning after balance is achieved:

  • Make sure the top of your computer screen is level with your eyes, and about two feet away from your face.
  • Be sure to carry a back pack squarely over both shoulders to balance the weight distribution.
  • If you carry a heavy purse or duffel bag, it is better to sling it diagonally across the torso.
  • Have ample lower back support while sitting or lying for prolonged periods, as a lax position leads to slouching, which can lead to FHP.

Conclusion
You may remember from a previous article that we discussed three causes of pain, illness and disease as stemming from a deficiency, excess or stagnation in the body? Well, FHP leads to all three at the same time. Excessive forward head posture leads to lengthening of upper back muscles (excess), which causes shortening of pectoral muscles (deficiency), which leads to impinged nerves (stagnation), which leads to pain. And all this simply because the body does what it has to in an effort to maintain balance.

It’s better to maintain balance on our own and to prevent such imbalances to take hold in the body. When the body does it on its own… it hurts so much more.

— Dr. Mark Wiley

Schumer Asks Arizona To Give Congress Time To Create Federal Immigration Law

Schumer asks Arizona to give Congress time to create federal immigration law In an effort to quell the political storm surrounding immigration reform in Arizona, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) sent a letter to Governor Jan Brewer last week, asking her to delay the implementation of the new law for one year so that Congress can put together an all-encompassing Federal plan.

In the letter, Schumer commended the governor for taking action to address the nation’s "broken immigration system," but also said that he opposes the legislation "because it is wrong-hearted and is likely unconstitutional, but also because it will almost certainly fail to reduce illegal immigration into Arizona," according to Fox News.

Brewer has yet to respond to the senator, who is currently the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Refugees.

Meanwhile, President Obama last week reaffirmed his commitment to Federal immigration reform, asking Republicans and Democrats to work together to create a bill by the end of the year.

His remarks, delivered at a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House, contrast with some earlier comments that he made regarding immigration reform. Obama told reporters that "there may not be an appetite" in Congress for pushing through another bill by the end of the legislative year.
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Young Adults With Inflammatory Bowel Disease May Need To Take Dietary Supplements

Young adults with inflammatory bowel disease may need to take dietary supplements According to a new European study, young adults who are suffering from inflammatory bowel disease may be at a significantly increased risk of suffering a fracture due to their low bone mass and poor bone architecture.

The research, which was presented at the World Congress on Osteoporosis 2010 in Florence, Italy last week, indicated that patients who develop Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are not only at a higher risk of having a lower bone mass density, but are also more likely to suffer from changes to the microarchitecture of their trabecular bone tissue.

The authors of the study believe the findings suggest that physicians need to adjust the way that they treat younger patients with inflammatory bowel diseases. They note that young adults who are afflicted with the condition need to maintain adequate levels of vitamin D and calcium, and should be very careful when participating in a weight-bearing exercise routine.

Common dietary sources of vitamin D include fish, fortified milk, eggs and cod liver oil. The nutrient can also be obtained through a dietary supplement.
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First Healthcare Freedom Acts Head To Governors’ Desks

First Healthcare Freedom Acts head to governors' desks In recent weeks legislators at numerous state capitals have been at work putting together healthcare freedom acts in response to the Federal healthcare system overhaul signed by president Obama in late March.

The lawmakers are mainly seeking to block a state or Federal requirement for individuals to purchase health insurance, and the first bills have already been sent to several governors for signature.

On May 5, the Republican-controlled Oklahoma legislature sent House Joint Resolution 1054, the Freedom of Healthcare Choice Act, to Democrat Governor Brad Henry. The bill was supported by nine House Democrats.

"The fallout from ObamaCare continues to fuel rebellion in the states," said Christie Herrera,
health task force director at the American Legislative Exchange Council, who is coordinating the nationwide effort.

"[We applaud] Oklahoma lawmakers for protecting their citizens from abusive Federal power when other state officials will not," Herrera added.

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Sarah Palin To Speak At Alabama Charity Fundraiser

Sarah Palin to speak at Alabama charity fundraiserSarah Palin may be best known for her fiery speeches at campaign rallies nationwide, but today she will be able to showcase her softer side as she joins one Alabama community to raise money for charity.

The former Alaska governor will attend today’s Rainbow Omega’s 18th Annual Fundraising Dinner in Birmingham, Ala. Rainbow Omega is a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides a sheltered community to adults with developmental disabilities.

The organization has revealed that Palin’s topic will be "Dreams for My Child’s Future: My Views as an Advocate for Those with Developmental Disabilities," and Omega Rainbow’s founder and CEO Stentson Carpenter said the former vice presidential candidate is uniquely qualified to speak on this subject.

"As the mother of a child with a developmental disability, I am sure that [Governor] Palin has realized what a special blessing their family has been given and what important decisions they will have to make about his future," he said.

Stetson added that Rainbow Omega’s mission is to "provide lifelong care in a Christian environment," and expressed his hope that Palin "will communicate our mission in a dynamic manner."

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Fear And Loathing Of The Tea Party

With all that’s going on in America and in the world it’s a shame that yet another article defending the Tea Party movement needs to be written. But three incidents over the last couple of weeks prove that the corrupt, unfounded and ridiculous notion that people who oppose the actions of an increasingly fascist regime and a corporatist Congress are fomenting terror continues to gain traction.

First it was an item sent to the website, Patriot Post, from a military source. That source provided a briefing paper for an upcoming exercise at Ft. Knox, Ky., that sought to prepare for a possible protest at the Ft. Knox, United States Gold Depository by “Local Militia Groups/Anti-Government Protesters/TEA Party.”

The paper, entitled “Exercise” and dated April 23, stated:

“TEA Party organizers have stated that they will protest at the Gold Vault at a future date. Mint Police are on a heightened alert status to deal with a large crowd on the grounds. Anti-Government-Health Care Protesters have stated that they would join the TEA Party as a sign of solidarity.

“Threats against the US Bullion Depository and Fort Knox have been made. Type of event is unknown, except that it will be ‘significant.’ The ‘significant’ event is a concern to local and Federal Law Enforcement Organizations, as these groups are armed, have combat training and some are former Military Snipers. Some may have explosives training/experience.”

A follow-up intel update paper, dated April 26, warned of viable threats “against the US Bullion Depository and Ft. Knox.” It stated:

“Many members were extremely agitated at what they referred to as Government Intervention and over taxation in Their (sic) lives. Alcohol use ‘fanned the flames’. (sic) Many Military grade firearms were openly carried. An ad hoc “shoot the Govt. Agent” event was held with prizes (alcohol) given for the best shot placement. Components for bomb making are reported to have been on the site. Some members have criminal records relating to explosive and weapons violations.

“Also (sic)
In defiance to (sic) Regulations, the TEA Party Activists along with Anti-Health Care Demonstrators have stated that they will protest at the US Bullion Depository, ‘Stating that it is their right to demonstrate against the Government for redress of wrongs.’

“Local detention centers are being made ready for mass arrests.”

After Patriot Post’s Mark Alexander wrote about the exercise and posted the two intel updates on his site he was contacted by senior command staff at Ft. Knox. Alexander then wrote:

“There was a security exercise at Ft. Knox this week, but an officer in the security loop altered the scenario ‘in order to make it look more realistic.’ Those alterations were described in my essay, exactly as they appeared. The command staff informed me that the alterations were not approved at the command level and that the individual who circulated the scenario through official channels will ‘receive appropriate counsel.’ I was assured that Command staff would not have authorized such a scenario.”

Alexander also wrote that he removed the two intel reports* from his site at the request of Command staff.

The second incident occurred in Quincy, Ill., on April 28. With President Barack Obama arriving to speak nearby on the subject of Wall Street greed, the Quincy Tea Party was out in force. The gray haired grannies and grandpas were all ramped up and armed—with signs and a bullhorn or two—to protest the president’s visit. While they stood peacefully on the sidewalk, a police riot squad—decked out in helmets with face masks and other heavy protective gear—marched in lockstep in the street in front of them, ordering them back on the sidewalk. It was an obvious—and utterly ridiculous—attempt at intimidation from the regime.

The third was a quote by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the days after a car bomb was found and defused in Times Square. Rather than point the finger toward the obvious choice—Muslim extremist followers of radical Islam—Bloomberg told CBS’s Katie Couric: “If I had to guess—25 cents—this would be exactly that, somebody home-grown, maybe a mentally deranged person or somebody with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health care bill or something. It could be anything.” [Emphasis added]

This is how the regime quashes dissent. It started as soon as the Tea Party began to grow a little more than a year ago, with those who head up the regime calling Americans names like Nazi, un-American, radical and dangerous. Leftist groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center (better described as the Southern Preposterous Lie Center) used their typical tactics of linking Tea partiers with Skinheads, the Ku Klux Klan and the militia movement.

The sycophantic Obama-fawning media followed suit by associating a disgusting homosexual practice called tea-bagging with people who were exercising their uniquely American right of free speech and peaceful assembly. (If you need to find out what tea-bagging is, Google it.)

These terms and messages spread through the blogosphere and are now in common usage by liberals and progressives.

Using such derogatory terms about their fellow citizens provides leftists, progressives and fascists an air of superiority. It allows them to dehumanize those they disagree with, which then gives them the justification to oppose them. But in doing so they only belittle themselves. They show themselves as devoid of morals, ideas and class—without the ability to engage in rational discussion.

Much like when the President—with his smug elitist arrogance—told an audience: “So I’ve been a little amused over the last couple of days where people have been having these rallies about taxes. You would think they would be saying thank you.”

Not hardly, Mr. President. Not hardly. And you are not so dumb that you don’t know why they’re protesting. And we know why you, your fawning media acolytes and the elitist corporatist elected class in Washington (from both the Left and Right and hereafter known as the collective “They”) treat Tea partiers with such arrogant disdain.

They do it because They fear the Tea Party protestors are a threat to their power. They understand that their policies are opposed by the majority of Americans who have finally… finally awakened to their abuses.

And Tea partiers, They fear you because they understand their big money donations from their corporate sponsors, the illegal votes that community organizations like the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) drum up, and the thuggish activities of the unions will not be enough to overcome your moral drive and determination.

A recent poll by Gallup found that 28 percent of those surveyed identified with the Tea Party movement. That means you number in the dozens of millions—despite the attacks on your movement. Understand that is a large number, no matter what They say. Although Tea partiers skew right politically, its members broke out demographically much like the rest of the U.S.

That means that Tea partiers are husbands and wives, grandfathers and grandmothers. That means Tea partiers are homemakers and business owners. That means Tea partiers are blue collar workers and white collar workers. That means Tea partiers are employed and unemployed. That means Tea partiers are veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf Wars, and military operations in between. And it means Tea partiers are self-reliant.

And that’s what They fear. Tea partiers aren’t ready to bow down to the altar of big government like so many of the elitists want and expect… and have sought to foster for these many years.

But if the regime has managed to convince—without any evidence or any instances of violence—even some in the military that it is “realistic” to pose Tea partiers as dangerous and that opposition to a government takeover of the economy and the businesses that made America prosperous is evidence of a crime worthy of imprisonment in local detention centers, then it’s not just the Tea partiers who need to worry.

(Editor’s note: To prove their existence screen shots of the intel papers posted on Patriot Post have been saved, but Personal Liberty Digest will respect command staff’s request that they not be posted.)

What do I need to know to avoid tax penalties on a large sum of money?

Dear Bob,

What does a person need to do when they have an option to receive a 20-year payment amount of $10 million, or should they settle for a lump sum in any lottery and contest winnings?  What do they need to know to avoid tax penalties? Should  they open an offshore account with the lottery money? This option is always given BEFORE the person receives the money! I maybe on verge of major winnings!  Any advice or suggestions?

Thank You and God bless you! 
Stephen

Dear Stephen,

The best option is to receive a lump sum payout. However, the Federal Government is going to get its share before you see any money. After that, I would suggest you consider buying gold and silver and also a Swiss annuity. You may also want to read some information on offshore investments at The Sovereign Society website.

Best wishes,
Bob