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.

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.

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.

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.

The proposed "net neutrality" rules would prevent companies such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from restricting access to Internet content, applications and services offered by competitors such as Google, Skype and Facebook. The FCC counter critics’ claims by saying it is fighting for "free and open" Internet. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19765999-ADNFCR

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.

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.

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.

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.

Last week Georgia’s legislature sent similar legislation to Governor Sonny Perdue’s desk. Perdue had also appointed special counsel to represent Georgia in the multi-state challenge of the Federal health reform law.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19763453-ADNFCR

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."

Palin’s youngest son Trig has Down syndrome. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19763456-ADNFCR

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! 

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,

Holder: 9/11 Trials Could Still Take Place In NYC

Holder: 9/11 trials could still take place in NYCFollowing last week’s attempted car bombing in Times Square by Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad, Republicans are again calling on President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to kill the administration’s proposal to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators in a civilian court in New York City.

"Trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York City was a bad idea last year. It’s a bad idea today," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), quoted by Fox News. "The only thing that’s changed is that the American people have just been reminded of how determined terrorists are to carry out their deadly plans."

McConnell and other GOP leaders have asked the president to rule out New York City as an option and instead try the suspects in a military court at Guantanamo Bay.

Holder indicated on Wednesday that downtown Manhattan is still being considered as a venue for the upcoming trial, and that the possibility of violence will exist at any location, reports.

"Unfortunately, New York and Washington, D.C., remain targets of people who would do this nation harm," he said. "Regardless of where a particular trial is … that is going to remain true."

Critics Blast Obama Administration’s Decision To Read Terrorist Suspect His Miranda Rights

Critics blast Obama administration's decision to read terrorist suspect his Miranda rightsRepublican leaders heavily criticized the Obama administration last week for allowing officials to read Faisal Shahzad his Miranda rights soon after he had been taken into custody for allegedly attempting to detonate a car bomb in Times Square over the weekend.

Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.), Christopher “Kit” Bond (R-Mo.) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) all conveyed their disappointment with the administration’s decision to not classify Shahzad as an enemy combatant, a move that would have allowed investigators to hold the suspect indefinitely, according to The New York Times.

Officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said that Shahzad was originally interrogated under a public safety exemption, and was then read his Miranda rights soon after authorities determined there was no imminent threat. Officials with the FBI said Shahzad provided them with "valuable intelligence and evidence" both before and after being advised of his rights.

In response to the incident, Lieberman announced on Wednesday that he will propose a bill that would strip alleged terrorists of their citizenship immediately after being detained, reports. The senator indicated that he would attempt to amend a current law that revokes a person’s citizenship if they join a foreign army.

Study: Most Women Who Suffer Bone Fracture Are Not Treated For Osteoporosis

Study: Most women who suffer bone fracture are not treated for osteoporosis According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (JAAOS), an overwhelming majority of women who suffer bone fractures do not get tested for or receive information pertaining to osteoporosis.

"Less than 10 percent of patients who sustain a fracture receive information about osteoporosis treatment, yet these are the same group of patients who are at a very high risk for future hip, spine or wrist fractures," said lead author Evan Ekman, president of Southern Orthopedic Sports Medicine.

The researchers also noted that most study participants didn’t realize that hip fractures are associated with a high mortality rate and don’t know how much calcium or vitamin D they should be taking on a daily basis.

Lisa Cannada, an orthopedic trauma surgeon at St. Louis University Hospital, recommends that older women consume a diet rich in calcium, including foods such as yogurt, cheese and leafy vegetables. She also urges women of any age to take a minimum of 2,000 International Units of vitamin D each day to help the body absorb a calcium-rich diet.

Civil Rights Commission Holds Hearing On Voter Intimidation

Civil rights commission holds hearing on voter intimidation The United States Civil Rights Commission held a public hearing on New Black Panther Party voter intimidation investigation.

The hearing focused on an incident on Election Day 2008 at a Philadelphia polling station where members of the New Black Panther Party allegedly tried to intimidate voters by standing in military-style garb outside.

The commission’s goal was to collect facts related to civil charges brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and examine the department’s actions that led it to dismissing most of the case last year, causing anger among many conservatives, according to media reports.

Former defendants Jerry Jackson and King Samir Shabazz were among the Black Panthers who attended the hearing, as were the Republican poll watchers who called the police.

Todd Gaziano, who serves as Senior Fellow in Legal Studies and the director of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation, said the DOJ should admit a mistake and reopen the investigation, as dismissing the case could encourage other hate groups to start their own voter intimidation campaigns, according to Main Justice, a public policy news website.

Gaziano and others also complained that during the hearing Shabazz took pictures of the commission, the witnesses and the audience, saying it was meant as an act of intimidation.

The New Black Panther Party has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its anti-white rhetoric.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19759991-ADNFCR

Starbucks Policy Comes Under Increasing Fire From Gun Rights Opponents

Starbucks policy comes under increasing fire from gun rights opponents In the ongoing dispute over Starbucks’ gun policy, gun rights opponents blasted the company’s CEO for what they consider to be "untrue" statements regarding what type of weapons can be brought into the coffee chain’s stores.

According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Howard Schultz told shareholders at the company’s annual meeting that only unloaded guns could be brought into Starbucks stores, and that the company follows state laws.

However, the organization countered those claims by saying that only two of the states that permit "open carry" of firearms require the guns to be unloaded, while all other states that allow "open carry" allow loaded guns to be carried.

The campaign also launched an online petition asking Americans to urge the coffee chain to bar guns from its stores, and claims that it has so far gathered 34,000 signatures.

However, Starbucks’ official gun policy remains unchanged. The company website says that "we comply with local laws and statutes in all the communities we serve [and] abide by the laws that permit open carry in 43 U.S. states."

It goes on to state that "the political, policy and legal debates around these issues belong in the legislatures and courts, not in our stores."ADNFCR-1961-ID-19759965-ADNFCR

Paterson Proposes Measure To Counteract ‘Inflexible’ Deportation Laws

Paterson proposes measure to counteract 'inflexible' deportation lawsWith several states embroiled in contentious debates concerning immigration reform, New York Governor David Paterson announced May 3 his pledge to enact a measure that could prevent the deportation of thousands of legal residents who have criminal histories.

Paterson said he would create the nation’s first "pardon panel" to investigate whether legal immigrants who face deportation because of a prior conviction have been rehabilitated and can safely return to society, the Associated Press (AP) reports. The measure will certainly clash with several recently implemented federal laws that the governor has referred to as "embarrassingly wrong and inflexible."

"To be sure, there are some individuals whose crimes are egregious or who pose a threat to public safety," Paterson said. "But there are others for whom the situation is far less clear. For them, our national immigration laws leave no room to consider mitigating circumstances. But in New York, we believe in rehabilitation."

Paterson, who announced earlier in the year that he will not run for reelection in November, noted that the new measure is not a response to Arizona’s historically aggressive immigration reform act that was signed into law last week, and has been in the works for some time. The policy does not need legislative approval to be enacted, The New York Times reports.

Is Barack Obama A Socialist?

Is Barack Obama a socialist? Ron Paul says he’s not. A lot of you insist he is. The national director of Democratic Socialists of America claims that “the most socialistic candidate in the 2008 election was Sarah Palin.” (Don’t ask me what he’s been smoking.)

And in a famous cover story a year ago, Newsweek magazine insisted, “We Are All Socialists Now.”

I don’t much like political labels, for a couple of reasons. Too often, they are used not to encourage a helpful discussion, but to end it. And for another, I’ve never found a political label that I’m comfortable wearing. So I hesitate slapping one on someone else.

More on this in a moment. But first, let me tell you a story from my checkered past that may shed some light on the present debate.

Does anyone remember the first Mr. Jane Fonda? No, I’m not referring to Ted Turner, but to Jane’s first husband, a radical agitator named Tom Hayden. Tom gained fame as a crusader for the SDS—the Students for a Democratic Society—a very left-wing group on college campuses back in the 60s and 70s. By the time of our encounter he was a state representative in California.

Tom and Jane were quite a couple back then. She was by far the more famous of the two—a movie star who achieved considerable notoriety for her efforts in support of a communist victory in Vietnam. She even posed astraddle an anti-aircraft battery in Hanoi—a weapon whose only purpose was to shoot down American planes.

Not to be outdone, Tom made as many outrageous statements as Jane. Along with his buddies Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, Tom was convicted of inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Later, he and Jane made several trips to communist North Vietnam. As I said, they were quite a pair.

I had tried for years to get Jane as a guest on my radio program in Atlanta, but no dice. Frankly, I couldn’t blame her. It’s no fun to be called a traitor. Even if she trusted me to avoid name-calling, she knew that she would be excoriated by most of the callers to “The Chip Wood Show.”

So I was really surprised when I was contacted by Tom’s publisher and asked if I would like to have him as a guest on my show. He wouldn’t be there in person, but would join us by phone to plug his new book.

I quickly said “yes.” I assured the public relations lady I would insist that every caller behave politely, even when they disagreed with her client—as we both knew they would.

So, a few weeks later Tom was a guest on my show. And sure enough the second or third caller to get through started off by accusing Tom of being a communist agitator. Tom scoffed at the accusation. He said he had heard it many times before, but all it showed was his attackers’ ignorance of political systems.

To the surprise of many, I promptly agreed with him. I said that to most people, “communism” meant a total takeover by the state of everything—factories, farms, schools, etc. Not just the means of production but the means of distribution as well. And he wasn’t advocating that, was he? Tom said “of course not.”

“No, if I understand you correctly,” I continued, “you’re okay with ownership remaining in private hands, so long as government steps in to make sure things are done fairly. Is that right?”

Tom said absolutely, that was precisely what he wanted. And he went on to give several examples of how government must make sure that jobs and education and healthcare, among many other things, are distributed fairly to every citizen.

Then came the denouement. “What you’ve described isn’t communism or socialism,” I continued. “Isn’t the system you want—where ownership remains in private hands, but its use is controlled by government—actually a form of fascism?”

There was a stunned silence as I continued, “In fact, Tom, isn’t it fair to say that the economic system you want to impose on us in the United States is actually classical fascism, as practice in Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy?”

With that there was a click on the other end of the line. Tom had ended the discussion by hanging up the phone. Can’t say I was very surprised.

So is Barack Obama a socialist? A fascist? Or something else?

Paul says the president is not a socialist, he’s a “corporatist.” He explains the difference this way:

“Socialism is a system where the government directly owns and manages businesses. Corporatism is a system where businesses are nominally in private hands, but are in fact controlled by the government. In a corporatist state, government officials often act in collusion with their favored business interests to design policies that give those interests a monopoly position, to the detriment of both competitors and consumers.”

Hard to disagree with much in that last paragraph, is there? My only problem with the argument is getting the public to accept Ron’s description. I don’t think corporatist will ever become a popular catch-phrase in this country.

On the other hand, I’ve never been happy with any of the words and phrases used to describe my position on the political spectrum. Most of the world today would call me a “conservative.” But I’m certainly not trying to “conserve” the present status quo; I want to change it rather drastically.

But to what? A century or two ago, I would have been proud to have been called a liberal. For the first two-thirds of our country’s history, “liberal” meant someone who wanted the maximum amount of liberty for every individual. But in the past hundred years, that meaning got flip-flopped. Today, a liberal is someone who favors more and more government intrusion into our lives and our economy. That sure isn’t me. Right-winger is even less descriptive—especially the exaggeration favored by many on the left, an “ultra-right-winger.”

Before settling on a label, let’s see if we can agree on a political spectrum. And let’s make the criterion the amount of government power over its citizens. On the far left, you have total government control of everyone and everything. In our lifetime, the closest thing to that description has been the various communist dictatorships.

What about the Nazis? They were a pretty fierce dictatorship, too, weren’t they? Absolutely. That’s why they belong right next to communism on the political spectrum. After all, the very word “nazi” is a contraction for “national socialism.” There is nothing right-wing about it—despite decades of brainwashing to the contrary by the mass media.

Okay, if total government belongs on the far left, what belongs on the far right? How about no government? There is a word for the complete absence of government and that is anarchy. Historically, anarchy has occurred when an existing system has collapsed. But it doesn’t last for long; it is usually replaced by a strong, even brutal, totalitarian form of government.

So where does this place us? I like to think I’m somewhere in the middle between anarchy and totalitarianism. Or as a friend of mine put it many years ago in a book, we’re slightly to the right. But what’s the best word to describe that?

Not “conservative,” as I’ve already said. Not right-wing or ultra-right-wing, which are pejoratives our opponents like to use.

For many years, I tried to get others to accept the word “Americanist” to describe someone who believed in the same system of government as our founding fathers. I still like the idea, but the word never caught on. Neither did an alternate, “constitutionalist.”

What about “libertarian”? Even though it’s been used for several decades, and as a political party it has fielded candidates for public office on the state and national level, it has never gained broad appeal or acceptance. Too bad, because the root word “liberty” is a good one.

So it looks like the debate will continue. Is Obama a socialist? Is Chip a conservative? I think the policies we promote are more important than the labels we are given.

I believe government is not the solution, it’s the problem. Barack Obama and his allies believe the opposite.

What do you say?

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

—Chip Wood

Astronomical Numbers, Geeky Barbie, Wind Farms And Craigslist

*U.S. debt—bigger than the galaxy? Thanks to an alert reader who sent me the following quote by Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman: “There are 1011 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it’s only 100 billion. It’s less than the national debt. We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.” Not to make you feel worse, but Feynman wrote that more than two decades ago. Now our debt is greater than the stars in 1,000 galaxies.

*Helping Barbie get her Geek on. Mattel recently ran a contest to pick a new career for Barbie. The company gave visitors to the website five choices: architect, anchorwoman, computer engineer, environmentalist and surgeon. In the month the contest ran more than 600,000 votes were cast. Although you could only vote once, female computer engineers launched a worldwide effort to get out the vote—with the result that computer engineer won the popular contest. The new Barbie will have a ponytail, black leggings, and a top decorated in binary code—and the same impossible body. Who says geeks can’t have fun?

*Hey, that’s our ocean out there, buddy! Last week, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar overrode the objections of many folks on Cape Cod, Mass., including representatives of its most famous family, the Kennedys, to approve the construction of a billion-dollar offshore wind farm. Among other ploys opponents used, they tried to get the Atlantic Ocean added to the National Register for Historic Places. Seems Bay State liberals love renewable energy—so long as it’s produced where they can’t see it.

*That’s an awful lot of lechery. Craigslist, one of the most popular web sites in the country, says its ad revenue from blatantly sexual offers will more than triple this year, to $36 million. Organizations opposing human trafficking for sex say the site remains the single biggest hub for selling women against their will. And you thought Craigslist was only an electronic yard sale.

—Chip Wood

Poll: Majority Of Americans Support Arizona’s New Immigration Law

Poll: Majority of Americans support Arizona's new immigration law The majority of Americans support Arizona’s highly controversial immigration reform bill and are pleased with its implementation, according to a national poll recently conducted by Rasmussen Reports.

For the survey, officials with the nonpartisan organization contacted 500 voters who are living outside of Arizona and found that 59 percent of respondents "favor legislation that authorizes local police to stop and verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant," according to the Phoenix Business Journal. In contrast, only 32 percent of those surveyed said they oppose the new law.

In the state of Arizona a total of 64 percent of registered voters support the legislation, compared to just 30 percent who have an unfavorable view of the law.

Meanwhile, an overwhelming majority of Arizona residents said they will take into account a candidate’s viewpoint on immigration reform when casting their vote in November. A total of 95 percent of voters reported following the news stories closely and 87 percent said the new legislation will be crucial in determining who to vote for in the upcoming elections.

Broccoli Compound May Help Prevent, Treat Breast Cancer

Broccoli compound may help prevent, treat breast cancer A research team from the University of Michigan has reportedly found that sulforaphane, a compound derived from broccoli and broccoli sprouts, may help prevent or even treat breast cancer by targeting and killing stem cells that are responsible for the growth of a tumor.

Currently, chemotherapy and radiotherapy are rarely successful in combating cancer stem cells, which is the reason why women who are afflicted with the disease often experience metastasis and cancer recurrence.

For the study, lead author Max Wicha and his colleagues from the university’s Comprehensive Cancer Center injected different concentrations of sulforaphane into lab mice that were genetically programmed to have breast cancer. After a period of follow-up, the researchers identified a significant decrease in cancer stem cells in mice that were given high levels of the nutrient.

"This research suggests a potential new treatment that could be combined with other compounds to target breast cancer stem cells," said Wicha. "Developing treatments that effectively target the cancer stem cell population is essential for improving outcomes."

While sulforaphane extract is available in the form of a nutritional supplement, the study’s authors are not encouraging patients to take the compound until the results are confirmed in a human trial.