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, Politico.com 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."
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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, CBS.com 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.
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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.
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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.

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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."

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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.
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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 Barbie.com 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.
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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.
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Palin Calls Federal Government ‘Intrusive,’ Blasts McCain Campaign For Giving Up On Michigan

Palin calls federal government 'intrusive,' blasts McCain campaign for giving up on Michigan While speaking at an anti-tax forum in Clarkston, Mich., May 1, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin warned nearly 1,400 residents about the unprecedented growth of the Federal government, and conveyed her hope to repeal healthcare reform legislation and reign in Federal spending, according to the Associated Press (AP).

As the keynote speaker at the Michigan Defending the American Dream Summit, Palin also took the opportunity to chastise her former running mate John McCain and his campaign staff for pulling out of Michigan during the 2008 presidential election.

"The rest of us will not abandon Michigan," she told the crowd. "You deserve much better than the kind of leadership you’re getting from Washington, D.C. If we’re going to get America back on track, we have to get back to some time-tested truth."

Palin told the audience that she was shocked when she found out that the McCain campaign would leave Michigan early, and that her disgust with the decision was what made the Arizona senator’s brain trust assume she was going "rogue," the Michigan Capitol Confidential reports.

The former governor also pointed to Federal bailouts and healthcare reform as all-too-common examples of the government’s "intrusive" nature.
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Fraud Always Has A Pretty Face

Fraud always operates under the color of law. Look for fraud anywhere. You will find it in government, in politics, in religion, in money and finance and absolutely in organized medicine. Being alert for fraud is not paranoia but survival.

Fraud and deceit has carried teeming millions to an early grave. Just think of the millions of young boys and men who have died in phony wars camouflaged with propaganda.

And just think of the millions who have suffered a living hell and then were sent to an early grave at the hands of “orthodox medicine.”

Yes, orthodox or organized medicine has the prettiest face of all and is almost untouchable. In fact, organized medicine, which should be called “organized promotion of sickness and death,” persecutes and prosecutes truth in healing with all the police power of government.

Orthodox medicine is modern medicine that promotes “treatment” but denies healing.

Money is in treating but never in curing. So-called “medical research” is hunting but never finding. This is the cloak of modern medicine.

We succumb to this deception and fraud because we are too trusting and too lazy to question establishment medicine. The price is high.

In this instance, we have on our mind the millions of men, dead and alive, who have been victims of what Dr. David Williams calls “The Billion-Dollar Scam.” Dr. Williams, in his June 2009 Alternatives health newsletter, called vivid attention to the prostate cancer scam which is actually an industry under the color of conventional and orthodox medicine, sanctioned by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the force of law.

Yes, the force of law. Just try an alternative cure and see what happens to you.

Whereas Nazism was a crude and aggressive physical force draped in symbols (Swastika and SS) and iron discipline, modern fascism poses as a “constitutional democracy” that is a totalitarian state as much as Germany’s National Socialism. The difference is that modern so-called democracy pretends to be guided by the rule of law. International gangsterism is concealed beneath a benevolent aura of totalitarianism.

Things that are equal to each other are equal to the same thing. Evil is evil, no matter the pretense. Does it matter by what name we call the death of human liberty?

Dr. Williams calls prostate treatment “The Billion-Dollar Scam.” It is indeed.

The pattern of American conventional medicine is to use “diagnostic tests” to loop the unsuspecting public into the esoteric “medical treatment.” The average doctor is drunk on the propaganda of the pharmaceutical system and he follows the “test” protocol dutifully and blindly.

In men’s prostate health the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is the gold standard and the public has committed the “PSA test” to memory. It has “evolved” that a high PSA test equals prostate cancer.

The high PSA leads most men straight to biopsies and straight to the operating table and straight to incontinence and impotence. It has happened millions of times and will happen millions more. It is an industry of fraud feeding on public ignorance.

I had a prostate examination once. The doctor said that I was fine. In a day or two, he called me himself to tell me that I needed a biopsy. I asked “Why, did you find something?”

He answered, “No, but you need a biopsy and I will connect you with my secretary for an appointment.” I hung up the phone. I am still living some 20 years later without the biopsy and without prostate cancer.

Well, the biopsy or the prostate operation can cause a dormant cancer to spread through the rest of the body. This will almost guarantee that you will expire as another cancer statistic. And it will guarantee thousands of dollars for your doctor and the medical establishment. You will have volunteered your body for the cancer industry.

Dr. Williams says that a high PSA reading does not indicate cancer. Instead it indicates that something is going on to inflame the prostate. That something could indeed be cancer, but it is much more likely that a high reading is due to a recent infection or a completely benign enlargement of the prostate gland.

The literature claims that many or most men age 50 and older have dormant prostate cancer and that most never become active.

Therapy
Be as active as possible. At least walk as much as possible. But in my view nutrition is basic to prostate health. Zinc, selenium and lycopene (found in cooked tomatoes) are very important minerals. A handful of pumpkin seeds daily is basic. I read about pumpkin seed for the prostate 30 years ago in Prevention magazine.

I rely on Pros-Food™ from Health Resources™ (1-800-471-4007). Pros-Food™ contains 10 of the best nutrients for prostate health that I know of, including: zinc, copper, selenium, saw palmetto, stinging nettle, pumpkin seed, pygeum, beta sitosterol, red clover and lycopene. I’ve been taking this Pros-Food™ formulation for years.

Also fatty acids—as in standard process cataplex F—are reliable for prostate support.

Some of this prostate information was published in the June 2009 issue of Alternatives newsletter by Dr. David Williams. You can purchase a subscription for $69.99 per year by contacting Mountain Home Publishing at 7811 Montrose Road, Potomac, MD 20854.

They Own It All (Including You) By Means of Toxic Currency by Ronald MacDonald and Robert Rowen, M.D.

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“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark on their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:17-18

If you can get past the name of one of the authors and the religious reference to the beast and its mark as mentioned in the Bible, there is a lot of profundity in this book. Authors Ronald MacDonald and Robert Rowen, M.D., have researched their topic well and laid it out in a manner that is easy to follow.

They posit that the beast mentioned in the Bible is actually alive and well today and it is the international banking cartel (including the Federal Reserve) that spits out the fiat currency we use today.

Their beast is not religious in nature; it’s economic. And it should better be represented as the bea$t. But it still holds sway over economic transactions and everyone who has used fiat currency bears its mark, they say.

The authors build their case by citing Biblical references and old law dictionaries to show how words have changed their meanings in ever-so nuanced ways, and through those changes we have moved from being ruled under common law to maritime law. This change has drastically affected the rights we hold as individuals.

Using easy-to-understand examples they explain the concept of debt and how the bea$t now controls all currency. They also provide legal definitions of common, everyday words and how certain legal cases and the change to maritime law have affected what those words really mean.

And it started, they say, when the United States ceased using dollars backed by gold and silver and went to a fiat currency in 1933, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) stole the gold of Americans.

“…the Double-stroke Dollar Sign (dollars) that were used until 1933 had both form and substance. A subtle change that few would take heed of sometime after 1933 was the substitution of Current Dollar Sign for Double-stroke Dollar Sign. The former has form only. A Jell-O mold has form, but without the Jell-O it lacks substance or real value. Seeing the mold at a distance, and unable to see that it lacked substance, you could be tricked,” they write.

Quoting from Modern Money Mechanics, the Federal Reserve’s own publication, they prove their point:

“In the United States neither paper currency nor deposits have value as commodities. Intrinsically, a dollar bill is just a piece of paper, deposits merely book entries. Coins do have some intrinsic value as metal, but generally far less than their face value.

“What, then, makes these instruments—checks, paper money, and coins—acceptable at face value in payment of all debts and for other monetary uses? Mainly, it is the confidence people have that they will be able to exchange such money for other financial assets and for real goods and services whenever they choose to do so.”

The authors write: “When you seek information directly from the bea$t (the international banking cartel of which the Federal Reserve is key), you discover that the ‘commodities’ of paper currency and demand deposits have no value other than the ‘confidence’ that someone else will accept it in trade.”

Because of this system of debased currency, everyone who touches or has touched fiat currency has received the mark of the bea$t. And you can no longer buy or sell without using the instruments of the beast, as the Revelation prophecy predicted.

Finally, they write that you yourself have become mere chattel, the property of the government. As chattel you possess no sovereign rights, but only privileges that are granted.

“You have been compelled out of the honest common law and your unalienable rights,” MacDonald and Rowen write. “In the latter, you were Sovereign. You have been cast into a jurisdiction of the Bea$t. Greed is ‘the Bea$t.’ In that jurisdiction, the Bea$t can forcibly take from you at will by hearsay accusation only. Yet when you present written claim to your property, like a gold certificate for your gold coin, the Bea$t confiscates it under threat of force. The Bea$t has it both ways. This matches the prophesy, word for word. It has come to pass, via illusion, beguilement and trickery. Honorable competition has ended. In this physical world, all material wealth (and You) belongs to Them (the International Bank$ters).”

MacDonald and Rowen believe there is no remedy in fleeing to another country because almost every other country in the world uses fraudulent liened bank notes, and hence the Bea$t’s money. The only recourse is to take whatever steps necessary to end the Federal Reserve and return to real dollars backed by gold and silver.

This book does an excellent job of taking the reader through the course of events that have stolen the liberty and our wealth of Americans. The simple examples and illustrations are easy to understand. It is a book that you should read if you want to know what is taking place in your country and why.

Senate Immigration Proposal Draws Praise, Ire

Senate immigration proposal draws praise, ire The recently released outline of a comprehensive immigration reform, put forward by leading Democratic United States Senators, has garnered mixed initial reviews.

Among the strongest supporters is the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, whose representatives said that the proposal was "a good framework for reform," and added that USHCC was looking forward to participating in further negotiations on the bill.

"[For years we have advocated for] reforms that include a path to residency for undocumented immigrants, a temporary worker program for future immigrants and a preservation of the principle of family reunification while also strengthening our ability to attract talented individuals to add to the prosperity of our nation," said Javier Palomarez, the organization’s president and CEO.

Catholic bishops have also expressed a positive opinion, calling the outline "an important first step." However, they cautioned against forging a bill that would would permit same-sex couples to receive immigration benefits equal to married couples.

However, opponents of the proposal were very vocal, with The Federation for American Immigration Reform calling it "yet another attempt to reward illegal aliens and cheap labor employers at the expense of the American public."

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As Press Freedoms Erode, National Press Club Urges Congress To Act On First Amendment Rights

As press freedoms erode, National Press Club urges Congress to act on First Amendment rights A new poll from Freedom House—an independent watchdog organization—has found that press freedoms around the world continued to erode in 2009, and the trend has not spared the United States.

Among Western democracies Italy and the UK have been singled out for harshest criticism, the latter for its expansive libel laws that can be used to stifle critics. This has led to what observers call "libel tourism," whereby plaintiffs sue foreigners, including Americans, in British courts.

The organization also stated that the United States lacked adequate Federal protection-of-sources legislation, and media diversity was threatened by the news industry’s economic troubles.

In a related development, The National Press Club (NPC) urged the U.S. Congress to enact legislation that would discourage foreign lawsuits that limit American authors’ and journalists’ First Amendment rights.

According to the NPC, the legislation in Congress discourages the practice by making it clear that foreign libel judgments must meet American defamation standards to be recognized in the U.S.

"There is no right more precious to journalists than the ability to write and speak freely," said club president Alan Bjerga. "Congress must enact legislation that protects First Amendment rights and tells the world ‘libel tourism’ is wrong."ADNFCR-1961-ID-19758084-ADNFCR

Study: 4,000 IU Of Vitamin D Recommended For Pregnant Women

Study: 4,000 IU of vitamin D recommended for pregnant women According to a new University of South Carolina study, pregnant women who take vitamin D supplements can safely lower their risk of infection and preterm labor and can improve the bone health and immune function of their child.

For the study, lead author Carol Wagner and her colleagues looked to determine the optimal dose of vitamin D supplements for expectant women. They recruited 494 pregnant women at 12-16 weeks gestation and assigned them to take 400, 2,000 or 4,000 International Units (IU) of the nutrient each day until delivery.

The research team then analyzed the affects that vitamin D had on the incidences of preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, infections and preterm labor and birth.

"No adverse events related to vitamin D dosing were found in any of the three arms of the study," said Wagner. "The spectacular part was it showed women replete in vitamin D had lower rates of preterm labor and preterm birth and lower rates of infection."

After analyzing each patient group, the researcher concluded that women who took 4,000 IU of vitamin D each day received the greatest benefit.
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A Crude Coincidence—The Gulf Oil Spill Works Out Well For The Greens

"The end justifies the means.”Machiavelli
 
Fact: Deep water oil platforms don’t just blow up. As the centerpieces of projects that cost billions of dollars, they are designed not to.

Fact: Just before 10 a.m. on April 20 a Transocean rig called the Deepwater Horizon 40 miles south of Venice, La., exploded and caught fire as it was working a well for BP.

Fact: Two weeks later as much as 300,000 barrels of crude oil have spread into the Gulf of Mexico, the bulk of it hitting the shores of Louisiana. More than 2 million barrels could spill out before the well is finally capped making this disaster worse than the Exxon Valdez catastrophe which spilled 400,000 barrels of oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound in 1989.

Fact: This giant gulf oil spill happened less than three weeks after President Barack Obama announced he would allow offshore drilling.

Fact: Few in the mainstream media or in the federal government are putting a spotlight on to what caused the explosion that killed 11 men. Rather, their focus has been on what it will do to the environment.

Fact: The Greens have all the ammunition they need to permanently suspend future offshore oil production as well as drilling in environmentally sensitive areas, such as the oil-rich Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

On April 30 Obama suspended plans to expand offshore oil drilling. That same day, during the PBS talk show, The McLaughlin Group, Eleanor Clift made this prediction: “The catastrophic oil spill in the gulf will silence Sarah Palin’s, ‘Drill, Baby, Drill.’”

That’s the aim of the Greens. Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club,said on Saturday: “Taking a temporary break from offshore drilling is an important step, but it’s not enough. We need to stop new offshore drilling for good, now. And then we need an aggressive plan to wean America from dirty fossil fuels in the next two decades.”

What My Deep Throat Says About This Deep Disaster
While I have been around plenty of oil rigs in my life I am hardly an expert. But I have friends who are. One of them is Ryan who is an oil field technician for one of the original Seven Sisters here in Calgary. I met with him last Friday to talk about the Transocean accident and what might have triggered the explosion.

“It probably comes down to one of two things,” said Ryan. “The blowout preventer failed to operate and seal the well. With the computers they have on deep ocean wells that shouldn’t happen; there is always the possibility of human error.” He looked around the room and then confided: “And of course it could be sabotage.”

The blowout preventer is a set of valves that connects the pipe from underground to the surface and it is used to control excessive pressure that might go further up the line. Valves can burst from either high-pressure oil, or oil mixed with gas which travels to the surface unexpectedly. That can start a catastrophic fire if sparked by the electrical gear on the platform. It should be noted that oil services contractor Halliburton is denying that its workers might have caused the accident.

It has already been alleged that Halliburton improperly cemented the well. Cementing is a process used to fill the gap between the drilled hole and the casing that brings oil and gas up out of the ground.

There has been speculation on whether the sealing process had been completed before the blast occurred. Yet the company insists that its workers had finished the cementing operation 20 hours before the rig went up in flames.

Perhaps It Was Just A Coincidence
The Wall Street Journal wrote on Friday: “Concerns about the cementing process—and about whether rigs have enough safeguards to prevent blowouts—raise questions about whether the industry can safely drill in deep water and whether regulators are up to the task of monitoring them.” To its credit, the WSJ is one of the few to report on the question of what caused the explosion.

While the Exxon Valdez accident immediately focused on the cause of the spill and the role that ship’s captain Joseph Jeffrey Hazelwood played, there is so far scant information and inquiry into what triggered the explosion on board the Deepwater Horizon.

The Greens were furious with Obama for allowing offshore drilling. It may be a happenstance that the Deepwater Horizon blew up three weeks later. But given the history of the Green movement I think it is worth considering that environmental extremists could have had a hand in this accident.

I had been thinking along these lines this past Friday when I got an email from my editor asking if I thought something was fishy and would I like to write about it.

I said yes, even though I was a bit apprehensive that you folks might consider me a reactionary or even a nut. And while I am not a big listener of Rush Limbaugh, I was encouraged when I read he was thinking along the same lines.

"Obviously the regime (the Obama Administration) is open to the idea that this is not an accident,” said Limbaugh. "The original Earth Day 40 years ago was inspired by the river in Cleveland catching fire. Forty years later, the day before Earth Day this year, the gulf is on fire. Coincidence? The jury is still out."

Love him or loathe him, what Limbaugh says is backed up by the actions of the White House which sent Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to the site. Napolitano has declared this is “an incident of national significance." Then on Sunday Obama visited the Gulf Coast to bolster efforts to control the spill.

The Dark Side Of The Greens
Of course I don’t know that eco-terrorists sparked this catastrophe. But I do know you don’t call a cop unless you think there might have been a crime. And some extremists in the Green movement are most certainly criminals.

The Federal government considers eco-terrorism a greater threat to America than Osama bin Laden and his organization al Qaida. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): “Eco-terrorism is the use or threatened use of violence of a criminal nature against innocent victims or property by an environmentally oriented, sub-national group for environmental-political reasons, or aimed at an audience beyond the target, often of a symbolic nature."

Guilty or not I have no doubt that the extremists in the environmental movement must be celebrating the Gulf Coast crisis. A recent poll by the WSJ asked: “Have your views on offshore drilling changed after the oil spill off the Louisiana coast?” The response by its conservative readership was a resounding, yes.

We may never know what caused the explosion that sunk the Deepwater Horizon. What we do know is that 11 men lost their lives and there is going to be untold suffering to the wildlife and on the people of America’s Gulf Coast. We can also expect this catastrophe will do to deep water oil exploration what Chernobyl did to nuclear energy. I expect new offshore drilling to cease for years, perhaps even decades. That sets up a future of greater dependence on Arab oil imports and higher energy prices.

Action To Take: Expect plenty of blame to go around and three companies are going to get hammered: BP (NYSE: BP, $52.15), Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG, $72.32) and Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL, $30.65). If you own shares in these stocks liquidate them immediately. If you own energy mutual funds make sure that part of your fund does not own these three stocks. If they do, sell the fund. What is ironic is that over the past few years BP has bragged that its name no longer stands for British Petroleum but rather Beyond Petroleum. It looks as if they might turn out to be right.

Yours for real wealth and good health,

John Myers
Myers’ Energy and Gold Report

Unions: Arizona Immigration Law Prompts Hispanics To Look To Organized Labor

Arizona immigration law prompts Hispanics to look to organized labor, union representatives say On May 1, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), a major labor union, rallied against Arizona’s new immigrant law during protests held across the country.

The rallies were held from California to Chicago to Washington, D.C., and the unionists—joined by faith, business and civil rights leaders—also called for a comprehensive Federal immigration reform.

"SEIU members will be marching on Saturday to remind politicians and citizens that comprehensive immigration reform is good for our economy and good for America," the organization said in a statement issued the day before.

Meanwhile, reports suggest that union representatives have been seeing a surge in inquiries from Hispanic workers in Arizona who worry that the law will lead to more police raids in their workplaces, according to The Business Journal.

"They want some protection to be able to counteract some of this stuff," said Scott Washburn, state director of the SEIU, quoted by the news provider.

"The more downward pressure you put on workers, the more likely they are to join a union," added Rebekah Friend, state director of AFL-CIO, another labor union.

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U.S. Senators Put Forward Outline Of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

U.S. senators put forward outline of comprehensive immigration reform In response to the law recently passed in Arizona, Federal lawmakers presented a framework for launching negotiations toward a bipartisan immigration reform bill.

Developed by Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and endorsed by Senate leadership, the bill makes "zero tolerance" for immigrants trying to enter the country illegally its center point. It proposes to achieve this by tightening border enforcement and by barring undocumented foreigners from taking jobs in the United States, according to media reports.

Other elements of the bill include issuing biometric Social Security cards for all workers—including American citizens—which employers would be required to verify. The proposal also carves a path for more than 10 million immigrants to become legal, including permanent-resident status to every foreigner with an advanced degree in science or technology from an American university.

Senate Democrats made no secret of the fact that the tough new Arizona immigration law prompted the unveiling of the federal proposal.

Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the Senate’s number two Democrat, quoted the Arizona association of the chiefs of police who said that "we strongly urge the U.S. Congress to immediately initiate the necessary steps to begin the process of comprehensively addressing the immigration issue, to provide solutions that are fair, logical and equitable," quoted by the National Public Radio. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19755454-ADNFCR

The History Of Cinco de Mayo

Before you head out to enjoy a margarita or two (or maybe a cerveza) to help celebrate Cinco de Mayo, I thought you might be interested in knowing a little background about this popular holiday.

It was on May 5, 1862, when a badly outnumbered and under-supplied Mexican army, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza, defeated a French army that was attempting to capture Puebla de Los Angeles. No, not the city in southern California, but a small town in east central Mexico. The battle lasted from daybreak until early evening. By the time the French retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers, compared to less than 100 for the Mexicans.

Although the town itself was of little strategic importance, the battle represented a great moral victory for the Mexicans. It proved that the country could successfully defend itself against a powerful foreigner. To this day, Mexicans credit the battle—and honor the day—as the beginning of their war of independence. Happy Cinco de Mayo.

—Chip Wood