Arizona Passes New Bill Aimed At Curbing School Programs That Promote ‘Ethnic Chauvinism’

Arizona passes new bill aimed at curbing school programs that promote 'ethnic chauvinism'Just a week after passing a controversial and historically aggressive immigration law, the Arizona State Legislature passed a bill April 2 that its critics say is simply a veiled attempt to quash one of the school districts’ Mexican-American studies programs.

Under the legislation, which passed the state House and Senate on consecutive days, schools will be stripped of state funding if they offer courses that "promote the overthrow of the United States government, promote resentment of a particular race or class of people, are designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group or advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals."

Tom Horne, state superintendent for public instruction, said the bill is aimed at preventing new and existing programs that "are designed to promote ethnic chauvinism."

Opponents of the legislation argue that the bill will affect the way that educators teach history, and that state lawmakers should not be involved in creating and monitoring curriculum, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

In response to the measure, State Senator Linda Lopez, an open critic of the legislation, proposed that schools also stop teaching the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as they promote resentment toward Japanese and Arab Americans. Lopez noted that she was not seriously pushing the amendment, but was just trying to make a point.

The bill will now head to the desk of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer for her signature.

Low Vitamin D Levels Linked To Poorer Cognitive Function In MS Patients

Low vitamin D levels linked to poorer cognitive function in MS patients According to a new study presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting earlier this month, insufficient blood levels of vitamin D may be linked to increased cognitive impairment and more advanced physical disability in patients suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS).

For the study, researchers from the University at Buffalo recruited 208 patients diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS and 28 with the more destructive, secondary progressive form of the disease.

After analyzing each patient’s blood serum samples and their MRI scans, the research team found that only 7 percent of participants with the more serious form of MS had sufficient levels of vitamin D. In contrast, nearly 20 percent of patients with the relapsing-remitting form of the disease had adequate blood levels of the nutrient.

Furthermore, the investigators discovered a link between extremely low vitamin D levels and poor neuropsychological assessments.

"Results showed that MS patients who were impaired on tests of executive function—critical reasoning and abstract thinking—and the ability to plan and organize, were more likely to be deficient in vitamin D," said lead author Sarah Morrow.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19755055-ADNFCR

Transcendental Meditation A Safe, Effective Therapy Option For Depressed Seniors

Transcendental meditation a safe, effective therapy option for depressed seniors Results of a recent study presented at the 31st Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine suggest that transcendental meditation may be an effective alternative remedy for people suffering from depression.

For the study, a research team from the Charles Drew University in Los Angeles and University of Hawaii in Kohala recruited a large group of adult patients over the age of 55 who were at high risk for heart disease, and had them undergo a clinical test for depression.

Respondents were then randomly assigned to participate in transcendental meditation classes or health education courses for a period of nine to 12 months.

At the time of follow-up, patients who showed indications of clinically significant depression decreased their symptoms by an average of 48 percent compared to those enrolled in the control group.

"The importance of reducing depression in the elderly at risk for heart disease cannot be overestimated," said Gary Kaplan, clinical associate professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. "Any technique not involving extra medication in this population is a welcome addition."

Legal Challenge To Arizona Immigration Law Mounting

Legal challenge to Arizona immigration law mountingAs the controversy surrounding the new Arizona immigration law continues, more individuals and organizations are threatening to sue the state over the provision they consider unconstitutional.

On April 29, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Arizona and the National Immigration Law Center held a news conference in Phoenix to announce a legal challenge to the recently signed SB1070.

"A vigorous and sophisticated legal challenge will be mounted, in advance of SB1070’s implementation, seeking to prevent this unconstitutional and discriminatory law from ever taking effect," said MALDEF president and general counsel Thomas A. Saenz.

The announcement came as a Tucson, Ariz. police officer Martin H. Escobar asked that local law enforcement be exempt from enforcing the new immigration law in a lawsuit filed in Federal court on April 29, according to CNN.

Escobar was quoted by the news provider as saying that the bill will "seriously impede law enforcement investigations and facilitate the successful commission of crimes."

The law’s opponents allege that by making it a state misdemeanor for foreign nationals not to register and carry their documents with them, and by allowing police to inquire as to the immigration status of persons they consider "reasonably suspicious," the law opens up doors for racial profiling of ethnic minorities. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19753798-ADNFCR

The Tongue Tells All

The tongue is an amazing body part. It helps us speak, eat, keeps the mouth and lips moist and, by its condition, tells us our state of health. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), examining the tongue is one of the primary diagnostic tools. Yet in Western medicine it is largely ignored, with the physician using a depressor to hold it down to look past the tongue and at the throat.

The tongue offers TCM practitioners an unusual keyhole into which they can learn various things about the state of your organs, blood and interior body. It displays clues on its surface that reflect various things, such as relative degrees of blood movement, qi (energy) strength, dampness, heat, toxicity and so on.

These things manifest on the tongue precisely because the tongue first comes into contact with the food we eat, and this food changes our bodies on daily basis. The tongue, according to TCM theory, is also “the outlet of the heart.” As such the color of the tongue is related to the state of the blood. For example, a pale-colored tongue can indicate a basic blood deficiency or anemia.

When a TCM practitioner examines the tongue they are looking at such things as body color, texture, coating, cracks, lines, teeth marks and relative moisture or lack there of.

Following are examples of 10 different syndromes and the tongues they manifest, what they mean and what symptoms may be present.

Which Tongue Are you?

Normal—A normal tongue is pink in color, is moist, has no deep cracks or lines and perhaps a thin white coat or no coating at all.

Blood Stasis—A person experiencing blood stasis may experience such symptoms as cold limbs, varicose veins, painful legs, headaches, chest pain and liver spots and their skin may lack its normal luster. Their tongue body color will be purple and may have black spots on it.

Blood Deficiency—A person experiencing blood deficiency may experience symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, palpitations, poor concentration and memory, insomnia and women’s health issues. Their tongue will be pale and have very little, if any, coating.

Qi Deficiency—A person who is experiencing qi deficiency may have such symptoms as fatigue, poor appetite, spontaneous sweating, shortness of breath, over-thinking or worrying. Their tongue body will be pale, have a few red dots on it, a thin white coating and have teeth marks on its edges.

Qi Stagnation—A person experiencing qi stagnation may be stressed, have a tendency to be depressed or upset, have a general unstable emotional state and experience premenstrual tension syndrome. Their tongue will have a thin white coating and its tip will be red.

Damp Retention—A person experiencing damp retention may have such symptoms as bloating, feeling of fullness in the chest, abdominal fullness and a feeling of being heavy or lethargic. Their tongue will be pink and swollen and the center will have a greasy white coating.

Heat—A person experiencing heat will feel hot, sweat easily, be thirsty, constipated, irritable, bad tempered and have skin problems. Their tongue body will be red and they will have a thin yellow coating on it.

Damp Heat—A person experiencing damp heat will usually have skin problems, urinary tract infections, clammy skin and be angry and uncomfortable. Their tongue will be red with a greasy yellow coating.

Yang Deficiency—A person with yang deficiency may easily feel cold, tend to need warming up, have a pale complexion, back pain, may panic easily, have low emotional feelings and possibly be impotence or infertile.

Yin Deficiency—A person experiencing a yin deficiency may have hot flashes, night sweats (as in menopause), insomnia, irritability, ringing in the ears and irregular menstruation. Their tongue will be red, have many cracks in it and have little or no coating at all.

Now that you have a basic idea of the ways in which various health issues manifest on your tongue, have a look at it. I examine mine in a mirror every morning to decide how my body is doing and what I should eat for breakfast and lunch.

My tongue tells me a lot about myself. What does yours say about your health?

—Dr. Mark Wiley

Look To Soybeans For Protein Needs

Soybeans are a great source of lean protein. Natural sources can be found in soymilk, edamame—or baby soybean pods—and organic tofu. Another popular soy product is tempeh, or fermented soybeans prepared in a cake form. Tempeh can be a great substitute in meat dishes because of its firm texture and strong flavor. Plus, it’s loaded with fiber and B vitamins!

Republicans Relent, Allow Debate On Financial Overhaul To Begin

Republicans relent, allow debate on financial overhaul to beginAfter voting for three consecutive days to block financial reform legislation from reaching the floor, Senate Republicans finally relented last week and agreed to allow floor deliberations to begin.

GOP leaders decided to move forward with debate after Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the top Republican on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, said he received assurances from Democrats that they were willing to adjust the bill to alleviate concerns that it perpetuates bailouts, the Associated Press (AP) reports.

However, some political pundits believe the decision was made in response to the mounting political pressure applied by Democrats, who have cast Republicans as uncooperative and obstructive.

"It’s very difficult for me to comprehend senators, Republican senators, coming to the floor and nitpicking this bill," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). "All the talk of the Republicans, about wanting to do something about this bill before it gets on the floor, is really anti-Senate, and anti-American."

While Republicans disagree with several aspects of the bill, they seem most perturbed with its aggressive and strict consumer protection language. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), who authored the legislation, indicated his willingness to adjust the bill, but said he will not "weaken consumer protections given the enormous abuses we have seen."


ISRA Criticizes Chicago Mayor Over Gun Regulations As New Coalition Plans To Close Gun Show Loophole

ISRA criticizes Chicago mayor over gun regulations as new coalition plans to close gun show loopholeEarlier this month, when Chicago Mayor Richard Daley recommended that an international court take up his petition to shut down U.S. firearm retailers, Illinois State Rifle Association suggested that he "take a couple of weeks off."

ISRA representatives stated that the city’s soaring crime rate, sinking economy as well as suggestions from some members of the Obama administration that the mayor step aside, have taken their toll on "Daley’s sensibilities."

"What Mayor Daley is suggesting is that we voluntarily nullify the U.S. Constitution and cede our sovereignty to a hostile world body," commented ISRA executive director, Richard Pearson.

"[He] should ponder well the sacrifices made by millions of young American men and women to protect and preserve the freedoms that he is so eager to give away," Pearson added.

Meanwhile, the bi-partisan coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns today announced the launch of a new national campaign to close the gun show loophole.

The loophole is a gap in federal law that enables individuals to buy weapons at gun shows without undergoing a background check.

Television advertisements promoting the move will appear on the national cable networks of CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, as well in local markets across Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Ohio and Virginia.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19751857-ADNFCR

Study: One In Three Chronic Pain Sufferers Use Alternative Therapies

Study: One in three chronic pain sufferers use alternative therapiesAccording to a new University of Michigan Health System study, more than one-third of adult patients who experience chronic pain are utilizing complementary and alternative medicine therapies to help alleviate the symptoms.

For the study, lead author Carmen Green, professor of health management and policy at the university, and her colleagues monitored 5,750 adults who were being treated for chronic pain over a six-year period. They found that 35 percent of respondents reported having used at least one form of complementary and alternative medicine therapy, with manipulation techniques, biofeedback and acupuncture being the most popular.

The research team also discovered that race and age played a large role in the utilization of alternative therapies. The techniques were most commonly used by older, more educated Caucasians with higher income levels. However, the study’s authors admitted that this disparity may be due to the differences in insurance coverage.

Green concluded that complementary and alternative medicine therapies are helpful, but should always be signed off on by a physician before being employed.

"Unfortunately patients are often reluctant to share information regarding alternative therapy usage with healthcare providers, but discussions and awareness of alternative therapy use in pain patients may improve the quality of pain care and patient safety," she noted.

Oil Spill May Affect Obama’s Offshore Drilling Plan

Oil spill may affect Obama's offshore drilling plan Last week’s oil rig explosion off the Louisiana coast—which killed 11 workers and resulted in tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil being dumped into the Gulf of Mexico—could not have come at worse time for President Obama.

Just a month after rolling out a proposal to increase offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean and in parts of Alaska, Obama is being asked to scrap his plan in light of the tragedy.

Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) called for the president to rescind his plan on Thursday, and asked the Interior Department to provide Congress with a detailed report concerning the multitude of accidents that have occurred over the last decade, Fox News reports.

"Big Oil has perpetuated a dangerous myth that coastline drilling is a completely safe endeavor, but accidents like this are a sober reminder just how far that is from the truth," the senators wrote in a statement.

Whitehouse Press Secretary Robert Gibbs conceded on Thursday that the administration’s plan concerning offshore drilling could be modified depending on the specifics of last week’s accident, which may cost as much as $1 billion to clean up.

"Today, we don’t know what the cause is," said Gibbs. "If we’re saying that [United States officials] came to the president and said, here’s what caused it, would that possibly change his viewpoint? Well, of course."

With No Federal Plan In Place, State Lawmakers Look To Implement Aggressive Immigration Reform

With no federal plan in place, state lawmakers look to implement aggressive immigration reformOn the heels of the recent passage of Arizona’s historic and controversial new immigration law, lawmakers in at least five other states are calling for their legislatures to implement similar measures.

With a federal plan nowhere near complete, political leaders from Utah, Texas, Georgia, Ohio and Maryland are pushing for aggressive state laws to help curb illegal immigration, CBS News reports.

Texas State Representative Debbie Riddle said that she will introduce a similar bill to the one recently passed in Arizona during Texas’ next legislative session in January, Newsmax reports.

Riddle added that "if [the] Federal government did their job, then Arizona wouldn’t have to take this action, and neither would Texas."

Meanwhile, illegal immigration is expected to be a major issue of concern in the upcoming midterm elections. In Georgia, Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal is already beginning his push for stricter state regulations concerning immigration.

"I agree with the Arizona governor and legislature that the Federal government has failed miserably at protecting our borders and enacting sensible solutions that would protect our states, counties and cities from bearing the enormous costs associated with illegal immigration," Deal said on Tuesday. "As governor of Georgia, I’d work to pass and sign similar legislation."

Vitamin D Deficiency Associated With Chronic Fatigue In Brain Injury Patients

Vitamin D deficiency associated with chronic fatigue in brain injury patients European researchers have reportedly found that a vitamin D deficiency is closely linked with chronic fatigue among patients who suffered a traumatic brain injury.

For the study, a research team led by Jessica Schnieders from Rijnstate Hospital in Arnham, The Netherlands, recruited 90 patients with brain injuries, half of whom reported being chronically fatigued.

After evaluating each patient’s pituitary hormones and behavioral factors such as sleep, daily activity, emotional well-being and quality of life, the investigators found that the biggest commonality among fatigued patients was their low vitamin D levels.

In fact, a total of 80 percent of those suffering from chronic fatigue had a vitamin deficiency, compared to only 40 percent of those in the control group. Schnieders noted that all patients who were found to have a nutrient deficiency were given nutritional supplements, and many reported feeling better after treatment, according to Med Page Today.

"This is early work, so we need to confirm that vitamin D is the cause of this fatigue, and if so to see if taking vitamin D, perhaps coupled with improved sleep patterns, can alleviate some of the symptoms," said Schnieders.

President Clinton And Tea Party Terrorists

Just who are the real terrorists?

For more than a year Democrats and their mainstream media lapdogs have sought to portray Tea partiers as everything from ignoramuses to racist skinheads to gun-wielding, Bible-toting terrorists.

Now former President Bill Clinton has taken it up a notch, likening them to Oklahoma City bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh.

Leading up to the April 19th Anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, Clinton was back to playing a game he played 15 years before; blaming conservatives and talk radio for the actions of the admitted bomber, Timothy McVeigh.

And he did it under the guise of a warning: that angry, anti-government rhetoric coming from some conservatives, talk radio and Tea partiers could potentially spark another such incident.

But again; exactly who are the terrorists?

A strong case could be made that the Clinton White House was, in fact, a terror organization. Remember Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and the Randy Weaver family?

Weaver moved his family to northern Idaho to escape what he saw as a corrupted world. The family built a cabin and began home schooling their children. He appeared on the radar of Federal law enforcement agencies after a neighbor with whom he had a land dispute wrote letters to the Federal government and local law enforcement saying that Weaver had threatened the kill the Pope and President Ronald Reagan in the mid-1980s.

For the next several years agents from The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) sought to either entrap him or get him to work as an informant and infiltrate local militia groups. They finally entrapped him—as an Idaho jury found—when they bought shotguns from him then sawed them off below the legal limit and accused Weaver of selling illegal weapons. He was indicted in December 1990.

The Federal Court system then went to work on Weaver’s case and he was cited for failure to appear in court when he missed a court date that didn’t match the one on a letter sent to him and his court-appointed attorney (an attorney Weaver had no communication with).

Because Weaver was a former green beret who lived in an isolated area and sought to escape an oppressive Federal government that had for several years sought to entrap him, Weaver was considered a terrorist threat by the Clinton Justice Department (sound familiar?).

So United States Marshals dressed in camouflage and equipped with night vision goggles and M16 rifles surrounded his cabin and began to search for a place to ambush and arrest him.

One of the marshals threw rocks against the cabin walls to test the reaction of the Weaver’s dogs. When the dogs began barking Weaver’s 14-year-old son Sammie and family friend Kevin Harris came outside to investigate. They followed the dog to see what had him upset.

Marshal Art Roderick shot the dog. Sammie cursed Roderick then shot at him. Marshal Bill Degan came out of the woods shooting and hit Sammie in the arm. Harris fired back, shooting Degan in the chest. A third Marshal, Larry Cooper, exchanged gunfire with Harris and Sammie was shot in the back and killed.

The next day members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) hostage rescue team were deployed with the green light to shoot on sight. Agent Lon Horiuchi took the order to heart. When Weaver went to a shed where his dead son lay, Horiuchi shot him in the back. Horiuchi then shot Weaver’s wife Vicki in the head as she stood inside her cabin holding her 10-month-old baby.

At about the same time the ATF was seeking to make a firearms case against the leader of a religious cult called the Branch Davidians outside of Waco, Texas.

On Feb. 28, 1993, ATF agents swarmed the Davidian’s compound, arriving in cattle trailers pulled by the personal vehicles of ATF agents. When Davidian leader David Koresh saw them—he had already been tipped off they were coming—he went outside to ask what they wanted. Shots were fired and Koresh was wounded and his father-in-law and another Davidian were killed.

During the ensuing shootout four ATF agents and four more Davidians died. The ATF then began a siege that lasted 50 days. It finally ended when the ATF used tanks to puncture holes in the walls and gas the inhabitants. The FBI fired military rounds into the compound and Texas Rangers fired tear gas rounds into the buildings. The buildings caught fire and 75 people died in the inferno.

According to McVeigh’s testimony, the Federal government’s attacks on the Weaver family and the Branch Davidians—plus other violent raids by Federal agents—were the events that triggered him to blow up the Murrah building on April 19, 1995.

Of course the government’s official line and the one readily accepted and regurgitated by the lamestream media is that McVeigh and Terry Nichols were solely responsible for the bombing. McVeigh was executed and Nichols is serving a life sentence for conspiracy and manslaughter.

But there is much about the official story that fails the smell test. In fact, there are so many discrepancies between the official story and the facts that have since surfaced that they can’t all be covered—but here are some highlights:

  • There’s John Doe #2, the second suspect described by witnesses as being in McVeigh’s company in the days leading up to the bombing—including accompanying McVeigh when he rented the Ryder truck. Soon after McVeigh’s arrest, Federal agents quashed the search for John Doe #2. Oklahoma reporter Jayna Davis, who covered the story for an Oklahoma television station and has written a book about it, has appeared on news programs saying her investigation revealed that there was indeed a John Doe #2 and he was Hussain Al-Hussaini, an Iraqi and a member of Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard. She also uncovered ties Nichols had to the first World Trade Center bomber, Ramzi Yousef, and Yousef’s ties to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida.
  • There is the testimony of witnesses plus audio evidence of multiple explosions at the Murrah building, not just one from the Ryder truck. Also, explosives experts have said that the truck bomb alone would not have brought down the building in the manner that it came down; that explosive charges planted inside the building would have had to have been used.
  • There are reports from survivors of the blast who say they saw McVeigh inside the building in the days before the bombing meeting with Federal agents. One survivor, Jane Graham, has said there were many unusual people in the building—some carrying building plans—in the days prior to the bombing. She has also said she recognized two men caught on camera leaving the building and talking on walkie-talkies in the bombing’s aftermath that she had seen previously inside the building wearing General Service Administration (GSA) uniforms.
  • Davis, Graham and others who say they have information relevant to the investigation claim they were repeatedly rebuffed, if not treated in a hostile manner, when they tried to present that information to Federal agents.

In other words; there is evidence of possible complicity in the bombing by agents of the U.S. government and there certainly has been a suppression of the truth.

Byron York of The Washington Examiner wrote a column April 18, 2010, about Clinton’s remarks. In it he said that Clinton, aided by his pollster and advisor Dick Morris, exploited the bombing to make a political comeback at one of the lowest points of his presidency to that time. He said that Clinton was in deep political trouble and polls showed the public viewed him as weak, incompetent and ineffective.

“Morris began polling about Oklahoma City almost immediately after the bombing.  On April 23, four days after the attack, Clinton appeared to point the finger straight at his political opponents during a speech in Minneapolis.  ‘We hear so many loud and angry voices in America today whose sole goal seems to be to try to keep some people as paranoid as possible and the rest of us all torn up and upset with each other,’ he said.  ‘They spread hate. They leave the impression that, by their very words, that violence is acceptable,’ wrote York.

The question is: Did Clinton simply exploit an opportunity to deflect attention away from himself and try to score points against a growing conservative tide, or was something more sinister involved?

Regardless, whether it’s Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, liberal media pundits, left-wing talking-point regurgitators or unthinking sheeple who are constantly calling Tea partiers terrorists; that doesn’t make it so.

Tea party participants are normal, everyday Americans concerned about the course of their government. They are not terrorists seeking a building to blow up. There have been no instances of violence during Tea party rallies. In fact, Tea partiers even clean up their messes before leaving their rally locations.

Exercising a right guaranteed by the First Amendment to speak freely, assemble peaceably and petition the Government for a redress of grievances does not make one a terrorist. It is a uniquely American experience.

Maybe Clinton should think a little harder about who the terrorists might be.