Supremes Strike Down Gun Ban

The headline Monday morning at washingtonpost.com read, Gun rights extended by Supreme Court. With all due respect to the liberal headline writer at The Post, I take issue with that headline.

The Supreme Court can’t extend a right endowed by the Creator and guaranteed by 2nd Amendment. A better headline would have been, Supreme Court throws out Chicago’s usurpation of power.

Chicago and other cities and states that have sought to infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms were subverting the Constitution. Thankfully, five justices sought to preserve the Constitution and throw out Chicago’s ridiculous and worthless ban.

What’s troubling is that four justices saw no problem in taking away a person’s right to own a firearm. And these are the types of justices—and lower court judges—President Barack Obama will appoint at every opportunity.

While Republicans and Democrats are two sides of the same coin on issues of growing government and grabbing more power at the expense of Americans, when it comes to gun rights issues, Republicans are superior. Keep that in mind when you go to the polls in November.

If Obama is able to replace one of the five more “conservative” members of the Supreme Court you can kiss goodbye your ability to “legally” possess a firearm. Once that happens, the One World Government people have won.

Paradise Lost: For The Gulf Coast And The United States

“So many and so various laws are giv’n;
So many laws argue so many sins.” –Paradise Lost, John Milton, 1667

In the epic poem Paradise Lost, Adam and Eve have taken the forbidden fruit and God is asking Adam why. As in Genesis, Adam is passing the buck, telling God that this woman whom He made gave him the fruit. Adam asks God how such evil could have ever been expected from one so lovely.

God tells Adam that the mistake is Adam’s not Eve’s; that Adam was to look out for Eve. God points out that just before Eve met the serpent Adam had told her that they should stick together because the Archangel Raphael had warned them of the serpent. Yet Adam let Eve stray away to meet her fate, the consequences of which changed the world.

And in the end God holds Adam accountable for the loss of paradise.

Obama’s Blame Game
Just as Adam did with Eve, President Barack Obama is shifting as much blame as he can onto BP.

According to The Daily Telegraph, BP CEO Tony Hayward’s grilling looked like a kangaroo court. He had to listen to a litany of accusations from United States lawmakers before he was able to say a single word in his own defense: “As far as the members were concerned, he was there to take the blame, whether or not there were mitigating circumstances, or companies other than BP should be sharing culpability. It was as though, in a criminal trial, the victim’s statements were being read out before the verdict had been passed, although that was a foregone conclusion—a resounding ‘guilty.’ A kangaroo court would have offered a fairer hearing.”

What The Daily Telegraph doesn’t understand is that the Congressional inquisition of BP and Big Oil was never intended to be fair. The goal was to keep the elected elites in office and increase their influence.

Just as Adam thought Eve was a perfect foil, so too, does President Obama think that of BP. And he is right. Last week White House spokesman Bill Burton mocked BP’s CEO and all-around English twit Hayward for attending a luxury yacht race on crystal waters while the Gulf of Mexico is turning into the Black Sea.

Burton opined that Hayward should take part in the cleanup operations in the Gulf of Mexico with the $400,000 yacht he co-owns.

"You know, look, if Tony Hayward wants to put a skimmer on that yacht and bring it down to the Gulf, we’d be happy to have his help," Burton said to a chorus of yuck-yucks in the White House briefing room.

It is almost beyond my comprehension that BP could have such bad PR, from Hayward saying he “wants his life back,” to BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg calling the people of the Gulf Coast, “small people.” But it seems the people of the Gulf are small people, not just to BP but to Obama as well.

The same weekend that Hayward was skipping his yacht, Obama was walking the links. Even as tar balls washed up on Destin, Fort Walton and Panama City Beach, Obama was busy hitting golf balls.

Just as Adam was quick to condemn Eve, the Obama White House sees no hypocrisy in pointing out BP’s sins while denying their own.

Caught Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
One estimate reported by CNN says the catastrophe of the Deepwater Horizon platform spill could cost just the Florida Gulf Coast alone 200,000 jobs before it is all over. Yet the cost on all of us is only starting to climb. Seafood is becoming more expensive and oil prices have resumed their climb towards $80 per barrel.

It is important to note that before the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, the Gulf of Mexico was producing about 1.6 million barrels of oil per day. That is almost a third of domestic production.

If the Obama administration follows through with an overall ban on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, and further tightens the screws on exploration in Alaska, the consequences of this crisis will have a devastating affect on our oil needs.

Last week a New Orleans Federal judge lifted the six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling imposed by the President, saying: “The court is unable to divine or fathom a relationship between the findings and the immense scope of the moratorium.”

However Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar responded that he will issue a new order on deepwater offshore oil drilling.

“We see clear evidence every day, as oil spills from BP’s well, of the need for a pause on deepwater drilling,” Salazar said. “Based on this ever-growing evidence, I will issue a new order in the coming days that eliminates any doubt that a moratorium is needed, appropriate, and within our authorities.”

Expect the White House to throw its full weight behind suspension of deep water drilling. And that is bad news for the nation which desperately needs oil from the Gulf of Mexico. Without it we will be left begging OPEC.

Does BO Have A Backdoor Deal With BP?
Meanwhile BP has kicked in $20 billion to pay for their mistake. That led Congressman Joe Barton (R-Texas) to apologize to BP saying that the $20 billion escrow fund was a “shakedown” by the White House.

I think Barton was not only ignorant of the political winds but was dead wrong. I believe that BP and the White House made a deal for the Federal government to funnel that money back to BP in the back door. One of just a handful of ways for this to work would be to give BP sweet deals on future leases.

In the end it will cost the taxpayers more than it will cost BP. Still, Obama probably considers the price tag a bargain if it can turn the nation Green.

“The motivation for allowing the well to blow and prolonging the crisis isn’t merely financial, it’s political too,” writes Prison Planet. “The motto for the people who pull the strings inside the Obama administration, people like Rahm Emanuel and Hillary Clinton is to ‘never let a good crisis go to waste’—and Obama himself has certainly taken that to heart over the course of the last two months.”

Prison Planet speculates that Obama and BP are joined at the hip: “The Obama administration has aggressively exploited the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to manufacture an artificial urgency in an effort to speed the passage of cap and trade in pursuit of a ‘green economy,’ an agenda firmly supported by the transnational oil corporations Obama is claiming to be reigning in. British Petroleum is one of the founding members of the cap and trade lobby, and has consistently lobbied for greenhouse gas restraints… and subsidies for oil pipelines, solar panels, natural gas and bio-fuels.”

Prison Planet concludes that BP stands to profit to the tune of billions.

Unfortunately what is good for BP is not good for the U.S. Some economic studies have indicated that going Green costs 2.2 jobs for every new job created.

In the Gulf, not only are shores being infected with a killer sludge, but now the Federal government is putting a moratorium on drilling. At stake are hundreds of thousands of jobs for people who have neither the time nor the money to go to yacht races or country clubs. It is their, and even our, paradise lost.

Yours for real wealth and good health,

John Myers
Myers’ Energy and Gold Report

The Treaty Of Versailles

On June 28, 1919, the First World War officially came to an end when France and Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles with the Allies. The German delegation, which had been forced to sign the punitive agreement, signaled their attitude by breaking the ceremonial pen.

The treaty required Germany to pay such onerous reparations to the victors that the country was impoverished for the next two decades. The terms were regarded with such bitterness in Germany that many historians believe they were directly responsible for the rise of Nazism and World War II.

One little footnote that has been almost forgotten: President Woodrow Wilson, the most powerful person at that conference, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1920 for his efforts there. As Henry Kissinger could testify, it would not be the last time the “peace” prize had very little to do with achieving a just and lasting peace.

—Chip Wood

GOP Senators Block New Spending Package

GOP senators block new spending package Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said that he will pull a Democratic-backed economic relief bill from the floor after it was defeated for the third time last week.

The proposed spending bill would have provided $16 billion in aid to debt-ridden states, allowing them to avoid laying off thousands of government workers. If passed the measure would have also extended emergency unemployment benefits to more than 1 million individuals who have been out of work for at least six months.

In order to offset the cost of the bill, Democrats planned to increase taxes on investment fund managers and domestically produced oil, according to the Associated Press (AP). The unemployment insurance extension program, however, would have contributed to the already ballooning federal deficit.

Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) joined every Republican in defeating the measure, which fell three votes shy of the 60 needed to overcome a GOP filibuster.

"It adds new taxes and over $30 billion to an already staggering $13 trillion dollar national debt," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has said that President Obama will continue to push the Senate to pass the bill in hopes of avoiding a "double-dip" recession.

Meanwhile, the House passed a $6.4 billion piece of legislation last week that will delay for six months a 21 percent pay cut for physicians who treat Medicare patients. The bill, which was passed in the Senate last week, will now head to the president’s desk for his signature.
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Pine Bark Extract May Help Combat Hay Fever Symptoms

Pine bark extract may help combat hay fever symptoms Results of a new study suggest that pycnogenol, an antioxidant extract derived from the bark of French maritime pine trees, may safely reduce the severity of symptoms associated with hay fever.

For the study, Canadian researchers randomly assigned 60 confirmed allergy sufferers to take a pill form of pycnogenol or a placebo twice daily for the entirety of hay fever season. Patients in each group were allowed to use non-prescription antihistamines during the study period.
Throughout the course of the treatment, participants had blood taken and were asked to record the severity of their symptoms by filling out self-administered questionnaires.

At the conclusion of the study, the average nasal and eye symptom score for those taking the natural supplement was much lower than that of the control group. Furthermore, study group participants had significantly lower levels of IgE antibodies, which correspond to the severity of hay fever symptoms.

The investigators also found that only 12.5 percent of participants who were randomly assigned to take pycnogenol felt the need to take non-prescription antihistamines during the study. In contrast, nearly 50 percent of those in the placebo group took allergy medications.

"For the many people seeking alternatives to conventional treatment for [hay fever], pycnogenol may represent an effective and completely natural solution, void of any side effects" said lead author Malkanthi Evans.
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Conservatives Up In Arms Over Florida Governor Abortion Stance

Conservatives up in arms over Florida governor abortion stanceEarlier this month Florida Governor Charlie Crist vetoed a bill that would have required a woman to get an ultrasound before an abortion, in an apparent reversal of his earlier pro-life stance. In response, a conservative group launched an ad campaign targeting the governor who is running for the United States Senate later this year.

The conservative organization called Family Research Council (FRC) Action PAC unveiled a radio ad campaign that urges state residents to oppose Crist and his policies. The ad is also part of the FRC campaign to help elect Crist’s conservative opponent Marco Rubio.

"Governor Charlie Crist used to claim to be pro-life. Now he’s just pro-Crist. Since leaving his party he’s decided he’d rather be pro-abortion, removing the pro-life section from his website and vetoing a bill that would allow women to see an ultrasound of their child before having an abortion," the ad states.

It makes a reference to the governor’s departure from the GOP earlier this year to run as as an independent when it became clear he wouldn’t have his party’s support.

Florida fiscal and social conservatives have billed Rubio as a pro-family and pro-life candidate.
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Congress Comes A Step Closer To Financial Overhaul

Congress comes a step closer to financial overhaulOn June 25 lawmakers approved a bill that reconciles the House and Senate Wall Street reform proposals, clearing the way for final votes on what has been described as the most sweeping financial sector overhaul since the 1930s.

Legislators worked through the night to cap a two-week-long session and reach a historic agreement on the reform that will impose greater oversight of hedge funds and derivatives market, limit proprietary trading by banks and possibly break up firms that are deemed "too big to fail," according to media reports.

Investors will also gain more power to sue credit rating agencies, which have been implicated in the 2008 financial meltdown, and a consumer protection agency will be set up.

President Obama praised the compromise saying that "we are poised to pass the toughest financial reform since the ones we created in the aftermath of The Great Depression."

However, not everyone seemed to share his views. William Isaac, the former chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), said that the bill does not accomplish its goals.

"We haven’t done anything to repair this 100-year-old regulatory structure," he said, quoted by Bloomberg.

The final votes in the full House and Senate are expected to take place this week, and congressional leaders hope to send the bill to Obama by July 4.
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Eat More Fat! Well… Nature’s Healthy Fat

There is a nasty word out there in the weight loss world, and it’s “fat.”  Everyone is trying to lose weight, to lose “fat.” All the diet foods are labeled “fat free” to be appealing to dieters, even if they are laden with sugar. When people see an overweight person they say, “Oh man, look at that fat person.”

But fat is not just a bad word. In fact, there is an entire family of fats that are beloved by healthcare professionals because they are healthy for you.  In fact, these fats are not only healthy, they are essential for your body. They are known as omega-3s, or omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3s are the good-for-you unsaturated fatty acids comprised of the polyunsaturated trio of a-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

While the omega-3 fatty acids are the big buzz word of today where healthy living and weight loss are concerned, they were actually discovered way back in the 1930s. During that decade it was found that these polyunsaturated fats were necessary for normal human growth to occur.

In the 1970s researchers studied the diets of the Eskimos of Greenland and discovered that two of the three omegas (DHA and EPA) were essential to heart health. The Eskimos were consuming large doses of these fatty acids through their seafood-rich diet. Moreover, they showed almost no signs of cardiovascular disease. That’s because these omega-3 fatty acids naturally reduce triglycerides and arterial plaque while reducing heart rate and maintaining healthy blood pressure. What an amazing family of fats.

Now where most supplements have to add the tag line “these claims have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA),” two of the three omegas HAVE been evaluated. In fact, EPA and DHA have both been awarded “qualified health claim” status by the FDA.

Here’s the statement from the FDA:

“Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA [n−3] fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.”

The Canadian Government has done additional research and has publicly stated: “DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid, supports the normal development of the brain, eyes and nerves.”

As one might guess, with the rise in popularity of the omega-3 fatty acids, advertisers are producing supplements and adding it to foods or just prominently labeling those foods that already have these good fats in them. A diet high in fish is all that is needed. But for those of you who either don’t enjoy fish or who want more omega-3s in your diet, the highest doses can be found in krill oil, fish oil and flaxseed oil supplements.

No matter how you look at these omega fats, they are good for you and essential for health. Who said all fat was bad?

—Dr. Mark Wiley

Opposition To Kagan Nomination Mounting

Opposition to Kagan nomination mounting A growing number of American voters believe that the Senate should not confirm Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan following the hearings that are scheduled to commence this week, according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey.

The poll found that 42 percent of Americans now oppose Kagan’s confirmation—up nine points from the last survey conducted the week after President Obama nominated her for the seat. Of the more than 1,000 registered voters polled, a total of 35 percent support Kagan’s nomination, while 23 percent remain undecided.

However, the vast majority of those surveyed feel the Senate hearings will be no more than a formality, as 84 percent believe she will be confirmed.

Meanwhile, with only a handful of days remaining before the final vote on her confirmation will take place, Republican leaders are making their final push to discredit Kagan—a nominee that they feel has very little practical, real-world legal experience.

Ms. Kagan "has less legal experience than any judge in the last 50 years…and most of her work has been political work," Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said in a recent interview with Fox News.

In fact, Kagan admitted that the majority of her work with the Clinton administration was of a political nature.

"Most of the time I spent in the White House, I did not serve as an attorney; I was instead a policy adviser," she said during a 2007 speech at West Point, quoted by The New York Times.
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