Obama Asks Congress For $50 Billion In Aid To Avoid State Layoffs

Obama asks Congress for $50 billion in aid to avoid state layoffs President Obama has requested that Congress quickly approve nearly $50 billion in emergency aid to help prevent states from being forced to lay off more workers.

In a letter written to congressional lawmakers, Obama suggested that last year’s $787 billion Federal stimulus package will not be enough to avoid the "massive layoffs" of teachers, firefighters and law enforcement personnel.

"The lingering economic damage left by the financial crisis we inherited has left a mounting employment crisis at the state and local level that could set back the pace of our economic recovery," he wrote.

Obama’s proposal came as a surprise to lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, who said the president failed to mention the plan during a White House meeting late last week, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Republican members of Congress spoke out against the request on Monday, noting that previous Federal spending contributed to the mounting deficit while doing little to reduce the nation’s near 10 percent unemployment rate.

"Democrats are showing either that they just don’t get it on this issue of the debt, or that they just don’t care," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). "You can understand the American people’s skepticism when they’re told that simply adding more government is the solution to government’s previous failures."

Healthy Eating Can Help Women Lower Their Risk Of Developing Cataracts

Healthy eating can help women lower their risk of developing cataracts Older women may be able to lower their risk of developing cataracts by consuming a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals, according to a new University of Wisconsin study.

For the research, lead author Julie Mares and her colleagues examined 1,808 women over the age of 55 who took part in both the Women’s Health Initiative study—which had them complete food frequency questionnaires—and an age-related eye disease study.

Participants were assigned scores based on their adherence to the 1992 food guide pyramid. High marks were given to those who consumed more than the recommended amount of fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins, while low scores were handed out to individuals who ate foods rich in fat, cholesterol and sodium.

The investigators found that the women with the highest dietary scores had, by far, the lowest risk of developing cataracts.

"Results from this study indicate that healthy diets, which reflect adherence to the United States dietary guidelines at the time of entry in the Women’s Health Initiative study, are more strongly related to the lower occurrence of nuclear cataracts than any other modifiable risk factor or protective factor studied in this sample of women," wrote the authors.

Oil Spill Cleanup Fund Up In The Air

Oil spill cleanup fund up in the airEarlier this week, the Obama administration vowed to press BP to set up an escrow account to pay for the oil spill damage along the Gulf Coast, but recent reports suggest the deal appears to be stalling.

Still at issue are the size of the fund, the question of a third-party administrator and whether BP shareholders would have to approve the transfer of money, according to BusinessWeek, which cited anonymous sources.

The news comes as President Obama is scheduled to meet today with BP CEO Tony Hayward and Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg at the White House, but there are indications he is planning to pursue the matter further.

In last night’s speech from the Oval Office, Obama said that he will tell Svanberg "that he is to set aside whatever resources are required to compensate the workers and business owners who have been harmed as a result of his company’s recklessness."

The administration’s moves are being closely watched by environmental and civil rights groups. In a recent letter to Obama, the Environmental Defense Fund called for allocating money within the escrow account explicitly for habitat restoration along the coast.

Meanwhile, the American Association for Justice urged the government to find a solution that will "protect Gulf coasters, not shield BP."ADNFCR-1961-ID-19841119-ADNFCR

Between A Rock And A Slippery Place

It’s taken the biggest environmental crisis in American history to drive home a simple point—Washington’s energy policy has been reckless and could yet be the ruination of this once great United States.

The latest polls show that 38 percent of Americans approve of President Obama’s handling of the Gulf oil crisis. Which makes one wonder, what would it take for these people not to support the President?

Of course there is the latest success that appears to be working almost seamlessly above the Deep Horizon oil well 5,000 feet below the Gulf of Mexico. The containment dome is now trapping more than 15,000 barrels per day of spewing oil, up from just 6,000 barrels per day when it was first placed over the ruptured hole. That’s amazing; the Obama administration said that the ruptured well was only leaking 5,000 barrels per day to begin with!

The President has promised that the U.S. will bounce back from this cataclysm. “We will get through this crisis,” said the President, echoing the words of President Carter who declared that he would bring the American hostages home from Iran, even as the daily calendar on that catastrophe clicked forward endlessly. Will this one reach day 100, day 150, perhaps even day 200?

Better Than Ever
Last week Obama said that the people of the Gulf coast "are going to need help from the entire country," but that he is determined to see that the region will be restored to a condition better than it was before the BP well blew up.

Better? That is like saying Vietnam is better after being raked with Agent Orange?

It is estimated that BP is on the hook for $14 billion but that will never make things better. Not for them (The BP brand has been tarnished for decades); not for the wildlife and certainly not for the people along the coast that make their living from those waters. And that is if we don’t get another “incident.”

But wait! The Deepwater Horizon is not the only well spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. According to a Federal document a nearby drilling rig, the Ocean Saratoga, has been leaking since at least April 30. While much smaller than the BP spill it has nevertheless produced a 10-mile-long slick that can be seen on satellite images. Diamond Offshore, which owns the drilling rig, said that they could not comment on the ongoing spill but it appears as if a boat is putting dispersants on the slick.

It all adds up to one thing—even after BP antes up billions you can bet the Federal government is going to be on the hook for a substantial part of the tab. The President promises that he is going to squeeze every penny for the cost of this problem out of BP but Obama has a pretty poor record when it comes to holding companies accountable for their mistakes. Just ask bank executives who threw the economy into a tailspin then collected billions in bailouts and then gave themselves millions in bonuses.

Regardless of the cost, the Gulf of Mexico is not the real problem. The 2 million barrels of crude oil that will have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico is a symptom of a much bigger problem; one that is getting progressively worse. I am talking about America’s unrequited addiction to oil which has been drilled dry within our borders.

The U.S. is now pumping less than 5 million barrels of oil per day. We pumped almost twice that much oil 30 years ago during the first Iranian crisis.

That leaves the U.S. dependent on harvesting petroleum wherever it can, including 5,000 feet deep in the Gulf of Mexico. It also leaves the U.S. importing more than two out of every three barrels we burn, much of that from countries that hate us.

Oil discoveries have been declining since 1964

As the graph above shows, the discovery rate for oil in the United States has fallen off a cliff. The U.S. is tapped out and drilled out. You have to go back to the 1920s to find a decade where less oil was discovered in the U.S. than will be discovered this decade. In case you are wondering, in 1920 there were 7.5 million automobiles in the U.S. Today there are about 250 million registered vehicles on the road.

Driven To Disaster
“Over the last 25 years, opportunities to head off the current crisis were ignored, missed or deliberately blocked, according to analysts, politicians and veterans of the oil and automobile industries,” wrote The New York Times.

The Times pointed out that as politicians heatedly debate opening new regions to drilling, corralling energy speculators, or starting an Apollo-like effort to find renewable energy supplies, analysts say the real source of the problem is closer to home. In fact, it’s parked in our driveways.

A whopping 70 percent of the 21 million barrels of oil the U.S. consumes every day goes for transportation, with the bulk of that burned by individual drivers. Americans’ daily use of oil is nearly twice the combined consumption of the Chinese and Indians.

Our nation’s dependence on imported oil has only kept growing in recent years, undermining the trade balance and creating a perfect storm for environmental disasters like the one happening in the Gulf of Mexico.

From Gaza To The Gulf Of Mexico
There has been no summer lull for the Obama administration. Consider:

  • June is turning out to be one of the bloodiest months in the Afghan war.
  • More than seven years after the U.S.-led invasion of the country in March 2003, bombings and shootings still remain common across Iraq.
  • Much of the world is outraged about events in Gaza, which may or may not have been provoked by America’s largest aircraft carrier also known as Israel.

The common denominator between these events and the Gulf spill is oil. If not for oil and America’s strategic need to secure the world’s last rich pools—most of which lay under Arab lands—Washington could pull its armies out of the Middle East, be an honest broker of peace between Israel and her Arab neighbors. That would not only save American lives but also hundreds of billions of dollars that are being spent on a foreign occupation. It would also restore the reputation of the U.S. which would help usher in a new age of prosperity.

But don’t expect peace to break out anytime soon. The President has a lot to say about the need to go Green, but there are two realities:

  • The technologies needed to replace oil are not here nor are they on the horizon.
  • The only Green that this President seems to understand is the kind of green that BP gave him when he was running for office. After all Obama was the largest recipient of BP campaign contributions.

It seems that if you give the President enough mulla, he is willing to let all of us deal with the Mullahs.

Yours for real wealth and good health,

John Myers
Myers’ Energy and Gold Report

The Magna Carta Established

It was nearly 800 years ago this week that King John of England, under pressure from a group of barons, agreed to put his seal on a document that, for the very first time in English history, limited the king’s powers by law.

King John was one of Britain’s most unpopular monarchs. He devised numerous ways to extract more money from his subjects, including the country’s first income tax. By 1215 many of the most important barons in England had had enough. They entered London in force on June 10, 1215. The citizens of the city showed their sympathy with the barons by throwing open the gates to the city and cheering them as they entered.

Five days later, on June 15, 1215, King John acquiesced to the barons’ demands. He agreed to meet them at Runnymede where he placed his Great Seal on the document they presented. It became known as the Magna Carta Libertatum, or the Great Charter of Freedom.

After King John’s death the Magna Carta would be revised numerous times, including three times during the rule of his successor, Henry III. It is the version approved in 1297 that remains in force in England and Wales to this day.

The Magna Carta is generally accepted as the most significant early influence that led to the rule of constitutional law today. So, thanks, barons.

—Chip Wood

Report Shows Hispanics Leaving Arizona In Droves

Report: Hispanics leaving Arizona in drovesArizona’s recently passed immigration bill has prompted many Hispanic families to leave the state before the controversial law goes into effect in late July.

While state authorities have yet to release any official statistics, many schools and businesses have indicated that a large number of legal and illegal residents of Hispanic descent have packed up and left Arizona in the last few weeks, USA Today reports.

Jeffrey Smith, superintendent of the state’s Balsz Elementary School District, told Fox News that 95 students have left the system since the law was signed by Governor Jan Brewer in late April. In contrast, only seven children dropped out of the district during the same period last year. More than 75 percent of Balsz Elementary School District students are Hispanic.

Smith noted that the majority of migrating Hispanics—both legal and illegal—may be headed for a neighboring state where immigration laws are less strict.

"The statement is something like New Mexico is the way Arizona used to be," he told the news source. "I heard one lady say she might go back to Mexico."

Brewer’s spokesman Paul Senseman said last week of the exodus, "If that means that fewer people are breaking the law, that is absolutely an accomplishment."

Caffeine Consumption May Help Stave Off Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease

Report: Caffeine consumption may help stave off Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease The consumption of moderate daily amounts of caffeine may help individuals prevent the onset of several cognitive decline disorders including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent comprehensive review of previous studies.

For the report, editors of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease brought together a collection of studies conducted by a group of experts in the fields of brain pathology and neurophysiological function.

Guest editors Alexandre de Mendonça and Rodrigo Cunha recognized several new studies that identified a direct link between caffeine consumption a lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease. These findings were paralleled by numerous animal trials that confirmed the inverse connection between caffeine intake and neurodegeneration.

"Later a few epidemiological studies showed that the consumption of moderate amounts of caffeine was inversely associated with the cognitive decline associated with aging as well as the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease," said Mendonça and Cunha.

"Again, this was paralleled by animal studies showing that chronic caffeine administration prevented memory deterioration and neurodegeneration in animal models of aging and of Alzheimer’s disease," they added.

The editors also noted that caffeine consumption may help improve the daily lives of Alzheimer’s disease patients by moderately augmenting their memory performance and acting as a mood stabilizer.

NIA: U.S. Stocks ‘Extremely Overvalued’

NIA: U.S. stocks 'extremely overvalued'Despite recent pronouncements from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke that he was cautiously optimistic about economic recovery, and despite official reports indicating that the labor market is stabilizing, the National Inflation Association (NIA) has continued to warn against the threat of the United States dollar becoming worthless due to accumulating national debt.

In particular, the NIA has criticized the mainstream media’s focus on the debt crisis in Greece—a small economy that the organization calls "irrelevant"—while ignoring a potential catastrophe at home in the form of impending hyperinflation.

It has also attacked the media for putting too much stock in credit rating agencies, which downgraded Greece’s bonds to junk, but still give U.S. bonds an AAA rating.

"The only thing separating U.S. debt from Greece debt is the Federal Reserve’s printing press," the organization said in a statement, adding that "[we believe] monetization is even worse than default, and U.S. debt already deserves to be rated junk right now."

Finally, given the volatility of the stock market, the NIA has once again reiterated the importance of investing in "real money," namely precious metals. In its view, a sharp decline in the Dow/Gold ratio from 9.3 to below 7 is among its top predictions for 2010. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19833152-ADNFCR

As Politicians Argue About Wall Street Reform, Americans Appear Open To More Regulation

As politicians argue about Wall Street reform, Americans appear open to more regulation With congressional negotiations on the Wall Street reform bill heating up a new poll has found that many Americans support some form of regulation, but it also depends on who or what is regulated.

A new Harris Poll found that 40 percent of respondents favor stricter regulation of businesses and only 19 percent would rather see fewer rules.

Among the top sectors Americans would like to see regulated are food safety (73 percent), executive pay and bonuses (70 percent), pharmaceuticals (70 percent), banks (69 percent) and environmental safety (66 percent). More than 60 percent would also like to see big business be subject to tighter oversight.

The poll also found that Democrats are generally for more regulation than Republicans, even though the latter came out strongly in favor of imposing rules of the food sector, executive compensation and banks.

On the other hand, among self-declared Tea Party supporters, a clear majority (48 to 21 percent) favor less strict regulation overall.

The survey was released just hours before Democrats and Republicans met among partisan bickering on June 10 for conference negotiations to finalize new Wall Street regulations. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19833195-ADNFCR

Amenorrhea And Chinese Herbal Medicine

Amenorrhea is one of the common health concerns for young ladies and women. There are two main classification of amenorrhea. Primary amenorrhea is the lack of menstruation over reproductive age. Secondary amenorrhea refers to a break in the menstrual cycle for at least three months at a time.

According to the holistic theories of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), amenorrhea has three general causes. It is most predominantly the result of insufficient transformation of blood from the spleen and stomach. The spleen and stomach are paired yin/yang organs (for more on how TCM links organs together read How “Chinese” Organs Are Different), and are responsible for the transformation and transportation of blood and nutrients in the body derived from the food one eats.

Another cause is known as the severe consumption of yin blood and exhaustion of blood source. This refers to the depletion of the yin (nurturing) aspect of energy and the energetic source of blood, wherein enough blood or strength of hemoglobin is deficient.

The third cause of amenorrhea is blood stasis (slowing of blood flow) due to exterior cold (e.g., the weather, air conditioner) or from excessive consumption of cold food and beverages. While there are three primary causes of amenorrhea, the primary and secondary classifications present with several syndromes.

Primary Amenorrhea Syndromes
The main symptoms of primary amenorrhea are the gradual reduction of menstrual flow to eventual stoppage for a period of time. There are two manifestations of this: 1) weakness of qi and blood, and 2) liver and kidney deficiency.

Weakness of qi (energy) and blood (essential yin nutrient) presents with sallow complexion, emaciation, vertigo, heart palpitations and a tongue that is light in color.

Deficiency of liver and kidney presents with vertigo, tinnitus, aching weakness of the loins and knees, feverish sensation in the five centers (palms, soles of the feet and chest), tidal fever, night sweating and a tongue that is darkish-colored.

Secondary Amenorrhea Syndromes
The main symptom of secondary amenorrhea is the stoppage of menstruation for several months or more. In terms of TCM there are three manifestations of this: 1) qi stagnation and blood stasis, 2) cold coagulation and blood stagnation, and 3) phlegm damp obstruction.

A woman suffering from amenorrhea due to qi stagnation and blood stasis has pain in lower abdomen that is worse with pressure, restlessness, is easily angered, distending fullness in the chest and hypochondria and a tongue that is blackish in color.

Amenorrhea caused by cold coagulation and blood stagnation presents with a cold body and limbs, cold pain in the lower abdomen and a tongue that is blackish in color.

A woman with amenorrhea due to phlegm damp obstruction usually presents with obesity, fullness and oppression in the chest and hypochondria, lassitude, lack of spirit, anorexia, profuse sputum, leukorrhagia and a tongue with a greasy fur coating.

Chinese Herbal Patent Medicines
Although the causes and syndromes of amenorrhea are varied and specifically outlined, a single syndrome is rare. The following herbal formulas work well when combined as needed, and are for the following presentations.

  • Nu Ke Ba Zhen Wan (Women’s Precious Teapills) for amenorrhea presenting with qi and blood deficiency.
  • Si Wu Tang (Four Substances for Women) for amenorrhea presenting with blood deficiency.
  • Shi Chuan Da Bu Wan (Ten Flavor Teapills) for amenorrhea presenting with qi and blood deficiency and cold accumulation.
  • Tong Jing Wan (Calm in the Sea of Life) for amenorrhea presenting with severe blood stagnation.
  • Shao Fu Zhu Yu Wan (Stasis in the Palace of Blood) for amenorrhea presenting with blood stagnation with cold accumulation.
  • Tao Hong Si Wu Tang for amenorrhea presenting with blood stasis and blood deficiency.

There are only three things that engender life force (energy) after birth. They are oxygen, water and food. Without these we will die. And each of these affects the blood. So dehydration, malnutrition and low oxygen levels in the blood may also be a cause of your amenorrhea. There is a natural cure for amenorrhea with these herbal formulas, especially so when combined with a change in diet and lifestyle.

–Dr. Mark Wiley

Natural Relief For Acid Reflux And Heartburn

Big Pharma likes to peddle the purple pill, and other “antacids” as a means of relieving the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux. These drugs are proton pump inhibitors that shut down production of stomach acid. But most acid reflux and heartburn is caused by lack of stomach acid. The lack of stomach acid prohibits proper digestion and allows food to ferment in the stomach, causing gas symptoms.

What the stomach really needs is more acid, not less. Here’s one suggestion: Try sea salt. Mix 1/2 teaspoon in a glass of water once a day.

S.C. Democrat Who Faces Felony Charges Will Not Drop Out Of Senate Race

S.C. Democrat who faces felony charges will not drop out of Senate race South Carolina’s Democratic Senate nominee Alvin Greene said last week that he will reject his party’s request that he drop out of the November election race.

The state’s party chairwoman Carol Fowler asked Greene to withdraw from the race after news surfaced that the 32-year-old unemployed veteran faces felony obscenity charges for allegedly showing graphic internet photos to a college student. If convicted, Greene could face up to five years in prison.

"I believe strongly that the Democratic voters of this state have the right to select our nominee," said Fowler. "But this new information would certainly have affected the decisions of many of those voters."

Greene, a virtual unknown in the political realm, shocked Democratic leaders by garnering 59 percent of the vote to defeat veteran legislator Vic Rawl, who had already begun to plan for the general election, The Washington Post reports. Apparently, Greene had done little campaigning, did not raise any money and does not even have a website.

In response to his unexpected victory, Representative James Clyburn (D-S.C.) speculated whether Greene was a "Republican plant," and openly questioned how the unemployed veteran obtained the $10,400 filing fee.

"There were some real shenanigans going on in the South Carolina primary," Clyburn said on the liberal Bill Press radio show. "I don’t know if he was a Republican plant; he was someone’s plant. Somebody gave him that $10,000 and he who took it should be investigated, and he who gave it should be investigated."

Red Wine, Green Tea Slow Cancer Progression

Red wine, green tea slow cancer progressionIn a potentially groundbreaking new study, American researchers have identified the manner in which the compounds found in red wine and green tea inhibit cancer growth. The findings not only confirm the health benefits of consuming moderate amounts of each beverage, but may also allow scientists to one day develop medications capable of slowing cancer progression.

Using an animal model, the researchers found that the polyphenols in red wine and green tea were able to disrupt a specific cell-signaling pathway—known as sphingosine kinase-1/sphingosine 1-phosphate (SphK1/S1P)—that is often responsible for cancer growth.

The investigators implanted a group of lab mice with human prostate cancer cells, and then assigned them to receive either drinking water or a beverage loaded with the green tea compounds EGCg and polyphenon E. The subjects that consumed the polyphenol-rich drink developed much smaller tumors than those who were only given water.

"The profound impact that the antioxidants in red wine and green tea have on our bodies is more than anyone would have dreamt just 25 years ago," said Gerald Weissmann, editor-in-chief of The FASEB Journal, which recently published the study.

"As long as they are taken in moderation, all signs show that red wine and green tea may be ranked among the most potent ‘health foods’ we know," he added.

Issa Calls For Special Prosecutor To Investigate Emanuel, Messina Over White House Job Offers

Issa calls for special prosecutor to investigate Emanuel, Messina over White House job offersRepresentative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has requested that an independent prosecutor look into whether White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and his deputy Jim Messina violated Federal laws by interfering with two recent congressional primaries.

Emanuel allegedly asked former President Bill Clinton to persuade Representative Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) to drop out of Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senate primary by offering him an unpaid advisory position with the White House. The move was an apparent attempt to save the seat for incumbent Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), who eventually lost the election to Sestak after the latter declined the offer.

Messina allegedly inquired in September 2009, whether Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff would be more interested in a Federal position than in running against incumbent Senator Michael Bennett in the state’s Democratic primary. Romanoff also won the election after turning down the alleged White House offer.

"Averting divisive primary campaigns and protecting a Democratic seat in the United States House of Representatives are purely political concerns and, as such, Federal officials are prohibited from using their official authority or influence to address them," wrote Issa in his letter to the acting U.S. Special Counsel William Reukauf.

He noted that both instances are direct violations of the Hatch Act, which states that Federal officials cannot use their "authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election."

Federal employees who violate the Hatch Act can be removed from their positions.

Reports Finds Negative Correlation Between Immigration And Education Levels

Reports finds negative correlation between immigration and education levels A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has found that California has the least-educated labor force of any state in the United States, and this may be due to the high levels of immigration in recent decades.

According to the study, 9 percent of California’s population was comprised of immigrants in 1970, but by 2008 it was 27 percent. Forty years ago, the state had the 7th most educated workforce of all U.S. states in terms of the share of workers who had completed high school, but by 2008 it ranked 50th.

The researchers now estimate that one in six workers in the Golden State have not graduated high school.

The report, titled A State Transformed: Immigration and the New California, concludes with the warning that without a comprehensive immigration reform and enforcement, other parts of the country may follow in California’s path.

CIS has also defended the new Arizona immigration law against critics who claim that it could lead to racial profiling of minorities, saying that the law stipulates that police "may not solely consider race, color or national origin" when implementing SB 1070.

It also pointed out that when the state’s governor, Jan Brewer, signed the new law, she also issued an executive order requiring additional training for police officers on what does and what does not constitute "reasonable suspicion."ADNFCR-1961-ID-19830954-ADNFCR

Campaign Against ‘ObamaCare’ Marks Signature Milestone

Campaign against 'ObamaCare' marks signature milestoneRevere America has been on the road for several weeks, gathering signatures to help repeal the healthcare reform, and it has provided periodic updates on its successes.

The organization, which works to advance public policies rooted in freedom and free markets and is run by former New York governor George Pataki, launched the campaign in Boston on April 18.

Earlier this week, it announced that it has collected more than 125,000 signatures from Americans in all 50 states who want to overturn the reform passed by the Democrat-dominated Congress and signed into law by President Obama in late March.

"In March, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) proclaimed that Congress needed to pass ObamaCare so the American people could find out what was in the legislation," Pataki said.

He added that "the more people find out, the more they oppose the national takeover of healthcare. That’s why 63 percent of likely voters want the law repealed. And it’s why Revere America’s petition to repeal and replace ObamaCare has so quickly gained unprecedented traction in all 50 states."

The campaign’s goal is to collect 1 million signatures and deliver them to politicians in Washington, D.C.

Breaking Their Oath

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”—Text of the oath of office for President of the United States (U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1)

“I, (AB), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”—Text of the oath of office for members of Congress

“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence—Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution

The President and members of Congress have failed to live up to their oaths of office because there’s an invasion of the United States underway through the Southwestern border and nothing is being done to stop it.

The invasion is not new, and it’s not just the current President and Congress that’s culpable, but the ones who served before, the ones before that and the ones before that. It’s been going on for years.

But now it’s finally come to a head.

Arizonans are fed up—and with good reason. Phoenix is the nation’s kidnapping capital and almost of all of the kidnappings involve illegal aliens and Mexican drug cartels. Arizona residents have been robbed, raped and murdered and ranchers have seen their livestock killed, maimed and stolen by illegals.

Arizonans have reported seeing Mexican police and military crossing the border indiscriminately. Mexican troops have been seen on the U.S. side of the border in vehicles and helicopters. U.S. Border patrol has even had shootouts with what they believed to be Mexican military.

Meanwhile, the economy of Arizona—and the other Border States—has suffered because of the burden caused by illegal immigration.

Calling out to the Federal government, which is constitutionally tasked to defend the borders, has not helped Arizona… or Texas or New Mexico or California. The invasion continued as Presidents issued platitudes about immigration reform—while refusing to enforce existing Federal immigration laws—and Congress dithered.

So Arizona took the only step it could. The Governor pushed and the Legislature passed a bill that made being illegal in Arizona illegal. The law virtually mirrors U.S. immigration law.

Contrary to what you’ve heard from the scaremongering purveyors of political correctness, the law does not encourage profiling, nor does it mimic Nazi-era “Show me your papers, please” controls, as the detractors suggest.

A provision of the law reads: “For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency…where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person…”

As University of Missouri Kansas City Law School professor Kris Kobach told columnist Byron York, the term lawful contact means the officer must already be engaged in some type of detention of an individual because he has violated some other law.

So then the officer can ask for identification… just as the officer would ask of anyone else. And Federal law has for more than 60 years required non-citizens to carry with them documents—a green card, work visa, etc.—proving they are here legally.

Yet President Barack Obama calls the law “misguided” and promised to have his Attorney General seek to overturn it. His Attorney General opposes the law, but says he hasn’t read it. And Obama’s head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says the law is not “good government” and his department wouldn’t help Arizona enforce it.

And neither Democrats nor Republicans have made any effort to close the borders to stem the tide of illegals despite the calls by residents of Border States—and American citizens across the country—to do so and despite the threat that someone could use our porous border security as a way to smuggle in terrorists and their weapons.

Vote Now

Right thinking people ask of the fascists in power, “What part of illegal don’t you understand?”

Know this: They understand perfectly. They just don’t like it because it doesn’t fit in with their—or their sugar daddies’—agenda.

Republicans don’t want to stem the influx of illegals because they fear offending voters of Hispanic descent and losing what little of the Hispanic vote they get. Their sugar daddies—and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Big Business, Big Agriculture and homebuilders—like the influx of illegals because they provide a ready pool of labor they can hire at slave wages.

Democrats like the influx of illegals because they provide a growing class of dependents—people ready to feed at the public trough and one day become good Democrat voters. Their sugar daddies—Big Oil, Big Business, Big Pharma, Big Agriculture and homebuilders—like the influx of illegals for the same reason Republican sugar daddies like them… slave labor.

Democrats also like the influx of illegals because labor unions do. Labor unions like the influx of illegals because they provide a pool from which unions can increase their membership—and therefore increase union coffers—and offset their declining numbers.

And all of them like the influx of illegals because of the turmoil the immigration issue creates—pitting American against American and balkanizing the country—which gives them an issue with which to stir up their base. This allows the fascists to grasp more power.

Besides: What’s to hold a politician to an oath? The words of the fascist class mean nothing. They’ll say and do anything for more control.

How Will Hyperinflation Affect The Property And Stock Markets?

Dear Bob,
How will hyperinflation affect the property and stock markets? I live in New Zealand and in the process of buying two properties in the U.S. both with 30 percent or more gross returns. I have also purchased shares (on your recommendations-mainly gold companies)

Gary Griffin

Dear Gary,
I believe the Feds have temporarily staved off hyperinflation with the big infusion of money they have thrown into the system over the last year and half. But don’t be fooled. The house of cards will eventually collapse–I think three to five years down the road. When it does the Fed will raise interest rates over and over in its bid to stave off hyperinflation. As a result, people will no longer be able to afford to take out mortgages to buy property (and just providing for their families will take precedence over buying property). Property values are low right now because of deflation; they will drop further in hyperinflation because of rising interest rates lessening demand. By the way, there is some thought that the reason oil prices have not spiked even though off-shore production has been halted in response to the ongoing spill in the Gulf of Mexico is due to a deflation of commodity prices. The deflation precedes the hyperinflation. I still see a bull market in commodities

I expect the stock market to lose 40 percent to 60 percent of its value. I would stay away from the stock market except for gold, silver and platinum mining stocks. Accumulate gold and silver and commodities.

Best wishes,

Lincoln Edges Out Halter To Win Arkansas’ Democratic Nomination

Lincoln edges out Halter to win Arkansas' Democratic nomination Senator Blanche Lincoln defied the nation’s anti-incumbent sentiment and scored a surprising victory last week in Arkansas’ Democratic runoff election by beating the state’s lieutenant governor, Bill Halter.

The two candidates were forced into the runoff after neither garnered the majority of votes during last month’s Senate primary.

Many political pundits had predicted that Lincoln would fail to win her party’s nomination due to her opposition to the public option in the healthcare bill and her hostility towards labor unions, which actively supported Halter in the primary election.

In fact, party insiders predicted a 10 percentage point loss for Lincoln, according to the Christian Science Monitor. She made a last second charge for the nomination after receiving support from former President Bill Clinton, an Arkansas native.

However, due to the state’s current dissatisfaction with the Obama administration and its allies, liberals and conservatives alike believe that Lincoln will be a considerable underdog in November when she faces off against the state’s Republican nominee, Representative John Boozman.

"Senator Lincoln survived this intra-party war by fully embracing her liberal Washington record, but she faces an uphill battle explaining to mainstream Arkansas voters why she has consistently voted for the Obama-Pelosi-Reid economic agenda in Washington," said Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Healthy Eating May Help Reverse Mild Cognitive Impairment

Healthy eating may help reverse mild cognitive impairment Individuals with early stage cognitive decline may be able to reverse their brain impairment by replacing unhealthy foods with a nutrient-rich diet, according to a new Temple University study.

For the study, a research team led by Domenico Pratico fed a group of lab mice a diet containing high levels of methionine, an amino acid common to protein-rich foods such as red meats, eggs and beans. In previous studies, methionine consumption has been linked to the accumulation of amyloid plaques, which often predispose Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders.

After three months of eating the amino-heavy diet the subjects had already begun to develop mild cognitive impairment. However, when the investigators switched them to a healthy, nutrient-rich diet for a period of two months, the cognitive impairment that had developed during the first part of the study had been completely reversed.

"We believe this finding shows that, even if you suffer from the early effects of moderate cognitive impairment (MCI) or Alzheimer’s, switching to a healthier diet that is lower in methionine could be helpful in that memory capacity could be improved," said Pratico.

He also noted that daily exercise combined with a healthy diet can help MCI patients slow the progression of their condition.

Conservatives Pick Tea Party Candidate To Run Against Harry Reid In November

Conservatives pick Tea Party candidate to run against Harry Reid in NovemberLast week’s Republican primary for the Senate race in Nevada was closely watched by both parties, as the Majority Leader Harry Reid’s grip on his seat has been considered uncertain due to his close association with the Obama administration’s policies. However, the outcome of the vote does not seem to clarify much at this point.

The state’s Republican voters picked a little-known Tea Party activist Sharron Angle to take on Reid. According to media reports, the 60-year-old Angle is fiercely committed to small-government, and has been seen as a "low-tax crusader."

Fiscally conservative supporters are excited and Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele promised that Angle would get the support from the national party to defeat Reid, but some are concerned because throughout the campaign she cast herself as an anti-establishment candidate.

"She has pretty well defined herself as a niche candidate. How does she break out of that mold to a broader audience?" asked University of Nevada political scientist David DaMore, quoted by The Associated Press (AP).

By contrast, Reid may lack charisma and be unpopular in the state with nearly 14 percent unemployment, but he has lots of money and the backing of some powerful allies, including President Obama himself, according to the news source.

In the end, some commentators say independent voters will be key in deciding the outcome of the November election. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19828658-ADNFCR

SIOA Holds Anti-mosque Rally, Promises More Events

SIOA holds anti-mosque rally, promises more eventsAn organization called Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) hosted a rally in lower Manhattan on June 6 to protest the planned construction of a large mosque overlooking Ground Zero in New York City.

SIOA estimates that between 5,000 to 10,000 people showed up for the event hosted by the organization’s executive director Pamela Geller, a blogger and columnist who publishes the AtlasShrugs.com blog, and SIOA associate director Robert Spencer, the director of JihadWatch.org.

Participants arrived from across the United States to protest what the organization called "an insult to the Americans who were murdered there." According to SIOA, the main reason why the mosque should not rise near the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is that it symbolizes "a radically intolerant belief system that is incompatible with the freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution."

Rally organizers have also promised to hold another event in the same place in September, when the construction is supposed to begin. The also said they would be filing suit against the Federal government, asking that the site where the "mega-mosque" is going to be built be designated as a war memorial, similar to Pearl Harbor or Gettysburg, because a part of one of the 9/11 airplanes crashed into the roof of the building that used to stand there. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19828655-ADNFCR