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 That’s why 63 percent of likely voters want the law repealed.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.
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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)

Regards,
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,
Bob

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.
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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.
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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.

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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

The World’s Funniest Joke?

To paraphrase a famous commercial, we deserve a break today. There’s been so much negative news, so much bleating and blaming about the problems we face, so much feigned outrage and false promises, that it’s enough to depress Mary Poppins.

So this week, let’s do something a little bit different. Let me tell you a joke. In fact, let me tell you three of them and you decide which one is the funniest. I’ll tell you in a moment what 1.5 million of your fellow humorists decided. And what one professor learned about humor around the world when he set out to discover what makes us laugh.

Ready? Here’s joke No. 1:

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson go on a camping trip. After finishing their dinner, they retire for the night. Some hours later, Holmes wakes up and nudges his faithful friend.

"Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see," the famed sleuth says.

"I see millions and millions of stars, Holmes," exclaims Watson.

"And what do you deduce from that?" Holmes asks.

Watson ponders for a minute. "Well, astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Theologically, I can see that God is all-powerful and that we are but a small and insignificant part of the universe. What does it tell you, Holmes?"

"Watson, you idiot!" Sherlock exclaims, "Somebody’s stolen our tent!"

Okay, did that make you laugh out loud? Or at least crack a smile? If not, let’s see how you react to joke No. 2:

A woman gets on a bus with her baby. The bus driver says: "That’s the ugliest baby that I’ve ever seen. Ugh!" The woman goes to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming.

She turns to the man next to her and says, "That driver just insulted me!"

The man says, "You go right up there and tell him off. Go ahead. I’ll stay here and hold your monkey."

Mmmm, that one’s got a bite in its tail, doesn’t it? It’s interesting how often we find humor in a put-down. That must say something about human nature, but I’m not exactly sure what. It also says something about our cousins across the Atlantic, because the folks in the United Kingdom selected this as the funniest joke of all, out of a list of 40,000.

The first joke above led in the balloting for several weeks, but finally finished a very close second to this one:

Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his cell phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps, "My friend is dead! What should I do?"

The operator says, "Calm down. I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead."

There is silence, then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says, "Okay, now what?"

If you tell me this one had you rolling in the aisles, I’m going to worry about you, my friend. If the second joke had a bit of a barb, this one is downright nasty. Because someone misunderstood the emergency operator, he murdered his friend—and we’re supposed to find this hilarious?

The sad truth is an awful lot of people did. In worldwide voting, with 1.5 million ballots cast for 40,000 different jokes, this one came in No. 1. Do you find that as troubling as I do?

Some of the other conclusions on this study were equally strange. It all started when British professor Richard Wiseman, in cooperation with the British Association for the Advancement of Science, set out to learn what makes us laugh. He asked people to submit their favorite joke to a website he created called LaughLab.

The good professor later explained the results: “We asked everyone participating to tell us which country they were from. We analyzed the data from the 10 countries that rated the highest number of jokes. The following ‘league table’ lists the countries in the order of how funny they found the jokes: Germany, France, Denmark, UK, Australia, Ireland, Belgium, USA, New Zealand and Canada.”

At the time, the professor’s comments were widely misinterpreted in the media (now, there’s a surprise) as saying that Germans had the best sense of humor. Personally, I find that assertion funny.

I’ll grant you, the Germans have a better sense of humor than some of their colleagues on the continent—the Swiss, for example. But the funniest people of all? Not by a long shot.

Wiseman went on to say that his study revealed some fascinating differences between cultures in terms of the jokes people found funny. For example, he said that many European countries, such as France, Denmark and Belgium, liked jokes that were somewhat surreal. He gave this example:

An Alsatian went to a telegram office, took out a blank form and wrote: “Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof.”

The clerk examined the paper and politely told the dog: “There are only nine words here. You could send another ‘Woof’ for the same price.”

“But,” the dog replied, “that would make no sense at all.”

Did that crack you up? I thought not. Let’s try again. According to the good professor, Americans and Canadians much preferred gags where there was a sense of superiority—either because a person looked stupid, or was made to look stupid by another person. He used this example:

Texan: “Where are you from?”

Harvard grad: “I come from a place where we do not end our sentences with prepositions.”

Texan: “Okay—where are you from, jackass?”

That’s better. I actually smiled at that one. Could that be because I’ve met so many jackasses from Harvard? (Which reminds of the one about the Harvard and Yale grads in the men’s bathroom…)

Wiseman found that many countries in Europe also enjoyed jokes that involved making light of topics that often make us feel anxious such as death, illness and marriage. He gave this example:

A patient says: “Doctor, last night I made a Freudian slip. I was having dinner with my mother-in-law and wanted to say: ‘Could you please pass the butter.’ But instead I said, ‘You silly cow, you have completely ruined my life.’”

Did that one crack you up? Me neither.

In closing, let me tell you what has had me laughing these days and then invite you to join in the fun. Use the comments section below to share a joke you’ve enjoyed, or to recommend a book, TV show or movie that’s brightened your day.

The most hilarious book I’ve read in a long time is the latest from Dave Barry. It’s got a title I can relate to—I’ll Mature When I’m Dead. It is filled with hilarious comments and side-splitting observations. One chapter alone—“A Letter to a First-Time-Father-to-Be”—is worth the sale price. Any older gentlemen in the audience should be sure to see his chapter about Dave getting his first colonoscopy. It is, appropriately enough, near the end of the book.

And speaking of hilarious books, I’ve got to mention my favorite funny crime author, Donald Westlake, who left this vale of tears last December. A three-time Edgar winner and Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, Westlake’s most famous creation is the hapless criminal, John Archibald Dortmunder. If you’ve never read anything featuring this sad-sack of a thief, start with the first book in the series, The Hot Rock. It will have you howling with laughter.

Topping the list of my favorite funny movies are two classics, “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” and Blake Edwards’ first masterpiece (with the greatest pie-throwing scene ever filmed), “The Great Race.” If you need cheering up, rent either one of these classics. If they don’t have you laughing out loud, better check your pulse. You may not be among the living.

Until next time, keep some powder dry—and a smile on your face.

—Chip Wood

The Goldman Sachs Lie

*Goldman Sachs lied to its customers. The best summary I’ve seen about what Goldman Sachs did wrong comes from my friend Eric Fry. Here’s what he said in the Daily Reckoning, one of my favorite ezines:

“As one of America’s largest purveyors of toxic collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), Goldman played the role of financial cigarette salesman. Nothing wrong with that… so far. But this particular cigarette salesman took out insurance policies on its biggest customers. Okay, so maybe that’s a bit morally ambiguous, but it is still perfectly legal… as long as the cigarette salesman didn’t lie to his customers about the potential consequences of smoking cigarettes.

“But Goldman did lie. To continue our metaphor, Goldman not only ‘whited out’ the Surgeon General’s warning on every pack it sold, it also substituted its own warning that read something like: ‘These cigarettes are full of sugar and spice and everything nice, just like little girls.’

“Goldman informed its clients that John Paulson—the guy who secretly helped construct the Abacus CDO that is at the heart of the SEC’s complaint—was a large buyer of this security, when in fact he was a large short-seller of the security. That was a lie. Importantly therefore, Paulson did not utilize his legendary expertise of the CDO market to select the securities that would succeed, he used his expertise to select the securities that would fail.

“Goldman’s failure to disclose this very material fact was a fraud… big time. If Goldman had merely informed its customers that the "cigarettes" it sold were full of ‘frogs and snails and puppy dog tails’ and/or that the guy who helped select the securities comprising this particular CBO was selling it short, Goldman could have purchased life insurance on its customers all day long in full compliance with every applicable securities law.”

—Chip Wood

Bernanke Predicts Moderate Economic Growth, Will Not Raise Interest Rates

Bernanke predicts moderate economic growth, will not raise interest rates Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Monday that he is cautiously optimistic that the United States will not fall back into a "double dip" recession.

During a dinner sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Bernanke said that consumer spending and private sector investments should allow the economy to continue to moderately improve, according to Market Watch.

"We’ve seen consumers coming back," he said. "We’ve seen firms spending more. There are some signs the private sector is picking up the baton and moving the economy forward."

However, Bernanke also noted that the banking sector is "not completely healthy" and that the level of economic growth is not strong enough to put a dent in the elevated national unemployment rate, which now stands at 9.7 percent.

The Fed chairman also encouraged Congress to put together a long-term debt reduction plan to help the nation evade another economic crisis.

When asked about the possibility of increasing interest rates, Bernanke responded vaguely, stating that it will happen sometime "in the future."

Meanwhile, the National Inflation Association said last week that the Fed’s handling of the economy is bound to result in skyrocketing inflation, and that Bernanke’s expectations of a "very stable" U.S. dollar are off the mark.

"It’s mind-boggling to us how the mainstream media could believe anything Bernanke says about inflation after how wrong he has been about everything else," said the organization. "We are 100 percent sure that Bernanke will be proven wrong again."
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Calderon Blasts Border Patrol Following The Death Of A Mexican Migrant

Calderon blasts border patrol following the death of a Mexican migrant Mexican President Felipe Calderon said on Monday that the death of an illegal immigrant who was in the custody of United States Customs and Border Protection agents is an "unacceptable violation" of human rights.

Anastasio Hernandez, a 42-year-old migrant worker who resided in San Diego for years, allegedly resisted arrest last week when immigration officers attempted to deport him following an illegal border crossing. Local authorities said that force needed to be used to restrain Hernandez after he became combative, according to CNN.

"One of the agents used a baton to administer to the subject to get him to stop fighting," said San Diego homicide Captain Jim Collins. "When that was not successful, they used the Taser."

Hernandez died three days later after doctors disconnected him from life support. His death was ruled a homicide, although acute methamphetamine intoxication and hypertension were said to be contributing factors.

Calderon also reiterated his condemnation for Arizona’s new immigration law, which he said "opens a Pandora’s Box of the worst abuses in the history of humanity."

During a visit to Washington in May, Mexico’s president urged lawmakers to pass Federal immigration reform to stop the flow of illegal weapons across the border, the Agence France Presse reports.
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Olive Oil Consumption Can Help Breast Cancer Survivors Lose Weight, Lower Risk Of Recurrence

Olive oil consumption can help breast cancer survivors lose weight, lower risk of recurrence Breast cancer survivors can safely lose weight by consuming a diet rich in plant-based olive oil, according to a new Miriam Hospital study. Previous research has suggested that post-menopausal breast cancer patients can lower their risk of developing a recurrence by maintaining a healthy weight throughout the treatment process and beyond.

For the study, lead researcher Mary Flynn and her colleagues enrolled 44 clinically overweight women over the age of 50 who were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, and assigned them to follow an olive oil-based diet or a standard low-calorie diet.

After eight months, four out of five women who followed the plant-based olive oil diet lost more than 5 percent of their original weight. In contrast, only 31 percent of those who enrolled in the low-calorie diet attained similar results.

Flynn noted that the majority of patients involved in the study did not know there is a link between cancer recurrence and body mass index.

"That’s why it was important for us to compare these two diets and determine which one the women not only enjoyed following, but also produced the best weight loss, because that’s the diet they’re more likely to stick with," she said.
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Opposition To Kagan’s Supreme Court Nomination Growing

Opposition to Kagan's Supreme Court nomination growing As the review of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee’s legal writings continues, national conservative groups are stepping up their efforts to block Elena Kagan’s appointment.

For example, a conservative student outreach organization called Young America Foundation (YAF) declared June 8 "Keep Out Kagan Day" and urged citizens to contact their Senators in order to dissuade them from voting for her confirmation.

Among the top reasons for that, the organization cites Kagan’s decision to deny military recruiters access to Harvard Law School because of the law banning homosexuals from military service, according to OneNewsNow.com.

"As dean of the Harvard Law School, she prevented students from meeting with military recruiters," said Evan Gassman, a spokesman for YAF, quoted by the news source.

"She signed an amicus brief that opposed the Solomon Amendment, which… is an amendment defending students’ rights to get organized with ROTC," he added.

These sentiments were echoed by Family Research Council President Tony Perkins who recently addressed the Baton Rouge Press Club on the issue.

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Poll Shows Americans ‘Ashamed’ At Politicians’ Performance

Poll shows Americans 'ashamed' at politicians' performance With the primary season in full swing, and with the race for Congress in November heating up, the tone of the United States political discourse has sharpened, and most Americans find this troubling, according to a recent public opinion survey.

Commissioned by the Center for Political Participation at Allegheny College, the poll found that although an overwhelming number of Americans want civility and compromise in politics, they believe that these values are not reflected in today’s political environment.

In particular, when asked if Americans should be proud or ashamed of the way elected officials handled the healthcare reform, 69 percent said "ashamed" and only 21 percent said "proud."

"We’ve taken a good look at what folks think about the political process and there is deep disappointment," said Daniel M. Shea, Allegheny College political science professor and the study’s lead author.

"Our study should be seen as a wake-up call for elected officials, media commentators and radio talk show hosts: Clean up your act—and fast," he added.

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Would They Do That? Benevolent Totalitarianism

Remember David Koresh and the Branch Davidians?

You look like me. You talk like me. You go to the same schools and churches with me. You grew up in the same culture. Why would you use force of arms against me and even kill me and my children, maybe burn us alive? Because your mind is seduced by government propaganda and you are on the Federal payroll and pension plan.

The truth is the government and its military complex can create serious and divisive issues that can separate families and even set family members against each other. And of course government always has the issues of race, class and economic warfare at its disposal.

Currently 50 percent of the American population supports the other 50 percent with their income taxes. The producers support the non-producers.

Your Congressmen and Senators are supported by the super rich, but they legislate in favor of the non-producers at the expense of the producing middle class. They never use terms that express what they are doing. They address the people with altruistic and collectivist statements. They use “for the greater good” which translates “share your production with the non-producers and the non-producing parasite system.”

The term “the greater good” is not for the individualist and his pursuit of happiness.

Big government has an endless bag of tricks to keep the pot of population boiling over with issues that divide the people against themselves.

The American people still believe, or can easily be persuaded that if the “Feds” get after you, then you must have done something wrong. They don’t stop to think that the men manning the guns are government employees. They are paid gunmen even if they are ordered to shoot their brothers.

And then there is that subtle economic class war syndrome that implies that the accumulation of wealth makes one dirty.

Aha! But governments are subject to public opinion when it rises toward unanimous. Foreign wars now fit this category. The public mind no longer believes government’s reasons for going to war. The people are building an immunity to war propaganda.

Fiat governments have endless means to achieve what they want. And they want war. They want foreign wars and they want domestic wars.

The means to war is paper money. Propaganda and fiat (paper money) is the cause and makes it all possible. Does anyone think that war in any age could be carried out with a gold monetary system? Governments would find it impossible to get enough gold to carry on the high cost of war.

World War II and subsequent wars were possible because all combatants used fiat money which each country could create for nothing.

Benevolent Totalitarianism
Benevolent totalitarianism is a term created to describe the modern system of government that is fascism in all but name. It is all hidden under that loving word “democracy.” This is a political lock with an iron grip on the minds of the population.

Any political, economic or military alchemy or chicanery is hidden behind the word “democracy.” This is a major, major key to understanding reality today.

Let me explain: Nazism was an unvarnished police state based on massive propaganda that funneled the German mind to focus on the State for protection and safety. Millions were persuaded to die. The men were drafted with the support of the population until their destruction could be ignored no longer.

The German fiat army was defeated by the American and British fiat army only with greater numbers of fiat soldiers and fiat war material.

So what is the difference between ugly and obvious Nazi fascism and modern fascism under the pretense of democracy? Modern fascism is hidden and twisted under an aura of benevolence.

After all, the modern propagandists have learned volumes since Nazi fascism. The modern police state does everything possible to make modern fascism palatable. It is being refined every minute of every day.

The lid is still on but millions are beginning to slip through the cracks. They no longer trust the propaganda, the politicians and the ruling elite.

As the American people are impoverished, they may consider that they have less to lose by confrontation to the system.

The “benevolent” police state is no longer characterized by the loud knock on the door in the middle of the night but by an unassuming letter in the mail from the government tax collector which has all the power and intimidation of the Gestapo. That letter is backed by the police power of the State and harassment of assuming tax authority that has a very detailed profile on every filing taxpayer who has made himself available to “voluntary compliance.”

American taxing authority is, “Your papers, please. Where are your papers?”

When “benevolent government” seeks a citizen out it has a complete dossier and profile which can be manipulated in a thousand ways against a “suspected enemy of the State.” The jackboot and the Swastika have been replaced with a suave and very sophisticated information system backed by State police power. The noose is formidable but not visible to the mundane public.

Experienced Patriots Needed

Samuel Adams, known as the father of the American Revolution, once said, “If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”

He must have been looking at Barack Obama in a crystal ball when he said it, for Obama is the poster child for a “vain and aspiring” man.

While thousands of gallons of oil spews into the Gulf of Mexico each day, while the unemployment rate remains right at 10 percent, while the stock market drops, while Greece teeters on the edge of bankruptcy, while American soldiers die on foreign battlefields and while North and South Korea stand with knives at each others’ throats, Obama parties, vacations and golfs… and blames others for the troubles.

When he does address his subjects—the American people—he does it with an arrogant disdain developed from years in Ivy League schools and in the dining halls of some of the nation’s most famous leftists.

He’s been mostly “too busy” to deal with the Gulf oil leak, having made only three trips to the region in almost two months—two of those in the last two weeks and then only after Democrat operative James Carville ripped him for his lack of interest in the crisis. And for the longest time he was “too busy” to read Arizona’s new immigration law and meet with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer—he finally relented and granted her a brief audience—to discuss it, even though he found time to criticize it.

But he had time hold lavish White House parties with entertainers like Paul McCartney, Kelly Clarkson, George Lopez and Lionel Richie. He had plenty of time to vacation in Chicago—though he didn’t have time to visit Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. Oh, and golf—there’s been plenty of time for golf.

The main stream media attribute Obama’s demeanor to an ability to detach himself emotionally and deal with problems using logic. Some have equated him to Star Trek’s Spock, an unemotional but brilliant Vulcan.

But Obama’s aloofness seems to stem more from arrogance; an attitude that he is dealing with people he considers his lessers. It comes across every time he goes off the teleprompter and answers a question or makes a comment. It is manifested in the look in his eyes, the cadence in his voice and—mostly—the tilt of his head.

November 2012 can’t come soon enough. Perhaps until then we’ll have enough experienced patriots in office to stave off America’s ruin.

Poll: Obama’s Approval Rating Dwindling Among Hispanics

Poll: Obama's approval rating dwindling among Hispanics Results of a newly released survey suggest that the administration’s lack of progress concerning immigration reform may have changed the perception that many Hispanic-Americans have of President Obama.

According to Monday’s Gallup poll, the president’s approval rating among Hispanics has fallen by more than 20 percent since January. In contrast, his popularity among African Americans and Caucasians has remained static over the last six months.

"The decline in Obama’s approval rating with Hispanics is seen mainly among those interviewed in Spanish: an 11-point drop in the past month and a total of 21 points since January," said the researchers. "However, his approval among Hispanics interviewed in English is down just 5 points since January."

Previous Gallup polls have indicated that the vast majority of respondents who are not proficient in English were born outside of the United States, leading the researchers to suggest that immigration reform may be a contributing factor in the president’s declining approval rating. Approximately one-third of the phone surveys were conducted in Spanish.

Many Hispanic groups have become disenchanted with Obama after he failed to live up to his campaign pledge to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill soon after taking office.
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Green Tea Extract May Help Leukemia Patients

Green tea extract may help leukemia patients An active ingredient in green tea may be capable of reducing the number of cancerous cells in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), according to a phase 2 trial recently presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) annual meeting.

Lead author Tait Shanafelt and his colleagues from the Mayo Clinic undertook the study after discovering that the compound—known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)—was able to safely kill off leukemia cells in a lab setting. The current study represents the first time the extract has been used in a human trial, according to Health Day News.

For the research, Shanafelt and his team recruited 42 early stage CLL patients and assigned them to receive high-level doses of EGCG for a period of six months. At the point of follow-up, nearly one-third of patients experienced at least a 20 percent reduction in blood leukemia count. Meanwhile, more than two-thirds of those with enlarged lymph nodes saw a significant reduction in node size.

"Without a phase III clinical trial, we cannot make a recommendation that EGCG be used by CLL patients, but those who want to take supplements should consult with their oncologists and need to receive appropriate monitoring using laboratory tests," said co-author Neil Kay.
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Civil Rights Groups Criticize Movie Industry Lawsuit

Civil rights groups criticize movie industry lawsuit The United States Copyright Group has filed a brief that threatens to sue Time Warner Company (TWC) for copyright infringement if the company does not reveal the information about consumers who downloaded films using the BitTorrent application. However, civil rights groups have asked the court to block the subpoena.

The law firm filed the brief on behalf of a group of independent film producers, including those behind “The Hurt Locker,” who are planning to simultaneously sue thousands of BitTorrent users for allegedly downloading pirated movies, according to Wired.com.

However, TWC claims that complying with the request would take so much time that it would make it impossible for the company to comply with any law enforcement requests for information, as it only keeps its IP backup logs for six months, the news provider stated.

In addition, civil rights groups have criticized the way the brief has been framed, saying it may violate individuals’ rights to privacy and due process.

"Lumping thousands of unconnected individuals into a few cases in a court far from where they live, without providing them adequate notice and a real opportunity to challenge the subpoenas, is not [the way to do it]," said Aden Fine, staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.

Arthur Spitzer, legal director of the ACLU in Washington, D.C., added that people have the right to view internet content anonymously, and that if someone wants to find out their identities, they must "make an adequate factual showing in a proper court, whether the anonymous individual is accused of copyright infringement, defamation or any other improper conduct." ADNFCR-1961-ID-19823077-ADNFCR