More Challenges To Arizona Immigration Law As Implementation Date Approaches

More Challenges To Arizona Immigration Law As Implementation Date ApproachesWith the clock ticking until the new Arizona immigration law is scheduled to go into effect on July 29, civil rights groups have followed the example of the Federal government and gone to court to block its implementation.

A coalition led by The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) argued in a Federal court in Phoenix that SB 1070 should be halted pending a final ruling on its constitutionality.

The groups are concerned that the law’s requirement for police officers to demand identification documents from individuals who they suspect may be in the United States illegally may lead to racial profiling and discrimination of minorities.

“This fundamentally unconstitutional law opens the door for law enforcement to discriminate against Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and other people of color who look or sound ‘foreign’,” said Julie Su, litigation director of Asian Pacific American Legal Center, which is a member of the coalition of plaintiffs.

She added that “we have faith the court understands that immigration enforcement is solely the responsibility of the Federal government and that it will block this modern-day version of the Chinese Exclusion Act.”

However, supporters of SB 1070 say that it is the Federal government’s inability to secure the border with Mexico and pass a comprehensive immigration reform that has prompted Arizona’s lawmakers to take matters into their own hands.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19909794-ADNFCR

Report: More Than Half Of World's Population Is Vitamin D Deficient

Report: More Than Half Of World's Population Is Vitamin D DeficientWhile previous research has indicated that an increasing percentage of the world’s population is suffering from vitamin D deficiencies, a new study has found that approximately half of individuals residing in first world countries do not get enough of the sunshine vitamin.

Lead author Anthony Norman, a professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences at the University of California and a renowned expert on vitamin D, said the findings suggest that most adults cannot attain sufficient levels simply by consuming nutrient-rich foods.

In his research paper published in the July 2010 issue of Endocrine Today Norman notes that the majority of scientists believe that the currently recommended daily intake of vitamin D (between 200 IU and 600 IU) is not near high enough.

"There is a wide consensus among scientists that the relative daily intake of vitamin D should be increased to 2,000 to 4,000 IU for most adults," said Norman. "A 2,000 IU daily intake can be achieved by a combination of sunshine, food, supplements, and possibly even limited tanning exposure."

In light of several recent studies linking the nutrient to lower incidences of various health conditions, Norman encouraged the Federal government to allocate more resources toward vitamin D interventions and further research.

Olive Oil Is Not Just For Cooking

For a simple and easy way to help combat dry skin, look to a common kitchen ingredient—olive oil. The essential fatty acids in the oil are not only good for your heart and brain, but can help seal moisture in your skin. Rub a small amount of extra-virgin olive oil on troublesome areas like your heels, hands, cuticles and elbows for a natural drench your skin will enjoy.

Arizona Police Officer Calls Immigration Law 'Racist'

Arizona Police Officer Calls Immigration Law 'Racist'A Phoenix police officer is currently under investigation after posting an online video where he publicly condemns Arizona’s controversial new immigration law.

"This law will make me feel like a Nazi out there," said Officer Paul Dobson, a 20-year veteran of the force. "I have a great deal of contempt for it… I’m very emotional about it. This law is pure and simple a racist law."

He added that the law may deter illegal immigrants or people of Hispanic origin from reporting crimes.

Dobson is the target of an internal investigation due to the fact that he did not ask for his supervisor’s permission to air his comments publicly.

The three-minute video was produced by the Brave New Foundation, a California-based non-profit organization. The group requested statements from all state officials who will be impacted by the new law, and Dobson was the only one to respond, according to The Arizona Republic.

Meanwhile, the Arizona Latino Republican Association (ALRA) filed a motion on Thursday to support Arizona’s new law and officially denounce the Justice Department’s lawsuit against the state, according to Fox News.

The ALRA’s challenge of the federal government’s case marks the first time that a Hispanic organization has publicly supported the law, which is scheduled to go into effect on July 29.

Hydrate Your Way to Health: The Dehydration-Illness Connection

It is vital that every human being drink ample amounts of water every day—especially those who suffer headaches.

Since water makes up roughly 75 percent of the human body and 85 percent of the brain, it only makes sense that no tissue, organ or gland can function properly without an ample supply of this natural fluid. It is the improper functioning of the digestive system, lungs, liver and kidneys that not only contributes to and triggers headaches, but also makes us ill. Indeed, we humans would surely cease to exist without the magic elixir known as water, which, next to oxygen, is the most vital substance on Earth.

Drinking ample quantities of water every day is so important that for centuries many traditional cultures have used its healing qualities to cure and prevent various illnesses and diseases. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), for example, recognized the healing powers of water more than 3,000 years ago.

Even Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, was said to have drank and bathed in water to benefit from the healing properties of its mineral content. Indeed, the mere consumption of this fluid can help restore the body to its natural state of homeostasis (balance) by clearing toxins, cleansing the colon, flushing the liver and kidneys and emptying the bowels—all necessary elements to removing and preventing a number of headaches.

With the abundance of water available in the United States and the sheer necessity of it to our health and well-being, it is a wonder that the many illnesses and ailments are actually caused or aggravated by simple dehydration. The leading researcher of our time on illness and diseases caused by dehydration is Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, an internist trained at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School of London University and one of the last students of Sir Alexander Flemming, the discoverer of penicillin. In his book, The Body’s Many Cries for Water, Dr. Batmanghelidj asserts: “Chronic, unintentional dehydration is the origin of most pain and degenerative diseases in the human body.” (1)

It was while spending several years in an Iranian prison that Batmanghelidj came to discover the healing powers of simple water—including decreased occurrence and symptoms of heartburn, lupus, arthritis and peptic ulcers—and the negative effects of dehydration. So how does dehydration cause pain and illnesss?

As the water content of tissues falls to a certain point as a result of dehydration the bi-layer membranes that surround cells contract, forming a barrier that prevents further water loss. This obstructs the free movement of molecules so that metabolism and elimination are limited. Slow metabolism and elimination lead to build-up of toxins in the blood which can manifest as a chemical-induced headache.

It is important to understand that regardless of the quantity of your daily water intake, its percentage in urine remains constant at around 95 percent. When the hypothalamus detects a lowering of water volume in the body it signals the pituitary gland to release the antidiuretic hormone (ADH) into the bloodstream which increases the capacity of the kidneys to re-absorb and recycle water.

In essence, when the body moves into survival mode by contracting the bi-layer membranes, the kidneys keep recycling and concentrating the urine in an effort to maintain sufficient hydration. Thus the less water put into the body the less the body’s ability to cleans itself of poisonous toxins through elimination via urine, feces, perspiration and the breath. And since waste products left to accumulate in your tissues create chronic pain, headaches and many diseases, water intake is necessary to facilitate the effective elimination of the toxic build-up.

It is in part due to the overtaxing of the colonic track by overeating, ingesting foods high in nitrates and other chemical content, in addition to an abundance of sugars or alcohol, that one feels exhausted, lethargic, experiences seemingly unending dull headaches, catches colds easily or becomes seriously ill. It is precisely the absorption of the nutrients in the colon and intestines from the food we eat that prevents, causes or cures what ails us.

In fact, research has indicated that a thorough flushing of the mucus folds in the colonic tract where toxins and wastes generally remain will cleanse the system and keep the body healthy and the immune system strong. At the same time, quantities of water are known to revitalize the kidney and liver. Thus, by drinking ample quantities of water the colon will become more effective, thus increasing the quantity and supply of fresh blood that can then move throughout the body.

It is vital that every cell, tissue and organ in your body be sufficiently hydrated for your body to return to and maintain its natural state of homeostasis. It is only in this state that the chemical toxins that have built up in the body can be properly processed and eliminated. Water is the only substance that can properly hydrate the body; not caffeinated coffees and teas, carbonated sodas or sugar-filled fruit drinks.

Only water, pure and simple as it is, will keep you healthy and help the body eliminate many of the underlying triggers affecting your health daily. So how much water is enough?

There is much written about specific quantities of water that are needed by the body to function properly. Drinking a single glass of water at lunch or dinner will not do the job. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends six 8-ounce glasses of water per day, other experts suggest consuming 8 ounces of water per 20 pounds of body weight.

But remembering math and numbers throughout a busy day can be difficult. In order to reap the full health benefits from water one must think in terms of water as therapy and drink copious amounts throughout the entire day. If you drink water from a bottle throughout the day, after a period of hydration you will find yourself making frequent trips to the restroom to relieve yourself.

A continuous flow of water through your body that is continually washing away the toxins in your system and keeping them from building up is exactly what you want. This way your kidneys will not become over-taxed and forced to concentrate urine in an effort to maintain proper levels of hydration in your body.

When urine is concentrated as a result of dehydration its color becomes dark. Therefore, if you find yourself drinking throughout the day, but it has been a while since your last glass, check your urine. If it is colored, it is a sign that you are becoming dehydrated—and this happens quickly when consuming caffeinated diuretic beverages like coffee and soda—and it is time for another glass or two of water.

I always keep my bottle of spring or filtered water filled and at my side. In this way, I will never forget to drink from it and I will not be forced to consume chemically treated tap water in whatever location I happen to find myself.

In summary, we have established the undeniable fact that keeping the body properly hydrated helps remove toxins from the body while maintaining proper blood flow and organ, muscle and glandular functions; and that drinking water throughout the day, as dictated by urine color, is the best way to maintain proper hydration.

Your body will never feel as light or as clean and unpolluted as it will once it is properly hydrated. And in the process, a large portion of the on-going headache triggers that have attacked you in the past will be eliminated.

—Dr. Mark Wiley


  1. Batmanghelidj, F. (1996). Your Body’s Many Cries for Water. Falls Church, VA: Global Health Solutions, p. 11.

With Apologies to Jefferson, De Tocqueville and Shaw

Charlie Rangel is going to force the issue. The longtime United States Representative from New York’s 15th Congressional District isn’t going down without a fight over the ethics charges which have been levied against him.

Although his fellow Democrat Nancy Pelosi promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington, progress on that front suggests she’s using a soap ladle to empty the Everglades. Some point to Charlie—whose district sports a Partisan Voting Index of D+43 (making it the most redoubtably liberal place in America outside Pelosi’s living room)—as a gravel-voiced shout for term limits.

I disagree. I can easily identify a whole retinue of wire-pullers and spoilsmongers whose continued occupation of elected offices lowers our collective political intelligence the way reality television has turned a generation of teenagers into slack-jawed mouth breathers (Snookie and J-Woww! OMG!); it’s just that we already have term limits. We call them elections.

When it comes to sending grafters to the political bone yard, elections are theoretically as potent a man-stopper as a 12-gauge shotgun. But like any weapon, elections only work if we pull the trigger.

There are 535 members of the two houses of Congress, 50 governors and thousands of various state and local legislators. Many of them have been situated in office long enough to earn the envy of the hardiest fungi. And while we deserve better than most of them, each one of them deserves to stay in office as long as we’ll let them. After all, while few of them are anything but honest about what they’re doing there, at the very least, they’re honest about wanting to be there.

Rangel is far from the only politico who ever made us shake our heads in disgust. The goodly folk of South Carolina sent Strom Thurmond back to the Senate long past the time he was drooling in his pudding. Imagine being so decrepit that you can relegate a fossilized remnant like Fritz Hollings to junior status.

Lately, the Palmetto State allowed Mark Sanford to continue holding down their governor’s chair even after he “hiked the Appalachian Trail.” (At least, that’s what the kids are calling it these days.) Now Alvin Greene, the South Carolina Democrat nominee for Senate, has suggested an economic recovery plan which includes action figures—of Alvin Greene. I believe some South Carolinians might say “not all his dogs are barking.”

Come to think of it—maybe South Carolina should be the location for a term limit test program. If they elect Action Figure Alvin to the Senate then term limits can go the way of Al Gore’s Presidential aspirations.

Rangel has represented the same basic constituency since before I was born. After being forced to relinquish his post as the chairman of the enormously powerful House Ways and Means committee earlier this year, he’s now up against the ropes as the roster of ethical violations he “allegedly” committed stretches from his rent-control-law violating apartments and offices in New York all the way to the Dominican Republic vacation villa on which he failed to report rental income. (Personal Liberty Digest™ doesn’t have the bandwidth necessary for me to recount the litany of Rangellian excesses, and you don’t have the time.)

But the voters in New York’s 15th like Charlie. Their parents liked Charlie. He is facing opposition this year, and it might be time enough for Charlie to enjoy retirement at one of his multiple subtropical retreats (yes, there’s more than one.)

Even if 2010 is Charlie’s swan song, what can we expect to see in his stead? Rangel’s predecessor, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., was repeatedly re-elected to the House by these same citizens despite his own menu of brazen impropriety. They only replaced Powell with Rangel when Powell stopped showing up for work. I hate to say it but I doubt their voting acumen has improved after 40 years.

But what about the rest of us? Incumbents get re-elected to the tune of better than 90 percent, a number which hardly jibes with the 11 percent approval rating Congress enjoys at the moment. Eighty-nine out of 100 of recognize what these people are. But only one in 10 of them is going to be looking for work come November.

Look, Charlie Rangel deserves our derision, and gets a fair amount of it. But his constituents don’t seem to mind. And as a result, they deserve no better. Judging by his colleagues and compatriots—neither do we.

Congressional Democrats Pass Unemployment Extension, Blast GOP For Standing In The Way

Congressional Democrats Pass Unemployment Extension, Blast GOP For Standing In The WayAfter weeks of querulous debate the Senate voted last week to restore the long-term jobless aid program and extend unemployment benefits to millions of Americans who have been out of work for more than six months.

The bill—which will provide monetary support to more than 2.5 million people whose Federal unemployment benefits expired on June 2—was ratified by the House on July 23, and is expected to be signed by President Obama in the coming days.

Soon after the vote House Democrats blasted Republicans in the Senate for continually blocking the passage of the measure, which is expected to add $34 billion to the national debt.

"The House acted in May, but for six weeks Senate Republicans blocked unemployment insurance," said Representative Sander Levin (D-Mich.). "They stood not on the side of, but in the way of, millions of Americans."

However, GOP lawmakers reiterated several times that they would have been happy to vote for the extension had it been paid for by last year’s economic stimulus package, rather than contributing to the nation’s already ballooning debt, according to The Washington Post.

"I haven’t heard anybody say we shouldn’t be extending unemployment benefits," said Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas). "The difference is one side wants to borrow 34 cents on the dollar, mainly from the Chinese, and send the bill to our children and our grandchildren."

Opponents Of Federal Challenge To Arizona Immigration Law Speak Up

Opponents Of Federal Challenge To Arizona Immigration Law Speak UpThe Obama administration’s challenge to the Arizona immigration law in Federal court faces significant opposition from some politicians and immigration reform advocates.

On Tuesday, July 20, Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, author of the bill, filed a memorandum with the United States Court for the District of Arizona opposing the Justice Department’s (DOJ) request for preliminary injunction that would stop SB 1070 from taking effect on July 29.

“As I’ve said all along, SB 1070 makes no new immigration law, it simply enforces the laws already on the books,” Pearce stated, adding that the president “has put politics before the safety of citizens of Arizona who are under the gun from the illegal alien crisis in our state.”

Meanwhile, more than 80 Congress members filed an amicus brief refuting claims by the DOJ and some other activists that the law is unconstitutional. Those groups have alleged that the legislation may open doors to racial profiling of minorities.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which assisted in the preparation of the brief, stated that the filing emphasizes to the court that the constitutional separation of powers gives Congress the authority to prescribe immigration laws, and that the executive branch—i.e. the administration—is limited by the power of Congress. The brief also recounts examples of many cases in which Congress encouraged the activity of states in the enforcement of immigration laws.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19904009-ADNFCR

Should I have my Disability check come to my home instead of the bank in case they suddenly close?

Dear Bob,

I have two auto deposits from Disability into the bank each month. Should I have that made to come to my home instead of the bank in case they closed up suddenly? It would be a balancing act to keep checks from bouncing, however, as I am nearly homebound and have a hard time coming and going to the bank. I just keep enough in to pay my utilities, food, gas, etc. and am debt free otherwise. BUT, if they closed suddenly, it would take my whole monthly income at once, and leave me high and dry.
questions about.

Wanda Godfrey

Dear Wanda,

Ideally you would keep only enough money in your bank account to cover your monthly expenses. All other available cash should be kept at home (and coverted to gold and/or silver when practicable). I understand that with your mobility issues this becomes difficult. If it’s possible to find a relative or friend that you can trust to help you with this it would be good. You could put them on as a signatory to your account and, after your bills are paid, they could help you make a withdrawal of the excess which you could keep at home in a fireproof safe that is hidden away and secured.

Then, once you have accumulated enough cash to cover about two or three months worth of expenses you could begin to convert any additional money you save into precious metals. Again, you should keep those in a safe.

Best Wishes,

Obama Signs Financial Reform Bill, Promises No More Taxpayer Bailouts

Obama Signs Financial Reform Bill, Promises No More Taxpayer BailoutsFollowing months of contentious debate and partisan name-calling, President Obama signed into law last week a Democratic-backed financial reform bill, ushering in the most aggressive overhaul of Wall Street regulations since the Great Depression.

Obama said the new rules, which were authored by Senator Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) and Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.), will guarantee "the strongest consumer financial protections in history," and ensure that American taxpayers will never again be forced to fund a Wall Street bailout.

The measure has been heavily criticized by congressional Republicans who feel that it will grant unreasonable power to Federal regulators and stunt the growth of the already weakened economy and struggling job market.

In fact, Republicans took exception to several aspects of the legislation, including its creation of new agencies that can limit certain forms of trading and break up financial firms that threaten the economy.

"This financial services reform is nothing more than a permanent bailout of Wall Street that will restrict credit, kill jobs, raise taxes and expand government control of the private sector," said Representative Mike Pence (R-Ind.), who plans to push to repeal the law, The Los Angeles Times reports.

The president disagreed, telling a group of supporters at the Ronald Reagan Building that the law will safeguard taxpayers and "bring the shadowy deals that caused this crisis into the light of day."

Government Defends Scathing Expose Of Intelligence Community Failure

Government Defends Scathing Expose Of Intelligence Community FailureThe Obama administration is still reeling from a report published last week in The Washington Post that appears to show the government’s failure to control and manage the intelligence community that expanded substantially since 9/11.

The newspaper’s investigation has revealed that the field of intelligence gathering has grown so extensively it is impossible to gauge its effectiveness any more. In fact, there are apparently more than 1,200 government agencies and 1,900 private companies that work in counter-terrorism, homeland security and intelligence.

This growth, combined with an increase in secrecy and loss of transparency, is making it impossible for experts to ascertain how much the effort costs United States taxpayers and whether the nation is safer at all as a result of this expansion, the news source further reported.

In response to these revelations, government officials affirmed that the system may have its inefficiencies, but overall it is "achieving untold successes every day,” according to acting Director of National Intelligence David Gompert.

He added that the Post report does not represent “the intelligence community we know.”ADNFCR-1961-ID-19902129-ADNFCR

The Government's Tax Fraud

President Barack Obama campaigned on the notion that he wouldn’t raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000. Or was it $225,000? Or maybe it was $200,000. Anyway, that’s what he said, even though the figures changed from time to time… depending on his mood, I guess.

But of course we’re seeing that that was just one of his many li… er, deceptions. Because, as a recent Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) report revealed, there’s a “…Tax Tsunami On The Horizon.”

Beginning in 2011, when the tax cuts instituted under President George W. Bush expire, all sorts of tax increases will hit the American taxpayer—for those making more than $200,000 and for those making less.

Here are some of them, according to IBD:

  • The Federal Estate tax goes from zero this year to 55 percent on estates of $1 million or more.
  • The tax brackets change. The lowest bracket increases from 10 percent to 15 percent, the next increases from 25 percent to 28 percent and the old 28 percent bracket increases to 31 percent. At the higher end, the 33 percent bracket goes up to 36 percent and the 35 percent bracket increases to 39.6 percent.
  • The marriage penalty returns.
  • Capital gains taxes increase from 15 percent to 20 percent. The tax on dividends will go from 15 percent to 39.6 percent. That’s an astonishing jump of 164 percent. And both of these will increase more in 2013 as the healthcare reform bill adds a 3.8 percent Medicare tax for those making $200,000 and joint filers making $250,000.
  • The tax credit for children decreases from $1,000 per child to $500.

According to IBD, letting the Bush tax cuts expire will cost taxpayers $115 billion next year alone, and $2.6 trillion through 2020, Congressional Budget Office figures show.

And this is just the first wave. The IBD article outlines billions of dollars of new taxes brought on by Obamacare that kick in over the coming years, such as the increase in the number of people affected by the alternative minimum tax (ATM) from 4 million families this year to 28.5 million next year.

The biggest con game of all is that tax increases are sold as necessary to fund the operations of government. Taxes do not to fund government. They are merely a means for government to steal more of your wealth.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reduces the money in our checking accounts when we authorize them to do so via our 1040 tax return. Do you wonder where the money goes that IRS removes from our pay checks? This money does not go to Washington as taxes to pay anything. It goes into the cyberspace of the IRS computers.

So what does the IRS do? It reduces our consumption by reducing the numbers (money) in our checking accounts. It is a system of economic regulation to conceal the fraud that modern money is numbers created without limit by government/bankers.

What else does this Orwellian system do? It transfers wealth to the "money creators." Theft through fiat occurs when the VOLUME of numbers (money) exceeds the production of goods and services. This is called inflation. So, the government makes war on its own people by increasing the volume of money.

So how is government funded? It sells Treasury bonds. How are Treasuries paid for? With Federal Reserve Notes (dollars) printed on a printing press. Debt is used to pay for more debt.

It’s like if you had no money in your checking account, but you wrote a check for $25 so you could have some spending money. The next day you go to another bank and write a check for $50—$25 to cover the previous day’s check and $25 for spending money. The next day you go to another bank and write a check for $75—$50 to cover the previous day’s checks and $25 for spending money.

You can keep this scam going for some time, but the numbers inflate so that by the end of the year you are writing checks for thousands of dollars each day to cover yourself. That’s the same scam the government is using to cover its debt now—debt paying for debt… nothing for nothing.

Many are now—finally—waking up to the scam and fraud that is government. IBD quotes a poll that says 51 percent want to see the Bush tax cuts made permanent. Just 28 percent don’t. Republicans by more than four to one and independents by two to one want to see them made permanent. Democrats, by 40 percent to 38 percent don’t.

Does that tell you who is actually paying the taxes?

Bottom line, neither Obama nor Democrats in Congress are truly interested in addressing the economic malaise that currently affects our country’s—and the world’s—economy. And Republicans are interested only so far as they can use it as a tool to get elected. None of them are really looking out for you.

All of them simply want more of what you have so they’ll have you further under their control.

The Obamacare Gold Grab

What does healthcare have to do with gold sales? In the minds of the fascist crafters of the Obamacare law: apparently a lot.

Tucked away in the 2,300 page bill, in section 9006, is a provision that expands the scope of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 1099. Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, a Form 1099 will have to be filed to report to the IRS the purchase of all goods and services by small business and self-employed people that exceed $600 during a calendar year.

This is an onerous bookkeeping nightmare for all small businesses. But precious metals dealers will really take a hit.

“Coin dealers not only buy for their inventory from other dealers, but also with great frequency from the public,” Diane Piret, industry affairs director for the Council for Tangible Assets, told ABC News. “Most other types of businesses will have a limited number of suppliers from which they buy their goods and products for resale.”

One coin dealer told ABC News he deals with about 1,000 customers each week and predicts he’ll be filling out between 10,000 and 20,000 tax forms per year because of the new law.

“I’ll have to hire two full-time people just to track all this stuff, which cuts into my profitability,” he said.

That may help the unemployment situation a little, or maybe not. Many dealers will have to cut loose some on their staff who actively contribute to their bottom line in order to hire someone just to create paperwork to satisfy the IRS.

The ABC News report said the new tax provision was intended to mine what the IRS deems a vast reservoir of uncollected income tax and was included in the Obamacare bill as a way to pay for it. The new law is expected to raise $17 billion over the next 10 years.

What this provision truly is is another attack on small business and a way to better track who is buying and selling gold.

Just think, if you decide to sell some gold or silver to a dealer because you need some cash, the IRS is going to know about it.

The establishment hates gold in the hands of the public. In 1933 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt confiscated gold from the American people. These new reporting requirements will make very it easy for an oppressive, overbearing, out-of-control fascist government to do it again.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said we’d have to wait until the Obamacare bill was passed to learn what was in it. The bill was a stinker on the surface, but the deeper we dig the more odiferous it becomes.

Muslim Organization Criticizes Tea Party Speaker Choice

Muslim Organization Criticizes Tea Party Speaker ChoiceThe Tea Party movement’s conflict with minorities appears to be deepening as the grassroots organization came under fire from a Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization for booking a speaker for an upcoming event whom it calls “extremist” and “anti-Islam.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which is based in Washington, D.C., has complained that the Emerald Coast Tea Party Patriots have invited Brigitte Gabriel to deliver the keynote speech at the organization’s U.S. Constitution Freedom Rally in Florida on August 21.

Gabriel is an author and journalist who founded the American Congress for Truth and ACT for America, and has expressed her belief that Islam is contributing to keeping Arab societies backwards. She is also known for saying that Muslims should be barred from holding public office.

CAIR national communications director Ibrahim Hooper said that "now is the time for Tea Party leaders to clearly demonstrate that their movement will not allow itself to be associated with bigotry of any kind, including Islamophobia.”

He also called on political candidates—including GOP Senate candidate Marco Rubio—who are expected to attend the event to boycott it unless Gabriel is dis-invited.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19901265-ADNFCR

Women Who Undergo Weight-Reduction Surgery Should Have Vitamin Levels Checked Before Becoming Pregnant

Women Who Undergo Weight-Reduction Surgery Should Have Vitamin Levels Checked Before Becoming PregnantResults of a recent Australian study suggest that women who undergo gastric bypass surgery to treat morbid obesity are at a high risk of suffering vitamin deficiencies and may want to consider taking supplements if they wish to become pregnant.

Although weight-reduction surgery can save the lives of severely obese individuals, it is associated with several adverse side effects, including severe vitamin deficiencies.

A research team from the department of ophthalmology at Royal Children’s Hospital found that the nutrient levels of women who undergo this procedure may become even lower during pregnancy and, if not corrected, can lead to major birth defects in their children.

Lead author Glen Gole and his colleagues cite the case of a woman who had biliopancreatic diversion surgery nearly seven years before becoming pregnant. Nine weeks into her pregnancy, the patient was diagnosed with severe deficiencies of Vitamins A, D and K.

Due to the surgery she was unable to boost her nutrient levels during gestation and gave birth to a child with serious malformations to both eyes.

"It is important for any woman who has had this form of gastric bypass surgery to be checked for vitamin deficiency—and have it corrected—before considering having a baby," said David Hunter, editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, which published the research.

Cashew Seed Extract May Help Patients Battle Diabetes

Cashew Seed Extract May Help Patients Battle DiabetesCanadian researchers have found that the extract of cashew seeds contains anti-diabetic properties that may be capable of helping patients improve their resistance to insulin.

For the study, a research team from the University of Montreal analyzed the extracts of a variety of plants to see which, if any, could improve the body’s response to its own insulin. The investigators hoped that cashew seed extract could combat diabetes as it has long been thought of as a useful anti-inflammatory agent that could effectively counteract high blood sugar.

"Of all the extracts tested, only cashew seed extract significantly stimulated blood sugar absorption by muscle cells," said lead researcher Pierre Haddad, a pharmacology professor at the university.

"Our study validates the traditional use of cashew tree products in diabetes and points to some of its natural components that can serve to create new oral therapies," he added.

Cashews are loaded with antioxidants, B vitamins, fiber and protein. Previous studies have suggested that the nut can also help combat metabolic syndrome, which is grouping of health conditions characterized by high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels and abdominal obesity, according to

A Name, A Penalty, Well-Paid Police And GLD

*What’s that guy’s name again? Here’s another interesting tidbit from the political scene in Nevada. Seems some guy named Rory is running for governor on the Democratic ticket. His campaign site has lots of feel-good information about his wife, his children, where he went to college, what he’s done since. The only thing that isn’t prominently displayed is his last name. Rory, you see, is Rory Reid, son of Nevada’s senior senator, Harry Reid. Guess Rory doesn’t think dad’s coattails will stretch very far this year.

*Putting that Goldman Sachs penalty in perspective. Goldman Sachs has agreed to cough up $550 million to Uncle Sam to settle all charges regarding the way they misled investors about certain derivatives. That might be a fortune to thee and me, but it’s a pittance to the Kings of Wall Street. Consider: It represents just 3.4 percent of Goldman’s employee bonus pool for 2009. That came to a whopping $16.2 billion. Can Goldman afford the fine? Don’t make me laugh.

*Can any city afford this? It’s not just the state of California that’s facing overwhelming budget problems. Many of the municipalities in the Golden State are, too. Here’s one reason why: In the city of Oakland, 1,149 people work for the police department. Of that number, more than half earn more than $100,000 a year. Last year, the top four wage-earners in the department were regular policemen. Each made more than $225,000 for the year—including $100,000 in overtime. Maybe crime doesn’t pay; but fighting it sure can.

*Will it soon be No. 1? Don’t know if you noticed, but last week the SPDR Gold Shares ETF, which trades under the symbol GLD, passed a remarkable figure. Investors have traded more than 50 billion Federal Reserve notes for shares of the fund. With one share of GLD representing one-tenth of an ounce of gold, this means the fund now holds more than 43 million ounces of the Midas metal for its shareholders. Do you have some?

—Chip Wood

Let's Throw This Rascal Out

If there were any liberal Democrats in the crowd that filled Bally’s Convention Center two weeks ago, they kept a very low profile. Because from the opening bell, the 2,000-plus people attending this year’s FreedomFest crowd made it clear what they wanted: less government, less spending, lower taxes, fewer bureaucrats and no deficits.
And they also want every incumbent running for office defeated this year… with the possible exception of Ron Paul.

In short, this group wants change. And they were ready to applaud like mad for anyone who promised it. Even the mildest of anti-Obama jokes had them laughing and cheering.

“President Obama says if he weren’t president, he’d be buying stocks,” I reminded them. “To which I say; if you weren’t president, I’d be buying stocks, too, Mr. President.” The crowd roared.

For the seventh consecutive year I served as Master of Ceremonies for “the world’s largest gathering of free minds,” which means I got to introduce our keynote speakers, numerous panelists and the opponents in several heated debates.

Things got off to a lively start the very first morning. I told the audience that, “When I sat on Santa Claus’s lap last December, I told him there were only two things I wanted this year. First, could you please demote Nancy Pelosi? I want a new majority leader in the House of Representatives!” The crowd stomped and cheered.

“For my second gift, Santa, would you please retire Harry Reid from the U.S. Senate?” More loud cheers and applause.

Then I said, “Ladies and gentlemen, permit me to introduce the feisty young grandmother who is going to make my second wish come true. Please join me in welcoming Harry Reid’s opponent in this November’s election for the U.S. Senate in Nevada, Mrs. Sharron Angle.”

I don’t think Sarah Palin would have gotten a bigger welcome had the hall been hosting a Tea Party convention. The crowd was loudly and enthusiastically ready for change in Nevada’s Senate seat. And they made it clear they hoped Sharron Angle would be it.

I’m proud to say that even before she left the stage I made the very first contribution to the “Angle for Senate” campaign that day. But I was far from alone. Her campaign manager told me later that they received more than $60,000 in contributions while she was there.

Frankly, they’re going to need every penny of it—and a whole lot more. Reid has boasted that he already has more than $10 million in his campaign coffers… and he expects to raise at least $15 million more. If there’s one seat the Democrats are determined not to lose this year it is Reid’s in Nevada. (If you’d like to help retire the Silver State’s senior senator, go to and send her a contribution yourself.)

The very next day, the White House announced that President Obama was flying to Las Vegas for a special campaign appearance on behalf of his beleaguered Senate majority leader. Those of us at FreedomFest probably wouldn’t have known anything about it, except for one thing: Because of security considerations, the Las Vegas airport and all the airspace in a 20-mile radius was closed for most of the afternoon to all traffic except Air Force One.

Obama couldn’t have known (and probably wouldn’t have cared if he did) that as a result, our final speaker of the day was not allowed to land. We had invited Greg Mortenson, author of the runaway best-seller Three Cups of Tea, to tell us about his experiences building schools for impoverished children, mostly young girls, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. His plane circled the area for nearly two hours before it was allowed to land 90 miles away.

We quickly shuffled the schedule so he would be the first speaker the next morning. The hall was packed when he strode to the podium at 8:00 am. And 2,000 people listened with breathless fascination as he showed photographs and told stories of the work he had done, the friends he had made, the lives he had changed, and the threats he had faced.

Let me pause for a moment to insert a promotion here for Greg Mortenson’s talk and books. Three Cups of Tea has been on the best-seller lists for the past three years, so it’s easy to find at any bookstore or While you’re there, also order his new one, Stones into Schools. You’ll be deeply moved by both. For a DVD of his talk at FreedomFest, as well as CDs or MP3s of the 162 other speakers who appeared this year, go to

I don’t know how many other people were affected by the closure of McCarran Airport for several hours that day. But as it turned out, we got the last laugh from it. At our closing banquet on Saturday I was able to tell the crowd that yes, they could finally go home: “President Obama has left the city and the airport is open again.” That got some mild applause and laughter.

Then I added, “By the way, the latest polls have just come out. They confirm that President Obama’s appearance here cost Harry Reid 14,500 votes!” Then I concluded, “So please come back and campaign some more, Mr. President. But please wait until we’ve left town.” The crowd hooted and howled. As I said before, this was a group ready for change.

Speaking of change, check out the first item in my Chip Shots column at the bottom of today’s Personal Liberty Alerts™. Another politician in Nevada who is trying to distance himself from Harry Reid seems to be his own son.

By the way, I had an epiphany of sorts during this year’s FreedomFest. I realized that I’ve been wasting a lot of time over the past 50 years trying to educate liberals. It finally dawned on me that is almost always a waste of time.

For all sorts of reasons—liberal guilt, indoctrination in school, a vested interest in government largess, whatever; there are a whole lot of people out there who aren’t going to change their minds, no matter how many facts we put in front of them.

No, let’s forget about persuading the left that we’re right. It isn’t going to happen.

Instead, let’s look for people of principle who have not been politically active before—and let’s them energized and activated to throw the rascals out.

Sound difficult? It’s not. Select a friend or neighbor whom you know is a person of good character. Share your concern about what’s happening to the country you love. Ask if they are also alarmed by runaway spending, exploding deficits, rising taxes, and other aspect of growing government.

If they agree with you—and I’m betting the majority of them will—ask them to work with you to help make a difference. Find people running for office you think you can trust. Give them the support they need to get elected.

And once they win, keep your eye on them. Make sure they vote the way they promised. Support them when they’re right. Argue with them when they’re wrong.

And if you get too little of the former and too much of the latter, go to work to replace them. Remember, every election matters. Victory isn’t going to come from the White House down; it’s going to come from local communities up. That’s how we won our freedom in the first place; it’s how we’re going to restore it now.

Resolve that this year you’re going to help make a difference. Then, find a few people who agree with you. Repeat this often enough, in enough places, and it will happen. Believe it.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

—Chip Wood

New York Lawsuit Seeks Injunction Against Restrictive Gun Licensing Law

New York Lawsuit Seeks Injunction Against Restrictive Gun Licensing LawFresh off gun rights activists’ major victory in Chicago, The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) has joined a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, which demands a permanent injunction against a state law that requires applicants for gun permits to demonstrate “good cause.”

"American citizens should not have to demonstrate good cause in order to exercise a constitutionally-protected civil right," said SAF executive vice president Alan Gottlieb.

"Our civil rights, including the right to keep and bear arms, should not be subject to the whims of a local government or its employees,” he added.

The case at hand was brought by Westchester County residents lan Kachalsky and Christina Nikolov, who saw their permit applications denied on similar grounds.

Gun rights supporters have been buoyed by the recent Supreme Court decision in McDonald v Chicago, which struck down a nearly 30-year old handgun ban in that city.

In fact, Gottlieb pointed to that decision saying that it made it clear that the 2nd Amendment rights apply to both state and local governments.

“Our lawsuit is a reminder to state and local bureaucrats that we have a Bill of Rights in this country, not a ‘Bill of Needs’,” he stressed.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19897467-ADNFCR

With One GOP Vote, Senate Committee OKs Kagan's Nomination

With One GOP Vote, Senate Committee OKs Kagan’'s NominationThe Senate Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday to approve President Obama’s nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan as a Supreme Court justice to replace John Paul Stevens who is expected to retire later this year.

The only Republican to break the ranks with his colleagues was Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). The remaining GOP members of the committee have repeatedly expressed their concerns about Kagan’s limited legal experience outside of academia and her political involvement during the Clinton administration.

Obama praised the vote, saying his nominee is “one of this country’s leading legal minds,” and expressing his belief that she will be a fair and impartial Justice.

However, many conservative organizations—such as Family Research Council (FRC)—disagree with this assessment.

Its president, Tony Perkins, commented that Kagan’s ascent to the Supreme Court will endanger constitutional governance.

“Today’s vote ignores Elena Kagan’s troubling record of impassioned liberal activism and disregard for the law,” he said, adding that she “has trampled every obstacle standing in the way of her pro-abortion, pro-homosexual agenda, which calls into question her ability to be an impartial jurist.”

Earlier this month Perkins testified against her candidacy, focusing on her ban on military recruiters when she was dean of Harvard Law School because of the army’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19901274-ADNFCR

No More Secrets

No secrets, at least not for you.

The Obama administration is backing legislation that would require United States businesses to provide to the government data about employee pay as it relates to sex, race and national origin of employees.

It’s not enough that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) already has all your work data. Now other government departments want to snoop deeper into your life. Under the guise of trying to ensure pay equity for women and minorities, Obama wants to have even more of your information.

In addition to giving the Federal government more data to mine about its citizens, this legislation puts more onerous regulations on businesses at a time when businesses need a break. This is further evidence the current administration is no friend to business or the American people.

Even more amazing is this comes from a man who won’t release a valid copy of  birth certificate—not a certificate of live birth that anyone could obtain in Hawaii but a real birth certificate that names the delivering physician and can be used as an official document—his passport records or his college transcripts.

No secrets… Obama excepted.