While Chicago Gun Rights Supporters Celebrate, City Tries To Enforce Other Gun Restrictions

While Chicago gun rights supporters celebrate, city tries to enforce other gun restrictionsThe Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) held a rally last week to celebrate the recent United States Supreme Court decision in McDonald v Chicago that struck down a long-standing city gun ban. However, as those advocates cheered, city officials issued an ordinance designed to impose restrictions on gun ownership.

The celebratory event, which took place July 9 at the Thompson Center, featured ISRA executive director Richard Pearson, one of the plaintiffs, Otis McDonald, as well as local radio personalities and several local grassroots activists.

However, it happened in the shadow of an ordinance that aims, among other things, to restrict residents from carrying weapons outside their homes, mandate participation in training programs and prohibit the sale of firearms inside city limits, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“When the wrong people have access to guns, whether they’re gang bangers and drug dealers or abusive parents or sons or daughters, needless violence is more likely to happen, whether it’s on our streets or in our homes,” said Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.

In response to the ordinance, gun supporters already filed two lawsuits that experts say could lead to a new round of legal challenges to cities’ rights to regulate gun ownership, the news provider further reported.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19885892-ADNFCR

API Blasts Ideas For New Taxes Amid Oil Spill, Weak Economy

API blasts ideas for new taxes amid oil spill, weak economyThe United States Congress prepares to consider a major energy bill later this summer, and some lawmakers have suggested paying for new programs through higher taxes on oil and natural gas companies. However, the American Petroleum Institute (API) has criticized the idea, saying it would further imperil an already weak economic recovery.

Proponents of new taxes on these industries have been partially prompted by the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but API says the traditional energy sector supports 9.2 million jobs and adds 7.5 percent to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). As a result, the organization believes new taxes could have a devastating impact on jobs, economic recovery and America’s energy security.

To further spread its message the trade association is running an ad campaign in several states, including Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Virginia that began on July 6.

“The ads are part of the national debate on energy and tax policy. We hope they will help ensure decisions affecting our economic and energy security are not made in a vacuum or based on incomplete information,” said Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the API.

He added that “Americans have historically been suspicious of taxes on the industry that produces most of the energy they consume.”ADNFCR-1961-ID-19888260-ADNFCR

Start Small, Work Consistently

“Too many people make the mistake in thinking emergencies only happen to ‘other folks,'” writes Larry Barkdull in his book, Emergency Essentials’ Tips For Preparedness. “Beyond the subject of disaster, being prepared should be a part of your normal provident living. Don’t become overwhelmed. Start with small goals and work consistently.”

Barkdull gives the following ideas to help you get started on your preparedness plan:

  • Establish a modest preparedness budget. Make it a priority and work at it the best you can. Start with a few items, such as: a 72-hour kit, emergency candles, a sleeping bag and a first aid kit or an emergency bag. Then budget enough money monthly to keep adding to your stores of emergency supplies.
  • Get your information from reliable sources. Most sensible programs will coincide with other reputable sources such as books, community preparation and church or government programs. Don’t let anyone scare you into thinking that has to be done all at once or that you must incur heavy debt to achieve your goals.
  • That which would be required to sustain life for three days can be easily multiplied for planning long-term storage needs.
  • Be consistent. Within a short time you will have the necessary supplies and equipment to take care of yourself, family members and others.
  • Think investment not expense. Think practically when it comes to assembling a food storage program. Buy the basics and learn to use them. Buy foods that you can rotate and eat regularly instead of storing foods that are unknowns to you that you have never eaten. Buy emergency materials that can be used for other activities such as Scouting events, camping adventures and family road trips. Take care of what you purchase and learn not to waste. The point is, do something and do not procrastinate.

Death, But Not Taxes

I hate the Yankees. More than any sports franchise on the planet—with the possible exception of the Dallas Cowboys—the Yankees turn me into baseball-ish English soccer hooligan (though I don’t need five pints of Guinness to throw something at the television.) Of course, my detestation of the Yankees extended to their owner: George Steinbrenner.

But as much as I despised Steinbrenner for returning my least favorite team to the top; I never begrudged him respect. He did whatever he needed to make them winners. Contracts larger than the gross national product (GNP) of most third world nations required to keep A-Rod, Jeter and the gang close to the Canyon of Heroes? Done. Steinbrenner’s detractors often pointed out that he “bought” his titles. I don’t care if he paid for them in green M&M’s.

He won. Often. Tuesday morning, Steinbrenner won one last time… by dying.

Don’t get me wrong, folks—I take no pleasure in the death of The Boss. By shuffling off this mortal coil in 2010, Steinbrenner managed to pitch one final shutout at every wingnut who ever employed class envy to pull a twisted Robin Hood act on successful Americans. Because the Prince of the Pinstripers died this year, he walled off his considerable estate from the Death Tax.

Thanks to the last gasps of the Bush-era tax laws, Steinbrenner’s considerable fortune (estimated by Forbes to be more than $1.1 billion) is protected from the pickpockets currently living the high life in Washington. By assuming room temperature in 2010, Steinbrenner has guaranteed the fruits of his years of labor will be passed on to those whom HE deems worthy—and Turbo-Tax Geithner and his big buddy Barack can go pound sand. While libs foam at the mouth over the loss of nearly $600 million (the Feds potential take had Steinbrenner shown the good sense to die next year); I have to both applaud—and wail.

I applaud the idea of Capitol Hill bagmen beating it back to D.C. with bupkus. I wail at the idea that the death tax returns for 2011 like Jason from Friday the 13th.

There’s no logical argument in favor of the death tax. Even liberals acknowledge that fact, albeit in backhanded fashion. They mutter about “unfair protection for the rich;” or “paying their fair share.”

To address the former: the way the Democrats treat financial achievement (excluding their own, of course), achievers NEED protection. Can you imagine coming home from Aunt Edna’s funeral to find a bunch of thugs in blue suits loading 55 percent of her plastic-covered furniture into the back of a U-Haul?

To the latter, I say: they’ve paid their fair share. (And yours. And mine. And Moveon.org’s.) Rich folks pay income taxes. In fact, the top 25 percent of earners pay 87 percent of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) bill. The current Federal income tax rate is just south of 40 percent—meaning Steinbrenner paid 40 cents out of every dollar he earned to the government in return for… um… the Cross Bronx Expressway. The 2010 Death Tax moratorium meant the Feds missed out on doubling up the penalty George paid for making a big pile. (*author’s aside: Steinbrenner hit the big time in the 60s and 70s, when marginal income tax rates were United Kingdom/hide your money in Montserrat like the Beatles high—so he kicked a bunch back into the kitty.)

And the wealthy can afford to buy nice stuff. When Richie Rich buys a Range Rover, he pays much higher sales taxes than you did on that ’03 Hyundai. When he heads to Morton’s for dinner, he forks over a lot more for that porterhouse than I did for my Big Mac extra value meal. And the wealthy boost the labor pool (granted, Steinbrenner hired the same guys over and over again.). From Derek Jeter to Derek the parking lot guy; Steinbrenner’s millions of dollars made dollars for millions.

Warren Buffett, who made his money the old fashioned way, says he supports the Death Tax. I can retort thusly: it’s your $47 billion—give it to whomever the hell you want, you earned it. But don’t expect the rest of us to follow suit.

George Steinbrenner had his moments. He played dirty, both in baseball and politics. And though I’m sure he would rather have lived past 2010; by dying when he did, he drove a personal stake in the heart of liberal ideology of penalizing success.

Of course, I still hate the Yankees.

Fish Oil Supplements May Help Stave Off Breast Cancer Among Postmenopausal Women

Fish oil supplements may help stave off breast cancer among postmenopausal women Older women may be able to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer by taking daily fish oil supplements, according to a new study.

Lead investigator Emily White, an epidemiologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and her colleagues recruited more than 35,000 postmenopausal women who had no history of breast cancer, and asked them to complete a dietary questionnaire regarding their intake of non-vitamin, non-mineral specialty supplements.

After six years of monitoring the participants, the researchers found that a total of 880 women had developed breast cancer. When analyzing the questionnaires, they discovered that women who routinely took fish oil supplements had a 32 percent reduced risk of developing invasive ductal breast cancer, the most common form of the disease.

The results of the study "reinforce something that most of us feel in our hearts but are struggling to prove," David Pearlstone, chief of the division of breast surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center, told CNN.com. "Fish oil probably is really good for you in a lot of ways, but the data has been [slow] in coming."

White and her colleagues note that the findings need to be replicated in a randomized trial to confirm the link between fish oil supplements and a reduction in breast cancer.

Is President Obama As Hapless As Herbert Hoover?

“Herbert Hoover is the greatest humanitarian since Jesus Christ.”
The Chicago Tribune, 1928

With all due respect to Oprah Winfrey, she was not the first person to anoint a Presidential candidate as “The Chosen One.” The Chicago political machinery was doing that with regard to the father of the Great Depression—Herbert Hoover—seven decades earlier. Could it be that Oprah was just as wrong about her President? It looks that way.

Is It Live, Or Is It Memorex?
The double dip recession that became the depression of the 1930s is playing out once again. And as my mentor Chip Wood—the geopolitical editor of Personal Liberty Digest™—sometimes points out: “History might not repeat but it certainly hums.”

A whopping 8 million jobs have simply evaporated since the Crash of ’08 despite the more than $3 trillion in stimulus money, most of it courtesy of President Barack Obama. America hasn’t got much bang for the buck when you consider that the official unemployment number is almost 10 percent. And just two days ago 2 million Americans lost their unemployment checks. That number will continue to soar in July while Congress takes its vacation.

Consumer confidence continues to decline while the housing market looks to be heading off a cliff. The national mortgage delinquency rate grew to 9.2 percent in May, up 2.3 percent from a month earlier and almost 8 percent from a year earlier.

Like many Americans Allan H. Meltzer, a professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon University and the author of A History of the Federal Reserve, wanted to believe the President’s assertion during the 2010 State of the Union address that he would grow the economy. However, in the June 30 issue of The Wall Street Journal, Meltzer says that the President has done little to improve things.

“The administration’s stimulus program has failed. Growth is slow and unemployment remains high. The president, his friends and advisers talk endlessly about the circumstances they inherited as a way of avoiding responsibility for the 18 months for which they are responsible.”

Earlier this year The New Republic declared: “Barack Obama, You Remind Me of Herbert Hoover.” “It might seem ludicrous or unfair to compare Obama to one of the most vilified presidents of the last century. But to his contemporaries, Hoover had been the American most suited to be president.”

In fact Henry Ford practically gushed over the Hoover nomination. And yes, you are forgiven if it all sounds a bit familiar.

“The reason we must have a new kind of President is that we are on the threshold of a new kind of world,” said Ford. “(We need a man) who can direct and oversee and referee between all parties and keep them all busy at the main task of creating prosperity which shall be continued and equally distributed throughout the country.”

This comes from the man who once said, “History is bunk.” Perhaps it is not so surprising then that Ford adored Hoover; the man many say was a crucial cog in causing the Great Depression.

A Very Depressing Depression
I heard a lot about the Great Depression because it hit my parents so hard. They were just getting started in life and it changed them in so many ways. But even as I continue to read more on the past I am shocked at how bad things were.

From 1929 to 1933 national income in the United States reduced by half; from $88 billion to $40 billion. Output from U.S. factories fell by half and automobile production fell by 20 percent. By 1934 American steel mills were operating at just 12 percent capacity. In fact, pig iron production fell to its lowest level since 1886.

But the banking crisis is what crushed the spirit of the nation. In 1929, 659 banks failed. In 1930, 1,352 banks failed. And in 1931, 2,294 banks closed their doors.

Deflation was in full swing. Farming, still the centerpiece of the American economy was crushed. In 1930 alone farm income fell from $12 billion to $5 billion. Factories did little better. From 1929 to 1933 factory wages fell by the same totals. U.S. M2 money supply dropped from $47 billion to $32 billion.

At the depths of the downturn 1 million people in New York City were out of work. As for Chicago, there was payback to be had for backing Hoover. Times there were so bad Al Capone’s soup kitchen provided 120,000 free meals in the space of six months.

Double Dipping Dow
Most people associate The Great Depression with 1929—the year of the infamous stock market crash. Yet the worst of the Depression was in 1933. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rebounded smartly after hitting its 1929 low of 195.35 on Nov. 13, 1929. By December 9 it had bounced to 267.56—a gain of nearly 37 percent in less than a month. By April 16, 1930, the Dow had risen to 297.25—a gain of 52 percent from the 1929 lows.

Many investors thought the worst was over and piled in looking to recover losses suffered in the ’29 Crash. They couldn’t have picked a worse time. The Dow collapsed, shattering the 1929 lows. In December of 1930 the Dow finished at 154.45 on Dec. 17, 1930. The ultimate bottom was not hit until 1933 when the Industrial Average closed at 49.68 on February 27.

The Crash of 1929 was triggered by a crisis of credit similar to what we are experiencing now. In fact, one could make the argument that today’s debt implosion is even worse, encompassing not only stocks purchased on margin, but also real estate—both residential and commercial—as well as consumer credit. Credit cards weren’t around in 1929. Neither were adjustable-rate mortgages.

The Bulls claim that stocks always seem to climb a wall of worry. And until a few months ago it just looked as if they might be correct. The Obama stimulus package seemed to erase fears of deflation.

The Dow Industrial Average, which hit 6,440 in March of last year, did make a remarkable recovery. This past March the Dow was back close to 12,000. However, the Dow never did break the 12,000 mark and it has since fallen back to about 10,000. Meanwhile we seem to be slipping into a summer of discontent.

I believe we are at the edge of another depression, an economic collapse that began with the failure of Lehman Brothers.

Of course this is not what was expected to happen. Obama was supposed to usher in a new age of prosperity. Then again the New York Herald Tribune declared that Herbert Hoover’s election: “Marks an epoch in American political history… America stands at the threshold of a new era.”*

Action To Take
Sell equities in anticipation of history repeating itself. Physical gold, blue chip gold shares and a handful of resource stocks will provide protection from the storm. Do not delay in taking action. Summer will provide only temporary reprieve at best. My long-term target for the Dow Jones Industrial Average is 6,000, almost 40 percent lower than where it currently sits.

Yours for real wealth and good health,

John Myers
Myers’ Energy and Gold Report

* If you want to know about the Great Depression, including its causes, I strongly recommend you pick up a copy of, The Year of the Great Crash, 1929, by William K. Klingaman, 1989, Harper & Row, New York. You can buy a new or used copy of it in hardcover at Amazon.com by clicking on the link above.

FAIR Releases Scathing Immigration Reform Study, Garners Criticism

FAIR releases scathing immigration reform study, garners criticismA report recently released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), has found that the estimated 13 million illegal immigrants and their United States-born children may cost American taxpayers as much as $113 billion a year.

The organization, which advocates a comprehensive immigration reform in the spirit of national security, job and environment protection, has said that educating illegal aliens’ children is the single largest public expenditure, costing some $52 billion each year. In Arizona alone, these costs are as high as $2.5 billion annually.

It added that the costs are borne mainly by state and local governments.

The report also found that governments are only able to recoup about a third of their costs through taxes, which appears to suggest that Democrats’ idea of granting amnesty to illegal aliens would not significantly increase tax revenues generated by that group.

"[Our report] provides a definitive response to the question of whether illegal aliens are a net benefit or a net drain on government coffers," said Dan Stein president of FAIR.

“One hundred thirteen billion dollars a year, and growing, makes our nation’s failure to control illegal immigration one of the largest preventable burdens borne by American taxpayers,” he added.

However, the report was criticized by Immigration Policy Center, which said that it fails to consider the economic benefits that stem from the purchasing power of unauthorized consumers, which supports U.S. businesses and jobs.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19883682-ADNFCR

Appeals Court Rejects Obama Administration's Offshore Drilling Moratorium

Appeals court rejects Obama administration's offshore drilling moratoriumA Federal appeals court in New Orleans has rejected the Obama administration’s most recent attempt to reinstate a six-month moratorium on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

After only two hours of deliberation, the three-judge panel held up the United States District Court’s June 22 ruling that the Federal government had no right to issue the moratorium, which suspended deepwater drilling on 33 exploratory wells off the Louisiana coastline.

Judge Jerry Smith said the burden was on the government to prove that the current practice of deepwater drilling is inherently dangerous, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

"You haven’t looked at the individual cases at all," he told the Federal government’s attorney Michael Gray, noting that 27 of the 29 offshore rigs passed inspection immediately following the BP oil spill. "The secretary [of the interior] just issued a blanket moratorium."

However, most industry experts agree that the rejection of the ban will do little to repair the economic damage caused by the temporary moratorium.

Due to the fact that the Obama administration is requesting a full appeals court hearing on August 30, it is unclear whether oil companies will bother reinstalling their equipment until the issue is put to rest.

After the ruling, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal blasted the administration’s continued efforts to impose the ban on offshore drilling, which could account for as many as 20,000 layoffs statewide.

"The Federal government not being able to do its job is not a reason for thousands of Louisianans to lose theirs," he said.

Pulling Obama's Strings

The main stream media have been so in bed with President Barack Obama since he announced his candidacy that he has to lean over them to kiss Michelle goodnight. That has been evident to anyone who is conscious.

But just how far that collaboration went is only now coming to light. Mortimer Zuckerman, the publisher and owner of New York Daily News and the editor-in-chief of U.S. News & World Report now admits he wrote one of Obama’s speeches. He won’t say which one.

Zuckerman in 2008 was listed as the 147th wealthiest American by Forbes magazine. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and a regular attendee at Bilderberg meetings.

No wonder many of Obama’s campaign speeches were lauded as works of art; different members of the MSM were writing them with the approval of the New World Order crowd. This revelation by Zuckerman sheds a little more light on Obama’s agenda. He’s doing the will of the corporatists that thrust him into power and now pull his strings.

The Fourth Estate failed the American people during the last election cycle, as it has done for most of the last 100 years. No longer a free and independent press, it bows and scrapes to the corporatist global governance cabal.

High Vitamin E Levels Linked To Low Alzheimer's Disease Risk

High vitamin E levels linked to low Alzheimer's disease risk A new Swedish study has found that high serum levels of vitamin E may be associated with a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease among the elderly. The findings suggest that the nutrient may help older individuals stave off various cognitive decline disorders, according to the researchers.

For the study, a team of investigators from the Aging Research Center in Stockholm recruited 232 dementia-free patients who were over the age of 80. After six years of follow-up, lead author Francesca Mangialasche and her colleagues discovered that 57 respondents had developed Alzheimer’s disease during the course of the research.

When analyzing the blood work of each participant, the researchers found that those with the highest levels of all eight natural vitamin E components had a 45 percent to 54 percent lower risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease compared with patients who had the lowest levels.

After Mangialasche accounted for various risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease, the correlation remained.

"Our findings need to be confirmed by other studies, but they open up for the possibility that the balanced presence of different vitamin E forms can have an important neuroprotective effect," she said.

The Dawn Of The Atomic Age

The atomic age began on July 16, 1945, when scientists near Alamogordo, N.M., detonated the world’s first atomic bomb. One of the most massive (and most secret) programs of World War II had borne deadly fruit.

President Harry S Truman was attending a summit conference in Potsdam, East Germany at the time. He was sent a coded telegram that, when deciphered read: “Baby boy born Sunday. Eyes bright. Can hear him (from 50 miles) and see him (200 miles away).”

A few weeks later Truman made the deadly decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Japan immediately offered its unconditional surrender, thus ending World War II. The Cold War began soon after, with such absurdities as American schoolchildren being taught to cower under their desks in the event of nuclear war with Russia.

—Chip Wood

Americans Are Disappointed In Congress, But Poll Predicts A Close November Race

Americans Are Disappointed In Congress, But Poll Predicts A Close November RaceAlthough Democrats and Republicans are usually split on many political issues, a new study has found a surprising unity of opinion about the performance of the current Congress. Moreover, the results are not flattering to lawmakers.

The Harris Poll, conducted in the second half of June by Harris Interactive, found that a whopping 86 percent of voters give Congress a negative rating on the job it is doing.

Although the results vary slightly between Republicans and Democrats, solid majorities of both party’s supporters are disappointed with lawmakers’ performance—97 percent and 75 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, among those who identify themselves as Independents, 90 percent are unhappy with Congress.

In other findings, the pollsters say Tea Party support is holding steady, with 37 percent of support and 31 percent of opposition among the general population.

Still, the survey’s predictions for the mid-term elections in November suggest a close race, as nearly 34 percent of voters plan to cast their ballot for the Democratic candidate, while 30 percent would support his or her Republican opponent.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19885969-ADNFCR

Walking And Standing: The Two Best Exercises

I am often asked what type of exercise regimen one should begin as part of a health restoration program. There are so many different types of exercises available and so many places to do them that beginning such a program can seem daunting. This is especially true for those who have lived a sedentary lifestyle for a few years.

The thrust of the advice I espouse is one of prevention by means of self-direction. This means that it is not necessary to join a gym or purchase a treadmill in order to restore health through exercise.

Indeed, immediately joining an aerobics class or churning out miles on a treadmill can actually cause pain if you are not currently “in shape.” And since we are more concerned here with changing lifestyle patterns and outlooks, it is best to start slow. Then you can build to more challenging activities as your body grows stronger and your interest grows.

I don’t personally enjoy lifting weights, jogging or aerobic exercises. However, I do train in the martial arts and engage in a regular program of qigong standing and brisk walking as mind/body exercises. Since any health approach should incorporate an integrated mind/body theme, this must be an essential component of the physical activity you choose as exercise.

In this way, in addition to burning calories, increasing oxygen intake, stabilizing blood fats and sugars and releasing those feel-good hormones, you will also develop a mind/body center that will help focus your thoughts, emotions and spirit and help reduce the stress and anxiety that often accompany ill health.

Let’s look at two exercises that are easy to do, enjoyable and will get you toned and in shape while also offering a means of connecting your mind and body. These are Brisk Walking and Qigong Standing.

Brisk Walking
If done correctly, brisk walking can be one of the safest, most beneficial and enjoyable of exercises. Walking is an aerobic activity, but since it is low-impact there is little wear-and-tear on the joints and little (if any) triggering of pain from the jarring action of the body experienced in high-impact aerobic exercise or jogging. Although it is a simple activity, walking actually utilizes most of the muscles of the body to propel you forward and keep you on balance. It also increases respiration, heart and lung function, blood and oxygen flow and the “burning off” of blood sugars and fats. It facilitates the removal of toxins and other wastes through sweat and improved eliminative functions.

Walking is so simple and ordinary, yet in one 30-minute session you can raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL)—the good—cholesterol levels, increase respiration within safe limits, sweat out toxins, release feel-good hormones called endorphins, improve heart function, begin reducing weight, reduce stress, promote relaxation and improve overall endurance and body tone. Amazing.

Many of the triggers that attack our health can be reduced or eliminated simply by walking. And this activity only requires time, as no special place need be made to do it—though it is preferable to walk in a park as opposed to a busy city sidewalk.

Though walking in and of itself is a common activity, few of us do it properly. In fact, walking as we naturally do will do little for our purposes. You must look to walking as a mind/body activity, wherein your mind is clear, emotions calm, respiration steady, body properly aligned and relaxed and each walking step even and balanced. If you are able to integrate each of these components while briskly walking for at least 30 minutes a day, then your walks can be considered a microcosm of an integrated mind/body approach to health and wellness

Qigong Standing
Qigong is an ancient Chinese mind/body discipline that seeks to establish a healthy body by developing the so-called three treasures and three regulations. The three treasures are known in Chinese as jing (essence), qi (vital energy) and shen (spirit).

Jing is simply the body’s energy that is derived from glucogen and turned into glucose that is used to propel the body during any physical activity.

Qi has a number of meanings, many of which are esoteric and difficult to comprehend in Western terms. However, all of these meanings and definitions involve the coordination of breath or respiration with concentration.

Shen encompasses the many functions of the mind and your emotions and disposition.

Qigong, then, is primarily concerned with focus, intention and thought, as it is the intention that leads the breath to develop energy to power the body to then help make us healthy.

I have found that despite the hundreds of qigong practices, they all have a similar theme. Therefore, the more simple the qigong system the better (especially for busy Americans).

I have chosen to describe here the method known as zhanzhuang, or simply the “standing pole” method. It requires only enough space to stand still, and it is so simple that you will not be distracted by having to remember specific sequences of movement.

In a nutshell, this practice is as easy as standing with your legs a shoulder’s width apart with the knees bent only one or two inches and with both arms bent and held at the same level. Below are three standing postures for you to do in sequence.

1. Hand Floating On Water Hold your arms out to their respective sides, palms facing down. Try to visualize that your palms are floating on water. Be sure to keep them in place and not move them during the exercise.

2. Hugging A Tree From the previous posture, slowly raise your arms to chest level while pulling them inward. You want to feel as if you are hugging a tree, which is a mental image to keep your arms from coming too close to the body. Relax your hands and elbows and wrists, again like they are floating on water.

3. Holding Up The Sky From the previous posture, slowly rotate your palm outward while lifting your arms upward. The final position should find your hands at about forehead height, extended slightly forward and upward, as if holding up the sky from falling.

Once each posture is assumed, do the following steps:

  • Quiet the mind by not stressing over distracting thoughts that may come—simply allow them to go freely without passing judgment.
  • Regulate respiration by quietly breathing in and out at a steady relaxed pace. Now enjoy yourself for the next nine minutes.
  • After nine minutes, slowly move your arm position to the next posture. Do not excite your mind or move your legs as this will distract your energy and intention.

Sounds simple, but so much is going on. Here is a quote from Traditional Chinese Therapeutic Exercises—Standing Pole, by Wang Xuanjei and J.P.C. Moffett:

“Standing pole is an exercise of the whole body. As the outer form of the body is not moved, all the internal organs settle, while all metabolic functions increase. This develops movement within non-movement, that is, unhindered internal activity and movement within external stillness. It is a non-violent and non-overburdening exercise, simultaneously providing rest and exercise, easily adaptable to any condition and encouraging development of the body’s innate strengths and abilities in a natural way.”

You see, while it appears as if you are doing nothing at all, in actuality the body is engaged in a process of physical activity. While quieting the mind and regulating respiration you are reducing stress, relaxing the cerebral cortex and rejuvenating the central nervous system. You are also working muscles by virtue of maintaining an isometric posture wherein the knees and elbows are bent, the arms are raised and this position held steady without release until the end of the session. This elevates heart rate without overtaxing the heart, improves the circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the body and increases metabolic functions while releasing toxins and tension from the body.

You’ll be surprised to find how difficult merely standing still can be. To be honest, most people have difficulty standing still (unmoving/frozen) for more than five minutes. Whether you think you’re already fit, or in need of more tone… give qigong a try. The results may surprise you.

Go ahead and take a brisk 30-minute walk and later that day or the next day, stand still for 30 minutes. You may find you’ve never felt better.

—Dr. Mark Wiley

Vitamin Supplement May Help Women Improve Conception Odds

Vitamin supplement may help women improve conception odds A recent Tel Aviv University study has found that the vitamin supplement DHEA—commonly utilized by older patients who are looking to prevent the onset of cognitive decline—may also help women improve their chances of conceiving.

DHEA is a hormone that naturally occurs in the body. People with diabetes, anorexia, kidney disease and those over the age of 30 tend to produce lower than normal levels of the hormone.

After collecting anecdotal evidence linking the over-the-counter supplement with fertility benefits, lead author Adrian Shulman and his colleagues tested DHEA in a randomized six-month trial.

For the study, the investigators recruited a group of women who were preparing to receive treatment for poor ovulation. All of the participants underwent conventional fertility therapy, however half were also given DHEA supplements.

After six months of treatment, a total of 23 percent of women who took the hormone supplements were able to conceive. In contrast, only 4 percent of control group participants were able to become pregnant.

Furthermore, mothers who took DHEA supplements were more likely to experience a healthy delivery than women who only underwent standard fertility therapy.

While Shulman and his colleagues are excited about the findings, they recommend that women who are looking to become pregnant consult their physician before taking DHEA.

If You Can't Say Something Nice…

The Clown Prince of Washington and his merry band of sideshow freaks didn’t take over the executive and legislative branches by acclaim alone.  They had help. 

Obama’s campaign was an exercise in duplicity (It’ll be a GOOD CHANGE—HONEST!), mendacity (I hardly know vicious racist Jeremiah Wright and unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers) and obfuscation (why do you care what Change really means?  Don’t you worry about ACORN.)  The corporate media was a willing participant in the sham, and MSNBC led the parade.

Normally, pointing out the talent and information black hole which is MSNBC’s primetime lineup is weather-forecast-for-the-Sahara rote.  Outside the Asylum, we’re faced with a President and a “ruling” party who combine colossal ineptitude with an almost predatory regard for personal liberty.  The promises of Hope and Change have produced Hope for Change—this fall and in 2012.  But don’t you dare let the fake media inquisitors catch you questioning their messiah (Obama, not the actual Messiah).

Putting aside the usual baseless charges of racism, hate-speech and fear-mongering from the vapid wingnuts who populate the Democrat National Committee (DNC) demographic, I thought I might give us all an opportunity to examine some recent offerings from the hypocrite huddle currently stomping the sandbox.

Last week, crackpot king of MSNBC Keith Olbermann used his nightly hate-filled rant “The Worst Person in the World’ to again excoriate Rush Limbaugh.  Olbermann employed an audio montage to demonstrate Limbaugh’s racist tendencies.  No doubt, thousands (well…it IS MSNBC… dozens…OK—a couple) of liberal drones came away from Olbermann’s latest raging screed reassured that of course, Limbaugh is pure evil.

Both the hysterical host and MSNBC’s staff neglected to mention the audio clip was heavily doctored.  In fact, one of the comments Olbermann attributed to Limbaugh was itself a quote of shrieking liberal harpy Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.  Tucker, an infamously furious leftist, had claimed GOP Chairman Michael Steele “never would have been voted in as chairman of the Republican Party were he not black.” 

Just imagine Tucker’s response if someone suggested she’d be fact-checking obits from the Mayberry Mudslinger if she was more putty-complected.  For that matter, imagine where Olbermann would be if he had actual talent.  He might still be sitting next to Dan Patrick at ESPN—which fired Limbaugh for comments about Donovan McNabb which were far less offensive (although I disagreed with him—McNabb was awesome) than the crap spewed by Tucker, who remains un-fired by the AJC as of this morning. 

Most folk with IQs higher than houseflies are already aware that Olbermann is a hack who likely despises Limbaugh, Beck et al because they have something he’ll never sniff: ratings.  (Not to mention talent.)  Likewise, most of us with crania above shot-glass capacity are aware that Olbermann may be the current high priest of histrionic hypocrisy, but he’s not the only media mouth-breather in the mash.  War profiteer and multi-millionaire Michael Moore appeared on Radio Pacifica last weekend to express his feelings that Americans will be excluded from Heaven because their taxes fund the War on Terror.  Moore vomited up spiritual drivel for the far-left radio network:

“Did you pay your taxes?  …well, then you helped fund this, didn’t you…OK, well, you know, turn around. You’re not coming in the Gates.

The corpulent fake-umentarian neglected to mention what eternity held in store for the actual terrorists; he also left out the fact that Radio Pacifica is partially funded by the same taxes he believes have consigned the rest of us to the Lake of Fire, or at least “Sicko” on infinite loop. 

These are but recent exemplars of the endless march of mendacity which dominates the MSM.  Here’s my problem:  the right isn’t stepping up to the plate.  The left is far guiltier of the charges they level with such glee; but more often than not the right simply offers denials and explanations.  They should be setting the terms of the debate, not living by them.

I am not suggesting imitating the wingnut media’s “I know you are, but what am I?” tactics; nor do I believe matching their dishonesty lie-for-lie.  But maybe—just maybe—It’s time to point at some of these blathering buffoons and… call a spade a spade.

Boston Judge Strikes Down Defense Of Marriage Act

Boston judge strikes down Defense of Marriage Act A new controversy over the civil rights of homosexuals is brewing, as a judge ruled last week that a Federal ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, prompting protests from social conservatives.

United States District Judge in Boston Joseph Tauro rendered the verdict in a lawsuit that challenged the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), saying it violates a state’s right to define this type of union, according to the Associated Press (AP).

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley praised what she called a “landmark decision,” and said it was "an important step toward achieving equality for all married couples in [the state]"

However, Family Research Council has called the ruling “erroneous” and its representative Tom McClusky expressed hope that it will be overruled on appeal.

He also accused “liberals and activist judges” of failing to listen to “the American people [who] have made it unmistakably clear that they want to preserve marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman.”

Tauro’s ruling applies only to Massachusetts, but it could have wider implications if it’s upheld by a higher court on appeal, commentators have said.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19883679-ADNFCR

Lawyer Alleges Racial Bias In Decision To Drop New Black Panther Case

Lawyer alleges racial bias in decision to drop New Black Panther case A former Justice Department attorney made waves last week, accusing top officials of abandoning a voter intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party because they were hesitant to prosecute African American defendants in a civil rights trial.

J. Christian Adams, who resigned his post to protest the decision to drop the case, told members of the United States Commission on Civil Rights that an Obama appointee—Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli—overruled six attorneys who recommended that the department continue to pursue the case, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The investigation stemmed from an Election Day incident in Philadelphia where three members of the New Black Panther Party allegedly intimidated voters by wearing military-style garb and shouting racial slurs. One of the suspects was even caught on video menacingly pointing a baton at prospective voters.

Four months after filing a civil lawsuit against the men—and one month after the suspects failed to show up in court to face the accusations—the Justice Department dropped the charges against the party and the men not carrying the baton. The third man had the charges dismissed after agreeing not to carry a weapon near a polling facility until 2012.

"We abetted wrongdoing and abandoned law-abiding citizens," Adams said of the decision to drop the case that he helped build.

A Justice Department official later denied Adams’ accusations, stating that "the facts and the law did not support pursuing claims" against the three men.

Supporters Of Arizona's Immigration Law Donate More Than $500,000 To Brewer's Legal Defense Fund

Supporters of Arizona's immigration law donate more than $500,000 to Brewer's legal defense fundThe fund set up by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to help the state defend its right to implement a controversial new immigration law has received more than $500,000 in donations since it was created on June 17.

According to the Associated Press (AP), more than 70 percent of the 9,057 contributions were submitted in the 48 hours following the Justice Department’s filing of a lawsuit challenging the Grand Canyon state’s new law, which it deems to be unconstitutional.

Donations have been received from residents of all 50 states as well as those living in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

After contacting a number of Americans who donated to the fund, the news source found that the majority of contributors did so because they believe the Federal government has no right to stand in the way of Arizona attempting to protect its southern border.

Meanwhile, Brewer announced last week that she has cancelled this year’s United States-Mexico Border Governors Conference after Mexican officials threatened to boycott the annual meeting due to their condemnation of the new law, which is scheduled to go into effect on July 29, Politico.com reports.

"The people of Arizona and the people of America support what Arizona has done," said Brewer. "For them to basically not attend here because of that, I think is unfair."

Sugar Works As Antibacterial Agent

Looking for a natural treatment for your cuts and scrapes? In her book Salt in Your Sock and Other Tried-and True Home Remedies, Lillian Beard, M.D., recommends using sugar to help heal your minor wounds. The sugar granules are natural antibacterial agents and can help speed up the healing process. So next time you have a minor injury reach for a sweet sprinkle instead of chemical ointments or sprays.

Fed Secrecy Survives Again

Democrats in Congress have managed to nail the lid back down on Federal Reserve transparency.

Writing in his weekly column Texas Straight Talk, Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) said that his Federal Reserve Transparency Act was left out of the Wall Street reform bill when House and Senate negotiators reconciled the different bills passed by both houses of Congress. An effort by House Republicans to re-insert the language failed, with more than 120 Democrats who had co-sponsored the bill voting against it.

The bill would have allowed the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to fully and completely audit the Federal Reserve and would have opened the Fed’s operations to Congressional oversight. Paul wrote:

“Any legitimate objections to the audit proposal were addressed in the language of the motion to recommit. Thus, it is clear that the real reasons for opposing it are unstated and indefensible. The real reasons are that politicians like to spend money far exceeding income and it is convenient to have an enabler of this in the Federal Reserve. The easier it is for the Fed to create money, hidden from public view and accountability, the easier it is for politicians to spend that money and make sure their friends and interests are taken care of through shady political processes.”

“The broader reasons for supporting this entire financial regulatory reform bill are just as sinister. This is not about cracking down on big banks as some claim. Rather, this is about not wasting a crisis. This is about using a traumatic event to increase government power and control over the economy. If it was really about addressing the causes of this recession, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would have been dealt with, or abolished. Failed companies would just fail, rather than being bailed out. Instead, a permanent bailout mechanism is being established. The Fed, and its ability to control interest rates and create cheap money, would be reformed or better yet, abolished. But instead its power is being increased and this Congress refuses to even fully audit it!”

As Paul points out the Federal Reserve has operated in the shadows since its inception in 1913. While its defenders claim it was designed to give stability to financial markets, what it has really done is preside over the near complete destruction of the dollar. Since the Fed’s inception the dollar has lost more than 95 percent of its purchasing power.

Its loose money policy is also the culprit behind current economic crisis. By artificially keeping interest rates low rather than allowing the free market to set rates, bubbles were created that eventually burst.

For some reason, Average Joe and Average Jane seem to have trouble understanding this concept. But here’s a concept they may understand.

When Congress passed the massive stimulus and bailout bills they used your money by authorizing the U.S. Treasury Department and its head Timothy Geithner (formerly president of the Federal Reserve of New York) and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to determine which financial institutions received bailout funds.

But they have decided that you, the American taxpayer, have no right to know who got money, how much the recipients received and what it was used for. They have rejected every inquiry by Congress to find out where YOUR money went.

We know that it went to their buddies at Goldman Sachs, where former Treasury Secretary—and Geithner buddy—Hank Paulson served as chief executive officer. We know that some went to AIG. We know that some went to overseas banks to bail them out. We know that some went to the automobile companies to bail them out, and to the autoworkers unions to support their pension plans. But that’s about all we know about that.

We know that the Federal Reserve, which is not a part of the Federal government and which holds no reserves, was formed by six conspirators who met in secret in 1910 and pushed its approval through Congress in 1913. We know the conspirators were foreign and American banksters and Big Oil men and their lackeys in the Senate.

We know that a secret cabal of banksters—both foreign and domestic—still own the Federal Reserve, and profit off it at the expense of the American people.

We know that the Federal Reserve destroys your savings through inflation. It steals your wealth without you knowing it by printing more and more currency, making each dollar worth less.

We know—and now the evidence is there for all to see—that the Federal Reserve is a powerful entity that was able to sway the votes of more than 120 Democrats and persuade them to vote against a bill they had co-sponsored. And we now know for sure—as if we didn’t already suspect—that there will be no end to the Federal Reserve while the current regime is in power.

There will be a time for reckoning in November. Will the banksters and corporate donors (corporatists) win out? Or, will the people rise up in sufficient numbers to take their country back?