Four Questions For "We The People"

Dear Bob,

I have four questions, (1.) When are the people going to get off their fat lazy butts and start to take control of the government the way the constitution was meant to control the government?

(2.) When will the people who have the power and can impeach this clown and kick him and his lackey’s out into the street where he belongs?

(3.) What do we the voting, tax paying and legal citizens of this country have to do to get the 28th Amendment passed?

(4.) When Social Security was first implemented and people first started to collect Social Security, they did not have to pay income tax on the monthly allotment, due to the earner had already paid taxes on at the time of earning, everyone that now draws SS each month should not have to pay income tax on it again and should not be considered as income. If I withdraw money every month from my savings or 401K to be able to pay my living expenses, I’m not taxed, it’s not considered income. Social Security should be the same, I’ve paid the max for the past 50+ years into it, now I should be able to withdraw from it, as if it where a savings account and the leaches in Washington are the bankers (shyster’s).

The silent majority and legal citizens of our once great country, must now, more than ever, get off there lazy asses and take back control of the government and tell the politician’s we run this country and you are only the appointed administrators and WE the People can boot you if you don’t do your job.

Bob, one last thing, with today’s technology, why do we need the electoral college and polling places, we should be able to vote on our computers, phones or these Ipods, if these are secure enough to handle money and top secret documents, it should be safe enough to vote…….

PEOPLE SHOULD NEVER FEAR THE GOVERNMENT,
GOVERNMENT SHOULD ALWAYS FEAR THE PEOPLE.
WE THE PEOPLE
FOR THE PEOPLE
BY THE PEOPLE

Thank you for taking the time to read my complaints and suggestions.
Michael J. Anthony Sr.

 

Dear Michael,

Thanks for your questions. I’ll try and answer them as succinctly as possible.

  1. While there are a good many people who are aware of what’s going on in our country (particularly those participating in Tea Parties), a great number are unaware of anything beyond American Idol and Jay Leno and when their next check will arrive from the government. Currently about 49 percent of Americans pay no income taxes. You can’t expect any of that number to vote for candidates who do not promise them a handout. I’m hopeful that enough people are fed up with the policies of this administration and will go vote in November and elect enough Republicans to take unbridled power away from the Democrats. However, if you’ve paid attention over the last 20 years you must realize that Republicans and Democrats are essentially two sides of the same coin. Both, when in power, seek to steal more of your wealth and grow their power. So we can’t just mindlessly elect Republicans. As example, I give you Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Olympia Snowe, etc. We must elect Republicans who are in the vein of Ron and Rand Paul, Michelle Bachman, Jim DiMint, etc. Until we elect enough of this type of person, true conservatives, nothing will change.
  2. As currently constituted, with Democrats controlling the House and Senate, there will not be any action to remove Obama from power, much less the Democrat leaders in Congress. However, I’m not sure there are any of the current crop of Republicans who will have the stomach for an impeachment hearing and trial should they gain control of Congress. There are serious doubts about whether Obama is even constitutionally eligible to serve, and yet there is not one Republican candidate that I’m aware of that is talking about this subject. Don’t look for it to happen. You may recall that although the House presented plenty of evidence to the Senate that Bill Clinton had committed perjury, which would have fallen under the Founding Fathers’ definition of High Crime and Misdemeanor, all 100 Senators, Republican and Democrat alike, voted against removing him from office. Most refused to even look at the evidence presented by the House. When pushed into a corner they circle the wagons and protect their own.
  3. While I agree with certain portions of the proposed 28th Amendment, I’m not sure that it is the best course of action. I agree that the 16th Amendment should be repealed (in fact it was not lawfully ratified). I believe there are enough safeguards in the existing Constitution to govern us correctly if we elect the right people: people who are willing to live by the Constitution. I also believe nullification (as per Jefferson and Madison’s nullification of the Alien and Sedition Acts) is the proper way to fight an over-reaching Federal government. However, anyone supporting the proposed 28th Amendment should get out and promote it, get the backing of their fellow citizens and put pressure on the elected elitists. That is the only way something like that will have a chance to pass. I’m skeptical that even that will work, however, and believe we should remain within the framework of the existing Constitution to wage our battles.
  4. Social Security is the greatest Ponzi scheme ever devised by man. It is simply another of the several ways the elected elites are using to steal our wealth from us. I could go on for pages on this Ponzi scheme and the other ways our government has enslaved us, but I’d better just suggest you scan our site, for much of what I have written about these subjects. As to the use of technology in voting, that is something I’m extremely leery of. It is too easy for the voting machines to be tampered with. Regarding the Electoral College, we don’t need to tamper with that. This is a safeguard provided by our wise Founding Fathers and is what prevents us from becoming a true Democracy, which no thinking person wants to happen. Our Founders devised for us a Republican form of government, and that’s what I’d like to see us keep. To understand the difference I would direct you to the Federalist Papers. They provide fascinating reading and you can gain great insight into the ideas that led to the establishment of our country.

Finally, we the people no longer control the government. The government has become corporatist. Corporations and special interest groups that provide the campaign funds are who control our elected elites. That is why you saw such hubris on the part of the elites in pushing through the stimulus bills and the healthcare bill. They no longer care what we think because they no longer fear us as much as they fear upsetting their sugar daddies. In order for that to change the people must rise up in sufficient numbers, overcome the lies told during the campaign and make good decisions when we vote.

I hope I have adequately answered all your concerns,

Best wishes,
Bob

Pataki Condemns Obama's Recess Healthcare Appointment

Pataki condemns Obama's recess healthcare appointmentTaking advantage of a congressional break, President Obama appointed Donald Berwick as the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last week, avoiding a likely confirmation battle as Berwick’s liberal views on healthcare policy clash with those held by many Republicans.

In fact, the latest criticism has come from former New York Governor George Pataki, a prominent Republican and chairman of Revere America, an organization that works to promote policies rooted in the traditions of freedom and free markets.

Pataki stressed that Berwick is known for his admiration of the UK’s government-run healthcare system and is in favor of the rationing of care.

"With [this] decision, President Obama is trying to avoid public disclosure of the views of the man who will have enormous unprecedented power over the healthcare of every single American," the former governor stated.

"The American people deserve far better, and they certainly deserve a full public discussion of Berwick’s radical views," he added.

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As Conservatives Cheer, Gay Rights Groups Promise To Sue Hawaii

As conservatives cheer, gay rights groups promise to sue Hawaii Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle vetoed House Bill 444 last week that would allow same-sex couples to enter civil unions. While the move has won praise from social conservatives, it has also prompted calls for tourism boycotts and has led gay rights advocates to threaten to file a lawsuit against the state.

Among the groups that are putting their lawyers to work are Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which said the veto violates Hawaii’s constitution that guarantees equal protection under the law.

"A lawsuit that’s about securing more legal protections for people who need them can also be a vehicle for prompting people to talk about what equal means," said Jenny Pizer, director of Lambda Legal’s Marriage Project, quoted by The Sirius XM Out Q news blog.

"What does free and equal mean in our society?" she asked.

However, Peter Sprigg, of the conservative Family Research Council, thanked Lingle for her veto, saying that it prevents the gay rights movement from proceeding with the "deconstruction of marriage as a unique social institution."

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Obama Appoints Controversial Healthcare Official While Congress Is On Recess

Obama appoints controversial healthcare official while Congress is on recess In an effort to sidestep the mandated Senate confirmation process, the White House has announced that President Obama will appoint Donald Berwick as the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services while Congress is on recess.

Bypassing the confirmation hearing will allow the Obama administration to avoid a contentious debate over Berwick’s past support of the UK’s Federally-run healthcare system and his positive portrayal of healthcare rationing, according to USA Today.

"This recess appointment is an insult to the American people," said Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.). "Berwick is a self-professed supporter of rationing healthcare, and he won’t even have to explain his views to the American people in a congressional hearing."

Many political pundits have suggested that the recess appointment is an attempt by Obama to prevent Republicans from reopening the debate over healthcare reform, which many conservative leaders are still trying to get repealed.

"With the agency facing new responsibilities to protect seniors’ care under the Affordable Care Act, there’s no time to waste with Washington game-playing,"’ said Obama’s communications director Dan Pfeiffer.

Berwick was nominated by President Obama in April, however no confirmation hearing had been scheduled as of July 6, Fox News reports. Although the 63-year-old pediatrician can assume his post immediately, Obama will be forced to re-nominate him in January.
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Long-term Antioxidant Supplementation May Improve Cardiovascular Health

Long-term antioxidant supplementation may improve cardiovascular health Patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors may be able to significantly improve their overall heart health by taking daily antioxidant supplements for an extended period of time, according to a new Middle Eastern study.

For the research, lead investigator Reuven Zimlichman and his colleagues from the Wolfson Medical Center in Israel recruited 70 hypertensive patients who had diabetes, decreased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels or who were smokers. Participants were randomly assigned to receive either antioxidant supplements or placebo pills for a period of six months.

Patients in the supplement group were given capsules containing vitamin C, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10 and selenium.

At the point of follow-up, the researchers found that participants who underwent daily antioxidant therapy experienced increased large and small artery elasticity, which is a measure of improved cardiovascular health.

"This beneficial vascular effect was also associated with an improvement in glucose and lipid metabolism as well as significant decrease in blood pressure," said Zimlichman.

Furthermore the investigators found that those who received antioxidant supplements increased their levels of HDL cholesterol, also known as good cholesterol.

"The findings of the present study justify investigating the overall clinical impact of antioxidant treatment in patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors," concluded Zimlichman.
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Putting The Small Farmer Out Of Business

The Federal government has long been legislating in an effort to eliminate the small farmer, and increasingly local governments are doing so as well.

The government’s efforts—under the guise of making our food safer—have all but put off limits good, healthful foods like whole raw milk and truly organic meats and vegetables grown by local farmers. The Federal government, through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other alphabet soup organizations are constantly banning natural, good-for-you foods and inventing new restrictions that hurt the small farmer for the benefit of Monsanto, Archer Daniels Midland and other large farm entities.

And local governments are constantly devising zoning and other restrictions to hinder small farms, just like Lake Elmo, Minn., is doing here. This is not just a Minnesota problem, it’s a national problem.

Justice Department Claims Arizona Law Unconstitutional, Files Lawsuit

Justice Department claims Arizona law unconstitutional, files lawsuitAttorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging Arizona’s controversial new immigration law, arguing that it attempts to unconstitutionally supersede the authority of the Federal government.

The lawsuit claims that the "Federal government has preeminent authority to regulate immigration matters," and asks the court to issue an injunction to prevent the law from going into effect on July 29.

GOP leaders were quick to condemn the suit, which names both the state of Arizona and Governor Jan Brewer as defendants, according to Fox News.

Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the top ranking Republican on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, called the decision to file the lawsuit "disgraceful," adding the Obama administration has ignored the plight of legal Arizona citizens who "now find themselves overrun by drug cartels, gangs and human trafficking."

The Grand Canyon state’s two Senators—John Kyl (R-Ariz.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.)—suggested that the lawsuit will force people to question whether the administration is fully committed to securing the United States-Mexico border, USA Today reports.

Meanwhile, the White House said later on Tuesday that President Obama and his staff were not involved in the lawsuit, implying the decision was made solely by Holder and other officials with the Justice Department, according to The Washington Post.
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As Federal Government Sues Arizona, Study Shows Staggering Cost Of Immigration

As federal government sues Arizona, study shows staggering cost of immigrationThe Justice Department filed a lawsuit in Federal court on Tuesday, arguing that the new Arizona immigration law is unconstitutional and requesting a preliminary injunction to prevent it from going into effect at the end of this month.

"The Federal government is taking an important step to reassert its authority over immigration policy in the U.S.," said Benjamin Johnson, executive director of the American Immigration Council. "It will seek to define and protect the Federal government’s constitutional authority to manage immigration."

However, on the same day the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) released a new report, entitled The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers, which estimates the costs to American taxpayers to be approximately $113 billion a year.

The study found that this amount translates to an average cost to native-headed households of $1,117 a year. It stressed, however, that this burden is unevenly distributed, with families living in states with high immigration population bearing a particularly heavy cost.

FAIR was founded in 1979 and is a non-partisan immigration reform group. It has more than 250,000 members and advocates an immigration reform that enhances national security, improves the economy, protects jobs, preserves the environment and establishes a rule of law that is enforced.
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ATF Criticizes Democrats For Taxing Veterans' Medical Devices

ATF criticizes Democrats for taxing veterans' medical devicesIn conjunction with the recently celebrated Independence Day the nonprofit Americans for Tax Reform (ATF) blasted the Obama administration for promoting policies that impose higher taxes on America’s 22 million veterans.

As they were preparing for the long July 4 weekend, Americans were reminded that the healthcare reform bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in late March contains a new tax on medical devices such as prosthetic limbs, pacemakers and wheelchairs.

In fact, Democrats in the Senate rejected an amendment to the bill proposed by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) that would have prevented veterans covered by the Veterans Healthcare Program or TRICARE for Life from having to pay this tax.

"Senate Democrats had the opportunity to exempt our veterans from Obamacare’s new tax [but] chose to side with the tax-and-spend crowd in Washington over our wounded warriors," said Grover Norquist, president of ATF.

"This is one of the many reasons Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and the Democrats did not want Americans to read the 2,500 page healthcare bill before it was passed," he added.

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Farewell To The King Of Pork

There’s been a lot written over the past 12 days about the death of Robert Byrd, the so-called “last lion of the Senate.” But the West Virginia senator was no lion despite all the accolades that have been heaped on him since his death. He was a pig. In fact, when it came to grabbing as much government booty as he could, the distinguished senator was the greediest pig of all.

Fox News commentator Fred Barnes put it well when he said, “[Byrd] epitomized what most members of Congress try to do: maximize the flow of Federal funds to their state or district. Only he did it better. He was not only extraordinarily effective in funneling largess to West Virginia; he was unabashed about taking credit for it in an ostentatious way.”

Citizens Against Government Waste denounced Byrd as the “King of Pork.” In 2006, a group called Porkbusters gave Byrd their Lifetime Achievement Award for establishing “a pork record second to none.” Should being the biggest porker of all time really be called an achievement?

There are more than 50 projects in West Virginia—all financed by taxpayers in other states—that are named for Byrd or his late wife Erma. Byrd frequently gloated about how much loot he was able to snare for his state. Here, for example, are his remarks at the dedication ceremony four years ago of the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Center at Marshall University in Huntington: The effort began, he said, “with a visit to my office, yeah! Yeah, man. Yeah, man, a visit to my office, yeah” by the school’s president. So Byrd then proceeded to do what he did best: “I rolled up my sleeves to do the work in Congress to secure the Federal funding. Yeah, man, you’re looking at Big Daddy. Big Daddy!”

As you can see, Byrd loved to brag about how easily he got the Federal spigot turned in West Virginia’s direction: “I’ve been [in the Senate] longer than anybody else… so I added $35.6 million. That ain’t chicken feed. No man, that’s not little stuff. That’s not small stuff.”

Actually, when compared to a Federal budget of $3.8 trillion, and a deficit of $1.3 trillion, that is chicken feed to our big-spenders in Washington. But not in West Virginia, one of the most impoverished states in the union. Which brings up a point I have not heard anyone else make: Why did all those untold billions that Byrd was able to grab for his state do so little good for the people there?

Think about it for a minute. Thanks to Byrd’s efforts, along with a compliant bureaucracy and kowtowing administrations, for most of the 51 years he served in the Senate, West Virginians received more bang for their bucks—that is, more tax dollars back from Uncle Sam than they contributed—than any other state in the union.

If sucking at the teat of Big Government makes you stronger and healthier, why isn’t West Virginia one of the richest states in the nation? Instead, when measured by the jobs its has created, the pay for those jobs, the living standards of its inhabitants, the quality of medical care and education and just about any other standard that’s important to your quality of life, West Virginia is a disaster.

Byrd could serve as a poster boy for the bad effects of big government. Instead, the mass media acted as though there was something good and noble about his life’s work.

Let’s be honest here. Byrd spent the first half of his adult life as one of the most racist, bigoted, downright nasty politicians the South has ever produced. He then spent the second half of his life building monuments to himself with your money.

This is someone we should admire?

Regarding the first part of my accusation, in his youth Byrd was an enthusiastic supporter of the Ku Klux Klan. In fact, when he was 24, he helped form a chapter of the noxious organization in his hometown. He was elected to the state legislature in 1946 and the House of Representatives six years later. In those early campaigns, he made sure he used the “n” word in every speech he made.

Later in life, Byrd claimed to have softened his stance against blacks. But he was still a foul-mouthed bigot. Four years ago, to show how “fair and balanced” he had become, he told a TV interviewer, “I’ve seen a lot of white niggers in my time.” Gee, Senator, how fair-minded of you.

A friend of mine claims that Byrd was the perfect argument in favor of term limits. To prove his point, he says, go to YouTube and watch one of Byrd’s last speeches. You’ll find it here, with a hilarious introduction by Jimmy Kimmel, the late-night television host.

After you watch it, let me ask you: Would you want a 92-year-old surgeon operating on you? Byrd was one of the most skillful transplant surgeons this country has seen. He grabbed money from the other 49 states and transferred it to his own.

For this he will probably always be loved and admired in West Virginia. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that every community in the state is seeking even more Federal funds, to build a statue to their hero.

As for me, I prefer to salute the character of the men featured in this column last week… the incredibly brave patriots who pledged “their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor” to win liberty for us. Click here to see it… and receive your free 4th of July gift from us.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

—Chip Wood

Toy Story 3, Wasted Tax Dollars, California Casinos And Seeing Red

*Go see Toy Story 3. You’ll love it. Over the 4th of July weekend we enjoyed baseball and fireworks, patriotic concerts and fun at the beach. But a special delight was seeing the latest production from those geniuses at Pixar Animation, Toy Story 3. It’s even better than the first two in the series. One five-minute segment—when Buzz Lightyear is transformed into a Spanish Lothario and serenades Jessie in a torrid flamenco—is worth the price of admission. Go see this delightful film—and escape the trials and troubles of this poor world for a couple of hours.

*Your tax dollars at work. The inspector general of the Treasury Department reported to Congress that there was even more fraud in the government giveaway of home buyer credits than expected. Among the gems discovered: 1,295 prisoners (including 241 serving life sentences) received the $8,000 credit even though they were in jail at the time. Some 10,282 taxpayers received the credit for homes that other taxpayers had already claimed. In one case, 67 different taxpayers claimed the credit for the same home—and every one received eight grand.

*California casinos welcome welfare cards. In California, welfare recipients receive debit cards from the Department of Social Services to help purchase food and clothing for their families. In a test conducted by The Los Angeles Times, the paper discovered that the cards could also be used to withdraw money from ATMs in most of the casinos and poker rooms in the state. A spokesman for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says it is “reprehensible” that anyone would use taxpayer money for anything other than its intended purpose.

*Is seeing all that red making you blue? Commenting on the map that accompanied my Straight Talk column two weeks ago, an alert reader pointed out that until recently, blue was the color used to designate Republican/conservative victories, while red was used for Democrat/liberal ones. That all changed in the 2000 elections, when Tim Russert coined the phrases “red state” and “blue state” to identify the winning party in an election. Republicans have been seeing red ever since.

—Chip Wood

Fructose Consumption May Increase Hypertension Risk

Fructose consumption may increase hypertension risk Results of a recent University of Colorado at Denver study suggest that hypertensive individuals may be able to naturally lower their blood pressure by consuming a diet low in added fructose.

Over the last century processed food purveyors have begun adding more simple sugars to their products in an effort to add flavor. During this period the number of Americans suffering from high blood pressure has skyrocketed.

While the increased consumption of sodium has been linked to the rising prevalence of hypertension in several studies, very few research teams have looked into fructose’s role.

For the current study lead author Diana Jalal and her colleagues from the university’s Health Sciences Center recruited nearly 4,600 adults over the age of 18, and had them fill out dietary questionnaires regarding their average daily consumption of processed fruit juices, soft drinks, bakery products and candy.

After taking into account other risk factors the researchers found that individuals who consumed more than 72 grams of fructose each day were between 26 and 77 percent (depending upon the blood pressure threshold) more likely to be hypertensive than those who eat few foods containing added sugar.
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Chicago Tries Another Tack In Its Battle Against The 2nd Amendment

Four days after the United States Supreme Court overturned a Chicago handgun ban as unconstitutional, city aldermen passed another ordinance that bans gun shops from the city and makes it a crime for a gun owner to step outside his home—even onto his porch or into his garage—with a handgun.

Several people and at least one organization have already sued the city in Federal court seeking to have the new ordinance declared null and void, according to The Washington Examiner.

The Eric Holder Justice Department ripped Arizona’s immigration law within days of its passage, saying the law stepped into the jurisdiction of the Federal government. On Tuesday the Federal government filed suit against Arizona over the law.

The Supreme Court’s ruling in the Chicago handgun ban made it clear that cities and states could not infringe on the right of Americans to keep and bear arms—essentially making gun laws a Federal issue. I’m sure that, since Holder is so concerned with keeping Federal authority where it belongs he’ll soon be joining the suit against the city of Chicago.

When will we see your department file that lawsuit, Mr. Holder?

From The Pot To The Kettle

At first glance, they don’t look like much. A couple of raggedy little guys wearing uniforms borrowed from some high school theatre prop department, trying desperately to look forbidding.

They’re members of the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) and, on election day 2008, they lost the Candid Camera Challenge; standing in front of a Philadelphia polling station, one of them brandishing a nightstick. They claim they were there to provide what they call “security” and the law (pre-2009, anyway) calls “voter intimidation.”

If you never saw Philly’s Funniest Voting Video—and more than 2 million have seen it on YouTube alone—then you might remember the New Black Panther Party from the infamous Duke Lacrosse scandal of 2006. These are the same clowns whose former ringmaster Khalid Muhammad was actually bounced out of the Nation of Islam for being too bizarre (placing him on what presumably is one of the world’s shortest lists.)

After the election of Barack Obama, the Department of Justice (DoJ) filed suit against three of the junior varsity jackbooters of the NBPP. The DoJ actually won default judgment against them after they blew off their court appearance. Sadly, our friends at the NBPP knew the deck was stacked in their favor. A couple of months later the word came down from on high: Let it go. Quit picking on Shabazz and his funhouse Cosby kids. We’ll make them promise to play nice at polling places next time around.

Evidently, the Great Uniter got his degree in harmony from the Spike Lee School of Race Relations.

Tuesday morning, erstwhile Department of Justice lawyer J. Christian Adams testified in front of the United States Commission on Civil Rights that Obama and his little buddy Eric Holder had shut down the investigation into the Philadelphia incident.

Adams, who says he found the actions of the Obama administration so repellent that he left the Justice Department, claimed that racial animus propelled the determination by Mr. Hope and Change to kill the investigation into potential wrongdoing by the NBPP. The only meaningful response from Obama is a refusal to allow the testimony of former DoJ voting section chief Christopher Coates.

It may turn out that Adams is every bit the big bad bigot he’s being called by good little liberals everywhere. He might be cutting holes in the guest room pillowcases to get a better look at tonight’s cross burnin’. But there’s not a single shred of evidence to support that assertion. Even if there was, it would by no means absolve the Justice Department from their sworn duty to uphold the laws protecting voters from intimidation—AND laughably inept attempts at intimidation by NBPP goons.

Adams told the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights that "…over and over again…" Obama and his pals showed "hostility" to cases involving black perpetrators and white victims—including the NBPP actions in Philadelphia and elsewhere. According to Adams: “…we abetted wrongdoing and abandoned law-abiding citizens.."

There’s no reason to assume Adams is lying. In the case of the New Black Panther’s beret brigade, we have the video. It should be noted for our Left-wingnut friends that the existence of said video advances Adams’s credibility several steps past that of say—John Lewis and the Congressional Black Caucus.

To say Obama and his pals play the race card is a “Rosie O’Donnell is a little bit chunky” understatement. The left hurls a charge of racism at virtually every opponent of their agenda; see the aforementioned CBC fracas. During the Massachusetts special Senatorial election, I even heard MSNBC talking hairdo Keith Olbermann suggest pickup trucks were a new symbol for racism—which I’ll accept only if I get to say driving a Prius is emblematic of being a pansy.

Even as I write this, Obama has filed the predicted lawsuit against Arizona and SB1070.

Wasn’t the elimination of racism one of the boxcars on the Hope and Change Express? Didn’t the Democrats promise us that voting for a “uniter” like Obama would erase the alleged divisions of/caused by the Bush years?

This boy’s America is as more divided than ever; despite the promises of the President. I’m not denying the existence of racism on the Right. I am tired of hearing denials of the same from the Left.

Can’t we all just get… forget it.

One note to New Black Panthers everywhere: some guys wear berets and look like the 101st Airborne. Others look… French.

Ça vous va bien, les gars!

Wall Street Donations To Democratic Campaigns Continue To Plummet

Wall Street donations to Democratic campaigns continue to plummet The White House-sponsored financial regulatory reform bill that was passed by the House last week may make it more difficult for Democratic candidates to win a seat in Congress this coming November.

Politico.com reports that many Wall Street executives who made significant financial contributions to Democratic congressional campaigns two years ago are no longer taking calls from solicitors due to their condemnation of the proposed legislation, which many financial experts believe will handicap the already weakened economy.

In fact, contributions from New York’s financial sector to Democratic campaign committees are down 65 percent from two years ago, with the majority of the decrease coming from those who give gifts of $1,000 or more, according to The Washington Post.

"I think at least in the short term there is going to be a great deal of frustration with people who were beating the hell out of us—then turning around and asking for money," a senior financial executive told Politco.com.

Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.) were both specifically mentioned as lawmakers who voted for financial regulatory reform and who are actively soliciting donations from Wall Street executives.

The proposed restrictions, which were passed by the House last week, are now being debated in the Senate. Some political pundits believe the bill may make it to President Obama’s desk for his signature by the end of July.
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Food Storage Now!

I hazard to guess that not more than 10 percent of our readers could live more than a few days on their stored food and supplies.

Storing food is something that we have to do before we need it. Think now, if a catastrophe of some kind were to occur today—say an earthquake, tornado or terrorist attack—and you needed to begin using your stored food, where would you be?

Do you have more than a couple of days supply on hand? If not, you could be in trouble when disaster strikes. Because once the catastrophe occurs it’s too late to begin storing food.

Americans are used to having plenty of food. Most can’t imagine not being able to go to the store to get food of some sort. But the typical grocery store has about two day’s supply of food in stock at any given time. So, just a short-term interruption in the supply chain could cause hardship and panic among the populace.

It truly takes vision to understand that there could come a time when the supply of food suddenly ends—whether for a few days or for a long period of time—and planning for the future is essential, especially now.

I have long urged you to store food. As for myself, I have stored food for more than 40 years. I rotate and eat out of it, except the vacuum sealed foods that I bought from the Mormons. I have checked it through the years. It has held well.

I have lost a few cans of salmon due to age, but there is no telling how much I have saved because prices were much lower through the years than they are now.

Now to the point: In my opinion we now face more than a probability of much higher prices, scarcity and resulting social problems.

Can we not imagine that an honest man will steal and even plunder if he and his family are hungry?

Agriculture is one of the very few sectors globally that currently faces supply shortages. There is the distinct possibility that this century will see desperate struggles for food and water.

Rising food prices will cause extreme hunger and famine. This will lead to social unrest, revolution and wars.

Does anyone doubt that the regime in the United States will cause extreme hardship because of the collapsing exchange value of paper money? Note that they do not warn the people to protect themselves.

I have been on an island now for some time. I have noticed very high prices and runs on grocery stores on certain days of the week. Still, probably not more than a few can see the negative trends. They still can’t visualize disaster.

Have you ever really been hungry? It is far better to have stored food on hand—even if you have excess food stored—and not ever need it than not to have any food stored and one day be hungry. Food storage may not guarantee that you won’t be hungry, but not storing food will almost certainly guarantee there will be hunger in your future.

It’s a good idea to have at least three day’s supply of canned and/or dried foods available for each member of the family in case of emergency. That would be nine meals each.

Of course, more is better. But we recommend this as a starting point. From there you can add a little more each time you go shopping, setting your sights on having enough for each family member for a week, then two and so on.

It’s also a good idea to store water for emergency situations. Minimum requirements are two gallons per person per day—more if you live in a warmer climate.

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Shutting Up The Press

Four days after issuing a memo saying it was blocking certain websites from the agency’s computers—including sites that contained “controversial opinion”—the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has “clarified” that order saying contrary opinion won’t be banned.

CBS News reported the ban Tuesday after the TSA released a memo that it was blocking certain websites from the Federal agency’s computers, including halting access by staffers to any Internet pages that contain controversial opinion.

While it’s good news that the TSA changed its tune after receiving flak from employees and supporters of the 1st Amendment, that the agency would consider such a ban in the first place begs the question: What is Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano—who oversees the TSA—afraid of?

This is not the first time that controversial opinion has drawn the ire of someone in the Federal government. In March the Senate Sergeant at Arms sent an email to Senators advising them not to visit the Drudge Report. He accused the Drudge Report of infecting Senate computers with a virus—this despite the fact that Drudge had almost 30 million page views without a single reader complaint the same day the Senate’s computers were infected.

Obviously, Napolitano and many in the administration of President Barack Obama—including Obama himself—bristle at dissenting views. The president is one of the most thin-skinned individuals around, as evidenced by his attack on Fox News early in his presidency, and the fact that he avoids press conferences and press inquiries like one would avoid leprosy.

Thomas Jefferson wrote, “No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions.”

As the Obama administration continues to ineffectively flail about in its handling of the Gulf oil spill (where the United States Coast Guard is hindering the work of the media), the economic crisis, relations with foreign governments and elsewhere, it has become increasingly obvious it fears an investigation of its actions.

Obama's Immigration Speech Draws Ire

Obama's immigration speech draws ire Last week President Obama delivered his first major immigration speech, calling for comprehensive reform and GOP support. However, in the days since the speech, conservatives and other immigration opponents have blasted the government for being part of the problem rather than the solution.

Criticism centered mainly on the allegations that the Federal government has failed in the basic prerequisite for a comprehensive overhaul, namely in securing the United States border with Mexico and in enforcing existing immigration laws.

"Our politicians refuse to enforce our laws while millions of Americans are pushed out of jobs every day by the hiring of illegal immigrants willing to work for less pay and lowered working conditions," said Leah Durant, executive director of Progressives for Immigration Reform.

"It’s time for the government to protect its own," she stressed.

Meanwhile, another nonprofit, Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), has accused the government for using the talk of "reform" as another way to introduce the idea of blanket amnesty.

However, Marilyn DeYoung, chairwoman of the board of CAPS, said this is something that Americans "have resoundingly rejected."

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Acupuncture May Help Improve Exercise Tolerance In Heart Patients

Acupuncture may help improve exercise tolerance in heart patients Over the past two decades an increasing number of Americans have begun utilizing acupuncture to help reduce the severity of symptoms related to a myriad of health conditions, including back pain, arthritis, menstrual cramps and headaches.

Meanwhile, results of a new German study suggest that the ancient Chinese therapy may also improve exercise tolerance in patients diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

For the study, lead investigator Johannes Backs, director of the Department of Internal Medicine at Heidelberg University Hospital, and his colleagues recruited 17 congestive heart failure patients who were in stable condition yet who were physically limited by their condition. The participants were randomly assigned to blindly receive acupuncture or placebo treatment.

After 10 weeks of therapy, the patients who received acupuncture were able to walk greater distances and felt less exhausted than those in the control group.

"This is the first indication that acupuncture may improve exercise tolerance in CHF patients—when given in addition to optimized standard heart failure medication," said Backs.

He added that the treatment did not improve patients’ heart pump function, but may have benefited their skeletal muscle strength.
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Vitamin D Deficiency Linked To Metabolic Syndrome

Vitamin D deficiency linked to metabolic syndrome Results of a recent European study suggest that older individuals with vitamin D deficiency may be at an increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome—a condition that includes high blood pressure, abdominal obesity, unhealthy blood sugar levels and high cholesterol.

For the study, a research team from the University Medical Center in Amsterdam examined nearly 1,300 older men and women of Dutch decent. A total of 37 percent of the study participants had metabolic syndrome.

After taking blood samples and adjusting for various risk factors, lead author Marelise Eekhoff and her colleagues found that patients who had insufficient serum levels of vitamin D had a 32 percent greater risk of being diagnosed with the condition than those with adequate levels.

Participants who had large waistlines and low levels of good cholesterol (HDL) were most likely to have a vitamin D deficiency.

"Because metabolic syndrome increases the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, an adequate vitamin D level in the body might be important in the prevention of these diseases," said Eekhoff.

Metabolic syndrome currently affects one out of every four adults.
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