Poll: Support For Universal Healthcare Falling

Poll: Support for universal healthcare falling Less than six months after President Obama signed the health reform package there are signs that public support for universal healthcare coverage may be falling among Americans.

Earlier polls showed that although older people have always been skeptical about such a measure — which would require taxpayer funding — their younger counterparts may now increasingly share this sentiment.

Specifically, the average yearly amount adult Americans were willing to pay for universal healthcare fell from $201 in February 2010 to $123 this summer, according to LightSource Poll, conducted by KJT Group, a consulting and research company specializing in the healthcare marketplace.

Overall, it found that only about 32 percent of Americans are willing to pay any extra money each year to achieve universal healthcare coverage. Although there was no party affiliation difference in the average amount people were willing to pay, Republicans were less likely to want to contribute any amount at all.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was passed and signed into law last March, is expected to expand the ranks of insured Americans and prevent insurance companies from denying coverage based on preexisting conditions, when most of its provisions come into full effect in 2014.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19932604-ADNFCR

Viguerie: McCain’s Victory Is Tea Party’s Victory

Viguerie: McCain's victory is Tea Party's victory The Tea Party movement in Arizona may not have endorsed incumbent John McCain (R-Ariz.) in Tuesday’s primary elections but this did not prevent some conservatives from hailing his victory as a triumph of the grassroots movement.

For example, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, Richard Viguerie, commented on the Arizona primary outcome by saying that McCain prevailed precisely because of the pressure put on him by the Tea Party and other fiscal conservatives. In Viguerie’s view, this allowed the Senator to rediscover his conservative identity.

"To receive that support, he had to give up his maverick positions that have sometimes given aid and comfort to the liberals," he said, adding that he is "sure Senator McCain knows very well that he would not have won if he had continued his reputation as the Democrats’ favorite Republican."

ConservativeHQ.com has also expressed the view that if McCain had run a similarly aggressive and non-compromising campaign in the 2008 elections, he would have defeated Barack Obama for the presidency.

The incumbent’s opponent in Tuesday’s race, J.D. Hayworth, won only 32 percent of the vote against McCain’s 56 percent.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19931700-ADNFCR

Natural Remedy Helps Jet Lag Sufferers

If you travel via airliner between time zones you may suffer from jet lag. One all-natural remedy is Pycnogenol®, which is an extract made from the bark of French pine trees. In an Italian study, 56 percent of patients taking the supplement experienced reduced symptoms of grogginess, irritability, headaches and mental weariness. Pycnogenol® may also help improve circulation and reduce swelling in the legs and ankles during lengthy flights.

Experts Recommend Vitamin K For Digestive Health

Experts recommend vitamin K for digestive health Among the alphabet of vitamins that exist, few people are aware of the vital role that vitamin K plays in overall health. However, as new research continues to emerge, nutrition experts are recommending that more individuals increase their intake of this vital nutrient.

Vitamin K is central to digestive health. It plays an important role in the absorption of other key vitamins and miners such as fatty acids, which have been shown to support heart health, and calcium, which is critical to bone health, according to research from Oregon State University.

Ann Carey Tobin, registered family physician in Albany, N.Y., recently wrote an article in the Times-Union about the benefit of Vitamin K. She said that, by increasing digestive health and the absorption of other key nutrients, the vitamin could help seniors support their bone health as they age.

Oregon State researchers say that deficiencies of vitamin K may be rare, but that individuals can reduce their chances of experiencing low levels by eating more dark green, leafy vegetables or taking nutritional supplements.
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Back Inside the Asylum…

If anyone wants to shove their heads in the desert sand regarding Iran, have at it.

I’m disinclined to hand a free pass to an Islamofascist regime with a pronounced tendency to make the psych ward at Bellevue look like bingo night at the senior center. I’m similarly disinclined to believe Pollyanna-ish assurances that we have nothing to be concerned about in the wake of a line of trucks pulling into the brand-spanking new nuclear plant at Bushehr, Iran on a recent Saturday afternoon.

Sure, they were delivering uranium fuel to the terrorist regime’s new nuclear facility — but what’s a little radioactivity between friends? Plus, The Associated Press says the Russians are keeping a watchful eye on things. I’m sure we’re perfectly safe now. The town drunk has promised to watch the town sociopath while we’re out shopping for a new economy. What could possibly go wrong?

But wait — the Russians are not the only ones playing Officer Krupke when it comes to Iran’s supposedly peaceful development of the world’s most dangerous filament fertilizer.

The United Nations gave the all-clear as well. In fact, they’re claiming that the Russian-oversight plan should ease concerns about just how enriched will be the enriched uranium now clasped in the Iranian paws.

In order to function as fuel for a power plant, uranium needs to reach the 3.5 percent enrichment level. Weapons-grade uranium must be jacked up to the 90 percent level. The Iranians are already working on enriching the good stuff to a 20 percent level (for medical research, honest!)

Fret not, my friends — the Russians are going to control the fuel supply. And there’s no chance the Iranians might sneak around the corner and dump a little extra octane into the mix, right?

Even the mighty French have chimed in. The French Foreign Ministry released a statement regarding the Iranian nuclear program, saying — again — there was no real cause for alarm. Terrific — the French said the same thing about Germany and the Anschluss.

If only the Iranians were as reassuring. Leave it to one-third of the Axis of Evil to remind us that they’re… one third of the Axis of Evil. While the Russians, French and U.N. all spoke in soothing tones, the note struck by Iran was decidedly less mellifluous.

Lest we think Ahmadinejad and the rest of the Islamic Clown Posse were just playing nuclear dress-up, they also broke the news that they have tested their air defense systems around Bushehr, and have determined them to be effectively operational.

Any time a spokesterrorist “strikes a defiant tone” — trouble isn’t just in the neighborhood, it’s doing doughnuts on the lawn and TP’ing the house.

According to Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi:

"Despite all pressure, sanctions and hardships imposed by Western nations, we are now witnessing the startup of the largest symbol of Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities,"

The same guys who can’t finish a sentence without shrieking about the fiery death of some Zionist-capitalist-imperialist-somebody are promising to play nice with their high-yield glow sticks.

We have no intention of building nuclear weapons with this stuff we have that can be used to build nuclear weapons. We are a peaceful society, simply trying to…DEATH TO THE ZIONIST/AMERICAN INFIDELS…make it cheaper to turn on the lights.”

Let me get this straight: an Islamofascist regime is about to throw the switch on a heavily defended NUCLEAR facility, and the only assurances that they’re not going to start churning out atomic luggage for every Tom, Dick and Akbar with a saif to grind are coming from the guy who can’t get past the first step in an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, the guy who still laughs at Jerry Lewis movies and the rejects from the carnival?

For you victims of teachers’ unions out there, Iran’s proclamations of peaceful nuclear intent are as transparent as a Lady Gaga Grammy Awards costume.

Iran sits on top of some of the most expansive oil reserves on the planet. Unconstrained by a Democrat Party bent on protecting foreign oil interests to the detriment of their own people, the Iranians can — to paraphrase Governor Sarah Palin: “Drill here and drill now.”

The AP, doing their best version of the liberal appeasement shuffle, excuses the Iranian desire for nuclear power despite being awash in enough black gold to make Jed Clampett magenta with envy by suggesting their refinery capabilities don’t match their raw material output.

Here’s a suggestion: instead of building nukes, have the Iranians considered building REFINERIES? It’s not like they have to worry about the Sierra Club showing up to demonstrate — the Sierra Club is busy pretending global warming is real. Besides, the Sierra Club is stupid, not crazy. Protesting against American oil companies earns you donations from Sean Penn. Protesting against Iranian anything earns you a bullet.

Three weeks ago, I penned “The Lapdogs Of War” for Personal Liberty Digest in which I suggested that the time had not yet arrived for war with Iran. Ham-fisted foreign policy, especially with regards to the evil-dwarf regime running the show in Tehran makes a concerted military effort dubious at best.

In a hypothetical conflict, the United States vs. Iran would be shorter than Ahmadinejad without the lifts in his shoes. Sadly, the fact that Obama has alternated between apologizing to murderous dictatorships for the American pursuit of freedom and cowering like a frightened 5-year-old in a thunderstorm every time one of these tin pots starts banging his cymbals together assures we would end up bogged down in the mother of all Mesopotamian quagmires.

However, while our current ruling elite may have brought back the idiotic foreign policy malaise of Jimmy Carter, who was such a sniveling knot head when it came to dealing with global hostilities that his biggest military engagement was a loss in the Battle of the Chattahoochee Bunny; there is an alternative: Israel.

Now, I know many of my fellow Bob Livingstonians consider allowing Israel off the leash to be anathema at best, but consider the alternatives. Our current ruling elite is less likely to lead a successful military effort than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is to turn down free Botox®. And given the green light on turning Bushehr into an even more inhospitable sandbox than it already is, Israel would light these guys up like a Menorah on… whatever day it is that a Menorah is fully lit.

When Saddam Hussein tried to enact his original nuclear ambitions, Israel hit the off switch at Osirak (built, perhaps tellingly, by the French) with a sledgehammer, killing the Iraqis’ chances at debuting the world’s first atomic arsenal in the hands of a complete lunatic (not counting Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Andropov, Chernenko and Xiaoping.) Iran has already admitted plans to construct an additional dozen nuclear plants in mountain strongholds.

Iran has also repeatedly promised the complete destruction of Israel. Iran ALSO has missiles which put Tel Aviv well within range. Israel has no problem kicking hostile Islamofascist regimes in the teeth. Given their track record in that area, they’re pretty good at it.

A pre-emptive Israeli strike on Bushehr might lead to open warfare in the Middle East. A nuclear-armed Iran will, by its own admission, almost certainly lead to open warfare in the Middle East. The former might well involve American money. The latter might well involve American lives. Combining the possibility that Iranian aggression may well be backed by Russian and/or Chinese men and materiel with Obama’s weak-kneed tendencies, a nuclear-armed Iran could well spell Big Trouble in Little Tehran.

Iran has stepped up its schedule with surprising speed. In addition to the Bushehr reactor, they also used the weekend to debut a new Qiam-1 medium range missile and even capped off their Sunday with a ceremony to introduce the world to an unmanned bomber which Ahmadinejad dubbed their “ambassador of death.”

Given the Iranian regime’s rhetoric, when they can start trying to dictate the terms of the nuclear conversation, they will. I’d rather gamble with Israeli lives than our own. And with our current Commander-in-Chief more interested in engaging Arizona law enforcement than Islamofascist terrorism, the odds on the table are nowhere near worth our chips.

Perhaps most telling of all: I considered offering this piece to President Obama for comment, but he was on vacation… again.

Refusing The Dream

Examples of Democrat duplicity are so common that it has become clichéd to even point to them.

The inability of the average liberal to identify or even care about the wayward path of their political masters has lexicologically welded “liberal” to “hypocrite” in much the same way as “Olbermann” attaches to “twit.” But nothing compares to the Democrat response to a mass gathering of concerned taxpayers.

If you want to see the Left bring out the big guns, take a look at their frantic and hate-fueled response to the Glenn Beck-fronted Restoring Honor rally. Whether Beck’s Saturday rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial drew between 300,000 and 500,000 (probably) or 1 million (probably not), a crowd larger than Ed Schultz’s nightly audience showed up in Washington to:

  • Protest President Barack Obama’s disastrous economic policy.
  • Protest Obama’s disastrous foreign policy.
  • Protest Obama’s disastrous immigration policy.
  • Call for a spiritual renewal in America.
  • Hate black people.

Actually, that last one was regurgitated by the buffoonish Al Sharpton, who spent his Saturday across town speaking to a meager handful of the usual dupes, bigots, union thugs and mouth-breathers who take him seriously.

Whether you choose to believe attendees or their liberal detractors, the crowd was large enough to send seismic waves throughout not only the ruling elite in Washington, but their corporate media outlets. Imagine Woodstock, only the hippies have grown up, gotten jobs and taken baths. Also, the rally crowd didn’t leave behind the Amazonian jungle-sized heaps of paper and refuse leftist gangs tend to scatter like breadcrumbs.

Liberal hate groups lashed out at Beck’s festival. Democrat agitprop bureau Media Matters for America shrieked about the event’s overtly political tones in… overtly political tones. MMA even managed to get in the obligatory shot at Sarah Palin, which I believe is now mandatory for any wingnut whining about how much they hate… everyone who isn’t them.

On tinfoil hat brigade bunker Dailykos.com, one diarist (“diarist” sounds better than “DNC talking point stenographer”) claimed to have attended the event and followed that dubious assertion by recounting a string of incidents which were so transparently fictional that I actually laughed out loud. Towards the end of his blather he proudly crowed about stealing a Gadsden flag from someone else’s purse. His supposed crime was greeted with praise by most of the rest of the Dailykos inmates.

Sharpton headlined the most discussed “counterdemonstration,” although the gathering’s anemic size can be more accurately described as a “counterwhimper.” Despite telling NBC that he ignored Restoring Honor, Obama tried to legitimize Sharpton’s cocktail party by dispatching Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, which is the intellectual equivalent of sending a kindergarten teacher to legitimize Cellblock D.

It evidently occurred to neither Obama nor The New York Times (which dutifully dispatched a reporter to cover the tiny “event”) that parasites like Sharpton are long past the point of legitimacy. Sharpton’s assemblage was called “Reclaim the Dream.” Sharpton has made a pile of dough without seemingly holding a job or having any discernable skills beyond race-baiting. You’re living the dream, Al.

Social networking site Facebook provided some excellent exemplars of leftist hysteria. I turned to three pages owned by friends; none of whom I shall identify by name in order to protect them from having their liberal cards revoked. One gleefully noted the corporate media didn’t provide much coverage of the Beck event. It’s a fair bet he didn’t consider that he was acknowledging the port side media’s deliberate and politically motivated refusal to do their jobs; not to mention that in noting their dereliction, he was admitting his own fixation with the event.

Another poster called Beck a “douchebag.” I was tempted to respond, but then remembered he not only watches stand-up comedian Bill Maher, but thinks the colossally unfunny Maher is insightful — punishment enough. Both comments were followed by threads of far less impressive, but far more venomous invective spewed forth by bottom-rung types who either are not only completely consumed by hate, but clearly lack introspection of any kind.

A third friend expressed his concerns that the event would “get ugly.” I don’t think he meant Dailykos-approved petty larceny.

None of the posters, from pillar to podcast, made any mention of the more than $5 million the event raised for worthwhile charity. Likewise, few on the left noted the presence of a Presidential emissary at the uber-divisive demagogue Sharpton’s counter-demonstration. On the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, liberals were too busy building their nightmare.

Growing Support For Tea Party Candidates May Be Fueled By Money Worries

Growing support for Tea Party candidates may be fueled by money worries There may be signs that individuals who would like to protect their wealth and assets in the coming years will come out to vote this November for candidates who put these concerns at the top of their agenda.

In fact, as PJTV continues its weekly Tea Party poll, its researchers have found that on Aug. 28, the support for Tea Party-backed congressional candidates has reached 54 percent. Moreover, 52 percent of potential voters declared they are likely vote for a candidate supported by the grassroots movement.

"This week’s tracking poll numbers and election results both suggest the growing strength of the movement," said Vik Rubenfeld, PJTV’s polling director.

He added that its strength was evident in this week’s primaries "as many of the movement’s candidates prevailed over those who were more traditional Republicans."

The Tea Party phenomenon appeared on the political scene in 2009 in response to the massive stimulus package passed by Congress and signed by President Obama. Its supporters say they want to preserve individual freedoms introduced by the Founding Fathers and believe in limited government, free speech, the Second Amendment, the military and secure borders.

In view of this, it may not be surprising that the poll found that nearly 80 percent of likely voters worry that the American dream could be jeopardized by the current levels of Federal debt and spending, especially for today’s young people.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19932423-ADNFCR

Chinese Mudslides Contain Lessons In Survival

Chinese mudslides contain lessons in survival Earlier this month, devastating mudslides hit northwest China’s Gansu province leaving some 1,500 people dead. As classes resumed for primary- and middle-school students today, experts have called for a careful and systematic approach to rebuilding efforts.

Wu Faquan, director of Engineering Geomechanics Lab at the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told Xinhua news agency that better planning in mudslide-prone zones could prevent future disasters.

"Local geological conditions should be reassessed and the risks of natural disasters reviewed before drawing up plans for reconstruction," he said, quoted by the news provider.

Mudslides are also a danger, although on a smaller scale, in the mountainous regions of the U.S., where they are estimated to kill 25 to 50 people every year.

However, there are many ways to protect households from this type of danger.

The Emergency Survival Information Center recommends refraining from building houses near steep slopes, close to mountain edges, near drainage ways or natural erosion valleys. Individuals who live in such areas are advised to get a ground assessment of their property and consult a professional about possible corrective measures.

A person caught in a landslide should move away from the path of the mud, earth or debris flow as quickly as possible. If escape is not possible, it is best to curl into a tight ball to protect the head, safety and survival experts say.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19930983-ADNFCR

Alcoholic Drinks May Support Cognitive Function

Alcoholic drinks may support cognitive functionAntioxidants — especially those found in alcoholic beverages like beer and wine — may provide significant support for brain health, according to a new study released by researchers from Boston University.

Alcoholic drinks are known to be excellent sources of antioxidants, which are known to neutralize cell-damaging particles in the body. However, little was known about whether the harmful effects of alcohol may outweigh these heart brain benefits.

The team of researchers from the Boston University Medical Center sought to answer these questions. They recruited 5,033 men and women living in Norway to measure the effects of their alcohol consumption. Researchers tracked participants’ alcohol consumption for a period of seven years, administering tests of their cognitive ability throughout.

They found that individuals who consumed modest amounts of alcohol — four or more drinks for each two-week period — scored better on tests of cognitive function than those who drank little alcohol.

The results were particularly strong for women who drink wine. Researchers speculated that the high levels of antioxidants in the drink may be primary cause of this apparent benefit.
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The 4th Amendment: May It Rest In Peace

In Colonial America it was common for British soldiers, tax collectors and other representatives of the Crown to obtain a writ of assistance giving them the authority to enter any home, business or ship at any time of the day or night in search of contraband goods or to interrogate the residents and owners over payment of taxes or for most any other reason.

Writs of assistance were very vague search warrants and it was a simple procedure to obtain them. They could be had for any reason or no reason from the Colonial governor or from judges — all of whom held their positions at the whim of the King of England.

In 1761 James Otis Jr., the Advocate General of Massachusetts — whose job it was to defend the issuance of the writs in court — resigned his position and took the side of 63 Boston merchants in a court battle against the writs. He represented the merchants for free, and though he lost the case in a court stacked against him, he earned the title of patriot.

It was his five-hour speech in court that served “as the spark in which originated the American Revolution,” according to John Adams, who was sitting in the courtroom at the time.

“The child of independence was then and there born, every man of an immense crowded audience appeared to me to go away as I did, ready to take arms against writs of assistance,” Adams said.

The issue was such an important one to the Colonists that it was mentioned as one of the grievances in the Declaration of Independence: “He (the king)… sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”

Since it was so important an issue to the Founding Fathers it’s not surprising that an Amendment was included in the Constitution that forbids the government from arbitrarily searching people, homes and businesses.

It was the Colonists’ experience with unreasonable searches and seizures and Otis’ speech that planted the seeds that grew into the 4th Amendment which reads:

“The right of the people to be secure in the persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

The 4th Amendment has been under assault before in our nation’s history. And that has been chronicled in other articles on this site. But now that right, guaranteed by our Constitution, is as dead as a hammer.

The most recent major assault on the 4th Amendment came in the wake of 9/11 when President George W. Bush proposed and Congress passed the USA PATRIOT Act, which was most unpatriotic.

In the Senate the act passed 98 to one. Democrat Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) was the lone dissenter. Democrat Mary Landrieu (D-La.) did not vote.

In the House it passed 357-66 with nine not voting. Sixty-five of the dissenters were Democrats. Ron Paul (R-Texas) was the lone Republican to oppose the bill.

Without getting into specifics, the bill gives government investigators almost unlimited power to conduct wire taps, eavesdrop, access and search records and enter homes in an effort to root out those it considers terrorists. The bill was couched in a way that led Americans to believe it was to be used only in the war on terror but, like all other government powers, it has been abused and used against Americans. In fact, some Americans have been charged with terrorism-related offenses through the Act even though their “crimes” involved nothing more than making innocuous threats, taking or possessing photographs or drawing pictures.

The travesty is that Americans, for the most part, seemingly don’t care. They’ve decided that government should be allowed to do anything and everything “if it makes us safer.” In fact, many commenters on this subject on this site have said as much. So the heavy hand of government has grown bigger and stronger — as government is wont to do — and the USA PATRIOT Act has been renewed and strengthened.

In the name of safety we have ceded our right not to be searched at airports… almost without a whimper. First we accepted removing our shoes and opening our bags. Then we gave up our lotions, sanitizers and water bottles. Then we accepted being frisked and poked and prodded. Then we accepted having our bodies irradiated and naked pictures being taken and ogled at and saved in the system — in effect allowing government to assume we are all criminals with plans to blow up an airplane — all in the interest of “safety.”

But here’s what really killed the 4th Amendment. Technology and government have taken the next logical step beyond airport scanners. American Science and Engineering, Inc., one of the manufacturers of the backscatter radiation machines now being employed at airports, has made the backscatter radiation system portable.

The Z Backscatter Van™ allows law enforcement to look inside vehicles, buildings and homes just like the airport backscatter scanners allow agents from the Transportation and Security Administration to peer beneath your clothes.

AS&E’s website says the van:

“…is a low-cost, extremely maneuverable screening system built into a commercially available delivery van. The ZBV allows for immediate deployment in response to security threats, and its high throughput capability facilitates rapid inspections. The system’s unique "drive-by" capability allows one or two operators to conduct X-ray imaging of suspect vehicles and objects while the ZBV drives past.

“The ZBV can also be operated in stationary mode by parking the system and producing X-ray images of vehicles as they pass by. Screening can also be accomplished remotely while the system is parked. Remote operation allows scanning to be done safely, even in dangerous environments, while maintaining low-profile operation. The system is unobtrusive, as it maintains the outward appearance of an ordinary van.”

A company video of the van in action can be viewed here.

These vans and a more powerful, fire truck-sized version called the Mobile Search HE (high energy), are now on the roads in America. AS&E sold $242,093,000 of its backscatter imaging products in fiscal year 2010 with 63 percent of the sales in the United States, according to the company’s annual report. The company says 500 of the ZBVs have been sold.

The company’s main contractor — not surprisingly — was the Department of Defense, where the trucks were deployed in war zones. But the vans and trucks have been sold to other government entities — including states and municipalities — as well.

That means that, right now, ZBVs and Mobile Search HEs are prowling around our streets and towns looking into our cars, homes and businesses searching for something — anything — the heavy hand of government finds “suspicious.”

No longer are you secure in your “persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures.” Government agents can peer into your car, home and business and you will never know it until they show up on your doorstep flashing a warrant based on something they saw through the walls.

And not only are you no longer secure in your home, your thoughts — or future thoughts — are being probed as well. A University of Pennsylvania professor has developed software that the developer says can predict which individuals on probation or parole are most likely to murder or be murdered.

According to ABC News, if the software proves successful it could influence sentencing recommendations and bail amounts. It is being used in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

And, of course, we already have “hate crime” laws in which judges and prosecutors deign to know the thoughts and motives behind criminal acts — giving the impression that a heinous crime is somehow even more heinous because the person harbors some type of grudge or bias.

Folks, we have reached the totalitarian regime foreshadowed in George Orwell’s 1984, where all that we do is watched and where even our thoughts have become crimes.

“The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it; moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live — did live, from habit that became instinct — in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.” — 1984, George Orwell.

No longer a thing of fiction, government has truly become Big Brother. What Orwell didn’t know is that the technology would advance to let Big Brother watch us even in darkness.

Our nation has become the Oceania of 1984, where history is changed daily, our actions are watched, our thoughts are discerned, our communities are decaying and we are in a perpetual state of war.

Buying Big Brother’s vow to keep us safe we have kicked the Constitution to the curb and if the Founders — who sacrificed so much for liberty — were alive today they would surely weep at our foolishness.

Do you support Barry Boswell’s Hyper Compound interest as a good way to make your money work for you?

Dear Bob,

Do you support Barry Boswell’s Hyper Compound interest as a good way to make your money work for you?

I am familiar with the compound interest theory but have never heard of the other.  What is your take?

Pat M.

Dear Pat,

I have not studied Barry Boswell’s program and therefore have no opinion on it. I believe the safest place for your investments are in gold and silver, in stocks of companies that mine precious metals, and in oil and commodities.

Best Wishes,
Bob

Sneaky Senate Trying To Slip Internet Kill Switch Past Us

Sensing Senators don’t have the stomach to try and pass a stand-alone bill in broad daylight that would give the President the power to shut down the Internet in a national emergency, the Senate is considering attaching the Internet Kill Switch bill as a rider to other legislation that would have bi-partisan support.

“It’s hard to get a measure like cybersecurity legislation passed on its own,” Senator Thomas Carper (D-Del.) told GovInfoSecurity.com. Carper is chairman of the Senate subcommittee with cybersecurity oversight.

Under instructions from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senators Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) are working to combine their separate bills into one that can be attached to another piece of legislation, such as the Defense Authorization Act.

While proponents say an Internet Kill Switch is needed to protect the nation’s power, water and banking grids, what it really is is a way to control the flow of information. Experts have said that the nation’s power and water grids are not connected directly to the Internet.

Lieberman let slip his real thoughts on the Internet Kill Switch in an interview with CNN’s Candy Crowley when he said, “Right now China — the government — can disconnect parts of its Internet in a case of war. We need to have the ability to do that, too.”

For more on Lieberman’s interview, go here.

And the idiot Rockefeller is no friend of the Internet either. He has said he wished the Internet had never been invented and we were back to communicating with pencil and paper.

China and other totalitarian regimes readily use their power over the Internet to deny their citizens the free flow of information. And that’s what in store for the United States if this bill comes to fruition.

The President — Democrat or Republican — can now use almost any excuse to declare a state of emergency and that would give him the excuse to shut down any and all parts of the Internet. The target of the shutdown could be sites that express dissenting views or entire sections of the country the President — or his puppet master — is displeased with.

The Senate will soon be back in Washington, D.C., for a four-week session before adjourning until the November elections. This is the window that provides the most danger to our freedom.

Hat tip: PrisonPlanet.com

McCain Survives Primary Challenge In Arizona, But Mainstream Republicans Struggle Elsewhere

McCain survives primary challenge in Arizona, but mainstream Republicans struggle elsewhere Yesterday’s primaries were expected to be a test of the Tea Party movement’s capacity to influence political outcomes leading up to the general elections in November. With some precincts still counting the votes, it appears that Tea Party-backed candidates did well overall, even if not everywhere.

They may have a cause for celebration in Alaska and Florida. In the former, incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is believed to be trailing Joe Miller, a political novice supported by the anti-establishment grassroots movement and former Governor Sarah Palin, according to The Associated Press.

In the Sunshine State, fiscally conservative candidate Marco Rubio has been declared winner of the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

"Rubio owes his position to the Tea Party, the 9/12 groups and the other grassroots groups," said Robin Stublen, a local Florida activist, quoted by The Daily Caller.

In fact, the strength of that support forced Governor Charlie Crist to leave the GOP, and he will now face Rubio as an independent candidate in November.

However, the populist movement appears to have suffered a setback in Arizona, where former GOP presidential candidate and Palin-backed John McCain defeated his conservative and strongly anti-immigrant opponent J.D. Hayworth after a bitter and divisive campaign.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19931019-ADNFCR

Center For Immigration Studies Reveals New Video, Announces Upcoming Event

In its quest to document immigration violations — and the government’s apparent inability to control the incoming flow of people — along the United States-Mexican border, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has released a new video reportedly showing gaps in border security.

The center says that Gaming the Border: a Report from Cochise County, Arizona reveals how illegal aliens find ways to cross the porous border by walking around checkpoints set up on highways.

It also features the story of John Ladd, a local rancher, who talks about frequent sightings of not only illegal immigrants, but drug smugglers running across his property.

The video shows Brandon Judd, president of the union that represents non-supervisory Border Patrol agents in the Tucson area, complaining about the agency’s insufficient manpower resources.

In view of the ongoing and often heated debate about the best immigration policy, the CIS will host a panel on the subject on Sept. 1 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

It will include experts James G. Gimpel, professor of government at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Ruy Teixeira, senior fellow at the Century Foundation and the Center for American Progress, who will discuss issues such as proposed amnesty, loose enforcement and the growth of legal immigration.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19931828-ADNFCR

B Vitamins May Support Brain Health In Seniors

B vitamins may support brain health in seniorsCognitive decline is one of the most serious conditions faced by aging seniors. It can rob them of their memory and ability to perform day-to-day tasks independently.

However, a new study has found that seniors may be able to reduce the risk of experiencing cognitive decline through proper nutrition. A diet rich in B vitamins, in particular, may support healthy brain function.

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco collected blood samples from 1,800 men and women between the ages of 60 and 101, and tested their levels of B vitamins. These include vitamins B6, B12 and folate. They then gave participants tests designed to measure their mental ability.

They found that seniors who had the highest levels of B vitamins in their blood scored the best on measures of cognitive ability. The association was strongest with higher levels of folate.

Additionally, participants who had low levels of the nutrients were more likely to show signs of mood disorders. Researchers said that this can be a significant contributing factor to cognitive decline in the elderly.
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The Government’s War on Us

In my Straight Talk column two weeks ago I gave you a baker’s dozen of websites I read every week. In response, a whole bunch of you gave me and our readers a long list of other websites that are worth checking out. Thanks! I’ve already added several of them to my “favorites” file. (If for some reason you missed that column, click here to read it. I think you’ll enjoy it — including a lot of the fireworks in the comments section.)

Yesterday I realized something I said in that piece wasn’t quite accurate. No, no, don’t get ahead of me. I’m not about to retract anything I said about any of my favorite columns or columnists. But in reading the last item on my recommended list I realized I wasn’t entirely fair in my description.

I said that Daily Wealth gives more genuinely valuable contrarian investment advice than any other website I know of. And they do it for free (if you don’t count all the ads you’ll receive) six times a week.

That’s still true. But what I should have added is that every once in a while you’ll get some political commentary that is so right-on-the-mark you’ll wish you had said it first. At least that’s how I felt last week, when I read “This Is Why There Are No Jobs in America” by my good friend Porter Stansberry.

I liked it so much that I got the publisher’s permission to share it with you today. Read it and see if you don’t agree. If you do, then check out www.dailywealth.com on your own. I think you’ll enjoy what you find. Now, here’s the piece that impressed me so much:

I’d like to make you a business offer…

Seriously. This is a real offer. In fact, you really can’t turn me down, as you’ll come to understand in a moment.

Here’s the deal. You’re going to start a business or expand the one you’ve got now. It doesn’t really matter what you do or what you’re going to do. I’ll partner with you no matter what business you’re in — as long as it’s legal.

But I can’t give you any capital — you have to come up with that on your own. I won’t give you any labor — that’s definitely up to you. What I will do, however, is demand you follow all sorts of rules about what products and services you can offer, how much (and how often) you pay your employees, and where and when you’re allowed to operate your business. That’s my role in the affair: to tell you what to do.

Now in return for my rules, I’m going to take roughly half of whatever you make in the business each year. Half seems fair, doesn’t it? I think so. Of course, that’s half of your profits.

You’re also going to have to pay me about 12 percent of whatever you decide to pay your employees, because you’ve got to cover my expenses for promulgating all of the rules about who you can employ, when, where, and how. Come on, you’re my partner. It’s only "fair."

Now… after you’ve put your hard-earned savings at risk to start this business, and after you’ve worked hard at it for a few decades (paying me my 50 percent or a bit more along the way each year), you might decide you’d like to cash out — to finally live the good life.

Whether or not this is "fair" — some people never can afford to retire — is a different argument. As your partner, I’m happy for you to sell whenever you’d like… because our agreement says, if you sell, you have to pay me an additional 20 percent of whatever the capitalized value of the business is at that time.

I know… I know… you put up all the original capital. You took all the risks. You put in all of the labor. That’s all true. But I’ve done my part, too. I’ve collected 50 percent of the profits each year. And I’ve always come up with more rules for you to follow each year. Therefore, I deserve another, final 20 percent slice of the business.

Oh… and one more thing…

Even after you’ve sold the business and paid all of my fees, I’d recommend buying lots of life insurance. You see, even after you’ve been retired for years, when you die, you’ll have to pay me 50 percent of whatever your estate is worth.

After all, I’ve got lots of partners and not all of them are as successful as you and your family. We don’t think it’s “fair” for your kids to have such a big advantage. But if you buy enough life insurance, you can finance this expense for your children.

All in all, if you’re a very successful entrepreneur … if you’re one of the rare, lucky, and hard-working people who can create a new company, employ lots of people, and satisfy the public … you’ll end up paying me more than 75 percent of your income over your life. Thanks so much.

I’m sure you’ll think my offer is reasonable and happily partner with me … but it doesn’t really matter how you feel about it, because if you ever try to stiff me — or cheat me on any of my fees or rules — I’ll break down your door in the middle of the night, threaten you and your family with heavy, automatic weapons, and throw you in jail.

That’s how civil society is supposed to work, right? This is America, isn’t it?

That’s the offer America gives its entrepreneurs. And the idiots in Washington wonder why there are no new jobs.

And your editor returns. Well, that was something, wasn’t it? If any of you disagree with Porter’s arguments, I know you’ll be happy to tell me so below. I’ll be interested to see how some of my fervid critics (and I’m glad there are some of you out there, I really am) respond to his arguments.

In conclusion, let me mention two things. One, I saw an item in the news a few days ago that said Americans are fleeing the stock market in droves. In the first six months of this year, more than $33 billion was pulled out of stock mutual funds. That is, investors pulled $33 billion more dollars out of the market than they put in. That is a heck of a vote of “no confidence” in the Obama Administration’s efforts to fix our economy.

The second thing is that I promised the folks at Stansberry & Associates I’d give Porter’s monthly newsletter a plug, in return for them letting me reprint his rant. So here it is: To read more from Porter, sign up for his outstanding Investment Advisory. His latest issue — which covers the coming crisis brought on by the United States government — details exactly what he sees ahead and how to profit (and protect yourself). For details on how to gain immediate access to his report, click here.

If you think I ended this week on a downer I’m sorry, but next week will be worse. The working title of that column is “The Conspiracy that Is the Federal Reserve.” Stay tuned.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

— Chip Wood

GOP Calls For Geithner’s Ouster Following Glum Economic Report

GOP calls for Geithner's ouster following glum economic reportA new report from the National Association of Realtors has found that home sales fell by more than 27 percent in July and were more than 25 percent lower than at the same time last year. Experts say the expiration of the home buyer tax credit as well as the weak economic recovery that has produced far fewer jobs than expected have brought about this result.

The news sent the stock market down, with the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard and Poor’s 500-stock index ending the Tuesday session with a loss for a fourth straight day, according to The Wall Street Journal.

In response to these results, House Minority Leader John Boehner has called on President Obama to fire Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

"We have been told that the president’s economic team is ‘exhausted’ — already, his budget director and his chief economist have moved on or are about to," Boehner said.

He added that "President Obama should ask for — and accept — the resignations of the remaining members of his economic team, starting with Secretary Geithner and Larry Summers, the head of the National Economic Council."

In response to the recent GOP criticism, Democratic National Committee released a Web video which warns Americans that the Republican leadership — which has called for extending the Bush-era tax cuts for the rich — will "take us back to the economic policies that nearly sank our economy," quoted by CNN.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19930963-ADNFCR

Internet Searches, New York City, Gold And The Tea Party

*Don’t search for Cameron Diaz. At least, not on the Internet. Turns out cybercriminals love to play on our fascination with stars. According to tech security company McAfee Labs, your chances of getting a computer infection are one in 10 if you click on links for Cameron Diaz. Other names in the “most dangerous” category are Julia Roberts, Jessica Biel, Gisele Bundchen and Brad Pitt.

*I survived New York City… again. My wife and I enjoyed a quick visit to the Big Apple earlier this month. We went up to celebrate a son’s birthday, see a couple of plays, enjoy some fine dining and savor the energy of America’s most dynamic city. If you’re a native, I’ve got a question for you: I saw several signs warning, “Do Not Honk. $500 Fine.” And I’ve got to ask, has anyone ever been fined for honking their horn there? Seems to me you could pay off the national debt if you enforced this law.

*What if we were paid in gold? Back in colonial times, a “dollar” meant a specific amount of gold. But how things have changed. Ten years ago, a “dollar” was worth 1/265th of an ounce of gold. But in the past decade, the dollar has fallen so far that it’s now worth 1/1250th of an ounce of the Midas Metal. Just think: If you were paid in gold, you would have had a 300 percent raise over the past decade. Has gold tripled in value since then? No, just in price.

*Quote of the week. This is from one of my favorite ex-congressmen. (Actually, put “ex” in front of a politician’s title and he automatically becomes one of my favorites.) Dick Armey, the former majority leader, had this to say in an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal a few days ago: “But let us be clear about one thing: The Tea Party movement is not seeking a junior partnership with the Republican Party, but a hostile takeover of it.”

— Chip Wood

Obama’s Plan To Expand Stem Cell Research Blocked By Court

Obama's plan to expand stem cell research blocked by court Dealing at least a temporary blow to the Obama administration’s planned expansion of stem cell research, a Federal judge has ordered a ban on public funding for these types of studies.

U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia, Royce Lamberth, ruled that the guidelines published last year by the National Institutes of Health, which permitted Federal funding for studies on existing stem cell lines, violated Federal law that prohibits Federal funds to be used on research that destroys human embryos.

While social conservatives applauded the ruling, it has been met with criticism from many members of the scientific community.

"This injunction blocks important research on how to unlock the enormous potential of human embryonic stem cells," said Sean Tipton of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

"It will be incredibly disruptive and once again drive the best scientific minds into work less likely to yield treatments for conditions from diabetes to spinal cord injury," he added.

In March 2009, after a little more than a month in office, President Obama signed an executive order reversing the Bush administration’s ban on Federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19930325-ADNFCR