How To Make 120 Percent In One Month Trading Gold Stocks

While most investors are fretting about unemployment and weak housing reports, a bonanza is happening in one tiny area of the market…

It’s an area that doesn’t worry about housing reports… and it hasn’t been hampered at all by the 6 percent decline in stocks since April. It’s an area that maybe one investor out of a thousand follows.

That area is "junior" gold stocks… and the returns this sector is generating right now are extraordinary.

These "junior golds" are the bloodhounds of the gold business. They are tiny companies (typically under $250 million market cap) that scour the world looking for the next big deposit of precious metals. When one of them finds a huge deposit, shares can absolutely skyrocket.

For example, in 2005 Esperanza Silver made an amazing discovery called San Luis. And with each hole the company drilled, it found more gold. Here’s what happened to the stock…

Esperanza Silver Corp.

As you can see from the chart, shares of Esperanza soared from $0.25 in summer of 2005 to more than $4 by early 2007. That’s 1,500 percent in just over 18 months.

Believe it or not, this kind of climb happens often. A good discovery (gold or otherwise) blows the lid off these shares. Here are some other recent examples:

  • Ventana Gold went from $0.14 a share to $12 in 12 months.
  • Canplat jumped from $0.27 a share to $5.28 in six months.
  • Hathor rose from $0.47 a share to $4.34 in seven months.
  • Underworld Resources went from $0.13 a share to $2.64 in six months.

The junior gold industry exists because major mining companies do little of their own exploration. Big mining companies prefer to let thousands of these tiny companies do the work of looking for big deposits. Then they simply swoop in and buy the small company.

To give you an idea of the extreme difference in the size of juniors versus large miners, consider a junior gold stock with a $30 million market cap versus giant Newmont Mining, which sports a $30 billion market cap. Newmont is 1,000 times bigger.

Now that gold is well above $1,000 per ounce, large gold stocks are finally enjoying a solid increase in cash flows… and shares in big gold companies like Newmont are up 15 percent 30 percent this year (while stocks in general are flat). But the juniors are ringing up much larger gains…

For example, last October I recommended buying shares of a tiny gold exploration firm called ATAC Resources to readers of Phase 1 Investor, an exclusive trading service. ATAC has found a potentially huge gold deposit in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Recent drill results have been positive. This news helped send ATAC up nearly 120 percent in August… and up 540 percent since my recommendation.

ATAC isn’t an isolated case, either. Another gold stock we’ve held in the Phase 1 portfolio is tiny AuEx Ventures, a gold prospector like ATAC. A potential buyout sent AuEx shares up 80 percent in August. Many other junior golds are up 30 percent to 50 percent in the past few months.

These extraordinary gains are an example of what can happen when folks get just a little interested in this sector. As legendary mining speculator Doug Casey often points out, the gold stock sector is tiny compared to most other sectors… so if there’s a big rush to own gold stocks, "it will be like trying to siphon the contents of the Hoover Dam through a garden hose." Since folks are interested in buying all things related to gold in general, the juniors are really flying, thanks to their small size.

I can’t guarantee you these sorts of gains will continue all year. All I can say is gold is the strongest uptrend anywhere in the world right now. It’s a trend that benefits from worries over government debt and the soundness of paper currencies. I can also tell you uptrends in gold stocks can last longer than most people would believe.

That’s why I recommend all investors become interested in gold stocks right now — and stay interested in the coming years.

Good investing,

Matt Badiali
Editor, S&A Resource Report

P.S. While super-small junior golds are simply too small to recommend to a large audience like readers of my S&A Resource Report, we are still making extraordinary gains in gold and silver. I’ve prepared a short video that details how you can get in on these gains right now. Click here to watch it.

The Red Carpet For Mustapha

Perhaps the most oft-repeated slogan of the War on Terror is “…fight them there so we don’t have to fight them here.” Irrefutable logic when weighed against the designs of every two bit desert-dwelling nut job with a B-40 and a dream.

But what happens if the aforementioned nut job already has the B-40 (or 500 pounds of ammonium nitrate) and the dream; but isn’t dwelling in the desert? What if he’s in Detroit, or downtown Manhattan? What if he’s currently touring an installation run by the very people sworn to protect the lives, liberty and property he and his fellow villains threaten?

On the outskirts of McLean, Va. — a stone’s throw from our nation’s capitol — lies a theoretically ultra-secure facility called the National Counter Terrorism Center. In theory, the NCTC is the heart of America’s efforts to ensure that threats to American safety don’t come to fruition. Not far down the road from the NCTC is a facility much better known to many Americans — the FBI training center at Quantico. The NCTC and FBI’s Quantico facility would seem to be the sorts of places which terrorists only view through the meal slots in their interrogation cell doors.

Imam Sheik Kifah Mustapha has seen both, and with a Federal tour guide courteously offering answers to his reportedly detailed questions; and as revealed in recent reports by outlets including WLS-Chicago (which sent a reporter along), Mustapha got the grand tour of the nerve centers of our side of the War on Terror at the invitation of the guys his pals have sworn to set down toes-up.

Mustapha is a member of the terrorist group HAMAS. While most Americans are aware of HAMAS’s violent assaults on Israel, fewer are aware that HAMAS has earned a place of honor on the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. While the FBI doesn’t think too highly of HAMAS’s ability to execute attacks on American soil, FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress:

“Of all the Palestinian groups, HAMAS has the largest presence in the U.S. with a robust infrastructure, primarily focused on fundraising… its U.S. network is theoretically capable of facilitating acts of terrorism in the U.S.”

So, while HAMAS is content to treat America as an ATM, they can blow the bank up when their checks start getting stamped “NSF.”

Enter Imam Mustapha, our erstwhile FBI/NCTC visitor. A former operative with the now-defunct HAMAS cover group the Holy Land Foundation, Mustapha, who now runs the Bridgeview Mosque Foundation outside Chicago, is one of the unindicted co-conspirators in the case which proved to be the undoing of the HLF. And Mustafa was at the NCTC as an invited guest during the recent six-week FBI Citizen’s Academy, a part of our government’s Muslim outreach effort.

What’s next?

“Welcome to Ft. Meade, Mr. bin Laden. If you look to your left, you’ll see the main ECHELON servers. Just past that, you’ll see a photograph of… you.”

There are more than a billion Muslims on the planet. There are nearly 2 million Muslims in the United States. Surely, the FBI could have hosted a follower of the Prophet who doesn’t spend his time raising money for terrorists who advocate the extermination of the Jews.

Is there even a questionnaire?

“All right, Mr. Mustapha. Are you a citizen of the United States?”
“Yes.”
“Have you ever been convicted of a felony?”
“No.”
“Have you ever blown up a civilian target in the name of Islam?”
“Me? No. (heh-heh.)”
“Do you now, or have you ever advocated the annihilation of Israel and its supporters?”
“ALLAHU AKBAR, YES! I MEAN… No? Damn! That one always gets me.”

Mustapha’s resume contains warning flags big enough to cover the Dome of the Rock. Beyond his service to terrorist backers at the HLF, he also maintains close ties with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a group which shares his “unindicted co-conspirator” designation from the HLF trial. In fact, reading the list of reasons why Mustapha’s visit to FBI facilities ought to involve shackles takes longer than a President Barack Obama press conference during a teleprompter malfunction.

Some will claim this piece has a distinct anti-Muslim bias and point to Tim McVeigh, or Eric Rudolph. But I contend in response that The Council on American-Creepy Loner Relations has a short membership roster and extremely limited funding, not to mention a God-awful acronym.

Clearly, neither McVeigh nor Rudolph is ever going to tour the FBI’s most sensitive facilities. But Mustapha has. Quite a few of his “religion of peace” compatriots openly promise nefarious plans for us. Allow me to suggest we not show the perpetrators of such abominations the location of the off switch for our terrorism alarm.

Watchdog Group Sues Labor Department Over ‘Rightful Wage’ Regulation

Watchdog group sues Labor Department over 'rigthful wage' regulationComedian Stephen Colbert may have defended migrant workers' rights before Congress last week, but an anti-corruption watchdog organization is suing the government to obtain documents regarding its wage policy towards illegal immigrants. 

Judicial Watch says it is seeking documents that would shed light on a Labor Department program that is designed to help immigrant workers obtain fair wages whether or not they are in the United States legally. It says the program was launched in April 2010, and offers Federal assistance to illegal immigrants who want to seek redress from their employers over unpaid or unfair wages.

"The Obama White House attacks the State of Arizona for passing a law to enforce Federal immigration law, while using taxpayer funds to help [individuals] work illegally in the U.S.," said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.

He called the program a "scandalous waste of taxpayer resources."

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the number of deportable aliens located by law enforcement has declined in recent years. While in 2006, more than 1.2 million were identified, in 2009 slightly more than 600,000 were located. 

Obama Signs Multi-Billion Dollar Measure That Aims To Help Small Businesses, Create Jobs

Obama signs multi-billion dollar measure that aims to help small businesses, create jobsIn an effort to stimulate job growth and revive entrepreneurship, President Barack Obama signed a $42 billion bill on Sept. 27 to help small businesses in the United States.

The Small Business Jobs Act authorizes the creation of a $30 billion fund that will allow banks to increase their lending amount to small companies. The legislation, which was approved by Congress last week, also provides new tax breaks to small businesses, increases Small Business Administration (SBA) lending limits and waives SBA loans fees.

Obama called the bill "a great victory for America's entrepreneurs." Top Republican officials, however, were not as enthusiastic.

"Unfortunately, this bill does nothing to help end the uncertainty that is crippling job creation and hurting small businesses," House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said. "Instead it puts taxpayers on the hook for even more bailouts."

According to a recent survey by the Office Depot Small Business Index, most small business owners have no intention of adding jobs in the near future. Of those surveyed, 81 percent said they are not expecting to hire new staff within the next six months. Hesitant business owners cited reasons such as fear of higher taxes, increased healthcare costs and economic uncertainty.

Internet Surveillance Proposal Raises Constitutional Questions

Internet surveillance proposal raises constitutional questionsThere is a new legislative plan that, if implemented, would require social media services such as Skype or Facebook to comply with a wiretap order.

The Obama administration has announced it will push for Federal legislation that would compel email, instant messaging and other communication providers to allow law enforcement to bypass their encryption for surveillance purposes, according to The New York Times.

Law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are reportedly concerned that technological progress makes it increasingly difficult to conduct wiretaps of suspected criminals, including terrorists, as individuals are switching away from phones and towards Internet-based communications.

Despite officials' claims that agents would still need a court order to access this type of data, there are growing concerns about what this would mean for privacy and constitutional protections, such as those provided for in the Fourth Amendment.

Among the critics of the proposal, which will likely be brought before the new Congress next year, is Jim Harper, an attorney and policy analyst at the Cato Institute. He said that "the migration to open source peer-to-peer services will accelerate and the Federal government will end up worse off than it is today," quoted by CNet News.

"This is a reason to worry about so-called 'cloud' services, which provide a centralized surveillance point," he added. 

Unequal Taxes

President Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats continue to foster class envy with their pledge to extend President George W. Bush-era tax cuts for one group of people and allow them to expire for another.

You have probably heard that if Congress doesn’t act, taxes will increase substantially on everyone beginning Jan. 1, 2011. That’s because, in order to get Democrat consent to pass a series of tax cuts in 2001 and 2005, an expiration date on the tax cuts had to be included in the bill.

That day is fast approaching and Congress is set to adjourn very soon without considering the tax issue.

Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) say they want to extend the tax cuts for those making less than $250,000. But since they consider anyone making $250,000 or more to be rich, Obama and his Marxist cohorts want those people to pay higher taxes. It’s all about the rich “paying their fair share” and Obama, Pelosi and Reid think they know what fair is.

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his need,” wrote Karl Marx in his 1875 Critique of the Gotha Program. That is a central tenet in the communist system and apparently a belief held strongly by Obama and company.

Such a thought is anathema to the beliefs of the Founding Fathers.

"A just security to property is not afforded by that government under which unequal taxes oppress one species of property and reward another species,” wrote James Madison, the father of the Constitution.

The progressive tax system we now live under thanks to the 16th Amendment — which evidence shows was probably not properly ratified — does not provide Americans with “A just security to property.”

For liberty’s sake the entire tax system needs to be replaced. But in the meantime, Congress should immediately offer up a clean bill to extend the Bush-era tax cuts.

Most Americans Believe Country Is In Recession, A Recent Poll Reveals

Most Americans believe country is in recession, a recent poll reveals A recent survey has found that nearly three-fourths of Americans believe that the United States is still in a recession.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll, approximately 74 percent of those surveyed said the economy is still in a recession, while 25 percent said the slump is over. Perhaps a sign that Americans may be gaining confidence, the percentage who believe the U.S. has not yet recovered from its economic woes is 13 points lower than in an August poll.

Last week, the National Bureau of Economic Research released a statement that indicated that the recession technically began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009. It was also the deepest downturn for the economy since the Great Depression.

According to a recent Economic Letter released by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (FRBSF), the likelihood of a double-dip recession is estimated to be 50 percent. Whether the economy tanks again or not, the FRBSF said that the recovery process is going to be sluggish.

"Conventional wisdom holds that severe recessions are typically followed by rapid recoveries," the letter read. "But more than a year after the end of the most severe recession since 1947, the recovery is proceeding at a tepid pace."

As Seen on TV

Fox News recently reported White House Science Advisor John Holden was urging people to cease using the phrase “global warming” and instead use “global climate disruption.”

Brilliant. Rather than acknowledge that the completely discredited global warming industry was headed out to intellectual sea with the rest of the political sewage, President Barack Obama was resorting to the timeworn trick of repackaging an old product. I could simply have observed how well that plan worked for everything from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign to General Motors, but then I mused: Why not help?

Perhaps what liberalism needs isn’t a one-way ticket to Mao’s mausoleum. Perhaps a little polish might restore the luster to the fading ideology of hypocritical tyranny. After all, it worked for Stalin, right? Errr — it might be useful in getting those unsightly rings off the coffee table. Plus, Billy Mays has passed on, so a Democrat Party infomercial is right out.

So I have undertaken the Herculean task of coming up with all new slogans for some of the tarnished bastions of left-wing politics. I’ve tried to put a happy face on the fear-mongering which has befallen much of the Left’s front line, while at the same time restoring the honesty which all too often is as foreign to liberals as a good punch line is to a Whoopi Goldberg standup routine.

To wit:

Global Warming. So-called anthropogenic global warming is in all likelihood the most successful junk science in human history. Much like phrenology or heliocentric astronomy, global warming is a theory which merely fits the observable facts.

Recent discoveries that major global warming “scientists” were falsifying their “data” nailed the lid down. High-profile backing of breathtakingly stupid Hollywood celebrities like Laurie David and uber-hypocrite Al Gore has finished off one of the farthest-reaching scientific scams since cold fusion was “discovered” 20 years ago:

  • ManBearPig is REAL! We’re super-duper SERIAL!
  • The power of imagination.
  • Is it hot in here, or is it… OH MY GOD!
  • Science? We don’t need no stinking science!
  • You say “summer.” We say “RUN!”
  • We can’t believe we get paid to do this, either.
  • Can everyone on Dailykos be wrong?
  • It’s Bush’s fault.

MSNBC. The destination cable outlet for Democrat National Committee talking points, MSNBC has been circling the bowl since Keith Olbermann led the charge to turn their primetime lineup into a bizarro-world version of Fox News. Desperately jealous “personalities” vent frustration and rage at their conservative betters, occasionally lapsing into fits of almost comical hysteria. It has apparently never occurred to GE management that the talentless nails-on-a-blackboard shrieking of Obama-cheerleader Matthews, the buffoonish Olbermann, Olbermann’s “mini-me” Maddow and mouth-breathing thug Ed Schultz might be the reason the channel’s entire primetime lineup can’t match the ratings of a single hour of Fox programming:

  • We love it here! (Please help us. We’re trapped in Keith’s basement.)
  • Sorry your remote broke.
  • If it’s even remotely related to reality — you’re probably watching VH1 again.
  • When Ed says “voter fraud is cool” he means that in a good way.
  • Like Fox News without all those high-calorie facts.
  • We promise, Olbermann’s only an hour.
  • Yes, Maddow looks like that on purpose.
  • Liberal talking points — we don’t write ‘em, we just read ‘em.
  • FEEL THE TINGLE!
  • It’s Bush’s fault.

The New York Times. Once the nation’s — if not the world’s — de-facto newspaper of record, The Times has descended into the depths of leftist illegitimacy. The “Gray Lady” is now a pale shadow of her former self, regurgitating Democrat talking points as actual news, occasionally without even rewording the releases. The plagiarism and fake reportage scandals of the last decade finally ended any pretense of credibility:

  • Remember us?
  • We were cool before email.
  • We were cool before mail mail.
  • You have to go somewhere during Department of State attacks on Drudge.
  • Print is so relevant!
  • So much more than Jayson Blair.
  • Check out our Pulitzers!
  • All the talking points fit to print.
  • Like the USA Today, without those distracting colors.
  • It’s Bush’s fault.

CNN. The world’s first global cable news network started slowly, but hit its stride during the First Gulf War. Sadly, liberal influence, led by former owner Ted Turner, forced CNN into an inevitable decline. While CNN hasn’t faced the same abysmal ratings as the tinfoil-hat-brigadiers at MSNBC, even the departure of Turner has failed to resurrect the once-proud network. The continued presence of weak personalities like erstwhile game show host Anderson Cooper and howling lunatic Jack Cafferty keeps CNN from shedding the “Clinton News Network” moniker it earned in the ’90s:

  • We used to be awesome.
  • Darth Vader does our voice-overs.
  • Like us, or we’ll send Carville to your house.
  • We’re so tired. So very, very tired.
  • Ted Turner has left the building.
  • Our ratings are still better than MSNBC’s.
  • It’s Bush’s fault.

Nancy Pelosi. Our current Speaker of the House rose to prominence after Dick Gephardt finally decided it was someone else’s turn to quarterback Washington D.C.’s intellectual junior varsity. This furious harridan lives in Catherine The Great-style wealth and comfort, but believes that the rest of us should live in Catherine The Great’s servants-style squalor. Much like the aforementioned Empress of All the Russias, Pelosi relates to normal people the way normal people relate to leper colonies. Pelosi also serves as a caution to those who might consider going the Leona Helmsley plastic surgery route. The mere idea of Pelosi’s proximity to the Oval Office is enough to make brave men quail. It will indeed be a sight watching her trying to get re-accustomed to the title of House Minority Leader:

  • Blinking is overrated.
  • Draining the swamp, one thimble at a time.
  • The miracle of Botox®.
  • I love poor people! They keep my houses clean!
  • It’s Bush’s fault.

Harry Reid. Pelosi’s Senatorial counterpart, Reid is the perfect foil for a shrill harpy like Pelosi. Despite reportedly having once been a boxer, Reid is small, weak-chinned and probably adept at standing in the ladies’ department holding his wife’s purse:

  • Compared to Obama, I’m John McCain.
  • Compared to Pelosi, I’m Barry Goldwater.

John Kerry. America woke up just in time:

  • Yooooou raaaang?

Al Gore. After losing the 2000 Presidential contest despite some exceptionally creative Democrat-engineered voter fraud, the wooden-faced and stiff-necked Gore has spent the last decade in an almost tragicomic attempt to re-establish himself as someone of note. After winning an Oscar for the world’s most inconvenient slide show, Gore continued to trot across the globe, lecturing the masses on the perils of global warming — oops — global climate disruption — while simultaneously leaving carbon footprints the size of Yankee Stadium:

  • PAY ATTENTION TO ME!
  • Do the bolts in my neck show?
  • Have Oscar, will travel (by private jet)!
  • RRRRRAAARRRRRRR! FIRE! BAAAAAAD!

John Edwards. An almost archetypical personal injury lawyer, Edwards built an eight-figure fortune exploiting the sick, injured and grieving, including one case in which he claimed to be channeling the spirit of a dead fetus (despite being pro-abortion). After Dick Cheney cleaned his clock in a 2004 Vice Presidential debate, Edwards staged a political comeback which derailed spectacularly when the National Enquirer busted him for an affair with a paid campaign contractor who bore him a child:

  • (singing)… The kid is not my son! (It IS my daughter, however.)
  • I am dedicated to ending the disparity between rich and… AMBULANCE!
  • I feel pretty! Oh so pretty!
  • Are they still hiring for a new Breck Girl?

The Ground Zero Mosque. The political hot-button issue of the summer of 2010, the Ground Zero Mosque was backed by shady finances and fronted by a Sharia-spouting Imam with an unfortunate track record of supporting the 9/11 attackers. Liberals leapt to the defense of the GZM in the name of the same religious freedom they would deny 9-year-olds who want to bow their heads in silent prayer before school:

  • Jihad, American Style!
  • Join us Fridays for Osama’s Greatest Hits, followed by bingo!
  • When we say “Allahu!” you say “Akbar!”

Barack Obama. So many failures, so little bandwidth. Elected on a wave of manufactured acclaim and old-fashioned race baiting, the former “community activist” has proven to be farther out of his depth than a kid wearing water wings swimming above the Mariana Trench. Backed by a rogue’s gallery of left-wing hate groups like the Service Employees International Union and the New Black Panther Party, Obama is plumbing depths of ineptitude unseen since the Carter Administration. Even Democrat Party candidates are showing signs of “losing the President’s number.” Despite desperate boosting by mainstream media sycophants and far-left-liberals, support for Obama is beginning to falter like a two-pack-a-day smoker in the 10th mile of a marathon:

  • Like Carter, except I don’t hate Jews that much.
  • Quiet, or Michelle will hear you.
  • What can brown do for you?
  • I can’t believe nobody noticed I lifted my campaign strategy from The Distinguished Gentleman.
  • It’s this or President Joe Biden.
  • I’m not asking you — I’m TELLING you.
  • Kenya… Hawaii… what’s the difference?
  • It’s Bush’s fault.
  • Did I mention it’s Bush’s fault?

This is by no means a comprehensive list. Obviously, there are many more leading lights of liberalism in need of an image makeover. Sadly, space and bandwidth limitations constrict my ability to offer assistance to every one of the travelers on the port side of American politics. More to the point — Mr. Livingston would probably prefer I not compose an Encyclopedia Britannica-esque compendium.

I leave it to you, my friends, my countrymen, my fellow Livingstonians to carry on.

Obama’s Popularity In Peril As Midterms Near

Obama's popularity in peril as midterms near Six weeks before an election that could dramatically alter his first term as President, a new poll reveals that Barack Obama's approval ratings remain low.

According to a CNN Poll of Polls released on Sept. 21, approximately 46 percent of Americans approve of Obama's performance and 49 percent disapprove. His ratings reached a record low in late July, dropping to 43 percent.

Obama also received unfavorable attention from former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani recently. Following the leak of excerpts from author Bob Woodward's book about the president's handling of the war in Afghanistan, Giuliani criticized Obama's alleged statement that the United States could "absorb" another terrorist attack like the one it suffered on Sept. 11, 2001.

"I don't know that I would have said that," Giuliani told the news provider. "The country has to be prepared for anything that can happen, and will deal with anything that would happen. I would prefer the president would put his efforts into doing everything to prevent another [attack]."

In addition, Giuliani expressed his concern with the President's announcement of a timetable for the American withdrawal from Afghanistan. According to the news source, the former mayor believes it motivates the enemy to kill more U.S. troops.

Colbert Sticks To Shtick When Defending Migrant Workers

Colbert sticks to shtick when defending migrant workersIt's not every day that a comedian testifies in front of Congress to discuss one of America's hot-button topics. That was the case on Sept. 24, when Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert spoke on Capitol Hill about the influx of migrant workers.

Colbert remained in character for much of his testimony, sticking to his ultra-conservative — yet sarcastic — persona. Speaking to the House Judiciary subcommittee, he mocked the reaction many Americans have had to immigrant laborers.

"America's farms are presently far too dependent on immigrant labor to pick our fruits and vegetables," Colbert said. "Now, the obvious answer is for all of us to stop eating fruits and vegetables. And if you look at the recent obesity statistics, many Americans have already started."

During recent episodes of The Colbert Report, video footage showed the comedian struggling to perform some basic farming duties and, at times, laying down on the job. During his testimony on Capitol Hill, he praised the people who currently do the job and added: "please don't make me do this again. It is really, really hard."

Republican members on the subcommittee expressed their displeasure with Colbert's appearance, unhappy with his portrayal of U.S. workers. Even some Democrats expressed a similar sentiment.

"I think his testimony was not appropriate," House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told FOX News.

CNN reported that Colbert appeared alongside Arturo Rodriguez, president of United Farm Workers, who is pushing for a bill that would give undocumented farm workers the right to earn legal citizenship in the United States.

According to KPBS.org, a recent study by the Migration Policy Institute reveals that the fastest growth in immigrant employment since 2000 covers jobs that require specific skills. An increasing number of immigrant families are making $30,000 or more, the news provider reported. 

Antioxidants In Turmeric May Benefit Joint Health

Antioxidants in turmeric may benefit joint health With the many tasty temptations in today's society, choosing foods can be a difficult task. Many of the foods that are favorites among consumers also happen to be the least healthy.

However, choosing healthful foods doesn't have to mean sacrificing flavor. A new study from European researchers found that turmeric, a spice commonly used in Asian and Middle Eastern dishes, may provide significant support for joint health.

Researchers said that the spice has been shown to possess antioxidants that may be able to reduce inflammation. The nutrients may have the greatest effect on individuals who are struggling to control the symptoms of specific joint conditions.

Officials from the American Botanical Council, who sponsored the investigation, said that the findings add to a long tradition of using turmeric in folk medicine.

"Turmeric has long been known to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties and this trial, on this special turmeric extract, is another important step towards validating the curcumin in turmeric as an increasingly popular herbal dietary supplement," said Mark Blumenthal, the founder and executive director of the group.
 

It’s A Duesy!

It’s been a long time since I’ve heard anyone say “It’s a doozy!” when they were describing something truly remarkable. And no wonder. The car that inspired the phrase has not been made for seven decades.

It was on Sept. 30, 1937, that the very last Duesenberg rolled off the assembly line. At the time, the “Duesy” was regarded as the epitome of flamboyance and extravagance. The most luxurious car in the world, each one was handcrafted and custom-made. However, this symbol of opulence suffered during the hard times of the Great Depression. Ten years after the car made its first appearance, the company that built them shut its doors forever.

In this new era of ostentation, with several luxury automobiles selling for $250,000 and more, I’m surprised no one is making a modern version of the Duesenberg. If there’s a car enthusiast reading this with more money than sense, you’re welcome to the idea. For my "thank you," could I borrow one for a week?

— Chip Wood

Gay Republicans Condemn Planned Government Objection To ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Ruling

Gay Republicans condemn planned government objection to 'don't ask, don't tell' rulingThe Department of Justice is planning to file an objection to the United States District Court's decision to ban the enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) policy, a decision that has already drawn criticism. However, this time some of the condemnation has not come from the liberal left. 

In fact, Log Cabin Republicans (LGR), a national gay and lesbian grassroots organization, has expressed its disappointment with the government's plans to defend the 1994 act, which they consider to be unconstitutional.

"What is most troubling is that the government's request for a stay ignores the harm that [DADT] causes to current and potential members of our Armed Forces," said Dan Woods, an attorney representing LCR.

He added that "that is the saddest, most disappointing, and, in light of the president's position, most hypocritical part of the objections," in reference to President Barack Obama's well-known opposition to the ban.

Earlier this month, a Federal judge in Riverside, Calif., ruled in favor of halting implementation of DADT in a suit brought by LGR In October 2004, which went to trial in July 2010. 

Genetically Modified And Unlabeled Salmon

The Food and Drug Administration is set to approve the sale of genetically modified salmon to consumers and has said it has no plans to require the fish be specially labeled as genetically modified.

This is the same FDA that doesn’t allow growers and sellers of natural products to tout the health benefits of some of nature’s best foods — like fruits and nuts — because doing so would make them a “drug” not approved by the FDA.

The makers of genetically modified salmon claim that special labeling would only confuse the consumer, writes Mike Adams of Naturalnews.com.

“Extra labeling only confuses the consumer,” David Edwards, the director of animal biotechnology at the Biotechnology Industry Organization told Adams. “It differentiates products that aren’t different.”

But genetically modified salmon is different from natural salmon. The salmon has been genetically modified — hence the name — and has been shot full of growth hormones and other drugs to make it grow bigger and faster. It is so different, in fact, that the process has been patented, as Adams points out.

There is a growing body of evidence that the mass-produced foods we consume — made from animals that are pumped full of antibiotics, hormones and other foreign substances — is behind the increase in obesity, earlier onset of puberty, cancer, diabetes and other health problems Americans suffer from today.

If a company wants to produce genetically modified food, and if people want to eat it, that’s fine. But we need truth in labeling so we can make it our own decision.

Unfortunately, it seems that once again we have government bureaucrats making choices for us. And they are choices not based on what’s best for the consumer but what is best for corporate America. This is not a trait of a free society.

Day At The Improv

Stephen Colbert is a funny guy. Granted, his program is a comedic shiv in the conservative movement’s kidneys, but a good joke is still a good joke.

Colbert is a rare breed amongst lefties, a comedian who is actually funny. Compared to lowbrow liberal court jesters like Mike Malloy, Colbert is funnier than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promising to whip the Marine Corps in a game of “catch the cruise missile.”

However, Colbert should stick to Comedy Central. What we saw him do last week while “testifying” in front of Congress wasn’t funny, it was… weirdly captivating, like watching a car wreck, or Bill Clinton sitting down for an interview with Pat Robertson on The 700 Club.

There’s a time and a place for comedy; and testifying in front of the U.S. House of Representatives is neither. The goings-on in the people’s house are already funny enough. But don’t pin the blame for Colbert’s standup set entirely on Colbert. He was invited to do his schtick by subcommittee chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Outer Space). I would suggest Colbert should have known better. It’s not as if I’m expecting Lofgren to know, well, much.

Lofgren extended the invitation to Colbert to testify on the issue of immigrant workers. Why the eight-term incumbent from California’s 16th would settle on a stand-up/sit down comedian to render expert testimony on such a monumentally important issue might cause some to scratch their heads, but I suspect:

  1. Lofgren is a 62-year-old lawyer and former congressional aide of Swedish descent. She’s about as hip as parachute pants, but represents a demographically diverse Silicon Valley-area district. Inviting Colbert to make the kiddies laugh was an attempt to jack up her “skreet kred.”
  2. Lofgren, like most liberals who’ve been in Washington since before even parachute pants were cool, is so completely disassociated from the 300 million taxpayers who are legally in this country that she thought Colbert was an actual expert on migrant workers.
  3. Lofgren was trying to distract the public from not only the seriousness of the immigration issue at a time when the Democrat ruling elite is being seen by more and more Americans as more disconnected from normalcy than Lindsay Lohan on the back end of a five-day bender; but also from the disastrous events of earlier in the week when a Democrat legislative ploy fell flatter than a Bill Maher punch line.

The third answer is the one which should raise your eyebrows. The Lofgren/Colbert comedy hour took place on Friday. Three days prior, Senate Democrats had tried to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants by attempting to bootleg the DREAM ACT across the legislative border under the blanket of the National Defense Reauthorization Act. The GOP spotted the subterfuge and filibustered, forcing the Democrats to turn to their trusty mainstream media for response, breathlessly pointing out that a repeal of the Clinton-era Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was also pinned to the tail of the NDRA donkey.

Despite headlines decrying alleged GOP-sponsored discrimination, the story went toes-up fairly quickly, its demise hastened by Colbert’s dog-and-pony show Friday morning. But hidden behind Friday’s fracas was the real story: The Democrats tried to pull a fast one, failed; turned out the mainstream media to cover them, failed; and then brought in a comedian to divert attention from their profligate elitism, and failed. By late Friday, even Democrats were claiming Lofgren’s stunt was an outrageous ploy by a rogue representative.

What they weren’t doing was acknowledging that they’d tried to pull a fast one and then bumbled helplessly until Colbert mercifully, albeit (hopefully) unwittingly, rescued them with his antics.

The influx of illegal immigrants is a serious issue, one which deserves serious response. The Democrats have attacked (the Department of Justice v Arizona), defamed (throwing the race card at anyone who stands against amnesty), and dishonored the nation (including AZ1070 in a human rights report to the United Nations). Now, with the Lofgren/Colbert report, they’re simply mocking not only the contentious issue of immigration reform, but also the overwhelming majority of Americans who contend the issue bears consideration.

As for the Democrat attempts as distraction, I maintain that distracting Congress from legislating is like distracting a dog from chewing on the furniture — or chewing on your kids.

But the Colbert disaster was a good look at the general tenor of the Democrat Party, 2010: Confronted by major economic, foreign policy and immigration predicaments of their own creation, they’re doing improv shows during business hours.

DNC Leader Blasts Republican Pledge

DNC leader blasts Republican pledgeIn the wake of the Republicans' recently announced "Pledge to America," liberals have responded with sharp criticism of their rivals' agenda.

According to Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, the 21-page document crafted by GOP House leaders will send the United States back to the same Bush-era policies that led to "a second Great Depression."

Kaine urged voters to consider the repercussions of a Republican-controlled Congress that plans to extend tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

"Do we continue to have Democrats making it the job of the government to fight for working families or do we permit Republicans to use government to benefit special interests at the expense of the American people?" Kaine said.

The "Pledge to America" has garnered disapproval from some conservative pundits, as well. Erick Erickson of RedState.com said the pledge is "an illusion" that focuses on issues the GOP should already be tackling, and it doesn't include plans for dealing with the long-term role of the Federal government.

For Republicans to gain a majority in the House of Representatives, they need a net gain of 39 seats in November's midterm elections.

The Surprising Drink that Freshens Your Breath to a “Tea”

If you’re a fan of sprays, mints and mouthwashes to freshen your breath — you might be surprised to know that green tea works even better.

Bad breath is caused when bacteria in your mouth break down proteins to form sulfur compounds. Breath fresheners are used to either eliminate the odor of these compounds or stop them from forming.

Japanese researchers found that toothpaste simply removed the odor.  And gum, mints and parsley oil didn’t hold a candle to green tea powder. It successfully cut odor and stopped production of sulfur compounds. They chalk it up to a chemical in the tea with antioxidant properties.

So why not try a cup of green tea with each meal — and eliminate worries about bad breath.

Scared to Take Chinese Herbs? Here Are the Basics!

Herbology is the study of the properties of herbs, their collection, preparation, effects, dosage, administration, combination and contraindication. Chinese herbs are a main feature of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The study, use, gathering, preparation and administration of herbs for the treatment of illness and disease is thousands of years old.

Traditional Chinese medicine is concerned with the theories of Yin and Yang, Five Elements, Meridians and Pathogenic Factors causing disease. Specific methods are used to treat disease, such as acupuncture, massage, energy work, muscle scraping and herbal medicine. In China, herbs are clinically used to treat diseases according to the basic theories of TCM.
 
Homeostasis and Chinese Herbs
The goal of TCM is to return the body to homeostasis: That is, its optimal balanced functioning state. When the body is at homeostasis there is no room for disease. It is only when the body is out of balance (something is deficient, excessive or stagnating) that pain, illness or disease can occur.

It is for this reason that the Western application of synthetic drugs and natural herbal supplements can never hope to cure disease. Their application is based not on returning the body to homeostasis (removing the problem and balancing the body) but rather on dealing with the symptom (e.g., pain, vitamin deficiency).

The application of Chinese herbal therapy is able to balance the underlying cause(s) of pain, illness and disease, but only after a proper pattern identification has been diagnosed by a competent TCM practitioner. Patterns of disharmony (imbalance) include such things as Spleen Qi Deficiency, Heart Blood Stagnation, Liver Qi Stagnation, Excess Phlegm Damp in the Channels, Interior Heat Syndrome and so on.

These patterns describe syndromes occurring in the body, not merely the symptoms associated with disease. They refer to underlying imbalances in the body causing the body to manifest symptoms you may be experiencing. And many seemingly unrelated symptoms can be caused by the same underlying pattern of disharmony.

Let’s take “Interior Heat Syndrome” as our example. Symptoms associated with this syndrome include diarrhea, eventual constipation, abdominal distension, eczema, acne, bloodshot eyes, urinary tract infection, genital herpes, cold sores, insomnia and eventual blood stasis, among other things. By recognizing that this list of things is in whole or in part caused by too much heat in the interior of the body (as opposed to a fever, which is heat that has moved to the exterior of the body), they can then be treated at the same time.

Once the Interior Heat is resolved, that is, once the body’s internal temperature is balanced, the symptoms associated with the problem will go away. This happens because the body has been returned to homeostasis and no longer supports an environment conducive to prolonging the symptoms.

How to Take Chinese Herbs
There are many ways to take Chinese herbal medicine. Raw herbs can be prescribed, decocted and drank. This method generally offers the strongest effects, as the herbs are fresh and their grams and combination can be precisely decided by an herbalist to match your syndrome. Moreover, the liquid is easily absorbed into the body. However, the preparation generally has a bad smell and the taste is often not liked by Westerners.

Herbal powders are also available in single form or in common formulas. These are like instant coffee in that a measured spoonful will dissolve in a mug of hot water to be drank in one sitting. Again, this is effective and fast, but leaves much to be desired in the area of taste.

Perhaps the most common way of taking Chinese herbs in the West is what is known as the Patent Herbal Formulas. These are prepackaged herbal formulas that have been found effective for specific syndromes. Examples include taking You Gui Wan for Kidney Yang Deficiency or Tao Hong Si Wu Wan for Blood Stasis or Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan for Uplifting of the Central Qi. These are little black pills the size of BBs that are generally taken in quantities of six, eight or 12 pills at a time, three times per day.

There are several ways of determining how long it takes the herbs to work. Since we are talking about changing an underlying condition in the body, as opposed to symptomatic relief, times do vary. In general, six weeks is a minimum amount of time it will take for the herbs to build up in the bloodstream to a level necessary to effect a strong change in the body. Three months time is about average. For some diseases, nine months is not uncommon. For chronic cases, a general rule of thumb is one month of herbs for every year the problem has been in the body.

For best results, Chinese herbal medicine should be used under the direction of a qualified practitioner. Your condition (pattern) should first be identified, and then herbs prescribed accordingly. They are a great and gentle way of balancing the body.

Just keep an open mind and remember, they will be less effective if used in the allopathic way — that is, taking them to remove a symptom as opposed to correcting an imbalance.

— Dr. Mark Wiley

Study Reveals Staggering Cost Of Education For Children Of Immigrants

Study reveals staggering cost of education for children of immigrantsThe importance of a comprehensive immigration reform has been emphasized by a recent report that quantifies the enrollment costs in Nevada's public schools of students with limited English proficiency (LEP).

The study, released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), found that 18 percent of students who attended the state's public schools during the 2008-2009 academic year could be classified as LEP, which represents a 15-fold increase from the 1988-1989 school year.

According to the source, the state spends an average of $9,273 per person per year to educate an LEP student, while the cost is only $7,133 for those fluent in English. This is 30 percent more on the per capita basis and adds up to some $730 million a year.

This is "a case study of the real world consequences of policies that ignore the impact of mass immigration on American society," said Dan Stein, president of FAIR.

He added that "overall levels of immigration must be reduced and both Federal and local governments must make serious efforts to discourage illegal immigration."

The Department of Homeland Security reports that there are more than 11 million illegal aliens residing in the United States. 

Survey: Negative Campaign Tone Mobilizes Conservatives, May Help GOP

Survey: negative campaign tone mobilizes conservatives, may help GOPA new survey has found that Americans are deeply disappointed with the tone of political discourse, especially during this election season. However, this situation may end up boosting the GOP's fortunes this November.

Already in April 2010, nearly half of those polled by the Center for Political Participation at Allegheny College believed that the level of civility in political discourse had become worse since Barack Obama was elected president.

Now, an update to this survey shows the number of those who are dissatisfied grew to 58 percent. Moreover, approximately 41 percent of Americans said the tone of this year's campaign is worse than in previous electoral cycles, and 61 percent are worried that this hurts the nation's democracy.

The study also revealed that 48 percent of Republican supporters who are dissatisfied are more likely to get involved, while only 33 percent of the Democratic voters said the same. By contrast, more Democrats than Republicans feel turned off by negative campaigning.

"We're not sure whether Republicans are mobilized across the board no matter what the tone of the campaign, or whether the negative tone may actually be mobilizing [them], but [this situation] may lead to big gains for the GOP," said Daniel M. Shea, the center's director and co-author of the new study.

"This is but another bit of bad news for Democrats," he concluded.