Obama’s Glaring Omission

At the Congressional Hispanic Caucus meeting Sept. 15, President Barack Obama quoted from the Declaration of Independence during his speech.

In talking about what bound together the people from so many cultures and made them Americans, he said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; endowed with certain unalienable rights: life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

What the Declaration actually says is: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness (capital letters in original manuscript, emphasis added).”

What he left out of the quote is significant for a couple of reasons. First, it demonstrates that Obama is probably not a Christian, White House protestations to the contrary. I realize that his mouthpieces have said he is, but a Christian is known by his works. And forsaking the assembly of the saints (Heb. 10:25) for more than two years is not the work of a Christian. It’s more than likely — based on Obama’s actions and what is known about his upbringing — that Obama is either an atheist or agnostic.

But being a Christian is not a prerequisite for holding the office of President, and Obama’s faith — or lack thereof — is his own business.

The second, and main reason, the omission is important is that it demonstrates Obama’s view of where our rights come from. Obama views the Constitution as a list of negative rights: That is, a list of things the government is not allowed to do. And he thinks that is a bad thing, as he has said on more than one occasion.

Obama believes that government is Supreme, and if he worships anything it is at the altar of Big Government.

If Obama were to acknowledge that our rights come from a Creator he would have to acknowledge that only the Creator can take those rights away. But if government grants those rights, as Obama believes, then government can take them away whenever and however it so desires.


Poor Economic Results Prompt Investors To Convert Assets To Gold

Poor economic results prompt investors to convert assets to goldDue to persistent economic weakness — which has spurred fears of a jobless recovery or even a double-dip recession — many investors seem to be looking for safety in assets that are more stable over time than stocks. 

These assets include precious metals such as gold, whose futures rose by $3.30 and closed at $1,280.80 per troy ounce on New York Mercantile Exchange on Sept. 20. This marked the third record high in as many sessions and some commentators attributed it to the expectation that the Fed will keep interest rates close to zero, raising the fears of inflation.

Senior manager at Saxo Bank Ole Hansen told Reuters that employment, housing and other economic data point towards investment conditions favoring gold.

"A move higher to between $1,300-$1,350 [per ounce] could be a good target toward year-end," he predicted.

The economic situation has also continued to cause the dollar to weaken against the basket of six other currencies, as the U.S. dollar index fell by around 0.3 percent on Sept. 21. 

Is It Time To Say, “To Hell with Islam?”

Part one of a two-part series

If you are like me, you are sick and tired of being frightened over Muslim sentiments. I say it’s high time to understand that regardless of what we do or say, we Christians have a target on our back. It’s time to face the cold truth: For countless believers of the Quran, we ARE the enemy. The sooner we understand this, the better.

It is time to say: To hell with Islam. We’re not going to take it anymore!

As I write to you, Muslims are still vowing to build a mosque near the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York and Pastor Terry Jones backed down from burning the Quran on the anniversary of the Twin Towers tragedy. While I believe that anybody that burns books is an idiot, I find it objectionable that Jones abandoned his convictions because of pressure from the President Barack Obama White House. Unlike President George W. Bush who clearly laid out the battle lines — “you’re either with us, or against us” — Obama is obsessed over what Muslims “might do” if we offend them.

President Obama — The Eager Appeaser
Call it politics, background or birthright; Obama is intent on appeasing the Muslims of the world. In fact Obama has traveled so far out of his way to avoid confronting Muslims that it’s hard to believe he is still on planet earth.

Obama is not alone in apologizing to Muslims. In 2008, England’s Archbishop of Canterbury gave an interview to the BBC. He said that the introduction of Islam in the United Kingdom — prayers from which are broadcast three times daily over loudspeakers in Oxford — is “inevitable.”

Even comedians are afraid to ruffle Muslim feathers. One of England’s top funny men, Rory Bremner, said he’s afraid to write jokes about Islam because he fears death threats.

On a David Frost television program this past summer, Bremner said, “The greatest danger now is that one of the toughest issues of our time is religion. I’m writing a line and I think, ‘If this goes down badly, I’m writing my own death warrant there.’ Because there are people who will say, ‘Not only do I not think that’s funny but I’m going to kill you’ — and that’s chilling.”

Seth MacFarlane, the creator of the TV show Family Guy — which routinely makes fun of Christ — was on Larry King Live a couple of months ago and also admitted that he, too, worries about poking fun at Islam.

The truth is we are a millennia and a half beyond offending Islam. They have been offended for more than 1,000 years and I have news: They will stay that way.

This is what Tricia Erickson had to say on the subject in a Sept. 11 News Blaze, op-ed:

“For the sake of the REALITY of who we are indeed at war with and why, let me quote some scriptures from the Koran that may be recited in the new Mosque to be built at ground zero:

  • "Martyrdom is therefore the ONLY way for a Muslim to obtain forgiveness of sins" Surat Al Tawbah 9:111.
  • "Jihad (fighting for Allah’s cause) is ordained for you" Surat Al-Baqarah 2:216.
  • "Kill the Mushrikun (non-Muslims); wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in each and every ambush" Surat Al-Taubah 9:5.
  • "They (non-Muslims) shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off from opposite sides, or be exiled from the land" Surat Al Maidah 5:33.
  • "And if you are killed or die in the Way of Allah, forgiveness and mercy from Allah are far better than all that they amass" Surat Al Taubah 9:111.

Erickson points out that the Quran is filled with proclamations calling for the killing and maiming of “Christians, Jews and overall non-believers”.

In Allah’s Own Image
I don’t know how things are in your neck of the woods, but up here in Calgary, Canada the majority of Muslims do not immigrate and assimilate. They congregate.

In fact, Calgary is home to the largest Muslim temple in North America, the colossal 48,000-square-foot Baitun Nur mosque. The Mayor of Calgary, Dave Bronconnier, said when the complex was completed: “On laying the foundation stone of this magnificent mosque, Canadian values are flourishing in the City of Calgary."

Frankly, I just don’t see it. Maybe three decades ago it was that way with the Muslim immigrants I shared classes with at the University of Calgary. But today you can hardly travel a few blocks and not see a Muslim woman wearing the traditional burqa. In fact Canada’s Muslim population has doubled since 9/11.

Keep in mind I am not suggesting for a moment that Calgary’s Muslim population is bent on the destruction of Western Civilization, or even misfeasance. What I am saying is that the overwhelming evidence in Calgary and in Canada indicates that the vast majority of Muslims are clinging to their traditional culture and ethos. As their numbers grow, these things will lead to a nation far different from the one my parents and I were born into.

Before I get a bunch of hate comments accusing me of racism, consider this: I have close personal and decade-long relationships with two people of the Muslim faith; both of whom have been ostracized by their communities because they practice a Western lifestyle. And if you are a blue-blooded Liberal keep this in mind: Under the Sharia or the law of Allah, “Women are considered inferior to men, and have fewer rights and responsibilities.” There goes women’s liberation.

The Muslims Are Coming, The Muslims Are Coming

If you think that the growth of Islam is unique to Canada, think again. According to the book: America Alone: The End of the World as we Know It, the author Mark Steyn argues that the West’s steady decline relative to Islam has much to do with Muslim insistence on keeping their culture as well as their high fertility rates.

For example, the U.S. has a fertility rate of a little more than two births per woman. Europe falls far below this level. Germany checks in at 1.3 births per woman, with Russia and Italy at 1.2 and Spain a little more than one birth per woman.

Steyn contrasts this with the fertility rate in Muslim countries like Afghanistan, 6.69 births per woman, Mali 7.42 and Somalia 6.76 births per woman. Steyn points out that Muslims living in Europe do not assimilate and, because of their population boom, they will instead take over Europe and be the dominant cultural force in 40 years.

According to Steyn, Islam is a far greater threat than global warming, China or any other man-made or natural disaster imaginable.

Certainly this is not how Obama and likeminded Liberals in and out of the Federal government see things. They continue to try and win over hearts and minds of Muslims; to convert them to Western Democratic thinking. It is a losing strategy, and one for which we will pay a very dear price.

Yours for wealth and health,

John Myers
Myers’ Energy & Gold Report

P.S. — Look for part-two, Allah, Oil & Our Future on Oct. 6. It will examine one reason why Obama feels the need to placate Muslims, plus how America can change its future by weaning off Arab oil while exploiting our own rich reserves of coal and natural gas. The Greens won’t like it but I am way past worrying about their feelings.

Gaming Industry: California Censorship Law Is Unconstitutional

Gaming industry: California censorship law is unconstitutionalA major player in the video game industry believes a California statute violates the First Amendment and the group recently filed a lawsuit with the United States Supreme Court.

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), a trade organization which represents some of the gaming world's largest manufacturers, asked the Supreme Court to rule that a California law, which bans the sale and rental of violent computer and video games to minors, is unconstitutional.

The statute was signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005. It has yet to go into effect because, in the last five years, both a District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals have ruled that the law violates the First Amendment's freedom of expression right.

On Monday, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) and International Game Developers Association (IGDA) provided their support for ESA, filing a brief with the Supreme Court that says video games should be a constitutionally protected form of expression.

"Censorship based on content should not be acceptable to a free society," said Jim Charne, an attorney representing the IGDA.

Arguments in Schwarzenegger v Entertainment Merchants Association and ESA are scheduled to commence on Nov. 2.

“I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight!”

There are many things wrong with public education in this country, as we all know. But one thing that’s almost never mentioned is how little young people today learn about many of the heroes we were taught to admire.

If you want to see evidence of this play a word-association game with any teenager you know. Ask them to tell you about John Paul Jones, the Bonhomme Richard, or the phrase, “I have not yet begun to fight!” You’ll be sorely disappointed with their answers. When I did, all I got were blanks stares.

It was on Sept. 23, 1779, during the war for American independence, that Jones, commanding the Bonhomme Richard, engaged the British man-of-war Serapis. During the hard-fought sea battle the American ship suffered considerable damage and British captain Richard Pearson asked Jones to surrender. It was then that the American captain issued his famous reply.

Three hours later Pearson surrendered his ship to the Americans. Shortly after boarding the Serapis Jones and his men watched their own ship sink to the bottom of the sea. His ship was lost but he won the battle, and his famous response served as an inspiration for others for two centuries.

 — Chip Wood

Experts: Urban Gardening Is Safe, Healthy And Eco-friendly

Experts: Urban gardening is safe, healthy and eco-friendlyIn these uncertain economic times, many Americans are contemplating urban agriculture as a way to boost their self-sufficiency and prepare for disasters such as hyperinflation. Raising animals is one way to do this, but some people have also chosen to grow food plants. 

Besides improving a family's preparedness, urban gardening also carries numerous immediate benefits, including providing fresh and organic produce free of toxic pesticides for everyday consumption.

There is a range of plants that can be easily grown in one's backyard or on a patio or balcony including tomatoes, legumes, green beans, peppers and mesclun greens such as celery, arugula, mizuna and kale. Flavor-enhancing herbs are also good candidates for urban homesteading.

There are many resources that can guide prospective urban gardeners through questions regarding the proper amount of water, light and type of soil that specific plants require.

According to UrbanGardeningHelp.com, finding a good place to grow plants — as a general rule, it should have at least 6 hours of sunlight a day — is the first step. It is also important to select plants based on the location where they will be grown so that shallow-rooting plants that require only around 6 inches of soil are planted in containers, while longer-rooted, such as tomatoes, are planted in the ground.

The source says that "if you create the correct conditions for healthy plants, you'll be well on your way to enjoying fresh fruits and veggies from your own garden and reducing our impact on the environment." 

Slow Pace From Congress On Federal Budget Raises Ire

Slow pace from Congress on federal budget raises ireFailure to pass the Federal budget on time is nothing new for Congress, but its dawdling pace this year, amidst economic uncertainty and election campaigning, is drawing harsh criticism from political analysts.

The new fiscal year starts on Oct. 1, but the House and Senate are far from meeting their deadline, according to CNN.com. The news provider reports that the House has passed just two of the 12 annual appropriation bills, while the Senate has approved none.

Furthermore, FoxNews.com reports that House Democratic leaders are considering leaving the Capitol one week before the scheduled Oct. 8 adjournment to grant legislators more time on the campaign trail in preparation for November's midterm elections.

Tardy budgets have been commonplace for the last 35 years, but CNN commentator Jack Cafferty believes that Congress' pace this year is unacceptable. He called the members of Congress "cowards," claiming that the lawmakers are trying to dodge tough budget cuts before the elections.

"Without a budget it is impossible to have any idea what the hell the government is doing with our money," Cafferty wrote in his blog.

The House and Senate also missed the spring deadline for passing a budget resolution, which sets caps for spending, establishes revenue targets and serves as a blueprint for congressional priorities.

Don’t Drop The Eggs

Most people with high cholesterol levels shy away from eggs, but they aren’t as bad for you as you’ve been led to believe. According to the American Health Association, eggs contain around 200 mg of dietary cholesterol. However, experts say that only a minimal amount of food cholesterol enters your bloodstream. And when dietary cholesterol is introduced, your body naturally slows down its own production of cholesterol. That means you can enjoy eggs up to three times a week since they remain an excellent source of protein, amino acids, folic acid, calcium, potassium and vitamins A, B6 and B12.

Intel CEO Paul Otellini Blasts Government Spending As Federal Deficit Balloons

Intel CEO Paul Otellini blasts government spending as Federal deficit balloonsThe debate between Republicans and Democrats on the merits of last year’s $787 billion stimulus package has been going on for a long time, with the former arguing that it was wasteful spending that failed to restart the economy. Now it looks like some business leaders agree with this point of view.

In a recent interview with CNN Money, Intel CEO Paul Otellini stated that the stimulus effort did not improve the economic climate or create the jobs it was expected to.

In particular, Otellini focused on the government's apparent predilection for sponsoring short-term projects, saying that "swimming pools in Mississippi are not going to create lasting jobs," quoted by the news provider.

He also recommended that the government lower corporate business taxes and move away from subsidizing sectors such as transportation and agriculture, which he called "industries of the 19th century." Instead, it should devote funds and create policies, in particular education reform, to promote further development of biotechnology and IT sectors.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Federal budget deficit in the first 11 months of fiscal year 2010, which ends on Sept. 30, amounted to nearly $1.3 trillion. 

Proper Nutrition Aids Digestive Health

Proper nutrition aids digestive health Millions of dollars are spent each year fighting kidney stones which can cause major problems throughout the digestive system. Individuals who suffer from this problem often experience significant discomfort and obstructions in their digestive tract.

However, a new study from researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Massachusetts found that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy — commonly known as the DASH diet, which is used to lower blood pressure — can reduce the occurrence of kidney stones, improving digestive health.

The study also showed promising results for preventing the reoccurrence of kidney stones in individuals who have a history of the condition.

Eric Taylor, who led the investigation, said that previous efforts to reduce kidney stones had focused on foods that can be cut from the diet. However, few had been made to find foods that could aid in the prevention of kidney stones. He said that more research should be conducted in the area.

"We believe our results provide a strong rationale for a randomized trial examining the effect of a DASH-style diet on kidney stone recurrence," he said.

Majority Of Surveyed Economists Support Tax Cuts For All Americans

Majority of surveyed economists support tax cuts for all AmericansA grassroots organization is trying to rally support for President Barack Obama's mission to end tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, but Republicans and economists believe it's a mistake to exclude some taxpayers based on their earnings.

USAction launched a day of action last Thursday, advocating for extended tax cuts for middle-income and working-class families and opposing continued breaks for those making more than $250,000 per year. The current tax rates, which were implemented by George W. Bush's administration and which encompass every income bracket, are set to expire on Dec. 31.

According to a survey conducted by CNN.com, the majority of economists believe the cuts should be renewed for everyone.

"Extend tax cuts for all income levels and do nothing else," said Sean Snaith, economics professor at the University of Central Florida, quoted by the news source. "More of the same piecemeal, patchwork policies put forth by this administration will undermine confidence and do little to change the path the economy is on."

Republicans in Congress, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), argue that ending tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans will have a negative effect on the job market. Many GOP leaders cite former President Ronald Reagan's brand of trickle-down economics, which claims that tax cuts for the wealthy strengthen the economy across the board.

Exercise Your Breathing for Better Health

Oxygen deprivation, which is often caused by improper or obstructed breathing, is among the main causes of our everyday pain and ill health.

For starters, along with the intestines, bladder and skin, the lungs play a major role in toxic elimination. Proper breathing expedites the lung’s ability to expel carbon dioxide and toxic gases from the body while also diffusing fresh oxygen into the blood. When breathing is restricted, cellular activity is distressed and toxicity is increased. Since life is sustained primarily by adequate intake of oxygen, water and food, breathing properly is essential to good health.

There are innumerable ways in which one can benefit from the practice of deep breathing exercises like those taught in yoga, qigong and bio-feedback. Engaging in breathing exercises improves blood circulation and enriches the blood with more red blood cells. This increases the supply of oxygen to the tissues and promotes healthier tissues and organs.

The greater supply of oxygen enables the heart to pump slower while still providing enough oxygen to the body. Imbalances such as high blood pressure and rapid heart rate can be brought back to normal with prolonged, proper practice of breathing exercises.

When beginning a formal or informal program of deep breathing exercises it is essential that you remain relaxed and focused throughout each breath. Breathe slowly and steadily, physically expanding and contracting the respective areas of the body, as dictated by the exercise. I will share a few simple ones here.

To begin, stand comfortably, shoulders relaxed, with legs a comfortable shoulders-width apart and knees pointing straight ahead. Your arms should hang at your sides and your arms, hands and neck should be relaxed. (You may also do these while seated).

Chest Breathing
The chest breathing exercise helps the respiratory system and may be performed for five minutes at a time. Do not take big or loud breaths. Exhalations should last just slightly longer than the inhalations.

To begin chest breathing, pull the breath and fresh air into your lungs by expanding them to full capacity as you inhale through your nose slowly, quietly and steadily. Make sure to inflate the chest only. You may feel your stomach suck in slightly.

As you exhale, push the breath and stale gases out through your mouth slowly, quietly and steadily. Slowly contract your chest and lungs to their least capacity. You may feel your chest getting concave. Repeat for five minutes, and then stop.

Upper Stomach Breathing
The upper stomach breathing exercise helps the digestive system. Begin by inhaling through your nose slowly, quietly and steadily to pull the breath into the area between the navel and diaphragm. Expand your upper stomach (only) between the ribcage and navel to full capacity, making sure to keep your chest and lower stomach in or flat.

Exhale through your mouth slowly, quietly and steadily. Pull or suck in your upper stomach as you push your breath and stale energy out. You may feel your lower stomach pull in ever so slightly as well.

This is generally a difficult area for people to isolate in movement but becomes easier over time. Stay loose, relaxed and focused throughout the breaths and isolate movement only in the upper stomach.

Lower Stomach Breathing
The lower stomach breathing exercise helps the reproductive and urinary systems. Begin by inhaling through your nose slowly, quietly and steadily. As you inhale, pull the breath into the lower stomach — only from the navel down. Expand the pelvic area, and drop the breath to the pelvic floor. As you inhale, inflate your lower stomach (only) between the ribcage and navel to full capacity, making sure to keep your chest and upper stomach flat and deflated.

Next, push the breath and stale air out and pull or suck in your lower stomach as you exhale through your mouth slowly, quietly and steadily. You may feel your upper stomach pull in ever so slightly.

This can also be a difficult area for people to isolate in movement. Again, stay relaxed and focused throughout the breaths and try to isolate movement in the lower stomach. With continued practice you will progress.

If these three breathing exercises seem too difficult, then do not despair. What is important is the concept of breathing slowly and deeply into the lungs with steady, relaxed breath cycles. Since most of us breathe only with the top third of our lungs thanks to stress, anxiety, fear and sheer busyness… even something as simple as lying down, focusing intention on the navel and breathing deeply for a few moments before drifting off to sleep can garner positive health results over the long run.

— Dr. Mark Wiley

The Hamburger Of Hypocrisy

Call it “televised serendipity”:  A moment in which two members of the Democrat Party leadership get together and reveal the political deformities which have turned the “big tent” into a circus sideshow. Under normal circumstances — a President Barack Obama press conference, for example — the groveling sycophants in the corporate media allow these boors to babble on without interruption.

While Americans with IQs above the intellectual Mendoza line simply tune out, most liberals remain enraptured, downloading the latest talking points, feverishly anticipating their next opportunity to regurgitate the drivel with the kind of self-importance otherwise reserved for sociopaths and trial lawyers. On occasion, however, more than one of the liberal ruling elite top-rung types end up sharing the same patch of real estate — and then we have to watch as they fog up our screens with unbridled expressions of love for each other — and scorn for the rest of us.

One of those serendipitous moments presented itself late last week, when fleshy filmmaker Michael Moore visited the set of liberal rat-terrier Bill Maher’s Real Time. While both are fairly high-ranking members of the DNC elite, neither is apparently aware that the zaftig Moore makes Rosie O’Donnell look like the “after” picture in a Weight Watchers commercial while Maher is only slightly funnier than an 8-car pileup on the expressway.

Such lack of awareness might explain how these two stooges could have a conversation in which Moore opined:

“…people like Gingrich and Palin? You know, because they’re essentially our mullahs, you know, our Taliban. Hey, how about that McDonald’s two blocks from Ground Zero, Bill?  That’s killed more people than the 19 hijackers…”

Evidently, I missed the nationwide APB for the Hamburglar on Sept. 12.

That’s right, kids — the mammoth movie maker says that Speaker Gingrich, Governor Palin and Egg McMuffins are more sinister than Islamofascism. Perhaps he simply prefers the Whopper to the Big Mac. But the idea that Moore would heave his Brobdingnagian bulk into frame and equate Mayor McCheese with militant Muslims has to be a new low-water mark for the liberal ruling class.

Maher and his carefully screened audience reacted with that smarmy snicker that the Democrats apparently teach in wingnut school. No one noted that the elephantine Moore, who helmed the camera for some of the most deservedly discredited “documentaries” since Leni Riefenstahl was making 8mm loops of Hitler doing the goose step shuffle, might be stretching his minimal credibility farther than the weakening waistband on his jockey shorts.

The good news for those of us with cerebral cortices larger than garlic knots: in addition to being shortchanged in the intellect and talent departments, the liberal ruling elite possess the subtlety of the cast of an MTV reality show. Moore and Maher’s get together was filmed in front of a live studio audience and broadcast to every household which subscribes to HBO.

For those of you who lament the lack of political acumen displayed by America’s peach fuzz generation, millions of viewers, er… thousands, um… hundreds, ah… dozens, ok… more kids saw the gargantuan gasbag Moore compare Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and their beloved Ronald McDonald unfavorably with the Taliban than have ever sat through more than a few moments of Chris Matthews nightly tingle-time. They also observed Maher, the junior varsity Jon Stewart, laugh along with the oleaginous auteur without noting that to date, no Fry Guy has ever taken so much as a single flying lesson, much less tried to carry a box cutter onto a commercial jet.

These are the people who have taken over the Democrat Party. These are the people who launch invective at Limbaugh, Beck and Hannity. These are the people who call us racists for opposing — or even daring to question — the Obama agenda. These are the people who opened verbal fire on Christine O’Donnell (who once graced Maher with her presence) mere hours after her ground-shaking victory in Delaware. These are the people who would demand you execrate Sarah Palin while exalting Nancy Pelosi.

At a time when the Democrat party has plunged the country into economic ennui, flatlined our foreign relations and rendered our immigration protections inert, they offer us clowns like Moore and Maher, the haphazard and humorless Laurel and Hardy.

Moore and Maher are members of the liberal leadership so we can divine that this is the direction in which the left is leaning these days. But fret not, my friends, more and more Americans are paying attention.

Forgive me for saying so, but come November:

Ba-da-ba-ba-baaa, I’m lovin’ it.

Poll: Retirement Security Is High On Americans’ Agenda This Electoral Season

Poll: Retirement security is high on Americans' agenda this electoral seasonAlthough tax hike proposals, immigration and energy policy appear to be a major element of this year’s midterm campaigns, a new poll also found that many Americans care about retirement security this election season.

According to a survey from Lake Research Partners and Public Opinion Strategies, a substantial majority of respondents are worried they won’t be able to maintain their standard of living in their old age. Some 70 percent expressed this view. The poll found that 62 percent said that Congress should make it a top priority to create more options for people to save for comfortable retirement.

The poll also found that 45 percent of prospective voters will take a candidate’s plan to address this issue into account when making their choice in November.

“Security in retirement is an issue that transcends party affiliation,” said Rob Autry, a partner at Public Opinion Strategies.

He added that “particularly in this year’s election, where we anticipate many close Congressional races, retirement issues will resonate with those who will likely swing many contests.”

Meanwhile, a study conducted by The Employee Ownership Foundation — which used data from the Department of Labor Form 5500 on defined contribution retirement plans — found that companies that offer employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) provide more employee benefits.

The figures suggest that among those companies, 56 percent have have a second retirement savings program, typically a 401(k), while only 47 percent of all companies have some sort of defined contribution plan.

Energy Sector, Taxpayers Group Vows To Combat President’s Tax Hike Proposals

Energy sector, taxpayers group vow to combat president's tax hike proposalsBusiness leaders and industry groups have been up in arms over President Barack Obama’s proposal to increase taxes on oil and gas companies to pay for his recently announced infrastructure projects.

The American Energy Alliance (AEA) cited a new study from a Louisiana State University professor, which estimates that more than 154,000 jobs may be lost in many sectors of the economy by the end of 2011 if these hikes go into effect. The report also found that more than $341 billion in economic activity and $68 billion in wages may be lost across the country.

“The discriminatory energy tax increases proposed by the administration will destroy American jobs and raise the price of energy for consumers,” said AEA President and CEO Tom Pyle, adding that the measure would have little to do with offshore drilling safety or energy policy as a whole.

In his view, “this tax grab merely represents punitive policies that are now finding a place in the sun in the post-BP oil spill crisis political environment.”

The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) echoed these sentiments and launched a $4 million national advertising campaign against the proposals.

The ads are set to run on cable networks and on local stations in Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Virginia and Washington.

Signs Of A Crumbling Regime

Can you see it? The signs are everywhere. The regime is crumbling.

No not the President Barack Obama regime, though that is part of it; maybe even the catalyst in the United States, at least. I’m talking about the regime in general; the system.

You can see it in places like Greece. There the government has been fighting for its economic life. Years of socialist redistribution — theft from the producers to finance the growing State leviathan and unionized public and private sector employees — have caught up.

The government is now instituting “austerity” measures. It has to. It can’t meet its obligations. So it’s cutting back on growth in salaries, vacation days, benefits and pensions. Unionized public works employees and service employees aren’t happy their gravy train has jumped the tracks. They strike and riot. Greece may or may not survive.

Much the same is going on in other parts of Europe. The French government’s plans to save money by raising the retirement age to 62 from 60 sparked a one-day strike among workers from the public and private sectors in transportation, education, justice, healthcare, media and banking.

The “little people” are waking up to the fact that their governments — the elected class — have done them a disservice. Their regimes, financed by fiat money and having positioned themselves as the “Great Nannies,” are unable to fulfill promises of utopia, wine and roses.

Instead, the elected class enrich themselves. They finance wars through fiat, sending the masses in as fodder while the military-industrial complex grows stronger and pushes for more wars and more fiat money.

Here in America there have yet to be massive strikes and riots, though there are plenty of disaffected people with time on their hands to conduct such shenanigans. According to the U.S. Department of Labor there are 14.9 million unemployed. There are actually more. The government cooks its books. It doesn’t count those no longer seeking work.

Obama blew into office in January 2009 with stratospheric approval numbers. His “Hope and Change” mantra convinced many that “free stuff” was coming their way. In several videos posted on YouTube before Obama’s inauguration some of his voters say money from Obama’s “stash” will come to them or that they will no longer have to pay their mortgage or for gas. Apparently they really believed they no longer were obligated to pay their debts just because the Marxist was elected.

Obama and his Corporatist Democrat cohorts proceeded to pass more stimulus bills and focused on ramming Obamacare down the throats of the American people. The American people wanted the regime to focus on job creation rather than bailouts and Obamacare. The “free stuff” never came. Those waiting on it apparently don’t understand that governments don’t give… governments only consume: one way or the other.

The bailouts enriched the banksters and Wall Street, and Obamacare — a Eurosocialist healthcare model — was implemented to steal freedom from of choice from Americans and saddle them with coming additional taxes and death panels that will decide whether they live or die. What’s more, to comply with the coming mandates to insure the previously uninsurable and everyone else, insurance companies are raising rates faster than they did before healthcare became “free for all.”

But the regime doesn’t like any kind of dissent. So it threatens, through a letter from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, to put health insurers out of business if they don’t quit “using scare tactics and misinformation to falsely blame premium increases for 2011 on the patient protections in the Affordable Care Act.”

Sebelius says her experts and academic advisors believe any increased costs to insurance companies will be minimal. Government experts and academics operate in the fantasy land of theory. Businesses operate in the realm of reality. Businesses understand that regulations and mandates cost them money.

It’s not the first time the regime has threatened businesses. When AT&T, Caterpillar and others explained to shareholders what the new healthcare law would cost, the thug Congressman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) demanded proof and threatened to bring them before Congress. Waxman backed down when the companies provided proof.

You may recall that Obama’s thugocratic regime also threatened those holding the debt of General Motors and Chrysler during bankruptcy negotiations. “Agree to our settlement or risk getting nothing,” was the message. “Two hundred years of case law on bankruptcy be damned,” the thugocracy said.

The result of all this is approval ratings in the low 40s for Obama and single digits for Congress. The elites first caught wind of voter dissatisfaction during Town Hall meetings. No longer were they pleasant affairs attended by a few old codgers looking for a free cup of coffee. Now voters were expressing their discontent. The elites got scared and ducked and ran or hired thugs to protect them from their “malcontent” constituents. They grabbed video cameras or ordered them turned off. These embarrassing moments appeared on YouTube for any who were interested to see.

When special elections were held, incumbents and establishment candidates got trounced. Tea Parties grew stronger, their message resonated and spread. The large rallies in Washington, D.C., and around the nation frightened the regime.

The regime has responded. With corporate mainstream media’s audience falling precipitously the regime realized it was losing the message. People no longer turned to the alphabet soup news gatherers and the “All the news that’s fit to print” newspapers that all spread the same government propaganda. They sought their news from other sources: talk radio, the Internet.

So now the regime is pushing a bill to turn off the Internet. It also seeks a “fairness doctrine” so it can control radio content. Moves such as these will draw out the masses. If that happens the results won’t be pretty.

The Republican establishment is not immune from the public’s ire. In fact, the Republican Party is in the crosshairs of the Tea Party. Tea Party candidates are taking out the traditional “chosen” Republicans and reshaping the GOP in their image. The regime is surprised.

It shouldn’t be. The Republican establishment backs liberals like Mike Castle — a pro-abortion, pro-gun control, tax and spend liberal who calls himself a Republican — who as a Congressman sided with the Democrats more than Republicans. Tea Party conservatives figured it’s better to back a conservative with a chance she might lose in November than support a liberal Republican who votes for Democrat policies they’ve rejected.

So Christine O’Donnell whipped Castle for the Republican Senate nomination in Delaware. The Republican regime went into a snit, called O’Donnell names and cast doubts about her electability.

Karl Rove, the former advisor to President George W. Bush and architect of many of the Republican failures during the Bush years that resulted in the ascendancy of the current Democrat and Obama regime, was the poster child of regime arrogance on election night. He called O’Donnell nutty, and added other less-than-flattering adjectives. The National Republican Senate Committee said it would not be supporting her candidacy. What arrogance!

No matter. Tea Partiers responded. On Wednesday after her nomination, O’Donnell saw donations pour in from across the country. Her website crashed from the traffic.

Sensing trouble, the NRSC relented and quickly cut a check to her campaign.

The Republican establishment is slow to learn. The regime has a history of backing the wrong candidate: Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio, Senator Lisa Murkowski over Joe Miller, Trey Grayson over Rand Paul, Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah) over Mike Lee, Rick Lazio over Carl Paladino. The regime doesn’t have it figured out yet.

“Establishment Republicans have no idea how livid Americans are with them,” Richard A. Viguerie told The Washington Examiner last Wednesday. “Republican leaders are in a panic because they have lost control of the Republican Party. Grassroots constitutional conservatives are inside the Citadel, and are poised to take over.”

The public is fed up. Democrats don’t yet realize it, but as soon as the Tea Party finishes cleaning up the parts of the Republican Party they can get to this election cycle, the Democrat purge will begin in earnest. That cleaning starts on Nov. 2. It won’t end there, regardless of the outcome. There will still be a lot of trash in Washington — Republican and Democrat — on the day after the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. But Americans are as energized over the idea of a cleansing as they have ever been.

Democrats and Republicans alike face a tsunami in November the likes of which they still can’t imagine. Americans are ready to throw off the yoke of slavery they have toiled under for many years. The straws of control, taxes, government spending and regulations have finally broken the camel’s back.

The fascist regime is no longer stable. It knows only control, wars and more spending. So it continues to grow deficits, conduct wars without end, rattle sabers for more wars, put more regulations on food, push more “approved” harmful drugs on consumers, order more vaccinations, restrict access to natural health supplements and exercise more control over the public.

The regime calls for tax increases. This, too, is an effort at more control. It is legalized theft of your production.

Gold hit a record high last week. It is evidence the public is aware the regime is crumbling. The fiat system, instituted under the darkness of night 97 years ago, is failing. Throwing more fiat at the debt and deficits have succeeded only in creating more debt and greater deficits. The calculator the regime uses only adds and multiplies. The subtraction key doesn’t work. History shows this is a recipe for failure.

Store food for food and food for barter. Store water for sustenance. Store guns and ammunition for protection. Store gold and silver for wealth preservation. Prepare; for the regime is crumbling.

FBI Report: Gun Ownership Is Up, Violent Crime Is Down

FBI report: Gun ownership is up, violent crime is downPolitical debate over hot-button issues has escalated as the midterm elections draw near, and a candidate's position on gun control can go a long way in deciding his or her fate in November.

Opponents of gun control legislation have new fodder in their efforts to uphold the Second Amendment following the FBI's report that violent crime in the United States has declined for the third straight year. The bureau revealed that, despite rising trends in gun sales and more citizens carrying firearms for personal protection, crime rates are down across the board.

Incidents of murder dropped approximately 7 percent from 2008 to 2009, while robberies fell 8 percent and aggravated assault dropped by 4 percent.

"[The gun ban lobby's] predictions that America's streets would run red have been shown up as a fraudulent sales pitch for public disarmament," said Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Proponents of the Second Amendment scored a major victory in June when the Supreme Court affirmed the fundamental right to bear arms, The Washington Post reported. The ruling, however, did not strike down any existing gun control laws or specify what kind of laws would violate the Constitution.

CIA, CFR, Bilderberg Ties To The Ground Zero Mosque

It has become patently obvious the Ground Zero Cordoba House mosque is a CIA-backed, One World Government-inspired plot designed to jinn up Americans’ anger at Muslims and increase support for the global war on terror.

Reporting for The New York Observer, Mark Ames tied together the links between the mosque, the CIA and the U.S. military establishment.

One of the mosque’s main financial backers is 52-year-old New Yorker R. Leslie Deak. Deak donated $98,000 to the nonprofit Cordoba Initiative between 2006 and 2008. Deak is a “business consultant” for Patriot Defense Group, LLC, a private defense contractor for the CIA and U.S. military. The secretive organization doesn’t even list the names of its management team but describes them as former Special Forces, former CIA, former State Department and former Secret Service.

The Observer also notes Deak’s strong ties to Mark Treanor, the former general counsel for Wachovia Bank which was fined $160 million for laundering Mexican drug money while Treanor was there.

Additionally, Deak’s father Nicholas was a former top intelligence commander for the OSS (the forerunner of the CIA) and his company, Deak-Perera — which at one time was one of the world’s largest foreign currency and gold dealers — was accused in 1984 of laundering Columbian drug cartel money. The elder Deak was murdered at the company headquarters in 1985.

The article also ties together the links between Leslie Deak and Goldline International, the company that sponsors Glenn Beck’s radio show, his FoxNews television show and some other neo-conservative, pro-war pundits. Of course, FoxNews is partially owned by Saudi Arabian Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, who also funds projects for the mosque’s front man, Imam Rauf.

Deak’s Deak Family Foundation is also a supporter of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), of which Rauf is a part. The ASMA is financially supported by, among others, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Rockefeller Brothers, Rockefeller Philanthropy and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Rauf, has worked as an FBI “consultant” and was recruited by former President George W. Bush advisor and confidant Karen Hughes to lead the administration’s Middle East propaganda efforts. Rauf is also an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

All this ties the whole operation to the CIA, the CFR, the Bilderberg Group and the military-industrial complex.

The CIA and the military-industrial complex stand to gain billions of dollars from a continuation of the global war on terror which gains support from this manufactured controversy. Meanwhile the CFR and the Bilderbergers and their global elite friends have a powerful issue that takes momentum away from the rising tide of patriotism and political awakening of the masses that’s been harming their globalist agenda.

Antioxidants Help Joint Conditions

Antioxidants help joint conditions Each day, millions of parents across the country tell their children to eat their broccoli. However, a new study suggests that these parents should be following their own advice, as antioxidants in the vegetable may help support joint health.

Researchers from the University of East Anglia in the UK found that a compound in broccoli — sulforaphane — inhibits the production of enzymes that that cause damage to joints. The body produces these enzymes in larger quantities as individuals grow older.

Ian Clark, who led the investigation, said that the worldwide population is growing older and he expects the number of individuals suffering from joint problems to increase dramatically in the near future. These issues are among the leading causes of loss of mobility and disability in the world.

However, consuming higher levels of antioxidant-rich broccoli may help this aging population avoid some of these problems. Billions of dollars are spent each year on expensive drugs and joint replacement surgeries. However, proper nutrition may make some of these procedures unnecessary, Clark said.

Some Highlights From A Trip To London

*One for the record books. During a trip to London last month I managed to earn a place in the Guinness Book of World Records — for a day. And the interesting thing is you can do it, too. How? By attending a performance of Agatha Christie’s wonderful mystery, The Mousetrap. It’s the longest-running play in the history of British theater, so each performance sets another world record. I attended the 24,057th performance… and was promptly replaced in the record books the next night.

*When the Queen’s away. Another highlight of that trip was visiting 19 of the State Rooms in Buckingham Palace. This is only possible when the Queen is out of town in the summer. If you’re ever in London when the public can visit, put this high on your must-do list. It was a phenomenal experience. But get your ticket in advance; the queue for walk-ins was two and half hours long when I was there.

*Does that bridge have a captain? Another experience from that trip I will remember for a long time was seeing the city of London from a ship cruising the Thames River. As we passed under the Tower Bridge, our guide explained that it is the only bridge in the world that is insured by Lloyd’s of London as a ship. When I asked him how that came to be, he said he didn’t know. I researched the answer when I got home. But rather than spoil your fun, I’ll let you dig out the explanation on your own.

*Who are they trying to kid? And my last London experience I’ll mention today occurred while I was strolling the streets and back alleys in the West End where there are more venues for live theater than Broadway. Walking along the Strand, I came across a large plate-glass window with a huge display titled, “Zimbabwe — Moving Forward.” I wondered who was responsible for this ridiculous propaganda, but in two more steps I had the answer — it was the Zimbabwe consular office in London. That’s some mighty expensive real estate for an impoverished, bankrupt country. But as George Orwell explained so well in Animal Farm, under socialism some pigs live a lot better than others.

— Chip Wood