Oregon Man To Sue Government Over Clandestine Tracking Device

Oregon man to sue government over clandestine tracking deviceJuan Pineda-Moreno of Oregon, who was arrested and charged for allegedly growing marijuana, is planning to petition the Supreme Court over a recent lower court decisions that allowed evidence from a tracking device the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) secretly installed under his car.

DEA agents, who did not have a warrant, began tracking Pineda-Moreno in 2007 and arrested him based on GPS data from the device that showed he traveled to an area where marijuana was being grown, according to media reports.

Now, after the recent Federal appeals court ruling in the government agency’s favor, the man is reportedly planning to seek recourse at the Supreme Court on the basis that the surveillance violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

The amendment is part of the Bill of Rights that protects citizens against unreasonable search and seizure.

Chief Justice Alex Kozinsky, who presented a dissenting opinion in last month’s ruling at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, wrote that "there is something creepy and un-American about such clandestine and underhanded behavior," quoted by the Mail Tribune.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19938944-ADNFCR

Cerebral Damage, Poor Blood Flow Linked To Alcohol Intake

Cerebral damage, poor blood flow linked to alcohol intakeThe likelihood of suffering from poor brain health may be increased by excessive drinking and weight gain, according to a study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

Previous trials have shown that people with a high alcohol intake are at an increased risk for developing obesity or an unhealthy body mass index (BMI). In order to determine how these complications affect brain function, researchers analyzed the BMI, metabolism and blood flow of more than 50 male participants of an alcohol-assistance program.

The results suggested that former alcoholics with high BMI measurements were more likely to develop poor cerebral blood flow and brain damage.

The researchers concluded that in addition to reducing one’s alcohol intake, exercising regularly and following a healthier diet can help with weight loss and improving one’s overall health.

"Since individuals who consume substantial amounts of alcohol are at risk of obesity, it is important to understand the influence of body fat deposition on the measures we are examining," said Susan Tapert, co-author of the study.

In 2008, approximately 50 percent of all adults residing in the U.S. were regular drinkers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19938969-ADNFCR

How To Avoid Those Rebound Headaches

The other day a patient emailed me complaining of the “worst headache she’d ever had.” On my recommendation she attempted to stop drinking coffee. But the first day she got such a horrible headache she had to leave work and could not attend a function later that evening. She asked why, if coffee was bad for you, she became ill when she stopped drinking it?

The answer is that her body responded to the lack of the daily stimulus that it was accustomed to receiving. The headache was a rebound from the lack of coffee/caffeine consumption that it was relying on for daily energy and stimulation.

What generally happens, especially with consumers of caffeinated, sugar-laden and alcoholic beverages, is a vicious cycle of needing more and more to prevent the side effects of rebounding. Rebounding is the pain and other symptoms people feel when their body is trying to return to homeostasis by detoxing the harmful chemicals from the system. Here’s how the problem magnifies with coffee, as an example.

You are tired and drink coffee to perk up. Yet by late afternoon another cup is needed to remain awake. However, this cup keeps you up at night and makes it difficult for you to wake up in the morning. So, the next day or week you find yourself drinking two cups in the morning and one in the afternoon and/or early evening.

This vicious cycle is made worse by coffee’s diuretic action, which causes excess perspiration and urination, leading to dehydration. Extended dehydration leads to constipation which, in an effort to move the bowels, you drink more coffee.

This remedy may work for a while, but then your intestines become so dry that days pass between bowel movements. During this time toxins build up, leach back into the bloodstream and spread in the body. The result: headaches, aches and pains, fatigue, stiffness and red and irritated eyes.  All of these symptoms are side effects of the rebound effect.

Generally, when someone comes to me for health advice at such a time, I tell them to stop drinking coffee. And they say, “I am so tired. If I don’t drink coffee I have no energy. And when I don’t drink, then I get a headache and I can’t go to the bathroom.”

They are right to a point: The caffeine is giving them energy but at the same time it is also sapping their energy.

Caffeine and sugar drinks offer the body a false or “empty” energy. It is not real. So when the fake energetic means of moving through the day drops out (you feel like crashing), the body returns to its normal state. But that normal state is one that is worn out and exhausted, since its energy depleted long ago and it has been moving along on legal yet addictive stimulants. It’s akin to a car whose battery is nearly dead yet the car is being towed from place to place. As a result of the constant “towing” of the body at the stimulation of coffee (for example) it starts to cry out in pain.

The body says, “I hurt. I am exhausted. I am dehydrated. My nerves are inflamed.”

As the body is normalized by detoxing and returning to homeostasis (balance) you feel the pain, the throbbing, the aches the headaches that were always there but just hidden under the stimulant effects of the coffee (or soda or alcohol or drugs or cigarettes).

Rebound pain and rebound headaches are so-named because they occur as the body “rebounds” from over-consumption or withdrawal from too many analgesics or prescription medications, coffee or caffeinated soft drinks, elevated adrenaline levels, sleep disorders and so on.

Like migraine and cluster headaches, rebound headaches are vascular in nature and characterized by steady pounding or throbbing on both sides of the head caused by constricting and dilating blood vessels. This type of vascular headache is in theory the easiest to prevent, but since it is directly triggered by poor lifestyle choices, it may be the most difficult to eliminate.

In essence, rebound headaches are a recuperative measure by the body that is telling you something is wrong and is forcing rest and a change in behavior by way of head pain. They occur commonly as a result of toxic build-up of medication, alcohol or caffeine in the system, as well as from prolonged periods of physically draining activity, such as cramming for finals or that wild 72-hour weekend party.

The best way to avoid rebound headaches, then, is to refrain from daily over-stimulation: Late nights and early mornings, coffee all day, drinking all night, excessive partying, hours and hours of studying and too much fat or sugar in the diet.

The rebound pain (and sometimes accompanying stupor) only comes after the heightened activity is removed and the body has to adjust back to normal. It is better to slowly wean off coffee — or stimulant drinks and foods and recreational drugs — than try to cut them out cold turkey.

Regarding coffee, if you drink three cups a day, reduce to two for a day or two. If you can manage, drop down to one cup and one cup of half-caffeine/half-decaf. It is important to find a weaning “formula” that you can manage and that works for you over a short period of time.

And when the rebound headaches come, usually a small dose of the item (a few sips of coffee, for example), two glasses of water, a hot shower and rest will return the body to a livable state until the next day when it has rebalanced itself again.

— Dr. Mark Wiley

The Thrill Is Gone

For the eighth time in what increasingly looks like will be his only term, President Barack Obama held forth at a talking point dump, aka press conference. For a man dubbed “messianic” by the liberal elite, I can’t help but notice of late, Obama looks as comfortable in front of the camera as a blind agoraphobic in Grand Central Station during rush hour. 

Watching our increasingly desperate President try to hold the attention of even the fawning sycophants who comprise the bulk of the White House Press Corps was like watching a physics professor trying on homecoming Friday to hold the attention of a lecture hall filled with frat-boy liberal arts majors.  Confronted by ABC News correspondent Jake Tapper about how Obamacare has already turned into the fiscal imbroglio Democrats denied it would be, Obama froze stiffer than Nancy Pelosi’s face on a Lake Tahoe ski lift:

“No — as I said, uh, Jacob, the — I haven’t read the entire study, uh, maybe you have.  But, uh, you know, if — if you — if what the reports are true, what they’re saying is that as a consequence of us getting 30 million additional people health care, at the margins that’s gonna increase our costs, we knew that.  We didn’t think that we were gonna cover 30 million people… for… free.

Actually, Mr. President, that’s.  Precisely.  What.  You.  Said.  While his backtracking tends to be as laughably divorced from reality as an Ed Schultz monologue, Obama’s stilted speech patterns and inexplicable “I don’t write it, I just read it” dependence on the teleprompter has actually passed funny and disembarked at creepy.  I can’t help but wonder if David Axelrod is standing behind the blue curtain with a remote control: 

“Damn it, Gibbs.  I need four AA batteries, pronto!”

Remember when this same media took such pleasure in mocking George W. Bush’s tortured enunciations?  At least we all knew that when W said “nook-you-lerr,” it wasn’t because Ari Fleischer fell asleep with his head on the keyboard. 

I thought Obama was supposed to be the smartest man alive.  During the course of the 2008 Presidential campaign, the Democrats deployed every media flack, screwball blogger and MSNBC “journalist” to extol his brilliance while excoriating anyone who dared ask: 

“Is it me, or does this guy sound like Howard Dean built a Leninbot in his basement?”

Those of us who openly questioned the acumen of the untested Illinois Senator were dismissed as racists.  Once the race card was maxed out (which happened right about the same time ultra-white boy Newsweek leftist Jonathan Alter claimed that only racism could prevent an Obama Presidency), the left began assailing doubters with Obama’s indubitable brilliance.  “He went to HARVARD.”  Um…so did the Unabomber.  For that matter, so did Al Gore.  For THAT matter — so did Bush.

Now that the Obama Express has jumped the tracks and slammed headfirst into the bridge abutment of incompetence, Democrats nationwide are booking passage to Anywhere But Obama.  Two hundred nineteen Dems voted “yea” on Obamacare.  Not one has run an ad touting their vote.

“Sure, I’m flattered that the President would like to campaign for me.  It’s just that I’m washing my hair this election.” 

The borderline-romantic yearning for the great Community Activist has faded like Bill and Hillary’s post-Monica love life.  Even plagiarist and former Bhagwan devotee Ariana Huffington’s Hollywood self-esteem builder Huffingtonpost.com can’t seem to drum up much enthusiasm, with Huffpo’s ubiquitous pseudo-academic Joseph Palermo weaving allusions to fading Obama worship into a predictable tapestry of tired Bush-bashing in a Friday piece ponderously entitled “President Obama Attempts to Bridge the ‘Enthusiasm Gap.'”  It has clearly never occurred to Professor Palermo that the Army Corps of Engineers couldn’t handle that job.

Obama’s lack of enthusiasm is beyond pathetic.  Rush Limbaugh suggested during his Friday broadcast that Obama appears impotent.  Limbaugh is underselling the problem.  There’s no little blue pill which can fix the issues in the White House. 

Whatever you want to call it, Obama’s lack of vitality is dangerous.  Islamofascism, the Service Employees International Union and Nancy Pelosi don’t let up on the throttle just because Obama’s hiding under the Resolute Desk. 

During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Democrats fired distortions, defamation and plain old venom at Sarah Palin with abandon.  Her garrulous vigor made her a far more inviting target than the man who would be her boss, John McCain.

Looking back, Obama’s verbal ineptitude (not to mention his professional incompetence) makes both McCain and Palin look positively Ciceronian by comparison.  The Democrats honestly expect us to believe Palin couldn’t have handled Joe Biden’s job?  I’m not convinced Obama can, either.

In Preparing For Disasters, Americans Should Also Think Of Their Animals

In preparing for disasters, Americans should also think of their animalsBetween natural and man-made disasters that continually threaten American citizens, it is important to constantly review and update family survival plans. However, since many people rely on farm animals for their economic well-being, and many more have pets who are integral parts of their families, emergency preparedness should also cover animals, experts say.

To help individuals prepare their four-legged friends for disaster survival, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is providing informational resources on how to go about doing so.

It says that, just like with human preparedness, the key is to start early. It is important to familiarize yourself with the kind of disaster that could happen in your area — including a hazardous materials spill — and plan accordingly.

Each family or farm should have an animal evacuation kit, complete with information about the type and number of animals, their medical history, proof of ownership and emergency contact information. Owners should identify alternate sources of food and water ahead of time, as well as places — such as pastures, racetracks, veterinary college grounds, etc. — where large animals can be evacuated in case of an emergency.

Individuals who keep livestock should ensure that barns and stables are structurally sound and promptly remove dead trees and other debris that could hinder an evacuation, AVMA experts further advise.

Moreover, animal and pet owners should always have well-maintained vehicles full of gas, and enough cash on hand.

Finally, each animal — regardless of whether they are domestic or livestock — should have proper and damage-resistant identification on them, such as a microchip, collar, tatoo, leg band or an ear tag.

In addition to man-made disasters, which can happen anywhere, different areas of the United States are prone to earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, forest fires and floods.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19938760-ADNFCR

The Capitol Hill Tax Problem

With the discussion in Washington, D.C., heating up over whether to extend the tax cuts instituted by President George W. Bush in 2001 and 2003 which are set to expire on Jan. 1, 2011, an interesting story appeared in The Washington Post last week.

It seems that many of those on Capitol Hill who feel the rich should “pay their fair share” aren’t interested in paying their own “fair share.” It turns out that 638 Capitol Hill staffers owe the IRS $9.3 million in back taxes, and Federal employees across the board owe $1 billion.

In fact, 41 of President Barack Obama’s White House aides owe the IRS $831,000 in back taxes.

So next time you hear Obama telling you that you need to pay your “fair share,” ask him when members of his staff—and other Federal employees—are going to pay theirs.

Obama’s Mixed Message On Taxes

Obama's mixed message on taxes With the general elections approaching and many Democrats struggling to hold on to their seats, President Barack Obama has embarked on a series of campaign stops and speeches in which he sought to lessen fears of higher taxes and bigger government.

Although the president recently unveiled a $180 million investment spending plan designed to revamp the nation’s transportation infrastructure, he also proposed a tax break package of some $300 billion for businesses in order to spur job creation.

However, some economists, as well as politicians like House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), said that the proposal may not produce the intended consequences because the government’s deficit continues to expand, creating uncertainties related to high interest rates and inflation.

Moreover, the White House has said it is sticking to its plan to let the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans expire at the end of this year, something the GOP says will further blunt the impact of tax breaks for businesses.

Still, Obama told an audience in Cleveland on Sept. 8 that preserving the Bush-era cuts "would have us borrow $700 billion over the next 10 years to give a tax cut of about $100,000 to folks who are already millionaires."ADNFCR-1961-ID-19938024-ADNFCR

Court Rules Immigration Law Is Federal Government’s Domain

Court rules immigration law is Federal government's domain Hazleton, Pa. is among several localities that enacted anti-immigration ordinances in the absence of a comprehensive Federal reform. However, a new court decision has ruled that approach unconstitutional.

On Sept. 9, the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled that matters pertaining to immigration regulation are "clearly within the exclusive domain of the Federal government."

In saying so, the court overturned two local ordinances adopted in 2006, one of which would have penalized landlords and employers for renting to or hiring illegal immigrants. The other would have required prospective tenants to prove their legal status and buy a residential permit.

The town was sued by Hispanic groups and illegal immigrants and the ruling was praised for its support of the Constitution by the American Civil Liberties Union.

However, Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta expressed regret, saying that "this ruling is a loss for Hazleton and its legal residents."

The two laws, which were never enforced, inspired more than a dozen other states and municipalities across the nation to pass similar measures, and most have been overturned in courts, according to Los Angeles Times.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19938641-ADNFCR

There’s A Reason Joe And Jane Voter Are Cranky

President Barack Obama unleashed his October Surprise a little early, announcing last week his plan to get the Federal Reserve to print $50 billion more dollars and funnel it to the unions under the guise of improving America’s roads, railways and runways. Perhaps he wanted to get a head start in case this one fails, too.

The plan will bring the total amount of stimulus dollars allocated for infrastructure to $280 billion. You remember those shovel-ready projects that were supposed to stimulate the economy? They apparently weren’t so ready after all. Only about a third of the original $230 million has been spent.

Yet Obama feels the need to pile on more. He couched the plan, called the “Plan to Renew and Expand America’s Roads, Railways and Runways,” as a way to put people back to work. But the only people who are going to benefit are unions and Democrats running for the House and Senate who are going to get more campaign cash from the unions as a result of what columnist Michelle Malkin calls “The Mother of all Big Boondoggles.”

Malkin points out that because of Obama’s Executive Order 13502, contractors who bid on large-scale public construction projects worth $25 million or more must submit to union representation for its employees. Mandates of this sort raise the cost of projects from 9 percent to 18 percent depending on the project and the market, research has shown.

Even unions recognize that projects using union labor increase costs. Recent reports indicate that when labor unions need construction projects done they more often than not chose non-union contractors to do the work, admitting it’s done to save costs.

But Obama is willing to expedite the collapse of the United States economy for the immediate benefit of his union thug buddies and, ultimately — he hopes — his Democrat lackeys in Congress.

Whether he can get such a bill through Congress is another story. Even Democrats, sensing the mood of a populace growing increasingly skeptical of more government spending, are leery of voting for anything that will add the country’s debt burden.

It’s not that they oppose the spending. Were we a year or more away from elections Democrats — and not a few Republicans — would be eager to pile on the spending. After all, spending other people’s money is what the elected elites do best.

But politicians read polls, and polls showing that Republicans hold a 13-point favorability edge over Democrats in the Congressional elections have the Democrats feeling queasy.

Republicans — once so demoralized by the drubbing they received in the 2006 and 2008 elections — are feeling emboldened by the same news. They are — mostly reluctantly — joining with the Tea Parties to oppose more spending and more debt. Some of the GOP Congressmen who supported stimulus spending pushed first by big government, big spending President George W. Bush and then Obama have been handed their walking papers and are about to join millions of Americans in the unemployment lines.

That’s a good place for them. Hopefully they will be joined by many more elected (and suddenly newly-unelected) elitists after Nov. 2.

But if the GOP does as well as some are predicting and take the House — and possibly the Senate — they’d better not forget that the electorate is cranky. Joe and Jane Voter are fed up with politicians who get richer as “public servants” while Joe and Jane cut back on spending, try to pay down their debt and one or both are either unemployed or supporting an unemployed family member.

Joe and Jane expect the Republicans to repeal Obamacare, cut government spending, cut taxes, bring fiscal sanity back to Washington, eliminate regulations that hamper businesses and finally, create an environment that allows manufacturers and other businesses to return to America. Joe and Jane are aware that the biggest tax increase in U.S. history looms, as the Bush tax cuts are set to expire with 2010, and they expect Republicans to do something about that.

If the Republicans fail and continue to conduct business as usual — that is as they did while in the majority most of the period from 1994 until 2006 — Republicans will suffer in two years hence the same fate Democrats are about to suffer.

Meanwhile Recovery Summer — at least in the minds of Obama and Vice President Joe Biden — rolls on. (Don’t tell them summer’s over and Labor Day is behind us.) Unemployment remains high, housing starts and construction, manufacturing and consumer purchasing remain low. That’s quite the recovery.

By pouring obscene amounts of stimulus dollars into Wall Street, the banks and goofy programs that encourage consumers to spend money they wouldn’t otherwise spend, first Bush and then Obama and their Keynesian economic teams created a lot of little artificial bubbles throughout the economy. They gave the impression of a recovery but are now beginning to pop.

As the National Inflation Association wrote on Sept. 1:

The pain that was felt after the collapse of Lehman Brothers (in September 2008) is nothing compared to the pain that will come when we begin to feel the effects of bailing out the rest of Wall Street. U.S. second quarter GDP growth was revised down on (Aug. 27) from 2.4% to 1.6%. In order to get this 1.6% GDP growth, the U.S. government had to spend $3.7 trillion on bailouts, stimulus bills, the buying of mortgage backed securities, and other commitments.

General Motors reported today that their August deliveries fell 25% from one year ago to 185,176 vehicles. The U.S. government used "cash for clunkers" to buy GDP growth in 2009, but that growth stole from future automobile sales. NIA believes that GM’s sales decline is a sign that the U.S. will likely see a sharp contraction in GDP beginning in the third-quarter, which will lead to the Federal Reserve implementing the mother of all quantitative easing and cause a massive sell off in the U.S. dollar.

Christina Romer, outgoing Chairwoman of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, today called for more government spending and less taxes as a way to bring down unemployment. The combination of more government spending and less taxes equals massive inflation, but this represents the state of mind in Washington today. Inflation is still the last thing on their minds because they don’t see it yet.

Even though we might not see massive across the board price inflation at this time, gold and silver prices have been surging ever since NIA released its article "Gold and Silver Capitulation is Near" on July 28th. Gold is very close to breaking its all time nominal high of $1,264.90 per ounce set during June and silver is getting ready to test the critical $20-$21 per ounce resistance level.

Rising gold and silver prices indicate that the U.S. is headed for an explosion in budget deficits that will rise far beyond what it can pay for through borrowing. Leading Chinese economists are now calling Japanese debt less risky than U.S. debt and with the Japanese savings rate in decline, the U.S. will soon have nobody left to borrow from. The only option will be monetization and already the Federal Reserve is getting ready to buy $10 billion to $30 billion per month in U.S. treasuries to keep its balance sheet at inflated levels.

There are now 50 million Americans on Medicaid, with annual Medicaid costs rising 36% over the past two years to $273 billion. The recently enacted health care bill will add 16 million more Americans to Medicaid beginning in 2014, but the U.S. government will likely go bust by then. It is impossible to have an economic recovery when jobless benefits are encouraging Americans to stay unemployed. U.S. unemployment insurance spending has nearly quadrupled since 2007 to $160 billion annually. Even food stamp costs have surged 80% over the past two years to $70 billion annually.

Once Americans get used to receiving and relying on government entitlement programs, it is hard to wean them off of them. NIA has been hearing reports from members with friends who say they will only "come out of retirement" if they can find a job that pays $25 per hour or more, because with anything less it wouldn’t be worth losing their jobless and food stamp benefits. Americans expect to receive their jobless benefits forever and we are sure Obama will continue to extend them leading up to the 2012 election.

There are now countless warning signs all around us on a daily basis that the U.S. is headed for a complete societal collapse.

The Federal Reserve’s reign of economic terror is nearing an end. It has led to the loss of wealth — the dollar has lost about 95 percent of its value since 1913 — and mounting debt and those who thought they were coming out ahead by putting their money in a savings account have learned their money actually lost value due to inflation.

For the last 11 years the stock market has been stagnant, so those with retirement plans in mutual funds have not made money either. And some economists are predicting a 50 percent market crash by year’s end. (Meanwhile gold has climbed from $278 per ounce to $1,250 an ounce in the same time frame. Gold expert Jim Sinclair predicts gold to rise to $1,650 and beyond by mid-January.)

It seems the only ones making money are the elected elites, CEOs of the now mostly nationalized (through regulations that removed competition and granting of favored status gained by subsidizing the elected elites) large corporations, Wall Street fat cats, and Big Pharma. According to Philstockworld.com, about 10,000 individuals hold 30 percent of the nation’s wealth. The middle class has grown poorer and the number of people on the government dole has increased.

This discrepancy can’t continue and a major correction will have to occur. The free-spending actions of Bush and Obama have only pushed that correction down the tracks a little further. We agree with the NIA that the U.S. is headed for an economic collapse.

The question is; are you prepared? If you have bought gold and silver, stockpiled food, water, guns and ammunition and are prepared to grow your own food and barter for more food, water and guns, you are as ready as you can be.

Get ready. The ride is about to get bumpy. And who knows? Obama may yet have another surprise for us in October.

More Moderate Message, Reid’s Troubles May Help Sharron Angle In November

More moderate message, Reid's troubles may help Sharron Angle in November Many GOP members and supporters have expressed concerns about the electability of Tea Party-backed candidates who run on controversial conservative platforms such as Medicare and Social Security privatization.

One of the most prominent supporters of this approach during the primary season was Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle, who is also an outspoken opponent of the Democratic-sponsored healthcare reform and many Federal institutions.

Recently, the 60-year-old politician sought to allay some of the fears that her staunch fiscal and constitutional conservatism may turn off the more moderate GOP and independent voters, by saying that she will be a "mainstream Senator."

In that vein, her website now states that "as a teacher and grandmother of 10, there is no one more committed to education than Sharron Angle," although she had previously campaigned on the platform of abolishing the Department of Education.

While she may still face a tough task of convincing independent voters, Angle appears to have received an unexpected boon from the revelations by the Senate Majority Leader’s former campaign manager Don Williams, who suggested that the politician may have accepted undeclared donations from individuals involved in prostitution in Nevada.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19937993-ADNFCR

Do you believe the United States is going to experience hyperinflation?

Dear Bob,
Do you believe the United States is going to experience hyperinflation?

A: The U.S. system is on track for hyperinflation because money printing and the consequence, depreciation (inflation) of the currency, is a certain but unannounced U.S. policy.

A debt crisis is always followed by money printing which has always debauched the currency, collapsed the bond market and brought public confidence to zero. This calls for revolution and regime change. Those who have any credibility or leadership have to restore confidence by changing the system or at least deceive the population into believing that they have a new system.

So what this means to every American is that he/she is faced with possible hyperinflation followed by collapse of the social, political and economic order.

Best Wishes,
Bob

Another California Court Rules Against Military Gay Ban

Another California court rules against military gay ban In the most recent challenge to the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy, a Federal judge in Riverside, California confirmed an earlier ruling from a San Francisco court that the act violates the Fifth and First Amendments to the United States Constitution and should not be enforced.

"The sweeping reach of the restrictions on speech in the "don’t ask, don’t tell" act is far broader than is reasonably necessary to protect the substantial government interest at stake here," said U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips, quoted by CNN.

The suit was formally filed against the Federal government. As such, the government is expected to ask for an injunction to prevent it from going into effect as appeals continue. Depending on the outcome, the next step will be to hear the case again in the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and, possibly, in the Supreme Court, the news provider reports.

Among the opponents of the ruling, Family Research Council President and Marine veteran Tony Perkins said this was a decision for Congress to make, and added that "once again, homosexual activists have found a judicial activist who will aid in the advancement of their agenda."ADNFCR-1961-ID-19938594-ADNFCR

CAPS Outlines Pitfalls Of An Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants

CFPC outlines pitfalls of an amnesty for illegal immigrants Some proponents of immigration reform, especially on the liberal left, would like to grant amnesty to illegal aliens who fulfill certain criteria and pay back taxes. They claim that it would help the economy, but at least one organization disagrees with this assertion.

In a new report, entitled No Home for Amnesty in a Sustainable America, Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), a non-profit organization, states that, historically, amnesty legislation ended up giving legal status to more people than what initial estimates suggested. For example, the 1986 amnesty program led to the naturalization of more than 3 million illegal immigrants, although authorities expected only about 1 million to be eligible.

The report further found that since 1986, six additional amnesties led nearly 6 million people to acquire legal status in the United States. Hence, the authors caution that this policy approach may end up attracting a new wave of illegal immigration, as foreigners will anticipate a future amnesty that will allow them to stay in the country.

"Amnesty legislation has not worked in the past, nor will it in the future, even if it is disguised under the rubric of ‘comprehensive immigration reform’," said Marilyn DeYoung, chairman of the board of CAPS.

She added that "America simply cannot grow on like this, and voters will have a hard time understanding how we can deter illegal behavior by rewarding illegal behavior."

CAPS researchers say that because of massive immigration, California has the lowest number of workers with a high school diploma in the nation.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19937402-ADNFCR

Chicago Mayor Not To Seek Reelection, Will Rahm Emanuel Run?

Chicago mayor not to seek reelection, will Rahm Emanuel run?In a bittersweet development for conservatives and gun rights supporters in Chicago, the city’s Mayor Richard M. Daley made the surprising announcement that he will step down when his term ends, after more than 20 years in power. However, Rahm Emanuel, the political arch-enemy of many conservatives, has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Daley.

"I’ve always believed that every person, especially public officials, must understand when it’s time to move on," the mayor said during a news conference at City Hall. "For me, that time is now."

Among the reasons for Daley’s decision, commentators have mentioned his wife’s deteriorating health and a series of political setbacks, including a failed bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games and the Supreme Court’s vote earlier this year to strike down the city’s long-standing handgun ban.

Daley has become known as a vocal proponent of gun control during his tenure.

It appears that all eyes are now turning to Emanuel, President Barack Obama’s controversial chief of staff, who had previously been quoted as saying he would like to run for mayor of Chicago.

He still has some time to make up his mind as the mayoral general election is scheduled for Feb. 22, 2011.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19937320-ADNFCR

NASA Psychologists Offer Survival Tips To Miners Trapped In Chile

NASA psychologists offer survival tips to miners trapped in ChileCatastrophes like the Chile mine collapse don’t happen often, but when they do survivors may be at a loss as to how to utilize the physical and emotional resources they have in order to make it until rescues arrive.

Recently, NASA experts provided advice for the trapped miners and those who provide psychological care to maximize their survival chances during what may be a months-long ordeal. This information can also come in handy to anyone who becomes trapped underground during other types of accidents or recreational activities such as spelunking.

The agency’s psychologist Al Holland, who was part of the delegation that visited the site, said it was important for the miners’ well-being to form an underground community with a hierarchy and establish different social groups, according to CNN.

He also stressed the importance of using lighting to maintain sleep and wake cycles in order to prevent signs of mental decline and confusion.

All of the consulted experts agreed that survival was only the first step and healthcare providers as well as families and the community will have to work together to help re-introduce the men to society both mentally and physically, especially in terms of returning to a solid-food diet, the news provider further reported.

The collapse at the San Jose mine occurred on Aug. 5 leaving 33 miners working 2,300 feet below the ground missing and presumed dead. However, 17 days later the authorities discovered all were alive and launched a rescue effort that may last until the end of this year.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19937159-ADNFCR

Who I’m Voting Against This Year

The best political fundraiser I’ve received this year came from a guy you’ve probably never heard of.  But what he represents is crucially important to our country this year, so let me tell you about it… and him.

The message began with an eye-catching photo.  Front and center, with that famous green face and black hat, was none other than Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.

Except it wasn’t Elphaba.  Thanks to some clever photo-shopping, it was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).  And the copy immediately under the photo began, “Help me defeat the Wicked Witch of the West.”  Well, let me tell you, with those nine simple words John Dennis had my attention… and soon thereafter, a political contribution as well.

As you’ve probably guessed, Dennis is running against Pelosi to serve as the Representative in the 8th Congressional District of California.  Now, since Pelosi represents what is probably the most left-leaning district in one of our most left-leaning states, I don’t figure his odds are very good.  After all, Pelosi got 70 percent of the vote two years ago.  To say that the fruits and nuts in San Francisco love her would be an understatement.

But my point is, I’m not voting for John Dennis; I’m voting against Nancy Pelosi.  And since it’s not legal for me to actually cast a ballot in that election, I’m doing the next best thing: I’m voting with my money.

You can, too.  If you’d like to cast a vote against the re-election of the nastiest Speaker of the House of Representatives in living memory, it’s simple: Go to www.johndennis2010.com and click on “donate.”  You can’t miss the big white-on-red icon; you’ll find it on every page on his website.

While you’re on your computer, here’s something else that will make you feel better.  Go into Word, or what other word-processing software you use.  Type a few words — say, “be gone, lady.”  And then create a file for that comment that you call “Nancy Pelosi.”

Once you’ve created the file, the next step is easy.  Call it up and click on the “delete” key.  Your computer will ask you something like, “Are you sure you want to remove Nancy Pelosi?”  Hit the yes key and, presto change, she’s gone.  Wasn’t that fun?

Sadly, removing the living, breathing Pelosi from her seat won’t be as easy.  But we can remove her from the job she covets more than anything else in the world.  On the first Tuesday of November we can make certain the Democrats lose their grip on the House of Representatives.  If that happens, she’ll lose her position as Speaker of the House.  And she’ll have to start paying for her own airline tickets, poor lady.

Pelosi is just one of the people I’m voting against this year.  Another is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).  I’ve already told you the story of the great pleasure I took in introducing his opponent to a standing, cheering, foot-stomping crowd of more than 2,000 people at FreedomFest in July.  If you missed that column, or would simply like to read it again, click here.

At the end of her speech, as she strolled off stage to a standing ovation, I presented Sharron Angle with the very first contribution she received that day.  I’m delighted to report that by the end of the evening, my fellow conferees had added $60,000 to her campaign coffers.

Frankly, she’s going to need every penny and then some.  Reid has bragged that he will have a $20 million war-chest for his reelection campaign.  There are a lot of wealthy Democrats around the country who will cough up big bucks to keep Obama’s best buddy in the Senate.

Not to mention the union goons in Las Vegas, who can be counted on to pull every dirty trick imaginable to smear Angle and get out the vote for their guy.  Come Election Day in Nevada, the “graveyard shift” may take on a whole new meaning.  So if you’d like to “vote” along with me, and you don’t live in Nevada either, click on www.sharronangle.com.

For me, the Nevada Senate campaign is twofer.  By sending a contribution to Angle, I get to put my money where my mouth is and vote against Reid.  If he loses, that’s something I’ll be able to point to with pride for a long, long time.

But I also get to support someone I actually like.  Angle strikes me as just what we need in Washington — someone who is feisty, fearless and committed to her principles.  If she does win, am I afraid that she’ll follow the same path of so many other politicians and “go to Washington and turn left”?  Sure, it’s possible.  But even if she turns out to be the most scheming Machiavellian since Lyndon Johnson, so what?  She’ll still be a Senate newbie, without any of the power, perks and position of the current Majority Leader.

What a defeat it will be for the left if they lose both positions — Speaker of the House and Majority Leader of the Senate.  If that happens folks, you can count on Chip Wood pouring the expensive bubbly on Nov. 2.  (Or maybe Nov. 3, if we have to wait until all the West Coast results are in.)

By the way, the technique I’m describing works just as well if you want to vote for someone who is running in another district or another state.  I’m proud to say that I helped pull off one of the greatest political upsets of the year with my contributions to Rand Paul in Kentucky.

I supported him before the Republican primary and you can bet I’ll support him again between now and Election Day.  If he turns out to be half the maverick libertarian-independent his dad is, I’ll be bragging about his victory, and my very small role in it, for years to come.  If you’d like to join me, go to www.randpaul2020.com.

There was another stunning upset of a RINO Republican several thousand miles northwest of me when Joe Miller defeated Lisa Murkowski in the Republican primary in Alaska.  I can’t claim I had any role in this one.  The check I send Joe next week will be the first donation I’ve made to his campaign.

But if he does nothing else, his defeat of the Murkowski machine deserves some support.  So let me include his campaign website, too.  It’s http://joemiller.us. Maybe if enough of us send him a few bucks he can afford to buy a razor.

So is there anyone I like running in my neighborhood, where I’ll actually get to put an “X” by his name on my ballot box?  I’m glad you asked.  Here in Florida, I really like Marco Rubio, the former state legislator who frightened one of the sleaziest politicians in the state — our current governor, Charlie Crist — into abandoning his principles, his promises and his party.

I don’t know if Rubio can win in a three-way election. His Democratic opponent will get a lot of votes from the knee-jerk Democrats (and we have a lot of them in Florida) who only cast their ballot for candidates with “Democrat” after their name.  Since he’s running as an independent, I don’t think Charlie Crist has a chance to win.  But he may take away enough votes from the middle to cost Marco Rubio the election.

If you’d like to keep this from happening and you don’t live in the Sunshine State, you can still “vote” for Rubio by going to www.marcorubio.com.

Okay, there you have it: Several ideas on how you can help our country by voting against some people who need to be kicked out of their powerful posts and plush offices.  But I’m sure there are many more people out there who deserve our support… or our approbation.  And there are some political-action groups that do wonderful work all over the country with the contributions they receive.

So it’s your turn.  Use the comments section below to tell me who you’re voting against and why:  And even some of the people and organizations you support.  Hey, we all know that money talks.  Let’s do our part to make certain it’s shouting for freedom this fall.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

— Chip Wood

A Little Pun-ishment For You

*Lighten up, for goodness’ sakes.  Yes, we’ve been pretty serious for the past few issues of Chip Shots and Straight Talk. (And come to think of it, in This Week in History, too.)  So this week, let’s lighten up a bit.

An alert reader told me that, because of the weak business climate, there will be a ton of mergers and acquisitions coming down the pike.  He urged me to “get in on the ground floor.”  If we do, he promised, we can make some big bucks.  I know you’ll want to get in on some of these deals, too. So as a public service, here’s an advance peek at some of the headlines you’ll be seeing in the coming weeks and months:

  • Hale Business Systems will enter into a four-way merger with Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush Co., and W.R. Grace. The new entity will be known as Hale Mary Fuller Grace.
  • Polygram Records, Warner Bros. and Zesta® Crackers will unite to become Poly Warner Cracker.
  • Zippo Manufacturing, Audi Motors, Dofasco and Dakota Mining will merge to become ZipAudiDoDa.
  • FedEx and its major competitor, UPS, will soon be one entity. Yes, it will be known as FedUP.
  • Think that’s bad? In one of the most unusual mergers ever, Knott’s Berry Farm and the National Organization for Women will merge to become Knott NOW!
  • Finally, Victoria’s Secret and Smith & Wesson will merge under their new name, TittyTittyBangBang.

And that, I think, is pun-ishment enough for one day.

— Chip Wood

Uncertainty About Double-dip Recession Prompts Investors To Buy Gold

Gold prices remained flat during the last two days, but were still near their record highs, as a new survey found that a significant majority of Americans now fear that a double-dip recession is going to happen after all.

Some 65 percent of the respondents expressed this view, according to StrategyOne, a global consultancy. Of those, approximately 44 percent say it will be more severe than the previous recession and 21 percent worry it will be significantly worse.

"The consumer economic engine which drives our growth is either stalled or stuck in first gear," said Bradley Honan, senior vice president of StrategyOne.

He added that "until consumers feel more confident and are willing to spend more freely, growth will likely be anemic at best."

In fact, the survey found that in the next few months, about 41 percent of people are planning to cut back on their spending, nearly 80 percent say they will spend less this Christmas, and almost 90 percent admit that they won’t make a big-ticket purchase in the next three to four months.

In view of these results, individuals who are concerned about preserving their wealth and assets may turn to precious metals such as gold for safe investment options. On Sept. 8, gold futures for December delivery traded at $1,255 an ounce at 9:24 a.m. on the COMEX in New York, and the metal has increased in value by 15 percent so far this year, according to Bloomberg.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19937930-ADNFCR

Social Engineering Bill In Senate Will Force You Into City

A social engineering bill to restrict residence in the suburbs and rural areas and force Americans into city centers has passed the United States Senate Banking Committee and is on the fast track to passage in the Senate.

The bill is called the Livable Communities Act (SB 1619) and it was introduced by corruptocrat outgoing Senator Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.). It seeks to fulfill the United Nation’s plan Agenda 21, adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and signed onto by “New World Order” President George H.W. Bush.

This bill is designed to destroy your community. According to the non-profit American Policy Center the bill:

  • Is a blueprint for the transformation of our society into total Federal control.
  • Will enforce Federal Sustainable Development zoning and control of local communities.
  • Will create a massive new “development” bureaucracy.
  • Will drive up the cost of energy to heat and cool your home.
  • Will drive up the cost of gasoline as a way to get you out of your car.
  • Will force you to spend thousands of dollars on your home in order to comply.

A carrot and stick policy will be used to get your local government to sign on. The carrot is billions of dollars in grants available if your local government agrees to amend zoning laws that restrict housing in outlying areas, forcing people to give up their homes and land and move into the city center.

The stick will be denial of the funds and bad publicity generated by “Green” organizations criticizing government officials for turning down free money.

The rub is the grants will come with strings attached that force local governments to bend to the will of the Feds.

The idea of these social engineering initiatives is to force people to live in a congested area in high rise buildings with housing on the upper floors and stores on the bottom. The whole area will be linked by mass transit creating the “utopian” communities loved by socialists.

The result will be higher costs for housing (because overcrowding will make housing space a premium) and goods and services (because of less choice and competition) and less freedom to move about (because cars won’t be necessary and parking space will be prohibitively expensive).

As we pointed out here President Barack Obama is — not surprisingly — an advocate of this type of nonsense. And his cabinet is populated by elitists who think they know better than you how you should live.

It is imperative that you call your two Senators immediately and tell them to oppose Dodd’s SB1619.

Fahrenheit 450

I remember the first time I read Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. I was a prisoner in an 8th grade English class. I also knew I was going to be facing Ayn Rand and George Orwell, with Anthem and Animal Farm looming on the syllabus. The teacher was clearly working on a bit of a motif.

The only motif my teenage mind could discern was: “Truckload of homework.” The teacher was endeavoring to instill a more profound lesson: Literary and intellectual oppression is anathema to civilized society. For those of you who are victims of teachers’ unions: Burning books is stupid.

Burning books also doesn’t work. The anti-intellectualism of someone who would torch even Al Franken’s idiotic drivel deserves even less respect than the driveller himself. Don’t sell Al’s deepest thoughts short — there’s that wobbly leg on the coffee table, for instance. More to the point: From the Nazi Säuberung to the Fairness Doctrine, even short-lived victories in a war on knowledge always end up buried under a pile of either bodies or ballots (in the Fairness Doctrine example, a pile of Dennis Kucinich speeches).

During my internment in 8th grade English, I would gladly have siphoned gas out of my teacher’s Oldsmobile to assist an effort to rid us of the collected works of Bradbury, Rand and Orwell.

I was 13. What’s Terry Jones’s excuse?

Jones, the pastor of the incongruously-monikered Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., has announced that he and his congregants will be marking the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by putting the Koran to the torch. Despite cautionary notes sounded by everyone from the local fire department to General David Petraeus, Jones is going ahead with his bonfire of the inanities. Jones says he and his congregation are making a statement about standing up to the forces of terrorism embodied by the Islamofacists who flew planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in rural Pennsylvania.

I say Jones is playing the part of a lowbrow Macbeth (bet Jones is no fan of Shakespeare, either). By throwing his pyrotechnic tantrum, he’s offering sound and fury, but signifying very little.

Standing up to the forces of extremism and stupidity by acting in an extremely stupid manner is… extremely stupid. I have perused the Koran and remain decidedly non-Muslim (it’s a bacon thing). Nor do I have any desire to set my copy on fire, because it’s a really nice leather bound edition and I am intelligent enough to read divergent doctrine and/or opinion without being overcome with the urge to reach for a lighter (or shop for a new vest in the Semtex department).

However, Jones and his flock burning the Koran won’t further inflame the hatred of those who venerate the 9/11 hijackers. Gainesville, Fla., is also home to the University of Florida. Give an Islamofascist an eyeful of what the Gator coeds are wearing on campus and the Dove World Outreach Center might as well festoon their building with flaming Suras.

“Akbar, did you see the church in Gainesville has burned the Koran?”

“I did, Mustafa. But did you see that girl outside the student union? I COULD SEE HER ARMS ABOVE THE WRISTS!”

“THAT’S IT! DEATH TO THE INFIDELS!!”

They’ve already drawn their proverbial line in the rubble. Besides, we’re already fighting them and have been for the better part of a decade. And for the millions of Muslims worldwide who want nothing to do with the Al-Qaida/Taliban brand of Islam, most are either smart enough to recognize crazy when they see it or will shake their heads with the same sad bewilderment which I feel every time Chris Matthews starts talking about Obama-induced tingling in his lower extremities.

I suppose I should note that liberals are — predictably — trying to cast Jones and his minions as members of the “religious right.” I should subsequently direct you to the aforementioned Fairness Doctrine for an example of who the Islamofascists’ kindred spirits are on this side of the pond.

The real issue here is that Terry Jones and the Dove World Outreach Centrists are morons, albeit morons basking in their 15 minutes of fame. They don’t represent the American people, so President Obama can scrap his latest apology to nations which stone women for flashing their ankles, and MSNBC’s “hosts” can stop wringing their hands.

If you burn books, you’re just an idiot — nothing more. If you’re concerned about idiots, look for the smoke, then walk the other way.

Yoga Training May Facilitate Breast Cancer Recovery

Yoga Training May Facilitate Breast Cancer RecoveryMental health and quality of life are among the most important elements of the recovery process after invasive medical treatments, such as breast cancer surgery. Fortunately, a new study has shown that lower anxiety levels in individuals who practice a special type of yoga may improve the recovery process.

Researchers from the University of Alberta in Canada analyzed questionnaires from women who participated in a 10-week session of Iyengar yoga before and after the regimen was completed.

They discovered that a staggering 94 percent of the patients reported improvements in their quality of life, 88 percent felt better physically and overwhelming majorities saw an increase in happiness and lower levels of fatigue.

The women also tended to have a better body image and lower levels of stress and depression.

The study was recently detailed in the journal Cancer Nursing, and the researchers say they plan to use upcoming Iyengar yoga sessions to examine how the practice affects recovering cancer patients’ joint range of motion, upper body strength and balance.ADNFCR-1960-ID-19927197-ADNFCR