A Healthy Diet Can Protect An Individuals’ Memory

A healthy diet can protect an individuals' memoryPatients who are at risk for developing Alzheimer's disease (AD) may find that adding vitamin B12 to their diet could help reduce their chances of experiencing memory loss, according to a new study published in Neurology.

Researchers used blood samples from 271 Finnish people between 65 and 70 years old. None of the participants had dementia when the study began.

The subjects were followed for seven years. Seventeen of them developed AD during the course of the study. Blood samples were then taken from these individuals and were tested for the amino acid homocysteine, which is associated with vitamin B12 as well as an active portion of the vitamin, called holotranscobalamin.

Previous studies have already indicated that high amounts of homocysteine in the blood can have negative effects on the brain. However, these levels can be lowered with vitamin B12.

For the current study, the scientists discovered that increasing the active form of vitamin B12 may reduce the risk for developing AD.

Babak Hooshmand, the study's lead author, said that although more research needs to be conducted, vitamin B12 could be used as a "supplement to help protect memory." Individuals could consume foods that contain this vitamin, such as fish and poultry.

Obama On Five-state Campaign Swing To Stump For Democratic Candidates

Obama on five-state campaign swing to stump for Democratic candidatesPresident Barack Obama recently embarked on a four-day tour across five states in an attempt to garner support for Democratic candidates before November's midterm elections.

According to media reports, Obama's campaign swing is his longest of the season. The President's goal is to entice undecided voters with stops in Oregon, Washington state, California, Nevada and Minnesota. Liberal politicians fear an anti-incumbent backlash because of a struggling economy, high unemployment rates and a poor housing market, which could lead to a Republican majority in the House of Representatives.

Vice President Joe Biden, his wife, Jill, and First Lady Michelle Obama are also on the campaign trail in an effort to help Democratic candidates. If conservatives gain control of the House or Senate, Obama's political agenda is likely to be significantly hampered.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, United States Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is looking forward to a shift in power because he believes Obama governs "faster and looser with the rules with very little justification than George W. Bush did."

If Republicans win control of the House, Issa will become the next chairman of the Oversight Committee. He told the news source that the Federal Reserve lacks transparency, and he would like to hold the government more accountable.

"We do have to have a select team in the House and the Senate, really be able to look in-depth behind the curtain, rather than simply have the Fed chairman come up and lecture us," Issa said.

On the campaign trail, the President is also stumping for gubernatorial candidates because state government leaders can help draw new congressional districts in a once-a-decade process that begins next year.

Facing Unexpected Challenge In Massachusetts, Barney Frank Comes Under Attack From Some Gays, Too

Facing unexpected challenge in Massachusetts, Barney Frank comes under attack from some gays, tooCongressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is the only openly homosexual member of Congress, and has been outspoken on gay rights issues, including "don't ask, don't tell." However, with just a few days left before the midterm elections, Frank is being attacked by a gay organization.

The conservative GOProud is launching an ad campaign — titled "The Real Democrats of DC" — attacking Democratic leaders, including Frank, for the high level of national debt, spending and continuing unemployment, according to media reports.

Calling Frank "an absolute embarrassment," Christopher R. Barron, chairman of GOProud's Board of Directors, said that "he represents the worst kind of Washington politician," and added that the congressman "gleefully acts as an attack dog for radical left-wing special interests."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) are also targeted by new GOProud's campaign.

Meanwhile, Frank, who has been serving in the House of Representatives since 1981, is facing an unexpected challenge from Republican opponent Sean Bielat. Although the incumbent still leads by 49 to 37 percent, Bielat has out-raised Frank both in September and so far this month, according to media reports. 

Taxpayers Union Group Backs Sharron Angle For U.S. Senate In Nevada

Federal government puts anti-bullying onus on schoolsThe National Taxpayers Union Campaign Fund (NTUCF) has endorsed Sharron Angle over incumbent Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for U.S. Senate in Nevada.

The NTUCF, the political action arm of the 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union, is supporting the Republican candidate because of her pledge to reform the tax code, limit entitlement spending and end the abusive practice of earmarking.

"These promises are refreshing and admirable at a time when fiscal discipline in Congress is so low," NTUCF president Duane Parde said.

Politico.com reports that the most recent polls favor Angle heading into the Nov. 2 midterm elections despite the fact that she has been criticized for certain statements made during her campaign. This includes her suggestion that unhappy conservatives might use "Second Amendment remedies" to protect themselves against the government and her defense of the view that the Constitution doesn't explicitly separate church and state.

Most recently, Angle drew ire from a Hispanic high school group when she said that some Latinos look Asian, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Reid, the current Senate Majority Leader, has criticized his opponent for avoiding reporters and not addressing her controversial remarks.

According to the news provider, Angle's campaign officials admitted that the candidate is keeping a low-profile and playing it safe in the final days before the election, employing a strategy typically used by an incumbent. Battling criticism over his involvement in the passing of the Federal stimulus package and healthcare legislation, Reid has been more aggressive on the campaign trail. 

Halloween, NPR, Saluting Veterans And The Nanny State

*If Obama made the rules for Halloween. The funniest cartoon I’ve seen in a while featured three little tykes, dressed in their Halloween costumes, knocking on someone’s door. A guy opens it and says, “Look how much candy you have! I’m going to take half and give it to the kids too lazy to go trick-or-treating for themselves!” Then he grabs half their goodies. One kid turns to the other two and says, “Oh, crap, a Democrat.”

*Time to make it National Private Radio. I’ve got to admit, I’m glad NPR fired Juan Williams for his allegedly “intemperate” remark about feeling nervous when he sees Muslims in burqas board the same plane he’s on. Maybe Congress will finally get fed up enough with this bastion of political correctness and shove them away from the government trough. Let’s hope the new Congress tackles this soon after taking office next January.

*Do they do this at every airport? I was at the Atlanta airport last week, waiting for my wife to arrive from Washington, when I saw an amazing sight. An older gentleman carrying the American flag came marching proudly through the lobby. He was followed by 15 or 20 soldiers dressed in battle fatigues. As they walked toward security, the crowd began to applaud. Many in the area stood up; some even saluted. You could see our soldiers standing a little straighter and looking a little prouder as they passed in front of us.

*Big nanny government strikes again. The Federal government just learned something that most literate Americans have known for years — something printed in all capitals is harder to read than upper and lower case. So guess what? Our masters in Washington have ordered every city and town in the country to change their street signs from all caps to capitals and lower case. Why did they have it wrong for all these years? Because of other Federal regulations, of course! Want to guess how many millions of dollars this will cost?

— Chip Wood

Dirty Tricks

Reports of ballot problems and possible election fraud are already beginning to surface as the elected elites do all they can to maintain a grip on their power.

In Nevada, where the Service Employees International Union holds a lot of sway and SEIU goons maintain the ballot machines, there are complaints that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s name comes pre-checked on the ballot. In Chicago there are reports that absentee ballots are going through a clearing house before being sent along to their proper court or city clerk. And in Pennsylvania there are claims that candidates are flooding the county voter registration offices with fraudulent applications for absentee ballots.

In previous elections — Minnesota Senator Al Franken and Washington Senator Patty Murray to name two — the elites used multiple and selected recounts to skew the results until the outcome fell in their favor. Expect it to happen again.

As you go to the polls, whether it’s in the next few days in early voting or on election Tuesday, watch carefully for irregularities or signs of intimidation. If you see any, report them to an election official or law enforcement. The elites will stop at nothing to hold onto their power.

Wait Until We Throw These Rascals Out

I read a very depressing statistic last week. In a nationwide poll, some 63 percent of adult Americans said they do not think they will be able to maintain their present standard of living much longer, much less improve it.

This made me very sad — and a little bit angry, too. Sad, because for 200 years, this country held out the promise of a better life to everyone who was willing to work for it. We could argue for hours about what America means to each of us. But for all of my life, until now, it meant the opportunity to build a better life — and to expect that your children would achieve even more than you have.

My grandparents arrived here as penniless immigrants. They never took a dime of charity. They would have slit their wrists before accepting welfare. As new arrivals from Ireland in the early 20th century, they saw “Irish Need Not Apply” signs on many businesses. But they took what work they could find, kept all three of their children clothed and fed — and made sure that each of them was raised to believe they could do better.

And every one of them did. My mother was offered a full scholarship to college, but had to turn it down. Instead, her parents gave her a used typewriter for her 16th birthday and told her to go to work. Neither her brother or sister went to college either, but both went on to lead successful, productive lives.

My mother’s passion for this country and the principles on which it was founded was boundless. She was fierce, feisty and absolutely unshakeable. She was a friend to every refugee from communism, helping hundreds of them get settled in Cleveland, Ohio and start building a better life there. If you’ve been reading this column for very long you know I’m also a staunch advocate of the principles she held dear.

But now we’re told that two out of every three people in this country expect their lives to get worse, not better? That would have made my mother angry. It gets me mad, too — mad at the sick ideology that is perverting the American Dream.

I’m referring here to the left’s favorite gambit, the politics of envy. For more than a hundred years, their lackeys in the media, our schools, in labor unions and worst of all, in government, have used class warfare in their effort to divide and conquer us.

They’ve promised that, if someone has more than you do, just vote for them and they’ll take some of the “extra” and give it to you. For more than a century, the left has proven the wisdom of the old adage, he who robs Peter to pay Paul can count on the vote of Paul. As the left has proven, there are a lot of Pauls out there.

Their redistributionist philosophy is nothing more than theft. They steal from you, and from every other productive American, in two ways. First, by demanding half of the fruits of your labors in the form of taxes: Not just the income taxes you pay to the Federal government, most states and many cities, but also in the unseen taxes they levy on everything you buy, use and consume.

But their second way of confiscating your wealth is even worse. It is by creating “money” out of thin air — the massive inflation of our currency that destroys the purchasing power of the dollar. The deliberate debasement of a country’s currency is one of the worst crimes a government can commit against its own citizens.

God merely asks you to tithe — to give 10 percent of your earnings to Him and His works. He promises you a better life if you do, but does not threaten you (at least in this life) if you don’t. Government, however, is far more demanding. You are required to “voluntarily" surrender half of everything you earn. If you refuse, they will harass you, seize your property, confiscate your wealth and even send you to prison.

Ah, but you’ve heard this rant before. So instead of repeating it again, let me share some good news with you. Come next Tuesday, we’re going to throw a whole bunch of the rascals out.

Barack Obama and his supporters insisted on nationalizing the 2008 elections. That is, they made every race for the House and Senate a mandate about “the failed George Bush administration.” They succeeded beyond their wildest dreams, giving them the biggest majorities in Congress seen since Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Ah, but now that snake has turned around and bitten them you-know-where. Thanks to the arrogant overreach of Obama and his allies, next week’s elections have also been nationalized. And a huge number of voters can’t wait to cast their ballots against our socialist president. Count me among them.

I’ve already made plans for the “Take Back America” party I’ll be hosting on Tuesday night. I think we’re going to have a lot to celebrate. I was in Atlanta last weekend for a family affair and loved seeing the headline in the local paper, “Election Day looking grim for Democrats.” The article below said that “Democrats [are] facing the possible loss of the House and trying to hang onto the Senate.” We’ll see, but I for one am hoping their worst fears come true.

By the way, permit a brief aside. For nearly 30 years, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was part of my daily reading. I hated the liberal bias of the paper, but it was the only game in town. For more than four decades, the AJC tried to out-liberal The New York Times. The Cox family, which owned the paper, along with our largest radio and TV stations, considered themselves the southern Kennedys. And they were as subtle about their biases as their hero, Ted.

Do I expect to see some substantial conservative gains next week? You betcha. But here’s something that may surprise you:

The most important elections next Tuesday won’t be reported on the network news shows.

Yes, the races for the House and Senate are certainly significant. You could even argue that the future of free enterprise depends on them. But consider this: The contests for 37 state governorships and several thousand seats in the various state legislatures are even more important.

I say this for two reasons: One, it is the states that will determine the redistricting that must take place next year. Whatever they do will play a large part in deciding congressional elections for the next 10 years.

You probably already knew that. But here’s something you may not have considered: It is the states, even more than the new Congress, that will decide how far to go in challenging Washington’s enormous appetite for power and pelf.

Already, the attorneys general in 18 states have sued to stop Obamacare in their jurisdictions. But that’s just the beginning. In a couple of weeks, I’ll be writing about one of the most exciting developments I’ve seen in the past 40 years — the growing interest in the nullification movement. Thomas Jefferson had the right idea about how the states could stop an out-of-control Federal government: Just say no!

The revolution starts next Tuesday. I hope you enjoy it.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

— Chip Wood

A Healthy Diet Can Boost The Body’s Immune System

A healthy diet can boost the body's immune systemMore than 200 viruses can cause the common cold and produce symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes, coughing or a runny nose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, experts suggest that there are a variety of healthy foods that individuals could consume in order to boost their immune systems.

Timi Gustafson, a Washington-based dietitian, wrote in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that eating fruits and vegetables is the easiest way a person can ward off infections and strengthen the immune system. This includes foods that are rich in antioxidants and is due in part to the fact that antioxidants may prevent toxins, which can cause colds and infections, from harming the body.

There are some foods that contain higher amounts of antioxidants, like beta-carotene or carentoids, than others. Fruits and vegetables that are bright in color such as watermelons, mangoes, apricots, peaches, tangerines or grapefruit are rich in beta-carotene, the news provider reports. Carrots, broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes and beets also fall into this category.

Maintaining a healthy, nutritional diet may also have other benefits. Gustafson wrote in the news source that these types of foods contain nutrients that support the immune system against and protect against inflammatory risks. As a result, these foods may prevent problems associated with allergies or other inflammations.

A Kentucky Kicker

The mainstream media headlines carried the story aloft like banners at one of those left-wing “Keep America Stupid” rallies. “Woman Attacked by Rand Paul Supporter.” “Rand Paul Thugs Stomp Democratic Woman.”

Democrats, driven to the heights of hysteria by an impending Election Day which may well send Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to smaller digs, and her Senatorial Deputy Droopalong Harry Reid (D-Nev.) back to Reno, were literally driven to paroxysms of joy at the images of a purported Paul backer taking President Barack Obama’s own strategy of “stepping on their necks” a little too literally.

Given the leftward lean of the MSM, the story was reported with the breathless excitement of a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals member hearing the tofu delivery guy pulling up in his Prius. In fact, the casual observer might have thought Paul himself had ordered the assault. With Paul gripping a double-digit lead in the Bluegrass State’s Senate race, the left thought they might have been handed the October Surprise they needed. 

But Rand Paul had nothing to do with the alleged assault on Lauren Valle, not that you’d know it from the MSM accounts. In fact, the real story here is merely sad; the political propulsion is conspicuously contrived. A man behaved badly and his comeuppance shall come to pass soon enough. 

For her own part, Valle, a member of the George Soros-backed Moveon.org hate battalion, had arrived at the Kentucky debate to “present” Paul with an admittedly fake “award” for “service to” (something suitably conservative and therefore evil, stupid and/or racist… blah, blah, blah). So, Valle, like her ideological masters at the Soros School for the Simpleminded, has no class.

Neither does the guy who posed for the “Man most likely to be fired by the Paul campaign” photo with his brogan on her noggin. And that should be it. Case closed. The aggressor gets the hook from the Paul camp, everyone agrees hitting girls, even stupid, rude and/or communist girls, is unacceptable; and we “moveon.org” to “Election Day.conservative.”

Sadly, to quote ESPN’s Lee Corso:  “Not so fast, my friend!”

This wasn’t Service Employees International Union purple-shirted stormtroopers getting physical with senior citizens who object to Obamacare in Florida. Nor was it SEIU goons (again) pounding on some black guy who dared to be different in the Show-Me State (conservative activist and assault victim Kenneth Gladney). This wasn’t the New Black Panther Party toy soldiers waving bats outside polling places. In fact, this isn’t even a story about some wingnut assaulting a woman at the same debate mere minutes before the alleged attack on Valle

The Paul/Conway debate debacle is an opportunity to paint Paul as a fascist and his supporters as goose-steppers. Those aforementioned tales of liberal violence directed toward conservatives are documented fact, but they certainly don’t jibe with the Left’s last-ditch efforts to steer the Hope and Change Express back onto the Political Relevancy Parkway, so they don’t grab the headlines. 

In actuality, the Battle of the Bluegrass Beatdown is a shallow tale. It’s supposed to go: Guy hits girl. Guy faces punishment. However, in the days of Democrat desperation, the progressive progression now reads: 

  • Guy hits girl. 
  • Media checks guy’s political persuasion. 
  • Guy turns out to be Republican. 
  • Media claims guy is representative of all Republicans. 
  • Guy faces punishment for alleged assault. 
  • GOP faces media lynching for encouraging violence. 

Of course, if the avowed offense had been committed by one of Obama’s true-blue (state) toadies, the progression would follow thusly:

  • Guy hits girl. 
  • Media misses attack while bending over to tie shoes. 
  • Guy goes back to SEIU local HQ and has beer with fellow goons. 
  • Girl goes home, forgotten. 
  • Media ignores attack, and blames GOP for making poor SEIU thugs so angry.

I am not so foolish to suggest that the Republicans are entirely a decent lot, devoid of philistine and clod. However, as a self-manufactured electoral doom rises to greet the Democrats, some of their behavior is repellent to the core, regardless of whether the MSM chooses to acknowledge it.

Nonetheless, what we have in the Story of the Stomping of Valle is breathtakingly simple: Some people are cretins, political persuasion be damned. Valle may be a lunatic who’s allowed a tinfoil-hat brigade like Moveon.org take control of her underemployed cranium — but that means she deserves to be educated, enlightened, and if she won’t learn the errors of her liberal ways — ignored; not pounded like an Obamacare opponent who stopped to ask for directions at the local SEIU chapter.

Whichever way you choose to cast your ballot this Tuesday, remember:  Don’t hit girls — even when the Democrats say it’s all right.

A Most Solemn Trust

Depending upon what the voting public does, Tuesday’s election could be a watershed event in American history, or it could be one more lost opportunity — and maybe the last opportunity.

If voters elect enough Constitutionally-minded candidates the political establishment will be turned upside down. Be sure you know who they are. As Samuel Adams said, "The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.”

There are a few that stand out: Senate candidates Rand Paul in Kentucky, Joe Miller in Alaska, Sharron Angle in Nevada and Christine O’Donnell in Delaware; and there are some good ones running for House seats as well. The Gubernatorial elections this year are likewise important, particularly if you value the 10th Amendment.

No, it won’t be enough to overturn the fascist system that’s been created over the last 90-plus years. But it will be enough to halt the slide into complete totalitarianism — if those newly-elected stay true to their principles.

Voting is an important duty for Americans who value freedom and liberty. Unfortunately, too many have neglected this duty for too long, either  by not voting or by taking the easy route and voting for a name they’ve heard for years or for someone based on the recommendation of friends and relatives. This has put us in the situation we find ourselves.

As you prepare to vote next Tuesday, remember these other words by Adams, "Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country."

Veterans’ Group Rips Alan Grayson Over His Lack Of Support For The Troops

Veterans' group rips Alan Grayson over his lack of support for the troopsRepresentative Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) may be a darling of the liberal left and boast endorsement from director Oliver Stone, but it turns out he has struggled to gain support among some veteran groups. 

Grayson has received official support from Veterans of Foreign Wars Political Action Committee (VFW PAC), but other organizations have been less forthcoming.

For example, a group called Patriotic Veterans has blasted VFW PAC over its endorsement. It called it "preposterous" given Grayson's vote in the House of Representatives on July 1 on an amendment that would have withheld funding for the troops in Afghanistan unless the money was used for defensive purposes or withdrawal efforts.

According to Retired Colonel Charles Thomann, who serves as the organization's national spokesman, the congressman's attitude could put troops in danger.

"I urge Florida veterans to take a close look at Congressman Grayson's record on military issues before casting their vote. When it came time to back up our fighting men and women, Alan Grayson went AWOL," Thomann added.

Grayson came to national attention in September 2009 when he implied that Republicans' plan for Americans could be summarized as "don't get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly," during a debate over the healthcare reform on the floor of the House. 

In The Red Zone

Ah, autumn. The morning air is crisp, like the money Obamacare will lift from your wallet. Your breath begins to fog the air like the teary-eyed mewling of global warming pseudo-scientists. Temperatures drop like President Barack Obama’s approval ratings. The foliage erupts with hues reminiscent of John Boehner’s face and Maureen Dowd’s hair. Meanwhile, Americans gather in living rooms across the nation and drink cheap beer, eat the kind of food which makes cardiologists put down deposits on new Mercedes S-Class sedans, and roar for their favorites to push the ball across the goal line.

Oh, and there’s that whole “midterm election” thing, which is nowhere near the red, white and blue Americana as NFL Sundays and their attendant heartache and heartburn; but a great deal more heartwarmingly patriotic than two more years of saying “Speaker Pelosi.”

As Republicans roll toward a possible capture of both houses of Congress, and Democrats begin calling the movers and packing their “Most Likely to Win the Convicted Felon Vote” trophies, I decided to add a little pigskin patois to the upcoming electoral proceedings, and offer a look at a few races which are demonstrative of the changing tide of American politics. Obviously, I’m not going to cover the whole electoral gridiron, Personal Liberty Digest patriots, there’s always room in the comments section.

Sharron Angle v. Harry Reid
U.S. Senate — Nevada

The Mean Girl versus the Milquetoast. Republicans can take control of both Houses, a conservative revolution can grip the nation like Michael Moore getting his paws on the last hot-glazed at Krispy Kreme, and the Dems will still breathe a collective sigh of relief if Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s purse-porter can somehow hang on in the Silver State. Reid has lived on the edge in recent years, using the liberal bent of the mainstream media to hide everything from Jack Abramoff ties to patronage scandals. With Pelosi beyond the GOP’s reach inside her wealthy San Francisco perimeter, Reid is the top 2010 target. Reid’s political longevity may work in his favor, but familiarity has bred some serious contempt for incumbents this season. If Angle was slightly less gaffe-prone, Reid, a former boxer, would be on the canvas for good. As it is, this one is going down to the wire, with neither candidate able to cross the 50 percent approval Rubicon in 2010. I’ll call it an upset, with the aging champ finally taking the tumble.
Pick: Angle 50.5-47

Chris Coons v. Christine O’Donnell
U.S. Senate — Delaware

Something tells me that Christine O’Donnell is less of a legitimate candidate, and more of a statement by the Tea Party that the GOP had better get used to playing ball. After all, this race wasn’t supposed to be a race at all. Mike Castle should have locked this one up back when Joe Biden bounced to go play Johnny to Obama’s Señor Wences. But O’Donnell, backed by the Tea Party, showed Castle the door, simultaneously allowing otherwise forgettable Democrat Chris Coons to sneak through. I’m sure conservatives would love to claim this one is in play, but O’Donnell’s first ad was a plea to First Staters to trust that she wasn’t auditioning for Macbeth in her spare time. We’ve all heard the adage: “any publicity is good publicity.” Not necessarily, kids. With little else to fight over in Delaware, look for moderates to either stay home or begrudgingly cast ballots for Coons.
Pick: Coons 55-41

Michelle Bachmann v. Tarryl Clark
U.S. House — Minnesota (6)

Bachmann’s definitive statements infuriate Democrats and energize conservatives. Whether it’s her speculation that Obama “may have un-American views,” or her suggestion that some members of the Beltway crowd deserve investigation for “anti-Americanism,” Bachmann is one of those unapologetic types who make the wingnuts sputter with rage even more than normal. Her statement that opponents of the Ground Zero Mosque should be Federally investigated… oops, that was Nancy Pelosi. Both Bachmann and Clark are well-funded; and in what may well be an Electoral Waterloo for Democrats, they’d love to take Bachmann’s seat as a consolation prize. It won’t be easy — Bachmann has Tea Party backing, she’s a vigorous campaigner, and she’s a two-term incumbent.
Pick: Bachmann 52-46

Jerry Brown v. Meg Whitman
Governor — California

Where else? Former Governor, Mayor of Oakland, paramour of Linda Ronstadt and “Buddhist Economist” Jerry Brown heads into Election Day 2010 with a slight lead in most polls. The man dubbed “Governor Moonbeam” by some is by no means the strangest cat in California, but Meg Whitman’s campaign has done little to convince voters that Brown is an intellectual extraterrestrial. With Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger departing with approval ratings reminiscent of the disgraced Gray Davis (23 percent), it’s hard to imagine any Republican having any chance at all. But 2010 has been about as normal as the hairstyles on the Santa Monica pier. Whitman has a chance, but so do the rubes playing the nickel slots in Tahoe.
Pick: Brown 51-46

Barbara Boxer v. Carly Fiorina
U.S. Senate — California

It’s a good thing Californians don’t have photo arrays built into their voting machines. A casual glance at Boxer and Fiorina reveals an odd similarity of appearance. It’s also a good thing these two are not related, although Thanksgiving dinner at THAT house would be fun to watch — from outside. Boxer won by 20+ back in 2004, and Obama carried California by close to 25 points in 2008. But the economic meltdown which has hit the Golden State particularly hard, combined with Obama’s colossal ineptitude in response, has damaged Boxer’s chances somewhat. Considering Boxer lists so far to port that she actually refused to certify the 2004 Ohio election results based on the DNC’s fake Diebold-machine scandal, it’s safe to say that inland Golden Staters, who tend to lean right, may show up just to help Babs pack her bags. Neither Boxer nor Fiorina has 50 percent polling averages, with Boxer just ahead, I’m calling upset.
Pick: Fiorina 50.5-48

Proposition 19
Ballot initiative to decriminalize personal/recreational marijuana use

People who are unfamiliar with California’s internal politics probably assumed this was already the law of the land in the Golden State. Oddly, it isn’t. Perhaps more oddly, absolutely no one of significance on the California ballot supports it — including Jerry Brown, who would probably switch sides if the bill legalized LSD. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has stated that the Feds will pick up where the state leaves off if Prop 19 passes, which may actually boost Prop 19’s chances, especially if every pothead in California stumbles into the polls on Nov. 2.
Pick: NO 53-47

Ike Skelton v. Vicky Hartzler
U.S. House — Missouri (4)

The mere fact that Skelton’s seat is even threatened is newsworthy in and of itself. Skelton has represented Harry Truman’s old district for more than three decades, and is a reasonably moderate Democrat. Skelton is also the chairman of the powerful House Armed Services Committee, not a position normally held by a representative whose head may be on the block. Skelton held a double-digit polling lead a few months ago, but votes for TARP, the stimulus and Cap and Trade have dragged him into a dead heat with former State Legislator Hartzler. Skelton is nearly as old as Missouri statehood, and his clock may well be running out this time.
Pick: Hartzler 48-42.

Charlie Crist v. Marco Rubio v. Kendrick Meek
U.S. Senate — Florida

Charlie Crist used to be a Republican, more or less. Then, when former State Assemblyman Marco Rubio began showing signs of upending Crist in the GOP primary to replace the retiring Mel Martinez, Charlie dropped out to run as an independent. When conservatives statewide began showing signs of abandoning Crist, then he said he might caucus with Democrats if elected. When Crist said that his polling numbers against Rubio began to plunge like South Beach necklines. All of that was then. This is now. Rubio is way ahead to stay. Oh — Congressman Kendrick Meeks is the Democrat entry in this race. I’m sure someone will have a nice parting gift for him.
Pick: Rubio 47 – Crist 31 – Meek…a few.

Richard Blumenthal v. Linda McMahon
U.S. Senate — Connecticut

Ask any political satirist in the western world which race means the most, and they’ll probably tell you: “Sharron Angle versus Harry Reid.” Fair enough, the possible upset of the Desert Rat by The New York Times’ least favorite woman (other than Sarah Palin) is certainly newsworthy. But secretly, we all want Linda McMahon to give Richard Blumenthal a game. After all, if the former WWE executive wins, the jokes pretty much write themselves for the next six years. Just imagine the headlines the morning after a McMahon upset:

“Linda Lays the Smackdown!”
“McMahon Bodyslams Blumenthal”

This one should have been what the wrestling biz calls a “squash match.” In the race to replace the retiring Chris Dodd, Blumenthal has done as much to keep McMahon in the match as she has for herself. He exaggerated his military service record, which in actuality makes John Kerry a regular Audie Murphy by comparison. He flat-out lied about never accepting PAC money while bagging more than $200,000 in the first quarter of 2010 alone. And then there was that YouTube-tastic moment during the debate when McMahon choke-slammed him (see?) on job creation.

Nonetheless, recent polling has Blumenthal’s lead hovering in the double-digit arena. McMahon will have to come off the top rope with a serious elbow to win this belt. (I couldn’t resist.)
Pick: Blumenthal 54-44

There are quite a few races which I could have mentioned; but bandwidth trumps punditry. Alabama’s 2nd is worth a look, as is Colorado’s 7th. Joe Sestak has come back from the dead against Pat Toomey in the race to fill the Pennsylvania Senate seat which Arlen Specter essentially abdicated. In Ohio, former GOP congressional heavyweight John Kasich holds a slim margin over gubernatorial incumbent Ted Strickland.

And let’s not forget New York’s gubernatorial race, where hookers statewide harbor hope that Andrew Cuomo will turn into Client 11 — if Carl Paladino doesn’t hit him with a shovel beforehand.

The rest I leave to you, fellow Livingstonians. Vote early, vote often — oops, that’s ACORN.

CIA Sues Former Employee For Allegedly Violating Secrecy Agreement With Published Book

CIA sues former employee for allegedly violating secrecy agreement with published bookThe CIA has filed a lawsuit against one of its former employees for publishing a book, apparently without authorization from the Federal agency. The suit claims that the individual violated the secrecy agreement he had made with the government.

The Associated Press reports that the lawsuit seeks recovery of the book's proceeds and an injunction against further alleged violations of the former officer's secrecy obligations. Under the pseudonym "Ishmael Jones," the former CIA employee published the book titled The Human Factor: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Center, which the agency claims he did without its official blessing.

In an email to the news provider, Jones said that his book does not reveal classified information, nor has he profited from its release.

"CIA censors attack this book because it exposes the CIA as a place to get rich, with billions of taxpayer dollars wasted or stolen in espionage programs that produce nothing," Jones wrote.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) said that it had destroyed 9,500 copies of a book written by a former Army intelligence officer, according to media reports. Pentagon officials allege that the first version of Anthony Shaffer's book Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan — and the Path to Victory threatened national security.

Shaffer's lawyer said that the Army Reserve had cleared the original manuscript, but the DOD later rescinded the approval. The department paid $47,000 to acquire copies of the first drafts, which were then burned.

Anti-Immigration Lawmaker Seeks Support In ‘A Battle Of Epic Proportions’

Anti-immigration lawmaker seeks support in 'a battle of epic proportions'Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce (R-Mesa) is collecting support from lawmakers across the United States in an effort to eliminate automatic citizenship rights for children of illegal immigrants.

Pearce has garnered national headlines for crafting the bill, SB 1070, which is widely considered to be the toughest anti-immigrant law in the country. During a news conference on Oct. 19, Pearce said that the government needs to reinterpret the language of the 14th Amendment, The Associated Press reports.

Pearce believes that guaranteed citizenship to those born in the U.S. does not apply to children of illegal immigrants because such families do not owe allegiance to the U.S.

"This is a battle of epic proportions," said Pearce, as quoted by the news provider. "We've allowed the hijacking of the 14th Amendment."

Some proponents of immigration reform have called on Congress to change the wording in the 14th Amendment. Many conservatives have argued that taxpayers are fitting the bill to provide services for illegal aliens and their children.

A recent Rasmussen Reports poll revealed that 52 percent of California's voters believe that the Federal government encourages illegal immigration. The survey results are noteworthy considering that California is a liberal-leaning state.

It’s Long Past Time To Silence The Regime’s Mouthpiece

The kerfuffle over the firing of National Public Radio (NPR) news analyst Juan Williams for an opinion he expressed on Fox News has put the spotlight on an issue that those favoring reducing the size and scope of Leviathan government have sought for decades: Ending taxpayer funding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB.)

CPB, the parent corporation of NPR, received $420 million taxpayer dollars last year. It used the money to spout regime pabulum and leftist ideology. That it is favored by leftists is made evident by its recent gift of $1.8 million by George Soros’ Open Society Foundation to fund the hiring of 100 journalists “to bring greater transparency and accountability to the workings of state capitals across the country.”

To understand just how “progressive” NPR is you need only look at its actions in firing the liberal commentator Williams for expressing on Fox News his opinion that he felt uncomfortable on a plane that had Muslim men dressed in Muslim garb, while it has consistently given a pass to others like Nina Totenberg when they express their opinions from a left-wing perspective. The Left doesn’t tolerate dissent or stepping outside the favored lines of the regime.

While an argument could be made that there was a legitimate need for alternative stations while broadcasting was in its infancy and most markets had access to only two — or at most three — television channels and a few AM radio stations, CPB has long since outlived its usefulness. Now there are hundreds of channels (although they’re all owned by about six corporations) and the AM and FM bands are full (again, owned by a few corporations) and satellite radio is growing.

And then there is the Internet, which is the true source of truthful information (for the time being) that doesn’t conform to Big Brother standards.

Discussing the Williams firing, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow recently asked whether the GOP will now go after Big Bird. Let’s hope so. And let’s hope they don’t stop there, but include unConstitutional entities like the Department of Education and the Department of Homeland Security, for starters.

And if they don’t, then in two years we need to elect a Congress that will.

While Federal Government Says No, Former Surgeon General Comes Out In Support Of Prop 19

While Federal government says no, former Surgeon General comes out in support of Prop 19This November, voters in California will be asked to decide whether or not recreational marijuana use should be legalized, and the proceeds from its sale taxed. While there is still a national debate about the merits of such a move, legalization proponents have received an unexpected boost from an influential former high government official.

Former United States Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, who served during the Clinton administration, recently told CNN that, in her view, recreational use of marijuana should be legal because the substance is not physically addictive, unlike nicotine and alcohol.

She also stressed the cost of enforcing the current ban, pointing out that "we have the highest number of people in the world being criminalized, many for non-violent crimes related to marijuana," quoted by the news provider.

"We can use our resources so much better," she added.

According to a recent poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, a total of 52 percent of likely voters in the state support the measure, known as Proposition 19.

However, even if the measure passes, its proponents may still face an uphill battle, as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said last week that the Federal government will continue to "vigorously enforce the controlled substances act." 

U.S. Census Reports That Half Of The Nation’s Immigrants Are Not Citizens

U.S. Census reports that half of the nation's immigrants are not citizensThe United States Census Bureau reports that 12 percent of the nation's population is foreign-born, and more than half of the immigrants are not citizens.

The census also reveals that 33 percent of the population is native-born with at least one parent from another country, which means that one in five individuals is either a first- or second-generation U.S. resident.

More than half of the immigrants were born in Latin America.

Senate candidate Marco Rubio of Florida is a second-generation U.S. citizen — his parents were born in Cuba. According to Newsweek, the Republican opposes a measure that would legalize undocumented youth if they attend college, and he supports making English the country's official language.

Rubio has garnered strong support from the Latino community despite his stances on immigration.

"It's safe to say that he's going to win the Latino vote by a healthy margin," Dario Moreno, a professor at Florida International University, told the news source.

The news provider reports that two Hispanic gubernatorial candidates, Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Brian Sandoval of Nevada, also have significant backing from Latinos. The two Republicans, like Rubio, support hardline immigration reform. 

Security Group Hired By Alaska Senate Candidate Linked To Militia Group, Political Blogs Report

Security group hired by Alaska Senate candidate linked to extremist group, political blogs reportSeveral Alaskan political blogs are claiming that a security company hired by Senate GOP candidate Joe Miller is tied to the Alaska Citizens Militia (ACM).

According to media reports, bloggers allege that the owner of the security detail Drop Zone — which arrested a journalist at a Miller campaign event on Oct. 17 — is a commander and "supply sergeant" for the ACM. On the militia group's website, political arrests and the restriction of freedom of speech are listed as "acts of war."

Earlier this week, the blog Immoral Minority posted a copy of Drop Zone's expired business license, which the security group attempted to reapply for on Oct. 19.

No charges will be filed against Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger, who was arrested by Drop Zone guards for allegations of trespassing and assault while attempting to interview Miller. The candidate claimed that Hopfinger blocked his access to an exit and made threatening gestures and movements towards him, according to media reports.

Miller is expected to face stiff competition from write-in candidate Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in November's midterm elections. On Oct. 20, Miller filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Super PAC, a group that provides financial support for Murkowski.

According to Politico.com, Miller alleges that nine of the benefactors of Super PAC are in violation of Federal law because they contract with the Federal government.

Healthy Diet Can Lead To A Better Memory

Healthy diet can lead to a better memoryIndividuals could benefit from a diet enriched with foods such as carrots, celery, peppers, chamomile and peppermint as new research suggests that a plant compound in these foods could reduce age-related inflammation in the brain.

In the study published in the Journal of Nutrition, scientists from the University of Illinois discovered that luteolin can positively affect the brain by stopping the release of inflammatory molecules.

For the research, investigators exposed microglial cells to luteolin. Rodney Johnson, lead author of the study, said that these cells "produce excessive levels of inflammatory cytokines" during an individuals' aging process. When the microglia are exposed to bacterial toxin, they kill neurons in the brain.

The scientists discovered that when luteolin was integrated with microglial cells, the neurons were able to survive.

To further their research, adult and younger mice were tested in order to find out whether or not a diet enriched with luteolin would have an effect on the subjects' memories.

The scientists concluded that the older mice who were fed luteolin did better on learning and memory tasks than those who did not receive this diet. Luteolin also helped to restore the older subjects working memories.

Johnson said that these findings suggest that a diet rich in carrots, peppers or celery could "reduce age-associated inflammation in the brain, which can result in better cognitive health."

The Unveiling Of Lady Liberty

Tens of thousands of New Yorkers crowded into the southern tip of Manhattan 124 years ago tomorrow — Oct. 28, 1886. The cold rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd, which stared expectantly across the water to a patch of land called Bedloe’s Island.

They were there to watch the unveiling of an unusual gift from the country of France — a massive statue that would become a worldwide symbol of liberty. On cue, an enormous veil dropped and for the first time the crowd could see the 151-foot tall, 225-ton work of art that would become known as the Statue of Liberty.

An eye-witness account would later recall "a thunderous cacophony of salutes from steam whistles, brass bands, and booming guns, together with clouds of smoke from the cannonade, [that] engulfed the statue for the next half hour." In his remarks, President Grover Cleveland contrasted the statues of other nations, with their "fierce and warlike gods," with "our own peaceful deity keeping watch before the open gates of America."

Lady Liberty remains a meaningful and inspiring symbol to this day — and, we hope, for many generations to come.

— Chip Wood

Nothing Is Less Certain Than A Lead-Pipe Cinch

The headline of this story was an adage of my father’s. I remember it from a time before I knew what a lead-pipe cinch meant and I heard about it when I believed that most things my dad said were dead wrong. Now that I am in my mid-50s I have come to understand how often he was right.

I have been thinking about what my dad said because everything indicates that the GOP is certain to roll up a big victory in less than a week. Acclaimed pollster Scott Rasmussen last night predicted that Republicans will gain 55 seats in races for the U.S. House of Representatives Nov. 2; much more than the 39 needed for a Republican majority in the House for the first time since 2006.

That is not all. According to Rasmussen, the Senate Republicans should have 48 seats with the Democrats holding 47. Another five seats could slide either way, Rasmussen has said.

I am praying that Rasmussen is correct and we will be delivered a Republican victory; one that will launch a two-year countdown on President Barack Obama’s eviction from the White House. Still, you will have to excuse me if I don’t put the champagne on ice just yet.

After all, it is hard to forget the big story on Election Day, Nov. 7, 2000. At 8 p.m. the Voter News Service — a group pooling the resources of ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox and The Associated Press — called the state of Florida for Al Gore. What followed was this from Peter Jennings of ABC, “Al Gore wins the state of Florida and its 25 electoral votes.”

Two hours later the networks took another look and decided that it was too soon to tell whether Florida and with it the Presidency belonged to Gore.

At CBS, Dan Rather blamed the mistake on technology. “To err is human," Rather said, "but to really foul up requires a computer… If you’re disgusted with us, frankly, I don’t blame you."

Let’s face it, ever since odds-makers refused to set a betting line on Moses making it out of Egypt, experts have gotten plenty of things wrong. And while victory for the GOP in next week’s midterm elections is a crucial step in defeating Obama in 2012, it is far too early to plan that celebration.

First off, this election has a cast of characters unlike any witnessed. There is Ohio Republican Rich Iott who was photographed while dressed in Nazi SS garb which he was wearing to connect with his son. And let’s not forget Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal who has repeatedly lied about serving in Vietnam. And it is not just the newcomers that are bizarre.

One race for Senate could be made into a novel except no one would believe it. Democratic incumbent and Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was quoted as saying that he admires Barack Obama because he speaks "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." His opponent, Republican Sharon Angle has said that if Congress can’t fix things, people may find themselves resorting to "Second Amendment remedies."

While I hate to contradict what Ronald Reagan preached — “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican” — I feel it necessary to point out that Reaganesque leaders are few and far between. The majority of voters understand this and I think it could mean:

  1. The bums that we now have in office don’t get thrown out.
  2. We get a whole new set of incompetents in Congress who could be almost as bad as the last group.

I’m not much of a gambler so I am not betting on how this election turns out. I will, however, wager that whatever way it turns out it won’t be the salvation many American’s are looking for. Even with a Republican landside the White House is in Obama’s hands for at least another two years. A sitting President wields considerable power, even without a majority in the House or Senate, the kind of power that can co-opt a new Congress.

We also need to keep in mind that even 21st Century versions of the Founding Fathers were elected next week, the country has massive problems that will take years to solve.

Still a GOP victory is a step in the right direction. Conservative Republicans are campaigning on cutting Federal spending, extending the Bush tax cuts to all Americans and repealing Federal healthcare reform. And at least they understand that the stimulus bill has not helped grow the economy and the national debt is strangling us.

In the GOP weekly address, House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) said:

“Today, our national debt stands at more than $13 trillion — that’s more than $44,000 of debt for every man, woman and child in this country. The administration promised that if Congress borrowed a trillion dollars from future generations, their ‘stimulus’ bill would keep unemployment below 8 percent. Today unemployment remains at a heartbreaking 9.6 percent, making this the longest period that unemployment has been at or above 9.5 percent since the Great Depression.”

What Pence left unsaid is that these sorts of problems can’t be fixed by a midterm election and a few new members in the House and Senate.

“It’s endemic in our type of society that we always think there’s a person who holds the magic wand,” says Senator Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), a fiscal conservative who is not running for re-election. “But this society and this economy are far too complex to be susceptible to magic wands.”

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former Director of the Congressional Budget Office concurs:

“The public has been sold this notion that somehow we can control the economy — that we can fine-tune it so we don’t get inflation on the upside, we don’t get recessions on the downside, [that] when something happens, they can step in and offset it.”

The facts speak for themselves. The U.S. economy is mired in its worst recession in 80 years. The nation has used up many of its natural resources; has unprecedented amounts of debt and is waging and losing a costly war in Afghanistan.

Excuse me for pushing the analogy, but America is like an aged, obese smoker who has drank too much and whose health has been neglected for decades. Such a patient will hardly be cured by switching around the nurses making rounds.

Instead the nation needs a lot of time, effort and leadership before we see any real improvement. A critical step in that will be when the country gets a new doctor. Hopefully that will be in two years. But even that probably won’t be a lead-pipe cinch.

Yours for real wealth and good health,

John Myers
Myers’ Energy and Gold