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

Kale’s Phytonutrients Help Combat Abnormal Cell Growth

When looking to include more dark leafy greens into your diet, be sure to add kale. This healthy vegetable contains phytonutrients that may help combat abnormal cell growth. Researchers have discovered that these phytonutrients cause the liver to produce enzymes that may potentially eliminate cancer-causing substances. Kale can be steamed, sautéed or added to your favorite casseroles and soups. But for the most benefits, raw is better.

Obama Asks Lawmakers To Extend Tax Credit Program For Tuition Assistance

Obama asks lawmakers to extend tax credit program for tuition assistancePresident Barack Obama has called on Congress to extend the tax credit for individuals paying college tuition before it expires at the end of the year.

On Oct. 13, Obama asked legislators to make the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) program permanent, according to media reports. The tax break is part of the President's education plan, which also includes a cap on monthly student loan payments and a major reform of public schools.

The AOTC program will cost $58 billion over a decade. Obama has also criticized some Republicans for wanting to cut government spending on education by up to 20 percent.

"Nothing would be more short-sighted," Obama said, as quoted by CNN. "Cutting back would amount to unilateral disarmament [in a global education arms race]. We can't afford to do that."

However, a recent editorial published on the website MassLive.com criticizes the President for falling short in his proposal to fund the tax credits. Obama presented Congress with a list of potential new taxes, many of which would affect businesses, in order to pay for AOTC.

"Giving a hand to college students from middle-class families is a great idea. But not if it means closing the door to many opportunities they might have once they’ve got a degree in their hands," the editorial states. 

Seven Natural Ways to Ease Nighttime Pain

Nighttime pain is a cause of distress for millions of people. It seems that in the evenings when people are worn out from their long day and the body is shutting down its defenses, pain seems to jump front and center. And without the ability to ease the pain, inflammation, tightness and stress… getting a deep, sound sleep is next to impossible.

Without deep sleep the body cannot properly heal and recharge itself… and the next day you will undoubtedly feel worse. Here I would like to give you some easy tips and a little education about how you can ease your nighttime pain naturally, over time.

Watch Your Diet
The food we eat is a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to controlling inflammation and indigestion, which themselves cause pain. The typical American diet consists of too much fat, tons of sugar, loads of red meat and a frightening amount of processed foods — all of which are likely to increase inflammation and indigestion. By switching to an anti-inflammatory diet plan consisting of healthy whole foods, you can actually decrease inflammation and ease the pain and discomfort associated with it.

Eating plenty of whole grain and complex carbohydrates, as well as consuming ample fresh water, will help your stools move, decrease constipation and limit indigestion. Adding more of the aromatic spices to dishes (like ginger, garlic, onion, turmeric and curry) also aid the body in naturally fighting inflammation and pain and helping to expel toxins. In addition, avoiding the nightshades (tomato, potato, eggplant) will help, as these have been shown to increase inflammation which increases discomfort and pain.

Have a Good Laugh
The notion that laughter is good for the body has been around for thousands of years — certainly as far back as the Old Testament. Proverbs 17:22 says, "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."

Seventeenth century English physician Dr. Thomas Sydenham remarked, "The arrival of a good clown exercises more beneficial influence upon the health of a town than of 20 asses laden with drugs." Or, as the master Groucho Marx put it, "A clown is like aspirin, only he works twice as fast."

A study published in the Journal of Holistic Nursing reported that patients who were told one-liners after surgery and before painful medication was administered perceived less pain when compared to patients who didn’t get a dose of humor as part of their therapy.

Another study, this one published in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Analysis, found that young girls with burns who were shown cartoons during very painful hydrotherapy said they felt less pain than similar patients who were not exposed to cartoons during the same procedure.

Aside from distracting us from pain, laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the chemicals in the brain that can make us feel good. So make it a point each day, and especially each evening, to laugh. Read something funny, watch something funny, think of something funny or talk to a funny person. Not only will this distract from pain and reduce nighttime pain, but it will also help relieve stress and help get you a new focus on your life.

Reframe Your Mind
Reframing the way you think of your pain is easy and it shows you that your outlook on life has a lot to do with the life you lead. Pain is simply a form of communicating information within your body.

You may say to yourself, "My back hurts, I have weak knees, they stop me from doing things and this gets me down." What you are doing is letting yourself know you have all of these problems. By focusing on the problems, you are actually reaffirming a negative cycle. Reframing helps break that cycle to bring on relief.

Step one is identifying the problem. Why is it happening? (e.g., you have had a disc problem; you were sleeping in a new bed). When is it happening? (e.g., while doing something that always sets it off). What is happening? (e.g., what kind of pain is it?). And how is it happening? (e.g., are making it worse? Is it fear-based pain where you are worried that it will get bad so you get in the mindset of being in pain?)

Step two is separating the intention from the learned behavior. In other words, you slow down to really talk to your subconscious mind about a better way to deal with the problem at hand. You might say, "Okay, I know I am having pain, but it’s not an injury, I am not my pain, it just happened today because I have been sitting all day and not moving." Thinking and acknowledging in this way keeps you focused on getting to step three.

Step three is setting the positive way forward. You can even thank your body for the message of pain, as it focused you to work with a better intention of achieving your health and long-term life goals.

You can reframe in many ways, just look at the positive view of the situation and let your mind work for you.

Get Deep, Restorative Sleep
While it is a catch-22, deep sleep is necessary to relieve pain. Yes, nighttime pain will keep you awake, but finding ways to reduce pain and over time getting the sleep you need will do wonders in the long run. During sleep, the body works to repair itself. The liver purifies blood, the muscles repair, serotonin increases. Without ample sleep, these things do not happen at optimal levels.

In our natural circadian rhythm, or biological clock, sleep is set to take over during the evening hours. We are genetically programmed to get up and lie down with the sun. So it was the invention of artificial sources of light (candles and bulbs) that began our stressed-out drive for more working hours at the expense of much-needed rest.

What’s the big deal, you ask, if you sleep only a few hours per night? You can always drink coffee, take No-Doz® caffeine pills, cat naps… life is good. Well, not really. Did you know that in clinical tests rats die within a few short weeks of sleep deprivation? And it’s not just rats at risk.

Chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, attention deficit disorder, chronic migraine and headache, body aches and pain, mental illness, depression and anxiety are all in part caused — or made worse — by lack of sleep. And no caffeine pill or taurine-laced energy drink can cure these dangerous side effects of our global-economy-size workloads.

Here are seven ways to help you fall asleep and repair:

  1. Do not consume ANY sugar or caffeine after 6 p.m.
  2. Stop working at least two hours before bedtime.
  3. Turn off the computer and television at least one hour before bedtime.
  4. Make sure your sleeping quarters are as dark and silent as possible. Studies have shown that those in darker and quieter spaces tend to sleep through the night more deeply than others.
  5. Establish a sleep/wake schedule, and stick to it.
  6. Make a set routine out of bedtime. Change into pajamas, brush your teeth, set out clothes for the morning, even jot down any last thoughts, but promise yourself to revisit them tomorrow, then turn off the light… breathe deeply, relax, sleep tight.
  7. If a racing mind is nagging, slow your breath and focus on the sensation of air as it passes through your nose. This will derail those busy thoughts to help you drift off.

— Dr. Mark Wiley

Watchdog Group Uncovers Documents Detailing Pelosi’s Exorbitant Expenditures On Military Aircraft

Watchdog group uncovers documents detailing Pelosi's exorbitant expenditures on military aircraftHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) used Air Force aircraft on 85 flights during a 16-month span, according to documents recently obtained by watchdog group Judicial Watch. Previous documents recovered by the organization reveal that Pelosi's Air Force travels allegedly cost more than $2.1 million over two years, including about $101,429 spent on in-flight expenses.

Judicial Watch, which investigates and prosecutes government corruption, has identified Air Force documents that allegedly show Pelosi accrued 206,264 miles on military aircraft from March 2009 to June 2010. Members of Pelosi's family are believed to have boarded at least two flights from Maryland to California.

Previous documents obtained by the group state that a Pelosi-led congressional delegation, flying from Washington, D.C., to Israel and to Iraq, purchased a variety of alcoholic beverages over a five-day span. The drink expenses apparently included Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, Maker's Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Beefeater gin, Corona beer and several bottles of wine.

"Pelosi's abusive use of military aircraft demonstrates a shocking lack of regard for the American taxpayer and the men and women who serve in the U.S. Air Force," said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton. "Speaker Pelosi may have a frequent flyer record for taxpayer-financed luxury jet travel."

Pelosi is losing popularity within her own party, Politico.com reports. Three Democratic candidates for Congress signaled last week that they would not support Pelosi for speaker if their party maintains the majority in the House.

Roy Herron, who is running for a House seat in Tennessee, said that Pelosi's liberal agenda is "too extreme," the new provider reports.

Radio Free Ameriʞa

Even Stalin didn’t move this fast. It took Uncle Joe 15 years to put an x in the box marked “Trotsky.”  Note to Juan Williams: Stay the hell out of Mexico for the foreseeable future. 

Last Monday night, National Public Radio mainstay Juan Williams, exceedingly rare amongst liberals given his honesty and introspection, was speaking on Bill O’Reilly’s enormously popular nightly program. By Wednesday, he was cleaning out his digs at the taxpayer-funded, American Vsesoyuznoye radio.

Williams, who also contributes to the liberals’ bogeyman Fox News, was unceremoniously dumped from his gig at NPR for crimes against the proletariat, specifically: “not blindly hating all non-liberals.” Juan had committed an unforgivable breach of democrat decorum — denial of dimwitted dogma. 

Evidently, 9/11 left Williams with slight hesitation about boarding an airplane with a member of the same religion as the 9/11 hijackers, the Taliban, al-Qaida, HAMAS, Hezbollah, Abu Nidal, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, Islamic Jihad, Abu Abbas, Yasser Arafat, Mullah Omar, the PLO, Abu Sayyaf, Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, Ansar-al-Sunnah, Jamaat Ul-Furquan, Richard Reid, Ramzi Yousef, Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, Omar Abdel Rahman, Saddam Hussein, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Ayatollah Khomeini, Wadih el-Hage and Zacarias Moussaoui (to name a few): 

“…when I get on the plane…if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think…they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried.”

Williams was not damning Islam in toto. During the same conversation with O’Reilly, Williams was careful to point out the potential bigotry in lumping a billion members of the species with irregular, bomb-heaving jihadis:

“…careful…there are good Muslims…You know, we don’t want, in America, people to have their rights violated, to be attacked on the street because they hear rhetoric from Bill O’Reilly, and they act crazy.”

Note the context. Liberal groups leapt to crucify Williams, but on their way to drive in the nails, they forgot that Williams’s statement wouldn’t vanish into the bandwidth ether like an Obama campaign promise. Tinfoil-hat brigadiers including the drones at Dailykos (whose owner, Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, openly celebrated the murder, dismemberment and burning of Americans by Muslim terrorists), MSNBC (where Rachel Maddow — Keith Olbermann’s mini-me — claimed former Texas Representative Steve Stockman had advance warning of the Oklahoma City bombing), and NPR itself (whose still-employed correspondent, Nina Totenberg proudly wished former North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms and his grandchildren would be stricken with AIDS), ALL deliberately missed Williams’ larger point.

But the purge wasn’t over. Within hours of NPR’s politically motivated termination of Williams, storm troopers across the blogosphere began an Orwellian revision of Williams’ public image. Here are a couple of servings of NPR’s regurgitated CYA talking points:

“He was hardly a lib. He was a closet conservative!” — Huffington Post buffoon.

“Juan Williams is a real liberal like professional wrestling is a real sport.” — Dailykos inmate.

“…he’s a Fox shill.” — Facebook poster (who is going to be furious that I was paying attention).

Actually, he’s an adroit analyst who has been victimized by an ersatz NKVD. I wonder how long it will take for NPR to photoshop Williams out of the All Things Considered softball team picture.

Williams may not be alone. Mara Liasson, another NPR personality who moonlights at Fox News, is now in the crosshairs. Following NPR’s sacrifice of Williams at the altar of left-wing anti-intellectualism, Media Matters for America — the left’s Ministry of Truth — fired up the newspeak Thursday morning; calling for the termination of Liasson, who to date has taken no public position on fellow air travelers.

Peering into the depths behind the allegorical assassination of Williams reveals the shadowy figure of Stalinist sugar daddy George Soros, who has donated millions to both NPR and Media Matters. I won’t go so far as to suggest Soros is behind NPR’s move against Williams and MMA’s assault on Liasson, but given the sway he holds over the liberal movement in the United States, I would be less surprised by Anita Hill apologizing to Virginia Thomas.

In the wake of Williams’ demise, the long-overdue debate has erupted over the taxpayer funding of NPR’s port-side list (nearly $4 billion in the last decade). I contend:

  1. NPR has a right to show Williams the door. This IS a free-market economy, despite the aims of Soros and his liberal minions. Just like MSNBC has the right to consign itself to the Olbermann-induced memory hole, NPR can sweep out any vestiges of intelligent discourse.
  2. As taxpayers, we have the right to tell NPR to go beg at Soros’s back door for more swag.

To paraphrase NPR CEO Vivian Schiller: If they don’t like it, they can always take it up with their psychiatrists.

Lifestyle Interventions Can Positively Impact Obese Adults

Lifestyle interventions can positively impact obese adultsPeople who are overweight may want to implement structured physical activities into their schedule as researchers have discovered that these types of weight loss programs can improve individuals' health.

Scientists from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine studied 130 adults who were diagnosed as severely obese. None of the participants suffered from diabetes.

Some of the subjects were assigned to a diet and physical activity plan for the full year. Meanwhile, the remaining participants' were assigned to delay starting the physical activity portion of the plan for six months, although they received the same diet plan.

The researchers discovered that the group which implemented an improved diet and more physical activity into their daily regime lost more weight in the first 6 months than those whose exercise was delayed. As a result, beginning a diet and exercise at the same time improves the health of obese adults.

However, by the end of the study, both groups reported losing the same amount of weight.

The scientists suggest that lifestyle interventions are an important factor in obese adults because it can help them maintain a healthy and nutritional diet as well as an active lifestyle to lose weight.

Karl Rove Denies Foreign Funding Allegations, Says Democrats’ Attacks Help GOP

Karl Rove denies foreign funding allegations, says Democrats' attacks help GOPThe controversy surrounding alleged foreign money being used to finance the midterm elections is heating up. Recently, a coalition of watchdog groups has sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) demanding that it investigate organizations that may be violating campaign finance laws.

The watchdog groups — under the banner of ProtectOurElections.org — have complained that organizations such as Crossroads GPS and the American Future Fund are knowingly violating certain provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), including failing to register as a political committee, file financial disclosure reports as such and comply with organizational requirements.

Kevin Zeese, attorney and spokesman for the coalition, said that contrary to conventional wisdom, which says that the Federal Elections Commission can only impose civil sanctions for campaign finance violations, FECA provides for criminal sanctions that can be enforced by the DOJ.

Yet, the charges have been consistently denied by Karl Rove, who acts as an advisor and a fundraiser for Crossroads GPS. He said that there is "not one shred of evidence" for the criticism leveled by Democrats that Rove, Ed Gillespie and the United States Chamber of Commerce channeled any foreign money to spend on political ads.

Rove called the allegations "a desperate political ploy by the White House," and added that it is helping the GOP rather than hurting it because it drives more people to conservative websites where they can donate money. 

Pentagon Gives Green Light To Recruitment Of People Who Are Openly Homosexual

Pentagon gives green light to recruitment of people who are openly homosexualIn a dramatic reversal of a decades-long practice, the Pentagon announced on Oct. 19 that it will start processing applications of candidates for service who admit to being gay. 

The move comes as a result of the recent ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips, which stated that the "don't ask, don't tell" act — passed by Congress in 1993 — is unConstitutional. She also issued an injunction against its enforcement.

Douglas Smith, spokesman for United States Army Recruiting Command based at Fort Knox, Ky., said that "[we are] going to follow the law, whatever the law is at the time," quoted by The Associated Press.

However, due to the uncertainty over the duration of the injunction, which is being fueled by the expectation that the Federal government will appeal it, legal experts have warned candidates to exercise caution when enlisting.

"During this interim period, servicemembers must not come out and recruits should use caution if choosing to sign up," said executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Aubrey Sarvis.

"The bottom line [is] if you come out now, it can be used against you in the future by the Pentagon," he added.

Among the first former servicemembers to try to re-enlist was Lieutenant Dan Choi, an Iraq war veteran, West Point graduate and Arabic speaker, who was discharged under "don't ask, don't tell." 

Conservatives Call For Ending To Public Subsidies For NPR

Conservatives call for ending to public subsidies for NPRAs the controversy surrounding last week's firing of National Public Radio's Juan Williams continues, there are increasingly loud voices calling for an end to taxpayer funding for the network. 

For example, Richard A. Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, has launched a petition, which states that due to a variety of news and public affairs shows available across the nation, there is no need for the government to spend limited taxpayer resources on NPR. He aims to obtain 1 million signatures from those who support the idea of terminating public support for the network.

According to Viguerie, "it is clear NPR has no tolerance for viewpoints outside of its liberal dogmas."

He added that "this government censorship of ideas not in conformity with the ruling class elites is deplorable."

Williams was fired on Oct. 20 after he told Fox News' Bill O'Reilly that passengers wearing Muslim garb on airplanes make him nervous.

This was not the first time NPR banned a commentator for expressing controversial opinions. According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, in 1998, terrorism expert Steven Emerson was "blacklisted" from the network after he said that the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing had a similar signature to attacks in the Middle East. 

Food Storage 101: Where Do I Begin?

In my last article, Prepare Your Own Personal Home Grocery Store And Pharmacy, I introduced you to the need to store food.

Now we’re going to begin with step one in the six-step process to help you make sure you have an adequate supply of food should a crisis occur.

First Priority
Select and clean out a room to make space for your grocery store and pharmacy. It should be the coolest place (temperature wise) in the house: Usually in a basement, but preferably away from a furnace room or other heat source. If you can seal the room off so the heater vents don’t heat the room, it will stay cooler. Other good locations are root cellars or insulated and heated garages where the temperature stays constant between 40-60 degrees Fahrenheit. But remember, the room you choose should stay dry at all times.

Closets, under stairways, spare bedrooms, an unfinished part of the house, crawl space or under beds will work as well. North walls are cooler because they are away from the sun exposure.

If your room has dirt floors or cement, use wooden pallets to elevate the food up off the floor. The containers should never come in contact with the ground. The cans will rust and moisture can get into the buckets.

Bricks with wood across them will work to elevate the food up off the floor. Shelves should be designed so that a simple rotation system can effectively allow the oldest food to be used first and the newest food to be held within the shelf life period. The air must be able to circulate around the food to keep it dry. Keep the powdered milk, dairy products and oils closer to the floor level to keep them cooler.

We included some pictures of food storage rooms in my last article that I feel are well planned out and organized. These should give you some help on shelving ideas.

To insure proper rotation, always date the cans and put the newest cans to the back and use the oldest dated cans first. If you elevate the bottom shelf you can store camping equipment, coolers, propane stoves, sleeping blankets, etc., under them.

The shelving units pictured have a piece of wood across the front. This keeps the bottles from falling out and breaking. You can custom design your home grocery store and pharmacy to exactly what you need for your family.

Shelves can be built to accommodate No. 10 gallon-sized cans and still have plenty of space for 5-gallon buckets of beans, wheat, rice or pasta on the floor. The floor is a good place for coolers, Dutch ovens, propane stoves and camping equipment. A helpful hint is to keep all like equipment together so you can find it. If you can’t find it, you haven’t got it. This includes canning equipment, tools for the garden, garden seeds, camping and recreational equipment, medical supplies, batteries, flashlights, candles and all other emergency supplies. Remember, organization is the key.

Storage of wheat and other grains and beans is all right in the garage because the freezing temperatures will kill bug infestation. The garage should be vented to let out the heat in the summer. All non-grain or bean items should be kept inside a room that stays between 40-60 degrees F.

Do not store food in an attic because it will get too hot and the food could perish quickly. If the washer and dryer are located in your food storage room they must be ventilated properly to prevent moisture on the food. Freezers, refrigerators, furnaces and water heaters should not be located in your storage room because they all give off heat, increasing the temperature.

Seal all cracks and crevices where mice or insects might get in. Keep mouse or rat poison hidden in the room. Mice will ruin any unsealed buckets or cardboard containers. I have personally thrown away a lot of food because the mice have gotten into it, especially the wrapped items like yeast and Meals Ready-to-Eat (MREs) or military meals.

The mice can eat right through the Mylar® foil. Keep all of these items in buckets with good sealing lids.

I have also had moth infestation. The little worm larvae eat right through the Mylar® also.

Heavy plastic containers, jars or metal cans with tight-fitting lids will keep mice and insects out. Also stick a bay leaf in with grains, flour, beans, legumes and similar items to keep them from getting bug infested.

Do not leave any food items that have not been sealed properly on the shelves for any length of time. The most common insects are ants, roaches, earwigs, moths, silverfish and flour infestation insects such as beetles or weevils.

If you spill any food, clean it up immediately. If your room becomes bug-infested, clean out all infested food items. Throw them away. Clean all shelves with an insecticide such as Malathion or Diazinon; and spray all cracks and crevices. Do not spray it directly on food or equipment.

Never store chemicals in the same room as the food.

Organize the equipment that you have on hand and decide what equipment you need to purchase, according to the chart in my book, Food Storage 101: Where Do I Begin?, and the needs of your family.

Some of this equipment could include a Dutch oven, propane cook stove, electric grain mill, hand grain mill, juicer, canning equipment, vacuum sealer and a pressure cooker.

Other things to remember: Gather a 3-month supply of any prescription medications you can’t do without, plus any over-the-counter medications you use regularly; store one gallon of water per person per day (minimum three month’s supply); and if you plan to garden, gather any seeds you will need. Some good choices are sweet corn, garden peas, summer squash, banana squash, cucumbers, beets, carrots, cabbage, celery, onions, potatoes, tomatoes and spinach.

And a good book on how to cook with what you’ve stored can also come in handy. I have several available on my website, www.peggylayton.com.

Gun Rights Organizations Endorse Candidates In November Elections

Gun rights organizations endorse candidates in November electionsCandidates' chances in state or Federal elections can be greatly enhanced these days if they receive an endorsement from an influential person or organization. As a result, many conservative hopefuls vie for support from the National Rifle Association (NRA) or its local affiliates (RAs).

In Illinois, the state's Political Victory Fund (ISRA-PVF) and the ISRA Fed PAC have revealed that they are throwing their support behind Bill Brady and Jason Plummer for Governor and Lt. Governor, respectively, due to Brady's long-standing support of hunters, sportsmen and lawful firearm owners.

"We are certain that, as Governor, Bill Brady will spearhead efforts to restore Illinois' outdoor sporting heritage and protect law-abiding firearm owners from extremist efforts to infringe upon their constitutional rights," the two organizations said in a statement.

Using the same criteria, ISRA-PVF has also endorsed Steve Kim for Attorney General and Robert Enriquez for Secretary of State.

Besides gun rights groups, popular politicians such as Sarah Palin are also in demand when it comes to issuing endorsements. Palin recently joined the Tea Party Express to campaign for Republican candidates in California, and last week she announced her formal support of Sharron Angle who is running for U.S. Senate in Nevada. 

How do I legally change my name?

Dear Bob,
I would like to legally change my name. How do I go about it?

A: The process varies by state, but here is the gist: The first thing you will need is a copy of any birth certificate and marriage certificates for all the parties who want to have their names changed.

You will also need to locate the Probate and Family Court that serves the area that you have been living in. Go to that Courthouse, call, or go online and see what forms you will need to complete to file for a legal name change. There will probably be some type of filing fees associated with filing the request for the name change.

Complete the form for the request for the name change; this should be very easy. The next thing you will do is have to publish your request in your local paper for several days. This can be costly because you will be paying the paper an advertising fee. But if you are involved in lawsuits or have credit problems, some people and creditors have a right to file a contest of your request for a legal name change. The ad will state something like “please file by ____________ (specific date) if you do not agree to the name change.”

After the ad has been published in the paper you will get your Court date. You go to Court and answer a few questions for the Judge and your names will be legally changed.

Best Wishes,
Bob

Most Americans Believe Campaign Is More Negative This Year, Oppose Foreign Ad Funding

Most Americans believe campaign is more negative this year, oppose foreign ad funding 

On the heels of the controversy surrounding anonymous campaign donations, some of which are alleged to be coming from foreign sources, a new poll has found that most Americans dislike the idea of "outside money" funding elections.

The poll was developed and commissioned by Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. It suggests that two-thirds of Americans believe organizations should not be allowed to spend heavily on political advertising in districts where they are not located.

"While it might be true that outside groups have the legal right to flood these races with ads, many Americans are concerned that it distorts the democratic process," said Daniel M. Shea, director of the school's Center for Political Participation.

He added that other opinion polls have shown that four times as many people consider the tone of this year's campaign to be much more negative, compared to those who see it as more positive.

In terms of political affiliation, independents were most critical of outside campaign financing, with 72 percent opposing the practice. But Democrats and Republicans were also solidly against it, both at 65 percent.

Researchers Find Healthy Foods Lower Blood Pressure

Researchers find healthy foods lower blood pressureIndividuals who have high blood pressure could eat nutritional foods in order to help this problem. In fact, a new study published in the American Journal of Hypertension suggests that watermelon may be a factor in combating hypertension.

Arturo Figueroa, lead investigator, said that the research team discovered that watermelon "may prevent prehypertension from progression to full-blown hypertension, a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes."

For the study, the scientists used an amino acid, L-citrulline, that they extracted from watermelons. This extract was administered every day for six weeks to nine patients with high blood pressure.

As a result, all of the participants were able to lower their blood pressure. Arterial function was also improved in these individuals. Meanwhile, none of the subjects reported experiencing any side effects after taking the extract.

The researchers noted that watermelon also provides other nutrients. This includes vitamin A, B6, C and a powerful antioxidant known as lycopene.

In turn, this may lead to improving the symptoms of other diseases. Figueroa added that individuals who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes could also benefit from either watermelon extracts or this food in its natural form.

Republicans Vow To Cut Back Federal Spending To Reduce $1.3 Trillion Deficit

Republicans vow to cut back Federal spending to reduce $1.3 trillion deficitPresident Barack Obama's administration recently announced that the Federal deficit hit a near-record $1.3 trillion during the 2010 fiscal year.

The government had to borrow 37 cents out of every dollar it spent, according to media reports. While the deficit was $122 billion less than last year's $1.43 trillion record setback, Republicans are hoping the deficit totals help their party gain power in Congress in November's midterm elections.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and acting White House budget director Jeffrey Zients defended the Obama administration in a written statement, claiming that the recession, high unemployment and the financial crisis inherited from George W. Bush's tenure contributed to the deficit.

"These abrupt and shocking changes in our fiscal situation cannot be dismissed as 'inherited' problems when the tally of the majority's spending spree has climbed into the trillions," Senator Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) told The Associated Press.

The Congressional Budget Office reported earlier this month that Federal spending increased by 9 percent in 2010. Food stamp payments rose 27 percent while unemployment benefits went up 34 percent.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Republican candidates for Congress have proposed a variety of ideas to reduce the deficit, including a lower Federal minimum wage and less spending on education.

Riding A Wave Of Common Sense

The elected elites are on the ropes… and they know it.

How else do you explain the meltdown going on in Washington and in political races across the country?

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have taken to insulting their own voting base — and all other Americans as well. Obama recently said, in effect, Americans are scared stupid by their economic circumstances. It’s not the first time Obama has sniffed the great unwashed and found his olfactory lobes offended. If you listen carefully to his speeches, it happens fairly often.

Since they’re so frightened, Obama posited, Americans are turning to those irrational and ignorant Tea Parties for comfort and supporting whacky “out-of-the-mainstream” Tea Party candidates. What other reason could be behind the front-runner status of people like Sharron Angle, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Joe Miller, Ron Johnson and Pat Toomey — candidates with little or no prior political experience but who say they stand for the Constitution and smaller government?

Of course, the idea of smaller government is anathema to the elected fascist class of both parties and chattering elitists and globalists dominating the mainstream media. They all believe that anyone that didn’t graduate from a prestigious university is incapable of providing for himself and making rational decisions. So a large government is not only unavoidable… it’s necessary.

The Politician was outed last week in my column, aptly titled, The Politician. He or she is of and for the Government.

Politicians are wordsmiths — twisting words, using doublespeak and other semantic gymnastics to confuse the issue, appear both for and against a position depending on the audience and otherwise obfuscate the meaning and purpose of the legislation they pass.

But Americans are on to them. They’ve had enough. They’ve climbed out from behind their desks; they’ve taken off their aprons; they’ve gotten off their tractors; they’ve gotten up out of their easy chairs; they’ve set aside their hobbies; they’ve left their businesses for subordinates to run; they’ve parked their tractor-trailers; they’ve bucked their union bosses; they’ve rescheduled their vacations; and they’ve otherwise put their lives on  hold to join Tea Party protests locally and in Washington, D.C., to oppose an overreaching, over burdensome, bloated, profligate government. Some have taken the next step and actually run for office.

And the elites are beside themselves. “Who are these upstarts?” they ask. “What do they know about government? They can’t possibly understand the way things work. They didn’t go to Yale or Harvard or Princeton or Columbia. They don’t even believe in global warming or a living Constitution.”

Knowing no other response, the elitists have begun using age-old, time-worn tactics of “The Smear” and “The Snark.” With The Smear, they use exaggerations, misrepresentations and outright lies in order to Smear their opponent.  A good example is Jack Conway in Kentucky. Trailing Paul in the state’s Senate race, Conway resurrected a debunked tale about Paul’s days in college. Conway is running ads claiming that, because Paul might have belonged to a secret society and participated in a mock kidnapping while a university student, there are too many questions about his character for him to be a Senator.

Never mind that character and politician long ago became mutually exclusive. I give you Bill Clinton, Arlen Specter, Charlie Crist, Mark Sanford, Eliot Spitzer, Ted Kennedy, David Vitter… I could go on, but an exhaustive list would be… exhausting. These, and most others of the elected class, are politicians and not statesmen. Few and far between are the statesmen today.

Others employing The Smear include Representative Alan Grayson (D-Fla.). His now infamous “Taliban Dan” ad takes statements by his opponent, Dan Webster, out of context and claims Webster wants to turn the U.S. into an Islamic-like nation that oppresses women. Even the liberal newspaper Orlando Sentinel said Grayson’s ad “takes Webster’s words out of context” and “twists their meaning.”

Unable to sell their records — which they (most, at least) are running away from — Democrats apparently feel The Smear is their best tactic. It’s the one they employ most often in races across the country.

 The Snark is more subtle, but equally offensive. It is used by politicians and media elitists to put down people making common sense arguments — with common sense battling honesty and truthfulness as the thing in shortest supply among the elitist that infest the corridors in D.C. and sit behind the desks of major media outlets.

In her debate with Chris Coons, Tea Party-backed Christine O’Donnell got into a discussion about Coons’ position that public schools should teach evolution but not teach “intelligent design,” which posits that life forms are too complex to  have evolved through natural processes and must have been created by God.

O’Donnell claimed Coons’ position was “a blatant violation of our Constitution,” to which Coons replied that “one of those indispensible principals is the separation of church and state.” O’Donnell then, logically asked, “Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?”

“The audience exploded in laughter,” wrote The Wall Street Journal.

Of course, the words “separation of church and state” are nowhere to be found in the Constitution. Nor did the Founders intend for the 1st Amendment to be bastardized as such. Geopolitical Editor Chip Wood explained the Founders’ intent in his article Don’t Believe This Liberal Lie so I won’t argue this point further.

Suffice to say, O’Donnell was correct in her assertion, yet she’s being played in the snarky media as being a nut because she’s right on the issue. And if the debate audience “exploded in laughter,” as The Journal reported, the audience was ignorant and has bought into the years of the progressive lies of activist judges and fascist politicians.

Another Snark came from The New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who claimed in an Oct. 16 column that “We are in the era of Republican Mean Girls, grown up versions of those teenage tormentors who would steal your boyfriend, spray-paint your locker and, just for good measure, spread rumors that you were pregnant.”

Making Dowd’s list were Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, California Gubernatorial Candidate Meg Whitman, California Senate Candidate Carly Fiorina, Connecticut Senate Candidate Linda McMahon, Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Former Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin, Angle and O’Donnell.

What do these women have in common? They are Republican, they’ve demonstrated they understand the need for smaller government and they’re challenging the status quo — and doing so successfully. And those of that group who are running — that is all but Palin who isn’t running for office but is making kings and queens across the nation — stand a good chance of winning their respective elections despite long odds.

The elitist political class is yet to grasp why. Karl Rove — called “The Architect” because he engineered the election of President George W. Bush twice — had a temper tantrum on national television after O’Donnell waxed establishment candidate Mike Castle. The globalist Rove is like most of the inside-the-beltway crowd. He hasn’t grasped that most Americans aren’t — as he is — concerned with party politics and advancing a globalist agenda.

They are seeking statesmen. They’re looking for character. They want honesty and elected representatives who put America first.

For Tea Party members — and those who don’t consider themselves part of the movement but identify with conservative principals and want Constitutional adherents holding the seats in Congress — there is a strong feeling that this election is the last chance to fend off either a European brand of socialism (which we see working well in Greece, France and England right now) or outright Marxism.

While Rove, his brethren in professional political circles and the elected fascist elitists are yet to grasp that, there is evidence that an understanding may be beginning. Writing for The Washington Examiner, Senior Political Analyst Michael Barone indicated in an Oct. 19 column that he’s starting to understand the phenomenon. But he’s like the math student who got the correct answer on a complex problem even though the steps he used to get there were flawed.

“One of the constant refrains of the so-called mainstream media is that tea party candidates are blithering incompetents and weird wackos,” Barone wrote. “As on so many points, I think the mainstream media has gotten it nearly upside down. What strikes me about so-called tea party candidates — those with little or no political experience who have won Republican nominations by opposing the Obama Democrats’ vast expansion of government — is not that some of them are bumblers but that so many of them seem to  have terrific political instincts.”

Political instincts? What about common sense, a grounding in real-world values and an understanding of the Founding principles?

That would explain why the elected elitist fascist class doesn’t understand it.

Mainstream Media Bias, Wages In D.C., Texting And Stimulus Waste

*This is what the media calls the mainstream? Did you hear about the exciting rally the Democrats held in Washington last week? Neither did I. But some 400 groups participated, including the Communist Party USA, the Democratic Socialists of America, the National Council of La Raza, and even one called Queers for Economic Justice. None of them were called “leftist” by CNN or The New York Times, of course. They save their political epithets for those of us who prefer the right-hand side of the street.

*Guess whose residents make the most money? I’ve written before about the average wage of a government employee these days. Counting all the perks and benefits, it’s now double that of someone in private enterprise. And here’s another shocker: The median income of residents of Washington, D.C., is $85,198 — the highest of any city in America. That makes sense: This country’s greatest growth industry is government.

*Y U Luv Txtng. That was the clever headline in a Wall Street Journal story a few days ago. Among the interesting statistics were the following: Two out of three adults sleep with their cell phones next to their beds. One out of six cell-phone owning adults admits walking into a person or object while talking or texting. And the one that really gave me pause: The average teenager sends and receives a total of 3,339 texts each month. When do they have time to do their homework?

*In Chicago they get to vote, too. The more we learn about Obama’s $862 billion stimulus bill, the worse the news is. Recently The Associated Press reported that 72,000 stimulus payments, worth more than $18 million, went to dead people. Another $4 million in stimulus checks were sent to some 17,000 prisoners. But here’s the good news: Officials say they have recovered about half of the funds. Gives a whole new meaning to Joe Biden’s talk about a “summer of recovery,” doesn’t it?

— Chip Wood