Nonprofit Leader Says DHS Illegal Immigrant Removal Report Is Skewed

Nonprofit leader says DHS illegal immigrant removal report is skewedA nonprofit organization has criticized the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for boasting inaccurate illegal immigrant removal statistics.

Responding to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano's report that the 2010 fiscal year was a record-breaking period for criminal alien removals, Dan Stein, the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), said that the total number of recorded deportations has remained roughly the same, while the deportation of non-criminal aliens has dropped significantly.

FAIR claims that about 56,000 fewer non-criminal illegal immigrants were removed from the United States in fiscal year 2010, compared to 2009. The group said the government has adopted new policies to protect non-criminal aliens from being deported.

Stein also stated that Napolitano's comments were part of a plan to fool the American public before November's midterm elections by trying to convince voters that the immigration crisis is being addressed.

Arizona Republican Jesse Kelly, a candidate for U.S. Congress, recently suggested more border control is needed in his home state. According to The Arizona Republic, Kelly's platform includes the construction of a double-layer border fence, the hiring of more patrol agents and the deployment of 10,000 National Guard troops — eight times more than the number sent to the border by the Obama administration.

Wishing It Were So

Elected elites have been subverting the Constitution and encroaching into our affairs for decades.

The majority of the electorate — long content to occupy itself with earning a living, raising families and considering politics for only a short period of time (typically between Labor Day and the election) has finally awakened to the reality of a bloated and overbearing government. A poll released this week bears this out.

The Gallup/USA Today poll shows that a growing percentage of Americans are coming to view the government as too intrusive and powerful. The poll, conducted Sept. 13-16, shows that 59 percent of the country believes the government has too much power, compared to 33 percent who think it has the right amount. In 2002, only 39 percent believed the government was too powerful while 52 percent said it wielded the right amount of power.

A growing majority, 58 percent, believe the government is trying to do too many things that should be left up to individuals. Only 36 percent believe government should do more. Two more things the poll revealed: 49 percent believe there is too much government regulation, 27 percent believe there is too little government regulation and 21 percent believe we currently have the right amount; and 46 percent believe the government poses an immediate threat to the freedoms of ordinary citizens and 51 percent believe it does not. However, that 46 percent number is up from 30 percent in 2003.

These numbers are reflected in the rise in the Tea Party movement.

But, according to the administration of President Barack Obama, it’s not a concern about an ever-growing government that’s behind the growth of the Tea Party and decline in the popularity of incumbent politicians — particularly Democrats and Republicans in Name Only (RINOs). No, the administration just thinks the electorate is dumb… and it’s saying so.

Democrats aren’t running on the administration’s accomplishments like healthcare and financial-regulatory overhaul and the stimulus because “it’s just too hard to explain,” Vice President Joe Biden told Bloomberg News.

“The 24-hour news cycle is just so lightning fast and the attention span I think is so short that sometimes it’s difficult to keep everybody focused on the long term,” Obama told a crowd at George Washington University.

The truth is that explaining how a healthcare bill that costs more, benefits fewer and eliminates choices is a good bill is difficult. Explaining how trillion dollar bailouts for big banks and Wall Street are beneficial while Americans see their way of life destroyed is difficult. Biden is correct on that count.

It’s a difficult sell because Americans are smart and they’ve seen through the charade. But I would be surprised if the electorate’s attention span is so short — as Obama believes — that it’s going to forget by Nov. 2 what the elected elites have done these last 20-plus months. The elites just wish it were so.

Hoisted With Their Own Petard…

President Barack Obama’s most recent assault on conservatives is a new twist for the Democrats’ old school tactics of distraction, duplicity and defamation. As a November to Remember approaches in the fast lane, Obama has pulled the handbrake on reason… and steered his party into oncoming traffic.

His latest tactic: An effort to chain conservatives to that hotbed of radicalism, foreign intrigue and evil known colloquially as the United States Chamber of Commerce. Although seemingly a mild-mannered bunch of folks who wear khakis to work and own small businesses with those digital time-and-temperature displays out front; the Chamber, according to the Democrats, is a front for a massive monetary pipeline which funnels ducats from the darkest corners of the earth into the accounts of Republican and Tea Party candidates here at home.

We know what depths these bastards are plumbing, because Obama and his ever-vigilant allies have presented us with a mountain of… er… a plethora… um… a couple of examples… well, they said so; so it must be true.

They have it partly right. There IS a candidate out there who has collected huge sums of untraceable largesse from some fairly shady characters in some fairly shady locations. Some of this particular pol’s hauls were loaded in HAMAS and Tamil Tiger terrorist camps (more than $35,000). Some flowed forth from the oil-rich United Arab Emirates (more than $25,000). Some of the yuan even started its journey in Chinese communist checkbooks (a whopping $366,708.22).

But this mendacious money-grubber is no Republican. There is no Tea Party-backed candidate with their fingerprints all over this overseas swag. The beneficiary of the booty in question is none other than Barack Hussein Obama.

That’s right, kiddies. Every single shovelful of cash I just described went to your community activist-in-chief. It should be noted that when informed of a similar Tamil-tainted donation, Hillary Clinton returned the loot. The HAMAS-linked Money Claus listed his hometown as “Rafah, GA, 972.” Rafah isn’t some pastoral Peach State paradise, it’s a HAMAS-controlled refugee camp in Gaza (hence the GA).

As for the “972” — it’s clearly not a metro Atlanta zip code, but it IS the telephone area code for Israel, including the Rafah refugee camp. Also in Obama’s kitty: Cash from a donor listed with the Federal Election Commission as “Doodad” ($10,780), who listed his (or her) employer as “FDGFDGF,” where “Doodad” toils as a “DFGFDG.” Additionally noteworthy is a list of donors — whose largesse included dollars AND cents (think foreign exchange) — nearly as interminably long as a Proust seminar taught by a Chevalier impersonator with a speech impediment.

Last Sunday morning David Axelrod, Obama’s latter-day Goebbels, found himself squirming in the unlikely crosshairs of none other than Bob Schieffer. Schieffer, who once claimed he was unaware of the Democrats’ connection to the New Black Panther Party because he was “on vacation,” is apparently back from his intellectual beach house. When Axelrod vomited up Obama’s “Chamber of Commerce + GOP = some cat with too many consonants in his name is stealing the election” talking points, Schieffer — to paraphrase Obama’s own administration — stepped on Axelrod’s neck:

Schieffer: “But this part about foreign money, that appears to be peanuts, Mister Axelrod, I mean, do you have any evidence that it’s anything other than peanuts?”

Axelrod: “Well, do you have any evidence that it’s not?”

Axelrod’s response reveals the old “throw enough poo at the wall” strategy, one step from a “list of 205 names.”

Schieffer’s “peanuts” comment was a reference to a report in The New York Times (the rats are leaping off the liberal ship) which revealed that not only do the Democrats’ latest attacks on the Chamber and GOP lack citation, they’re purely defamatory, a simple “big lie” gambit. Evidently, Obama is counting on CBS returning Nielsen ratings which couldn’t make the Knitting Channel jealous because Obama was beating the drum again Tuesday. According to Obama’s spokesmodel Robert Gibbs:

"There’s no reason to back off. If there are organizations raising tens of millions of dollars that won’t tell us who their donors are, my guess is they’re not telling us for a reason — because they have something to hide."

Setting aside the fact that Obama has bagged boodle from Bangkok to British Petroleum (he’s the largest individual recipient of BP’s black gold), I can put this chapter of the DNC’s desperation down as quickly as Michael Moore can hover the spread on the craft services table.

But, I’ll give the honor to Schieffer:

“If the only charge three weeks (from) the election that the Democrats can make is that somehow this may or may not be foreign money coming into the campaign, is that the best you can do?”

Bad Economic Reports May Boost GOP’s Chances In November

Bad economic reports may boost GOP's chances in NovemberSome recent polls suggested that President Barack Obama's approval ratings were inching back up into positive territory, but this may all change after the employment report published on Oct. 8 showed the labor market has suffered another month of poor performance.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the American economy lost 95,000 jobs in September, which was worse than most economists expected. These figures are also more than the previous month, when 57,000 positions were eliminated.

The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.6 percent.

These results may spell trouble for the Democrats in November, as this is the last employment report before the midterm elections. Many Democratic incumbents who run for re-election have defended their support for the massive stimulus package in 2009, saying it was designed to spur economic growth and boost employment.

However, this was not the end of bad economic news, as a preliminary report from the Congressional Budget Office found that the Federal government racked up a $1.3 trillion deficit in the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30.

Many political commentators have attributed the success of Tea Party-backed candidates in midterm primaries to excess government spending, which many Americans increasingly worry will be passed on to future generations. 

Experts Offer Smoke Alarm Safety Tips During Fire Prevention

Experts offer smoke alarm safety tips during Fire Prevention The week of Oct. 3-9 has been marked as National Fire Prevention Week, and safety experts have used it as an opportunity to educate Americans about how to keep themselves and their families safe during a similar emergency.

For example, Allyson Fulton of Safe Kids Pennsylvania, says that more than 400 American children die in home fires alone each year, but correctly installed and working smoke detectors can cut the risk nearly in half.

Smoke alarms should be installed on each level of a house and near each sleeping area or bedroom. Since smoke rises to the ceiling during a fire emergency, they should be paced as high as possible and toward the center of the room.

Proper maintenance of this system is also an important part of ensuring survival in the case of a fire. Alarms should be tested once a month and vacuumed regularly to prevent blockage with dust and other particles. Batteries should be replaced once per year.

Finally, families should conduct periodic fire drills so that during an emergency everyone — especially young children — know several escape routes and a safe meeting place outside. 

The Celebration of Class Warfare

The weather was perfect — 72 degrees and sunny — for the "One Nation Working Together" rally at the Lincoln Memorial on Oct. 2. I was determined to go with an open mind because I wanted to try to understand what would motivate someone to attend an event sponsored by unions and self-proclaimed socialist and communist groups.

The first time I heard about the rally the thought crossed my mind how embarrassing it was that union bosses and their counterparts in a wide variety of extremist, left-wing organizations would put on an event to counter one sponsored by a television commentator, Glenn Beck. It was like a third-grader trying to one-up a popular rival on the playground.

Of course, the organizers would now deny they were responding to Beck’s 8/28 Restoring Honor event, but that in itself would be embarrassing given that they’ve been talking about it being their answer to his hugely successful rally since they first came up with the idea. On Saturday, I only heard bits and pieces of a few speeches, but at least one of the speakers shouted, "Somebody tell Glenn Beck there are more people here than at his event."

The rally started at noon and, as planned, I arrived in Washington just before 2:00 p.m. As I entered D.C. from the Virginia side, the first thing I noticed was that people were walking away from the rally site in droves. Not a good sign for an event that was scheduled to last until 4:00 p.m.

As I stopped at the first light after coming across the Teddy Roosevelt Bridge, I glanced to my left and was surprised to see a number of vacant parking spaces on 23rd Street — something unheard of in a city where you can drive around for an hour in search of a parking spot. I did a quick left onto 23rd and promptly backed into one of the available spaces.

My wife and I then started walking toward the Lincoln Memorial, an easy trek compared to the exhausting walk we had endured for the 8/28 Restoring Honor rally when the closest parking we could find was at the Willard Hotel on 14th Street. As we walked toward the Lincoln Memorial, people wearing T-shirts emblazoned with logos and wording in keeping with the theme of the rally continued streaming by us in the opposite direction.

On arriving at the site the first thing I did was try to estimate the crowd size, which I’ve become pretty adept at. This particular case, however, was unusually difficult because of the nonstop flow of people leaving the event early. At any given time, however, I estimated that the density of the crowd ranged from one-fifth to one-tenth that of the Restoring Honor gathering.

At the Beck rally it was strictly shoulder-to-shoulder, virtually impossible to walk in most places. That crowd was no less than 500,000 — and perhaps as high as 750,000. But one of the many differences with the 8/28 event was that virtually everyone stayed until the rally was officially over. They were there by choice.

To be as fair as possible, I generously factored in the large number of people who had departed two hours or more before I arrived at the One Nation rally and came up with a crowd estimate of between 75,000 to 150,000 — far more than the 30,000 to 50,000 I had guessed might show up. Clearly, I had underestimated the power of union bosses handing down mandates to their rank and file to attend.

But to me the crowd size didn’t really matter, because they were two totally different events. Beck is just one individual — a radio and television personality — who produced a rally (primarily using his own money) with a theme of restoring honor to America and to honor fallen U.S. soldiers. By contrast, the 10/2 event was a political rally sponsored by a wide array of well-funded, far-left organizations.

The big question is not who had the largest crowd; that wasn’t even close. The more important question is why rally organizers like Al Sharpton would be so focused on trying to show the public they could outdraw a media personality.

To the crowd’s credit, though the signs and rhetoric were brazenly anti-freedom and anti-free market, people were generally well behaved, though clearly lacking in enthusiasm. To their discredit, however, trash was everywhere, which I have found to be a trademark of those on the left — especially the environmental crowd.

Again, by contrast, it was hard to find any trash on the ground at Beck’s 8/28 event. There are many conjectures I could draw from this observation, but due to space limitations, I’ll leave that psychological endeavor up to you.

Tabloid-size "newspapers" were all over the place. One was called The Militant, which featured the headline: "Public education is a birth right, not a corporate profit."

Another one, Challenge: The Revolutionary Communist Newspaper of Progressive Labor Party, sported a logo that read "Fight for Communism." Mind you, this was a rally called "One Nation Working Together" — in the capital city of the United States of America!

Then there were the signs:

  • "Wages that are rightfully ours."
  • "We demand $$$ for jobs and education."
  • "The American Dream promises a free education."
  • "Black Is Back."
  • "Capitalism is failing. Socialism is the answer."

At one of the many tables where books were being sold I wrote down such titles as Bolshevism, What Is Marxism, The Communist Manifesto, Four Marxist Classics and Black Liberation and Socialism. Quite an array of reading material for an event titled "One Nation Working Together."

Then there were the pamphlets, with such patriotic verbiage as:

  • "Fight for a Two-Year National Moratorium to Halt All Foreclosures and Evictions."
  • "Jobs for All! Public-Works Program Now!"
  • "Make the bosses pay for their crisis!"

I could fill a book with what I saw at the rally, but to me the bottom line is this: The Oct. 2 "One Nation Working Together" event was simply a celebration of that age-old disease, class warfare. Unwittingly, the hate peddlers who promoted it provided a public-service by letting us know they are still out there, alive and well. And they are poised and ready to bring down the American way of life — especially freedom and the free-market system.

As I walked back up 23rd Street after my short stay at the rally, the little security guard inside my brain whispered to me, "This was a reminder that America is irrevocably split into those who want to put a stop to the government’s policy of redistributing wealth and those who demand that the government use force to give them even more of other people’s wealth.

The latter group (which I estimate at nearly one-third of the current U.S. population) is fully prepared to sell their souls to a totalitarian regime in exchange for the "stuff" they think they deserve. I’m not sure how they define deserve, but it matters not. What does matter, sadly, is that they are nothing more than pawns in a power game that has existed probably since the Neolithic Age.

These pawns have long been referred to — by everyone from George Orwell to Alvin Toffler to Saul Alinsky — as the Have-Nots. This is what the "One Nation Working Together" rally was all about, nothing more and nothing less. It’s an old theme that will continue to be with us until the last breath of humankind has been extinguished.

And the truth that many people do not want to believe is that there is no solution to the problem. The only hope is containment. Right now, a majority of Americans are poised to push back and try to contain the radical left from bringing down the curtain on capitalism and individual sovereignty. But no matter what happens on Nov. 2, no one should be deluded into believing the war is over. The war will never be over.

Start preparing your mind now for what’s coming after Nov. 2, and teach your children what Ronald Reagan said back in 1964:

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."

After what I saw and heard in D.C. on Oct. 2, I can vouch for the Dutchman’s words.

—Robert Ringer

A Wise And Frugal Government

As September ended Congress scurried out of town hoping they had time to convince enough voters to support them during the mid-term election Nov. 2. In doing so they left the specter of the largest tax hike in history hitting a fragile U.S. economy on Jan. 1, 2011.

Unable to agree on which Americans should receive how much, the Democrat majority punted, leaving President Barack Obama to defend his notion of redistributing the wealth of those he considers rich — that is anyone making $250,000 or more a year.

In addition to taxing the “rich,” Obama wants to practice a little social engineering. He’s advocating tax incentives for businesses that hire and inserting other benefits and penalties for certain behaviors, rather than trusting businesses to act in their own best interests and hire when it’s economically feasible.

But the Founders believed government should get out of the way of business. During his first inaugural address in 1801, Thomas Jefferson said, "[A] wise and frugal government…shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."

Will we ever again see a wise and frugal government?

Watchdog Groups Single Out Chamber Of Commerce For Role In Funding Controversy

Watchdog groups single out Chamber of Commerce for role in funding controversyFollowing allegations that the United States Chamber of Commerce has been actively soliciting money from foreign countries to influence American elections, a group of watchdog organizations had called for a criminal investigation and complete audit of the business lobbying group.

StopTheChamber.com has urged the FBI, Department of Justice and IRS to examine the most recent accusation made by the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF) against the Chamber. The CAPAF claimed on Oct. 5 that the Chamber has obtained money from foreign organizations, including some funds tied to overseas governments, and has used it to influence political campaigns.

On Oct. 7, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs publicly asked the Chamber and other politically active groups to reveal their list of donors before the November midterm elections. According to the Huffington Post, it was the second request in as many days from Gibbs.

"I think the best thing to do for the American people would be to let everyone see all of the supporters. Let everyone see who has supported each of the different entities… by letting the American people know exactly who has written checks," said Gibbs, according to the news source.

According to The Associated Press, Chamber spokeswoman Tita Freeman said the claims are "unfounded, deceitful and completely erroneous." She added that no foreign money has been used to fund political activities. 

Natural Supplements Improve Symptoms Associated With Anxiety

Natural supplements improve symptoms associated with anxietyNearly 40 million adults in the U.S. suffer from anxiety each year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. However, scientists have discovered that some nutritional and herbal supplements could be effective in treating anxiety problems without causing serious side effects.

The research — published in BioMed Central's Nutrition Journal — used more than 2,000 participants throughout 24 studies to find how nutritional supplements can be used in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Of the reviewed studies, 21 were controlled trials.

Researchers discovered that passionflower or kava, along with combinations of L-lysine and L-arginine, were associated with positive effects on the participating subjects.

Although further testing still needs to be completed, Shaheen Lakhan, one of the scientists involved with the study, said that "our review and summary of the literature on herbal remedies" could aid "mental health practitioners in advising their [anxiety] patients and provide insight for future research in this field."

He added that "herbal medicines hold an important place in the history of medicine" and that the majority of future remedies will likely contain natural supplements, such as those from plants.

Pakistan Could Be Obama’s Biggest Blunder

President Barack Obama has been so preoccupied with the November elections that he has shamefully neglected foreign policy. This is especially true with regard to Pakistan — a nuclear nation that could soon tumble into the hands of Muslim extremists who want to buy a one-way ticket to paradise by killing Infidels.

Despite deficits that have mounted into the trillions of dollars, the Obama administration has been downright miserly towards Pakistan. The result is a fractured Pakistan that may yet be swallowed up by jihad.

According to The Express Tribune, “It is an undeniable fact that a revolution is coming in Pakistan.”

The sobering truth points to one thing — Pakistan is at a tipping point. Whether it is an intended strategy or willful neglect by Obama, radical Muslims could soon seize control of this military superpower and its bristling array of nuclear weapons. If you think President Jimmy Carter executed poor foreign policies during his one term, consider this: Pakistan is Iran on steroids and may become bent on our destruction.

This month militants in Pakistan have destroyed several large and desperately needed fuel supplies headed for our embattled troops in Afghanistan.

Worse yet, these attacks come just days after the Pakistani government — our supposed ally — blocked entry into Afghanistan, bringing the American — Pakistan relationship to an all-time low.

Obama’s war against Afghan insurgents is pushing Pakistan towards the brink of civil war, warns Time Magazine’s Robert Baer: "We’re reduced to common sense in figuring out where Pakistan’s breaking point is. The war in Afghanistan has done nothing for Pakistan’s stability, and in fact it’s gotten progressively shakier over the past 10 years.”

Another Islam Misstep By Obama
Pakistan is America’s most important ally against the war on terror. President George W. Bush understood that and provided Islamabad with more than $11 billion after the 9/11 attacks. But under Obama, President Asif Ali Zardari’s government has received just a tiny fraction of that amount.

Zardari admits that he is nearly impotent against the Taliban-led insurgency that began after Obama assumed office. Today the Taliban encircles the capital, Islamabad.

According to Zardari the United States is not providing enough money to deal with the 18,000 madrassas (radical Muslim religious schools) or enough to backstop Pakistan’s security forces including its army.

There is much at stake, admitted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “One of our concerns is that if the worst, the unthinkable were to happen, and this advancing Taliban… were to essentially topple the government for failure to beat them back, then they would have the keys to the nuclear arsenal of Pakistan. We can’t even contemplate that.”

Recent catastrophic floods have pushed Pakistan’s economy to the edge. Islamabad’s debt has ballooned to $55 billion and any tax base to fill it has evaporated. One third of Pakistan’s population has fallen below the poverty line.

A disaster of Biblical proportions is pushing the Islamic nation of 170 million people towards economic collapse. Agriculture has been ravaged by floodwaters that have submerged nearly a quarter of the country’s farmland and swept away 70 percent of the roads and bridges. More than 10,000 schools and 500 hospitals have been destroyed or damaged. There are doubts that the land will improve before the autumn wheat planting. If that happens Pakistan faces starvation. Yet Obama pays no heed to Pakistan’s plight.

The Montreal Gazette reports that millions of Pakistanis — who were just surviving before the floodwaters hit — are now homeless and unable to feed themselves. According to Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, losses from the flood could reach $43 billion which is an Obama-like fortune for this Third World country. Western analysts say that the end result could cause 20 percent inflation. All this for a country already mired in a terrible economic depression.

This month eight suspected German nationals were killed in a U.S. launched missile drone strike in north-western Pakistan. The group is called Jihad al Islami and their very existence has sparked a not-so-funny joke.

Question: “Which is worse: German Nazis or Pakistan Jihadists?
Answer: German Jihadists.”

Pakistan’s Nukes Are America’s Worst Nightmare
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, NATO has been unopposed. That is until now. This month container trucks and fuel tankers that supply 80 percent of NATO’s needs in Afghanistan were blocked by Pakistan forces. This may turn into the biggest embargo America and its allies have faced since Stalin sealed off Berlin six decades ago. It demonstrates what a thin string Obama’s policies are hanging by.

When I was a kid my dad actually started digging a bomb shelter during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Those were crazy times and it left me worried about nuclear war until I was almost 30. Like many of you, I thought that the collapse of Communism had arrested nuclear Armageddon, at least in my lifetime. But Pakistan is the cause of a whole new nightmare. It is a nuke toting nation whose arsenal may fall under the control of Muslim radicals.

According to Zardari, “We are not a failed state yet but we may become one in 10 years.”

Don’t bet that Zardari isn’t being overly optimistic. His wife — the charismatic Benazir Bhutto — was perhaps the country’s last legitimate national leader before she was brutally assassinated. Since her death the Taliban have launched hundreds of terrorist attacks across Pakistan. The situation has become so bad that Zardari is now a captive of a bunker that more resembles Adolf Hitler’s Wolfsschanze military headquarters than it does a presidential palace in a democratic society.

Things have gotten so bad the Obama administration is attacking the enemy within Pakistan’s borders. If you don’t think that is an alliance in crisis imagine American B-17s bombing England on D-Day.

The Guardian newspaper says the Obama administration has lost patience with Islamabad. This should be worrisome to the world. After all, Zardari’s teetering government is all that stands between us and a Jihad armed with 100 nuclear weapons. Last week in OpEdNews, Michael Payne wrote: “The probability that this scenario (involving Pakistan) could explode into a war like no other in history grows greater every day.”

While Obama’s domestic policies have been atrocious, his lasting legacy may be his failure to deal with Islam and Pakistan. And frankly, I am too old to start digging a bomb shelter.

Yours for real wealth and good health,

John Myers
Myers’ Energy and Gold

Survey Reveals What Americans Like And Dislike About Their Country

Survey reveals what Americans like and dislike about their countryAs voters are preparing to cast their ballots in November, a recent opinion poll set out to find out what — in the average person's view — are some of the most enduring American institutions.

The survey was conducted by Harris Poll and revealed that the Constitution, colleges and universities as well as pop culture are among the most popular, at 70 percent, 65 percent and 62 percent, respectively.

Majorities have also ranked civil rights (58 percent), living standard (56 percent) and equal opportunity (52 percent) in a positive light.

By contrast, the healthcare system, public education and the political system have scored the lowest on Americans' approval scale. Only 33 percent approve of the medical care system while public schools and politics can count on 32 percent and 23 percent support, respectively.

The study also analyzed attitudes from the point of view of respondents' ideological affiliation. It found that Republicans value America's civil rights more than Democrats do (70 percent to 53 percent). Meanwhile, a total of 43 percent of Republicans hold a favorable view of the healthcare system while only 30 percent of Democrats agree with this position. 

“Girl Crazy” Included Many Stars

On Oct. 14, 1930, "Girl Crazy," a new musical by George and Ira Gershwin, premiered at the Alvin Theater on Broadway. The show made stars of Ginger Rogers (who sang "Embraceable You") and Ethel Merman (who belted out "I Got Rhythm," among other numbers).

But the real cavalcade of stars appeared not on stage, but under it, where George Gershwin conducted an orchestra that included such future greats as Benny Goodman (then 21) on clarinet, Jimmy Dorsey (26) on sax, Gene Krupa (21) on drums and Tommy Dorsey (24) and Glenn Miller (26) on trombone.

"Girl Crazy" would run for 272 performances. It contained more hit songs than any other Gershwin musical. Other hits from the stage show and movie included "Bidin’ My Time," "But Not for Me," and such forgotten gems as "Goldfarb, That’s I’m!" and "(When It’s) Cactus Time in Arizona."

"Girl Crazy" was also the only Gershwin musical comedy to be turned into a movie three times, including 1992’s "Crazy for You" and a 1943 version starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. In the 1943 movie, Garland’s role combined the parts — and songs — performed by Rogers and Merman on Broadway.

To show you how much things have changed, back then you could have gotten a balcony seat for a Saturday matinee for 50 cents. Today, a decent seat on Broadway can set you back one hundred bucks or more.

— Chip Wood

Report Blasts Obama Administration For BP Oil Spill Handling

Report blasts Obama administration for BP oil spill handlingA bipartisan report has criticized President Barack Obama and his administration for their response to the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, which consists of Obama-appointed members, determined through its investigation that the government withheld information from the public. The commission said that the White House Office of Management and Budget did not reveal the worst-case estimates of the spill, according to media reports

In addition, the group criticized the Obama administration for failing to accurately report the amount of oil that was dispersed by biodegradation, which is a method of oil breakdown through the use of chemicals.

"By initially underestimating the amount of oil flow and then, at the end of the summer, appearing to underestimate the amount of oil remaining in the Gulf, the Federal government created the impression that it was either not fully competent to handle the spill or not fully candid with the American people about the scope of the problem," the report stated.

A Democratic candidate for Senate has also panned Obama for his response to the April 20 oil rig explosion, which killed 11 workers, injured 17 others and caused the worst environmental disaster in United States history. During a television ad in support of Louisiana State Representative Charlie Melancon (D-Napoleonville), the President is criticized for placing a moratorium on deepwater drilling, according to the Huffington Post.

The suspension of drilling raised the ire of Louisiana officials who said the halt would further harm coastal economies. The drilling freeze was lifted by Louisiana court rulings less than a month after the White House announced the moratorium, and then reinstituted by the Obama administration.

As Dollar Value Plunges, NIA Warns Against Inflation And Recommends Buying Gold

As dollar value plunges, NIA warns against inflation and recommends buying goldAfter the Bank of Japan left its interest rates close to zero earlier this week, financial analysts have been expecting monetary easing across major economies, including the United States. 

This has sent the value of the dollar down and prompted the National Inflation Association (NIA) to announce that it may be forced to change its warning of hyperinflation onset from 2014-2015 to as soon as 2012.

"Inflation never creates wealth, but instead misallocates resources that would have [gone] towards productive purposes if the free market was allowed to operate," the organization said in a statement.

Recently, media reports have quoted Federal Reserve officials as saying that the central bank may be willing to start buying U.S. government debt, a move that the Fed believes would lower interest rates and spur economic growth. However, it would also drive the currency lower and boost price inflation.

Given these circumstances, NIA and many financial analysts have been recommending investments in gold as a way to protect assets and wealth from depreciation. In recent months, gold prices have been at their record high levels. 

Nutritional Supplements Could Help Prevent Further Health Problems For Orthopaedic Patients

Nutritional supplements could help prevent further health problems for orthopaedic patientsThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that vitamin D is essential for helping the body to retain calcium so that bones can grow and strengthen. However, low levels of vitamin D could cause bones to break, as they may become brittle and thin.

In fact, new research shows that a high percentage of patients who are scheduled to undergo orthopaedic surgery do not consume enough vitamin D.

Joseph M. Lane, one of the researchers involved with the study, said that "given the importance of vitamin D in musculoskeletal health and its role in bone healing following orthopaedic procedures, low levels may negatively impact patient outcomes."

According to the study, which was published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the researchers used 723 patients who were to have surgery in various service areas. This included knee and hip replacement, hand fractures, foot and ankle, trauma, sports medicine and vertebral compression fractures.

The scientists concluded that 28 percent of the participants had insufficient levels of vitamin D, while another 15 percent had a clinical deficiency.

Overall, two out of five patients were at risk for developing metabolic bone disease as a result of low levels of vitamin D.

You Don’t Want To Be A Billionaire

After three years of working to keep inflation in check, the Federal Reserve is now changing course and setting out a policy to raise inflation above its current target of around 2 percent.

Well guess what? Inflation is already here. Just ask anyone buying groceries. And this inflation is a direct result of Federal Reserve polices of quantitative easing (QE) — in other words, printing money.

Last week William Dudley, president of the New York Federal Reserve, said current levels of inflation are a problem because, “it means slower nominal income growth.” So be prepared for Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to fire up the presses and begin QE in earnest.

What will be the result? Everyone will become billionaires. But that isn’t good. Just look back at Weimar Germany and see what holding billion dollar notes got them.

The money creators are desperate, but things have gotten out of control. They’re flailing, and the economy is failing.

Tea Party Candidates Struggle To Get Ahead In The Polls, But Marco Rubio Is Holding Strong

Tea Party candidates struggle to get ahead in the polls, but Marco Rubio is holding strongTea Party-backed candidates in this year's midterms may be struggling in some states, but it appears that Marco Rubio's Senate bid in Florida is currently safe.

According to a recent poll, Rubio leads his opponents Governor Charlie Crist, an Independent, and Democrat representative Kendrick Meek by some 20 points, at 56 percent.

The survey released by United Faculty of Miami Dade College found that Crist and Meek are 26.6 and 25.7 percent, respectively, with only 1.4 percent of voters still undecided.

"Rubio is riding the current state of deep discontent among voters," said Barry Greenberg, professor emeritus of educational and psychological studies at Florida International University in Miami, adding that "he has become well known and well-liked by his followers."

Meanwhile, Nevada Tea Party-supported candidate Sharron Angle's lead over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is within the statistical error, while Alaska's Joe Miller is facing a serious threat from the write-in candidate and current GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The latest CNN/Opinion Research poll puts them at 38 and 36 percent, respectively. 

Is ‘Bad Blood’ the Cause of Your Pain?

You know blood circulates in your body and that without it you could not live. What you may not know, however, is that aside from being a vital nutritive substance blood can also be a cause of pain. In fact, many forms of pain, illness and disease can be linked to, or are caused by, what I refer to as “bad blood.”

Bad blood is when blood is in a state that can harm the body. These states are found in the form of “excesses” (e.g., too many toxins), “stagnations” (e.g., trigger points), and “deficiencies” (e.g., low levels of oxygen). The following list of common ailments related to the quality of blood paints a picture of how many different issues are related to the quality of our blood.

  • 25.1 million Americans live with heart disease
  • 32 percent of Americans suffer hypertension
  • 12 percent of females over age 20 are deficient in iron
  • 16 percent of adults have high-cholesterol
  • One in six Americans contract arthritis
  • 26 million Americans, between ages 20 and 64, suffer back pain

Pain is among the top reported reasons patients visit their primary care physicians. In fact, 150 million Americans suffer chronic pain annually. The chronic experience of pain is responsible for the billion-dollar nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) industry. (These are pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen.)

There are many causes of pain including stress, injury, tight or pulled muscles, a sedentary lifestyle, inflammation, acid/alkaline imbalance and trigger points. All of these affect the quality and motility (or spontaneous movement) of blood and/or can be caused by bad blood.

Blood is an essential body fluid that serves two purposes. It rejuvenates cells by bringing to them substances like oxygen and nutrients and it cleans cells by carrying away their toxic waste products. When body processes are hindered by incorrect diet, lack of water, stress, high acidity levels, trauma or disease, then blood’s role in maintaining homeostasis (body balance) is hindered… and pain, including back pain, is the result.

Food is such an important piece of the good blood equation. Blood plasma is a liquid component of blood that contains sugars, proteins, minerals and other substances. A diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables and high in whole grains will do much to provide depth of nutrients to build blood. But blood also needs soluble fiber to clean it and insoluble fiber to remove toxins from the body through the stools.  A nutrient deficient diet can cause bad blood which then can cause back pain.

Water is also an important component of good blood because plasma, which is 90 percent water by volume, actually comprises 55 percent of the blood fluid. Drinking plenty of fluids is a holistic way of relieving and preventing back pain.

But not all fluids are created equal. Beverages like coffee, tea, energy drinks and sodas are loaded with caffeine, sugars and chemicals that not only act as diuretics (transporting too much fluid from the blood) but are also high in toxins. These toxins, if they remain in the blood, cause bad blood — stagnations in blood motility (movement rate) via inflammation while also causing blood to become too acidic.

Indeed, maintaining the proper acid/alkaline equation (or pH balance) in the blood is an essential component to the blood/back pain connection. When blood acid levels are too high, muscle contractions can result. When muscles contract they cause limited range of motion and put pressure on nerves, prevent fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients to enter the tissue and prevent the efficient removal of carbon dioxide and other toxic substance from it. All of this causes pain.

If blood alkaline is raised and acid reduced, then muscle relaxation occurs. This allows for pain relief through the proper absorption of nutrients and transportation of waste products from the blood and tissues. Maintaining a blood pH of 7.4 is an essential component of pain-free living.

The negative effects of stress are also a leading cause of bad blood in pain. Stress constricts muscles in the body, lowers the amount of oxygen and increases acidity levels in the blood and tissues in the body. Deep breathing relaxation techniques not only reduce stress levels but also control pH. Stress causes shallow breathing and limited respiration, thus causing pain. Breathing exercises reverse this process.

Many chronic pain sufferers are fast to grab over-the-counter NSAIDs for temporary relief; and doctors advise their use. Yet these actually cause more long-term harm than short-term good. NSAIDs leave toxins in the blood, causing bad blood. They can also cause intestinal bleeding and are harmful to those suffering high blood pressure and kidney disease. Other painkillers, like acetaminophen, are harmful to the liver (which cleanses the blood) and the kidneys (which help move toxins out of the body) and do not reduce inflammation — three reasons to avoid taking it.

So what are the solutions to correcting bad blood in those suffering pain? The answer is found in a comprehensive overhaul of diet (food and water), breathing exercises for stress relief and oxygenation of blood and regular exercise to stimulate blood flow and removal of toxins. Along the way, safe temporary relief can be found by visiting massage therapists, acupuncturists and other bodywork practitioners, as well as engaging in yoga, tai chi and meditation. In the end, keeping your blood clean and moving in the tissues are positive steps toward back pain relief and prevention.

— Dr. Mark Wiley

A Word To The Wise…

While Democrats prepare for the winter of their discontent, Republicans are practicing their best end zone dance moves. As a student of history, I thought I might offer a Santayana-style caveat. Presuming November produces the electoral Waterloo the Democrats deserve, the GOP needs to remember the lessons of the past. 

Let’s step into Mr. Livingston’s “Way Back” machine:

November, 1994. 

Led by an emergent Newt Gingrich, the Republican Party wrested control of Congress from the Democrat machine after 40 years of hegemony. Two years after a previously unknown governor from a previously politically unremarkable state wrested control of the White House after 12 years of Republican dominance, the GOP returned the favor.

Oh, what heady days for the right. Two years of Woodstock-in-the-White-House policies; and finally someone who wasn’t governing by acid flashback-induced hallucinations got a hand on the throttle —  as opposed to a hand on a plump intern. 

But the Republicans underestimated Bill Clinton’s resiliency. Unlike President Obama, Clinton wasn’t blinded by starry-eyed obedience to the teachings of Frank M. Davis, Saul Alinsky and John McKnight. Instead, Clinton was the consummate trial-lawyer/politician, interested only in winning. Following his party’s electoral stumble, Clinton and his advisors formulated a new plan: Co-opting Republican ideas and employing a supplicant media to give Clinton credit. Bolstered by sudden media interest in Clinton’s participation in the supposedly “centrist” Democrat Leadership Council, Clinton gambled on leaving his base support in the dust for “moderate” status (“moderate” in the liberal lexicon meaning: doesn’t wear old “Che” t-shirts while jogging). The Democrats traded “you wouldn’t spend it right,” and imposing taxes on imputed rental income (they actually tried it) for “I think I raised (your taxes) too much.”

The ploy – nicknamed “triangulation” by Clinton’s cronies – worked well, and two years after the Republican Revolution, Clinton squeezed through the Oval Office door — albeit without a majority of the vote against a moribund Bob Dole — for four more years. 

October, 2010. 

4 years after the Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives, voters are again restless for a House Cleaning. Speaker Pelosi and her minions, voted into the majority with promises of “draining” the so-called “swamp,” have proved to be averse to their own word. Congressional corruption, tyrannical decrees and oblivious incompetence are the rules of the day. Working in concert with the hopelessly inept President Barack Obama, Democrats have forced fond memories of 1994. 

Unemployment has skyrocketed into double-digits. Democrat responses to economic woes have involved disastrously harebrained schemes including propping up the union-ruined American auto industry, bailing out democrat-friendly Wall Street necktie pirates like Goldman Sachs, and protecting liberal sugar daddies through the passage of the DISCLOSE Act. However, before running back to their districts to try and save their jobs, they did manage to put a stop to one of the most fearsome threats to our national peace of mind: loud television commercials.

 The stage is set for a 1994-kind of historic election day. And despite their increasingly shrill assaults on Tea Party conservatives and increasingly desperate exoneration — or willful ignorance – of their own fellow travelers’ failures, liberals are worried about a new threat:  President Obama may lurch to the right “Clinton ’94” style. 

On Saturday, one of the “diarists” riding the Dailykos.com intellectual short bus began shrieking:

“No matter what happens this November, we know what will be at least one aspect of the corporate media’s response: they will tell us that President Obama and the Democrats must move more to the center…”

He needn’t worry his 750cc cranium. Even if Obama wanted to emulate the Democrat-still-most-likely-to-grope-an-intern and “triangulate,” his math just isn’t good enough. Obama is a cult member, a wide-eyed aficionado of far-left Kool-Aid who’s been spoon fed by liberal sommeliers like Alinsky for decades. 

They’re worried about the “corporate media” pushing Obama to the right?  Which media might this be?  I somehow doubt Obama is going to log onto Mr. Livingston’s Letter and suddenly realize the Reverend Wright has it wrong. 

But there’s the rub. While the Democrats may not have to moonwalk backwards from an electoral Barbarossa come November, they’re going to feel the sting. And while Obama’s incompetence increasingly rivals former-worst-president-in-modern-history Jimmy Carter, I urge you to forget 1994, and consider 1980, and 2012. 

In 1980, faced with the thunderous approach of Ronald Reagan, Carter barely survived an intramural coup. In 2012, the Democrats will certainly consider sending Obama to the ash heap for someone they consider a winner. And this time around, Reagan is a bittersweet memory for conservatives.

Santayana was right:  “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."  A word to the wise should be sufficient.

Poll: Americans Support Super-majority Vote In Congress To Create Entitlement Programs

Poll: Americans support super-majority vote in Congress to create entitlement programs A recent survey revealed that a majority of Americans would like to make it harder for Congress to enact entitlement programs.

According to a poll by PreserveOurFuture.org, a nonpartisan public welfare organization, approximately 70 percent of those surveyed support the requirement of a two-thirds super-majority vote in Congress to create such programs. Nearly 60 percent believe that Congress should pass a Constitutional amendment that necessitates the two-thirds vote.

The organization's founder, David Manns, said that the overwhelming support for a Constitutional amendment reflects these programs' detrimental impact on taxpayers during tough economic times.

Several Republican candidates for Senate have presented their ideas for reducing Social Security costs for Americans. During a recent debate on Fox News, Rand Paul of Kentucky suggested changes in the prerequisites for government services.

"You're going to have to have eligibility changes for the younger people," Paul said.

Marco Rubio of Florida told the news provider that he does not support privatizing Social Security benefits, which some Republicans have suggested, but he does believe the retirement age should be raised.

"That's got to be part of the solution, the retirement age gradually increases for people of my generation," said Rubio, who is 39 years old.