Tea Party-Backed O’Donnell Says Her Senate Loss Was Result Of ‘Republican Cannibalism’

Tea Party-backed O'Donnell says her Senate loss was result of 'Republican cannibalism'The Tea Party notched dozens of key wins in the midterm elections despite losses by some of the movement's most high-profile candidates.

In Senate races, Republicans Christine O'Donnell of Delaware, Sharron Angle of Nevada and Ken Buck of Colorado were trumped by Democratic opponents. Moreover, GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller is believed to be trailing incumbent Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), but The Wall Street Journal reports that write-in ballots are still being counted and the winner may not be announced until Nov. 29.

In a gubernatorial race that garnered a lot of national attention, Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) defeated Carl Paladino, who was supported by the Tea Party.

During a Nov. 3 interview on CNN, O'Donnell blamed her loss on insufficient support from the GOP, which she called "Republican cannibalism." She claimed that Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) and political strategist Karl Rove were reluctant to support her candidacy, which she believes cost her a victory.

According to CBS News, the candidacies of O'Donnell and Angle may have prevented Republicans from gaining control of the Senate. The news provider suggests that the moderate politicians who were defeated by O'Donnell and Angle in September's primary election would have fared better in the general election. 

Natural Compounds Can Aid In The Treatment Of Some Forms Of Cancer

Natural compounds can aid in the treatment of some forms of cancerBeing physically active, eating healthy and receiving regular medical exams could all help to prevent or detect cancer at an early stage, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now, new research has discovered that a natural compound may also help in the treatment of some forms of this illness.

Researchers from the University Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium focused their study on a substance called narciclasine that is found in daffodil bulbs. The scientists used computer-based techniques to find the main factor in cancer cells that may benefit from narciclasine.

Genetically altered mice with human melanoma metastatic cells in their brain were either treated or not treated with the narciclasine substance. Researchers found that the narciclasine group lived significantly longer lives.

The scientists noted that the daffodil compound may inhibit the progression of aggressive brain cancer cells while having no effect on normal cells. However, they indicate that more research is set to be conducted on a clinically based trial.

The scientists are hopeful that natural compounds, such as narciclasine, will be effective for treating brain cancer patients, in addition to conventional therapies. 

NIA Backs Sarah Palin In Inflation Dispute

NIA backs Sarah Palin in inflation disputeThe National Inflation Association (NIA) has backed former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in her opposition to the proposed Federal Reserve stimulus measure.

After the Fed announced last week that it would buy up to $900 billion in Treasury bonds in an effort to stimulate the economy, Palin urged Chairman Ben Bernanke to "cease and desist," and expressed her opinion that the Federal government "shouldn't be playing around with inflation."

The former vice presidential candidate subsequently came under fire for her comments. The Wall Street Journal staff reporter Sudeep Reddy penned an article about food inflation, which suggested that the consumer price index's (CPI) measure of food and beverage prices has risen by less than 0.6 percent in the first nine months of this year.

However, NIA representatives countered this argument, saying that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) CPI is not a reliable indicator of any type of price inflation. In fact, the organization believes that the BLS has artificially manipulated the CPI downward, and the real inflation rate may be closer to 5 percent and may rise to more than 10 percent by early 2011.

NIA also expressed concern that if the current policies continue, the average American will depend on the government to survive by the 2012 presidential elections.

"Obama's strategy to get re-elected is to make as many Americans as possible dependent on him and scared to elect a true Libertarian candidate like Ron Paul, who will dramatically reduce government spending in an attempt to prevent hyperinflation," the organization stated. 

It’s a Banned Ol’ Flag

The Flag of the United States. The Stars and Stripes. The emblem of the land we love. It’s adornment, apparel, even automotive appliqué. As the avatar of American liberty, it’s deservedly revered. As the embodiment of American eminence, it’s unfortunately reviled.

While most of our hearts bleed true for the Red, White and Blue, some of the more puerile pinheads on the Left consider Ol’ Glory a punch line. They sully it, stomp on it, even set it on fire; all the while wrapping themselves in the very protections it epitomizes.

Last week the flag took on a new role for one 13-year-old in Denair, Calif.: Scarlet Letter. Cody Alicea is a student at Denair Middle School. Cody proudly displayed the flag on his bicycle in homage to his grandfather’s service in the military. Then, three days before Veterans Day, Stanislaus County, Calif. School District officials put an abrupt stop to Cody’s patriotic expressions. They demanded he remove the flag from his bike.

Allegedly, the flag was drawing complaints from some of Cody’s peers and fellow teachers’ union victims. According to Superintendent Edward Parraz, the mere sight of Cody’s flag-festooned five-speed was racially inflammatory.

"Our Hispanic, you know, kids will, you know, bring their Mexican flags and they’ll display it, and then of course the kids would do the American flag situation, and it does cause kind of a racial tension which we don’t really want… We want them to appreciate the cultures."

So, the Mexican kids are displaying the flag of an entirely different country (for now, anyway); and the Stanislaus County School Superintendent is concerned about their sensitivities should someone display the flag of the country in which they’re living? It’s been said before, but it bears repetition: If it’s the dumbest thing you’ve heard all week:

  1. Liberals—especially teachers’ unions—are involved.
  2. It’s happening in California.

Parraz went on to describe “racial tensions,” citing some unfortunate incidents during a Cinco de Mayo celebration. So, the English-as-a-second-language crowd objected to the American flag, months after a chaotic observance of… a Wednesday. (Mexican Independence Day is actually Sept. 16. In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is… May 5.) We’re supposed to appreciate Mexican culture? Which Mexican culture—the culture of Mexico, or the culture of Mexican restaurants?

Either way, Cody should thank Parraz. I’m sure he’d be mortified to learn his shamelessly jingoistic flag-waving was upsetting Paco and Jorge while they celebrated the wrong holiday.

School officials did squeak out a weak claim that their primary concern was to keep Cody safe. From whom: Paco? Jorge? Presidente de México Calderón? If the Stars and Stripes incites violence, shouldn’t the Stanislaus School System have cracked down on the potential offenders, or at least taken away their case of Dos Equis?

By the end of last week, popular outcry had cowed the school into relenting on their bicycle flag-ban. But it’s worth noting that they even thought to bar Cody from displaying the flag in the first place. For every liberal whose idiotic action gets publicly pounded, how many go unnoticed? And considering we’re talking about an Orwellian overstepping of authority with our children, how many kids will simply assume their schools are right?

While the bizarre flap over Cody’s flag deftly demonstrates how the Stanislaus County Public Schools have successfully fostered racial hostilities based on elementary misconceptions about not one culture, but two, it also demonstrates just how far down the rabbit hole we’ve come thanks to our liberal friends. A 13-year-old kid was denied the right to fly an American flag three days before Veterans Day in order to assuage the delicate sensibilities of… other 13-year-olds.

The Democrats’ desperate bid to make room in their tent for people who speak English with a tilde has pushed out the people who speak English at home. The racial divisions deliberately exploited by the Democrats have left American children on the other side of the proverbial border. Cody Alicea just wanted to honor his veteran grandfather. But school administrators were concerned such honor would bring dishonor to them — I’ll presume in the eyes of Presidente Calderón.

The Barack Obama Administration says supporters of meaningful immigration reform are racist. Democrats claim that opposition to amnesty is racist. Presidente Calderón says the same thing. I say: when Democrat-backed teachers’ unions start going after our children — and our flag — racism is the issue, but it’s Americans — in the person of Cody Alicea — who are the real victims.

Meanwhile, out in front of Denair Middle School in Stanislaus County, Calif., there stands a flagpole…

Flying the American flag.

Certain Types Of Exercise May Help To Improve Arthritis Symptoms

Certain types of exercise may help to improve arthritis symptomsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 27 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis, while 1.5 million experience rheumatoid arthritis. These individuals may experience significant pain, inflammation or stiffness in their joints as a result. However, a new study suggests that leading a healthier lifestyle and participating in physical activities may help to reduce joint pain.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina recruited 354 adults who were at least 18 years old and had reported experiencing some type of arthritis. The subjects were divided into two groups, one of which participated in a two-month Tai Chi course. All of the participants received an 8-week follow-up evaluation, during which time the group that did not initially take part in the Tai Chi classes was then given this training.

The scientists discovered that there were improvements in pain, stiffness and fatigue among the individuals who had been immediately placed in the Tai Chi courses. These subjects also reported an overall better sense of wellbeing.

Leigh Callahan, the study's lead author, said the investigation "shows that there are significant benefits of the Tai Chi course for individuals with all types of arthritis."

The CDC reports that 44 percent of adults who suffer from arthritis do not participate in any physical activities. These individuals could consider adding Tai Chi to their daily routine to reduce their joint pain.

Stem Cells Repair Spinal Discs… Permanently!

While the United States government, scientists and the religious right continue to fight over the moral issues involved in stem cell research, the United Kingdom has already made strides toward medical cures with stem cells.

Back pain resulting from degenerated, damaged or herniated intervertebral discs (IVD) is now completely curable as a result of stem cell research and its scientific application. This news is huge, especially when one considers the sheer statistics related to back pain.

Back pain is the most common reason Americans visit their primary care physician each year. In fact, more than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20 and 64 experience frequent back pain. With this comes millions of dollars per year spent out-of-pocket on pain killers, prescriptions, surgery, chiropractic and acupuncture treatments and massage therapy. It also accounts for a sizeable portion of the 50 billion annual lost workdays and $3 billion in lost wages.

While most back pain treatments like pills, physical therapies and surgeries try to address the symptoms of pain, inflammation and stiffness, they do nothing to correct the underlying problems that cause the issues in the first place. While it is true that surgery is thought to correct the problem (e.g., herniated disc), the truth is that 80 percent of all back surgeries are unnecessary and do not help the patient in the long run. What’s more, the trauma and scar tissue associated with the surgery often leaves the patient in worse condition than the original back pain.

Is back surgery a waste of time? Well, I used to think that in most cases it was a scam. Now, however, I have changed my mind. While I am still not in favor of surgery per se, I have come to know of a minor surgical procedure developed in the United Kingdom that not only helps the symptoms of back pain associated with disc injury or degeneration, but can actually cure it.

In 2006, Dr. Stephen Richardson of the University of Manchester’s Division of Regenerative Medicine uncovered a method whereby stem cells are used to completely regenerate damaged intervertebral discs (IVD) with no rejection from the patient’s body. In collaboration with Arthro Kinetics — a German biotech company — and the well-respected international Spinal Foundation, Richardson developed the procedure of using cell-based tissue to regenerate IVD at the damage site.

With it he is able to combine the patient’s own mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) with a “naturally occurring collagen gel” that can then be surgically implanted into the affected area. The invasion is minimal and therefore appealing to my sense of holism, as it reduces the chances of post-surgical trauma and side effects.

Richardson found that he was unable to utilize IVD cells to regenerate themselves. However, after years of research, he found that MSCs, which are located in the bone marrow, have the ability to grow into a range of different cell types, including muscle, fat, bone and cartilage. He developed the ability to combine the MSCs with a collagen gel and to then implant the combination into the damaged IVD tissue. Richardson and his team were soon able to see the damaged discs regenerate themselves.

In Richardson’s own words:

“The gel used, produced by Arthro Kinetics, is based on a collagen that is a component of many tissues within the body, a totally natural product that is similar to the gel already used clinically for the treatment of articular cartilage defects. The ability to re-implant this within the body with an arthroscopic procedure — similar to an endoscopy, in which a camera is inserted through a narrow tube into the body — means that there is only a very small scar on the back and the patient could hopefully return home on the same day or the day after the surgery. Once implanted, the differentiated MSCs would produce a new NP [nucleus pulposus] tissue with the same properties as the original and would both treat the underlying cause of the disease and remove the painful symptoms.”

The procedure is finishing clinical trials and will soon be available as a treatment in the UK. The result of such a successful and minimally invasive approach to traumatic back pain treatment is enormous. Billions of dollars will be saved in lost productivity and workdays, pain suffered, pills taken and useless surgeries.

For those suffering back pain as a result of degenerated or damaged intervertebral discs, utilizing your own stem cells to repair your own body is a blessing you may soon experience.

— Dr. Mark Wiley

References:
ScienceDaily http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/11/061130191403.htm
BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6196644.stm

Kinzinger And Scott Represent Tea Party On GOP Transitional Committee

Kinzinger and Scott represent Tea Party on GOP transitional committeeTwo Tea Party-backed Republicans have been appointed to the GOP House transition team that is responsible for overseeing the party's shift from minority to majority.

Politico.com reports that Representatives-elect Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) joined more than a dozen incumbent Republicans on Nov. 9 to meet with House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), who is expected to become Speaker of the House in January. Scott was one of two African-American Republicans elected on Nov. 2.

The 22-member transition team, which is led by Representative Greg Walden (R-Ore.), recently met with Representatives Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) and Jim Nussle (R-Iowa), who each led their respective parties' transition into power — Capuano in 2006 and Nussle in 1994.

A notable exemption from the current transition team is Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who is the founder of the House Tea Party Caucus and who is aiming for the position of Republican Conference chairman, NPR reports. Her rival for the leadership post, Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), was named to the transition group.

"It's the ideas and ideals of the Tea Party that are important and need to be represented at the table," Bachmann told USA Today

A Simple Way to Tell if Your Produce is Organic

You’ve probably noticed those tiny stickers that appear on almost all fruits and vegetables. These stickers contain bar codes for the checkout clerk, but they also contain a secret the store might not want you to know.

Nutritionist Karma Metzgar of the University of Missouri writes that these stickers also tell you if the fruit is organic or genetically modified. On conventionally grown, non-organic fruit, the sticker has only four numbers. Organically grown fruit has a five-numeral code, which begins with the number nine.

Since organic fruits and vegetables now have to be in separate areas in grocery stores, this confirms that your apple hasn’t ended up in the wrong pile. The store does not have to reveal which fruits and vegetables are genetically modified, but you can find out by looking for the stickers that begin with the number eight.

According to Metzgar, this means a regular banana would have a sticker saying 4011, an organic banana would say 94011 and a genetically modified banana would say 84011.

Some people complain that the stickers are too hard to peel off, so it may be a relief to know that the sticker actually contains important information. And, the adhesive is completely safe to eat.

Bachmann Drops Bid For Chair Of Republican Conference, Endorses Hensarling

Bachmann drops bid for chair of Republican Conference, endorses HensarlingA potential rift within the Republican Party has likely been avoided as Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has dropped her bid to become the chairman of the Republican Conference.

According to media reports, Bachmann, who is a popular figure among Tea Party supporters, ended her campaign for the post on Nov. 10 and pledged her support for Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas). Her announcement means that Republicans will dodge an internal election for the No. 4 position in the House hierarchy that could have alienated some Tea Party activists if Bachmann had been defeated.

Her decision is similar to the one made by Tea Party-backed Representative Pete Sessions (R-Texas), who opted not to challenge Represenatative Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for Majority Whip, the No. 3 slot in the leadership structure.

Bachmann said that her endorsement of Hensarling will not stop her from advocating for the Tea Party movement.

"I look forward to continuing my consistent support of the Tea Party," said Bachmann, quoted by The Wall Street Journal. “I plan to advance the Tea Party ideals through their listening arm, the Tea Party Caucus. It is my wish to bring new faces to the caucus, including freshmen members."

Bachmann's announcement came shortly after the chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, a portal for conservatives and Tea Party supporters, launched a petition drive to urge House Republican leaders not to intervene in Bachmann's bid. In a letter to activists, Richard Viguerie said that Bachmann and Hensarling both deserved an equal shot at chairing the House Republican Conference because they are both small-government, constitutional conservatives. 

Hunting Can Benefit Economy And Protect Conservation Land

Hunting can benefit economy and protect conservation landThe Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, among other protections, secures a citizen's right to participate in the popular sport of hunting.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) recently released a list of the top benefits of hunting. Outdoorsmen can contribute to the economy's recovery by capturing affordable and healthy food. In addition, individuals contribute to the economy by purchasing hunting gear. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey, Virginia hunters spend more than $480 million per year in trip-related expenditures.

By purchasing hunting licenses and paying special taxes on equipment, hunters have largely funded wildlife conservation efforts in America. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has purchased more than 200,000 acres of land available for hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, hiking and other recreational activities.

The VDGIF also reports that hunters play an important role in wildlife management by helping control the deer population, thus reducing pressure on crops, expensive landscaping and habitats needed by other wildlife.

Residents in South Carolina have expressed their enthusiasm for hunting as well, according to news affiliate WLTX 19. On Nov. 2, voters in the Palmetto State approved an amendment that makes hunting and fishing a constitutional right. The amendment also permits the state to legally provide for proper wildlife management. 

Fate Of Bush-era Tax Cuts Will Test Compromising Abilities Of Political Parties

Fate of Bush-era tax cuts will test compromising abilities of political partiesLess than two months away from gaining control of the House of Representatives, GOP leaders are offering a hard-line stance against President Barack Obama's agenda.

Since their sweeping victory in the Nov. 2 midterm elections, top Republican legislators have publicly expressed their plans to overhaul the healthcare reform, lower taxes for the wealthiest Americans and curb abundant government spending.

Representative Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who is expected to become the next House majority leader in January, told Fox News that compromises between Democrats and Republicans will depend on how much the President and his administration are willing to listen to the voters' resounding message on election day.

The two parties' willingness to compromise will be tested in the upcoming lame-duck session on Capitol Hill, as the nation's Bush-era tax breaks are set to expire on Dec. 31. Most Republicans and some Democrats believe the cuts should be extended for all Americans, while the President and most liberal legislators want the breaks to be extended for only families earning less than $250,000 per year.

According to The Wall Street Journal, two top Senate Democrats recently proposed an idea of extending the tax breaks for all Americans, but for a limited time only. Senators Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) each suggested extensions to the current breaks that would be followed by an overhaul of the tax code to reduce government deficit.

The news provider reports that Republican lawmakers expressed cautious interest in the Democrats' proposal because the approval of a tax overhaul bill may limit the GOP's ability to block future tax increases.

Exit Polls Reveal That Americans Want Stricter Immigration Laws

Exit polls reveal that Americans want stricter immigration lawsMore than 60 percent of voters in the midterm elections said that President Barack Obama has not been aggressive enough in enforcing immigration laws.

According to exit polling, approximately 69 percent of voters said that immigration is an important public policy issue, with 61 percent claiming that the President has not done enough to prevent illegal immigration. Only 4 percent of voters believe that the current administration is enforcing immigration laws too vigorously.

The survey was conducted by The Polling Company, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

"[The midterm] elections leave no doubt that the American people are deeply uncomfortable with the overall direction of the country," said Dan Stein, president of FAIR. "Exit polling indicates that President Obama's refusal to enforce immigration laws and the Democratic leadership's promotion of amnesty for illegal aliens are part of what led to [a] decisive vote of no-confidence."

Officials from the nonpartisan organization Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) believe that the elections — which resulted in big gains for the Republican party — reflect the nation's need to reform an out-of-control immigration policy. The group states that lax enforcement of workplace laws is allowing millions of undocumented individuals to work in the United States illegally.

Marilyn DeYoung, chairwoman of the board of CAPS, suggests that there should be a mandatory verification of the eligibility of workers and an increased security at U.S. borders. She hopes that the newly elected Congress will listen to the electorate and reject the "open-border and cheap labor lobbies that have dictated immigration policy." 

Planning For The Worst

If you’re going on a vacation, you plan your trip. Especially if a family is involved, hours are spent determining where to go, what to do, how to get there, how much you can spend and what to do with the mail and the pets while you’re gone. If you’re getting married, you not only spend countless hours planning every detail of the ceremony, but you’ll often hire a wedding planner to help with that planning.

Planning for daily lives can involve a desk calendar, smartphone with calendar apps and email notifications of important events, daily Internet reading of planning blogs and attending periodic planning seminars.

But for some reason, the thought of being in the wild (or a wild situation), either by choice or necessity, doesn’t always trigger such planning efforts. That’s a confusing conundrum, because outdoors, away from constant electronic support and contact and with your own life and possibly the lives of others at risk, the lack of planning can be catastrophic.

Cody Lundin, survivalist and co-star of Discovery Channel’s Dual Survival, listed five steps of planning for outdoor excursions in his book, 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive! In a chapter that deals with the “Seven Ps” of the military saying, “Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance,” Lundin stresses the need for Physical Preparation, Mental and Emotional Preparation, Materials Preparation, Dangerous Scenario Preparation and Spiritual Preparation.

  1. Physical Preparation: Outdoor activities are synonymous with physical stress and unique sanitary conditions. Maintaining a proper level of physical fitness, health and hygiene is strongly recommended.

This is one of those truths you encounter in life that is so obvious, you forget about it. It’s clear that if getting up from the easy chair for a refrigerator run tires you out, there’s no hope in a situation that requires extreme or prolonged physical exertion. It’s just so much easier to tune to another channel and put off conditioning until another day. Peter Drucker, also known as “The Man Who Invented Management,” said, “Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes, but no plans.”  Make a commitment to get in shape and stay in shape.

  1. Mental and Emotional Preparation: Self-confidence is the key and is the result of proper prior planning, skills practice, personal belief systems and your overall backcountry experience.

Drucker also said, “Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately generate into hard work.” Pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone during training results in a mental and emotional attitude that will recognize a dangerous situation and act accordingly. Your attitude changes from that of panic to that of, “I can handle this.”

  1. Materials Preparation: Pack the right equipment for the job (maintained and in proper working order) and know how to use it. Having back-up equipment for critical goods is wise in case of loss or failure.

The noted philosopher Winnie the Pooh once said, “Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” No matter how much training you do or mental fortitude you possess, you’ll do much better in an emergency with an organized supply of survival gear.

You can buy a ready-made kit, start with a purchased kit and add to it or construct your own from scratch. Amazon has a great source list of survival supplies, hurricane survival supplies, and an emergency disaster kit. In addition, Popular Mechanics has a guide on “How to Disaster-Proof Your Life.”

  1. Dangerous Scenario Preparation: Weird stuff happens. Play out possible nightmare scenarios with others in your party, including travel routes, leadership roles and relevant environmental emergencies.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower had this to say about battle plans: “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” In most emergency situations, the plans you’ve made won’t unfold exactly the way you expect (an emergency is a series of extreme variables), but preparing for worst-case scenarios will allow you to deal with the inevitable snags that do arise. Don’t allow yourself to go into a “doubt spiral” of increasingly worse scenarios, but do plan how to deal with scenarios unique to your situation. If you’re in a hurricane-prone area, you’ll prepare differently than someone who lives in the mountains.

  1. Spiritual Preparation: A strong grounding in a presence larger than oneself is an extremely powerful force and imparts the gift of a positive, holistic eagle’s-eye view of the current situation and life in general. I have been fortunate enough to witness “atheists” praying during a compromised wilderness scenario, and it is a profound sight to behold.

King Canute (c. 994-1035) once ruled England, Denmark and Norway. It’s said that Canute, fed up with fawning members of his court who claimed he was so powerful that even the tide would obey his command, had his throne carried to the edge of the sea. There, he commanded that the advancing tide stop in its tracks. When it didn’t, he told his courtiers that, “the power of kings is vain and trivial, and that none is worthy of the name of king but He whose command the heaven, earth and sea obey by eternal laws.”

Canute couldn’t command the waves, and you can’t command your circumstances. You’re not in control, and you don’t have to be. The sooner you realize this, the more likely you’ll be to remain calm when things get out of hand.

Adding Beets To One’s Diet May Help Lessen Age-Related Memory Loss

Adding beets to one's diet may help improve age-related memory lossMemory loss is a common symptom among individuals who suffer from dementia. Everyday tasks, including speaking, may become difficult. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that memory problems may also be caused by Alzheimer's disease and stroke.

However, a new study suggests that there are healthy, nutritional ways people could boost blood flow to their brain, which may help to protect against age-related memory loss disorders, such as dementia.

Researchers from Wake Forest University examined how beets, which are rich in nitrate, can have a positive affect on a person's brain. Previous studies have shown that the body can turn nitrate into nitrite. Gary Miller, the study's lead author, said that "one of the great things about nitrite is that it seems to head straight for the places that need more oxygen supplied by increased blood flow."

In their findings, the scientists discovered that beets help to open up blood vessels and improve blood flow to the brain.

The researchers indicated that individuals should maintain a healthy diet that also consists of fruits and vegetables. Foods that have high concentrations of nitrates include celery, cabbage, lettuce and spinach.

The Boat Is Sinking Fast

The United States financial system is a rickety, leaking boat, and rather than bailing it out, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is pouring more water in.

The signs of the sinking system are coming on furiously now. The price of gold tells the story. The state of the “too big to fail” banks is another sign.

Saved from the fate it deserved by former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson’s infusion of $45 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program, Bank of America sucked up the criminal enterprise Countrywide Financial and claimed all was well. Just over a year later it paid back the loan. That was last December.

But since mid-April the bank’s stock price has dropped more than 40 percent. And the value of its outstanding stock is currently at around half of what it should be based on its “book value” — what the company says its holdings are worth, according to the website AlterNet.

Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Weil writes that mortgage-bond investors are demanding untold billions of dollars in refunds, the foreclosure fiasco is metastasizing and a member of the TARP oversight panel is openly worried that BoA may need another bailout.

In other words, the bank is on the brink of another collapse. And it may not be alone.

At 1 a.m. on Nov. 8, ATMs across the country shut down. The problems affected the larger financial institutions like BoA, BBVA Compass, Wells Fargo, US Bank, SunTrust, American Express, BB&T and others. While the excuse given blamed the change from Daylight Savings Time, many in the blogosphere wondered if it wasn’t a prelude to a rumored coming banking holiday to allow for a devaluation of the dollar.

Coming just days after Helicopter Ben announced he wanted to dump another $600 billion into the system in order to spur inflation, the bank holiday/devaluation threat is not farfetched.

In fact, there are reports that a person was told by a bank manager that banks would close for an undetermined amount of time, and that when the banks reopened withdrawals by checks would be limited to $500 per week regardless of the balance in the account.

The last bank holiday in the U.S. occurred on March 9, 1933. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt closed the banks and Congress passed the Emergency Banking Act of 1933 under the guise of reorganizing insolvent banks and reopening those strong enough to survive. FDR used the holiday to confiscate gold from the citizenry and devalue the dollar. The Federal Reserve committed unlimited amounts of currency to reopened banks.

The Act gave the Treasury Secretary the authority to order any individual or organization in the U.S. to deliver any gold they possessed to the U.S. Treasury. Also the Fed was authorized to steal 10 percent of any “check, draft, banker acceptance, etc.”  by converting them into cash at 90 percent of their value.

It was out-and-out theft. Today the theft continues.

The dollar is crashing and inflation is ramping up. Anyone buying groceries knows this. Even former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin knows it. But the ruling elite — including Helicopter Ben — want to hide it from you. And they try to do it by lying to you.

Sarah Palin on Monday [Nov. 8] made a speech at a trade-association convention in Phoenix urging Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to “cease and desist” his “pump priming”.  Palin said the United States, “shouldn’t be playing around with inflation.” She went on to say, "All this pump priming will come at a serious price. And I mean that literally: everyone who ever goes out shopping for groceries knows that prices have risen significantly over the past year or so. Pump priming would push them even higher."

After obtaining a copy of her speech, the Wall Street Journal’s Sudeep Reddy wrote an article criticizing Palin’s comments about food inflation, saying that, "Grocery prices haven’t risen all that significantly, in fact. The consumer price index’s measure of food and beverages for the first nine months of this year showed average annual inflation of less than 0.6%, the slowest pace on record." NIA [National Inflation Association] finds it unfortunate that Reddy has been brainwashed into believing the government’s phony consumer price index (CPI) numbers.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)’s CPI is not a reliable indicator of U.S. food inflation or any type of price inflation. NIA estimates the real rate of annual food inflation in the U.S. to already be 5% and projects that this rate will rise above 10% in early 2011. NIA believes the BLS has been using both geometric weighting and hedonics to artificially manipulate the CPI downward. The U.S. government has a strong motivation to keep CPI increases as low as possible because since the year 1975, retired Americans receive annual Social Security payment increases that are tied to the CPI. NIA calculates that based on the way the BLS’s CPI has understated the real rate of price inflation, Americans on Social Security should be receiving payments that are more than double what they receive today. Unfortunately, the government just announced last month that Americans on Social Security will receive no payment increase in 2011, despite the fact that food inflation will likely become the biggest crisis of the year, much larger than the mortgage crisis we have today.

When calculating food inflation, the government uses deceptive geometric weighting, which gives a lower weighting to goods that are rising in price and a higher weighting to goods that are falling in price. If the price of steak is rising while the price of hamburgers is falling, the CPI will give a lower weighting to steak and a higher weighting to hamburgers. The government justifies this by saying that expensive steak prices mean Americans are more likely to eat hamburgers. Therefore, the CPI no longer accounts for the price to maintain the same standard of living. The CPI is now calculated based on the realization that America’s standard of living has been in decline and the expectation that it will continue to decline in the future. — National Inflation Association.

The NIA is predicting massive inflation very soon as a result of Helicopter Ben’s latest escapade. It says that grocery stores will soon charge $11.43 for an ear of corn, $23.05 for a 24-ounce loaf of wheat bread, $62.21 for a 32-ounce package of Domino Granulated Sugar, $24.31 for a 32-ounce container of soy milk, $77.71 for a 11.30-ounce container of Folgers Classic Roast Coffee, $45.71 for a 64-ounce container of Minute Maid Orange Juice and $15.50 for a Hershey’s Milk Chocolate 1.55-ounce candy bar. NIA also projects that by the end of this decade, a plain white men’s cotton t-shirt at Wal-Mart will cost $55.57.

The dollar is on its way out as the world’s sole reserve currency. According to the Financial Times, “Almost everyone involved in the international financial system agrees long-term change is inevitable: the rise of China will surely mean that the dollar cannot continue to be the world’s sole reserve currency.”

The elites are doing all they can to prop up the current failed system. It won’t work.

The American middle class is being impoverished by U.S. dollar depreciation. Will they realize it before Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner begins adding zeros to the currency, or will it be after?

Palin ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Fed’s Decision To Purchase Government Debt

Palin 'deeply concerned' about Fed's decision to purchase government debtIn response to the Federal Reserve's announcement that it will purchase up to $900 billion in Treasury bonds by June 2011 in an effort to stimulate the economy, Sarah Palin has voiced her concerns.

According to The Huffington Post, the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate is urging Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to "cease and desist" the central bank's attempt to jumpstart the economy in that way. In prepared remarks that Palin was set to deliver in front of a trade association in Phoenix, she said she is "deeply concerned" with the plan of "printing [money] out of thin air."

The news provider reports that Palin's statements will likely appeal to Tea Party supporters who are suspicious of the Federal Reserve, which creates the money that goes into circulation in the United States.

Members of the Fed are divided about the commitment to buy up to $900 billion in government debt. One side believes the purchase could lead to asset bubbles and runaway inflation, while supporters claim that there is too much of a risk of another recession to not act.

According to Bloomberg, Richard Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, said that the large-scale Treasury purchases are "the wrong medicine for the ailment from which our economy is suffering." During a speech on Nov. 8, Fisher projected that the central bank's decision could ultimately weaken the dollar.

Republican Leaders Disagree On Imposing Earmark Ban

Republican leaders disagree on imposing earmark banSenate lawmakers are set to decide whether to change internal GOP rules and bar Republicans from seeking earmarks. Caucus members will vote on the issue on Nov. 16.

Tea Party-backed Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who believes that earmarks symbolize out-of-control government spending, is waging a battle against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who supports them. Tea Party supporters are strongly opposed to the legislative practice that directs funds to specific projects.

"Americans want Congress to shut down the earmark favor factory, and next week I believe House and Senate Republicans will unite to stop pork barrel spending," said DeMint, quoted by The Associated Press.

If the GOP Senate caucus votes to eliminate earmarks, the ban would apply only to Republican Senators because the Democrats retained control of the chamber in the midterm elections. Earlier this year, DeMint won backing from 25 Republicans, including McConnell, in a vote to impose an earmark ban on all senators. The bill was defeated by most Democrats and 14 Republicans.

Senator-elect Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who was outspoken against the use of earmarks during his campaign, is a co-sponsor of DeMint's proposal. During a recent interview with CNN, the Tea Party favorite rebuked a Wall Street Journal article that quoted Paul as saying he would support earmarks.

"I never, ever said I would earmark and I will not use the earmark," Paul stressed.

Human Rights Group Requests Investigation Regarding Bush’s Waterboarding Admission

Human rights group requests investigation regarding Bush's waterboarding admissionAmnesty International, a prominent human rights organization, is calling for a criminal investigation into former President George W. Bush’s role in the use of interrogation techniques against detainees.

In his memoirs Decision Points, Bush confirmed his personal involvement in authorizing waterboarding and other torture techniques in order to obtain information from suspected terrorists. The former President claimed that waterboarding saved British lives by extracting critical intelligence from detainees.

UK officials who were familiar with the counter-terrorism activities during the time of Bush’s authorization have dismissed his claims that British lives were saved as a direct result of waterboarding. Amnesty International, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning, grassroots activist organization, suggests that Bush’s involvement should be investigated because waterboarding is prohibited by international law.

However, not everyone has vilified this admission. According to The Huffington Post, Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.) has defended Bush’s recent revelations. King, who is likely to become the next chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said that the former commander-in-chief “should get a medal” for his authorization of waterboarding.

“In the big picture, to hold someone’s head underwater, the chance of permanent damage is minimal and the rewards are great,” said King, quoted by the news provider.

U.S. Unemployment Rate Stays At 9.6 Percent Despite Addition Of 151,000 Jobs

U.S. unemployment rate stays at 9.6 percent despite addition of 151,000 jobsThe United States economy created 151,000 jobs in October, which is its best performance since May. Despite the growth, the national unemployment rate remained at 9.6 percent.

Many of the new jobs were in the service sector such as healthcare and retail, according to media reports. Economists said that hiring has also improved from temp agencies and there are signs that small to medium sized businesses are beginning to add to their payrolls.

The Christian Science Monitor reports that clinics, hospitals and other healthcare providers added 24,000 jobs last month. John Canally, chief economist at LPS Financial in Boston, said that the healthcare industry hasn't had a decline since July 1999.

"That is basically a testament to demographics: Every month more people enter assisted living facilities and nursing homes," said Canally, quoted by the news provider. "An older population needs more care."

While some officials, including President Barack Obama, said that October's job creation was encouraging, many Republicans blame the current administration for failing to bring about a drop in the unemployment rate in recent months.

“Any job growth is a positive sign, but stagnant and stubbornly high unemployment makes clear why permanently stopping all the looming tax hikes should top Washington’s to-do list this month," said Representative John Boehner (R-Ohio), quoted by Time magazine.

Caught In Another Lie

To absolutely no one’s surprise, an inspector general concluded that the White House edited a drilling safety report in a way that made it falsely appear that scientists and experts supported the administration’s six-month ban on new deep-water drilling.

The Associated Press reported that the inspector general concluded the White House’s changes “resulted ‘in the implication that the moratorium recommendation had been peer reviewed.’ But it hadn’t been. Outside scientists were asked only to review new safety measures for offshore drilling.”

In other words, the Administration lied about the need to halt offshore drilling in order to push its “Green” agenda. The result has been crippling job losses along the Gulf coast and increasing oil prices — up about $7 a barrel since the spill and still climbing.

Barack Obama and his minions claim to be on the side of the “working people.” But oil workers apparently don’t count. Nor do those in the coal industry. Nor does anyone else, who must deal with a falling dollar and rising prices resulting from the Administration’s feckless energy policies.

But he’s all for the government subsidizing inefficient, ineffective and unproven Green jobs. And he apparently has no problem with the United States becoming increasingly dependent on foreign oil.

That the Administration lied to achieve its ends is no surprise. It’s not the first Administration to do that. But that so many on the Left would sit silently by while it destroys an industry and continues to cripple the U.S. economy is a surprise.

Apparently, when it comes to going Green, the Left believes the end justifies the means.

Democrats Pick Up Wins Days After Election, But Some House Races Still Undecided

Democrats pick up wins days after election, but some House races still undecidedRepublicans notched a historic victory in the midterm elections by recording the biggest gain in the House of Representatives in more than 60 years. But the GOP may not be done adding to their victory list quite yet.

Bloomberg reports that, as of Nov. 8, there were still nine Democratic-led district elections that were undecided. Larry Sabato, the director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, told the news provider that he expects that conservatives will pick up a total of 63 or 64 seats when all of the votes are counted.

Democrats did, however, score several key victories in the days following the election. On Nov. 5, Republican Bill Brady conceded defeat in the Illinois gubernatorial race against Democrat incumbent Pat Quinn. In Colorado, incumbent Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) defeated Tea Party-backed Ken Buck, who had led in all of the polls leading up to the election, according to ABC News.

A winner has yet to be declared in the Alaska Senate race between Republican Joe Miller and incumbent — and write-in candidate — Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). Politico.com reports that election officials began totaling write-in ballots on Nov. 10, and the process could take days or weeks.

Both candidates are gearing up for a legal battle over the write-in totals, the news provider reports. Miller's campaign released a statement that said that a significant percentage of the 13,000 write-in votes will be disqualified because many voters misspelled Murkowski's name or did not fill in the oval correctly.

Foods That Contain Vitamin B May Help To Prevent Memory Loss

Foods that contain vitamin B may help to prevent memory lossVitamin B can help to increase metabolism, support the immune system and keep skin healthy. Now, new research, based on clinical trials in England, indicates the nutrient may also help slow the rate of brain shrinkage in elderly people who experience memory problems, such as dementia or Alzheimer's disease (AD).

Gustavo Roman, M.D., medical director of the Alzheimer and Dementia Center at the Methodist Neurological Institute, noted that high blood levels of homocysteine, an amino acid, contribute to the increased risk for developing AD.

According to the trial, B vitamins, including B-6, B-12 and folic acid, slow down the progression of dementia. As a result, patients who show signs of this disorder and test positive for high homocysteine levels are more likely to respond well to vitamin B doses.

Roman said that although vitamin B may not help to prevent dementia, it "could be a step toward modifying disease progression."

There are many healthy foods that contain vitamin B that people could add to their diet, which may help to protect their memory. These include bananas, potatoes, whole grains, beans, chili peppers and tuna.