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.

Voight Is Unafraid

*One actor is not afraid to speak out. Did you hear about the open letter actor Jon Voight sent President Barack Obama a few weeks ago? Most Hollywood actors would never dare buck the liberal line; it’s usually a death sentence for a career.

So a tip of the hat to Voight, who spoke “truth to power” like few of his colleagues would dare. Here’s part of that letter; you can go to Google to read the whole thing.

“You will be the first American President that lied to the Jewish people, and the American people as well, when you said that you would defend Israel, the only democratic state in the Middle East, against their enemies. You have done just the opposite….

“You have brought to Arizona a civil war, once again defending the criminals and illegals, creating a meltdown for good, loyal, law-abiding citizens. Your destruction of this country may never be remedied and we may never recover.

“I pray to God you stop, and I hope the people in this country realize your agenda is not for the betterment of mankind, but for the betterment of your politics.

“With heartfelt and deep concern for America and Israel, Jon Voight.”

Jon, I enjoyed you as a villain on “24.” But I admire you even more as an outspoken patriot. Thank you for speaking out so forcefully.

— Chip Wood

The Federal Reserve’s War On The Dollar

Hark! What’s that sound we hear? Why it’s the U.S. cavalry, in the form of 60 new conservative Congressmen riding to our rescue. Just wait until they get to Washington and start changing things.

Oh, wait! There’s another sound coming over the horizon. What is that? Why, it’s dozens of black helicopters, getting reading to fulfill Ben Bernanke’s prediction that he would drop money from the sky, if necessary, to get our sagging economy going again. Watch out! Some $850 billion will start cascading down on our heads.

But enough of the metaphors: Let me make my point as simply and directly as I can. The French have a phrase that applies here: plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. It means “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”

I wish I could tell you that the elections 10 days ago will transform Washington into a place that never spends more money than it takes in; that never tries to bend the Constitution to permit government to do something our Founding Fathers would abhor; that never tries to wheel and deal for another piece of pork.

Folks, if you think that day has arrived, I’ve got some swampland in Florida I want to sell you. It could become your own beachfront paradise. Sure it could.

A few days before the election, I had the privilege of interviewing former Majority Leader Dick Armey. I have admired him for more than two decades. The first time I introduced him at a conference, he was a freshman Congressman who was sleeping on a cot in his office three nights a week; he flew home to Texas the other four nights.

Dick Armey gave up his powerful post in Congress because he was tired of government growing ever bigger and more wasteful, no matter what he did. He describes a “politics of corruption” fueled by billions (and now trillions) of your tax dollars. But while he’s left Congress, he hasn’t left the battle. He currently serves as chairman of FreedomWorks, one of the inspirations behind the Tea Party movement that led to many dramatic victories on Nov. 2.

“When I came to Washington back in the ’80s,” Armey told me, “entitlements came to 15 percent of the Federal budget. All the rest — some 85 percent — was discretionary spending we could argue about changing.”

Ah, but how different things are now. Today, he said, “85 percent of the Federal budget is entitlements — things that are set in law and can’t be changed, except to go higher.”

His next statement stopped me cold: “If we eliminated every single item that is discretionary today — cut all of them to zero — we would still run a deficit.”

Even if Congress wanted to, it will be almost impossible to roll back Federal spending to where it was before Barack Obama took office. But getting back to the pre-George Bush days is a pipe dream. It won’t happen.

Yes, it is true that every spending bill must originate in the House of Representatives, as I said last week. It is the House, not the Senate or the President, that must authorize every single dollar the Federal government spends. If the House says “no mas,” the money won’t be available. It’s as simple as that.

At the same conference where I interviewed Armey, I also had the opportunity to hear Fox News commentator and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer. And let me tell you, if you think he appears smart on TV, he is even more brilliant in person. The crowd was hanging on his every word.

During a Q&A afterwards, I asked Krauthammer if it wasn’t true the House controlled the Federal government’s purse strings. And that if it refused to authorize an expenditure, it couldn’t happen. Period.

While he agreed with my understanding of what the Constitution says, he made it clear that he disagreed with my suggestion. He thought it would be disastrous if the new deficit hawks in the House simply cut off Federal spending for unpopular measures.

He reminded the audience of the time when the then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich shut down the government during the Bill Clinton Administration. “Republicans lost that battle,” Krauthammer said. “I’d hate to see them try it again.”

I’m not convinced they shouldn’t try. I’d love to see some battles rage over some of the most outrageous Federal expenditures. But I wouldn’t expect to win many of them. Consider: If the House does try to roll back spending, what happens next? The bill goes to the Senate, which will still be under the control of liberal Democrats.

In fact, here’s an interesting footnote to all the conservative victories on Nov. 2: The Democrats who won included some of the staunchest leftists in either branch of Congress. It was mostly the more conservative Democrats who lost.

Yes, while the Republican side of the House will be more conservative than it’s been in decades, the Democrat side of the aisle will be even more liberal. Hard to believe? Just wait and see.

But let’s say enough Democrats can be found in the Senate to join their Republican colleagues in taking a slice or two out of gargantuan government. It hasn’t happened in the past — even the funding for the ludicrous “bridge to nowhere” got 82 votes. But let’s say it happens this time. Then what?

Do you honestly believe that Obama won’t veto that bill so quickly you’ll need a high-speed camera to record it? While our spender-in-chief has apologized profusely for the “shellacking” his party got a week ago Tuesday, have you heard him mutter even one word of regret that it was his policies the electorate was rejecting? Me neither. All I’ve heard is his rather extraordinary defense that the majority of voters were too stupid and too scared to appreciate all that his administration has done for them.

So now what? Well, not only will Federal spending remain at astronomical levels, the Federal Reserve is piling on more — a lot more. Bernanke’s “quantitative easing” is nothing more than “creating money out of thin air.” Just how much will the Fed create? Some $600 billion in new credits, plus another $250-300 billion rolled over from last year.

I used to be naïve enough to believe that the primary job of a nation’s central bank was to defend its country’s currency. Everyone in Washington used to pay lip service to this idea, even though it was an open secret that the Fed was doing no such thing. The Fed was an active participant with the U.S. Treasury in the plot to devalue the dollar. But now it’s not even a secret — Bernanke openly boasts about what the Fed is doing.

Helicopter Ben says the Fed wants to push inflation higher. I have no doubt it will succeed. When it does, what will that mean for the dollar? Its value will fall like a brick dropped off the roof. It makes us want to shout, “Watch out below!”

Yes, watch out. Watch out for the falling dollar. Watch out for the purchasing power of every dollar-denominated asset you own shrinking even more. And watch out for the minuscule interest you’ll earn on your savings.

By the way, we can’t blame Obama for foisting Bernanke on us. Remember who first made him chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers? And later appointed him to the Federal Reserve?

It was none other than Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush. It makes me want to say, “Thanks a bunch, George. Thanks for opening the floodgates to the most destructive wave of government spending history has ever seen.”

That’s enough of the financial wars for today. We’ll return to the political wars next week.

Until then, remember to keep some powder dry.

— Chip Wood

Pelosi Announces Bid To Become Minority Leader In Republican-Led Congress

Pelosi announces bid to become Minority Leader in Republican-led CongressThe outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has announced that she will run for the chamber's Democratic leadership position.

According to media reports, Pelosi released a letter on Nov. 5 that revealed her desire to become the Minority Leader when the Republicans gain control of the House in January. In the statement, Pelosi said that numerous experts have called the current legislative session the most productive in the last 50 years.

She added that while the Democrats' role in the 112th Congress will change, she pledged to not allow "our great achievements to be rolled back." Pelosi's bid will likely be challenged by current Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). The Associated Press reports that Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) may run for the position because he believes the party needs a more moderate leader.

Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) has expressed his support for Pelosi as the next Minority Leader, saying that she is one of the most effective Speakers of all time. However, the news provider reports that some Democrats will not back Pelosi. For example, Representative John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) told a Louisville TV station last week that Pelosi is not the right leader to take the party forward.

According to the news source, some Republicans were happy about Pelosi's announcement. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele put his hands over his head and applauded upon hearing about Pelosi's intentions.

"My breath is taken away by that announcement," he said with a grin, according to AP.

Eat Little, Drink Little, Sleep Little And Think Much

As new House Republicans meet to divide the spoils of their victory over the Democrats and elect leaders to run the House of Representatives the next two years, some divisions between the old guard and those representing the new Tea Party wing have emerged.

It appears that John Boehner of Ohio is set as Speaker, and Eric Cantor of Virginia seems to be a lock for Majority Leader. But a battle is brewing between Tea Party favorite Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota and Jeb Hensarling of Texas, who both want the job of Caucus Chair.

The old guard of the GOP — while happy with the victories that gave it a majority — is not content to let the Tea Party waltz in and take over. So it’s going to be difficult sledding for Tea Party-backed candidates to obtain leadership positions.

If that’s the case, they need to turn to the example set by Samuel Adams during the first Continental Congress.

Adams lived modestly by choice. His figure wasn’t imposing. He wasn’t considered a grandiloquent speaker. But his writings inspired and he was great at forming coalitions.

Writing to his friends, Joseph Galloway — a delegate to the Congress from Pennsylvania who left in disgust after the Assembly denied his request to withdraw from a defiant stand against Great Britain — said of Adams, “Samuel Adams eats little, drinks little, sleeps little and thinks much. He is most decisive and indefatigable in the pursuit of his object. He is the man who, by his superior application, manages at once the faction in Philadelphia and the factions of New England.”

When Galloway — a friend of Britain — wrote it, he wasn’t writing to compliment Adams. But Adams’ tireless work before, during and after the Congress kept the liberty movement alive.

It may be that Tea Party-backed candidates aren’t able to lead the parade from the front. But if they emulate Adams with their work behind the scenes, they can steer the GOP in the right direction and move America toward greater liberty.

Olive Oil Helps To Protect Against Oxidative Stress

Olive oil helps to protect against oxidative stressWhile previous research has found that olive oil contains many healthy benefits, such as helping to reduce the risk for coronary heart disease, a new study suggests that it may also help the body protect against other damage.

Researchers from the University of Monastir and King Saud University in Saudi Arabia noted that some toxic herbicides, such as 2,4 Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, are known to deplete antioxidants, which ultimately leads to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress contributes to many health problems, including chronic fatigue syndrome, heart failure or Parkinson's disease.

The scientists fed olive oil to rats that were exhibiting signs of liver damage due to exposure to these toxins. In their findings, the investigators discovered that the olive oil helped to induce an increase in antioxidative activity,which in turn decreased the markers of liver damage.

Mohamed Hammami, one of the scientists involved with the study, said that while more detailed research needs to be conducted, "the hydrophilic fraction of olive oil seems to be the effective one in reducing toxin-induced oxidative stress."

To lead a healthier lifestyle and help protect the body against potential damage, individuals could consider cooking with extra virgin olive oil.

George W. Bush Admits He Approved Torture Of Suspected Terrorists

George W. Bush admits he approved torture of suspected terroristsGeorge W. Bush has revealed several new tidbits about his presidency in his memoirs Decision Points, which was released on Nov. 9. Among other things, Bush admits that he considered dumping Dick Cheney in 2004 as his Vice President and that he was deeply affected by Kanye West's accusations following Hurricane Katrina that the President was a racist.

In addition, Bush affirms that he told CIA officials that they could torture a suspected 9/11 mastermind. According to media reports, Khalid Sheik Mohammed supposedly had knowledge of terrorist plots against the United States, and Bush had little reservation about using waterboarding — the act of simulated drowning to extract information from a detainee.

President Barack Obama and the current Justice Deparment have condemned waterboarding, saying that it is prohibited by international law. The Obama administration has, however, shown little willingness to pursue action against Bush and his administration for approving the interrogation tactic.

John Hayward, of HumanEvents.com, defended the former President's statements and said there has been a "fundamental childishness" associated with the battle over enhanced interrogation techniques.

"If Americans were ever to learn that a large-scale plot had succeeded because captured terrorists had been treated with the full array of rights reserved to lawful combatants, they would howl for the blood of those responsible," Hayward wrote. "Very few critics of waterboarding would hesitate to use it to save their loved ones."

Arizona And Oklahoma Voters Reject Obamacare Insurance Requirement

Arizona and Oklahoma voters reject Obamacare insurance requirementResults of the Nov. 2 midterm elections pose serious obstacles for President Barack Obama's healthcare bill. Republicans heading to Capitol Hill have expressed their desire to repeal aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was passed by Congress earlier this year.

In some states, Obamacare has already been rejected. Voters in Oklahoma and Arizona approved amendments that prohibit any law from requiring individuals to have health insurance. They join Virginia, Idaho, Georgia, Louisiana and Missouri as states that have passed The Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act (FCHCA). The act was rejected by voters in Colorado on election day.

Members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which drew up FCHCA, said the election results reflect the American people's frustration with Federally mandated healthcare.

"I hope Washington will listen to these results and that more states will vote to retain their Constitutional right to freedom of choice in healthcare," said U.S. Representative Linda Upmeyer (R-Iowa).

According to Reuters, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently called on GOP lawmakers to deny funds for implementation of the healthcare law. McConnell wants a straight-up repeal of Obamacare, but he acknowledged that any such measure would likely be vetoed by the President or blocked by Democrats in the Senate. 

NO SOUP FOR YOU!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans. More than 1.1 million Americans will have a heart attack this year. A quarter of us who shuffle off this mortal coil each year will be felled by heart disease, often due to a high-sodium diet. High blood pressure, Heart Attacks, STROKES — WHO WILL SAVE US?

Have no fear, beefy brothers and stout sisters! The mighty Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, is on the case even as we speak. Fresh off a victory against the scourge of public smoking, he’s fixed a new target in his sights — one of the truly diabolical demons of the dietary dominion:

Soup.

It appears the elevated levels of sodium in some canned foods have incited His Honor into action. The City of New York is embarking on a taxpayer-funded, $500,000 campaign to demonstrate to the denizens of the Big Apple that eating soup is… bad. Subway walls will be festooned with posters depicting cans of Bean ‘n Bacon machine-gunning customers outside the Carnegie Deli. Actually, the posters will depict soup cans overflowing with geysers of salt. It’s more of a kinder, gentler, patronizing tone.

And patronizing is the operative word here. This is a half million dollars which could have sent a couple of kids to college, to the store for a decade’s worth of groceries or even to a Yankees home game (obstructed view seats).

Let’s assume that Bloomberg’s heart is in an appropriately low-sodium place. He’s going to plaster the walls of the electric sewer with posters warning Noo Yawkezz to lay off the salt. Wouldn’t the half million be better spent simply having Bloomberg run around Central Park pelting passerby with broccoli florets? In a city renowned the world over for culinary excess — e.g. those curbside carts where broccoli is most decidedly NOT served — at least Bloomberg would give his loyal constituents a laugh. Remember kiddies: happy = healthy! At the very least, the Mayor himself would be safer. Just imagine this unfortunate exchange:

Bloomberg: See here, Paulie! Unhand that minestrone! It’s full of sodium!

Paulie: Yo, Nico! Get duh sim-ment. Hizzahnna’s goin’ fuh a swim.”

Mr. Mayor — put down the roughage, and back slowly away.

Paulie’s steady diet of cured meats will likely have him swimming with the fishes ahead of schedule, presuming he doesn’t die of — ahem — lead poisoning first. But $500,000 to convince Paulie and the crew that high-sodium diets are bad for you?

Imagine instead of working in “second-hand plumbing supplies,” Paulie is a chef at Teodora. Are we to believe that he’s going to serve up the finest linguine con vongole on the Eastern Seaboard, but dine on cauliflower in the kitchen? Does Paulie play football in Flatbush on Saturday afternoons? He could get hurt. How about $500,000 to convince him to take up knitting? Those needles can be pretty sharp. Better we just take the half million and wrap Paulie and his pals in foam rubber.

Come to think of it, when we consider all the ills which may befall us, perhaps the Federal government could step in. Instead of $500,000, it could be $500 BILLION. We’ll wrap everyone in foam rubber. We’ll spend the rest of the cash on organic vegetable farming. Of course, we’ll be wrapped in foam rubber, so we’ll have to import labor to do the actual farming, get the veggies to the market, to our houses, to our plates and even our mouths. But then, the farmers and feeders will want benefits; and that means more foam rubber.

We’re going to have to take our chances. Despite Bloomberg’s crusade against the Campbell’s Kids, along with similar nanny-state efforts against smoking, carbon emissions and even light bulbs, some people drive their hybrids to the co-op to buy candles, and others pick up the Fatty-Fatty-Fat-Fat Platter at the Stop’n’Gorge after installing new halogens on the F-350. And some are going to grab their chests at 55, and others will check out much later.

Take some advice from Dr. Mark Wiley and Bob Livingston at the Personal Liberty Digest: Try to live a reasonably healthy lifestyle. Although I could use a little improvement in a few areas, I don’t require the Federal government or Bloomberg to spend your money and mine to do it. (Dr. Wiley’s advice is free!) Even McDonald’s doesn’t tell you that the All-Big-Mac diet is going to prolong your life.

Eat healthier. And avoid socializing with “used plumbing supply salesmen.”

Of course, you still might get hit by a car, a bus or someone aiming at Paulie. Memo to Bloomberg:

This is going to cost a lot more than $500,000.

Boehner: Americans Want Obama To Change Course

Boehner: Americans want Obama to change courseRepresentative John Boehner (R-Ohio) is expected to succeed Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as the Speaker of the House when Republicans gain majority in January.

Following a resounding victory for GOP candidates in the midterm elections, which represents the largest turnover in Congress since 1948, Boehner was so overcome with emotion that he shed tears during his victory speech. The following day, he and Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who is expected to be the next House majority leader, addressed the media and spoke about a new direction in Washington.

“The American people spoke and I think it’s pretty clear the Obama-Pelosi agenda is being rejected by the American people,” said Boehner, quoted by Politico.com. “They want the President to change course and I think change course we will.”

Boehner said that the biggest issues that need to be addressed are government spending, healthcare and job creation. He added that "groundwork" needs to be laid before Congress can begin repealing President Barack Obama's healthcare legislation.

According to media reports, Obama has announced that he will meet with top Congressional leaders on Nov. 18. The President said that the session will allow officials from both parties to develop a better working relationship.

Along with Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Nancy Pelosi are expected to meet with Obama later this month.

It’s Time To Get Heart Healthy

According to the American Heart Association, someone in America has a heart attack every 29 seconds — and someone dies from heart failure every single minute. And the odds get even worse as you get older.

Half of the men and 63  percent of the women who have died of a heart attack had no warning prior to their fatal event. While orthodox medical experts estimate that up to 30  percent of fatal attacks (and many follow-up surgeries) could be avoided with healthy lifestyle changes, I am now convinced that nearly all heart attacks can be prevented by implementing the healthy lifestyle principles of true health. Sadly, two-thirds of patients who have already suffered a heart attack don’t make the necessary lifestyle shift to prevent another one.

The first step to preventing a heart attack is understanding what triggers one. Heart attacks are caused by a blockage of the arteries that provide blood and oxygen to your heart muscle. This narrowing of these arteries, or atherosclerosis, is caused by deposits of calcified fatty materials that develop over many years.

Certain physical characteristics and lifestyle activities make these heart blockages more likely.

Understand Your Risk Factors
Unfortunately, there are a few factors you can’t do much about. These include a family history of coronary heart disease, aging and female menopause. But don’t worry — many of these risk factors can be dramatically improved or even eliminated.

Here are some risk factors you CAN do something about:

  • Tobacco smoking, which doubles your risk of a heart attack.
  • Obesity. It’s disastrous for your health, and puts an added burden on your heart.
  • High blood pressure. This can be caused by smoking, obesity, stress, inflammatory foods or a sedentary lifestyle.
  • Diabetes is chronic high blood sugar, which damages small blood vessels and the coronary arteries.
  • Cholesterol. You should be worried if your total cholesterol is above 200, your “bad” cholesterol is above 100 or your “good” cholesterol is below 45.
  • Inflammation. More important than your cholesterol levels because inflammation causes dangerous plaque to stick to your arteries.
  • Lack of physical activity or exercise. Exercise helps you prevent heart disease and heart attack.
  • Stress, anger and depression. Hostility is the “Achilles’ heel” of the heart, which is also negatively affected by stress and frustration.
  • High homocysteine levels create “sticky” blood and cause free radical damage inside your arteries.

The more you improve these conditions, the more you protect yourself from a heart attack. And there’s another way to assess your risk category for a heart disaster.

Get Your Blood Work Done
There are certain heart markers in your blood that can tell you if your arteries are already hardening. If your doctor finds the following in your blood results, you should take serious preventive action now:

  • High fibrinogen, which means your blood could be clotting too much. 
  • High C-reactive protein, which means acute inflammation is occurring somewhere in your body, perhaps inside your blood vessels.
  • High glucose, which can cause a heart attack indirectly by the weakening of blood vessels, a well-known phenomenon of long-standing diabetes.  
  • High insulin, which occurs with Type 2 diabetes.
  • High iron, which indicates problems with your liver. 
  • High triglycerides, which are tied to high insulin levels and high sugar intake over time. It’s also one of the markers of early metabolic syndrome (see below).
  • Low testosterone, which is a marker of losing youth hormones through aging.
  • Metabolic syndrome. It’s estimated one in four people over 30 already have this syndrome, which is characterized primarily by high insulin levels.

Many internal factors can affect your heart negatively. But that’s not all you need to consider. .

Avoid Toxins and Pollutants
You’re constantly exposed to toxic substances… They all put stress on your heart, but just knowing about them can help reduce your risk.

Here are some “outside influences” you should definitely be aware of:

  • Radiation exposure can make “bad” cholesterol stick to your vessel walls.
  • Chronic heavy metal exposure. The metals mercury and antimony are found in fresh water and farm-raised fish.
  • Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMFs). Cell phones, televisions, microwave ovens and even hair dryers emit low intensity EMFs, which could damage human cells.
  • Pesticides and insecticides. Household, garden and farm insecticides can be highly toxic to both animals and humans.
  • Hormones and antibiotics. These are routinely used to maximize livestock growth and increase profitability.
  • Prescription medications. The statin drugs used to lower heart attack risk and lower cholesterol or high blood pressure medications can weaken your heart.

And as if this weren’t bad enough, Americans insist on eating foods that destroy our overall health, including our heart muscle. It makes the chance of a heart attack even greater!

The Real Secret is Prevention
But as you probably know already, mainstream medicine can make it difficult to focus on prevention. Traditional doctors are often more interested in just treating the symptoms, which can make your health even worse. The well-known article found online called Death by Medicine, by Gary Null, Ph.D.; Carolyn Dean M.D., N.D.; Martin Feldman, M.D.; Debora Rasio, M.D.; and Dorothy Smith, Ph.D. describes just how “out of whack” the medical establishment has become:

“U.S. health care spending reached $1.6 trillion in 2003, representing 14% of the nation’s gross national product. Considering this enormous expenditure, we should have the best medicine in the world. We should be preventing and reversing disease, and doing minimal harm. Careful and objective review, however, this shows we are doing the opposite.”

The bottom line is you can’t count on mainstream medicine to take care of you. You should always increase your own knowledge of prevention — and take responsibility for your own health. And here at Easy Health Options™, we’re committed to helping you every single step of the way!

You can take matters into your own hands to protect your health and ward off a heart attack. Because when it comes to heart health, prevention is the key.

In my newly released book, Nature’s Simple Solutions for Avoiding Heart Disease and How NOT to Become a Statistic, I’ll show you a safe and natural way to prevent (even reverse) this savage killer that doesn’t involve expensive and often ineffective traditional therapies.  I’ll also expose the misconceptions, half truths and outright lies perpetrated by Big Pharma, the medical big wigs and other health charlatans.

Plus, you’ll get hundreds of facts, discoveries and remedies for avoiding and even reversing heart disease without dangerous drugs and deadly surgeries.

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Michael Cutler M.D.
Medical Advisor, Easy Health Options™

Tea Party Movement Makes Strides With Elections Of Paul, Rubio And Johnson

Tea Party movement makes strides with elections of Paul, Rubio and JohnsonThe Tea Party scored several major victories on Nov. 2, including the election of Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mark Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) in Senate races.

In other key wins for the conservative/libertarian movement, Republican Nikki Haley was elected governor of South Carolina and more than a dozen Tea Party-backed candidates won seats in the House of Representatives.

"We've come to take our government back," said Paul, the son of U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas), quoted by The Associated Press.

JennyBeth Martin, a co-founder of the organization Tea Party Patriots, said that activists will host a meeting for newly elected lawmakers on Nov. 14 in order to remind them of the core values that led to the movement's emergence. She told the news provider that her group will make sure Tea Party-backed candidates do not break the promises they made on the campaign trail.

In a television interview on NBC's Today Show, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he watched Paul's victory speech and he has "no problem with him at all." Reid, who earned his re-election by defeating Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle, said he's ready to work with Republicans in Congress.

"Legislation's the art of compromise," he said during the interview. 

Blowback Against TSA Grows

The blowback against the increasingly invasive Transportation Security Administration porn show/grope fest at airports is growing — finally.

First it was a lone pilot who objected. ExpressJet Airlines pilot Michael Roberts chose to go home rather than be subjected to a full body scan or TSA sexual assault-like “enhanced body pat-down.”

Now the president of the Allied Pilots Association, which represents 11,500 pilots, has urged members of the union to revolt against the use of backscatter radiation machines. In a letter published in the Atlantic, Association President Captain Dave Bates writes that “…the practice of airport security screening of airline pilots has spun out of control and does nothing to improve national security. It’s long past time that policymakers take the steps necessary to exempt commercial pilots from airport security screening…”

Bates noted health risks that pilots face from increased radiation exposure. He wrote that a typical Atlantic crossing during a solar flare can expose pilots to the radiation equivalent of 100 chest X-rays per hour and that requiring pilots to pass through the backscatter radiation devices exposes them to even more radiation.

He also addressed the enhanced pat-down procedure that pilots and passengers are subjected to if they choose not to have a naked body image made of them for leering TSA perverts. With the new procedure, TSA agents are cupping women’s breasts and sliding their hands inside the crotch area. And it’s no longer restricted to males searching males and females searching females. Even children are subjected to the search, which if done by anyone other than a person wearing a uniform would be considered sexual assault that would result in jail time for the offender.

“There is absolutely no denying that the enhanced pat-down is a demeaning experience. In my view, it is unacceptable to submit to one in public while wearing the uniform of a professional airline pilot. I recommend that all pilots insist that such screening is performed in an out-of-view area to protect their privacy and dignity,” he wrote.

Others are joining in. The International Air Transport Association, the U.S. Travel Association and British Airways are complaining about the procedures. It’s estimated that so many foreign travelers have chosen to avoid flying to the United States because of the security procedures that the U.S. travel industry is losing about $60 million a year.

There is no question that any exposure to radiation is harmful. But, thanks to the TSA’s new enhanced pat-down, your choices are limited to radiation exposure and nude photos, or sexual assault — for you and your children.

Hat Tip: Infowars.com