Paul Lands Support Of Young Voters At CPAC

Paul lands support of young voters at CPACLibertarian lawmaker Ron Paul (R-Texas) won the Presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) for the second straight year.

Paul, who is popular among young voters, gained considerable notoriety during his Presidential bid in 2008, which ultimately fell short. Although many pundits doubt that he can win a general election in 2012, Paul emerged as potential favorite at the recent CPAC in Washington, D.C. He won 30 percent of the vote, while former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney notched 23 percent.

According to The Christian Science Monitor, approximately 51 percent of the voters were 25 years old and under, while 72 percent were no older than 40. Furthermore, about 43 percent of voters said that they "wished the GOP had a better field of potential candidates."

During his address at CPAC on Feb. 10, real estate tycoon Donald Trump, who is considering a bid for President, said that while he likes Paul as a person, the 75-year-old has "zero chance of getting elected." In response, Paul admitted that it would be very difficult to win the Republican nomination, although he thinks a "new generation" of voters would support him over Obama, whom he called a "warmonger."

“If you look at the polls — there aren't that many — my appeal is to a lot of independents and a lot of progressive Democrats who are sick and tired of Obama for opting out of cutting back on some of his militarism,” Paul said, quoted by Politico.com.  

When Exercise Hurts, Do This…

The top three excuses for why Americans are not getting enough exercise are: 1) There’s not enough time; 2) A lack of stick-to-it-ness; and 3) exercise hurts. The issues of time management and sticking with something are personal choice issues. Why and how to make those choices are a topic of another column. In this article, I’d like to address the pain issue.

A little stiffness and soreness is both expected and healthy after exercise. When the muscles are placed under stress, the bones placed under a load and the lungs made to kick into high gear, the body is strengthening itself. Inflammation comes as part of the healing response, protecting the area and sending signals to the brain that healing (repair) needs to be done.

Prolonged soreness and pain, however, is not good. Chronic inflammation and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) are two examples of bad exercise pain. The body remains inflamed when repair is not happening as a result of too much physical stress, depth of injury or simple lack of adequate rest. DOMS occurs when muscle tissue has torn and is in need of repair. Both occur when wrong exercise is carried out.

Exercise should not lead to lasting or chronic pain. If pain associated with exercise or any physical activity is common for you, then you are doing something wrong. Even too much of a good thing is bad. Here are some things to be aware of…

Keep your cardio training within your target heart rate. If you are wheezing and huffing just to say hello to the person next to you, or experience burning in the lungs, then it is best to ease off the strain until pain subsides. If you are jogging, slow down. If on a treadmill, decrease the incline.

If you are weight training and usually feel pain in specific areas after workouts, you may be overtraining strong muscles at the expense of weaker ones. Many people choose to keep adding weight to their bench presses to increase the size of their pectoral muscles. However, they neglect their back and neck muscles and then experience shoulder and neck pain.

The key is to work the weaker muscles to build them up while backing off the stronger ones for a period of time. Muscular balance is the key to creating healthy physical scaffolding.

If your body hurts, you are doing something very wrong and may need to hire a trainer or fire the one you have. If you experience exercise aches and pains that don’t seem to go away, then you need to address the inflammation response.

With chronic inflammation comes pain, stiffness and limited range of motion. None of these are healthy. Here are seven simple ways of reducing exercise-induced inflammation and pain:

  • Reduce exercise levels to more reasonable ones.
  • Proper warm-ups and cool-downs.
  • Drink plenty of fresh water.
  • Do light stretches before a workout and deeper stretches after the body is warmed and the blood is moving.
  • Have a full body massage to help move lactic acid and relax muscle stiffness. Thai massage is high on my list for this purpose.
  • Avoid consuming foods that cause inflammation, and consume more of those that help reduce inflammation. For more information about what these foods are, click here.
  • Apply ice and/or heat to the painful areas. Since this is a widely debated topic and incorrect use can make a situation worse, let’s discuss it!

The answer is simple even though the debate can be heated. But there can be no debate when one understands the mechanisms behind pain, spasm and inflammation and how the application of cold and heat affect them.

When an injury happens (such as a sprain) inflammation occurs to protect the affected site. When the nervous system senses an injury, it sends signals to the brain that interprets them as “pain.” The new signal is sent to the injured area, telling the muscles to reduce blood supply in an effort to reduce swelling. However, this blood deficit causes more pain, swelling and spasms.

In response to the physical trauma and inflammation, the body sends white blood cells to the area to begin the healing response, which includes the removal of waste products at the area and, thus, pain reduction.

There are several types of white blood cells and two are important in this discussion. Neutrophils release chemicals involved in the inflammatory response while also recruiting other inflammatory cells and protecting the injured area from infection. Basophils release two chemicals at the injury site, histamine and heparin. Histamine relaxes blood vessels and heparin helps prevent clotting. Both aid in the free movement of blood to help heal the damaged tissue site.

If left unchecked, chronic inflammation can result in fewer red blood cells, less oxygen and fewer nutrients available at the site to begin the healing process. This cycle of pain, elevated white blood cells, lower red blood cells, excess waste material, more pain and inflammation can continue for days, weeks, even years if not treated properly. Correct application of ice and heat is the method of treating soft tissue injuries, pain, spasms and inflammation. Incorrect application, however, can prolong the problem and make it become chronic.

While at opposite ends of the temperature spectrum, heat and cold both create a healing response. If you think of your stove and your freezer, you can easily see the result of either. Heat melts and increases surface area. Cold constricts and prevents expansion of fluids. Heat moves things along while cold keeps them in a state of suspended animation. So how do these temperatures affect the body?

Heat causes the body to circulate more blood and to remove toxins. This allows more fresh oxygen and nutrients to the injured area, which begins and continues the healing process while removing the toxins that cause scar tissue and chronic pain. Cold, on the other hand, retards swelling and reduces pain.

Within limits, both temperature extremes shut off pain signals; heat by relaxing the affected nerves and cold by numbing them. This is good because when pain signals are not sent to the brain there is no response signal generated telling the muscles to contract (spasm) in order to protect the injury site.

After proper application of heat or cold over time, the pain-spasm-inflammation cycle is broken and effective healing of the area can begin.

So… to determine whether it’s better to apply ice or heat to an injury, you must first determine whether the pain you are experiencing is caused by inflammation or muscle constriction (spasm). Once this is determined, follow these three rules:

  • If an injury is acute (caused by new trauma, like a twisted ankle or pulled neck muscle), it is best to apply cold within the first five minutes to reduce swelling, inflammation and pain. Ice packs, ice cubes, a frozen bag of peas or cold gels can be applied. Apply ice for 20 minutes, remove it for 20 minutes, then repeat as necessary.
  • When swelling is down and the pain cycle is broken, stop the cold and apply heat. This will bring oxygen and nutrient rich blood to the area to relax muscles, remove waste products and promote healing.
  • Never heat an inflamed area and never ice a constricted area. Inflammation is an expanding reaction and needs to be reduced, so cold is the answer. A spasm is a constriction that needs relaxing, so heat is the answer.

Now that you have several tools to help you prevent pain and inflammation related to exercise, why not give it a try again? The results can be life changing.

–Dr. Mark Wiley

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House Republicans Reveal New Budget With $26 Billion More In Cuts

House Republicans reveal new budget with $26 billion more in cutsThe House Appropriations Committee has introduced a new proposal that would cut $100 billion from President Barack Obama's 2011 budget request, meeting the original pledge that was made last year by conservative Republicans.

The GOP-led budget committee unveiled its original proposal last week that, if approved, would have cut $74 billion from Obama's plan. However, fiscally conservative lawmakers urged the panel to make more cuts to honor the $100 billion that was promised in the GOP's Pledge to America.

According to The Associated Press, the savings are much less when measured against current spending because the government has been operating on last year's levels since Oct. 1. However, the $100 billion in cuts are accounted for when compared to Obama's proposal, which has not been enacted. The goal of most Republicans is to roll back spending to 2008 levels.

"Our intent is to make deep but manageable cuts in nearly every area of government, leaving no stone unturned and allowing no agency or program to be held sacred," said Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), quoted by The Washington Post.

Stop-gap spending is scheduled to expire on March 4, which means that Congress must agree on a budget in the next several weeks to avoid a government shutdown. Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) accused the GOP of causing gridlock by "blindly swiping a meat ax to the budget," according to the news provider.

Meanwhile, the conservative grassroots group Heritage Action has claimed that the most recent proposal is inadequate. The organization said that the GOP's budget plan is $16 billion short in cuts because only $84 billion in non-security spending cuts have been proposed. 

Diabetes Patients May Require Education On Kidney Health

Diabetes patients may require education on kidney healthIn a study of about 50 people with diabetes who experienced subsequent kidney problems, many felt surprised and regretful that they had not been adequately educated about the risks of renal failure or malfunction when they were diagnosed with the blood sugar disorder.

The study was conducted in the UK and published in the Journal of Renal Care.

While many of the participants were well aware of how their diabetes could affect their eyes and feet, few knew that losing control of their blood sugar levels could result in kidney failure.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends regular monitoring of blood glucose and making efforts to lower blood pressure through diet and exercise to keep kidneys healthy.

Authors of the study said the results point to a need for more research regarding the link between diabetes and kidney problems.

"The findings also demonstrate that the long-term educational needs of patients who have had diabetes for many years are just as important as the need to make newly diagnosed patients aware of all the health risks they face," said Gurch Randhawa, director of the Institute for Health Research at the University of Bedfordshire. 

Your Household Items Could Be Releasing Poisonous Gases!

There are many plastic products on the market that can emit a strong odor… such as water containers, shower liners and curtains, mattress covers and vinyl items. And that smell that overpowers you is due to the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) releasing poisonous chemicals like mercury, dioxins and phthalates.

Because it’s waterproof and fire-retardant, PVC can also be found in clothing, raincoats, tote bags, insulation and frames for windows and doors.

PVC contains hundreds of toxic additives and these toxins can leach or evaporate out of the PVC materials posing dozens of health risks for children and adults. Toxic exposure may lead to:

  • Respiratory irritation
  • Liver and kidney damage
  • Failure of your central nervous system
  • Migraines or headaches
  • Nausea
  • Loss of coordination.

There are many action groups and organizations calling for stricter safeguards to protect the public from toxic exposure to PVC.

To reduce your chances, eliminate any suspicious items in your household or pantry immediately. Many manufacturers offer items produced from natural cotton or hemp that are safer for you and your family. Also, choose glass kitchen storage containers instead of plastic ware, or glass beverage pitchers instead of plastic bottles.

WHO Compiles Data On Worldwide Health

WHO compiles data on worldwide healthIn a global review of health data from 1980 to 2008, researchers found that health issues which were once thought of as being problems of the rich are now affecting many middle- and low-income populations.

The research was conducted by the World Health Organization in collaboration with several other colleges and institutions, and published in the journal The Lancet.

Researchers speculated that the reasons behind health improvements in high-income countries are largely due to better screening and treatments. They also noted that a shift toward diets that contain healthier fats and lower sodium levels could be the cause.

Rates of disorders like obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol have fallen in some high-income countries like the United States but are on the rise in Eastern regions and Southeast Asia.

In North America and Australasia — a region encompassing Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and nearby South Pacific islands — significant reductions in hypertension rates were observed, while blood pressure was the highest among individuals living in Baltic or East and West African regions.

Total blood cholesterol levels fell for people living in Western countries while those in Asian and Pacific areas showed increased cholesterol levels.

However, the news is not all good for Western regions. Rates of obesity nearly doubled for U.S. residents from 1980 to 2008. Americans also have the highest body mass index in the world.  

The Epidemiology Of Influenza

Medical authority has dominance in the public mind because there is tight control of the press, medical publications and the medical profession.

Pharmaceuticals can skew results of research until it becomes a scam. Everything is the road to profits. Sickness is a trillion dollar industry. There is every monetary incentive to keep the sick industry on the front burner.

Nowhere is there any more deception than with influenza. Only God knows how much the pharmaceuticals make on vaccinations which much reliable research has proved to be worthless. Also vaccinations kill. Many seniors and children pay with their lives.

The position of the medical establishment, of course, is that flu is caused by germs transmitted and transferred from person to person. If this is true, there are questions that have to be answered:

  1. Why has influenza mortality of the aged not declined as their vaccination rates increased?
  2. Why is influenza seasonal and where is the virus between seasons and epidemics?
  3. Why do epidemics end abruptly?
  4. What explains the coincidental timing of epidemics in countries of similar latitudes?
  5. Why did epidemics in previous ages spread so rapidly, despite the lack of modern transportation?
  6. If influenza is highly infectious, why doesn’t direct inoculation of the virus cause universal illness?
  7. Why did influenza hospitalization and mortality rates for older Americans significantly increase in the 80s and 90s, during the same time that influenza vaccination rates for elderly Americans dramatically increased?

The truth is that the germ theory of disease is where monumental profits are. The germ theory teaches that flu is contagious for humans by touch, coughing and through the air.

Also the germ theory of influenza is a great diversion. It has diverted attention away from the human environment within. This is the condition of the human immune system. The difference in our immunity is the simple answer of why some of us get the flu and others don’t.

Finally, after 100 years of deception and trillions of profits from the germ theory, the profound and multiple effects vitamin D has on human immunity has burst out and liberated millions from influenza for all who will listen. Watch out!

The medical profession got shoved into recommending vitamin D3 because of so much public acceptance. But as always they try to sabotage what is not theirs. They do now recommend vitamin D, but not enough to even prevent rickets in children.

They promote 200 to 400 international units a day. This is not nearly enough to protect against influenza.

The public is closer to adequate therapy by taking up to 10 times the amount of vitamin D3 recommended by the medical establishment. People should consult with their alternative doctor on how much vitamin D3 to take.

Healthcare Rationing In The UK — This Is America’s Future Under Obamacare
The United Kingdom’s National Health Service needs $30 billion over the next three years. They intend to squeeze most of that money out of seniors by denying them medical care.

Now any senior who needs a hip or knee replacement or cataract surgery will have to wait at least four months instead of the present three weeks. Just wait for Obamacare.

Our hope is that the new people in the House and Senate will repeal Obamacare. That would be too good to be true. There’s not a chance it will happen, and little chance it will be overturned by the courts.

If only the people in the U.S. and the UK knew how much better off they would be without any medical care at all. Too many drugs, too many operations and too much staph infection are combining to kill millions all the time.

Committee Set To Decide On Fate Of Birthright Citizenship Bill

Committee set to decide on fate of birthright citizenship billThe Senate Judiciary Committee in Arizona has tentatively scheduled a vote to decide whether to advance a measure that would eliminate birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.

According to media reports, State Senator Ron Gould (R-Lake Havasu City) — a sponsor of the bill and chairman of the committee — called off a previously scheduled vote because he thought the legislation would have been defeated. Gould said that he plans to seek a vote on Feb. 14.

Senate Bill 1070, if approved by Arizona's legislature, would define a United States citizen as an individual who has been naturalized or who has at least one parent who has no allegiance to a foreign country. Supporters of the measure, which was crafted by State Senator Russell Pearce (R-Mesa), believe that this law would prevent taxpayers from having to cover the costs of services to illegal immigrants and their children.

Opponents of the bill claim that the law would violate the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which grants citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized" in the country. However, advocates for the legislation argue that the 14th Amendment was never intended to apply to children born of illegal immigrants.

In an interview with CNN, Pennsylvania State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) cited statements from former U.S. Representative John Bingham (R-Ohio), who is considered one of the fathers of the 14th Amendment. During an 1866 Congressional debate, Bingham said that birthright citizenship should not apply to children whose parents owe their allegiance to a foreign nation, according to Metcalfe. 

Why The City Might Be Your Best Bet

For the last 15 years or so, the common thought has been that in a disaster situation where there’s a medium to long term breakdown in infrastructure and civil order, the ONLY way to survive is to flee the city, like a dog with its tail between its legs, and hide out in the woods until things get back to normal.  This is really dated thinking that ignores history.

Besides the logistics of whether or not you’ve got a fully stocked rural retreat to flee to, or the fact that there’s a good chance that it will be difficult to travel with gridlock and roadblocks, there are several reasons why cities — or urban areas — make good places to stay after a disaster.  We’re going to cover five of those today and another five in my next article.

I need to start out by saying city people DO have additional risks that isolated rural dwellers don’t have.  Cities are more at risk for terrorist attack, there are more people fighting for fewer resources and there are more possibilities for major accidents that affect hundreds or thousands of people at once.  But it’s ironic to note that survival is the very reason why many cities were originally set up. People wanted to set up a common defense, build a marketplace for their goods and have access to people with specialized skills.

What do I mean by urban? Well, by "urban" I mean a few thousand people to a few million people. Basically, it’s any community that shares water/sewer/electricity distribution. With that in mind, here are the first five of my “Top 10 Lies and Half Truths About Urban Survival” and why it may be better for you than a fully stocked rural retreat (in no particular order).

Lie No. 1. I’ll be a sitting duck in my house! After a disaster, if violence is particularly bad, you can rotate a watch without it being too much of a burden on any one family. This concept has been around for generations. Just to be clear, it doesn’t stop crime, it only changes the location where it happens.
If a crackhead needs to steal a TV to support his habit, it’ll just get them to go a block or two away to break into a house and steal someone else’s stuff. Of course, in a disaster situation, many have scaled this up and have multiple roving people covering an entire neighborhood. In the country, there’s just too much space between houses to make this practical. Why? Because in an urban area, one person can watch several houses at one time.

Lie No. 2. With all those people, everything’s going to run out right away. True, but it’s just the first chapter of the story. In the event of a medium- to long-term breakdown in order after a disaster, many people will abandon cities and others will die of shock, medical reasons or violence, leaving a remnant of people who were prepared and can continue/rebuild the economy. Also, at some point, products like fuel, food and other supplies will start being distributed again. If refiners, farmers and other distributors have the option to deliver to one city or 10 towns, they’ll pick the one city. Their cost to deliver goods to only one location will be less AND they’ll probably be able to sell the goods at a premium because of higher demand. The key here is to have enough supplies on hand to make it through the worst part of a civil breakdown situation until resupply begins.

Half-truth No. 3. Everyone in the city will turn on each other. Partially true. I hear people talk about their organized plans to kill, loot and steal from their neighbors way too often. Just yesterday a friend told me how he overheard a group of otherwise rational people talking about how they have their neighborhood mapped out and the houses prioritized according to which ones they’re going to attack first.

This is no joke, and it’s why I cover operational security so much in the “SurviveInPlace” course. I think these people should and will be "taken care of" quickly if they ever start acting on their sick plans. They go against everything that America stands for, and they disgust me.

There is another side to this story… one which has a lot more historical evidence. Think of barn raisings and the ability of a rural community to band together to get a big project done. Now think about how many more people there are in a city than in a rural area and how much easier it would be for any one person to get a group of people together to get a big project done when there are so many more people to ask. (Stop laughing at the thought of city people helping each other.)

Really, stop laughing. The reality is that people don’t tend to help each other like this in urban areas anymore during normal times. But one of the "good" things about disasters and breakdowns in civil order is that while idiots are running amok, good people band together to help each other. It happened after the San Francisco earthquake, 9/11, numerous floods and tornadoes in the Midwest and even after Hurricane Katrina.

In fact, I have a friend who has moved BACK to New Orleans because of what he saw after Katrina. He happened to have friends who lived in a neighborhood that was galvanized by the event.  They pulled together and became like a small town community in the middle of all the chaos.  He decided that he wanted is family to live in that kind of an environment in the event that another disaster happened.

None of this was in place before Katrina to set this up — it was a neighborhood of strangers living on top of each other, just like most neighborhoods.  It just happened that good people decided to take control of the situation in front of them. They had armed checkpoints to get into their neighborhood, they took care of each other and, when things calmed down, they realized that they had turned their neighborhood of strangers into a family.

This was a great case of a group of proactive people doing what was necessary to create a stable micro environment when surrounded by relative chaos.  These stable micro environments are exactly what are needed after breakdowns in order to restore order, and prepared people are the most likely ones to make them happen.

Lie No. 4. Only jacks-of-all trades will survive. People with specialized skills will have no use and quickly die: Famous self-reliant author Robert Heinlein (Starship Troopers) said that "specialization is for insects," but that’s not entirely true.

A better view on life would be "Jack of all trades, master of ONE." In other words, if you happen to be a surgeon, it’s really not worth your time to change your oil, build a deck, milk a cow or dress and butcher a kill, but you should still know how.  A surgeon would be better off learning how to do primitive and handyman skills and then paying someone else to do those he didn’t enjoy so that he had more time to do his specialty — surgery.  That way, he can get the most value for his time, contribute the most to society, but still have the primitive and handyman skills to fall back on in an emergency.

No matter what you do, there are going to be tasks that you’re not efficient at. I recently read that the reason why people are so busy in survival situations is because they’re spending all of their time doing things they’re not efficient at, so everything takes two to three times longer to do than it should. In a city, you don’t HAVE to do everything… even if you know how to do it all. There is a ready supply of skilled friends, acquaintances and experts for hire who can do specialized tasks — that you can’t efficiently do — much quicker than you can.

What I do and what I suggest others do is to spend time learning and practicing primitive skills and handyman skills so that you know how to do a wide variety of things if you need to.  But, spend the majority of your time getting better at one or two specialties.

There are two reasons for this.  First, specializing will make you more valuable to other people.  Second, it will be a better use of your time.

As an example, let’s say that you don’t like baking and you’re not particularly good at it, but you want to give your wife a cake for her birthday.  You could go to the store and pay $20 for an INCREDIBLE cake, or you could buy all the ingredients for $5 and make it yourself.

By the time you figure in the TIME to go shopping, find the right pans, ingredients and measuring spoons, bake the cake and clean up the mess, if you’re anything like me, you’re looking at two to three hours.  So, you traded two to three hours for $15 in savings and essentially made $5-$7.50 per hour.  That’s not a very good use of time.

Heck, I could have spent half an hour going door to door until I found someone who needed their lawn mowed for $20, mowed it, bought a cake from the store, and still had an hour or two to enjoy!  (Remember… I made the assumption that you don’t like baking and that you’re not good at it.  If you love baking and are good at it, then there is surely some other task that you could substitute that would be a better fit for you.)

The other benefit of specialization in urban areas is that it allows for highly skilled people like the surgeon that I mentioned. In a rural area, the surgeon may only get a chance to practice his skill a few times a month. In an urban area, he’ll have the opportunity to hone his skills every day and all of his patients will benefit from his efficiency and expertise.  And frankly, if I have critical or life-saving work that needs to be done, I want a specialist around rather than a jack of all trades.

Half-truth No. 5. Sickness will spread like wildfire in cities after a disaster. True, and in the animal kingdom, this is one of the ways that overcrowding is taken care of.

But history shows us that much of the reasons why disease spreads so quickly in urban areas is not only due to population density, but also due to a lack of sun exposure as a result of spending all day indoors. And poor hygiene also factors in. This is something you have control over. Throughout history, the benefits of efficient distribution and a common defense have outweighed the increased dangers of disease spread.

In fact, everything spreads easier in a city, and A HUGE advantage that urban areas have over rural areas is how much more efficient product and information distribution is. A kid on a bike can deliver a few hundred newspapers quickly in a city. Mail can be delivered on foot. Bike messengers can deliver packages and messages quickly. Food and produce can be delivered QUICKLY by hand, foot, vehicle, car, or animal to hundreds of customers without adding much cost to the final buyer.

One of the big problems that we have, both in stable and unstable times, is urban sprawl. By urban sprawl, I’m specifically talking about subdivisions of 1,000 to 3,000 houses with absolutely no grocery, retail or convenience stores except at the entrance from the main road. These are very inefficient setups because they require people to drive for small things like fresh produce, a snack, a missing ingredient for a favorite recipe or a newspaper.

I have a very strong feeling that in a civil breakdown situation, as others abandon their homes in search of greener pastures, many houses in subdivisions like these will turn into markets… regardless of zoning. In other words, if you’ve got a main street through a subdivision that’s a couple miles long, I can see five to 10 of them being changed into convenience stores and, when the season is right, farmer’s markets.

Why do I say this?  Because good people always have and always will figure out a way to improvise, adapt, and overcome… and this is a natural solution to a problem that we see in subdivisions in every city in America.

In my next article, I’m going to cover the next five reasons why cities are better than rural areas, about how Chicago is breaking down, and I’ll tell you the reason why gangs of "bad people" won’t be a long-term problem in most cities after civil breakdown.

–David Morris

Trump Considers Presidential Bid, Says China Is ‘The Enemy’

Trump Considers Presidential Bid Says China Is The EnemyReal estate tycoon and reality TV star Donald Trump has stated that he is "seriously thinking" about running for President in 2012 because the United States has become a "laughingstock throughout the world."

In a Feb. 9 interview on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, Trump, a Republican, said that he will make his final decision on his Presidential bid by June. The billionaire said that, if elected, he would implement a 25 percent tax on all Chinese products, claiming that the Asian nation manipulates their currency.

"I see them as the enemy," Trump told the talk show host. "They want to take over [the U.S.] economically. They are not really out-competing. They are cheating. And we have people who don't know what to do, because we have the wrong people in office."

Although Trump lacks political experience compared to other rumored GOP candidates for President, he certainly has the bank account to fund a campaign. Forbes magazine estimates that Trump is worth approximately $2 billion, and he reportedly earns about $3 million per episode for appearing on NBC's The Apprentice.

According to media reports, Trump was a last-minute addition to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Feb. 10. His appearance fueled further speculation that the businessman is leaning toward a run for President next year.

Question For Bob

Dear Bob,
What do you think about buying options in gold, silver and other precious metals?

Sarah Weissbard

 

Dear Sarah Weissbard,

Options provide terrific leverage and the opportunity to make great profits, but because the odds are against option buyers (three out of every four expire, worthless) I do not encourage purchasing options in precious metals. Instead, I prefer to hold gold and silver in my possession for use as a hedge against inflation and when the economy collapses and gold and silver is used for barter. The only exception is the Perth Mint. The Perth Mint is located in Australia. It is a 100-year-old mint owned by the government of Western Australia. In the Perth Mint Certificate Program bullion can be purchased at the mint’s spot market ask price with no markup. There is a service fee and administrative fee, but storage is free. Safety is assured because the metals remain on site and cannot be lent out.

Best Wishes,
Bob

NRA CEO Says Government Gun Policies Are ‘Getting Us Killed’

NRA CEO says government gun policies are getting us killedThe head of the National Rifle Association (NRA) slammed President Barack Obama's administration and other gun control advocates during his speech at the Conservative Political Conference on Feb. 10.

Wayne LaPierre said that proposed bans on certain firearms and ammunition clips will only provide more protection for killers, adding that "government policies are getting us killed," according to CBS News. While he said that the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, Ariz. was a terrible tragedy, he accused politicians and the media of overreacting by calling for stricter gun laws.

"Good guys carrying guns can and do make a difference," LaPierre said, quoted by the media outlet. "The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

LaPierre also played a video clip of former NRA President Charlton Heston criticizing the media for portraying the gun-rights group as a villain. LaPierre then accused the media of glorifying and making a "celebrity" out of Jared Loughner, who is the accused shooter connected to the Tucson tragedy, The Huffington Post reported.

The current NRA chief said that by plastering Loughner's photo all over television and the Internet, media outlets were turning the gunman into a hero for any deranged copy cat who seeks fame.

The Next Chapter In The End Of America

I believe we are seeing the very early stages of a great monetary crisis that will, eventually, lead people (and then their politicians) to return to gold- and silver-backed currencies. — Porter Stansberry, May 4, 2006

Four years ago, we began warning people something was seriously wrong with our money — the mighty United States dollar.

The economy was enjoying a furious bull market. Everything — literally everything — was going up.

Near the peak in February 2007, investors were no longer requiring a higher return for taking more risk — a so-called "risk premium"…

Junk bonds were trading at nearly the same prices as triple-A credits. Garbage penny stocks were trading at blue-chip prices. Dividends had disappeared. So much money and credit had been created from thin air (subprime mortgages) and thrown into the market that prices had reached a point where, as careful analysts, we could find nothing safe to buy.

We were afraid of what would happen next. We knew the country would have to make a choice. Would we write down and write off the excesses of the greatest credit bubble in history? Would thousands of banks fail? Would millions of "investors" — fools, really — lose everything? Would the slate be wiped clean, allowing a recovery to occur?

Or would something far worse manifest?

Would politicians seeking power and wealth promise to bail out unwise corporations and reckless lenders? Would the full potential of our paper money system be revealed to the public? Would there be an all-out attempt to "paper over" the bad investments and debt-driven losses?

We always knew what would happen. Our democracy — the most powerful government in history — would surely choose to print. How did we know? Because that’s what governments do… all of them… especially democracies. Their ability to print money is always too powerful a temptation to resist — to paper over… to create money from thin air… to lie, cheat and steal from the citizens via inflation.

We knew it would happen. We warned and warned it would happen.

And now it’s happening. We have proof.

Last month, some of the Fed’s secrets were unearthed. Dozens of well-connected companies received billions in bailout money from the Fed — deals the central bank never disclosed to Congress or the press…

Remember when the government promised it would only rescue companies that posed a "systemic risk" to the banking system? It was a lie. Harley Davidson got $2.3 billion in Fed money. Caterpillar got almost a billion dollars. Even McDonald’s got more than $200 million.

In all, the Fed printed up $3.3 trillion and doled it out to what seems like every big company on the planet with a lobbyist in Washington, including dozens of foreign companies with almost no U.S. employees.

Since then, the prices of gold and silver have rocketed 150 percent higher. If you took our advice and began to hoard gold and silver bullion, you’ve probably protected your net worth from the worst of the collapse of 2008 — at the very least.

If You’re New To The Story, Don’t Worry.

The curtain is about to come up on the real show. Politicians (and the press) have largely supported the Fed’s decision because, in their eyes, printing the money was better than falling into a massive recession or possible depression. And that’s certainly true — in the short run.

In the long run, these decisions must lead to more printing and eventually the collapse of our currency.

Regards,

–Porter Stansberry with Braden Copeland

PS: The next chapter in the end of America will most likely end our monetary system. To learn more about this collapse, please click here.

Rumsfeld: Bush Administration Did Not Intentionally Lie About Iraq WMDs

Rumsfeld: Bush administration did not intentionally lie about Iraq WMDsFormer Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has defended the George W. Bush administration for its handling of the Iraq war, but has criticized the leadership staff for not adequately garnering enough public support for the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

The former Pentagon chief is in the midst of a media tour to promote his memoir Known and Unknown, which was released on Feb. 8. During a recent interview with FOX News, Rumsfeld — who resigned from his Defense post in 2006 — said that members of the Bush administration did not intentionally deceive the public when they reported that Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction, which served as a catalyst for America's invasion of the Middle Eastern nation.

Referring to former Secretary of State Colin Powell's infamous address to the United Nations in 2003, in which he cited intelligence about Iraq's weapons program, Rumsfeld told the news provider that Powell is an "honorable man" who "believed every word he gave in that speech."

Rumsfeld added that Bush's team could have done a better job improving the image of Guantanamo Bay, a prison for suspected terrorists. He said that even though the facility is "one of the finest prison systems in the world," the former administration was incapable of attracting public support for the project, which is now in jeopardy due to President Barack Obama's pledge to shut down Guantanamo.

According to media reports, Rumsfeld also attacks Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) in his book, calling the former Presidential candidate "a man with a hair-trigger temper and a propensity to fashion and shift his positions to appeal to the media." 

New York Congressman Resigns Amid Craigslist Scandal

New York Congressman Resigns Amid Craigslist ScandalUnited States Representative Christopher Lee (R-N.Y.) has resigned from office after reports surfaced claiming that the 46-year-old Congressman sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman on Craigslist.

Lee submitted a formal resignation letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Feb. 9, just hours after Gawker.com reported that Lee, who is married with one child, allegedly identified himself through emails as a divorced 39-year-old who was looking for a date. Among several messages he reportedly sent to a female Craigslist user was a picture of himself posing shirtless.

"It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Western New York," Lee said in a written statement, according to media reports. "I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents. I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all."

Politico.com reports that Boehner allegedly warned Lee and other GOP lawmakers to stop partying with female lobbyists last year. Lee is the second U.S. Representative to resign within the past year due to reports of extramarital conduct. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) stepped down last May after it was revealed that he had an affair with a staffer.

According to FOX News, Lee's last speech on the House floor was on Jan. 19, when he urged his colleagues to repeal President Barack Obama's healthcare law.

Tea Party Takes Center Stage At CPAC

Tea Party takes center stage at CPACThe Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) will have a significant Tea Party presence this weekend, even though Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has declined an invitation to attend the national event sponsored by the American Conservative Union Foundation.

According to ABC News, Representative Allen West (R-Fla.) — a Tea Party favorite and freshman Congressman — has been selected to provide the keynote speech on Feb. 12. The three-day conference commenced on Feb. 10 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

West's appointment to talk at CPAC represents a new era in conservative politics. A member of the House Tea Party Caucus, West is an African-American Republican and a former Army officer. Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, two prominent media personalities, delivered the keynote speeches over the past two years.

Driven by the Tea Party movement, the GOP notched sweeping victories in last November's midterm elections, gaining control of the House and adding seats in the Senate. Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), the chairwoman of the House Tea Party Caucus, was scheduled to deliver CPAC's opening day keynote speech.

Palin, a Tea Party favorite, will be the most notable absence. Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) recently criticized Palin for skipping CPAC, saying that she must have "business opportunities" that are keeping her from attending, according to Politico.com.

Santorum was referring to Palin's paid speaking engagements that have helped her accrue an annual income rumored to be as high as $30 million per year, the media outlet reported. 

The Packers, The Tea Party Caucus, Earmarks And Diversity In Arizona

*The Packers saved us a bundle. I don’t know which team you were cheering for in the Super Bowl, but a friend of mine said there are 5 million reasons we all should have been cheering the Packers. That’s approximately how much money they saved us poor beleaguered taxpayers by beating the Bears. How’s that, you ask? Well, had the Bears won, President Obama announced that he and his entourage would fly to Dallas on Air Force One to attend the Big Game. How much would that have cost the taxpayers? Many, many millions. So thanks, Cheeseheads.

*Now here’s a caucus I can support. Last Thursday, the Senate Tea Party Caucus held its first-ever meeting. Among those present was Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Where were your Senators? The group pledged support for the very first piece of legislation Ron Paul’s son introduced in the Senate — a bill to cut $500 billion from Federal spending this year. Go for it, guys — we’re behind you all the way.

*Guess who said this? What famous politician lectured taxpayers two years ago about the benefits of earmarks? Why, it was none other than Barack Obama who said, “Done right, earmarks have given legislators the opportunity to direct Federal money to worthy projects that benefit people in their districts and that’s why I’ve opposed their outright elimination.” Now, of course, our Teleprompter-in-Chief says he’ll veto any bill that contains even a single earmark. Gotta admire someone whose principles don’t change just to please the crowd, don’t you?

*How’s this for a rainbow coalition? Thanks to the Alert Reader who sent me the following: A white Catholic male Republican judge was murdered when he went to greet his friend, a Democratic Jewish woman member of Congress. Her life was saved initially by a 20-year-old gay Mexican-American college student, and eventually by a Korean-American combat surgeon, all of whom were eulogized by our first African-American President. And it all took place in that bastion of conservative politics, Arizona. Is this a great country or what?

–Chip Wood

GOP’s Second-Ranking Senator Announces Retirement

GOP's second-ranking Senator announces retirementSenate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) has announced that he will retire when his current term expires in 2012.

According to ABC News, Kyl formally revealed his retirement plans at a Feb. 10 press conference at the Phoenix Airport Marriott. With the announcement, the 68-year-old joins four other lawmakers who recently decided to step down: Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) and Jim Webb (D-Va.).

The news provider reported that Kyl had only $619,000 in his campaign funds last month, which pales in comparison to the $16 million he had raised before his 2006 re-election. Kyl, who is currently the No. 2 Republican in the Senate behind Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), served four terms in the House of Representatives before his election to the Senate in 2000.

"He's leaving now at the top of his game, he has money in the bank, and he’s one of the few long-term incumbents who doesn’t face a Tea Party challenge," a senior Senate GOP aide told FOX News.

The news provider reported that officials from both political parties have already begun to speculate on potential candidates to fill Kyl's office, including Representative Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, a former Democratic governor of Arizona. In addition, some pundits have considered the candidacy of Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who is rapidly recovering from a gunshot wound stemming from the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, Ariz.

Abraham Lincoln, Political Tyrant

We’ve spent a lot of time recently bashing “the worst President who ever lived.” (That’s the description of the current occupant of the White House by many of my readers.) Instead, this week let’s do something different. Let’s turn our attention to the President whose birthday we celebrate tomorrow… the Great Emancipator, who is generally acclaimed as the greatest American President of them all.

But was he, really?

I don’t know what they teach in United States history classes today, but back in the middle of the last century, when I was in elementary school, there was absolutely no question about how we were to regard Abraham Lincoln. We were taught to feel a reverence bordering on awe for Honest Abe, the eloquent martyr who saved the Union.

We were required to memorize the Gettysburg Address. And if we were lucky enough to join a field trip to our nation’s capital, one of the most significant events was our visit to the Lincoln Memorial. (A few of us rapscallions spoiled the solemnity of the moment by sliding down the sides of the monument.)

That was what we were taught in the grade schools of Cleveland. And I suspect it wasn’t any different in any other school in the North. Some of you sons and daughters of the South will have to tell me what your teachers and history books said.

It wasn’t until I became an adult and started reading history on my own that I began to doubt the version of events I was taught several decades earlier. For example, did you know that Lincoln suspended civil liberties in the North, including the writ of habeas corpus? That he filled the jails with more than 13,000 political prisoners, all incarcerated without due process? The Supreme Court protested Lincoln’s disregard for our Constitutional protections, but the President replied he had a war to fight. Since he commanded the army, Lincoln won that argument.

And speaking of the war, guess who uttered these words:

"Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable — a most sacred right — a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people that can, may revolutionize, and make their own, of so much of their territory as they inhabit."

I’ll admit this is a trick question. The speaker was Lincoln. But he was not talking about the Southern states that tried to secede from the Union. No, these remarks were made in 1847, when Lincoln was defending the right of Texans to demand their independence from Mexico. A dozen years later, when six Southern states tried to declare their independence, Lincoln’s response was to smash them to bits.

As a child, I never questioned the assertion that the South was wrong to secede. And that Lincoln was right to use as much force as necessary to preserve the Union. Later, as I grew to understand the strength and uniqueness of our Constitutional Republic, I began to question both assumptions.

The U.S. Constitution, I came to believe, was a contract — a contract between the various states and the Federal government they created. Note that the Constitution had to be approved by the states, not a majority of the citizens. There was no "majority rule" here, no popular vote taken.

But this raises the question, if it was necessary for the states to adopt the Constitution, why wouldn’t it be legal for some of those states to rescind that vote, especially if they felt the contract had been broken? More and more, I found myself thinking that the South was legally and morally right in declaring its independence. And the North, by invading those states and waging war on them, was wrong.

And what a terrible war it was. By the time it was over, nearly 625,000 soldiers (and another 75,000 or so women, children and elderly civilians) were dead — more American servicemen than were killed in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined. Fully one-fourth of the draft-age white population of the South was dead.

The devastation in the former States of the Confederacy is hard to imagine. Sherman’s march from Atlanta to Savannah is notorious for its savagery. But he was far from the only Northern officer who ordered his troops to lay waste to Southern farms, fields and plantations. Union troops routinely destroyed crops, sacked homes and even stabled their horses in Southern churches.

As H.W. Crocker III puts it in The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War (Regnery Publishing, 2008), "If abiding by the law of a free republic and fighting a defensive war solely against armed combatants be flaws, the South had them and the North did not. Lincoln ignored the law, the Constitution, and the Supreme Court when it suited him. His armies waged war on the farms, livelihoods and people of the South, not just against their armies."

Of all the big lies about the War Between the States, the biggest of all may be that it was necessary to end slavery. The truth is that many illustrious Southerners, including Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee, recognized that slavery had to come to an end. But it should not come by force of arms, they felt; not at the point of a gun, but rather through the free consent of the owners, with the proper preparation of the slaves. To get them ready for their own freedom, for example, Lee’s wife insisted the family’s slaves be taught to read and write, and the women how to sew.

Despite what most of us have been taught, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation did not free the slaves. It wasn’t a law, but an edict. It specifically exempted the Border States and any parts of the South that were already under the control of Federal forces. It applied only to areas that were still in rebellion. So the Proclamation, of and by itself, did not free a single slave.

What it did, however, was change the nature of the conflict. Now the war was no longer about restoring the Union or preventing Southern independence. Now it was about the morality, and the legality, of slavery. The Emancipation Proclamation did not make the war more popular in the North, but it did end the possibility of other countries, especially France and Britain, from coming to the aid of the South. They might have been willing to assist Southern independence; but support a war in favor of slavery? Never.

As Crocker notes, "In Southern eyes, the Emancipation Proclamation was the ultimate in Yankee perfidy — an attempt to incite slave uprisings against Confederate women and children."

Then he notes, "Happily, while the proclamation did encourage slaves to seek their freedom, there were no slave uprisings, no murders of women and children — which might say something good about Southerners too, both white and black."

Lincoln, more than any other President who came before him, changed the very nature of our government. There would never again be as many limitations on the powers of the Federal government. And just as tragic, the concept of States’ rights suffered a blow from which it has never recovered.

I’m told that more than 14,000 books have been written about Lincoln. Most, of course, are incredibly adulatory. The few that attempt to balance the scales are virtually ignored. While it may not be true that might makes right, it is definitely true that the winners write the history books.

If you’re open-minded enough to consider another point of view, let me recommend two books by Thomas J. DiLorenzo to you: The Real Lincoln and Lincoln Unmasked. In these two books he presents a vastly different view of Abraham Lincoln than you’ve heard before, I promise.

Both are available at Amazon.com. (What isn’t?) Also, do yourself a favor and go to the website of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, where DiLorenzo serves as a senior fellow. You’ll find an extensive selection of articles, essays, and yes, books you can order that are way out of the academic mainstream.

So there you have this contrarian’s view of Abraham Lincoln. I’m eager to hear what some of you think — especially the sons and daughters of the South, whom I suspect, were raised with a somewhat different slant than I.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

–Chip Wood

Bush Scraps Swiss Trip In Wake Of Protests, Criminal Charges

Bush scraps Swiss trip in wake of protests, criminal chargesFormer President George W. Bush has canceled a trip to Switzerland amid reports of protests and legal action linked to his administration's handling of foreign detainees.

According to The New York Times, two human rights groups issued a preliminary indictment against Bush on Feb. 7, alleging that he authorized the torture of terrorism suspects during his Presidency. The 42-page document was filed by the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights.

Katherine Gallagher, a senior attorney for CCR, told the media outlet that a formal legal complaint will be filed against Bush if he leaves the United States. The former commander-in-chief has faced scrutiny from human rights advocates following the release of his memoir Decision Points last year, in which he admitted to personally approving the torture technique called waterboarding that simulates drowning.

Bush was scheduled to deliver a speech at the United Israel Appeal fundraiser in Switzerland this week, but the organization canceled the event due to security concerns after international groups threatened to stage large-scale protests at the event.

Bush spokesman David Sherzer expressed regret about the cancellation, but declined to comment on the planned protests, ABC News reported. 

Nutritionist Warns That Super-Sized Drinks Can Lead To Super-Sized Problems

Nutritionist warns that super-sized drinks can lead to super-sized problemslAs Starbucks prepares to release a new 31-ounce 'Trenta' size for its iced beverages in May, a health expert has stepped forward to warn the public about the health risks involved in excess sugar consumption.

Ellen Schuster, a state health specialist with the University of Missouri, said that a 'Trenta' lemonade, for example, could contain 21 teaspoons of sugar, which is more than most people should consume in a day, let alone in one drink.

Consumers would be doing themselves a favor by instead opting for the brand's 8-ounce short or 12-ounce tall sizes to limit their intake of sugar and calories.

Too much sugar often means too many calories, which can lead to weight gain and an increased risk of diabetes. Additionally, a 31-ounce beverage may contain a massive amount of caffeine, which can cause sleep problems or heart arrhythmia.

On top of everything else, 31 ounces is equivalent to 916 milliliters (mL), while the average capacity of a human stomach is 940 mL, according to The Columbia Encyclopedia. 

Aside from choosing a smaller size, individuals can keep calories down by making their beverages at home where they can control the amount of sugar and fat that goes into their drinks.