Humanitarians To The Syrian People: “Drop Dead”

Where are the humanitarians where Syria is concerned?

The United States, France and Great Britain asked for and received permission from the U.N. to bomb cities loyal to Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, ostensibly to stop the killing of rebels whose military action against the government was being decisively thwarted by Libya’s regular army. Apparently, it’s a humanitarian act to kill some to prevent the killing of others.

For some reason, that doesn’t seem to hold true in Syria, where hundreds of protestors have been slaughtered by the military and untold numbers of others have simply disappeared. It seems that since Syrian President Bashar Assad is a “reformer” (Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s words), he gets a pass to kill his own people without the military-industrial complex going into hyperdrive to obliterate his country.

Or could there be another reason Western powers are interested in Libya, but not Syria?

Could it be that Libya was capable of producing more than 1.6 million barrels of oil per day before the rebellion began, but Syria is a minor leaguer in oil production at 386,000 barrels per day?

Now, we know what lives are worth to the U.N.: about 1.2 million barrels of oil a day.

Supreme Court Will Not Bypass Lower Courts To Review Obamacare

Supreme Court will not bypass lower courts to review ObamacareThe Supreme Court has denied a request to expedite the judicial process and review a Federal court decision that ruled President Barack Obama's healthcare law unConstitutional.

It was the second time that the nation's highest court has rejected a request by opponents of Obamacare to bypass the appeals courts. FOX News reports that the issue will likely go in front of the Supreme Court by this time next year. In the meantime, the matter will go to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia.

In December, Virginia Judge Henry E. Hudson ruled that individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, which requires most Americans to purchase healthcare insurance or face fines, is unConstitutional. The Obama administration has since appealed the ruling.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who asked the Supreme Court to intervene before the 4th Circuit, said that he was disappointed by the latest news. He believes that the "crippling and costly" effects of Obamacare warrant an expedited process.

"This case's logical end point is the Supreme Court," Cuccinelli said in a statement, quoted by the media outlet. "It will simply have to make its way through the 4th Circuit first."

In February, Judge C. Roger Vinson of Florida ruled that the entire healthcare law is unConstitutional. Vinson's decision has been challenged by Obama and will be sent to the 11th Circuit Court in Atlanta. 

Romney Edges Obama In New Hampshire Poll

Romney edges Obama in New Hampshire pollA new poll of New Hampshire voters has revealed that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney holds a significant advantage over President Barack Obama.

According to the State of the State survey, which was conducted by Dartmouth College's Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, approximately 47 percent of respondents said they would vote for Romney in the 2012 Presidential election, compared to 39 percent for Obama.

Romney, who on April 11 announced that he was forming an exploratory committee for the GOP Presidential bid, was the only Republican to edge Obama in the poll. The nation's commander-in-chief led former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee by 8 percentage points, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty by 19, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour by 19 and billionaire Donald Trump by 22.

Although Obama handily defeated Barbour and Pawlenty in the poll, he failed to take a majority of the vote against both rumored candidates.

Voters in the Granite State are "not willing to make a claim for Obama when they don't even know the other person," said Ronald Shaiko, a Dartmouth professor, quoted by Politico.com.

Trump, who is one of the most talked-about figures in the field of potential GOP candidates, recently predicted that Romney would lose in a general election against Obama. In an interview with The Daily Beast, the reality TV star said that Romney "doesn't resonate" because his speeches are full of "little trivial statements."

Cherries Found To Have Heart-Protecting Properties

Cherries found to have heart-protecting propertiesThree different studies examined the health benefits of cherries, and all came out with results which indicate that the fruits may be one of the best food choices when it comes to preventing diseases.

The University of Michigan, University of Arizona and Brunswick Laboratories all presented their findings on cherries at the Experimental Biology annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

One study found that drinking eight ounces of tart cherry juice had the ability to reduce inflammation in overweight or obese participants in just one month.

Another tested the antioxidant power of cherries in a powdered form. Researchers discovered that levels of inflammatory C reactive protein were reduced by up to 36 percent and cholesterol was decreased by 26 percent over a five-month period. These effects could help to reduce risks of atherosclerosis. Mice in this study were also able to avoid early death by 65 percent when they consumed the cherry powder.

The researchers noted that one cup of freeze-dried tart cherries has a wide array of antioxidants and phytochemicals that are likely to have caused the boost in health in study subjects.  

Wildfires Move Fast And Pose Serious Threat To Lives, Property

Wildfires move fast and pose serious threat to lives, propertyWildfires can create a nightmare scenario for property owners, especially Americans who run a ranch or farm. Not only does this phenomenon pose a life-threatening situation to humans, it can also ravage one's crops and animal population.

For example, Justin Cormack, a rancher in Texas, has lost 30 of his cattle, or 15 percent of his herd, due to recent wildfires, CNN reported. This month, wildfires have burned more than 1 million acres of land and hundreds of homes in the Lone Star State.

The recent events in Texas have prompted many Americans to consider self-survival in the event of a fast-spreading fire. According to Popular Mechanics, residents should collect their personal belongings and evacuate their property once they are alerted about an approaching fire.

However, if someone's home is surrounded by trees that are engulfed in flames, it is wise to remain indoors and avoid navigating through the wildland fire. The news source recommends that residents should shut all of their windows to prevent flying embers from entering the home.

Furthermore, individuals should shut off their gas or propane lines, but keep the water and electricity on. The water can be useful in staying hydrated in sweltering conditions, and it may also be used by firefighters to combat the flames.

Los Angeles County firefighter Fred Stowers told the media outlet that by keeping all of the home's lights on at night, emergency responders can distinguish between roaring flames and drifting smoke.  

Four Ways To Reduce Pain Naturally

Each year there are more than 150 million Americans suffering from chronic pain. This pain is costing the country an estimated $100 billion a year, including $50 billion in lost work productivity and $3 billion in lost wages. I would like to share with you four ways that you can reduce your pain naturally. By incorporating some of these tips into your daily routine you can feel better physically, mentally and spiritually.

Exercise The Body
Exercise is one of the most important things you can do for pain prevention and reduction. It encourages vigorous blood circulation, removes toxins, burns calories, stabilizes blood fats and sugars, improves strength and muscle tone, releases those feel-good hormones and keeps the mind alert.

Brisk walking is the best exercise for many chronic pain sufferers because the impact on the whole body is low. Once a new baseline is set, more vigorous exercises and activities can be enjoyed. Here’s why walking is so amazing:

Brisk walking is an aerobic activity, but since it is low-impact there is little wear-and-tear on the joints and little (if any) triggering of pain from the jarring action of the body as experienced in high-impact aerobic exercise or jogging. Although it is a simple activity, walking actually utilizes most of the muscles of the body to propel you forward and keep you on balance while increasing respiration, heart and lung function, blood and oxygen flow and the “burning off” of blood sugars and fats. It also helps in the removal of toxins and other wastes through sweat and improved eliminative functions.

Eat Pain-Relieving Foods
Food is a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to controlling inflammation and pain. The typical American diet consists of too much fat, tons of sugar, loads of red meat and a frightening amount of processed foods. By switching to an anti-inflammatory diet consisting of healthy whole foods, you can actually decrease inflammation and ease the pain and discomfort associated with it.

Here are eight categories of bad foods that should be avoided if you suffer pain or have inflammation: Animal milk products, hydrogenated oils, nitrates, processed sugars, night shade vegetables (potatoes, tomatoes, many species of hot and sweet peppers and eggplant are the most common), fast food, saturated fats and processed white flour foods.

A diet high in fiber and whole foods, low in preservatives and fat and infused with blood-invigorating aromatic spices can help reduce pain and inflammation. Here’s a list to get you started:

  • Wild Salmon.
  • Fresh whole fruits.
  • Bright colored vegetables (except night shades).
  • Green or white tea.
  • Purified or distilled water.
  • Olive oil.
  • Lean poultry (skinless).
  • Lean beef (filets).
  • Nuts, legumes and seeds.
  • Dark green leafy vegetables.
  • Organic oatmeal (regular, not instant).
  • Aromatic spices (turmeric, ginger, cloves, garlic, onion, coriander, ground mustard seed, cayenne pepper).

Get Adequate Sleep
Sleep is not only a fundamental human need, it is a necessity that no one who experiences aches or pains of any kind should ever take for granted. It is so important, in fact, that we naturally fall asleep when our body tells our brain that certain essential chemicals have been depleted and our muscles and ligaments are tired and in need of repair.

Here are some tips to get deeper sleep:

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

Reduce Your Stress
The negative and lasting side effects of stress are often manifested in the mind/body response. Since the mind controls and constructs perceptions and the emotions act and react toward threatening stimuli, the daily centering of mind and emotions is essential to prevention of psychosomatic illness.

Meditation is one way to do this. There are many benefits to the daily practice of meditation including improved concentration, enhanced focus, calmer emotions, inner fortitude, understanding of the self, objectivity, concentrated decision-making power and peace of mind.

Physiologically, you will experience a decrease in blood pressure, respiration and metabolism; the nervous systems calms; hormones and chemicals balance; and the body is allowed to return to its natural harmonious state of homeostasis. Talk about stress relief!

Here’s how to do it:

  • Sit or lie down in any comfortable position that allows your spine to be straight and your head aligned with it.
  • Close your eyes and take a few initial deep breaths to ease into the moment and begin to relax.
  • Focus your attention on your breath as it passes into and out of the tip of your nose.
  • As you inhale, merely OBSERVE, without mental comment, the sensation you feel as air passes the tip of your nose.
  • As you exhale, merely OBSERVE, without mental comment, the sensation you feel as air passes the tip of your nose.
  • When thoughts enter your mind, do not engage them, do not pass judgment on them. Merely ACKNOWLEDGE that they are there, and return to the task of observing the sensation of the breath on the tip of the nose.

Conclusion
Developing and maintaining a positive mental attitude will go far in helping you reach your pain-free-living goals. Think from the end and believe you are already halfway along your pain-free experience, and you will more easily accomplish the day-to-day things necessary to do just that. Have confidence in what you are doing because you know it will help.

Every time you walk a mile, refuse a milkshake, sleep for an entire eight hours and breathe your stress away, you will know that you are making positive steps in your wellness life.

–Dr. Mark Wiley

The Sins of the Mother

No one ever wrote it down; mostly because common decency dictates that it didn’t need to be written down. No matter what your objection to (insert name of political figure to whom you object here), their kids were always out of bounds. Granted, George W. Bush’s children’s antics were as hard to miss as — say — Secret Service agents trying to look innocuous while standing outside the same 7-Eleven where Jenna and Barbara were trying to pass themselves off as 25.

I expect it never occurred to anyone that the liberal element in this country would be so thoroughly consumed by their own rage that they would begin to verbally assault children. And yet, whether it’s Nina Totenberg using the taxpayer-funded airwaves to wish AIDS on Senator Jesse Helms’s grandchildren, or cartoonish depictions of the Bush daughters, welcome to open season on conservative’s children. 

If you thought Totenberg’s comments crossed the border between indignation and indecency, let me quote no less a revered sage than Bachman Turner Overdrive:

“Baby, you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.”

Witness last Monday’s swan dive into the deep end of disgrace executed by Democrat-leaning blogsite Wonkette. While most of Wonkette’s material is fairly rote — the same dull-witted and spiteful drivel which passes for humor amongst a movement that considers Bill Maher funny — a piece by some low-level liberal called Jack Stuef has plumbed previously unexplored depths. The bizarre (even for a Democrat) rant, which carried the subheading “A Children’s Treasury of Trig (Palin) Crap on his Birthday,” is a few hundred words’ worth of unrepentant hatred, politically-motivated venom and unadulterated filth. And all of it is directed at that individual who is evidently viewed with fear and fury by the Democrat Party: Sarah Palin’s Down Syndrome-afflicted son, 3-year-old Trig.

Almost unbelievably, it took the better part of a week of constant outrage — although not from the corporate media, which didn’t think it was worth more than a brief mention — before the bottom-feeders at Wonkette finally deleted the posting. True to form, however, they took to Twitter in a series of remarks which made clear their utter lack of remorse:

We beat up on Sarah Palin’s craven use of her son as a POLITICAL PROP. Child protective services should take Trig away.”

Trig is a political prop? Was she supposed to lock him in a room in Wasilla with a few dozen cans of strained peas and condensed milk? “See you at the inauguration!”

Much of what comprised Stuef’s offal is so vile that I refuse to subject my fellow Bob Livingstonians to it. To give you a sense of the tone:

“”What’s (Trig) dreaming about? Nothing. He’s retarded…”

Evidently, that’s clever in Democrat circles. Stuef also resurrected the 2008 Democrat campaign saw of questioning Trig’s lineage, overtly implying Trig is a) Sarah Palin’s grandson, b) the victim of child abuse, and/or c) the product of incest between Todd and Bristol Palin.

Those of you who regularly peruse my production for the Personal Liberty Digest™ are already well aware that I, like most who ply the pundit’s trade, consider very little beyond the pale when it comes to skewering those who inhabit the halls of power. But there ought to be limits, people.

Somewhere beyond the breathtakingly inept President Barack Obama, but short his children, a line exists. Perhaps some of you might think less of me for my reluctance, but I’m not going to step on some kid’s neck just to knock the wind out of his or her parents. An examination of Wonkette’s repellent violation of Trig Palin reveals that the Democrats know no such border; or if they do, they have as much respect for it as they do for any border. (Look! An immigration policy joke!) 

Wonkette is far from the only soldier in the liberal media elite’s battle for the hearts and minds of… some extremely ill-mannered and stupid people. Z-list “comedienne” Kathy Griffin has essentially built her public persona around a creepy obsession with the Palins. And let us not forget the creepy pseudo-reporter Joe McGinniss, who actually rented the house next door to the Palins so he could conduct an “immersive journalistic investigation.” (As opposed to: “stalk Palin like a deranged lunatic.”)

I’m still not going to make fun of the Obama daughters, if for no other reason than it seems wrong to pick on little kids. Someone ought to send the same message to the Democrats — although I suspect they wouldn’t listen.

Toxins In The Home

Did you know there are dozens of materials in your home that have been treated with flame-retardant chemicals? Everything from TV sets and mattresses to plastic bottles and clothing may be leaking toxins into your body. This can lead to physical or neurological damage. To help reduce your exposure to chemicals like polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs) consider throwing out old items and replacing them with new ones. Many companies are now manufacturing PBDE-free products.