Maryland Legislators Approve Tuition Breaks For Illegal Immigrants

Maryland legislators approve tuition breaks for illegal immigrantsThe General Assembly chamber in Maryland has approved in-State college tuition reductions for illegal immigrants.

According to The Baltimore Sun, Maryland lawmakers passed the law on April 11. Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley has already pledged to sign the bill, which would enable undocumented students to receive in-State college tuition breaks. In order to qualify for the financial aid, illegal immigrants have to attend Maryland high schools for at least three years and their families must pay State taxes.

Maryland is slated to become the 11th state to extend in-State college tuition breaks to undocumented students.

"It was never about immigration," Senator Victor Ramirez (D-Prince George) told the media outlet. "It's about what to do with the intellect of our children. Do we invest in them, or kick them to the side? The people win with this bill because we'll have a more educated work force."

April appears to be a big month for illegal immigrants, according to consulting firm ESR Research. In a report entitled Defrauding the American Taxpayer — The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Illegal Immigration, group president Ed Rubenstein states that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) helps illegal aliens collect revenue by transferring income from United States-born taxpayers.

Rubenstein explains that tax day — which is April 18 this year — marks a cash windfall for many illegal immigrants. He claims that the IRS knowingly allows undocumented residents to collect up to $5,750 from the EITC, which is a Federal program that aims to supplement the earnings of low-income workers. 

The TSA Gropefest Continues

It’s been a while since we touched on the abuses of the Transportation and Security Administration, but that organization continues its daily assault on Americans.

In this video, a TSA goon gropes a young girl, telling her how pretty and sweet she is all the while. It’s insidious, and although her parent or guardian is present while it takes place, it puts this young girl in danger of an assault. As a youngster, she will see no difference between this authority figure putting her hands down her pants and an adult rapist who would like to do the same thing. It’s a difficult prospect to teach a child the difference between authority figures.

And listen carefully for the mention of the drug test they going to do “on the 6-year-old.” This is a blatant 4th Amendment violation.

Don’t be fooled into thinking the TSA’s goal here is to catch a potential terrorist before he or she boards a plane. This is about conditioning; plain and simple.

The goal of the TSA is to brainwash children and small-minded adults to submit to whatever an authoritarian government wants to do. If you drum this into them as children, they’re much easier to manipulate as adults.

 

Scientists Discover Additional Benefits Of Vitamin A

Scientists discover additional benefits of vitamin AVitamin A may play a key role in sperm production, central nervous system development and a host of other functions, according to recent research that was conducted at the Van Andel Research Institute in Michigan.

A team of scientists discovered that the nutrient stimulates a nuclear receptor in the body which activates genes to carry out essential bodily functions.

"Because [the nuclear receptor] TR4 plays roles in sperm cell production, lipid and lipoprotein regulation, the development of the central nervous system and the regulation of hemoglobin production in the embryo, we can imagine that Vitamin A may play more important roles in human physiology than was previously believed," said lead researcher Edward Zhou, Ph.D.

Authors of the study said its findings may lead to more effective therapies for various diseases.

The National Institutes of Health reports that chicken and beef liver, carrots, cooked spinach, kale and cantaloupe all contain more than a day's worth of vitamin A per serving. The nutrient has been shown to promote healthy eyes, bones and skin. It may also strengthen an individual's immune system to help them avoid disease. 

Artist’s Constitutional Rights Upheld As New York Town Lifts Ban

Artist's Constitutional rights upheld as New York town lifts banA town in the State of New York has agreed to lift an "art ban" in response to a lawsuit filed by a local artist.

Melanie Gold recently scored a victory for artists and supporters of the Constitution as the village of Greenwood Lake agreed to rescind a moratorium on displaying public art. In February, the town enacted an "art ban," threatening fines or imprisonment to building owners and artists who did not adhere to the ordinance.

Backed by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and a New York-based law firm, Gold slapped Greenwood Lake with a suit, claiming that her 1st Amendment rights were violated. On April 6, the matter was settled when the town agreed to remove the ban and pledged not to pass a future law that compromises its citizens' Constitutional rights.

David Leichtman, a partner with Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi, was one of the attorneys who represented Gold. He said that this agreement reaffirms that Americans have the right to communicate ideas without fear of government retaliation.

"We hope this will send a greater message that artists have Constitutional rights upon which no local government has the right to infringe," said Leichtman. "We see this not just as a defense of the 1st Amendment, but as a victory for artists' rights everywhere."  

Celebrating A Tax Refund

Arghhh! It just happened again. No, I’m not referring to the billions of dollars hard-working taxpayers have to send to Uncle Sam by this April 18. I’ve become almost numb to the pain of that annual reckoning.

But what still gets my goat is when someone—especially a near and dear family member—celebrates receiving a tax refund. They act as though it’s manna from heaven. They rejoice in their totally unexpected bounty from a beneficent government.

When I try to explain that the IRS really isn’t doing them a favor—that, in fact, the opposite is true; that by overpaying their taxes during the past year, they have in effect been giving a profligate and wasteful government an interest-free loan—they look at me as though I’ve suddenly sprouted two heads.

So okay. No lengthy lectures from me this year about how a progressive income tax was an essential part of the Communist Manifesto. No rant about the conspiratorial origins of the Federal Reserve. No diatribe on the diabolical cunning of a withholding tax, so the shark-like bite of Uncle Sam is rendered less painful than a mosquito bite.

No, all I’ll do is repeat my opening sentiment: Arghh! And then offer this anonymous reminder of why we can be glad that soon, Tax Day will once again be behind us.

Tax his land, tax his bed,
Tax the table at which he’s fed.
Tax his tractor, tax his mule,
Teach him taxes are the rule.

Tax his cow, tax his goat,
Tax his pants, tax his coat.
Tax his ties, tax his shirt,
Tax his work, tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco, tax his drink.
Tax him if he tries to think.
Tax his cigars, tax his beers,
If he cries, then tax his tears.

Tax his car, tax his gas,
Find other ways to tax his a**.
Tax all he has, then let him know
That you won’t be done ’till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers,
Tax him some more.
Tax him ’till he’s good and sore.
Then tax his coffin, tax his grave.
Tax the sod in which he’s laid.

Put these words upon his tomb,
"Taxes drove me to my doom."

When he’s gone, do not relax.
It’s time to apply the inheritance tax.

–Chip Wood

Romney Makes It Official: He’s Exploring Presidential Bid

Romney makes it official: He's exploring Presidential bidFormer Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has officially announced his intentions to explore a Presidential bid.

Romney revealed his decision to form an exploratory committee for the 2012 GOP nomination on April 11, releasing a YouTube video and a Twitter post. In his two-and-a-half minute video titled "Believe in America," Romney said that President Barack Obama's policies have failed because "he and virtually all the people around him have never worked in the real economy."

Romney, who lost the Republican nomination to John McCain in 2008, is believed to be a front-runner to challenge Obama in 2012.

"It's time that we put America back on a course of greatness, with a growing economy, good jobs and fiscal discipline in Washington," he added.

According to The New York Times, Romney's biggest obstacle on the campaign trail will likely be the healthcare law that he championed as Massachusetts governor. April 12 marked the five-year anniversary of Romney signing the law, which requires most Bay State residents to purchase health insurance or face fines, which is similar to the individual mandate in Obamacare.

A recent Suffolk University/7News poll revealed that about 49 percent of Massachusetts residents said that Romney's healthcare law is not working, compared to only 38 percent who said that it was working.

Rumored Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, has called on Romney to apologize for his healthcare law, the news provider reported. 

Pawlenty To Deliver Keynote Speech At Boston Tax Day Rally

Pawlenty to deliver keynote speech at Boston tax day rallyFormer Minnesota Governor and potential GOP Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty will headline the third annual Tea Party tax day rally on April 15 in Boston.

The rally is slated to take place at the Boston Common Bandstand, which is not far from the original Tea Party protests that took place in 1773. In a revolt against the British Parliament's tea taxes, American colonists dressed as Indians boarded the transport ships, destroyed the tea and tossed it into Boston Harbor. It is considered to be one of the key events that led to the American Revolution.

Pawlenty is one of several speakers who will address thousands of Tea Party supporters between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dick Patten, of NoDeathTax.org, John Lumbard, Americans for a Balanced Budget Amendment, and Karyn Polito, a former Massachusetts State Representative, are among the scheduled guests.

Last year's tax day rally, which featured former Alaska Governor and Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin, drew approximately 10,000 spectators. The event has been organized by the Greater Boston Tea Party (GBTP), an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization.

“We looked at where Minnesota was when [Pawlenty] came into office and where Minnesota was when he left,” GBTP president Christen Varley told Politico.com. “We looked at where we are in Massachusetts and where our governor is taking us and felt he was one of those voices we really need in Massachusetts.”

According to the media outlet, Pawlenty will join former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum earlier in the day on April 15 to take part in a tax day rally in Concord, N.H.

The Three Causes Of Pain, Illness And Disease

Pain affects everyone, but in most cases it needn’t be a chronic health issue. Pain is not a disease; it is a symptom. Pain is not the problem; it is an indication that a problem exists.

The secret of alleviating pain and poor health is to understand where it begins. The basis of “The Wiley Method” (the self-directed wellness model I pioneered), is grounded in techniques of uncovering these “beginnings” and developing a protocol for relieving the acute health issue. You can then make changes in your lifestyle that make it better and create balance to prevent it from returning.

Regardless of your diagnosis, only three things cause pain, poor health and disease: Excesses, stagnations and deficiencies. To understand what is meant by these terms, let us first consider homeostasis—the body’s natural state of balance.

The Baseline of Health
Homeostasis is the body’s baseline of health and wellbeing. It is the state where we feel good, not too stressed, tired or excited. You are in a state where your digestion is working properly, your body is absorbing proper amounts of nutrients and oxygen and is expelling toxins through the skin, lungs and intestines. Our sleep and wake cycle is set, we work and exercise, we have a balanced social, work and family life. Life is good. But life often gets in the way and we don’t feel as good anymore.

Poor health, pain and disease are all felt in the body when it becomes off balance. It is no longer functioning at homeostasis. This happens when we experience excess (e.g., too much alcohol or sweets), a deficiency (e.g., not enough sleep or iron in the blood) or a stagnation (e.g., muscle spasm or constipation).

People suffer needlessly every day because they and their healthcare practitioners operate from a disease-based model of health. Mr. Smith, you have migraine headaches, so we will treat the pain of these headaches in this way. This approach does not work, obviously, because millions of people still suffer from migraines!

I propose that we view poor health, pain and disease as examples of being out of balance. We must seek to uncover what causes the imbalance, and this can only be the result of an excess, deficiency or stagnation. My wellness model of health corrects these imbalances and the ailment is eradicated by returning the body to homeostasis—its natural state of balance!

Here is a chart with some of this outlined for you.

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Restoring Balance is the Key
One of the most common areas of poor health is rooted in how we deal with pain, illness and disease. When we don’t feel well or balanced, we tend to reach for various pills and liquids. The short-term use of such things is fine for quick relief, but long-term use allows the underlying cause or imbalance to continue, thus leading to chronic problems. Taking excessive quantities of painkillers, muscle relaxants and prescription medications of all kinds—even in low doses—causes problems.

It would be a mistake to assume that only one of these three causes is the root of any health condition. In fact, it is usually a combination of the three that makes a simple problem become chronic and seem incurable. The first “cause” of an issue could be singular (i.e., an excess), but when not approached with the wellness model of health (i.e., restoring balance), it becomes multi-faceted.

The way to rid oneself of a health problem is to consider it from my three-part perspective. If you can categorize where you are in excess you can then make changes toward decrease and balance. If you are able to list areas of deficiency you can then take steps to improve them. Where you find stagnations you can look for ways to “move them along.”

Returning the body to homeostasis can be difficult and challenging. You may have been polluting your body with toxins in foods, beverages and air and aggravating it with stress, tension, poor sleep and bad lifestyle choices for quite some time.

In order to re-establish homeostasis—natural wellness balance—the many toxins and stressors that tax the body must be removed or, in the case of psychosomatic triggers, dealt with in new ways. This includes reducing food triggers, correcting musculoskeletal triggers, regulating biological functions, reducing the effects of stress and anxiety, keeping the body in a perpetual state of proper hydration and engaging in regular exercise.

The Wiley Method entails lifestyle changes. But such changes are the only way to correct imbalances and remain in an optimal state of health.

I would like to help you along this journey and invite you to learn more about self-directed wellness. I wrote a 17-page report called, The 3 Secrets of Living Your Optimal Health that I would love for you to have. Simply visit my website www.DrMarkWiley.com, fill out the ‘sign-up’ box on the top right and then a PDF of this important wellness information will be delivered right to your inbox.

——Dr. Mark Wiley

Obesity Wreaking Havoc On Teens Despite Lack Of Health Complaints

Obesity wreaking havoc on teens despite lack of health complaintsWhile a survey of obese teens reflected that they felt physically healthy, medical tests revealed otherwise.

Researchers at the Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland in California compared the health data of 33 teenagers with high body mass indexes (BMI) to normal-weight teens from the same region.

The obese teens said they felt fine. However, tests revealed that when compared to the control group, they had higher markers of inflammation, elevated levels of a hormone associated with heart disease, more oxidative stress and insulin resistance — which is a precursor to diabetes.

"The metabolic abnormalities suggest that the process of developing heart disease has already started in these children, making it critical for them to make definitive lifestyle and diet changes," said Ashutosh Lal, M.D., senior author of the study.

When looking at the participants' diets, researchers found that few of the teens — overweight or otherwise — had optimal eating habits. However, the obese youth tended to consume less dairy and fruit than their normal-weight counterparts. This resulted in lower levels of potassium and vitamins C, D and A.

Authors of the study said that obese teens should not necessarily focus on eating less, but incorporate more low-fat dairy and fresh produce into their diets.  

Record Flood Rocks Midwest

Record flood rocks MidwestSeveral people have died from a record flood that has devastated areas surrounding the Red River in North Dakota and Minnesota.

According to The Associated Press, approximately 60 miles of roads have been closed in Cass County, N.D. In Fargo, the Red River crested at about 40 feet on April 9, which is the fourth highest level in a city that is prone to flooding because of its snowy winters.

More than 400 National Guard members were deployed to Cass County in order to assist in evacuation efforts, the media outlet reported. Last week, two hunters were found dead in a flooded river west of Fargo.

Spring flooding is common in certain areas of the United States, especially in locations that were hit with significant amounts of snowfall during the winter. Although most Americans will be asked to evacuate their homes in the event of an incoming natural disaster, there are cases when flooding strikes quickly, which requires certain self-survival measures.

MySurvivalTips.com recommends that residents turn off all electrical appliances before the water arrives. Outdoor furniture should be brought indoors, and essential items should be brought to an upper floor.

If individuals are forced to leave their homes during a flood, the website advises that people avoid six inches or more of moving water. Trying to navigate through a moving stream can lead to a fall and increase the risk of being hit by debris.

When walking through any amount of water, residents should use a stick to check the depth in front of them as well as the firmness of the ground. 

Conservative Lawmakers Condemn Budget Compromise

Conservative lawmakers condemn budget compromiseCongressional leaders managed to stave off a government shutdown by striking an eleventh-hour deal on government spending for the remainder of fiscal year 2011.

Just a few hours before the April 8 deadline was set to expire, lawmakers announced a budget that included $38 billion in cuts. Legislators passed a stopgap measure before the government shutdown, giving Congress until April 14 to approve the compromise package.

Some members from both parties are expected to oppose the measure, but the consensus is that Congress will find a way to pass the budget by April 14, the last day before Congress goes on recess for two weeks.

During an interview on ABC's This Week on April 10, Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said that he will work tirelessly to prevent a government shutdown because "it will have a huge disruption in the economy."

However, several conservative Republicans have already protested the deal by voting against last week's bridge bill. Although the package includes a ban on taxpayer-funded abortions in the District of Columbia, it does not remove funding for Planned Parenthood nor does it halt the implementation of President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul.

Among the Tea Party favorites to oppose the budget are Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). These conservative lawmakers were pushing for $61 billion in cuts.

"I can't support this," Chaffetz told FOX Business Network. "We have a multitrillion-dollar problem here. And I feel disappointed we came up a little bit short." 

Omega-3s Lower LDL Cholesterol Levels

Since your body can’t produce essential omega-3 fatty acids on its own, you need to consume a diet rich in these nutrients that help reduce inflammation, boost circulation and lower bad LDL cholesterol levels. Foods rich in these fatty acids include salmon, mackerel, tuna, walnuts, flaxseeds, olive oil, kidney beans and winter squash. As an added bonus, salmon is also rich in the mineral selenium and several B vitamins.

A Whole New Ballgame

Note to the Democrat Party: Don’t let the tears fool you. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) can play hardball, and he can bring the lumber. And there he was Friday night, with the clock ticking down on the Democrats’ incredibly ill-advised gambit, taking President Barack Obama and Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) over the wall.

While there are still I’s to dot and T’s to cross, Boehner has managed to marshal the widely disparate ranks of the Republican Party into just enough of a politically irresistible force to break the lines of the Democrats’ eminently moveable object. While fair criticisms of Boehner can be—and often are—voiced by conservatives, consider his burden in the battle which unfolded last week. While the Democrats enjoyed the placid compliance of sheep, Boehner had to herd lions.

The Republicans lack the blind devotion upon which Obama and his accomplices rely. There is no Republican Service Employees International Union (SEIU), no Republican New York Times and no Republican Michael Moore. The Democrats are about as diverse as the Farrakhan family reunion—not counting the space aliens.

But from the rank-and-file Republicans to the Tea Partiers to the Libertarians, the conservatives are fueled by something the Democrat Party neither knows, nor understands: Righteous outrage (as opposed to mere outrage).

Righteous outrage is a conservative reaction to the President’s willingness to hold military paychecks hostage to abortion-on-demand. Mere outrage is Democrat-endorsed union thugs sending death threats to Obama’s political adversaries. Righteous outrage is conservative recognition that the corpulent bureaucracy of Obamacare is to functional healthcare as so-called “anthropogenic global warming” is to actual science. Mere outrage is a shrieking liberal harpy like Representative Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) spewing out the kind of defamatory drivel which calls to mind the pedantic pabulum normally vomited up by the idiot gasbags at MSNBC:

“In ’94 people were elected simply to come here to kill the National Endowment for the Arts. Now they’re here to kill women.”

Slaughter was referring to conservative insistence that the Federal Government cease funding abortion outside extreme cases. That’s a fair stretch from Eric Cantor (R-Va.) with a high-powered rifle firing at the Des Moines Ladies’ Auxiliary while they pose for pictures in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

The sort of hubris demonstrated by Slaughter is clearly born of comfort. Democrats from safe districts have become so content that they’ve forgotten most districts are more variegated than the sorts of places which elect crooks like Representative Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) and hypocritical millionaires like Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Perhaps the Democrats’ overconfidence was born of rosy recollections of 1995. In the months following the Republican Revolution of 1994, then-President Bill Clinton’s refusal to interact with the GOP beyond “triangulating” their message led to the kind of shutdown Boehner and the GOP managed to avert Friday night. Back then, the corporate media was no less prostrate before their Democrat masters than they are now. However, the access to real information was much more limited, thereby producing a population which was far easier to fool. Most Americans still thought the nightly network news was a legitimate source, not DNC-conceived editorials masquerading as unbiased coverage.

Moreover, Clinton had something Obama will never have: Likeability. Clinton is the “buddy you love drinking with even though you know you can’t leave him alone with your wife;” whereas Obama is more of the “buddy you hate drinking with because he sneers at your beer over the rim of his white wine spritzer glass; and your wife hates him because he reminds her of your neighbor who drives a Prius and talks with his eyes closed all the time” type.

And unlike the 1995 shutdown showdown, which Clinton won, the 2011 shutdown showdown will cost the Democrats dearly. Sure, Boehner didn’t get the kind of spending cuts most conservatives were hoping for (taxpayer funding for the now-completely-exposed NPR lucked into a stay of budgetary execution); but he wrangled a widely disparate group into breaking the Democrat Party’s normally solid lines. More importantly, he forced the President and his accomplices to pitch them over the plate, where the conservative bats “took them yard.”

Boehner didn’t get $60 billion plus, but he did force a President who spends money like he’s trying out for a spot on the “Real Trophy Wives of Beverly Hills” to give up more than $30 billion. And according to Boehner’s new editorial in the USA Today, “the next fight will be about trillions, not billions.”

The conservatives are on the field. Let’s play ball!

IRS Hands Out First Whistleblower Award For Reporting Tax Fraud

IRS hands out first whistleblower award for reporting tax fraudSquealing on a superior has landed a Pennsylvania accountant a multi-million dollar award.

According to The Associated Press, an in-house accountant has been bestowed the first ever whistleblower award, worth approximately $4.5 million, from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The recipient, whose name has been withheld by his attorney, filed a complaint in 2007 after his employer ignored a tax lapse. The tip helped the IRS recover $20 million in taxes and interest.

The award, which equates to about $3.24 million after taxes, represents a 22 percent cut of the revenue recovered by the IRS. The Whistleblower Office, which was set up in 2006, mandates that payouts should amount to between 15 and 30 percent of the taxes recouped, the media outlet reported.

The Whistleblower Office revealed that it received nearly 1,000 tips in fiscal years 2008 and 2009.

"It's very difficult to be a whistleblower," Eric Young, the Pennsylvania accountant's lawyer, told the news source. "Most people would be inclined to turn a blind eye to it. The process can be time-consuming, arduous and stressful, from both a personal and professional standpoint."

A gridlock on Capitol Hill has forced the IRS to address a more pressing issue this week. In the event of a government shutdown, which was slated to occur if Congress did not approve a spending budget by April 8, refunds for taxpayers would be delayed, officials have confirmed.

Speaking to the National Press Club on April 6, IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said that a shutdown would slow the process of responding to paper returns, according to Bloomberg. However, Shulman stated that a budget standoff will not delay the April 18 deadline for filing 2010 taxes.

What happens to stocks after the dollar crash?

Dear Bob,
A question that I’ve found difficult for finding an answer is this: What happens to stocks after the dollar crash, even stocks in precious metal? Are they 100 percent lost? Do they retain any value?

Thank You,
Anthony

Dear Anthony,

While companies that actually produce something of value—say mining companies, oil producing companies, etc.—may still have value as companies, if you were to cash out of your stock holdings you would be paid in fiat currency that has no value. So it’s the currency, and any holding that uses fiat currency as its basis—that would have no value.

Best Wishes,
Bob

Overcoming Panic And The “Startle” Response

What is the startle response, how might it affect you in a crisis situation, and how can you keep it from turning into full blown panic?

Startle response is a term used to de­scribe a person’s reaction to sudden and unexpected danger. For example:

  • You turn a corner and there’s a man pointing a gun at your chest.
  • You’re sitting in your car and from out of nowhere somebody knocks on your window.
  • You are walking along and shots are fired from the rear.
  • A loud explosion erupts and everybody around you panics.
  • You wake up in the middle of the night and a stranger is standing over you holding a knife.

These are examples of situations that may trigger a "startle response."

Now keep this thought in mind: Trainers who talk about the startle response are actu­ally being diplomatic. Startle is a polite word for panic. Nobody wants to think they may panic under stress, so we call it by another name. It helps make us feel a little bit better. For the purposes of this article, we’re going to talk about “startle” as being in control and “panic” as not being in control.

What happens under startle?

First there is a stimulus: Shots are fired. Then we have a reaction: Fight or flight.

When faced with a threat that is sud­den and unexpected, here’s what usu­ally happens. Stimuli trigger a flight response, the sympathetic nervous system kicks in, we retreat and lose our ability to use fine motor skills and proper tactics.

In a startle response, fear overwhelms us and our mind becomes preoccupied with thoughts of doubt, injury and death. We become convinced we can’t handle the threat. We automatically succumb to a flight reaction.

When we are "panicked" our sympathetic nervous system kicks in and we lose control of our fine and complex motor skills. Complex skills involving eye-hand coordination suffer, as do hearing and peripheral vision. Our ability to focus our eyes decreases and tunnel vision sets in. And it gets progressively worse.

In this scenario, we go from stimulus to flight reaction. However, for whatever reason, we suppress the urge to flee and prepare to fight. The problem with that is that, in panic mode, our tactics and skills go flying right out the window. Our ability to survive is impaired and all we can depend upon is luck.

Remove the unexpected element and the same stimulus triggers aggression, a fight response. We stay clear-headed and in control. Our training and muscle memory responses kick in. We are able to use proper tactics.

We want to be able to respond to a threatening situation with confidence and control. To do this we must as­sess the threat and believe that we can handle it. And we must eliminate the unexpected aspect.

Remember, startle is a response to unexpected and sudden danger. If we expect danger, we inoculate ourselves against a startle response. Let’s go back to the color code system for a moment.

In condition yellow, you say to yourself: “Today is the day that I may have to use lethal force to protect my life or the lives of others under my protection.” With that in mind, when you come face-to-face with danger, you say to yourself, “I knew this would happen someday, I know what to do. I am ready for it. And I will survive, no matter what.”

A panic response can only be triggered by the combination of sudden and un­expected danger. We can prevent the startle response by being in condition yellow (casually aware) at all times. In effect, we eliminate the “unexpected” from the deadly combination of sudden and unexpected danger.

We can effectively deal with sudden danger by simply expecting it to hap­pen. Soldiers in combat do it all the time. Cops are constantly subject to sudden danger. In reality, civilians are too—just not as often.

Unexpected danger is more likely to cause a fear response. We must break the link between sudden and unexpected.

If our self-confidence is high and our skills effective, even when violence is sudden, we will progress automatically from stimulus, to aggression (controlled anger), to tactics.

It takes self-confidence and a well-prac­ticed repertoire of effective tactics and training to walk out the door every day and remind yourself that today is the day some bad guy might try to do you in and that you expect it, are ready for it and will respond as you have been trained. With high self-confi­dence, you will stay calm, in control and be able to deal with any situation, problem or threat that comes along.

I am not saying that a flight reaction is wrong or bad. What I’m saying is that employing appropriate tactics is critical to our survival. If we have to make a hasty withdrawal from the scene, that’s okay, but we must do so in the best way and avoid a panic reaction.

Research indicates that once the sym­pathetic nervous system is activated, vital functions are seriously im­paired. But the good news is we can go on “automatic” and rely upon our training and motor-memory skills to handle the problem.

Once we have mastered the I CAN DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE thought process, we can easily progress from the element of surprise, to controlled aggression, to required tactics.

In your mind’s eye, see yourself reacting to various sudden danger scenarios, calmly at first. Then, in your mental im­agery, move into controlled anger: How dare this guy pull a gun on me. Your mind will focus and your subconscious will take over. You will automatically perform as you have trained.

One specific way to prepare for reacting after being startled is to study the startle response and incorporate it into your training. I’ve had the privilege of spending quite a bit of time with world-renowned firearms instructor, Rob Pincus from Integrity, Consistency and Efficiency (I.C.E.) Training. One of the things that Rob teaches is not to start your draw stroke as if you’re about to do an Old West quick-draw contest.

Rather, start your draw stroke by being relaxed and then mimicking your startle response. For most people, this will mean bending the knees and dropping your weight about six inches, putting your feet about shoulder width apart, curling your spine forward slightly, dropping your chin to your chest and raising your hands to your face/neck, facing outward to protect your neck against attack.

This response puts you in a position where you can quickly and efficiently respond to physical attacks. For many people, it’s instinctive to assume this pose, or something close, when they’re startled.

So, the next time you’re doing firearms training (live fire or dry fire) or even hand-to-hand training, try this sequence:

  • Assume a relaxed position that you would be in if you were in public going about your business.
  • Quickly assume the “startle” position.
  • Start your firearms or hand-to-hand sequence from here.

The next time you do get startled, take a second to observe yourself and use that as your “startle” positioning in the future.

There is a very fundamental reason for training like this… you want your training to be as much like real life as possible. If you always train by starting squared up to your target with your hands at your side or at belt level in front of you and you find yourself startled with your hands at your face, your muscle memory isn’t going to be very effective.

If, on the other hand, you begin your training sequence by going into your startle position, you will be training your body how to respond when you are, in fact, startled and need to respond.

This is one more instance where training like you intend to fight will pay dividends if you have to defend yourself in a violent encounter.

–David Morris

House Republicans Pass Ill-Fated Stopgap Measure

House Republicans pass ill-fated stopgap measureIn the event of a partial government shutdown, approximately 800,000 Federal employees would be furloughed, tax returns would be delayed and a host of national parks, museums and forests would suspend its operations.

On Capitol Hill, a shutdown would prompt a rendition of the blame game. With the 2012 Presidential election season starting to heat up, finger-pointing would be as commonplace as number-crunching if Republicans and Democrats can't agree on a budget.

On April 7, GOP lawmakers attempted to prevent a shutdown by passing a stopgap budget the day before the deadline. By a vote of 247 to 181, House Republicans passed a one-week measure that included $12 billion in spending cuts and Pentagon funding through Sept. 30.

However, White House officials said that the bill, if passed by the Senate, would be vetoed by President Barack Obama. Democrats have argued that temporary resolutions are no longer viable solutions despite the fact that the Federal government has operated on stopgap measures since Oct. 1, 2010.

On April 8, the last day before the deadline was set to expire, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said that "women's health" was the final holdup preventing deal between legislators. He claimed that negotiators had agreed on $38 billion in cuts to fund the remainder of the fiscal year, but an "ideological battle" over funding for Planned Parenthood has halted an agreement, according to FOX News.

A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told the media outlet that the largest issue blocking a resolution, as of April 8, was the total amount of spending cuts.

Many Americans Have Doubts About Obama’s Birth Status, Poll Reveals

Many Americans have doubts about Obama's birth status, poll revealsFour out of 10 American voters have some doubt that President Barack Obama was born in the United States, according to a recent FOX News poll.

The survey also revealed that 24 percent of respondents outright believe that the President was born in another country. Speculation over Obama's birthplace has been reinvigorated in recent weeks as Donald Trump, a potential candidate for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination, has publicly requested a copy of Obama's original long-form birth certificate.

As to be expected, the FOX News poll showed significant partisan differences. A total of 84 percent of Democratic participants and 69 percent of independents believe that Obama was born in America. Only 47 percent of Republican respondents think that the commander-in-chief is a natural-born citizen, compared to 44 percent of Tea Party supporters.

Despite the doubt surrounding Obama's birthplace, the survey indicated that the President would still hold up in a showdown with Trump. A total of 52 percent said they would vote for Obama, while 34 percent would back the business mogul.

Freshman Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told The Daily Caller that Trump's fame makes him a legitimate candidate. However, Rubio suggested that the reality TV star should back off the "birther" issue.

"I would suggest — if he asked for my opinion — not to focus so much on that issue. There are more important things facing our country," Rubio told the news outlet. "I believe Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. So why are we talking about this?" 

Why?

Why do people see things differently? A quick answer is, “they are not on the same page.”

How do we get on the same page? Assume that we measure the all-knowing among us at 100 and everybody else is somewhere between 100 and zero. One caveat: Your number has nothing to do with your, “education.” In fact your number of somewhere between zero and 100 has nothing to do with anything.

You may have heard that old saying, “He has his ear to the ground.” Your number is something that comes with birth. But don’t give up if yours is low, you can catch up, or mostly so. I admit that you can get a jumpstart if you come into the world with the right genes. Never fear, you can learn.

This I know is true because I have seen many backwoods-type people who sounded completely dumb in conversation but who had more perception than many or most people with high degrees of formal education.

So here’s the deal: I can get us on the same page if I can get as many definitions as possible in print. Here goes:

Agent Provocateur: A very old trick of government to foment wars and revolutions with phony fronts and propaganda.

Ages of History: Silver and gold; iron and steel; paper and finally electronic symbols; then back to silver and gold again.

Bureaucrats: Government employees, and everything they do is for the government; nothing for the people.

Conventional Medicine: American system of medical care as prescribed by medical schools and financed and controlled by pharmaceutical houses.

Democracy: The buzzword at all levels in our society when referring to human liberty. The truth is, they use the word democracy for any chicanery the government wants to put on the people, from fascism to communism.

Education: Formal education in the U.S. is the same as a government education. The goal of formal education is to control the public mind by controlling our parameters of thought.

Escape the System: Buy gold and silver.

Famine in the Land: Can you visual a famine coming to modern America while the grocery store shelves are still fully stocked? What’s the best thing that can happen to you right now? Recognize that you are ignorant. Flush everything you know and start over! Ignorant people are those who don’t know that they don’t know. Intelligent people are those who know not and know that they know not. Information becomes wisdom to those with an inquiring mind.

Food Stamps: One sign of a collapsing system. Forty million Americans are now on food stamps because of the collapsing system.

Gold and Silver: Real money that 90+ percent of the people don’t want, don’t value and don’t know anything about.

Government: Organized crime that flourishes on the wealth and the production of its citizens. The system gives them life and protects their “profession,” but you pay. The system protects itself, not the people.

Government, Bankers and Insurance Companies: They all love fiat money (paper money).

Government Bonds: A huge disguised system of theft, as bonds are certificates of guaranteed confiscation of wealth.

Inflation: It is an increase of the money supply by the money creators. Fiat is a monetary drug addiction. It destroys everything, including morality.

Lawyers and Accountants: Both work for the government (the system) but you pay them. They have a vested interest in pleasing the system at your expense.

Love: Impossible unless you can walk in your loved one’s shoes. If you can’t, don’t get married.

Mania: Economic chaos created by paper money.

Media: Is used to spread the propaganda of the system. They tell the people only what they want them to know.

Monetizing Debt: “Paying” debt with non-substance paper money.

Monsanto GMO Foods: Genetically modified foods and hybrid seeds that won’t regenerate, which makes the people dependent on big business for food.

Most Certain Thing in the World: Most Americans in the middle class are being impoverished because they don’t understand money.

Organized Medicine: Funded by the pharmaceuticals and it is a system of symptomology. They only address symptoms and have no cures. They use drugs to mask symptoms.

Paper Money: Forced fiat by the government banking system on the people. It serves to steal wealth from the people without payment.

Paper Profits: Are an illusion because there are two kinds of dollars: The real dollar, or gold, and the paper dollar, or nominal dollar. Example: The great Warren Buffett, investor, and his famous Berkshire Hathaway Fund is down in 2010 by 70 percent measured in real dollars (gold). We live in the last stages of the “paper money syndrome” where greed takes over with people trying desperately to survive. Greed destroys morality and, with it, law and order.  The vultures swarm.

Politicians: Whores of the system. They pretend to be for the people but in fact work for and are paid by the government.

Ponzi Scheme: So-called government debt and Social Security. What it really means is there is never any intention to pay.

QE1, QE2, QE3: Cover terms called monetary stimulus which really means just printing money. These are euphemisms for wild printing of money by the Federal government and the banking system.

Reality is strong medicine. It makes most people sick. So I hit you with the strong first so as to get you in recovery before you give up the ghost. Not meant as a joke!

Savings: We are taught to save from the cradle to the grave. There is no such thing as savings in a depreciating currency like the U.S. Dollar. Savings and fiat (paper money) are mutually contradictory. All savings should be in gold and silver if we understand money and government.

Symptomology: Using drugs to mask symptoms and calling it medicine.

Trust the Government and get certain deception.

U.S. Constitution: Historical memorabilia of human freedom, now passed away to the money changers.

Vaccines/Inoculations: These are products of the pharmaceuticals who, in league with the government, force poisons into the bodies of the people.

When did it Become Noticeable that government was entering a new phase of squeezing the middle class? Zero interest ratio and they stopped indexing Social Security. People surviving on pensions and investments can no longer exist on the interest income.

Who Loves Paper Money? Bankers, government and politicians. Why? Because they can steal from the people and transfer wealth to themselves.

World War: Debasing the currency of the world with not a shot being fired, kills more people indirectly.

Fish Oil May Be Complementary Medicine In Breast Cancer Treatment

Fish oil may be complementary medicine in breast cancer treatmentFemale mice that ingested fish oil supplements with breast cancer drug tamoxifen appeared to have slowed the proliferation of their tumors, compared to rodents given corn oil with the drug, according to researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

In the controlled study, the team of scientists found that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil helped to slow gene expression related to tumor growth.

"If a tumor was being treated with tamoxifen, the addition of an omega-3 fatty acid diet seemed to make the tumor, at least at the molecular level, more benign and less aggressive and responsive to tamoxifen," said lead researcher Jose Russo, M.D.

Additionally, the healthy fats appeared to curb immune responses that result in allergies and inflammation. These negative effects have been known to alter the body's natural defense against cancer.

Next, the researchers hope to investigate how omega-3 fatty acids in a diet can affect risk of breast cancer in women.

Authors of the study noted that an estimated 200,000 women are diagnosed with the disease each year.