A Sordid Affair: Edwards Faces Indictment

Former Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards will face prosecution for alleged campaign-law violations. The United States Department of Defense has allowed the government to seek an indictment against Edwards, who is accused of using campaign funds to hide his extramarital affair from the public.

“Edwards has been the focus of a lengthy Federal investigation focusing on hundreds of thousands of dollars allegedly provided by two wealthy supporters,” read an article by ABCNews.com. “The government will contend those were illegal donations that ultimately went to support and seclude his mistress, Rielle Hunter.”

Edwards admitted last year to fathering a child with Hunter. According to ABC News, the prosecution will have to prove the funds were intended to be used to cover up the affair, allowing Edwards to continue seeking the 2008 Democratic nomination.

The article suggested Edwards has few options before him if he is indicted: “He could accept a plea bargain with prosecutors or face a potentially costly trial.”

Lawmakers Scramble To Increase FEMA Funding

Lawmakers scramble to increase FEMA fundingMany Americans are keeping their fingers crossed in hopes that a devastating natural disaster doesn’t sweep through their neighborhood, especially considering the recent news that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is running low on relief funds.

Self-sufficiency skills among Americans may be more critical than ever due to the current economic crisis in Washington, D.C. Having already reached its borrowing limit, the United States government is now scrambling to find extra funds to help the victims of the recent tornadoes in the South and Midwest.

According to FOX News, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have announced their intention to draft an amendment to boost funding for FEMA. President Barack Obama’s budget proposal for the 2012 fiscal year includes $6.79 billion for the agency, which is less than the $7.1 billion allocated toward disaster relief funds in the 2010 budget.

Representative Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, told the news source that the Federal government has to “step up to the plate” in response to the recent tornadoes and massive flooding.

Meanwhile, FEMA has urged residents living in mid-Atlantic States to bolster their survival skills in preparation for hurricane season, which runs from June through November. According to The Associated Press, the agency recommends that citizens should have enough supplies to last 72 hours, including food, water and batteries.

Afghanistan: A Lost Cause

“Afghanization. Vietnamization. Surge. Gradual escalation. Corrupt dictators. Internal dissension. The war follows a familiar script.” POLITICO

Despite proclamations of victory by the Administration of President Barack Obama, the death of Osama bin Laden is not like the fall of Berlin in 1945. In itself, killing bin Laden brings no peace. It does ask many unsettling questions about America’s No. 1 ally in the War on Terror, Pakistan. It also puts into question America’s ability to even win the war in Afghanistan.

When Obama took office, he got this advice from Vice President Joe Biden: “If you don’t get Pakistan right, you can’t win.”[1]

The reason was and remains simple. The enemy, the Taliban, are using Pakistan as a base to operate hit-and-run missions against American troops the way North Vietnam used Cambodia to strike GIs four decades ago. The key difference is former President Richard Nixon launched attacks into Cambodia. Obama’s Cambodia is Pakistan, a Muslim nation with 100 nuclear weapons in its inventory.

If you think the nearly decade-long war in Afghanistan has a lot of similarities with Vietnam, you are not alone. The New York Times reports the recently deceased Ambassador Richard Holbrooke had to shut up regarding how badly the war in Afghanistan was going.

“There are structural similarities between Afghanistan and Vietnam,” Holbrooke noted, in ruminations now in the hands of his widow, Kati Marton.

“He thought that this could become Obama’s Vietnam,” Marton recalled. “Some of the conversations in the Situation Room reminded him of conversations in the (Lyndon B.) Johnson White House. When he raised that, Obama didn’t want to hear it.”

The Times indicated if Holbrooke were still alive, he would be shuttling frantically between Islamabad, Pakistan, and Kabul, Afghanistan, trying to take advantage of bin Laden’s killing to lay the groundwork for a peace process.

The Ghost of LBJ

Johnson was a guns-and-butter Democrat who sat in the Oval Office during the Vietnam War. The undoing of the nation was not solely over his vision of the Great Society, but rather America’s defeat in Vietnam.

Even LBJ finally understood that Vietnam was a lost cause, but not before tens of thousands of Americans died.

Johnson drawled: “Light at the end of the tunnel? We don’t even have a tunnel; we don’t even know where the tunnel is.”

This truth applies to Obama, who still won’t admit it. Without Pakistan as a reliable partner, the United States cannot win peace in Afghanistan. And Pakistan is moving away from the U.S. faster than a bootlegger from the cops.

Last week, the Toronto Sun wrote: “The Pakistani government is embarrassed that bin Laden was found living in relative comfort, but there’s little in their reaction that indicates shame. Rather, they are miffed that the American SEAL team went in without telling them. Parliamentarians even cheered Prime Minister Yousuf Gilani when he warned of dire consequences if the U.S. ever again sent troops into Pakistan without permission.”

Gilani declared that Pakistani intelligence services were neither complicit nor incompetent and that the discovery of bin Laden living in plain sight of Pakistan’s military academy was not Pakistan’s fault. He insisted China is Pakistan’s “all-weather friend” and implied the U.S. is an unfaithful ally.

Can you imagine Winston Churchill warning America about coming on British soil to hunt Nazis during World War II? Of course not, but Pakistan is not a real ally. It is a Muslim nation in which key members of the government and its intelligence service (Inter-Services Intelligence) covertly plan American deaths in Afghanistan while cheering on a war that is exhausting both America’s financial resources and the nation’s psyche.

But there are no Churchills in Pakistan or Afghanistan.

The President of Pakistan is Asif Ali Zardari. His own people call him “Mr. 10 Percent” because of all the kickbacks he took during the premiership of his late wife, Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated when she again ran for office in 2007. Not only is Zardari corrupt, but he is weak against the Muslim mob which grows angrier each month.

The other key ally in America’s war on terror is Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, who is also corrupt, perhaps delusional and, most likely, a drug addict. The U.N. envoy to Afghanistan even questioned the “mental stability” of Karzai and suggested the Afghan president may be using drugs.

In an interview on MSNBC, Peter Galbraith described Karzai as “off-balance” and “emotional.” Galbraith went so far as to call for Obama to limit Karzai’s power to appoint officials within Afghanistan until he proves himself a reliable partner.

“He’s prone to tirades. He can be very emotional, act impulsively. In fact, some of the palace insiders say that he has a certain fondness for some of Afghanistan’s most profitable exports,” said Galbraith, in reference to heroin.

When asked straight out if Karzai is a drug addict, Galbraith responded: “There are reports to that effect. But whatever the cause is, he can be very emotional.”

You can see where this is going. In World War II America had Churchill and Charles de Gaulle on our side. In this war we have Zardari and Karzai, two leaders that make South Vietnam’s dictator Ngô Đình Diệm look like Thomas Jefferson.

A Steep Price of Peace

There is a lot of money being made in these Arab wars, at least for U.S. military contractors. Fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq has cost more than$1 trillion. Yet some neoconservatives just can’t get enough, as was evident earlier this year when Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) wanted to put boots on the ground in Libya. McCain declared the Libyan “rebels” are true heroes and represent American democracy. Either the Senator has seen Star Wars one too many times, or he has forgotten that Americans are still dying because Washington armed the mujahideen in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

It is true that Presidents and generals never get credit for battles they never fought. In this way President George H.W. Bush never got credit for not invading Iraq in 1991 and for letting the Communist bloc determine their destiny without American interference.

Furthermore, the success in killing bin Laden shows that surgical operations, whether lead by SEAL teams or pinpoint bombing, can knock out America’s enemies and not at the cost of hundreds of billions of dollars per year.

But I don’t expect Obama to declare victory and bring the troops home anytime soon. There is still an election to win, so I expect the President to give his “Peace with Honor” speech just before Americans go to the polls.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers
Editor, Myers’ Energy & Gold Report

[1] From the book, Obama’s War, Bob Woodward, Simon & Shuster, New York, NY, 2010

Increased Reliance On Foreign Food Poses Health Risks For Americans

Increased reliance on foreign food poses health risks for AmericansAlarming new research from scientists may prompt some Americans to utilize their self-sufficiency skills to stock up on natural, homegrown food.

The findings, which were unveiled at the 111th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in New Orleans, suggest that the United States government is placing its citizens at risk by importing increasing amounts of food from developing nations. Considering that labor costs are much lower overseas than they are domestically, Federal officials are taking advantage of these opportunities to save money.

However, the cost-saving measures might come at the expense of the well-being of American citizens. Michael Doyle of the University of Georgia stated the developing nations have much lower standards when producing food for human consumption.

“Sanitation practices for food production are not universally equivalent throughout the world,” said Doyle. “Importing foods can move diseases from areas where they are indigenous to locations where they are seldom (found) or do not exist.”

According to researchers, more than 80 percent of fish and seafood products consumed in the U.S. during 2010 was imported, and much of it came from Asia. Scientists warned that raw domestic sewage and livestock manure are frequently used in fish farming in many Asian nations.

Federal Lawsuit Takes Aim At Vague Definition Of ‘Assault Weapons’

Federal lawsuit takes aim at vague definition of 'assault weapons'A pair of gun rights groups have filed a lawsuit in California alleging that the State’s definition of “assault weapons” is unConstitutionally vague.

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and Calguns Foundation have been joined by Brendan John Richards in their effort to change the wording of the law. Richards, an Iraq combat veteran, spent six days in jail in May 2010 after police found two pistols and a rifle in the trunk of his car.

Richards was arrested and charged for unlawful possession of an assault weapon. Last September, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office dropped the charges following a report from the State’s Department of Justice, which indicated that none of Richards’ firearms were considered “assault weapons.”

“Mr. Richards was jailed for almost a week, when he had broken no law because a police officer had a conflicting view and the District Attorney’s office believed him,” said SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb.

Gene Hoffman, executive director of the Calguns Foundation, said that the broad definition of the law is designed to prohibit “guns that look scary.”

Attorney Don Kilmer of San Jose claims that gun owners in the United States are vulnerable to a system in which police “arrest them first and let the courts sort it out.” He believes this is a direct broach of citizens’ Constitutional rights.

‘Woodstock Of The Web’

The “Woodstock of the Web” took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 25, 1994, when 380 scientists gathered in CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, for the first World Wide Web Conference.

Although only 380 people attended the conference, this seminal event has become so important in the history of the Internet that several thousand more have claimed to have been there. Thus, the event earned the “Woodstock” moniker.

Despite the claims by Al Gore, our pudgy former Vice President, that he helped invent the Internet, most reputable historians give the credit to British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee. Of course, Berners-Lee never won an Oscar for a propaganda film about the environment, either.

–Chip Wood

 

 

USDA Cracks Down On Missouri “Crime” Family

In yet another example of Federal tyranny, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has come down with both feet on a Nixa, Mo., family for selling rabbits in a business that began as a way to teach their son responsibility.

John Dollarhite, the owner of Dollarvalue Rabbitry, is facing a fine of $90,643 for selling 619 rabbits to individuals and businesses in southwest Missouri from April 3, 2008 to Dec. 21, 2009. The business, which Dollarhite considered as similar to a lemonade stand to benefit his son’s development, netted $200 profit during that time on the sale of rabbits at $10 to $12 each.

According to the blog Bungalow Bill’s Conservative Wisdom, a USDA agent visited the Dollarhite’s rabbitry in the fall of 2009 and pointed out two minor infractions — cages were a quarter-inch too small and there was a small rust spot on a feeder.

It was January 2010 before the Dollarhites again heard from the USDA. They learned an agent was asking about them at a local pet store, and then they got a call demanding a face-to-face meeting and advising they have an attorney present. During the meeting, the agent would say only that he was conducting an investigation. The Dollarhites asked the agent if the business needed to be certified, and the agent was nonresponsive.

Two months later, they called the USDA to inquire about the investigation. The USDA agent Dollarhite spoke to said: “Well, Mr. Dollarhite, I’ve got the report on my desk. And I’m just gonna tell you that, once I review it, it’s our intent to prosecute you the maximum that we can … We will make an example out of you.”

The Dollarhites didn’t hear from the agency again until they received the letter informing them of the fine last April. Their crime: They sold more than $500 worth of rabbits in a calendar year.

Dollarhite, who runs a local computer store, told the Springfield News-Leader: “I don’t have any money. It doesn’t matter if it’s $1,000 or $100 million. I don’t have it.”

Bungalow Bill writes that he believes the Dollarhites are being used as pawns by the USDA to give the agency more influence over the horse industry.

Hat Tip: Naturalnews.com

Giuliani On The Verge Of Announcing His Presidential Campaign, Says New York Lawmaker

Giuliani on the verge of announcing his Presidential campaign, says New York lawmakerFormer New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is seriously considering another run for the Presidency, according to Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.).

On May 23, King told The Washington Examiner that Giuliani has been quietly exploring campaign strategies for a potential White House bid. The former mayor unsuccessfully ran for the GOP nomination in 2008, which went to Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.).

King claimed that Giuliani has learned from his past political mishaps and is “very close” to announcing his candidacy for 2012.

“If he were to make the decision today, he would run,” said King, quoted by the media outlet.

A recent poll of New Hampshire voters revealed that Giuliani is among the favorites in the GOP field. The survey, which was conducted by WMUR and CNN, had Giuliani trailing former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.

However, he led former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Representative Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.), former United States Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman and former Senator Rick Santorum (R-Penn.).

Pawlenty Announces Candidacy With Tough Words For Obama

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty announced his intention to run on the GOP Presidential ticket in 2012 on Monday. In his speech, the candidate had harsh words for President Barack Obama.

“If we want a new and better direction, we need a new and better President. President Obama’s policies have failed. But more than that, he won’t even tell us the truth about what it’s really going to take to get out of the mess we’re in,” Pawlenty said.

Pawlenty accused the President of making “fluffy promises of hope and change” that did not bear results, and said he wanted to “take a different approach” with his campaign.

“I am going to tell you the truth,” Pawlenty said. “So here it is. Government money isn’t ‘free.’  You and I either pay for it in taxes, or our children pay for it in debt.  The reforms we need are not in the billions, but in the trillions of dollars.  And the cuts we need to make–the cuts we must make–can’t just be to somebody else’s programs.”

Pawlenty stressed that his policies would not be very popular, saying “Conventional wisdom says you can’t talk about ethanol in Iowa or Social Security in Florida or financial reform on Wall Street. But someone has to say it.”

Pawlenty also discussed his record as Governor, suggesting that the State faced many of the problems that are ubiquitous across the United States. Pawlenty claimed to have solved those issues without giving up conservative ideals.

“Leadership in a time of crisis isn’t about telling people what you think they want to hear, it’s about telling the truth. President Barack Obama refuses to do that,” Pawlenty said. “In 2008, Barack Obama told us he would change America… and he has. In 2012, we will change America again… and this time, it will be for the better.”

Senator Rand Paul Fed Up With ‘Do-Nothing’ Senate

Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is furious with his fellow Senators’ inaction.

“We go week after week in the Senate and do nothing. I feel like sometimes I should return my check because I go up, they do no votes and no debate,” Paul said Friday, during an interview on Anderson Cooper 360, according to a blog on CNN.com.

Paul tried to introduce resolution challenging the United States’ military operation in Libya, but the motion was tabled 90 to 10.

“We need to have a debate and let the people decide. Before we send our young men and women to war, we need to have a debate in Congress. That’s the way it should be, and I’m going to do everything I can to make it so,” Paul told the show’s host, Anderson Cooper, according to the show’s blog.

“The War Powers Act says there’s only three reasons a president can go to war: Declaration of war by Congress, authorization or force by Congress or imminent danger,” Paul said. “He should have come to Congress, spoken to a joint session of Congress and said, I need the power to go to war, this is why, and explain to the people.”

Vitter Threatens To Stop Pay Raise For Interior Secretary Over Lack Of Oil Permits

Senator David Vitter (R-La.) is threatening to block a nearly $20,000 pay raise for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, over the Secretary’s seeming unwillingness to issue more permits for deepwater oil drilling.

According to an article on FoxNews.com, Vitter sent a letter to Salazar, voicing his complaints about the Secretary’s inaction.

“Given the completely unsatisfactory pace of your department’s issuance of new deepwater exploratory permits in the Gulf, I cannot possibly give my assent,” Vitter’s letter read, according to Fox. Vitter claimed that, of the 14 deepwater permits issued by Salazar’s department since the BP oil spill disaster in April 2010, “only one was for a truly new well.”

Salazar’s current salary is $180,000, which is less than that of all the other Cabinet members. “The reason he makes less than other secretaries is because a constitutional provision bars lawmakers from accepting an administration salary that they voted on. Since Salazar voted to raise secretary pay as a former Colorado senator, he had to accept a lower level of pay when he entered the Cabinet,” the article read.

“The history behind your pay raise proposal and the insider support it may have here in Washington is irrelevant. Mr. Secretary, the fact is your polices and your department’s mismanagement of permits is causing more Gulf energy workers literally to lose their jobs every day,” Vitter’s letter read

Obama Creates Position To Battle Negative Internet Stories

The White House has created a new position in its communications department, called the director of Progressive Media and Online Response. The job includes, among other things, promoting President Barack Obama’s online presence and dealing with negative stories in the time leading up to the 2012 elections.

According to The Huffington Post, the position, has been filled by Jesse Lee. “For the last two years, Jesse has often worn two hats working in new media and serving as the White House’s liaison with the progressive media and online community. Starting this week, Jesse will take on the second role full time working on outreach, strategy and response,” read an internal memo quoted in the Post’s article.

“If you’re going to post something online about Obama that isn’t true, Lee is going to be the one to handle you. Considering that Lee’s first tweet about his new position included a picture of The Terminator, we suggest you watch what you say OR BE DESTROYED,” an article on MediaBistro.com joked.

Lee’s efforts in his new job will be specifically targeted at progressives, whose relationship with Obama has often worn thin since the President’s election.

No Cure?

Have you ever wondered why the medical establishment promotes certain social themes like “there is no cure for heart disease?” There is a very good reason. It is protecting the heart industry. It has to keep it going by firmly planting the idea that “there is no cure.”

Note the medical establishment never, ever states or prints its profits for the heart disease industry or the cancer industry. It knows people will catch on to the fact American medicine is MONEY and healthcare does not exist in organized medicine in America.

Anyone can see that the medical system — like America itself — is collapsing. It is such a lie and a fraud.

Conventional medicine the world over prescribes high blood pressure drugs, Coumadin® for blood thinner (very toxic), Lasix for fluid accumulation and digitalis to strengthen the heart. There they go. You can predict them.

Alternative physicians who treat with bio-identical hormones treat heart disease with testosterone, which restores and protects the cardiovascular system. They use garlic, ginkgo and nattokinase for blood thinners, and they pay attention to thyroid function by using natural thyroid.

The Truth About The Israeli ‘Occupiers’

Now that our dear leader has again shown his contempt for Israel and his sentimental attachment to radical Muslims, Israelis are feeling the heat from Jew haters worldwide more than at any time since World War II.  Obama’s modern-day version of the final solution is for Israel to simply cooperate in its own suicide by giving up the Golan Heights, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. (Predictably, he has since fudged a bit on the issue for political purposes.)

In exchange, the Israelis would get… you guessed it… absolutely nothing! The Muslims don’t even need the West Bank or the Gaza Strip. If Israel just gave the Golan Heights back to Syria (whom, we are reminded by Hillary Goofus, is ruled by a “reformer”), it would cease to exist in about a month. There’s nothing like looking down on your enemies from above and having the luxury of choosing the most efficient way to destroy them.

In 1967, after years of threatening to “wipe Israel off the map,” Egypt and other Arab countries finally mustered the courage to attack. They huffed and they puffed and… well, they blew their own house down, humiliating themselves and the entire Arab world in the process. Israel’s superior military forces crushed the puff-prone Arabs in six days, from whence came the name “Six-Day War.”

Since then, land annexed by the Israelis following that war has been referred to by the Muslim world and progressives in the Western world as “the occupied territories.” But what those who rail on about “Israeli occupation” of these territories either don’t realize or fail to acknowledge is that immediately following the Six-Day War, the Israeli government, in a gesture of goodwill, offered to return the Golan Heights to Syria, the Sinai peninsula to Egypt and most of the West Bank to Jordan in exchange for peace.

The defeated Arab nations responded to Israel’s offer by arrogantly declaring “no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel and no negotiations with Israel.” Hmm… not a whole lot of incentive for Israel to try to please their attackers.

An important fact of life that no one ever seems to mention when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian land dispute is that when you win a war, you take whatever pleases you (unless, of course, you’re the United States of America). When a bunch of lunatics who spend their lives focused on death and destruction threaten to kill you and then attack you, why in the world would they expect you to give back their land after you crush them? It’s simply not the way life works.

Here’s a tip to nations around the globe who harbor fantasies about hegemony: If you don’t want your land taken from you, don’t attack another country. Period. The Arab world needs to man up and take responsibility for the consequences of its actions. I think most Americans have passed the point of compassion fatigue when it comes to the Arab victimization game.

But there’s yet a harsher reality. Even if someone attacks you, and you lose, history teaches us that you’re still likely to have to give up some or all of your land. After the Normans invaded England in 1066 A.D., they didn’t negotiate with the Anglo-Saxons. They simply took over. And today, nearly 1,000 years later, no one questions the legitimacy of the British Royal Family.

It all comes under the heading of the Kick-Butt Reality of War, which is a subheading of life’s No. 1 rule: Life isn’t fair. Thus, it’s not surprising that neither the Maoris in New Zealand nor the Aboriginals in Australia ever got their lands back from the English. Although they are now independent nations, the descendants of their English conquerors pretty much run things Down Under.

The Maoris aren’t naïve enough to believe they are ever going to get New Zealand back, nor do the Aboriginals believe they are going to be handed the keys to Australia. Instead, the Maoris have pretty much fit into the Western way of life, and even the Aboriginals, who were treated much more shabbily than the Maoris, are making significant strides in acclimating to Western culture.

What makes the so-called Palestinian situation unique is that the Jews were already in old Jerusalem as far back as 6,000 years ago. But who got there first is a moot point, at best, because the city has been destroyed twice and changed hands 44 times over the millennia.

Furthermore, the Jews insist God gave them the land, and that’s a pretty strong debating point to overcome, even if you don’t agree with it. The truth is that the situation is so complex no one knows all the facts, and, worse, most of the loudest voices (such as those in Hollywood) know almost none of the facts. But some things are crystal clear:

Israel took a virtual wasteland and built it into a modern, democratic, wealthy nation that has given the world incredible breakthroughs in medicine, science and technology.

The so-called Palestinians have spent 64 years painting themselves as victims, living in poverty as a result of corrupt leaders (such as Yasser Arafat, who diverted billions of dollars in foreign aid to his personal bank accounts abroad), failing to engage in entrepreneurship and dissipating their energies by focusing on their hatred of Israelis.

Thousands of wars throughout history have left millions of people unhappy. Again, life isn’t fair, and the Kick-Butt Reality of Life always prevails, regardless of whether it displeases some people. (Think American Indians.) What I’m saying here is that the so-called Palestinian displacement is not unique. It’s time for Arabs to get over it and start focusing on living productive lives.

The “Mideast peace process” is a myth. When TV talking heads use a cliché like “jumpstart the Mideast peace talks,” you have to wonder if they are serious. The reality is that there will never be peace between Muslims and Israelis. How can you have peace when the stated goal of one side is to exterminate the other?

To make matters worse, we now have a U.S. President who encouraged the removal of one of our strongest allies, Hosni Mubarak, which opened the door for his beloved Muslim Brotherhood pals to take power. This, in turn, will likely lead to the abrogation of Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel.

Having said all this, I will make an unequivocal prediction right here and now: If Israel is ever destroyed and the Jews are banished from the Holy Land, nothing will change for Mideast Muslims. Nothing!

In other words, the fact that Jews now control Israel is a red herring. If Israel disappeared tomorrow, radical Muslims would start a frantic search for a new devil to blame for their dysfunctional lives. Nothing will change for the so-called Palestinians until they start acting like responsible adults and hold themselves accountable for their own failures.

They need to understand that when you continue to do the same thing over and over again, you are going to get the same result. Muslims worldwide need to start getting up every morning and focusing on constructive pursuits rather than spending all their time plotting new ways to kill Jews. To use a well-worn cliché, they need to get a life.

–Robert Ringer

Tornado Survival Skills Start With Knowing How To Spot Incoming Storm

Tornado survival skills start with knowing how to spot incoming stormDeadly tornadoes swept through Joplin, Mo. on May 22, killing at least 89 people.

The devastating storms served as another sobering reminder to Americans that these natural disasters can strike at any time and with little warning. Last month, a series of tornadoes ravaged several Southern States and killed more than 300 Americans.

In some cases, citizens will receive ample notice about a threatening twister heading toward their neighborhood. However, some Americans are forced to employ their survival skills without the benefit of a weather alert.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Storm Prediction Center, individuals may adequately prepare for a tornado if they keep their eyes on the sky. For example, a strong, persistent rotation in a cloud base is a common visual precursor to a twister, especially if whirling dust or debris take shape under the suspect cloud activity.

Furthermore, loud and continuous rumbles that do not fade are common indicators of tornadoes, the NOAA reports. Unlike thunder, these noises persist after several seconds. Heavy rain and hail are also signs that a twister may be nearby.

At nighttime, people should be on the lookout for small blue-green-to-white flashes at the ground level, which typically means that power lines are being snapped by strong, potentially tornadic winds, according to the NOAA.

Pawlenty Announces His Candidacy For President

Pawlenty announces his candidacy for PresidentFormer Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has officially announced that he is running for the GOP Presidential nomination.

Pawlenty, a Tea Party favorite, released a YouTube video on May 22 declaring his intentions to vie for the nation’s highest office. He was slated to reiterate his announcement on May 23 through television appearances and during a town hall event in Des Moines, Iowa.

“We need a President who understands our problems are deep and has the courage to face them,” Pawlenty said in the video, which was emailed to his supporters. “President Obama doesn’t. I do.”

According to IowaPolitics.com, Pawlenty has visited Iowa — a key battleground State in the Republican primary process — 14 times since November 2008, which is more than any other potential GOP candidate.

The Washington Post reported that Pawlenty has hired Eric Woolson as his campaign manager in Iowa. In 2008, Woolson led former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s winning campaign in the Hawkeye State.

During an appearance on NBC’s Today Show on May 23, Pawlenty admitted that his campaign will not raise as much money as former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, but he added that fund-raising will not elect a candidate.

States Cutting Costs By Wait-Listing HIV/AIDS Patients Needing Lifesaving Drugs

Advocacy groups are outraged by some States’ recent efforts to scale back funds for AIDS drug assistance programs (ADAPs).

The Washington Post reported a record 8,300 people are now on waiting lists to receive antiretrovirals and other drugs used to treat HIV and AIDS.

“States that have changed their eligibility programs or don’t have a waiting list, or some States have disenrolled their patients, that’s a kind of silent crisis, I think,” Jeff Graham, executive director of the advocacy group Georgia Equality, told the newspaper.

The Deputy Executive Director of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), Murray Penner, said the “average annual cost for ADAP drugs is $11,388 per person, but that is significantly less than individuals trying to buy their own drugs would pay.”

The article said such measures may ultimately do more fiscal harm than good: “HIV patients who get the antiretroviral drugs are generally able to manage their disease, allowing them to continue working and keeping long-term medical costs down for the state. New research even suggests that people put on medication immediately after being diagnosed are less likely to spread the disease.”

Kucinich Says Obama’s Handling Of Libya May Be Impeachable Offense

Kuchinich says Obama's handling of Libya may be impeachable offenseA member of President Barack Obama’s own political party recently stated that the Commander in Chief has violated the Constitution by bypassing Congressional approval to intercede in Libya’s civil war.

Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said Obama’s decision to authorize military air strikes against Libya without Congressional approval may be an impeachable offense. He said Obama violated the Constitution’s War Powers Act, which requires a President to get legislative backing from Federal lawmakers within 60 days of launching a military action.

May 21 marked the 61st day since Obama deployed the United States military to Libya.

“He didn’t have Congressional authorization. He has gone against the Constitution, and that’s got to be said,” Kucinich told Raw Story. “It’s not even disputable. This isn’t even a close question.”

On May 22, Kucinich told FOX News that he does not want to impeach Obama because it would be a “destabilizing factor” for the country, but he added that such an action would be justified under Constitutional law.

White House officials have stated that the President does not need Congressional approval for a limited military operation. However, Obama sent a letter to lawmakers over the weekend in support of legislation that approves of U.S. involvement in Libya.

Israel, For Real…

Give President Barack Obama credit. Having proved himself the most domestic policy-impaired president since Jimmy Carter “lusted in his heart” (if not since Warren Harding got his Teapot Domed), Obama has evidently decided to set his sights overseas. Bad luck for the citizens of our best strategic ally in Middle East. As of Thursday, Israel had to take a backseat to Obama’s visceral need to appease anyone with a dishdasha and a dream.

From the opposite perspective, bad luck for Obama. Of all the populations he might have thrown under the bus, he chose the group which has won the “Most Likely to Refuse to be Annihilated” award for about 4,000 years running. The people of Israel have been around, in various iterations, since Obama’s ancestors were running the Honolulu (or Nairobi) chapter of ACORN. To put a fine point on it: They’re a tough kill.

For those who doubt the veracity of that last statement, ask most of Israel’s neighbors. When Obama submarined Israel last week, endorsing a Palestinian state which would be demarcated by what Obama called the “pre-1967” borders, he was simultaneously sticking his thumb in Israel’s eye and proving himself to be as poor a student of history as so many others who have given the mythical “Palestinian State” credit for borders which never really existed. Prior to 1967, the territory which Obama and those who would choose to appease Islamofascism didn’t belong to “Palestine,” it was simply in a region known as “Palestine.” The land Obama unsuccessfully tried to force Israel to hand over to the same people who have benefitted from the Arab world’s unremitting warmongering belonged to Jordan, Syria and Egypt in 1967.

In fact, peruse the history books, and you will discover the so-called “chosen people” have been around the Levant for the better part of four millennia, giving them a 2,400-year head start on Obama’s new best friends. True, Israel has occasionally offered less-than-magnificent moments as our allies. I’m old enough to remember Jonathan Pollard.  Nonetheless, compared to the rest of the Middle Eastern nations, Israel is a rock, a redoubt, a reliable friend in a region of the world in which most of our “friends” are flightier than the White House Press Corps.

And yet, the President of the United States cast his lot with the same lunatics who celebrate murdering Israeli children the way I celebrate getting a bottle of 18-year-old The Macallan for Christmas. These are the same folks who freely elected a terrorist group — Hamas — to run their “government.” Hamas, in turn, broadcasts a children’s television program featuring a nightmarish knockoff of Mickey Mouse™ who teaches the kiddies to kill… I’m guessing… everyone. (His name is “Farfur,” which translates from the original Islamofascist as “Unnaturally Short Lifespan.”)

To be fair, there’s a great deal about the Jewish faith which doesn’t really work for me. And I’m not just talking about the fact that my mother’s linguine with white clam sauce is verboten on the kosher menu. But Israel, which often serves as the geopolitical proxy for Judaism, faces a daily existence which entails a great deal more than simple dietary restrictions. Its neighbors want Israelis dead, and its best friend just surprised it with the news that he’s going to the neighbor’s house for dinner.

For those of you who ask “where are they (the Palestinians) supposed to live?” I would respond: “Since they find sharing a region with the Israelis so appalling, how about one of those fine countries that is so quick to bolster their efforts to annihilate Israel?” The Iranians and Syrians (among others) seem quite happy to offer training and financial assistance to Hamas and the other homicidal/suicidal circus freaks; perhaps they should be amenable to putting some fresh rugs down in the guest mosque.

Tragically, the President of the United States isn’t standing behind our strongest (and some might say “only true”) ally in the Middle East because he’s “got their back.” Instead, he’s standing there because it’s an easier way to stick a knife in their ribs. The Israelis can take it; but they shouldn’t have to.

Palin’s Aides Fire Back Against New Book

Frank Bailey, formerly an aide to Sarah Palin, is already facing criticism for his tell-all book about Alaska’s former Governor, and the book will not be out until Tuesday.

Describing Bailey’s “Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin” as “fiction,” several sources close to Palin told POLITICO the book is clearly biased.

“Gov. Palin suspended Bailey and refused to hire Bailey when he sought a position on her Vice Presidential campaign staff and later with SarahPAC. Mr. Bailey has an axe to grind and abandoned truth in his book. The cover of the book tells this story, two completely different photos twisted and Photoshopped to create a fraudulent image. The book belongs on the fiction shelves,” SarahPAC spokesman Tim Crawford told POLITICO, referring to the depiction of Bailey standing by Palin on the book’s cover.

“The original photo was of Palin standing next to other governors at an RGA (Republican Governors Association) event, not next to Bailey,” Crawford said in the article.

“Frank Bailey was the only member of the Palin Administration to be found to have acted unethically — twice,” Crawford said. “He is currently under investigation again by the State Attorney General. Then, as the administrator of certain email accounts, he acted unethically by appropriating account information he was entrusted to protect.”