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.”