Hypocrisy On The Left: “Progressive” Christian Site Rejects LGBT Ad

A coalition of “progressive” Christians is apparently unfamiliar with the Left’s stance on homosexuality.

Sojourners, a Christian group that supports liberal political goals and claims to celebrate diversity, recently rejected an ad that asks Protestant leaders to welcome lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgendered (LGBT) people into the church.

Believe Out Loud, a project of multi-faith social justice organization Intersections International produced the ad. Reverend Robert Chase, the founding director of Intersections International, in an editorial for ReligionDispatches.org, condemns Sojourners’ decision.

“We have asked ourselves why Sojourners, a preeminent voice for justice in the religious community, rejected our ad buy. Does the organization not really believe in welcome for ‘everyone’ in our churches or do they believe everyone is welcome, but they are afraid to ‘believe out loud’ for fear of alienating some constituents?” Chase said.

A Diversity Statement on the website for Sojourners says that the group commits to “intentionally seek partners, participants and contributors to our programs, events and publications that mirror the diversity of our churches and society, with special efforts to welcome those who are underrepresented.”

Sojourners is headed by Jim Wallis, who has been described as a “spiritual advisor” to President Barack Obama.

The Week’s Wackiest Headline

*To balance your budget, just do this. The wackiest headline of the week came from CNN.com, which promised “No inflation unless you eat.” Doesn’t that make you feel better? Your paycheck is bound to stretch far enough, if you persuade your family to go on an all-air diet. Oh, while you’re at it, you had better not use any gas, oil or other fuel; require any medicine or medical services; or attend college. Don’t do any of that, and you will be fine.

*Rigging the bestseller list. Well, I’ll be doggoned. I didn’t think I would ever see The New York Times admit it fudges the numbers on its list of bestselling books. And while it didn’t come right out and say it had, it did finally acknowledge that sales of Mike Huckabee’s book “A Simple Government” had earned it a place on the list. Now, how about admitting Fox contributor Dick Morris’s “Revolt!: How To Defeat Obama And Repeal His Socialist Programs” has also earned a place on the bestseller list?

*You didn’t have to do that, Mr. President. President Barack Obama keeps saying America’s millionaires need to pay more taxes. But when it came to his own tax return, our Hypocrite in Chief took every deduction he could. Had he instead used the simplified form with no itemization, his taxes would have been nearly $200,000 higher. Gee, Mr. President, how about leading by example here and just pay more?

*Welcome aboard, Mr. Ringer. I’m delighted to welcome a longtime friend, bestselling author Robert J. Ringer, as the latest columnist at Personal Liberty Digest. In case you missed his premier column, click here to read such gems as, “It’s time to get real and admit that Obama is not just another ultra-liberal President cut in the mold of Bill Clinton. It’s time to stop tiptoeing and pretending. It’s time to say it: We have a communist in the White House! Say it out loud. Say it clearly. Say it with conviction: communist.”

–Chip Wood

Tea Party Fights For Its Patriotic Rights

Tea Party fights for its patriotic rightsA Tea Party group has sued officials in Coldwater, Mich. to challenge a policy that prohibits banners in city parks.

According to United Press International, the Common Sense Patriots of Branch County, Mich. filed the lawsuit claiming that the ban violates the 1st Amendment’s freedom of speech provision. Last November, the Coldwater City Council outlawed banners in city parks after it fielded complaints regarding the Tea Party’s promotional banners.

Attorney John Hutchison, legal counsel for the city of Coldwater, recently attempted to clarify the ban by saying that it applied to signs that are “affixed to real property and fixtures” and not to banners that are held in hand, Michigan Capitol Confidential reported. Hutchison added that he hopes to work with the Common Sense Patriots to craft an amendment to the ban.

Meanwhile, lawmakers in Arizona have approved a law that would protect citizens’ rights to hang the historic Gadsden flag, which is a popular symbol for the Tea Party movement. The bill, which has been approved by the State Senate and House, would prevent homeowner and condominium associations from prohibiting residents from flying the black-on-yellow flag that reads, “Don’t Tread on Me,” according to the Arizona Daily Star.

If signed by Republican Governor Jan Brewer, the bill would give the flag featuring a coiled rattlesnake the same protected status as the United States flag.

In response to Democratic claims that the law would set a dangerous precedent for other political flags, State Representative David Gowan (R-Sierra Vista) said that the Gadsden is “the first American flag, and that’s what we’re celebrating,” the news source reported.

Survey: Older Americans Take More Steps To Protect Their Identity

Survey: Older Americans take more steps to protect their identityDespite the common perception that young adults are more tech savvy than their elders, a new survey has revealed that seniors are less vulnerable to identity theft than younger Americans.

According to the poll, which was conducted by Seattle-based PEMCO Insurance, a total of 84 percent of respondents aged 55 and older said they have registered with privacy-protecting services offered by the government. Only 55 percent of people who were 35 or younger reported the same behavior.

Furthermore, approximately 88 percent of older residents said they have installed a firewall or protection software on their computers, compared to 78 percent of young people.

“It’s encouraging to see that most people are vigilant about protecting their personal information from fraud,” said PEMCO spokesperson Jon Osterberg. “Still, we think there’s more that residents, and especially younger people, can do to keep their information safe.”

Osterberg said that one common form of identity theft is stolen mail. He recommended that Americans should invest in a locking mailbox or set up a personal post-office box.

The survey revealed that higher-income respondents were more likely to install a locking mailbox or opt out of receiving direct mail to their homes.

Changes Here, Changes Coming

You may have noticed a few changes at Personal Liberty Digest™ over the past few weeks. Expect to see more changes in the coming weeks and months.

Among the changes we have already made:

  • Our Saturday issue featuring Ben Crystal’s “Great Eight” has been running about three months and continues to grow in popularity.
  • The addition of bestselling author Robert Ringer to our weekly lineup began May 3. His column has proven very popular, as we expected it would, based on the attention his columns received when he wrote for Personal Liberty as a guest contributor.

We made another change this week that has gone largely unnoticed, so I wanted to bring it to your attention. In our Personal Liberty News section — where we bring you brief news articles on the events of the day — we are now featuring breaking news.

In the past, these news stories seldom changed during the day. But now, our staff is covering breaking news from around the world. This feature will become even more robust in the coming weeks.

We encourage you to check back often to our home page for new headlines. You can also receive updates by following us on Twitter. We are also working on a redesign of the site to make it easier for you see our breaking news stories as soon as we post them.

There are other changes coming that I will tell you about when the time is right and the details are all worked out. These include new contributors, new products and a new way to purchase them.

We hope you like the changes we’re making. And if you have a suggestion, please post it below.

All the best,
Bob Livingston

Gingrich Accuses President Of Using ‘Dishonest Scare Tactics’

Gingrich accuses President of using 'dishonest scare tactics'Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has announced his intentions to run for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination.

On May 11, the Republican revealed his candidacy via Facebook and Twitter. Later that night, Gingrich appeared on FOX News’ Hannity and said that President Barack Obama “should be ashamed of himself” for distorting the GOP’s positions.

Gingrich accused the President of using “dishonest scare tactics” to describe Representative Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget proposal. Obama has criticized Ryan’s plan to cut about $4 trillion in Federal spending over the next decade, saying that it would leave some senior citizens without Medicare coverage.

Although Gingrich is a household name, a recent Gallup Poll indicates that he has some work to do in order to become a bona fide frontrunner. According to the survey of more than 3,000 Republican voters, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney lead the pack.

Former Alaska Governor and Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin placed third in most demographics, although she received the most votes among respondents with salaries that are less than $24,000 per year.

Palin led Gingrich in most categories except among Americans earning $90,000 or more per year. The former House Speaker received 9 percent of the votes, compared to Palin’s 7 percent.

Obama’s Birth, Bin Laden’s Death

My goodness gracious, what a week it was for wild and wacky news stories. First, the President of the United States finally succumbed to the mounting controversy on April 27 and asked the State of Hawaii to produce some evidence that he was actually born there.

In fact, President Barack Obama had an aide fly from Washington to Honolulu to pick up the “Certificate of Live Birth.” Surely, the post office could have overnighted the darned thing to him for a lot less money. We were assured by the White House that we taxpayers didn’t pay any of the expenses for the trip. Sure. Like everyone involved made certain they were off the clock for the many hours they spent discussing the “birther” controversy and what to do about it.

Ever since Obama’s “Certificate of Live Birth” was released to the public, my mailbox has been full of articles and other postings allegedly proving the thing is a forgery. Frankly, I’ve never paid a lot of attention to the whole “birther” controversy. I suspect Barack Hussein Obama is exactly who he claims to be — the son of a white mother and black father who was born a citizen of the United States and raised to become a rabble-rousing redistributionist who couldn’t wait to get his hands on the reins of government so he could punish the productive and give to the unproductive. That’s what every Marxist tyrant in history has done. Obama has been treading a well-worn path.

Assuming he was born in Hawaii, as we’re supposed to believe, why did his grandmother say he was born in Kenya? And an even better question is: Why did he allow this controversy to drag on so long? He could have produced that “Certificate of Live Birth” years ago if he had so desired. Why didn’t he? I have never heard a good answer to either question.

I have to admit it was amusing to hear the president refer to Donald Trump as a carnival barker and for The Donald immediately to claim credit for accomplishing something the entire media had been unable to do — get Obama to show and tell.

Now that most of us can finally agree that Barack Hussein Obama is Constitutionally eligible to be president of the United States, how about we turn our attention to a truly important question? That is, how do we get him to follow the Constitution in his policies?

Will all of this finally put the “birther” controversy to rest? No. In fact, I can confidently predict I will receive even more emails on the subject (many of them telling me what an idiot I am to believe Obama is native-born). If you don’t believe me, come back to these pages in a few days and check the comments section below.

If you’re having trouble believing the 44th President was born in the U.S., how do you feel about the story of how Osama bin Laden was killed on May 2 in a daring U.S. military raid half a world away?

I am going to accept the whole incredible story hook, line and sinker. I believe an elite group of Navy Seals, after very specialized and secret training, flew from Afghanistan to northern Pakistan, landed behind the 10-foot walls of a mysterious compound, raced upstairs to the third floor where bin Laden was staying, shot two of his guards (and one poor, defenseless woman who was used as a shield), then shot Osama in the head — twice — when he tried to resist.

How an unarmed man “resisted” what must have looked like the SWAT team from hell, I have no idea. I don’t believe for a minute this was a dead-or-alive mission. I think the orders were clear from the beginning — either bin Laden dead or all of you. This was no bring-him-back-alive effort.

Thank goodness. Can you imagine what would have happened if the United States really had tried to enforce the “justice” Obama and his Attorney General promised? A “fair trial” in a civilian court, with a judge giving his lawyers full access to everything the CIA ever learned about him? What a disaster that would have been!

There were no U.S. fatalities, unless you count a helicopter that landed so hard it couldn’t fly again and had to be destroyed. (That reminded me of some of my favorite horse stories in which beloved stallions break their legs and have to be put down.)

This story has something for everyone, doesn’t it? I love some of the details, such as the rotten jihadist who tried to use a woman as a shield. As Dr. Phil would say, “How did that work out for you, buddy?”

I do have to say, it’s amusing to see Obama take credit for violating every campaign promise and nasty accusation he ever made about former President George W. Bush’s efforts to bring bin Laden to justice. We found out where bin Laden was via the “enhanced interrogation” of captives, which Obama denounced as illegal torture. We housed our enemies in secret prisons and Guantanamo. We broke more international laws than I can count during the mission — including not telling Pakistan we were invading their country.

The Navy Seals shot bin Laden to death without any hesitation or remorse. Yes, Obama made some brave calls in sanctioning the mission. He deserved the bounce in public esteem he’s received. Now, it’s time for him to do one more thing: Tell his Attorney General to stop the persecution of those CIA agents he’s “investigating” because of their harsh interrogation of al-Qaida operatives who had been captured. Without it, bin Laden would still be alive today.

Had I been giving the orders, I don’t think I would have told the U.S. military to dump the body at sea so quickly. I don’t normally disrespect the religious beliefs of someone else; but in this case, I would have made an exception. Unlike some of my British forebears, I wouldn’t have paraded bin Laden’s head around Washington on a spike. But I would have made certain the world got to see enough of the body to believe it really was bin Laden who descended to his eternal reward.

I’m sorry, but an alleged match of DNA records or fingerprints (where did the originals come from, by the way?) just does not carry the same credibility.

By the way, it will be fascinating to see what’s on the computers our soldiers seized. Maybe we will learn who had been protecting bin Laden for the five years we’re told he lived in that compound in Abbottabad. As Ann Coulter observed, “Pants are wetting throughout Pakistan’s military establishment.”

In any case, congratulations to everyone involved in this decades-long effort — especially to the incredibly talented, brave and resourceful men who carried it off.  They have earned free drinks at any bar in the country for the rest of their lives. What stories they will have to tell their children and grandchildren!

I have to confess, I was sorry this didn’t happen on Bush’s watch. Not that I was a big fan of the past President. As any longtime reader of this column knows, I was as a critical of that big-spending internationalist and his neoconservative cronies as I have been of his successor.

I do believe that the man who rallied the country after 9/11 deserved to see bin Laden killed a lot more than his successor. But let’s not quibble. Once again, America got her man. And it was thrilling to see the spontaneous demonstrations that broke out all across the country and, in fact, all around the world with the news that bin Laden had been killed.

It may not have been “justice,” as we Americans would normally use the word. But it sure was satisfying.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

–Chip Wood

Citing Strong Border Control, Obama Advocates For Immigration Reform

Citing strong border control, Obama advocates for immigration reformPresident Barack Obama has revealed that he is content with America's border-control practices, so much so that he has called on Congress to pass sweeping immigration reform.

During a speech in El Paso, Texas on May 10, Obama urged lawmakers to pass legislation that would grant more pathways to citizenship for illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States. In regard to questions about the nation's border control enforcement, the President said that his administration has "answered these concerns."

Obama predicted that Republican lawmakers will push for further border security, joking that they will request a moat with alligators.

GOP Congressmen have accused the President of distorting the facts. According to a statement by Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Mexican drug cartels have increased their presence inside the U.S., and the data on spillover crime and violence is "underreported," according to media reports. McCaul claimed that up to 90 percent of Texas' 1,200-mile border "is still not under operational control."

In his speech, Obama said that immigration reform measures could help stimulate the economy, noting that Google, Intel, eBay and Yahoo were created by immigrants.

"We don't want the next Intel or Google to be created in China or India," said Obama. 

Treasury Auctions To Force U.S. Over The Debt Limit Early

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Treasury Department auctioned $56 billion in new debt. When these notes settle on Monday, they will take the United States over its debt ceiling.

According to NASDAQ.com,  Treasury officials previously said May 16 would be the day that the U.S. would cross the current debt threshold. This move by the Treasury will likely change the date for U.S. default — currently set on August 2.

The Treasury’s auctions come at a time when the debate over whether to raise the debt ceiling is starting to scare the market. Liberal and supposedly conservative doomsday prophets (among them, House Speaker John Boehner) argue that not raising the ceiling will cause complete economic collapse.

CATO Institute Senior Fellow Dan Mitchell told FoxNews.com, “The Treasury Secretary is being deceitful; the Fed chairman is being very misleading on the issue as well.”

“Default is not the issue; the issue is whether we get government spending under control. The debt and deficit are the symptoms. (There is an) underlying problem of a government that is too big.”

Gingrich’s Record On Healthcare Worse Than Even Romney’s

Possible 2012 Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a lot of explaining to do to conservatives when it comes to his history with healthcare. He is even set to give a speech about it on Thursday. He will outline a plan to “repeal and replace Obamacare.”

However, according to a Huffington Post article posted today, when it comes to healthcare, conservatives should be more concerned about Newt Gingrich.

The article details how Gingrich has been one of the most ardent supporters of the so-called “individual mandate” — a controversial part of proposed healthcare reform which would require everyone to buy health insurance.

For example, the article quotes Gingrich’s 2005 book “Winning the Future,” in which he wrote: “You have the right to be part of the lowest-cost insurance pool, and you have a responsibility to buy insurance… We need some significant changes to ensure that every American is insured, but we should make it clear that a 21st Century Intelligent System requires everyone to participate in the insurance system.”

Although Gingrich has criticized Obamacare, calling it “madness” and “indefensible,” his past statements put his actual position in doubt, the article said.

“(Gingrich’s) vision of healthcare reform seems drawn from the same philosophical threads as the plan that President (Barack) Obama signed last spring.”

Experts: Al-Qaida Reprisal ‘Easier Said Than Done’

Since President Barack Obama announced Osama bin Laden’s death, the Department of Homeland Security maintains that Americans are in more danger from terrorism than ever.

Most recently, Homeland Security released a statement urging citizens to beware of “lone individuals,” that are “unburdened by organizational constraints that can slow operational decisions by established terrorist groups.”

But many analysts believe that the threat may not be as immediate as officials would lead Americans to believe. An article on CNN.com says that, while al-Qaida has certainly threatened retaliation, “that’s easier said than done.”

“Better intelligence has made it more difficult to launch coordinated attacks in the United States and Europe. In the last decade, U.S. surveillance of would-be jihadists, and their movements in and out of the country, has improved dramatically,” the article said.

“For now, al Qaeda’s (sic) core leadership is probably focused on survival, anxious that the ‘treasure trove’ of Abbottabad might give away its refuges and tactics.”

South Carolina Lawmakers Want To Bring Back Gold/Silver Coins

South Carolina Lawmakers want to bring back the gold standard. Both the South Carolina Senate and House are reviewing the Sound Money Legislation, which would make gold and silver coins legal tender in the State.

On Wednesday, American Principles in Action, a conservative non-profit, released a statement announcing that the bill has the official support of the South Carolina Republican Party.

“The South Carolina legal tender bill follows the passage of a new law in Utah, which on May 9th became the first state in more than a century to recognize gold and silver coins as legal tender,” the statement said.

“Article I Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution specifies that the states shall not ‘make anything but gold and silver coin a payment in tender of debts.’ With the federal government clearly abdicating its responsibility to regulate the value of money, states across the country are moving to exercise this constitutional power.”

New Bill Would Punish States For Lax Background Checks On Gun Buyers

New bill would punish States for lax background checks on gun buyersDemocratic lawmakers have introduced legislation that would enhance the nation’s background check system for the purchase of firearms.

Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) has been joined by two dozen other House members in support of the Fix Gun Checks Act of 2011, which would require all gun sellers to conduct background checks on buyers. In addition, the law would also impose tougher penalties on States that do not operate in compliance with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

If approved, the bill would create incentives for States that report records on criminals, mentally ill residents and other prohibited shoppers to the NICS.

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) introduced similar legislation last week. The bills are based on a proposal developed by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which is a coalition of 550 mayors led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The campaign to tighten the country’s background check system took center stage following the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, Ariz.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently reported that the number of background-check applications has significantly increased this year. The NICS processed approximately 4.25 million requests in the first quarter of 2011, which is a 16 percent increase from the same period in 2010, according to Bloomberg.

Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at BNY ConvergEx Group, told the media outlet that an increase in prospective gun buyers represents Americans’ doubts about the nation’s economic future. Similar to the reasons behind gold purchases, widespread interest in firearms reveals that many residents are wary of the nation’s stability.

Expatriation: A Path To Personal Liberty

In 43 BC, warring consuls Antony, Lepidus and Octavian were duking it out with each other over control of Rome following Julius Caesar’s assassination the prior March.

Each had legions at his disposal, and Rome’s terrified Senate sat on its hands waiting for the outcome.

Ultimately, the three men chose to unite in what became known as the Second Triumvirate, representing the final nail in the coffin in Rome’s transition from republic to malignant autocracy.

When the arrangement expired after 10 years, Octavian vanquished his partners and became generally regarded as Rome’s first emperor.

Things only got worse from there. Octavian was followed by Tiberius, a paranoid deviant with a lust for executions. His successor Caligula’s moral depravity was so infamous it inspired the 1979 porno film of the same name.

Caligula was followed by Claudius, a stammering, slobbering, confused man as described by his contemporaries. Then there was Nero, who not only managed to burn down his city but was also the first emperor to debase the value of Rome’s currency.

You know the rest of the story — Romans watched their leadership and country get worse and worse.

All along the way, there were two types of people:

  • The first group said, “This has GOT to be the bottom, it can only get better from here.” Their patriotism was rewarded with reduced civil liberties, higher taxes, insane despots and a polluted currency.
  • The other group consisted of people who looked at the warning signs and thought, “I have to get out of here.” They followed their instincts and moved on to other places where they could build their lives, survive and prosper.

Some consider the latter option, expatriation, to be “running away,” a cowardly and weak idea. This is flawed logic.

While the notion of staying and “fighting” is noble in principle, bear in mind that there is no real enemy or force to fight. The government is a faceless bureaucracy that is impossible to attack. People who try only discredit their argument because they become marginalized as fringe lunatics.

Remember John Stack? He’s the guy who flew his airplane into the IRS building in Austin, Texas last year because he had a serious philosophical disagreement over tax issues. While his ideas may have had intellectual merit, they were immediately dismissed due to his murderous tactics.

Violence is rarely the answer, and it often has the opposite effect as intended, frequently serving to bolster support for the government instead of raising awareness of its shortcomings.

It’s an uphill battle at best to raise awareness of the real issues. People are programmed by the education system to subordinate themselves to a good and just government. Nobody looks behind the curtain, which is why the country’s core values today emphasize things like fake security, welfare and ignorance over real freedom and independence.

When it appears more and more each day that those core values diverge from your own, it’s time to reconsider what we’re getting out of our citizenship and look at other possibilities.

Nobody is born with a mandatory obligation to a piece of dirt. Our fundamental obligation is to ourselves, our families and the people that we choose to let into our circles… not to mob-installed bureaucrats.

Moving away, i.e., making a calculated decision to seek better opportunities elsewhere, is not the same as “running away.” It is the most effective way to change your home country, and it is anything but cowardly.

One of the most difficult things you could ever do is pack up your life, leave everything familiar and head to a new world full of uncertainty.

Just about everyone reading this had ancestors who did just that. Those people were not cowards; they were pioneers. They traded tyranny for opportunity and headed to a land full of bright prospects. There, they could carve out lives in which they were accountable for their own successes and failures.

Granted, we have it easier today than our pioneering ancestors… but leaving behind the familiarity of home is still a difficult concept for most people to commit.

It’s like staying in a bad marriage or dead-end job… people do it because their paralyzing fear of the unknown is often greater than the routine misery to which they have already grown accustomed.

Taking action requires a catalyst, and that’s what we’re experiencing today — perhaps a father who watches a government agent fondle his child, or an entrepreneur whose assets are wrongfully frozen, or a student who realizes Social Security will no longer exist when she hits retirement age, etc.

One by one, people will wake up and consider their options. “Stay and fight” is just a bombastic rallying cry of the institutionalized, not a real option. The fact is, there is no enemy, there is no fight… there is only gradual erosion of freedom and opportunity.

Unable to change what we cannot control, productive people will eventually reach a breaking point and leave. The stay-and-fight crowd who remain will congratulate themselves on their patriotism, chastise the “cowards” who have left and resolve to go down with the mob-mentality, Mafia-controlled sinking ship.

Here’s the bottom line: Your country is controlled by a very small group of people, and you’re not one of them. You cannot control the machine; you can control only where and how to invest your time.

This beast feeds on indebting and taxing you… and the best solution is to starve the beast by leaving.

Fortunately, there are a lot of options around the world for the open-minded. Stop listening to what Sean Hannity tells you and see for yourself: The world is full of opportunity. I have traveled to about 100 countries and done business in dozens. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Chile: This is the new America. The country boasts a strong, independent and civilized economy. You will think you’re in Europe given how modern it is.
  • Singapore: There’s too much to say here… Do you need a job? Singaporeans are hiring. Do you need capital? Singaporeans are investing. Do you hate taxes? So do Singaporeans. Singapore is ideal for families, and obtaining residency (and citizenship) is simple.
  • Estonia: With its flat-tax structure, streamlined government and brilliant workforce, Estonia provides ample opportunity for entrepreneurs, particularly those looking for entry into Europe’s harmonized customs union.

I could go on — Brazil, Indonesia, Cayman Islands, Malaysia, Paraguay, Sri Lanka, Uruguay, Tanzania, China, Bermuda, etc. — but you get the idea.

In case you are geographically constrained, you can still take steps to increase your freedom. Start by moving some money to an overseas bank account, and store gold in an offshore vault — this safeguards your wealth from government bureaucrats who could otherwise freeze or confiscate your accounts on a whim.

Also consider buying some land overseas, even if it’s just a small piece. This is a great way to move money, and it gives you a starting point if you ever need a place to go.

Remember, these options are not exclusive to the wealthy. Anyone who is willing to reject institutional programming can find opportunity overseas or start protecting what they have at home. It takes an open mind, creativity, readiness to learn new skills and the will to act.

–By Simon Black, SovereignMan.com

If You Can Read This…

So the economy is not exactly hitting on all cylinders of late. Unemployment hovers around the double-digit mark (the Department of Labor says 9 percent; it’s likely higher). The dollar is showing signs of losing its position in the currency market’s starting rotation (even currencies named AFTER ours — the Canadian dollar is one example — are ahead of our dollar in the batting order). And close to 15 percent of our fellow Americans receive government aid of one sort or another.

But it could be worse. In my Tuesday column “Want Fries with That?,” I mused on the tragedy of a Democratic Party that has delivered such a beating to the economy it now touts as proof of some mythic recovery the very same McJobs it once reviled.

Imagine if close to half of the work-eligible population was so ignorant that a McJob was as much a pipe dream as a winning McLottery ticket. Imagine if even the simplest tasks — especially filling out a job application — were beyond the scope of possibility for nearly half of the adult population. From the standpoint of civilization, a place saddled with a populace so helpless would be an absolute wasteland. There would be little chance of President Barack Obama’s “Hope and Change.” Indeed, Hope would have pulled up stakes and hightailed it for the hinterlands long ago, while Change would consist of little more than whatever one might find on the sidewalk.

Welcome to Detroit. The Motor City’s population is 714,000. The literacy rate among adults is 53 percent. That last figure is doubtless one of the more important reasons why Detroit’s population is less than half of what it was during the heyday of (read: pre-union-thug destruction of) the American automobile industry.

I would like to believe that even among the greedy, union-thug-backed Democrats, someone would at least hesitate before employing a workforce that is incapable of real work. After all, we are discussing neither senior citizens beset by the jackbooted Service Employees International Union nor other senior citizens pleading for their lives in front of Obamacare death panels.

Much like the victims of liberal programming in New Orleans, Louisiana and Washington, D.C., the citizens of Detroit may not have made their bed, but they certainly helped fluff the pillows. Detroit, like NOLA and D.C., has long been a Democratic Party stronghold. A 2005 study by the Bay Area Center for Voter Research indicated Detroit is the most liberal large city in America.

In the past decade, despite the virtually epic decimation-from-within of their city, the goodly folks of Detroit elected the repulsive criminal Kwame Kilpatrick mayor – twice. Their school system, which is so atrocious that the entire board was once ousted by the Michigan State Legislature, recently posted the worst test scores ever reported by the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Close to three-fourths of fourth graders in Detroit have “below-basic” academic skills. The numbers get progressively worse as students approach and enter high school.

The whole world watched in 2005 as vast numbers of New Orleans residents, left not only indigent but incapable by decades of nanny-state government, ignored warnings as Hurricane Katrina approached. Then, abandoned by their Democratic providers, they fell either upon the ground outside the Superdome or predatorily upon each other.

The residents of Detroit, similarly enslaved by the callous greed and inhuman ineptitude of liberalism, have lost not only the ability to care for themselves, but the ability to care at all.

A major urban center in the heart of the greatest Nation in history has become a graveyard of progress, littered with the broken headstones which mark nearly every place which falls victim to Democratic Party hegemony. Whether a village or a metropolis, a place in which nearly half of the adult population cannot read simply cannot survive.

Orthodox Jewish Publication Excludes Clinton From Famous Photo

Orthodox Jewish publication excludes Clinton from famous photoConsidering that the photos of Osama bin Laden’s corpse and sea burial may never see the light of day, the highly-publicized “Situation Room Photo” could be the most prominent image to emerge from the historic event.

Media outlets throughout the world have published the now-famous photo of President Barack Obama and his national security team watching the military’s raid on the bin Laden compound as it unfolded. However, Di Tzeitung, a Hasidic newspaper based in Brooklyn, N.Y., printed the picture without the two females in the room, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Director of Counterterrorism Audrey Tomason.

On May 9, the Orthodox Jewish newspaper apologized for publishing a doctored photo of government officials, but defended its decision to leave the two women out of it. The publication claimed that its religion’s “laws of modesty” prohibit the inclusion of images showing females, according to CNN.

“The 1st Amendment to the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion,” reads Di Tzeitung’s statement, quoted by the media outlet. “That has precedence even to our cherished freedom of the press.”

In the undoctored photo, Clinton is seen holding her hand over her mouth. Some people have speculated that she was reacting to something she was watching. According to media reports, Clinton has stated that her body language may have no significance whatsoever, and it could have been linked to her “early spring allergic coughs.”

Vitamin D-Rich Diet Can Help Children Stave Off Anemia, Study Suggests

Vitamin D-rich diet can help children stave off anemia, study suggestsAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in five residents in nursing homes suffer from anemia, which is a nutritional disorder defined by low hemoglobin levels.

However, many American children also battle this condition, which is characterized by fatigue, lightheadedness and low energy. A new study reveals that vitamin D deficiency may be the cause of anemia in kids.

The findings, which were presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies on May 1 in Denver, are based on experiments conducted by pediatricians from the John Hopkins Children’s Center. In a study of 9,400 children between the ages 2 and 18, the team found that lower vitamin D levels were connected to a low hemoglobin count.

Children who had vitamin D levels below 20 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) of blood had a 50 percent higher risk for anemia than participants with levels above 20 ng/ml.

According to FitDay.com, children can increase their vitamin D intake by eating certain foods, such as salmon, eggs and cereal. In addition, orange juice and certain types of milk are fortified with substantial amounts of vitamin D.

Anemia that goes untreated can lead to severe damage of an individual’s vital organs as a result of oxygen deprivation.

An Institution Of The Most Deadly Hostility

The Federal Reserve has presided over the death of the dollar, which is now in its final spiral.

When the Federal Reserve opened in 1914, an ounce of gold equaled $18.99. Today, it takes more than 1,500 fiat dollars to buy that same ounce.

In 2008, the banking industry became a shambles thanks to the bursting of the housing bubble, which had been created by the Fed’s easy-money policies. The nation’s largest banks — and some foreign banks as well — knew the government would bail them out of their troubles, so they played fast and loose with their credit by lending to people who had no means of paying the loans even if the economy prospered, and they swapped bad debt among themselves in a giant Ponzi scheme.

Today, thousands of U.S. homeowners find themselves either underwater on their mortgages, behind on their mortgage payments or out on the street thanks to a foreclosure. Official unemployment stands at 9 percent, but actual unemployment is nearer 22 percent. And, according to the National Inflation Association, “Since 1970, Americans have experienced a 50 percent decline in their standard of living due to the Federal Reserve’s dangerous and destructive monetary policies.”

While the 2008 crash and the slow — or nonexistent — recovery came as a surprise to many, including the failed Fed Chairman Helicopter Ben Bernanke, his minions at the Federal Reserve and the elites in Washington, it is not a surprise to some. In fact, the nation was warned of such a result by Thomas Jefferson.

“The central bank is an institution of the most deadly hostility existing against the Principles and form of our Constitution,” he wrote. “I am an Enemy to all banks discounting bills or notes for anything but Coin. If the American People allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the People of all their Property until their Children will wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered.”

After the collapse is complete and we begin to rebuild out of the ruins of this failed financial system, perhaps we can do so without a central bank.

Navy Flip-Flops On Allowing Same-Sex Marriages On Military Bases

Navy flip-flops on allowing same-sex marriages on military basesA day after military officials stated that Navy chaplains will be trained to perform same-sex civil marriage ceremonies, the service branch reversed its decision.

Rear Adm. Mark Tidd, chief of Navy chaplains, announced on May 10 that the decision to perform gay marriages has been “suspended until further notice pending additional legal and policy review and interdepartmental coordination,” according to media reports.

On May 9, Navy personnel confirmed that the branch would host gay marriage ceremonies if the Defense Department follows through on its repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” According to The Associated Press, Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines legal marriage as a union between a man and a woman, does not restrict same-sex marriages on a military base.

Before the Navy’s change of heart, officials said that gay marriage ceremonies would have been allowed at military facilities such as chapels and catering centers, but only in States that recognize same-sex unions, the news provider reported. However, gay partners would not have received the health, housing or other benefits that are granted to traditional couples.

In response to recent announcement, Representative Todd Akin (R-Mo.) has sent a letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus alleging that same-sex marriages on Federal property would violate DOMA. The letter was signed by 62 other Congressmen.

“It is not the place of any citizen of this country to pick and choose which laws they are going to obey,” reads the letter. “We expect citizens sworn to defend those laws to set the example in their application.”

1 In 5 Voters Think Osama bin Laden Is Still Alive

According to a report from an independent pollster on TheDaily.com, 19 percent of likely voters doubt Osama bin Laden is really dead. That is, one in every five people suspects the government is lying.

Furthermore, the demographics of those expressing their doubts are surprisingly diverse, not limited to ultra-conservatives.

“Just who are these doubters? They tend to be Republicans (25 percent), those born between 1964 and 1978 (24 percent), born-again non-Catholics (28 percent), those without a college degree (25 percent), conservatives (25 percent), residents of rural areas (24 percent), those without a passport (26 percent), weekly Walmart shoppers (31 percent), those who attend a place of worship (25 percent), voters most likely to be inclined to support a tea-party-backed candidate (32 percent), and people who have gone without food for 24 hours at a time because of a lack of money or food (52 percent),” the report said.

AP Poll: Obama At 60 Percent Approval (If You Ask Democrats)

Skeptics and believers alike were shocked by the results of a recent Associated Press poll, showing President Barack Obama at a 60 percent approval rating.

Experts suggested the news of Osama bin Laden’s “recent” death played a primary role in putting Obama’s approval rating at its highest point in two years. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a press conference on Monday that citizens must be responding “to the drive that (Obama) has.”

But in a blog for National Review Online, Jim Geraghty says there’s a different reason for the jump in numbers.

“It is a poll of adults, which isn’t surprising; as I mentioned yesterday, you don’t have to be a registered or likely voter to have an opinion on the president. But then you get to the party ID: 46 percent identify as Democrat or leaning Democrat, 29 percent identify as Republican or leaning Republican, 4 percent identify as purely independent leaning towards neither party, and 20 percent answered, ‘I don’t know.’” Geraghty said.

“With a poll sample that has a 17-percentage-point margin in favor of the Democrats, is anyone surprised that these results look like a David Axelrod dream?”

Gingrich To Announce Presidential Bid

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will confirm the rumors that he is running in the 2012 Presidential race tonight.

According to CNN.com, Gingrich told reporters that he will make the announcement at 9 p.m., via Facebook and Twitter and during an appearance on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News.

In March, Gingrich expressed interest in a presidential bid to Fox News, saying, “I expect the American people in the end will be remarkably fair. They’ll render judgment, and they’ll decide whether or not Newt Gingrich is somebody that they think can solve the country’s problems and be the kind of leader they want for this country.”

Gingrich left Congress in November 1998 amid an ethics controversy and huge losses in Republican seats, but he has remained in the public eye through his writing and Fox News commentary. Gingrich has suggested he was solely responsible for the balanced budget in the 1990s, and claims he can get similar results as President — despite widespread belief that Gingrich will simply put a new face on politics as usual.