Liberals Praise Obama, ICE For Putting DREAM Act Tenets Into Practice

In a memo issued earlier this month, President Barack Obama’s immigration chief, Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) John Morton, advised ICE officials to use “prosecutorial discretion” when considering whether to deport illegal aliens.

The leaking of the memo has led some to suggest ICE is enacting some of the principles of the controversial DREAM Act, which has not been passed despite multiple attempts by Democratic leaders. On Tuesday, the Senate conducted its first-ever hearing on the bill, which would create a path to citizenship for illegal aliens brought into the country as children.

“Unable to move this legislation through the Republican-controlled Congress, the Obama administration has used its executive authority to shape immigration policy in line with the DREAM Act,” reported Mother Jones, a liberal website. “This month, in a little-noticed move, Obama’s immigration chief advised (ICE) officials to use discretion when considering whether to deport certain undocumented immigrants who are particularly vulnerable or have strong community ties to the country.”

Another leftist website, DailyKos.com, praises the memo: “This directive still leaves DREAMers in legal limbo. It’s not a path to citizenship, but can give them more breathing room. It’s not an answer to passage of the DREAM Act or comprehensive immigration reform, but it’s a welcome move from President Obama.”

Supreme Court: Banning Violent Video Games UnConstitutional

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court found that banning the sale of violent video games violates the 1st Amendment.

The Court’s 7-2 verdict in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association struck down a California law that prohibited the sale or rental of violent video games to minors and required the games’ packaging to be specifically labeled for ages 18 and older.

The law in question, California Assembly Bill 1179, covered games “in which the range of options available to a player includes killing, maiming, dismembering, or sexually assaulting an image of a human being, if those acts are depicted” in such a way that “causes the game, as a whole, to lack serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors,” according to the Court’s opinion, which was composed by Justice Antonin Scalia.

“Like the protected books, plays, and movies that preceded them, video games communicate ideas — and even social messages — through many familiar literary devices (such as characters, dialogue, plot, and music) and through features distinctive to the medium (such as the player’s interaction with the virtual world). That suffices to confer First Amendment protection,” the opinion read.

“Under our Constitution, ‘esthetic and moral judgments about art and literature… are for the individual to make, not for the Government to decree, even with the mandate or approval of a majority.’”

White House Says Obama Fundraising Ad No ‘Big Deal’

On Monday, President Barack Obama’s campaign team emailed a short video to supporters and donors. The video, seen below, was reportedly filmed in the White House by a crew from the Democratic National Committee.

“The president’s video is accompanied by a donor solicitation form in which supporters of the administration can check boxes donating from $5 to $700 to the Obama-Biden re-election effort,” reported Real Clear Politics. “This may, or may not, constitute fundraising by a federal employee in a federal office building, a practice that is generally prohibited.”

In an interview with the website, unnamed White House officials confirmed that the video was shot in the White House, but maintained that shooting the video was not illegal.

According to the article, the officials said: “First… an open process for small donors to essentially win a raffle is not the kind of fundraising prohibited under the law — and the president didn’t make a direct appeal for donations, anyway. Second… longstanding advisory opinion from the Justice Department… differentiates between the residence portion of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave… and official rooms in the White House.”

The article also said that previous Presidents had used the White House for similar efforts.

“(D)irectly raising money in the White House was indeed the context of the bitter controversy President (Bill) Clinton and Vice President Al Gore provoked in 1995 and 1996 by aggressively raising millions of dollars in campaign funds during activities expressly designed to use the White House as a hook to attract donor interest,” the article read.

In the video, the President invites supporters to enter a contest, where four winners will join him for dinner, saying Vice President Joe Biden will also be in attendance.

“We’re setting another place at the table for Joe Biden, who wants to join us,” President Obama said in the video. “So this isn’t so much dinner with Barack anymore as it is dinner with Barack and Joe. To use one of his favorite expressions, that’s a big deal.”

Blagojevich Guilty On 17 Counts Of Public Corruption

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was found guilty Monday on 17 of 20 counts of public corruption associated with attempting to sell President Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat.

“He was found guilty of all 10 counts involving wire fraud — each of which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The other 10 involved extortion and bribery. Most of the counts have a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison,” CNN.com reported. “The jury acquitted Blagojevich on one count of bribery and was unable to reach verdicts on two counts of attempted extortion.”

“I frankly am stunned,” Blagojevich told reporters after leaving the courtroom, according to the article. “There’s not much left to say, other than we want to get home to our little girls and talk to them and explain things to them and then try to sort things out.”

A previous trial resulted in a mostly deadlocked jury, who, after 14 days of deliberation, found Blagojevich guilty only of lying to FBI investigators. The jury in this trial, composed of 11 women and one man, reached their verdicts after 10 days of deliberation, according to the article.

New Poll Shows Republicans Favoring Bachmann More

Bachmann gains some favor with RepublicansA new Associated Press-GfK poll has found that some Republicans are starting to favor a Presidential candidate other than former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

The findings show Representative Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) favorability rating increasing to 54 percent from 41 percent among Republicans. However, Governor Romney still leads with his rating of 61 percent.

The poll was conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications, and surveyed 1,001 adults around the country through landline and cellphone interviews.

Retiree Phyllis Hornung of the State of New York told The Associated Press that Bachmann “captured my heart immediately.”

“There was no question in my mind that she was a straight talker and I should support her,” Hornung added.

In a piece titled Michele Bachmann the Believer, Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum stated she and others were starting to take the candidate seriously.

Stress Hormone Promotes Preference For High-Calorie Food

Stress Hormone Shown To Promote Preference For High-Calorie FoodPrevious research has shown that when people feel pressures at work or experience other life stressors, they have a tendency to snack more, and the foods they choose are often high in fat and calories.

Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have recently uncovered one of the mechanisms behind this response to stress: the gut hormone ghrelin.

In a study of mice, scientists showed that stressed-out rodents that were genetically modified to block the production of ghrelin had no cravings for fatty foods, when compared to normal mice.

“Our findings show that ghrelin signaling is crucial to this particular behavior and that the increase in ghrelin which occurs as a result of chronic stress is probably behind these food-reward behaviors,” said study author Jeffrey Zigman, M.D.

The researchers also found that the hormone has an anti-depressant effect, which, combined with its tendency to induce cravings, may have been a useful survival advantage in early human history. However, they added that the benefits of ghrelin make it difficult to target in potential therapies to treat or prevent obesity.

Germs: The Myth

This is my old, favorite subject. I was drawn to it in the beginning because everybody believes “germs” spread sickness and disease. But I know that “what everybody believes” is wrong.

It has been proven, without any doubt, that germs do not cause illness. Instead, they are part of the healing process. They are not contagious.

Taking medication is useless.

If germs are contagious and if they will cause sickness and spread death, everybody on Earth would have been dead since the Black Death plague.

When we get sick, we have an error in our immune system — possibly from our diet, like consuming too much sugar.

We didn’t “catch” something. Notice that not everybody “catches” it.

Now, let’s reason: Who do we think gains from the germ myth? Of course, the pharmaceuticals.

Can we even imagine how many trillions of dollars they have sucked out of Americans for useless and dangerous vaccines and so-called immunizations? The most recent example was the swine flu, or H1N1.

They have cooked, pasteurized and ruined our healthy raw milk because of the germ phobia. And on and on.

UN Encourages Developing Countries To Go Back To Basics In Farming

UN Encourages Developing Countries To Go Back To Basics In FarmingWhile practices developed in the 1960s to reduce famine were effective in producing the mass quantities of food needed to alleviate hunger, the use of agrochemicals and modern management techniques in large-scale farms has resulted in infertile farm land and pollution, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reported.

Combined with dwindling land and water resources and rising prices of fuel and fertilizer, the after-effects of industrial farming have created significant challenge for farmers worldwide, according to the U.N.

As a result, the organization is recommending that farmers practice conservation agriculture in an effort to become more self-sufficient.

“The present paradigm of intensive crop production cannot meet the challenges of the new millennium. In order to grow, agriculture must learn to save,” according to the organization’s Save and Grow webpage.

CropLife International reports that conservation agriculture consists of selective usage of tilling and pest-control products and implementing processes that promote natural regeneration, like nitrogen fixation and nutrient recycling. Such practices have been shown to reduce energy and labor costs as well as promote soil fertility and biodiversity.

Bachmann Formally Announces Presidential Bid

Michele Bachmann will run for President.Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) formally announced her intention to seek the Republican nomination for the 2012 Presidential election.

Bachmann made the announcement in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, and stressed her connection to the Hawkeye State, which hosts the nation’s first caucus.

“I often say that everything I needed to know I learned in Iowa,” she said. “I know what it means to be from Iowa — what we value and what’s important.”

The Congresswoman, who founded the House’s Tea Party Caucus, came out firing at President Barack Obama, whom she called a “one-term President.” Bachmann also stressed that America was in trouble because of policy decisions on both sides of the aisle.

“Our problems don’t have an identity of party, they are problems created by both parties,” the Representative said. “Americans agree that our country is in peril today and we must act with urgency to save it. And Americans aren’t interested in affiliation; they are interested in solutions, and leadership that will tell the truth.”

Bachmann joins a crowded field of contenders for the GOP nomination for the Presidential election, which includes former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) and businessman Herman Cain.

The Politics Of Ease

As it turns out, what Billy Sunday failed to accomplish, some unruly teenagers — with some assistance from the Democratic Party — are close to finishing. That toddlin’ town, Chicago — the home of deep-dish pizza, Al Capone and a sizable number of adolescents in dire need of an extended stay at a juvenile detention center — is facing a new crime wave.

The reports have come fast and furious. Mobs of teenagers have knocked over drug stores. Mobs of teenagers have assaulted passersby. Mobs of teenagers have pillaged retail establishments and plundered the Magnificent Mile as if they were Alaric and his horde of Visigoths and the Windy City was Rome. All this adolescent rage makes me wonder about the efficacy of Bill Clinton’s “midnight basketball.”

Fret not, Chicagoland citizens. Your top cop, Police Supervisor Garry McCarthy, is on the case. McCarthy, who previously served as Police Chief in that Paris-on-the-Passaic, Newark, N.J., has identified the criminal mastermind behind the growing crime wave enveloping Chicago: Governor Sarah Palin.

Actually, according to McCarthy, Palin is the commander of a conspiracy comprised of:

  • Palin: “(Palin) was caribou-hunting and talking about the right to bear arms. Why wasn’t she at the crime scene with me?”
  • Firearm makers: “Who’s paying the price for gun manufacturers being rich and living in gated communities?”
  • And government-sponsored racism: “… the flow of illegal firearms into our urban centers… that are killing black and brown children.”

Among those who didn’t make McCarthy’s list of suspects would be the actual perpetrators. Granted, in the legendary, Democratic machine-controlled political sewer that is Chicago, blaming crime on criminals is about as functional as blaming the Cubs’ World Series drought on the lights at Wrigley Field. McCarthy could blame the parents; but parents who unleash little monsters like those tearing through Chicago are as likely to accept responsibility for their progenies’ misbehavior as they are to vote for a conservative (who would likely remind them of their dereliction of parental duty). And it is possible that their good-for-nothing 15-year-old brats really did find new watches and Air Jordans™ on the side of the road. “Honest, Mom!”

I call this sort of Keystone Kops method of avoiding the real culprits in urban societal breakdown “the politics of ease.” It’s easier for a liberal like McCarthy to blame a crime wave on the former Governor of Alaska than it is to force criminals, their accomplices and their enablers to look in the mirror. More important to liberals like McCarthy, it’s easier for the Democrats to gain votes by offering the chance to blame Palin, gun manufacturers and mythological institutional racism than to suddenly develop the introspection which is as common in a place like Chicago (or Newark) as honest politicians and well-behaved teenagers.

Fortunately for the liberal establishment, decades of near-total Democratic domination of Windy City politics has — much like Newark — left Chicagoans either unwilling or unable to discern the true nature of their city’s burdens. However, unlike cesspools like Newark, Chicago boasts some significantly redeeming characteristics, not least of which is the presence of living proof that McCarthy’s charge of racism is void on its face. Surely, McCarthy and his liberal allies don’t expect us to believe that Sarah Palin, firearms manufacturers and fictional bigotry can create chaos-from-afar in the same place that boasts the residency of the most powerful individual in the free world. I find it highly unlikely that Oprah Winfrey would allow it.

Barring intervention from Oprah or some other powerful product of Illinois (ahem) who may choose to assist Chicago in escaping the grip of increasingly violent crime, the Windy City faces a grim future. If the liberal who has been ill-advisedly placed in charge of local law enforcement is more interested in explaining away antisocial behavior with anti-bill of rights demagoguery, tangential blame-shifting and pointing fingers at a woman who lives more than 3,000 miles away, then Chicago is headed down the highway to either hell… or Newark.