Company Offers Concealed Weapon Fashions

WOOLRICH, Pa., (UPI) — A 182-year-old clothing company in Pennsylvania has added a new feature to its latest chino pants — a hidden pocket for a handgun.

Woolrich, a company with headquarters in the Pennsylvania town of the same name, introduced its $65 chino pants recently for “the fashion-aware gun owner.”

“This pant is ideal for situations where discretion is important,” the Woolrich Web site states. “The Elite Concealed Carry Chino has the clean profile of a standard pair of pants with no external cargo or utility pocketing but offers the added advantage of a hidden chamber pocket strategically constructed to reduce printing.”

That would be a pocket hidden behind the traditional front pocket for easy and stealthy handgun storage.

The chinos are the latest addition to the Woolrich Elite Concealed Carry line, which includes both pants and shirts. The clothing items were inspired by the 7 million people who held concealed carry permits last year, a rise from the 5 million in 2008 partially attributable to the loosening of state laws.

The shirts offered by Woolrich feature side slits with Velcro that allow the wearer quick access to a waistband holster.

Versailles-Inspired Mansion Irks Neighbors

GREAT FALLS, Va.,(UPI) — Neighbors in a suburban Washington neighborhood said they are concerned about a businesswoman’s plans to construct a Versailles-inspired mansion in their area.

The house, dubbed “Le Chateau de Lumiere” by owner Young Yi, 38, chief executive of the 1st Class Sleep Diagnostics Center, is planned to span 25,424 square feet on a 5-acre plot in affluent Great Falls, Va., The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Former Gannett chief executive Craig Dubow and his wife, Denise, filed a lawsuit this month against Yi and her builder, alleging the mansion would not fit with the “sylvan character” of the neighborhood, the plans violate neighborhood covenants and the home could cause local property values to plummet. The Dubows said they want the plans to fit in with the “conservative” aesthetics of the neighborhood.

The Dubows and their attorney declined to comment to the Post.

Romney Aces Primary Tests With 5 Wins

Mitt Romney went a long way toward wiping out any lingering doubts he will be the Republican U.S. presidential nominee Tuesday with a five-state primary sweep.

The former Massachusetts governor was polling at least 56 percent in each of his victories in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, while election returns showed. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who has left the race April 10, split the remaining votes.

In a victory speech he delivered while in Manchester, N.H., Romney made it clear his campaign is now against the Democratic incumbent, President Barack Obama.

“Thank you America. I can say with confidence and gratitude that you have given me a great honor and solemn responsibility and together we are going to win on Nov. 6,” Romney said.

Romney, in advance remarks provided reporters, indicated his campaign will focus on showing voters he is the candidate best-suited to grow the United States’ middle class, CNN reported.

“I see an America with a growing middle class, with rising standards of living,” Romney said in the prepared remarks. “I see children even more successful than their parents — some successful even beyond their wildest dreams — and others congratulating them for their achievement, not attacking them for it.”

Romney went into the day’s elections with an estimated 695 of the 1,144 delegates he needs to cinch the nomination, with Gingrich at 141 and Paul at 72, CNN said. There were 224 delegates up for grabs in the five states Tuesday.

Tuesday was the first primary day since Romney’s closest challenger, Santorum, announced he was suspending his campaign.

Gingrich and Paul have stubbornly refused to bow out of the race despite the widening gap between them and Romney. Gingrich still wasn’t quite ready to call it quits when he talked to Fox News commentator Sean Hannity earlier Tuesday.

“We’re going to be in Tampa [Fla.] whether it’s as an active candidate or as a leader in the party,” Gingrich said. “I’ve said all along, the morning [Romney] gets to 1,144 delegates then he’s the nominee, but he’s not there yet.”

Delaware was the best chance the cash-strapped Gingrich had of picking up a win. He invested a lot of time campaigning to try to collect the state’s 17 delegates.

Gingrich is trying to add another state to his win column after picking up only his home state of Georgia and South Carolina. He needs five wins to appear on the Republican National Convention ballot in Tampa.

Pennsylvania had 72 delegates at state, while New York had 95, Connecticut 28, Rhode Island 19 and Delaware 17.

One pollster had said Romney should be prepared for a sympathy vote in Pennsylvania for Santorum, who represented the Keystone State in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007, the Albany, N.Y., Times Union reported. But Romney was taking more than 50 percent of the vote in Pennsylvania, early returns showed.

BP Engineer Charged For Deleting Texts

BATON ROUGE, La., (UPI) — A former BP engineer was arrested for allegedly destroying evidence during an investigation into the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Kurt Mix, 50, was arrested Tuesday in Louisiana and charged with two counts of obstruction of justice in a criminal complaint, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a release.

“The department has filed initial charges in its investigation into the Deepwater Horizon disaster against an individual for allegedly deleting records relating to the amount of oil flowing from the Macondo well after the explosion that led to the devastating tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico,” Attorney General Eric Holder said. “The Deepwater Horizon Task Force is continuing its investigation into the explosion and will hold accountable those who violated the law in connection with the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history.”

Court documents indicate Mix was a drilling and completions project engineer for BP. Following the explosion — which killed 11 men — and resulting oil spill, Mix worked on BP efforts to estimate the amount of oil leaking from the well and was involved in various efforts to stop the leak, including Top Kill, a failed BP effort to pump mud into the blown out wellhead to try to stop the oil flow.

After being notified by BP that he had to turn over all information concerning the explosion and oil spill, court documents allege Mix deleted a string of more than 200 text messages between him and a superior about the failure of Top Kill, as well as more than 100 text messages with a BP contractor with whom Mix discussed various issues concerning how much oil was flowing from the Macondo well.

If convicted, Mix faces as much as 20 years in prison and a fine of as much as $250,000 on each count.‪

‘Now That’s Justice For Trayvon,’ White Man In Critical Care After Black Mob Beating

An attacker who brutally beat a man on his front porch was heard to say “Now that’s justice for Trayvon” as he was walking away from the victim.

Matthew Owens, a white man from Mobile, Ala., is in critical condition after being severely beaten by a violent mob that included the Trayvon Martin supporter.

According to police, Owens was upset with a group of kids because they were playing basketball in the middle of the street. Owens confronted the kids, and they left. But then a larger group came back to the scene.

Ashley Parker, Owens’ sister, said they attacked her brother with “brass buckles, paint cans and anything they could get their hands on.”

Parker says there were about 20 attackers, all of whom were black.

Police have no suspects in the crime, and according to News 5 in Mobile, police are downplaying the comment about Martin.

Virginia, We Love You!

Virginia has been my home for 55 years: the mountains of the Southwest, the beaches of the Southeast and Northern Virginia where I raised the family.

Driving along the highways and enjoying the beauty always brings a rush of joy and thankfulness!

The family has lived on land once owned by George Washington and near land owned by George Mason’s family. Mount Vernon was just “down the parkway” from the family home of 36 years. But my sense of pride in Virginia has never been greater than today, because the Virginia Legislature and Governor Bob McDonnell have worked together to protect the State from the juggernaut of tyranny unleashed on America with the National Defense Authorization Act (sections 1021 and 1022.)

The new law, to take effect on July 1, states:

“Prevents any agency, political subdivision, employee, or member of the military of Virginia from assisting an agency of the armed forces of the United States in the conduct of the investigation, prosecution, or detention of a United States citizen in violation of the United States Constitution, Constitution of Virginia, or any Virginia law or regulation.”

Delegate Bob Marshall from Manassas wrote HB 1160 and shepherded it through the process. Bless him!

It took much prayer and work, and there’s no doubt that jigs are being danced in heaven.

The 10th Amendment Center has been educating and encouraging Americans to be active in Constitutional advocacy. This author (soon to be 80 years old) spent much time in prayer, phone calls and email communication with legislators and with the Governor’s office. Many others have done the same. Let’s celebrate now and encourage all other American States to follow our example.

“We’ve only just begun” can be a motto for us.

There’s a long way yet to go, but we’ve got momentum now and, after all, we believe along with Winston Churchill: “Never give in–never, never, never, never!”

–Raylyn Terrell

Ron Paul Has No Intention Of Quitting

While many people are convinced that Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul should throw in the towel, Paul still believes he can clean house come November.

“You don’t quit because you happen to be behind,” Paul said during an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

“It doesn’t get the attention we think it deserves,” Paul said about his campaign. “I think the campaign is going very well. A lot of people like to write us off. We’re making in-roads in the structure of the Republican Party.”

Paul was asked if his campaign was more about bringing up issues then actually winning, and he answered with his own question: “Why can’t it be both?”

Paul is fed up with the Feds — Republicans and Democrats alike. He said that Republicans want to balance the budget in 30 years, but it could be done in three. Paul believes that Mitt Romney is a part of a crowd of Republicans and Democrats who are, “much closer than people realize. There’s not that much difference when you come to policy.”

When asked if he could get enough delegates for the Republican nomination, he responded: “Theoretically I can. …You can’t ever tell. …A little over half the votes have been counted.” He was quick to point out that another third of the votes come from California and Texas, the latter being the State he represents.

The Texas Representative still likes his chances and believes that he could get enough of the Democrat and independent vote to win in November.

“When you put my name up against Obama, I can do better than Romney,” he said.

Obama’s Incompetence May Fuel Racial Violence

The election of Barack Obama was seen as a pivotal moment of the 21st century: an opportunity for America to be healed by a black President who embraced the ideals needed for a new America.

There was a comedy about ancient Rome titled “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” More recently, a funny thing happened on the way to the Oval Office. After the new President was anointed by the mass media and leading celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, America’s emperor was shown to be naked. Everyone on both sides of the racial divide has an opinion about why Obama is being attacked.

A great many African-Americans represented by the likes of the Reverend Jesse Jackson preach that white Americans refuse to show Obama the proper respect and go along with his programs simply because he is black. However, a great many white Americans, and maybe even right-minded people of all races, are angry at the President after he demonstrated his incompetence over the past three years. Tens of millions of Americans don’t like Obama not because he is black but because he has pushed America into the red.

Like the Elton John song, “I’ve Seen That Movie Too,” I saw it begin with the election of Pierre Elliot Trudeau, a francophone and constitutional lawyer who became a rock star north of America’s border in 1968.

Trudeau was Canada’s Prime Minister from 1968 to 1979 and from 1980 to 1984. Trudeau changed Canada with a radical new socialism. And the weapon used against his English Canadian critics was that they were simply prejudiced, that they refused to see all the good that Trudeau was doing for Canada. In fact, if you were bold enough to oppose Trudeau’s Official Languages Act (1969) you were downright anti-French.

Regardless of the onslaught that Trudeau orchestrated over 16 years, his liberal supporters and the Liberal Party met all such claims that critics were anti-French.

It took Canada’s economy 20 years to recover from Trudeau, who not only imposed his ideals on a nation but divided French and English more than any Canadian Prime Minister.

Trudeau almost broke up the confederation.

  • One year after Trudeau took office, French and English were both declared the official languages of Canada.
  • In 1970, terrorist separatists kidnapped and murdered Quebec’s minister of labor and immigration, Pierre Laporte. The federal government ordered in troops and suspended civil liberties.
  • The party that pledged Quebec separatism won the 1976 provincial election and passed several measures to strengthen the movement.
  • Quebec voters narrowly rejected secession from Canada in a 1995 referendum, but many in the province are still pushing for separation.

If you think that I am not giving Trudeau a fair shake or that I am critical of him because he was French Canadian, consider that as Prime Minister he spoke openly of the superiority of a socialist planned economy over a free enterprise one — so much so that Trudeau was close friends with Cuban President Fidel Castro. Castro attended Trudeau’s funeral in October 2000 and stood before the former Prime Minister’s casket. He even ordered flags to fly at half-staff in Cuba for three days.

Obamamania Could Turn Violent

A generation later, America has its own Trudeau, a minority and charismatic leader. And the same social disarray that happened in Canada has begun in the United States, from the George Zimmerman case to race-baiting by the likes of Al Sharpton.

Despite all of Obama’s failings as President, a great many African-Americans think that attacks made against him are mostly due to his skin color.

I can’t accept such nonsense. Obama has proven that he is unfit for the highest office. At the same time, he has made race relations worse, not better.

A recent Newsweek poll came to the same conclusion. Four years ago, 52 percent of Americans told Pew Research Center that they expected race relations to get better as a result of Obama’s election; just 9 percent anticipated a decline. Today, that 43-point gap has vanished. The survey shows that fewer than one-third of Americans believe race relations have improved since the President’s inauguration, while an equal number believe they have gotten worse. If you consider those who say nothing has changed, then you are left with this staggering fact: Six out of 10 Americans believe that race relations have either deteriorated or stagnated under Obama.

Newsweek reported this month that: “Whites are especially critical of Obama’s approach: a majority (51 percent) actually believe he’s been unhelpful in bridging the country’s racial divide. Even blacks have concluded, by a 20-point margin, that race relations have not improved on Obama’s watch.”

The article concludes: “(T)he election of an African-American president now seems to be deepening our divisions rather than diminishing them.”

This divide has grown since the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida. According to CNN, blacks are more than twice as likely as whites to say Martin’s death was racially motivated. African-Americans seem convinced that Martin was targeted because he was black, while whites are not so sure.

In fact, blacks overwhelmingly approve of how Obama has handled the controversy, while a majority of whites disapprove.

I don’t know what happened that night between Martin and George Zimmerman because I wasn’t there. You know who else was not there? Obama. But that didn’t stop him from chiming in, just the latest example of Obama using his Presidential podium to inflame race relations.

My expectation is that race-baiting is only going to worsen. In fact, the United States is headed for a no-win situation.

If the President is defeated in November as I hope, I expect millions of blacks to be angry and declare that America couldn’t accept a black President. Violence may even erupt.

And if Obama wins a second term, he will have four more years to continue his socialist programs. As for us critics, we will continue to be branded as “racists” rather than realists.

I saw it happen during the Trudeau years. America can suffer a similar fate or something worse.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers
Editor, Myers’ Energy & Gold Report

American Terrorism

While pontificating ad nauseam about the need to make the world safe from radical Islam, President George W. Bush’s regime was training Islamist terrorists. The training went on from 2005 until 2007, while America was supposedly knee-deep in the so-called “War on Terror.”

Writing for The New Yorker, journalist Seymour M. Hersh says a group of Iranians associated with Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, or MEK, were being trained in terror operations by the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) at the Department of Energy’s Nevada National Security Site. MEK, a Marxist-Islamist group listed by the U.S. State Department as a terror organization, is linked to the assassination of six Americans in the 1970s. It also participated in the revolution that led to the overthrow of the American puppet Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, in 1979 (who was placed in power by the CIA).

So what are these American-trained MEK terrorists up to now? They are carrying out terror attacks in Iran, killing Iranians and destroying Iranian oil pipelines. Five Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated since 2007.

MEK denies its involvement, but last month NBC News quoted two senior Barack Obama Administration officials as confirming the assassinations were carried out by MEK with assistance from Mossad, the Israeli secret service organization. MEK, with United States and Mossad assistance, has also disrupted Iranian oil pipelines, Hersh reported.

“The M.E.K. was a total joke,” a senior Pentagon consultant told Hersh, “and now it’s a real network inside Iran. How did the M.E.K. get so much more efficient?” he asked rhetorically. “Part of it is the training in Nevada. Part of it is logistical support in Kurdistan, and part of it is inside Iran. M.E.K. now has a capacity for efficient operations that it never had before.”

How long before this comes back to bite us? Remember that Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida terror network were created and trained by the CIA.

The so-called war on terror is not what it seems. America and America-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are arming and providing assistance to terrorists in Iran. America, NATO and NGOs are doing the same with al-Qaida terrorists in Syria. And they armed and provided air cover to al-Qaida terrorists in Libya.

Why shouldn’t the U.S. State Department place the United States on its list of state sponsors of terror alongside Cuba, Iran, Syria and North Korea?

Supreme Court Hearing Immigration Arguments

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments today regarding the United States’ inefficient immigration system  as it considers Arizona’s controversial 2010 immigration reform law.

With nearly 11 million illegal aliens in the country and conflicting views about what to do with them, the arguments will focus on whether the Federal government is the only authority over immigration issues or if States like Arizona have roles to play as well.

“It’s Arizona’s right to protect its citizens,” said former Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce (R), who was the author and main force behind Arizona’s law, in an interview with Fox News Latino. “States have inherent police powers. This law takes the political handcuffs off law enforcement in cracking down on undocumented immigrants.”

Some States, like Alabama, have moved forward with Arizona-type immigration reforms despite making changes to clear legal hurdles; others will likely wait until the Court makes a decision about the Constitutionality of such laws this summer. According to Pearce, there are 34 States waiting for the decision to move forward with similar legislation.

A Pew report released on Monday says that in recent years, illegal immigration to the United States from Mexico has decreased sharply for the first time in two decades.

The report says:

The largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States has come to a standstill. After four decades that brought 12 million current immigrants—more than half of whom came illegally—the net migration flow from Mexico to the United States has stopped—and may have reversed, according to a new analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center of multiple government data sets from both countries.

The standstill appears to be the result of many factors, including the weakened U.S. job and housing construction markets, heightened border enforcement, a rise in deportations, the growing dangers associated with illegal border crossings, the long-term decline in Mexico’s birth rates and changing economic conditions in Mexico.

More information about the Supreme Court and the Arizona Immigration law can be found here.

Social Security Cannot Go Broke

If you have looked at a news site in the past two days, you know that Social Security and Medicare are set to go broke in the next two decades, which is earlier than previously expected.

The unsurprising revelation comes from the Social Security Trustees’ annual report on the state of the government retirement and Medicare trust funds. Social Security is expected to exhaust its trust funds by the year 2033, three years earlier than last year’s projection. Medicare, while stable at the moment, will see its hospital insurance fund go broke by 2024. Social Security disability insurance, according to the report, is in the most trouble; its trust fund will be exhausted by 2016.

From the report:

Social Security and Medicare are the two largest federal programs, accounting for 36 percent of federal expenditures in fiscal year 2011. Both programs will experience cost growth substantially in excess of GDP growth in the coming decades due to aging of the population and, in the case of Medicare, growth in expenditures per beneficiary exceeding growth in per capita GDP. Through the mid-2030s, population aging caused by the large baby-boom generation entering retirement and lower-birth-rate generations entering employment will be the largest single factor causing costs to grow more rapidly than GDP. Thereafter, the primary factors will be population aging caused by increasing longevity and health care cost growth somewhat more rapid than GDP growth.

This is not breaking news. The social welfare program has long been in trouble. The increased number of retirees and decreasing number of working Americans are rendering the “pay-as-you-go” social welfare mammoth unsustainable. However, even when the fund runs dry, about three-quarters of currently scheduled benefits could be carried by the taxpayer for about 50 years, according to analysis.

Some people have called the Social Security program a Ponzi scheme for workers who will be nowhere near retirement age by 2033 and call for an “opt out” option that would allow working individuals to invest elsewhere the money taken from their checks for Social Security.

But, how then would the government fund the program?

The Federal government can print fiat money to infinity; it will always be able to pay Social Security no matter what the balance sheets say. By keeping the presses rolling, Federal officials could take the advice of one Forbes contributor who says he can fix the program for $49.99:

We’ll buy a really nice pen (that’s what costs $49.99), have one of those federal workers write “44 quadrillion dollars” on it [the Trust Fund balance], and put it in the drawer. By my calculations, this will keep Social Security solvent through 3575, plus granny will get a free lifetime supply of Werther’s Original. Entitlement crisis solved!

Or, we could just admit that the Trust Fund balance is arbitrary and bears no meaningful relationship to the government’s ability to pay Social Security benefits.

The Forbes writer’s plan essentially removes any initiative for Americans to work and save in an attempt to retire with more than just monthly government bread, because in the end they will have had their savings taxed through inflation.

Social Security is not going to go broke, despite the mainstream media’s effort to make the Nation believe it will; and whatever the “plans” to repair the social welfare system, they will quit working, saving Americans in the same place: the pocketbook.

Aide: Edwards Schemed To Cover Up Affair

GREENSBORO, N.C., (UPI) — A witness in the corruption trial of former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards testified Tuesday Edwards tried to conceal his extramarital affair.

Edwards is on trial for using campaign funds to cover up his affair with Rielle Hunter, who worked on his campaign team as a videographer.

Andrew Young, a former campaign staff member, said he and Edwards would talk about ways of getting money to support Hunter after Edwards’ wife learned of the affair and demanded that Hunter be fired, The New York Times reported.

Young said he and Edwards discussed which campaign donors to ask for financial aid for the cover up and they settled on Rachel Mellon, a banking heiress. Checks from Mellon were sent to Young and then used to pay Hunter’s living expenses.

Edwards allegedly told Young at one point Edwards was not supposed to know about the checks.

“He said he couldn’t know about any of this in case he needed to be sworn in as attorney general,” Young testified.

Young and his wife soon became worried that the money they were receiving from Mellon would put them in legal trouble, Politico reported.

“It was crazy,” Young said. “We were all scared to death. He was a viable presidential candidate and this was a truckload of money, much more than had ever flowed through our account.”

Young said he approached Edwards with his concerns, but was told not to worry.

“He was frustrated with me asking him so many times. He told me he’d talked to several campaign finance experts and it was absolutely legal,” Young said.

If convicted on the six felony counts, Edwards faces a possible 30 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines.

Obama: I Just Paid Off Student Loans 8 Years Ago

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday he knows what it’s like to come out of college in debt and that’s why Congress can’t let student loan rates skyrocket.

Obama took his crusade to get Congress to act to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where 8,000 people jammed Carmichael Arena to hear him.

“Michelle and I, we’ve been in your shoes. Like I said, we didn’t come from wealthy families,” Obama said.

“So when we graduated from college and law school, we had a mountain of debt. When we married, we got poorer together. …

“And we were lucky to land good jobs with a steady income. But we only finished paying off our student loans — check this out, all right, I’m the president of the United States — we only finished paying off our student loans about eight years ago.”

Obama stressed the need for a good education, noting the unemployment rate for those with a college degree is about half the national average of March’s 8.2 percent and their incomes are twice that of those with only a high school degree.

“A higher education is the clearest path into the middle class,” Obama said.

The president noted the average college student graduates with about $25,000 in loan debt.

“Americans now owe more on their student loans than they do on their credit cards,” Obama said. “And living with that kind of debt means that this generation is not getting off to the same start that previous generations — because you’re already loaded up with debt.”

Obama said he wants to restructure the student loan program to encourage colleges and universities to keep tuition costs down by steering money to schools that control increases. Congress cut the interest rate on student loans in half five years ago but the cut is to expire July 1, adding an additional $1,000 in debt for 7 million students across the country.

A sticking point in preventing the increase is how to pay for it. En route to North Carolina, White House spokesman Jay Carney said closing the loophole in the tax code for S corporations might be the answer.

“We’ve certainly been in discussions with senators about that,” Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One. “That is certainly an option that is a good potential option. It meets the standard that we set that we can’t pay for it in a way that would harm students and it would also meet the standard that it wouldn’t raise taxes on anybody making under $250,000.”

Cooking Oil, Nuts Help Prevent Cancer

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (UPI) — Nuts, and vitamin E in soybean, canola and corn oils, help prevent colon, lung, breast and prostate cancers, U.S. researchers said.

Chung S. Yang — director of the Center for Cancer Prevention Research at Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey — said two forms of vitamin E, gamma and delta-tocopherols, are found in soybean, canola and corn oils as well as nuts.

“There are studies suggesting that vitamin E actually increases the risk of cancer and decreases bone density,” Yang said in a statement. “Our message is that the vitamin E form of gamma-tocopherols, the most abundant form of vitamin E in the American diet, and delta-tocopherols, also found in vegetable oils, are beneficial in preventing cancers while the form of vitamin E, alpha- tocopherol, the most commonly used in vitamin E supplements, has no such benefit.”

The study, published in Cancer Prevention Research, found the forms of vitamin E in vegetable oils — gamma and delta-tocopherols — prevent cancer formation and growth in animal models in animal studies for colon, lung, breast and prostate cancer.

“When animals are exposed to cancer-causing substances, the group that was fed these tocopherols in their diet had fewer and smaller tumors,” Yang said. “When cancer cells were injected into mice these tocopherols also slowed down the development of tumors.”

For people who think that they need to take vitamin E supplements, taking a mixture of vitamin E that resembles what is in our diet would be the most prudent supplement, Yang said.

 

 

A Lot Of Eating In Cars But Few Cleaned

TORONTO (UPI) — Despite spending an average of five hours per week in a vehicle, most drivers clean their car interiors only every few months, a Canadian survey indicates.

A survey conducted by Canadian Tire indicated 73 percent of respondents cleaning their car interiors less than once every few months.

Melissa Honour, category business manager, auto cleaning and auto body repair at Canadian Tire, said compared to the amount of time spent cleaning the kitchen, it appears that vehicles are a neglected source of dirt and grime.

Almost half of Canadian drivers surveyed spend five to 10 hours a week preparing or eating a meal in the kitchen and 83 percent of respondents clean them regularly — more than once a week.

However, although Canadians spend five hours week in their vehicles and 84 percent of Canadian drivers eat and drink in their vehicles, 18.7 percent don’t immediately clean food and drink spills, leaving them to attract bacteria and insects.

Twenty-three percent of Canadian drivers typically travel with pets, but only 14 percent make an effort to limit dirty paw prints, hair and unwanted slobber by putting them in a travel carrier.

Drivers should clean the interior of their vehicles at least once a week in high use areas such as your steering wheel and thoroughly wax the exterior twice a year — spring and fall, Honour advised.

The survey of 1,003 Canadian adults was conducted March 30 to April 2. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

 

Many Boomers Abuse Alcohol After Age 48

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (UPI) — A U.S. survey indicates depression or anxiety to be the main reason older adults — baby boomers age 50 and older — say they abuse drugs or alcohol.

A survey conducted by the Hanley Center found additional factors such as economic and financial stress and retirement were also cited as contributing factors to substance dependency. Nearly half of the respondents named prescription drugs and alcohol as their substances of choice, the survey said.

“Older adults face a distinct set of challenges as they enter their golden years,” Dr. Barbara Krantz, medical director of Hanley Center, said in a statement. “This transitional period of life is unique and leads to difficulty in dealing with stressful situations, such as an early retirement or financial strains, which in turn may lead to serious anxiety and depression. Without the proper tools to manage their emotions, older adults turn to quick fixes such as alcohol and drugs, creating the perfect storm for dependency.”

The survey, conducted anonymously among Hanley Center alumni, showed:

— 79 percent of adults 48 and older said their first experience with drugs/alcohol occurred before the age of 25, 40 percent said they considered themselves to be substance abusers after the age 48.

— More than 90 percent of respondents named alcohol as one of the substances they abused; 49.5 percent of respondents reported prescription drug abuse.

— More than 40 percent of respondents said their families influenced their decision to seek treatment.

No survey details were provided.

 

Many Support Single Doses Of Medications

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (UPI) — Two-thirds of U.S. adults — many grandparents — support single-dose packaging to avoid accidental poisoning, a survey indicates.

The University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health recently asked parents and grandparents of children ages 1-5 about the presence of medicines in their homes and how they are stored.

Twenty-three percent of grandparents and 5 percent of parents reported storing prescription medicine in easy-to-access places, contributing to child poisonings.

Dr. Matthew M. Davis, director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, said unintentional child poisonings from medicines cause more emergency room visits for young children each year than do car accidents.

The most common type of prescription in an accidental ingestion for young children is an opiate medicine, such as a morphine-related painkiller.

The most common types of over-the-counter medicines that prompted emergency room visits for possible poisonings among young children include acetaminophen, which is used to reduce fever, Davis said.

Requiring companies to create single-dose packages of tablets, capsules and liquid medicines would make it harder for young children to ingest large quantities, Davis suggested.

“The support for potential new requirements for single-dose dispensing of medicine in solid and liquid format is quite strong,” Davis said in a statement. “However, there may be barriers to passage of such legislation — not the least of which are environmental concerns about increasing packaging.”

No survey details were provided.

Peripheral Artery Disease, Depression Link

CHICAGO (UPI) — People with depression may have a higher risk of peripheral artery disease — narrowing of the arteries in the legs and pelvis, U.S. researchers say.

Study leader Dr. Marlene Grenon of the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues said the study involved 1,024 men and women with coronary artery disease.

When the study began, 12 percent of the study participants with depression had peripheral artery disease, compared to 7 percent of patients without depression who had peripheral artery disease.

Nine percent of depressed patients and 6 percent of those without depression had peripheral artery disease-related events during the seven-year follow-up, Grenon said.

Grenon said the findings demonstrated the importance of depression screening and treatment for peripheral artery disease patients.

The findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology scientific sessions in Chicago.

 

Rare Crested Ibis Hatches In Japan

TOKYO (UPI) — Japanese wildlife researchers say a crested ibis chick hatched in the wild is the first of the endangered birds born outside captivity in 36 years.

The nestling hatched from an egg produced by a pair of the endangered birds on Sado Island in Niigata prefecture, the Environment Ministry said Sunday.

Its parents, a 3-year-old male and 2-year-old female, were raised at an ibis conservation center on the island and released into the wild in March 2011.

They were found to have built a nest on March 16 of this year, Jiji Press reported, and the chick’s birth was recorded by a remote camera placed near the nest.

The crested ibis, Nipponia Nippon, is registered as a special Japanese natural treasure, but their population plummeted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when they were overhunted for their beautiful feathers and when agricultural chemicals degraded their habitats.

The last true Japanese crested ibis died in October 2003, and Japan has been trying to reintroduce the species into the wild since 2008, after receiving a pair from China in 1999 to breed in captivity.

All crested ibises in Japan now are Chinese birds or their offspring, and a total of 76 have been released since September 2008.

 

All-White Killer Whale Seen Off Russia

MOSCOW (UPI) — Russian scientists say they’ve made what they believe is the first sighting of an all-white adult orca, or killer whale, off the country’s Kamchatka Peninsula.

The adult male, nicknamed Iceberg, appears to be healthy and leading a normal life in its pod, they said.

While various species of whale occasionally will present a white specimen, the only known white orcas have been young animals, with adults all showing the normal black and white coloration.

The sighting of the adult white orca occurred during a research cruise off Kamchatka by Russian scientists and students.

It was co-led by Erich Hoyt, a long-time orca scientist, conservationist and author.

“We’ve seen another two white orcas in Russia but they’ve been young, whereas this is the first time we’ve seen a mature adult,” Hoyt told BBC News. “It has the full two-meter-high (6.5 feet) dorsal fin of a mature male, which means it’s at least 16 years old — in fact the fin is somewhat ragged, so it might be a bit older.”

Male orcas can live to 50 or 60 years old, though 30 is more usual.

“Iceberg seems to be fully socialized; we know that these fish-eating orcas stay with their mothers for life, and as far as we can see he’s right behind his mother with presumably his brothers next to him,” Hoyt said.