Survey: All U.S. age groups growing fatter

WASHINGTON — U.S. adults in all age groups have grown fatter during the past four years, a survey indicated.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index — conducted from Jan. 2 to Dec. 31, 2008, and from Jan. 2 to Sept. 30, 2012 — included interviews with 579,210 U.S. adults age 18 and older. Gallup calculated the survey respondents’ body mass indices using the standard formula based on their self-reported height and weight.

The overall adult obesity rate was 26.1 percent in 2012 versus 25.5 in 2008, the survey said.

Obesity increases as Americans at both genders get older before declining when they reach their early 70s.

The youngest of adults ages 18-to-23 and 24-to-27 had minimal increased in obesity. However, most U.S. adults age 35 and older are more likely to be obese than those who were at the same age four years ago.

The age group with the most obesity was 56-59 in 2012 at 31.7 percent, and the age group with the least obesity was age 88 and older. In 2008, those ages 64-69 were the most obese at 30.8 percent and the least obese were those age 88 and older at 9.4 percent.

For the overall survey, the margin of error was 1 percentage point, but the margin of error was 1.5 percentage points for each age group.

Polls Shaken By Sandy

If you rely on the polls mainstream media continually publish as a reliable source of information about who may be leading in the Presidential election, beware: The already skewed and confusing results are going to be increasingly unreliable in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

According to The Hill, Gallup has suspended daily national polling due to the storm, and many voters in the battlegrounds of Pennsylvania, Virginia and New Hampshire may be out of pollsters’ reach just days before the election.

“As a pollster right now I couldn’t poll from Virginia up to New Hampshire; it would be a total blackout,” Brad Coker, managing director at Mason-Dixon Polling and Research told the publication. “All of New England is off the board, so you’re going into this last weekend basically not knowing.”

While the latest numbers before the polling blackout indicated a largely tied race with Mitt Romney pulling slightly ahead, it looks like Americans are going to have to wait until after the election to find out if a surprise landslide for either candidate is in store.

Some conservative pundits have speculated that, sensing a Romney lead, the left is going to use Hurricane Sandy to delegitimize a Republican victory should the candidate win.

Libya Scandal Worse Than Watergate?

Watergate was a two-bit burglary by operatives for the Richard Nixon Administration who wanted to (depending upon which account you believe):

  1. Learn what dirt the Democratic Party had on their boss that might be used hurt his re-election chances.
  2. Learn what dirt the Democrats had on White House Counsel John Dean and whether they had compromising photos of Dean’s fiancé, Maureen Biner, who Watergate burglar G. Gordon Liddy claimed was one of the Democratic National Committee “call girls.”
  3. Determine the Democrats’ election strategy.
  4. Retrieve illegal surveillance devices planted in the headquarters of the Democrat National Committee.
  5. Some combination of the four.

The burglary became a scandal when Nixon was caught in the cover-up.

The Libya scandal is much worse, as Senator John McCain (Neocon-Ariz.) pointed out on Sunday. People actually died; four of them to be precise. One of them was the U.S. ambassador.

For weeks, Barack Obama Administration shills and Obama himself lied about the initial cause and the events of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, blaming it on a spontaneous reaction to an amateurish and juvenile video that had been posted on YouTube months prior. We now know that is not the case.

This is what we do know:

  • The U.S. State Department knew security at the Libyan consulate was inadequate and had repeatedly turned down requests to beef it up.
  • The U.S. State Department knew that other Western consulates and embassies had been subjected to terror threats and attacks.
  • The events were observed in real time at the White House.
  • Requests for assistance once the attack commenced were ignored or denied.
  • CIA Director David Petraeus is not the one who denied the assistance.
  • Obama may have watched the events unfold live.
  • Within minutes of the attack, the Obama Administration knew there was no demonstration and there was no mob outside the consulate prior to the beginning of hostilities.
  • Those attacking the consulate were armed and backed by U.S. operatives or operatives from other countries at the behest of the United States during the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi.

Some have said that the Libya scandal and cover-up should be the end of Obama’s Presidency. But the mainstream media seem to care not one whit about this President’s lies and/or his incompetence.

The mainstream media are whores pimping for the current lawless Administration. The President is shameless.

Federal/Private Police State To Result From New Obama Order

A new executive order signed into law by President Barack Obama quietly last week further empowers the Department of Homeland Security by helping it to create local partnerships between Federal and private institutions “to address homeland security challenges.”

According to the executive order (the 141st signed by Obama), the purpose of the decree is to allow the Federal government and private entities to operate more closely “to use resources more efficiently, build on one another’s expertise, drive innovation, engage in collective action, broaden investments to achieve shared goals, and improve performance” in embolden National security.

“This approach recognizes that, given the complexities and range of challenges, we must institutionalize an all-of-Nation effort to address the evolving threats to the United States,” the executive order declares.

The efforts to encourage more Federal and private collaboration with regard to national security will be headed up by a “steering committee” consisting of representatives “at the Deputy agency head level” from a number of Federal agencies, including the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and others. The resulting Homeland Security Partnership Council will be chaired by either the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism or a designee from the National Security Staff.

Besides allowing the government more wiggle room on private Homeland Security partnerships, the executive order will also reportedly give local law enforcement more incentive to operate alongside Federal agencies.

The End Is Near

We’re almost done with the endless parade of stupidity that has been the 2012 electoral season. We’re almost done listening to Mitt Romney try very hard to establish the conservative credentials he avoided until sometime in March. We’re almost through with enduring President Barack Obama’s daily litany of disgraceful lying. We’re almost finished watching party flacks wail, corporate media trash spin and self-appointed experts bloviate.

Almost.

On Tuesday, those of us who have yet to cast our ballots (that’s most of us) will step into polling places nationwide and partake of our still Constitutionally protected right to select the man who, right or wrong, will then become the single most important human being on the planet. In some heavily Democratic districts and selected cemeteries, some of us will partake of that right more than once. Afterward, those ballots will be counted — again, some more than once. The totals will be checked, the absentee and provisional ballot numbers (except for the ones the Democrats have thrown into the nearest convenient storm drain, Great Lake or community activist’s basement) will be tallied, and Ann Romney will begin selecting new drapes for the White House residency.

Again, almost.

What I’ve described represents the most likely scenario to unfold over the next 10 days. However, thanks to the magic of the U.S. Constitution, the possibility exists that Election 2012 may well make the George Bush-Al Gore battle of 2000 look like a disputed ballot for homecoming queen.

As of this moment, polling indicates Romney holds a slight lead in the popular vote, but he and Obama are running neck and neck for the Electoral College vote. Although a disparity in the popular and Electoral College results is highly unlikely (such an outcome has occurred only twice), lurking in the ballot booth is an even less common — but even more potentially catastrophic — finale. Romney and Obama could tie.

As is the norm for Presidential elections (they can’t all be Ronald Reagan v. Walter Mondale), neither of the major party candidates is likely to steamroll the other. However, should a couple of swing States fall in a certain way, Romney and Obama actually could wind up with 269 Electoral College votes apiece. For the victims of teachers’ unions, that’s one short of the number needed to forward your mail to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Indeed, the website 270towin.com offers different scenarios, some of which don’t stretch credulity particularly far, in which the swing States from Nevada to New Hampshire split between Romney and Obama and create the worst Constitutional crisis since Obamacare.

Just imagine the fun we would all have. With Romney and Obama splitting the Electoral College down the middle (presuming some elector doesn’t bolt his party, itself the political equivalent of a hand grenade in the proverbial potato salad), the responsibility for electing the next President would immediately fall to the 435 passengers in the Capitol Clown Car: the U.S. House of Representatives.

If one believes the Democrats’ overt threats of murder, rioting and other behavior currently spreading across Twitter and social media outlets like a scorching case of something carried by Lady Gaga and reminiscent of the so-called “Occupiers” (or of Detroit when the Pistons win the NBA title), then the House will convene while the Nation burns.  Given the current makeup of the House and the fact that even the most extreme liberal outlets like The New York Times and Dailykos agree that the GOP will keep control of the body through the elections, the House subsequently will proclaim Romney the new President.  Following that announcement, the aforementioned Motor City and a host of America’s other garden spots and States will fall into the sort of chaos that normally accompanies a pack of Skittles and what the media calls a “white Hispanic.”

Presuming said unrest doesn’t make the rest of the country look like East St. Louis, Ill., after a Louis Farrakhan speech, we’ll all get to enjoy the second act: the election of the Vice President. That’s right, kids. The House elects the President, and the Senate elects the guy (or gal; we’ll get back to that) who stands next to the Commander in Chief and gazes longingly at “the button.” And the Senate is projected to remain under the thumb of reprobate liar and accused serial farm-animal abuser (that’s what I heard, anyway) Senator Harry Reid and his Democratic do-nothings. Therefore, President Romney would be joined by Vice President Joe Biden. Even the gridlock of the 2006-2008 House under then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi would seem like a meeting of the ladies’ sewing circle compared to the legislative pileup that would ensue.

In actuality, the real outcome of an Electoral College split actually would send us even farther off the deep end. Instead of staying in the Naval Observatory, Biden would join his boss, Obama, at the Michael Dukakis Home for Formerly Relevant Politicians. Biden is a national embarrassment whose invitation to all the cool parties at the White House depends entirely on Obama’s largesse. Once Obama hits the unemployment line, the Senate Democrats would experience no qualms about placing someone less likely to make racist comments about the guys behind the counter at the 7-Eleven, someone more likely to set the stage for a resurgence of Democratic power in Washington, someone like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

With Romney in the Oval Office, Clinton just down the hall, the House controlled by the GOP and the Senate controlled by the Democrats, the pace of business in Washington would likely roll to a pace slower than Al Sharpton running uphill in a hurricane. Scandals would follow scandals with even more frequency than they do currently. Voters nationwide would unite in ubiquitous disgust at the stupendous incompetence of and hyper-partisan quibbling by the people charged with the day-to-day operation of everything from the military to the Federal prison system.

The above scenario is hardly the most likely outcome of next week’s festivities. But it is a possibility — a worst-case result that could plunge the Nation into absolute disarray. However, the long-term blowback from an Electoral College tie between Romney and Obama actually offers a real light at the end of the tunnel. Despite the failure of the two major parties to reach meaningful accord, there was no realistic chance for a third party candidate to legitimately challenge them for the Presidency in 2012.

Four years of a Romney/Clinton “Administration” would not only break the stranglehold in which the current two-party system holds our future, it could even force the Republicans and Democrats to meet in a new battle: the fight to determine who gets to remain one of the two “major” parties and who gets to hang out with the lunatics from the Green Party at the also-rans convention in 2016.

–Ben Crystal

Left Targets Immature Voters

Recent reports show that, despite the increasingly kitschy campaign ads from the left (called by some pundits an attempt to lure younger, more immature voters), the campaign for President Barack Obama lacks youth support in key battleground States.

A survey of college-aged voters conducted by Sky News in Ohio, a political battleground State, shows Obama failing to energize young voters with the “rock star” persona he touted in 2008. Many young voters polled said that Obama’s youth appeal has been largely exposed as fraudulent to younger voters after four years of policy that doesn’t match.

From the article:

The president has been campaigning hard for the youth vote in Ohio, which is widely seen as a must-win state for both candidates.

But some students at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) told Sky News Mr Obama had failed to recreate the rock star appeal of his historic 2008 campaign, when hyped-up voters aged under 30 formed a vital part of his achievement.

The president still attracts a larger share of young voters than Mitt Romney, polls suggest, but he is now only polling with a slight overall lead over his rival in Ohio. That means he needs every vote he can get and with each one he loses, he is more exposed to Mr Romney’s gains in other areas.

Slipping youth support appears to be driving the left into a frenzy to create ads of little political value that seem to serve most as a ploy for a chuckle to cement the candidate in the minds of younger, less informed and less politically active Americans.

Like this “message from the greatest generation” from Michael Moore:

 

 

Or Lena Dunham’s tasteless sex-themed advertisement paid for by Obama for America:

 

China: Rare-Earths Exports Slow Down

BEIJING (UPI) — China’s exports of rare-earths have fallen due to sluggish global demand and not because of its territorial island dispute with Japan, its officials said.

The rare-earths, a collective name for 17 metals, are crucial in the manufacture of a host of items, from iPods, low-emission cars and computers to missiles, and China accounts for about 95 percent of the world supply.

Liu Yinan, vice chairman of the China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals and Chemicals Importers and Exporters, said no embargo has been placed on Japan because of the island dispute, and that lower exports to Japan reflected a general trend, China Daily reported Tuesday.

Japan, a major importer, is locked up in a dispute with China over a group of uninhabited islets in the East China Sea that has affected their bilateral trade. The dispute has worsened since Japan nationalized the islands, which are also claimed by China and Taiwan.

China Daily, quoting China’s customs statistics information center, said total exports of rare-earths from January to September this year totaled only 9,967 metric tons, or a third of 30,996-ton quota set for all of 2012. Last year, China exported 18,600 tons against a quota target of 30,258 tons, the report said.

This year’s exports both in volume and value are expected to be the lowest in a decade, said Chen Zhanheng with the China Rare Earths Industry Association, adding prices, after dropping for 14 consecutive months, may fall further, China Daily said.

China has reduced output since 2006, claiming it needs to conserve its scarce resources and to protect its environment from mining damage. Unfair trade practice complaints have been lodged by the United States and the European Union at the World Trade Organization against China, saying its export restraints are causing massive distortions and harmful disruptions in supply chains across the world.

Home Prices March Higher

NEW YORK (UPI) — Home prices rose July to August in 19 of 20 major U.S. markets, the closely-watched Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller report said Tuesday.

Home prices rose 0.9 percent month-to-month in both the 10-city index and the 20-city index S&P/Case-Shiller tracks.

In 20 major markets, only Seattle bucked the trend with prices dropping 0.1 percent in the month.

On an annual basis, the prices in the 10-city index rose 1.3 percent, while prices in the 20-city index rose 2 percent, the report said. For 18 of the 20 cities, the annual price gains were improved August compared with July.

Annual returns for Dallas were unchanged, while the annual rate in Chicago was lower at minus 1.6 percent compared with minus 1 percent in July.

Two other cities besides Chicago posted negative annual returns. Atlanta’s annual return came to minus 6.1 percent. In New York, it was minus 2.3 percent.

“Phoenix continues to lead the home price recovery. It recorded its fourth consecutive month of double-digit

positive annual returns with a [plus] 18.8 percent rate for August. Atlanta posted a minus 6.1 percent annual rate; however, this is significantly better than the nine consecutive months of double-digit declines it posted from October 2011 through June 2012,” said David Blitzer, chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Indexes.

“The sustained good news in home prices over the past five months makes us optimistic for continued recovery in the housing market,” he said.

Besides Phoenix, strong annual gains were posted by Detroit (up 7.6 percent), Minneapolis (up 7.4 percent), Miami (up 6.7 percent) and San Francisco (up 5.3 percent).