Two Michigan McDonald’s Take Halal Foods Off The Menu

DETROIT (UPI) — The two U.S. McDonald’s restaurants that sold halal foods, both of them in Michigan, have taken those items off their menus, the company said.

The Detroit Free Press reported Monday only two U.S. McDonald’s outlets offered halal foods, which is food prepared according to Muslim religious standards, including having a prayer said while an animal is being cut.

In 2011, a customer from Dearborn Heights, Ahmed Ahmed sued McDonald’s for selling non-halal food as halal food. In some cases, employees could not tell the difference and sold non-halal items as halal, the newspaper said.

McDonald’s lost the case and was ordered in April to pay $700,000 in damages, $25,000 of which went to Ahmed and the rest to two Muslim community groups and to attorney fees.

The settlement did not say McDonald’s had to stop selling halal foods. However, one of the restaurants now bears signs on their menus in Arabic and English that say the halal offerings have been stopped.

“These items have been discontinued as a result of our continued efforts to focus on our national core menu,” a company spokesman said.

In 2000, about 65 percent of Chicken McNugget sales at the Michigan Avenue McDonald’s outlet in Detroit were halal.

The attorney who filed the case against McDonald’s, Kassem Dakhlallah, said it was “disappointing” the restaurant had stopped selling halal foods.

However, he said if the products sold as halal could not be guaranteed to be halal, “then ceasing to offer of halal products was probably the best decision.”

Chicagoland Mayor Ditches Bloomberg Gun Grabbers; Rangle Wrangles The GOP; Snowden Pardon Petition Hits Target; Jim Carrey’s Krazy Gun Control Tweets — Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 6-24-2013

Brush up on the day’s headlines with Personal Liberty’s P.M. Edition news links.

 

Chicagoland Mayor Ditches Bloomberg’s Gun Control; Embraces Concealed Carry

A Chicagoland mayor is embracing concealed carry in a very personal way, revealing he’s parting ways with Mayors Against Illegal Guns after learning the group’s agenda goes far beyond its implied purpose of taking guns out of criminals’ hands. Read More… 

 

Dem Lawmaker: GOP Can Save Itself By Being More Democrat

Representative Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) has set about on an odd mission: saving the Republican Party by urging members of the GOP to support Democrat legislative proposals. Wait, what? Read More… 

 

White House Website Petition To Pardon Edward Snowden Surpasses Threshold For Presidential Response

A petition begun June 9 at President Barack Obama’s “We The People” White House petition website calling for the pardon of Edward Snowden has crossed the 100,000-signature threshold needed in order to elicit an official response. But in Snowden’s case, the Administration wouldn’t be breaking precedent if it’s met with silence. Read More…

 

Jim Carrey Shoots Off His Mouth About Gun Violence

Comedian Jim Carrey caused a firestorm in March when he released the anti-gun video “Cold Dead Hand.” Now, the loudmouthed actor is once again making headlines for spouting off about gun violence. Read More… 

Dem Lawmaker: GOP Can Save Itself By Being More Democrat

Representative Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) has set about on an odd mission: saving the Republican Party by urging members of the GOP to support Democrat legislative proposals.

Wait, what?

Rangel argued on FOX News over the weekend that if conservatives didn’t support an amnesty-laden immigration effort, the Republican Party would likely dissolve in coming years.


 

“I would hate for them to see themselves just go out of business and we don’t have this competitive form of ideas in our great country,” he said. “It’s the right thing for the country, and it certainly is a right thing to make certain we have two parties competing against each other.”

Rangel said that conservatives have pushed back against amnesty for mostly racist reasons.

“There are many people from States that are not very friendly to new Americans, or the possibility that we have new Americans,” Rangel surmised during the interview.

While Rangel’s remarks seem bizarre at least, he is echoing an opinion made recently by fellow Democrat Bob Menendez of New Jersey. Menendez also believes the GOP is endangering its future by not catering to Hispanics.

Of course, why wouldn’t Democrats want a whole GOP made up of RINOs like Senator John McCain of Arizona, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and upcoming Democrat-in-training Marco Rubio of Florida. Many conservatives, however, would likely argue that eliminating lawmakers like the aforementioned would strengthen the GOP and reinvigorate its truly conservative base.

White House Website Petition To Pardon Edward Snowden Surpasses Threshold For Presidential Response

A petition begun June 9 at President Barack Obama’s “We The People” White House petition website calling for the pardon of Edward Snowden has crossed the 100,000-signature threshold needed in order to elicit an official response.

As of Monday afternoon, the petition had exceeded 113,000 signatures. It calls Snowden a “national hero” and commends him for shining a light on the National Security Agency’s (NSA) furtive spying programs he observed as a former contractor:

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

Pardon Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden is a national hero and should be immediately issued a full, free, and absolute pardon for any crimes he has committed or may have committed related to blowing the whistle on secret NSA surveillance programs.

We The People has been active since Obama launched the site in 2011 as a high-profile effort to demonstrate his Administration’s commitment to transparency and accessibility. But scandals involving the National Security Agency, The Associates Press and the Internal Revenue Service have damaged whatever goodwill the President may have created with the American public in his bid to appear trustworthy. And in order to open or sign a petition, users must create an account at whitehouse.gov that links them to the site.

In Snowden’s case, the Administration wouldn’t be breaking precedent if there’s no response, despite the petition for his pardon meeting requirements Obama himself help put in place. Successful petitions for the President to intervene amid ongoing investigations of other criminal suspects like Chris Williams, who allegedly violated the law by growing medical marijuana, have been met with silence.

Jim Carrey Shoots Off His Mouth About Gun Violence

Comedian Jim Carrey caused a firestorm in March when he released the anti-gun video “Cold Dead Hand.” Now, the loudmouthed actor is once again making headlines for spouting off about gun violence.

Referencing the massacre in Newtown, Conn., Carrey took to Twitter to condemn the upcoming film “Kick-Ass 2,” in which he plays a vigilante named Colonel Stars and Stripes:

Comic book writer Mark Millar, who created the characters upon which the “Kick-Ass” films were based, responded to Carrey on his blog:

As you may know, Jim is a passionate advocate of gun-control and I respect both his politics and his opinion, but I’m baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn’t in the screenplay eighteen months ago. Yes, the body-count is very high, but a movie called Kick-Ass 2 really has to do what it says on the tin. A sequel to the picture that gave us HIT-GIRL was always going to have some blood on the floor and this should have been no shock to a guy who enjoyed the first movie so much.

Ironically, Jim’s character in Kick-Ass 2 is a Born-Again Christian and the big deal we made of the fact that he refuses to fire a gun is something he told us attracted him to the role in the first place.

“Kick-Ass 2” opens Aug. 16. Here’s the trailer:
 

KICK ASS 2 (2013) – Red Band Trailer [HD] from Radio Metropolis on Vimeo.

Chicagoland Mayor Ditches Bloomberg’s Gun Control; Embraces Concealed Carry

A Chicagoland mayor is embracing concealed carry in a very personal way, revealing he’s parting ways with an influential gun-control group after learning the group’s agenda goes far beyond its implied purpose of taking guns out of criminals’ hands.

Larry Morrissey, mayor of Rockford, Ill., a Chicago suburb, announced at a town hall forum Saturday he had dropped out of Mayors For Illegal Guns, the gun-control group begun by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, after realizing the group is more interested in infringing on Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights than in making sure that criminals don’t “illegally” get their hands on firearms.

“The reason why I joined the group in the first place was because I took the name for what it said – ‘against illegal guns,’” Morrissey said. “As the original mission swayed, that’s when I decided it was no longer in line with my beliefs.”

Morrissey, who won election in 2005 as a political independent, said he’s received death threats since taking office, and had so far availed himself of extra protection offered by the Rockford Police Department in order to keep himself and his family safe.

But he believes citizens should have the power to keep themselves safe, regardless of whether they have the luxury of a police detail. He told the a crowd of more than 200 that he intends to apply for an Illinois conceal carry permit — an announcement that garnered him a roar of applause.

“Any doubt that I might have had in my opinions about concealed carry when I first came into office changed quickly as I became an elected official and became very familiar with the types of crimes we’re dealing with,” he said. “The focus should not be against law-abiding citizens… I don’t want to put my family’s life at risk or my own life at risk if I can otherwise protect myself.”

H/T: Rockford Register Star 

Couple Receive Summons Over Bird Feeder

RAMSEY, N.J.,  (UPI) —  A 77-year-old New Jersey man whose hanging bird feeder caused his wife to receive a summons said feeding birds is one of his few remaining pleasures in life.

Alfred Rockefeller, 77, said he and his wife, Annette, 66, put up the hanging bird feeder last year after Ramsey borough officials told them they could not spread birdseed on the ground, The Record of Hackensack, N.J., reported Monday.

However, the couple said they received a summons bearing Annette’s name and dated May 2 ordering her to appear in court Tuesday on a charge of feeding wildlife, which can carry a charge of $250 to $500.

The borough contends complaints have been lodged by multiple neighbors about the feeder attracting deer, ducks, squirrels and other animals to the area. The couple said Leo Egan, the borough’s environmental health specialist, told them the wire wreath-style feeder contains peanuts, which are not appropriate for birds.

“He stated emphatically that birds do not eat peanuts,” Alfred Rockefeller said of Egan.

“I feel like we’re getting picked on over here,” Annette Rockefeller said. “To me it’s like, what’s going to be next? I’m going to be walking around my yard in shorts and be told I’m ugly and bringing down property values.”

Egan said the bird feeder was causing numerous complaints.

“There were a lot of animals … being attracted,” Egan said. “The animals don’t recognize the yard line between one house and another. There was spillover, and other neighbors had damage to their gardens from the animals. They were putting in expensive plantings and getting them decimated.”

Beagle-Boxer-Basset Mix Waddles Away With ‘Ugliest Dog’ Prize

PETALUMA, Calif., (UPI) —  Walle, a mix of beagle, basset hound and boxer who walks with a waddle, walked away with the World’s Ugliest Dog title this year in Petaluma, Calif.

The ungainly mutt beat out 29 other dogs for the title Friday, The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest said in a release announcing the results.

The runner-up was a Chinese Crested, a small breed with facial hair that has dominated the competition for some time.

“This dog looked like he’s been photo shopped with pieces from various dogs and maybe a few other animals,” Brian Sobel, one of the judges, said of the winner.

Tammi Barbee, who adopted Walle when he was 3 months old, said she gets a lot of comments when she takes him out in public.

“People come up to me and say that dog is not right, but I love him,” she said.

The contest was held at the Sonoma-Petaluma Fair in California’s Marin County.

Walle won $1,500 plus appearances on NBC’s “Today” show and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Sisters Sue Dad Over College Tuition

NEW YORK, (UPI) —  Four women filed a lawsuit in New York against their father, claiming he backed out on a promise to pay for his youngest daughter’s college tuition.

Nora, Magdalena, Ina and Lola Kelleher filed the lawsuit against their father, Daniel Kelleher, a child psychologist based in Connecticut, in the Manhattan Supreme Court, the New York Post reported Saturday.

The lawsuit alleges Daniel Kelleher agreed to give his daughters his Paris apartment and half of a checking account he shared with their mother, Sylvie Furstenberg, his ex-wife. The apartment generates rental income of about $2,600 a month.

Nora, Magdalena and Ina further agreed to give their portions of the income from the Paris apartment to pay for half of Lola’s tuition at Oberlin College. The other half of Lola’s tuition was supposed to be paid for by their father, the lawsuit alleges.

The parties involved signed documents on the agreement in June 2012.

Daniel Kelleher “breached his contract with [his daughters] by failing and refusing to perform in good faith his obligation to transfer the monthly rental income less any maintenance charges from the Paris apartment for the months of July and August 2012 to his four daughters,” the lawsuit alleges.

The sisters are seeking $5,300 in tuition, the suit said.

Neither Daniel Kelleher nor Sylvie Furstenberg has commented on the case publicly, the newspaper said..

Texas House Tentatively OKs Restrictive Abortion Bill

AUSTIN, Texas, (UPI) —  The Texas House of Representatives, after more than 13 hours of debate ending Monday, tentatively OKd a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.

The measure requires a final vote before being returned to the Senate, which is expected to accept the 20-week ban language when it takes up the bill — and Democrats say they’re prepared to do whatever they can to prevent its passage before the special legislative session adjourns Tuesday, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Democrats stalled the legislation for hours but Republicans voted to end debate 97-33 early Monday. A final vote was scheduled for later Monday but the Morning News said the House may lack a quorum for the final vote.

Under the bill, abortion clinics would be required to meet standards of surgical centers, which Planned Parenthood estimates would close 32 facilities that couldn’t afford the upgrade that only five facilities now meet. The measure would also require that women take three doses of a medically induced abortion drug in the presence of a physician and that doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital no more than 30 miles away from the abortion facility.

The 20-week provision drew the most heated debate, the Morning News said. Republicans said it was based on evidence that a fetus past that stage of development can feel pain, which Democrats countered as questionable.

The  Morning News said Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, likely would sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

At 2 a.m., Rep. Bryan Hughes, a Republican, brought up a motion to end the overall debate on Senate Bill 5.  About 16 amendments were left unheard.

“Anyone who has been here for the last several hours would not describe this as being rushed by any means,” Hughes said. “The people of Texas expect us to take a position on this bill, pro or con. We’re still miles before we sleep.”

Outside the chamber, Rep. Chris Turner, a Democrat, told abortion opponents, “Your being here says that the people who come to Austin who are elected officials have to be held accountable and I know you will hold people accountable in the next election. I’ve never ever seen this kind of outpouring on a Sunday afternoon, Sunday night, early Monday morning in late June.”

Opening Statements To Begin In Zimmerman Murder Trial

SANFORD, Fla., (UPI) —  Town hall meetings in Sanford, Fla.’s historically black district will discuss George Zimmerman’s murder trial, which starts with opening statements Monday.

“The community is mainly concerned about a fair and just verdict,” Seminole County NAACP chapter President Turner Clayton Jr., whose civil rights group is hosting the meetings, told United Press International Sunday evening.

The community would consider the verdict fair and just if it was “based on the evidence, not on the jurors’ personal feelings,” he said.

The six sequestered jurors in the racially charged trial are all women — mostly mothers — and all but one are white. The other is Hispanic. The four alternates are two women and two men.

“It would have been better if we had had a more diverse jury,” Clayton told UPI. “But since we don’t, the race shouldn’t matter, as long as we get a fair and just verdict.”

Sanford is a city of 53,500 people 25 miles north of Orlando, where almost 1-in-3 residents is African-American and more than 1-in-5 is Hispanic or Latino, the 2010 U.S. Census indicates.

Zimmerman, a white Hispanic volunteer neighborhood watchman, shot Martin, an unarmed black teen, the night of Feb. 26, 2012.

He is charged with second-degree-murder, but was not arrested for six weeks, setting off protests nationwide.

Zimmerman, who faces up to life in prison if convicted as charged, maintains he acted in self-defense.

Clayton denied to UPI an underlying purpose of the town hall meetings was to ensure Sanford’s black community acted peacefully and responsibly throughout the court proceedings, saying the NAACP wasn’t worried at all about violence.

“We don’t have that concern whatsoever,” he said, adding reports suggesting otherwise were “media hype because that’s how you sell news.”

The first town hall, at an African Methodist Episcopal Church at 7:30 p.m. Monday, will include pastors who attended the trial’s first day. The court has set aside four courtroom seats for clergy.

Also participating will be be representatives of the NAACP, the Central Florida Urban League and Action Now Network, officials said.

Zimmerman and Martin had a violent confrontation in a Sanford gated townhouse complex as Martin was returning to a home where he was staying after buying snacks.

Zimmerman claims he shot Martin with his 9mm semiautomatic gun to protect himself only after the teen attacked him.

Prosecutors from the 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida argue Zimmerman was a reckless vigilante who provoked the fatal confrontation by profiling and pursuing Martin because he was black.

A neighbor made a 911 call during the fatal encounter. In the call recording, screams can be heard coming from a distraught male, whose repeated cries for help end abruptly with a gunshot.

Jurors may hear the recording in court, but they will not hear testimony of two audio experts for the prosecution offering opinions about who the screamer was, Circuit Judge Debra Nelson ruled in an order released Saturday.

One expert concluded the voice was not Zimmerman’s and the other said it was very likely Martin’s.

Nelson ruled the science supporting the experts’ analyses was “not as widely accepted at this time” as the more established methods relied on by defense witnesses who argue it is impossible to conclude whose voice it was.

Rand Paul Says Immigration Reform ‘Dead On Arrival’ In House

WASHINGTON, (UPI) —  Immigration reform will likely easily pass the Senate but is doomed in the House, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said ahead of a key Senate vote on the bill Monday.

“It will pass the Senate, but it’s dead on arrival in the House,” Paul told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“The House is much closer to me, and I think they think border security has to come first before you get immigration reform,” said Paul, a member of the Tea Party movement who describes himself as a “constitutional conservative” and a libertarian.

He said he remained opposed to the Senate bill, and said the House agree with him, despite a hard-fought border-security deal hammered out by Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and John Hoeven of North Dakota that Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said would “almost militarize the border” by creating a “border surge” with double the border control force.

The Corker-Hoeven amendment would double the U.S. Border Patrol force to 40,000 agents and complete 700 miles of new border fencing, up from 350 miles lawmakers originally considered.

The additional border guards and fencing would cost roughly $25 billion, senators said.

The amendment also calls for a $3.2 billion high-tech border surveillance plan.

The plan includes drone aircraft, infrared ground sensors and long-range thermal imaging cameras. It would also require both an electronic employment verification program for all employers and a visa entry and exit system at all airports and seaports to limit immigrants who overstay their visas.

The amendment provides “more manpower, more fencing, more technology,” Hoeven said Thursday.

Most senators say this strengthened border security is enough to sway a key number of Republicans earlier reluctant to support the broader immigration overhaul that includes a pathway to citizenship for 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.

Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, a charter member of the Senate Tea Party Caucus and one of the Senate’s most conservative Republicans, told “Fox News Sunday” the amended bill was “likely to pass” with up to 70 votes.

But he said his vote would not be among the nearly 70.

“Look, we all want immigration reform. But this bill is not the right vehicle for getting there,” he told Fox.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., scheduled a vote for 5:30 p.m. Monday to end debate on the amended immigration measure.

The vote is expected to follow further consideration of the bill beginning at noon, the Senate floor schedule says.

If the Senate votes to end debate, the chamber will likely have a final vote on the bill by Friday, Reid said.

“We’re going to add immigration as another example of how to get things done,” Reid said.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said at his weekly news conference Thursday an immigration overhaul bill would pass his chamber only if it ensured “our borders are secure” and gave “confidence that those who came here illegally are not given special treatment, confidence that hardworking taxpayers are being respected and confidence that a majority of both parties have had their say and support the final product.”

Harry Potter A Great Impact On Millennials And Their Politics

BURLINGTON, Vt.,  (UPI) —  The influence of the “Harry Potter” series on the millennial generation — 1982-02 — may extend far beyond the Hogwarts fantasy world, a U.S. survey indicates.

Anthony Gierzynski of the University of Vermont and author of “Harry Potter and the Millennials: Research Methods and the Politics of the Muggle Generation,” said readers of the seven-book series and viewers of the movies based on them tend be more open to diversity; politically tolerant; less authoritarian; less likely to support the use of deadly force or torture; and more politically active.

About 60 percent of the millennials who read all of the books said they voted for President Barack Obama in 2008, while 83 percent of the full-series readers said they viewed the George W. Bush administration unfavorably, Gierzynski said.

“Whether the book provided new perspectives or reinforced those already in their world, the deep immersion in the story and identification with the characters almost guaranteed an alignment of fans’ perspectives with those of the wizarding world, perspectives that would differentiate them from their non-fan peers,” Gierzynski said in a statement.

Gierzynski and students collected qualitative data via interviews, essays and an anonymous survey of 1,100 college students from 2009-11 enrolled at the University of Vermont, University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, Adirondack Community College, California Polytechnic State University, Iowa State and Pacific Lutheran University.

An extensive questionnaire determined levels of Harry Potter fandom on a scale of 1-5 based on a quiz and readership levels. About 30 percent self-reported as being “very much into Harry Potter” with 35 percent having read all seven books in the series and two-thirds at least some of the books.

A total of 45 percent had seen all of the movies and 86 percent at least some of them, the survey said.

Gierzynki acknowledged correlation does not prove causation, but “there is abundant evidence that Harry Potter fans are different from non-fans on the very subjects that were covered in the lessons of the series.” He likens the impact of Harry Potter on millennials to that of the “Star Wars” movies on Generation X, the Beatles rock band on baby boomers and the movie “Casablanca” on the so-called greatest generation that grew up during the Great Depression and fought World War II.

Nelson Mandela Hospitalized In Critical Condition

PRETORIA, South Africa, (UPI) —  The South African government said Sunday night former President Nelson Mandela’s condition has deteriorated to “critical.”

President Jacob Zuma, accompanied by African National Congress Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa visited Mandela in his hospital room, SABC reported.

“The condition of former President Nelson Mandela, who is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical,” a statement issued by Zuma’s office afterward said.

Zuma and Ramaphosa were briefed by Mandela’s medical team, who informed them the former president’s condition had gotten worse in the past 24 hours. They also met with Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel and discussed his condition, the network said.

“The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba [Mandela] is well-looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands,” Zuma said.

Mandela, 94, has been in frail health in recent years and has been hospitalized in an intensive care unit since June 8 for a lung infection.

SABC said Zuma and Ramaphosa were assured by the doctors that Mandela’s condition was not compromised when the ambulance transporting the former president to the hospital June 8 developed engine problems.

“There were seven doctors in the convoy who were in full control of the situation throughout the period. He had expert medical care,” Zuma said. “The fully equipped military ICU ambulance had a full complement of specialist medical staff including intensive care specialists and ICU nurses. The doctors also dismissed the media reports that Madiba suffered cardiac arrest. There is no truth at all in that report.”

Zuma asked South Africans and the world to pray for Mandela, and for his family and doctors.

Big Sis’ Border Fence; Schumer’s Dire Warning; SCOTUS On The Verge; Facebook’s Eye In The Sky; The Matrix Pill — Monday Morning News Roundup 6-24-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Another loophole inserted into the new version of the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill allows Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (or any of her successors) to nix the construction of a required border security fence if she does not find it to be an “appropriate” use of resources. Source: Breitbart 
  • As the Supreme Court heads into its summer recess at the end of June, we’re still awaiting decisions this week in four landmark cases. “In the court’s modern history, I don’t think there has ever been one week with so much at stake,” said Tom Goldstein, founder of the respected SCOTUSblog website. “We have four pending cases that may be cited for at least a century” involving Affirmative Action, the Voting Rights Act, the definition of marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act. Source: Free Republic 
  • Senator Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the lead Democratic sponsor of the Senate immigration reform bill, said House Republicans would likely spark massive civil rights rallies if they try to quash measures to create a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens already in the country. Source: The Hill 
  • According to admissions in its blog, posted late Friday afternoon, Facebook appears to be obtaining users’ offsite email address and phone numbers and attempting to match them to other accounts. It appears that the invisible collected information is then being stored in each user’s “shadow profile” that is somehow attached to accounts. The data is being gathered about individuals through their Facebook  friends’ information about them — harvested when a user grants Facebook address book or contact list access. Source: ZDNet
  • An FDA-approved pill has appeared that allows the electronic devices of people who take it to recognize identity and remember passwords. It uses batteries that run off stomach acid and last for 30 days. The controversial pill is being championed by DARPA Director-turned-Motorola executive Regina Dugan. “Essentially, your entire body becomes your authentication token,” she says. Source: Daily Mail 

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An Alternative Cancer Treatment

Dear Bob,

I came across a page of something you wrote about bicarbonate maple syrup cancer treatment. I would like to ask you if there is more information about it because I did not see the whole article. My son has a reoccurring brain tumor (glioblastoma) and has to start treatment again. He had surgery, radiation and chemo two years ago but was told he has the kind that comes back.

Thank you,

Laura C.

Dear Laura,

So sorry to hear about your son’s condition. My original article on this subject was reprinted here. More information on the protocol can be found here, here and here. Good luck.

Best wishes,

Bob

What Happens When Benevolent Totalitarianism Ceases To Be Benevolent?

As I explained last month, benevolent totalitarianism is the concept of government control by and through deception. For more than 100 years, America has operated as a benevolent totalitarianism. But what happens when totalitarianism ceases to be benevolent?

If benevolent totalitarianism is subtle, outright totalitarianism is open warfare on the people. That is what is beginning in America. We now find ourselves in the opening phase of outright attacks on the people as government exerts greater control in order to suppress dissent over the natural transition from benevolent to non-benevolent totalitarianism.

That America is a fascist Nation is no longer deniable. Fascism, as described by Benito Mussolini, is the merger of state and corporate power. All significant legislation passed in recent years has been designed to either increase the power of the state to control the people, to increase the power and wealth of corporations or to strengthen their symbiotic relationship. As legislation that accomplishes these things is detrimental to the best interests of the people, it can be described only as salvos being fired against the people and in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

America was designed as a representative republic, with Representatives elected by the people to represent their interests when laws are passed. Senators were to be selected by the States to represent the interests of their States. Neither the Congress nor the President is answerable to the people or the States today. They answer only to their corporate sugar daddies and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that operate behind the scenes. These NGOs, dominated by monied interests, include, but are not limited to, the Federal Reserve, The Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations and various and sundry “think tanks” propped up by the same corporate sugar daddies lining the pockets of Congress.

The names of the people running and funding these NGOs are mostly familiar and pop up from time to time in various ways in government and out: appearing in Presidential cabinets, heading alphabet soup government agencies, sitting on the boards of corporations, running the World Bank, etc. Theirs are the corporations that receive the contracts for government business as it makes war on other countries, move in to rape and pillage the natural resources of Third World countries (see The Secret History of American Empire and Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, both by John Perkins) or fulfill the mandates of legislation (insurance, Big Pharma, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, etc.).

In 2008, against the wishes of the majority of America, George W. Bush pushed through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), a $700 billion boondoggle of largess to bail out the banksters and their criminal co-conspirators on Wall Street. To sell it, Bush employed classic Orwellian doublethink saying, “I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system.”

Opposition to this criminal transfer of wealth from the middle class to the wealthy bankster criminals — whose illegal activity combined with Federal Reserve money printing caused the collapse — spawned the Tea Party movement. And Bush’s legacy, such as it was, was swept into the dustbin filled with 20th century progressive/socialist Presidents like Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.

The tragically misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was likewise passed against the wishes of the American people. Then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi mockingly told us we would have to wait until it was passed to find out what’s in it. As bad as the Obamacare deathcare system looked then, it looks even worse now that we’re on the cusp of its implementation.

Obamacare is more doublethink. Passed under the guise of providing healthcare insurance for everyone, it served only to benefit and profit Big Insurance and Big Pharma to the detriment of small business and the American worker. A majority of Americans remain opposed to it, and opposition continues to grow; yet there is no move by unaccountable Congress to remove the blight of Obamacare. Meanwhile, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebilius is strong-arming companies that will benefit from the Obamacare deathcare trap into contributing to the marketing of the byzantine boondoggle.

Now we know that the Internal Revenue Service, which is nothing more than a blunt instrument used to cudgel American workers and small businesses as it transfers wealth and creates dossiers on all “taxpayers,” is targeting Americans based on their opposition to big government. And this monstrosity will have full access to the supposedly private medical records of all Americans.

Revelations of the hyper-Orwellian spying system reveal even more government/business symbiosis. Government and Big Business are sharing the electronic data of Americans so that nothing is private: not phone calls, not text messages, not emails, not associations. But the spying is not limited to the hoi polloi. A warrant, which at least gave the face of legitimacy to this unConstitutional activity, is no longer even needed. Judges are giving wide latitude to the data collectors.

Whistle-blowers now claim the spying extends to judges (including Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judges who approve the warrants), Supreme Court justices, the elected class, military brass and high-ranking government functionaries. The data collected is such that the intelligence community could essentially blackmail everyone in government. It’s coup in the making.

The Senate Gang of Thugs is pushing a bill to give amnesty to 11 million or more illegal aliens. This, too, goes against the wishes of a majority of Americans. Yet those elected to “represent” Americans are again ignoring the will of the people. The amnesty bill has nothing to do with helping the illegals gain legal status. It is a bill designed to provide to businesses millions of workers content with slave wages and to provide unions millions of prospective dues-paying slaves. The fact that it will turn America into a Third World backwater, drive up unemployment — particularly among blacks and the poor — and drive down wages across the board is irrelevant to the psychopathic criminal class inhabiting the Nation’s cesspool.

There is a crackdown on what’s left of the free press and anyone who would consider blowing the whistle on government corruption. The Edward Snowden narrative doesn’t pass the smell test, so there is something deeper going on than the story we’re given.

Yet the message to potential whistle-blowers is clear: Reveal anything and your life is over. You will be branded a traitor or worse. Your family will suffer. And, members of the press: You, too, will be called traitors simply because you did your job and reported on government corruption. Your 1st Amendment rights have been stripped away. And get too close to the truth and there are serious consequences, as Michael Hastings learned.

Hastings, the reporter whose stories brought down Gen. Stanley McChrystal, died in a suspicious fiery one-car accident last week. When he died, he was reportedly working on a story about the CIA and had told WikiLeaks that he was being investigated by the FBI.

History shows that as regimes begin to fail they become more onerous, more aggressive and finally more violent toward their own citizens. The American system is in a state of collapse. The signs are obvious to those who are aware. I hope you are prepared.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns Inflates ‘Violence’ Stats With ‘Victims’ Shot By Police, In Self-Defense

Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s pro-gun control outfit, recently rattled off a list of names of victims of gun violence at a New Hampshire rally. The event made headlines for the group’s inclusion of shooting “victim” Tamerlan Tsarnaev — one of the guys suspected of instigating the Boston Marathon bombing, who was killed in a shootout with police.

Outrage and public pressure elicited a next-day apology from MAIG, but the slip got 2nd Amendment advocates interested in the other names MAIG was using to round out its list of gun violence vicitms.

Turns out, the group has been using a list on the Slate website that tallies the number of Americans “Killed by Guns Since Newtown.” It’s just a list of names of people who died from a gunshot wound (or wounds) — not a retelling of the stories of their deaths.

The Washington Examiner noted Friday:

A preliminary analysis of the list of shooting “victims” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s group Mayors Against Illegal Guns is reading at rallies for new gun control laws finds that one in 12 are crime suspects killed by police or armed citizens acting in self-defense.

The review of 617 killings found that 50 were suspects in crimes ranging from assault to murder, not the type of violence Bloomberg’s group suggests in its “No More Names” campaign to draw attention to the estimated 6,000 gun death “tragedies” since the mid-December Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newton, Conn.

To use the Bloomberg group’s logic, one would have to accept that everyone who’s shot and killed by a police officer or by a citizen acting in self-defense categorically fits the description of a “victim” of gun violence. Examples of police shootings are, sadly, abundant; but it’s unlikely every cop shooting is a tale of bad cop, poor victim. Even fewer, perhaps, are the instances of reported self-defense shootings that turn out to be false.

As Nick Leghorn succinctly put it in a blog over at The Truth About Guns, “In the minds of MAIG, I guess being shot by a gun is like instantly being turned from a sinner into a saint.”

How Does Obama Make You Feel?

Let’s try something. Glance at the picture below.

President Obama hosts a Father's Day luncheon

What was the first word that popped into your head?

If you said “incompetent” or “liar,” you aren’t alone. According to the results of a recent Pew survey gauging the President’s job approval rating, those terms are among the most popular descriptors used in reference to President Barack Obama in recent months.

Although some positive terms, like “good man” and “honest,” also appear on the list of words and phrases used to describe the President, Obama is more likely than at any other point in his Presidency to elicit descriptive words with negative connotations from respondents.

Here is an overview, via the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press:

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In terms of public approval, 49 percent of respondents said they approve of the President’s handling of his job. Forty-three percent said they disapprove.

It would seem apparent that the recent deluge of scandals that have rocked the White House would have an obvious negative impact on the public’s approval of the President. But the numbers suggest that Obama’s approval ratings have held steadfast near 50 percent since the beginning of the year.

Using the two Presidential Administrations preceding Obama as a gauge, Pew finds:

Obama’s current job rating of 49% is higher than George W. Bush’s rating in June 2005 (42%), but lower than Bill Clinton’s job measure in June 1997 (54%).

The partisan divide in opinions about Obama’s performance is virtually the mirror image of views of Bush at a comparable point in his second term.

Obama’s ratings on the economy, with the help of a perceived economic uptick in recent months, have improved. Currently, 44 percent of Americans approve of his economic efforts while  50 percent disapprove. It is Obama’s highest net approval rating on the economy since his first year in office, but the number is well below the 60 percent approval rating Obama received for handling the economy in April 2009.

Let us know what word popped in your head on viewing Obama’s picture in the comment section below; but, remember, we moderate our comments.

FBI Wants More Power To Spy On Americans On The Internet

His timing isn’t so great, but FBI Director Robert Mueller told lawmakers last week that Federal agencies must be given expanded powers of surveillance with regard to Americans’ electronic communications for the government to protect the Nation against possible terror attacks in the future.

Despite lawmaker skepticism of the Constitutionality of the Federal government’s surveillance efforts and growing public concern, Mueller contends that the Internet and electronic communications should be subject to increased government scrutiny because criminals can use them to thwart court-ordered wiretaps.

“The rapid pace of advances in mobile and other communication technologies continues to present a significant challenge for conducting court-approved electronic surveillance of criminals and terrorists,” Mueller said.

“Because of this gap, law enforcement is increasingly unable to gain timely access to the information to which it is lawfully authorized and that it needs to protect public safety, bring criminals to justice and keep America safe,” he added.

Federal agencies were pushing for increased power to spy on Americans’ electronic communications before news of the National Security Agency’s policy of widespread collection of phone records broke. Last month, FBI general counsel Andrew Weissmann told a gathering of the American Bar Association that government investigators faced a “going dark” problem — asserting that the rise in popularity of online chat services, video communications and cloud-based document services are making it difficult for the government to spy on Americans in real time.

Currently, the government can require Internet providers and Internet companies to install surveillance equipment, pursuant to the 1994 Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). Alleging that criminals are increasingly taking to Skype, Google Voice, Dropbox and even chat functions on popular online games to communicate, the Feds are lobbying for the power to conduct real-time surveillance on those services.

Basically, the Feds want to assign any electronic communications activity the same diminished threshold for expectation of privacy as an audible, private conversation in a busy public square.

At present, CALEA can be used only to make Internet and phone providers build surveillance into their networks. And a separate provision granted in the “Wiretap Act” can be used by authorities to request “technical assistance” in snooping through Americans’ emails and chat communications. But it simply isn’t enough, according to Fed officials. They contend that government investigators essentially need the ability to compel Internet and electronic communications companies to effectuate wiretaps on customers in the name of government surveillance.

Bottom line: Even as Americans are up in arms over the idea that Federal officials have access to a complete list of private phone records, the Feds continue to double down on efforts to spy on all other forms of electronic communication.

Ted Cruz Launches Petition To Thwart Gang Of Eight As Dems Reveal Amendment To Legalize ‘Victims’ Displaced By… Climate Change

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) started a grass-roots petition last week to pressure his fellow Senators to back away from the Gang of Eight’s bipartisan immigration bill.

Telling supporters the bill isn’t principled in its pitch to grant amnesty to more than 10 million illegal aliens living in the United States, Cruz said it’s “urgent” that constituents send a unified message to Congress that legal immigration has to be the cornerstone of any attempt to reform laws and policies that direct a foreign national down a path to U.S. citizenship.

“This is urgent. We must stop this Gang of 8 immigration bill, which would give amnesty to an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants with no guarantee of a secure border,” said Cruz in an email to his supporters, as reported by Breitbart. “The Senate debate is in the final stages and we need to send Washington a strong signal of the overwhelming grassroots opposition to this amnesty bill from Americans across the country…act now – without delay – to help us defeat amnesty and stand for legal immigration!”

The petition kicked off just a day after Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced an amendment to the immigration plan that, if approved, will allow “stateless,” displaced people staying in the United States to apply for legal status if their native countries have been altered by natural disaster due to climate change.

Schatz said climate change is not an “abstract challenge” but an indisputable fact with a human toll the U.S. can help mitigate, by allowing its many foreign victims to seek legal status here (since, presumably, America is immune to the “climate change” that’s running everyone else to our shores):

The amendment I am proposing is quite simple. If enacted, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, may designate individuals or a group of individuals displaced permanently by climate change as stateless persons.

Again, let me be clear about what this amendment does. It simply recognizes that climate change, like war, is one of the most significant contributors to homelessness in the world. And like with states torn apart and made uninhabitable by war, we have an obligation not to deport people back to a country made uninhabitable by sea level rise and other extreme environmental changes that render these states desolate. It does not grant any individual or group of individuals outside the United States with any new status or avenue for seeking asylum in the United States.

The amendment may not seek to grant anyone a new status, but it does immeasurably swell the population of non-citizens who can claim a legal foothold in the United States. And it does so disingenuously, by sheltering the argument for seeking legal status under the incredibly divisive, controversial and very dubious aegis of climate change as an incontrovertible, immutable fact.

The proposed amendment also would require funding for a study to assess (or, more likely, assign) the impact of climate change on populations who migrate internally within the U.S.

Survival Soups For Hard Times

People are going hungry in America right now. More than 50 million people are on food stamps. If we do not stock up on food for our families, we will be standing in food-stamp lines and waiting for food banks to distribute food to us.

When hard times get even worse than they are now, I believe that we can survive on soup. Soups were one of the most typical mainstays of the early pioneers who settled my community. Because supplies were scarce, the pioneers were very frugal. Any soup bones, leftover scraps of meat and vegetables were used to make soup. When the farmers came in from the fields for lunch or dinner, their wives had soup on the stove. It was always served with homemade bread, butter and canned fruit or jam. It was hearty and the pioneers survived very well on it, thus “survival soup” was invented.

If we have dried survival foods on hand, we can make our own soups today using dehydrated foods such as powdered milk, powdered butter, dried tomato powder, freeze-dried meats, vegetables, bouillons, pastas and simple pantry items such as flour, salt and pepper.

The following simple soup recipes came from the cookbook Cookin’ With Home Storage. The soups are made with dried or dehydrated ingredients that can be stored for 15 years and used, if needed, in an emergency situation. I use dried vegetables for everyday cooking because the food doesn’t go to waste like fresh produce. You can use small amounts and store the rest.

Dried foods are the next best thing to fresh and are highly nutritious. They come in 1-gallon sized cans that take up one-third the space of wet-packed food. They have a long shelf life, and all you do to reconstitute them is just add water. I suggest you purchase a variety of all these items for soup making.

Basic Dried Soup Ingredients

  • Bouillon: beef and chicken
  • Tomato powder
  • Dried vegetables: such as broccoli, bell peppers, green beans, corn, carrots, celery, mushrooms, potatoes, cabbage, peas and onions.
  • Grains and legumes: barley, rice and beans
  • TVP (textured vegetable protein): chicken- flavored and beef-flavored.
  • Pasta
  • Spices: salt, pepper, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder and others.
  • Dairy: butter powder, powdered milk, cheddar cheese powder.

Dried Onion Soup Mix

2/3 cup dried minced onion
½ cup beef bouillon granules
½ cup dried butter powder
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons parsley flakes

1). Mix all ingredients together and store in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
2). Use this mix as a soup base or as a coating on meat. Use in any recipe calling for onion soup mix.

Creamy Potato Soup

4 cups water
1 cup dried cubed potatoes
1 tablespoon dried onions
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules or 1 chicken bouillon cube
2 tablespoons salad oil or olive oil
2 tablespoons butter powder
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¾ cup powdered milk

1). Put 3½ cups water into a pot with the potatoes, onions and salt until the potatoes are tender.
2). Mix together the oil, butter powder and flour, and stir into the hot potato and water mixture. Stir constantly while cooking on medium heat.
3). When the mixture thickens, add the milk and cook until desired consistency.
4). If the soup is too thick, add a little water to thin it down.

This soup can be a base for other soups, Add vegetables to make a great sauce over pasta. Add dried cheese to make a cheesy soup.

Sweet Corn Chowder

This recipe makes six 1-cup servings.

6 cups water
1 tablespoon dried onion*
¾ cup dried diced or cubed potatoes*
1 cup dried sweet corn*
⅔ cup powdered milk
2 tablespoons dried butter powder
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon chicken-flavored bouillon granules or 1 bouillon cube
¼ teaspoon each of salt and pepper to taste

1). Boil the 6 cups of water and dried vegetables for 10 minutes to rehydrate them.
2). Reduce the heat to medium. Add the powdered milk, butter powder, all-purpose flour, bouillon, salt and pepper. Continue simmering for 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

*Canned corn and fresh onions and potatoes can also be used to replace the dried vegetables.

Tomato Soup

½ cup powdered milk
¼ cup tomato powder or blend dried tomatoes into powder
4 cups water
2 teaspoons honey or sweetener
2½ tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter powder
¼ teaspoon granulated garlic or a dash of garlic salt
Salt and pepper to taste

1). Mix all ingredients together and bring to a boil.
2). Reduce the heat and simmer until the soup thickens.
3). This soup can be used as a sauce over pasta and vegetables or eaten plain with bread or crackers.

Old-Fashioned Vegetable And Pasta Soup

6-8 cups water
2 teaspoons beef bouillon or 2 beef bouillon cubes
¼ cup dried onions
¼ cup dried celery
¼ cup dried green beans or canned green beans
¼ cup dried broccoli
½ cup dried carrots
1 cup dried tomato powder
¼ cup dried sweet corn
½ cup dried diced potatoes
¼ cup elbow macaroni
½ cup freeze-dried beef or beef crumbles (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

1). Using a medium stockpot, add 6 cups of water to the bouillon and dried vegetables.
2). Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes
3). Add the elbow macaroni and beef. Simmer for another 20-30 minutes until the vegetables and pasta are tender. Season to taste. More bouillon can be added for more flavor.
4). If the soup is too thick, add two cups of water to thin it.

Many of the dried ingredients in these recipes can be found here.

Emergency Soups: Just Add Water And Cook

The company that I purchase my food storage meals and soups from is called GoFoods. They sell a variety of premade soups that you just add water and cook for 20 minutes.

If you can boil water you can cook these delicious soups. This food is highly nutritious, with no genetically modified food (GMOs), no MSG and no trans fats. Packaged in a Mylar® bag, it’s compact and lightweight, too, making it easy to store. And it will retain its flavor and nutrition for a minimum of 15 to 25 years. The company will let you try the food before you buy it. You just pay the $9.95 shipping charge, and you will receive three free meals that serve four people each. That is a total of 12 servings for free.

For the entire month of June, you can get a special price of $500 plus shipping for a six-month supply for one person of delicious meals ready to just add water and cook. With four servings per package and 635 total servings, that works out to cost 79 cents per serving. This would last two people for three months and a family of four for six weeks. Plus, I will give you a free wholesale membership good for one year, so you can purchase food later at the wholesale prices.

To order either the free samples or the 6-month supply of meals, click here and go to “sign up” at the top next to log in. On page one of the sign up, there is a place for a promo code at the bottom. Use promo code SUCCESS500. This promotion won’t last, so take advantage of it today. Please call me, Peggy Layton, at 435-851-0777 if you have any questions or need assistance with this amazing offer.

–Peggy Layton