Virginia Schoolchildren Wrote OWS Song, Or Were Coaxed

Many conservative bloggers believe a song that a Virginia school district alleges was written by third-graders is really an attempt by educators to indoctrinate the young students with the message of the 99 percent, according to Fox Radio.

The song, entitled “Part of the 99,” was performed by children at Woodbrook Elementary School in Albemarle County, Va.

“They’re actually claiming third-grade children wrote these lyrics and chose the topic as well,” Weasel Zippers, the website that initially reported the controversy, wrote. “Because what eight-year-old child isn’t obsessed with class warfare?”

School officials said the song was written as part of a program sponsored by an organization called Kid Pan Alley. The youngsters worked with a facilitator to come up with a theme and lyrics for a song which was not allowed to promote any political or personal agenda.

“We really don’t censor the topics that students come up with,” school spokesman Phil Giaramita told Fox News & Commentary. “This is the first time we’ve had the lyrics of one of these songs criticized.”

Critics are still skeptical that 8-year-olds came up with the following lyrics:

Some people have it all

But they still don’t think they have enough

They want more money

A faster ride

They’re not content

Never satisfied

Yes — they’re the 1 percent

 

I used to be one of the 1 percent

I worked all the time

Never saw my family

Couldn’t make life rhyme

Then the bubble burst

It really, really hurt

I lost my money

Lost my pride

Lost my home

Now I’m part of the 99

 

Some people have it all

But they still don’t think they have enough

They want more money

A faster ride

They’re not content

Never satisfied

Yes — they’re the 1 percent

 

I used to be sad, now I’m satisfied

’Cause I really have enough

Though I lost my yacht and plane

Didn’t need that extra stuff

Could have been much worse

You don’t need to be first

’Cause I’ve got my friends

Here by my side

Don’t need it all

I’m so happy to be part of the 99

Obama Tramples Checks And Balances With Recess Appointment

By using recess appointment powers to name the head for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Administration of Barack Obama has tossed aside a long-standing precedent that Obama and other Democrats used against President George W. Bush.

Obama appointed former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray even though the Senate, which has the power to confirm nominees, says it is still in session. The White House, however, contends that Senate Republicans worked so hard to stall Corday’s appointment that Obama had no choice but to bypass them, according to The Washington Times.

“Although the Senate is not in recess, President Obama, in an unprecedented move, has arrogantly circumvented the American people,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

When the Senate is not in session, the Constitution gives the President power to make appointments without confirmation. Traditionally, it was understood that the Senate would have to be adjourned for longer than 10 days, and a legal opinion during the Administration of President Bill Clinton said a recess must be at least three days. Obama acted just one day after the Senate held a session.

Obama and fellow Democrats cited the three-day rule in 2007 and 2008 when they used the strategy to prevent Bush from making his own recess appointments. Back then, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had the Senate convene twice a week in pro forma sessions to keep Bush’s hands tied.

China’s Growing Military Power

As part of a continuing military buildup, China is building a new class of ballistic missiles designed to arc through the stratosphere and explode onto the deck of a carrier to keep the U.S. Navy at bay in the event of armed conflict.

According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, the new missile, called the DF-21D, was designed to strike a moving ship up to about 1,700 miles away. Defense analysts in the United States say the missile is designed to come in at an angle too high for U.S. defenses against sea-skimming cruise missiles and too low for defenses against other ballistic missiles. The DF-21D is expected to be finished around 2015.

The United States and China have both, in recent years, been involved in a military technology race, but Pentagon officials don’t have much to say about potential conflict with China because it is not an explicit enemy, according to the article.

Reports of China’s new military tools come as the country has recently warned the United States that it opposes sanctions and military actions against Iran related to current tension in the Persian Gulf. Some commentators believe that China’s relationship with the Iranians could mean a global military conflict is looming if the U.S. uses military force against Iran.

After Iowa Bachmann Out, Perry Reassessing; Paul, Romney Are Winners

For the past several months, GOP Presidential Primary polls have been inescapable as, it seems, every news outlet in the country tries to predict the outcome of the GOP race. Now, in the aftermath of the Iowa caucus, Americans have a clearer vision of how the rest of the contest may play out.

After running a visit-every-county campaign that some pundits said looked more like a run for Iowa Governor than for President, Rick Santorum trailed leader Mitt Romney by just eight votes in the caucus (24.6 percent to 24.5 percent of the vote). While Santorum’s surge to catch up with establishment-favored Romney surprised many people, it is likely that the former Senator from Pennsylvania will lack the resources or ability to re-create the victory on a national level.

Ron Paul finished a close third in the caucus with 21.4 percent of the vote. The candidate called his third-place finish a victory. He said that Santorum may have finished second, but that leaving Iowa, it is a Paul/Romney contest.

“There were three tickets out of Iowa, and Ron Paul earned one of them,” said a statement from the Paul campaign. “One of the three tickets, the one belonging to Rick Santorum, is a dead-end due to Santorum’s weak fundraising and lack of national campaign organization.”

Fourth in the caucus was Newt Gingrich, who vowed to carry on with his campaign. Rick Perry received 10 percent of the votes, Michele Bachman 5 percent and John Huntsman received about 1 percent. (Huntsman didn’t compete in Iowa, focusing his attention instead on New Hampshire where, he says, they pick Presidents instead of corn). Poor performance in Iowa sent Perry back to Texas to “reassess,” and after initially saying he wouldn’t be headed to South Carolina, which holds its primary Jan. 21, he announced via Twitter Wednesday that he would campaign in the State.

Bachmann, speaking from Iowa on Wednesday, announced that she was suspending her bid for President. She said that her primary reason for running was to repeal unConstitutional legislation like Obamacare and Dodd-Frank, and to get the United States off of a path to socialism, goals that she says can be accomplished only if voters rally around one strong GOP candidate.

“Last night, the people of Iowa spoke, with a very clear voice, and I decided to stand aside,” Bachmann said.

Looking to New Hampshire, where the first primary will take place Jan. 10, recent polls show Romney and Paul both having a good shot at winning favor in the “Live Free or Die” State.

Following his Iowa victory, Romney scored an endorsement from Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.). McCain helped author the recent bill that allows for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens by the Federal government. McCain twice won the New Hampshire primary but, as the GOP pick, lost to President Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential election.

Though it is not an endorsement, Paul and his supporters got a pat on the back from former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who said that dismissing the candidate and his broad support would be a big mistake for the Republican machine.

“The GOP would be so remiss to marginalize Ron Paul and his supporters as we come out of Iowa tonight and move down the road to New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida, et cetera.”  Palin told Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto. “If we marginalize these supporters who have been touched by Ron Paul and what he believed in over these years, well, then, through a third party run of Ron Paul’s or the Democrats capturing those independents and these libertarians who supported what Ron Paul’s been talking about, well, then the GOP is going to lose. And then there will be no light at the end of the tunnel.”

While the Republican-centric events played out, Obama reminded Democrats that the 2012 Presidential election will give him a chance to face off against the GOP pick.

“I think the main message that we’re going to have in 2012 is that we’ve done a lot, but we’ve got a lot more to do, and that’s why we need another four years to get it all done,” he said in a telecast.

OWS For Credit At Columbia University

A new class being offered for credit at New York’s Columbia University will allow young people to join the ranks of OWS protesters not as unemployed, disgruntled activists, but as anthropology students.

Upperclassman and graduate students at the Ivy League school where the average yearly cost of attendance is around $60,000 — well over the annual income of Americans considered poor — will take to the streets under the direction of Dr. Hannah Appel to learn about economic inequality. The class is dubbed “Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement.” Instruction will be split between spending time with the 99 percent and lectures at the college’s campus.

Appel, who earned a Ph.D. in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University, reportedly has previously spent time alongside OWS protesters and defended the movement on her blog, writing: “It is important to push back against the rhetoric of ‘disorganization’ or ‘a movement without a message’ coming from left, right and center.”

The professor told New York Post that though she does have affection for the protests, she believes she is still objective in her teaching methods.

“Inevitably, my experience will color the way I teach, but I feel equipped to teach objectively,” Appel told the Post. “It’s best to be critical of the things we hold most sacred.”

 

Firearm Sales Soared Through Holidays

The Federal government continues to push for tighter gun-control laws through liberal rhetoric and more dubious means like the Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation, which may explain why wary Americans bought a record number of firearms as gifts this Christmas season.

According to the FBI, more than 1.5 million background check requests were made to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System by gun dealers in the month of December. About 500,000 of those requests came in the six days before Christmas.

On Dec. 23, there were 102,222 background checks made for gun purchases — the second highest number in history, surpassed only by this shopping season’s Black Friday when there were 129,166 gun-buying background checks, according to The Telegraph.

A spokesman for the National Rifle Association (NRA) said he believed that more gun-buying was taking place because of shrinking police forces and more crime in many areas of the country.

Some anti-gun lobbies like the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence say that the trend is indicative of more guns being bought by the same Americans out of fear.

“The research we’ve seen indicates fewer and fewer people are owning more and more guns,” spokesperson Caroline Brewer told CNN. “All the trends indicate the number of Americans who own guns has declined. It would appear because of fear-mongering by the NRA since Obama’s election that people are adding more guns to their arsenals out of fear Obama and the Democrats will take away their guns, which is absurd.”

NASA Says No 2012 Doomsday, But Preppers Have Other Worries

NASA has posted a frequently asked questions section on its website seeking to quiet talk about 2012 being a year of catastrophic disaster for the planet Earth.

Many preppers have explored possibilities of disaster scenarios that could play out in 2012 based on information from ancient texts, celestial observations or simply the general state of world affairs. Though there were numerous social and natural disasters in 2011 that have led many people to believe a massive catastrophe is looming, scientists at NASA say that 2012 doomsday theories are false in a recently released FAQs section, “2012: The Beginning of the End or Why the World Won’t End.”

“There apparently is a great deal of interest in celestial bodies, and their locations and trajectories at the end of the calendar year 2012. Now, I for one love a good book or movie as much as the next guy. But the stuff flying around through cyberspace, TV and the movies is not based on science. There is even a fake NASA news release out there,” says a statement from NASA senior research scientist Don Yeomans.

While the planet may not be in imminent danger this year, many people say the outlook for 2012 appears to be filled with the possibility of widespread military conflict, growing protests throughout the world, more global economic failures and further evidence of government’s inability to function in the way in which it was intended.

In what may be a prediction of rocky times ahead, a report in The Daily Mail last month explained that in much of Europe, following widespread economic calamity, being a prepper has gone from eccentric to mainstream.

Personal Liberty Digest™ has long been an advocate of survival, self-sufficiency and the prepper way of life. Though 2012 may not include a world-ending event, it is impossible to know when disaster or hardship will strike. Being prepared for the worst at the beginning of this new year is as easy as visiting Personal Liberty’s™ Survival and Self-sufficiency section and taking heed of the suggestions of the expert preppers who contribute.

 

Polls: Romney Leads in New Hampshire, Paul Second

Two new polls show that Mitt Romney has a strong lead in New Hampshire, where the Nation’s first primary will take place next week.

Romney has 43 percent support among likely primary voters in a 7 News/Suffolk University daily tracking poll, and 41 percent in a survey by the polling firm Magellan Strategies.

In second in the two polls is Ron Paul, who polled at 17 percent in the 7 News/Suffolk University survey and 21 percent in the Magellan Strategies survey.

According to Reuters, in the 7 News/Suffolk University poll, Jon Huntsman followed Paul with 9 percent. The poll placed Newt Gingrich in fourth with 8 percent.

The Magellan Strategies poll placed Huntsman and Gingrich in a tie for third place with 12 percent.

Support among New Hampshire voters for Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann was in the low single digits in both polls.

Former CIA Head Of Bin Laden Unit: Iowans Should Vote Paul For Safer America

The former CIA member who was, until his resignation in 2004, in charge of the unit that tracked Osama bin Laden said recently on his website that Ron Paul was Iowans’ only choice.

Michael Scheuer, a renowned foreign policy expert who spent decades working to make the United States safer from Islamic terrorists, wrote in a post that a vote for any candidate but Paul is a vote for American bankruptcy, U.S. efforts to destabilize more nations, billions of foreign aid spending in countries involved in Arab Spring revolts, widespread Islamic terror attacks on the United States, war with Iran and a continued and growing reliance on Mideast oil.

An excerpt from Scheuer’s endorsement reads:

Notwithstanding the damnable lies about Dr. Paul’s foreign policy constantly proclaimed by his fellow Republican candidates, leading pro-Israel/pro-intervention U.S.-citizens and their journalist friends, and most of the media, only the gentleman from Texas speaks for the Founder’s non-interventionist vision of America’s role in world affairs and for plain common sense. In the Founders’ non-interventionist design for U.S. foreign policy that is championed by Dr. Paul, Iowans will find a proven road to the maintenance of America’s sovereignty, independence, peace, and prosperity. In the realm of common sense, Dr. Paul beats his fellow candidates, the Obamaites, and the media hands down. Dr. Paul challenges the interventionists in both parties on their plans for spreading secular democracy — and causing wars thereby — on historical grounds that are irrefutable because they are just good commonsense. We, the British, the Australians, and the Canadians have been building our republics/democracies since Magna Charta in 1215 — that is for nearly 800 years — and we are not yet quite perfect. If Iowans and all Americans truly think about what Dr. Paul is saying — and not what the interventionists say he is saying — they would respond favorably to the Texan’s logical conclusion that what we have not fully accomplished in eight centuries cannot possibly be attained in Egypt, Afghanistan, or elsewhere in the Muslim world in 6 weeks, 6 months, or six years, not least because none of those places separate church from state.

The Paul campaign said that the endorsement from a former CIA official who has witnessed firsthand the effects of U.S. military adventurism in the Mideast should reshape discussion about Paul’s foreign policy beliefs.

 

Healthy Eating May Improve Brain Function

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to maintain a more healthful diet, it could have a long-term, positive impact on not only your physical health but your mental health, too.

New research suggests that elderly people with higher levels of several vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids in their blood perform better on mental-acuity tests and experience less of the brain shrinkage commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Those with “junk food” diets displayed opposite results.

A first-of-its-kind study published in Neurology focused on blood nutrient levels, unlike previous studies that based findings on questionnaires about subjects’ diets and relied on flawed memories of what they had eaten.

Researchers found that people who had the highest levels of vitamins B, C, D, E and the healthy oils commonly found in fish in their blood were mentally sharper than those with lower levels of the vitamins and oils.

“The vitamins and nutrients you get from eating a wide range of fruits, vegetables and fish can be measured in blood biomarkers,” said Maret Traber, a principal investigator with the Linus Pauling Institute and co-author on the study. “I’m a firm believer these nutrients have strong potential to protect your brain and make it work better.”

Findings in the study also suggest:

The most favorable cognitive outcomes and brain size measurements were associated with two dietary patterns: high levels of marine fatty acids and high levels of vitamins B, C, D and E.

Consistently worse cognitive performance was associated with a higher intake of the type of trans-fats found in baked and fried foods, margarine, fast food and other less-healthy dietary choices.

Cognitive changes related to different diets may be due both to impacts on brain size and cardiovascular function.