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Ron Paul and Rand Paul on Freedom Watch

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) and Senator Rand Paul (R-TX), father and son and both physicians, are interviewed by Judge Andrew Napolitano on Freedom Watch (Fox Business Network).

TSA Rejects Airport Molestation Complaints

Tests Confirm Oil in Gulf Shrimp

The FDA says up to 100-PPM of oil and dispersant residue safe to consume in finned fish, and 500-PPM okay for shellfish. Scientists are aghast at the irresponsibility of the federal agency.

Raw Story

Experts operating states apart confirm toxic content in not just shrimp, but crab and fish too

The federal government is going out of its way to assure the public that seafood pulled from recently reopened Gulf of Mexico waters is safe to consume, in spite of the largest accidental release of crude oil in America's history.

However, testing methodologies used by the government to deem areas of water safe for commercial fishing are woefully inadequate and permit high levels of toxic compounds to slip into the human food chain, according to a series of scientific and medical professionals interviewed by Raw Story.

Read more . . .

Link:

FDA declares Gulf seafood safe to eat [MSNBC] Aug 2, 2010

Debt Commission Releases Recommendations

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, formed by President Barack Obama to find ways to cut federal deficit spending, has released its recommendations. It suggests making sweeping cuts to Medicare, simplifying the tax code, increasing the age for receiving Social Security benefits to 69, slashing a third of military bases, eliminating earmarks and reducing the number of employees in the federal government by 10 percent. The Commission says its recommendations would save $3.8 trillion.

Said Stan Collender, a former Democratic House and Senate budget analyst,

“Politically, it is going to have a lot of trouble getting support from more than just the two co-chairs.”

Representative Jim Cooper (D-TN) asked rhetorically,

“Is America ready for an adult conversation on the deficit? . . . It’s ‘put up or shut up’ time.”

Sources: Bloomberg, National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

Links:

President Obama's Executive Order Establishing the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Feb 18, 2010

Debt Commission Report Leak Timed for the Lame Duck Session  Rush Limbaugh's take on the report

America’s Bread and Circus Society

by Chuck Baldwin

The Roman poet Juvenal (circa 100 A.D.) wrote regarding the way latter-day Roman emperors retained power and control over the masses that were seemingly more than happy to obsess themselves with trivialities and self-indulgences while their once-great-and-powerful empire collapsed before their very eyes. He wrote:

“Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions–everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.”

I submit that a good many in America are, like Rome of old, carelessly frittering away their God-given liberties, foolishly clamoring for nothing more than government handouts and never-ending entertainment. Millions and millions of Americans (especially males) are literally intoxicated with sports. Sports are no longer a great American pastime; they are now a great American obsession.

Mind you, this writer has been a sports fan all of his life. I began playing organized basketball in the fifth grade; I was on the high school wrestling team; I played football in high school and college; and I ran track. Still today, I enjoy watching a good NFL game (yes, I’m still a Green Bay Packers fan), a good college game when the Gators are playing, a good NCAA men’s basketball game (especially during the tournament–even more so when the Hoosiers are in it), and any NBA championship series between the Celtics and Lakers (I root for Boston). And I even like to watch a round of professional golf once in a while (it helps me go to sleep when I’m trying to take a nap). But none of the above will interfere with anything that is important, and I am not going to plan my whole universe around any of it. If it is convenient, I will watch. If it’s not, I will read about it in the sports section of the newspaper. And I’m certainly not going to spend my hard-earned money following any sports team (even those I like) all over the country like some rock band groupie.

I am not talking about sports in general; I am talking about the way many American men have allowed sports to control and dominate their lives. With many, sports are not just a hobby; they are a religion. I cannot count the number of conversations between men that I overhear in restaurants, airplanes, boardrooms, and, yes, even church houses, in which every man in the circle is literally consumed with all sorts of sports facts, information, and opinions. In many such discussions, these men will talk about nothing else. To these men, there is absolutely nothing in the world more important than the latest sports score, announcement, or trade. NOTHING!

And there is also a very real psychological pitfall associated with a man’s intoxication with sports. I submit that an obsession with sports gives men a false sense of masculinity and actually serves to steal true manhood from them.

For example, it used to be when men stripped their shirts off and painted their faces, they were heading to the battlefield to kill the tyrant’s troops. Now they are headed off to the sports coliseum to watch a football game. A man’s ego and machismo was once used to protect his family and freedom; now it’s used to tout batting averages and box scores. The fact is, if we could get the average American male to get as exercised and energized about defending the historic principles upon which liberty and Western Civilization are built as he is in defending his favorite quarterback or NASCAR driver, our country would not be in the shape it is in today.

The sad reality is that much of today’s masculinity is experienced only vicariously through a variety of sports teams and personalities. Instead of personally flexing our muscles for God and country, freedom and liberty, or home and hearth, we punch the air and beat our chests over touchdowns and home runs (even though we had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with them ourselves). Instead of getting in the face of these would-be tyrants in Washington, D.C., who are doing everything they can to steal the American dream, we get in the face of the poor umpire who makes a bad call or the Little League coach who doesn’t play my son enough. Our happiness, well-being, and mood are not determined by anything personally achieved (or lost), but by what others accomplished (or didn’t accomplish) at the ball park. Whether our children inherit a land of liberty and freedom does not seem nearly as important as whether they make the starting lineup on the football team.

Add to an epidemic obsession with sports the demand for more and more handouts from Big Brother and the outlook for liberty is not good. Everywhere we turn, we seem to hear people clamoring for government to give them more and more. They expect government to supply their every need and meet their every demand. They then have the gall to turn around and say, “God bless America: land of the free”?

Ladies and gentlemen, one cannot have it both ways. If we expect government to be our supplier, we cannot expect that it will not become our master. Always remember this: government has nothing to give except that it first takes it from someone else. Every dollar and every job that government gives is first taken from someone else. Furthermore, every job given to government is another freedom–and another dollar–taken from the citizenry. Every government job brings with it a restriction, a prohibition, a regulation, an inspection, a fee, a tax, an assessment, etc. As government grows, freedom shrinks. As government spends, wealth shrinks. And as government hires, opportunity shrinks.

Most historians agree with Juvenal that the mighty Roman Empire collapsed from within due to a morally reckless, selfish, pleasure-crazed, sports-obsessed, bread and circus society that willingly surrendered the principles of self-government to an insatiable central government that, through perpetual wars and incessant handouts, destroyed a once-great republic.

By all appearances, the bread and circus society has reared its ugly head in America. And make no mistake about it: if the people of the United States do not quickly repent of this madness, the consequences will be just as destructive for our once-great republic as it was for Rome.

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Why Were the Polls So Wrong?

Neil Abercrombie (D) whupped Duke Aiona (R) by a lead of 17 percent, surprising many because the polls showed them to be running a far closer race. The special election polls for U.S. House District 1 showed Colleen Hanabusa (D) to be consistently and often significantly lagging fellow Democrat Ed Case and Republican Charles Djou. Djou won that May election, but with the shocker of Hanabusa finishing 3 percent ahead of Case.

Showing why comments from the public can be exceptionally beneficial, Ray, who did the Abercrombie and Hanabusa pollings, he says, which were, again he says, highly accurate, writes,

Some people use polls to raise money; others to stir the troops, others to impact public opinion; we only poll to help direct the campaign.

Get a rare insider look at polling by looking for Ray's comment on Ian Lind's website.

Link:

Weird Findings from 2010's Exit Poll Data [Mother Jones]

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