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Californians Buried in Government Debt

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 07:17:20 +0000

(Best Syndication News) Remember the federal "economic stimulus" bill that was supposed to curtail job losses and prevent our economy from failing? Well, despite the rosy assurances from President Obama and Congress, unemployment remains high and the economy is teetering on the verge of a double-dip recession. The only thing that appears to be "stimulated" is the national debt, which is now a jaw-dropping - and record high - $13.2 trillion.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office recently laid out a sobering potential future for America as part of its long-term budget outlook, in which the national debt reaches 90 percent of Gross Domestic Product by 2020.

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McKeon Applauds Signing of Iran Sanctions Bill

Fri, 02 Jul 2010 07:59:52 +0000

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Buck McKeon – source: Buck McKeon 25th District CA

(Best Syndication News) Washington, D.C.—U.S. House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) today applauded the signing into law of new U.S. sanctions targeting Iran’s nuclear program.

In the following statement released today, McKeon also called upon the President to ensure the Administration implements the sanctions included in the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act of 2010 in the most aggressive manner possible:

“With the enactment of new U.S. government sanctions, the Iranian regime’s nuclear ambitions can no longer go unanswered. The theocracy will now be forced to choose between the economic prosperity of its citizens and a nuclear program that has been condemned by the international community.

“By signing the Iran Sanctions Bill into law, President Obama has committed his Administration to fully enforcing these sanctions. Along with many of my House colleagues, I believe the President should implement these sanctions aggressively and without delay.

“Additionally, I will continue to work to ensure that specific provisions within the House-passed defense authorization bill, which prohibit the Pentagon from contracting with entities that engage in commerce with Iran's energy sector, are signed into law.”




McKeon Statement on President’s Immigration Speech

Fri, 02 Jul 2010 07:53:19 +0000

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Buck McKeon – source: Buck McKeon 25th District CA

(Best Syndication News) WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) today issued the following statement after President Obama’s immigration reform speech at American University:

“Americans are tired of empty promises where immigration is concerned. They are angry and alarmed by the increasing number of illegal immigrants and violent drug cartels along the borders.

“In his immigration reform speech, the President unfortunately outlined a path to citizenship for the over20 million illegal immigrants currently living in our country, when the majority of Americans – including me – oppose any form of amnesty. It only creates an incentive for illegal immigrants to hold out within our borders until they are no longer considered illegal. For what other criminal acts do we grant such immunity?

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What to do if you can't get or afford Health Insurance?

Wed, 03 Mar 2010 00:02:56 +0000

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[Best Syndication News] With the threat of individual health insurance plans in California potentially being kicked out of the state for possible non-compliance with the state laws, some people with individual health insurance policies are probably holding their breath in hopes to have reasonably priced health insurance that will still cover them. The question looms in many people's minds how do you get health insurance if you can't afford it or if you have a pre-existing condition. Here are some different ideas to get health insurance or medical care when you have a pre-existing condition.

A divorced lady was sharing her plan to get health insurance coverage on the day-time syndicated television show 'The Doctors.' She has posted her plea for a man to marry that has a good health insurance plan. So far she has received 7,000 marriage proposals. The doctors asked her if she would seriously marry someone just for good health insurance. She said yeah, but at the same time she hasn't agreed to marry anyone yet. She pointed out on the show that if she went to prison she could get the necessary health care and medication. She spends 90 percent of her income paying for her medications and medical care. She is a working person that can't get health insurance, but if she marries she could get covered.

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From School Lunches to Antibiotics, Agribusiness Gets Handed its Lunch

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 23:20:37 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) CHICAGO IL - You'd think agribusiness would welcome Michael "rBGH" Taylor's promotion to deputy commissioner of foods last month.

The former Monsanto operative, while at the FDA in the 1980's, legalized bovine growth hormone in milk, subsequent genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and no labeling of same in one swoop of the government/industry revolving door. Thanks for that.

Now bovine growth hormone (rBGH sold as Posilac), owned by Eli Lilly's Elanco animal health, is banned in milk at Wal-Mart, Kroger, Costco, Starbucks, Ben and Jerry's and entire public school systems like Chicago which now serves 280,000 rBGH-free lunches and 120,000 rBGH-free breakfasts a day.

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Dolls and Drudges Don Pants: Interview with New York Times columnist Gail Collins

Thu, 25 Feb 2010 10:03:13 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) Q: Your new book, When Everything Changed (Little, Brown) covers the cascade of rights women won between 1964 and 1972 from equal pay and the right to their own credit rating to the right to wear pants and to be called by the honorific "MS." Why was this second women's rights movement necessary fifty years after women won the right to vote?

Gail Collins: While the suffragists succeeded in getting the Nineteenth Amendment ratified in 1920, they also believed that women's role should be at home as mothers and wives. Without the economic power of participating in the workplace and positions of influence in society, women's status after getting the vote could really not change much.

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Are You A Victim of Farming's Drug Problem?

Sat, 20 Feb 2010 04:03:49 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) CHICAGO IL: E. coli, Campylobacter, Salmonella and Listeria flourished in the food supply; S. aureus, S. pneumoniae and C. difficile gained footholds in hospitals and the community and Acinetobacter got all the way to Iraq where it threatened our troops.

But when the late Sen. Edward Kennedy introduced legislation to discourage the overuse of antibiotics (AB) responsible for life-threatening antibiotic resistance (AR) in humans 2007, it gained no traction.

"It seems scarcely believable that these precious medications could be fed by the ton to chickens and pigs," said the bill's background text. "These precious drugs aren't even used to treat sick animals. They are used to fatten pigs and speed the growth of chickens. The result of this rampant overuse is clear: meat contaminated with drug-resistant bacteria sits on supermarket shelves all over America."

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Holiday Dieting--An Oxymoron

Fri, 22 Jan 2010 08:11:14 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) CHICAGO - If you over imbibe during the holidays you can fall back on Winston Churchill's famous riposte, "Ah but tomorrow, I shall be sober." (And you, who accuse me of being drunk, will still look the way you look.)

But if you overeat during the holidays, tomorrow holds no similar reprieve for you. It is denial or the gym--or denial and the gym. It's sweat pants with a draw string, sweater dresses as wide as they are long and Liz Taylor style kaftans. (Unless you still have a muumuu.)

Let's face it, "dieting" during the holidays is an oxymoron. It is actually a caloric relapse and damage control.

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Before You Take That Antidepressant, Visit This Web Site

Wed, 13 Jan 2010 22:02:20 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) With our national love of drugs, sex, celebrities and violence you'd think SSRIstories.com would be more popular.

The 12-year-old web site lists 3,500 crime related news reports linked to the use of SSRI antidepressants with celebrities like Wynona Ryder, Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy, Anna Nicole Smith, Heather Locklear, Glen Campbell, Carrie Fisher, Sharon Osbourne, Phil Hartman, Princess Di's driver, Patrick Swayze's sister, O.J. Simpson and the Crown Prince of Nepal generously sprinkled in.

You can search and sort stories by drug--Lexapro, Celexa, Luvox, Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil and the related Effexor and Cymbalta--date, location, type of violence and the articles about school shootings, famous cases and legal cases won on SSRI defenses are color coded.

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The Sex Scandal No One Wants To Talk About

Sun, 20 Dec 2009 11:04:13 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) Residents from Chicago' s New City neighborhood can be forgiven for not being too relieved that convicted killer/rapist Andrew Crawford is eligible for the death penalty.

The 47-year-old Crawford was found guilty of 11 murders, nine rapes and an attempted murder in a Chicago trial last week.

The reason is they have heard "we got the killer" before. They heard it for years in the South Side neighborhoods of Englewood and New City but the murders of vulnerable women during the 1990's continued.

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Fish Killed, Waterways Needlessly Poisoned by State Agency

Tue, 08 Dec 2009 01:28:14 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) Chicago IL - It's been a year since the Illinois Department of Natural Resources poisoned all the fish in Lincoln Park's South Pond to "restore" the water body into a "model Illinois freshwater habitat." Most of the world was watching the events a mile away in Grant Park as Barack Obama was named 44th President of the United States.

Tens of thousands of goldfish, koi, bass, crappie, catfish and sunfish/bluegill hybrids which inhabited the pond for 140 years suffocated and struggled to the surface after state "environmentalists" poisoned the water with Rotenone. Soon the lagoon sported a slick of shiny, golden and still moving fish like a macabre layered bar drink.

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Clotheslines Are Back--and So Are Their Problems

Mon, 09 Nov 2009 10:13:50 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) CHICAGO - The news that clotheslines are back as an environmentally conscious way to dry clothes is both good and bad.

Clotheslines have been glorified as an emblem of the good old days, especially in country and Western songs where Mom sings Amazing Grace while pinning socks. (Not my mom.) But in the real world they are a mixed blessing.

Sure, nothing beats the fragrant aura of sheets dried amidst pastoral breezes--but how about towels, assuming they even dry? Do they go in the linen closet--or in the garage as emergency sandpaper?

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Agribusiness Attacks "Omnivore" Michael Pollan

Wed, 28 Oct 2009 04:05:18 +0000

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Even if agribusiness could shut Michael Pollan up, the outspoken author of Omnivore's Dilemma and a journalism professor at University of California, Berkeley, it still has the Los Angeles Times to contend with.

Last week, the Times blasted California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo for downgrading a scheduled Pollan lecture because it received pressure from David E. Wood, a university donor who happens to be chairman of the Harris Ranch Beef Co.

"Agribusiness gets plenty of opportunities to preach its point of view at agriculture schools such as Cal Poly, where the likes of Monsanto and Cargill fund research," the Times wrote, calling the 800-acre Harris Ranch, near Coalinga, whose "smell assaults passersby long before the panorama of thousands of cattle packed atop layers of their own manure,"--"Cowschwitz." Ouch.

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Think Disease Mongering Started with Direct-to-Consumer Ads? Think Again

Wed, 21 Oct 2009 19:39:50 +0000

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The photo looks like John Travolta or Divine playing Edna Turnblad in Hairspray.

Under the bangs of a Dynel doll wig a "floozy" with nasolabial folds, male facial features and leathery skin mugs for the camera--coquettish hair bow, mod sunglasses and gaudy plastic jewelry adorning her "look." The only thing missing is a Miami Beach style cigarette holder.

"Lady, Your Anxiety Is Showing," is pasted across her nose to leave no doubt we are laughing at her. "Over a co-existing depression" is added in parentheses.

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Yale Murder Peels Back Animal Research's Plexiglas Curtain

Wed, 07 Oct 2009 22:54:43 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) Scratch that $11.2 million underground animal research facility the University of Iowa's interim vice president for research, Jordan Cohen is probably saying to his Board of Regents right about now.

A 35,000-square-foot underground vivarium where researchers could move mice, sheep, pigs, rabbits and primates without ever coming above ground made a lot of sense in 2004--when activists breached Iowa labs, opening cages and ruining research.

But it doesn't make a lot of sense when the enemy is, gulp one of one's own.

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2012 End Of World?

Tue, 06 Oct 2009 20:37:27 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) Doomsday prophecies have always been there and shall always be there. More so, everyone is curious about a doomsday prophecy. People wish to know about the extraordinary events that might affect our planet or the entire human race. While most of these doomsday predictions are part of ancient religious texts, there are some “researchers” who have spent a lot of time investigating cause and effect of a doomsday prophecy.

The latest in line is that of the Mayan calendar, which marks December 21, 2012 the end of the world. Some researchers are even out with the exact time; 11:11 PM it is said is the time, when there shall be no breathing soul on the planet.

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Fight Political Power by Ignoring It's Scheme's

Tue, 06 Oct 2009 01:22:09 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) Over the past month, I have heard of, in no particular order, the “Racism Crisis”, the “Dollar Crisis”, the “Terrorism Crisis”, the “Healthcare Crisis”, the “International Economic-Imbalance Crisis”, the “Global Warming Crisis”, the “Iranian Nuclear Weapons Crisis”, the “Swine Flu Crisis”, the “Taliban Crisis”, the “Pakistani-al Qaeda Crisis”, the “Unemployment Crisis”, and, the “Swine Flu Crisis”.

I might be missing a few crises.

Although all of these crises are, reportedly, rushing upon us to destroy our way of life, I have not heard any of my friends or neighbors ask for my support to call the government or one of the two branches of the political system to take action, or withhold such, to rescue us.

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Senator George Runner: Change State Law And Qualify For Federal Funding For Schools and More

Fri, 02 Oct 2009 02:20:10 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) Senate Republicans are calling for legislative action to make sure California is eligible to compete for $4.35 billion in “Race to the Top” dollars available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The Recovery Act is the single largest pool of discretionary funding for education reform in U.S. history. On July 24, 2009, President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan outlined federal eligibility and competitiveness requirements for states competing for this funding.

Without a change in state law, however, California will be disqualified before the “Race to the Top” even starts. Under current law, California does not have the legal ability to link student achievement data to teachers and principals as the Race to the Top requires.

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Temple Grandin Speaks Out on Damaging Food Videos

Fri, 02 Oct 2009 01:24:20 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) "There is a point there economics alone must not be the sole justification for an animal production practice. When the egg producers asked me if I wanted cheap eggs I replied, 'Would you want to buy a shirt if it was $5 cheaper and made by child slaves?'" animal behavior expert Temple Grandin told ag professionals in 2001.

Unfortunately, since then, things are worse in the ag world.

This month the public saw videos of baby chicks ground up alive at Hy-Line hatchery and laying hens pancaked and mummified at a Dunkin Donut's supplier. http://www.dunkincruelty.com/ And how was your omelet?

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Who Is To Blame for Vogue's October Issue?

Tue, 22 Sep 2009 01:37:08 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) The September Issue, R.J. Cutler's documentary about Vogue editor Anna Wintour has a lot in common with Martin Scorsese's Shine a Light about the Rolling Stones--and not just the Byronic visage of Wintour's "Keith Richards," creative director Grace Coddington.

It raises more questions than it answers.

Why does Wintour's shellacked, pageboy helmet bob--last seen on Monica Lewinsky in 1999 when she was doing penance--not disqualify her fashion oeuvre? And her little shrunken, osteoporosis blazers paired with A-line skirts? How about the sleeveless, abstract-floral print jersey dresses that look like, gulp, Butterick patterns when they made you take Home Ec? Am I missing something?

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