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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fiddlin' - The Anchor Baby Song

Conservative author Mark Steyne was riffing about anchor babies using the tune Santa Baby made popular by Eartha Kitt. I fleshed it out with all the verses. Enjoy!

Sing to the tune Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt

(Baboom baboom baboom baboom)
Anchor baby, just slip a phony ID to me;
For me.
Been an awful good girl,
Anchor baby, so hurry ‘cross the border tonight.

Anchor baby, a social security card, light blue;
I'll wait up for you, dear;
Anchor baby, so hurry ‘cross the border tonight.

Think of all the pain I’ll miss;
Thanks to baby as I dodge the INS;
Next year I could be just as safe.
If I’m crossed off the deport list.

(Baboom baboom)
Anchor baby, I want a green card and really that's not too hard;
Been an angel all year;
Anchor baby, so hurry ‘cross the border tonight.

Anchor honey, one little thing to get for me...
The key... to my citizenship,
Anchor baby, so hurry ‘cross the border tonight.

Anchor cutie, and get me some welfare benefits;
And WIC’s;
I’ll sign your 'X' on the line,
Anchor baby, so hurry ‘cross the border tonight.

Come and fill my Wal-Mart cart; 
With some food provisions bought with a SNAP card;
I really do believe in you;
Let's see if you believe in me…

(Baboom baboom)
Anchor baby, forgot to mention one little note...
A vote...
I don't mean GOP;
Anchor baby, so hurry ‘cross the border tonight
Hurry ‘cross the border tonight
Hurry, tonight!

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Carter Not First President With Brain Cancer

Last week Jimmy Carter announced that he has a melanoma cancer that has metastasized to brain cancer.

Casual students of history may believe that Carter is the first president with a brain cancer diagnosis.

This is not true.

Although not widely know, there is strong evidence that Franklin Roosevelt also had melanoma that turned into brain cancer that killed him.

Franklin Roosevelt enjoyed the outdoors. As a result, it is not unusual that he developed a macule (change in skin color) above his left eye. Photos from the 1920’s show a very light discoloration but it was bigger and darker by the time he became president in 1933. It continued to grow and darken throughout the 1930s. This was a clear sign of melanoma, skin cancer, one of the most deadly forms of cancer.

Patients with melanoma are likely to see the cancer metastasize, especially to the abdomen and later the brain. Among those who die from melanoma, 60% had cancer in the bowels, and 90% have the cancer spread to the brain.

Someone with brain mestastase from melanoma is at high risk for brain hemorrhage.

Steven Lomazow, a board certified neurologist and his coauthor Eric Fettmann wrote a fascinating book in 2009 called FDR's Deadly Secret that makes a strong case the Franklin Roosevelt did not die from an out-of-the-blue brain aneurysm, but rather from a brain hemorrhage due to a brain tumor that grew from it's original melanoma.

Roosevelt in 1939 with lesion clearly visible

According to the book, on January 17, 1940 renowned cancer doctor Reuben Peterson wrote Roosevelt advising him that he should check the lesion over his left eye. Most doctors of the day did not recognize a lesion like Roosevelt's to be evidence of cancerous melanoma. At worst it might be precancerous. Hopefully, Roosevelt's doctors did a biopsy, but there is no record of it (more about that later). What we do know is that they took steps to reduce the size of the lesion. The photographic evidence is clear that beginning in 1940, the lesion was being operated on. For example, right after Roosevelt got Peterson’s letter, he left on a hastily announced cruise on the USS Tuscaloosa. During the voyage, photos where nearly all from the right side, so his left eye was not seen. He also wore sunglasses a lot which he normally did not do. We can guess that Roosevelt’s lesion was being treated, but it was likely already too late.

By early 1940, Franklin Roosevelt’s cancer had metastasized and it was only a matter of time before he would die from his condition.

In May 1941, the president complained of stomach pains and fatigue. Blood tests showed he had lost the equivalent of eight pints of blood at some point in the prior 14 months. His doctor concocted a story about bleeding hemorrhoids, but a better explanation was internal bleeding in his GI tract. While Roosevelt was bedridden in the White House, his press secretary made excuses that he was suffering from a minor intestinal ailment. The treatment, which remained secret from the public, was blood transfusions, at least eight of them through the summer. Lomazow and Fettmann believe they have found circumstantial evidence that the bleeding may have been caused by radiation treatment for prostate cancer. None of this was included in the recent PBS Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelts.

By 1942 the lesion above Roosevelt's eye was gone, evidence doctors knew it might lead to skin cancer (and in fact already had).

Roosevelt 1942 with lesion removed.

In September 1943 his cousin Daisy Suckley recorded that Roosevelt was complaining of stomach pain that continued during the Tehran conference in November.

The next medical problem was identified (and acknowledged in the Burns documentary) no later than the spring of 1944 when Roosevelt was diagnosed with an enlarged heart and left ventricular failure. Doctors treated him for hypertensive heart disease.

Not covered in the documentary was doctors continuing to record further episodes of the president's abdominal pain.

Roosevelt ran for a fourth term hiding his significant health problems. A number of people who knew him well did not believe he would last another full term.

During the campaign, a letter to his wife and later recollection of his son James both recorded the president's continued bowel pains. He reported he had no interest in food because he could not taste it. By the time he died he probably weighed less than 150 pounds, a weight loss of at least 35 pounds during his last year.

After the election, people close to the president started noticing the president had periods of listlessness. The authors surmise that these were seizures caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. This condition was noticed during the important Yalta Conference where Roosevelt met with Churchill and Stalin to make postwar plans. Many people have concluded that being sick, Roosevelt gave up too much to Stalin.

Roosevelt was exhibiting signs of a brain tumor. Perhaps the greatest proof of this was Roosevelt's speech to Congress upon his return from the Soviet Union. Burns documentary mentions the speech and notes that it was one of the few times that Roosevelt publicly referred to his polio condition. Burns did not mention that the speech was a disaster. Roosevelt could not stay on script. He took off on tangents and lost his place in the text, botching many of the words. Reviewing copies of the original speech document, Lomazow and Fettmann noticed a pattern - the parts of the speech where Roosevelt made errors were all on the left side of the page. The president was unable to see the left side of each line of his speech. This is called left hemisanopia, a condition effecting the right posterior portion of the brain that can be caused by brain tumors.

On April 12, 1945, Roosevelt suffered a massive brain hemorrhage and died a few hours later. When the embalmers came to prepare the body, they noticed the stomach was unnaturally distended. There was no autopsy.

Roosevelt's medical records have disappeared. Even when his wife Eleanor requested them 10 years later, she was told they could not be found.

Why did this cover-up happen? Roosevelt considered himself indispensable in a world at war, and many historians would agree. Had Roosevelt's true condition been known to the public, there is no way he would have been re-elected in 1940, much less 1944. After his death there was less reason to hide the truth, except for the fact that it would detract from the heroic myth of FDR, the patron saint of the Democrat Party.

When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Obama's 7 Top Lies About the Iran Nuclear Deal

Perhaps not since the days of Joseph Goebbels has a political speech been so far removed from reality than President Obama's American University speech defending his flawed Iranian nuclear deal.

Obama is counting on the average American having no knowledge of history. Those who are students of history recognize that Obama's Iranian deal is the worst agreement every promoted by an American president.

Selected excerpts accompanied by the truth:

With all of the threats that we face today, it is hard to appreciate how much more dangerous the world was at that time. In light of these mounting threats, a number of strategists here in the United States argued we had to take military action against the Soviets, to hasten what they saw as inevitable confrontation. But the young president offered a different vision.
Speaking of John F. Kennedy, Obama is making things up. No one in Kennedy’s circle of national security advisers argued in favor of seeking military action against the Soviets.
After two years of negotiations, we have achieved a detailed arrangement that permanently prohibits Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
This is patently false. Flaws in the inspection process guarantee that Iran will be able to work on making nuclear weapons, plus in the next decade they will be able to do it even more openly.
Our troops achieved every mission they were given, but thousands of lives were lost, tens of thousands wounded. That doesn't count the lives lost among Iraqis. Nearly a trillion dollars was spent.
Today, Iraq remains gripped by sectarian conflict, and the emergence of al-Qaida in Iraq has now evolved into ISIL.
Speaking of the Iraq war, Obama of course fails to mention that it was his decision to pull troops out of Iraq that created the ISIS threat and allowed Iran to turn Iraq into a puppet state.
First, there're those who say the inspections are not strong enough, because inspectors can't go anywhere in Iran at any time with no notice.
Well, here's the truth. Inspectors will be allowed daily access to Iran's key nuclear sites.
If there is a reason for inspecting a suspicious undeclared site anywhere in Iran, inspectors will get that access even if Iran objects. This access can be with as little as 24 hours notice.
And while the process for resolving a dispute about access can take up to 24 days, once we've identified a site that raises suspicion, we will be watching it continuously until inspectors get in.
Not true. Military sites are excluded from the inspection list. Inspections can be delayed by months per the terms of the agreement. Remember that outside inspectors were entirely incapable from stopping or even measuring North Korea’s nuclear program.
The prohibition on Iran having a nuclear weapon is permanent. The ban on weapons-related research is permanent. Inspections are permanent.
This is like enforcing gun bans on ex-felons. They may be legally barred from such contraband, but that will not stop a criminal from acquiring weapons.
It's those hardliners chanting "Death to America" who have been most opposed to the deal. They're making common cause with the Republican Caucus.
Wow, does Obama really think he can get away with this statement? It was the hardliners who negotiated the deal. They are cheering in the streets because it unfreezes assets that can be used to sponsor terrorists and puts limits on inspections of covert nuclear production.
But the fact is, partly due to American military and intelligence assistance, which my administration has provided at unprecedented levels, Israel can defend itself against any conventional danger, whether from Iran directly or from its proxies.
The agreement requires America to side with Iran if they know of any efforts to attack Iran’s nuclear program.

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