Monthly Archives: May 2014

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day.

On 10 Nov 2000, 225 years after it’s founding at Tun Tavern (not the original) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I joined the ranks of the United States Marine Corps at Parris Island, South Carolina.  I survived the sand fleas and upon completion of the Crucible, Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA was playing.  It was at this time that I earned my Eagle, Globe, and Anchor. Not a dry eye in the ranks that day. Then, as they say, the real work begins.

You see, recruit training, while difficult; was the easiest portion of my time as a US Marine. The next four yours consisted of lots of training and several deployments as an infantry Marine with a helo company. Fightin’ Fox Company, Second Battalion, Sixth Marines (with a storied history) out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina is where I was stationed.  I’ve humped gear that weighed more than I did. I’ve shot my rifle true and accurately out to 500 yards with iron sights. I’ve deployed to 11 countries, I’ve set foot on the continents of North America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.  I’ve served in the Middle East, looked upon the waters of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans as well as the Persian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea.  I’ve traveled the length of the Suez Canal. I’ve trained on Mount Fuji and I qualified as an expert rifleman on the windy ranges of Okinawa.

I spent a childhood in awe of the founders of America and those willing to fight for their principles of liberty.  The willingness to sacrifice their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor for liberty is inspiring.  I loved the America that I read about. The years however, wore that awe to near disgust of modern America. As I write this today we have a nation of people split, by design, over race. We have a President that openly lies to the people. We have an attorney general, Eric Holder, (who purposefully lets weapons go to Mexico to blame the second amendment) and former IRS head Lois Lerner that are held in contempt by congress without repercussion.  Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, with ties to the Chinese, calls ranchers “Domestic Terrorists.”  The science czar for the executive branch, John Holdren, suggests forced medication of a fluoride which is deemed to be poisonous by many prestigious establishments.  Congress passes laws without being able to read them, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court writes both the assenting and dissenting opinion on the obamacare healthcare law because of a suspicious last minute change of heart. The IRS targets conservatives, Christians, and patriots. The Department of Homeland Security labels patriots and gun owners as the new enemy and let’s known terrorists through airports, while the military builds training bases that look eerily American. A congressman is now claiming that they have proven that communism works…that’s why North Korea is such a hot destination spot.

I joined the Marine Corps as a patriot, I left perplexed.  It turns out that war is a racket.

We have entitlement programs that are sinking the economy by design.  One example is Cloward and Piven. Our nation has more takers than givers.  Our veterans, men and women who have actually stood up for the nation, are treated horribly at the VA hospitals as well.  What ever happened to JFK and the idea of ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country? Oh yeah, he was killed…by whom?  The truth is, I am disgusted by the America of today. Our politically correct, commercial, superficial, thug culture is the antithesis of honor, courage, and commitment. It is destroying self responsibility and is taking over Americas airwaves through the movies and TV. I am hopeful though, for there are glimmers of light shinning through the smoke. Congress is attempting to shed light upon the actions of the Federal Reserve and the global bankers. Congress is attempting to shed light upon the connections between Benghazi and the connections between the US government and Al Qaeda.  There are other glimmers as well.

I’m reading a great book titled The Making Of America. It takes every clause of the constitution and explains it through the eyes of the founders. Through their own words. The brilliance of these men is evident in their writings and deliberations. These men struggled over every word. They were very precise and meant exactly what they wrote. The constitution was designed to be built upon by future generations. Not through the reinterpretation of the words written, but by the amendment process only. These men meant what was written.

Let us remember those ideals of the Declaration of Independence of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Let us also remember that government is instituted by men and that it is “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

After all on these years I can feel my pride rising like a burning fire. My accomplishments are but pebbles compared to the accomplishments of those that i’ve followed.  I am Proud of the American ideals, I am proud to be an American.   I am proud of the culture and traditions that I have inherited and followed.  I know that a return to the constitutional ideals is the answer to many of our woes.  Let us reject men who act as dictators.  Let us honor those who have fallen for our freedoms. Let us honor the men and women who have had the courage to stand up and defend what they believed in. Let us honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Let us be mighty proud of that Ragged Old Flag.

Semper Fidelis and happy memorial day.

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NUTS!

These testicles recently belonged to some young calves.  Those calves, as you can tell, recently had a bad day. Part of my animal science class was the sterilization of our young boys at the ranch.  Pretty interesting process.  I was surprised as to how calm the calves were during the process.  While the calves displayed some signs of irritation, after the procedure, they walked away without a hitch in their getup and are completely healed in a week and a half to two.  Not to shabby.  

Why do we do it?  Well, the reason is because Americans love their meat tender, juicy, and flavorful.  The sterilization of young male calves increases the above qualities.  Like it or not, it shows that the consumer has the power in the agricultural world.  Inform yourself and vote with your dollars.  The industry will sell what the consumer wants. 

 

NUTS

The Dangers of Conventional Seeds

This is the seed that I was recently given by a friend to plant.  This is the seed that was suggested to him to plant in central Texas.  Glad I saw this warning.  Isn’t modern agriculture fantastic.  I’ll definitely be sticking with organic and heirloom seeds.  I suggest you do as well.  Nothing like a warning label on a seed package.

If you reap what you sow, why would we sow these seeds?

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Highlighted warning states:

DANGER:  Treated with Apron XL, Dividend Extreme, Polymer, Cruiser 5FS, Vitavax 34, Thiram 42-S, and Captan 4F at mtgs’ rec. rate.  DO NOT USE SEED FOR FOOD, FEED OR OIL.

Sounds tempting doesn’t it.

Lets briefly break each of these items down.

Apron XL

According to the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) that can be found here, the following are concerns with this product.

– Harmful is swallowed or inhaled.  May be harmful in contact with skin. Causes eye and skin irritation.

Dividend Extreme

MSDS concerns:

– Harmful if inhaled. Causes mild eye irritation.

Polymer

MSDS sheet:

– Not hazardous according to Directive 67/548EEC

Cruiser 5FS

MSDS sheet:

– Presents a low hazard during normal handling.

Vitavax 34

MSDS sheet:

– Harmful by inhalation.

Thiram 42-S

MSDS sheet:

– Immediate effects –

Causes eye irritation. Do not get in eyes .Causes skin irritation. Prolonged or frequently repeated skin contact may cause allergic reactions in some individuals. Harmful if absorbed through skin. Do not get in eyes, on skin, or on clothing. Use of alcoholic beverages may enhance toxic effects. Harmful if swallowed. Do not take internally.May cause irritation of the mucous membranes. May cause respiratory tract irritation. Avoid breathing spray mist.

Chronic or Delayed Long-term effects –

This product or its components may have target organ effects. This product or its components may have long term (chronic) health effects. 

Captan 4F

MSDS sheet:

Causes irritation of skin, diarrhea, and difficulty in breathing. Avoid ingestion.

The best part of all of this is the statement: DO NOT USE SEED FOR FOOD, FEED AND OIL.

Nothing like a seed that you can’t use for food and feed.  Much less for oil.

Food: 

noun

1 French food: nourishment, sustenance, nutriment, fare; bread, daily bread; cooking, cuisine; foodstuffs, edibles, provender, refreshments, meals, provisions, rations; solids; informal eats, eatables, nosh, grub, chow, nom noms; formal comestibles; literary viands; dated victuals; archaic commons, meat, aliment.

2 food for the cattle: fodder, feed, provender, forage.

Feed:

verb

1 I’ve got three kids to feed: give food to, provide (food) for, cater for, cook for.

2 the baby will feed according to her needs: nurse, breastfeed, suckle; bottle-feed.

3 too many cows feeding in a small area: graze, browse, crop, pasture; eat, consume food, chow down.

4 the birds feed on a varied diet: live on/off, exist on, subsist on, eat, consume.

5 this series of victories fed his growing sense of invincibility: strengthen, fortify, support, bolster, reinforce, boost, fuel, encourage.

6 he regularly fed information to the police: supply, provide, give, deliver, furnish, issue, pass on.

noun

Feed for goats and sheep: fodder, food, forage, pasturage, herbage, provender; formal comestibles.

Oil:

noun

1 make sure the car has enough oil | we heat our house with oil: lubricant, lubrication, grease; crude, crude oil, fuel oil, petroleum; informal black gold; humorous Texas tea.

2 brown the beef in hot oil: cooking oil, vegetable oil; corn oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, canola oil, peanut oil.

3 add some oil to the bath water: bath oil, essential oil, baby oil, scented oil, suntan oil.

verb

I’ll oil that gate for you: lubricate, grease, smear/cover/rub with oil; informal lube.

 

Food, feed and oil as defined by the stock dictionary on my Macbook.