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Teen Pregnancy in Pueblo County

2 Jul

I was reminded how serious this issue is in Pueblo County when a young girl was telling me that she had helped administer a class teaching teens how to be teen mothers.  All of that just really made me think that there is problem- shouldn’t this young girl be helping teach something like chemistry, biology, music, art, gardening, anything OTHER than how to be a teen mom?

Today in the paper, The Pueblo Chieftain reported that the Pueblo City-County Health Department used a $50,000 grant to have a health care consulting firm tell them that the reason for Pueblo’s amazingly high teen pregnancy rate is:

1. A lack of adequate sex education

2. A high use of alcohol and drugs

3. Boredom

Now,  they could have not paid me a dime to tel them about the latter two – I have grown up in Pueblo County and know the lack of infrastructure and support for our youth.  When they try to put a 29-year-old entrepreneur out of business, they are probably not going out of their way to make sure the next generation has a support system to help them grow into leaders.  This is first a SOCIAL problem and secondly a  COMMUNITY problem, and we should all hold ourselves accountable.

The first reason for a high teen pregnancy rate has some valid points, however,  shouldn’t parents be helping with some of this education?  Why is the STATE taking charge of this?  Shouldn’t our parents and communities be doing something?  Yeah, I know it is complex.   I think what is lacking is the concept of SUCCESS, of HOPE, of WORK, of DOING anything.  When you grow up without access to tools and resources to make you want to grow – emotionally, physically, spiritually – then, you don’t grow, you stagnate.  And you try to escape from reality.  Hence, boredom and the use of drugs and alcohol and having sex at a young age without understanding the potential consequences of those actions.

I pray for this community – when the teen pregnancy rates of Colorado and the rest of the nation are decreasing and Pueblo County’s are increasing – we have to take a hard look at what is going on here.  And maybe instead of reaching out to a consulting firm to explain the obvious, why don’t you use that money within our own community to provide better support systems and outlets for teens to be creative, express themselves, and have some hope for the future?

Support Sarah – Our Next Generation of True Leaders

1 Jul

There is a young woman who is making a real stand for liberty in El Paso County, Colorado.  Her name is Sarah Marie Anderson, she is 22-years-old and self-educated on F.A. Hayek and Ludwig von Mises.  She started working on campaigns when she was 9 years old.  She loves liberty more than anything else – and she also understands that true liberty means breaking away from some of the messages and actions of the old-guard GOP.

I learned about Sarah from the Colorado Springs Independent, “This past February, at the meeting of the county GOP’s central committee, she was elected party secretary in a decisive victory over party stalwart Holly Williams, wife of County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams“.  WE THE PEOPLE must have wanted some new leadership and some youth at that.

After reading her story, I was able to speak with her and was captivated by her energy and desire to do something great for liberty within the GOP, which can at times be extremely corrupt and ‘backwards’ at best.  I know that is why I decided to run as an Independent in my own district, because I have already been told to sit down and shut up by the GOP leadership at the local and state level.

Since she is holding the GOP’s feet to the fire, they are now trying to get rid of her as party secretary – that is where we need YOU.  If you can do anything to help support her cause, including attending the next GOP meeting where they are trying to oust her, please do.  It will be held on Thursday, July 7  from  5:30pm – 8:30pm at the El Paso County Republican HQ, and of course you can contact us as well as we will do what we can to get you the resources you need.

WE MUST SUPPORT THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS WHO WILL RESTORE THIS COUNTRY’S LIBERTY AND PROSPERITY.

Tisha Casida

719-252-1763

Reference:

Hardin, C. (2011, June 23).  “Anarchy in the GOP”. Colorado Springs Independent. Retrieved on July 1, 2011 from: http://www.csindy.com/colorado/anarchy-in-the-gop/Content?oid=2281131

Dear Next Generation,

8 Jun

Dear Next Generation,

It is not every day that we have the opportunity to watch an anomaly in the world – a nation that is governed by the people – slowly be eroded into a nation of economic slaves, while we continue to work and play as if nothing is wrong.
While you were dialing in for American Idol, your representatives at a federal level continued to argue amongst themselves about how to deal with a $14-plus trillion debt, a deficit that as-stands will not be able to pay present and future obligations, and the fact that with both unemployment and underemployment considered, there are between 24% and 29% of American people who are suffering from not being able to work.

While you were enamored with the latest meat-attire of Lady Gaga, your government and the Federal Reserve “bailed out”, “loaned”, and “stimulated” companies, organizations, and economies of not only the United States, but also foreign entities.  The results of this are being seen, and will continue to have devastating effects on the economy.  “Quantitative easing” is like calling an EF5 tornado a “Qualitative smoothing” – it is semantics, and a lie.

While you decided that voting “didn’t do any good”, 535 people helped to make federal decisions that affect YOUR privacy, YOUR right to protect yourself, and YOUR right to consume products that you may enjoy or that may benefit you.

While you didn’t “get involved” because you thought that you weren’t able or capable of participating, hundreds of men and women who cannot read the Constitution of the United States of America, who can’t read the bills until after they pass, and who cannot balance a budget, made over six figures while “representing” you.

While you were afraid to call out these politicians and “leaders” for what they were doing, several of us screamed at the top of our lungs to stop being apathetic and join us.

Thankfully, that moment is not quite over yet.  The opportunity to make a difference is real, and it is not too late.

Transparency, Accountability, Responsibility

8 Apr

With the various problems persisting at the federal government, and watching the impact of the economy upon producers and small business owners, I believe that it is time that we acknowledge that we must take steps towards transparency, accountability, and responsibility.

The budget battle which is far from over, has to do with choices that men and women in Congress and the Senate made.  Our representatives, whether they were Republican, Democrat, or Independent – made choices that affected how we got here today.   They were and are in the People’s House – and should be doing our business for us.  That business is to protect the Constitution of the United States and our natural and individual rights.  We are far from that now, but we can certainly get back.

Being an advocate for sustainable farming and a prosperous/healthy food supply, the current issue of genetic modification of seeds (that becomes the products that we consume) has me concerned.  The static nature of the federal agencies that are supposedly “protecting” us, has already allowed these substances into our food supply, without our consent, and without our knowledge.  Since there is no way to really know or test the products because of the amount of time it would take, WE are in fact the guinea pigs.  This is unnerving and enraging.  Transparency – we should know what we are eating.  Accountability: The federal agencies that are set up to put a check on what enters our food supply and environment should be doing their job or out of business.  Responsibility: Our representatives that represent us in a constitutional republic (not a democracy), should be doing the people’s business.

Being an advocate for a sustainable fiscal and monetary policy as well as a sound currency, the existence of the Federal Reserve’s power and actions is of grave concern.  Conspicuously in existence for 98 years, their “control” of the money supply is arguably the reason that we are in the economic conundrum that we are in.  Their names for creating inflationary situations (QE2), not to mention complete lack of over-sight, creates confusion and false actions in the marketplace.  No one really knows what to expect because no one really knows what is going on.  Or maybe we do, and if we do, it is scary how much of a bad situation that we are in.  Transparency – we should know what the Federal Reserve is doing – if it is conducting actions that affect the American people as ordered by Congress and the federal government.  Accountability: We should not have an entity that causes inflation supposedly fixing inflation.  Responsibility: Our representatives that represent our interests as the American people should be making sure that upon the renewal of this entity’s charter, that the people’s business is taken care of and that the interests of the people’s currency is protected against internal and external threats.

We must do each of these things ourselves, and to find actionable solutions, we must face up to the positions that each of us are in.  Sometimes that is difficult and painful, however, each of us must take a stand and use our own personal responsibility to create an environment where we can once again have prosperity, liberty, and peace.

Reasonably Frustrated – Finding Personal Responsibility

8 Apr

I try to stay positive – it is a healthy and more prosperous way to live.

Sometimes, though, it is frustrating to watch so many factions of people arguing about so many things within our country.  The budget that is looming at the federal level, the social issues that are a part of this budget battle (Planned Parenthood, defense spending), and the day-to-day interactions between consumer, constituent, economy, and governance.

It is a whole lot to take in.  I wish, though, that we could work on finding more similarities amongst what we (and I mean WE, like we the people) need.  We need our natural rights, civil liberties, and freedom to exist in happiness.  We need some type of justice.  We need good food, clean water, and personal property and space.  We need these things, as should everyone in the world.  We need to understand there is enough to “go around”, that wealth is ever-present, and that living freely is not a zero-sum game.

The truth is that we are all capable of creating prosperity and peace.  What I witness, on the news and between people who desire to argue, is that we throw stones, call names, use the blame game, and refuse to use our own personal responsibility to stand up and take on the challenge.

If we wipe the slate clean and look at people as individuals and make each person ACCOUNTABLE and RESPONSIBLE for their actions, this would basically take care of several domestic issues.  Is that hard to do?  YES – that is why we aren’t doing it.  It is hard and painful.  What is just slightly more hard and painful is to watch people act so weak and incompetent and allow these issues to keep fermenting.  It is childish and pitiful.  Our country has been built with the blood, sweat and tears of men and women who GAVE THEIR LIVES for freedom and prosperity, progress and power.  We are taking this sacrifice and not doing our ancestors – OUR AMERICAN ANCESTORS – who are from all over the world, any justice.  We must embrace who we are as Americans – stop looking for minorities and majorities and factions and audiences.  WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER – WE ARE BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN ARMS.

Perhaps such statements are a waste of words.  But, I still have the right to say whatever I want because my country is still this free.  I pray for the future of this country and for the men and women who have taken their own personal responsibility to protect it.  Whether it is the soldier overseas or the mom and dad who are working overtime to feed their children – the people who work, fight, and create freedom – we must find our commonalities and transcend parties and politics to creative positive and actionable solutions for this great country.

Engaging in the Arms Trade

16 Feb

As a publisher and a journalist, I have decided it is time to engage in the arms trade.  Being in media is just not lucrative enough for me – I want to do more, to make more.

So, as of today, with the riots taking place in Iran, the questions being raised in Egypt, and the countless other actions being taken today by people around the world who want to be free and prosperous – I will engage in the arms trade, as this truly is the most lucrative way to make change.

To the people who possess different belief systems than me but share in the desire for freedom and justice – I extend my arm.  To the people who believe in a different God than me but believe in peace – I extend my arm.  To the people who believe in a different flag, whose gait traverses different terrain, but who loves the earth and environment as I do  – I extend my arm.

Imagine the United States not being the police of the world but instead being a leader in a different kind of arms trade – the trade of knowledge and peace.  Sure, it is idealistic, but it could happen.  When soldiers teach people how to grow food, start a business, run a school – those are positive seeds of productivity, prosperity, and peace.  That is the real arms trade – extending one’s service and hand out in the name of progress.

This is not just some foo-foo rambling, this is an economic proposal as well.  The more we “get along” and work together, the better off we become because we can create more prosperity.  Peace is good for business.

I hope that more people like myself become involved with these arms dealings and the connections we can gain with such a trade in other nations.  Together, we can build (instead of tear down with guns and ammo) a better country and world for the next generation.

Real Hope and Change in 2012?

12 Feb

I actually now despise the word “hope” thanks to our current President’s past election campaign, however, today I just have to use the word in reference to one of my all-time favorite human beings, Ron Paul.

Ron Paul (Texas congressman) won the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw pole – which means that there is some money and thought on him being a contender for the 2012 presidential election – believe it or not – there has been money and thought there for quite awhile.  Now, the main-stream-media will probably ignore this, as they have for nearly decades, but WE THE PEOPLE will not.  We know.

Is there an opportunity for a libertarian-leaning man to be in charge of our country?  I sure think so.   This would equate to fiscal conservatism, respect of the opportunity for peace, keeping government out of our bedrooms, and an adherence to the Constitution of the United States of America – ideals that I cling to and I believe would make for a prosperous future for this fine country.

Ron Paul has gained the admiration and respect of millions of Americans because of his approach to limited government and his accessibility to his constituents, not to mention, his accessibility to many students and the next generation of voters.  He is a good man – not a man who is in politics for power, but a man who is representing people in his district – in his country.  This, of course, separates him from other contenders in several ways – and in doing so, he is often ignored by main-stream news junkets.

Grass-roots organizing and marketing efforts are Ron Paul’s main way of disseminating information, and those efforts are visible more and more every year.  It is up to us, as citizens to become the media to talk to others about what is really going on in government, and to make good decisions about who will represent us.  We must talk, we must listen, we must become the media (the true check on government), and we must be resilient.  It is working.

The Liberty Tour – Day 5 Reflections

2 Sep

I am 28 years old – I AM the next generation of leadership.  The next generation, potentially classified as people ages 20-34, represent 20.3% of the population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010).

The first event we were at in Las Vegas, Nevada, seemed fairly successful; although I did not see a whole lot of people who represent the next generation (maybe 10 our of several hundred).  That is partially disappointing, but also an indicator of who these event coordinators are targeting and reaching.

I am still amazed at how I am often treated as if I “don’t know anything” or that I am “inexperienced/worthless” to the cause because I am young (go ahead and argue against this, but I know what I see).  Of course not from everyone, there are people who understand that this next generation of leaders are very important to the cause, but from “the party”, oftentimes this group of voters and consumers (the next generation) are thought of as futile to reach.

I would like to argue against that throughout this journey.

Next, oftentimes at these rallies, we are “speaking to the choir” and rehashing the same old talking points.  This is such a waste of time because the people in this choir know that there are problems – if we could spend this time actually engaging in the solutions – that would make a difference.

I think I am going to make it a point to start taking every moment spent rehashing the issues and instead use this time to do something productive.  Stay tuned…

Reference:

U.S. Census Bureau. (2010).  Retrieved on September 2, 2010 from http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/STTable?_bm=y&-geo_id=01000US&-qr_name=ACS_2008_3YR_G00_S0101&-ds_name=ACS_2008_3YR_G00_

Founder of The Good American Post, Tisha T. Casida, is traveling across the country with the Liberty Bus from Liberty in America.  Join he through the adventure here at www.goodamericanpost.info.

The Reinvention of Journalism?

6 Jun

Please take the time to read the FTC’s Discussion Draft on the “Reinvention of American Journalism”.

What you will find is the most ludicrous advance against the first amendment of all time, and the beauty of it is, that they are actually telling us that this is their plan.

The “challenges” that they (the FTC) face are that over 300 million Americans have potential access to information from millions of Americans via mediums like the Internet.  Proponents of a free market where consumer knowledge available in real-time is a matter of great efficiency, and what makes for a health and robust economy, not to mention the embracing of our first amendment rights (which is in effect, liberty and freedom), would say that there DOES NOT need to be any taxing/subsidizing/grant-giving from the government to our next generation of journalists.

Because, if the government is taxing/subsidizing/grant-giving, then it is arguable that they will have some type of “control” over who gets taxed/subsidized/awarded.  So, if Uncle Sam doesn’t like your journalism, then you will could be ran out of business.  This is NOT LETTING THE MARKET DECIDE – this is allowing the heavy hand of government to decide what information is taken, promoted, and disseminated.

In my opinion, that is what The Good American Post is the anti-thesis of, and we will stand behind protecting journalist’s rights to free speech as well as vehemently opposing any type of government-funding or intervention into the realms of journalism.

Reinvention of Journalism_FTC Discussion Draft – Please take the time to read this.

– Tisha Casida, Publisher

Chemicals to Avoid, Part I – Bisphenol A (BPA)

31 May

By: Tisha Casida

They are everywhere.  The water you drink, the bed where you sleep, the clothing you wear, and in all parts of a modern household.  They are toxic.  Seeping into one’s skin, lungs, blood, and vital organs.  They are making people sick.  Cancer, sexual problems, and behavioral issues are a part of that list of sicknesses.

Five chemicals have been researched and evaluated for their effect on a human being.  These chemicals include:

–       Bisphenol A (BPA)

–       Phthalates

–       PFOA

–       Formaldehyde

–       Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PDBEs)

David S. Martin, a senior medical producer at CNN, summarized these in an article (Martin, 2010).  Since learning about the dangers of many chemicals in our food supply and general environment, I have been relatively aware of the potential dangers of these to the human body.  What is exciting, and equally frustrating, is that there is finally some body of research to back what should have been understood about these chemicals in the first place – before they became so rampant in our daily lives.

Bisphenol A (BPA)

This chemical is a component of a plastic called polycarbonate, and would be found in products like: water bottles, food storage containers (reusable plastic), and electronics.  Naturally, if we are consuming foods or handling these plastics, then we are being exposed to them.  This is especially important to remember for infants and toddlers, who put everything into their mouth.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found, when testing the urine of people for exposure, that 93% of those tested had some level of BPA in their system (Bucher & Shelby, 2010).  The folks at the National Toxicology Program (NTP) warranted “some concern” for adverse effects from BPA.  If you would like to see what “some concern” equates to, I encourage you to look at the actual report (see references below).

Potential adverse health risks that have been expressed but not proven (and will likely never will be because of the ties between industry and politics) include: reduced male sexual function, potential cancer risk (by mimicking estrogen and causing chemical reactions in the endocrine system), and negatively affecting the development of fetuses, infants, and young children.

Let me point out a small link here – BABY BOTTLES AND INFANT FEEDING CUPS – made out of plastic, will likely have BPA in them.

The Food and Drug Administration allows BPA in flexible food packaging (Martin, 2010).  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has called for more rigorous testing of BPA and finds it a “chemical of concern” (EPA, 2010).

Tisha’s suggestions, which are not proven, peer-reviewed, or tested (except on myself of course) include:

  1. Do not drink water bottled in plastic, ESPECIALLY if that plastic has gotten hot – use glass bottles, or stainless steel bottles.
  2. Do not use reusable plastic containers – use glass.
  3. Do not EVER heat up food or water in plastic containers in the microwave
  4. DO NOT heat up baby bottles or ANY of baby’s food in plastic containers in the microwave.

You are what you eat.  Don’t make one of those things BPA, which is obviously having negative impacts on the health of our country and kids.

Next time, we will look at: Phthalates

References:

Bucher, J., Shelby, M. (2010). National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences – National Institutes of Health. Retrieved from http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/media/questions/sya-bpa.cfm

Martin, D.S. (2010, May 21). 5 toxics that are everywhere: protect yourself. CNN Health.  Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/05/31/chemical.dangers/index.html?hpt=Sbin

United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2010). EPA to Scrutinize Environmental Impact of Bisphenol A. Retrieved on May 31, 2010 from http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/eeffe922a687433c85257359003f5340/78110048d7f696d1852576f50054241a!OpenDocument