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Tyranny = Raw Milk Producers Being Arrested

11 Sep

Tyranny is all around us – including our food supply and our choice to use natural foods and medicines in our bodies.

Rawsome Foods – a private members-only (co-op) market in Venice, California, is home to place where local community members can purchase raw milk, cheese, yogurt, and kefir.  Apparently the federal government does not have enough to be worried about with the upcoming collapse of the economic system, they have to “protect” consumers from purchasing raw food products that humans have consumed for thousands of years.

The owner, James Stewart, along with two others (Sharon Palmer (of Healthy Family Farms), and Victoria Bloch (local L.A. co-chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation)), were taken away in handcuffs. “The raid was carried out by gun carrying officers of the LA County Sheriff’s Office, the FDA, the Dept. of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control“.

The charge?  Conspiracy to sell unpasteurized milk products.  

THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A SECOND.

First of all, it cannot be a conspiracy if it is a private group of knowing citizens deciding for themselves to purchase and consume these products.  Secondly, I cannot believe that our tax-payer money goes towards arresting innocent people who are actually doing good things for their local communities and economies.

I have consumed raw milk (both cow and goat) for over 4 years, and know for a fact that it is actually healthier and more beneficial to our bodies than pasteurized milk.  It really doesn’t matter what I think though, because each of us should have the right to CHOOSE FOR OURSELVES – that is what liberty is – and that is why the government should get its nose out of our choice to consume raw milk.

RESOURCES:

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/omkara/2011/aug/6/rawsome-foods-raided-sad-day-america/

http://www.foodrenegade.com/rawsome-foods-raided-again-by-swat/


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/03/rawsome-raid-_n_917540.html

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Day 2 – Solar Power AMAZING Force for Liberty

19 Jun

Tisha Casida, Independent Candidate for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District

Today was a day to remember the potential of solar power (and wind for that matter) in Southern Colorado.  Now, there are other resources to be tapped as well (like natural gas and oil), however, there is often an abundance of sun and today, while campaigning on the corner of 1st Street and Santa Fe in Pueblo, I got to really experience that.  Solar Roast Coffee, a local coffee store that uses a proprietary solar-powered roaster to roast their beans, actually started its operations in Pueblo because of that sun-potential.  A powerful espresso drink, made with organic coffee beans and a renewable resource – AMAZING.  I love this country.

Sunday –  a day of rest – we praised our blessings earlier at a mass at Holy Family Parish.  Then it was off to meet WE THE PEOPLE.  With my “Will Work for Liberty” sign and flags, we handed out cards and shook hands while enjoying the beautiful day.

It doesn’t matter how old you are, what your background is, how much money you have, or what your political affiliation is – we are here to be a voice and a vehicle for connecting our communities together.  It is time to put government back in control of the people – and that starts right here with you and me.

To tomorrow,

Tisha

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.

Common Ground – End of March Issues

26 Mar

In an email alert, forwarded to me by a friend, I just saw the following issues:

Millions Against Monsanto

The Organic Consumers Association will bring its Millions Against Monsanto campaign.  Meet in the park with signs and help hand out “10 Things Monsanto Doesn’t Want You to Know” fliers and “Oh No, Is It GMO?” labels.

Rep. Doug Lamborn – end subsidies to the coal, nuclear, and oil & gas industries

The Checks & Balances Project wants Congressman Lamborn to sign a cost-cutting pledge to end subsidies to the coal, oil & gas and nuclear industries, noting his recent statement (in reference to NPR) that Americans should “stop funding an organization that can stand on its own feet.”

So, we have people who are against genetically modified foods and against subsidies to certain energy industries.  What is the underlying issue that is a part of each of these?

Individuals and their right to individual liberties as not tromped on by anyone or any government.

For GMO food – I, personally, think this s#*t is terrible – bad for the environment and bad for people’s health – how can we stop it?  ONLY PURCHASE FOOD ITEMS THAT YOU KNOW WHERE THEY CAME FROM – this would signal the market that you are aware and producers would seek to become anti-GMO.  We should know what we are eating and we should decide for ourselves what we put into our body.

For SUBSIDIES – I agree that there should not be subsidies coming from the federal government because it messes with the market and causes prices to mimic what consumers (you and me) really want.  I think we can agree that taxpayer money should go for things that protect all taxpayers equally – NATIONAL DEFENSE (and that’s about it).

The only “thing” that will fix the “evils” that we face is allowing people to make their own individuals choices about what they want or don’t want.  That is the essence of free markets and individual rights.  Granted, there should be a system of regulations, but more that anything, you and I as consumers and constituents MUST be resilient and send our vote via our feet and our dollar.  Go where you want and buy what you believe in.

I will say it over and over again.  Most Americans can agree that we want peace, we want to keep our hard-earned money, and we want the government out of our bedrooms.  If we recognize we want these same things, we can be civil and discover systems that work – the system that we have now and have had is not working, so let’s try something else.

TishaTCasida.com

2012 Countdown

27 Feb

Slowly but surely, twenty months prior to another historic election, the political race is feeling the proverbial heat.  Liberty-minded groups and organizations are preaching about the fight we are up against, and correspondingly asking for lots and lots of money.

I have recently had several people approach me with some disdain because of the hunger of these groups to take money but not boots on the ground.  This is a shame, since so many of us have awful cash-flow (thank you non-free-market), but great talent that could be put to work in the name of liberty.  As I have said recently to someone wanting to get more involved with the liberty movement but not with cash, “boots on the ground is actually more important than cash, but it is hard to get leaders of organizations (on the liberty-side) to get this”.  We will keep trying.

On another note, I wish there was more talk about the bastardness (that is a new word) of our two-party system.  Most all of them (them being career politicians) are pretty sucked into the cycle of spending our taxpayer money and attempting to legislate equality (you can’t legislate it – that is what the Constitution is for – equally opportunity, that is).  As a good friend, Bryan Malatesta, who is the chairman of the Constitution Party of Texas said, “The two major political parties have not stopped this onslaught — they have enabled it!!!  While the International Socialists (Democrats) plead for welfare for the poor, their rivals the National Socialists (Republicans) plead for welfare to big business and corporate monopolies and Wall Street.  Using the ‘good cop-bad cop’ routine, they have maneuvered us into an economy that probably cannot recover”.  This is fairly accurate if you look at what really has happened in the past, oh say at least, 50 years – arguably 100.

Solutions?  If a group ignores your plea to help them with some type of talent/initiative other than cash, let me know about it.  We will build the list ourselves of “boots on the ground” willing to stand up for liberty.  Through a truly organic and grass-roots process we will change things.  We may be few, but we are strong, and we will prevail.

Want to get involved in another way versus handing out a donation?  How about spreading news of solutions to liberty?  The Good American Post and NimblePig want YOU.

– Tisha Casida

goodamericanpost@gmail.com (www.goodamericanpost.com)

ThePig@nimblepig.com (www.nimblepig.com)

Did You Know?

19 Feb

As of right now, there are 373 bills in the Senate, 719 bills in the House, 6 joint resolutions in the Senate, 36 joint resolutions in the House, 6 concurrent resolutions in the Senate, 18 concurrent resolutions in the House, 58 resolutions in the Senate, and 94 resolutions in the House.

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If each of these bills, resolutions, joint resolutions and concurrent resolutions contain 2,000 words each (a conservative estimate), and the 435 members of the Senate and House are reading the bills that are going through both legislative chambers at approximately 250 words per minute (an average of what most people can read), then each person would have to be able to have 174.67 hours to be able to read the legislation (and that’s at 2,000 words for each piece – the recent health care legislation is nearly 185,000 words).

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That is equivalent to 5 weeks of time if they were able to dedicate 30 hours per week to the task. Event this estimate of time for reading is unlikely given the amount of time our representatives have to discuss, lobby, be lobbied to, and engage in the normal activities of eating, drinking, etc. The lesson? How about getting rid of some versus adding more legislation?

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View the bills at OpenCongress.org

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.

Nutrition/Health is NOT Big Brother in Our Choices

7 Dec

By: Tisha Casida (Originally Posted at That’s Natural!)

Sitting here this morning, contemplating the New York legislation that could stop bake sales within schools, I am just appalled at how much people “in charge” of our students’ health actually know about nutrition.  Or claim to know.

Yes, there is an obesity epidemic.  Is that from unhealthy food alone?  What constitutes “unhealthy”?  Whose fault is it really that our society is eating awful processed food laden with preservatives, artificial sugars, flavorings, and colors?  Whose fault is it that we are dependent upon a centralized food system that encourages food to be processed in quantity but not in quality?

It is everyone’s fault because We The People, somewhere in the past fifty years, demanded this type of food.  We also allowed our government to subsidize agricultural products that, in effect, affects our food choices.  Whose job is it to get us out of this?  I can tell you whose job it isn’t – THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.  Our mess has been created because of social and market variables and those same variables should be addressed in finding solutions to the obesity epidemic.  Legislating out bake sales during school hours is not going to cut it.

In addition to the idiocy of thinking this will actually change kids’ consumption patterns, why aren’t we looking at the actual nutritional value of food.  A cupcake made with real butter, whole wheat pastry flour, raw sugar, and cage-free eggs is empirically different than a cupcake made with hydrogenated oils, white flour, high-fructose corn syrup, and eggs from hens that are deformed and piled on top of each other in inhumane living conditions.   That is what we should be analyzing in our food supply – the nutritional value of the foods our kids consume.

Most food that is available in large quantities for consumption is processed, filled with preservatives and “fill-products”, and devoid of the proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals that are essential for health.  Health is not only about one’s body mass index, it is also about how much we are nourishing our brain – the powerhouse that allows us to not only think, but also perform any physical activity.  Our brain is made of the same type of stuff that our body is and requires nutrition to work correctly.

Instead of the “stick” approach, to punish or ban people from activities that could harm their health (e.g. going to a bake sale or purchasing a Happy Meal with a toy), there should be the “carrot” – and it should be a locally-raised, natural carrot that has been grown in healthy soil and has the nutritional content it is supposed to have.  We should be finding ways to break down barriers and get healthy, local (when possible) foods into kids hands, and by healthy, I DO NOT mean low-fat, I mean foods that are full of nutrition (this includes healthy fats, produce, protein sources devoid of hormones and antibiotics, and vitamins and minerals that are essential building blocks of brains and bodies).  In addition to this, the government can encourage it, but to really work, we must have market mechanisms (the private sector, supply and demand, consumer education) behind the initiative.  We The People must demand this food – in our kitchens, in our grocery stores, in our schools.  If the market (you and I) demands it, it will happen.  And that is the most free, sustainable, and effective means of creating an environment for healthy kids.

I would rather choose what I eat, and therefore never want Big Brother in my kitchen.  I choose to eat healthy, and other people should too.  The only way we will have a healthy society is when we have one with healthy bodies and brains making those decisions for themselves and their family members, not being dependent upon government to stop us from harming ourselves.