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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.  


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.






Why You Should Know Your Farmer/Rancher – Example TURKEY

4 Aug

Today, Cargill recalled 36 MILLION pounds of turkey believed to contain salmonella.

This is disturbing because number one, we would think that a huge multi-national corporation would have better control over its operations, and number two, the whole reason they have to recall so much is because of the inhumane food-supply-chain that cannot track millions of animals that are raised and slaughtered.

I eat meat – I don’t think there is anything inherently wrong with eating meat.  HOWEVER, I do my best to know where it came from – when I do that, I am creating my own security and guarantee against sickness.  If I know and trust who is raising and humanely slaughtering an animal, then I can put my trust into that person, and feel like they have both of our best interests in mind.

When we bring FOOD closer to home, we protect our health and economies.  It is a simple concept, but can have profound reverberations in our own communities and ultimately this country.

Make a stand to know where some of your food is coming from – it could be the difference between life and death.

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.


Tisha Casida



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

Day 10 – Storm on the Horizon

28 Jun

A view of a Thunderhead on the Horizon in Pueblo County, Colorado

Often people say “what can one person do to make a difference”, or “I can’t do anything, I am only one person”.

What we have to remember is that everything is made up of a collective of “just one”.  Like that thunderstorm on the horizon – just one water particle would hardly be visible or perhaps ‘meaningful’, but all together, those particles are very very strong.

The powers that be tend to divide us; we categorize each other into this or that faction, we fight each other based off of affiliation or ideology, we focus on the problems versus being actionable in our own solutions.  We are smart people, and we are capable of helping ourselves.

Fearing an outcome is a waste of time, and yet we are afraid.  Each of us has within us the power to shape our own lives – if we take control of this, then as a collective we re-engage our liberty.  You see, we are “just one”, but if we focus on ourselves, our communities and country will grow stronger.

So perhaps a list of action-items to start working on would be helpful.  We will be working on this throughout our journey, and will look forward to any input our followers and communities may have.




Day 6 – Ice Cream Trucks, Farmers Market Regulations, & Brown Rice Tea

24 Jun

I had to throw in the ice-cream truck because as I walked outside I heard in the air the melody to “When the Saints Go Marching In” and saw a nicely decorated vehicle advertising delicious ice cream treats driving by.  It is amazing that they are still able to operate with the immense amounts of rules and regulations that local health departments are privy to making them follow.

In this past week I have talked to several small producers in the Southern Colorado area that have a bad taste in their mouth with local regulations, especially those from health departments.  Now, there is a place for having a health department, so let’s not jump to the conclusion that I am saying there should not be some type of governmental agency involved on some level.  However, when the health department actually HALTS the development of small businesses because of layers and layers or red tape and stagnating procedures, that is really unproductive.  We had first-hand experience with the Farmers’ Market that we ran in Pueblo, Colorado.

Are there specific rules and regulations that you would like to tell us about?  I would sure like to know – it is time that we work together with local governments to make it easier for small businesses to not only keep their doors open, but also thrive.

This evening I am sipping on a favorite drink of mine that I thought I should mention because it is very good for one’s immune system.  Brown Rice Tea – and I would try to find an organic brand – is packed full of antioxidants, Vitamin B (great for stress), and other minerals.



Day 4 – Flag Poles in Pueblo West

22 Jun

Today was such a good day.

A brief visit out to Pueblo West revealed more conversations with small business owners who are facing the crunch, but are working very hard to make things happen regardless.  Americans are resilient creatures you know.

Today there was a conversation about a flag pole.  A small business out in Pueblo West wanted to have a 60-foot flag-pole on their property.  Local ‘zoning” didn’t put a complete stop to it, but made the process pretty hard, so these folks had stopped trying.  That’s too bad, since a 360-degree view of their place looks something like this:

A 60-foot flag pole would probably stand out, but it sure wouldn’t deprive the landscape of any value (in my humble opinion of course).  As a matter of fact, it would probably be really good for their business and really good for the community (because in my book, there is nothing wrong with flying an American flag).

Just another little “perk” of local government’s decisions that affect our liberty and freedom to express ourselves.

More adventures tomorrow,


Day 3 – Taxpayer Money at Work

21 Jun

Until recently, I felt myself capable of following directions on signs and cones regarding the speed and direction at which to travel.

On a recent trip to Walsenburg (CO) in Huerfano County, there was some type of construction being done (it is tourist season, and in Colorado that means high-time to start working on the roads), and thus, we were delayed, waiting to go along our way.

Once the man changed his sign from “STOP” to “SLOW”, a state vehicle pulled out with the following two electronic signs and actually LED US (with us following behind) along 2 miles of road, with those signs flashing.

Now, not to sound uncouth, because I am sure there were good intentions behind this clever maneuver to actually have this $60K state vehicle go in front of the oh-so-irresponsible driver, however, don’t you think that the $60K may have been better spent on something else?  Or, maybe we are that incompetent and need that constant signage in front of us to be able to drive from Point A to Point B.  If that is the case, well, I will ponder that.

Taxpayer money is serious business because it is the blood, sweat, and tears of hard-working Americans, and in this case, hard-working Coloradans.  It should be used frugally and wisely.

Until tomorrow,


Day 1 – Scouting Along the I-25 Corridor

19 Jun

A Historic Steam Engine at the Pueblo Union Depot

Dear America,

Today was a journey along I-25 through Pueblo, Walsenburg, and Trinidad.  We looked for businesses in the area that have products and services that we can appreciate and use throughout the campaign.  Here is a highlight of what we found:

1. Bingo Burger: Delicious all-natural grass-fed beef patties served with house-made fries and custom dipping sauces – DELICIOUS!  Their meat is sourced locally from Cattlemen’s Choice Beef, and they make their fries using San Luis Valley potatoes.  No start of a journey is complete without a resounding protein-filled snack that you can trust where it came from.  In addition to this, they offer a lamb-burger and eggplant (vegetarian) option.

2. HopScotch Bakery: Close to Bingo Burger in more ways than one, we had to top that burger off with a classic “Mary-O” cookie.  Another business in Pueblo that sources some ingredients locally, this is the place to stop for a sweet treat in the downtown area.

3. Cigars Limited: Another specialty store on Union Street, our trek would not be complete without a cigar.  We were now off to Trinidad.

While driving south and enjoying the cumulus clouds that signal Spring thunderstorms, I did a lot of thinking about the state of the economy in Southern Colorado.  I have heard that Colorado lags behind other states in recovering, however, the southern part of the state is in even worse shape.  As I drive with a full belly, I think of so many people who are having to make choices between feeding their family and paying their utility bill – it is a story I am hearing more and more of.  It is a story that needs a happy ending.
Once to Trinidad, we find a great location to host a “Coffee with Casida 2012” – a fine coffeeshop and diner called “What A Grind“.  Here, we enjoy some espresso and coffee and plan additional parts of our journey.

While on the road again, I contemplate the 200,000 people we hope to touch with our journey, and how many people so far have shared their story and their passion.  I believe that we are all here on this planet to learn about ourselves and each other, and that freedom is the best medium to make that happen.  And I am so blessed to live in a free country.
Onto tomorrow,


Front-View of the Steam Engine (Dagny Taggart would be proud)

Packing Up

18 Jun

After a lot of thinking, talking, and praying, I have decided it is time to start the journey.

It has been many many years since I read “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, however, for some reason that is what keeps going through my head when I think about traveling through Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, which is over 54,000 square miles.

I, and sometimes “we”, (if I can get my dog and/or campaign manager to come with me), will start traveling throughout the district, camping out at a KOA near you.

We are looking for 200,000 liberty-lovers over the next 17 months.  That is nearly 400 people per day (392.16 to be exact), so we are going to need your help.  There will be chocolate, beer, hot dogs, cigars, and pocket constitutions to be shared.  You can join us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and antidotes.

To the West!