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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.

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Does Anyone Really Think that Banning Bad Food Creates Health?

11 Apr

Really?

A Chicago school banned home-lunches because the school’s choices are healthier. It is a crime that we even call most of the food that we eat “food”, however, who is to judge? The principal of the school? I think not.

 

It is up to the parents and the students WHAT THEY PUT INTO THEIR BODIES. Healthy or not – it is their individual responsibility and personal choice and natural-born right. Let them consume what they want for their lunches. Let’s ponder the things that we have banned and the effect of the ban…

1.) Alcohol = Prohibition = The Mob (at leas an increase thereof)

2.) Marijuana = Drug War on the Border = Dangerous Drug Lords and Crimes

Both of these ALSO created a black market – do we think that food will be any different? If we really wanted make our kids and students healthier, we would work on supply-based solutions (e.g. providing nutritious, truly “natural” and organic produce, meats, and other treats). Food with nutrients would be a great place to create a positive difference – let the free market help to satisfy this need. There are plenty of farmers and producers (including the upcoming “urban farmers”) who would like to help satisfy this demand for our nation’s kids and students. Our unhealthy choices are a social problem – and it will take something much different than a ban on twinkies to make a difference.

We Americans are stubborn and resilient – people have to change themselves, and it all starts with education and knowledge. Not banning lunches packed at home.

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.

Farmers Fighting Back – Family Farms Vs. Monsanto

1 Apr

On March 30th, a lawsuit was filed by the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT), representing 60 family farmers, seed businesses and organic agricultural organizations.  This was to challenge Monsanto’s patent on genetically-modified (GM)seed.

 

In an effort to protect themselves, farmers are suing Monsanto over the patents on GM seed because historically Monsanto has actually sued farmers in the United States and Canada when the patented genetically-modified (GM) materially inadvertently contaminates the farmers’ crops.  Yes, read that one more time – Monsanto sues the farmers whose crops get contaminated from Monsanto’s GM seed.

 

The question is whether Monsanto has the right to sue farmers for “patent-infringement” when the non-genetically-modified crops get contaminated with Monsanto’s GM seed.  In a world with common sense, we would certainly hope that the courts find that Monsanto has no such right.

 

What angers me, is that there has not been significant testing of the impacts of GM seeds or product on either the environment or consumers.  In addition to this, people have the right to know what they are putting into their bodies, so at the very least, GM-products should be labeled so consumers can make an educated choice.

The stringent guidelines for producing organic crops are hampered and devastated by the very existence of GM seeds.  Since GM seeds and crops are already increasingly prevalent in our country, now our only hope is to protect the farmers who are growing naturally/organically – NOT with genetically-modified substances.

God Bless the family farm and let’s hope that we can spread enough awareness to consumers so that we can protect the farmland that provides us (and provides the world) with a clean and bountiful food supply.

Tisha T. Casida

 

Menthol Cigarettes – Profound Study & Regulation

20 Mar

There is a new study that shows that exposure to menthol cigarettes increases the likelihood that people will smoke cigarettes.

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There is also a study that shows when people are exposed to drinking alcohol, that people will likely continue drinking alcohol. In addition to these profound findings that show that people like products that act as drugs and increase their sense of peace and well-being, there are numerous other consumer-products that appear to warrant the same effect on the psyche of people – these can include: coffee, delicious sweet treats of various natures (basically anything with sucrose (C12H22O11 ) (sugar)), Doritos, and bacon. Because of the likelihood of menthol cigarettes increasing people’s probability to smoke, these types of cigarettes are being urged to be taken off the market via our fabulous protector of health, well-being and consumer choice – the FDA.

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I, for one, who enjoys the emotional well-being offered by bacon, Doritos, cupcakes, coffee, red wine, and the occasional menthol cigarette, am eternally grateful to the federal government for conducting studies that show that products that change the chemical make-up of one’s brain and cause pleasure are addictive and therefore dangerous and therefore should not be available for purchase.

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Awesome.

Published at TishaTCasida.com

Stop Fighting and Start Working. Together.

8 Mar

“Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.” Benjamin Franklin

Here is an idea.  Let’s take 25% of the time that we use to: complain, be hateful, shout at each other, label each other, blame each other, etc. – and instead use that time to work on positive and actionable solutions for this great country.

What good does it do to scream about everything that is wrong?  It doesn’t.  Sure, it needs to be done, but there are solutions staring at us in our faces and we better use them while we have the freedom to do so.

Children react to the “now” in life and usually in the form of a tantrum – our society has evolved into this type of ‘here and now’ reactionary approach.  You can blame the media, the political parties and a variety of other things before you might realize that the Constitution gives you the power to make choices others around the world do not have the privilege to exercise.

Impending food crisis because of rising oil prices?  Start growing your own food!

Tired of the same old political rants?  Denounce the two party system and seek out representatives that cling to liberty instead of the almighty “R” and “D”.

Worried about your finances?  Understand that you do have the power to do whatever you want to do – you must believe in yourself and do not let anyone tell you any different.

Angry at injustice, loss of liberty, and poverty?  Read the Constitution, Frédéric Bastiat’s The Law, and Leonard E. Read’s I Pencil.  Then, learn about your community, your sheriff, and your local politics.  Then, understand the power of states’ rights (read Thomas Wood’s Nullification), and join WeRefuse.com.  Lastly, become a farmer, start your own small business, run for office, and take your life into your own hands.  It is your liberty to do so – use it.

– Tisha Casida

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

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.