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In March of 2011 my wife and I quit or jobs, cashed in our chips and left the big city behind to move to our farm hidden away in northeast Georgia. These are our observations on the news of the day and our adventures in homesteading, becoming self reliant, prepping and living a simpler, more fulfilling life.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Report on the Nation #9

Reid signals government jobs must take priority over private-sector jobs

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday indicated Congress needs to worry about government jobs more than private-sector jobs, and that this is why Senate Democrats are pushing a bill aimed at shoring up teachers and first-responders.
"It's very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; it's the public-sector jobs where we've lost huge numbers, and that's what this legislation is all about," Reid said on the Senate floor. Read more... http://thehill.
Do you mean public sector UNION (read Democrat fund raising and voting) jobs Harry?- JP

“Under this bill, when the Republicans vote for this bill today, they will be voting to say that women can die on the floor, and health care providers do not have to intervene if this bill is passed. It’s just appalling,”Nancy Pelosi (D) told reporters on Thursday.
More outrageous commentary from the wicked witch of the west. She is truly the queen of the Fear Speak designed for prime time main stream ...uh..humm... news soundbites, damn evil Republicans.........- JP

In Flint, Michigan, Vice President Biden warned residents that if the "American Jobs Act" isn't passed that there will  be more rapes and murders in the city and across the nation.... and it will be the fault of the Republicans.

 Vice President Biden, stumping for the Obama jobs bill in Flint, Michigan, recently,  always creative in his rhetoric, suggested that not passing the bill would create- in fairly explicit language- more violent crime. As usual ...he speaks....and head scratching soon follows.- JP

Biden’s Flint Fiasco, Continued

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Murder, rape and robbery are declining in spite of police layoffs in Flint, Mich. — according to the most recent official report released by the State Police. Those and other reported “index” crimes were down11.5 percent overall during the first six months of this year, compared with the same six-month period last year.
We’ve continued to dig into the statistics for crime-ridden Flint because we caught Vice President Joe Biden misrepresenting them repeatedly as he argued for passage of the administration’s jobs legislation. Republicans accused the vice president of fear-mongering, as he toured the country warning that there would be more rapes, murders, robberies and other crimes without fresh federal funds to help localities like Flint avoid further layoffs of police.
Speaking in Flint on Oct. 12, Biden said murder and rape statistics skyrocketed in that city from 2008 to 2010 (even though, as we reported, FBI data show rapes in Flint declined during that period). Biden then added: “God only knows what the numbers will be this year in Flint.” Actually the Michigan State Police know, for at least the first six months of the year, because the city is required to report instances of crime. And rather than supporting Biden’s argument, the evidence we found undercuts it. Read more... http://factcheck.org

 Then you’ve got their plan, which is, let’s have dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance. So far at least, I feel better about my plan.”
The Republican plan says that what’s been standing in the way between us and full employment are laws that keep companies from polluting as much as they want,” Obama said in a speech at the regional airport in Asheville, N.C., on Monday.

The Government Will Tell You “You Are On Your Own”

At a million-dollar San Francisco fundraiser today, President Obama warned his recession-battered supporters that if he loses the 2012 election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance in America.
“The one thing that we absolutely know for sure is that if we don’t work even harder than we did in 2008, then we’re going to have a government that tells the American people, ‘you are on your own,’” Obama told a crowd of 200 donors over lunch at the W Hotel.
“If you get sick, you’re on your own. If you can’t afford college, you’re on your own. If you don’t like that some corporation is polluting your air or the air that your child breathes, then you’re on your own,” he said. “That’s not the America I believe in. It’s not the America you believe in.”

All of the above leftist rhetoric is absured and stands in the way of finding solutions to solve our troubled nations many problems. How is it that for two of the past three years the Democrats controlled all of our Federal Government and even now controls two thirds yet they insist that it's all the Republicans fault.

Below are a few words of true wisdom from President Obama's 2008 campaign:  
What the American people hope -– what they deserve -– is for all of us, Democrats and Republicans, to work through our differences; to overcome the numbing weight of our politics.                                                                                                               

Change doesn't come from Washington. Change comes to Washington.
BARACK OBAMA, DNC speech, Aug. 28, 2008 

I don't want to pit Red America against Blue America. I want to be President of the United States of America.

BARACK OBAMA, speech, Nov. 10, 2007

The strongest democracies flourish from frequent and lively debate, but they endure when people of every background and belief find a way to set aside smaller differences in service of a greater purpose.

With the magnitude of the challenges we face right now, what we need in Washington are not more political tactics -- we need more good ideas. We don't need more point-scoring -- we need more problem-solving.
Obama promised us change, he said he would bring the country together and we would solve it's problems.... together.... but after he and the Dems won big... "I won," Obama told Republicans... we control both houses.... we don't need you....

 I don't think anyone can argue that Obama has lead us through some kind of change- and it has certainly been change that we can believe, if not believe in.  He has done his best to put up a good front.  He has mouthed all the platitudes.  Work harder, trust us, Republicans are pure evil, believe more.  Like all good Marxists the message usually stays the same.  The reason things did not work; the people did not believe sufficiently enough and the other side did not work in good faith with us. He said much to gain our trust and our vote but after winning he showed from the start he never meant it. The thing I admire about Clinton is he was the President of all the people, he pivoted when needed and together with the Republican controlled congress they accomplished great things (a balanced budget, Welfare reform, 400 billion paid down on our national dept) among others. Obama, trapped in his meandering Marxist philosophy is not capable of such a pivot. In his own refusal to change he shows he's not (as he claimed he would be) a President to all.... and soon, he may well be the President of none.- JP

What a surprise: Justice Department wants changes to Freedom of information act

In what might be the most Transparent Thing the Scandal Ridden Obama Administration has done yet, Eric Holder’s Justice Department is pushing for a rule change to the Freedom of Information Act.  The change would allow liars in the Administration to lie legally about the existence of documents being sought by Investigative Reporters and watchdog groups like Judicial Watch.. Read more... grumpyelder.com

Judicial Watch Obtains Documents Detailing Secret Department of Justice Transparency Workshop

Only in Washington would political appointees think it appropriate to keep secret a government workshop on transparency. And only in Washington would a politician promote his efforts on transparency while simultaneously taking steps to keep the American people in the dark about their government.
But that’s exactly what the Obama White House did on December 7, 2009. And Judicial Watch now has the evidence to prove it. Read more... http://www.judicialwatch

Amazing how in just 3 short years Obama has broken most of his campaign promises: lower the dept, usher in a new era of open government and transparency , stop wasteful spending, on and on...... It's not that he didn't fulfill his promises, in most cases he did the opposite.... he has become what he railed against... he has become the Anti-Obama- JP

This is not an endorsement- just trying to spread info
I will note that he has a considerable history geared toward efficient government, and solving social and international problems and he is often said to be the "smartest man in the room" regardless of who may be present. I have little doubt he would crush Obama in any debate.
Dream team: Newt Gingrich / Marco Rubio

Newt Gingrich is the architect of the “Contract with America” that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the U.S. House for the first time in forty years.
Under Newt’s leadership, Congress passed the first balanced budget in a generation, leading to the repayment of over $400 billion in debt.  Congress also cut taxes for the first time in sixteen years and reformed welfare, leading to over sixty percent of welfare recipients either getting a job or going to school.  In addition, the Congress restored funding to strengthen our defense and intelligence capabilities, an action later lauded by the bipartisan 9/11 Commission.
The Washington Times has called Newt Gingrich “the indispensable leader” and Time magazine, in naming him Man of the Year for 1995, said, “Leaders make things possible. Exceptional leaders make them inevitable. Newt Gingrich belongs in the category of the exceptional.”
Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Newt's experiences as the son of a career soldier convinced him at an early age to dedicate his life to his country and to the protection of freedom. Realizing the importance of understanding the past in order to protect the future, he immersed himself in the study of history, receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Emory University and Master’s and Doctorate in Modern European History from Tulane University. Before his election to Congress in 1978, Newt taught History and Environmental Studies at West Georgia College for eight years. He represented Georgia in Congress for twenty years, including four years as Speaker of the House.
Newt served on the Defense Policy Board under President George W. Bush, which provided strategic counsel to the Pentagon and Secretary of Defense on how to better address threats facing the United States.  He is also the longest-serving teacher of the Joint War Fighting course for Major Generals at Air University and taught officers from all five services as an honorary Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor at the National Defense University.  In 1999, Gingrich was appointed to the United States Commission on National Security/21st Century, the Hart/Rudman Commission to examine our national security challenges as far out as 2025. The Commission's report is the most profound rethinking of defense strategy since 1947.
Newt is widely recognized for his commitment to a better system of health for all Americans.  His leadership helped save Medicare from bankruptcy, prompted FDA reform to help the seriously ill and initiated a new focus on research, prevention, and wellness. His contributions have been so great that the American Diabetes Association awarded him their highest non-medical award and the March of Dimes named him their 1995 Citizen of the Year.
In 2003, Newt founded the Center for Health Transformation to develop free market healthcare reforms to foster a 21st Century System of health and healthcare that is centered on the individual, prevention focused, knowledge intense and innovation rich.  Newt also served as the Co-Chairman of the National Commission for Quality Long-term Care and the independent congressional Alzheimer’s Disease Study Group. 
Newt and his wife, Callista, host and produce award-winning documentary films, including A City Upon a Hill, Nine Days that Changed the World, Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny,and Rediscovering God in America.Together, Newt and Callista also author photo books and record audio books.
Newt is the author of twenty-three books, including thirteen New York Times bestsellers.
The Gingriches reside in McLean, Virginia. Their family includes two daughters and two grandchildren.

The homestead Report

We've been very busy (hence the late post). We've been adding to our stocks of food: soups, canned meats, rice, flower, sugar and canned veggies, and working on a rotating system.... more on this next week.

This past Saturday was the first day of gun season for deer. Some of my friends had some success.
A buddy of mine Raymond got an 8 pointer- he took it to the processor.
Another buddy Rex got a 215lbs 8 pointer- , his brother Rob got a nice doe- they process the deer themselves and are teaching me how.
A few pics:
 Raymond & Rex processing a buck

Rob starting on the doe

We've been cutting, collecting and stacking firewood for our fire pit... burned a huge pile this past weekend.

We had company this past weekend, our son and his family came for a visit and Rourke from modernsurvivalonline.com also brought his family and spent a couple of days. We cooked ribs, beer can chicken, did some shooting, played with the 4x4, talked current events and survival. Saturday night we had a big bomb fire and Rourke's 2 sons worked hard and kept the fire blazing for a solid 
6 hours.
Rourke shooting 

Roaring fire

Fire pit

Pics from the week:

Fall...a time that symbolizes change. For this photographer, the fall represents a time when my family would often travel to Northern New England. A drive through Franconia Notch and over the Kangamagus Highway during autumn evoked a feeling of both wonder and serenity. As the air turned colder and the days became shorter, people quieted themselves, preparing for winter. Apple pie, pumpkins turned Jack-o-lantern and costumed trick or treaters were always a part of this wonderful season!!!!!  The fall...there are endless wonderful memories of raking leaves, building scarecrows, and sitting by the fireplace sipping hot cocoa...These are the priceless events of our lives and memories we can share with our children through stories and through practice...  Enjoy the season of fall!!!!!  pics and words provided by Steph Wilkins


  1. Another great posts - thanks for your efforts helping to inform.

    Had a great time visiting - hope to do again soon.


  2. Rourke, you and your family are welcome anytime.