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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.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Report on the Nation #11

Veterans Day 11/11/11

Van Zant- These Colors Don't Run

"We Never Will, We Never Have.. and You Better Be Glad.. These Colors Don't Run"

Red White and Blue, Lynyrd Skynyrd: Military Tribute

I Fought For You
"All Gave Some, Some Gave All"

"There isn't anything wrong with America that a little history, patriotism and freedom... properly applied by our citizens onto our government.. can't fix"- JP

What Leftism Does to People

October 31, 2011 - 7:05 am - by Andrew Klavan

Every one who sympathizes with the Occupy movement should take a good look at them — not as they will be in the paradise of their aspirations but as they truly are this minute.  Look at them, and understand that that’s what tomorrow will look like if they have their way today.

Leftism is bad for people. It makes them awful. The unwashed, ill-mannered, anti-Semitic, entitled, and now violent mobs littering various parts of the nation under the banner “Occupy” believe their ideas will lead to a better society — but they actually are the society their ideas lead to. Their behavior when compared to the polite, law-abiding, non-racist demonstrations of so-called tea partiers tells you everything you need to know about the end results of statism on the one hand and constitutional liberty on the other... Read more...http://pjmedia.com/andrewklavan

I have seen with my own eyes who the OWS are ( I watch the news on both sides, I read the paper on both sides, I go on line and look at both sides). Yes there are some middle aged hippies, but mostly 19 to 25 year old’s whining about their personal plight in life, most of whom know nothing of politics, nothing of capitalism, nothing of marxism, nothing of economics or banking, nothing of Barnie Frank/Chris Dodd and their Fannie/Freddie highjinx and generally have nothing to teach a retired business man of 62 who started 7 companies and employed hundreds of people with good pay and dignity along the way.
They are led, fed and bed by well trained organizers of the radical left. The simple research that has been done on the street by several people (never mind the love affair with the MSM) has shown these groups to be a wild mix of uninformed zombie marxists, anarchists and homeless (the latter of course still around from that dreadful president Reagan and what HE and the republicans “who eat babies and hate the poor” did to them?).
This is your future America, look at it hard when you vote. Do we really want these people dictating our future.
They have nothing to tell me except how I will vote. Unfortunately they have been handed much more power than they deserve.
Thanks... comment on the above story by Larsky

The Thinning Man
   by JP
Last month in The Los Angeles Times (Part of the liberal propaganda press) there was a story on President Obama's last stop on his bus tour (read fund raiser)  designed ...chuckle... to generate support for his jobs bill. It was held at a North Chesterfield, Va. firehouse garage.
President Obama visits Chesterfield's Fire Station 9 in North Chesterfield, Va.
The president got a polite reception from the 100 or so people crowded into the station garage. Early in his speech he mentioned his American Jobs Act. One or two people clapped.
"You can go ahead and clap," the president said. "Go ahead, nothing wrong with it."
Over the last few months the crowds the President draws have been thinning faster than the -Help Wanted- section of your local paper. Where once Obama could generate sold out crowds at any venue, now he has been relegated to high school auditoriums, city parks and fire stations and having to cue his subdued audiences on when to clap for his proposals. Clap now, go ahead, no really- it's ok, please- clap now. I noticed some time ago that in his speeches Obama repeatedly uses phrases like "Let me be perfectly clear" (followed by a blatant lie) and the always present "we need to make sure that" (insert feel good sounding phrase here) perhaps even his legion now grow sick upon hearing his words. And really... why wouldn't they have... like the rest of us... grown tired of the finger pointing and less than apologetic excuses.
I could almost feel sorry for him but i'll save that for feeling sorry for the rest of us. Obama's dismal  performance in regards to the economy has left most Americans near broke and shaking their heads in bewilderment. The country is cloaked in a feeling of despair and instead of admitting error and changing coarse Obama still tries, against all logic to convince us that he has led us onto the right path. But for the Republican road block... he would lead us to a better tomorrow. He seems to possess a glaring disconnect between the enacting of his ideology and the results of that ideology on our nation. Of course he will always have his fan base, victims of the -messiah vision- who's mythology lionizes his every move and perceives every negative comment thru a -persecution complex- tinted lens.
But what has happened to his masses of adoring fans? No doubt many have buyers remorse. And many have no time for fawning over The One as they are to busy stockpiling food and doing other such things in preparation for a possible collapse. What looked like paranoia a few short years ago... now looks like reality.
I for one can't blame Obama for his allusions, after all he rode in on a wave of messiah fixation and was dubbed the chosen one early on. Since he is of the same makeup as his worshipers he has in all likely hood fallen victim to the same messiah vision as them. They believe he is... so in his mind he must be.
It is easy to imagine the mixed messages his mind must deal with while sitting in the oval office. The european elite believe him to be one of them, as does he- yet the Euro slowly dies. He has a thinning but still loud holier-than-thou cult-like following who believe he will turn earth into a Utopia still feeding his arrogance- the non-believers grow louder though. He rubs shoulders with the rich and famous- but many of them have grown tired of his chatter. Hollywood  adores him- but whine he has not been liberal enough. And finally ...picture if you will- Obama at his desk, the sunlight shining in thru the windows... reflecting off of his Nobel Peace Prize and bathing him in a sunshine glow..... as he signs his approval for yet another execution by drone attack.... A bizarro world beyond fiction. 
And what might be his plan for staying in power.... here's one theory. Continue to keep us the beaten down hostages we are now until we all develop *Stockholm Syndrome.- JP
*In psychologyStockholm Syndrome is a term used to describe a real paradoxical psychological phenomenon wherein hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims.

American Job Creators Suffer from Senate Failure to Act on “Forgotten 15” Jobs Bills 

By Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) & Bob Gibbs (R-OH) 

Nov 3, 2011


Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-OH) and Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) released the following joint-column discussing the bipartisan “Forgotten 15” jobs bills passed by the House that are stuck in the Democratic-controlled Senate.  The "Forgotten 15" includes the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act (H.R. 872), a jobs bill authored by Rep. Gibbs that would stop the federal government from needlessly imposing costly and duplicative permitting requirements for pesticide use near waterways:

"Our nation’s economy is struggling to create jobs, and American families are filled with anxiety about declining net income and chronically high unemployment.

"One year ago, fed up with a Congress that wasn’t focusing on the jobs crisis, Americans put a new majority in charge of the House of Representatives.  As part of that new majority, we pledged to focus relentlessly on removing obstacles that are standing in the way of job creation.  We promised to send a steady stream of jobs legislation to the Democrats in the White House and Senate, who still control the rest of Washington. 
"Since the beginning of the year, that is precisely what we’ve done.  The House has passed an array of bills aimed at removing barriers to job creation and helping American job creators get back to doing what they do best.  Some of these bills have been signed into law by President Obama.  But tragically, many of them have never reached the president’s desk.  Instead they’ve been stuck in the United States Senate gathering dust instead of garnering votes.
"At least 15 jobs bills have passed the House this year with significant bipartisan support, and are now sitting in the Senate waiting to be brought to a vote by the Democratic leadership.  My colleagues and I have begun to refer to these jobs bills as the ‘Forgotten 15.’
"One of the Forgotten 15 is H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, which was passed by the House back on March 31 with significant bipartisan support.  The objective of the bill – which is part of our Plan for America’s Job Creators (Jobs.GOP.gov) – is to stop the federal government from needlessly imposing costly and duplicative permitting requirements for pesticide use near waterways. 
"Pesticide use is already regulated, as it should be.  The federal government is seeking to require the permitting not because an additional layer of regulation is needed, but because a misguided 2009 court order directed the Environmental Protection Agency to do it. 
"Now that this ill-advised court decision has been implemented, public health officials, farmers, ranchers and even everyday citizens will face increased financial and administrative burdens in order to comply with the new permitting process; and all this expense comes with no additional environmental protection. It will be just another government obstacle to job creation at a time when our economy can least afford it. 
"In order to overturn the court order and stop the job-crushing permitting requirements from being imposed, a bill has to be enacted by Congress. 
"H.R. 872 passed the House in March with strong bipartisan support.  A total of 57 Democrats voted with Republicans to approve it.  Yet the Democratic-controlled Senate has been sitting motionless on the bill for more than six months.
"With the court order now in effect, the consequences of the Senate’s inaction on H.R. 872 take on a grim new dimension.  We’ve known for months that this deadline was approaching, yet the leadership of the Senate has steadfastly refused to even schedule the bill for a vote. 
"This is a bipartisan bill that could and should have been signed into law by President Obama more than six months ago to protect American jobs from being destroyed.  Instead, H.R. 872 and at least 14 other jobs bills like it are stalled indefinitely in the Senate – “piling up like cord wood” in the words of one of our colleagues, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX).
"We don’t expect President Obama or the Democratic leaders of the Senate to agree with us on every jobs bill we propose.  But this one, approved in the House with the support of nearly a third of the Democratic caucus, is an obvious opportunity for common ground that ought to have been acted upon long ago. 
"Instead, because of Senate inaction, American farmers, ranchers and other job creators will begin dealing with the costs of another unnecessary federal requirement, making it more difficult for them to preserve and add jobs.  It is unacceptable.
"Americans can’t continue to wait for the Senate to act on H.R. 872 and other jobs bills from the Forgotten 15 passed by the House.  It is past time for action.  Job creators in America deserve nothing less."
U.S. Rep. John Boehner, representing Ohio’s 8th Congressional District, is Speaker of the House of Representatives.  U.S. Rep. is the author of H.R. 872.

The Occupy Wall Street movement has received so much media coverage in recent weeks that it’s nearly impossible to keep abreast of all the developments. So many endorsements and criticisms coming from all directions enter the news cycle in such rapid succession that even the most dedicated news junkies may have missed out on many of the pronouncements. Supporters and detractors of OWS both might find it useful to have a handy all-inclusive list of who has endorsed or embraced the protest..Read more and see updated list... pjmedia.com/zombie
List as of November 4th
The 99%: Official list of Occupy Wall Street’s supporters, sponsors and sympathizers

Communist Party USA

American Nazi Party

Ayatollah Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran

Barack Obama

The government of North Korea

Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam

Revolutionary Communist Party

David Duke

Joe Biden

Hugo Chavez

Revolutionary Guards of Iran

Black Panthers (original)

Socialist Party USA

US Border Guard

Industrial Workers of the World


Nancy Pelosi

Communist Party of China



International Bolshevik Tendency


White Revolution

International Socialist Organization

PressTV (Iranian government outlet)

Marxist Student Union

Freedom Road Socialist Organization


Party for Socialism and Liberation

UPDATE: Thanks to the hundreds of readers who have made suggestions for additional entries on this list. I now have a large pile of potential new OWS supporters to investigate, and will work on updating this list over the upcoming weeks. When I’ve made it more thorough, I will re-launch an updated list that will be much more “official” in its comprehensiveness, sometime later this month. Keep an eye out for it!

Goings-on at the Homestead
We started stockpiling food a couple of months ago and thought I would share what we've done so far.
We buy all our food from Sams Club, Walmart and one of several grocery stores. We buy lots of canned soups and Ramen noodles. The canned soups have a two year expiration date but I believe will last longer. Not sure about the ramen noodles but i'll guess a real looooooooooong time. We buy lots of spaghetti and other noodles also. Two year expiration date on the spaghetti sauce. We also buy lots of canned meats, tuna and chicken, three year shelf life on those. Most of our meat is frozen but if you don't have a generator to keep your freezer running for an extended period (if you lose power) canned meats are the way to go. We also store powdered milk and eggs, dehydrated potatoes and lots of canned vegetables. We also stockpile other essentials normally used for food prep and cooking like chicken broth, tomato sauce, gravies, marinades, salt and pepper and the like.

    50lbs of rise

We buy in bulk when possible like rice (50lbs for $15), flour, sugar and corn meal. Over a short time... say six months you can stockpile a good supply of easy to prepare food for not that much money. 

One of the shelving units in the main food storage area

There's a saying that goes something like "store what you eat and eat what you store" We figured out a simple way to follow this rule. We designated a food storage room and set up a couple of shelving units, this is our main food storage area. We pull food from this area and put it in our pantry for us to use. We add to a shopping list whatever we remove from the food storage area and put in the pantry.

Pantry shelves

This Weeks Pics: This weeks pics feature some of the more colorful signs from the various Occupy movements.
occupy wall street-funny signs