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Despotism: Encyclopaedia Brittannica Film from 1946

The Patriarch found this one for me too!  Isn’t he the greatest!??!!!  ;-)

Our forebears were warned, in school no less!  Yet here we are today sliding ever closer to despotism.  God help us.

Blessings, ~Mrs.R (aka Aunt Mae)

Basic Economic Facts and Fallicies – Thomas Sowell

These short 6 – 8 minutes segments give a terrific overview of real economics.  Thomas Sowell is one of my favorite authors.  Well worth the few minutes to watch!!


PART 1

PART 2

PART 3

PART 4

PART 5

Blessings,  ~Mrs. R   — learning the truth right along with you

Who Decides What Is Best for MY Child to Eat?

Chicago schools have banned children from bringing a lunch from home.

According to Little Village’s principal, Elsa Carmona, the intention of the policy is to protect students from the potential for unhealthy homemade lunches.  “Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school,” Carmona told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It’s milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception.”

Notice this woman claims that the school lunches are “excellent quality food”.  Can any of you distinguish what that glop is on the  blue tray?

Does what I ‘think’ might be a piece of pizza on the red tray look fresh?  I can not even hazard a guess what the ‘stuff’ to the right of the ‘supposed pizza’ might be.  Notice there is also a bag of Fritos on that red tray as well – GMO food to harm the masses of Chicago children.  Just looking at this red tray’s food I see: sugar laden chocolate milk, white flour pizza crust (high glycemic index and nutritionally lacking), sugar in the raisins, sweet diced fruit cup, carrots (higher glycemic index food) and dip (which also probably has loads of salt and might even have sugar), I’m guessing the peanut butter is the kind with hydrogenated oil to prevent separation and has added salt and sugar.  I don’t want to hazard a guess as to what the tan thing between the Fritos and the fruit cup might be, but I’d guess it also has sugar.  So out of 8 food items, there are 5 with a high sugar content.  And most of it would be the white refined sugar that is the worst for your health.

But as long as they eat it at school it is considered “excellent quality food”.

This is just one more example of the government overstepping their lines of authority.  Ah, but one has to remember that the moment you have enrolled your precious child in the public school system you have abdicated your rights over your child.  Your child belongs to the state when he is at school.

Below is a PDF document which explains this years National School Lunch Program.  And it’s funding.  Did you know there are “school food authorities” and “entitlement foods”??

Could the fact that the school gets federal money for subsidized lunches has anything to do with the ban on homemade lunches?  Did you know that each school participating in the program gets a cash subsidy AND donated commodities… for EACH meal they serve.  And even a ‘full price meal’ is still subsidized.  Notice in the section “How Much Do Schools Get?” that those rates are only for a school with 60% or less free and reduced rate lunches.  The higher reimbursement rate is not listed.

NSLPFactSheet

The saddest thing out of all of this is not the disgusting, non-nutritional food being foisted off as “excellent quality food”.  It really isn’t that the government is overstepping their jurisdiction, again.

The saddest thing is that no parents have stepped up to protest this.

Is it any wonder that the children today lack any respect when their very parents turn them over to someone else and don’t’ even issue a whimper at these self-serving ‘edicts’?  These children are not stupid.

This reminds me of the prodigal son story in the bible.  In that story the son asks for his inheritance while his father is still alive.  In essence telling dear old dad he wishes he was dead.  He takes the money and spends it in wild riotous living.  When the money is all gone, so are his friends.  He becomes destitute and at his lowest he remembers how his father’s servants have ample food.  He determines to return and ask to be one of his father’s servants.  You can read the rest in Luke 15:11 – 32.

The parents in this story remind me of the prodigal son.  The Lord calls children an inheritance and a blessing.  Yet the parents are squandering that very inheritance by turning them over to someone else who is no better than a hired hand.

May the Lord of Creation forgive us for wasting the most precious gifts He has bestowed upon us, our children.

Blessings,

~Mrs. R

US Government Shutdowns and Preparedness

Summary & Causes (in italics) from here.
When federal agencies and programs lack appropriated funding, they must cease operations, except in emergency situations. The failure of the President and Congress to reach agreement on funding measures has caused government shutdowns, the longest of which was from December 16, 1995, to January 6, 1996. Government shutdowns have necessitated the furloughing of several hundred thousand federal employees and affect all sectors of the economy.  It is necessary either to enact temporary funding legislation at the close of the fiscal year or to shut down the activities that are not funded at that time. This report provides a brief overview of the causes and effects of federal government shutdowns. Table 1 shows the dates for the 17 federal government funding gaps beginning in FY1977. Most of these were not government-wide.

An appropriation bill is a proposal placed before the legislative branch of the government by one or a group of its members to earmark a particular portion of general revenue or treasury funds for use for a governmental objective. Federal appropriation bills can originate only in the House of Representatives as mandated by Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution. Once an appropriation law is enacted, a definite amount of money is set aside so that public officials can pay incurred or anticipated expenditures. When a law authorizes funds to be used for a particular purpose, it is known as a specific appropriation.  from thefreedictionary.com

Causes of Federal Shutdowns
Shutdowns of the federal government have occurred in the past due to failures to pass regular appropriations bills by the October 1 deadline; lack of an agreement on stopgap funding for federal government operations through a continuing resolution;6 and other impasses, for example, in 1995, the lack of an agreement on lifting the federal debt ceiling.

In short this is a spending problem.  I have lived through a few of these threatened US National government shutdowns. The conservatives want to curb the out-of-control government  spending and the liberals start screaming that the old will die and essential services will shut down.  These scare tactics are the very same old, tired ones they used the last times.

What both sides fail to remember is their spending is all on our backs!

It isn’t that the conservatives currently in elected national positions want to “end” excessive spending but that they want to “slow” the excessive spending.


And the cuts proposed by the conservatives?  They are barely a blip or drop in the monstrously huge national deficit.

And what do we have to show for it?  Though the pit is ever deepening…

Have there been other threatened shutdowns?  Oh yes. Many were only threats, but there have been actual ‘shutdowns’ in the past.  During the 1978 government shutdown the congress allowed the military to go without a paycheck.  How do I know?  I was there.  Without the money to pay rent!  Pay so paltry that there was no way to save for lean times.

I have heard many say disparaging things about those of us who buy extra food, and supplies and store them.  I think living through these shuts downs in the past, and being used as nothing more than a pawn in a play for power is one reason we have chosen to be “Preppers”.  Not the only reason to be sure.

A friend of mine wrote a great post: Preparedness Apologetics.  She also has other posts about preparing.  There is no time like the present!

With a national debt of 14 trillion and growing, a government that thinks it can “spend its way to prosperity”, and two factions arguing about how much to curb that spending there  is a bigger fiscal crisis coming our way.  There is no way to ‘spend yourself to prosperity’.  That shows a lack of basic economics.  I know that method does not work in our family budget!

Preppers, who are they?  We aren’t nut cases.  We aren’t freaks.  We aren’t ‘playing Rambo’.  We are ordinary men and women who try to prudently prepare for the trouble we see heading our way.  At least to the best of our abilities, means and circumstances.

No one or no one family can ever be fully prepared for any and every eventuality.  Many of us were taken by surprise with the Japanese nuclear disaster and were unprepared for that in our preparedness supplies.

No matter when you start preparing you have to prioritize your list of things to buy.  I know I can not buy all I would like to.  And certainly not all at once!

I am where the Lord has put me.  I have the resources the Lord has provided for me.  I have learned, honed or am learning skills I believe will be useful to me in the future.  May this be your wake up call to start preparing.  Today!

I am working on future posts on preparing from a more healthy aspect than what I have seen in the preparing books I have read & the sites I have been on.  And I know many of you who read this blog are also celiac.  One of the first things a prepper is ‘supposed to buy’ is… wheat.  I have bags of the stuff (bought before my self-diagnosis) and can not now eat it!  You need to buy extras with a plan in mind, not ‘whatever’ out of fear.

Blessings,

~Mrs. R

A Governement Shutdown?

The Patriarch is a retired veteran who served his country for over 21 years.  His military service meant that he worked, usually well beyond 40 hours a week for a paltry paycheck.  No overtime pay.  No comp time.  No say in the least.  He put his life on the line many times in order to ensure the freedoms we have in this country.

We endured many long separations as just another part of ‘the job’.  Other times in his career he was in a position of responsibility and would get middle-of-the-night phone calls with some emergency that only he could deal with.  NOW!  Or he had ‘duty’ and had to be on base all night.  The stress levels of the ‘job’ were high.  Very, very high.

It was hard at times.  Most times.  Very, very hard.  And he was not in any direct combat situations and it was high stress!

Through our years of service to our country (the military wife is also sacrificing for her country) we have lived through a number of these threatened government shutdowns.  There have been the times where we had to go without a paycheck for nearly two weeks until ‘the budget’ was passed.  All because the Democrats who were in power use people as pawns in their grab for power.

This is just another example of the same ‘ol same ‘ol.  The Senate, the democrat majority senate, vote themselves a pay raise in the middle of the night during a strong economic downturn and yet they withhold (or threaten to) the paychecks of thousands of military men and women who sacrifice their lives & families ensuring our freedom.

This is not an honorable way to treat those under you.

Our government is in serious need of prayer!  Please join me in praying for our national leaders.

Blessings,

~Mrs. R

A Few Thoughts on Expiration Dates

Psst.  Can I tell you a secret?  Promise not to tell??  Double promise?  I, um, well… [clearing throat], um, I regularly keep and use food and medicine well beyond their expiration dates.  There, phew, I said it.  Are you completely shocked?  Hey, and I’m still alive and well too!!

Most expiration dates are an indicator of quality and, shall we say, full nutritional value (for food) and full effectiveness (for medicines).

I do can my own food.  I would like to say it’s from my own garden, but maybe that will happen one day.  No, I buy in bulk and process it according to the tastes of my family.  One year, I think it was 2006, I made so much jam that I still have a few of those jars on my shelf today!  Do I use it and feed it to my family?  Yes.  It tastes just as good as the day I canned it.  One caveat though.  If you decide to go out on a limb and make some ‘exotic’ flavor of jam, say blueberry with lime, I have to warn you.  The lime zest starts to overwhelm the blueberry and it does become inedible for that reason.  It hadn’t gone bad, just very lime-y.  Very.  Ask me how I know.  I have also canned tomatoes, green beans, and applesauce to name just a few.  I keep those for longer than a year and we still eat them!  I have not canned my own butter or cheese, and being dairy free I probably won’t either.  I will be trying my hand at ghee.  I’ll post my results on that another day.  I promise!

If it does not smell bad & does not have any of the tell-tale signs of spoilage.  Than I figure it is alright to eat.  This is not a blanket statement for you to eat any ol’ thing on your shelf.  This is simply a statement of what we have chosen do in our home, but with intelligence.  Your family’s safety is your own responsibility!  Make sure you know the signs of spoilage in home canned items.

Canning: Signs of Spoilage

  • Jar seals have bulging lids or the seal is broken
  • Jar is dirty on the outside (a sign of food seepage)
  • Liquid is cloudy or bubbling/fermenting or foaming
  • Liquid is seeping out from under the sealed lid
  • Contents spurt out when the jar is opened
  • Mold has grown on food or under the lid
  • Food is slimy or mushy
  • Food smells off or unusual
  • Food is discolored (usually darker).

If a jar is showing signs of spoilage, throw it out safely so that no children or animals can get at it.

Does commercially canned food ensure food safety?  Don’t make me laugh.  How many food recalls can we think of in the last 2 years?  Far too many for me to trust commercially canned items implicitly!

Here are the terms used in the food  industry to describe canned foods with signs of spoilage:

  • Soft Swell: A can that is bulged on both ends, but not so tightly that the ends can’t be pushed in somewhat with a thumb press.
  • Hard Swell: A can that is so tightly bulged on both ends that the ends can’t be pressed in. A can with a hard swell will generally “buckle” before it bursts.
  • Flipper: A can whose end normally looks flat, but “flips out” when struck sharply on one end.
  • Springer: A can with one end bulged out. With sufficient pressure, this end will flip in, but the other end will flip out.
  • Leaker: A can with a crack or hole in the container that has caused leakage.

How can we protect ourselves? One important way is to look for signs of spoilage and to immediately discard any canned foods that are suspected of being spoiled.

Excalibur 9-Tray

I also dehydrate many of the things we eat.  I like dehydrating for many reasons.  One is there are no jars to potentially break in an earthquake and an even longer time for the nutritional value (at least what’s left of it) of the food to remain intact.  But keeping these things free of moisture is key.  That is one reason why we found viable grain in the tombs of the Egyptian Pharaohs!!  Dry, dry, dry.  It’s the word of the day.  Mold needs moisture to grow.  If you have dehydrated it well enough there will not be any moisture for mold to grow!

Dehydrated food is also lighter in weight making it easier to transport whether you are hiking, biking, or bugging out.  I am experimenting with making my own ‘instant soups & meals’ using my own dehydrated foods.  I will keep you posted on my progress in that.  I am also using lots more ‘leathers’ for a wide variety of uses.  No, not all fruit leather.  How does mushroom leather sound?  Or spaghetti sauce leather?

We purchase very little processed foods.  I make the bulk of our food from scratch.  With that said, even boxed cake mixes (for an example) would last for many years beyond their expiration dates!  Especially if they were also stored in 5-gallon containers with oxygen absorbers.  Water and air are food storage enemies.  Heat isn’t a helper either.  The cooler the storage temperature the better.

What about medicines you ask?  I do not take any medication on a regular basis.  I am attempting to get healthy by loosing my excess weight, exercising and eating a healthier diet.  All that is for a completely different post than this one!  lol  So if you do regularly take any medications you will have to judge for yourself whether any of this is for you or not.

Once long ago I passed a kidney stone.  OK, truth be told more than once, but we don’t need to get into that here do we?  Not drinking enough water, a significant increase in my black tea intake and celiac were my undoing.  Let me just tell you that passing a kidney stone is far more painful than giving birth!  I have given birth & with NO pain medication more than once.  This kidney stone thing was FAR worse.  Far, far worse.  I’m starting to sweat and shake just thinking about it.  I was given Tylenol with codeine for the pain.  But one whole pill sent me on ‘a loopy road’ and unable to function.  Who can do that with a small child in the house?  So I cut those big pills into quarters and took them that way.  I was able to take just enough to stay on top of the pain yet remain functional.

You can well imagine that those pills lasted quite a long time.  I have taken some of these that were well over 5 years old and closer to 10.  They still worked, but not like a ‘fresh’ one.  But at least they worked!  If you do choose to store extra medicines make sure they are stored in a way that an unauthorized person can’t gain access to them.

Blessings,

~Mrs. R

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Actions Have Consequences

Ah, another political post.  I must be on a roll!  haha

The mid-term elections are coming up here in 9 short days.  I have come to a deeper appreciation of the freedoms our founding father’s intended for us as well as the sacrifice they paid to bring these to fruition.

Our constitution was not scribbled out thoughtlessly but was debated long by intelligent men of character and integrity.  And our republic is not a form of government that can be maintained by an amoral people.  We have squandered what was so hard won by the great men who came before us.

Why are we electing ignorant, self aggrandizing, careless people to be our leaders?  Why are we electing communists as our leaders?  Are we so ignorant of the vast differences between communism and Americanism that we will so willingly squander our vote on any individual who is against that very document that allows us our freedoms?

Back in 1848 (the year Karl Marx published his Manifesto), Alexis de Tocqueville captured the essence of socialism in this short paragraph:

“Democracy extends the sphere of personal independence; socialism confines it. Democracy values each man at his highest; socialism makes of each man an agent, an instrument, a number. Democracy and socialism have but one thing in common—equality. But note well the difference. Democracy aims at equality in liberty. Socialism desires equality in constraint and in servitude.”

Who will you vote for on November 2nd?  Elections have consequences.

And then there is the necessity for diligence on our part…

The Fatal Sequence – H.W. Prentis President of the Armstrong Cork Company 1943

“Paradoxically enough, the release of initiative and enterprise made possible by popular self-government ultimately generates disintegrating forces from within. Again and again after freedom has brought opportunity and some degree of plenty, the competent become selfish, luxury-loving and complacent, the incompetent and the unfortunate grow envious and covetous, and all three groups turn aside from the hard road of freedom to worship the Golden Calf of economic security. The historical cycle seems to be:
From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to apathy; from apathy to dependency; and from dependency back to bondage once more.

At the stage between apathy and dependency, men always turn in fear to economic and political panaceas. New conditions, it is claimed, require new remedies. Under such circumstances, the competent citizen is certainly not a fool if he insists upon using the compass of history when forced to sail uncharted seas. Usually so-called new remedies are not new at all. Compulsory planned economy, for example, was tried by the Chinese some three milleniums ago, and by the Romans in the early centuries of the Christian era. It was applied in Germany, Italy and Russia long before the present war broke out. Yet it is being seriously advocated today as a solution of our economic problems in the United States. Its proponents confidently assert that government can successfully plan and control all major business activity in the nation, and still not interfere with our political freedom and our hard-won civil and religious liberties. The lessons of history all point in exactly the reverse direction.”
– Henning W. Prentis, Industrial Management in a Republic, p. 22

Blessings,

~Mrs. R

Those Voices Don’t Speak For Me.

This is not a political blog by any means.  My main focus us on the beauty of womanhood from a biblical perspective.  I am not brainless because I have chosen to stay at home to raise and nurture the next generation.  I am fairly well read, have a decent command of my native language (English, just in case you weren’t sure… lol), I have run 3 different home businesses successfully and have started a 4th, I received a 4.0 GPA in college and I understand the freedoms intended us by the founding fathers.

When I realize that my simple incandescent light bulbs will be no longer manufactured by 2011 and no longer legal to sell by 2014 I understand that I am being controlled.  When someone else can decide what if any medical care I may get I understand that I am being controlled.  When tax breaks are allowed to lapse I understand I am being controlled.  When inheritance taxes increase to a rate (55% over a certain value) that is far to high for the inheritors to be able to pay and keep the family farm, family business or family home I understand I am being controlled.  When they want to pass a 1% fee on each and every banking transaction (transfers between accounts, all deposits, all checks written, each online banking payment made, debit card purchases, every withdrawal) to help fund this unconstitutional medical reform I understand I am being controlled.  When the government forces car dealerships to close (funny that only the ones who contributed to the Republican party were closed…) I understand I am being controlled.  When the government can shut down offshore drilling (somethings with an excellent safety record by the way) because of one accident I understand I am being controlled.  When I pay exorbitant prices for a gallon of gasoline at the pump because of the incredibly high taxes tacked onto this commodity I understand I am being controlled.  When the government wants to outlaw raw milk, organic produce and force us to eat genetically engineered foods I understand I am being controlled.  When the government puts poison into our water and tell us it will make out teeth stronger and healthier I understand I am being controlled.  When the government tries to make vaccines mandatory despite the fact that they have been proven to be not effective and detrimental to the actual health of the population I understand I am being controlled.

The current administration and those who believe in it, despite the fact of a raging 9.7% plus unemployment (far too low for a real number, but these are the “official” numbers), a housing market that has plummeted, a stock market that has tanked, and ever increasing taxation without representation DO NOT SPEAK FOR ME.

Blessings,

~Mrs. R

Oh the Government Can…

Here is another great video by Tim Hawkins! Enjoy!
~Mrs. R

I Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Yellow Prison Bus and the Future of American Healthcare

Conservatives are up-in-arms over the Democratic healthcare scheme. From town hall meetings, to talk radio, to the internet, the voice of the people is being heard. However, I am not at all convinced that the voice of the people will ultimately make a difference in the long run. My pessimism has less to do with the sinister motives of those seeking to take over the healthcare system. On the contrary, my pessimism stems from the hypocrisy of those shouting down their representatives and claiming to be “fed up”.

While I’m sure these folks mean well, I wonder about the sincerity of their opposition in light of the fact that the overwhelming majority of them (between eighty and eighty-five percent) have already accepted everything they claim to abhor about the healthcare plan. Some have already exposed this irony as it relates to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security (full disclosure: I’ve opted out of Social Security and am proud to say that I am not anticipating one thin dime from the American government in my old age). However, I’m not talking about these long existing socialist programs, I’m talking about the #1 socialist welfare program in America,…

To find out what the #1 socialist welfare program in America is click HERE!!