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Friday, September 25, 2009
The 7 Best First Aid Kits For Any Situation
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Nearly 15 million Americans are jobless, and the number is widely expected to remain high even as the economy slowly begins to recover. Part of the problem many of the unemployed face: the very fact that they have been out of work a long time.and further on...
One thing this kind of move affects is federal spending. Last year, the Social Security Administration paid out about $106 billion in disability benefits, equal to nearly 4% of the federal budget. The payout was up about a third from four years earlier.
The agency projects it will receive roughly a million more disability applications from 2009 through 2011 than it would have without the recession, says Stephen Goss, its chief actuary. If acceptance rates stay the same, this would add roughly 500,000 more people to the rolls by the end of 2011.
So far, much of the government's response to long-term unemployment has been to extend jobless benefits, a support that keeps workers off the streets but can lead some to languish in unemployment instead of searching for work as if it were a full-time job.
The federal government extended the standard 26 weeks of benefits by 20 weeks, and to as much as a total of 79 weeks for some workers in high-unemployment states.
And there's even a picture:
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
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From an email today:
There's been some big developments today, friends.
In June, we let you know that Representatives John Culberson (R-TX) and Brian Baird (D-WA) introduced a resolution, H.Res 554, that would change House rules to require all major bills to be posted online publicly for at least 72 hours before they are debated.
Essentially: a "Read the Bill" resolution.
Well, today, members of Congress filed a "discharge petition" in the House regarding that resolution, and if the petition gets 218 signatures in the House, leaders Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer will be required to schedule H.Res 554 for a vote on the House floor.
Our Read the Bill resolution has been languishing in the House for many months--years, if you include versions that have been introduced in prior Congresses--and a discharge petition is a way to force a bill to the floor for a vote. This is the time to make it happen.
Take a moment and make a phone call to ask your Rep. to sign onto H.Res 554 using our simple website. Ask your friends to do the same.
At the end of the day it comes down to this: an informed citizenry is critical to a functioning democracy. The point isn't only whether legislators read every word, but whether all citizens - people like us - have an opportunity to review and comment on pending legislation before it has an impact on our lives.
We are going to make sure we have that chance.
There's no ifs, ands, or buts. Legislation should be online for everyone to read.
ps For the full scoop on today's action, read Lisa Rosenberg's full rundown:
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
If I could amend the Constitution
POSTED AT 10:19 PM ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2009 BY STEVEN DEN BESTE
[ POLITICS ] PRINTER-FRIENDLY
- An Interstate Commercial Transaction as referred to in Article I, Section 8, only exists when the buyer and seller are residents of different states, and the buyer gives money to the seller in exchange for products and/or services which are delivered from one state to another. Congress has no power to regulate commercial transactions which take place within a state between residents of that state, and the Commerce Clause of Article I, Section 8, shall not be construed to grant Congress power to regulate anything which is not commerce.
- Because it is important for America citizens who are not members of the Armed Forces to be able to protect themselves, their families, their property, their fellow citizens, and the nation as a whole, the right of private citizens over 18 years of age who are not convicted felons to purchase, possess, and carry firearms and ammunition shall not be infringed by federal, state, or local law.
- Hanging as a form of capital punishment is permitted under the Constitution of the United States, provisions of Amendment Eight notwithstanding.
- No court in the United States shall be guided by precedents established by courts in other nations or by international tribunals. The United States Constitution and the laws and treaties created under its authority shall be the sole source for all legal decisions within the sovereign territory of the United States.
- No person shall serve more than 8 years as a US Representative or 12 years as a US Senator.
- No provision of any treaty shall be enforceable within the United States if it infringes the rights of citizens as recognized by this Constitution.
- Neither Congress nor any state or local government shall make any law infringing the right of the people to produce and release carbon dioxide. No taxes or fees may be charged for such release. [Don't ya have to laugh that it's come to this??]
- In lawsuits where lawyers work on contingency, the lawyers collectively may not receive a greater percentage of the award than any single one of the clients they represent.
- It is double jeopardy for a defendant to be criminally tried in both State and Federal court for the same event, even if the indictments read differently. In cases in which both State and Federal prosecutors wish to prosecute, the State shall have priority.
- Neither the federal government nor any state or locality may pass any law or implement any policy which discriminates against or in favor of any person on the basis of race, gender, or national origin.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The Urban Prepper:
Hello my fellow Preppers and Constitutional Americans. So much has been written by those fortunate enough to own rural locales where land is plentiful with wide open spaces but little written about the rest of us. The reality is that most of us live in suburbs where prepping and maximizing our back yards or improvising growing areas is just as vital. We live in Perrysburg, Ohio and have max’d our growing space.
This year we wanted to see if we could indeed support ourselves maximizing a space that is 20X 20 including building Multi level (2 & 3 levels 2 X 6) gardens boxes made from marine plywood and 2 X 6’s. My Nebraska farm roots paid off with our special compilation of soil that includes, cow, horse and for tomatoes chicken & cow manure. In addition to the soil mixture throw the following in during the season, any organic compostable trash, rusty old nails or small metal items that are rusty (no chrome or coated fasteners, a handful per cubic yard of material. Have old vitamins laying around, kids chewable vitamins that are outdated…grind up and throw in the soil. Since Depression One our soils have been robbed of minerals and nutrients so replenishing them not only improves plant health but your intakes of much needed nutrients. Here’s a Tomato tip: The higher the acidity of the soil the less acidic the taste of the tomato…strange but seems to work that way and tomatoes love coffee grounds. Here’s what we grew with great success for a family of (3): Tomatoes-Cherry, Romano and Jet Star, Lettuce, Okra, Sweet Corn Bi-Colour, Pop Corn, Green Beans, Fingerling Potatoes, Sun Flowers, Small Amish Melons, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Parsley and Cilantro.
We found a great traditional seed source for heirloom seeds at SeedSavers of Iowa, http://www.seedsavers.org/. I have a huge appreciation for an organization that preserves the produce of our forefathers. Every effort is made to avoid hybrids for multi seasonal growing.
For canned items I strongly suggest shopping your local Aldi’s for great bargains. Being a farmer I’ve seen the same produce canned for Libby’s and Doles used for private brands, so save money where you can. If you like the wholesome foods of Traders Joe’s you’ll like Aldi’s their both an Aldi’s (German) company.
Get your vitamins and herbals while you can and start stocking ASAP. The major box stores while offering competitive vitamins/herbals are under corporate pressure to eliminate non-pharma products. For example Wally World’s availability is shrinking and prices increasing by 15-18% every 2-3 weeks. I assume the new global Codex is affecting this decision. Don’t volunteer for the Flu Shot…
God Bless us All and keep us protected from the coming storm. The ominous storm clouds are approaching our horizon at unprecedented speed and I fear a Fujita 5 or 6 is coming! Those I trust the most: God & Jesus, my wife and the Marine in the Hole on my left and right!
The Urban Prepper,
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
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Monday, September 14, 2009
The Ohio Senate State and Local Government and Veterans Affairs Committee has scheduled a second hearing on SCR-13. The hearing will be at 10:00am on Tuesday, September 15th in the South Hearing Room, and will allow for public testimony. Please take a moment to contact the members of the committee and urge their support and passage of the State Sovereignty Resolution (SCR-13). And by all means, if you can make it to the hearing I will have stickers to show wear and show support, or if interested in giving testimony let me know.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
member stores are all independently owned and typically carry their own name, but may also include the names Do it Best and Do it center as a part of the store signage. Each store is serviced from one of seven Do it Best Corp. distribution centers around the United States but can also get products directly from the manufacturer. The stores have joined together as part of the Do it Best Corp. cooperative to buy in huge volume to offer you lower prices.
Makes 2 loaves
5 C self-rising flour
5 Tbsp sugar
1 ½ C sour cream
12 oz beer
Preheat oven to 350o. Blend together flour and sugar, add sour cream and beer alternately, mixing well, pour dough onto a floured board, and knead until firm and smooth. Divide into 2 loaves, place in two well greased loaf pans, and bake 45 minutes. Brush tops with melted butter and return to oven for 15-20 minutes longer or until tops are golden brown.
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I had seen a version of the update a couple of years ago, but I like the updated update! Here's how it begins:
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.
CBS, NBC , PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast.
How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah... .
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
It is obvious... that men organized in small units will take better care of their bit of land or other natural resources than anonymous companies or megalomanic governments which pretend to themselves that the whole universe is their legitimate quarry.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States wants to enlist its 3.4 million Girl Scouts in the effort to combat hurricanes, pandemics,and other disasters.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched a campaign Tuesday to entice the blue, brown and green-clad multitudes to be even more prepared, with the promise of a new patch if they pitch in.
Whole thing here.
And here's some commentary
Monday, September 7, 2009
The Big Food Manual and Survivalist Flourishing Guide
Introduction (as of early September 2009)
“If, in the dusk of the twilight,
Dim be the region afar,
Will not the deepening darkness
Brighten a glimmering star?
Then, when the night is upon us,
Why should the heart sink away?
When the dark midnight is over
Watch for the breaking of day.”
--“Whispering Hope,” by Septimus Winner (1868)
For more than two decades I’ve collected and cooked out of old cookbooks. Many have spiral or other types of non-glued binders indicative of local publications. Most are compilations of recipes by local cooks in southern, southwestern, and western parts of the United States of America. This is real people’s food—fresh, simply prepared, and delicious. It is the same food that Americans were eating a half-century and longer ago, updated with some spices and techniques that more recent immigrants brought over with them.
American family cooking is a food heritage that needs and deserves to be preserved. It is one of the few features remaining in current American life and culture that so needs and deserves. The Big Food Manual and Survivalist Guide is deliberatively and self-consciously ‘retro’. Yet I’ve served this food to groups, both large and small, of very sophisticated eaters. I’ve received few complaints, and a lot of “My grandmother used to make this!”-type comments. Related case in point: I was once in the produce section of a Cincinnati Kroger supermarket picking through a mess of collards to make the “Old Southern Sisters” recipe in the Veggies section. A young black couple came up to me; the guy asked me how I was going to cook those greens. I proceeded to tell them the recipe, to which he remarked that his grandmother had cooked collards for family gatherings when he was a child, and that he wished that he knew how to cook them like she did. (Having just recently moved to Cincinnati from eastern North Carolina before this event took place, I was taken aback. Black people asking a white guy how to cook collards? That was something that, shall we say . . . didn’t happen, where I had just moved from.)
These recipes emphasize fresh, non-processed ingredients. ‘Homemade’ is emphasized everywhere, especially in the Basics section. This is the kind of food that kept Americans alive and thriving well into their 80s, long before governmental and scientific nannies began intervening into our lives and choices “for our own good.” Butter is called for throughout, not (synthetic) margarine. The canned goods and prepared products called for are for items that various American food companies have been producing for fifty years or more. Creole seasoning and Tabasco are called for to season many recipes. Chili sauce replaces catsup—homemade if you want, and it beats the heck out of the bottled stuff in the condiments section of your grocery store. (Although there are some outstanding homemade catsup recipes in here, too.) Ro*tel tomatoes and green peppers replace canned tomatoes in a lot of recipes to give dishes a spicy kick-start. And yes, Accent—monosodium glutamate—is called for in some. Don’t fear it.
Three updates ago I changed the title of this collection. While I still refer to it colloquially as Big Food, its full name is now The Big Food Manual and Survivalist Flourishing Guide. The attitude that prompted this name change isn’t new. Over the three years that I’ve been compiling this Manual, Marica and I have moved increasingly “off the grid.” We’ve begun making all our own baked goods, from breads to pie crusts. We’ve begun pickling, canning, and making our own condiments from scratch, right out of Marica’s gardens (the “Northside Guerilla Farmer,” when we lived in Cincinnati). The key point is: just use as much homemade stuff as you’re comfortable cooking and preparing. The Big Food attitude is that recipes are just suggestions, anyway.
Cooking out of old cookbooks filled with recipes by everyday cooks often requires interpretation. Some excellent local cooks aren’t the most communicative of souls, at least in written language. In many cases, I’ve made recipes more explicit; but in others, I’ve kept them deliberately vague to give you a chance to add your own touches. You’ll also see that there is a lot of room in many recipes for individual choices. This is not a collection of recipes for beginning cooks! But with basic cooking skills, utensils found in every well-stocked kitchen, patience, a lot of spices added to your spice collection, and an experimental attitude, you’ll find something here for any occasion—from everyday meals to the most hoidy-toidy of gatherings.
I’ve cooked Big Food for meals ranging from two to one hundred eaters. These recipes are easily divided, or doubled, tripled, whatever. Just wait until some of your bicoastal restaurant-hopping friends sink their teeth into Big Food. If they’ve got even a fraction of normalcy left in their bodies, they’ll eat this food like you’ve never seen them eat.
This collection contains recipes for, among other things,
- appetizers, dips, salsas, salads, and salad dressings for any occasion—no need to buy preservative-laden bottles of salad dressings ever again;
- homemade Basics—mayonnaise, mustards, chili sauces, ketchups, relishes, stocks, and sauces
- a huge canning and freezing section for preserving everything from fruits, veggies, meats, pickles, jams, and jellies;
- using cooking bags for extra tenderness in meats and veggies;
- some of the best old-timey desserts you’ll find anywhere—at current count, more than 1700 recipes and variations;
- dressings and stuffings that can also serve as full meals;
- some of the best grilled and smoked meats and sauces, all tested personally;
- award-winning chilies and gumbos;
- alcoholic beverages, including the basic recipe for the homemade wines we produced for more than two years at The Bunker Winery, and will start again soon at Farther Along Winery in northeastern Mississippi;
- broiler and oven meals, prepared all at once and cooked together;
- Tex-Czech and Tex-Central European foods, handed down from Gran, Tait, and other “old timers” from the Dallas SPJST;
- Tex-Mex dishes, including a number of home-made tamales
- Creole and Cajun dishes, peppered throughout the Manual (those French-looking names are Creole/Cajun, not Parisian!)
- Some of the tastiest southern-style veggie dishes on the planet
- An entire section on using your slow cooker, and not just for soups and stews.
Enjoy them all!
Recent additions to Big Food have expanded greatly the Canning and Freezing section. As mentioned above in explaining Big Food’s name change, Marica’s and my political persuasions have grown increasingly “survivalist.” The expansion of this section reflects our own emphasis on self-preservation during the “deepening darkness” we see for America’s near future, as well as our attempt to preserve the few aspects of the culture we deem still worthy of preserving. But you don’t have to share our political views and outlook to take advantage of time-tested ways of preserving fresh-grown produce!
Since the last installment of this Introduction (back in early July 2009, after I crossed the 6500 recipe mark), I’ve continued in earnest adding recipes from the five-volume Favorite Recipes of America from 1968, which I found last summer at a flea market in Perry County, Appalachian Kentucky. I’ve been working through Volume V: Vegetables to take advantage of this summer’s bounty from Marica’s garden (our last at The Compound). Next up will be Volume IV: Casseroles, to take advantage of fall and winter cooking season. I estimate that the entire set will keep me busy for about another year. Then there’s the fifty or so remaining old cook books to work through, now on my shelves and in boxes . . .
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And in 1887 when drought and famine struck Texas, the Congress sought to send public funds to tide them over. President Cleveland vetoed the bill replying:
Sunday, September 6, 2009
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Thursday, September 3, 2009
You need to understand that there are teachers, principals, and administrators who see themselves on a mission: to rescue students from the “provincial,” “backwards,” and ignorant parents of the progeny in their care.
Not content with an unprecedented four primetime news conferences to date in his young administration, President Obama now needs to address the entire public school system. And not just for a Hey-Kids-Howya-Doin-I’m-Your-New-President-So-Be-Good-In-School-This-Year-Mmmkay? speech.
Nope, Obama can’t just say hey to the kiddies and encourage them to do their homework. He has to make this a — what does the Left call it? — a teachable moment. A speech-in, if you will. Teachers have even been given handy instructionson how best to integrate The One into the classroom. Here’s some fun educational-type stuff your young son or daughter might be doing next week:
• Teachers could ask students to share the ideas they recorded, exchange sticky notes or stick notes on a butcher paper poster in the classroom to discuss main ideas from the speech, i.e. citizenship, personal responsibility, civic duty.
• Students could discuss their responses to the following questions:
What do you think the President wants us to do?
Does the speech make you want to do anything?
You mean, other than hurl?
Oh, and this:
Are we able to do what President Obama is asking of us?
It’s not mere education — it’s learnyness!
Now my son is young enough that he won’t be subjected to the President’s smiling face, dulcet tones, and calls to action. He won’t be pressured by his teachers or peers to go along or get with the program.
Your kids might not be so lucky.
In impossible times, the only way to be a responsible parent is to do the irresponsible thing. If my son were in a public school…
I’d call him in sick next Tuesday. I’d keep him home. I suggest you do so. I urge you to do so. If pressed, be honest about your reasons — but be reasonable about presenting them. Otherwise, don’t offer an explanation. Make it a silent protest.
And while your kids are home, think up some patriotic games to play. Rent the delightful (and true-in-spirit-if-not-in-fact) musical,1776. Set off some fireworks. Make it a mini Fourth of July.
Can’t take the time off work? Well, I’m sure you have at least one patriotic neighbor with an older child, who might jump at the chance to play a little sanctioned hooky — and make some babysitting money, too.
Spread the word. Pass the link around. And see if the President’s face is still smiling, when he realizes he’s talking to half-empty classrooms. Do make it a teachable moment — one where the would-be teacher does the learning.