Thursday, July 20, 2006

A Thursday Night Post

Sure been seeing a lot of depressing news these days. Besides steadily rising gas prices (it's now $3.149 per gallon for low grade unleaded in our area) and war in the Middle East, I was checking out some more NAIS updates. It's not looking good for homesteaders and small independent farmers. Seems almost like a conscious effort to run everybody out of business. I'm sure not liking what I'm seeing. Who would ever have guessed things would ever have come to this in America. Can't imagine what people are thinking. One could conclude that when we start seeing our freedom slipping away it might have something to do with the overall spiritual condition of the nation as a corporate whole. Why should God continue to bless a rebellious people?

Earlier today I got my regular "Food Chain Release" from and saw that on Saturday they will air a program which could shed some light as to what's happening in this country in regards to the disappearing family farms. Rather than try to reiterate what it said I'll just copy it and paste it below.

In 1930, the United States had 6.3 million farms; in 2000, it had only 2.1 million. Some say the 27 million people who lived on those farms were deliberately forced off in a Stalin-like purge. This leads one to ask, “What did happen to all the farmers?”

This Saturday at 9AM Pacific, the Food Chain with Michael Olson hosts Thomas Pawlick, author of The End of Food, and Cyrill Vatomsky, host of the Embassy of the New World Order radio program, for a comparison of Soviet collectivization and American consolidation.
Log on to listen live or delayed, on your radio, computer or IPOD

Topics include why Stalin purged the family-scaled farmers of the Soviet Union; why they were also forced off the land throughout the Americas; and what impact their loss might have on the security of the food chain.

Listeners are invited to call the program on their local station or log them to the Forum page at (Look for #504 Stalin Redux?)

Though the topic may be somewhat depressing it looks like it's going to be a very illuminating program.

But on a brighter note our cousin Jerry emailed us some humorous musings about the heat wave that is being felt in much of the country even in our lovely North Woods of Wisconsin.

It's Soooo Hot!

The birds have to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground.
The trees are whistling for the dogs.
The best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.
Hot water now comes out of both taps.
You can make sun tea instantly.

You learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron.
The temperature drops below 95 F (35 C) and you feel a little chilly.
You discover that in July it only takes 2 fingers to steer your car.
You discover that you can get sunburned through your car window.
You actually burn your hand opening the car door.

You break into a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 a.m.
Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, "What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?"
You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.
The potatoes cook underground, so all you have to do is pull one out and add butter, salt and pepper.
Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying boiled eggs.
The cows are giving evaporated milk.



Blogger Scott Holtzman said...

You break into a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 a.m.

Quite true today! Though I must also note when I stepped outside it was to unload a truck - a tractor trailer.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Lynn Bartlett said...

Hi Russ, I listened to the radio program tonight, and found it quite an eye opener for me. I appreciate it when you make us aware of programs like this.

We are sweltering as well, and thankfully we haven't lost any animals to the heat. It is actually "cooling" to the upper 80's tomorrow, thankfully.

10:53 PM  
Blogger RL said...

Hello Scott &
Hello Lynn,

It's been almost a week since I made this post and we are still having some warm days though not as warm as it was. But, we finally got some good soaking rains. Whew! It's about time. We were all getting a little nervous wondering if it would rain at all.

We've been in the Northwoods long enough to have adapted to a cooler climate, so when it warms up we really feel it. Can't imagine 115 degree's like I heard it was in California the other day.

Take care and God Bless


10:11 PM  

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