Sunday, August 30, 2009

Funny but true

Friday, August 21, 2009

A couple goats.

Well, it's been awhile since I sat down and wrote something here. It seems summer came and went here in the northwoods. Last week we had summer, this week it's Autumn. Today at the farm stand everyone is bundled up with sweatshirts and jackets with hoods on and pulled tight.
For several weeks we've been seeing trees turning color here and there. This week we see even more.

Sure has been different as far as the weather goes. We get a little rain but, yet the ponds, lakes and streams are still shrinking. Our little spring fed pond is as low as I've ever seen it. Just yesterday I walked out and collected a pile of stones which are normally hidden under the water. And without getting my feet wet.

Living in the country is always interesting. Today I got a call on my cell phone from one of the town workers. Seems the town has acquired a couple of goats and he was looking for a home for them. They were unable to find the owners. They are both males. I told him I'd have to talk it over with the family since we really aren't into goats anymore.

When I got to the house they already knew about it because the fellow had already been here to see if we'd take them. Upon a brief family pow-wow we decided we'd take them until we could find someone who wanted them.

They were being kept at a older gentleman's home who had some dog kennels that were currently unoccupied. So I drove over in our Jeep with a large dog crate in the back to carry them home in. They're small goats.

They're very tame little fellows and we put dog leashes on them and led them to the Jeep. But, boy you could sure tell they we're bucks because the smell was quite pungent. After loading them into the crate I was thoroughly covered in goat smell. I told the gentleman that now "I'm afraid my wife won't let me in the house since I now smell like an old goat". We had our chuckles and off I went.

The two little goats are now happily cleaning up an empty pen that we have in the old barn yard. What we are going to do with them I don't really know. For now we'll use them as a couple little weed eaters.

You never know what a day will bring out here. Never a dull moment.

Until Next Time

Friday, August 14, 2009

A lengthy look at HR: 2749


By Doreen HannesAugust 14,

HR 2749 Authorizes International Take-Over of Domestic Food Production


Congressional staffers have been telling people that HR 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, does not authorize the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). Many organic groups have agreed with them. However, this is misleading. Though HR 2749 does not name "the" National Animal Identification System, it still authorizes the program. It also does not state that it legally authorizes Good Agricultural Practices, or GAP, partially comprising Codex guidelines on traceability and food safety, and the OIE's Guide to Good Farming Practices including auditing, certification and inspections, disincentives for not participating in the form of fines, penalties, and loss of access to market, but it does. Is it possible that Congress was not aware of what it voted on? The bill was changed three times in a 24-hour period before passing the House 283-142 on July 30, 2009.

Are these assertions about HR 2749 wild and unsubstantiated? Proving them is fairly easy—just understand “Good Agricultural Practices” (GAP), how the agencies of the World Trade Organization operate within member countries to achieve them and what comprises the actual jurisdiction of the FDA and USDA. A brief explanation follows, along with substantiating quotes from HR 2749.

First we look to jurisdiction in HR2749…...

The rest of the article is quite lengthy as the author goes into detail how this HR 2749 hides NAIS regulations into it but it is worth the read. My eyes glass over when I read legalese but someone needs to keep track of what the control freaks try to foist on everyone. It sure seems as though our freedom is under attack with all the regulations they are trying to get passed. Every person who values the freedom to eat or grow good wholesome, clean and locally sustainable foods should be alarmed by these kinds of measures.

Click here for the full story.

There's alot of debate going on as to what they are actually trying to do with measures like NAIS. Those who are for it ridicule the people who are against it as being paranoid and reading in things that aren't really there.

But, perhaps those who are for it or those who willingly go along put little value on freedom. Maybe they feel secure with Big Brother watching their every move. Maybe they like being slaves and serfs in the "Global Plantation".