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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

New Life

This evening I ventured out, after peeking out the back, kitchen window, to close the garage door.  After closing the door, I realized that I had failed to complete my last task for the day, feeding the livestock.  I realized that only upon hearing a little squeak coming from the pens.  I knew the sound, though the sound was new.  Babies had been born today, September 28, 2010!  The problem was that they had snuck up on me, I was not prepared and had not prepared the pen for the new arrivals, no brood box had been introduced.  Consequently, 6 pink little babes were crawling around the pen quickly losing body heat.

I had to think fast, and come up with something quickly.  I scooped up the babies, one by one, and set them in the makeshift brood box I had provided the doe with.  I'm considering adding some straw to the mix, to help keep them warm, but am not sure whether the doe will accept the intervention.  We will know in the morning.

Rabbits.  Rabbits are the livestock.  A perfect choice for our suburban setting.  They make no noise, make no real mess ( or at least no mess that can't quickly and easily be cleaned up).  They breed and reproduce like mad.  Those are all very desirable characteristics in a livestock choice.

So our first babies have been born.  I'm excited!


Adios, United States of America!

The United States of America has, for it's entire history, been an independent, sovereign nation, beholden to no other.  As such, we have also, at least for the last 60 years or so, been the envy of the world.  It would seem that that envy has now conjured up a great need to conquer said nation.  Witness this latest piece that I found on the internet:


It is basically a capitulation to the rest of the world, Obama giving over our rights as an independent nation.  INTERPOL (International Criminal Police Organization) now has COMPLETE diplomatic immunity, is housed in OUR Justice Department, and has jurisdiction over the Justice Department's personnel.  We are no longer free, that's the bottom line.  Our constitution has been overthrown.

INTERPOL now has complete freedom of search and seizure on OUR soil.  American citizens will now, or more probably, have already been, arrested and hauled off by a foreign entity while here in our United States.

The question is, what are WE going to do about it?


Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Politics of Living Life

In my last post, I wrote about my plan to begin mapping out the locations of edible, wild foods.  I have indeed begun working on my plan, albeit slowly.  So my suggestion to you, my faithful readers, is to follow my advise in this matter.  Perhaps, in the end, we could have a way to create a national database focused on just this subject?  Perhaps some savvy individual would be able and willing to work with me to create a google map with these locations on them, and we could slowly, but not too slowly, start filling in the map in our area, then the general region, then the country.

On the other topic which I introduced in my last blog entry, namely the seeding of the entire area with food-producing plants, whether trees or otherwise, I am working on that front as well.  If anyone has the ability to procure acorns from the species of white oak that is found in Idaho, which has low-tannin, edible acorns, please let me know, as I would like to introduce them in my area as well.  If they don't do well here, perhaps we could cross them with local species to produce a hybrid that WILL do well here, but still produces good nuts.  Oak trees produce huge quantities of high-quality nuts.  Unfortunately, they usually have to be processed extensively in order to remove the tannic acid which occurs in high concentrations to make them edible.  Red oaks normally have a much higher tannic acid content than their white cousins, rendering them somewhat useless, at least in my opinion.  Most white oak acorns ARE edible and useful, but it would be nice to have a variety that has little or no tannic acid content naturally, as it would save much time and effort in the preparation thereof.

Other nut trees native to our area are black walnut, which occur here in great numbers in certain areas, and white walnut, or butternut, which is somewhat more rare here, though they DO exist.  Beech trees are also fairly abundant, but I personally have never had great luck with finding a tree that produces large quantities of nuts with meat inside.  Most beechnuts I've found have turned out to be empty inside.  That bites!  There may be a cultivar of beech that consistently produces good nuts in large quantities.  I'll have to check that out.

I also need to check with our local cooperative extention agent to determine which apple, pear, peach, plum, cherry, and other rose-family fruit trees will work best for my area.  You do the same!

So, why did I opt for the title, "The Politics of Living Life"?  I feel that our country is undergoing a sort of squeeze at present, or an attempt to be subjugated by larger outside, and inside, forces.  I think that the idea of "food security" that is being espoused at present by a number of well intentioned groups and individuals, how ever well intentioned, is naive at least, foolish or deadly at the worst.  If, as I suspect, our nation falls under the control of the UN, or it's minions, the easiest way to control a people is to control it's food supply.  So, if our country is literally COVERED with food-producing plants, trees, etc., it will be very hard indeed to control us, let alone subjugate us.  These are the thought that I think...

Time for bed.

Cheers, my friends, and may God bless!