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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The founders of our nation never intended on a two party system, and it needs to end. I have reproduced a portion of George Washington's farewell address (it is part of the public domain). I felt it necessary to translated it into more common, modern language. Let's face it, our public education isn't what the founders envisioned, either (those guys were wordy). Feel free to read both or skip ahead to my translation, either way, weigh in (constructively) with your opinion on our current system or my translating skills.
“This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.
“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.
“Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind, (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight,) the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
“It serves always to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration. It agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.
“There is an opinion, that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the Government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of
“It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution, in those intrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism. A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart, is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position. The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositories, and constituting each the Guardian of the Public Weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern; some of them in our country and under our own eyes. To preserve them must be as necessary as to institute them. If, in the opinion of the people, the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way, which the constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for, though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed. The precedent must always greatly overbalance in permanent evil any partial or transient benefit, which the use can at any time yield.”
Excerpt verses 20 through 26
George Washington, with the assistance of James Madison and Alexander Hamilton
United States - September 17, 1796
2012 Translation by Yours TrulyLet me do a thorough examination, and seriously caution you against the destructive or poisonous effects of organizing people with common political opinions and purposes into groups for gaining political influence and governmental control (political parties).
As emotional beings, we cannot escape from forming alliances with like-minded individuals, it is human nature. All governments suffer from division and taking sides, however, it is smothered or subdued to different degrees. This dissection is antagonistic in the most prevalent forms of government, and is particularly strong.
The passing of control back-and-forth between parties while punishing each other for maintaining different opinions promotes oppression and abuse of authority (as well as the root cause of many heinous acts against other people in the history of civilization). The tyranny of the two party political system will become permanent. The resulting confusion and hopelessness has a tendency to make people look to one leader, a dictator, for security and peace. Eventually, one of the party leaders “more able or more fortunate than his competitors,” will take advantage of this situation, filling the role of “wise leader,” and destroying Public Liberty.
While always keeping this unfortunate scenario in mind, but not dwelling on it, it is the people’s duty to discourage and limit the antics of the opposing parties.
The constant arguing, banter, and revenge tactics employed by opposing parties distract from the issues of substance and handicaps progress. It makes people turn on one another over minutia, fuels unfounded hatred and bigotry, and encourages disorder, revolt, and rebellion. By promoting selfish agendas, it invites foreign bodies into the affairs of the republic, corrupting our system of rule. Therefore, the course of action and the power of choosing the course of action will not belong to the
If we bowed to a king or queen, there may be advantages to partisan politics. It could serve to promote the principles of
We have three branches of government for a reason, checks and balances. It is important for elected and appointed officials to know their role and respect the role of others. Politicians overstepping their bounds could easily consolidate our three branches into one, thus promoting tyranny. If you look honestly at humans’ infatuation with power and money, you will know this to be true. Keeping the three branches separate and independent, protecting them from one another, has been tried experimentally by us and civilizations before us. The architects of our government felt it important to implement the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches, and it is now the duty of the people to protect them. The constitution may be amended if it is the opinion of the people that the division of power and duties amongst the three branches are not correct, but the appropriate channels must be followed, or we die by our own sword. The benefits must be carefully weighed against the risks.
We failed as a nation to get Dr. Ron Paul on the ballot this year, but Liberty will be on the ballot. Research third party candidates, see who's not talking out both sides of their mouths, and find a candidate that you can stand behind. American voices are more numerous than two (interrupting, inaccurate, misleading, condescending voices...).
Monday, August 20, 2012
Too Many Reasons to Not Depend on the Grocery Store
There are few things more satisfying than eating food nurtured by your own hand. I hope I can inspire more people to grow food where they live. The summer of 2012 well be memorable for many due to the early bloom, followed by a freeze. A prolonged drought followed by torrential rains. Many farmers had to feed livestock their winter hay supply in the hot summer months because of the dead, dry grass. In Michigan, we are expecting a 10% fruit crop (cherries, apples, peaches, etc) because of the warm-then-cold spring.Drought caused this year's corn crop to be a goner, then the rain decimated the chances of soy-based feed. The fate of these mono crops is bitter sweet to me. Partially, I am overjoyed that the cattle will be spared from this nutrition-lacking fare, however, due to a lack of foresight there aren't any other options for them and they must be slaughtered or starve.
I wish I could say that I feel sorry for our nation's poor. Corn flakes and soy infant formula are going to be expensive this year. My hope for them is that they will be forced to source more nutrient dense food. Beef liver should be readily available.
The time to take responsibility for your own sustenance is now. I urge everyone to pick a sunny spot in their yard (or someone else's yard if necessary) and make some plans to start a lasagna garden next spring. If I hear anyone complain about the price of groceries, I am prepared to ask them if they grow any of their own food. It takes some effort, but is well worth the rewards.
As I walk through my neighborhood, I'm struck buy yard after yard of lush, green lawn, despite the drought. Imagine if communities put that effort (and watering) into edible landscaping? Fruit trees are beautiful in the spring. Herbs, sweet potato and green bean vines are beautiful in the summer. In the fall, you have gorgeous heads of cabbages and blueberry bushes turn a handsome red. There are so many edible options!
There are many other options for feeding yourself. Over the winter, I grew lettuce under a light in my basement (so much more awesome than a bag of lettuce at the grocery store). There are also food co-ops and CSA's. They may let you trade work for food. An important aspect to remember is getting to know your neighbors. You can swap food. There may be things you can grow that your neighbor can't and vice-versa. Don't forget about things already growing in your yard like dandelions, violets, chicory, purselane, and lambsquarters. One of my kids once said, "you feed us like goats!" Bleat bleat!
Don't delay, there is a learning curve with gardening. I don't want you to wait until your life depends on it to start!
|Basement Lettuce Just Starting|
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
|freshly whipped parsley-garlic butter on pretzel rolls|
SOYBEAN OIL, WATER, WHOLE EGGS AND EGG YOLKS, VINEGAR, SALT, SUGAR, LEMON JUICE, CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA (USED TO PROTECT QUALITY), NATURAL FLAVORS.
Canola mayo? Probably the least horrific of jarred mayonnaises. However, can't we just make some with our stick blender? Oh, Yeah. And with the wonder-oil, coconut!WATER, SOYBEAN OIL, MODIFIED STARCH (CORN, POTATO)**, EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, EGGS, SALT, VINEGAR, SUGAR, LEMON JUICE, SORBIC ACID** AND CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA (USED TO PROTECT QUALITY), NATURAL FLAVOR, PAPRIKA OLEORESIN, BETA CAROTENE (COLOR)**. **INGREDIENTS NOT IN REGULAR MAYONNAISE. GLUTEN-FREE *INGREDIENT NOT IN MAYONNAISE
|Why isn't Hellmann's yellow? They must not have paleo chickens.|
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- pepper to taste
- Dijon mustard optional
- 3-4 fresh free-range egg yolks (at your own risk)
- 1 cup gently melted coconut oil
- Put lemon juice, salt, pepper, mustard, and yolks in a pint jar.
- Whip with your immersion blender
- Slowly pour in coconut oil (Does not have to be a drip like with a blender) blending constantly and moving blender up and down. you will know when it is done.
- Refrigerate. Use within a week.
Saturated fat & fertility
A good source of tips & tricks: http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2012/05/pennywise-platter-thursday-524.html/comment-page-1#comment-186413
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
I taste-tested it about 1 week out. Not sour, still quite crunchy, I then used some on a taco (tell me that isn't an ingenious use of lactofermented vegetables). I tried again 2 weeks out. Hmmm, smells a bit like trash can, still crunchy, barely soured. At that point, I chose to feed it to the family. Jack's original brats, homemade German potato salad, and "basement kraut" was a hit. (I won't lie, the four-year-old didn't even taste my sauerkraut, and the 15-month-old spit his out. It'll grow on them I'm sure.)
- corned venison or beef
- rice (I use Nishiki/sushi rice)
- butter/lard/tallow/schmaltz, your choice
- sour cream or plain yogurt
- ketchup or tomato paste
- fresh or dried dill
- Swiss cheese (I use Caraway Swiss from William's Cheese)
- caraway seeds if not using Caraway Swiss
- Prepare corned meat. (If you are making your own, be sure to allow 5-7 days to cure and plenty of hours for it to cook before you start the rice.)
- Put a good spoonful of fat-of-choice into a saucepan/dutchoven with good fitting lid over medium heat.
- Saute a chopped up onion (size & color of your choice) in the fat until translucent.
- Add rice (I use 1 1/2 cups of Nishiki, use amount you want of rice you want. Be sure to adjust liquid to fall in line with directions on your rice). Stir occasionally until rice is translucent from absorbing some fat.
- Add a clove (more or less) of garlic, minced or grated. Stir.
- Add stock (about 2 cups for Nishiki, again, adjust for your rice), stir, bring to a boil, cover with lid, back heat off to a slow simmer about 20 minutes. (OMG! You aren't using Minute Rice, are you? Brown rice? Yuck!)
- Let rice stand about 5 minutes off of heat.
- Add a glob of sour cream/yogurt, a squirt of ketchup (or small glob of tomato paste), and a handful each of finely chopped dill and chives (about a teaspoon each if using dry). Mix thoroughly.
- Plate up: 1/2 cup of rice or so, topped with a slice of Swiss (and a light sprinkle of caraway seeds if using), a portion of the corned meat, and a serving of sauerkraut (a serving is however much you can handle, it may only be a teaspoon full. And, for crying out loud! Don't heat up the kraut!).