Wednesday, August 27, 2008

links my hubby says to read

My Hubby posted this for me to read, all the words are his.

short link - This is an account of georgian refugees by a free lance blogger who traveled to georgia on his own dime to get the story. I fear that Ron Paul would hang these people out to dry, but I doubt that the american founders would have. :p

Long link - End of dreams, Return of history: International rivalry and American leadership, hubby found it informative and thought provoking at the same time (and its very long)

Overview of America - Public Service - DVD

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Letter To The National GOP

Letter To The National GOP

August 20, 2008

Republican National Committee
310 First Street
Washington, D. C. 20003

Attn: Mike Duncan
Chairman, Republican National Committee

We, the undersigned, wish to convey our thoughts to you on the following matter.

Most of us feel that the presumptive Presidential Candidate, Senator John McCain, is a fine individual (some of us don't), but he can not and will not win the 2008 race for the Presidency of the United States of America for the following reasons:

  1. The Democratic candidate, Senator Barack Obama, currently has a much stronger following of young people and independents. In a head to head race with Senator John McCain and no third party contenders, Senator Barack Obama would easily win the Presidency. Some pundits are saying "in a landslide."
  2. Former GOP Representative Bob Barr has entered the race on the Libertarian ticket which will siphon votes away from Senator John McCain and the GOP. (The Nader effect) Traditionally, the Libertarian candidate gets 1% of the vote, however pundits are estimating that former GOP Representative Bob Barr will garner 5-8% or more. This is something the Libertarians are very excited about.
  3. Senator John McCain is a pro-war candidate. National polls show that 70% of American voters are against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Therefore, a large number of the voting public will vote against Senator John McCain based on this fact.
  4. The Scott McClellan book might become a bigger issue for Senator John McCain due to his close ties with President George W. Bush.
  5. All indications are showing Senator John McCain violated his own McCain-Feingold Laws when pledging FEC money for securing a bank loan, and then ignored the laws and exceeded the spending caps.
  6. Senator John McCain and his lobbyist ties are causing the campaign to lose key staff and paint an image of Senator John McCain contrary to the image he has tried to broadcast in this race.
  7. Senator John McCain and his temper scares most Americans and opens up the potential that he could say or do something rash, further jeopardizing Americans and American interests.
  8. Senator John McCain admits he knows very little about economics. This comes at a time when our nation is on the verge of huge financial issues with growing debt, escalating oil prices, devaluation of the dollar, and huge trade deficits and ever expanding borrowing from China.
  9. etc., etc., etc.

Given light of these facts, it seems clear to us that Senator John McCain will not win the Presidency of the United States of America; and we are part of that swing vote that will NOT be voting for McCain, but would vote for a GOP candidate if the right candidate were presented.

The core GOP members who have pledged "Party Unity" and to vote for Senator John McCain (even though for the vast majority of them he was not their first choice in the early primaries) will vote for ANY candidate the GOP places before the American voter. So this number is a constant, however not enough of a number to beat Obama.

The one candidate in the GOP we feel can win the Presidency for the GOP is Representative Dr. Ron Paul from Texas. We feel that he can bring a Presidency win to the GOP in 2008 for the following reasons:

  1. Representative Dr. Ron Paul has / had a huge young voter following and would bring those independent voters back to the GOP and away from Senator Barack Obama.
  2. Representative Dr. Ron Paul would steal ALL the thunder from Bob Barr and the Libertarian Party, delivering that lost 5-8% back to the GOP.
  3. Representative Dr. Ron Paul would maintain the constant, core GOP voter. Those who want "Party Unity" and a GOP Presidency would unite behind Representative Dr. Ron Paul.
  4. Representative Dr. Ron Paul has garnered the MOST contributions from our military of any GOP contender. That alone speaks volumes.
    The Scott McClellan book would have no effect on Representative Dr. Ron Paul due to his sterling image and reputation.
  5. According to GOP Senator Tom Coburn, he feels "Many Republicans are waiting for a consultant or party elder to come down from the mountain and, in Moses-like fashion, deliver an agenda and talking points on stone tablets. But the burning bush, so to speak, is delivering a blindingly simple message: Behave like Republicans." WSJ - 5/27/07 Page A21 "Republicans Are in Denial" - Representative Dr. Ron Paul is such a Republican with such a message.
  6. Representative Dr. Ron Paul can fill the coffers of the GOP, just look at his fund raising successes at the end of last year.
  7. Representative Dr. Ron Paul is a man of principle, the Constitution, and TRUE core Republican beliefs. He understands our economic issues and our international situations. If you have any questions about this, read his book, "The Revolution", a New York Times Best Seller.
  8. and so much more...

We feel it is our obligation as Americans to let you know our positions and reasons. You may ignore this letter and our signatures, or act upon them. The choice is yours. Win the Presidency in 2008 with Ron Paul, or lose with "Party Unity" and John McCain.

We, the undersigned, pledge to NOT vote for GOP candidate Senator John McCain. We declare that we WILL vote for GOP candidate Representative Dr. Ron Paul as President of the United States of America for the reasons expressed above.


SigneeCountyStateZipRegistered as:If McCain:If Ron Paul:
Voter #1SummitCO80424RepublicanWrite-InRon Paul
Voter #2LakeCO80461RepublicanWrite-InRon Paul
Voter #3CobbGA30008RepublicanBarrRon Paul
Voter #4LakeCO80461LibertarianBarrRon Paul
Voter #5FultonGA30022RepublicanOtherRon Paul

Tell EVERYONE about this site NOW to show the GOP the numbers before the National Convention!

Contact: Kenneth Griffin at 719-293-2239

Monday, August 11, 2008

Urban chickens - green pets or foul fowl?

My Comments on this article below

I could not believe the radio add I heard the other day. "Back yard bugs bugging you?" It goes on to say that if you buy some newfangled super chemical you won't have to deal with bugs in your beautiful lawn. What?? I have a BEAUTIFUL green lawn because chickens are the highest nitrogen producing animal. My feathered patroll officers also eagerly find any weed in my lawn and eat it. How about bugs? What bugs? Any bug willing to poke his head up in my lawn becomes chicken feed. You want a beautiful green and bug free lawn. Own chickens! Give the environment a rest and stop dumping chemicals in the ground in order to achieve a fake beauty. Nature is beauty, harness the wonderful chicken and you receive many benefits.

The roosters do not need to be kept. As soon as they crow loud enough to bother the neighbors it is easy to get rid of them. That can be part of the ordinance. Or the owners that want to keep a rooster can put him in a short box or creat in the morning so he cant stand up to crow. I own chickens in my urban setting and am totally willing to jump through rooster hoops in order to have all the benefits. BTW. Chickens are a great canary in the coal mine in regards to bird born illnesses.

Article posted below.
Urban chickens - green pets or foul fowl?
Some residents in WVC and unincorporated S.L. County want to make it legal to raise backyard hens
By Jeremiah Stettler The Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated: 08/11/2008 06:25:01 AM MDT

Bhakti Banning, holding Josephina and one of her eggs, is owner of three lovely female Bantam chickens, delights in educating others of the pluses of owning chickens at her home in SLC. Chicken owner enthusiasts took a self-guided tour of several city chicken coops run by residents of SLC that own chickens Saturday. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune)
Bhakti Banning's, lovely female Bantam chicken Josephina roosting. Chicken owner enthusiasts took a self-guided tour of several city chicken coops run by residents of SLC that own chickens Saturday. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune)

As the Salt Lake Valley becomes more and more urban, a resurgence of rural living is scratching its way into the suburbs. Campaigns for looser chicken laws have hatched in at least two of the valley's largest communities - unincorporated Salt Lake County and West Valley City - to make it legal to raise backyard hens. These efforts reflect a wider national trend, in which urban chicken ordinances are popping up in major cities from Honolulu to Houston to Baltimore. Marinda Coleman once harvested breakfast from her Millcreek Township backyard, collecting eggs from a dozen hens she had raised from 3-day-old chicks. She considered it healthy, humane and a much better alternative to trucking her food hundreds of miles across country. Then came county inspectors, responding to a neighbor's complaint, who threatened Coleman with a class B misdemeanor and a $1,500 fine if she didn't get rid of the hens. Chickens, they said, didn't belong in her suburban neighborhood. County ordinance prohibits chickens on residential lots smaller than a half-acre. Coleman complied. But now she is trying to change that law with a campaign that will reach community councils from east-side Emigration Canyon to the secluded west-side mining town of Copperton. The Millcreek woman isn't alone.

Kathryn Dunn is leading a similar charge in West Valley City, where chickens are allowed only in agricultural zones. Dunn hasn't raised chickens before. But with food prices rising, concerns about salmonella and growth hormones making national headlines and a faith that encourages preparedness, Dunn says backyard hens make sense. "The older I get," she said, "the more I see things happen in the world that [indicate] it would be prudent to be self-reliant." The trend toward urban chickens already has spread across the Salt Lake Valley, with or without legal changes. IFA Country Stores sold 17,000 chickens last year from its three Salt Lake County stores - an estimated 20 percent jump in sales over the previous year. Those backyard hens have generated so much demand along the Wasatch Front, in fact, that the company's Salt Lake City and Riverton stores have sold more chicks than any other location in the IFA chain, according to vice president of marketing, Brad Camp. "This is not an issue that is going to go away," said KT LaBadie, the Albuquerque-based co-founder of the Web site "The idea of a more sustainable city appeals to a lot of people." West Valley City is drafting an ordinance that would allow urban chickens, under certain conditions. Owners may have to seek a permit, clean their coops regularly and keep their fowl a certain number of feet from nearby homes. Utah's second-most-populous city also may give prospective chicken owners a discount on their permitting fees if they attend a class on how to be a responsible hen keeper. "These ordinances are to shape people into better chicken owners," long-range planner Shane Smith said, "and give them a legitimate means to achieve those ends."

The campaign has moved slower in Salt Lake County, where Coleman must appeal to the county's 12 community councils for change - perhaps at a combined forum in August. Meanwhile, Mayor Peter Corroon is soliciting a report from the Salt Lake Valley Health Department on the implications of allowing suburban chickens into unincorporated neighborhoods. "I'm supportive of sustainable living and people being able to live off their own land," he said, "but it has to be compatible with urban living." Aimee McConkie, chair- woman of the Canyon Rim Community Council, insists those hens are compatible - so long as they are cared for properly. "If people are willing to comply with the laws and ordinances," she asked, "then why not allow them to do this?" Dunn continues to push for change in West Valley City. She already has plans to paint a backyard shed red and white for her new coop.

Backyard-chicken laws Want to raise chickens in your backyard? It might take a law change if you live in West Valley City or unincorporated Salt Lake County - an effort that already has begun. Utah's capital allows urban chickens.

Salt Lake City: Allows hens in residential neighborhoods, so long as owners obtain a yearly permit. Residents must pay $5 per animal, not to exceed $40 annually.

Salt Lake County: Allows chickens on residential properties larger than a half acre, but prohibits them on smaller lots.

West Valley City: Allows chickens only on agricultural properties.

Sources: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, West Valley City