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What I have thought all along, use fire to fight fire… it would work…

The Wild Boars Gambit
Have you ever been chased by a wild boar? I was, once, as a kid. It was pretty terrifying. And I’m relatively certain that was a domestic hog that had escaped, and in a year or so in the forest had reverted to his natural Lord of the Flies ethos. Kept me up a tree for two hours, at any rate.

Which brings me to my sermon. Man against the State. Man against the State. Man always loses that battle. Even in groups he is impotent against a Leviathan. As much as I admire the Tea Parties, the solution is not to send like minded souls to Washington. It is a corrupting wasteland, and they will either succumb, or be voted out for not bringing that fat, sweet bacon home. Because the same Man who votes for that fiscal hawk also, inexorably, still wants his bacon. He just doesn’t want ne’er-do-wells in blue states to have his bacon. Besides, sending a Tea Partier to Washington is like sending your preacher into a whorehouse to clean it up. He’s going to emerge in drunken stupor, without his pocket watch and Bible, and with a red wax ring around his willie.

No, I think, the solution is not tilting against the windmill that is the DC blob. It is in federalism. Real 10th Amendment federalism. States against the Leviathan. We all know the Constitution strictly enumerated the federal government’s powers, and seeded the enormity of powers to the states. But Leviathan has been gobbling up those rights for 100 years, using a carrot and stick approach of funding bribes and the Commerce Clause. And each state has individually weakened, and capitulated.

But, what ho? The GOP now holds a large majority of governorships and statehouses. That election wasn’t a blowout, and the Republicans control a lot of field level power. One man cannot beat back Leviathan, but 29 governors and statehouses can. If they coordinate, and play by the left’s rules. Select specific areas where the federal government has usurped power, from education to highway construction to Medicaid allocations to, hell, drug laws, and sue the piss out of Leviathan’s minions. Sue, sue, sue. Alinsky them.

Sue the EPA, sue the Interior Department, sue the Department of Health and Human Services. Sue the cabinet members individually. Sue czars. Find sympathetic federal courts and drag those czars’ asses into court. Sue as groups of states, sue as individual states. Just file hundreds, if not thousands, of lawsuits. Most will be swept away by invoking immunity and the supremacy clause, but not all. At some point Leviathan will have to allocate resources. Pick their battles. Toss a few bones. Here’s a thought: if five or six western states sue to allow energy exploration on federal lands some federal judge is eventually going to give them their day in court. The Supreme Court’s mighty firewall could actually be a blessing here. Many appellate court decisions could be upheld.

Which brings me back to wild pigs. Being chased by one wild boar is a horrifying thing. Being chased by 25 could cause some serious hysteria in the Gilded City. Tip O’Neill famously said “All politics is local.” True as far as it goes. Just remember: your governor is your neighbor, even if you have to travel to the Big City. He’s a hell of a lot more local than your representative in Congress, who only comes home to run for reelection.

Here’s an experiment: form some bullshit committee committed to saving the loggerhead turtles, or protecting abused women. Call your Governor’s offices and request an audience. It might be six months, but you will get a breakfast, or a luncheon, or a photo op. This person still has to work the hamlets of Smut Eye, Alabama and Blue Balls, Pennsylvania and Santa Claus, Georgia. He isn’t that distant Senator getting his horndog on in the DC.

Ten governors and 10,000 activists could change the world. Bring that power back to the states. Neuter Leviathan. And this isn’t about “state’s rights,” or whatever euphemism passes for racism these days. It’s about taking back what belongs to our states. To us. Forget Congress. Spend a day roaming your state house. Make a few friends. Buy the aides a beer after session. Get inside their heads. Let them know you’re going forward with or without them.

We’ve lost a few states irrevocably. California’s dead as a doornail. It’s just like East Germany now. Except gays can window shop in the nude, and there is no Iron Curtain or Berlin Wall keeping sane people from fleeing California. But the Stasi is still there. The same old crowd. They just wear nipple rings now.

Jersey’s toast, of course. But even New York has Wall Street. If they can smell power devolving to Albany those greedheads will be on board. I love the pure heart of a true capitalist. When I’m not hating on them for actually being crony capitalists. Which is what they really are. They’ll merely rent-seek in Albany rather than DC. So, on second thought, scratch New York. Buy your securities in London.

I haven’t enumerated much in the way of particular issues, but I will. I’m having enough trouble writing a preamble whilst getting my damn drink on. And, oh: never underestimate a local politician’s opportunity to grab some power from someone else up the food chain. Use that as a tactical weapon. After all, at the end of the day, it’s all about being a wild boar.

Warning, mature words!!!!″

Farm (ranch) productivitey
Compared to 1950……
! If same farm productivity as 1950, 
only feed half of current U.S. 
population ………….
! No food for: 

Compared to 1950……
! Conventional beef cattle: 
2/3’s less CO 2, land and feed required
! Dairy cattle: 
63% more milk with 58% fewer cows, 
70% less manure
65% less water
90% less land
63% less CO 2

U.S. cattle farmers & ranchers 
provide 25% of the world’s beef 
with 10% of the cattle

85% of U.S. grazing land is 
unsuitable for crop production

Globally, beef cattle consume just 
5% of total grain production

And if your worried about Global Warming….

Livestock accounts for less than 3% 
of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions

Open space – primarily managed by 
cattlemen – provides habitat  for  
75% of America’s wildlife

Interesting findings from a report on 60 Minutes

60 minutes sugar
Dr. Robert Lustig
Gary Taubes
>150 pounds per capita
58 pounds per capita

And here is what the Bible said about what to feed honord guests…

Genesis 18: 7­8
Abraham also ran to the herd, and took a tender and choice calf and gave it to the servant, and he hurried 
to prepare it. 

He took curds and milk and the calf which he had prepared, 
and placed it before them; and he was standing by 
them under the tree as they ate.

Hmmm, beef! Not veggies! Or tofu!

And what about salt?

Meta analysis of 167 sodium diet studies
Effect of reduced sodium levels in
people with normal and high BP.
Low sodium diets: no effect on BP, but…
increased risk of CHD
American Journal of Hypertension
(2012); 251, 1–15

NO EFFECT on Blood Pressure!

But look here…

Current salt recommendations:
1500 mg/day males >50 years of age
<2400 mg everyone else
Practically, only fruit juices fit this requirement. Eliminates all meats and most vegetables from diet.
Disconnect: Public diet recommendations and science.

Since 1950’s: Recommended diets from academia, MD’s and government: Low Fat/High Carb…no red meat, no saturated

Results of 50 years of “low fat/high carb” diet strategies
! 15% of children between 6 and 19 are overweight
! 70% of Americans are overweight
“½ of this figure is nearing obese!
19 million adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
(1/2 of all adult Native Americans)!
79 million are pre­diabetic !
90 million suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease

Nutritional profile of beef
! Highest quality “essential” amino 
acids (ALL 20)
! Best natural sources of (heme) iron 
and required trace minerals
! Low in Ca but high in Phos
! Essential B vitamins (B12)
! *FAT

Two Harvard studies:
Beef Kills!
Beef’s Great!

March, 2012 Harvard Epi study! Epi. survey, NOT a research trial! All diet data from questionnaire given every FOUR years! NO questions on refined carbs

March, 2012 Harvard Epi study! Smokers ate more beef, therefore beef lowered life expectancy.
! Only risk factor > 2x is significant
! Bias of Harvard scientist?

2010 Am. J. of Clinical Nutr.*
Authors: Harvard University
! Meta analysis 21 clinical diet studies
! Is there an association between saturated 
fat intake and heart disease?
! None
! Major risk factors for CHD?: refined 
carbohydrates and excess adiposity
*AJCN. First published ahead of print 
January 20, 2010 as doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2008.26285
*AJCN. First published ahead of print 
January 13, 2010 as doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2009.27725

What if its all been a big FAT lie?

Fat in Beef 

! 30% Stearic Acid
! 40% Oleic Acid
! Both lower “small dense” LDL and raise HDL
! Remaining 30% neutral
! Fat in beef is heart healthy

Media myths vs. food safety reality

By Dr. Richard Raymond

A couple of weeks ago I blogged a piece for Feedstuffs titled: “Dude, It’s Beef.” Part of my “beef” was that media sensationalism and repeated use of the words “pink slime” had basically shut down BPI and caused us to discard or redirect to pet food 10-15 lb. of beef per animal slaughtered.

I don’t care if my readers are omnivores or vegetarian, that is their choice. What I DO care about is the wasting of any edible part of any animal raised and slaughtered that could be used to feed us. I think this should be considered reprehensible.

And I do not dislike all media persons. Some are very good investigative journalists, some keep us on our toes and some educate us daily.

Yet, there are those that seek sensationalism and forget about telling the simple truth. Some have a hidden or covert mission behind what they print and/or report. Ideally, reporters should be transparent as to their goals, just like they are demanding the meat and poultry industries be more transparent about how it produces the food we eat.

When I was Nebraska’s State Health Official I had it made. There was only one statewide daily paper and very few television stations. I got to know the reporters who covered health very well, and we got along.

I trusted them, and they trusted me. I respected their deadlines, and they respected my need for an occasional “no comment.” They did not put words into my mouth or misquote me.

I helped them get the information they sought, and they helped me to educate Nebraskans on important health issues.

But the new wave of rookie reporters and social media outlets looking for sensational headlines and stories are misleading many gullible people and having a serious impact on policymakers.

That is why it was so reassuring to learn that Dr. Guy Loneragan, with the support of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Assn., was able to tell it like it is in the beef industry to 40-50 Hill staffers in D.C. the other day. But can one voice outweigh the daily exposure to the anti-beef messages?

Before anyone says “daily” may be an exaggeration, let me give you some numbers to support my claim.

In 1996 there were approximately nine cases of laboratory confirmed foodborne illnesses caused by listeria, E. coli and campylobacter per 100,000 persons living in the U.S. There were approximately 400 media mentions of foodborne illnesses.

In 2010, foodborne illnesses linked to the three pathogens were down to about 5 per 100,000 persons. However, media mentions of foodborne illnesses skyrocketed to over 1,500.

Overall, the incidence of confirmed foodborne illness from all pathogens is down 23% in the last decade, yet reporting of such has increased by over 200%.

Why? Because reporting bad news sells, and because the current atmosphere in America leads people to believe we are going the wrong direction when it comes to food safety. This has prompted consumers to want to know more about food safety issues.

It is true that part of what is behind this increase in media mentions are the increased recognition of outbreaks because of PulseNet, and I have blogged on this phenomena earlier.

But more of the increase comes from the “pink slime” crowd, or the “expose” of what goes into ground beef, or the comparison of McDonald’s testing requirements vs. the National School Lunch Program requirements, or humane handling videos, etc. Sensationalism sells.

Some in the media have pushed back on my “Dude, it’s Beef” blog saying it is their obligation to report the truth and educate the public.

So I ask them today, if you want to report the truth and educate your readers, where is the media outcry about raw milk?

It seems like every week there is another outbreak associated with this product, and more kids are being hospitalized with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome because their parents are buying this product and feeding it to them with the mistaken belief it will cure their asthma or their attention deficit disorder or just plain make them healthier.

Wrong. It will kill them, and we have a perfectly safe alternative.

LFTB has made no one ill, and certainly not killed anyone.
I just finished reading a book by David McCullough titled Truman. A picture and a couple of quotes in the book indicate the media has a long history of misleading the public.

One of the most famous examples given in the book is the picture of Harry Truman at a train stop on the way back to D.C. in the early morning of the day after the 1948 Presidential election. In the picture a beaming Truman holds aloft the Chicago Tribune with the headline “Dewey Defeats Truman.”

On page 716, reflecting on the headline, T.S. Matthews, the managing editor of Time is quoted as saying: “I think the press has been pretending too much more wisdom than it had any right to claim, and has been getting away with murder for some time. The plain fact now appears to be that … the press hasn’t known what time of day it is for years.”

Well, if the press did not murder BPI, they sure as heck caused serious injury.

Truman himself is quoted, on page 819, as having written that some reporters were: “The prostitutes of the mind in my opinion … and are much more dangerous to the future of mankind than the prostitutes of the body.”

I believe his point was that reporters are for sale. They get paid for what they do, and they probably get bonuses or incentives for increasing sales and the number of readers.

By the way, in the interest of full transparency, I do get compensated for my Feedstuffs blogs, but not one dime is based on number of hits, “likes” or comments. No one tells me what to write or rewrites what I submit. These are all my thoughts, whether you agree with them or not.

And I am obviously an omnivore. Just so you all know.

Dr. Richard Raymond is a medical doctor by training and a former undersecretary of agriculture for food safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Pink slime?

What a crock!

It’s finely textured lean beef. they take the trimmings that are too small to do much else but make hamburger from, heat it and then put it in a machine much like a cream seperater or salad spinner and spin it, so they can take almost all the fat off and all/any bone from it. Then they have a product that is 97% lean beef. They put a small amount of “ammonia” gas over it to kill any bacteria.

This was approved by the FDA 40 years ago and has been being used world wide since that time.By doing this it has produced a drop in E coli in beef by 55% in the last 10 years.

This same thing with the gas is done in multiple foods, such as baking, cheeses,grains, etc….

Lets look at a hamburger and see what has what in it, as to ammonia…
Bun 2 oz. 440 ppm (parts per million)
Bacon 1 oz. 160 ppm
Condiments 2 oz. 440 ppm
Cheese 1.5 oz. 813 ppm
Beef 3.2 oz. 200 ppm

Yeah, beef is just really bad, huh?

I will be posting more as time permits.

Here is a great response from the Church to the Obama Care BS.

Copy this and paste it in your browser and go see who will get my vote! I think if we all get behind this, we can turn this nation around!!


Come on people!!!!!!



I got this in an email from a friend. Very observant and  explains many things well.

The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that:


When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, your best strategy is to dismount.

However, in our government more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

1. Buying a stronger (and more expensive) whip.

2. Changing riders.

3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

4. Arranging trips to other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses.

5. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.

6. Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.

7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase efficiency.

9. Providing additional funding and/or training to increase dead horse’s performance.

10. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse’s performance.

11. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some live horses.

12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.

And of course….

13. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.



If you don’t understand the stupidity in this reasoning, you probably are happy with the way our tax money is being spent….and that would make you part of the problem..