Saturday, March 22, 2003

Freedom For All

As amazing as it may seem, while we have HERO’S in Iraq putting their lives on the line for FREEDOM, we have socialist in United States lawmaking positions.

>“Senate Bill 1195, sponsored by Senator Antonio Munoz (D-Chicago), bans any shotgun that has a bore of 50 caliber or more. It outlaws 10, 12, 16, 20 and 28 gauge shotguns and even muzzleloaders. The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of six to four. It now awaits a vote on the Senate floor.”

The U.S. Sportsmen Alliance is keeping interested parities aware of these attacks on foundational freedoms that we have had since oh say 1776.
The Kids are there target

Don’t listen to me I am a ranting lunatic. Okay, then what about Bruce Vincent, Teresa Platt, John Doyle, Doug Jeanneret, Michele Payn-Knoper, Dan Murphy, Heather Hampton-Knodle, do I need to go on? We have all been trying to tell you that special interest groups are attempting to influence the youth of America. Further evidence here again brought to my attention by the U.S. Sportsmen Alliance.

The PETCO Foundation, the charitable arm of PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc., is sponsoring the HSUS’s National Association for Humane and Environmental Education (NAHEE) Adopt a Teacher program in 500 elementary schools across the country. The program is part of HSUS’s plan to introduce children, grades kindergarten through six, to the animal rights movement.

Kids, young impressionable minds, are you talking to them? They are…

Thursday, March 20, 2003

Support our Troops

Please visit the Department of Defense web page below and sign in thanking
the men and women of the U.S. military services for defending our freedom.
The compiled list of names will be sent out to our soldiers at the end of
the month. So far, there are only about 7.1 million names. The entire exercise
takes 10 seconds...literally. Please pass it on to your email friends.
Freedom of Choice

Look, we live in the United States of America, if you want to be a vegetarian that is your right. What I have a problem with is why? The next time you meet a vegan or vegetarian ask them why they are, don’t be confrontational just learn. I am here to tell you people are becoming vegetarians for wrong reasons. Like this: The Gainesville High sophomore has been a vegetarian since age 12. “I did some research and was disgusted and shocked when I found out how animals are treated,” she said.

Our animals are in the better housing conditions today than ever before, and the perception has never been worse. What will you do about that?

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Like a fine wine, it just takes time

It has been about three years since I decide to spend time advocating agriculture. In the early days I had a meeting with Mike Leporte of KRVN radio, Lexington, NE. In that meeting Mike told me, “I once heard a guy speak about the timber industry that you should meet and emulate in this quest.” I didn’t make time for that connection, until this past winter when I spoke at International Mink Show. Teresa Platt said “You have just got to meet Bruce Vincent - you two are just alike.” Of course Bruce Vincent is the person Mike Leporte was also referencing. Yesterday I did visit with Bruce on the phone and to even be compared to him and what he has accomplished is quite an honor. Thank you. Bruce understands the greatest challenge we face today in being a “resource provider” is the subtle signals the youth are getting in school and every day life. He is not taking it lying down. He is doing something about it. Check in out:
Good Influences are happening

Many of you have logged onto and commented about what a good start that web site has. We formed the Faces Of Agriculture non-profit organization to bring back the importance of people in the production of food. Faces of Ag is an accumulation of people that I have met on the trail who are willing to help get the TRUTH told. One of those people and the person directly responsible for the development of that web site is Amy Wilkerson. Amy began writing letters to the editor in the Des Moines register, then she was asked to be on the reader advisory board for the Register. Chad and Amy live in central Iowa and operate a wean to finish pork operation. Recently they gave a tour of their farm to other reader advisory board members. Amy recently received the following request from Christopher J. Bosso of Boston, MA:
“I am in the process of doing research for what will eventually become a course at Northeastern University on "food and public policy." and have received a grant from a regional foundation to travel around and talk with local farmers and other food producers.”
Click to read that letter. Amy also told me she heard Bruce Vincent speak three years ago and he was the first one that motivated her to get involved. YOU ONLY NEED TO INFLUENCE ONE PERSON TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
It is the little things that make a big difference

Missouri Gov. Holden recently honored my good friend Tony Clayton. Read the entire press release but here is the meat of it: “Clayton Agri-Marketing exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit that is alive and well in Missouri,” Holden said. “This company’s core values center around hard work, customer service and identifying market opportunities to build success for its clients.” Congratulations Tony…..

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Family versus Corporate

The best thing about Loos Lips, is the dialogue I am developing with you. I am getting a tremendous feedback, positive and negative about the social climate in rural America. The best one this week is from Tami Courtney of Holden, MO.
Help me out, here . . . Mr. Kennedy is against large production farmer? Yes or No? Or is he just against some of the methods used or not used in ensuring our landscape and natural resources remain sustainable? Even after hearing him speak last year, and I will admit – it was a bit convoluted – I am unsure why you two are at odds. Seems you are for the Farmer and he is for the Farmer? No? And, it also seems you two differ on your opinion of what farming is? Yes? Or is it that you just enjoy annoying him?

Okay so I do enjoy annoying him. But honesty, Tami brings up a tremendous point. All of these attacks position themselves as focusing on the “GLOBAL MEGA-CORPORATIONS” not the farmer. The truth is new regulations put into place to supposedly restrict the large producer only work to eliminate the mid size farmers, when in fact all the regulations that need to be in place have been. That is evidenced by the fact that each state has data showing the environment is cleaner today than any time in history. In addition the large farms spread the cost out over more animals and survive, where as the mid size cannot swallow the added cost of production. Another example is in this story out of Wisconsin today.

Animal factories scare town into action

Proposed changes are "not intended for family farms," Clarke said. "It's for the large, mega-corporate farms."

OH The Science of it Anyway

The anti-animal movement is about eating a plant-based diet. Well I am guessing this study won't end up on Vegetarian website “A possible link between infants who drink Soya milk and peanut allergies has been discovered by scientists at the University of Bristol.” As my good friend Teresa Platt pointed out, soybeans and peanuts are both legumes yet this article did not make the connection. Science will win with enough time, but it needs you and me as spokesman.

So the question is, Soybeans and Dairy are both agricultural products so what difference does it make? Consumers MUST make food purchases based facts not agenda's of some whacko group...
We Believe What We Hear

After two weeks of phone tag I finally caught up with “Serena” a college student in Pennsylvania. Serena is writing a paper on “Factory Farming”. She indicated that it was very tough for her to find anyone who believes in “Factory Farming” to speak to her. Which is one reason for some of the misconception problems we are facing. We believe in modern agriculture, but if someone wants to take us to task or challenge us, WE RUN, or just wish them away. Well anyway, Serena and I had a very good conversation, concluding by discussing her personal food preferences. She is a Vegan. She decided to go this way after hearing Robert Cohen speak three years ago. Robert Cohen has a website, I STONGLY encourage you to go to it and spend a little time. One thing that should give you some insight into this guy’s character is his ridicule of the Bible, as this quote should give you some insight. “I am baffled by a riddle of biblical proportions.”
I know this guy first hand. I debated him last year on TNN The Conspiracy Zone, which you can view by going to my website.

There is no wonder why young people would believe this line of B.S. if they don’t hear the truth from you….