Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I was born too late...

because I would have been a HUGE fan of Ronald Reagan. The writing has been on the wall for a long time of the work the socialist movement was doing to move to power in America. Lucky for them, America got just dumb enough to elect such fine individuals as Obama and my pal, Nancy P. Check out this clip with some insightful words from Reagan himself, circa 1961:

An unnamed colleague is a flaming liberal and these were his arguments about why Obamacare is great for America:
1) He lived under nationalized healthcare in another country and it works. (Really? Then why do people come here for top notch care?)
2) Taxes will not go up. What we save in uninsured folks' ER visits will more than pay for the administration of the program. (I can't even find the words to fight this kind of illogic. You can't subtract a huge number from a negative number and expect to get a positive number. Maybe that country's education system was as "good" as its healthcare system....)
3) This is a Christian country. Christ taught that we ought to care for others. (A) Pretty sure Jesus was a conservative. And B) I want to be the one deciding how I will help others by CHOOSING how to spend my money, not by being told by the government!)

Ugh. Thats all I have to say. Someone told me I was too young to run for president in 2012, but if Obama can be elected without clarification on his birthPLACE maybe my parents can fudge my birth certificate and I can be elected without clarification on my birthDATE. Just a thought.

This is the time of night when I need to turn off Fox News and read my Bible. And pray. Hard. In the words of my Daddy, "Lo-ord, help us".

Monday, March 22, 2010

Life as a Chick on the Right

This weekend goes down as historic for many reasons like the passage of ObamaCare and the huge jump down the socialism path, but also its going down as possibly my most politically active weekend ever. I loved it!

My buddy Patrick, fellow DC intern, and I ran a half marathon through DC that went right up Constitution Avenue through the heart of historical markers that note the people and ideals that make our country so great. The weather was perfect, the company was great, and the scenery was phenomenal! My time wasn't so hot though because as it turns out, killer knee pains will severely slow you down. Who knew?

Capitol Hill was calling our name after the race so we waddled (yes, that is the correct word for how we were both walking at that point) up with the other concerned American citizens to shout "Kill The Bill", knowing that Congress could hear our chants but was in no way listening to what we were saying. I've attached a few pictures of some absolutely ingenious signs....desparate times bring out creativity in signage.

Back in Indy yesterday, just in time to go to a book signing by Karl Rove at the local Borders store. A side note: during his time with President Bush, Karl Rove started and directed the Office of Public Liaison (the office I interned in)though Karl was gone by the time I arrived. When I walked up to shake his hand, I told him I interned in OPL in fall 2008 and he said, "Oh, you were there just after I left!".....yeah, I felt pretty stinking cool:)

While waiting in line to meet Karl, I met two of my new role models though. Its two Indianapolis ladies who got tired of all the hullabaloo during the 2008 presidential election and started blogging about it. Get this: they use FACTS and LOGIC. Crazy, huh?!?! I've become a huge fan since moving to Indy and got to have my picture with them yesterday. They happened to post it on their blog, so I think maybe we can document this as the launch of my political career? Anyway, their blog is: http://chicksontheright.com/.

Touche, lady, touche.
A random lady with a HILARIOUS sign...or so I thought...

Can you read the top sign? "Socialism is like a hospital gown. You think you are covered, but you are not."

Does this need an explanation?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Somebody must have messed with my calendar....

Because there is no way its already March, right??? Ok, so clearly I've been MIA for a while, perhaps buried under the snow of the Midwest....but alas, I have survived to see spring because this weekend it has actually been 50* and sunny! I've always had a close relationship with the sun, but the old saying "absence makes the heart grow fonder" has proved very true in this case as I've realized just how much I love the sunshine. A LOT.

Work is great, still loving life on The Turkey Team. I do have to share one highlight, that might make me seem a bit childish, but its just too funny to keep to myself....so the other day I was driving with a customer when he said he had to go. These are his exact words, "I've got to get to a breast meeting. (Awkward stumble and pause) I mean, a breast meat meeting. Yeah, a breast MEAT meeting." Ha!

To catch up on 4 months of life is a bit overwhelming, so I'll just share a few pictures to capture all the fun of the past few months. Things are going really well, but super busy. I'm so thankful that I'm able to get home and to see the sisters fairly often. I'm also thankful that I've made some more friends here in Indy that are really fun to hang out with...when I'm in town, which seems to be a rare occurance!

Bible verse of the week is Psalm 107:1
The Lord is good, His love endures forever.

A super fun trip up to Turkey Creek (appropriate, huh??) with Mom, Dad, Jason and Candice.
Jennifer and her monkeys while we played in the snow after their big 12' snow! This picture was taken after all the snowball fights had taken place:)

Neenie and the monkeys....they all look so sweet! Later on that day, Ross got on Neen's shoulders and said, "Wanna pet my wild piggy?!?!" (Referencing the term "piggy back ride"...pretty clever, huh?)

As much as I hate driving in the snow and scraping it off my car, it is absolutely gorgeous and peaceful out in the country. My job takes me to some pretty rural areas, so I take full advantage to expand my photography collection.

This was my yard during one of the big snowstorms. The next morning I had to put trashsacks over my boots to even get to my car!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thankful for Farmers and Food

Below is a response I wrote to a girl on Facebook who was promoting a vegeterian lifestyle because of its "environmental benefits" and the cruelty of humans to animals....

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it gives reason to pause and be thankful for the blessings that we often overlook. I'd like to share a few blessings I'm thankful for:

1) As an American citizen, I'm thankful to live in a country that has a higher standard of living than many places. Most of us have the luxury of choice when it comes to food; we can eat in restaurants, eat specialty label food, eat higher priced proteins. These choices are a luxury! The average American citizen spends about 10% of disposable income on food, compared with other countries that spend anywhere from 20-60% on food. On the flip side of that coin, we often talk about the "poor people in third world countries", but what about the 36 million people living in poverty right here in the US that have the same nutritional requirements as affluent people but a fraction of the income? Meat provides valuable nutrients that are readily absorbed by the human body to keep us functioning at our best. As the least cost protein, poultry products allow even low income families to eat nutritiously. 100 billion pounds of food are wasted each year...I wonder if those 36 million people would turn their nose up because of fears of "environmental damage" or "inhumane treatment"?

2) As a consumer, I'm thankful that I can find a grocery store on practically every street corner that is always stocked with nutritious, safe, affordable food. Only about 2% of the American population is involved in food production, so that means that 98% of the population can rest assured of constant, easy access to food. What a blessing to know that farmers are doing such a great job keeping our mouths and tummies full!

3) As the 6th generation in my family that is involved in production agriculture, I am thankful that I was raised to have the utmost respect for precious resources that provide nutrients and sustain human life. Farmers care for the land, their water resources, livestock, etc. in a way that best utilizes and preserves the resource while supporting food production. American farmers have become so effective that 1 farmer feeds 144 people!

4) I'm thankful that tomorrow I'm going to sit down with my family to a table overflowing with food. My hope is that everyone around the globe could do the same, though I know that isn't going to happen. I'm thankful though that farmers across America are working day in and day out to get a bit closer to making that a reality. Lets also remember that there is limited unbiased & nonpolitical science that supports the human-caused climate change religion. And besides, warming of third world countries won't matter much if people are dying of malnutrition.

Monday, October 19, 2009

One Call at a Time

I was dashing around about to leave my house at 6:45 am this morning when a friend here in Indy called to tell me to turn on the radio to WZPL 99.5 where the morning show host was praising Michael Pollan's documentary "Food, Inc.". In case you aren't familiar with the documentary, it espouses incorrect information about today's food production systems and condemns the American farmer for today's obesity problems, global warming, cancer, high toe stub rate, etc....

So I run to the car and turn on the radio. Immediately my blood is boiling, so I call in. Here is a summary of what I told the host when I was first connected (it was recorded, not live at this point):
1) Americans are blessed to have easy and constant access to the world's safest, most abundant, most affordable, most diverse food supply.
2) It is in the best interest of farmers to care for animals in a way that allows them to grow to their potential which means keeping animals disease free, comfortable, etc.
3) Many production practices are misunderstood by the public. These practices are in place for either a) the animal's benefit or b) the consumer's benefit (food safety).

This snippet was played on the radio a few minutes later, along with a snippet where a woman said chicken's are injected to grow more breast meat and also a woman who said organic food is better than conventionally grown and about the "benefits" of free range production. Blood pressure sky high now! So I call back, this time I am live on the air. Here are the highlights of about a 3 minute conversation:
1) There are no substances for injecting in a chicken to stimulate meat growth that are legal, nor is it feasible/cost-effective for a farmer who has 50,000 chickens to inject them. This is not a part of today's food system.
2) Show me the science that says organic food is more nutritious or safer. You can't, because this science does not exist! Conventionally grown food is better for the animal and the consumer because a healthier live animal=safer meat on my plate.
3) Until the 1940's, all protein was produced in "free range" systems. We could only feed about 10 people per farmer. Then we got smarter and more efficient. In today's confined systems, 1 farmer can feed 50-100 people. The animals are fed a controlled diet, disease challenges are reduced, and the animals are kept in an environment that protects them and the consumer. It would take exponentially more land to produce the current amount of protein in a free range system.
4) The bottom line is that farmers are in the business of producing nutrients that sustain life. Independent farmers raise their families and they produce food, not only for America but for people all over the world.
5) It is great to learn more about food production, but go to a credible source that understands food production, not someone like Michael Pollan who doesn't have a clue about agriculture and is only pushing a personal political agenda.

I was on air live for about 3 minutes with a golden opportunity to share a few soundbites of truth about production agriculture. I probably stuttered and sounded like a doofus (I can't find it online or I'd put the link up) but I tried. All too often the silent majority allows an ignorant and uneducated (and obnoxious...) minority to disseminate fallacies and misinformation that is accepted as gospel truth....at a very high cost to farmers and consumers alike. Let's seize every opportunity to help Americans better understand how food gets to their plate---and for crying out loud, ignore Michael Pollan!