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Friday, April 21, 2017

Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That cigarette!

Tex Williams would never survive in New York…

The city, not the state

Maroy Deblasio wants to raise the price of a pack of cigarettes ...

Now instead of being $10+/pack ... he will raise it to $13 a pack!!!

There are complaints about Black market cigarettes being sold now, I'm guessing it's going to get a whole heck of a lot worse!

I remember in the 70s when we took a trip to North Carolina to visit my aunt, it was discovered that cigarettes were not taxed there – so my brother laid in a supply of a few cartons of cigarettes.

I'm guessing people are going to start doing this now again

I do not smoke – but I did at one point in my life – I think this is totally ridiculous, but then it's less dangerous than drinking I suppose

It isn't often that you hear of people losing their job because they smoke cigarettes… Marriages breaking up because one partner smokes cigarettes…

You do however here plenty of medical reasons being linked to cigarettes – even if you don't smoke, they link it to secondhand smoke… I don't know about this – if it were that simple, you would think the outlying it would make all those health issues go away! Especially for subsequent generations of kids

But they aren't seeing that – they just keep blinking the problems to other substances… Soon it will be breathing will make you ill

Oh wait – – – they already do!

Emergency!! Emergency!!

Why is LA so costly to the USA?

This is part of it ...

They have declared a "Homeless Shelter Crisis" ... I have never heard of such a thing before ... this will allow short term homeless shelters ran by religious groups and other nonprofit organizations to avoid the red tape caused by the city government to make sure that the shelters are actually safe!

So how bad is the homeless shelter problem in Los Angeles?

Last year, they estimated the number to be around 28,000 people!!!

That is just one city ...

That is ran by one political party ... not the conservatives, i'm just saying

Where they just decided to start offering free community college for "residence" -- whether they are legal in the US or not, whether they have live there for more than a few months or not.  (see my previous post) 

In one single state…

Prone to beautiful weather ... no reason they can't sleep outside if you ask me

Prone to earthquakes ... I would think that the city would want to make sure that the buildings meet earthquake standards -- otherwise I can see a building falling during an earthquake, someone getting seriously hurt, and a lawsuit going back after the city for not respecting the building first!  

You know this is not going to end well

Can we give California back to Mexico now?

Or even better… Can we just annex Mexico??

Most of them seem to want to be US citizens anyways

Thursday, April 20, 2017

War!! Canadian Style


That's all I can say is .... Wow

So if you haven't heard (and this will be posted on BOTH my GGGems & my Gargoyle Gardens (farm) blogs) CANADA is playing POLITICS with our milk farmers.

For no stated reason I can find, they have suddenly decided to cancel ALL orders for US milk used for making cheese.

I ASSUME - and it is just my own assumption here - that it has something to do with President Trump's stance on NAFTA ... since it seems the US is getting the shaft from the Mexican side when it comes to many portions ... but then that might just be my American perspective ... 

Either way - Canada just went "Nope. Not taking your milk anymore"

AGDay, 2017Apr20 broadcast, had this issue as their main story.

Not only are these farmers getting hit by not being able to sell the milk to Canada - but now the SUPPLIER they were selling it to - Grassland Dairy  - has CANCELLED the contracts to collect the milk at all.

IMMEDIATELY.  Yup - the farmers got a very unpersonal form letter ... not even signed by anyone, just a general company name 

The company said they were only given a TWO DAY notice from Canada, so they just wanted to get a notice out.

Canadas statement on all this??

David MacNaughton


"Canada does not except the contention that Canada's dairy policies are the cause of financial loss for dairy farmers in the United States."

Letter to Wisconsin Governor

Canada seems to feel the US farmer is just looking for a scapegoat and Canada fits the bill at this point.  They blame it on the US over production of milk.

The company mentioned above, Grassland Dairy, would send 1 million gallons of ULTRA-FILTERED milk into Canada EVERY day - since they no longer have Canada taking the milk, 75 farmers in the state of Minnesota and Wisconsin have now been released from their contracts… Without warning… Without compensation!  In fact most farmers found out via Facebook before they even got the letter.

"We are working with our patrons to find a home for their milk, but we understand it's a challenge in these markets. The last thing we as a company want is to let farmers go."

Vice President of Business Development

Grassland Dairy

We are talking about farms that have been in the same family for generations – not just one generation, not just two generations… Sometimes up to eight generations!

This is really sad

This is really bad

This makes me very mad

The interesting part is – how can route retaliate against Canada?

I cannot name one important item from Canada that we can boycott!

All I can say is…

Buy more CHEESE!

Maybe if America eats enough cheese we as a nation can start using some of this million pounds of milk that would have gone to Canada, which is now sitting idle in the United States

We are going to be a bound up nation ...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Rainy Days & Mondays

When I was a kid I LOVED rainy days ... yup, I was a strange kid - but rainy days were a time to pull out the crochet.

My mom would just shake her head because I was starting on Christmas presents in April - like they ever made it to Christmas, they usually became birthday gifts since I couldn't wait to see how people would like them

But that is what rain meant to me -- worked great until about 9th grade, maybe 10th, when we had a MAJOR thunderstorm go through ... in the middle of the night the thunder was so loud it rattled my windows! Now I can't stand loud noises - didn't realize this until hubby took me to see fireworks over the lake, not a fun time was had, the lake is in like a canyon or valley so it echoes quite a bit.

So why am I telling you this?

Now I'm not only an adult but a farmer ... well, farmers wife

Rain is supposed to be a Good Thing, like the song says (although I only drink wine ... or tequila ... maybe some rum in daiquiris or piƱa coladas ... but that's all really really rare)

BUT ... rain makes the fields too wet for the tractor to work.  In fact it will sink to the axils and then whatever we try to pull it out with will get stuck ... it's a total comedy of errors, let me tell you - I think we had four vehicles stuck down there one year - the lawn mower, the Allis-Chamber, then the Ford tractor, and the the Astro van!  It was so sad ... finally had to call hubbys cousin to come over because his truck had a winch on it - no getting that stuck!

Now we have a permanent divot next to the long corn field where the van tires sunk down - so you have to be very careful when you check the fields or you could break an ankle.

We are supposed to get rain for the next 3 days ... we were going to put corn in at the beginning of May this year - I think we've been planting too late and that's why we have had such troubles but that's a different story ... that's still got a couple weeks yet.

POTATOES however ...

I bought 250 POUNDS of potatoes this year ... Yukon Gold, Norlands, Russets, and All Blues ... I think the Norland reds I got 100# of ... I do NOT want to pay the prices they want for potatoes at the store and more.  My seed potatoes cost less than $100 total, the store wants $1/pound ... I'm ahead, right?

After all, potatoes are supposed to be a 10:1 return ... for every pound you plant, you get 10 pounds back ... they say.

My potatoes will go at the end of the long field where the corn Simply will not grow -   E. V. E. R!!  My mother-in-law says that's where they would plant theirs and it grew great (we bought the property from the in-laws) so it should be okay..

Accept ...

It's at the bottom of a hill - means LOTS of water from run off, plus it's the last place to melt/dry from winter snow ... it is NEVER dry by Tax Day, not to mention May 1st.

Every thing I read says they are supposed to go in a month BEFORE the last frost - here, that's May 15th or so ... so ... Tax Day.

Hubby bought several pieces of equipment for the tractor to put them in ... I've been stressing that he needs to have no less than a foots length between the potatoes he drops in or they will choke each other out ... quite a bit of education over here...

BUT if we have to wait until the end of May like we usually do ... I'm thinking it's gonna cut down on the production.

Last time:

Hubby put them in the on the long side of the Triangle field, put in like 100# ... planted them FOUR INCHES APART!!!  I was sick in bed so I wasn't out there to supervise ... that's okay, the onion shoots went in with about 1 inch between them - if they were lucky - they were suppose to have no less than 4 inches between, they were Candy onions - like the big Vandalias /Vadalias (however you spell it) - huge, sweet, great for salads, French onion soup, cooking, freezing, dehydrating ... I admit, they would be great sellers too ... if we had any ... they are still growing - didn't dig up the tiny things last year so they are sprouting up again, small but ok, not quite as sweet as I'd like.


Hmmm, okay it's been 3 days now ... it's still raining and now they say it will rain tomorrow too ...

Those potatoes are never going to get planted :-(

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Once Again Into The Breech!!!

And at 52& Southview 

Someone's Hating Life


Friday, January 13, 2017

FOLLOW-UP: Chicago Police Probe

The probe into the Chicago police department lasted 13 months and found the following items reasons for their conclusion that the CPD was overly aggressive:

Officers were poorly trained

Shot at vehicles

Shot at fleeing suspects

Used force for retaliation

Used force when there was no threat

Failed to de-escalate situations

The investigation was launched when a video showed a black youth fleeing police, and a white officer shooting him 16 times.

A)I don't think the color of either persons skin should matter, it does not make the officer any less/more a cop or the youth any more/less dead.

B)the video (if it's the one I'm thinking of, the tv didn't show much of it) shows the youth reaching back with his arm -- it was not long before this that another officer was KILLED in the same manner, and the shots were not fired by the officer until then ... but I might be wrong and this may not be that particular video.

Other conclusions from the probe: 

Investigations biased in officers favor

Not all cases were investigated

Discipline was haphazard

Racially discriminatory conduct not investigated

For the police part, they say that the majority of issues seem to happen in neighborhoods with high minority populations

The most trouble happens in Englewood - that neighborhood happens to be 97% African American

This will be one to watch ... remember that Chicago is a very Democrat based city, and they have a high number of people on federal aid of some sort or another.


I'm trying to figure NO out information about a op-up I got from FoxNews stating the Justice Dept. saying that the Chicago police acted too aggressively ...

According the Loretta Lynch, the DOJ head, they have found that the Chi-town cops have used "assessive force" - in violation of the 4th Amendment (the one dealing with Search & Seizure , Maranda Rights, etc.) ... She blamed it on Training Procedures and then no-accountability for their actions.

So let me get this straight ...

Chicago has some of the TOUGHEST gun laws in the nation ... but as long as you are a gang member or hoodlum you are likely better equipped than the police ...

This city - which broke their all-time high in MURDER rates last year ...

Where gangs run wild - where you don't dare go into the streets at night if you can avoid it ...

They need to have "mellow" cops?!?!

Oh Hecks No!!!

I'm guessing that it will be VERY VERY SOON that Chicago will start experiencing "Blue Flu" where a LARGE number of officers will call in "sick" because of the LACK OF SUPPORT ...

They will find it HARD to find new recruits to take the place of officers who are retiring or getting killed on the job.

So what did the cops do that was so bad?

They tassered people who did not follow verbal commands ... and they say there were shots fired when none was necessary ...

I'm pretty sure that if the cops were running around shooting people 'just cuz' there would be numerous news stories on it! The Mayor, Ron Emmanuel - the Obama crony - would have been all over that crap!

They say that officers were trained by watching videos made decades ago ... um ... the crime in Chicago has only gotten worse than decades ago, but that's not being taken into account ...

They say cops are accurately accounting for their full use of force, and supervisors aren't reviewing the use of force enough ... if a guy come in bleeding, yeah I think you'd want an accounting but if you've got some gang member just yelling about abuse I can totally seeing it being met with a roll of the eyes ...

I've got NO sympathy for gang members ... these aren't the kids from West Side Story hear nor are they Arthur Fonzerelli's type of hood either ... these guys are more like, the Sopranos only with more attitude and less caring.

Just since Jan 1st of this year ... today's the 13th ... there have been more than 100 victims of shootings in the Chicago area!

They can not win ... I remember when Detroit was considered the Murder Capital of the nation ... now I hear people calling Chicago this

They did have a bit of a break in the 90s when many gang members were EXPORTED to Minneapolis, MN when they changed the residency requirements to get welfare/food stamps under Mayor Sayles-Belton.

Crime in the downtown and surrounding areas began to skyrocket.  To a point where the cities began to experience a peak in "urban sprawl" as people tried to get away from it.

Let's get it straight ... when crime goes up, you WANT an aggressive police!

If someone has a gun, I want Dirty Harry not Dr FeelGood on the premises.

Let. The. Cops. Do. Their. DAMNED. Jobs!

Or do it yourself ...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I wonder if there was a problem…

Ramsey police are investigating this or pullover a car with seven children minute – none of the children were responsive, some even had tape over their mouth's

They were three adults in this vehicle as well, the driver claim to be in labor and on the way to the hospital

The car of course was stolen, so the cops arrested one man inside the vehicle but not the driver – who was supposed to be in labor

They did call paramedics to check out the children, and interview the children – but then release the children to relatives

Apparently the police figured there was no threat to the children's safety… Never mind the fact that they were unresponsive and some had their mouth tape shut

For some reason they're keeping this case open under investigation

Are.You.Kidding me!

Never mind the fact that the Woman driving was supposed to be in labor… Never mind the fact that the car was stolen… Never mind the fact that they were seven children in the car…

How about the simple fact that children's mouths were taped shut?!

How about the fact that the children were "unresponsive"??

Neither one of those things should allow those children to be released to anyone – with the exception of children's services!!


Are.  You.  Kidding.  Me?!?!?!?!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


Proposed Update to WIC Programs

National Academy of sciences, engineering & medicines conducted a study for the AG dept.  and recommended the following changes

More of:

Fish, whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables

Less of:

Juice, milk, legumes and peanut butter

So what's the big issue? It's that they're not teaching people protein replacements

While, yes, there is an increase in peanut butter allergies, milk allergies, and diabetes in OLDER people/overweight in younger people -- I think it's quite the stress to link those two last two classes with the consumption of juice milk peanut butter and legumes such as split peas!

New studies have shown that early introduction to peanuts and peanut butter lower the risk of allergies, no such study has been shown to prevent an allergy to fish… Which I myself suffer from.

The other thing they have to watch out for is that these foods – that is the ones they offer now – appeal to young children

The term legumes refers not only to such items as lagoons and split peas but also to beans… Kidney beans, Lima beans, Northern beans, Black beans, chickpeas, etc. 

Wow these can be considered incomplete proteins, it is fairly easy to teach people to serve a serving of some sort of bread with them… Be it corn bread or whole wheat bread, either will complete the proteins.

In the early 90s, when I worked as a daycare provider, I did not earn enough money to provide healthy meals to my two children.

Not only did I have to provide formula and diapers for my home, I also have to provide them for the day care center where my children went - hey not uncommon situation parents find themselves in these days.

Both my husband and I worked, but still we were earning less than $15,000 a year.  

I do not know how to program has changed in the last 25 years, but it really helped us out at the beginning of our marriage/parenthood

Well some people consider this a form of welfare – I do not – I think it's more of an educational situation, and it should be offered to nearly every new parent in the United States more than food stamps, which has been known to be abused

Well I can understand The AG department wishing to promote the over abundance of supplies in the "eat more" category I feel they are really missing the point of the foods in the "eat less" category

Milk… Is not simply include the liquid form, it also includes such items as cheese, butter, yogurt…

Juice… Is not meant for juice like drinks, it specifically says 100% real juice only.

I deal with three however that they need to stress whole grains… Oatmeals, farina, whole-wheat… But they need to teach people how to use them!

It's not a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, or a bowl of cream of wheat, it's how to use them in your every day cooking… It's more than oatmeal cookies… It's more than whole wheat bread

During the summers while on WIC I would receive vouchers to visit the local farmers market… This was a great thing for us! We would never have thought of going to the farmers market had it not been for those vouchers!!

I think what WIC needs to do – in all seriousness – is teach people how to grow their own fruits and vegetables

Even people in in apartment can grow container foods – carrots, onions, potatoes…

They should teach people how to "put up" their surpluses if there is extra food. -  teaching people that they can make good tasting food with less sodium, fat, sugar/sweetener than store-bought items will go much farther than they think!

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