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Cinema Thursday: The Miseducation of America with Charlotte Iserbyt

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt (pronounced Izzer-bee), former Senior Policy Adviser in the US Department of Education during the Reagan administration, was interviewed in May of 2011 about the miseducation of America.  It’s not so much an interview as it is her telling the story of what has gone on in education.  Please listen with both ears and your mind, you’ll need them.  There is so much information in this video.  I really felt that my brain drowned in information (that’s a good thing).

Charlotte Iserbyt’s website is deliberatedumbingdown.com.

Charlotte Iserbyt: The Miseducation of America Part 1-Full

Read the Transcript: America’s Road to Ruin

Read more of Iserbyt & others’ work here.

Charlotte has also written the book The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America which is online for free.   It is a chronological history of the past 100+ years of education reform.  It contains a lot of research including government plans and policy documents from her time in the Department of Education.


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Watch Now: Farmer Wins Against Monsanto!

Mercola.com is offering a free viewing of the documentary David versus Monsanto, about one farmer who fought Monsanto and won.

The video is only available until November 10th, so watch it quickly!

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Right to Know: Yes on Prop 37

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

~Thomas Jefferson

Read more at Real Food Forager.

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Profitable & Patriotic: Backyard Poultry Raising


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Step Aside Mom–School Can Feed Your Kid Better than You

In North Carolina, a 4-year-old student’s lunch was inspected and deemed unfit.  So, the cafeteria gave her lunch and sent her home with a lunch bill for $1.25.

Photo credit: Yoppy (Flickr)

Because, obviously, cafeteria chicken nuggets are more nutritionally suitable than a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, some potato chips, and apple juice.

After the incident, a school manager said: “It sounds like the lunch itself would’ve met all of the standard.”  Duh.  Grain+meat+dairy+fruit sounds pretty USDA satisfactory to me.

Really, the major problem isn’t with the lunch, it’s with the authority structure.  It all boils down to what does the government have authority over?

A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earnedThis is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.”

-Thomas Jefferson

Government’s job is to keep us safe and free, not to inspect our lunches and tell us what to eat.  And it’s our job to hold them to that.

Read more here:

Backyard Farming – School Lunch Shenanigans

The Blaze – N.C. Food ‘Inspector’ Sends Girl‘s Lunch Home After Determining It’s Not Healthy Enough

Carolina Journal Online – Preschooler’s Homemade Lunch Replaced with Cafeteria “Nuggets”

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Wisconsin Judge Says You Can’t Own Bessie

Judge Patrick J. Fiedler of Wisconsin stated in a recent clarification of his decision about the sale and distribution of raw milk that, “This court is unwilling to declare that there is a fundamental right to consume the food of one’s choice without first being presented with significantly more developed arguments on both sides of the issue.”

Well then, let me present you with  some “more developed arguments” on my side of the issue–the side that says, “I have the right to own the livestock of my choice and reap the benefits thereof.”

Judge Patrick J. Fiedler

Because the Plaintiffs’ constitutional claims are “underdeveloped,” Fiedler states:

(1) no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to own and use a dairy cow or a dairy herd;

(2) no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to consume the milk from their own cow;

(3)  no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to board their cow at the farm of a farmer;

(5) no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to produce and consume the foods of their choice;

(There are more, but we’ll just stick to these.)

Hmm, maybe you can rationalize that about cows and raw milk, but let’s do some copy/paste work and see if these arguments still make sense.

What if:

(1) no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to own and use a [horse] or a [herd of horses];

(2) no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to [ride] their own [horse];

(3)  no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to board their [horse] at the farm of a farmer;

(5) no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to [buy] and [ride] the [horse or herd of horses] of their choice;

There are a lot of horse owners who might take issue with that.  I have friends who board their horses and can go ride them whenever they like.  Why can’t I do that with a cow?

“But horses don’t produce dangerous foodstuffs!”  An opponent says.

Well, mares actually do produce milk that has been used in Asia for years in foods like kumis.  However, horses are dangerous in other ways, just ask Christopher Reeves.  Maybe Judge Fiedler will ban them next.

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Let’s do another one. This time we’ll use food:

(1) no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to own and use a [snack cake] or a [box of snack cakes];

(2) no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to consume the [snack cakes which they bought];

(3)  no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to board their [snack cakes] at the [pantry] of a [pantry owner];

(5) no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to produce [or buy] and consume the [snack cakes] of their choice;

Now you can’t buy Twinkies, eat Twinkies, make Twinkies, or leave Twinkies in your friend’s pantry for when you come visit.

“Yeah, okay, maybe the ‘no fundamental right to own statement’ was a little over the top, but it’s not that big of a deal.”

Really?  Do you want the government to come up with an approved foods list?  You only have a fundamental right to own dog breeds that meet Federal standards of safety?  How about if the government removes your children from your custody because you gave them the best food you could think of, only it wasn’t “approved?”

Where in the Constitution does it say, “The government shall regulate all victuals and livestock to ensure micro-managed safety of the general populace?”

Article the twelfth [Amendment X], Bill of Rights:  “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Article the seventh [Amendment V] Bill of Rights:
“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, […] nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

Article the seventh seems to say that if they take away the cows from the farmers and/or owners, that’s eminent domain, and therefore the cows are for public use.  Open-source dairy, anyone?

The government has no right (outside of eminent domain) to remove property from any person.  Cows aren’t illegal.  Let’s keep it that way.


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We’ve Been Snookered!

Joel Salatin has written a new book called “Folks, This Ain’t Normal” which will be released on October 10, 2011.

I, personally, can hardly wait until it comes out!  I love Joel Salatin’s blunt, adjective-laden, sensible writing.

The more I do in my garden and the more time I spend with my chickens (who turned 6 weeks old yesterday) the more important it becomes to me that America come to its senses and be responsible.  Truthfully, you are responsible for the food you eat and to make sure that it’s raised/grown properly.  That applies as much to broccoli as it does to beef.

If you eat, agriculture involves you.

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