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Lost spirit of freedom

During the battle of San Jacinto April 21, 1836 9 Texans died, compared to the 1,360 Mexicans who lost their lives. The fighting quickly went from rifles to hand-to-hand. As the Texans overwhelmed the Mexicans, the Mexicans fled into the swamps and marshes.

In the book The Raven: A Biography of Sam Houston, it is noted some of the Mexicans were screaming “Me no Alamo !” as Texans gave the Mexicans the same quarter that was shown at the Alamo and Goliad.

The battle only lasted about 18 minutes. But the slaughter continued for an hour or so after the main battle ended.

After Santa Anna was captured he was treated with the upmost respect by Sam Houston.

Sam was wounded during the battle and almost died from infection.

I feel that this kind of spirit is mostly dead. As Bain said in Dark Knight Rises, “victory has defeated you.” We have allowed ourselves to become weak and complacent.

Chances are the founding father would have revolted over an income tax, must less the federal reserve, gun control and various excessive taxation.

Americans have grown fat and lazy. We no longer care about freedom, but instead are content in our subjugation.

Remember the Boston Tea Party we learned about in school? How would the founding father have felt about all the taxes we have to pay now?

Property tax
School tax
Income tax
Fuel tax
Sales tax
Inheritance tax
And now we have to buy health insurance or pay a fine.

We need to pause for a minute and ask ourselves what this nation is coming to.

I George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Sam Houston were alive today, would they be happy with the way the nation turned out?

I suspect that yes, they would be happy about a lot of stuff. Jefferson was a proponent of education. Having a free public school system would probably make him very proud.

On the other hand, the amount of taxation we live under would have pissed the founding fathers off.

How is our current state any different than the serfdom in medieval Europe?

You either pay a fee to the lord (in this case the government) or you are kicked off the property. The concept of true property ownership is a thing of the past. The government has told us what we must pay every year to keep our property and to stay out of prison. We are supposed to call that freedom?

Where are the leaders like Sam Houston? Not as in armed revolt, but as in standing up to the government?

I think a lot of it boils down to the voters.

After the bank bailout my local federal representative was only opposed by a libertarian. Did the people of southeast Texas vote Kevin Brady out of office? Nope. Even though he voted for the bank bailout the people returned him to office.

I feel the people have been in a vicious cycle for the past 100+ years of returning people to office over and over.

We say we want change in Washington, but the same people are voted back in year after year. When someone steps forward and says they will bring about real change, such as the Libertarian Party, the people turn their back.

How are the people supposed to change the course of government when the same elected officials are returned to office decade after decade?

One of my Silver Laced Wyandottes died

The day start out as any other.  I woke up, threw some clothes on and went out to the chicken house to let the chickens out.  This has been my daily routine for 2 years.

Today was different.  When I opened the door, one of my Silver Laced Wyandottes was laying on the floor dead.  I opened the door to let the chickens out, then grabbed the Silver Laced Wyandotte to get it out of the chicken house.  The body was cold and rigor mortis had set in.

A couple of days ago something killed one of my Black Jersey Giants.  That is two of my full grown hens who were 2 years old have either died or been killed. That sucks.  It really sucks.  These hens were in their prime years, spring is here, egg production is picking back up and bam out of nowhere this Silver Laced Wyandotte dies out of nowhere.

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My chickens are being killed

Something is killing my chickens. In the past 2 weeks my wife and I have lost 3 chickens. Overall we have lost something like 5 or 6 chickens.

1 Speckled Sussex about a year and a half old
1 Rhode Island Red about a year and a half old
1 Barred rock pullet about 6 – 7 weeks old
1 Australorp pullet about 6 – 7 weeks old
1 Black Jersey Giant about a year and a half old

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Walls fall out

Have you ever seen something that is so gross, but yet so stimulating that you can not turn away?

That is what walls fall out is like. Walls fallout has been called a prolapse awareness video, but it is so much more than that.

Its like a parasite that eats into your brain and you can not get it out.

After you finish watching it, you will feel like ripping your eyeballs out in a fit of rage. Then feel like shoving your eyes back in you you can watch the video again.

You will be screaming at the monitor, “what the hell am I watching, but why can’t I turn it off!!!!!!!”

Be afraid, be very afraid.

Feeling down

Feels like I am slipping underwater, lips barely breaking the surface to gasp for air.

I do not understand why I am feeling this way. Last summer my wife and I got moved to a rural area. We can finally live the lifestyle we want – have a garden, plant fruit trees, have chickens, live in peace and quiet, and for some reason I am feeling down.

There is so much I need to do, but so little time.

Need to build a rain water catch system to irrigate the garden, plant peas, beans, squash, melons, want to go fishing, build a larger chicken yard,,, feel overwhelmed.

The puppies are doing better and we have been going for walks in the evening.

We have a day of nice weather, then cloudy and overcast for a week. I feel that the cloudy weather has been affecting my mood.

I just want to enjoy life. But I feel that I have some kind of massive weight pulling me down. Why do I feel so down?

My wife and I are not in debt, child support will be over in a couple of months, everything is going good.

Random thoughts on prepping for shtf

One of the big questions in the prepping / survivalist community is when did you start prepping? My great grandparents lived on a small farm, my dad was raised on this same small farm, my mom was raised in a rural area and had chickens and a garden.

I was exposed to gardening, farming and raising your own food from the time I was born.

Prepping covers such a wide range of topics. Ask ten people what is means to be a prepper or survivalist, and you will probably get ten different answers. Ask a hundred people the same question, and you will probably get a hundred different answers.

Some preppers stockpile canned food, some stockpile #10 cans of freeze dried food, some stockpile superpails of dried food.

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Potato plants three weeks after planting

Potato plant

The potatoes were planted March 1st. Here we are three weeks later and the potatoes are starting to break through the soil.  One of my favorite times after planting is seeing the first sprouts break through the top of the ground.

When the cuttings were planted they were not planted in a mound. The mound will be made as the plant grows.

A common question is how far down do you plant the seed potatoes? I usually plant them about 3 inches deep, or the width of your hand. With well drained sandy soil the potato sprout will have no problem pushing to the top of the soil.

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Random thoughts March 21 2014

This post started off about Russian President Putin and how much of a failed leader our own president is.  Then I got off on a tangent about free trade and jobs.  The end result was just some kind of random thought article.

While looking for news on the Crimea situation I came across an article on the Wall Street Journal – Warnings From the Ukraine Crisis.

I do not fully agree with the author, but I do agree with a lot of what she says.  One comment should ring a rang a wake up call for the United States,

We have been a nation divided for a long time. Whether the division was by race, sex, sexual preference, religion, political party,,, we have been and will continue to be a nation divided.

Since the late 1960s and 1970s we have become more divided with each passing decade. This division shows in the quality of our elected officials.

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High school senior expelled for having knife in car

There is a recent news article that is causing a stir.  It seems a young man was kicked out of school and spent 13 days in jail for having a knife in his car.

This is more than just a young man, he has completed an EMT training program. The knife was found in an EMT medical vest, which was locked in the trunk of his car.

I remember when carrying a pocket knife in school was no big deal. Especially if you were taking wood working class. Just do not take the knife out in school. There were a few times when boys had their knife out cleaning under their finger nails, or cutting on a stick, teacher walk by, say put your knife away, no big deal.

Society is turning boys into sissies.

How can we take pocket knives away from boys, or expel them from school for having a knife, but expect those same boys to fight in wars?

How can be train our boys that violence is bad, but expect those same boys to kill the enemy when they are grown?

Boys will be boys. They need to have a knife, they need to own a gun, they need to fight and learn to settle their differences without shooting each other. Because those boys will be our future leaders, soldiers and law makers.

Do you want a bunch of sissies fighting the next war, or do you want men? Boys and sissies do not win wars, men win wars.

Society has a whole needs to reconsider the path we are going down. This politically correct and zero tolerance stuff is going to do more harm than good.

Puppies killed one of my chicks

A couple of weeks ago I picked up two puppies someone had dropped off on the side of the road. My wife and I live in a rural area which means people can drop off unwanted pets with a low risk of being spotted.

The puppies were living in a hollow log on the side of the road. After feeding them for around a week I was able to get close enough to grab them. When I picked them up they did not growl, bark or try to bite me. Just to be on the safe side I wore leather gloves.

Everything was going good until this morning. My wife got up before I did, she looked out the backdoor and saw the puppies under the chicken house. The chicken house is up on legs, screened bottom with hardware cloth and plywood sides. The chicken house was designed to be predator proof. We have a chicken yard, but the gates are left open so the hens can free range.

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Crimea votes to join Russia

With about half the votes counted so far the vote to return Crimea to Russia is a landslide with around 93% of the voters voting to join Russia.

This is a vote by the people and for the people.  The problem is, people such as president Obama and organizations such as the European Union are calling the vote illegal. How can the will of the people be illegal? Comments by people such as president obama and john McCain show how much our own government cares about the will of the people.

International observes who observe elections noted that the elections are going well and there are no signs of voter intimidation.

Senator John McCain called for “a fundamental re-assessment” of the United States’ relationship with Russian Vladimir Putin. The people of Crimea have spoken, they wish to return to Russia. That is Democracy in its purest form, and McCain is mad?

John Kerry has mentioned sanctions against Russia for this Crimea situation. Why would Kerry want to have sanctions against Russia when this is the will of the people?

There is a problem there.

The problem is not Putin or Crimea.

The problem is people such as Senator John McCain, Kerry and president Obama not respecting the will of the people.

We really need to ask ourselves, why do we have people like McCain and Obama in elected offices?

One month update on the chicks

It is amazing how fast chicks grow.  In 1 month they went from being totally helpless, to foraging for food.  With every passing day the chicks move further away from the chicken house.

The more I watch chickens, the more I understand why the species has been so successful, and why humans have grown dependent on them.  While cats, dogs, humans,,, are still dependent on their parents at one month old, chickens are pretty much independent.  At 4 – 6 weeks old chicks need protection from full grown chickens and predators, but they do pretty well at foraging and looking for food.

The colors of each breed are becoming more defined. The Barred Rocks are getting their distinctive white specs, Rhode Island Reds are getting a deeper colors red, Australorps are still black as they should be and the Buff Orpingtons are turning a bright yellow gold color.

At around 4 weeks old the chicks have shed their soft birth feathers and have got their real feathers in. Some of the chicks have bald spots from shedding (molting) one set of feathers and getting another set in.

Why did we pick these 4 breeds

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Mulching around peach and plum trees

Several years ago my kids and I planted some peach trees and a plum tree. At least one of the peach trees died and was replaced with another plum tree.

The oldest plum tree is doing well, a couple of the peach trees are doing ok, but two of the peach trees are not doing anything. They are just “there” not growing at all.

Now that my wife and I have moved to the farm I am resolved to take care of the fruit trees.

Why haven’t the trees been growing? I think it is a 2 prong problem:

1. Texas has been in a severe drought for the past few years.

2. We have sandy soil in southeast Texas that does not have very much organic matter.

I am going to fix those two problems by supplying water to the trees when needed, and adding organic mulch around the base of the tree.

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To die with a view

This might seem a little morbid, but when you die, would you like your corpse to have a view of the sky and stars?

While looking around youtube I came across a video showing the corpses that litter Mt. Everest. When I was watching the video I thought to myself what it may be like to be on a place like Everest forever.

Corpses can not see or hear, but imagine if they could. How splendid it would be to be on Mt. Everest, to watch the wind, the snow, and see the stars.

Would you rather your corpse be buried in a box, burned to ashes, or sitting under the stars. Watch the video and then share your thoughts in the comments section.

Riddick Review

Riddick released in 2013 tries to continue to legacy of John Riddick.

In short, the movie sucks. My wife and I rented it from Redbox for $1.25, and I felt ripped off. 2 hours of my life was wasted in the hopes that the movie would get better, but it just kept getting worse.

Vin Diesel did a wonderful job portraying Riddick. His acting was wonderful as usual, just the story sucked big time. Take The Chronicles of Riddick where Riddick has been captured by the mercenaries, and replay that it its own movie.

Ten minutes into the video I was asking if it was over yet. Is it over yet, over yet, over yet, over yet,,,,, thank GOD the movie is over.

I usually give movies a beer or whiskey rating. Meaning, how much you are going to have to drink before the movie gets good. If you decide to rent Riddick, get a bottle of whiskey or a at least a 6 pack of beer and a couple of airplane sized bottles of whiskey.

Start drinking at least an hour before putting the movie on, because it will start to suck within the first 10 minutes. That means you need a good buzz BEFORE pushing the play button.

Instead of a 5 star rating, Riddick needs a negative star, because it sucks.