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Agproud Q3 Passion

Question 3 of the Goodman 88

What are you passionate about?

That would be so easy for anyone to figure out if they followed me for a day. The words that follow will not do justice to how I feel, but anyone who is passionate about something understands that. My top two, are my girls (wife and daughter), and cattle.

I have done many blogs on the cattle biz, and have mentioned my girls in a few also. So I think my writing reflects the two things I’m passionate about.

I’m going to shift gears here for the time being. This question, gives me an opportunity to respond to another question I’ve been asked lately, and tie them both together. Some people have been wondering why I decided to start writing again.

Here’s the reason. My wife is in Rotary, and every week they have a speaker come address the group. Around the first of the year, one member of Rotary who works at the local hospital had one of the docs come give a speech. This doc is more of an activist, that’s what she most recognized for in the community, and she abuses her title as doc to give herself credibility.

The speech was centered around, how animal proteins are bad for human health. She had many baseless points bashing animal agriculture, which my wife shared with me. I won’t list them all here, but one is worth a mention. She pointed to other countries and how agriculture there is shifting away from livestock production. She had a catchy phrase “Dairies for berries”, which she used as she was telling the group how Finland got rid of its dairy farms and converted them to berry farms. I used Google to look for ag jobs in Finland, and what do you know, dairy was at the top of the list for hiring workers. I did another search on dairy numbers. It turns out they do have fewer dairies, but they have just as many cows. Just like here in the US, the farms have gotten bigger. This activist twisted the facts.

This kind of B.S. is nothing new, and really doesn’t rattle my cage much. Here is what did. One of the people in the group (not my wife) reminded her that there is a lot of animal ag in our county, and asked her what she thinks all the area farmers should do instead of raising livestock. The response was, that we will just have to adapt. Times are changing and we’ll just have to change with them or get out. Leaving the impression that she just doesn’t care, and that it’s not her problem

As bad as I’d like to give my two cents on that response, I won’t do it at this time. That would take this post down another rabbit hole and make it too long.

I’m used to seeing things on the internet from groups that want to put an end to our industry, but this was a first for having it happen right here at home in real life. That did it. That was all it took to get my fingers back on the key board. Raising cattle is all I’ve ever wanted to do since I was a little kid. There are many generations of farmers in my family tree, dating all the way back to the 1400’s! I want my daughter to be able to make the choice to farm or do something else. That activist took a big swipe at two things I’m passionate about.

As part of pursuing my passion I am going to write about it. I am going to do blogs that will shake things up a bit. For example, I think the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program needs an upgrade. I am going to do more posts on how I use agriculture as a, hands on classroom for my daughter. I’m going to do posts that will educate the general public about the cattle biz, like the one I did on “slaughter trucks”. And I’m going to talk to the media, for the last several years I have refused to do any interviews.

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Posted by on February 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Lessons From the Gridiron

This time of year in Nebraska, and probably every where else, conversations always seem to turn to football.  I like the game just as much as the next guy.  I will sometimes listen to the sports nightly shows.  If I’m busy on a Saturday, I have a friend text me updates from the Husker game.   I am now at an age where I have friends whose sons play high school football so I kinda try to keep up with that too.

Now as much as I like the game, I often times think we put to much emphasis on sports in our society.  If  you don’t read this post all the way to the end, at the conclusion I still think we place to much emphasis on sports.  Thing is, I had a conversation with a buddy of mine recently that made me take pause and reexamine that stance.

My friend and I are on opposite ends of the athletic spectrum.  He had talent and ability, I had none.  So our stories differ.

I’ll start with my experience.  My sophomore and junior years in high school I didn’t get to play much at all.  I was in a cast both years before school started so I missed out on most all the season, due to healing and rehab.  I went to all the practices, and games.  Watched it all from the sidelines, while wanting to play, regretting what happened to me to keep me on the sidelines.

My senior year I was healthy, and in good shape.  I loved it.  Everything from the conditioning and especially the hitting.  One big problem though.  I was kind of a small kid, so the underclassmen were about the same size as me, had just as much experience, and were a bit more athletic.  When the season started I got to start on offense and the underclassmen got to start on defense, and we alternated series on either side of the ball.  Our team sucked, I’m not sure if we even won a game that year, so the underclassman got more playing time.  I didn’t like it, it sucked.  But hey, it’s a fact of life

A few games into the season, at a home game no less, they introduced the starting D.  I got to stand there as all my classmates ran on the field when their name was announced.  I got to stand there when the sophomore that I was sharing time with got to run on the field when his name was announced  as well.  Things changed in that game.  Some time during the first half I was playing both ways.  During the second half I never got pulled off the field.

Being from a small town I know how things are.  After the game I took my time leaving the locker room that night, to let the other kids bug out.  I went into coach’s office and asked him if the only reason I was playing was because I was a senior.  He told me I was the only player who gave him 100 during practice and 100 during the games, no matter how bad we were getting our ass whooped.  He pointed out that during the games I miss a few of my assignments, but I never stopped.  If your jersey wasn’t the same color as mine, I was gonna hit you

What I heard was I would never spend another second on the sideline the rest of the year.  All I had to do was give 100 every day.  No matter how much I hurt, how tired I was, or how many times I was gonna puke, 100% every time meant 0% on the sidelines.

My buddy went on to play college ball at a small college.  He had some success there.  One summer he was home.  He’d been working out at the high school gym like a Beast.  Never in his life had he been bigger or stronger.  He was also working physical labor jobs, in the summer heat.  He, like any other kid from Nebraska had a dream of playing for the Huskers.  His plan was to try to be a Walk On.  I never knew that was the goal until just recently.  Here is the disgusting part.  He told some of the local fucktards his goal.  They made fun of him constantly.  They told him all the reasons he couldn’t accomplish it.  Like any of them had a clue.  Problem is, he listened to them.  All those hours of sweat and pain in the gym, eating the right foods, out the window.

He told me just about every time he sees the Husker tunnel walk he puts his head in his hands and tears up.  He will never ever never, know if he could have made it.  You shoulda heard the pain, the regret,  in his voice

Him and I learned quite a bit from the grid iron.

Giving 100 has its rewards.  Nobody regrets doing their best

Quitting lasts forever

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Sleeping Zombies

We have so much technology in the palm of our hands today that enables us to keep connected.  Both to each other, markets, news, sports, and anything thing else our hearts desire.  I sometimes use the internet on my phone to watch a cattle auction to see what calves are selling for in one salebarn, while bidding on calves in the salebarn I am sitting in.  I will exchange text messages with other people I know to see what the market is doing in their corner of the world too.

I stumbled across these points on J.W.R.’s blog.  He used them to illustrate how the corral around the sheeple has been made much smaller by our tyrannical government.  I copied and pasted them here since something else jumped out at me that fits part of the theme of my blog.  Thinking.  Staying informed.

 

Consider the implications of some recent events in America:

• The entire city of Boston is locked down under the equivalent of martial law, and house-to-house searches are conducted in one neighborhood without warrants. No uproar. No publicized post facto inquiries.

•John Corzine is not prosecuted for stealing more than a billion dollars from farmers and ranchers at MF Global. Nary a peep from the mainstream media.  (Nor from the ag world either I might add.  In fact some cattlemen’s groups are still suggesting you hedge.  How fucking dumb! )

•An Out-of-state “Marketplace Fairness Act” sales tax bill is ramrodded through the Senate. No uproar.

•The Fast and Furious scandal results in NO high-level dismissals from the BATFE or Justice Department, even though it was clear that it was ordered from the top. Few people are asking the President: What did he know and when did he know it? No uproar.

•Multiple Benghazi Cover-Ups. No huge Iran-Contra type congressional hearings. No dismissals.

•Asset Forfeiture by the Department of Homeland Security has become institutionalized. Hardly noticed.  (also hardly noticed was the Executive Order signed on March 16 2012, called National Defense Resources Preparedness.  Basically a peace time Martial Law.  So your assets, forget them they are not yours anymore.  But hey, he signed it during some important basketball game)

•Justice Department snooping of Associated Press journalists’ phone records. No uproar.

•The Obama administration intentionally makes the sequester budget cuts as painful as possible by slowing down air traffic control, in a grandstanding move. No uproar.

•Attorney General Eric Holder threatens the State of Kansas for daring to assert its sovereignty. No uproar.

•An amnesty deal for illegal border-crossers is negotiated in the Senate back rooms with a mixture of bribes and arm-twisting, and it now awaits a perfunctory debate and a floor vote. No public outcry.

•Meanwhile, Legitimate hard-working, law-abiding refugees (homeschoolers) who properly applied for visas face deportation. This gets barely any notice in the mainstream press.

•Bitcoin’s main banking interface (Mt. Gox) has its assets seized by the Department of Homeland Security. No mainstream news banner headlines. No uproar.

•Most blatantly, there were revelations of systematic targeting of conservative and Jewish groups by the IRS,–perhaps as many as 500 groups. At last there is some indignant bleating heard, but only because mainstream press deems it “newsworthy.” Few people are asking the President: What did he know and when did he know it?

•And as all of these monumental, riveting events are going on, what is the most sought after news story by Americans querying Google, Bing, and Yahoo search engines? Angelina Jolie’s hooters.

Like I said, we Americans are doing a fantastic job of using all the technology available to us to stay informed.  Gosh we are an intelligent, critical thinking bunch!  Some people fear a zombie apocalypse.   If you ask me its already here

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Be the 5%

“How fortunate for leaders that men do not think” Adolf Hitler

“Governments don’t want a population capable of critical thinking. They want obedient workers, just smart enough to run the machines, and just dumb enough to passively accept their situation.”  George Carlin

I got both of those quotes off Kit Pharo’s  Facebook page.  They are appropriate for this blog entry

For centuries man has tried to build what we have today.  We live in a golden age.  We have more wealth, an ease of living that has not been replicated, ever.  It takes no special talent, skill, or even brains to earn a living today.  And so many people take that for granted.

I read this article last week, and it talked about the lack of success people have today.  If we took 100 young men 25 years old, all equally gifted and educated, and turn them loose in the world only 5% would become successful.   Now all these men were eager, hungry, thought they would be successful, yet only 5% make it.  This article said one would be rich.  Four would be independently wealthy.  The rest would still be working, broke, or dependent on someone else.   The thing that stood out to me was we live in the wealthiest land of all time and at age 65 people are dependent on someone else?  I understand some of these people may have had something bad happen to them.  Not all though, and that is what I’m focused on.

Now the article didn’t offer any ideas on why this is so I must draw my own conclusion.  I read somewhere else once that 19 out of 20 people have no idea why they get out of bed in the morning.  It’s just what everybody else does.  It’s what society expects of them.

Conformity

There it is.  That is the problem in one word.  The opposite of courage is not cowardice.  It’s conformity.

When I wrote for YPC’s Cattle Call some of my blogs never got posted.  I was told to “tone it down” or to change something because “people don’t want to think that hard”.  (So for those of you who bug me from time to time about why Cattle Call has not linked to me, or why NC never posts a link to me on their Facebook page, now you know why.  They much prefer the 95% of say nothing blogs.)

Since we were little and went to school we were told to get in line follow the rules, get good grades.  Then we are told to go to college, get a degree.   That way you can get a good job.  Ah safety and security.  You are well on your way now, right?  You have a student loan the size of a mortgage, and a real mortgage on your new home too.  So now you have a couple hundred thousand in debt and are a total complete part of the system.  Welcome to the 95%.  You conformed.

Some say the human race is fixed.  I would agree with that statement only from a different angle.  It is fixed to keep the weak from losing.  Think of the economy as a war time convoy.  The convoy has to go the speed of its slowest vessel in order to keep from breaking formation.  That is our economy in a nutshell,  conforming to the slowest vessel.

One really good definition of success I heard was this: Success is the pursuit of a worthy ideal.  We all have the capability to come to this.  We were all born free.  We all had a box of crayons to express our creativity.  Go get your crayons back!   Here is the problem with good ideas.  They alter the balance of power in relationships.  That is why they are often resisted.   Your friends will ridicule you and tell you your idea is stupid.  When you come up with a good idea you do not know if it is a good idea or not, and neither does anybody else.  So why would you pursue it?  Thing is when so many of us come up with a good idea we don’t follow up on it.  We conform instead.

We conform to everything.  We conform to our political party and their stupid ideas.  We conform  to our pastor and what he says about our faith.  Have you ever read the Bible and thought about what you are reading?  How do you know he is right if you haven’t?  We conform to our teachers.  They tell us if we are right or wrong.  Some things are fundamental, they are right or wrong.  Thing is in life you can screw up, and if you can think on your feet you can salvage a bad situation, correct course and come out ok.  You can only do this if you do not conform.    That is what is wrong with our president.  He has no real life experience just academia experience.

I have seen publications from university after university that concludes we only use 10% of our brain’s ability to think.  (I’m not sure how they determine this)   Imagine if we used 15% or 20%!  Would we conform?

Last thing.  The things that were given to us for free, like our mind we place little value on and take for granted.  The things we buy we place a value on and cherish.  What we buy can be replaced cheaply and at any time.  What we get for free can never be replaced.

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Commie Rules

I will get back to the beginning farmer blogs soon enough.  I just had to get this one out there

I ran across this a week and a half ago.  I’ve been thinking it over.  How much of this have we seen come true?  How much of it is happening now?  How much of it has our culture come to embrace?  Especially the younger generation?  Why do they accept it so easily?  How can we stop it?

I have been to socialist communists countries and one reason I think it is accepted here is under the words “we gotta level the playing field”

Be sure to listen to the video at the bottom.  It is a speech from Ezra Taft Benson who was Secretary of Agriculture in the 1960’s.

On Jan. 10, 1963, Congressman Albert S. Herlong Jr. of Florida read a list of 45 Communist goals into the Congressional Record. The list was derived from researcher Cleon Skousen’s book “The Naked Communist.”

1. U.S. should accept coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. should be willing to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament by the U.S. would be a demonstration of “moral strength.”

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5. Extend long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7. Grant recognition of Red China and admission of Red China to the U.N.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the Germany question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the U.S. has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces.

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with loyalty oaths.

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the U.S.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions, by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for Socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations that are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV & motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all form of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings,” substituting shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”

24.Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural and healthy.”

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch.”

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state”

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American founding fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of “the big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture – education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand or treat.

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose communist goals.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special interest groups should rise up and make a “united force” to solve economic, political or social problems.

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally Reservation so the U.S. cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over nations and individuals alike.

http://youtu.be/AQ7LcplfkgY

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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