The Past Week: March 15-21, 2009 (Home Gardens on Alert?; “Practical” Democrats Group; Federal Education Stimulus $$ Going to Rich Schools; Soldiers Pledge to Refuse Illegal Orders; New Marxist President of El Salvador Compares His Message of Change to Obama’s)

~~By InsightAnalytical-GRL

We really enjoy doing the “Saturday Sanity” post which gives us an excuse to talk about gardening and to post some pictures. But now we have to worry about whether we can even HAVE gardens!!

A huge hat tip to Deadenders again, this time for this bizarre, but in these times, totally believable story:

Your Home Garden May Cost You Your Home

Read the details on HR 785 being pushed by Rep. Rose DeLauro (D-CT) who receives about 200K in PAC money from the agricultural industry  has ties to Monsanto through her husband. Deadenders comments:  “This bill creates a new government entity to police the production of all food in our county, not just the big farms but even your home garden. The language of the bill is as vague a campaign speech by Obama and once signed into law could be interpreted anyway the powers that be would like.”

We better enjoy them our gardens while we can!!  Do you think Michelle Obama’s White House garden will be confiscated??

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So Evan Bayh has formed his group of “moderate Democrats” that are supposed to be “practical” and full of  “common sense.” If there’s one name that sticks out in all this, it’s the presence of Claire McCaskill of Missouri.  Claire was a very strong supporter of Obama but lately has joined Russ Feingold as one of only two Democratic senators to oppose earmarks.  Claire must be getting an earful from the folks back home in the “Show Me” state…or she’s a mole.

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Well, surprise, surprise!  All that federal money pouring into education is somehow getting distributed in ways that aren’t getting the cash to the places that need it the most. Apparently, old federal formulas are still in use and CHANGE hasn’t really happened:

Some Rich Districts Get Richer as Aid Is Rushed to Schools

RANDOLPH, Utah — Dale Lamborn, the superintendent of a somewhat threadbare rural school district, feels the pain of Utah’s economic crisis every day as he tinkers with his shrinking budget, struggling to avoid laying off teachers or cutting classes like welding or calculus.

Just across the border in Wyoming, a state awash in oil and gas money, James Bailey runs a wealthier district. It has a new elementary school and gives every child an Apple laptop.

But under the Obama administration’s education stimulus package, Mr. Lamborn, who needs every penny he can get, will receive hundreds of dollars less per student than will Dr. Bailey, who says he does not need the extra money.

“For us, this is just a windfall,” Dr. Bailey said.

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This story reminds me of the story we reported last week about money going to Albuquerque and the new busses being bought with it being out of state and out of the country.  Seems the stimulus money is wandering around without any real direction at all…Get a compass, quick!

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A hat tip to Logistics Monster for this story:

The Tip of the Iceberg/Soldiers pledge to refuse disarmament demands

An invitation to soldiers and peace officers across the United States to pledge to refuse illegal orders – including “state of emergency” orders that could include disarming or detaining American citizens – has struck a chord, collecting more than 100,000 website visitors in a little over a week and hundreds of e-mails daily.

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But will they defend my garden?  Well, read through the long list of things the group of mosty active soldiers will NOT do…

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Meanwhile in El Salvador..last Sunday’s Presidential election was won by an ex-journalist with Marxist ties who is vowing closer ties to the Obama adminstration…

Ex-Guerrillas Win El Salvador Election

From the AP story:

Behind Mauricio Funes is a party of former Marxist guerrillas that fought to overthrow U.S.-backed governments in the 1980s and whose rise to power has raised fears of a communist regime in the war-scarred Central American country.

Funes, who gave up journalism less than two years ago to become the presidential candidate of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMLN, sought to quell those concerns after his historic victory Sunday.

SNIP

Funes, who was a TV reporter during the war, has stayed away from the firebrand anti-U.S. rhetoric that characterizes Ortega and Venezuela’s leftist President Hugo Chavez. Instead, he has compared his message of change to Obama’s.

Funes, who takes office June 1, promised in his victory speech that strengthening ties with the United States would be a priority. The Obama administration congratulated him Monday.

SNIP

The overture was a marked departure from the administration of former President George W. Bush, which suggested during the 2004 election that it could not trust an FMLN government.

SNIP
The overture was a marked departure from the administration of former President George W. Bush, which suggested during the 2004 election that it could not trust an FMLN government.

But, but…Funes is echoing Obama’s “message of change…”  Which makes Funes as completely trustworthy as Obama is…

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Finally, be sure to check out two important stories:

House Passes HR 1388 Under Cover of AIG Diversion –The Linchpin in the Obama Plan to “BUY” Voters …Read What It Says and PLEASE SIGN PETITION TO SENATE NOW!!

The petition will be taking signatures through Monday.

Also:

Take a look at they story about Attorney Orly Taitz and her contacts with Chief Justice John Roberts and Antonin Scalia on the subject of Obama’s citizenship status that was included in the recent Scanner

The Scanner–Politics March 18, 2009: (Taitz-Supreme Court; Sharia Law in Minnesota re: Home Mortgages; Stimulus Money Wanders from the States; Privatizing Vets’ Healthcare)

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THE PAST WEEK

*By American Lassie

**By Grail Guardian

***By Kenosha Marge

Saturday Sanity: The Antidote to the Madness (March 21, 2009) (Flowers, Fruit and a Miniature Spider Web)

House Passes HR 1388 Under Cover of AIG Diversion –The Linchpin in the Obama Plan to “BUY” Voters …Read What It Says and PLEASE SIGN PETITION TO SENATE NOW!!

*Get in the Mood…It’s SPRING!!

Have You RSVP’d For the DFA Birthday Party Yet?

The Scanner–Politics March 18, 2009: (Taitz-Supreme Court; Sharia Law in Minnesota re: Home Mortgages; Stimulus Money Wanders from the States; Privatizing Vets’ Healthcare)

**The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the North American Union: A Layman’s Overview of the Coming New World Order

ALERT: PLEASE SUPPORT ACTION TO OPPOSE CARD-CHECK NOW! W.A.M ALERT

***Left and Right and Silly

The Past Week: March 8-14, 2009 (Alaska Rivalry? Palin/Murkowski; Franken vs.Colemen=Bush vs. Gore?; China Gearing Up for It’s Own Second Stimulus Package; Sen. Gregg’s Parting Shot)

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16 Responses

  1. That pledge from the soldiers is mind-boggling. One has to wonder why? Why do they feel such a strong need to state these kinds of things now? It’s a real vote of “no confidence” in their commander I’d say. And that is scary, to say the least.

    Ouch.

    • SYD,

      I felt it was much more of an affirmation by the military to reassure those of us paying attention that they are also aware of the current coup d’etat are that when the time comes they will be on the side of the Constitution of the United States of America.

      Their vote of no confidence in the usurper and Worst Congress Ever is a vote of confidence in America!

    • The question is–how organized do they really get? I mean, they don’t reflect all the army leaders, do they?…at this point, anyway.
      If they really are going to “defend us”–who leads the way????

  2. It is 6:43 a.m. as I write:
    25 minutes ago I heard the first (although I’m certain it won’t be the last) public service announcement re: G.I.V.E. “Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act”
    “This is President Barack Obama asking you to sign up for service to America in our program Renew America Today”

    R. A. T. (How appropos.)

    So because of the economy the funding for real volunteerism has been cut, http://www.alternet.org/workplace/131345/scary_numbers_for_our_safety_net:_100,000_non-profits_wiped_out_in_the_next_two_years_/

    TehOne is going to save us. Can you imagine just how loyal Obots are going to look at this with stars in their eyes? Their Obamessiah is calling for all of us to join the RAT pack by signing up for “Renew America Today”.

    We are so screwed.

  3. The only thing that will renew America is to get rid of Teh One and his cronies. And that includes most members of congress.

    The day the gov’t is allowed to give us orders over what we grow in our own yards, is the day when I will gladly join the militia. Or try to form one if one doesn’t exist.

    Seriously, this “Renew America Today” scheme has me very worried. He is trying to cover all the bases.

    • Lee,

      It needs to include all members of Congress. Until we send them the message that no one is safe, they will continue to rape and beat us. We must send them a resounding message that we are still in control of this nation. This is the movement we need to push if we want to save America! Forget about Obama – he is nothing but a distraction from the real agenda! Focus on getting every one you know and everyone you meet to understand that Congress is the problem. Everyone already hates Congress, and they can certainly understand that it is Congress that is spending their money like drunken sailors. An even an Obot can get behind tossing out the people that “are keeping Obama from fulfilling his campaign promises”. We have to start beating them at their own game!

  4. GRL,

    Claire must be getting an earful from the folks back home in the “Show Me” state…or she’s a mole.

    She’s a mole.

    • They’re all talking from both sides of their mouth.

      Obama faked being ‘choked up with anger’ about AIG bonuses, and the MSM interpreted that as support for populist groups who were protesting.

      Then, he emailed 14 million of his campaign supporters to flood their state representatives with emails etc. to stop bitching about it and go along with his program.

      Scary stuff

  5. Re: Claire—She’s actually a R.A.T.!,, LOL!!

    Check out
    http://www.opencongress.org/bill/1/111-h1388/show

    where we are listed as a blog writing about the bill…

    It has a summary of the bill and lots of great info.

    It’s one of the sites I noted in a post weeks ago…I should really put these Congress tracking sites in the sidebar…..and I will!

  6. As busy and as popular as Trader Joes is — I believe that there would be an upraising/revolt if Organic was made illegal.

    “Trader Joe” is a large chain — mostly in the west and south west. I seek out this food chain because it has less fructose (high fructose corn syrup) and other things I don’t want in my food.

    Arizona seems to have a Trader Joes every two blocks.

    NM has fewer — mostly up north in the two larger cities.

    The best way to make people realize what they have is to try to take it away — growing our own food is well — very American. England tried to tell the colonies what they could and couldn’t grow — and that worked out really well for King George.

  7. Really suprised to see Ms Obama start an old-school garden that wastes water, offers poor yields, promotes topsoil erosion, and reduces oxygen producing grass.

    Its a shame that they didn’t read on modern gardening and install a nice square-foot garden. A square-foot garden uses 20% of the space and 10% of the water of a traditional garden, but with 100% of the yield. Not to mention they look far nicer.

    Its much easier to convince Americans to install a 3- or 4-foot box of food than the monstrosity they’re building in the South Lawn. Especially since theres no digging or tilling involved.

    Also, the WH garden is not organic as it doen’t meet federal standards for organic. Use of the the term organic by the WH is likely a violation of federal law.

    http://tinyurl.com/organic-law

  8. I do basically a square foot garden. Nice raised beds, about 10 x 8 +. I use a planting method adapted from Dick Raymond, basically square foot ( ie, peppers a foot apart in a 1-2-1 pattern….use a buried soaker hose at the roots to conserve water…
    In the desert, the close plants do help with shading each other…plus I use a sunshade…use all my own compost and NO PESTICIDES! And rotate crops as best I can in such a small space.

    I produce food all year round now…and freeze things like grapes and peppers, even whole tomatoes!

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