Thanksgiving week came and went, but the problems of human beings continue to grow. Human beings need to look to the Lord for intervention... I mean use some of that judgment in legislation and laws.
Here we have China now wanting to eliminate the one-child rule whereby a family was not allowed to get medication and/or government payments and was penalized if they went beyond the one-child limit unless they were a single child themselves. That helped them to go ahead.
China is now the number one importing beef country of the world. For several generations now, they built a large population and work base that created opportunities that country never dreamed of. The last generation has been making a lot more money and doing a lot more for world production of all kinds of items. They are requiring more food. Remember this: a country will run out of food long before we run out of people. We see that happening right before our eyes today worldwide.
I think in the years to come and elections that will be held, we're going to see more and more people who have the basics of common sense who are going to say, "Hey, wait a minute! We need a prosperous population, and we need the freedom to create opportunity, which in turn will create commerce and jobs and wealth.
"Ain't I perfect?" could be what this California Red replacement lamb is saying!
Thanks to Fran Ebbers of Adrian, Oregon, for sharing!
COOL lawsuit update...
Oral arguments are set for 9:30 a.m. on January 9 at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in an appeal of a lower court's ruling denying a motion for a preliminary injunction filed by nine plaintiffs, including the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA). NCBA and the eight other plaintiffs filed a lawsuit on July 8 seeking to block the U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) program and sought a preliminary injunction to halt the November 23 implementation of the USDA's revised COOL regulations. The lower court denied the motion for the preliminary injunction, and the U.S. Court of Appeals denied the plaintiffs' request for an expedited hearing on the preliminary injunction ruling, effectively allowing USDA's revised rules to go into effect on November 23.
Meanwhile, the plaintiffs in the case have been pressing U.S. Senate and House farm bill conferees to gut the COOL law during the farm bill conference. Several lawmaker-conferees indicated in their opening statements during the initial farm bill conference session that they would introduce amendments to do exactly that. Whether conferees will be able to work out differences in the House and Senate versions of farm policy remains unclear, but farm bill negotiations are expected to heat up in the end-of-the-year-rush. We are monitoring this closely.
The U.S. Cattlemen's Association, Farmers Union, Consumer Federation of America, and the American Sheep Industry Association -- as defendant-intervenors in the COOL lawsuit -- will be participating in the January 9 oral arguments to defend COOL.
Fundraising to support the legal effort to defend COOL continues. You can contribute to the effort by sending your donation to the U.S. COOL Defense Fund, P.O. Box 923, Columbus, MT 59019.
It's all about control
By Catherine Vandemoer, Ph.D.
St. Ignatius, MT
The Coleman Angus article on the front page of the October 31, 2013, issue entitled "Water... It's all about water..." paints a picture of a couple of hundred irrigators who fear for their future if a proposed water settlement is not ratified on the Flathead Indian Reservation. What Mr. Coleman did not mention was the fact that these couple of hundred irrigators feel that it is fine to give up their neighbors' private water rights to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) as part of that Compact.
Yes, you read that right. Article III, Section 3 of the Irrigator Water Use Agreement provides in part:
This Agreement and the Compact specify the terms under which the United States and the FJBC [Flathead Joint Board of Control] agree to withdraw and cease prosecution or defense of all claims to water, whether arising under Federal or State law, held in their names and filed in the Montana General Stream Adjudication, and whatever permits and other rights to the use of water recognized under State law that are held in their names for use on lands served by the FIP [Flathead Irrigation Project].
In exchange for giving up theirs and their neighbors' water rights, irrigators are given the right to use the now-Tribes' water in a one-size-fits-all allocation of 1.4 acre feet per acre, an amount of water that more than 1,000 other irrigators feel will put them out of business. If the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation states that each acre foot of water adds $2,000 of value to each irrigated acre, how much will land be worth if the volume of water normally used is cut by half or more?
Ranchers helping ranchers...
One South Dakota couple is saying a prayer of thankfulness for the living heifers on their ranch, the ones that will light the way out of their darkest hours. Scott and Heidi Komes of rural Sturgis, South Dakota, had 140 healthy cow-calf pairs. They had reached a point on a long, hard road where this year's value would get the bankers out of their pockets, and their small operation would finally make some profit - that is, before a freak snowstorm blew through in early October.
The blizzard robbed them of 75 cows and 45 calves, along with their dreams. At the sight of them drowned in a running creek under feet of wet snow, Scott Komes broke down and sobbed. "He was heartbroken," said Heidi Komes. "This was our future, and we didn't know if we would lose our ranch." Scott Komes said the past two months have been bleak. "It was looking tough, no doubt about it," he said.
There are many ways to mend a broken heart, but the best of all those is hope. On November 23, 20 forms of hope were brought to their ranch from North Dakota ranchers, who donated bred heifers to the Komes to help mend the broken parts and get them started over. The cattle came through a program called Heifers for South Dakota, an effort to bring generosity into the same corrals that had suffered loss.
Be careful what you consume
By Gilles Stockton
This is written in response to the President of the American Farm Bureau's article "We Love Our Smartphones But What about Smart Food," which RAN on the front page of the 11-28-2013 issue.
Really - because walking on the sidewalk involves risk, and eating genetically modified (GMO) foods also involves risk, consumers should eat GMO foods and not be concerned! That is just an odd argument, as is the American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman's other contention: that, because consumers embrace cell phone technology, they should also embrace genetically modified food technology because, I guess, they are both new technologies.
There is no doubt that the ability to genetically modify life forms is a new and revolutionary technology, but like other revolutionary technologies, it both promises great benefits and carries great risk. Think of nuclear fission. For the time being, the risk of worldwide nuclear war is less than when I was young, but megalomaniacs still dream of the power they would wield if they had just one little bomb. Meanwhile, nuclear proponents continue to promise low cost electricity, which is true, if we don't count the costs of babysitting the residues for a million years.
Computing and internet technology has exciting possibilities, and many of us, including me, are already completely dependent upon a laptop and an internet connection. But new revolutionary technologies all offer great benefits AND potential great risk. Computing power and information freely flowing through the air and bouncing from satellite to satellite gives governments the power to monitor what we are doing and saying, and whom we are doing and saying it with. History tells us that despots seize and keep power by spying on their citizens and using that information to instill fear and control. Computers and the internet provide huge benefits but, if we are not careful, great risk too.