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  • Homeowner Faces Jail for Front Yard Garden

    07/10/2011 5:48:44 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Oak Park, Michigan resident Julie Bass faces a possible 90-day jail sentence for planting an “unsuitable” vegetable garden in the front yard of her home. “We came up with the idea as both a way to cut back on our food bill and to teach our kids some useful skills,” Bass said. “Now, every kid in the neighborhood is over here playing ‘farmer.’ They’re also a lot more eager to eat their vegetables after growing them themselves.” Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski has ruled that the garden violates city code. “Ms. Bass’s household budget, nutritional and educational objectives are...
  • Westborough (MA) senior still in the game (Marine combat vet fought on Okinawa)

    07/02/2011 9:51:27 AM PDT · by pabianice
    Metrowest Daily News ^ | 12/23/2010 | Spitz
    William Carr of Westborough Most football coaches don't know how to build a submarine. Most student-athletes don't get a letter jacket from their alma mater on their 80th birthday. And most legally blind people aren't working toward a master's degree at the age of 82. Then again, most people aren't Bill Carr. "I've been doing things all my life they said couldn't be done," said the Westborough resident. He's proud of his achievements, but says he's "nothing special." Just a guy who still works out on the stationary bike and rowing machine a few days a week at the...
  • Photos: The Creepiest Trees on Earth

    06/30/2011 12:58:51 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 34 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 6/30/2011 | Thomas Ferdousi
    There are some things in nature and in the wider world that are disturbing. Humankind has definitely produced plenty of ideas and goods that have creeped out many. However, one element that is not usually thought of in this context is arboreal life. So now we're going to pick out some of the highlights (or if you prefer, the lowlights) from the world's creepiest trees. Not for the faint of heart or aboraphobes:
  • The Problem with Ethanol is the Mandate [Sounds Familiar.]

    06/16/2011 9:23:52 AM PDT · by 92nina · 21 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-06-15 | Christopher Prandoni
    After a decade of experimenting with mandates, tax credits and tariffs, a national consensus has been reached that ethanol is just not worth it. Late to arrive at this conclusion are farmers, their Congressional representatives, and presidential candidates eager to win over primary voters—a coalition that has made it nearly impossible to begin unwinding the various policies designed to prop-up ethanol. The driving force behind U.S. ethanol consumption is the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), otherwise known as the ethanol mandate, which was established with the enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.The RFS mandated that a minimum of 4...
  • Coburn: "I Support Ethanol" [Love/Hate Relationship]

    06/14/2011 8:07:15 AM PDT · by 92nina · 14 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-06-14 | Christopher Prandoni
    ...Coburn and Thune on the floor: THUNE: “One of our colleagues from South Carolina has introduced an amendment to this bill which would end that, and I assume -- I don't know this for a fact -- that my colleague from Oklahoma would support that amendment. Which would do away with the Renewable Fuel Standard. Certainly.” COBURN: “You obviously didn't hear what I was saying as you were conversing. I said I support ethanol. I wouldn't support that. And I said that. And I’ve been very up front with you in the past. You know what my position is on...
  • Coburn Amendment Half-Baked Without DeMint Fix [Kill the Death Tax & Ethanol Subsidies]

    06/13/2011 10:29:43 AM PDT · by 92nina · 2 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-06-10 | Christopher Prandoni
    ...The government’s mandate of ethanol usage distorts energy markets and raises prices for consumers. In order to fully repeal the government’s unfair, anti-free market support of ethanol, all three policies must be eliminated—the mandate, the tax credit, and the tariff. Only the combination of the Coburn and DeMint amendments completely kills the government’s support of the ethanol regime. The DeMint amendment which abolishes the death tax insures that repealing the ethanol tax credit is done in a way that prevents additional money from flowing to the appropriations committees. ATR has always opposed all forms of government support of ethanol. Our...
  • Wolves Kill Prized Quarter Horse in Darby, Montana

    06/03/2011 8:41:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    Black Bear Blog ^ | May 30, 2011 | Tom Remington
    What began nearly 20 years ago as denial of the many bad things that would happen in the Greater Yellowstone area if gray wolves were brought in from Canada, continues to this day. It was predicted that the wolves would kill off their prey base and that is happening. Information was presented to Ed Bangs, USFWS head of wolf reintroduction that wolves carry more than 30 different infectious diseases, some harmful and/or deadly to humans, and that was ignored. Disease is now becoming a common occurrence across the Northern Rockies where wolves are prolific. The same deaf, dumb and blind...
  • Corn on the Cob and the Summer of Discontent

    05/29/2011 7:43:42 AM PDT · by usalady · 34 replies
    Examiner ^ | May 29, 2011 | Martha
    Anyone looking forward to corn on the cob slathered with butter this summer may find that it has become an expensive part of their diet. Or it not be available at all.
  • USDA Shakes Down Missouri Family

    05/23/2011 5:04:34 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 33 replies
    What started out as a hobby for their son and turned into a family side-business grossing $4600 (with a net profit of $200 after expenses) last year has landed John Dollarhite of Missouri in a heap of trouble. For the “crime” of selling more than $500 worth of rabbits in a single year, Dollarhite has been hit with a $90,643 fine and been warned that the penalty could go as high as $3.9 million. US Department of Agriculture spokesman Robert Crook explained that “if you sell more than $500 worth of rabbits in any given year you have to have...
  • Boondoggle Ethanol Program Got You Down? Help End it.

    05/19/2011 5:04:09 AM PDT · by possum john · 46 replies
    Below the Gnat Line ^ | May 19, 2011 | Ken Carroll
    Ethanol is Not About Energy Independence Have you figured out that the federal ethanol program is not about becoming energy independent, but about putting Midwest corn farmers on the government dole? If not, keep reading. If so, are you ready to help end it? That's in here, too. If you think ethanol lowers fuel prices, then I guess you don't know that each gallon of ethanol is subsidized 47.5 cents per gallon by our tax dollars. In fact, Brazil exports ethanol, but we put a 54 cents per gallon import tax on Brazilian ethanol and then limit its import to...
  • GRAPE ARBOR

    05/10/2011 11:20:39 AM PDT · by SMARTY · 53 replies
    May 10, 2011 | Me
    I want to plant a grape arbor. What is the best grape tu plant?
  • Around the World in 80 Lines - Or Less for April 29th, 2011

    04/30/2011 3:45:12 AM PDT · by deaconjim · 12 replies
    Below the Gnat Line ^ | April 29, 2011 | Ken Carroll
    The Amish Mafia We’re lucky that the federal government has recently cracked down on the selling of contraband in the US. The Washington Times reports that a year-long sting operation conducted by federal agents has resulted in the bust of an illegal operation in Pennsylvania. The Amish-run Rainbow Acres Farm was selling non-pasteurized milk to consumers who knew the milk was non-pasteurized. The consumers of the illegal milk prefer the taste and say that pasteurization kills good as well as bad bacteria. There have been no complaints or charges filed against the dairy farm previously. According to Tamara N. Ward,...
  • Radical Muslims, Environmentalists, and the Green Jihad

    04/26/2011 11:26:03 PM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 2 replies
    usactionnews.com ^ | 4/26/2011 | Mark Musser
    Rep. Keith Ellison, the Muslim Congressman from Minnesota who shed tears in protest over the congressional hearings on the growing radicalization of Muslims in the U.S., wrote the foreword to a book entitled Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet. In Arabic, “deen” means religious creed. The author of Green Deen is Ibrahim Abdul Matin. He wrote his book to demonstrate that there is a close relationship between Islam and modern environmentalism. It turns out Ellison would have been a good witness to how Muslims are being radicalized as foot solders not only for global Jihad but for...
  • Food Prices Headed Higher: What You Can Do

    04/26/2011 8:18:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    CBS News' MoneyWatch ^ | April 26, 2011 | Carla Fried
    Carnivores, brace yourself for even steeper food price hikes this year than originally forecast. The unholy trinity of rising feed prices, spiking oil costs — it takes money to transport food from farm to table — and increased global demand has pushed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ratchet up some of its 2011 food price forecasts, with beef and pork prices getting the most costly upward revisions. Here’s how you might want to rethink your food intake/grocery shopping to deal with the expected price increases: Stick with chicken. At the start of the year, the USDA said it expected...
  • DHS Taking War on Weed to Morocco

    04/21/2011 11:12:59 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | April 19, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    What struck me most about this contract is that we are going to teach the Moroccans "critical thinking skills."
  • Gulag Night Monday 10pm ET: Ann Barnhardt + Soros Watch

    04/11/2011 6:15:46 PM PDT · by unspun · 2 replies
    Gulag Bound and Gulag Media ^ | April 11, 2011 | Gulag Staff
    Click in to listen. Feel free to post, email, etc. Gulag Night Reports the Breaking News on the Soros Front, Monday & Thursday, 10pm ET We’ve been breaking the news for years and we’ve got critically important subject matter to discuss this week, in the soft war against freedom and sovereignty — and our return fire of knowledge and First Amendment action.  No blackboard, but we do have a chat room during the programs. (Or… you’re not one of those people who say it’s about the “entertainment,” are you?) Join us at 10pm each night.  Here’s our agenda and links.Monday...
  • (Vanity) Any environmental lawyer Freepers out there to help with a NY DEC issue?

    04/06/2011 6:14:28 AM PDT · by MatD · 6 replies
    Me ^ | 4/6/2011 | Me
    My first time posting a vanity request but it's pretty pertinent to the contined land grab going on in our country by our government. I have a timely issue of dealing with the New York State DEC and my property. I think I am getting shafted and need some advice. Hate to bring it here but I always appreciate helpful FR folks. It's a long story but the DEC is saying I need a permit for wetland crossing on my property. They say I am in violation of the Freshwater Wetlands Act. Problem is, I've seen their map and my...
  • What Is Stabenow Afraid Of--Voters?

    04/05/2011 5:44:02 AM PDT · by jenk · 25 replies
    jenkuznicki.com ^ | 4/5/11 | Jen Kuznicki
    She should be. She is the Chair of the Agriculture Committee in the Senate, the most liberal Senator of all 100, and she votes with environmentalists 100% of the time. Which of these things don't go together? The National Farm Bureau is very opposed to the ever-increasing power of the EPA, and they are more pro-active about it than ever before. But then, the strangulation of farming interests and industry by the EPA created that friction. Yet Stabenow probably believes she has covered all of her bases in her cover amendment to the small business bill. She delays the EPA...
  • Brazil imports record amount of ethanol in 1st quarter; almost all from U.S.

    04/04/2011 4:19:17 PM PDT · by decimon · 24 replies
    Autoblog Green ^ | April 4, 2011 | Eric Loveday
    Brazil, the world's ethanol superpower, has had to import unprecedented volumes of the biofuel from December of 2010 through March of 2011. Due to a culmination of factors – an insufficient 2010 harvest, weak expectations for the 2011 growing season and booming domestic demand – Brazil imported an estimated 80 to 200 million liters (21.1 to 52.9 million gallons) of ethanol during the first quarter of 2011. According to some sources, this is only the second time that Brazil's has resorted to importing the biofuel, with the first being in 2009 when Brazil's harvest was devastated by heavy rains. So,...
  • Stanley Ann Dunham Beyond the Grave

    03/26/2011 8:22:10 AM PDT · by Mortrey · 12 replies
    Lame Cherry ^ | March 26, 2011 | Lame Cherry
    "..this blog focused upon the Obama regime's nefarious plans to enslave the 3rd world to debt, as this blog traced Stanley Ann Dunham Obama Soetoro's sadistic plans as a once sociologist who became a banker for the globalist Ford Foundation, under Tim Geithner's old man's direction in Indochina..........to create a syndicate which started out of European finance to lend money to the poverty stricken, which was termed MICROFINANCE."