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  • Jewish religious movements present plans to end gun violence

    01/16/2013 5:21:32 AM PST · 9 of 28
    HockeyPop to Tailgunner Joe

    “The letter was signed by 47 religious leaders from numerous faiths including the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Jewish Reconstructionist Movement, the Rabbinical Assembly, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and Women of Reform Judaism.”

    So six of the 47 letter signers were Jewish. Never heard of them nor have no idea of how many members they represent or whether these “members” voted on anything. Just another dog and pony show. Recall the press conference pre passage of Obamacare where a few dozen doctors in white coats provided another dog and pony show at one of Obama’s press conferences? All pre arranged propaganda brought to you by the ministry of truth and their criminal front groups.

  • The Coupon Whisperer: 99 Cent Quarter Chicken Meal!!!

    08/31/2011 4:59:20 PM PDT · 12 of 22
    HockeyPop to PJ-Comix

    I hear Immigration will be raiding the joint at 10:59 am tomorrow.

    Personally I prefer those La Granja places with the all you can pack and take home six variety onion bar.

  • We Stand With Israel

    05/19/2011 9:42:50 PM PDT · 431 of 477
    HockeyPop to kristinn

    I stand with Israel with fists clenched

  • Obama plans Hiroshima and Nagasaki trips

    11/10/2009 6:06:38 AM PST · 30 of 37
    HockeyPop to radioone

    This is all part of the man’s narrative toward rewritting history and infusing America’s seedpods and succeeding generations with further contempt and hatred for America’s bitter clinging white male dominated host culture in order to further grease the wealth and power redistributive Marxist policies.

    My cousin was one of the primary scientists who built those bombs.

  • BLOOD LIBEL: MSNBC's Buchanan's Website Claims Rabbis Tell Jews to Kill Enemy Children

    11/10/2009 5:51:25 AM PST · 7 of 14
    HockeyPop to Shellybenoit

    It is indeed a blood libel. Buchanan’s motives in putting this aberration on his website are sinister.

  • BLOOD LIBEL: MSNBC's Buchanan's Website Claims Rabbis Tell Jews to Kill Enemy Children

    11/10/2009 5:51:23 AM PST · 6 of 14
    HockeyPop to Shellybenoit

    It is indeed a blood libel. Buchanan’s motives in putting this aberration on his website are sinister.

  • I am so bored tonight. What is everyone else doing?

    10/23/2009 7:33:36 PM PDT · 196 of 269
    HockeyPop to Shyla

    Pole pruned a dozen sabal palms and an equal # of cypress trees in the yard then watched the Fl Panthers blow a 2-0 lead in the 3rd period and lose in a shootout with the only shootout goal scored by Sidney Crosby. Oh yea, wolfed down six dozen steamed Florida mediumnecks (clams) with a couple of Smithwicks (beer).

  • A Mission To Save Real Jewish Delis, A Dying Breed

    10/15/2009 10:30:32 AM PDT · 17 of 29
    HockeyPop to BGHater

    “Kasha Varnishkes: Buckwheat grains and onions sauteed in schmaltz and tossed with bowtie pasta. Served with gravy if you want it to taste like anything.”

    Gravy? Nonsense. The secret is frying up several pounds of onions.

  • Kanye West Interrupts Taylor Swift’s Acceptance Speech on 2009 MTV Video Music Awards

    09/13/2009 8:34:40 PM PDT · 97 of 175
    HockeyPop to SeekAndFind

    Further validation of why I spend good money to send my kids to private school

  • Obama remark on black scholar's arrest angers

    07/23/2009 9:48:23 PM PDT · 23 of 33
    HockeyPop to bustinchops
    "What should be said publicly by police departments and associations is that ostammer needs to butt out. He’s not in charge of police policy or one single police department in this country."

    Sure he is. And how this man has any family time holding numerous offices including POTUS, Cambridge PD Human Relations coordinator and director of Jerusalem's Building and Zoning Dept is beyond me.

  • IDF preparing options for strike at Iran without US assent

    12/03/2008 8:38:34 PM PST · 29 of 43
    HockeyPop to Chairman of the Bard

    Better a Maccabee than a Hellenist.

  • Obama win triggers run on guns in many stores

    11/09/2008 6:45:25 PM PST · 60 of 77
    HockeyPop to Shooter 2.5; FTL

    The now departed CEO of Cooper Firearms was in my opinion supporting Obama as a business decision. Think it through. Cooper mfrs high end bolt hunting rifles. He saw the writing on the wall especially after another high end bolt rifle mfr, Dakota Arms, bit the dust. Both companies compete for the Sportsman’s dollars and we have seen major manufacturers building and selling high cap semi autos for the hunter thereby cutting into Cooper’s market share. Removing semi autos from the market through onerous restrictions, fees and taxes would then increase Cooper’s market share. Business first. Country second.

  • Fascism begins: Obama to "require" community service from all students.

    11/07/2008 3:56:05 PM PST · 249 of 276
    HockeyPop to Nickname

    “My daughter noted as well that this diminishes the efforts of those who do volunteer work out of the kindness of their hearts and their desire to serve.”

    Just like it diminishes the efforts of those who work to support those that don’t. Give your pride and joy an “atta girl” from me.

  • Fascism begins: Obama to "require" community service from all students.

    11/07/2008 3:07:36 PM PST · 244 of 276
    HockeyPop to elpadre

    “I’m saying only local school boards should make such decisions - not the feds. Some have requirements today for community service in their senior year, but not too many hours are involved. I’ve seen the kids helping at the animal shelter, food bank, church outreach programs, etc. It’s no big deal for them for it may be only 30 or so hours and they seem to really enjoy what they are doing.”

    Huh? So, a straight “A” student may not graduate and realize her dreams.

    Charitable work was historically the domain of religious bodies and their congregations, and such work was never mandated, conditioned or forced upon people. The government, be it the federal, local or a school board has no right to mandate anyone’s service as a condition for anything. You preach a willingness to subject not only you, but me and mine to servitude and slavery.

    You won’t find many here who’ll tolerate your nonesense.

  • Stores say gun-control fears spur firearms sales

    11/07/2008 1:02:53 PM PST · 73 of 100
    HockeyPop to woollyone; FARS

    To paraphrase Walter Williams:

    If you hear they’ve confiscated my guns then you’ll know I am dead.

  • Democrats Vow to Pursue an Aggressive Agenda

    11/05/2008 8:40:36 PM PST · 16 of 76
    HockeyPop to SJackson

    The buzz today around Obama’s camp is how they’re going to lighten up the expectations they’ve created in the proletariat. To do everything they’ve promised they’d have to monetize the debt. Say goodbye to foreign treasury buyers and hello to inflation and currency debasement, hoarding and government rationing. Freepers should constantly be doing risk assessment and getting their houses in order. IMHO

  • gun advice (vanity)

    11/05/2008 8:28:31 PM PST · 24 of 50
    HockeyPop to Westchester

    And upgrade to a tritium front sight bead or HiViz at the very least.

  • gun advice (vanity)

    11/05/2008 8:19:37 PM PST · 21 of 50
    HockeyPop to Westchester

    The Mossberg gets the nod here because it has a tang safety.

  • Khalidi and Ayers and Guilt By Association — As Long As It's Not THEIR Associations

    11/05/2008 2:06:03 PM PST · 4 of 5
    HockeyPop to pissant

    “extreme ultranationalist Revisionist branch of Zionism from which Likud has grown.”

    In America we call them patriots, bedrock, red blooded...

    The Arab mind is prone to embellish and fantasize. In fact, a great read is a book of the same name read by nearly every Israeli: “The Arab Mind”.

    A good primer on Jabotinsky here http://www.newenglishreview.org/custpage.cfm/frm/26904/sec_id/26904

  • McCain down 200K in Florida

    11/04/2008 5:50:42 PM PST · 95 of 100
    HockeyPop to DAC21

    Dade County yet to report and for some reason is not here

    http://enight.dos.state.fl.us/

  • McCain down 200K in Florida

    11/04/2008 5:15:59 PM PST · 78 of 100
    HockeyPop to DAC21

    Forget about the mainstream analysis. If you can wrap your head around anything it should be this: Mankind is tribal. In a system of one man one vote those tribes having the most bodies wins. Here in Broward the ballots are printed in three languages including creole (Haitian) and spanish.

  • McCain down 200K in Florida

    11/04/2008 5:15:17 PM PST · 76 of 100
    HockeyPop to DAC21

    Forget about the mainstream analysis. If you can wrap your head around anything it should be this: Mankind is tribal. In a system of one man one vote those tribes having the most bodies wins. Here in Broward the ballots are printed in three languages including creole (Haitian) and spanish.

  • Palin-Plumber 2012!

    11/04/2008 2:15:42 PM PST · 8 of 15
    HockeyPop to ExecutiveEditor

    Hey shit for brains, we’re at zero hour so how’s about waiting 24 hours before revealing your fantasy?!

  • Will Americans Really Vote To Fundamentally Transform America? (A Transformative Election Alert)

    11/03/2008 10:16:02 PM PST · 12 of 23
    HockeyPop to goldstategop

    Imagine a retransformation brought about through a state by state legislatively mandated curicuulum requiring the seedpod be continuously educated in American history through text books Alinsky inspired bedrock conservative community organized groups have edited. Take their book and their game plan and use it against them. No use reinventing the wheel.

    Get back into the schools. Compete for those government grants and foundation monies. Organize, organize, organize! And get in their faces!!!

  • Many have Asked: Is Obama the Anti-Christ - Famed Novelist Michael O'Brien Answers

    11/03/2008 4:30:30 PM PST · 13 of 59
    HockeyPop to Publius804

    Of course since he lost his grandmother today my faith, humanity and breeding dictates well wishes and prayers for him.

  • Many have Asked: Is Obama the Anti-Christ - Famed Novelist Michael O'Brien Answers

    11/03/2008 4:26:21 PM PST · 3 of 59
    HockeyPop to Publius804

    More like the cumulative spawns of satan, Beelzebub, Beatlejuice and the six titted wolf mother of Rome.

  • Gun groups differ on Obama support

    11/01/2008 12:14:51 PM PDT · 16 of 35
    HockeyPop to An Old Man

    “The American Hunters and Shooters Association”

    Nothing more than a cheap propoganda front group for the Brady people and the leftists. Note how the author lends lefitimacy to this group of two at best? The author is a propogandist in the pocket of the same crowd.

  • Ted Nugent on KTTH AM 770 Seattle

    10/30/2008 9:09:35 AM PDT · 4 of 8
    HockeyPop to Fawn

    “He’s on Glen Beck right now telling the story of how disabled people are having a blast killing big game from their wheelchairs. charming story. I can’t stand this greasy adulterer. He makes me itch when I see him.”

    SCHOOL MARM ALERT

    _________________

    Free Michael Vick

  • Does the United States of America Still Exist?

    10/29/2008 7:57:54 AM PDT · 30 of 39
    HockeyPop to April Lexington

    The Air Force once conducted an experiment.

    They took six monkeys and placed them into a cage with a ladder in the middle.

    After a few days, a banana was placed above the ladder.

    One brave monkey went up the ladder and grabbed the banana. When he grabbed it, the rest of the monkeys received an electrical shock.

    After 5 days, 5 bananas, and 5 shocks, the monkeys quit going up the ladder.

    The researchers then swapped one monkey out with a fresh ignorant monkey. The banana appeared and when he started to go up the ladder, the other monkeys beat the hell out of him.

    After 3 days of this, the new monkey quit trying to go up the ladder.

    Another monkey was swapped out, and another until none of the original monkeys were left.

    The electrical shock equipment was removed but the monkeys still would not go up the ladder even though they had no idea why other than they would get beat up by the others if they tried. If another monkey tried, they’d help beat ‘em up.

    Hence the phrase, “I dunno, but that’s they way we always done it.”

    Inoctrination....ain’t it great?

  • Campaign 2004 Predictions (Zogby trying to influence 2004 pres. election?)

    10/23/2008 1:57:58 PM PDT · 5 of 8
    HockeyPop to gotribe

    “They are both Arab Americans”

    Zogby railed against Israel for defending herself against Hizbullah and for bombing their command centers in high density strongholds. He was literally foaming at the mouth. And yes, it was Zogby who attempted to influence the vote with bogus polling numbers on the eve of the 2004 election. In other words he kept true to his Arab rugmercantilist traditions by seeking to play with our election and disenfranchise his enemy. He is a fifth columnist.

  • Is America Over? The Tipping Point May Be Very Close.

    10/23/2008 11:16:45 AM PDT · 59 of 75
    HockeyPop to MindBender26

    “For the last 50 years they have been doing it with pistols, Now they want to do it by fulfilling political promises they have made to the welfare classes.”

    This screams for a drawing similar to the 9/11 drawing of a soldier taking the flag from a NY fireman with the words “I’ll take it from here”. But in this case Obama takes the pistol from the hand of the ghetto hood.

  • Biden Gaffe Is Likely A Warning That Obama Will Impose The Draft Shortly If He Takes Office!

    10/21/2008 8:37:07 PM PDT · 87 of 108
    HockeyPop to Jedidah

    Think it through. A draft serves Obama in several ways. He cleans out the military of right thinkers. He extends his radical views, government control and influence beyond 12th grade minds. It enables him to further the social engineering he has in mind. It allows him a fighting force to change the landscape and influence in Africa.

    One has to wonder what just is this boy’s end game?

    NWMS (Not with my son)

  • The Tyrannical Logic of Liberalism

    10/21/2008 7:36:08 PM PDT · 2 of 4
    HockeyPop to rmlew

    Methinks we are now relegated to using the same tactics of community organizing in the same in-your-face manner the left have been carrying out under our noses for the last 40 years. While conservative talk radio may help to get the word out, it does little [except to let off steam] to direct the thinking and deconstruct the public school and television brainwashing of the seedpod over the last few generations. Time to re-write the textbooks, turn hollywood upside down, and promote patriotism and reverence for our forefathers’ sacrifices in all corners of the public square and discourse. It requires numbers and it requires time and it requires benefactors. How difficult would it be as a first step to insist that Washington’s picture be displayed and the pledge said in every classroom in this country?

  • What's So Awful About "Spreading the Wealth"?

    10/20/2008 8:27:50 PM PDT · 91 of 127
    HockeyPop to Ernest_at_the_Beach

    A teachable moment: Susie scores a 93% on her exam. Lucretia scores a 77%. It is only fair for Susie to give 3% of her score so Lucretia can receive a “B” and thereby improve her self esteem.

    Couch it in these terms and see how long the college campus spawn of postmodern liberalism changes their tune.

  • Obama’s Assault on Our Unum

    10/20/2008 8:05:20 PM PDT · 9 of 10
    HockeyPop to rmlew

    Nailed it

  • Sens. Craig, Crapo place holds on ATF director nomination

    10/13/2008 6:30:59 PM PDT · 5 of 6
    HockeyPop to Domandred

    I shudder to think of who Obama would appoint to head the nation’s law enforcement agencies, the secret directives they’ll be given, and the bedrock white Americans they will target for entrapment and prosecution.

    Be afraid despite McCain’s exhortations to the contrary.

  • Obama did not write "Dreams From My Father"

    10/13/2008 6:25:20 PM PDT · 43 of 64
    HockeyPop to ConservativeDude
    “the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician.” Good freaking grief. Ever heard of Grant’s Memoirs?"

    It doesn't matter if you're correct. What matters is that your culture and history have been hijacked under your nose: The Tuskeegee airmen won the war, Maya Angelou supplants Robert Frost and your children's public school curriculuum has been carefully circumscribed by the Ayers of this country.

  • Could someone tell me about the Rove $200 Million PAC?

    10/12/2008 9:57:01 PM PDT · 57 of 59
    HockeyPop to mojo114

    “I am not buying this poster or the noobie, well both are noobies. Stirring up trouble unless they can come up cash on the line. Donate Now.
    This is the season where all Dems like to infiltrate FReeRepublic.
    As I mentioned, the Poster could have googled his question himself and save bandwidth.”

    DITTO AND ROGER THAT.

  • Gold Prices Keep Getting Fishier

    10/12/2008 9:18:17 AM PDT · 19 of 66
    HockeyPop to SeekAndFind

    The metal market along with soft commodities are going through the selling and deleveraging by the banks and hedgefunds who are raising cash. Hence, paper gold is bearing less relationship to the value of physical gold. The gold and silver exchange traded funds are now matters of concern. This means that people now want pysical gold or gold in hand.

    As the US prints more and more dollars to pay for entitlements, pensions, wages, the bailout, etc., the currency is debased. Think Weimar, Argentina and Zimbabwe.

    Now what will happen when other countries stop buying our treasuries which heretofore have been financing our expenditures?

    Gold is the historic safe haven.

    As Jim Rodgers, famous commodities trader, said this week 29 year old MBAs on Wall Street driving maseratis will be driving farm tractors in ten years if they’re smart.

  • A challenge to caging of food animals; PROPOSITION 2 (It's About California Chicken Rights)

    10/05/2008 6:50:47 PM PDT · 19 of 21
    HockeyPop to Ilya Mourometz

    “Arguments in favor of factory farming are neither supported by the free market theory (they only exist because of government subsidies), and are contradicted by nearly two-thousands years of Judeo-Christian philosophy and theology...I thought being conservative meant following some moral and ethical path, like exercising dominion over all God’s creatures as Jesus taught us”

    Very well said, but who do you think taught Jesus? ;-)

  • A challenge to caging of food animals; PROPOSITION 2 (It's About California Chicken Rights)

    10/05/2008 6:33:10 PM PDT · 15 of 21
    HockeyPop to HockeyPop

    sorry about the paste job

  • A challenge to caging of food animals; PROPOSITION 2 (It's About California Chicken Rights)

    10/05/2008 6:24:23 PM PDT · 13 of 21
    HockeyPop to Entrepreneur

    So called “cage free” and free roaming” or “pasteured” chickens is a myth and a lie foisted on the public by the producers and the FDA. These chickens live like sardines with an average space of 54” each, the size of a half sheet of letterhead, while wallowing in excrement and suffering the cannibalistic tendencies of other chickens who will mercillesly peck to death the weaker birds. This is why we keep our 9 chickens in our backyard. Please see this slide show:

    http://www.humanemyth.org/cagefree.htm

    A Rare Glimpse Inside A “Free Range” Egg facility

    Source: PEACEFUL PRAIRIE SANCTUARY by Jewel Johnson Apr 2007

    Excerpts:
    I called the farm to ask if I could come by and see the birds, and I told the woman who answered exactly why I wanted to visit. She assured me the chickens are treated well, and I could stop by some time the next week. I had some spare time on a Saturday, so I followed the address listed in the phone book to find the farm.
    When I reached the property, I saw one metal chicken “house/shed” with no windows and some circular fans along the outside, and in front was a home, the home of the woman who answered. This was a small, family run, free-range, egg facility, but the chicken shed looked cold – nothing family like about it. I approached the door of the shed where I saw a window with an open sign posted. I opened the door and entered the building to see who was working. No one was around. I was standing in a room with egg sorting equipment, cement and some scattered feathers, and I could hear the sound of chickens in the distance. Maybe the people running this business were taking care of the chickens?
    I walked towards the sound, approached a filthy, beat up door, and opened it slowly. Upon opening the door – it was dark. Only one bulb was on in the very far off distance. It must have been 60 watts – and not enough to light up this metal Quonset hut used to house the birds, the ten thousand birds that were crying inside. The floor under my feet was cement, and the building was freezing cold with no heat in early April. I couldn’t see much for hens at all down the shed… it was just too dark. All I could see was black, all I could hear was crying of hens, all I could smell was ammonia – it was a cold, black cement hell.
    I looked down before taking a step to find a sick bird hunched down with her face on the floor. Her neck was dangling down as if she was in sorrow. I scooped her up and head out of the building. I looked around for anyone to let them know they had a sick bird, to find no one. I took her to my certified avian veterinarian to see what we could do for her. She was severely dehydrated and emaciated. Her beak was clipped short and it looked raw, leading me to believe she was just unable to eat due to the mutilation of beak clipping from the hatchery she came from. I begged my vet to do anything to help her. She could just teach me anything, and I would surely do it once we left. My veterinarian taught me how to inject saline to hydrate her, and she also provided us with some ground up feed for her as well. $230 later for veterinary care of a starving chicken, we left the vet clinic to head home. At this time I named her Mazzy.
    Mazzy and I were two miles from the clinic, when she let out a cry in pain, pulling her neck back pressing her neck against her back. I pulled over to hold her sobbing, “you’re not alone, you’re not alone.” This happened two more times before we reached my house. She died in my arms shortly after.
    This was my first experience into a small, family run, free-range/cage-free egg laying facility.
    The next week, I called that same farm back to get more information. That shipment of birds came from the hatchery just in the recent month. Mazzy was just a young girl, and her sisters in that farm were doomed to spend the next year in that place. The woman on the phone let me know that they would be “spent” about the same time next year, and to call her then if I want to pick up some spent hens.
    I did.
    I arrived to meet the woman out front a year later, and she led me into the building. She already sent most of the birds to slaughter. She told me she has to pay a company to take these unprofitable birds off her hands to turn them into soup and dog food. She told me about a rooster who accidentally arrived with the previous order of birds. He was killed when his head was rolled into the egg collecting conveyor belt that all birds have access to in the shed. He was one of how many who died that way? He stood out, because he was the only boy.
    I got a good look inside the building this time, because she left the big front doors open to let in the light. The place smelled much worse than it had with all the birds, and that’s because they’re unable to clean until the birds are sent off to slaughter. They hadn’t cleaned yet. No windows, the place was still dark, and the roosts were placed above a conveyer belt to immediately take the eggs away from the birds. She walked me to the small confinement area where the surviving hens were, and she let me pick out two – Libby and Maude - Libby and Maude were coming out of a forced molt where food is withheld for up to fourteen days. Their appearance was heart wrenching.
    In my spare room, Libby and Maude ate their first bites of feed in who knows how long. They were terrified. After two weeks they began to grow back in some feathers, and that is when I took them to spend the rest of their lives at Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary.
    The Second Free Range Farm
    Again, I looked in the phone book for any kind of farm, because I wanted to do my own research. I found a hatchery to go to. I found the hatchery, and I set about the property to locate the owner. To my surprise, this was no longer a hatchery; it was now a well known Free- Range Organic Egg farm.
    Outside were several, long, metal buildings one story high with fans along the outside and huge round canisters at each building. Each large shed had a conveyor belt kind of contraption coming out of one side to pulley out eggs from within the building. No signs of life were outside the buildings, and if it wasn’t for the faint sound of panicking hens from within the metal buildings the place would seem deserted. There was a strong stench coming from the buildings. I had smelled it before, but it was like a chicken coop times 10,000 instantly sticking to my clothes and in my hair. I was standing about 35 feet from one of the large metal buildings when the stench engulfed me.

    Back in my truck, I drove down to the last building to locate someone to speak to. I saw one skinny chicken with very few feathers running out near one of the buildings among several large white drums scattered about the area.

    I found one building with the front door open, a pickup truck and a woman with a gas mask on was in front. As I approached the woman, I saw her dropping a dead chicken onto the top of a mound of other dead birds just outside the door. I asked her a question, and she pointed me to someone inside the building – she couldn’t speak English. I walked past the dead pile, and then past another dead pile on the inside of the door– also a few feet high and stopping at a smaller dead pile on the right to face the elevated prison. Behind the gate inside was a man standing in with the birds. He had a gas mask on and a shovel in his hand.

    He was standing on a grill with the birds about three feet above the cement floor covered in excrement from the birds. The chickens were frightened, but to look at just one was impossible. It was truly a wracking sight to look beyond that man all the way down the building where I saw no end, but the sound of all the birds told me how endless that shed was. The birds had room to squeeze between each other to reach wall to wall with no access to the outside. Some birds were up against the ceiling high gate from one wall to the other.
    Their beaks were chopped off at the end. Their necks were featherless. Their combs were pale skin color untouched by the sun. Their toes were able to curl into the grate accommodating their overgrown toe nails. These birds only had the grate they were standing on and the metal walls surrounding them until they died.
    Looking past the hens at the gate I saw endless chaos. The sound of screaming birds was never ending, and the building was so long I couldn’t see anywhere near to the end. There was no straw, and there was no wood to perch on. There was nothing natural in that building other than death and suffering. There were no windows to see a world other than this. The only roost was a metal one designed to collect eggs and take them away from the birds. There was NOTHING to build a nest with unless the birds used their feces and lost feathers as building material.
    That man didn’t know where the owner was, but that the owner should be back shortly. I decided to wait and to maybe have a conversation with this fellow. He was young, early 20’s. I wanted to build a rapport saying, “Chickens are my favorite animal, it must be fun working with them all day long!!”. At that point he told me he was just a contractor, and it’s messy work. They had to wear gas masks because the stench would damage his lungs if they did not. Birds have much more sensitive respiratory systems than humans.
    The owner finally rolled up. He was also a young man, maybe in his late 20’s or early 30’s. I introduced myself to him, and I let him know I was there for my love of chickens, and I wanted to add on to my flock I had at home. He wanted to get a better idea of what I was all about. I described what I do. I rescue parrots, and I rescue chickens when I can, and it’s against my ethics to pay for chickens or to purchase them from a hatchery or any store. After some peaceful conversation, he said he would give me some birds. I just had to pull my truck around to the building towards the end of the row of buildings, because those hens were no longer producing enough eggs for profit.
    Just outside that building I asked him what he does with these birds after they are no longer useful to him. He told me he gasses them in 50 gallon drums. It takes him four days to gas thousands and thousands of hens. He hates to do this. At that point he estimated about 80,000 hens. I asked why he doesn’t send them to slaughter for soup or dog food. To that he said no company would take them, so they have to be gassed.
    He told me about his first shipment of chicks. In order to be certified organic, he has them shipped in when they are just one day old. This man was doing the best job that could possibly be done to raise egg laying hens for profit. I personally do not think anyone could do better.
    The fact is, I walked into piles of dead birds, in a ghastly, endless shed filled with screaming hens, a contractor with a gas mask on, and a smell to knock you off your feet to come face to face with the best job Free Range Factory Faming could possibly do. It wasn’t pretty.
    This man provided these hens with literally tons of organic grains he grew on site each day. He raised them from babies, but they were still terrified, their beaks were chopped off, their brothers were killed just after birth, the chicks never met their mothers to experience the gentle protection for her wings, the chickens did not have nests, they did not have roosts, they did not have any dirt to dust-bathe, they did not have straw, they were not outside, they were not happy, and they were dying left and right – because it simply is not possible to provide veterinary care for 80,000 hens.
    It is not possible to know who is sick, and it is not possible to find all the birds who were suffering like Mazzy to tell her she is not alone, and she IS loved.
    Jewel Johnson
    Back to Media Database Index

    Excerpts:
    I called the farm to ask if I could come by and see the birds, and I told the woman who answered exactly why I wanted to visit. She assured me the chickens are treated well, and I could stop by some time the next week. I had some spare time on a Saturday, so I followed the address listed in the phone book to find the farm.
    When I reached the property, I saw one metal chicken “house/shed” with no windows and some circular fans along the outside, and in front was a home, the home of the woman who answered. This was a small, family run, free-range, egg facility, but the chicken shed looked cold – nothing family like about it. I approached the door of the shed where I saw a window with an open sign posted. I opened the door and entered the building to see who was working. No one was around. I was standing in a room with egg sorting equipment, cement and some scattered feathers, and I could hear the sound of chickens in the distance. Maybe the people running this business were taking care of the chickens?

    I walked towards the sound, approached a filthy, beat up door, and opened it slowly. Upon opening the door – it was dark. Only one bulb was on in the very far off distance. It must have been 60 watts – and not enough to light up this metal Quonset hut used to house the birds, the ten thousand birds that were crying inside. The floor under my feet was cement, and the building was freezing cold with no heat in early April. I couldn’t see much for hens at all down the shed… it was just too dark. All I could see was black, all I could hear was crying of hens, all I could smell was ammonia – it was a cold, black cement hell.
    I looked down before taking a step to find a sick bird hunched down with her face on the floor. Her neck was dangling down as if she was in sorrow. I scooped her up and head out of the building. I looked around for anyone to let them know they had a sick bird, to find no one. I took her to my certified avian veterinarian to see what we could do for her. She was severely dehydrated and emaciated. Her beak was clipped short and it looked raw, leading me to believe she was just unable to eat due to the mutilation of beak clipping from the hatchery she came from. I begged my vet to do anything to help her. She could just teach me anything, and I would surely do it once we left. My veterinarian taught me how to inject saline to hydrate her, and she also provided us with some ground up feed for her as well. $230 later for veterinary care of a starving chicken, we left the vet clinic to head home. At this time I named her Mazzy.

    Mazzy and I were two miles from the clinic, when she let out a cry in pain, pulling her neck back pressing her neck against her back. I pulled over to hold her sobbing, “you’re not alone, you’re not alone.” This happened two more times before we reached my house. She died in my arms shortly after.

    This was my first experience into a small, family run, free-range/cage-free egg laying facility.
    The next week, I called that same farm back to get more information. That shipment of birds came from the hatchery just in the recent month. Mazzy was just a young girl, and her sisters in that farm were doomed to spend the next year in that place. The woman on the phone let me know that they would be “spent” about the same time next year, and to call her then if I want to pick up some spent hens.
    I did.

    I arrived to meet the woman out front a year later, and she led me into the building. She already sent most of the birds to slaughter. She told me she has to pay a company to take these unprofitable birds off her hands to turn them into soup and dog food. She told me about a rooster who accidentally arrived with the previous order of birds. He was killed when his head was rolled into the egg collecting conveyor belt that all birds have access to in the shed. He was one of how many who died that way? He stood out, because he was the only boy.

    I got a good look inside the building this time, because she left the big front doors open to let in the light. The place smelled much worse than it had with all the birds, and that’s because they’re unable to clean until the birds are sent off to slaughter. They hadn’t cleaned yet. No windows, the place was still dark, and the roosts were placed above a conveyer belt to immediately take the eggs away from the birds. She walked me to the small confinement area where the surviving hens were, and she let me pick out two – Libby and Maude - Libby and Maude were coming out of a forced molt where food is withheld for up to fourteen days. Their appearance was heart wrenching.

    In my spare room, Libby and Maude ate their first bites of feed in who knows how long. They were terrified. After two weeks they began to grow back in some feathers, and that is when I took them to spend the rest of their lives at Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary.

    The Second Free Range Farm
    Again, I looked in the phone book for any kind of farm, because I wanted to do my own research. I found a hatchery to go to. I found the hatchery, and I set about the property to locate the owner. To my surprise, this was no longer a hatchery; it was now a well known Free- Range Organic Egg farm.

    Outside were several, long, metal buildings one story high with fans along the outside and huge round canisters at each building. Each large shed had a conveyor belt kind of contraption coming out of one side to pulley out eggs from within the building. No signs of life were outside the buildings, and if it wasn’t for the faint sound of panicking hens from within the metal buildings the place would seem deserted. There was a strong stench coming from the buildings. I had smelled it before, but it was like a chicken coop times 10,000 instantly sticking to my clothes and in my hair. I was standing about 35 feet from one of the large metal buildings when the stench engulfed me.

    Back in my truck, I drove down to the last building to locate someone to speak to. I saw one skinny chicken with very few feathers running out near one of the buildings among several large white drums scattered about the area.

    I found one building with the front door open, a pickup truck and a woman with a gas mask on was in front. As I approached the woman, I saw her dropping a dead chicken onto the top of a mound of other dead birds just outside the door. I asked her a question, and she pointed me to someone inside the building – she couldn’t speak English. I walked past the dead pile, and then past another dead pile on the inside of the door– also a few feet high and stopping at a smaller dead pile on the right to face the elevated prison. Behind the gate inside was a man standing in with the birds. He had a gas mask on and a shovel in his hand.

    He was standing on a grill with the birds about three feet above the cement floor covered in excrement from the birds. The chickens were frightened, but to look at just one was impossible. It was truly a wracking sight to look beyond that man all the way down the building where I saw no end, but the sound of all the birds told me how endless that shed was. The birds had room to squeeze between each other to reach wall to wall with no access to the outside. Some birds were up against the ceiling high gate from one wall to the other.

    Their beaks were chopped off at the end. Their necks were featherless. Their combs were pale skin color untouched by the sun. Their toes were able to curl into the grate accommodating their overgrown toe nails. These birds only had the grate they were standing on and the metal walls surrounding them until they died.

    Looking past the hens at the gate I saw endless chaos. The sound of screaming birds was never ending, and the building was so long I couldn’t see anywhere near to the end. There was no straw, and there was no wood to perch on. There was nothing natural in that building other than death and suffering. There were no windows to see a world other than this. The only roost was a metal one designed to collect eggs and take them away from the birds. There was NOTHING to build a nest with unless the birds used their feces and lost feathers as building material.
    That man didn’t know where the owner was, but that the owner should be back shortly. I decided to wait and to maybe have a conversation with this fellow. He was young, early 20’s. I wanted to build a rapport saying, “Chickens are my favorite animal, it must be fun working with them all day long!!”. At that point he told me he was just a contractor, and it’s messy work. They had to wear gas masks because the stench would damage his lungs if they did not. Birds have much more sensitive respiratory systems than humans.

    The owner finally rolled up. He was also a young man, maybe in his late 20’s or early 30’s. I introduced myself to him, and I let him know I was there for my love of chickens, and I wanted to add on to my flock I had at home. He wanted to get a better idea of what I was all about. I described what I do. I rescue parrots, and I rescue chickens when I can, and it’s against my ethics to pay for chickens or to purchase them from a hatchery or any store. After some peaceful conversation, he said he would give me some birds. I just had to pull my truck around to the building towards the end of the row of buildings, because those hens were no longer producing enough eggs for profit.

    Just outside that building I asked him what he does with these birds after they are no longer useful to him. He told me he gasses them in 50 gallon drums. It takes him four days to gas thousands and thousands of hens. He hates to do this. At that point he estimated about 80,000 hens. I asked why he doesn’t send them to slaughter for soup or dog food. To that he said no company would take them, so they have to be gassed.
    He told me about his first shipment of chicks. In order to be certified organic, he has them shipped in when they are just one day old. This man was doing the best job that could possibly be done to raise egg laying hens for profit. I personally do not think anyone could do better.
    The fact is, I walked into piles of dead birds, in a ghastly, endless shed filled with screaming hens, a contractor with a gas mask on, and a smell to knock you off your feet to come face to face with the best job Free Range Factory Faming could possibly do. It wasn’t pretty.
    This man provided these hens with literally tons of organic grains he grew on site each day. He raised them from babies, but they were still terrified, their beaks were chopped off, their brothers were killed just after birth, the chicks never met their mothers to experience the gentle protection for her wings, the chickens did not have nests, they did not have roosts, they did not have any dirt to dust-bathe, they did not have straw, they were not outside, they were not happy, and they were dying left and right – because it simply is not possible to provide veterinary care for 80,000 hens.

    It is not possible to know who is sick, and it is not possible to find all the birds who were suffering like Mazzy to tell her she is not alone, and she IS loved.
    Jewel Johnson

  • Should The Public Be Able To Get The Types Of Guns We Use In Iraq?

    12/16/2007 9:46:15 AM PST · 123 of 124
    HockeyPop to El Gato

    Thanks for clarifying.

  • Should The Public Be Able To Get The Types Of Guns We Use In Iraq?

    12/14/2007 7:07:02 PM PST · 79 of 124
    HockeyPop to Hoof Hearted; Nathan Zachary

    In Switzerland there is an auto assault rifle in every home which was one reason the Nazis decided to skip invading those guys. When one Swiss citizen was asked after the war whether he was worried about being invaded by four million Wehrmacht he replied that since there were two million Swiss he’d only have to shoot twice and then go home.

  • Lawyer may lose license for blog entry on Broward judge

    12/14/2007 8:30:17 AM PST · 7 of 8
    HockeyPop to Responsibility2nd

    The judge in question is one of the few conservative judges on the bench in Broward County. She has been targeted by the Ft Laud Sun Sentinel and various liberal groups for “extermination”. On the other hand, just because she’s conservative does not mean she is competent or has the requisite temperment befitting a judge.

  • Robert Heinlein's future may be past ["His legacy polarizes today's readers"]

    12/11/2007 7:19:41 AM PST · 129 of 139
    HockeyPop to TFFKAMM

    Liberals and feminists hate him as this article bears out. Heinlein tells us that the veneer of civilization is thin and that masculinity is the coin of the realm which sets off all those who have been deconstructing maleness.

    “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

    -Robert A. Heinlein

  • Obama: My wife sees need for rural gun ownership

    12/06/2007 1:19:46 PM PST · 67 of 121
    HockeyPop to neverdem

    Gee Michelle, my wife and I were traveling through Chicago, Cabreenie Green to be exact and she remarked how she can see why these residents should be armed.

  • Duncan Hunter answer the "BIBLE" Question - [RE: CNN/YouTube debate]

    12/06/2007 7:22:56 AM PST · 11 of 168
    HockeyPop to davidosborne

    Hunter has more honor and integrity in the tip of just his pinkie than every other candidate combined.

    Thanks for posting, David.

  • U.S. government debt soars

    12/03/2007 7:46:49 AM PST · 30 of 35
    HockeyPop to chessplayer

    “It is increasingly clear by now that a severe U.S. recession is inevitable in next few months...I now see the risk of a severe and worsening liquidity and credit crunch leading to a generalized meltdown of the financial system of a severity and magnitude like we have never observed before. In this extreme scenario whose likelihood is increasing we could see a generalized run on some banks; and runs on a couple of weaker (non-bank) broker dealers that may go bankrupt with severe and systemic ripple effects on a mass of highly leveraged derivative instruments that will lead to a seizure of the derivatives markets... massive losses on money market funds with a run on both those sponsored by banks and those not sponsored by banks; ..ever growing defaults and losses ($500 billion plus) in subprime, near prime and prime mortgages with severe knock-on effect on the RMBS and CDOs market; massive losses in consumer credit (auto loans, credit cards); severe problems and losses in commercial real estate...; the drying up of liquidity and credit in a variety of asset backed securities putting the entire model of securitization at risk; runs on hedge funds and other financial institutions that do not have access to the Fed’s lender of last resort support; a sharp increase in corporate defaults and credit spreads; and a massive process of re-intermediation into the banking system of activities that were until now altogether securitized.” (Nouriel Roubini’s Global EconoMonitor)-—Roubini is a Professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University.

  • Republican pols pander to People of the Gun

    12/03/2007 6:43:34 AM PST · 67 of 235
    HockeyPop to Pistolshot

    “Stock up now on components. Prices are going up in Feb...again.
    Commercial ammo prices are also going to go up, by 20% in some cases.”

    I don’t know about that. I see prices coming down in the short term. But I can’t deny what I see as the demand and “limited supply” of certain calibers of ammo. Still, one would do well by buying replacement parts, mags and ammo more so than battery optics which, like all electronics, are subject to technological improvement.