Ron Paul on The Daily Show


American Made E-mail

I received the e-mail chain today. As are many of these this type - VERY ACCURATE. We all need to take this into our own hands. The Government seems to not care about bringing and keeping jobs in America - Even if they base their campaigns on it.
This probably sounds crazy, but just yesterday I was in Walmart looking for a wastebasket.  I found some made in China for $6.99.  I didn't want to pay that much so I asked the lady if they had any others.  She took me to another department and they had some at $2.50 made in USA . They are just as good.  Same as a kitchen rug I needed.  I had to look, but I found some made in the USA and they were $3.00 cheaper.  We are being brain washed that everything that comes from China and Mexico is cheaper.  Not so.  That is also why I don't buy cards at Hallmark anymore.  They are made in China and are expensive.  I buy them at Dollar Tree .... 50 cents each and made in USA .
One Light Bulb at a Time
A physics teacher in high school, once told the students that while one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn't slow a train very much, a billion of them would.  With that thought in mind, read the following, obviously written by a good American . . .
Good idea . . .. one light bulb at a time . .. ..
Check this out. I can verify this because I was in Lowe's the other day for some reason and just for the heck of it I was looking at the hose attachments ..... They were all made in China .The next day I was in Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there.  They were made in USA .  Start looking . . ..
In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else - even their job.  So, after reading this email, I think this lady is on the right track ... Let's get behind her!
My grandson likes Hershey's candy.  I noticed, though, that it is marked made in Mexico now.  I do not buy it any more.
My favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico ... now I have switched to Crest.  You have to read the labels on everything ....
This past weekend I was at Kroger . . . I needed 60W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets.
I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off-brand labeled, "Everyday Value." I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats - they were the same except for the price . . .. The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in - get ready for this - the USA in a company in Cleveland , Ohio .
So throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day that are made right here ...........
So on to another aisle - Bounce Dryer Sheets ... yep, you guessed it - Bounce cost more money and is made in Canada ... The Everyday Value brand was less money and MADE IN THE USA!   I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for years and at almost half the price!
My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA - the job you save may be your own or your neighbors!
If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others in your address book so we can all start buying American, one light bulb at a time!  Stop buying from overseas companies!
(We should have awakened a decade ago ....)
Let's get with the program and help our fellow Americans keep their jobs and create more jobs here in the USA .
I passed this on .. .. . will you???


Keep our heritage foods

The link to the article below is very distrubing. Will we be left only with Frankenfoods?

Please Save non-GMO seed sources


A little cartoon history lesson

Very informative and entertaining short cartoon.



ANND we're back

Well I have been away for awhile with ZERO posts. I appologize. Life takes off and time is to little. My wife and I moved and she is pregnant with our first. This has kind of sent me on another path for self sustainibility; trying to find products made:

  1. Locally

  2. In the USA

  3. Not in China

Let me say that is a huge feat to overcome. It seems our government has done a stellar job of turning our country into a dependant consumer country. I will be on a quest to locate quality products and I will post good sources as I find them. This quest is where I am starting to turn to self sustainibilty into perspective from the eyes of the country. It is all well and good for us to individually become self sustainable, but we also need to bring our country into that realm as well.

Now that I am back and have a new fuel to make sure I add new, fun and informative posts.


Save $$ without skipping out on little luxuries Many of you may already know about sites like the one above; however this is relatively new to me. Since times have been rough for awhile many of us have had to push our wish lists for gadets and toys and other non essentials back to stay financially safe. I would say that this is a good way to maybe keep those wish list items and actually get them soon. Part of self sustainability is being able to sustain the lifestyle that you want. Just because you want to support yourself doesn't mean that you have to live like a caveman.


Garden Planning

Although we are back to cold and snowy days, the recent warmer weather was a little reminder that spring is coming soon. With spring comes the excitment of peparing and sowing the backyard vegetable garden. Before it gets to late we need to start planning for that awesome veggie producer. Now is the perfect time to choose which vegetables and how many of each you would like to plant this season. Check your notes from last season to see what you liked and what worked to try again this year. It is also important to see where each crop was planted in the garden and make sure to rotate this year.

As early as it may seem, in many areas, now is the time to start planning and start some seeds indoors. Use this CHART to figure out when you need to start your indoor seeds for the coming season.

Now is also a great time to get a quick inventory of your seed stocks and gardening tools. Do you need anything? I know I do. Last year my seedlings that were started indoors were started a little late and were weak and leggy. I had only used a germination station and some shop lights with growing bulbs. This would have been ok except for the temperature of the basement at night. This year I will be adding a propagation heating mat. This mat will keep the soil an average of 10-20 degrees above ambient room temperature. This mat can be more precisely controled with the addition of a thermostat. I have found that Seeds of Change has a great selection of seeds and other supplies. I also plan to organize my set up better this year. Last year was slightly rushed and not PLANNED well, hence the reason for this post. Don't let it happen to you. Once I have everything set up I will post some pictures that can be used as examples. No copyright on how my stuff is set up. I am here to help and share.



I have talked about the steps to self sustainability when it comes to cars in prior posts. I was focused on EV's. As I'm sure you are aware of, they are popping up everywhere. These are surely a viable option in a self sustaining lifestyle, but there is the looming question/ concern of range and initial cost. I'm not sure why this slipped my mind before but I should have went into some detail about the use of biodiesel. I didn't/ don't know too much about how or what biodiesel really is, so like any good person who is looking to become self sustainable I went to learn about it.

What is biodiesel?
Biodiesel is the name of a clean burning alternative fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources. Biodiesel contains no petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. It can be used in compression-ignition (diesel) engines with little or no modifications. Biodiesel is simple to use, biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics. -(source;

That description is the best and most appealing I have come across to date. I benefit of biodiesel for being self sustainable is that it can be produced by you on your property. There are countless websites that explain how to build your own processor, purchasing a kit, or purchasing a fully built and ready to use processor. Just google biodiesel and there you go.

I have personally become more interested in biodiesel for a number of reasons.
  • It is a simple conversion to use from a typical diesel powered vehicle.
  • farm equipment and lawn tractors typically run on diesel.
  • it is far less expensive than EV's -(2011 VW golf, loaded, for less than $30k)
  • biodiesel can greatly speed up the self sustainability process.
  • Biodiesel is far less complicated than using solar/ wind to charge an electric vehicle.
  • domestic! domestic! domestic! in terms of the fuel source.
  • you can recycle waste oil from local restaurants.
  • it is also possible to power your home with biodiesel.

I will more than likely post more about this at a later date as I learn more about it. I will also be doing some research on the processor's themselves and where to get the oil to use. Stay tuned!!

ps - this LINK has good information about biodiesel.


What happened to United States of America's Self Sustainability?

Self sustainability is very important for a country. It was a major roll in how our country grew and got to where we are now. Unfortunately we have stopped doing what made us succeed and became a country of dependence.

Currently the U.S. relies on other countries for most of the things we consume and use. We have the ability to support ourselves, but for some reason the government has chosen not to utilize that ability. It is extremely dangerous for this to be happening and the average American has no idea what the consequences are. With what has been happening the past couple of years the only thing that is holding us from civil unrest and the country basically collapsing is that the dollar if still considered the world currency. All it would take is for a country like China to say they won't accept U.S. dollars to pay back debt. That would cause a ripple effect resulting in other countries that we rely on for products and produce to stop accepting dollars.

The U.S. imports close to 70% of the oil it needs for everything from fuel to petroleum based products. Not only is it a huge displacement of jobs and money out of the country, it leaves the country open to pressure and "control" from foreign nations. We have the potential to supply all of the oil we consume along with exporting some for profit. Now I would much rather see the U.S. move towards a clean energy future, but that will take time and we could more quickly start supplying our own oil first. One person who is working hard for this is T. Boone Pickens. CLICK HERE to learn about it.

You can also see how much of the products we use are made in other countries. What happens when those countries decide to drastically raise prices or stop selling to us all together? We used to be an industry and textile giant exporting all over the world. It is very important for a country to be able to rely on itself for the products the people need within it.

Food is another thing the U.S. imports more than it needs to. Even exotic fruits could be grown in greenhouses if there isn't a location within the country to grow out in a field. We have a unique country that has many different climates which allow for many types of crops. I would also break crops down to local farm instead of big corporate ones, but that is for another topic. Let's just start with staying with growing produce within our boarders.

The United States has gone from a a leader, innovator, and exporter to a dependent bunch of consumers that has put itself in a dangerous spot. Not only does the country need to wake up and fix what is happening we as individuals need to as well.

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