Dear Generation Y…..The Pillsbury Dough Boy and I

The Pillsbury Doughboy balloon floats in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
The Pillsbury Doughboy balloon floats in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade  in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

 

I was born in 1959.  For the most part I grew up with all the “new and improved” in life.  The sixties and seventies were a time of ‘wonderful’ new inventions and conveniences so that people had more time for…..work?  I’m not sure what the reason was but I grew up with the likes of the Pillsbury Dough Boy and the Kool-Aid Kid.  Sweet N’Low and Twinkies.  I had no idea until now that making biscuits was as easy as spending 10 minutes putting together some flour, buttermilk and baking soda. I didn’t realize until 55 years later that I could make my life more convenient by living longer and eating right rather than spending time going to the doctor –as I watch my parents, generation Y, make a social life out of doctor visits.

Why was it so hard for this generation that bore me to get vegetables from a market rather than opening a can?  Why was a frozen TV dinner or pot pie turned into a nightly meal for most of my peers?  Why did we stop putting butter on our bread and opt instead for a ‘crown’?

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Taystee Cakes, My-T-Fine Pudding, Shake ‘n Bake, Cheez Whiz, Spaghetti O’s…..  It took me until now to realize I could cook with real ingredients and whole food and make these same things from scratch in the same amount of time….. And I work, clean my house, paint furniture, fight the state, run for office, run organizations, food shop and play and watch TV and have time to write a blog too….     Was it worth all that ‘convenience’ to live on a daily regime of pills to keep you alive generation Y?

Now we not only have chemicals in our food but our entire food system is destroyed by a company that used the same ‘ingredients’ to kill the enemy in your war against the Vietnamese –the chosen enemy at the time to keep the military industrial complex alive and happy.   Somehow in return for ‘convenience’ your children grew up on toxic chemicals with tiny marshmallows until their own children –our children today– live in a world diagnosed with acronyms and are prescribed more chemicals to ensure they are customers for life to the heads of the state of Big Pharma.

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What happened? When did a biscuit become thirty something chemicals with some salt on top? When did the Pillsbury Dough Boy become the biggest balloon at the parade to the smiling faces of a generation of chemically poisoned children?

Well I’m here to tell you that you can do it.  You can make biscuits.  You can make biscuits that require only a few ingredients and it will take you the same amount of time as it does to pop open a can and separate the little disgusting chemically induced dough pieces and slide them into the oven.

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Recipe:

2 Cups of Flour

2 tsp of Baking Powder

1/2 tsp of Baking Soda

1 tsp of Salt

1 stick of Butter

3/4 cup of Buttermilk

Pre-heat Oven to 425 degrees.  Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt.  Cut 6 tablespoons of cold butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal.  Stir in buttermilk.  Place dough by ice-cream scoop size lumps onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with a little melted butter. Bake 10 – 15 minutes until tops are golden.

(I used all organic ingredients and added fresh herbs – sage, rosemary and thyme)

Yeah, that’s real hard to do……

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The dough boy needs to die off because he’s killing us and our kids.  Foods of convenience –thank you for nothing generation Y.  Why did you forego real food for chemicals in a box?  Time for us to go back to basics.

Gigi Bowman, Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Clean Food

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Hello Hello Hello, is there anybody out there? Has Liberty Finally Died?

After 7 years of being naive and believing in my peers in liberty, I have seen the death of liberty and it’s right in my own playground –that being the place where my friends and I once played at spreading the message of liberty.
Liberty died with Ron Paul.  I’ll say that again –I watched it grow with Ron Paul and I watched it die with Ron Paul.  I know this to be true because all of the people whom I have met in the last 7 years through the Ron Paul Revolution can now be seen dying on a vine like the fungus that my winter squash had this summer.  It looked kind of pretty for awhile and I believed that I would actually be eating squash this winter but what started with a bang ended as death on the vine and I was unsure of whether to blame it on what was falling down from the sky or coming up from the soil.  The fungus of liberty seems to be the internet and where it started out there growing pretty and strong…..it apparently grew a fungus and died.
Who really cares anyway?
I started out in this world of “liberty” at the very front of the gate by immediately starting a Ron Paul meetup on Long Island –it eventually ended in 2012 with a lot of division, anger, and wrath with friends going their separate ways –some went RepubliCan, some went Losertarian and some just went back to the mall.
Through the years I have kept my positive attitude (naivety) believing that I could personally bring Liberty to this country, to my state to my locality by starting up organizations like LibertyCandidates –helping those, like me, who still believed we could work through the system, get some notoriety and run for office believing that perhaps, they too, could get donations like Ron Paul and in no time at all we would have 50 Ron Paul’s in the House and Senate voting NO! to all the bad policies while repealing bad legislation….. but that didn’t work out.  –No one has donated to LibertyCandidates for 4 years except for the few diehard believers like me. And the one guy in the liberty movement who actually had money to back up his beliefs gave it to a candidate by the name of Kerry Bentivolio  who duped liberty by actually gaining the “notoriety” by being the first seated legislator to ever be voted out of Liberty Candidates because in his first few congressional votes he voted for the Monsanto Protection act and to raise the debt ceiling.  I’m still running liberty candidates but it’s sort of turned into a sparkler on the fourth of July rather than a cherry bomb –pun intended, as our main way of collecting donations for those who actually had the balls to step up and run for office are called money bombs.  Bombs away –none of these brave souls stands a chance of ever winning a local seat never mind an actual seat in the house when the most they can garner in donations is a couple of hundred –how is liberty ever going to win that way?  Either Ron Paul made all of his supporters broke or people just stopped actually caring.
I kept my positive attitude when I, along with my friend, Ed Weaver, began Save Long Island because we saw that the meetup we were running, Campaign for Liberty, was another loss on the vine of liberty.  In the years in which we tried to grow the liberty movement in our own back yards we never grew in numbers –and though we had 200 or so members the same 20 always showed up.  We realized we were never getting anywhere except to maybe throw a sign wave on a bitter cold day but other than this…..we were going nowhere fast.  That also was the time of the great divide between those who went “right” and those who went lost -and I say this, not so much to insult the big L Libertarian party –because I have also put my faith and hope into this endeavor as well –dragging my Ron Paul friends into the party –believing we could get candidates to run for office locally and bring liberty to our own backyards –but that can’t happen when you can’t even gather more than 5 to 10 people –and not at any one time either– to collect the gazillion signatures a Libertarian needs in order to get on the ballot –and when one finally does it comes with a lot of bad blood and division within the party itself because of the clash of either egos or, like the saying goes, herding cats gets you nowhere…..  yes, that is what the Libertarian Party means to me at this point –and I put all my faith and hope into this party believing that with my passion I could change things in a party that never really got anywhere on an island that has it’s own two party system betraying itself as happened this past year when the Republicans on Long Island voted for the NY Safe Act infringing on the 2nd Amendment.
The Libertarian Party –especially in NY, has a chance in 2014 to grow and become a guiding beacon of light -they are the only party that stands up for the 2nd Amendment!  But that’s not going to happen when the old guard libertarians who sat around drinking coffee and talking philosophy can’t get along with the new libertarians who came in from the Ron Paul Revolution and instead of  talking philosophy –they are instead spiting one another and it’s more spit and vinegar than actually “getting things done”.  The Libertarians in New York could be getting behind an event like the Save Long Island Forum and letting the world know that they are here to educate the masses about the issues that affect all of us –but instead they revile, ignore and buy no tickets to this event…..  ?
Because of that act of voting for the SAFE ACT by the Republicans I quickly jumped to my usual optimistic and idealistic self and decided I would actually run for office and help to bring truth and light to the people of Long Island by awakening them to the issues affecting all of us –things like the reason why our taxes were so high and we could barely afford to fill our gas tanks and the reason why so many around us were getting sick and why our children were dying (including my own) from our government waking up one day in bed with corporations who were now running our schools and our medicine cabinets and our skies and our electrical currents and our food supply….
So I had this bright idea along with my friend, Edward Weaver, who runs this organization we started called Save Long Island where we showed films about these same issues listed above on a monthly basis at the local library –trying to enlighten people to what we need to face and try to find solutions….. that we would bring in experts on all of these issues affecting us and try and awaken the people of our home, Long Island, to what’s really going on because we know that unless we educate ourselves about these issues, we can’t really fight back.  We figured that this event would be a model for other towns and other cities across the nation –Save ______’s in every state. We had watched in the last year as people were devastated by the super-storm Sandy and we had seen what it could possibly be like if we really needed to survive for long periods of time without food or electricity or heat –and what it was like to come back from disaster, working together as a community.  We figured now was the time to finally come together and take back our counties, our cities our towns, our state and that everyone would  WANT to come on this journey with us!  We would help to educate our neighbors and friends and some of us might even step up and take the bull by the horns and run for office or start leading people and teaching them to be self-sufficient by growing their own gardens or canning or stocking up. By fighting the companies trying to put “smart meters” on our homes without our knowledge. To gather the troops and fight the legislators that were working against us by trying so hard to trample on our constitution and taking away our rights for everything from our freedom of speech to our freedom to bear arms to our freedom to even decide whether our own kids should get vaccines or not!   During this time we watched as groups grew on facebook on Long Island that were starting to wake up to the things we were telling them about for years like Agenda 21 and Common Core Education and Ed and I got excited that if we threw this event that they would all come and bring their family and friends so that we could all work together as a unit of educated, concerned citizens who knew our rights and knew what it would take to retaliate against the crony capitalist and legislators who fought against term limits so they could keep their cushy jobs while they boxed their ears when we had concerns –while pandering to corporations for lobby money and perks….  Yes…Ed and I had this grand idea that we would take our little organization and turn it into a giant extravaganza that would talk about ALL the issues while at the same time bringing about education about economics which we have always known was at the center of this giant mess of a nation since 1913 when the Federal Reserve was born –100 years ago this week.  And here we are throwing this large party to celebrate the fact that we CAN take matters into our own hands and educate ourselves and our families and friends and that by doing this we can come up with solutions and fight back…..  only  it’s all quiet and silent and no one is answering our call.  We’re throwing a party and no one is coming but for a few optimist like us……but the rest?  Our Libertarian friends, our Ron Paul friends, our friends in liberty and freedom……  where are they?
So I have to assume from all of this that liberty is dead.  I had heard that the prices of our tickets were too high –yet we have been selling them for 6 months  ?  So we lowered the prices because we still believe that we are doing the right thing –only we realize that any profit we expected to bring in and hand over to 9/11 first responders was asking too much —  and at half price the silence is deadening still….. and the sadness to the first responders will be even sadder.
We appealed to those who have known of liberty for longer than most to please come and help us to awaken those who are just learning…..  and I hear complaints from people on the left of the middle saying that this event sounds great but the tickets should be free and they plan on boycotting outside of our event because we’re charging money…..  And my answer to that is “If only the hotel wasn’t charging us $13,000 and our speakers weren’t asking for a fee and plane fare and hotel rooms were free— but they are not…..
And to those who really know Ed and I –we’ve never charged a thing or made any money off of what we have done for years and years…..  we do it because we give a damn –but giving a damn is apparently not enough –you need to give your soul to some people.
Yes, Edward Weaver and I are doing this because we care.  Alexa Dunetz who came on board with us is doing this because she believes.  A few who began with us in the beginning weren’t as naive and didn’t believe that this event could happen so they stepped off this train wreck.  But we still believed and we followed through…. and here we are three weeks away and we have barely sold enough tickets to fill the South Huntington Library, never mind a room that can fit up to 10 times that amount.  Here we are three weeks away and people are still putting this off until tomorrow as if that is possible for us when we have speakers to fly in from far off places to speak to you about what they have known and what they wish to share and how we can come together to find solutions….
But apparently liberty is dead with the very people I began this journey with –those from surrounding states like New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, Massachusetts, DC and of all places, New Hampshire -where those “enlightened” have begun the “Free State Project” hoping that 20,000 will follow them to their land of the free…..yet not one ticket sold to one of them to come to a place where people are paying the highest taxes in this country, who have just been devastated by a storm and who are finding out slowly but surely that their flood insurance might jump fivefold might actually like to find out about a place where there is some hope….. nope, none of those people have bought a ticket….  None of the people from the places I’ve traveled to with my husband for the past 7 years to help them to spread the message of liberty with everything from Ending the Fed to LoveFests and FreedomFests and Paloozas have bought a ticket….. none.
But liberty is not just dead on Long Island…..it is apparently dead in the midwest and in Alabama and in NYC and in all of the places where other liberty events have died on the vine —  liberty died at Paulfest last August when the liberty movement divided between the grassroots and the RepubliCans which we found printed on a T-Shirt washed of it’s liberty….
So why am I still here believing? Running for Office?  Running an event that no one is buying tickets to??
Honestly, I do not know……  If people can’t buy tickets to an event to learn what’s affecting their children and family —their neighborhoods and bank accounts and why so many people have cancer or are suffering from allergies or sick from medication or why their kids are being tortured in their schools day after day…. but can instead spend it on the new XBox or a few White Russians or a burger and fries and a beer –or pay $50  for a night out at the movies supporting stars they revile all day on facebook  yet find that same price too high to listen to 20 speakers on 20 issues that will give them the knowledge to fight back for their own children??
No, wait, I do know why I’m still here….because I give a damn.  But are we it? Are Ed and Alexa and I the last three people we know who will sacrifice thousands of hours planning an event to bring awareness to the masses while between the three of us we are still trying to earn a living, go to law school and run for office all the while running organizations to help other’s do the same?  Ed is also the Chair of the Suffolk County Libertarian Party and I am a Vice Chair to the NY State Libertarian Party and run an organization that vets people to run for office on a platform of liberty.  I’m starting to wonder if we are the last few people who actually are so naive we believed our friends and our family in liberty would come together to open their arms to a whole new crop of people that are just becoming aware themselves —because YES FOLKS…the few who have actually bought tickets are NEW PEOPLE who actually want to learn!
So what happened to our friends in Liberty? They’re divided, fighting, hating, condemning, judging and blocking.  People who once inspired and who even won liberty inspiration awards are turning into angry egotist.  Those who have entertained and sang of freedom and liberty are having a hard time finding places where people can hear them because liberty events are dying all over.  So is it all over?  Should we bother anymore?  Should we just hang up our liberty T-shirts on a hook and never look back and just accept what’s thrown at us?  Should I bother running for office? If people can’t pay $60 bucks to go to an event I’m throwing to awaken them to the issues that affect us are they going to donate to my campaign so that I can awaken them to the issues that affect us?  Will they instead just go into the voting booths and vote party line once again after all of their complaining about the state of our nation?

Is anyone going to buy a ticket to listen to Charlotte Iserbyt talk to us about Common Core Education and what we should do to solve this massive problem or G. Edward Griffin tell us about Agenda 21 and what we can do to stop this infringement on our personal property rights?  Is it too much trouble to be in a room and listen to men speak of our monetary policy and where we should go? Does anyone care any longer about how we can help our children stay off of anti-depressants or how we can cure cancer ourselves?  Does anyone want to know what’s actually in our water and in our food and in our skies and how we can fight back from what’s being fed to our families?

hello hello hello is there anybody out there? Ed and I are seriously considering walking away from everything at this point.  Do we bother?  Is there any hope?  We can’t back out of this event now because we have contracted to have it so we will probably end up being $30,000 in debt instead of helping our fellowman to become enlightened and fight back….Won’t you please think about continuing to spread the message of liberty and sharing your knowledge with some of those who aren’t yet where you might be?www.savelongislandforum.com

2012 Liberty Inspiration Award Sponsored by Libertycandidates.com

In honor of our 3rd Anniversary we are introducing the Liberty Inspiration Award.

“This is an award that will be given yearly to 5 people who showed positive effort and energy throughout the year in spreading the message of liberty. They did not have to run for office, but they did have to inspire others to step up, do something that helped to bring people together, or enlighten others by growing the liberty movement in some manner by taking on a leadership role of some sort or by creating a new platform for inspiration — whether it be media, news, music, or just speaking out in some way that may have brought about positive change.

Rules: Please email your nominations to hello@libertycandidates.com. Express why you think they should receive this award. Each person can choose up to 3 people. The comments will be listed with the winning names (anonymously if you wish; just tell me so). We will also list all Honorable Mentions and their letters as well.  This is not about winning –this is about honoring those who inspired you!

Please send all submissions to the email hello@libertycandidates.com; only these will be counted, not submissions listed on this event page or anywhere else.”  Also, I do not accept “form letters” that you write up and send to all your friends to nominate you so refrain from doing this. Each individually letter will be counted. Form letters will be counted once –so don’t bother!

The winners will be announced on January 1st 2013. Their names will be listed on the www.libertycandidates.com websites for a full year as “inspiring leaders of 2012. Submissions can be sent beginning 11/29/12 and will continue through December 30th 2012.

The award will go to the Top 5 vote-getters.

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– Gigi Bowman & Sally O’Boyle

Speed Cameras and Red Lights, Revenue or Safety? By Randi Shannon

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Randi Shannon is a Liberty Candidate running for Iowa Senate Senate in District 34

Photo enforcement is about revenue. One cannot deny the amount of cash they generate. Many cities generate thousands and sometimes millions from these machines; the party that always wins… is the camera vendor.

Many say it’s always been about the revenue, rather than the safety. All that is needed is to increase the length of yellow lights by one second, and you’ll have fewer people running red lights and significantly fewer accidents. But… if passive easy revenue is your goal, then you shorten the yellow light time, a few cities have been caught doing just that.

Cedar Rapids has ignored the safety benefit of increasing the yellow light time and decided to install red-light cameras and collect the profits instead.

No points are assessed to a driver’s license when caught by a camera, many do not know they can contest the fine. It is also impossible to face your accuser (the camera) in court. The cameras punish the car’s owner, not the driver. When a spouse or child borrows your car and is caught by the camera, you pay the fine not them. This is unconstitutional but no one seems to care to follow the law on this.

A police officer’s presence would prevent speeding as opposed to speed cameras catching speeders after the fact. Anyone who drives on I-380 knows that seeing a police car with lights on will get everyone to immediately slow down.

Are the speed cameras about perks for politicians? In one state, speed camera lobbyists treated some politicians to dine at an expensive restaurant where the check was nearly $4,000. A few speed camera companies and insurance companies combined, gave almost $1,000,000 in campaign contributions to politicians in Maryland, over the years to implement speed cameras. Cameras have been called a wise and courageous move for crooked politicians. Have any in Iowa received something similar?

Companies that operate red light and speed cameras are always looking for receptive city council members. Joe public very rarely has the opportunity to review the sales pitch these companies make behind closed doors, as it is many times unlike to the message they present to the general public.

Cameras are just a beginning of a complete loss of freedom in America.

If you don’t like these cameras you should check out a gps camera detector like this.

Those who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

– Benjamin Franklin

What say you?

by Randi Shannon

Republican Candidate for Iowa State Senate District 34

Read more about Randi Shannon at her website http://shannonforsenate.com/

Liberty Candidate Glen Bradley Endorsed by Ron Paul!

  • Our R3VOLUTION is growing by leaps and bounds!

    Today, I’d like to endorse – and urge you to vote for – Representative Glen Bradley for North Carolina State Senate District 18 in the May 8 Republican Primary.

    Like you, Glen firmly believes in our founding principles of individual liberty, free markets, sound money, and constitutional government.

    A Marine Corps veteran, he’s never once wavered in his convictions during his time in the State House – even when it meant standing against his own Party.

    When Washington bureaucrats attempted to take over our entire food industry, Representative Bradley fought against them by introducing the Farmer’s Freedom Protection Act.

    On every single issue – from guns to taxes to unnecessary regulations on small businesses to REAL ID – Representative Bradley has courageously fought Washington’s attempts to force federal rules and regulations on the good folks in North Carolina.

    In fact, because of his efforts, he’s considered one of the leading advocates for using the Tenth Amendment to block federal regulations.

    He’s also considered one of the leading advocates for sound money in the country, introducing legislation in North Carolina to allow silver and gold to once again be legal tender and speaking out on this issue on national TV.

    If you agree that we need more principled men and women like Representative Bradley in office, then I hope you’ll agree to vote for Glen – and make a generous donation to his State Senate campaign if you can.

    Glen doesn’t have – nor want – the special interest lobby funding his campaign.

    He’s not a career politician. In fact, Glen was never involved in politics at all before he was inspired by my 2008 presidential run.

    Instead, Glen is a true Patriot who is fed up with the corruption in government – and wants to do something about it.

    And since the special interest lobby knows he’s running to put the brakes on their Big Government gravy train, you can be sure they’re going all out to defeat him during the upcoming May 8 Republican Primary.

    That’s why Glenn is counting on good folks like you – who truly value individual liberty and freedom – to help him lead the fight against Big Government in the North Carolina State Senate.

    You can do that by voting for Glen in the May 8 Republican Primary – and by contributing to his campaign.

    Like Glen, I know what it’s like to take on the entire political establishment.

    I’ve been doing it for more than 30 years now.

    I’m confident that – with the help and support of folks like you – Glen has a great chance of becoming the next State Senator in District 18.

    So please, help Glen fight the political establishment by voting for him for the State Senate on May 8 and by making a generous donation to his campaign.

    You won’t be disappointed you did!

    For Liberty,

    Ron Paul

    P.S. I’m proud to endorse Representative Glen Bradley’s campaign for State Senate, and I hope you’ll vote for him in the Tuesday, May 8 Republican primary and make a generous contribution to his campaign.

    Glen firmly believes in our founding principles of individual liberty, free markets, sound money, and constitutional government.

    Please help Glen Bradley fight for liberty in the State Senate by voting for him and by donating to his State Senate campaign.

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    Glen Bradley is a Republican candidate for State Senate in District 18. Restore the Constitution.

    Glen Bradley is a 2 time Liberty Candidate at www.libertycandidates.com and one of the authors of the book “How to Run for Office on a Liberty Platform” for sale on Amazon.com

Trustee and Liberty Candidate Doug Marks wants Concealed Carry in his Town

Carpentersville trustee wants conceal carry in town

Could conceal carry become the law of the land in Carpentersville?

At least one trustee hopes so.

Although carrying concealed weapons is illegal in Illinois, village Trustee Doug Marks has found what he believes is an exception to the law and says it’s legal to carry weapons, provided a certified owner has unloaded the firearm and placed it inside a fanny pack.

Village President Ed Ritter says Carpentersville has worked hard to clean up its image and that Marks’ proposal could undermine those efforts. Village Attorney James Rhodes is researching whether Marks’ proposal is legal.

Marks got the information from Conceal Carry, a group advocating for such. Marks doesn’t belong to the group but keeps track of what it’s doing.

In a letter from Conceal Carry, the group cites a 1997 appellate court decision from Champaign County in advising police to allow people to carry an unloaded firearm, ammunition magazines and a valid FOID card in a fanny pack.

Continued: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120304/news/703049891/