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Carbon is found in water, air and healthy soil. There is a delicate balance needed for a healthy planet. Healthy soil should be a large reservoir of carbon. When ethanol is produced for fuel, carbon concentrations are shifted from the soil into the air and water. Low levels of carbon in the soil decrease soil fertility, increases erosion and flooding. Higher concentrations of carbon in the air is dangerous. Carbon depletion from the soil causes soil sterilization and “desertification.” Desertification creates desert conditions which increases flooding, erosion, droughts and sterile useless soil.
It has been proven that grazing animals such as cows can heal sick soil and reverse desertification. Grazing animals have restored vast deserts in Africa to healthy vital ecosystems. Cows grazing stimulate plant growth by eating the tops of the grass and thus pull carbon back into the soil from the air. The hoof tramping pushes seeds back into the soil for growth, hooves also aerate soil and break down dying and decayed plants. Carbon rich soil retains moisture, reduces flooding and pulls carbon from the air back into the soils. Cows will also “fertilize” sick soil and distribute nutrients where needed. Confined animal operations use grain which is not healthy for the animals or the soil. Grass fed animals contain higher omega 3 fats , vitamin D and virtually no E. Coli . Grains used for ethanol or animals hurt our planet.
Starting with Egypt, then Libya, Syria and now Russia, Barack Obama has demonstrated that he is inept when it comes to handling foreign affairs. He has messed up a lot of countries and our relationships with them.
Mitt Romney has been vindicated and demonstrated he has a much better handle on foreign affairs than Obama when he described Russia as America's "number one geopolitical foe," in one of the 2012 presidential debates.
Today, I am pleased and proud to announce my early endorsement to Steven R. Rathje for the United States House of Representatives for Iowa’s First Congressional District. Although I live in Montana, I've known Steve for a number of years and have worked on several projects with him. He has not only become a close friend, but an ally with the ability to think outside the box to get things done. He is a true Conservative Leader with a rock solid Conservative position on fiscal policy, (including the “Fairtax”).
Steve is unwavering in regard to immigration and border control, as well as Congressional fraud and abuse taking place in our Nation’s Capital. His stand in support of our most precious document, The Constitution of the United States, and his opposition to the Obama Administration, the Democrats, and even some Republicans dismantling of it, proves to me that he is exactly what we need representing our interests in Washington D.C. Steve Rathje is indeed a true Conservative that without compromise supports our military. He is a family man, a self-made businessman (bringing lost jobs back to our Country), and a true American Patriot. I encourage everyone to join me in my support of, and for, Steve Rathje.
Respectfully, Paul E. Vallely Major General Paul E Vallely U.S. Army, Ret. Sr. FOX News Military Analyst Chairman, Stand Up America
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When I think about Senator Tom Harkin’s recent comments regarding his visit to the Cuban regime and his opinion that their health care system is “remarkable,” I could not stop thinking about the 17th amendment to the constitution.
Before the 17th amendment was ratified, US senators were elected by each state legislature. They could be recalled by the legislature if they were not serving the state’s best interests. Today we have professional senators who no longer live in the states they represent. We endure senators who exempt themselves from laws they pass that affect the rest of us. Over 80% of incumbents are re-elected. They are re-elected because their multi-million dollar campaigns are funded by special interests and lobbyists. When senators were appointed by the state legislatures, there were no costly elections funded by lobbyists and special interest groups, and they could be recalled when they did not do their job. This is another fine example of what happens when liberals mess with the Constitution. Before the 17th amendment, senators were accountable to their own state legislature and not the money that elected them. And when a career senator embarrasses the state he “represents,” the state legislature would recall this career politician.
I’m not a business owner and I’m definitely not a politician. In fact, I’m not too fond of politicians, if you know what I mean. I am however, a wife and a mother that does run a household, and like all of you, I’m pretty much tired of listening to politicians that always talk about our problems, want us to vote for them, but never offer a plan for doing anything about them. Not very many, if any, have walked in my shoes. Nor have they taken the time to even ask my opinion. There is however, one that has and does; his name is Steve Rathje.
I’ve known Steve Rathje for a long time. In fact, he was one of the coaches that coached my sons when they played High School football. As a volunteer, stepping away from his business, he took the time and did what was necessary to help his fellow coaches turn a troubled football team into an undefeated one in four short years, actually vying for a state title, pretty exciting, huh? The team may have lost in the playoffs, but thanks to Steve and others, our sons learned that hard work reaps rewards, and that perseverance, personal responsibility, and teamwork, are the keys to accomplishing goals, all life lessons my sons and their teammates will no doubt carry with them throughout their lives.
Now, I know Steve Rathje is running for Congress, and I told you how I feel about politicians. I also know that Steve is a man I can trust. He’s not selling himself as a politician or something he isn’t, but rather, someone who has actually lived my life, worn my shoes, and knows what it’s like to struggle and find solutions to everyday problems. He’s washed pots and pans, pumped gasoline, bagged groceries, dug ditches, and worked long hard hours in a factory. He then took a chance on himself, that not many are willing to take, and started his own business so he could do more for his family and the community he loves so much.
Well, I don’t want to go on forever, I just wanted to share my thoughts about Steve Rathje, because as much as I have faith in God, and in the doctors that are working hard to cure my cancer, I also have faith in a man that’s working hard to bring jobs back home to America, and has an actual plan for fixing the things that most only talk about, while all of us are forced to live with it every day of our lives.
Like I said, I’m proudly supporting and voting for Steve Rathje. He’s a hardworking Christian man I can trust and one that cares about his fellowman.
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I am sick and tired of subsidizing Walmart, McDonald’s and all of the other businesses that rely on minimum wage workers. It is an undisputed fact that anyone working for minimum wage cannot earn sufficient income to support themselves, let alone a family.
Submitted by V.P. This is one of the BEST messages on "drugs" I've seen.
THE PARENTS WHO DRUGGED US...
The other day I was talking to someone at a store in our town who read that a Methamphetamine lab had been found in an old farmhouse in the adjoining county and asked me a rhetorical question, 'Why didn't we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?'
I replied that I had a drug problem when I was young:
I was drug to church on Sunday morning.
I was drug to church for weddings and funerals.
I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather.
I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults.
I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the priest, or if I didn't put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me.
I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profanity.
I was drug out to pull weeds in mom's garden and flower beds. I was drug to the homes of neighbors to help mow the yard, repair the clothesline, and if my mother had ever known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, my dad would have drug me back to the woodshed.
Those “drugs” are still in my veins and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say, or think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin: and if today's children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better place.
It is time for Iowa state government to pass the TIF legislation that was introduced two years ago. The excessive use of Tax Increment Financing by Coralville, LeClaire, and other Iowa cities has resulted in higher taxes, dangerous debt levels, downgraded credit ratings, financial burdens on schools, slush funds that don’t require voter approval, and questionable success for residents, excluding the developers and banks who receive the funds. Unfortunately, outcry by residents, elected officials, school boards, and many public and private groups have done little to slow down TIF use.
Coralville and LeClaire rank second and tenth, respectively, in the state for fiscal year 2012 TIF obligations. Coralville has had its debt downgraded four times by Moody’s Investors Service, and was called “the Detroit of Iowa” by Americans for Prosperity. LeClaire’s Fiscal Year 2012 auditor criticized the city, stating the city’s financial capability appears stretched with a relatively high debt service load per capita, a relatively high bonded debt per capita, and a sales tax rate that is already at its legal limit.