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The Big Show / Been MIA for a while; but, I can't help bragging a little!
« on: September 08, 2008, 11:53:51 PM »

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The Big Show / Remitall Dispersing?
« on: May 21, 2008, 04:58:16 PM »
Is this true?

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The Big Show / People want beef
« on: April 11, 2008, 11:06:44 AM »
Vegetarian Caf Gets Beefy 
 

The vegetarian-friendly Caf Brenda in Minneapolis has added grass-fed beef to the menu, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The fact of the matter is that people want beef, says caf owner Brenda Langton.

The caf is serving fajitas, roasts, stroganoff and a New York strip. I ate my first piece of steak in my entire life last week, she told the newspaper. It was delicious.
-- Minneapolis Star Tribune 

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Combine this with the TIME crapazine, i meant magazine, article and i almost feel guilty about the fact that i have to eat.  i am exceedingly glad that i have the ability to produce my own food.  all the "smart" people are going to starve the the world.  all the work put in by michael jackson, madonna, et al to singing we are the world is going up in smoke.  or is it out in silt?  i'm so confused.

The Finger of Blame Pointed Towards Agriculture over "Harmfully Over-Enriched Ecosystems"
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A group known as the World Resources Institute is claiming that between agriculture and industrial wastes, many of the coastal waters around the world are already dead- or will be dying shortly. The group points the finger of blame mostly at agriculture when it comes to the water of North America and Europe.

A news release from this group states "The sources of pollution vary by region. In the United States and Europe, agricultural sources such as animal manure and commercial fertilizers are typically the main causes of eutrophication. Sewage and industrial discharges, which usually receive some treatment, are a secondary source. However, elsewhere in the world, wastewater from sewage and industry is often untreated and a primary contributor to eutrophication. Only 35 percent of wastewater in Asia is treated, 14 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean, and less than 1 percent in Africa."

We have a link to the news release- which in turn has a link to the study that they cite as proof that production agriculture is causing massive problems downstream at a point where rivers are dumping into the ocean.

http://www.wri.org/press/2008/04/coastal-populations-losing-livelihoods-polluted-waters#

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The Big Show / it made me laugh
« on: March 28, 2008, 08:27:45 PM »
Scott Jaschik , a writer for the online publication, Insidehighered.com , writes: Some student life experts are worried that campus excitement and idealism over Barack Obamas campaign has reached such high levels that students are sure to be let down by either an Obama presidency or an Obama loss.

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From what I can gather from a few drivers that I know, this may be realistic.

If the American Trucker Fails, So Will the Nation
Mark R. Taylor

 

The Fed is bailing out banks that irresponsibly loaned money to home buyers (that the home buyers could not afford to pay back). Meanwhile, many Americans are blithely waiting for their IRS rebate checks a feel-good, election year tactic to stimulate the economy. Yet the United States is facing a different and serious economic crisis. If this crisis is left unchecked, it could leave grocery stores with empty shelves and the local mall with fewer gadgets and gizmos.

 

In 1987, I purchased my first truck for $50,000 and my first trailer for $9,000. Fuel was 67 cents per gallon and, as an owner/operator I earned approximately $1.25 per mile. The truck I purchased in 1999 cost $120,000, trailer was $20,000. When I parked my truck and went to Iraq in 2004, fuel cost $1.37 cents per gallon and my rate per mile was still $1.25 per mile. 

 

Today, the American trucker is faced with upcoming emissions controls which will force them to trade in their older trucks for the more expensive, emissions compliant ones. Since my start in the trucking industry, equipment costs have more than doubled, the cost of maintenance, paying taxes, insurance and complying with Federal regulations has tripled, and fuel prices have quadrupled. However, not everything has risen for the American trucker: our miles per trip have been cut in half while freight rates have remained steady, right where they were in 1987. Not a day goes by that we do not receive an e-mail, read a blog or a newspaper article relating the story of yet another independent owner/operator having to park his truck permanently, unable to pay the fuel bill.

 

Manufacturers are reluctant to pay trucking companies a fair price to haul their goods, fearing public outcry when prices skyrocket to offset the increase in transportation costs. Tensions are rising as frustrated truckers attempt to renegotiate contracts for some type of fuel surcharge that will cover the rising cost of fuel. They see their livelihood their Freightliner, Peterbilt or Kenworth driven away by the repo man. They see Congress bailing out banks and Wall Street speculators and giving hard earned tax money to illegal aliens for free health care and education, yet Congress is silent on the plight of the American trucker. Department of Transportation head Mary Peters is so self-absorbed in convincing the American public we need Mexican truck drivers, she is ignoring the very lifeblood of the American trucking industry American truckers. Is part of Peters mindset the same as that of the produce and construction industries? Is there an effort to convince the public we need Mexican drivers, who get paid considerably less than the American truckers, so they can bring in low-wage workers to replace us as we park our trucks? With fewer American truckers on the road, the argument seems to take a life of its own.

 

Congress, believing in and/or profiting from an Al Gore-inspired global warming hoax, can only come up with such solutions as biodiesel, ethanol and other technology that does absolutely nothing in the short term. For years, they have grabbed their ankles and bent over for militant environmentalists, refusing drilling in ANWR and other domestic locations. Their appeasement has given us a dangerous dependency on foreign oil, giving terrorist-supporting countries a measure of control over the U.S. economy that will have disastrous consequences. With every barrel of oil we buy from the Middle East and Venezuela, we fill the coffers of those very countries who are giving arms to the Islamic enemy I faced while driving a truck in Iraq.  All the while, the lunatic, progressive Left still will try to convince you the war in Iraq was fought for oil. 

 

As truckers struggle with less-than-minimum wages, the concern in Washington is for ensuring illegal aliens have free health care, free schooling and decent working conditions. Yet Congress ignores the company driver who works 70 hours per week, unable to take time at home because, as fuel increases, his company is cutting back on loads. He is driving less, his off time taken in some far away city away from his family. Industry publications pay lip service to the issue by advising truckers to slow down to save fuel, as if slowing down will alleviate the problem of high fuel costs. Most of us maintain the legal speed limit due, in part, to speed governors on our trucks and general safety. Once again, rather than standing up for the American trucker, Congress and the industry itself toss out cute slogans and feel good press releases, while the American trucker must decide between paying for fuel and paying his mortgage.

 

News stories have increased in recent weeks about talks of shutdowns and strikes, much as they have in years past. Some desperate truckers have resorted to using off-road, non-taxed diesel, which is the same fuel used in over-the-road trucks without the added taxes, to fill their tanks. The fuel, which is dyed red, is sold for farm and construction equipment. While legal to use in the fuel tanks of refrigerated trailers, it is illegal to use this red off-road diesel in the trucks fuel tank. The trucker will ultimately get caught and fined outrageously, as DoT officers increase inspections and enforcement.

 

In addition, locking fuel caps are becoming a necessary security item, as unscrupulous thieves (especially in larger, urban areas) siphon fuel to sell to the highest bidder/trucker desperate for a break from the highway robbery at the pump. This, too, is to the detriment of the trucker if he gets caught buying stolen fuel. Violence is always a possibility, as truckers with no tolerance for such thuggery vigilantly watch for potential fuel thieves. 

 

One of the places truckers can explain their plight and give vent to their frustrations is the blogosphere, as there are few organizations representing the independent trucker. The Owner/Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), born out of the trucker strikes in the 1970s, with lobbyists in Washington, has refused to advocate a strike or shut down, as it would, according to their website, violate Federal anti-trust laws. Their members are getting frustrated as the organization has been unsuccessful in assisting them in obtaining fair freight rates. Bumper stickers proclaiming Just Say No to Cheap Freight plaster members trucks, yet bumper stickers do not pay the fuel bill and for every trucker who refuses a load at $1.00 per mile, there are three more who will take it. None of them will stay in business long in this climate.

 

Will 2008 see a repeat of the 1970s, when the striking union truckers shut down factories and nearly brought the nation to its knees? Without the organization of the labor unions, it will be a daunting task, but it is not beyond the realm of possibility. Many of us will refuse to shut down, a lesson in futility that will do more damage to the economy than any election year propaganda piece the mainstream media can spew in support of one candidate or another. Renegade organizers, some reliving the nostalgia of CW McCalls Convoy, are holding rallies across the country, encouraging truckers to shut down with dates ranging from March 24th to April 3rd.  While the news reports and blog posts claim the shutdown will call attention to the plight of the American trucker, there are few, if any, clear cut answers or solutions to bring to the table. This is not just an election year issue. With military vehicles, first responders and the transportation industry that fuels the American economy struggling to service the needs of the nation, we cannot wait for a Clinton, Obama or McCain to wave their magic wand and walk on rivers of diesel fuel in November. November will be too late.

 

It will take more than empty rhetoric and nonsensical, make-me-look-good sound bites. It will take immediate and instant solutions, such as permanently lowering fuel tax rates on over-the-road diesel, lowering of tolls and other Federal and state taxes on all truckers whether the one truck owner/operator or the large fleet owner. The country can afford this standard business practices dictate that you cut where necessary to absorb immediate costs. We can start by completely cutting funding for National Public Radio and anything named after Robert Byrd (D-WV). Every trucker, every motorist, every family needs to demand we open our lands to domestic drilling Montana, Alaska, and off the coast of Florida, California and Texas. We must end the reliance on hostile nations to provide oil for our nation. Call the White House; call fax and e-mail your representatives and senators. Demand they take action NOW.  We have the technology do we have the will?

 

With more operating funds, the trucks will continue to roll. The stores will be filled with food and other goods. But without an immediate, plausible solution, there will be no need for a $600 rebate check. There will be nothing in the stores to buy with it.

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The Big Show / Houston
« on: March 17, 2008, 08:47:30 PM »
Anyone know if pictures from HLSR are available to be viewed online.  I bred the Shorthorn middleweight class winner and would like to see what he looked like and try to get a picture on my website ASAP.

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 Economist Claims that "The biofuels program is, in effect, a regressive tax on food production."
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At the recent American Meat Institute meeting in Nashville, a strong case was made about the high cost of ethanol policy on corn prices we have seen in this country. The actual increase that ethanol policy has provided is about $2.77 per bushel for farm level prices in 2008, according to economist Dr. Tom Elam, the president of FarmEcon LLL. Speaking at AMI's Annual Meat Conference in Nashville this week, Dr. Elam said ethanol tax credits have added about $1.33 per bushel to corn prices and may drive costs above $5 at the farm level in 2009.

Dr. Elam cites other impacts from the nation's biofuels program including:
An additional cost this year of $117.50 per fed beef animal.
Ethanol would have been $1.69 a gallon, but increased demand for corn and higher corn prices are driving prices up, and they now are 51 cents a gallon higher than they would have been without the program.
The biofuels program is, in effect, a regressive tax on food production. Dr. Elam contends that the windfall gains from the program go to a relatively small number of corn and soybean producers.

Elam adds that the federal government's renewable fuel program will also lead to a financial hit on the U.S. food industry of about $100 billion from 2005 to 2010, adding that he expects food price inflation to be around 5% or 6% in 2009.

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Attorney General Drew Edmondson Willing to Go After the Cattle Industry Over Manure in Watersheds...
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As the hearing continues over whether the state of Oklahoma has the right to end all application of manure in the Illinois River watershed, Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson appears to have no qualms about litigating against cattle producers as well as poultry companies. In response to some of the arguments raised by attorneys representing the Poultry industry in the continuing legal confrontation- arguments that point the finger of bacterial blame towards the cattle industry- Edmondson told the Northwest Arkansas Gazette for their Internet edition that "We are willing to go where the evidence takes us," this in reference to a question of whether he would be willing to expand his battle against the poultry industry to other livestock species- most notably cattle.

The Claims of the Oklahoma Attorney General are that the biggest offender of bacterial pollution into the Illinois River is the poultry industry. Meanwhile, it's the contention of the Poultry Industry that there has been no science based study pinpointing that poultry is the big offender- and that there are multiple sources of any pollution that ends up in the Illinois River. On Monday, an expert witness for the Poultry industry told the court that manure from an estimated 200,000 cattle raised in the watershed proved a better environment for bacteria to grow in, instead of the poultry litter that is spread on farm fields as a dust-like material and exposed to sunlight that kills contaminants.

The arguments over all things fecal bacteria in the watershed continues, with most of animal agriculture very concerned that the AG, if he has the ruling come his way in Tulsa, puts animal agriculture in deep manure over this battle of how much and where chicken litter can be applied to the land as a nutrient. Mr. Edmondson says the tolerance level is zero- at least in a stream where canoes are floating. He has told the court that he wants an injunction before the "spring rains" or otherwise the bacteria will wash into the Illinois River and potentially cause harm to thousands of people floating down the Illinois.

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The Big Show / A Serious Topic Presented Humorously
« on: March 01, 2008, 11:24:16 AM »
With bull sale season here, you may already be thinking ahead to breeding decisions for your cows and heifers later this spring.

One way or another, the females must get bred if you are going to stay in business. Sure, any intact bovine male beyond a certain age and size can make them pregnant, but the calves may have little chance of returning a profit.

Maybe its a hobby, well insulated from the need for profit. Its a free country, but if you really dont care what settles your cows, wed all be ahead if you were banned from the industry for crimes against consumer demand.

Here's a link to the whole story.

http://americancowman.com/genetics/0225-bull-breeding-program/

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 Tax Exemption Legislation for 4-H and FFA Livestock Prize Money Moving Forward in OKC.
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Legislation declaring FFA and 4-H livestock awards to be tax-free cleared a House subcommittee on this week. House Bill 3081, by state Rep. Joe Dorman, provides that "any payment received by a person as an award for participation in a competitive livestock show event" will not be considered taxable income under Oklahoma law. Under the legislation, those payments will instead be treated as scholarship awards.

"Students don't make money on the animals they show," said Dorman, D-Rush Springs. "This is truly an educational opportunity given to these kids and it's ridiculous to require some 16- year-old 4-Her or FFA student to file taxes on a prize." The checks received by students involved in competitive livestock shows can range from a few hundred dollars at local events to tens of thousands at national events.

Carolyn Doyle, FFA Sentinel for the Elgin FFA, told state lawmakers the bill would allow students to make their dollars stretch further. "Most of the kids in our FFA chapter pay for their animals and feed, and any money we make at a show is usually the only income generated to pay for our projects," Doyle said. "If we have to pay income tax on those awards, we won't be able to do as much. FFA students are not getting rich off our projects and we want to be able to do more with our limited resources."

By declaring the prize money will be treated as a scholarship and therefore tax exempt under state law, legislators will indirectly exempt the prizes from federal taxation as well because of an existing federal tax exemption for scholarships and awards.
"The federal tax code clearly exempts scholarships and awards," Dorman said. "House Bill 3081 will dictate that these livestock show prizes will be classified as Scholarships and Awards and, therefore, nontaxable at both the state and federal level. That doubles the benefit for Oklahoma's FFA and 4-H students."

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The Big Show / From the American Shorthorn Association
« on: February 12, 2008, 10:23:39 PM »
Notice: Effective April 1, 2008 - the rush fee for registrations will increase to $100 and must be paid upfront. Normal turn around is 2 weeks from the date received at the office. A rush fee would apply to any work needed in less than that amount of time.

2 weeks my .................................................. foot!  (argue)   YOU GOTTA BE KIDDIN' ME!  As crappy of a job as they have been doing recently, this is ridiculous.

Maybe I should read my own signature line.

I may never get another set of papers again!

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The Big Show / Musk Thistle for Garybob
« on: February 12, 2008, 08:04:38 PM »
Below is a link to a University of Nebraska fact sheet on Musk Thistle (includes information about thistle head and rosette weevil as biological control). This fact sheet mentions that the thistle head and rosette weevils as well as the tortoise beetle have been used in Nebraska. It also mentions that the thistle head weevil is the only species that has been firmly established across Nebraska.

I would recommend that your friend contact one of the authors on this fact sheet. There may be a location in Nebraska with an established population of rosette weevils, etc. where he could make collection. In terms of timing, etc., a population from Nebraska would likely be more successful than a population from Arkansas.

I have not found a commercial source that rears either of these weevils.

http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/epublic/live/ec176/build/ec176.pdf

I hope this helps.

Below is a link to the Musk thistle fact sheet (with information on the flower head and rosette weevils). The latest revision has not been posted. However, the 2001 fact sheet is still accurate and should be helpful to your friend in Nebraska.

http://www.uaex.edu/Other_Areas/publications/PDF/FSA-3054.pdf

I'll let you know if I find a commercial source for weevils.

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