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‘They hatch adders’ eggs; they weave the spider’s web; he who eats their eggs dies, and from one that is crushed a viper is hatched.’  ~ Isaiah 59:5

  • Free-ranging chickens produce better, more wholesome eggs.  Here’s why.
  • Here is a lucid explanation of current economic mess we are in—and the coming (soon) collapse.  Things will never be the same and the sooner we accept that fact the better we can prepare for it.
  • ‘Many Austrian economists, including Ludwig von Mises, have been staunch advocates of “sound money,” stressing the importance of linking paper currencies to the precious metals or, better yet, returning the production of money to the free market where it belongs.’
  • The former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, is calling for the legalisation of narcotics in an effort to curb violence—and I could not agree more.
  • Google street view gets hit again—Is that a dead body lying in the street?
  • Although one wants to avoid asceticism, there is a great deal to be admired about living a simple life.
  • ‘In an echo of the debates over the discredited intelligence that helped make the case for the war in Iraq, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday released more than 1,100 pages of previously classified Vietnam-era transcripts that show senators of the time sharply questioning whether they had been deceived by the White House and the Pentagon over the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident.’
  • ‘Marc Faber, the Swiss fund manager and Gloom Boom & Doom editor, said the US Federal Reserve will create a “final crisis” by continuing to print money because it is underestimating the strength of the economy which shows no signs of strengthening but signs of weakening everywhere in the world.’

‘If life seems awful to kids, it’s neither because hormones are turning you all into monsters (as your parents believe), nor because life actually is awful (as you believe). It’s because the adults, who no longer have any economic use for you, have abandoned you to spend years cooped up together with nothing real to do. Any society of that type is awful to live in. You don’t have to look any further to explain why teenage kids are unhappy.’  ~ Paul Graham, ‘Why Nerds Are Unpopular’

  • ‘Be prepared, if you have a sugar bowl home go fill it up because it’s going to be more expensive.’  ~ Investment guru Jim Rogers
  • ‘When will Americans come to see that the never-ending terrorist crisis, along with the concomitant loss of our civil liberties, is rooted in U.S. statism, imperialism, and interventionism rather than in religion?’
  • ‘Sovereign default, however, is not the only strategy available to the US regarding its unpayable debt. The US could alternatively pay down its massive obligations by debasing its currency, a strategy wherein the US would pay its creditors with increasingly worthless US dollars – to the US, a far more convenient solution.’
  • ‘Declaring himself the ‘most pessimistic of forecasters, nobody is more pessimistic than me’ Dr Faber outlined a scenario in which the dollar has to be replaced by another unit after a future inflation, and holders of cash and bonds lose virtually everything in the process.’
  • Once again, living in a free society means that folks should have the freedom to sell—or not sell—their home to anyone for any reason.
  • ‘US credit risk is huge and America has two options, either default or let the currency depreciate substantially against currencies such as the yuan and the rouble.’  (Are you prepared for what’s coming?)


One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato…Dang!!

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‘A man who oppresses the poor is a beating rain that leaves no food.’  ~ Proverbs 28:3


The results (if they can be called such) are in and, not altogether unexpectedly, the GTE–the Great Tater Experiment for the great unwashed–is a complete failure.  Actually, ‘complete’ is a bit more pessimistic than what is call for; rather, ‘miserable’ failure is a more apt description.  After three-plus months and all the good will we could muster, our potato crop amounted to three-THREE!–golf ball-sized new potatoes at the very bottom of the bottom tire.  To say we are disappointed would be an understatement but, considering my penchant for not being able to grow just about anything from the ground, we were not all that surprised.  Oh well, there’s always the Spring garden to look forward too!

It’s a very good thing that you don’t have to plant chickens.

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November 29, 2008 at 7:13 pm

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Have You Ever Heard a Chicken Scream?

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And God said, ‘Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.’  ~ Genesis 1:20


Then just imagine the one who laid the egg on right!  Wow.


The pullets (female chickens less than one year old) are still laying small eggs; it is usually a while before their innards mature enough to consistently produce regularly-shaped (and tasty) eggs. 

However, yesterday Ashlee discovered the specimen on the right in one of the hen boxes.  It was so long that the egg carton would not close!  Yikes–poor chicken!


All things considered, the chickens are doing very well.  The older ones (six and five months old) are pretty close to their full size and I expect the remaining 10 Barred Rocks and Ameraucanas to join their two compadres in producing breakfast nuggets any day now.  The two dozen Silver- and Golden -Laced Wyandottes I have can boast a mere three weeks of life but they are already beginning to show signs of how beautiful they will be once they reach maturity.  They should start laying eggs come February, so (Lord willing) we should be harvesting a cool three dozen per day by Spring.  (That’s when it will be paramount that we have enough customers to ensure our icebox does not overfill!)



The Barred Rocks are seen in the front, along with the Rhode Island Red rooster.  They are the most curious and unafraid of humans, he will soon be supper.


The Ameraucanas are beautiful birds that will (soon?) lay blue-green eggs.  I am growing exceedingly impatient with them!

I had planned on keeping this rooster (technically he is still a cockerell) for ornamental reasons; however, he (literally) eats into my feed margin and his propensity for picking fights with us has sealed his doom.



This is the new chicken coop/ run.  It has turned out to be quite a project–certainly more than I had expected.  I suspect my lack of carpentry skills or mechanical talent has played a large part but you’ll never be able to make it stand up in court.  It is 24′ x 24′ and 7′ tall, which is enough to house in excess of 190 chickens.  I don’t plan on having that many but, if the egg bidness takes off, I’m game for just about anything. 

The tin chicken shack inside is nothing fancy but it will keep the rain off their heads and the cold north wind off their backs.  I still need to add a roll of chicken wire to the top to keep wild birds out–we don’t want a hawk making off with my girls.  (Also, preventing contact with wild birds should protect my chickens from contracting avian flu, should it become a factor in our area.)  In an effort to maintain my objectivity and predator ecumenicism, I strung up some hot wire yesterday–coons and bobcats beware!

That’s the chicken update!

Asleep at the Wheel – Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens (etc.)

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October 4, 2008 at 8:35 am

It’s All About Priorities…

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‘I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.”  ~ Luke 16:4


Funny search engine terms used to find my blog:


  • conspiracy short lifespan dog  [I think he acted alone…]

  • lytle management, sarah brosmer [Go byg, or go home!]

  • when you are dead lie down  [It makes the autopsy so much easier.]

  • august beer scientist  [Never drink in a month with an ‘r’ in it.]

  • possum in garbage can  [I’ll bring the beer and chips!]





  • Chicken Update: We now have two pullets laying eggs; the remaining ten should start laying this month (or else!). However, the Rhode Island Red has skipped a couple of days lately, which seems strange to me.




  • In the They’re Coming to Get Us File: According to a high-ranking member of the Hollywood Intelligentsia, Matt Damon, anyone who believes dinosaurs walked the earth as recently as 4,000 years ago is not qualified to be President. Mr Damon: Dropping out of Harvard does not mean that you are actually Will Hunting. There are many of us who believe dinosaurs were here fairly recently. In fact, it may be worth noting that that belief is nothing compared to our assent that—gasp!—God became man and was resurrected from the dead. Like most Hollyweird types, Mr Damon feels that Christians are good for only one thing: laying down good money to watch his movies and pay his disgustingly inflated salary. Perhaps we should be a bit more discriminating in our cinematic choices? Christians: Matt Damon is just one among a growing throng who would exclude Christians from participating in government. (Revoking our right to vote must not be far behind.) I urge us to seriously consider the ramifications of such thought becoming prevalent—or coercive.   

(One wonders where God and family fit into such a hierarchy.) 


  • If you have a tooth knocked out, the best course of action is to place it in a glass of milk in preparation for reimplantation. Here are some corrections to First Aid Myths  


  • Ron Paul predicted the housing market mess FIVE YEARS AGO: ‘When housing prices fall, homeowners will experience difficulty as their equity is wiped out. Furthermore, the holders of the mortgage debt will also have a loss. These losses will be greater than they would have otherwise been had government policy not actively encouraged over-investment in housing. Perhaps the Federal Reserve can stave off the day of reckoning by purchasing GSE debt and pumping liquidity into the housing market, but this cannot hold off the inevitable drop in the housing market forever.’ ~ Ron Paul, September 2003


  • TV journalist Alexander Minakov, who analyzed the coverage of the conflict by the Western media, particularly by US channels, said that Georgia’s war in South Ossetia had struck a catastrophic blow on their reputation. US TV channels cast a veil on events in an armed conflict and even fabricated their reports at times, like CNN did.’


  • From FDR’s New Deal to LBJ’s Great Society, Democratic policies forced many free-market activists into the Republican fold. People like Robert Taft, Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, and of course Ron Paul, represent this free-market faction in the Republican Party. For example, free markets, deregulation, and balanced budgets became the Republican mantra (if not reality) during the Reagan administration. The orchestrated marginalization of Ron Paul is just one indicator that the free-market faction has been routed and that the mercantilists are firmly in control. In fact, as we endure the current economic malaise, we can note that the Republican-dominated Congress (1994–2006) and the administrations of George W. Bush have morphed Republican-style mercantilism into corporate socialism.’  


  • It’s nothing short of bizarre to think that courts would start protecting liberty because of brilliant libertarian legal arguments. To believe this, one would have to take the naive view — which, incidentally, animates much of the Cato Institute’s work — that government officials are really reasonable, serious people who are just waiting to have the right ideas put in front of them. But how silly is it to think you can make the government want liberty before many or most of the people want it?’


  • John Hanrahan writes that the moderators in the presidential debates need to ask a question like this one, first posed by reporter Charlie Savage: “Is there any executive power the Bush administration has claimed or exercised that you think is unconstitutional? Anything you simply think is a bad idea?” And they need to follow up so that the candidates answer it.’  


  • Following 9/11, our Mideast strategy became similarly irrational. [General] Odom noted that Saddam Hussein, a secular Arab nationalist, had for decades been the greatest regional enemy of both the Iranians and radical Islamists such as Osama bin Laden. Therefore, our Iraq War was serving the interests of these hostile, anti-American powers. And for several years now, it has been obvious that the single greatest reason America does not withdraw from Iraq is the fear of acknowledging our blunder.’



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Hunting and Pecking

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‘My hand has found like a nest the wealth of the peoples; and as one gathers eggs that have been forsaken, so I have gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved a wing or opened the mouth or chirped.’  ~ Isaiah 10:14


I am thirty-seven years old, yet it amazes me how quickly–and unexpectedly–I can be driven to childlike excitement.  To-night, for instance, I again felt as if I were seventeen as I played what is essentially a children’s game (softball) with my church buddies and cut up with the wives in the stands.  I tend to fall victim to Peter Pan Syndrome and forget my chronological reality without much difficulty.  However, the best moment of recaptured youth was waiting for me at home.  

There are moments when raising animals can be less than exciting; these times are usually early in the morning, during a stiff rain, or when I come home long after the sun has sunk and I am bone tired.  (To-night, for example.)  However, the Bible makes it clear that a man is to take his responsibilities towards his animals seriously–and I do.  At least, I make an honest effort.  So, I grabbed my flashlight and axe handle (our rooster has taken to bowing up and spurring us lately) and headed out to the chicken coop to make sure they had plenty of water for the evening.

As I slowly shone the light into all corners of the coop I noticed something in a hen box that seemed a bit out of place–an EGG!  In fact, I noticed a total of three as I checked the remaining boxes.  We weren’t expecting the chickens to begin laying for another three to four weeks, so finding the little brown treasures was quite the pleasant surprise.  As I collected the fruit of the young chickens’ labour to take to the family, I remembered back to when I was a small child and we lived on a farm outside of Lane City, Texas (which is itself about 2.5 miles from Nowhere); I loved getting up each morning to hunt for eggs in the chicken coop!  That was my favourite part of the day and, you could bet your boots that, if those hens failed to produce, I was going to be very upset and disappointed.

I hope my kids enjoy collecting eggs as much as I did and grow to have fond memories of their own.  As for us, we’re going to start filling cartons and getting ready to start satisfying our customers with some farm fresh eggs.  Are y’all ready?

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August 25, 2008 at 10:00 pm

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But White Wine Goes with Chicken

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‘O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!’  ~ Matthew 23:37


Due to the continuing rise in gasoline prices, I’m thinking about using this same method for transporting my chickens to town.





  • Another childhood memory bites the dust. I am very upset. I found out to-day that Iron Eyes Cody from the famous anti-pollution television ads was not really an Indian—he was Sicilian!




  • What folks don’t know is that the ‘alternative interrogation techniques’ (read, torture) used by U.S. forces at Guantanamo Bay were ‘copied verbatim from a 1957 Air Force study of Chinese Communist techniques used during the Korean War to obtain confessions, many of them false, from American prisoners.’ Lovely.




When I was a baby, I kept a diary. Recently, I was rereading it. It said, “Day 1–Still tired from the move.  Day 2–Everybody talks to me like I’m an idiot.”  ~ Stephen Wright  



  • The researchers carried out the study using computer technology to alter pictures of 15 men’s faces so that they displayed different degrees of hairiness. Five levels of facial hair were used – clean-shaven, light stubble, heavy stubble, light beard and full beard.’ (Curious about the results?)










  • So what does Paul say to his pluralistic, postmodern Greek listeners? He does not say, “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life!” His approach is quite different than the simplistic seeker-friendly slogans of watery postmodern evangelicalism. Instead, Paul presents a gospel-oriented apologetical message anchored in a Biblical philosophy of history. He offers a comprehensive worldview, stressing the sovereignty of God, His total control of life, and His providential governance of history.’







  • Conservative Anglican churches in Virginia are celebrating a major legal victory. A Circuit Court judge in Fairfax County has ruled in favor of 11 breakaway congregations, who left the Episcopal Church over the denomination’s liberal policies.’

  • What is a washed-up Hair Band drummer turned animal rights activist to do when his tour manager books him for a rodeo? Perhaps the bigger question is: Was Merle Haggard busy?

  • Researchers at the Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, measured the amount of a toxic molecule called malondialdehyde that is produced in the stomach when heated meat frees iron to produce free radicals. The consumption of red meat increased malondialdehyde levels by 50%, but the addition of red wine to the meaty meal not only totally prevented the elevation of malondialdehyde in the blood plasma but even reduced it by 34% over pre-meal levels.’

Beautiful Red Wine


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Britches Full of Hay

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‘Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.’  ~ Proverbs 20:11


[Mea Culpa: Jon, I realise this is a long post but I just can’t help myself!]


Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you: The English Shin Kicking Championships




  • If my chickens will only lay eggs like this, I could retire in no time flat!




  • The Royal Bank of Scotland has advised clients to brace for a full-fledged crash in global stock and credit markets over the next three months as inflation paralyses the major central banks.’




  • Did you hear the one about the man who goes to buy a car in Moscow, pays for it, and is told by the salesman that he can collect it on a particular date in 10 years’ time. The buyer thinks for a moment and then asks: ‘Morning or afternoon?’ The salesman, astonished by the question, asks: ‘What difference does it make?’ And the buyer answers: ‘Well, the plumber is coming in the morning.’




  • A ‘RAND Corp. study, “Invisible Wounds of War — Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery,” justifies a tenfold jump in the U.S. casualty count versus the figure of 33,000 American dead and wounded used by the Pentagon.’










  • They say that the Internet was invented (or at least, conceived) in 1934. Yet, Al Gore was not born until 1948. I’m confused.




  • Will the Church stand in the breach and yell ‘HALT!’? Or, as in the past, will she allow the State to dictate how we shall practise our faith?  Sooner or later we will all be faced with a choice. We will be forced to stand and be counted.







  • It’s pretty rapidly running out of gas and it just seems like every day more and more people are coming out with the fact that [global warming is] pretty much a hoax. And these are Ph.D climatologists that are pretty much saying what I said all along.’




  • I remember my daddy trying the cloth diaper route years ago. (OK, I actually remember my daddy telling me about it.) It has its benefits but drawbacks are part of the deal, too. However, if you are so inclined, here is how to make your own.







  • Iranian scientists claim breakthroughs in nanotechnology, biological researchers are pushing the boundaries of stem cell research and the country’s car industry produces more cars than anywhere else in the region.’




  • Good news for those who love war and can’t get enough of it—the GWOT© is coming to Pakistan!