Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Obama Legalizes Horse Slaughter for Human Consumption

Author: madeline bernstein
Published: November 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm
Horse slaughter plants are legal again in the United States. Restrictions on horse meat processing for human consumption have been lifted. courtesy of Google Images
In a bipartisan effort, the House of Representatives and the United States Senate approved the Conference Committee report on spending bill H2112, which among other things, funds the United States Department of Agriculture. On November 18th, as the country was celebrating Thanksgiving, President Obama signed a law, allowing Americans to kill and eat horses. Essentially, one turkey was pardoned in the presence of worldwide media while in the shadows, buried under pages of fiscal regulation, millions of horses were sentenced to death.
Horse slaughter has been prohibited in the United States as funding for inspections of horses in transit and at slaughter houses was non-existent. This worked because the horse meat cannot be sold for human consumption without such inspections. The House version of the bill retained the de-funding language and the Senate version did not. The conference committee charged with reconciling the two opted to not include it. The result is that it is now legal to slaughter horses for humans to eat.
Notwithstanding that 70% of Americans oppose horse slaughter, that President Obama made a campaign promise to permanently ban horse slaughter and exports of horses for human consumption (horses can be sent to Mexico and Canada), that documentation of animal cruelty, slaughterhouse stench, fluid runoff and negative community impact exists, it is taxpayers that will bear the costs!
Wyoming state representative Sue Wallis and her pro-slaughter group estimate that between 120,000 and 200,000 horses will be killed for human consumption per year and that Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Georgia and Missouri, are considering opening slaughter plants.
During these trying times, is the only thing that Democrats and Republicans can agree on is that Americans need to eat horses?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Wash Board Collection

Love my collection of wash boards.  The one on the right is actually semi circle curve instead of the standard flat.  The second one has been made into a cabinet with a towel bar at the bottom.  The one on the far right actually belonged to my cousins relative.  The small one in the front is the first one I had and used it for note board.  The wood on the two on the right are exactly the same, one only has 2 red lines left on the top rest of identity has washed away.

Open cabinet showing shelf inside.

Inside the cabinet door markings ..
National Washboard Co.
No. National 134
Chicago, Saginaw, Memphis

Outside ..
Universal Soap Saver.

I found this at a thrift store for $25, I think another lady might have been a tad upset, because she came up to the counter and looking at it said it was $45 the week before.  I am sure $25 would have fit her budget.  But it is mine ............

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Subject: Department of Labor Proposes to Stop Youth 16 or Younger from Working With Livestock- How to Offer Comments

My daughter sent me this after I had posted that PETA was happy about a ban on all fur clothing, does that mean soon we will not be able to buy leather coats or shoes?  PETA needs to understand that there are only so many male animals needed per female and something has to be done, they cannot all be pets.  Therefore those animals provide us with meat as well as hides.  So what are we supposed to do with all the rabbit, sheep, goat, and cattle hides, throw them in the dumps.  I can see protecting exotic animals and making their hides illegal for sale, but does that mean you cannot trim your coat with rabbit fur.  Common PETA get real.

and now here is what she sent me ........................

STOP ALREADY WHEN IS ENOUGH - ENOUGH - Department of Labor Proposes to Stop Yout...h 16 or Younger from Working With Livestock.

Subject: Department of Labor Proposes to Stop Youth 16 or Younger from Working With Livestock- How to Offer Comments

We need to get the word out about rule a proposed rule change by the Department of Labor. The proposed changes would make it illegal for farm youth to do most daily activities on a farm or ranch if they are 16 years old or younger. They would not be able to feed livestock, move cattle from horseback, work alongside family members at the chute when vaccinating cattle. They would not be able to help their grandparents with any farm related activity. Additionally, youth under the age of 17 would not be allowed to show or be around boars, studs or bulls over the age of 6 months old.

Horse shows, livestock shows, youth team roping, youth team penning, youth ranch horse shows would all be impacted by this rule as well. Contact your show associations to make sure they are engaged in the discussion as well.

Please take time to read the article and then follow the link to comment on the Department of Labor’s website. The deadline for comments is Dec. 1, 2011.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fall Colors in My Corner of The World

Even though I live in Central California there are some trees that have a nice display of fall foliage.  My neighbors driveway is lined with Chinese Pistache trees.  Too bad they are not Pistachio trees, some of them hang over my fences. 

These trees were planted by a previous owner, driveway must have at least  100 trees lining both sides of the driveway. 

The mountain on the left gets snow occasionally, and behind the clouds you can see the snow in the Sierras on a clear day.  All that grass is on the other side of my fence ....... of course my sheep are not shy about sticking their heads thru and having a bite since there are no animals over there.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

California Draft Horse Sale

Once again the California Draft Horse semi-annual sale in Tulare, California had something for everyone.  Only walked thru the indoor sale barn, wish I had enough light to have taken some pictures.  It's like everyone in California cleaned out there old barn, attic, back 40 and brought it to the auction.  There were also a lot of well trained horses, riding horses, teams pulling wagons, new wagons for sale, new parts to build or repair wagons, old wagon parts and farm equipment.  This is a 3 day event held every November and April at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

Need a new buggy.......?

Nice team of horses ................................. ?

An old carriage for a wedding .............?

Old wagon, milk can, tractor seat...................?

and many more items, old plows, manure spreader, grinders,
hand tools, bird house, tin bath tub, you name it they have it,
if you don't find it, wait and come back in 6 months and
you can probably fine it.

Only problem is sometimes other items are lumped together,
last year I bought a couple of single trees, and got a cow
stanchion too, guess I will make a hanging planter out
of the cow stanchion.