Tuesday, April 16, 2013

urban farms and euclid

Euclid has gone to the birds or has it?
I received news about Euclid wanting to allow Urban Farms.  Is this a part of Agenda 21 or is it a good idea?  I know one thing - any law that allows more flexibility for the home owner and a ease of zoning laws seems to me a good idea.

Read what was sent to me then read my comments below.
Subject: Fw: Urban Farming Initiative in Euclid 

This came to us very recently. Please read it send a messhge to council to oppose it and forward it to other citizens.

Below is an email concerning Council's desire to implement urban (chicken) farming in the City of Euclid. I urge everyone to read it. If you agree that this is a good idea you don't have to do anything. Council has enough votes to pass it. If, on the other hand, you disagree with the idea of raising chickens in this city then I urge you to write your Council person (or the entire council). Their email addresses appear below. If you strongly disagree with chicken farming I urge you to attend the next Council meeting and express your opinion. Only if enough residents voice their objections will Council vote down this legislation.
Thank you for your time. 

From: "Jeffrey

I am writing to you to further express my opinion on urban farming in Euclid. I am totally against this idea - even as a test. This is being presented as a "progressive" piece of legislation. It is not. It is regressive. It's simply trying to turn the clock back to when Euclid was a farming community 100 + years ago. It is being presented as having a "sunset" of 1 year. If the history of Euclid legislation shows us anything it shows us that there is no such thing as a "sunset".  Garbage and lighting fees were only to be for 2 years (until they were made permanent). Shore's 5 year plan to be self sufficient will not happen and it is clear that this will be extended. Enacting this piece of legislation will make it a permanent program in Euclid. To be specific as to why I (and the many Euclid residents I have spoken with) are against this idea I offer the following…

1) Post farming Euclid's history was industrial. The many factories located here that supported the effort in World War 2 emitted who knows what into the atmosphere. These emissions settled in the soil throughout the city. Lead paint was used extensively in buildings and currently we have a freeway that bisects our city utilized by thousands of cars daily emitting exhaust fumes. These also settle in our soil. A study published by the Atlantic Monthly in October 2012 tested eggs laid by urban chickens in New York. They found high amounts of lead in the eggs. To be exact 115 PPB (parts per billion). At 15PPB the Center for Disease Control advises people to treat their tap water. This is an extremely high amount of lead that has been attributed to the factors I mention above. A woman in Portland ME. did a test on her eggs and found the same result. Eggs purchased at the store were lead free.

2) A Stanford study mentioned in this same report suggested little health differences between organic and conventional food.

3) Noise. Chickens can be very noisy. The fact that they were quiet on the day that Council visited a couple of coops doesn't change this fact. Yes, it was mentioned last night that dogs are also noisy. The difference is you can take a dog inside and shut it up whereas you cannot a chicken.

4) Predators. Chickens are fair game for coyotes, skunks, raccoons, rats, dogs, and other animals. It was mentioned last night that "predator proof" enclosures can be built. This may stop the predators from attacking the chickens but will not keep them from trying. These predators could endanger small pets and children if they come across them in a neighbors' yard..

5) Disease. There are many disease that are transferred between chickens and humans. These are only exasperated in tight living areas as we have in Euclid. One I mentioned last night was Histoplasmosis. It is not a rare disease. It is a respiratory ailment that is caused by inhalation of chicken feces. A dry, windy day could pick up these feces along with dirt and spray it around a neighborhood. Since this is preventable by not allowing chickens into this city will the city be responsible for any medical bills caused by an infection? How about medical bills and suffering caused by injuries sustained by children/ pets attacked by a predator stalking chickens?

6) Cost. There is a labor cost involved in maintaining this program and the city is now running at a minimum. Nuisance calls on chickens will go to the police dept. They in turn will contact animal control who will have to investigate. Or the calls will go straight to animal control. In either case I don't believe they need this additional burden. Housing inspectors will also have to investigate and aren't we short now? How would they add this additional duty when they have their hands full now?

Council needs to spend their time on issues that positively affect the quality of life in this city - not negatively. And urban farming only offers a positive experience for the few people who employ it and a negative experience for the vast majority of the city.

I am planning to send this email out wide with a request to email their Council person to express their opinions or to attend the next Council meeting and voice their opinions on this issue. 

Council needs to kill this legislation.


IF I may add my thoughts and if valid please pass them on.
Some things to ponder.  Dad told me growing up in the inner city and then Collinwood years ago some had small chicken coops.  Not a problem as those yards were as small as some in Euclid.

Another point to ponder.  NO one can say for certain if we are heading for fiscal doom.  All indicators point to it.  The Euro zone keeps showing signs of going belly up.  IF we do have another major depression this would at least give residents some options of feeding their family or bartering away the eggs for other necessities.   This is not solely based on fear but on history.

Lastly isn't it time we give the people some freedom to be the KING of their castle?  IF any house is seriously neglected or abandoned looking or deemed a nuisance property measures can be taken so I am sure these rules would apply with the chicken farms.

In short I like it and think it would make the city of Euclid more attractive for the younger generations who are bred on this go green movement to possibly move into the city.

Thank you for your time
Carey Masci

Friday, April 12, 2013

Silly America

Some old some new and before you ask YES I wrote these. And remember it is political humor. So after laughing or getting mad at me which ever comes first think of the point behind them. That is if there is one.

Because of the sequester the airshow is canceled. Cleveland may not be seeing planes and jets fly over the city but just wait fairies will be seen flying over as the Gay Games are still scheduled.

Did you notice every interview the major networks did about same sex marriage they had a homosexual giving his opinion? Not one minister or straight person was asked his beliefs. Isn't this like asking Jerry Sandusky advice on baby sitting male children?

Sen. Portman is for same sex marriage and Gov. Kasich is for civil unions. Pretty soon when people say they saw a pink elephant you will no longer think they've been drinking, you'll think they saw the GOP elephant

The recent cold weather has been blamed on global warming. I guess using that logic the global starvation problem can be blamed on the obesity epidemic.

One million school children in the US are now homeless. The biggest challenge facing these students is - where do they do homework?

Obama wants to raise the minimum wage to $9.00 and also allow illegals to stay. His logic - With minimum wage that high who could afford to pay it so we need illegals to do cheap labor.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may seems nuts but he has a solid economic plan. Kim isn't worried at all if America blows up Korea. He knows if America does they will either rebuild Korea or buy cars and trucks from them.

From the Yellow Springs News this is a real gem.
Historic Barr house built in 1844 to be razed in controlled burn. Locals are upset that it isn't being saved.

These two sentences are taken exactly as they are written from the article, one on top of the other:

The house is to rotted to be renovated, he said and the presence of large of amounts of lead paint rendered renovation prohibitively costly. According to Chief Altman all dangerous materials, such as lead paint and asbestos, will have been removed by the date of the burn......

OKKKKKK so removing lead paint is to costly to save a historic house built in 1844 but removing lead paint for a burn isn't? Help me understand this.

Silly America – May God help us!

Carey Masci

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Platform or Candidate

It's all about get out the vote. Its sad but true its all about vote getting. It doesn't matter what ideology or past voting record the candidate may have its all about getting people to go out and vote. It doesn't matter how its done, fear, manipulation, lies as long as you get people to vote for your man or cause. Get out the vote. Its like fast food. Its no longer about selling a good product its about sales and selling the brand name. Both major parties do it.

That’s why I don't fill out political questionnaires anymore. I use to feel so much part of the process telling the two parties my opinion. I felt that I was making a difference. I wasn't. The questionnaires the political parties and the affiliate groups send out are to gather information. They in turn use these questionnaires to shape their platform which for the most part they don't intend on following. It has nothing to do with choosing candidates or molding the party. It has to do with talking points of what you want to hear and what ads to run to get their man elected.

Here is a smoking gun statement by a fellow Republican.

* "What we need to be able to do is get people excited about the cause, about what the Republican Party stands for so that they want to be involved regardless of who our nominee is," said Steve Duprey, an RNC committeeman from New Hampshire.

Mr. Duprey it appears you slept through the 2012 presidential election. The GOP tried this scenario with Mitt and in 2008 with McCain. Republicans did all they could to rally their base by running on platform regardless of the candidate and they lost. Do you think its time that maybe we find a candidate that matches the party platform? I do and so do many others who stayed home or voted third party this past election.

A GOP chairman hi-lighted this very fact when he brought up to me that the party platform hasn't changed in other words I still should be supporting it. In response I told him you fail to recognize along with many others that there are those of us who firmly believe in the platform. But what good does it do to go out campaign, promote, argue and at times alienate people from you for defending the platform only for our elected Republican officials to mock it or not defend it?

In years past I was very much indeed a platform voter and eagerly defended it. My good friend Rich tried telling me back in 2008 he has had enough of the two party system, all this back and forth saws down the tree, its getting America deeper and deeper in trouble. I in turn told him the Republican platform is Godly and Consititutional. Voting for it you are doing what is right and if the Republicans who do get elected don't follow the platform its on them not you, at least you did what was right. I have since changed my views and couldn't agree more with Rich. A parties platform is only as good as the elected officials we vote in.

As a precinct committeeman unless I am totally mistaken I have done exactly what I am suppose to do which is defend the platform, promote the party, and help elect Republicans. In that order. But I cannot defend the platform all the while promoting liberal candidates such as Mitt or currently Portman. So anyone who has distanced themselves from me and others like myself all the while screaming we have to stop regionalism, stop same sex marriage, stop taxes but them go out and campaign for people like Mitt while ignoring, again, people such as myself are in it strictly for the Republican party, politics, a career or blind uninformed sheep.

Isn't it time our elected Republican officials support their own party platform? And if we are voting for them shouldn't we expect them to do it? Or are we strictly voting for Republican candidates at any cost and it doesn't matter where they stand or how they legislate?

Carey Masci

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Easter message 2013

Today with the constant attack on Christians and Christian beliefs worldwide we are worried Christianity is being phased out. Why?  This is nothing new.  Lets look back at the crucifixion to understand today's anti-Christianity movement.
When Jesus was crucified was it because he was evil? Was it because he was a thief, murderer? Nope, it was for none of those reasons. In fact Jesus was blameless without fault. So why did they crucify him? They crucified Jesus because he had the truth and was the truth. The truth bothered people same as it does today.
The Jews and the overly religious thought lets get rid of the guy; we have it so good he’s disrupting our lives. If the people find out Jesus is the way and the truth they will follow him and we will lose our standing. So they crucified him thinking they could get rid of the truth and just continue on with their lives.
Life was good, they got rid of their problem until suddenly - Jesus returned from the grave. Truth won out. Soon followers of Christ started proclaiming the news. Something had to be done to stop this. So the followers of Christ were pursued and beaten some to their death to rid the land of the truth. But it had a reverse affect it didn't stop the truth.  The truth spread and spread and spread.
This same scenario is repeated throughout history as it is today; evil rulers, false religions, worldly sinners one after the other have tried extinguishing the truth all for their own gain, pleasure or to quiet their conscience.  No matter how hard they try to ban the truth it survives and flourishes and the gospel continues to be proclaimed. They just don't understand that when Jesus defeated death truth was released, you cannot kill the truth.
So don't worry about what laws are passed or how hard it is on Christians and Christianity just worry about if you know the truth and if you do you will survive, if not in this age for eternity.
That's the Easter message, knowing the Truth.

Carey Masci

Monday, April 01, 2013

Excellent response to Joe Biden's "Buy a shotgun" and gun eduaction

Friends this is being sent a bit late as I was waiting for a response.  Please read it, its good info.

I asked a good friend who wanted to remain anonymous to give me an education regarding this clip.  Was it true.
Click here: HILARIOUS: Women take Joe Biden’s shotgun advice » The Right Scoop -

He writes an AR15 is basically a 22 but shoots the bullet at a much greater speed.
He also includes.... This is a pretty good article, a little technical. When you get to the comments you will see someone talking about the size difference of the cartridge (combustion chamber). The bullet being the projectile itself, and the cartridge is where the primer and powder to propel the bullet is.


I don't know if it discusses speed, but the faster ammunition usually penetrate deeper, that is why the larger .45 ACP (sub sonic or less than 1000 feet per second) did not penetrate the pipe and the 9mm (super sonic)did.

Also, ammunition is rated by kinetic energy, the amount of energy expelled into the target at impact. The 9mm and .38 special are the same size as the .357SIG and .357 magnum, but the cartridge is larger on both of these rounds. They move faster and dump more energy into the target

Bottom line .22 and .223 are easier to shoot than a 12 gauge shotgun, but at close range the shotgun is devastating without peer. I think there are 9 .32 caliber BB in a 12 gauge 00 buckshot round. Think if getting hit at 10-15 feet with that, you are gonna get something vital and even Keannu Reeves in the Matrix couldn't dodge it.

I have to go clean my guns now.

Thank you for the education.  The rest of what Joe Biden says is beyond ridiculous.  Go outside and shoot your gun?  Gee now you are outside, just emptied your gun, how will you defend yourself?

Carey Masci