by Dan Klute, Nebraska Star Beef

This column is part of our ongoing series of op-eds this election season from small business owners working with The Marketplace by TheBlaze. We often hear politicians talk about what small business owners want, and if elected, what public officials could do to help these entrepreneurs. But we haven’t heard enough from small business owners themselves. This series will feature small business owners discussing their business, ‘how they built that,’ and what it has been like trying to sustain and grow their business over the last 4 years. 

“For we come on the ship they call the Mayflower,
We come on the ship that sailed the moon.
We come in the age’s most uncertain hours
And sing an American tune.”
–Paul Simon

Like millions of other small businesses, Nebraska Star Beef has an American tune we’d love to share. It’s a song of faith, family and treating people the way you want to be treated. It‘s about being your brother’s keeper, having a vision with the courage to follow it and firmly relying upon the protection of Divine Providence. It’s about failure—and how you react to it.

This story is about my brother Dale Klute. He’s faced adversity. He’s been down, but never out. At one point in life, he literally had nothing but the shirt on his back, and then built something. Something on his own that had nothing to do with access to highways or bridges.

Dale and I grew up on a family farm in rural Nebraska. The two youngest of nine children, our parents taught us the importance of faith in God and hard work. Mom and Dad lived life in manner that: no matter what comes your way, if you have a strong relationship with God, things will work out. They knew what they were talking about.

The mid 1980′s were a rough time for many famers and cattlemen. Tough weather conditions, low commodity prices, and high costs forced many out of business. Dale was one of those. In a few months, everything he worked for all his life was gone. No one was to blame, Dale was just a victim of circumstance. So what did he do when all this happened, pity party or get to work?  The latter was chosen.

Dale moved to Colorado, started working for a cattle operation, advanced in the company and educated himself in the commodities futures market—something most farmers and livestock producers are scared to death of.  Dale and his wife Shawna started Klute Investment Services in 1995. Having the ability to protect investors from losses, and often times guarantee profits, Dale’s investment business grew. So did his desire to once again have his own cattle operation.

In 1998, Dale partnered with Elmo and Tony Mayes and purchased Phelps County Feeders in Holdrege, Nebraska.  What started out as a 12,000 head feeding operation, soon blossomed into 35,000. Hard work, honesty and integrity were paying big dividends. In 2002, after only four short years back in Nebraska, Dale began an all-natural beef program for more than 40 Whole Foods Market locations in the southwest United States. This relationship lasted until 2010, when Whole Foods asked Dale to supply all their stores with all natural beef. All Dale had to do was to make sure Phelps County Feeders and the ranchers that provided calves would follow the guidelines set up by the Global Animal Partnership. Dale politely declined. The entrepreneur insides him said we can do this on our own. Let’s create something special. So, Nebraska Star Beef was born.

Dale, his son Joe and Tony Mayes started Nebraska Star Beef in 2010. Soon after, they brought on my nephew Steve Johnson to work with product development and marketing. These guys, along with my niece Kayla, have done a fabulous job with our steaks, Fusion burgers and beef jerky. Our business partners Custom Pack and C & C Processing are top of the line skilled artisans. Nebraska Cold Storage and Crystal Creek Logistics are two wonderful small businesses that provide storage and shipping services.

So, why am I here writing this piece?  That’s where the firm reliance upon the protection of Divine Providence comes in. Late last year, Nebraska Star Beef reached the point where they were ready to sell their products. So Joe prayed to God, asking who they should bring on for sales. The answer he got was me. Trust me, I’m nothing special.  I’d been in sales for a company based in Irving, Texas for almost thirteen years. We never had any conversations about me working for my brother, so, when Dale told me the story, I started chuckling. It had been on my heart for several months to be ready for a change in jobs. I told him I was interested and we would work on the details. On March 1, 2012 I became part of Nebraska Star Beef.

The very first morning I went out to sell steaks and beef jerky, I was listening to Glenn’s radio program like I have been since he went national in 2001. Before I had a chance to make a sales call, Glenn announced that markdown.com was changing directions. He asked for small businesses to fill out an application for the Marketplace. I went home that night and filled one out, having a feeling this was meant to be. I shared with my wife what I was doing.  She said, “That’s nice, honey.”  What were the odds we’d be chosen for the Marketplace, one in several thousands? But hey, here we are. God used me as Nebraska Star Beef’s connection to the Marketplace. It wouldn’t have happened had Joe not asked for Divine guidance.
In one aspect, the President is right when he says, “You didn’t build that.” Without the grace of God, no business would succeed. That doesn‘t mean challenges don’t exist. Nebraska Star Beef has entered an arena with some really big dogs, and in their “dog eat dog” world, we’re the Chihuahua. But, that’s okay. Our partnership with the Marketplace has given us not only the opportunity to be in front of millions of potential customers, but also the hope we will not only survive but thrive.

Hopefully, our American tune will be uplifting for all those small businesses who are struggling in these times. We’re struggling right along with you, but everything is going to be fine. We might not be sailing to a new land or exploring outer space, but we’re all here at this time and place for a reason. God has great things in store for each and everyone of us!

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The mainstream media will try and tell you that the threat of radical Islam is overblown, but the truth is our leaders are ignoring the threat at every opportunity. Don’t believe it? You MUST watch this video of people in our own government failing to recognize the danger posed by the Muslim Brotherhood. Can we afford four more years of appeasement to radicals?

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The American Revolution occurred in which country? How many years in a decade? These question seem simple enough – but can the average American answer them? Glenn finds out and in the process likely depresses the nations outlook based on the results. The latest installment of More-On Trivia – check it out in the clip above!


				
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It’s amazing MSNBC has any viewers left, conservative or liberal, given the amount of times they’ve been caught not merely spinning, but out and out lying with deceptive edits. They did it with the Tea Party, they did it in the Trayvon Martin case, Andrea Mitchell did it with the ‘Wawa’ lie, just to name a few. The latest one takes the cake – even the NYT & HuffPo have corrected it. MSNBC? Still running with the lie!

“You are going to be discouraged in every possible way,” Glenn said.”In entertainment, radio, newspapers, television, online. If you belong to a union, God bless you. Good luck with that. You’re going to be discouraged and told you’re a loser. You’re on the losing side. Momentum is not in your favor. The poll numbers are down. There’s no signs that nobody wants Romney. Whatever.”

“I’ve never seen anybody so maligned before. I mean what they’re doing to Mitt Romney is far worse than anything they ever accused us of doing to Barack Obama. Because we were always rooted in the truth. Never did we edit a tape. Never did we edit a tape. Never did we spin something that wasn’t true. When the White House demanded retractions on Fox, and demanded I be taken off of Fox and everything else they. The question was asked: ‘He’ll apologize for anything we got wrong we’ll correct it, what is it?’ They didn’t come back with anything.”

“What they’re doing to Mitt Romney is beyond politics because we’re not talking about politics.”

“The narrative that they’re trying to paint is that Romney has no support and Ryan is the only one that anybody is supporting. That he (Ryan) should be the top of the ticket. Now this should tell you something. They don’t talk about Ryan which means Ryan must be really good and pretty bulletproof because they’re not talking about him. The way they’re talking about him now is ‘(Ryan)’s the superstar. And we have evidence of it. And nobody is interested at all and Mitt is jealous.”

Glenn went to clips from MSNBC where Mika Brzezinski tried to say that Romney would be campaigning more with his running mate Mitt Romney because he’s more popular. They even played a clip where it sounded like the crowds were cheering more for Paul Ryan than Romney, but as TheBlaze found they were actually cheering for Romney and MSNBC appears to have manipulated the tape.

TheBlaze explains:

If you listen closely, it’s obvious the audio in the clip has been adjusted. However, that’s not uncommon — and that doesn‘t necessarily mean it’s MSNBC who did it. Sound technicians usually cut out the audience to ensure speakers aren’t drowned out (which you can do by simply turning the mics up and down — or you can do after the fact). However, where the controversy comes in is in the caption on the screen quoting the audience as chanting “Ryan!” Why is that controversial? Because people who attended the event say that’s not what happened, and that the MSNBC video grossly misrepresents what actually occurred.

During Thursday‘s edition of TheBlaze TV’s “Pat & Stu,” one caller gives her account of the campaign rally.

“The crowd was yelling,” caller Sherry recounts, “the crowd was screaming ‘Romney! Romney!’ and Romney, being the gentleman [he is], we can‘t get in his head because he’s so stinking nice, he stopped us to add ‘Romney-Ryan.’”

“And if you watch the clip again, Ryan throws up his hand like ‘oh, you don’t have to add me to the chant,’” she adds.

“You cannot trust anything NBC says.  I’ve never said that about any news organizations,” Glenn said after going through the audio of the event. He said this includes Brian Williams, NBC News, The Today Show, and everything on MSNBC.

“It is the worst source for news you can possibly find,” he said later adding “They are as bad as American journalism has ever gotten.”

What’s worse? MSNBC doubled down on the audio as you can hear at the end of the clip above when several NBC reporters referenced the clip as a sign of Romney’s unpopularity.

“Do not trust any word from any journalist that works for NBC.  Not one word.  I’ve never said that about any organization.  Any news organization before.”

 

 

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If Ann Coulter joined Glenn on radio this morning to discuss her new book, Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama. Ann’s new book explains the Left’s agenda to patron minorities, in particularly black Americans, and lie to the rest of the country while they’re doing it. After being attacked by Whoopi and the most of the ladies of The View for “daring to write a book about black people,” Glenn was a much friendlier interview.

“How dare you talk about race! Have you ever been black, Ann Coulter?” Glenn asked sarcastically, mocking the confrontation that occurred between her and Whoopi the previous day.

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“Basically what she said to you Ann was how dare you talk about black people,” Glenn commented.

“Well, it did become clear during the interview that they haven’t cracked the book,” Ann responded.

She noted how that actually made it a great interview, because they were throwing all of the myths out that she wrote about in her book.

“As I told Whoopie it’s not how black people feel, and hurting America, and black America most of all,” she added.

Not all figures on the left are opposed to Ann’s book. Left leaning Juan Williams, a political analyst at Fox News, actually likes the book.

Glenn even noted that his eyes were opened up even more after reading the book. It incomprehensible how he is always labeled the racist because he doesn’t have any black supporters as a conservative.

“We try to reach out over and over again – we want to be inclusive,” Glenn said, “but the left continually paints us into everything that we are absolutely not. And somehow or another that’s our fault.”

Ann agreed, and commented on the huge historical events that have been warped to fit the liberal agenda. Most blacks were originally Republicans , because it was Republicans who led the movement to put an end to slavery. It was the GOP that, for the next 100 years, kept introducing the Civil Rights legislation that was repeatedly shot down by the Democrats.

It was the Republican platform that had anti-lynching legislation, anti-poll tax legislation, public accommodation legislation, etc. The Republican platform in 1956 endorsed Brown vs. Board of Education. The Democratic platform did not – in fact, in 1956 they ran a segregationist on their ticket.

“All the segregationists were Democrats, and they were not conservative Democrats – like we’re always told,” Ann noted. “They were liberal Democrats and they’re still being honored by Democrats like Bill Clinton, who invited J. William Fulbright to his inauguration — an extreme segregationist. William Fulbright voted against the Civil Rights Act of ’57 and ’60, pushed by Eisenhower, and of ’64 and ’65 — he signed the Southern Manifesto, and Bill Clinton gave him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And at the speech, he commended Fullbright for teaching Americans to see Russians as people too. Well, he couldn’t see black Americans as people too.”

“And this is the history of our party. The roles have been reversed. As I said in my column this week, ‘someday when America society comes to an enlightened understanding about the evil of abortion, as they did with slavery, the roles are going to reverse the history of that too. And suddenly, the Republicans are going to be the pro-choicers, while Democrats fought to save little baby fetuses sleeping in their mother’s womb’. It’s just a completely inverted history.”

The question that leaves us with is how? How was that history changed? How did they erase everything Republicans were? The left now goes as far now as saying that the GOP is a party “that Lincoln would be ashamed of.” When in fact, quite the opposite is true. He would be ashamed of the left. Frederick Douglass would be ashamed of the Democrats.

In Ann’s book, she quotes Frederick Douglass, who said:


“Let us stand upon our own legs, work with our own hands, and eat bread in the sweat of our own brows. When you, our white fellow countrymen, have attempted to do anything for us, it has generally been to deprive us of some right, power or privilege which you yourself would die before you would submit to have taken from you. When the planters of the West Indies used to attempt to puzzle the pure-minded Wilberforce with the question, How shall we get rid of slavery? his simple answer was, “quit stealing.” In like manner, we answer those who are perpetually puzzling their brains with questions as to what shall be done with the Negro, “let him alone and mind your own business.” If you see him plowing in the open field, leveling the forest, at work with a spade, a rake, a hoe, a pickaxe, or a bill—let him alone; he has a right to work. If you see him on his way to school, with spelling book, geography and arithmetic in his hands—let him alone. Don’t shut the door in his face, nor bolt your gates against him; he has a right to learn—let him alone. Don’t pass laws to degrade him. If he has a ballot in his hand, and is on his way to the ballot-box to deposit his vote for the man whom he thinks will most justly and wisely administer the Government which has the power of life and death over him, as well as others—let him alone; his right of choice as much deserves respect and protection as your own. If you see him on his way to the church, exercising religious liberty in accordance with this or that religious persuasion—let him alone.—Don’t meddle with him, nor trouble yourselves with any questions as to what shall be done with him.”

This reminded Glenn of the clip that was released yesterday of the woman in Ohio with her “Obama phone.”

This is exactly what you’re talking about right now.

“I mean, this is slavery. This is slavery,” Glenn said referring to the dependency on government Americans are being led to.

“And it’s heartbreaking,” Ann responded. “So much horror that has been done to the black family and the black community with specific policies by the Democrats. As you will find in my book, blacks were much more likely to be married than whites, up until the Great Society programs.”

It’s hard to believe that anyone who understood the magnitude of the Civil Rights movement would be, now, slapping it on all the other issues they care about as a tool to push their policies forward. Things like abortion on-demand, “homeless rights,” gay marriage, and voter fraud.

She noted that, on the issue of voter fraud and voter i.d. laws, the left doesn’t seem to mind insulting black Americans to make their “arguments” against the legislation. Based on their own word, they seem to think that being that black people are too stupid or too poor to get an i.d.

“The only people that have been keeping the blacks from voting are the Democrats, and the Republicans fought to get blacks the right to vote,” Ann added.

Ann’s book is mostly about more recent events and current figures on the left than the history of the Civil Rights movement. In her book she goes through public figures, like Chris Matthews, who are always shouting “racism” at the people they disagree with, but really have no foothold in the black community. It’s simply a talking point and a tool they use to shutdown the people who disagree with their political ideology.

So how do you combat that? How to you beat a narrative being run by the mainstream media and half of our political leaders?

“How do we repair this? How do we come together as a people? A divided house is not going to stand,” Glenn said. “And does Romney win?”

“I still think he win. The only danger is that the racial from the left will work again. I think Obama or any Democrat would have won in 2008 no matter what. We were running John McCain. The economy collapsed right before the election. It is a fact that more white people voted for Obama than they had in 50 years,” she answered.

“But the point of this book is to remind people of the racial bullying has never produced anything good.”

Ann Coulter will be joining Glenn’s radio program occasionally through November 6th. You can get Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama HERE.

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On radio this morning, Glenn expressed his frustration with the lack of common sense in the actions of the TSA. There just seems to be no rhyme or reason to the method of their madness – so Glenn offered some advice: ‘stop treating people like criminals’! He shared some of his own experiences dealing with the TSA, and found it amazing that we keep giving the TSA more and more control over our security in airports when their incompetence runs rampant.

TheBlaze explains their new training exercise:

Video of a so-called Transportation Security Administration “freeze drill” has been posted online, showing a TSA officer instructing passengers to remain in place at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport before permitting them to leave.

The 24-second footage, posted on YouTube Tuesday, appears to show about a dozen passengers stopped in their tracks with two uniformed TSA officers supervising.

“Stay right where you are,” a blue-gloved TSA officer says as one person tries to walk through. “Stay right there.”

The user who uploaded the video stated the entire drill lasted about two minutes and that it took place within the “secured” part of the airport.

“The tension was rather palpable, as you might imagine. No explanation was given, no other words were spoken. No one moved a muscle. Parents grabbed their children. Anyone who fidgeted or made a step forward got yelled at,” the video’s description stated.

Watch the “Stop and Freeze” video below:

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On radio this morning, Glenn talked about the steady flow of misinformation that has come from the administration regarding the terrorist attack on the United States Embassy in Libya. The media has followed suit with even more misinformation – including Time magazine whose Managing Editor likened a radical Jihadist group to the Tea Party on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

On Morning Joe, Time’s Richard Stengel said, “We have a great piece by Bobby Ghosh, who’s been on here before about the rise of the Salafis, in the Middle East, they’re the Tea Party of Muslim democracy, and that’s a fantastic, insightful story as well.”

“Do you have any Salafis are?” Glenn asked. “Not really good guys.”

The New York Times ran an op/ed in August that described the Salafis as one of the most radical groups in the Middle East:

In Tunisia, Salafis started the Reform Front party in May and led protests, including in Sidi Bouzid. This summer, they’ve repeatedly attacked symbols of the new freedom of speech, ransacking an art gallery and blocking Sufi musicians and political comedians from performing. In Egypt, Salafis emerged last year from obscurity, hastily formed parties, and in January won 25 percent of the seats in parliament — second only to the 84-year-old Muslim Brotherhood. Salafis are a growing influence in Syria’s rebellion. And they have parties or factions in Algeria, Bahrain, Kuwait, Libya, Yemen and among Palestinians.

Salafis are only one slice of a rapidly evolving Islamist spectrum. The variety of Islamists in the early 21st century recalls socialism’s many shades in the 20th. Now, as then, some Islamists are more hazardous to Western interests and values than others. The Salafis are most averse to minority and women’s rights.

A common denominator among disparate Salafi groups is inspiration and support from Wahhabis, a puritanical strain of Sunni Islam from Saudi Arabia. Not all Saudis are Wahhabis. Not all Salafis are Wahhabis, either. But Wahhabis are basically all Salafis. And many Arabs, particularly outside the sparsely populated Gulf, suspect that Wahhabis are trying to seize the future by aiding and abetting the region’s newly politicized Salafis — as they did 30 years ago by funding the South Asian madrassas that produced Afghanistan’s Taliban.

Salafis go much further in restricting political and personal life than the larger and more modern Islamist parties that have won electoral pluralities in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco since October. For most Arabs, the rallying cry is justice, both economic and political. For Salafis, it is also about a virtue that is inflexible and enforceable.

The article continues to explain they are also for gender segregation in schools and offices. They are even said to be more anti-West than any other Islamist group, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

That really sounds like the Tea Party, doesn’t it?

 

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One of the biggest themes of the documentary series The Project is the idea that anyone trying to question the ties between the religion of Islam and acts of terrorism carried out by groups like Hamas and Al Queda. In the film, multiple interviewees discuss the challenges they faced at both the local and national levels when they questioned whether terrorists were motivated by radical Islamic beliefs. The people trying to raise the connections were quickly labeled Islamaphobic, and many found themselves ostracized both personally and professionally. As the film reveals, these attacks are all part of the radicals’ strategy  to infiltrate the United States by shutting down any conversation about Muslim extremists, making it impossible to distinguish between peaceful Muslims and the radicals who want to destroy America.

In the clip below, Patrick Poole describes how he was labelled an Islamaphobe when he investigated an Dr. Salah Sultan, an Islamic man with connections to a radical organization in Ohio. The local religious community and even the local paper attacked him. But it wasn’t long after Poole investigated him that he was condemning the United States and defending Al-Queda members.

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Poole wrote at the time:

When I wrote my first article about Salah Sultan in April 2006, noting his close association to Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef Al-Qaradawi and his many public statements promoting anti-Jewish blood libels, I was attacked by my own hometown newspaper, the Columbus Dispatch, as a racist, bigot and Islamophobe in an article written by religion reporter Felix Hoover.

Several prominent Islamic organizations and the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio launched a smear campaign attacking me, including the Islamic school in Hilliard that had employed Sultan as their religious director, enlisting theDispatch to defend the school and portraying Sultan as a peaceful moderate, not the racist, terror-supporting Muslim Brotherhood cleric that I claimed he was.

Two weeks after the Columbus Dispatch article was published defending Sultan, he appeared on Saudi Al-Risala TV, where he defended designated Al-Qaeda terrorist and Osama bin Laden mentor Abdul Majid al-Zindani, and claimed that the U.S. was behind the 9/11 attacks in order to launch a war against Muslims. Even though I forwarded the information to the Dispatch editors, they never made mention of the “peaceful moderate” cleric’s statements.

Even scarier, political correctness is stopping federal organizations from being able to properly research and understand the connections between radical Islam and terrorists. Leaders like Attorney General Eric Holder refuse to acknowledge the ties between Islam and terror, again labeling those who want to discuss Muslim extremism as bigots and Islamaphobes. Law enforcement training manuals have  been purged of any reference to radical Islam, and those who would try and teach about it are professionally blacklisted.

Perhaps most shocking, there is a movement led by groups linked to the Muslim Brotherhood to make it illegal to defame or deride Islam. The so-called “blasphemy laws” are even gaining traction among the United States government. Get the details in the clip below:

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