Yesterday, TheBlaze brought you the heartbreaking story of a couple who appear to be great parents trying to care for their child, but CPS forcibly removed their son from the home. Glenn interviewed the couple on TV last night – check out the interview and Glenn’s thoughts about the situation.
Watch the full interview from TheBlaze below:
Tonight, one of the most shocking stories I have ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot. I’ve seen all the George Soros stuff. The government is snatching a child right out of its mother’s arms. This happened in California. All of the stories tonight that you will hear will have a common theme, and that is control.
We are living in a dangerous, dangerous time, and your neighbors better wake up from their slumber before it’s too late. A lot has changed in the last four years, but even more has changed in the last 86,497 days. That’s how many days have passed since these immortal words were penned: “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” These were the things that were given to us by God.
America, because of these words and the document that contained these words, became the land of the free. We were a beacon. Before we grew arrogant, we were a beacon, and millions of people packed up their entire lives and traveled halfway across the world. Even when we were arrogant, we were still the best in the world.
People would put their families on rickety boats and come over in Chevys. They weren’t even boats. They wouldn’t even know if they would make it alive, but it was worth it. It was worth a shot. In some cases, families were so desperate, they split apart. The patriarch of the family would make the trek in hopes of succeeding and one day have the means to bring the rest of the family to America with him, and they would do it over and over again. One by one, they would come.
In my own family, my uncle Leo was the only one who the family could afford to send to America. It was just before World War II. His family knew what was coming, and he knew he had to come to America. And the rest may never have made it. They didn’t know what exactly was going to happen to their home country in World War II.
I just read a story just a couple of days ago about a Jewish family here in America that split because they didn’t even know what would happen to America. But they took their two children and sent one to Californian and one to Illinois, and they didn’t even know about it, just to have a chance. That’s what America was, a chance, a chance to survive, a chance to breathe the air that was free, a chance to break the chains that would bind people all around the world in darkness.
Here was a beacon, a chance to pursue their wildest dreams, to pursue happiness, whatever it looked like for them…and the chance to worship God as they understood him, not with one formula. No promises, no guarantees, no fancy home or a job, just a chance, and people came by the millions, because this was the only place you had a chance.
Everywhere else you were controlled, and man is not designed to be controlled. We’re individuals, each of us unique. It’s that crazy leftist word that I don’t think – it’s like they say in the Princess Bride, you keep using this word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Diversity, that’s what America was all about. People are still coming. The question is, is America still delivering on its promise? Are we still a free nation? I’m not really sure.
The German family who fled here to homeschool their kids because of religious persecution, they would say yes, it is. Eric Holder is trying to kick them, however, out of the country. So are we? Anna and Alex Nikolayev, that’s the story of the kid that we told you yesterday. They came here from Russia of all places wanting to be free. They’re probably wondering if they were better off back with Putin in Russia. They live in the socialist state of California.
What happened to them is one of the most shocking things I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen it all. Several armed police officers in California, escorting a social worker from Child Protective Services, stormed into their house without a warrant and physically removed their infant baby right out of their mother’s arms. Anna was smart enough to set up a video camera just before they entered, and I’m glad she did, because the story is so incredible, I don’t think anyone would believe it if you hadn’t seen this.
Officer: So I’m going to come in and grab your baby and don’t resists and don’t fight me, okay?
I’m going to grab your baby. Don’t resist and don’t fight me. Are you kidding me? That goes against nature. Remember the bear cub thing that we talked about a couple of days ago? You go into a cave, and you’re like, I just want to hug the little cub. Mommy is going to tear you apart. That’s nature’s law.
It’s amazing, especially considering just a few months earlier, this government that pretends to care about babies so much that they made it legal to kill that baby just as long as you kill it in the womb before you can see anything happening. But you’d have to pry that baby out of my cold, dead hands. But what would you do as a parent?
It’s easy to talk big. It’s easy to say that would never happen to me. I’d tell them a thing or two. Really? Would you? Would you? Don’t you think you’d feel a little helpless? Would you even know what to do? Can you imagine how frightened this couple was?
Who wouldn’t be intimidated when police officers barge into your home demanding custody of the baby, and you’re thinking wait a minute, they can’t really do this, can they? And when they say yes, and if you resist, it’s only going to make it worse. You may never get your child back. What do you do, America?
Can you believe that we are living in this country now when I have to ask you that question, and you actually have to seriously ponder it? That’s the sort of thing that you would expect in North Korea or China and Russia, not here in America. Now these are, by all accounts, loving parents who are just trying to get the best treatment possible for their five-month-old baby, Sammy. That’s it. The justification CPS used was severe neglect, and I want you to understand this scene, because I want you to see if you can find any neglect, let alone severe, any neglect in this scenario.
Baby Sammy was born in a hospital with a heart condition. He goes home. He starts to show flu-like symptoms. Mom and dad are concerned, so they take him to the hospital. Boy, that doesn’t sound like neglect, does it? Now, they’re sitting in the hospital, and a nurse comes in and starts to give the child medication. Mom says, wait, what are you giving to the baby? The nurse says, I don’t know. The doctor just told me to give it to him.
Now, what do you say as a parent? Stop. I don’t know what you’re giving my child. What are you giving my child? I want to see the doctor. That’s what I would say. Is that neglect, or is that concern? Well, the doctor comes in, recommends surgery, recommends you’ve got to do it right now. Well, the couple had already previously been told that if they would wait to have surgery, the baby would be bigger and would have a better chance of surviving. Now what would you do?
And you know what’s amazing – it’s not your decision. It’s theirs. Their confidence in the quality of the care is a little shaken, because the doctor disagrees with the other doctor they just saw, and the nurse was like, I don’t know. I just give the baby whatever the doctor says. So they say, you know what, we want a second opinion. They want to go to another hospital. They want to make sure that they do the right thing before they start cutting the chest open of their child.
So they go to another hospital to get a second opinion. The second doctor says you know what, your baby is hydrated, healthy, clears the baby to go home. You’re fine. Now, does this sound like anyone even at all neglecting their children? After they left, the first hospital calls CPS and sends officers over to hospital number two. The officers show up, and they say, “Where’s the baby?” The doctor writes it all out. The baby is fine. I sent the baby home. The officers are totally satisfied, and they leave.
But that’s not good enough for the state of California. Oh no, it’s not over. Twenty-four hours later, CPS shows up at their home with armed police, breaks into their home. They do not have a warrant, and they essentially kidnap the child. Now I’m going to give you tonight a positive update to the story, and we’re going to be talking to the parents in just a few minutes, but the damage has already been done.
How can this possibly happen in the land of the free and the home of the brave? A child snatched from their mother’s arms…can you imagine? I’m just imagining what my wife – what would you do? How does it happen? Well, it’s easy – Progressives. You see, they know better than you. They’re smarter than you. They know – what do you know, really?
And God is out of the picture, so they are in control. See, it used to be God, then you, then the government. That’s the way our founders set it up. God was up here. He gave rights to you, and you say, I’m going to loan some of these rights to the federal government so they can do the things that I don’t have time to do so I can pursue happiness. That’s the way it worked.
But now government is at the top, you are underneath government, and God doesn’t even figure into the picture anymore. And if God doesn’t issue you your rights, who does? Certainly you don’t. Who are you to issue rights? The government does, and if the government starts to issue rights, they can issue them. They can issue rights over here but not over here. They can take them back. They can trample them. They can change them, because their rights, not yours.
They can do anything they see fit, because they have occupied the space of God, and this is exactly what our founders knew. The children don’t belong to you. You might’ve birthed them, but anybody can do that. They belong to the community. If this sounds insane, well let me remind you of the MSNBC promo, not just somebody in a panel going, oh yeah, I misspoke. No, no, this was a scripted promo from NBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry.
Melissa Harris-Perry: We have never invested as much in public education as we should have, because we’ve always had kind of a private notion of children. Your kid is yours and totally your responsibility. We haven’t had a very collective notion of these are our children, so part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities. Once it’s everybody’s responsibility and not just the household’s, then we start making better investments.
Sometimes I just fall to my knees and I ask God, how is it I can’t break through? How is that I can’t break through to the American people? How is it? How do we do it here? What is wrong with people? I’m the conspiracy theory? I’m the one pushing conspiracy? Are you watching the news?
Drop the private notion of your kid belongs to you. The collective controls them now. That’s insanity. Well, we’ll make better decisions when the collective is in control. Really? Do orphanages, are they better? Because those kids are controlled by the collective. All the Progressives think that they are going to be the one that finally solves it.
It’s the ageless socialist, communist riddle – how can we achieve this perfect utopia, collectivist society where it doesn’t end in starvation and, you know, people getting shot in the head? Well, it hasn’t happened yet, and it’s not going to, because it’s impossible. Man is designed to be free and chart their own course, not to be controlled. We are not designed to be lumped into groups or collectives. We can do that by choice, but we are designed as individuals. Look at your fingerprints – individuals.
We are completely and totally unique, and that’s diversity, the way it should be. And no one else in the history of the world is like you, but Progressives are trying to defy the laws of nature. Can I ask you this simple question: Can you imagine anyone having a greater love for your child than you? Besides your spouse, is there anyone? I think God, but that’s it. That’s it. No state, no group, no government, no social worker, nobody, no teacher, nobody can love my child more than I can love my child. That’s my child.
Yet, they keep trying to take me out of the picture and you out of the picture, because you parents, you just don’t know. We went to school for these things. Really? Parents now at a New York school are up in arms – but they’re all bigots, remember that – because they weren’t notified that students were forced to attend and participate in an anti-bullying presentation on homosexuality and gender identity.
Now, this is a program that they took 13- and 14-year-old female students, and they lined ’em all up. And they were forced to ask each other to make out and to pretend to be lovers. My 13-year-old daughter is going to be forced to stand in line and look another girl in the eye and say, “I want to be your lover”? What, are you insane?
The male students participated in a workshop which presented them with the idea that they should always have a condom in their pockets at all times. You never know when, you know, you’re going to need a condom. My 13-year-old son – thank you very much. They also got tips on how to identify – and I love this one – “a slut.”
So this is a seminar designed to create a bully-free environment, bully free, except for sluts. Well, I guess maybe sluts aren’t people. You can bully sluts, because they’re sluts, but just make sure you have a condom in your pocket when you do, because, you know, she’s a slut, you know what I mean? And you gotta have that condom, unless she’s a slut that likes to be slutty with other women, and then she should be in the other line.
What planet are we living on? Who thought this was a good idea? Some Progressive, over-educated numbskull, that’s who. We have the kind of government where bureaucrats are in charge, and parents have very little to say, either by design or by choice, because a lot of this is happening because a lot people are like, whatever. It’s just a school. It’s going to be fine. No it’s not.
The school superintendent shrugged off the criticism. I love this one. “[We] may require more notification to parents…” You might? You might require, really? Mom and dad, how are you feeling? Who has more control over your child right now, the school or you? Is your child with you more than the school?
Common Core is another control grab, federally mandated curriculum that forces every school to teach exactly the same way, homogenized, generic, zero chance of sparking any creativity in the children or in the teachers. They just jammed this one through the stimulus bill and bribed its way into most of the states, and parents have been left in the dark.
Now it’s finally being implemented in some states like New York, and the complaints are coming in. “Teachers, parents, and students complained that the tests were poorly designed, covered material that not been taught, and frustrated children to the point of tears.” Well, I hope the collective was there to hold them and wipe their little runny noses.
A professor at Columbia created a website for teachers and school administrators to share their feedback on Common Core. What did he find? Overwhelmingly negative, and these are the people who like Common Core. Let’s not forget, it teaches that Communism is everyone for everyone, and Capitalism is everybody out for themselves.
The masks are coming off, and we are seeing what Progressives are really all about, one word – control. Yesterday on radio, I played for you an admission from a gay activist. While I disagree with her, I actually have respect for her, because at least she’s being honest. This is Masha Gessen. Listen.
Masha Gessen: I mean, I agree. It’s a no-brainer that we should have the right to marry, but I also think equally that it’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist. Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we’re going to do with marriage when we get there. You know, because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie. The institution of marriage is going to change, and it should change. And again, I don’t think it should exist. And I don’t like taking part in creating fictions about my life. That’s sort of not what I had in mind when I came out 30 years ago. You know, I have three kids who have five parents, more or less. And I don’t see why they shouldn’t have five parents legally. I don’t see why we should choose two of those parents and make them into a sanctioned couple.
The world’s getting awfully complex here. I’m having a hard time following, keeping up. I could have a conversation with this woman every day of the week, every day of the week. At least she’s honest. These are the things the conspiracy theorists tell you that are coming down the pike, but nobody will believe you. Why, because they’re lying to you. They’re lying to you.
The institution of marriage is absolutely under attack, and if that happens, everything you know – families, parents, churches, all of it – gone. I know some Conservatives in this audience will not like this, but if you want to get married, I don’t really care. You can get married. You want to get married to a bike or a tree or a Buzz Lightyear action figure, I don’t really care. I really don’t care. Whatever dude, whatever – leave me out of it.
If that’s what your conscience dictates, I will support your right to be married in your church, and you can have the church of the, you know, the holy blue carpet, and you worship the blue carpet. I don’t really care. I’m not going to tell you what you can do in your church. Don’t you dare tell me what I can do my church.
I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. The value of that pact does not come from a government sanctioning it. It comes from God. I make a pact, a contract between my wife and God. That’s it. What God has joined together, let no man tear apart. That’s it. I have homosexual friends. I have homosexual employees. I don’t have a problem with it – whatever – good people, good people. I don’t think – maybe they’re conniving, but I don’t think so. I don’t think most people have her opinion; that they want to destroy my marriage.
We have to fight for the right to be different, to follow our conscience. Why is government even in the marriage business? Why are they in the parent business? I don’t want them in my bedroom. I don’t want them at a yard sale. I don’t want them at my kids’ lemonade stand or my living room or my kitchen.
They shouldn’t be in my marriage business, but they’ve done it now. And now they’re picking and choosing winners and losers, not only in marriage, but in business, everything. It’s only about control. They are trying to control what relationships you are allowed and not allowed to engage in. Meanwhile, they are putting all the structure in so they can watch every relationship.
When government has that kind of control over decisions that should be made by you, we all lose, even the ones making the decision. They lose, too. When the collective conscience trumps individual conscience, we are in trouble, trouble like crowds of people cheering at the demise of traditional marriage.
I think of the letter that came from Ben Franklin to Thomas Payne when he says, I’m an atheist. God doesn’t exist. How dare you? That was Ben Franklin’s response, how dare you? You are reaping all of the benefits from these people who have been listening to God. You don’t have to agree with them. Look at the benefit of this society. And now you say it’s nothing. How dare you?
Get the state out of my bedroom. Get the state out of my classroom. Get the state out of my hospital room. Get out of my life. Eighty-six thousand, four hundred ninety-seven days later, I’ve got news for you, it’s still about freedom. It’s still about freedom; however, we are now entering the time when we’re not celebrating its acquisition. We are now defending it from extinction. And it’s amazing, because the same kind of powers that seek control today are the same powers that the founders fled from in the first place.
This Fourth of July, we’re going to be out in Salt Lake City, and we’re going to do Man in the Moon. It’s a whole three-day weekend, and I invite you to come. We’re going to change the way we celebrate Fourth of July because it has to be. We have to put things back in its rightful place.
And one of the things we’re doing, we’re singing some of the traditional songs or performing them for you, but we’re not singing any of the traditional versus, because I don’t think we hear ’em anymore. I don’t think we listen to the lyrics anymore. You know what, you want to solve the problem here, maybe we should just start singing different stanzas from the Star-Spangled Banner. Maybe that’ll make people see who we really are and where we came from.
Not sure why Glenn would be shocked that one of his favorite new authors is a flaming progressive, but he managed to find a way to be shocked that a popular writer loves big government. Glenn explained his discovery and subsequent disappointment on radio today.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the fact that the five-month old baby was taken into protective custody on April 24th, 2013. This story originally indicated the baby had been with CPS for five months, which is incorrect.
It can’t get any worse, can it? Everyday it seems like there is a new story that shows people losing more and more control over their own lives and the lives of their children. One minute, it’s the ongoing gun grab happening in states across the country. The next, progressives like Melissa Harris-Perry is telling everyone that kids don’t belong to parents, they belong to the collective. And then there comes a story so shocking, anyone with an ounce of common sense is left screaming at their neighbors to wake up before it’s too late. It’s quite possibly the most shocking story Glenn has ever seen – armed officers and a child protection services worker storm into a home and literally take a baby from the mother’s arms and leave. It’s all caught on video, and the officer can be heard saying “I’m going to take your baby, don’t resist” before taking the child.
Anna and Alex Nikolayev are described as loving parents who took their baby, who has a heart murmur, to Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento when he started exhibiting flu-like symptoms. The family has undergone plenty of doctor visits in the last five months for the their son’s heart, and were unsettled by the treatment he was receiving.
At one point, Anna says, a nurse came in and started giving the baby, named Sammy, medicine. When she asked what it was the nurse allegedly replied, “I don’t know.”
They later found out that medicine was antibiotics, which Anna claims the doctor told her Sammy shouldn’t have received.
After doctors started discussing heart surgery, the Nikolayevs decided they wanted a second opinion. They weren’t categorically opposed to the procedure, but they wanted a different doctor.
The doctors at Sutter Memorial allegedly argued against consulting other health experts, pressuring her to stay put. Anna remained firm. She took her baby from the hospital without a proper discharge, and went straight to Kaiser Permanente Hospital.
Doctors there said the baby was safe to go home with his parents, one writing in the paperwork: “I do not have concern for the safety of the child at home with his parents.”
The next day police showed up at the Nikolayev’s home with representatives from Child Protective Services (CPS). Alex went outside to meet them, where he says he was “pushed against the building.” When he asked if he was being placed under arrest, he said they “smacked me down onto the ground [and] yelled out, ‘I think I got the keys to the house.’”
“Yesterday a judge says the baby can go back to the parents and the parents have control,” Glenn explained. “Well, thank you very much. The one word, the keyword here is the last one: Control. The parents have control. The State is doing everything they can to convince you that they have control over absolutely everything in your life, even your children.”
Glenn explained that this story is just the latest example of progressives thinking they know what is best for children. He brought up Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC promo where she said parents need to give up this idea of private ownership of children and start thinking of them as part of the collective. Progressives like Harris-Perry seem to think that once the elites are allowed to make decisions for the masses, everything will be better.
“No, that’s when we’ll start making the wrong decisions. Who cares about my child more: The State or me? Get the hell off my land; get your hands off my child,” Glenn said.
“You also have Common Core doing the same thing,” Glenn said. ” Common Core is about control, control over the teachers, control over you, control over your children.”
“It’s all about control and that’s why we are releasing today a new book that we rushed in, and we tried to make this the quintessential book, the book that tells you everything that is true that no one else will tell you. We set the record straight once and for all and we made it cheap. We made it, what is it, $8 or $9 now? We made it in paperback so you could put it in your back pocket and keep it with you. You could throw it in your briefcase and keep it with you. We’ve made it cheap enough so you could buy a couple of copies so you could give it to somebody else because I got news for ya, gang: If we cannot defend our Constitution, if we cannot argue with facts, the Second Amendment, we lose. We lose. Because they are seizing control,” Glenn said.
“I think that if we all put our heads together and we start learning the truth about guns, we start learning the truth about what has really transpired in our country in the years past, what control and gun control really means all around the world, we’re it, gang. This is it. There is no other country on the face of the Earth that has the Second Amendment. No other place on the face of the Earth recognizes the natural right for you to protect yourself and your children against intruders or an out‑of‑control government. This is the only one. If we lose the Second Amendment, we lose the First Amendment. We lose the Third, the Fourth, the Fifth, the Fifteenth, the Seventeenth, we lose them all.”
“Despite the gun debate being settled since 1791, the distortion about guns has reached an all‑time high in the media,” Glenn told listeners this morning.
CONTROL was released in bookstores nationwide today with the goal of setting the record straight on the Second Amendment and exposing the truth truth about guns. If you’re sick of watching Piers Morgan make the most ridiculous arguments against guns, while referring to them with made-up progressive terms like “military-style assault rifle,” this book is going to be your new best friend.
Piers Morgan loves touting f̶a̶c̶t̶s̶ myths like this on his CNN broadcast:
“You [the United States] have by far the worst rate of gun murder and gun crime of any of the civilized countries of this world.”
“This is a really interesting one because here’s what he says: You have by far the worst rate of gun murder and gun crime of any civilized country in the world,” Glenn noted after hearing the clip.
He went on to debunk Piers claim by saying, “First of all, that’s not accurate. Second let’s be clear, you know, lots of nations, including civilized ones, lots of nations including the civilized nations suffer from higher overall murder and gun murder rates than America. In fact, in 2011 the U.S. murder rate was 4.7 per 100,000 people, and the gun murder rate was 3.2. Much of Eastern Europe, much of Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Africa, all but one South American nation and all of Central America and Mexico suffer from a much higher murder rate than we do.”
Glenn went on to note that the “award” for the most gun violence goes to Honduras with 68.43 homicides by firearms per 100,000 people. A remarkably high number once you learn that there are only 6.2 firearms per 100 people in Honduras.
…okay, but America is WAY more wealthy than Honduras. So what Piers must have meant was that the United States has the most gun violence of the wealthy civilized countries, right?
“Staggeringly completely false,” Glenn said. “And you can find out why on Page 16 of the new book that is out now, CONTROL: Exposing the Truth about Guns.”
President Obama’s former adviser and green jobs czar Van Jones was arrested yesterday outside of a federal courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri during a protest against “Big Coal.”
“I mean, did you see Van Jones was arrested yesterday,” Glenn asked on radio this morning. “He was protesting with a bunch of miners. There’s so many jokes here, but he was protesting with a bunch of miners, coal miners, because these evil coal companies are wrecking the earth and they are not paying out the benefits.”
Van Jones took to Twitter to explain the arrest, which he apparently “volunteered” for. He described the event as a “peaceful demonstration, supporting miners being ripped off by Big Coal.”
There is obvious irony in the fact Van Jones was arrested for protesting in support of the very same miners his green energy campaigns have sought to put out of business.
“You know what? I would imagine if it wasn’t for people like Van Jones, those companies would be booming right now and they wouldn’t have a hard time paying those benefits,” Glenn said wryly. “Seeing that they are all being put out of work by the new green jobs which, you know, are sponsored by your green jobs czar.”
“And the only reason we don’t use more coal is because of environmentalists,” Stu added. “You can argue that’s a good thing maybe. You might think, ‘Oh, well, I’m glad we don’t use coal.’ But the only reason that we are not able to exploit these resources and we are not completely energy independent is because of environmentalism.”
Perhaps noticing the remarkable irony of the situation, Van Jones once again took to Twitter to clarify his position:
But given the history, there is truly no logical explanation for why these miners would want to stand next to Van Jones.
“And so now your green jobs czar, I mean, you want to talk about useful idiots, the green jobs czar goes and stands with these guys who are like, ‘The company won’t pay us. They’re going out of business.’ Well… have you been in the coal mine too long, guys? The guy you’re standing next to is the guy putting – was the guy putting your companies out of business. I mean, it’s incredible to me.”
Long-term preparedness is a robust cycle of planning and design.
Many people who work on their individual plans store up and stock food and water in an attempt to create a sustainable lifestyle for a period of time. But one large question remains – What do you do when the food runs out? Seed harvesting and storing is a practice that goes back to the earliest Americans, and is a time-honored tradition, with some seeds passing down from generation to generation within families.
Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Located in Norway, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a secure seed (heirloom) bank located in the Arctic, which functions to preserve a wide variety of plant seeds in an underground cavern about 810 miles from the North Pole. Like the best practices of storing food – cool, dark and dry Norway’s environment fits the criteria; ’twas the island of Spitsbergen that rendered the least tectonic activity and placed 430ft above the sea nestled in thick ice and snow stands the entrance to the seed vault for the world. Inside the vault seeds remain at −18 °C (0 °F).
The seed vault is a preparedness plan to provide food insurance against a large-scale regional or global crises.
The number one problem with Svalbard’s Global Seed Vault is that it is in Norway! Ideal storage conditions aside, Norway itself is an intelligent country – look around and listen, hear that? The world seems to be trembling under our feet, threatening a collapse from a variety of categories. I am starting to see why Norway was willing to fund the construction of the Global Seed Vault. Norway is not alone is seeing the value of storing heirloom seeds. There are many countries that have taken particular interest and sending their seeds to the vault including tens of thousands of samples from the U.S with Ireland, Mexico, Canada, Syria, Columbia sending their unique seeds as well. Notable charities like the Linda and Bill Gates Foundation have helped sustain the Global Seed Vault’s plans to be ready for the unexpected.
3 Questions To Ask Regarding Heirloom Seeds
The world around us seems to be preparing for collapse or disaster on a dramatic, large-scale. Svalbard’s Global Seed Vault was an action plan that launched only a few years ago (2008). It is only logical that we turn our thoughts and concerns and intellectually ask ourselves if we ought to be creating our own Family Seed Vault?
The process of creating your own Family Seed Vault is quite simple, as long as you purchase the CORRECT seeds. Unfortunately, the cute and colorful seeds at your grocery store will not properly assist you in a long-term crisis. Seeds from your neighborhood store are “designed” as a single-harvest use. The seeds from the harvest will not germinate the next year. If there is a conspiracy here it’s probably just to keep you returning to the cash register each season.
Heirloom seeds are just that, seeds that can be taken from the fruit, vegetable or herbs and passed down from generation to generation – providing bountiful harvests year to come. But there are a few key questions to ask when purchasing heirloom seeds from a trusted source.
Establishing Real Food Insurance
Being able to harvest the seeds from this year’s crop in order to plant next year’s crop is essential for real food insurance. True heirloom seeds are pure in nature, unlike other types such as hybrids or Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). True heirloom seeds are reproduced through open-pollination and can store for 25 years, and longer under Svalbard’s conditions.
Provisioning for food independence requires that you have seeds that will render a variety of health benefits from proper nutrition found in herbs, fruits, vegetables & teas and a Family Seed Vault should offer around 20+ varieties of seed to properly consider the nutritional needs for the family.
Gardens can be tilled to an entire acre or be creatively bedded inside the well of an old tire. Regardless the size or the shape, heirloom seeds are one of the fundamental needs for a family’s readiness plan.
On radio this morning, Glenn interviewed Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) about the national security threats that face the United States. From the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing to immigration reform to the infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood, Rep. Gohmert candidly spoke about the shortfalls of the government in many of these cases.
Glenn spoke about the average American’s anger with the government in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, and how he fears people are beginning to “unplug” out of frustration. While Rep. Gohmert remained optimistic that people are waking up and beginning to really understand the situation at hand, the insights he shared into failed intelligence surrounding the Muslim Brotherhood, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi are troubling.
He explained it is “necessary to find out what is really going on, whether it is Fast and Furious, Benghazi, etc. This week there have been threats against those who might disclose what they know… Those people should not have been hung out to dry for so long. It sends a message to people in intelligence and in the military that this administration will leave you hanging out to dry.”
In regards to immigration reform, Rep. Gohmert admitted he is a good friend and supporter of Gang of Eight member Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ). But he clarified that he does not support the legislation’s proposed path to citizenship. “We have a broken system. And those that say we’ll fix it by adding 11 million people all of a sudden to be checked out just do not understand the extent of the brokenness of this system.”
It can be frustrating to hear people within the government talk about the seemingly overwhelming and wide-ranging problems we currently face, but Glenn attempted to end the interview on a more positive note – asking Gohmert what the American people can do to help right the course.
“Get involved by watching what is coming out of Washington,” Rep. Gohmert responded. “I had a lot of friends in high school who said, ‘Louie, I don’t care what the government does as long as they leave me alone.’ Well, guess what, when you don’t care what the government does, it does not leave you alone. People have got to start noticing. We’re part of the government. We hire on a hiring day called Election Day. You need to know – examine those people, look at their resumes, interview them. People have got to be responsible, or we are going to lose the greatest gift God has ever blessed the people with and that is this great nation.”
“Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas – one of the few good guys with a spine made of titanium,” Glenn concluded. “May God bless you and all those who are working by your side in Washington.”