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Almost There!

And thus ends my babymoon guest posts. Thank you so much to all those who shared their thoughts with us! I do hope you, our readers, found their stories thought-provoking, encouraging, and challenging. I know I have! If you missed out on any of them, here are quick links to their posts. You can also find them under “guest posts” in the Things We Do, Done, and Digg drop down list on the sidebar.

Chickie is three weeks old tomorrow, and what a doll she is! I can’t wait to share about the last month and a half of our life, but at the same time I want to hold out a little longer because the space on this site for pictures is used up, and purchasing more doesn’t make sense when the new site will be open in just two weeks.

That’s right! The grand opening of our new website is scheduled for April 23rd! On that date I will write a quick post here sharing the website link so you can find us. That will be the very last post on this blog.

Among the first posts at this new site, we will tell you (and show you!) all about our recent life on the homestead, including the recent addition to our family, our growing flock of hens, our more permanent solutions for grey water and humanure, the latest horseless carriage in our yard, and Papa’s greenhouse project, plus more!

It’s hard to believe that in less than one month we will have been living in our camper for a whole year. It has been a grand experience (one I intend to write more about this spring/summer), but we are ready to move forward and, as the previous paragraph suggested, take steps that will bring us yet closer to building a little off-grid cottage for our growing family.

With that said, please be patient with us for the next couple weeks while there are no new posts. The 23rd will be a brand new start and I’m looking forward to sharing with you regularly again.

And a happy belated spring and Easter!

Make your own herbal remedies ~ guest post by Nancy @ Nama’s Natural Remedies

Have you been wondering about making your own herbal remedies?  If you have, let me encourage to start now – I can guarantee that it will be something you will enjoy.  Don’t be a procrastinator like I was.  I wanted to do herbs for many years but just put it off because I didn’t know where to start, or was afraid, or didn’t want to spend the money. 

Finally one day I signed up for a local herb walk.  Within a few weeks I received a call – and just like that I began the journey that I had always wanted to take. 

Let me just tell you a few of the reasons this path is such an incredible place to be.

  • If you love the outdoors, as I always have, learning herbs adds a whole new dimension – like putting a snorkel on and sticking your face in the warm, blue water when standing waist deep in the ocean in Hawaii – the numbers and colors of fish that are right around your feet are incredible!  That’s the way the outdoors becomes when you start looking for and identifying herbs in the wild!  It’s amazing!
  • Herbs were the only health care people had for thousands of years.  They learned about them – what they were good for – how they worked – and they wrote it all down.  Through their many years of experience we are able to enliven and enrich our own personal health care.  And most of these things have been proven scientifically in study after study.  It’s amazing!
  • Most herbs work gently and naturally.  When you use an herb you are using it in its entirety.  Not only will it help the situation that you are working on, it will help a hundred other things in your body that you don’t even know need help.  What great side effects!  It’s amazing! 
  • You can make salves and balms that work 100 times better than a little tube of Neosporin.  You can make salves for wounds, for bug bites, for hemorrhoids, for bruises, for sore muscles – for anything.  It’s amazing.
  • You can make lotions and hair care products that are free of all the commercial additives you purchase, that make your skin and hair healthy and strong.  It’s amazing.
  • You can pamper your sunburned skin with remedies that work far better than anything you can buy.  It’s amazing.
  • You can impress your friends and family by showing your creative genius, and save money as well, by making your own herbal gifts. It’s amazing.

So, my recommendation to you is to just get in there and do it.

Nourishing Herbal Infusions.

When you are beginning it can be a little intimidating, so I recommend starting with something easy but convincing. 

One of the easiest things to begin with is an herbal infusion.  An infusion is simply a strong version of tea.  Unlike tea, which is steeped for 10-15 minutes, an infusion steeps for at least four hours, although to extract the greatest amount of nutrients, overnight is best.   An easy habit to get into is cranking up the tea pot just before bedtime, bring the water to a boil, then add it to the herbs each night.  When you get up in the morning just strain the herbs, add honey or whatever you like, put it in a quart jar and stick it in the refrigerator.  Warm a cup any time of the day or you may even decide you like it cold.  It is nutritious and delicious.  It replaces that sweet snack you are sometimes tempted to indulge in, or renews you after exercise.

My favorite is a blend of equal parts of oatstraw, nettle, holy basil, and peppermint.  It is delicious hot or cold.  But your blends are never ending – all depending on the result you are hoping to get.

Nettles are full to the brim with calcium, iron, folic acid, chromium, magnesium, vitamin C, B vitamins niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin, choline, folic acid, zinc, carotene, and more. 

Oatstraw contains goodly amounts of chromium, magnesium, silicon, calcium, niacin, vitamin A and more.

Holy Basil is a gentle nervine, my herbalist told me that if everyone would have a cup of Holy Basil a day  “we would have world peace!”   

 Peppermint is full of niacin, folic acid, magnesium, calcium, vitamin C, B vitamins niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin, carotene and more.  And it tastes delicious.

These herbs are good for the nervous system, for depression, for heart problems, they help lower cholesterol, give you strong bones and healthy hair, and will boost your overall well-being, etc.  Combined in equal parts they make a very delicious tea.

A decoction is somewhat the same thing, but instead of using the aerial parts such as leaves and flowers, it uses the tougher parts of the plant, such as roots and berries and bark, which need more work to extract the nutrients.  These you place in a pot, add water, and simmer on the stove from 15 to 45 minutes.  Then strain, add honey or lemon – milk – maple syrup – stevia or whatever you like, and drink a cup full. 

Purchasing your herbs from a reputable company makes this medium a safe and effective way to use herbs.  It is definitely something that everyone should do.  You can move on from nourishing herbs to healing herbs when needed, so get a good book, such as Rosemary Gladstar’s , “Herbal Recipes,” for great instruction and formulas. 

Simple Remedies.

The next thing I would do is try simple remedies for things such as colds, sore throats and ear aches, things that are always around.  Learn how to make pastilles that we call “Slippery Elm Balls,” by simply mixing Slippery Elm Powder and Honey,  and see how fast they will take care of sore throats.  Or make your own cough syrup made from Elder Berries or Licorice Root and Wild Cherry Bark.   Mullein/garlic oil is incredible for ear aches.  And Ginger tea is the best for easing all the aches and pains that accompany colds.

When you get a pesky sty on your eye, simply steep a chamomile tea bag, let it cool and place it on the sty repeatedly and it will be gone before the day is over.   Or brew up a cup of chamomile tea with fresh flowers, dip a soft, clean cloth in the tea and place it on the eye.  Easy and very effective.  This same thing works for pink eye.

You can try all of these things and if they don’t work you can still head off to that germ filled waiting room at the doctor’s office so he can tell you to drink lots of water and get plenty of sleep.  But they will work!  And you will be so excited when you see that you can have control over your health and the health of your family. 

Healing Salve.

Next I would go for making an all around healing salve.  The first salve I made included Plantain, Comfrey, St. John’s Wort, and Calendula.   Here’s what I know about each of these:

 Plantain is such a great herb to know (the herb – not the banana).  It grows in every park and school ground or rest area in the world, I think.  You want to pick it where it is the cleanest – not where people spit and dogs mark their territory.  If you have a bee sting or an ant bite – or any other kind of sting – just chew it up and place it on the sting.  It will completely fix you up.  It will draw out the stinger and any poison.  Replace it when it dries if you are still feeling pain.  I put a wad on my sting and hold it there with tape or a band aid and by the end of the day there is no sign of a sting.  There is no itching, no burning, no stinging – nothing.  It’s amazing.  (Chewing a plantain leaf is also good for your teeth and gums – so do it frequently even if you don’t have a sting.)

Comfrey Root is a healer.  It closes up cuts and wounds so fast that they encourage you not to use it on wounds that may have debris in them until they are cleaned out.  It is also known as knit bone, because it helps to heal strains and sprains and speeds up healing of breaks.  It contains calcium, potassium, phosphorus and allantoin, which speeds cell renewal.  Comfrey Root should probably only be used externally.

St. John’s Wort stops bleeding.  Even when in the wild if someone falls and cuts their knee, or if a grizzly bear takes a bite out of your forearm, immediately apply fresh St. John’s Wort and it will help the bleeding stop until you can get somewhere to dress the cut properly.  It is antiviral, astringent and sedative, as well as anti-inflammatory.  It also works wells on hemorrhoids and varicose veins. 

Calendula is a skin herb.  It has an affinity for the skin and heals and nourishes it.  It is antiseptic and antifungal as well as anti-inflammatory and relieves muscle spasms. And it heals wounds.   When you drink it as a tea or an infusion it treats stomach pain and swollen lymph nodes.

You can see why salve made with these ingredients is going to work well on almost anything. 

Making salve is easy.  There is nothing to fear.  First, you need to make infused oil.  This is a simple process.  You can either make single infused oils of each of the above oils, or combine all four together and make an oil exclusively for salve.    To the oil you add beeswax and essential oil if you desire.  And you pretty much have an herbal salve.   Visit my website, www.namas-natural-remedies-for-health.com, for specific directions on how to make infused oils and herbal salves (and all the other stuff).   

That is enough to get you started.  When you make these simple things and see the success you have it will inspire you to search for more and more.  It really is a great, exciting, liberating journey.  So, enjoy  the journey.

A freedom fighter needs our help!

An Indiana woman has been added to the number of midwives in her area being targeted, presumably by a local doctor attempting to weed them out, treating them as pests of the medical establishment.

Ireena Keeslar was arrested and given inhumane treatment until her $10,000 bail was posted. And I’ve heard she’s one of the “lucky” ones being offered a bail option.

What was the midwife’s crime? Did she neglect a client, provide inadequate or bad midwifery care? Did she make a mistake leading to the injury or death of a mother or baby? Far from it.

Sadly, this midwife is just one of many responsible, well-trained and experienced midwives, who have either the ill-luck or the courage to live in a state that has yet to develop with the rest of the civilized world, criminalizing those who help bring babies into the world by arresting them under the pretense of “practicing medicine without a license”. The horror. To think the AMA doesn’t have control over everyone who does something they consider “medical”.

On April 9th, this coming Monday, Ireena Keeslar will be in court facing her attackers, and doing her best to stand up for the rights of women everywhere to choose where and with whom they give birth.

This is where we come in! Papa and I will be donating what we can afford to Ireena Keeslar’s legal fund. She can use all the financial support she can get – a good lawyer isn’t cheap! If you can give $5, $10, or $20, every dollar will help! The paypal account donations are being sent to is lysanderdarkstar@gmail.com. Click on “personal”, then “gift”, to send your donation.

Thank you so much for your help everyone! No matter what part of the country (or world!) you are from, Ireena is your neighbor, and she needs other freedom fighters to back her up against the system in place that respects no one’s freedoms.

I speak in part from personal experience, both attending home births as a doula, and having three home births myself. We are so thankful for each of our midwives, and can’t imagine a place, in our own backyard, where families like us are not able to have a most common sense thing as a midwife.

Let’s show this witch-hunting doctor a thing or two and help Ireena get back to her all-important work of helping to bring babies into the world.

what is a catechism? ~ guest post by Chaz Reed

Chaz is a close friend of Papa’s, and has been since childhood. We now have the blessing of living within driving distance of him, his wife, and their four girls. Chaz is a pastor of a nearby church, and after seeing how he and his wife incorporated the Westminster Shorter Catechism into the raising of their children, we decided to use it as well. I have talked a bit about the spiritual life and training of our children, but because of his learning and experience, I was very excited when Chaz agreed to share with you. This is the first post in a series of three that will be published here on the topic. If you have questions, do share!

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Catechesis: To teach the Word of God and pass on the language of our holy faith so that the baptized learn how to receive God’s gifts in the Divine Service, how to pray, how to confess, and how to live where God has called them in the freedom of the forgiveness of sins, with faith in Christ and love to their neighbor

– Peter Bender

We live in a land of theological ignorance. Nations we once sent missionaries to are now sending missionaries to us. Church program after church program has been put forth as a remedy, but to little avail. It’s odd that we feel the need to reinvent the wheel when there’s a method that’s been used for longer than we’ve been waiting for the return of Christ: catechism.

In 1st Corinthians 14:19 Paul says, “In the church I would rather speak five words with my mind, in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue. “ In Galatians 6:6 he says, “Let him who is taught the word share all good things with him who teaches.” Acts 18:25 says that Apollos “had been instructed in the way of the Lord.”

In each of these verses the Greek word for “instruct,” “taught,” or “teach” is katecheo (literally, “to make hear,” hence “to instruct”). From this word we get our English word “catechize.” Simply put, catechism is instruction in the basic doctrines of the Christian faith. Its primary purpose is to instruct new Christians and our children in the basics of the Christian faith.

what is included in a catechism?

Most Reformed catechisms, such as the Heidelberg Catechism and the Westminster Shorter Catechism, have similar content which includes such teachings as:

  • š The doctrines of God, including his nature and attributes
  • š The doctrines of man
  • š The doctrines of grace, sin and salvation
  • š The offices of Christ as prophet, priest and king
  • š The Ten Commandments and its relationship to the Gospel
  • š The Lord’s Prayer as a pattern for our fellowship with God
  • š The place and meaning of the Sacraments as our means of spiritual nourishment
  • š The doctrines of resurrection, judgment and the Lord’s second coming

Thus catechism is formulated to introduce us to the basics of the Christian faith – things that all of us should know and believe – a “mere Christianity.” It’s something we never graduate from.

Instead of replacing or supplanting the role of the Bible in Christian education, catechism ideally serves as the basis for it. The practice of catechism, as properly understood, is the Christian equivalent of looking at the box top of a jigsaw puzzle before one starts to put all of those hundreds (thousands?) of little pieces together. It is very important to look at the big picture and have it clearly in mind, so that we do not get bogged down in minor details, or get endlessly sidetracked by some unimportant or irrelevant issue. The theological categories given to us through catechism help us to make sense out of the many different details found in the Scriptures themselves. Catechism serves as a guide to better understanding Scripture. That being noted however, we need to remind ourselves that Protestants have always argued that catechisms are authoritative only in so far as they faithfully reflect the teaching of Holy Scripture. This means that the use of catechisms, which correctly summarize biblical teaching, does not negate or remove the role of Holy Scripture. Instead, these same catechisms, as summary statements of what the Holy Scriptures themselves teach about a particular doctrine, should serve as a kind of springboard to more effective Bible study. When this is the case, these catechisms are invaluable tools to help us learn about the important themes and doctrines that are in Scripture.

what is the history of catechism?

The formal use of catechisms is an ancient practice reaching all the way back to Old Testament times, where priests, rabbis and parents partnered in a catechetical method of instruction. It was also the practice of the early church, before Constantine and the legalization of Christianity, to catechize converts before they were baptized. This could take anywhere from one to three years. The catechumen was usually baptized at Easter after having been examined to see if his faith was sound. This might seem a bit extreme, but bear in mind that there were many threats facing the early church in the form of persecution and false teaching. Protecting the purity of the church was a great priority.

After Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, so many people were immediately added to the church (the majority were nominal Christians at best), that the practice of catechism greatly diminished. By the medieval period, catechism had virtually disappeared.

The practice was revived by almost all the major Protestant Reformers who saw catechesis as a great way to teach God’s Word and the doctrines of the church. In 1489, the Waldensians published their catechism. Martin Luther published his Large Catechism in 1529 as an aid to pastors as a response to the deplorable ignorance he encountered. He then summarized it for children in his Small Catechism. John Calvin published his catechism in 1537.

The Heidelberg Catechism was published in 1563 at the request of Elector Frederick III, the German ruler at the time. This catechism incorporated a bit from Luther and Calvin and is divided into 52 sections so that one section could be studied each Lord’s Day of the year. The Synod of Dordt, meeting from November 1618 to May 1619, approved the Heidelberg Catechism and it became the most warmly praised of all the Reformation catechisms.

From 1643 to 1649 Puritan ministers and theologians met at Westminster in London to make preparations for a common church and faith for the whole kingdom. They published the Westminster Standards, which consist of a Confession of Faith, and two catechisms, the Shorter for children , and the Larger for adults. The former has been the most popular and widely used catechism in the English language.

The practice of catechism was revived so successfully by the Protestant Reformers that even the Roman Catholic Church began to mimic them, publishing its first catechism, The Roman Catechism, in 1566 under the authority of the Council of Trent. “The heretics [the Reformers] have chiefly made use of catechism to corrupt the minds of the Christians.”

Catechism is nothing new. But is it something you and your family should do? In my next post, we’ll take a look at more reasons why you should catechize. It truly is a great practice that will help build a stable and firm generation who hopes in the Lord.

How to Create a Backup Plan for Your Family ~ guest post by Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable

Andrea and I are becoming regular blogging friends. She found me first, and I happily discovered that we had a lot in common. She blogs about frugality and sustainability of course, but that includes many topics I feel passionate about myself – gardening, homeschooling, herbal medicine, and survivalism for a few examples. Earlier this year I participated in her 23 Days to Frugal Living Challenge. So when she shared with me some of the steps she and her husband have been taking to prepare their family for the unknown, I knew I had to have her share her story with you! Please consider the things she and her husband have done to keep their family safe and let it mull over in your own mind. How can you apply her story to your own life?

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How to Create a Backup Plan for Your Family

Can you think of a time when being prepared is a bad idea? Preparedness, whether we realize it or not, is a part of all of our lives. For example, every evening, after the children go to bed, I make preparations for the next day. We prepare for vacations and times when we are away from home. Meal planning is another common form of preparing for the days ahead…

Likewise, preparing for emergencies and sudden disruptions in “life as we know it” is a wise choice and should naturally be a part of every family’s budget, routine, and lifestyle.

My Family’s Backup Plan

A few years ago, my husband and I began actively preparing our family’s backup plan. The fact that we currently live in the Desert Southwest really frightened me — concerning the lack of water – tons of questions started to roll around my head. What would we do if anything happened? I can’t live to see my children suffer! Where would the water come from? It all just snow-balled from there.

Both my husband and I are medically trained; therefore, we tend to think in terms of basic human survival and work our way up from there. This way of thinking provided the basic framework for our backup plan:

Water
I began storing a small amount of water in mylar bags, we located our nearest water source (http://www.findaspring.com/), and have learned how to purify in any situation. For those of you living in areas where it rains and water is abundant, I encourage you to begin with a few water barrels and a small scale rainwater catchment system.

Food
Our family lives off of one income, so a large budget is not something we are accustom to. Over the past few months, we have slowly been able to transition our monthly food allowance in the direction of bulk buys. We, by no means, are able to afford the fancy-pants dehydrated meals (although I do have several bags of homemade dehydrated veggies from last year’s garden), yet over the course of one year we have been able to store nearly 8-9 months worth of beans, grains, and spices.

Relationships
Developing relationships with like-minded families, farmers, and businesses has been vital to our backup plan. I strongly oppose the term “self-sufficient.” There’s nothing “self” about it. In the case of an emergency, it is the communities that come together to help each other out that end up thriving. It is vital that our backup plans include a community – a group of people that will be there for each other.

Land
Preparing a homestead — or at least a place outside of the masses – was another important element to our plan. But remember, we are not wealthy, in fact we live on a super tight budget. Buying a tract of land seemed near impossible. However, we began looking for land being sold on a land contract or owner financed. And by the grace of God we, along with my sister’s family, were able to purchase 20 acres of raw land. It is rich in timber, pasture, and has 2 fresh water springs. Slowly we are making attempts to develop the land and one day soon we hope to move there permanently.

God
There were those times when we became so focused on our backup plan that we lost sight of the one that truly provides for all of our needs. God is our provider at all times. He is the one that sustains us. Our family’s backup plan includes our meager efforts — and I believe it is God-honoring – yet I fully expect to see days in which manna falls from heaven and my jars are filled with oil.

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “ –Matthew 6

What does your family’s backup plan look like?

What Many Churches And The SPLC Have In Common

http://www.prisonplanet.com/what-many-churches-and-the-splc-have-in-common.html

This is a great article by Chuck Baldwin about how most Christian sheeple followed Hitler instead of standing for moral justice and how the same thing is happening today. Even if you are not religious it still makes a good read.

I stand behind Chuck’s theological reasoning on governmental issues, but I do not necessarily agree on  church doctrinal stuff.

4 Important Reasons to Keep a Pantry ~ Guest Post by Kim @ Homestead Acres

Kim writes at Homestead Acres, a blog dedicated to all things homesteading, homemaking, and even a bit of homeschooling and news. Useful how-to’s and thoughtful posts based on experience!

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Our grandmothers knew the importance of keeping a well stocked pantry.  Over the years the practice has slipped for many people but there are many good reasons to keep your home pantry stocked.

 #1.  Versatility

If you have ever been in the middle of cooking and realized your out of one or more important ingredients you’ll know the frustration that can cause!  The time and extra money to head out to the store to pick up the needed ingredients can really add up.  Keeping staples on hand will help you to prepare quick and healthy meals for your family.

#2. Taking advantage of sales

Practicing pantry keeping helps you to take advantage of sales.  Grocery stores run loss leaders every week.  These are designed to get you in the door, in hopes you’ll buy “extras” while your there.  If you can start buying more of these sale items and rotating them in your food storage, you’ll save a lot of money by not paying full price.  You could also start keeping track of when your stores run their sales.  Many have schedules that they rotate on, this will help you predict when items you need will be coming up at a good price again.

#3.  Taking advantage of seasonal foods

The best prices for food are when they are in season.  This is because there is so much of it available.  If you can practice canning, dehydrating and freezing you can take advantage of this to store food for year round use.  You will save money by buying the produce at it’s lowest price, the quality will be the best and your home preserved food will taste better then preservative filled commercial food.

#4.  Preparing for disasters

No matter where you live natural or man made can happen.  We live in the snow belt where storms can shut down roads for a few days at a time.  Other areas are prone to flooding or hurricanes.  If you wait until an emergency has hit it is very difficult to find the supplies you need.  Many times IF you can make it to the store you will be met with empty shelves.  Just a few years ago we had one of the hardest winters for snow fall in our area.  At one point we were snowed in for a week!  When the big black out hit the Eastern Canada and USA our area was with out power for 3 days in a heat wave.  Many areas were out longer then that.   Knowing that we had a well stocked pantry with food and water gave our family peace of mind.

Food storage is a wonderful and practical tradition to revive.  It helps you to save money, gives you peace of mind and the ability to help others in need.

5 posts we’ve enjoyed and recommend

Looking for some good reading material? While you’re waiting for my return of course :::smile:::: Here are five posts I’ve enjoyed reading and recommend you check out. These ladies are among my fav bloggers and you’ll find other great reads on their sites too.

1. Agrarian Freedom, and the Price Thereof ~ Shannon@Nourishing Days

Shannon writes: “Every now and then I daydream of showers and washing machines and flushing toilets, but then I remember one of the many reasons we are here… Freedom.”

2. Government Doesn’t Work! ~ Patrice@RuralRevolution, writing for WND Commentary

Patrice writes: “Whoever wins [the 2012 election] will still continue to trample on the Constitution, further regulate my life and pretend that rights come from regulations rather than from God – so what does it matter if it’s a Democrat or a Republican? They’re both the same. In fact, the logic of some particularly despairing conservatives is to vote for Obama so he’ll ruin the country faster and spark a revolution. I can almost see their point.”

3. Precocious Savi’s Plentifully Play-Packed & Painlessly Practical Preschool Plans ~ Beth@TheBrewCrewAdventure (with resources for preschool and kindergarten)

Beth writes: “Yet we’re taking our time enjoying the journey; for one thing I’ve learned is there’s no need for haste, and I don’t want to *rush* her.”

4. My Five Favorite Time Management Strategies ~ Renee@FunInMyBackYard

Renee writes: “I think it’s important to find a system that works for you and then be willing to tweak and change through each season.”

5. The Master Bedroom Tour…. Wait, is that a crib? ~ Carolyn @ TheMobileHomeMaker

Carolyn writes: “My bed. Where all the magic happened last September. If you’re ever really tired and want to close out the evening with company, just offer them to sleep in the bed you birthed your baby on. They’ll be in their car within seconds.”

3 places to get the real news

If you can’t trust the media to tell you what’s really going on in the world, but you want to know what’s going on so you can make decisions on how to live your life well in a reckless society, here are three places you can visit to get the real know-how on what’s up with the United States.

1. InfoWars ~ This has been our go-to spot for a few years now. You’ll find links to articles by CNN, Fox, and other mainstream news sources that get hidden in the fine lines of their web pages – news they really don’t want you to see, but is happening in your backyard nonetheless.

2. JudgeNap ~ Judge Andrew Napolitano has been a respected figure in our country, and is unfortunately one of the few political figures who will tell it like it is. Check out his site for the real deal on spun news.

3. Russia Today ~ Pretty sad when you have to listen to news about your own country from across the sea in order to hear what’s going on behind the politically correct crap you get from our “trusted” news sources, but at least someone is speaking up!

Do you have a trusted source that doesn’t put a spin on the news? Please share!