Crepe Myrtle Gardening and Pruning

It's now July and this is the time when Crape Myrtles begin to blossom. You've had to endure the winter months of seeing their poor, hacked limbs in full view - just waiting for some buds to form so you wouldn't have to look at the horrible knuckles so many Crape Myrtles display these days. Unfortunately, this terrible pruning method/style doesn't seem to be slowing down. It's as if someone decided to start wearing their shoes on the wrong feet and the trend started to catch on.

This horrible pruning method was born With the rise in popularity of Crape Myrtles as an ornamental tree as well as the rise of the strip mall. I know it sounds funny but hear me out. When you have businesses in a strip mall the most important thing is visibility. Motorists on the road need to be able to see the names of the stores that are in the strip mall. As Crepe Myrtles were planted throughout the United States as a popular ornamental tree for commercial spaces, their yearly growth became a problem; they would grow too tall and their branches need to be pruned back. Unfortunately, this hack of a prune job creates these horrible "knuckles" that you see on these trees throughout the US. There is a proper way to prune a Crape Myrtle by thinning the branches and this chop shop method is simply not the proper way to do it.

I wish I could grab these people by the shoulders, shake them and ask them "What are you doing?!" It's as if they're spreading false information. For a proper way to prune a Crape, head over to The Tree Center because they have a great crepe myrtle pruning guide. Please get informed people because this hack method needs to stop!

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War for Peace Radio Joe Kennedy Interview


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Arguing with Crazy Neocons

a continual log of my arguments with neocons…this one is about the war….enjoy!

Andrea
yeah so as u can tell im not coming to talk
id rather not waste my time
9:00pm-Norm
lol whatever
9:00pmAndrea
just one ?… what did u mean by the “friends’ thing
9:00pm-Norm
totally up to you if u want to keep ur head in the sand or not
9:01pmAndrea
no how idd u mean
it
9:01pm-Norm
ur more worried about that than ur incorrect stance on the war…god
9:02pmAndrea
no b/c if u mean it how u said it the other night
it will piss me off
and i didnt even care what you all were talking about all i said about ur [...]

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And then they came for me… (My Spin)

First, they came for the low income. Providing them with welfare, healthcare and getting them addicted to government. I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t on welfare.
Then they came for the children. Indoctrinating them in the public schools, poisoning them with fluoride and I didn’t speak up, because I didn’t have children.
Then they came for the guns, and I didn’t speak up, because guns scare me anyway.
Then they came for our military. Poisoning their bodies with mandatory vaccinations and poisoning their minds with war propaganda and a false sense of patriotism. And I didn’t speak up, because they were keeping [...]

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Guerrilla Gardening 101

Being truly free is not having to depend on anyone for anything. If you aren’t working towards being self-sustainable then you’re reliant on a broken system. What happens if the house of cards collapses and the system comes crashing down? Well then you’ll find out just how truly self sufficient you aren’t. I don’t want to get to into the politics of it too much because we all know the direction this country is heading. So now that my rants out of the way let’s get started…
I’ve been planning a somewhat mobile ‘bug out’ plan [...]

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American Soldiers are Brainwashed Beyond Hope

There’s this crazy story over at TPM about Afghan children being handcuffed, taken into custody, and finally shot by their captors.
Karzai, not acting like the puppet he’s supposed to at all, sent a delegation to investigate. Their report is extremely disturbing:
“The delegation concluded that a unit of international forces descended from a plane Sunday night into Ghazi Khan village in Narang district of the eastern province of Kunar and took ten people from three homes, eight of them school students in grades six, nine and ten, one of them a guest, the rest from the same family, and shot [...]

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This Is Our Duty

I went to the Federal Reserve buildings in Pittsburgh and Washington DC in November to protest with my brothers and sisters of Liberty. I was amazed by how many people shook their heads or took pictures of us as if it were some sort of entertainment then walked away. I know what people think of protesters… You think we’re just a bunch of political whack jobs with nothing better to do. You think we can’t make a difference and that nothing we protest actually matters. You never stop to ask what or why we’re protesting, because you think it doesn’t [...]

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Will the Real Conservatives Please Stand Up

I wrote a paper a few months ago defining what a true conservative really was.  In a nutshell, this is it:
“…true Conservatives are in fact Libertarians, being said that the central tenet of Libertarianism is the principle of individual liberty, furthermore true Conservatives are Constitutionalists, being said that the central tenet of Constitutionalism is to uphold and respect the rule of law set forth in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and thirdly, however, most important in my opinion, is the fact that true Conservatives, in following the tenets of Libertarianism and Constitutionalism, uphold and respect one another’s rights [...]

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The Freedom Diet: Week 2

Ok, so I’m not going to do another long post with pictures and an eating log about the past week. I have it if your interested. But here’s how the last week has gone. Potatoes are awesome. I can now see why the potato famine killed so many people. They are hearty food when all else you have is green veggies. Onions and garlic are a great crop. Fry them up with just about anything and it tastes better. Bartering seems to work easier with people who AREN’T farmers. The reasoning [...]

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The Freedom Diet: Week 1

I survived my first week.  The first few days were the hardest as my body adjusted to the lesser amount of food intake.  I lost more than 12 lbs in one week(that’s pretty damn fast considering my starting weight).  Most of that all being in the first 3 days.  I’ve hit a plateau now where the weight is falling off a lot slower the last few days.  My body has adapted to smaller amount of food I’m eating. Here is what I ate…
Day 1
Breakfast - nothing
Lunch - 1 large cucumber, 2 banana Hot Peppers
Dinner - swiss chard steamed with [...]

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The Freedom Diet: Introduction

A few months ago I was thinking to myself.  “What if I HAD to survive off of just the food that I grow?”.  Would I really be able to?  Well this month I’m going to attempt to answer this question.  I’ve come up with a diet to test my ability to be self sustainable.  I call it “The Freedom Diet”.  After all if you depend on no one for your food, then you truly are free.
The rules are simple:

Only drink water
ONLY consume food that I’ve grown, had a hand in growing or can find growing in the wild.
Bartering is allowed.  [...]

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