Activism, Appomattox, Liberty, Resistance

The Joys of the Blue Ridge Highlands

We spent the afternoon in glorious, 75° F weather, at the Appomattox Oyster & Seafood Festival , a stone’s throw from the famous Civil War battlefield, put on by the Appomattox Historical Society.  Yes… I get the irony of the idea of a seafood fest in a landlocked, foothills region.

We had a great time, as usual.  And enjoyed the local “flavor” of the event.  The Appomattox Historical Society puts on a variety of events every year.  Many of them surrounding the budding alcoholic industry in the region.  An annual wine festival, highlighting local and regional winerys.  An annual Moonshine Fest, featuring local distilleries.  The (now) annual Oyster Fest… Featuring seafood and lots of booze (wineries, distilleries, breweries, and the like).  The only thing missing for a local booze hound is a Brew Fest.

At this particular event, Maria and I stumbled upon a tasting tent for Silverback Distillery in Nelson County, Afton, VA.  Maria has never been a “Whiskey Girl” but, she enjoyed, a lot, the Blackback Honey Rye.

Now… as for myself, I am a Rye Whiskey enthusiast.  And I enjoyed the Blackback, Lucky 13 Rye.  A lot.  It may become a regular alternate to my favored, Templeton Rye.

In any case… I spent some time cruising around the interwebz for information surrounding Silverback.  And, found a local company I really like.  In an industry that is hamstrung, as is brewing, by Big Beer and Big Licquor, through lobbying legislators to cripple small business via legislating State alcohol distribution laws.  Frankly, alcohol distribution and regulation is disgusting and corrupt.  And, goes back to the first, post-Constitution, unconstitutional governement actions.  Read up on the Whiskey Rebellion during Washington’s administration.  If you’re not already aware of that historical nugget, you’ll have an eye opening experience that will begin to shed some light on my general dislike and distrust of government generally and federals specifically.  Badges are not welcome at the Yeoman Freehold.  Below is a promotional video for Silverback:

So… to make a long, rambling story as short as possible… Support your local brewers and distillers.  Enjoy their wares.  If you don’t drink whiskey… start.  If you are a reader of the Yeoman Journal, move to central Virginia… our porches are too far apart.

Here are a couple pics from the event.

Economics, Invasion, Liberty, NAFTA

NAFTA is a sham

Let’s be crystal clear about this.  NAFTA is a sham.  What it really sets out to do is to funnel Chinese goods into the US with no tariffs via Canada and Mexico.  Additionally, the Canadians and Mexicans have no desire to increase their domestic manufacturing base.  They are content to act as middlemen and brokers for the Chinese… at the expense of their populations and ours.

President Trump… Get us out.

Sundance does a nice job of outlining the specifics below.

NAFTA Watch – No “Agreement on Major Issues” After Three Days of Discussion Between Principals…

After three days of discussions between U.S Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo they were not able to develop any consensus on the major issues within the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA.

The likely outcome of the upcoming Mexican national election on July 1st brought the principals together for non-scheduled talks, as U.S. President Trump instructed Ambassador Lighthizer to explore whether the three nations could find common ground on the ‘big picture’ issues behind the largest schism.  The auto sector and rules of origin is the epicenter of the biggest difference between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

The U.S. auto-sector NAFTA position is that North American content of vehicles made in NAFTA countries be increased to 85 percent from 62.5 percent.  The Canadian and Mexican position is for lower North American content.

Canada is not arguing for higher Canadian content.  Mexico is not arguing for higher Mexican content… Instead both Canada and Mexico are arguing for higher imported content (China and Asia).  Honestly, I cannot fathom why more people don’t see the inherent ridiculousness of NAFTA against the reality of Canada and Mexico arguing for more Chinese imports.

The reason Can/Mex are arguing for more imported material content is because both of their trade economies exploit the NAFTA loophole that allows European and Asian parts to be shipped into Can/Mex, assembled, and shipped into the U.S. market without duty.

It’s bizarre; yet this is the reality.

NAFTA is so completely flawed, it is against Canada and Mexico’s financial interest for them to agree to a North American trade agreement that is structured around North American trade.

When you ask a pro-NAFTA advocate why Canada and Mexico are arguing for less Canadian and Mexican manufacturing in their NAFTA position the advocate cannot answer with any intelligence…. because their pro-NAFTA entire premise is ridiculous, and based on structural falsehoods.  Very frustrating.

Depending on which ideological broadcast or print media you review, there is a massive disconnect in their projected framework of optimism that a deal can be reached. Canadian media are desperate to find hope that any deal can be reached. Mexican media is ambivalent; and U.S. media is mostly driven by the position of multinational corporations who demand the exploitative nature of NAFTA be retained.

My gut, and the ongoing deep reviews of nuance therein, still lean heavily toward the inability of any deal to be possible because the underlying dynamic is so structurally flawed. It is against U.S. interests to stay in NAFTA. It is against Mexico and Canada’s interests to exit NAFTA. There is a massive amount of media manipulation between those polar opposite positions.


Opening Bell

Welcome to the Yeoman Journal: American Renaissance Adventures!

Maria (the Mrs.) and I believe that there is an under-represented community in “flyover” country, of real, blue-collar, middleclass Americans whose voice regularly gets drowned out by the noise from the coasts.  Toward the end of making that voice heard, this blog will be a journal of our (mine and Maria’s) activities living the American Dream.  It will run the gamut of opinion pieces, lifestyle journalism, and self-reliance education, representing our many interest areas, as well as some goods reviews and other assorted stuff.  Eventually, there will be some video blogging and podcast type material, a paid membership element, and an assortment of goods and services offered for sale.

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