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Goat Meat—If You Have Some, I’ll Eat It

I recently read the following article in The Muslim Observer

HILLSBORO, MO—Demand by Muslim and Hispanic communities in America has farmers raising more goats.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said Monday that the U.S. goat herd has grown from 2.5 million in 2002 to about 3 million today with more than 80 percent of the animals being raised for meat.

“It’s the No. 1 consumed meat in the world,” said Scott Hollis, a goat specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “It’s very popular, except here.”

Farmers say goats are relatively inexpensive to purchase and raise and don’t require a lot of land. That means small and weekend farmers find it an attractive niche market, the Post-Dispatch said. On the downside, goats are vulnerable to disease and major supermarket chains aren’t big buyers of goat meat.

The Muslim Observer is a weekly newspaper I picked up in a business run by an Islamic person. It is published in Michigan. It is a publication fully committed to Muslims living as citizens of the United States.  

Here is the full St. Louis Post-Dispatch article on goat meat.

Here is information about raising goats for meat. 

Supermarkets will sell goat meat if people start to ask for it to be sold. It might take time, but they will.

It’s interesting how demographic changes alter what we eat and what we consider as normal.

Things change because life is always in flux. If you accept this, you are more likely to be well-adjusted and more likely to enjoy the things life has to offer. 

I see here that Muslims and Hispanics enjoy goat meat.

Does this mean that the right will come to see goats as a symbol of the threats our nation faces? Will they label goat keepers as people attacking our nation from within? 

The goat in the picture is a Valais Blackneck goat.

Here is information about goats.

May 26, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 10 Comments

The Two Most Important Factors & Issues In The Presidential Race

Here is my view as to the two most important factors and issues in the upcoming Presidential race. 

1. The preexisting partisan preferences of the electorate. 

Most know already how they are going to vote. The old adage is that no matter what, 40% of the country will vote Republican and another 40% will vote Democratic. The rest is up for grabs.

Most people’s votes are set in stone.

2. Will Americans vote for a black man named Barack Hussein Obama for President of the United States?

Personally, I think enough of them will vote for Barack Hussein Obama on Election Day 2008. It might take some folks a bit of thought and reflection to get there—But I think they will.

And what an excellent day that will be. 

For all the hundreds of millions of dollars to be spent, and for all the endless analysis, I feel these two concerns are at least 90% of what will determine this election. 

Maybe 95%.

May 26, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Political History, Politics | , , , | 4 Comments