(The 109th Edition)


Victor Edward Swanson,



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    To begin this story about Michigan, I present two thoughts about the sign of the times.  First, since January 20, 2013, when Barack Hussein Obama, the supporter of Sharia and communism, became the U.S. President, I have seen noticeable signs of big trouble for the country.  In small towns, I have been seeing a continual but slow disappearance of businesses or shops; in a story in the Cheboygan Daily Tribune for Wednesday, April 10, 2013, I saw more trouble in a story entitled "Art Van Closing in Onaway" (Jankoviak, Shawna  "Art Van closing in Onaway."  Cheboygan Daily Tribune (Cheboygan, Michigan), 10 April 2013, p.1.), and it was about a furniture shore called Art Van that was going to close soon in Onaway, Michigan, which is a little town, and because the store is closing, it will mean fewer people will go to Onaway to shop, which means, for example, the few restaurants and gas stations, there, will have fewer customers (by the way, in January 2011, Art Van (the company) had taken over the location of the store from another company, which was smaller, and if a bigger company could not make the store work, I would not be surprised if the store remains vacant for some time, if not a long time).  Second, I have been going to public libraries since the 1960s, and, years ago, I had an impression that librarians were nice and helpful, and, lately, I have been finding signs that librarians have become as a rule arrogant, stand-offish, perturbed at having to deal with patrons, and unhelpful, and that is not surprising to me since the teacher crowd and the librarian crowd have similar roots and see themselves are smarter than others are, and it is a time when the public-school systems are being seen for what they are--havens for socialists and communists, who are indoctrinating children to the ways of socialism and communism (a recent event that shows up the truth was the attempt to stop Rick Santorum (a former U.S. Senator and a "conservative," who is a person who supports The United States Constitution, unlike Barack Obama, who has violated the ways of the document several times already) from speaking to students at Grosse Pointe South High School (of the Detroit area in Michigan) last month.  While you are traveling in Michigan, you should be seeing the signs of the times, and sometimes the signs can be rotten.

    Now, I have to keep in mind it is possible that I have readers in all the states of the United States of America, even Texas, which is far from Michigan.  For good Texans who might think that I am not paying attention to the illegal travel stuff going on at the border between Texas and Mexico, I report here that I am aware.  Yes, I did come across the story (called "Obama Will Let Me Go") reported by WOAI-AM, San Antonio, about illegal aliens and Linda Vickers (a ranch owner in Brooks County, Texas) on Friday, April 12, 2013.  I thank Linda Vickers and the guys and gals at WOAI-AM.  In the story, Linda Vickers noted that, one time when a border agent was taking an man into custody recently, she heard the man who was being taken into custody say in Spanish: "Obama's gonna let me go."  It was reported in the story that there has been an increase in people crossing the border illegally ever since Barack Obama announced he was no longer going to deport people who are in the country illegally, which means Barack Obama was going to violate U.S. immigration laws, and that makes Barack Obama, in my book, a criminal since immigration law is a U.S. law.  If you are from Texas and you are traveling in Michigan, enjoy your safe traveling.  [Forsyth, Jim.  "Obama Will Let Me. Go."  WOAI-AM, 12 April 2013; LaRoche, Mike.  "'Obama Gonna Let Me Go': Illegal Aliens Give Lie To Administration Border Security Claims."  Gateway Pundit, 12 April 2013, 9:55 a.m.]

    Advertisement: The commercial in this edition of Michigan Travel Tips urges you to get a copy of Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, which is a book written by Mark R. Levin.  This book will help you understand better what Barack Obama is--a man who is purposely hurting the country, even though he is the president of the country--but the book is really about enslavers--politicians--who do not believe in the values of The U.S. Constitution and how The U.S. Constitution is designed to limit the power of the government, especially a dictatorship, over the individual (the citizen).  Remember: In the United States of America, it is the individuals who own the government and not the government that owns the citizens, the latter of which is what Barack Obama wants and is pushing for.

    Where could people from Texas who are in Michigan visiting go in Michigan?  Texans could go a lot of places.  One place that they would probably not go to is the location of where "Benny's Maple Syrup" is made, which located in the backwoods near Rogers City, Michigan, and which is not open to the public as a rule.  On a buying trip for some maple syrup on Saturday, April 13, 2013, I got an informal invitation to see where the syrup for "Benny's Maple Syrup" was made, and, basically, each year, maple syrup is only made during a short window of time, which is covers a part of March and April, when good maple sap is running (which is between the first time sap, which looks like water, starts to run and when the buds of the trees come out, which is when sap gets bitter).  I was at the maple-syrup-making location from about 6:00 p.m. to 11:20 p.m., and the location was a two-part building (one part being a small kitchen of sorts and one part being a cooking room, which had been give a new--new to Benny and his son (Ron), the operators--"evaporator."  By the way, the place was out in the woods, where there were various other buildings, piles of scrap wood, and some maple trees (mostly soft maples), not all of the group of maple trees that Benny and Ron use to get sap each year (they have several locations in the Rogers City area where they "tap" trees and get sap).  Now, the "evaporator" was like a long rectangular stove and was used to boil off water from sap; this unit--without my having measure it--was roughly three-feet wide by eight-feet long and three-feet night.  Sitting on top of the evaporator--over a burner area or like the wood-burning-stove-portion proper--were two big pans (which were something like three-feet wide by four-feet long by four-inches high), and the opening of the stove, where the wood was put, was at one end, and at the other end was the exhaust pipe or chimney, which went out through the roof of the small building.  So, between 6:00 p.m. and about 8:30 p.m., Benny went about boiling off water from sap, and steam was continually rising out of the two big pans, and sap was continually flow slowly out of drip lines in to the pans; the drip lines were connected at the other end to a big storage tank that sat on a platform outside of the cooking building, where recently acquired sap had been dumped (actually, collected sap had been pumped out of the big pick-up barrels and in to the tank, during which the first filtering had taken took place, which had removed such debris as little flies, which had been attracted to the sap and had ended up in the collection bottles, and maybe bits of tree bark).  As a rule, Benny or Ron were always working to keep the pans of the big stove filled with about two inches of sap, though the measurement was watched more carefully for the pan with the dividers and the other pan.  I must report that, at the moment, one pan had dividers in it, and, in essence, the sap traveled from the fill spot to the outlet spot in a continuous trail pushed along by the water falling in to the pan from the drip tube, and the other pan had no dividers and was a place where some sap could begin to be de-watered before it was moved to the pan with the dividers.  While cooking sap in the pan with the dividers setup, they made sure the stove did not get out of control to the point where a lot of bubbles formed.  At the feed spot of the pan with the dividers, the bubbles could get quite big, but at the outlet spot, the bubbles were quite small, since the sap there was thicker than the sap falling in to the pan).  I helped Benny empty some of the collection bottles (plastic one-gallon bottles) set up on trees near the cooking building, and there must have been about thirty bottles, and at about the time we finished the job, around 8:30 p.m., Ron showed up in a pickup truck, and he had in four large barrels with total of up to about 200 gallons of raw sap, which he had picked up from the other tree-tapping locations.  Mostly, the talk of the night centered on what Ron and Benny did to make their maple syrup, and I avoided talking about politics and politicians, such as Barack Hussein Obama, who I would compare to the little flies that end up in the collection bottles at the trees, being not much and being something that is expendable, and, today, in no way would I report that, as a man, Barack Hussein Obama, was equal in quality to the two men who were showing me how they make maple syrup--Barack Hussein Obama is a throwaway man compared with Benny and Ron.  Oh, I did end up mentioning how some people in Maryland are learning that they will soon be paying a new tax, which is informally called a "rain tax," which is imposed on things like roofs of buildings and driveways, which do not allow rain water to get to the ground directly underneath them, and it is all a part of the nonsense being pushed on the country by, for one, the Environmental Protection Agency, which is controlled by Barack Hussein Obama and his, for instance, communist friends (I talk about the subject in T.H.A.T. #109, which can be reached by using this T.H.A.T. #109 link).  I noted to Benny--Think about how nutty and evil the politicians who were involved in setting up that tax have to be--for ages, people have paid property taxes on their buildings, which included the roofs, and now people have to pay a tax on roofs, which are designed to, for instance, keep water out of their beds.  Oh, I did not get steamed while I was at the cooking building because, at each end of the cooking room, which was rectangular, there were big wood sliding doors, which could be opened to various distances to allow outside air to flow through the building and clear out steam and because a portion of the roof was removed (a portion of the roof could be removed temporarily to allow steam to exit out the top of the building when Benny and Ron were making syrup).  Besides learning about the making of maple syrup, I learned about Benny's family--the Strzelecki family--such as Ron's wife, who had been a registered nurse and who for quite a number of years had worked in the area of a hospital where people would end up dying (nothing more could be done to keep the people alive).  Ron talked about his wife, and my guess, based on information from Ron, is that Ron's wife is sort of suffering right now from something like "battle fatigue," having had to deal for a number of years with dying persons.  (Do not give me that crap that Barack Obama has done something tough or special or big or good--he is a rotten man!)  Now, from time to time, during the entire evening, Benny or Ron drained off some cooked sap, which was nearly finished maple syrup, and that was done when the material near the outlet of the pan with the dividers was tested with a hydrometer and found to be about fifty-percent sugar.  When material was drained off from the pan with the dividers, it was strained or filtered.  The cooking was not done for the sap that was drawn off.  Ron and Benny had an old stove (with four burners) that was fired with propane, and on top of it was a square pan, which could hold up to five gallons or six gallons or a little more than seven gallons of liquid.  The final cooking place was used to get their material to around fifty-six percent sugar (though it might be a little more).  When the material was at the right point of sugar content, they poured some white powder into the mixture and stirred the mixture, which got cloudy (looking like cloudy apple cider), and the powder was used to help remove very tiny particles from the cooked sap during the final filtering process, which would make the syrup clear, and right after being pushed through the filter machine for the final filtering, the material--officially, at the moment, "very hot" Benny's Maple Syrup--was put in to glass jars or containers (they have one-gallon jugs, quart "Ball" jars, pint jars, and half-pint jars).  It was dark outside when Benny and Ron did some clean-up work, such as cleaning filter machine used in the final stage of filtering, which, during the cleaning process, was given clean filters (which were like very thin slices of white bread, but more like wafers).  Benny was surprised that I had showed up.  If you are from Texas and if you are at Rogers City, Michigan, you can say to yourself or to someone with you--You know, out there somewhere, in the woods, is where, in March and April, Benny and Ron make "Benny" s Maple Syrup."

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    When you travel in Michigan, you can sometimes come across Amish riding in buggies pulled by horses or riding bicycles along main roads, and a good place to see them is in the Mio area of the Lower Peninsula, such as along the sides of M-33.  Slow down when you are about to pass them.  And enjoy your safe traveling.  By the way, the Barack Obama administration has ties to an Amish crime story of 2011 and 2012, and you can start to learn about it by seeing entry number "137" in my document entitled A Little History of Barack Obama Events: A Show of Deconstruction, which can be reached by using this History link (one thing the prosecution did was make the crime a "hate crime" tied to the Matthew Sheperd and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 and scissors (used to cut hair and beards of Amish by Amish) that had come from another state (which can be seen as something tied to "interstate commerce," which gets the federal government involved)).

    Stay well!


    P.S. #1: Remember: While you travel in Michigan, remind your children or grandchildren that they should never pledge to be a "servant to Obama" or a servant to any politician or sing the praises of Barack Obama, and to help you remember other matters that you should teach children about bad politicians, such as Barack Obama (who can be described as an "enslaver"), see such other documents of mine as Conservatism for Children and What Conservatism Means (which can be reached through this link: Conservatism) and Lessons for Children about Politics and Dangerous People (which can be reached through this link: Children).  (Note: I first passed along the subject of not being a "servant to Obama" and the like in the publication entitled T.H.A.T. #58, which can be reached through this link: T.H.A.T. #58.)

    Your travel tip in this edition of Michigan Travel Tips is:

    Benny and Ron's hidden location for making "Benny's Maple Syrup," Rogers City, Presque Isle County, the Lower Peninsula.


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