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Ranchers Lilly Brogger and Morgan Kuntz

Lilly Brogger and Morgan Kuntz: best friends, fellow fiddlers, and Montana natives lead beautiful ranching lives. Lilly is 5th generation from Gallatin County and Morgan is 4th generation from Beayerhead County. Both are rooted deep in family ties and find their peace behind the reigns. Lilly and Morgan have been riding for as long as they’ve been able (on the ranch, that translates to around 4 years old). They are independent, strong, and skilled.

“It isn’t unusual for me to be the only woman at brandings, gathering cows, etc., and because my mom is so capable and that was just the norm, it wasn’t until I was 20 or so that I stepped back and realized how amazing the example she set for me is. I have never seen my gender as a limiting factor, which is common in ranching families, because women are expected to work too. However, there are plenty of men in agriculture as well who will try to do your job for you because they are so traditionally minded that they can’t see how a woman could do a man’s job. Nothing feels better than having a better horse, roping better, or being more helpful than that man that looked down on you. My attitude about this no doubt comes from my mom. She has never been a self-proclaimed ‘feminist’ but I now realize that she embodies everything that a capable woman should. She can fix fence and then cook an amazing meal at the end of the day, which is what ranch women are about. And the coolest part about it is that she has never pointed to gender as a factor, she simply does things. It’s really hard to respect yourself when you are actively having to remind yourself to do so, which is what a lot of women do because they didn’t have an example like my mom. My mom engrained it in me so I don’t have to think about it. Even though I am not doing daily ranch work right now, this has served me in so many ways in my life. I have a significant other that treats me like an equal, my peers respect me, I treat myself with respect, I’m not afraid to ask for what I want…the list goes on and on. My dad married my mom because she is so capable, which makes me feel very lucky” -Lilly Brogger 

“One of the biggest misconceptions I deal with is people come to Montana and they think this is a state full of "big rich farmers and ranchers” when really that couldn’t be further from the truth. Production agriculture is a tough career to jump into and most of us that are in it don’t do it for the money I can tell you that. We do it because our families did it and we love the lifestyle. There is a lot of risk in production agriculture. The weather, politics, and society drive the price for our product and it is totally out of our control. Agriculturalist have a thankless job. We work our fingers to the bone and hardly ever turn a profit- in fact it is often lots of us operate at a loss but we pick ourselves up- stretch last year’s income a little further, and pray that next year’s crop prices are better. We do all of this while continually being criticized by today’s society and the kicker is- most of the people who criticize us wouldn’t even last a day working along side us. Producers owe their everything to the land and the animals they raise. We would never take that blessing for granted. That food in the grocery store came from average people like me and the Brogger family and a lot of that stuff may have even come from Montana. We are the number 1 producer of lentils in the nation and we are in the top 10 for beef production.“ -Morgan Kuntz 

Rito/Revali Rant

I’m gonna rant about Revali and the treatment of him and the Rito in Breath of the Wild because I love this asshole and I hate how little information we got about him from the game because I noticed many things that piss me off-
There will not be any spoilers of the main plot below, just general things I’ve noticed throughout the game. 
Please note: This isn’t supposed to be an official thing, just something I’ve wanted to talk about for a while because it just makes me sad. I’m not trying to start any sort of argument or anything, just releasing some thoughts here. 
Also, I have yet to actually get to the Goron part of the game-! So this isn’t an entirely fair “Critique”, but it’s something I’ve noticed so far and blah blah blah here we go-

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‘Of Mice and Men’

Key themes
- the American Dream
- violence on the ranch
- objectification of women
- loneliness and isolation

Context [AO4]
- sexism
- racism
- ranch life
- the Great Depression
- the dust bowl
- the American Dream
- women’s rights in the 1930s

Main Characters
- George
- Lennie
- Crooks
- Curley’s Wife
- Curley
- Candy
- Slim

« On this trip to England I happened on an old pal, Clark Gable. We stayed at the same hotel and spent two or three days together.
If anyone should ask, “What do two actors talk about when they meet?” the answer is, “Themselves.”
But Clark also discussed ranching, women, the peculiarities of our mutual friends. No profundities, though I guess we didn’t get around to them. I said to him, “Listen, sport, I have a great story about two brothers. Why don’t you and I make it.”
Clark laughed his head off.
“Me? Do a picture with you? Are you kidding?”
He laughed again.
I must have looked befuddled. “Why not? This is a good yarn. Look what you did in Boom Town with Spencer Tracy.”
He laughed more. “I would do a picture with him any time—but you—you sonofabitch—you’re too young!” » 

—Errol Flynn – My Wicked, Wicked Ways

Horror: Hundreds of dead bodies of illegal immigrants found in one Texas county since 2012

Civilian volunteer groups on the southern border are beginning to speak out about the horror they encounter on a daily basis.  Ranchers in a single Texas county have found over 250 bodies since 2012 when Obama issued the “Deferred Action” executive order to prevent deportations of foreign minors living in the US illegally.

from Daily Mail:

Dead bodies of illegal immigrants are turning up in south Texas as Central Americans pour across the U.S.-Mexico border, and a veterinarian who ranches cattle 70 miles from ground zero has the photos to prove it.

Dr. Mike ‘Doc’ Vickers of Brooks County, Texas showed some of the grisly images to MailOnline, all of them far too grotesque to publish unedited.

One picture shows a corpse propped up against a tree near his ranch in Brooks County, his eyes missing and dried blood cascading down his shirtless body.

'This guy, obviously, had to lay down up against that tree, and that’s where he died,’ Vickers says in interview footage provided exclusively to MailOnline by documentary filmmaker Chris Dugard.

Falcons native to the Rio Grande river valley 'plucked his eyes out before he was dead,’ the animal doctor concludes. 'He bled out through his eyes, which tells me that he was probably in a coma but they were eatin’ on him before his heart stopped beating.’

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Vickers, 64, told MailOnline on Wednesday that since 2012 his organization, the Texas Border Volunteers, has counted 259 dead bodies in his native Brooks County alone, including those of children.

'And we’re probably only finding 20 per cent of them. A lot of people die out here.’

'We find a hell of a lot of women,’ he said. 'Three of the last ones who have died on my ranch have been women. We found a dead 12-year-old boy on my neighbor’s property.’
Some have the good fortune to find Vickers and his crew.

'We’ve rescued some small children, quite a few,’ Vickers recalled. 'One boy, 11 years old, was left behind 8 or 9 miles off the highway. He had no idea where he was.’ The border volunteers gave him water and arranged for U.S. Border Patrol agents to pick him up.

'I’ve seen families out in my front yard under a tree,’ he said, 'with little bitty toddlers with them.’

The group of about 300 amateur patrolmen go out in teams of up to 40 armed men at a time for 4- to 5-day patrols, reporting to Border Patrol agents and Texas Rangers on where the immigrant traffic is heaviest.

In nine years of scouring south Texas, no shots have been fired.

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Having seen the horror first hand for the last two years, Vickers puts the blame squarely on Obama’s shoulders for creating the crisis by refusing to enforce immigration law. 

“All this blood we see out here is on Obama’s hands.”