By: Andrew Mastrocola
We will only have ourselves to blame in the end if we do not use that shield from tyranny, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, to save a family farm in 2014. That shield was paid for with the blood of Patriot farmers, and great sacrifices were made by all.
At some point in the near future you may be called upon to help your local farmer keep farming in the face of adversity or government intrusion. Will you be willing to grab a pitch fork and 'pitch in' if you get that call? Do you have the courage it takes to stand up to warrantless searches, unnecessary permits, over-regulation, and excessive government control? Will you just stand with cardboard signs and yell when they come for the family farm? Or will you have your musket ready as Thomas Jefferson did? Will you take the time to educate your fellow man about jury nullification or allow corrupted courts to prevail? Will you stand or will you cower?
It always pays to refresh your faith and re-read this famous poem of Thelen Paulk's as another year starts. Then when 2014 ends ask yourself, did I stand with faith and pride? Did I do all I could to secure our Liberty? Is this still the land of the free and the home of the brave? What will your answer be?
A VISITOR FROM THE PAST
by Thelen Paulk
I had a dream the other night, I didn't understand.
A figure walking through the mist, with flintlock in his hand.
His clothes were torn and dirty, as he stood there by the bed,
He took off his three-cornered hat, and speaking low, he said:
"We fought a revolution, to secure our liberty.
We wrote the Constitution, as a shield from tyranny,
For future generations, this legacy we gave,
In this, the land of the free and the home of the brave."
"The freedom we secured for you, we hoped you'd always keep.
But tyrants labored endlessly, while your parents were asleep.
Your freedom gone, your courage lost, you're no more
than a slave,
In this, the land of the free and the home of the brave."
"You buy permits to travel, and permits to own a gun,
Permits to start a business, or to build a place for one.
On land that you believe you own, you pay a yearly rent,
Although you have no voice in choosing how the money's spent."
"Your children must attend a school that doesn't educate.
Your Christian values can't be taught, according to the state.
You read about the current news, in a regulated press.
You pay a tax you do not owe, to please the I.R.S."
"Your money is no longer made of silver or of gold.
You trade your wealth for paper, so your life can be controlled.
You pay for crimes that make our nation turn from God in shame,
You've taken Satan's number, as you've traded in your name."
"You've given government control to those who do you harm,
So they can padlock churches, and steal the family farm,
And keep the country deep in debt, put men of God in jail,
Harass your fellow countrymen, while corrupted courts prevail."
"Your public servants don't uphold the solemn oath they've sworn.
Your daughters visit doctors so their children won't be born.
Your leaders ship artillery and guns to foreign shores,
And send your sons to slaughter, fighting other people's wars."
"Can you regain freedom for which we fought and died?
Or don't you have the courage or the faith to stand with pride?
Are there no more values for which you'll fight to save?
Or do you wish your children to live in fear and be a slave?"
"Sons of the Republic, arise and take a stand!
Defend the Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land!
Preserve our great republic and each God-given right,
And pray to God to keep the torch of freedom burning bright!"
As I awoke he vanished, in the mist from which he came.
His words were true, we are not free. We have ourselves to blame.
For even now as tyrants trample each God-given right,
We only watch and tremble, too afraid to stand and fight.
If he stood by your bedside, in a dream while you're asleep,
And wondered what remains of our rights he fought to keep,
What would be your answer, if he called out from the grave?
Is this still the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?
By: Andrew Mastrocola
As a pivotal year for food freedom, 2013, comes to an end, another one is sure to follow. The war on for your food took a big hit when a few brave farmers stood up, with success, to the regulators in Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin, just to name a few. The growing resistance to foolish government demands was very inspiring, yet much cowardice showed forth with food activists cries of being peaceful. Really? Do you think the government fears you? Doubt it. When you fear the government that is tyranny; when the government fears the people there is Liberty. Do you like to live in fear and be a slave? If you're a farmer do you like having a Monsanto controlled government telling you how to farm your land? What if America's greatest farmer, Thomas Jefferson, only resisted with peaceful means? Would we have ever had an America that was not subject to a foreign power? What these peace only activists are doing is actually empowering the controllers and leading the sheep towards mass extinction. Cowards always turn tail and run in the face of adversity and are laughed at by the jack-booted thugs who enforce these un-Constitutional regulations. Are you going to be like the sheep, or will you become a shepherd in 2014? Prepare now to become that shepherd, study all 10 amendments, and be prepared to use all 10, period.
Most often heard in 2013 were cries by the Marxists and collectivists for peaceful and passive resistance to the food tyranny we have grown accustomed to seeing all across our nation. What does that mean this peaceful and passive resistance? Think about it. It means you will resist with your tongue but never stand your ground when called upon to do so. Don't take my food source away but if you do I will not stand in your way. Cowardice! Why are so many food rights activists afraid to stand and resist with every possible tool our Constitution gives them? It is because they want to be their own little Ghandi's and spread the lies of peaceful non-compliance. Let us look at what was really going on in the mind of Ghandi, he was not the pacifist many want you to believe.
Between Cowardice And Violence
This is the land of the free and the home of the brave, not the land of the controlled masses and submissive cowards. Remind your public servants that they are public servants, refuse to be a slave to the Food World Order global agenda.
So for 2014 when the jackboots come for your food will you be the happy little collectivist and yell at the top of your voice, but allow them to take control and defeat you anyway? Or will you stop being that coward and be ready to stand, just as our forefathers did during the birth of our Republic? As long as you buy into the lies and you go along to get along you are allowing yourself to be an unwitting tool of the Marxists and Collectivists. The powers that be just laugh when they know that they have instilled in you the fear to be anything other than peaceful. Yea, you may put a speed bump in the road for their Food World Order Agenda, but you will never stop the tyranny unless you show "No Fear".
Published on Dec 5, 2013
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By: Andrew Mastrocola
Below are the results of the Republican plan for raw milk in Wisconsin. This bill, if it goes through the legislature next year, will be the dagger that ends the freedom Vernon Hershberger so valiantly fought for. The jury said no license was needed for what Vernon is doing, so why would pro raw milk organizations then push legislation that would go against that juries ruling? How in the world can anyone who is not a Socialist support something that is so Fascist in it's nature?
Wake up Wisconsin and take a stand for your liberty and freedom by opposing such legislation that only will send the price of raw milk skyrocketing to California levels, which is currently at $18 per gallon. How many of you will still be able to purchase raw milk at those prices? Do you want to have your every purchase recorded in a government data base? Do you need the legislatures approval to choose what you feed your family? Why has a 'conservative' Senator succumbed to the ways of Socialism? This bill is all about control, taking away your Liberty, your farmers Liberty, and a way to create more revenue for the state while emptying your pockets some more.
The majority of farmers now selling raw milk would have to quit or risk becoming criminals. Did you enjoy watching what Vernon had to go through? I definitely did not! Shame on those farmers, consumers, politicians, and organizations that support such a bill which attempts to render the Hershberger juries verdict null and void, shame on you!
This bill turns your God given right to choose your food into a government granted privilege, and it gives police powers to DATCP to go after farmers that do not register nor comply with all the heavy handed regulations. Is raw milk a controlled substance? Not yet, but it will be if this bill passes. "He who controls the food controls the people", Adolph Hitler.
Go ahead people, submit to your control freak masters and be good slaves and sheep. if you so desire, but remember when you wake up and realize that you have been lead to a slaughter you went there willingly. Wake up now to the false left right paradigm that they are using to deceive you before it is too late.
From the Pierce County Herald:
By Kevin Eggers
November 5, 2013
Understanding the difference between “individual rights” and government provided “privileges” is as important as understanding the difference between freedom and slavery.
Simple to understand, we own our “individual rights,” such as our Bill of Rights. Government owns the “privileges” government provides, such as public welfare, public housing, public education, driving, etc. Nearly everything that government subsidizes is a privilege that government owns.
Individual rights are essential for freedom. Some privileges are essential for the safety of citizens.
What concerns me is politicians (and citizens) referring to our individual rights as government provided privileges, and vice versa.
As an example, Senator Diane Feinstein recently referred to the First Amendment in our Bill of Rights as a “special privilege.” Also, I often hear people referring to different forms of government provided welfare as an “individual right” when they are really privileges.
To add to the confusion, some educators refer to our individual rights as “negative rights,” while referring to government provided privileges as “positive rights.” It is claimed that our negative rights interfere with the positive rights government is trying to provide.
Just remember, if we as individuals own the “right” it’s our individual right. If government owns (or controls) the “right” it’s really a privilege.
Our Declaration of Independence recognizes that every individual is born with certain “unalienable rights,” which come from our creator, not from government. Think of our individual rights as a privilege that comes from our creator. Every individual has a force field of individual rights around us (including our Bill of Rights), which protects us from each other and from government itself.
Our founding fathers recognized that if citizens believed our individual rights came from government (not from our creator) then our rights would become a worthless “special privilege” (as Senator Feinstein refers to them). There would be no protection from a government that would have unlimited power over citizens to distribute, modify, and rescind their privileges.
In a system of excessive privileges, citizens become a slave of government in the form of excessive debt (and taxes) to pay for the privileges and by conforming to the excessive requirements of the privileges.
Modern day totalitarian systems, such as the Nazi, soviet, and current worldwide “Communitarian” system are collectivist systems of privileges without individual rights. Everything, including all life, is considered a “special privilege” owned by government. The cream of corruption rises to the top as selfish (sometimes well intentioned) individuals gain government control over fellow citizens’ privileges for their own personal agendas.
In the Nazi and soviet systems of privileges, over 150 million citizens were murdered by their own governments, because citizens had only their worthless “special privilege” to protect them.
The United Nations is a system of privileges without individual rights. The United Nations “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” should be called the “Universal Declaration of Human Privileges.” Every so-called “Human Right” is a privilege owned by the United Nations. Article 29 states, “These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.”
Imagine our Bill of Rights stating “All Bill of Rights may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the Federal Government.” Our Bill of Rights would be a worthless “special privilege” with no protection from government.
In past commentaries I have written against the communitarianism ideology and communitarian policies adopted worldwide, including in the United States and in Napa County. An example of communitarian policies is Agenda 21/ Sustainable Development. Everything, including all life within the local and international “community” is considered a “special privilege.”
Written into our Napa County General Plan is the definition of communitarianism, which calls for “balancing the rights of the individual with the rights of the community.” The “rights of the community” include government controlled privileges and policies. When government believes it can “balance” our individual rights with their privileges and policies, government implies ownership over our individual rights--you can’t “balance” what you don’t own. Meaning everything, including all life within the community is considered a “special privilege.”
March 21, 2012 I spoke with my Napa County Sheriff John Robertson about communitarianism. The first thing he told me was “you know you surrender some of your rights to live in the community.” When asked how individual rights are protected, he said that I needed to “join a council or committee and work on changing things from within.” The only way for me to protect individual rights was to become part of government. Sheriff Robertson was implying that within the community individual rights are a “special privilege” owned and controlled by government.
August 10, 2012, I met with Napa Mayor Jill Techel to discuss communitarianism (including what Sheriff Robertson said). During our discussion, she asked the question “Don’t we elect representatives to balance rights?” Mayor Techel implied individual rights within the community are a “special privilege” owned and controlled by government. My reply was “Where does the power end if government believes it can balance individual rights?”
Napa Sheriff Robertson and Napa Mayor Techel are not alone in their support of communitarianism. The Republican and Democrat Parties promote communitarianism. Most conservative and liberal organizations promote communitarianism. Most Tea Party organizations promote communitarianism. The Birch Society New American magazine promotes communitarianism. Most churches promote communitarianism—in his January 1, 2013 speech, Pope Benedict said “communitarian development” was “part of God’s plan for mankind.”
Many citizens may not know it by the term “communitarianism” but most have bought into the idea that individual rights within the context of “community” are a “special privilege” owned and controlled by government.
By: Andrew Mastrocola
We live in an ever changing world, full of economic uncertainty and social unrest. How well are you prepared to sustain your family during uncertain times? What if your local food source is 'regulated' out of business by government mandate or 'shutdown' by an FDA Swat team? Will the food police be shutting down your source of life giving food and force you, who are hungry and desolate, into FEMA camps where the government has the only food that is readily available? What if disaster strikes your region and you can not get to your local food source for weeks or months? What if Executive Orders are activated that take control of all food resources? What if your garden fails because of drought or some other unforeseen natural disaster?
What if the Agricultural Industrial Complex decides to raid your local food source and destroy the food that was stored for you at your food 'buyers club'? What are you prepared to do to feed your family during uncertain times? Do you have a plan and food stores in your home for those times ahead? There is a war on for your food. Many patriot farmers have been continually raided, jailed, and dragged into court over the last decade. From the East coast to the West coast, and even in the Midwest and deep South we have witnessed acts of government tyranny against those who buck the system and supply real food to thousands of American families. Are you prepared to withstand, manufactured chaos, the coming Dictatorship, natural and man made disasters, and still feed your family while not relying on big government to feed them for you?
The signing of the National Defense Resources Preparedness executive order grants the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Labor, the Department of Defense and other agencies complete control of all US resources, including the ability to seize, confiscate or re-delegate resources, materials, services, and facilities as deemed necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense as delegated by the following agencies:
Sec. 201. Priorities and Allocations Authorities. (a)
(1) the Secretary of Agriculture with respect to food resources, food resource facilities, livestock resources, veterinary resources, plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm equipment and commercial fertilizer;
(2) the Secretary of Energy with respect to all forms of energy;
(3) the Secretary of Health and Human Services with respect to health resources;
(4) the Secretary of Transportation with respect to all forms of civil transportation;
(5) the Secretary of Defense with respect to water resources; and
(6) the Secretary of Commerce with respect to all other materials, services, and facilities, including construction materials.
(b) The Secretary of each agency delegated authority under subsection (a) of this section (resource departments) shall plan for and issue regulations to prioritize and allocate resources and establish standards and procedures by which the authority shall be used to promote the national defense, under both emergency and non-emergency conditions.
The new order provides specific definitions for each of these essential infrastructure elements, indicating that all resources, not just those owned by large farms and businesses, are to be directly controlled by the government.
“True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and are out of a job are the stuff of which dictators are made.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt
With your independence you have the freedom to think there is no need for emergency preparedness because the government will always provide for you. You have the freedom to deny the need for disaster preparedness. You can think you can wait until the day before an act of terrorism or civil unrest occurs, even though you don’t have a crystal ball.
You have the freedom to think there is no need for earthquake preparedness. “Earthquakes don’t happen every day you know.”
You have the freedom to think hurricane preparedness and tornado preparedness are only for the other guy, not you. “I’ll take my chances. After all, it’s not going to happen to me.”
Yet with your independence, you also have the freedom to take action. You have the freedom to express yourself when you witness the government getting caught with its hands in the taxpayer cookie jar time and time again.
The definition of Independence: 1. The state or quality of being independent. 2. Freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.
By its very definition in black and white, independence states you are free from the “support, aid or the like, of others.” You are ultimately on your own.
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There will be a victory celebration and fundraiser on Saturday August 17th, 2013 at the Vernon Hershberger farm. Some special guests that have confirmed already are David Gumpert, Max Kane, The FTCLDF Attorneys, the Jury, and a host of other local and national food freedom activists. Come spend the day with the Hershberger's and their supporters.
You can view the events facebook page and share it with your friends.
The Hershberger Family is welcoming all their supporters to share in this day of celebration with real ice cream.
Castle Rock Organic Farms in Osseo, WI. is providing their tasty vanilla ice cream for the August 17th Ice Cream Social at Grazin' Acres.
There will be a press conference at 10:20 am with Vernon Hershberger, David Gumpert, Max Kane, Elizabeth Rich, some Jurors from the trial, and select members of the Right to Choose Healthy Foods buyers club.
The afternoon is going to showcase a charity auction to help the Hershberger's rebuild part of their farm that was lost to a mysterious fire this past Spring, devastating them just a few weeks before the trial. Many fabulous items have been donated for the auction. Check them out here.
This farm is only minutes from the Wisconsin Dells, so if your vacationing that day and enjoying the local flair, stop by Grazin' Acres and have a little ice cream and celebrate your food freedom.
Wisconsin Raw Dairyman Plans to Appeal His Verdict
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund to Persevere to Fully Vindicate Private Buying Club
Falls Church, VA, July 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The absolute right to private, unregulated, direct trade with a local raw milk producer is being fully tested in the heart of "America's Dairyland". The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund plans to appeal the jury verdict of farmer Vernon Hershberger in the recent case, State of Wisconsin (Plaintiff) vs. Vernon Hershberger (Defendant). The appeal will be presented in Wisconsin appellate court district IV. Likely, the case will be reviewed by a 3 judge panel.
Hershberger was found guilty on only one of four criminal counts, the violation of a hold order.
Hershberger owns and operates a privately held dairy farm, Grazin' Acres, in Loganville, Wisconsin. Over 200 investors in his farm enable Hershberger to operate a non-retail farm store for member investors only.
At issue in this case, was whether or not Hershberger needed retail license, dairy plant license, and milk producers license from the state to operate such a business. A jury of his peers found that Vernon was not breaking licensing laws, exonerating him of the three counts of operating without licenses.
The jury was also charged with determining whether or not a hold order was issued, and whether or not Hershberger had violated the order. The hold order was placed on Hershberger's dairy cases in the farm store in by the Wisconsin Department of Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) on June 2, 2010.
During his trial, a heavily redacted hold order was submitted to the jury for review. In court, Hershberger had admitted he opened the state seal on his dairy refrigerators to allow his members access to their property.
"For Vernon, this was an act of civil disobedience. He believed the state was exceeding its authority, and that, as owners, his members had every right to the dairy products from their own cows," explains Elizabeth Rich, Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund attorney.
A team of attorneys hired by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is filing the appeal. Elizabeth Rich, Glenn Reynolds, Amy Salberg took the original case to court on May 20-24, 2012, and will stay on the case. They have 20 days from the June 13th sentencing to file their appeal, the deadline is July 3.
The law in the state of Wisconsin allows owners of cows to drink their cow's milk without licenses.
"Had the jury understood the totality of the circumstances, they wouldn't have convicted him of violating the holding order. Vernon's conviction was not consistent with the jury's finding that members of Grazin' Acres were owners of the dairy farm, this is why we are appealing," says Rich.
Attorneys handling the case also believe the jury would have cleared the owner of Grazin' Acres of all charges had they seen the full hold order. The redacted portion of the order said the food was "misbranded or adulterated." Attorneys believe Hershberger would have presented a convincing argument that the food was neither adulterated, nor misbranded.
For the one count Hershberger was found guilty of, the potential fine was in excess of $10,000. The judge showed leniency. Hershberger was given a sentence of no jail, no probation, just a $1000 fine, plus mandatory court assessments. The total damages of $1513.00 were paid by the members of Vernon's farm immediately after the sentencing.
Since the acquittals and fine resolved the criminal case, Vernon Hershberger and his Grazin' Acres members can continue to operate unimpeded.
The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund defends the rights and broadens the freedoms of family farms and artisan food producers while protecting consumer access to raw milk and nutrient-dense foods. Those concerned can support the FTCLDF, a U.S. based 501(c)(4) nonprofit, by joining or donating online at www.farmtoconsumer.org or by calling 703-208-FARM (3276).
CONTACT: Kimberly Hartke, Publicist 703-860-2711 email@example.com
By: Andrew Mastrocola
In an article this morning, Victory for Food Rights and Wisconsin Farmer Vernon Hershberger by Rebekah Wilce — May 27, 2013 - 7:46am, Wilce quotes the Wisconsin Raw Milk Association's President, Brian Wickert, who told CMD's PR Watch, "This trial represents a tremendous success. Now we need to change the law so this doesn't happen again." Doublespeak? The raw milk farmer fought the law and won, why change the law? The jury said no licensce was necessary from DATCP now WRMA wants farmers to get liscensed?Vernon Hershberger with Grazin' Acres Products photo by: Andrew Mastrocola FoodFreedomUSA.org
Really? Change the law? Where was your organization (WRMA) while Vernon was being prosecuted? Your members could support Vernon if they so desired, but group support was not allowed. Now WRMA will set forth once again to do DATCP's bidding at the legislative altar in Madison on the back of Vernon's victory. Any form of raw milk legislation in Wisconsin will only aid DATCP in their agenda of control of the food and infringe upon your right to procure food directly from the farm. Any legislation brought forth by WRMA will only coincide with DATCP's Raw Milk Working Groups reccomendations of strict control and draconian regulation. In fact, if the legislature was to pass a bill and 'legalize' raw milk 99% of the farmers providing this nutritious food, in Wisconsin, would become criminals under the proposed legislation. The proposed legislation would be a back door attempt at nullifying the work of Vernon's defense team at the FTCLDF.
The precedent has been set with Vernon Hershberger. Jury nullification occurs when a jury returns a verdict of "Not Guilty" despite its belief that the defendant is guilty of the violation charged. The jury in effect nullifies a law that it believes is either immoral or wrongly applied to the defendant whose fate they are charged with deciding. WRMA's President Brian Wickert's words speak volumes here folks, there is no need to change the law, beware of these wolve's in sheep's clothing. The WRMA will only take away from you what Vernon so valiantly gained for you. The jury has spoken, let raw milk flow. Bad legislation is the worst form of tyranny, WRMA DID NOT SUPPORT VERNON, but will use his victory to the best of their ability to help Mr. Wickert's friends at DATCP regain control of your food. Caveat emptor.
WRMA left Vernon to hang, now they want to capitalize on his success. So beware of those who only come out to support farmers such as Vernon after the victory was secured.
Vernon Hershberger Trial
Sauk County Courthouse, 515 Oak St, Baraboo, WI 53913
May 20th - May 24th, 8am - 4:30pm
Grow Your Food Freedom!
The Al Ringling Theatre will be the home base during the week of the trial for live streaming of the trial, meals, presentations and film screenings.
Al Ringling Theatre, 136 4th Ave, Baraboo, WI 53913 (across the street from the courthouse)
May 20th - May 24th, M - Th 8am to 10pm, Fr 8am to 3pm.
Cost: All speakers and film screenings are free; however, donations are recommended. Meals, concessions and books will be available to purchase.
"Grow Your Food Freedom" Daily Schedule
Mornings - theatre open for live streaming of trial and/or presentations with public Q&A
Lunches - 12-2pm M - F catered from Chipotle Mexican Grill (fundraiser*)
Afternoons - theatre open for live streaming of trial and/or presentations with public Q&A
Dinners - 4:30-6pm M - Th catered from local farms, caterers (fundraiser*)
Evenings - 5 pm M-Th - Food rights attorney Ajna Sharma-Wilson and national author, blogger David Gumpert recap the day
5:30 -10pm M-Th presentations, debates, public Q&A and film screenings
* Profits from meals will be used as a fundraiser for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, FairShare CSA Coalition, and the Vernon Hershberger fire fund.
Mark McAfee, California raw milk producer
Michael Badnarik, constitutional scholar
Underground Food Collective
David Gumpert to moderate raw milk legalization vs raw milk criminalization
Vince Hunt, raw milk farmer & member of the Wisconsin Raw Milk Association
Liz Reitzig, co-founder of Farm Food Freedom Coalition
Discussion of private food clubs
Premiere of "Let Them Eat Grass"
Willy Street Co-op
Mark Kastel, founder of the Cornucopia Institute
Deborah Evans, Maine farmer, advocate for food sovereignty ordinances
608 Community Supported Kitchen
Joel Salatin, Virginia farmer, author
David Gumpert, national author, blogger, activist, book release and signing
Eustace Conway, History channel "Mountain Men"
Friday: - Theatre open for live streaming and lunch. After trial, prayers in the park led by Vernon Hershberger's father
Best Western Baraboo 725 W Pine Street (608) 356-1100
offering special rate of $60 per night, mention Vernon Hershberger trial group
The street parking on the square in Baraboo is 2 hour parking. They will ticket if vehicles violate this time limit. There is all day parking in the Civic Center lot and on many of the city streets away from the square.
Please show the highest level of respect for local residents, businesses and law enforcement.
Published on May 9, 2013
Liz Reitzig of the Farm Food Freedom Coalition joins World View with Denis Campbell to discuss the trial beginning next week against Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Herschberger for selling raw milk through his Buying Club. In yet another example of Governor Scott Walker's over-reach, this test case supports Big Food's rights over individuals to control the food supply at every turn. The problem here? Vernon could go to jail for 30 months and pay a $10,000+ fine.
The Trial of Vernon Hershberger is scheduled for May 20th, 2013 thru May 24th, 2013 Baraboo, Wisconsin
Print and post this flyer around your town
While I oppose most gun control proposals, there is one group of Americans I do believe should be disarmed: federal agents. The use of force by federal agents to enforce unjust and unconstitutional laws is one of the major, albeit overlooked, threats to liberty. Too often Americans are victimized by government force simply for engaging in commercial transactions disproved of by Congress and the federal bureaucracy.
For example, the offices of Rawesome Foods in Venice, California, have been repeatedly raided by armed federal and state agents, and Rawesome’s founder, 65-year old James Stewart, has been imprisoned. What heinous crime justified this action? Rawesome sold unpasteurized (raw) milk and cheese to willing customers – in a state where raw milk is legal! You cannot even drink milk from a cow without a federal permit!
This is hardly the only case of federal agents using force against those who would dare meet consumer demand for raw milk. In 2011 armed agents of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raided the business of Pennsylvanian Amish farmer Dan Allgyer. Federal agents wasted a whole year and who knows how many millions of our tax dollars posing as customers in order to stop Allgyer from selling his raw milk to willing customers.
The use of force against individuals making choices not approved of by the political elite does not just stop with raw milk. The Natural News website has documented numerous accounts of federal persecution, including armed raids, of health food stores and alternative medical practitioners.
Federal bureaucrats are also using force to crack down on the makers of gold coins for fear that people may use these coins as an alternative to the Federal Reserve’s fiat currency. Bernard von NotHaus, the founder of Liberty Dollars, is currently awaiting sentencing on federal counterfeiting charges — even though Mr. von NotHaus took steps to ensure his coins where not used as “legal tender.”
Yet, the federal government was so concerned over the possibility that Mr. von NotHaus’s customers might use his coins in regular day-to-day commerce they actually labeled Mr. von NotHaus a “terrorist.”
These type of police state tactics used against, among others, raw milk producers, alternative health providers, and gold coin dealers is justified by the paternalistic attitude common in Washington, D.C. A member of Congress actually once told me that, “The people need these types of laws because they do not know what is good for them.” This mindset fuels the growth of the nanny state and inevitably leads to what C.S. Lewis said may be the worst from of tyranny “…a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims.”
All Americans, even if they do not believe it is a wise choice to drink raw milk or use gold coins, should be concerned about the use of force to limit our choices. This is because there is no limiting principle to the idea that the government force is justified if used “for our own good.” Today it is those who sell raw milk who are being victimized by government force, tomorrow it could be those who sell soda pop or Styrofoam cups. Therefore, all Americans should speak out against these injustices.
Any right that is a true human right is inherent. Such rights are not granted by government, they are not privileges bestowed by society, or created by documents, therefore such rights cannot be regulated, limited or revoked by any such power. Any supposed authority which seeks to strip a Natural Right from the People is illegitimate, and should be dealt with accordingly.
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 09:25
Written by Michael Tennant from The New American
On September 20, “after a three-day trial and more than four hours of deliberation,” reported the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “a Hennepin County jury found Alvin Schlangen not guilty of three misdemeanor counts of selling unpasteurized milk, operating without a food license and handling adulterated or misbranded food.” Each count carried a maximum sentence of three months’ imprisonment.
“Schlangen, an organic egg farmer from Freeport, Minn., doesn’t produce milk himself but operates Freedom Farms Co-op, a private club with roughly 130 members who buy various farm products, including raw milk,” the paper explained. “Schlangen picks up the milk products from an Amish farm and delivers them to members.”
“The charges are based on commerce and there’s no commerce here,” the 54-year-old Schlangen told the Star Tribune. “It’s a completely different food system than what we are accustomed to.”
Two co-op members testified to the private nature of their arrangements with Schlangen. One, Kathryn Niflis Johnson, told the court, “As a member we lease/own the animals. We place an order and food products are delivered by Alvin. We pay the proportional amount for labor and overhead it takes to produce the food.” Asked by prosecutor Michelle Doffing Baynes if she had “bought” other products from Schlangen, Johnson replied, “I don’t know if ‘bought’ is the right word, but I usually get eggs and milk and maybe other things in the past... You have to understand that this is a whole new model and that we don’t necessarily have the right words to describe what we are doing.”
The reason Minnesotans must make such complicated arrangements to obtain certain fresh farm products is that state law restricts the sale of these products — raw-milk products in particular — to the farms where they are produced. “Schlangen,” noted the Star Tribune, “called the law ‘absurd,’ since it implies the same batch of raw milk is safe at the farm, but not if sold in the Twin Cities.” James Roettger, a senior inspector for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), actually testified that raw milk “should be consumed on the same day it is produced, suggesting that raw milk kept any longer could become dangerous,” according to raw-milk advocate David Gumpert.
Minnesota is “the most oppressive state in terms of freedom of food choice,” Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund president Peter Kennedy told the Star Tribune. (Kennedy’s organization paid for Schlangen’s defense.) Schlangen found that out firsthand, telling Gumpert that on March 9, 2011:
The MDA stopped and illegally seized, searched and confiscated the property carried in the private delivery truck belonging to the Schlangen family farm. This action occurred at the foot of a sports stadium at St[.] Paul Macalester College, where a group of students were able to connect with the Schlangen farm for their choice of local sustainable eggs. I was not allowed to deliver the product of my farm to the college group that day. In fact, those very eggs were confiscated, along with fresh farm dairy food that belonged to the members of newly formed Freedom Farms Coop.
The same day, the (food club’s leased warehouse space) was raided, food was seized as well as packaging material including empty milk crates, even several gallons of used veggie oil that was potential fuel for the delivery rig. With a wholesale value of more than $5,000, this was in fact grand larceny, aggravated and pre-meditated, by MDA officers.
During the trial Schlangen testified that agents did not have a warrant to search his van and that while they did obtain warrants for other searches, “a St. Paul officer’s name was substituted for a Minneapolis officer’s name on one warrant.”
As if that weren’t bad enough, MDA agents “testified about their activities secretly following Schlangen and monitoring his activities,” Gumpert wrote. “All this, even though no one even suggested Schlangen’s milk or other products made anyone ill.”
Perhaps it was the MDA’s overzealous pursuit of a harmless farmer that swayed the jury, or perhaps it was Schlangen’s honest testimony about the nourishing food he provides to his club members. Perhaps it was a little of both. Or maybe jurors — concurring with the sentiments of club member Natasha Simeon that “I don’t think it’s the government’s place to tell me what I can and can’t eat or feed my family” — simply chose to nullify a law they perceived as unjust. Whatever the case, Schlangen is a free man — for now.
He does, however, face trial in nearby Stearns County on similar charges. But as Gumpert observed, “The prosecution could decide to drop the charges rather than risk rejection by a second jury, or it could decide to call on bigger legal guns and go at Schlangen more aggressively in its court presentation.”
Based on the MDA’s post-trial statement, which essentially rejected the ruling, it’s obvious the agency would like nothing more than to throw everything it has at Schlangen and bring him to heel. The problem, Gumpert pointed out, is that the agency “must depend on public prosecutors to do its dirty work” — and prosecutors hate to lose. Baynes, for example, pointedly refused to comment on the Schlangen ruling.
“A few more outcomes like the Schlangen case, and the prosecutors around Minnesota won’t be returning the MDA’s phone calls too quickly,” Gumpert wrote. “Indeed, prosecutors in other states won’t be responding very positively to their ag[riculture] departments with similar cases as Schlangen’s.”
In fact, he reported, the successful nullification of the Minnesota law — or at least the way it was being applied — by the Schlangen jury is already making its effects known in neighboring Wisconsin. There, supporters of farmer Vernon Hershberger, who is being brought up on similar charges, are waging a campaign to inform residents in his county, any of whom could end up on the jury deciding his case, of their right to nullify unjust laws. Hershberger’s trial begins in January.
“It’s a big step in the right direction,” Schlangen said of his acquittal. “I have a hard time understanding how this basic freedom has been so hard to maintain.”
Freedoms are difficult to maintain. Only an informed, engaged citizenry can serve as an effective bulwark against government encroachments on them. Schlangen was fortunate to have such citizens deciding his fate.
The jury has the right to judge both the facts and the law, they have the right to vote their conscience.
Published on Sep 21, 2012 by LibertyPen
The last stand against tyranny can take place in the jury box. The legislative branch may pass unconstitutional laws and the judiciary branch may uphold them. However, the individual citizen has the last say in the jury box. Learn your rights as a juror. Most likely, you will not be told about them in the courtroom. http://www.LibertyPen.com
Minneapolis, MN --This week in a Minneapolis courtroom, Alvin Schlangen, a farmer from Freeport, MN, hears from a jury if he will serve jail time for connecting people with nutrient-dense foods. Alvin and other volunteers are part of a private food club that holds a lease on farm animals for food provisions. The arrangement serves to make a legal connection between farm food and city inhabitants.
The case the State is building against Schlangen dates back to June of 2010, when the Schlangen farm was searched following the raid and subsequent closure of the Traditional Foods Warehouse. In 2011, the MDA inspected Schlangen's farm vehicle without a warrant where the MDA then illegally seized food owned by the private food club. The food was valued at thousands of dollars.
The persecution of Alvin Schlangen is not an isolated case in the state of Minnesota. In May 2012, the MDA threatened several women whose homes serve as drop sites for food from another local farm. To peacefully protest the attack on local farmers including Alvin Schlangen, these women, along with their families and friends, rallied outside the government center in Minneapolis, citing an overreach of government in regard to their food supply.
At 9:00am on Monday, September 17th at the Hennepin County Courthouse, jury selection will begin. The trial is set to last for at least three days. Alvin faces four misdemeanor charges including the sale of raw milk and mislabeling of other foods. Schlangen maintains he is merely a volunteer in a private food club whose purpose is to bring farm-direct food to its members. Alvin's food club family, real food activists, and the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund stand in support Alvin Schlangen.
For more information about farm raids: www.FarmFoodFreedom.org . For additional information on raw milk: www.westonaprice.org
The following quote is from the video below. What if everyone "woke up" and withdrew consent?
"By this act of secession, I will no longer consider my body subject to the rules and regulations of that entity known as the “United States Government.” Any attempt to restrict my consumption of any food or drug will be branded as illegitimate and ignored"
Published on Jun 27, 2012 by lightcaesar
A Personal Declaration of Secession
Government (of whatever form) cannot righteously rule without consent of the governed. Without your consent, this entity cannot rightfully claim or require any contractual obligation upon you. No individual or collective entity can declare legitimate authority over your life or property without your explicit consent. Without your consent, their claims of ruling you can then only be backed by threatening violence upon you, further illustrating their illegitimacy. And no, you cannot be rightfully born into such an arrangement, just as you cannot be rightfully born a slave.
Make your claim to individual sovereignty clear by declaring and affirming your personal secession.
What do we do when the Federal Government steps outside of it’s constitutional boundaries? Do we ask federal bureaucrats in black robes to enforce the limits of it’s own power? Thomas Jefferson and James Madison didn’t think so, and neither do we. The rightful remedy to federal tyranny rests in the hands of the people and the several States. It’s called “nullification” or “interposition.” It’s an idea whose time has come.
This just released documentary from the Foundation for a Free Society and the Tenth Amendment Center features Thomas Woods, Michael Boldin, Debra Medina, Stewart Rhodes, Sheriff Richard Mack, Charles Goyette, Kevin Gutzman, Mike Maharrey, and others. In it we explore the history of state nullification, the constitutional legitimacy of the idea, and how nullification can be used today to push back against the encroachment of federal power.
InfoWars Nightly News interviews Jason Rink, producer and director of Nullification: The Rightful Remedy.
Man Jailed For Collecting Rainwater Begins Sentence
“I’m sacrificing my liberty so we can wake up as a country”
Paul Joseph Watson
Thursday, August 9, 2012
An Oregon man sent to prison for collecting rainwater on his own property began the first day of his jail sentence with a warning that the American people need to stand up to a government that is operating completely outside the boundaries of common sense unless they wish to see liberty vanish.
After an 11-year battle with the state of Oregon, landowner Gary Harrington was found guilty under a 1925 law and sentenced to spend 30 days in jail for collecting rainwater in three “illegal reservoirs” despite the fact that they are on his property.
After refusing to follow an order to empty the “reservoirs” (which in reality are little more than large ponds), Harrington decided to
follow through with the jail sentence as an example to other Americans as to how far the country has slipped from its constitutional values.
Harrington’s case has become a cause célèbre for Americans sick to the back teeth of big government interfering in property rights.
Flanked by protesters gathered outside of the Jackson County (Ore.) Jail, Harrington said he loved his country and was willing to go to jail “to get the truth out and restore freedom and common sense in America.”
Accusing Oregon state officials of failing to uphold their oath of office and pledge of allegiance, Harrington pointed out that citizens did not consent to be governed by those who fail to understand the rights enshrined in the constitution, adding that officials did not take into account the “historically understood” legal right to collect rain water during wet season.
Harrington pointed out that the state had broken their own law by issuing permits to individuals allowing them to divert water from public supplies, whereas Harrington was merely collecting rainwater that fell on his own property and was not taken from municipal supplies.
“Common sense is the basis for common law, without common sense, the law is insane and we did not agree to be governed by insanity or illegality,” said Harrington, adding that throughout American history, citizens have laid their lives down to preserve cherished rights.
“I’m sacrificing my liberty so that we can wake up as a country and stand for our liberty,” said Harrington, adding that his campaign had only just begun.
As we have documented, Harrington’s case is just one of dozens across the country that illustrate how the establishment is using draconian regulatory powers to eviscerate property rights and re-define Americans as de-facto feudal slaves with no inherent rights whatsoever.
This process is being carried out under the umbrella of the United Nations’ Agenda 21 project, which demands that member nations adopt “sustainable development” policies that are little more than a disguise for the reintroduction of neo-feudalism and only serve to reduce living standards and quality of life.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out
Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and
Infowars Nightly News.
August 2, 2012 police raid on Michael Schmidt’s Glencolton Farms, just after the court granted him leave to appealThat’s what Michael Schmidt is reporting today on Facebook, along with this pictures:
Watch the fireworks as Unite In Action's Director of Legal Affairs KrisAnne Hall and 912 Project National Co-Chair, Unite In Action President, Stephani Scruggs respond.
This took place at The National Republican Club of Capitol Hill, commonly known as the Capitol Hill Club, in Washington DC on June 28th, 2012 with Michelle Bachmann, Rep Gosar and several other members of congress as well as The Tea Party.Net. with syndicated talk show host Rusty Humphries as the MC. It was broadcast on LiveStream by The Tea Party.Net
The battle for food freedom actually began when raw milk farmers were being shut down across the nation. Raw milk is the cornerstone of the food freedom movement and the two are as one. Those with a self serving interest in raw milk do not
want to talk about liberty, rights, or freedoms; they do however want to gain the favor of the "king" and have him approve their operations with annual fees, over-burdensome regulation, and more loss of liberty for small family farmers.
Little do these people realize that a 'loss of freedom for one is a loss of freedom for all'.
A Wisconsin Family Farmer, Vernon Hershberger, is currently facing prison time (3 years) and thousands of dollars in fines, while "friends" fade away and look to the king for rules and regulations. With that being said I would like to put a twist on the song by Graham Nash, Chicago:
So our brother's bound and gagged and they've chained him to a chair
Won't you please come to Wisconsin and witness liberty fading there
In this land were known as badgers how can such a thing be fair
Won't you please come to Wisconsin and show Vernon that you care
We can change the world rearrange the world
It's dying - to get better
Politicians sit yourselves down, there's nothing for you here
Won't you please come to Wisconsin and join the freedom ride
Don't ask old friends to help you `cause they'll turn the other ear
Won't you please come to Food Freedom or else join the other side
We can change the world rearrange the world
It's dying - if you believe in justice
Dying - and if you believe in freedom
Dying - let a man live his own life
Dying - rules and regulations, who needs them open up the door
Somehow people must be free I hope the day comes soon
Won't you please come to a food freedom rally and show your face
From the bottom of the ocean to the mountains of the moon
Won't you please come to food freedom no one else can take your place
We can change the world rearrange the world
It's dying - if you believe in justice
Dying - and if you believe in freedom
Dying - let a man live his own life
Dying - rules and regulations,
who needs them open up the door
One family traveled from California to Baraboo, Wisconsin to proclaim their support for Food Freedom and Vernon Hershberger
Now there have been numerous "raw milk rallies" across the U.S.A. and our northern neighbor, Canada, over the past 5 years. Yet I have failed to see a sign at any of these that proclaims "Food Regulation" , or "Your Majesty would you grant me the privlidge of consuming a glass of raw milk from my own cow, I beg of you, Sir".
You may have heard the saying "don't bite the hand that feeds you" but beware do not lick the boots that are crushing thy brothers neck
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