Sheriff Richard Mack gives an exemplary speech at Baker's Green Acres Constitution Hall.
The Solution to our governmental and budgetary woes does not lie in Washington D.C. The responsibility to restore common sense in our government lies squarely at the local level with the understanding of OUR Constitution. Enjoy...
By: Sheriff Brad Rogers, Elkhart County, Indiana
April 21, 2014 at 8:54pm
I arrived at the Cliven Bundy Ranch Friday, April 18, 2014 through Sunday, April 20, 2014, taking a personal vacation and not on the taxpayer dime. I was invited by Oathkeepers and the Bundy family to come out and visit. I wanted to see what was really going on in that neck of the woods. There are plenty of opinions all around. I saw first hand many of the dynamics and actually spoke with Mr. Bundy, a 67 year old rancher, on the situation. The Bundy's have a modest, almost rustic residence and buildings, nothing like the Ewing Ranch of TV fame "Dallas".
You may think this is a Nevada issue, and why should I concern myself with a rancher in Nevada who is butting heads with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)? This does not impact Elkhart County, so why go to Nevada and get involved?
You and I should be concerned about what is occurring in Nevada, Oregon, California and New Mexico, and other states where Sheriffs and County Commissioners have interposed themselves between the Federal agencies such as BLM and Forest Service, and the people of their county. As the highest elected law enforcement officer in the nation, the Sheriff has great authority (and obligation) to protect the people from criminals, and sometimes an overreaching government itself. Even though this is currently occurring in Nevada, something similar will be coming to a location near you. You can bet on it. It may not be the BLM in Indiana, but it will be another alphabet soup Federal agency trying to flex their muscle.
I am very sensitive to Federal government overreach since my confrontation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) over numerous and unreasonable inspections of an Amish milk farmer in Elkhart County back in 2011. The Feds had subpoenaed the farmer to appear before a grand jury in Michigan about a week later, likely to make an example out of him and put him out of business. The Amish farmer was committing a "horrible crime" of distributing raw milk to members of food co-ops in a private contract. No one was getting sick or harmed by the raw milk. The co-op members knew exactly what they were getting in raw milk. The farmer was not breaking any state law.
I told the DOJ attorney that any more Federal agents show up to inspect the farmer's property (as the farmer had withdrawn his consent), without a warrant based on probable cause and signed by a judge, that I would have them arrested for trespass or otherwise removed from the premises. I have to abide by the 4th Amendment; the Federal government needs to also. That action by your elected Sheriff (sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution) unleashed a dissertation and threat of arrest by the DOJ trial attorney, stating that the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution has always been known that Federal law (or vexations known at administrative rules promulgated often by unelected bureaucrats) overrules anything that state or local government could possibly have laws for or against. I reminded the attorney that the Supremacy Clause (which part he conveniently ignored) "shall be the supreme Law of the Land" only when "...the Laws of the United States shall be made in Pursuance thereof", meaning the Constitution. (Article 6, Sec 2)
Why do I get involved, on my vacation, even though this situation has no immediate impact on Elkhart County? Because I love people. I love my country. I love the Republic for which our flag stands. I left my family over the Easter weekend, missed a niece's birthday party, missed a church service celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, my Lord, because I love my family and do not want to see them live in a country where our freedom and liberties are eroded. Because I love people, I don't want to see Federal agents or those opposing those agents come to any harm. I'm seeing violence ready to break out. I was observing this in the media from Indiana and stated on Facebook, "My prediction: This is not going to end well. Another Waco? Another Ruby Ridge? I'm still hoping for a peaceful resolution." Yet, I observed people saying, "Bundy should be damned; he's trespassing... Whatever it takes to get him off the property...Kill the protesters and the family." Some people seem to be really violent and merciless, even without all the facts. Pride, at least on the law enforcement side, is stubborn and unyielding in this case. How can we maintain peace and avoid bloodshed? In any law enforcement action, I always strive to avoid bloodshed in my county. My family said I must go. So, I did.
Events leading up to my arrival: On April 9, BLM, encompassing an estimated 200 heavily armed agents, helicopters, and SUVs, swarmed the area of the disputed land and, according to the court order, were to impound the trespassing cattle and sell them at auction, purportedly to offset the unpaid grazing fees. Facing a situation they most certainly did not plan on; that of the family and others who supported the family (and who were also heavily armed, pursuant to their Second Amendment rights and legal under the state of Nevada), and protesting the action taken by the BLM, including the tasering of a Bundy son and Bundy's niece knocked to the ground, the BLM wisely blinked and stood down, leaving behind a mess, of which I will describe later.
The BLM claims that Bundy's cattle are on public land (Federal or State land, depending on your perspective, and literally out in the middle of nowhere.) I believe the cattle are on public land. There does not seem to be any dispute about this. Bundy had previously, until the 1990's, paid BLM to manage the land. However, BLM did not use the money to improve the land; Bundy improved the land. Ten years ago, the BLM offered to buy out Bundy's contract. Bundy refused. This would certainly seem that Bundy had more of an interest in the land then BLM claims now. Nevertheless, Bundy has lost a couple of recent Federal court battles and was told to get off the land. And, then there is the grazing fee, required by the BLM, to allow continuance of Bundy's cattle to be on the land. In 1993, Bundy quit paying the fee and offered the fee instead to Clark County officials, who refused to accept payment. Bundy is one of two last remaining ranchers in Clark County. I find it interesting that the BLM allowed Bundy to continue using the land until Senator Reid's buddy was appointed to the BLM a couple of weeks ago. Suspicious at best.
Nevada is different than Indiana, as most of the land (83%) in Nevada is considered Public Land and controlled by the Federal government in some form or fashion. According to Article I, Section 8.17, The Federal government is not to own land (outside of Washington DC) unless the state's legislature approves it. The land belongs to Nevada, a sovereign state in its own right. The problem is Nevada's state constitution actually acquiesces their land, purportedly as a requirement for statehood, regardless of the concept of the "Equal Footing Principle" of statehood for states beyond the original states formed. This concept, juxtaposed with the Bundy conflict, is at the heart of the issue. A growing number of western legislators are meeting, partially as a result of this conflict, to see what can be done about states reclaiming their land from the Feds, who neither paid nor asked the states, as required by the Constitution.
I really don't know if Bundy is correct in his stand; whether he truly owes money or not. Some people think he's a freeloader, using public land for his cattle. Yet, he is a hard worker, unlike others on welfare sponging off the taxpayer for no work. The tradition of ranchers using public land is centuries old. Bundy supporters agree that the issue is complex. However, what all people, including myself, would agree on, and likely sparked the patriot response to this event, is that we will not tolerate being governed by a Federal government at the point of a gun.
When BLM left the land last week, the discovery of what they left behind was unconscionable. The Bundy family found a mass grave (dug by BLM backhoes and dump trucks seen leaving the area on their exodus) containing numerous cattle that were killed by a bullet. Wait a minute. I thought the BLM was to impound and auction the cattle? Where are the environmentalists, PETA, or the Sheriff, at the uncalled slaughter of another man's cattle by government agents? The BLM further destroyed watering holes and fencing that was constructed by Bundy. And, incidentally, it was reported that part of the reason BLM were rounding up cattle is to protect the so-called endangered Desert Tortoise; laughable at best, when you consider the BLM just euthanized hundreds of turtles in the compound where they were caring for them, instead of releasing them to the wild, after BLM ran out of money. Again, where's the PETA outrage?
Incidentally, Saturday, April 21 was the anniversary of the Waco disaster where David Koresh and followers (including women and children) were killed by gun fire and a building fire that was started by the Feds. Then what happened? They buried the evidence quickly to keep people from nosing around. Seems as though BLM did not learn a lesson from Waco, and again attempted to cover their misconduct.
Then, what about those honorable Oathkeepers, patriots, 3 Percenters, and others who believe this event is a watershed moment for our nation? I met and visited with these men and women, coming from all walks of life, all races, and different religions. Some of these patriots quit their job and came to Nevada to keep their oath; to defend their nation against tyranny. Some are expecting to die here. Nevada U.S. Senator Harry Reid called them "domestic terrorists". Reid's comments were inflammatory and irresponsible, and did nothing to quell the potential for violence. The patriots are men and women who have come to the Bundy ranch to protect the Bundy's from a Federal government that has no logical reason to use force. These patriots are not domestic terrorists. I would not stand with terrorists. I'm convinced that the patriots will not fire the first shot. But, if and when the BLM agents return and start firing, the bloodshed will begin. It will be the battle of Bunkerville.
As for the report of women and children being placed out in front as shields during the initial confrontation, that action never occurred. It was wrongly strategized and verbalized by one person that was not even on the scene yet. It was never the intent of Oathkeepers and patriots to put harmless women and children in harms way. There were some women in front, but they were the spunky cowgirls that voluntarily rode with men to retrieve the Bundy cattle.
I'm trying to imagine...In Elkhart County if I received a court order to remove cattle from a public land, I would go speak to the owner of the cattle, and seek how to peacefully resolve this situation. I might even empathize with the owner of the cattle, and suggest further legal action on his part. But never would I bring my SWAT teams and patrol officers carrying rifles to a trespass call involving unarmed cattle! Ultimately, the Sheriff, the official with a name and recognizable face, with a phone number to contact him, would resolve the conflict, likely without any serious incident.
That, my friends, is the crux of this issue. The Federal government has no face, no name (except alphabets), no number to call, and no one to hold accountable if something goes wrong. The Sheriff can intervene, not because of ego or who's gun is bigger, but rather to be the public servant, whom the people elected, and whom can listen, talk, and negotiate a peaceful resolution. The Sheriff has to continue to live in the community he serves. The Feds return to places unknown, never having to live the consequences or see the fears and hear the citizen's life stories.
As for Mr. Bundy, he told me he was honored that I would come from Indiana to show support. I asked him how this situation could end peacefully. He told me that he does not recognize the Federal government, but that he would submit to his local Sheriff. The patriot groups also said that if the Sheriff got involved, they would stand down. Wow! Really! The local Sheriff of Clark County refuses to get involved, but could peacefully resolve this issue. Mr. Bundy, whether you think he's off his rocker or not, has said how this could be resolved. I entreat to the unapproachable Sheriff Gillespie of Clark County (who incidentally was given the spurious award of "2013 Sheriff of the Year" by the National Sheriff's Association-an organization of which I refuse to be a part of) would honor his oath, honor his citizens, and honor his public service, by getting involved in this situation to prevent the bloodshed that will occur between the Federal government and citizens.
I guarantee you, I would intervene if this was occurring in Elkhart County!
For the Republic,
Sheriff Brad Rogers, Elkhart County, Indiana
Contact me at email@example.com
Joel Salatin is an American farmer, lecturer, and author whose books include "Folks, This Ain't Normal" "You Can Farm" and "Salad Bar Beef"
What is taking out millions of family farms and is there something that farmers can do to reverse the trend?
"We need to put Constitutional people in place, it's worked for a lot of years in our country, it will continue to work."
Mark Baker of Baker's Green Acres has always refused the offer to back down when it came to the state of Michigan and the DNR ordering fines of $700,000 and the destruction of his heritage pigs - because they looked different. For nearly three years, the Bakers have been hanging on by a thread while pushed by aggressive tactics from three agencies - Michigan, the DNR and the USDA - which had embargoed and closed in on them, even threatening them with a raid and bullying their friends and buyers. While Michigan finally retreated, it doesn't change the situation for anyone else or arbitrary attacks in the future.
This compelling video recaps what happened, provides an update and encouragement for what we can do help farmers facing the same situation. Mark isn't just fighting for himself. See more below.
From Randy Buchler, publicist for Baker's Green Acres:
As a publicist for Baker's Green Acres, I am asking for your help. Their domestic family farm operation has been all but destroyed over the last 2+ years due to government harassment, threats and an unconstitutional Invasive Species Order and Declaratory Ruling from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
However, on February 26th, 2014, the DNR and Attorney General's office conceded that Baker's pigs are no longer illegal. Their reversal on their stance with Baker's pigs was a move to avoid going to trial where they would have been forced to explain their selective enforcement under oath. It also resulted in a ruling that there would be no damages awarded to Mark and his family. But, that doesn't mean it's over. Now is the time to hold our leaders of the State of Michigan responsible for their actions. From the DNR to the Attorney General's office to the Governor's office, we have been let down time and time again. The elected officials and bureaucrats that are not representing the Constitution of the people must be replaced. The agenda's they are serving are that of Corporate and self interests, not that of the people. We the People have the power to change that, as this is an election year. But, we must act now! Please watch this powerful video put together by Baker's Green Acres to understand where this issue stands today. If you prepay $25 now, you will receive a DVD of Hogwash The American Pig Tale before this year's elections. Just click on the "Buy Now" button at http://bakersgreenacres.com/. Your help is necessary to finish the documentary and to continue our work toward preserving our constitutional rights in Michigan. Thank you in advance for helping protect the people!
Missaukee County's Chief Circuit Court judge, William M. Fagerman, dismissed lawsuits Wednesday between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and a farmer who challenged the department's invasive species order that barred his practice of cross breeding Russian boars, forbidden under the order, with heritage Mangalitsa pigs.
The judge let me down today, big time,"
"Ed Golder is happy because he doesn't have to explain that he is defending the illegal actions by his government," Baker said in a telephone interview Wednesday night with MLive.
Baker said his lawsuit, had it proceeded to trial, would have forced the DNR to explain details of the invasive species order that are contradictory and vague.
"I am back in business," Baker said. "The sad part is I am OK but the rest of you are not."
Harry gets excited.
There was a 10 minute delay in the proceedings of Mark Baker's trial yesterday, and one older gentleman from the courtroom which was packed with Patriots, suggested they all stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Everyone in the courtroom stood and recited the Pledge, except for one individual, Michigan's Assistant Attorney General Harold J. Martin, he was the ONLY person that did not stand and recite the Pledge of Allegience. The assistant A.G. Martin actually snarled at an older gentleman in the courtroom who respectfully asked why he did not stand for the pledge. Martin snarled "are you questioning my patriotism?" and the elder man replied "yes I am". Then the A.A.G. Martin turns to the crowded courtroom and says "you guys got a problem with me?"
It gets more intense as the Patriots question the assistant A.G. some more, watch the video as Mark Baker describes the scene as it unfolds.
Here is the contact info if you want to voice your concerns over this Assistant A.G.'s public display of a child-like temper tantrum.
Martin, Harold J.
State of Michigan, Office of the Attorney General
G. Mennen Williams Building, 7th Floor
525 W. Ottawa St.
P.O. Box 30212
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (517) 373-7540
Fax: (517) 373-1610
Websites associated with this firm:www.michigan.gov
By: Andrew Mastrocola
"If we win this war a lot of things will change." from the movie 'The Patriot'
We would not even have the chance to be fighting for farmers, consumers, and food freedom if the pacifist non-aggression policy had held front and center stage during the Revolutionary War for Independence from England.
There is a war on for your food, but what will you do? Defend the family farm? Would you allow your homestead to be overrun and destroyed by a totalitarian regime? Do you realize that we would not have ever won independence from England if America was a land of only peaceful farmers? Why the push in this day in age for farmers to be pacifists, Quaker like, and resist verbally, but not to defend their property from these modern day domestic terrorists of the alphabet soup agencies of a dictatorial government? Why is it that pacifists detest and dislike patriots?
George Orwell said it best:
“Pacifism is objectively pro-fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side, you automatically help out that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, 'he that is not with me is against me'.”
Watch 'The Patriot' and hopefully you will understand what America's original farmers had to go through to gain our independence and create this great Republic.
The Quaker settlers who founded Pennsylvania were pacifists, bound by their faith not to engage in violence or take up arms. These are the same things we presently hear from many in the food freedom movement who are afraid of angering their global masters. Courage is lost and they do not even realize that they are being relegated to slave status. What would have become of this nation if our founders only practiced peaceful non-compliance? What if our founding farmers refused to take up arms?
Be like a little lamb if you want, wolves find them to be an easy and most delicious meal. Are you going to let your farm go to the wolves? What would Thomas Jefferson have done if he was in peaceful Pennsylvania farmer, Dan Allgyer's shoes? Would Jefferson have just hung up a 'Going Out of Business' sign? I don't think so. Our founders pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to ordain and establish our Republic and the Constitution. Are there any great men left that would be as bold and brave as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in todays totalitarian police state?
The American Revolution forced the Society of Friends to do some serious soul-searching. Once a year all the Pennsylvania Quakers gathered at the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to conduct business and address questions of faith.
In 1776, the meeting, operating by Quaker consensus, (sound familiar?) expelled Quaker men who chose to fight in the war for independence. Outraged by their neutrality, and suspicious that many Quakers hid behind their pacifism to make money and disguise their loyalty to the Crown, the Pennsylvania assembly instituted a loyalty oath that prevented Quakers and other pacifists from voting (in 1779). As the war dragged on, patriots became increasingly suspicious and angry at their Quaker neighbors. How many foodie activists today are hiding behind their pacifism, and the non-aggression principle to make money and disguise their filial loyalty to the powers that be?
During the American Revolution, people had to decide which side to support. Colonists for independence from England were usually called revolutionaries or whigs. But some Americans thought that to break away from the British government would not be right; they usually were called loyalists or tories. (Whig and tory were the names of rival political parties in Britain, so they were familiar nicknames in the colonies.) Americans today call the revolutionaries patriots, a word meaning “those who love their country.” Because we cherish our country’s independence, we value the revolutionaries as heroes.
Because of your pacifism America is now a nation that is run by Monsanto. All the while your fellow man is being soft-killed by the GMO foods, you fear being to brave or bold in defense of your farm. Why do you fear standing up to the Fascist Agricultural Industrial Complex? Are you happy living in a Fascist, Socialist, Communist, nation? Thank your fellow pacifist if you do.
Today it is easy for use to see why people wanted independence for the American colonies. We can even imagine ourselves joining in the fight against British rule. It is not so easy to understand why people who had lived in America for all or most of their lives would be opposed to the Revolution. Sometimes colonists were forced to make a choice for one side or the other, and they made choices they later regretted. Some people changed their minds and switched sides during the war, sometimes more than once.
As the war for your food escalates and the jackboots continue their oppression of raw milk, heritage breed hogs, local food clubs, hemp, backyard chickens, front yard gardens, and medical marijuana; all these things that were lawful and necessary in our infant Republic; will you be like the Quakers? Pacifists? Or will you be the brave and heroic farmers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were?
If you are looking for peaceful warm and fuzzy rainbows and unicorns you won't find them here. This is America land of the free and home of the brave; not the utopian new order of conquered pacifists.
Really don't think there is a war on for your food? Think again. Sheep are the wolves favorite dinner, don't be sheep and share FFUSA with your friends. The police state is here and now it is coming to a garden near you. Is feeding your self and family really extremist behavior? Or is government total control of every aspect of your life extremist? Prepare for the worst and pray for the best.
Natural Society – by Christina Sarich
Those who mean to lord over us, such as the Department of Defense, have now called people who grow their own food ‘radical’ and extremists. Sound familiar? It’s just like the US calling other nations terrorists when our government has terrorized more of the ‘free’ world than we could even imagine. It has basically called its own citizens terrorists already with NSA spying.
How in the world has it come to this? Americans are becoming ‘serfs’ to their own government much the same way that the British monarchy forced self-sufficient farmers to divide up their land into mono-cropping plots so that they could tax the heck out of everyone and make them reliant upon the same system of tenet farming which then enslaved the masses.
What’s worse, even the founding fathers are considered ‘extremists’ by the Pentagon, according to a new training manual that labels farmers as such. This bit of information was discovered by the legal watchdog, Judicial Watch, as part of a Freedom of Information Act request, and was included in over 133 documents provided by the Air Force. To teach our military to root out ‘extremism’ in a ‘student guide’, those who would decide to grow some organic cabbage, non-GMO corn, and tomatoes, for example, would be considered a threat to national defense. Even though the document says that this is ‘for training purposes only’ and ‘do not use on the job,’ why on earth would such a reference be made? It is simply preposterous.
The manual goes on to pigeonhole those who would have the gall to grow their own food:
An “extremist” is “a person who advocates the use of force or violence; advocates supremacist causes based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or national origin; or otherwise engages to illegally deprive individuals or groups of their civil rights.”
In addition, it says, “Nowadays, instead of dressing in sheets or publically espousing hate messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.”
I am a writer, but I have no words.
So essentially – as we ‘ve all suspected of late, if we believe in supporting our own rights, if we believe in freedom – sovereignty of food, and lifestyle, then we are enemies of the state and federal government. I’m not sure what country we live in anymore, but it certainly isn’t one in which we allow ‘freedom to ring.’
Many of our founding fathers were farmers. Many of them spoke of ways to make this country a better place. Upholding basic human rights does not equate to terrorism. Like a stack of pancakes, they’ve flipped the truth over on itself.
The document was obtained from the Air Force, but originated in the Department of Defense Office, which means it is likely used for ‘training’ in other military branches. I do sincerely hope that there are still men and women in midst, like Edward Snowden, who will stand for what is right, and not for rhetoric and blatant propaganda. Don’t let them turn us against each other. That is their plan.
Take for example, the striking similarity to the language of the IRS when it was targeting people in Tea Party investigations.
In my book, we all need to be extremists to overturn a sick, Imperial, bloated government who thinks we are all slaves ready to bow at their feet and kiss and their muddied shoes. No more business as usual.
Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/government-labels-grow-food-extremists/#ixzz2t1U1xIwP
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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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On thanksgiving weekend in Toronto Canada Dan Dicks of Press For Truth joins the March Against Monsanto to report on the growing movement for food freedom and the right to know about GMO's. The global March Against Monsanto rallies have grown to cover a span of 6 continents 52 countries and 400 cities around the world as more and more people are learning about the dangers of genetically modified organisms and the ruthless intent of the mega corporation known as Monsanto.
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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.
Join Natural News in supporting Vernon Hershberger, the raw milk farmer unjustly raided and arrested over raw milk
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
(NaturalNews) Raw milk farmer Vernon Hershberger has been unjustly maligned by a tyrannical system of bad government. His family and farm were subjected to an armed raid by government goons who trampled all over his private property and accused him of committing "dairy crimes" by distributing raw milk to a small group of people who were members of a private buying club.
Hershberger, who has an Amish background, was then hauled into court where the state attempted to prosecute him and send him to jail for the "crime" of producing real food in America. Thankfully, he was recently found innocent on most of the charges, but then his farm was mysteriously set on fire in the middle of the night, destroying over $100,000 worth of equipment and buildings.
Get up to speed on these events at this excellent website:
Also, check out the new book by David Gumpert which covers Hershberger and other cases of farmers being terrorized by bad government. It's called Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights: The Escalating Battle over Who Decides What We Eat.
See the trial coverage and additional articles by Gumpert here:
Hershberger fundraiser auction begins August 17thThe Hershberger family is holding a fundraiser auction on August 17th to help raise funds to replace the items lost during the "mysterious" fire. People and organizations from all across the world of food freedom are donating items to the auction in support of Vernon Hershberger.
See the donated items and auction page here:
Natural News has donated $2,500 in cash, plus over $500 worth of nutritional products to be auctioned off in support of Hershberger.
You can also make your own donation, of any amount, at the top of that page.
Donated items so far include signed memorabilia from Sheriff Richard Mack and Alex Jones, massage therapy sessions, a vacation gift certificate, DVD's from the Weston A. Price Foundation and a number of books, including autographed books from David Gumpert.
More donations of products and services are needed for the auction, so please visit the page and see what you can donate:
Why support Vernon Hershberger?
In case you're asking this question, the answer is because Vernon Hershberger is on the front lines of the battle for food rights and farming freedom, and he is a "peaceful warrior" for these sacred rights that are being aggressively and repeatedly violated by a criminal government.
We are living in dark times where our own government declares real food to be criminal. We are suffering under a criminal regime that respects no rights, no privacy, no liberty and no law. People like Vernon Hershberger are those rare champions who are willing to face these great injustices and do battle with evil in classic David vs. Goliath fashion.
Thus, he needs our support, and that's why we have donated cash and product to his fundraiser. Join us in supporting the Hershberger family at:
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
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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.
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:
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