Archive for April, 2014

My apologies for not being able to get a good story together on this issue. Mike Wassen is fighting for his right to travel without giving in to the international biometric Real Id. Please go and support him tomorrow in court if there is any way you can get there at all. Here is the info I have to give you a bit of an overview of the troubles Mike is encountering:

Here’s a summary of what happened which Paul Bingham wrote:

“Mike is charged with the crime of not having a permit to travel, as he has given up his drivers license to live free.

His case has been in court for several months, and he has filed over 141 pages of motions successfully.

On the 26th of March, about twelve freedom-lovers attended the courts session to support Mike.

There were also in attendance at least 4 police officers, beside the bailiff and two deputies attached the court.

Judge John Waters presided.

For the first time the Judge was forced by prior motions filed by Mike to have the hearing officially recorded.

In court, Mike challenged the Subject Matter Jurisdiction or the authority of the court to try him.

When he said this, an officer, across from the judge peremptorily placed his hand upon his holstered pistol and looked directly at Mike who was seated facing the judge.

Mike won another continuance for himself. April 30th is his next court date.

We all exited the courtroom and after briefly discussing the case, headed home.

Before we’d left Ozark, Mike called us to tell us he’d been pulled over not two blocks from the courthouse near highway 14 by 6 of the 7 officers, County, State and City, who had been in the court-room.

Over the phone Mike said he was ordered to get out of his truck and submit to a search of the vehicle. Mike refused. We turned the van around and, after dropping Eric Vimont off Sheriff Joey Kyle’s office to talk to Sheriff Kyle, we approached the crime scene. Mike was dragged from the truck, which he locked thus denying the officers the ability to search it anyway.

Mike was handcuffed and placed in an unmarked Sheriff’s Deputy’s car, and transported to the jail.

A gentleman passed by in a pickup and asked us, “What did he do, rob a bank?”

“Wouldn’t consent to a search. He just left the the courthouse.”

He shook his head sadly:

“That’s Ozark, for you”

We arrived at the same time as some of the officers, and noted that there were two SUV type squad cars previously parked up and down the road from the scene of the stop, as if they had been waiting for Mike, beforehand. these officers never stepped out of their vehicles.

We returned to the Sheriff’s Office, where Eric had talked the Sheriff and the Chief Deputy.

I seriously belief that between Eric Vimonts hurried intervention with Sheriff Kyle and our rushing to the scene with cell phone cams, we saved Mike from a beating or tasering by the 8 cops present. One of whom, incidentally was wearing a kevlar vest.

Mike was taken “downtown,” issued a citation for “operating a motor vehicle without a license” and freed.

We drove him back to his truck, then and his awaiting family.

Mike Wasson’s fight has only begun. And he needs the support of freedom lovers at the Christian County Courthouse on April 30th.

Mike also works full time and has still managed to study and a develop a formidable case.

He did not give up his license for his own benefit. He gave up his license knowing full well the sacrifices the battle for freedom would require from him.”

Things are speeding up regarding Common Core at the Capitol. Come join us on Tuesday, May 6 for whatever part of the day you can if you can’t make all the events, your presence and participation in the “lobbying” will mean a whole lot. 
 
A special prayer room is being set up as well. You can lobby the Lord before you go lobby the legislators.

Missouri Amendment Could Hurt Family Farms

This is an excellent article by Richard Oswald. We need more free access unencumbered by the regulatory agencies to real food, for real people without corporate control. The Missouri “Rigt to Farm” proposed Constitutional amendment is NOT going to help the family farmer:

Farming is a tough business made harder by difficult weather and markets. Like most survivors of life-changing events, those of us left on the farm have had experiences that shape who we are today.

Looking back over my 60-plus years on a family farm, I see attitude, sympathetic lenders, luck, and most of all family relationships, as reasons why I still farm.

Family farmers have waited and hoped government would do something to mend the farm situation in their favor. But in government eyes, bigger has always been better — even when bigger meant more pollution, less competition and higher costs.

Realities of today are that though U.S. agriculture seems a national icon, corporations, some native to foreign countries, are busily replacing people like me.

The National Cattleman’s Beef Association and the American Meat Institute opposed labeling meat and poultry according to its country of origin because their largest dues-paying members aren’t cattlemen at all, but multinational meat packers.

During recent farm bill negotiations, disaster assistance for U.S. beef producers hit hard by weather was held hostage in an effort to kill Country of Origin Labeling, known by the acronym COOL.

In order to have identity, family farmers must have products. Denying us the right to label our safe, wholesome, home-grown food denies not only who we are, but our very existence.

Family farms are not far from extinction as rural populations fall. Many of us who remain, even large farms, can claim family traditions. But the fact is that farm bill mischief and politics have hastened our demise.

Here in Missouri, where agriculture has always been mainstay, we are no strangers to big food. Traditional livestock growing regions in Missouri are two sides of the same coin as family farm cattle herds graze within feet of massive corporate poultry and hog confinements.

Most livestock confinements are controlled by the same meat packers who would deny my right to label my products. Among those corporate entities is Smithfield Foods.

Many of us in rural Missouri were dismayed when the General Assembly set about dismantling the rights of property owners by limiting recurring nuisance liability for Smithfield. As many of our Missouri state representatives and senators crafted legislation protecting it from its own pollution troubles, Smithfield was in buyout talks with a company based in China.

Liability from nuisance lawsuits like those faced by financially challenged Smithfield subsidiary Premium Standard Farms could have been a sticking point for Chinese buyers. Thanks to politics, it’s not an issue any more just as limits placed on foreign ownership of Missouri land have been redrawn to fit the buyout by China’s Shuanghui International.

In still another instance of pandering to corporate food control, the Missouri General Assembly has placed Constitutional Amendment 1 on the November ballot. Supposedly designed to assure the right to farm for Missouri citizens, its vague wording is bound to favor corporations, even Chinese corporations, over Missouri family farms. That’s because Supreme Court rulings that a corporation is a person play into the hands of Amendment 1 supporters of corporate food control.

Amendment 1 in Missouri could grant even the worst corporations the right to do whatever they want when they claim to be “farmer” or “rancher.”

Some say we can never return to the days when family farms produced the bulk of what we eat. That will be true so long as Missourians continue to elect those who favor the politics of big food. Missouri voters can reverse that trend. It’s time they did.

Richard R. Oswald of Langdon, Mo., is president of the Missouri Farmers Union.

Big chill: Feds want to scour Net, media for ‘hate speech’

By Aaron Klein

If two Democratic lawmakers have their way, Barack Obama’s Justice Department will submit a report for action against any Internet sites, broadcast, cable television or radio shows determined to be advocating or encouraging “violent acts.”

This according to the text of a new bill from Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.

The Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014 “would create an updated comprehensive report examining the role of the Internet and other telecommunications in encouraging hate crimes based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation and create recommendations to address such crimes,” stated a news release from Markey’s office.

The one-page bill, reviewed by WND, calls for the Justice Department and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to “analyze information on the use of telecommunications, including the Internet, broadcast television and radio, cable television, public access television, commercial mobile services, and other electronic media, to advocate and encourage violent acts and the commission of crimes of hate.”

The bill does not define which actions by broadcasters would be considered to have encouraged violence, seemingly leaving that open to interpretation.

Once the report is compiled, the bill calls for “any recommendations” for action “consistent with the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States” that is determined to be an “appropriate and necessary” way to address the purported encouragement of violent acts.

The Boston Herald took issue with the bill, calling it “frankly chilling” that Markey is seeking to “empower an obscure federal agency to begin scouring the Internet, TV and radio for speech it finds threatening.”

“Perhaps he could crack a briefing book on the crisis in Ukraine rather than looking for his own extra-constitutional methods of punishing speech he finds unacceptable,” added the Herald editorial.

With additional research by Joshua Klein.

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If two Democratic lawmakers have their way, Barack Obama’s Justice Department will submit a report for action against any Internet sites, broadcast, cable television or radio shows determined to be advocating or encouraging “violent acts.”

This according to the text of a new bill from Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.

The Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014 “would create an updated comprehensive report examining the role of the Internet and other telecommunications in encouraging hate crimes based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation and create recommendations to address such crimes,” stated a news release from Markey’s office.

The one-page bill, reviewed by WND, calls for the Justice Department and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to “analyze information on the use of telecommunications, including the Internet, broadcast television and radio, cable television, public access television, commercial mobile services, and other electronic media, to advocate and encourage violent acts and the commission of crimes of hate.”

The bill does not define which actions by broadcasters would be considered to have encouraged violence, seemingly leaving that open to interpretation.

Once the report is compiled, the bill calls for “any recommendations” for action “consistent with the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States” that is determined to be an “appropriate and necessary” way to address the purported encouragement of violent acts.

The Boston Herald took issue with the bill, calling it “frankly chilling” that Markey is seeking to “empower an obscure federal agency to begin scouring the Internet, TV and radio for speech it finds threatening.”

“Perhaps he could crack a briefing book on the crisis in Ukraine rather than looking for his own extra-constitutional methods of punishing speech he finds unacceptable,” added the Herald editorial.

With additional research by Joshua Klein.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/big-chill-feds-want-to-scour-net-media-for-hate-speech/#LX8Zuk2VRjh04x5i.99

DHS Asking Businesses to Turn Over Info on “Prepper” Customers

This week, yet another sign the police state is rapidly advancing popped up in New York.

All across the state people are being asked to snitch on their neighbors in exchange for a $500 reward.

New York State DHS officials have reportedly distributed flyers to local businesses that advise owners as well as private citizens to call a hotline to report any “suspicious” activity.

Take a look and see for yourself in the video below:

This new action is part of the new “See Something, Say Something” campaign, in which people are asked to call The New York State Terrorism Tips Line, 1-866 SAFE NYS, to report suspicious activity.

According to Safeguard New York, suspicious activity could be described as anyone buying:

  • MRES
  • High capacity magazines
  • Flashlights
  • Weatherproof ammunition
  • Gas masks
  • Even match containers

Since the hotline is remarkably similar to the SAFE ACT hotline (which corresponds with legislation that bans the ownership of high capacity magazines and a variety of semi-automatic weapons in the state of NY) some believe this latest effort might be a backdoor method for getting people to rat out gun owners.

This isn’t necessarily a new tactic for either the DHS or the FBI.

Reports going back all the way to 2012 reveal that people who are gathering long-term food supplies have been regularly labeled as “domestic terrorists.”

In fact, it’s been widely reported that the FBI is quick to label anyone who buys survival supplies, or even pays in cash, as potential domestic terrorists.

Though business owners have the right to take down the flyers, it isn’t a stretch to see how actions like this are consistently advancing the police state.

In fact, as reported by Infowars:

A National Guard whistleblower warned soldiers were being trained that in the event of civil unrest breaking out, “Doomsday preppers will be treated as terrorists.”

Government animosity toward normal people who are preparing for disaster is becoming more and more consistent. Unless something changes, I expect this trend will continue.

Don’t be scared. Be prepared.
-Survival Joe

Indiana supposedly dumped Common Core. Well, they just changed the name to throw people off track. This is a typical action we have seen from agencies repeatedly. Here’s a good article about it:

There has been much talk lately, and we have received questions about the last week’s events in Indiana.  Despite what some articles or media outlets may say, Indiana is still going forward with Common Core.  This is very unfortunate, but it is also not the end of the fight in Indiana – even the Hoosiers Against Common Core agree.

So if you see Governor Pence on a network program, or in a published interview, saying that he stood up to Common Core and the federal overreach in education….
Common Core has only been renamed, rebranded and repackaged in Indiana.
The Spellbinding words of Wisdom from Ms. Fisher, last fall, were ignored. 

Mike Pence Rebrands Common Core in Indiana (4/28)
Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) is taking victory laps after the Common Core was repealed in Indiana.  However the replacement process has left much to be desired and critics claim that Governor Pence is just doing a rebrand.  Utah Governor Gary Herbert revealed after a discussion he had with Governor Pence.

Making Big Talkers Who Can’t Read (4/17)
For the past month or so, we in Indiana, having pulled out of Common Core, have been told by the state educational establishment that Indiana’s “new” college-and-career-readiness standards will not be an echo of Common Core but instead will be much more rigorous than Common Core. They will be standards written by Hoosiers for Hoosiers. Well, the new draft standards released just Wednesday are in fact an echo of Common Core as anyone who is able to hold two documents side by side can clearly see.

Fuzzy Common Core math standards remain in Indiana’s “new” standards (4/17)
The instructional practices embedded into the K-5 math standards were the largest complaint from parents regarding Common Core. After the first two drafts of Indiana’s “new” standards, the “fuzzy math”  pedagogy embedded in the Common Core was still present – word for word. Unfortunately, the Common Core’s worst math standards remain intact in the latest draft as well. It wasn’t removed.

Indiana’s new academic standards are ‘absurd jumble’ (4/25)
Either Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and his advisers can’t tell what will foster a good K–12 curriculum, or they don’t care.

Last week, Pence voted for a set of curriculum and testing mandates to replace Common Core, even though a chorus of Cassandras has warned that the new standards are of lower quality. Pence congratulated himself for being the first governor to rid his state of Common Core as a crowd of several hundred anti-Common Core onlookers booed him and the committee that cast the vote.

Indiana Unveils the Pence Index for Education Standards(4/26)

A mere parent or citizen–even a college professor who sees the effects of college unready freshmen every year–might lament that the new Indiana college- and career-ready draft standards are simply copied-and-pasted Common Core being sold by the political and educational establishment as something new and wonderful.

Indeed, one could have left the Indiana Statehouse last week either exceedingly incensed or depressed after watching a 24-member Educational Roundtable, chaired by Governor Pence, vote to approve the new draft standards after listening for almost two hours to a panel of educrat “experts” offer nothing but talking points about “research based practices,” “standards evaluation processes,” and “stakeholders involved in the process” (of creating standards), and the “depth of the Indiana process”–yet without a single intelligent word concerning genuine learning being uttered. One could also have come out of that meeting thinking that the people doing the talking and deciding the fate of Indiana’s students have no idea what those standards even mean nor what effects they will have on the classroom; in short, they could not explain the standards to save their lives. That was my initial reaction.

Texas AG to Feds: ‘Come And Take’ Disputed Land

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has a message for the Bureau of Land Management about disputed land along the Oklahoma-Texas border: “Come and take it.”

Abbott was referring to a potential land grab of 90,000 acres that belong to Texas residents. According to Breitbart Texas, the federal government is considering taking the land, which stretches 116 miles along the Red River.

“I am about ready to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas,” Abbott said.

Abbott wrote a letter to BLM Director Neil Kornze about the matter, expressing his concerns about the government’s interest in taking the land from Texans, who have owned it for decades.

“I am deeply concerned about the notion that the Bureau of Land Management believes the federal government has the authority to swoop in and take land that has been owned and cultivated by Texas landowners for generations,” Abbott wrote in the letter.

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“The BLMs newly asserted claims to land along the Red River threaten to upset long-settled private property rights and undermine fundamental principles — including the rule of law — that form the foundation of our democracy. Yet, the BLM has failed to disclose either its full intentions or the legal justification for its proposed actions. Decisions of this magnitude must not be made inside a bureaucratic black box.”

Abbott expanded on the subject in an interview with Breitbart.

“What Barack Obama’s BLM is doing is so out of bounds and so offensive that we should have quick and successful legal action if they dare attempt to tread on Texas land and take it from private property owners in this state,” Abbott said.

The issue with the land dates to the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. The physical boundary between Texas and Oklahoma along the Red River can fluctuate, depending on the river itself. This has led to countless legal battles over the years between the two states and the federal government.

According to Breitbart, the Texas Farm Bureau thinks the border moves south when the river shifts in that direction. But when the flow of water shifts to the north, the organization maintains that the border stays where it is supposed to be.

The BLM has stepped in and wants to take over the land to settle the matter once and for all.

“This is the latest line of attack by the Obama administration, where it seems like they have a complete disregard for the rule of law in this country,” Abbott told Breitbart. “And now they’ve crossed the line quite literally by coming into the state of Texas and trying to claim Texas land as federal land. And, as the attorney general of Texas, I am not going to allow this.”

The situation comes on the heels of the case between the BLM and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.

The BLM says Bundy had been illegally grazing his cattle on 600,000 acres of federal land for 20 years. Bundy disagrees, saying the land belongs to the state. The BLM had started to confiscate Bundy’s cattle, but returned the animals 10 days ago.

Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/US/Greg-Abbott-BLM-Oklahoma-land/2014/04/22/id/567136#ixzz2zqBWdDVN
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