Archive for January, 2015

Thursday night, January 22nd 2015, after attending the Mountain Grove PRC meeting, 69 year old rancher Bob Estep was heading to his home near Sparta when a car with it’s brights on pulled in behind him. Estep said he was trying to let the driver behind him know that the brights were blinding him by moving his rearview mirror attempting to flash the lights to the driver to his rear and moving the mirror around caused Estep to weave a little bit as he traveled down the road.

According to Estep, approximately 3 miles outside Sparta as he neared his turn off point, the vehicle behind Bob turned on it’s emergency lights indicating that it was a patrol car. Estep pulled over and waited for the officer to come to the side of his car. According to Bob Estep, he was waiting a rather lengthy amount of time, and he became concerned that there may be a problem, so he called 911.

When the 911 operator answered Bob began to explain the situation and then his door was suddenly ripped open and he was tased without any verbal instructions or explanation. The power of the taser threw him into the back seat of the car. Estep says he was then instructed to get out of the car, but he had been paralyzed by the taser and wasn’t able to comply and the officer threatened to tase him again if he didn’t get out.

Then Estep was pulled out of the car impacting his face on the pavement, and his feet became stuck under the car in the process. The officer instructed Estep to roll over and since his feet were stuck and he was still somewhat immobilized by the taser he couldn’t comply. Estep says the officer then stomped on his back four times and then pulled him from under the car.

Mr. Estep was arrested by Officer Spencer of the Sparta Police Department for driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest, and cited for weaving and failing to comply with the lawful orders of a law enforcement officer.

Apparently all of this was caught on the 911 call and we are in the process of trying to get that recording to share with you. Bob Estep was given a breathalyzer test and found to have no alcohol level indicated as he had only consumed lemonade and water that evening.

As of this writing, Mr Estep is in the hospital suffering from nerve trauma and heart issues related to the tasing.

As more information and documentation becomes available, we will make it available to our readers.



Ozark Self Reliant Living University

OSLU 4th Annual

Disaster Preparedness Seminars

  • Saturday January 31 9 am to 4:30 pm

Fun and Friends Senor Center, Thayer, MO

  • Sunday February 1 9 am to 4:30 pm

Next Step 7th Day Adventist Church, West Plains, MO

All Day, FREE

Lunch and Drinks Provided for Small Donation


Full Day Event, Come and Go As You Are Able Both Days

Please RSVP to assist us in planning lunch by calling


 or email





9 am Dave Lohr Survival Without Shelter

Dave is an expert in wilderness survival and will show how to make weapons, traps, what foods are good to eat or should be avoided

10 am Sustainable Heating and Cooling and Storm Shelters, Matt Fielack

11 am Sensible Alternative Energy Using Woodgas,  Dr. Jim Hart MSU West Plains

Dr. Hart will demo a prototype small wood gas stove for heating. The same technology can power a car or truck or generate electricity

12 noon Lunch – Drinks, chili, potato soup, deserts provided. Many of the ingredients used locally grown and organic. Gluten free and vegetarian options available.

1 pm Robin Gilbert – Biblical Eating, foods that heal. Robin is a well-known medical missionary who shares her knowledge of a scriptural diet that improves health and what foods can assist in healing many diseases and ailments

2 pm Scott Peterson Down to Earth Seeds. Scott owns one of the premier heirloom seed companies in  the Ozarks and has been involved in preparedness for 20 years. He will share information on heirlooms, gardening, GMOs and health improvement.

3 pm Becky Peterson Essential Oils, Becky has a wealth of knowledge on how essential oils can replace many medicines either in an emergency or as a choice to take control of your health.

4 pm Rob Robinson restoring the constitution – Rob is a veteran of both the US Army and Marine Corp and has done extensive study of the Constitution, and will share his ideas on bringing government back to the people as originally intended.



9 am Craig Wiles Threat Assessment, Physical Preparedness and Social Preparedness/ Craig is pastor of the Next Step 7th Day Adventist Church and spent many years in the solar energy business. He is a former host of a radio talk show about preparedness and travels often giving seminars  on  sustainability, preparedness and homesteading. He is condensing three hours of material into a two hour segment, so pay attention.

11 am Sensible Alternative Energy Dr. Mainprize. Dr. Mainprize has an outstanding presentation on the various types of alternative energy available and how the average person can take advantage of them either to get off the grid and out of the gas line now, or to be ready if it becomes a necessity.


12 noon Lunch  Drinks, chili, potato soup, deserts provided. Many of the ingredients used locally grown and organic. Gluten free and vegetarian options available.

1 pm Robin Gilbert  Biblical Eating, foods that heal. Robin is a well-known medical missionary who shares her knowledge of a scriptural diet that improves health and what foods can assist in healing many diseases and ailments

2pm Dawn McPherson Medicine When There Is No Pharmacy

3 pm to 4 pm Waiting for confirmation, speaker will be announced

He said he was going to step up his acquisition of land and it looks like he’s doing just that. As a point of information, this is approximately the size of Vermont and New Hampshire together. Here’s an article from the Daily Caller:

Obama’s Massive Land Grab Has Alaska Furious: ‘We Will Fight Back’

President Obama announced Sunday that his administration plans to lock up the oil-rich 1.5 million acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain and offshore areas in Alaska from oil and gas exploration.

Obama is asking Congress to designate 12 million acres of ANWR as a “wilderness” to keep it off-limits to development, despite widespread Native Alaskan support for drilling in the area. ANWR’s coastal plain alone is estimated to hold 28 billion barrels of oil.

“Designating vast areas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as Wilderness reflects the significance this landscape holds for America and its wildlife,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.

The Obama administration argues that making ANWR off-limits to development will help protect the region’s wildlife and natural beauty. Obama is also considering ways to prevent new oil production at the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. Environmentalists have long campaigned to hinder oil production in Alaska.

“Just like Yosemite or the Grand Canyon, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of our nation’s crown jewels and we have an obligation to preserve this spectacular place for generations to come,” Jewell added.

But Alaska lawmakers were furious with the administration’s proposal — for decades Alaska Republicans and Democrats have been pushing for opening ANWR to drilling.

“What’s coming is a stunning attack on our sovereignty and our ability to develop a strong economy that allows us, our children and our grandchildren to thrive,” said Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski. “It’s clear this administration does not care about us, and sees us as nothing but a territory.”

The Obama administration has already proposed designating 226 million acres of waters off Alaska’s coast as a critical habitat for the Arctic ringed seal. Alaska’s outer continental shelf is believed to be home to the world’s largest untapped oil and gas reserves. According to Alaska’s Resource Development Council, the outer shelf could hold 27 billion barrels of oil and 132 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

“The promises made to us at statehood, and since then, mean absolutely nothing to them,” Murkowski said. “I cannot understand why this administration is willing to negotiate with Iran, but not Alaska. But we will not be run over like this. We will fight back with every resource at our disposal.”

Alaska’s energy production has been hampered in recent years due largely to federal restrictions and adverse economics. In recent months, the state has seen its financial situation grow worse because of plummeting oil prices. At one point, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline used to transport some 2.1 million barrels per day. It now carries well under 1 million barrels per day. The pipeline has so far only carried oil from state lands, as federal lands have been off-limits. The pipeline will have to be shut down and dismantled if it drops below 300,000 barrels per day.

“This is the best news for the refuge since President Eisenhower established it in 1960 as the Arctic National Wildlife Range,” said Rhea Suh, a former Obama Interior Department official who is now president of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “It’s a national treasure worthy of the highest protection available for our public lands.”

Environmentalists have been keen on slowing down the flow of oil through the pipeline to make it uneconomical and impractical to get oil from Alaska. Eco-activists have labelled Alaska a ground-zero for global warming, saying shrinking sea ice levels are harming polar bears, wildlife and Native Alaskans – despite evidence to the contrary.

Reacting to the news, Alaska’s newly elected governor said he would work to open more state lands to drilling. Though this will not likely solve the long-term decline in oil production – Alaska’s production fell from more than 2 million barrels per day in 1988 to 515,000 barrels per day in 2013.

“I will consider accelerating the options available to us to increase oil exploration and production on state-owned lands,” said Alaska Republican Gov. Bill Walker. “This further underscores the need for Alaska to become a participant in the infrastructure development for the benefit of all North Slope participants and the residents of Alaska.”

Someone should track down the funding behind this idiotic idea:

By Jillian MacMath |

In an effort to improve air quality across Utah during the winter season, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed a seasonal wood burn ban, much to the chagrin of many locals.

The ban would eliminate solid fuel burning in fireplaces and wood/coal stoves from Nov. 1 to March 15, except for homeowners whose homes are heated solely by wood.

The proposal comes after Gov. Gary Herbert requested the the Air Quality Board explore options for improving wintertime air quality along Utah’s Wasatch Front and Cache Valley.

The region suffers from winter temperature inversions, which occur when a dense layer of cold air becomes trapped under a layer of warm air.

The warm layer of air acts like a lid, trapping pollutants underneath. The Wasatch Front valleys and their surrounding mountains act like a bowl, keeping this cold air in the valleys.

The snow-covered valley floors reflect rather than absorb the heat from the sun, preventing the normal vertical mixing of warm and cold air.

“Additionally, high pressure sitting over the region during the wintertime results in light winds, that just aren’t sufficient for mixing the air,” Expert Meteorologist Brett Anderson said.

Livestock manure can be regulated as solid waste: federal court

By Chris Scott on 1/19/2015

A federal court has for the first time opened the door for livestock manure to be regulated as solid waste under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Judge Thomas Rice of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington ruled that the Cow Palace Dairy in Washington State polluted local ground water by spreading manure over the soil. The case is expected to go to trial in March to determine the scope and possible remedies to the situation, although an attorney representing the dairy operation plans to appeal the ruling, according to Reuters.

Judge Rice ruled that Cow Palace applied more manure than was necessary to fertilize the affected soil, violating the “open dumping” statute of the provision. The act calls for violators to stop polluting and also clean up damage the dumping may have caused.

The ruling is important because it could affect legal challenges to the practices at thousands of livestock facilities across the country, according to an attorney representing a collection of public advocacy groups, Reuters reported.

The case is Community Association For Restoration Of The Environment, Inc. et al v. Cow Palace, LLC et al, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, No. 13-CV-3016.

Proposed Water Rule Could Put ‘Property Rights of Every American
Entirely at the Mercy’ of EPA

ALRA: Call your Senators Today at (202) 224-3121 to urge action now.

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By Ron Arnold

It seems incredible, but a single missing word could turn a water law
into a government land grab so horrendous even a U.S. Supreme Court
justice warned it would “put the property rights of every American
entirely at the mercy of Environmental Protection Agency employees.”

The missing word is “navigable.” The Obama administration is
proposing a rule titled “Definition of ‘Waters of the United
States’ Under the Clean Water Act,” which would strike
“navigable” from American water law and redefine any piece of land
that is wet at least part of the year, no matter how remote or
isolated it may be from truly navigable waters, as “waters of the
United States,” or WOTUS.

The proposed rule would provide EPA and the Corps of Engineers (as
well as litigious environmental groups) with the power to dictate the
land-use decisions of homeowners, small businesses and local
communities throughout the United States. There would be virtually no
limit to the federal government’s authority over private property.

Puddles, ponds, ditches, ephemerals — the EPA wants to regulate it

The proposed rule has ignited a firestorm of protest. Agricultural and
business interests, free-market think tanks, state agencies, attorneys
general and governors have joined the “Ditch the Rule” movement
and demanded it be withdrawn.

The Obama administration is conducting an aggressive shield campaign
to downplay the proposed rule’s huge negative impacts and paint
critics as opponents of clean water, shills for development interests
or anything other than concerned citizens.

Obama’s own political shills for anti-development interests, such as
Organizing for Action, Natural Resources Defense Council and Clean
Water Action, are marching in lockstep with the agencies to discredit
any opposition to the rule.

But recently, a group of 25 US. senators called out the Obama
administration for misleading Americans on the proposed rule. In a
scathing letter to the EPA and the Corps, the senators detailed the
administration’s deceptions and bias:

• The Obama administration claims the proposed “Waters of the
United States” rule responds to prior requests for a Clean Water Act
rulemaking. It does not.

• The Obama administration insinuates that opposition to the
proposed rule is equivalent to opposition to clean water. It is not.

• EPA has attempted to delegitimize questions and concerns
surrounding the proposed rule. Concerns are legitimate.

• EPA and the Corps have blatantly misrepresented the impacts of
increased Clean Water Act jurisdiction. The impacts are real.

• EPA’s social media advocacy in favor of the proposed “Waters
of the United States” rule prejudices the rulemaking process. It
kills debate.

Affected parties are more credible in this battle than the
administration. The American Farm Bureau started the “Ditch the
Rule” movement with pictures that showed what the EPA and Army Corps
of Engineers would regulate if the Waters of the United States rule
takes effect: “wetlands” that are nothing more than low spots on a
farm field, the decorative pond of a suburban home or even a vacant
lot that the agency designates as possessing the requisite wetness.

If the farmer fills in low spots or the homeowner builds a child’s
playhouse by the pond, or a business constructs a new office on the
vacant lot or anyone touches any bureaucrat-designated “wetland”
in any way, the EPA or Corps may order the owners to cease activity,
restore original conditions and abandon any use of the property.

If the owners do not comply, they could be fined up to $75,000 per
day—$37,500 for violating the rule and another $37,500 for violating
the agency’s order. The property owner is blocked from going to
court until sued by the agency, which could dawdle until fines have
skyrocketed into the millions.

That’s no exaggeration.

It’s from Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s concurring decision
in the 2012 case of Michael and Chantell Sackett, an Idaho couple who
placed fill material on their property to build their dream home and
suffered exactly the outrageous treatment the justice described.

After failing in lower courts, the Sacketts finally won a Supreme
Court ruling that they had the right to sue the EPA for exceeding the
reach of the Clean Water Act. At least three other Supreme Court
rulings have rejected parts of the administration’s interpretation
of the Clean Water Act.

The Supreme Court trumps the president of the United States, and in
this instance shares the concerns of the “Senate 25.” But none of
the high court’s decisions answer the exact question: What is the
reach of the Clean Water Act?

Therein lies the crux of the WOTUS menace: The reach of the Clean
Water Act is notoriously unclear, and EPA and the Corps have kept it
that way.

The Farm Bureau is particularly concerned by EPA’s refusal to answer
direct questions such as, “Name three things that get wet, like
roadside drainages, irrigation ditches, and livestock watering ponds,
that would not be regulated by WOTUS.” Dead silence. And a permit to
do anything in a designated “wetland” can cost upwards of

The National Federation of Independent Businesses asserted in its
official comments to the EPA, “The CWA is unconstitutionally vague
because the regulated community cannot readily determine whether a
given property is, or is not, a jurisdictional wetland.” The
uncertainty helps the Obama shield campaign.

Two weeks before the Senate 25 called out the EPA, the attorneys
general of 11 states and the governors of six states sent a similar
letter to the EPA and the Corps.

“This rule should be withdrawn and replaced with a common-sense
alternative that respects states’ primary responsibility over lands
and waters within their borders while also giving land owners clear
guidance,” the letter stated.

Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney general and a leader in drafting
the states’ letter, told The Daily Signal, “The proposed
‘WOTUS’ rule unlawfully and unconstitutionally asserts federal
control over local water and land by needlessly replacing state and
local land-use management with top-down, federal control.”

“Unlawful” and “unconstitutional” are not words attorneys
general use lightly. When asked to size up the overall issue, Pruitt
said, “The WOTUS rule appears to be another attempt by federal
agencies to implement an agenda through regulations to affect land-use
decisions that should be left to the states and private property

In September, the House passed bipartisan legislation, H.R. 5078, that
prohibits the EPA and Corps from finalizing the WOTUS rule. A
companion bill is stalled in the Senate.

With the coal industry overpowered, Obama’s rogue administration
looks to have declared war on the rest of us.

Commentary By

Ron Arnold <>

via Chuck Cushman

American Land Rights Association

(360) 687-3087

New Location For Mtn Grove PRC

Posted: January 17, 2015 in Uncategorized



The Mountain Grove Property Rights Coalition (PRC) will be having it’s first meeting of the New Year at a new location in Mountain Grove. The group will meet at the Sunnyside Café in the Walmart parking lot north of Hwy 60 from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, January 22nd.

The property rights group will be focusing on several issues of concern to those interested in private property rights. Doreen Hannes, co chair of the PRC says, “The epidemic of regulatory control through both public and private means has become flatly astonishing. The federal level agencies are expanding their authority through rule making and their state level counterparts line up for funding to help them expand their authority. We’ll be discussing a few of those examples at the meeting on Thursday. Particularly the DNR non point source pollution plan.”

Topics of conversation at this meeting will include the DNR plan, updates on Real ID and it’s implementation, new USDA rules on animal identification for cattle, and of very serious importance, the plan for banks to use “bail ins” in case of serious financial losses.

“If you care about private property rights, privacy, and the ability to profit from your labor, you should be at this meeting,” says Bob Parker, the other co-chair of the PRC. “Things are beyond the level of serious concern with the financial management of this nation, and we need to know what is happening so we can prepare “, Parker continued.

“We had to take off several months and now, for the New Year, we have a new place and some new topics about the same concern of protecting the freedoms we’ve been entrusted with,” said Hannes.

The public is welcome and the meeting is free to attend. The restaurant has a buffet, and the PRC asks that everyone come early and have a bite to eat before the meeting.

For more information, visit