Archive for January, 2016

Finicum Shooting Enhanced Video

Posted: January 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

Most anyone concerned with the truth is interested in the real truth behind the shooting of LaVoy Finicum in Oregon. The video that the FBI released is tremendously grainy and difficult to ascertain whether Finicum was shot before he reached to his left side or not. Without sound, it is especially difficult to determine. What is certain, is that there were officers in the trees around the road block, and one of those officers put Finicum on the ground…There are two videos below. One is linked through a site to a fully enhanced extraction of just the shooting of Finicum. The other is to about 12 minutes of the 26 minute release from the FBI. The thing to remember as you are watching this, is that the man who is killed is actually being killed. He hadn’t shot anyone. Not saying he couldn’t have, but he hadn’t. If we had sound, we could know whether Finicum had been shot prior to reaching across his body to his left side. Perhaps we will receive additional footage or the autopsy will reveal if he’d been shot on his left side.

Here are the videos:

About 12 minutes of footage from either an FBI drone or a helicopter:

Short video with enhancement to make the picture more clear:

Link to a little story about the enhanced with some still frames and the enhanced video as well.

 

 

If you’ve been raising cattle for any length of time, you know how the Check Off issue is loaded with corruption and seeming misappropriation of funds. Everyone gets to pay the Check Off and very few benefit from the additional collection of funds. Well Missouri wants to add an increased check off tax for just Missouri. Please read the following from Missouri Rural Crisis Center and then download this pdf form and register so your voice is counted in the discussion.
STOP the New Missouri Beef Checkoff Tax
In order to Vote NO on this corporate money grab—
Cattle Producers Must Register before March 4th
Thank you for signing the petition opposing a new state beef checkoff tax. Now is the time to register with the Missouri Department of Agriculture to be eligible to vote—see registration forms enclosed.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture is holding a referendum to add a new beef checkoff tax. If passed, all cattle sold in Missouri will be assessed an additional $1 a head checkoff with the proceeds going to the Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC). And, the only way to stop it is for Missouri cattle producers to register to vote before March 4th (registration forms are enclosed). If you have registered by March 4th, the Missouri Department of Agriculture will send you a ballot on April 4th.
We are in a cattle market crisis right now with feeder calves having lost up to 45% of their value between September and December (according to the Livestock Marketing Association) with no foreseeable end in sight. What is the response by the MBIC? They want us to give them $2 million more every year. They want a 200% raise? We should say no to this money grab.
Please fill out the enclosed registration form and reach out to other producers in your area that oppose the checkoff. Note: you will be asked to provide three years of cattle sales on this form—We must not let this rule deter us from registering and voting to stop this checkoff.
According to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, anyone who has a shared interest in your cattle sales—including your spouse, son, daughter or business partner—can register to vote in this referendum. Each person can fill out separate registration forms and list the number of cattle sales that represent each person’s share in the business. For example, a husband and wife who marketed 50 head of cattle could each register and report 25 head of cattle marketed.
Here are ways you can register:
 We’ve included registration forms—fill them out and send them to the Missouri Department of Agriculture c/o Missouri Beef Referendum, P.O. Box 630, Jefferson City, MO 65102; or
 Go to agriculture.mo.gov and register online or print a form; or
 Call the Missouri Department of Ag at (573) 751-5633 and ask to have a registration form mailed to you; or
 Pick up a registration form at your county FSA office.
If you need additional registration forms or have any questions:
 Call the Missouri Rural Crisis Center at (573) 449-1336.
 We can email, mail or fax you a registration form(s).
All Registration Forms Must Be Postmarked by March 4th.
Paid for by the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Roger Allison, Executive Director, 1108 Rangeline Street, Columbia, MO 65201
Here are some key facts about why we oppose the state beef checkoff:
 There are no rules that this checkoff slush fund will be used to promote Missouri beef. The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association successfully lobbied to remove the “promote Missouri beef” language from the bill. And, our federal checkoff dollars are already being used to promote foreign beef in U.S. markets.
 There is no sunset clause on this beef checkoff. Once these programs are put into place, they are virtually impossible to get rid of. So, as cattle prices continue to decline, producers will still be paying the extra $2 million+ every year.
 The vast majority of current federal checkoff dollars end up in the coffers of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) that consistently supports policies favoring corporate meatpackers (even foreign-owned meatpackers) at the expense of Missouri’s independent cattle producers. The NCBA successfully lobbied to end Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and supports corporate packer ownership of livestock which drives down producer farm-gate prices.
 The Missouri Beef Industry Council ignored its own hand-picked “Missouri Beef Checkoff Taskforce” that voted to request a $.50 per head state checkoff instead of $1 on August 26th. Instead, the MBIC requested $1/head anyway—another clear example of the no accountability attitude of the Missouri Beef Industry Council.
 Supporters claim that there will be some way to get a refund after the fact, so they try to call this a “voluntary” program. In reality, cattle producers are forced to pay into this program by having the money taken out of their cattle sales checks before they even get them. If the fee is not paid when due, a penalty shall apply and the attorney general can sue cattle producers for the collection of checkoff fees and penalties. It doesn’t get any more mandatory than that. A complicated, time-consuming refund process does not eliminate this mandate to pay.
 This new checkoff would mean the state government would be collecting another $2.2 million from Missouri beef producers every year and giving our money to the Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC), an unaccountable private entity that says it has “no obligation to disclose documents” about how our money is spent.
 The only way to stop this new checkoff tax is for independent cattle producers to say “NO”, otherwise starting in July, we will be paying over $4 million every year in beef checkoff fees.
Please register to vote today—
your vote could make the difference.

Common Core Meeting in Ava

Posted: January 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

FYI — Addressing Common Core in Ava: It is confirmed by the Ava R-1 administration office that the public is invited to attend the School Board study session at 6:30 PM Tuesday February 9 at “The Old Band Room” at the high school.  Dr. Mary Byrne will present our case. For directions, you can call the school at 417-683-4717.

Grassroots citizens organizations from across the state will gather with the public March 5 at 12 noon to hold a public rally concerning the Missouri Department of Natural Resources purchase of land for the development of a state park in Oregon County using remediation funds set aside for areas of the state, including Iron, Madison, Reynolds and St. Francois Counties, that received ecological damage caused by ASARCO lead contamination, according to Bob Parker, one of the organizers of the event and co-chair of the Ozarks Property Rights Coalition.
“The purchase by DNR has been shrouded in secrecy from the beginning. It is essentially theft of funds from the counties hurt by lead mining, taking money intended to clean up toxic areas and instead buying up to 5,000 acres in Oregon County, putting in a state park that Oregon County does not want, decreasing the tax base of the poorest county within the state. The lead belt counties need the money, Oregon County does not want the park, and DNR and Governor Nixon have indicated they don’t care what the people want. This event is meant to inform the people and send a message to our government,” Parker said. “We need our legislature to act and stop this theft.” Oregon County is located in the south-central part of the state, far from any lead contamination. The county commissioners of Oregon County traveled to Jefferson City to meet with DNR officials and express their displeasure with the deal recently, and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder sponsored a town hall educational meeting in West Plains attended by five state representatives, commissioners from several of the affected counties, school board officials who stated the deal would hurt Oregon County schools, and 200 citizens, many of whom spoke against the land deal.
Senator Mike Cunningham and Rep Robert Ross have both introduced bills in the Missouri Legislature to force the sale of the property purchased in Oregon County, Missouri.
Victoria ‘Tori’ Proffer spokesperson for the newly formed, MO8th Property Rights Coalition, sponsor of the event, stated “Some of these monies were slated to clean-up the drinking water in Fredericktown among other projects. But monies are now being diverted for this DNR project. It is important that DNR immediately correct this action, as it is against the people’s will.”
This is a non-partisan issue. Groups attending include Republicans, Democrats, Constitution Party members, citizens groups, farmers, and people from all walks of life in the affected counties. Those wanting more information, or wanting to know how to participate and make their voices heard can call Tori Proffer 573-482-4476 for Iron, Madison, Reynolds, St. Francois Counties or Michael Don Stack 417-264-2535 for Oregon County. Those wishing to speak at this event may call Bob Parker 417-457-6111. Sponsors or other inquiries may email DNR@MO8th.com. or go to www.MO8th.com. The event will be held at Nelson’s Music City, 10 miles south of Farmington, March 5 from noon until 5 pm.” Parker said.

The Howell County Campaign for Liberty group will meet Thursday, January 21At 7:00 pm at Chen’s Garden restaurant 1705 Gibson, in West Plains according to Don Eagleman, group president. The speaker of the evening,  Mary Price will speak on advanced first aid. Price is a nurse with more than 25 years of experience and a regular speaker at preparedness and self-reliance events in the area.
Eagleman says there will also be a discussion of political activities in the region including the DNR Oregon County land grab, Homeland Security’s biometric identification rules and other topics. All are welcome. Campaign for Liberty is group founded by former Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul.

Very Important Issue!

Jefferson City, MO – January 7, 2016

As early as January 12, the Missouri Supreme Court will render opinions on three cases that may change forever the way our state courts deal with our most fundamental and sacred rights.

Amendment 5, the gun rights amendment overwhelmingly adopted by Missouri voters in 2014, is at the center of the controversy. With that amendment, the people of Missouri declare that the right to bear arms is “unalienable.” What’s more important, they added to the Constitution clear requirements that the courts use the most stringent standard of review, “strict scrutiny,” when evaluating laws that restrict those rights.

When a law is under strict scrutiny review, the court is obligated to presume that it is unconstitutional and place the burden of proof that it is actually constitutional on the state. To be held constitutional, the state has to prove that the law is necessary to fulfill a compelling state interest, that is is narrowly tailored to accomplish that interest, and that it uses methods that are the least intrusive to the fundamental right at issue.

Amendment 5 made it clear that the right to bear arms is on the same level as freedom of speech and religion and of the press, so anything the Missouri Supreme Court might do to undermine the protection of gun rights also undermines those other seminal rights.

The three cases currently before the Supreme Court involve men who had previously been convicted of non-violent felonies, have served their time, and have now been charged with violating Missouri’s law prohibiting felons from possessing firearms. Amendment 5 makes a distinction between violent and non-violent felons, allowing the legislature to only take away the right to bear arms from violent felons. The problem is that Section 571.070 RSMo, as amended in 2008, makes no such distinction when it prohibits ALL convicted felons from possessing firearms.

Based on Missouri’s Charge Code, there are over 11,000 ways a person can become a felon. A large percentage of the crimes are not what most people would consider felonies or even any sort of threat to others.

For instance, according to Chapter 407.1138.2 RSMo it is a felony violation “for any person that sends an unsolicited commercial electronic mail message to fail to use the exact characters ‘ADV:’ as the first four characters in the subject line of the unsolicited commercial electronic mail message.”

To put this in perspective, consider that most any court would use the strict scrutiny test to rule unconstitutional a law that strips a citizen of his unalienable, fundamental right to free speech, or religion, or press just because that citizen didn’t include “ADV:” in the subject line of an email.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court has found the right to bear arms to be “fundamental”, and Amendment 5 declares it an “unalienable” right and requires the courts to use a strict scrutiny review, courts should consistently find unconstitutional any law that strips a citizen of that right simply because he failed to start the subject line of an email with “ADV:”. Missouri’s felon in possession law is such a law, since it fails to distinguish between violent and non-violent felons.

If the Missouri Supreme Court rules against the three non-violent felons in the coming weeks, they will be gutting Amendment 5 and placing all of our fundamental rights on thin ice.

Perhaps even worse, if the Supreme Court ignores the people’s constitutional demand that they use strict scrutiny when evaluating gun laws, they will be shamelessly tossing out the most fundamental principle of our Constitutional Republic – that is, that the government exists only at the consent of the governed.

The Supreme Court’s next two potential decision dates are January 12th and 26th.

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Missouri First, Inc, is a think tank devoted to promoting constitutional governance and economic freedom.

For more information or question, contact:
Ron Calzone, director (573) 368-1344 ron@mofirst.org
Paul Hamby, director (816) 632-0602 paul@mofirst.org

From the Oathkeeper’s site…

URGENT Warning on OR Standoff: Military Special OP Assets Have Been Assigned for Standoff. Keep Women and Children Out of There

Oath Keepers has received very credible information from an active duty source within the special operations community that at least one SOD-X (Reserve/National Guard Special Operations Detachment, see this, this, and this) unit under the command of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) has been tasked for this standoff at the Malheur Wildlife Reserve and moved to the area.   That source contacted one of our long-time members who is a retired Special Forces 1st Sgt (who has known the source for over twenty years).

Now, of course, just because such a unit has been sent to the area for possible action does not mean it will be used.  It may not (so please don’t accuse us of making that claim).  But we DO NOT trust the Obama Administration to do this right, which would be to handle this situation like the Montana Freeman standoff rather than like the Waco standoff.   Anyone who thinks that Obama wouldn’t dare drop the hammer on Ammon and his men (whether by using a military commando unit, or the infamous FBI HRT, which was present at both Ruby Ridge and Waco), is a fool.   As was reported in the Washington Times after the Bundy Ranch standoff ended, the Obama Administration did consider the use of military force during that standoff.  Fortunately, they decided against it, but that doesn’t mean cooler heads will prevail this time around.   And  once again, leftists are frothing at the mouth and demanding blood.  For example, Montel Williams says he is “Totally fine with a massive use of deadly force in Oregon to take out Ammon Bundy” and also said “I’m calling on Govt to end terrorist siege perpetrated by a bunch of hillbilly American Taliban.”

The U.S. government has used military rules of engagement and overwhelming force twice in recent history, with horrific results, and we don’t put anything past this Administration.    At Ruby Ridge, the result was a dead fifteen year old boy, shot in the back by U.S. Marshalls, and a dead mother (shot in the face by an FBI HRT sniper while holding her baby).  At Waco the result was scores of dead women and children, during a military assault using armored vehicles (with Delta Force present and involved, and with local fire-fighters intentionally kept away while the Dividians burned).  So please don’t try to say we are crazy for thinking it may be done again here.  We do hope “the adults in the room” in the Administration and in the federal LEO and military community will keep that from happening, but hope is not an operational plan.  We don’t trust them, and you shouldn’t either, so:

Keep women and children off the friggin X.

Why do we feel the need to say this?  Because we have  seen news footage showing children present at the Malheur Wildlife Reserve over the past few days.  Apparently they were brought there by their parents while they visited with Ammon and crew.    We are told that they are not staying there overnight, but even bringing them for a visit is a mistake.  We also know that several women are staying there 24/7 (apparently including the wife of Blaine Cooper).   We do not need to have the risk of dead women and children in this incident.  It is unconscionable and immoral for anyone to place non-combatant women and children at risk of being in the middle of a firefight or dynamic raid on the armed men occupying that federal wildlife refuge.

This is not a “free speech” barbecue at Bundy Ranch with live music by Jordan Page.   This is a whole different animal.   There should be no women and children there at all.  This is not a family event.  This is an armed occupation of a government building and the only people staying there should be the armed men who are willing to die there with Ammon Bundy and his brothers and a couple of embedded reporters.   If adults want to visit them and put themselves at risk, that is their choice, but don’t bring children.   If a dozen men die in a shootout, that is one thing, but if children die, there will be a civil war.

Oath Keepers

NOTE and UPDATE as of 4am, Wed., Jan 6:   We are already getting flack for even saying this, with people accusing us of spreading “false intel” or rumors, and of course, wild-eyed accusations of us somehow being “traitors” because we don’t want to see women and children put at risk.   It is really a no-brainer that this Administration would at least stage both military and Federal law enforcement Special Response Teams for possible use in this situation.  That is hardly an out-there conspiracy theory. And it should be a no-brainer and common sense to keep women and children clear of such an armed occupation of a federal facility, but apparently it is not, and so we felt duty bound to tell people to keep them away, and exactly why we think it necessary (I will ALWAYS put the safety of women and children first, no matter who it pisses off.  I am not in this for a popularity contest).  So, don’t shoot the messenger.   In addition, last night (Jan 5) Ammon Bundy himself let it be known that he had received information from three independent sources that a dynamic raid of some kind was possibly coming soon.   So there!  – Stewart

 

Short Oath Keepers Statement on this Standoff

I will post a longer statement later, but for now, here is a brief statement on this situation, in general:

Oath Keepers opposes the armed occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge for the reasons already stated here last Friday (I had a hunch Ammon was going to go beyond a peaceful march and protest and was goingto conduct some form of armed direct action).  This is not in keeping with the moral imperative of only using the threat of force in defense when people’s lives are at stake, as at Bundy Ranch in 2014 (where we called on Oath Keepers from across the country to rush to the aid of the Bundy family and protect them from being “Waco’d” by military trained snipers and Special Forces veteran mercenaries).  In this case, neither the Hammonds nor their neighbors were in imminent threat of being murdered, and neither the Hammonds nor their neighbors asked for any form of armed standoff (the Hammonds decided against taking a hard stand).   In fact, they oppose it.  This is being done by outsiders who mislead and deceived locals (violating the vital principle of local control and leadership), deceived the Hammonds, and deceived the patriot movement by luring them in with a peaceful rally against the truly shocking abuses and injustices perpetrated on the Hammond family and then attempting to rope them into a premeditated, manufactured armed standoff.

Both Ammon Bundy and Ryan Payne (who we suspect is an agent provocateur) told the locals in the Harney County Committee of Safety, at a public town hall meeting on December 15, 2015, that they, the locals on the committee, would be making the decisions on what was to be done and would be in charge.  In fact, Ammon directly told them:

We have people across the United States that will stand with you, I’ve already explained that.  I’m confident.  But the thing is, it’s not necessarily right, for us, or for the people, to come in here and to make a stand without the people forming and being in control of it.  That’s what this Committee of Safety is.  It is where the people elect this Committee and this Committee is in charge of those that will come in and assist throughout this country, in defending the rights of this people and enforcing the Constitution.  And, I’m not going to dance around what we’re talking about here.  We’re talking about removing these unconstitutional agencies from Harney County.   And bringing the people back up to go ranching, logging, or whatever else.  But the people have to – you, you have to exhibit enough organization to form these committees of safety so that you can charge, and be in charge of the militia.   That’s what it comes down to.  That is the proper way in which this is supposed to happen (emphasis added).   Watch the video yourself:

I agree completely with the above quoted statements by Ammond to the Harney County Committee of Safety.  The people of Harney County do have the absolute right to govern themselves, and to be in charge of, and in control over, whatever is done to secure their rights in their county and state, and they have the right to be in charge of any volunteers from elsewhere who come in to help.   That truly is “the proper way in which this is supposed to happen.”  But unfortunately, Ammon did not respect that right.   Apparently, he did not really trust the people of Harney County to be in charge, and while Ammon told the locals these soothing words about their own control of their destiny, Ammon and Ryan evidently had already planned out this armed takeover of the federal facility at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge and were already staging their outsider men and supplies in the area to do it.  All of this was done without even the knowledge, let alone the consent, of that local Committee of Safety.  The Harney County Committee of Safety is in charge of jack squat.  So much for the consent of the governed, and so much for self-government.

By doing this, as Mike Vanderboegh pointed out, Ammon Bundy and Ryan Payne have given Obama the best New Years present he could hope for – an example of “militia movement/patriot aggression,” Obama can use to justify his already planned assault on gun rights (taking the focus off of the very real Jihadist terror threat, and allowing Obama to talk about a “right wing terror threat” instead), while Ammon also has the least credibility with, or support and participation from, the locals possible, since they were kept in the dark and blind-sided by this, and also with the least support from the patriot community, who were also blind-sided by Ammon and Ryan Payne.  You can read the Oregon III% statement of opposition here.   For all of the reasons our Associate Editor Brandon Smith articulated here, this standoff was a terrible plan, but one we may be stuck with.   See also the analysis of New Mexico militia leader, Bob Wright.    We support the Hammonds, who have indeed suffered terrible abuse that needs to be brought to light and corrected, and we support the return of western lands to their rightful owners, the people of the western states.   But this armed occupation is bad strategically and tactically.  There will be plenty of opportunities to take a hard stand in defense of ranchers who are taking a stand themselves, such as along the Red River in Texas.   Heck, why didn’t they just find some local ranchers and loggers in Harney County willing to start ranching again, and logging again, on those public lands, and then assign security details to protect them?  That would have been good to go, and the smart move, and we would have FULLY supported it, with deeds not just words, as we have done before, such as at the Sugar Pine mine in Josephine County, OR.   Live your lives as westerners, work your land and act as if the BLM doesn’t exist, and force the Feds to then come after you to stop you, as the clear aggressors, but do it as a united community, with the locals in charge, and we Oath Keepers will be there to back you up, and so will the Idaho and Oregon III%, the Pacific Patriot Network, the Bearded Bastards, etc who have already earned their stripes by showing up before, and they will be joined by many other groups.

A Warning to the Obama Administration:  No Free Waco’s

However, as much as we oppose what Ammon Bundy and Ryan Payne have done, we must warn the Obama Administration that it does not have free reign to “Waco” the people in this standoff by using deadly military force, such as an SOD-X, Delta Force, or the FBI HRT to kill them all.  The Federal government must respect their right to due process and do all it can to end this standoff peacefully, without loss of life.   It must treat it like the Freeman standoff, not the Waco standoff.   There will be no more free Wacos, as Mike Vanderboegh, Founder of the Three Percenter movement puts it.  We agree.   Treat this with kid gloves or risk a civil war.

Stewart Rhodes
Founder and President of Oath Keepers