Archive for February, 2016
Tags: Missouri Beef Check Off, more taxes on productive people
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.
Thursday March 3rd, 7:00 PM
At the Next Step Seventh-day Adventist Church, in West Plains MO.
Free; No charge to attend. Donations accepted.
Questions please call, Pastor Craig, 417-830-4039
Imagine a noiseless, invisible explosion in space that sends our technologically driven world back one hundred years in a few seconds. Every micro chip on every circuit board rendered worthless by one intense burst of energy. When military planners get together and plan “what if” scenarios by “playing war games” the first aggressive “play” is to launch an EMP, at which point the referee takes and just sweeps everything off the board and they get to start over with their reserves. You should know more about this weapon and the natural occurrence in nature that can cause the same effect.
Our Presenter for this seminar is Kevin Faulkner, owner of “The Battery Station”. Kevin was doing research on this subject when he worked for Motorola Corporation a decade before any of us even knew what the term EMP was. Updated with current research this is a seminar you don’t want to miss. Starting with explanations we can understand, and sharing the history of research and testing, Kevin will guide us through the maze of disinformation to come to a working plan of things you can do to help minimize the effects an event of this nature would have on your life.
Please bring a friend, or even better, a neighbor who would look to you for help when such an event takes place. Bring Everybody!
“Don’t be scared; be prepared”
Please share this invitation as widely as possible
Tags: Con Con, Concerns about Con Con, Convention of the States
We do realize that a great number of people within the liberty movement believe that a Convention of the States is a potential savior for the nation. However, we have a number of concerns about the issue. Many of those concerns are expressed in the following email from Missouri Campaign for Liberty. We are providing this so that people understand some of the concerns and have the opportunity to make a decision on this issue for themselves. Whatever side you fall on is your own decision.
As for me, Doreen Hannes, I see no potential for a good outcome from such an endeavor. The Constitution is not being followed, and the idea that opening it up for possible gutting would make it better seems errant at best. That is not an “official” position of the PRC, but my own position.
Research the issue and decide for yourself.
Here is the email from Missouri Campaign for Liberty:
Multiple bills calling for a dangerous Article V Convention are making their way through the Missouri Legislature.
It’s CRITICAL you take action NOW to stop them!
The special interest groups supporting these bills are twisting the facts.
They insist an “Article V Convention” is not a “Constitutional Convention”. . .
But according to Black’s Law Dictionary, that’s a lie.
Constitutional Convention: A duly constituted assembly of delegates or representatives of the people of a state or nation for the purpose of framing, revising, or amending its constitution. [emphasis added]
ConCon supporters don’t want you to know that an Article V Convention is the same thing as a Constitutional Convention because the entire Constitution could be thrown out – along with our most cherished rights.
It’s CRITICAL you contact your state legislators RIGHT NOW and demand they vote NO on any bill calling for an Article V Convention.
These groups also want you to believe nothing can go wrong and that Article V limits what can happen at a convention, but that’s not true either.
Article V only allows the states to “apply” to Congress for a convention – Congress issues the “call.”
Article V does not include any details about the convention itself.
The groups behind these bills claim there is no chance for a runaway convention, but our own history teaches that is not true.
As great as our Founding Fathers were, they couldn’t stop a runaway convention. And that’s an alarming and dangerous truth.
Our Founding Fathers met in Philadelphia with instructions to fix issues with the Articles of Confederation. The delegates from those 13 states couldn’t agree, and we ended up with a whole new Constitution.
That’s right, once the convention was convened the instructions were thrown out the window.
We were extremely blessed that most of those at the convention favored limited government. But there are few true advocates of limited government alive today that would be invited to an Article V Convention.
And that’s just one of many reasons why Missouri Campaign for Liberty opposes an Article V Convention.
As you well know, the federal government has operated outside of the constitutional boundaries originally laid out by the Founders for decades.
Unfortunately, instead of holding the politicians in D.C. accountable for violating the Constitution, misguided Republicans in Missouri are attempting to solve the problem by simply amending the Constitution . . .
. . . the same Constitution the politicians currently refuse to abide by!
However, there is an even bigger problem with the Article V Convention process.
Simply put, because it has never been attempted, none of the self-proclaimed “experts” know what will happen if and when they get their way.
The Constitution itself doesn’t limit subject matter, spell out the convention process, or determine how delegates should be chosen.
So progressive activists will be able to use their money and influence to affect the entire process.
And one supportive group – Convention of States – even points out on its own website that if a convention is called. . .
. . .“the convention of states itself would determine which ideas deserve serious consideration. . .”
And what they fail to point out is that literally hundreds of progressive organizations have been pushing for a convention since 2009!
Do you trust the hundreds of progressive organizations – backed by George Soros and his ilk – calling for an Article V Convention to do the right thing and rein in the federal government?
Imagine what will happen at a convention being held to manipulate the U.S. Constitution, with BOTH Republican and Democrat Establishment and hundreds of progressive, George Soros-types pulling the strings. . .
A convention is extremely dangerous – especially today!
So please contact your state legislators RIGHT NOW and demand they vote NO on any bill calling for an Article V Convention.
These bills simply must be stopped; please take action right away and ask your contacts to do the same.
Missouri Campaign for Liberty
P.S. If an Article V Convention were called, it would likely be impossible to stop devastating changes from being made to our Constitution. According to America’s history of conventions, the delegates chosen could wield unlimited power to propose revisions to our Constitution.
It’s CRITICAL you contact your state legislators RIGHT NOW and demand they vote NO on any bill calling for an Article V Convention.
Honestly, reading the comments on news surrounding Scalia’s death and the arrest and detention of Cliven Bundy for 2014 charges are frightening. In the former, people saying things like “One down and one to go. Thomas must be next!” and “May he rot in hell” are beyond poor taste and all the way into horrifying. In Bundy’s case, comments like “He should stay in jail until his trial. this goat roper needs to understand no one is above the federal government!” and things about how ranchers are all welfare recipients, and federal lands shouldn’t be used for grazing…etc.
Granted, I am unsure whether or not the comments come from “real” people or paid shills. But still, it’s unsettling. Article linked in the title below:
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on federal criminal charges against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy (all times local):
A federal judge says Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy should stay behind bars because he’s a danger to the community and a risk for failing to show up for future court dates.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice Stewart ruled Tuesday that Bundy shouldn’t be released ahead of trial because “that is likely the last the government will see of him.”
Bundy’s charges stem from an armed 2014 standoff with federal officials trying to round up cattle grazing illegally near his ranch northeast of Las Vegas.
Attorney Noel Grefenson says his 69-year-old client couldn’t be such a danger if authorities waited to charge him for 22 months. Stewart dismissed that argument and set his next hearing for Friday.
Bundy was arrested last week when he arrived in Oregon to support his sons, who are accused of leading a weekslong occupation at a national wildlife refuge.
A family member says Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy isn’t dangerous or a criminal and should be released from jail because he isn’t a flight risk.
Daughter-in-law Briana Bundy said Tuesday that a federal judge in Oregon should let the 69-year-old live at home while he awaits trial.
Prosecutors are calling Cliven Bundy “lawless and violent” and telling the judge not to free him because he doesn’t recognize federal authority.
His charges stem from an armed 2014 standoff with federal officials trying to round up cattle grazing illegally near his ranch northeast of Las Vegas.
Bundy was arrested last week when he arrived in Oregon to support his sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy. They’re jailed and accused of leading a weekslong occupation at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Federal prosecutors are calling Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy “lawless and violent” and telling a U.S. judge in Oregon that he shouldn’t be freed from jail ahead of trial.
A 34-page document filed Tuesday before Bundy appears for a detention hearing in Portland says the 69-year-old should stay behind bars because he doesn’t recognize federal authority.
His charges stem from an armed 2014 standoff with federal officials trying to round up cattle grazing illegally near his ranch in Nevada.
Bundy was arrested in Oregon last week when he arrived to support his sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, who are accused of leading a weekslong occupation at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The brothers are jailed.
It’s unclear who will represent Cliven Bundy. He has asked for a court-appointed attorney last week, but a judge said she wanted to see financial documents first.
A Nevada rancher is returning to court to seek his release from jail in Oregon, where he went to support the armed occupation of a national wildlife preserve.
Cliven Bundy has a detention hearing set for Tuesday, when a federal judge will decide whether to allow him to go home as he awaits trial. Prosecutors said last week that he should stay behind bars because they didn’t expect him to show up for future court dates.
Bundy was arrested in Portland last week on charges stemming from a 2014 armed standoff that forced federal officials to release cattle being rounded up near his Nevada ranch.
The 69-year-old came to Oregon to support the weekslong occupation at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge launched by his now-jailed sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy.