Thank you for visiting. My thoughts & Feelings are my Own.

Here I will share my feelings about America and her Future.

Let it be known to all the World, I love all Humankind, however the poor actions of the few that take away the Freedom's of the many wear on my soul. I don't hate them I feel sad for their foolishness before God and humankind.

Those leaders who seek to 'Keep their Oaths of office' and those who seek only self glory, power, tyranny and the destruction of America as it was founded, hoping to turn it into a Dictatorship, Marxist or other state of Tyranny.

For a long while I was unsure of putting a blog together with my thoughts on this, however Truth must be shared, if not to Awake American's to their dangerous situation then to record the folly of the ways of the wicked who do exist in the leadership of our Nation, States, Counties, Towns. Sad that I must add this page.

"We often search for things in life, yet seldom do we find.

Those things in life that really matter, until we make the time." S.T.Huls

God Bless the Republic of America!

We have Got To Stand Up!!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

THE TORTURE OF AMMON BUNDY… – Redoubt News



by Loren Edward Pearce

In a phone interview with Gavin Seim, Ammon Bundy, the imprisoned protester, made a statement:
“What I am about to say will not set well with a lot of people.  The enemy of liberty is the government employee.  The government official, the bureaucrat.  Not the elected official per se, but the employee for government agencies.  They are takers, they are not producers.”
It was only a short time later that we received reports of extreme torture and abuse of Ammon Bundy wherein he was confined to a 3 foot by 3 foot shower stall, with door closed and his hands chained behind his back for over 13 hours.   He was scheduled to be in that confined space for 72 hours but was released earlier because of the massive amount of attention brought by the public to the situation.
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Whether his above statements were related to his subsequent torture and abuse is not known.  But it is an interesting coincidence.   Surely, the statements made by Ammon Bundy would not only offend the prison staff but other government employees as well.   The desire to seek revenge against Ammon Bundy for making those statements would seem to comport with human nature.
Let us take a closer look at what Bundy is saying.  His words go to the core of his message for the last several years and are not really new.   The Bundy family has found themselves in the gun sights of a large government bureaucracy known as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  They have experienced first hand what it is like to have their liberty threatened by government employees.  The Bundys view themselves as part of a company of producers, i.e., ranchers, miners, loggers, farmers and as belonging to a general group called the private sector which includes private business owners and employees who work for non-government organizations (NGO).  They see many government employees as having no other purpose than to hinder, restrict and hamper their efforts to produce.
In his interview, Bundy acknowledged that a lot of government employees are good people with a sincere desire to help society.  To a government employee, their value lies in protecting society from abuses caused by non-government entities from such things as threatening the desert tortoise, the spotted owl, dumping toxic waste into rivers, distributing harmful drugs and chemicals, carbon footprints, abuses based on gender, color or national origin and the list of government oversight areas of responsibility go on and on.
In 1927, the Milwaukee Journal made the following statement,
Government, like fire, is a good servant, but a bad master. Let either once escape from the most rigorous control and its tendency is to spread in every direction and seize upon whatever it touches that can be converted into fuel to strengthen and extend it.” Quote Investigator
The history of the USA is based on a fear of government becoming a master and not a servant and the constitution with its supporting Bill of Rights was intended to restrain and rigorously control the power and authority of government in its relations with non-government people.   This fear was well-founded, based on centuries of struggle in Europe between commoners and nobility and royalty.  The struggle between the common people and people who considered themselves the elite, the governors over the governed..
As the above quote from the Milwaukee Journal correctly posits, government, like a fire, naturally seeks additional fuel to feed its ravishing appetite.  Government seeks to not only preserve, but expand its existence and will desperately fight to accomplish its growth.  The government employee is an unwitting participant in the fire that explosively expands and consumes.
We often refer to government employees as “public servants”.   Government agencies have many different mottos and mission statements on their websites and in their offices that proudly focus on service and protection of the public.  However, behind the thin veneer of these declarations as “public servants” is the reality of what Ammon Bundy is saying.  Because, for a government employee to exist, someone’s liberty must be restricted.  As Ammon points out, it takes three paychecks from someone else to support the paycheck of a government employee in the form of taxes.  Taxes reduce my discretionary spending, taxes prevent me from fully enjoying the fruits of my labors.  To make matters worse, the taxes are mandatory, based on force and coercion.  Unlike my pastor or minister who depends on my voluntary donations for his income, the government worker has a guaranteed source of income through forced payment of taxes.  We seldom ever hear about layoffs in the public sector due to a poor economy.  The government, through the use of force and political allies, protects its source of funding through taxes.
Let us take, for example, the agency that most affects the Bundys and other ranchers, the BLM.  With over 12,000 permanent employees and 30,000 volunteers, the BLM manages the hundreds of millions of acres of public land not in the jurisdiction of other government agencies such as the Forest Service. Bureau of Land Management
An agent of the BLM, to justify his existence and to comply with his job description, must find ways to restrict and inhibit people who use the public lands.  These restrictions to liberty come in the form of road closures, grazing fees and cattle allotments.  Allied with other government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, they must justify their existence by protecting certain biological species such as the desert tortoise, all with the intent to restrict liberties.  While these restrictions are made out to be for the greater good of society, the restrictions serve to justify an ever expanding federal government laden with alphabet soup agencies who have to find something to do and the only thing they can do is restrict and control.   The BLM, if it really was a public servant, would be working with the ranchers and producers on how they can be more successful in their businesses and how the land can be used to benefit the most people and their livelihoods.
Beyond the BLM, we have many government employees who want to intrude on the business of non-government employees.  The government has been called “Big Brother” , “the nanny state” and “busy bodies” as government employees impose their will on the nation of over 320 million people.  The proliferation of militarized government agencies, with their own law enforcement branches, has led to clashes with the populace as we saw in Bunkerville, Nevada.  FISCAL YEARS 2006 – 2014: OVERSIGHT STUDY  on THE MILITARIZATION OF AMERICA.
So, not only do we have government employees who are not helpful to the ranchers and other producers, but we see the bureaucracies doubling down, become more trenchant in forcing their will on the population through militarization and weaponization of the agencies, beyond the powers granted to them by the constitution.
Ammon Bundy, a student of history and the framing of our constitution, has seen first hand the fulfillment of the worst fears of the founders:
It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it.” – James MadisonFederalist 48, 1787
I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.” Thomas Jefferson, Letter to James Madison, 1787
Whether they like it or not, the government employee, by definition, limits liberty.   Jefferson, Madison, Franklin and others would be horrified if they saw how Ammon Bundy is being treated today by government employees as they, like a fire, seek to dominate and conquer, becoming a fearful master and not a servant.
Source: THE TORTURE OF AMMON BUNDY… – Redoubt News
 
 
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Ammon speaks with Kelli Stewart via phone about his abuse.
 
 
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Their is an on going Eternal fight that is very Real, Light vs Darkness, Goodness vs Evil.

 In truth it happens due to evil, wickedness, choice to injure others for your own selfish wicked desires.
Thus Lucifer is behind all evil deeds, people Choose to ignore / avoid / omit truth in their lives and light.
Thus allowing Darkness to exist, flourish and destroy at will.
Not until enough warriors of light and truth, awaken, stand, expose, and fight on all fields of battle, not...
until then shall darkness be stopped.
We who love liberty, God, Freedom, Life, morality, must stand United puting our differences aside, Unite under God and LIberty to stand against the tsunomi of evil controlling America in our days.
Only then shall we slow the growth of the cancers of wickedness and darkness.
We must assist in education and helping people find their path to truth, light, compassion, charity, and love of fellow humanbeigns.

Those who follow a path of darkness must find their own way out before they are of themselves destroyed.
We can plant the seeds, fertilize them and hope they grow. outside of that we Pray for God to help awaken their hearts and souls.

In the end God wins and lucifer looses as well as all who embrace pride, selfishness, hard hearts, etc. the darkness.

Today is the day to choose who your going to follow, every day, every thought, every deed, you may say What would Jesus Do in this case what ever it may be.

Seek Charity, Love, and patients, mercy and know God is real and mindful of us all.

 We all have trials, struggles in this life.
They are to help us grow and to become solid strong spiritual people.
The Eagles fly much higher and longer in the storms of life.
And so shall we all. 


 We must Pray for our Nation, our brothers and sisters, family friends
We must pray for peace, however we must also prepare to have charity towards all, and if need be we must be prepared to wield the sword of battle as well. 


 In defense of all said above. For evil must not be allowed to rule for when they do the rest perish.


God Bless you all, God Bless the Republic of America. 

 May we all awaken, and become the Warriors of Light we need to be so we can stand for Liberty.
S.T.Huls
 
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

David Bundy's 15 year old son builds benches to fund legal fees

My Rooster stands at the door to inspect the Brett Bundy (David Bundy's 15yr old son) Bench.

You get them raw and do what you desire in finishing them.

Many hundreds sold get yours soon, help see how at their link below.
These are Very Strong sturdy benches, I can stand on it at 6' 5 and 295..
thanks.

 http://freedavebundy.blogspot.com/…/…/update-on-benches.html

 



 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Wisdom of the Daughter of Ryan Bundy - Listen and Learn America! Jamie Bundy




The Wisdom of the Daughter of Ryan Bundy - Listen and Learn America!

The wisdom of this young woman

Jamie Bundy

 It honestly amazes me how much tribulation, heartache, and violation my dad will take to stick by and stand for ...what he knows, believes, and loves.
Again, again, and again his rights are being violated.
Some of the things that have been done to him and have been gotten away with are stomach turning, inhumane, and unbelievable.
"They deserve to be in jail" people have told me.

Well guess what, my dad and the other men being held are serving more than just time, WAY more than just time.

They've been beaten, they've been treated inhumanly, they've been placed in solitary, they've been denied the access to see they're families, they've been denied the access to TALK to their families, they've been denied the right to a fair and speedy trial, they've been completely stripped of their rights and freedom.

Recently, they have been subject to "strip searches".
Every single time they enter the courtroom, leave the courtroom, or visit their lawyers they are forced to have a strip search done to them.
Don't know what a strip search is? It isn't pretty.
Numerous rights get violated each time, it's intrusive, violating, uncalled for, and completely wrong.
Knowing that this act is just done to violate more rights, and wear them down, my dad and others have refused to comply with any more strip searches.

What is the result?
Solitary confinement.
This means that they can't call, they are held in a tiny cement room, they are hardly fed, and they are basically being treated like animals.

"Land of the free because of the brave"? Ha. Far from it. It makes me sick.
It makes me sick to think that there are still people who think that "they're getting what they deserve", or "it's not my place to say or do anything" or "if I just comply and ignore the fact that my rights are being violated I can be happy". No. No, no, no.
I don't know what more my family needs to do to prove to you that you MUST not allow these idiotic thoughts to fill your head.
PROOF,
proof has been laid out before you, right in front of your very eyes, this is real.
I can't stress it enough.
Laugh at it? Fine.
Ignore it? Fine.
But when you finally decide to open your eyes and realize how real this, you can't say that you weren't warned.

Jamie Bundy

Bundy Ranch – Urgent Call to Action = Ryan B. Speaks of Abuse!

Bundy Ranch – Urgent Call to Action

 The Bundy Ranch Facebook page sent out a call to action today! The post below includes a recording from Ryan Bundy asking for help and to ask people to  CALL N. Hackmaster, Assistant Director Prison Operations, U.S. Marshal Service 703-740-8400.
 
Bundy Ranch
4 hours ago
WE NEED YOUR ATTENTION URGENTLY, RYAN BUNDY IN HIS OWN WORDS ABOUT THE HORRIFIC CONDITIONS IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

Please listen to this recording of Ryan Bundy dated March 24, 2017. 
The quality is bad due to the horrible quality of the phone that the prison provides to NON CONVICTED prisoners. 
But, you should be able to understand most of it, listen with earphones.
URGENT! CALL N. Hackmaster, Assistant Director Prison Operations, U.S. Marshal Service 703-740-8400.
...
Highlights from the recording of Ryan's voice:

1. Everytime I ask for relief, they answer with increased punishment. They want to show me how powerful they are and when I try to assert my rights as a NON CONVICTED prisoner, they answer with crushing punishment.

 2. My toilet doesn't work and I have no toilet paper. I have asked them to correct it and they just ignore me.


 3. We are strip searched everytime we go and come from court.


 4. They dress us up in nice clothes for court to give the illusion we are being treated fairly and with dignity and then when we are out of sight of the public, we are stripped and suffer inhumane conditions. They treat us worse than animals.


 5. Innocence until proven guilty is dead in America. NON CONVICTED prisoners are treated as bad or worse than convicts.


 6. At least half of the Bill of Rights is devoted to treating people accused of crimes in a fair and just way. The right to a speedy trial is to be enjoyed by the accused, it says nothing about the convenience of the federal government in having to deal with a "complex case".


 7. We are supposed to be the land of the free and home of the brave. But where are the brave??? Nobody is standing up to these horrific conditions and denial of basic rights. Nobody is brave enough to do what is necessary.


URGENT! CALL N. Hackmaster, Assistant Director Prison Operations, U.S. Marshal Service 703-740-8400.

https://www.facebook.com/bundyranch/videos/1285335498209922/

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B28uvBIkDqSpMU9uaWlBNkFBbTg

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tempers flare, nerves fray in trial against Bundy supporters



Tempers flare, nerves fray in trial against Bundy supporters



A downtown Las Vegas courtroom provided scenes as wild as a Western movie Monday when federal prosecutors and defense attorneys battled over nearly every piece of evidence presented in the trial against six of rancher Cliven Bundy’s supporters.
Defense attorneys tried to block a government witness from testifying. A prosecutor invoked an evidence rule that led even the judge to flip open a legal handbook. A juror made a wisecrack that caused one lawyer to raise concerns of potential bias.
By 4 p.m., U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro had sent the jury home early and told them not to return until Wednesday.
The day’s most hotly disputed footage was played outside the presence of the jury when defense lawyer Todd Leventhal tried to bring into evidence a video from the April 2014 standoff in Bunkerville. The video was captured by a Fox News cameraman, and Leventhal, who represents Bundy supporter O. Scott Drexler, wanted the judge to let him play it when he cross-examined Bureau of Land Management Ranger Gregory Johnson.
Johnson testified as a government witness Monday. On April 12, 2014, he was recorded on dashboard camera footage using a megaphone to repeatedly order protesters to disperse.
The protesters, who were gathered near the site where federal authorities had been impounding Bundy’s cattle, screamed angrily. At one point on the footage, authorities referenced a man walking towards them — “blue shirt, looks like press.”
The cameraman was identified in court only by his surname, Lynch. Defense lawyers tried to use the footage he captured to bolster their arguments that protesters could not understand law enforcement’s instructions from 200 yards away on a windy day.
On the video, Lynch walks toward the cattle impoundment site where federal authorities were headquartered.
“I do not have a weapon — I am shooting for Fox News,” he yelled. “May I approach so this doesn’t end in bloodshed … the people don’t want to get hurt.”
“You are in violation of a U.S. District Court order,” Johnson’s voice boomed over the megaphone.
“I am the press!” Lynch shouted.
“Go back.”
“Why? Why can’t you talk to me?!”
“You are in violation …”
“I have no weapon! Are you really gonna shoot these people?” Lynch exclaimed. “We can’t hear your announcement that far away.”
Navarro would not allow the video into evidence Monday, but she told Leventhal he could play it for jurors if he calls Lynch as a defense witness.
The drama intensified Monday when Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Dickinson, questioning the witness for the second time, declared that he was invoking an evidence rule to publish notes from an FBI interview with Johnson. The interview first was referenced by defense attorney Jess Marchese, who tried to suggest that the witness exaggerated in about the threat level in his trial testimony.
Dickinson asked Johnson to read directly from a line in the April 2014 FBI report.
“When asked if he felt threatened or intimidated, Johnson responded with, ‘Yes. Most definitely. We were f——d.”
When Johnson finished testifying and prosecutors called their next witness, defense attorneys responded furiously because Sgt. Tom Jenkins of Las Vegas’ Metropolitan Police Department was not on the original government witness list.
Judge Navarro allowed Jenkins to testify under direct examination, but she canceled testimony in the trial Tuesday to give defense attorneys an extra day to prepare for cross-examination.
The jury was shuttled in and out of the courtroom during Monday’s legal wrangling. Their expressions displayed both laserlike focus and utter confusion as they watched the heated but legally dense disputes unfold.
Before Jenkins testified, the judge asked jurors whether they recognized him.
One juror replied, “Only from the TV show ‘Cops.’”
His joke drew chuckles, but also a challenge from Leventhal, who asked the judge to bring the juror in for questioning Thursday.
Contact Jenny Wilson at jenwilson@reviewjournal.com or 702-384-8710. Follow @jennydwilson on Twitter.
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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Amish Farmer Sam Girod is in Jail... His Enemies Want Him there for Life

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Amish Farmer Sam Girod is in Jail... His Enemies Want Him there for Life
 
"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."
 
~ 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (Holy Bible, King James Version)
 
 
This might turn out to be the hardest newsletter I've ever written. I definitely think I've spent the most time on it. I've started over at least 5 times and I still don't like it. But I guess I'll just pour it out like it is and hopefully you can pick up the pieces and make something out of it.
 
The Facts Aren't Hard to Tell
 
Samuel Girod, Amish farmer in Kentucky and herbal salve maker, father of twelve... is in jail. He's been there for over a month and he has done absolutely nothing even remotely worthy of treatment of this magnitude. (Sam had made some healing claims on the labeling of his herbal salves and this all escalated from there.) When they came to arrest Sam, they corralled his wife and children into the yard to be guarded by an agent with a semi-automatic rifle. (According to a family friend that I spoke with, his children are still having nightmares.) They put Sam in hand cuffs, hauled him to prison, locked him up without bail and threw enough charges against him (28,000 pages of legal documents) that if they have their way in court Sam will be in prison for the rest of his life. (He's 57 and they want him in prison for 68 years.)
 
Here's the Background Story
 
Sam and Elizabeth Girod and their 12 children are Amish farmers in Kentucky. For the last 16 years they have made homemade herbal salves as a family. They sold it from their farm and at a few small stores near them. The family makes three products: A chickweed salve, a bloodroot salve called To-Mor-Gone and an essential oil blend called Sine-Eze.
 
Sam's salves
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Their main salve is the one Sam called "Chickweed Healing Salve." It's made with wild-harvested herbs like chickweed, rosemary, comfrey, peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender essential oils as ingredients blended with olive oil and beeswax to stiffen it. 
 
The salve making is not rocket science. Any of you could make these products in your kitchen. In fact many people do. If you Google it, you'll find recipes online like this one. But like so many other areas of life, moms are busy, salve making is messy, and so folks are quite happy to pay Sam and his family to make the salves for them. And so they do.
 
So the $64,000 question is: What in the world went wrong? How did this peace-loving, quiet, minding-his-own-business, Amish family farmer, father of twelve and loyal American citizen end up in jail for making herbal salves? How is it possible that this simple, God-fearing father, who would, any other year, be out working his fields with his horses getting ready for spring planting, be now sitting behind jail bars... considered a dangerous criminal? 
 
These questions seem to defy answers. But let me show you how easy it actually is to make an innocent man look criminal. Then maybe you'll understand.
 
Innocent Labeling Misstep
 
Sam's nightmare started over twelve years ago. Their family was still new in the salve business and he had quite honestly and transparently labeled his one salve as 'Chickweed Healing Salve' and had healing testimonial claims on the label.
 
He also did not have the familiar FDA disclaimer that looks like this:
 
"These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease."
 
Sam, in his simple, disconnected-from-the-world Amish way of life may not have realized that healing claims coupled with the disclaimer omission amounted to a cardinal sin in the eyes of the FDA. Or maybe Sam just didn't feel the disclaimer was truthful or even right to use. Maybe Sam felt it was dishonest to say that his salve was not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease when, of course, that is exactly what his salve is for.
 
Whatever the reason, Sam was soon to get an education!
 
To Criminalize a Man
 
It's fairly easy to criminalize a man... especially if he makes the first misstep. Please stick with me. It's critical that you understand how it's bureaucratically possible to make a good man look bad. How easy it is for otherwise sensible people to rationalize that good is evil and evil is good and that light is darkness. (Isaiah 5:20)
  1. The entire criminalization of Sam is based on the FDA's official public position that ONLY a drug can "diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease." They really do say and believe this. And that truthfully is what 100% of this fiasco is based on. As soon as you accept this #1 non-fact as Truth, your mind is perfectly ripe for the next three Orwellian twistings.
  2. So... since Sam says his herbal salve helps for treating, or preventing a disease, therefore his product is obviously a drug. Point #1 proves point #2. End of discussion.
  3. So... since this new drug has NOT been approved by us, the FDA, therefore his drug is illegal. [You see how logically this is developing? It's impossible to argue against if you accept #1.]
  4. So therefore, since Sam has admitted that he's been selling this salve, and we've proved his salve is a drug and an illegal one at that, Sam is admittedly an illegal drug dealer. He's even selling this illegal drug across state lines! So he's actually a National Interstate Drug Dealer. And that makes Sam an exceedingly dangerous criminal! Bind him, men, and take him away!  
Humble acknowledgment: It is an integral part of our civil duty as public servants to protect the American public from Illegal drug dealing criminals. We, the knights in shining armor, riding upon white horses have again courageously protected the vulnerable people of our great nation of The United States of America from the alarming menace of an illegal drug cocktail of Rosemary, Beeswax, Olive oil, Peppermint, Chickweed, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Comfrey. (These are the exact ingredients of Sam's Chickweed Healing Salve.)
 
You will also be relieved to know that the dangerous Amishman who is the mastermind behind this shocking, illegal interstate drug trafficking is now safely behind bars without bail. And if we have our way in court, he’ll be there for the rest of his life. Thanks to us, your children will again play safely in the streets. Long live Truth and Justice in the grand ole USA! We tip our hats to your grateful applause as we ride off into the sunset.
 
Please excuse the satire. This situation is really not funny.
 
When the FDA informed Sam that these healing claims made his salve a drug and he was in for big trouble, Sam dutifully and respectfully took the offensive word 'Healing' off his label, removed the reference to possibly healing of skin cancer and changed the name to 'Chickweed Salve.' When that still was not good enough, he renamed it again to 'Original Chickweed.'
 
Chillingly Familiar Escalation of Force 
 
After the label changes, Sam says all was quiet until about three years ago. Then suddenly everything came roaring back. Apparently a local health official spotted Sam's Chickweed salve in a small convenience store in Missouri. The local official informed a state health official who informed the FDA who swept in and seized the salve.
 
And the violation? Promotional brochures were found in the Missouri store with testimonials from Sam's customers claiming to be healed from various skin ailments by the salve.
 
Ah-ha! So, since Sam is still claiming 'healing' even though it is not on his label this time, the 'healing' claims are in the same store so that means if we stretch the interpretation just a little we could make a case that Sam is still selling drugs that we have not approved so he's still an illegal drug dealer. Plus now we charge him with selling illegal drugs across state lines!
 
So the 'illegal drug' inspections began. To his credit Sam tried to be agreeable and peaceful even though he rightfully insisted that his salves have nothing to do with drugs. His protests fell on deaf ears. They are drugs because you claim they heal, cure or prevent disease.
 
Sam reluctantly gave the FDA permission to inspect, hoping to pacify them. But he did ask one thing. Since their family is Amish and photography is offensive to their practice of faith he asked that the agents not take pictures. Sam says the FDA agreed that they would not take pictures during the inspection. But, when the agents arrived to do the inspection, they immediately pulled cameras and proceeded to shoot pictures completely breaking their word and completely ignoring and disrespecting Sam's reasonable request to respect his faith.
 
Is anyone surprised that when the agents later came back unannounced to do another search of Sam's facilities, that this time Sam refused them permission? He no longer trusted them. They had broken their word the previous time, plus they didn't have a search warrant. The deputy sheriff, who had escorted the agents, told the FDA that this was totally within Sam's rights. They legally needed a search warrant to inspect. Gesturing toward the street, the sheriff told the agents, "There's the road."
 
The agents left... but they didn't give up. In fact it seems they may have been just a tad irritated that this little bit of a nobody Amish man called their bluff about something as small as keeping their word. He even made them retreat to get a warrant! And he's an illegal drug dealing Amish man at that! No worries, Sam... we will be back with a warrant!
 
And they were. And the charges escalate with every turn. Sam, (probably naively) is representing himself in court and he has made a few blunders there. He's Amish so he doesn't have a telephone or computer so he's rather hard to communicate with. Because of a miscommunication, he missed a court date a few months ago which has not endeared him to the already irritated prosecutors.
 
So now he's charged with contempt of court. He's charged with introducing illegal drugs into interstate commerce; charged with manufacturing drugs without a license; charged for misbranding drugs; charged with obstructing or threatening a witness in the federal grand jury indictment (which Sam has no idea what, how, when or who they are referring to with that charge)... He's charged with conspiring with others to prevent, by force, intimidation, and threat FDA agents from discharging the duties of their offices... You get the picture.
 
If you have been paying attention over the last 25 years to the conduct of federal agents in conflictual situations, these charges and the extreme use of force and weight is chillingly familiar. Unless a miracle happens, the situation does not bode well for Sam or his family. As innocent, non-violent and as peaceful as they may be, one does not speak up to the federal government and win.
 
Where will it end? We can only hope and pray that it ends better than it has for others in similar situations. I'm saying no names, dates or situations here. I'm just saying that it's eerily familiar.
 
So What to Do?
 
Please, join with us in prayer for Sam and his wife Elizabeth and family. This is a real fellow American family in real distress. We do believe in the power of prayer. And we also believe in the power of a peaceful, non-resistant, go-the-second-mile type of response as Jesus taught us to move the hearts of men. If you'd like to send Sam and Elizabeth and family a card or a note of encouragement, their farm address is: 409 Satterfield Lane, Owingsville, KY, 40360. Address it to Elizabeth Girod since Sam is in prison.
 
And also, join us in prayer for those in authority who seem to us to be unjust, vindictive, unreasonable and unmerciful. Maybe they feel we judge them unfairly too. Maybe they are not as bad as it seems. Maybe there are factors here that they know that we do not know. They are people too... maybe they don't like what their superiors make them do either. Maybe they are also afraid and powerless. If that is the case, pray that they would individually have the strength and moral character to do the right thing even if costs them their job and reputation.
 
Also pray for Dawn and I and our family. We are concerned about the actions of these folks. And no, we are not being controlled by the 'spirit of fear.'
 
"For God hath not given us the Spirit of fear; but of Power, and of Love, and of a Sound mind."
~2 Timothy 1:7
 
As you know, we are fully licensed, tested, inspected and regulated by the PA department of Ag and fully legal in all regards in everything we do. Yet, down inside we recognize our own vulnerability.
 
We would be in denial if we did not deeply recognize how easily and quickly these same folks could also criminalize a little nobody Mennonite farmer and his family from PA. After all, we also publish stories from our own experience and stories from our customers that show how raw milk and raw milk kefir can heal, cure or for sure at least prevent some diseases. So does that make The Family Cow raw milk a drug?
 
According to the FDA it does. Will we be the next ones with a target on our backs for selling illegal 'drugs,' producing 'drugs' without a drug license, aiding and abetting those who take these same 'drugs' across state lines?
 
Put yourselves in our shoes. I think you can sympathize even if you are of cooler blood and think we are over thinking this. We might be. Just remember... some of Sam's friends thought so too.
 
Prayers and Blessings,
 
Your farmer ~ Edwin 
 
for the Shank Family and Family Cow Team
 
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For further reading and research and details about Sam Girod, the links below will be helpful. If you want to know more what you can do to help Sam and Elizabeth, the 2nd link and 5th link may be of most interest to you particularly.
  1. FDA Wants to Jail Sam Girod for 48 Years, for Making Salves People Love 
  2. KY Amish Farmer Jailed over a Salve Label; the FDA Wants Him Jailed for Life 
  3. Action Alert: Amish Farmer in Jail for "Selling Drugs" 
  4. Can Anyone Save Amish Salve Maker Sam Girod from Rotting in Jail? 
  5. Free KY Amish Farmer Samuel Girod 
 
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! ~ Isaiah 5:20
 
 
Know your farmer. 
If you don't have one, find one. 
If you can't find one, become one.