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Tell them to take their melamine-laced baby formula and drink it themselves, that you and your children will have raw milk, and in doing so, help bring back dairy farming and farming communities instead.  

Tell them they can take their aspirin and ibuprofen and get hospitalized all they wish, that you and your children will have cherries and in doing so support farmers and the truth, instead.  

Liberals may be waking up.  A few more attacks on our farmers and maybe we'll all join together and finally become the national and international civil and human rights movement this is at heart - that NO ONE has the damned right to deny us access to nature.  

Let our totalitarian government scream "bacteria" and "food safety" and "bio-terrorism" til the cows come home, but the  laws allowing them to track and destroy farmers and their crops and animals are need be eliminated immediately  And intellectual property laws that have allowed for the insane patenting of DNA and thus the wholesale corporate ownership of almost all food in the world, are going to have to be challenged and challenged and challenged until we have a case that joins Brown v Board of Education as a landmark CIVIL and HUMAN RIGHTS triumph.

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This SWAT team raid in Ohio is vicious and meant to terrorize but I will be writing soon on the stealth attack on seeds which is scaring no one yet massively threatening all of our lives.  More later about this and the attacks by Monsanto on seed cleaners across the Midwest.

Now, the Manna Storehouse update. 


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DECEMBER 6, 2008...9:32 PMManna Storehouse “S.W.A.T.”, part 3
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NOTE: This story was updated 12 noon Sunday (scroll to bottom for latest additions — Part 3a)

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By now it seems the story of the SWAT team raid on Manna Storehouse coop in Ohio is “going viral” on the interwebs. A Google search for “Manna Storehouse coop raid” yields 3500 results. The story is being posted or discussed on countless blogs, boards and websites. Here’s one site that’s done a good job of aggregating the available data on the case. And here on the Bovine, this story alone accounted for something like 1,200 hits — and that would be just from yesterday. So it’s definitely a story people care about, even if it’s almost totally ignored by mainstream media. The one local paper that carried the story mentioned nothing about the SWAT team or the family being held at gunpoint.

Some significant new information came to light about the case on Friday, when journalist David E. Gumpert called Katie Stover and learned that while she and her family were being held at gunpoint in their own home by American authorities, her “head of the household” was serving his country in Iraq. Read David’s excellent analysis here on the Complete Patient Blog titled “Seems U.S. forgot to tell Navy Seabee Chad Stover the real war is being fought here … and he’s the enemy.”

Here’s a little from that report:

“When officers from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio arrived last Monday at the Manna Storehouse food cooperative in LaGrange with weapons drawn and trained on Katie Stowers and her children, along with her in-laws, there was one member of the family missing.

Katie’s husband, Chad, is a U.S. Navy Seabee, helping in construction projects in the midst of combat in Iraq. He’s been there, separated from his family, for the last five months, supposedly protecting our rights from abuse—the sort of abuse that appears to be taking place on an ever-more-frequent basis at farms and food outlets around the country.

I should point out that Katie didn’t broadcast the information about her husband to me—I inquired about it after she had to interrupt our telephone conversation to take a call from Chad in Iraq. Presumably, she was updating him about the raid he missed, in which sheriff’s deputies, together with food inspectors from the Lorain County Health Department and the Ohio Department of Agriculture, herded the family into a home living room, and kept them under the guard of armed officers for about seven hours, while they executed a search warrant, taking food, cell phones, three computers, and business records. I asked Lorain if she was aware of the irony of her husband putting his life on the line in Iraq, while she was being held at gunpoint in her home by American law enforcement officials, and she said, “It occurred to me.”…”

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