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General News    H2'ed 1/30/09

Wisconsin steps up attacks against its own farmers

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Message Linn Cohen-Cole

The astounding disconnect between the organic community's excitement over the possible appointment of a farmer from Wisconsin as "the White House farmer" and their entirely missing the cruel and intentional reality of what Wisconsin is doing to its farmers, is frightening.  We are living inside "a commercial for organic," no longer able to move one inch outside the beltway to see that the real thing is being intentionally destroyed by Obama through his choice of Vilsack and regulations at the USDA and FDA.

Vilsack talks about "alleviating hunger and suffering" overseas while this is the reality of what he is saying:

"African agriculture under genetic engineering onslaught"


"Monsanto, GM Foods, Preparing for Worldwide Genetic Control"

African farmers say they don't want it - they REALLY, REALLY don't want it - and it is only through government corruption that it is happening. 

Obama is not such a dolt that he doesn't know the difference or that he picked Vilsack by accident.  A garden at the White House will only insulate him from what he is doing to this country and the rest of the world and ensure he eats well.

I believe that if the anti-GMO, anti-industrial agriculture people want to help things by making them real for Obama and for the rest of the country, he should have to eat only GM-food, heavily laced with pesticides and hormones and steroids and grown in soil that is contaminated by mercury and other heavy metals.  Each time he changes things for the better for the rest of us, his farmer could then change his White House garden to reflect that.

It is joke, a cruel, cruel joke, for activists to think this token garden has any meaning other than media window dressing and distraction, and not take deadly seriously that Obama installed a Monsanto crony, Vilsack, who has been entirely silent about farmers (many of them organic) being actively attacked by the USDA (now his) and its state Ag departments, across the country. 

The following article is about a farmer in Wisconsin.  It is the true Wisconsin story (that and attacks on its Amish and others).  And it is just as much, the true Obama story.  Two days ago I posted an article by this farmer, Paul Griepentrog.  (NAIS and a farmer) 

After decades of greed and TV and life lived at some breakneck speed to get ahead, do we even have an idea anymore of what a good man is?  Paul-Martin Griepentrog is a good man.  Amish neighbors he didn't know well were in trouble.  The DATCP - Wisconsin's department of agriculture - had charged Emmanuel Miller, an Amish man, with failing to register with "Premises ID" under NAIS, the National Animal Identification System.  Click here.  Miller's religious principles made participating impossible, a fact seemingly Constitutionally irrelevant to the state of Wisconsin. Other farmers object because the wording is such ("premises" rather than "property" ID) that people believe in signing such a contract they would be signing away their farmland ... some suspect as collateral on the bailout.  Click here.

But Mr. Miller has no legal representation and his community has no money to hire any.  So, Mr. Griepentrog began defending this neighbor he barely knows, "pro se" - on his own, acting without a lawyer.  This is while his is not busy delivering lambs and growing flax and raising honey bees and tending peacocks and taking care of his cattle.  You will see below two things.  First, you will see what happened to Mr. Griepentrog himself.  And second is Mr. Griepentrog's careful and brilliant work on behalf of Mr. Miller.  It’s an important read because it shows how a government dares to break the law to run over its own people. 
"The Bell Tolled"

Rural Cleansing comes to Price Co. Wisconsin
On or about 12:15 pm on January 29th 2009, two men arrived in a black car, one approached the front door, I tapped on the window and indicated to go to the back door.  The taller of the two held out his hand and stated he was Duane Brander.  I refused his hand shake and asked them if they had a warrant and if not, to vacate the property.  Duane responded that I would have to renew my premises registration or face charges; he asked if I was familiar with the case in Clark Co.  I stated I was and that I had not registered the premises, the accomplice indicated that someone else must have done it for me.  I stated that they DATCP had and that I would not register as it was unconstitutional, Duane stated that he was sorry I felt that way and was aware that I was opposed to the program. His accomplice, who never introduced himself, stated that it must have been registered as a dairy; I informed him I have never had a dairy.  I proceeded to inform them that they were engaged in fraud as I had exhausted administrative process against Dr. Paul McGraw pursuant to USC 5 (556).  Mr. Brander stated Dr. McGraw was his boss and that they were here to inform me that I was to be charged.
In an ironic twist I had cut short my conversation with Greg Niewendorf to answer the door, should have had him stay on the line for a trip down memory lane.  Throughout the instance they were smiling, reminiscent of the Monsanto representatives involved with Steve Hixon.  The reference to the Clark Co. case only exposed their ignorance, as I had filed brief of Amicus Curiae in support of the defendant and a set of court docs was setting on the table.   I notified a few friends in the area to be on watch.   Then contacted the Sheriff and indicated to him that in order to avoid any conflict during service to contact me in advance and that I wished to be amicable in my relationship with him. Duane's statement regarding constitutionality was identical to Robert Fourdraine's, given years before at a Farm Bureau Convention.  It is nice to know that they have so little regard for the laws that govern this country.
To those groups I have been working with I would now request their understanding if I am no longer able to commit my time as before.


Paul Martin Griepentrog

Look at what is happening to our farmers and to our country and ask whether we are good enough to come to Mr. Griepentrog's rescue, as he has tried to do for others. Where are our lawyers acting pro bono, our law students, our retired lawyers, our paralegals?  Where are any of us in showing up to help as best we can?  The time is now.
Case No. 08-CX-05
LOYAL, WI 54446
Paul Martin Griepentrog, pro se sui juris, intervener, files brief of amicus curiae in support of the defendant in this case.  I am uniquely positioned to comment on the issue before this Court.  As one who has studied the ramifications of "Premises Registration", and who finds himself in the same situation as Emanuel J. Miller Jr.  See attached affidavit for details, (Verification of Administrative Admissions).
As indicated in the affidavit the named respondents failed to meet their fiduciary duty pursuant to 5 USC 556.
In Exhibit H.  Dr. Paul McGraw indicates he believes that the Amish cannot meet step two because of their belief that, premises registration could lead to animal identification as there is no existing statute to affirm this contention. However the enclosed document NAIS Implementation Cooperative Agreement Work Plan for the WI DATCP, and the USDA/APHIS/ VS clearly indicates the plan includes individual animal identification.  This document stands as a paid contract for the implementation of NAIS.  See the USDA NAIS DRAFT, Strategic Plan 2005 to 2009 enclosed for full details of this program.
Whereas the State fails its prima facie case by not having established that a habendum clause is present on title deed to the property, which would determine or define the scope or existence of premises.
"Premises" in International law, includes a place and a conveyance.  The mandate of conveyance under Premises Registration clearly violates Article 1, Section 14 of the Wisconsin Constitution which states all lands within the state are declared to be allodial, and feudal tenures are prohibited.

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