Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dot Connecting

The below post was started several years ago and not published, I just left it as a draft. There are several of these drafts within Animal Ag Armed that I had even forgotten I'd written maybe I got too busy deflecting all the arrows attacking our industry and just quit writing...I guess that's why I didn't finish them but I want to share them now as they show my concerns are still the same and that these individuals have not stopped layering "private property rights destruction" incrementally into American producer's lives...
p.s. I guess that I hadn't learned about the use of "sustainability"  and the triple bottom line as a tool of destruction.  I don't believe I realized that connection until I met Janet Thompson.  
Some of the links may be broken but I will try and fix them.
p.s.s. I know now why I stopped posting...I'm having trouble even trying to get this posted :)....


As I try to connect more dots and make more sense of what is happening in the animal ag world, I will be darting all over the place and that may get on your nerves. Sorry, but that's what the enemy strives to do: conquer- divide- confuse- disguise intentions- don deceptive "favorable" masks appearing to be friend not foe.  All tactics taken from Sun Tzu’s Art of War.  The enemy we are dealing with is intent on destroying America from within...it's capitalism, its exceptionalism, its power.  It is incrementally taking control of  it's private property rights, it's water, it's energy supply and it's animal ag industry---America's food supply.

They are using many of our influential ag media, and some of our so called "own" to assist in the destruction and collapse of thousands of animal ag producers.
By creating a perpetual stream of propaganda fear and suspect about what we do as farmers, ranchers, animal ag producers and the safety of the product we provide these individuals are very, very clever.

Let's look at some of what's happening:

We've witnessed professional ag journalists repeatedly posting Mercy For Animals videos without verification.

We've witnessed self made "experts" in the field of  animal welfare emerge... from  where? And somehow those individuals know more than the experts in their own field.-the  American Farmer/Rancher.

With a little research we've watched a pattern emerge disclosing connections and crossings of paths of these so called "animal welfare" experts with long time animal activists. And with a little more research a consistent pattern of animal welfare-food safety fear "consumer concern conjuring"  propaganda is reported by our own ag media.

We've watched animal activist's ideals enforced with the help of these "experts" result in the demise of thousands of animal ag producers.

  Follow along as I connect a few more dots.  The battle within animal ag is only a sliver of the "big American takeover" picture, the minute portion of the population that produces food for the world.


We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding ...One generation and out. We have no problems with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding.
— Animal People News, May 1993 


We would be foolish and silly not to unite with people in the public health sector, the environmental community, [and] unions, to try to challenge corporate agriculture.
— “Animal Rights 2002” convention, Jul 2002 

                          Let's not forget Pacelle's stance on meat and it's producers

 http://amestrib.com/sections/news/iowa/humane-society-president-responds-king.html
 
http://activistcash.com/biography.cfm/b/3366-wayne-pacelle


                           Take a closer look at who's involved in the  Global Animal Partnership many ranchers have got on board with
http://www.humanewatch.org/index.php/site/post/hsus_plays_chicken_with_whole_foods/


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv4bzoEG8Kc#t=0m24s


                                      HSUS’ Political Interventions        
http://www.humanewatch.org/index.php/site/post/hsus_dogged_by_calls_for_short_irs_leash/


                                                  More Proof...
http://activistcash.com/organization_overview.cfm/o/136-humane-society-of-the-united-states

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Property Rights and Election Year Politics by Karen Budd-Falen


I have been swamped this summer but have much to share and will catch up by first sharing an email from Karen Budd-Falen friend and attorney from Wyoming who has been instrumental in disclosing extremist's deception in EAJA.  She is forever fighting for our rights and I hang on every word she says because she is walking the walk and has been victorious in her battles.



Memorandum
To: Interested Parties
From: Karen Budd-Falen
Budd-Falen Law Offices, LLC
Date: August 7, 2012

Since election season is in full swing, I wanted to pass along some things to think about. 
Feel free to distribute and publish as you see fit. 

Property Rights and Election Year Politics 
• “No other rights are safe where 
property is not safe.” Daniel 
Webster (1782 - 1852). 
• “Among the natural rights of the 
colonists are these: First a right to 
life, secondly to liberty, and 
thirdly to property; together with 
the right to defend them in the 
best manner they can.” Samuel 
Adams (1722 - 1803). 
• “The Right of property is the 
guardian of every other Right, 
and to deprive the people of this, 
is in fact to deprive them of their 
Liberty.” American diplomat 
Arthur Lee (1740 - 1792). 
In this election year, it is critical to ask 
what your current elected 
representatives – or those who want to 
be your elected representatives – believe 
when it comes to private property and 
private property rights. 
Private property is all tangible and 
intangible things owned by individuals 
or organizations over which their 
owners have legal rights, such as land, 
buildings, money, copyrights, patents, 
etc. Unless the mandates of the Fifth 
Amendment are met, private property 
can be transferred only with its owner's 
agreement. Property can include every 
valuable right that can be owned, has an 
exchangeable value, or adds to one’s 
wealth or estate. Property describes a 
person’s exclusive right to possess, use, 
and dispose of something. It has been 
said that the rights to the ownership and 
use of property and property rights is a 
basic element of the capitalist system, 
and is even the basis for the rights 
guaranteed in the First Amendment of 
the U.S. Constitution. “In its larger and 

juster meaning, [property] embraces 
every thing to which a man may attach a 
value and have a right; and which leaves 
to every one else the like advantage. In 
the former sense, a man’s land, or 
merchandise, or money is called his 
property. In the latter sense, a man has a 
property in his opinions and the free 
communication of them. He has a 
property of peculiar value in his 
religious opinions, and in the profession 
and practice dictated by them.” James 
Madison (1751-1836), author of the First 
Amendment to the United States 
Constitution. 
Under the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. 
Constitution, private property cannot be 
taken unless it is for a public purpose, 
without due process and just 
compensation. The Fifth Amendment 
was written to protect individuals 
against abuse of government authority 
by requiring due process (i.e. a legal 
procedure). The Fifth Amendment’s 
guarantees stem from English common 
law which traces back to Magna Carta of 
1215. For example, the Fifth 
Amendment protects individuals from 
criminal double jeopardy and self 
incrimination; it also protects property 
from being taken unless there is a 
“public purpose,” without due process 
and just compensation. 
Although often overlooked, in this 
election year, we the people should focus 
our thoughts on the Fifth Amendment’s 
requirement that property cannot be 
taken unless there is a public purpose. 
The courts have allowed legislative 
bodies, such as a city council, county 
commission or the state legislature to 
determine what is in the public purpose. 
The determination of a “public purpose” 
by your federal, state and local elected 
officials extends to determining if 
eminent domain will be granted to 
companies for rights-of-ways, limiting 
land use through restrictive zoning 
decisions and taking private properties 
“for a higher and better use.” 
In this election year, it is up to you to 
determine how far your elected officials 
go in either eliminating or defending all 
forms of private property. As John 
Locke (1632 - 1704) stated, “[t]he great 
chief end therefore, of Mens uniting into 
Commonwealths, and putting 
themselves under Government, is the 
Preservation of their Property. . . . 
Whenever the legislators endeavor to 
take away and destroy the property of 
the people, or to reduce them to slavery 
under arbitrary power, they put 
themselves into a state of war with the 
people . . . .” 
There is nothing your elected officials 
have adopted in the past that cannot be 
changed by a new elected body with the 
will to do so. So I would encourage you 
to ask these questions of yourself and 
your elected officials: 
• How important is the guarantee 
of the ownership and use of 
private property and property 
rights? 
• Do you have elected officials who 
listen to the citizens, treat them 
with respect and represent the 
people in the City, County, State 
or Country or do they merely 
represent the county employees 
who want to retain power to 
themselves?

As stated by Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 
1826), “All tyranny needs to gain a 
foothold is for people of good conscience 
to remain silent.” And while not 
necessarily a Constitutional scholar, a 
famous singer/songwriter once stated, 
“[g]et up, stand up, stand up for your 
rights. Get up, stand up, Don't give up 
the fight.” Bob Marley (1945 - 1981).


Monday, April 9, 2012

Who Controls Your Family's Future Food Choices?

To chime in on Trent Loos' April 3, 2012 Grandin article...Our family realized early on that though many of her ideas have proven to be beneficial for our industry, her stance on animal welfare could possibly destroy our animal ag industries.  We spoke with our own industry and voiced our concerns. As a grassroots producer here are some things I’d like to point out:
1.     Some fundamental animal activists facts must be understood.
a.      Animal activists don’t want to compromise; they want to eliminate animal protein from our diets.  They want to destroy our ability to produce any animal protein. If their efforts succeed we will not be able to afford to purchase animal protein.
b.     They have used and will continue to use all avenues to accomplish this.  HSUS’100 Point Change Agenda is clear about the means, and they’ve accomplished many on their list.  
c.      They have many deceptive faces as seen in our friend and supporter Animal Ag Alliance's Animal Activist’s Map. 
d.     The victories they’ve had are making it impossible for grassroots animal ag producers to stay in business.  Prop 2, Prop B, Horse Slaughter…yes the outcome of all of these affect the other.  The change in regulations within each industry is the vision they seek for all animal ag...destroy those industries and their ability to produce animal protein.  
2.     Decisions are creating unintended (or intended?) consequences.
a.      Decisions being made by industry affiliate leaders, ag universities, staff, animal scientists, third party auditors and others who have decided to collaborate with animal activists, are creating circumstances detrimental to grassroot’s ability to produce affordable animal protein for our world’s families to consume.
b.     These decisions have created a conduit for grassroot’s destruction, taking with it our world’s animal protein source.  These individuals either realize exactly who they’re dealing with and perhaps may ultimately be benefiting from the collaborations, or they’re out of touch and ignorant about the motives of extreme animal activist and their ultimate goal: to completely eliminate animal protein consumption.
c.       If animal ag industry leaders, decision makers and others have chosen to align themselves with these extreme animal right’s activist they need to be questioned about their motives. 
d.      Ask yourself...do these leader’s actions align with their industry’s goals and missions?  If not, ask questions.  What are the motives behind aligning themselves with these extreme animal activists/environmentalists...yes environmentalists because it's all connected?  The answer to those questions will either reveal another agenda that supports animal activists or insufficient knowledge about the enemy.  When decisions, by individuals who are out of touch with the actual process of raising protein animals for consumption, begin to debilitate and destroy the ability to provide the protein sources God intended for us to consume, grassroots must step up and say something.
3.     Education is the key to understanding animal activist’s motives.  
a.      The best resource available is Animal Ag Alliance who has been in the business of defending animal ag against animal activists for over 30 years. 
b.     Every industry affiliate leader and decision maker should be attending the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholder Summit coming up the first of May. If our animal ag groups are refusing to join forces with Animal Ag Alliance, more questions need answers.  Why would any animal ag industry group refuse to hold in high regard this extremely knowledgeable resource?
c.       If our industry’s leaders, refuse to educate themselves and continue to form alliances with the enemy then new leadership should be put in place.  If animal ag scientists join forces with the enemy, their thoughts, attitudes and suggestions should be questioned.
d.     If ag publication’s articles and animal ag journalist’s thoughts and suggestions align with the enemy, grassroots producers must question those motives as well.

These articles are great examples of what is happening to grassroots producers and their ability to economically provide animal protein to a growing population.  
http://www.agweek.com/event/article/id/19713/

This article explains a program the beef industry must question the motives of
Is there anymore evidence needed to prove the point that the current path we’re on will take away any chance our children and grandchildren have, of not only being able to purchase and raise animals, but afford to purchase and consume animal protein? 

The saying, “If you don’t take an interest in politics, politics will take an interest in you” might go something like this for animal ag producers: “If grassroots producers don’t take an interest in the decisions being implemented on their behalf, animal activists and their collaborators will take a destructive interest in them.”
We have sustainable agriculture now and have had for centuries.  If these groups get their way animal agriculture will not be able to sustain itself; we’ll be regulated out of business.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Accomplices To Grassroot's Destruction?


   Today will mark the conclusion of my "animal ag producer concerns" case.  Most of my thoughts and questions have been penned and I'm nearing the end of gathering information and connecting dots. From this point forward I will build on the issues previously addressed.
   First of all I want to make one thing clear: animal ag producers and landowners  HAVE ALWAYS been concerned about animal welfare and the succession of a productive environment. The proof is in our perpetual existence. Most days animals and land are given precedence over the welfare of farm and ranching family members. This may sound harsh, but it's true and I'm sure other producers would agree.
   I've aired these concerns from the viewpoint of a 6th generation female rancher. Some of the issues and questions are new, but most of the specific topics covered have bothered and bewildered me for several years.  Our family, along with other ranching families, is being bombarded by them daily.
   Educating and creating public conversation to raise awareness for the protection of fellow family ranchers/ farmers and landowners-Grassroots- was my goal. Hopefully I've stated my thoughts in a logical and understandable way.
   My concerns manifested after a third party audit took place on our ranch, one performed by a company with a gap in knowledge of the motives of extreme animal activists. That day it became apparent that Grassroots must speak up.

   The daily battles Grassroots face include, not only, covert and overt attacks by deceitful extreme animal activists and radical environmentalists, but also a smorgasbord of government overreach.  We are fortunate to have the NCBA,  CBB and other ag organizations working tirelessly to defend us.
                                                            
                                                   The Tail Wagging The Dog
    Somewhere along the way, other burdens have been added to our backs. Certain groups, individuals and companies have jumped on some "extreme pendulum swinging programs" working to satisfy every so-called consumer concern and whim, creating unintended consequences for producers.
      Consumer studies are clear-the majority of consumers don't want to know how to "make a watch" they merely want to "know the time". They don't want video taped slaughter facilities, or facts on hourly rodent disposal, they simply want to be reassured.  Reassured that the food they consume is wholesome, healthy, safe, clean and raised humanely, and to connect a friendly face to that food. In most instances a simple explanation along with a family photo of the place of origin on products at the meat case satisfies consumer concern and curiosity.
  There are legitimate reasons for audits: a small pocket of elite consumers want more in-depth information about the origin of the food they consume, and certain markets are able to pass on premiums to producers which require third party audits.  But I believe anything more... information that obsessively scrutinizes the lives and activities of animal ag producers and processing facilities is playing into the hands of the Extreme.
  Expensive labor and time intensive protocols for these standards cannot become the norm-the precedence Grassroots must follow to produce products for the majority; a majority base that's predicted to reach 9 billion in the near future.

      I believe this over-kill research and the scrutinizing of every aspect of animal ag production, by some of our own, is handing Grassroots unintended consequences in the forms of more business-killing regulations.  This is causing an out of control snowball affect of increased expenditures for producers.
   I believe some of the programs being implemented are putting ranchers and landowners at risk  for more government overreach by asking that ranch gates be opened wider.
   I also believe that other monetary alluring producer programs, which ask that specific personalized animal welfare information be handed over for animal activist's scrutiny (and who knows who else), further jeopardizes Grassroots.
   I believe that jumping on this bandwagon of magnifying and highlighting the minuscule concerns of a few consumers is negatively distorting mainstream consumer's views of animal ag producer's procedures further; raising more questions-perpetuating more consumer uncertainty
  As I stated earlier: We animal ag producers have ALWAYS held animal and land care above anything else. When specifically did this perception all change? When did The Tail Begin Wagging The Dog?
  Can a doctor or lawyer's business be understood through outside observation?  Neither can outside observers understand the complicated issues facing farmers and ranchers. Decisions being made by good intentioned individuals and groups, some who have little or no knowledge of the processes that create a successful farm or ranch is aiding in the development of  these unintended consequences.

   It's time Grassroot's voices be heard concerning decisions being implemented on our behalf. It's true that we have the opportunity to voice our concerns through membership in our ag organizations, but it has become evident that some of those concerns have been mired by distractions: bureaucracy and friction within some of these groups. The issues needing to be addressed from our standpoint can't wait. They need to be addressed today.
  So in that effort I will continue to build on the topics that are posted. If issues arise and information comes out that is pertinent to Grassroots, I will post it.

   Before concluding I want to share a few more thoughts on the carbon sequestration program and Agenda 21. This topic may seem out in left field but the truth is farmers and ranchers in our area were approached several years ago to sign up. I've had many questions about the true motives behind it since.
Listen to the link below, peel away a few more layers and come to your own conclusion.
Connections of ICLEI,, Agenda 21 and the Carbon Sequestration Program



Sunday, December 18, 2011

Refuting 31,000 Scientist

I'm vollying again, but it's all connected.  Today I'm digging deeper to deflect an attack I spoke about earlier, one I said might cause some toe-stepping; one by a "friend"...or are they foe"?
If you've studied Agenda 21 and ICLEI, this group's ultimate goals seem to be to take control of our private property and our lives.
And now the toe stepping, which I will apologize for in advance.
If someone can explain why a government agency is so determined to push an agenda based on false science, please let me know.
Snopes lays the facts on the line...global warming is a fraud; 31,000 scientists can't be wrong.
This additional wrap being put in animal ag's noose, whether innocent or premeditated, contributes to our death sentence.
Producers before you sign up for anything: educate yourselves, scrutinize and ask questions.   

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Above All Else Pray

Hopefully this is all beginning to make more sense. "Shhh, That's Only Conspiracy Thinking" thoughts are now making their way into mainstream conversations.  Those of us whose names have been included in sentences containing "Black Helicopters" are now relieved of that. 
If you missed Trent Loos'most recent article, here it is Rice and Beans Anyone?.  HSUS' infiltration is so far reaching the possibility of ever stopping them seems insurmountable, especially when animal ag producers are unaware of the danger. 
Raising awareness, garnering knowledge, and possessing courage to speak up are not options for securing the survival of our agriculture heritage, they're a must.
Above all else, pray for the survival of our God given rights to continue to own land and raise animals for the world's consumption.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ruminating

I'm traveling and haven't had access to a computer until this morning.  I'm ready to dig into Agenda 21 and ICLEI-start connecting more dots.  I'm ready to initiate a larger conversation among the less than 2% of agriculture producers who provide food and fiber to 100% of the world-the ones who will be affected by this insane plan, which up until a month ago, I was unaware of.  That was, until my friend Mindy Patterson raised my awareness.
If you're wondering what in the world is going on this explains a lot.
Share this site: Freedom Advocates  Our society (my kids and grandkids; your kids and grandkids) as a whole will be affected.
Is this the future you want for them?  Neither do I, so stand up and do something about it.

Chew On This

...and this


The discovery of Agenda 21 and ICLEI allowed some answers to questions I'd been having about certain environmental/sustainable programs that I am very uncomfortable with.  In our state there is a  big push for landowners to jump on the 'carbon sequestration' and 'lesser prairie chicken' bandwagon.  Several years ago I questioned the leaders of one of  these programs, the carbon sequestration program in particular, asking them how they can promote this idea, and ask landowners to participate, on the basis of unfounded science.
I was assured that it was all science-based. This was before 'Climategate'.
I've pondered this for several years. After reading about Agenda 21, the picture is clearer, but I'm even more uneasy.
Today, the carbon sequestration program is being touted as a success which still leaves me scratching my head and a new push for a "landowner lesser prairie chicken participant" rebate has emerged. I have question after question about these ideas.  But some of those questions were answered when I was introduced to Agenda 21 and the ICLEI.

A Big Thank You To Trent Loos... By some of the comments it's evident folks are still uninformed of HSUS' True Agenda.