Holy Cow! The war on milk…

Illegal substance “partakers”???

By, Gayle Lane

Extending for four decades now, the war on drugs has ingrained a certain ideology into society. What was sold as an initiative to get dangerous drugs off the streets has conceived a totalitarian mindset that government has the authority to control everything you eat and drink and, if you disobey, the state can fine you, destroy your property, raid your home and throw you in jail. I’m not talking about cocaine or meth. I’m not even talking about marijuana. I’m talking about milk.

According to Time Magazine , “for some Americans, milk has become a test of their freedom. And they’re not paranoid kooks either; the government really is out to get them, authorizing seizures of bottles and jugs of unpasteurized milk and, in one recent case, a full-on, agents-brandishing-guns raid.”

There is indeed a war going on, and it’s threatening one of your most basic freedoms – the right to eat a wholly natural, healthful food!

The FDA has long banned the sale of raw milk across state lines, and in many states it’s illegal to sell raw milk entirely. (For more information about laws in various US states, please see this link. For information about raw milk in other countries go here.)

Why has a natural food source been banned for sale in so many areas?

Well, they claim raw milk is simply too dangerous to consume and by restricting its sale they are serving the public health and reducing the risk of illness….

Yet shockingly there’s no evidence backing up this claim.

According to CDC data, from 1993 to 2006, only about 116 illnesses a year were linked to raw milk. That amounts to less than .000002 percent of the 76 million people who contract a food-borne illness in the United States each year!

Looking at the evidence, or rather lack thereof, it is quite clear that raw milk has been unfairly singled out and targeted by the FDA, the USDA, and even the FBI, despite the fact that it’s so low on the food-borne illness risk scale it’s hardly measurable.

The recent enforcement efforts against raw milk sales is so disproportionate to the risk it poses to consumers that it defies all logic.

Is the Ban on Raw Milk Unconstitutional?

Raw milk enthusiasts and raw dairy suppliers began fighting back in early 2010, filing suit against the FDA, claiming that banning interstate sales is unconstitutional.

The rebuttal received from the FDA was shocking to say the least. It contained the following outrageous statements, which make it very clear they believe you have   no right  to natural, unadulterated food:

Live free, drink raw milk.

“There is no absolute right to consume or feed children any particular food.”

“There is no ‘deeply rooted’ historical tradition of unfettered access to foods of all kinds.”

“Plaintiffs’ assertion of a ‘fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health, which includes what foods they do and do not choose to consume for themselves and their families’ is similarly unavailing because plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish.”

The FDA’s brief goes on to state that “even if such a right did exist, it would not render the FDA’s regulations unconstitutional because prohibiting the interstate sale and distribution of unpasteurized milk promotes bodily and physical health.”

“There is no fundamental right to freedom of contract.”

With these assertions, the FDA essentially claims to have the authority to prohibit any food of their choosing, and make it a crime for you to seek it out.

This is simply unacceptable.

Raw Milk Safety Standards – Actually HIGHER than Those for Pasteurized Milk

It’s essential to understand the reasons why most dairy is pasteurized in the first place.

The dairy cows used to produce much of the pasteurized dairy sold in the United States are raised in such unsanitary conditions that it affects the cows’ health and hence the quality of their milk.

Factory farming conditions are the reason why the milk has to be pasteurized in the first place. If it wasn’t, it simply would not be safe to drink. This fact is also what prevents the conventional dairy industry from competing with smaller organic farms.

In terms of quality and nutritional content of the milk, you simply cannot compare the milk produced by factory farms to that of organic farm that raise their cattle on grasses and let them out to pasture. These cows are healthy, and produce high quality, uncontaminated milk that does not require pasteurization to kill off dangerous pathogens.

Still, despite the fact that grass-fed organically-raised cows are at a distinct advantage, from the get-go when it comes to the quality of their milk, organic dairy farms in most states still must meet or exceed pasteurized milk standards, without pasteurizing.

California, specifically, (where raw milk is legal) has its own special set of standards for raw milk for human consumption.

So, if it’s not really about food safety, what’s all the hubbub about?

In a word: money.

The conventional dairy industry, realizing that consumers are flocking toward raw milk because of its health benefits, has redoubled their efforts to quench raw milk sales.

You might think that if raw dairy became attractive enough the dairy industry would simply follow suit and begin producing raw products to meet the demand. Alas… this is virtually impossible because of the way their overcrowded farms are run.

You simply CANNOT drink factory farmed milk raw. It would be extremely unsafe. Their business depends on pasteurization, and that is why their powerful lobbyists will stop at nothing to persuade government agencies to keep raw milk bans in full force.

Big Dairy simply cannot compete, so to maintain their market share, they’re employing dirty tactics to destroy the competition instead.

A yearlong sting operation, including aliases, a 5 a.m. surprise inspection and surreptitious purchases from an Amish farm in Pennsylvania, culminated in the federal government announcing this week that it has gone to court to stop Rainbow Acres Farm from selling its contraband.

Indiana candidates Stutzman & Young debate for US Senate Seat

The Indiana Republican candidates for U.S. Senate are getting ready to air their differences in the only statewide televised debate ahead of the May 3 primary.

Candidates Marlin Stutzman and Todd Young meet Monday evening in Indianapolis. The candidates are both sitting congressmen who have been increasingly hostile as the primary gets closer.

Young is trying to paint his tea party-backed rival as an ideologue who puts obstructionism over passing legislation. And Stutzman has characterized Young as a pawn of the establishment.

Both were first elected to Congress in 2010. The Republican winner in the primary will face former Democratic U.S. Rep. Baron Hill in the November general election.

The seat is being vacated by retiring Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Coats.

The Stutzman/Young primary debate will be livestreamed TONITE at CNN.com between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET. It’ll also be available through the news organization’s apps and the CNNgo web site.

Don’t wait until May 3 to vote…

Early birds don’t have to wait in long lines at voting stations on election day. Goshen and 4-9-2016 Early VotingElkhart have evening hours.

What you need to know about voting early in Elkhart County:

Elkhart Location:
Lincoln Center, 608 Oakland Ave., Elkhart, IN
HOURS:
9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mondays, except May 2
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday
Saturday. April 23. 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 30, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Goshen Location
Elkhart County Administration Building, 117 N. 2nd St., Goshen, IN
HOURS:
9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mondays, except May 2
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday
Saturday. April 23. 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 30, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Middlebury Location
Middlebury Town Hall, 418 N. Manin St., Middlebury, IN
HOURS:
Saturday. April 23. 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 30, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Nappanee Location
First Brethren Church, 1600 N. Main St., Nappanee, IN
HOURS:
Saturday. April 23. 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 30, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Ron Paul’s ‘What If’ Speech – Like You’ve Never Seen it Before

Many people remember Ron Paul’s powerful 2011 House Floor speech, “What If?” In less than four minutes, Rep. Paul completely obliterated the entire neocon foreign policy of interventionism. He turned their claims around on them, he used their lies against them. It was a tremendous, memorable speech. But thanks to a very talented YouTube videographer, that amazing speech got even better. See for yourself:

Trump Is Right—Dump NATO Now

by David Stockton

3-25-2016 David Stockman

David Stockman

If you want to know why we have a $19 trillion national debt and a fiscal structure that will take that already staggering figure to $35 trillion and 140% of GDP within a decade, just consider the latest campaign fracas. That is, the shrieks of disbelief in response to Donald Trump’s sensible suggestion that the Europeans pay for their own defense.

The fact is, NATO has been an obsolete waste for 25 years. Yet the denizens of the Imperial City cannot even seem to grasp that the 4 million Red Army is no more; and that the Soviet Empire, which enslaved 410 million souls to its economic and military service, vanished from the pages of history in December 1991.

What is left is a pitiful remnant—–145 million aging, Vodka-besotted Russians who subsist in what is essentially a failing third world economy. Its larcenous oligarchy of Putin and friends appeared to live high on the hog and to spread a veneer of glitz around Moscow and St. Petersburg. But that was all based on the world’s one-time boom in oil, gas, nickel, aluminum, fertilizer, steel and other commodities and processed industrial materials. Stated differently, the Russian economy is a glorified oil patch and mining town with a GDP the equivalent of the NYC metropolitan area. And that’s its devastating Achilles Heel.

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Americans have never had a lower opinion of the press

Sixty percent of Americans don’t trust mass media.

4-18-2016 gallup trend media trust

Is this attitude fair? Or has the media gotten a bum rap?

In general, do newspapers, TV and radio report news fully, accurately and fairly?

Look at the Time magazine covers distributed to different parts of the world for the same month. One of them is not like the others.

The Oct. 24 edition of Time magazine suggests that U.S. foreign policy is of more importance to foreigners than to Americans. Or perhaps the front page headline wasn't optimistic enough over the job the President in charge was doing overseas?

The Oct. 24 edition of Time magazine suggests that U.S. foreign policy is of more importance to foreigners than to Americans. Or perhaps the front page headline wasn’t telling the tale of American “exceptionalism” our commander-in-chief wanted customers in check-out lines across the nation seeing?

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be the key democratically elected Muslim leader who stands at the crossroads between East and West, but hey! What about these inventions?!

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be the key democratically elected Muslim leader who stands at the crossroads between East and West, but hey! What about these inventions?!

If you lived abroad Dec. 5, 2011, the cover of your current issue of Time magazine featured a dramatic picture of an Arab rebel wearing a gas mask under the headline "Revolution Redux". Americans got, "Why anxiety is good for you."

If you lived abroad Dec. 5, 2011, the cover of your current issue of Time magazine featured a dramatic picture of an Arab rebel wearing a gas mask under the headline “Revolution Redux”. Americans got, “Why anxiety is good for you.”

How can this be? Our government doesn’t control our press…does it? We have the freest press in the world right?

Well, not exactly.

The Obama administration, instead of being the transparent government Obama promised, has taken unprecedented control of the media–even spying on and persecuting journalists.

US plummets on World Press Freedom Ranking

The indicators for press freedom in the U.S. have been dramatic with a downward movement from 27th to 47 in global ranking.

1 Finland -10,00
– Norway -10,00
3 Estonia -9,00
– Netherlands -9,00
5 Austria -8,00
6 Iceland -7,00
– Luxembourg -7,00
8 Switzerland -6,20
9 Cape Verde -6,00
10 Canada -5,67
– Denmark -5,67
12 Sweden -5,50
13 New Zealand -5,33
14 Czech Republic -5,00
15 Ireland -4,00
16 Cyprus -3,00
– Jamaica -3,00
– Germany -3,00
19 Costa Rica -2,25
20 Belgium -2,00
– Namibia -2,00
22 Japan -1,00
– Surinam -1,00
24 Poland -0,67
25 Mali 0,00
– OECS 0,00
– Slovakia 0,00
28 United Kingdom 2,00
29 Niger 2,50
30 Australia 4,00
– Lithuania 4,00
32 Uruguay 4,25
33 Portugal 5,33
34 Tanzania 6,00
35 Papua New Guinea 9,00
36 Slovenia 9,14
37 El Salvador 9,30
38 France 9,50
39 Spain 9,75
40 Hungary 10,00
41 Ghana 11,00
42 South Africa 12,00
– Botswana 12,00
44 South Korea 12,67
45 Comoros 13,00
– Taiwan 13,00
47 United States of America 14,00

Our 1st amendment rights have eroded to the point where our American press, in comparison to media in other countries, has become less free than at any other point in American history.

The following articles discuss how Obama is abusing our 1st amendment rights, controls what we can know and is persecuting journalists who don’t tow the line:

Meet the Currency Preppers

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You’ve heard of Doomsday Preppers: folks who think cataclysmic events are on the way, and who want to be prepared by stockpiling resources.

Now meet the Currency Preppers.

With government dysfunction on full display in Washington, and the Federal Reserve continuing its policy of bond buying known as quantitative easing, some investors are feeling highly unsettled about the future of the U.S. dollar, which hit eight-and-a-half month lows on Friday against the euro  and a basket of foreign currencies. So much so, they have decided to hold some cash in foreign currencies.

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Investors like Bernie Koerselman. The 78-year-old from Surprise, Arizona has an Australian dollar deposit account with Jacksonville, Florida-based EverBank, and in the past has owned currencies like the Brazilian real and the Canadian dollar.

“I think it’s inevitable the U.S. dollar is going to depreciate significantly in value,” Koerselman says. “We’re printing money like there’s no…

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Video of the Week: Andrea Mitchell plays ‘blame game’, bashes GOP, ends up speechless

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In a heated Obamacare discussion on MSNBC, Congressman Sean Duffy turned the tables on news anchor Andrea Mitchell about the ongoing government shutdown.

“The media won’t even ask the question about why are you treating families different from big businesses.” said Duffy, “You need Jon Stewart on Comedy Central to ask Secretary Sebelius, ‘Hey, why won’t you treat these two equally?’

Duffy then went on to add that any individual can sign up on a voluntary basis now — assuming the online health exchange websites work — but that the mandatory nature of Obamacare should be delayed for consumers as it already has for business.

And Mitchell? She literally opens her mouth but nothing comes out.

Finally…”Thanks for your advice,” responded Mitchell in a sarcastic tone.

What does seeing Washington’s War Memorial Tribute to our veterans mean to those veterans? Watch…

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Elkhart County’s VFW Post Visits Washington D.C.’s War Memorial for the First Time

For those who haven’t already seen the video, this is Elkhart County’s VFW Post’s first trip to Washington D.C. to see the War Memorials honoring them for their service. See how proud and excited they are. Sadly some are no longer with us. I tried to make sure that every veteran who participated in the trip is identified and included on the video.

Who with a heart would keep one of these brave men from SEEING THEIR MEMORIAL?

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