Update: MI Dept of Natural Resources Responds…

I must admit, when I called the Gaylord Office, the fellow who answered the phone there was more than polite and listened to my concerns.  The lady who answered in Lansing was polite, but I could tell she was tired of dealing with the issue.  I repeat, though, she wasn’t rude.

I did write the Director’s office about the issue, not truly expecting a reply, because I figured they are swamped.   To my surprise, I did receive a reply.  In fact, I received two.

According to the responses, this was not a “bizarre new “Invasive Species Order” (ISO) that has suddenly declared traditional livestock to be an invasive species”  as Natural News would have you believe.  The response I received stats the order went into effect October 8. 2011, and they held off enforcing the law for another 6 months to allow farmers and ranches time to come into compliance.   Yet, it’s not an “old” order, either!

Under subsection 40.4 in the MI DNR Invasive Species Order talks about the offending swine:

(b) Wild boar, wild hog, wild swine, feral pig, feral hog, feral swine, Old world swine, razorback, eurasian wild boar, Russian wild boar (Sus scrofa Linnaeus). This subsection does not and is not intended to affect sus domestica involved in domestic hog production.

Now, that seems pretty general to me, but I could be wrong.  I don’t know much about swine.

Natural News, an organization for which I have a lot of respect, sensationalized their report further, by stating the farmers were forced to slaughter their “baby piglets in cold blood.”  Knowing the order was coming and allowing the sows to mate to produce more piglets is not the fault of the DNR.

That being said, if they are wild and tearing up the place, I MIGHT could understand the need to control them, given they carry diseases and destroy property, according to reports.  (And my understanding of that is bases solely on said reports.  IF it isn’t true, I can’t understand it!)

Still., the story seems to be two sided from both Natural News and the MI DNR.  We know how government operations go, from time to time, lacking respect for people and property, but the MI DNR SAYS they conducted no raids (Natural News reports there WERE raids).  On the other hand, the MI DNR says the inspections were “voluntary” and, for those who would not consent,  search warrants were acquired (Again, according to the MI DNR).  My one thought on this is, if the searches were truly voluntary, why would there be a need to get a search warrant?  That, alone means the searches were expected…which means they aren’t truly voluntary, now are they?  Tricky wording, but look at the facts, and you get the picture!

In my humble opinion, this comes down to our rights, with regard to pigs on the farms, and farming, in general.  Are we allowed to pursue our happiness or not?  If, in pursuing our happiness, we are responsible about the way we conduct our business, whose right is it to tell us what we can and can’t do, on our own property?  I say again, if the hogs are in the wild and are causing a major nuisance, then by all means, get rid of them.  BUT, if the farmer in question has chosen to raise these hogs, and has taken the responsibility to put up appropriate fencing, why make him get rid of stock that helps him make a living in times when livings are so hard to come by?

The whole story is still being revealed, but we need to remember, when we start outlawing the right of people to make their own decisions, and especially on their own property, where does it stop?  Where does government draw the line?  Today it is about invasive swine that the MI DNR says are dangerous to MI.  But, what will it be tomorrow?  And this is just the tip of the iceberg with regard to our rights…There is SO much going on all over, no one person can keep up with it…No one!

My advice for you is that you need to take a stand.  Maybe this isn’t your fight, but someday it might be.  IF you need help, wouldn’t it be nice to know someone will stand up for your rights?


Our rights are at stake…don’t you care!?!

I’ve tried to stay away from politics, but, unfortunately, politics won’t let me!  If we are going to be respecters of persons, we have to understand what’s at stake.  I am going to share this blog with you, as the information is important.

Our rights are at stake…don’t you care!?!
Debbie Lewis, Debbie@SecuringLiberty.com, April 18, 2012

There is a mess brewing all over this country, and it actually has been for some time.  More and more we see our basic rights being taken by a callus and over-reaching government bent on “controlling” things that are not part of there power to control.

In my city, Columbia, MO, there is a desire to “attract” businesses by what is commonly referred to as EEZ, Enhanced Enterprise Zone.  Sounds innocuous enough, right?  Well…before you say that attracting business is a great idea, and it is, please consider the methods by which they choose to do it.

Mark Flakne, president of Keep Columbia Free, was a guest speaker at our local Ron Paul meeting this past Monday evening.  He invited all of us to the City Council meeting, still in session after our meeting to support those against the “blight” designation and this EEZ business.  And this is not just local; it’s going on all over the country.  Just to make it simple, it seems local government wants to be able to take people’s homes and property to give it to local businesses OR entice new businesses to locate here.  Now, does that really sound like a good plan?  Read Mark Flakne’s latest article about this nefarious situation on Keep Columbia Free.

But, there’s even more.  All over the internet yesterday, and going on for a little while now, is information about the Michigan farmers who have had to “put down” their hog stock because the MI Department of Natural Resources designating the breed as feral and a danger to the state.  While that may be true, if you look into it, these farmers don’t seem to have their herds running willy-nilly all over the state.  They have them well fenced and are in the business of farming or game hunting.  Either way, it’s not our business, it’s theirs, their right to pursue happiness, i.e., provide for their own welfare.  Something, last I checked, is part of the very reason this country was founded.

Below is the article that has stirred up such a fuss.  It does a bit of sensationalizing, but then, taking away someone’s right to make a living is pretty strong stuff!  It would tend to bring out the fire in any of us!

NaturalNews exclusive: Michigan government unleashes armed raids on small pig farmers, forces farmer to shoot all his own pigs
Natural News
Mike Adams
April 16, 2012

NaturalNews can now confirm that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has, in total violation of the Fourth Amendment, conducted two armed raids on pig farmers in that state, one in Kalkaska County at Fife Lake and another in Cheboygan County. Staging raids involving six vehicles and ten armed men, DNA conducted unconstitutional, illegal and arguably criminal armed raids on these two farms with the intent of shooting all the farmers’ pigs under a bizarre new “Invasive Species Order” (ISO) that has suddenly declared traditional livestock to be an invasive species.  Read More

Related: (The website to which they direct you if you call the offices)
MI Dept of Natural Resources
Feral Swine

Read More about the issue here (Be sure to watch the video on April 17):
Baker’s Green Acre’s Website

I, personally, called the DNR’s Gaylord and Lansing offices (Gaylord gives you the Lansing number, 517-373-1263). This is the contact e-mail info given to me for the DNR director, dnr-director@michigan.gov, and here is my letter:

To whom it may concern,

I read, with interest, the article on Natural News about the 2 farms that were ordered to destroy their hog/swine stock considered an invasive species.

I am not writing to attack or accuse this department of anything, but I would like some answers.  I have been in contact with your Gaylord and Lansing Offices, both of which were very helpful, and both been sent me to the Feral Swine page on the MI.gov site.

Posted on one of the farm owner’s sites is an e-mail from another farm owner stating that “After 8 guys 3 four wheelers, and 4 hours, DNR decided I was correct. I have killed all my hogs. They gave me papers that say I do not have any hogs on my property…They commented to everyone that they never saw a fence built so tough and no way would a hog get out of this area. I trenched 2′ then installed chain link fencing, then a 10′ high tightlock fence on top of that. ( 200 acre area ) They never saw a fence like that.  Emphasis is mine.

My question would have to be, if those hogs couldn’t get out of that fence, why have them killed?  That doesn’t make sense.  I could understand if they were running wild, but to deprive someone in the US, who has taken such precautions and responsibility, of the ability to “pursue his happiness” by providing for his family is unconstitutional and wrong.

I am certainly willing to hear your side of the story, but, again, I have read your web information.  That does not seem to apply to responsible farmers who have taken such precautions.

Consider this, if we, as a people, get in the habit of stopping someone from pursuing their happiness, especially when it does not infringe on our own pursuit, where will it end?  Sure, today it is hogs/swine that have been designated as feral, but tomorrow it could be anything!

Thanks for your time!

Debbie Lewis
Securing Liberty Radio

I am still awaiting a reply, although I’m not kidding myself; don’t truly expect to receive one.

Let’s shift our attention to the hubbub about raw milk, the farmers and in particular, the case of Pennsylvania Amish farmer Dan Allgyer.   While there is much going on in central Missouri right now about raw milk, because of an E. coli outbreak, they admitted Tuesday they have not confirmed the source of the outbreak.

Mr. Allgyer, however, has been a target of the FDA for a while now.  He has been suspended from sending raw milk across state lines.  While that sounds like it does fall under the government’s jurisdiction, “interstate commerce,” the people receiving the milk were actually part of a private buying club who purchased “cow shares” in exchange for the raw milk.  My question has to be, if I went to PA and purchased the milk for my own personal use, would I be allowed to cross the border back into my state with the milk?  AND, these people weren’t duped into purchasing these shares, as many of us are duped, or should I say scared, into taking government approved vaccines.  Both things go into our bodies, but has anyone ever checked the stats on raw milk poisoning vs. adverse reactions to vaccines?  Well, let’s see what I found with a quick search.

According to ProCon.org, and the CDC’s own website, there have been approximately 30,000 vaccine adverse reaction cases reported yearly since 1990, 10- to 15% of which are considered serious, even life-threatening or causing death.  When searching data on the VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) website, to move on the actual Data page, you must first read and agree with, the Preceding Statement about VAERS Data, in which it states, “Underreporting” is one of the main limitations of passive surveillance systems, including VAERS. The term, underreporting refers to the fact that VAERS receives reports for only a small fraction of actual adverse events.”  And, let’s not forget to mention the 5,500 cases reported of a “causal relationship between vaccinations and autism” filed between 2003 and 2009.

According to the CDC’s own document, Nonpasteurized Dairy Products. Disease Outbreaks, and State Laws – United States, 1993 to 2006, of the “disease outbreaks” and 121 products observed for which the pasteurization information was known (both “fluid milk” and cheese products were involved), 60% of the outbreaks were from unpasteurized products.  While the report comments on the fact that there were 202 hospitalizations and 2 deaths related to the unpasteurized products, compared to the 37 hospitalizations and 1 death associated with the pasteurized products, it conveniently fails to comment on their own data that shows there was a 64% rate of associated illness related to the PASTEURIZED products…out of 4,413 illnesses, 2,842 were contracted FROM the pasteurized products.  Personally, I’d say that 2 deaths from consuming raw milk in 13 years does not make consuming raw milk that dangerous.  In their report about the dangers of raw milk, the FDA says that since 1998, “more than 800 people” have become ill from drinking or eating products containing raw milk.  In 2006, ALONE, the CDC reports there were over 800 cases of “disease outbreaks” from salmonella acquired from peanut butter or peanuts, yet you don’t here the FDA telling us not to eat peanuts!

SO, from this quick search of “official data,” we find there are 3,900 serious adverse reactions reported PER YEAR from vaccines vs. raw milk and its 1,571 associated illnesses, resulting in 2 deaths over a 13-YEAR period.  And we are going to run around attacking raw milk farmers because there MIGHT be a problem with the raw milk???  AND, in a free country (this country IS still free, right?), shouldn’t it be my choice what I consume, or put into my own body?  Yet, we are warned to stay away from raw milk and TOLD that vaccines are “mandatory” for our children to enter school.

Flashback to the row over Julie Bass, from Oak Park, MI.  Remember her?  After some work resulted in the digging up of her front yard, Ms Bass decided to plant several vegetable/herb gardens instead of replacing the grass.  The city decided she was in violation of a code that states there must be “suitable, live plant material” in your front yard.  To Ms Bass, veggies and herbs ARE “suitable.”  Apparently not so, according to Oak Park, which was threatening her with 93 days in jail over her veggies…on her own property…in her own front yard…

Go back just a little bit more to the FDA raid on Rawesome Foods, which happened on involve the MO farmers at Morningland Dairy.  This dairy, in business for 30-plus years with no complaints, was ordered to destroy their inventory with no proof of contamination.

We need to understand what is going on here…We are endowed with certain unalienable rights, among which is the right to pursue happiness, which, by definition, means to seek a state of well-being (being healthy), joy, good fortune, PROSPERITY.  I think we can all agree this includes being able to do what we like to support our families.  We are guaranteed the right to privacy and due process, as well.  When they start preventing us from those rights, and we let them, we are, in essence, giving in to their oppression.  Is that really what you want to do?  Are you really willing to give up the promise for which this country was founded?  Are you really willing to let this government become the tyrannical mess from which our founding generation freed us?

It behooves us, as the population of this country, to stand up for the rights of everyone.  If you aren’t willing to speak out for someone, or support their rights in some way, what happens when YOU need the support?  Don’t you understand what made this country so great from the beginning?  The promise of a population free from tyranny and oppression at the hands of a despotic government bent on keep us under their heel!  Please don’t tell me our founding generation died in vain for this country they so believed in, a country that could truly bring a new way of life to the planet, if only its own people would realize the importance of what is going on…I don’t think I could take it!

Need to know about your rights?  Check out Blood of Patriots or Don’t Tread On Me


Freedom to Be

There is much going on in this world here today.
And many are hoping it just passes them by.
Governments and people disrespecting each other,
and everyone suppressing their urges to try.

True freedom’s a gift, not given by man,
yet some feel the need to control and demand.
We are brothers and sisters, here on this planet
and this journey of ours beckons us to understand.

One by one we CAN accept our differences
and respect that which makes us unique.
Today we must shed our hatred and fear,
knowing these differences make our world tick.

We are one human race, what affects you affects me,
and so on it goes, till we stop hurting each other.
One thing of great note, that we must recognize,
No one can be free while suppressing another.

All Along…

Standing in the shadow of the Immortal,
my mortal body, broken and bruised,
from expressing myself, over and over,
trying to find forever.

My eyes do not see what is in plain sight,
as my mind and body struggle forward.
Limping along at a tedious pace,
Not realizing help is right before me.

Emotions battered and torn,
attempting to convey love,
trying to locate peace,
striving for true freedom…

At once, I see beyond the shadow
and I realize, this…Immortal…is familiar.
It is clear, now, the shadow is cast by me…
A place I’ve created to hide from who I really am!

As my spirit reaches forth,
grasping for the Omnipotent,
My heart leaps as it envisions
the end of suffering and sorrow.

Finally, love, peace, freedom…they are mine,
as my soul intermingles with the Soul of all…
And I realize…we have been One all along…

Independence Day…

If you knew you could help one person by simply accepting them for who they are, would you do it?  No matter what?  If the answer to the world’s problems was to just let people be who they are, could you do that?

What is it in us that makes us want to control what others think, see and feel?  What is it in us that makes us always think we are right and others are wrong?  Why is it that we think just because someone believes something different or is different, they are a “bad person?”

Sure, there are certain moral/social rules, to be sure, don’t kill, steal, cheat, lie…and respect others.  We seem to hold the first 4 in deep regard, and tend to ignore the last one, either when it is convenient, or altogether…Why?

Today, on Independence Day, I ask you to examine your interactions with those around you.  Set them free of your ill-placed judgment.  Give them the independence to experience who they really are…And realize that independence is a gift…for all…not just for a new country declaring its freedom from an oppressive, overbearing, dictatorial king, but in a free country, it’s for everyone…

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