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By JGillman, Section News
The title says it all.
You can believe the well produced propaganda piece on Michigan's new-found prosperity, OR you can observe what has been happening to the men and women and families that feed us. No amount of Rah-Rah for right to work (which I support tremendously) and budgets done on time can take away the rotten stink of tyranny that comes through our state's administrative efforts. As far as the bureaucratic 'rule makers' are concerned, the peasantry is far to pitiful to fear, except for a few trouble makers.
A few troublemakers, merely following tradition by doing what generations have done to make the country healthy and prosperous. Farmers, who like any other business that must inevitably deal with an onslaught of government intrusion into their affairs, making a mockery of presumed prophylactic and protective measures for the public good. Family Farmers, like other mom and pop business ventures who have had the oxygen sucked out of their existence by expansive government till they fall one by one.
Veteran Mark Baker of Baker's Green Acres is the equivalent of today's canary-in-the-coal-mine that is Michigan. Except THIS bird isn't dying to tell you the oxygen has left the premises.
His words are straight up and easy to understand.
Snyder inherited this issue from the former governor. When he was
Rick Snyder's office needs daily calls, and to be sure, he needs to be a One Term Nerd.
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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Today it's Iraqis under Federal investigation.
via The Detroit News
Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Ron Boji of Orchard Lake and Craig DeNooyer of Kalamazoo to the Michigan Strategic Fund board of directors Monday.
One Term Nerd
OK, I'll ask again... Senate nancy boys, what are you going to do here?
By Corinthian Scales, Section News
The BS continues to stack up around the GoverNerd without it being challenged by so-called republicans in Lansing.
Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Fred Walcott, of Allendale, to the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Sounds benign enough, right? And, it is until one finds out that Fred Walcott has lined his pockets with $934,078 of our tax dollars for his private profit. It's just a got-damn shame that a guy trying to make a living without sponging off of taxpayers is greeted by State Police/DNR/Federal agent jackboots just to peacefully have his day in court while being stifled by the Attorney General's Office.
OK, Senate nancy boys, what are you going to do here?
By JGillman, Section Multimedia
Mark Baker sums it up.
As a part of the process (ginned up by the big farming interests) Michigan government has used to take out the small farmer who cannot pay the protection money politicians require, the end is nigh. This particular issue is a tragedy, but not at all surprising as Agenda 21 sets in, and favored producers are enriched as a result.
Its a shame it is closing on a Republican watch.
Bakers Green Acres
Bakers is fighting OUR fight out there folks.
Give him a look at his site. A paypal donation can be made here. Don't let him quit.
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Anyone who had been paying attention to the DNR jackboot operations that took out a number of Michigan farm operations, should know the name Rodney Stokes.
Rodney Stokes, the parks and rec guy appointed by Jennifer Granholm, and kept on board by Rick Snyder, misread the regulations his agency was responsible for, and this year finished the job of destroying family based operations which bred and marketed particular breeds of swine. The DNR mislabeled captive swine with certain characteristics, as 'feral' and used that designation as causality to destroy them, or force destruction by the owner's hands directly.
All of this of course happened with nary a peep from the governor, who had more important issues to deal with than the systematic destruction of those family institutions which had operated for decades providing food, jobs, and game sport.
And NOW, as a bonus for his exemplary work destroying a way of life for so many breadwinners, Rodney Stokes will be given a job that has a chance to destroy a way of life for many many more. From the MI News wire:
LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced that Rodney Stokes will be the administration's point man on working with cities to help them become more vibrant and inviting by enhancing their existing resources. Stokes, who currently serves as Department of Natural Resources director, will leave that position to join the Executive Office.
Expertise, Policy development, Civic engagement?
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The DNR continues to act on its self proclaimed authority and Governor Snyder sits silent while family farming businesses are destroyed in Michigan.
This is getting as ugly as predicted. One farmer writes:
"I was served a search warrant yesterday at 7: 45am.
Though I can hardly understand where cute pigs are relevant, it doesn't sit well when the natural order of things can so easily be tossed aside without due process so easily.
Warrants served, without a day in court and exterminations of livestock ordered when there is no threat to ANYONE. Strong walls, fences, containment, etc. None of it matters to the goose stepping DNR masters of Michigan. Consider this a vision of what is to come along with the [not so] slowly developing agenda 21 takings.
Welcome to the new environmental police state.
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The DNR is rapidly working on a credibility decline.
I thought it strange when the DNR spokesman talked about the singular "Expert" that was relied upon when deciding to end the livelihood of many small farmers in our state, but this next piece takes the cake. From the PPJ Gazette:
"On the Michigan DNR's website, when attempting to explain what it is doing about feral swine, it is stated that "The DNR has declared Sus Scrofa, one species of swine, an invasive species in Michigan. As such, possession of this species is now prohibited in Michigan. This was a move by Michigan DNR to join other states in the battle against feral swine, as well as to align with the National Invasive Species Laboratory's stance on feral swine." (emphasis mine)
Tis true. (I have saved a copy of the site in case it is removed) And as noted perhaps there is a similar sounding group, or something. But even if it was the closest match, the forest service, tied in with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, well uhh... The next question becomes "why is the DNR aligning itself with a UN creation?"
What gives Rick Snyder? Is your DNR a little off the reservation lately, or is it all a part of the plan?
Folks, the fact that the state agency, on the heels of a dramatic issuance of great harm to our citizens, would back up that decision with a bogus institution should be troubling at the least. If the agenda cannot be forwarded legitimately, is this the best they can do for pulling the non invasive wool over our eyes?
Feral swine are loose in the DNR. Rutting out our forests of Business.
And its all a sham.
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Michigan's executive branch has officially designated a number of small farmers around the state as felons.
This is NOT an April fools joke.
On Sunday, April 1, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources began active enforcement of an Invasive Species Order declaring certain types of swine illegal in Michigan. Storm troopers under order of the DNR began a "pig sweep" to root out those with particular characteristics. As part of that effort on Tuesday, April 3 the department's Law Enforcement Division conducted inspections of six properties that in the past may have had prohibited swine. The inspections were conducted with permission of the landowners. Each of the properties was found to be free of prohibited swine and therefore in compliance with the Invasive Species Order.
Those facilities, farms or individuals still in possession of prohibited swine are in violation of the law and could face criminal or civil penalties under Part 413 of the state's Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. For harboring fugitive pigs. Randy Stokes, the DNR director says:
"Our intent from the beginning of this Invasive Species Order has been to enforce the law while minimizing the impact on individuals and livelihoods. For that reason, we provided additional time and assistance for ranch owners, breeders and others to remove prohibited animals from their properties prior to the April 1 enforcement deadline. The additional time allowed property owners to adjust their business plans to minimize economic hardship. We will continue to work cooperatively with property owners where we can."While we perform discovery on their resources for penalty phase purposes.
The Jackboots are on. Continue below.
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