Feb 21, 2013
These Four Sheriffs Are Taking a Bold Stand Against Gun Control: ‘An Unarmed Public Is a Tyrant’s Playground’
Four sheriffs from across the country joined Glenn Beck on TheBlaze TV Wednesday to discuss the current push for more gun control legislation in the United States. Beck called them the “bravest sheriffs in all of America” for standing up for the Second Amendment and refusing to even consider disarming Americans, even under pressure.
“You have a right to own the firearms of your choice,” Beck said. “That right shall not be infringed. It’s not about hunting, it’s not about target practice, it’s not even about rape or home defense. It is about an armed public being necessary to keep people free. An unarmed public is a tyrant’s playground.”
Beck argued it is important to become educated but also to know who is on the side of the American people when it comes to the Second Amendment. He also encouraged viewers to contact their county sheriff to find out where he or she stands on the Second Amendment.
Joining Beck were Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who garnered national attention for asking residents to arm themselves and get firearms training in case they ever found themselves in a dangerous situation in which the police may not arrive in time. Also in Beck’s Dallas studio were Sheriff Glenn Palmer of Grant County, Oregon, Sheriff Steve Cox of Livingston County, Missouri and Sheriff Tim Mueller from Linn County, Oregon.
The four sheriffs represent 484 other sheriffs who have banded together and vowed to keep the oath they took to uphold the U.S. Constitution.
“What I want to say is, that we as a nation are facing some very difficult time right now,” Sheriff Palmer said. “Our Constitution is very near and dear to me, and I believe it’s under attack. And it’s still a living document, and as police officers we still have to abide by the Constitution.”
Sheriff Clarke said the Second Amendment is about “liberty.”
“The Government doesn’t get to…say how people can and should defend themselves,” he said. “I trust law-abiding citizens, I always have. And government has to learn to start letting go and trusting citizens.”
Sheriff Cox agreed, saying Washington will continue to go after guns and it is important that someone “takes a stand.”
“We have to put our foot down whenever we see something that’s wrong,” Cox added. “Sometimes if you lead, you may stand alone.”
“If not us, than who?” asked Sheriff Mueller.
Recapping TheBlaze’s in depth coverage on gun control, Beck also went over some of the current gun control efforts from across the country:
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Feb 5, 2013
Reviving Rural America
American Free Press
• Activists work with county sheriffs to save America’s heartland
By Victor Thorn
On January 16 AMERICAN FREE PRESS interviewed Erin Ryan of Support Rural America, an organization that seeks to save America’s heartland and works closely with county sheriffs.
“There is a deep-seated drive to force people out of rural areas and into urban environments,” Ms. Ryan told AFP.
When asked why, Ms. Ryan said, “It’s easier to control them in cities.”
According to Ms. Ryan, legislators are the ones who are really behind this plot.
“There is a full-court press by environmentalists, the EPA, pseudo-scientists and other regulators that are all tied to Agenda 21,” said Ms. Ryan. “Whether they steal water rights or pull backdoor eminent domain schemes by taking out dams that flood properties and make them worthless, 50% of farmers in the Central Valley [California] are now on public assistance. Because they’ve lost their water and the ability to maintain crops, farmers madebumper stickers that read: Congress created this dustbowl. Thank you Barbara Boxer andDianne Feinstein.”
Under the auspices of fighting pollution, Agenda 21 refers to a complex set of regulations created by the United Nations that seek to define how land can be used. The U.S. is a signatory to the agreement, but many local communities still manage to block efforts to impose it.
Getting to the crux of this issue, Ms. Ryan continued, “Most of the policies coming from Sacramento and Washington are enacted by lawmakers more concerned with urban areas than rural. The bottom line is: Liberals like [Sens. Barbara] Boxer and [Dianne] Feinstein scoff at people who don’t live in cities. Worse, they don’t get out here where we live, and they have no interest in learning about us.”
Ms. Ryan further elaborated on the cultural divide: “Rural people tend to be more self-sufficient, conservative, community-oriented, pro-gun and able to work with their hands. To crush this spirit, legislators want to make them dependent by removing their ability to earn a living.
“In a nearby logging community, there were once 22 mills. Today, after being besieged by government agencies, only one remains. So people get poorer, which leads to more domestic abuse and alcoholism.”
Ms. Ryan said the situation is troubling because older people are encouraging youth in their communities to leave the rural areas in search of easier lives in the cities.
“Sadly, more parents aren’t planning on passing their farms along to their children,” she said, “or they’re encouraging them to find other careers.”
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Feb 5, 2013
American Free Press
By Victor Thorn
A century ago, 39% of Americans tilled the land on family farms. Today, that number hovers at around 2%. Total operating farms have dropped by three-quarters from 80 years ago, and only 6% of agricultural workers, excluding migrants, were born after 1980.
When most people think of the American heartland, the iconic hard working family farmer frequently comes to mind. But with the declining number of farmers out there, what does this say of the country’s future? There are some positive signs that a modern “back to the land” movement is again underway, with many young Americans leaving their dead-end jobs in the city to take up farming without the use of pesticides, herbicides, drugs and genetically-modified seeds. Additionally, a technological renaissance is blooming for the farm industry, one not without worry, however.
In a July 2012 article for Atlantic magazine, Chrystia Freeland envisioned a production revolution led by sophisticated technology. She wrote, “Prior to WW II, it took 100 hours of labor to produce 100 bushels of corn. Today, it takes less than two hours.” With machinery that combines GPS units and computer systems, Freeland described this 21st century shift. “The cabs of today’s combines look like airplane cockpits or the control rooms on factory floors.”
Freeland provided one more positive bit of news. “In 2010, of all farms in the U.S. with at least $1M in revenues, 88% were family farms.” However, the Environmental Protection Agency offered a disclaimer. “Fewer than one in four farms in this country produce gross revenues in excess of $50K.” Then, of course, there’s the Monsanto factor where 80% of all corn raised in America is genetically modified. Or, as Michael Snyder of a popular Internet website The Economic Collapse stressed on April 26, 2012, “The predatory business practices of Monsanto have been well documented. Monsanto has taken countless numbers of farmers to court, and they are absolutely ruthless.”
To combat these corporate Frankenfoods, health-minded consumers are enjoying a renewal in farmers markets and butcher shops that produce their own foods. Plus, a revitalized interest in urban homesteading now allows those residing in cities to raise poultry, grow vegetables or fruits, produce bio-fuels, or make honey from their own beehives. As Alexis Petru commented in a May 26, 2011 article, “Urban homesteading takes the local food movement to the next level. Rather than buying local seasonal produce to reduce the amount of miles food travels to your plate, an urban homesteader’s meal makes an even shorter trip—from the backyard or community garden to the plate.”
On the Internet, there are thousands of blogs maintained by young farmers who have left behind careers in finance, design, construction and other industries. Today, they work the land to varying degrees, some doing so only part-time while maintaining a job in a neighboring town or city.
Author and farmer Jenna Woginrich is a good example of this trend. In 2012, she quit herjob as a graphic designer to raise sheep, chickens and hogs full-time. In order to pay the bills, the 31-year-old has written several books on farming that document her own trials and tribulations when it comes to agriculture.
Lisa Steele is another example. Ten years ago, she gave up an unfulfilling job on WallStreet to move to Suffolk, Virginia and start raising chickens with her husband on her farm. Since then, she has created quite a following by documenting her life on her website.
Then there are Ethan Book and his wife, who bought an old farm in Knoxville, Iowa, andstarted raising rare-breed animals and became advocates for small farmers.
These young farmers have figured out how to bypass multinational agricultural corporations like Archer-Daniels Midland and work directly with consumers through farmers markets and community-support agriculture.
Also, health-conscience consumers have been enjoying this renewal in farm markets andbutcher shops that specialize in local foods.
Link to article on American Free Press!