Stealing Raisins about to be Reviewed by the Supreme Court

The government has been stealing raisins since the Depression. Back in July 2013, Dave Jolly introduced readers to a Mark Horne (no relation) of Raisin Valley Farms in Kerman, California. He wrote, In 2002, Horne decided to stop giving part of his crop to the feds and has continued to do so every year since.  In response, the government is saying that he now owes them 1.2 million pounds of raisins and he is facing fines of $650,000 dollars. Horne contends that the Marketing Order confiscation Read more […]

Rand Paul Is Trying to Fix Asset Forfeiture

We have written many times about “civil forfeiture” or “asset forfeiture” (see here, here, here, etc). It involves the police taking your property. The idea is that you should lose what you have gained by crime. But the law works so that you don’t have to be convicted. If the cops grab it you have to prove that you should get it back. According to Radley Balko in the Washington Post, “Rand Paul introduces bill to reform civil asset forfeiture.” The law, called the Fifth Amendment Read more […]

Why a Constitutional Amendment? I Thought We Just Ignored the Bill of Rights

The National Religious Broadcasters: The United States Senate is considering an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that could have serious repercussions for First Amendment freedoms.  While proponents of the amendment are lauding it as a move toward campaign finance reform, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, called it “convoluted” and “unacceptable,” and warned it would be “detrimental to liberty and equality, preparing the way for the government to prefer one voice over Read more […]

Blood Could be Spilled for Desert Tortoise

The situation at the Bundy ranch in Nevada is beginning to turn dangerous. The elder rancher Cliven Bundy, who has been facing off with the Bureau of Land Management as the agency rounds up and seizes his cattle over a grazing rights dispute, has gained the support of armed militia members even as the BLM has swarmed his property with hundreds of federal agents in trucks and helicopters, and called for out-of-state backup. All of this over an allegedly endangered desert tortoise. On Wednesday, Read more […]

The Hobby Lobby Case Is About The Fundamental Premise of The United States

From National Religious Broadcasters: Rhetoric is escalating in Washington as the March 25 date draws near for Hobby Lobby to plead its First Amendment case at the U.S. Supreme Court against the Obama Administration’s mandate that all new health plans cover contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs. As a private business, Hobby Lobby does not fall under the narrow religious exemption of the mandate, so it would be required to include such coverage when its health plan renews or Read more […]

Federal Government Steals Billions of Dollars of Raisins

Have you ever heard of Marketing Order 989, the Raisin Administrative Committee or the National Raisin Reserve?  If you’re not a raisin producer, the answer is probably no. In 1949, the Raisin Administrative Committee was formed under the Agricultural Agreement Act of 1937.  In 1949, Democrat Harry Truman was President of the United States and both the House and Senate were controlled by the Democrats.  The Congress was still following the liberal progressive agenda of FDR.  Marketing Order Read more […]