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USDA Shakes Down Missouri Family
A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 21 May 2011 | John Semmens

Posted on 05/23/2011 5:04:34 PM PDT by John Semmens

What started out as a hobby for their son and turned into a family side-business grossing $4600 (with a net profit of $200 after expenses) last year has landed John Dollarhite of Missouri in a heap of trouble. For the “crime” of selling more than $500 worth of rabbits in a single year, Dollarhite has been hit with a $90,643 fine and been warned that the penalty could go as high as $3.9 million.

US Department of Agriculture spokesman Robert Crook explained that “if you sell more than $500 worth of rabbits in any given year you have to have a license from our Department. Dollarhite didn’t have a license. So we assessed a preliminary fine of $146 for each rabbit he sold last year.”

Crook added that “Dollarhite would be well-advised to pay what we are asking. We are authorized to impose a fine of up to $10,000 per rabbit. And we could include penalties for earlier years if we so choose.”

It doesn’t matter that Dollarhite was unaware that he supposedly needed a federal license nor that the punishment is way out of proportion to the alleged offense. “Ignorance of the law is no excuse,” Crook reminded. “Besides, we’re being merciful here. The guy can take out a loan or sell his house to raise the $90,000. We could’ve crushed him with a multi-million dollar penalty if we’d wanted to.”

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http://azconserv1.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/wrangling-over-the-war-powers-act/


TOPICS: Agriculture; Government; Humor; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: nannystate; oppression; regulation; satire

1 posted on 05/23/2011 5:04:36 PM PDT by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens
read more articles...

Post them here.

What seems to be your obsession with driving traffic away from Free Republic?

2 posted on 05/23/2011 5:07:40 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner; John Semmens

Oh hush; if he wants a more accurate count of how many people are reading his stuff then let him.


3 posted on 05/23/2011 5:10:02 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: John Semmens

I guess the little guy would have had a reduced fine for growning marijuana instead.


4 posted on 05/23/2011 5:10:02 PM PDT by HighWheeler
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To: humblegunner

Lighten up, Lois. John’s been around here longer than you have.


5 posted on 05/23/2011 5:10:13 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: John Semmens

If it is not “interstate commerce” how does the USDA get in the picture?


6 posted on 05/23/2011 5:11:39 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: humblegunner

Anymore Free Republic just allows excerpts to be posted here and you have to go elsewhere to read the whole story. It has to do with the thugs at Righthaven who want to turn a buck for everything imaginable.


7 posted on 05/23/2011 5:12:41 PM PDT by MeganC (NO WAR FOR OIL! ........except when a Democrat's in charge.)
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To: John Semmens

DAMN, had me going that time. After reading your post I went to get the rest of the story and - satire.

Thanks for the raised blood pressure and then the chuckle.


8 posted on 05/23/2011 5:13:57 PM PDT by PeteB570 (Islam is the sea in which the terrorist shark swims. It aids & comforts the shark on it's journey.)
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To: Wuli

I don’t get that either.

The USDA doesn’t have jurisdiction.

Lord knows how much this will cost that family.

The new tax, fine them into poverty.
Make them loose that farm of theirs and teach those kids to never be in business. That will fix them. /s


9 posted on 05/23/2011 5:17:01 PM PDT by TruthConquers (.Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: Lurker
Lighten up, Lois. John’s been around here longer than you have.

So now he's translating that in to blog hit revenue?

Admirable. Using Free Republic that way is a bonzer marketing scheme.

10 posted on 05/23/2011 5:20:00 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Wuli

I saw this story on another site, Prison Planet.

This post by John cuts pretty close to the story there.

I have no idea if there are more sources on this.

“Shortly thereafter, the Dollarhites received a letter from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) ordering them to pay a fine of $90,643 for supposedly violating a mystery law that prohibits the selling of more then $500 in rabbits within a year, even though the Dollarhites were in full accordance with Missouri state law, did not sell their rabbits across state lines, and raised their rabbits humanely and in excess of minimum requirements. The letter outlined that the Dollarhites had until May 23 to pay the exorbitant fine, or else face additional fines totaling nearly $4 million — all for selling about $4,600 worth of rabbits that netted the family a mere $200 in profits.”


11 posted on 05/23/2011 5:22:14 PM PDT by TruthConquers (.Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: John Semmens

Satire aside, the point is well made that Government
fines multiplied quicker than ... er... rabbits.

Money for bunny honey?


12 posted on 05/23/2011 5:22:34 PM PDT by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: humblegunner

If the site is obnoxious and full of malware, go on with the blog pimp stuff.

But this site is a favorite here. Blogs are the new wave of news. Let’s not cut off the source of the new media.

I think you would do better to pick your battles.

Not all sites are going to be objectionable to most Freepers.


13 posted on 05/23/2011 5:24:55 PM PDT by TruthConquers (.Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: TruthConquers
That's right. Don't have to resort to satire here. The base story is true.

http://www.news-leader.com/article/20110521/NEWS01/105210346/Nixa-man-faces-penalty-over-90-000-rabbit-sales?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE (sorry, I don't feel like html-ing right now)

Instapundit has picked up on the story as well. Just follow lninks from there.

14 posted on 05/23/2011 5:26:22 PM PDT by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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To: Martin Tell

Thanks.

More people need to see that this government is out of control.

The blunt force of greedy bureaucrats needs the full light of day.


15 posted on 05/23/2011 5:28:58 PM PDT by TruthConquers (.Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: MeganC

This is probably not an excerpt. John usually posts the blog entry in it’s entirety, and if you go to his link there are the other entries.


16 posted on 05/23/2011 5:29:26 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama said OBL is dead I didn't believe it. Al Qaeda says he's dead and now I do!)
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To: humblegunner; John Semmens

Please, gunney...lighten up on John. He’s one of the good ones. He posts entire blogs, so as not to tease to drive hits. He doesn’t cut off the article words before the meat of the article, as others do. If you want the meaning of what he has to say, you need go no further than right here, and to me that’s the smoke-test.


17 posted on 05/23/2011 5:32:36 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama said OBL is dead I didn't believe it. Al Qaeda says he's dead and now I do!)
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To: MeganC
Anymore Free Republic just allows excerpts to be posted here and you have to go elsewhere to read the whole story.

Oh, that's news. Thanks for educating me.

At the same time, you're schooling both Jim Robinson:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2636843/posts?page=557#552

And also schooling Admin Moderator:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2722423/posts

I'm sure they are both grateful to you for explaining how Free Republic works.

18 posted on 05/23/2011 5:43:29 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Wuli
If it is not “interstate commerce” how does the USDA get in the picture?

An experienced bureaucrat can explain it easily. Imagine that you sold a rabbit to your neighbor. And imagine that the rabbit escaped. And imagine that instead of setting camp in a nearest field the rabbit decided to run all the way to the state line and cross it. And then imagine that the rabbit, once he crossed the state line, surrendered to a farmer there, who immediately invited the rabbit to a dinner, instead of buying a local rabbit with the same idea in mind. That's when the USDA falls onto the hapless seller as a ton of bricks. The fun part is that none of that has to actually happen; if you disagree, feel free to sue the USDA - you will pay for both lawyers!

19 posted on 05/23/2011 6:14:09 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: Wuli

If it is not “interstate commerce” how does the USDA get in the picture?

My guess is that the most recent military space module carried special tracking devices just for this sort of thing. This multibillion dollar device allowed the USDA access through receivers purchased for every USDA office throughout the United States, all staffed 24 hours with experts.

As you can see in this story the results of the tracking has brought in thousands of dollars, well worth the modest cost to taxpayers. One of the rabbits crossed state lines.


20 posted on 05/23/2011 6:19:14 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey
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To: humblegunner

Did you even read what Jim wrote about bloggers?
Didn’t think so.


21 posted on 05/23/2011 6:27:16 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Kirkwood; humblegunner

LOL!


22 posted on 05/23/2011 6:33:42 PM PDT by Eaker (The problem with the internet, you're never sure of the accuracy of the quotes. Abraham Lincoln '65)
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To: John Semmens

If I lost my house due to some public servant on a power trip, that public servant would find out just how dangerous a man without an address can be.


23 posted on 05/23/2011 6:34:33 PM PDT by domeika
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To: Wuli
If it is not “interstate commerce” how does the USDA get in the picture?

Everything is interstate commerce.

Understand?


24 posted on 05/23/2011 6:48:54 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on its own.)
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To: John Semmens

FICTION BECOMES A FACT WITH BIG GOVERNMENT


25 posted on 05/23/2011 7:01:57 PM PDT by LetMarch (If a man knows the right way to live, and does not live it, there is no greater coward. (Anonymous)
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To: John Semmens

More Info:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/downloads/aw/awlicreg.pdf

http://www.homesteadingtoday.com/filez/Rabbit_info.doc


26 posted on 05/23/2011 7:07:10 PM PDT by Revel
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To: John Semmens
There are consequences for being a Rabbit Pimp.../Sarcasm
27 posted on 05/23/2011 7:07:42 PM PDT by Recon by Fire (Obama is a dude posing as another dude, who is impersonating another dude!)
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To: Wuli

The standard argument is that the person who bought an in-state rabbit might otherwise have bought and interstate rabbit. Thus, the entirely local transaction has potential impacts on interstate commerce.

It’s a weak argument, but the courts bought it 70 years ago and we’re stuck with it.


28 posted on 05/23/2011 8:20:40 PM PDT by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens

In this nation we’re living in an enstrangling, Kafkaesque world of regulations and repressive statutes.

My teenage nephew had an idea how to make money: he would start his own auto detailing business.

First thing he encountered were the myriad taxes. Very depressing.

Then he was told by the city it was illegal to wash automobiles in a driveway. No joke! If vehicles are washed on a hard surface, the runoff must be captured and stored until disposed of as polluted liquid waste.

THEN he was told there was an 8 vehicle limit to how many vehicles he could process in one week.

I reared him to be a conservative Republican. The government is Hellbent on making him into an enemy of the state.


29 posted on 05/24/2011 12:03:28 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NOT FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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To: John Semmens

Liberals hate the death penalty but are addicted to wildly disproportionate punishment for other crimes. This is one of them and for a first time offender no less!

This is cruel and unusual punishment


30 posted on 05/24/2011 2:03:59 AM PDT by dennisw (NZT - "works better if you're already smart")
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To: Kirkwood
Did you mean this part? I have no complaint if a good conservative blogger posts his own material to FR, not as an excerpt to drive hits and discussion back to his blog, but rather to impart useful information to OUR readers and to promote and join in on the discussion and conservative activism HERE on FR.
31 posted on 05/24/2011 5:43:21 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: humblegunner

Have you noticed the size limit on postings got smaller in the fairly recent past?

And I’m not telling anyone any news about Righthaven save for yourself.


32 posted on 05/24/2011 9:45:36 AM PDT by MeganC (NO WAR FOR OIL! ........except when a Democrat's in charge.)
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To: MeganC

The topic is blogs being excerpted, not news sources.
The writer of a blog post has no reason to excerpt any of it.


33 posted on 05/24/2011 9:47:35 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

>>>The writer of a blog post has no reason to excerpt any of it.<<<

Ah. My humble apologies. I see your point now that the good fellow is just blogwhoring for page counts.

*Mea culpa. Mea maxima culpa.*


34 posted on 05/24/2011 9:52:19 AM PDT by MeganC (NO WAR FOR OIL! ........except when a Democrat's in charge.)
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