Skip to comments.The FDA Forgotů You have No Right to Privacy in Contracts
Posted on 09/01/2011 12:32:33 PM PDT by Sopater
When the FDA answered FTCLDF (Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund) in the interstate shipment of raw milk suit, they stated four fully repugnant things. That you have no right to, nor does your child have a right to any particular food, you have no right to bodily or physical health, that you have no right to contract, and that they are rationally fulfilling their public health mission. It appears that they forgot to include that you have no right to privacy or free association along with no right of contract. With the recent actions against Rawesome, sting operations against Amish farmers, and the absolute destruction of Morningland Dairy, one can only surmise that the FDA, who pulls the strings on state level equivalent agencies, forgot to specifically deny the right to freedom of association guaranteed us under the First Amendment along with many others.
As many people have been covering these continual affronts to our very right to consume food that we want to consume, I dont feel as compelled to conduct a full review every time I find myself in the position of covering a new travesty of decency. Maybe thats laziness in the eyes of some, but the truth is we are against the wall in this country with the most basic of human rights, and its too late to be nice about it any longer. If people are still unaware that food is a controlled substance, they are not likely to read this article anyway. Unfortunately, we have another assault that needs to be brought to the attention of those paying attention.
Morninglands cheese plant has now been shut down for just over one year. Theyve been to court and have filed an appeal on the judges order to destroy their wealth, and were taken to court again on June 13th and found guilty on one of three Contempt of Court charges brought against them for not rolling over and dying when the Milk Board suggested they should. They had to post bond again to keep their cheese from the hands of the destroyers until the legal wrangling is complete. Now the Attorney General says they must give up the names, addresses and phone numbers of individuals who are members in their private association. Denise Dixon says she will go to jail before that happens.
At the first trial, on January 13th 2011, the principals of Morningland of the Ozarks LLC, Joseph and Denise Dixon, notified the Attorney Generals office, the Missouri Milk Board, and Judge David Dunlap (although he recd his notification via mail) that they had closed Morningland of the Ozarks LLC, and had formed a private membership association that they hoped to be able provide with their own cheese once this issue was resolved. In the interim, they purchased cheese from two licensed, inspected facilities and cut it and shipped it to their membership. The Dixons drove to these cheese plants (one inWisconsin and one inKansas) and picked the cheese up. This takes the private group completely out of the accepted realm of commerce.
In his original ruling against Morningland of the Ozarks LLC, Judge Dunlap stipulated that the LLC was the only entity involved in this action. The Attorney Generals office made no move to personally enjoin either one of the Dixons from either making or selling or cutting or wrapping or eating cheese themselves. The Dixons even applied for a tax id number as Morningland Dairy, not Morningland of the Ozarks LLC.
But that doesnt matter. Trying to make an independent living is now illegal.
The state is the Judge. The Judge says there can be no jury. The state is the Executioner. After all, this is the land of the free the home of the brave, where agencies steal and destroy property with impunity and if we dont like it, we can leave. That is, if we arent already involved in some legal imbroglio.
I digress. But only a little bit.
Judge David Dunlap ruled that Morningland of the Ozarks LLC is to turn over to the Attorney Generals office all sales records (none), all production records (none), all sanitation records (none), all bacteriological test records (none), and all sales records (again?).
Denise and Joseph Dixon produced the invoices from the companies they purchased cheese from, and also invoices with the names redacted of the people they had sent cheese to from Feb 23rd through present. This wasnt good enough. The Missouri Attorney Generals office claims that they must have the names, addresses and phone numbers of the private membership association or there will be a $100 per day fine ascribed to a defunct entity, and a defunct private membership association for failure to produce documents. That fine assessment began on August 22nd as per a letter from the Attorney Generals office.
Joseph and Denise are ready to go to jail before they will turn the names and addresses of the association members over in this action. They mean it. They are asking the court to reconsider its ruling to divulge the members names . But there are things that have to be clarified before they go to jail.
These things make no sense to me in the legal realm of this case. We are dealing with four entities. One is the subject of legal action, that being Morningland of the Ozarks LLC (d/b/a Morningland Dairy). One is Morningland Dairy, the private membership association. The other two are scripturally one, being Joseph and Denise Dixon. The Court, and the Attorney Generals office have stated repeatedly that Morningland of the Ozarks LLC is the only entity involved in this legal action. However, they are comfortable finding a defunct entity, with no income or production, to be in contempt. They are also comfortable with forcing a private association to disclose their membership list in conjunction with a legal proceeding against a separate entity and with requiring the procurement of production records from other entities over which they have no jurisdiction.
If the logic employed by the Missouri Attorney Generals office and Judge Dunlap of Howell County Circuit Court is to apply to all of us (as it will if all of this is upheld), should you purchase some male performance enhancement herbs from anyone, and one of their suppliers is involved in a dispute with say the FDA, then the FDA will have the right to know that you bought such a product, and maybe they will even call you to find out how it worked for you.
Pleasant thought, isnt it?
The AGs office makes no bones about their assertion that the Dixons formed their private membership association solely to engage in unlawful activity. They think the Dixons are such hard nosed criminals that they are flaunting the law by letting the Milk Board, the Court and the AGs office know that they are running a private association under the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the US Constitution. Obviously, the Dixons are criminal because they believe they have the right to provide people with food that the people want and to try to make some money to pay for the electricity to continue to hold their arrested cheese for the inevitable destruction. In the Missouri Attorney Generals eyes, there can be no chance that the Dixons simply want to do what they have been dedicated to doing all along ..Provide living food to living people who share their continued interest in, ummm, living.
I guess we need permission for that now.
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I know so many people this kind of thing has happened to. People selling eggs, chickens, jams and jellies, etc.
I am suprised the FDA doesn’t have swat teams.
the NAIS regulations, requiring every animal to be microcuipped and resistered with the FDA, will finish off pet owners as well as small farmers.
I hope to hell they have enough money to stay with this legal defense!
Sorry, I meant microchipped.
You have no idea how angry this stuff makes me. But with that being said, I and everyone else needs to keep a calm head and heart. I used to think it was just me being paranoid, but now... Well no.
I do believe that this is just another prong of the multi-tined pitchfork that is the Governments and the left’s efforts to get someone to crack and start some sort, ANY sort, of violence that can be exaggerated and repeated ad-nauseum by the News media and used as the reason to crack down on the American populace.
The other side of the coin is that this sort of incremental-ism of the denial of basic rights and liberties accomplishes the same goal but over a much slower time frame. As one man once put it Heads I win, Tails You lose.
I think the conspiracy and the avoidance of confortation is what they are getting them for.
If you want to fight the authority of the FDA to regulate raw milk sales, you should have sold the actual cows from customer to customer then extract the milk for that customer and then transfer it to the next customer.
If the customer owns the cow, then we aren’t selling raw milk, we are selling raw cow...get it?
Your other choice is to sell the cow to someone willing to challenge their authority without any tie to the farm, this person milks the cow and sells the raw milk and does it publicly so the FDA can try to sue / stop him
I don’t think someone engaging in private commerce can be stopped, just like I don’t think a Amish person can be stopped by trading raw milk for chicken feed.
The FDA sucks. We have a small gourmet food business (jams, mustards, etc) and they think they run the company. Ever since this year, they have turned up heat on regulations, paper work, rules, filings. It’s unreal.
We almost have to hire a person just to deal with the FDA now. After the recent storm they were hounding us about what we did with food that was lost when power went down.
They can suck it.
Now you know how the entire pharmaceutical industry feels.
[The FDA sucks. We have a small gourmet food business (jams, mustards, etc) and they think they run the company. Ever since this year, they have turned up heat on regulations, paper work, rules, filings. Its unreal. ]
[ We almost have to hire a person just to deal with the FDA now. After the recent storm they were hounding us about what we did with food that was lost when power went down. ]
Exactly what they want! They want you to employ a FDA “coordinator”, that is BO’s idea of “Job Creation”.
Of course it will bankrupt your business, but they don’t care. You think and big company like Heinz or Nestle are going to sweat it having to hire an FDA coordinator, they could hire 100 FDA coordinators and it would only raise their product cost slightly. This is exactly what they want to do, drive out small and medium sized businesses due to overregulation.
Big Business Liberals have learned to play the game, write regulations that look like they are going to “teach big business a lession” but also apply asymetrically to the small and medium sized business owner. While the Cronies can absorb the costs or get exemptions (see obama care) the little guy cannot afford to hire a tax attrouney/FDA coordinator/regulation officer for their small business because it will break them, and even if they do all those roles themselves they will waste so much time doing it their productivity will go down as time = money.
Welcome to the “Linosine Liberal” model of “Crapitalism”.
We can all thank the POS RINO senators including one from GA who co-sponsored and/or voted for the recent S510 Food Safety Act. The FDA can now come out to your property anytime and tell you what you can and cannot grow or produce and you have no judicial redress. Ain’t big govt great?
Thanks for posting.
Will read tonight after tea party meeting.
With raw milk and cookies.
I don’t know what happened, but it didn’t work for me either... how does this work?
It’s disgusting that the US government via the elitists of today have dared to become this brazen and abusive of Americans. The abuse is so thick!
Wait ‘til they start ordering the deaths of people through the denial of care and abuse them through a general bureaucratic incompetence in the name of collective health care. Our federal “family” is a tad psychopathic.