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Woman’s Survival Garden Seized and Destroyed by Authorities
Offgridsurvival.com ^ | 6/19/12 | Rob Richards

Posted on 06/19/2012 4:41:21 PM PDT by JohnKinAK

A woman from Tulsa, Oklahoma is suing the city’s code enforcement teams after they illegally cut down her entire survival garden. Denise Morrison, who started the garden after becoming unemployed, had over 100 medicinal and edible plants in her front and back yard.

She told local Tulsa reporters that she started her garden, after becoming unemployed, as a way to feed herself and treat a variety of medical issues. Instead of relying on government handouts, this woman took matters into her own hands and decided to become self sufficient. She filled her yard with things like, fruit trees, berries, nut trees, and a wide variety of edible and medicinal herbs. She used these herbs to treat her diabetes, high-blood pressure and arthritis.

Is the Self-Reliant Lifestyle Now a Crime in America?

All her hard work ended when the local code enforcement team showed up to her house and forcibly removed her entire survival garden. Morrison says that she tried to explain how everything in her yard followed the local code enforcement rules. You see, she had problems with these people in the past and this time she was determined to do things by the book.

She obtained the local ordinances and followed every rule to the tee. She made sure that everything in her garden had a purpose, and that her garden looked its best at all times. Local ordinances stated that no plant could be over 12-inches tall unless they were being used for human consumption.

Morrison made sure every plant in her garden could be eaten, but that didn’t matter to the city. They could care less about what the law actually said, they were determined to take out her garden. “Every word out of their mouth was, ‘we don’t care,’” Morrison said.

Over 100 plant varieties were removed by the code enforcement team leaving her with no way to feed or medicate herself. They took almost everything, including a number of her fruit and nut trees. She told local reporters in Tulsa, “I came back three days later, sat in my driveway, cried and left.”

Government Crack Down on Liberty

While this case is extremely sad, it’s also becoming more and more common throughout the country. From “nuisance abatement teams” that have been forcing Off-Griders in California to hook back into the grid, to the heartbreaking story of Andrew Wordes who took his life after code enforcement teams seized his home, this country is making it harder and harder for self-reliant people to live on their own land.

While some dismiss these cases as localized issues, I believe they’re part of a larger movement to control anyone who dares to live a self-reliant lifestyle. I think evidence of this can be seen in the federal governments attempts to regulate small farms out of existence, their use of the EPA to seize private land, the formation of the Department of Homeland Security’s Green Police Force, their attempts to seize control of the Great Lakes, oceans, and waterways, and their use of organizations like The National League of Cities to take control of local governments.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: government; govtabuse; nofreedom; nojustice; noliberty; obamasamerica; policestate; rapeofliberty; tyranny
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1 posted on 06/19/2012 4:41:23 PM PDT by JohnKinAK
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To: JohnKinAK

She should sue the crap out of the city.


2 posted on 06/19/2012 4:47:15 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: JohnKinAK

I hope she files a lawsuit and collects tens of thousands in damages!


3 posted on 06/19/2012 4:47:57 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Kartographer

ping


4 posted on 06/19/2012 4:48:19 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1246 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama is not a Big Brother [he's a Big Sissy...])
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To: JohnKinAK

“F”ing NAZI’s!


5 posted on 06/19/2012 4:49:37 PM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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To: 10thAmendmentGuy; 383rr; Abathar; abbi_normal_2; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; Aevery_Freeman; ...

Libertarian/Police state ping

Is there anything remotely Constitutional about what these thugs did?


6 posted on 06/19/2012 4:56:05 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: JohnKinAK

By what authority did they do this?

On her own property? What legal authority can be cited? At all?


7 posted on 06/19/2012 4:59:34 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: JohnKinAK

This burns my feathers. I don’t recognize this country any longer. How can it be that a local gooberment can cut down gardens on private land? How can anyone justify that action? Guessing the abused citizen could NOT have been one of Holder’s people. I hope this woman takes this to the supremes if no other court will find the county negligent.


8 posted on 06/19/2012 4:59:37 PM PDT by ri4dc (Cut your cable; Break Wind for the TSA; Flush Twice in 2012; Eat, tweet, and be involved)
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To: Ron C.

Hundreds of thousands....hit em where it hurts.

Let’s see if they can afford their socialism.


9 posted on 06/19/2012 5:02:35 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: JohnKinAK

Denise
13 hours ago

She’s writing

“I had not intended to respond again this soon but after reading some of the post I felt a need to do so. 1-no neighbor complained they all share my garden. 2- There are no rodents, snakes, flees or ticks in my yard some of the plants are repellents. 3- The front yard may look overgrown because there are over 40 varieties of plants. Some of them Roses, Forsythia, Iris, Daffodil, primrose, lilies, Rose of Sharon, Yucca, jasmine, naked ladies, spider-wort and herbs just to name a few. All of these plants can be found at local landscape retailers. They look like a lot because many of them are for transplants. I also belong to several garden clubs and share them with other club members. Thank You everyone who would like to help with the up-keep but they don’t usually look like that. I have been asked what my garden look like I will post some photos in the near future. It did look beautiful. “

http://www.newson6.com/story/18802728/woman-sues-city-of-tulsa-for-cutting-down-her-edible-garden


10 posted on 06/19/2012 5:10:06 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: JohnKinAK

Denise
15 hours ago

“I would like to thank everyone for your overwhelming response to my situation. I am extremely humbled. Due to pending litigation I will limit my comments. I have been growing my own food for 50 years. Everything is organic with no chemicals at all. There are several herbs and many flowers and trees you can’t see in the news story all edible and most medicinal. My yard smells like a potpourri store. I wish I could respond to each one of you but that would take forever however I will read every response. People who know me personally know I will share information and plants at the drop of a hat. I have for 3 generations. For those who have grown these kind of plants know the effort it takes to do so. For everyone else “GOD BLESS YOU” keep the responses coming many people can be helped by them and stay with this because the way the system works this could be you. I will post again soon.”


11 posted on 06/19/2012 5:11:27 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: JohnKinAK

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This should’ve been met with a Colt .45. Code enforcement my ass.


12 posted on 06/19/2012 5:14:35 PM PDT by TheZMan (Obama is without a doubt the worst President ever elected to these United States)
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To: JohnKinAK

Tulsa has become a libtard mecca in a RED state in my opinion. It is also getting worse. I’ve wondered how long it could hold out. I-44 feeds it just like a river into a depression with no outlet but the mess is spreading.


13 posted on 06/19/2012 5:15:46 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (You've been screwed by your government.)
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To: JohnKinAK

Try that crap around here and some folks in this area would just shoot the vandals... badges or no badges.


14 posted on 06/19/2012 5:15:55 PM PDT by BCR #226 (02/07 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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To: TheZMan

Indeed. This would have been one of those “line in the sand” moments for me. If they refused to leave when I confronted them, well, people would have been reading about the incident in the papers. If that seems crazy to people, it’s only because people aren’t grasping how crazy it is to let your government treat you like a slave.


15 posted on 06/19/2012 5:21:14 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: JohnKinAK

Something ain’t right about this story and I suspect something important was left out.


16 posted on 06/19/2012 5:22:43 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live thnrough it anyway)
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To: combat_boots

Similar story out of Ferguson, MO
http://vegetableyarden.wordpress.com/

Also saw a comment on one out of Colorado.


17 posted on 06/19/2012 5:23:38 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: ri4dc

Definitely a Holder Poeple


18 posted on 06/19/2012 5:29:19 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: JohnKinAK

I read the story at the link. Says a neighbor complained about the yard. This chaps my hide big time!

Where I live, if its behind the fence, people don’t care.


19 posted on 06/19/2012 5:30:52 PM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: Vendome

Yeah, the money quote is that “she had problems with these people in the past”. There is likely more here than is being reported.


20 posted on 06/19/2012 5:32:23 PM PDT by wbill
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To: JohnKinAK

What’s up with this???

I could see this happening in California, New York, or Maryland, but Oklahoma?

I thought Oklahoman’s were a well-grounded and sane bunch.


21 posted on 06/19/2012 5:32:28 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Vendome

Yeah, the money quote is that “she had problems with these people in the past”. There is likely more here than is being reported.


22 posted on 06/19/2012 5:32:49 PM PDT by wbill
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To: dinodino
She should sue the crap out of the city.

In other words, she should sue the crap out of the taxpayers.

23 posted on 06/19/2012 5:34:45 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: JohnKinAK
A once free nation, now a nation of Police State serfs who have no property rights.

There. Fixed it.

I'm trying to get my head around what's happening in America and everything I see is just making me more and more confused.

Just what harm was this woman doing to anyone? What was their justification for this horrendous abuse? How in the Hell did America decay into this state?

It's obvious that things are spinning out of control. What the spark will be, where it will occur, and when... those are still unknown... but I don't think things can continue like this much longer.

24 posted on 06/19/2012 5:35:09 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: JohnKinAK
Is the Self-Reliant Lifestyle Now a Crime in America?

Absolutely. And it starts with the property tax. A friend of mine wanted to buy, iirc, a 100-acre spread in the foothills east of Sacramento. He could afford 100 acres but he could not afford the yearly property tax on 100 acres without coming up with some way to supplement his income to pay the tax.

He told me that every single one of his neighbors who had purchased larger pieces of land had been forced to become cattle ranchers to pay the tax as that was the easiest way to do it.

You could raise some kind of crop but that's even more work, and most of them already had jobs they couldn't leave.

When you get older and can't manage the cattle ranching business you've been forced into, nor pay the tax any longer, you either sell your property and move into Wrinkle City or the government will swoop down and take it all away from you.

The self-reliant lifestyle in America disappeared a long time ago. And the SOBs mean for us never to get it back.

25 posted on 06/19/2012 5:36:17 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: JohnKinAK

I would like to see some pictures of her garden. If it was anything like what the guy next door is growing I would have cheered to have it removed.

IF as she said it was well maintained then this is absolutely awful.

IF it is the rat trap that is next door—— burn it to the ground.


26 posted on 06/19/2012 5:36:24 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: JohnKinAK
Local ordinances stated that no plant could be over 12-inches tall unless they were being used for human consumption.

What!? There must be at least a Trillion plants that are not eaten and are over 12" and are commonly used in yards across the US. I'm thinking of Iris's, well-fed daffodils, tulips, rhodies, lilacs, roses, and on and on. What's next... light bulbs?

It's not that government is edging towards tyranny, away from soft tyranny, or whatever.... it's here folks. We're living it. The only thing the gov't can do in response to stopping this krap is to institute Hard Tyranny.

27 posted on 06/19/2012 5:39:41 PM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: luvbach1

Well, yes. That’s the unfortunate effect, but the city officials should be held accountable, rather than being allowed to run amok.


28 posted on 06/19/2012 5:39:59 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: JohnKinAK

http://www.republicmagazine.com/news/death-by-government-chicken-man-andrew-wordes-driven-to-suicide-by-roswell-georgia-municipal-clique.html

In regards to Mr. Worden, see monteen’s comment in the link. There are always two sides to every story.


29 posted on 06/19/2012 5:40:47 PM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: WildHighlander57

Wordes


30 posted on 06/19/2012 5:41:40 PM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: Nifster

I would like to see some pictures of her garden. If it was anything like what the guy next door is growing I would have cheered to have it removed.

IF as she said it was well maintained then this is absolutely awful.

IF it is the rat trap that is next door—— burn it to the ground.

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You know, if you really would like to see the garden in question, you could click the link.

By doing that, you would become informed, and decide if the lady should be able to have a garden, or if you think the local authorities should vandalize it.


31 posted on 06/19/2012 5:44:49 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: loungitude

Yeah those thumbnails were stunning.... which is why I don’t consider them pictures.

SHow me the house front and back....


32 posted on 06/19/2012 5:51:45 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: JohnKinAK
While some dismiss these cases as localized issues, I believe they’re part of a larger movement to control anyone who dares to live a self-reliant lifestyle.

Self reliance is a serious threat to the tyrants that wish to control every aspect of your life. That's why the tyrants will make an example of anyone that attempts any form of self reliance as a lesson to any others that would dare to imitate such behavior

33 posted on 06/19/2012 5:52:15 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Sequoyah101
Tulsa as well as the state government in Oklahoma tolerate the Church of the First Born which has the highest infant mortality rate in America because they won't take sick babies to doctors or allow educated medical personnel to deliver them.

It's a question of which is more important to Oklahomans ~ neat lawns or live babies.

I'm afraid they've made their choice.

34 posted on 06/19/2012 5:53:12 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Nifster

SHow me the house front and back....

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I’ll get right on it!
While, of course, you are trying to figure out the point.


35 posted on 06/19/2012 6:01:36 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: Ron C.

How does that help anything, as the damages would be paid from taxpayer funds - yes, the woman harmed gets damages, but the public officials that did this have no consequences, and no incentive to not do it again.

The lawsuit needs to target the individuals that violated her rights. Perhaps then, things might change.


36 posted on 06/19/2012 6:03:27 PM PDT by utford
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To: muawiyah
I live in Oklahoma and you are full of crap. We don't tolerate that nonsense.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=298&articleid=20120519_298_0_TheChu923348

37 posted on 06/19/2012 6:08:26 PM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: JohnKinAK

They should have been dodging bullets.


38 posted on 06/19/2012 6:09:33 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Romney - not Obama - not a Conservative - not a real Christian)
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To: Vendome
Something ain’t right about this story and I suspect something important was left out.

And just what would that be?


39 posted on 06/19/2012 6:22:49 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Vendome

I’d need to see a good picture of the yard. I suspect her nieghbors are saying one thing in public and another when they called to complain. Is there a home owner’s association? Did she live in the burbs? Is there an agreed upon decoration rule for each yard? There’s just too much left out.


41 posted on 06/19/2012 6:40:03 PM PDT by stellaluna
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To: luvbach1
In other words, she should sue the crap out of the taxpayers.

Yes. Absolutely. And the taxpayers' beef should be with the malfeasant gubmint a-holes stealing their tax dollars to perpetrate this kind of BS, not the innocent woman trying to defend herself.

42 posted on 06/19/2012 6:40:46 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard
And the taxpayers' beef should be with the malfeasant gubmint a-holes stealing their tax dollars to perpetrate this kind of BS

Ditto.

43 posted on 06/19/2012 6:42:43 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: Nifster

Your approach is incredibly subjective. I think that your house is a rat trap, so give me your address and I’ll call the authorities to burn it to the ground. No need to send me a picture, I already know it’s a rat haven.


44 posted on 06/19/2012 6:48:09 PM PDT by Kevmo (SUCINOFRAGOPWIASS: Shut Up, CINOs; Free Republic Aint a GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: Nifster

Forgot to mention, your approach is very authoritarian, like a NAZI.


45 posted on 06/19/2012 6:49:45 PM PDT by Kevmo (SUCINOFRAGOPWIASS: Shut Up, CINOs; Free Republic Aint a GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: TheZMan

There were multiple thugs. She needed something with a 30-round mag.


46 posted on 06/19/2012 6:50:30 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: JohnKinAK

Tulsa has become a libtard mecca in a RED state in my opinion. It is also getting worse. I’ve wondered how long it could hold out. I-44 feeds it just like a river into a depression with no outlet but the mess is spreading.


47 posted on 06/19/2012 6:57:02 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (You've been screwed by your government.)
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To: Ron C.
"I hope she files a lawsuit and collects tens of thousands in damages!"

Local government folks and their pensioned, NIMBY eyes and ears do assess as to whether or not the next victim is rich enough to sue before attacking.


48 posted on 06/19/2012 7:00:41 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: muawiyah

Gosh. Do you think they could ever have both? I mean, neat lawn or live babies. That’s a tough choice.

Honestly, I never linked one with the other and the Church business. That one just gobsmacked me. I’ll have to think awhile to get my head around that one.


49 posted on 06/19/2012 7:01:52 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (You've been screwed by your government.)
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To: JohnKinAK

There are always ways to become more self-sufficient and live at lower cost. Starve the B. Start cooking, repairing, studying, designing, building,... The debt regime is losing, BTW.


50 posted on 06/19/2012 7:03:19 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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