Passionate Farmer Takes On Her Government Harassers (+video)

Photo Credit: Wayne Stadler / Creative Commons

Photo Credit: Wayne Stadler / Creative Commons

With her life’s dream of being a small family farmer in Virginia, Martha Boneta obtained 64 acres in Fauquier County, Va in 2006 to raise vegetables, herbs, raw honey, eggs, and host small animals. Little did she know that a birthday party with eight ten-year old girls would trigger zealous county regulators who saw the party as an event needing special exception permits and required a hearing that would impose fees.

Thinking she had all the right commercial permits and licenses, Boneta was still threatened with $5,000 per day fines despite Virginia being a right to farm state, where local governments are considered unable to use zoning laws to bring nuisance suits for customary farm operations.

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Federal Health Experts Plan to Turn Our Shopping Carts Into Computerized Versions of Michelle Obama

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Photo Credit: IJ Review

First, it was Michelle’s White House vegetable garden. Then it was her school lunch program. Now, a new report from the Department of Agriculture explains that the government wants to use a variety of tools – including “talking shopping carts” – to influence the items we buy at the grocery store.

The 80-page report, prepared by an “expert panel,” makes recommendations on how to “nudge” the more than 47 million Americans on food stamps (SNAP) into spending their benefits on fruits and vegetables.

“Most Americans, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants, do not purchase enough whole grains, dark green and orange vegetables, and legumes, and purchase too many items with excess calories from fats and added sugars.”

Enter the talking shopping cart.

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FBI Chief: ‘Be Suspicious’ of Government Power (+video)

Photo Credit: Getty ImagesThe head of the FBI says he understands why people worry about the scope of the government’s powers, and in fact, he agrees with them.

“I believe people should be suspicious of government power. I am,” Director James Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning.

“I think this country was founded by people who were worried about government power so they divided it among three branches,” he added.

In the months since Edward Snowden leaked documents detailing the country’s intelligence programs, Comey said that “it’s hard for me, sometimes, to find the space and time to talk about what I do and why I do it.”

Though the controversial surveillance raised privacy concerns and made people fret that the government was snooping on their behavior, Comey said that the FBIs programs are run responsibly. He added that those operations had also helped to track down kidnappers and save children.

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When Government Looks More Like Foe than Friend

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Photo Credit: TownHall

The Cliven Bundy case in Nevada provides many insights into the state of our nation with respect to the relationship between the people and the government.

The Bundys appear to be honorable American citizens without adequate legal counsel to help resolve a federal land issue about which they disagree with the Bureau of Land Management. Without question, they violated some of the innumerable laws and regulations that continue to entangle every aspect of American life.

Their violations certainly could have been handled through a multitude of less brutal means than those employed by our federal government, which through the mouthpiece of Sen. Harry Reid emphasizes how important it is for the government to enforce its laws.

It is quite interesting to see, though, that those same bureaucrats refuse to enforce some of our federal border-protection laws and other domestic policies with which they disagree. Perhaps Reid’s time could be better spent explaining why it is acceptable for the federal government to pick and choose which laws it wishes to enforce.

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Ex-Obama Guard Talks ‘Out of Control’ Government

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Photo Credit: WND

He swore to take a bullet for the president and then left it all behind to take a bullet for the American people.

Hear Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino tell his story at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C, on Dec. 9 at noon.

WND-TV will live-stream his presentation on why he resigned from his six-figure Secret Service job to embark on a campaign to warn the American people of the dangers of an out-of-control, unaccountable government…

Bongino, who during his 12-year tenure in the Secret Service guarded Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, resigned in 2010. He walked away in favor of sounding a clarion call to the American people in defense of sane government and the U.S. Constitution.

The author of the explosive New York Times bestseller “Life Inside the Bubble: Why a Top-Ranked Secret Service Agent Walked Away From It All” will present to the audience at the Heritage Foundation an intimate look at life inside the presidential “bubble,” which he describes as a haze of staffers, consultants, cronies, acolytes, bureaucrats and lobbyists that creates an “alternate reality” in which monumental policy decisions are made.

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Americans’ Belief That Gov’t Is Too Powerful at Record Level

Six in 10 Americans (60%) believe the federal government has too much power, one percentage point above the previous high recorded in September 2010. At least half of Americans since 2005 have said the government has too much power. Thirty-two percent now say the government has the right amount of power. Few say it has too little power.

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These most recent data come from Gallup’s Governance survey, conducted Sept. 5-8. The 7% who feel the government has too little power has been mostly steady since Gallup started tracking the measure regularly in 2002.

Republicans and Democrats Divided on Views of Government

This new high encompasses Republicans (81%), who are now more likely than at any time since 2002 to say the government has too much power, and Democrats (38%), who now are more likely to say this than at any time since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.

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Video: The question is not “if,” it’s “when” our nation collapses from insolvency

This new “Government Gone Wild” video explains in simple terms that both parties are selling this country out. Collapse is inevitable absent fundamental change.