Lancaster Amish Organic Farmer Must Pay $250,000, Faces Possible Jail Time For Food Violations

(Excerpts from Amish America)

A Lancaster County Amish farmer faces hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and potential jail time for repeated violations of food safety laws. Miller’s Organic Farm, owned by an Amos Miller in Bird-in-Hand, has been described as “tangling with federal authorities for several years over its food handling practices” in this report…..

U.S. District Judge Edward G. Smith, Jr. found Amos Miller in contempt of court for violating a 2020 consent decree and ordered him to pay $250,000 in fines, plus an additional $14,436 to cover enforcement costs.”

However, Miller “believes many federal regulations lead to food being more unhealthy” and I would gather there’s little chance he would switch his operation to a conventional one which adheres with conventional regulations:

Miller’s Organic Farm’s practices are organic, non-GMO, chemical free, hormone-free and antibiotic-free, according to its website.

“[The cows] get sunshine, they get green grass. If the animals eat good then we can eat good as well,” Miller said. “They use it as their medicine.”

Also on the pro-Amos Miller side, another defender argues that Miller’s products are in high demand and profitable for him, and that the government doesn’t like that.

Miller seems to be presenting the issue as one of keeping his people on the farm rather than out in other occupations, which is a classic argument that resonates with Amish and no doubt with sympathetic observers:

“[I’ll] do do whatever it takes to keep our children on the farm rather than going out into the world looking for jobs, which can not be good in our culture,” said Miller, who is Amish. “If we have to pay it all ourselves, very likely we will not be able to move forward.”

Note: Although not really proven that the milk that sickened two people in other states back in 2015 from Listeria, no recall was made despite the alleged claims made by the FDA.

Bill Gates is the biggest private owner of farmland in the United States. Why?

(Excerpts from “The Guardian”)

Land is power, land is wealth, and, more importantly, land is about race and class....Gates claimed “It is not connected to climate [change].” The decision, he said, came from his “investment group.” Cascade Investment, the firm making these acquisitions, is controlled by Gates. And the firm said it’s “very supportive of sustainable farming”. It also is a shareholder in the plant-based protein companies Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods as well as the farming equipment manufacturer John Deere.

The principal danger of private farmland owners like Bill Gates is not their professed support of sustainable agriculture often found in philanthropic work – it’s the monopolistic role they play in determining our food systems and land use patterns.

Like wealth, land ownership is becoming concentrated into fewer and fewer hands, resulting in a greater push for mono cultures and more intensive industrial farming techniques to generate greater returns. One per cent of the world’s farms control 70% of the world’s farmlands, one report found the biggest shift in recent years from small to big farms was in the US.

Note: Plant-based protein companies are the ones making the artificially tasting products that taste like meat but are made out of plants. Bill Gates is once again setting himself up to make even more multi million dollars than he already has, at the expense of the everyday person’s budget and health. Like the rest of the “Greeners”, they blame cattle flatulence as bad for the climate, or do they? Perhaps that is just one of their many excuses to become monopolies.

Another elitist, Ted Turner owns two million acres of land, and has the world’s largest privately owned buffalo herd. Those animals, which are sacred to my people and were nearly hunted to extinction by settlers, are preserved today on nearly 200,000 acres of Turner’s ranch within the boundaries of South Dakota.

This FDA problem with the Amish isn’t about small farmers breaking any rules, as they live by laws determined by their religious beliefs and legalities allowing them from exemption from FDA rules by having “buyer’s clubs”. A buyer’s club is a way to get around some restrictions on selling raw farm products in some places, allowing product providers to avoid licensing and inspection. This is just another way for the government and wealthy to take away the rights of people so they can gain more land, power, and money.


(E-mail from Clerk’s office responding to why my Absentee Ballot was not sent to me.)

Amy Whipple <>

To: Joyce Richey

Mon, Aug 22 at 1:58 PM

Hello Ms. Richey,

Your ballot for the August primary election, ballot number 221, was mailed on June 30th to the address and apt. # you indicated in your email. To date, the ballot has not been returned to us as undeliverable. Unfortunately, once we turn the ballots over to the post office, we have no way of tracking them. I am sorry you didn’t receive your ballot that was mailed. In the future, please contact us a few weeks before the election so we can ensure you can vote. Please see a view of our record indicated below.

The ballots for the November 8th general election should be mailed around September 29th. Thousands of ballots will be going to the local post office at the same time from multiple jurisdictions. If you don’t receive the November general election ballot by October 15th, please contact us and we will issue you a new one.

Politics & Voting in Brownstown charter township, Michigan

The Political Climate in Brownstown charter township, MI is Somewhat liberal.

Wayne County, MI is Very liberal. In Wayne County, MI 68.3% of the people voted Democrat in the last presidential election, 30.3% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 1.4% voted Independent.

In the last Presidential election, Wayne county remained overwhelmingly Democratic, 68.3% to 30.3%.
Wayne county voted Democratic in every Presidential election since 2000

(The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index)

Brownstown Charter Township, MI is Somewhat liberal

Individual Campaign Contributions in Brownstown charter township, MI

In the last 4 years (2018-2021), there were 3,406 contributions totaling $202,076 to the Democratic Party and liberal campaigns, averaging $59 per contribution.

In the last 4 years, there were 919 contributions totaling $172,183 to the Republican Party and conservative campaigns, averaging $187 per contribution.

(source: Federal Election Commission)


(Repost from Conservative Brief)

I new this was going to happen and he deserves it because by now he should have known how corrupt the Democrat party is after seeing what has happened up until now, and knowing how they felt about fossil fuel.

Dems Set to Betray Manchin Over Deal to Approve Pipeline In 0Exchange For Inflation Reduction Act Backing.

Sen. Joe Manchin surprised many in the GOP and his own Democratic Party when he announced a deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) last month on a new ‘green’ energy spending package.

The West Virginia moderate had been, until that point, one of two members of the Senate — the other being Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) — who had largely held the line against massive spending bills their party had sought as part of President Joe Biden’s agenda.

So when he announced that he agreed to a $750 billion package negotiated with Schumer, that sent shockwaves through both parties.

Subsequent reports following the agreement explained that Schumer had secured Manchin’s approval by pledging that the party would support the construction of a natural gas pipeline in the West Virginia Democrat’s home state, but now, the party appears on the verge of reneging on Schumer’s promise.

In order to facilitate the construction of the pipeline, it would require the passage of additional legislation that would “overhaul the permitting process for energy infrastructure,” according to The American Prospect.

But, far-left members of the Democratic Party in the House are not on board with supporting a measure that “could undercut the IRA’s down payment on clean energy by accelerating approval for energy projects that could ramp up U.S. fossil fuel production and exports of natural gas,” The American Prospect added.

In other words, it looks like Manchin was bamboozled into agreeing to another massive spending bill that economists and experts say will do nothing to actually reduce inflation but will raise taxes on the middle class while significantly expanding the size of the Internal Revenue Service.

The Washington Times also reports that House Democrats are miffed they were excluded from the negotiations led by Schumer. Rep. Jared Huffman, for example, has said he won’t be “steamrolled into a bunch of fossil fuel giveaways just because Manchin cut a deal in a closed room with Chuck Schumer,” the Times reported.

“Handshake deals made by others in closed rooms do not dictate how I vote, and we sure as hell don’t owe Joe Manchin anything now,” Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), a member of the left-wing ‘Squad’ in the House, added. “He and his fossil fuel donors already got far too much in the IRA … and we will vote this dirty deal down, one way or another.”

That said, the party’s far-left faction may not have much choice. While the text of the permitting bill has yet to be released to Congress, it will most likely be “attached to a must-pass government funding bill,” according to the American Prospect. Tlaib and other opponents, however, want the permitting bill to be stand-alone legislation which, if it is, will likely fail in the House.

All of this must come as a rude awakening to Manchin who surrendered his reputation for honesty and fairness only to be sold out by members of his own party.

Manchin not only voted for the so-called Inflation Reduction Act, he introduced it. With an earnest look on his face, he repeatedly tried to convince the American people that the IRA will actually reduce inflation when he knows it will do nothing of the kind. Even Democrats call it a climate and healthcare bill — now that it’s been signed into law.

@Sen_JoeManchin – you are a disgusting #hypocrite. “Inflation reduction act” my ass. What is your proof of no increase in chances of audit?

Manchin is up for reelection in 2024; the other West Virginia senator is Shelly Capito, a Republican, and the state voted for Donald Trump overwhelmingly twice. “The prospect of getting rolled after reaching a deal with Chuck Schumer to advance Democratic climate-change priorities isn’t going to help him in that kind of environment,” The Western Journal surmised, adding: “It can’t do much for his self-respect, either.”

For his part, in late July, Manchin would not commit to supporting Biden in 2024.

Rockets Fired From Gaza


In response to the most recent terror attack near the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City, the following statement was issued by World Jewish Congress President Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder:

Jerusalem’s Old City holds sacred significance to Jews, Muslims, and Christians. Sadly, it has again been turned into a site of tragedy.

The recent attack near the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City, is a stark reminder that rocket fire from Gaza isn’t the only threat that the people of Israel face.

They must constantly remain vigilant of the danger that might lurk around the next corner. The thoughts of the Jewish world are with the victims of this heinous act. We wish them the swiftest recovery possible.


And yet there are still people who blame Israel instead of the people who are behind the terrorists attacks that involve Jerusalem’s Old City that has so many historical places for Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike.

Attacks began in 2001. Since then (August 2014 data), almost 20,000 rockets have hit southern Israel, all but a few thousand of them since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in August 2005. Hamas justified these as counter-attacks to the Israeli blockade of Gaza. The rockets have killed 28 people and injured hundreds more. The range of the rockets has increased over time. The original Qassam rocket has a range of about 10 km (6.2 mi) but more advanced rockets, including versions of the old Soviet Grad or Katyusha have hit Israeli targets 40 km (25 mi) from Gaza.

Some analysts see the attacks as a shift away from reliance on suicide bombing, which was previously Hamas’s main method of attacking Israel, as an adoption of the rocket tactics used by Lebanese group Hezbollah.

Participating groups

All the Palestinian armed groups carry out rocket and mortar attacks, with varying frequency. The main groups are Hamas, Islamic Jihad the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Popular Resistance Committees, Fatah, and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine. In June 2007 Hamas took over from Fatah as the de facto governing authority in the Gaza Strip, while Fatah holds the presidency of the Palestinian National Authority.

Islamic Jihad has involved other Palestinians in the activities, running summer camps where children were taught how to hold a Qassam rocket launcher. One Islamic Jihad rocket maker, Awad al-Qiq, was a science teacher and headmaster at a United Nations school. Christopher Gunness, a UNRWA spokesman, said the UN had “zero-tolerance policy towards politics and militant activities in our schools”, but that they “cannot police people’s minds.

Iran is the sponsor of these groups.

Downriver Voters Can Make a Local Impact Furthering Roe v. Wade Overturned

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Ed Kroll

By Ed Kroll published in the News Herald, copied with his permission

August 5, 2022 at 6:49 a.m.

Thank you to Jackie Martin for the June 29 article regarding the Supreme Court decision of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization which overturned the 1973 decision of Roe v. Wade, which had effectively made abortion legal in the U.S. for all nine months of pregnancy for any reason.

I am grateful for the quotations in response to that decision of so many of our Downriver elected officials. These Democrats (U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell and Rashida Tlaib, state Rep. Darrin Camilleri, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer) can no longer hide behind a rhetoric of vague compassion. Their words tell clearly that they are in favor of allowing and encouraging through the power of government, the annual slaughter of nearly 1 million babies in the womb. These children, the future of our country, are being murdered daily for their crime of being inconvenient, the wrong sex, or imperfect.

This November, we voters have the responsibility to replace these legislators by electing candidates who will defend the weakest members of society. Only the Republican party platform of 2016, reissued in 202,0 reiterates the Declaration of Independence that declares the inalienable right to life as well as the need to strengthen families of a mother and father with their natural children as the means to give more children a path to success which in turn strengthens our country.

In that same issue of The News-Herald, columnist Craig Farrand expressed his flawed opinion and disappointment at the SCOTUS decision. He touts the core foundations of “personal freedoms, privacy, a separation of church and state, limits to government intrusion and, ultimately, the right to live your life as you see fit – as long as your beliefs don’t translate into actions that inflict themselves on anyone else.”  But that’s the flaw because abortion is an action that directly kills the unborn child, a separate person from the mother.

I was most offended by his flawed analysis when he claims that three justices were illegitimate appointments because he did not consider President Trump to have been properly elected. Following the wisdom of the Constitution and election laws governing our republic, Donald Trump was duly and legally elected. There is no reason to continue the sour grapes attitude and disrespect of our former president.

I do agree with Mr. Farrand that we should “elect people at the national and state levels who will defend … the rights of minorities, the weak and those in need.” Unborn babies and their mothers certainly fall into that category.

The people of Michigan have a long history of defending a culture of life.

• 1846 – Michigan law banned abortion

• 1931 – When the Michigan legal code was updated, the 1846 law was unchanged

• 1972 – Ballot proposal that would have legalized abortion was defeated 61% to 39% (This was invalidated by the Roe v. Wade decision of Jan. 22, 1973.)

• 1988 – Through a petition drive and vote of 57% to 43%, a ban on tax-funded Medicaid abortions was enacted

• 1998 – Vote of 71% to 29% made assisted suicide illegal

• 2013 – A successful petition drive for initiated legislation eliminated (Obamacare) mandated abortion coverage in health insurance plans

There are 150 pregnancy help centers in Michigan (1-800-57-WOMAN) with four of them Downriver.  They offer material help and various levels of medical help and support for mothers and families in need. They are prepared to expand their services to help more mothers during pregnancy and after their baby’s birth.

In 1980, the Democrat party made the choice not to defend the lives of the unborn. Although Downriver has long been a Democrat stronghold, it is time to change that for the most foundational issue of justice in our time. We can debate policy, taxes, how to fund the roads and other issues, but protecting human life is nonnegotiable.

During the ratification process of the U.S. Constitution, George Washington wrote the following which is still good advice:

“No one can rejoice more than I do at every step taken by the People of this great Country to preserve the Union — establish good order & government — and to render the Nation happy at home & respected abroad. No Country upon Earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America. Wonderously strange then, & much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means, and to stray from the road to which the finger of Providence has so manifestly pointed. I cannot believe it will ever come to pass! The great Author of all good has not conducted us so far on the Road to happiness and glory to withdraw from us, in the hour of need, his beneficent support. By folly & misconduct (proceeding from a variety of causes) we may now & then get bewildered; but I hope, and trust, that there is good sense and virtue enough left to bring us back into the right way before we shall be entirely lost.”

We will continue to pray and work to defend the lives of the innocent babies in the womb who have no voice.

Ed Kroll is president of Upper Downriver Right to Life.

Ed Kroll


Building and sharing space with our communities is the foundation that grounds our mission, vision, and work at the Coalition, but we need you to join us.  Get involved as we share ways for you to help break the cycles of violence.  You can help make a difference in our awareness campaigns by following us and re-sharing our posts and articles on social media, join us at community training, participate in our social media photo challenge, or becoming a member of CSVANW.

(Excerpt from

Our women, girls, and two-spirits are being taken from us in an alarming way. As of 2016, the National Crime Information Center has reported 5,712 cases of missing American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls. Strikingly, the U.S Department of Justice missing persons database has only reported 116 cases. The majority of these murders are committed by non-Native people on Native-owned land. The lack of communication combined with jurisdictional issues between state, local, federal, and tribal law enforcement, make it nearly impossible to begin the investigative process.

The above link is really great in showing the problems and showing the difference in states that have no records at all. This needs to be taken seriously, and any input you have in helping them be it posting on your media sites, becoming a member, contacting your representatives, donating even a small amount o aid in the work, newspapers, TV channels, etc. would be greatly appreciated.


I am happy to say that Downriver Activism & Empathy is up and running again after taking a long sabbatical. Once again I will be sharing some ideas for peaceful activism on a variety of subjects; however, a lot of time will be spent on the problems in the Native American communities, and to inform people on what is happening and how we can help.

Stand Up for Native Americans

Since the above video was made, the actual count no longer exists because the media does not cover this topic.

What can you do? You can contact the various news outlets, TV channels, newspapers and ask that they cover this topic in order to stop this atrocious and heart breaking problem. If people do not know about it, then it will just continue to be a problem. Make your voice heard.

Every city has an online newspaper called the “Patch”. You can use this as a source to get localities to cover this topic. You can contact the editorial page of most newspapers, or go as far as putting out press releases. You can bring attention to this subject by using Twitter and Facebook, but what you CAN’T do is not to do nothing while so many innocent people are being raped, murdered, and just disappearing, and consider yourself an empathetic person. You have a voice – so use it!

Activism should never be violent or disrespectful, but there are so many ways people can become active out of caring about our fellow human beings by being supportive through donations, if needed, or an article, or a post bringing people up-to-date on what is happening. If you want or need more of an active part, then participate in local events, marches, or peaceful protests.

Assumption Grotto Church and Cemetery – National Day f Remembrance for Aborted Children

The numbers are not out yet as to the approximate amount of people who attended the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children in the various locations around the country, but I know if the turn out was as good as the one I attended, it had to be not just a huge success, but a Blessing for all who took part in it and/or attended.

National Day of Remembrance for Aborted  Children is a  joint project of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life, and the Pro-Life Action League. (The aborted babies buried at Assumption Grotto were killed at Women’s Advisory Clinic, Trimester II, Novi Physician Center, and other Michigan abortion clinics now closed)  The services at the Assumption Grotto Church and Cemetery was hosted by:

  • Grosse Pointe/Harper Woods Right to Life
  • Right to Life Central-East Macomb
  • Right to Life of North Macomb County
  • Right to Life Northwest Macomb
  • Right to Life – Southeast Macomb County
  • Right to Life – Warren/Center Line
  • St. Clair County Right to Life
  • Upper Downriver Right to Life
  • Pregnancy Aid
  • Crusaders for Life – Detoit
  • Right to Life of Michigan

The Greeting and Welcome was presented by Ellen Salter, Opening prayer by Rev. Edward Perrone, The Michigan Chamber Chorale sang “Your Great Faithfulness”, “How Great Thou Art”, “Amazing Grace” and “Onward Christian Soldier”. The procession to the cemetery was led b y the Knights of  Columbus, Scripture read by Mark Gade, Head Elder of Christ the King Lutheran, Meghan’s Miracles by Ellen Salter, Prolife Speaker, Scripture by Mark Gade, Reflection by Pastor Randy Boelter of Christ the King Lutheran, Student Orator was Shannon Salter, and speech by Susan Stockman, Past Director of the Pregnancy Aid, Prayers of the Faithful by NDR-Detroit Team, Thank you and invitation to fellowship by EllenSalter, and Closing prayer by Rev. John Bustamante, Assoc. Pastor of Assumption Grotto.