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Report from the Courtroom: Amish farmer Samuel Girod’s Sentencing

You’ve probably heard, but Sam Girod was sentenced to six years in federal prison for making herbal salve without the king’s permission, plus $1300 in what are essentially court costs, plus over $14,000 in restitution to his victims. He will also have three years of supervised release, is barred from owning firearms, and is barred from making any product regulated by the FDA. Sam will not be forced to undergo court ordered drug testing. See links to full story and trial in sidebar. Local News Coverage All of the . . . → Read More

Time to Contact our Representatives about Samuel Girod

It’s time to start sending letters, emails, calls to the 8 elected representatives below (9 if you count Melania). Here’s the plan in two steps: STEP 1: Have your letter and social media post handy in a text doc. You can copy and paste from the examples below or click here to download samples, then edit as you like. STEP 2: Open each person’s website/social media, copy and paste your note, and send. Click here to jump to the addresses. I tweeted, facebooked . . . → Read More

Letter to the Editor: Fake News

Letters to the Editor are reprinted in full and may or may not reflect opinions of the Editor. Please feel free to share your opinions in the comments. After David Chavern of the News Media Alliance stated in his editorial that the print media would begin to filter out fake news, it appears that he has failed. It looks like the Associated Press is trying to run neck and neck with CNN and MSNBC in leading the fake news segment. In his article by the AP’s Adam Causey concerning . . . → Read More

Taxes Suck — 2017 Edition

If I was merely wasting the money I pay in taxes, I could live with the progressive tax rate where they take a lot more when I make a little more, as long as the profit curve never turns negative. They’re careful to maintain an asymptotic curve where eventually, they take everything above a standard of living that most Americans would classify as upper middle class. To become wealthy, one must cheat, either by lying on tax forms, or becoming part of the crony government corruption, neither of . . . → Read More

Complete (Condensed) Story: FDA vs. Samuel Girod

First, please sign and share the petition here: bit.ly/freeamishsam. For a more detailed version of Sam’s story plus links to documents, click here. Feel free to copy, share and use as you like. Samuel Girod [G as in Gee: gi-ROD] and his family have been making and selling three all-natural herbal products for nearly 20 years. No one has ever been harmed by the products; the Girods have pages of testimonials and scores of repeat customers. Similar products are currently made and sold online . . . → Read More

The Trial: FDA v Samuel Girod Day 3 (Final)

Please sign the petition here. We need 50,000 sigs to get anyone’s attenion! The complete story is here. The final day of Sam Girod’s trial consisted of Sam calling one witness, himself, the prosecutor’s closing arguments, Sam’s closing arguments, jury instructions, jury deliberation, and the reading of the verdict. SAM’S DEFENSE We’ve been waiting the entire trial for Sam to defend himself. Because Sam represented himself, it would look silly for him to ask himself questions, so Sam wrote the questions for himself in . . . → Read More

The Trial: FDA v Samuel Girod Day 2

Complete story here. General Comments for Tuesday, February 28th, 2017: All of the federal witnesses are either federal employees (FDA or US Marshal) or they’re subpoenaed witnesses who clearly do not want to be there and they’re obviously sympathetic to Sam. In a few cases, the strain of being compelled to testify against Sam was almost more than they could take. A few of these witnesses were mad as wet hens and were outwardly antagonistic to the FDA and the federal prosecutor. For Sam’s customers, the prosecutor’s questioning . . . → Read More

Detailed story: FDA’s persecution of Samuel Girod.

First, please sign and share the petition here: bit.ly/freeamishsam. For a condensed version, click here. This post explains the Girod indictment. Donate to Sam’s legal fees here. Feel free to copy and use as you like. Click here to download a printed petition for anyone not online, then email or mail to me here. Let’s be clear about a couple of pertinent facts: 1. The FDA made up arbitrary rules, . . . → Read More