Wednesday, August 03, 2011


Here's a new one for the "Should you be more worried?" file. We know that the US Dept. of Education has its own SWAT team, for arresting people who don't pay their student loans on time.  Turns out the Dept. of Agriculture has a SWAT team too, or can at least borrow one.  Why would the DoAg need a freakin' SWAT team you ask?  Two words my friends: unpasteurized milk!

(NaturalNews) The raid on Rawesome Foods by a combined force of agents from the FDA, Dept of Agriculture, CDC and the LA County Sheriff's office wasn't the only SWAT-style armed raid that took place today. Sharon Palmer, a mom and owner of Healthy Family Farms was also arrested and taken to jail. A third woman, Victoria Bloch, the LA County liaison for the Weston A Price Foundation ( , was also reportedly arrested, NaturalNews has learned.

All three are reportedly being charged with conspiracy to commit a crime. What crime? The "crime" of advocating raw milk for consumers!

As NaturalNews previously reported (…), the SWAT-style raid was conducted like a terrorist operation, where the cops immediately went after Rawesome's cash and then began vandalizing and destroying the store's entire inventory. This raid was an act of economic terrorism against a legitimate, ethical business selling wholesome, healthful products to a very happy group of members.

Added to the charges against these heinous criminals was the dastardly terrorist plot to sell "mislabeled cheese".  I couldn't make that up.

UPDATE #2 (4:30 PM CST): A spokesperson for the Weston A. Price Foundation has learned that authorities are charging Victoria Bloch with conspiracy under California Penal Code Section 182a. Sharon Palmer is reportedly also being charged with conspiracy and a charge related to 'mislabeling cheese.' Similar charges are also believed to be pending for Stewart. Natural News reports that an LAPD squad car was also involved in the raid.

Now as a person trained in physical therapy, I have to say I'm not aware of any scientifically proven health benefits from consuming raw milk and cheese compared to the pasteurized variety, although there's all kindsa nutty ideas about it out there all the time.  I am aware of several unpleasant diseases you can catch from unpasteurized dairy products, a couple of which can kill you deader than a mackerel. Like tuberculosis, to name one. Plus, we're talking California here.  So I'm fairly certain that these people are a bunch of deluded hippies and healthfood phreaks.  They probably smell funny too.

But I'm somehow doubting that being a deluded hippie, smelling funny and selling raw milk to people who JOINED A CLUB whose specific purpose is selling raw milk could possibly be so illegal and dangerous as to rate a dynamic entry raid from a full-on SWAT team, followed by trashing the guy's premises.  It's not like the milk was going to blow up, right?

Here's something else to worry about.  The mainstream media is joining in with the DemocRats to smear the Tea Party.  No big surprise, but now they're really ramping it up.

MSNBC host Martin Bashir interviewed Stanton Peele, a psychologist and an "expert on addiction," this afternoon. Bashir urged Peele to psychologically evaluate supporters of the Tea Party. "It reminds us of addiction because addicts are seeking something that they can't have," Peele said. "They want a state of happiness or nirvana that can't be achieved except through an artificial substance and reminds us of the Norway situation, when people are thwarted at obtaining something they can't, have they often strike out and Norway is one kind of example to one kind of reaction to that kind of a frustration."

Bashir later asked: "So you're saying that they are delusional about the past and adamant about the future?"

"They are adamant about achieving something that's unachievable, which reminds us of a couple of things. It reminds us of delusion and psychosis," Peele responded.

So it looks like they're going to go all-in with the "Tea Partiers are dangerously insane terrorists" thing.  Maybe we should all think about that a little bit, particularly in light of the number of non-Justice, non-military government departments that seem to have SWAT teams at their beck and call.

Just sayin'.

The Phantom


WiFi Lunchbox guy said...

So the big question is, are they doing it because they can't guarantee the loyalty of the military, or are they trying to trigger Waco 2 : Crackdown Boogaloo?

The Phantom said...

I don't think this is a grand plan. I think this is "mission creep" which IMHO is actually worse.

A grand plan assumes there is a Grand Planner, an individual or group which, if removed, spells the end of the problem.

Mission creep OTOH indicates a bureaucracy which has grown too large for the restraints put on it by legal and moral authority. Result is guys pushing the envelope of their responsibilities and using Hollywood tactics to get noticed and move up in the organization.

Dept. of Education has a SWAT team? That has all the hallmarks of some over-aggressive gung-ho bureaucrat trying to get noticed on his way up the ladder.

The whole US government is full of guys like that. Its dangerous.