SWAT team raids family of food co-op

Posted on December 5th, 2008 by bile
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On Monday, December 1, a SWAT team with semi-automatic rifles entered the private home of the Stowers family in LaGrange, Ohio, herded the family onto the couches in the living room, and kept guns trained on parents, children, infants and toddlers, from approximately 11 AM to 8 PM. The team was aggressive and belligerent. The children were quite traumatized. At some point, the “bad cop” SWAT team was relieved by another team, a “good cop” team that tried to befriend the family. The Stowers family has run a very large, well-known food cooperative called Manna Storehouse on the western side of the greater Cleveland area for many years.There were agents from the Department of Agriculture present, one of them identified as Bill Lesho. The search warrant is reportedly supicious-looking. Agents began rifling through all of the family’s possessions, a task that lasted hours and resulted in a complete upheaval of every private area in the home. Many items were taken that were not listed on the search warrant. The family was not permitted a phone call, and they were not told what crime they were being charged with. They were not read their rights. Over ten thousand dollars worth of food was taken, including the family’s personal stock of food for the coming year. All of their computers, and all of their cell phones were taken, as well as phone and contact records. The food cooperative was virtually shut down. There was no rational explanation, nor justification, for this extreme violation of Constitutional rights.

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Kucinich dropping out of presidential race

Posted on January 24th, 2008 by bile
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Rep. Dennis Kucinich is dropping out of the presidential race, his Lakewood congressional office confirmed Thursday.The Democrat represents Ohio’s 10th Congressional District. He is expected to officially announce his withdrawal from the race on Friday.Kucinich, 61, has received little support in his second long-shot run for the presidency. He registers in low single digits in polls and had raised little money. He got 1 percent of the vote in the New Hampshire primary and was shut out in the Iowa caucuses.He has recently been battling to be included in network Democratic debates and to have his name put on the ballot in some states.Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman, a Democrat, is challenging Kucinich’s congressional seat this year. Last week, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announced that he is endorsing Cimperman in the race.Kucinich said he wants to continue to serve in Congress. He also said he won’t endorse another Democrat in the primary.He was making his second bid for his party’s nomination. He also sought the nod in 2004, ending that campaign just days before endorsing Democratic nominee John Kerry at the party’s convention. Kucinich has attracted a devoted following, including many Hollywood celebrities.

I don’t blame him given they won’t even let him into the debates nor on some ballots. I hope he doesn’t compromise his beliefs again and endorse one of the Democrats running. He said he’d like to have Paul as his running mate… maybe he will endorse him as the only other anti-war candidate.