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The Freeman-on-the-land issue in Alberta, noted a few days ago, appears to be resolved. This is the story of a woman who rented

"Freemen" Andreas Pirelli will be sent back to Quebec.

“Freemen” Andreas Pirelli will be sent back to Quebec. (Calgary Herald Photo)

out a house to a guy who appeared to be a good tenant and shortly after he took occupancy he announced he was part of the Freeman-on-the-land movement, stopped paying rent, gutted the house, refused to leave and declared the house his embassy.

The homeowner went through two years of stress and legal hassle, finally got a court order for the renter to vacate the place by midnight Sept. 27. Before that deadline arrived the renter was arrested by police on charges stemming from a similar episode earlier in Quebec, so he is being sent back there.  And then late on the evening of Sept. 27 Calgary police escorted the guy’s roommates out of the house and gave the owner her keys back.

News reports say the poor woman was crying as she toured the mess left behind in her house describing that “this looks like a knocker-downer rather than a nice house.”

Anyway, she has her property back, and the renter is being dealt with by the courts. I had never heard of this Freemen-on-the-land movement, but apparently it is alive and well in North America. A spokesman for the organization said the guy involved in the Alberta episode did not truly represent their values. I still think it would be a good group to avoid.

U.S. government shuts down again

It doesn’t seem that long ago news of the U.S. government shutting down because Congress hadn’t approved the budget was

One of the USDA buildings in Washington

One of the USDA buildings in Washington

headline-screaming, compelling front page news, and a lead story dominating radio and TV. It happened again yesterday and I see in the Calgary Herald it earned some space on Page 3 of the second section of the newspaper.

Apparently this is the 11th time in the past decade the U.S. government has shut down due to lack of funding — no budget approved. This latest wobble is over the ongoing hissy fit the Republicans are staging over The President’s (Democrats) health care plan. I don’t know the details of ObamaCare, but it is aimed at bringing more universal and affordable health care to particularly those American’s who can’t afford it.

Obviously ObamaCare is a very sinister plot. The notion of affordable and accessible health care strikes at the core of Darwin’s theory of evolution….”survival of the richest”!

Lights are on, checking for lables

Lights are on, checking for labels

It is stuff like this that ratchets my opinion of politics even lower. And I won’t even use a broad brush and say “politicians”… because I think there are some good individual politicians with good beliefs and principles. But you put them all in one bag and politics drips out. Whether in the U.S. or Canada, it doesn’t matter what party you belong to, all you need to know whenever the other guy talks is “that is irresponsible and too little, too late.” That’s it. That is the sum total of what a politician needs to know. You don’t even have to listen — “whatever they are saying is a bad idea, I’m appalled and opposed.” To me it is a stupid business.

So in this latest U.S. government shut down about 800,000 non-essential government workers were told to stay home. However, USDA meat inspectors are still on the job to make sure none of the biohazard material known as Canadian beef, pork and poultry enters the country without proper labelling.  And that’s probably a good thing because if some poor, unsuspecting American ate an unlabelled burger and got sick, they probably couldn’t afford proper medical treatment anyway.

Lee Hart is a field editor for Grainews in Calgary, Contact him at 403-592-1964 or by email at [email protected]

 

 

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Lee Hart is editor of Cattleman’s Corner based in Calgary.

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