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Re: SWAT team raids organic farm (for 10 hours), confiscates blueberries
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2014, 07:37:25 AM »
It's your country, folks. Bureaucrats chipping away at our freedoms. Code violations, growing pot? Uh-oh, send in the Marines.

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Re: SWAT team raids organic farm (for 10 hours), confiscates blueberries
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2014, 07:58:15 AM »
Now you know why your local Sheriff needs a Mine Resistant Vehicle.....

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Re: SWAT team raids organic farm (for 10 hours), confiscates blueberries
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2014, 09:12:15 AM »
Got a neighbor with a messy yard?  A junky car?  Doesn't cut their grass often enough to suit you?  A dog that barks at you?  Just call the police and say you have seen marijuana plants growing on their property.  Problem solved. 

I can't believe we are letting this happen. 
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Re: SWAT team raids organic farm (for 10 hours), confiscates blueberries
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2014, 09:19:57 AM »
Are you ready to see how bad this place was for code violations? Here you go:
http://www.intothegardenofeden.com/

Oh wait, it isn't that bad after all. They are open to the public, have classes, and even have a coffee shop on premises. Yea, they are a bunch of dirty hippies but they don't seem to be doing a thing illegal. They just want to be left alone.

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Re: SWAT team raids organic farm (for 10 hours), confiscates blueberries
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2014, 09:42:53 AM »
 **nononono*

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Re: SWAT team raids organic farm (for 10 hours), confiscates blueberries
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2014, 09:57:11 AM »
I really don't buy the 'Monsanto Inspired' line. They wouldn't care about a little farm like that and a dirty little secret, they also make lines of organic lines too so these hippies are their customers.

It is more like some over zealous code enforcement officer who didn't like that these folks were challenging (rightly so) the legality of some of the requests.

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Re: SWAT team raids organic farm (for 10 hours), confiscates blueberries
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2014, 09:58:56 AM »
This is the part I get to enjoy. I get to watch inattentive, stupid Americans get exactly what they want. It's awesome.


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Re: SWAT team raids organic farm (for 10 hours), confiscates blueberries
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2014, 10:03:39 AM »
I really don't buy the 'Monsanto Inspired' line. They wouldn't care about a little farm like that and a dirty little secret, they also make lines of organic lines too so these hippies are their customers.

It is more like some over zealous code enforcement officer who didn't like that these folks were challenging (rightly so) the legality of some of the requests.

The 64,000 dollar question remains... did they take their outdoor piano?  :pondering: :shrug:
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« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2014, 10:05:37 AM »
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Re: SWAT team raids organic farm (for 10 hours), confiscates blueberries
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2014, 10:08:34 AM »
Yea, they are a bunch of dirty hippies but they don't seem to be doing a thing illegal. They just want to be left alone.

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Re: SWAT team raids organic farm (for 10 hours), confiscates blueberries
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2014, 10:16:47 AM »
Cut your damned lawn....and take the piano and other junk to the dump.

It doesn't belong in your front yard....property 'rights' be damned.

Anything or any action that you take that adversely affects the value of your neighbors should bring consequences.

If they'd stop living like dirty hippies in a commune, nobody would have bothered them.


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Re: SWAT team raids organic farm (for 10 hours), confiscates blueberries
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2014, 10:17:31 AM »
I wonder if they were also cited for not wearing shirts or nightgowns to bed? Will the authorities return their food they took?
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Re: SWAT team raids organic farm (for 10 hours), confiscates blueberries
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2014, 10:17:38 AM »
Got a neighbor with a messy yard?  A junky car?  Doesn't cut their grass often enough to suit you?  A dog that barks at you?  Just call the police and say you have seen marijuana plants growing on their property.  Problem solved. 

I can't believe we are letting this happen.
Some friends have a fairly large farm nearby and the husband has told me that trespassers have planted mj on his property. He just plows it up when he finds it, he said, but it sure would be easy for anyone to call the cops and say it was his.  **nononono*
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Re: SWAT team raids organic farm (for 10 hours), confiscates blueberries
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2014, 10:30:07 AM »
Cut your damned lawn....and take the piano and other junk to the dump.

It doesn't belong in your front yard....property 'rights' be damned.

Anything or any action that you take that adversely affects the value of your neighbors should bring consequences.

If they'd stop living like dirty hippies in a commune, nobody would have bothered them.


....this from somebody who sold real estate for over 35 years.

Oh Lord, I am only on my second cup of coffee.  ^-^ Their property seems very rural, down a long dirt road. I don't think they are members of a HOA or near the yacht club.  Even Sanford and Son Hippies have rights and you know it.  :nono: **nononono*
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Re: SWAT team raids organic farm (for 10 hours), confiscates blueberries
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2014, 10:31:59 AM »
Cut your damned lawn....and take the piano and other junk to the dump.

It doesn't belong in your front yard....property 'rights' be damned.

Anything or any action that you take that adversely affects the value of your neighbors should bring consequences.

If they'd stop living like dirty hippies in a commune, nobody would have bothered them.


....this from somebody who sold real estate for over 35 years.

Wouldn't a citation with a fine be more "American"?
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Re: SWAT team raids organic farm (for 10 hours), confiscates blueberries
« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2014, 10:33:39 AM »
Never knew Eastwood was a real estate agent. :silly:

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Re: SWAT team raids organic farm (for 10 hours), confiscates blueberries
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2014, 10:38:52 AM »
One of the advantages of a terrible economy. You want to get rid of something here, put it out front of the house. The scrap guys will take it within 30 minutes.
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Re: SWAT team raids organic farm (for 10 hours), confiscates blueberries
« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2014, 10:39:16 AM »
Cut your damned lawn....and take the piano and other junk to the dump.

It doesn't belong in your front yard....property 'rights' be damned.

Anything or any action that you take that adversely affects the value of your neighbors should bring consequences.

If they'd stop living like dirty hippies in a commune, nobody would have bothered them.


....this from somebody who sold real estate for over 35 years.

Your 'property rights be damned' comment is pretty disturbing coming from a Conservative community, but to put this in perspective.

1. This isn't a farm in a private, HOA community where they would have signed an agreement for specific property maintenance. This is a farm, on many acres in what was, until recently*, the middle of nowhere.

2. Based on how long they've been around, they may have even owned the farm prior to Kennedale incorporating that area.

3. I doubt the neighbors complained. They are across the street from an auto-junkyard and scrap metal yard and most of the neighbors have run-down trailers. http://goo.gl/maps/aI0dG 

4. *According to a comment on a news article, this may actually have something to do with the Terra Verde golf course & country club wanting to expand into that area for housing developments. They are about a mile east of all of this.  They are trying to buy up/push out a lot of small farms and businesses in that area. http://constructiondatacompany.com/construction-projects/28199/tierra-verde-golf-club-house-expansion-pavilions-arlington-tx/
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« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2014, 10:42:46 AM »
One of the advantages of a terrible economy. You want to get rid of something here, put it out front of the house. The scrap guys will take it within 30 minutes.

It's called a curb alert on CraigsList (or Greg's list if you ask Uncle Si) Tube TV's on Craigslist are FREE or $20.
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Re: SWAT team raids organic farm (for 10 hours), confiscates blueberries
« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2014, 10:45:05 AM »
It's called a curb alert on CraigsList (or Greg's list if you ask Uncle Si) Tube TV's on Craigslist are FREE or $20.

Don't even need to advertize here. There is an entire industry built around picking up scrap. Last time I needed them, I had to shout at them about grabbing the old boiler too fast - half of it was still in the house!
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Re: SWAT team raids organic farm (for 10 hours), confiscates blueberries
« Reply #21 on: March 17, 2014, 10:45:06 AM »
Oh Lord, I am only on my second cup of coffee.  ^-^ Their property seems very rural, down a long dirt road. I don't think they are members of a HOA or near the yacht club.  Even Sanford and Son Hippies have rights and you know it.  :nono: **nononono*

It is very rural and across the street from a auto junkyard and scrapyard.
http://goo.gl/maps/aI0dG

However, see previous post. A golf course east of them have filed permits to expand. I think there is some cronyism going on in this case.

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Re: SWAT team raids organic farm (for 10 hours), confiscates blueberries
« Reply #22 on: March 17, 2014, 10:47:09 AM »
A little unknown secret about the economy EC, A large dept. store like Sear's throws away enough scrap from AC's, fridge parts... that the dumpster man could make a literal nice living off of the scrap. They just changed the rules at the scrap yard though. You have to show a HVAC license and give your thumb print to curb people gutting neighborhoods of AC's ,copper...
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Re: SWAT team raids organic farm (for 10 hours), confiscates blueberries
« Reply #23 on: March 17, 2014, 10:47:14 AM »
Oh Lord, I am only on my second cup of coffee.  ^-^ Their property seems very rural, down a long dirt road. I don't think they are members of a HOA or near the yacht club.  Even Sanford and Son Hippies have rights and you know it.  :nono: **nononono*

I'll also add, very few rural Texas farms are manicured and landscaped. The Google Street View looked like any rural farm you would see around here. There was obviously some construction going on when the image was taken, but what it showed was simply big piles of dirt, mulch, and farming going on.

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Re: SWAT team raids organic farm (for 10 hours), confiscates blueberries
« Reply #24 on: March 17, 2014, 10:58:58 AM »
Your 'property rights be damned' comment is pretty disturbing coming from a Conservative community, but to put this in perspective.

1. This isn't a farm in a private, HOA community where they would have signed an agreement for specific property maintenance. This is a farm, on many acres in what was, until recently*, the middle of nowhere.

2. Based on how long they've been around, they may have even owned the farm prior to Kennedale incorporating that area.

3. I doubt the neighbors complained. They are across the street from an auto-junkyard and scrap metal yard and most of the neighbors have run-down trailers. http://goo.gl/maps/aI0dG 

4. *According to a comment on a news article, this may actually have something to do with the Terra Verde golf course & country club wanting to expand into that area for housing developments. They are about a mile east of all of this.  They are trying to buy up/push out a lot of small farms and businesses in that area. http://constructiondatacompany.com/construction-projects/28199/tierra-verde-golf-club-house-expansion-pavilions-arlington-tx/

Ah yes, that would explain it all right.  ALWAYS follow the money trail!
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