Tenthers Taking To The Airwaves

by Michael Maharrey

The Tenth Amendment Center turned five in June.  And like youngsters tend to do, TAC marked the occasion by showing off just how much it has grown up.

The organization spread its wings into a whole new realm on June 22, taking to the airwaves with the launch of TRX: Tenther Radio.

Hosted by Phil Russo with Boldin serving as co-host, the high energy show combines the information and news people have come to expect from the Tenth Amendment Center with a little bit of humor and light heatedness thrown in for good measure. Listening to Russo, Boldin and their guests banter in a more informal setting gives listeners the opportunity to get a better sense behind the personalities driving the Tenther movement.

TAC deputy director Bryce Shonka serves as the show’s co-producer. He said he’s trying to strike a balance, giving the show a little edginess while still communicating the solid scholarly information TAC is known for.  And he notes taking the Tenth Amendment Center’s message to the airwaves broadens the organization’s reach and targets new demographics.

“I’ve always seen the website as being pretty academic,” Shonka said. “With radio, you get a more informal setting and you can get a little different glimpse into the minds of Michael and the guests. I think it appeals to a younger audience.”

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Push Back Against FDA Growing

by Bernie LaForest and Michael Boldin

UPDATE 07-28-11: This story is FALSE. The Stevens County Assembly which passed this ordinance is not the recognized governing body of that county. Is it an assembly of local residents only. The ordinance passed holds no weight, whatsoever, with the population at large. And, to be put into effect, it would need to be passed by the actual governing body of the county. We have seen no indication, whatsoever, that this is within range. Four legitimate towns in Maine HAVE passed similar food freedom ordinances (see this link), and we hope that although this story is false, it will end up helping spread the word that people can do something on a local level.

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A county assembly in Washington State has just passed a food freedom ordinance which would punish federal agents with up to ten years in prison and $20,000 fines.

On July 20th, the Stevens County Assembly finalized the ordinance. They are now in the process of collecting signatures from the residents of Stevens County – urging them to to claim his/her natural right to grow, produce, purchase, and consume the foods of their choice.

Beyond that, the passed ordinance would make it unlawful for agents of either the State or Federal government to execute laws that interfere with the ordinance.

Already four towns in Maine have passed similar measures, and others around the country have indicated they’re looking at the same.

REGULATIONS, REGULATIONS, AND MORE REGULATIONS

Last year, Congress introduced the Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) which opponents say will lead to crushing regulations on local food production – at the benefit of the big corporate farming interests that backed passage of the law. Local food ordinances appear to be a direct response to the new regulations. The Stevens County Ordinance states, in part, that:

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