Life after August 14th 2009

And so the foreclosure deadline passed… 5:00 pm came and went just like any hour of the hectic days we have had over the past few weeks.  But August 14th 2009 was the date that had weighed heavily on everybody’s minds and although we kept telling each other that it was just a date, the air was tingling with nervousness and worry. Late in the afternoon, after phone conferences, meetings, emails, more phonecalls and costumers in the store, I looked at my watch. It was already 5:18. I guess I had expected some bells and whistles to go off at 5:00 but none of that happened. So we simply kept going  to push forwards.

Several people asked me why I was putting up a stage, mowing the lawn, decorating the farm for a big festival, and inviting artists  and food vendors to come celebrate our first anual Mint Jam, while we were in the middle of a foreclosure. They said: Why aren’t you rolling over on your back, surrender, and walk away? Instead, you are throwing a party? My answer is simple; nobody is taking this farm away, nobody can stop us, and we are saving this farm. The Mint Jam turned out to be a huge success and if nothing else, we had people coming to our farm and experiencing what it is what the farm does, how much we love it and how it affects everybody’s life in nothing but a positive manner.

And so, today, I still stand firm to save our farm. The 98th harvest is still here, the distillery still blows the whistle,  costumers are coming to the store, the phones are ringing off the hook and we are working diligently to follow up on new business opportunities and creating new relationships.

One of our main concerns and top priorities at this point in time is the website. The Get Mint Trading Company has lost thousands and thousands of dollars during the website attacks and harassments on www.getmint.com  since last October. This is an ongoing process, a struggle, a fight, but on a non-level playing field. We do not know where the attacks came and are coming from, but they incapacitated us severely and lost us many costumers.

One can come across many struggles when building a business under foreclosure. The website attacks, however, were something we hadn’t taken into account. Or better; it goes beyond each and all of our wildest imagination. Hadn’t this happened we would have been able to pay our bills and pay off our loans. Three out of four of our loans are in good standing, and our campaign to save the farm is intended to raise money to pay off this last $300.000. I have been on several nationwide radio broadcasts and received phone calls from all over the country from people showing their support. The majority of those people, were not able to order products from the website I had promoted, because of viruses, alarms, warnings and even porn showing up on their computer screens. Imagine what that does to a business…

Now that both August 14th  and Mint Jam 09 have passed, and the crowds are gone, some of the peace has seemingly returned to the farm. But looks can be deceiving; behind the scenes we are working hard to get a new website up and running, reach out to our costumers, friends and relations to keep them informed, talking to the media, harvesting, running the store, processing orders and answering that phone  right there that has been ringing all day… We are trying to talk to the governor, and even the President if we must, as long as we can get the message out there that this liquidation does not need to happen. We have a successful business, that can be even more successful if it wasn’t for these dark forces that are working against us. And what about the bank, you ask?  Nothing but silence…

But, in this process and the road we traveled, we have been blessed to experience a lot of goodness and warmth. An endless stream of  people have stepped forward, reached out to us and showed their support. And we know that more will, and are coming. A simple phone call, an email, or somebody stopping by can and does make all the difference and that person has the power to turn a moment of despair and panic around to pure blissfulness.  These are the things we need to hold onto, because if anything, we are all here to help each other and this is our very own intent. And so we are all keeping the faith and are grateful for all the help, support and friendships that we have experienced all around us during this foreclosure. We are expecting miracles.

Peppermint Jim.

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~ by peppermintjim on August 19, 2009.

11 Responses to “Life after August 14th 2009”

  1. Well said, my friend, Well said!!

  2. as an appraiser i have questions about the actual appraised value that has been given and the credentials of that appraiser. this is a serious matter for every farmer is how the property was appraised and who ordered the appaissal.

  3. Jim,it is important to point out the following so the people that are supporting you and following you know what you have done and what they can do to help them be free indeed:

    1. The bank never really loaned you anything. They couldn’t. There is no money in circulation or backing the fiat paper that gets passed off as cash and passed around. CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES Article. I. States prohibited from the exercise of certain powers. (this includes, counties, so called courts, or ANY municipality) Section. 10. Paragraph 1- No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility. ie: The Federal Reserve, and the Federal Reserve calls what they pass off “monetized debt.”

    ex post facto definition – legal-noun-Latin. After the fact.
    A law intended to apply to crimes or events (naturally granted rights) that took place before its passage.

    2. The bank cant really loan you anything, or demand you pay anything but a promise. On June 5, 1933, Congress passed House Joint Resolution (HJR 192). HJR 192 was passed to suspend the gold standard and abrogate the gold clause in the national constitution. Since then no one in America has been able to lawfully pay a debt. (a) every provision contained in or made with respect to any obligation which purports to give the obligee a right to require payments in gold or a particular kind of coin or currency, or in an amount in money of the United States measured thereby, is declared to be against public policy; and no such provision shall be contained in or made with respect to any obligation hereafter incurred. Every obligation, heretofore or hereafter incurred, whether or not any such provision is contained therein or made with respect thereto, shall be discharged upon payment, dollar for dollar, in any coin or currency which at time of payment is legal tender for public and private debts. Any such provision contained in any law authorizing obligations to be issued by or under authority of the United States, is herby repealed, but the repeal of any such provision shall not invalidate any other provision or authority contained in such law. (b) As used in this resolution, the term ‘obligation’ means any obligation (including every obligation of and to the United States, excepting currency) payable in money of the United States; and the term ‘coin or currency’ means coin or currency of the United States, including Federal Reserve notes and circulating notes of Federal Reserve banks and national banking associations.
    Payment is promise, promise is payment
    Note: “payment of debt” is now against Congressional and “public policy” and henceforth, “Every obligation . . . Shall be discharged.”
    As a result of HJR 192, and from that day forward (June 5, 1933), no one in this nation has been able to lawfully pay a debt or lawfully own anything. The only thing one can do, is tender in transfer of debts, with the debt being perpetual. The suspension of the gold standard, and prohibition against paying debts, removed the substance for our common law to operate on, and created a void as far as the law is concerned. This substance was replaced with a “PUBLIC NATIONAL CREDIT SYSTEM” where debt is “LEGAL TENDER” money. Here’s that Federal Reserve nobility, again.
    HJR 192 was implemented immediately. The day after President Roosevelt signed the resolution, the treasury offered the public new government securities, minus the traditional “payable in gold” clause.
    192 states that one cannot demand a certain form of currency that they want to receive if it is dollar for dollar. If you review the Modern Money Mechanics article you will discover that all currency is your credit! The Federal Reserve calls it “monetized debt.” And it doesn’t matter what they call it, it is still unlawful treason.

    3. The UNITED STATES as well as the STATE OF MICHIGAN are corporations, and the courts fictitious corporate courts. Corporations are creations that have customers that do business for a profit. These corporations that are actually bankrupt can only do business if the people will. Any One can refuse to shop at that establishment. They will always solicit their return. But the choice was, is, and will ever be the peoples by the highest, perpetual, and most ancient law of the land.

    UCC 1-207 reserves the ab initio absolute rights of the people with remedy from ever having had to do business with the corporate court jesters or having to in the now and future. They put it in their own statutes because they knew there was no way around it, due to natural law, the only law.

    what everybody needs to REALIZE is they have allowed this for so long uninterrupted to the point they even believe the Corporations have a choice. How the hell can a paper creation have a choice for anything??

  4. Stay tuned for updates! I love you guys!

  5. My dear friend Peppermint,

    I am here for you and your sister. You both are great people and I was honored to be a guest at the mint jam, and to of gotten to know you both over the last couple of months. you my friend are a very compassionate and caring person that has a heart of not only giving to strangers but to the one’s you love dearly and care about. I have witnessed you on several trips stopping along a dark road side/highway to help a complete stranger broke down on the side of the road change a flat, get them gas to make it just a few more miles, call for help such as a tow truck. I thought you were nuts at first, but now I see your deep care for others, i have learned there are people still in this world that are honest, caring and willing to still help others with never sking for anything in return. I have saw first hand you cry, laugh, and share your heart. The compassion you have for your farm, your sister, and others my friend is something I wish others knew you for and not just the mint farm in foreclosure. I have met a someone that I am proud to call my friend that cares for life and others and our youth as much as I do. I know you will make it through all this red tape with your farm. Remember all the odds you went through just to make your long time dream of getting into Guinness come true, you can and will do it!! Keep the faith my friend, keep the faith.

    Chef Nick

  6. What inspiration you all are. I am grateful to be one of your customers. I will continue to keep you your family and your compnay in my prayers.

  7. The question I’m being asked by people I’ve solicited to the cause is:

    “Why is the amount necessary not going down?”

    I have nothing to tell them. In November it was $300,000 and in August it’s still $300,000. Are we even close?

    • We paid them $460.000 over the last 12 months, the amount to buy back the farm was $300.000, and then they kept on adding monthly interest which added up to $30.000 and then another $90.000 in attorney fees, penalties, and now they are saying for the 30 day Right Of Refusal, the appraised value of the farm is $550.000.
      I understand that this is confusing from the outside looking in, but as you can see, the numbers keep adding up and the bank is trying to bury us alive… Thank you for your question, and I hope I answered it. Please let me know if you need anything else.
      Peppermint Jim.

  8. jim and linette,im so sorry for everything you and your family are going through,my husband and i were there for the mint jam we had alot of fun. sure was great meeting you both and your family.we are from jackson mich and if you ever need help, please ask. wish i could win the lottery id pay the money for you. take care hope to see you in the near future.nancy

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