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May 8, 2012

John Stossel on how everything, including common sense, has become illegal in America


Every day there is another asinine law passed, and every day there is another story of how some bureaucrat has abused a citizen because some rule buried in a regulation handbook says he can.

John Stossel has made a career out of exploring all of this stupidity, and his latest entry into the absurd is called “Illegal Everything.”

If you think you’ve seen every bureaucratic atrocity imaginable, think again.  Stossel has found some even I had no idea were happening!

From criminalizing children for setting up a lemonade stand, to the Midway police chief’s absurd justification for attacking the children, to fining a man $2,000 per day for having the wrong type of tree on his property and demanding a couple holding a home bible study to have a Conditional Use Permit.

Then there’s the man who was sentenced to 8 years in prison for the crime of importing lobster tails in bags instead of boxes.  Sound absurd? It is, but that doesn’t make it untrue.

As I’ve said many times before, Bureaucrat’s Rule #1 says “The Rules are more important than People.”  When governments take that to an extreme, all of society suffers.

When bureaucrats believe they know what’s best for you and me and wish to impose their believes upon us, nothing good can come from it.

C.S. Lewis once wrote something very profound on this subject:

“One of the marks of a certain type of bad man is that he cannot give up a thing himself without wanting every one else to give it up. That is not the Christian way. An individual Christian may see fit to give up all sorts of things for special reasons—marriage, or meat, or beer, or the cinema; but the moment he starts saying the things are bad in themselves, or looking down his nose at other people who use them, he has taken the wrong turning.”

Indeed.  Both America and Canada have definitely “taken the wrong turning.”

I was horrified by some of the examples John Stossel cites in this program.  I’m sure you will be too. (more…)

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September 20, 2011

America! Take a lesson from Canada on how to treat girls selling lemonade!


Jane Gaffin just sent me a link to an article that highlights one of the differences between Canada and the United States that America really needs to embrace: Lemonade Liberation!

Over the past few months I’ve written about the Lemonade Freedom Martyrs and their horrific treatment at the hands of extremely thuggish US Law Enforcement personnel.

As I wrote about in my article  “Lemonade Liberation” and Lemonade Freedom Martyrs are… get this: Top of the Terrorist Threat List!, Kathryn Dill, William Duffield and Meg McLain were all treated like terrorists for having the audacity to point out to US Law Enforcement how ridiculous they were for threatening to arrest 10-year-old kids for buying and/or selling lemonade this summer.

It all kicked off when jackass bylaws were passed that made it a crime for kids to sell lemonade on their front lawns, a summer pastime enjoyed by generations, a subject I cover in my article The War On Lemonade and the Girls Who Make it.

Like so many others, I was thoroughly disgusted with the moronic local politicians that refused to see what effect their asinine laws would have on this summer tradition and the girls who faithfully provided glasses of refreshing lemonade to any and all passersby.

I was even more disgusted with the browbeating thugs who felt it necessary to terrorize young girls who dared try to earn a few bucks to go to a water park.

Don’t even get me started on that complete and utter waste of clean air, Midway Police Chief Kelly Morningstar. She was the moron who had the audacity to claim “police didn’t know how the lemonade was made, who made it or what was in it.”


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August 24, 2011

“Lemonade Liberation” and Lemonade Freedom Martyrs are… get this: Top of the Terrorist Threat List!


Have the morons running Washington, DC (and the rest of the country) completely LOST THEIR MINDS?

The answer, sadly, is yes.  I wrote about the ridiculous acts of the Capitol Police and their need to arrest, handcuff and forcibly drag away three Lemonade Freedom Martyrs for their dastardly crime of selling lemonade for 10 cents a cup.

Lemonade Freedom Day was supposed to be a day where we could pound some common sense back into the heads of our employees… but they will have none of it. The rules, as Bureaucratic Rule #1 states, are more important than people, and when you break moronic rules created by fools, the full weight of The State comes crashing down on your head.

I am incredibly grateful to Kathryn Dill, William Duffield and Meg McLain for so vividly pointing out that the federal monster has lost all sense of reason, decency and common sense.  I’m also grateful to those people who videotaped the event so the rest of the world can see the stage where the next world riots are likely to take place, and for the same reason they’ve been happening around the world:

Governments, mad with their lust for power, have finally gone too far.

But most of all I am grateful for those little children caught in the videos who, after being threatened by thugs with badges and guns, simply shrugged their shoulders  and bought their cup of lemonade anyway.

When even the smallest of children understand that stupid rules being enforced by mindless drones at the barrel of a gun is wrong, can the riots we’ve seen around the world this past year be far behind?


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August 23, 2011

All Hail the Lemonade Freedom Martyrs! Once again, lemonade vendors are arrested and charged, this time in Washington, DC


In a show of government thuggery at its best, Capitol Hill Police arrested people for the dastardly crime of “selling illegal lemonade” on Capitol Hill.

I was particularly impressed with the one female cop who repeatedly abused anyone having the audacity to film her stupidity in live, living color.  This badge-packing bitch ought to be ashamed of herself, as should every other of the so-called “peace officers” enforcing another stupid anti-freedom ordinance.

Official goons come in all shapes and sizes, it seems, and a badge and a gun makes even the average woman feel invincible.

Cops like this particular female clearly have their bureaucratic mindset locked firmly in place:

The RULES are more important than PEOPLE

How did America, who began her march into history as the freest nation on Earth, get to the place where the simple act of opening a lemonade stand has become an act of Civil Disobedience?

How did America come to this place where the simplest of summer activities (not to mention a show of good neighbourliness), the corner lemonade stand, became a crime across this once-free land?

Have we fallen so far from common sense and decency that citizens feel compelled to resort to Lemonade Freedom Day to protest the ever-growing thuggery of the State?

Apparently… yes.

Three people, Meg Mclain, K.N. Dill and Will Duffield,  were arrested, placed in handcuffs and taken away by Capitol Police.

A spokes-critter for the Capitol Police said the three were charged with failure to obey a police officer, unlawful conduct and vending without a permit.

Below is a report from the protest and a video of official thuggery in action…


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August 9, 2011

The War On Lemonade and the Girls Who Make it…


The war on lemonade stands is in full gear across America.  The summer tradition that has gone on freely for generations is now under fire from greedy bureaucrats intent on lining their pockets… okay, not their own pockets… just that of their bureaucracies.

God forbid some kids should sell lemonade without spending a few hundred dollars on permission slips, or as they are known by the bureaucratic buffoons, business licenses and day permits.

I wrote about one case a few weeks ago, and while it horrified me that everyone from the chief of police on down felt they were justified in harassing a couple of young girls trying to earn some money for a holiday, clearly the bureaucrats and police chief did not share my disgust.

Here, then, is a brief rundown of the lowest and most disturbing battles in the 2011 War on Lemonade:


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July 18, 2011

Florida Police arrest a 12-year-old for farting. Have they lost their minds?


Schools have always had their fair share of “problem children”, but we used to actually be able to cope with them in a reasonable and sensible manner.  Not so any more.   A scan of headlines across America for just this past week showed me some bizarre and horrifying examples of how we in North America are doing our best to instill an abiding sense of fear and terror of police into our children.

For example, the case of a 12-year-old student at Stuart’s Spectrum Jr./Sr. High School was arrested for farting in class.  Sure, the little puke was being disruptive.  He’s a 12-year-old boy for crying out loud!  He’s supposed to be disruptive at that age.  It’s in his DNA.

You kick him out of class until he settles down… maybe even send him home after a phone call to his parents, but to bring in the police and arrest the kid? Put him in handcuffs and parade him out like a terrorist?

That is so far beyond absurd I don’t even know what to call it.  Clearly police from the Martin County Sheriff’s Department need to get a life, or at the very least go find some actual criminals to harass.

If they’ve got the time to arrest 12-year-old farting boys, then perhaps Martin County doesn’t need a Sheriff’s Department at all.

I’m sure the intended lesson won’t be lost on this young man… “Obey or else.”

These police officers ought to be, at the very least, ashamed of themselves.  They would appear to have missed out on even the most meager portion of common sense.

The next case of gross police absurdity comes from Midway, Georgia, where police found it necessary to shut down a lemonade stand run by a couple of kids.


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