Saturday, July 16, 2011

Police in Ga. shut down girls' lemonade stand

MIDWAY, Ga. (AP) -- Police in Georgia have shut down a lemonade stand run by three girls trying to save up for a trip to a water park, saying they didn't have a business license or the required permits.

Midway Police Chief Kelly Morningstar says police also didn't know how the lemonade was made, who made it or what was in it.
The girls had been operating for one day when Morningstar and another officer cruised by.

The girls needed a business license, peddler's permit and food permit to operate, even on residential property. The permits cost $50 a day or $180 per year.

One girl, 14-year-old Casity Dixon, says the three had to listen to police and shut down.

The girls are now doing chores and yard work to make money.

Didn't the "Arab Spring" start with a similar incident like this in Tunisia?  If I recall correctly, some poor slug was trying to make a living selling vegetables in the marketplace.  He was constantly harassed by police for a "license" (read that "bribes") and in his despair doused himself with gasoline and set himself afire to protest.  

Yet here we see the same government insanity here in America.  If these girls were in tune to current events and recent history, they would hire a sharp lawyer and make this story worth more than a few short paragraphs.  

But no!  They're doing "chores and yard work to make money".   Yah... right!  Do they have workmen's comp insurance?  Liability insurance?  Do they use all industry mandated personal protective equipment?  

Credit to KlassyLynn for the tip.

Monday, July 11, 2011

White House: US suspending $800M in Pakistan aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has ordered the suspension of $800 million in aid to the Pakistani military, his chief of staff said Sunday, as part of what experts say is a tougher line with a critical U.S. partner in the fight against terrorism.

Top aide William Daley described the U.S. relationship with Pakistan as "difficult" and said it must be made "to work over time." But he added that until "we get through that difficulty, we'll hold back some of the money that the American taxpayers are committed to give" Pakistan.

Well wadda ya know!  Just as I pointed out down the blog several weeks ago, the unraveling of US/Pakistani relations is something the President wanted desperately to distract us from. I mentioned it HERE on this blog.

In that blog entry, I noted:

You see, the real problem is that U.S./Pakistani relations are in free-fall. A quick look at a map should tell you (or anyone) what that means to U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan. 

You might think this problem just cropped up out of nowhere, but it's been festering for many months.  The President and Sec. of State did a good job of distracting us from this diplomatic crisis.  I wasn't distracted and if you read this blog, you weren't distracted either.



Saturday, July 09, 2011

Justin Amash Votes AGAINST H.R. 268 -

BILL TITLE: Reaffirming the United States commitment to a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and for other purposes

The roll call can be found HERE.

Our new Congressman, Justin Amash (MI-3) decided to keep company with Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul on issues supporting Israel.  I find that deeply disturbing as our district historically supports Israel far more than that.

Monday, July 04, 2011

On this Independence Day, a Prayer for Our Country

Our Gd and Gd of our fathers: We ask Your blessings for our country, for its government, for its leader and advisers, and for all who exercise just and rightful authority. Teach them insights of Your Torah, that they may administer all affairs of state fairly, that peace and security, happiness and prosperity, justice and freedom may forever abide in our midst.

Creator of all flesh, bless all the inhabitants of our country with Your spirit. May citizens of all races and creeds forge a common bond in true harmony to banish all hatred and bigotry and to safeguard the ideals and free institutions which are the pride and glory of our country.

May this land under Your Providence be an influence for good throughout the world, uniting all people in peace and freedom and helping them to fulfill the vision of Your prophet: "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they experience war any more." And let us say: Amen.