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  • Landmark Federal Court Ruling Opens The Way For Mega-Mosques Across America

    01/04/2017 3:08:54 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 34 replies ^ | 01/04/2017 | Andrew Bieszad
    full title:. Landmark Federal Court Ruling Opens The Way For Explosion Of Constructing Mega-Mosques Across America I have been warning repeatedly that Islamization in America will not happen through any sort of military action, but it will come through the courts, that the biggest danger America faces is not from guns and terrorists, but lawyers in well-pressed suits and activist judges. In another case which illustrates my point, a court in New Jersey has made what is being called a “landmark” ruling against a small town which said that Muslims were discriminated against by being required to have more parking...
  • Sixth Circuit Court: Police Can Shoot Dogs For Nothing More Than Barking

    12/22/2016 7:59:39 PM PST · by Elderberry · 89 replies ^ | 12/22/2016 | C.J. Ciaramella
    When is it constitutional for a police officer to shoot a dog during a raid? Any time it moves or barks, according to a federal appeals court. In a ruling released Monday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals found Battle Creek, Mich. police officers were justified in shooting two pit bulls while executing a search warrant for drugs on the home of Mark and Cheryl Brown in 2013. The Brown's sued the police department in 2015, arguing the killing of their dogs violated their constitutional rights. The ruling creates a similar legal standard in the Sixth Circuitwhich includes Michigan, Ohio,...
  • Farmers: New proposed law in Town of Sweden (NY) could cripple our businesses

    12/06/2016 10:40:07 AM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 23 replies
    whec TV 10 ^ | November 23, 2016 | Brianna DiPilato
    Local farmers say a new proposed law in the Town of Sweden could cripple their businesses and potentially their livelihood. Best known for their U-Pick Pumpkin Patch and October events, McCracken Farms draws in people from all over the state every year. Now, the farm's owner, Paul McCracken tells us it might be more difficult to bring in all those visitors. "We've been doing this for over 30 years and now all of a sudden, here's a whole slew of zoning permits and special-use permits," says McCracken. "The list goes on and on, it's unnecessary." The newly required permits come...
  • Justice Department Suing Two Towns For Refusing To Build Mosques

    11/24/2016 5:02:31 PM PST · by kevcol · 26 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 24, 2016 | Kevin Daley
    The township also calls into question the propriety of a relationship between a member of the ISBR and a lead DOJ investigator. Attorneys for the township also confirm that a lawyer representing the mosque was in contact with DOJ investigators well before the planning board reached any decision regarding the ISBRs application. These communications, unknown by the Township at the time, suggest an inappropriate collusion with Plaintiffs rather than an unbiased review. The town also accuses the Department of Justice of engaging in punitive behavior throughout the investigation, and not acting in good faith. . . . A similar lawsuit...
  • Man arrested for late-night air-horn blasts in El Segundo

    11/15/2016 9:43:55 AM PST · by simpson96 · 26 replies
    ABC7 ^ | 11/14/2016 | Staff
    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (KABC) -- A man who drove around El Segundo and allegedly blasted an air horn in the middle of the night multiple times in recent weeks has been arrested, police said. In the past few weeks, police had received "numerous" reports of a man driving a blue four-door compact around the city and sounding off an air horn at night. On Sunday, El Seguno police officers heard an air horn around 4 a.m. on the west side of town. They found a blue four-door Chevrolet Aveo and made a traffic stop near Grand Avenue and Main...
  • Cleanup underway

    08/18/2016 1:53:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA City and Cochise County officials and the owner of several properties in the Fry Townsite have agreed upon the basis of a deal which would ultimately result in the clearing away of dozens of dilapidated mobile homes and junk vehicles from the county enclave. The final details of the deal are still being fine-tuned and will have to be accepted by a federal bankruptcy court, but after months of negotiations between property owner Lane Balmer and Mary Jacobs, assistant city manager of Sierra Vista, as well as Britt Hanson, chief civil deputy attorney for the Cochise County...
  • Justice Department Not too Busy to Sue Town Over Mosque

    07/26/2016 5:24:22 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 22 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 7/26/2016 | Michael Ware
    The Department of Justice has been swamped by the workload it has faced over the past several months. They have not had the time to deal with the illegal aliens that have not been processed. They could not look into the IRS and its treatment of conservative organizations. Neither did the DOJ have time to look into Lois Lerner. Amazingly, we find that it does have time to sue a small Pennsylvania township over a zoning issue. Thats right - the DOJ has filed suit against Bensalem Township over its zoning decisions. The Washington Post reports: The Justice Department is...
  • SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCK LEE AMENDMENT, PRESERVE AFFH (Obama's Plan to Ghettoize Your Neighborhood)

    05/20/2016 9:28:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 141 replies
    PowerLine ^ | May 20, 2016 | Paul Mirengoff
    The Lee Amendment to defund President Obamas Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation failed in the Senate yesterday because not enough Republicans backed it. The Amendment was tabled by a vote of 60-37. Jeremy Carl aptly describes this vote as a defeat for conservatism, community control, and common sense. It is a victory, as Carl says, for turning the federal government into a National Zoning board, forcing high density housing on unwilling cities and towns, and letting bureaucrats decide the racial, ethnic and income balance of local communities.
  • Say Good-Bye To Hinga Auto Repair, Killed Off With Zoning By Elitist Politicians

    05/19/2016 10:38:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 19, 2016 | George Leef
    One of the main reasons why America was so attractive to hard-working people used to be that if you were successful, you could enjoy your rewards and use your property as you thought best. Sadly, that is less and less true. One immigrant who can testify to that is Hinga Mbogo, who is about to be forced to close his auto repair business in Dallas. He came to the United States from Kenya in 1974 with some skill in repairing machinery and found a job working as an airplane mechanic. By 1985, he had accumulated the capital necessary to open...
  • Manning on HUD local zoning takeover w/ Mark Steyn

    05/18/2016 10:19:05 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 6 replies
    Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning appeared on the Rush Limbaugh Show with guest host Mark Steyn at 2:30PM EST to discuss the imminent Senate vote on an amendment by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), S.3897, to the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) appropriations bill that will prohibit implementation of the HUD regulation Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) that conditions $3 billion of yearly community development block grants on 1,200 recipient cities and counties rezoning neighborhoods along income and racial guidelines.
  • This is how the suburbs die

    03/01/2016 10:15:16 AM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 83 replies
    The Week ^ | 1/21/206 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    In 1974, corporate behemoth GE moved its headquarters from Manhattan to the suburban Fairfield, Connecticut. Last week, it announced that it was leaving Fairfield for Boston's waterfront district. And as GE goes, it has people wondering whether the suburbs are going to lose their economic lifeblood. Mad Men reminded us that mid-century advertising executives worked in the heart of Manhattan, but slowly began their retreat to the burbs as crime exploded in New York City. The corporate offices followed them and their growing families in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Pension Funds See 20% Spike In Deficit

    02/14/2016 8:04:37 AM PST · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Argus Obsever ^ | 14 February 2016 | Ted Sickinger
    Oregon Treasurer and Portland mayoral candidate Ted Wheeler issued a statement last week noting that the state pension fund’s investment returns were 2.1% in 2015. That beat the Standard & Poor’s 500 index and topped the performance of 88% of comparable institutional investment funds. What Wheeler’s statement didn’t mention was that investment returns for the year still fell 5.6 percentage points below the system’s 7.75% assumed rate of return for 2015. That’s terrible news for public employers and taxpayers. It means the pension system’s unfunded liability just increased by another 20% — growing from $18 billion at the end of...
  • Developer demolishes ‘birthplace of the Bill of Rights’

    01/18/2016 8:53:33 AM PST · by Kyle Olson · 24 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 1/18/16 | Victor Skinner
    Officials in Silver Spring Township, Pennsylvania are scrambling to save face after they inadvertently allowed a local developer to begin demolition on the reputed birthplace of the U.S. Bill of Rights. Triple Crown Corporation secured the necessary permits and followed the proper protocols to demolish a two-story stone house along Carlisle Pike that was most recently used as Stone House Auto Sales. But it wasn’t until the company started demolition Jan. 6 that local officials realized its historical significance, The Sentinel reports.
  • Court Decision Upholds Limits on Zoning Restrictions

    11/24/2015 5:08:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 24 November, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The North Carolina Supreme Court upheld one of the most basic principles of United States law this month. The law has been under continual attack for the last hundred years, during the rise of the “progressive” state.A great many zoning ordinances around the country are based on “model” legislation that is pushed by central planners. One of the stated premises in the legislation is that anything that is not permitted is forbidden. From a discussion of a previous zoning case in North Carolina:Virtually all zoning ordinances are based on the premise that the ordinance shall list certain land uses...
  • DOJ Sues Town for Nixing Rezoning Plan to Build Islamic Temple

    10/02/2015 11:35:12 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 2, 2015
    In its latest effort to protect Muslim rights in the United States the Obama Justice Department is suing an Illinois town for denying a rezoning application to convert an office building into an Islamic temple. Failing to approve plans for the Islamic worship center violates a 2000 law known as the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit filed this week in federal court. The accused are lawmakers in Des Plaines, a Chicago suburb with a population of about 60,000. In 2013 the Des Plaines City Council voted 5-3 to reject...
  • MA Town Determines That an Educational WWII History Museum Isnt Educational (WWII Aircraft)

    08/01/2015 4:42:23 AM PDT · by taildragger · 68 replies
    Best Ride Blog ^ | 7/31/2015 | Craig Fitzgerald
    Over the last four decades, if youve seen a World War II aircraft actually in flight, chances are pretty good that the Collings Foundation in Stow, Massachusetts had something to do with it. Wednesday, the town Planning board voted 3-to-2 that the Foundations living history events, tours, exhibitions and veteran roundtable discussions are not educational, and thereby denied it a permit to expand. The Building Department also issued a cease and desist order against the Foundation on March 26, 2015 prohibiting take-offs and landings from the airstrip it has maintained and flown from for 37 years.
  • Owner Responds to Complaints About Airbnb Camping Retreat in ...Hollywood Hills Neighborhood

    07/02/2015 4:35:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies ^ | July 2, 2015 | Melissa Pamer and Erin Myers, Updated at 03:38pm,
    This is my property. Theres a couple of people making up stories of things happening here that are not happening, de Leon told KTLA as she sat in a vehicle, small dog on her lap. They made up stories that people are somehow having sex in a public place. First thing, its not public, its a private place. And second, thats completely false. ... They are particularly upset over a listing on for a Hollywood Hills Camping Retreat. The listing, taken down following news coverage earlier this week, described the rental of a tent that could accommodate 10 people...
  • Amish family facing court-ordered eviction from Wisconsin home (UN Agenda 21 zoning laws)

    03/24/2015 7:40:22 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 77 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 03/24/2015 | Valerie Richardson
    An Amish family faces eviction from their home after being found in contempt of court for refusing to comply with building codes on the grounds that doing so would violate the religious communitys ban on modern technology. At a Monday hearing, a Circuit Court judge ordered the Eau Claire County sheriffs office to evict Amos and Vera Borntreger, a farming couple with four children under the age of six, from their home in the Old Order Amish community of Fairchild, Wisconsin.
  • Limbaugh is right about Obama's war on suburbs (Placing illegals in selected re-drawn neighborhoods)

    07/20/2014 5:41:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Woodlands Villager ^ | July 20, 2014 | Robert Romano
    What better way to give a boost to the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Act and the remaking of American neighborhoods than to start injecting illegal immigrant populations into targeted cities and towns in the suburbs all across the country? That was national radio talk show superhost Rush Limbaugh commenting on a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulation, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing. The concept, as it is properly understood, is to change the enforcement paradigm in order to allow the Department of Housing and Urban Development to essentially decide what every neighborhood in America should look like, Limbaugh explained....
  • Florida flag house: Bradenton home painted with giant American flag in defiance of city

    06/05/2014 9:21:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    WPTV-TV ^ | 6/5/14 | John Rogers
    A Bradenton family says they've been hounded by code enforcement, and they've had enough.... Brent Greer and his wife are doing a little redecorating. The new paint job is unmistakable - the front of the home is a massive flag. Brent Greer hopes it sends a message. He said, "I painted it to remind the city and all that live here that this is America. This is a free country. This is my home. This is not a shrine to Riverview Boulevard."
  • Seaford Oyster Farmer Moves Forward with Suit Against York County

    05/30/2014 5:49:02 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 6 replies
    Virginia Free Citizen ^ | May 30, 2014 | Shelby Mertens
    York County oyster farmer Anthony Bavusos lawsuit against his countys special-use permit requirement will move to the York County-Poquoson Circuit Court, after the county attempted to dismiss the case. The case revolves around the question of whether York Countys zoning ordinance, which requires those who engage in agricultural or aquaculture activities to obtain a special-use permit, is in violation of the Right to Farm Act in the Code of Virginia. The Complaint was filed on Jan. 31, 2014. We are thankful we will now find out how the Right to Farm Act can protect local farmers like us, Bavuso said...
  • Fairfax aims to downsize home assemblies

    05/06/2014 4:10:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies ^ | May 5, 2014 | Kenric Ward
    FAIRFAX, Va. – A plan to ban “frequent and large gatherings at neighborhood homes” is a lawsuit waiting to happen, a Fairfax County supervisor predicts.Officials will get an idea Wednesday when public-comment hearings begin in Virginia’s most populous county.“I believe the county is risking a lawsuit and/or a constitution challenge by interfering with peoples’ right to assemble,” Supervisor Pat Herrity said in a statement.The proposed zoning ordinance limits “group assembly” at residences to 49 people a day. Such gatherings “shall not occur more frequently than three times in any 40-day period.”County officials say they have received complaints about group meetings...
  • AZ: Zoning Overreach Results in Legislative Protection of Private Shooting Rights

    04/20/2014 6:23:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Last year, a landowner in rural Yavapai County, Arizona, was finally vindicated in a hearing after a prolonged legal battle with local zoning officials. The case involved local officials who claimed that they had the power to shut down shooting on private land, because shooting was not an "approved use" in the zoning code. The closest complaining neighbor was miles distant from the property. A common practice in "model" zoning codes is to invert the ordinary structure of American law, claiming that everything that is not allowed is prohibited, instead of the long recognized construct of everything that is...
  • Property Rights Bill Introduced After Va. Woman Threatened with Fines for Kids' Birthday Party

    02/03/2014 8:00:01 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 21 replies
    CNS News ^ | 02/02/2014 | Mark Fitzgibbons
    "Local officials who abuse zoning authority powers to cower citizens into submission and deprive land owners of Constitutional rights in the enjoyment of their land must be subject to fines and actual damages they cause including attorney fees," Delegate Bob Marshall noted in support of his HB 1219 recently introduced in the Virginia General Assembly. Marshall introduced his bill in direct response to incidents precipitated by county officials who threatened Virginia citizen farmer Martha Boneta.Boneta gained national attention after she was cited and threatened with $5,000 per-day fines for hosting such 'menacing activities' as a birthday party for eight 10-year...
  • Property Rights Bill Provides Protection for Virginia Landowners

    01/22/2014 5:09:22 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 4 replies
    Virginia Free Citizen ^ | January 22, 2014 | Shelby Mertens
    Del. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, has introduced a bill that would give farmers and landowners property rights remedies against local zoning laws. The bill is inspired by the Martha Boneta debacle last year. But unlike last years Boneta Bill, HB1219 extends beyond farmers to anyone who owns property. The bill also tackles other issues such as the constitutional rights of farmers. HB1219 says that local governments that violate constitutional rights through zoning must pay their victims the amount of the fines they sought to impose and the actual damages, including attorney fees. The bill also allows the Virginia Attorney General to...
  • Fast food CEO: How govt regulation is driving us abroad

    01/01/2014 5:22:02 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 11 replies
    CNBC ^ | Jan 1,201; | Katie Little
    Easier to open in Siberia than California "Under the current U.S. business climate, regulatory and tax restrictions tend to curb otherwise dynamic entrepreneurial energy," Puzder said. "We'd love to see more growth in domestic markets. Unfortunately, it's easier for our franchisees to open a restaurant in Siberia than in California." In the U.S., the company's Hardee's division is expanding in New York, New Jersey, Chicago and South Florida. Meanwhile, the Carl's Jr. division is growing in Texas and the Seattle area. Challenges to U.S. expansion Puzder named ethanol regulation, which has resulted in higher beef costs, a rising minimum wage...
  • AZ:No Shooting Unless Zoned for it? Rancher Prevails Against Zoning Department

    12/12/2013 8:38:53 PM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 December, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Shooting in the Arizona Desert has a long history An interesting case from Arizona, where a rancher was dragged into court on the unfounded pretext that he was illegally building a shooting range on his large acreage near Prescott. From the Daily Courier: PRESCOTT - In what has become an issue pitting gun rights against land use codes, a Williamson Valley landowner had his Second Amendment rights upheld in a Tuesday hearing in Prescott. Brad DeSaye, owner of Headhunter Ranch LLC, said he never intended to build gun ranges on his properety. (sic) "The wild rumors that brought us to...
  • Are We Too Late to Stop U.N. Agenda 21?

    09/20/2013 5:54:52 AM PDT · by Sheapdog · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | September 20, 2013 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    The global cabal of U.N. Agenda 21 is behind global warming, regionalism, zoning, land and water use control, wealth redistribution, weakening and eventual replacement of the dollar as the worlds reserve currency, global warming, cap and trade, Smart Grid, Smart Meters, carbon taxes, high gasoline prices, global citizens, IB World Schools, Common Core nationalized education standards, biofuels, Marxist advancement across the globe, food control, water access control via the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), gun control, health control, the Arab Spring/Winter, unchecked illegal immigration, and they are unstoppable. Theyve had 100 years of preparation ahead of us. Their effort...
  • Man sues pope: Church bells ruined my marriage

    09/06/2013 8:36:35 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 47 replies
    wnd ^ | 9/5/03 | Joe Kovacs
    A Rhode Island man has filed a federal lawsuit against Pope Francis and others, claiming the frequent bell-ringing of the Catholic church across the street has disrupted his life so much, it helped precipitate the demise of his marriage. John Devaney, 64, of Narragansett, R.I., lives directly across from the picturesque St. Thomas More Catholic Church. The bells have been going off 700 times a week, very loud volume, and its been going on for too long, he told the Providence Journal in a videotaped interview. Im not getting any response back from the people that control the bell-ringing. First...
  • No-Smoking Battle Moves Outdoors As Bans Increase

    08/08/2013 7:23:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 74 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 8/8/2013 | MIKE STOBBE
    First it was bars, restaurants and office buildings. Now the front lines of the "No Smoking" battle have moved outdoors. City parks, public beaches, college campuses and other outdoor venues across the country are putting up signs telling smokers they can't light up. Outdoor smoking bans have nearly doubled in the last five years, with the tally now at nearly 2,600 and more are in the works.
  • Fairfax City council votes to require abortion clinics to get special permit, council approval

    07/10/2013 3:03:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/10/2013
    The Fairfax City council voted Tuesday night to create a new term in its zoning law, medical care facility, delete the term clinic from the current definition of a doctors office, and require all medical care facilities to obtain a special use permit at a cost of $4,800, along with a detailed approval process and a final vote by the city council. Pro-choice activists said the move was aimed at keeping abortion clinics out of Fairfax City, including an existing clinic in the city which was trying to relocate to meet Virginias new hospital-style zoning standards for abortion clinics. Clinics...
  • Net-Zero Busybodies

    07/09/2013 7:41:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/9/2013 | Peter Wilson
    International agreements to lower greenhouse gases like the Kyoto Protocol have proven to be unenforceable, but zoning laws have real teeth. Thus global warming activists have begun to work on the municipal and state level to pass zoning laws that mandate "net-zero" greenhouse gas emissions in new construction, referred to as Net-Zero or "Zero Energy Building" (ZEB) or "Zero Net Energy" (ZNE).
  • U.S. top court backs Florida property owner in land-use case

    06/26/2013 7:42:45 AM PDT · by Sopater · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:00pm EDT | Jonathan Stempel and Lawrence Hurley
    In a victory for advocates of private property rights, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that governments may owe compensation to property owners who are denied permits to develop their land. Critics said the 5-4 decision, with the conservative justices comprising the majority, will make it more difficult and costly for governments to promote development or enact environmental changes designed to help the public generally. The court sided with Coy Koontz, a Florida man who said limits imposed by the St. Johns River Water Management District on how he used his land were a "taking" subject to compensation under...
  • Supreme Court rule for Florida property owner in land use case

    06/25/2013 10:39:18 AM PDT · by fifedom · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jonathan Stempel and Lawrence Hurley
    the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday said a Florida property owner may be owed compensation from a government agency that declined to award him a development permit for his land.
  • Bureaucracy, Lawyers and the backyard swimming pool. (Vanity)

    06/21/2013 10:32:05 AM PDT · by BwanaNdege · 19 replies
    Vanity | 6/21/2013 | BwanaNdege
    My neighbor was bemoaning the fact that he did not have enough flat ground on his lot to put up a 16' diameter x 3' deep above ground pool. It would be the simple kind with the inflatable ring around the top to add rigidity. Since we have a flat spot next to his driveway, I suggested that he put it up there. To be safe, I checked with the county. Oh, boy! Zoning - "It has to be 10 feet from the property line." Me - "But the property line is with the neighbor who wants to put up...
  • NYC Mayor Bloombergs next target: Street cafes

    05/30/2013 5:50:24 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 28, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    New York City's Department of Consumer Affairs has given notice to 17 restaurants that offer sidewalk cafe dining: Stop the outdoor service. Please be advised you have 100 business days from, and including May 1, to complete one of the following options, the agency, which operates under Mayor Michael Bloombergs administration, said in a statement, reported by The New York Post. Option No. 1: Provide the city with a certified land survey to prove the cafe business is conducted on private property. Option No. 2: Filing for an exemption of zoning law. Or Option No. 3: Surrender the business permit...
  • Sidewalk cafes are cooked (New York City)

    05/28/2013 10:06:42 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    NY Post ^ | may 27, 2013 | DAVID SEIFMAN and ANTONIO ANTENUCCI
    <p>The city Department of Consumer Affairs has served notice to 17 popular restaurants that this will be their last season to offer sidewalk cafes unless they can prove that they comply with zoning regulations.</p> <p>In some cases, the eateries have been serving street-side customers for more than two decades.</p>
  • City of Eau Claire (WI) considers "obesity map"

    05/17/2013 8:29:21 AM PDT · by Sopater · 24 replies
    WQOW Eau Claire ^ | May 16, 2013 6:20 PM CDT | Emily Valerio
    Eau Claire (WQOW) - There's no debating that obesity is a serious problem in this country. What may be open for debate is what the government can do to address it. Eau Claire's Comprehensive Plan has a health chapter. It's a lengthy document designed to encourage healthy living. There are many ways a city could go about doing that. One of several ideas the city is proposing is an "obesity map". City of Eau Claire Associate Planner, Ned Noel, says, "So that the map would describe possible areas that people are more overweight." It's a unique step that's never been...
  • Nonprofit buys house across from Westboro Baptist Church and paints it colors of gay pride flag

    03/19/2013 7:46:45 PM PDT · by OKRA2012 · 38 replies
    Daily News ^ | 3/19/13 | VICTORIA TAYLOR
    The Westboro Baptist Church has a colorful new neighbor, and Roy G. Biv isnt going anywhere soon. Planting Peace, a Destin, Fla.-based nonprofit, has purchased a house directly across from the notoriously homophobic Westboro Baptist Church, and today it is being painting with the rainbow pattern of the gay pride flag.
  • Property Rights/Zoning Behind Town Board Challenge

    02/05/2013 7:13:08 AM PST · by Sopater · 17 replies
    U.S. & Eau Claire Journal ^ | January 30th, 2013 | Travis Buhler
    When Todd Koeppel moved to the area near Spring Valley, Wisconsin, little did he know the freedoms he had on his own property. Like many people throughout history, knowledge of one's freedom does not come until it is threatened or taken away. This happened last year to St. Croix County's Town of Cady, where Koeppel resides. Last June the Town Board voted to end their long history of property freedom for what Koeppel describes as, "A huge, 184 page, highly restrictive, and intrusive zoning ordinance written by a Dane County attorney." Prior to last year, Cady, like fewer and fewer...
  • NJ Town proposes flag ban

    01/18/2013 2:02:02 PM PST · by Gefn · 28 replies ^ | January 18, 2013 |
    NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY.COM) - The Hudson County town of West New York is considering a widespread sign regulation that could include banning American flags from being flown. The Board of Commissioners have a draft ordinance for "General Sign Regulations". Among the prohibited signs under the proposal would be "Flags, banners and pennants." This has opponents upset. Read more:
  • Ala. man fights to keep wife buried in front yard

    08/19/2012 9:43:41 PM PDT · by Rabin · 12 replies
    Wyoming News ^ | Sunday, August 19, 2012 | JAY REEVES
    James Davis is fighting to keep the remains of his late wife right where he dug her grave: In the front yard of his home, just a few feet from the porch. Davis said he was only abiding by Patsy Ruth Davis' wishes when he buried her in 2009, yet the city (has now) sued to move her. A county judge ordered Davis to disinter his wife, but the ruling is on hold as the Alabama Civil Court of Appeals considers his challenge. Davis, 73, said he never expected such a fight.
  • Virginia vintners taste the police state

    08/17/2012 5:56:23 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12 August 2010
    While the Obama administration is busy eviscerating private property rights at the federal level, Republican-controlled Fauquier County, Va., has decided to follow suit in its own way. Fauquier's Board of Supervisors recently passed a winery ordinance that tramples private property rights and some fundamental civil liberties. Most of the wineries are mom and pop operations. Some, though, have been more creative in marketing, employing more people, and generating revenue. The county thinks such success must be punished. At the center of all this is the county zoning administrator, a bureaucratic czar named Kimberley Johnson, whose bullying and heavy-handed enforcement tactics...
  • Teenager not allowed to sell hot dogs now homeless

    08/10/2012 6:42:45 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 36 replies
    Yahoo/The Daily Caller ^ | 8/10/12 | n/a
    Nathan Duszynski, a 13-year-old whose hot dog cart was shut down by city officials in Holland, Mich., is now homeless, along with his disabled parents. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy first reported the story. Nathan had saved up money for a hot dog cart to help his parents pay their bills. His mother suffers from epilepsy and his father suffers from multiple sclerosis, limiting their ability to work.
  • Virginia farmer threatened with $5K fine for hosting childs birthday party

    08/08/2012 4:47:18 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 16 replies
    Fauquier County is only about an hour from the nations capital but it feels like a different world rolling hills dotted with vineyards, idyllic horse farms, and stifling regulations and ridiculous penalties meted out by capricious bureaucrats. Wait, what? Well, I guess its not that easy to get away from it all. Martha Boneta, who owns a small local farm, found that out the hard way when she was threatened with $5,000 in fines for not getting the proper permit to sell produce and host 10-year-olds birthday party on her property. "Boneta already had a business license the county issued...
  • Why Is Fauquier County, Virginia, Waging War Against Small Farmers?

    07/31/2012 9:59:44 AM PDT · by ArtDodger · 16 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | July 29th, 2012 | Stacy McCain
    Why Is Fauquier County, Virginia, Waging War Against Small Farmers? Posted on | July 29, 2012 | 23 Comments and 24 Reactions Zoning is the closest thing to fascism most Americans will ever know, and its remarkable how local governments use zoning laws to limit the rights of the little guy while rewarding the wealthy and well-connected. Big developers who know how to work the system can almost always get whatever they want from zoning boards, while the small property owner is at the mercy of politicians and bureaucrats. Property rights of small farmers are under assault in Fauquier County,...

    07/30/2012 10:54:17 AM PDT · by robowombat · 11 replies
    Examiner ^ | JULY 13, 2012 | MATT ROBERTS
    A Louisiana fortune teller feels vindicated after a federal judge struck down a city ordinance that banned fortunetelling, palm reading and astrology within the city limits of Alexandria. A Louisiana fortune teller feels vindicated after a federal judge struck down a city ordinance that banned fortunetelling, palm reading and astrology within the city limits of Alexandria. U.S. District Judge Dee Drells ruling Wednesday coincides with a magistrates findings that Alexandrias city ordinance prohibiting such practices was unconstitutional in that it infringed on the First Amendment right to free speech. The ordinance itself not only prohibited psychic or Tarot reading for...
  • Mall says U.S. flags on kiddie train must go

    07/29/2012 5:56:19 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 77 replies
    KATU ^ | 7/29/2012
    CLACKAMAS, Ore. - A fight over the American flag is brewing at the Clackamas Town Center. The manager of the children's train at the mall says he's being forced to remove flags that he uses to decorate the train ride. Why? The mall told him the flags are against policy. Thomas Phelps said he was floored when he got a letter from mall management telling him that the flags were "unapproved visuals." That reference didn't sit too well with Phelps, who also happens to be a military veteran. "That is dedicated to veterans and military, police, firefighters, EMTs - all...
  • Oregon Man Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail -- for Collecting Rainwater on His Property

    07/27/2012 10:01:30 AM PDT · by rawhide · 69 replies ^ | 7-26-12 | Kendra Alleyne
    A rural Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and over $1,500 in fines because he had three reservoirs on his property to collect and use rainwater. Gary Harrington of Eagle Point, Ore., says he plans to appeal his conviction in Jackson County (Ore.) Circuit Court on nine misdemeanor charges under a 1925 law for having what state water managers called three illegal reservoirs on his property and for filling the reservoirs with rainwater and snow runoff. The government is bullying, Harrington told in an interview Thursday. Theyve just gotten to be big bullies...
  • 13-year-old entrepreneur told no hot dog sales

    07/26/2012 6:54:12 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 40 replies
    Holland Sentinel ^ | Jul 17, 2012 | ANNETTE MANWELL
    Nathan Duszynski, 13, decided he wanted a hot dog cart, so he could earn some money (to help his disabled parents). But as he was setting up shop Tuesday in the parking lot of Reliable Sports at River Avenue and 11th Street across the street from Holland City Hall a city of Holland zoning official shut him down. Now, after spending more than $2,500 to start up his business, Duszynski is throwing in the towel, his mom said.