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  • 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 Bavuso’s lawsuit against his county’s 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 County’s 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
    Watchdog.org ^ | 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 year’s “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 world’s 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. They’ve 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 it’s been going on for too long,” he told the Providence Journal in a videotaped interview. “I’m 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 doctor’s 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 Virginia’s 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 Bloomberg’s 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 Bloomberg’s 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 isn’t 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
    myfoxny.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | myfoxny.com
    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: http://www.myfoxny.com/story/20621844/nj-town-proposes-flag-ban#ixzz2IMnDG2Gt
  • 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 child’s birthday party

    08/08/2012 4:47:18 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 16 replies
    Fauquier County is only about an hour from the nation’s 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 it’s 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-old’s 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 it’s 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,...
  • LA TOWNS FORTUNETELLING BAN RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL

    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 Drell’s ruling Wednesday coincides with a magistrate’s findings that Alexandria’s 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
    cnsnews.com ^ | 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 CNSNews.com in an interview Thursday. “They’ve 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.
  • Two American Christian Pastors Jailed Within One Week in July

    07/19/2012 7:15:55 PM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 2 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | July 19, 2012 | Michael D. Peabody
    Last week two Christian pastors were jailed in the United States for violation of court orders involving two different types of property cases. In Phoenix, Arizona, Pastor Michael Salman of the Harvest Christian Fellowship Community Church (not affiliated with the Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, CA) is serving a 60-day prison sentence for violating building, fire, and zoning codes. In 2008 Salman received a permit to build a 2,000 square foot “game room” which expressly prohibited its use as a church, business or assembly because it did not meet the physical requirements that such structures were required to meet. Large...
  • Homeowner Jailed for Hosting Bible Study

    07/10/2012 12:12:26 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 105 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 7/10/12 | Todd Starnes
    A Phoenix man who violated city zoning laws by hosting a Bible study in the privacy of his home has started serving a 60-day jail sentence for his crimes. Michael Salman was found guilty in the City of Phoenix Court of 67 code violations. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail along with three years of probation and a $12,180 fine. A spokesperson for the city attorney confirmed that Salman reported to a county jail Monday afternoon. Members of Salman’s Bible study group posted video of their teacher as he self-reported to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. It was...
  • Marchers make their way through Pittsgrove Township to show support for USANA Gun Club(NJ)

    06/17/2012 4:03:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    nj.com ^ | 16 June, 2012 | Michael Williams
    PITTSGROVE TWP. — With an American flag-style top hat on his head and a bullhorn in hand, President and Owner of USANA Gun Club Skip Myers stood on the roof of his indoor shooting range this morning. Below him, a crowd of roughly 60 to 70 supports for the gun club returned his cry of “God Bless America” as they prepared to march in protest of recent hearings between USANA and the Pittsgrove Township Planning Board. “They’re saying we can’t do the things we’ve been doing here for 45 years,” Myers said. “That’s what this march is about, waking somebody...
  • Gun club's future in hands of courts, county(Kitsap, Washington)

    04/23/2012 6:13:03 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    kitsapsun.com ^ | 22 April, 2012 | Christopher Dunagan
    CENTRAL KITSAP — Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club is fighting for its life, according to legal documents filed with the Washington State Court of Appeals. Under a court order, the club’s shooting range on Seabeck Highway is effectively shut down at the moment. The club now faces what it considers to be severe restrictions on any future operations — including limited hours and the type of guns to be shot. That’s why the club went to court last week pleading for a postponement of the order handed down in Pierce County Superior Court. Members should know soon whether the stay...
  • Zoning the ocean

    04/17/2012 8:10:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Human Events ^ | 4-17-12 | Audrey Hudson
    President Barack Obama has an ambitious plan for Washington bureaucrats to take command of the oceans—and with it control over much of the nation’s energy, fisheries, even recreation in a move described by lawmakers as the ultimate power grab to zone the seas. The massive undertaking also includes control over key inland waterways and rivers that reach hundreds of miles upstream, and began with little fanfare when Obama signed an executive order in 2010 to protect the aquatic environment. “This one to me could be the sleeping power grab that Americans will wake up to one day and wonder what...
  • City of Roswell, GA, bullies Andrew Wordes to death over his backyard chickens

    04/10/2012 4:36:56 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 86 replies
    Natural News ^ | April 10, 2012 | Ethan A. Huff
    An innocent man who had legally been raising a few dozen chickens and other small birds in the backyard of his suburban Atlanta home is now dead, following a crusade of terror perpetrated against him by the City of Roswell in Georgia. Andrew Wordes, who died during a recent raid on his property in which county marshals tried to illegally evict him, was the obvious victim of a rogue state gone mad -- and his blood is now on the hands of the Roswell City Administrator, the Roswell City Council, and the Roswell Police Department, all of which robbed from...
  • 500 people pack hearing on Norwalk mosque

    04/05/2012 3:17:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    WTNH ^ | 05 Apr 2012
    Conn. — Nearly 500 people packed a Norwalk Zoning Commission meeting to weigh in on plans for a 27,000-square-foot mosque. Neighbors say they are concerned about traffic and parking issues, not religion, should a mosque be built on Fillow Street.
  • Home of Roswell ‘chicken man' explodes, body found

    03/26/2012 5:36:44 PM PDT · by ct_libertarian · 36 replies · 13+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | March 26, 2012 | Alexis Stevens and Patrick Fox
    The battle between one man and the city of Roswell that started over his keeping of chickens ended Monday afternoon in a fiery explosion. Investigators believe that rather than be evicted from his home, Andrew Wordes poured gasoline throughout the house and set it on fire. "There was an initial explosion and subsequent fire," Lt. James McGee with Roswell police said during a news briefing. A body was found inside the home, but a positive identification had not been made late Monday afternoon due to the condition of the body, Capt. Paul Piccirilli with the Roswell Fire Department said. The...
  • Throw a football or Frisbee on an L.A. beach in the summer: prepare for a $1,000 fine

    02/09/2012 11:44:23 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 106 replies
    83.9 kpcc ^ | 2/9/2011 | Tony Pierce
    The age-old hobby of tossing a football or Frisbee on the beach on a beautiful summer day in Los Angeles will cost you a cool $1,000 thanks to a new ordinance passed by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. Claiming that such activity could be dangerous to other beachgoers, the Supes outlawed "any person to cast, toss, throw, kick or roll any ball, tube, or any light object other than a beach ball or beach volleyball” on or over a beach.
  • Spring Hill residents take aim at home gun-sales plan(FL)

    01/09/2012 6:22:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    hernandotoday.com ^ | 8 January, 2012 | MICHAEL D. BATES
    SPRING HILL -- County Commissioner Jim Adkins said he is a strong supporter of a person's right to keep and bear arms. But there is a limit, he said. And that limit may be reached when it comes to someone extending that constitutional right to selling firearms out of his home. "I'm a very strong Second Amendment person," Adkins said. "I just don't think residential areas are good for that type of business." But, he added, "I can be convinced either way" and awaits more information on Tuesday. That's when a contingent of neighbors who live in a quiet cul-de-sac...
  • Walmart wins big with California initiatives

    11/24/2011 10:09:03 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 46 replies
    San Francisco Comical ^ | November 24, 2011 | Will Evans
    In a push to expand across California without interference, Walmart is increasingly taking advantage of the state's initiative system to threaten elected officials with costly special elections and to avoid environmental lawsuits. The Arkansas-based retailer has hired paid signature gatherers to circulate petitions to build new superstores or repeal local restrictions on big-box stores. Once 15 percent of eligible voters sign the petitions, state election law puts cash-strapped cities in a bind: City councils must either approve the Walmart-drafted measure without changes or put it to a special election. As local officials grapple with whether to spend tens of thousands...
  • Free Markets-Free People Rally, Downtown Denver

    11/22/2011 1:11:10 PM PST · by invaderzim · 6 replies
    Hear Us Now ^ | 11.22,11 | Hear Us Now
    What we instead need are more free markets and more liberty – for history has shown that this is the way for our country’s restored greatness – both as a nation but also for the general populace. To that end, we will be rallying on December 3rd at 11:30 a.m. on the West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol to show support for free market capitalism. Additionally, we will be having a charity drive for a charity to be determined to help show that voluntary contributions – not forced altruism at the hand of the government – is the most...
  • Better In Rwanda

    10/25/2011 5:20:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 25, 2011 | Editor
    Commerce: The U.S. has slipped again in world rankings that assess the ease of starting a new business. If we're to bring down our stubbornly high unemployment rate, this trend has to be reversed. According to the World Bank's "Doing Business 2012" report, America is 13th among 183 countries ranked in the "Starting a Business" category. In the 2011 report, the U.S. ranked 11th. The year before, it was No. 8. In 2009, the U.S. was ranked No. 6. It was fourth in 2008 and third in 2007. In the 2012 ranking, the U.S trailed such job creators as Macedonia,...
  • Homeowners say WI Law Favors Big Farms, Leaves them Powerless Against Smells, Pollution

    09/28/2011 11:14:23 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 111 replies
    Washtington ComPost ^ | September 28, 2011 | AP
    MAGNOLIA, WI — John Adams can’t see the nearly 3,000 cows on the dairy farm two miles from his Wisconsin home, but when the wind blows he can smell them. The stench gives him and his wife headaches. They blame the big farm for contaminating their air and polluting the groundwater well they use for drinking, bathing and watering their garden. They no longer feel safe eating the vegetables they grow. Adams also blames the state, which requires local governments to grant permits to large farms that meet certain limited criteria, even if there are additional environmental concerns. The rural...
  • Possible Rifle Range In Jerome County Concerns Residents(ID)

    08/29/2011 6:52:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    kmvt.com ^ | 28 August, 2011 | Michelle Costa
    JEROME COUNTY< ID (KMVT-TV) - Discussions about a rifle range in eastern Jerome County are underway yet again. The Jerome County Commissioners are looking at possibly opening up a range three miles west of the Jerome Minidoka county line. But, this proposal is worrying people who live in the area. The Carneys own an organic straw field being a farmer is something they pride themselves on. But, their farm life may soon be disturbed. "We like the serenity. It's not that we are against guns, we just don't want them shooting in our backyard,” said Polly Carney, Carney Farms. "They...
  • Property owner may file lawsuit

    07/27/2011 6:00:41 AM PDT · by aec
    The News Courier ^ | July 26, 2011 | Adam Smith
    — A refusal by the Athens City Council to rezone property for a private Internet sales club may lead to a lawsuit. Club owner Jay Spencer had previously asked the Athens Planning Commission to rezone property at 1310 West Elm St., from agricultural to B-2, or business district. The commission voted 6-1 on April 19 to deny the request. On Monday night, Spencer was at the council meeting to request the property be rezoned. Spencer’s attorney, Eddie Alley, said surrounding properties do not conform to agricultural land use because the AT&T service center, county school bus garage and the Athens-Limestone...
  • Ross, Goodman urge Las Vegas firefighters back to negotiating table

    07/20/2011 4:04:43 PM PDT · by redreno
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, July 20, 2011 | 1:32 p.m. | By Dave Toplikar
    As a labor union leader, Councilman Steve Ross knows what union negotiations entail — and he’s urging Las Vegas firefighters to go back to the table and reach an agreement with the city for next year. “We’re really not that far apart,” Ross said at Wednesday’s Las Vegas City Council meeting, where council members were told negotiations had stalled with a difference of about $3 million and that an outside arbitrator is being brought in to resolve the differences.
  • Roads to Ruin: Towns Rip Up the Pavement

    07/20/2011 2:20:02 PM PDT · by bkopto · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 17, 2011 | LAUREN ETTER
    Asphalt Is Replaced By Cheaper Gravel; 'Back to Stone Age' ....Paved roads, historical emblems of American achievement, are being torn up across rural America and replaced with gravel or other rough surfaces as counties struggle with tight budgets and dwindling state and federal revenue. State money for local roads was cut in many places amid budget shortfalls. [SNIP] But higher taxes for road maintenance are equally unpopular. In June, Stutsman County residents rejected a measure that would have generated more money for roads by increasing property and sales taxes. "I'd rather my kids drive on a gravel road than stick...