Tales of the Nanny State: the war on lemonade stands resumes

August 28, 2015
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“No charity allowed!”

Good thing, too, or Jerry Seinfeld’s kid might have gotten away with…. brace yourselves… selling unregulated lemonade to raise money for charity.

The horror:

If Jerry Seinfeld’s TV show were still in production, this surely could have been the basis for an episode.

A lemonade stand generating money for a charity run by the sometime East Hampton resident’s wife, Jessica Seinfeld, was shut down recently, apparently after an irritated neighbor complained to police, according to published reports.

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In a second post Wednesday on Instagram she offered a picture of a story in the East Hampton Press, complimenting the paper about its coverage of their “outlaw lemonade stand.”

“People always talk about how kids today need to get back to the basics, and when [they] do, they change their mind”.

East Hampton Village Police were not immediately available for comment.

Reports say police closed the stand because it was in violation of a village ordinance and neighbors’ complaints of illegally parked cars.

Must be nice in East Hampton, if the biggest problem there is kids trying to raise money for struggling families in need of baby goods. Thank God the neighbors were there to bring down the law on these anarchists!

"Back away from the lemonade stand, NOW!"

“Back away from the lemonade stand, NOW!”

Seriously, I don’t blame the village cops; when someone made a complaint, they had to act. Police don’t get to pick and choose which laws they support. And people might complain that they were showing favoritism to the children of a popular star, if they did.

Nah, this is on the nosy neighbors, those heirs to Gladys Kravitz who form the “nanny society” that supports Nanny State.

Nice job, folks. smiley thumbs down

RELATED: Earlier posts on the Great Lemonade Stand War.

via Protein Wisdom

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Feel-good story of the week: “Secret Santa” hands out cash to needy

December 2, 2011

Just when you think the world is full of nothing but crappy, selfish people, someone just has to go and prove you wrong:

A businessman who identified himself only as “Secret Santa” brought Christmas cheer to Reading, Pa., one $100 bill at a time.

Reading has the highest poverty rate of cities across the nation with more than 65,000 residents, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. An estimated 90,000 people call Reading home.

The unnamed Good Samaritan Santa had read about the plight of Reading’s residents, and he spent Tuesday traversing the city and handing out cash to those he thought could use it, the Reading Eagle newspaper reported.

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The secret Santa explained that helping others helped him.

“I get more out of it than they do,” he said. “I’ve had people say, you know, ‘You saved my life. I was going to commit suicide.’ I’ve had people say, ‘I couldn’t pay my heat. … I hadn’t eaten in days,’” he said.

And I’ll bet this guy is part of the one-percent the Occupy movement is trying to “save” us from. But the truth is, and you can bet on it, he’s done more good handing out his money and giving help to those who really need it on this one day than all the self-absorbed Occupiers have ever done with all their drum circles and up-and-down twinkles and rape-free zones over the last three months. Or ever will.

Go, Secret Santa!

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


When Muslims saved Jews

December 22, 2010

I regularly (and justifiably) criticize Islam and its apologists for the antisemitism and Jew-hatred that’s hardwired into the faith. But there are exceptions, and these need to be borne in mind so that we don’t cross the line from reasoned, valid criticism to a mindless bigotry that just mirrors our Salafist enemy. Such an exception is the following story, which tells the tale of Albanian Muslims who risked their lives to save thousands of Jews fleeing the Nazis:

“I’ll never forget this – when we were at this guy’s home and he was looking at us sort of like angrily and he said ‘What are you doing here?'” says Gershman. “We said, ‘Well, your family saved this Jewish family,’ and he looked at us and said, ‘So what? Any Albanian would have done the same thing. We did nothing special,’ and he meant it.”The Albanians have a word for this: Besa. It translates as ‘word of honor,’ and is a cultural precept unique to Albania.

“The word Besa in Albanian is kind of protection of when they host a guest, the Albanians, it’s a rule, they protect them with their own lives,” says Alberto Colonomos, a Jewish man born in 1933 in what was then Yugoslavia. He was 10 years old when his family fled to Albania.

“There were about 7,200 Jews living in that area. They deported them to the concentration camps and they deported them all the way to Treblinka. They killed them all, nobody came back. But about 50 families escaped a week or two weeks before the deportation.”

The Jewish family that lived with the Kazazi family (pictured) escaped the Nazis during searches by scrambling through connecting doorways to other homes. “Our parents were not very religious, but they believed in the Koran and Besa,” the grown Kazazi children say. “Without the Koran there is no Besa. Without Besa there is no Koran.”

A wealthy man who worked in a tobacco factory took in the Colonomos family. Unlike many Jews in other parts of Europe who survived the war in cellars and attics, Jews in Albania were given Muslim names and treated as honored guests. Colonomos explains that under Besa, Albanians put their guests before their own family.

“They really hid us with their lives. They knew that the Germans – the consequences if they catch them were very, very stiff. So they would be shot. But when they have that Besa, they will not denounce their guests. They were amazing people.”

Be sure to read the whole thing. I’ll not stop criticizing Islam, but this is a reminder of the good that can be found among all people, and it’s fitting for the season. I hope the exhibit comes my way; I’d like to see it.

via Joshua Treviño

UPDATE: Mr. Gershman has a web site devoted to his exhibit, with photos and stories from the time.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Conflict of interest? Surely you jest!

January 1, 2010

Just because foreign governments gave tens of millions of dollars to her husband’s charity is no reason to assume the Secretary of State might be compromised in the performance of her fiduciary duties toward the United States.

Really. Uh-hum. Sure. You betcha.

(hat tip: Dan Collins)