Small victory in the Lemonade Stand War

August 3, 2011

Seeing a chance to strike a blow for freedom, capitalism,  and oppressed child-lemonade vendors everywhere (as well as earn some good press), the people who run the Jekyll Island resort invited the girls who had their stand shut down by Marietta authorities to reopen their business on the island:

The Jekyll Island Authority invited the girls from Midway — 14-year-old Kasity Dixon, 12-year-old Tiffany Cassin and 10-year-old Skylar Roberts — to sell their lemonade at Summer Waves Water Park at the island state park. Island officials said the girls planned to be there Sunday.

The offer came after Midway police forced the girls to shut down their lemonade stand earlier this month. Police said the girls needed a business license, a peddler’s permit and a food permit to sell drinks, even in their own yard.

Jekyll Island staff not only invited the girls, but built them a new lemonade stand.

Bravo, JIA!

LINKS: Earlier posts in the Great Lemonade Stand War.

PS: In case you wonder why I harp on this issue, stupidity needs all the laughing, pointing, and mockery it can get. And these stompings of young kids’ fun are so mind-numbingly dumb that I can’t not mock them.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

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The war on kids’ lemonade stands marches on

July 15, 2011

Nanny says, no fun allowed!

What is it with petty bureaucrats and children who want to make a few bucks? Is it a form of bullying? Should we alert Michelle Obama? Now a couple of martinets in Georgia have busted up a speakeasy are the latest warriors in the desperate fight against lemonade stands:

The girls had been operating for one day when Midway’s police chief and another officer cruised by. They had been trying to earn enough money to go to a water park.

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.

Midway Police Chief Kelly Morningstar says police didn’t know how the lemonade was made, who made it or what was in it.

Thank God the cops intervened when they did; who knows how many unsuspecting people might have bought a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day from girls who were —gasp!— unlicensed?

Really, what’s more “Norman Rockwell’s America” than some kids starting up a front-yard business? Like newspaper routes and washing cars, it gives a sense of responsibility, self-reliance, accomplishment, and teaches a little bit about business and capitalism. And shouldn’t we be happy that these girls wanted to earn the money on their own, rather than ask their parents for it?

Instead, they get a lesson in the dead hand of the State.

In the end, the young entrepreneurs took down their stand and did chores for the money, but they should never have had to. As much as I’m annoyed with the cops for not just showing some common sense (and maybe buying a glass or two), the idiots who passed these regulations need an educational kick in the keester. It’s one thing to regulate an adult’s business for health and safety reasons… but this?

What’s next? No kite-flying without filing a flight plan?

RELATED: Earlier posts on the Lemonade Stand War.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Nanny-stater of the month

October 4, 2010

Reason.TV’s “Nanny of the Month” award has turned a year old, and this month’s winner has a bit of an ironic twist to it. Remember how Mom (or Nanny, for those who had one) would always tell you to eat your vegetables, often invoking starving children somewhere to whom we would have gladly given our portion? Well, in this case, a man in Georgia is in trouble with DeKalb County not for refusing to eat his greens, but for growing too many of them:

I have to admit, this one strikes me as a little bit questionable. The zoning laws were in place before the gentleman in question started his organic garden; couldn’t he have sought a variance beforehand? Sure, zoning regulations can be arcane and picayune, but in a residential area, they exist to protect the value everyone’s properties from people who would use their land in ways that would harm that value, such as installing a home tannery or putting up a 90′ neon-green Elvis.  Much as I sympathize with and support the rights of property owners, they do have a responsibility to check the laws before they do something unusual.

Still, it seems more than a little vindictive for the county to try to punish him after he got the necessary permits. He’s acknowledged the law, no harm was done, so what’s the point? Other than a bureaucrat’s game of “mine’s bigger than yours,” that is.

PS: Now that I think of it, wouldn’t the Oregon officials who made a little girl cry be a natural for this? They’d win the year-end award in a runaway.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Breaking: Counterterrorism operation in Georgia?

September 29, 2010

Something’s going on just west of Atlanta:

A team of federal agents stopped tractor-trailers on Interstate 20 just west of Atlanta, inspecting each truck as it passed through a weigh station, and Channel 2 has learned its part of a counter-terrorism operation.

(…)

A TSA spokesman told Channel 2 the event is known as Visible Inter-mobile Prevention and Response, or VIPER, an operation that is conducted with local authorities as a training exercise. The TSA spokesman said the operation is not in response to a specific threat.

However, federal sources told Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne the inspections are part of a counter-terrorism operation.

News Chopper 2 showed screening devices, dogs and a large drive-through bomb detection machine in use along the eastbound interstate near Lee Road.

It could just be an exercise, but given the recent news out of Europe and the increased American drone-strikes in Pakistan, one has to wonder if this is connected. I’ll update if any more news comes out.

Via Jihad Watch

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Shocker: Muslim groups cry wolf about “Islamophobic crime”

July 8, 2010

Both the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Circle of North America screamed that an arson attack against a mosque in Georgia was an anti-Islamic hate crime, and CAIR even demanded a federal investigation.

One problem: the fire was set by a Muslim.

Ooops. Makes it kind of hard to gin up outrageous outrage and play the victim card, doesn’t it?

(via Jihad Watch)

UPDATE: More at Big Peace.

EDIT: Updated the headline, since the two groups were jumping the gun, not directly lying, though ICNA still has a press release up implying this was an Islamophobic hate crime and making no mention of the fact that a Muslim has been charged for the arson.