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4 Stories That Make You Say “Huh?”


“Are YOU being charged with soliciting illegal lemonade from a minor? Did you INHERIT an antique Mandolin from Granny? Count on US – the attorneys at ‘WTF Legal Offices’ to represent YOU in front of the feds. Call now – offices around the country are standing by. . . “

1) Please remember, during the dog days of summer, not to patronize any cherubic youngsters hawking lemonade or other drinks. It’s dangerous, don’t you know, and those youngsters haven’t got the proper permits. Forbes kindly has an article detailing authorities’ efforts to curtail this beverage menace.

I’m beginning to think that there’s a nation-wide government conspiracy against either lemonade or children, because these lemonade stand shutdowns seem to be getting more and more common. If you set up a stand for your kids, just be prepared for a visit from the cops.


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But it’s the shutdown of lemonade stands that I find so inexplicable. Who stands to lose from a couple of six-year-olds selling lemonade? Who stands to gain from shutting them down? Do local governments really think parents are going to pay for $400 vendor permits, or that kids can scrape together the money for food permits? Are there any actual safety risks? Kids have been selling lemonade for decades without permits of any sort. They often set the stands up just for fun, but many lemonade stands (or bake sales) are used to raise money for schools, cancer, or sick pets. Lemonade stands represent the most innocent, optimistic side of capitalism out there.

If you want a map of all the “lemonade” shutdowns, go to Selling Lemonade is Not a Crime. Honestly, I was surprised. Any “authority” shutting down a kid’s stand should be very embarrassed. And remember, if lemonade is outlawed. only outlaws will have lemonade.

2) Remember when the U.S. “killed” Gadafy’s daughter?

According to Wikipedia, there was even a question at the time whether or not this daughter existed.

According to medical staff in the nearby hospital, two dozen people arrived in military uniform and two without uniform.[16] Total Libyan casualties are estimated at 60, including casualties at the bombed airbases. Among the casualties was an infant girl, whose body was shown to American reporters and who was claimed to be Gaddafi’s recently adopted daughter. However, there was much doubt about this claim, since nobody had ever heard of her before and many people believed it was actually a “posthumous adoption”.[16][17]. After storming Gadaffi’s compound during the 2011 Battle of Tripoli, further evidence[18] was uncovered that the child killed was not Gaddafi’s daughter as claimed.

Regardless, IrishTimes says she did exist and she’s alive and well.

The adopted daughter of Muammar Gadafy, whom he claimed died as an infant in the 1986 US bombing of his Tripoli compound, appears to be alive and worked as a doctor in the Libyan capital, documents discovered by The Irish Times  indicate.

A room belonging to Hana Muammar Gadafy in the section of the Bab al-Azizia compound where the Gadafy family lived contained several documents that appear to indicate she grew up to study medicine in Tripoli and took English classes at the British Council in the Libyan capital.

Many Libyans have long doubted the story of Hana’s death, which Gadafy used to bolster the notion that he was a victim of western military aggression.

Just another version of the “Great Satan” not being either, really. Remember how Ronald Reagan and the military were excoriated for this?

3) At the Register (UK), you’ll find a story about a CERN study suggesting that the Sun plays a much bigger role in climate change than previously thought – and that man plays less.

The first results from the lab’s CLOUD (“Cosmics Leaving OUtdoor Droplets”) experiment published in Nature today confirm that cosmic rays spur the formation of clouds through ion-induced nucleation. Current thinking posits that half of the Earth’s clouds are formed through nucleation. The paper is entitled Role of sulphuric acid, ammonia and galactic cosmic rays in atmospheric aerosol nucleation.

This has significant implications for climate science because water vapour and clouds play a large role in determining global temperatures. Tiny changes in overall cloud cover can result in relatively large temperature changes.

Unsurprisingly, it’s a politically sensitive topic, as it provides support for a “heliocentric” rather than “anthropogenic” approach to climate change: the sun plays a large role in modulating the quantity of cosmic rays reaching the upper atmosphere of the Earth.

Hmmmmmm. Thoughts?

4) Lastly, the WSJ details government agents raiding Gibson guitars.

Federal agents swooped in on Gibson Guitar Wednesday, raiding factories and offices in Memphis and Nashville, seizing several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. The Feds are keeping mum, but in a statement yesterday Gibson’s chairman and CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, defended his company’s manufacturing policies, accusing the Justice Department of bullying the company. “The wood the government seized Wednesday is from a Forest Stewardship Council certified supplier,” he said, suggesting the Feds are using the aggressive enforcement of overly broad laws to make the company cry uncle.

Of course, this doesn’t just apply to companies. Musicians are worried too.

It isn’t just Gibson that is sweating. Musicians who play vintage guitars and other instruments made of environmentally protected materials are worried the authorities may be coming for them next.

If you are the lucky owner of a 1920s Martin guitar, it may well be made, in part, of Brazilian rosewood. Cross an international border with an instrument made of that now-restricted wood, and you better have correct and complete documentation proving the age of the instrument. Otherwise, you could lose it to a zealous customs agent—not to mention face fines and prosecution.

So, if I see someone with an antique GIbson, can I make a citizen’s arrest? Is a dude busking at a lemonade stand a twofer? Hmmmm. I can see the new tv ads now. . .

“Are YOU being charged with soliciting illegal lemonade from a minor? Did you INHERIT an antique Mandolin from Granny? Count on US – the attorneys at ‘WTF Legal Offices’ to represent YOU in front of the feds. Call now – offices around the country are standing by. . . “

  • HELENK

    from john smart’s place
    the DOJ and Boston College.

    http://johnwsmart.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/the-doj-and-boston-college/#more-4370

    The DOJ is becoming something that is not in America’s best interest. The are becoming something that our fathers would not want for this country

    • Ferd_Berfle

      With all the problems we face, Eric ‘Turd’ Holder is chasing windmills with Sancho Bama tagging along.

      • HELENK

        I honestly can not think of any decision  worse for the country than putting holder in charge of the DOJ.

        voter fraud  maybe depends on what color is doing the threatening

        guns to drug cartels  sounds good why not try it and then cover up the crime

  • Anonymous

    My head is spinning from the insanity of it all. 

    I saw a story last night about an architect in the Pacific Northwest (I think) who’d lost his job and was about to have his home foreclosed.  He drove off in the dead of night, leaving his 11-year-old son with a note telling the child he loved him and the boy should go to the neighbor’s house when he woke up.  (Mama had abandoned the family years previously.)

    The note said the man had called everyone he could think of for help but no one would assist him. 

    Regardless of your feelings about leaving an 11-year-old, it’s hard not to identify with the father to some degree.  Desperate times result in desperate measures. 

    We have more than a year of this horrendous administration left.  What will we see in that time?

    • Frenchnail

      I saw that story too and all the while I was thinking at Michelle-Antoinette last Safari Vacations coming at 10 millions of taxpayer money. That piece of ^&%$ masquarading as a first lady should be taking vacations only in the US, and should have come back to Washington with her husband yesterday saving the cost and the carbon foot print of a separate plan, and should be trully standing with the nation at a red cross center or shelter in preparation of the upcoming hurricane.

      People are hurting in ways we cannot imagine and these two impostors are partying like no tomorrow. I am not sure we will be still standing in 2012.

      • Ferd_Berfle

        Now you know we’re all just indentured servants to Miss Ritz. After all, reparations are due her and she’s going to collect. Honestly, I don’t know who is worse, Mo or Bo Kettle.

      • Anonymous

        The only time the two Obamas even pretend to “help” anyone but themselves is at a photo-op.

        Everything is always about them.

  • Anonymous

    Lemonade stands represent the American spirit through
    entrepreneurship.   What kind of American doesn’t  smile when they see a couple of kids selling lemonade on a warm day?  These kids should be encouraged in their first attempts at commerce instead of being frightened by the authorities.  I would quit my job before I’d shut down a kid’s stand.

  • Docelder

    “Musicians who play vintage guitars and other instruments made of environmentally protected materials are worried the authorities may be coming for them next.” – Since we know almost anything is possible now… How about this? Due to product liability suits most guns are made overseas now as well… since International law is what Obama uses… what if these countries through backroom deals make the export of those guns to the US illegal? They would make it here anyway through another country as an intermediary… But can Obama then send the police out to collect them? We know he would love to… but can he? He seems to do whatever he wants with corporate and media support… people seem to be non factors.

  • Docelder

    “Musicians who play vintage guitars and other instruments made of environmentally protected materials are worried the authorities may be coming for them next.” – Since we know almost anything is possible now… How about this? Due to product liability suits most guns are made overseas now as well… since International law is what Obama uses… what if these countries through backroom deals make the export of those guns to the US illegal? They would make it here anyway through another country as an intermediary… But can Obama then send the police out to collect them? We know he would love to… but can he? He seems to do whatever he wants with corporate and media support… people seem to be non factors.

  • Docelder

    “CERN study suggesting that the Sun plays a much bigger role in climate change than previously thought ”  - Give me a break… you have to be a CERN scientist now to see that the sun heats the Earth… Hello… crack an egg on the sidewalk in August and watch it cook in the sun’s radiant heat. So hell yes… solar flares and sunspots affect the radiant energy making it’s way to the Earth… you don’t need a damn Nobel Prize to know that. Even Al Gore could grasp that concept… if there was somehow green money in it somewhere. So the damn “science” isn’t settled finally. Gimme a F’in break. Now can we go on with the business of employing ourselves and leading the damn planet into the next century? Can we outgrow the need to worship the Nobel Prize winners Al Gore and Barack Obama? Can we yes? 

    • Ferd_Berfle

      There’s a lot more at work than just CO2. Indeed, CO2 would not be a problem if it weren’t for something else also contributing to temperature increases. I don’t know why this hasn’t occurred to some of these scientists. CO2 acts as an insulator but is not responsible for increasing the heat as it only maintains the heat already present. Moreover, there currently aren’t enough computing resources on the planet to systematically eliminate each and every potential cause. How about some due diligence? They can’t do that because it doesn’t fit in with their a priori argument (and a violation of the scientific method) that man is responsible.

      • Anonymous

        Remember when the left had their knickers all in a twist because the Bush Administration ignored the “science?”

        Once the left began ignoring or changing the science to fit their political agenda they too became a part of the Flat Earth Society.

        Science and Justice have become intolerably tainted by politics and politicians. That endangers us all.

      • Docelder

        CO2 as the culprit fit in well with the carbon exchange scheme. We see even now the push to get off the dollar as a world trading standard… so whose currency do we use? I think it was going to be carbon and the right to use carbon was to replace gold… First carbon is arbitrary it has no inherent value to speak of… it is the perfect virtual currency… moreover it enslaves the entire planet because we all breathe out CO2… so in effect it is a tax on our very breath. We can’t exist without carbon… so it is also a tax on our very right to exist on this sphere. No… we aren’t done here by a long shot… not because CO2 is toxic… it isn’t. It never was.

  • Anonymous

    test- 1234

  • Anonymous

    My comments keep disappearing, 
    Please address the situation. 
    Thank you.

  • Anonymous
  • HELENK

    I lost a comment again

    MA state police close down 12 year old’s green tea stand

    • HELENK
    • Anonymous

      HELENK – Me too.

      • Anonymous

        I lost one comment last night—but it reappeared after 30 minutes.

        • Anonymous

           its not just me?
          Thanks.

          • Anonymous

            Bronwyn’s restoring them as fast as she can.  Dis-cuss is a quirky little bugger.

            • Frenchnail

              What I cannot stand is the slowing down of the typing on long (?) comments. I fell Big brother is wagging its finger at me when the system does that

            • Anonymous

              Thank you, creeper00

        • Anonymous

          I think the digestion process takes that long when hung in the spamminator.

  • HELENK

    this so called justice is just sickening.
    women convicted of homicide after drunk driver kills her child

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2011/07/18/woman-convicted-of-homicide-after-drunk-driver-kills-her-child/

    • Anonymous

      Stories like this are one reason I oppose laws like “Caylee’s Law.” I don’t’ want prosecutors to have more power. I don’t want any part of government to have “more” power. They have enough.

      • Frenchnail

        What is scaring me most is that as a rule if you are educated by more than some college or successful in any way you are automatically dismissed from jury duty by either party attorney. Justice is now delivered by Dum and Dummer.And that’s scary. Also pretty much explain the Casey Antonny verdict.

        • Ferd_Berfle

          I’ve received notice for potential jury duty twice, once in WA and once in NE. Both times I had to fill out a questionnaire–I never got called. Good for me, I suppose, but perhaps not so good for the system.

    • Anonymous

      I can identify, would have no problem killing someone who murdered my child, and would turn myself in as well.

  • Anonymous

    Lisa B—many thanks for bringing these stories to our attention.

  • Anonymous

    Gibson is to guitars, as Harley is to motorcycles.

    If there ever was a doubt we are in trouble, its when
    the government is into taking down, a American icon.
    What’s next Graceland?

    I know, maybe the government would like to in the
    music business? 
    What with rap stars, poets and conga lines.

    Their CEO is trying to fight the good fight.
    maybe his donations did not meet with “O’s” approval?

  • Anonymous

    Lemonade stands being shut down by the lemonade Gestapo?  I suppose it would be cool with the Obama Administration if the kids were selling Kool-Aid.

    • Anonymous

      The reason that government is suddenly cracking down on lemonade stands is because Obama never ran a company – he never ran an organization – he never ran any government entity – and he never even ran a Lemonade Stand. This is a government conspiracy to wipe lemonade stands off the face of the map.

      • Anonymous

        They might end up with more experience than BO…He can’t have that…

        • Anonymous

          I’m sure we will see Jeanine Garafulo not only going off on Tea Party members but now also going off on 10 year old lemonade stand proprietors who must be racist.

          • Frenchnail

            Very interesting White Insider Report at Ulsterman is laying down the Obama reelection strategy being mostly based on racism calls and race white guilt. So be prepared to be called racist a whole lot more in the coming months. And that’s goes for those enterpreneurial white kids who sells for profit rather than sharing their wealth (lemonade) with their neighbors!!!

            • Anonymous

              The problem with playing the race card again is that it’s lost much of it’s sting with most and all if it’s sting with many. If that’s their strategy they are desperate! They’ll get 80-90% of the AA, vote, which they would anyway and 100% of the elite liberal idiot vote, which they would anyway. That isn’t enough!

            • Ferd_Berfle

              They can pull that card from the bottom of the deck until their fingers bleed. Cries of racism and racist don’t put food on the table and moreover, the public is ready for some answers and not more name calling by the left, which is dishing out crap that isn’t nourishing and doesn’t pay the bills. I do hope the retrogressives keep on right up until election eve.