More from the worlds of incipient libertarianism and absurdity:
- From our own Minnesota backyard, a resident of Mankato (small city about an hour south of Minneapolis) was fined and jailed for replacing shingles on his house without first removing the old ones.
- Here’s the sequence: 1) Girl notices baby woodpecker in danger of being eaten by her family’s cat; 2) girl rescues baby bird; 3) mother and daughter take bird with them into a Lowes store, fearing the heat in their car would kill it; 4) another shopper, an employee of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, tells them they violated federal law by transporting the bird, since the species of woodpecker is protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Act; 5) upon their return home, they release the bird, which flies away; and 6) two weeks later, the F&WS gal shows up at their home, accompanied by a state trooper, and attempts to serve a citation, which the mother refused to accept — the F&WS later mailed a notice to appear in U.S. District Court for unlawfully taking a migratory bird and was fined $535. If convicted, Capo could face up to a year behind bars. Fortunately, reason prevailed:
Virginia State Police just released the following statement:
“We have confirmed that the US Fish and Wildlife agent requested our presence when they served their federal summons. The trooper stood on the porch and said nothing. We had nothing to do with the charge.”
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued this statement at around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 2nd:
“On June 13, a special agent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service observed a woman carrying a cage that contained a woodpecker at a home improvement store in Fredericksburg Virg.
“As possession of a bird may potentially violate the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the agent initiated an inquiry to determine whether a potential violation had occurred.
“Upon speaking with the subject, later identified as Alison Capo, on June 27, the agent determined that no further action was warranted. A citation that had been previously drafted by the agent was cancelled on June 28.
“Unfortunately, the citation was processed unintentionally despite our office’s request to cancel the ticket. The Service has contacted Ms. Capo to express our regret. The Service is also sending Ms. Capo a formal letter explain the clerical error and confirming that ticket should never have been issued.
“This misunderstanding was the result of a Service inquiry into possible violations of federal wildlife law. In particular the Service is responsible for the protection of all federally listed migratory birds. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries did not participate in the inquiry.”
- Think the recent budget deal accomplished something, like actual budget cuts? Think again. Read this, from the Cato Institute.
No program or agency terminations are identified in the deal. None of the vast armada of federal subsidies are targeted for elimination. Old folks will continue to gorge themselves on inflated benefits paid for by young families and future generations. None of Senator Tom Coburn’s or Senator Rand Paul’s specific cuts were included.
The federal government will still run a deficit of $1 trillion next year. This deal will “cut” the 2012 budget of $3.6 trillion by just $22 billion, or less than 1 percent.
- The man (and father of four) hired by the Catholic Church “to monitor church groups to ensure paedophiles did not gain access to children in the church’s congregations” has been arrested. The charge? Possession of 4,000 pictures of child porn. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? How can you not love the man’s audacity (while deploring his sickness and criminal depravity).
But, Speaking of Lemonade, Department
Radley Balko puts it succinctly:
Someone has (somewhat randomly) designated August 20 as National Lemonade Freedom Day.
Idea is to get your kids to set up a lemonade stand without a permit to teach them about bad laws, mindless bureaucracy, and civil disobedience. There’s also a handy Google Maps ap that plots lemonade stand crackdowns around the country.
I will look around for lemonade stands on August 20 and buy some, sugars be damned.
Good Food Abounds Department
Again, our recent session.