Aug 7, 2010
Julie Murphy operated a lemonade stand at a community event called Last Thursday art fair in Portland, Oregon. However, because she violated the law and didn’t have a $120 temporary restaurant license, she was forced to close.
The photo shows Julie at her lemonade stand among other Last Thursday art fair vendors before she was shut down.
It turns out that Under the law, any lemonade stand, even one on your front lawn, must be licensed under state law.
One official said, "when you go to a public event and set up shop, you're suddenly engaging in commerce. The fact that you're small-scale I don't think is relevant."
By selling lemonade for 50 cents a glass she risked a fine of $500.
After the lemonade stand got squeezed out, the county’s top elected official, county Chairman Jeff Cogen, apologized for the sour treatment Julie got.
Aug 6, 2010
Beginning in January 2006, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre said that if he "had to pick right now and make a decision, I'd say I'm not coming back."
That was the first of five consecutive seasons in which Favre has insinuated, at one point or another, that he's going to stop playing football.
Since then Favre has had a faux retirement after faux retirement.
His last faux retirement came last Tuesday when he reportedly texted his Viking teammates, "This is it."
Then, true to form, he told ESPN's Ed Werder that he'd play if his bad ankle didn't fail him.
More on the Favre retirement/unretirement soap opera here.
Michelle Obama (pictured) today faced a fresh wave of attacks over her lavish break in Spain with 40 friends which has cost U.S. taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.
The First Lady has been lambasted for her extravagance at a time when the economy is still struggling. One blogger went so far as to brand her a modern-day Marie Antoinette.
The exact cost of the trip is unclear as Mrs. Obama, 46, and her friends are footing personal expenses - including accommodation at Marbella's five-star Hotel Villa Padierna - themselves.
However, U.S. taxpayers will pick up the tab for the First Lady's 68-strong security detail, her personal staff - and the use of presidential jet Air Force Two.
The cost for the secret service team will run about $95,000 for the length of the vacation.
Use of Air Force Two, the Air Force version of a 757, comes in at $145,835 for the round trip. This does not include time on the ground.
The American public will also cover the cost of the only official part of the holiday, a visit to the Spanish royal family on the island of Majorca.
A conservative estimate for the vacation for Michelle and her daughter puts the total amount at more than $380,000.
White House press secretary Robin Gibbs was asked at a briefing if there were any concerns about how the visit was being viewed by the public.
'The First Lady is on a private trip,' he said. 'She is a private citizen and is the mother of a daughter on a private trip. I think I'd leave it at that.'
Even so, anger is mounting in the U.S. as the First Lady will have enjoyed eight vacations by the end of the summer!
Woods carded his career worst score at Firestone, a shocking four-over-par 74 in the opening round.
Tiger Woods has dominated the World Golf Championships event, winning it seven times at Firestone Country Club, but he was completely off his game in ideal conditions.
He hit only five fairways in a wayward driving performance and the rest of his game was just as bad as he finished the day ahead of only eight players.
It was his worst score by two strokes in 45 competitive rounds at Firestone.
She will succeed retired Justice John Paul Stevens by a vote of 63-37.
Kagan isn't expected to alter the ideological balance of the court, where Stevens was considered a leader of the liberals.
Aug 5, 2010
The gay marriage ban was the well-publicized Proposition 8 that was passed by California voters in 2008.
One Wednesday, one judge voided more than 7,000,000 California voters.
Two questions come to mind:
1. Will Judge Walker's ruling be challenged and taken to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and eventually to the United States Supreme Court?
2. Did Judge Walker's personal sexual orientation influence his decision? An article at the second link below reports that Judge Walker is gay.
For the last few years, federal agencies have defended body scanning by insisting that all images will be discarded as soon as they're viewed.
The Transportation Security Administration claimed last summer, for instance, that "scanned images cannot be stored or recorded."
Now it turns out that some police agencies are storing the controversial images after all.
The U.S. Marshals Service admitted this week that it had surreptitiously saved tens of thousands of images recorded with a millimeter wave system at the security checkpoint of a single Florida courthouse.
Aug 4, 2010
From a report at the link below:
Missouri voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a federal mandate to purchase health insurance, rebuking President Barack Obama's administration and giving Republicans their first political victory in a national campaign to overturn the controversial health care law passed by Congress in March.
This is the first domino to fall as Republicans plan an overhaul of ObamaCare when new members of the House and Senate take office in January.
It will depend on how much of a majority Republicans have in Congress whether Obama can safely veto bills that reverse key parts of ObamaCare and still get re-elected in 2012.
This 71% vote in Missouri will encourage other states to do the same.
Link here and here.
The man walked up to the drive-through window of an Atlanta Wendy's wearing a ski mask and holding a gun.
He demanded the cash drawer, grabbed it and ran away.
The Obama administration faced an embarrassing diplomatic blunder today after it was forced to pull a warning about racism in Spain - just as the First Lady (pictured) arrived in the country for a summer holiday.
Staff at the U.S. State Department removed the contentious advice to travelers, which included the phrase 'racist prejudices could lead to the arrest of Afro-Americans who travel to Spain,' on Monday.
The Obama administration has been quick to bring up racism at every turn. This time it nearly bit them back.
How long will it take Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to smooth this over?
A DIA spokesperson says the corrugated metal and plastic sculptures represent clouds.
Could have fooled us. We thought they look more like crown shaped lunchboxes sitting on large blue scaffold's.
The crown shaped lunchboxes…er…cloud sculptures are part of the airport's public art program and will be on display for at least a year. Aficionados of corrugated metal and plastic clouds will be happy.
Once again the blinged-out Cadillac Escalade SUV, a favorite of the rich and famous like Tiger Woods, is the vehicle voted most likely to be stolen.
The list is shown below:
1. Cadillac Escalade
2. Chevrolet Silverado
3. Dodge Charger
4. Chevrolet Avalanche
5. Infiniti G37 Coupe
6. GMC Sierra Crew Cab
7. Nissan Maxima
8. Hummer H2
9. GMC Yukon XL 4WD
10. Chevrolet Tahoe
Two possible ethics trials of senior Democrat members of Congress are compounding the governing party's political woes and raising hopes among Republican leaders that they can make large gains in November's mid-term elections.
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R., Ohio) said on Fox News that Democrats had failed to "drain the swamp" of House ethics as they had promised.
How could Pelosi drain the swamp if the two biggest alligators refuse to budge?
More of the story here
Gallup's 2010 Confidence in Institutions poll finds Congress ranking dead last out of the 16 institutions rated this year.
Eleven percent of Americans say they have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Congress, down from 17% in 2009 and a percentage point lower than the previous low for Congress, recorded in 2008.
Underscoring Congress' image problem, half of Americans now say they have "very little" or no confidence in Congress, up from 38% in 2009 -- and the highest for any institution since Gallup first asked this question in 1973. Previous near-50% readings include 48% found for the presidency in 2008, and 49% for the criminal justice system in 1994.
Aug 3, 2010
Police said a 26-year-old woman was going 78 mph in a 55 mph zone on Interstate 75 when an officer tried to pull her over.
Police say that when the woman reached local streets, she drove the speed limit and stopped at red lights. They used sticks that punctured her tires, just yards from her home.
Police said she resisted, and they used a stun gun before charging her with resisting arrest, failing to comply with police, speeding and driving under suspension.
It sounds like the plot for a film. A billionaire plunks down $1 and walks away with a piece of American history.
Sidney Harman, a man who built his fortune selling sound equipment, is going to be the new owner of Newsweek magazine.
Good news for the worker bees at Newsweek. The New York Times recently reported that Harman would "keep the vast majority of Newsweek's 325 employees" in place, including managers and editors.
It looks like, instead of going belly up, Newsweek will continue to rant against conservative politicians as well as continue to be one of Mr. Obama's most active cheerleaders.
According to a report at the link below, the government has based their decision in part on human smell tests. The rule "if it stinks don't eat it" is not very scientific.
Some Gulf fishermen are questioning whether the fish and shrimp are OK to feed to their own families.
The photo shows a plane spraying dispersant in the Gulf of Mexico.
One fisherman asked, "if I put fish in a barrel of water and poured oil and Dove detergent over that, and mixed it up, would you eat that fish? I wouldn't feed it to you or my family. I'm afraid someone's going to get sick."
If you thought it was a time for Democrats running for office to rally around the chief executive -- you'd have been wrong.
Former Governor Roy Barnes was not available to meet Mr. Obama. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate was in south Georgia- - far from Atlanta.
In Houston County, Mr. Barnes had breakfast with peach and pecan farmers.
Barnes said, "I'd rather be with these folks, if you want to know the truth, I'm not running for governor of Washington D.C. I'm running for governor of Georgia."
Democrats running for office in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts found that Mr. Obama did not help them with his personal appearances.
Aug 2, 2010
From a report at the link below:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a crackdown on farm dust, so senators have signed a letter addressing their concerns on the possible regulations.
The letter dated July 23 to the EPA states, "If approved, would establish the most stringent and unparalleled regulation of dust in our nation's history."
1. Is this about more control for the Obama administration?
2. Is this a new way to generate revenue by charging farmers a dust tax?
3. Will Obama appoint a Dust Czar to oversee the control of farm dust?
4. All of the above.
Number 4 is likely the correct answer.
Let's hope enough sensible Senators come to the aid of farmers to get this dust up watered down!
Link here and here.
The upper dentures, one of several sets specially made for the wartime prime minister, were crucial for maintaining his distinctively slurred speaking style famous from World War II-era radio broadcasts.
The dentures were bought by a British collector of Churchill memorabilia, at three times the estimated price.
Link here and here.
He's not Bonnie, nor is he Clyde. Also not Dillinger or D.B. Cooper.
But San Diego's Geezer Bandit (shown below) has caught the fancy of the media and the public after 11 bank robberies in the last year.
Tellers who have had contact with the robber say he is between 60 and 70 years old and that he's all business when he flashes a gun and demands money.
Fans have set up a website and may hawk gear inspired by the apparently older man robbing San Diego banks. But public fascination with bank robbers is nothing new.
The authorities are not amused.
This will not help Democrats as they are fighting to hold on to their majority in an election already defined by distrust of Washington.
Neither Rangel nor Waters face serious electoral challenges in November. However the focus on corruption in Washington will have a serious negative impact on other Democrats in close electoral battles this fall.
Aug 1, 2010
The initiative, funded by Transport for London, sponsored by Barclays, and operated by Serco, could lose almost $8 million a year, according to Kulveer Ranger, Johnson’s transportation adviser.
Riders would pay about $9 for a two-hour rental or $78 for a full day. The first 30 minutes are free but how far can you go in 30 minutes?
Barcelona, Paris, and Brussels are have already introduced public cycle-rental systems.
The spoof says MSNBC will be changing its name to MPTV.
One commenter had this suggestion:
Maybe they should call it KKKTV in honor of the late Senator Robert Byrd who was a Kleagle and Exalted Cyclops in the Ku Klux Klan.
From yet another commenter:
A couple of excerpts:
Faced with years of disaster-level ratings, MSNBC has announced it will change its name to MPTV, Microsoft Progressive Television (the Microsoft name was kept because, well you don’t want to upset Microsoft). Along with the name change is a more family friendly TV lineup.
For example in the late morning there will be a block of game shows, the most promising of which is based on the health care bill and called Take the Money or Let Granny Die. Contestants will be offered the chance to guarantee the funds of their social security retirement plans if they agree to withhold expensive medical treatment from an aging grandparent or other elderly relative.
And don't ya love the photo of a protesting toothless granny holding a sign saying, "Bush Stole My Dentures!"
And this quote is as rich as it is funny:
There are even Sitcoms on this new version of MSNBC. My favorite is called Everybody Hates Keith.
Follow the comedic exploits of arrogant superstar Keith Olbermann as he goes through the day realizing that his opponents hate him, but not understanding that his “friends,” co-workers, family and even his parish priest despise the very sight of him.
Uncle Ted does not mince words when he writes:
Barack Hussein Obama did not sneak into power.
An army of clueless, disconnected, ignorant Americans invited him to bring his Marxist, glaringly anti-American jihad into our lives.
And that's just the beginning.
Nugent goes on from there voicing what more and more Americans have been thinking and saying since the January 2009 Inauguration.