Man Arrested For Collecting Rainwater On His Property

When it rains, it pours. A man in Oregon has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for collecting rainwater on his property. The government determined he had “illegal reservoirs.”

Guy Harrington of rural Eagle Point, Ore., collects rainwater and snow runoff in three locations on his property. Harrington believes a 1925 law is behind the ruckus. The law established that the city of Medford would hold the rights to all the sources of water in the Big Butte Creek watershed and tributaries.

But Harrington thinks the courts are taking the law of out context.

“It didn’t mention anything about rainwater and it didn’t mention anything about snow melt and it didn’t mention anything about diffused water, but yet now, they’re trying to expand that to include that rain water and they’re using me as the goat to do it,” argued Harrington.

Harrington has three ponds on his 170 acres. According to Oregon laws, one must obtain a permit in order to have a reservoir. Harrington applied for permits and was granted permits in 2003, but a State court reversed that decision.

“They issued me my permits. I had my permits in hand and they retracted them just arbitrarily, basically. They took them back and said ‘No, you can’t have them,’ so I’ve been fighting it ever since,” said Harrington.

The real issue is this: Is the water that Harrington collects public water? Oregon says “yes.” The State believes Harrington is diverting and damming water that would otherwise run into public streams.

But Harrington thinks it is just another example of government overstepping its bounds.

“The government is bullying,” he said. “They’ve just gotten to be big bullies and if you just lay over and die and give up, that just makes them bigger bullies. So, we as Americans, we need to stand on our constitutional rights, on our rights as citizens and hang tough. This is a good country, we’ll prevail.”

Naked Beauty Queen Forced Out Of Bed By Cops

Miss Nevada 2007 is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The department had a warrant for apartment “C” but knocked down the door of apartment “A.” When they entered, Calenche Ranae Manos was covered with only a bed sheet.

The deputies ordered Manos “to get out of bed and then watched as she attempted to do so,” a complaint states. Manos’ fiancé, Eric Otto Ryder, was also in bed.

Allegedly, one of the officers joked that the beauty queen would have a good story to tell at Thanksgiving.

According to KTLA in Los Angeles, Manos has accused the deputies of sexual harassment and is seeking damages for negligence, false imprisonment and civil rights violations.

Manos’ claims, should they prove true, serve as another example of police abusing their power and acting irresponsibly.

Teen Saves Money To Start Business, City Shuts Him Down

A 13-year-old Michigan teen saved nearly $1,000 to start a hot dog business as a way to help take pressure off of his disabled parents. On the same day he set up shop, the city of Holland shut him down.

“I was trying to help my mom and my dad, because they’re both on disability,” recounted Nathan Duszynski. “So I was just trying to bring in some money for them and the household while they’re struggling.”

Duszynski set up a hot dog stand for about 10 minutes before he was told he would have to leave the location. The Michigan teen thought he had jumped through all the necessary hoops, but a zoning law prevents food stands from competing with certain restaurants.

“What makes market capitalism work is the ability of individuals to provide highly nuanced, competing alternatives to some existing business,” commented Michael LaFaive, director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. “This seems like just another sad episode of some government micromanaging the lives of many to benefit a few.”

The teen’s efforts to help his parents, one of whom suffers from epilepsy and the other from multiple sclerosis, were profitable. Shoreline Container, a local packaging company, bought Duszynski’s cart for $2,500. Shoreline Container plans to use the cart for outdoor cookouts.

Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO of Gibson Guitar, a company that has faced its own share of legal issues, said: “Policy makers must stop criminalizing capitalism. This begins by stopping the practice of creating new criminal offenses, or wielding obscure foreign laws, as a method of regulating businesses.

“Especially in a bearish economy, entrepreneurs need to be able to operate without the fear that inadvertently breaking an obscure regulation or unknowingly violating a foreign statute could shut down their company and land them or their employees in jail.”

Obama Announces Education Program For Black Youths

President Barack Obama announced an executive order establishing the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. The President said it will give black students “a complete and competitive education from the time they’re born all through the time they get a career.”

“We also believe that every entrepreneur should have a chance to start a business, no matter who you are, no matter what you look like,” he added. “That’s why we’ve helped African-American businesses and minority-owned businesses and women-owned businesses gain access to more than $7 billion in contracts and financing that allow them to grow and create jobs.”

The plan calls for local communities to work with the Federal government in an attempt to prepare black students for high school and college. As part of the initiative, Obama wants to see the price of college tuition drop.

“A higher education in the 21st century cannot be a luxury. It is a vital necessity that every American should be able to afford. I want all these young people to be getting a higher education, and I don’t want them loaded up with tens of thousands of dollars of debt just to get an education. That’s how we make America great,” he said. The remarks came during a speech on Wednesday in New Orleans to civil rights group National Urban League Convention.

The campaign stop was meant to rally black voters. A recent Gallup poll showed that 89 percent of blacks support Obama. In 2008, 95 percent of blacks voted for Obama.

According to a National Urban League Policy Institute report, if the turnout of black voters returns to 2004 numbers, Obama will lose in North Carolina and perhaps in Ohio and Virginia.

Huckabee, Santorum Plan Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day

Following Chick-fil-A President and CEO Dan Cathy’s comments on traditional marriage, gay rights activists are making plans to boycott the restaurant until the cows come home. They found Cathy’s remarks utterly disturbing. But Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee have a different plan in mind.

The two Republicans are organizing Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.

“No signs and no protests are needed to make your voice heard,” Santorum wrote in an email on Wednesday. “Just simply have a meal at Chick-fil-A on August 1 for ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day’ and our support for traditional values will be heard loud and clear.”

In an interview that has caused a firestorm, Cathy told the Baptist Press: “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

Since making the comment, Cathy has faced pressure on many fronts.

“You called supporters of gay marriage ‘prideful,’” wrote Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to Cathy. “Here in Boston, to borrow your own words, we are ‘guilty as charged.’ We are indeed full of pride for our support of same sex marriage and our work to expand freedom to all people.”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel suggested that Chick-fil-A is unwelcome in Chicago, saying: “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values. They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values. …If he’s in the business of selling chicken in Chicago, he should be in the business of having equal rights for everyone.”

Muppet maker Jim Henson Co. has refused to work with Chick-fil-A “on any future endeavors.”

Gay advocacy group Equality Illinois is urging people to eat at restaurants on Aug. 1 that support same-sex marriage. The group is also urging gay and lesbian couples to “show their disdain for Chick-Fil-A’s policies with public displays of affection in front of their restaurants.”

More than 100,000 people have vowed to eat at Chick-fil-A on Aug. 1 to show their support of Cathy.

Los Angeles Bans Marijuana Dispensaries

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles took a hit on Tuesday. The city council approved a measure that will ban dispensaries throughout the city. The ban was passed unanimously with a 14-0 vote.

There are 762 dispensaries operating in the city. Once Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signs the law, each dispensary will be expected to shut down immediately.

The city believes that the dispensaries have caused an increase in crime. Police Chief Charlie Beck said that most dispensaries are “for-profit businesses engaged in the sale of recreational marijuana to healthy young adults.”

But those who claim to use marijuana for medical purposes think the real crime is the banning of dispensaries.

“I have anorexia. I have a back injury. I have fibromyalgia. I have other things that are wrong with me,” said one woman at the hearing. “The only thing that helps is medical marijuana.”

After the vote was announced, police were called in to manage the crowd of medical marijuana supporters.

Legality issues concerning marijuana have been hazy since an initiative was passed in California in 1996 legalizing medical marijuana. The sale of marijuana remains illegal under Federal law.

Gun Sales Up Following Batman Shooting

The Aurora, Colo., shooting has ratcheted up debates about gun laws. But in the State where the shooting occurred, something else has ratcheted up: gun sales.

Background checks needed to buy a gun legally are up 43 percent after James Holmes’ alleged shooting spree. Prosecutors say that Holmes, the alleged gunman, purchased all his weapons and ammunition legally. In the aftermath of the attack, citizens of Aurora have taken to gun shops to buy their weapons legally as well, to protect themselves against people like Holmes.

Over the weekend, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigations, 2,887 people were approved to buy a gun. Gun shop owners have also reported an increase in sales.

Dick Rutan, owner of Gunners Den, a gun shop in Arvada, Colo., told The Denver Post: “What they’re saying is: They want to have a chance. They want to have the ability to protect themselves and their families if they are in a situation like what happened in the movie theater.”

Jake Meyers, who works at Rocky Mountain Guns and Ammo in Parker, Colo., told The Post: “A lot of it is people saying, ‘I didn’t think I needed a gun, but now I do.’ When it happens in your backyard, people start reassessing — ‘Hey, I go to the movies.’ ”

According to reports, gun sales have also increased in Florida and Oregon.

Two other events in recent history sparked an increase in gun sales: the election of President Barack Obama and the shooting in Arizona that injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others.

Since the Aurora shooting, media outlets have been flooded with stories about gun control. Rapper-turned-actor Ice-T even got in on the action, defending the right to bear arms.

“The right to bear arms is because that’s the last form of defense against tyranny. … If somebody wants to kill people, they don’t need a gun to do it. … The United States is based on guns,” he said during an interview with Channel 4 London.

High School Graduation Held In Church Ruled UnConstitutional

For years, high schools have used large buildings in the community for graduation. But church buildings might have to be crossed off the list after a ruling in Wisconsin on Monday.

In September, a three-judge panel ruled it was Constitutional for the Elmbrook School District to conduct graduation ceremonies in a church. But that decision was reversed, largely because students were exposed to “conditions of extensive proselytization” (a cross, religious pamphlets and hymnals). The court also cited the involvement of minors as a reason for the decision.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed a complaint on behalf of a group of nine anonymous individuals consisting of parents and students. The initial claim was filed in 2009, but some of the plaintiffs have made claims for monetary damages due to emotional suffering.

“They felt graduation was ruined because it was held in such a deeply religious environment. We’re hopeful this case will have a big impact around the country,” said attorney Alex Luchenitser. “This decision upholds the separation of church and state, it upholds the Constitution. It ensures the students in Wisconsin will not be forced to enter an intensely religious environment as the price of attending their own high school graduation, a seminal event in their lives.”

Similar cases have been tried in Georgia, Maryland and New Jersey.

According to the school district, graduations were held at Elmbrook Church because it was an air-conditioned venue large enough to seat the friends and family of graduates.

7-Year-Old Calls Obama ‘Rude’

Clara Sutton, co-owner of Cool Blast Lemonade, has a message for President Barack Obama following his “You didn’t build that,” remark in Roanoke, Va. “I would say that’s rude,” Clara said during an interview on “Fox & Friends.”

“We worked very hard to build this business, but we did have help,” she said. Seven-year-old Clara along with her 4-year-old sister, Eliza, started the lemonade business with the help of their father and step-mother. Their younger brother, Eirik, helps spot potential customers.

Representative Ted Poe (R-Texas) has backed the Houston-based business.

“You see these kids did it without government doing anything but getting out of their way,” he said.


Obama’s infamous comment has resulted in criticism from small business owners across the country. Hard working entrepreneurs are rallying together in defense of their dreams and dedication.

The video below was organized by Bristol Palin, “Let’s give the President a little lesson on how this country works. And let’s hurry, because he only has a few months left on the job!” she wrote on her blog.


Man Released From Jail Refuses To Leave

Life is obviously comfortable in the confines of a prison cell. A man in North Carolina has been arrested for refusing to leave jail. Rodney Dwayne Valentine was imprisoned for injury to personal property on May 22. Around 8 a.m. on Saturday, he was released from the Rockingham County Jail.

Five hours later, Valentine was still hanging around the Sheriff’s office. He was informed that he would have to leave. Valentine insisted that deputies give him a ride to a nearby motel, but the officers told Valentine he would have to find his own transportation.

When Valentine refused to leave and find transportation, he was arrested for second-degree trespassing and placed in jail with a $500 bond.

Valentine will appear in court on Aug. 9.

Those who visit family or friends in prison are often taken aback by the luxurious lifestyle of many inmates. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey made headlines earlier this month when he visited a prison in London for the filming of a TV show. Ramsey was angered by the lifestyle of inmates and the nice amenities they have access to.

“Even a professional chef on the outside doesn’t just walk into a kitchen that good,” he remarked.

Democratic State Senator Says Romney Is Running On Race

According to Virginia State Senator Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), Mitt Romney wants race to be part of November’s election. Lucas said that Romney and his supporters do not want anyone “other than a white man in the White House.” Reportedly, the black Senator is part of Barack Obama’s “Truth Team.”

“I absolutely believe it’s all about race and for the first time in my life I’ve been able to convince my children finally that racism is alive and well,” Lucas said on The John Fredericks Morning Show.

Lucas went on to say that there is no reason anyone should not like Barack Obama:

All of the folks who are saying ‘We don’t like Barack Obama’ they can’t tell you any reason that they don’t because, let me say first of all, President Barack Obama did not create the situation … this economic mess that we’re in. Everybody knows that this stuff happened under President George Bush and they are trying to dump it on the President. … Intelligent people understand that President Barack Obama did not create this mess. … I listen to MSNBC.

She also said that polls indicate Obama’s approval rating is falling because people are on vacation and not paying attention to political messages.

Lucas is known for her attempts to change the State song of Virginia. “Carry Me Back To Old Virginia” talks about a “darkey” who laments the loss of his “massa and misses” and wants to return to “old Virginny.”

Obama Punching Bag Causes Controversy

Some Indiana Republicans are taking a hit after displaying at a fair a punching bag featuring President Barack Obama. It was removed after some fairgoers objected to the display.

Even some Republicans complained, believing that the punching bag is disrespectful to the commander in chief.

“I’m retired military and I respect the commander in chief,” said Delaware County GOP spokesman Tom Bennington. “From that perspective it was offensive and we asked to take it down and it was taken down.”

Bennington called it “mildly offensive.”

“We had a lot of people having a good time with it,” he added. “We had a couple who didn’t like it.”

The inflatable bag can be purchased here.

Earlier this year, a town in Utah was criticized when a man appeared in a Fourth of July parade in an Obama costume. He was accompanied by a limo with the sign “Huntsville Welcomes Obama’s Farewell Tour?”

The back of the limo had a sign reading: “Ask About Our Assault Gun Plan! Call Eric Holder.”

TSA Searches Woman’s Feeding Tube

A woman flying to a doctor’s appointment had her feeding tube checked for explosives by Transportation Security Administration agents. Melinda Deaton has the 4-inch tube as a result of complications with a gastric bypass surgery.

Deaton was being strip searched when agents noticed the tube.

“When I pulled my shirt out and they catch a glimpse of it, they go ‘Ugh!’” Deaton recalled.

Her husband, John Deaton, believes that the handling of the tube could have given his wife a fatal infection.

They had physically stripped her and saw the tube coming out of her stomach, and they decided that they needed to check it for explosives, so they had to physically handle the tube. Any time you put a harsh substance on it, you run the risk of contamination. They put stuff on there that we don’t know what it is. She has a weak immune system as part of her medical condition and it can be very fatal to her.

TSA agents also threw away Deaton’s pudding and applesauce, soft foods that Deaton has to eat.

Deaton travels with a USB drive that contains information about her medical condition. This is the first time that agents have harassed her.

TSA issued this statement: “In this specific incident, an investigation was initiated and it was determined that the Transportation Security Officer (TSO) followed standard operating procedures conducted in the presence of a Supervisor TSO. We take the professionalism of our workforce and the integrity of our security procedures very seriously and will address any alleged issues directly with the passenger.”

TSA also said: “We respect the right to privacy of the passenger in question and will reach out directly to her.”

300 Black Teens Storm Florida Wal-Mart

You can find just about anything at Wal-Mart, including out-of-control teenagers. About 300 teens caused $1,500 worth of damages at a Wal-Mart in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday night.

According to police, the black teens were at a party. But when cops broke up the revelry, the teens found somewhere else to go. The party continued at Wal-Mart. Once there, a food fight ensued.

Allegedly, someone was shot when police broke up the house party. Gunshots were also fired in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

“You’re talking about a very chaotic situation, plus a very dangerous situation. You’ve got hundreds of young people that’s wreaking havoc all over the store,” said legal analyst Ken Jefferson.

A video of the action was posted on YouTube by J’quan Jarrell. Within 72 hours, the video had been watched more than 20,000 times. Jarrell says he was not part of the mob, just an innocent bystander who recorded the incident.

“I didn’t throw anything, I just thought it was crazy,” he said. “Pulled out my camera to record because I thought it’d get me a lot of views on YouTube.”

Wal-Mart issued this statement about the incident: “The actions of these teenagers were deplorable and put at risk the safety of innocent bystanders. We’re committed to assisting law enforcement in any way we can to help identify the people responsible for the commotion, including the acts of vandalism and theft that occurred at our store.”



Nude TSA Protest Ruled Constitutional

The man who protested the Transportation Security Administration in the nude in April has been found not guilty.

As a way of protesting the TSA’s intrusiveness, John Brennan got naked to prove he wasn’t carrying a bomb. He was arrested after the stunt.

But at a trial Wednesday, Brennan was found not guilty of public indecency. The judge ruled that Brennan’s act was done as a protest, and a protest is protected under the Constitution.

Brennan took the stand and argued his case: “I know the irony of taking off my clothes to protect my privacy. They’re getting close to seeing us naked, so I thought I’d up the ante.”

In an earlier interview, Brennan noted: “The machine went off, and I asked what it was and he said ‘nitrates’ which I know from Oklahoma City is one of the explosive ingredients, and I was not interested in being hassled so I took off my clothes to show them I was not carrying any explosives.”

Brennan is not off the hook just yet. TSA is still investigating him to see if he interfered with the screening process.

Political Correctness Kills

FBI reports reveal that a man who killed 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009 was not investigated because of political correctness. The news comes from a government official who wishes to remain anonymous.

Despite emails to terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki and support of suicide bombings, Army Maj. Nidal Hasan was not investigated because the investigators felt that his being American Muslim was a sensitive issue. Hasan was writing a research paper about the effects of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, so his correspondence with al-Awlaki was overlooked.

Hasan is charged with killing eight soldiers and five civilans, and wounding 32 others.

“It shows you the length of the political correctness stuff going on,” said Republican Rep. Michael McCaul.

The FBI has not commented on the incident.

Al-Awlaki was killed last fall during a drone strike. Hasan is currently being tried. His trial was delayed earlier in the year, because he arrived at court with a beard — a violation of Army regulations.



Department Of Energy Can’t Find Equipment Bought With Stimulus Money

Equipment purchased by the Department of Energy with stimulus money seems to have vanished. When the Energy Department’s Office of Inspector General conducted an audit, $500,000 of equipment could not be located.

The report states: “We were unable to locate equipment purchased by one recipient totaling about $500,000.”

The Department of Energy said it would not be appropriate to release the name of the recipient, stating, “The focus of the audit was based on Department of Energy’s policy and implementation. It is not appropriate to disclose company names.”

The audit was conducted because of allegations that “one recipient had unduly influenced procurement decisions and violated conflict of interest provisions.” But the audit was “unable to substantiate the allegation related to a potential conflict of interest.”

The program, Advanced Batteries and Hybrid Components Program, was given about $2 billion. Funds have supposedly been used “to support the construction of U.S. based battery and electric drive component manufacturing plants.”

Boy Scouts Maintain Ban On Gays

After a two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America has decided to keep its policy of excluding gays. According to the organization, a diverse committee reached a unanimous decision.

Bob Mazzuca, chief executive of the Boy Scouts, said that the “vast majority of parents of youth we serve” agree with the policy, and that the issue should be discussed “within their family, with spiritual advisers and at the appropriate time and in the right setting.”

The Boy Scouts has been criticized for its policy which bans openly gay boys from membership and gay or lesbian adults from serving in leadership roles. Jennifer Tyrrell, a 32-year-old mom, received national recognition after she was banned from leading a troop. On Wednesday, she delivered a petition to the organization with 300,000 signatures.

“With the country moving toward inclusion, the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have instead sent a message to young people that only some of them are valued,” said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights group in the U.S. “They’ve chosen to teach division and intolerance.”

Richard Ferraro, vice president for communications with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, had this to say about the Boy Scouts: “The Boy Scouts of America is one of the last cultural institutions to have discrimination as part of their policy.”

But the 102-year-old organization believes that it should have the freedom to choose who it wants as a member, a position the Supreme Court upheld in 2000.

Sheriff Describes Gypsies, May Face Lawsuit

The American Civil Liberties Union is demanding that a Colorado sheriff apologize after he issued a warning about gypsies.

Arapahoe County Sheriff J. Grayson Robinson recently issued an alert titled “Gypsy Scams” in which he warned citizens about gypsies who target the elderly and commit frauds and burglaries. Allegedly, several homeowners in the area have recently been duped by gypsies.

Robinson’s description of gypsies is what upset the ACLU. He described a gypsy as a “medium to dark complexioned Caucasian” with “dark hair and dark eyes.” In the eyes of ACLU, Robinson’s depiction will cause racial profiling.

Staff Attorney Sara Rich said that Robinson’s warning “can only serve to heighten any preexisting biases that community members may already have against ethnic groups that fit this general description, including Latinos.”

Furthermore, the ACLU believes that the description will subject “countless innocent individuals to the risk of potential discrimination and harassment.”

ACLU attorneys want the sheriff:

  • To retract his warning about “Gypsy Scams.”
  • To publicly condemn discrimination based on physical appearance.
  • To release any records in Arapahoe County related to gypsies.

The ACLU has given the sheriff 10 days to apologize before taking further action.

Fewer Americans Think College Is Important Under Obama

President Barack Obama has harped on the benefits of higher education during his Presidency; but according to a new survey, fewer and fewer people see the advantage of a college education.

The new report reveals that 57 percent of people think college is a good financial investment. That number was 81 percent at the beginning of Obama’s term.

About one in four people said that attending college is not worth the money.

While those with a college degree are more likely to find a job out of college, June’s report showed that 4.1 percent of graduates are unemployed. Also worthy of consideration: The price of college continues to increase. Those two factors are likely behind the new trend.

During a recent speech at the University of North Carolina, Obama said: “College education is one of the best investments America can make for our future.” But the new survey reveals that many Americans don’t agree. Confidence in a college education is plummeting.

Trayvon Martin Memorial In The Works

The city of Sanford, Fla., might pay homage to Trayvon Martin by placing a memorial in the city.

City officials removed memorial items from outside the subdivision where the 17-year-old teen was shot by George Zimmerman on Feb. 26. Residents complained that the makeshift memorial consisting of teddy bears, balloons and silk flowers was an eyesore.

“It had gotten incredibly shabby. It just looked horrible,” said Patty Mahany, a city commissioner. “It was no longer a fitting memorial.”

The removal of the items has triggered an uproar. Martin supporters claim that some of the residents and government officials are trying to forget about Martin’s death. Their complaints have prompted the consideration of a permanent memorial.

But if a memorial is built, it won’t be go up without a fight. The United Sanford Alliance is planning to petition the proposed memorial.

“It’s extremely unpalatable to the majority of the residents, it’s disdainful because we don’t know yet who the victim was and who the aggressor was,” said Frank Taffe, a friend of Zimmerman.

The group responsible for the temporary memorial, the Concerned Citizens of Sanford, is considering different ideas for a more permanent memorial.

Francis Oliver, a member of the Concerned Citizens of Sanford, told that Taffe’s comment is irrelevant.

“We know who’s dead, don’t we?” said Oliver. “Memorials are for the dead, not the living. This was a young life.”

The original memorial items were placed in the Sanford Museum.