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Regulations: When are they enough!

A story out of Corpus Christi Texas has just sent my mind reeling.   First I will credit Todd Starnes of Fox News for bringing this to my attention and say any quotes in this story are from his report on this incident.  Let’s begin with the insanity.

It seems a business owner in Corpus Christi like to keep the front of his restaurant clean.  One day he was washing bid poop off the sidewalk of his establishment.  What happened next borders on the ridiculous.

A restaurant owner in Corpus Christi, Texas is furious after city officials threatened him with a  $2,000 fine for using a garden hose to wash away bird droppings on the sidewalk in front of his business.

“They told me I can’t wash it off because I’m polluting,” said John Webb, general manager of Crawdaddy’s, a family-owned restaurant in downtown. “It’s like they want me to go out of business.”

Huh?  Washing bird droppings is polluting?  How is that possible.  Birds poop on the surface of the earth quite often and I have never heard of it being a pollutant.  So the business owner very wisely asked the city official for guidance.  What comes next is sublime.

“For the last 18 years we’ve just been washing it off with a water hose,” he said. “But a guy from the city came out here and told me if I washed my sidewalk off again I was going to get a fine.”

Webb said he was threatened with a $2,000 fine.

“He said ‘Well, you can’t wash it off because you’re polluting,’” he recalled.

The city official reportedly told Webb that he had two options – he could either hire a professional cleaning crew to remove the bird poop – or he could just let the rain wash it away. Webb said he was dumbfounded.

I was dumbfounded too.  Bear in mind this is Texas, one of the states with the least regulations on many things in the country.  So let’s break this conversation down.  If I hire a clean up crew to remove small splats of bird droppings from my sidewalk what would that do to my expense line?  How would that effect my work force? More importantly if I let the rain fall wash it away how effective will that be and where would the runoff go?  You got it the same place it will go if I wash it off.

The article cited the city official as saying this.

Webb said he was told that civilians cannot wash away bird droppings because it was “against city, state and federal law – I was polluting the bay.”

The environmental lunacy continues folks.  Time to stop them.

Here is a link to Todd’s Story.



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Petty President!

You know I have tried to stay away from calling Barack Obama a petty man.   Yea I have pointed out that he blames Bush for the financial situation. But I have to tell you I think it is bad protocol to blame your predecessor publicly.  Sure the peripheral parasites can nip at the opposition party but the title of President of the United States is limited to a very few people.  SO tight is the bond between these past and presents that many tap political enemies to lead the charge.  See George W Bush asking his Dad and Bill Clinton to head an effort together.  But the respect seems to have lapsed under the lack of leadership of Barack Obama.  He prefers to bolster his position on the shoulders of others. (A personal note here: People who need to denigrate others to make themselves look better are hugely flawed human beings.)

But such is the urge to slam Republicans that Barack Obama has to go after dead presidents to make himself look regal.  I speak of the late Rutherford B. Hayes. Here is how the current president of the United States spoke of a past president.

There have always been folks like that.  There always have been folks who are the naysayers and don’t believe in the future, and don’t believe in trying to do things differently.  One of my predecessors, Rutherford B. Hayes, reportedly said about the telephone, “It’s a great invention, but who would ever want to use one?”  (Laughter.)  That’s why he’s not on Mt. Rushmore — (laughter and applause) — because he’s looking backwards.  He’s not looking forwards.  (Applause.)  He’s explaining why we can’t do something, instead of why we can do something.

Look I get that you want to make yourself look good.  I even understand that you want to seem positive.  But before you attack a dead president for an offhand comment  simply because he was a member of the opposition party over a hundred years ago maybe you should fact check your speech.  Here is one very interesting fact about the telephone.

May 10, 1877:

Hayes has first phone installed in White House

On this day in 1877, President Rutherford B. Hayes has the White House‘s first telephone installed in the mansion s telegraph room. President Hayes embraced the new technology, though he rarely received phone calls. In fact, the Treasury Department possessed the only other direct phone line to the White House at that time. The White House phone number was “1.” Phone service throughout the country was in its infancy in 1877.

Imagine that!  The man Barack Hussein Obama holds up as a regressive thinker was the very man who installed the first phone in the White House.  Do you think Obama is aware of that every time he answers the phone in the Oval Office and if so why then would he use Hayes in the speech?

Look he is either so partisan that he should not lead this country or he is so stupid he should not lead this country.  Either way  you get my meaning.


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