We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The federal government’s massive $4 trillion budget and $19 trillion official national debt (the real tab is much higher) are evidence of an out-of-control government that seeks to seep into every aspect of Americans’ lives. But even these spending and debt measures fail to account for the full reach of the government.
More difficult to tabulate are the plethora of regulations emanating from numerous federal agencies...
There was an article in the San Francisco Chronicle last weekend lamenting the lack of "affordable" housing in San Francisco, California. According to the article, in S.F. it costs five hundred thousand dollars to built one unit of affordable housing. One reason is the onerous regulatory and permit burden that adds on enormous costs and delays to any housing project. A developers group petitioned the City for relief from some of the regulatory requirements. One of the commies on the Board of Supervisors said it would be a "giveaway" to the avaricious builders if any of the rules were changed. When the Angel Gabriel blows his trumpet, I hope he'll do it in San Francisco first.
Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel
re bureaucracy. This is a hoot. I love it:
Making the rounds right now is an exchange that I certainly hope is authentic, between the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and ranchers Larry and Amanda Anderson. It seems the Oregon bureaucrats want permission to survey the Andersons’ ranch land for purposes of tracking species decline.
And here is the Andersons’ splendid reply
Dear Mr. Niemela:
Thank you for your inquiry regarding accessing our property to survey for the yellow-legged frog. We may be able to help you out with this matter.
We have divided our 2.26 acres into 75 equal survey units with a draw tag for each unit. Application fees are only $8.00 per unit after you purchase the “Frog Survey License” ($120.00 resident / $180.00 Non-Resident). You will also need to obtain a “Frog Habitat” parking permit ($10.00 per vehicle). You will also need an “Invasive Species” stamp ($15.00 for the first vehicle and $5.00 for each add’l vehicle) You will also want to register at the Check Station to have your vehicle inspected for non-native plant life prior to entering our property. There is also a Day Use fee, $5.00 per vehicle.
If you are successful in the Draw you will be notified two weeks in advance so you can make necessary plans and purchase your “Creek Habitat” stamp. ($18.00 Resident / $140.00 Non-Resident). Survey units open between 8am and 3pm but you cannot commence survey until 9am and must cease all survey activity by 1pm.
Survey Gear can only include a net with a 2″ diameter made of 100% organic cotton netting with no longer than an 18″ handle, non-weighted and no deeper than 6′ from net frame to bottom of net. Handles can only be made of BPA-free plastics or wooden handles. After 1pm you can use a net with a 3″ diameter if you purchase the “Frog Net Endorsement” ($75.00 Resident / $250 Non-Resident). Any frogs captured that are released will need to be released with an approved release device back into the environment unharmed.
As of June 1, we are offering draw tags for our “Premium Survey” units and application is again only $8.00 per application. However, all fees can be waives if you can verify “Native Indian Tribal rights and status.
You will also need to provide evidence of successful completion of “Frog Surveys and You” comprehensive course on frog identification, safe handling practices, and self-defense strategies for frog attacks. This course is offered online through an accredited program for a nominal fee of $750.00.
Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you. Otherwise, we decline your access to our property but appreciate your inquiry.
Larry & Amanda Anderson.
Now that’s how we all ought to respond to the government.
You can know this is not an actual email or letter from one simple fact: the government asked for permission.
In the real world they don't, they just notify you that they're going to do it and if you don't like it, tough luck.
I don't know how the law reads for state wild life surveys, but if a health/safety inspector shows up at your place of business you MUST cooperate. If you throw them off, they will come back with a warrant and very irritated, and probably with an axe to grind.