Police state comes to small-town Georgia

Big Brother’s Lemonade Squad strikes a blow for Big Government in small town Georgia. 

While most Americans are accustomed to police and government regulators employing heavy-handed tactics to limit and control virtually every facet of our business and personal lives in major cities (especially in California and the northeastern U.S.),  the police state is now reaching its tentacles into small towns and communities everywhere.  A police operation shutting down a young girl’s lemonade stand in the small Georgia coastal town of Midway, confirms there is no place in the country safe from overbearing police tactics lacking common sense.  

Just last week, Midway police shut down a lemonade stand operated by three girls because the youngsters did not have a business license, which would have cost $130 per year plus $50 a day. The girls simply had wanted to raise money so they could go to a local water park.  To accomplish this simple task, they turned to what was – in decades past – a normal way for kids to raise a little spending money and learn a bit about free enterprise at the same time.  No longer.  

As explained by Midway Police Chief Kelly Morningstar, her department had to shut down the lemonade stand, because neither the chief nor apparently anyone in the entire department was “aware of how the lemonade was made, who made the lemonade, [or] what the lemonade was made with.”  

Message to Chief Morningstar:  It’s lemonade, for heaven’s sake! Water, lemons, sugar and ice. Nothing complex; but apparently sufficiently mysterious to cause conniptions within Midway Police Department’s ranks.

Coincidentally, Verizon recently began running a commercial to promote the company’s wireless technology. In the ad, Susie is running a lemonade stand in her front yard; her father hands her a cell phone so she can use the calculator to total her sales. While her dad steps away, she uses his phone to convert her simple lemonade stand into a corporation and divide the neighborhood into sales regions for her friends. 

The commercial is humorous, but clearly the story line is fictitious.  Were the commercial true to life – at least in Midway, Georgia — the moment Susie tried to use her dad’s cell phone to expand her business, the police would swoop in and shut her down.  

The young girls in Midway, Georgia may not have learned much about free enterprise; but they sure received a hard lesson in overbearing and unthinking government.  That’s probably a more relevant lesson for this 21st Century, anyway. 

By Bob Barr – The Barr Code

116 comments Add your comment

Joel Edge

July 20th, 2011
6:03 am

“Message to Chief Morningstar: It’s lemonade, for heaven’s sake! Water, lemons, sugar and ice. ”
Dang, ya took my response. We’ve lost our ability to act with common sense.

Tom Knighton

July 20th, 2011
6:44 am

Common Sense: So rare these days it might as well be classified as a super power. One that the Midway Police Department seems to lack.

Koolaid

July 20th, 2011
7:44 am

So Barr is saying the Midway police must have drank the koolaid when the raided the lemonade stand?

Perhaps the right honorable Mr Barr is unaware that 9000 Americans die every year from food poisoning. And that’s just in the restaurants where the employees are reminded to wash their hands after they go tinkle.

To suggest that these young entreprenurial truants adhere to any food safety standards is spuriously supposititious and presumptuously preposterous. Suspect even.

In a shameless bid to ice his position as Tea Party bagman, Mr Barr has trivialized the GOP platform of squeezing out Sugar-Daddy government, and stirring up a debate long in need of refreshment.

And I think it stinks.

Expand the SEX OFFENDER Registries Today

July 20th, 2011
7:48 am

Hey, we all want nanny governments, don’t we? They can NEVER be too large or do too much.

Along those lines, the criminal nanny governments need to get busy expanding their SEX OFFENDER Registries and the tag-along laws that go with them. ONE of the reasons that the Registries, etc. are immoral today is that we don’t Register all people in the United States who have committed felonies. That simply must be done as a minimum. There is no defensible excuse to have the SEX OFFENDER Registries and not Register everyone else. It is time to at least try to make the Registries a bit more moral and American.

Remember, if it saves one child, it’s worth it. It’s for the children.

Carlosgvv

July 20th, 2011
8:05 am

It is far easier for police to bust young girls for selling lemonade than to enforce immigration laws, protect us against robbers and rapists, and keep our streets safe in general. The easy way out wins every time.

Ricardo Rodriguez

July 20th, 2011
8:13 am

Its our fault that things like this happen, we do not stand up and say that’s enough. We have to stop voting. Down party lines.we have to star learning about the people we vote for and start getting rid of politicians who allow thing like this happen.little by little we are letting the government take our freedoms away while we sit back like good little boys and girls

playthatfunkymusicwhiteboy

July 20th, 2011
8:19 am

I witnessed this first hand when my sweet wife, who is a college graduate – yet a stay at home mom, decided she wanted to do something to help out the family financially a couple years back when my company along with many others started handing out “unpaid” weeklong vacations called furloughs. She is a talented baker and everyone loves the birthday cakes she designed for our boys. She started “selling them” for a tiny profit, to friends and family – she set up a blog site to show off her creations. Well, we got a bill in the mail from the city for us to get a business license. Similar to the above, except it was $200 and then $50 a month. When she called the city their exact response was, “Oh well Earl kind of trolls around on the internet looking for people that are making money in the city and we see if they have a license.” Unreal.

RCH

July 20th, 2011
8:19 am

What a major bust. Alert the media! I hear the girl scouts will be participating in a major crime wave soon. Get ready!

What a waste of taxpayers time and money.

RambleOn84

July 20th, 2011
8:24 am

If you want to know how the police and government get away with this crap, look no further than the post of “Koolaid.”

Because for every person with common sense and human decency, there are at least two mindless dittoheads who believe that people are too stupid and/or deviant to be left to their own devices and the government is our only hope in protecting us from ourselves.

God bless America.

Victoria

July 20th, 2011
8:28 am

If police officers were more intelligent, they wouldn’t be working as police officers.

RambleOn84

July 20th, 2011
8:29 am

To the post at 8:18…blacks have woken up to this? Really? Is that why they are all supporting Obama, who is just Bush with a slight tan?

I can’t disagree with you that there is a group of people who are trying to destroy America and the rest of the world. And most of them happen to be white. But they are supported by people of all colors, and likewise opposed by people of all colors.

Quit playing the race card. It’s the strongest card in the deck for those you claim are trying to destroy us. When we fight among each other, we all lose.

Ezra

July 20th, 2011
8:33 am

Is this not what the progressive liberals want and need? It is a ploy by first getting a law passed and then enforcing it to stymie personal responsibility and independence. Dont blame the office but rather the progressive liberals employed there.

Moderate Line

July 20th, 2011
8:39 am

Is this the best example of a police state you have? Midway GA the town of 1100 people can easily change their laws to correct such an over reach if they desire. If not those who care can come out an participate in the next election for mayor and city council. There is typically no stronger example of direct democracy than small towns. Pehaps your problem is with democracy.

The Republicans use to believe in local government it would seem not so much in this case. Let’s see how the local government reacts before calling Midway, GA a police state which likens it to the Soviet Union, NAZI Germany and Pinochet’s Chile.

It was probably wrong for the police to shut the lemonade stand down but the comparison to a police state trivializes what a police state is.

Watch the documentry Auschwitz. The rhetoric of the comparison is out of line.
http://www.pbs.org/auschwitz/

Victoria

July 20th, 2011
8:48 am

Most of these knuckledraggers posing as “police officers” who tromp in and out of the courthouse where I work are not cerebral enough to comprehend or even know the majority of laws they are supposed to enforce, to say nothing of knowing when NOT to trample on the rights of law-abiding citizens.

Victoria

July 20th, 2011
8:50 am

At the very least, police officers could at least start carrying more of their own weight and start arresting more saggy-pants-wearing, overly tattoo’d THUGZ to make society better for the rest of us instead of terrorizing innocent children with lemonade stands.

JustDamn

July 20th, 2011
8:52 am

Whats next? Are they going to go after all of the teenage boys out cutting the neighbors lawns. Maybe I shouldn’t give them ideas. BTW @Moderate Line… it’s not just happening in Midway, GA. It has been happening all over the country in the past couple of years. We can no longer teach our children personal responsibility. If we take away their ability to earn a few pennies for themselves, we force them to rely on mommy and daddy for hand-outs… sounds like Obamacare to me.

Jefferson

July 20th, 2011
8:57 am

Laws can really be a pain in the butt.

Raisin Toast Fanatic

July 20th, 2011
8:59 am

Perhaps the right honorable Mr Barr is unaware that 9000 Americans die every year from food poisoning.

I knew, yes I absolutely knew, some goober wood defend this bullshyte. And with a touch of drama, I might add.

Congratulations! You are the ninny who needs & wants a “nanny government” just as Neal Boortz has repeatedly pointed out.

Some people have no common sense.

PS: Lemonade is acidic, Mr. Smarty. I would be quite surprised to hear of food poisining from a highly-acidic drink.

stranger in a strange land

July 20th, 2011
8:59 am

GEORGIA GOP – read yours – at least I’m awake now

tar and feathers party

July 20th, 2011
9:02 am

The State gives people with low IQ’s guns and badges, their heads swell, and a dictatorship results. Economic activity is shutting down all across America precisely because of over reaching government laws and rules that give low IQ types disproportionate power over the productive class.

Carlosgvv

July 20th, 2011
9:03 am

Jefferson

Yes, especially laws against robbery, assault, rape, murder and illegal immigration. Our poor police just don’t seem to be able to get a real handle on these. But, laws against little girls selling lemonade get handled pronto.

amy

July 20th, 2011
9:06 am

So Victoria, what are the non cerebral police officers supposed to arrest the saggy pants wearing for? Isn’t that the same as busting a lemonaid stand? Nothing?

Robin

July 20th, 2011
9:07 am

Good Grief. This is beyond stupid. My 6 year old has been wanting to sell lemonade in our front yard. Looks like I will have to tell her she can’t because of local govt idiots.

mike

July 20th, 2011
9:08 am

Funny how this article went into blame the President, race and the liberals for what is happening in hicksville USA. However since this is Georgia, situations like this are hardly out of the norm.

MrLiberty

July 20th, 2011
9:10 am

Moderate Line – If you are waiting for the trains to show up before you recognize that this country has ALREADY become a police state then you are going to be too late to respond. The modern day police state will look exactly like the US does today – cameras everywhere (and not to watch traffic), laws against EVERYTHING, laws passed just for revenue creation, laws against food freedom, laws against vitamin freedom, laws against free speech, prosecutorial misconduct on a widespread basis, laws against medical freedom, etc. This small town is just another example of how the government has gotten beyond out of control.

Bar code for Bloody Mary

July 20th, 2011
9:11 am

You’ve heard the ol’ saying “Rules are Rules”. But here’s another- “Common Sense Should Prevail.”

Abuse of Authority

July 20th, 2011
9:15 am

Police are there to protect the government and enforce THEIR laws. They are no longer there to protect and serve the citizens. Much like the founding fathers deeply feared the presence of a standing army on our country’s soil, today we should all be in fear of the growing militarized police forces that now occupy our cities and states. Rest assured, they are there to protect the government, not the citizens. The supreme court has already ruled several times that there is no mandate to protect individual citizens. A search of news items from around the country would reveal at least one shooting or killing of an unarmed citizen per week with EVERY SINGLE one found to be “fully within the guidelines” of police conduct and no consequences for the officer(s) involved.

This is a direct result of the war on drugs and the massive amount of money it has funneled into the coffers of local and state police primarily through the mechanism of civil asset forfeiture. The involvement of federal militarized authorities from the DEA and others has only made the problem worse.

The so-called war on terror has expanded the problem and given police a virtual free reign when it comes to their unconstitutional and illegal behavior. The Patriot Act has made illegal search and siezure the standard practice of virtually every police officer.

Economic factors that now threaten bloated pension guarantees for police, citizen backlash over the endless killings of innocents and other factors are positioning the miliarized police forces in direct opposition to the public they once claimed they were there to “protect and serve.”

The lemonade stand is just the most obvious example of government gone wrong (not that it can go right) and the strongarm tactics of their hired goons. Serious change better happen soon and police who still respect the rights of citizens above those of the government are going to have to decide which side of the potential conflict they wish to find themselves on.

The Oathkeepers are an evergrowing group of soldiers and police who have made the right choice and are willing to publically say that they will side with the people and the constitution. Americans should be very thankful that there are still folks who can tell the difference between what it right and what is a violation of rights. Sadly too many in government and law enforcement cannot.

Yes, people will need to stand up for what’s right in the face of government behavior, but do not expect the government to yield power freely. They never do.

Tim

July 20th, 2011
9:16 am

Same thing happened up here in Toccoa Bob…our great politicians of Toccoa Georgia tried to charge a guy that runs a produce stand here in one of our local businesses parking lot (to which he pays them rent) but because he didn’t have a “permanent” structure, they charged him (or did until we, the citizens of Toccoa, got wind of this and demanded this to be changed) a $32.00 business license and a $100.00 PER-DAY peddlers fee!!!! Just think they were charging him $100.00 a day just to sell tomatoes and vegetables out of his truck!!!!! Truly NON-SENSE!!! Thankfully everyone stepped up for this guy and finally got it resolved. Just like in this article..stupid politics and truly stupid politician at work.

Here is the article for this story:

http://www.thetoccoarecord.com/articles/2011/07/18/news/top_stories/doc4e1f046cf021a909498867.txt

Obozonomics

July 20th, 2011
9:27 am

GEORGIA GOP REDNECKS LIKES A POLICESTATE

Sorry rednecks don’t like a police state, and most are God fearing people, but from your statements I can tell several things, besides being a bigot, and ignorant one at that. If you believe God is coming back, you better hide, unless you repent you missed the boat, so put the crack pipe down and go read the bible, it is very obvious that you have never opened it.

Dumbestcop

July 20th, 2011
9:36 am

Victoria, I agree with you about focusing on real criminals. No argument there. But to lump all law enforcement as being “knuckledraggers” is presumptuous. I have a PhD. in Criminology and hold a Law Degree having also passed the bar exam. I worked in the private sector as a therapist and lawyer and never found it as fulfilling as working in law enforcement. I’ve returned to law enforcement and enjoy interacting with the public. Most cops I work with are quite intelligent. Don’t show your ignorance with half-sensed statements.

Jack

July 20th, 2011
9:37 am

I’m supprised the goose stepping thugs didn’t raid the lemonade stand with the SWAT team, for their protection, and force the girls to lay face down for a few hours while slurs are thrown at them (ala Eagle Bar raid) or maybe have some drugs planted on them and fabricate evidence (ala kathryn Johnston raid).

smokewagon

July 20th, 2011
9:45 am

GEORGIA GOP REDNECKS LIKES A POLICESTATE

Try decaf

Monroe Burbank

July 20th, 2011
9:48 am

@Obozonomics – you want to see an ignorant bigot, look in the mirror. Is there anything more sickening than these yahoos who drape themselves in God and the bible, while showing contempt and disdain for those who disagree with their opinions?

What is it with conservatives and their constant name-calling?

hd

July 20th, 2011
9:55 am

They are probably authorized to shut it down and investigate under The Patriot Act. Thanks again for that Bob!

Native Atlantan

July 20th, 2011
9:57 am

Is this what keeps you up at night Bob? Seriously?

Exactly As I Thought

July 20th, 2011
9:58 am

Victoria confirmed the very thing I told my wife when we watched this story on the news. The public outcry against the cops would be non-existent had the kids been 10 year-old African-Americans wearing a tank top and baggy shorts (while selling lemonade). Funny how the law (in the view of too many) is supposed to protect some but oppress others, and when the “tables are turned” then outrage ensues. If you’re not willing to accept all unlicensed, corner capitalistic activities in your neighborhood, then you shouldn’t accept any. No mention in the law books about excepting cute little girls selling lemonade. Thus ends the civics lesson.

/

July 20th, 2011
9:59 am

monroe is an uncle tom

Koolaid

July 20th, 2011
10:07 am

The kids selling lemonade on our sidewalks are notorious for using garden hoses to get their water. Garden hoses often have rat feces, pesticides, and itzy-bitzy spiders in them. Suppose a customer was poisoned. The city would be liable for not enforcing the code.

Oh, bitter dregs!

Nick

July 20th, 2011
10:17 am

Hold on, quick question here, since when have we been truly free in this country anyways. Jesus, I get taxed more than I could ever have imagined I would be as a kid, I can’t do pretty much anything that is fun, and even though most of this country seemingly has no problem with marijuana, I still can’t get it with out risking arrest and persecution. Democracy was what I was promised when I was younger, but the older I get the more I realize that this is NOT a democracy that we live in.

Sally

July 20th, 2011
10:17 am

@Koolaid,
What you are describing would be a health department issue at best, not a police issue.

Victoria

July 20th, 2011
10:21 am

Frankly, I would have ZERO problem if the police would use their issued weaponry to treat the saggy-pants THUGZ who spend all day & night “keeping it real” the same way the Orkin Man treats insects, another form of unwelcome home invader, property value diminisher & property-damaging force.

Curtis Rivers

July 20th, 2011
10:26 am

Thanks, Mr. Barr, for taking this to its proper level…the sub-basement of stupidity in policing. I wonder if the Midway police put half as much effort into real police work?

John

July 20th, 2011
10:31 am

@Victoria, Question…
What do the old Buckhead party district, Atlantic Station and Underground Atlanta all have in common?

ByGolly

July 20th, 2011
10:35 am

Koolaid, 9000 Americans die every year. Hmm taking that we have over 300 million americans over 50 states. That doesn’t seem like a lot to me and I think what these so called regulated companies are doing to us is far more worse than a lemonade stand. I am pretty sure that it is much easier for them to buy some powered lemonade, sugar and use the regular faucet to fill up jugs. Then having to go out back finding the water hose and splashing it into a small pitcher.

dumbestcop, so you may know 10 cops that are smart there are thousands that are idiots, power hungry, stupid and criminal in behavior. Sorry, I have absolutely no respect for cops anymore, they cause more harm in our community that gang bangers. Just reading all the shooting over a 2 week period that involves cops, this story shows the low IQ and ignorance cops go on beat. I am to tell you I am terrified when ever I see a cop or get pulled over not sure what kind of injustice will happen and I hope I don’t get shot or tasered just because I put my phone down.

amy

July 20th, 2011
10:35 am

Bless your heart Victoria, you are obviously challenged in some way.

ByGolly

July 20th, 2011
10:36 am

@John obviously you must have been living under a rock as the “Buckhead Party Distrcit” is long gone and it is now a permanent construction site of whatever they have been trying to build for the past 5 years but never finished.

John

July 20th, 2011
10:39 am

@ByGolly,
What part of “old Buckhead party district” where the operative word is OLD did you fail to understand?

Abuse of Authority

July 20th, 2011
10:41 am

Nick – This country was not set up to be a democracy. Democracy is MOB RULE. It was supposed to be a constitutional republic in which citizens would be represented by elected folks who would be restrained by constitutional limits on power. In that way the majority would not be able to violate the rights of the minority by vote or otherwise. Those on the Anti-Federalist side argued quite prophetically that a piece of paper would not constrain the politicians and that a powerful central government of any sort was not what the american citizens needed. How right they were.

And as for prior freedom, before about 1900 virtually nobody in this country had any interaction with the Federal Government aside from the postal service. Then, thanks to the Progressive movement we ended up with the Income Tax, the Federal Reserve (which destroys the value of our money), the direct election of senators (thus giving lobbiests even more power), prohibition (at least they recognized that a constitutional amendment was required – unlike the unconstitutional war on drugs), the current limit of congressional representation to 435 (which now means that each US Representative “represents” nearly 750,000 people versus 30,000 when the country was founded), and other acts that expanded the power of the feds.

Keep in mind, the lies you were fed when you were a child likely came out of a government-approved textbook and were fed to you by a government-paid employee at a government-run school. But of course, no matter how old you are, things have gotten a whole lot worse since you were a kid. The war on drugs and the war on terror have both been used as a war on freedom and liberty and the people keep buying into the fear mongering and thus allow these abuses.

Yes, this is how Nazi Germany, Stalin’s USSR, Mao’s China, and other totalitarian regimes began and were enabled by the distracted and gullible populace.

Bacchus

July 20th, 2011
10:44 am

And don’t even think to grow your own vegetables in your front yard. Unless you want to be fined or jailed. America – eff yeah.

indigo

July 20th, 2011
10:45 am

Agree completely that the kids should have their lemonade stand. But I don’t blame the enforcement officers. Believe instead local ordinance should be changed to formally allow for this type of activity.
Can that be so difficult?

The whole issue of business license should be reviewed. It’s not really for public safety. It’s just a revenue raising measure. Some fees quoted above seem way too much. But if we reduce this revenue for local governments, will it have to come from somewhere else? Or cut back on services. Would citizens, for example, be willing to do with greatly reduced food inspections- the bad ones now are published in the AJC- or is that a government regulation we want to keep?

Hillbilly D

July 20th, 2011
10:56 am

The whole issue of business licenses should be reviewed. It’s not really for public safety. It’s just a revenue raising measure.

The truest words I’ve read in these posts.

tar and feathers party

July 20th, 2011
11:05 am

“And don’t even think to grow your own vegetables in your front yard.” Plowing it under now boss!

David Shivers

July 20th, 2011
11:20 am

I guess the Midway police officers are graduates of the Barney Fife school of law enforcement: “You’ve to nip it. Nip it in the bud. Nip it!”

Joe

July 20th, 2011
11:23 am

@indigo,
I completely agree with your assessment that the issue is really about a revenue raising measure. Our “valuable” boys in blue most of the time are simply revenue raising tools, sitting in speed traps and ticketing us for not wearing seat belts (for our safety). While their attention is focused on extorting as much of our money as possible, our homes are being burglarized and our businesses are being held up. We are basically on our own to protect ourselves and the only time any attention is given to actually solving a crime is when someone gets killed.

Liberty isn't easy

July 20th, 2011
11:27 am

John,
These are all places that used to be fun to hang out in and are now to dangerous to go to because of all the thugs. They used to be prosperous and now are not.

BobJones

July 20th, 2011
11:27 am

The mayor should fire Chief Morningstar, or the voters should fire the mayor. One or the other.

Nino Greasemanelli (a.k.a. Sgt. Fury)

July 20th, 2011
11:56 am

The public outcry against the cops would be non-existent had the kids been 10 year-old African-Americans wearing a tank top and baggy shorts

Here comes the obligatory racial assumptions, with no need for facts to back it up.

You’re full of crap. Plenty of people would have been upset, regardless of their color.

Most normal, hardworking people are lot nicer & accepting than you’ll ever give them credit for.

But then again, without some kind of racial nonsense to stir up, people like Jesse Jackson and Big Al Sharpton wouldn’t have a gravy train to ride.

Lack of Freedom

July 20th, 2011
12:41 pm

Back during the first Depression a certain amount of freedom still existed in this country. People had the ability to attempt to be self-reliant. They could grow their own food without regulation and sell it without needing a license. They could take a job for a day or whenever they could, for cash, for whatever they could negotiate. They didn’t have to deal with today’s labor laws, minimum wage laws, witholding, Medicare, SS, etc taxes, etc. They could sell their kids old toys, books, clothes, etc. without having to get them tested and certified as being lead-free. They didn’t have the cops coming around looking for sales tax revenue or some other government compliance/revenue thing.

Where will we be as a nation when things get really bad? We have no freedom left to take care of ourselves (or is that the point?). Will people still believe enough in freedom to just not care about ridiculous laws? The whole point of the nullification movement is to finally get states to wake up to their tenth amendment rights to just not follow federal laws they feel are unconstitutional. If government is by the consent of the governed, what will happen when we withdraw our consent? Any will our elected folks act on our behalf when we demand that they stop enforcing laws that are forced upon us and them from above?

Serious questions await us in the very near future. It is a good thing to see such sentiments of rebellion in these posts. And sad of course to see the statist, compliant outcries of the sheep who worship the almighty state as if it were something more than a collection of fallible humans with no more right to victimize us than our fellow citizens have.

The simple belief that local code trumps personal liability says it all. If people are harmed by the product one produces, the producer is liable…period. The city should not be liable for not enforcing the law or otherwise. When did we arrive at this mentality. Whether or not there are codes, laws, etc. in place each piece of food is not tested nor drink chemically evaluated. There is still a personal responsibility for the safety of what you produce. A 100 from the health department doesn’t let you off the hook if you kill someone.

Unless we change OUR mentality and our perspective on what government’s role in our lives should be, it will continue to be the abusing totalitarian thing it is. We get the government we deserve.

kimmer

July 20th, 2011
1:32 pm

Koolaid you are a worry wart. Its a kids lemonade stand for crying out loud. This isn’t they type of food product that will spoil or is remotely likely to make anybody sick. You say kids use the water hose to make lemonade on your street but that has never been my experience. Even if they did how does rat feces and pesticides get INSIDE a garden hose? In any case this is a sales issue not a health issue. If these young entrepreneurs wanted to give their product away the police would have left them alone.

John Monier

July 20th, 2011
1:47 pm

Am curious who edited Midway GA on Wikipedia? When I read it the other day it stated in the culture section that it was now nationally renowned for the bust. That fact has disappeared. Sounds like the officials have too much time on their hands again with all of the kids out of business.

Expand the SEX OFFENDER Registries Today

July 20th, 2011
1:52 pm

“Abuse of Authority” (July 20th, 2011
10:41 am):

Don’t forget the current, growing, worse-than-worthless U.S. Civil War of Registered Citizens (i.e. the war of the SEX OFFENDER Registries and the BS it has enabled). You can see flagrant abuses and immoral acts every single day from criminal nanny governments participating in the Civil War.

Moderate Line

July 20th, 2011
3:19 pm

MrLiberty

July 20th, 2011
9:10 am
Moderate Line – If you are waiting for the trains to show up before you recognize that this country has ALREADY become a police state then you are going to be too late to respond. The modern day police state will look exactly like the US does today – cameras everywhere (and not to watch traffic), laws against EVERYTHING, laws passed just for revenue creation, laws against food freedom, laws against vitamin freedom, laws against free speech, prosecutorial misconduct on a widespread basis, laws against medical freedom, etc. This small town is just another example of how the government has gotten beyond out of control.
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Yes, I can see how the Khmer Rouge started out taking away peoples “vitamin freedom”. I believe that was the first step. Also, you talk about prosecutional misconduct as the country rails against a women who was charges with murdering her son.

Moderate Line

July 20th, 2011
3:23 pm

Whats next? Are they going to go after all of the teenage boys out cutting the neighbors lawns. Maybe I shouldn’t give them ideas. BTW @Moderate Line… it’s not just happening in Midway, GA. It has been happening all over the country in the past couple of years. We can no longer teach our children personal responsibility. If we take away their ability to earn a few pennies for themselves, we force them to rely on mommy and daddy for hand-outs… sounds like Obamacare to me.
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Yes we can. The city if it desires can change the law to allow such activities. This is a town of 1100 people. Do they not have the right to run their town as they see fit. What I see as a greater danger is the anti-democratic statements from people like yourself. Most police states start with the destruction of democracy from people who are looking for for some reason to curb democracy based on some fear.

MrLiberty

July 20th, 2011
4:09 pm

Moderate Line – That’s the best you can do to rebut my arguments? I guess you will be one who finally complains as the train is pulling out of the station. Each totalitarian regime in history has started slowly and with measures that were “for the good of the people.” I don’t know the total history of the Khmer Rouge and what freedoms they took away first – but neither do you. What I do know is the history of this country and how much freedom has been lost. Huge amounts were lost right after the war against the south, huge amounts were lost during the Progressive era in the early 1900’s, the New Deal destroyed even more, but some of the worst abuses have happened since 9-11, all under the guise of the war on terror.

And as for prosecutorial abuse, it might interest you to know that the software the prosecution used to analyse Casey Anthony’s searches (you remember, the ones that were supposedly for chloroform) has significant flaws. The programmer made this clear in a report to the prosecution during the trial but the prosecution witheld the information from the defense and the jury and made it clear more than a few times that she absolutely made dozens of searches for chloroform.

Then of course there was the Duke lacross prosecution – lies from one end of the case to the other. Another case in northern GA against a teacher accused of child abuse was riddled with prosecutor lies and evidence coverup. The lists are very long. I read several blogs from folks who cover trials all over the country and expose prosecutorial abuse. You may not want to believe that our justice system has a problem, but to hide your head in denial doesn’t change the facts. Here is a great site to check out if you are willing to do some of your own reading on the issue and aren’t afraid of what you might learn:

http://williamlanderson.blogspot.com/

MrLiberty

July 20th, 2011
4:13 pm

Oh, and the Casey Anthony trial shows clearly that prosecutors are also incompetent. The nation isn’t railing. Some folks who don’t understand the law are upset. They are blaming 12 people who came to a unanimous decision rather than an overzealous prosecutor out for blood who should have charged Casey with charges more fitting the evidence they had. As one juror said – they asked us to decide on the fate of someone’s life. If we had decided guilty without sound evidence, we would be guilty of murder.

Plato

July 20th, 2011
4:14 pm

Ok…so all you dimwits that say this is a health issue…all they have to do is go and buy their fees to be properly permitted to sell the lemonade. How is it going to be determined where they got their water or ongredients any more than you can get sick from eating at a restaurant. This isn’t a public health issue. It is only a fee issue…another tax adn government intrusion in our lives.

Don't Tread

July 20th, 2011
4:27 pm

I spent a lot of Friday and Saturday nights in the old Buckhead party district back in the 80s. Fun times.

I wouldn’t set foot down there now. They can keep it.

Producer

July 20th, 2011
6:11 pm

Koolaid, you’re a blithering idiot. The chief should have bought two Dixie Cups of the lemonade for herself instead of being a thuggish douchebag. Don’t worry, this WILL be the last job this chief ever gets in law enforcement. No other department, especially state or federal, will ever hire her..

GEORGIA GOP REDNECKS LIKES A POLICESTATE

July 20th, 2011
6:54 pm

GOOD ANOTHER POLICE OFFICER HAS BEEN GUN DOWN IN CLAYTON COUNTY,BY A ASIAN TEENAGER,I JUST TOLD YALL CRACKERS ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE FEED UP WITH THE RACIST WHITES!

Strange Murphy

July 20th, 2011
7:56 pm

Woman police chief! There’s where you’re problem lies!

liberalefty

July 20th, 2011
8:24 pm

if these were blk kids then BARR and the rest of you citizens concerned about a police state would be silent. the little girls didnt have a permit so they were breaking the law.

KickThemAllOutdotorg

July 20th, 2011
9:57 pm

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Painful Truth

July 21st, 2011
12:12 am

Maybe the nanny State should grocery shop with us to ensure we get the proper lemonaid.

GOPiggies

July 21st, 2011
7:25 am

Maybe the owner of the ice cream shop down the street called the cops to squash the competition these teenagers were creating. Using the strong arm of the law to boost corporate profits has always been perfectly fine with “god fearin’” conservatives.

Koolaid

July 21st, 2011
8:11 am

9000 Americans are fatally poisoned to death annually and are currently pushing up perennial daisies because they ate food and drank liquids served to them by the food industry which is regulated and inspected penurially.

If we allow children to poison us with adulterated lemonade then there’s no reason to inspect beef or poultry. Why don’t we just let the food industry police itself so that we can all contract botulism, salmonella, airborn ecoli-ebola, listeria and clostridium?

I mean, I haven’t enjoyed the steady drip drip drip of Montezuma’s Revenge in years. Why can’t I have the same fun the citizens of Midway have?

GEORGIA GOP REDNECKS LIKES A POLICESTATE

July 21st, 2011
8:14 am

COBB POLICE JUST KILLED A UNARMED MAN,IM GLAD NOW THAT THE ASIAN GUY KILLED THE CLAYTON SHERIFF
KARMA WILL CONTINUE ON YALL DIRTY LOWDOWN POLICE OFFICERS!

Dirty Dawg

July 21st, 2011
9:18 am

Be careful Bob, when you’ve got Keith Olbermann saying nice things about your willingness to look at things objectively, you stand a good chance of losing your right-wing ‘creds’.

MrLiberty

July 21st, 2011
9:19 am

liberalefty – I consistently argue against the failed war on drugs and frankly there is not a more racist police state policy in america today. I think its time for you to stop being the racist here. Plenty of us cared about the growing police state under Bush and are just as upset as the current administration.

MrLiberty

July 21st, 2011
9:25 am

One need only look at the response the office killing generated yesterday to see what the real story is with cops in this nation. I saw over 35 cop cars racing down 285 on the east side alone yesterday. When one of us mundanes is killed nobody cares. There may be a car or two that shows up, but generally no serious manhunt, etc. In both cases there may be an armed gunman on the loose who might do harm to others. The difference is that cops feel that they are special and deserve special treatment. They of course signed up for a job that might put them in harm’s way. The innocent person sitting at home when the robbers kick in the door didn’t. The public is just as at risk of future harm in both cases, but when a cop gets killed they ACTUALLY care about extracting justice.

Again, a marketplace of private security companies that we all contract with or that are part of insurance policies, etc. could easily replace the current government law enforcement folks. At least then they would have to answer to their customers rather than brining down their jack boots on the necks of those who pay their salaries, just because their masters in government leadership wish to inflict more pain on the electorate.

Father Murphy

July 21st, 2011
9:31 am

Its funny how the far right and the far left have the same views of the police. Fanatics are all the same.

round about way.....

July 21st, 2011
9:48 am

having recently dealt with the state while setting up a small, side business, bakery, it is clear that there are way too many bureaucrats sitting around with nothing to do. the labeling, the exemptions for nutrtional info, and so on. more worried about the label than whether i am cleaning my sinks and equipment. anyhoo..i digress….. hopefully these girls will learn some kind of lesson from this. my hope is that the lesson will be ways to buck the system.
if someone ASKS them for lemonade, there is no licensing required. the girls cannot solicit business, but if friends and neighbors happen to mention that these girls might be able to prepare a cup of fresh lemonade then no harm no foul.
get back out on the street ladies!!! thumb your noses at the system!!! and pour up some yummy, unadvertised, unlicensed lemonade!!

Halftrack

July 21st, 2011
10:34 am

The ignorant you can educate, the psychotic you can medicate, but for the Stoooped – - – it can’t be helped.

thewatchdog

July 21st, 2011
11:02 am

Violation of 4th Amendment rights, freedom of privacy and freedom to be secure in ones self. Imagine how insecure these poor innocent girls must feel to be singled out by the Sheriff for prosecution. it harks back to the 40s.

Darwin

July 21st, 2011
11:19 am

Bob failed to inform us whether the lemonade stand was set up in a child’s front yard. This is generaly were these benign “days of past” lemonade stands are erected. Now, if the girls set one up in front of the WalMart, or similar location, I understand the legal requirements. Bob – may you enlighten us on the specifics?

MrPaine

July 21st, 2011
11:20 am

@watchdog = ” how insecure these poor innocent girls must feel to be singled out ” >> Oh dear, maybe they’ll be ruined for life since they are such victims. They have now joined that club, huh ? We have become a nation of babies…everybody is always crying that someone is always doing something which always hurt their feelings, making them feel so insecure, etc. etc. This reality is eveywhere you look. We have become a country of weaklings always crying out for mommy.

The outrage over this incident is a joke since it really is so trite compared to other real and significant events.

Koolaid

July 21st, 2011
11:28 am

Prayer to Montezuma: “Spare the good people of Midway Georgia from the consequences of drinking uninspected and unpasteurized lemonade made by untrained food workers, oh kind sir.

Montezuma Speaks

July 21st, 2011
11:30 am

“There is only one solution: Sterilize the lemonade with Grey Goose Vodka. Only then can I promise no one will reap my revenge. Montezuma has spoken.”

joann

July 21st, 2011
11:46 am

Stop the race card. This is about little girls trying to raise money to go to the park!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

Clueless

July 21st, 2011
11:53 am

Tell me..if people were hospitalized and died in Midway GA of food poisoning, and the source of this poisoning was traced to the lemonade stand (where one of the girls went to the restroom and forgot to wash her hands), you all here rambling and railing about police excesses will be the first group of people shouting and foaming at the mouth wondering why authorities did not shut down their operation..

You all here have no idea what ingridients were used to make the lemonade..if they were expired..if they were spiked..if they were (unknowingly) mixed with a deadly substance..! It is very easy to look @ it solely from the point of view as cops becoming too “excessive”..however there is the other side of the coin that they may have saved someone’s life, which is what they were called to do in the first place. If you do not like their actions, take steps to remove the police force in Miltton..thats what i thought, no takers!

We have become a country of left or right wings with increasingly no middle wingers..and asuch, we view things from those two lenses which are very skewed!

I’m not saying that there are no bad/dirty cops. They are..but for every 1 bad cop, you have 10 good cops who don their uniform everyday without knowing if that day will be their last on this earth. Hence, i dont hold them any grudges if they take every precaution (yes, some of them might be excessive) to ensure that they come home everynight to hold their little girls and boys!

Koolaid

July 21st, 2011
12:22 pm

OMG! I just viewed the Matt Damon movie “Adjustment Bureau”. Don’t rent this movie. Don’t watch it when it comes to TMC or AMC or any network. Illogical plot twists are explained by multiple shrugs from the main protagonist accompanied by his constant refrain of “That son of a beach!” as his pursuit of Matt Damon is foiled by multiple Deux et Machina’s that allow the writer to be such a creative tool. Creativity is the worst affliction that can beset a writer. For sure.

I hate all movies now, and I wish to be put to death by drinking hemlock – luckily for me the girl scouts next door have a sidewalk hemlock stand, well, it’s supposed to be a lemonade stand but these Children-of-the-Corn-Syrup entrepreneurial fiends not only never wash their filthy little paws but they also use a garden hose to replenish their inventory. Their lemonade may as well be hemlock.

Historical note: Socrates did not commit suicide, you know. Instead he suckered for the lemonade that his neighbor’s brats had offered him on the sidewalk outside his home. His immune system could handle neither the pesticides, nor the rat feces, nor the itzy bitzy spiders that had hid themselves inside the damn garden hose the horrid kids had used to refill their glass pitchers with.

After “Adjustment Bureau”, I go gladly to my death.

MrLiberty

July 21st, 2011
12:23 pm

Just another daily example of common police behavior in Police State USA:

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/91811.html#more-91811

Ramguy

July 21st, 2011
12:24 pm

As explained by Midway Police Chief Kelly Morningstar, her department had to shut down the lemonade stand, because neither the chief nor apparently anyone in the entire department was “aware of how the lemonade was made, who made the lemonade, [or] what the lemonade was made with.”

I wonder if the good Chief or anyone in her department knows how food is made or what’s in it at the local McDonald’s or any other restaurant.

John Daly

July 21st, 2011
12:49 pm

So, are they going to bust all the Girl Scouts come cookie time?

Tranny Crapzilla

July 21st, 2011
12:51 pm

ATTENTION OBAMA CULT FOLLOWING RETARDS:

Poll: Weakened Obama would lose vote today

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2011/jul/21/poll-weakened-obama-would-lose-vote-today/

Clueless

July 21st, 2011
1:04 pm

@ Ram guy..

“I wonder if the good Chief or anyone in her department knows how food is made or what’s in it at the local McDonald’s or any other restaurant…”

She does. They happen to be called food inspectors which have the power to shut down an establishment that does not meet the health standards..

Tell me, if your son drank the lemonade and died of food poisoning as the innocent girls mistakenly mixed the lemonade with a cleaning agent, wouldnt you have railed and foamed at the authorities (be it her parents, extended family or the police) for not shutting down their operation (even though they had good intentions?)

Clueless

July 21st, 2011
1:11 pm

@ Tranny Crapzilla..Calling people names, or having re-mixing people’s blog names is truly childish.

Thats the problem with this country. We (Right, Left, Teabaggers) are so myopic and obessed with our various political affiliations that we fail to see logic/reason/sense in any other political view even if it is as stark as white bold lettering’s on a blackboard. We have become a nation of slanders, idiotic political posturing and demagoguery which only serves to appeal to the prejudices, emotions, fears, vanities and expectations of the public (whether or not they are real or unfounded).

Of course the politicians we elect only go to the congress to simply do the wishes of their electorate..and we wonder why we are at this point?

Ed Graham

July 21st, 2011
1:27 pm

I just saw a Girl Scout Cookies stand set up in my neighborhood. I’ve called the Midway PD. The SWAT team is on the way.

Ramguy

July 21st, 2011
1:33 pm

@Clueless She does. They happen to be called food inspectors which have the power to shut down an establishment that does not meet the health standards

No she doesn’t. Inspections are few and far between and they usually know they are coming. The inspections are general in nature and they have checklist to go by. I don’t see them trying to breakdown what’s in KFC’s secret recipe. Yeah we are always hearing about about poison being in Lemonade stands huh? You’re more likely to get sick eating eating slaw from a vendor at fairs and festivals cities and towns host.

Winfield J. Abbe

July 21st, 2011
1:50 pm

In the Communist politically correct cesspool of Athens Clarke County, illegal stands sell barbeque with no proper sanitary facilities or license or refrigeration but the government and health department look the other way because they don’t want to offend those violating the law. Hundreds of homeless live in filth and squalor with no proper sanitation, water, electricity or garbage removal as required of all others, defecating and urinating on the ground, while both the corrupt city of Athens and the corrupt Georgia Health Department both look the other way because of political correctness as they don’t want to look bad enforcing the law on those risking the rest of the area with diseases and more. This is called corruption and the State of Georgia is just as responsible for its failure to regulate the outlaw local yokels here. Georgia is like Haiti. The law is only enforced on responsible people who have the money to pay the illegal fines and respond to the threats of extortion by the corrupt government officials.

Tranny Crapzilla

July 21st, 2011
1:51 pm

“Calling people names, or having re-mixing people’s blog names is truly childish.”

Kiss my arse.

john

July 21st, 2011
2:45 pm

Wow. what a bunch of looney toons!

Koolaid

July 21st, 2011
2:48 pm

My air conditioner went out. I’m getting overheated and dizzy. I think I’m hallucinating. Look, I just want to thank all those who replied in the positive to my concerns about sidewalk lemonade stands and I hope that we can endure this “Dome of Heat” that has me looking out my picture window for any sign of those confounded girl scouts and their now-a-total-mirage lemonade stand. The cops must have taken them away in hand cuffs, dammit! those fools…….my kingdom for pesticide residue…….rat urine……….it’s getting dark……….looks like the laizze faire tea party folks was right…….aughhhh…….

NOTE: The AJC regrets to inform the fans of this idiot that he died of dehydration within a few feet of a sidewalk lemonade stand. The city of Midway, Georgia is going to pay for his headstone which will read, “what a dope….what a fall guy….what a maroon…..bwa”

kimmer

July 21st, 2011
3:04 pm

Hey Koolaid. First of all according to the CDC your numbers are about 3X too high. Their website says foodborne illness takes the life of about 3,000 per year not 9K most of which are either very old, very young, or immunocompromised in some way. Secondly, the top 10 riskiest food items do not include lemonade. They all fall in three categories. Seafood, dairy items, and fresh produce. Improperly cooked meats are next on the hit parade. The acidity and sugar content of lemonade render it pretty well safe even if you do use the garden hose to make it where those mythical and apparently quite skinny hose rats go to use the bathroom. Oh and even if it is a little gross. Consuming an itty-bitty spider or two isn’t going to hurt you either.

You worry way too much. Let the kids have their lemonade stand!

Funkmaster

July 21st, 2011
6:17 pm

Women shouldn’t need a license to give massages,body scrubs,or dance nekkid for tips in bars either!

Jeff

July 21st, 2011
6:45 pm

Not to change the subject, but Bob Barr is a yankee just like Newt Gingrich.

Carry on.

GEORGIA GOP REDNECKS LIKES A POLICESTATE

July 21st, 2011
8:45 pm

ATLANTA POLICE OFFICER RUNOVER BY SUSPECT!
MORE KARMA,FOR THE POLICE STATE!

GEORGIA GOP REDNECKS LIKES A POLICESTATE

July 21st, 2011
8:49 pm

THE WAY YOU REDNECK CONFAGDERATES ACT,IM SO GLAD SHERMAN CAME AND BURNED THIS STATE DOWN,WE NEED TO BRING HIM BACK ALIVE SO HE CAN FINISH THE JOB!
SOUTHERN GOT D@MN YANKEE I AM!

mountain man

July 21st, 2011
9:04 pm

Of course, the girls who made the lemonade did’t tell you that she had the runs, just went to the restroom and pooped, ad forgot to wash her hands right before she made the lemonade, squeezing the lemons FRESH with her hands. Of course, he who buys the lemonade ca take their chances, I don’t think we need the police to tell us it might ot be sanitary. If we get E. coli from the lemonade, it is our own dam fault. It would be different if it wre a real restaurant where we expect the rules to be obeyed.

mountain man

July 21st, 2011
9:05 pm

Sorry, don’t know where some of my “n”s are going.

Barbeesha

July 21st, 2011
10:28 pm

Well whomever the police chief in Midway answers to – mayor, city council – needs to give her a lesson in civics and even-handed law enforcement. Like suspending or firing her. The girls’ parents should be pushing hard for that.

MikeB

July 21st, 2011
10:32 pm

From Exactley as I Thought @9:58am ” If you’re not willing to accept all unlicensed, corner capitalistic activities in your neighborhood, then you shouldn’t accept any. No mention in the law books about excepting cute little girls selling lemonade. Thus ends the civics lesson.”

There are times where laws created need to have some latitude regarding enforcement, and times where strict interpertation are in order. Our representatives in local, county, state, and federal govt. are the ones we elect to write laws in a manner reflecting either “latitude” or no….. Technically it is not up to the Police Officer how to interpert the law, unless the law grants that leeway….. So in reality the folks in that community need to look at the draft of that law and ask the following…….

1. When was this law drafted?
2. Does it make sense presently or does it need redrafting or elimination?
3. What is the enforcement frequently for this law, on an annual basis for the last 10 years(or from the date of passage).
4. Who is responsible for clearing obsolete laws from the local or county codes that the police were enforcing?
5. How are these steward of local and county ordinances measured from a performance perspective? And are they in fact peforming in an acceptable fashion?

I agree this is a situation that requires common sense, but the ambiquity comes into play when one asks, “if the lead police officer in the case, had the day off…………. What would another police officer do in the same situation? My guess is some would have let the situation slide and some would have done what the original officers did. Whats the difference? For some……. No harm nor foul, for others……. zealousness as opposed to laziness….. and lastly there is the possibility of “perception” skewing the latitude to either side of the argument. We will never know, but until we demand business like kpi’s our govt. entities must perform under, we are all subject to either the overbearance of authority, or the absense of it, without an adequate understanding to really know what is the appropriate level of enforcement.

This is why you become involved in your communities folks….. Otherwise the opinions of a few invested folks hold sway on the how’s, why’s and which laws are created, reveiwed, modified, and enforced in your community.

MikeB

July 21st, 2011
10:35 pm

oops “amiguity” Stink at spelling :)

David B.

July 22nd, 2011
8:53 am

I don’t know if I’d call it a police state, but I would concur that it was a lack of common sense on the part of the police department involved.

Jim

July 22nd, 2011
11:51 am

The question is what the hell has happened to people the last 30 years for gods sake. Wake the hell up and have some balls for once people

Junior Samples

July 26th, 2011
11:55 am

welcome the obamer nation

it’s only going to get worse if the ‘anointed one’ gets his way