Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Squirrel's Nut Cache - 8/12/2010

The Nut Cache - a collection of recent things I found interesting, or amusing, or nutworthy.

Economic conservatives have long trumpeted that "Big Government Stifles Small Business." Well, 7-year-old Julie Murphy has learned that truth the hard way. It seems that county health inspectors shut down little Julie's lemonade stand and threated a $500 fine for operating without the required health and business licenses. Yeah, that's right, a 7-year-old's lemonade stand! "When you go to a public event and set up shop, you're suddenly engaging in commerce," said Eric Pippert, the food-borne illness prevention program manager for the state's public health division. "The fact that you're small-scale I don't think is relevant." This used to be a free country. (You know, dealing with excessive regulations is what caused liberal entertainer Sonny Bono to enter politics at as a conservative Republican.)

Facebook is great. It lets friends and family stay in touch and find out what is going on in each other's lives. Why, Lynn France even found out on Facebook that her husband had gotten married. Not her ex-husband, but her husband! Turns out that the business he was taking care of on his business trips was monkey business. Say what you like about the internet, but it sure has made duplicity more difficult... and that's a good thing.

A man beating a woman in a parking lot. A passerby, seeing the altercation, calls the police. The man is arrested and goes to court. His defense? We were dancing. No, really, that's the defense. The court was told that the man and his wife were celebrating an unusually profitable lunch business at their kabob shop by "performing a traditional Turkish dance, called kolbasti," which includes "mimicry of fighting and wrestling moves such as hitting, kicking and headlocks." Um... the jury's still out on this one...

And the Nuttiness goes on and on...

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