Friday, August 10, 2012

Private Property Rights - #4115 - Man Sentenced to 30 Days for Catching Rain Water on Own Property Enters Jail - CNS News (2) Nanny State Alert: Man Goes to Jail for Drinking Rain Water - Hot Air (3) NOW ON DRUDGE: Pitchfork-Wielding Virginia Farmers Rally Against Birthday Party Fine - Fox News











Gary Harrington, the Oregon man convicted of collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his rural property surrendered Wednesday morning to begin serving his 30-day, jail sentence in Medford, Ore. “I’m sacrificing my liberty so we can stand up as a country and stand for our liberty,” Harrington told a small crowd of people gathered outside of the Jackson County (Ore.) Jail. Several people held signs that showed support for Harrington as he was taken inside the jail. Harrington was found guilty two weeks ago of breaking a 1925 law for having, what state water managers called “three illegal reservoirs” on his property. He was convicted of nine misdemeanors, sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined over $1500 for collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his property........The Oregon Water Resources Department, claims that Harrington has been violating the state’s water use law by diverting water from streams running into the Big Butte River. But Harrington says he is not diverting the state's water -- merely collecting rainwater and snow melt that falls or flows on his own property.  Read more........


Nanny State Alert: Man Goes to Jail for Drinking Rain Water -Hot Air - You just can’t make this stuff up. A man in Oregon is currently in jail serving a thirty day term – along with a $1500 fine – for collecting rainwater and snow melt on his own property for drinking and household use. You think I’m kidding? I’m not.....There’s simply not much more to say about this one. Let this be a lesson to everyone about keeping an eye on who you elect to public office and the policies they put in place once they are there. The law in question here may date back nearly a century, but it certainly could have have been taken off the books long before now if the political will existed to do so. The fact that it’s still being enforced demonstrates that it isn’t some ancient anomaly hanging around as a joke. And given the current, regulation heavy environment in Washington, seeing such laws passed in other places isn’t quite so far fetched as you may think. Still, Mr. Harrington’s story caught me off guard. This one simply defies reason.  Read more......
NOW ON DRUDGE: Pitchfork-Wielding Virginia Farmers Rally Against Birthday Party Fine - Fox - Pitchfork-wielding Virginia farmers rallied to support a woman who claims local officials came down on her for, among other things, hosting a children's birthday party on her spread. Martha Boneta, owner of Liberty Farms in the northern village of Paris, was threatened with nearly $5,000 in fines when for selling produce and crafts and throwing unlicensed events, including a birthday party for her best friend's child. She told FoxNews.com she wasn't doing anything are farmers haven't done for generations, and at a recent zoning board meeting, her agrarian friends literally showed up with pitchforks to show their support. Read more......

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