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Government Overreach Kills Business

Tuesday, 27 Sep 2011 09:23 AM

By George Will

Cindy Vong is a tiny woman with a problem as big as the government that is causing it.

She wants to provide a service that will enable customers “to brighten up their days.” Having fish nibble your feet may not be your idea of fun, but lots of people around the world enjoy it, and so did some Arizonans until their bossy government butted in, in the service of a cartel. Herewith a story that illustrates how governments that will not mind their own business impede the flourishing of businesses.

Vong, 47, left Vietnam in 1982 and after stops in Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, settled in San Francisco for 20 years, before coming here to open a nail salon with a difference. Her salon offered $30 fish therapy, wherein small fish from China nibble dead skin from people’s feet.

Arizona’s Board of Cosmetology decided the fish were performing pedicures, and because all pedicure instruments must be sterilized and fish cannot be, the therapy must be discontinued. Vong lost her more than $50,000 investment in fish tanks and other equipment, and some customers. Three of her employees lost their jobs.

The plucky litigators at the Goldwater Institute are representing Vong in arguing that the Constitution protects the individual’s right to earn a living free from unreasonable regulations. In a 1932 case (overturning an Oklahoma law requiring a new ice company to prove a “public need” for it), the U.S. Supreme Court said the law’s tendency was to “foster monopoly in the hands of existing establishments.”

The court also said: “The principle is imbedded in our constitutional system that there are certain essentials of liberty with which the state is not entitled […]

Mother Charged With Crime For Entering School Bus To Help Her Son

634 days ago by Mollie Hemingway

Today’s unbelievably stupid news of government overreach comes from Perry County, Pennsylvania. That’s where mother Tara Keener was just charged with a crime for entering a school bus back in December. She’s an emergency room nurse and she saw her son slumped over through the window of the school bus he was riding in. Other kids were yelling at the mother for help, telling her that her 5-year-old son Xander was unresponsive.

She ran up to and into the bus. And that’s the problem, believe it or not.

Apparently — though there’s some dispute over exactly what the law says — parents can’t do this? Why, well, because who knows if they could molest children or something.


Everyone agrees that Keener did nothing but rush to her child, who happened to simply be in a deep sleep. She’s been charged with a misdemeanor and it’s going to trial.

How could this idiocy happen? Well, everyone’s pointing fingers at someone else. The bus company admits that they reported the incident of the mother entering the bus. But they say they’re required to by law and they certainly didn’t think she’d be charged. They concede that Xander was sleeping but say that nobody asked the mother for help and that she was told not to be on the bus.

Five months after the incident, she received a notice that she was being charged and that

The DA says he waited until he had a late conversation with an assistant to Dennis Dum, whose bus service company contracts with county schools for transportation services.

He says that this assistant to the owner successfully convinced him that they need to have a zero-tolerance (read: completely idiotic lack of common […]

Jimmy Haslam released a statement after Government Raid

By Gregg Rosenthal
Published: April 15, 2013 at 07:28 p.m.
Updated: April 15, 2013 at 09:27 p.m.

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam released a statement Monday after the FBI and Internal Revenue Service locked down the headquarters of his company, Pilot Flying J, in West Knoxville, Tenn.

“The FBI secured our headquarters today and informed us they are investigating Pilot Flying J,” Haslam said in an email statement to the Knoxville News Sentinel. “We will cooperate appropriately with any and all external investigations and conduct our own. I believe and trust there has been no wrongdoing. The integrity of our company always has been job No. 1.”

Haslam returned to the helm as CEO of the Pilot Flying J company in February after briefly stepping down to become the majority owner of the Browns last October. Dozens of federal agents reportedly raided the facility and instructed all employees to turn off their electronic equipment before nonessential employees were escorted off the premises.

Jimmy is the brother of the current Governor of Tennessee who is a major owner in Pilot.

Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.

Hostile and spurious government raid spurs lawsuit

March 30
The Kansas City Star
A Leawood couple says heavily armed Johnson County deputies barged into their home last year, turning it upside down and detaining them and their children for more than two hours in a fruitless search for marijuana.

“This is how we were awakened: banging, pounding, screaming,” the mother, Adlynn Harte, said Friday. “My husband opened the door right before the battering ram was set to take it out.”

The father allegedly was forced to lie shirtless on the foyer while a deputy with an assault rifle stood over him. The children, a 7-year-old girl and 13-year-old boy, reportedly came out of their bedrooms terrified, the teenager with his hands in the air.

And all because the couple, Robert and Adlynn Harte, bought indoor gardening equipment to grow a small number of tomato and squash plants in their basement, according to a lawsuit filed this week. The equipment was never used for marijuana, the couple says, and no one in the family has ever used illegal drugs.

Nearly a year after the SWAT-style raid, the Hartes still don’t know what evidence deputies used to persuade a judge to grant a warrant to search their home in the 10300 block of Wenonga Lane on April 20. Their requests for records that could provide such information have been denied by the sheriff’s office.

The lawsuit filed Thursday asks the court to order the release of the records. The information revealed could be used in a federal civil rights lawsuit.

“You can’t send out the SWAT team because people are trying to grow tomatoes in their basement,” Robert Harte told The Star.

Cheryl Pilate represents the couple, who met while both worked for the CIA and, according to Adlynn Harte, […]