11 year old Madison Root is finding out the hard way that big government always impedes economic growth. She wants to sell bundles of mistletoe over the holidays in order to raise money so she can get braces for her teeth, but the City of Portland shut her down for not having a business license.
Here’s video of the local news report:
She’s hoping to raise money to chip in for her braces. The dentist says they’ll cost $4,800.
"I felt like I could help my dad with the money," she said.
Madison and her dad bagged up the mistletoe and started selling them next to the Skidmore Fountain in Downtown Portland on Saturday morning.
That’s also where the Portland Saturday Market holds its weekly venue.
A private security guard asked Madison to stop selling because city ordinance bans commerce like that without proper approval.
"I wouldn’t think I’d have any problems because people are asking for money, people are selling stuff, this is a public place," said Madison.
And she’s right — to a point.
In fact, we saw people protesting, hold signs, playing music, and begging all over the area on Sunday morning as well.
The Saturday Market is incredibly diverse.
You can buy whistles, order crepes and sign a marijuana petition all without walking more than ten steps.
But you can’t open a business without going through the market’s formal application process. The market sets rules for vendors which Madison agrees make sense.
Begging is different.
That’s a form of free speech, protected under the First Amendment, explains Mark Ross, spokesman for the Portland Parks Bureau, which manages the city park and rents it to the Saturday Market.
The guard, hired by the market from a private security firm, told Madison she could sell her products on city sidewalk outside the park’s boundaries or simply ask people for donations for her braces.
"I don’t want to beg! I would rather work for something than beg," said Madison.
"It’s crazy. People can get money for pot. But I can’t get money for braces. I’m working for this! They’re just sitting down on their butts all day asking for pot."
There’s a fine liberal policy for you: you can’t work hard and earn money without the state’s approval, but you can beg instead. You’ll find this kind of absurd statist policy at every level of government.
I’ve got some more bad news for you Madison: the Obamacare medical device tax is going to make your braces even more expensive. That’s big government: it’ll get you ever time.
I get mad when I think about Judas, betraying Jesus’ trust for such a miniscule amount.
But then I remember how easily I sin for free
Wait a minute…hold on…. they turned down a FREE website and went with a 1 BILLION DOLLAR ONE INSTEAD?! GOD DAMNIT I HATE THIS GOVERNMENT!
'Tis the season for giving.
But when you give, do you know your money will help someone?
"OK, so people who give away a billion dollars don’t want to hear skepticism about their gift. But there’s little doubt capitalism helps people more. Even rock star Bono from U2 has come to understand that. He used to call for more government spending on foreign aid. Now he says: "Aid is just a stopgap. Commerce, entrepreneurial capitalism take more people out of poverty."
Bingo. If Bono gets it, Turner should, too.
I applaud those who give to charity, but let’s not forget that it’s capitalists (honest ones, not those who feed off government) who do the most for the poor. They do more good for the world than politicians — and more even than do-gooders working for charities”
“Okay your job is to keep the pandas in their pen.”
“And I get paid to do this.”
A response to “socialist Jesus” and “Republican Jesus”.
Fuck I remember this photo.
Way back in 2011, Basic Fun showcased four “limited edition crystal keychain” prototypes at Toy Fair. Applejack and Rarity were among them, however, only Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash ever saw the light of day — a very limited light at that as they were difficult to track down for a long time.
Lo and behold, two years later the set has been repackaged and released as part of the Rainbow Power line and are available at retail stores now.
The first two images are the prototypes in their original packaging (via asmzine). The last one is a shot of the back of the new Rainbow Power package.
YES PLEASE FINALLY! Where can I get my rarity key chain? ;_;
Watched this today before work. No. 1 is also my fave. but I’ve always had a soft spot ofr that Christmas special :3
If you don’t feel guilty for your actions, then you couldn’t be shamed.
Oh gosh I am almost all of these and my brother is literally all of them
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A knife-wielding Pakistani bus driver is accused of attempting to rape a off-duty female U.S. Navy sailor in Dubai. However, he never got the chance to commit the act of rape because the 28-year-old woman wrestled the driver to the ground and put him in a stranglehold using her thighs.
“Prosecutors said that she knocked the knife from his hand, broke it in two, bit him in the hand, forced him to the ground and locked him between her thighs,” the Daily Mail reports.
Now, that’s real feminism.
She was knocking him out with her American thighs.
Okay, so rape is not cool. Glad the woman could get away. But This article is exchanging one thing for another. In a society that often blames women for rape, this article is exchanging putting shame on the woman for racism. The race of the man who attempted to rape her is of no consequence. To say he was Pakistani is to insinuate that Pakistani men are inherently more likely to rape women. That because he was Pakistani he was more likely to be a rapist.
Anyone can be a rapist. Your father, the bagger at the store, black men, white men, old men, Pakistani men, men who are disabled, men who are not disabled, even women.
The *race* of her attacker does not matter. The fact that she was in the navy does not matter.
The fact that she was nearly raped, does matter. Rape is an issue. Rape is not okay. Rape can happen to anyone.
I highly doubt that had this been about a white man, or a black man attempting rape on your average citizen would this have even been called attention to.
And that is not okay. Rape should be called attention to *every* time. People need to know that this happens every day to a variety of people, from all different walks of life. That *rapists* come from all different walks of life.
Because if you never learn that a rapist can look like your brother you will never understand that the man who looks like your brother can also be the man who rapes you.
It is *never* your fault if you get raped.
And if men never learn to stop fucking raping, how will they ever stop?
“Pakistani” is not a race.
It’s a nationality.
Which is actually a reasonable thing to point out, seeing as he was in Dubai which is in the UAE, not Pakistan.
Pakistani people are the people who are citizens of the modern State of Pakistan.
You just ranted for a very long time about something that wasn’t even an accurate representation of the term you were angry about.
How does it feel to have no reading comprehension or understanding of the difference between nationality, citizenship, and race?
In the end it does not matter if I misused one word while as you put it “ranting.” I do actually know the difference between race, citizenship and nationality.
What I am angry about here is that women are getting fucking, raped, and people sit there and try to turn it into a race/nationality thing.
Please do not come at me and assume what I know or don’t know.
You repeatedly referred to “Pakistani” as a race, meaning you clearly DON’T know the difference.
No one (other than you) is trying to turn this into anything about race or nationality.
The word “Pakistani” was used TWICE. Once in the title and once in the article itself. There was zero reference to his race or religion.
The rest is a play by play of the attempted rape and her take down of the would be rapist.
Stop, you’re embarrassing yourself.
reblogging for the AC/DC American thighs part! Awesome!
Cool, you keep telling people not to reblog me, and then you tag me.
Not to mention there’s a difference between “absolutely no care for” and “puts human life and needs above animal life and needs”.