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Ohio City Bans Fireworks, Drinks, Grills, and Enacts Mandatory Bag Searches for July 4th
Story Leak.Com ^ | 7/3/2013 | Anthony Gucciardi

Posted on 07/05/2013 7:31:15 AM PDT by IbJensen

The City of Lakewood Ohio will be celebrating July 4th with mandatory bag searches and a ban on all Fourth of July related fun — including fireworks, drinks, grills, pets, sports, and just about everything else.

The anti-independence regulation is a real testament to the current state of our nation, which now stands for heavy bans on all forms of person freedom. But I would have never actually known about this insane ban if it weren’t for a Storyleak reader who sent me the amazing image above. And following my inquiry as to where the image came from, doubting that any city could be so draconian and downright wicked, I was amazed when the reader went and linked me to a page on The Lakewood Observer website which listed all of the same nonsense with official quotes from the city.

As you can see from the ‘Special Park Rules To Be In Effect At Lakewood Park On July 4th’ article posted a week ago on The Lakewood Observer website, all of the same insane regulations are listed clearly as seen on the original sign. The website reads:

“The following rules will be in effect at Lakewood Park on July 4, 2013:

1.All generators, propane and gas fueled grills are prohibited.

2.All tents and shelters are prohibited.

3.Police will be conducting searches of bags and coolers for reasons of public safety.

4.No alcoholic beverages are permitted at any time throughout the year.

5.No personal fireworks. This includes novelty fireworks like sparklers.

6.No dogs or pets of any kind will be permitted in the park on July 4th.

7.The skate park, tennis courts, basketball courts and Kid’s Cove playground will be closed at 7:00 p.m.”

Are you as amazed as I was that this is actually real, and a city ordinance at that? I thought that maybe it was a private place and the owner was just bitter about people celebrating on the land, but this is actually a city declaration and sign. And for the ever-tiring purpose of ‘security’. Because so many people are killed each year from sparklers and grilling burgers. The insanity here reminds me of the individual I debated on video who called for a ban on all guns, knives, hammers, nails, and even glass.

We can even see on the website a quote from Lakewood’s Mayor Mike Summers, which reads:

“Safety is our first priority. These added security measures will help to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July.”

Right, it’s all about keeping you safe from fireworks the celebration of the nation’s birth. Perhaps they should also usher in the TSA and their naked body scanners to help scan all the attendees and their children for any form of unauthorized food or drink as well.

Everyone needs to share this lunacy and demand that Mayor Mike Summers of Lakewood retract these ridiculous regulations for the citizens of this Ohio town, lest it spreads to nearby cities and across the nation. Also, remember that the Fourth Amendment protects you from such ridiculous bag searches by police. The key here is publicizing the absurdity of these draconian regulations to set a foundation for what we will not tolerate. This truly is a sick society of paranoia and fear.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: anti4th; lakewoodohio; mayormikesummers
We shouldn't celebrate 'Independence Day' until this evil simpleton is impeached and drug out of the White Hut by his heels.

The only good thing yesterday was that mystery meat was out of the country. As far as this mayor Mike Summers is concerned, the people of Lakewood need to get his stupid behind out of public office!

1 posted on 07/05/2013 7:31:15 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

“The Park Is Closed”


2 posted on 07/05/2013 7:34:08 AM PDT by bigheadfred (barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: IbJensen

Remember - This is YOUR park.


3 posted on 07/05/2013 7:36:56 AM PDT by DManA
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To: IbJensen

You can’t fix stupid.


4 posted on 07/05/2013 7:41:21 AM PDT by Teacher317 (The public is being manipulated to fleece the taxpayer. That is the real industry in Washington.)
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To: IbJensen

They celebrate ‘freedom’ strangely there...............


5 posted on 07/05/2013 7:42:41 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: IbJensen

They just shut down the 4th in the park.

Headline is a little misleading.


6 posted on 07/05/2013 7:43:50 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: IbJensen

Welcome to Obammy’s new Amerika! Sucks dosen’t it? Impeach the Halfrican and throw hima and his entire administration in prison!


7 posted on 07/05/2013 7:45:33 AM PDT by rhubarbk
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To: rhubarbk

hima = him


8 posted on 07/05/2013 7:46:07 AM PDT by rhubarbk
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To: DManA

About 50 years ago, I read a “The Strange World of Mr. Mum” comic strip in which Mr. Mum gazes at a sign at the entrance to a park that listed onerous restrictions, like don’t walk on the grass. The list concluded with, “This is your park. Enjoy it.”


9 posted on 07/05/2013 7:46:30 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: DManA

There was a local park (now a parking lot for the new courthouse) that had a sign that said:

1. No alcohol
2. No glass containers
3. No loud music
4. No kite flying
5. No RC airplanes
6. No golf practicing
7. No frisbee throwing
8. No baseball/football throwing outside practice cages
9. No bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates or rollerblades
10. No animals except for service animals

This is your park, enjoy it..............


10 posted on 07/05/2013 7:48:33 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: IbJensen
I live in another Cleveland suburb (Bedford) and they canceled our fireworks display for the first time in my memory, another victim of black gang violence against whites last year. It's for our safety. Yeah.
11 posted on 07/05/2013 7:50:27 AM PDT by Kenton
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To: IbJensen

There are a legitimate reasons for these things.

Since at least 2006, Ohio has been tormented by large groups of black thugs showing up at Independence Day festivities, starting fights and brawling, stealing stuff, intimidating festival goers, vandalizing, etc. As cities discontinue these festivities for safety reasons, the large black groups migrate to the next city.

Generators (gasoline) and propane grills (compressed gases) are very bad karma to have around fireworks. Tents and shelters are often flammable.

Seriously, what kind of sadist would take a dog to a fireworks show? While some dogs ignore it, many lose their marbles in panic and terror.


12 posted on 07/05/2013 7:52:23 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Kenton
"I live in another Cleveland suburb (Bedford) and they canceled our fireworks display for the first time in my memory, another victim of black gang violence against whites last year. It's for our safety. Yeah."

Really? I posted a thread about a town in Minnesota doing the same thing this year.

IS gang violence really that much of a concern in the Cleveland Area?

13 posted on 07/05/2013 7:53:36 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Really? That shows the cops impotence doesn’t it? It shows the town’s leaders as cowards. Penalize the good folks because you are afraid of the bea=d folks. How typical.

Why not just be honest with the citizens and tell them, “look, we can’t control the thugs, we can only control the non-thugs, so we are going to nanny you for public safety and you will like it or else”. Why don’t they just admit total failure and cancel everything?


14 posted on 07/05/2013 8:02:01 AM PDT by alarm rider (Basically, we are toast.)
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To: IbJensen
The article should state the reasoning behind the prohibitions.

1.All generators, propane and gas fueled grills are prohibited.

I don't see the reason for this.

2.All tents and shelters are prohibited.

This one I understand if they're expecting a crowd. Many of these tents and shelters take up a lot of space. You can see 2-3, of 4-5 people in one when the space available would provide for twice that number if the tent/shelter wasn't there.

3.Police will be conducting searches of bags and coolers for reasons of public safety.

I understand the reasoning, but I disagree with it.

4.No alcoholic beverages are permitted at any time throughout the year.

That's so standard I'm going to ignore it.

5.No personal fireworks. This includes novelty fireworks like sparklers.

I have to agree with this one if it's crowded. I've seen too many idiots completely disregard the safety, personal space, rights of others and let their children do the same. I'll make an exception if I'm allowed to kick the stuffing out of anyone who throws a sparkler, smoke bomb, etc. at me.

6.No dogs or pets of any kind will be permitted in the park on July 4th.

If it's crowded, do we want people stepping and sitting in dog crap and spreading it all over?

7.The skate park, tennis courts, basketball courts and Kid’s Cove playground will be closed at 7:00 p.m.

I don't know the reason for this.

15 posted on 07/05/2013 8:10:10 AM PDT by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: Mad Dawgg
IS gang violence really that much of a concern in the Cleveland Area?

Only when black "teens" go out playing the Knockout Game and people actually hear about it. City authorities do a pretty good job of suppressing that kind of thing in my town, but it seems that allover America, for the past two or three years, black "teens" are fomenting mini race riots at various public gatherings. It's not just in the big cities anymore.

The trouble-makers that caused out fireworks to be canceled were allegedly not local, they came from the Cleveland area. But that's been a problem for quite a few years.

16 posted on 07/05/2013 8:13:54 AM PDT by Kenton
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To: Kenton

Hey Kenton! I live a couple villages South of you! What people here don’t know is that Lakewood is Gay Central for the Cleveland area.


17 posted on 07/05/2013 8:15:09 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: IbJensen

Come to your local”Armed Camp”to observe”Independence Day”??


18 posted on 07/05/2013 8:16:52 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: IbJensen

He should be”Frog-Marched”out of The White House and taken to The Senate for his trial!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


19 posted on 07/05/2013 8:18:15 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: IbJensen

Normal people are losing their freedoms because of a small number of uncivilized specially-privileged individuals.

Since it’s politically incorrect to block the uncivilized brutes, normal people lose their rights.


20 posted on 07/05/2013 8:19:44 AM PDT by I want the USA back (If I Pi$$ed off just one liberal today my mission has been accomplished.)
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To: IbJensen
Lakewood is just west of downtown Cleveland, on Lake Erie, and surrounded by Cleveland on the other three sides. Public transportation to get there is aplenty. It's walking distance from some of the less assimilated hispanic communities, and there's a whole lot of diversity on that near west side of Cleveland.

They have to have those rules if they want to "celebrate". Where they're delusional is thinking they can keep Cleveland's challenges out. JMHO

21 posted on 07/05/2013 8:20:05 AM PDT by grania
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
What people here don’t know is that Lakewood is Gay Central for the Cleveland area.

Oh yeah, big time, but gays didn't do anything to get the fireworks canceled, it was the Cleveland 'hood rats beating people up.

22 posted on 07/05/2013 8:24:12 AM PDT by Kenton
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To: Steely Tom

Not really. I was born in Lakewood and spent many fun days in that park, either with my family for 4th of July celebrations, or just going to the park with my buddies to spend a fun day. Grills, small fireworks, the main celebration etc were all a part of that. The park is on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie, and they did the fireworks from the edge of the bluff out over the lake, with a fence between the spectators and the professional fireworks people. It was pretty safe, even though I recall they all went up at once one year, but to the best of my recollection, there were no injuries (I could be wrong about that.) My family and I stayed in one of those shelters one year when a storm came over the lake (a not uncommon situation), until the storm cleared out.

People should remember that a few years ago, the city government was involved in one of the early “eminent domain” games where the city wanted to take land for development in that area (taxes, anyone?)

It was so surprising that my wife, who is from Latin America, showed me the article (we had moved to FL), with the comment (I had taken her to the park, which she thought was great) : “What the h*ll is this?”


23 posted on 07/05/2013 8:24:24 AM PDT by Sigurdrifta
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To: Fiji Hill

I can’t remember where I picked up this meme. Maybe from that comic strip. All I know is it is more relevant now then ever.


24 posted on 07/05/2013 8:36:53 AM PDT by DManA
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To: IbJensen

Wouldn’t have gone....


25 posted on 07/05/2013 8:39:00 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Red Badger
The only thing missing was do not walk on the grass.
26 posted on 07/05/2013 8:53:32 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: IbJensen

Banning liberty and the pursuit of happiness.


27 posted on 07/05/2013 9:04:26 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: IbJensen

Unfortunately, every one of those rules had to be implemented to stop the feral animals from ruling the park and preventing average families from having any chance whatsoever of enjoying a peaceful experience in the park.

None of those rules would impact a family using the park for a stroll or a picnic, except for the search rule. In fact, that particular rule is a tip off as to exactly how grim the situation must be in that area.


28 posted on 07/05/2013 9:19:28 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: IbJensen
2 reasons for this:

(1) This is a beautiful park on the shores of Lake Erie that "citizens" trash on special days.

(2) It is not far from low-class Amish neighborhoods.

It is clear why rules using this property is for the purpose of respecting its beauty, cleanliness, and accessibility for all, especially with little kids.

Been there.

29 posted on 07/05/2013 11:14:48 AM PDT by imardmd1
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To: imardmd1

Did they have fireworks last year?


30 posted on 07/05/2013 11:43:37 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Steely Tom

Nitpicking, Steely.


31 posted on 07/05/2013 11:44:21 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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