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Dad Fights Zoning Board's Order to Destroy Backyard Tree House
Fox News ^ | October 17, 2011 | Todd Starnes

Posted on 10/17/2011 6:06:46 PM PDT by Immerito

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1 posted on 10/17/2011 6:06:50 PM PDT by Immerito
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To: Immerito

For crying out loud..
What has happened to the heart of America?
This man fights for us, we are lucky he made it back.
Can they not do this one small thing for him?


2 posted on 10/17/2011 6:11:43 PM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: Immerito

A $1400 tree house? When we were kids, we just found some old lumber in our garages and brought it all over to our house from around the neighborhood and built it in our apple tree. That said, WTF? A PERMIT for a tree house? What is this world coming to?


3 posted on 10/17/2011 6:12:46 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: Immerito

Let the kids have the damn treehouse! Do it for the chirren!


4 posted on 10/17/2011 6:13:20 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (It's not what I do but the way I do it, it's not what I say but the way I say it. (Mae West))
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To: Immerito

He should just tear it down and not get screwed out of any more money. How dare he think he could do something so provocative as build a treehouse? I just hope he does not let the boys open a lemonade stand without a permit!


5 posted on 10/17/2011 6:13:40 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Immerito

Come the revolution there should be a special firing squad for zoning officials and building inspectors.


6 posted on 10/17/2011 6:14:09 PM PDT by scottteng (Tax government employees til they quit and find something useful to do)
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To: MS.BEHAVIN

Not only that - what happened to freedom? What happened to owning your domain? Doing what you wish with your property without all these regulations? I mean come on - a tree house?

Lemonade stands are illegal too! I can go on, but I’m too sad for words!


7 posted on 10/17/2011 6:14:20 PM PDT by jcsjcm (This country was built on exceptionalism and individualism. In God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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To: Immerito
Guy tries to do something nice for his boys and gets a visit from the 'treeNazi's'.
8 posted on 10/17/2011 6:14:28 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Immerito

Pictures, need pictures of the tree house.


9 posted on 10/17/2011 6:14:55 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: MS.BEHAVIN

I’m fighting similiar B,S,

The libs want everyone to go green so I decided to invest in solar pv panels for my roof. I’m in a very economically impacted county in Florida. I have been waiting weeks for permits that should have taken days. Just being told they don’t have staff.

What gets me is the word PERMIT. I own the land and home. It’s a farm with plenty of acreage to boot.

I say this country will never go back to the founders design until this concept of PERMIT needed on your own land, goes away. Getting ready for the big collapse.


10 posted on 10/17/2011 6:16:08 PM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: scottteng

It has my vote.


11 posted on 10/17/2011 6:16:15 PM PDT by sport
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To: rabscuttle385; bamahead

Good grief, with all the problems this country faces, some busybodies have nothing better to do with their time than this. Libertarians ought to tell them to mind their own damned business! The treehouse isn’t hurting anybody.


12 posted on 10/17/2011 6:17:04 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens collect welfare checks that Americans won't collect)
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To: MS.BEHAVIN

The city did the same thing to us for one that we build as kids.

Of course it had carpeting and aluminum siding LoL.
Worse than that, we killed a good cherry tree building that thing in it.


13 posted on 10/17/2011 6:18:22 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Immerito

Hey! This is Amerika! Everyone knows you can’t build a tree house for your kids in Amerika!!!


14 posted on 10/17/2011 6:19:25 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Stop Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: Immerito

Fairfax Co. figures. I hate dealing with those idiots.


15 posted on 10/17/2011 6:21:39 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (Never Again! Except for the next time.)
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To: scottteng
Come the revolution there should be a special firing squad for zoning officials and building inspectors.

Made up of poor shots and misanthropic dykes who are good shots.

16 posted on 10/17/2011 6:22:49 PM PDT by magslinger (To properly protect your family you need a Bible, a twelve gauge and a pig.)
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To: jcsjcm

“Not only that - what happened to freedom? What happened to owning your domain? Doing what you wish with your property without all these regulations? I mean come on - a tree house?
Lemonade stands are illegal too! I can go on, but I’m too sad for words!”
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I had both when I was a kid, and my twin brothers each had giant Gilbert chemistry sets, which I am sure would stagger a hazmat team today.
OK, that was in the 50s, when America was America.

God only knows where that America has gone.


17 posted on 10/17/2011 6:22:49 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: Immerito; All

Chris Plante was all over this story on his morning talk radio show on WMAL 630 AM/105.9 FM late last week.

Sound about par for the course for Fairfax County.

Prince George’s County, MD would have fined the dad into the Stone Age before the first planks were nailed in place.

Hope the dad wins.

Jack.


18 posted on 10/17/2011 6:27:43 PM PDT by Jack Deth (Knight Errant and Resident FReeper Kitty Poem /Haiku Guy)
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To: Immerito

They gave him bad info on needing a permit, ergo, YOUR FAULT!!! Leave(pun) the man alone, just leave him alone...


19 posted on 10/17/2011 6:29:11 PM PDT by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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To: jcsjcm

“I can go on, but I’m too sad for words!”
I understand, and so am I.

This country is over-regulated to death!
HIS property, HIS tree, HIS tree house!
Leave the man alone!
We’ve become a nation of busybodies.


20 posted on 10/17/2011 6:29:44 PM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: AlexW

No kidding. Where is the fun for boys if there is no chance of getting hurt?


21 posted on 10/17/2011 6:30:20 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Think outside the pizza box.)
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To: scottteng
"Come the revolution there should be a special firing squad for zoning officials and building inspectors."

They're irrelevant with the western economic collapse in process anyway. Besides, most of the potential buyers (elite corporate/divorcing hags) hire private inspectors because of the common corruption in county governments.

Government won't willingly shrink itself, so starve the beast! Become more self-sufficient each month, and avoid buying anything that you don't need.


22 posted on 10/17/2011 6:32:19 PM PDT by familyop ("Dry land is not just our destination, it is our destiny!" --Deacon character, "Waterworld")
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To: George from New England

“I say this country will never go back to the founders design until this concept of PERMIT needed on your own land, goes away.”

I couldn’t agree more!


23 posted on 10/17/2011 6:32:22 PM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: truthguy

Honestly, it's very blah. Not much of a risk of life on that one. Not much of a 'tree' involved as well. ugh.

We were blessed to have them in Live Oaks or other types of trees, not a telephone pole.

24 posted on 10/17/2011 6:33:48 PM PDT by FritzG
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To: mylife

Carpeting and aluminum siding?
You boys really roughed it up in that tree house, eh?


25 posted on 10/17/2011 6:35:20 PM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: scottteng
Come the revolution there should be a special firing squad for zoning officials and building inspectors.

The human scum attracted to such positions have a very, very deep sadistic streak. They have evil in their hearts. They live to make people's lives miserable.

In a truly free society there would be NO government inspectors or government code requirements for anything done on one's property.

The marketplace would be superior to government in solving ANY and ALL problems that government "codes" reportedly solve. The mechanisms to accomplish this are even allowed to come into existence because government parasites have moved in with monopoly control.

26 posted on 10/17/2011 6:36:02 PM PDT by sand88
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To: MS.BEHAVIN

They were scraps.


27 posted on 10/17/2011 6:36:58 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Immerito

A picture of the tree house would be a nice touch, wouldn’t it?
Nothing available at the linked article ...
I wonder why not?


28 posted on 10/17/2011 6:37:59 PM PDT by sarasmom (Rent a clue.)
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To: FrdmLvr

My boys and their friends built one on a small wooded area on our property,but in a thickly settled suburban area.

Took them about a week.

Then it was torched and no one had any idea who did it.

No harm or damage to anything but the “cabin”.

God,am I glad those days are behind me.


29 posted on 10/17/2011 6:42:24 PM PDT by Mears (I can't take anymore of this.)
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To: sand88

“The human scum attracted to such positions have a very, very deep sadistic streak. They have evil in their hearts. They live to make people’s lives miserable. “

The same thing can be said of virtually every social worker.
I have first hand experience as a grandfather.


30 posted on 10/17/2011 6:48:11 PM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: scottteng

10 man squad, armed with double-barrel 12 gauges, no blanks, all barrels carrying 000 buck, all barrels fired simultaneously at a range of 10 feet.


31 posted on 10/17/2011 6:49:48 PM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: Immerito

And you thought you owned your property, didn’t you?


32 posted on 10/17/2011 6:52:37 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (t)
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To: Immerito

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again...liberals hate children, they hate the innocence of childhood and the freedom and wonder it holds.


33 posted on 10/17/2011 7:01:53 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: jcsjcm

Don’t be sad, get angry.


34 posted on 10/17/2011 7:05:45 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: MS.BEHAVIN

Many years back my dad use to talk about the little one horse towns filled with little dictators. Nothing has changed in the last 60 years. We still have one horse towns fulled with little dictators...


35 posted on 10/17/2011 7:27:42 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: George from New England
Zoning was forced on much of the country as part the Progressive plan to control everything. It is the local way to tyranny. Here in Yuma, we did not get it until 1976. It was voted down, then the County installed it anyway, saying they “had” to do it to get federal “revenue sharing”.

It is about as unAmerican as you can get. It turns the American system on its head. Most zoning codes start with the premise: Anything not allowed in this code is forbidden,

The whole American system is based on the idea that anything that is not forbidden is allowed!

36 posted on 10/17/2011 8:16:16 PM PDT by marktwain (In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: Immerito

I have lived in Waukesha and Milwaukee Wis, Indianapolis and Logansport, Indiana....plus a few other places.I have sided a couple of buildings, built a 60X100 business building, numerous storage sheds, a garage, roofed several buildings, did numerous remodeling (interior) jobs, tore down several out buildings etc. etc. and NEVER applied for a “building permit” I don’t need my community’s “permission” to do anything


37 posted on 10/17/2011 8:20:52 PM PDT by terycarl (lurking, but well informed)
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To: George from New England
The same thing can be said of virtually every social worker. I have first hand experience as a grandfather.

I have seen a good number of friends have their families destroyed by social workers. The way they described the zealousness of these government sadists left me speechless. Most social workers would have easily fit into 30's Germany.

38 posted on 10/17/2011 8:21:03 PM PDT by sand88
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In the meantime, Grapin has had to pay nearly $1,800 in permits and fees to build the $1,400 tree house.

If they make him take it down they should give back all of his money. But you know they won't.

39 posted on 10/17/2011 8:28:25 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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Pictures, need pictures of the tree house.

Awww - your mouse not working? You can't click on the link?

40 posted on 10/17/2011 8:50:03 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (ALWAYS WATCH THE OTHER HAND)
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To: Mears
wish this man in VA. could get enough attention the jerks in NY are getting...his boys deserve this addition and one day they will becomes teens and dad and mom will decided to dismantle the tree house...

from the pic's posted it looks as nice as the gym set the obama’s put in our White House grounds and I bet his kids never spent an hour enjoying it.. and our next President will just have to have it dismantled as well...

I miss the America of the 50’s what fun we had...the kids today don't know what it is to play hid and seek, or cowboys and Indians nor hopscotch...kids were allowed to be kids then.

41 posted on 10/17/2011 8:55:44 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: Immerito

Man, buy a boat, take them fishing.


42 posted on 10/17/2011 9:51:38 PM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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To: Immerito
I live in an overwhelming liberal town in Massachusetts, votes 3 to 2 Democrats to Republicans. There are two tree houses within a hundred yards of me. They have been their for years. No one is demanding they be taken down. What's happening with the rest of the country?
43 posted on 10/18/2011 12:38:15 AM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: TigersEye

In the meantime, Grapin has had to pay nearly $1,800 in permits and fees to build the $1,400 tree house.

If they make him take it down they should give back all of his money. But you know they won’t.


This to me is the key thing today about zoning and permits. It’s all about revenue to the City/county. I had a zoning Nazi once who spent all of her time driving around looking for infractions. My personal infraction was that I had mildew on the north side of my house. I had three days from the issuance of the notice to ‘get it fixed’, or the fines would start.

Living in swampy Florida means that you ‘will’ have mildew on the north side of your house most of the year. I had a pressure washer to keep the house and driveway clean of the damn stuff.

I found out later that they had a photo data base that they would use to see if any unauthorized, ie. not paid the proper fee, work had been done to the properties.


44 posted on 10/18/2011 3:24:47 AM PDT by The Working Man (The mantra for BO's reign...."No Child Left a Dime")
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To: sport; GenXteacher; sand88; familyop; magslinger

Glad to see I am not the only one that does not care for this particular breed of vermin.


45 posted on 10/18/2011 3:43:10 AM PDT by scottteng (Tax government employees til they quit and find something useful to do)
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To: scottteng
Not that particular brand, just petty tyrants in general.

You wouldn't want to know what I would propose for child welfare types.

46 posted on 10/18/2011 5:09:54 AM PDT by magslinger (To properly protect your family you need a Bible, a twelve gauge and a pig.)
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To: MS.BEHAVIN

Apparently at least one of the neighbors complained anonymously.


47 posted on 10/18/2011 6:00:20 AM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: FrdmLvr

Gubmint needs cash. That’s why the gumbint issues building permits, parking tickets, have red-light camera’s and all sorts of other creative ways to generate “cash”.

“What is this world coming to?” Hell in a handbasket, and it’s already here.

We gots to continue feeding the beast or it will devour us all. As it is now, it’s just devouring us a little bit at a time.


48 posted on 10/18/2011 9:16:00 AM PDT by Ernie Kaputnik ((It's a mad, mad, mad world.))
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To: MS.BEHAVIN

I see the vast majority of the people on this thread agree with my way of thinking when it comes to zoning and “permits” to do stuff to your own property. You would be surprised though at how many so called conservatives think zoning and building inspectors are a necessary evil. They are the people who put property values above freedom. They would rather be able to tell their neighbor how to build, what color he can paint his house and how many cars he can have parked on his own property than to have the freedom that comes with owning property in fee simple which is theoretically how we of the USA supposedly own property.


49 posted on 10/18/2011 10:22:06 AM PDT by calex59
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To: The Working Man

That’s just unbelievable! I’d have to find ways to mess with them if they started harassing me with trivial crapola like that. Maybe go over and spray their house with mildew while they were at work. You know, like that spray-on plant starter they put down on landscaping projects? Or find an opening and fill the interior of their house with a mixture of mildew starter and humid air.


50 posted on 10/18/2011 11:20:20 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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