Only in New York

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    We all know what it means when someone points to a wacky law, like the San Francisco city ordinance that guarantees sunshine, and think "Only in California. It seems that New York has gotten tired of this, and wants to make sure people associate wacky with a visit to the Big Apple.

    It seems that birdbaths are now illegal in everyone's favorite traffic jam.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/23/n...-fight-west-nile-virus.html?_r=2&ref=nyregion

    I can't wait for the first time someone gets an order from the city to drain standing water, and another order from the EPA to put it back for violating the federal Clean Water Act.
     
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    Just in case anyone thinks the OP is a one off, let me point out that NYC is also home to the conflicting policies where the health department hands out condoms, and the police then seize them. I wonder, do they give them to the health department to hand out again, thus saving taxpayers a few dollars, or do they keep them for their own use.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/25/n...nd-taking-away-condoms.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion

    Only in New York
     
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    In Texas.........

    It is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.

    The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in Texas because it contains a formula for making beer at home

    A city ordinance states that a person cannot go barefoot without first obtaining a special five-dollar permit

    It is illegal to milk another person's cow

    It is illegal to dust any public building with a feather duster

    It is illegal to sell Limburger cheese on Sunday

    It is illegal for children to have unusual haircuts

    Obnoxious odors may not be emitted while in an elevator

    It is illegal to urinate on the Alamo

    You can ride your horse in the saloon

    Owners of horses may not ride them at night without tail lights

    Dumb Texas Laws

    FYI.......Every state has some weird assed laws.....
     
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    Makes sense to me, dittohead...the rest of the story, for non morons:

    During mosquito-breeding season, from April to October, standing water on the ground, in roof gutters, on swimming pool covers and in discarded tires, among other places, can violate Article 151, which covers pest prevention and management. Health officials said the 699 summonses issued last year was about average.

    In a city where Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has all but banned smoking and waged war on soda and trans fats, some New Yorkers may complain that the crackdown on birdbaths is yet another intrusion by the nanny state or a ruse to raise more money for municipal coffers.

    Actually, a regulation against stagnant water has been on the books for more than a decade, but in the battle against West Nile virus, the health code was amended last year. It explicitly made landlords liable and applied the rule, apparently more broadly, to “standing water” rather than “stagnant water” and further empowered the department not only to prevent “the breeding or harborage” of mosquitoes, but also to prevent “conditions conducive” to their breeding or harborage.

    As a result, one creature’s beverage can be another’s breeding ground. Dimitri Gatanas, an owner of the Urban Garden Center in East Harlem, said, “When there’s a mosquito issue, someone gets nervous and files a complaint.”

    One solution is to buy a birdbath that circulates the water. Some nurseries sell pellets that John Razzano of Market Garden Center in Brooklyn says “kill the mosquito larvae, but don’t hurt the birds.”

    Mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus lay their eggs in standing water...
     
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    If there is standing water on your property will you get a summons?
     
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    How many people have been fined over them? Dumbass.
     
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    They use them themselves. There are a lot of New Yorkers to screw.
     
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    You're probably a selfish, oblivious, careless Pub dupe or bought off Pub a-hole if you enjoy your stagnant water West Nile mosquito breeding ground.

    Good law, chumps....
     
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    They don't piss around with puny fines in Texas. They ARREST the criminal bastards!!

    Lawrence v. Texas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    But never mind what the SCOTUS said. The GOP down there is STILL after those immoral gays and their supporters....

    The Texas GOP Wants To Punish Straight People Who Support Gay Rights? | Change.org News
     
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    Every state still has some old, absurd blue laws on the books. The difference is those are no longer enforced. That is not the case with the OP's story, so I'm not entirely sure what point you were trying to make.
     

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