An Oregon man is expected to spend a month in jail after being convicted on nine misdemeanor charges related to his illegal use of…water. Gary Harrington was sentenced after being found guilty of illegally collecting water on his own rural property.
Harrington, of Eagle Point, Oregon, has been fighting for his right to do what he wishes with water since 2002. Now more than a decade after he first defended himself over allegations that the man-made ponds on his 170 acres of land violated local law, Harrington has been sentenced to 30 days behind bars and fined over $1,500.
Authorities say that Harrington broke the law by collecting natural rain water and snow runoff that landed on his property. Officials with the Medford Water Commission contested that the water on Harrington’s property, whether or not it came from the sky, was considered a tributary of nearby Crowfoot Creek and thus subject to a 1925 law that gives the MWC full ownership and rights. Therefore prosecutors were able to argue in court — successfully — that three homemade fishing and boating ponds in Harrington’s backyard violated the law.
For filling “three illegal reservoirs” on his property with runoff water, Harrington has been convicted on nine misdemeanor charges in Circuit Court. He says he will attempt to appeal, but as long as the conviction stands to serve 30 days of imprisonment. He has also been sentenced to an additional three years of probation.
“Thirty days in jail for catching rainwater?” Harrington tells the Mail Tribune. “We live in an extreme wildfire area and here the government is going to open the valves and really waste all the water right now, at the start of peak fire season.”
“When it comes to the point where a rural landowner can’t catch rainwater that falls on his land to protect his property, it’s gone too far,” he adds to the Associated Press. “This should serve as a dire warning to all pond owners.”
Taking his outrage to CNS News, Harrington says that others should be fearful of how they could come after attack next. In his own case, he was issued permits in 2003 by the state that allowed him to do what he wished with the water on his own property. And although the state Water Resources Department saw no fault at first, they shortly after revoked that license and left Harrington to fight for another nine years.
“The government is bullying. They’ve just gotten to be big bullies and if you just lay over and die and give up, that just makes them bigger bullies. So, we as Americans, we need to stand on our constitutional rights, on our rights as citizens and hang tough,” he tells CNS.
“This is a good country, we’ll prevail,” he insists.
Amazon is backing a bill that would allow states to collect or remit sales tax on items purchased from a small number of large, out-of-state online retailers including Amazon and Overstock.
The Marketplace Fairness Act, as it’s called, is backed by Senators Mike Enzi, Lamar Alexander, and Dick Durbin. Amazon is a proponent of the bill, although the company initially opposed the legislation. The constitution allows congress to regulate interstate commerce. This bill would put power into the hands of the states to impose a tax on online purchases or chose not to. Online sellers with less than $500,000 in remote sales will be exempt from collecting these taxes.
Retailers including eBay and Overstock continue to oppose the legislation.
Brian Bieron, senior director of federal government relations at eBay Inc., made the following statement in response to the House Judiciary Committee hearing the Marketplace Equity Act of 2011 — a very similar piece of legislation:
“Small business retailers using the Internet are entrepreneurs who are creating jobs, serving consumers and creating competition for established retail giants. They should be protected from any new Internet Sales Tax regime so that they continue to advance and grow, and regrettably the Speier-Womack Internet Sales Tax legislation falls far short of an acceptable small business retailer exemption.”
NO, YOU FUCKING IDIOTS, OBAMA DID NOT KILL MILLIONS WITH HIS FOREIGN POLICY. YOU KNOW WHO STARTED THE WAR IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN? BUSH.
YOU KNOW WHAT OBAMA DID DO WITH HIS FOREIGN POLICY?
KILLED OSAMA BIN LADEN
ENDED THE IRAQ WAR
IS PLANNING TO END THE AFGHANISTAN WAR
TO REVIEW, LET’S…
Bush is a war criminal…same as Obama. The only difference is he is continuing the Bush administration’s policy of “drone strike now, question later” policy. u left out the fact that Obama ordered the deaths of 3 Americans without due process (Anwar al-Awlaki, his 15 year old son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, and Samir Khan). Remember the “terrorist” Timothy McVeigh had his day in court. Obama invaded a sovereign nation to kill someone. What if Pakistan didn’t like one of our citizens and just sent some special ops guys in. Oh wait…doesn’t work that way, huh? Who continued Bush’s Constitution shreading policy known as the PATRIOT Act? Who signed off on indefinite detention via NDAA 2012? Who has acted exactly like King Bush by writing a record number of Executive Orders…blatantly violating the Constitution. Your hero is just like the last tyrant before him and before him and so on. U mad, bro?
WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) - For all the drama that surrounded the Republican primary season, the convention to formally nominate Mitt Romney as the party’s candidate for president is likely to be suspense-free.
Well, maybe not completely.
Aside from Romney’s coronation, the August 27-30 convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum will host another show: Ron Paul’s farewell.
Ron Paul supporters have already begun to get active online, sharing the contact information to Harry Reid’s office. One supporter called his office instantly, claiming that he would be encouraging his friends to vote Harry Reid out of office.
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Las Vegas Lloyd D. George Building 333 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Suite 8016 Las Vegas, NV 89101 Phone: 702-388-5020 / Fax: 702-388-5030
Reno Bruce R. Thompson Courthouse and Federal Building 400 South Virginia Street, Suite 902 Reno, NV 89501 Phone: 775-686-5750 / Fax: 775-686-5757
Rural Nevada If you live in Esmeralda, Lincoln, or Nye Counties: Phone: 702-388-5020 / Fax: 702-388-5030 If you live in Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey or White Pine County: Phone: 775-686-5750 / Fax: 775-686-5757
Washington 522 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-3542 / Fax: 202-224-7327 Toll Free for Nevadans: 1-866-SEN-REID (736-7343) – Restricted to calls originating from area codes 775 and 702
Reid Newsroom Sen. Reid’s Nevada Press Office 202-224-9521 (for inquiries from Nevada media) Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Center 202-224-2939
The bill will be considered under a “suspension of the rules,” which means that supporters of Fed secrecy can add no amendments to water down the bill as they have with past audit efforts.
However, it also means we need two thirds of the House in order to win — not just a simple majority.
Already almost two thirds of the House has signed on as cosponsors, so an Audit the Fed victory is within reach if we ensure the bill sponsors cast the right vote and persuade additional representatives to support Fed transparency too.
Use the above link to contact your representatives (and ask your families, friends, and followers to do the same) now.