Environmentalism

Beware, He's Possessed to Skate

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It isn't easy being green. Just ask Al Gore. But for one eco-friendly Canadian, the price is 15 hots and a cot. Via Breitbart:

Lee Breen, 25, was ticketed in August 2007 for skateboarding on Fredericton City streets in easternmost Canada, but refused to pay the fine, and so a judge ordered him jailed for five days.

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"The city says it wants its citizens to find alternative forms of transportation, and so I did," Breen said by telephone from outside Fredericton city hall, prior to his arrest.

"I completely bought into the 'green lifestyle.' I run a gas-free lawn care company and I don't drive. And now, they're putting me in jail for actually embracing an alternative form of transportation that cuts down on (CO2) emissions."

Whole thing here.

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  1. Yep, deregulation is important for a greenlife style, despite fears often expressed around here that it is just a ploy to increase regulation.

  2. green life, excuse the lonewackolikelapseofspacing

  3. They’re slicing it awfully thin to encourage bicycling but disallow skateboarding! What makes skateboarding any more dangerous than bicycling? Or skating, for that matter?

  4. The town clearly didn’t mean it, they just wanted to get re-elected!

  5. I run a gas-free lawn care company

    This dude is a masochist. Or else he’s a sadist and makes his employees do all the work.

  6. I’m curious how he runs a gas-free lawn care business. Not the actual lawn care equipment itself, but how he lugs it all to the customer’s house. A herd of goats on skateboards? That would be cool.

  7. Nice Suicidal Tendencies reference.

  8. I love old school Suicidal Tendencies.

    Let’s skate!
    Seemed like such an innocent toy
    He was the All-American boy
    Got a skate at eight years old
    Now the story can be told
    Beware he’s possessed to skate!
    Skating takes him up in height
    He’s a pilot on a modern flight
    See him flying through the air
    If he don’t land then he don’t care
    CHORUS
    Cause he rips-he rips
    When he skates-he skates
    Cause he never hesitates
    He’s the wizard on the wheels
    Like a modern gladiator ain’t got no fears
    So skate
    He shoots the pool like a launching pad
    If it ain’t insane then you can’t get rad
    Skating is all that’s on his mind
    He’s skating radical all the time
    CHORUS
    Beware he’s possessed to skate!
    Looks like a magic carpet ride
    Six foot airiels inverts backside
    Optical illusion it must be
    He redefines insanity
    CHORUS
    Doesn’t understand why you’d wanna walk
    Ain’t got time to sit and talk
    Used to be just like you and me
    Now he’s an outcast of society
    Beware he’s possessed to skate!
    And the skating’s getting radical

  9. A herd of goats on skateboards?

    Though wiki says ‘herd’ other sources say ‘a tribe of goats’ or a ‘trip of goats'”

    Which sotra makes sense, because if you were to see a whole bunch of goats going past you on skateboards enroute to landscaping work, you’re on a heck of a trip.

  10. In case anyone is interested, follow my name to the reaction from my fellow canukistanians. By large pretty reasonable, but there are a couple of douchebags.

  11. “I run a gas-free lawn care company and I don’t drive.”

    I’m guessing his business is kind of slow.

  12. He could use other fuels, such as diesel, which are not technically “gas”.

    Gawd, for “reason”able people, y’all sure are slow.

    (drink)

  13. “He could use other fuels, such as diesel, which are not technically “gas”.”

    Not likely – since the twerp was bleating about cutting CO2 emmissions.

    Diesel wouldn’t be any better than gas for doing that.

  14. Skateboarding is a crime.

  15. refused to pay the fine, and so a judge ordered him jailed for five days.

    Just remember, every time somebody yammers on about how this regulation or that license isn’t really “coercion,” that at the end of every legal road is either submission under threat of incarceration, or actual incarceration.

  16. at the end of every legal road is either submission under threat of incarceration, or actual incarceration

    That’s not the “end.” If you resist incarceration, no matter what for, they kill you.

    Every violation of any law or regulation, down to having a class ring on a chain hanging from your rearview mirror, is punishable by death, or it wouldn’t be punishable at all.

  17. From val’s link-

    I say that because so far their complaints against this young man sound like sour grapes in the hands of some miserable old coot who feels if kids are having fun then something must be wrong.

    I’ve never understood the hatred so many feel about skateboarding. Tell me about the skateboarders who were rude and I’ll talk about motorists. I’ll bet I have more life and limb threatening stories.

  18. Probably uses biofuels to transport the equipment, just a guess. He may even use it in the equipment.

    I’m really at a loss for how they can distinguish between skateboards and inline skates or bicycles. This just doesn’t make any sense at all.

    And how is a guy on a skateboard a real threat to people in cars. Sure he could cause an accident, but is that any more likely than a guy on a bike causing an accident? Or a horse?

  19. Ya know, sage, all ya had to say is “and the skatings get radical!” Not the whole song.

  20. Yep, deregulation is important for a greenlife style, despite fears often expressed around here that it is just a ploy to increase regulation.

    The problem is that we’re looking at government regulation as a one-dimensional thing. On one side, anarchy, and the other, socialism, and connecting them, a line segment. But that’s obviously not how it is. If you agree that socialism and anarchy are not the most efficient and fair forms of government and that the best argument is somewhere in the middle, then its a corollary that you also believe that there are some good regulations and some bad ones.

    This type of barbaric anti-skateboarding regulation must go, but other regulation will have to pop up to support the green agenda.

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