Free Minds & Free Markets

Brickbat: Seems Like a Reasonable Request

Peeing dogSetthawit Yantaporn / Dreamstime.comDuc Nguyen says he was tired of people letting their dogs pee on the flower pot outside his New Haven, Connecticut, restaurant. So he put a sign up that read, "Attn: dog owners. This is a pay-per-pee flower pot. (Pay inside or leave your address and we'll kindly return the favor.)" Code enforcement fined him $250, saying the sign was a public nuisance.

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  • Rat on a train||

    He thought a humorous sign was a good way of discouraging dog walkers from letting pets relieve themselves there.
    Honda Smith, the city's public space enforcement officer, said Nguyen broke two city ordinances for being a public nuisance and issued the fine Tuesday. Nguyen says he plans to appeal.

    The first offense was using humor. The second offense was revealing the bad behavior of city residents. He will probably get another fine for questioning the noble act of a city official.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Honda Smith is a hotshot who plays by his own rules, but damn if he doesn't get the job done.

  • perlchpr||

    Honda Smith needs to have his entire house drenched in dog urine.

  • perlchpr||

    Or better yet, have the interior of his car filled with it. I bet that'll be fun on summer days to come.

  • gaoxiaen||

    Better yet, a skunk, preferably alive.

  • perlchpr||

    I like the cut of your jib, sir.

  • Rat on a train||

    Is Honda smith a Japanese cousin of Nevada Smith?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Ron Mexico.

  • SQRLSY One||

    Don't be so lacist!!!

    Or I will have to come on over there and beat you up! And I have to warn ye, I know Kung Fu, Karate, Honda, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Samsung, Suzuki, Feng Sui, Kawasaki, and 12 other Japanese words!

  • Eddy||

    "Allow me to demonstrate what I think of your stupid municipal regulations..."

  • perlchpr||

  • Horny Lizard||

    Everyone is insane apparently.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    "This is a song..."
    "This is uhh, This is a new song..."
    "It's through the eyes of one of the greatest people alive, I feel..."
    "The Lunchlady"

    Woke up in the morning
    Put on my new plastic glove
    Served some reheated salisbury steak
    With a little slice of love
    Got no clue what the chicken pot pie is made of
    Just know everything's doing fine
    Down here in Lunchlady Land

    Well I wear this net on my head
    'Cause my red hair is fallin' out
    I wear these brown orthopedic shoes
    'Cause I got a bad case of the gout
    I know you want seconds on the corndogs
    But there's no reason to shout
    Everybody gets enough food
    Down here in Lunchlady Land

    Well yesterday's meatloaf is today's sloppy joes
    And my breath reeks of tuna
    And there's lots of black hairs coming out of my nose
    In Lunchlady Land your dreams come true
    Clouds made of carrots and peas
    Mountains built of shepherds pie
    And rivers made of macaroni and cheese
    But don't forget to return your trays
    And try to ignore my gum disease
    No student can escape the magic of Lunchlady Land

  • loveconstitution1789||


  • Roger the Shrubber||

    I hear that that Dallas officer is down in the dumps. She could use a few words of encouragement. POSITIVITY FTW!

  • perlchpr||

    I think trying to force her neighbor to write her a thank you note at this point will not be fruitful.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    I see the media attempting to mitigate the cop murder of a 100% innocent person possibly trying to protect himself in HIS home.

    On one hand they need BLM and other groups to vote Democrat, so the media needs to be sympathetic to the black man who was murdered. On the other hand, state sanctioned murder is important to keeping people in line or people will fight the Socialists state.

  • Griffin3||

    Dear Cafeteria Ladies:
    I so very much appreciate you creating wholesome and nutritious meals for us students, with enhanced protein levels from the worms in our food. We need this extra protein when trying to get through our difficult days, performing retarded writing exercises for mindless goose-stepping teachers who are teaching us to appreciate whatever crap food is handed to us by our betters. Luckily for us, the administrators and school board members are looking out for us, by ramming this ridiculous assignment down our throats and slamming our parents with bullshit excuses, like some sort of bureaucratic gulag filled with ass-covering nazis.

  • gaoxiaen||

    Think of it as meat. Next!

  • Procyon Rotor||

    I had a different first thought.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Nothing will kill Honda Smith's plants faster than human urine.

  • Horny Lizard||

    Who names their child Honda?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Mrs. Acura?

  • Horny Lizard||

    It must be a Jap thing. And yeah I just said that. MAGA, lol.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Its okay, they forgive FDR for putting them Jap ancestors in internment camps. Joke away.

  • Rat on a train||

    Parents that can't afford Mercedes or Porsche.

  • gaoxiaen||

    Any one of the Beach Boys?

  • Jerryskids||

    Duc Nguyen sounds like one of them immigrants bringing their un-American values of free speech into this great nation.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Probably Vietnamese.

    If they are South Vietnamese or Hmong, they helped the USA fight the Commies, so they are not part of the problem.

  • Echospinner||


    Hanging on the wall in my house is a machete. Crafted by the Montagnards. That blade and shaft is very real and dangerous. It was given to my father by them in 1967. Medevac.

    They were near wiped out at the end.

    War has no winners.

    That much we can agree.

  • Longtobefree||

    Times change.
    In the eighties, there was a neighbor who had a small mound of earth by his front steps, with a tombstone like piece of wood painted to read "Here lies the body, cold and hard, of the last damn dog that pooped in my yard.".
    No one fainted.

    I would like to read, in a few years, that that New Haven was bankrupt after paying for the free speech violations.
    I would also like a pony for every child.

  • gaoxiaen||

    Can't take a joke. Just like the jerkoff who got me banned for 24 hours on Facebook, for something Facebook won't tell me except for the beginning. "Get yourself a suicide vest..." After half a dozen shots of tequila, I get some funny ideas. Be that as it may, Muslims shouldn't be trolling on Atheist Republic.

  • gaoxiaen||

    Hate speech? You ain't heard hate speech yet.

  • perlchpr||

    That's the sort of thing that makes me giggle a little bit every time Feinstein has the vapors over the AR-15 being an "assault weapon".

    "You think that's an 'assault weapon'? Lemme finalize my design for an integrally suppressed .50 BMG bullpup, and then get back to me on the subject of 'assault weapon'. I'll show you 'assault weapon'."

    I'm hoping the suppression will keep the noise down sufficiently that earplugs will be enough.

    Yes, I know I need to file a Form 1 before I begin construction on any part of the thing that even vaguely looks like a suppressor. :)

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    In the good old days, a pound or two of ground meat seasoned with a smashed Coke bottle (wrapped in a towel, bean with a brick) was a prescription for dog trouble.

    I have never understood the reasoning that requires people to tolerate the misbehavior of others' dogs, particularly on private property.

  • perlchpr||

    You are a truly vile person.

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    I was six or maybe eight years old when I first observed the home remedy for vexatious dogs. I watched it occur perhaps a half-dozen times before I left town, at age 17.

    I have never killed a dog.

  • Echospinner||

    You do not need to reply unless you want rev. Having witnessed such cruelty. That could cause harm to someone who was there. There is no way to stop it other than taking the dog to a vet who could euthanize the animal. Or just do it yourself with a .22.

    Did you have dogs as pets since? I would think that would be difficult.

  • barfman2018||

    Progressive compassion on full display.

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    The residents of my hometown could be called many things, some good and some bad, but "progressive" is not among them.

  • Anon A Mus||

    two words: "electrify fence"


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