March 22, 2012

The War on Stucco

This guy was arrested and jailed without bond for failing to complete his stucco and decorative rock siding home renovation project to the satisfaction of "city leaders" who say they "had no choice but to enforce the law."

He was released after two days, but was required to submit to electronic monitoring:

In Dakota County, that process requires participants — no matter what their crimes -- to blow into a drug and alcohol device every time an alarm goes off.

“They could call me at 2 in the morning and they did,” Faber said.

There must have been scores, if not hundreds, of people in the clodhopping chain of officialdom administering this four-year home décor policing operation (city bureaucrats, administrators, police, prosecutors, judges, court personnel) and it's astonishing that not one of them ever said "hey, come on guys, this is nuts" and pulled the plug on it. But I guess they were just doing their jobs, so to speak.

Posted by Dr. Frank at March 22, 2012 05:35 PM

Using common sense necessitates discrimination. This is why we must have standard operating procedures for everything from bank lending to invading a foreign country. If we don't have standards, it means someone somewhere may be exercising human judgment which would be intolerable. The next thing you know, the King of England would be telling us what color socks to wear.

Posted by: jhglassman at March 22, 2012 05:58 PM