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Haha, here is the best argument ever made for shutting down the entire U.S. government bureaucracy:  a Maryland county inspector fined a group of children $500 for selling lemonade to raise money for a children's cancer charity, because these small freeloaders did not have a permit. No permit, no cure for cancer, children!

The kiddies were selling lemonade not far from the entrance to the U.S. Open, and plenty of nearby rich homeowners paid a $300 permit fee to charge fans upwards of $50 apiece to park on their huge lawns and earn collect thousands of dollars. But don't stop dreaming, children! Some day you may be able to save 72 months of allowance to buy a permit or make a "campaign donation," which is as good as a permit. In the meantime, someone will probably look after those children with cancer.

The video shows one of the mothers of the children arguing with the classically villainous-looking inspector, who tells her it would be one thing if they made only $5 or $10, but the children have "coolers and coolers" full of lemonade.

From the NY Daily News:

"Does every kid who sells lemonade now have to register with the county?" asked Carrie Marriott, one of the children's incensed mothers.

After a public outcry, Montgomery County officials allowed the children to reopen their stand -- in another location -- and waived the fine.

Jennifer Hughes, the director of permitting for the Washington, D.C. suburb, told WUSA9 that although lemonade stands are technically illegal, inspectors don't usually go after them.

But this stand, the inspector told Marriott, was too large not to be noticed.

Lemonade stands are apparently now illegal in America? Good, we didn't like the children stealing American jobs, anyway. [NY Daily News/CNN]

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Presidential contender Kamala Harris held her first official campaign event in South Carolina, a key state in the upcoming Democratic primaries. Friday night, she spoke to a crowd of roughly 1,000 at a town hall at Royal Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston. She reaffirmed her support for sensible gun safety laws, including universal background checks and closing the "Charleston loophole." She fielded questions from voters about how she'd address mass incarceration. Actual issues were discussed, but then she went and spoiled it all by doing something stupid like eating in public.

Harris filled her tummy with Lowcountry goodness at Rodney Scott's BBQ. Later her press secretary, Ian Sams, tweeted a photo of the senator adding a hefty dollop of Texas Pete to her collard greens because she's civilized. Some chose to interpret this as "pandering." Because some are literally killing us with this.

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Last week, we started getting excerpts from fired acting FBI director Andrew McCabe's new book The Threat: How The FBI Protects America In The Age Of Terror And Trump, and we are both happy and horrified to report that his book tour continues! One of the tidbits we learned in the Washington Post review was that we have YET ANOTHER example of a time Donald Trump has shown us that he trusts Vladimir Putin more than he trusts his own intelligence community, and is probably compromised by the Russian president. Here's how the Post put it:

During an Oval Office briefing in July 2017, Trump refused to believe U.S. intelligence reports that North Korea had test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile — a test that Kim Jong Un had called a Fourth of July "gift" to "the arrogant Americans."

Trump dismissed the missile launch as a "hoax," McCabe writes. "He thought that North Korea did not have the capability to launch such missiles. He said he knew this because Vladimir Putin had told him so."

Guys, it is SO MUCH WORSE when McCabe tells the story on "60 Minutes," because his account captures the fucking babyshits temper tantrum nature of Trump's reaction to his intel people.

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