Video: First they came for the basketball hoops

posted at 4:13 pm on March 29, 2011 by Allahpundit

Why would a clip about a minor land-use dispute rack up 230,000+ hits on YouTube? Because it’s a window onto the political zeitgeist: Not only have you got government meddling here for seemingly unfathomable reasons, but they’re caught red-handed lying about it on camera. Watch as the woman officer tells the homeowner that he can keep his basketball hoop after they remove it — before denying that she said any such thing. (Internal affairs is now investigating the incident.) And of course, you’ve got the bold, sympathetic, yet ultimately futile act of defiance by the homeowner, literally climbing up onto the pole and refusing to come down (at first) to stop them from taking it down. Said mom afterwards, “All I was seeing was my 10-year-old’s face.” And there, my friends, is your keynote speaker at the next tea party rally in Dover.

If you’re wondering which law could conceivably have been violated by a basketball hoop, see section 525 here. (Thanks to commenter WoosterOh for that.) You can’t have hoops, trees, shrubs or anything else within seven feet of the pavement in a subdivision; if you do, the cops can seize the item, fine you $25, and then force you to pay another $15 to get the item back. The fine and fee will probably be waived in this case now that the family’s state rep is involved and this is getting attention online, but where, oh where, will pick-up games be played now? Exit quotation: “What a waste of taxpayer money. They had six trucks and five police cars. Don’t they have something better to do?”


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2. The fact that the city actually took the basketball goal, the owner’s personal property, from him surprises me. There is no law against having the basketball goal, just a law against having it so close to the street. As such, the homeowner should have been able to keep his goal, just not have it erected in violation of the law. It seems like a dangerous precedent to set that city officials are going around seizing individuals’ personal private property.

Yes, and that they took it within 30 seconds of them telling the owners it would be moved to his driveway. Also, even though they then claimed he could “pick it up at the Dol facility”, did you see them smash that thing around?
It won’t be of much use to the family after the backboard is shattered after being dropped and flipped around in a truck.

BakerAllie on March 29, 2011 at 4:52 PM

First they came for my Marlboro’s, then they came for my cheeseburger with fries and chocolate shake, then they came for my lightbulbs, THEN they cam for my basketball hoop…

Bruno Strozek on March 29, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Exit quotation: “What a waste of taxpayer money. They had six trucks and five police cars. Don’t they have something better to do?”

Answer: Obviously not.

Side note: And public workers think they deserve collective bargaining?

Susanboo on March 29, 2011 at 4:52 PM

But, the law is the law.

ButterflyDragon on March 29, 2011 at 4:26 PM

.
“The Law is an ass.”

-Mr. Bumble, Oliver Twist.

ronsfi on March 29, 2011 at 4:52 PM

3. That a neighbor would actually have the nerve to call the local code enforcement officers to remove these individuals’ basketball goals. He may have won the “battle” in this case, but he still has to live around all of these people that he has upset. That could become very uncomfortable after awhile.

Conservative in NOVA on March 29, 2011 at 4:49 PM

I see a lot of toilet paper in his/her future…

karl9000 on March 29, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Supposedly seven feet belong to the city? Try not mowing it and see how fast you find out who is responsible.

Cindy Munford on March 29, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Damn straight.

Bruno Strozek on March 29, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Nothing more needs to be said then this sad statement…all he requested is that they leave the poll.
He was going through the proper channels, get it? He was doing what he should do.

right2bright on March 29, 2011 at 4:42 PM

You’re not aware that cops can lie to fulfill their duties? I guess you believe that old myth that if someone asks an undercover cop if they’re a cop they have to say yes?

I”m not sure what you’re talking about with this “grievance” and going through the proper channels. All the guy said in the video was that he contacted his rep and that he was waiting for a response to their response.

If he had gone through proper channels, it would have been in front of a judge. Not via a letter to a state rep.

Furthermore, the law clearly states the item will taken away and that the homeowner would need to pay a fine to retrieve the item. There is no option for dumping it on their property and leaving it there.

ButterflyDragon on March 29, 2011 at 4:54 PM

So police officers are now allowed to lie to you about pretty much anything as long as the situation is difficult?

That is correct. There is no requirement that a police officer be any more truthful to you than anyone else. They are paid to take control of the situation and bring it to the desired conclusion. They can pretty much say whatever they want. You can’t, though. If you give false information, you might be in trouble for it. But they don’t have to give you truthful information.

crosspatch on March 29, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Well Delaweareans did just vote in a Socialist Democrat into the Senate didn’t they? So they must love this stuff!

CCRWM on March 29, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Time to paint the outside of the house neon, neon orange.

Or some other hideous color in protest. Your car too. And park in the street right in front of the complainer.

Abby Adams on March 29, 2011 at 4:56 PM

This is the way the world ends.
Not with a dunk, but a steal.

connertown on March 29, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Wait ’till the President find out about this, there will be hell to pay! He is a huge basketball fan, a protector of The People, and is bringing his laser like focus, and beer. Just watch.

Kenosha Kid on March 29, 2011 at 4:57 PM

For those of you stating that the homeowners broke the law…

This particular law was passed in 1998. If the homeowner says the hoop was in place for 60 years, he has two valid arguments:

1) The Hoop was installed prior to the law. As such, he shouldn’t have to pay a fine or comply as the structure existed prior to the enactment of the law.

2) The hoop could be considered historic if it is 60 years old.

Now, that being said, the reason these laws have been put in is to allow for emergency vehicles (namely, fire vehicles) to get clear access to properties, and since they have right of way, anything that hinders right of way may impair emergency vehicles, which is why DOT was involved.

Ultimately, this was handled poorly the DOT and Officer Sweatpants.

Nethicus on March 29, 2011 at 4:57 PM

bigger better government. /s

unseen on March 29, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Mark1971 on March 29, 2011 at 4:18 PM

At the “ball end” of a cul-de-sac? Try again. Watch the video once more, note where the house is located, then slink off.

PJ Emeritus on March 29, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Blake on March 29, 2011 at 4:47 PM

But they weren’t given that opportunity.

Cindy Munford on March 29, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Basketball is ONLY to be played after Midnight, on Government built and approved courts.

TugboatPhil on March 29, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Next time you put it in. Tie it in around the water main!

Spinstra on March 29, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Supposedly seven feet belong to the city? Try not mowing it and see how fast you find out who is responsible.

Cindy Munford on March 29, 2011 at 4:51 PM

It doesn’t belong to the city. And the city hasn’t claimed that it does.

But there is an easement that has to be respected.

ButterflyDragon on March 29, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Ultimately, this was handled poorly the DOT and Officer Sweatpants.

Nethicus on March 29, 2011 at 4:57 PM

+ One trillion.

Cindy Munford on March 29, 2011 at 5:01 PM

ButterflyDragon on March 29, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Save your font. I think this is stupid and nothing you can say will change my mind.

Cindy Munford on March 29, 2011 at 5:03 PM

So police officers are now allowed to lie to you about pretty much anything
BakerAllie on March 29, 2011 at 4:47 PM

You’re just now getting this? Hint: Don’t believe a word a cop tells you, period. They say they got your buddy in the other room telling them it was all your idea. You gonna believe that?

SirGawain on March 29, 2011 at 5:04 PM

But they weren’t given that opportunity.

Cindy Munford on March 29, 2011 at 4:59 PM

From what I can tell, they were given numerous opportunities.

Blake on March 29, 2011 at 5:05 PM

How would you like to be the schlub that has to do this for a job? Every night you would go home and feel like such a jerk.

These are the types of laws city councils pass when nobody is looking. My city did it with where you could park your boat, RV, trailer etc….They actually employ some jack ass to drive around looking for violations.

Ellie Mae on March 29, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Live in the nanny-northeast and get nanny policies.

I hope that female officer remembers this incident that next time someone spits at her or calls her derogatory names. It may give her insight as to why otherwise law-abiding citizens who should be the natural allies of LEO often carry much distrust about them.

deepdiver on March 29, 2011 at 5:07 PM

But let’s not forget the difference between the Spirit and the Letter of the Law.

radioboyatl on March 29, 2011 at 4:47 PM

There is none. That is some dumb line some television writer made up.

Blake on March 29, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Here, let me fix that: “But let’s not forget the difference between the Letter of the Law and penumbrae, emanations and perturbations.”

slickwillie2001 on March 29, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Nethicus on March 29, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Thanks for the info. I’m not sure if it qualifies as a structure. Wasn’t it portable?

Blake on March 29, 2011 at 5:08 PM

There goes your firearm, same basic excuse.

Ain’t life in the collective grand?

Speakup on March 29, 2011 at 5:08 PM

You can’t have hoops, trees, shrubs or anything else within seven feet of the pavement in a subdivision

Ummmmm…………………mailboxes?

iurockhead on March 29, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Here, let me fix that: “But let’s not forget the difference between the Letter of the Law and penumbrae, emanations and perturbations.”

slickwillie2001 on March 29, 2011 at 5:07 PM

I give you an A+ in legal gibberish! You have a great career in television ahead of you, son. :)

Blake on March 29, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Blake on March 29, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Sorry dear, we’re not going to agree on this. They should have been allowed to keep their equipment since that is what the officer said. I can’t stand neighborhood sheriffs who have so much time on their hands that they roam the streets looking for infractions. I’ve known a few and they are always shocked when their neighbors don’t love them.

Cindy Munford on March 29, 2011 at 5:10 PM

These types of laws never make sense to me. You can’t have A, B, C, D, E, F, or G this close to the street…you can’t do this, you can’t do that. Imagine back in the day- people did all of these things, and shocker- the world didn’t end, no massive disasters happened, no kids dying in large numbers, etc.

Why do we even allow legal codes that take up several volumes? I’d imagine this is never what the founders intended…why can’t we live our lives and govt get out of the way? I mean seriously, there’s a friggin’ law about basketball goals and shrubs too close to the street for heaven’s sake.

TheBlueSite on March 29, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Ummmmm…………………mailboxes?

iurockhead on March 29, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Federal takes precedence. Try moving your mailbox to the other side of the driveway and see what happens.

slickwillie2001 on March 29, 2011 at 5:11 PM

iurockhead on March 29, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Mailboxes are okay…the USPS has a monopoly on first class mail and that’s more money for the govt, son!

TheBlueSite on March 29, 2011 at 5:11 PM

First they came for my Marlboro’s, then they came for my cheeseburger with fries and chocolate shake, then they came for my lightbulbs, THEN they cam for my basketball hoop…

Bruno Strozek on March 29, 2011 at 4:52 PM

….ONLY THEN, once they had your bottle of Black Jack did they come for the Jews.

victor82 on March 29, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Ok, so it was basically ALL of the basketball hoops on that street along one neighbor’s commute route out of the neighborhood. No other streets had theirs taken. So you have someone who doesn’t like the idea of kids playing in the street decided to have the poles taken out.

crosspatch on March 29, 2011 at 5:11 PM

From the other thread:

The couple looked like trouble makers, big house, white, probably a setup by the tea baggers.
elfman on March 29, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Heh, I know the type — scruffy, yammering idiots who show up at a state capitol to do millions of dollars damage, while their law-breaking is studiously ignored. No, wait…

Feedie on March 29, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Save your font. I think this is stupid and nothing you can say will change my mind.

Cindy Munford on March 29, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Would you change your mind for “Mr. Andrew Jackson”???

Blake on March 29, 2011 at 5:12 PM

You mean if he had a mailbox mounted on that pole, he would have been ok???

crosspatch on March 29, 2011 at 5:12 PM

You mean if he had a mailbox mounted on that pole, he would have been ok???

crosspatch on March 29, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Under the law you wouldn’t think so, neither would stop signs…

liquidflorian on March 29, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Sorry dear, we’re not going to agree on this. They should have been allowed to keep their equipment since that is what the officer said. I can’t stand neighborhood sheriffs who have so much time on their hands that they roam the streets looking for infractions. I’ve known a few and they are always shocked when their neighbors don’t love them.

Cindy Munford on March 29, 2011 at 5:10 PM

I don’t need people to agree with me. Who cares what the officer said? It’s the municipal code that is the law. And the homeowners appear to have received written notice from the city. I have no love lost for people looking to give tickets to raise revenue, but I also believe keeping the streets clear is not a bad thing. Plus, these people could have just move the damn thing into their driveway and been done with it, but they chose not to.

Blake on March 29, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Wait until they start searching people’s houses for incandescent light bulbs. Youtube gold!

mbs on March 29, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Plus, these people could have just move the damn thing into their driveway and been done with it, but they chose not to.

Blake on March 29, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Personally, I found it offensive he asked the officer for 2 hours so he could go file a TRO.

He’s known about this since September, but here we are 6 months later and he’s claiming victim status.

He’s had ample time to move it or get it in front of a judge to rule on.

ButterflyDragon on March 29, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Would you change your mind for “Mr. Andrew Jackson”???

Blake on March 29, 2011 at 5:12 PM

I won’t even change my mind for you and I “know” and respect you.

Cindy Munford on March 29, 2011 at 5:23 PM

For all you that keep talking about mailboxes. There are regulations on that too. Basically, the mailbox does not belong to you. If you want mail delivered, then you need to conform to the regulations. Try being a Avon salesperson and put a flier in all your neighbors mailboxes. If a mailman finds them, they can remove them, they can also charge you for postage. Those boxes are Federal Property.

So lets stop with the dumb mailbox comments.

WoosterOh on March 29, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Would you change your mind for “Mr. Andrew Jackson”???

Blake on March 29, 2011 at 5:12 PM

I’d do it for Randolph Scott.

SirGawain on March 29, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Do you REALLY expect me to feel sorry for people who vote for Markell, Biden, Carper, Castle, and Carney?

Bwahahahahaha!!! DON’T MAKE ME LAUGH!!!

I hope they start taking their Lawn Jockey’s, Gnomes, and pink Flamingos!!

csdeven on March 29, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Hey folks, look the Big Picture here – this illustrates the utter inefficiency of big government and how one hand doesn’t know what the other is doing.

On one side, we have the wonderful government school system indoctrinating kids in the great things that government will do for them (or to them, depending)

And on the other, you have big government causing all manner of disillusionment and consternation in kids when said big government takes away their recreational equipment.

All that taxpayer funded propaganda down the crapper, all in one afternoon.

The kids in that neighborhood will look at the government as a monster that took their b-ball nets instead of the wondrous and benevolent provider of everything the could ever want.

Talk about a major screw-up.

Chip on March 29, 2011 at 5:27 PM

You’re just now getting this? Hint: Don’t believe a word a cop tells you, period. They say they got your buddy in the other room telling them it was all your idea. You gonna believe that?

SirGawain on March 29, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Oh, don’t worry, I never have. I just find it amazing that some posters on here seem to be all gung-ho for the cops actions here.

I hope that female officer remembers this incident that next time someone spits at her or calls her derogatory names. It may give her insight as to why otherwise law-abiding citizens who should be the natural allies of LEO often carry much distrust about them.

deepdiver on March 29, 2011 at 5:07 PM

I doubt she much cares. A good portion (not all of course) of law enforcement seem to enjoy playing king/queen and get thrills from the power trip.

BakerAllie on March 29, 2011 at 5:27 PM

The utility easement in front of your house is to give the city access to utility pipes running underground. We had a water line break on our street a couple of weeks ago, and one lucky neighbor had the front few feet of their lawn next to the street dug up so the city could repair the line. Huge mud pit. So something like this basketball goal could impede access for those kinds of repairs. Still, I think it was handled poorly. They should have left the goal for the homeowner. And were 5 police cars really necessary? Ridiculous.

mbs on March 29, 2011 at 5:28 PM

What is it all the liberals say? Oh, yeah. “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” Sounds about right.

Pablo Snooze on March 29, 2011 at 5:30 PM

DelDOT and DNREC are classic examples of bureaucracies gone wild.

DNREC recently fined a Delaware town for not kowtowing to them re sewers.

And the people here think that’s the way life is. This overrated sandbar is not my home.

davidk on March 29, 2011 at 5:37 PM

That is correct. There is no requirement that a police officer be any more truthful to you than anyone else. They are paid to take control of the situation and bring it to the desired conclusion. They can pretty much say whatever they want. You can’t, though. If you give false information, you might be in trouble for it. But they don’t have to give you truthful information.

crosspatch on March 29, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Which is why you should never trust anyone in law enforcement. They can’t be believed. They also are not legally required to protect you from harm as an individual.

a capella on March 29, 2011 at 5:37 PM

replant that sh:t at 7 feet and 1 inch from the curb.

TruthBeTold2 on March 29, 2011 at 5:43 PM

“Wait until they start searching people’s houses for incandescent light bulbs. ”

OMG! That would be hillarious. Get a friend. Dress in white lab coats, have clipboards, see if you can get some sort of “curly” hat that looks like one of those CFL bulbs. Now go door to door saying that you are inspecting for incandescent light bulbs and that they are against the law.

Then have another pair coming behind them with coveralls and something that looks like a “sniffer” saying they are testing for excessive mercury vapor in case they have broken a CFL and didn’t “properly” report/handle the incident.

Then finally, another pair (these guys always work in pairs) in suits from “The Enforcement Division” who are going to discuss the penalties for the “infractions” the other two crews “noticed”.

Now to make a “curly” hat!

crosspatch on March 29, 2011 at 5:47 PM

SirGawain on March 29, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Yep, got my own taste of that several years ago. Got pulled over on a Sunday afternoon for driving on expired license tags. It was my mom’s car, but the check had been sent in to the DMV for the tags, which were never sent. So the cop tells me that he has to write me a ticket, to which I said “Ok. I’m on the way home. I’ll put the car in the garage and it won’t be driven again until I get things taken care of with the DMV on Tuesday.” He asked me why Tuesday, to which I replied that the local DMV office is closed on Mondays (this seemed to be news to him). But he said that would be fine.

Anyway, he goes back to his cruiser and comes back some time later and has me sign the ticket. Then he asks for the keys because he’s impounding the car. I protested that we had already come to an arrangement and he shrugged and said, “I lied.”.

So, thanks to that officer, I now see cops as not much more than criminals with badges as they’re as likely to rob you blind as a street hood. At least the street hood is honest about it.

Left Coast Right Mind on March 29, 2011 at 5:54 PM

This may be local politics, but somewhere Cass Sunstein is grinning broadly, anus puckered tight.

somewhatconcerned on March 29, 2011 at 6:00 PM

This family needs a waiver!!

tommer74 on March 29, 2011 at 6:00 PM

I hope they start taking their Lawn Jockey’s, Gnomes, and pink Flamingos!!

csdeven on March 29, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Nope, those will be issued to all by DelDOT

WhoU4 on March 29, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Officer Sweatpants should be fired.

Denverslim on March 29, 2011 at 6:03 PM

I have no love lost for people looking to give tickets to raise revenue, but I also believe keeping the streets clear is not a bad thing. Plus, these people could have just move the damn thing into their driveway and been done with it, but they chose not to.

Yeah, screw ‘em is what I say! So what if they had that basketball hoop there for decades before the law was changed. So what if it’s their property on their property, they should just comply like good little proles. Oh. I think the city should have a 20 foot easement. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Please move your tree and covered front walkway, citizen!!

See, you must temper the public and individual needs and exercise common sense. This is bureaucratic blindness of the type that is strangling our nation and you just want to line up, bend over and take it. No basketball hoops. No Happy Meals. Poison lightbulbs in every home. “Efficient” toilets you have to flush twice as often. Ethanol in your gasoline that reduces mileage, increases maintenance and gasoline costs.

For you history grognards out there, Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels” were a social commentary upon then European civil society. The story where Gulliver finds himself in Lilliput, tied down by hundreds of tiny ropes by tiny people referred to the Freedom of Man being tied down by myriad little laws enforced by myriad little people. That’s what we’re experiencing today…gotta pop them ropes, folks!!

EasyEight on March 29, 2011 at 6:04 PM

My family has been here since 1688. I’m the 4th generation to fight in a war. Seeing crap like this makes me want to pack up and move.

Boxy_Brown on March 29, 2011 at 6:06 PM

“The government of my country snubs honest simplicity, but fondles artistic villainy, and I think I might have developed into a very capable pickpocket if I had remained in the public service a year or two.” – Mark Twain
(Roughing It)

Lunkinator on March 29, 2011 at 6:07 PM

No sympathy! Clowns in Delaware have been voting for the party of NationalSocialists for decades. Their Marxist chickens have come home to roost! On their basketball hoops! Boo-hoo!

oldleprechaun on March 29, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Excellent. I was going to e-mail AP to make sure he posted this. I e-mailed it to everyone in my contacts list last night. Got great reactions. ALLAH – YOU RULE

sbvft contributor on March 29, 2011 at 6:11 PM

EasyEight on March 29, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Get a life! lol

Blake on March 29, 2011 at 6:31 PM

As soon as she came down from the pole she should of got a shovel and removed the pole themselves. Then hid it out of site. Did they really think that once the crew came and left they would not come back. They had a job to do and picking up that pole was it. Then when the crew came back and there is no pole, then what. Tell them to fill the whole. Then put the pole on some type of removable stand.

When the kids want to play they put the stand up and then when done take it down. This goes for all the people on the list with poles. Unless there is a law that makes removal hoops baned get a removable backboard.

tjexcite on March 29, 2011 at 6:33 PM

I had my truck stolen by code enforcement. I parked in the same place five day a week while at work, except the day before it was ‘towed as an abandoned vehicle’.

No sympathy here for the thieving thugs, whether they’re wearing jack boots or not.

Slowburn on March 29, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Hey a right of way is a right of way and the State has determined that a basketball goal is not allowed on a right of way. So basketball must be played in the drive way. But what about cars in the driveway? Well lets just park the car on the right of way in front of the grouchy neighbors until the state makes that legitimate use of the right of way illegal. Neighbor finds out he don’t own the right of way in front of his house. Swoosh 2 points.

tmitsss on March 29, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Here is what I got back from my email supporting them for enforcing the law.

DelDOT Statement on Basketball Hoop Removal Efforts

DelDOT is sympathetic to parents wishing to provide young people with recreational opportunities; however, public streets are not a safe location for those activities. The Delaware General Assembly passed a law in 2005 stating “sporting and recreation activity taking place in and adjacent to the State’s public rights-of-way … threatens the safety of the recreants as well as members of the motoring public,” and that law stated that “the Department shall make every effort to remove from public rights-of-way devices such as basketball hoops…”. 17 Del. C. § 149(c).

DelDOT crews acted on Friday March 25, to remove seven basketball goals within public right-of-way in the Ashbourne Hills and Radnor Green subdivisions in New Castle County. DelDOT did so only after receiving a complaint from a resident of the area in which the basketball hoops were located.

Since that time, the eight homeowners with basketball hoops in violation of state law were contacted multiple times via certified mail about the need to remove the obstacles from the public right-of-way zone. One resident voluntarily did so. The remainder did not. Because the basketball hoops were not removed, state law requires that DelDOT remove the goals to protect the public. The final goal was successfully removed by the state at approximately noon on March 25.

WoosterOh on March 29, 2011 at 6:45 PM

It’s sad that no other neighbors came to their aid. All the sheepals stayed inside. Only the Americans took a stand.

JellyToast on March 29, 2011 at 7:00 PM

First they came for the basketball hoops

But I said nothing, because I wasn’t a…basketball hoop?

steebo77 on March 29, 2011 at 7:02 PM

I don’t know the details, but I think it’s obvious that the police acted stupidly.

Chris of Rights on March 29, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Portable basketball goal. Wheel it in place. Wheel it away.

My neighborhood is full of them.

Next.

nico on March 29, 2011 at 7:08 PM

ButterflyDragon on March 29, 2011 at 4:54 PM

All the pigs, all lined up.

gyrmnix on March 29, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Hoop and change!

Shy Guy on March 29, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Thread winner!!!

Conservative Samizdat on March 29, 2011 at 7:16 PM

And, I have to admit, the lady sitting on the top of a basketball pole was comical.

We shall overcome!!! LOL.

This couple must have VERY FEW issues to deal with.

nico on March 29, 2011 at 7:17 PM

or they go apesh*t over everyone of them.

nico on March 29, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Here is what I got back from my email supporting them for enforcing the law.

WoosterOh on March 29, 2011 at 6:45 PM

C’mon, fess up. Were you the one who reported them?

Vince on March 29, 2011 at 7:31 PM

… If a mailman finds them, they can remove them, they can also charge you for postage. Those boxes are Federal Property.

So lets stop with the dumb mailbox comments.

WoosterOh on March 29, 2011 at 5:24 PM

So when the kids come around every year and blow mine up with fricking explosives (along with other neighbors) the feds are going to buy me a new one… or do anything at all? No.

WitchDoctor on March 29, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Basketball hoops are noise makers in neighborhoods. But very few patents have manners. Take the hoop and put it in the trash.

Wade on March 29, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Maher was using the correct terminology about this young crone anyway

golfmann on March 29, 2011 at 7:39 PM

EasyEight on March 29, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Get a life! lol

Blake on March 29, 2011 at 6:31 PM

I’ve got one — and don’t appreciate the bureau-creep in society that keeps making it harder to have one. CFLs as a case in point. The things are literally a toxic hazard — so how the hell did they get FDA approved for household use to replace incandescent bulbs??

EasyEight on March 29, 2011 at 7:44 PM

I just wonder if this would have been allowed if it were in a majority African American neighborhood. I’ll bet not.

JeffVader on March 29, 2011 at 7:45 PM

As soon as she came down from the pole she should of got a shovel and removed the pole themselves.

Yeah…so the middle aged lady is going to use a shovel for what it took 6 city workers and a backhoe to do?? She and her cane-wielding husband?? Why is the onus and burden upon the citizen and not the State in this case?

EasyEight on March 29, 2011 at 7:45 PM

crosspatch on March 29, 2011 at 4:55 PM

WTF are you talking about? A cop cannot simply lie to you simply because they want to.

If a cop pulls you over for a violation, they can’t just make sh!te up. They have to tell you why they are stopping you, regardless of how you might react. A cop can’t tell you they are giving you a ticket for a busted taillight then give you the actual ticket for going 20 moh over the speed limit.

This is different that questioning a suspect. The cop told the home owner one thing, then a minute later told him something different – THEN said she didn’t. That is wrong or IA wouldn’t be looking into anything.

A police officers credibility is one of the most important things they have, at least with the law-abiding public. A large measure of their ability to exercise their legal authority is through the credibility they have with the public they serve. If they have none or needlessly damage it, that same public finds it increasingly difficult to heed their authority.

There was a time not long ago when police took pride in that credibility and it was one of the things that was inviolate amongst most officers – because they know their jobs are easier if the public can trust them.

catmman on March 29, 2011 at 7:46 PM

But remember, we’ve got an obesity epidemic in this nation.

So what’s the solution? Remove basketball hoops from subdivisions!

Keep voting Democrat people — see what they’ve given you. Now bend over, because they’re coming back for more.

englishqueen01 on March 29, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Bet she’s not a cop. If she’s not she sure did a good impersonation of one…

onomo on March 29, 2011 at 8:23 PM

catmman on March 29, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Are you saying it is uncommon for LEOs to fudge their reports and testimony in court when they think it is justified? They don’t have a thin blue line that discourages whistleblowing on fellow bad apple officers?
They don’t use the old ‘if you don’t have anything to hide, why won’t you let me search your car?” schtick?

A police officers credibility is one of the most important things they have, at least with the law-abiding public. A large measure of their ability to exercise their legal authority is through the credibility they have with the public they serve. If they have none or needlessly damage it, that same public finds it increasingly difficult to heed their authority.

I’m afraid that ship sailed long ago. I hate it, but I’ve watched it happen.

a capella on March 29, 2011 at 8:27 PM

The people should study the codes and make sure the busybody who ‘anonymously’ reported them and got this roundup started is in full compliance of codes. If not, report them.

Some codes or regulations are necessary but we now have to many busybodies getting their own pet codes implemented. Enough already!

Sporty1946 on March 29, 2011 at 8:27 PM

As far as regulations go I think it is illegal in Delaware to impersonate a police officer.

onomo on March 29, 2011 at 8:45 PM

The police in this country have become tyrants.

They are indoctrinated to think of the world as “police brothers” and everyone else.

Congratulations. I now think that way too.

Sackett on March 29, 2011 at 8:47 PM

A cop cannot simply lie to you simply because they want to.

Excuse me? Cops lie all the time, happens every day. Just as they routinely break traffic laws because a fellow LEO is not gonna write ‘em a ticket. The badge is what gives them authority over the public, not their credibility.

infidel4life on March 29, 2011 at 8:49 PM

A cop cannot simply lie to you simply because they want to.

Excuse me? Cops lie all the time, happens every day. Just as they routinely break traffic laws because a fellow LEO is not gonna write ‘em a ticket. The badge is what gives them authority over the public, not their credibility.

infidel4life on March 29, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Of course police lie. I’ve served on several juries and have seen cops lie. Some of them think of it as ‘enhancing the evidence’.

slickwillie2001 on March 29, 2011 at 8:52 PM

I think he should put up another one…I know I would…

PatriotRider on March 29, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Agree (a little civil disobedence is a good thing.)

And, after they took that one, I’d probably put another on 1″ back from whatever setback/boundary the state set.

massrighty on March 29, 2011 at 9:10 PM

We have a similar situation happening in my city – absolutely crazy government abuse on personal choice and freedom. Who hired these over reaching politicians? Not I…
http://www.telegram.com/article/20110329/NEWS/103290379

wubu on March 29, 2011 at 9:14 PM

I DON’T THINK SHE’S A COP!!!!
A county or state wearing an FBI hooded sweater? She never identified herself as one that I see. Although she did threaten to arrest them…

onomo on March 29, 2011 at 9:17 PM

As conservatives we should totally be for the rule of law. Don’t act like a bunch of liberals that want to deal play the emotional side of every issue. If basketball goals should be exempted from the right of way laws, then there is a way to go about making that happen. Making emotional pleas about “fairness”, “police state” and “you’re hurting the kids” are not going to change it.

ButterflyDragon on March 29, 2011 at 4:39 PM

“An unjust law is no law at all.” – St. Augustine.

“Stupid is as stupid does.” – Forest Gump

“Get off my lawn.” – Walt Kowalski.

It’s not squishy, or liberal, to resist the petty tyranny of neutered, overcompensating bureaucrats.

massrighty on March 29, 2011 at 9:19 PM

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