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Michigan Woman Faces 93 Days in Jail for Planting a Vegetable Garden
by Colleen Vanderlinden on 07. 8.11

It just doesn't get more ridiculous than this.

Julie Bass of Oak Park, Michigan -- a mother of 6, law-abiding citizen, and gardener -- is facing 93 days in jail after being charged with a misdemeanor.

Her crime? Planting a vegetable garden in the front yard.

Bass says that she planted the garden after her front yard was torn up for some sewer repairs. Rather than wasting the opportunity to start with a clean slate by planting a lawn, she decided to really put the area to use, and plant a vegetable garden.

Her garden consists of 5 raised beds, where she grows a mix of squashes, corn, tomatoes, flowers, and other veggies. Bass received a warning from the city telling her to remove the vegetable garden, because it doesn't adhere to city ordinances (more on that later.) When she refused, she was ticketed and charged with a misdemeanor. Her trial, before a jury, is set to begin on July 26th. If she is found guilty, she can be sentenced to up to 93 days in jail.

About the City Ordinance

Supposedly, Bass is in noncompliance with a city ordinance that states that only "suitable" plant material is allowed on the lawn area of residences. When local media asked city planner Kevin Rulkowski what that meant, he said suitable means "common:" lawn, nice shrubs, and flowers. However, the city ordinance does not specifically state that those are the only allowed plant materials.

About Oak Park

This is not some gated community with HOA regulations. This is an ordinary, working class neighborhood in Oakland County, Michigan. Like nearly every other city in my home state right now, Oak Park is facing financial issues. Here at home, people are amazed that a cash-strapped city has the resources to investigate, charge, and prosecute a resident for something as innocuous as planting a vegetable garden.

What's Being Done

This story is gaining traction all over the web. Gawker covered it this morning. There are Facebook pages devoted to supporting Mrs. Bass and her family during this ordeal. Will social media help change the city's mind? That's what many of us are hoping. Local television affiliates for ABC and Fox news have already covered the story, and media attention continues to grow.

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And people wonder why I hate libtards? :roll:

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thats retarded. she will never see a day of jail.

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And people wonder why I hate libtards? :roll:


I 'believe' you have called me a 'libtard' before... and I can honestly say that what they are doing is not right.

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slybri19 wrote:
And people wonder why I hate libtards? :roll:


I 'believe' you have called me a 'libtard' before... and I can honestly say that what they are doing is not right.

I know that I have. :lol:

The problem here is that the far left, progressive, libtard, socialists have formed a huge tent. They claim to be for women, minorities, gays, Jews, Muslims, atheists, environmentalists, poor people, unions, middle class, and quite a few others. Obviously, they can't actually be for all of those groups' interests because many of them contradict one another. But that doesn't matter to the libtard, corrupt, hypocritical, bald faced lying politican. They'll tell each individual group what they think they want to hear. Unfortunately, many people vote for those scumbags based upon a handful of issues instead of looking at the bigger picture.

Therefore, right or wrong, I call anyone willing to vote for those commies, "libtards" since they enable them to get into or stay in office. People need to wake up and find out the truth about the entire "progressive" agenda before it's too late. Do some research. Why is it that Communist Party USA and the Democratic Socialists of America also call themselves, "progressives"? That's because it's all the same crap.

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LionsFan4Life wrote:
slybri19 wrote:
And people wonder why I hate libtards? :roll:


I 'believe' you have called me a 'libtard' before... and I can honestly say that what they are doing is not right.

Hmm, I was trying to be sarcastic/funnay with the title.....guess I should stick with working on puters ](*,)
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LionsFan4Life wrote:
slybri19 wrote:
And people wonder why I hate libtards? :roll:


I 'believe' you have called me a 'libtard' before... and I can honestly say that what they are doing is not right.

I know that I have. :lol:

The problem here is that the far left, progressive, libtard, socialists have formed a huge tent. They claim to be for women, minorities, gays, Jews, Muslims, atheists, environmentalists, poor people, unions, middle class, and quite a few others. Obviously, they can't actually be for all of those groups' interests because many of them contradict one another. But that doesn't matter to the libtard, corrupt, hypocritical, bald faced lying politican. They'll tell each individual group what they think they want to hear. Unfortunately, many people vote for those scumbags based upon a handful of issues instead of looking at the bigger picture.

Therefore, right or wrong, I call anyone willing to vote for those commies, "libtards" since they enable them to get into or stay in office. People need to wake up and find out the truth about the entire "progressive" agenda before it's too late. Do some research. Why is it that Communist Party USA and the Democratic Socialists of America also call themselves, "progressives"? That's because it's all the same crap.

Back on topic pls!
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But I am sorta kinda on topic. Oak Park is one of the most liberal cities in Metro Detroit. They have a Democratic Mayor, State Representative, and State Senator. I'd also imagine that most, if not all, of their city council are Democrats too. As a result of this infestation of scum, things like what is happening to this poor woman will occur. To fix it and prevent it from happening ever again, the cause of the problem must be exterminated. Otherwise, similar crap will keep happening over and over again.

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theres more to this story Sly....

Here is my question who is that hag that reported lady gardner in the first place? You are not going to tell me some poilce car was driving by and they saw the yard and busted out their badges. No, this is the result of some neighbor complaining and the authorities acting on said complaint. This came about because one crotchety "Mrs. Cravitz" type of person decided that the garden didnt look good in their neighbors front yard. The police HAD to abide by the ordinance, same as the courts will. You and I both know she'll get a slap on the wrists at most, maybe a couple hours of community servcice which cleanig up a city "blight" like her garden would probably accomplish. But, once again, who started all this in the first place? who's the REAL douchebag?

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The REAL douchebag is whoever enacted the stupid law in the first place. Just another example of government intruding into our daily lives and eliminating our freedoms.

But, I understand what you're saying. There are certain idiots out there who get offended by the slightest things. I have zero respect for them and they only encourage me to piss them off even more.

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well now wait. i don't have a problem with city ordinances. Those are a local government thing. it's the locals who vote on that. If the locals vote liberal then they get what they ask for.

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Regularjoe12, I actually agree with you completely on that point. If the local populace is stupid enough to elect progressive politicians, then they deserve what they get. On the flip side, don't start complaining once businesses and wealthier individuals decide to leave the city or state for greener pastures either. Elections have consequences.

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Wow... city ordinances like this have nothing to do with liberal vs conservative. As the article mentions, you;d expect this in a wealthy HOA suburb, not some working class area. Get over the labeling, this is just an amazing indication of stupidity that every local municipality has the right to pass laws and enforce.

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You're wrong, Steensn. Oak Park is probably more liberal than your neighborhood in California. Libtard politicians passed this bullshit law, so now they must suffer the consequences of their own stupidity. A true conservative would never pass a law like this, so it's just another example of the differences between the two ideologies. It should also serve as an example of why libtards should never hold public office.

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I'm doing to stick by my "this is not a conservative or liberal thing."

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steensn wrote:
I'm doing to stick by my "this is not a conservative or liberal thing."

Agreed.

As an aside, wouldn't it be nice to finally be rid of all these labels??? ](*,)

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