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Boy, 9, creates library in his front yard. City shuts it down.

In Kansas, 9-year-old Spencer Collins has been told by authorities that he must stop sharing books with his neighbors, and close the little free library--honestly, it's just a bookshelf--in his yard. Its slogan was "take a book, leave a book," but city government is mostly about the taking.

Collins loves reading. He doesn't just dive into a book -- he swims through its pages.

"It's kind of like I'm in a whole other world and I like that," he said. "I like adventure stories because I'm in the adventure and it's fun."

When he tried to share his love for books, it started a surprisingly frustrating adventure.

"When we got home from vacation, there was a letter from the city of Leawood saying that it was in code violation and it needed to be down by the 19th or we would receive a citation," said Spencer's mother, Sarah Collins.

Leawood said the little house is an accessory structure. The city bans buildings that aren't attached to someone's home.

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We just created 60 of these in the Lawrence

community just 30 miles from Leawood. The difference, a more progressive town. Leawood is your cookie cutter suburbia. Not only do people have a sense of pride about how much their homes are worth, they aren't afraid to drudge up city codes to keep the neighborhood in a order.

Poor kid is living in the anal capitol of Kansas and he has some busy bodies for neighbors. Every town probably has the same code on the books to prevent unchecked expansion of ones own property but no one would enforce it for something like this.

Don't blame the city for responding to complaints. Hopefully they'll at least make an exception for something like this but I see a slippery slope argument in the works from his opposition.

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http://youtu.be/TTbZ-tgwZvQ

This is infuriating to those who believe the government has no business telling you how to run your life.

city shuts down library.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3i4QL0C4wL0

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Broken link For me at least

Broken link
For me at least

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Hey, this is just like the movie "Still Mine"

that we just discussed:

http://www.dailypaul.com/320276/still-mine-the-movie-james-c...

Google is government.

I saw this movie recently

Great flick

Edward Moran

It's a little free library. ..

They wanted a building permit for that!?

Money grabbing bxxxards.

I'll take my Liberty, it's not yours to give.

Put wheels on it.

I can legally sell vegetables that way... roll it out, roll it back in at night.

I'm sorry, but that is

I'm sorry, but that is ridiculous.

Southern Agrarian

It may be, but it's the law where I live.

I can't sell produce out of my (residential) building... but can as long as people don't go in the building... therefore - a food cart comes into play. This also works for insurance reasons.

That bookshelf is a 'structure'

like bird feeder is a structure. Seriously. If someone put a barbie house on the lawn would that be considered a structure?

The family moved the little library to the garage,

The family moved the little library to the garage, but Spencer Collins said he plans to take the issue up with City Hall.

Why not ignore city hall. Take the citations and tear them up.

Oh- that's right because your cowardly little neighbors will not back you up when push comes to shove because we have all been trained to be good little sheep.

Ban?

* 18 U.S. Code § 241 - Conspiracy against rights

If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or
If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured—
They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

* All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void. -Marbury vs.Madison, 1803

* Every law consistent with the Constitution will have been made in pursuance of the powers granted by it. Every usurpation or law repugnant to it cannot have been made in pursuance of its powers. The latter will be nugatory and void - Thomas Jefferson, Elliot, p. 4:187-88

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Look, these rules are for your safety

What if the bookshelf were to collapse and damage the neighbor's house? What if it caught fire? What if people read the books and started thinking for themselves? Do you know how dangerous that could be? THINK for Government's sake!

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"Two or more", is that why cops patrol singly now?

I had long thought that it was just a budgetary measure, to save on expenses. But now I know the real reason: one person cannot conspire and be in violation of this US Code.

(Then again, does "US Code" apply to anyone outside the "ten miles square"?)

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There's one for that, too.

This covers the individual:

18 U.S. Code § 242 - Deprivation of rights under color of law

Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

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