First Blogs, Now Cupcake Trucks

These Philadelphians and their crafty money making schemes….

Fear not, cupcake connoisseurs. The Philadelphia cupcake truck wasn’t out of business long.

Buttercream cupcake truck owner Kate Carrara says the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections confiscated her truck Tuesday in the University City neighborhood, saying she was vending in a prohibited area.

She did have a license to do business in Philadelphia though, unlike those pesky bloggers.

Carrara says inspectors cornered her truck to prevent her from leaving before driving it away themselves. She says they gave her a removal report and a violation for vending in a prohibited area and left her on the street.

It cost her $200 to get her vehicle / bakery back.

So the city treasure is up overall.

Friends of business, that city.

Friends of business.

August 25, 2010 at 3:44 pm Comments (0)

Roy Halliday: Class Act


One by one, the Phillies players walked up to Roy Halladay and shook his hand. Halladay’s smile was the widest it has been since he joined the team.

The righthander purchased around 60 Baume & Mercier watches to commemorate his perfect game May 29. He gave out the watches as gifts to everyone in the clubhouse — all of the players who were on the active roster then, the entire coaching staff, all clubhouse personnel (including bat boy Rob DiClementi), training and video staff as well as public relations officials.

The watches were enclosed in brown boxes with an inscription on the front: “We did it together. Thanks, Roy Halladay.”

August 24, 2010 at 8:07 pm Comments (0)

“Gimme your lunch money!”

            Much has been made about the new “Blogger Tax” that Philadelphia has put in place recently. Many people have stated how this tax is malicious in the fact that typically this tax is taking 6x’s the amount of money that any person has made from their individual blog. What’s also been said is how this is just another way to show how a city that is incapable of creating anything even remotely looking like a balanced budget is just trying to figure out how to shake more money loose from people’s pockets, just like a bully in your old school yard from when we were kids.

            What most people are not recognizing though is that this isn’t about money. This isn’t about taxes. This isn’t about trying to balance a budget or receiving the proper tax money that the city feels entitled and owed. This is about control.

            Anyone that has ever experienced the wrath of a bully, like myself (I mean seriously people…how could I not with a name like Ian), knows that the point of what a bully is doing to you has nothing to do with your lunch money, or wanting to really hear you scream Uncle when your arm is wrenched behind your back, or calls you names in front of the whole school to make people laugh at you. The whole point of what a bully does is to make you dance to their tune and do as he says. He wants to flex his muscles and hurt you because he can, and because it gives him power over someone that he believes is weak or powerless to stop them. Control. “I can make you do what I want and there’s nothing you can do to stop me!” That’s the credo and mantra of the bully clan, and Philadelphia just showed its true colors.

            When you decide that the voice of another person is somehow subjected to an erroneous and outrageous fee on their thoughts and words, you’re doing this not to collect the maybe couple of thousands of dollars that a city could make from such a tax, but to specifically target those individuals that have the courage to make their voices heard and speak against the wrongs of an out-of-control government. It doesn’t matter what side of the aisle that the voice speaks from, the point is to shut them up or make them pay. What do you think is the likelihood that a stay-at-home mom with no extra income, and certainly none made from her blog, is going to do when the city comes along and tells her that you need to pay us $300 right now or cease and desist speaking your mind. She’s going to stop speaking her mind, and the bully will have won. This is the government version of “Gimme your lunch money or I will punch you in the face!”

             Whether this is a local borough, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the US Federal government, the City of Philadelphia, or a big dumb jerk in the playground, a bully is still a bully.

              In my younger days, when I was a small, four-eyed, scrawny little kid, I was at the mercy of these types of bullies at first. Mine was a boy by the name of Scott. After a while though, there’s only so much pain, fear, and teasing a boy can take. It wasn’t until I stood up to Scott one day on a spring morning in 4th-grade and fought back that the teasing stopped. Sure I lost that fight, after all he was bigger and stronger than me, but it was from that moment forward that the veil of fear was lifted from him and everyone saw that even a little pipsqueak like me could make a bully bleed. Once that happens, a bully becomes nothing. A bully becomes something to have contempt and pity for, not fear.

             This is Philadelphia’s version of the bully wrenching your arm and telling you to scream Uncle. We need to stand against this intimidation, all of us who write on the web and have people who read us. We need to focus our attention on the City of Brotherly Love, like that fits right now or has for years, and verbally punch the bully in the face and make him bleed. Once that happens, he will lose all the power of a mean boy on the playground and become what he really is, a pitiful child with no self-control and something that we “Little Pipsqueak’s” should not tolerate any longer.

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August 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm Comments (0)

Re: Philly Blogger Tax

The city’s official position, which isn’t much better…

The city says no.

It has a business-privilege license that is required of any business operating in the city. The license costs $50 a year or $300 for a lifetime license.

Well, some bloggers who make a few dollars from Web ads were informed recently that they had to obtain a license. Not because they were bloggers, the city says. But because they made money.

Something about small-time bloggers getting hit up for money by the government got a lot of blog writers and readers fired up.

“Unbelievably stupid,” wrote a commenter on BuzzFeed. “Even if you look past the issues of free speech and excessive regulation, no city progresses economically by making its young, tech-savvy residents move away.”

Philebrity, a local blog that makes money and has a business-privilege license, declared: “Philly brain drain is so drastic and wild that any sort of news story that runs anywhere about how the City, in an official capacity, discourages creativity or free speech feels like a punch in the face.”

I think the city has a sound position. It’s not about free speech or liberty or whatever. It’s about money.

Some blogs run as a business (very little, but some income), and the city isn’t business friendly.

50 years of a Democrat run city has led them to scrape the bottom of the bottom of the barrel for any possible source of income.

That’s the message that needs to sent.

Business people (of all kinds) have no friends in City Hall.

Just wait till they decide they can charge some kind of city-wage tax on blogs too.

August 24, 2010 at 10:51 am Comment (1)

Hitchens on the Tolerance Problem

Toleration is a two-way street. In order to be tolerated, you must be tolerant and tolerable. But what if one of the disputants has no interest in  being tolerant and is making irresponsible demands that are profoundly offensive? Christopher Hitchens has a nice piece in Slate on the problem:

As Western Europe has already found to its cost, local Muslim leaders have a habit, once they feel strong enough, of making demands of the most intolerant kind. Sometimes it will be calls for censorship of anything “offensive” to Islam. Sometimes it will be demands for sexual segregation in schools and swimming pools. The script is becoming a very familiar one. And those who make such demands are of course usually quite careful to avoid any association with violence. They merely hint that, if their demands are not taken seriously, there just might be a teeny smidgeon of violence from some other unnamed quarter …

As for the gorgeous mosaic of religious pluralism, it’s easy enough to find mosque Web sites and DVDs that peddle the most disgusting attacks on Jews, Hindus, Christians, unbelievers, and other Muslims—to say nothing of insane diatribes about women and homosexuals. This is why the fake term Islamophobia is so dangerous: It insinuates that any reservations about Islam must ipso facto be “phobic.” A phobia is an irrational fear or dislike. Islamic preaching very often manifests precisely this feature, which is why suspicion of it is by no means irrational.

Read the whole thing here.

Hitchens is absolutely right on this matter. This is why the demands of the Iman Rauf and his backers must be resisted and why his supporters are acting shamefully by branding opposition “Islamophobic”.

August 24, 2010 at 10:23 am Comments (0)

Re: Philly blogger tax

Everybody knows that only Democrats actually live in Philly. All local Republican bloggers actually write their blogs out of my home in Montgomery County, regardless of where they receive their mail.

I’m sure all the liberal Philly bloggers will welcome this opportunity to be a part of keeping the liberries open and keeping City Hall denizens in tasty perks. I salute them with a tip of my tax-free sugary soda.

August 24, 2010 at 7:30 am Comment (1)

Another Philly First – A Blogger Tax

Seriously, can we dress up as Indians and dump laptops into the Delaware River in protest?

Blogger Tax Gouges Free Thought

Just sayin’….

August 23, 2010 at 11:04 pm Comment (1)

Quote of the Day – re: Blogger Bucks

Iowahawk tweets:

Unlike many conservative bloggers, I refuse to trade my integrity for GOP cash. Also, I always enjoy the rich menthol flavor of Kools.

August 23, 2010 at 8:01 pm Comments (0)


Taking a step closer to an eerie Orwellian state where creativity is crushed in the name of “the greater good,” the city of Philadelphia is demanding that bloggers pay $300 for the privilege of writing on the Internet.

This $300 “business privilege license” is for all local bloggers – even the ones that make no money off their words.

The city doesn’t stop there. In addition to the $300 for the license to write on the World Wide Web, bloggers must pay city wage taxes, business privilege taxes and taxes on any net profits — on top of state and federal taxes — even if the blogger only made $11 over two years, reports the City Paper.

Blogger Marilyn Bess, whose Ms. Philly Organic Blog has made her a whopping $50 over the past few years, went to the city’s tax amnesty program to explain that she makes pennies on her hobby. They told her to hire an accountant, she told the City Paper. LINK

Somebody… help me… please…


(Sound of the Captains head exploding yet again).

August 23, 2010 at 7:09 pm Comments (0)

Re: Blogger Bucks


…. I can’t believe we were doing this for free!

I feel like… … I feel like…. I’ve been taken advantage of.

August 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm Comments (0)

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