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Dec 11 2012

Property Owner Clears Fire Hazard; Bureaucrats Attack

Concert promoter Charles Attal had a crew cut down some dead trees on his own property to eliminate a fire hazard, without first pleading with bureaucrats for permission. Naturally, he will be punished:

West Lake Hills (Texas) officials say that he broke the law and that unless he replants trees he could face tens of thousands of dollars in fines. …

The decision on whether to pursue a lawsuit and criminal charges against Attal will come before the West Lake Hills City Council at its Wednesday meeting.

Attal estimates that it could cost as much as $140,000 to replant all the trees the bureauweenies demand. He gasps,

“I didn’t think I needed to get anyone to come and tell me if I could or couldn’t take out some dead cedar trees. If I’d known I needed to get a dead cedar tree removal permit I would have gone and done it.”

To avoid having something similar happen to you, follow this rule of thumb: if the government doesn’t demand that you do it, you need permission to do it.

On a tip from AC.

19 Responses to “Property Owner Clears Fire Hazard; Bureaucrats Attack”

  1. RobM1981 says:

    In Texas?

  2. You the people have to assume that everything is illegal until a government bureaucrat says it isn’t.

  3. mondo bizarro says:

    No good deed goes unpunished.

  4. Tim form TK says:

    “RobM1981 says: December 11, 2012 at 6:38 am

    In Texas?”

    Only by accident of geography, it is part of the Austin soviet.

  5. czuch says:

    Cedar makes real nice fireplace food.
    He could say he’s gonna recycle it.
    BUT,!!, fires cause globull warming so either way he’s hosed. I guess its better to let your place become an ash pile so you can move to approved living space.
    After re-grooving, of course.

  6. dan says:

    kind of heavyhanded…but planting NEW/undead
    trees isn’t a BAD thing and will add to the property
    value as landscaping….maybe they were attached to his dead trees and people do hate change………ah,but there I go again trying to use reason with moonbats and

  7. Sam Adams says:

    What is the compelling interest of either the city government or the people of this community in determining whether a guy plants or cuts down trees on his property?

    Leftists apparently have no understanding of property rights. Maybe the homeowner shouold start camping out on the property of council members. After all, apparently “we” own all of their property, too.

  8. Comrade J says:

    If you are looking for an answer of how America got libtardation infection – this is how:

    “social studies was intended to remake the high school… Social studies was to mold the properly socialized citizens of this grand future…

    A professor in Columbia’s Teachers College and president of the American Federation of Teachers, Counts was for a time enamored of Joseph Stalin … in his 1932 essay “Dare the Schools Build a New Social Order?,” he argued that teachers should enlist students in the work of “social regeneration.”

    You have to know where the poison is coming from.

  9. Mr Evilwrench says:

    You’d think liberals would embrace change, not try to prevent it as they accuse conservatives of doing. Oh, the ironies, big and small.

  10. mojo says:

    “Everything not mandatory is forbidden. And vice-versa.”

  11. Bill Jones says:

    “We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.” – Ayn Rand (written in the 60’s)

  12. Ghost of FA Hayek says:

    You know, dry cedar branches make excellent kindling for the torches.

  13. Ummah Gummah says:


    And this is TEXAS. How bad is it everywhere else?


  14. Sinister66 says:

    Ummah Gummah says:

    “And this is TEXAS. How bad is it everywhere else?”

    Here in the lake Tahoe area you could be fined for cleaning up the pine needles out of your yard. Then a fire ran through part of the area and destroyed several homes. Now your fined if you don’t clean up the needles.

  15. White_Polluter says:

    OK, to all of questioning how this happened here in Texas, again, this is AUSTIN. ‘Nuff said.

  16. jeigheff says:

    I live in Austin, Texas.

    The city of Austin has been known send crews to houses, without notice, to trim trees. To be honest, there are plenty of tree limbs in Austin that threaten power lines, so this is not necessarily a bad thing. Still, I guess this kind of thing can be a surprise to some folks (like a buddy of mine who didn’t want his trees trimmed, years ago.)

    On the other hand, if one sees tree limbs threatening his power lines, and that individual requests that the city send a crew to trim the limbs, then Austin is all WHOA! Wait a minute! STOP! Do you have your neighbor’s permission to do this? We can’t possibly trim those tree limbs that about to take down your power lines (and maybe cause a fire, or electrocute someone) without permission!, etc., etc. My wife and I have learned this from our own experience with the city.

    I don’t get it.

  17. righttoalvingwage says:

    The tree cutting ‘corporations’ have more ‘person’ rights than do persons.
    It’s just that simple,fascism= govt +corporations.
    Something you half moonbats may want to consider the next time you praise the illustrious global oligarchy.

  18. Bob Smith says:

    jeigheff, the obvious solution to that problem is to anonymously report yourself for having trees that treaten power lines. Then the city will act post-haste to trim your trees for you.

  19. jeigheff says:

    Thanks for the advice, Bob Smith.

    The good news is, our next-door neighbors are great people and are easy to get along with. Furthermore, they’ve cooperated with us in the past about getting the city to trim the limbs of one of their really huge hackberry trees (but we did have to get their permission.)

    The bad news is, that tree’s limbs need trimming again.

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