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Before heading down the river to inner tube, or hit up the lake to kayak or canoe, be sure you've paid the price. As of July 1st, in Illinois, you are now required to carry a $6 Water Use Sticker for all non-powered watercraft. Before this regulation, titling and registration were needed for things like kayaks and canoes. Those are no longer required.


Also, life jackets are now required for all non-powered watercraft, including inner tubes. Operators of tubes can be arrested for OWI.


Water Use Stickers can be purchased at any DNR point-of-sale vendor. They are valid from January 1st-December 31st.


Illinois puts a price on fun in the water


OWI - What Illinois calls drunk driving in an inner tube? WTF?? And you let them get away with this shit? 


Life jackets??? WTF??? Life jackets are flotation devices. An inner tube is too. DUH!!! And you let them get away with this shit?


The only way they're gonna get my inner tube is to pry my dead fat ass out of it!!


When inner tubes are outlawed only outlaws will have inner tubes.






When the fuck are DUHmericans gonna tell these lawmakers/bureaucrats/cops that enough is a goddamn 'nuff!!!!!!!!!!!!



Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 13, 2017 - 11:53am
Hey you! Pull that tube over and exit immediately! Can you prove that inner tube belongs to you SIR? - Well, CAN YOU! Alright, I've had it with you, you're under arrest.
Man, aint THAT livin'!
Louis E Weeks Added Mar 13, 2017 - 12:15pm
A friend of mine loves to discuss the millions of ways Americans are taxed by government without calling it a tax, this water use sticker is a prime example.  We never had all of these fees, all local services were covered by land taxes but slowly new fees were split out and given a separate, new  fee on top of normal land taxes like schools and emergency services and garbage.  We are more heavily taxed today than ever before and people do not realize it.
EXPAT Added Mar 13, 2017 - 12:22pm
I remember when California pulled the same crap and made all surfers buy a license made of cloth and sew it on their shorts. Of course the kids said F... You. And since the law was un enforceable, it was repealed.
That is why we fled the "Land of the free." to live in Thailand.
Look at the mess Government has made of something as basic as Health Care. And they are arguing as I write this to screw it up even more.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 13, 2017 - 12:29pm
My rant isn't about the fees, which are bad enough by the way, its about the degredation of quality of life Louis.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 13, 2017 - 12:31pm
They can't throw everyone in jail
They're trying as hard as they can Tom!
EXPAT Added Mar 13, 2017 - 12:32pm
P'S' How old are the girls in the photo? When Ryan see's it. He'll go ballistic!
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 13, 2017 - 12:38pm
Am I that transparent EXPAT?
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 13, 2017 - 12:41pm
P.S. lovely blonde.  The brunette looks uneasy about something!
I thought a pic of a couple old fat naked white guys would be in poor taste. 
EXPAT Added Mar 13, 2017 - 12:43pm
I like those Floatation Devices they are wearing on their chest. Great set of Water Wings.
Louis E Weeks Added Mar 13, 2017 - 12:50pm
I agree Government intrusion at all levels lads to degradation of life in many ways.  I was just specifically noticing the fee because we had just had this discussion with a friend of mine Saturday so it is a "fresh wound" lol.
So what effect will these changes have do you think?
Will people be less likely to enjoy water recreation?
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 13, 2017 - 12:54pm
I like those Floatation Devices they are wearing on their chest
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 13, 2017 - 12:57pm
Will people be less likely to enjoy water recreation?
Cops never met a regulation they didn't love so most assuredly they will milk it for all its worth Louis. 
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 13, 2017 - 12:58pm
Lol!  Views and likes would definitely be lower. 
Trying to do what little I can to raise WB spirits. :-)
Leroy Added Mar 13, 2017 - 1:03pm
I can imagine the water police pulling up beside them in an innertube demanding to see the water use permit.  "This requires a search, Ma'am.  I coming in."
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 13, 2017 - 1:05pm
With or without the sticker I believe they would get a "safety inspection". For their own good of course Tom!
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 13, 2017 - 1:07pm
Leroy thinks and types faster than I do. 
EXPAT Added Mar 13, 2017 - 1:15pm
P.S. lovely blonde.  The brunette looks uneasy about something!
Perhaps there's a SCUBA diver in the river!
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 13, 2017 - 1:18pm
Perhaps there's a SCUBA diver in the river!
And Louis wondered if the new regs would affect water sports enjoyment. SCUBA in this case is akin to hiding behind a billboard. 
EXPAT Added Mar 13, 2017 - 1:27pm
Such Cute Unprotected Bare Ass muff diver.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 13, 2017 - 1:30pm
I'll add that to my repertoire EXPAT.
EXPAT Added Mar 13, 2017 - 2:37pm
I suspect this is why you are a naturist, and fully expect you to take up SCUBA muff diving.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 13, 2017 - 2:53pm
No muff too tuff we dive at five.
Janie Smith Added Mar 13, 2017 - 4:58pm
lol, Jeffry! 
Dino Manalis Added Mar 13, 2017 - 7:18pm
Illinois is desperate for revenues, because they can't pay their bills!
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 13, 2017 - 11:14pm
Thanks Janie. 
Stone-Eater Added Mar 14, 2017 - 4:44pm
LOL THESE are Problems. Wow. Lucky a nation is which....sounds like Europe, though.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 14, 2017 - 11:22pm
Exactly Stone, bureaucrats have the delusion their intrusion into every aspect of one's life is acceptable. 
It isn't.
Yet people meekly accept it.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 15, 2017 - 4:27am
"I got a dog, loves everyone, never heard her growl once. Kids on the block love to play with her. I stop feeding her, let her run with some other dogs no one feeds, throw rocks at 'em when they come around to be petted, what happens? I end up with something acts more like a wolverine than a puppy the neighborhood kids like to play with. Why're people any different"?
The DUHmerican people are the puppy in this metaphor. Its government thugs - lawmakers, bureaucrats and their enforcers throwing the rocks. 
One day soon with any luck at all these government thugs will start dropping like flies. 
A glorious day that will be. 
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 15, 2017 - 11:19am
I know not all are DUHmericans Tom. 
I write it that way mostly because I find it hard to bring myself to write it properly and also because, as you know much more painfully than I, the preponderance of DUHmericans deserve the appellation. 
I'm re-reading again the last 200 pages of "Unintended Consequences" by John Ross and it never fails to get my blood stirred up. 
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 15, 2017 - 11:41am
The last section of it offers a suggestion of how to return power to the people. A decentralized solution that requires individuals to quietly and alone begin removing the unjust lawmakers, bureaucrats and their enforcers they are aware of from the gene pool. 
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 15, 2017 - 11:58am
From page 683 of the PDF of the book:
"Parts of our government now operate without regard to the rights of citizens, and this philosophy of unlimited authority is taken for granted by everyone involved. Federal agents have put citizens in prison, gassed them, shot them to death, and burned them alive over tax issues involving trivial amounts of money.

Not one government employee has spent one night in jail or paid one dollar in fines. Instead, they are given paid leave, get promoted, and garner even more authority to do as they please.
"Worst of all is that the men and women who commit these atrocities are not acting out of deep moral purpose. It is only a job to them, a paycheck, a way to make the next VISA payment. That makes these people even more despicable, but it also makes the strategy for stopping them very simple." 
"Kill them, Individually, without risk to anyone else. Government employees have a strong instinct for self-preservation. Kill fifty or a hundred of them around the country, and many more will resign and look for less hazardous work. But kill them one at a time, when
others are not around. The blood of innocents helps the wrong side.
"One at a time," he repeated. "Pick your spot, use a piece of pipe, walk away, and keep your mouth shut.
It's ridiculously easy when the Constitution is on your side and you outnumber the enemy over five thousand to one. Good luck."
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 15, 2017 - 12:11pm
I have read it at least 4 times a year since it was first published in the late 90's. Very good read. 800+ pages in hardcover. Worth every cent and every minute of my time reading it.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 16, 2017 - 11:25am
US District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. has ruled that not only is it okay for the FBI to spy on journalists, but that it can withhold information about its rules for snooping on reporters without a warrant.
Traitors like this black robed one....... no respect for the fourth amendment. It is a crime to “spy” on someone and search them, their records, home and data without a warrant. Federal Baby Incinerators and traitorous judges. Man, ain't THAT livin'!
Mircea Negres Added Mar 21, 2017 - 5:11am
I stand to be corrected, but before Roman emperor Commodus changed it, inheritance tax was 1%. He pushed it up to 5% and in short order (though ineffectively) citizens complained that it was ruinous and unjust. Inheritance tax in South Africa stood at 50% last time I heard, while companies tax went up to 43% last month and as for booze and cigarettes, the "sin tax" unsurprisingly went up too, encouraging not only tax evasion, but also the purchase of stolen, smuggled and counterfeit products.
As for ridiculous permits, Khoi San people who make traditional bows and arrows for a hunt are obligated by law to apply for a firearm licence for said bow. That of course comes with its own ridiculous set of problems, such as how one can get ballistic data from a bow or arrows improvised on the spot, as well as were the hell the fire is when shooting an arrow with a stone arrowhead...
A government owns neither the country nor its people and their culture. It is merely the temporary (in a democracy) custodian charged with looking after the nation's assets for the benefit of all, and taxing  topless chicks for riding a tube down the river (too bad they weren't riding me, but I digress) is not just insulting, but an unjust and unenforceable tax which seems designed to create criminals by default of governmental stupidity. Okay, so in terms of the $6 licence, what would happen if I got 100 feet of rope and tied the tube to a tree while I enjoyed a picnic? I wouldn't be navigating down the river, so would the tax still apply? What about if people want to cross to the other side and have run a rope across the river? Would they still have to pay? Unbelievable. Tolls for riding a tube. What's next, LAPD busting into people's homes to make sure couples have sex?
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 23, 2017 - 1:58am
In Thailand since September '16 approximately 680,000 citations were issued for traffic infractions. 11% of those were paid. Yet people wonder why I love Thais and Thailand so much. Thailand. Prathet Thai. Land of Thai. Thai - Free people. They damned well act that way. 
Mark Hunter Added Mar 30, 2017 - 11:36am
That's Illinois, for you. We've been thinking of going many dozens of miles out of our way to avoid it when we visit my in-laws, just so we can legally keep our weapons with us.

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