“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Benjamin Franklin
This piece started off when I was asked for my $0.02 this weekend on something in the local paper (which I freely admit that I do still read), written by someone whom I consider an absolute imbecile (which I’d told my friend on multiple occasions what I thought of this particular writer).
Still, if this wasn’t coming from a friend of mine, it probably would’ve ended differently.
The first amendment used to assist the second? Brilliant?
There was a Republican legislator in Michigan.
He wasn’t a remarkably conservative man, and to-be-sure not particularly interested in the constitution. Certainly not very knowledgeable about it either. Bruce Patterson actually tried to license ‘opinion’
One thing of particular interest to bloggers and out-of-mainstream writers is the legislative effort to curb access to information and the ability to report by ‘just anyone’. It had popped up a couple of years ago when a Michigan legislator, State senator Bruce Patterson (perhaps twirling his handlebar mustache a little too tight) had the idea of ‘licensing journalists’.
“Introduced by Sen. Bruce Patterson (R) on May 11, 2010, to create a government “Board of Michigan Registered Reporters” to pass on the qualifications under criteria established in the bill for an individual who seeks to use the title “Michigan Registered Reporter.” An individual who writes or creates news stories, commentaries or editorials for a newspaper, online news outlet or radio or TV broadcaster, and who wants to use this title, would have to pay a $10 fee, and have either a journalism degree, at least three years experience as a reporter, submit writing samples, present evidence of awards or recognitions, present a letter of recognition from a reporter who is “registered,” etc.”
A very strange thing to even ponder, much less propose as law.
In fairness, it should be noted he was ‘cool’ with non credentialed types using the title ‘reporter’.
One might wonder where such a mental process begins. Is it the result of a nasty and hurtful news article? Is it to protect an elite class of reporters and restrict access to all others (unless properly credentialed) who seek access to political types? Is it simply impish guile?
Who knows? It’s forgotten news anyhow, as it went nowhere and it has been absent for several years of the 24 hour news cycle.
I must credit some of this to my co-worker Mike. He and I discussed this “solution”. We had some laughs discussing a gun-control like approach to solving abuse of technology to pick up on young people.
I’ve seen articles about Brooke Lajiness and her predilections for young males pop up in my news feed recently. It got me thinking, society cannot let this happen! We must take action to stop future cougars from using these tools to prey on the young and vulnerable. It’s time for common sense reform, and I have some ideas of how!
Step 1 – Government Licensing of Smart Phone dealers
First thing we need is the Federal Government to step in and start licensing business that sell smart phones on a retail level. Additionally, the Federal Government should license manufacturers and importers of smart phones. Manufacturers, importers, and retailers should be required to keep a registry of all smart phones they manufacture, import, or sell and keep serialized records for 20 years. Federally licensed retailers should be required to run background checks of potential smart phone buyers. This will keep smart phones out of the hands of known predators — people that have a past of: child pornography, furnishing pornography to minors, sexual conduct with a child, and other such sex offenses.
Step 2 – Universal Background Checks for Phone Purchases
I think we can all agree ensuring there is a background check every time ownership of a smart phone changes hands is the next most common sense step we as a society can take to protect our children! This will make sure people reselling their smart phones to others will have to first make sure the person passes the same federal background check we require retailers to run. It’ll close the street sale loophole left by the previous proposal. If we only implement Step 1, the criminals will be able to procure smart phones by going on to Craigslist.
Step 3 – Age Restrictions on Smart Phone ownership
People under the age of 18 should not be able to buy (or perhaps even possess) smart phones! If we keep these devices out of the hands of the young and vulnerable then we will be making steps towards a society that is safer for our children.
Step 4 – Limit availability of certain dangerous features
Certain things are just plain dangerous to have in proximity of cell phones, I’ve included a few examples below.
4.1 Selfie Sticks
Selfie sticks are a common tool of those who provide indecent material to minors and solicit them for sex! By making sure these devices are not available, we limit the ability of these predators to operate. It should be a federal felony for anyone to possess (without a license) a selfie stick while also possessing a smart phone that fits on said stick. The licensing process to possess these sticks needs to be very thorough, including fingerprinting, submissions of photos of yourself, and getting sign-off from local law-enforcement.
4.2 Phones that shoot pictures in rapid succession or record videos
This technology is simply dangerous! It can be used to lure young people into horrific activities such as described in the new story cited in the top of the article. Similar steps in 4.1 should be followed for controlling this technology.
4.3 Military Style Smart Phone features
These are features dangerous when combined with other features. Phones with 2 or more of these features make them especially useful for abuse.
Otter Boxes and other military-style similar phone cases
Phones that are Black in color
Storage Capacity in Excess of 4 GB
The ability to install third party apps
Phones smaller than 8″ in diagonal measurement
Phones that can install applications that haven’t been approved by the phone manufacturer
I hope we can all agree to these common sense reform measures. We must preserve the innocence of our children!
Join like minded supporters of the 2nd amendment for the 2017 March April 26, 2016 @ 10 am State Capitol Lawn Lansing Michigan.
Now that things are changing in Washington, we need to let our legislators in Lansing know we are still here. Now is not the time to slack off, there are many out there on both political sides who would still take our gun rights away by a simple stroke of a pen.
Please show up and support Michigan Open Carry and the 2nd Amendment Community.This event is open to the public.
What: A peaceful gathering to demonstrate the political strength of Michigan’s legal gun owners and Second Amendment advocates.
When: Wednesday, April 26th 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Lansing State Capitol East lawn
The Details: Michigan’s Second Amendment March will be held on Wednesday, April 26th at Michigan’s Capitol. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the Capitol lawn. The MARCH will take place at noon and will be around the Capitol Mall. Assemble near the Capitol steps if you would like to participate in the march. Legislature is in session that day. We’ll be showing them the political strength of Michigan’s legal gun owners. The march is being organized by the Second Amendment March and jointly promoted and funded by Michigan Gun Owners and Michigan Open Carry, Inc. Please visit our Facebook event page for the most updated information.
The purpose of the event is to show support for the 2nd Amendment and allow citizens to meet with their legislators to discuss gun rights issues. Along with the SAM will be representatives for Michigan Gun Owners (MGO) and Michigan Open Carry, Inc. (MOC).
There has been an interesting development in the case of two individuals who were arrested for open carry in the anteroom of the Dearborn, Michigan Police Department Headquarters. Two men from central Michigan were arrested for entering the anteroom of the Dearborn Police Department Headquarters building while carrying, and filming themselves while doing so. They were reportedly using open carry to protest what they believed was a bogus traffic stop which they were subjected to earlier in Dearborn.
James Baker and Brandon Vreeland have been abandoned by Michigan’s open carry movement, probably due to the allegation that they were using open carry to protest something entirely unrelated to Second Amendment rights, but it does not appear that their actions actually violated any Michigan law. At least one of the two was wearing ‘body armor’, which added to the provocative nature of their actions. Carry in police stations is actually not prohibited by Michigan law, and it is a violation of Michigan law to prohibit firearms in a police station outside of secured areas.
Fun side note: When I was a kid in the 1960’s, I used to shoot small bore rifle matches in the basement shooting range of this very building, which was even then the DPD police station. How times have changed!
Now we have a remarkable discovery from Nicholas Somberg (P80416), the defense attorney for Brandon Vreeland of Jackson: The Dearborn Police secretly monitored the two ‘Second Amendment activists’ and essentially ambushed both men as they were filming themselves walking into the Dearborn Police headquarters.
Very Bad Judgment Is Not A Bar To Judicial Tenure In The Peoples Republic Of Ann Arbor
A Washtenaw County 22nd Circuit Court judge is demonstrating the supreme impunity immunity enjoyed by the liberal elites in a modern one party state: Ann Arbor. Washtenaw County Trial Judge Carol A. Kuhnke has just dodged all legal consequences for possessing prescription narcotics not prescribed to her; narcotics which were used by her adopted son in his fatal overdose last year.
At this point, you probably have some sympathy for Judge Kuhnke. Opioid addiction is sweeping our country and there are a lot of tragedies occurring which parents simply cannot prevent. But there are twists to Judge Kuhnke’s story which sets it far apart from the typical overdose tragedy.
Judge Kuhnke’s curious story began on November 25th of last year when her son was found dead from oxycodone toxicity, but only got its first airing in the press yesterday. Young John Kuhnke allegedly broke into a locked tool chest where Judge Kuhnke was storing both drugs and alcohol. The drugs included oxycodone, hydrocodone, trazodone, dexmethylphenidate, and tramadol. All nasty items. These drugs were originally prescribed to John Kuhnke, Judge Kuhnke, her wife Elizabeth Janovic, Janovic’s parents, and the Kuhnke/Janovic’s next door neighbor. John Kuhnke is alleged to have stolen ten prescription pill vials from the broken tool chest and taken some of the next door neighbor’s oxycodone pills to a friend’s house where he overdosed and died.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Detective Craig Raisanen requested warrant for Judge Kuhnke and her wife Elizabeth Janovic from the Washtenaw Prosecutor’s Office for possession of up to 25 grams of Schedule II narcotics prescribed in another person’s name [MCL 333.7403(2)(a)(v)]. The Washtenaw County Prosecutor asked AG Schuette to appoint a special prosecutor and that special prosecutor then decided that charges “would not be appropriate”. The Special Prosecutor appointed was Livingston County Prosecutor William Vailliencourt, who happens to serve in the county immediately north of Washtenaw. He fobbed the case off on the Judicial Tenure Commission, and it now appears that they too will take no action.
It's not Republicans who are trying to disarm Michiganians.
Yes Michigan, there are differences between the Democrats and Republicans.
Before we start shooting ourselves in the foot and pretending that Johnson-Weld Libertarians are the neo-Republicans from a whigged out GOP, remember that Weld once (and likely still) favored gun control. Not too far away from Weld is Hillary, who quite simply wants to disarm a nation that might fight back as she consolidates power for the final blow.
Let their be no confusion about the current incarnation of the Democrat party, and the need to disarm the people in this state as well. Dressed as an ‘assault weapons ban’ Michigan’s HB-5996 introduced a couple days ago goes all New York State in a ‘New York Minute.’ Banning certain cosmetic features, functional elements, magazines over 10 rounds, and requiring new registrations of legacy equipment is the hallmark of the east coast styled gun grabbers.
Expect cigarette sting operations to be in full swing in the peoples republic of Ann Arbor this winter
One thing that the Democrats are good at, is ‘Nanny Statism’
If in any particular form it poses a health risk, you better damned well believe it can fall under a federal mandate, state law or local ordinance. Democrats, progressives, and big-government little-minds know what is best for you. Even if they can hardly manage their own lives, its for your own good.
So it comes as no surprise that Ann Arbor, bastion of elitist progressive nincompoopery has decided that unless you have obtained the age of 21, you cannot buy smokes in their little Utopian safe-space paradise. From Cap-Con:
“The Ann Arbor City Council last week voted for an ordinance that will ban the sale of tobacco products to people under 21, making it the first city in Michigan to raise the legal purchasing age from 18.”
So, has Ann Arbor made the statement that its population does not mature quickly enough to make such decisions?
Next up, no recruiting by the military of anyone under 25?