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Home Security at the turn of the century: passed a law making it illegal to put a lock on the gate outside your house. Makes it hard for the police to get in, donchaknow.
The mayor, who pontificates on the need for the restriction, refused to say whether or not she will comply with the law and remove *her* locks. When pressed, she protested that she was not like "those" people who the law was intended to apply to.
Can you say, "Let them eat cake?"
-- Ron Schwarz (email@example.com), October 22, 1999
unfortunately this story link in the SunTimes does not mention Mayor Betty Loren-Maltese or her comments. Where did you catch this bit?
-- plonk! (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 22, 1999.
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Next thing ya know, TPTB will ban locks on private homes. It'll save the cops the aggravation and expense of having to lug around and wield those ramming thingys for their trolling "drug raids!" It'll save on medical expenses from resulting hernias.
If this dumb a** law takes effect, will the jurisdiction assume liability for children or drunks that happen to drown in accessible pools behind those (now-locked) gates?
What does the home insurance industry think of this law?
We're in trouble, folks!
Regards, Bob Mangus
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-- Robert Mangus (email@example.com), October 22, 1999.
Two solutions to this kind of Gestapo crap: 1. Joe Citizen can take turns patrolling "herhonor's" road to see if she IS complying with the same law she expects the sheeple to obey. Take a videocam with the day/date function, and if it's ever found to be locked, make a citizen's arrest. You may have to check the laws to see under what circumstances this is allowed. But, if that's not an option, get it on the TV news(fat chance). Or, get a local reporter interested. Embarrass the bitch in the local paper. 2. Solution #2 same idea as spamming. EVERYBODY defy the law by locking your gate. How the hell are they going to arrest 10,000 or 100,000 citizens when the cops must have weightier things to do?
-- profit of doom (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 22, 1999.
It was on Fox News, or CNBC, most likely the former. Saw it tonight.
-- Ron Schwarz (email@example.com), October 22, 1999.
It makes it much easier for them to infringe on your constitutional rights like when the Bomb Squad comes to your house and enter through a closed gate onto your property WITHOUT a warrant.
-- They (FoundNothing@All.haha), October 23, 1999.
Cicero is an interesting town to watch (for its politics)
Imagine a town run by the "mob" that just passes crazy laws left and right in the name of "cracking down on gangs".
Pretty much the only people affected by these laws are the non-whites that live there. Everyone else is "connected" So the laws are selectively enforced.
Chicago has a larger version of this connected political system, but is more visible, Cicero is a small suburban town that is a tiny mirror-image of Chicago.
Stuff like this (about Cicero) shows up all the time in the Chicago newspapers and other media. I'm sure most media outlets have a reporter watching Cicero all the time now because they keep doing these incredibly stupid legal stunts that constantly backfire and make very interesting news.
-- plonk! (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 23, 1999.
It says "police officers need access to all properties within the Town of Cicero to protect the public from future criminal activity and to investigate known crimes."
And I need access to their homes, bank accounts, files.
We'll have moron this latter.
-- Mark Hillyard (email@example.com), October 23, 1999.
plonk! That was a great assessment of Cicero.lol. I have been trying to write a description of Mayor Maltese, but the uncontrollable laughter keeps getting in the way. Seeing her in action should give *hope* to anyone with political aspirations, if this person can become a Mayor, anyone has a shot. She's like a bit character from Saturday Night Live.
As for the law, she said she is going to try to change it to 'no locks for fences over four feet high' (police can jump those). Too little, too late.
-- Deborah (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 23, 1999.
The only way to make that law rational would be to take it to its logical conclusion, and ban *door* locks too.
Or, perhaps they can simply require everyone to give a duplicate key to the police.
You know, like "key escrow".
-- Ron Schwarz (email@example.com), October 23, 1999.