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ABBA, 100 Year Old Organs And Political Depression.

We are tired. Really tired. We are tired of the idiot elected officials who lie to get into office never having read the Constitution, and not being concerned with the rights of people. Instead, all they are concerned with is increasing their influence and the authority of the government no matter what the costs.

Before we get into the latest outrage, we decided to do something “happy:” a video of a 100 year old organ playing ABBA’s hit song from the disco era, Dancing Queen.

There are lots of interesting trivia to go with this.

While ABBA was extremely popular, they were an extremely hard working group. They would spend eight to 16 hours a day writing songs, rehearsing, and working on their craft. That always amazed us. They would literally lock themselves in a little cabin / studio and work. Who says the creative process doesn’t take effort?

The card to play the song on this organ was cut by hand. There’s some skill in that as well.

The first line of “Dancing Queen” is “You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life…..” which seems to us to be the perfect description to many of the clowns in office.

The latest example?

Monroe County in New York has made it a crime for a person who “intends to annoy, alarm or threaten the personal safety of the police officer, peace officer or first responder.”

New York already has laws on the book that make “alarm[ing] or threaten[ing] the personal safety of the police officer, peace officer or first responder” a crime. Those laws on “obstruction” and “hindrance of government administration” are already in place. You also cannot make “true threats” against people – not just police officers – so that part of the law is redundant as well.

That leaves “annoy” as the only possible new portion to the law.

Legislator Karla Boyce was the imbecile who proposed this law. She had obviously thought it out a great deal. (Not.)

When asked to describe what annoying behavior would look like, Boyce didn’t provide specifics.

“I think it’s the intent of the person that is making the overture or harassment,” said Boyce. “It’s no different than how someone can perceive feeling unsafe in the workplace. So you could say to me, ‘How can you feel unsafe?’ ‘Well, that’s how I feel. I feel unsafe because of X, Y or Z.’ ”

The reference to “the workplace” is an interesting one as we are unaware of any company that can charge a person with being annoying, have the arrested, and seek up to a year in jail and $5000 in fines. The annoying person could be fired, but that person in a private company does not have the protection of the First Amendment when it comes to addressing the government or the government regulation of speech.

What makes law even worse is that the New York Court of Appeals had ruled in the cases of People v. Dietze and People v. Golb ruled that the very behavior this law is proscribing is in fact, legal.

The legislators didn’t care about that though. After all, they aren’t the ones that are going to have to foot the bill for legal expenses when the law is challenged in court.

Perhaps the law was intended to show police and police unions that the elected officials were “pro law enforcement,” hoping to gain the police support for their re-election.

That too was a failure:

A trio of Monroe County’s most visible law enforcement officers – the county sheriff, Rochester’s police chief, and the city’s police union president – on Wednesday decried a new county law outlawing intentionally annoying an officer or other first responder.

Sheriff Todd Baxter called the law “a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist,” while Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary instructed his officers to not enforce the law, citing the likelihood that its constitutionality will be challenged in court.

“It seems to keep just playing over and over like a broken record,” said Michael Mazzeo, president of the Rochester Police Locust Club union. “Our elected officers need to get their you-know-what together, straighten things out and go back to doing things the right way.”

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But police chiefs around the county don’t even want to put their officers in the position of trying to enforce the law. During a public hearing on the law Monday, for instance, it was revealed that Brighton Police Chief David Catholdi opposed the measure.

Irondequoit police officers won’t be using the law and will instead rely on existing state statutes that protect first responders from harassment, threats, and assault.

“When we already have legally sound legislation in place, I’m not sure why we would go down a different path,” Irondequoit Police Chief Richard Tantalo said.

Patrick Phelan, the chief of police in Greece, offered a more tempered response.

“I intend to instruct Greece police officers that there may be appropriate circumstances for the law to be enforced, but that the county law does not supersede the Constitution of the United States of America,” Phelan said. “If the law is enforced, it will not be enforced in such a way as to infringe on a citizen’s constitutional rights. The First Amendment’s right to free speech and peaceful assembly will be respected, as well as a citizens’ right to video record in a public place.”

We have always believed that the ballot box is the way to get these autocrats out of office, but we are seeing more and more cases where they cause damage while in office and aren’t held accountable for their actions in the long run.

We are glad that the police are backing Constitution and see this law for what it is.

After all, we wouldn’t want to go into a doughnut shop in New York and be arrested for joking that the place was a police substation to some officers getting a coffee.

“That joke annoys me! Now up against the wall and spread ’em!”

Oy vey.



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