Thursday, May 05, 2011

More Nanny Statism

Not content with driving away a sizable percentage of manufacturing and retail establishments in the city, some idiots want to drive away even more businesses:
  • An influential group of aldermen today proposed an ordinance that would require all cell phones sold in Chicago to include a feature allowing parents to block their children from texting while driving.

    The legislation would require that all new cell phones and "mobile communication devices" purchased in the city beginning next year include the capability to disable the texting function if the device is used in a vehicle traveling more than five miles per hour.

    Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, one of the co-sponsors, said the proposal would save lives by allowing parents to take away a major source of distraction for teenage drivers.
Here's another way to can remove distractions from your kids - raise them correctly. We've tried this and it actually works. And you don't lose any businesses.

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42 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big government like a bully that needs to be punched out.

5/05/2011 12:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These knuckleheads aren't even sure how this technology would work, or if it even exists.

Maybe they should be working on more important issues, like how they're going to fund the neglected pensions and pay the bills that the previous administration ran up.

5/05/2011 12:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, How'd you miss THIS one?
NY Times online, 05 May 2011:

Pat Quinn has withdrawn the state from a federal program that runs immigration checks on fingerprints of everyone arrested by the state and local police. In a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Mr. Quinn, a Democrat, said he was canceling Illinois’ participation in the program, known as Secure Communities, because of “a conflict” between its stated purpose and its results. Although officials had said the program would deport immigrants who were convicted criminals, Mr. Quinn wrote, fewer than 20 percent of immigrants deported under the program had serious convictions.

5/05/2011 12:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a stupid idea.if they rode in anything including a horse, bus, car, train there phone would turn off. The idiots that run this place are a joke. Asshats

5/05/2011 12:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The foundation of the Democratic Party...BIGGER & BIGGER Gov't in every facet of your life.
Welcome to the nanny state.

5/05/2011 01:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What if the phone is being used by a passenger in the car going more than 5 MPH?

5/05/2011 02:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So my kids got their phones on the suburbs, guess theyll be exempt.

5/05/2011 04:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So this is something else I'll have to buy outside of the city?

5/05/2011 05:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city is broke and this shit is the best they can do? While working out this great law, did any of them have a chance to figure out how to get the city out of the hole? Get rid of half of the aldercritters, we are paying too much for stupid shit like this. The only people that benefit from laws like this are the politicians. By not letting darwin take out the stupid,you get stupid adults as voters.

5/05/2011 06:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The parents are just as guilty of this behavior as the kids are!

5/05/2011 07:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is not a perfect solution, but I have seen the bloodshed caused by a TXTing drivers and it does not matter what age they are.

"... - raise them correctly. We've tried this and it actually works. And you don't lose any businesses. "

Yeah, right. The kids will always do what you tell them to do including don't TXT during class or while driving.

What business will it hurt, Emergency Rooms, funeral homes, tow trucks, body and fender shops...

Stay safe, any better ideas

5/05/2011 07:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So if your on train, bus or a passenger no texting. Really and these cell phones do not excist. How about thinking something all the way through.

Screw the businesses in Illinois with fines, idiots. More the reason to get rid of these fools.

5/05/2011 07:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moe, Larry, and Curly could run the cities wards better than the current crop of Aldercreatures. Do they ever come up with solutions to Real Problems ????

They seem to have more fat in their noggins than a 50 lb container of Fois Gras.

Cut all the aldermanic waste & start tending to real City business obligations. Pensions would be a good place to start.

Burke's bodyguard detail is a waste. He needs a shrink to protect him from himself, not armed guards.

5/05/2011 07:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I bet those alder creatures have a financial interest in the ap provider.Follow the money.

5/05/2011 07:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this guy serious? Where does he come up with this nonsense? Is there some kind of 'moronic idea one-up contest' going on behind the scenes at the city council that we don't know about?

Mr Burke, you are the chairman of finance, how about you do something about that pandemic crisis.

5/05/2011 08:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Hey, I'm Just Sayin, said...

Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, one of the co-sponsors, said the proposal would save lives by allowing parents to take away a major source of distraction for teenage drivers.

(((((((((((((((((((((((((( * ))))))))))))))))))))))))))

I'm sorry, but we NEED some of these behaviors to remain in place to thin the herd of the stupid ones and prevent them from growing up and becoming Democratic voters in the future!

5/05/2011 08:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I go and by my cell phone in the burbs.
Hom much in sales tax revenue will this drive away.

Burke you are a moron!!!

5/05/2011 08:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Eddie Maybe Mr. McCarthy could put a gps on your city police spec car,and for your huge wasted cpd Sergeants paid detail maybe gps in their city phones and radios,that way if you ever need help we would know exactly where you are! Like in Wisconsin and other prime golf courses with your detail guys! Mr. McCarthy if you put Burkes and the treasurers huge detail back in patrol it would save city much needed dollars with them being overpaid and we could up to 4 extra cars that they use. "You save more money with McCarthy"!

5/05/2011 08:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the technology on this isn't hard, but this is something that should be done at the state level, not the city.

5/05/2011 09:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

burke is out of control...
send him to russia with little daley

nanny goat!

5/05/2011 09:16:00 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

This really is Burke being beyond stupid. Trying to tell giant cell phone manufacturers that they have to add some feature in order to sell their product in the City of Chicago is just going to result in them pulling out of the market. The city limits will be lined with cellphone stores, the way Howard Street used be lined with bars when Evanston was a dry town.

5/05/2011 09:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like Burke and the new mayor have come to an agreement behind closed doors? Burke keeps his body guards and the finance commission .

5/05/2011 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about working on something important, like lowering the price of a fucking gallon of gas

5/05/2011 10:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Mr. Quinn, a Democrat, said he was canceling Illinois’ participation in the program, known as Secure Communities, because of “a conflict” between its stated purpose and its results. Although officials had said the program would deport immigrants who were convicted criminals,..



would that include illegal eastern europeans convicted of DUI???

5/05/2011 10:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are the BIGGEST group of idiots in the state. Banning goose liver, trans fats and texting as they bleed the city dry.

Morons.

5/05/2011 10:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So if I understand correctly, this technology would only be required in cell phones sold in Chicago? Gee, how will people ever figure out a way around THAT? At the bare minimum, politicians should have to pass a basic IQ test.

5/05/2011 01:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many ordinances can dance on the head of a pin?

5/05/2011 02:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What nonsense will these overpaid, part-time workers come up with next?
* Banning Foie gras?
*Putting diapers on carriage horses?
Oh yeah...never mind.

5/05/2011 03:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a state law already on the book that prohibits textin in the state. He should do some basic research before another Chicago law. How about a law against wildings on Michigan Ave?

5/05/2011 03:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who gives a shit. Most of the cell phone stores are arabs who run shady businesses in the first place. They sell pirated and bootleg items, drug paraphenalia, and cell phones. They'll even put the cell phones in the name of John Doe or Sam Doe for the drug dealers so their phones can't be traced. The cell phone store at 99th and Western is busy with ghetto fabulous folks seven days a week. They block traffic and throw their trash everywhere. Good riddance to the cell phone store!!

5/05/2011 05:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck Gov.Quinn. Unbelievable what these liberals get away with. The federal government should withhold funds from the state since they wont enforce federal law. Then again...the Obama administration and Quinn administration want more illegals here and want tax payers to pay for them. Afterall, these illegals will one day be Democrat voters...if they aren't already.

5/05/2011 05:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an idiotic proposal. See, Burke doesn't have to worry, cuz he doesn't even have to drive!

Why not make women lock their purses in the trunk so they can't put on makeup, and outlaw drive-throughs so people can't eat and drive while he's at it?

Asshat.

5/05/2011 05:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No texting while riding CTA or Metra.

5/05/2011 05:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's an idea Alderass, tell the parent to take the damn phone or don't let the dumb, irresponsible jerk drive. Oh yeah, what the hell else does the government want to run in our houses? Seems like if they stayed on top of this gas price increase thing they wouldn't have time to sit around and think shit up. Sorry, I just wanted to say that.

5/05/2011 06:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What Quinn failed to mention, that under the Secure Communities Act, it also provide the deportation of violent and " hardened criminals "...ie. felons.
Just looking for more Democratic votes.

5/05/2011 07:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just shows these dumb Alderman have too much time on their hands to come up with this nonsense. The 1st ward guy wants to charge additional tax if you don't drive an electric or hybrid car. Poor people out here are having trouble putting a few bucks in the gas tank to get to a job if they even have one. What world are these politicians living in?

5/05/2011 07:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Mr. Quinn, a Democrat, said he was canceling Illinois’ participation in the program, known as Secure Communities, because of “a conflict” between its stated purpose and its results. Although officials had said the program would deport immigrants who were convicted criminals,..



would that include illegal eastern europeans convicted of DUI???

5/05/2011 10:07:00 AM
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Probably. Why, you got someone specific in mind?

5/05/2011 07:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet more proof that politicians and technology don't mix.

5/05/2011 11:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another fantastic law by our group of 50 trained seals.

Can we include that they also cannot eat goose liver pate' while driving?

How about a law against such stupid laws? How about if we outlaw corruption by the Chicago City Council?

This place is doomed.

5/06/2011 10:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>>(((((((((((((((((((((((((( * ))))))))))))))))))))))))))

I'm sorry, but we NEED some of these behaviors to remain in place to thin the herd of the stupid ones and prevent them from growing up and becoming Democratic voters in the future!

5/05/2011 08:27:00 AM<<

Trouble is they often take out two or three innocent people with them before they get their Darwin Award.

5/06/2011 11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can and will we start with thiers first?

5/07/2011 09:30:00 AM  
Blogger The North Coast said...

How about recognizing that kids under the age of 18 do not and never have possessed the judgment and maturity to drive a car, and raise the driving age to 18 nationwide?

We should have done this 50 years ago. Automobile wrecks are the biggest killers of American teens, ahead of shootings, drug abuse, and every other cause.

We'd save a lot of fuel, too.

5/07/2011 01:49:00 PM  

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