Posts Tagged ‘petition’

With Mark Dice’s latest petition stunt, this time a petition to repeal the Second Amendment and imprison registered gun owners, I posted this comment to the Second Amendment forum at RonPaulForums.com.

Mark Dice had a fake dispute with Alex Jones in order to attract former and skeptical followers of Alex Jones in order to keep people chasing ghosts and not organizing effectively.

His petitions are part of a demoralization campaign and designed to make petitions look invalid in case there ever is a petition put together about a serious issue that millions of Americans sign.

Here are some insightful comments by other commenters:

I disagree that these people are dumb. There is some psychology behind getting the power of suggestion by putting people on the spot that aren’t accustomed to dealing with it. Mark Dice understands this, which is how he can make these videos. He also knows people like to pass these videos around so they can make fun of the people in them. Same reason people like to watch reality TV and celebrity trainwrecks. Somehow makes them feel better about their own lives.

I have a problem with Dice’s method. Sure there are plenty of idiots out there but he’s editing out any pro-freedom responses. There was a video posted here not long ago that “proved” college students oppose Obamacare in the same way. I wish I could find it but searching anything obamacare on the forum isn’t easy. Everyone had the same opinion. Mark Dice is a fear monger and his videos are not accurate.

For more on Mark Dice, see my December 2012 show where I covered the Alex Jones, Matt Drudge, George Noory, Mark Dice nexus.

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Chuck Kuntz

What’s more zany? His hat, or his call for 200,000 signatures in a Region with fewer voters in the last election?

Forget Waldo — where’s Chuck Kuntz of LRT Opposition?

Chuck Kuntz came to the attention of those opposing Waterloo Region’s $818-million Light Rail Transit plan with this February 1 article announcing his intended petition calling for cancelling it.

“This train has left the station,” Wideman said. “The region has expended a lot of money at this point.”

But Waterloo resident Chuck Kuntz is going to give it a try anyway.

He’s started an online petition which he plans to present to regional councillors in the spring and hopes to get 200,000 signatures.

Kuntz said he’s seen a lot of comments in the media from people who aren’t happy with the region’s plans for light rail trains that will run from Conestoga Mall in Waterloo to Fairview Park mall in Kitchener.

He’s acting now — nearly two years after rapid transit was approved in June 2011 — because he didn’t think politicians would approve the plan.

“When they started talking about the light rail transit, I thought it was a joke that would never go through,” he said.

He has concerns about the cost and whether anyone will actually ride the trains. The provincial and federal governments are chipping in a combined $565 million to the region’s $253 million for the $818-million project.

“My tax dollars are going to pay for all of it,” he said.

In his local February 7 570 News interview, he made a lot of sense — that is, until he called for 200,000 signatures on his petition — more than the number of voters who turned out in the 2010 regional election.

Regardless of his intent, the consequence is that anything less than the target would be perceived as a failure, and anything far less than the target would be perceived as an embarrassment, and it created the false impression that such opposition would be required in order to kill or amend the plan.

On January 23, the first post had been made to the Facebook group, LRT Opposition.

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Then, just one day later, this was the public face put on the leadership of the opposition to LRT:

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Is this the face of serious opposition?

In this message, five days after the article, he says he has 300 emails to review, and is heartened by positive comments.

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Here is my invitation to Chuck Kuntz, two weeks after the article about his petition, to appear on my Sunday radio show, Exposing Faux Capitalism. By this point, I had already interviewed 19 others, including three of the alternative candidates in the preceding local byelection in the Kitchener-Waterloo riding, which demonstrated the local listenership of my show.

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Then, on April 16, when he should no longer be receiving 300 emails, especially since his last page update was made on February 7, I sent this message:

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And, finally, on May 16, I sent this email:

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All two messages and one email went unresponded to, and there’s no mention about the petition he intended to present to regional councillors in the spring, which leaves me with the question: Where’s Chuck Kuntz of LRT Opposition? Was this intended to be a serious petition, and serious LRT Opposition?

For more on the $818-million LRT boondoggle, listen to my interview with local activist, Julian Ichim, on June 23.

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PetitionI was at a small, but very lively gathering of local libertarians this past week, and at the end, I was asked by one of the attendees if I would like to sign his petition to repeal the Firearms Act.

I asked if he meant the whole thing, including licensing and handguns. He said the whole thing. I told him I’d have to think about it some more and get back to him.

For not wanting to sign his petition, he said: “You’re not much of a libertarian.”

It’s my choice to sign the petition, and I don’t vote for any party that wants to increase gun regulations, and I won’t personally take your guns from you, so how does that make me not much of a libertarian?

If you have a petition to end all public funding for abortions except for saving the life of the mother, I’m with you, and if you have a petition to end the public school teachers’ monopoly, I’m with you, and if you have a petition to end all redistributive pork barrel spending in the “public interest” like the $5.8 million video game research grant, I’m with you.

But if you want to end all gun regulations in one stroke, I’m not with you, because it’s politically tone-deaf, and it’s a reason why most Libertarian Party candidates only get hundreds of votes instead of tens of thousands.

This is Canada, after all, with no history of violent revolution, no history of slavery, no bloody civil war and no Second Amendment, and if the United States has gun licensing, it’s political fantasy to push for an all-out, single-stroke repeal of all gun regulations in Canada.

If the petition is to change licensing from may issue to shall issue, I’m with you. But I’m not with you if you want to strike down legislation that could suddenly legally allow machine guns in the hands of the mentally ill, or of non-residents who aren’t liable for any of the responsibilities of citizenship or residency, as a possible and likely consequence of suddenly repealing the entire Firearms Act.

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And you can sign the petition if you agree with the following statement, as I did in 2008, after one and a half years of independent research.

It is widely believed by the general public that a retrovirus called HIV causes the group diseases called AIDS. Many biochemical scientists now question this hypothesis. We propose that a thorough reappraisal of the existing evidence for and against this hypothesis be conducted by a suitable independent group. We further propose that critical epidemiological studies be devised and undertaken.

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