On Second Thought

I can’t do it. I can’t close out my site and give up my voice. Having everything I’ve written in the past few years removed from availability also wasn’t a cheery thought. After much thought and encouragement from some who don’t want me to stop writing completely, I have decided to keep the site going. But there will be some changes.

The site will be retooled with a different theme and will, hopefully, be more reader-friendly and more writer-friendly. Wordpress is certainly feature-rich but it can also be aggravating at times.

If you haven’t already deleted my site from your RSS links, please don’t. After some experimenting with design and features, the site shall return sometime this summer.

Thanks for your patience.

 

Final Post

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This will be my final post on OK Politechs. I have had great difficulty for quite a while in motivating myself to write. Writing has never come easy for me and I’m finding that the time required to write a post with which I’m satisfied is something I’m no longer willing to invest. I have other projects that have been receiving most of my time and I have decided to allow my domain to expire as scheduled on September 3, 2016. My website will be available until that day but I will not be posting again.

I do plan to stay active on Twitter and you can follow me at @cmpokc. I will also be keeping the OK Politechs Facebook page up and running and will be sharing there when time permits. If you don’t already, please follow my page.

Thank you to all who have read or subscribed to my blog over the past several years. There was no […] → Keep reading

Is Oklahoma a ‘Backwards’ State?

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Legislative sessions in Oklahoma are usually rife with contention, last-minute budget deals and unconventional bills and this year has certainly been no exception. With this year’s budget still being a huge question mark, cuts are already happening and many departments have already begun trimming staff. Medicaid, the earned income tax credit and education funding are issues making the news, along with non-budgetary items including abortions and school restrooms. Yes, restrooms.

Put it all together with a few other things and it’s apparently enough that some have labeled Oklahoma a ‘backwards’ state. A national laughingstock. An embarrassment. I have probably seen more negative articles and comments about Oklahoma and our legislature this year than any other. Articles such as the one titled “Oklahoma Continues Marching Backwards Into the 1950’s With New Laws.” One column I saw shared frequently was from Ginnie Graham of the Tulsa World, who said, “Oklahoma sure had one embarrassing week.” It was pretty clear from her column […] → Keep reading

Oklahoma State Senator Anthony Sykes – Supporter of Highway Piracy

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For more than a year I have been reading about civil asset forfeiture and the need for reform. Stories of law enforcement seizing assets, usually cash, from innocent people on the side of the road have become rampant as the media, many politicians, watchdog groups and the public make the case for reform. I have written about civil asset forfeiture before, here and here, and the time has come for me to write about it again.

As a quick refresher for those unfamiliar with civil asset forfeiture, here’s how it works. Civil asset forfeiture laws allows law enforcement to take your property without ever charging you with a crime by claiming the property seized is connected to criminal activity. The most typical application of the law is to seize cash from someone during a traffic stop. An officer who has pulled you over for a suspected traffic violation has the authority to make the decision all on his own that […] → Keep reading

Drones and Law Enforcement

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Technology has always been ahead of the law, or so the adage goes. Smartphones, internet-enabled vehicles, wristwatches, health monitors, home video cameras and other devices have all been part of the discussion around privacy and technology. It’s nearly impossible to write privacy laws to cover devices and capabilities that have yet to be invented, so often times there is new technology on the market while the law tries to catch up. Some believe that to be the case with drones. I do not concur.

The use of drones has been increasing exponentially over the last few years with drones being available for private use, businesses, news reporting and law enforcement, to name a few. Drones are so prevalent that anyone can purchase one on Amazon for fifty bucks, and that includes the attachable 2MP HD Wifi camera. At that price, having a personal drone may become as common as having a cell phone.

But not everyone is fond of […] → Keep reading