Matthew Blanksma 
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Re: “UPDATE: Ketchum Approves Ordinance Giving Police Authority to Enter Vehicles, Rescue Overheated Pets

Police would be required to demonstrate either probable cause that a violation of 25-3504 is occurring or exigent circumstances that a dog's life is in danger. The question then would be what protocol would Ketchum Police develop to establish probable cause or identify exigent circumstances. There should be fairly clear criterion and briefings to train officers how to correctly determine whether or not probable cause of a violation or exigent circumstance exists.

Posted by Matthew Blanksma on 07/04/2015 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Idaho Rep. Paul Shepherd's Awkward Invitation, His Website Makeover and His Bizarre Reference to LGBT Advocates as Slaveowners

So many malapropisms and false analogies come from the right these days. I'm starting to wonder if conservatives have this big collective clearing house where they just dump random words into an industrial size mad lib generator to spew out their public statements.

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Posted by Matthew Blanksma on 03/28/2015 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Officers Respond to Report of Rifle-Carrying Man on BSU Campus

At Jim, i'm not sure exactly what your point is in that comment (please feel free do clarify it). but i'll say this: In the state of Idaho it has always been legal to carry weapons in a bar. Guns in bars hasn't been a significant criminal problem in the modern history of our state, nor has it proven any more or less good for the mortuary industry as a result.

At Jizz Jizz, Your comment cracks me up. I like it. Unfortunately it amounts to little more than inflammatory statements poking fun at a straw man.

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Posted by Matthew Blanksma on 03/10/2015 at 1:03 AM

Re: “Officers Respond to Report of Rifle-Carrying Man on BSU Campus

At Ronchan, history has demonstrated with 100% accuracy that people intent on committing mass murder are not deterred by campus weapon bans. It has also demonstrated in a number of states that lawful carry on campus has not significantly increased incidence of criminal activity related to lawful carry. The law was enacted by a Republican majority which represents the majority of the Idaho electorate. The majority of the Idaho electorate stood behind this bill. It was passed by the people's representatives for the people. If you want to spearhead an effort to repeal the law, knock yourself out. In the meantime i strongly suggest you develop the habit of identifying threat indicators in people so you can quickly discern between non-threatening guy with gun and an actual threat. It's a good skill everyone should have.

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Posted by Matthew Blanksma on 03/10/2015 at 1:03 AM

Re: “Officers Respond to Report of Rifle-Carrying Man on BSU Campus

At AJAX Yes, it is possible for us to accurately identify threat indicators in people's behaviors. I do it all the time. Sheeple just need to overcome their indiscriminate fear of anything with fangs and learn to discern the sheep dogs from the wolves.

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Posted by Matthew Blanksma on 03/10/2015 at 1:03 AM

Re: “Press-Tribune: Caldwell Allows Public to Discharge Firearms Within City Limits

This measure, if properly implemented, could be useful. Though it was not given proper due process, which is simply unacceptable.

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Posted by Matthew Blanksma on 03/03/2015 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Bill Would 'Redistribute' Idaho Resort Community Liquor Licenses

Or we could, you know, repeal the liquor license distribution law and replace it with something like what Oregon has. At the same time we could abolish state liquor stores and make a lot more money by licensing private liquor retail while still collecting the same taxes per liquor sale. Instead of the state paying people to sell liquor, the state could just let private retail pay the state for the privilege to sell liquor at no cost to the state. Washington has seen revenues from liquor sales increase by about 1/3 since privatizing. There is but one thing Mormons love more than using the state to coercively promulgate their dogma on the society as a whole; Money. Surely one could persuade them to partition their love for the one to satisfy their lust for the other.

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Posted by Matthew Blanksma on 03/02/2015 at 10:18 PM

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