MSP First to Get Statewide Approval for Police Drones

Police Drone - Michigan State Police

This is the Aeryon SkyRanger, the drone that Michigan State Police can now deploy anywhere in the state. (Credit: Aeryon Labs Inc.)

Discover Magazine posted this article on their blog Michigan is First to Get Statewide Approval for Police Drones. According to the article the idea is to use them for search and rescue as well as accident reconstruction. The state police are now, based on the FAA’s approval allowed to use them anywhere in the state. They come equipped with a high definition camera and can stay in the air for an hour on a single charge.

What could go wrong? Surely not the addition of lethal weapons. Right? Read more about it here.

Common misconceptions regarding our Founding Documents

Don't Tread on me

The III Percent Society blog posted a great article about some common misconceptions regarding our Founding Documents.

We all understand the difference between the words “May” and “Can”.  When we use the word “May”, it conveys permission.  “May Not” conveys permission denied.  The word “Can”, however, is the physical ability to do a thing, regardless of the status of permission.  One may not infringe 2A, but people can and do infringe it all the time – because they have the power and willingness to imprison or kill you.

Now here is a simple reality that will strike many Patriots as counter-intuitive: The ten amendments that make up the Bill of Rights may not be altered, restricted or deleted – period.  Full Stop.

Article V many of you will say, especially those who went to law school.  The BoR was brought into existence through the Article V process, so using the same Article V process the BoR can be modified, restricted or deleted.


Read the rest…. You won’t be sorry. That is unless you are on of those infringer types.

6 facts about Michigan open carry and schools

Mlive has a list of 6 surprising facts concerning Michigan’s Open Carry law and carrying on school properties.

  1. Open carry is legal in Michigan schools for individuals with valid concealed pistol licenses. It is illegal for an individual without a concealed pistol license to carry a firearm on school property.
  2. People with a CPL cannot carry a concealed firearm on school property. Open carry is the only option available to them if they wish to carry a firearm.
  3. State law MCL 28.425o, prohibits CPL holders from carrying concealed weapons in nine designated pistol-free zones, including schools. However, the law allows parents or legal guardians dropping off or picking up a child to keep a firearm inside their vehicle.

Those are the top 3. Read the rest at the Mlive’s site 6 facts about Michigan open carry law and guns in schools.

MCRGO is in need of West Michigan volunteers

I got this in my email a couple of days ago and thought I should pass it on.

Ultimate Sports Show Grand Rapids, MIMCRGO is in need of West Michigan volunteers to help staff our booth at the Ultimate Sports Show in Grand Rapids from Thursday, March 19 to Sunday, March 22. Volunteers will pass out MCRGO newsletters, collect memberships, and answer questions the public may have regarding carry. Shifts are approximately three hours and volunteers will be reimbursed a 6 month MCRGO membership for each shift worked along with free admission to the event. Please e-mail brady at for a list of available shifts if you are interested.”

The Ultimate Sport Show runs from Thursday March 19th to Sunday March 22nd in Grand Rapids, MI. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for Children 6 to 14 and free for children under 5. Here is a link to the list of features and attractions. Looks like a lot of fun. I know I am going to try and make it.

New group formed to oppose sales tax hike

A new group has formed to oppose the sales tax and road funding proposal on the May 5 ballot.

The Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals registered with the Michigan Secretary of State on Thursday, state records show.

The group’s treasurer, Paul Mitchell of Saginaw County, said in a news release today the complex proposal is “a hodgepodge of bad ideas,” and “our voters deserve better than this.”

The proposal, which would increase the state sales tax to 7% from 6% and remove the sales tax from fuel sales, would raise $1.2 billion a year for road and bridge repairs, $300 million for K-12 schools, $100 million for transit, and about $95 million for local governments.

Read the rest at the Lansing State Journal and also see for another group opposing this huge tax increase.

This is water

This is water – David Foster Wallace’s classic 2005 commencement speech at Kenyon College. Update: Sorry this video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by the David Foster Wallace Literary Trust, which is unfortunate because every graduate from any institution of learning should hear it.

River County Resilience Circle

Resiliance Circle Meeting

Photo via the Sturgis Journal.

We believe resilience is something everyone should strive for, so we began the River Country Resilience Circle in 2013. The idea came from the River Country Journal, a publication that was created by the late Bruce Snook. Using the information he provided, we acquired a free facilitator’s guide from the Resilience Circle Network and began holding meetings.

I was just made aware of this group and am now in the process of learning more about them and what they do. The Sturgis Journal did a story on them on Aug 25th, which can be found here. And you can read more about them at their website. If you are a member please feel free to post a comment to this thread or on the forum (which I think has a registration that is working again).

Concealed Carry Class in Three Rivers May 31st

There is going to be a Concealed Carry Class in the Three Rivers Area on May 31st 2014. The class is for qualified citizens 21 and older. It will start at 7 a.m. and will continue until finished. Classes are between 8 and 10 hours long (5 hrs. class time and 3-5 hrs. of range time). There is a $25 non-refundable registration fee and $100 for the day. Firearms are available to rent for $20 (You will need at least 110 rounds of ammunition).

For more information or to register call 278-1235 ext. 208. Or stop into the Three Rivers Police department. You can also download the registration form here.

Taurus 357 Magnum

Taurus 357 Magnum