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Title: Gretchen Whitmer Targets 77-Year-Old Barber’s Livelihood, Strips Operating License ‘Without a Hearing’
Source: Breitbart
URL Source: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/ ... ing-license-without-a-hearing/
Published: May 13, 2020
Author: Kyle Olson
Post Date: 2020-05-13 20:38:48 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 171
Comments: 6

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is waging an increasingly high-profile battle against an elderly barber, and he appears to be winning in both the courts of law and public opinion.

Karl Manke, a 77-year-old from Owosso, reopened his shop after he was turned down for unemployment.

Amid the legal threats from Whitmer’s administration, he recently responded, “What, are they going to give me? Life? I’ve got one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. I could care less.”

“As long as I have two hands and I’m capable of cutting hair, that’s my occupation,” Manke said. “That’s what I do. That’s what I’m going to continue to do.”

Manke addressed supporters outside his shop on Monday.

“I’d gone six weeks without a paycheck with no money coming in. I’ve been in this business 59 years…I’m 77. I’ve always worked,” he said.

“I’ve never looked for handouts. I don’t even know what they are. I had somebody call me and say why don’t you get on food stamps. I don’t want to get on food stamps. I want to work.”

“I came into this last Monday alone, thinking I’m going to swing in the wind alone,” he said. “I cannot believe the support that I’ve got,” he added to cheers, with some responding, “You are not alone!”

“It’s overwhelming,” he added, getting choked up.

Another day, Manke made it clear he was going to defy Whitmer’s orders.

He told radio host Steve Gruber he will only leave his shop “if they drag me out in the street or Jesus comes.”

Manke’s levity is a striking contrast to Whitmer’s attempts to appear tough.

When asked specifically about Manke defying her edicts, Whitmer responded, “I expect people to follow the law. These executive orders are not a suggestion. They’re not optional. They’re not helpful hints.”

Despite failing to obtain a restraining order against the barber on Monday, Whitmer’s administration is continuing to pursue him in court.

The AG said:

The Attorney General’s court action, filed on behalf of MDHHS, seeks to enforce the MDHHS Director’s Public Health Order that deemed Mr. Manke’s business an imminent danger to public health in light of the COVID 19 pandemic and directs him to immediately cease operations at his barbershop. The State is seeking to schedule a hearing as soon as possible.

The AG asserted Manke’s open business presents “clear public health dangers.”

After the close of business on Tuesday, Whitmer’s administration stripped Manke of his operating license, his attorney said.

“Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has suspended Karl’s license,” attorney David Kallman told radio host Steve Gruber.

“Not thinking about it, they’ve actually done it without a hearing, without any due process,” he added, saying the action took place some time after 5:00 p.m.

“It’s an unbelievable abuse of power,” Kallman said, arguing there’s no legal basis for the action.

“This is pure retribution by the governor’s office and by the AG. This is so petty and vindictive, it’s beyond the pale,” he told Gruber.

According Kallman, the AG claimed one of the reasons for the license suspension was because Manke was violating the temporary restraining order–which was never granted.

Kyle Olson is a reporter for Breitbart News. He is also the host of the syndicated “Kyle Olson Show,” found on Michigan radio stations on Saturdays. Follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook.

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#1. To: Liberator, Stoner, sneakypete, A K A Stone, misterwhite, Gatlin (#0)

Armed Militia Helps Reopen Michigan Barbershop

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2020-05-14   0:21:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#1)

Getting a haircut is essential, dammit! But only open the shops where the owner has a good sob story. That's the kind of government I want.

misterwhite  posted on  2020-05-14   11:28:31 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: misterwhite, A K A Stone, Gatlin, Stoner, Liberator, (#2)

That's the kind of government I want.

The kind of government that declares making a living a crime? That kind of government?

Figures.

In response to tensions between Manke and the state, the Michigan Militia has pledged full support in making sure the state government does not shut down the shop and will defend Manke from being hauled off in handcuffs.

"Yesterday (May 8) six troopers came in to enforce the governor's order or to issue a cease-and-desist order so we are here to make sure he doesn't get arrested," Owosso resident Daniel Brewer told NBC 25 News. "We're willing to stand in front of that door and block the entrance so the police will have no entry there today."

I'm guessing whitey don't like that much either. He can't stand people being free.

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2020-05-14   11:56:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Deckard (#3)

I got a haircut two days ago. I feel great and consider it essential, whitey be damned.

Fred Mertz  posted on  2020-05-14   12:18:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Deckard (#3)

The kind of government that declares making a living a crime? That kind of government?

Nah. The kind of government which selectively enforces the law.

misterwhite  posted on  2020-05-14   13:00:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Fred Mertz (#4)

I got a haircut two days ago. I feel great and consider it essential, whitey be damned.

Wow! What a man! What a great American! In the face of jackbooted government oppression you went out there and ... got a haircut.

-- Sigh -- My hero.

misterwhite  posted on  2020-05-14   13:06:12 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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