Filed under: Jailed Activist, National, New Hampshire, News, Video
Just after 6am, streamed Rich’s release live via Bambuser:
Filed under: Essay, Issues, New Hampshire, News, Personal Freedom, Update, Victimless Crimes
Kudos to the Keene Sentinel’s Kaitlin Mulhere for telling some truth about life in the purportedly idyllic New England town of Keene, NH. Guess what? Teenagers use drugs like alcohol, cigarettes, cannabis, ecstasy, heroin, and others. In fact, drug use is common at Keene High School. The drug war is a failure.
Ok, so I added the last sentence to my summary of the Sentinel’s recent detailed piece on a study done regarding drug use at KHS. Mulhere doesn’t come right out and say the drug war is a failure, but her article is just more proof of what anyone who thinks for a short time about the war on drugs knows is true: you can’t stop human beings from altering their consciousness.
The politicians keep passing laws, increase the penalties, add in mandatory minimum sentences, and what do we get? Harder drugs on the streets and no reduction in the number of users. New dealers step in to replace the ones that are taken down by busts. The insanity of the war on drugs has gone on now for generations and destroyed countless lives of drug users, dealers, and even people who don’t use drugs. (For instance, everyone who has ever been stolen from or robbed by a drug addict is an indirect victim of the drug war, since prohibition drives the price of drugs up dramatically past what its normal market price would be.)
One of the ostensible reasons for the war on drugs is to protect the youth. However, the study cited by the Sentinel is proof the drug war has spectacularly failed in this way. What’s the solution from “the state”? Same as always. Cops, courts, jail cells. Oh, wait – now they have “drug court’. All of a sudden “the state” has gotten compassionate? Sorry, don’t buy it. Coercion is not compassion, not matter how much you dress it up. I’ve sat in on drug court in Cheshire county and watched as a single mother was locked up by the robed man because he didn’t believe her answer as to whether she had spoken with a former dealer recently.
A major failure of the Sentinel’s feature story, as well as almost all mainstream coverage of drug use is the failure to differentiate between users and abusers. The Sentinel story uses “abuse” frequently to describe ALL drug users. However, most drug users are responsible users – that’s why despite rampant substance *use*, society doesn’t fall apart. Alcohol, by far the most dangerous and abused drug, is still responsibly used by millions of Americans. Read more
Filed under: Cool, Court, Laugh at the Aggressors, New Hampshire, News, Personal Freedom, Update, Victimless Crimes
If you have been following the blog here at Free Keene for the last 18 months, you may recall the raid on the Keene Activist Center that occurred in the summer of 2012. The Keene-police-backed raid by code enforcement and the fire department ultimately resulted in a court case against me for an alleged smoke alarm violation. (They claimed that all homes must have an interconnected, AC-powered smoke alarm system.)
We went to court and the “City of Keene” ultimately lost because I caught them violating their own rules – fire chiefs aren’t allowed by their own statutes to inspect single and two-family homes. Judge Runyon correctly invalidated all the evidence collected by the fire chief and dismissed the case. “The City” people, desperate to crush the KAC and hating to lose in their own system, then appealed to the NH “supreme” court, spending hundreds of taxpayer dollars on a transcript of the district court hearings.
The supreme court then informed “the City” that their filing was deficient because all criminal cases must have the approval of the attorney general’s office prior to the appeal being filed. They gave “the City” some time to correct the error. Meanwhile, “the City” and the AG’s office filed memorandums of law arguing the case was not criminal, but civil, and therefore they did not need the AG’s permission to move ahead with the appeal.
Ultimately, the court’s “justices” disagreed with “the City’s” arguments and ruled the case is indeed criminal and so “the City” must get the AG’s approval by Nov 7th. The approval was never given. Therefore, the supreme court dismissed the case. I and the KAC win! (Of course, I’ve lost lots of time and effort I could have spent on other things.)
The fact that “the City” couldn’t even win their smoke alarm case at the supreme court against me may not bode well for their eventual performance in the Robin Hood case appeal, where they are actually against a real, experienced free speech attorney!
Filed under: Concord, Cool, Copblock, Introduction, Issues, Outreach, Personal Freedom, Your Evolution
Fellow Free Keene blogger Garret Ean, Rep. Mark Warden, and I spent over an hour discussing liberty with high schoolers at Merrimack Valley High School yesterday. We cover the war on drugs, gun freedom, jury nullification, civil disobedience, plea deals, government schools, the roads, and more! It was a root-striking, iconoclastic good time! The teens were very receptive, asked good questions, (as did the teachers attending) and grabbed several fliers on the way out. What an honor to be invited by Pam Ean, one of the school’s teachers. Thanks to all the students who attended! Here’s the full video:
You’d think that the Keene Sentinel, the paragon of journalistic integrity, would bother to research what “harassement” is (legally) before they go throwing around accusations at their peaceful neighbors. Alas, they continue to tow “the City” official line that Robin Hooders are “harassing” the poor, hard-working parking enforcement officers in this recent editorial.
In their state-fellating piece they even claim we Robin Hooders are “bullying” the parking enforcers. Nevermind the fact that “the City” never presented a shred of evidence to support their claim of “harassment” during three days of hearings at “superior” court. Oh, and be sure to ignore the actual bullying done by the parking enforcers. It’s their job to threaten peaceful motorists and even steal their cars and hold them for ransom.
They even have the gall to refer to Robin Hooding as “unpopular”! Have they bothered to visit the Robin Hood of Keene facebook page where several thank you cards, notes, and donations from grateful motorists have been posted for all to see?
The icing of the cake has to be their likening of Robin Hooders to the nasty, hateful people at Westboro Baptist Church! Let’s see, Robin Hooders do good by rescuing people from parking tickets while discouraging aggression and encouraging peace while Westboro Baptist members hold offensive protests to spread vitriol, bigotry, and hatred.
Below is the full text of the propaganda hitpiece that masquerades as a pro-free speech opinion, conveniently published after the judge’s decision. Way to take a stand, Sentinel! (I bet they’d have agreed with the robed man if he’d issued the city’s injunction and crushed free speech. Then they’d talk about how speech should have “reasonable” limitations.) Read more
Filed under: Cool, Copwatch, Corruption, Court, Free Concord, Free Press, International, Issues, Laugh at the Aggressors, Living Free, National, New Hampshire, News, Noncooperation, Personal Freedom, Photos, Police, Politics, Response, Robin Hood, Update, Victimless Crimes
Word from DPRK officials speaking through the Keene Sentinel have affirmed their interest in continuing onward with the Robin Hood lawsuit, despite its defeat at the superior court level. It is poised now to go before the New Hampshire supreme court, if the state’s mega-court chooses to hear the case. Though the appeal has yet to be filed, this is a great time to congratulate the CoK leaders for possessing the courage and fortitude necessary to subject themselves to more public courtroom festivities on this matter and thank them for keeping the cause of Robin Hood of Keene ever alive.
Following the coverage in the Keene Sentinel, the Concord Monitor published a truncated copy of their article the following day. Concord’s abbreviated coverage removes all statements made by the city’s hired-gun attorney Charles Bauer following the judge’s ruling. Bauer makes some controversial statements regarding the decision that the legal assistant of the Keene city attorney was unable to lend any support to, choosing instead not to comment on the interpretation made by Charlie. As quoted, he stated, “The Order holds that the individual protesters have no duty to be reasonable in their actions and conduct directed toward public employees while doing their jobs…that the individual protesters are allowed to interfere, harass, and intimidate public employees while doing their jobs…(and) that the individual protesters may engage in inappropriate and unreasonable actions and conduct directed at public employees while doing their jobs.” Free Concord is currently seeking to obtain the full statement to press by the losing side’s attorney and will have more to report as information becomes available. Read more
Filed under: Corruption, Court, National, New Hampshire, News, Robin Hood, Update
Kyle Jarvis at the Keene Sentinel is reporting that the people calling themselves the “City of Keene” will be appealing their loss in the Robin Hood case(s) to the NH “supreme” court. The appeal has not yet been filed. I’ll post it here when I get a copy.
City boss John MacLean has already claimed they spent at least $20,000 taxpayer dollars on the initial “superior” court case. How much will the appeal cost? Another $30,000? The required transcript of the three full days of “evidentiary hearings” will probably be a few thousand dollars alone. Whether “the City” wins or loses, I bet their private hired-gun attorney Charles Bauer will be laughing all the way to the bank.
Did the Keene city council approve this PR nightmare of a decision? Will the city people ever learn to stop aggressing against peaceful people? Stay tuned here to Free Keene for the latest on the Robin Hood saga.
UPDATE: Technically, they are appealing the dismissal of the case(s), so wouldn’t that mean that if the appeal is successful that the cases are remanded back to “superior” court to move ahead to trial? Keep in mind the first case never made it to actual trial – the three days we spent in court were merely “evidentiary hearings” for the purposes of the judge possibly issuing a preliminary injunction against us.
Filed under: Copblock, Copwatch, Corruption, Court, Free Concord, Free Press, International, Issues, Laugh at the Aggressors, Living Free, National, New Hampshire, News, Noncooperation, Outreach, Personal Freedom, Police, Politics, Robin Hood, Satire, Thuggery, Victimless Crimes, Video
AKPF #1 rebounds back with a new episode following a series of reruns while content was collected from the Police Accountability Tour. Tour Part 1, airing on December 9, features footage from on the ground in Detroit, Chicago, and Gary. An encounter with the Aqua Chicago Parking Force is included in the joyous anthological installment. Stay tuned to the end for an interview with a local in Gary that derails into an informational session with original police chief Adam. Opening includes a special holiday December greeting featuring palm trees, TSA, mounted officers, and railcars going about their day in New Orleans.
1. 00:00 Special message to the viewers of Cheshire TV disclaimer
2. 00:10 Opening imagery, Jesus in New Orleans and December Festivals with ice
3. 01:17 AKPF opening raggae music and imagery
4. 02:16 Freedog New Orleans opening credits
5. 02:48 Floating badges granting extra rights
6. 03:08 Pete’s first exploration of the Threat Management Center published May 2013
7. 09:53 Transitional credits and logo Read more
The NH Liberty Party announces the creation of the Keene Liberty Alliance! The Keene Liberty Alliance is intended to facilitate political action in Keene among liberty-oriented individuals. Such action includes fielding candidates, speaking at city meetings, petitioning, and other inside-the-system activism.