Filed under: Corruption, Court, Free Concord, Free Press, International, Issues, Laugh at the Aggressors, National, New Hampshire, News, Robin Hood, Update
Yesterday morning, I sat down with city attorney (or court jester to use the royal parlance) Thomas Mullins, who was responsible for signing the paperwork filing suit against the Merry (wo)Men allegedly associated with Robin Hood of Keene. I was trying to find out why I was named in a ‘harassment’ lawsuit along with five others. I came only to represent myself and was pleasantly surprised to learn that the city’s position is that the purpose of Robin Hood of Keene is to engage parking enforcement officers in psychological warfare. Mullins used the phrase “emotional violence” to describe Robin Hooding. “You want them to quit. Everybody wants them to quit,” Mullins asserted. “From our perspective, you’re trying to force the termination of these individuals by getting them to quit.”
It seems that city bureaucrats have some gross misconceptions about the goals of Robin Hood of Keene. Over the course of the meeting, there was no specific instance cited in which I had done anything to wrong parking enforcers. For this reason, I offered to agree continuing not to commit any crimes against parking enforcement and suggested others would likely do the same to bring about a mutually beneficial conclusion to the lawsuit. The city’s attorney wasn’t ready to put forward an agreement yet, but suggested that there will be discussion of such. Below is a transcript of the meeting constructed from memory and extensive written notes, as Mullins had refused to engage in dialogue if an objective record was to have been made. Read more
Filed under: Court, Free Concord, Free Press, International, Issues, National, New Hampshire, News, Response, Robin Hood, Update, Victimless Crimes, Video
Today I took the initiative to do what lawyers do before taking cases before the court — discussing the matter with the opposition. After passing through district court security at City Hall, I headed upstairs to see if city attorney Thomas Mullins was available. We scheduled a time to meet tomorrow morning to discuss the world-famous Robin Hooding lawsuit. While not open carrying my camera at the time, Mullins laid down a non-negotiable prohibition on electronic recording as the condition under which he would be willing to have a dialogue. I find it unfortunate that city officials are not willing to be objectively accountable in dialogues regarding public matters, but I will be permitted to take at least written notes.
It’s worth considering that City Manager Prince John MacLean has regarded Robin Hooding as inherently “harassing” since he made public statements collectively deriding its participants in a Keene Sentinel cover story dated 11 April 2013. Prior to and after this, not once did any representative of the city raise concerns about “harassment and intimidation” to the accused directly as is alleged in the six-defendant lawsuit.
The condition upon which I enter the dialogue tomorrow is that I represent no person except for myself, and that no person represents I but myself. Mullins informed myself that if I were to have paid a lawyer to field the case for me, that he would then be prohibited from having communication with me in any manner but through my attorney.
Filed under: Laugh at the Aggressors, National, New Hampshire, Robin Hood, Video
On Monday May 20, after the security theater closed, Nemi (Free Talk Live co-host) and Graham delivered bouquets of flowers to “Prince” John MacLean and Thomas P. Mullins, the City Manager & City Attorney respectively. The flowers were delivered to thank them for all of the news coverage they have brought Free Keene, Robin Hood and the Free State Project.
Filed under: Laugh at the Aggressors, New Hampshire, Robin Hood, Update
Yet another stellar compliment from the supporters of the state! In a recent opinion piece at NH Labor News, author Matt Murray says this about the Free State Project:
The FSP has caused a significant impact on the state. While the FSP has not reached their 20,000 person goal, they already have a significant political presence in NH.
So true! What a wonderful compliment that acknowledges that despite being only at 5% of our goal of movers that the FSP is having “significant impact”! We’re winning and we’ve only just gotten started. If the state-worshippers do not like it now, just wait until thousands more arrive!
Filed under: Concord, Copblock, Copwatch, Corruption, Court, Don't Strip Our Rights, Free Concord, Free Press, International, Issues, Jailed Activist, Laugh at the Aggressors, National, New Hampshire, News, Outreach, Robin Hood, Satire, Video
If you loved last week’s debut of AKPF #1, you’re going to be anxious for next week after you see the latest episode of Cheshire county’s hottest new variety series. Now available through AquaKeene, Free Concord is pleased to present episode 02, Monolith.
1. 00:10 Opening AKPF/ATHF Crossover Ska Theme
2. 01:40 Graham introduces the first submission by Trotting Bear Studios Martial Arts and Fitness Center
3. 02:22 Nintendo Mario Super Robin Hooding Video Game
4. 06:07 Fancy Pants People’s science universe hour with special guest Michio Kaku
4. 14:09 The latest from the Rich Paul trial courtesy http://freeconcord.org
5. 28:22 Closing credits with Sarge Stern and MJ
Special guest host Graham Colson reps the AKPF #1. Ep. 03 premieres May 27 2013.
Filed under: Announcement, Corruption, Court, Data, Free Concord, Free Press, International, Issues, Laugh at the Aggressors, Living Free, National, New Hampshire, News, Politics, Response, Robin Hood, Satire, Update
Prince John, on behalf of his court jesters and their enforcement units, has penned a desperate response to the global outpouring of support received by Robin Hood and the Merry Men following the royalty’s frivolous lawsuit against us. Through a royal proclamation published in Saturday’s Sentinel, the Prince builds upon his deceitful characterization of individuals that he first perpetuated in a Keene Sentinel cover story over a month ago. Prince John continues to demonize those who participate in Robin Hooding, conflating our actions to ‘intimidation’ and ‘harassment’.
Considering the amount of self-righteous fluff sandwiching the Prince’s sentences, royalty seems to understand the extent to which they have dug themselves into a hole with a baseless lawsuit against six activists. Whatever the city’s true motives, we can trust in our leaders that this action had “nothing to do” with revenue. “The city has no interest in whether or not these or other individuals wish to pay the parking meters, and no claim about this practice is made in the legal action…This is definitely not about parking meter money. On behalf of your mayor, Kendall Lane, your elected city councilor, and your dedicated city employees, we are all honored to work for you and this wonderful community,” MacLean assures. Fancying himself an omniscient ruler of his subjects, the Prince even alleges that he can peer into the minds of those he sues. Weaving two different interpretations of the motives of the Merry Men, the Prince begins, Read more
The Union Leader’s Meghan Pierce has filed a follow-up report about Robin Hooding. Big thanks to Meghan for starting the avalanche of press coverage about Robin Hooding. Her original article was the one that tipped off all the other media that followed. Here’s her second report:
KEENE — City officials said a lawsuit against a group filling parking meters before city parking enforcement officers can issue tickets is not about money, it’s about safety.
“This is not about revenue. This is not about the city losing any money,” City Manager John A. MacLean said Tuesday.
People plugging parking meters with coins, after all provides revenue to the city, he added.
“This has always been about safety and the contract we have with our employees,” he said. Read more
Filed under: Concord, Free Concord, Issues, Laugh at the Aggressors, Living Free, New Hampshire, News, Personal Freedom, Politics, Rant, Satire, Video
In an entry published two days prior, you may recall reading about two theatrical monologues delivered at the state house which prompted a response from the Concord Monitor and from satirical blogger Susan the Bruce. And now, after one week’s wait, both performances are available on the internet for your viewing pleasure! Through the powers of Vimeo, you can see and hear both of the performance pieces as stand-alone orations, in addition to versions accompanied by their cinematic inspirations. Many thanks to Adam and Edgar for interjecting some culture into the otherwise drawn out and dreary budget hearing. Mr. Sutler’s performance is entitled The Law’s Coming (also with cinema overdubs).
Filed under: Free Concord, Free Press, International, Issues, Laugh at the Aggressors, Living Free, National, New Hampshire, News, Noncooperation, Outreach, Robin Hood, Shire Society, Update, Victimless Crimes, Video
It began with front page stories in the Union Leader and Keene Sentinel. Also in newsprint was a brief summary suggesting more coverage to come in the Concord Monitor. When the Washington Times ran a piece on the internet yesterday morning, articles began spreading like wildfire. It became a global story this afternoon after being picked up by the UK Daily Mail, which included screencaps and footage from the Fr33manTVraw channel. Robin Hood and the Merry Men have filmed four segments with competing television news programs as a result of the story’s proliferation on Tuesday. In order of their recording:
A video report from FOX25 Boston.
Filed under: Concord, Free Concord, Free Press, Free State Project, Issues, Laugh at the Aggressors, New Hampshire, News, Satire
Last Thursday, I spent a good portion of the day at the New Hampshire state house, waiting to film a dramatic performance by two artists identifying themselves as Adam Sutler and Edgar Friendly. It was a harrowing experience, as the budget analysis is among the most drawn out public hearings in the state each year. Bureaucrats and their supporters from around the state gathered to plead for their slice of the pie.
Adam’s testimony went over the heads of most as it was the first one called following the dinner break. Edgar was called hours later, and his presentation drew the suspicions of the senate panel chair, who questioned its relevance to the budget and called for an end to the performance after two minutes.
The record of these performances is scheduled to appear on the internet shortly, but in the meantime, the Concord Monitor’s Ben Leubsdorf and satirical blogger Susan the Bruce have published their own analysis of the theatrics. From the Monitor:
The Senate Finance Committee got punk’d Thursday night.
The committee’s public hearing on the state budget was already past the four-hour mark (en route to a final running time of six hours) when a man who had put his name down as Edgar Friendly was called to testify. Read more