Matthew “Boston Strong” Schmidt believes “everyone loves” it when he lays on his horn as he drives by the Keene Activist Center. That’s what he did last week, while Keene Cop Block‘s JP Freeman was on the front porch. Once Boston got back to his house a few doors down, he taunted JP, which led to an unfortunate shouting match between the two. Then, Rich Paul went over to chat and following that, Boston came into the street and told JP more than once that he was going to “rap your head with a ratchet”, while brandishing a set of tools. Here’s the video:
To Boston’s credit, he’s a pretty dedicated activist. He recently even acquired a megaphone, which you see used in this video. He really doesn’t understand how to be a good neighbor, but he sure is an entertaining one. A little while back, Matt “Boston Strong” Schmidt was subpoenaed to a no contact hearing called for by JP at Cheshire superior court. At the hearing, Boston admitted to having been laying on his horn, which JP, who lived in the neighborhood at the time, claimed had woken up his small children. At the court hearing, Boston agreed to an order by the robed man which specifies Boston and JP should not have contact with each other and that Boston will not honk or blare his horn after 4pm. He’s been honking his horn in civil disobedience ever since the order was written. Personally, I find his antics amusing, but JP takes them personally.
While both men are responsible for creating the scene last week, (as JP did not have to react in-kind), Boston definitely instigated it, and escalated it. (more…)
CBS4 in Denver is reporting a scheme between two TSA workers to allow one to sexually assault men during screening. The accomplice, a female, flagged the gender of the passenger as female, causing the machine to report an anomalous penis shaped object, and giving the male an opportunity to take his time “examining” said member with the palms of his hands. This happened at least 12 times. The scheme was uncovered when a supervisor observed the assault on the last victim. No complaints had been filed by the (at least) 11 other victims.
Let that sink in a moment.
Think about it.
The other 11 victims didn’t even know that they had been assaulted, because they somehow thought it appropriate for a government employee to touch them that way. That, to me is the most disturbing part of this case. They thought it was OK.
It is a metaphor for modern life.
Ordinary people go through their entire lives, getting raped by the government, and never even realizing that anything is wrong. They pay their taxes, and never ask who gave government a right to the fruits of their labor. They obey the morass of laws under which America staggers, as best they can, and never ask who gave government a right to control their lives. They watch their spouses and their friends and their children caged and crippled by the system, and never even consider rising up against it. They justify this by saying that the majority wills it, and never wonder what gives half of the population to impose its will on the other half.
Of course it goes without saying that no charges will be filed in this case.
Wake Up; That uncomfortable feeling you’re experiencing should be telling you something!
This last Tuesday there was a Senate Committee meeting on Decriminalization. Here is footage of the press conference held prior to the meeting:
And here is my testimony in the hearing:
If others want their testimony included here, please send me a link.
I had to take a day off work to do this testimony. I am not paid for this work, but I do have expenses. Please consider leaving a tip in my jar or sending a paypal donation. My donation page is here: http://richpaul.freekeene.com/
Being Rob’s roommate and cohost of the Rebel Love Show, it was within my best interest to help fight the infamous sticker ticket he received in January. I drove him to the courthouse this morning for his pretrial hearing.
Camcorder in hand, I entered the courthouse. While being ushered through the security theater, a man behind the counter told me that I wasn’t allowed to record while in the building. I stood down, telling him I’d keep the device stowed in my pocket. He did not object.
The pretrial hearing consisted mostly of waiting in a small, unused courtroom with about 20 other victims of the state. They sat in complete silence, each person not sure what to do during this mandatory free time (posted forms in every room of the courthouse prohibited the use of cellphones, so some major Facebook withdraws were being felt). Rob and I entered the room, but we spoke to each other at a normal volume (other pairs started to follow suit, speaking amongst themselves – the resulting murmur dispelled most of the room’s tension). Sitting in the pews of the courtroom, Rob and I pondered aloud about the similarity of this room to a small church.
When Rob’s name was finally called, we were escorted out by a woman who wore a blazer that nearly covered her holstered gun. We were not allowed to carry weapons, according to gratuitous courthouse signage. Without saying a word, Rob handed over the letter that summoned him to court as well as a receipt for his current, valid vehicle inspection (which he had done promptly after his police encounter).
Upon seeing these two sheets of paper, the woman immediately said she would drop the charge against Rob. He no longer has to pay $60. There will be no trial.
Before exiting the courtroom, Rob and I spoke with the court’s head of security, who introduced himself as Bob. We inquired about the court’s policy about video and audio recording during trials, introducing ourselves as bloggers for Free Keene.
Walking us through proper courtroom film etiquette and regulations, he responded, “I’m very familiar with [Free Keene]. I’ve seen them come in.” He even printed a short list of pre-approved media outlets, showing us that Free Keene was already listed.
Next time Rob and I go to court, I will be attending the pretrial for a parking ticket that was left on my car during the insane Manchester parking prohibition. The ticket cites a $25 fine.
On March 10, 2015, approximately 1100 Keene voters turned out to elect 3 School Board members and vote on a budget and 12 other Warrant Articles.
Of the 4 articles placed on the ballot by petition and amended at the Deliberative Session, only Article 13 was approved by voters. This was the article originally intended to prevent electioneering by the School Board, but ratified to authorize the School Board to electioneer within accordance to State Law.
Christine L. Parshall, George J. Downing & Susan Hay were elected to the School Board, and the larger budget was adopted by voters. This year, for the first time in many years, voters could have actually decreased the budget, but rejected that option by a vote of 805-282.
Last year, after all of the petitioned warrant articles were amended to nullities at the Keene School District deliberative session, Chris Coates wrote, “It was democracy in action.”
And this year, during the deliberative session during discussion on an article to impose a cap on spending increases, school board member Susan Hay said, “We don’t need a very small minority of people in this community — that do not in any way represent the will of the people — telling us how to do our job.”
In the end, all petitioned warrant articles were amended and nullified. (more…)