City Council Drinking Game Video

Here’s the video the people calling themselves “The City of Keene” don’t want you to see:

After reviewing their city council rules, city ordinances, and state laws; Dale Pregent seems to have made up the rules barring alcoholic beverage containers (not containing alcohol) in order to target free speech. When the Police Chief Ken Meola is unable to determine what is in the closed containers held by Ian  Freeman and Sam Dodson, they were arrested for refusing to consent to search. The video clearly shows, Heika – who consented to the search – being told “your fine”  as she remained in the meeting drinking from her bottle.

Let’s not forget they did all of this on live TV with the community watching.  Plans are in the works for the next City Council Drinking game, Aug. 19th, 7pm. Mark your calendar, it’s going to be a special event.

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  1. We only seek to emulate our heroes: Dr. King and Gandhi.

    I am sorry you don't approve, but I am sure they would approve of what we are doing.

  2. Bob, here are some quotes from Gandhi, which you may find interesting:

    The state represents violence in a concentrated and organized form. The individual has a soul, but as the state is a soulless machine, it can never be weaned from violence to which it owes its very existence. Hence I prefer the doctrine of trusteeship

    I look upon an increase in the power of the state with the greatest fear, because, although while apparently doing good by minimizing exploitation, it does the greatest harm to mankind by destroying individuality, which lies at the root of progress. We know of so many cases where men have adopted trusteeship, but none where the State has really lived for the poor

    [Government] control gives rise to fraud, suppression of truth, intensification of the black market and to artificial scarcity. Above all it unmans the people and deprives them of initiative, it undoes the teaching of self- help they have been learning for a generation. It makes them spoon- fed.

    [A friend] says that non-violence cannot be maintained by the mass of people. And yet, we find the general work of mankind is being carried on from day to day by the mass of people acting in harmony as if by instinct. If they were instinctively violent, the world would end in no time. They remain peaceful … it is when the mass mind is unnaturally infuenced by wicked men that the mass of mankind commit violence. But they forget it as quickly as the commit it because they return to their peaceful nature immediately after the evil influence of the directing mind has been removed.

    In the ideal state, therefore, there is no political power, because there is no state. But the ideal is never fully realized in life. Hence the classical statement of Thoreau that the government is best which governs least.

  3. We only seek to emulate our heroes: Dr. King and Gandhi.

    I am sorry you don’t approve, but I am sure they would approve of what we are doing.

    I'm not so sure they would approve of all activism. Consider this, from Gandhi:

    It is the acid test of nonviolence that in a nonviolent conflict there is no rancor left behind, and in the end the enemies are converted into friends.

    I encourage liberty activists to show real love to those who oppose them, and not create hatred or leave rancor.

  4. Wow, so no response from Ian or Sam about taking advantage of this singular opportunity. That's too bad, I was really looking forward to actually having increased liberties, not just discussing them.

  5. Hey Gabe, I have very limited time to spend reading/responding to comments because I'm busy doing/creating activism with my free time.

    I would love your help with this. Check out the forum thread, I just posted the document we handed out. I think it needs to be expanded to better explain why the ordinance is impossible for KPD to enforce.

    I asked for help last time, and nobody stepped up. Perhaps your interested in communicating this to the media and bureaucrats?….

  6. Ghandi and his methods helped get the british out,they couldn't have stayed on much longer considering the position they were in. Then look at the history of India. Where did all of the peaceful thinking go? Poverty,repression,wars of agression. They exchanged a foreing overlord for a homegrown one. (Not refering to Ghandi specifically, just the regimes since the British left) How far would CD go now to resolve the conflict with Pakistan? There are times in history when the conditions are ripe for CD to work, and many more when it won't. —bil

  7. One good man can accomplish extraordinary things — but is not enough by himself. We can't chalk up the subsequent failures of the Indian government to Gandhi himself.

    I think if the Indians could reform their government, to choose to make peace with the Pakistanis, they could indeed resolve that conflict.

  8. That is one of the projects I have been working on for the last year and a half. It seems every time there is some sort of forward motion,someone else gets dead! Most people have no idea of what daily life is like in parts of that area. On the other hand, we have several here that do! Pakistan especially is very dangerous,and a lot of it can be traced back to the dissolution of the British Empire. Not to mention the rise of said Empire. While the US is certainly no angel, in many parts of the world, we are left cleaning up the mess the English made. They just had a longer time to make it! —bil

  9. I don't see a handout, but either way where I live we're in much worse shape than in NH. I'm involved in helping the LP down here get ballot access, and getting around the ridiculous laws.

    Besides, as I mentioned before, I'm not a lawyer so I don't know what help I could offer. Handing out flyers is great if you want to waste a lot of paper. I'm not sure the results will approach the potential outcome of the route I suggested.

  10. The problem with you, Gabe, is that you keep coming up with well tought out answers. Then you expect people to think about them. Sad to see so much potential wasted- keep up the good work wherever you are! (I actually read your ideas) —bil

  11. Bob, any answer to my question, or any comments on the gandhi quotes?

    Here's my question again, for reference:

    So it’s the issues you disagree with, more than the tactics, is that right? That is, you’d support the tactic of civil disobedience if it were used against laws you consider immoral?

  12. These fat ass government fed mules, notice they are all fat because they don't work or produce a damn thing, they only consume. What a beautiful example of exposing their pony-show, thanks to you and your whole group. Oh, how they cannot handle anyone throwing a wrench into their dominance rituals. They behaved like a bunch of four year olds that were raised on tv. I fucking love you guys!

  13. Well over a year later, they *FINALLY* drop the charges???…WTF…???…

    They sure dragged *THAT*OUT*…

    …"speedy trial", my ass…


  14. Wow. These cops and city councilors seriously know how to escalate a harmless situation.

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