Apparently last night at Central Square, a couple of Free Keene bloggers (Garret and Rich) were chalking and were joined by a couple of locals. This is a fairly common occurrence – many families and individuals have joined in the fun of chalking the common over the last few weeks. FK bloggers always make chalk available, even to those who oppose freedom.
However, just because someone picks up a piece of chalk does not make them part of Free Keene. Even if someone CLAIMS to be part of Free Keene, that does not make them part of Free Keene.
Apparently the couple of locals (one goes by “Yankee”) last night who joined the FK bloggers in chalking began to be very rude to one of the STOP FREE KEENE!!! members who was there cleaning up the chalking. This escalated to a shouting match, and then two men who appear to work for Pedraza’s/Pour House came over and attacked one of the men who was agitating the SFK!!! guy. I don’t support violence and nor do I support being mean to others, yet because Yankee claimed to be part of Free Keene in a conversation he had with Pedraza’s owner Dorrie O’Meara, I now get blamed for his actions. (Because, you know, I am a cult leader and puppet master and everything that any person claiming to be with Free Keene does must have been at my behest!)
I don’t know how many times I’ll need to say it: The only people who are part of Free Keene are listed with photos and bios on our Bloggers page. If someone claims to be part of Free Keene or with Free Keene and they are not on that page, they are not being honest. Perhaps the person meant to say they support Free Keene? Well, that’s great, but obviously I can’t be held responsible for what a “supporter” does in the same way that I would not hold SFK!!! blogger Josh Erickson responsible for the violence initiated by people associated with members of SFK!!!.
Am I friendly with Yankee? Sure. I’m also friendly with Terry, Dorrie’s employee who was involved in the violent incident last night. I’m friendly with nearly everyone (except those DEA agents). If everyone I’ve ever had a pleasant conversation with is part of Free Keene then that means Dorrie and Terry are also part of Free Keene. I think you can see how ridiculous these claims are. Free Keene is a website. The only people who are part of it are individuals who understand fully the ideas of liberty. They are all people that I’ve personally invited to blog here because of their commitment to those ideas and of peaceful methods to achieve those ideas. Anyone besides the several bloggers we have are not part of this website.
This whole incident reminds me of a year ago when someone downtown claiming to be a Robin Hooder attacked a local man. The local man (Travis Hobbes’ dad) came to the KAC and accused those of us there of attacking him. He showed us video his wife had captured of the incident. None of us knew the assailant claiming to be a Robin Hooder, though he looked familiar to me. After further investigation and reviewing security footage, I determined that it was the same guy who a week prior had stolen the peace flag from my front porch. The man hasn’t been seen around town since. Why would someone steal my peace flag and then go downtown, claim to be a Robin Hooder and attack a local? That person’s goal would seem to be to cause strife. Perhaps he is a government agent provocateur. Who knows. Regardless, anyone can claim they are with Robin Hood or Free Keene or STOP FREE KEENE!!!, but their claim may not be the truth.