Loch Leviathan

by James B Schlessinger Jr

The Leviathan grows and consumes
It’s great maw is a place of Doom
teeth like guns
cold blood runs
earth quake
now sealed
your fate

One gaze and you are held in shackles
Left in confusion, the great beast cackles
Its claws pierce through
what privacy you knew

The armor is thick with the strength of apathy
the guise is flawed; to protect me from me

In its right hand a pen
made to write and rule men

In its left hand the scales of justice
behold, the great beast rolls loaded dice

All that’s left to decide is how you will pay
If you work with us, you can go home today

Dynamic Stoic

By James B Schlessinger Jr.

Is it a sin to want to be free?
To live as I want, leave me be
What would you have me do?
Do you want me to be like you?

Should I dress the same?
Should I take your name?
Should I fall like rain
And bow to the pain?

Faceless, heartless
Complain less
And digress


Introducing The Free Keene Press!

Keene liberty activists once again have a paper dedicated to the happenings in Keene, NH.  I have finished the first issue of The Free Keene Press.  Meant to be an extension of the Free Keene blog with a bent directed at the community of Keene.  The FKP will start out as a single page inside the New Hampshire Free Press.

The NH Free Press was once titled the Keene Free Press when Kat Kanning, the paper’s creator, lived in Keene.  Now like a seed inside a piece of fruit the next iteration of a local Keene newspaper  is borne within the pages of the former one.

My goal is simply to have one more avenue of communication with the individuals who inhabit the Keene area.  I will not shy away from controversy or contentious content but instead I hope to give insight where there is confusion.  I have plans to expand this paper and to do some actual investigative reporting but for now it will start out small and grow into whatever it becomes.

If you have any ideas or thoughts in how to make this a better paper please share them and if you would like to lend you time in any way be sure to let me know.

You will find a .pdf of this first issue among the links to the right, titled Press.  http://press.freekeene.com

Please direct any special comments or inquiries to press@freekeene.com

Thank you,

James B Schlessinger Jr.

The Reality on the ground in Keene, NH

A great deal has happened these last several days involving activists and various Law Enforcement Agencies around Keene, NH.  Many videos have been posted and much outrage expressed.  In the end I think the heat of the moment causes us to lose sight of the reality and perhaps creates an illusionary world where one does not exist.

I might catch hell from my friends for posting this but I’m the type of person who speaks his mind regardless.

In general the Keene Police Department and the local Sheriffs have acted in a very professional manner and have shown a great deal of restraint in dealing with activists.  Most notably, Lt. Shane Maxfield.  In every incident I have seen involving the Lt. he has been calm and communicative, dare I say honorable.  This is reality.  Whether you like the job they do, the actions they take or the orders they follow, we are fortunate to have good humans in those uniforms.  And they are human, just as we are, subject to the same flaws and features, the same mistakes and misjudgments.

I do take issue with the way Patrick was carried today and the way Sam was likely treated, I do take issue with the orders to arrest peaceful activists for victimless crimes and I do take issue with the use of force in general to achieve a hegemony of the State over the Individual.  One need only read my previous blog entries to see how I feel.


Court of Discontent

In Justice

By James B Schlessinger Jr.

This terrible sickness
Where is the victim?
Where is the witness?

Swear in the truth
Tell you no lies
Lest ye be judged
By my own two eyes

The Circuit of circus
The Juggling of Justice

Will all hands be tied
When and innocent dies?
At the hands of a court
Is humanities demise

Laws to determine
What’s said in a sermon

Laws to endanger
“Radical” behavior

Laws to give voice
When we make a choice

Laws to enslave
From cradle to grave

The War on bleh


Unv. of Utah

“Like cocaine, Ritalin is a powerful stimulant that increases alertness and productivity. Ritalin and cocaine also look and act the same. Both have a similar chemical structure, and both increase dopamine levels in the brain. They do this by blocking a dopamine transporter protein responsible for the reuptake of dopamine at the synapse.”

“Ritalin is not addicting when taken as prescribed by doctors. Why this difference between Ritalin and cocaine? Ritalin is a pill that you swallow, so the drug takes longer to reach the brain. Cocaine is taken in high doses by injection or snorting. It floods the brain quickly with dopamine, which makes it dangerous and addicting.

Unfortunately, Ritalin is quickly becoming a drug of choice for teens. It’s relatively cheap and accessible. And because it’s a prescription drug, it’s perceived to be safe. But if Ritalin is abused (taken in high doses) or taken improperly (by injection or snorting), it can be just as addicting as cocaine. This is because drug delivery methods can influence the addictive potential of a drug. ”


Drugs are drugs.

The War on Drugs has been a success.  It has done what was intended: growing the size and scope of the government, militarize local law enforcement and injecting into local law enforcement tendrils of federal influence via funding.