Stuff you should read that I don’t have time to write more about . . . .
Another ignorant, ill-informed rant against libertarians. Good responses here and here. Lind’s rant is so riddled with errors, it both isn’t really worthy of a thorough response, and would take a book-length response to address them all.
Tim Carney has more on how Warren Buffet has benefited financially from the big government programs he supports. (Note: I don’t doubt that Buffet earnestly supports these programs and is sincere in his political beliefs, anyway. But free market people who get involved in politics and policy certainly don’t get the same benefit of the doubt.)
Good question for libertarian discussion. At what point do claims like those made by homeopathy become fraud?
Hello fellow followers of CopBlock! I’d like to apologize for the delay in communication first and foremost. Following the chaotic trend in current events, my life has been a tug-of-war in all directions as of late, but I didn’t want my introduction to be a reflection of such. Besides my disclaimer on my absence, I’d like to overview the topics of special consideration which I will delve into further as I embark on this new journey with fellow readers and compatriots here at CopBlock.
Life is a strange web of internodes and while avoiding the cliché hippy saying “we are all one, man…”, I will attempt my best at drawing up the relevance between the tangential nodes which my posts will surely implicate. Previously, my profession was briefly in behavioral neuroscience. My college path started in the political science field however, but it left my idealistic mind slightly jaded in the wake of the Iraq invasion. My activist side has reemerged as I look upwards again, out of the micro topics of psycho-biology, and into the more macro realms of human interactions. I have a deep appreciation for writing and the creative process from which I draws inspiration. I feel similarly to how hip-hop artist Del The Funkee Homosapien lyrically describes music, in his song titled “Madness”, as existing;
“ But music is there without you or me, we just manipulate. For better or worse so let it situate.”
I feel the writing process is akin to this verse in the way that both creative activities draw upon abstractions embedded in the ether, are then channeled through a human medium, then materialized onto substrate as a concrete testament to withstand the test of time. I hope to grasp a shred of truth from this absurdity called life and to be able to hear the echoes resounding as they ricochet recursively through the halls of your minds. I think everything is already determined in life, so I just walk the path and just seek to learn the lessons provided by careful introspection and deliberation. Activism is an art-form in its own right, and although I often find myself frustrated with current events, I more often than not find myself right back into the turbulent mix of being an outspoken member of society.
This stance is one built upon a foundation of love and compassion for humanity, while attempting to keep rational skepticism close at hand. I’d argue that I’m a revolutionary at heart, but also see the value of “living to fight for another day,” even if it means losing a battle to have the opportunity to win the war. The spectre I cast is one which radiates through the prism of writing, to be magnified by societies third eye which yearns for illumination. I merely bring a new relative perspective to the table. Truth is what you determine for yourself and those whom bring you happiness. I can only wish that my posts encourage lively constructive discussions to ensue.
In this post, I feel it important to provide a preamble to readers, so that the connections between seemingly distant nodes can more easily emerge to form a cohesive picture. My first decade of life called the third world “home.” Upon relocation, poverty was starkly contrasted against my new American home. Perplexed about being ridiculed for not “sporting” Nike’s like most of my classmates, I had a lot of resentment at the time for my new American life, but, as with most people who are matured by life experiences, quickly realized misguided people exist on all continents of this planet as do true friends who see through appearances. Through this lens, my posts will often promote the interests of the underdogs of the world.
College placed me at the crossroads between vastly different interstates leading into the murky future beyond the ever sliding present. I experimented frequently while always keeping the wise words of a past hippy professor in mind,
“Life is a path, you can sometimes go off that path, but always remember there is a path…”
In spirit with what I have learned thus far on my life journey, I will often draw upon lessons learned on the topics of substances and the ethics of regulations concerning such. I will discuss my observations living inside a prison nation sheltering a quarter of the worlds prisoners and the crusade called the “drug war” along with the war against a military technique called “terrorism.” I’ll anchor these subjects within the larger umbrella of economic theory and updates on human abuses committed by those elected to protect the populace.
So for all you prototypes “never even considered for mass production” as Hunter S. Thompson once wrote, I welcome you to embark upon this strange journey with me, towards the weird event horizon of human singularity, and beyond, by checking back with me from time to time…
The rationale cited for the heavy police response? That some of those present had used children’s chalk to write on the sidewalk and building’s exterior walls, resulting in graffiti and criminal mischief charges, and that some were part of a group that didn’t move fast enough when pictures were being taken of “evidence” (chalked statements), resulting in disorderly and resisting charges.
The reality? Those wearing badges didn’t like their authority questioned and reacted using the only tool they know: force. There was no victim or damage to property in the offenses alleged. The arrests, charges and pending court dates are nothing more than harassment intended to chill dissent.
More-exhaustive overview from August 31st, 2011
My colleague (Ademo Freeman) and I (Pete Eyre) were two of those arrested outside the Manchester PD now facing charges, which has forced us to delay our next tour (see: LibertyOnTour.com & MotorhomeDiaries.com). We yesterday relocated from Keene to Manchester, where, working with others on the ground, we’ll be better-able to get our names cleared. The sooner that happens the sooner we can move on with our life and projects, hold accountable the real criminals and embolden others to stand up for their rights.
We know we’re not in the wrong and that we don’t need to go to law school for three years to know how to tell the truth. Instead, believing the light of truth a potent disinfectant, we seek to bring as much attention to the situation using diverse tactics aligned with our principles (non-aggression and consensual interactions). And we’ll film our activities to be transparent and share ideas with those elsewhere.
As I stated in the video at the top of this post, we’ve been fortunate to meet a lot of people and thus far the only folks who have threatened or used force against us were wearing badges. On June 4th it was those wearing “Manchester Police Department” badges that aggressed upon our rights and who continue to waste taxpayer money to pursue these ridiculous charges (money that was, remind yourself, first stolen from you).
We never seek to get arrested. The actions of John Patti and his colleagues at the Manchester PD on June 4th demonstrate the hollowness of their claim to “serve and protect.” Police brutality, corruption and double-standards won’t stop with the creation of a civilian review board or another internal investigation; they will cease only when we each conclude that no one has the right to initiate force.
Our intention is always to educate. To share the novel idea of self-ownership – that we each own ourselves and thus are free to act so long as we don’t initiate force against another. That means that no one has extra rights, even those who wear a badge.
Donate using the Chipin below to help cover the costs we’ll incur while being on the ground here in Manchester – food, gas, printing, events and outreach, etc. If you have specific ideas on the “.etc” – on tactics we should consider, please do share your idea as a comment to this post or via our submission form. We’ll leverage each dollar donated to get the greatest return on your investment.
Another option is to help us while getting yourself something like a t-shirt, intro/outro to a video, or a Power-a-Post by myself or Ademo (we’ll give you a shout-out on the post and include a link to your own site or we’ll give some love to your favorite thinker, organization or piece of content). See: CopBlock.org/Support
Also, we’re hoping to replace and step-up some of our tech gear before our next tour, so if you want to donate for specific items that’d be cool.
Thanks in advance! We’re serious when we advocate for “liberty in our lifetime!”
(will be expanded-upon):
judge William H. Lyons (603) 624-6510 on NH Judicial Branch website
Manchester PD non-emergency number 603.668.8711
John Patti, Manchester Police Department employee – initiated arrests
Gawker says Bill O’Reilly pulled some strings to have his his wife’s boyfriend investigated by cops.
D.C. cop who shot at a car full of people had prior history of alcohol-related incidents. He had also pulled a gun on one of the victims earlier the same night, but was given a pass when another cop determined he was an off-duty cop.
Steven Seagal sued for driving tank into house, killing puppy and more than a hundred chickens.
Beau Davis, whom I’ve spoken with a few times in the past, recently announced that police in Greenfield, Massachusetts have charged him with “wiretapping” for reasons that are currently unknown to him.
Beau has worked with my friends Ademo (aka Adam Mueller) and Pete Eyre on their project Liberty On Tour. Last year, prior to starting Liberty On Tour, Adam and Pete were arrested by the Greenfield police and charged with wiretapping for recording themselves trying to bail a friend out of the Franklin County Jail. They thoroughly documented their arrest, court hearings, and other interactions with the Greenfield police at Cop Block and Liberty On Tour with blog posts, legal documents, and, most importantly, videos, some of which were made with Beau’s assistance.
It seems likely that Beau’s wiretapping charge has something to do with the work he did with Ademo and Pete during their wiretapping ordeal.
Here’s how Beau described the charges on his new blog which he just launched to raise awareness about his case:
A few days ago, my parents in FL received a letter in the mail from the Trial Court of Massachusetts District Court Department, stating that I needed to be present in court in Greenfield, MA, alleging that I unlawfully wiretapped a member of the Greenfield Police Department on May 20, 2011. The charge is, as it is written in the letter, “WIRETAP, UNLAWFUL c272 §99(C)(1)”, which is a felony in Massachusetts. The charge was filed on August 11, 2011. It is August 21, 2011 and I am just now receiving the letter today from my parents. The date of the arraignment is September 7, 2011.
I still do not know how Greenfield acquired my parents address back home; I can only speculate at this point.
The court has not stated how I have allegedly committed this offense, so I have nothing to go on at the moment, other than speculation. Now, why Greenfield, MA is trying this again after they failed to convict my friends Pete Eyre and Ademo Freeman for the same “offense”, I do not know. This could be to save face or to try and further make an example of one who tries to hold public officials accountable for their actions. I do not understand their motives as I do not yet know who I’ve apparently hurt in the matter.
As I’ve discussed on this blog numerous times before, the Massachusetts wiretapping statute only prohibits the creation of “secret” audio-recordings. Unless a prosecutor can show that Beau “secretly” recorded the police, (by, for instance, hiding a recording device in his pocket), then it’s unlikely that he will be convicted of wiretapping.
But even if Beau did openly record the police, it’s still likely that his charge will go to trial. When Ademo and Pete were arrested for wiretapping, they held their cameras in plain sight and made it clear that they intended to record the police, but that didn’t stop Northwestern Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Bengston from prosecuting them nor did it stop Judge William F. Mazanec III from refusing to dismiss their bogus charges.
As soon as more information about Beau’s case becomes available, I’ll post an update.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a armed drone helicopter.
At least it could be if you’re in Montgomery County, Texas, where the Sheriff’s Office recently solicited and were awarded a grant from Homeland Security (read: stolen money) to purchase drone helicopters that can be outfitted with any array of weapons and stay aloft for 3.5hrs.
Randy McDaniel, chief deputy at Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, had this to say:
We are very excited about the funding and looking forward to placing the equipment into the field. Both my narcotics and SWAT units have been looking at numerous ways to deploy it and I absolutely believe it will become a critical component on all SWAT callouts and narcotics raids and emergency management operations.
Is such obedience to arbitrary legislation a sign of things to come? I hope not. Which is why I think it’s important to have conversations with others, including those wearing badges.
Contact Information: Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
#1 Criminal Justice Drive, Conroe, Tx 77301
Non-emergencies & General Info. – (936) 760-5871
Katherine Telemachos is currently serving a life sentence at Broward Correctional Institution, and is terminally ill. We are seeking a conditional medical release from the parole board and we are certain that once you read her story, you will want to help us in making this happen.
Katherine has had a very hard life. Originally from South Florida, she was born with a terminal liver disease and in 1981 she became the youngest girl in the US to receive an experimental liver transplant at the age of 10 years old.
Katherine’s health remained stable for a few years.
Detroit District Court Judge Ronald Giles has acknowledged that Maryanne Godboldo was morally and legally entitled to use deadly force in an attempt to prevent the illegal abduction of her mentally handicapped 13-year-old daughter by the child “protection” mafia last March. Thankfully, nobody was killed when the mother reportedly fired a single gunshot after police and CPS officials, acting without a valid warrant or just cause, invaded her home. As Godboldo observed shortly after the March 24 incident: "They broke into my home illegally in an effort to take my daughter. They had no documentation that said they were allowed to enter my home."
Goldboldo’s daughter was having behavioral problems the mother believes grew out of an aversive reaction to school-dictated vaccinations. After Godboldo consulted with health and welfare officials, the girl was put on a psychoactive drug called Risperdal, which is notorious for severe and potentially deadly side-effects. When the child’s condition worsened, Godboldo quite sensibly discontinued the “treatment.” The local child “protection” soviet decreed that the mother was “in denial” and guilty of official neglect, and gave itself permission to steal the child so that the involuntary drugging could continue.
No judge has the authority to order an innocent and conscientious mother to surrender her child to strangers. In this case, furthermore, the “authorization” didn’t come from a court. Instead, aprobation officer used a rubber stamp to forge a judge’s signature on the removal order. In doing so, the CPS official who filled out the paperwork “checked contradicting boxes on the order — stating that both reasonable efforts to `prevent removal of the child from the home were not made’ and that they were made,” reports Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ. In testimony before Judge Giles, the CPS was compelled to acknowledge that the officials responsible for rubber-stamping such orders are neither attorneys nor sworn “referees”; they’re simply bureaucratic functionaries in the employ of an agency that profits from seizing children from parents on any available pretext.
Armed with the spurious paperwork, and backed by a home invasion crew led Lt. Michael Nied (a veteran of the Iraq occupation) CPS demanded that Godboldo surrender her child. Godboldo reportedly fired a gunshot that powdered Nied with drywall debris and sent him scurrying after reinforcements. A paramilitary SWAT team — complete with automatic weapons, armored personnel carriers, and helicopters — was dispatched to surround Godboldo’s home. The mother was arraigned on five charges, including illegal discharge of a weapon and three counts of felonious assault. Judge Giles dismissed all of those charges, correctly observing that “It is ridiculous to go in to remove … somebody’s child based on this order."
Godboldo’s daughter is presently residing with an aunt. Ironically, shortly after snatching the girl from her home, the same CPS bureaucracy that accused Godboldo of “neglect” ended the Risperdal injections. That decision underscored the real objective of this exercise, which was to punish a parent for refusing to defer to the State’s purported authority to make such decisions. Earlier this month a juvenile court in Wayne County ruled that Godboldo had been guilty of “neglect” for taking that action without official permission.
August 20, 2011 was celebrated around the nation as Lemonade Freedom Day, where those supporting children’s rights to sell lemonade had their own lemonade dispensery operations. Locally, I decided to bring some lemonade down to the weekly Concord farmers’ market. My idea was to call into question the definition of sale while still making free lemonade available to those who wanted it. I decided on a sort of reverse-taxation model. The sign on my cooler said, “LEMONADE State Employees: 1/4 FRN. Everyone Else: FREE”. I didn’t ask, and nobody admitted to being a state employee, though some gave voluntary donations, which I informed them would go to the Civil Disobedience Evolution Fund.
After the president of the Concord farmers’ market association demanded that I leave, and stormed off threatening to call the police, I took down the “State Employees: 1/4 FRN” portion of the sign and made the operation completely free for all. The video of my encounter with Mr. President and the subsequent police followup is embedded below. I must express gratitude toward the three members of the Concord police who decided not to take action against the stand, despite the urging of the man called president. I was told, incorrectly, yet again, that audio recording in public is a crime, but police said that they would be nice and not arrest me for it today. The free lemonade cooler remained in operation from when it was set up at 10am to when the farmers’ market closed at noon. A total of 19 Federal Reserve Notes were donated by those who enjoyed their lemonade.
To members of the Concord farmers’ market association, consider how poorly the man calling himself “the president” represented your organization. When dealing with a conflict as innocuous as a free lemonade cooler, it would be wise to take a more cordial approach. Count the number of demands the president made of myself compared to how many I made of him. He outright stated “you’re on my street”, including a contradictory statement, “we rent the street, we own it”. In case it was not clear, Capitol Street is “owned” by the City of Concord corporation, which is supposedly co-owned by all residents of Concord. The purpose of a marketplace is to bring people of mutual interests together, and telling Concord residents that they don’t legally have a right to be on a street that they pay for is directly in conflict with those goals. I wish Mr. President peace, and advise that he look to more diplomatic approaches to problem solving in the future. Laying your hands on other people’s property and calling armed men to deal with your problems does not create a more harmonious world.
The only reported arrests on Lemonade Freedom Day were in DC, which speaks volumes of how civilly out of tune the overlording city-state is with the rest of the nation. Meg McLain, Will Duffield, and Kathryn Dill were arrested on “vending without a permit”, “unlawful conduct”, and “failure to obey” charges. Their crime was making lemonade available for ten cents per cup on the US Capitol lawn.