Weare, NH police have ended their six month long hunt for the infamous wiretapping outlaw known as BikerBill. BikerBill had cleverly masked himself as Bill Alleman, a mild mannered resident of Weare. In July of 2010, Bill was threatening public safety while making a phone call. Officer Brian Montplaisir thought he was safely ensconced in his privacy bubble while BikerBill was secretly absorbing air vibrations and redirecting those vibrations to a remotely controlled digital conversion device. The actions of BikerBill caused the officer to suffer damages to his Emotive Grandus Organ (E.G.O.). As in most cases where criminals absorb radiation from public officials the damage to the E.G.O. went unnoticed for a period of time. Exposure to YouTube seems to aggravate the damaged E.G.O. causing irrational behaviour of the victim.
The UnionLeader reports on the arrest and possible connection to a gang known as the Free State Project. BikerBill claims he is not a member of the FSP gang but it is clear that his blog post was intended to irritate the E.G.O.’s of his victims. It is believed that he had made a secret assault on a couple of public servants in Concord as can be seen in this video:
In the aftermath of this assault on governmental privacy the Attorney General’s office is seeking a Federal grant to install new security equipment.
A responsible man posts his land to notify trespassers. A responsible man is prepared to deal with problems should they arise. A responsible man refuses to take a plea when he is innocent. The police state hates a responsible man for he has little use for the grand machine, the State.
As the story goes, in March of 2006 a person was looking to buy some land in Moultonborough, NH. This person missed a connection with a realtor and set off to find a property abutting Ward Bird’s property. Ward, being a responsible man, had his land well posted “No Trespassing”. The real estate shopper passed and ignored 8-9 of said signs on the way out to the Bird’s home. Ward had received a call from his niece, who had run into the real estate shopper, to let him know the shopper was in the area.
When the shopper/trespasser arrived at Ward’s home he told the trespasser to leave, or he waved a gun around and said ‘get the f#$% out of here.’ Either way no shot was fired and the only harm done in the exchange was the trespass upon Bird’s property. Police were called by one or both parties. As far as I know the trespasser was not charged with a crime. Ward Bird was charged with criminal threatening.
Bird, being innocent, refused to take a plea deal which involved no jail time. The first trial of this case ended in a mistrial. The State, having unlimited resources, brought Bird to trial a second time. A jury, public educated I’m sure, found Bird guilty and under minimum sentencing he received 3-6 years in prison. The Supreme Court of NH affirmed the decision on appeal.
Ward reported to the state prison on Nov. 17 and support has been growing in a movement to get him released. As a new mover with the Free State Project to the lakes region, I joined 200 new friends and neighbors at a rally on Thursday Nov 18, at Picnic Rock Farms.
A recent story in the Union Leader newspaper set off my bullshit alarm.
“If you have someone unarmed coming to his property and he knows it, that’s what put it over the edge for us,” said Carroll County Attorney Robin Gordon, the person who decided to prosecute Bird on the felony criminal threatening charge.
Unless Ward Bird is manning a TSA gropepoint at the end of his driveway, he has no way of ‘knowing’ the trespasser is unarmed.
I’m sorry to say there are a lot of legal details missing from this story. I don’t see how you get from a small skirmish to a prison cell. I suspect that Ward Bird is an honest man who didn’t realise he was living in a police state. I suspect he talked to police when he should have said nothing. I had wondered if there was some other reason the police might want to give him a hard time, but those who know Ward know of no previous disputes with the police in Moultonborough.
Ignore the police state at your own peril.
Carl Palidino tell me this is a lie: you donated to two of the worst politicians on the planet, Schumer and Clinton. According to Warren Redlich you gave $1000 to Chuck Schumer in 2009 and $4600 to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. That may be chump change to you but it still smells of the political class purchasing a little friendship. Tell me it’s a lie so I can set the record straight.
This week on NPR’s This American Life:
Act Two. Taking a Big Pink Eraser to the Thin Blue Line
Michael May tells the story of Barry Cooper, a former crooked narcotics cop who has turned his interest elsewhere… to busting crooked narcotics cops. But after Cooper and a rich benefactor team up to set a trap for the police, Barry’s plans are put in jeopardy- including his dream of creating a reality show called “Kop Busters.” Michael May is the Culture editor at the Texas Observer. You can watch videos of Barry’s police raids at their website. (15 minutes)
The ending seems a little flat as in ‘you can’t fight city hall’ (propaganda phrase). Free Talk Live listeners have more of the background (March 26, March 13) but it does expose the drug war criminals.
Candidate for 24th Congressional District of NY, Logan Bell, is taking his campaign to the streets. In a real grass-roots effort Logan is walking from Binghamton to Utica spreading his message of liberty. He has been well received along his walk and reports today that he is heading north out of Norwich on route 12.
When he reaches Utica (approximately Thursday noontime) he will deliver a copy of the U.S. Constitution to the office of Rep. Mike Arcuri. Logan believes that the Declaration of Independence and Constitution are the guiding principles for our country and that Arcuri may need to reread the documents.
I hate to break the news but it must be said ‘capitalism is dead’. NY State Assemblywoman, Barbara Lifton, tells us “The recession proved capitalism failed’.
I just don’t understand why we didn’t abandon capitalism when it failed us in 1929. We should have tried something a little more socially secure.
Of course, the real problem is ‘legal tender’. It has such a nice name, it’s legal and it’s tender; it’s hard to believe that something with a name like that can be so immoral. The only reason it is ‘legal’ is that nine men in black dresses can benefit from the scheme. And ‘tender’ it is not! It is simply theft. By forcing people to use the money of the Federal Reserve, the bankers are in position to manipulate the economy at their will. We are at the whim of the bankers and the politicians are their puppets.
Capitalism hasn’t failed it’s just gone into hiding, it will return when we’ve had enough of the banker’s manipulations.
60 seconds = minute
3600 seconds = hour
86,400 seconds = day
31,557,600 seconds = year: That’s 31.5576 million seconds in a year.
1,640,995,200 seconds = 52 years: Well heck, I’m a mere 1.6 billion seconds old.
3,155,760,000 seconds = century
31,557,600,000 seconds = millennium
63,430,776,000 seconds = 2010 AD give or take a little
1,000,000,000,000 seconds = 31,688 years
I guess it’s a good thing we have bookkeeping to create ‘dollars’. I wonder how many forests it would take to keep that many bills in circulation?
Sadly, there are people who will argue that you have no right to defend your life and property. They claim to be peaceful people but in New York if you were to walk around with a tool capable of helping you protect yourself they would immediately call a man with a gun to come and threaten your life. See, the do-gooders don’t directly assault your right to self-defence they use government to do the job so that they can pretend to be peaceable. When you take the tools of self defence away from the law abiding citizens, you make possible the attacks of criminals.
What New York needs is Warren Redlich as governor. Without waffling, Warren, answers the Gun Rights Questionnaire. You can get his answers here. I’d like to see a governor of New York who actually follows Law, I don’t need a ‘leader’.
H/T Rich Cooper
The Tompkins County District Attorney, Gwen Wilkinson, promises transparency in the investigation of the killing of Shawn Greenwood. Then goes on to say in the Ithaca Journal story:
“This investigation will likely end up as a grand jury presentation,” Wilkinson said. “It would be inappropriate for me to taint that process by sharing a lot of details. But I am going to share with you what I can.”
Which is to say, ‘I’ll tell you things I want to tell you but you’ll only get details if there is an indictment and trial’. This will always be the problem when the government is left to investigate its own actions. Grand juries need independence from the District Attorney. Will the grand jury be allowed to report their findings:
§ 190.25 Grand jury; proceedings and operation in general.4. (a) Grand jury proceedings are secret, and no grand juror, or other person specified in subdivision three of this section or section 215.70 of the penal law, may, except in the lawful discharge of his duties or upon written order of the court, disclose the nature or substance of any grand jury testimony, evidence, or any decision, result or other matter attending a grand jury proceeding. For the purpose of assisting the grand jury in conducting its investigation, evidence obtained by a grand jury may be independently examined by the district attorney, members of his staff, police officers specifically assigned to the investigation, and such other persons as the court may specifically authorize. Such evidence may not be disclosed to other persons without a court order. Nothing contained herein shall prohibit a witness from disclosing his own testimony. 6. The legal advisors of the grand jury are the court and the district attorney, and the grand jury may not seek or receive legal advice from any other source. Where necessary or appropriate, the court or the district attorney, or both, must instruct the grand jury concerning the law with respect to its duties or any matter before it, and such instructions must be recorded in the minutes.
That pretty well tells you that the grand jury is just another organ of the state. The purpose of a grand jury is to investigate corrupt government officials as well as standing guard over the People’s right not to be railroaded into court proceedings.
There is a piece in the article that brings to mind a very important point:
In clothing marked with police insignia and badges clearly displayed, the officers approached Greenwood’s van, which was parked but running in a parking spot in front of the liquor store entrance, Wilkinson said. When they identified themselves and tried to persuade him to exit the van, Greenwood resisted arrest, drove over a curb and hit a Dryden police officer with the front of his van. The officer was thrown onto the van hood, then off the hood a few feet onto the grass in front of the van, she said. Officers on both sides of the van screamed for Greenwood to stop as he continued to accelerate toward the downed officer.
The front of the van apparently went over the officer, and Bangs fired his service pistol at Greenwood, Wilkinson said. The incident took about three seconds, and though reports vary, Bangs may have fired three rounds, she added.
“At that moment in time, Sgt. Bangs had to make a decision about the employment of lethal force,” she said. “He made his decision, he discharged his service weapon, and Mr. Greenwood was struck by bullets.” The shooting followed officers’ attempts to pull Greenwood from the vehicle and Taser him, she added.
Now it may just be a reporting style but most people will report an incident in chronological order. I’d really like to here the details of this Taser attempt. Without the details I have to wonder if the victim was in fact shot with the Taser. If he was shot with the Taser he might not be responsible for the accelerating vehicle. I don’t like speculating. We need facts.
The Ithaca Journal report doesn’t mention whether any drugs were harmed in Ithaca on Tuesday, but one life was lost and many others damaged. When police attempted to serve a search warrant, Shawn Greenwood tried to flee the scene. It appears that an officer stood or got into the path of Greenwood’s car and was knocked down. Another officer or possibly more fired into the car killing Greenwood.
Ithaca police officers, Dryden Police officers and Tompkins County sheriff’s deputies working with the state police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team were trying to serve a search warrant on the man’s car in the grocery parking lot about 5 p.m., Ithaca police officials said.
The officers had a search warrant on the car. This calls into question why they chose that time and place to execute the warrant. The answer would likely be they wanted Greenwood also.
When they approached the man’s car, indentified themselves and attempted to arrest him, he “physically resisted arrest and drove the vehicle over a curb, striking a police officer with the front of his vehicle,” according to a statement from Tompkins County District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson.
Did they have an arrest warrant for Greenwood? I’ll guess here that they wanted him in the car so that they could attach possession to him for anything they found in the car.
The officer fell to the ground directly in the path of the vehicle, which continued to accelerate toward him, and acting upon belief that the police officer’s life was in danger, an Ithaca police officer fired his weapon. The suspect was struck by one or more rounds, according to the statement.
Now when it comes to stopping cars standing in front of it is not the smartest way to go. Shooting the driver of a car that is about to run over someone standing in front of it might stop the operator from breathing but you’re left with an uncontrolled car.
The comments section of the Ithaca Journal story has quickly filled with a battle between “Law and Order” types and “Race Card” users. The “Law and Order” types won’t stop for a second to see the irrationality of the war on drugs. While I have no idea of the racial feelings of the officers involved, the “War on Drugs” is without a doubt an assault on young black men.
In the end we have one man dead with a family and friends in mourning; police officers dealing with the repercussions of their actions; a divided community pointing fingers and taxpayers picking up the tab for the fallout, all because government declares what you may or may not put in your body even though you harm no one in the process.
The “War on Drugs” is a war that will never be won and causes more damage than the drugs themselves. Let’s end it.
If the Tea Party concept is going to have any success it will need to quickly put aside stale old GOP ways of the past. As Warren Redlich points out in his blog post, the GOP trots out their old corporate favourites that don’t stand a chance of beating an unpopular incumbent. The meaty middle of the electorate is casting aside the corporate controlled Left v. Right game and pushing for candidates that will actually represent the People and send the lobbyist packing. The GOP can try to get in front of this parade but if they don’t change their ways the People will be marching right past them.
The N.Y. Times has a pretty good overview of the Tea Party movement. It’s a slightly lengthy article and I’d quibble over a few bits and pieces. I think this will be good to review at our upcoming Campaign for Liberty Meetup Sunday Feb 21 at 3:00.
Here are a few random paragraphs:
Worried about hyperinflation, social unrest or even martial law, she and her Tea Party members joined a coalition, Friends for Liberty, that includes representatives from Glenn Beck’s 9/12 Project, the John Birch Society, and Oath Keepers, a new player in a resurgent militia movement.
Loose alliances like Friends for Liberty are popping up in many cities, forming hybrid entities of Tea Parties and groups rooted in the Patriot ethos. These coalitions are not content with simply making the Republican Party more conservative. They have a larger goal — a political reordering that would drastically shrink the federal government and sweep away not just Mr. Obama, but much of the Republican establishment, starting with Senator John McCain.
Fear of co-option — a perpetual topic in the Tea Party movement — lay behind the formation of Friends for Liberty.
The new grass-roots leaders of the inland Northwest had grown weary of fending off what they jokingly called “hijack attempts” by the state and county Republican Parties. Whether the issue was picking speakers or scheduling events, they suspected party leaders of trying to choke off their revolution with Chamber of Commerce incrementalism.
Here is a scan of a letter to the editor from the Post-Standard of Syracuse, NY. If I had just retyped it who would believe this was printed in the good old US of A. The message is clear; without government we would all starve and ride donkeys.
Albany lawyer Warren Redlich anounced his candidacy for New York governor on Monday, Feb. 1st at 10am in the Legislative Correspondents Association Press Room in the Legislative Office Building.
I’m glad to hear Warren Redlich has decided to run for Governor of New York. It sounds like he has been convinced that support is in place for his campaign. I’m sure he will attract a lot of support from Tea Party activist looking for real small government candidates.
Doing what the government can’t, Cayuga Dog Rescue has found a new home for a troubled dog. Kinsey, a shepherd mix, has a huge problem with lightning and gunshots. She has hurt herself in the past and would surely hurt herself again doing whatever it would take to escape from thunder. Thanks to the all volunteer organization Kinsey will be heading to her new home in sunny, thunder-free California.
Government Schools Are Bad for Your Kids is James Ostrowski’s latest book. I’m looking forward to reading it soon. I was going to call this post, ‘The Hardest Working Liberty Activist in New York’ but I had to stop and think about that and happily it’s not that easy to pick the top supporter of Liberty in this state. I’m more than a little surprised that in a state where the collectivist are constantly doing anything they can to control every aspect of our lives, we have more than a few people working tirelessly to promote Liberty from a Constitutional perspective. So I’ll just put James Ostrowski in my top three and enjoy a day of considering the others to put on the list.
The New Year has kicked off with a couple of encouraging announcements of Liberty minded people entering the political ring. On New Year’s day Logan Bell took to the cold snowy Ithaca Commons to announce his intention to run for Congress in the 24th district of New York. I was pleased to meet Logan and listen to his message of courage and liberty. I look forward to hearing more from him in the near future and hope he will be able to attend our Campaign for Liberty Meetup on Jan. 10th. He is off to a good start with coverage by the Ithaca Journal and Livingindryden.org. I certainly wish him well covering this large Gerrymandered congressional district.
Liberty lovers also have a possible candidate for Governor. Thanks to Rich Cooper for his Ground Report article covering Warren Redlich’s intention to run for Governor of New York. Warren has a long history in the struggle for liberty and access to the ballot for parties outside the oligarchy. As people become aware of our one party system, the Dem/Rep con job will lose support and their bogus divisive issues will lose traction. Well, that’s my dream. Good luck Warren.
Happy New Year!
Surfing the Laws of New York, I found this delightful gem, the product of our esteemed legislature:
State Law STL Article 6 § 84. State muffin. The apple muffin shall be the official muffin of the state of New York.
Your tax dollars at work!