Simple Marijuana Bust Leads To Government Banning Free Speech

Hello Bob,
I’m sorry to read of this near conclusion of your run-in with cannabis prohibition laws in SD. Like you, I’d hope to see a suspended sentence, or a lower sentence all together.
With 98% of all criminal cases being plea bargained, I’m sure this Hobson’s Choice was a difficult one to make.
Being banned from public advocacy regarding something you–and clearly tens of millions of other Americans agree should be discussed publicly–maybe the cruelest cut of all. One that I suspect is ironically going to draw more attention/media awareness to your ‘run-of-the-mill’ cannabis bust than any cannabis possession case in your state’s history (if it has not already).
You may have to remain mum about marijuana advocacy (for a year), but groups like NORML never will, and where your voice has been temporarily silenced by a system (i.e., the mechanisms of cannabis prohibition) no longer worthy of public respect in America (and South Dakota), know full well that hundreds of thousands of your like-minded friends and fellow cannabis consumers will be LOUDLY protesting the continuation of cannabis prohibition from the halls of Congress, to Statehouses across the country, to the streets and parks in protest of both a failed public policy—and against any government or court mandates that seek criminal sanctions against citizens who disagree with prohibition laws, and will not allow them to share their views with the general public.
When a simple cannabis arrest turns into government restrictions on protected First Amendment speech and right of assembly, cannabis consumers and concerned citizens need to re-double their efforts to end our country’s expensive and destructive cannabis prohibition laws.
Godspeed Bob! Please remain in touch with NORML!!
Cannabem liberemus,
Allen St. Pierre
NORML

On 7/6/09 9:40 PM, “Bob Newland” <newland@rapidcity.com> wrote:
6 July 2009
Hello everyone;
This will be the last email I send under the banner ‘South Dakotans for Safe Access‘ at least for a year.
By now, most of you know I plead to a felony count of possession of marijuana in May. Today I was sentenced.
In an hour-long sentencing hearing, Judge Delaney waxed reminiscent as he described his admiration for Muhammad Ali’s stance against an illegal war, which cost him millions of dollars and his peak performing years, during which time he did not complain, nor did he leave the country that so abused him for his beliefs.
Then, citing the fact that he (Judge Delaney) had to account for his actions to the hundreds of kids he sees in juvenile court, he sentenced me to a year in the Penn. Co. jail, with all suspended but 45 days. During the suspended part of the sentence I will wear a bracelet that senses alcohol use and I will be subject to arbitrary piss tests by a probation officer to detect illegal “drug” use. In addition I may have no “public role” in cannabis law reform advocacy during that year.
Work release is an option, but I have few marketable skills, especially in a time when everyone else is getting laid off. I’ll follow any leads any of you might have.
It was somewhat harsher than I expected, and probably less than I deserved. At least it did not cost me a career worth millions, and my peak performing years won’t begin until July 6, 2010. And that’s about all I feel comfortable saying about it. For a year.
I’ll turn 61 in prison, doin’ six weeks for smokin’ a joint. Mama cried.
*****
I will do my time beginning sometime in August. If I have a job of the conventional sort (you know, with a time to get there and a time to leave) I can get work release. So, if you have any ideas for me along those lines?…
Thanks again to all who sent letters to the judge, and to those who have sent messages of support to me.
For 40 years I have watched as dozens of people I know–and thousands I know of–go through this same, ummm?, procedure. Now it’s happening to me, and I feel the same frustration over the purposelessness of it all as I have felt for all those other people, many, many, many of whom were treated far more viciously than I.
Someday this war will be over.
So long for now,
Bob
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For anything for which email is inadequate, contact sender at
24594 Chokecherry Ridge Rd
Hermosa SD 57744
605-255-4032

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  1. I’ve had online contacts with Bob Newland over the course of several years, and both he and his plight are real. He led a walk around the entire State of South Dakota a few years ago to publicize legalization and medpot. He has led ASA in South Dakota for the past few years.
    He needs our help. He needs a job first, to get him out of jail early. He (and we ALL) need to help him appeal that part of his sentence which prohibits him from speaking freely. Our legal system has disgraced itself AGAIN by purporting to take away his constitutional rights which the courts are supposed to have sworn to protect. I am rather surprised that NORML hasn’t already decided to take this on, along with the ACLU. I thought Federal law punished people who violated our citizens’ constitutional rights. It should. I think Bob Newland is a hero, and I think we all ought to stand alongside him in his fight, which is our fight, for freedom of speech and thought.

  2. I am having trouble find the reason for
    Theresa Anthony’s death in the Houston Chronicle. If someone can assist me please do so.
    #37 A – “If the government fears its people there is Liberty; if the people fear their government there is tyranny.” Very well said kudos to you.
    To Tyler D. in Iraq, “Thank You from all of us in the good ‘ole U.S. of America.” Come home safe and sound real soon okay? okay.
    # 40 – Hooray to igor…RIGHT ON – RIGHT ON THE MONEY!
    # 41 – Clyde Fernandes from India – WOW THIS REALLY IS THE WORLD WIDE WEB. I love your comments..please stay in touch with all of us NORML people.
    #42 MP – Kudos to you also today. I plan to write President Obama asap too. I did send my book to Assembly Gentlemen to Congress in San Francisco.
    Mr. Mark Leno’s went over in March and
    Mr. Tom Ammiano’s was mailed April 1st. I hoped to spark a nerve somewhere. I’m not sure if my story was read by anyone but I surely hope so.
    I also sent my book to our wonderfully powerful beautiful Oprah. It came back “unsolicited material not accepted.” I think this only means that I can now brief Oprah on-line to see if she likes my story. It had been opened and then re-sealed. I’m using that copy as my unopened U.S. postmarked copyright at present. Someone may have read it I don’t know.
    I wonder what would happen if we all flooded
    President Obama with a personal letter.
    I never liked former President Clinton…
    I refused to hail to the chief who didn’t inhale. Amen.

  3. This is unconstitutional! You must appeal this sentence to a higher court for scrutiny. This judge has acted beyond the scope of his authority and impinged the US Constitution and the SD Constitution

  4. If I could quote George Carlin for a moment..
    “rights aren’t rights if somebody can take them away. They’re privileges. That’s all we’ve ever had in this country; a bill of temporary privileges. And if you read the news even badly, you know that every year the list gets shorter and shorter and shorter.”
    GL with everything bro =(

  5. Update on the HR 2943 Bill
    As of 7/08/2009 their is now 7 cosponsors and may be tracked here:
    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-2943
    It how ever is still in the Referred to Committee phase . To help get this out of this phase I urge that you look at the House Judiciary and the House Energy and Commerce or listed bellow is the reps for both in which you would know what congressman is for what state who is on either one and urge them to support HR 2943 . As i said earlier I have listed both of these with the reps involved for others as well as myself can contact and urge them to help support HR 2943 this is for the ones who did not become cosponsors the ones that did lets send them an email thanking them for their support.
    Here is the list:
    House Judiciary
    Rep. John Conyers [D-MI14]
    Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21]
    Rep. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI2]
    Rep. Howard Berman [D-CA28]
    Rep. Frederick Boucher [D-VA9]
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz [R-UT3]
    Rep. Howard Coble [R-NC6]
    Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN9]
    Rep. William Delahunt [D-MA10]
    Rep. James Forbes [R-VA4]
    Rep. Trent Franks [R-AZ2]
    Rep. Elton Gallegly [R-CA24]
    Rep. Louis Gohmert [R-TX1]
    Rep. Charles Gonzalez [D-TX20]
    Rep. Robert Goodlatte [R-VA6]
    Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL4]
    Rep. Gregg Harper [R-MS3]
    Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49]
    Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee [D-TX18]
    Rep. Henry Johnson [D-GA4]
    Rep. Jim Jordan [R-OH4]
    Rep. Steve King [R-IA5]
    Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA16]
    Rep. Daniel Lungren [R-CA3]
    Rep. Daniel Maffei [D-NY25]
    Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY8]
    Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX2]
    Rep. Thomas Rooney [R-FL16]
    Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA39]
    Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA29]
    Rep. Robert Scott [D-VA3]
    Rep. James Sensenbrenner [R-WI5]
    Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA27]
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL20]
    Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA35]
    Rep. Melvin Watt [D-NC12]
    Rep. Anthony Weiner [D-NY9]
    Rep. Robert Wexler [D-FL19]
    Res.Com. Pedro Pierluisi [D-PR]
    House Energy and Commerce
    Rep. Henry Waxman [D-CA30]
    Rep. Joe Barton [R-TX6]
    Del. Donna Christensen [D-VI]
    Rep. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI2]
    Rep. John Barrow [D-GA12]
    Rep. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN7]
    Rep. Roy Blunt [R-MO7]
    Rep. Mary Bono Mack [R-CA45]
    Rep. Frederick Boucher [D-VA9]
    Rep. Bruce Braley [D-IA1]
    Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX26]
    Rep. George Butterfield [D-NC1]
    Rep. Stephen Buyer [R-IN4]
    Rep. Lois Capps [D-CA23]
    Rep. Kathy Castor [D-FL11]
    Rep. Nathan Deal [R-GA9]
    Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO1]
    Rep. John Dingell [D-MI15]
    Rep. Michael Doyle [D-PA14]
    Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY17]
    Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA14]
    Rep. John Gingrey [R-GA11]
    Rep. Charles Gonzalez [D-TX20]
    Rep. Barton Gordon [D-TN6]
    Rep. Raymond Green [D-TX29]
    Rep. Ralph Hall [R-TX4]
    Rep. Jane Harman [D-CA36]
    Rep. Baron Hill [D-IN9]
    Rep. Jay Inslee [D-WA1]
    Rep. Edward Markey [D-MA7]
    Rep. Jim Matheson [D-UT2]
    Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA5]
    Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA11]
    Rep. Charles Melancon [D-LA3]
    Rep. Christopher Murphy [D-CT5]
    Rep. Tim Murphy [R-PA18]
    Rep. Sue Myrick [R-NC9]
    Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
    Rep. Joseph Pitts [R-PA16]
    Rep. George Radanovich [R-CA19]
    Rep. Michael Rogers [R-MI8]
    Rep. Mike Ross [D-AR4]
    Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1]
    Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD3]
    Rep. Steve Scalise [R-LA1]
    Rep. Janice Schakowsky [D-IL9]
    Rep. John Shadegg [R-AZ3]
    Rep. John Shimkus [R-IL19]
    Rep. Zachary Space [D-OH18]
    Rep. Clifford Stearns [R-FL6]
    Rep. Bart Stupak [D-MI1]
    Rep. John Sullivan [R-OK1]
    Rep. Betty Sutton [D-OH13]
    Rep. Lee Terry [R-NE2]
    Rep. Frederick Upton [R-MI6]
    Rep. Greg Walden [R-OR2]
    Rep. Anthony Weiner [D-NY9]
    Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT]
    Rep. Edward Whitfield [R-KY1]
    Keep on fighting fellow patriots …..

  6. I have a question again-
    What would happen if all of us constant bloggers here on this website posted our best and lengthiest blogs on blog.thehill.org? What if we attacked their system with massive amounts of pure, from the heart posts on this subject? Enough to let congress know that they cant ignore this for ANOTHER session… maybe they need to be really reminded of the fragility of the office the hold, and how one pissed off individual with a vendetta can take that ALL away from them. Can someone find out if we can attack that site? C’mon russ- I know you moderate these comments…could you find out an answer for me?
    Then all of us bloggers on here need to ambush that website. Non-general Jake, R.O.E., Jeremy R., Manfor Mantis, myself- lets take them out. They want articulation and passion? I think there’s plenty of it here…

  7. Sean Crystal and all those who understood my veiw,
    Check this out!
    They have told BOB he can have freedom of speech!?! Well our leaders are trying to pass a bill criminalizing hate speech(freedom of speech)!! Well I dont agree with someone bullying someone online til they commint suicide but this bill leaves interpurtitaion wide open to as what hate speech really is!! From The way it looks to me,they(our leaders) could ,if this bill is passed, use what we say here in these posts!!! OR ANY OTHER POSTS THAT OPENLY STATE THIER DISSENT FOR THE GOVERBNMENTS ACTIONS!! Please, anyone one here or NORML reps,tell me I’m seeing thins wrong!
    It looks to me they are trying to criminalize freedom of speech which is prohibited by the constitution! They are slipping these things by us daily!! why? To what out come? What is going on in this country or with our leaders for that matter?
    Sincerely worried,
    R.O.E.

  8. MP,
    If you do not mind I would like to send this letter as well. I hope you respond back as I will not use your words without permission. I think that this is well written and anything that we can do to get this out to public officials should be done. I would hope that others send this as well.
    The more we make our voices heard the better off we may be in the next few years. I have written everyone I can from Alaska to Hawaii and Florida to Maine and I will continue until they do something about these injustices. My governor and state reps all know my name and even if they laugh when they get another email or letter I dont care…I wont stop.
    My wife is scared I will go to jail (I have stopped smoking so they cant easily use that against me) for making too much “noise” and after reading this type of “justice” she may be right…but they dont have room to lock us all up.
    I hope everyone has a peaceful night.

  9. Right on MP. I would like to make all of you aware of the fact that when you become a convicted felon in the U.S. you sacrifice all of your constitutional rights. You become a ward of the state. Even after your sentence has been completed you remain a convicted felon which means you still have no right to vote, hold a public lincense such as a nurse,lawyer, doctor etc. you can not own a firearm of any type. The list goes on and on. My point in all of this is that the worst thing that happens to a person that consumes cannabis is the government will punish you(put you in jail)and strip you of all of your rights!!!!!
    THE PENALITY IS MORE HARMFUL TO YOU THAN THE CANNABIS EVER COULD BE!
    We need to keep after our elected officials to right this terrible wrong. Remember to always speak the truth about cannabis. The truth will allow us to finally rid ourselves of this prohibition.

  10. I bet you will not see this story or the Veto story in Hawaii on any nightly news show, morning news show.
    When the mechanics of striping away freedom involves only a bunch of “drug crazed maniacs” nobody wants to know. The same mechanics that have taken away Mr.Newlands speech can of course be used in any court room based on precedence.
    As I sit in the closet they come and take another one. As I sit in the closet the voices are getting fewer.
    Orwell was an optimist…

  11. What part of “shall not be infringed” do they not understand ? I guess they dont understand the whole part.
    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
    Thomas Jefferson
    Is it time ?

  12. THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE POSTED KIND WORDS ABOUT MY LETTER. I HOPE THAT IT HAS THE IMPACT I’M LOOKING FOR. TO THOSE THAT WANTED TO SIGN MY LETTER AS WELL, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO SO.
    I’VE HEARD THAT A MAILED LETTERS HAVE MORE IMPACT THAN EMAILED COPIES AND THAT BEING THE CASE, PLEASE MAIL IT TO:
    President Barack Obama
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500
    INSIDE THE ENVELOPE PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU ARE USING SOMEONE ELSE’S LETTER AND ARE SENDING IT YOURSELF BECAUSE YOU SIMPLY WANTED TO ENDORCE IT.
    To those who missed it, my post is #42.

  13. Can I use this case as proof of prohibs brain plaque.
    What they did is marterize Bob Newland. Just look at the shit that is flying at them. I don’t give a damn for an “UNJUST LAW” that allows for loss of my first amednment right. Right or wrong …it’s “UNJUST” and at the very least, as a good american, I should not only resist it, but I should fight to defeat it.
    We should thank the prohibs for this one. Amen

  14. 60 Bryce………..Manny here!
    CALLING ALL HOT ROCK GENESISTS
    I WENT TO CDXX COMMUNION TODAY
    and as is “customary” at Communion…”WITHIN”…I direscted my bodies life forces, examined my conscience, made atonement with God, and maintained Equilibrium of my Soul.
    THEN WILL YOU HEAR ME NOW
    I believe the forces of evil that are working against the Faith (which is omni-distinctional) have played the last card in their game of “BRINKSMANSHIP.” Last card…because…now they are playing “BRINKSMANSHIP” with God. I can’t wait to see how this plays out.
    IF I WERE TO VENTURE A GUESS…I’D SAY
    their immediate strategy is “Desarate times, require desparate measures” which is usually a last ditch attempt, and gets worse before it gets better, just because of their persistant nature…which by the way…we must at least match to stay in the game.
    ANYONE WHO DOESN’T THINK THAT THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT IS A DESPARATE THING TO PROTECT, AT ALL COSTS, HAS MY PRAYERS.
    either side of the bars…you’re a prisoner…God or no God! The prohibs have cut your tongue out…so that it can’t speak against them.
    YOU’RE VOICELESS
    This is a violation of our religious rights and free speech. Our first amendment…gone! I personally can’t allow this to happen to me, or any Hot Rock Genesist declaring the Faith. Every jack man of us that believes in our creator and his/her gift of Manna as Holy Sacrament “MUST RAISE OUR VOICES AS ONE” as a religious protest against the violation of God’s Will.
    WE MUST REDRESS OUR GRIEVANCES…”AS ONE.”
    We…”AS ONE”…can throw our voices at them with the clear understanding that each individual VOICE represents an individual VOTE, but as a whole, a VOTE they won’t get…if they FAIL to recognize and respect our Faith, as guaranteed in “OUR CONSTITUTION.”
    I’LL VENTURE A GUESS
    that there are more Hot Rock Genesists on this planet than all the other religions on earth combined. If that’s not a meaningful number to deal with, and a force to reckon with…I fail to realize…what would be.
    UNDERSTANABLY SO
    the prohibs don’t care about the law. They’ll break it at will…their will…to protect their_______”I’ll let you fill in the blank.”
    COME ON…JOIN US…GATHER IN HIS/HER NAME
    It doesn’t matter what religion you are. Our Faith is defined in Genesis I:11,12 Genesis I:29,30,31 and Genesis IX:3. We are Hot Rock Genesists…a whole bunch of Hot Rock Genesists…more than the prohibs…that’s for sure.
    60 Bryce…her’s my answer…”I’m on board!”
    Wendy from Good ‘ole Utah…what’s your pleasure?
    Manny

  15. P.S. We Hot Rock Genesists don’t hate prohibs…
    “HATE” is not in our vocabulary, or God’s… so
    …our speech towards them is not hateful. Frankly…
    I found in my self at CDXX Communion…a little prayer for them…because…if anyone ever needed a prayer it’s them…and…I have Equilibrium of my Soul.

  16. #67 stillinthecloset – comeon out we all love and respect ‘ya.
    I think you might just as well be a little more positive than negative…we can just as well set our own precedents.
    They cannot stop this nice gentleman Newland from TALKING; they just can’t.
    By “drug crazed maniacs” I’m not sure of whom you are referring to. Wendy.

  17. How on earth can they make a ruling like that in america? It is unconstitutional! Clearly we have bigger issues to confront other then marijuana prohibition, it would appear our very freedoms are at stake here! People if we don’t act now things will get worse. If you want pot legalized we must take down the tyranny that drives the prohibition. The silencing of legal US citizens is not something the people should take lightly and it breaks my heart to see that noone is doing anything signifigant about it. Do you think your government is even gonna budge with non violent protest? Im sorry but we need to fight violently if we want to be a free people again. We the people must go to WAR with our own government. It is our right!!!! If we dont they will continue to ignore and mis treat us. We have created a monster that is seeking to control the world and if they succeed, then revolution will be impossible. We must stop them before they become to powerful to defeat. People, its time to join hands, and take out the evil once and for all!! Long live america, long live the free people!!! REVOLUTION!!!!!

  18. By temporarily banning his right to free speech on the topic, they put up headlines of stolen freedom. Judge Delaney is definitely not a PR guy.

  19. Bob I wish there was something more I could do to assist in this matter. You and I have spoken by email several times in the last 2 yrs on this matter as well as other matters pertaining to the marijuana laws of the state of ass backwards South Dakota.
    My conversations with our current state reps has fallen upon deaf ears and has only merited a paper response indicating their displeasure of the topic let alone marijuana itself.
    Even our own Senator Johnson who has suffered from a stroke and other health issues strongly opposes such conversations and actions, as if it alone would save him from the gates of hell.
    I dont know for sure how this will effect the NORML chapter of South Dakota, but I am sure it will have a negative impact at some point.
    Knowing that you can not be a voice for the movement at this time, will not deter me from taking on a similar role and out beating the streets in Vermillion(Clay co) to collect the needed signatures to bring this to the state ballot 2010.
    Medicinal marijuana is and always will be a part of the life in this country.
    It is time to show the people that even a FDA approved drug acetaminophen (Tylenol) causes and can further to cause greater risk then the use of the hemp and marijuana plants.
    During our own personal trauma at home with a newborn delayed my writing and sending of the letter I promised, however I did send it to the address you provided in the emails.
    I hope to have another chance to chat with you and to work on this movement again, until then my fellow SDokatian, keep up the faith, and smile knowing that all has not been lost yet.
    Sincerially,
    a medicinal marijuana user,
    Vermillion SD

  20. I just voted on the website about California legalizing cannabis. Over 86 percent of the voters were infavor of lifting prohibition. Over 86 percent!!! Do you think any of the elected officials in California are paying attention? Do you think any of the politcians are getting worried about their jobs?
    Do you think the DEA,ATF,FBI,for profit prisons and local law enforcement are getting that uneasy feeling in their gut? I hope they all start loosing a little sleep over this.

  21. This is truly the beginning of the end. This is how the snowball effect of government control starts out…gradually, carefully calculated and methodical. The Holocaust would not have occurred if the Nazis hadn’t gradually taken away freedoms as opposed to if they’d laid their cards out on the table from the get-go. The Jews would’ve fought with a vengeance and it would’ve been a civil war and not an annihilation. What this article insinuates is not a joke.

  22. Oh and to add to my previous statement, you start taking away Constitutional rights then what’s next?

  23. And thus it begins, too many “americans” have forsaken bits and pieces of their first amendment rights for the facade of security this REPUBLIC offers. Here is how it will start, the only question is where will it end? When will the new patrioits of this once thriving democracy emerge and overthrow the oppressive chains being shackled about our necks?

  24. Why, those sons a bitches! This is not what our founding fathers died for! What a disgrace. I agree, comment 88. About those shackles around our necks, something must be done before they put shackles around our souls as well! Worse yet only an elite few can see our democracy crumbling! Why is this? If the american people are THAT blind then I would almost say there’s no hope for humanity PERIOD. If such a mass of people can be corrupted by the most uninspiring band of schemers I have ever seen, God condemn it!!
    “Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.”
    -John Adams, 1776.

  25. Is not the sentence deny the defendant’s Right to Speech itself un-Constitutional? I would think it would have to be overturned on appeal. The un-Constitutionality of the Federal marijuana prohibition should also be mentioned loudly and often. This judge, the fact that he believes himself authorized to remove a defendants right to speech should be looked at by e.g. the Bar Association. THe man is obviously not competent.

  26. The judge’s position amounts to “I have to force this un-Just Law on some kids, later, so I’m going to inhibit your Right to Speech, here and now, so you can’t tell them I’m oppressing them under color of Law.”
    He’s violating one man’s Right’s in order to be allowed to conitue to violate the rights of [probably] many other of his victims – and I say ‘victims’ because this judge is clearly engaging in criminal behavior, and trying to cover it up by silencing those who would Speak Truth to Power.
    “Every now and then you’ve got to hang a few judges.” – hey, /I’m/ not the one who said that, I just remember it was said…

  27. ATTENTION…..ATTENTION…..ATTENTION
    If there is anyone out there that has a super senior prohib within ten (10) feet of them…ask them to…PLEASE… read this post.
    NOSTALGIA…DO YOU REMEMBER…I AM CLASS OF ’57…THE GOLDEN YEAR…OF THE GOLDEN YEARS.
    THE 45rpm RECORD AND THE 45rpm RECORD PLAYER
    It was freedom in our bedroom. Freedom from watching only what our parents wanted us to watch on T.V. or freedom from parental censorship.
    YOUR WHEELS…WITH SOUNDS…the AM radio.
    Total freedom and mobility. It was said…”Once they get a car, or friends with a car, you will never see them again…until they come home to eat, or sleep.
    RHYTHM AND BLUES/ROCK’N’ROLL
    This was our National Anthem and Battle Cry…and…
    when “The King…’Ole Swivel Hips” did it…well!…he wasn’t even allowed in the south.
    THE BIKINI
    This was our Battle Flag…appropriately named for the atom bomb tests in he Bikini Atols. We were the Atomic Generation. Explode we did! “SHOCKING.”
    “FUCK OFF”
    This was our Excalibur…our “ATTITUDE”…and…we brandished it with a vengeance. We even shortened it to “KOFF” so only we knew what it meant.
    DRIVE-IN RESTAURANTS
    This was our “HANG OUT.” Hang out we did…especially on “club night”…which was “cruise night” “HAPPY DAYS.”
    DRIVE-IN MOVIES
    We called them “PASSION PITS”…and they said…”DON’T LET THE LOVE BUG BITE YA.” Many a fogged up window…
    and..a rockin’ set of wheels.
    REBELS WITHOUT A CAUSE
    They called us “REBELS WITHOUT A CAUSE.” Not so! We had a “CAUSE.” “THE WAR AGAINST THE SQUARES.” We all saw red…on James Deans nylon wind-breaker. We all saw Fonzi’s leather jacket, Levis…and motorcycle boots…not to mention J.C. Penny’s white T-shirt.
    STREET RACING
    We raced in the streets…until we forced them to build us a drag strip…and…called it a “DRAG STRIP.”
    SOCIAL CLUBS
    We formed unauthorized off campus social clubs. Of course they frowned on them, and called them “GANGS OF JUVINILE DELINQUENTS”…but…had to change their tunes when the brightest students, the best athletes, and the most popular kids in the school were active members. Parents weren’t 100% for them…but…
    parents didn’t like what school “AUTHORITIES” were calling their kids.
    BE THERE OR BE SQUARE
    This all contributed to our “WAR AGAINST THE SQUARES.”
    a war we won handily, and without an ounce of violence.
    It was a war against out-dated convention and moral authority. It was a war against the Jones’, and society’s attempt to keep up with them. We said…”No phony balogne…keep it real…knock off the pretentious bull shit…come back down to earth.”
    It was a war that included…”OUR FIRST TIME VOTE.” Vote we did…for a young man that stood for change. Youth and change…that was our ticket. It was “WE
    …Class of ’57″…that elected JFK…and…it was “WE” that put him Camelot. In turn…it was “HE” that passed the torch to a new generation. That generation was “US.”
    We fought against tyranny and injustice. Does not freedom and independence still radiate within us. Today…we are fighting the same war…again. History repeats itself. Can you be a “FREEDOM FIGHTER” one more time…before its time.
    CAN YOU…BE THERE OR BE SQUARE?
    Thank you for your time.
    CLASS OF ’57

  28. Bob, I will be praying that you come out of this ordeal and are restored whole . . . my family was plunged into darkness in ’07, and I feel your pain. Unfortunately, when it comes to the criminal sytem, the goverment feels entitled to beat us up in any way they choose. . .

  29. Good luck Bob. I know how messed up the SD judicial system is. I lived most of my life in Rapid City,even got to check out the lovely Pennington Co jail for smokin a joint on Skyline Drive. I almost crapped myself to find out that a judge can order someone not to talk about something for a period of time. WTF is this country turning into?
    -Anon
    “If you don’t like my fire then dont come around” – Ben Harper

  30. #98 Anon Says: – I did crap myself when 600 pounds of violent men’s flesh was unleashed at the hand of satan.
    My fraile mending 130 pounds’ was forceably raped from me in a flat six seconds while my precious babies ran screaming from a group of barging angry terrorizing mob.
    A fifteen-year prison sentence loomed over my head in order to protect the police.
    The Children had been suffering already.
    My Dear And True Christian Sister has now recovered from meth addiction.
    Oh Praise Be Too Thy Name…Forever and Ever Amen.

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