Another year is in the can and another begins.
That means it’s time for another obligatory year-in-review story, or as Contributing Editor Corey Friedman says: “It’s time to do this thing we do infrequently.” [We haven't done one the past two years.]
2013 was a good year for IndieRegister.com. We managed to actually break a few stories on the site and gain peaks of readership.
Out of our top 10 most read stories of the year, six were about activists either getting arrested or released. The most popular story was about a couple detained in the “City of Brotherly Love” for daring to pass out flyers without permission from government. Likewise, jury nullifcation activist Mark Scmitder was released from his cage after a ludicrous sentence for passing out pamphlets in Florida.
We were the first outlet to break the news of the arrest of the adoreable anarchist Amanda Billyrock following her arrest in Laconia, New Hampsire for the act of remaining silent during a traffic stop. She later released a video addressing the charges levied against her, which are all victimless crimes. There will be more to come in 2014 as her case progresses.
Billyrock wan’t the only one arrested for contempt of cop. Rapper Christopher Beatty, known as Xstrav, was harassed and handcuffed by a plain-clothes ALE officer at an ABC Store in Fayetteville. Peaceful Streets Project founder Antonio Buehler was arrested and found guilty for telling a cop “Go fuck yourself,” which should be protected speech. Unfortunately, the jury thought otherwise.
Activist Adam Kokesh was also arrested following a raid on his Virgina home in July. The raid was spurred because of a video he posted of himself loading a shotgun in the District of Criminals on Independence Day. Kokesh remained caged for more than 100 days, mostly in solitary confinement hand had his bond denied because the judge considered him “a very dangerous man.” He has since been released. Kokesh was also arrested earlier at a Smokedown Prohibition event in Philidelphia.
Other arrests included two North Carolinans fighting plant prohibition in the Tarheel State. In July, cannabis grower Todd Stimson had his home raided by men with guns. Several weeks later, a rally was held in support of Stimson in front of the Henderson County Courthouse. The IR’s William Toler took off his journalist hat and became an activist, helping to organize and participate in the event. One of the protestors, Robert Dorr was later arrested for growing his own plants to treat himself.
A West Virgina student, Jared Marcum, was suspended and arrested for the horrific cirme of wearing an NRA tshirt to school. While investigating the story, a reporter was threatened with arrest. The suspension was brief and the charges were later dropped.
While we started the new year urging legislators to repeal laws (especially those regarding victimless crimes), the Nanny State of New York crafted a bill that would make it a crime simply to “annoy” a cop.
The infallible individuals in robes of the unSupreme Court continued their assault on liberty this year. With another strike against free speech, it was decided that protests are forbidden on the hallowed grounds of the almighty arbiters. The robed wonders, in their infinite wisdom, also proclaimed that now an individual has to verbally invoke the Fifth Amendment-guaranteed right to remain silent. Simply doing so can be held against in a court of law.
Corey’s stories have been numerous this year, although most of his posts have been second-hand from his work with The Wison Times. He’s been bulldogging the town of Middlesex in regards to its outragous fees for public records, with four stories on the subject. Eric Voliva, former sports editor of the Independent Register, contributed two thought-provoking pieces on abusive government and redistribution. William has continued his multi-front coverage in the war on liberty, from the Nanny State to the Police State. He was interviewed in July by fellow World Bloggosphere writer Natalina for her podcast at Extraordinary Intelligence. William and Natalina teamed up to provide a non-mainstream view of the events surrounding the Boston bombing.
We’d also like to thank Melissa Cameron, Victor Pross, Terry McIntyre, Will Porter, Jordon Greene and Sarah Snider for their contributions this year.
We hope to be more productive in 2014. There is certainly no shortage of bureaucrats to bash or laws to lament. We also plan to have our own weekly podcast hosted here, so we can expound on things we may not get a chance to write about.
As always, thanks for reading.
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