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Students for Liberty Chicago

This coming Saturday, November 8, I will be one of the speakers at the Students for Liberty Regional Conference in Chicago, at Loyola University. I’ll be discussing the drug war’s assault on liberty.

2014 SFL Chicago Regional Conference

Hope to see any Chicago-area Rant readers (be sure to introduce yourself).

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11 comments to Students for Liberty Chicago

  • darkcycle

    Wish I could be there. Hope it goes really well, Pete.

  • thelbert

    i wish i could attend, but i’ll just have to enhance my freedom here san diego county where it’s not freezing.

    • primus

      This looks like fun. The cops are not that smart, and we are legion. If we just find them and publish their faces and information on how they do their dirty jobs, they will be neutered. Not only will they be recognized, they won’t like the limelight, and when they quit, finding replacements will be harder. I therefore assume exposing them would be illegal.

      • Duncan20903

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        Well that sounds like a great idea to me until I remember that every cop in the Country would take it personally. While I’m sure that the attitude is exaggerated in the scripts of the police procedural TV shows I so enjoy I don’t have much doubt that the investigation would get top priority and significant resources many times in excess of what a similar investigation would be allocated.

        I’m not going off on a tangent here. Back in my stock trading days I was aware of a smallish clique of traders who somehow had significant access to insider information. They were making a killing. It’s a pretty darn serious crime to trade on inside information which was generally unknown to the market’s players. They thought if they just made the information public knowledge that everything would be legal. One of their group would buy a “throwaway” laptop for cash. Next he’d go to a public hotspot like Starbucks. He’d post what they knew on a few financial websites on little used threads. Then he’d destroy or discard the laptop. OK, so now he’s earned his cut and wouldn’t trade the target name. The rest of the conspirators would “find” the now “public” information and trade the heck out of the target name and make all sorts of money.

        Now on its face it would appear to me that this same tactical operation would work to expose the jack booted thugs on the Internet and avoid prosecution for doing so. But IMO the risk:reward ratio says it isn’t a good bet. If the wheels come off somehow there’s serious risk of a stiff prison term and a not insignificant chance of getting a plunger/nightstick or similar stuck up your ass during the booking process. If things go really, really wrong and a cop ends up dead or seriously injured then the only thing left to do is to bend over, put your head between your knees and kiss your ass goodbye.

        What’s the upside? You get the current crop of undercover jack boots transferred to a different division or go to work at a police department in a different city? You save a few people who are almost certainly strangers to you from getting busted for dealing? IMO that’s worth a brief warm fuzzy but likely nothing more.

        Living well can often be the best revenge. Why don’t we help marginalize the prohibitionists to irrelevance at the ballot box, in State legislatures and at the courthouse? I’m almost certain that their days are numbered for wont of crossing the eyes and dotting the Ts.

        Oh, BTW I knew the traders referenced above because they worked out of the same place that I did. I was in fact invited to join the conspiracy but I declined because in 1992 I swore off going to jail. Jail time gets old pretty darn quickly. I really wasn’t doing too shabby even though I didn’t know it at the time because everyone else in the office was making at least 10 times my numbers. But I did leave the trading game with my profits intact.

        The traders mentioned above learned the hard way that the SEC isn’t easy to fool for much more than a brief period of time. The guy who was making the insider information public used the same anonymous hot spot for every name that the gang traded. One day he got busted by SEC agents at the hot spot and sang like a canary. IIRC he got three years in Club Fed and the rest of them got 10 year sentences, give or take a year. Oh yeah, the Feds confiscated every penny of their ill got gain. Like I said above, I got out with my profits intact. But I’ve been a salami slicer for just about my entire life. Greed is never a good thing.

    • kaptinemo

      ” If we just find them and publish their faces and information on how they do their dirty jobs…

      Who’s a Rat? already supposedly does that.

  • kaptinemo

    Couchmates, here is how you take the fight to the opponents:

    California Raids Destroy Sick Kids’ Medical Marijuana Supply

    Right off the bat, with a stinging bitch-slap; the headline says it all, and I won’t spoil it for you. Go read, and see how you so very righteously turn the prohib’s most cynically played weapon (shrieked at full volume: “THE CHILDREN!”) back upon them.

    Leonhart is truly off her political rocker if she thought this was an astute move. She’s gotten between deathly ill kids and their desperate – and now furiously, angrily intolerant of Reefer Madness BS – parents. She’s directly threatening their kid’s LIVES!

    There’s only one way this can go. The rabid dog has bit the wrong class of target; she bit Professor Whitebread’s ‘US”. And as he said so long ago, once the ‘US” and their children are negatively effected by the laws meant to attack the ‘THEM” (minorities, poor Whites, etc.) the laws were meant to savage, the laws get changed.

    And Leonhart’s actions have started something that will become a major media explosion once the LameStream Media realize what’s just happened. Right before elections, too. Dr. Gupta’s “road to Tarsus’ conversion has the prohibs unable to counter with anything other than the same old BS. The public knows cannabis is medicine. Particularly for kids with intractable and life-threatening diseases like epilepsy. This was just plain stoooooopit.

    I expect to hear shouts from the prohib camp any day now; shouts of “INCOMING!” as the political and social fallout starts raining down on them like artillery. They really, REALLY stepped in it this time.

    They callously dared to use kids as a weapon to further their own self-interests. Now let them reap what they’ve sown.

    Karma is a female dog.

    • darkcycle

      Yeah, the drug war is claiming victims among the people it was supposed to ignore. The medicine stealers and the highway robbers are like the inquisition, finally come to your village. It was all fun and games when it was happening to other people. But now you’re wearing the screws on YOUR thumbs.
      The backlash is already started.

  • primus

    This appears to be a great strategy because it reframes the debate. Something I read recently might bear on this; the Sheriff is supposed to guard the residents of the state against threats both internal and external to the state. He is ONLY to enforce state law, not federal. If the Sheriff’s department were the ones who cut down the patient’s medicine, they could be open to a world of hurt because they weren’t faithful to their trust nor to their oaths of office.

    • Windy

      primus you have that partially correct, the Sheriff is supposed to protect the people in his county from any and all unconstitutional legislation and acts by ANY level of government, not merely federal. He must NOT enforce State laws that are unconstitutional under either the federal or State Constitutions (or allow other le jurisdictions to enforce them); if he does, he is violating his oath of office and should be immediately removed from his position as Sheriff.