Kubby: Attacks From Deputy, Candidate’s Manager Unwarranted

Originally Published in Lake Tahoe News

By Steve Kubby

As a Libertarian, I respect the First Amendment and people’s right to express their opinion, no matter how harsh, especially if I choose to write something and others choose to criticize what I have written. However, I have a serious problem when someone ignores the facts and attacks me personally and that someone carries a badge and a gun.

kubbyI find it even more disturbing to find out that a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy and former campaign manager for a newly elected member of the South Lake Tahoe City Council has organized a smear campaign to defeat me in the recent election. Judging from the small number of votes that I lost by, it may be possible that this smear campaign prevented me from winning.

This attack and others by Deputy JT Davis and his alias “Cowboy25″ appears to be a part of a smear campaign he organized as campaign manager for his father, Councilman Tom Davis. This smear campaign is every bit as offensive as racial slurs or ethnic attack on me, characterizing me as a lazy stoner in some sort of perpetual haze and a threat to the community.

The knowledge that a Douglas County deputy sheriff believes I am a threat to the community and that I don’t belong in SLT is something that should make anyone uncomfortable and concerned about their safety, especially if that deputy pulls a bona fide California patient over and decides to make legal problems for them. In fact, this action by Deputy Davis underscores the dangers that medical marijuana patients must face each day from the very people who are paid to protect them.

Nevada law enforcement does not respect the legal rights of California medical marijuana patients and it is very easy for a deputy to wreck a medical marijuana patient’s life, just by pulling them over and demanding a blood test. If such a test were to show that I have metabolites from marijuana in my blood, even if those metabolites are a month old, I could be arrested and prosecuted in Nevada. Under such circumstances, the fact that I have a perfect driving record, without any tickets or accidents whatsoever, would mean nothing and I could be convicted under Nevada state law for DUI, despite being cold sober.

Below, is a recent public comment by Douglas County Deputy JT Davis, about an opinion article that I wrote for Lake Tahoe News regarding the dangers to patients of a proposed cultivation ordinance. It does not mention one word about what I have written and is solely a personal attack. Furthermore, it is an attack by a member of law enforcement, using his real name and presumably someone people look up to as an authority figure:

“Kubby must have smoked his usual 12 joints a day before he wrote this article. Everyone is sick and tired of listening to you rant and rave about this issue and it has proven time and time again to be a losing issue for you and your pals. Prop 19 lost and last I checked, you got creamed in the City Council race. You yourself got so caught up in your stump speech, that you admitted you support legalizing marijuana and that Pop 215, was just the starting point to a bigger agenda, trying to make marijuana legal. [sic] Kubby, take your show to some other city, becasue the citizens of Tahoe are soooooooooo tired of you and your pot.”

Several other attacks, under the name of Cowboy25 were also published during my campaign for City Council, nearly all of them starting with the same incriminating sentence, “Kubby must have smoked his usual 12 joints a day before he….” You’d think a member of law enforcement would be more careful than to change his posting to his real name and then continue using the same inflammatory introductory sentence, but Deputy Davis is probably so convinced he is right that he has thrown caution to the wind. As a result, he appears to be engaging in conduct unbecoming an officer of the law.

Judging from my personal contacts with JT Davis during the campaign, I believe that he is probably a dedicated and hardworking deputy.Under other circumstances, JT Davis and I might be good friends. But not today. For now and the immediate future, our lives seem ruled by a misguided and misinformed wall of intolerance that, for lack of a better term, I call the Politics of Pot.

Steve Kubby is a resident of South Lake Tahoe, having run of City Council in November 2010.

19 thoughts on “Kubby: Attacks From Deputy, Candidate’s Manager Unwarranted

  1. Starchild

    Steve,

    I worry about people who would engage in such juvenile and mean-spirited attacks being in positions of authority in law enforcement, where it is of vital importance that they exercise fairness and restraint while interacting with members of the public in the course of their jobs.

    Not only because it is their job to protect and uphold our rights, but because a deputy with a confrontational attitude is more likely to behave rashly and end up exposing the city of South Lake Tahoe to expensive lawsuits.

    Do people in South Lake Tahoe really want this “Cowboy25” running around with a badge and a gun?

    Even if he’s not doing any inappropriate errands for his dad on the city council, it creates at a minimum the appearance of a conflict of interest for JT Davis to be attacking his father’s political opponents.

  2. Jill Pyeatt

    It amazes me how uninformed and self-righteous so many people are about marijuana. There was a stupid article on Facebook last week where a young man said he’d come to the conclusion that Cannabis is what’s wrong with this country. I thought he was joking and then realized with horror that he wasn’t. Forget the growing ranks of haters toward many types of Americans, forget that baby boomers are reaching retirement age without any savings, forget that we’ve gone into other countries and slaughtered their citizens–this joker thinks cannabis is the greatest threat to this country. My God, there are stupid people in this country.

    I hope Steve’s good attitude and exceptional history will convince observers who the bad guy really is.

  3. Alaska Constitution Party

    Law enforcement shouldn’t depend on the personal convictions of a given officer. That is what the rule of law is about. Expose the corrupt bastards and demand their resigntions. These cliques have had free reign over our communities for far too long. Isn’t this a form of domestic terrorism?

  4. Paulie

    The stat I read recently is that death by cop is 8 times more likely than death by terrorist.

  5. Alice Lillie

    OMG!!! Unbelieveable. The Founders are spinning in their graves. (See my essay on my website.)

    Steve ran a wonderful campaigned and was far from “creamed.” He lost by a small margin. Even 19 did not lose by that great a margin. Next time it could win as people grow up more over this issue.

  6. Opeach Obama, I mean, is this the best we can do? [Lake]

    Definitely true in Sandy Ego County where top legal watch dog, lesbian pet lover *, Bonnie Demanis (GOP), is also guard dog (think ‘Fluffy’ in Harry Potter and the Hogwarts School of Magic) for the establishment.

    Apparently she has never met a power broker or ‘badge guy’ she did not like, the exception being the father of college aged killer Alfredo Nunez, the former state Speaker of the Assembly.

    * what does sexual orientation or affection toward four legged animals have to do the with County District Attorney, the office or the inherent public service?

    Conventional Wisdom expects a minority catagorie person (gender, sexual orientation, skin color, language skills) to be more sympathetic to the plight of the average, common, (vulgar?) person.

    Post Script: War hero, vegan, non smoker, affectionate toward children and pets, (opera lover?), Olympics booster, cultural patriot ………. and Austrian, named Ahnold ……… ah, no, Adolf ……..

    Adolf was involved killing USA service members with out number, but Ahnold, via CALVETS / CDVA, has injured more military veterans!

    Governor Moon Beam, lots of rhetoric and waiting on the real world results.

    Can he be open and honest where Pete / No Repeat Wilson, Recalled Gray Davis, and Der Ahnold have horribly [and lethally] FAILED some of our most valuable citizens.

    Some of whom, like Citizens For A Better Veterans Home co founder Richard Oliver Sewell, are no longer breathing.

  7. Steve Kubby

    People are reluctant to stand up to police, even when they clearly engage in activities and make public statements that are wrong. It falls upon Libertarians like us to do the heavy lifting and stand up for freedom.

    My sincere thanks to those who have written in on my support. I don’t know if it is coincidence, but after Starchild posted info on filing a complaint, all attacks for the Deputy ceased.

  8. paulie

    Hey, link that stat if you can would ya?

    Sorry, don’t remember my source. I have a little internet access now – not working and there’s a computer in the lobby – but it’s still the only computer for the whole motel, so other people need to use it, and there’s a blaring TV that I don’t control next to it, so I can’t think.

  9. Andy

    “Steve Kubby // Jan 8, 2011 at 8:56 am

    People are reluctant to stand up to police, even when they clearly engage in activities and make public statements that are wrong. It falls upon Libertarians like us to do the heavy lifting and stand up for freedom.”

    Yep, I’ve got personal expierence with this myself. It’s not easy but it is something we must do if we are ever to win in this battle for liberty.

  10. Opeach Obama, I mean, is this the best we can do? [Lake]

    [‘steve kubby’:] People are reluctant to stand up to police, even when they clearly engage in activities and make public statements that are wrong. It falls upon Libertarians like us to do the heavy lifting and stand up for freedom.”

    [Lake: by whom, when, where? The Libs in southern california / san diego county are sure mute!]

    [Andy:] I’ve got personal experience with this myself. It’s not easy but it is something we must do if we are ever to win in this battle for liberty.

    [Lake, Liberty loving non libertarian: ditto!]

  11. paulie

    @12, 16:

    http://newsblaze.com/story/20090221100148tsop.nb/topstory.html

    NSC Study Shows You are More Likely to Killed By a Cop Than a Terrorist

    After 9/11, the fear of another attack on U.S. soil cleanly supplanted the fear of having one`s penis chopped off by a vengeful lover in the pantheon of irrational American fears.

    While we`re constantly being told that another attack is imminent and that radical Islamic fundamentalists are two steps away from establishing a caliphate in Branson, Missouri, just how close are they? How do the odds of dying in a terrorist attack stack up against the odds of dying in other unfortunate situations?

    The following ratios were compiled using data from 2004 National Safety Council Estimates, a report based on data from The National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau. In addition, 2003 mortality data from the Center for Disease Control was used.

    — You are 17,600 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack

    — You are 12,571 times more likely to die from cancer than from a terrorist attack

    — You are 11,000 times more likely to die in an airplane accident than from a terrorist plot involving an airplane

    — You are 1048 times more likely to die from a car accident than from a terrorist attack

    –You are 404 times more likely to die in a fall than from a terrorist attack

    — You are 87 times more likely to drown than die in a terrorist attack

    — You are 13 times more likely to die in a railway accident than from a terrorist attack

    –You are 12 times more likely to die from accidental suffocation in bed than from a terrorist attack

    –You are 9 times more likely to choke to death on your own vomit than die in a terrorist attack

    –You are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist

    –You are 8 times more likely to die from accidental electrocution than from a terrorist attack

    — You are 6 times more likely to die from hot weather than from a terrorist attack

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