FSP News - February 2007
FSP News - February 2007
There is still time to get a ticket to THE Libertarian Event of the year! The New Hampshire Liberty Forum , Feb 22 - 25th at the Concord Holiday Inn. Over 200 people have pre-registered. Mr. Stossel's Keynote dinner has SOLD OUT, but day passes are still available. Likely Presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul will be speaking at the Closing Ceremony. Key members of the New Hampshire Senate and House of Representatives will engage in a discussion about the role of government and the changing face of New Hampshire politics on Friday, Feb. 23. Come and have YOUR questions answered.The Center for Public Integrity just released its latest study of the ratio of lobbyists to state legislators in each state. New Hampshire leads the U.S. with the lowest ratio, just half that of the next "best" state of Maine. Also, just released as a part of the U.S. Census Bureau 2007 Statistical Abstract, in Median Household Income , NH ranked 6th highest. In Persons Below Poverty Level , NH scored the best at #50. When state Unemployment Rates were calculated by the Census Bureau, NH scored 6th lowest.
The new article in Blade magazine by Evan F. Nappen, Don't Step on the Porcupine Knife, details the FSP's limited edition, commemorative Buck Knife, with a laser-cut 24k-gold-plated porcupine in the 8.5" birch handled knife. Nappen, a former FSP V.P., also discusses the FSP - "For many folks, including your humble author, just moving to New Hampshire brought tremendous personal liberties. I formerly lived in New Jersey, a place the National Rifle Association officially called 'Gun Owner's Hell.' Conversely, New Hampshire knife and gun laws respect freedom and individual rights, and include a reasonable 'Shall Issue' carry license. It is actually prohibited in New Hampshire to be fingerprinted or photographed when applying for the carry license." The last few of of this limited edition, individually numbered FSP knife will be for sale at the Liberty Forum, and it is currently for sale in the FSP Merchandise Center.While NHLF is the big event now, don't forget, PorcFest is just a handful of months away! PorcFest this year will be June 18-24 at Gunstock Mountain Resort, on 2,400 acres in Gilford, New Hampshire. The campground is located close to the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, with beautiful mountain views. Up to date schedule, lodging, and other information is available on the PorcFest 2007 webpage. Registration for PorcFest attendees and vendors will be available March 1st.
Free State Project First 1000 press release "Significant successes by early movers motivate others to follow" - on January 23, 2007.
A new bumper sticker will make its debut at the NH Liberty Forum.
Be the beginner on your block to brandish this wicked-bad badge of freedom.
Bare this bravura and bear witness to the beacon of liberty!
(Picture unavailable so as to cause a mysterious, anticipatory effect)
Available in the store after the Liberty Forum...
Mark Owen refers to the Free State Project in his essay at LewRockwell.com, The Welfare State: Shedding Society
Action of the Month - Go Forth and Mingle. Mingle at your local watering hole, mingle at the happenin' club, mingle at the PTA, mingle at the church social. Meet new people, catch up with old friends and always keep an ear out for an opening where the seed of liberty can be planted. On most subjects, you can't talk for long without someone mentioning an area where government has gotten too big. When that happens, there's no need to lay in with a recitation of Human Action, an attack on social contract theory, nor the negative-reverse feedback of an unenforced law. A simple remark that people know how to live their lives better than politicians and bureaucrats is all you need to say if the ground is fertile or futile. If futile, walk away with a smile and don't waste your time; if fertile, you may just have made a new friend and fan of liberty (and telling them how great New Hampshire is can't be too far beyond :). - Phil Denisch
HOW'S YOUR AIM? Shoot at your local range then send your targets in and may the best Porc win (prizes, fame, fortune, etc.). A different course of fire with multiple categories every time will keep things interesting. Free State Match #1 targets are due back by February 20th. Read all about the Free State Match Shooting Competition on the FSP website. Good luck!
In New Hampshire
The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance is "a non-partisan alliance formed to effect political and cultural change in a manner conducive to individual liberty within the State of New Hampshire" - see what's new with this active, growing organization in their newsletter for January. The NHLA is providing the NH State House Tours at the Liberty Forum.
Another new activist organization has just sprouted up in New Hampshire. The Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy was formed in support of New Hampshire House Bill 92, effectively decriminalizing marijuana, and to help end the war on marijuana in the state. News about the decriminalization bill was covered by the Concord Monitor and, listen to new 10 minute interviews with US Rep. Ron Paul, NH Rep. Charles Weed, a sponsor of HB92, and Matt Simon, a Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy organizer. NORML's Daily Audio Stash conducted the interviews - download the MP3 from January 23, 2007.
In Free State Blogs this month:
- Alleged Phone Jamming from the Statehouse!
- How a Bill becomes a Law in New Hampshire
A new column by author, Brian Wright was carried by the Keene Free Press. Why I'm a Free Stater - "Now, I want to specifically address my fellow libertarian activists throughout the movement. Let me suggest why the Free State Project—by which I mean moving to New Hampshire and fighting for freedom, now —is the best available technique for imminent liberation of humankind."
* Gun Owners of New Hampshire
* Libertarian Party of New Hampshire
* Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire
* Fully Informed Jury Association
* Second Amendment Sisters, New Hampshire Chapter
* New Hampshire Liberty Alliance
* Free Talk Live
* We The People Congress, New Hampshire Chapter
* Downsize DC
* Free State Project
* Gimme Liberty Bar in Secondlife
* Institute for Justice
* Integrity Plus Investments & Real Estate, LLC
* Gibson's Bookstore
* Flag-Works' American Cowboy Supply
* Marijuana Policy Project
* Students for Sensible Drug Policy
* New York Life Insurance
The NH Underground Calendar lists liberty-oriented New Hampshire events. The NH Liberty Calendar also tracks NH events. Check the calendars before a visit or a move - you are welcome to attend NH events!
Are you ready to JOIN THE FSP, move to New Hampshire and work towards Liberty in Our Lifetime? Join NOW! Come for a visit.
Participants in NH: 446
as of February 15, 2007