FSP News - May 2007
Make your reservations NOW for The Free State Project's 2007 Porcupine Freedom Festival! This Summer, the festival will be held at Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford New Hampshire from June 18 - 24th. Last year over 400 fellow Free Staters and liberty-lovers from all over the U.S. converged in NH for the big event and celebration! This year we've changed locations and promise lots of great events to "Discover New Freedoms, New Communities and New Beginnings!" There will be bus tours, shooting events, hikes and sports, speakers and special guests, the Liberty Ladies Cook-Off, trainings, workshops, Birds-of-a-Feather meetups, entertainment and lots of celebrating the growth of freedom. Join us in New Hampshire!
PorcFest Challenge - Attention Free Staters! The Porcupine Festival is about a month away, and the resources necessary to make this amazing event the best yet are needed more than ever. It seems a good time to remind you that YOU are the reason the FSP can spread the pro-liberty message - thank you!!! We need your help now to make Porcupine Festival 2007 an amazing experience. We need to send out mailings, advertise in targeted markets and reserve spaces at Gunstock ahead of time.
I believe that a lot of people doing small things can make a big difference. That's why I'm inviting you to the Porcupine Festival Challenge. The Challenge is this – to have as many Free State Project Participants as possible donate $3 to the FSP in the next seven days (May 15th to May 23rd). To participate in the Porcupine Festival Challenge all you have to do is go to the FSP's ChipIn site. Once there, click on the ChipIn button and make your important contribution to the future of the FSP. Three dollars. It's that easy. But if you participate, you'll be amazed at the results when I send them them out at the end of this week. You'll also see the impact of your giving at a great festival this Summer and in growing visibility for the Free State Project. This Challenge is a special way to make a big difference. Here's your chance to shine - Make your Porcupine Festival Challenge gift now! - Carolyn R. Ham, FSP Development Director
Thank you to all our donors! The special FSP Donor Luncheon will take place during Porcfest this year, and all donors who have given $500 or more to the FSP since June 2006 are invited. If you would like to attend the luncheon by giving at this level, or have questions about how much you have given this year, please contact me - Carolyn Ham
Back by popular demand at PorcFest, it's the Liberty Ladies Cook-Off and we need cooks! Have a fabulous recipe that wows family and friends the world over? Think it can win the hearts and minds of fellow Porcupines? Then enter your dish and win cash! There will be cash prizes for first, second and third place, as well as prizes for honorable mentions. We'll also need volunteers, so don't hesitate to offer a helping hand and get a free meal. ^_^ Tickets to eat and judge the event can be pre-ordered during online registration and will be sold at PorcFest. For more details, please email Llalania.
Birds of a Feather, flock together. Part of the plan for this year's Porcfest is a batch of Birds of a Feather meetings on sundry topics, including non-traditional marriage, food and cooking, brewing, drug war opposition, freedom philosophy, parenting/home schooling, and metalheads! Ward Griffiths is organizing the Birds of a Feather part of PorcFest. Do you want to meet other Porcs with your interest or be the leader of an interest group? Contact Ward through the FSP Forum and set it up now!Are you a current FSP "Doer"? One who is actively promoting the FSP and working on its behalf. Perhaps you'd like to. join with members of the FSP Board and leadership volunteers in what will be an annual face-to-face opporttunity for dialogue. You are invited to attend, participate and offer your ideas and projects to help the FSP achieve its mission - be a Doer!. Please email your interest or suggested agenda items to Lynn Pina . The meeting will be held on Saturday night at PorcFest. See you there!
New Hampshire retains its #4 position in the latest Safest State rankings by Morgan Quitno. New Hampshire has consistently ranked among the safest states for the fourteen years that the company has been compiling the Safest State ranking.
Merchandise: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue.
The old is the shiny, round, pewter keychain that is back in stock. Great for holding keys to the castle, the car, your heart, the gun locker, the medicine cabinet, the state house, and perhaps the oubliette (for holding you know whos ;) The new is a new lanyard. It's a freedom-lovin' yellow color with "Don't Tread On Me" emblazoned on it, and the FSP web address, of course. Great for not holding your REAL ID, nor your FBIDEAEPABTFFPFFAAFCC (Mix and match your favorite 3) badge, but perfect for holding your security edition Bill of Rights, pocket Constitution (available on the FSP merchandise page as well), and your microfiche version of Human Action and Atlas Shrugged. The borrowed is, well, of course we don't borrow things. Unless we're talking about the borrowing of great feelings and great times being with other liberty-lovers at the PorcFest. What! You haven't registered yet? Be sure to reserve your PorcFest 2007 T-Shirt at a discount when you do. You can catch up on previous or missed festivals by buying a 2005 or 2006 PorcFest t-shirt, at bargain prices, I might add. Now for the something blue. There are a lot of blue items in the FSP store, from shirts with blue, to magnets with blue, to hats with blue. This particular blue item that I'm thinking of is mostly blue. It's the 2005 PorcFest can Koozie. The next question usually is "What's a Koozie?" A Koozie is a name-branded can insulating receptacle. With the aforementioned PorcFest upcoming, I'm sure you'll want a way to keep your favorite beverage cool whilst strolling around the beautiful grounds of Gunstock, philosophizing with all the other porcupines. Whether it's water (mineral, flavored, fruity, filtered, caffeinated, juiced, hops derived, carbonated) or not, this insulator will keep it cool (and you'll look cool sportin' it :). Besides, I've a huge pile of these things and I'd like to get rid of them! Come on, they're only a buck and a half! I've never seen so many cheap, stingy, tightfisted, churlish, chary... Ahem, excuse me. As I was saying, the noble, honest, magnanimous porcupines of the Free State Project deserve the best, and indeed they are the best. So, please visit the FSP Store, as your heart's desire is only a click away; if your grubby little fingers aren't too tired from counting..., I mean, see the wonderful items that can adorn your life and show the world that you want "Liberty in Our Lifetime" and you'll be willing to work for it. - Phil Denisch
There is a new FSP Interest Group interested in discussing ways to increase and promote health freedom in the Free State of New Hampshire. Topics may include the free market in medicine, health care choices, alternative medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, herbs, organic foods, health insurance, governmental involvement in health care and more, Please feel free to join the Yahoo discussion group and help get things started.
Varrin Swearingen's latest President's Corner videos for April have been posted. Reporting from Gunstock Mountain Resort and Alaska, Varrin keeps us up to date with the FSP.
Attention MySpace Free State Project members and supporters! Friend of the FSP, Scott Jones, of Progressive City, VT, has created a special Myspace Makeover Place for Myspace users. Add special FSP backgrounds and customizations to your Myspace webpage. To use, go to either "Basic or Advanced Layout Editor", then go to the area "Background Image" and choose "select one of our images". From the drop-down menu (scroll a little) you will see FSP-Blue, FSP-Blue II, FSP-Gold and Porc-07.
Free Talk Live just added FIVE more new affiliate radio stations to its syndication lineup! That brings the total affiliates to 23 now. Recent interviews by FTL included Russell Kanning, FSP Participant and civil disobedience activist in Keene, NH and FSP President, Varrin Swearingen. The Keene Sentinel ran an article about FTL's Ian Bernard - Monadnock Profile: Podcasting Freedom, Six Days a Week - coverage by Free Keene.
A new video has been made by Rick Angell, host of the community access television program, Sovereign Solutions. It's a two hour show "dedicated to the Free State Project, and why I'm leaving Montana for New Hampshire." You can find the program, which focuses on the 101 Reasons to Move to New Hampshire, at Sovereign Solutions.
Action of the Month - Read and share the 101 Reasons There is a wonderful document named "101 Reasons to Move to New Hampshire". It was prepared by Michelle Dumas on behalf of the LPNH. It is a great source for sound bites and answers to the question "Why New Hampshire?" From number 28: "NH has a long tradition of transparency in the legislative and executive branches" to number 47: "NH has no general income tax" (one of my favorites) there are plenty of outstanding reasons why New Hampshire is "The Free State". While NH isn't a perfect Gulch or perfect Luna City, or a perfect anything, (as nothing is), it's truly the best hope we have for "Liberty in Our Lifetime". It's a great document to read and an even greater one to share. Although the name could be changed to 100's or 1,000's, because every time a Porcupine moves in, it's another great reason - Phil Denisch
Free State Match #2: Simple, Sweet and Still Open
A simpler course of fire this time. No otherworldly scourges to take care of, just straightforward shooting. We'll use letter-sized targets downloaded from the match webpage. Submit targets via email or snail-mail. Two categories (.22 rifle and pistol), and two runs (fast and slow). All details are on the FSP website! Have fun, be safe, and let's make the world unsafe for a certain few selected pieces of paper...deadline for shooting: May 20th.
Reason magazine in Washington, DC hosted the Free State Project on May 10th. FSP members Varrin Swearingen, Rich Heller and Spear Lancaster were on-hand to represent the FSP at Reason's special Happy Hour.
In New Hampshire
Liberty activism is growing at a good clip in New Hampshire! Be sure to read Free State Blogs to keep up. This month we feature a selection of the blogs topics. To read all of the entries in Free State Blogs, please go to the website.
- Testimony Against Centrally-Funded State Education
- FSP Prez to speak at Reason Magazine Event
- The Real Republican Debate
- Keene's Russell Kanning Interviewed on Free Talk Live
- Free Minds TV Episodes 17, 18, 19
- 2007 Spring Turkey Season Starts Today!
- Trout Season Underway in New Hampshire
- NH GOP & the Democratic Agenda
- Sayonara Montana; Hola New Hampshire
- Free State Diversity
- NH Senate Passes Civil Unions Bill
- Union Leader: Ron Paul #2 Republican in New Hampshire
- Governor John Lynch Will Sign Civil Unions Bill For New Hampshire
- We Need Some SchoolHouse Rock, New Hampshire Style
- New Hampshire Gun Owner Saves the Life of a Doorman
- State Senate Passes Lynch's Amendment
- See all topics for this month at Free State Blogs
Free Staters made recent issues of the Concord Monitor. Tax protest backers vow to disobey, Two Run for open council seat and Free State diversity.
The latest print edition of the Keene Free Press is now available online in pdf format. The Keene Free Press is the free online and print news and opinion publication covering Keene, New Hampshire and Cheshire County.
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? Come to PorcFest to check it all out!
Participants in NH: 458
as of May 15, 2007