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PorcFest XII Video: The Silk Road Saga Featuring Lyn Ulbricht

Lyn Ulbricht gives attendees at Porcfest XII an overview of the case of her son, Silk Road founder, Ross Ulbricht. Lyn focuses on the unfairness of the trial, Ross's draconian sentencing, and the dangerous precedents set with the Silk Road case.

Lyn Ulbricht is the mother of Ross Ulbricht, the creator of the Silk Road website. Ross was convicted of seven felony counts in February 2015. Deeply involved with her son’s defense, Lyn has worked to bring awareness to the case through the website, media interviews, public appearances, and other efforts. Since Ross was arrested, Lyn has witnessed how the government prosecutes citizens, suppresses evidence, and violates the Constitution. She believes it is a story that needs to be told.

Let's Clinch the Final Signers!

Today’s the day! Thanks to early mover and super-volunteer Vince Perfetto, producer of the movie 101 Reasons Liberty Lives in New Hampshire, for putting together today's FSP Signer Bomb.

Vince chose to do it today, August 20th, in honor of Ron Paul’s 80th birthday. Dr. Paul spoke at our very own Liberty Forum in 2007, and endorsed the FSP years ago. Says Vince: “Whether you're a big fan of Ron Paul or not, you're invited to help the Free State Project get as many signers as you can in the next two days... Remember those epic Ron Paul Money Bombs? Today and tomorrow, the FSP is having a Signer Bomb! Thanks to everyone who signed up with Thunderclap to help spread the word."

If you haven't already pledged to be part of the FSP, sign up today!

PLEASE NOTE: The counter will not automatically update during this event as we created a special sign up page. New signers will be manually inputted in the coming days. Stay tuned for the final count!

Bedford Makes Time Magazine's Best Places to Live

From Time Magazine's 50 Best Places to Live 2015: "Location, affordability, and fresh air are a winning equation for residents of Bedford. Commuters to Boston can drive there in about an hour, depending on traffic—just slightly longer than it takes from popular Boston ‘burbs like Acton, #11 on MONEY’s Best Places to Live list. On this side of the state line, though, residents avoid state income and sales taxes and get a lot more elbow room for their housing dollar.

Locals can also find ample employment opportunities in next-door Manchester, whose largest employers include two large hospitals, offices for three major banks, fast-growing Southern New Hampshire University, and high-tech employers including Autodesk, Texas Instruments, and Verizon." Read more...

Looking for a job in New Hampshire? Join the FSP Job Alert group to network with early movers and other job seekers.

Photo credit: Time, Madonna Lovett Repeta

1st Amendment Win: Ballot Selfies Totes OK, Court Says

New Hampshire is no stranger to strange political stories, a fact Mother Jones noted about a 2012 race in which two FSP early movers were involved. This time, the issue was whether ballot selfies--a photo you share on social media showing who you voted for--was constitutionally protected speech.

Backstory: A law went into effect on September 1, 2014 making ballot selfies illegal in New Hampshire. A handful of activists and state legislators took ballot selfies during the November election. Attorney and early mover Brandon Ross posted his on Facebook with the tagline: "Come at me, bro."

Big Bro did come at him, and several others, sort of. The Ballot-Selfie Brigade was placed under investigation by the NH Attorney General, but no one was formally prosecuted or charged under the law, which calls for a fine of up to $1,000 per violation.

Producing Something at the End

FSP early mover Kristine Boncer not only exerts the fullest practical effort by volunteering for FSP events like PorcFest where she ran registration in 2015, and Liberty Forum where she managed the Courtesy Room this year, or by editing the FSP newsletter, Kristine is also a small business owner and artisan.

The Union Leader recently caught up with Kristine at the 82nd annual League of NH Craftsmen's Fair:

"Kristine Boncer was very still as she slowly and methodically fed her grass-green wool into the spinning wheel. Except for her feet. Those moved in time with the wheel, slowly and surely, with a rolling up and down motion of a cat kneading its blanket before curling up for a nap.

'It is very relaxing,' Boncer said, looking up, but never losing stride. 'I love the tradition of it. It's something my grandmother used to do to clothe her babies.'

NH: Top Ten in "Best States for Gun Owners"

Guns&Ammo recently did its annual rating of "Best States for Gun Owners 2015." Last year, New Hampshire came in 25th place. An early mover contacted the magazine about that rating, detailing how they got New Hampshire's wrong. This year, New Hampshire moved up 15 spots, and now rates in the Top 10! Says the early mover: "I still think we should be in the Top 3, but this is still good for attracting movers from nearby northeast states." Live in New England? Love guns? Love liberty? Join the Free State Project, where your gun rights matter!

From the article:

Should Liberty Lovers Leave the United States?

Free State Project president, Carla Gericke debates James Guzman at Panam Post, answering the question: "Should Liberty Lovers Leave the United States?"

Says Gericke: "The solution is not to scatter liberty lovers to the four winds, but, as innovators, to find ways to build a better future together." Read more at PanAm Post.

Photo: Top of the "Live Free or Die" monument in Bicentennial Park in Nashua, NH - photo by James Walsh (source:

Free Staters Attend Democrat Hosted Information Session About... Free Staters?

Last night a group of Free Staters attended the Hampton Democrats monthly meeting where Zandra Rice Hawkins from Granite State Progress (GSP) gave a presentation on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Free State Project (FSP). As in the past, Rice Hawkins failed to reach out to the FSP to make sure she has the facts.

From the invite email: “Zandra Rice Hawkins will provide an update on the Free State Project and ALEC. If you are not familiar with either of these 'initiatives' you should plan to attend – you will surprised and concerned at the amount of influence these two groups are playing – and hope to play – in New Hampshire. Each of these promises to be VERY educational — pleas (sic) plan to join us.”

Joel Valenzuela, blogger and activist at the Rights Brigade, a new liberty outreach venture, wrote about the evening HERE.

Real NH: 100 Things to Do

The Concord Monitor recently posted a list of things to do to discover the "real" New Hampshire. Read it here.

One notable, which is true, and which is another reason New Hampshire is a great pro-liberty destination: "16. See in person every major candidate running for president. As soon as one election is over they’ll start showing up campaigning for the next one, even if it’s four years off. A great to place to find them is Lindy’s Diner in Keene, and be sure to try an order of onion rings when you’re there."


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