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Darn Good Place to Live

"Looking for a healthier lifestyle? You might want to move to Hawaii. More educated people? You should probably try Montana, Vermont, or Minnesota. Better job prospects? North Dakota. And if you want the best quality of living, pound for pound, the best place to live is New Hampshire." Read more at The Washington Post. Photo credit: Robert F. Bukaty/AP Photo

Critical Mass of Libertarians

Interesting Bloomberg article about Rand Paul's recent trip to NH. The FSP is covered:"For most of the past decade, the state has attracted new libertarian-minded immigrants from other states, and elected new libertarian-minded legislators. They’re often the same people. The Free State Project, an effort to attract a critical mass of libertarians to one state and steer its life and politics, was organizing in New Hampshire long before Ron Paul ran for president. When Paul ran in 2008 and 2012, he grew a passionate base of volunteers.

'They were pretty symbiotic,' says Jason Sorens, the young Yale academic (now a professor at Dartmouth, fittingly) who dreamed up the Free State concept in 2001. 'The Free Staters went from 500 to 1200 in the space of a couple of years, and there was a big boost to us from the Ron Paul movement.'

How big a boost?" Read more at Bloomberg. Photo credit: Griffin Hammond for Bloomberg Politics

Ian Freeman on The Tom Woods Show

Free Talk Live's host and founder of Free Keene, Ian Freeman chats to Tom Woods about the Free State Project, and the exciting liberty efforts going on in New Hampshire. Says Tom: "They're unconventional, but that's why they're working."

Ice Castle Rules

Wondering what to do this winter? Check out this acre-sized ice castle in Lincoln, NH. Read more at Boston's CBS Local Photo Credit: Ice Castles NH Facebook page

Where Real "Lumbersexuals" Roam

Have you heard about the latest hipster fashion trend, "The Lumbersexual"? New Hampshire's largest newspaper, the Union Leader, takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the difference between a "lumbersexual" and a real New Hampshire man. Writes Jack Savage of NH Forest Journal: "Here in New Hampshire, where we all but invented the woodsy, can-do look of a handy, hale and hearty fella, the emergence of the lumbersexual man presents a problem. How do we tell them apart?" Read his "12 tips on how distinguish a real New Hampshire man from the carefully crafted catalog version" here.

Keeping Government Honest

In a Huffington Post article "Four Times Federal Judges Kept the Government Honest in 2014," Evan Bernick of the Institute for Justice covers FSP president, Carla Gericke's 1st Circuit Court of Appeals win against the Town of Weare, NH. "These decisions show how judicial engagement can ensure that the government stays within constitutional bounds. If judges can engage in tough cases requiring fact-sensitive analysis, they can do it in all cases -- and they must, if the courts are to perform their constitutional function and keep the political branches in check. Our rights will remain insecure so long as judicial truth-seeking remains the exception, rather than the rule." Photo credit: Huffington Post, moodboard via Getty Images.

Free Speech Win for NH Parent

Father and liberty lover William Baer was vindicated this week after being arrested and charged with 3 incidents of "disorderly conduct" during a school board hearing earlier this year when he protested the content of a novel distributed by Gilford High School to his 9th grade daughter.

Says The Union Leader: "The dismissal of three disorderly conduct charges against William Baer, a parent who was arrested after unruly conduct at a school board meeting in May, is being seen by some as an important moment in the history of law enforcement and American free speech."

Baer writes of his ordeal and his decision to fight back:

"Since my arrest this past May, my life and the lives of my family have been in disarray. After 7-1/2 months of being pursued by the State of New Hampshire, through the Gilford Police Department and School Board, I am obviously pleased that all charges have been dismissed. Belknap County Judge James Carroll showed me there still is some justice in our system.

Blast From the Past #3

Free State Project President, Carla Gericke, testifies at the Concord BEARCAT hearing held in fall 2012. Carla testified because of the fraudulent, misleading, and spurious statements made about Free Staters in a federal grant application. If you missed what happened, you can read more about it here, here, here, with quotes and media coverage about the issue here.

7 Tips for a Wicked Winter

#1: All the Woolen Underthings

When confronted with your first New Hampshire winter, everyone will tell you to invest in woolen undergarments. Everyone will tell you to, but YOU will ignore this advice for at least the first if not the second winter. You will say: “Don’t you tell me what to do,” while thinking, “What difference can a pair of woolen socks really make?” As someone who waited 4 winters to invest in all the woolen underthings, let me tell you unequivocally: A LOT. I’m talking warm tootsies 24/7. Toss in a pair of woolen leggings and a long-sleeved undershirt for when you will be outside for extended periods, and you will find yourself saying: “Wait, what? Winter is over already?” Treat your woolen items with respect--don’t toss them in the dryer!--and they will love you back, winter over winter. Toasty!

#2: Layer Up

And strip down when needed. Layers give you the flexibility to be comfortable, no matter what the temperature is, inside or out. Added bonus: New Hampshire winters come with built-in stripteases!

#3: Increase Your Vitamin D Intake

This is What Real Charity Looks Like

Now for the 4th year running, Shire Sharing and the greater Porcupine community came together the weekend before Thanksgiving to help distribute food packages to New Hampshire's needy. All the actions were voluntary, from the financial contributions to the folks who helped film this short clip. Enjoy the video, but be warned, you might want to grab a tissue first. Real charity is moving!

Sharing is Caring: All Things Voluntary!

“We made a grown man cry!” ~ Angela H.

Tears of joy, for receiving a food basket through voluntary charity from Shire Sharing, a volunteer-based organization started by Amanda Bouldin four years ago as a tribute to and in loving memory of her father who had passed away from cancer. Hear the backstory of Shire Sharing in Amanda’s own words.

Shire Sharing has grown from its modest beginnings in 2011, when we fed 52 households, to a goal of 500 deliveries this year. In the end, 332 households received packages, while funds were raised to feed 500. The remaining meals will be distributed to Liberty House, a homeless veteran shelter in Manchester--all the turkeys!

The annual Shire Sharing Thanksgiving tradition now brings together a huge crew of Free Staters who celebrate the idea of voluntary giving. These dedicated activists spent the weekend spreading goodwill and goodies to those in need. It filled our hearts!

Freedom's Last Hope Is In NH

From Freedom Outpost: "In Obama's America, it can seem like freedom and limited government are a thing of the past. With a ballooning federal deficit, religious freedom under fire, and the Constitution treated as a joke, it's hard to find good news for our great country. Hard, but not impossible. Thankfully, there's hope, in the form of a determined group of conservative activists that's growing by the day: the Free State Project." Read more...

FSP President Chats to Tom Woods

FSP president, Carla Gericke, recently chatted to Tom Woods about her court victory over the police, growing up in South Africa, and the incredible community of liberty activists in New Hampshire.

Subscribe to the Tom Woods Show here.

October 12 2014 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board Meeting
October 12, 2014
Venue: Aaron Day's house

Present: Aaron, Matt, Carla, Séamas, Jody, Sharon
Skype: Rich, Jason
Absent: Varrin

Meeting called to order at 3:43pm

Agenda
1. President’s report
2. LF budget
3. Financial policy/Q3 financial report
4. Marketing contract
5. Fundraising strategy
6. Letters of appreciation
7. Events survey
8. Strategic plan
9. Other business

  1. President’s report
    • Liberty Forum: going well. A good number of confirmed speakers, some speaker requests still outstanding. Web site to launch this week.
    • Need to focus on sponsor recruitment. $1600 to bring a speaker out.
    • PorcFest 2015: no organizer identified yet.
    • Ambassador program moving along.
    • Fundraising. Need to do more. About to launch another round of support for Chris Lopez. She is willing (and there is work for her to do) to increase her number of hours.

  2. LF Budget: Rich proposed approving it as is, Séamas seconded. 7 ayes, 1 abstention. Budget approved.

Free Staters Inspire Activism in Krakow

Polish liberty activist Marek Zemsta visited New Hampshire early in 2014, spending time with the Free State activist community. He was so inspired by the activities in New Hampshire, he started his own "Robin Hooding Krakow." Says Zemsta: "I would like to share my small success with you. At the end of July, we made our first official Robin Hooding event in Kraków. 6 people were saved from a parking ticket. Two weeks ago, I was finally able to prepare this video and post it on YouTube. Since then it has gained 50,000 views, which is my personal record. Moreover, our activism was described in two Polish news websites, and on Friday we will be doing another event with one of the biggest mainstream TV stations and their cameras. So once more thank you for tons of inspiration during my visit. (I made English subs for you.)"

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