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Liberty Forum is fast approaching. Now in its 7th year, with the theme "Watching the Watchers," Liberty Forum is set to be the biggest and best one yet. One thing that differentiates the Free State Project’s annual events from other liberty conferences is that we are focused on doing, acting, producing, changing. We don’t just talk about the problems; we work to fix them. One way to do this is to make fun of the state. And boy, did FSP participant Dan McCall do just that. The owner of Liberty Maniacs made a t-shirt bearing the NSA logo, modified to read "peeping while you're sleeping,” with the slogan "NSA: the only part of the government that actually listens." The NSA was not amused. They contacted the distributor demanding the product be removed from Zazzle’s site, saying, “Your product contained content which infringes upon the intellectual property rights of National Security Agency.”
Several months ago my friend and Free State Project compatriot Jenn Coffey let the word out that she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer. She has bravely been blogging about the experience ever since. Although it has been painful and depressing to read, it has been educational for me; I really had no idea what a time-consuming, frustrating pain in the ass it is to get treated for cancer! It seems particularly ironic, in a haha-you’re-really-NOT-being-funny-universe kind of way that Jenn, of all people, has been sidelined with a life-threatening medical condition, because she is one of those seemingly larger-than-life individuals who seems to cram three times as much life into the allotted timeframe than the rest of us...
Among those focused on the principles of liberty, those passionate about changing the world, there is always debate. One topic that gets less attention is welfare. Most of us, if not all, tend to agree that charity is best given voluntarily, and we usually agree that the funding method the state uses--taxation--is immoral, if not outright violent. Usually the discussion ends there, and we sit back, self-satisfied. Taxation is theft, end of story. Now the world will get better, right? What commonly happens next is we are called cruel, Darwinist, unloving, uncharitable. We are accused of not caring about the needy, of wanting the poor/disabled/drug-addicted to die so we will finally have time to roll around in our giant piles of money, laughing maniacally.
If you have moved to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project, please take a moment to complete this survey before November 25th.
We recently sent this survey via an email to all known movers. If you did not receive that email, we may have lost contact with you, or, may not know that you moved. No need to do anything if you already responded to that email.
Once the survey data has been processed, a mover number will be assigned to you, and you will receive a message from us with your number in the coming weeks.
Once this step has been completed, mover numbers will be automatically assigned going forward. New movers will receive their mover number when they update their status to “moved” online.
Your mover number is a reflection of your commitment to more Liberty in Our Lifetime. The lower your number, the bigger your bragging rights! Whether you are one of the First 1,000 Movers, the next 1,000, or even one of the final movers, you are making history!
The Shining was a Disco-era bestseller from Maine's Master of Macabre, Stephen King, but it was the foreboding grandeur of the Overlook Hotel and Jack Nicholson's portrayal of dangerous dull-boy Jack Torrance that made The Shining a part of modern culture. While it was the Stanley Hotel in Colorado that reportedly inspired King, the author could have looked a lot closer to home for his supernatural stimulation.
The New Hampshire Freedom blog analyzes the latest New Hampshire Unemployment numbers:
"Another month, another drop in the New Hampshire unemployment rate. When 2013 started, the New Hampshire unemployment rate was 5.8%. Last month it was 5.1%. The August unemployment rate is 5%. We are talking 2008 levels. In fact, the last time the unemployment rate was this low in New Hampshire was December of 2008." More....
I went to a move-in party today. For those of you that don’t know, a move-in party is an event where participants of the Free State Project who have already moved to New Hampshire come to help unload the moving truck of new arrivals, usually in exchange for pizza and beer or other yummy goodness. It is work, to be sure, but it’s always a fun time, and it’s a great way to meet other people, both new movers and old shakers. This move-in was no different, and meeting the newest Porcupine was wonderful, as always.
Canterbury's Baptist Hill Road is a timeless stretch of pavement, meandering through the rolling hills of northern Merrimack County, closely guarded by a phalanx of trees on either side. Though many years and even more miles separate Chaucer's Canterbury from its New Hampshire counterpart, it's easy to picture the famed English writer's caravan of story-telling pilgrims making their way along the path in search of a hearty meal and a frothy pint. The former can be had by taking a quick detour down Briar Bush Road, where the nearby Fox Country Smokehouse offers locally prepared meats and cheeses to satisfy any traveler's appetite; for the latter, however, our wayfarers need look no further, for they will find a cool draught served with warm conversation at Baptist Hill's own Canterbury AleWorks.
The brewery is located at 305 Baptist Hill Road, but a lengthy driveway keeps it hidden from casual passersby. Nonetheless, when the “open” flag is flying, you can rest assured the beer is flowing.
On Monday, September 9, 2013, the City Council of Concord approved the grant application to receive a Ballistic Engineered Armored Counter Attack Truck. The 11-4 vote defied the will of the community, ignoring the more than 1,500 petition signatures collected by individual activists, the 50 people who testified against it, and the many, many Letters to the Editor, articles, and editorials against the BEARCAT. The City chose instead to side with the police chief and the 4 people who testified in support of the attack truck.
FSP Board Meeting
September 2, 2013
Present: Rich, Seamas, Varrin, Steve, Jody, Carla, Sharon
Meeting called to order at 8:06pm
- President’s report
- Open Sourcing Projects
- New Board Member/VP Position
Over at the New Hampshire Freedom blog, the town of Durham's status as "Youngest Town in America" is discussed.
"According to CNNMoney, Durham, NH is the 2nd Youngest Town in America. The median age is just 20.3 years old in the Census designated area. There goes the stereotype of New Hampshire being full of old people. Well not exactly, NH has kids, college students, working professionals and retired people. In other words, people of all ages enjoy the Switzerland of America. Durham, in addition to hosting the main University of New Hampshire campus, is on the Great Bay tidal estuary and only 1 city away from the Atlantic Ocean. Durham hosts the Oyster River, historic farms and is a hop, skip and a jump away from an endless list of awesome activities. The New Hampshire Freecoast has a ton of activities to keep young people busy." Read more at New Hampshire Freedom...
At Freedom Fest in July 2013, NH State Representative, Mark Warden, who is a Free State Project participant, small business owner and Realtor, was interviewed for the Future Money Trends blog. Says Warden: "The Free State Project is an amazing idea and concept that is just now coming to life." You can read the transcript and watch the full interview here.
Individual sovereignty is a concept that formed the bedrock of Common Law traditions extending back to the Magna Carta. Its essence is self-ownership, and its antithesis is subservience and slavery. The idea is axiomatic. Some have even called it self-evident. There are few expressions, however, that encapsulate the sentiment's thrust better than the well-worn saying “a man's home is his castle.” And perhaps it was the latter that spurred a handful of New Hampsirites to erect homes that have taken the castle concept from the cognitive realm to the weighty domain of stone masonry.
Copied below is the speech Free State Project president, Carla Gericke, gave before a packed room at the Concord City Council meeting on August 12. 2013. More than 200 individuals showed up to testify against Concord receiving a BEARCAT attack vehicle. Due to the large number of people who wanted to speak, speeches were limited to one minute, but several people yielded their time to allow Carla to finish her testimony, which ended up running about 6 minutes to the Chief of Police, John Duval's thirty. She added some off-the-cuff comments in rebuttal to Duval's testimony that do not appear in the script below. The Council, in a 8-4 vote, decided to table the matter until September. Stay tuned for more details. TESTIMONY: We, the people, are not the enemy. Free Staters--productive people moving to New Hampshire because of the shared values with our neighbors of small government and more personal responsibility--are not terrorists. We do not pose “daily challenges” to the City of Concord--in fact, I volunteer for Concord Reads at the Concord public library!
"’The Free State movement and Occupy New Hampshire have no history of violence, so it's very unclear why any police department would need to use an armored vehicle when addressing these groups," says Devon Chaffee, executive director of the NHCLU. ‘But we all agree that we want the police and we want our communities to be safe, and what this conversation is about is really what type of equipment and tactics are most appropriate to achieve that goal.
Dear Mayor Bouley,
As a concerned resident of New Hampshire, I am writing today about assertions I’ve heard that only Concord residents will have the right to speak at the City Council’s BEARCAT hearing on Monday, August 12, 2013.
In a Concord Monitor article, you said: “I clearly appreciate everyone’s input, but I always will put the interest of the Concord residents first, and I have not heard from many Concord residents.”
There are several reasons why more than just Concord residents should be heard, and should have standing to testify on whether it is a good idea to get another Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack vehicle in one of the safest communities in America.
In a grant application for $258,024 in federal funds from the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) to receive a Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack vehicle ("BEARCAT"), the City of Concord and its police department claimed: "The State of New Hampshire’s experience with terrorism slants primarily towards the domestic type. We are fortunate that our State has not been victimized from a mass casualty event from an international terrorism strike however on the domestic front, the threat is real and here. Groups such as the Sovereign Citizens, Free Staters and Occupy New Hampshire are active and present daily challenges. Outside of officially organized groups, several homegrown clusters that are anti-government and pose problems for law enforcement agencies."
The police chief in Concord, N.H., is backing away from claims that Occupiers and libertarians pose a domestic terror threat as justification for the city needing an armored vehicle to protect citizens. In an application to the Department of Homeland Security seeking more than $250,000 to purchase an armored vehicle, the city specified Occupy New Hampshire and the Free State Project, a libertarian group, as potential threats, Mother Jones, a left-wing magazine, first reported. Read more
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The City of Concord and its police department has defamed the FSP in an DHS grant application for a $258,024 Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack vehicle: “The State of New Hampshire’s experience with terrorism slants primarily towards the domestic type. . . . the threat is real and here. Groups such as the . . . Free Staters . . . are active and present daily challenges.”
On August 2, 2013, Concord Chief of Police John Duval wrote an email response to the Free State Project President, Carla Gericke's Open Letter sent to him and city officials Tom Aspell and Brian LeBrun via email (and hard copy).
I respectfully refer you to the article in today’s Concord Monitor about our request for the rescue vehicle. I believe my comments in the paper clarify the intent of the wording of the grant.