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For Andre Rosa all the world is a stage, and he intends to perform all over it! Andre, by his own words, ran away to New Hampshire from California in 2011. Andre says he doesn't really do activism in the traditional sense but he's a "liberty guy" and he lives his life and creates his art from this perspective. In this week's episode, Andre talks about his "Drag Queen and Covered Bridges" calendar with its trials and triumphs, his running for State Rep in New Hampshire, and his fun and creative campaign strategies.
A recent Gallup Poll asked residents from all 50 states if they would move from their current state if they could. See how New Hampshire rates. Not only do New Hampshire residents not want to leave their state, thousands more are flocking to the Live Free or Die state as part of the Free State Project to enjoy the NH Advantage.
The New Hampshire House voted 228-149 on Wednesday to allow the carrying of concealed guns in the House chamber. This is a return to the policy of the last Republican-led House from 2011-2012. Democrats repealed the policy in 2013. Read more at WMUR. Photo credit: WMUR
Last year, early FSP mover and then NH state representative Tim O'Flaherty worked on a bill to decriminalize adultery in New Hampshire, which passed into law in 2014. Tim has since become the Research Director at the NH Liberty Alliance, a non-partisan coalition working to increase individual freedom in New Hampshire. The NHLA does this by monitoring bills in the legislative sessions, and by encouraging private charity, a civil society, and citizen involvement. What will you work on when you join the FSP and move to New Hampshire? Read The Economist's take on the adultery bill here. Photo credit: The Economist/Claudio Munoz
Over the weekend, the Keene Sentinel profiled several Free State Project new movers on the front page, above the fold. Read more about these pioneers for liberty here. Photo credit: Bill Gnade/Sentinel Staff
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.
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.
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.
Ali Havens is all about "liberty media." In her own words "liberty media is the best way to reach people." This rings true, seeing as Ali discovered the Free State Project through Free Talk Live. "I wanted to move somewhere, where all the libertarians would be." FTL didn't convince her to move though, she was already searching for "towns that have the most libertarians." Once she found out about the Free State Project and New Hampshire's natural "live and let live" spirit, she knew she was all in. Since moving, Ali has been involved in a number of media related projects, most recently being the narrator for the new documentary "101 Reasons to Move to New Hampshire."
PorcFest X Lead Organizer Mike Vine talks to Lions of Liberty about the FSP's and its participants' major victories, the new documentary 101 Reasons: Liberty Lives in New Hampshire, what's happening on The Freecoast, his favorite book to introduce people to liberty, and more! If you're curious about the Free State Project, don't miss this interview! Like what you hear? Join the most audacious liberty movement in the world!
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.
#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
A recent mover, Joel Valenzuela, weighs in on the meaning he finds in New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project: "I took a break from my life of tireless activism in the Free State to visit my former home of Arizona. I was soon reminded of why I left, why I went Galt. Read more at his blog, the Desert Lynx.
A New Yorker Looks at New Hampshire by William N. Kilarjian (from August 2004):
This last Fourth of July, my wife, myself and our Jack Russell Terrier 'Mac' traveled to New Hampshire from our home in Westchester County, NY. This was only the second trip to the Granite State for my wife and the first for Mac. In my youth, our family had traveled often to New Hampshire on summer vacations, frequenting Manchester, Portsmouth, Nashua and Lake Winnipesaukee. Those summer trips and subsequent trips thereafter always engendered a feeling of being drawn to the Old Man of the Mountain. New Hampshire's appealing qualities are manifest. In the muscular natural beauty, the open, friendly and forthrightness of the people, the dignity of her cities and towns. Admirable traits abound.
From Vice: "What could thousands of libertarians do if they moved, en masse, to one tiny state and tried their hardest to reduce taxes, regulation, and general government meddling in people's lives? That's the question that one group of die-hard liberty-lovers has been trying to answer for more than a decade.
Founded in 2001, the movement, known as the Free State Project, has persuaded nearly 17,000 people, from across the US and other countries, to sign a pledge promising to move to New Hampshire once the number of signers reaches 20,000. So far, 1,674 'early movers' have already relocated to the state." Read more...
A tongue-in-cheek look at life in the Granite State: the perfect sunrises, the best pancakes, skiing, snowmobiling, beaches, and "wicked" does not mean "evil." Read the entire article from Motovo about the 29 Things People From New Hampshire Have To Explain To Out Of Towners. Photo credit: Wikimedia user R.Goodspeed
Introducing a new blog series: "Blast from the Past," where we will be sharing stories submitted to the Free State Project over the years. The goal is to give people interested in the FSP a better sense of other people's impressions of New Hampshire, the FSP, and life in the Live Free or Die state. We hope this will inspire you to sign the Statement of Intent, join the most audacious liberty movement in the world, and move to New Hampshire as soon as possible!
The first "Blast from the Past" comes from Phil B. Phil and his wife Kristine signed up in the early days, and moved to New Hampshire in 2012. Phil works in the pharmaceutical industry, and Kristine owns a yarn dyeing business and provides administrative support to FSP president, Carla Gericke. They love their lives in New Hampshire, and enjoy riding motorcycles, cooking, hunting, gardening, and have fully immersed themselves in the local community. What follows is Phil's essay about a visit the couple made to New Hampshire in 2004. Enjoy!