The Manchester Free Press

Friday • August 12 • 2022

Vol.XIV • No.XXXII

Manchester, N.H.

Liberty Dinner 2022 tickets on sale now!

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Thu, 2022-05-19 00:25 +0000

The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance cordially invites you to its 2022 Liberty Dinner on Saturday July 23rd from 6:00 to 11:00 PM. Formal attire please.

We will unveil this year’s Liberty Rating and award the Legislator of the Year and Activist of the Year. In addition to a buffet dinner and an evening with both old and new friends, there will be a silent auction of various items – many of them liberty themed!

Get your tickets at libertydinner.com!

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National Divorce & Secession Panel at Liberty Forum 2022

Free Keene - Sat, 2022-05-07 04:18 +0000

This year’s sold-out Liberty Forum featured an excellent and well-attended panel on New Hampshire secession featuring Alu Axelman of the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence, Steven Axelman of YES California, and Daniel Miller of the Texas Nationalist Movement. Moderated by Carla Gericke of the Free State Project, it was an entertaining and enlightening panel, featuring plenty of questions from the audience. Don’t miss it:

National Divorce & Secession Panel at Liberty Forum 2022

NHexit.US - Sat, 2022-05-07 04:16 +0000

This year’s sold-out Liberty Forum featured an excellent and well-attended panel on New Hampshire secession featuring Alu Axelman of the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence, Steven Axelman of YES California, and Daniel Miller of the Texas Nationalist Movement. Moderated by Carla Gericke of the Free State Project, it was an entertaining and enlightening panel, featuring plenty of questions from the audience. Don’t miss it:

House Gold Standard – May 04, 2022

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Tue, 2022-05-03 01:29 +0000

(white) goldstandard-05-04-22-H.pdf
(gold) goldstandard-05-04-22-H-y.pdf

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House Gold Standard – May 04, 2022

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Tue, 2022-05-03 01:29 +0000

(white) goldstandard-05-04-22-H.pdf
(gold) goldstandard-05-04-22-H-y.pdf

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Senate Gold Standard – May 05, 2022

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Tue, 2022-05-03 01:25 +0000

(white) goldstandard-05-05-22-S.pdf
(gold) goldstandard-05-05-22-S-y.pdf

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Senate Gold Standard – May 05, 2022

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Tue, 2022-05-03 01:25 +0000

(white) goldstandard-05-05-22-S.pdf
(gold) goldstandard-05-05-22-S-y.pdf

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“Crypto Six” Become Two as Feds Claim Banks as “Victims”, Bring More Charges

Free Keene - Sat, 2022-04-30 18:23 +0000

Mr Bitcoin & Bitcoin Gandhi Visit Federal Reserve Bank Of Boston In Support Of The Crypto6

The last month has been a busy one in the “Crypto Six” case. First, three of the Six took felony “wire fraud” plea deals after prosecutors threatened to load them up with even more victimless “crime” charges. Even though no one was actually defrauded out of any money or property, the three – Renee and Andy Spinella and Nobody – agreed to become federal felons, reluctantly admitting guilt to one count each of “wire fraud”, despite no one actually being defrauded out of money or property.

Unfortunately, even though the three are completely peaceful, honest people, now they will be saddled with felony convictions that makes them look dishonest. It’s understandable though, why they would take such a plea. The federal gang is a scary bunch of people and they know how to intimidate. Even when a defendant did nothing wrong, that doesn’t mean a jury will do the right thing and set the accused free. The supermajority of people charged criminally at the state or federal level will take the plea deal, simply because they see it as a way to make their suffering end. Or at least, so it seems in the moment. While it may end the current prosecution, it sets them up for failure later if they are ever arrested again, as then they have a felony conviction, so the next sentence will be even harder.

Though federal juries have surprisingly issued some “not guilty” verdicts in recent years, like the verdicts in the Michigan governor “kidnapping” cases and the Bundy ranch cases, generally juries are pretty obedient to the state, so it’s highly risky to take a case to trial. Plus, federal cases are frequently biased against the defense, like that of Ross Ulbricht, where they weren’t able to call many witnesses or make the case they wanted. So, I don’t blame my friends for admitting to “crimes” they didn’t commit just so they can have some predictability as to what is coming next for them. Nobody is expecting a verdict of “time served” for the six months he did behind bars last year prior to being granted bail in September. Renee is facing up to 18 months in prison and Andy is expecting some amount of probation, or so I hear. I’m still not allowed to speak with my friends under my bail conditions. Their sentencing dates are in late July.

The fourth of the Crypto Six, Colleen Rietmann, co-owner of Mighty Moose Mart in Keene, has had her charges dropped. Perhaps the feds did not want to be seen prosecuting a grandmother in front of a jury at the same time as they are trying to allege that Aria DiMezzo and I were victimizing elderly women caught in romance scams online.

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After Aria and I refused to take the feds’ plea offer, since we’ve done nothing wrong, they followed through on their threat and brought a bunch of new charges against us in what is called a “superseding indictment”. If convicted of all the counts against me, I face up to 420 years in prison. All for “crimes” with no victim. Oh wait, the feds also filed something called an “Organizational Victim Statement”, and according to the attachment, they are claiming we have victimized… the banks! The list includes Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, TD Bank, and many other big banks and credit unions.

Curiously, during one of the plea deal hearings this month, the prosecutors admitted that there were no damages to the “victims”, so they couldn’t ask for any restitution as part of the sentencing. How exactly then were these banks “victimized” by fraud if no money or property was lost? I guess we’ll find out when the case goes to trial this November. As Nobody put it, he has been convicted of “contempt of bank”. Apparently it’s felony charges with up to 30 years in prison for anyone who hurts the banks’ feelings in the “free” country of America.

While it’s no fun to be under highly restrictive bail conditions – I have an ankle monitor on for nearly a year now – at least now all the feds’ cards are finally laid on the table and now we can construct our defense.

The Crypto Six case is an attack on our freedoms. It is an attack against freedom of speech, freedom of religion, libertarian activists in New Hampshire, and against cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. While we are not the first to be accused of victimless “crimes” for spreading Bitcoin, nearly all of those so accused in the past have taken the plea deals, out of fear for what could happen. Aria and I are going to trial and so the feds will actually have to put on their case for the first time, in a desperate attempt to prop up the ever-inflating US Dollar and the banking cartel. Bitcoin is not a crime!

NH Independence Bill Sponsor Speaks Out, Destroys Anti-Secession Arguments

NHexit.US - Tue, 2022-04-26 18:53 +0000

State Rep Mike Sylvia Committing Civil Disobedience in 2014

State representative Mike Sylvia of Belmont – the main sponsor of CACR 32, the historic NH Exit constitutional amendment – has spoken out via his blog on the subject of New Hampshire Independence. Written just days prior to the full house vote, Sylvia’s excellent piece is titled, “Sovereign State Or Branch Office of D.C. Inc.”  In it, he demolishes the arguments against secession.  You can read it here on his blog, but I have also pasted the text below to ensure it is not taken down if his site goes away at some point:

Sovereign State Or Branch Office of D.C. Inc.

In 1784 the people of New Hampshire formed a government, founded upon the sovereignty of the people. The people shared with that government a limited portion of their own sovereignty which was detailed in Part II of the New Hampshire constitution. Notably, the people retained to themselves rights which could not be infringed upon nor delegated to others. This is known as our New Hampshire Bill of Rights which make up Part I of our constitution.

The people of New Hampshire declared our State to be forever a sovereign state.

[Art.] 7. [State Sovereignty.] The people of this state have the sole and exclusive right of governing themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent state; and do, and forever hereafter shall, exercise and enjoy every power, jurisdiction, and right, pertaining thereto, which is not, or may not hereafter be, by them expressly delegated to the United States of America in congress assembled.

In 1787 the Constitution for the United States was created. In 1791 the Bill of Rights was amended to the constitution. This included the 9th amendment;

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

And the 10th;

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Note how well those amendments fit with the preexisting NH Constitution Part I, Article 7, [State Sovereignty.] The people of this state have the sole and exclusive right of governing themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent state; and do, and forever hereafter shall, exercise and enjoy every power, jurisdiction, and right, pertaining thereto, which is not, or may not hereafter be, by them expressly delegated to the United States of America in congress assembled.

In the majority report recommending that CACR32 be inexpedient to legislate three ill-conceived reasons are relied upon.

First, “Nowhere in our US Constitution does it allow the federal government to permit any state to secede.” If one reads and understands the 10th amendment to the US Constitution, one can clearly see that lacking the explicit delegation of the power to prevent secession means that secession is retained to the states or the people. The majority report is self-defeating and lacks any logic.

Second, the majority claims that the ‘perpetual union’ was then ‘perfected’ under the US Constitution therefore it must continue for eternity. An honest look at the historical facts will reveal that we no longer hold to the Articles of Confederation; clearly that union was not perpetual. In fact, one can consider the formation of a new government under the US Constitution to have been an act of revolution.

Lastly, the Civil War settled the question. This argument is the very simple and brutal ‘might makes right.’ This is a bit odd when balanced with the concept of a contract between states. If force is that which holds the union together then there is no state sovereignty. If sovereignty is held by D.C. Inc. one might be forced to consider whence that sovereignty came.

It is quite sad but predictable that a committee named State Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs would be so subservient to the powers of the National government which regards its founding document with such little concern.

With such weak arguements against the proposed amendment to our constitution, the author of the majority report felt the need to move beyond reporting on the bill into the realm of questioning the character of the sponsors. He demands that D.C. Inc. punish those whom question authoritarian rule from the swamp. He even goes as far as threatening those whom might dare to vote for such a proposal.

Still straying from the content of the amendment the writer implies that the General Court should punish those whom follow the State constitution and view the State as the sovereign state that it is.

Insecure in his failed reasoning, he resorts to threatening charges of rebellion for those whom might dare vote to send a constitutional amendment to the people of the state. He further implies that the NH House remove voting rights for presumed rebellion.

REBELLION: Deliberate, organized resistance, by force and arms, to the laws or operations of the government, committed by a subject.

I’m almost disappointed that he didn’t whip out the big one:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.

Let me end with one more jewel from our Bill of Rights:

[Art.] 30. [Freedom of Speech.] The freedom of deliberation, speech, and debate, in either house of the legislature, is so essential to the rights of the people, that it cannot be the foundation of any action, complaint, or prosecution, in any other court or place whatsoever.

The authors of our founding documents knew tyranny all too well, if we open our eyes today, we can see it coming back around.

Open your eyes.

(The “Majority Report” from committee member Brodie Deshaies appears below:)

CACR 32, relating to independence. Providing that the state peaceably declares independence from the United States and proceeds as a sovereign nation. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.
Rep. Brodie Deshaies for State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs. The committee believes that articles of secession are unconstitutional and therefore impossible. Any attempt to make NH a “sovereign nation” only purports to do so and is illegitimate. There are three main arguments the committee heard. The first legal argument why states cannot secede from the union is reasonably understandable. The federal government is the only legitimate power to admit new states and to extend or retract territorial boundaries. Nowhere in our US Constitution does it allow the federal government to permit any state to secede, let alone for any state to decide unilaterally. Our constitution is quite clear on this issue (see Article IV, Section 3). No state constitution has ever suggested that states hold this power. Constitutions are implicit contracts with citizens that grant governments specific powers. With no power explicitly given allowing secession, no state can ever secede. Another argument lies in the US Supreme Court decision in Texas v. White (1869). In the court’s majority decision, Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase explained that the union began during the Revolutionary War amongst the colonies. In his decision, he writes, the union “was confirmed and strengthened… and received definite form and character and sanction from the Articles of Confederation… [and] by these, the Union was solemnly declared to be perpetual.” Justice Chase then says that our current Constitution was “ordained to form a more perfect Union,” which intended to convey the idea of indissoluble unity….” Therefore, the union can never be dissolved. Our form of government and Constitution is predicated upon the union’s “perpetual” existence. Without this “perpetual” existence, we would be throwing away the union, and with it, the US Constitution. The last constitutional argument is straightforward. It does not matter whether or not secession is illegal. What matters is that the union beat the confederacy in the Civil War. Once this happened, the illegality of unilateral secession was de facto established. The legality of secession was answered at Appomattox Court House in 1865 with the conclusion of the Civil War. It also means the repercussions for attempting unilateral secession have been decided too. The federal government must punish states and their leaders who try to secede. Which leads us to another question: can state leaders introduce or vote for articles of secession? This is currently an open question and the NH General Court would decide the answer. Nonetheless, the 14th Amendment, Article III, is very clear: “No State Legislator shall engage in rebellion against the Constitution.” Voting for NH’s proposed articles of secession could be determined by the NH House as rebellion against the US Constitution. It could be casting a vote to rebel against the union and, therefore, the same constitution establishing the perpetual union. Voting for CACR32 is not voting for a referendum. NH does not have referendum. We encourage fellow lawmakers to reject NH’s articles of secession and protect constitutional government. Not only is CACR32 logistically and constitutionally impossible, but NH’s articles of secession may require enforcement of the 14th Amendment by the NH House.

Senate Gold Standard – April 28, 2022

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Mon, 2022-04-25 19:56 +0000

(white) goldstandard-04-28-22-S.pdf
(gold) goldstandard-04-28-22-S-y.pdf

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Senate Gold Standard – April 28, 2022

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Mon, 2022-04-25 19:56 +0000

(white) goldstandard-04-28-22-S.pdf
(gold) goldstandard-04-28-22-S-y.pdf

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2022 Mid-Term Liberty Rating

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Mon, 2022-04-25 12:27 +0000

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Bill Hearings for Week of April 25, 2022

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Sun, 2022-04-24 15:40 +0000
  • These are the most liberty-critical hearings for the week
  • Click on the bill number to read the bill.
  • Click on the committee name to email the committee your thoughts.

Of the 6 hearings in the House, we are recommending support of 0 and opposition of 1 with 2 being of interest.
Of the 15 hearings in the Senate, we are recommending support of 1 and opposition of 1 with 0 being of interest.

Position Bill Title Committee Day Time Room State Analysis
Support HB1280 prohibiting a parent’s refusal to vaccinate a child pursuant to an order of the state or federal government to be used as a basis for terminating parental rights. Judiciary Tue 4/26 1:00 PM SH Room 100 This bill prohibits a parent’s decision not to have their child vaccinated from being used as grounds to terminate parental rights.
Of Interest SB353 Public hearing on proposed non-germane Amendment #2022-1675h to SB 353, relative to the education professional standards board. The amendment requires cooperative school district boards to meet requirements for apportionment of their elected board members by July 2025. Education Tue 4/26 9:00 AM LOB Room 205-207 The amendment requires cooperative school district boards to meet requirements for apportionment of their elected board members by July 2025.
Oppose SB368 Public hearing on non-germane Amendment #2022-1674h to SB 368-FN, relative to the unlicensed sale of live animals and establishing the agricultural hearings officer revolving fund. Environment and Agriculture Tue 4/26 10:30 AM LOB Room 301-303 Establishes the revolving fund for agricultural hearing officers. Requires a dog, cat, or ferret to be transferred with a health certificate.
Of Interest SB401 Public hearing on non-germane amendment #2022-1703h, to SB 401- FN, (Third New Title) making appropriations to the department of transportation for local highway aid and to the body-worn
and dashboard camera fund and permitting the department of transportation to operate dash
cameras in fleet vehicles. The amendment authorizes the department of transportation to proceed
with the Dixville-Colebrook road project if certain criteria are met and make an appropriation to
the department of transportation for this purpose.
Finance Tue 4/26 11:00 AM LOB Room 210-211 The amendment authorizes the department of transportation to proceed with the Dixville-Colebrook road project if certain criteria are met and make an appropriation to the department of transportation for this purpose.

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Bill Hearings for Week of April 25, 2022

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Sun, 2022-04-24 15:40 +0000
  • These are the most liberty-critical hearings for the week
  • Click on the bill number to read the bill.
  • Click on the committee name to email the committee your thoughts.

Of the 6 hearings in the House, we are recommending support of 0 and opposition of 1 with 2 being of interest.
Of the 15 hearings in the Senate, we are recommending support of 1 and opposition of 1 with 0 being of interest.

Position Bill Title Committee Day Time Room State Analysis
Support HB1280 prohibiting a parent’s refusal to vaccinate a child pursuant to an order of the state or federal government to be used as a basis for terminating parental rights. Judiciary Tue 4/26 1:00 PM SH Room 100 This bill prohibits a parent’s decision not to have their child vaccinated from being used as grounds to terminate parental rights.
Of Interest SB353 Public hearing on proposed non-germane Amendment #2022-1675h to SB 353, relative to the education professional standards board. The amendment requires cooperative school district boards to meet requirements for apportionment of their elected board members by July 2025. Education Tue 4/26 9:00 AM LOB Room 205-207 The amendment requires cooperative school district boards to meet requirements for apportionment of their elected board members by July 2025.
Oppose SB368 Public hearing on non-germane Amendment #2022-1674h to SB 368-FN, relative to the unlicensed sale of live animals and establishing the agricultural hearings officer revolving fund. Environment and Agriculture Tue 4/26 10:30 AM LOB Room 301-303 Establishes the revolving fund for agricultural hearing officers. Requires a dog, cat, or ferret to be transferred with a health certificate.
Of Interest SB401 Public hearing on non-germane amendment #2022-1703h, to SB 401- FN, (Third New Title) making appropriations to the department of transportation for local highway aid and to the body-worn
and dashboard camera fund and permitting the department of transportation to operate dash
cameras in fleet vehicles. The amendment authorizes the department of transportation to proceed
with the Dixville-Colebrook road project if certain criteria are met and make an appropriation to
the department of transportation for this purpose.
Finance Tue 4/26 11:00 AM LOB Room 210-211 The amendment authorizes the department of transportation to proceed with the Dixville-Colebrook road project if certain criteria are met and make an appropriation to the department of transportation for this purpose.

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April 2022 Board Election Results

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Sat, 2022-04-23 20:21 +0000

The April 2022 Board election is complete.Voting invitation was sent by email to all Full and Life Members for a total of 381 possible voters. 91 members cast votes for the election of these BOD positions. 24% voter response.

For Political Director

Matt Santonastaso – 80 votes  (89.89%)
None of the Above – 7 votes
Various Write-ins – 3 votes

For Membership Director

Larry Borland – 82 votes (92.13%)
None of these options – 5 votes
Various Write-in – 2 votes

For IT Director

Andrew Prout – 84 votes (95.45%)
None of these options – 2 votes
Various Write-in – 2 votes

Regrettably, although Mr. Prout had accepted the nomination for IT Director prior to having his name appear on the ballot (in accordance with normal board practice),  he has declined the position.

Therefore the IT Director position is OPEN. If you would like to be considered for this position,  please contact the Board at board@nhliberty.org

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April 2022 Board Election Results

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Sat, 2022-04-23 20:21 +0000

The April 2022 Board election is complete.Voting invitation was sent by email to all Full and Life Members for a total of 381 possible voters. 91 members cast votes for the election of these BOD positions. 24% voter response.

For Political Director

Matt Santonastaso – 80 votes  (89.89%)
None of the Above – 7 votes
Various Write-ins – 3 votes

For Membership Director

Larry Borland – 82 votes (92.13%)
None of these options – 5 votes
Various Write-in – 2 votes

For IT Director

Andrew Prout – 84 votes (95.45%)
None of these options – 2 votes
Various Write-in – 2 votes

Regrettably, although Mr. Prout had accepted the nomination for IT Director prior to having his name appear on the ballot (in accordance with normal board practice),  he has declined the position.

Therefore the IT Director position is OPEN. If you would like to be considered for this position,  please contact the Board at board@nhliberty.org

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House Gold Standard – April 21, 2022

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Wed, 2022-04-20 00:21 +0000

(white) goldstandard-04-21-22-H.pdf
(gold) goldstandard-04-21-22-H-y.pdf

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House Gold Standard – April 21, 2022

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Wed, 2022-04-20 00:21 +0000

(white) goldstandard-04-21-22-H.pdf
(gold) goldstandard-04-21-22-H-y.pdf

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Senate Gold Standard – April 21, 2022

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Wed, 2022-04-20 00:19 +0000

(white) goldstandard-04-21-22-S.pdf
(gold) goldstandard-04-21-22-S-y.pdf

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Senate Gold Standard – April 21, 2022

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Wed, 2022-04-20 00:19 +0000

(white) goldstandard-04-21-22-S.pdf
(gold) goldstandard-04-21-22-S-y.pdf

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