The Manchester Free Press

Friday • July 12 • 2024

Vol.XVI • No.XXVIII

Manchester, N.H.

Conner Drigotas On Fear of the FSP

The Liberty Block - Mon, 2023-03-06 20:24 +0000

That’s why I raised my eyebrows at some of the folks in the documentary, especially those who expressed fear that people like me, my wife, and my toddler would choose to make New Hampshire home. Throughout the nine available episodes, Free State Project supporters, myself included, were described as “dangerous,” “extremist,” and seeking to change NH. In short, FSP critics say they are afraid, and they argue that you should be afraid, too.

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Mr Bitcoin Crashes NH Liberty Forum 2023

Free Keene - Sun, 2023-03-05 21:37 +0000

Mr Bitcoin Tours NH Liberty Forum 2023

Did you miss New Hampshire Liberty Forum 2023- the premier liberty conference put on by free staters taking part in the largest migration of folks looking to create a freedom friendly environment somewhere in the world? Mr Bitcoin didn’t miss it and it was a blast. People from all over the US and some even from around the world attended New Hampshire Liberty Forum 2023. Free staters got to meet new movers and greet those working on moving. Mr Bitcoin did a tour of the exhibit hall before crashing a talk on, lets be honest, who remembers on what now. I guess that’s what happens when Mr Bitcoin enters a room!

 
 

http://freedomdecrypted.com/public_html/other-content/mr_bitcoin_tour_of_nh_liberty_forum_2023.mp4

Mr Bitcoin Tours NH Liberty Forum 2023
 
 

There were lots of vendors and exhibitors attending from around New Hampshire including the New Hampshire Independence PAC, Porcupine Real Estate, a bunch of porc vendors like freestate.app (a directory of porcupine businesses) which had a great set of porc-merchandise, ThinkPenguin (a free stater led computer retailer selling GNU/Linux systems that put you back in control), Goldback (not gold-backed, but an actual gold infused bill), a learning resource center (showing off awesome 3d printing tech), and many many others.

A short list of the many well known activists, reps, and leaders attending Liberty Forum in 2023:

Carla Gericke is an author, activist, and attorney. Born in South Africa, she immigrated to the United States in the 1990s after winning a green card in the Diversity Visa Lottery. She became a U.S. citizen in 2000. Gericke practiced law in South Africa, and California, working at Apple Computer, Borland, Logitech, and Scient Corporation. Gericke is President Emeritus of the Free State Project. In 2014, she won a landmark First Circuit Court of Appeals case that affirmed the First Amendment right to film police officers.

Jeremy Kauffman is an American entrepreneur and political activist known for founding and leading LBRY. LBRY is blockchain-based decentralized solution to file-sharing and payments. It’s a potential threat to censorship and a YouTube killing alternative that the SEC has been aiming to kill through civil litigation for the past ~5 years. Jeremy Kauffman also ran for US senate in 2022 with various humorous advertising campaigns such as corruption for the people, war is gay, and other similar slogans. He is a vocal supporter and activist within the Free State Project, a migration movement designed to move 20,000 libertarians to New Hampshire. Jeremy Kaufman is also on the board of the Free State Project.

Ian Freeman Is a leading activist in the greater libertarian migration movement to New Hampshire. He co-hosts the leading nationally syndicated libertarian ran radio show Free Talk Live. Ian Freeman is well known for his activism in New Hampshire and most recently cryptocurrency activism educating people on how peace can be achieved through undermining government fiat currencies and thereby violence around the world. He’s faced off against the governments on numerous occasions, but more recently been targeted by the feds for calling them out on recent atrocities on air. Ian was indirectly targeted through co-host and activist Nobody (formally Rich Paul) in a 2012 FBI led “drug” investigation, in 2016 via a smear campaign and FBI raid intended to allude to heinous crimes despite no charges or evidence, and then again Ian and Free Talk Live’s studio was raided in 2021 over the bastardly crime of selling crypto without a government permission slip (humorously legally according to the lawyers, after 20+ charges were dropped a several convictions are to be appealed).

Jason Sorens In July 2001, Sorens published an essay titled “Announcement: The Free State Project”, in which he proposed the idea of a political migration, where 20,000 libertarians would move to a single low-population state (New Hampshire was selected in 2003) to enable a stronghold for libertarian ideas to gain a foothold. Participants then signed statement of intents declaring that they would move to New Hampshire within five years of the drive reaching 20,000 participants. As of February 3, 2016, 20,000 people had signed this statement of intent—completing the original goal. As of the 2022-2023 term 50 free staters have been elected to the 400-member New Hampshire House of Representatives and each year more and more liberty-activists move strengthening free stater representation. Free staters are those people who moved for the Free State Project, but traditionally not including those who did not sign and those who already lived in the state. Another ~50 or so liberty or liberty-leaning representatives are also represented in the New Hampshire state house.

Mark Warden Mark has nearly 20 years of experience in the real estate industry and markets his business Porcupine Real Estate to free staters looking to move to New Hampshire. Mark not only donates a percent of all his commissions to the Free State Project and other liberty-oriented organizations, but he also is a property owner, investor and landlord with multi-family properties in New Hampshire and he invests in other small, New Hampshire-based businesses. Mark is also a liberty activist, working to bring “Liberty in Our Lifetime” to New Hampshire. Mark is on the board of the Free State Project and was a state representative from 2018-2022.

Matthew Santonastaso Matthew Santonastaso a free stater, state rep, and activist who sponsored House Bill CACR32- a bill that would let the people of New Hampshire vote on and declare independence from the United States and proceed as an independent nation. Matt is also the Political Director for the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance.

Jason Gerhard A man with one of the most inspirational stories. Jason moved to New Hampshire over a decade ago and for his support of tax protesters Ed and Elaine Brown he served over a decade in a federal penitentiary. Upon release Jason moved back to New Hampshire to partake in the Free State Project and in 2022 got elected. Jason is well known for introducing bills that could help protect those in New Hampshire against violent gangs calling themselves the state.

Yury Polozov Yury grew up in Russia and came to the US legally, in search of the American Dream and earned citizenship. Having seen the devastating effects of socialism, Yury is dedicated to vigorously defending economic and civil liberties for all New Hampshire residents.

You can find many more leading activists, representatives, would be representatives, and other speakers at:

https://www.nhlibertyforum.com/speakers

Responding to Bongino’s Secession Reservations

The Liberty Block - Sat, 2023-03-04 08:37 +0000

For at least the past few months, Dan Bongino has been flirting with the idea of a state seceding from the union and governing itself as an independent nation. Bongino is among the most popular conservative talk show hosts, and he is the only conservative podcast that I listen to daily.

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Bill Hearings for Week of March 06, 2023

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Fri, 2023-03-03 15:21 +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 22 hearings in the House, we are recommending support of 2 and opposition of 4 with 2 being of interest.
Of the 8 hearings in the Senate, we are recommending support of 0 and opposition of 0 with 1 being of interest.

Position Bill Title Committee Day Time Room State Analysis
Oppose HB249 non-germane amendment #2023-0697h to HB 249 relative to establishing
regulatory standards for the pet insurance industry
Commerce and Consumer Affairs Tue 3/7 9:45 AM LOB Room 210-211 The amendment establishes regulatory standards for the sale of pet insurance, allows the restaurant owner to bring their companion dog to the restaurant premises, and removes the option for restaurants to allow patrons to bring dogs to outdoor dining areas.
Oppose HB402 relative to prohibiting false statements against candidates. Election Law Tue 3/7 10:30 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill prohibits the publication of false statements by any candidate, political committee, or political party regarding another candidate’s positions on issues.
Oppose HB463 relative to the establishment of an election information portal. Election Law Tue 3/7 11:00 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill authorizes the secretary of state to develop an election information portal.
Support HB496 relative to the delivery of ballots to nursing homes and elder care facilities. Election Law Tue 3/7 1:30 PM LOB Room 306-308 This bill establishes a new procedure for delivering absentee ballots to voters in nursing homes and elder care facilities.
Of Interest SB270 relative to appropriations to the department of transportation. Finance Tue 3/7 1:00 PM SH Room 103 This bill appropriates $20,000,000 to the department of transportation for municipal bridges, and $20,000,000 to the department of transportation for additional “Apportionment A” distributions.
Of Interest HB609 relative to energy facility siting. Science, Technology and Energy Tue 3/7 9:00 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill establishes the regulation of energy facility siting within the public utilities commission and establishes new procedures to replace the site evaluation committee.
Oppose HB142 relative to the operation of the Burgess Biopower plant. Science, Technology and Energy Tue 3/7 10:30 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill allows the public utilities commission to amend its orders as necessary to protect the continued operation of the Burgess Biopower plant.
Support HB127 relative to the declaration of a state of emergency. Executive Departments and Administration Wed 3/8 10:30 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill revises the authority of the governor and general court to declare, renew, or terminate a state of emergency.
Of Interest HB533 Public Hearing on amendment #2023-0705h to HB 533-FN, relative to public school human
rights complaints
Judiciary Wed 3/8 9:00 AM LOB Room 206-208 The amendment gives the commissioner of education the authority to issue subpoenas related to violations of the code of ethics and code of conduct for licensed or certified personnel.

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NH House To Consider Resolution Condemning Violence Against Peaceful Separationists

The Liberty Block - Mon, 2023-02-27 23:25 +0000

A House Concurrent Resolution proposed in New Hampshire would express the sentiment that the legislature condemns the use of violence against any group of people who support peaceful separation and self-governance. 

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7 Reasons We Should Continue Wearing Masks

The Liberty Block - Mon, 2023-02-27 20:08 +0000

Three years into the worst pandemic in human history, many people are becoming understandably complacent. Despite masks being perfectly effective at preventing the spread of coronavirus, people have been wearing them less than ever before since 2019. If protecting yourself and everyone around you isn’t enough of a reason to put on a mask, here are some more reasons why you should get in the habit of wearing at least a cloth mask. 

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Bill Hearings for Week of February 27, 2023

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Sun, 2023-02-26 19:14 +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 12 hearings in the House, we are recommending support of 2 and opposition of 0 with 1 being of interest.
Of the 0 hearings in the Senate, we are recommending support of 0 and opposition of 0 with 0 being of interest.

Position Bill Title Committee Day Time Room State Analysis
Support HB363 relative to deadlines for candidates filing by nomination papers for state general elections. Election Law Tue 2/28 11:00 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill changes the deadlines for candidates filing by nomination papers for state general elections.
Of Interest HB387 permitting election ballots to be viewed pursuant to a right to know request. Election Law Tue 2/28 1:30 PM LOB Room 306-308 This bill permits election ballots to be viewed pursuant to a right to know request.
Support HB136 relative to the department of health and human services collaborating and holding a roll call vote on final proposal of rules with the advisory council prior to departmental rulemaking. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Wed 3/1 9:30 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill requires the department of health and human services seek authorization from the advisory council for the department of health and human services prior to adopting departmental rules.

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New Hampshire Woman Publishes Collection of Corona-Fascism Poems

The Liberty Block - Sun, 2023-02-26 07:10 +0000

A local woman has published a book consisting of a few dozen of her written works over the past few years. Throughout the scamdemic, Cheryl Rounds has been spreading joy and hope with her smile, her memes, letters, and poems. For the first time, her work is available on Amazon and in person for readers in New Hampshire. The books will be offered in person for the first time at Liberty Forum, an annual pro-freedom conference held in Manchester on March 4th and 5th.

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Bad Democrat Bill Seeks to Tie Landlords’ Hands

The Liberty Block - Sun, 2023-02-26 01:02 +0000

Proposed by Cam Kenney [D] and co-sponsored by 11 other Democratic Representatives, House Bill 469 aims to prohibit landlords from discriminating against prospective tenants on the basis that they are a participant in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (low income housing/Section 8). There is a multitude of reasons why this bill is ridiculous, ranging from impracticality to subversion of the free market. 

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Big Damn Heroes party

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Sat, 2023-02-25 21:43 +0000

The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance and Porcupine Outdoor Recreation Club have a notion to show you a good time on the evening of March 2!

The event starts with a tailgate party outside of Chunky’s in Manchester at 5:00pm, followed by a Firefly/Serenity costume contest inside the theater at 6:30pm and a screening of Serenity at 7:00pm.

Tickets must be purchased in advance at https://porcupineoutdoorrecreationclub.wildapricot.org/event-5110001 and support the Civic Action Fund, so get yours before they’re gone and start preparing now to show us what Big Damn Heroes you are!

在那里!

The crew of Serenity

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60 State Reps vote to Send Tough Questions to IRS

Free Keene - Fri, 2023-02-24 20:44 +0000

Despite spending a dozen years in federal prison for helping tax freedom advocates Ed and Elaine Brown in 2006, Jason Gerhard is still taking on the evil IRS. Now a NH state representative, Gerhard filed a House Resolution, HR 16 that -if passed- would officially ask the IRS three tough questions:

  1. Where is the word “income” defined in the Internal Revenue Code?
  2. Where in the Internal Revenue Code is it written that the average American, who does not exercise a federal privilege but simply trades their time for money, is liable to pay the federal income tax?
  3. Why have numerous Internal Revenue Service publications, directors, and members of the United States Congress, among others, stated that the income tax is “voluntary”?

Unfortunately, the state house voted 283-60 – full roll call here – to kill the resolution. Thanks though to the sixty reps who voted for it, including Keene’s Jodi Newell. Here’s the full video from the house floor discussion and vote:

70 NH State Reps Voted to End the ENTIRE War on Drugs!

Free Keene - Thu, 2023-02-23 21:15 +0000

Nearly 20% of those voting on HB581 yesterday in the full New Hampshire house session, voted for ending the insane war on drugs ENTIRELY! The bill came out of nowhere, filed by rep Matt Santonastaso with little fanfare or press attention, despite the epic attack on the War on Drugs it represents. The public hearing came-and-went with little support, or opposition.

Yesterday, at the full house session, the bill came up for a vote and reps Santonastaso and Jonah Wheeler made excellent speeches in favor of ending the failed war on drugs, while Terry Roy who positions himself as a incremental drug reformer used fearmongering language to scare the reps into voting to continue the destruction of our neighbors’ lives. They then voted 286-70 to kill the bill.

Here’s a link to the full roll call showing exactly how all the representatives voted. Kudos to the brave 35 Republicans and 35 Democrats who did the right thing. Sadly many “A+” rated “liberty reps” voted to continue the drug war. What were they thinking? Anyone with a “Yes” vote on the roll call voted to kill the bill, so feel free to reach out to them and ask why. You can watch the full hearing here:

NH Dems Propose Taking Responsibilities Away From Adolescents

The Liberty Block - Thu, 2023-02-23 17:16 +0000

At its core, the debate reflects two divergent ideologies. Authoritarians believe that the government must control everything people do, especially when those people are below 18. Voluntaryists believe that people should run their own lives and that parents and adolescents can jointly determine how to navigate life’s choices.

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House Gold Standard – February 22, 2023

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Mon, 2023-02-20 23:40 +0000

(white) goldstandard-02-22-23-H.pdf
(gold) goldstandard-02-22-23-H-y.pdf

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Senate Gold Standard – February 23, 2023

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Mon, 2023-02-20 23:40 +0000

(white) goldstandard-02-23-23-S.pdf
(gold) goldstandard-02-23-23-S-y.pdf

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Republican bill would restore due process for arrested persons

The Liberty Block - Mon, 2023-02-20 04:44 +0000

Five Republicans have proposed legislation that would fix a common but little-known issue in the criminal justice system. As we all learned in grade school, we are supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law after a fair trial. We are legally innocent until we are convicted unanimously by 12 of our peers. And being innocent means that we cannot be punished in any way by the government.

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NBC Docu-Series Tells Story of Free State Project and New Hampshire

The Liberty Block - Sun, 2023-02-19 21:21 +0000

The duo also interviewed opponents of the Free State Project. The authoritarian interviewees in the series are likely to make the argument for a larger and stronger government, less personal liberties, higher taxes, more government control over education, more government spending, & more policing and surveillance. 

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Liberty Dinner 2023 early bird tickets on sale now!

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Sun, 2023-02-19 21:06 +0000

The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance cordially invites you to its 2023 Liberty Dinner on Saturday July 22nd, with tickets at last year’s prices for a limited time!

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 (liberty-themed and otherwise)—plus a special surprise!

Get your tickets at libertydinner.com!

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New Hampshire’s Free State Project – How Freeing a Single State from “Government” Could Free Us All

The Liberty Block - Sat, 2023-02-18 23:39 +0000

People around the world are organizing various efforts to secure an area with political sovereignty to implement societies free from the control system of “government.” The largest and most exciting is the Free State Project in New Hampshire.

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Letters to the Judge -Time is running out!

Free Keene - Tue, 2023-02-14 20:01 +0000

We’re not happy about it, but the jury has spoken. I was found guilty of all eight non-violent, victimless charges I faced at trial in December. Though we are going to appeal all eight counts, I have to be sentenced before the appeal can be filed. The prosecution is asking for upwards of 20 years, however no charge has a minimum sentence, so in theory I could receive time served for the 69 days I’ve already done and then some amount of probation or home confinement in lieu of prison. It’s all up to the judge.

If I have had a positive effect on your life, perhaps you’d consider writing a letter to judge Laplante to explain why you think I should remain out of prison. What kind of benefit have I brought you and the community as a whole? Why does putting me behind bars cause more harm than leaving me out in productive society? These are some of the things you may want to focus on in your letter.

While you likely have strong feelings about the FBI, the prosecution, or the jury in this case, none of that will be relevant to the sentencing hearing, so leave out your opinions on the process, please. While I have my critiques of the prosecutors, I’ve said along the way that I was surprised at how fair Joseph Laplante was, so I’m optimistic. He’s been thoughtful, is capable of changing his mind, and played things fairly evenly during the process.

Please address your letter to “The Honorable Joseph Laplante” or “Judge Laplante”. You may want to talk a little about yourself and what you do for a living and what you have done, especially with regard to any military or government work.

You are welcome to send a draft to me via email at ian at freetalklive.com or if you are confident in what you’ve written, send a signed original via snail mail – include your contact info – to:
Ian Freeman
63 Emerald St. #610
Keene, NH 03431

Please don’t delay as we need these well in advance of the April 14th sentencing date. Thank you.

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