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Guns, Weed, and Bitcoin: Among the Free Staters at Porcfest
FEATURE: What I saw at the Porcupine Freedom Festival
BY: CJ Ciaramella   
July 3, 2014 9:00 am

I'm only posting like the first 20% of the article.

LANCASTER, N.H.—There is a specter haunting New Hampshire—the specter of libertarianism—and every year it holds a huge party in the middle of the woods where people carry guns, smoke weed, prepare for the collapse of society, and trade Bitcoin for beer.

Since 2001, libertarians have been trickling into New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project. The aim is to turn the Granite State into the freest, least-regulated place in the nation. There are around 1,500 Free Staters in New Hampshire now, and most of them congregate every year at the Porcupine Freedom Festival, a weeklong party where just about anything goes.

The movement has confused some in New Hampshire who weren’t aware they were living in an authoritarian police state, and has alarmed Democrats who love the government. Democratic state Rep. Cynthia Chase once called the Free Staters the “single biggest threat the state is facing.”

I travelled to the 11th annual Porcfest, as it’s known by attendees, to see this domestic threat for myself. The festival is located at a private campground a mile or so outside the town of Lancaster, up in northern New Hampshire among the White Mountains.

In the midst of this verdant scenery, more than 1,000 hardcore libertarians gather every year to live out their idea of a society free from overbearing government.

General / Porcfest XI - 2014 Porcupine Freedom Festival
« on: March 24, 2014, 06:31:36 PM »
Porcfest XI - 2014 Porcupine Freedom Festival

Homemade ice cream, grass fed beef, BBQ, fresh organic juice and Hempzels are just a few of the amazing Agora Valley vendors who have already confirmed for PorcFest XI. Dozens more at http://porcfest.com/vendors/agora-valley/
- will you be there?

Feeling adventurous? The world's funniest economist says you should check out PorcFest. Not only that, he's putting his money where his karaoke is, with Bob Murphy Variety Hour on Thursday and Freedom Feud on Saturday. Don't miss it!

Come see why New Hampshire is ranked 2nd in the nation for motorcycle ownership. Come for BIKE WEEK LACONIA NH, stay for PorcFest, move for liberty in your lifetime! http://bit.ly/1g0YD8s

"I am really impressed with the Free State Project because you're not just talking about it, you're doing it."
— Thomas Drake

If you attended Liberty Forum last weekend, you can probably identify with these sentiments. Please join us at PorcFest in June for much more liberty. Through Friday, tickets are only $45 for the full week of amazing events. Register now at http://www.PorcFest.com

General / Life without sales taxes
« on: February 18, 2014, 01:31:24 PM »
Have you ever wondered what life would be like without sales taxes? What would you do? Where would you go?

General / FTL will be Live at Liberty Forum 2014
« on: February 12, 2014, 08:49:50 PM »
It's that time of the year again. Free Talk Live will once again be live from the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua, New Hampshire during Liberty Forum.

The 2014 Liberty Forum happens from Feb 20th to Feb 23rd in Nashua, New Hampshire at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. http://nhlibertyforum.com/

This year, some of the many great speakers include: Jeffrey Albert Tucker, Amanda Billyrock, James Bovard, Bill Buppert, Thomas Drake, Bruce Fenton, Mark Warden, Cody Wilson and Naomi Wolf. Of course, there any many other speakers and some speakers are still unannounced.

The early bird special for the 4 day conference long ago passed, but the regular price is still just $150. Thursday is entirely free so if money is tight, no worries. If you just want to attend the evening events on Friday or Saturday, that's $30 each.

Listening to radio shows in the studio is free for everyone during the whole event.
Th, Fri and Sat night, FTL will be live from 7pm - 10pm Eastern Time.
Additional, on Thursday, Off the Air Live will be live in the same studio starting at 10pm
On Saturday, Puke & the Gang will be live at 3pm, Off the Air Live at 10pm and ALP at 11pm.

If you have any questions, please contact me. Thanks.

BTW, please order your tickets now as prices increase starting Saturday.

Machine guns by state, New Hampshire wins

Machine Guns per 1,000 People by State
Top Fifteen States:
1. NH 7.47
2. CT 6.13
3. MD 4.03
4. VA 3.69
5. ME 3.51
6. AL 3.25
7. WY 2.88
8. ID 2.72
9. IN 2.60
10. AZ 2.58
11. NV 2.48
12. KY 2.44
13. GA 2.23
14. AK 2.21
15. UT 2.13

Bottom Fifteen States:
36. NC 1.15
37. KS 1.14
38. WI 1.12
39. NE 1.10
40. TX 1.10
41. IA 1.06
42. MA 0.99
43. MI 0.92
44. NJ 0.78
45. CA 0.76
46. DE 0.62
47. RI 0.57
48. WA 0.55
49. NY 0.38
50. HI 0.31

See more and sources at link http://nhfreedom.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/machine-guns-by-state-new-hampshire-wins/

The Show / The Porcupine Realtor and Porc Therapy makes Forbes!
« on: January 14, 2013, 02:49:00 PM »
Great job Mark and Steph!

There are 7 links in the article so I didn't even going to bother posting the article here.

1/14/2013 @ 11:52AM
Personal Branding Around Communities and Political Beliefs

The flag of the Free State Project, a modified Gadsden flag (Photo: Wikipedia)

General / FOX News: Cynthia Chase vs. Free Staters
« on: January 12, 2013, 03:01:44 PM »
Even Fox News is almost fair and balanced from time to time.

TV coverage
FOX News on Cynthia Chase vs. Free Staters

Fox News online
Grapevine: Blue language for green energy advocate Al Gore
Written by Bret Baier / Published Friday, January 11, 2013 / Fox News
Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Unwelcome Mat

A New Hampshire state legislator says she wants to restrict the freedoms of conservatives and libertarians.

Breitbart.com reports Democrat Cynthia Chase is urging colleagues to prevent small government advocates -- called Free Staters -- from taking over New Hampshire politics.

Chase writes -- quote -- "Free Staters are the single biggest threat the state is facing today. What we can do is to make the environment here so unwelcoming that some will choose not to come and some may actually leave. One way is to pass measures that will restrict the 'freedoms' that they think they will find here."

General / Any advice for stopping drinking?
« on: January 01, 2013, 10:31:13 PM »
I've come to the conclusion that I need to stop drinking alcohol. Has anyone here stopped drinking before? I'm wondering if there are tips on what I should or shouldn't do. Is there an OTC pill that's helpful? Is there a good, inexpensive, none AA programs? Any tips or advice is helpful. Thank you.

General / Free State Project participants have 101 reasons to move to N.H.
« on: December 13, 2012, 10:08:32 PM »
December 13. 2012 11:10AM
Free State Project participants have 101 reasons to move to N.H.
By Henry Metz and Dan Moberger

Here is the 1st 1/2 of the article. Click on the link to read the other 1/2.

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series that will explore the Free State Project. This week, we look at who Free Staters are and why they choose to live in New Hampshire.

It is a movement that began outside of New Hampshire by a group of people who describe themselves as “pro-liberty activists,” and in 2003 they made the decision to call New Hampshire their home.

They are participants in what is called the Free State Project, an organized effort to get 20,000 libertarian-leaning individuals to weave their way into the Granite State’s political, social and business tapestry.

Formed out of a belief that government – as stated on the group’s website – exists “at most to protect people’s rights, and should neither provide for people nor punish them for activities that interfere with no one else,” the Free State Project has, thus far, brought approximately 1,100 people to New Hampshire from other parts of the country.

State Rep. Mark Warden is one of those people. A citizen of the Granite State since 2007, Warden recently won election to a second term in the state Legislature, where he represents Goffstown, Weare and Deering.

“I moved here from Las Vegas, Nev.,” said Warden, a real estate agent. “I was single – I still am – and so it was fairly easy for me to just pick up and leave. I was involved in new home construction in Nevada, and I was getting more and more interested in becoming an activist. Overall, I love it here. The winters are cold, but the scenery is beautiful.”

Warden, like many other Free State participants, found that the scenery wasn’t the only thing that attracted him to New Hampshire. He left Nevada for many reasons, not the least of which was New Hampshire’s tax policies – specifically, the lack of an income and sales tax, as well as no capital gains tax.

Freedom from taxes is included in a list of 101 reasons why Free Staters should move to New Hampshire, according to the organization’s website.

In fact, taxes – or a lack of them – figure heavily in what the Free State Project considers the leading virtues of the Granite State. New Hampshire has no inventory tax, the list points out, nor does it have a tax on “machinery or equipment.”

The fact that motorcyclists need not wear a helmet and adults need not wear seatbelts also make the list, as does the fact that New Hampshire has some of the least restrictive gun laws in the nation.

For Warden, who in the most recent election defeated Granite State native Aaron Gill, New Hampshire is an ideal state to pursue the ideals of the Free State Project.

Warden bristles – only slightly – when it’s suggested that Free State participants are little more than libertarians with an updated mission statement and goal.

“That’s a bit of an oversimplification” he said. “But certainly there are libertarian-leaning participants among the Free Staters who are mostly people with families and good paying jobs who take a nonviolent, nonaggressive approach and who believe that less government is better government.”

Warden believes government creates more problems than it solves, a view echoed by the Free State Project’s official literature.

General / Network with NH liberty groups on Facebook
« on: November 27, 2012, 01:42:36 PM »
I'm working to create a database of all of the Facebook pages and (open) groups for New Hampshire liberty organizations. You could do the same thing for another state. This is a great way for people to network and have more access to more liberty oriented information without even brushing their teeth.

26 listed so far. Hopefully the list will continue to grow.

General / Proof that even FTL BBS folks can get elected in NH
« on: November 24, 2012, 01:01:43 PM »
Sure, in some states felons are not even allowed to vote. In New Hampshire, not only are felons allowed to vote, they are aloud to run and often win. For example, a friend of mine who served 9 years or so in jail was recently elected as a Republican in New Hampshire.

This is a different story, though. This is a person who has spent her entire adult life in trouble with the law (for crimes with a victim). She did his time, got out and has now won 2 elections, including to the New Hampshire House. This is how easy it is to get elected in New Hampshire. How much did her campaign cost? Likely her total expenses were close to the $2 filing fee.

Nashua voters elected felon to N.H. House who is very familiar to Laconia police
Written by Gail Ober

LACONIA — As news of the first transgendered individual to win election to a seat in the New Hampshire Legislature works its way through the Internet, little to nothing has been said or written about Stacie Marie Laughton's past — especially during her years in Laconia.

Laughton, recently elected as one of three lawmakers to represent Hillsborough County House District 31, is a convicted felon and served 4 1/2 months in jail in 2008 for conspiracy to commit credit card fraud. She was also convicted of tire slashing and at one point reportedly admitted she faked illness to gain an ambulance ride from Weirs Beach back to the heart of Laconia.

According to N.H. State law, convicted felons can run for public office as long as they are not incarcerated and they have successfully completed any court-ordered probation.

According to a source who is familiar with Nashua politics, District 31 largely consists of Ward 4 — a Democratic Party stronghold in the city center where voter turnout is traditionally low and both parties often find it difficult to field candidates. In the November election, Laughton bested two Republicans and neither she nor the two other Democrats were challenged in the September primary.

Laughton came to Laconia from Nashua, where she was raised, in 2003, to be near her parents, who had moved to Gilford. At the time, Stacie Marie was named Barry Charles Jr. and in 2005, during her first run for public office — the Laconia City Council in 2005 — she listed her occupation as pastry chef but said she was between jobs. During her time in Laconia, she lived primarily in public assistance housing and engaged in a number of small, home-based businesses, including selling vegetables.

In December of 2006, she lost an election for the at-large seat for the Laconia School Board to incumbent Marge Kerns.
In 2009, she again ran for the Ward 3 seat on City Council, again against Henry Lipman.

In September of 2010, Laughton, running as a Democrat and listed on the ballot as Barry "Stacie" Laughton, lost a Democratic Primary race for one of the five Laconia seats in the N.H. House.

Just 21 at the time, Laughton gained 108 votes (18 percent) in her first run for Laocnia City Council. When she ran for the same office again in 2009 her vote total dropped to just 39 votes (10 percent). She was one of three candidates in the 2006 School Board race, garnering 49 votes (2 percent). And she was the one candidate eliminated in the 2010 Democratic Primary race for the Laconia House seats, attracting 167 votes.
But while Laughton was waging her bid for elective office, she was also attracting attention from the justice system.
On July 5, 2006, Laughton and her now ex-wife Lisa went to Weirs Beach to view the annual fireworks display. Police reports obtained from the Laconia Police said the Laughtons called city police via 9-1-1 at 2:13 a.m., at 3:16 a.m. and at 3:45 a.m. because they were stranded.
They were told city police were not in a position to give them a ride back to Laconia proper — about five miles — where the two lived.
On the last call to 9-1-1, Laughton stated she was suicidal and that Lisa Laughton had fallen. They requested two ambulances and two were sent, along with a city police officer.

Both were transported to Lakes Region General Hospital where Laughton told the attending physician initially that he had called the ambulance because he couldn't sleep and suffered from depression.

In the next breath, reports indicate Laughton said, "Honestly Doc, I was at the Weirs fireworks and didn't have a ride home."
The doctor declined to treat Laughton further and the police said they were unable to drive them home. They called a taxi who took them the short distance from LRGH to their home, told the driver they needed to go inside to get the $4 fare, and never returned to the waiting driver — who called the police.

Records indicate that two police officers went to their Church Street apartment and pounded on the door until Laughton answered. Laughton said he wouldn't pay the $4 fare because the taxi service has assured them that it would run until 2 a.m. but didn't.
Police said she became "increasingly agitated," finally telling the two officers that Laconia District Court Judge David O. Huot (also elected to serve in the new Legislature the 2012 election as a Laconia Democrat) would "laugh the charges out of court" and there was nothing the city police could do about it.

Laughton was charged with one felony count of creating a public alarm (for calling emergency services) and for theft of services — the taxi cab ride from the hospital. The county attorney did not prosecute the felony however, Huot accepted Laughton's guilty plea for theft of services.
Also in 2006, Laughton was convicted of misdemeanor criminal mischief for slashing the tires of another resident in her apartment building with whom he had a long-running disagreement. She was ordered to pay $647 in restitution.

In 2007, Stacie Marie — who was still Barry C. — and Lisa Laughton ran afoul of Laconia Police again.

This time in May, Laconia Police learned from a woman at the Church Street apartment building where the couple had lived before moving to 103 Blueberry Lane, also a Laconia Housing Authority property, that a Citi-Bank credit card had been opened in her name but she didn't open it.
After an investigation, police detectives determined the Laughtons had opened the credit card account in the woman's name and had purchased electronics and paid bills with it.

Documents obtained from Belknap County Superior Court indicate Laughton was indicted on one felony count of conspiracy to commit fraudulent use of a credit card, one count of conspiracy to commit identity fraud, and one count of falsifying physical evidence for disposing of two of the computers, two cell phones and a printer after learning of the police investigation.

On July 29, 2008, she pleaded guilty — under the name of Barry Charles Jr. — to the three charges.

Laughton was sentenced to 7 1/2 to 15 years for conspiracy to commit credit card fraud — all suspended pending 10 years of good behavior, and 3 1/2 to 7 years for the falsifying physical evidence — again suspended to 10 years good behavior. The two suspended sentences were concurrent.

She was sentenced to serve 12 months with four months suspended in the Belknap County House of Corrections for conspiracy to commit fraudulent use of a credit card. According to Department of Corrections media spokesman Jeff Lyons, Laughton served four and one-half months in jail and was released on November 21, 2008.

Ordered to remain on probation for two years, Laughton's probation ended on November 22, 2010. She was ordered to pay $1,991 in restitution, joint and severed with Lisa Laughton. To date, $1,706 remains unpaid, said Lyons.

During the course of legal proceedings, Laughton's attorney asked for a competency evaluation to determine Laughton's mental fitness for trail.
On July 8, 2008, Judge Kenneth McHugh ordered that she was competent to stand trial and was able to assist in her own defense.
McHugh's order recapped some of the testimony of the July 7 hearing of N.H. Chief Forensics Examiner Dr. James Adams.
In his order, McHugh noted that this was the second time Adams had done a competency hearing for Laughton who was given a "primary diagnosis of ADHD with some associated learning disabilities as well as Anti-Social Personality Disorder. But he said the diagnoses would not interfere with Laughton's ability to understand the court proceedings.

On the contrary, Adams said that Laughton did "markedly poorer" on the 2007 test than in the 2003 test although some of the questions were the same.

"The defendant did so poorly that Dr. Adams was compelled to conclude that he intentionally mis-answered the questions," wrote McHugh. "Even such a basic question as 'What is a felony?' was described by the defendant recently as a way to get off a criminal charge."
McHugh wrote that Adams' report stated that even if someone had guessed at all of the answers he or she would have done better than Laughton, leading both the doctor and McHugh to conclude she was a malingerer — defined by Webster's Dictionary as someone who feigns illness to avoid duty or service.

"Thus in Dr. Adams' mind, it was the goal of the defendant to fail all tests because the defendant had determined that to the extent that there were going to be any consequences with respect to his pending criminal charges, he would be better of if those consequences were resolved in a mental health setting rather than in a criminal trial or where confinement in jail or prison was a possibility," McHugh wrote.

General / Is a world with only children and a turkey anarchy?
« on: November 21, 2012, 02:46:16 PM »
If you are like me, you've already listened to this video a dozen times. Sure, it is a great video, but is there a deeper message?

I think so. The world only has middle school kids and a giant turkey that only eats grits. Is this what anarchy would look like? If not, why not?

Nicole Westbrook - It's Thanksgiving (Official Video)

General / County by County recommendations for the NH 11/6/12 election
« on: November 05, 2012, 09:44:27 AM »
You aren't gonna find a list like this in any other state :)

Seriously, do you know anyone in New Hampshire? Please share this list with them. Thanks!

County by County Recommendations for the 11/6/2012 Election in New Hampshire
November 5, 2012


3 of the most powerful Democrats in New Hampshire sue the EPA
September 18, 2012

Is the federal Environmental Protection Agency trying to bankrupt several Democratic cities in New Hampshire?

The Democratic mayors of Dover, Rochester and Portsmouth, the 4th, 5th and 7th largest cities in New Hampshire, are suing the Environmental Protection Agency.  They claim the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, A.K.A. the Clean Water Act, isn’t just about clean water. They further claim that some of the regulations under it, regulations that may cost the New Hampshire Seacoast communities hundreds of millions of dollars to comply with, may not even clean up the environment. The major issue at hand is a water treatment plant in highly Democratic Dover which was build decades after the Federal Water Pollution Control Act became law.  While the Act is old, some of the issues the mayors are concerned with are related to a 2009 ruling change when New Hampshire was controlled by Democrats and the US was controlled by President Obama.

Kinder Nelson talked about how climate change is natural and not man made when he spoke on behalf of the Great Bay Coalition, a group fighting the Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of the Democratic mayors. Highly Democratic Exeter, New Hampshire is also involved in the lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency.

I don’t know if the Democrats will be able to prove their case that climate change is natural in this instance and not cause by man. However, if they don’t win, look for property taxes to skyrocket in these already highly taxed Democrat controlled cities. If you are thinking about moving to one of these cities, I’d consider holding off until after the court decides on the issue.

Read more about this issue in the Fosters Daily Democrat. http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120918/GJNEWS_01/709189911/-1/FOSNEWS

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