FSP News - June 2010
- FSP News - June 2010 PorcFest 7
The 7th annual Porcupine Freedom Festival is less than two weeks away!
Join us June 24th through the 27th at Roger's Campground
<http://www.rogerscampground.com/> in Lancaster, New Hampshire.
PorcFest 2010 is going to be the biggest one yet! Check out the schedule
<http://freestateproject.org/news/festival> and start planning your
weekend in the Free State. Be at the opening ceremony on Thursday
evening with Stefan Molyneux <http://www.freedomainradio.com/> , and
stay afterwards for the 80's Dance Party! Also,
* Don't miss live music Friday night with many talented musicians and
headliner Jordan Page <http://www.myspace.com/jordanpagemusic> . *
Exchange ideas with Larkin Rose as he discusses how to achieve freedom
"for those few who WANT it!". * Get interviewed by Ernest Hancock of
Freedom's Phoenix <http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/> on Liberty News
Radio and Republic Broadcasting Radio. On Saturday night, catch Ernie's
speech before the start of Soapbox Idol. * Join former governer of
New Mexico, Gary Johnson, at the closing ceremony Sunday morning. Stick
around after the speech for the awards ceremony. * If you're
interested in attending either Marc Steven's seminar or Michael
Badnarik's Constitution class, it's not too late to sign up
<http://porcfest10.eventbrite.com/> . Tickets are limited for both
events, and there are fewer than 10 left for each, so don't wait until
PorcFest to purchase yours. * Don't forget, theme camps are being
encouraged this year. Decorate your campsite, and you could be our first
ever Best Campsite winner! * PorcFest is also all about our in-state
Porcupines.... Don't miss your chance to meet and mingle with the
activists on the front lines of freedom... Bring your questions, and
make the move!
Online registration <http://porcfest10.eventbrite.com/> for PorcFest is
$25 (18 and under FREE!) and $30 at the door.
To book your accommodation, call Roger's at 603-788-4885 or visit them
online at www.rogerscampground.com/ <http://www.rogerscampground.com/> .
See you in June! Since the Free State Project relies on the generosity
of freedom lovers such as yourself, please consider contributing
<http://www.freestateproject.org/volunteer/donate> to help support
outreach events like the Porcupine Freedom Festival as well as effective
advertising on liberty oriented sites. Your donation brings us closer to
achieving Liberty in Our Lifetime.
Police Ordered to Return NH Dealer's Switchblade Inventory
Hot on the heels of New Hampshire's achieving total knife freedom
iberty> , police have been ordered to return confiscated switchblades.
Abe Foote of Abe's Awesome Armaments in New Hampton, NH, who was an
unfairly prosecuted victim of New Hampshire's former restrictions on
switchblade sales, was reunited on Wednesday with some of the knives the
police had seized.
Unfortunately, approximately one third of the knives seized by the
police remain unaccounted for, having disappeared from the evidence
room. An internal investigation has been launched by the County
Prosecutor. Knife Rights attorney and Freedom's Point award winner
Evan Nappen got the court order for the knives' return.
Details at this post on ammoland.com
Two Free Staters Honored at BLADE Show in Atlanta, GA
Source of article below: PGNH
New Hampshire State Representative Jennifer Coffey, a senior Advisor of
PGNH, and attorney Evan Nappen, PGNH General Counsel and Director, were
presented with awards at the BLADE show last week in Atlanta, Georgia.
The BLADE show included an awards breakfast sponsored by Knife Rights,
Inc., with keynote speaker Alan Gura, the lead attorney for the landmark
Heller case in which the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Second
Amendment two years ago. At that breakfast, Jenn Coffey was presented
with Knife Right's inaugural "Freedom's Edge" award, the first of an
annual series. Per the Knife Rights press release:
The Freedom's Edge Award is to be given annually to honor a
local, state or national elected representative who has demonstrated
their commitment to a Sharper Future by leadership in the fight to
protect or enhance our knife rights.
Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter said, "Representative Coffey is being
recognized for her courageous initiative and sponsorship of the New
Hampshire Knife Rights Bill which will legalize switchblades, dirks,
daggers and stilettos for New Hampshire citizens." With support from
Knife Rights, at this time the bill has passed by unanimous consent in
both houses and is on its way to the Governor for signature. [Note: the
press release was written before Governor Lynch signed the bill on May
18.] This will make New Hampshire one of the most knife-friendly states
in the country. Said Ritter, "The Freedom's Edge Award
represents a Sharper Future for all knife owners."
Evan Nappen, who took the stage to introduce Rep. Coffey, was surprised
to be presented with another Knife Rights award, the inaugural
"Freedom's Point" award, also the first of an annual series. Per a
second Knife Rights press release:
The Freedom's Point Award is to be given annually to honor a
individual citizen who has demonstrated their commitment to a Sharper
Future by leadership in the fight to protect or enhance our knife
Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter said, "Evan Nappen is being recognized
for two significant contributions during the past year. Last summer,
when U.S. Customs was attempting to redefine what a switchblade was in a
manner that would have adversely impacted 80% of the knives sold in the
U.S. today, Evan volunteered to develop Knife Rights' official response
to U.S. Customs. He put together an excellent legal brief clearly
exposing the fallacies and inconsistencies of Customs' position in a
matter of a few short days." That effort eventually resulted in Congress
passing an amendment to the Federal Switchblade Act exempting assisted
opening and one-hand opening knives."
Doug continued, "Every legislative initiative requires someone local to
lead the charge. In New Hampshire, it was Evan who worked long hours to
rally support for the Knife Rights bill introduced by Representative
Jenn Coffey. It was Evan who spearheaded the fundraising effort. It was
Evan who organized the testimony in front of the committees. We would
not have been so successful in New Hampshire if it weren't for the
leadership and hard work of Evan Nappen." The Knife Rights Bill passed
in New Hampshire legalizes switchblades, dirks, daggers and stilettos.
Evan was further honored later at the BLADE show's dinner banquet, when
he was awarded the show's coveted Publisher's Award for his many
important contributions over the past year. These included not only the
New Hampshire legislation and help with many other legal issues all over
the country including Arizona's state preemption law, but most
significantly his twenty-page legal brief which many believe was a
critical factor in Congress's landmark legislation not to reclassify
most folding knives as switchblades. Evan received this award as a
representative of all the individuals and groups who fought for knife
freedom throughout this year.
NH Liberty Radio
New Hampshire Liberty Radio <http://www.nhlibertyradio.com/> has posted
interviews with several Free State Project movers and activists.
Recently, they've interviewed Carla Gericke
<http://nhlibertyradio.com/NHLR20100519.mp3> to discuss the upcoming
annual Porcupine Freedom Festival <http://www.porcfest.com/> and
Videographer David Ridley <http://nhlibertyradio.com/NHLR20100602.mp3>
to discuss happenings in the Free State Project community. For an
archive of past shows and to listen to future shows, visit
nhlibertyradio.com <http://www.nhlibertyradio.com/> .
Most Livable Cities
Forbes has listed the Manchester-Nashua area one of America's most
al-estate-top-ten-jobs-crime-income_slide_5.html> . This is on top of NH
being ranked #1 <http://os.cqpress.com/StateRank2008_Rankings.pdf> in
the nation for quality of life and livability five years in a row.
Made the Move Interview: Jason Talley
Jason Talley, founder of Bureaucrash <http://bureaucrash.com/> and
traveler with Motorhome Diaries <http://motorhomediaries.com/> , has
made the move to NH. See his interview here
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuA1iDYUO3I> . For more interviews with
movers and other cool videos related to the Free State Project, check
out and subscribe to our YouTube page
The sign on the door said "Mead Asps - Merchandise Detective". The sign
on my bottle said "According to the Surgeon General, women should not
drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth
defects." But as I wasn't a woman, and wasn't planning on getting
pregnant any time soon - I took a long swig. I waited for my throat to
stop burning and my eyes to clear then looked at the bottle again. It
also said, "Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to
drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems" Well, I
wasn't driving, the most dangerous machinery I was likely to operate was
a stapler, and May has already come and gone. I took another slug and
while I was at it, finished the bottle. A soft knock at the door mingled
with the ringing in my head. Hoping it was the liquor store delivery kid
with my dinner, I called out, "Come on in." Through my blurred vision I
couldn't see details, but this dame looked like a shiny gold sovereign
in a sea of dirty reserve notes. Even through my watery eyes I could
tell she was the perfect blend of Ethel Merman and Daryl Hannah. Her
lips parted, she hesitated for only a heartbeat, and with the sweetest
voice this side of a purple finch said, "Mr. Asps, I'd like to hire
you." At least that's what it sounded like, the blood rushing through my
ears like congressmen stampeding toward a taxpayer funded buffet made it
rather difficult to tell for sure. I put a calm, confident look on my
face and replied, "Hire me for what? Loose your copy of the tax code?"
That was the booze talking; it didn't like me very much and wanted to
make sure I never had a girlfriend. "No, Mr. Asps," her voice now tinged
with just a tiny bit of frost. "I want you to find me some
merchandise... some Free State Project merchandise." This time the booze
didn't talk; it walked over and smacked me upside the head with a
blackjack. When I came to my senses, she was still there, waiting
patiently with a hopeful look on her face. I stood up, brushed off my
suit, walked around the desk and leaned against it in my most casual
pose and said "FSP Merchandise, huh? That covers a lot of ground. Are we
talking key chains, tee shirts, can koozies? Are you sure you know what
you're getting into?" She looked me right in the eyes and replied with
steely determination, "Yes, I do, Mr. Asps. I want the stickers, I want
the books, I want the pins, I want the flags. I want one of everything.
Are you the man to get them for me, or will I be paying someone else?"
She pulled out a giant wad of bills, enough to buy a pack of gum with
anyway. "I hope you have more, you know my time ain't cheap", was my
snide reply. With a cocky bend in her neck she pointed a thumb and said,
"My dump truck's out back, where do you want it?" Even the booze was
speechless at this point. Our eyes met in understanding. And after a
little self-composition I said, "Why don't we go down to the café
around the corner and down a cup of joe while we plan this out. Tell me,
have you ever heard of the FSP Silver Round..."
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philosophy expressed in our Statement of Intent, that government 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.
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