Monday, October 31, 2016

"The People's Liberty" - Part The Fifth

A series on The Constitution of the State of New Hampshire, its origins and its restraints upon government. Presented by NH State Representative Dan Itse, at Murphy's Taproom, Manchester, NH, 10/30/2016.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Breast Cancer Awareness and Benefit Concert

Murphy's Diner, Manchester, NH, 10/23/2016.

Organizer Jenn Coffey sez:
"Thank you to everyone that came out today to support the Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care, every penny raised is one more to help patients and survivors.


Special thanks to: Matt Connarton from for sponsoring the event, Keith Murphy and all the staff at Murphy's Diner for hosting the event, Ron Noyes and the guys from the Ron Noyes Band, Scalawag, and Scott Saisky for the awesome music, Alicia LaCasse Photography, Bill Alleman videography, David O'Hare, Jesse Coffey, and Jennifer Morris for volunteering to help and to all those that donated their time, their money, and prizes for the cause.

Extra special hugs to the little boy who won the 50/50 raffle and donated the money to the Payson Center for Cancer Care. A total number will be available after Keith Murphy has a chance to add up the sales from today's event as he has generously offered to donate 25% of the proceeds to the Payson Center for Cancer Care! A formal check presentation will take place at the Payson Center November 1st at 1pm. All are Welcome to attend.

Watch for video coming to TV as well as a radio edition. Stay tuned to for more information on the Payson Center and all the other professional services offered at Concord Hospital."

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

"The People's Liberty" - Part The Fourth

A series on The Constitution of the State of New Hampshire, its origins and its restraints upon government. Presented by NH State Representative Dan Itse, at Murphy's Taproom, Manchester, NH, 9/25/2016.

Quotes referenced in this installment:

"Behold, the fool saith, "Put not all thine eggs in the one basket' -- which is but a manner of saying, 'Scatter your money and your attention'; but the wise man saith, 'Put all your eggs in the one basket and -- WATCH THAT BASKET!'"
-Pudd'nhead Wilson-
Mark Twain

"A democracy cannot survive as a permanent form of government. It can last only until its citizens discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority (who vote) will vote for the candidates promising the greatest benefits from the public purse, with the result that a democracy will always collapse from loose fiscal policies, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest democratic nations has been 200 years. Each has been through the following sequence:
1. From bondage to spiritual faith.
2. From faith to great courage.
3. From courage to liberty.
4. From liberty to abundance.
5. From abundance to complacency.
6. From complacency to selfishness.
7. From selfishness to apathy.
8. From apathy to dependency.
9. And from dependency back again into bondage."
-Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay-
author and politician, in a letter to a friend in 1857
Or was it...
-Alexander Tytler-
Scottish born British attorney, half a century earlier

Monday, August 29, 2016

"The People's Liberty" - Part The Third

A series on The Constitution of the State of New Hampshire, its origins and its restraints upon government. Presented by NH State Representative Dan Itse, at Murphy's Taproom, Manchester, NH, 8/28/2016.

Friday, August 26, 2016

You In...?

Particularly given the remarkably widely loathed horrific alternatives imposed on the electorate by the Duopoly, unquestionably yes. A no-brainer, really. Ya can't get what ya want by dutifully, repeatedly voting in favor of not getting it. That's -- at best -- self-perpetuating "fail". "But this election cycle is just too important...!" Yeah, it always seems to be that way, doesn't it...?  And, yeah, it actually always is. Do the right thing this time. Other people's failures to uphold principles aren't your responsibility to correct, even if you could...
You've heard of a Sit-In. Don't miss the You-In.
RSVP's are not required but appreciated.  Bring a friend!
Come join #TeamGov at our first Rally in New Hampshire on the steps of the State House! Could Gov. Johnson actually represent the majority of America in the 2016 election? Learn about Gov. Johnson and his success as a two-term Governor from NM. See why Johnson/Weld are skyrocketing in support. Join us and let's make history together.

Gov Bill Weld will be joining Gov. Johnson. Both Governors will answer questions from the audience.  #YouIN
Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
New Hampshire State House Steps - 107 North Main Street, Concord, NH 03303
We've sorta been here before, of course, 5 years and a (slightly) more sane campaign season ago. Back in 2011, Johnson announced his 2012 presidential candidacy in this same plaza. And we locally produced a campaign ad for him. We had him as a guest on 'Capitol Access' once, too.


Monday, August 8, 2016

"The People's Liberty" - Part The Second

A series on The Constitution of the State of New Hampshire, its origins and its restraints upon government. Presented by NH State Representative Dan Itse, at Murphy's Taproom, Manchester, NH, 8/7/2016.

Monday, July 18, 2016

"The People's Liberty" - Part The First

A series on The Constitution of the State of New Hampshire, its origins and its restraints upon government. Presented by NH State Representative Dan Itse, at Murphy's Taproom, Manchester, NH, 7/11/2016.

Monday, July 11, 2016

NHLA 2016 Liberty Dinner

The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance convened at Manchester's Derryfield Restaurant for the NHLA's 2016 Liberty Dinner. Celebrated this night were the annual Legislator of the Year and Activist of the Year award winners, and several other awards, as well as the unveiling of the 2016 Liberty Ratings, the legislative scorecard for all NH House and Senate members.

The speaker for the evening was CIA whistleblower, John Kiriakou.
"We are pleased to announce that the famous John Kiriakou will be speaking at this year's Liberty Dinner! John Kiriakou is an Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow. Kiriakou is a former CIA officer, former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and former counterterrorism consultant for ABC News. He was responsible for the capture in Pakistan in 2002 of Abu Zubaydah, then believed to be the third-ranking official in al-Qaeda. In 2007, Kiriakou blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program, telling ABC News that the CIA tortured prisoners, that torture was official U.S. government policy, and that the policy had been approved by then-President George W. Bush. He became the sixth whistleblower indicted by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act — a law designed to punish spies. He served 23 months in prison as a result of the revelation.

In 2012, Kiriakou was honored with the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage, an award given to individuals who “advance truth and justice despite the personal risk it creates,” and by the inclusion of his portrait in artist Robert Shetterly’s series Americans Who Tell the Truth, which features notable truth-tellers throughout American history. He was later named “Peacemaker of the Year” by the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County, California. He won the PEN Center USA’s prestigious First Amendment Award in 2015 and is the author of The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror."

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

"OK, We Agree To Not Hurt You MORE Than We Do Now"

Say thank you.

There's incrementalism and legitimate (preferably temporary) tactical compromise in the fight to regain individual liberty, and there's abject capitulation to authoritarianism. Essentially bargaining to retain merely the status quo. In this case, an unauthorized, immoral and ridiculously expensive in both blood and treasure -- to say nothing of simply empirically appallingly failed in its stated mission -- status quo, that satisfies nothing but "Big Pharma" and the police and prison unions, accomplishes nothing but to protect their profits, at your wallet's and your liberty's expense. Guess which is on display here?

When the 2 chambers (House and Senate) of NH's Legislative Branch -- the General Court -- pass differing versions of the same bill, and the 2 chambers can't agree on one of them, they can approve what's known as a Committee of Conference, where "leadership"-selected delegates from the 2 bodies meet to try to hammer out a compromise version that will be satisfactory to their peers.

This is such a Committee of Conference, 5/24/2016, regarding this session's edition of NH's mind-numbingly unremitting marijuana "decrim" dance. Not "legalization," mind you, which nevertheless sports approval of almost two thirds of the electorate. No, merely lessening the penalties -- supported by more than 70% (how's that for "representative government"?) -- that servant-government-with-no-lawfully-delegated-prohibition-authority-to-begin-with can rain down on your head for the defiant temerity of preferring a (safer) drug that it DOESN'T sell on the side of the highway. (You can find the Senate hearing on the House's original and typically overwhelmingly-passed 2016 'decrim' bill here.)

What we come away with, in startlingly record time, is a "compromise" that they won't, in fact, increase fines, as the Senate contingent magnanimously agrees not to get even tougher on peaceful people harming no one. The House's "actual decrim" version was never even proposed; that body's contingent certainly made no effort to make the proceedings at all uncomfortable for the Senate's devout prohibitionists. Busy day, busy day...

This Kabuki is preceded by (most of -- oopsie) a news conference directed by Marijuana Policy Project's New England Political Director Matt Simon that itself lasts about 10 times longer and is, as is sadly to be expected, far more informative, rational and fact-rich than the Committee's clearly preordained "deliberations".

This election season, make your directions clear to those who would presume to "represent" you. The Carsons and Forresters and  Hosmers and Hassans and assorted other authoritarians and blind prohibitionists of this world who purport to own you need to be sent off to find less harmful things to do.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

No, Actually: Let It Begin HERE

What? Where? The Pine Tree Riot? One of the first acts of rebellion by the American colonists? Yeah, you know Weare...

"We would love to have you join us as we commemorate one of the earliest acts of American resistance against British tyranny. Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire will celebrate the 244th anniversary of the Pine Tree Riot which occurred in 1772 in Weare, New Hampshire.

Long a symbol of centralized government overreach, the Pine Tree Riot was a testament to the spirit of independence, freedom, and the New Hampshire way of life. Therefore, it is fitting that the celebration of the anniversary of the spark of the American Revolution takes place during the same week as the day Americans are forced to hand over their hard earned money to an overgrown federal government.

Be a part of a liberty loving community who will hear from distinguished speakers about the importance of standing up for freedom and opposing the encroachments of our rights by an ever-growing government. Refreshments will be served. The event will begin at 6pm and go until 8pm.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
WHERE: Weare Town Hall Public Meeting - 16 North Stark Highway, Weare, NH 03281

Hope you can join us!"

Sarah Scott
Field Director
Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire

History & Press

Let's raise a very appropriate tankard this day to the very able Ebenezer!

(If you're still struggling, the title refers to Captain John Parker's orders to his company of militiamen at the Battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775: "Stand your ground; don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.")