Wednesday, February 22, 2017

An Idea Whose Time Has Finally Come...?

"Inevitable," even? Could it be? The last time we visited this rodeo, back in 2014, the NH House became the first legislative body in the country to pass marijuana legalization via HB492. This year, this day, 2/21/2017, hard on the heels of the House repeating that action a few weeks ago with the similarly themed HB656, the Senate Judiciary Committee finally gets around to actually considering its own version, and chills to a similarly tranquil SB233, "relative to the legalization and regulation of marijuana and establishing a committee to study the legalization of marijuana."

One cop and one predictably deeply authoritarian/prohibitionist organization in opposition. The unmitigated "mistake," Lt John Encarnacao, always reliably recalcitrant Commander of the NH Dept of Safety's Narcotics Unit, is in the incessantly unsupportable conviction (see what I did there?) that prohibition ever works. Ever. Even that one time when it was foolishly and expensively (in blood, treasure and liberty) actually lawfully authorized... to meddlesome paternalistic hammer-wielding people like you.

Your employers -- that's the taxpayers, since you seem a might fuzzy on that point -- have had enough, and have given you your instructions. End the "War on People Who Use (Some) Drugs"™. Why are we still talking about this? Why are you here, under the official auspices of the "servant State," lobbying our other servants to continue the destruction against our wishes -- and, without a lick of contrition, even on our dime, it really must be noted, unlike Cheshire County Department of Corrections Superintendent Van Wickler who, equally reliably, took time off to be here this day to talk reason?

You know what to do, people, House and Senate...


Saturday, February 4, 2017

"Legalization" Gets A Surprisingly Positive Hearing

'Course, to be fair, some of the Live Free Or Die State's New England neighbors have lit up a bit of a political blaze since the last time the NH state legislature visited this issue, what with MA and ME effectively ending (at least at the state level) "The War on People Who Use (Some) Drugs"™. And in addition to the continued stat that about two-thirds of voters want it, there's perhaps an air of inevitability and resignation finally entering the (selectively) unaltered consciousness of the prohibitionists.

Here, the NH House Criminal Justice Committee receives testimony on HB656, "relative to the legalization and regulation of marijuana," 2/1/2017. The NH House, of course, was the first legislative body in the country to pass cannabis legalization, so there's no excuse it can't do it again. Let your Representatives know you've got their backs.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Only Opposition to 'Decrim' is the Church...?

That's right. Even the ever-reliably prohibitionist nanny-staters at New Futures publicly and explicitly take no position on harming peaceful people a little less (to be fair, on a bill to which they admittedly can find no objection, so not all that great a stretch...).

On the other hand, the new last-gasp champion taking up the sword for the prohibitionist crusade is evidently the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester, it seems. Is persec--... sorry, prosecuting the "War on People Who Use (Some) Drugs"™, and imprisoning people who haven't harmed anyone -- and stealing your money to fund it, remember -- what passes for Christian charity these days? Is criminal justice reform now against religious teachings?

The NH House Criminal Justice Committee hears testimony on HB640, "relative to the penalties for possession of marijuana," 2/1/2017. Seems extremely hopeful -- hell, it's taken long enough -- but do consider giving your Representatives a push in the right direction. Then on to the Senate...


NH Constitutional Carry Appears Right On Target

SB12, "repealing the licensing requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver" appears to have acquired the governor's-desk target down-range. Herewith, the NH House Criminal Justice Committee hearing, 2/1/2017, followed immediately by its Executive Session, resulting in a speedy 12-8 'Ought To Pass" recommendation. Never a bad idea to share your thoughts with your Representatives, certainly, before it hits the House floor...


Monday, December 12, 2016

"The People's Liberty" - Part The Sixth

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, 12/11/2016.

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.