Friday, October 16, 2015

Is Religion a Matter For the State To Define?

Or is the State the reason religious liberty is explicitly protected -- from the State -- in the first place? And yet, here we are, 10/15/2015, asking the State to rule on the State's authority. To quote a different favorite cultural reference (and seriously, nobody's isolated Jubal Early...?), "Does that seem right to you...?" As the Concord Monitor article starts out...
"A 5-year-old, nontheistic religion founded in New Hampshire – unusually characterized by its reverence for sword fighting and its meeting place, a Concord bar – argued its case for a property tax exemption before the state’s Supreme Court on Thursday.

The leaders of the Church of the Sword said they were treated unfairly when a Westmoreland home owned by the church and occupied by a pastor was denied tax-exempt status last year. They said it should qualify as a 'parsonage' under state law.

In March, their appeal to the Cheshire County Superior Court was dismissed. The court issued an opinion stating the Church of the Sword 'is neither religious nor a church,' but rather it 'is clearly a social organization that uses religious vocabulary to describe its practices' and that its doctrines 'are far more related to politics and self-improvement than to religion.'

By taking the case to the Supreme Court, the libertarian activists and Free State Project members who comprise church leadership brought themselves to the fore of a trend in the state. At least three newly created churches with Free State Project ties have sought tax exemption in varied court cases in 2014 and 2015. ..."
Sorry, Silas. To riff further on "The Big Lebowski," anarchism and nihilism are not the same thing (yet even the nihilists chose to belong to a group)...


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

"Aggression Kills"

Now, ain't that a revelation. Keynote speaker Dr. Mary Ruwart, author of "Healing Our World," addresses the assemblage at the NH Liberty Alliance's 2015 Liberty Dinner.

But first, the legislative year in review and presentation of awards for Activist of the Year and Legislator(s, sorta, and historically so) of the Year.

Complete NHLA 2015 Liberty Rating here.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BREAKING: No One Opposes Saving Lives

Not even the usual suspects. Huh... HB271, "relative to possession and administration of an opioid antagonist for opioid-related overdoses," before the NH Senate Health and Human Services Committee, 4/21/2015.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Weare PD: As Consistent As They Wanna Be

Except that consistency, per se, provides us no useful insight whatsoever into the thus allegedly consistently produced quality, now does it?

According to our own Weare Community News:
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will visit Weare on April 6 to examine all aspects of the Weare Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. ...

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session that Monday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m.  in the Weare Public Safety Complex Training Room at 144 North Stark Highway, Weare.
Do allow your humble chronicler to synopsize the evening's agenda items: "We are The Accreditors. Any questions? Great! Drive safely!" Not quite the "public role" one might have been excused for expecting, no?

This appears to be the local arm of the accrediting cartel. My understanding is that, much like ISO9000, this certification merely confirms that a consistent process is in place, not that that process is actually effective or lawful (as opposed to merely and ostensibly "legal") or desirable, or anything.

And I suspect contrary to Rep. Kurk's hopeful assessment, Weare taxpayers will be paying regardless of the outcome. But they get a plaque an' everything. Hey, what if we made the cops pay for it, themselves? Betcha it suddenly wouldn't be quite so important then, eh...?


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Citizen Brings Pot To Senate Pot Hearing

Doesn't get arrested. Chaos doesn't ensue. Society doesn't collapse. Nobody -- not even a dog -- dies. Seriously, check it out. HB618, "relative to penalties for the possession of marijuana" -- decrim -- barrels into the NH Senate Judiciary Committee, 4/7/2015. The House passed 'decrim' (yet again) last month.

The prohibitionists, clearly again terrified, are careening headlong toward Crazy Town...

(Ok, his testimony starts at about 54:30...)


NH Police Chiefs and NH Dept of Safety Part Ways

Who saw that coming...? The reliably recalcitrant and defiantly authoritarian NH Association of Chiefs of Police and the evidently not-always-quite-so-much NH Department of Safety break ranks on not arresting people who help an overdose victim. HB270, "granting immunity from criminal prosecution to a person who reports a drug related emergency," before the Senate Judiciary Committee, 4/7/2015.

'Course, representing the chiefs is the always entertaining Chief Crate, and I'm never completely certain that he's not intentionally doing a subtle and satiric form of social commentary. See if you can tell...


Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Having cleared the NH House handily in mid-March again (and again), the Senate Judiciary Committee now takes up HB494, "relative to industrial hemp as a controlled substance," 4/7/2015.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Words -- And Punctuation -- Mean Things

SB116, "repealing the license requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver," having cleared the NH Senate, is now before the House Criminal Justice Committee, 3/24/2015. The House's own version, HB582, has been retained by the same House committee.

Oh, and do yourself a joyous favor, and catch Ian Underwood's testimony at about the 49:00 minute mark. He renders an argument I make constantly, myself, generally in the broader context -- although never so eloquently. And not like he hasn't done it before...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

No Means No, DHS. Piss Off, Already.

The NH Senate Transportation Committee hears public testimony on SB262, "relative to the form of drivers' licenses and identification cards," 3/3/2015. The third NH coming of the seemingly-impossible-to-kill-actually-dead REAL ID Act.

Word is that they "Exec'd" the bill (voted on the committee's recommendation to the full Senate) before I'd even gotten home: "Inexpedient to Legislate." Evidently, at least some of the committee must remember the very public opposition to REAL ID back when we got the ban passed that this bill is trying to repeal -- for your convenience, citizen. Yeah, I wouldn't want to be on the pointy end of that, either...


Friday, February 20, 2015

Stealing Is A Crime, Isn't It?

Taking property from those whom you have not convicted of any crime -- and as I understand it, are, in fact, therefore innocent until proven guilty -- is stealing. Even -- perhaps especially -- when government does it. "Equitable sharing" is equitable only among the thieves.

Last year's bill to restrict such actions (just a little, since it has no effect on the feds) has been retooled, and today, 2/19/2015, the NH House Judiciary Committee hears testimony on HB636, "relative to forfeiture of property" -- civil asset forfeiture.