Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Surprising Little NH Uke

Sights and Sounds from the 1st Annual NH Ukulele Picnic, Greeley Park Bandshell, Nashua, NH, 8/24/2013.




Monday, August 26, 2013

If You Don't Tell Your Employees To Stop, Who Will?

NoMoreBearcats.com press conference opposing just the next Concord, NH, 'BEARCAT' Attack Truck, 8/26/2013. If you're a Concord resident, go sign the petition, then come back and watch the video. Go ahead. We'll wait...

Learn more about Concord area law enforcement's giddy anticipation of their 'Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck' here.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Front Line Against Police Militarization

That's the people, btw. You, in point of fact, dear reader. By special request, some highlighted testimony from the City Council public hearing regarding the acquisition of a ManBearPig-- er, I mean BearCat, AKA, "Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck," the "Homeland Security" grant-subsidized (so, your money, regardless) armored attack truck (the manufacturer's description, although the cops prefer the rather more innocuous "rescue vehicle," which isn't exactly prominent in the militarizing marketing materials for some reason) by local law enforcement's Special Operations Unit, in Concord, NH, 8/12/2013. Sign the petition at No More BEARCATS. See the full hearing and links to lots of previous media here.



Friday, August 16, 2013

Why Would 5 Dozen People Help One Family Move?

Mary and Jason "Mr. Free State Project" Sorens -- who additionally explains their motivations here -- arrive in NH to stay. Some friends stop by to welcome them.

Music courtesy of Kevin MacLeod.



Thursday, August 15, 2013

Police State Too Much? Send in a Marine!

During testimony at the Concord City Council public hearing regarding the acquisition of a ManBearPig-- er, I mean BearCat, the "Homeland Security" grant-subsidized (so, your money, regardless) armored attack truck (the manufacturer's description, although the cops prefer "rescue vehicle," which isn't exactly prominent in the marketing materials for some reason) by local law enforcement's Special Operations Unit, in Concord, NH, 8/12/2013, there was this little gem from retired Marine Colonel Pete Martino.

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"Peter Martino is a citizen of the State of New Hampshire. Mr. Martino is a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve who has been mobilized three times. During his military career, he commanded an infantry platoon, company, and battalion. He was also the senior U.S. adviser to an Iraqi Army brigade. Mr. Martino has had a successful civilian career providing training, consulting, and program management services to private companies and to state and federal agency contractors. Mr. Martino presently holds a top secret security clearance."
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Two Hundred Activists and a Committee

Down below somewhere is video of the opposition rally and the subsequent City Council public hearing (starts about 5 minutes in) regarding the acquisition of a ManBearPig-- er, I mean BearCat, the "Homeland Security" grant-subsidized (so, your money, regardless) armored attack truck (the manufacturer's description, although the cops prefer the rather more innocuous "rescue vehicle," which isn't exactly prominent in the militarizing marketing materials for some reason) by local law enforcement's Special Operations Unit, in Concord, NH, 8/12/2013. Lots of really good -- and ultimately empirically effective -- testimony. By somebody's count, 4 (including the cops) in favor, and 44 opposed. What ever would Andy Taylor think...? From the Facebook Event:
The City of Concord is holding a public hearing on whether it should accept a $258,000 DHS grant for a militarized, armored vehicle called the BearCat (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck).

When Concord approved the application for a DHS grant, it stated: "Groups such as the Sovereign Citizens, Free Staters and Occupy New Hampshire are active and present daily challenges."

This represents an extremely disturbing trend among police departments towards militarization and intimidation of peaceful, non-violent activist groups. If approved, the Bearcat will be used in 20 local communities, including Plymouth State University.

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Events
Rally against the Concord Bearcat for 8/6
General Assembly: Former and Current? Occupiers respond to Concord PD Bearcat request for 8/9
Stop the Bearcat! - Concord to use tank against activist groups for 8/12
The September City Council meeting, 9/9 -- Count on it...

Lenco video
The Lenco Bearcat G3.mp4 - YouTube
LENCO’s Banned BEARCAT Promo Video Now Available Via Torrent! - Free Keene (3/8)

Petition | City Council of Concord, New Hampshire : Vote against militarization; stop intimidation of the people. | Change.org


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