June Meeting And More

our meeting placeJune 16 is our monthly meeting.  We meet in Belmont at the New Hong Kong Buffet.  We gather in the large room on the left near the buffet. Stop by for lunch with your liberty loving neighbors.

If you’re looking for all more liberty connections in New Hampshire check out this calendar.

On your way to ForkFest this weekend, stop by.

On Sunday there is a work party to put the finishing touches on Tony’s place in Tilton; check in for details.

PorcFest is coming up on the 19th through the 24th.

Litter pick-up looks like July 1; details coming, mark your calendar.

LRP Beach Day will be July 15, save the date!

LLL – Liberty Lunch in Laconia; with several folks living and working in Laconia, we’ve had a few lunches on the fly.  We general make arrangements via text messaging.  If you’d like to get into the text group, shoot me an email mike@lakesregionporcupines.com or drop a comment below.

April Litter Pickup Postponed and Meeting

Looking at the calendar, our monthly meeting falls on the 21st; same time, same place. Speaking of calendars, if you’re looking for all things liberty related in New Hampshire check out this calendar.

Litter pick up postponed! (freezing rain overnight)

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It’s time for our spring cleaning. We’ll be doing our first litter pick up, before the daffodils come up, on Sunday the 15th of April. We will start with breakfast at Shooter’s Tavern at 8:00 then hit the road around 9:00 (if you want to skip breakfast) . We are usually done within a couple of hours.

 

March Mega Meeting

dining roomMarch 17th is our monthly meeting and you are free to wear a bit of green too.four leaf clover

We start at noon with lunch and chatting among the local liberty crowd.  This month we will be joined by Rachel Goldsmith, executive director of the Free State Project, for a mini State of the Free State and AMA (ask me anything) starting around 1:00.  While most of our attendees have moved as part of the liberty migration, many are locals or those who came to NH for liberty before Jason Sorens dreamed up the idea.

We meet in Belmont at the New Hong Kong Buffet.  We gather in the large room on the left near the buffet.  Stop by for lunch with your liberty loving neighbors.

If you’re looking for more liberty connections in New Hampshire check out this calendar.

If you’d like to get an event posted here, shoot me an email mike@lakesregionporcupines.com or drop a comment below.

Laconia Rep. Hout Wants Your AR-15

The Laconia Daily Sun reports on February 24, 2018:

State Rep. David Huot, D-Laconia, who was a judge for 33 years, said that, if re-elected, he will introduce a bill that would ban the sale or transfer of AR-15 rifles.

“My view about these things is you deal with the immediate issue,” he said. “All the mass murders that you have are with AR-15s, so I guess that’s what you try to attack.

“The objective would be to tamp this thing down a bit. I don’t want to take anybody’s gun away.”

Rep. Hout doesn’t want to ‘take’ anybody’s gun, but he does want to keep you from buying or selling an AR-15.  Having been a judge Rep. Hout should be familiar with the term ‘taking’.

Many types of government action infringe on private property rights. Accordingly, the Fifth Amendment’s compensation requirement is not limited to government seizures of real property. Instead, it extends to all kinds of tangible and intangible property, including but not limited to easements, personal property, contract rights, and trade secrets.

To put it very simply, if you can not sell your AR-15, its value has been greatly diminished.  Rep. Hout swore an oath to the Constitution and his proposal is a direct violation of his oath.

Perhaps the people of Laconia will make sure that Rep. Hout is not re-elected so they can be certain that he will not be coming for their guns.

You can't hide your intentions Rep. Hout.
You can’t hide your intentions Rep. Hout.

 

Community Rights Amendment

An amendment to the New Hampshire constitution is currently being considered (Feb. 2018).  CACR 19 titled ‘Right of Local Community Self-Government’ is offered as a local control amendment.  Let’s take a look at this thing.

You will notice that this is composed of two sentences, and the first one is a whooper:

[Art.] 40.  [Right of Local Community Self-Government.]  All government of right originates from the people, is founded in their consent, and instituted for the general good; the people have the right and the duty to reform governments when those governments manifestly endanger public liberty; and sustainable environmental and economic development can be achieved only when the people affected by governing decisions are the ones who make them; therefore, the people of New Hampshire have an inherent and inalienable right of local, community self-government in each county, municipality, city, and town to enact local laws that protect health, safety, and welfare by recognizing or establishing rights of natural persons, their local communities, and nature; and by securing those rights using prohibitions and other means deemed necessary by the community, including measures to establish, define, alter, or eliminate competing rights, powers, privileges, immunities, or duties of corporations and other business entities operating, or seeking to operate, in the community.

In the beginning, “All government of right originates from the people” can be reworded to, ‘a just body politic must come from the people who create it.’ I think we are doing well so far.

Then, “is founded in their consent” inserts the ‘social contract.’  Let’s just assume for now that ‘their consent’ means everybody agrees to this ‘government of right’, but stipulate that all measures produced by this just government will require 100% agreement of the body politic.

Moving on, “and instituted for the general good“, as we are assuming unanimous agreement, everyone agrees that any rule adopted will help most people and harm none.  Who would agree to something that would cause harm to themselves?

On to the next clause we have “the people have the right and the duty to reform governments when those governments manifestly endanger public liberty.”  All of a sudden we have a “duty” to reform multiple “governments.”  Where did these other governments come from and why is it your responsibility to fix them? ‘Huston, we have a problem!’  If we are living by the just government of our first clause then one person removing their consent is all that is needed for it to be ‘reformed’.  Reformed, hmm, must we reform?  Perhaps we would be better off without.

Despite the fatal flaws we’ve already encountered, let’s press on.  “and sustainable environmental and economic development can be achieved only when the people affected by governing decisions are the ones who make them“, this is a statement which presents itself as a fact, but in reality can only stand as an opinion.  A constitution of a just government is no place to be inserting opinions; only those who agree with the opinion could possibly be a party to such a body politic.  Perhaps this is where those other governments will be created, in opposition to a government based in the stated opinion previously expressed.

The flaws of the opening statements preclude an sensible reading of the conclusion; “therefore, the people of New Hampshire have an inherent and inalienable right of local, community self-government in each county, municipality, city, and town to enact local laws that protect health, safety, and welfare by recognizing or establishing rights of natural persons, their local communities, and nature.”  This being a proposed amendment to the New Hampshire constitution which would be voted upon by only those whom qualify as voters in the state, it would fail to meet its first statement regarding ‘All government of right.’

More absurdity is found in the notion of “establishing rights of natural persons.”  If we believe that people have the right to create government and without people there can be no government, how is it possible for government to establish rights for its own creator.  One would need to use a bit of circular logic to work that out.

Let’s note that this ‘just government’ is also “establishing rights of”… “their local communities, and nature.”  We might need to explore what this community is and how it expresses its government granted rights.  How ‘nature’ lets us know about its rights is beyond comprehension.

We’ve come this far, and the truth is located near the end.  “and by securing those rights using prohibitions and other means deemed necessary by the community, including measures to establish, define, alter, or eliminate competing rights, powers, privileges, immunities, or duties of corporations and other business entities operating, or seeking to operate, in the community.”  Just so you don’t miss it, “using prohibitions and other means deemed necessary by the community” is where they pull out the guns and tell “corporations and other business entities” how things are going to be run in the ‘community.’

Finally we come to the second sentence which loops its way around to the mouth of the snake and down its own throat:

 Local laws adopted pursuant to this article shall not weaken existing protections for, or constrict the fundamental rights of, natural persons, or their local communities, or nature, as those protections and rights are secured by local, state, federal, or international law.

While this amendment would serve as the basis of a good episode of The Twilight Zone, it is only suitable for an ITL (inexpedient to legislate) in the house.

 

March Jury Outreach

We will be handing out juror rights flyers to potential jurors in March and April. Dates for the March 2018 jury pool; March 19, April 2, and April 16.  We will start at 8:30 and likely cross the street for a coffee at 9:00.

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February Meeting

our meeting placeFebruary 17 is our monthly meeting.  We meet in Belmont at the New Hong Kong Buffet.  We gather in the large room on the left near the buffet. Stop by for lunch with your liberty loving neighbors.

If you’re looking for all more liberty connections in New Hampshire check out this calendar.

Coming soon, LLL – Liberty Lunch in Laconia; with several folks living and working in Laconia, we’re planning a weekday lunch.  Stay tuned here (you do get RSS feeds in your email, don’t you) for a the date and place when we get it together.

If you’d like to get an event posted here, shoot me an email mike@lakesregionporcupines.com or drop a comment below.

Fake News

It’s nothing new;

I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors.

The Laconia Daily Sun reported on the county budget meeting.  If one takes the time to read the source documents they will find that the Sun seriously lacks credibility, their spin on the facts could provide material for The Onion.

Here are the real details:

Representative Sylvia’s proposed budget appropriates approximately $400,000 for spending in 2018 over the actual spending of 2017.  The reader should observe that the year end spending spree, approaching $150,000, reduced funds available to be returned to surplus.  Much of that spending paid for items included in the commissioners’ 2018 budget.

Sylvia’s budget trims $23,211 from the corrections department from their 2017 spending level.

The bloated nursing home budget was reduced by $399,817 from the 2017 spending level.

The sheriff’s department has an increase over 2017 spending by $55,374.

The county attorney receives and increase of $31,854.

The Sun rounded up the cut to county maintenance from $38,954 to $40,000, but who can blame them, we all like round numbers.

Speaking of round numbers, not reported by the Sun, Sylvia rounded up UNH Cooperative Extension to $153,000, B.C. Conservation District to $62,000 and Community Action Program to $48,000.

More fun to come next Monday Jan. 29 at the county complex in Laconia.

Dangerous Delay

The Belknap County delegation met on Monday Jan. 22 to work on the county budget for 2018.  The county operates on a calendar year, so beginning on January 1, the county has no appropriations.  While the county has long practiced a policy of continuing spending until a budget is finally set (generally in March), there is no authority in the statues which allow such a practice.  In fact, the statutes are very clear, with no appropriation the county commissioners can spend no funds from the county treasury.

At the meeting a vote was taken which unanimously rejected the commissioners’ $29 million budget proposal.  Another budget proposal, which would have set the budget level with 2017 spending, was also scrapped.

Rep. Sylvia had prepared a budget proposal to offer as a reasonable compromise.  His budget kept the property tax increase down to 11%, and allowed for a 1.5% increase in spending for county operations.

Rather than taking a serious look at a well formed budget, Rep. Hout of Laconia, preferred to deploy a stalling tactic, and moved to adjourn the meeting.  This irresponsible motion passed, and the delegation departed with no consideration of the lack of appropriations necessary to fund county operations.

This stalling adds another unnecessary meeting for which the taxpayers will shell out $600.  Further, the taxpayers face a serious possibility of being forced to pay the legal costs of defending the county commissioners for misappropriating county funds.