All The World’s A Stage

There’s a restaurant in Keene called The Stage. But there’s no stage quite like the one that sits adjacent to it: Keene Central Square. Made famous by dozens of courageous arrests, Central Square plays host to the most bizarre encounters ever to be imagined.

In this video, activist and FreeKeene.com blogger Garret Ean records as he and members of the group “Stop Free Keene!!!” are locked in a never-ending chalk-removal battle. Some people are chalking while others are removing the chalk with water.

Local cop (and occasional persecutor for ‘the State’) Jason Short arrives and asks if there is a problem. Immediately the cries come from both sides, like children reacting to daddy coming home and finding siblings fighting.

Paraphrasing:
“We are just trying to clean up the park, and these mean people keep making it dirty!”
“They sprayed water on me! Don’t we have a right to the first amendment?”
“Yes, yes, calm down children. Behave. You’re both right. Now just get along, will you?”
“Don’t tell us what to do!”

One girl with bleached and fading pink hair faces a much taller Jason Short as if confronting a bully, and then, teary-eyed, dramatically walks away. Hamming it up.

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Libertarian Party sues NH Secretary of State over ballot access law

Courthouse StepsThe NHCLU filed suit today against Secretary of State Bill Gardner over a ballot access law that makes it more difficult for parties other than the protected two to get on the ballot.

A press release written by Gilles Bissonnette, Staff Attorney for the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union reads, in part:

[T]he NHCLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Libertarian Party challenging HB1542. HB1542 is a new state law passed this year that imposes onerous restrictions on the ability of third parties to gain access to the ballot in future elections. This law limits voter choice and stacks the deck against candidates who—like roughly 40% of Granite Staters—don’t belong to a major party. HB1542 is wrong and unconstitutional. (more…)

AKPF #1: Courtinuance

With the exciting double parking ticket trial of AKPF #1 co-producer Garret Ean last week, the audience is treated in this episodeakpf_trial_2014_07_18 to the complete and illustrated footage of the court hearing featuring infamous faces of the Keene criminal justice system. Judge Edward Burke hears the case brought forward by KPD prosecutor Jean Kilham, with AKPF agent Jane called upon as the sole witness. In this inquiry, we see how eager to object to anything and everything that the state’s representative is, and Burke also plays a significant role in tipping the hand of the defense on lines of questioning. Ultimately, most arguments are not permitted to be made, and the disproportionate fine of five dollars per offense is levied, though compensated partially in Obamacoin.

Bitcoin Makes Sentinel Front Page, Above-the-Fold!

BitcoinThanks to the Keene Sentinel’s Martha Shanahan for her feature article about local bitcoin-accepting businesses that appears on the front page of today’s Keene Sentinel, above-the-fold!  She interviews the operators of Corner News, Stone Farm Bed and Breakfast, Moda Suo, and Carroll Garden Center regarding their experiences as local businesses accepting bitcoin.

Bitcoin is a decentralized currency and financial transaction network that is changing the world.  One bitcoin is worth over $600 at the time of this writing.  As time goes on, more merchant solutions are being released that are making accepting bitcoin at brick-and-mortar business easier and easier.  These local businesses are the pioneers in this space.  How exciting that bitcoin is being used in Keene!

If you’re on facebook, join up with the Keene Bitcoin Network!

Here’s the Sentinel’s story:

As Silicon Valley investors and currency speculators continue to keep their sights — and dollars — fixed on Bitcoin, a small number of Monadnock Region businesses are dipping their toes in the water to experiment with the electronic currency.

 

When someone comes into the Corner News in Keene interested in buying something with Bitcoin — about three or four times a week, owner Roberta Mastrogiovanni said — both parties whip out their smartphones. (more…)

Columnist Fears 200 FSP State Representatives, Eventually

nhcm_masthead[1]In a wonderful hitpiece that appears in the Concord MonitorMatt Murray, the creator and editor of NH Labor News acknowledges the significance of the Free State Project.  He predicts that after 20,000 move here that we could have 200 state representatives!  What a pleasant vision for the future.  Thanks, Matt, for proving, again, that the FSP is the greatest (peaceful) threat to the statist quo!  Here’s his guest column for the Monitor:

 

We are well into the 2014 election season, and there’s a lot at stake. (more…)

Black Sheep Rising – Episode 61

 

More reminiscing on PorcFest 2014 • Douche bag of the week: Gov employee steals half a million in quarters • Tattoos •Think you know how to flirt?  Study says you probably suck at it • Ellen joins • Show notes at: BlackSheepRising.org