Aria DiMezzo & “Pho Keene Great” Suing NH Governor and “City of Keene” over Mask Mandates!

Co-Plaintiffs in Mask Mandate Lawsuit

Ian Freeman, Malaise Lindenfeld, Aria DiMezzo, co-plaintiffs lawsuit against mask mandates in NH.

In a fifty-seven page lawsuit filed today in federal court in Concord, New Hampshire, Aria DiMezzo and other plaintiffs including downtown restaurant “Pho Keene Great” are targeting the mask mandates issued by the “City of Keene” and “His Excellency”, NH Governor Chris Sununu.

Attorney Robert Fojo, who also sued Nashua earlier this year over their mandatory mask ordinance, is heading up the suit. In the detailed complaint, Fojo argues the City of Keene’s mask mandate is illegal, as New Hampshire is not a “home rule” state. Municipalities in New Hampshire are only allowed to create ordinances if state law authorizes it. Fojo says cities and towns do not have that authorization when it comes to masks. Additionally, Fojo says the Keene ordinance and Sununu’s state-level mask mandate on groups over 100 people is also a violation of people’s constitutionally protected rights.

In multiple counts, the suit points out the mask restrictions violate the right to assemble, due process, freedom of religion, and the freedom of speech via facial expressions and literally having one’s air passages restricted. Attorney Fojo cites some strongly-written Texas court decisions from this year including Abbott 20-0291 where the Texas Supreme Court agreed unanimously that, “The Constitution is not suspended when the government declares a state of disaster.” and Salon A La Mode, et al 20-0340, where the same court wrote, “All government power in this country, no matter how well-intentioned, derives only from the state and federal constitutions. Government power cannot be exercised in conflict with these constitutions, even in a pandemic…If we tolerate unconstitutional government orders during an emergency, whether out of expediency or fear, we abandon the Constitution at the moment we need it most.”

Sadly, too many people in New Hampshire have been obeying myriad outrageous infringements on our liberties. Some obey out of irrational fear of a relatively unremarkable virus that the media and governments across the world have blown way out of proportion. Others obey the draconian edicts because they are afraid of what their obedient neighbors might think. Business owners comply too, some because they either believe the government’s propaganda or think the restrictions are what their frightened customers want and they don’t want to lose their business. Other business owners obey the diktats simply because they are afraid of what the government goons will do to them if they don’t do as they are “ordered”.

As a result of this pervasive culture of fear, very few NH business owners have stood up against these arbitrary “orders” endlessly emanating from “His Excellency”, and yes, Sununu’s orders really do refer to him in that way.

Magician and Comedian Penn Jillette Wearing Pho Keene Great Shirt!

Magician and Comedian Penn Jillette Wearing a Pho Keene Great Shirt!

Thank goodness for Pho Keene Great, the best-named restaurant in all of New Hampshire that made international headlines after the “City of Keene” gang threatened their moniker during the 2018 Christmas holiday. Owner Malaise Lindenfeld is a local entrepreneur with a knack for opening and operating successful, trendy restaurants. Sadly, like so many businesses across New Hampshire and elsewhere, two of her three area restaurants, Audrey’s Cafe and Piedra Fina have been closed permanently due to the power-mad restrictions imposed this year by tyrant king Sununu.

When asked about her involvement in the lawsuit, Lindenfeld – who immigrated from Venezuela – said, “I am leary of being forced to do things “for the greater good”. Historically, the government starts with small actions and then moves on to sweeping changes that erode our freedoms. COVID-19 could be a case study on how this is true. We started with closing restaurants for two weeks to flatten the curve, and moved on to general lockdowns and mandatory mask wearing. Every time a new rule is made we are told that it is just one small sacrifice for the greater good. “If we could save one life”, we are told, it will all be worth it. But each small sacrifice adds up to one large violation of our rights. I have seen this as a Jew and as a Venezuelan, and I know that ultimately this is not about the greater good after all, but about the greater concentration of power. I am not willing to quietly relinquish my freedom.”

Lindenfeld’s co-plaintiff needs no introduction to those paying attention to the news in the last week. Aria DiMezzo who launched from relative obscurity to international headline-grabber by securing the republican nomination for Cheshire County Sheriff despite being a self-described “Anarchist She-Male” who also happens to be the High Priestess of the Reformed Satanic Church in Keene. Given Keene’s mask mandate targets all “business” including non-profits, her Keene-based church has standing to sue the city gang.

Masks- the new symbol of tyranny.

We will not obey.

DiMezzo weighed in regarding her reasons for being co-plaintiff in the case, saying, “It’s not about whether masks are effective or ineffective. That isn’t the issue here. It’s about whether the government can force me to put on a identifier…It’s about whether the government can turn you, my brothers and sisters, my friends, my family in humanity, against me on the basis of what I wear. This is not a Jewish star in Nazi Germany. However, precedents are important. If we allow this to happen, there is no telling what might come next.”

The third co-plaintiff is me, Ian Freeman, co-founder of Bitcoin Embassy NH in Keene and also minister of the Shire Free Church, which in addition to operating the Embassy, owns the building housing the Embassy. The Embassy also runs the local cryptocurrency meetup group that continued to hold meetings even in the early days of COVID in defiance of governor’s orders prohibiting gatherings of over ten. All the lawsuit co-plaintiffs were co-organizers of a mask freedom rally held in Keene’s Central Square after Sununu issued his “order” banning unmasked gatherings of over 100. The order targets organizers of such events with the penalty, not the attendees, much like the Keene mask ordinance that puts the consequences on local business owners, turning them into unpaid enforcers against their own customers, effectively forcing them to cut their own business’ throats.

This lawsuit isn’t perfect. It targets only the most symbolic of the insane restrictions put in place over the last six months – the mask mandates in Keene and statewide. It’s merely a starting point. The ideal suit would be to target all the governor’s orders and the statutes that enable him to issue them in the first place, however our attorney says that needs to be done in state court and our case here is federal. Attorney Fojo already has a couple of relevant cases pending in state court with other clients. Stay tuned here to Free Keene for updates regarding any progress or failure in regards to the legal pushback against this insane medical authoritarian state growing around us. Whether our suit prevails or not, we’ll never win so long as people keep obediently doing what these government goons tell them. When will you stop obeying?

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113 Comments

  1. Awesome news, and well said Ian!

  2. Super awesome!

  3. I stopped obeying ages ago and now I’m sick. hehe

  4. idk , this makes me more sceptical of aria: Now, i may have missed why she’s on the lawsuit, but it didn’t seem that there was any reason except that she wants to be and it makes it the lawsuit more sensational.
    And she gets more attention.
    Which makes me think she might be a bit of a attention whore, which throws more doubt on the validity of the assertion that she was a victim of vandalism. And that it could be self inflicted; because, attention.
    And i don’t want to think that. That would be disappointing. And a disservice to real assertions of hate crimes.

  5. Also what’s Fojo going to bring to the table this time that he didn’t bring in Nashua, where he lost the same lawsuit.

  6. Also what’s Fojo going to bring to the table this time that he didn’t bring in Nashua, where he lost with the same lawsuit.

  7. it’s not too early to point out that mask mandates being normalized are an important step towards forced vaccinations.
    People are already “legally” / forcibly prevented from putting what they want into their bodies, it’s not a very big step for “them” to forcibly put something into your body you don’t want.

    Any political types with friends in the legislature might want to ask them to put forth bills that proclaim there will never be a forced vaccine mandate in NH and include the concept that all individuals own their own bodies, sell it to liberals using their “my body my choice” mantra that they like to use to defend abortions etc.

    This of course assumes that a legislature will reconvene in the future. A bill such as this will polarize the issue and help to cut thru the bullshit. If a “state representative” ( oxymoron alert) wants to force a vaccine on others, make them publicly proclaim it. It’s a binary question, yes they support forced vaccinations or no, they do not. It also might raise awareness that there is a movement to legally protect vaccine makers from any harm their vaccines cause. Alternatively, and concurrently massive civil disobedience to the overlords illegal and rights stealing edicts is a good idea too.

    Either way, I don’t believe I will willingly accept a vaccination and claim the moral right to defend that position using defensive force to repel a forced vaccination. I invite others to proclaim their intentions on that issue. Knowing the difference between justifiable defensive force and offensive force doesn’t make the prospect of using defensive force any more palatable. i do, however “own myself” and if a person isn’t willing to defend that concept, however reluctantly, that person is already a slave.

    Ironically, I know of some people who want to “get rid of guns”, but also support forced vaccinations. They get uncomfortable when I ask them, if they get rid of guns how they will force people to be vaccinated. Those cognitive dissonant particles seem to penetrate their masks, even if only for a brief moment. I suggest, we need to be super spreaders of cognitive dissonant particles, a veritable pandemic of them.

  8. There can be the option of getting a vaccine or being expelled from society. Which turns out into, not a mandate

  9. We should try our best to expel the use of offensive force from our society. What happens after that will be peaceful, if we let it be.

  10. Anyone who recklessly spreads a deadly disease. It spreading death.
    And should be expelled.
    You can go with the expelled death spreaders of you wish.

  11. What is your answer to people recklessly and carelessly spread death Bob?
    You previous answer to it, makes them out to be victems

  12. i guess we differ in that, you think having to wear a mask is being a victim and i think dying is being a victim.
    That’s where the minority opinion loses out, because if they stick to it they won’t be able to do business hardly ANYWHERE

  13. you think having to wear a mask is being aggressed against.
    I think getting a death sentence is being aggressed against.

  14. Another ridiculous lawsuit to waste taxpayer money. To sue over something that may have saved your life is the most childish endeavor one can undertake.

    No one held a gun to your head and said you have to wear masks 24 hours a day. It was required when being in crowds of 10 or more. I seriously believe wearing something that may cause a little discomfort is a lot better than catching and possibly dying from covid.

    Leave it to some radicals to think they are above everyone else. All they want is there five minutes of fame. What do you really hope to accomplish? In my opinion, wearing masks is an important weapon in the fight against the corona virus.

    Has this lawyer, Robert Fogo ever win any of his lawsuits regarding this mandate in other cities?

    I have to admit, this will be an interesting lawsuit.

    Aria is really working hard to show the people of Keene how unstable one can be.

  15. “I was setup” !!!

  16. David Crawford, are you saying YOUR mask doesn’t protect you ?

    That’s like saying your hands are cold and before your hands can get warm, you have to force me to wear mittens so you won’t get frost bite.

  17. No, I didn’t say that.
    So you’ve not responded to what I said.
    Maybe if you just want quote what I said. WITH MY WORDS, WHAT I SAID.
    Then we can have a discussion, with mutual understanding.
    Because, in no way shape or form, did I say what you said.

  18. “Another ridiculous lawsuit to waste taxpayer money. To sue over something that may have saved your life is the most childish endeavor one can undertake.”

    Feeling sorry for the taxpayers today, huh Jacks? Wow. That’s really swell of you. Anyway, aren’t you laying it on a little thick with all this “save your life” crap? Especially in lieu of what’s happened in Nashville? Click on the link, muchkin. It’s from one of your favorite activist websites, so you know it’s all true.

    https://nypost.com/2020/09/17/nashville-accused-of-hiding-covid-19-cases-from-bars-restaurants/

    In case you’re too afraid to read it, I’ll summarize.

    Turns out the mayor of Nashville was conspiring with his minions in the health department to withhold data concerning the low numbers of ‘rona cases coming out of bars and restaurants in his city. And they did that all so they could continue placing severe restrictions on those venues. Wow. What a first-rate bunch of fellas, huh munchkin?

    By the way, these are just the assholes who got caught, Jacks. Makes you wonder how many other city governments out there doing the same things, huh?

    “No one held a gun to your head and said you have to wear masks 24 hours a day. It was required when being in crowds of 10 or more.”

    Mmm hmm. Awesome point, Jacks. Well, not really though. Because we’re still having those pesky government guns held to our heads anyways, aren’t we? Oh well. Potato, potato, right munchkin?

    “I seriously believe wearing something that may cause a little discomfort is a lot better than catching and possibly dying from covid.”

    Uh huh. But not everyone is as gullible as you are, Jacks. People like yourself will do ANYTHING your leaders tell you to – no matter how stupid and detrimental to their interests those things are. Naturally, smart people like the rest of us here don’t want dumb people like you and them making those kinds of decisions for us. Hence the problem. We’d prefer that you’d just do you and leave the rest of us alone. But your busybodying nature makes that pretty much impossible, doesn’t it munchkin?

    “Leave it to some radicals to think they are above everyone else. All they want is there five minutes of fame.”

    Mmm hmm. Radicals. Above. Fame. All fine points, Jacks. You’re a really smart feller.

    “What do you really hope to accomplish?”

    That’s simple, Jacks. Freedom from idiots like you. You went from smart feller to fart smeller after just two sentences? That might be a new record for you, munchkin.

    “I seriously believe wearing something that may cause a little discomfort is a lot better than catching and possibly dying from covid.”

    And the rest of us smart people see this mask-wearing fetish for what it really is: a tacit act of obedience. You’re cultists, Jacks. The rest of us don’t want to be a part of your cult. What happened in Nashville is part of the reason. Get it, munchkin?

  19. Someone is pointing a finger at Nashville They haven’t been proven to do anything wrong.

    During a pandemic, there are going to be rules and laws to help curb the pandemic.

    You are definitely not educated on this subject to make any statement without making a fool out of yourself. Get a degree and work in the field of medicine so you can appreciate what’s going on. If you work as a first responder or work in a hospital, you are required to wear a mask to protect yourself and the patients when needed. Are you saying all those in the healthcare field are losing their “rights” by being required to wear masks around patients in the SICU, CCU, Neonatal, PICU, OR, ER floor isolation rooms? There are far less healthcare workers who have tested positive for covid-19 then the millions of people who have contracted the virus. It sounds like taking precautions such as masks and other PPE does make a difference.

    There are people who don’t wear masks. Of course there are people out there who also choose the break the law and then whine about it. That is what this whole lawsuit is, a bunch of whiners who think they know more than the CDC

    https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/09/01/816707182/map-tracking-the-spread-of-the-coronavirus-in-the-u-s

    If someone chooses to wear a mask through this pandemic, do you think it’s necessary to shame them? Because that is what is happening with this ridiculous lawsuit. There are others who have tried this stunt and nothing has come out of it. Nothing was changed.

    I suggest you relax, this pandemic is going to be around for a while and with the 2020 flu season starting, it could get quite messy

    Since you lack any real education except for a certificate in visual arts, you are way out of your league DP

    Your name calling and childish remarks have proven my point over and over..

    Go out and get some exercise. You are most likely gaining weight eating pig ears, and chicken’s feet. Do everyone a favor and get that black leather coat dry cleaned.

  20. “Someone is pointing a finger at Nashville They haven’t been proven to do anything wrong.”

    Mmm hmm. No proof, huh Jacks? Except for all those emails that prove that Mayor John Cooper and his co-conspirator at the MNHD were withholding important information from the public. If you were a normal person, you’d be demanding that these criminals be charged. But you’re not normal are you, munchkin?

    “During a pandemic, there are going to be rules and laws to help curb the pandemic. […] You are definitely not educated on this subject to make any statement without making a fool out of yourself. Get a degree and work in the field of medicine so you can appreciate what’s going on.”

    Uh huh. So don’t question your authority, right Jacks? Kind of a cultish thing to be saying, don’t you think munchkin?

    “Are you saying all those in the healthcare field are losing their “rights” by being required to wear masks around patients in the SICU, CCU, Neonatal, PICU, OR, ER floor isolation rooms?”

    No, Jacks. I’m not saying that. Gowning protocols are to be expected when you work in a hospital where there are sick people. What I am saying is that I’m not sick. You’re not either. Nor are most of the people in the streets, stores, restaurants, and pubs. It’s the rights of the healthy that’re being violated, munchkin. Mostly because cultists like you are insisting that the healthy must put their lives on hold indefinitely for the 0.01% who are susceptible to the ‘rona. That’s crazy talk, munchkin. And you’re a crazy person for promoting it.

    “There are far less healthcare workers who have tested positive for covid-19 then the millions of people who have contracted the virus. It sounds like taking precautions such as masks and other PPE does make a difference.”

    Uh huh. I’m sure it doesn’t have anything to do with that 0.01% susceptibility rate, does it Jacks?

    “There are people who don’t wear masks. Of course there are people out there who also choose the break the law and then whine about it. That is what this whole lawsuit is, a bunch of whiners who think they know more than the CDC” (sic)

    Right. You mean those same CDC kooks who were telling us in March NOT to wear masks, munchkin?

    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-cdc-says-americans-dont-have-to-wear-facemasks-because-of-coronavirus-2020-01-30

    “If someone chooses to wear a mask through this pandemic, do you think it’s necessary to shame them?”

    Uh huh. That’s nice, Jacks. But what happens when someone chooses NOT to wear a mask?

    “Because that is what is happening with this ridiculous lawsuit.”

    What’s ridiculous about it, Jacks? Citizens aren’t allowed to redress grievances with their own governments? Especially ones acting against the citizens’ interests? Wow, what a cultish sort of position for you to be taking.

    “I suggest you relax, this pandemic is going to be around for a while and with the 2020 flu season starting, it could get quite messy”

    Getting yourself all excited for even more carnage in the future, Jacks? Wow, you really are a weirdo, aren’t you munchkin?

    “Since you lack any real education except for a certificate in visual arts, you are way out of your league DP […] Your name calling and childish remarks have proven my point over and over..”

    You’re so funny, munchkin. I’m not into DP, by the way. Thanks for offering, but I’ll have to pass.

    “Your name calling and childish remarks have proven my point over and over.. […] Go out and get some exercise. You are most likely gaining weight eating pig ears, and chicken’s feet. Do everyone a favor and get that black leather coat dry cleaned.”

    Uh huh. I know you are, but what am I, right munchkin? ?

  21. “There are far less healthcare workers who have tested positive for covid-19 then the millions of people who have contracted the virus.”

    Did you get that information from the CDC, Jumping Jacks?

  22. Hey Intrigare. You’re not into DP, are you? I think Jacks is looking for a playmate or something. 😉

  23. @David Crawford “Anyone who recklessly spreads a deadly disease. It spreading death. And should be expelled.”

    Ah, same goes every year for flu season right? Vaccinate, mask up, or be “expelled” (whatever that means.)

    No thanks. Live free or die baby.

  24. Silvia, I’ve been known to have an open mind. Jacks loves to play doctor so I’ll let him educate me on whether we have the right anatomy for DP.

  25. Lol. And ewww. 🙂

  26. Most people agree that this is different from the flue.
    People won’t let you in their businesses.
    I don’t think that’s freedom for you.
    You should catch up: it’s different than the flue.
    you don’t seem that smart

  27. As usual, you are so full of shit. You make everything up as you go. Did your mom give birth to you in a Walmart or were you just conceived there?

    I’m glad existing people like you and the freekeene bunch will never be elected to anything. I feel like I’m talking to a little child with potty problems. Before you read into everything as usual, What I am saying is you have never posted anything, anything that remotely makes sense. How do you even function? Do you live in a group home? Does your family come and water you every weekend? How do you function? Do your sock puppets point you in a direction?

    I could do my doctoral thesis on you and the freekeeners. Unfortunately, no one would believe me and it would be a complete waste of my time.

    There is one thing, There are more people who agree with me then you. You read what you want and it is mostly from activist run websites that have no merit. It’s people like you who keep my job interesting and busy and for that I thank you.

    Why don’t you stop posting with a different name all the time. You look totally stupid by doing that DP. DP = Displaced Person.

    Get Educated and Get a job.

  28. If certain businesses don’t want to do business with me, then that’s fine I can take my business elsewhere. The issue arises when His Excellency or his goons come by and say who can do business and who can’t. This isn’t freedom– its anything but.

    Check out Ian’s well-written article for more info.

  29. Silvia, those “munchkins” are having their predictable effect again. Are we sure we don’t want to reign them in a bit for a little while? Otherwise Jacks may start ignoring us again after his hissy. I think he is still ignoring me from last time actually.

  30. I don’t need to read Ian’s article.
    I know his view and disagree with it, as do most people.
    The super majority of people wear masks because they want to.

  31. That was… just… wow, Jacks. Easily one of the greatest hissies in the history of the forum. You are a fucking savage, Jacks! How do you manage to top yourself every time, munchkin? I mean you managed to shoehorn in just about everything you could in there. Popular psychology. Unpopular psychology. Fire. Brimstone. Even that “I’m a doctoral candidate” crap you keep trying to sell us. And that nod to George Thorogood at the end? That was pure gold, Jacks. Just pure gold.

    Anyway, as you can tell, I’m very impressed. Still, I do have one criticism. Isn’t a “displaced person” kind of like a refugee or something? Seemed like kind of an out-of-place insult in what was otherwise a top-notch set of tongue-lashings. So just between us, munchkin, I’m going to keep pretending that by “DP,” you meant “double penetration.” It just sounds way funnier that way, don’t you think?

    Oh, and by the way, Jacks. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Intrigare’s been asking you some very interesting questions today. I don’t mean to be a nudge or anything, but maybe once you’ve decided to stop being a little bitch, do you think you can start manning up a little and answer them? Thanks a bunch, munchkin.

  32. Sorry about that, Intrigare. Jacks is just so cute and all. I just can’t help myself. You know what I think he looks like? Like one of those Campbell’s soup kids – you know, those cartoon mascots with the fat rosy cheeks? You just want to pinch them, don’t you?

  33. “The super majority of people wear masks because they want to.”

    David where do you see a supermajority of people wearing masks? I see it only in places where its forced.

  34. Silvia, I completely understand. He’s irresistible in his own special way, isn’t he? Forgiveness given.

    And as for you Jumping Jacks, yes I’m still waiting for your answers to my questions. I know they’re hard questions but they should be no problem for you, right Mr. PhD candidate?

    What Silvia gets tongue lashings and I don’t? Why should she have all the fun?

    No one has told me to get educated and I’m afraid I’m starting to lose my direction in life as a result.

  35. David isn’t considering the fact that people will also put on their masks because they want to avoid mind-numbing lectures from virtue-signaling crazy people, not because they care about the ‘rona.

  36. Oh and DP means ‘double penetration’? HELL NO

  37. Lol. Not to brag, Intrigare, but I think I get more attention from Jacks because I’m way less charming than you are. Maybe next time you could insult his fat momma or tell him how greasy his hair is or something? If that doesn’t encourage him to giving you some love than I don’t know what will. 🙂

  38. Lol Intrigare. Yup. “Double Penetration.” I may lack charm, but I have an overabundance of “ewww,” don’t I? 🙂

  39. Hmmm maybe I should try telling Jacks to get educated? Or get a job? What do you think? Is that original enough?

  40. Well people are “forced” in the most populated places where it can be spread.
    I meant the super majority that WEAR masks don’t do it because they are forced.
    People wear masks because they don’t want to catch/spread a deadly disease.
    The “force” part came about because of a few reckless stragglers, like you and Ian: The rest of us want the disease gone.
    The super majority don’t want to catch or spread a deadly disease.
    It’s pretty common sense

  41. David, again, where do you see a supermajority of people wearing masks?

    Have you taken a stroll through your nearest main street, as Derrick has and documented for us? Have you gone to any operating tourist areas? Have you talked to random people? If you had, you could find that things are a bit different from what mainstream news would have us believe.

  42. you are a pain.
    THE SUPER MAJORITY OF THE ONES THAT WEAR MASKS!!!
    Got it now!

  43. Your point is a digression.
    And is minor.

  44. I’m not sure what advice to give you, Intrigare. Sometimes it’s just best to play things by ear. But buck up. Even if Jacks continues to give you the cold shoulder, at least you have David here to talk to. Sheesh, this guy’s almost as big a spaz as Jacks is, isn’t he? 😉

  45. David,

    And your point is incoherent.

    Are you drunk? And if you don’t want to read Ian’s articles, and don’t like to discuss, then you do know where the door is don’t you?

  46. I guess so, Silvia. But for some reason David isn’t as much fun to play around with as Jacks is. But maybe I could eventually learn to love him too 🙂

  47. Ok thought there were smart reasonable people here.
    I was wrong!
    lol
    bye

  48. Intrigar.
    Unlike you it seems.
    I don’t check with Ian to find out what my view is.
    But I’m done.
    Byyyee

  49. David, your perspective on mask-wearing ordinances lost its momentum with Intrigare the moment you brought up “super majorities.” Care to guess why? I’ll wait.

  50. you’re doofy. Are you two guys homos together?. it seems it

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