Looking forward to a day off

I have the day off from work today, though I normally work every weekend. Once a month I take a Saturday for my board game meet up which I host in Rochester, New Hampshire, at Jetpack Comics’ big game room. I’ll be there from 2 pm until they close at 10:30, or whenever I decide to leave if the other people have left.

I look forward to spending some time with my games, which I don’t normally feel like playing by myself. I have a few games that can be played solo, but it just isn’t the same experience.

In other news, I just learned that a new employee at my store, a transfer from another location, is related to one of my liberty friends. Next Thursday I’ll be at another Seacoast liberty meet up and ought to see him.

I’m also intending to see if anyone wants to run for state office there. I’ll be preparing, over the next week, a document listing off all the state reps in Strafford County, and their liberty scores. Anyone with an NHLA score below B could be facing a challenger from the pro-liberty crowd! I’ll also print out the details about filing requirements, and the ward maps for the 3 cities in the county (Rochester, Dover, and Somersworth).

Well, gotta get started on it. I’ll do that for a bit and then go back to bed for awhile. I didn’t sleep very well, I’m afraid.

 

Hodge-podge

Just a little more about my life and things I’ve been thinking about the last couple of days.

First of all, I don’t really like my job, although it gets me out of sitting alone in my apartment, which is good. Mostly I don’t like having to be on my feet for 8 hours a day. The work itself isn’t bad, except when the bathrooms are messy. And Wal-Mart associates are mostly very nice people. Some of them will even discuss history and politics with me, but I need to do more about economic ideas.

I haven’t had time to do much of anything, the last couple of days. But I did start a couple of things.

I’ve borrowed the book The Silmarillion, by JRR Tolkien (published posthumously with editing by his son Christopher), which contains several stories that are the back history of the elves, mostly, from his more famous works, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Its quite fascinating, especially his ideas about multiple Gods creating things. And also, as a genealogy lover, I like learning about the ancestors of the elf Elrond.

Second thing I’ve just started: a friend recently fixed up my laptop for me, which now works normally except for not having internet. Being a tech guy, he gave me a text editor program for computer programmers, also an interpreter and help guide for the computer language Python, a more advanced language related to C and C++. By more advanced, I mean that things you would have to write as programs in C++ are built into the Python language, some advanced data structures, for instance. I studied C++ in college so this should be quite interesting. I don’t know if I’ll get a career doing Python programming but I’ve started trying to learn the language.

I’ve also volunteered to help a pro-liberty PAC here in New Hampshire, called the Get Involved PAC. They basically recruit candidates to run for state office here, especially to fill seats where the incumbent had a score from the NH Liberty Alliance that was less than a B. I actually did that about a week ago but I don’t think I wrote anything about it at the time. The leaders are Free Staters and also part of NHLA, and one of them is also my landlord, the owner of the building where I live.

I’m about to embark on another chapter of my map creation, tackling the more complex state house maps.

Speaking of chapters, I may post some short stories on this site in the near future. I’ve been working on my own fictional world for quite some time but don’t have anything quite ready to publish yet.

I tried stargazing again yesterday morning and could only see the brightest stars. About all I could make out were the two Dippers and Leo.

Today, the sky is much clearer though there are some clouds.

There was a solar eclipse a few days ago, visible only in a small area in Asia or the Pacific Ocean. A solar eclipse is always followed, so I’ve heard, two weeks later by a lunar eclipse. They are seen over a much larger area of the earth. So, in about ten days, at our next full moon, be watching the skies. This one is a partial eclipse, though.

I’m going back out to look at stars, after I consult my sky map again. More later!


 

 

 

What is the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance?

I am a supporter (and I believe I have the free membership) in an organization called the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, a nonpartisan political advocacy group that works to monitor and advise the state legislature here in New Hampshire.

They do some amazing things. They have dozens to hundreds of volunteers. Together, they read EVERY SINGLE piece of legislation that is proposed in the State House and State Senate. They make recommendations on which bills are anti-liberty or pro-liberty, and on how much of an impact on liberty each bill has. Then, during the active part of each legislative season (roughly January through June), they put out a one-page flyer called the Gold Standard which is given to each member of the legislature, at least those who will take one. This is quite an accomplishment in itself, since the lower house of the legislature, formally known as the General Court, has 400 members (it is one of the largest legislatures in the English-speaking world, I believe 4th behind the US Congress, British Parliament, and Indian Congress).

As if this is not enough, at the end of the legislative season, the NHLA rates every member of the 2 houses and gives them a grade, how pro-liberty were they, with the grades going from A+ all way down to F and beyond to a grade called CT, Constitutional Threat.

The NHLA also has someone who coordinates service projects. The organization also produces bumper stickers, puts on an annual dinner in which they release the grades and honor the top legislator and activist for the year. There is also a website, nhliberty.org. I suggest you check it out, especially if you’re in New Hampshire or if you want to see how effective state level political action can be.

This organization is one of the main mechanisms for Free Staters (a colloquial term for participants in the Free State Project) to get involved in political activism after they move, and there is a lot of overlap in the membership rolls, but it would be a mistake to call this a Free Stater organization. Officially, the Free State Project doesn’t tell its members how to get involved in bringing about a more free society after moving, but is just the vehicle to get people of a liberty mindset here to the US.

In a future post I will write about this year’s Liberty Rating from the NHLA.