Lifetime achievement unlocked.
Although totally NOT how I imagined it going down.
Every writer who completed their MFAs with me at City College probably also fantasized about being in The New Yorker. THE NEW YORKER!!!
Which, this week, I am, but not as a fiction writer, but for my political and socioeconomic views. I know it sounds like hubris, but I am in New Hampshire for a reason: To save one spot on Earth for individual liberty, property rights, and the freedom to be yourself. Live free or die! Those are the stakes.
So, sometimes when you are trying to get radical ideas across, you end up sounding… well, a bit bonkers, like this. But still, look Pa & Ma, The New Yorker called me “cheerful and energetic”!
On the plus side, the Free State Project gets ink and this means new people will learn about how great NH is and join us!
I’ll make an episode about the interview and subsequent fact-check call, but briefly, here’s some nuances:
Anti-vax/mandate was lost on them.
The discussion about self-ownership, which justifies my position on abortion. I think it’s wrong. I wouldn’t do it. But I don’t own you, so other than sharing my opinion with you–free speech–you need to be free to do what you want because reasonable people disagree on when life starts.
The discussion about independence being a strategic hedge against federal overreach. A discussion about why I oppose almost all federal laws, when state laws make do just fine, i.e. federalism and states’ rights.
Definitely read the whole article! Notice at the end the real reason for it all… Democrats pivot on messaging and literally steal Trump’s platform. Go look. For reals. It’s pretty remarkable.
Yesterday, Rosemary Rung, a NH Democrat, posted the tweet below, and I responded asking what we should call anti-freedom people like them. In response to that, some people chimed in, and then, in a reply to someone, I jokingly said: “Live free or comply, you non-essentials!”
Clearly, any thinking human would understand this was a choice point on the NH motto, and that I was not directing my comment to anyone, nor was I threatening anyone with “abusive or harassing” speech.
Regardless, Twitter decided to suspend my account for 12 hours, even after I deleted the post.
In case you haven’t been censored on Twitter yet, let me explain some of the steps:
1. They tell you you’ve violated a community standard, in this case, that my word are “abusive or harassing.” My words aren’t even directed at “someone”.
2. You can either click to acknowledge you have indeed violated a standard, in this case, forcing me to admit that my words are ABUSE AND HARASSMENT, in order to get your account back (this is de facto commie “admit you were wrong!”) or you can appeal.
3. The appeal box only allows a few lines of text, so you cannot make a cogent argument to defend your free speech honor.
4. They then give you another chance to “just delete it,” which, if you’re like me, you think, “Oh, ok, wth, you dumbasses, I’ll just cop to it, just gimme my account back” (that’s “app-crack addiction” right there).
5. Even after you admit to your dirty, dirty free speech violating ways, they STILL suspend your account for a certain period of time (this one for me is 12 hours).
These are the kinds of rules you could expect to see under a fascist regime. Oh wait, that is EXACTLY what Twitter is… a corporation claiming to be a private entity with its own “community standard” while also doing the Regime’s censorship for it.
TL;DR: Free speech matters. Censorship sucks.
This week, I do a deep dive on the censorship of the “Hunter Biden laptop story,” and discuss whether free speech is worth preserving. I also contend that Democrat’s take on our Constitutional rights is… insane, and I think I prove it! Let me know in the comments, and buy my friend, Lou Perez’s book, That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore, right now!
Fresh back from the NHGOP Unity Breakfast, Carla shares some insights on the primary races and vows to do this if elected… Watch to find out!
I am growing! Even though I don’t have any real measurable skills as an artist, I have a burning desire to share what is in my head with people. While forest bathing the other day–fancy for ‘walking in the woods’–it occurred to me that at its very core, all being an artist is, is simply having the confidence to let your unique freak flag fly and share whatever YOU create with the world.
Simply. Yet we know, things worth achieving are hardly ever simple.
Making art is creative (selfish). Sharing art is confidence (selfless).
Somewhere in my journey to adulthood, I was told I was the “smart one,” and so, in law school, I started to suppress my artsy side, with occasional relapses into beehives, hot pants and fishnets, and drugs, lots and lots of booze and drugs, on the weekends.
Even though I’m grateful I developed my logical, rational, legal-minded side, I do regret not continuing to do personally fulfilling “fun stuff” like singing, dancing, and painting, at least as hobbies. You don’t have to be great at something to take pleasure from doing it… and who knows, with enough practice, you might even become good!
I was doing an interview with NBC Boston recently. In response to a “what’s next” type question, I said I’d like to “retire and become an artist,” mostly in jest (I will never really retire), but the interviewer glommed onto it, asking, “What kind of artist would you like to be?”
The question stumped me for a second–Wait! Isn’t being a writer being an artist? Remember how it took you more than a decade to call yourself ‘an author’ without having a full-on impostor-panic-attack!?!–then I said something like, “Well, I’m an author, and I dabble in painting (e.g. I painted the dogs you saw in my office), I take a lot of nature and food photographs, I cook, and, who knows, maybe in the future, I will have my own One Woman Show!”
(I will and it shall be called, “Disturbia.” :P)
But as I was answering, I was aware of that voice in my head, you know the one, Cunty McCunt, telling me how pretentious I sounded, and how dare I lay claim to such idyllic dreams! Who do you think you are, she started, but when I heard that second-person voice, that “you” voice, the one you have to teach yourself to hear so that you can snap her back in place–which is NOWHERE NEAR YOUR DREAMS–I re-framed my negative thoughts to this: I am who I am and I will do the things that feed my spirit and make me happy.
I am who I am and I will do the things that feed my spirit and make me happy. Like a well-rounded, authentic, balanced human-being. One who has, through hard lifestyle choices, including changing to a keto diet and quitting alcohol, developed the confidence to show you her crazy… as ‘An Artist’… one Post-It at a time!
This episode of Rock, Paper, Hand Grenades was recorded a year ago, and disappeared off Youtube. Catch it now to see why! (And it’s not because I can’t say “amygdala” right!)
If you follow my work, you know I am a big fan of open and transparent government (I serve on the board of Right-to-Know NH, a nonpartisan group of concerned NH citizens), because if we don’t know what the government is up to, we cannot keep them accountable.
Transparency in government is vital to a functioning society, because you cannot both purport to work for us, the people, and keep secrets from us “for our own good.”
This is how abusers operate.
Over the past 2 decades, primarily after 9/11 when America really lost its way, the media, with every “unnamed source” and “intelligence sources say,” that started cropping up, became derelict. We no longer have a functioning 4th Estate.
No one in government is held responsible for anything anymore… starting with the WMD lies and ending with whatever this Covidmania shit-show is.
You may recall the Laurie’s List printed by the Union Leader in March 2021 for Sunshine Week showed several columns of blacked-out information about bad deeds done by unnamed cops. At the time, I thought if ordinary Granite Staters could SEE how even our local AG’s office obscures and hides the truth, you might wake up.
I am sharing this FOIA response from the Pentagon for the same reason. A serviceman who refused to get a medical treatment against his will was told:
“We found no indication of misconduct by [Air Force] Secretary [Frank] Kendall,” the document reads, before redacting the entirety of the explanation.”
This is your government. Do YOU approve?
Read more from the Ron Paul Institute about the legal bind the military finds itself in on this issue. (They may, by law, only mandate approved vaccines, but not emergency approved ones, and now everyone is scrambling.)
Kidding, not kidding! Did you know years ago, I was arrested, handcuffed to a pole for hours, physically threatened behind the Weare PD station by three burly cops, charged with felony wiretapping carrying a 7-year sentence, all for filming cops during a late night traffic stop? I fought them all the way to the First Circuit and prevailed in a landmark First Amendment suit that equally and positively affects the rights of ALL thirteen MILLION people of the First Circuit. Police also no longer have the claim of qualified immunity in filming cops cases, meaning they can be held personally liable as well because it is super egregious to take your camera or footage. You can read the decision, Carla Gericke vs. Begin et al, HERE.
Ready for my photo shoot with the Boston Globe. In the past few weeks, I’ve spoken to the Globe, the New Yorker, the New York Sun, and local media on topics ranging from Croydon, Gunstock, the Democrats, mean tweets, secession, woke churches, and more!
The media are out for blood against Free Staters… Individuals who just want to reduce the size and scope of government… how awful! So awful that people are calling me to say they wish my mother had aborted me. Real classy stuff.
Really makes you wonder what the people critiquing us stand for… Here’s a hint: war, slavery, subjugation, and control.
Don’t let the bad guys con you into thinking that’s good!
Trust your instincts and know this: Free Staters come in peace. We’re the vanguard to remind you liberty is worth preserving so that together, we can Live Free and Thrive!