February 28, 2013 Testimony for and against HB 638:
"AN ACT recognizing the original Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution"

additional commentary by NH State Rep. Timothy Horrigan; March 2, 2013-April 23, 2013


Three organizers from the progressive advocacy group Granite State Progresss attended a February 28, 2013 hearing on HB 638, a whacky but mostly harmless bill which would unnecessarily insert a new chapter into the state's law books affirming the socalled "Original Thirteenth Amendment."

I think Granite State Progress was hoping for some viral video from Rep. Al Baldasaro, who wisely opted to say nothing at all, but they got it from Rep. Stella Tremblay instead, who went off on some truly bizarre tangents. To tell you the truth, at the time I was unaware that I was witnessing a viral incident. The video is a few minutes excerpted from a rambling but mostly coherent presentation which dragged on for 36 minutes. I tuned most of it out since I was busy getting ready to give my own testimony.

  1. Original URL: http://youtu.be/zvTOdHu8-I0

  2. Original URL: http://youtu.be/GMVjwKFPRq8

Serial petitioner David Johnson complained, not altogether inaccurately, that Granite State Progress left most of the story out. There is a complete video out there which has been posted by someone named April Reigne. (Warning: Ms. Reigne's YouTube channel contains some very extreme stuff which I absolutely do not endorse.) I appear about 37 to 46 minutes into the video, before giving way to Johnson's fellow petitioner, the inimitable Gus Breton. I accused Rep. Tremblay of rambling, so I should admit that I went off on a few tangents myself: I am not sure if a New Hampshire House Committee in 2013 needs to hear about Washington, DC's 1871 city charter (and not even the current charter at that!) or about Teddy Roosevelt's Attorney General (even if he happened to be Napoleon Bonaparte's grandnephew.)


On Thursday, March 7, 2013, the committee met to take a vote on the bill.  Here is some video of the "executive session," which ended (after a rather brief debate) with a 10-5 party-line vote of "Inexpedient to Legislate." (The full House laid the bill on the  table on Wednesday, March 20. (There are various reasons why bills get tabled, but this time the tabling motion passed because no one really wanted to debate a silly bill which was certain to be killed and which wouldn't have accomplished anything anyway.)

Rep. Tremblay experienced 15 minutes or so of infamy shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings, beginning when she posted the following message on Glen Beck's Facebook page:

Just as you said would happen. Top Down, Bottom UP. The Boston Marathon was a Black Ops "terrorist" attack. One suspect killed, the other one will be too before they even have a chance to speak. Drones and now "terrorist" attacks by our own Government. Sad day, but a "wake up" to all of us. First there was a "suspect" then there wasnt. Infowars broke the story and they knew they had been "found out".
My take on this: The April 17, 2013 Infowars video is not too convincing: just some guy named Alex Jones ranting not too credibly about photos which he doesn't actually show us, and passing on some extremely dubious misinformation.  Personally, I think the Tsarnaev brothers were perfectly capable of carrying out this atrocity on their own.
She could have just apologized and shut up for a while, like I myself have done, but she has done nothing of the sort.  She even did a hour-long interview on the nationally-syndicated Pete Santilli radio show where she said a few things which were unobjectionable and some other things which were extraordinarily objectionable.
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