The Manchester Free Press

Tuesday • May 24 • 2022

Vol.XIV • No.XXI

Manchester, N.H.

Help Move a NH Prog to a Blue State and Bring Back a Liberty Advocate in Exchange to Live Here

Granite Grok - Fri, 2021-12-24 19:00 +0000

Living in a state where every legislative action goes against one’s core ethical foundation is quite hard: few people are more aware of this than Free Staters. I, for example, have lived in NYC, NJ, Chicago, Boulder, and Boston. Every day I would awaken to headlines championing some oppressive legislation, which directly conflicted with my fundamental ethical belief in each person’s self-ownership.

Moving to be Free

No longer able to ignore this facile inhumanity, I left my friends and family to migrate to the “Live Free or Die” state, the #1 most free state in North America, the state to which tens of thousands of other liberty lovers were flocking.

As soon as I arrived, I no longer was ineffectively inveighing against human oppression but instead nurturing the growth of human freedom. I have seen chains lifted, jails opened, businesses flourish, threats removed, extortion decreased, licenses lessened, opportunities form, and alternatives multiply. People, who in other states risk their liberty simply because they prefer to live their lives differently than their ruler’s command, breathe safely here in New Hampshire.

Some Unhappy NH Progressives

But even as I have delighted in this hotbed of liberty, a legacy segment has become more miserable. A more free New Hampshire is the opposite of what they want. To them, their neighbor living her life as she chooses is just too much to bear. Perversely, they consider not being allowed to threaten violent police action under color of law to force their neighbor to conform her life to their preferences is a type of oppression of themselves.

And so this segment has formed committees and organizations, has held meetings and rallies, to rant and to rail, warning all who will sit to listen of the awful danger posed by Free Staters setting their neighbors free.

And although these people want a coercive, oppressive society – the opposite of what I want for my family – I understand their frustration. Like I used to, they are living in a state that is continuously moving further away from the type of society that they most want.

An Obvious Solution

Luckily for them, progressive states are everywhere to be found! These progressives even point to the authoritarian states immediately surrounding New Hampshire to argue, “New Hampshire is out-of-step! Why can’t New Hampshire be just like those states!?”

They do not understand that those most driven towards expanding human freedom need one place where we can escape the progressives’ cruel subjugation and that without that safety valve, the entire country could well explode.

The obvious alternative escapes them: Don’t re-oppress a segment that – at great cost – escaped the oppression of those states. Don’t end the only hope for freedom in an increasingly totalitarian world, the one state that is actually embracing human freedom.

Move.

Move to whichever of the dozens of progressive authoritarian states most attract you.

You don’t like guns? Scores of states proudly infringe on the Second Amendment.

Don’t want parents to be able to choose alternative schools for their children? Government unions fully monopolize most states, ensuring parents will have little say in their children’s education.

Want to forcibly inject experimental, questionably effective, Big Pharma chemicals into the bodies of non-consenting adults and their children? There are progressive states that are even considering concentration camps for those who refuse.

Why, there are dozens of progressive states for progressive authoritarians to escape burgeoning freedom in New Hampshire!

Sadly, New Hampshire is unique in the world: there is no alternative state to send liberty lovers.

The Progressive State Swap Contest

And so, we’re holding a contest to illustrate how this simple solution immediately decreases acrimony and increases peace.

From applicants, a coalition of libertarians and progressives will select one progressive, who is miserable living in an increasingly freed New Hampshire, and a libertarian, who is miserable living in some progressive state.

And we will swap them.

We will pay their expenses to move, demonstrating how such a low-cost investment instantly allows both the progressive and the libertarian to live much happier lives in states much more consonant with their values. Misery and acrimony are instantly decreased.

So, if you know of a progressive or a socialist who is constantly complains about living in an increasingly free state, recommend that they apply: https://forms.gle/woEK2ijPpMvdN8qV6

If they are chosen, a moving company will pack them up, transport them to whichever progressive state they prefer. We’ll move them into their new digs; we’ll even pay the down payment on their rental apartment!

And we’ll bring a liberty lover, currently living in misery in that same state, back here, to bask in the freedom that only New Hampshire offers.

And if you want to help them to find greater happiness, please contribute to our fund here.

By moving to any of the many progressive states, intolerant progressive authoritarians will immediately find a lifestyle much more to their liking than they ever will enjoy by remaining here. And New Hampshire will be freed to continue shining its beacon of hope to tyrannized people everywhere, with far less hostility in its midst for daring to be the one free state in an otherwise unfree world.

Click for the Application

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Dennis Pratt is helping separate conservatives, progressives, and libertarians before we all come to blows.

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Naughty or Nice? How about Naughty But Nice?

Granite Grok - Fri, 2021-12-24 17:30 +0000

It’s that time of year, and we’ve taken to the interwebs to consult the digital traffic Santa to see who has been naughty or nice. Or, in our case, naughty and nice?

The left hates us. We’ve got a love-hate relationship with Republicans and Libertarians. We’re committed to the foundation of the nation and the idea that it requires a primarily moral people to survive. A morality founded on the idea of something greater than government and themselves.

Not everyone agrees, and we agree to disagree.

The legacy media dismisses us, but clones failed media models while wondering where their readers have gone.

We have some thoughts about that.

Despite the traditional digital slowdown that comes to opinion, news, and digital print media every Christmas (new and old), we’re still managing to knock it out of the park!

Naughty and nice. We broke into the top 10,000 US websites this month (just barely). That’s not an easy thing to do, especially for a bunch of unpaid hobby bloggers.

I’m not yet convinced we have the base traffic to sustain that, but we’re working on it, always working on it.

Our last trip into this region was from August to November 2019. We made it to 8,286 before creeping back out but near the top 10K domestically. It was crazy pre-primary election season, and we continued to do well until after NH Primary weekend. That’s when the Facebook Factcheckers came for us, and the Zuckerstasi locked us down.

We have since idled our presence on Facebook and built a following away from the Big Tech twosome. It took a while, but I think it is safe to say we’ve fully recovered to where we were before that.

We now need to build on this base and we look forward to your continued input into how we can do that or do it better.

 

Alexa Ranking Results for Digital print media sights, sorted by domestic rank unless there was no data, and then global rank. Sampled 12/24/21 at roughly 7:30 am ET.

 

Alexa Global Web Ranking
Site Name (Sorted by US Rank) US Rank Global Rank
GraniteGrok 9,988 54,570
Liberty Block 17,643 73,864
Union leader 39,293 117,906
SeacoastOnline 50,744 171,589
Concord Monitor 52,288 184,344
NHPR 55,780 217,528
Lawrence Eagle-Tribune 63,056 213,716
Lowell Sun 73,427 234,351
Manchester Ink Link 75,000* 369,835
Keene Sentinel 104,893 316,069
The Valley News 119,287 370,882
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript 147,982 529,590
NHBR 140,943 485,280
Fosters Daily Democrat 151,569 480,651
Nashua Telegraph 170,275 550,208
Conway/Berlin Daily Sun 191,342 426,958
Indepth NH no data 611,879
NH Journal no data 909,220
Free Keene no data 922,792
Seacoast Current no data 1,091,976
NH Bulletin no data 1,188,536
J Bartlett no data 1,326,204
Girard at Large no data 1,937,602

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

City Alderman Compares (Not) Wearing a Mask to Drunk Driving

Granite Grok - Fri, 2021-12-24 16:00 +0000

Aldermen/Attorney Dave Tencza has equated the choice of mask-wearing to drunk driving. A poorly conceived parallel. “No one has the absolute right to drive drunk.,” said Tencza at Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting.

Mr. Tencza, no one has any right to drive drunk; it’s against the law.

Driving alcohol-impaired has a long documented history with legal consequences. The CDC reports, in 2016, more than 1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. That’s one percent of the 111 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year.

In under 2 years, COVID19 has infected over 52 million US people and killed over 833,000. The NH State Covid dashboard identifies 80% of the ICU COVID cases are for people 70 years or older.

No data exist to identify the comorbidities associated with these deaths.

Given the self-reporting of alcohol-impaired driving among US adults, why hasn’t Nashua imposed breathalyzer tests for every establishment serving alcohol prior to patrons departing?

Better yet, why not equip Nashua registered cars with monitors that prohibit the vehicle from starting if you fail the blow test? Let’s nab those home drinkers before driving.

Years of alcohol statistics have facilitated strict standards and legal lines on alcohol impairment and driving. This is not the case with COVID and masking. There is plenty of data that shows that masking is ineffective. The CDC has flip-flopped on whether masks are really effective.

Parents who don’t want to see their children masked in school or on the sports fields should not be equated to parents who throw their kids in the car and drive alcohol-impaired. Given the short history of this pandemic and panic-ridden regulations, the facts are anything but clear. This has eroded public trust and left people questioning the COVID information dump.

Those who believe in masking choice, as do I, are not irresponsible citizens who don’t care about the greater good of society. Sometimes I wear a mask, sometimes I don’t. If I am around someone who is more comfortable with masking, I am fine with wearing a mask. I have made my decisions to protect myself and those around me, and accept, without judgment, the decisions of others.

The December 21, 2021 Board of Aldermen public meeting reinstating the mask mandate was certainly a predetermined vote. No public input was allowed. Inflammatory comments, like those spoken by Attorney Tencza, were leveled at the board table all evening.

Attorney Tencza and 11 other Aldermen, supported leaving bars, restaurants, clubs, and casinos open for adults to have the choice to socialize, unmasked, for long periods of time in closed indoor spaces. Meanwhile, the Nashua Boys and Girls Club put out a notice that all children engaged in sports will now be required to compete in masks.

The Hypocrisy is stunning. Parents have to take a stance.

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Update II – John Irish

Granite Grok - Fri, 2021-12-24 14:30 +0000

It has been a couple of days since I heard back from Karen, John’s long-term girlfriend and a number of people have been emailing me about John so I dashed off a quick email asking her how both she and John were doing.

Sidenote: yeah, I’m old school.  I’m ok, mostly, with “significant other.” Not so much with “partner” because it is both androgynous and too “politically correct for me.

 This was her reply:

John is slightly better than last week but his progress doesn’t continue moving forward. It keeps bouncing back and forth. It’s day 15 for the ventilator. He can reach a point where his lungs become dependent on the ventilator. Not good. I’m waiting for call back from a lawyer.

John is so far into this it will be much harder for the Ivermectin to work but he still needs it along with vitamin D3, zinc, Quercetin, vitamin C. All those life saving heavy hitters. That’s where the lawyer comes in. John cannot be moved while on the ventilator. That’s extremely dangerous.
So again folks, helpful suggestions on lawyers and such are greatly appreciated. Email me at Skip@GraniteGrok.com and I’ll forward them ASAP.

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Lookee Who Is at the Top of the Favorability Heap for US Senate!

Granite Grok - Fri, 2021-12-24 13:00 +0000

A huge political void was created when Gov Sununu, teasing all of NH about a US Senate run (following in the footsteps of Cory Lewandowski) decided to run for governor again instead.

A whole flock of Republicans raised a cloud of dust as they and assorted pundits started yakking about who should be in what lane. Who has the “momentum?” Who has the Benjamins? Who has the name recognition?

THIS result was rather startling. Don Bolduc (aka “The General”) has the best positioning by FAR in this part of the poll:

These candidates are viewed far more favorably among self-identified Republicans but many are still unaware of them. Bolduc has a net favorability rating of +34 among Republicans, followed by Morse (+13), Binnie (+7), Messner (+5), Smith (+4), Edelblut (+4) and Guinta (-2). However, majorities don’t know enough to have an opinion on Binnie (77%), Smith (76%), Morse (64%), and Edelblut (56%), while fewer are unaware of Guinta (44%), Messner (38%), and Bolduc (38%).

 

The only person that I was surprised by in the “standings” was Frank Edleblut.

I have NO idea if he is going to run for Senate (maybe an “out of right field” double back against Sununu for Guv?) but knowing that he is well-liked in the Conservative -Liberty and Freedom wing of the Party, I have to scratch my head.

Sure, this poll is “self-selected” – get an email and you can do the poll; do the poll, you get another email for the next one – but my gut feeling is that a truer ranking is up at least to the Chuck Morse level.

And we (I put myself into that group) vote religiously in primaries.

Sidenote: am I still allowed to use that word – religiously?  Does that put me on the Progressive naughty list (as if I wasn’t already on it)?

So again, I caution everyone – we’re way too far out from the primary to say there’s either a “lock” or a “lockout” on the NH GOP nomination for the position. But I’m betting that the Bolduc camp saw this as good news.

Others, not so much.

 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

The Case for Fedsurrection

Libertarian Leanings - Fri, 2021-12-24 12:14 +0000

Roger Kimball: Jan. 6 Is Looking Like a ‘Fedsurrection’

Writing in The Boston Globe, Silverglate notes that the corruption of the FBI is “too deeply embedded for effective reform.”

“The best solution,” he concludes, “The best solution is to abolish the FBI and start anew. We need to rethink the kind of agency needed to investigate federal crimes.”

But perhaps the most shocking litany of rot at the FBI has been compiled by Darren Beattie at Revolver News.

Beattie’s latest story revolves around Ray Epps, a Phoenix-based professional provocateur and, apparently, FBI asset.

Epps was originally near the top of the FBIs list of “most wanted” figures from the Jan. 6 protest-cum-riot at the Capitol.

Then a funny thing happened.

Epps’s name was purged from the FBI files.

Some 700 people have been arrested for their part in the Jan. 6 demonstration.

But Epps and a handful of other major players in that drama remain unindicted.

Indeed, although the FBI surely knows their identity, they remain nameless to the public, known only through amateur video footage of the event.

Hence their colorful soubriquets: “ScaffoldCommander,” “FenceCutterBulwark,” “BlackSkiMask,” etc.

Beattie shows that what the media label an “insurrection” is almost certainly better described as a “Fedsurrection.”

And when I say “shows,” I mean shows.

Read the rest here.

Categories: Blogs, United States

LA and SanFran Prove COVID Protocols Won’t Prevent COVID!

Granite Grok - Fri, 2021-12-24 11:30 +0000

If you’re a liberal and need a terrible idea, you look west. California is where you want to look, so you load up your ideological trucks and bring back ideas from Leftcoast crooks. From economics to energy to COVID.

To be fair, the COVID protocols were generated by Left-coast minded DC swamp rats. Useless gestures. Political theater. But places like Los Angeles and SanFrancisco go yard, oppression being as natural as making you breathe through a mask while they dine at high-end restaurants maskless.

Both cities have been in near-total panic pimping COVID protocols to no avail. In other words, despite the sales pitch, the crap still doesn’t work.

With vaccination rates at or near 80% and everyone forced to wear masks and so on, both cities are suffering a significant rise in daily “positive” cases.

“This steep increase, one of the steepest rises we’ve ever seen over the course of the pandemic, reflects the increased circulation of omicron and the associated rapid acceleration of transmission associated with this variant,” she said. [and]

Case rates have doubled in San Francisco over just the past five days, almost certainly due to omicron spreading in the community, said Dr. Grant Colfax, head of the Department of Public Health. He said the city has now identified 32 omicron cases, but he expects there are many more.

Mask, Jab, passport, distance, confine, control, and micro-manage and it is all for naught. Well, I suppose that depends on the goal. The true goal. It’s obviously not to prevent the spread of COVID.

Related: Welcome to the Pandemic of The Vaccinated

If you recall from yesterday’s “class,” Omicron has to sell as this deadly, heinous, life-ending (or at least potentially damaging) version. So the hype is essential to the domestic terror campaign. But people are getting the flu. They always have and will. Some will die and always do. It’s still sad. It is only recently that this has become a vehicle for political force.

Part of that is the enforcement of protocols which includes the most dangerous vaccine in decades.

On the one hand, you have to do these things or else, and on the other, they report how meaningless they are.

If people ever realize the contradiction, they might stop listening and go back to living their lives.

That’s our suggestion.

 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Paying My Respects to Barbara Shaw (D) State Representative, Manchester

Granite Grok - Fri, 2021-12-24 02:00 +0000

A little over a decade ago, I walked into the New Hampshire House Education Committee for the first time to observe a committee hearing on education legislation. Most of the people serving back then, no longer serve in the legislature. That’s where I met Representative Barbara Shaw (D) from Manchester.

As a parental rights advocate focused on academic excellence in education, I got to know Barb over the 10 terms she served in the legislature.  Unfortunately, today, Barbara Shaw, passed away after complications from surgery.

Barb will be missed by her colleagues on the House Education Committee, but she will also be missed by people like me. I would testify frequently before the House Education Committee, and I got to know the kind of person she was when she would comment and vote on pending legislation.

Early on, I could tell that Barb cared about how laws would impact the local schools and the children who attended them. As a former educator herself, she had a unique perspective that allowed her to understand the ramifications of any laws passed.  She was an advocate for students and teachers, as well as the public schools. But sometimes, you have to prioritize children even if that meant, the other groups wouldn’t be happy about it. She was student-focused, and that was appreciated by many of us who knew her.

Sometimes legislators, lobbyists, and bureaucrats try to protect the public school institution at the expense of children, but Barb wouldn’t do that. Those kids were her priority.

Did we agree on everything? No.

That’s ok, not everyone has to agree with me in order for me to respect and appreciate their service.  Barb would give thoughtful consideration to the information I would present before the committee. That’s all I could ask for from her, and that’s what she did.

There were many times that she would vote for legislation I supported. Why? Because we were looking out for students and trying to make the public schools better for all children.

Barb would cross party lines if she felt it was in the best interest of the children in New Hampshire Schools. She would listen to all sides who presented information before the committee. She had a perspective that allowed her to understand how some of those laws would play out in the classroom. She wasn’t so partisan that she would ignore the realities but instead, she would always try to do the right thing.

If you can’t tell by now, she earned the respect and admiration from this advocate.  She will be remembered by me, as an advocate for children, teachers, and good public schools.

My prayer for Barb; may your soul Rest In Peace. It was an honor to know you.

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Exposed: The EUA Fraud And Why They Refuse To Approve Any Other Treatments for COVID19

Granite Grok - Fri, 2021-12-24 01:00 +0000

Want to know why the Powers that be in so-called Public Health can’t recognize any treatment other than their vaccine for COVID19? Alix Mayer explains why.

In fact, she explains more than that. In this interview/presentation with Steve Kirsch, she reveals a lot of facts that you need to know.

Even if you just watch the first few minutes after the introductions you will be blown away by these eye-opening revelations. And I’m not overselling it.

 

  • Everything they are doing protects the EUA to protect the vax manufacturers and their vaccines.
  • Any treatment, no matter how good, can’t be acknowledged or the EUA dies and The Jab with it.
  • Adequate, Available, Approved, Alternatives undermine the State of emergency and the Vaccine treatment monopoly.
  • Masking and Testing are also EUA and would legally end for the same reason.
  • Why you can’t find Comirnanty – the so-called approved version – and won’t.
  • Why losing your job for refusing a EUA vaccine is illegal (you should plan for a class-action lawsuit)
  • WHy they are rushing to vaccinate the children!

 

That’s in the first 11 to 12 minutes.

Alix is from the California Chapter of Children’s Health Defense and she’s got even more unsettling news if you keep listening and watching but we all need to hear it.

I’m no lawyer but this all makes sense to me and I think you’ll agree that it explains the past, present (and future) behavior of the Public Health ooligarchs.

Here’s the video.

 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

WV vs Bette Midler

Granite Grok - Thu, 2021-12-23 23:30 +0000

Just a comment regarding Bette Midler’s comments about West Virginia: In 1997, Polaroid rolled out a Driver License/ID system that implemented the first facial image recognition system in any state-level program in the United States. I was the tech lead/manager on the program, so I know we did it.

For the doubters, it was a true facial recognition that built a template constructed from eigenvalue calculations. The template was stored on a system using optical platters. When someone came in to renew their license, the newly captured template was compared against the one on file. Our system even detected that one of the DMV operators was trying to issue fake licenses. The system’s audit trail was used to prosecute and convict the offender.

The template comparison system could tell the difference between “identical” twins.

I was in charge of development: wrote the database software (my own B+ tree algorithms), wrote the device driver for the 2-arm 4-drive optical platter system, wrote the code to capture demographics from their system, and was the manager for the entire 5-person team (including myself).  The governor gave the entire group dinner, and the DMV gave us each custom-printed t-shirts.

Polaroid gave us all awards as well. The system was delivered on schedule and without cost overruns.

At that time, BellSouth was the company providing telecommunication services for the entire state. They were rolling out a full frame-relay telecommunication system across the state and worked directly with us to ensure that our packets were handled at higher priority so there was no interruption in service.

Shortly after the work was completed, BellSouth also rolled out ATM (asynchronous transmission mode) for faster and more dependable communication.

Yes. West Virginia.

WV was at the forefront of technology when Bette Midler was a self-centered, ignorant, singer/actress.

WV is still at the forefront of technology and Bette Midler is still a self-centered, ignorant, singer/actress.

Looking at the crime statistics of San Francisco, LA, NYC, Chicago, DC, Baltimore, and other “blue” cities, I’d rather live in “flyover” country.

I’d have said the same for Nashua in the ’80s and ’90s but I’m not so sure anymore, especially in the current political environment (BoA, BoE, and mayor). But that’s a conversation for another time.

 

 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

“Y” is the Merrimack YMCA Enforcing Nashua’s Mask Mandate When It is Not In Nashua?

Granite Grok - Thu, 2021-12-23 22:00 +0000

Here’s a big bowl of stupid for you on this lovely if not a bit too (freaking bitter) cold Thursday morning. As you probably know, Nashua reinstituted a cite-wide mask mandate (some reporting on that here). But Merrimack didn’t. So, what’s up with this?

 

I just left the MERRIMACK YMCA where they are enforcing the NASHUA mask mandate effective today.

Their claim is that they are “the Merrimack branch” of the Nashua YMCA as if that somehow makes them not physically located in Merrimack.

 

Y?

Merrimack doesn’t have a mask mandate. I don’t think it ever has. Merrimack proprietors were subject to misrule under Governor Sununu’s statewide mandate last year, but there’s no such beast even in the works.

The physical location of the Merrimack YMCA makes it impossible for the sinister oligarchs on Nashua’s Aldermanic (OMG, how sexist, that has the word ‘MAN’ in it) Council to enforce its mandate.

It’s in Merrimack, so what gives?

As noted in the email, ‘cuz reasons.

That means they want one, got one, have one, and the YMCA is free to offend current or potential patrons. at will.

And ‘Y’ not?

Well, if you want a mask mandate, at least have the “stones” just to implement one. Don’t claim you have to because you are affiliated with an organization trapped on the other side of the COVID equivalent of the Berlin wall.

But you should change your name to YKMA.

Young Karens Masked-up Association

 

 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Joe Manchin

Granite Grok - Thu, 2021-12-23 20:30 +0000

Looks very much like Leftist Democrats are cranking up their hate and smear machine to punish Senator Joe Manchin for not bowing and scraping at the feet of “President” Biden and his Build Back Better.

A three-plus trillion pork-laden plan to disenfranchise fully half all the American people, create shortages in energy, pay off those giant corporate supporters funding the plan and leave the honest working population holding an empty bag of promises and rising prices on everything.

Biden, for his scripted part, has in so many words called Manchin a liar who is going back on his promise to support BBB.

Joe M. denies he ever agreed to all this out of control spending and especially the killing off of West Virginian’s major job supplier, the coal mining industry. Of course, the rest of the “Smear Gang” are piling on in their classic bullying, shaming, and name-calling responses.

Somehow I just can’t see Manchin taking that abuse all that kindly.

At the very least it’s more likely to harden the hard-nosed, take no nonsense W. Virginians position.

Many reports coming out from reliable news sources say Republican leaders are inviting Joe M. to come over, out of the cold and into a party that seems far more friendly to his views and values. Could that even happen? Well, anything is possible but I’m not counting any chickens at this point.

Still a couple interesting notes have been brought forward. One is that in his last election Manchin won but with only forty-eight percent of the vote.

Second is West Virginian is a State that strongly holds to traditional American values and is a very blue-collar working state (but very Red leaning). In the current environment, it’s getting Redder every day as the unpopular Biden administration pushes it’s anti-American agenda on everyone.

What will a Democrat in his party’s disfavor chances be for reelection? Not all that great, I should think.

The Democrat’s poll numbers, overall, are not looking good, to say the least, and many are predicting a sweeping Republican wave. If so, and if Joe Manchin is as savvy as I think he is, he has to be looking at all this and deciding whether he wants to stay in the unfriendly Left party, ride off into retirement, or come on in out of the cold to the GOP?

Only time will tell but if it should turn out that he switches that would flip the Senate from Blue to Red overnight.

Can’t you just hear the caterwauling from the Left if that happens. I’m hoping.

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Granite State Survey Center: Democrats Sour On Sununu as NH Governor’s Approval Continues To Decline

Granite Grok - Thu, 2021-12-23 19:00 +0000

I’m just surprised it took this long:

DURHAM, NH – After enjoying widespread popularity throughout much of his tenure as governor, only a slim majority currently approve of Governor Chris Sununu’s job performance. Much of this decline is due to a sizeable drop in support among Democrats. With Sununu having chosen not to run for the U.S. Senate in 2022, several individuals have been mentioned as candidates for the Republican nomination, but many are not well-known or well-liked in the state. A record low believe the state is headed in the right direction.

If Gov Baby Huey’s internal polling looks ANYTHING like this, it was a great decision to not blow 10s of millions of dollars for a US Senate race.  Heck, if his numbers DO look like this, he may have quite the struggle just staying on as Governor, rather than being shoved back to Waterville Valley.

 

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Another thing: you know, I don’t remember any time in the past in which Chris Sununu has appeared on so many national TV talk shows in such a short time span.  Is this action a direct result of the above?  He’s still +5 in the overall approval but that slope is horrendous.  Wouldn’t take much time, if it keeps up, that his nose will be underwater.

And yes, I was a participant in this study and I take some pride in saying that I’m true Red with respect to this poll. Karen Testerman received 9.9% of the vote in the last Republican Governor Primary against Sununu.  The question to ask is if other Conservatarians were to hold to such leanings as well, would the Primary percentage against him be well over the 9.9% mark if it was held today?

A given: most of the Sunday morning / news shows skew Left. Is he trying to send a message, on purpose or accidently, being to us that perhaps we don’t matter? After all, how many Conservatives watch these shows any more given that they are non-stop anti-Conservative (and that rhetoric is being jacked up weekly)?  I have to admit, I hardly watch them much anymore as they’ve become very formulatic in presentation: you’re evil and we’re not. Thus, he’s certainly not reaching me well at all. You?

True, it is 10 months until November – an eternity in politics.  Things can change and change quickly so the above could flip the other way by that time. However, if this continues on the same slope, perhaps he’s auditioning to be a commentator on those shows like dear old dad used to?

 

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Hear-Ye! Hear Ye! – The Week in Podcasts, So Far…

Granite Grok - Thu, 2021-12-23 17:30 +0000

I did say we were adding podcasts and we’re adding podcasts. Here’s what’s new this week, and something recent from the past.

New This Week

Maxim American Podcast

12/21 They Want You to Be Afraid (22:06)

I was at the gym earlier and Fox News was on the TV and they were all Omicron, Omicron, Omicron! And that got me thinking. Why? Why this obsession with Omicron? Especially at Fox?

12/22 You Can Celebrate Christmas If You’re Vaccinated (23:04)

Former President Joe Biden says you can celebrate Christmas but only if you’re vaccinated. If you’re not vaccinated then you pose a threat to those who are vaccinated, since being vaccinated doesn’t mean you can’t catch or spread Covid. Make sense yet?

12/23 Joe Biden Abandons Another American (15:12)

Major Biden has been booted from the White House. No, Joe Biden didn’t give himself a military rank. Former vice president Joe Biden is a known liar, plagiarist, and serial fabulist, but Major Biden is the dog. The dog that Joe Biden has now abandoned. Donald Trump had more negative press for not having a dog than Joe Biden will get for ditching his dog.

 

Real Resistance Podcast

12/20 Public Education is Broken (12:34)

I had a chat this morning with Liz Gabert about COVID Era Public Education, and some of the issues with public schools in General. I’d classify it as “easy listening” unless you are some union-schooly-tool.

 

12/22 Regulators Block Proposed Utility-Rate Increase in NH to Fund $450 Million in “Efficiency (8min)

NH has line items in their utility bills to fund programs that support or encourage efficiency improvements by homeowners or commercial users. Stakeholders (Utility companies and interested third parties) support a 175% increase in the rate to fund a three-year 450 million dollar proposed efficiency improvement program budget.

 

Older:

Real Resistance Podcast

12/16/21 Immigration and the Threat to American Culture (25:59)

My guest is NYU Professor Lawrence Mead. He is an expert on poverty and culture and has written a book about the need to assimilate immigrants or our American Culture – the culture of individualism and freedom –  could perish.

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Notable Quote – WHY have we allowed Government to become so intrusive?

Granite Grok - Thu, 2021-12-23 16:00 +0000

Government is a most discouraging aspect of existence because it is a pervasive given.  In the hearts of 99 percent of readers is the desire to be left alone by government. 

My daughter-in-law started a small charity venture several years ago, and it has grown wildly.  She was originally of a liberal bent but now sees government negatively intruding into her efforts.  She may not be on board the Trump train, but she has jumped over to the libertarian track.

She wants government to leave her alone, but no!  Even charitable ventures must come with their own gift wrapping of red tape.  No good enterprise goes unregulated.

I am not conversant in how the government intrudes in my daughter-in-law’s enterprise, but the reality of the intrusion has reformed her.  If there is anything good coming out of the Biden administration, it is that her reformation is being replicated across America.  The reason for this is that the leviathan’s  intrusions are now directed at the personal enterprise called the “individual American.”  The intrusions are striking Americans as increasingly more strident, absurd, and hurtful.

I am reminded of the song by the ’80s new wave band, Missing Persons: “All I Need Is a Window to Look Through.”  Their commentary on social isolation now takes on new meaning.  People are looking through their windows, and they can’t help but see the whack-job that government has become.  The visible government doesn’t seem to worry about hiding it.  It’s out in the open.  Government is politics.  Politics is government, and everything now has or seems to have a political/governmental glaze.  The media, entertainment, business, our children’s education, our jobs, our leisure — it’s all politicized, and, thus, we view our daily lives, by extension, “red taped” by government at all levels.  One cannot even live mildly isolated from government anymore.

-Spruce Fontaine (Government’s pervasive oppression is converting people from liberalism)

 

I posit that there is very little in our ordinary lives in which politicians and unaccountable bureaucrats haven’t inserted themselves. Having done so much in the past, they have no problem in doing more -too few of us fight back.

WE allowed it because WE became irresponsible Citizens. Our Republic (NOT our Democracy, REPUBLIC!) requires that Citizens become knowledgeable of current events, be involved in Government, understand our History and political philosophy and have a thorough understanding of how Government is limited by our Constitution(s).

How many of you have those attributes?  I’m sure that most ‘Grok Readers go a lot further than most of the general population. One is because of a lousy education and another is the either the lack of motivation or not understanding that one HAS to in order to hold one’s Government accountable.

And it is that last part, accountability, is a never ending sense of vigilance (or is that a sense of vigilantism which connotes a higher level activity (but not violence)).

Got yours?

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Dontcha Just Love a Democrat Identity Group Politic Totem Pole Food Fight? I Certainly Do.

Granite Grok - Thu, 2021-12-23 14:30 +0000

The Dem victimhood Identity Group totem pole “food fight” is a thing to behold, especially when it’s in a Church that used to honor, you know, God and His precepts but converted to one of those Revelation churches (being “lukewarm” ring a bell?).

When it’s a church that has swapped The Gospel for a Social Gospel and settled into Social Justice.

That church has morphed into the Democrat Party Committee meeting with pews because NO Bible-based, God-fearing church that I know puts up with this changes every 5 minutes or so social theology and that what was blessed today is worthy of brimstone tomorrow.

And to make it clear, there is no sense of Grace, Mercy, or Forgiveness with these pagans (for they’ve left their primary mission behind).

Now that I have your attention, break out the popcorn!

Thou shalt not break our Social Justice Warrior Theology!

It is hard, however, to figure out their 10 Commandments as they are ever-changing. But someone broke one of the current ones and got branded as a “heathen” (see what I did there? Reformatted, emphasis mine):

Evangelical Lutheran LGBTQ ministry group suspends first transgender bishop
Says Bishop Megan Rohrer engaged in “racist words and actions”

A group promoting LGBTQ clergy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has suspended its first transgender bishop over allegations of “racist words and actions” involving the bishop’s church area and the “Latinx community” in Stockton, California.  Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries said its board decided Dec. 16 “to suspend” Bishop Megan Rohrer’s membership “in the ELM Proclaim community and events.” The Proclaim program is, ELM says, “the professional community for Lutheran ministers and candidates, who publicly identify as queer.”

Bishop Rohrer was installed three months ago as leader of the church’s Sierra Pacific Synod. ELM said Bishop Rohrer exhibited “an existing pattern of behavior” that doesn’t fit with its goal of “being an anti-racist organization.”

To that last point, I grew up believing that the main purpose of Christian churches was to save souls through the preaching of salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Silly me – I still believe that. Sure, charitable works and all that is a part of expressing that faith. But being a queer anti-racist organization?

There wasn’t much in the Washington Examiner story (link below) but I did go to Rohrer’s website and found this as a description:

The Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer is Bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod (ELCA).  The first openly transgender Bishop in a major Christian denomination, Megan is an award winning filmmaker, musician and historian, Megan  was a finalist for the Lambda Literary award, received an honorable mention as an Unsung Hero of Compassion by Wisdom in Action, with His Holiness the Dali Lama and has been featured on Queer Eye, Cosmo (see the video to the right), People and in Wittenberg, Germany for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

And a set of pronouns, ‘natch. Funny, I would have thought that a Bishop would have been talking about his Biblical mission and his walk with God in serving his congregants.  Instead, it’s a litany of queer achievements.

I dryly note that the membership of the Lutheran Church, like other “mainstream” Protestant churches, has been dropping like a rock.  Have they bothered to figure out why?

(H/T: Washington Examiner)

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Fight Vaccine Inequity

Libertarian Leanings - Thu, 2021-12-23 13:12 +0000

CNBC: WHO says vaccine booster programs will prolong Covid crisis: ‘No country can boost its way out of the pandemic’

World Health Organization officials on Wednesday criticized blanket Covid-19 vaccine booster programs as poor countries struggle to obtain initial doses, warning that the unequal access to immunizations could lead to more mutated variants that drag out the crisis.

“Blanket booster programs are likely to prolong the pandemic, rather than ending it, by diverting supply to countries that already have high levels of vaccination coverage, giving the virus more opportunity to spread and mutate,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a news briefing.

[...]

The WHO estimates just half of its member states will have vaccinated at least 40% of their populations by the end of this year “because of distortions in global supply,” Tedros said.

Vaccine inequity is “the most horrific injustice of 2021,” Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, said at the briefing.

Read the rest here.

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We Have an Opportunity to Strengthen the Right to Self Defense in NH

Granite Grok - Thu, 2021-12-23 13:00 +0000

New Hampshire is a Constitutional Carry State. If you are legally permitted to carry a firearm, you do not need to ask permission. It is also a Dillons Rule State. Local governments cannot regulate anything without the State saying they may and how, but they do, including firearms.

HB307 – “relative to the state preemption of the regulation of firearms and ammunition,” would clarify that NH is not a home rule state.

That the New Hampshire legislature has not given towns the authority to restrict if, where, and when a lawful gun owner may carry a firearm concealed or otherwise beyond what it has specified.

Towns have, however, (one example here) posted signs and declared areas weapons-free and off-limits.

Related: 2020: Gun Crazy New Hampshire Has Lowest Murder Rate in the Nation

HB307 would allow citizens to sue the town for violating state law (and the rights protected by it) which includes court costs, up to 10,000.00 in additional fines (which I’ll call new gun and more ammo money), and the governor could remove the officials directly responsible for violating their rights.

The Bill passed the House last year and (I am told) is up for consideration in the NH Senate Judiciary Committee this coming Tuesday, December 28th.

You should be able to email the entire committee using this link, or you can do so from the committee web page here. Be polite and encouraging, and always brief. Remember, it’s not an op-ed; it’s an email, and your goal is to persuade.

This legislation is scheduled for a floor vote on January 5th, after which it would go to Governor Sununu for his signature.

Mr. Sununu has been bad on much but good on the right to self-defense. A few kind words of encouragement might not be a waste of time to see this through into law.

 

If you’d like more info, Cam Edwards from Cam and Company digs down into the details a bit more here:

 



 

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In Biden’s America, Americans Should Go Where They’re Treated Best

Granite Grok - Thu, 2021-12-23 11:30 +0000

With President Biden’s approval rating down to 36 percent, he is now more unpopular than his two predecessors ever were in office. But, beyond politics, the very idea of America is losing luster.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans (and rising) believe their country is not headed in the right direction. For decades, it was assumed that America is the place to be an entrepreneur. The U.S. economy was synonymous with the American Dream. No longer: Upward mobility may be more alive in Canada than in America.

Indeed, upward mobility has been disincentivized, while the climbers are punished for daring to succeed. Government benefits are plentiful, while “taxing the rich” is the easiest refrain in politics.

Under President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan, the average top tax rate on personal income would reach 57.4 percent in the United States—the highest rate in the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD).

All 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., would impose top tax rates on personal income exceeding 50 percent.

We want to thank Andrew Henderson for this Op-Ed. If you have an Op-Ed or LTE
you would like us to consider, please submit it to Editor@GraniteGrok.com.

Today’s experiment in Big Government won’t end well for the United States. But it will make entrepreneurs, investors, and other wealthy Americans reconsider their place in the world and reevaluate their options—and that’s a good thing. Countries should compete for residents. If people aren’t treated well in one country, why shouldn’t they go where they’re treated better?

People with means ultimately go where they’re treated best, and Americans are reaping the benefits of globalization more than ever before. From Croatia to the Caribbean, digital nomads across the socioeconomic spectrum are leaving one lifestyle for a better one.

As an offshore consultant who guides clients to where they’re treated best, I regularly advise high-net-worth individuals on second citizenship and residences. And, in recent months, I have seen a 300 percent increase in wealthy Americans seeking better tax climates and brighter futures. They have had enough of 50 percent tax rates.

While tax policy is a top complaint, there are other gripes. One is “woke” culture, which tightens the parameters of free speech and forces people into submission through political correctness. In a world of seemingly endless cancellations and contrived apologies, the First Amendment is under attack from all sides, while its public defenders are fewer and farther between.

Put it all together, and the result is a less appealing America to those with options. Other than patriotism and personal allegiance, why should a New York entrepreneur remain in a city with rising crime and legal drug injection sites?

Why put up with constantly changing COVID-19 policies in Washington, D.C., when foreign governments may be more transparent?

Why stick with 50 percent tax rates when tax climates are better in dozens of Asian, European, and South American countries?

I have lived in dozens of countries around the world, and it’s reassuring to escape the radical Left’s grasp abroad. In some Eastern European countries, “wokeism” doesn’t even exist. Politics isn’t a fact of everyday life.

People treat each other like human beings, not Twitter bots.

In many Latin American countries, you can live more affordably and retain your individualism—free from government overreach. The same goes for certain Asian countries that continue to value entrepreneurship and upward mobility—with no disincentives, no punishments.

This is not to be alarmist for alarmism’s sake. But Americans need to ask themselves, and they are: Am I treated well here? Can I live better elsewhere?

With each passing day, more and more Americans are rethinking the meaning of “home.” The ongoing exodus to Florida is a perfect example. If people can move from New York to the Sunshine State for a better tax climate and brighter future, why can’t they move abroad too?

They can, and they are. The American exodus is here to stay and growing by the day.

 

Andrew Henderson is the founder of Nomad Capitalist, an international offshore consulting firm.

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Why Do Public Schools Have NO Accountability, while Education Savings Accounts are Under Fire?

Granite Grok - Thu, 2021-12-23 02:30 +0000

Proficiency scores came out in October and from what I have seen, they are not pretty. Proficiency scores for the entire state decreased significantly due to school closures and failure to properly educate our kids.

But while money is pouring into public schools, why is it that our local school district can find the money to build a new district office at a time when construction and supply prices are at their worst and to fund an auditorium which was already voted down on the ballot?

Somehow the plan for learning loss is still a thing of mystic glory and the only thing the school has figured out is how to pay for it’s already required ESY program with incoming funds and use the budget funds for the unnecessary.

The whole purpose of school, to educate children, seems to be completely lost. As a result of this, many parents have decided to take advantage of ESAs because they DON’T WANT failing schools.

We want to thank Moira Ryan for this Op-Ed. If you have an Op-Ed or LTE
you want us to consider – please submit it to Editor@GraniteGrok.com.

The legislature is considering a bill that would allow for an in-depth audit of the ESA accounts completely disregarding the plea, presented at the HB 581 committee hearing, requesting an audit of local public schools.

After all, more money is flowing into schools than ever before but taxes have also increased and performance is in the toilet.

What kind of message are we sending when complaints about schools are disregarded and there is no improvement despite an “unprecedented” amount of funding?

Kids are not getting what they need. If ESA schools failed to provide the education that parents want, then parents will take their kids to another school.

If public schools don’t provide the education they should, we get increased taxes and no accountability. Instead of looking at auditing the ESAs, the legislature must audit the public schools and get them back on track.

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