The Manchester Free Press

Tuesday • May 24 • 2022

Vol.XIV • No.XXI

Manchester, N.H.

Fentanyl Deaths are Collateral Damage

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-05-21 14:00 +0000

Fentanyl death, by poisoning or overdose, is now the leading cause of death in America for the 25 to 45 age group. Originating in China and distributed to the United States by Mexican cartels and smugglers. There is no legal use for this imported drug, and it should be classified as a terrorist act to bring it across our Border. We are losing over 100,000 young Americans every year from this death powder.

Every week we hear a story of enough Fentanyl intercepted by our Border Patrol Agents to kill every individual in this country. It is a unique and puzzling business model to have manufacturers and distributors complicit in killing a high percentage of their customer base. It certainly decreases repeat business and customers. What is the end game in this sordid effort? It seems that fear is their goal, and if so, they are successful.

We have heard considerable criticism about the lack of progress in stopping the flow of this plague. Many have called for this process to be classified as an act of terrorism. Terrorism is a national problem, and we should not be leaving the border states to fight this battle alone. There is no more severe or deadly assault any country or gang could perpetrate on Americans and America.

It is becoming painfully apparent that the situation at the Border is only a crisis for half of Americans. I fear that the Democrats, including Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, are doing nothing to control the flow of humanity, drugs, guns, and gangs because this is part of their plan to transform America. Transform may be too soft a phrase; destroy America is more appropriate.

The Border is the biggest failure of the Biden but is sharing headlines with the economy and infant formula shortage. Images of illegal aliens forming a never-ending chain crossing the Rio Grande and surrendering to authorities to be processed. No vetting, testing, or reason for entry. All these well-coached people have to say is they are in fear of returning to their homes. Those are the magic words of entry.

It seems like all of America is on hold listening to soft music as we wait for Washington to do something, anything, to solve the problems we wake to every day. Kamala Harris has stayed away from the Border like it is a high voltage third rail while she raves and laughs about the electric school bus. I drive a school bus, Kamala, and on a cold dark January morning, I want to turn the key in my diesel bus and listen to it purr. How about you get your incompetent self down to the Border, get educated on the reality of the crisis, and solve it. Do something, or get out.

Everybody sees the problems. Gas prices hit new highs every day while the stock market plummets to new lows. Inflation is on its own trajectory, and the White House continues to use fake info to justify its cause. It is Biden’s inflation, not Putin’s. Putin did not dump trillions into the economy only to remain unspent or redirected. You need four sets of eyes to watch all that is going wrong around us. It is tiring and stressful and makes the two years of the Pandemic look easy. COVID is over. The Biden impact will be around for years.

 

 

Ray Writes for GraniteGrok.com and the Liberty Loft

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Twitter Designated "Misleading Disinformation" According to Political Party Affiliation

Libertarian Leanings - Sat, 2022-05-21 12:16 +0000

Gabrielle Fonrouge, New York Post:  Elon Musk calls out old Clinton campaign tweet as ‘hoax,’ asks Twitter for answers

Elon Musk called out an old Hillary Clinton tweet as a “hoax” Friday after a Twitter user flagged it for misleading disinformation and was ignored. 

The tweet, written Oct. 31, 2016 during Clinton’s failed presidential campaign, is a statement issued in response to a news report about an alleged secret server at Trump Tower that was being used to covertly communicate with Russia. 

“Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank,” Clinton wrote in the tweet alongside the statement issued by one of her then-top aides, Jake Sullivan. 

A Twitter user tagged Musk in the message and wrote that they’ve reported it “as misleading disinformation” to the company but it was never taken down and does not have a warning label attached to it.  

FBI cyber analyst Scott Hellman, testifying in the trial of Michael Sussmann, said it took about a day to determine that there was no communications link between a Trump server and Alfa Bank.

The significance of the FBI’s lies was accentuated this week at Sussmann’s trial when Scott Hellman, an FBI cyber analyst, testified that he knew right away in September 2016 that Sussmann’s data did not suggest any covert communications between Trump and Russia. Hellman added that he wondered if the person who put together the data was suffering from a mental disability.

Yet this tweet by Hillary has never been flagged as the misinformation that it is.

Read the rest of the Post article here.

Categories: Blogs, United States

Maggie Pretends to Buck Her Party with Gas Tax Holiday but Hassan Votes with Biden Almost 98% Of the Time

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-05-21 12:00 +0000

Maggie Hassan has new ads fouling up my television viewing experience. In them, she claims to be bucking her party by trying to push a federal gas tax holiday (with no chance of passing) because gas prices are too damn high.

It’s BS and I’d bet money you’ll find a similar screed from any other Democrat in a tight November Race. She may even have the party’s blessing; Pretend all you want, we know it would never see debate, but it might save your ass.

Here’s the Ad. Warning: do not drink or eat anything while watching. It might end up in your nose or all over your laptop.

 



 

Hassan is trying to reposition herself as a moderate (again). It is a tactic she’s been plying for decades—middle of the road Maggie. And look! A gas tax holiday.

But Maggie votes for the Biden/Party line 97.7%. She never mentions that in the ad or how she deliberately made not just gas but the price of everything go up.

Soaring Gas Prices

It’s window dressing, of course. A gas tax holiday does almost nothing to address the underlying problem of which she is an integral part.

Production and Inflation. Without revisiting it, the Bidenistas went to war on domestic production on day one. A war that continued last week when they canceled a significant oil and gas lease sale. Not a peep from Maggie, but that makes sense. She’s never voted to increase production, quite the opposite (care of the NRSC).

  • Hassan has voted at least two times against energy exploration in ANWR (Senate Roll Call Votes: 12/2/17, 12/21/17) 
  • In 2021, Hassan voted three times against legislation to prohibit a ban on fracking (Senate Roll Call Votes: 2/4/21, 2/5/21, 8/10/21) 
  • In 2021, Hassan voted four times against advancing the Keystone XL Pipeline, killing roughly 11,000 good-paying jobs in the process (Senate Roll Call Votes: 2/4/21, 2/5/21, 3/6/21, 3/6/21) 
  • Hassan has a 99% lifetime rating from the League Of Conservation Voters, a group leading advocacy of the Green New Deal (National Environmental Scorecard, League Of Conservation Voters)

Maggie’s also a hypocrite. In 2014 she claimed credit for a 22% increase in “exports” from New Hampshire. Over 21% of that was “from oil, fracked out of the ground in the Bakken oil fields, carried via rail, through New Hampshire (without ever stopping here) on its way to Canada.”

She’d never support fracking, but she tried to use it to make her look like a good leader for New Hampshire. The gas tax holiday is more of the same sort of fraud.

Soaring Gas Prices Part II

Then there’s Inflation. It is as much or more to blame. The Dems have spent more money than (perhaps) any congress and in record time. The “money” isn’t real, and without equivalent products or services to back it up, every new dollar devalues each one that proceeds it.

The entire fossil fuel process, from exploration to extraction to refining to delivery, costs more because of record-setting Inflation.

A gas tax holiday can’t change that, and hyperinflation – which seems likely – will erase the worthless dollar or two it represents per tank in the blink of an eye. Not that it is worth much now, thanks to Maggie.

This deliberate devaluation of the dollar via Democrat spending policy has also motivated other nations to begin dropping it as a global currency. They are abandoning the US petrodollar. If you wanted to make a currency worthless, Maggie Hassan and Democrats are doing a fine job.

The federal gas tax holiday idea is smoke and mirrors. The problems are deep and systemic, and Hassan finds herself and her voting record in radical left-wing territory with the likes of Klobuchar, Menendez, Lahey, Markey, Kelley, Kaine, and Hirono. And she’s more “Biden” than  Durbin, Booker, or Bernie.

Maggie Hassan isn’t bucking her party; she’s *ucking over her constituents, and a gas tax holiday can’t fix that.

 

 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Mook Testimony: Alfa Bank Frame-Up Personally Approved by Hillary Clinton

Libertarian Leanings - Sat, 2022-05-21 11:29 +0000

Mark Wauck, Meaning in History:  John Durham Brings Home The Bacon

I think we can say definitively that the wait has been worth it. John Durham has not let us down. I’m speaking, of course, of Hillary campaign manager Robbie Mook’s testimony—obviously, under oath—at the Sussmann trial that the Alfa Bank Hoax was cleared for use by Hillary personally and was discussed within her inner circle: with John Podesta, Jake Sullivan, and Jennifer Palmieri. Maybe someday we’ll learn how Durham pulled this off—getting this Clinton insider to turn on Hillary. It’s a real coup.

Nothing else really matters. Will Sussmann be convicted? In the big scheme of things it doesn’t really matter. Take a poll and ask people whether they know who Michael Sussmann is and what he’s on trial for. I can’t believe you’d find more than a tiny minority who would be aware. Nobody’s thinking about him—not in the big scheme. The same goes for some of the other big fish, like Marc Elias. Yeah, everything we’ve learned about them is a big deal—for the inside baseball type people. It’s just not a big deal for most people.

But the situation is totally different with regard to Hillary. This story coming out of a trial that’s under a reporting blackout by the MSM will have legs.

Read the rest here.

Categories: Blogs, United States

Something Evil has Invaded Our Nation …

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-05-21 10:00 +0000

This video is making the rounds (again?), and if you watch it, you’ll understand why. This young woman has synthesized a list of things that just don’t make any sense. Stuff you’ve thought about or maybe not in a while or in this way.

It’s worth listening to as a reminder of just how crazy our world has gotten and how little sense so much of it makes. With plenty of sound bites, you can take with you into battle across social media.

It’s less than three minutes, and you may have seen it, but it never hurts to be reminded.

 



 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Notable Quote – Consumers Determine the Marketplace

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-05-21 02:00 +0000

Socialists and Democrats (but I repeat myself) always lambast Big Business as the Evil component of capitalism.  They forget:

On the market of a capitalistic society the common man is the sovereign consumer whose buying or abstention from buying ultimately determines what should be produced and in what quantity and quality. Those shops and plants which cater exclusively or predominantly to the wealthier citizens’ demand for refined luxuries play merely a subordinate role in the economic setting of the market economy. They never attain the size of big business. Big business always serves – directly or indirectly – the masses.

It is this ascension of the multitude in which the radical social change brought about by the “Industrial Revolution” consists. Those underlings who in all the preceding ages of history had formed the herds of slaves and serfs, of paupers and beggars, became the buying public, for whose favor the businessmen canvass. They are the customers who are “always right,” the patrons who have the power to make poor suppliers rich and rich suppliers poor.

-Ludwig von Mises (The Anti-capitalistic Mentality; it is here for free)

While the wealthy ARE important, they are important in that they are often the “early adopters” of those higher priced goods – think LED TV, personal computers, and cell phones. However, it is we, the “common folk”, that set the market place.

It’s like that old saw “why do you rob banks?  It’s where the money is”.

Sure, fancy clothes, private jets, yachts; all of those, however, provide jobs for the masses which then spend the most money in the aggregate.

(H/T: Cafe Hayek)

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

NeverTrump’s “Debunking” of 2000 Mules Debunked

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-05-21 00:00 +0000

NeverTrumper Ben Shapiro attempted to undercut the evidence in the 2000 Mules movie proving Biden STOLE the 2020 election. (This evidence is IN ADDITION TO all the evidence that the election was RIGGED … i.e., Zuckerbucks, Hunter Biden censorship, Wisconsin, etc. etc. etc.) Here is Dinesh D’Souza’s response:

 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

“Misgendering” – a Politically Created Word to Force a Political Agenda?

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-05-20 22:00 +0000

I’ve held on to this for a while, so let me start off by saying that I agree with Matt Margolis: Rachel Levine Says ‘Misgendering’ Trans People Is ‘Mean-Spirited’—It’s Not . Levine is the transgender US Assistant Secretary of Health and the affirmative action four-star admiral in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corp.  And no, he’s not black so isn’t that kind of race affirmative action but it is one for his sexuality. A lot of that has been going around because it seems that the Left has made it clear that’s how they wish to normalize their version of sexuality (wait, pedophilia is next and it is happening locally and my former Chief of Police is involved in the incident – and not very nicely).  And the Left has made it VERY political – and watch the school environments that prove my point.  And Steve’s post (“Middle School Students Charged with Sexual Harassment for Using Incorrect Pronouns“) as we both seized on the same story (I just couldn’t type fast enough but chose to lead with this one).

So, what’s the beef?  Just like with preferred pronouns in schools that have adopted some kind of transgender Polity that REQUIRES people on school grounds, the Militant Transgenders are determined to change our language so as to positively affirm them – regardless if we want to or not. Let’s start with this:

“You talk about being very vocal on the advocacy front. You told Chelsea Clinton on a podcast that was out—I think this week—that you hope that one day your identity isn’t going to define you or any other trans person, and yet we’re in this moment where some on the right continue to publicly misgender you. On a personal level, how do you navigate that?” Jackson asked him.

“Identity” is all the rage with the Left and is getting to be more so every day. After all, when straight people have to tell others, or FEEL that they must, what their pronouns are, the Left HAS MADE IDENTITY your definition.  Want it to NOT be that way?

Keep your sexuality or “expression thereof” your business – not mine. Listen to a lot of folks on the Left when they get into an argument – how do they start off?

  • As a person of color….
  • As a gay white…
  • In my experience as a bisexual, two-spirit…

I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU THINK YOU ARE, I DON’T CARE WHAT YOUR SELF-PROCLAIMED “Identity” IS, so stop it! It’s like that old doctor joke: “Doctor, doctor, when I do this, it keeps hurting. Well, stop doing it!”. I don’t care what you think are, I don’t care about your Feelz – man up and stop being snowflakes about it. Keep shoving it in my face DOES define you – as an asshat. Leave me alone and I’l leave me alone.  That goes twice for my kid in school.

And then we come to the nub of the problem:

“Well, those anti-trans, those transphobic actions that states have taken are quite politically motivated. And I’ve said before. They are egregious. We need to support and empower trans youth. So my word to them is that we have a president who sees us and supports us as we are. It is so important for people to be authentic and to live free in the United States, to live in our nation as who they are and, of course, who they love. And we’re going to continue to do everything we can to support them.

Sorry, but I’m not the one that MADE it political – I, and a lot of others of us on the Right, are reacting to the ‘in-your-face” crowd that turned to Government to make the rest of us bow to your speech demands that are making “preferred pronouns” mandatory. Sorry, Constitutional free speech comes before your mindset of what you are.  Keep trying to use govt to coerce my speech and I’ll give you “political”.

With all that said, here’s what Margolis said:

Let’s get one thing clear: When I or anyone else calls Levine “him” or otherwise uses male pronouns or calls him a man, that is not “misgendering.” Rachel Levine can legally change his name, grow his hair out, and have all the plastic surgery he wants, but that doesn’t change who or what he is–and that is a biological male. I’m not being mean-spirited; I’m just not validating his delusion that he is now a woman. The same goes for anyone who is transgender.

And yes, I get to say what a woman is – I have a biology degree.  So that also means I know what a man is as well.  And I’m going to keep believe my lyin’ eyes and ears as well.  I keep saying this because it seems I have to:

You think you are something you aren’t?  Have at it. If your family and friends are good with it, more power to you.

Just leave me out of it and stop trying to jam it down my throat.

Misgendering is just another made up, politicized word meant to further a political agenda.  It’s meant, in practice, as a stepping stone just like Civil Unions was used politically by the gay militants in creating their own Slippery Slide to get what they wanted politically because they were failing culturally – Gay Marriage legally and total affirmation of it culturally.

Now, the idea that someone can be anything, be of any sexuality, at any time, just on a whim and that REST OF US MUST ACCEPT THAT which we know is not true is that next thing.

And you know what the real targets are?

  • That you’ll never know what is real or not
  • And the demise of the nuclear family.

The first is important because then you’ll never know when you are being gaslit on anything else

And the second is how can you have a family when NOTHING is stable?

Heck with it – Steve covered the middle schoolers whose future is being destroyed simply because they refused to bow down to Government demanded speech. Here’s the links I was going to use.

Levine is not the problem – but he certainly is a huge symptom of the real problem – throwing everything in to Chaos.  For as Lenin said, where there is Chaos, there is Opportunity.

  • https://www.thecollegefix.com/middle-schoolers-charged-with-title-ix-violation-for-using-incorrect-pronouns/
  • https://thepostmillennial.com/school-district-files-sexual-harassment-complaint-against-3-middle-school-students-for-using-the-wrong-pronouns
  • https://tomknighton.substack.com/p/middle-school-forces-diversity-training?s=w
  • https://www.theblaze.com/news/school-board-malicious-misgendering-suspension
  • https://libertyunyielding.com/2022/05/14/middle-school-students-investigated-for-sexual-harassment-after-referring-to-classmate-by-wrong-pronoun/
  • https://www.conservativereview.com/malicious-misgendering-malicious-deadnaming-are-slurs-and-could-get-students-suspended-if-school-board-approves-updated-rules-2657349553.html
  • https://www.dailysignal.com/2022/05/16/using-wrong-pronouns-could-lead-to-school-suspensions-in-virginia-public-schools/
  • https://www.foxnews.com/media/middle-schooler-sexual-harassment-accusations-pronouns-shatter-college-chances

Remember, this is Cultural Marxism in real time.

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Defund the WTO

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-05-20 20:00 +0000

Congressman Chip Roy from Texas has introduced the best solution to Stop the WTO’s Global Pandemic Treaty Amendments introduced by the Biden White House. It’s called “No Taxpayer Funding For the World Trade Organization (WTO).”

Both sides: the Biden Administration and the WTO vs “we the people” have a right to voice their opinion, but we don’t have the right to make our own facts.

In the people’s corner is the fact that our liberty must be won in this generation to pass on America’s 240-plus years of “inherent right” to make personal decisions in healthcare. Advocates of government control of healthcare have Nikolai Lenin one of history’s most evil mass murderers on their side.

He describes how important healthcare is to communist control: “Healthcare is the “keystone arch” in the communist state.” Brick masons will tell you that without the keystone in the arch being made to a perfect angle the “arch will fall.” Without control of healthcare the communist in their revolution to enslave a nation will also fall.”

This is a contest between the American people the “targeted victims” opposed by our political leaders who have hired international unaccountable bureaucrats who assume their office has the power to force their will on our people. In reality, this is a government force that has an American historical antecedent, for they are duplicating the implementation of one of the major abuses of power that Jefferson accused King George of in the Declaration of Independence: “

He has erected a Multitude of New Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their substance.” With no confidence in trusting men in seats of power to be “servants rather than masters,” the “framers of the Constitution” responded with the protection of personal inherent rights, securing them in the Fourth Amendment: ” The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, etc… .”

Now, in light of the above background of historical facts, let us get to the dangerous problems of the “treaty” that has motivated Congressman Chip Roy of Texas to introduce legislation to protect American sovereignty, HR 419 to “defund WHO. This would negate these controlling amendments of our people that are being drafted into the Global Pandemic Treaty at the World Health Assembly on May 22nd – 28.

Check out the Biden Administration’s complete package of proposed amendments to International Health Regulations (IHR) . These proposals by our leaders to the existing IHR drastically expand WHO power over Americans. Imagine there is no congressional oversight unless “we the people’ demand it. And these amendments do not require a 2/3 vote in the Senate to be adopted as treaty law that federal DHHS and the WTO bureaucrats and our political leaders assume is law they can force upon us.

Such audacity that views our constitutional rights as obsolete will continue to rule through “assuming this illegitimate power” unless an avalanche of protest is brought to our state and federal officials attention to act in our favor and stop this power move against liberty that will put our American healthcare in a straight-jacket of controls.

Imagine how your future world will change with no parental control, your God-given inherent rights secured in the Bill of Rights negated, and global health passes limiting travel all of which will compromise your personal sovereignty and national sovereignty. Ponder the thought of living in a world that has accomplished Bill Gates’s goal to strengthen the WTO. Let words from the Great Patriot, Patrick Henry motivate and guide our response: “Let us not rest our liberties on the assumption that our leaders will virtuous.” Go too JBS.org for ammunition to help America win this second war for Independence.

 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

FBI's Long-Standing Pattern of Rule-Breaking

Libertarian Leanings - Fri, 2022-05-20 19:09 +0000

Washington Times (subscribers only):  EXCLUSIVE: Agent misconduct revealed to be recurring theme at FBI; attempts at fixes fall short

FBI agents have a long-standing pattern of breaking rules on investigations, and the bureau’s efforts to solve them did not eliminate the problems, according to more than six years of internal reviews obtained by The Washington Times. 

The previously undisclosed data covering 2013 to 2019 documents more than 1,600 instances of broken rules on cases involving investigations that do not require warrants, the use of informants and undercover agents, and sensitive matters involving people engaged in politics, government, the news media and religious groups.

Mike German, a fellow for the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty & National Security Program, said the rule-breaking detailed in the audits is “the tip of the iceberg.” Mr. German, a former undercover FBI agent who left the bureau in 2004, authored the 2019 book “Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide: How the New FBI Damages Democracy.”

He said the problem is likely far worse than the public knows.

Yes, FBI transgressions are likely far worse than the public knows, but not nearly as bad as what the public already imagines.

Read the rest here.

Categories: Blogs, United States

Sussmann Strategy? Lying FBI Would Have Investigated Trump Anyway?

Libertarian Leanings - Fri, 2022-05-20 18:58 +0000

Hans Mahncke and Stephen McIntyre:  Handwritten Notes From 2017 Show FBI Agents Mislead DOJ On The Trump-Russia Investigation

The notes reveal a pattern of repeated lies and omissions by FBI leadership to DOJ officials that concealed the dramatic deterioration of the predicate for the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. As the predication deteriorated, so too was the purported justification for Comey’s public reveal of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.

The significance of the FBI’s lies was accentuated this week at Sussmann’s trial when Scott Hellman, an FBI cyber analyst, testified that he knew right away in September 2016 that Sussmann’s data did not suggest any covert communications between Trump and Russia. Hellman added that he wondered if the person who put together the data was suffering from a mental disability.

Hellman’s testimony is the clearest evidence yet that the FBI knew from the start that one of the two major components of the Trump Russia collusion narrative – the Alfa Bank data – was false. As the March 6 notes show, they concealed this fact from their DOJ superiors.

The other major component of the investigation was the Steele dossier. The FBI knew from a January 2017 interview of Igor Danchenko, Christopher Steele’s “Primary Sub-Source” through whom all the allegations in the Steele dossier were originated or channeled, that the dossier too was false.

Danchenko’s most shocking revelation to the FBI was that he had never met Sergei Millian, the attributed source for the Steele dossier’s most inflammatory claims, including the allegation that there was a “well-developed conspiracy of cooperation” between Trump and the Kremlin, that Russia passed hacked Democratic National Committee emails to WikiLeaks, as well as the infamous Moscow pee tape story.

Read the rest here.

Categories: Blogs, United States

So, [Republican? Snicker!] Gov. Chris Sununu Told Us All That He Is Anti-parents and All in for the Teacher’s Unions.

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-05-20 18:00 +0000

I AM ONE OF THOSE PARENTS THAT THE SCHOOL WON’T TELL ME WHAT THE TRANSGENDER STATUS OF MY LEGAL SON IS (“So How Did It Feel, Gilford School Board, to Watch Your Principal Lie to Me in Public Because of Your Policy JBAB?“)! And Sununu wants to keep it that way! 

We’ve said for years that while NH Governor Chris Sununu has been decent on guns and taxes, that’s generally it.  He’s all in when it comes to Leftist social ideology – go ahead, prove me wrong if you can!  And he got us into this mess when he gave away the “Conservative Store” when he signed SB263 which gave the Democrats one of their social Holy Grails – codifying “gender identity” into law. Its “Slippery Slope” has now given us his threatened veto of HB1431 which did one thing – codify the role and responsibilities of Parents in the raising of their children.

After a lot of heavy lifting by the NH House and Senate (and their leadership at the last, and needed, minute), HB1431 was on the last lap:

Declaration of Purpose.  The general court finds that it is a fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their minor children.  The general court further finds that important information relating to a minor child should not be withheld, either inadvertently or purposefully, from his or her parent, including information relating to the minor’s education.  The general court further finds it is necessary to establish a consistent mechanism for parents to be notified of information relating to the health, education, and well-being of their minor children.

Parents wanted this as they are tired of school administrations giving them the finger with the introduction of Critical Race Theory (Whites are Oppressors, Minorities are victims (and require the ministrations of white Progressives to make it in Life) and the sexualization of little children. They are tired of being ignored, dismissed as extremists or kooks, and lied to. This bill would put a stop to those activities from those that should remember that they are employees and not Education Rulers.

Sununu just gave all of us Normal Parents the finger – he just gave our kids over to the Educational-Industrial Complex – totally owned by Democrat/Socialist Teachers Unions/Superintendents and their sycophants/captured School Boards who have swallowed the Left’s social gospel whole. And, of course, he hid, once again, behind his Attorney General’s office:

“There are specific provisions in the Senate version of the bill that specifically identify gender identity and expression as a basis to have to make reports to parents,” explained Assistant Attorney General Sean R. Locke. “That specifically identifies that group of students, as opposed to any other group.”

HB1431 doesn’t mention “transgender”. In fact, it only mentions “gender expression or identity” once – along with a lot of other things that Parents should be aware of:

(g)  The right to be notified promptly when any school board, school district, school administrative unit, school administrator, or other school employee initiates, investigates, or finds the need for any action by school authorities relating to the student pursuant to school policies governing student conduct, truancy, dress code violations, sexual harassment, bullying, hazing, behavior management and intervention, substance use, suicide prevention, gender expression or identity, disability accommodation, and special meal prescription.

Locke wants you to believe, like the critics of the Florida Parent Bill of Rights and the legislation that prohibits the teaching of ANY sexuality to those in K-3, that the sole purpose of this bill is to discriminate.  The “law” he quotes is below – note all the other “protected classes” beyond gender identity.

So the relevant question to the AG’s office is “how is telling Parents about ANY of the things above that I’ve bolded discrimination?”.  I can’t suss any meaning of discrimination either out of HB1431 or SB263.

I can tell you one thing – such a claim depends on these “kids ‘rights’ before Parents’ actual Rights” people believing that all Parents are BAD Parents. That they are UNFIT parents.

The bill has been opposed by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, LGBTQ+ rights groups, civil rights advocates, and teachers’ unions, who noted that the legislation would require schools to “out” trans students to their parents. They argued that doing so could be dangerous for some students and might discourage others from seeking help at school.

And that keeping information from Parents on ANY of those topics above is a PUBLIC GOOD.

Yeah, tell that to the Parents of that Clay County, Florida 12-year-old girl that got “turned trans” by her guidance counselor, Ms. Washington, and then tried to commit suicide in the girls’ bathroom, not once, but twice, BEFORE the school district notified her Parents. Their reason was that because of their Catholic faith, they were, essentially, unfit parents. Gosh, that would mean, here in NH, that the school just discriminated against the Parents because of their religious beliefs.

I’ll put up the letter that contains the following, but do you see the huge gap in their reasoning? Hint: do you see who is missing?

A coalition of opposing groups had urged Rice to reject the bill that ranged from the unions of AFT, AFL-CIO, and National Education Association of N.H. to the N.H. Council of Churches, N.H. School Administrators Association, New Futures, Granite State Progress, and N.H. School Nurses Association.

“By requiring immediate disclosure to parents about any school club or extracurricular activities, school counselor visits, and changes in gender identity or expression, this bill will sacrifice those important relationships and undermine efforts to create an affirming learning environment for all students,” they wrote.

Note that they talk only about school relationships, within Government relationships – and leave the most important relationship by the wayside: that between a Parent and their child.  And THIS is the crux of the entire issue – who has first say, the most important role, in a child’s life.

For them, it’s NOT a Parent. So, what say YOU, NH State Senator Becky Whitley of Hopkinton:

Sen. Becky Whitley of Hopkinton, the lone Democrat on the committee, said the new changes to the bill did not address concerns raised by LGBTQ+ advocates, and warned that the bill could have harmful effects on children whose parents are less accepting.

“I think that this bill is antithetical to all the work we have done in the state to ensure that individuals in this community, in the LGBT community, can live a life free from discrimination and be safe in all communities,” Whitley said.

You want anecdotes??? I’ve got the receipts that you’re dead wrong that schools are the salvation for kids – over 200 posts thus far and another 100 yet to be put up. And I would like NH State Rep Debra DeSimone, Republican, (see, I don’t care WHAT Party you belong to!)  to tell us where the peer-review studies are that say that teen suicides would rise. Frankly, the COVID lockdowns on school kids have contributed more to that danger than transgenderism.

At least Jason Osborne got it right:

 “I think it’s pretty clear that when children need help, their best chance of getting it is when a parent knows what’s going on”

And NH State Senator Bill Gannon was dead on:

Sen. Bill Gannon, R-Sandown, one of the negotiators, said both sides in this dispute want to protect students.

“Our side believes parents deserve the right to know what discussions about gender they are having with teachers or what clubs they are in,” Gannon said. “Parents understand their child much better than the 15 or 20 different educators that rotate in and out of their child’s life every school year.”

Indeed. Parents first. The nuclear family first. But Sununu ain’t down with that by his own words:

“This bill as written creates numerous challenges for kids,” Sununu said. “I share the concerns of the Attorney General and as such, will veto the bill if it reaches my desk.”

Government first. Schools first. Thanks for contributing to the breakdown of the family, Chris.

One of Marxism’s tools to implement its ideology is the breakdown of the family structure.  And Chris has now told us where he stands with relationship to the Traditional Family Structure.

And he’s still not half the politician his Dad, Papa Smurf, probably still is. We gotta get Frank Edleblut to primary Baby Huey.

Sununu should sign this bill – but I have grave doubts he will.

SB263:

AN ACT relative to anti-discrimination protection for students in public schools.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

282:1  New Subdivision; Discrimination in Public Schools.  Amend RSA 193 by inserting after section 37 the following new subdivision:

Discrimination in Public Schools

193:38  Discrimination in Public Schools.  No person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in public schools because of their age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, marital status, familial status, disability, religion, or national origin, all as defined in RSA 354-A.  Any person claiming to be aggrieved by a discriminatory practice prohibited under this section, including the attorney general, may initiate a civil action against a school or school district in superior court for legal or equitable relief, or with the New Hampshire commission for human rights, as provided in RSA 354-A:27-28.

193:39  Discrimination Prevention Policy Required.  Each school district and chartered public school shall develop a policy that guides the development and implementation of a coordinated plan to prevent, assess the presence of, intervene in, and respond to incidents of discrimination on the basis of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, marital status, familial status, disability, religion, national origin, or any other classes protected under RSA 354-A.

282:2  New Subdivision; Opportunity for Public Education Without Discrimination a Civil Right.  Amend RSA 354-A by inserting after section 26 the following new subdivision:

Opportunity for Public Education Without Discrimination a Civil Right

354-A:27  Opportunity for Public Education Without Discrimination a Civil Right.  No person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in public schools because of their age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, marital status, familial status, disability, religion or national origin, all as defined in this chapter.

354-A:28  Procedure on Public School Complaints.

I.  Any person claiming to be aggrieved by a discriminatory practice prohibited under RSA 354-A:27 may initiate a civil action in superior court against a school or school district for legal or equitable relief, or file a complaint with the commission as provided in RSA 354-A:21.  The attorney general may also initiate such a civil action in superior court or by complaint with the commission.

II.  Any complaint filed with the commission pursuant to paragraph I shall comply with and be subject to the procedures outlined in this chapter, with the exception that such complaints may be removed to superior court at any time in compliance with RSA 508:4

282:3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

Approved: July 19, 2019
Effective Date: September 17, 2019

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Middle School Students Charged with Sexual Harassment for Using Incorrect Pronouns

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-05-20 16:00 +0000

Compelled speech is unconstitutional but so what? When you’re dark god says punish the unbelievers, you charge three middle-school boys with sexual harassment for using the wrong pronoun.

 

Rosemary Rabidoux told Fox News Digital she received a phone call from the school’s principal saying she would be receiving an email with sexual harassment allegations against her son, Braden.

“I immediately thought, ‘sexual harassment, that’s rape, that’s incest, that’s inappropriate touching, even grotesque language could go that far.’ And when I asked him what my son did, he said that he did not use the correct pronouns,” she said.

 

I think the first words out of my mouth would be, okay – I’m suing the ever-living crap out of you. I hope you’re ready. Sue them for what? This is bullying, it’s compelled speech, and the first best thing to do is to take a rhetorical blowtorch to everyone involved.

The Rabidoux’s are being a bit more conservative. They’ve got “Luke Berg, deputy counsel for the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty,” going to bat for them.

 

“Sexual harassment covers really egregious stuff, not simply using the so-called wrong pronoun. The school’s theory seems to be that any use of a wrong pronoun is automatically punishable speech under Title IX, and if that is truly their position, that is a truly egregious First Amendment violation.”

 

He’s probably going to win, but getting the district to drop the charges and correct the record isn’t enough. As we’ve seen with policy JBAB here in New Hampshire, significant, long-term litigation, or the threat of litigation, on multiple fronts against individuals, boards, and districts is needed.

Not everyone will have the finances or the stomach, so they ignore you and hope you’ll go away. But you have to be relentless. Use every avenue available within the law, from right-to-know requests to – and this is often easier than you think – hanging them out to dry using their bylaws or meeting rules.

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty needs to do more than win the case. They need to plow into the foundation that brought it on in the first place.

As I understand it, Title IX prohibits the government entity doing business as a school district from discrimination. Title IX does not grant Gestapo-like police powers in the name of anti-bullying that are themselves bullying.

Such an interpretation would permit schools to stifle any protected expression in the classroom at will.

The last time I checked, the pro-CRT people were all about protecting speech. They insist that removing any curriculum that paints white kids as systemic racists is anti-free speech. It’s not, but they said it

If labeling white kids as unrepentant racists is protected speech, what chance do pronouns have?

Thankfully, the left has double standards (or they’d have none at all). They can have their cake and eat it too. But to the average American, that’s not fair.

Policy JBAB collapsed because no authorizing authority was ever given (by the legislature) to the schools to impose such a thing as preferred pronouns nor the ability to enforce compliance. But it has been seven years since the policy first appeared, and only last week the school board association was forced to retract it.

Whatever is going on in Wisconsin, it won’t be that easy, but it needs to start now, or it’ll get away from them, and free speech must be protected no matter the cost.

 

 

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According to James A. Baker's Testimony, Michael Sussmann Lied to the FBI — and it Mattered

Libertarian Leanings - Fri, 2022-05-20 14:15 +0000

Breitbart:  Former FBI Counsel Testifies: Michael Sussmann Said Not Working for Any Client

Former FBI general counsel James A. Baker testified Thursday that former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann told him that he was not working for a client when conveying claims Donald Trump was colluding with Russia.

[...]

Already, in pre-trial motions, Durham had revealed the existence of a text message from Sussmann to Baker asking for an urgent meeting, and adding: “I’m coming on my own – not on behalf of a client or company – want to help the Bureau.”

On Thursday, Baker authenticated that message and added additional testimony, which corroborated testimony from earlier witnesses from the FBI, who all said that they believed or had been told that Sussmann was operating on his own.

Sussmann was allegedly working for the Clinton campaign at the time, and allegedly concealed that knowledge.

As the New York Post notes, the result of Sussmann’s alleged lie was that the FBI considered him a trusted confidential source, which in turn meant that the FBI did not further investigate to determine the source of Sussmann’s information.

John Haughey of the Epoch Times also noted that Sussmann’s alleged lie meant that others within the FBI were more inclined to regard him as a credible source.

Read the rest here.

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Will There Be Enough Rope to Save Us

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-05-20 14:00 +0000

I feel we will be looking back at yesterday, May 18, as the day we passed the point of no return. Domestically, internationally, and monetarily, the hammer came down and what remains is barely recognizable.

We could ask Karine to comment, but there is no page in her book with a vague enough answer for her to read. We are on our own to solve this conundrum.

Halfway around the world, we saw a portion of Ukraine fall into Russian control while one of their own confessed to murdering and committing war crimes against the Ukrainian people. At the same time, Finland and Sweden changed the make-up of Europe by applying for membership in NATO. Putin threatened to retaliate against such a strengthening of Europe, but that may be idle talk with his losses in Ukraine.

As 4:30 PM approached, we watched in fear and disgust as the closing bell sounded to end one of the worst days ever on Wall Street. Those past or approaching retirement age watched their 401k dissolve and were left to reflect on how or whether they could ever recoup the losses. The reality then dawned that we may not have hit the bottom of this Biden Spiral of Incompetence. I will take credit for that phrase and use it going forward. Before yesterday, I planned to work two more years and then fully retire. That two years will now not be enough. Thank you, Joe.

I listened to the list of our country’s most successful companies and how Biden’s failing policies have impacted them. Netflix is down 71%, while Disney is minus 39%. These two companies are experiencing self-inflicted WOKE pains and Biden jabs. Target lost 20% in one day due to inflation concerns. So much for Biden’s inflation is transitory. It will soon reclassify as a recession. Apple, America’s most valuable company, has dropped 40% from its 52-week high. The window locks are being checked in many office buildings around the country.

Things at home range from maddening to insane as the New York Post front page has declared the country Joe Biden’s Train Wreck. He continues to blame all he can on the Pandemic and Putin, but nobody is buying it. Putin is not the President of the United States. Unfortunately, Joe Biden is. Every day brings new record-high gas prices, and now the average price at the pumps is over $4 a gallon in all 50 states. A gas chain in Washington state is retooling its pumps to accommodate prices over $10 a gallon. Hopefully an overreaction and not a harbinger of things to come. There is now talk of gas rationing, and mothers are frantically seeking formula for their hungry babies. If Biden feared school board moms, he should be paranoid to death of new mothers with hungry babies.

An abortion advocate testified before Congress that a woman was anyone who identifies as one and that a man can get pregnant and have an abortion. She could not differentiate between killing a baby after birth or while it was still eight inches inside the mother’s birth canal. Biden was thankful someone could be that stupid to take the pressure and attention from him.

The only person happy about yesterday is Jen Psaki, as she did not have to address the country and lie about all of yesterday’s woes. But can anything be as sad as watching Karine Jean-Pierre searching for answers to read from her briefing book? If this was a bad TV show, we could shut it off or change the channel. Unfortunately, this is all the reality of a single day, and no one thinks we can say tomorrow will be better.

 

 

Ray Writes for GraniteGrok.com and the Liberty Loft

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Here We Go Again: No, Forest Fires are Not Getting More Likely or More Frequent

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-05-20 12:00 +0000

Local Media needs to talk about something, so why not wildfires. They are rare in Northern New England, making them ripe for a bit of scaremongering by the Climate Cult. What if, oh noes and Climate Change! How much longer will we be safe from the scourge? What scourge?

The timing is good. It’s going to be unseasonably warm this weekend. And there is never a wrong time to talk about wilderness and fire safety. A little breeze and an unattended fire can ruin a neighborhood surrounded by trees, and we’ve got more of those than not. But everything is green and wet in the spring.

It’s 40 or 80, but it has also been rainy. Wet and green do not wildfires make, but the “dry” season is creeping up on us (the fearmongering drought season – we have it every year), and not everyone is wet at the same time, so wildfires happen. The question is spin versus reality.

If you’d like a recent example, Climate Realism dissected a Market Watch scare-piece about burning in the Southwest that’s worth a read, and another here on Yahoo! news doing the same thing.

Related: US Forest Fire Data Tampering – They Dissapeared 57-Years of Inconvenient Truth.

The central planners are forever pointing at local events to justify global action, but there’s a problem. When it comes to burning average nationally or even globally, you’d be right to ask, where’s the fire?

 

 

The slight uptick in the past decade, as we’re reported elsewhere, is probably a result of arson by environmentalists. Climate warriors, not the climate. Activists acting like those so-called victims of hate crimes we later discover were the perps themselves. Always to get pity or to promote an idea they are so certain is true that they have to commit the crime to make it so.

Related: CO2 Increases “Linked to” Rising Education Costs and More Gun Crimes in Democrat Cities but not Forest Fires.

The other culprit, domestically, is the result of environmental policy. Blocking efforts to clear fuel from the forest floor account for many fires and lost acreage (and often like) in places like California. Simple forest management would prevent fires or save average, but that’s not what they need, so the people blaming the climate for fires want to see it burn.

Globally, the burn average is also down in the past century, not just a little.

Add the rising global CO2 trend line, and there is NO connection between the Climate Cult’s darkhorse and wildfires nationally or globally. But that’s no excuse not to cling to their climate bibles and global warming guns, and they refuse to see the forest for the trees.

It has to be man-made climate change, or their entire faith system collapses.

 

 

 

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Does Governor Sununu Want Teachers to Lie to Parents? That Would Violate Federal Law

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-05-20 10:00 +0000

According to WMUR, Governor Sununu is planning to veto HB1431 based on some of the language that is currently in the bill. The parental rights bill would affirm our fundamental rights as parents in New Hampshire.

It’s bad enough that the Democrats have abandoned parents, but many expected better of Republicans. If this bill cannot make it through a Republican House, Senate and then be signed by a Republican Governor, what does that tell the parents in New Hampshire?

What does the Governor say is problematic in the proposed law?

“The right [of parents] to be notified promptly when any school board, school district, school administrative unit, school administrator, or other school employee initiates, investigates, or finds the need for any action by school authorities relating to the student pursuant to school policies governing student conduct, truancy, dress code violations, sexual harassment, bullying, hazing, behavior management and intervention, substance use, suicide prevention, gender expression or identity, disability accommodation, and special meal prescription.”

Here is the final version agreed to by the Senate and House.

According to WMUR, Sununu will not support the Bill because if a child joins a club or confides in a teacher, schools would then have to inform parents. This would essentially out gay, lesbian and transgender students.Sununu seems to be suggesting that the district teachers and administrators now engage in lying to parents without any kind of due process.  Forget that there is no evidence of abuse or neglect by parents, he is suggesting that this information be hidden from good parents.

Governor Sununu doesn’t seem know that there is federal law that allows parents to inspect their child’s school records. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA:

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.”

  • Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.

Parents have the right to inspect their child’s records. But to veto this proposed Bill suggests that school officials lie and hide information from parents. In the Bill, the school would inform parents under certain conditions, but parents should be able to access this information upon their request.  According to federal law, this information MUST be disclosed to parents upon request.

Does Governor Sununu know this? Why would anyone oppose notification when any parent has the right to access this information already? What kind of a message does that send to parents when they hear that their elected officials want school officials to hide information from them?

What else do they think should be hidden from parents?

When a child is under the care of a therapist, that mental health professional is under obligation to inform parents unless there is evidence that indicates the information should not be disclosed. Parents have due process in that situation.  Parents are considered innocent until proven guilty. In local public schools it appears as if you are guilty, and you don’t get to try to prove your innocence.

Legally speaking, people under the age of 18 do not typically have a right to confidentiality in therapy. However, some therapists ask parents to agree to the therapist’s confidentiality rules before they will treat the client. Additionally, though minors do not have a legal right to privacy from their parents, their right to privacy from third parties (employers, advertisers, etc.) is similar to that of adults. 

This is done as a way to protect the child. You can see that in this case, the Governor does not follow some basic ethical guidelines. Not only is he ignoring the parents’ fundamental rights, but ethically, parents should be involved, and not pushed out of their child’s life, unless there is actual evidence that a parent is a threat to that child.

Parents are not the enemy of the LGBTQ child. We don’t hold all teachers responsible as sexual predators when we find out sexual predators have worked in our public schools. Why they painting parents as a danger to their children in this way? Why are they guilty without any evidence? Why does everyone assume that a parent who is informed is a threat to a child?

Heritage recently addressed this assault on parents, and explain how this is unconstitutional. School Districts Are Hiding Information About Gender-Transitioning Children From Their Parents. This is Unconstitutional. 

American law has long recognized the importance of parental rights. A parent’s right to oversee the care, education, and control of their child  is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment, and confirmed by the Supreme Court in 1923, in Meyer v. Nebraska, and as recently as 2000, in Troxel v. Granville. To raise and educate a child as parents see fit is—and always has been—on a par with the other fundamental, constitutionally guaranteed rights.

They go on to cite how this denial of information to a parent is a violating the FERPA law. In the court case that they cite, school officials make the same claims as Governor Sununu by saying, “According to court filings, the Montgomery County Board of Education claims it is acting in the best interests of the minors involved by protecting them from the “unsupportive” parents of those children.”

Unsupportive parents? That is a subjective measurement of parents, and is certainly not based on criminal behavior. The school officials made the case that an unsupportive parent is a danger to their child. What about those parents who are not supportive of their child eating only sweets at mealtime? Or the parent who doesn’t approve of their child’s boyfriend/girlfriend? Are they a danger too? Sometimes a child assumes the parents would not be supportive only to find out they are.

Heritage also reported about a guide on the Los Angeles Unified School Districts’ website which instructs teachers to provide whatever services they can for transitioning students with unsupportive parents.  Not only are they hiding information from parents, but providing services on transitioning. Shouldn’t we be encouraging parents to be involved in all of this? Not working to keep them in the dark?

The problem isn’t a parental rights bill, the problem is with a Governor who doesn’t seem to know federal law, and sides with those who seek to come in-between a child and their parents.

SUGGESTION: Call Governor Sununu, and inform him of federal law, ethical guidelines and ask him to sign HB1431 when it is placed on his desk: 603-271-2121.

 

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Biden Promised Normal, This Isn’t Normal

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-05-20 02:00 +0000

Maybe this is normal. After all, normal is a relative term, so maybe to Joe Biden and his incompetent team, we are precisely where they want us to be. If that is the case, eighty-one million people were sold a bill of goods, and the rest of us can say we told you so.

That is not a good consolation for the country’s dismal state after fifteen months of Joe Biden.

We have the worst inflation in decades, and the 8.5% published rate by the government is a bogus number. Since it does not include the impact of Food or Energy costs, why is it even posted? It is a false and useless number masking today’s much more significant issue. Some estimates put the actual inflation number at 25-30% if all commodity categories are included.

Biden had pledged no new taxes on the low income and middle class, but the inflation he created is the cruelest tax and most impacts the low-income tier. The rich can absorb the $5.00 cost of a gallon of gas, but the $75.00 tank of gas may mean less food on the table for low-income Americans. The ripple effect inflation will cause on modified vacation and travel plans are yet to be seen. After two years of COVID, a summer locked down by inflation is the last thing the country needs.

We are getting closer to the Red Tsunami, and the Dems are running out of time to turn things around. Biden and the Radical Left hope that the Abortion controversy will bring support for Democrat candidates in November. Still, the cost of inflation to the average family will make them forget who Roe or Wade was. Biden urged Democrats to assume their campaign status this week. He should have encouraged his staff to produce something of a positive impact. They are not capable of meeting that goal.

We need to go no further than the top two spots to see the magnitude of our problem. Joe Biden is rarely let out on his own, and every time he goes off prompter, we see why. Today, he was in Buffalo to pay his respects to Saturday’s mass shooting victims. First, he and the First Lady are alone on the stage with COVID masks covering their faces. Such a show of weakness for a country that craves strength.

He then goes on to compare Buffalo to Scranton. You would think he would let that go, but he still feels some mileage is left in Joe from Scranton. He is wrong. Then he tries to quote his parents and blows the line. All he had to do was read the darn thing.

Kamala was sent to the memorial of the recently deceased leader of the UAE. She addresses the media and blows her message. Another daily special of Word Salad from our VP. Sad, she can do nothing right. Kamala Harris had the opportunity to seize the moment. She is the first Black female Vice President who could have set the bar for young girls everywhere. Instead, she has disappointed all except for those of us who felt she was a charlatan. With a charlatan VP and a deficient mental acuity President does not a country thrive. But that is what we have.

 

 

Ray Writes for GraniteGrok.com and the Liberty Loft

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Gunstock: What Was Foretold Is Now Reality: Guida Retiring, Nominates Lang as Handpicked “Political Son.” Nailed It!

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-05-20 00:00 +0000

WMUR: State Sen. Giuda announces retirement, endorses Rep. Lang as replacement

Not 10 minutes after he got booted from the Committee of Conference where his bill to redo Gunstock went down in flames as Chuck Morse shoved him out of the way.

Now, I can’t take total credit for this prophecy made back on April 23 as a bunch of birdies sent me the info in various and sundry ways:

Gunstock Resort Rumor: What’s the Connection: Guida, Lang, and Baby Huey (Gov. Chris Sununu)?

First, the context (beyond what I and other writers have already put on GraniteGrok) of the sinkhole of politics that the Gunstock Area Commission, Gunstock Mountain Resort, and the Belknap County Delegation. It all seems to swirl (word of the day) around former CEO (several times) and current Gunstock Area Commissioner Gary Kiedaisch (having been elected to Vice-Chair, launched a lawsuit to prevent being fired (once again), promoted to Acting Chair, and now demoted to just Commissioner).  He’s never held back from telling everyone how great his CEO skills are and the size of his wallet.

And his connections with NH Governor Chris Sununu. More on that in a minute; back to WMUR:

CONCORD, N.H. —A season of turnover is underway at the State House as longtime state Sen. Bob Giuda, R-Warren, is announcing his retirement and endorsing state Rep. Tim Lang, R-Sanbornton, to replace him. Giuda has represented District 2, which includes parts of Merrimack, Belknap and Grafton counties, since 2016 and is known as one of the more outspoken and conservative members of the Senate.

See my shocked face?  Glad you can as my mirror isn’t.  HB1397 was to completely redo how the Gunstock Ski Area, the Gunstock Area Commission, the Belknap County Delegation, and the Belknap County Commissioners, and MONEY all interrelate with each other.  And as I reported earlier today, it went down in flames as the NH House Leadership sussed out what was going on, along with the NH Senate President, and put a stop to that nonsense.  RSA 399 is still intact as Kiedaisch / Rusty McLear / McLaughlin / Lang intent to wrest back their playtoy (Gunstock). Their “Master Plan” which would have taken control over land they didn’t own to build a hotel et al and turn Gunstock into something it isn’t (not a “destination” resort but a day trip for locals”) and pocket…well, I’ll let you finish that statement.

Good deal!

But WAIT!  The actual prophecy:

So I’ve talked about the Kiedaisch/GAC  angle/rumor.  There’s another one that gets into political horse-trading.  With 2020 came the redistricting of not just the Federal districts of Congress and Senate but also the NH districts for Executive Council, State Senate, and NH House Reps. The redistricting fouled a few things up. If it holds, Guida’s State Senate district gets a redo – and Lang has talked about running for Senate.  He and his Lang Gang in the Delegation are tired of losing and he wants to jump up the political ladder to get away from always being on the losing side of the Delegation’s major issues and voting.

…More detail: Giuda would continue to be a placeholder for Lang and would withdraw at the last minute, throwing his support to Lang. Of course, as part and parcel of this rumor is that Lang’s candidacy would receive campaign financial support from Kiedaisch and his cronies (like Rusty McLear in retribution for being put out to pasture and perhaps another well-known developer interested in that briefly mentioned hotel above).

Well, “the last minute” part was way off – but the “working part” came true. And Guida’s “payoff” (if there is one)? Still to be seen but let’s see if this comes true:

Before the Giuda-Lang arrangement became rumored, another one was that maybe Giuda had been promised campaign financial support from Kiedaisch, or given Kiedasisch’s boasting with the tightness of his connection/influence with Baby Huey, a gubernatorial appointment for Guida somewhere in the Administration.  You know, like former Speaker of the House Shawn Jasper did in getting that Agriculture Commissioner job?  Pays a lot better than a State Senator, right?

So Part 2 remains unfulfilled.  However, Part 3 is already in full swing:

It’s also known that Sununu believes that the Belknap County Delegation and hates the Libertarians in Republican clothing. So he might play ball in hopes that Kiedaisch & Cronies’ money would muddy up the waters in Belknap to get a more compliant, less conservative, Delegation that would be willing to do the “thank you sire, may I have another” (think Animal House). Maybe a good tradeoff in his eyes and let Kiedaisch have his toy back -> letting Gunstock return to operating without transparency and accountability.

So, prepare for a lot of money to be spent in NH House races around Belknap County this cycle – especially in the Republican Primary.

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Be an Anti-Communist

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-05-19 22:00 +0000

The reality of any on-the-ground political effort to the right of Mao tends to be plagued by varied ideologies, apathies, good-perfect-enemy-ism, anarchic utopian dreams, zealous libertarian evangelism, and pathetic decorum-ism. As a result, it tends to be the “moderates” – representing a third-way-ism conducive to sabotage of rightist goals – who drive agenda.

These moderates can affect this by being the majority opinion, or simply by being the most intolerant (of different ideas) group in the room.

We must, then, build out a coalition that can represent both the largest representative bloc on the right, and also be the most intolerant (of any ideas to the left) group in the room in order to begin to shift policy rightward beyond the threshold of defeat by the modern left. This coalition must hold firm in order to defeat, first, the GOPe RINOs, and, second, the left. That order is significant, as the left cannot be successfully engaged by the right until their blockers, the RINOs, are defeated.

However, to coalition build on the right is to herd cats. Somebody could show up, suggest limiting the government to the exact dimensions authorized by the Constitution and not one iota more, and he would lose half the room for being too radically anti-government, and another third for being a statist. There is, seemingly, no way to present a positive, uniting vision around which the right might unite except in the vaguest, most nebulously superficial appeals to “freedom.” No vague obfuscation of this sort will ever work to hold a coalition of rightists together, as the coalition to be built will necessarily be one of too many chief ideologues, and not enough pragmatist Indians. That obfuscation only works on the left.

This all makes sense when you take a higher-order perspective of the situation. The right is not a cohesive bloc at all, but rather it is, itself, already an unsteady coalition of all entities not explicitly leftist: libertarians, right-anarchists, traditionalists, populists, nationalists (in this context: patriots), Christian nationalists, and so on. The left, however, is close enough ideologically between its primary factions of Progressives (bureaucratic Young Hegelian utopian zealots) and neo-Marxists (destructive Young Hegelian utopian zealots) that they can just keep driving towards their goals without much argument about where they’re heading.

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Also, when the left gets their way in government, they create more problems for government to “fix,” and more opportunities for their program to expand, and coalitions to endure perpetually, whereas a right victory yields fewer problems for them to fix, and ultimately to the dissolution of their coalition as unnecessary. This goes a long way toward explaining why those who want to win will always have the upper hand over those who merely want to be left alone.

So, then, if we cannot reasonably advance a positive vision to unite rightists against those who want to win we must, obviously, advance a negative vision to unite rightists and make them want to win. Now, here a “negative vision” is akin to a “negative right;” it means to advance a vision against something in order to be free of it, rather than for something to have it. The thing that must unite us, and that we must defeat, is Communism, and it has already arrived in America. It is, in fact, already the foremost operating principle of the federal government (see “Equity”, and Lysenkoism), and more and more state governments also.

Thus, anti-Communism as a negative vision becomes the future and hope of the right, and of the coalition, we must now build. This is the common strand that unites us for the very simple reason that if it does not, and we fail in our task, it will destroy us – each and every one of us. We must pursue this coalition along the paradigm of political warfare, as (through no choice of our own) we are not currently in peacetime. This is a wartime conservative doctrine, though “conservative” doesn’t nearly do it justice. We are no longer looking to conserve. The conservation of this remnant – this extant, festering corpse of our republic doesn’t motivate us: it just cannot. We are here for a refounding, a remoralization, and a political counter-revolution.

To advance this doctrine we must, for the moment, subordinate our own individual preferences to this broader goal. We must see the enemy clearly for what it is: a dogmatic and zealous cult of death bent on devouring our families and communities. That isn’t hyperbole. This isn’t simply for a better future, as politicians are known to say. We must do this to ensure any future at all. Everything is on the line now. We must hang together, or surely, we will hang separately.

Be an anti-Communist.

 

| Michael Belcher Substack

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