The Manchester Free Press

Tuesday • February 27 • 2024

Vol.XVI • No.IX

Manchester, N.H.

Political Indoctrination in Sanborn

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-05-03 12:00 +0000

A parent, who asked to remain anonymous, sent me an example of a writing assignment that has a clear political bias included. This assignment was given to Juniors at Sanborn Regional High School to complete.

No matter what your political views are, the teacher or the school district should not be exploiting children in this way. We should all be working towards preserving free thought and individual freedom.

 

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In this writing example, you can clearly see the political bias when it comes to the topics of abortion and illegal immigration. Parents appreciate assignments that are politically neutral or assignments that cover the subject where differing viewpoints are presented. Parents are not looking to force their political views on students, they simply don’t want another viewpoint forced on their children.

It’s not that these ideas should be withheld from the classroom, but it should be handled in a way that allows for the free exchange of differing ideas and viewpoints to be presented. Not only should these topics be presented in a more thoughtful way, but this is a good time for children to learn to respect those who hold a different set of values and beliefs.

Public schools have a diverse population of families. When one political viewpoint is pushed on children, it shows disrespect for the families who hold a different worldview. If you say you support diversity and inclusion, then start showing it.

According to school rankings, here is where Sanborn Regional High School Stands:
Sanborn Regional High School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in New Hampshire for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2018-19 school year.

The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 30-34% (which is lower than the New Hampshire state average of 48%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 50-54% (which is lower than the New Hampshire state average of 56%) for the 2018-19 school year.

Given the poor performance we are seeing at Sanborn Regional High School, instead of focusing on indoctrinating children, they should look at ways to improve the quality of instruction. Let’s elevate the learning in Sanborn and expect better from those in charge of our kids. That is the way you show appreciation for diversity and inclusion.

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Styling the Right Bookcase for Your Home

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-05-03 10:45 +0000

A bookcase is usually not considered a piece of furniture every home needs, but it can be utilized in just about every room of the house. Bookcases add style and function to any space you incorporate them, and how you style them is just as important as the physical design.

To decide what kind of bookcase you want, you’ll first have to determine the size you need. Take plenty of measurements as you don’t want a bookcase that overwhelms the room. It will be a main focal point in your design, so be sure it’s proportionate to the space. A tall bookcase should have enough space separating it from the ceiling to avoid an overcrowded feel. Shorter bookcases look great with a painting or wall art hanging just above the piece.

Width is another aspect to consider. You’ll want to keep as much floor space open as possible for smaller rooms, so corner bookcases are perfect. If you have a medium-sized book collection but limited space, think about getting two corner bookcases to conserve floor space.

Depending on what you plan to store on the shelves, the depth should be a concern. Large volume books will need more shelf depth than a standard book or magazine. Vases and globes also require more shelf depth, so keep that in mind as you search for the right bookcase.

The bookcase will add function to any space in the home. How you set up the bookcase can enhance the design as well. Stack the books horizontally on every other shelf to give the piece some personality. Place a jewelry box or other decorative piece on the shelf instead of traditional bookends. Photos of exotic locations or places you’ve traveled will also add character to the bookshelf and let others grab a glimpse of your favorite locations.

You can purchase a bookcase as wide as your walls permit when space isn’t an issue. Large libraries benefit from that kind of storage. Use cloth or wicker baskets to break up the monotony of the books. They’ll also allow you to store files and other paperwork you may want to keep organized.

If you’re using the bookcase as more of a display for decorations, you have so many ways you can dress up the shelves. A small colorful blanket that adheres to the room’s color scheme gently draped across a shelf can really make the piece stand out. Shiny ornate picture frames for family photos are another way to upgrade the design.

The material for the bookcase should be durable as you want the piece to last and hold up to normal wear and tear. Wooden bookshelves come in the widest variety of colors and shapes. You can also find them in several finishes that would work with a rustic or industrial design. Bookcases with open designs are perfect for open floor plans. They won’t obstruct your line of sight and can serve as a room divider for areas you want to distinguish as separate.

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Leaked Draft of Supreme Court Decision Overturns Roe v. Wade

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-05-03 10:30 +0000

For all the talk of not politicizing the US Supreme Court, if that hadn’t already been the case for Decades, someone behind the Robes has released a draft decision breaking centuries of tradition and “president.” It is a decision that overturns Roe v. Wade.

Overturning Roe itself doesn’t change much. States have been writing Abortion laws for longer than there has been a called Roe v. Wade. That will continue. Regulations already in place will not change immediately. States that have stricter statutes will maintain them. But local legislatures will be free to modify them as the people who elected them see fit.

That’s what steams the Left.

Assuming the leaked Draft tells the real story.

“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” he writes in the document, labeled as the “Opinion of the Court.” “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.” – Justice Alito

According to Politico, the majority opinion (no one seems to know where Chief Justice Roberts lands on this) is a full-throated, unflinching repudiation of the 1973 decision which guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights and a subsequent 1992 decision – Planned Parenthood v. Casey – that largely maintained the right. “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito writes.

 

“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” he writes in the document, labeled as the “Opinion of the Court.” “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

 

But a draft decision is not the final decision. Rewrites and debates could result in a different outcome altogether. It may already have. I’m not clear on when final rafts get completed or what that process is. But with what we know and suspect, given the makeup of the nation’s highest court, Roe and Casey are about to be flushed, and the Left will lose its collective mind.

It will, with all haste, make every effort to intimidate anyone, even Supreme Court Justices, if they think it will save the Constitutional right to kill people before they have a chance to defend themselves.

 

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Progressives Make History — First Leak Ever from the Supreme Court

Libertarian Leanings - Tue, 2022-05-03 09:19 +0000

Just the News:  Supreme Court abortion leak latest in series of institutional betrayals

On Monday, Politico published a purported draft of the majority opinion from the Supreme Court that suggests the court voted to overturn the landmark abortion precedent Roe v. Wade. This would be the first-ever major leak from the Supreme Court.

Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz told Hannity on Monday night that he thinks that the opinion was leaked by someone seeking to change the case's outcome.

"I strongly oppose overruling Roe vs. Wade after 50 years, but I think it will be overruled," he said, adding that he was "less skeptical" of the opinion than host Sean Hannity.

"I have a theory, and it's only a theory," said Dershowitz. "I think this was leaked by a liberal law clerk who was trying to change the outcome of the case, either by putting pressure on some of the justices to change their mind, or by getting Congress to pack the court even before June, which is very unlikely, or to get Congress to pass a national right-to-abortion law, which would apply to all the states, and that would have to come to the Supreme Court to see whether that could be upheld under the Commerce Clause.

"But I think this is real, and ... my theory is that it was leaked by somebody who wants to change the outcome," the liberal attorney said. "Look, I've been watching Supreme Court for 55 years. And this has all the hallmarks of reality and it does not have the hallmark of a decision that's likely to be changed. Maybe Chief Justice Roberts will go with the minority, but I think they seem to have five votes at this point to overrule Roe vs. Wade."

Read the rest here.

 

Spin, Strangeness, and Charm:  Breaking: leaked draft SCOTUS opinion overturning Roe vs. Wade

ADDENDUM: FB friend “Martian” argues that the leak is an attempt to sway Roberts, to ensure it’s a 5-4 and not a 6-3 ruling. Yeah, that holds water, I think.

ADDENDUM 2: the usual suspects (even Anna Ahronheim of the JPost) are bleating about how “men should not tell women what to do with their bodies”. You’d think the ruling would prohibit abortion while it does nothing of the sort: it merely says it is a matter of the states, not the federal government.

Read the rest here.

 

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Gunstock Area Commission – A Right To Know Demand for a Revealed Government Record

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-05-03 00:00 +0000

Stubborn, he is – Tom Day, General Manager / President of the Gunstock Mountain Resort (“GMR”).  He had decided to refuse to turn over the Governmental Record known as the GMR fiscal budget claiming that it was proprietary and confidential even after I had shown the Gunstock Area Commission (“GAC”) that a previous GMR budget had been “put out into the wild” a few years ago when GMR was on its knees looking for money from the Belknap County Commission (bad years).  Fine then but he refused to Follow The Law and I took it to the GAC.

The GAC finally voted, after taking time to look into the “proprietary” and “confidential” on the part of a Government Agency (whose majority product is snow), to have Mr. Day release it to me. I’m still looking into it.  As well as RTK’d emails and going over the various Meeting Minutes of the GAC to see if there were any nuggets to be found.

There was!

“Rep. Bordes asked for the average cost per skier. Tom said that they have that number, but it is not something they want to share in a public forum due to competition.”

…the answer was no, again, from Mr. Day.  All I can think of for a reason for this is that Mr. Day (and the others) have it in their heads that GMR is a business that happens to be a subdivision of the State (of NH). It’s not; it is part and parcel of Belknap County and is owned, not by the GAC, but by the residents of Belknap County.  It can’t be any clearer than that – it isn’t a business. That isn’t to say that it can’t use best-of-business practices in doing its work but, as I have said, when it comes down to it, it is a department of Belknap County like the County Jail and the County Nursing Home.

So, I made it clear and just put in a new Right To Know to make that Governmental Record public:

Pursuant to the Right to Know Law (RSA. 91-A:4 (I) ), I am demanding access, within 5 business days, to the below enumerated governmental records Otherwise, if this cannot be fulfilled with the mandated 5 business day window per RSA 91-A, please advise when the Responsive Records will be made available.

This demand applies to Gunstock Mountain Resort, Gunstock Ski Area, Gunstock Area Commission, or other such allied entities (“Gunstock”).

The approved Gunstock Area Commission Meeting held on January 19, 2022 at the Gilford Library (Gilford, NH) has the following:

“Rep. Bordes asked for the average cost per skier. Tom said that they have that number, but it is not something they want to share in a public forum due to competition.”

Thus, with that remark, Mr. Day revealed the existence of a government record which IS a public record and subject to RSA 91-A. Thus, this Right To Know is demanding that Gunstock supply the following information:

  1. The average cost per skier for both last year and the current season just completed
  2. The average revenue per skier for both last year and the current season just completed
  3. If Gunstock Mountain Resort has broken out the various categories for either/both #1 and #2, this Right To Know is also asking for those breakouts.

Per RSA 91-A:4 IV(c) If you deny any portion of this request, please cite the specific exemption used to justify the denial to make each record, or part thereof, available for inspection along with a brief explanation of how the exemption applies to the information withheld.

As you are aware, in 2016, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled that a governmental body in possession of records is required to produce them in electronic media using standard of common file formats: Green v. SAU #55, 168 N.H. 796, 801 (2016). Unless there is some reason that it is not reasonably practicable for you to produce these records in the requested format, I ask that you either do so or explain why it is not practicable for you to comply.

Please also note, per RSA 91-A:4 III, III-a, and III-b, you are required to maintain the safety and accessibility of such responsive records.

Please let me know when these records will be sent to me for inspection.

You may email the responsive records to me at Skip@GraniteGrok.com. If the volume turns out to be substantial, I have already set up a Dropbox folder for all of your responsive records to which they can be uploaded.

Thank you for your lawful attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Skip Murphy / GraniteGrok.com

What will the response be to this?  I have my suspicions from some but I do believe that the GAC will do the right thing and see that it is lawful – after all, it is in their Minutes, asked by a State Rep, and I could get the same info from the Jail and the Nursing Home if I was so inclined (no, I’m not).

So, we’ll see what happens.

It’s about accountability.  Commissioner Jade Wood had it completely correct as part of her email signature:

Individuals have Privacy, Government should be Transparent

Again, while this is about Gunstock, it really could be ANY part of Government: your town or school board, some State department or agency, some bureaucrat (or group thereof), or politicians anywhere.  THAT’S why I keep going after this and long time readers unst

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9-0 Supreme Court Decision Favors Free Speech, Hal Shurtleff, and Camp Constitution

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-05-02 22:30 +0000

Congratulations to ‘Grok friend Hal Shurtleff and Camp Constitution as the US Supreme Court once again voted in favor of free speech with a 9-0 shellacking of the City of Boston.

You can get caught up here for those who haven’t followed the story on our pages, but the big news is today’s decision. All nine justices agreed that the City of Boston violated Camp Constitution’s free speech rights when it refused to fly its flag on a community flag pole (are you listening, Nashua).

Shurtleff wanted to use Boston’s community flag pole to raise the now-infamous Christian Flag (pictured above) but was denied. The liberal city made all the usual excuses. Still, after flying hundreds of flags without any indication that they represented government speech, denying Hal his opportunity was a clear violation of his rights.

In other words, my words, by denying his flag, the city was speaking, and they were not shy about it. According to Reuters,

 

As a result of the litigation, Boston last October halted the program to ensure that the city cannot be compelled to “publicize messages antithetical to its own.” Boston has said that requiring it to open the flagpole to “all comers” could force it to raise flags promoting division or intolerance, such as a swastika or a terrorist group.

 

Christianity isn’t just a religion to the City of Boston. It is divisive, intolerant, and evil. That’s the message they sent. That’s their government speech. And regardless of this outcome, the people of Boston and Massachusetts need to pay attention. Christian flag equals Nazis and terrorists to the City.

Seriously?

Just under 58% of the state demographically is religious. Of that, about 56% identify as Christian. Are 56% of Bay State residents nazi terrorists? Most of them are Catholic Democrats so there’s room for debate but even if they were (nazi terrorists), and they are not, their speech would be protected by the First Amendment.

Yes, the Supreme Court was conscious of Boston’s (as a government entity) rights and concerns and noted that “The line between a forum for private expression and the government’s own speech is important, but not always clear.” That, “The, …[if] Boston’s flag-raising program constitutes government speech [It] may refuse flags based on viewpoint. “

But Boston exercised viewpoint discrimination when it refused Hal and his flag.

 

For the foregoing reasons, we conclude that Boston’s flagraising program does not express government speech. As a result, the city’s refusal to let Shurtleff and Camp Constitution fly their flag based on its religious viewpoint violated the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. We reverse the First Circuit’s contrary judgment and remand the case for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

 

Congratulations, Hal, and free speech. We’ve also got a handful of concurring opinions to fisk if we can find the time, loaded with some Free Speech gems, I hope.

At the very least, we’ll be talking about this on the next episode of GrokTALK! I’ve reached out to Hal to see when we can have him on as a guest.
SCOTUS Shurtleff v Boston

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There is No Doctor in the House

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

First Lady Jill Biden prefers to be called by her professional title Doctor Jill Biden. I know many people who have attained a doctorate-level degree and never display enough narcissism to refer to themselves as Doctors.

I have a daughter and her husband who are doctors of pharmacy and never refer to themselves as such, But Jill Biden, who teaches part-time at a community college, wants to be addressed as Doctor Jill Biden.

She has a bachelor’s degree in English and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Delaware, as well as master’s degrees in education and English from West Chester University and Villanova University. She taught English and reading in high schools for thirteen years and instructed adolescents with emotional disabilities at a psychiatric hospital.

From 1993 to 2008, Biden was an English and writing instructor at Delaware Technical & Community College. Since 2009, Biden has been a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College. Biden is the first wife of a vice president or president to hold a paying job during her husband’s tenure.

Jill Biden may have various degrees in education. As a teacher of students with emotional challenges, we assume she is trained to observe students for special training or counseling. Why did she not see that her husband suffers from declining cognitive skills and should not have run for president? Doctor Jill Biden should be charged with malpractice or elder abuse.

I believe she knew exactly what she was doing and the condition of her husband’s health. I think it was a calculated risk taken by a narcissistic individual who wanted the attention given to a First Lady. She did not consider that her husband would fail miserably and quickly to become the least effective and popular president in history. With Joe’s ratings in the tank, Jill Biden cannot take advantage of her position. She is a non-entity. Her popularity so low and interest in her so non-existent, her biography showed below expected results in sales for its first week.

Since its release a week ago, a new biography about First Lady Jill Biden has sold a paltry 250 copies in its first week, leading many to question how popular the Bidens really are. This report is so low you might think it is from Babylon Bee, but not so. It is a fact.

Jill Biden will travel to Poland this week to visit refugees who have escaped from Ukraine. Why? Of what value can she make to these people, and as low as her ratings are at home, what can they possibly be in Europe and especially to people who fled Ukraine? Her visit will be as useless as Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff to Ukraine this past weekend. I am sure that it was fortifying to Zelenskyy to sit across the table from the octogenarian Pelosi and have her tell him she stands with him in his country’s fight for survival. I am not sure that is a vision of his foxhole that comforts the war-weary President of Ukraine.

 

 

Ray Writes for GraniteGrok.com and the Liberty Loft

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“Hello Candidate! What is the Purpose of Government?”

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-05-02 19:30 +0000

Well, it’s not EXACTLY phrased like my favorite question of “What is the Proper Role of Government?” but close enough.  This set of questions for elected official wannabees is spot on.

Hello candidate!

POLICY QUESTIONS

1 – If you are elected to the office you seek:

a) what laws will you repeal;
b) what taxes will you reduce or eliminate;
c) what government agencies will you shrink or close?

2 – Would you support criminal penalties:

a) for politicians who violate their oath of office;
b) for bureaucrats who act outside the powers delegated to them?

3 – When did you last read the state and federal Constitutions?

4 – Should someone who has sworn an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, but who then votes to allocate tax funds to programs or departments not authorized by that Constitution, be removed from office?

5 – Can you name any current areas of government operations that are outside the authority delegated to government?

6 – Can you name areas where government might serve the public interest, but where it has no authority to act? If not, is it still accurate to say we have “government of limited powers”? Does this matter?

7 – As a candidate for a state or federal office, can you think of any ways to improve enforcement of the 10th Amendment (the states and the people retain powers not delegated to the federal government)?

ISSUE QUESTIONS

8 – With regard to jury trials, should judges be required to inform jurors that they have the power, in the sanctity of the jury room, to decide whether a law in question is just, or constitutional? Should schools teach this?

9 – With regard to due process, should judges be allowed to prevent defendants from presenting a defense on constitutional grounds if they so choose?

Not bad for a quick ask or as a starting point.  Remember, the campaign season has already started and candidates are all over the place. Do us a favor – if you go to one of their events, ASK THEM one (or more) of these questions and let us know the answers!

(H/T: Matt)

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Exeter Democrats and Their BIG Math Problem Plaguing SAU16/Exeter

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-05-02 18:00 +0000

Exeter Democrats decided to protest Commissioner Frank Edelblut today on the streets in Exeter. It seems that the Democrats who reside there have decided to go after the Commissioner since he dared to expose the bias and political indoctrination happening at some of the schools in New Hampshire.

In this picture you can see Patrick O’Day (far left) who serves on the Exeter Elementary School Board. He was was re-elected this year but claimed to be nonpolitical. Well that doesn’t appear to be true.

While I haven’t agreed with every decision by Commissioner Edelblut, I certainly stand with him when he exposes their political bias that some of the teachers have brought into their classroom.  Public schools serve a diverse group of families, and that should be respected. When a few teachers decide to push their political views on someone else’s children, it shows their intolerance and disrespect for some of the families they are supposed to serve.

You can watch his presentation to The New Hampshire Board of Education here:

 

How does Commissioner Edelblut know about what is going on in some of our schools? Because parents send him this information, just like they send it to me. I suspect Commissioner Edelblut is fed up with the state of public education like many of us are.

What does Commissioner Edelblut want? What the rest of us want: quality public schools.

While enrollment continues to decline, we are out here begging and pleading with school administrators to refocus their attention on quality academics. But as you can see, if you point to the real problems that plague public schools, the radicalized progressives on the left will attack YOU.

What does this mean in terms of math education in SAU16? 

SAU16 has been struggling ever since David Ryan became Superintendent in SAU16. One of his initiatives was to inject a BIG DOSE of Critical Race Theory into the district. This radical political agenda was not only aimed at the teachers via 2Revolutions, it was also aimed at the children too.

This isn’t the first time Ryan proposed pushing more politics in the classroom. Take a look at this video from the time he was serving as Assistant Superintendent in Manchester. He proposed turning children into community activists. This isn’t how you educate children, this is how you turn them into illiterate political operatives.

Parents in Manchester, and now parents from SAU16, see that school rankings and academic outcomes are dropping. Many parents in SAU16 came together to speak up at school board meetings this past year, and organize to elect residents to the school board who are committed to focusing on quality academics. Improving the academics will improve the public schools.

These parents didn’t care what political party you were associated with, they cared about whether you would serve on the board, and represent parents and residents who wanted to improve the quality of public education in SAU16.  These are the people who care about public education, not the ones holding signs who refuse to work on fixing the problems.

While these Exeter Democrats are out wasting time protesting the Commissioner, other parents were talking about the dismal math education their children received while attending school in SAU16.

This conversation started when Bonnie Royal posted that she was looking for summer school options for her high school junior who didn’t do well with Honors pre-Calculus. Someone suggested going to the Russian School of Math. That was a fantastic suggestion!  This conversation was continued by other parents who acknowledged that the children in 4 classes (2 honors pre-calc and 2 pre-calc) all bombed the last test. Then it was reported that the kids didn’t receive a foundation in Algebra II that they needed last year from in-person and remote learning.

Have children in the school been tested to see where the gaps in learning exist? Parents deserve answers. Parents will sometimes think it’s their child, but Common Core math is a setup for failure. When your school district fails your children, many parents will then turn to find help outside the school district.

The Russian School of Math is an EXCELLENT suggestion, but you should know that when public schools use dumbed-down Common Core math, it drives families to private tutoring services. Sometimes parents just pull their kids out of the public schools, and send them somewhere that teaches children real math.

The Russians know how to teach math, SAU16 does not. How do I know this? Because Russian children finished higher than American children on the international TIMSS test.

Paul Royal  and the Exeter Democrats should ask David Ryan why he doesn’t give the TIMSS test to the children in SAU16. It’s the best international test in math and science you can give to children. But then more of you would know how children in many other countries are outperforming your children. Why doesn’t the Democrats in Exeter take their activism and fight for improving math education in the district?

For more information on why your children are being set up to fail in SAU16, take a look at these videos from one of the top mathematicians in this country. He will show you how Russians teach their children math compared to the convoluted ways we allow math to be taught in our schools.

 

You see SAU16 parents, your children have been set up to fail. 

Instead of ignoring this glaring problem, why don’t you reevaluate your math program in your school. Common Core Math will not prepare your children for top math, science and engineering schools. How do I know this? Because the lead writer for Common Core Math admitted it in this meeting:

Jason Zimba was the lead writer for the Common Core Math. He admits that Common Core does not prepare students for top colleges. Take a look at this article from NPR. The man behind Common Core Math has to tutor his own children because of the failure that has come from using Common Core Math in the public schools.

Every Saturday morning at 10 a.m., Jason Zimba begins a math tutoring session for his two young daughters with the same ritual. Claire, 4, draws on a worksheet while Abigail, 7, pulls addition problems written on strips of paper out of an old Kleenex box decorated like a piggy bank.

“I would be sleeping in if I weren’t frustrated,” Zimba says of his Saturday-morning lessons, which he teaches in his pajamas. He feels the math instruction at Abigail’s public elementary school in Manhattan is subpar — even after the school switched to the Common Core State Standards.

But Zimba, a mathematician by training, is not just any disgruntled parent. He’s one of the guys who wrote the Common Core.

Did David Ryan ever tell you, Paul Royal, that your child was being set up to fail when your child reaches the higher level math classes? Let me guess: NO.

It’s a little late to try to catch up now. Maybe the Russian School of Math can offer you some damage control, but you should be demanding that the Superintendent to fix this problem.  The children who’ve left for private, home-schools and parochial schools, are not suffering.

Why is it, so many home-school moms can choose the best math for their kids, but an over-paid Superintendent can’t figure out a quality math program to use that set public-school children up for success?

What would Dr. James Milgram suggest you use in SAU16? He’s suggested Singapore Math Primary series.  HINT: Singapore children score at the TOP on the TIMSS international math test.  Take a look at the Algebra text books by Mary Dolciani if you want to see a good one. Reach out to Dr. Milgram, he would be happy to guide your district towards quality math textbooks for your children- and he would probably do it for free. When your superintendent is failing your children, there are other sources you can use.

To the Exeter Democrats, it appears that it is easier to blame the Commissioner for exposing the social engineering happening in schools across New Hampshire, and ignore the real problems that plague your district.  Isn’t it time to stop the destruction of public education, and start to work on what will improve the public schools?

To the parents who are avoiding this disaster in SAU16, CHEERS TO YOU. Your children may have a real chance at getting into top math, science or engineering college if that is where they would like to go.

Additional Resource:

Missing or Delayed in Common Core’s Mathematics Standards

   Presented at National Principals Leadership Institute (NPLI), July 2014

Kindergarten – Grade 7:   

  • CC does not require proficiency with addition and subtraction until Grade 4 (a grade behind our international competitors).
  • CC does not require proficiency with multiplication using the standard algorithm (step-by-step procedure for calculations) until Grade 5 (a grade behind standard expectations).
  • CC does not require proficiency with division using the standard algorithm until Grade 6 (two grades behind our international competitors).
  • CC starts teaching decimals in Grade 4 (about two years behind the more rigorous states).
  • CC fails to teach in K-7 key geometrical concepts (e.g., sum of angles in a triangle, isosceles and equilateral triangles, etc.).
  • Excludes fluent conversion between different forms of fractions – regular fractions, decimals, and percents
  • CC fails to teach prime factorization.  Consequently, it does not include teaching about least common denominators or greatest common factors.

Algebra 1: Missing components needed for Algebra 2 and Calculus: 

1. Division of monomials and polynomials (only addition/subtraction/multiplication are covered)
2. Derivation and understanding of slopes of parallel and perpendicular lines
3. Manipulation and simplification of rational expressions
4. Multi-step problems with linear equations and inequalities
5. Multi-step problems with four operations between polynomials
6. Multi-step problems involving manipulation of rational expressions
7. Solving two linear inequalities in two variables and sketching the solution sets

The following were added to California’s Common Core version:

8. Solve problems with equations and inequalities with absolute value
9. Solve problems with quadratic expressions

Algebra 2: Missing components needed for Calculus  

  • composite functions
  • combinations and permutations
  • finite and infinite arithmetic and geometric sequences
  • mathematical induction

 

 

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One and Only One Option

Libertarian Leanings - Mon, 2022-05-02 17:11 +0000

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Economist Dan Mitchell: Trade Destroys Jobs – And That’s a Good Thing!

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-05-02 16:30 +0000

“Creative Destruction is the essential fact about Capitalism” J.A. Schumpeter (C.S.D. (1942, p. 83). Capitalism, first and foremost, depends on the amount of Freedom within a Society.

Being a voluntary form of an economic system, in which transactions between parties are only conducted with and by consent and assent, the oppressive coercion by the State must be done away with.  Socialism, Fascism, and Communism fail by this measure (and in reality) being that the State is the overarching player in both government and economics, those in charge ALWAYS use their Heavy Hand in trade. We saw what happened with the Soviet Union after just 70 years of complete Control – it withered away because it wasn’t nimble enough to compete.

Create Destruction: I certainly experienced this in my career (as I have said on these pages a number of times).  Entering the workforce as a mini-computer engineer (versus the “Big Iron” of IBM and the so-called Seven Dwarfs), the minis were disrupting the mainframe world by being not QUITE as powerful as the Big Iron computers but certainly at much lower price points. People/companies that couldn’t have afforded the IBM and Honeywell machines now could purchase a mini and reap the benefits of computing that earlier was off-limits to them earlier.

Then with the advent of the Intel 8086 and 8088 microprocessors, small businesses and individuals were able to make use of these small computer systems. Certainly puny by Big Iron status, they were still quite a bit less in capability than the minis as well. However, the prices was falling form requiring millions of dollars for Big Iron to a hundred thousand for a mini (or more, to be truthful) to thousands for PCs.  And yes, I did forget to put in the “Workstation” marketplace (anyone remember Apollo?)

The PCs destroyed and then re-created the computing marketplace.  Most of the Seven Dwarfs passed away.  The mini-computer marketplace completely tanked, especially around the MA. Route 128/495 highway rings – and then disappeared. PCs were now a CA “thing” in “Silicon Valley”.

I was unemployed a few times as company after company died – it wasn’t easy as Creative Destruction didn’t care.  It was changing the marketplace but I learned to adapt and then thrive.  Most others did (and yes, some didn’t).

In the end, that huge dislocation gave rise to a far better computing environment – AND rise to other related industries.

Yes, it ends up to be the Freedom to Innovate – something that the Socialist/Communists couldn’t allow because it REQUIRES Freedom to think and that they couldn’t allow.

And we are all better off for it.

 

(H/T: Cafe Hayek)

 

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MONDAY MEMES

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-05-02 15:00 +0000

They’re flying so thick and fast it is amazing.  And take heart – there will be a Meme Overflow and I will back-edit to include the link.

Remember, ridicule and mockery are effective weapons:

1. Ridicule cannot easily be fought

2. Ridicule makes the enemy angry, and angry people make mistakes

3. For those in the “squishy middle” a Thought Splinter (and Part II and Part III) can often be hidden inside humor.

Now, let the mockery and mayhem begin.

*** Warning, a few somewhat off-color ones, in case tender eyes are about ***

 

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My pick for this post’s best one:

 

 

Heart-rending, what we permitted to be done to our children.

 

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The admins have permitted me, from time to time, to put a couple of ads up.  So, please, do consider the following.  Two T-shirts:

From the river to the sea…

 

And this was my very first cartoon idea:

 

And a coffee mug:

 

 

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NH Liberty Activists Fight for Pro-life Activists’ Freedom of Speech

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-05-02 13:30 +0000

On April 19, there was a hearing in the NH Senate Judiciary Committee for HB1625, the Sidewalk Free Speech Act, which would repeal the never-used free speech suppression zones around abortion facilities.

It immediately followed a hearing on a popular second amendment rights bill HB1778 (Irohibiting the state from enforcing any federal statute, regulation, or Presidential Executive Order that restricts or regulates the right of the people to keep and bear arms) with many liberty activists testifying in favor of that bill.

NH Liberty Alliance called out both HB1625 and HB1178 in their list of important committee hearings for that week.

When the hearing for HB1178 ended I expected that the liberty activists would leave and the pro-life activists would be the only ones staying for the HB1625 hearing. I was surprised and delighted when two liberty activists stayed to testify for HB1625, Zephan, and Leigh.

Related: Top 10 Reasons Why the NH Buffer Zone Law Must Be Repealed

In both of their testimonies, they stressed that they do not support laws against abortion but they do support the rights of those who wish to gather and speak on the public sidewalk outside abortion facilities.

Watch Leigh’s excellent testimony  here:

 

 

Listen to Zephan’s testimony here. His responses to the senators’ questions are especially good.

 

I ran into Zephan at Americans for Prosperity’s celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Pine Tree Riot and I expressed my gratitude and we posed for the picture above.

HB1625 is being voted on by the NH Senate on Thursday, May 5. Please contact your senator and ask him or her to vote Ought to Pass on HB1625 to protect our God-given and constitutionally-protected freedom of speech.

Read Top 10 Reasons Why the NH Buffer Zone Law Must Be Repealed for reasons why this bill should be passed.

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Speaker of the House, the 22nd Amendment and Impeachment

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-05-02 12:00 +0000

There is a growing intensity in dialogue among many Americans expressing wishes that Congress would impeach both Biden and Kamala.

Though I am only speculating, I do think it is a possibility if America First, true Constitutionalists retake majorities in both the US House and US Senate.

By briefly examining the Congressional requirements for becoming Speaker of the House and the content of the 22nd amendment, one can see that Trump could pursue this route, Constitutionally, if he so chose to.

The US Constitution Laws allow the House to nominate candidates for Speaker of the House and elect them by a simple majority when the position becomes vacant or there is a change in the majority party. However, what is interesting is that the Speaker does not have to be an elected House member. The House can nominate an individual, or an outsider, in the same way, they vote in an already elected member. Read Election of the Speaker Overview – US Constitution – LAWS.com to view these requirements in more detail.

We want to thank Ryan Bennett for this Op-Ed.
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You know that saying “there is a first time for everything?” You just never know when the first time a House Speaker can be elected from outside the chamber. This means, if Trump decides to pursue a Speaker of the House route, he can do so as a private citizen or by running for Florida US House Rep and be elected internally.

I would like to think, with Trump as Speaker of the House, impeachment proceedings against Biden would initiate extremely fast, followed by a swift 2/3 of the Senate conviction. I can also imagine Congress doing the same to Kamala immediately after she becomes President to prevent her from nominating a new Vice President.

With midterms coming up, this possibility can become more likely if true conservatives take back the House and Senate. Given the revelations coming out about Hunter’s laptop with all the perverted and foreign pay-to-play schemes on it and Kamala’s treasonous dealings combined with a sleeping giant awakening, the likelihood of a fast, swift impeachment is not far-fetched to fathom.

What is even greater speculation, with a more conspiracy theorist twist to it, is if Trump used the Speaker of the House and the Constitution’s line of succession to climb his way to President. Though I do not think the Constitution explicitly accounts for a scenario of both the President and Vice President being unable to perform their duties simultaneously, it allows Congressional procedures to have the final say, which would be beneficial for a conservative House and Senate majority.

In addition to Speaker of the House qualifications, the 22nd amendment to the US Constitution is also worth examining. It limits the number of years a president may serve to 10 years. It specifically states that no person can be elected to the office more than twice, or a person who has already served as President or serves for more than 2 years of a term of which another president was elected to only be elected for one more full term. For more information on this please refer to 22nd Amendment – Definition, Examples, Cases, Processes (legaldictionary.net).

So, let’s break this down.  Trump has already served one full term. Though we know the 2020 election was rigged, he vacated the defunct vassal state of DC, left it to an installed Biden regime (for strategic purposes, in my opinion). If Trump ascends to the Presidency again before 2024 through Speaker of the House, the 2023 and 2024 years make those 6 years total. That still leaves Trump with the Constitutional power to serve another full term of 4 years, if elected, in 2024.

Now, I am not saying this will happen, and if any of this did, it may not all happen in the way I am imagining it.  However, this timeline could be possible, if planned, executed with surgical precision, which Trump is more than capable of doing. Let’s pray and hope, but only time will tell.

 

 

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Can Democrats Wake Up in Time to Save the Country?

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-05-02 10:30 +0000

It’s no secret that Democrats and Republicans have always held opposing views on issues like government spending, welfare programs, and personal responsibility.

Over the years, most Democrats and Republicans have gone along with the evolving positions of their respective parties.  But just a few short years ago, the Democrat Party began to change dramatically and has since morphed into a political party that no 20th-century American would recognize.  What is utterly incomprehensible, though, is that so many party members have blithely followed their leadership down their new pathway – a pathway leading to socialism and anti-Americanism.

To see just how far Democrats have evolved, we only have to look at their party platform in, for example, the year 2008.

On parental rights, this was their position: “We know that there is no program and no policy that can substitute for parents who are involved in their children’s education from day one…Responsibility for our children’s education has to start at home…We have to hold ourselves accountable.”

Last year, Terry McAuliffe, former Democrat governor of Virginia, was campaigning to regain his seat.  He proudly boasted, “I’m not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decisions.”  And even though parents fund those schools, he added these mind-boggling words, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

It wasn’t an outlying, personal opinion.  Across the country, Democrat politicians and teachers’ unions have been working hard – not to educate students – but to rob parents of their critical responsibility: character development.  Radical educators have become fixated on embedding their own progressive and socialist ideas into the impressionable minds of kindergarteners and young students, to mold today’s children into the radical activists of tomorrow, teaching racially divisive concepts like critical race theory and emotionally harmful ideas like transgenderism.

And the 2008 Democrat platform addressed crime control this way: “As Democrats, we are committed to being smart on crime. That means being tough on violent crime, funding strategic, and effective community policing, and holding offenders accountable…”

Today, Joe Biden distances himself from the many Democrats who demanded police departments be defunded.  But in July 2020, when that subject came up during an interview, liberal activist Ady Barkin suggested to Biden, “We agree that we can redirect some of the funding.” Biden unhesitatingly responded, “Yes absolutely…”  While he agrees with the principle, he avoids the words.

During a post-election meeting with civil rights leaders, Biden revealed the real reason behind his shifty answer.  “That’s how they beat the living hell out of us across the country…”  Biden cleverly avoided the phrase “defund the police” for one reason only.  It was politically toxic.

Still, it’s abundantly clear that today’s Democrat Party is soft on crime.  We see it in the budget cuts that did occur in police departments in Democrat-run cities.  We see it in the progressive prosecutors who coddle criminals in Democrat-run cities.  And we see it in the resulting surge in crime across the country.

Those aren’t the only changes to the Democrat Party since 2008.

Back then, the Democrats wrote this about illegal immigration: “We cannot continue to allow people to enter the United States undetected, undocumented, and unchecked. The American people are a welcoming and generous people, but those who enter our country’s borders illegally, and those who employ them, disrespect the rule of the law.  We need to secure our borders, and support additional personnel, infrastructure, and technology on the border and at our ports of entry.”

That was then, and this is now.

When Biden took office, he immediately began dismantling border security between the U.S. and Mexico.  It resulted in an unprecedented surge in illegal immigration.  Since then, more than 2.4 million unscreened foreign nationals have entered our country illegally.  Biden is now determined to end the implementation of Title 42 of the U.S. Code, which has helped the CBP expel many illegal migrants based on Covid concerns.  If he’s successful, the resulting tsunami of illegal immigration at the border will make today’s chaos seem orderly.  By the end of his administration, we could conceivably have more than 10 million new illegal aliens inside our borders – perhaps significantly more.

Yet, until recently, there’s been virtually no opposition to his policies by Democrat lawmakers.

Democrats also cited the American Dream several times in their 2008 platform.  It’s the concept that, with hard work, every citizen of this country has an equal opportunity for success.  It was what prompted so many immigrants to come here legally.

But today’s Democrats have their own American Dream.  They dream of an America where racial bias is welcomed, as long as it’s in the name of equity.  In their dream, radical teachers, not parents, mold the character of our children, through required training on subjects like systemic racism and gender fluidity.  And there’s no right and wrong in their dream of America.  It’s devoid of moral standards and personal responsibility; so without rules to enforce, there’s no need for law enforcement officers.  And there’s no dissent; whatever they imagine to be true becomes the de facto truth, because all opposing opinions are censored.

That’s not the American Dream.  It’s a dystopian nightmare.

It was in October 2008, that Barack Obama made this ominous promise: “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”  Each time our current befuddled president capitulates to another bizarre demand by socialists and behind-the-scene Obama holdovers, he comes closer to embodying the term, useful idiot.  The question is, how much longer will Democrats in his party slumber through his radical transformation of America?

There are signs that some are finally beginning to stir.  Nearly 50 Democrat lawmakers have expressed concern over Biden’s plan to end Title 42.  With elections approaching, voters will have to decide for themselves if they’re actually awakening from their socialist dream world, or if it’s just an involuntary spasm, a political reflex to Biden’s abysmal poll numbers.

 

 

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Defeating Islam at Home

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-05-02 01:30 +0000

The world is rapidly crumbling under the combined political, economic, and religious assaults. Politically, nations are at each other’s jugulars.

Economically, there are more people than humanity can adequately feed, house, and care for them. Our numbers keep on exploding, while resources of all sorts are depleting, the environment degrading, and other life forms are being pushed toward extinction.

To exacerbate the problem, humanity’s genius needed for addressing its monumental challenges is severely sapped by the religious menace of Islam.

Let’s trust the ever-untrustworthy, self-serving politicians to deal with the political conundrum. That is, in their for-sale hands they are bound to make matters politically worse.

And the effete academes can sit in their ivory tower offices; smoke their pipes, and divine good as gold solutions (read, hallucinations) to the morass of the economy.

On the religious front, we are faced with the corrosive and deadly menace of Islam. This is a subject of great concern to me and I have specific suggestions on how to deal with this ever-expanding threat to our personal and collective liberty.

Several million Muslims live in this welcoming land. Muslims are everywhere. How are we to deal with them? Let’s, right at the start, abandon some of the idiotic proposals that pop up from time to time. Deport the Muslims, herd them into concentration camps since they are enemies of the nation, and brand them like the dastardly murderer Nazis did the Jews. And on and on and on.

Former President Obama used to say that we are not at war with Islam. I say we are not at war with Muslims in general. We are, however, at war with Islamists who pick and choose selectively from the Quran to promote their hideous agenda. While the Islamists use parts of their holy book that suits them, we, defenders of liberty, adhere to every word of the Bill of Rights and the United States constitution in the battle against Islamic tyranny.

Those Muslims who are here legally are entitled to live here and enjoy the beneficence of this great country to the fullest of a citizen’s rights.

At the same time, we have every right and even responsibility to be concerned about the danger of Islamism to our way of life. A way for free people to live peacefully and respectfully with one another without in any way posing threats to the fundamental ideals that birthed this nation and sustained it to the present.

Muslims are not our enemies. Islam is. Below are some specific suggestions on how to defeat Islamism at home.

Don’t Kill the Patient, Eradicate the Disease

A Muslim is a patient, Islam is a disease. The overwhelming majority of Muslims contract the viral virus of Islam at an early age when they are most vulnerable. Once this virus takes hold, it either completely destroys the individual’s cognitive immune system’s ability to reject the disease or makes it most difficult for the person to see the pathology. That’s why the great majority of born Muslims remain Muslim for life. It is also a fact that a significant percentage of Muslims contract the virulent form of the belief, Islamism. Islamism is jihadist, intolerant of the “other” and is rooted in the most base beliefs and practices.

Defeat Creeping Sharia Law

I cannot overstate the dangers of sharia law and its insidious creeping nature. This sharia law is a monumental threat to the laws that are grantors of our liberty. No effort should be spared to denying the stone-age misogynistic body of Islamic laws from invading our legal system.

In infidel lands, the slow-acting yet deadly cancer of invasive sharia is wedged into laws by powerful moneyed Islamic organizations coaxing and greasing the politicians to issue ordinances or legislate seemingly harmless provisions of sharia. Islamic organizations and clerics who have vested interest begin their sharia campaign by asking for an ordinance or legislation for seemingly inconsequential things such as requiring stores to clearly designate and completely separate halal food and meat from the non-halal. What is important here is that ordinances and laws like this are the beginning of getting the government into the business of enforcing sharia law. That’s the way they get a toehold and the camel’s head pokes into the room, so to speak. Before long, little by little, the rest of the terribly ugly stinking camel gets in the room and there will be no way to get it out.

Islam is a hydra and every head of this deadly creature, no matter how small, must be severed. If not, before long, we end up in the same irreversible horrible mess that countries such as Great Britain find themselves in, with full sharia law and sharia courts.

Unless you want yourself or your children to be treated/and litigated under sharia law, you want to make sure that none of its provisions get on the books and no mercenary politician does anything as an Islamist enabler. The First Amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” In contrast to many countries, this nation of all nations, the United States of America, has always adhered to the separation of religion and state. Our national, state and local governments should neither support nor persecute any religion.

Don’t Do As Islamists Do

Don’t vilify, persecute, or even harass Muslims. They are entitled to be treated fairly, although they don’t feel they should also treat non-Muslims fairly. Believers in liberty want the God-given gift for all of mankind and not just for themselves. We want Muslims to be free also, without threatening our liberty. First and foremost, we must do what we can to empower them to exercise their gift of reason and free will and cast off the shackles of their radical belief. We must remain true to our Pledge of Allegiance “…justice and liberty for all.”

Don’t Lie About Islam

Lying and dissimulation is taqiyya, ordained and practiced by Muhammad, for use by Muslims only when dealing with infidels. Muslims have the patent and copyright on this shameful practice and non-Muslims have no need for it. You use lies when you aim to deceive, when you are ashamed of something, or when you wish to distort things. Free people have no need for the abhorrent practice. The contents of the Quran that feed Islamism are the proof you need to present to Muslims.

Muslim women are the second-class victims of the Islamic belief and practices that date back some fourteen centuries to the primitives of the Arabian Peninsula. Beliefs and practices have formed the foundation of Islam.

Be Firm but Kind

Do honor to your conviction, a conviction worth defending with unshakeable resolve, yet with kindness. Avoid belligerence when challenging Muslims. Sincere kindness works much better than hostile confrontation. Attacking a person’s belief can often backfire and serve further to confirm him in the ideology. Challenging individual Muslims with open mind and heart is much more likely to succeed in making them re-think the pathological belief and hopefully discard it.

Don’t Believe the Sanitized Versions of Islam

Paid mercenaries, Islamic apologists, and many others trip over each other, overwhelming us with distorted and highly sanitized versions of Islam. The distortions and lies are frequently so blatant that we take them as truth, particularly when our own Presidents have thrown them at us. Islam is a religion of peace, they keep telling us. It is not and it has never been. Study the facts. Read the Quran, study the Sunna and Hadith from Islam’s own historical documents and find out for yourself why Islam is not what its apologists claim and in fact what a menacing scourge Islamism is. You need nothing more. Their very own sacred book and other records are your best proof to reason with Muslims and help them leave the fold.

Drain Islam’s Source of Funds

Money is the lifeblood of every enterprise. It is money, much of it from oil sold to the kafir world by oil-bloated Islamic countries. We the kafir are literally financing our own destruction by heedlessly continuing our addiction to oil. We are forced to buy oil from our very enemies because oil is oil. If we boycott the oil from the Persian Gulf area, then we have to buy it elsewhere unless we buckle down and do what we must to become self-sufficient in energy. We indeed have the resources to become energy self-sufficient, but don’t seem to have the will to do it.

Challenge Professors, Preachers and Individual Muslims

Don’t get cowed by the professors. Challenge them to document their claims and provide them with your own evidence that clearly falsifies this propaganda. Attend mosques and Islamic centers and do the same without being discourteous or belligerent. Do the same with Muslims you know or meet. Many of these people are very hard nuts to crack. Yet, helping them crack we must do to slowly wipe out Islamism from our homeland.

Work With the Media

A great majority of the media either sings the praises of Islam or avoids saying or publishing anything that might offend Muslims. Money and fear are operating here. Threats of boycotting businesses and withholding advertisements are effectively used by Islamic organizations to intimidate the media. Legal actions are also threatened against the media as well as any individual who dares to speak the truth about Islam. These litigations can be immensely costly to individuals and companies while the flush with funds Islamist outfits can boldly carry out their threats without worrying about the costs.

Define and Defend Freedom of Religion

Freedom of religion is a two-edged sword. On the one hand, it grants the diverse people of this nation the right to worship according to their beliefs. On the other, hand it becomes a license for Islamist clerics to preach hate about the non-Muslims and indoctrinate their young in the intolerant, violent, and jihadist doctrine of Islamism. Thousands of mosques, Islamic centers, and university academic departments dot the land with thousands of preachers, politicians, and paid professors pushing Islam. We must make it a criminal offense to preach hate under the rubric of religion, to misrepresent and lie about religion.

Disturbingly, powerful Muslim organizations are working hard for enacting legislation that would make any honest criticism of Islam a criminal offense. They aim to muzzle us from speaking the truth about Islam. Speaking the truth about Islam, they claim, is a hate crime and should be punished.

Islamic clerics have a huge vested interest in Islam. They make a very good living with lifetime job security. They do all they can to keep the charade going. So do the others who sing the praises of Islam. We must make sure that they do not practice dispensing misinformation, disinformation, and flaming the fire of hatred for non-Muslims while succeeding in preventing us from exposing Islam’s true nature.

Islam is a religion of peace? That’s not the way it’s operating in Muslim lands with the daily free for all mayhem and massacres. If Muslims want to have a place in the home of the free, they must, they absolutely must live by the rules of this nation that welcome them and abandon the attempts at subverting our cherished way of life and replacing it with theirs.

Retaining What Is Human

We believe the Creator has endowed human beings, both men and women equally, with the gift of intellect. We believe women are every bit co-equals of men in every sphere of life and reject Islam’s specific dogma that a woman is worth one-half of a man. We also believe that all humans are endowed with a measure of freedom to think, choose, and act. As individuals, we are responsible for the manner in which we use these resources, for the good, for the bad, or simply squander them.

Islamic doctrine is diametrically in conflict with the above belief. According to Islam, the individual is a mere choice-less vessel in the hand of the all-everything Allah. Islam strips the individual of self-reliance and replaces it with unconditional surrender to Allah. Not a leaf falls without Allah so decreeing, asserts the Quran unequivocally.  Insha’Allah (Allah decreeing, Allah ordaining, or Allah willing) precedes every commitment of the faithful Muslim. It is all up to Allah, as Muslims are led to believe. No wonder the Islamic world is in such a chronic state of backwardness. Muslims sit around waiting for Allah to decree and even do everything. It is a true belief in nihilism.

Resist Multiculturalism

For a variety of reasons, during the past decades, Western societies opened their doors to a flood of Muslims from Islamic lands. In so doing, they aimed to make the newcomers feel at home, retain their way of life, and live in harmony with the indigenous population. Some call it a practice in Christian charity. But good-heartedness not only failed, but it also boomeranged and severely hurt the welcoming hosts. It is wonderful to be charitable. It is great to be good-hearted. But being charitable and accommodating evil can empower evil to literally tear out your good heart. Islamism and jihadism are on the rampage playing out all over the world and literally tearing out the hearts of innocent people, many of them Muslims. We don’t want to repeat European mistakes. No multicultural fantasy to create a nightmare reality. Muslims who live here must become part and parcel of America just like all the other diverse people who had come to this wonderful land. Muslims must abide and honor the same values and laws that have made this nation a beneficent refuge for all people. No separate but equal foolishness was the banner cry of the segregationists, for Muslims. Together, equal, and under the same law.

Challenge All Politicians

The naked truth is that politicians are paid, agents. They do and say what gets them elected and keeps them in office. As a voter and fund contributor, you are important. Let them know how you feel and how you are going to treat them if they sell their services and become Islam enablers. Hold them accountable at all levels of government, from the local city council to the occupier of the White House.

Conclusion

In short, we have a great country, troubled by numerous challenges. We can ill afford to become complacent or disheartened. If we band together in a common cause with devotion to our nation’s principles and values, we can meet and defeat any threat of any type or magnitude. Past generations of Americans have always done so successfully and this generation of Americans must do no less.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Everyone Should Know Joe Kennedy

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-05-02 00:00 +0000

To Conservatives and those who value Freedom of Religion, we should all know and pull for Joe Kennedy. Joe Kennedy, or Coach Kennedy, is fighting before the United States Supreme Court not to get his job back but to stop the powers who could ever take it away in the future.

Coach Kennedy is a strong man of courage who is fighting for the freedom of religion against the power of the educational system that wants it removed.

Joe Kennedy became Coach Kennedy when he took his team to the field for his first game in 2008 for the Bremerton Knights in Washington State. After the final play, Kennedy walked alone to the fifty-yard line, kneeled, and prayed to God for protecting his players.

He did this after every game, and his players began to join him at mid-field for a moment of silent reflection and prayer. They had just been to battle on that same field they now gathered and prayed on. The Coach never invited or compelled his players to join him. That was something that just happened.

Some parents complained that their sons felt obligated to pray or lose their standing on the team. That was never the case, and the Coach elevated two players who were against the act of prayer to Team Captains. This decision was an act of unity and leadership by the Coach.

For seven years, the Coach led his team on the field and then took a moment to pray after the final whistle, and there was no issue with the school board. Then in 2015, a parent and an opposing coach who Kennedy had asked to have his team join him in prayer lodged complaints.

These complaints were the start of the battle.

The board informed Kennedy that as an agent of the state, he had violated the players’ right to religious liberty by compelling them to pray. They demanded he cease or be terminated.

“When a coach uses the power of his job to be in a place and have access to students at a time when they’re expected to encircle him and come to him, that’s an abuse of that power and a violation of the Constitution,” Rachel Laser, president, and CEO of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, told CBS News’ Jan Crawford. “Religious freedom is not the right to impose your religion on others. We all need to have it, so that’s why the free exercise and establishment clause work together to protect religious freedom for all of us.”

Kennedy failed to comply with the directive to stop his after-game prayer and was dismissed from his coaching job.

“It seems so simple to me: It’s a guy taking a knee by himself on the 50-yard-line, which to me doesn’t seem like it needs a rocket scientist or a Supreme Court justice to figure out,” he told CBS News. “I didn’t want to cause any waves, and the thing I wanted to do was coach football and thank God after the game.”

This simple act of prayer has resulted in a seven-year court battle and the case in front of the Supreme Court this past week. We would not have a story if Kennedy took a knee during the anthem and asked his team to join him. The Coach would still be coaching. But recognizing God is a problem for an education system that needs God removed as a part of the indoctrination of our children.

Coach Kennedy’s success as a coach is irrelevant. It is his belief in God and his ability to bring his faith to the field and allow his players to share that faith or not. Giving them a choice was teaching them the meaning of Freedom of Religion. What the school board has done is quite the opposite. Their view is there is only one choice, and it is theirs.

The case was heard by the Justices for two days, and reports from those who witnessed the hearings claim it went well for the Coach. There seemed to be a consensus amongst the nine justices, by the tone and content of their questions, that Coach Kennedy was acting within his rights and that the school board acted unfairly.

Whether Coach Kennedy ever walks on a field of play again does not matter, but I am pulling for him to win the biggest game of all and to win for all of us who believe in Freedom and God. God Bless you, Coach Joe Kennedy. We are praying with you.

 

 

Ray Writes for GraniteGrok.com and the Liberty Loft

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“Another Seat Draws a Crowd” – I Could Be Amused with One of Them

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-05-01 22:30 +0000

So, Kevin Landrigan’s Sunday “State House Dome” column in the UL is out and had this snippet:

Another seat draws crowd
The decision by state Sen. Harold French, R-Canterbury, to call it a State House career is attracting plenty of interest in the District 7 seat.

State Rep. Lang is a likely contender. The chairman of the House Fish and Game Committee has built an impressive resume, which includes serving on Sununu’s business reopening task force during COVID.

Former Sen. Dan Innis confirmed he’s in as well, having moved from New Castle, where he had represented the Senate for two years, to Bradford in the heart of the “new” District 7.

Many colleagues also are urging ex-Sen. and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Ned Gordon, R-Bristol, to get in as well.

Given how badly Ned Gordon screwed over Conservatives this session on bills that were near and dear to them, I’m betting that he’s not going to get much support from this wing of the Party.

And given how the “rumor” painted Tim Lang (and Bob Guida) as being craven in thrall to Gunstock Area Commissioner Gary Kiedaisch in trying to totally rewrite the 1959 authorizing legislation that set out how Gunstock Ski Area (now Gunstock Mountain Resort, and this is yet to play out but I trust my sources as they generally get it fairly close), as news of the political hijinks gets out simply because Lang and Kiedaisch are upset because they can’t get their own way, either within the Belknap County Delegation or the Gunstock Area Commission and they politically blame the Conservatives that the people in Belknap County put in as their NH State Reps.  So, just like the Left, they wanted to introduce Direct Democracy for those Commissioners.

You know, like the Democrat Progressives of America and the Democrat Progressive Caucuses (both in NH and in the US Congress) want to implement so as to get rid of both our representative Republic (and take over the company you may work for). And these folks do it just so innocently – just like Lang and Kiedaisch wanted it to appear to be.

But politics is never all that innocent, is it?

I could be happy with Dan Innis, though.  No, not an endorsement at this time but given the present alternatives…

But as long as we’re talking about Gunstock Area Commission, the Belknap County Delegation, and Gary Kiedaisch going whole hog in playing politics (“They Lost Their Political Hold on the Gunstock Area Commission and They Are Pissed!“) with both the Gunstock Area Commission and the Belknap County Delegation AFTER stating that he’s not playing politics,  this Amendment  to the Lang/Guida HB1397 gives it the proper defenestration it deserves:

Election Law and Municipal Affairs
April 26, 2022
2022-1798s
12/10

Amendment to HB 1397

Amend the title of the bill by replacing it with the following:

AN ACT relative to the length of terms for Rockingham county officers and relative to the Gunstock area commission.

Amend the bill by replacing all after section 2 with the following:

3 Gunstock Area Commission; Commission Member Elections. 1959, 399:3 is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

399:3 Membership of the Commission. The commission shall consist of five members hereinafter referred to as “members,” and two ex officio non-voting members. The members shall be resident property owners in the county of Belknap, and shall be invested with all the duties hereinafter granted to and imposed upon said commission. The ex officio members shall be the commissioner of the New Hampshire department of business and economic affairs, or designee, and the Belknap county administrator.

It’s the typical “be seen doing something” when politically doing nothing at all. Which is, pretty much, what both Lang, Guida, Kiedaisch (and Rusty McLear in also seeming seeking retribution and punishment).

So the Amended HB1397 here is dead, long live the do nothing amendment (after all, if you add two non-voting members to the Gunstock Area Commission who can only yak, what can they get accomplished?).  So, Gary Kiediasch got what he wanted when he stated back on November 17, 2021:

Commissioner Kiedaisch said he would not support the legislation because it will amend the 1959 enabling statute that was established to keep politics out of the operation of the resort.

His own words.  His actions, however, belie those words as he was, most likely, part of the cabal that ripped that prior statute to shreds.

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Picture Books at Nashua Library Promote Dangerous Gender Ideology to Young Children

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-05-01 21:00 +0000

These are my comments to the Nashua Public Library Trustees at their April meeting.

There are many picture books in the children’s room accessible to young children promoting the idea that a boy who likes wearing dresses and long hair and jewelry and plays with dolls can become a girl, like “Sam is My Sister,” and a girl who likes to wear pants and short hair and plays with trucks can become a boy, like “Jack (Not Jackie).”

This is damaging for children in multiple ways. It gives children the idea that the clothes they like to wear and the toys they play with can only be associated with one sex and if that child likes to dress differently or play with toys associated with the opposite sex then the only way to live in the world is to change sex.

It introduces the false idea that a child can change sex, that a boy can become a girl or a girl can become a boy.

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We have many parents in Nashua that believe that, too, and are putting their children on puberty blockers followed by cross-sex hormones and having healthy body parts removed. This leads to infertility and sexual dysfunction and lifelong chronic serious health problems. These books make it seem so dreamy and fun when the truth is quite ugly.

I grew up in the 60s and 70s and I thought we were done with this kind of regressive stereotyping of the sexes. In first grade in 1969, I had to wear dresses or skirts to school and so did my female teachers. By second grade, we were allowed to wear pants.

In the 80s I studied in the heavily male-dominated field of computer science and I went on to get bachelor’s and master’s degrees and I’ve had a three-decade-long career as a software engineer. I never felt held back by anything.

No one thinks anything of women wearing men’s clothes and short hair or men wearing pink and long hair and men wearing dresses and skirts is becoming fashionable.

Men and women can go into any career that their abilities allow them to. We have made so much progress.

Now, with books like this, we are regressing to the 50s and 60s when we put people in boxes based on gender stereotypes. I’m disappointed that the library is being regressive and introducing impressionable young children to this damaging ideology.

 

 

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Thread: Burner Phones and True the Vote Mule Tracking

Libertarian Leanings - Sun, 2022-05-01 20:06 +0000
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