The Manchester Free Press

Monday • May 27 • 2024

Vol.XVI • No.XXII

Manchester, N.H.

Survival Sunday

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-07-10 13:30 +0000

First, I am merely an “enlightened amateur”.  Please vet & check on your own.  Caveat emptor.  If nothing else, consider these to be priming the pump for your own investigations.

Second, I fear spicy time is very close, but even a month of food, water, etc., puts you well ahead of most of the sheeple.  IMHO, set your minimum sights on a three-month period.

Third, two things will be critical for having the best chance of making it through:

  1. Mentality: first and foremost in survival is having a flexible mentality and cultivating the ability to adapt. Vanity has no place in survival.
  2. Develop a meatspace network of people that are likeminded: cultivate your community ties and build alliances with neighbors (note: don’t babble about the Jab or globalists or depopulation, or start pointing political fingers when doing this)… and remember, the first rule of PREP CLUB is that there is no prep club.

Fourth, if you leave a comment on any of the links / sites below, please be sure to specifically mention that you got there through “Survival Sunday at granitegrok.com” – hopefully that prompts their site admins to be interested in looking here.

 

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Prepper Site URLS:

Most have daily articles; revisit daily.  Please recommend others in the comments.

Ask a Prepper, how to prepare, survive and thrive, latest news

Mother Earth News

The Organic Prepper Home – The Organic Prepper

SurvivalBlog.com – The Daily Web Log for Prepared Individuals Living in Uncertain Times.

SHTF Blog – Modern Survival

And two aggregate sites listing their top favorite sites:

TOP 50 SURVIVAL & PREPPER BLOGS

The 50 Best Survival Blogs

 

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Short of years and untold wealth, you cannot possibly be fully prepared for everything (I have to keep reminding myself of that).  But even some preparations, ideally at least 90 days of food, water / water purification, etc., puts you head and shoulders in front of the vast majority of the sheeple who will be in jaw-gaping astonishment when the SHTF.  The only relevant questions are:

  1. When does it start?
  2. How bad will it get?
  3. How long will it last?
  4. What will the aftermath look like?

 

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You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.

Charles A. Beard

 

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Top of the fold:

Two and 3-year-old kids with seizures is “the new normal” (substack.com)

Pfizer Crimes against our Children: Cardiac Arrest of Two Month Old Baby an Hour after Experimental Vaccine

There are no words in Entish, Elvish, or the tongues of men for this betrayal of our youth.

FED Chair Jerome Powell Says US Economy Is “In Strong Shape” as Economy Drops into Recession (thegatewaypundit.com)

To make good decisions one must have accurate-as-possible-yet-timely information.  This is delusion on an incredible scale!  Delusion, or placating the rubes to not prep until it’s too late?  Or, in a perversion of “strong shape” it’s in strong shape to promote world Socialism?

 

 

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Foraging: Books and one-up articles

The Survival Tree Every Prepper Should Know – Ask a Prepper

DIY Long Lasting Cattail Pollen Biscuits – Ask a Prepper

Goldenrod or pine pollen would also work, I think.  Both are edible.  Never denude a place when harvesting though.

10+ Wild Foods You Should Forage For This Summer – Ask a Prepper

Better Than Aspirin: The Plant Every Prepper Needs In Their Cabinet (askaprepper.com)

 

 

Books (permanent feature):

Feasting Free on Wild Edibles (old but good)

The Lost Ways (much more than just foraging)

The Forager’s Guide to Wild Foods

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO EDIBLE WILD PLANTS FOR BEGINNERS

 

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Deep State / Coming Tyranny / WEF / Globalists (broad):

The Sins of the Debtors

Multi-generational debt.  You can never climb out.  Related:

Trudeau Demolishes Home Ownership For Middle Class, Young Families (capforcanada.com)

Related:

DUTCH FARMS SEIZED TO MAKE WAY FOR MIGRANTS

You have a right to nothing that someone can take away.  Private property is one of the cornerstones of freedom.

From Tomorrow, All New Vehicles in the EU Will Have Surveillance Black Boxes – Summit News

And then it will be kill switches… linked to your social credit score.  Related, at least in my mind:

The Tyranny of a Cashless Society (bitchute.com)

Bill Gates Tells Governments to Invest in Technologies for “Payment and ID Systems”

Dutch Police Fire Live Rounds at Anti-Green Agenda Protesters – Summit News

They’re creating paradise.  You think they care if individuals live or die?

Italy: Software Developed to Detect ‘Non-Vaccinated’ Individuals

Imagine this scenario.  You’re a pureblood walking through a store.  As you approach people their phones start chiming with a new tone / warning, and everyone looks at their phones to identify the “unclean” person among them.  Anyone remember this video?

 

 

UN Deletes Weird ‘Satirical’ Article Celebrating Benefits of World Hunger After Backlash – Summit News

I looked for it the other day and it was 404ed.  I KNEW I should have PDFed it off.  Take note – you see something like this, grab it before it gets disappeared.  (Wayback machine has it thought.)

FBI Intimidate North Dakota Woman Who Quoted Declaration of Independence in Objection to Chinese Takeover of Corn Mill

That damned pesky free speech thing.

 

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Shortages (broadly):

“TruckPOCALYPSE” begins in California this week as 70,000 truckers forced off the roads due to Democrat idiocracy – DC Clothesline

This quote applies – remember, Californians keep voting them in:

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

L. Mencken

Are shippers making a fortune out of the supply chain crunch?

Western Europe on Suicide Watch as Food, Energy Collapse Gets Worse by the Day — How Many Will Starve or Freeze This Coming Winter? (noqreport.com)

“If the collective governments of the Western world were trying to impoverish and starve their own citizens, what exactly would they be doing differently?”

If Food Rationing Can Happen in Germany, It Can Happen HERE – The Organic Prepper

 

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Inflation (broadly):

 

 

WH Press Sec. Cites Inflation As Reason Why Biden Thinks US “Strong Economically Than We Have Been In History”…

Stats Can Figures Shows Shoppers Paying 20% More For Food Staples

 

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US Social Stability (broad catch-all):

Biden Admin to Allow Migrants with Terrorist Ties to Enter U.S. Legally › American Greatness (amgreatness.com)

IMHO. This. Is. Treason.  Nothing short of it.  As is shipping our strategic reserve oil overseas.

The USA’s Last War

CW2 discussion.  Related in my mind:

The Biggest Temper Tantrum In U.S. History Has Begun (theeconomiccollapseblog.com)

Sooner or later someone’s going to die because of this.

Reading the signs: November 2022 will see electoral manipulation like never before

TINVOWOOT.  Related:

Biden Job Approval Hits New Low – Summit News

Urban crime and violence is becoming a self-sustaining monster, feeding on itself

When enough police say SCREW IT there will be utter anarchy.  Related:

We’ve let the rule of law slip through our fingers

Biden To Make Deported Illegal Aliens Eligible For Citizenship…

The Great Replacement proceeds apace.

California Will Be First State to Give Health Insurance to Undocumented Immigrants (legalinsurrection.com)

The Cloward-Piven financial death spiral proceeds apace.  More:

DEMOCRATS AGREE TO INCREASE TAXES AND INCREASE SPENDING

A Biden Tax Hike Kicked in That Affects Everything From Soap to Lightbulbs

Movie on the 2020 Election Set for Release

Bounties put on conservative SCOTUS justices’ locations.  If that doesn’t send a shiver up your spine…

 

 

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World Stability (broad catch-all):

Manufacturing Plants Aren’t Just Mysteriously Getting Burned Down In The United States, It’s Happening Around The World…

Emergency Rooms Across Canada Are Shutting Down

I was at the ER about a week ago.  It took almost six hours to be seen for an initial screening past triage, and I was on a stretcher in the corridor until transferred upstairs.  Yes it was busy but it did seem awfully short-staffed in my non-professional opinion.

Hemorrhagic Fever: An Outbreak of the Marburg Virus Has Begun (noqreport.com)

Man, do I hate being right all the time:

The Next Pandemic – Granite Grok

Sri Lanka Bankrupt – Winds of Jihad (sheikyermami.com)

Coming soon to a first-world nation near you.

 

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Specific to energy:

 

 

EU Power Prices Hit All-Time High

EU to Create Emergency Plan for Russian Energy Cut Off

 

 

For Your Consideration

Image, below, from the link:

 

 

BREAKING: The Lights And POWER Are About To GO OUT According To Grid Experts- PREPARE NOW (americasfreedomfighters.com)

Remember that if it gets bad enough people will be out listening for generators.  Because people with generators are more likely to have food stocks.  Consider a plan to NOT run your generator all the time.

 

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Gardening, animals, etc.:

How to Get Started With Kitchen Scrap Gardening – The Organic Prepper

The Accidental Mycologist: Fun and Games With Martha Tents – (theorganicprepper.com)

10 Ways to Sow Revolution in Your Back Yard – The Organic Prepper

Cut-And-Come-Again Gardening Will Boost Your Production – (theorganicprepper.com)

8 Tips for Prepping in Suburbia and the City – The Organic Prepper

 

 

Books on old-time food storage (permanent feature):

To be developed next week.  If you see ones you like, tell me in the comments.

 

 

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Tech security:

Nothing found this week.  But I will note that both Canada and NH had debit card system outages recently.  And, to me very interesting, I couldn’t find anything on the net about the NH outage.

 

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Self-defense:

Tucker: Self-defense is the cornerstone of all liberty

Video at the link.  Transcription of the lead-in below:

Tucker: If the criminal who assaults you is a member of a favored group, you don’t have the right to fight back. You may not defend yourself. You must take whatever he gives you because thugs have more rights than you do, you being the person dumb enough to be working at almost midnight in a bodega in Harlem on a Friday. That’s the message and it wasn’t simply Alvin Bragg who was sending it. The tech companies, as always, joined with the government as a unified force to send this message. GoFundMe deleted Jose Alba’s fundraising page from the Internet. Contrast this with how the left’s militia are treated.

An Open Letter to Women Who Want Gun Control – The Organic Prepper

So much of this is DENIAL.  A desire to not have to admit that the picture-perfect world we live in is, in fact, an abberation from what the reality of life on earth has been for most of the time humanity’s been here.

 

 

Discreet Urban Weapons You Never Thought About – The Organic Prepper

A word about knives.  A good friend knows a lot about this, and he said that knife fights are – at best – messy affairs.

Biden Uses Abe Assassination To Push Gun Control – The Lid (lidblog.com)

Anything is an excuse to push gun control.  Even in a land where guns are controlled like a liberal’s dream.

 

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Catch-all miscellaneous:

Army Mandatory Training Requires Soldiers To Shower With Transgender People Of Opposite Sex, Accept ‘Primitive’ Work Conditions

If your goal was to destroy the military, this would be an excellent step.

 

 

The Herbalist’s Bookshelf – The Organic Prepper

The Top 3 Mistakes I Made BEFORE the SHTF – The Organic Prepper

Lessons learned in Venezuela.  My biggest issue is that my USSR-born wife is willfully blind to what’s developing.  She insists nothing bad can possibly happen here.

 

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Wrap-up commentary if I am moved to do so:

Althouse: Gavin Newsom is running for President against Ron DeSantis.

I want to say it was a decade ago, though I’m not confident it was that long, when I engaged an uber-lib in debate on linkedin.  She predicted Newsom was being groomed to run for President.  Remember, the Left is arguably insane, but they’re shrewd and they plan long-term.

One other thing:

Corporate Media Insists Eating Insects Is “Really Delicious”  | ZeroHedge

 

 

I was listening to the Jesse Kelly show the other day and he had on a clip of a deranged loon talking about climate change killing us all.  These people TRULY BELIEVE we’re going to die if we don’t take drastic measures now.  Population-culling measures now.

The 7.3 Billion Dollar, er, Person Question – Liberty’s Torch (libertystorch.info)

Proverbs 16:18… and What’s Coming? – Granite Grok

We cannot coexist with people who think we should be culled “for the good of the planet”.

 

 

Video from comments here, Poisoning The Food Supply.  Note the date on the NYT article at the link.

 

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Palate cleanser:

 

 

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LET’S GO BRANDON!

 

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My Body My Choice: “Women” Who Have Consensual Sex and Get Pregnant Should Be Able to Sue?

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-07-10 12:00 +0000

Choice has taken on a whole new meaning for the left. Pregnant women can choose abortion but crisis pregnancy centers are out. Abstinence used to be a four-letter word and now it’s a moral imperative: abortion all the time everywhere or sex strikes. And now a Dem in Ohio wants to turn that pregnancy into a victim class.

 

Sen. Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) said her bill would allow anyone who becomes pregnant to file a civil suit against the person who impregnated them — even if it happened as a result of consensual sex.

“Regardless of the circumstances. I felt it was important to have that vague language due to the fact that abortion is now banned here in the state of Ohio,” Maharath said.

Maharath’s bill would allow the court could order a person who it determines causes a pregnancy to pay damages of not less than $5000 plus court costs and attorney fees.

 

The odds of this bill getting anywhere are slim but that’s probably not the point. Maharath -who is the Democrat State Senator of a gerrymandered district in Columbus (pictured above), may have opened another pandora’s box. Getting pregnant under any circumstance is no longer your fault and you should be able to sue.

Talk about an interesting journey. Support sex before marriage (free love/physical pleasure). Insist on access (at taxpayer expense) to pregnancy prevention (the Pill, IUDs, Condoms – prevents babies). Demand taxpayer-funded abortion (kill babies). Create a culture of post-coital revocation of consent and claim you were raped (likely to lead to less consensual sex). Refuse to have sex absent conception to birth abortion from sea to rising sea. Make women who get pregnant from consensual sex a victim class.

You are no longer responsible for things you choose to do. Is that the new choice argument? You can choose to have unprotected sex and if you get pregnant that’s the man’s fault. Or maybe society is to blame?

This is not a new idea. Child support comes to mind. But why only sue for 5000.00?

Probably to pay for the cost of travel and treatment to get an abortion if I had to guess. But think about the effect. Again, the bill has no chance but the idea does, so consider what it really says.

If you can afford the 5k have all the consensual sex you can afford. If not, don’t or you might get blindsided with a lawsuit you can’t afford. And this is interesting. It would have the most impact on low-income minorities which history tells us have been the target of Progressive social engineering for at least a century. The people for whom free love is an opiate in a world of government dependence with little else with which to look forward. And Tina Maharath is a minority woman.

Just an observation.

And wouldn’t access to anytime abortion (and the laundromat of tax dollars to Dem campaigns) be easier for everyone?

 

 

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Notable Quote – What Socialists REALLY want!

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-07-10 10:30 +0000

“The truth is that, to many people calling themselves Socialists, revolution does not mean a movement of the masses with which they hope to associate themselves;  it means a set of reforms which ‘we’, the clever ones, are going to impose upon ‘them’, the Lower Orders.”

— George Orwell

Corollary:  “…and exile, punish or execute all those who refuse to accept the reforms.”

-Kim Du Toit

Even as Socialists believe they have the wherewithal to “evolve” everyone else to “their” plane of existence and elevate their human nature, they never realize that they betray their own human nature to the rest of us by their very actions. And when they continue to talk sufficiently long enough, their mere words do it for them. They’ve been at it so long that they no longer realize how it comes across to the rest of us as they must amp it up because we refuse to accept it.

And that’s when the meanness comes out. Sometimes, that only takes a day or so after they’ve started.

(H/T: Kim Du Toit)

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This Is beyond Annoying: “People Now Have Pronouns That Change Depending on the Pronouns of the Person They Are Talking To at the Moment and If You Fail to Remember Them It’s off to the Gulags”

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-07-10 02:00 +0000

Steve, as Editor, is going to hate me for the title but I wanted the effect from the original (NotTheBee) post. It’s not bad enough that a tiny sliver of the overall population has decided that they can demand that we can only use certain coerced speech in and out of their presence and that Government (e.g., School Boards and Administration) is forcing it on all of the rest of us.

As shown by the actress Ellen Page Twitter outrage (where Twitter suspended Dr. Jordan Peterson for calling “Elliot” Page by his “deadname” (re: Ellen) and “misgendering” (calling him a her), and then followed that up by doing the same to Dave Rubin for supporting Peterson, Big Tech is “leaning in” on demanding that the rest of us only use the language THEY allow us to have or off to THEIR gulags as well.

Sidenote: for those not sufficiently Woke, when Ellen Page “transitioned” from a woman to trying to be a man, she changed her name to Elliot.  To call her Ellen is now “deadnaming” – using a name that is no longer appropriate in HER eyes and all those that believe that one can flip their gender/sex like a light switch and DEMAND we affirm it. “Misgendering” is when people like Peterson, Rubin, and myself are refusing to go along with this psychological (and biological – I AM a biologist!) call she who wants to be known as a he, a she. Or the other way around.

But that’s yet another simple case of redefining our common language of he/him/his, she/her/hers, and they/them/theirs for a political agenda (in this case “Transgender Politics”).  Let’s forget, for the moment, the GALAXY of made-up words that are supposed to represent an ever-changing notion of such an individual. Why?

NOW you will be expected to INSTANTLY identify what you are talking to (is “what” now “gender fluid neutral” or still a made-up slur?  Who knows – and who cares anymore unless you are that self-absorbed, confused, narcissistic little twit that’s both delusional and demands that the rest of us join in and affirm this fantasy that you’re something you aren’t.  Like this special person.

I used her as an example at the next to last Gilford School Board meeting to show how absurd things are getting even as Nicole Hogan, one of the two School Board members wants to rewrite all of the policies with all these new pronouns. Glad to see that the Chair, Jeanin Onos, swept that idea and the objections to “no” that came after it.  Marginalized people, Nicole?  All you’re accomplishing is marginalizing PARENTS by insisting that the part of Policy JBAB that gives the School Board the Power (without State Law GIVING them said Power) to lie to Parents about the Transgender status of my Grandson.  But I digress (but had to get that off my chest. Again)…

Yes, that SPECIAL person:

Can someone REALLY be this self-indulgent?  Er, yup!  Her parents either failed at teaching her that Galileo proved that she is not the center of either our solar system or our universe. In fact, she’s hardly a satellite of anyone at all but thinks we are all going to do this to make HER feel good about herself?

NotTheBee had this to say:

Okay, so basically, if you are a normal person who is attracted to the opposite sex for the proliferation of the human race, you have to use the plural “they/them” pronouns to refer to this singular woman who thinks we can’t tell she has XX chromosomes.

…But if you have unnatural sexual attractions or a mental disorder that makes you want to cut off body parts to look like the opposite sex, then you can use “fae/faers,” which I imagine refers to the magical fairy kingdom these people pretend to inhabit with their unicorn friends (she literally says these pronouns help her be “confirmed in my not feeling like a person”).

But if you don’t use the correct pronouns that correspond to both your and her sexual identities, then you are literally guilty of violence and the deaths of trans people of color everywhere.

I’m an engineer (even if retired). Engineers, in the end, hate chaos (during the beginning and middle, chaos is tolerated while making things work. But they have to work). I’m not putting up with this crapola whose only purpose is to make people think the rest of us have to put up with them AND make things so chaotically stupid and fluid that our brains turn to much.

Which is, if you read Socialist and Communist materials, is what they want. Provide ENOUGH chaos, create ENOUGH instability, and people will do almost anything to be saved from that condition.

Doubt me?  Read more history.  THIS country is getting to that tipping point.

 

(H/T: Instapundit)

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So Democrat NH House Candidate Justin Borden Just Told Us That Government Comes First in Priority!

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-07-10 00:00 +0000

The 2022 NH House campaign has really leaped out of the starting block. Already, political signs are sprouting all over for county and State level races and folks are trying to build name recognition.  The problem for some is that they are already going for the negative campaign. Like Democrat Justin Borden here, running in Belknap County District, who just put an LtE into the Laconia Daily Sun.

He’s working to unseat Mike Sylvia, a Liberty/Freedom guy, who is also the Belknap County Delegation (made up of all the NH State Reps in Belknap County) Chair.  In no small part, I’m betting that he’s connected with the Kiedaish/McLear/Tim Lang “gang” trying to get rid of both Mike and Norm Silber as being PIAs in stopping them from their “reimagining” (to use a Leftist word) what Gunstock should be.

Sidenote: The Gunstock Mountain Resort Sr. Management had to eat crow as the newer Commissioners said that Gunstock’s Stockade Lodge should remain as is while Kiedaisch et al said it should be a sitdown restaurant. Then they had to admit that the newer Commissioners (Ness, Strang, Wood, and Lambert) were right after doing a poll of skiers who said they wanted it as is.

To The Daily Sun,
I am Justin Borden, and I am running for state representative for Belmont — 4th District. I have lived in the Lakes Region for over 24 years. I graduated from Belmont High School with honors, and have since worked in business management and development — what is truly notable is that unlike the majority of my classmates, I stayed in New Hampshire.

Our beautiful lakes, towering mountains, and idyllic communities appear at a glance to be a perfect place to settle and raise families, and to build solid foundations for success.

And if he had left it at that, it would have been fine but down that slippery slope he starts:

However, New Hampshire is troubled by legislators dedicated to pursuing the overtly partisan and the divisively radical.

We on the other side of the aisle say the same thing about the Socialists and Progressives that have taken over the Democrat Party.  Let’s be truthful here: one Party mostly honors their oath to protect, defend, AND FOLLOW the US and NH Constitution (many Establishment Republicans can be real iffy so don’t take it that I’m a “Republican’s Republican for the sake of the Republican Party. The other, whose largest caucus is generally the Democrat Socialists (and you can drop the “Democrat” modifier and become even more accurate) who despise that oath.

Doubt me?  Their own words:

  • NH State Rep Laura Pantelakos (D): “I don’t care about protecting peoples’ Liberty
  • NH State Rep. Sandra Keans (R, now D): “I don’t try to justify anything by the Constitution, it’s not my job and I don’t want to do it”.

So much for their oath. So let’s continue with Democrat Borden:

Fiscal responsibility which once assured competent use of taxpayer funds and kept our state offices, sheriff’s departments, schools, and nursing homes operating efficiently — has been pushed aside in favor of cheap government, strangling our institutions and crippling their ability to perform. Many of these costs are forced onto the towns and cities who are left with choices such as defunding and harming their schools or raising property taxes to maintain a quality education for their children.

So, he’s in line with the thinking of “EVERY Dollar is sacred – why won’t you fork it over to Government?”. Well, that’s in line with Socialist thinking that “Government is the only thing that we all belong to” and not like it’s a “club” – it’s used in a Possessive manner (It owns us).

Fiscal responsibility is not a phrase that I generally associate with Government – at ANY level. I was on my town’s budget committee for almost 10 years and I can tell you from experience that when an expense was a want rather than a need, EVERY Democrat (for the most part – there were some surprises now and then) voted against me when I either tried to reduce the expense or zero out the line altogether.

That outlook is that government ALWAYS gets the first fruits of your labor.  WE may have to take a haircut when times are tough in less income and lower standards of living but have to pay more in taxes for increased costs of Government??  Government workers generally go unscathed – and then complain when their RAISES don’t met their expectations.  Borden fits right in.

Propose a 5% cut in Government expenses, which many businesses in extremis take in stride, and you’d think you took all their money away? Government workers yell and scream and so do those in Government. ESPECIALLY loud are those “charities” that raise little of their income from individuals but depend on large sucking on the Govt teat to “help others”.  Strangling, Justin?  Crippling, Mr. Borden? TELL me when that happens to the extent that it does in the private sector.  Or is Government “entitled” to our money??

How about the proper recognition that Government SHOULD suffer the same haircuts as the private sector is getting…

…unless your outlook truly is that Government ALWAYS comes first! I’m betting that he’s all about “Government should push Society around contra the Founders’vision of Civil Society telling Government ‘stay in your lane‘”.

Expenditures: I guess a lesson that Mr. Borden has NOT yet learned that “pushing costs down” from one level of Government to a subordinate one is irrelevant.  Why?

Because all of us at the bottom level (dare I say in the basement) have to pay it ALL. Whether it is the Feds sending costs down to the State, the State to the Counties, or further down the line. It ALWAYS ends up with us paying for ALL levels of Government above us.  If you want to help US, Justin, cut Govt spending and let us have our own money back!

As to this other chaff:

Mismanagement has brought our county nursing home to the brink, and the pursuit of unnecessary vendettas threatens the stability and future of Gunstock, racking up legal bills well above budget

Show us the budget items, show us the expenditures – PROVE your exhalations about the nursing home!  Or is it a case that a government agency should NEVER take a hair cut? Tell me, Justin, have you EVER been in the mangerial / owner situation where you have to sign the FRONT of a paycheck?  Balance your budget by foregoing a paycheck so that others would?

I have.  And with your whining that Government should never have a penny less, I doubt you have.

— with vital information and correspondence denied to the public,

I have much of that posted here now on GraniteGrok. Has the Daily Sun offered up the same information?  Have you BOTHERED to see how the Delegation’s legal expenses came about – that Gary Kiedaisch used GMR as his personal piggy bank with President Tom Day blithely signing off on every legal bill that came in?  I have, three times gone through the unredacted legal billing that Gunstock had to pay for Kiedaisch’s “vendettas”.

Which, I add, PretiFlaherty, the law firm reviewing all this, said it was baseless.  So where is the vendetta coming from?

who are instead offered incendiary rhetoric, deflections, and excuses —

And you haven’t been either listening at the meetings (or watching the video on GraniteGrok)

while some of “their” representatives attempt to secede from the United States, all an affront to the interests, patriotism, and loyalties of their constituents.

As I write this, I dryly note that July 4th is just five days in our rear view mirror.  Isn’t that the day, Justin, that we seceded from England? And have you not seen the polls, becoming more and more plentiful, displaying that more and more citizens on BOTH sides of the aisle agreeing with the notion that it could happen again?  It did once and if one truly is honest about reading history, it can happen again.

Heh:

I am running for state representative so that a measure of respectability, integrity and a commitment to public service might return to Concord, and that our government may again reflect favorably and honorably on our incredible state and people.

Biden ran on the same platform. So do most other Democrats. Once, having taken up Powers, all that just disappears. After all, you’re in the Party of King Ray who brooks no dissent.

 

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Another Home Fireworks Display Gone Wild …

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-07-09 22:00 +0000

Watching the back end of a minivan light up is a must-watch piece of internet video. It was so popular among our readers that I went out and found another one—a little more Independence day celebrating gone wild.

As with the previous video, important safety lessons were learned the hard way, but I hope not too hard. This goes sideways quickly with a significant area of effect.

Twenty-six seconds. The last ten are. … Boom!

 

 

 

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“…He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.”

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-07-09 20:00 +0000

The title is from our Declaration of Independence from England and King George’s tyrannical rule.  That text above is the 10th (out of the 27 Grievances our Founding Fathers listed as reasons for wanting our American cleavage from British rule.

And, as this snippet from a longer Wall Street Times article (paywalled) should remind us that history does repeat itself (emphasis mine):

On the campaign trail, Mr. Harden has gotten an earful from voters about maddening and arbitrary restrictions: Why are wineries in Maryland limited to serving only 13 kinds of food? Why does a woman who sells her grandmother’s cobbler have to cough up tens of thousands of dollars to build a commercial kitchen? Why does a federal inspector have to be on hand to watch wild catfish get gutted — but not other kinds of seafood? The short answer is that restaurant associations tend to wield more political clout than wineries, and catfish farmers in Mississippi are more powerful than seafood harvesters in Maryland. Big businesses can afford to hire lawyers to help them cut through red tape and lobbyists to bend government rules to their will. Small businesses, especially in rural places, get slammed.

The claim of overregulation is especially animating on the political right,” Joshua Sewell of Taxpayers for Common Sense told me. He said misleading rumors that the Environmental Protection Agency planned to regulate farm dust or that President Biden’s Build Back Better plan would have taxed belching cows played right into the stereotype of Democrats as city folk who were infuriatingly eager to regulate almost anything in rural America.

In 2006, Democrats and Republicans had similar views on government regulation of business: About 40 percent of Republicans said there was too much, compared to about 36 percent of Democrats. But the percentage of Republicans who felt that way climbed steadily under President Barack Obama, who enacted more economically significant rules than his predecessors. By the end of his first term, 84 percent of Republicans thought that government meddled too much in business, while only 22 percent of Democrats agreed, according to Gallup. Democrats were more likely to say that the government doesn’t regulate businesses enough.

Democrats vs Republicans.  Collectivists vs the “Just Leave Us Alone” coalition.

Loyalists vs The Colonists.

We escaped an overbearing government once before but look at where we are – and we’ve done it to ourselves? And when it is OUR Government doing the repeating, would it be so hard to write an updated set of Grievances for our “present Condition”?

That’s a challenge, by the way, readers!

(H/T: RedState)

Declaration of Independence

In Congress, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

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NEA Does Not Care About Education

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-07-09 18:00 +0000

The National Education Association (NEA) is more than 3 million people—educators, students, activists, workers, parents, neighbors, and friends—who believe in opportunity for all students and in the power of public education to transform lives and create a more just and inclusive society.

It is interesting that in the statement above, taken from the NEA website, there is nothing about the education process. It refers to transforming lives but not enhancing minds. That is the core problem with education and teacher unions. Education is no longer their priority. Inclusivity, yes-Math skills, not so much.

Let’s be realistic. The NEA is not a union representing teachers to improve education. The NEA is a political action group that takes dues from its three million members and attempts to shape the political landscape through campaign donations. Of the $895,000 donated this cycle, the NEA has given money to three House Republican campaigns and just $2,000 to one Republican senator — Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.

The NEA expects to receive about $372 million in revenue from dues this fiscal year. This money goes toward advancing the union’s priorities and general operations.

For instance, the union plans to spend more than $47 million to elect friendly candidates, promote the importance of pro-public education and pro-labor judges, lobby for or against legislation, and support state and local affiliates in ballot measure campaigns. And the union is allocating nearly $7 million for efforts to improve its perception among both members and the general public, which will include a survey to track attitudes toward unions and NEA’s work over time.

These are some of the topics discussed this week at the NEA annual meeting:

  1. abortion
  2. anti-LGBTQ bills
  3. police in schools
  4. rules to prevent the banning of CRT from schools
  5. rewording of contracts to remove the terms Mother and Father
    1. these are replaced with Birthing-Parent and Non-Birthing-Parent
  6. mandatory mask and vaccine mandates

These are social and political topics, and other than Critical Race Theory have little to do with the education process. The mask and vaccine mandate had to be included to add validity to the fact the union used the Pandemic to keep teachers out of the classroom. They now want to continue mask usage even though the Pandemic has been neutralized across the country.

A convention like the one held by the NEA exposes the true purpose of the body. You would expect a convention of teachers and staff would be brimming with ideas on improving the curriculum and improving the student learning experience. 

As evidenced by parental involvement at school board meetings post-Pandemic and the state officials elected on pro-education and pro-family platforms, the education system has woken a sleeping animal. That animal is livid with the manner and topics their children are being exposed to and needs attention. The parents are prepared to reclaim possession of their kids education.

Biden is banking on abortion rights bringing out the base in November. What a surprise that he will be wrong again. With 88% of the country thinking the country is on the wrong track and only 5% concerned with abortion, he cannot stop the tsunami coming his way.

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DISQUS Doodlings: No, Lloyd, SCOTUS Didn’t Limit the EPA Powers; Congress Never Gave It That Power to Begin With! Part 1

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-07-09 16:00 +0000

The absolute beserk attitudes of the Greenies continues as the SCOTUS decision concerning the EPA’s capability to regulate CO2 emissions from power plants is still reverberating (along with Dobbs (abortion back to the States), NYC (Second Amendment / Conceal Carry), and First Amendment (Religious Liberty for a football coach and religious school student vouchers)). This attitude also shows us all several things:

  • First and foremost, they aren’t just sore losers, they are UGLY losers (and rather whiny winners a lot of the time)
  • They only see things and issues ONLY from their own special interest lenses even as they are always yammering about “intersectionality” in which EVERYthing and EVERYone is connected to everything else – until that “network” starts to touch Conservatives and our ideas. Then their tolerance turns into whale snot.
  • Their eventual goal is the only issue – legalities and laws are either to be ignored, swept aside in an SJW screaming snit, or they tantrum like my 6 year old Grandson (“IT’S NOT FAIR!”)
  • For them, SCOTUS is a supra-legislature whose purpose has been, for decades, to find the desired conclusion and then retro-fit “laws” (or in the case of abortion, a magic glass wishing ball) to make it happen

And those last two bits blinds them to root causes.  Like with Lloyd Alter over at TreeHugger (yes, I write about his posts because they are so ready for easy pickings) as he provides us with a Grade AA+ example of the above with his Title and subtitle (emphasis mine):

US Supreme Court Votes to Cook the Planet by Limiting EPA’s Power
The court overturns a hundred years of regulatory practice and kills carbon dioxide regulation.

To nobody’s surprise, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 6 to 3 to make it impossible for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect the environment from climate change, to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, to meet American commitments under the Paris Agreement, and likely to keep the planet from heating more than 2 degrees Celsius, let alone 1.5 degrees.

So much wrong in so little space. I could give him some space – he’s a Professor of Sustainability at Ryerson University (now Toronto Metropolitan University)in Toronto, Canada – on more of the nuances of American Federal Government structure and organization.  However, if you are going to write about something, and you’re unsure of the subject matter, ASK someone!

To unpack the above, in no particular order:

  • more than 2 degrees Celsius, let alone 1.5 degrees – sorry, but your hubris outruns you.  There is NO evidence that mankind can actually keep the Earth’s temperature in check. After all, dinosaurs roamed the poles long ago and I doubt they were wearing down jackets to keep warm at -51 degrees F.
  • under the Paris Agreement – Obama signed it, Trump removed it, and Biden signed it again.  It’s a useless piece of paper because IT ISN’T A TREATY – the US Senate never ratified it. Thus, when a President leaves, the next can rip it up. So Lloyd can just go stew about it but the bottom line is that it isn’t a legal document for the US.
  • a hundred years of regulatory practice – he’s right about that but NOT because it is an American brand of “democracy”. What he is praising is the rise and power of The Administrative State – a bureaucratic form of Governance that isn’t Constitutional as this “new” Fourth Branch of Government, that makes laws and regulations just as powerful as Congress, has made both the Legislative and Judiciary superfluous.

The problem that Lloyd shares with almost all of the Left is these two things that are absolutely wrong about the SCOTUS decision:

  • voted 6 to 3 to make it impossible – no, they didn’t.
  • to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants – no, they didn’t

Lloyd even wrote the answers that contradicted his supposition:

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the decision:

“Capping carbon dioxide emissions at a level that will force a nationwide transition away from the use of coal to generate electricity may be a sensible ‘solution to the crisis of the day.’ But it is not plausible that Congress gave EPA the authority to adopt on its own such a regulatory scheme. A decision of such magnitude and consequence rests with Congress itself, or an agency acting pursuant to a clear delegation from that representative body.”

And we see the Separation of Powers that is essential to our American Governance – the Founders were sociological geniuses in stopping the concentration of Power by a few by separating the making of Law, the execution of that Law, and adjudicating disputes with three Branches. These were meant to be exceeding “jealous” of their Powers. Yet, the EPA, part of the Executive Branch, tried to “get away” by stealing its Power for regulating CO2 from Congress that never gave it to the EPA.

Lloyd writes:

Essentially, it was a gut of the EPA’s power to regulate anything that wasn’t in the original 1970 Clean Air Act authorized by Congress, back at a time when carbon dioxide wasn’t on the radar. It is almost as silly as saying the Second Amendment can only deal with muskets.

And there’s his answer which he decidedly ignores – the actual bill put into Law.  So that’s all the background and I’d suggest go and reading what he writes – and how he uses Justice Kagan’s dissent that ignores the actual law (see “outcome over law” above) which shows that the Left, even at the level of SCOTUS, is happy to ignore the black and white letter of the law. It doesn’t matter, ma’am and Lloyd, that SCOTUS is not a problem domain expert on climate. However it IS the domain expert on Law and whether something can be done or not from a legal standpoint.

So with that long background, a couple of DISQUS comments by me about the above. I tried to make it CLEAR, on a number of times, what this really was about. However, this will be a multiple part series as with over 157 comments, and more showing up, I tried to keep these Eco-Socialists to the Rule Of Law standard.

Again, Separation of Powers is what is at the heart of this and not Global Warming. Emphasis is a combo of what I left at Treehugger and additional emphasis now:

One of the arguments that the majority made—or should we say made-up—is the “major questions doctrine” where something of critical importance should be referred back to Congress.

Really, Lloyd? We elect Representatives to make such major decisions and not mere agencies and the bureaucrats within those warrens. If you really believe in what you just said, why aren’t you working hammer and tong to get rid of YOUR version of Congress – the Canadian Parliament? And your version of your Constitution?

After all, it seems that your words, being part of the Academic/Intellectual Class, show your belief that technocrats should be in charge and just do away with all this messy, slow, and infuriating process called Democracy.

Just as the Socialists (under whatever camouflage words in use) have shown is their end game.

What SHOULD be happening is that our elected representatives actually do the hard, prolonged, and tedious writing of bills to address our concerns and NOT just heave a mess of a document over the wall and let bureaucrats do the heavy work that SHOULD be the Legislators responsibility.

SHOT: by VB:

These latest rulings need to be seen for what they represent: a coup d’état by a minority of powerful interests over the majority of the people in the country.
How frickin’ big of a lunatic are you?

Just because you disagree with the ruling doesn’t mean that you burn the whole damn house down. That’s how impassioned, irresponsible, knee-jerk reacting children respond—not adults. Grow TF up. The world isn’t going to implode just because you didn’t get your own way!

CHASER: by me:

That’s what the Left does, VB – sore losers. Listen to them all given the Dobbs decision, the school voucher decision, the NYC concealed decision, this CO2 decision, and the football coach decision (#2 and #4 being First Amendment related, #2 being a 2A issue).

ILLEGITIMATE!! Pack he Court! Impeach the 6! And any of other assorted inanities.

Either Law means something or there is chaos. Either the Constitution’s black and white words MEAN something or we’re all screwed.

Hangover: by VB:

That’s what the Left does, VB – sore losers.

Bingo.

And the Left is so far left that their only solution is to turn this country into something other than a republic governed by THREE EQUAL BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT. They can’t stomach the idea they can’t always have their way, so instead, they gnash their teeth and throw histrionics and push irrational ideology of stacking the deck in their own selfish favor to ensure permanent future victories forever, rather than acknowledge the country is evenly divided politically.

Responding to a comment from VB that ONLY Congress controls immigration:

They forget the beatdown by SCOTUS when it set aside the decision by the CDC (during the pandemic) that it had the Power to set and enforce an eviction moratorium nationwide. SCOTUS saw that its authorizing legislation had no granting of such a Power.

Biden, once the decision was known, had the CDC issue it again and openly stated that it would take months for SCOTUS to take in and overrule it that action.

Heh! SCOTUS slapped him within a week and a half.

Back to the EPA – Lloyd has done EXACTLY what most others have done – blame SCOTUS for “limiting” the EPA.

Sorry Lloyd – you’re dead wrong. SCOTUS didn’t limit the EPA anymore than it did the CDC. It studied the actual authorizing law and saw that CONGRESS, the Legislative Branch, did not grant either agency in the Executive Branch such Powers.

If you want to be mad, sitting there in Toronto, blame CONGRESS for not granting such Powers. IT was the entity that “limited” the EPA.

I’ll also point out the obvious – Congress did decided to delegate certain Powers via legislation. However, granting either the Power for either evictions or CO2 regulation was not included. Tough noogies.

Thus, both the CDC and EPA showed what I’ve been saying for a long time – bureaucracies, over time, overstep their actual mission limitations as provided for in law.

At NO time should a mere set of unaccountable, unassailable, and unelected bureaucrats be shoving the rest of Society around REGARDLESS of the reasons you may hold. In the American system of Government, CONGRESS makes the Laws to be followed – the Executive Branch merely is to execute them and NOT further extend them, fuzzy its limitations, or ignore the law.

Either a Law IS or it isn’t. Simply because Congress didn’t grant a Power doesn’t mean that a 3 letter agency can “make stuff up“.

SCOTUS did the correct thing – in all 4 of the major cases over the last two weeks, it shoved Government (in part) back into its lane and back into its boundaries.

A very good thing indeed!

With a H/T from VB:

Either a Law IS or it isn’t. Simply because Congress didn’t grant a Power doesn’t mean that a 3 letter agency can “make stuff up”.

READ THAT LINE AGAIN, FOLKS. That’s the ENTIRE SCOTUS ruling in a nutshell!

Again, to repeat:

And this is the problem with the Left – for decades, the Democrats held the majority ideological majority on the court and became a supra-Legislature that the Democrats depended on.

Now the salty tears are flowing because, and FINALLY, laws are being read AS WRITTEN and the Justices are making decisions on the Powers actually granted as well as if they are Constitutional.

That IS their job.

In the end, this decision was NOT about global warming, not about CO2 emissions but about the Separation of Powers between the three co-equal branches of the American Federal Government as enumerated in the US Constitution.

The EPA believed it could legislate its own law, outside of that enumerated Separation – and get away with it with mere rule-making.

SCOTUS spanked them HARD for doing so- a correct decision.

Now, if y’all who only care about what you want instead of actual process, remember that if Congress does nothing, nothing can be done.

Nor should it.

And I’ll end on this:

Essentially, it was a gut of the EPA’s power to regulate anything that wasn’t in the original 1970 Clean Air Act authorized by Congress, back at a time when carbon dioxide wasn’t on the radar.”

Irrelevant and wrong. There was no “gutting”. This decision, as I’ve already stated, was ruled correctly. Congress NEVER gave the EPA such Powers. It could have then but didn’t.

It could have later on and any time during the Biden Administration – but didn’t.

If a government agency isn’t granted such authority, then it doesn’t have a leg to stand on. It is ILLEGAL to do otherwise.

What is so hard in understanding this? Just because you WANT it to be doesn’t make it so.

I’ve gone long but I’m hoping that for any on the Left that wanders in, repetition helps to promote learning and understanding.  There’s much, MUCH more but enough for now.

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Which ISO Certifications Are Required To Get Tender Contracts??

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-07-09 14:57 +0000

When an organization is tendering for a private or government contract, having ISO certification can make the difference between winning or losing a tender.

Many contractors utilize ISO as an inclusion criterion, as having a certificate implies that the organization has higher operating efficiency because it follows international quality management standards. Depending on the industry, the different types of ISO certifications can help companies win tenders as they enhance field-specific credentials.

So, for example, if the focus is customer satisfaction, having an ISO 9001 certificate implies that the applicant meets the regulatory requirements, improving customer satisfaction through its Quality Management System (QMS). Similarly, if the focus is environmental sustainability, having an ISO 14001 certificate ensures that the applicant is up to date with legal regulations related to Environmental Management Systems (EMS). Additionally, if the focus is reducing occupational hazards, having an ISO 45001 certificate positions the applicant as an industry leader as it meets the specific requirements for an efficient Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Management System.

Tender marking criteria and ISO; ISO 9001 certification

A tender contract is essentially an invitation to place a bid for a specific project within a finite deadline. For applicants, tendering is necessary as it allows them to acquire financial gains. Unfortunately, irrespective of the industry, applicants have to face huge competition.

Here, ISO certification helps level the playing field. It doesn’t matter you tend to get ISO 9001 or ISO 45001! The corporate world recognises ISO standards for their commitment to higher efficiency and continuous improvement. Being an ISO-certified company is a recognition in itself, as it demonstrates the organization’s commitment to quality and improvement. Contractors prefer to select companies that are ISO certified as they understand that getting the certificate is a rigorous process. Companies must meticulously maintain their standards to pass the certification audits successfully. Hence, being ISO certified is equivalent to having international recognition. Additionally, since ISO certificates can be suspended if companies have unsatisfactory performance in annual surveillance audits, contractors understand that a valid ISO certificate implies that the company is diligent in its upkeep.

Which ISO certifications are required to get tender contracts? Key Performance Index or appraising efficiency

Moreover, having ISO certification helps clear tender contract Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQ). The ISO recommendations can be utilized as a template to answer questionnaires in the PQQ on different aspects such as quality assurance management, Key Performance Index (KPI) monitoring or evaluating performance mechanisms. The comprehensive, evidence-based and industry-specific answers help to strengthen the submission, allowing companies to gain top marks in the eyes of the contractor.

Furthermore, ISO certification has domain-specific advantages. Therefore, each ISO certificate has its unique benefits and its own distinctive way of benefiting companies in the acquirement of tender contracts. Some of the popular ISO certifications concerning tender acquisition include ISO 9001, ISO 45001 and ISO 14001. Don’t forget that each ISO certificate has its unique signification; ISO 9001 meaning is different from ISO 45001 concept.

Benefits of ISO 9001; Better management and increment performance

The ISO 9001 focuses on enhancing the efficiency of quality management systems. From the perspective of tender contracting, contractors understand that any company that has an ISO 9001 certificate would have better internal management, reduced wastage and increased efficiency. That is the reason why ISO 9001 requirements is one of the common questions for successful managers.

Hence, if the tender is for the creation of products or the provision of services, any ISO 9001-certified company would be prioritized, as ISO 9001 recommendations focus on creating consistency in the quality of products/services through periodic evaluation and regular measurement of outcomes. Similarly, if the focus of the tender is on customer acquisition, ISO 9001 certified companies would be shortlisted. This is because one of the key elements of ISO 9001 recommendations is to systematically evaluate customer feedback and complaints to identify customer needs. ISO 9001 urges companies to create products that perfectly fit customer needs. Partnering with an ISO 9001 company is a lucrative offer for any contractor wishing to retain its customers.

Benefits of ISO 14001; Decreasing the losses

With respect to tendering, any contractor actively trying to minimize their environmental impact would find it beneficial to select an applicant with ISO 14001 certificate. This is because complying with ISO 14001 standards guarantees legal compliance and increases reputation with environmentally conscious customers. Moreover, this standard aims to reduce waste by shifting to renewable energy sources, mitigating all hazards and using energy-saving processes. Therefore, partnering with an ISO 14001 certified company improves the contractor’s corporate image amongst regulators, the public and customers. By selecting applicants with ISO 14001 certificates, the contractor proves its social responsibility in the eyes of its stakeholders.

Benefits of ISO 45001; Secure workplace which brings employee safety

The ISO 45001 provides specific requirements that enable organizations to create a safe and healthy workplace by promoting their OH&S performance. The implied advantages of having an ISO 45001 certificate are increased trust, consistent efficiency, improved managerial oversight, and preventive risk hazard assessment. Hence, if the focus of the contractor is to increase Return on Investment (ROI), selecting a company with ISO 45001 certification would be beneficial. Through the application of ISO 45001, contractors understand that the applicant’s organization has better efficiency, improved productivity and general employee safety. Hence, work-related insurance claims are reduced, which further improves the cost of insurance for the business and increases profitability.

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How To Know If You’re A Useful Idiot

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-07-09 14:00 +0000

Being an idiot is one of the lesser desired roles in life, in fact, most people don’t set out to be idiots. By its very nature idiocy is wrought mostly by dumb luck, hence the term. Idiots are typically the butt of many jokes, the involuntary black sheep in social circles, often with little or no redeemable qualities other than the humor they provide their jeering fans.

The list of famous idiots extends all the way back to Adam who was dumb enough to listen to his idiot wife Eve who ruined vegetarianism for the rest of us. Other famous idiots include all four of the Three Stooges (stooge is Pig Latino for idiot), the lovable idiot Lucille Ball, the transracial idiot Navin Johnson who didn’t know that being transracial is even more impossible than being transgender, and perhaps most famously Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne who epitomize being idiotic and idioticker.

Thanks to the theory of idiotic evolution we know idiots can morph from lower idiot forms to more advanced. Simple idiots like the kid in A Christmas Story who gets his tongue stuck on the frozen flag pole can evolve to become a supreme idiot who may one day even win the coveted Darwin Award. Once totally useless idiots like Maurice Chavin who followed Napoleon into battle so worse for the wear a word was added to the idiot lexicon associating blind followers everywhere, are becoming a thing of the past thanks to the rise of the useful idiot.

The days of the hopeless nose-picking navel-gazers are quickly being replaced by super self-flagellating rhinoplasticiennes who have found many surprising ways to save face by smiting their noses. If you’re down on yourself because you’re a run-of-the-mill old-fashioned American idiot, don’t be. You could be the next Billy Joe Armstrong, who will even kill babies and renounce citizenry in the country that made him a multi-millionaire to be a full-blown global idiot rather than confine his idiocy to a continent stupid enough to let him live there and take their money. Talk about useful!

So if you’re dumb enough to think Jeffrey Epstein killed himself but smart enough to keep your mouth shut about it lest you get Arkancided, you have a serious future as a useful idiot! Take this Bananas Inc. quiz to see where you rank among today’s field of ingenuous imbeciles. (Score 1 point for every “yes” answer and 5 points for answering “yes” to the bonus question. )

  1. Were you excited to drink from your first paper straw out of a plastic cup? (Score 1 bonus point if you drive a car to recycle. Subtract 1 point if you are eating McDonald’s in your truck while taking this quiz.)
  2. Do you watch “The View” for its diversity of opinions? (Score 1 bonus point if you can name all five hostesses. Subtract 1 point if you don’t know Whoopie from Sonny from Joy.)
  3. Does your degree have the word “environmental” or “gender” in it? (Score 1 bonus point if your degree is in Environmental Gender Studies. Subtract 1 point if you went to a trade school.)
  4. Are you surprised by the popularity of the transgender movement but still believe Michele Obama is a woman? (Score 1 bonus point if you can’t define a woman. Subtract 1 point if you can but are not a biologist.)
  5. Do you believe the president can’t influence gas prices and paying more at the pump is doing your part to fight climate change? (Score 1 bonus point if you are taking this quiz within 10 feet of either a compost bin or solar panel. Subtract 1 point if you look forward to global warming.)
  6. Do you believe the Federal Reserve is a government bank that’s chartered to protect your dollars? (Score 1 bonus point if you “protected” your portfolio by investing in crypto-currency. Subtract 1 point if you know what Annuit Coeptis Norvus Ordo Seclorum means.)
  7. Do you laugh at people of faith who worship a “sky daddy” while agreeing with Richard Dawkins’s theory of trans-spermatia which teaches the earth was accidentally given life by an alien asteroid? (Score 1 point if you have ever been abducted. Subtract 1 point if you know which State Area 51 is in.)
  8. Do you believe teachers are underappreciated and underpaid despite American students becoming illiterate in record numbers? (Score 1 bonus point if you went to public school but didn’t graduate. Subtract 1 point if you were home-schooled.)
  9. Do you believe criminals will stop shooting people if we “take away all the guns”? (Score 1 bonus point if you know the lyrics to “Imagine” by John Lennon. Subtract 1 point if you know the difference between a 30.06 and an AR-15.)
  10. You believe you’re a white supremacist because you’re white and other white people said you are? (Score 1 bonus point if you kept notes during your DEI training. Subtract 1 point if you have ever read a Thomas Sowell book cover to cover. )

 

**SPECIAL BONUS QUESTION WORTH 5 POINTS**

2 + 2 = ?

A. 4
B. 5
C. 22
D. A double date

(If you answered B, C, or D you get the BONUS!)

***SUPER SPECIAL DOUBLE BONUS WORTH 10 POINTS***

Give yourself 10 points if you have ever watched an award show, alone, while wearing a mask.

 

SCORING:

25-35 POINTS – You are not just a supremely useful idiot, the government will be contacting you shortly with a job opportunity.

15-24 POINTS – You are a fully useful idiot who will go on to achieve many idiotic achievements.

1-14 points – You are still just an idiot, especially for bothering to take this quiz and total your score.

0 or fewer – The earth’s rotation relies on your levelheaded existence, which will soon go the way of the dinosaurs if you don’t start slapping the crap out of all these idiots.

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Homelessness In The Upper Valley Part 1: Housing the Homeless in Hartford

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-07-09 12:00 +0000

Twin Pines housing has a proposal currently approved by the town Select Board for a homeless housing project it intends to put on the property of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church which lies adjacent to the Upper Valley Haven, both of which offer services to people in need and are partnering with Twin Pines on this project. Despite the Select Board’s approval, the local neighbors are not all in favor and many plan to appeal the process in hopes of halting it in favor of another location.

The proposal aims to build 18 single residential units available as short-term housing for “chronically” homeless people. Citing their Parkhurst project in Lebanon, NH as a successful model the proposal as written spells out most of the logistics of the building process but is unclear on what is meant by “successful”. There is also no mention of their vetting process, which concerns many residents as the project would house 18 people within a few blocks of the town high school, elementary school, and two of the three middle schools.

One resident expressed concern after already having his fifteen-year-old granddaughter report having been harassed with catcalls by a homeless person on her way to Hartford High School in the morning. He also found a younger grandchild in possession of a THC dab pen that had an intense enough dose to hospitalize her or worse. A lifelong resident this man worries for these two girls while also expressing anger at the way the project is being rammed through against many of the neighborhood’s wishes.

“It’s not in the right place for a project like that. It’s not zoned properly and there are way too many kids in the area for this to be safe.”

Another lifelong local feels the same. Citing closed meetings, controlling town member dialogue to avoid accountability, and fast-tracking this deal without due consideration to those most affected by the project’s location, he is prepared to appeal and stop the project. Though an older man busy with multiple jobs he feels strongly enough about it to hire a graphic designer to help get the message to his fellow neighbors. “Wake up!” he says to those unaware. He is certain if they knew the risks most people would vote it down, and that’s why he believes the fix is in with the select board pushing this forward in relative secrecy.

A closer look at the homeless problem in America finds that attempts to find a solution have not been very effective. One study finds the pandemic has resulted in 600,000 new homeless. West coast cities from San Diego to Seattle are overrun with tent cities scattered throughout neighborhoods, under overpasses, in parks, and even along interstates. Hartford has had a growing homelessness problem with tents and temporary shanties popping up around the area with little to no town supervision or support.

The cost of homelessness is estimate but New York alone claims to have spent $3.2 billion in 2019 to deal with the problem. The federal government offered $2.7 billion to programs throughout the U.S. in 2020.

Even homelessness is covered in partisanship. While the Trump administration took an accountability approach with housing number four in the services offered after job, sobriety, and treatment as necessary priors, the Biden administration gave $350 billion to housing first (HF) initiatives such as the one proposed by Twin Pines.

Housing first is the approach being considered in Hartford. Its proponents claim people given housing first are inclined to seek treatment, get off drugs and find employment with the security of knowing they have a place to live. Critics, such as those at the Manhatten Institute, say housing first has not shown better health outcomes, nor meaningful decreases in homeless numbers and have studies showing the HF model cost taxpayers more than the accountability-based model.

Another of the driving factors in homelessness is the high cost of living in the areas where it grows. Homelessness today includes disabled veterans and even full-time government employees. Among the demographics, some 20% or more suffer from a severe mental illness and many homeless are single parents.

The St. Paul’s proposal refers to Twin Pines successful Parkhurst project in Lebanon. The question is what makes it a success? Their website tells of twenty-nine participants with only three failures to utilize services or stay in the program without being asked to leave. Participants who have remained in the program for more than six months or moved on to other housing programs are considered among the successful.

Residents wonder about the vetting process screening out dangerous homeless people. Many are on board with using their taxpayer dollars to help those in need yet they feel it unwise to locate so many along the road to their children’s schools. Mental illness, drug use, and criminal histories follow homelessness wherever it goes even into these well-intended programs. It’s difficult enough to raise children these days without the added stress of wondering if they will fall victim to a mentally unstable person not yet rehabilitated.

Valley Bible Church had considered opening its annex building to help meet the need but their neighbors were vehemently opposed. The church’s elders were willing to defy local will and allow safe haven for homeless in need, however, Twin Pines ultimately pulled the plug after considering the less than hospitable voice of the people. It seems area churches are keen to heed the call to help those in need however the location and methods are what have residents concerned. Nearby Riverbank Church has a large parcel of land situated near a business park that many feel is ideal for the project making it far enough away from children to both comfort parents and keep participants from their wrath. If the current proposal fails that may be the next best option.

As for those who have used the services of one of the project’s partners, the Upper Valley Haven, she had nothing but great things to say. Her mom, widowed when she was a child, has utilized the Haven over the years and still goes monthly to get food. In that time her mom has held several jobs with help from the Haven that has offered enough stability for her to get a full ride scholarship to UVM. As a 9th grader she worked with at least five homeless families who had children in Hartford schools while living at the Haven. She says the Haven is “awesome” and “really does help people”. As a young Christian recently converted to the faith she sees the love of Jesus being the great need of everyone including and especially the homeless, who should not be cast off as “druggies” but need the church to shepherd them from their lost and homeless state to one that offers eternal shelter. She is proud of the town of Hartford and wants to see it working together to help these people instead of condemning their sad state. Who knows if it won’t be you one day?

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Woke Rats in Our Midst

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-07-09 10:30 +0000

The conservative today might be flummoxed by the sudden appearance of all manner of popular society-destroying ideologies that seem to have appeared overnight. Critical Race Theory infecting our schools, Environmental Social Governance (ESG) scores infesting our largest corporations. Mumu-wearing Chief Diversity Officers at most any corporation of size. The insanity of boys calling themselves girls so they can get a worthless zinc medal and strip young women from athletic scholarships. And then there’s the military canceling rifle training in favor of white guilt indoctrination.

How did this happen all of a sudden?

Well, it didn’t happen all of a sudden. It has taken years. Decades, even.

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We have chickens on our farm. Amazing animals, God’s gift to humans. A few months ago I started discovering dead hens in the henhouse. Maybe one every few weeks. So I installed a camera to see what done them in. Turns out there are rats. I’ve never seen a rat in all of my wanderings of our property, but they are obviously there.

Rats are pretty smart as far as rodents go. They are masters at understanding their threats (me), and also their food sources (chicken feed and eggs).

The rats will discover a resource-rich environment and create an intricate array of burrows and other underground passageways over a period of weeks or months. They’ll multiply, as parasites do, and then, when the time is right, they’ll use their numbers to infest the target. In this case, our chicken coop.

By the time I realized that there might be an invisible predator, the camera found the rats. Dozens of them. They came out under cover of night, eating the chickens’ food and dispatching injured but otherwise recoverable hens. And eating their eggs. My eggs. They only came out at night, which is why I never noticed them.

At that point, I declared war on rats. I killed hundreds of them over the next couple of days and installed mitigations to make sure to keep them in check.

Now back to our current society. This is what has happened in this country over the past few decades. The rats are at today’s universities. There, tenure-protected professors spout Marxist theories, having quietly infested academia first, grown rich on the government-backed student loan money coming into their increasingly expensive schools. The universities were ripe for the infesting, because most of the kids, who were told that they must go to college, were looking for some major to justify their presence.

Then, the graduates of the universities, fresh with their Marxist indoctrination and degrees that were worthless in the market (e.g., gender studies, black studies, women’s studies, Islamic studies, environmental social justice; you get the point), had to get a job to pay for the student loans they used to fund their degrees. So where can they get a job that doesn’t require them to ask if you’d like fries with that?

It turns out that corporate America was looking for people to staff their human resources departments, which were under more and more government regulation concerning all kinds of new rules.

It was a match made in Rat Heaven. People indoctrinated in Marxist ideology got sweet corporate jobs where they could put their otherwise worthless humanity degrees to work.

These rats, then, began infiltrating the public- and private-sector HR departments. At some point, in just the last few years, started coming out of their SJW crap-infested burrows and got emboldened by the other rats who had also infected government agencies, the military, the corporate media, and big tech companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon.

Fortunately, I was able to use a shovel and poison to get rid of the rats infesting my chicken coop. But how do we get rid of the rats infesting our society?

Just like the rats in the chicken coop, the woke social-justice rats that are infesting our society took advantage of the fact that people were looking the other way while they increased their numbers and infected every part of the national, and even the western-world, coop.

So what’s the solution to this infestation? Obviously, we can’t poison them or fill their burrows with carbon monoxide (worked great for rats; I have video). Rather, I think there are some tools we have to combat this not-so-sudden infestation. Mocking works great, as they can’t compete with that. Showing that the Emperor has no clothes, or that he is wearing bell bottoms or puffy-sleeve shirts that are way out of fashion. Or wearing white after Labor Day. I guess that’s all mocking as well.

All they can do, which they are very good at, is to use their media influence to suppress and cancel any attempt at mocking. They call it misinformation, disinformation, or some other rat-like terminology.

The best way we can compete is to commune with like-minded people who see the rats for what they are, and show our friends that they are not alone and that we, the vast majority of people, can resist the infestation. Remember that the rats, while they are scary looking and have a bad reputation, are just little rodents who scurry when the light is shone upon them.

Keep the light shining and hold true to your natural Rights. Don’t let them take those rights from us.

I’ll probably always have a rat or two around the chicken coop. But with constant diligence and careful observation, I can keep these destructive parasites from negatively affecting myself or my family and friends. The same goes for the human rats infecting our peaceful society.

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Friday Open Thread – Finally, Perhaps This Has Been a “Calmer” Week for Us All?

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-07-09 01:30 +0000

Except for me – two additional GrokGauntlets done, still trying to herd a couple more candidates, the Grandson started summer school for “extra” stuff, and trying to keep all the other plates spinning (re: the ancient “Ed Sullivan” variety show). However, nothing earthshattering for news – it’s about time that current events gave us a break!

So, how’s doin’ fer y’all for summer right now?

As always, however, this is YOUR Thread – have at it!

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Suicide is Not Gun Violence It’s a Belated Abortion …

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-07-09 00:00 +0000

Suicide is a tragic and unpleasant business and is unusually common among people who know the Clintons. When a firearm is used, whether you knew the Clintons or not, the Left calls that gun violence. But that’s dishonest.

Democrats are the party of assisted suicide, murdering the per-born, and social engineering. For nearly a century they’ve been obsessed with eugenics and population control, only recently justifying that position because of their man-made climate change narratives.

That’s dishonest too. Another excuse to off the heathens or for them to off themselves.

Democrats desire fewer human beings on mother birth parent earth, and those who end themselves for that reason (sometimes with more emissions than necessary) are lionized. They get a party, a parade, and a thank you for their sacrifice. But it’s just a “late-term” abortion to save the planet.

How old? Only 2,340 weeks.

Shouldn’t that be what any suicide is for Democrats?

They opened the borders to an endless stream of drugs that have resulted in significant loss of life. And it’s a multi-fold scheme—first, more crime and disorder (is that a tingle up the left leg?). Second more people die (saving the planet). Third – they can grow the government to address the addicts they created who didn’t kill themselves. Fourth, a significant strain on both people and resources that aid in collapsing society (more crime and disorder and left-leg tingles).

And inner-city minority on minority crime is entirely their fault with policy priorities that suggest it is deliberate. So if we’re all being honest, people who kill themselves with guns are doing the Democrat party a favor—fulfilling policy objectives.

It is assisted suicide (which they also adore) without assistance.

And if you shoot yourself with a firearm, why is that not a post-womb abortion? It is a deliberate act that removes another CO2 exhaling mouth breather whose absence will take a bit more strain from the back of our dying planet.

Here, of course, is the catch and their one true objective. They are obsessed with guns killing so many people (for any reason – which they like) so that they can insist on the government having all the guns. Then they can decide, at a moment’s notice if history is any guide, who is a burden or has worn out their welcome and need to be dead.

And now we’re back to the Clintons.

 

 

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Gunstock Area Commission – GAC Meeting Minutes and the Next Legal Review Report

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-07-08 22:30 +0000

First up are the notes of the non-public hybrid meeting held July 1. Right off the bat, Gary Kiedaisch was called out for acting on his own (again) without the consensus of the rest of the Commission.  In reading through a number of the past meeting minutes and putting them together with the information in the now unredacted legal billing records (again, seemingly, mostly on the single say-so of Kiedaisch). A majority of the Commission voted to reprimanded for “going rogue” (my words, not the GACs).

Read this first.  You should try reading it twice as it is “dense” (in a “lots of information” manner). It may be confusing at start as it really depends on the next document – the Legal Review by PretiFlaherty.

GAC July 1 Non public meeting minutes draft

For all of his talk about how the GAC should operate, it’s clear that he has a habit of saying one thing, quoting another, and then throwing both into the trash (when you read all the back minutes of which there are a fair number of them missing; I have taken the time to actually read the vast majority of them).

Thus, I’m glad to see that the GAC is now going into self-correcting mode – it’s been a long time coming.

 

While the above was done in Public meeting, the GAC then went into non-public to review the latest legal review (below) written by PretiFlaherty (“PH”) law firm.  I’m providing a quick summary, along with some commentary, but I would suggest reading the above notes and this Report a couple of times.  When taken in toto, they do not paint a very good picture for the previous GAC makeup at all.

It was tasked to answer three questions:

1) Is the Code of Ethics, composed by Commissioner Gary Kiedaisch, legally binding? PretiFlaherty’s opinion was that it was “it is of no force or effect” (page2, next document).

Much hot air was expended over this issue. With this determination, I concur with the result. While nice sounding, it’s purpose in the GAC case was to be used as a political bludgeon for the author.  When new Commissioners refused to accede and sign it, he made political hay of it using the rubric that all companies of worth have one.  Yet another forced error as Gunstock, to the protestations of himself and the Sr. Management of Gunstock Mountain Resort, GMR IS NOT A COMPANY. It is merely yet another subdivision of the State (of NH). Given we are a Dillon’s Rule State, any subdivision of the State can ONLY do those things specifically allowed by the NH Legislature – which has not been given to the GAC to place a CoE onto itself.

“As a creation of the legislature, the Commission possesses only those powers expressly granted by the State.”

This is EXACTLY the same reason for last week’s US Supreme Court in the EPA decision which was a Separation of Powers issue and not that Congress and never granted any Power to the EPA to regulate CO2 emissions when the Clean Air Act was first created. They could have done so anytime after that.

They didn’t.

Thus, the EPA was disallowed from continuing as it could not grant Powers to itself simply because of either political expediency or for ideological reasons. Think: Sununu and “Public Health trumps EVERYTHING” is putting NH and US Constitutional norms into the trash bin.

So, too, did Gary Kiedaisch in writing GAC’s Code of Ethics.

Next:

2) Was the “Report on Gunstock Area Commissioner Peter Ness” (August 19, 2021), meant to knock now Chair Peter Ness off the GAC, valid and “properly supported by sufficient evidence” (page 4 in the document below).

First, they noted that the report was commissioned by only TWO Commissioners – Kiedaisch and Gallagher (who were joined at the hip in their “dislike” of Ness) and in disregard of the ByLaws. This notation was rather a slap to the face of both of them:

It remains unclear how the Commission vote to review the legality of the ethics policy was transformed into a report on a single commissioner or what authority existed to investigate that commissioner.

Yep, the Washington Post’s tagline, “Democracy dies in Darkness” certainly seems to fit as “dark corners of Government” seems to fit well here in describing this action. From that, the GAC filed suit against the Delegation to remove Ness “for cause”. It continues to shred the Report’s conclusions, sans any evidence:

As to the conflict of interest claim, the report contains a number of conclusory assertions but fails to present any evidence in support of those conclusions.

In my business, that’s called a political hit job. And the PH report makes it clear:

The timeline raises concerns that this may have been done because, at least in part, Commissioner Ness was assertive in fulfilling his role as a Commissioner. Requesting records, reviewing the finances and insisting on compliance with RSA 91-A are hallmarks of our approach to open government (pg 6)

In other words, Kiedaisch and Gallagher went after Ness, in my reading of this, for doing his job properly.  This isn’t going to set well for the “old guard” GAC as they liked the way things were going for them. This Delegation, made up of Conservatives and Libertarians, wanted Comissioners that would actually follow and honor The Law – something they saw lacking with the previous GAC.

And having done so, members of the Delegation are now facing political retribution for, as I keep saying, taking away their playtoy: Ms. Larson, Rusty McLear, Brian Gallagher, and Russ Dumais.  These I deem “sore losers”. But I’m just a lowly blogger…

Lastly:

3) Did the lawsuit filed by the GAC against the Delegation actually have merit (e.g., was the money expended for a good cause)?

I dryly note that PH quickly picked up that this was NOT a legal manner – it was Lawfare meant to forestall a political event that would have removed one or more Commissioners “for cause” (page 7):

Our preliminary conclusion is that it was an aggressive attempt to significantly delay a removal hearing, control how the hearing would be conducted and preclude certain members of the delegation from participating in a hearing, but it was not well-founded and was likely to be dismissed.

Angerly done, put off and put off, get control of the process by taking it away from the Delegation, and then remove those NH House Reps they knew were already against them. Such a deal – it’s like a criminal squatter rushing into your house and saying it’s legal for them to change the locks – right in front of you.

Is THAT how Democracy works?  I say no – and PH, upon seeing the intent, saw that it was just a political stunt as the lawsuit had no chance at suceeding.  But, once again, the former makeup of the GAC spent a lot of money on doing so.

AND showing that it was a political ploy, made the Delegation spend a lot MORE money to defend itself (>$40+) and then used that as the hidden shiv to stab the Delegation in the back (emphasis mine):

It appears likely the court would have dismissed the action on procedural grounds and on the merits. There were significant issues raised by the BCD in its motion to dismiss:

(1) whether the GAC had standing to bring the claims as the individual Commissioners, not the GAC, were subject to removal;

(2) whether the claims were sufficiently ripe for the court to consider, as the public hearing had not yet been held and while there were concerns expressed by the Commissioners about the procedures to be employed at the hearing and the impartiality of the delegation, there was no certainty as to how the hearing would be conducted, what procedures would ultimately be employed, who would attend and sit, and how the attendees may vote; and

(3) whether the litigation was an impermissible attempt to usurp the statutory authority of the BCD to determine who sits as a GAC commissioner.

Here’s the Report in full:

GAC PGC to Commissioner Ness encl Final Reports 06 30 22

 

While the Report reviewed the evidence, the partial motives, it is clear it hasn’t closed the circle just yet. The effort in revealing malfeasance is not yet complete.

Again, “Democracy dies in Darkness”. That Darkness is also added by those believing that the end justifies the means especially when it is to your political advantage.

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So, Red Flag Laws Don’t Work Either?

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-07-08 21:00 +0000

One thing stands out above all others when Democrats talk about Common-Sense gun laws. They not only don’t work but also make violent crime more common. That includes Red Flag Laws, which Illinois has, and did not prevent crazy town Robert Crimo from buying a rifle.

Crimo is the Highland Park Shooter who killed at least five (I think it’s up to seven now) and wounded thirty during a 4th of July Parade just north of Chigaco – the unofficial Common Sense gun capital of the Western Hemisphere. A place that makes it into America’s top five violent crime capitals every year and often lands on top.

Crimo allegedly supports Antifa and has a history of mental illness, including suicide and threatening to ‘Kill everyone.’ He is known to the police—a poster child for the supposed purpose of Red Flag Laws.

Not really.

As with every “common sense gun law,” the goal is not the stated purpose. Most of those laws are meant to disarm law-abiding citizens, create victims, and sow fear and disorder. Make it impossible to defend yourself from all threats, primarily domestic. And the left knows criminals will ignore their law (the way they do?), and they like criminals more than you. But Red Flag laws are different. They are a political weapon.

Sure, you might see them used now and again to separate Great Grampa (who might have Alzheimer’s) from his Henry Rifle, but that’s not the actual purpose. Red Flag Laws are a rubber stamp to make examples of political opponents, people who speak up, say the wrong thing.

And much the way lying to Congress or the FBI is only a felony when the person doing it is not a Democrat, these interventions only apply to those to whom the people in power see a need.

It’s not about public safety. It’s about political safety. All the “common sense” gun laws are like that.

 

 

 

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School District Superintendent’s Gaffe Proves Folks Like Me Were Right for a Long Time.

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-07-08 19:30 +0000

Once again, this very short clip is short and to the point. Loudon County Public Schools (of COURSE, it HAS to be them again!) Superintendent Dr. Scott A. Ziegler casually lets the wrong word out and with nary a pause in his step, tries to cover it up:

“…Robust indoctrination plan ready to go…inculturation plan, for this, ready to go…”

This is no mere slip of the tongue – as many of us know, the modern-day school is NOT what most of us adults remember. It IS Woke Central following along with the “marketing insights” of “we have your children – YOU don’t matter!” (speaking of Parents).  After all:

Former US Secretary of State, US Senator, and First Lady Hillary Clinton: “There is no such thing as other people’s children

You folks know about all of the posts I’ve been putting up over the years about how teachers, staff, and school boards are adamant about indoctrination. Oh, they won’t use that word, instead they will use such focus group tested words and phrases like culturally appropriate, inclusive, non-judgemental, equity, cultural competence, ability, and the like. Of COURSE, those that don’t go along with this anti-Americanism are extremists, rednecks, uneducated; anything to throw a dismal light upon them in trying to “cull them from the herd”.

Indoctrination.  Yep, where good is now bad, self-restraint is “white supremist”, where Free Speech is hate-speech, bad is now good, inclusive means “not you when you disagree”, tolerance is only one way, and if you don’t learn and affirm the new lingo (misgendering, deadnaming, and all those gazillion pronouns) and go along with this false affirmation of what used to be called degeneracy, you get cancelled.  Complain that schools are no longer up to rigorous academic standards but seem to know every sexuality, how to describe AND demonstrate it? You get a “no trespass order.

Indoctrination. It’s what’s for [school] lunch.

(H/T: Investment Watch blog)

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Teacher’s Union Goes To War with America

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-07-08 18:00 +0000

Back in 2012, we poked fun at the American Federation of Teachers. They’d sent out a pre-election survey to candidates. Twenty-Five questions, and not one of them was about children or education. Power and money. That was their agenda. And here comes the NEA a decade later.

And I’m not saying the NEA hasn’t been doing the same thing for as long or longer. But they’re having their annual Commie klan-bake in Common-sense Gun-Laws Chicago, lining up resolutions to define what matters to them the most. We don’t know them all, but the ones we’ve heard about are not unlike the ATF New Hampshire survey in 2012. They are about political power, propaganda, and control.

Control of your children.

Right out of the gate, they’d like mandatory masking and COVID19 vaccination of all children. None of which they need. Talk about a great reason to just say no. They won’t let your kid attend so instant homeschooler. Not my fault. The Marxists running the government schools have invalidated my first amendment right to religious conscience.

Next up, in no particular order, a ban on the words mother and father (please refer to them as birthing or non-birthing parent). The right to develop your own sexual identity – by which they mean the one the government chooses and convinces you is yours. There’s something in there about teacher autonomy – but only as long as that autonomy aligns with the dictates of the NEA. OHG, and no more men, well, not many of them.

 

“NEA is a social justice union that is a majority female and trans and gender non-confirming folx,” one NBI says, calling to “publicly stand in defense of abortion” and calling abortion limits an attack on “students, families, and communities.”

 

No big deal. Finding a heterosexual male teacher under the age of 35 is probably about as common as evidence of Bigfoot. We’ve had sightings but nothing conclusive.

There’s also a New Busines Initiative (NBI) to ensure remote propagandizing to anyone who is disabled and wants it. As if the raft of streaming services available to most homes with the internet isn’t propping up the agenda enough. Wouldn’t want to let some wheelchair-bound 7-year-old boy with cancer slip through the gender-reassignment cracks.

I know he’s only got a few years left to live, but he should live them as a girl, and if you don’t let him, we’ll have child and family services at your door.

No word on whether anything is going on at the Klanbake related to teaching children valuable skills (other than protesting and personal pronoun use), but when was the NEA or the AFT ever in the business of education? Their gig uses educators to advance the Marxist agenda of Democrat Socialism no matter how badly it turns out for the children or anyone else.

 

 

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Middle School Summer Reading or Blatant Propaganda?

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-07-08 16:30 +0000

“It’s not happening in my kid’s school.”

“That type of indoctrination only happens in the big cities.”

“New Hampshire’s schools aren’t promoting these types of things… are they?”

“No one is coming for your children.”

How much worse will the blatant propaganda have to get before New Hampshire parents stand up en masse and say “Enough Already!”?

To those of you with rising 7th and 8th graders in NH public schools, have you helped your child select their summer reading yet?

I was shocked when my daughter showed me the list of “approved” books from the 2022 Isinglass Teen Read list.

I expected to see some literary classics like “To Kill a Mockingbird” or “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Unfortunately the list of 12 books my daughter “must” choose from made me shake my head in shame.

Of the 12 books, at least three or four of them center around teen LGBT issues, including a complete bastardization of Cinderella. One is about encouraging revolution within the middle school over the dress code. Another is about a young “LatinX” girl who finds out her father is a * gasp *Republican and how she must stand up to him and his policies.

The icing on the cake was the final book in the list, co-authored by Mr. Critical Race Theory himself, Ibram X. Kendi (but don’t worry, our schools aren’t teaching or promoting CRT). The person seen promoting this book flaunts how this is one of the top “banned books” in America. She then goes on to read some brief passages from the book including the names of some key figures the authors wish to highlight, most notably the Marxist and Communist Party USA member Angela Davis.

Don’t worry, while you and your spouse are working 9-5 jobs, these publicly funded daycare institutions you leave your children with for 8 hours a day aren’t brainwashing your kids with propaganda.

 

 

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