The Manchester Free Press

Monday • May 27 • 2024

Vol.XVI • No.XXII

Manchester, N.H.

Diffusing the Federal Government’s Power Over States

Libertarian Leanings - Thu, 2022-07-07 11:45 +0000
David Harsanyi, The Federalist: It’s Not ‘Minority Rule,’ It’s The Point It is not a serious threat to American democracy that New Yorkers are unable to dictate Oklahoma’s abortion laws. Nor that Texans can’t compel Rhode Islanders to adopt their... Tom Bowler
Categories: Blogs, United States

Excuse Me, Karine. The Laptop is Very Real

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

There is no equivocation about it. The Hunter Biden laptops are real, a treasure trove of damning information, and still denied by the gaslighting White House. Lying and misinformation will be the legacy of the Joe Biden administration, which promised to be the most transparent ever.

That is a lie.

Joe Biden has responded to direct questions that he has never spoken to his son, Hunter, about overseas transactions of Hunter’s businesses. These denials have been on the record since his campaign started, and the news broke about the laptops and their incriminating hard drives. 

The data drops from the Hunter hard drives have been painfully slow. Still, they include texts, emails, pornographic images and videos of Hunter, and now voicemails containing the President’s voice. It is futile to continue to deny the existence of the Hunter laptops and to stick with the President’s claim. That is precisely the stance of Karine Jean-Pierre and the White House Staff.

Nobody other than Peter Doucy of FOX News presses the administration on the laptop or information linking Hunter Biden and his business dealing with Joe Biden. This lack of interest is delinquent by the press corps. It will be interesting when the time comes for the Democrats to move to oust Biden if the effort by the media changes dramatically.

The content of the 2018 voicemail released last week makes it evident that the President knew of Hunter’s dealings:

“Hey pal, it’s Dad. It’s 8:15 on Wednesday night. If you get a chance, just give me a call. Nothing urgent. I just wanted to talk to you. I thought the article released online, it’s going to be printed tomorrow in the Times, was good. I think you’re clear. And anyway if you get a chance, give me a call, I love you.”

There is no mistaking the voice is the President’s. During a campaign appearance in Iowa in September 2019, Joe Biden said, “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.” His former press secretary, Jen Psaki, and his chief of staff, Ron Klain, have repeatedly echoed that sentiment. The unearthed voice message renewed calls for a probe of Biden’s handling and knowledge of his son’s overseas dealings.

Biden’s approval ratings are released weekly, dropping to new historic lows as inflation swells to new highs. As this happens, the press knows they must not go down with this sinking ship. They start paying attention, and the questions get more complicated. This situation is becoming a battle for self-preservation.

Except for Doucy, this White House media squad may never become Jim Acosta / Donald Trump-like, but they will have to start digging, if not for more answers, then more profound questions. They need to do their jobs. They are the conduit through which America sees and hears the White House. So consistency is also necessary to report all of the news, not just what fits your narrative. When the press corps does this, and the White House stops lying, we may be heading in the right direction.

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Announcement: NH State Rep Mike Sylvia Running for Re-Election: The Truth About Oxygen

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-07-07 01:30 +0000

In a letter on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 my Democrat opponent for state representative in Belmont did his best to misdirect attention away from the disasters of the Biden administration. While he throws insults at the excellent management of our award-winning county nursing home, he diverts the public eye from the crisis of health care sweeping the country.

Perhaps the 300-word limit prevented him from trotting out the tired old lie about the insufficient funding for oxygen at the nursing home. To set the record straight, the county delegation sets a budget that doesn’t over-tax its citizens. It was clear in 2021 that occupancy would be reduced in the nursing home due to Covid and a shortage of nurses. The years of experience held by the executive committee paid off in recognizing an extremely fat line in the nursing home budget. While local writers tried to gin up fear of patients lacking oxygen, the reality was that we didn’t cut enough. In the end, the commissioners’ request of $49,800 for oxygen was cut to $39,000. How many residents died from lack of oxygen? Zero. At year-end for 2021 only $27,000 was spent on oxygen.

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

There are plenty of people willing to throw false allegations around. They need not backup their bogus claims. One of the problems in politics is the lack of spine to stand up against bullies and storytellers. This is where experience comes to play; knowing the truth and standing up for the truth. Belknap county delivers quality services to its citizen without putting them in the poorhouse (which ironically was known, in years gone by, as the County Farm).

I am running for re-election to continue putting pressure on bad actors in our state and county government. Those who would prefer to have their politicians turn a blind eye to corruption have recruited a primary opponent. I ask for your support in the September 13, 2022 primary. Please mark your calendar and share it with your friends.

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Reprinted by Permission.

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Go #Woke Go Broke Evolves to Go #Woke Get Sold for Zero Dollars if Buyer Assumes Debt

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-07-07 00:00 +0000

The same folks who cut the cord on CNN+ continue to make “moves” to trim debt or cut losses. This week’s lesson comes from the CW. What Ace calls the “WokeSuperheroes and teenagers-talking-in-hallways network.” They “sold” it for zero dollars.

 

According to the Wall Street Journal, should the deal move to completion, Nexstar will have 75% control of The CW, with the remaining 25% stake of the network split evenly between Paramount and Warner Bros. Discovery at 12.5% each. Nexstar is the biggest owner of local television stations in the US, and the deal for The CW stake will not be one where cash changes hands in the normal sense. This deal will see Nexstar cover the network’s debts, which have risen to $100 million.

 

Nexstar assumes all the debt for a 75 share and Paramount/WB/Discovery keeps a one-quarter interest. But what do they do with it? CW has been wrecking the DC franchise for years. Sure, Arrow, Flash, and Supergirl did well but that was years ago. And I can’t think of anything on the CW I’d watch.

What Else?

There were likely other issues, not just the #wokeness. When we did watch it the streaming app was a cluster. Buggy. It made wanting to follow a program or a story that was worth watching – if you could find one – a challenge. As the programming declined, perhaps the app improved, but with thousands of choices, no one was watching or the debt situation wouldn’t look this bad.

It reminds me of Newsweek. That sold for what, one dollar, and the buyer assumed the debt. I think it is still around but I can’t recall anything coming out of there that was any different from any other left-leaning corporate “faux-business” media.

And now it’s the CW cobbled together from the remains of the floundering UPN and WB Networks in 2006. CW was owned by CBS and Warner Brothers (insert numerous partners and interactions since added) the owners of UPN and WB respectively.

Nexstar seems to think it has some value if it is assuming the debt but what that means remains to be seen and I suppose, while we’re not really watching, we’ll be watching.

To see if they’ve learned any lessons or intent to pour more money down the same hole.

 

 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Misconduct of Supervisor of the Checklist Regis Roy – Electioneering on Duty

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-07-06 22:30 +0000

From the largest of NH Cities to the smallest of hamlets, corruption happens. Bad things happen – sometimes by accident but more often, on purpose. When Doug and I started GraniteGrok, we often said that “what is happening here is happening in your town (even if a bit different)”. Sure, you may have known your friends and neighborhoods, but sometimes familiarity breeds disaster because our vigilance, our “spidey senses” take a nap.

Matthew Bjelobrk sent this in (emphasis mine, redactions mine) as it became clear that during the March 2021 Town Meeting voting, Supervisor of the Checklist Regis Roy broke the law in trying to influence voters WHILE VOTING as she was serving in her elected office’s duties.  He didn’t just pass it off, didn’t think “well, someone else will probably do something about it”, free speech, or “what difference will it make”? But he didn’t.

When you are part of Government, you shouldn’t be using your office for doing this.  And he did the proper thing:

From: Matthew Bjelobrk
Date: Tue, Jul 5, 2022 at 12:09 PM
Subject: Misconduct of Supervisor of the Checklist Regis Roy
To: <redacted>, <redacted>, <townmanager@haverhill-nh.com>

Mr. Chair,

I am making you aware of the results of the investigation into my complaint regarding Supervisor of the Checklist Regis Roy’s conduct during the March 2021 election.  The NH DOJ, after a 16-month investigation, determined that Ms. Roy was found to have committed electioneering, in violation of RSA 652:44, while working as a Supervisor of the Checklist. I have attached the investigation results and the Cease and Desist Order which she was provided from the NH DOJ.

This is a violation of her oath of office and is a direct affront to each and every voter in Haverhill.

I am asking you as a board to demand her immediate resignation, she can no longer serve in this position, as she has violated the public trust. This conduct cannot be tolerated.

Voters need to have confidence in the fidelity of their elected officials and to know that their elections are conducted fairly and lawfully.

Respectfully,
Matthew D. Bjelobrk
North Haverhill

Here is the result of the NH DOJ investigation:

Regis Roy Haverhill Electioneering NH DOJ Investigation Results

 

What should have happened is that Regis Roy should have resigned IMMEDIATELY; she didn’t.  Again, ignorance of the law (if this is the case) is no excuse for not enforcing the law.  And having involved the NH Department of Justice (even if it took longer than a year – like watching paint dry), there was enough there to do what *I* consider to be a “slap on the wrist” result.

It will be “interesting” to see what the Selectmen do. Would it have been just to “round file” it? Do the right thing on their own (which I hope happens)? Or with a bit of  Big GraniteGrok Flashlight, a bit of a nudge to get this out into the public square with a wider audience.

 

So, is your town squeeky clean or is something brewing.  If your town, your school board, your water district (et al) staying strictly to the RSA that outline their actual duties and Powers, or has someone, like Regis Roy, decide that they can do things not explicitly authorized by the State Legislation. Again, we are known as being a Dillon’s Rule State – subdivisions of the State, like those that I just enumerated, can do only those things that the State Legislature has passed into Law. And are they doing all the things that those Laws DEMAND that they do?

Reminder: for all of the talk that politicians and pundits proclaim, “local control” is fairly limited at the local level – the State controls all.

Including what a Supervisor of the Checklist CAN do, what that position MUST do, and what that person is NOT allowed to do.

Regis Roy seemingly didn’t care about that last bit.

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Joe Biden: America Can Be Described In One Word …

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-07-06 21:00 +0000

This may amuse you. It’s a short clip titled, As you celebrate Independence Day, remember Joe Biden’s Inspiring words about America. It’s actually one word. Joe even says it’s one word. Then he says … something.

The word?

 

 

“AWDSMFAFOOTHIMAAAFOOTAFOOTWHSCUSME”

For more on Bidenese, check this out, and remember: America is all about “Awdsmfafoothimaaafootafootwhscusme!”

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

How Does Chicago Celebrate the 4th

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-07-06 19:30 +0000

The Fourth of July used to mean something in America. Independence Day used to be a sacred holiday that marked the birth of our great country. Brave citizens banded together and decided that they had tolerated enough of an overbearing ruler and took on the most powerful military in the world. England’s Infantry and Navy were trained, equipped, and had the numbers. If the Revolution was a football game, England was favored by 14. It should have been a blowout.

The colonists, the Patriots, had one element on their side that was not measurable. The Patriots were farmers and shopkeepers with no training, no sophisticated weapons, and few in numbers but fighting for their freedom. To be free of the power of the King and be able to determine their future and direction was the great equalizer.

The history of our birth as a nation is no longer taught to our children, and many are told that Juneteenth and not the Fourth of July is the actual birthday of America. The younger generations, Millenials and Gen-Z, have little feeling of Patriotism. They are taught only the evils of America’s past. This lack of connection to our past makes it easy for younger people to have little respect for the Military or Police. Authority has no meaning.

Illinois was front and center in lawlessness this holiday weekend. From a twenty-one-year-old troubled man dressed as a woman unloading seventy high-power rounds into innocent bystanders enjoying a parade in a Chicago suburb to sixty-eight shooting casualties in Chicago, gunfire was as present as the repeats of fireworks.

Data published Friday by the Chicago Police Department shows 310 homicides and 1,255 shootings in the city through the end of June. Those figures are below the pace set through the first six months of 2021 and 2020. Should we celebrate the improvement or condemn the politicians for Chicago still being a dangerous cesspool? It is a rhetorical question. Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Governor Jay Robert “J. B.” Pritzker should be run out of office or forced to live a weekend on the streets of Chicago without their security details.

These political hacks are the poster children for hypocrisy. They do little to support the Police, favor a low-penalty Justice Department and have little concern for the people they are charged to protect.

Though not of the Chicago crowd, but could be, Stacey Abrams is the epitome of hypocrisy when it comes to the Police. Abrams, who is taking another shot at running for Georgia governor, is currently listed as a board member at the Seattle-based Marguerite Casey Foundation, a private grant-making foundation named after Marguerite Casey, the sister of UPS founder Jim Casey.

The far-left foundation has repeatedly voiced support for defunding and abolishing the Police. Abrams, who has tried to distance herself from the hardline rhetoric of the #DefundThePolice movement in the past, has received at least $52,500 in income from the foundation, according to her financial disclosures. She also has reported an expense of nearly $500,000 just this year for private security. Abrams lives by the creed, safety for me but not for thee. There are dozens of politicians from the Left sitting in that pew!

 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Brittney, Biden, and Star-Spangled Banners

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-07-06 18:00 +0000

WNBA star Brittney Griner is experiencing the hell of Russian incarceration. That’s not a unique experience. Tens of millions of human beings suffered and died in Communist gulags and prisons over the past century. While Griner is presumably not being tortured or starved like so many of her prison predecessors, her confinement is surely brutal, especially for one used to freedom and affluence.

Griner was arrested on February 17 at the Moscow Airport, accused of possession of hashish paraphernalia. She’s learned that the wheels of “justice” turn slowly in the Russian police state.

A plaintive letter from Griner to President Biden was recently made public.

“… as I sit here in a Russian prison, alone with my thoughts and without the protection of my wife, family, friends, Olympic jersey, or any accomplishments, I’m terrified I might be here forever …. I realize you are dealing with so much, but please don’t forget about me and the other American Detainees …. I miss my wife! I miss my family! I miss my teammates! … I am grateful for whatever you can do at this moment to get me home.”

Biden speaks little about Griner—which may be calculated to lower her profile and decrease her value as a bargaining chip to trade for some incarcerated Russian criminal.

American tradition has been to “leave no one behind” when citizens are stuck in extremis on foreign shores. But that tradition took a hit last August during our hasty retreat from Afghanistan where hundreds of Americans were indeed left behind, along with thousands of other USA friends. While some choose to forget that shameful episode, the Griner saga indeed serves as a reminder about taking care of our own.

Still, the matter of personal responsibility also comes into play here. If Griner indeed broke foreign drug laws, then there are some hard lessons to be learned by her and others.

And some find irony in Griner’s pleas that her native America rescues her. She’s one of those high-profile athletes—like Colin Kaepernick and Megan Rapinoe—who publicly disrespected our American flag before sports events.

“I honestly feel we should not play the national anthem during our season,” Griner said in 2020 during a spate of so-called social-justice protests. “I think we should take a stand.”

The wonder and beauty of America include the freedom of the Kaepernicks, Rapinoes, or Griners to disrespect our national symbol. Occasionally the odd malcontent will refuse to stand for the anthem before a sports event. While that is upsetting to some, I choose to focus on the 99+% of attendees who voluntarily honor our flag. In other places, standing for an anthem is mandatory and failure to do so means prison or a death sentence. Places like North Korea or Iran.

Or Russia.

And yes, service people have a special affinity for our national symbol. They surrender their personal sovereignty and risk their lives, in peacetime as well as wartime, to serve commanders-in-chief of both parties who send them into harm’s way when our national interests are at stake. Indeed, past American sacrifices not only preserved our own freedom and sovereignty, but also the freedom and sovereignty of so many other countries and countless millions of the world’s peoples. Our flag stands for much.

Our country, as always, remains a work in progress. But the inspiring progress America has made since July 4, 1776, should be better understood and celebrated and not reviled and denigrated by the ignorant, the unpatriotic, and worse.

Griner’s letter to Biden cited her father’s military service. Again, such irony. One wonders how many trips Griner’s made to veterans’ hospitals and the like to recognize the type of folks whose sacrifices saved the world from totalitarian tyranny while helping position her to become a successful millionaire athlete.

One also wonders if—when the time comes—Griner will stand for the playing of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” And one does hope, for Brittney’s sake, that such a time comes sooner, rather than later.

God Bless America.

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Oops, I Missed Our GrokBirthday!

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-07-06 16:30 +0000

Too quick, too quickly, and too much going on.  I knew that it was coming up and then missed it. Our first post was on May 9th, 2006.  Thus, we are now in our seventeenth year. I never thought it would go on this long!

We’ve morphed from two guys (Doug and I) that just had stuff to get off their chests when blogging and the Blogosphere was just starting to become a “thing” to being the longest-lasting political blogsite, with scores of writers, and most influential in NH.

I now HAVE to believe in the tagline that Grokster Steve gave us years ago:

Dominating the Political Bandwidth in NH

I believe we have now earned it (actually, for a few years now).  With GraniteGrok getting close to almost 47,000 posts over those years, we’ve had millions upon millions of readers over those years and I am grateful for each and every one of you.  I never thought we’d rise to such prominence. I surmise it is because we have remained Consistent in an area, politics, that refuses to be consistent. We write from a core of advocating and protecting Individual Liberty and Freedom based on the NH and US Constitutions and go after anyone that doesn’t.  Seems to have resonated with a lot of you!

We wouldn’t have it if wasn’t for all the talented volunteers that pitched in with stories that provide us with rich coverage of issues and problems that Conservatives and Libertarians are interested in AND doing it in a variety of writing styles that give everyone something to look forward to reading. I’ve been blessed in seeing such writers, asking them for content, and many staying around – some, for years. And for our new folks, especially in the “MicroGroks”, it’s been a lot of fun to see your contributions tailored for your areas as well.

We’re not planning on stopping anytime soon. Sure, the hair has greyed for some of us, situations and lifestyles have changed, but GraniteGrok has stayed Consistent and that will ALWAYS be the goal – to remain steadfast in our beliefs and outlook.

While the ‘Grok has now moved into its “middle teens”, this past year I “graduated” to being a senior citizen with all of the attending experience, wisdom but also aches and pains. It’s not time for me to quit or even slow down yet but it is comforting to know that, if necessary, GraniteGrok will be in GREAT hands with Steve at the helm. Not that I’m contemplating anything but with the knowledge that Life is Life and I acknowledge that I’m a bit past that “Life over 40” plateau, that day may come. Just not yet.

Besides, the Grandson is starting to run me ragged! Thus, due diligence is just a part of that recognition.

Oh, that first post?  Funny (and sad, VERY sad), it’s still as relevant back then as it is now – perhaps even more so now that Biden and his minions are inviting them in and REFUSING to enforce the Rule of Law concerning immigration:

They are demanding citizenship

This is a nation governed by the rule of law peopled by legal immigrants or their descendants.

We have been treated to massive demonstrations from those who have crossed our borders without following our laws.
And they are demanding citizenship.

“Undocumented” has supplanted the word “illegal”. “Rule of “law” means “do not enforce”. “Secure the borders” translates to “open borders”.
Isn’t this spin on a massive scale?

When laws are created, they are to be followed and enforced. We say we trust in the rule of law. Justice is rightly judging behavior by the standard of law and not by feelings. I want our border and immigration laws enforced. Does this make me a racist, bigoted, or mean spirited?

The demonstrators? They are NOT those that have waited years, stayed within our legal process, who often have given up much to legally obtain their citizenship.
The demonstrators are not quietly following the lawful path to citizenship.

Coming from other countries, mainly Mexico, they feel they are owed US citizenship. They want to cut in line in front of those dutifully following our laws. They claim that they only want their part of the American dream.
They have crashed our gates and are demanding citizenship.

They displayed their countries’ flags with honor and pride. They flew them above an upside down “Old Glory”. They stopped only when they realized that their actions were outraging American citizens who saw the lack of respect for our national symbol for which millions have given their lives.
They are demanding American citizenship while giving their home countries more honor than America.

Why do we have to keep asking our leaders over and over “What part of ‘illegal’ do you not understand?” We are told we need “guest workers” yet illegal aliens take jobs away from the least skilled American workers by undercutting wages, not paying taxes, and gaming the social safety net.
Why do our leaders allow our laws to be flaunted?

Our leaders in the Senate offer amnesty but refuse to call it that. They propose laws offering citizenship by asking illegals to prove length of stay, paying of small fines, learning English, and paying back taxes.
Why do they give away our priceless American Citizenship to gate crashers?

Why will they not enforce our laws by deporting these lawbreakers, and heavily fining the lawbreaking employers who hire them? Why do they not dry up the incentives for illegals to come here (like all other countries do)?
Why don’t we demand more from them?

Our Democratic and Republican leaders are not listening to the majority of their citizens; only content to make political deals that puts themselves first instead of the country. Has politics degenerated so much such that they so little value American Citizenship?
Why do we not demand more from them?

No other country would allow Americans to demonstrate for the same rights asked of us. The Mexican constitution denies foreigners many of the rights that they, foreigners in this country, believe they are owed.
They demand citizenship.

Their organizations, MEChA and La Raza, elevate Mexican / Atzlan culture (“Everything for the race. Everything outside the race, nothing”) and labels ours racist. Reconquistas want to turn back the clock 160 yearsl they want the US Southwest returned to Mexico. They work in concert with A.N.S.W.E.R, who has ties to organizations that would be happy to see America brought down. They show us by their actions that they do not wish to assimilate.
They demand citizenship.

They claim that we are a nation of immigrants, that anyone should have the rights of a US citizen. They refuse to acknowledge that the word “illegal” means what it means. If they did, they could not ask for what they feel what is owed them. They refuse to acknowledge that our recent ancestors followed the law.
They cannot respect our laws and they are demanding citizenship.

Under the guise of multiculturalism, they claim that we have to recognize them. That we should recognize that our nation’s borders have no meaning, that our laws are racist and bigoted.
They demand citizenship.

They are demanding citizenship?

From me?

 No.

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Granite Staters Lose Rights When RINOs Run Wild

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-07-06 15:00 +0000

New Hampshire statesmen have always known our Constitutional Republic is fragile, and we need to stand firm to protect it. Benjamin Franklin said it best:

We have “a Republic,” but only “if you can keep it.”

Unfortunately, being the first Constitution framed by an American Commonwealth, we now find that our great State is far adrift from its unified founding “Spirit of ‘76” with its first-of-a-kind commitment under God, not government.

Today, Granite Staters work for the government, with our rights and liberties under direct threat. Since 2020, We the People have suffered and endured under a self-serving agenda delivered by Republicans-in-Name-Only (RINOs).

New Hampshire RINO infiltration has been quietly breeding for a long time, but COVID became the apex excuse for them to extend their territory deep into our State’s socio-economics. Love or hate him, there is a definite reason President Trump keeps talking about RINOs at each of his 2022 rallies. Ultimately, RINOs are responsible for below the Franconia Notch devolving into Northern Massachusetts and above the Franconia Notch languishing for decades – and now the bill has come due.

Stealthy RINO panderers have been carefully cornering their political prey: unsuspecting Granite State families and communities. Why? Because RINOs falsely believe it’s their political destiny to maintain power and control at all costs, in direct violation of the oath they took upon entering elected office. These RINOs take liberties with their self-perceived rights. Today the reason why Granite Staters are all less safe, less secure, and less stable is because 51 elected officials in Concord continue to overrun our communities with one-size-fits-all policies. Rather than good government, RINO pseudo-solutions are a means to an end for their own interests, resulting in strings-attached bailouts for the people of New Hampshire.

On the surface, RINO-driven reckless spending looks great for our State economy. But the cold hard truth is that 45%+ of our State’s $13.6B budget is federal money. And federal funding is chained to unavoidable extras that limit the choices and actions of local townspeople. With no wealth tax, lowered business taxes, and the phasing out of dividend taxes, the burden of federal debt passes on to families and communities, mainly through property taxes. Not to forget, Granite Staters pay other taxes too – on meals, hotels, timber, gravel, electricity, phones, and businesses. We ought to be more alert about where the money goes.

Unfortunately, few realize that federal funding is deadly and that our community underbelly is exposed. Many intractable problems statewide start with RINOs getting on the dole of Daddy DC. Unless ordinary townsfolk understand balance sheets and stay alert at townhall meetings, they are at the mercy of camouflaged RINO tactics. For all intents and purposes, our State is gradually being caged and our freedoms are headed for extinction.

Hidden in plain sight, the RINO games begin with growing government by design. RINO money masters set velvet snares that distort and destroy our State’s citizen-led democratic process. They succeed at keeping down an informed citizenry as they circumvent our State Constitution by increasing property taxes and pummel hard-working families and communities into submission (and for some, relocation). Additionally, by overtaxing towns instead of commonsense taxes elsewhere, RINOs also ensure direct wealth transfers from hard-working Granite Staters to RINO friends, family, and special interest groups. Ultimately, this is how our great State has become infested with the entitled masses from blue-leaning messes.

How are these RINOs able to do this so effectively and for so long? Just like we learned from the “Parable of the Boiled Frog” they have a playbook. Conservative and independent Granite Staters must stay vigilant and on the lookout for signs/signals of the 10 RINO Commandments

Thou Shall:

1. Lie Openly

2. Act Selfishly

3. Plunder Economically

4. Destroy Community

5. Expand Bureaucracy

6. Take Federal Money

7. Entrench False Safety

8. Eradicate the Nuclear Family

9. Sellout the Citizenry

10. Weaken the Party and State.

The most deceptive part of their devious pandering for power is how the first five Commandments are accomplished individually. But the last five require covert strategic coordination by an entire faction of RINOs.

Pay attention! Because the RINOs each play a select group of people for a select interest, while deflecting and distracting from their larger aims. Some RINOs mask as God-fearing while others mask as “kitchen table conservatives” or knowledgeable business owners. In reality, they all abuse the same means to achieve their individual ends at the expense of hard-working, honest, and common-sense Granite Staters.

Above the Franconia Notch must stay above the politics. Vigilance is the way forward.

New Hampshire deserves better.

Gary Whitehill
Colebrook, NH

BIOGRAPHY: Gary is a 9th Generation Yankee Constitutional Republican running for State Representative in Coos County District 3.

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

#Woke Employee “In Mourning” Over Dobbs Decision Fired For Refusing To Work

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-07-06 13:30 +0000

Being in Human Resources can’t be getting easier given the way the Left has waterboarded the culture. Finding good help was never easy. Keeping them a challenge. But now they demand days off after US Supreme Court decisions to mourn?

 

Michael Lopez, a production coordinator at Universal Music Enterprises, blasted the company as “anti-gay” for terminating a “queer brown person” during Pride Month for “speaking up in defense of abortion rights,” according to a lengthy note on LinkedIn that went viral last week.

“Last Friday, like countless other folks, I was devastated by the news of the supreme court’s [sic] attack on abortion rights,” Lopez wrote.

 

So, the not-so-center-right Universal Music Group (UMG) gave him what he wanted – time and space to mourn – and he’s pissed. Okay, it’s a permanent vacation, but someone with his self-defined skills, being brown and gay, should have no trouble finding work.

You can’t refuse to hire someone because they are brown or gay or both. And that’s an important point. Anyone capable of doing the job should be considered. But once you’ve been hired you’ve signed a contract.

They will pay you if you do the work. You need to show up on time, stay for the duration required, and complete the tasks assigned. You can do more but less if frowned upon. Some tasks deemed critical cannot be ignored. Lopez had a critical task to complete that day, and he refused. 

 

“…each Friday “one of my tasks was to process reports for upcoming releases” and then to email his work to 275 people. But instead of doing the usual process reports, he wrote an email that read: “I didn’t do them today.”

“I’m in mourning due to the attack on people with uteruses in the US. Federally guaranteed access to abortion is gone,” the email continued.”

 

I’m not sure where this office was located, but UMG is a massive #woke global presence. They’re all about social responsibility.

 

“UMG has a long record of support for women’s issues,” the spokesperson said.

“As we wrote to our US employees, UMG views reproductive health care as essential.”

“In the wake of the recent US Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v Wade, the company has extended its efforts to assure that these important healthcare services remain accessible to employees.”

 

I take that to mean they might be willing to help employees find services even if they need to go to another state though I doubt that’s necessary, which brings us back to Lopez. “A brown queer person terminated during Pride month speaking in support of abortion rights. Seems like that’s exactly what America is all about right now.”

America is in the wrong place, but not for any reason Lopez cites. We’ve become a nation where entitled victim-class whiners behave as if whatever is in their headspace is more important than everything else around them.

According to UMG, 275 co-workers could not do their job effectively because Lopez wouldn’t do his.

Michael Lopez isn’t just tangled up with the BS inside his head, he’s convinced you should be too, and if you are not, you must be a bigot. It’s discrimination.

That’s the real problem with where America is today, and it is not a problem that goes away overnight or perhaps even in a generation but it’s one HR departments, and fellow employees have to address, and in some cases tolerate, even when it makes their jobs more difficult, and there’s nothing fair or equal about that.

 

 

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A Georgia Prosecutor Seeks to Criminalize Legitimate Legal Challenges.

Libertarian Leanings - Wed, 2022-07-06 13:29 +0000
Margot Cleveland, The Federalist: Like The J6 Committee, Fulton County DA Works Overtime To Criminalize Challenges To Election Law Violations Further proof that the D.A.’s investigation is a sham comes from her focus on Trump’s January 2, 2021, telephone call... Tom Bowler
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2022 Senatorial Campaign – Candidate Andy Martin Is at It Again – Sticking Foot into Mouth

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-07-06 12:00 +0000

Perennial candidate Andy Martin is forever trying to get himself elected.  He claims that he is the most experienced candidate in any race that he’s run in since I’ve been in NH.  I dryly note that his “experience” is in losing as he’s never come close to winning a single election. As far back as I’ve been politically aware.

Not just infamous for that, he gets great press (snicker) in that every cycle, he has to go blaming someone else for his lack of viability – either suing them outright or trashing them during the campaign.  Once again, he’s at it again and his “target” this cycle is The General – Don Bolduc.  Once again, Martin is calling a Presser for tomorrow to wear his trashman suit; one of the other Groksters caught wind of it and sent me the notice (emphasis mine):

Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will hold a Manchester, NH news conference Wednesday, July 6th to accuse Fox News favorite Don Bolduc of being a “Democrat in Disguise.” Bolduc, along with Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen, supports a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision by the U. S. Supreme Court. “Fox News doesn’t have a clue they are promoting a Democrat,” Andy says. “Fox’s ‘national political reporter’ in New Hampshire, Paul Steinhauser, another sleazy Democrat in Disguise, promotes Bolduc to Fox News editors. Bolduc stands alongside Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi on the Citizens United matter; he is disqualified as a serious Republican candidate for U. S. Senator in New Hampshire. Bolduc should be running in the Democratic primary.”

Yawn.  First thing, when one puts out a notice for a Presser event, isn’t it usually required that someone state WHERE it will be held? And WHEN?  After all – “most experienced” and all that schtick. At least, one would expect the details to be taken care of, right?  Citizens United is REALLY old news – former Grokster Tim Condon wrote about it back in 2010 and we’ve mentioned it a LOT. Including when Don Bolduc said it should be overridden during the last election cycle. It was a bad mistake on his part – we blamed his campaign staff for not bringing him up to speed on how NH Conservative voters would take it (it did hurt him along with some other stuff as he had just retired from the Army and went full bore into politics.

I can tell you that’s not an issue (along with other issues on which he’s admitted he didn’t do his homework and talk to knowledgeable people) anymore.

But it’s also clear that Martin has, once again, failed to do his homework in two ways – thinking that Bolduc held that belief even now.

And, failing to even bother to ask Bolduc WHEN HE WAS WITH HIM.  Like this:

Such a SMILE on Martin’s face – and read whose name is on that hat that Martin is wearing?

Yeah, Bolduc’s.

Sorry, this undermines everything Martin said above.  Does he really think that this is far better fair than what Kevin Smith (sorry, Kevin!) tried in the last debate?

Er, no. I think the word is “flailing” as in “this is the best he’s got”.

 

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For the Big Guy

Libertarian Leanings - Wed, 2022-07-06 11:03 +0000
Zelenskyy now says he needs another $750 billion. [That means $75 billion for the big guy.] pic.twitter.com/xkz1BgLGcj — TheLastRefuge (@TheLastRefuge2) July 6, 2022 Tom Bowler
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The Dystopian Future Of The Climate-Cultists Is Here

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-07-06 10:30 +0000

If you get your news from the corporate media and Big Tech, then you probably have no idea that Dutch farmers are being forced to close farms (destroying thousands of jobs) and slaughter livestock in the name of protecting the climate (see tweet below).

The dystopian future of the climate cultists is here.

In the United States, the threat to our quality of life … indeed, our very lives … is not just from climate-deranged bureaucrats. Farmland is being bought up by globalist oligarchs such as Bill Gates and by the country that represents the greatest threat to our national security, Communist China.

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Born Again on the Fourth of July

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-07-06 01:30 +0000

The United States of America was born of a minority of people overcoming seemingly impossible odds. Serious students of history tell us the founders who fought for their independence from tyrannical governance credited divine intervention throughout the Revolutionary War. Their enemy, the British Empire, boasted the greatest naval and military war machine on earth. The victory was so great a defeat it was, and is, celebrated to this day both here and abroad. Why? It was a victory that meant freedom for all, even the little guy. It was the ultimate leveling of the human playing field, and the reason people flock here to this day.

To honor this providence the founders made daily prayer a habit as they debated and drafted what would become the Constitution of the United States. The first of its kind, the Constitution enshrined the rights of the people as supremely important over the powers of the government. In fact, by its very nature, the Constitution is designed to create limits and boundaries, because the founders knew people are innately corrupt and power corrupts to the level of absolute corruption. Knowing this they cleverly crafted a system of checks and balances subordinate to the will and rights of the people. The Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the historical victory of the Revolutionary War all resulting in the greatest system of government to honor the inherent freedom alive in the human spirit, are what we celebrate every July 4th. The freedom we have as a result of these things is why.

The United States of America, despite what its latest detractors would have you believe, was founded by underdogs, rejects, and dissidents who shared the common desire to be free. Ironically, and to the point of the critics, the world they inhabited included slaves who did not enjoy the same freedom despite sharing their desire. These protestors would have you cast your mind back in time and keep your focus on this anachronistic evil rather than the free people of the United States fighting to set all Americans free. You see, that’s the nature of the evil they constituted against and it took another generation of Americans to overcome it. Yet again they enshrined this also unlikely and costly victory in the Constitution, namely the 13th Amendment. A nation of slaves was now free and protected by the same Constitution intended to limit the evil among and around them.

Fast forward to World War II and a young but powerful American army is called on to check evil yet again. A world under siege from Russian communists, socialist Nazis, Italian fascists, and Japanese imperialists called to the freedom-loving soldier citizens of America to help deliver them from the tyrants abroad. Were it not for the history of America which had shown fortune favors the brave in the land of liberty, and that God comes to the aid of those who set captives free, the specter of global domination by evil people might be with us still. Thanks to thousands of heroic American soldiers it isn’t, and freedom still rings.

The streets of America were yet again visited by those among us who called out the liars and tyrants conspiring with dark hearts and invisible hands to keep them from the freedom for which their ancestors fought. The civil rights movement of the 1960s saw yet another cast of cast-offs emboldened by the higher principles of the American dream offered to all in the Constitution willing to fight, this time peacefully, for equal rights and freedom from tyranny. Though ostensibly a movement among the black citizenry, the support for their rights included white, brown, yellow, and red-skinned Americans who knew freedom kept from some meant America wasn’t truly free. People of conscience marched, rallied, and spoke truth to power until the Civil Rights Act became law. The story of the victorious American underdog saw yet another chapter written for the ages.

Some fifty years later in 2016, an unlikely candidate for the highest office in the land snatched victory from the jaws of the establishment elite who told us through their media apparatus their darling candidate had a ninety percent chance of winning to his measly ten percent. Laughed at by anyone who had a television show, this anti-establishment yet pro-American celebrity playboy spoke the language of those who still believed in America as it always had been; a great America that had made its name by fighting for freedom at home and abroad; a great America that rose to a level of prosperity and power never before seen in world history; a great America, before the enemies within conspiring with the enemies without systematically overtook our institutions and began their systematic assault on both our way of life and our families, including America’s unborn babies. His victory shocked the nation, me included. It served as a reminder our system of government remains the most fair in the world, and is built to resist evil while offering justice to those willing to exercise it faithfully.

This past weekend I found myself in the flyover states where they still know and believe in what America represents. Flags adorn yards, houses, cars, trucks, businesses, and apparel. July fourth is regarded with almost the same excitement as the greater holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Firework stands pop up at the usual locations, and no one says a word about the caliber one can buy, because these people are free and freedom takes risks.

Saturday evening in Columbus, Indiana the local parks fill up in anticipation of this year’s show. A solid three hours before sundown the fields of newly mowed grass are covered with children and adults all playing and enjoying their shared freedom in what, here at least, is still the greatest country on earth. No one is bothered by race or ethnicity as all come pouring in to celebrate. Smiles, laughter, and joy fill the air alongside Frisbees, footballs, baseballs, softballs, and corn-hole sets. Blankets, chairs, and families gather in groups that converge on the scene in anticipation of the annual event that will light up the sky.

As if to remind us of His role in all of these events the sky darkens for an hour or so and provides contrast in the distance to peals of lightning drawing “oohs” and “aahs” from the children drawn to the light. Collectively we acknowledge the power of the One who can send it. Darkness creeps in and the park begins to quiet itself as the Star-Spangled Banner plays over the local radio stations. The government-funded firework show is symbolic to this country – of the people, by the people, and for the people. The same people would light up the sky yet again on July 4th proper as little Columbus, Indiana turns into a forty-square mile show dwarfing the display put on by its government, yet another subtle reminder of the power among the people.

America is not done being the great champion of the underdog. The overturning of Roe vs. Wade is yet another moment in our history where the unlikeliest of underdogs, babies unable to defend themselves against the most powerful political party on earth, were delivered a stunning victory that continues to reverberate across the land. The Fourth of July celebrates the birth of our great nation. We are a nation of misfits, underdogs, unlikely heroes, and revolutionaries born into evil but called to be free, and to fight for others’ freedom everywhere. This year was a reminder of the value of being born and the idea of freedom for all being born again.

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Not My War … Not My President

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-07-06 00:00 +0000

So there is this tweet that went out under the official account of the imposter/figurehead President admonishing gas stations to lower their prices …which are the direct result of the Biden-regime’s jihad agent the domestic fossil fuel industry … because “this is a time of war and global peril” and to “do it now.”

By “time of war” I assume that the Biden-regime is referring to the undeclared war it is waging against Russia in the Ukraine in which the Republican Party, for the most part, is gladly complicit.

There is a mechanism for declaring war, and it wasn’t followed here, so I am quite comfortable telling the Biden-regime … NOT MY WAR.

And there is a ton of evidence that the 2020 election was rigged … Zuckerbucks, the Big-Tech and mainstream media censorship of Hunter’s infamous laptop, states illegally changing their election procedures to favor Biden … and until you can convince me that the election was fair, I am quite comfortable declaring that Biden is an imposter/figurehead.

Here is the tweet:

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The Difference Between Conservatives and Liberals …

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-07-05 22:30 +0000

The internet has plenty of roots and stones to trip over whilst rushing about and sometimes they turn out to be gems. Useful, compact, and shareable bits that convey a message succinctly and quickly. This is one of those.

It’s called the difference between conservatives and liberals and it’s only sixty-two seconds long. It can’t cover all the differences but it does a good job with the few it does and the theme is immediately identifiable and applicable in all other instances.

Enjoy.

 

Problems with the player? Try viewing it here.

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Joe Biden, Stop Insulting Us

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-07-05 21:00 +0000

This fiasco is getting to the point where it is difficult to be respectful of the President of the United States. China is lauding theJoe Biden message. Doesn’t that tell you all you need to know? Joe Biden is screwing the American people. Drop the mic.

I don’t want to hear about Putin inflation or Putin gas prices. Stop the lies. This mess is Joe Biden’s fiasco. Joe, Kamala, Mayor Pete, none of you could care less about the American public. You are screwing every one of us. I don’t want to hear about your stories from Scranton or Delaware. It is a crock, and Biden cannot remember Scranton., and Delaware is where he hides on weekends.

I have been trying to be diplomatic with this President. No more. He does not respect us for speaking truthfully to America. He does not deserve an iota of respect from us. This man is a mockery of the Presidency. He is not only unqualified for the job, but his team is equally inept. This collection of dysfunctional hacks is hurting every American with their actions and lack of actions and weakening our national security.

Biden’s energy policies may be our most significant issue. Energy is not a component of the inflation number, but energy costs impact every sector we measure when calculating inflation. Biden and his team continue to tell America that they are doing all they can to bring down energy costs. That is just not true. They are pushing costs up to force America into an alternative energy economy.

Many are accusing Joe Biden of misdirection as he directs the blame to Russia, Putin, the oil industry, and now to the owners of filling stations. People like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are taking off the gloves and calling out the President. They want a correction of Biden’s energy policies now.

John Kirby went to the defense of Joe Biden this weekend, saying that anyone who knows the President knows him to be “plain-spoken.” That is not true. We have no idea what he is doing to bring down prices because he isn’t doing anything at all. One thing we do know is that this energy crisis is solely a product of Biden’s policies.

If Biden were honest and truly wanted to solve the gas price situation, he would reopen the Keystone Pipeline. He would stop blaming the energy industry and reduce regulations on drilling permits. He would stop vilifying the fossil fuel industry and encourage the upgrading and building of refineries. He would tap every available American energy source before talking to OPEC, Russia, or Venezuela about importing their oil.

If Biden were serious, he would start embracing America First mentality and stop kneeling to the Radical Left and the Green Energy supporters. He would get the brightest minds together and work to develop an overall strategy for using fossil and alternative fuels that do not break the budget of every American and destroy our economy.

If Biden were serious, he would stop lying to America and start being honest about his intentions, for they do not align with most of the country. He has to convince us his plan will work or take the L and admit he is wrong. I don’t see him doing any of these things, and therein lies the problem.

 

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Blogline of the Day – Said NO Democrat/Progressive EVAH!

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-07-05 19:30 +0000

What the Declaration of Independence Said and Meant: It officially adopted the American Theory of Government: First Come Rights; Then Comes Government to Secure These Rights.

If A, then B. But the converse is not always true and we’ve found, over time, that almost all politicians can’t handle logic statements.  And in this case, not even when it is spelled out IN THAT ORDER (emphasis mine):

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.

Rights, then Government. Too many Americans have forgotten about that order. Too often, if they even know the words by rote, it’s just words, and little thought is given to, not just the ordering, but the MEANING of that ordering.

Those God-given Rights were always to be foremost and uppermost in everyone’s political outlook (along with the responsibilities that go along with them). If Government was to have only one purpose, it is to safeguard those Rights at all costs.  Before anything else, be it human needs or political expediency.  Certainly before any ideological narrative or agenda.

Sadly, we have forgotten this most important lesson in American political philosophy. Whether because we’ve prospered SO much because of it, that we take it for granted, or that people no longer even KNOW, this ordering is either at the tipping point or we’ve gone way past it.

Another thing – notice how that duo, Rights THEN Government, are sandwiched between another ideal?

Jan 6 is all about the Democrat “insurrection” that was never an insurrection at all. It’s all a pandering for votes and to destroy the political reputation of Donald Trump so that he couldn’t be a viable candidate for President. Even if it was an insurrection, it has to be the worst planned and executed one the world has ever seen – not a single shot fired by the “insurrectionists” and other than acting (for the most part) like googly-eyed frat boys at a drunken party, it was a case of breaking and entering. But politics…

But that OTHER idea that forms the bread of a political sandwich?

Yeah, REAL insurrection:

  • Top: “it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands “
  • Bottom: “it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it

Too many have forgotten that, even as we “dreamily” remember the Revolutionary War, that it was a REAL war.  All of the armaments of war were in play. Government can be a harsh mistress and King George made it clear that such cleavage of his Kingdom and these upstart colonists was not going to succeed.

The colonists replied with “Hold Ma Beer!” – and started a real insurrection.

Too many today, especially those on the Left (except over abortion, I guess; that’s an insurrectional tipping point for them – the ability to kill babies) scoff at the idea that the US would ever devolve into another Civil War.

They know too little.

We were born in War and an ideal, abolishing the tyranny over those with black skins, was the impetus for another War.  Our Founders understood War, that while it should always be a very last alternative, it exists and give the reasons for a just war.

Is going to war, another Civil War, sufficiently reasoned if the impetus this time is to restore the idea that it should be Society that tells Government what to do instead of what seems to be Government ordering around Society as if it was an elected King George?  To restore that ordering of Rights OVER Government and put things aright again?

Which part of the country is driven by Rights First, and which part is driven by Government First?  That will tell us the answers to those questions.

 

(H/T: Instapundit)

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