The Manchester Free Press

Saturday • July 13 • 2024

Vol.XVI • No.XXVIII

Manchester, N.H.

Challenge Accepted – Challenge Won. Ethics Complaint Was Filed with the Laconia Daily Sun

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-07-22 19:30 +0000

Per usual, running behind. So, to catch up on this, a quick recap from yesterday:

As I said here, I stopped in at the Laconia Daily Sun after the Gunstock Area Commission to file an ethics complaint against Jon Decker after his behavior at the GAC meeting.

Since no one answered my knocking at the door, having driven over, I returned home.  So 10 minutes ago (9:20 pm at the time of this writing and processing the below video) I figured that I’d call and just leave a voice mail.

Surprise, surprise – someone fairly young answered the phone, which caught me off guard. After a fumbled “hello,” (and the voice confirmed “This is the Daily Sun”), I simply said, “I would like to file an ethics complaint against Jon Decker for his behavior at the GAC meeting.

Response: “That ain’t gonna happen, bucko.

Challenge accepted.  That’s a direct quote – did not have to record that conversation.

Challenge won.  Yesterday, I went back to the LDS office and explained to the receptionist that I was there to lodge an Ethics Complaint against Jon Decker; I’d like to talk with Adam Hirshan Hart. While I was told he was out of the office yesterday, I did end up talking with the News Editor, Julie Hirshan.

A pleasant conversation and she said that when I came in, she had been watching the videos of the Gunstock Area Commission on the activities of Mr. Decker. She had been asked by Adam to look into it thus was not surprised.  She said the review would continue and she gave me her business card.

Surprisingly and unexpected, I received a phone call from Adam Hirshan (Publisher) earlier this morning and we talked for almost a half hour about a number of things with it summed by this:

“Just the facts, ma’am to straight up reporting to advocacy reporting”

My words, not his.  Now for the surprising thing. Adam has asked that GraniteGrok come in to have a conversation with staff about that transition.  THAT was unexpected.

Make no doubt about it – we aren’t the typical journalists found in the Old Media. We are of the “blogosphere” and I characterize we Groksters as being political activists that happen to have a blogsite that punches well above it’s weight class (H/T: Greg Moore of Americans for Prosperity NH for that!). surprisingly, Hirshan seems to actually agreed with that, thus the invite.

Nothing is cast in concrete as to when and where as of yet – I’ll mull the offer over.

Interesting…

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At Disney, Anyone Can be a Fairy Godmother, be it Steven or Stephanie

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-07-22 18:00 +0000

The thing most people don’t understand about leftism is that there are absolutely no breaks on the runaway train. Squishy Republicans practice appeasement more often than Neville Chamberlain with their across-the-aisle Democrat foes, thinking that they can just redefine marriage, for example, and that will be the end of the national disunity.

Appeasement has never worked, nor will it ever work, with soulless ghouls focused only on the accumulation of power and the destruction of everything good about Western Civilization.

So it is with Disney, the grooming-focused enterprise that caters to families and young children while mercilessly indoctrinating them into unholy beliefs.

After being exposed by various conservatives and called out by Florida’s top dog governor Ron DeSantis, Disney is doing what all leftists do when caught – they are doubling down on grotesquery.

Streaming The Magic noticed that Disney’s latest foray into wokeness now includes the renaming of little girls visiting the classic experience at both DisneyLand and DisneyWorld.

“The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney Parks have been a long time tradition for families to bring their children to get dressed & styled as their favorite Disney characters. But there will be a slight change coming to the famous Boutique.

Disney will continue their efforts at being more inclusive with all guests & cast members by renaming the Boutique cast members to ‘Fairy God Mother’s Apprentices’ rather than ‘Fairy Godmothers in training’. This way cast members that might not identify as female can still be part of the process to dress up & style the children without having to refer to themselves as a female Disney character.”

J.R.R. Tolkien is given credit for observing that evil, in this case leftism, can never create; it can only destroy. And so it is with the Fairy Godmothers at Disney. Apparently anyone can be a Fairy Godmother now, be it Stephanie or Steven.

Our friends at Trending Political News summarized it perfectly:

“Disney must really want to go broke, because it’s been going even woker despite its share price tumbling and consumers shying away from doing business with a company they see as having unnecessarily inserted homosexuality into the Buzz Lightyear film, taken a pro-groomer stance in its fight with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and generally hating conservatives.”

Now, for all of human history, Fairy Godmothers served as matriarchal figures who helped would-be princesses and little girls. By definition, everyone involved in the process was feminine and desired certain feminine traits. When visiting the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, little girls got to live out a childhood fantasy of glamming up and turning into a princess, at least for the day. That’s the magic of Disney come to life.

Sadly, too many parents don’t care what happens at Disney and will continue shelling out thousands of dollars to stay and visit corrupt theme parks whose sole aim is to undermine their parenting and the fragile minds of their young ones.

How much more will they put up with?

 

 

Hailey Sanibel writes at The Blue State Conservative.

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Friday’s Meme Overflow-Overflow

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-07-22 16:30 +0000

So Monday had Monday Memes.  Tuesday had a Meme Overflow.  Last week I found I had so many, already, that I needed a Meme Overflow-Overflow lest my computer drown in the things.

And I find myself in the same situation again.  Enjoy.

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

 

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But first, revisiting three more of my cartoons.

 

 

 

 

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Pick of the post:

 

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NH Liberty Alliance’s Alliance with …UNESCO ?

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-07-22 15:00 +0000

The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance will be hosting a dinner that will include as their key speaker, Corey DeAngelis. You may have seen DeAngelis on TV pushing for more school choice options for parents around the country. And while school choice is a noble cause, we need to be aware of how some of these school choice programs can be dangerous to the autonomy of our religious and private schools.

In “UNESCO’s Vision for School Choice,” they explain why UNESCO also has a school choice agenda. But it’s not to help children, they support school choice so that they can begin to control private, religious, and even homeschools.

It’s clear that they view the infusion of public money into private education as their opportunity to fix the inequities arising from school choice and institute educational pluralism: a school system in which the government funds and regulates, but does not necessarily provide, public education. In essence, this #RighttheRules campaign in concert with the school choice movement is a power grab to allow governments to regulate far more in the private education sphere than they’ve been able to in the past, including enforcement of their equity and inclusion initiatives.

Unsuspecting parents are cheering what they view as educational freedom through school choice legislation that allows public money to be used for private education and permits them to escape the indoctrination caused by these intiatives. Little do they know that UNESCO is eagerly anticipating the ability this gives them to stick its regulatory camel nose into the hole this creates under the tent and worm their way into private education to demand those same initiatives. UNESCO’s mission to provide children an education built around achieving the Sustainable Development Goals has infiltrated the standards, assessments and accountability measures in U.S. public education. Private and homeschool environments have largely been able to avoid being influenced by this simply because they don’t use public money and therefore do not fall under the purvue of the state like public schools do, who are required to adopt state standards that are accountable to federal regulations.

The introduction of public money into private and homeschool through “money following the student” bills would change that, giving entities like UNESCO and their government minions full access to all avenues of education and all children to push their programming. In time, private and homeschools will be required (just like public schools ) to teach Transformative Social Emotional Learning, Climate Change, Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Gender Fluidity in order to pass the assessments written into these bills which are tied to taking the public money. UNESCO even identifies this strategy of bringing public funding into the private education sector through vouchers, education saving accounts and scholarship tax credits as part of their “vision” to regulate non-state education in the United States:

We can see how UNESCO plans to use school choice programs that allow for government regulations to follow the child. This will be a way for globalists to control private, religious and even homeschools too.

What does UNESCO’s intrusion into private, religious and homeschools have to do with the NH Liberty Alliance? It is DeAngelis who will be speaking at their dinner on Saturday. NH Liberty Alliance chose DeAngelis ask their keynote speaker but DeAngelis is included on the UNESCO website as one of their experts.

How do we obtain liberty through a globalist organization like UNESCO?

What’s more is that the face of the “school choice” movement (who is traveling the nation and appearing in the media to advocate for these types of bills to be passed) has recently been discovered to be an expert for UNESCO’s Inclusive Policy Lab and a member of their E-TEAM, Education and Digital Skills. The purpose of UNESCO’s Inclusive Policy Lab is to “help design and deliver more inclusive, equity-weighted, and SDG-oriented policies.” Considering that passing these bills would assist in making UNESCO’s vision of regulating private education become a reality, it begs the question as to why Corey DeAngelis is involved with both.

New Hampshire has tried to keep the government regulations and strings off of New Hampshire School Choice programs. So why invite, as their keynote speaker, someone who is aligned with globalists who want to use school choice programs to push their globalist agendas on or private, religious and homeschools?

This begs the question, why is DeAngelis a key speaker for the NH Liberty Alliance?

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Biden is ‘Off-Shoring’ Billions for Things We Had Here Before He “Took” the Presidency

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-07-22 13:30 +0000

Just a quick reminder as primary and election season stroll up to us like a mugger in the park. Democrats dislike offshoring, but Joe Biden has Offshored many things, not just the tax dollars of people not yet born.

We can produce our own energy, and we did, but now we’re buying that at exponentially higher prices from foreign nations, many of whom hate us. They get mountains of our money to finance that hate while we get record energy inflation, a declining economy, and if you care – shipping it here from there has a higher “carbon footprint.”

Baby formula? We used to make that too, but since Biden, we have to buy it from “overseas.”

Tens of billions have been sent to Ukraine, and maybe its extortion (Biden is compromised) or more money laundering back into the pockets of favored groups who donate it to Democrats. But it was your money, used to “fund” a “war” in which we are not otherwise involved (unless you mean the secret Biolabs the US was running).

And not a peep from most of the anti-war folks who are also the pro-LGBT folks who can’t seem to care about funding a regime that prohibits gay marriage and is generally hostile to their fringe movement.

China also owns Biden, and he’s returning that favor by sending them what oil we have to help the crumbling Chinese Economy—offshoring a billion barrels while you pay record-high prices for gas at home.

We’ve promised to offshore natural gas we don’t have to Europe and, by most accounts, any integrity of the office of the President that might remain.

No golden age of civility either, quite the opposite or just more of the same.

So, when can we offshore the entire administration and the leaders in congress who feed these ideological perversions? And if we could, would it make any real difference? Until we “offshore” the bureaucracy and the staffers that sustain it, electing different politicians is a useless exercise.

Washington DC needs an enema, but all we seem to get is “same old whore, new dress.” Except it’s not a new dress, it’s the only dress, and it’s blue.

Fear not, for there is still an answer. The states. They need to defend liberty from an oppressive foreign power, the US government. But not just on paper. They need to stop that trite little practice of taxation without representation. And I don’t mean the absence of individuals elected or appointed in the state’s name or its people. I mean the lack of any connection between that position and the interests of the states that chose them.

I often joke that Shaheen, Hassan, Kuster, and Pappas ( NH’s tiny delegation) are nothing more than ambassadors to New Hampshire representing DC’s interests – provisional Governors tasked with projecting the empire’s will.

They are always finding new ways to make us dependent, depriving ourselves and posterity of incomes needed to fund the trillions spent on their priorities. This political class is more dependent on the Beltway culture than on the interests of the state that “elected” them.

It is a problem, and the states are still the only solution. So how do you wean what has been reduced to a dependent “child” from the teat of a tyrant?

 

 

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Who Do We Focus On Today

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-07-22 12:00 +0000

Take your pick. Joe, Kamala, Pete, Alejandro, and even Karine. Every day is Ground Hound Day with this bunch. It gets redundant pointing out their miscues, missteps, and gaffes.

Keeping track of the person in the White House who has to walk back all these errors is like watching a replay official under the hood. By the way, who is that person under the hood? For now, let’s call him/her the wizard. We can assign a pronoun when the identity and gender are disclosed.

To look at the last 24 hours is to think these people compete to see which can make the most significant error and lead the evening news. I can only imagine the horror on the wizard’s face when the President announced he had cancer. First, a sound check was done, then a quick replay was requested. Everyone in the Control Room looked on, hoping that they were mistaken. After all, how stupid can this President be?

When it was confirmed that Biden had announced to the world that he had cancer, the team had to get to work.

This statement by Biden is about as dangerous and irresponsible as one could be, then magnifying it tenfold coming from the leader of the free world. Our allies would be concerned, and our enemies would seize on the circumstance.

Today, we learn that Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID. Amazing how this could happen with Joe fist bumping through the Middle East to prevent COVID exposure.

I will be cynical and think that this is the White House sheltering the President for the next ten days. Biden is a mess; every time he speaks in public, the staff must clean up. We all need a ten-day break from Joe Biden. How sad that with this White House, you cannot even take the news of the President being ill without thinking of motives.

Buttigieg was in front of Congress looking, no, begging, for subsidies for the EV industry. This is how warped the thinking is with these amateurs. He claimed over the weekend he was going to work to drive the cost of an EV down. A few days later, he is looking to use our money to pay a portion of each car. Interesting that when asked, he could not answer basic questions on the cost of operating an EV.

Mayorkas is simply a liar. He was touting that the Border is secure. How many thousands of illegal crossers would he need to say we have a problem? The problem is that we are looking to him to do something about the Border. He is doing exactly what the Left wants to do about the Border. He has erased the Border. He has destroyed the sovereignty of America and he did it by design. These people hate America and have no respect for Americans. Count the days until we can put this crew on unemployment.

 

 

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Gender Clinics Are Coming for Your Autistic Children

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-07-22 10:30 +0000

A psychologist with a Manchester, NH, pediatric gender clinic admits that clinicians don’t know why they’re seeing so many autistic kids who think they’re trans, but they’re medicalizing them anyway.

“We don’t understand why there’s such a high comorbidity between autism and being trans, but it does exist,” said Alisa Hurwitz, a psychologist with Dartmouth Health’s Transgender Health Program in our discussion on July 4. “There’s a little more exploration that has happened when we do an evaluation. But that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to have the medical care they need.”

Why are those with autism three to six times as likely to identify as trans? They tend to use the internet compulsively and have trouble evaluating the information they receive, making them vulnerable to grooming and social media influencers.

Transgenderism also gives autistic kids an explanation of why they have trouble fitting in. Autism expert Dr. Sally Powis said autistic teens could be fixated on the idea they were born into the wrong body when gender has nothing to do with their social problems.

As a woman who’s questioning her own transition explains:

Speaking from my experience, when an undiagnosed neurodivergent person doesn’t fit into a same-sex social group when we’re growing up or we don’t understand their social cues or cannot relate to any of the things they’re sharing, we might think ‘maybe I’m not that gender, and THAT’S the problem,’ instead of looking at the bigger picture of it being discomfort with neurotypicals. I think autistic women are more likely to struggle with this because there’s usually more subtext/coded language/emotional intelligence and empathy required in female friend groups’ communication patterns.

So what help is there for parents trying to save their autistic daughters from the fanatics who would push her to take puberty blockers, cut off her breasts, go on testosterone, and get a hysterectomy?

Unfortunately, the therapists that parents turn to for help will likely only push their children down the path of medical transitioning and they may even threaten the parents with their child’s suicide.  The American Psychological Association is an ideological organization that advocates for affirmative care, a treatment model NH Governor Chris Sununu has signed into law.

Related: No, Dr. Hurwitz, Signs Don’t Kill Children and Transing Doesn’t Save Them

As one detransitioner observes, the same clinicians treating children with autism might also be strong advocates for medical transition:

My experience is that there is a lot of overlap between the ‘transition is always the answer’ crowd and the ‘autism is purely positive’ crowd.  I wish doctors could actually research and talk about this without being called ableists for thinking increased severity of autistic traits can potentially be an issue.

Yet despite bad laws, radical therapists, and opportunistic clinics, there is support available for parents through Parents of ROGD (Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria) Kids, Partners for Ethical Care, and Parents with Inconvenient Truths about Trans (PITT).

 

 

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Thank You, Putin, For the Drop in Gas Prices

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-07-22 01:30 +0000

Thank you, Putin, for the drop in gas prices. That statement is as hilarious as Joe Biden blaming Putin for gas prices and inflation for the last six months. Joe Biden’s bad energy policies are responsible for the slowing economy and out-of-control price hikes. There are some international influences like the conflict in Ukraine, but this is Biden’s Inflation, not Putin’s.

You cannot have it both ways. You cannot blame someone else for a bad situation and then take credit for reversing the trend. Gas prices have more than doubled since he took office in 2020. A drop of forty cents is not a time to celebrate, but Biden is taking a victory lap and burning his tires. Easy Joe, this will not reverse the trend on your approval.

Joe Biden, Mayor Pete, and Karine Jeanne-Pierre are all claiming the administration is doing everything possible to drive down gas costs. It’s a lie. Until they apologize to the fossil fuel industry, restart the Keystone, ease up on restrictions for drilling permits, and allow fracking, they have done nothing.

Pete Buttigieg seems to be the point person on this critical issue. Every Sunday, he appears on as many morning shows as possible to reinforce the administration’s position and push for the transformation of America into electric vehicles. America and Americans are not ready for this transformation.

This week is a perfect example of how the electric grid cannot handle Americans driving EVs. With temperatures rising, there are scheduled brownouts in the Midwest and the West Coast. People with EVs are being asked not to plug in. The grid is outdated, unable to handle the demand now, and in no way ready to add thousands of charging stations. We are not prepared, not willing, and the planning for the transformation has been poor.

The cost and availability of electric vehicles are simply prohibitive for Americans if that was the route they wanted to take. The average price of an EV is $66,000, and the wait time could be as long as eighteen months. Far too expensive for the majority of Americans living check to check. Did anyone in the administration look at the cost and availability of alternatives before they opted to crush the fossil fuel industry? Obviously, not and that is not surprising with the performance level of the Biden Team.

Buttigieg exposed the administration this past Sunday when he divulged the administration’s goal to make Americans feel pain with the rising cost of gasoline. They think this pain will hasten the transformation to a green economy. It was a ludicrous statement to make and is a slap to Americans. Buttigieg is considered a top contender to replace Biden in 2024, but continued comments like this will kill his chances before he gets started.

We need to rethink our opinion on the performance of Biden and his surrogates. This is not poor performance or bad policy decisions. This is intentional and dangerous. Awareness, vigilance, and action need to be our three-step plan to counter every move this gang makes.

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It’s About Much More Than Abortion

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-07-22 00:00 +0000

WHATEVER you may think of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, the recent attacks on churches and pregnancy centers should alarm you. Gone are the days when we could openly and freely discuss our differences, recognizing that everyone has a right to their opinion.

Today, there is an oppressive movement to deny basic constitutional rights to those who do not agree with the mob. There is no freedom when leftist vigilantes decide to come for you.

Since early May, when the draft Supreme Court opinion was leaked, there have been more than 40 attacks on pro-life organizations across the country. These include pro-life pregnancy centers and churches. The photos are horrific — threatening messages scrawled across walls, property destruction, arson, websites taken down.

Many of these facilities have been identified courtesy of a widely available “hit map,” courtesy of two University of Georgia professors, who describe the centers as “fake women’s health centers.”

At the end of June, Pathways Pregnancy Center in Littleton was defaced with the message “fund abortion abort God” scrawled on the side of the building. Two pro-life centers in Worcester, MA, were viciously vandalized.

Many of these attacks happened in broad daylight with apparent impunity. Small wonder. Reporters and politicians are part of the rallying cry to do violence and attack institutions dedicated to supporting women and unborn children. Even the civil rights division chief in the Justice Department responsible for investigating these crimes is on record as stating crisis pregnancy centers are “harmful” and “predatory.”

Pregnancy centers are targeted precisely because they are not abortion-focused. Ironically, in the left’s worldview, they shouldn’t even exist. After all, the pro-life community doesn’t care about children after they’re born. Just ask any abortion true-believer.

The truth is that pregnancy centers have significantly outnumbered abortion facilities for some years. There is absolutely nothing illegal about what they do. They are nonprofits offering help to women with unplanned pregnancies. This encompasses services such as free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, counseling, job placement, housing, and needed supplies. Many have licensed medical professionals on staff.

Unlike abortion-focused facilities, women can explore their options in a supportive environment. This is exactly why the abortion lobby hates them.

Consider recent nationwide legislation proposed by Democrats — notably co-sponsored by the Granite State’s own Congresswoman Annie Kuster — to “battle disinformation” that itself contains multiple factual errors about the services and information provided to women in crisis. Make no mistake, this isn’t about battling disinformation, it’s about denying life-affirming options and needed support to women facing a very difficult decision. Abortion mills are about abortion. Period.

But this is about more than abortion, as critical as that debate is. This is about the unprecedented power of domestic terrorists to unilaterally deny the constitutionally-protected rights of fellow U.S. citizens by subjecting them to an oppressive atmosphere of fear, intimidation and violence.

Just a few years ago, this would not have been tolerated in the land of the free and the brave. But we live in far different times now when such blatantly criminal behavior is not only allowed but encouraged by those in power. What you believe, not what you do, determines your punishment. This is not new. We only need to look at the government’s inaction in the wake of the summer 2020 riots to see the handwriting on the wall.

On July 4, the day we celebrate our nation’s hard-won freedom and independence, a crisis pregnancy center in St. Paul, Minn., was vandalized with the message “Abort America” angrily spray painted in red on the center’s formerly white siding. Is that where we’re headed? No American, regardless of their stand on abortion, should want to see the day that happens.

 

 

Shannon McGinley is the Executive Director of Cornerstone Action which is a regular contributor to GraniteGrok.com

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Defending the Constitution from the ‘Living Constitutionalists’

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-07-21 22:30 +0000

“Originalism” means applying the Constitution as the Founders understood it. Originalism is just a modern name for how English and American judges and lawyers have read most legal documents for at least 500 years (pdf).

By respecting the understanding behind a document, originalism keeps the document alive.

By contrast, there’s no simple definition of “living constitutionalism” because “living constitutionalists” differ greatly among themselves. They’re united by dislike of many of the Constitution’s rules and standards, and they all want to adjust the Constitution to serve their political goals. But beyond that, their unity ends: They sometimes have different goals, and they propose different ways of justifying constitutional manipulation.

“Living constitutionalism” is a misnomer, because when we abandon a document’s rules and standards, the document dies. In practice, “living constitutionalism” converts our Constitution into a parchment loin cloth to cover political pudenda.

Among the inconsistencies of living constitutionalists are claims that our Basic Law is both “too rigid” and “too vague.” One who thinks it’s too rigid is David A. Strauss, a law professor on President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court commission. He wants constitutional law to evolve much as the common law evolves. Such “common law constitutionalists” underappreciate the fact that our decision to adopt a written document was a clear rejection of the British-style “evolving” constitution.

By contrast, William Brennan, a living constitutionalist who afflicted the Supreme Court from 1956 to 1990, thought much of the Constitution was so vague as to be virtually meaningless. He referred to constitutional provisions as “luminous and obscure.” He wanted judges to replace the shimmering fog with structures of their own making.

The “too vague” and “too rigid” accusations are not only inconsistent with each other. They also are incorrect.

Let’s apply a dash of common sense to a serving of history. The Constitution’s framers weren’t the kind of people who write overly rigid or meaningless terms. They included Oliver Ellsworth of Connecticut, John Dickinson of Delaware, and John Rutledge of South Carolina, each the leading attorney in his respective state. Eight framers had been educated in London’s Inns of Court, the schools for training English barristers. The framers included other celebrated lawyers as well, such as James Wilson of Pennsylvania and Alexander Hamilton of New York. Even most of the non-lawyers, such as James Madison and Nathaniel Gorham, had been immersed in legal subjects throughout their careers. The framers had composed written legal documents in business, in law practice, in the state legislatures, and in Congress.

They were, moreover, deeply familiar with the 600-plus-year Anglo-American tradition of composing constitutional-style documents.

They drafted the Constitution as a legal document should be drafted: tuning each provision to the level of rigidity or flexibility necessary to its purpose.

As a result, some constitutional phrases are rigid—but properly so. For example:

  • The president “shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years.”
  • “No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.”

Few of us would want to live under the “living constitutionalist” versions, which might read:

  • “The president shall hold [insert politically correct pronoun here] office as long as the judges, balancing all factors, decide it promotes good social policy,” and
  • “A person may be convicted of treason if the judges find the evidence persuasive after they have balanced its reliability and quantity with the needs of social justice.”

But when rigidity wasn’t appropriate, the framers could write terms flexible enough to satisfy any living constitutionalist. For example:

  • “Each House shall keep a Journal … and from time to time publish the same, excepting such Parts as may in their Judgment require Secrecy,” and
  • “The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it.” (Italics added)

And as explained below, the Constitution also has many provisions that are neither particularly rigid nor overly flexible.

One reason some people think the Constitution is too vague or too rigid is that they don’t understand what many of its clauses actually mean.

For 25 years I’ve been working to cure that by writing a series of research articles exploring sections of the Constitution. My research has demonstrated that many charges of rigidity or vagueness are wrong.

For example, some law professors used to laugh at how “rigid” the Coinage Clause is. The Coinage Clause (Article I, Section 8, Clause 5) grants Congress power “To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures.” The scoffers assumed that “To coin Money” meant only to strike metallic coin. They said that in modern society this is impractical: We need paper and electronic money as well.

But if they’d read the clause carefully, they might have noticed that interpreting “coin” as only metal made no sense. When the Constitution says “regulate the Value … of foreign Coin,” it means setting foreign exchange rates. If “Coin” meant only metal, then Congress could set exchange rates for foreign metal tokens but not for foreign paper money. Surely the Founders didn’t intend such an absurd result.

And they didn’t. As I documented in a 2008 article (pdf) published by one of the Harvard journals, the Founders understood the Constitution’s word “coin” to include money in any medium, including paper. The scoffers were flat wrong: The Coinage Clause wasn’t rigid at all!

I also have disproved the once-common charge that the Constitution permits only male presidents, and other scholars have rebutted (pdf) the charge that its original meaning permits segregation of schools.

The living-Constitution crowd leveled the opposite accusation against the Necessary and Proper Clause (Article I, Section 8, Clause 18). They claimed it was so open-ended they branded it the Elastic Clause.

The Necessary and Proper Clause grants Congress power “To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”

“What in the world does ‘necessary and proper’ mean?” the scoffers asked. “And what about these powers ‘in the Government of the United States’? Is that a drafting mistake? The Constitution grants powers to government departments and officers, but not to ‘the Government of the United States.’” Some living constitutionalists even claimed it refers to federal authority not otherwise mentioned in the Constitution.

Most constitutional commentators have had little experience practicing law. But I had, and to me the Necessary and Proper Clause looked like a phrase I’d seen in agency and trust documents. I suspected “necessary and proper” was a common term in 18th century documents and had a specific meaning.

Investigation proved my hunch correct. During the Founding Era, “necessary and proper” and variants of that phrase were exceedingly common in legal documents. In this context, “necessary” was a technical term for “incidental,” and “proper” meant “in compliance with fiduciary duty.” I don’t have space here to explain all of these legal expressions, but I can assure you they’re not “vague.”

The Necessary and Proper Clause authorized Congress to undertake a limited number of subordinate activities the Constitution doesn’t list explicitly. My investigation also showed that the Supreme Court had misapplied the Clause in some very important cases.

I also found—contrary to what the scoffers were saying—that the part of the clause referring to powers granted to “the Government of the United States” wasn’t a drafting error or a reference to mysterious extra-constitutional authority. The Constitution explicitly grants some powers to the federal government as an entity. This last point became clear from examining colonial documents familiar to the framers but unknown to most commentators.

My Necessary and Proper Clause findings were published in a book issued by Cambridge University Press and in other outlets (pdf).

Over the past quarter century, I have examined many other parts of the Constitution previously pronounced rigid, vague, or meaningless. I have found that all have fairly well-defined meanings. Moreover, most are flexible enough to accommodate modern political activity consistent with the Constitution’s underlying principles of freedom, federalism, and limited government. Admittedly, they’re inconsistent with the goals of many of the “living constitutionalists”—regimentation, centralization, and cultural destruction.

Of course, altered conditions occasionally do require constitutional change. To respond, we can use the amendment process. We don’t need to kill the Constitution on the pretense of letting it live.

 

 

Republished with Permission from The Tenth Amendment Center

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Belknap County, The GAC, Saul Alinsky, And Sununu Shoots His Mouth off without Total and Factual Details …

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-07-21 21:00 +0000

Boy, did I call this right last night!  I said during the Public Comment session of the Gunstock Area Commission (GAC) meeting last night that the resignations of the Gunstock Mountain Resort Sr. Management, as well as the narcissistic (IMHO) Commissioner Gary Kiedaish, was the culmination of a massive Saul Alinsky-style political stunt and disinformation campaign.

If you don’t know who Alinsky was, he was a Communist community organizer of the top tier – Obama was one of his acolytes. His political stunts in trying to move Power from the Haves to the Have-nots are legendary. His operational rules are here with the result of always having your opponents, in this case, Conservatives, appear to be the bad guys by creating stunts/events using those rules.

In the case of the GAC, it was the opposite – the Already Powerful and Rich (prior Commissioners Gary Kiedaisch, Rusty McLear) saw that the now Conservative Delegation was unhappy with them and took their “play toy” (control of the Belknap County owned Gunstock Mountain Resort) away from them by appointing Conservatives to the GAC.

So they recruited Brian Beihl, formerly of the uber-Progressive/Socialist political group called Open Democracy NH.  He is the principal political consultant to the shadowy group, Citizens for Belknap PAC, trying to interfere with proper legal oversight of Gunstock by both the Belknap Delegation and the Conservative members of the Gunstock Area Commissioners.

BTW, Open Democracy NH seems to have ties to organizations believed to be funded in large measure by George Soros (e.g., Open Society, Tides Foundation – both extremely rich Leftist funding organizations.

Ever since then, a political war has been waged – well-orchestrated and very well funded to discredit each and every new Commissioner BEFORE they even took their seats.

At each meeting, it was clear that political chaff was thrown up to both diffuse looking into what may well turn out to be malfeasance.  The only thing I was off on was not that Tom Day (CEO) and Cathy Young (CFO) would resign (just before the final lawyer’s report on what happened during the last makeup of the GAC) but that more of them followed suit.

Again, chaff to obscure wrong-doing?  There’s another round of reports from financial and legal auditors that were hired by the current Gunstock Area Commissioners.

From my sources, these may well be very damaging to the reputation of the resigned Commissioners, a number of resigned former staff (and perhaps the Governor himself)?

I’ll just drop “hotel” here for later.

Once again, Baby Huey has shot his mouth off without total and factual details.

So, NO COORDINATION?

Forsooth! What should have merely been a local county-level affair has “inspired “His Excellency, Governor Baby Huey (aka, Chris Sununu, the man that doesn’t even approach being half the politician of his Dad) to chimed in, right on cue, with a pile on both the Delegation and GAC:

 

 

Are they all working with former Open Democracy NH Brian Beihl, Chris?

Or is this a result of Gary Kiedaish’s shooting his mouth off that he had “an in with the Sununu’s” for later political activities, so this is NOT unexpected from Sununu?

And in shooting HIS mouth off and wading into this local controversy that has NOTHING to do at the State level, Sununu didn’t bother contacting the current Chair of the GAC or the chair of the Belknap Delegation, thus knowing very little of the true details.. I guess that being Conservatives, they aren’t his cup of TEA.

What’s left – Bob Guida getting a sinecure like the former Speaker of the House, safely ensconced within the bowels of Government, for endorsing Tim Lang to take his place as NH State Senator?

Oh, speaking of Tim Lang (head of the “Lang Gang” who created “the chaos” within the Belknap Delegation that has been mentioned in past)?  Again, right on CUE as he hates the majority of the NH Delegation:

 

For Immediate Release:

Contact Periklis Karoutas
pkaroutas@gmail.com
603-799-6563

State Senate Candidate Tim Lang Comments on Gunstock Employee Mass Departure

Sanbornton, NH – Today, District 2 State Senate Candidate Tim Lang commented on the news that the management team at Gunstock Mountain Resort resigned in protest of the recent actions taken by the Belknap County Delegation.

“I stand with Governor Sununu and Senator Giuda in opposing the Belknap County Delegations’ reckless actions that have led to this mass departure at Gunstock. Gunstock is a jewel of the Lakes Region that has brought outdoor family recreation to generations of Granite Staters.”

Tim Lang is a State Representative from Sanbornton. He is a candidate for State Senate in District 2. District 2 includes Ashland, Belmont, Campton, Center Harbor, Gilford, Holderness, Laconia, Meredith, New Hampton, Sanbornton, Sandwich, and Thornton.

 

 

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Why Yes, a 10% Hospitality Tax on Tourists Skiing in Vermont Would Be Great for New Hampshire!

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-07-21 19:30 +0000

Vermont has long since lost hope of recovering from its progressive illness. That’s good for New Hampshire, except for the border seepage, and bad for the Green Mountain State.

A place where having the government prop up struggling ski resorts with a new tourist tax is now on the table.

Joshua Bechhoefer, in a commentary at True North Reports, fantasizes about the possibility of bilking flatlanders to pay for free lift tickets for Vermonters (reformatted).

“…Myers Mermel has proposed a 10% hospitality tax on out-of-state skiers in Vermont to subsidize tickets so Vermonters can enjoy our beloved local ski areas. … I predict that Myers Mermel’s proposed Flatlander Tax would lead to meaningful transfers of wealth to smaller, local ski areas that may be underutilized; it would lead to more resilient communities that have been previously struggling to hire labor, maintain equipment, and cope with the changing tourist landscape.

This will happen because only flatlanders will pay the tax and the tax will likely be greatest at places they go, which are the large corporate mountains. Rather than be lost in government bureaucracy, the tax monies will be converted directly into free tickets for Vermonters. The resorts should not suffer meaningfully from the tax as it is likely that Vermonters will spend money at the resorts on food and beverages as a result of the savings gained from free lift tickets, a result of the complementary effect.

Who is Myers Mermel? He is a candidate running for the US Senate whom Mike Huckabee has endorsed. I think that means he is a Republican. But he supports free broadband (at no cost to taxpayers), and one of his positions is “Love Conquers Hate.” He looks good on guns and free speech, but he is also running on a tax that would result in Free Skiing and Snowboarding for Vermonters.

How does a US Senator, if elected, propose legislation at the state level to create a gimme for locals in the form of free lift tickets? He doesn’t explain that on his campaign website but does that matter? Vermont is already less desirable than New Hampshire, and you can ski here without the new proposed tax.

We lowered our rooms and meals tax, and there’s no sales tax to speak of, so that’s more money in the traveler’s pocket on a wide range of purchases. And we have fewer progressive loons.

So, assuming Myers can craft a piece of state legislation from inside the Beltway – which is a bit of a red flag – or Vermont’s Democrat majority government takes the hint and does it on its own, what does that accomplish?

It makes things cost more in Vermont and, in keeping with tradition, makes New Hampshire look like a better destination. That would mean fewer skiers on those corporate mountains paying the tax that’s supposed to directly generate free lift tickets for less fortunate local skiers without any interference from the bureaucracy.

As if a Democrat majority government would ever allow a tax to exist that they didn’t manage or were able to steal for other more pressing progressive priorities.

So, we have three problems. First, Democrats will never go for any tax they can’t “manage” (see also; pilfer to offset other spending), and second, why is a republican candidate for the US senate proposing a new tax in the first place? The third problem, and it’s only a problem for Vermont, is that since when did Vermont adding taxes ever help anyone but New Hampshire?

 

 

 

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What to Look for When Choosing Landlord Insurance

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-07-21 18:40 +0000

When you are working as a landlord, then you are likely going to need to invest in landlord insurance options that enable you to protect yourself and your assets.

There are plenty of different kinds of insurance that you might be interested in investing in, but chances are that landlord insurance is going to be the best suited to your particular needs. This article aims to highlight some of the most important points to keep an eye out for when choosing your landlord insurance options.

Do Your Research

If you don’t already have a detailed knowledge of landlord insurance and what it should entail, then the very first thing you should be doing is to start researching the topic in order to improve your understanding and ability to engage with the topic.

The basics of landlord insurance aside, you might also be well suited to research any potential providers of this insurance – such as KBD insurance – that you would be interested in engaging with for your insurance.

Read the Reviews

One of the most important things you should do during this research into your potential landlord insurance options is to look up the reviews of previous patrons of the companies you are considering. You should look through those reviews and try to find the answers to a quick list of questions that will help to ensure you know what you are getting yourself into. Here are a few questions you might want to consider.

  • Are their customers generally satisfied? If you have a large body of reviews and less than 70% of the reviews are positive, then you might want to consider the fact that you would be fairly likely to have an issue with the product too.
  • Are their prices competitive? There are swindlers in every industry, beware you don’t run afoul of any here.
  • How Good is their Customer Service? When it comes to insurance, good customer service is an absolute must. After all, you don’t want to end up waiting around for ages while you have something important on the line.

By going through each of these questions you should be able to get a strong sense of the product and what it entails, allowing you to make the decision of whether or not the insurance plan would work for you.

Selecting the Right Provider

Finally, now that you have a comprehensive insight into the potential insurance companies you were considering, you should take your time to consider them against one another in order to select the right provider for your approach to business.

It never hurts to be exhaustive when you are looking to take on something so important as an insurance plan. After all, you want to be sure that when you need to call upon your insurance plan for aid, you actually get the support you are asking for. A company’s actions will often speak louder than their words, which is why the reviews looked at above are so important to help get a sense for the company.

 

 

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Joe Biden – ““That’s why I, and so damn many other people I grew up with, have cancer.”

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-07-21 18:00 +0000

We’ve long since suspected Brandon is suffering from neurological impairment and declining cognitive functions. His inability to form coherent thoughts and string together basic sentences, along with running a campaign from his basement, were just some of the obvious clues.

Despite these limitations, an alleged 81 million voters nevertheless said dementia was preferable to low gas prices and mean tweets. We are currently witnessing/experiencing how that’s worked out.

However, Joe Biden stunned a crowd of onlookers and set social media ablaze when he announced that he also had cancer. Take a watch below:

 

 

“That’s why I, and so damn many other people I grew up with, have cancer.”

What are we supposed to do with this information? Is he telling the truth about his own medical issues? It would certainly explain the extended absences from both the campaign trail and even longer absences from sanity since being sworn in as Commander-in-Chief back in January of 2021.

As of this writing, the White House has yet to clarify those remarks, which leaves the rest of us pondering the possibilities.

The most obvious conclusion to be drawn is that Senile Joe is telling another master fib, up there with fighting Corn Pop, experiencing the loss of a wife and children to a drunk driver, meeting Nelson Mandela in prison, and breaking down racist theaters in his home state of Delaware.

Joe could easily have decided that cancer had a nice ring to it and would garner him some sympathy. Oh, you guys got cancer? I got cancer too!

It could also be that Joe simply misspoke again. That’s not a stretch of the imagination. He said America could be summed up in one word and proceeded to mash every letter in the alphabet together before monologuing about a distant trip to Nepal one time. Misspeaking is Joe’s middle name (which is still better than Robinette).

Or, maybe he accidentally spilled some pretty large beans, up there with once claiming he had the most vast election fraud operation known to mankind. Sometimes the truth sneaks out.

The idea that Joe Biden has cancer, at his age and physical state, is an alarming prospect. Next in line is Kamala Harris, who will be a larger disaster than Brandon himself. But what would come after that? Who would the Dems tap for vice president?

It is not hard to see a scenario where Hillary Clinton, who we wrote about earlier as the leading candidate for 2024, gets a foot in the door and massive exposure from the press. Michelle Obama could also be, no pun intended, a dark horse as well.

One thing is for certain: Joe Biden is not well. Cancer or not, he is not a capable person and his presidency has been ruinous for this great nation.

 

 

Hailey Sanibel writes at The Blue State Conservative

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Notable Quote – Contra the Left that LOVES Communism, The Freedom It Promises Always Results in Slavery

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-07-21 16:30 +0000

Communism failed and is bound to fail for at least two reasons: one, that to enforce equality, its principal objective, it is necessary to create a coercive apparatus that demands privileges and thereby negates equality; and two, that ethnic and territorial loyalties, when in conflict with class allegiances, everywhere and at all times overwhelm them, dissolving Communism in nationalism, which is why socialism so easily combines with “Fascism.”

-Richard Pipes (Communism: A History)

We see this on the Left, whether it is Black Live Matter, LGBT, Transgender, “wealth inequality”, hate speech, or equality their goal is always complete equity across everything. However, history has taught us, as shown in Animal Farm, some are more equal than others and NEVER have to follow the rules made to create that Utopia they promise.

Instead of a Utopia, it is a Hobbsian dystopia where Rights no longer exist and Freedom is always redefined away.  There IS no Freedom under such a system regardless of what we are told.

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Thoughts on Responding to Democrat Lies

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-07-21 15:00 +0000

The ability of Democrats to spew propaganda and get people to believe it amazes me. We need to be prepared to counter the brainwashing of rational people (the rest aren’t educable). The focus of Democrats’ lies changes over time.

Now they include abortion, Second Amendment and gun control, and Trump.  Below are my thoughts on things people need to know about these and, in general, how to discuss our solutions.  I’m sure others can provide useful additional thoughts and information.

Abortion.  Democrat lies about the recent Supreme Court decision in the Dobb’s case are inflammatory and endless.

  1. The Supreme Court did NOT outlaw abortions. People will be able to get treatment for ectopic pregnancies and other medical emergencies.
  2. The availability of abortions in New Hampshire is unaffected. The NY Times estimated that only 13% of current nationwide abortions would be affected (and people can get those abortions in other states).
  3. The Supreme Court said the Constitution doesn’t address abortion, therefore it should be democratically decided by the people of the states. (I thought Democrats wanted to protect our Democracy, so why do they oppose democratically made laws regarding abortion?)
  4. When abortion supporters talk about how the Supreme Court’s decision ignored “precedent” and “stare decisis” (the idea that the court should give weight to previous Supreme Court decisions) remind them that Roe v. Wade changed nearly 200 years of precedent.
  5. NH allows abortions up to 24 weeks for whatever reason; after that only to save the life of the mother or unless fatal fetal diagnosis. See the NH  Fetal Life Protection Act (here’s where I found it):
    https://www.girardatlarge.com/blog/2021/06/25/actual-language-of-the-nh-fetal-protection-act-as-adopted-in-hb-2/
  6. Democrats talk about a nationwide law affirming “Roe” but they are promoting a far more radical abortion law that is so radical that only a few nations, including China and North Korea, world-wide have similar laws. (See:  Democrats’ Abortion Extremism Puts Them Outside The Mainstream – AMAC – The Association of Mature American Citizens)
  7. The Democrat proposed law:
      1. Allows even abortions, the crushing or puncturing of babies’ skulls, as healthy, full-term babies are being born.
      2. Outlaws state laws requiring parental notification before abortions on minors. Rapists would be able to get abortions for their under-age rape victims without parental knowledge, hiding their crimes.
      3. Outlaws requirements to ensure safe medical abortions.
  8. IMHO the real attitude of leading Democrat politicians towards human life was revealed by Virginia Governor Northam who signed an extreme abortion bill (Ralph Northam Signs Extreme Abortion Legislation on Good Friday: Speak Out – YouTube) and who talked about handling a survivor of a botched abortion (VA Gov Ralph Northam Discusses Third Trimester Abortion Bill – YouTube).

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice. IMHO these terms imply way too much and may result in rejection when there is common ground…if you seek it.  Rather than say I am “pro-life” in response to a question, I suggest you discuss the NH Fetal Life Protection Act or ask a question back such as:  “I don’t support killing healthy, full-term babies as they are being delivered, do you?”  Or, “I don’t think the rapist of an underage girl should be able to get her an abortion without the parents knowing, do you?”  Many pro-choice people don’t support these.

Second Amendment / Gun Control.

    1. In most areas of human endeavor, we look at what gets the desired results and copy them. Only as it relates to the Second Amendment and gun control are we bombarded with the demand that the laws in states with low crime and murder rates be abandoned and replaced with the laws of states and cities with high crime and murder rates.  Illinois murder rate is about 8 times greater than ours in New Hampshire, yet Democrats demand that we adopt Illinois gun laws.  It kind of makes you wonder what results Democrats want, less or more crimes and murders?
    2. It’s obvious that Democrats only want to take guns from law-abiding people. Democrats demonstrate their fondness for criminals, and lack of care for innocent law-abiding Americans, by their actions:  refusal to prosecute criminals including those committing gun crimes, letting violent criminals plea to lesser crimes, letting convicted criminals out of prison early, releasing people charged with violent crimes without bail, providing sanctuary for illegal aliens, and following an open borders policy which allows illegal alien criminals and possible terrorists into our country.
    3. There are many examples of a good civilian with a gun saving lives.  There are too many examples of police not acting quickly even to save the lives of school children to depend on police to save our lives.  And, Democrats keep making life increasingly dangerous.

Trump

  1. Democrats fear Trump not only because he can win but because he really is what they fake being: pro-American, pro-American worker, pro-freedom, pro-government transparency, anti-special interest, anti-big government. Democrats are desperate to keep Trump from being re-elected.  They lie and keep repeating even disproven lies.  Even if you don’t like Trump, be prepared to comment to show the difference between Democrats in charge and Trump/Republicans in charge.  I’m not happy with some of Trump’s pettiness and some of this tweets, but I’d be very happy to live with those for:
      1. Affordable food, gas, and ability to cool and heat my home.
      2. A growing economy providing more and better jobs and higher wages for everyone including the next generation.
      3. Low inflation and a comparatively low cost of living.
      4. Tax cuts.
      5. Comparatively low number of illegal drug overdose deaths.
      6. A world growing more peaceful, with four new Middle-East peace treaties. Biden has now re-funded the Palestinians and their program of providing pensions for the families of suicide bombers who kill Jews.
      7. Keeping our adversaries/enemies in check with low energy prices, sanctions, and demonstrated strength.
      8. Continuing efforts to move essential manufacturing, e.g., prescription drugs and military materials, back to the US from hostile nations. (Covid highlighted our vulnerability.)
  2. Is Trump too tough, too abrasive? Frank Purdue said:  “It takes a tough man to produce a tender chicken.”
    1. Many NATO and trade partners have benefitted from treaties and mind-sets that go back to WWII when these other nations had devastated economies. Because of this we often gave these countries benefits at the expense of American workers, consumers, taxpayers, and the American economy.
    2. After up to 70 years of getting preferential treatment, countries wouldn’t willingly give up their special benefits that are no longer justified.
    3.  Only Trump cared enough about the American people to take the, often attacked, tough stands needed to negotiate fair deals for American workers, consumers, taxpayers, and for our national security.
  3. Trump brings something unique to the American Presidency, strength, love of America, and commitment to win. See:  https://tomklingenstein.com/

Republicans need to talk to others as if we were Salesmen; we must talk about the value to people of the actions we plan to take. Republicans (IMHO) often suffer from a “development mindset”; we see problems and talk about solutions.  Voters and most people we talk to only want to know about how they and others benefit from what we are trying to do.  So, we need to talk to others as salesmen, describing the value to others, of what we about the value to others that we are doing.

    1. Business Taxes and Regulation Cuts (My pet peeve.)
      1. I cringe when Republicans talk about business tax and regulation cuts. This opens us up to the charge of only caring about business owners and letting them pollute our air and water…we’ve probably all seen this.
      2. We need to talk about what we are trying to deliver: a growing economy, more jobs, better and higher paying jobs; we are trying to ensure that our children and grandchildren can stay and prosper in New Hampshire if they wish.
      3. Most Republicans would fight for higher taxes and regulations if that provided (which they don’t) a growing economy, more and better jobs, higher wages, more freedom, etc.

 

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Citizens for Belknap

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-07-21 13:30 +0000

The citizens of Belknap county are mainly hard-working middle-class people with a good bit of common sense. They skew toward retirement age, and many are getting by on their social security benefits.

Well, they had been getting by before the Biden administration destroyed the economy. Now the Democrats are desperately seeking ways to distract our attention away from the unfolding disaster they have wrought upon us.

Along come the AstroTurf agitators of Citizens for Belknap. The real citizens of the county can easily see through their deceptions and their claimed need to rid the county delegation of ‘radicals and extremists.’ The frontman of the group is well known in conservative circles to be a far-left activist (see above, Brian Beihl).

Belknap county is a solidly conservative area in which all state representatives are currently Republicans. This drives the leftists crazy and it seems to have drawn the attention of big money donors from outside of our county and state. Knowing that the real political battles will be in the primary elections, that is where they have chosen to spend their money. They will be targeting good solid Republicans and supporting less principled and more malleable individuals.

We want to thank NH State Rep Mike Sylvia for this Op-Ed. Please direct yours to Editor@GraniteGrok.com.

Those on the left, like Citizens for Belknap, have a far different perspective than the real citizens of Belknap county. From their perspective, the people of the county are right-wing extremist or, as Hillary declared ‘DEPLORABLES.’

The people elected a solid group of Republican representatives in 2020 and have reaped the reward of good government (at least at the state level). Yet, this group will refer to us as ‘radicals and extremists’ as they question the integrity of the voters.

The voters of Belknap county got it right in 2020. Those saying otherwise are impostors with ill intent.

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Maggie Hassan’s Latest Ad Says She’s Fiscally Responsible – That’s a Big A** Lie.

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-07-21 12:00 +0000

Maggie Hassan has approved a new “message” with which to interrupt my television viewing. That’s not why, though I’d be flattered. No, the purpose of the ad is to lie about her record on spending and taxes.

 



 

As a reminder, Ms. cross-the-aisle voted for the Biden line almost 98% of the time.

And when it comes to fiscal matters, I’m not sure if there’s a spending or grow-government bill Maggie Hassan doesn’t like.

Club for Growth focuses on economic freedom, the opposite of growing government, and Hassan’s latest score is a zero. Her lifetime score is a two. In contrast, since we are talking about fiscal matters, Senator Rand Paul’s score is 100 (the best you can do).

I want to make sure you can feel the difference.

Fiscally-responsible-Maggie voted to increase the federal debt limit so the government could spend more. She voted for continuing budget resolutions and voted for the Biden Christmas tree omnibus bill.

Another 1.5 Trillion Omnibus Bill passed in March 2022 (H.R.2471) loaded with garbage, including 13.6 Billion for Ukraine. In April 2022, Biden came back for another 33 Billion for Ukraine, and congress passed a larger aid package than requested in May (for 39.8 Billion). Hassan voted yea for both.

Responsible?

In 2016 when Hassan was elected to the US Senate, the Federal Debt was 19.5 Trillion or 105% of GDP. As of 2021, it was 29.6 Trillion or 124% of GDP, before all the omnibus bills and Ukraine Bailout billions. The national debt is over 30 Trillion and climbing. Debt that Hassan has laid at the feet of generations not yet born. Spending that a fiscally responsible voice of the people would have blocked.

Sorry, I’m quite sure she voted to block spending to build a wall along the southern border, which is open and one of the most dangerous places on the planet.

How exactly any of that makes Hassan a fiscally responsible fighter for New Hampshire or anyone else remains a mystery, but that’s the line she’s selling.

Oh, and it is true that the Magster did not request any earmarks, but neither did she vote against bills top heavy with everyone else’s pork. That makes her responsible for all that spending too.

A Look Down Memory Hole Lane

As for cutting taxes in New Hampshire, she was forced to do that by the Republican legislature. Governor Hassan’s budget would have extracted as much as $59 million more from businesses. She also rolled in a number of other tax hikes into her plan, from tobacco to vehicle registrations, that would remove nearly 100 million more dollars from the pockets of businesses and residents and divert it to government spending.

When the legislature came back with something else that included business tax cuts, Hassan not only vetoed the bill, but the business tax cuts were a key reason she vetoed the bill. She called them “unpaid-for-tax giveaways to big corporations, many based out-of-state, at the expense of critical economic priorities.”

It took a few determined Republicans to keep Hassan from getting her way. We ended up with the cuts and a compromise that had a sunset provision if they failed to produce revenue as promised. A feature Republican legislatures since have remedied.

Those legislatures have since lowered business taxes further, along with other cuts that sparked an economic golden age that continues to make NH a beacon of hope in New England and across America, even in the face of record inflation and high energy prices.

Except for the covid shutdowns, revenues have been consistently over projections.

That was thanks to tax cuts Governor Maggie Hassan opposed and was forced to accept.

And now she’s taking credit for them?

Sorry Mags, that’s not going to fly.

 

 

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Oh Yes, Jon Decker of the Laconia Daily Sun, I WILL be putting in an Ethics Complaint against you!

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-07-21 10:30 +0000

As I said here, I stopped in at the Laconia Daily Sun after the Gunstock Area Commission to file an ethics complaint against Jon Decker after his behavior at the GAC meeting.

Since no one answered my knocking at the door, having driven over, I returned home.  So 10 minutes ago (9:20 pm at the time of this writing and processing the below video) I figured that I’d call and just leave a voice mail.

Surprise, surprise – someone fairly young answered the phone, which caught me off guard. After a fumbled “hello,” (and the voice confirmed “This is the Daily Sun”), I simply said, “I would like to file an ethics complaint against Jon Decker for his behavior at the GAC meeting.

Response: “That ain’t gonna happen, bucko.

Challenge accepted.  That’s a direct quote – did not have to record that conversation.

Here’s the video of him going nutty during the process of being a cub reporter to a full-blown raging Leftist political activist – first at 6:07 and then took on the GAC (specifically Dr. Dave Strang) at 17:35.

 

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The Left Proves Again They Are Insane

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-07-21 01:30 +0000

Poor, poor Demi Minor is serving a 30 year prison term for manslaughter. Demi is upset because the State of NY has transferred her/him from his/her very comfortable women’s only prison into a men’s prison. Imagine and all he/she did was impregnate two willing fellow inmates. Yup, Demi is a Trans woman. Poor thing, he/she is in hell she says, has been called he or him over 30 times, how traumatic? He, opps! He/She also has a website Justice for Demi, in case anyone cares for his/her complaining.

This is a perfect example of insanity in action. What could go wrong with this Transgener movement and liberals who push it onto the rest of us? The Left believes that it is never their fault when things go wrong; nope it’s society, or conservatives, or Trump’s. These same liberals are like those who demand “we follow the science”.  I’ve been saying and writing for years the Left is consistently inconsistent and this is one more example, and proof, that the Progressives Left is insane.

Or, perhaps, they just keep pushing the envelope because we let them.

Only way to effectively fight this nonsense is with medical science and the courts. Demand all those who advance this transgender nonsense be declared insane. Of course that would take money and lots of it. Guess we’re stuck with electing enough conservative candidates into office and pass effective laws then enforce them. Enforcing would be key. But it’s past time something is done.

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