The Manchester Free Press

Saturday • July 13 • 2024

Vol.XVI • No.XXVIII

Manchester, N.H.

A Curious Incuriosity 2

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-07-19 13:30 +0000

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is hard business. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”

– Rudyard Kipling

 

Before I dive in, I am thrilled that my Grok piece A Curious Incuriosity has been republished, with a few edits (and don’t worry, GG, there is a linkback to my author page to get people to the Grok!) at American Reveille.

 

HERD BEASTS

 

 

In an essay that I wrote as a guest before launching my official blog, which I unfortunately had to pull down because “reasons”, I noted this about the Left (all formatting / links in original, but italics are replaced by underlining):

In the days when I debated in the local paper’s comment section I was one of the few regularly-posting people from the Right. One day a Leftist sneeringly replied to one of my comments “Do you realize nobody ever ‘likes’ your comments?” My reply was something to the effect of “I didn’t realize we were in a high school popularity contest.”

But that got me thinking that Leftists are herd-beasts (I started keeping track – all the good little Leftists would like-swarm each others’ comments). They move together. They think together. They studiously avoid thoughts that are not of The Collective. A former co-worker was, one day, ranting about eeeeeevil Conservative attacks on Planned Parenthood; he then commented “I don’t know anyone who is against abortion.” I raised my hand, and he sneered and dismissed me outright. That reprises the apocryphal quote “I can’t believe Nixon won. I don’t know anyone who voted for him.”

Liberals are constantly checking their views against those of their fellows because, deep down, they’re not sure of their own. I think that it’s one reason they slide to further and further extremes. It also simply explains, as in Occam’s Razor, why they can turn on each other so readily when one strays off the reservation. But consider this essay, which makes me think that these people actually get a high off the rush of approvals by their fellow liberals. So what happens with drug addicts? They constantly have to increase the dose. So, liberals constantly go further and further in being SJWs to exceed the last person who got adulation.

Ultimately, for the Leftist, it’s not about what they think, it’s about what others think about them. Read this essay by a psychologist whose work and essays I really like; alas, she’s gone dark after Obama’s re-election. And then READ IT AGAIN – it’s that good. They’re not strong enough to stand on their own convictions.

Nor, I am increasingly finding out, are the majority willing to question The Narrative on anything.  The glowing Wizard of Oz screen speaks, they believe.  Unquestioningly.

 

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BARBECUE COVID CHAT

So I found myself at a BBQ held by someone in my wife’s circle.  Quite a few people.  And here’s a gaggle of the mothers talking about Jabbing their kids.  Whether boosters, or once they turn five, they had this starry-eyed Eloi look that just screamed WE FOLLOW THE SCIENCE!

Made me sick.

So I tossed a few statistics out there.  Like how healthy children have a Covid survival rate better than 99.99%.  How in May 2021 there was a peer-reviewed paper that discussed myocarditis and permanent heart damage, which led to a quiet admission in August by the FDA that this was, in fact, a risk.  That the American Heart Association journal Circulation concluded a link existed between the Jabs and heart damage.  Pointing out that there was a marked increase in kids in their early teens down to single digits having heart attacks and strokes and other problems, even dying.  “Died suddenly / unexpectedly” is now a thing.  A few other bits of data.  You know, just a few things that might catch the attention of a parent concerned with their child’s health and survival.  Yes, I risked the possibility of word of this getting to my Covidian wife and her subsequent ire, but… saving a child’s life?  Worth it.  Thus far I seem to have escaped her wrath, B”H.

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/naomi-wolf-they-knew.mp4

 

And… nothing.  Not one question, not even a recognition that I’d been speaking though they did look at me as I spoke.  I know they heard me.  Precisely. No. Reaction.  I might as well have been speaking Mongolian for all the impact I made on their minds, and I couldn’t help but think to myself that this seemed almost inhuman.  Here I am throwing out very specific claims with checkable numerical figures that – at the least – should have had a person with a shred of survival instinct or love for their children asking a few follow-up questions.  But the result?  Not even a “Can you please repeat that, I want to write that down and check that out for myself”!

Then on to a discussion with the men, with whom multiple topics arose.  And again, in reference to kids, I threw out a few of the same statistics – and yet one man proudly said that he looked forward to vaccinating his only son when the boy turned five, his other child, a girl, already having been double-Jabbed…

 

 

And while I certainly don’t wish either kid ill, there’d be a certain soul-condemning Schadenfreude if, in their Jabbing their kids to save them, something bad did happen.

This echoes conversations I’ve had at my Synagogue where I mention things like how, during the trials, out of 42,086 people in the first few months there were 1,223 deaths in just the first month or so of the rollout.  That’s a damn specific accusation, and thus researchable, claim.  Nobody asks anything.  At another meeting I was forced to wear a face diaper (the talk topic was important enough I was willing to put up with it), and my comments that masks don’t work and can actually be harmful was – likewise – met with total incuriosity, but was accompanied by a threat that I could leave the meeting if I did not comply.  As I said in my first essay on this, it’s not like people don’t know I’m intelligent and educated.  You’d think that someone… somebody… would have a shred of curiosity at what I said.  That isn’t to say that they should automatically take my word for it, but at least say “Wow, that’s interesting, you seem to know a lot about this – can you tell me more”?  At least the person I met at a park the other day heard me listening to a podcast about this and asked a lot of questions.

How does anyone, especially a parent, not look at the news of a two-month old baby having a cardiac arrest an hour after being Jabbed and not have an icy hand clutch their heart?

And while Naomi Wolf’s comments, 78% of babies died in trial and Pfizer tried to hide it (video, 3:43) came too late for that BBQ conversation I have no doubt I’ll use them in subsequent discussions.  And again, I’ll bet nobody will ask anything.  Just like nobody bats an eye when I ask a very pointed question:

If this is truly safe and effective, why is Pfizer working hand in glove with the FDA to bury their trial results for 75 years?  Had a judge not ordered the data to be released, not only would I be dead before the data was publicly available, my children would likely be dead before it was publicly available.  And they want to push this into every human arm on the planet, multiple times?

 

 

And nobody finds this at all suspicious?  (Just like Michael Mann, creator of the central-to-climate change “hockey stick”, preferring to lose a defamation lawsuit rather than have his data and methods independently verified.)

Nor does anyone question when I mention $350 million (IIRC) in pharma “royalty payments” to people with regulatory authority, nor at statements that people in government are not required to report these.

 

 

When someone says you can’t see the data or the analytical methods my BS detectors go off, regardless of the topic.  That hiding of data is accepted by so many just flabbergasts me.  Just like people glossing over millions in payouts as a non-issue flabbergasts me.  “Royalties”.  Concealment of which – in any place I’ve worked would be a screaming conflict of interest – sets off my alarm bells.

Now understand that I don’t just start blurting out statistics to any group standing around me.  It needs to be a topical discussion.  Nevertheless, I cannot think of a person (the one exception just above) who said “Tell me more” or asked questions.  Any questions.  Same for this news:

STUDY: Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine DOES Lower Men’s Sperm Count. (thenationalpulse.com)

Scientists Discover Jab Decimates Sperm Count – Geller Report

Not. One. Reaction.  Not from the Rabbi of my Shul; total expressionless face when I mentioned it, after having emailed it to him a week or so prior.  Not from other people that I know.  I mean, you’d think just a basic survival instinct would give people pause, but no.  And more developing on fertility, Taiwan: Birth Rate Dropped -27.66% in June 2022!!! (substack.com):

 

 

And more The Great Birth Dearth:

 

 

And Sweden.  And doubtless other countries.  Given that Gibraltar and Israel are some of the most highly Jabbed populations, I wonder what’s happening in those countries.  (Speaking of Israel specifically, this is a phenomenal rant (video, 12:03); warning though, the translation at the bottom flies by fast.)

Vaccinated Women – by Etana Hecht – Clown World – Honk (substack.com)

And at the back end of life, this; An Actuarial Armageddon.  Nor should we ignore the mass orders of child-size coffins.

 

 

On the above image, more here.

Fewer births.  More deaths.  A depopulation dream… answering the 7.3 billion person question.  A quote from a video embedded here:

“There will be a need to kill many billions of people, or to starve them to death, or to prevent them from giving birth… for those who will suffer and die, there will be the peace of the grave”.

That’s from 2015.  Does the prediction match what’s happening today?  And at this point, I am willing to be the bad guy and say FASTER PLEASE; The Unvaxxed Shall Inherit the Earth.  The Jab was always an IQ test, and humanity – en masse – has failed.  Stupid has consequences.

 

 

A CRISIS OF TRUST

In my titular piece about too many people having too much trust in government, I related a conversation-by-text-messages that I had with a person with whom I’ve been friends for over 30 years.  He was not interested in documented Jab side effects.  He was not interested in the FDA / Pfizer attempt to hide data.  He was not even interested in seeing any of the data I was sending him, and castigated me for sending him Jab victim stories / pictures, instead scorning the whole thing because it wasn’t in the New York Times et al.  That conversation, over a few days, ended that three-decade friendship.  This was his last message to me, paraphrased:

THE IDEA THAT THE US GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO LET THESE VACCINES BE GIVEN IF THEY WERE THAT DANGEROUS IS LAUGHABLE.

Yet… the CDC is not even looking for the safety signals in the prime system that was set up to detect safety signals.  Surak covers the Covid toll in this post specifically, as well as generally on his blog (image from the post in the link):

 

 

In every category the Covid Jab, in just a couple of years, has surpassed harm in every category from all non-Jab vaccines (I know, the Jab is not really a vaccine) added up from 1988.  So in less than two years the Jab has done more damage than all other vaccines added up for 34-odd years.

And when you tell people this… nothing.

 

BLINDNESS, BLINDNESS EVERYWHERE

To anyone who looks, the videos and data are clear on the massive foreign invasion on our southern border, let alone the aid from President Potato.  The overwhelming quantities of people streaming across the border are nation-ending.  More here.

 

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Nobody bats an eye at this Great Replacement invasion, whether here in America or in Europe.  Almost all the migrants to Europe are fighting aged men, bringing to mind this prophecy from 1974:

“Algerian President Houari Boumedienne who in 1974 told the General Assembly of the United Nations, ‘One day millions of men will leave the southern hemisphere of this planet to burst into the northern one. But not as friends. Because they will burst in to conquer, and they will conquer by populating it with their children. Victory will come to us from the wombs of our women.”

― Douglas Murray, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam

I remember, and wish I’d saved, a video of an Imam preaching to a street crowd in some European city.  Discussing how Islam would prevail, people in unison across the crowd held up their infants and toddlers.  They know.  Businessmen in the West look to the next quarter and year; sheeple in the West look to the next movie or video game.  Islam?  Looks to the next decade, the next century.  In this Islam is like the Socialists… slow, patient, with a long time horizon.  No wonder they’re allies against their common enemy: Western Civilization.

United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror

Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left 

 

SOMETHING IN THE WATER

In Potassium Metathorinate I used a science fiction story’s government-additive-in-everything to capture the idea that, somehow, there’s something that’s just absolutely destroyed peoples’ survival instinct, their skepticism and foundational questioning.

So with those with whom I speak about the Jab, or (cue reverb) cliiiiimate chaaaange, or mass invasion, or shortages, or economic collapse, or, or, or… nobody questions anything.  And even when shown evidence about any of these or other things, nobody believes anyway.  Yuri Bezmenov was precisely right:

 

 

He was – to quote my late mother – “exactly right” in his predictions that you could show them data and physical evidence, and they won’t believe even that.

 

THE GOLDEN CALF

In a fantastic video with Stephan Molyneux and someone I don’t recall – the video’s been canceled of course – they discussed mankind tossing Hashem aside.  Just look at the words of Yuval Noah Harari, talking about Homo Deus.  Man as G-d.  A violation of the First Commandment – “Thou Shalt Have No Other G-ds Before Me”.  And people worship unquestioningly.  Technology, and their own vanity, plus Marx, are their religions now.

 

 

In the long run, Hashem punishes these people.  Just like He has punished others who have set themselves up as deities.  The Tower of Babel story is just one example.  My prayer, daily, is that I can get my children through the coming time unJabbed and alive.  Not easy with a Covidian wife whose real love is her pharma-husband BFF.

 

CONCLUSIONS, FROM SCI FI

 

 

Perhaps I might still, by chance, influence a few people here and there, but for the main I’ve given up.  Two lines from two different sci fi books come to mind.  Both from memory so please forgive me any errors.

First, from Horace Bury in The Mote in God’s Eye, when he is trying to convince others of the dangers the Moties – the caste-based alien species mankind encounters in the future – and their dire threat to the Empire of Man:

“Men are never convinced by being told they must believe”.

I don’t ask people to believe me a priori.  I just ask that people set aside their egos a la Cromwell:

 

(Link to AZ Quotes per their policy)

 

The other quote bespeaks what I now believe is a truism about humanity – that the vast majority of people are just slaves needing to be told what to do.  From Dune, arch-villain Baron Harkonnen says:

If I scattered sand in front of them and told them it was grain, they’d peck at it.

The vast majority cannot be saved.  Leave them alone; WARNING from a Farmer~Get READY! (bolding added):

We can try to educate other people but that time would be wasted; spend your time wisely with people who are rebuilders. If someone has questions about the future, I will give them my beliefs, thoughts and facts. Succinctly. I will not proselytize to the walking dead.

They have been convinced, through relentless and well-crafted agitprop, that they are good and noble people for wearing their masks, for getting Jabbed endlessly, for Jabbing their kids and grandkids too.  Empathy for others was stunningly leveraged and weaponized.  Anyone remember the shift from masks being about protecting yourself to protecting others?  In the name of doing good they will drag humanity into enslavement and death and will enjoy punishing you.  The same for if you question importing countless “diverse” people.  The same for if you point out the looming shortages, or dangers of digital currency / implanted chips / etc.  They will turn on, and punish, you for questioning.

 

(Link to AZ Quotes per their policy)

 

And as society disintegrates they will be livid & white-hot furious with you because you, people whom they looked down as deplorables, uneducated, “anti-Science”, foil hat wearers, etc., will have proven smarter than they are.  And their vanity will not withstand that level of assault.  They’ll be more angry at you for unveiling that they are NOT better educated, more intelligent, more scientific, better people, etc., than angry at those who engineered it.  And per Huxley’s quote, they’ll enjoy dishing out that punishment.

As a friend of mine says repeatedly, sometimes nature – anthropomorphizing a little – decides a “reset” is needed.  Not the Globalist-planned Great Reset of society, but something more fundamental: a Reset of those who have gone soft and forgotten the basics.

Turn to your trusted and like-minded friends.  Build, carefully and discretely, your own meatspace network.  Get physical addresses and ways to contact people outside your area who you know and trust against the day the net and/or grid go down (not that snail mail is secure, but at least it’s a way to communicate).  Plan.  Prepare.  Learn.  And be curious.  For if curiosity killed the proverbial cat, the equally proverbial (and in actuality untrue) ostrich approach to new information – particularly information that doesn’t match a preconceived template of what reality “should be” – is even more lethal.  To you as an individual, to your nation, society, and even civilization in which you live.

 

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Press Release: Karoline Leavitt Outraises Primary Field in Q2 Fundraising, Including Establishment Backed ‘Frontrunner’ Matt Mowers

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-07-19 12:46 +0000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2022

CONTACT: info@karolineforcongress.com

Karoline Leavitt Outraises Primary Field in Q2 Fundraising, Including Establishment Backed ‘Frontrunner’ Matt Mowers

HAMPTON, NH – Last Friday afternoon, the fundraising reports of all federal candidates were filed and Karoline Leavitt raised more money from individuals this quarter than every candidate in the NH-01 primary field, including Matt Mowers and Russell Prescott, who loaned their campaigns hefty sums of $100,000 and $350,000, respectively.

Leavitt raised more money from individual donors by far, and raised more than double the amount from donors in the state of New Hampshire than Matt Mowers, her closest competitor.

With 75 days left until to the primary, these latest fundraising numbers prove the massive momentum shift in this race to Karoline’s campaign.

Karoline Leavitt issued the following statement:

“Despite being up against the hand-picked candidate of the DC Establishment, our grassroots campaign continues to surge. Matt Mowers had to personally loan his campaign $100,000 of his dirty lobbyist money to continue his charade as ‘frontrunner’ because he can’t raise money from the people of New Hampshire. I am proud to be the only candidate in the race who is not self-funding or accepting money from the DC Swamp. Conservative patriots across our state and country are fueling our fight, and that’s why we will win on September 13th.”

Since launching last July, Leavitt has amassed a small-dollar war chest of more than $1.2 million and has nearly $700,000 cash on hand to date, well positioning her to beat Chris Pappas in November and flip NH-01 red.

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Karoline for Congress
P.O. Box 307, Plaistow, NH, 03856

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Hospital Short Nearly 400 Fully Jabbed Staff After They All Catch COVID

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-07-19 12:00 +0000

I’m not sure what to file this under? I told you so? Public Health Trumps Everything? So many choices, unless one of them was “I pass on the Vaxx.” Houston Methodist fired their “vaccine-hesitant,” and now hundreds of fully Jabbed staff are out…with COVID.

 

“What is worrisome is the climbing number of our employees who cannot work because they are home sick with COVID-19. Almost 400 employees tested positive last week,” Dr. Robert Phillips, the executive vice president and chief physician executive of Houston Methodist, wrote in an internal email on July 12 obtained by The Epoch Times.

 

According to the Epoch Times, Houston’s Methodist Hospital fired 153 staff who refused to take the jab. What, no religious objection at the “Methodist” hospital. How progressive of them.

Dr. Robert Phillips, quoted in the piece, says the staff is catching COVID from community transmission. What masks don’t work either?

He also says,

 

“The spike in cases is happening all over the country and is likely attributed to the highly contagious and more vaccine-resistant omicron subvariant,” Phillips wrote. “BA.5 is now the most infectious variant so far and is thought to be four times more vaccine evasive than the last dominant variant.”

 

I, um… well. Here’s the COVID dashboard for New Hampshire. No summer spike.

 

 

On July 17th, they report 23 people in the hospital with COVID. Those are people treated who have COVID. It is not an indication of occupied beds, but let’s assume it is. Twenty-three. We have 109 cases on 7/18 and a running 7-day average of 243 cases. Houston Methodist Hospital reports ‘Almost 400’ fully vaccinated PPE using Hospital staff with COVID.

Sure, Houston has about a million more folks in it than the entire state of New Hampshire, but given the effectiveness of herd immunity, that proximity should have prepped them for the so-called vaccine-resistant BA.5. Natural immunity is proving a better “choice” than the vaccine they said would prevent infection and spread while every variant and COVID19 itself has been resistant to the COVID19 vaccines.

But what else can Dr. Phillips say? The hospital told everyone to get the experimental shot or you’re fired in the name of public health. And now, public health could be endangered by that policy (and others just as irresponsible), and what’s a Covidist to do? They are happy to report that none of those employees needs to be hospitalized.

Pro-Tip – most people who got COVID before the vaccines did not need to be hospitalized.

The hospital also says it is not understaffed, and it now says the vaccine was never meant to prevent infection, just severe infection. Stay tuned for the next evolution of the narrative, and given that the UK has said the quiet part out loud, that should be here any minute now.

 

 

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How (Former U.S. Secretary) Betsy DeVos Almost Gave Control of Christian/Private Schools to Biden

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-07-19 10:30 +0000

Many conservatives around the country opposed the nomination of Betsy DeVos to the U. S. Secretary of Education position under President Trump. They had good reasons for that, she was a big supporter of the dumbed-down Common Core Standards. DeVos and Jeb Bush worked together for years, before her appointment to U.S. Secretary of Education, to push the dumbed-down Common Core on our public schools.

Under Governors Mike Pence and John Kasich, both implemented school choice vouchers in their respective states. Indiana and Ohio currently have school voucher programs. This played well to Republicans and Conservatives who wanted options for their children who were failing in the public schools.

Soon after these state voucher programs started, parents who had their children enrolled in private and Christian schools, noticed that children with vouchers were required to take the State Standardized Tests aligned to Common Core. That was a requirement (string) of all children using Indiana and Ohio school vouchers.

Legislators tend to want some kind of accountability measurement when doling out government funds to private or religious schools. Some are more than willing to overlook the poor proficiency scores at public schools but seem overly concerned about voucher children and what they are learning.Once a voucher is tied to the Common Core state standardized test, the government strings are then used to control the private and religious schools.

Children leave the public school for a Christian school, and use the voucher for the tuition payment. In order for the Christian school to receive funding from the state to cover that voucher, those children must take the Common Core dumbed-down standardized test. Test results are then used against the religious and private schools to get them to align their curriculum to Common Core. It’s a brilliant strategy, if you want to put the government in control of religious and private schools, but it’s also a horrible idea for those who want those schools to remain autonomous.

We saw Christian and private schools in these states begin to align their curriculum to the dumbed-down Common Core Standards. This caused many conservative supporters of school choice, begin turning on this political issue because they saw their Christian and private schools caving to government mandates.

The schools that were once offering an excellent and academic focused program, began dumbing down all of the curriculum in order to prepare the voucher students for the Common Core tests. I saw this in my own family who resides in Ohio. Because I am an education policy researcher, I heard from parents across the country who were sounding the alarm bells to oppose school choice.  These were moms and researchers who were conservative, and  wanted no part of the government interfering with their religious and private schools.

Governors Mike Pence, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Bobby Jindahl, and others turned conservative and libertarian parents against school choice programs in those states. Not only did they start to control the religious and private schools, they turned the average conservative mom against school choice.

Around this time, the scholarship program was starting in New Hampshire. This school choice program allowed businesses to take an 85% credit on their tax return if they donated money to the Children’s Scholarship Fund. In turn the Scholarship organization would use that money to help families pay tuition to a religious or private school. This money could even be used if a parent wanted their child to attend a public school.

Because the money wasn’t distributed from the state budget, that made it harder for state officials to demand that these New Hampshire children take the dumbed-down Common Core tests. This allowed the religious and private schools to maintain their autonomy. Not only were we going to help those children, we were going to do it without harming our religious and private schools in New Hampshire.

Those who worked on this program, and continue to work on it today, understand the dangers of government strings attached to government money. They knew that we needed to help the child who is being bullied, find a safe environment to learn in without damaging the autonomy of the religious and private schools.

The requirement to force voucher students to take the state standardized test created libertarian and conservative parents to turn against school choice, and no one wanted that.

In New Hampshire it’s important to remain vigilant, in the future, to make sure there is no attempt for state officials to force mandates on religious and private schools.

What does Betsy DeVos have to do with all of this? During her tenure as U.S. Secretary of Education, she tried to push through a federal school choice program. This would have been a disaster for religious and private schools across the country. It would have opened that door to federal control of religious and private schools through a voucher system.

This is why conservative organizations that support school choice came out against her plan. Both CATO and Heritage publicly opposed the DeVos federal school choice program. Her plan would have ended in a faux “choice” for parents not an authentic choice they have in New Hampshire.

Betsy DeVos is now back out on a speaking tour for school choice. But it’s important to conservatives and liberty minded individuals to understand that her version will put our religious and private schools under the control of the government. That’s not school choice, that’s another overreach by government officials.

Corey DeAngelis has been championing school choice for many years. DeAngelis is the national director of research at the DeVos-founded American Federation for Children. https://betsydevos.com/about-betsy/
Devos served as Chairman of American Federation for Children (2009 to 2016).  While she no longer serves this organization, DeAngelis continues to work closely with DeVos on this important issue. Does he understand that today, the Biden administration would be in control of those federal vouchers? We can safely assume that a Biden administration would happily take control of those religious and private school through a federal voucher program just like they use Title IX money to force transgender policies on our local public schools.

This is why conservatives are questioning Corey DeAngelis and his alignment with Betsy DeVos and UNESCO. While we may all share the belief that some children need alternatives to the public schools, we cannot do this at the expense of harming religious and private schools.

Betsy DeVos has a track record we can look at, and it’s not good for private and religious schools.

New Hampshire has a track record for helping children in need that does not attempt to control the private and religious schools. We can find ways to help all of the children who need it. We just need to make sure that it’s authentic school choice and not the faux version of school choice the Jeb Bush cronies want.

For more information on the School Choice Trap, please listen to this 10 minute video on YouTube.
James Lindsay on the School Choice Trap. The WOKE are setting a trap:

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A Feel Good Story to End (Or Start!) Your Day – DC Overwhelmed by Bussed in “Migrants”

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-07-19 01:30 +0000

Texas and Arizona are inundated with illegals crossing over Biden’s Open Border. Sorry, Kamala’s open border. If Trump were President, it’s all you’d hear about; instead, we get nothing from the corporate watchdog media, but there is this?

In response to the Feds bailing on border security, at least two states, Arizona and Texas are bussing some of the illegal entrants to Washington DC (if only they had enough busses to move them all).

Meanwhile, in the District of Columbia, Joe Biden’s real ‘hometown,’ they’ve got a homeless problem. The Democrat mayor says they were getting a handle on it. I think that’s probably bullsh!t. The only thing a Democrat city ever has a handle on is how to get more of other people’s money. But that’s what madame mayor claims, but now there’s a new problem.

 



Problems with the player – You can watch it here!

 

They were tricked into getting on buses?

As opposed to being tricked by the Federal Government into marching all the way to the US border? A trip that enriches drug dealers and cartels; human traffickers, and sex traffickers that results in women and girls getting trapped into sex slavery.

How many thousands die domestically every year from drug overdoses, with thousands more dying just to get to the border, all due to policy crafted in DC.

There is undoubtedly some trickery at work here, but bussing illegal aliens to the US Capitol where they belong (as close to the policy as possible) is not it.

Hey, if we get enough of them there, maybe they can march on the Capitol Building and ask Chuck and Nancy for more free sh!t in person! Is it an insurrection if a small army of non-citizens “invade” the Capitol? No, the word for that is an invasion.

Keep those buses rolling. And don’t forget Florida. They are getting in on this relocation thing, too, because US Border Patrol was told by their DC bosses to bus the “migrants” to the Sunshine State and DeSantis plans to send them up to DC with the rest of them.

Maybe Mayor Bowser should have a talk with her Fed buddies about closing the border? How about that conversation?

 

 

HT | Washington News

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Another “Good Guy with a Gun Kills a Bad Guy Committing Murder”

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-07-19 00:00 +0000

Once again, it’s a gun-free zone that someone decided was easy pickings in making himself a Celebrity in the eyes of Moms Demand Action and Everytown.  Stories say that while he did kill 3 people and wounded 2 others, the shooter had a long gun and several loaded magazines with him as he entered the food court at the Greenwood Park Mall in Indiana – yet another gun-free zone. A 22-year-old man, carrying because Indiana has a Constitutional Carry law n the books (meaning no having to ask Daddy Government to exercise their Constitutional Right to self-defense) drew on him and “terminated the threat” (emphasis mine):

A lone man with a long gun killed three people before an armed bystander killed him in the Greenwood Park Mall food court Sunday evening, according to Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison. Two people were injured.

“It appears that he had a rifle with several magazines of ammunition, entered the food court and began shooting,” Ison said.

The “good Samaritan” who shot the man with the rifle was a 22-year-old man from Bartholomew County, Indiana, Ison said.

“The real hero of the day is the citizen that was lawfully carrying a firearm in that food court and was able to stop the shooter almost as soon as he began,” he said.

Note that lawful bit – there are some anti-gunners out there, who had NO thanks for someone that stopped what could have been a massacre. Like Bloomberg-bought-and-paid-for Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action.  She just couldn’t be even the little bit grateful that others didn’t die:

No gratitude and then lies on top of it – and this is why we can’t have nice things or even compromise that stay within Constitutional bounds.  That young man was LEGALLY carrying – no permission slip necessary.  The shade she is trying to throw was that the owner of the Mall, Simon Properties, “ASK” that people do not bring weapons onto their property. Well, so much for the bad guy listening to that ask (emphasis mine):

Thank you for choosing a Simon shopper center as your destination for shopping, great food, and entertainment. It is our desire to provide you with an enjoyable and delightful shopping experience. We ask all of our guests to conduct themselves in a respectful way in accordance with the code of conduct and all laws and local ordinances.

  1. Wear appropriate clothing. Hoodies are acceptable.
  2. Disruptive behavior is prohibited.
  3. No weapons.
  4. Possession of open alcoholic beverages, except in designated areas, is prohibited.
  5. No solicitation.
  6. No pets (except service animals).
  7. Engaging in non-commercial expressive activity, not sponsored by the center, is prohibited.
  8. Smoking, except in designated areas, is prohibited.
  9. No loitering.
  10. No photographs or video recordings of any kind for commercial use. Video is acceptable for non-commercial and non-disruptive purposes.
  11. Use of transmitters, radar, lasers, beacons, cellular triangulation, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, magnetic or barometric technologies, or geographic information systems of any kind to capture geographic location or spatial data for commercial use is prohibited.

An “ask” is not a law – it is an “ask” which means that while people can say yes, they can also say no. His actions have already been declared legal. Could their security escort someone off the property for violating any of those?  Perhaps.  Did THEIR security escort Bad Guy out the door?

Nope.  No mention of any mall cops at all.  Just a good guy with a gun. Whom, as her tweet shows (screencap from The Truth About Guns), Shannon Watts slandered, IMHO, because she’s an ideologue.  The Mayor of Greenwood gave his thanks for this young man’s “quick action”. The police chief called him “hero of the day”.

What Watts and others of her ilk get wrong is their outlook on those of us who do carry. We aren’t cowboys, we aren’t Rambos, and we aren’t looking for trouble. We do carry to protect ourselves, protect our families, and protect our friends (even though they may disagree with me concerning guns).  We who carry have already made the decision, as rare and as improbably though it might be, that we would be willing to act like that 22-year-old.  See the problem, see innocents gunned down, and be the one that would place our bodies between the threat and the innocents. It is a rational choice – and it is a HUGE responsibility.

It’s that responsibility part thoughtfully turned over, evaluated many times, considered the outcomes, and accepted it.  For anyone – and that would include those like Shaheen, Kuster, Pappas, and Maggie The Red. It’s not selective but IF one has to fight, one does.  And yes, I’d rather be left alone and not have to be in that situation – but sometimes, that’s not how Life works.

I learned long ago that the best fight you ever would have would be the one you could walk away from FIRST before it devolved into a fight (although I did work as a bouncer back in my college days – my friend told the owner he’d never have a problem with me as I didn’t drink). However, if you can’t, go for the stoppage.

That 22-year-old young man had to have practiced his skills and thought about it as well. It’s possible that as soon as that first shot rang out and he recognized what it was (or saw it), he was already drawing to respond. He didn’t have to – but responsibility (something, again, I don’t believe anti-gunners can or will ever understand) took over:

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

Or in this case, perfect strangers. He did what he had to, but only that much, and then stopped. I’m sure that he realized that he could have died as well – being the good guy with a gun doesn’t obviate bad things from happening to you and, at times, it has. He did, however, this time, made sure that no more were killed.

(H/T: DailyWire, BearingAarms, IJR, The Truth About Guns, ditto)

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Nashua’s Illegal and Corrupt Project – The Nashua Performing Arts Center (NPAC)

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-07-18 22:30 +0000

Article 1 Section 8 of the NH Constitution states that government should be accessible and accountable to its citizens. This is not the case with the Nashua Performing Arts Center (NPAC).

The 201 Main St. Real Estate and 201 Main Street Finance Corporations have total control of our tax dollars and are managing the construction, change orders, and equipment purchasing of the NPAC.

The Performing Arts Center passed a non-binding referendum vote by barely 100 votes. The City then bonded $15 million to construct a new Performing Arts Center where the Alex Shoe Store was located on Main Street. This became a controversial issue. In 2020, the City increased the project costs to $25 million and began the process to obtain financing through a New Market Tax Credit Program (NMTC).

This NMTC program is an extraordinarily complex shady money shell game with numerous banks and investors receiving the tax credits.

(click to enlarge – and you really should!)

The entire 2020 Board of Alderman voted in favor of this finance mechanism; few, if any, could explain it to their constituents.

Prior to the acceptance of the NMTC and restructuring of the Performing Arts Center, all aspects of this project were subject to NH open records laws. This was certainly public money, and we all had a right to understand how this money was being spent. When Nashua Deputy Counsel Leonard wrote the legislation for the two non-profit entities to become agents of this NMTC, she neglected to identify these corporations as RSA 91-A complaint businesses with records subject to public access.

For over a year, I have attempted to obtain information and understand what aspects of these new entities are subject to the Right to Know Law. Not one leader in City Hall would provide information or assist. The Mayor, Director Cummings, Mr. Lannan, and Attorney Bolton all remained silent.

On June 20, 2022, I emailed Rich Lannan, a Pelham resident who the City appointed President of the Art Center business entities, including the two nonprofits set up to accept this shady financing scheme, to inquire about the public nature of these businesses. Do Citizens have a right to know what is going on with this project?  For the first time in over a year, the response was that the meetings are open to the public and noticed under RSA 91-A.

Mr. Lannan was not truthful. These meetings, held in the Nashua City Hall auditorium on no set schedule,  are not noticed legally, minutes are not being recorded, and minutes are not posted within the timeframe of the law or made available to the public. Audio/Video recording is available in the room, but no recordings are produced. Records are not available for immediate inspection despite numerous requests. Many records do not exist for his “companies” funded with our tax dollars. The City ignored requests to provide construction schedules, financial information, change orders, etc.

All this is in violation of the law.

Economic Development Director Cummings and Mr. Lannan, non-resident Nashua Appointee, have robbed citizens of our legal rights and are spending tens of millions of dollars without allowing any public oversight.

It is time to end this corruption in Nashua and flush out these unscrupulous scoundrels who believe our tax dollars are their dollars.  Mr. Lannan and Director Cummings must go.

 

 

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Belknap County Republican Committee – Candidates for NH State Senate: Dave DeVoy, John Plummer. And Kevin jerks Tim Lang’s choke collar HARD

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

Interesting meeting this past Wednesday, as I previously wrote.  Right now, it’s all about the EXTREMIST and DECEITFUL “Citizens for Belknap”Political Action Committee (“PAC”). More on CoB PAC in a moment, but there IS a tie-in for this race so give me a few minutes, please.

Since NH State Senator Bob Guida decided to retire (after throwing in with these revengeful flock of folks that are ticked that “their” political play toy has been taken away by the Belknap Delegation by adding new Commissioners that actually Follow The Law), he nominated Tim Lang to be his hand-picked successor (NAILED IT!).

Unfortunately for Lang, with this newly redrawn NH State Senate District, there is a growing backlash that is starting to grow against him. He’s not going to have the slam dunk open door to that seat. Former Belknap County Commissioner Dave DeVoy and former NH State Rep John Plummer decided that he shouldn’t have that seat:

 

Dave DeVoy:

(Sorry, Dave; was going to adjust the other camera)

John Plummer:

So, ALMOST time to show Tim Lang; if you want to watch that video, skip this background part and watch it.

However, here’s the tie-in – back to the ill-named “Citizens for Belknap” (if you’re a rich guy who wants Gunstock in your hands, it seems) as they are ALL ABOUT calling the GAC Commissioners (except for Gary Kiedaish – and the “absence of the thing” can of speak loudly) and the NH State Reps are EXTREMISTS and therefore, lack integrity. Hold that thought for a sec.

I wish to remind people that the “organizer” (the Left LOVES Organizers – they even put one into the White House) Brian Beihl is a tried and true believer in all things Progressive. He’s been the deputy director of the uber-left Open Democracy NH since at least 2016 – I have emails from Open Democracy for YEARS.  He’s now handling the CoB strategy – for a bunch of Republicans???  Seriously, in the most Conservative County in NH, these disaffected Republicans want a Van Jones/AOC type leading them?

And in doing so, they STILL want you to believe they are “non-Partisan”?  Add to that, the CoB Chair Alan Posnack, from what I’ve been told, lives in Alton and is a registered Democrat. Still have to check that out but it is well known that their Treasurer, Brian Gallagher, is a former GAC Commissioner and finally had to resign because he was about to get found out that he was no longer eligible to be on the Gunstock Area Commission (after selling his home in Belknap County). The Law (RSA 399) is very clear on this: any member of the GAC MUST be a resident property owner:

399:3 Membership of the Commission. The commission shall consist of five members who shall be resident property owners in the county of Belknap and shall be invested with all the duties hereinafter granted to and imposed upon said commission.

Heck, even as THE CHAIR, he didn’t have the integrity and courage to immediately resign once that property was sold.  Yet, he continued well past that date, and former Commissioner, then Acting Chair, then demoted back to mere Commissioner, Gary Kiedaisch ran up a legal bill with Devine-Millimet about Brian. I am supposing it was Kiedaisch trying to find a legal weasel strategy how to keep Gallagher on the Commission after he should have left even at the time, his reasoning was, paraphrased, all the politics, infighting, and acrimony. Well, over and over again refusing to share information about a lot of things with newly appointed Peter Ness that he was demanding, kinda looks like Gallagher and Kiedaisch were the instigators of all that even as they are now claiming (WAIT FOR IT – the same favorite tactic of the Left)…..VICTIMHOOD (and the legal bills to prove it).

Oh, and Kiedaisch attempted yet another set of legal skulking about when it became clear that former Commissioner Rusty McLear had WAY stayed longer than his interim term allowed and the Delegation had to kick him out of that “squatted” seat. So McLear is tied into this (what, a reconstitution of the Three Stooges: Moe, Larry, and Curly?).

Skip – isn’t that stooping too low?  No, not at all. When a GAC Commissioner, Gary Kiedaisch, wants the rest of us that Gunstock Mountain Resort and the Gunstock Area Commission are NOT a part of Government (it is – it’s owned by the citizens of Belknap County and that HE is Above the Law (re: the GAC ByLaws trump NH State Statutes).  This is a very narcissistic person who even holds himself up so high that he has said that RSA 399 should be changed so that only folks like HIM should be Commissioners – and with dripping condescension of the idea that “mere” citizens should play any kind of leadership role in our own self-governing.  Here’s the goods.

So now back to Bob Guida who was seen with both Kiedaisch and McLear – there’s the insertion point.  Then when HB1397 showed up, with Bob Guida as the Prime Sponsor, that was meant to totally rewrite the RSA 399 to screw over both the Belknap County Delegation AND the Belknap County Commissioners from having any oversight at all of GMR and the GAC, it was politics full-blown.

It’s the Left’s normal playbook – if you can’t win by playing by the current rules, change them.

And NOW we’re back to Tim Lang. And the “Lang Gang” (Mike Bordes, Travis O’Hara, and Doug Trottier).  The linchpin for Lang is that he ALSO signed up to run for this seat (as Harold French decided to run for the NH Executive Council) and, again, the District got all shifted around due to decadal mandatory re-districting.  And was promptly endorsed by the Prime Sponsor of HB1397 Bob Guida to replace him.

And Lang was ALSO a sponsor of the Kiedaisch/McLear/Gallagher/Hayden McLaughlin (owner of Belknap Landscape) inspired (or was it the work of Open Democracy NH’s Brien Beihl???).

Anyways, Lang was refused a time slot during the BCRC meeting to make his case.  Why should the Executive Committee allow it – it was the first time in two years he had bothered to show up since Alan Glassman was deposed as Chair; so much for thinking it was important UNTIL election time.  He only got to speak when Chair Norm Silber recognized him for something not knowing it was going to be a stump speech that had been disallowed (starting about 1:10 into the clip). It’s clear that he was trying REALLY hard to distance himself, for sheer political expediency, from any of what I wrote above.

This is why all that background was included to understand what Lang was doing for that political reason.

But listen, when he stops, when Kevin Leandro has an embarrassing comment and then a question:

And yes, no actual video of him but use the camera that got the best audio.

I will have to say one thing for Lang, he’s got chutzpah – he asked if GraniteGrok was going to be doing GrokGauntlets on NH State Senate Races and if so if he’d get a shot.

“Be careful for what you wish for” immediately came to mind. Then I did say yes.

And remember, he was Sununu’s favorite son on the Task Force that determine who or what was “essential” or “non-essential” during COVID as Sununu thought was an Elected King.

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Biden Stole “Their” Lunch Money – A Federal Judge Just Gave it Back

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-07-18 19:30 +0000

A few months back, the Biden Administration announced its intent to extend a gender-bender-related US Supreme Court ruling on Title VII to Title IX. Anyone who refused to bow to the new rule would lose lunch money for poor kids. A Federal Judge just said, give it back.

 

A federal judge in Tennessee has temporarily blocked Biden administration directives allowing transgender workers and students to use bathrooms and locker rooms and join sports teams that correspond with their gender identity.

Judge Charles Atchley Jr. of the Eastern District of Tennessee ruled on Friday that the administration’s directives would make it impossible for some states to enforce their own laws on transgender athletes’ participation in girls’ sports and access to bathrooms.

Back in April, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said last June that Title IX “protected” trans students and that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) would “fully enforce” this interpretation “in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance from the department.”

By late May, it was a done deal, and not just concerning schools receiving federal food aid.

Under this new demand, establishments that accept any federal food funding, including food stamps, must also allow males who claim to be female to access female private spaces, such as showers, bathrooms, and sleeping areas. Such organizations must also follow protocols such as requiring staff to use inaccurate pronouns to describe transgender people and allowing male staff to dress as women while on the job.

They did it even though it would never stand up to Judicial scrutiny. Any compelled speech case would strike down the mandated pronouns provisions, and we know the court will ax the funding prohibition against religious groups. They’ve made it clear that a program of such scop cannot discriminate against groups or schools based on faith, and trans bathrooms and pronouns are not universally embraced by Christians and in no circumstance of which I am aware by Muslims.

They did it anyway.

And now a judge in Tennessee, responding to a lawsuit by twenty Republican State Attorneys General, has blocked the rule. In part because it interferes with existing state statutes. But in greater measure, because it is based on the Bidenistas’ interpretation’ of “Bostock v. Clayton County [which] said employers cannot terminate workers because of their gender identity or sexuality.”

Atchley on Friday agreed with the states, writing in his ruling that the Supreme Court in Bostock “explicitly refused to decide whether ‘sex-segregated bathrooms, locker rooms, and dress codes’ violate Title VII.”

The ruling only blocks implementation while the case winds its way up the judicial food chain, but for now, Biden can’t steal poor kid’s lunch money which will make many Democrats unhappy. For all their talk about being the voice of our most vulnerable, everything they do makes them more vulnerable.

Something they can perhaps discuss with those poor students … over lunch?

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Even 78% Of Democrats Think US Is On the Wrong Path Nationally

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-07-18 18:00 +0000

Pro-abortion advocates stoked on by Antifa are rioting across American cities again. Thing is the majority of American citizens disagree with these “activists.” In fact, most of the world disagrees with them and thinks all Americans have lost their minds. Even in the liberals of Europe pro- abortionists are small minority.

All upset because SCOTUS reversed Roe v. Wade. One insightful lady, seen on Twitter, declared it’s the Left’s own fault. Given that proverbial inch, they just kept pushing for that mile. Abortion up to the moment of birth and allowing a live baby to die from neglect was too much for most of America and our Justices, too. What did those on the Left think would be the majority’s reaction? Did they think everyone would stand up and cheer? Even the most backward societies value their children and know that children are the future of our cultures.

It’s not just the abortion issue but the Leftist Biden administration has exposed the disastrous economy issue with inflation skyrocketing, shortages of everything consumers need and want, and crime rates soaring everywhere while the Left focuses on taking guns from the law-abiding while pandering to or ignoring violent criminals who do most of that crime and killing.

Tony Boutin is right [speaking of the Laconia Daily Sun’s abbreviated Letter to the Editor rules], the new 300-word limit is foolish and their phony local paper narrative when The Sun pumps out-of-state Leftists with three columns, vicious hate-mongering cartoonists at least three days a week, and never challenges even the most outrageous facts the Left pushes.

Still even 78% of Democrats think we are on the wrong path nationally. When winter comes and poor and working families go without heat or skimp on food Democrats and liberals will hear from even them loud and clear.

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MONDAY MEMES

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-07-18 16:30 +0000

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

Remember, ridicule and mockery are effective weapons:

  1. Ridicule cannot easily be fought
  2. Ridicule makes the enemy angry, and angry people make mistakes
  3. For those in the “squishy middle” a Thought Splinter (and Part II and Part III) can often be hidden inside humor.  Stand by for Thought Splinters IV… when I can get to it.  Work has ramped up!  Another one, a follow-up to A Curious Incuriosity, is nearing completion as well.

Now, let the mockery and mayhem begin.

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

 

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But first, a random sampling of three of my cartoons.  Please note these are my concepts but I pay a professional to do them.

 

 

 

 

 

Note, this last one is on a T-shirt if you’d like to support me.  So is the first one.  But don’t forget Grok merch as well.

 

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My choice for the best of the lot:

 

 

Also, one other thing.  AFAIK not one pol, from the fedgov level to cities, lost a single paycheck.

I remember, back in college, there were budget cuts.  I didn’t care for the school President, but… he also voluntarily took a pay cut to help with the budget issue.  I may not have liked the man, but at least he stepped up to share the pain.

And, perhaps, a second:

 

 

First, this was before the welfare state, before college tuitions were inflated by federal financial aid, and don’t forget the great Vote Pump.  Ably discussed by Bill Whittle:

 

 

Second, we have feminism.  Now, I’m not saying that women should be domestic slaves, mandated to be “barefoot and pregnant” in the kitchen, slaving away scrubbing the house with a toothbrush.  But as Thomas Sowell said about traditions (and traditional families):

 

 

My wife stayed home for years.  It was only budgetary pressures and my having to switch to a consultant life – which has enabled me to be home and there for the kids too – that drove her back to the workplace.  And thankfully she’s done well in that, which helps enormously.

Third, materialism.  We now have cell phones, and internet, and computers for the whole family.  We have cable TV, restaurants galore and we eat out of them often.  Kids don’t go outside to play but have electronic games, and sports and “enrichment activities” and so on.  We have busy wives hiring cleaning people to do what wives used to do, and – IMHO – shame on husbands who don’t help.  We have… so much, but we have to pay for it.  We have people traaaaaveling every summer, going on this trip or that to exotic locales annually.  We have people living in houses that are way too big – McMansions.  We don’t have a car, or even two smaller economy cars… we have both parents having SUVs or minivans or whatever.  We have constant house remodelings and new kitchens and bathrooms – I see TV shows where they talk about complete house refurbishing for six-figures on top of the mortgage they already have.  to “keeping up with the Joneses” with pools and playground sets at home and new toys and spoiled-brat kids.

We have been made slaves to prosperity.

And this is why the above image rings so true.  We could have that, but we’ve been convinced through clever marketing – leveraging ENVY – that we deserve a lifestyle of the rich and famous.  Even if we’re not actually rich and famous.

A closing anecdote: my parents always tried to live within our means.  Once Christmas holiday, visiting my parents in Florida, we went to an enormous bash at one of my father’s coworker’s house.  As we pulled in I noticed how opulent the yard was, the house impeccable from the outside, two BMWs in the driveway while my parents were driving around in a Dodge Colt.  And I asked how they could afford all that, knowing that my father and he were roughly equal in pay.

My father’s reply was simple.  “Debt.  They have leveraged their entire life incomes to borrow to have it now”.

Slaves to prosperity, financed by life-long debt.

 

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Another recipe from My Tree in Israel (full disclosure: I am friends with one of the owners but receive no compensation for promoting them – just trying to help a friend’s business).

 

 

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Palate Cleanser:

 

 

Honey, I have returned with dinner!

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Johnny Dearest: Am I Watching Too Much Jordan Peterson?

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-07-18 15:00 +0000

Johnny Dearest,

I feel like perhaps I’ve been watching too much Jordan Peterson lately. It started when I refused to use the preferred pronouns of my second-grade teacher Mrs. Queequeg, who outed itself to the class as a queer non-binary gender fluid enviro-metro sexual. I don’t even know what pronouns are so I said “No way! I’m not doing it, and that’s that ok?” She accused me of being a sexist member of the patriarchy and claimed that my whiteness inferred privilege. To which I responded:

“I believe you mean confer, which is to bestow, whereas infer is an intransitive verb used synonymously with imply, which you might want to brush up on if you’re going to be teaching us English. As for privilege, do you mean like the privilege of dying at a higher rate at the hands of police? Or perhaps you’re referring to the privilege of not living as long as women, assuming you still know what one is for Pete’s sake!”

Johnny, I don’t even know what sex means, but I wasn’t about to tell it that and give it the ammunition to cancel me over its perceived moral turpitude on my part. So, of course, I was sent to Principal Juestine’s office where he proceeded to read me the riot act, in French no less, accusing me of abusing my standing as a Canadian to cause harm to my illegal immigrant teacher.

So I asked,

“What bloody harm can I possibly cause as a second grader – I don’t even know what pronouns are let alone what that thing is if it’s not a she?!”

He wasn’t having any of that and told me I owed it an apology for being insensitive and putting its life at risk with my hate speech.

“Hate speech? You call that hate speech?!? I don’t have an ounce of hate in my body for Mrs. Queequeg…”

“Their name is Kurtina.”

“Ok, I suppose, Kurtina then. I don’t have an ounce of hate in my body for Mrs. Kurtina. Now you might say I don’t feel the same way about math or spelling, which of course studies show all second graders hate with a passion, including this kid right here, the evidence is clear. I can accept that. I’m like two standard deviations more hateful toward math than most, alright? Especially Shrimsha Pardeep who can already do trigonometry in third grade, I’m not sure how you explain that. However you can’t lob these accusations against me over some lady’s name choices, that’s absurd!

He asked me how much Jordan Peterson I’d been watching and I told him

“Quite a lot actually, he’s one of the only sane educators left on the planet.”

He nodded disapprovingly and told me I was watching too much. What do you think Johnny?

Signed,

Little Jordan P.

Dear Little Jordan P.,

When is the last time you cleaned your room?

-Johnny

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Data Point – Which Nation Has the Most Homicides per Guns Owned? It Isn’t the US!

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-07-18 13:30 +0000

For all we hear about gun violence, not enough of us on the Right will correct people like Zandra Rice-Hawkins by calling it for what it is: gun CRIME.  We also don’t push back that 2/3rds of the deaths from guns are suicides – they are SUICIDES and not violence.

When you account for that, this table taken from GunPolicy shows where the real problems are as the US ends up at the second least at 5.49 gun homicides per 100K guns owned:

And now a stat that shove’s a cigar into the Civilian Gun Disarmament crowd:

New study: About 500 people responsible for 70% of D.C.’s violence

Now a new study from the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform is shedding new light on just how few offenders we’re actually talking about. According to researchers, almost 75% of shootings in Washington, D.C. over the past few years can be traced back to just a few hundred offenders.

The National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform looked at the numbers for homicides and nonfatal shooting in D.C. in 2019 and 2020, and found that “most gun violence is tightly concentrated on a small number of very high-risk young Black male adults that share a common set of risk factors.”

Those factors include involvements in street crews, a previous criminal justice history and connection to a recent shooting. Often, they’ve been the victims of crime themselves. While the motive for the shooting “may not be a traditional gang war,” the report says, “often shootings are precipitated by a petty conflict over a young woman, a simple argument, or the now-ubiquitous social media slight.”

The homicide rate in D.C. rose by 18% in 2020 compared to 2019, the study found, and about 500 identifiable people are behind 70% of the 863 incidents involving gun violence. The studies also showed that about 200 people are driving a majority of these incidents at any one point in time.

Further, the study’s data suggests that your typical gun control laws, from universal background checks to bans on “high capacity” magazines, don’t do anything to stop this core group of hardcore offenders. Not only do they obviously fail to prevent these guys from getting ahold of a gun in the first place, but even when they’re caught and prosecuted, the consequences don’t seem to be changing too many minds. More than 80% of homicide victims and offenders had previous involvement in the criminal justice system, with many of them legally ineligible to own a firearm due to previous convictions. In fact, according to the NICJR report, just 24% of homicide suspects had no previous engagement with the criminal justice system, while 46% of suspects had at least one prior period of incarceration behind them.

I say “at least one,” because according to the report, most homicide suspects have racked up extensive criminal histories.

Of those who were known to the criminal justice system prior to the homicide, most victims and suspects had been arrested for property (avg. 2.8), drug (avg. 2.4), and unarmed violent (avg. 2.3) offenses (Figure 3). Overall, most victims and suspects with prior criminal offenses had been arrested about 11 times for about 13 different offenses by the time of the homicide. This count only refers to adult arrests and juvenile arrests were not included.

 

(H/T: Powerline)

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NY Judge Tells NYC That Letting Illegal Immigrants Vote “Legally” Violates the Constitution

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-07-18 12:00 +0000

The promise of prolonged Democrat rule is a city in a ditch, on fire, with rampant crime and poop-covered streets. The product of decades of bad policy, broken promises, and corruption. But Democrats like ruling over ruin, and they’d do anything to keep it that way.

It was only a matter of time until these sanctuary cities tried to give the illegal immigrants they harbor voting rights. Just a jump to my left, in Vermont, the towns of Montpellier (the state capital) and Woonoski (one of the Northeast’s original granola, Birkenstock Meccas) wanted that (illegals voting), so the Blue Legislature running the Green Mountain State passed a law. Towns can pass ordinances allowing Illegals to vote in local elections.

New York City Democrats wanted that too. They passed a law allowing non-citizens to vote in local elections. New York City elections. You know, because they are there. And why not? There are already 8.8 million people. And in 2018, just under 6 million of them were registered, Democrats.

How many do you need?

More.

Register them to vote in local elections (incrementalism) and then seek some social justice voting-rights path to the national rodeo.

The shitty that never shleeps (sorry, bit a lisp there) gave it a go but “Staten Island Supreme Court Justice Ralph Porzio … issued a permanent injunction that bars the city Board of Elections from letting around 800,000 non-citizen residents register to vote.”

It is, apparently, no irony here – illegal.

 

In a 13-page ruling, Porzio said city officials can’t “obviate” restrictions in the state constitution, which “expressly states that only citizens meeting the age and residency requirements are entitled to register and vote in elections.”

“There is no statutory ability for the City of New York to issue inconsistent laws permitting non-citizens to vote and exceed the authority granted to it by the New York State Constitution,” he wrote.

 

There they go with the Constitution thing again – it is no wonder Democrats want to be rid of them. Every now and again, some judge looks at the thing and discovers that one of the other two legitimate branches of government has overreached and then rules as if the Constitution has more legal authority than the current crop of pols or their latest fancy.

I’m sure they’ll find some other judge to say something different, and then we’ll be off a higher court. And while that works itself out at significant taxpayer expense, non-citizens in The Shitty that never shleeps will have to vote for Democrats the way they always have.

Illegally.

 

 

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Quick Thought – This Is Correct; They Are Trying to Break Us

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-07-18 10:30 +0000

From Liberal Logic 101:

Progressives, on the other hand, not only wish to crush that spirit but continue the process of forcing a dependency upon Government that started in the early 1900s. They believe they are entitled to Rule. Oh, not them personally (well, many of them) but knowing that the facade would be sufficient for their purpose as THEY would be the ones grasping the Levers of Power that are deep within the bowels of the Government that our Founders never wanted.

At that point in time, the Great American Experiment in self-governance and liberty will be gone

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Sunday Spotlight: The Webb Telescope

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-07-18 01:30 +0000

It is not difficult to understand that we cannot even agree on how our universe and existence came to be. When you take the time to look into the evening sky and gaze upon the plethora of stars and realize that every one of those stars is another galaxy, like ours, of planets and moons circulating its sun, you may understand how insignificant we are.

We are very parochial to think that we are “it .” We are the only life form on the only planet that can sustain us, and we are the most intellectual level in the creation by God or otherwise. Just that thought alone may prove our lack of intellect and imagination.

We have a difficult time understanding concepts like finite and infinite. And to look at those stars and know that they are billions of light years away stretches our imagination and understanding. Over the years, we have created instruments to explore the depths of our universe, and as these tools have become more sophisticated, our universe has grown. We have gone into space and explored our piece of the universe. Even to call it our universe may be presumptuous. But in reality, those ventures into the darkness are like a trip to the corner store when you comprehend the magnitude of our universe.

The James Webb Space Telescope had its origin over twenty-five years ago. It is the latest tool for us to gaze into the infinity of the universe. It has supplanted the Hubble as man’s most powerful telescope, and to steal a play on words, has humbled us. It has proven once more how tiny we are in the scheme of the universe. It is appropriate that the Webb was launched on Christmas Day, December 25, 2021. It began transmitting images to Earth nearly a year later, and the clarity and beauty of these images contribute to the mystery of the universe and our existence.

The images we are receiving do not prove the existence of life elsewhere in the universe but make foolish the possibility that other life does not exist beyond Earth. I think the purpose of The Webb, beyond the beautiful images and scientific proof of faraway galaxies, is to humble us as beings. To get us to step back and put ourselves into perspective. We are far less important than we imagine, and our time here is less than a pebble of sand in the hourglass of time. We are insignificant, and if we could grasp that thought, maybe we could co-exist far better.

We may never travel to the galaxies that The Webb is bringing to us, but that is not to say that beings from there are not coming to visit us. I am pretty sure there are more intelligent beings out there. There has to be with how we have been performing lately. We do not have the quest for space like Kennedy and the Space Race with the Russians instilled in the 60s. We have not returned to the moon in years, and Mars may still be years away.

Billionaires are taking over the government’s role in space travel, which may be suitable for many reasons. No tax dollars spent, competition, and their egos will drive them to succeed. The Space Force will eventually require us back into space, but hopefully, space will always be a place of mystery and exploration, not a field of battle. Our future is short, and finding new places for conflict should not have a spot on anyone’s priority list.

May the constellations constantly challenge us to reflect on who we are, what we have done, and to do better. Let us always look to the stars for inspiration and wonder. God bless you on this Sunday and every day.

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If You’d Like to Make a Few Libs Snap Like Twigs …

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-07-18 00:00 +0000

Not new, but worth the fifty-six seconds. It is a small island of sanity in a crazy world, and once again, it is coming from a strange place. The mouth of Bill Maher.

And it is a keeper. Bookmark it, download it and keep it handy. It is something to share with liberal “friends” who have been triggered (in this case, about COVID, SARS CoV2, The WuFlu, China Virus), …I can hear the twigs snapping from here.

You call it the wrong thing and ‘Snap!’

That in itself is satisfying but not as much as sending them a great big ‘sh!t’ sandwich to chew on from someone who is, for the most part, on their side.

This is one of those. A very common sense look at the naming history of things by scientists, until what? The Wuhan Flu.

Language Warning.

 



You can also view it here if you have problems with the player.

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Warning About School Choice and the Jeb Bush Cronies that Push it

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-07-17 22:30 +0000

When Betsy DeVos became U.S. Secretary of Education, I opposed that nomination. There were good candidates available, but I was told that V.P. Mike Pence thought she’d be a good pick. She brought controversy to the position, and even though there were some good policy decisions made by her, there were others that were horrible.

It was DeVos who thought a federal voucher program would be good for children. While it is important to make sure a child who is in a poor quality public school has other options, this should never be implemented at the federal level. Federal dollars following the child means federal strings follow the child too. Federal strings would require private and parochial schools to follow what the feds want, and remove their autonomy in order to qualify for those federal dollars. As much as it would be nice to make these options more available to families, you cannot destroy the private and parochial schools in the process.

DeVos is a Jeb Bush crony who also pushed the dumbed down Common Core in schools across the county. That’s why many conservatives never believed she was the best choice for U.S. Secretary of Education. Common Core was a big set up for failure for public schools.  Most people do not know that Jeb Bush’s online Charter Schools would benefit from parents who were fed up and needed an alternative.

Think of Pepsi sabotaging Coke so that Coke customers would be forced to drink Pepsi. If you push education reforms like Common Core that hurt the public schools, parents will need alternatives. Jeb Bush pushed Common Core but then worked to make his online charter schools available to families.  He never really talked about how he was instrumental in the public school sabotage.

DeVos is no friend to public education, and I would include private and parochial schools too.  She proved that when she pushed the federal voucher program.

Corey DeAngelis has been championing school choice for a while too. DeAngelis is the national director of research at the DeVos-founded American Federation for Children. https://betsydevos.com/about-betsy/
Devos served as Chairman of American Federation for Children (2009 to 2016)

One of the best ways to turn conservatives AGAINST school choice is to start messing with their private and parochial schools. This is why conservatives turned their back on John Kasich in Ohio and Mike Pence in Indiana. Their state vouchers forced children to take the Common Core Standardized tests. Parents then saw their private and parochial schools start to align their curriculum to the dumbed down Common Core.  This hurt the children in the private and parochial schools.  This didn’t help parents choose a better school, it helped dumb down the private and parochial schools.

Both CATO and the Heritage Foundation came out against the DeVos voucher program because they knew what that meant for private and parochial schools. It would set up a faux school choice system where parents really didn’t have any choice at all. Dumbed down Common Core for all.

Neal McClusky from CATO wrote:

As I wrote yesterday, even though choice is great, it is not something people should want Washington providing. Nor—outside of the DC voucher program, military families, and maybe Native American reservations—is it something that the feds can constitutionally provide. My fear is that DeVos and Trump might not recognize the myriad problems with taking private school choice national. More concerning, the American Federation for Children, which DeVos chairs, has tended to favor more rules and regulations on choice than I would prefer. That could become a much bigger concern were rules and regs attached to national‐​level vouchers.

From Heritage (Heritage Experts: Federal Tax-Credit Scholarship Proposal Could Reverse School Choice Gains):

 

“It’s wonderful that the Administration wants to advance school choice but a nationwide federal tax-credit scholarship program is the wrong way to do it. This could open the door for further education regulations down the road that neutralize the advantages of private education as well as impede future tax reform efforts.

“Future administrations could use a federal tax-credit scholarship to require that schools adhere to certain admissions and accountability policies. That would mean the federal government could further dictate testing, reporting, academic content, and even bathroom policies for all schools involved.

“This proposal is also outside of the federal government’s jurisdiction. It would grow, rather than reduce, federal intervention in education. It would be better for the Education Department to keep highlighting the great advances that states have made in school choice.”

Betsy DeVos tried to lead our private and parochial schools off the cliff with her federal voucher program.

New Hampshire is doing just fine without the interference from the feds. If states want to develop their own programs, let them engage their state elected officials. Even though Indiana and Ohio chose the wrong path, New Hampshire did not. New Hampshire’s scholarship program offers tuition assistance to children who need it without the federal sabatoge you get with testing requirements. If public school administrators and board members will not work on behalf of all New Hampshire families, then we will make sure that they have authentic choices.

While Corey DeAngelis is working the school choice issue on behalf of the DeVos camp, it’s important to understand that their faux version of choice doesn’t really offer parents authentic choice. And to make matters worse, UNESCO lists DeAngelis as a policy expert: https://en.unesco.org/inclusivepolicylab/users/corey-deangelis. 

This led to James Lindsay calling out DeAngelis on Twitter to get some clarification on this relationship.

Since UNESCO drives the globalist agenda that has dumbed down our public schools and brought in some of the worst education reforms, I agree with Lindsay, what is this all about?

Maybe the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance can get an answer for us since they invited DeAngelis to their dinner on July 23rd. It will be interesting to hear from the NHLA and how they explain this.  I could have warned them!

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Data Point – I would call it Modernity and Success than anything else.

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-07-17 21:00 +0000

I saw these two maps over at Pleated Jeans.  Immediately at seeing the title of “Light Pollution”, my response was “wealth, modernity” – the people of the US (not the national government) are much more wealthier and have higher expectations for standards of living.  Thus, we have the ability and willingness to “push back the night”.

It’s also clear that by looking at the population density by State (second map), we see why the lack of night lights end almost in a straight line”:

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Common Sense Radio – What Is This “Citizens for Belknap” and Why You Should Hate Them. Willful Deceit Is Not Nice.

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-07-17 19:30 +0000

After all, they are trying to portray themselves as something they are not. Being led by Brian Biehl of the Socialist-leaning Open Democracy, this is supposed to be a “non-partisan” Political Action Group “with only the best interest of Belknap County residents at heart” (no, not a quote – it’s what they want you to believe). How do I know that?

I have years of his emails extolling the utopian agenda to the masses who NEED Progressivism (well, growing the cannon fodder folks). From Open Democracy. Non-partisan?

Not so much.

However, that’s just a teaser for what will be coming later.  For now, take a listen to this week’s Common Sense Radio show (WEZS, Saturdays, 9-10am) hosted by Marc Abear and Paul Hopfgarten.  They invited me and former NH State Rep Jane Cormier to talk about this “Citizen for Belknap” PAC.

  • When was it started?
  • Who heads it up
  • Who are the “front” people?
  • How well funded are they (those signs all over Belknap County are not cheap – this is being bankrolled big time)
  • And what is their end game?  WHY does it exist and what is their second goal after they oust all the Conservative NH State Reps in Belknap County to “clear the table”.

Yes, Gary Kiedaisch, Rusty McLear, Hayden McLaughlin, Brian Gallagher, Tim Lang, Travis O’Hara, Mike Bordes, Doug Trottier- and a few others.

As I said during the show, the words “revenge” and “retribution” come to mind.  Money, a lot of money – but that’s for later.

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And Brian Gallagher, former chair of the Gunstock Area Commission (forced to resign after being outed that he no longer owned property in Belknap County – a strict requirement for being a Commission

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