The Manchester Free Press

Friday • July 12 • 2024

Vol.XVI • No.XXVIII

Manchester, N.H.

Survival Sunday

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-07-17 16:30 +0000

Nitzakhon Note: This got very long and IMHO it’s becoming daunting to read in one go.  After this one I’m going to, as length demands, start doing two such posts a week when it is called for.  The Sunday one will be this full one, and then if necessary I’ll do a hump day one which will be just new articles but will have a linkback to the Sunday one.  So, for example, below you will find permanent links to books, etc., while the mid-week one will omit those.  Unless people comment they want to keep them in both.

 

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First, I am merely an “enlightened amateur”.  Please vet & check on your own.  Caveat emptor.  Consider these to be priming the pump for your own investigations.

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

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

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

A link on that point; An early warning system concerning the people around us (embedded quote):

The covid bull**** did us all a favor. I know that sounds crazy, but hear me out for a minute. All the people demanding more lockdowns, that the unvaccinated be punished, that vaccine passports be required, that mask mandates remain in place forever, and all that **** are all speaking loudly and openly about it. Those are the people who are a threat to anyone who wants to remain free. They are the people who will report your activities to the government. They are the secret police.

And please follow both me, Nitzakhon, on Gab… as well as my blog host Granite Grok and also on Telegram Tommy Robinson Official (I post there as “D” – one of several with that same initial, but I’m there) plus his Urban Scoop site.  And don’t forget my posts sometimes get cloned on American Reveille as well.

 

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Top of the fold:

Did The Feds Just Admit That Ray Epps Was Officially Working For Them? – Bear Bussjaeger

Read this.  Read this again.

Freshii’s ‘virtual cashiers’ make $3.75 an hour and have been called ‘outrageous’ — now the chain’s founder wants to go global | The Star

It’s a race to the bottom of the GLOBAL wage level.  Excellent books:

The Race To The Bottom: Why A Worldwide Worker Surplus And Uncontrolled Free Trade Are Sinking American Living Standards Paperback – August 31, 2002

Sold Out: How High-Tech Billionaires & Bipartisan Beltway Crapweasels Are Screwing America’s Best & Brightest Workers

Meanwhile, the elites sup on dainties and live the high life:

Our New Antoinettes › American Greatness (amgreatness.com)

So much for the Supreme Court EPA decision…

The Rule of Law is dead.  Plan accordingly… it may take a while to trickle down to where you are, but it will.

So NYFC has nuclear PSAs now.

New York City Releases First ‘Nuclear Attack’ PSA Since 1960’s – Summit News

And now, signs elsewhere too.

Ominous Sign Appears at Paramus Park Mall (theridgewoodblog.net)

And my wife, quoting some Russian language channel she gets, said that Putin’s allegedly threatening to use nukes in Ukraine.  Real?  Deep fake?  WEF/Globalist prepping for a false flag?  Got KI tablets?

 

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Prepper Site URLS:

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

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

Mother Earth News

The Organic Prepper Home – The Organic Prepper

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

SHTF Blog – Modern Survival

Survival World

And two aggregate sites listing their top favorite sites:

TOP 50 SURVIVAL & PREPPER BLOGS

The 50 Best Survival Blogs

Specific, one-up articles:

30 Smart Ways to Reuse Things That You Usually Throw Away – Ask a Prepper

Aquaponics: Build Your Own Endless Food Supply At Home For SHTF – Ask a Prepper

Top 10 Bartering Items + Skills Every Prepper Needs – My Patriot Supply

15 Survival Items You Can Buy At Costco – Ask a Prepper

A note about any grain storage: beware Indian meal moths.  I’m having to clear out ALL my grains because the little bastards got in and got frickin’ everywhere before I realized it.  Freeze any new purchases for at least 72 hours and IMHO seal each bag, double, in a Ziploc style double-bag to contain any survivors.  And if you get them, go through everything – and I mean everything – ASAP.  Don’t let them infest everywhere like I did.

7 Prepping Items FEMA Will Confiscate When SHTF – Ask a Prepper

Understand this.  They can – legally – take everything you have.  Your food, your water, your medicines, your… every single thing… they want to take.  I was impressed, though not in a good way, that they explicitly mention fertilizer.  That’s some serious attention to detail, and it foresees their taking from you your ability to raise your own food as supplemented with fertilizer for better growth.

Food-Stretching Tips From The Great Depression – Ask a Prepper

Good tips!

Family Kicked Off Their Own Property, Fined for Living Sustainably As Politicians Ignore Them – Activist Post

This is disgusting.  They have a GoFundMe (I gave).

These 10 Types of People Will Die First When SHTF – Ask a Prepper

Very likely, despite my preps, my new medical condition will make me one of these sooner rather than later.

How to Purify Water with Bleach in 5 Steps (shtfblog.com)

Basically, one drop per pint of unscented bleach within its expiry window.

8 Drugs to Pack in a Bug Out Bag (shtfblog.com)

3 Ways to Buy Antibiotics Without a Prescription (shtfblog.com)

I have safely (OK, one course) used fish antibiotics.  I also have one package from Jase Medical and am working on more.

 

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

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

 

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Or if you have a sheet of plastic:

Solar Water Still Plastic Sheet Small Rock Condensation Vegetation Container Solar Water Still | Meme on ME.ME

Having a tube too, so you don’t have to deconstruct it to get to the water, helps.

 

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Foraging: Books and one-up articles

23 Medicinal Plants the Native Americans Used on a Daily Basis – Ask a Prepper

 

Books (permanent feature):

Feasting Free on Wild Edibles (old but good)

The Lost Ways (much more than just foraging)

The Forager’s Guide to Wild Foods

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO EDIBLE WILD PLANTS FOR BEGINNERS

 

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

Canadian government invests $8.5 million in insect production | Pet Food Processing

You, and your pets, will eat the bugs.  Video from PJW, so language alert.  Note the date, 2019.

 

 

And I just saw a video of Salma Hayek proudly eating “Mexican crickets”… they’re really going to be pushing this hard with all the glitterati just hap-hap-happy to be on board with the cutting edge.

The End of Private Car Ownership | FrontpageMag

 

 

What a diabolical business model.  Pass a law that makes farmland unviable economically.  Then offer to buy up the land whose value you, yourself, have destroyed.  And extra-super-bonus, you get to starve the kulaks.  More:

 

 

Look ma, no chip needed!  That, or chips, will be sold as being convenient.  Your slavery is convenient.

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/face-recog-in-china.mp4

 

Leo Hohmann Shares New insights on Klaus Schwab’s ‘You Will Own Nothing and Be Happy’: How AI and the Internet of Things Will Control Everything You Do in Life (thegatewaypundit.com)

How Can Western Civilization Survive with Reviled Institutions? :: Gatestone Institute

Western Civilization can’t.  Which is the point.

 

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Shortages (broadly):

Authorities Respond to Massive Fire After Explosion at Oklahoma Natural Gas Plant, Forcing Major Evacuations

“Accident”.

Railroad force majeure declarations were about halting animal feed shipments – they’re trying to starve us out! – DC Clothesline

The sheeple will not notice until the shelves are almost bare.  Then it will be panic buying.  And they’ll be furious at any prepper – not because we prepped, but because we, who they mocked, are turning out to be right.

BIDEN ECONOMY: A Sign of Impending Recession, Copper Prices Crash Too

In parallel, last year my neighbor – who works for a large beer company – said they were desperate to find aluminum cans and were having to buy cans from IIRC India!

Food Crisis Ahead: Ten Weeks of Wheat Left in Global Supply, World Leaders Warned (thefederalistpapers.org)

OOH, I don’t think anyone knows for sure.  OTOH, IMHO, the time to actually fix this has passed.

From Telegram:

#The UK allegedly reporting that food fields are also burning in West Yorkshire.

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/fires-in-uk-fields.mp4

 

There are disturbing reports from the Rostov region in Russia about such finds in wheat fields.

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/rostov-fields.mp4

 

Assuming this is true, what kind of sick f*ck burns the crops that feed people?  And on Telegram I’m seeing – assuming they’re actually current and not spoofs or historical – fires in multiple countries like Greece, Italy, and other places where there are large forest and/or field fires.  I also just saw an (alleged) video of a wheat field burning in Ukraine.

About our meat supply…

Makes an excellent point about the idea of just buying a whole cow or two and sticking it in the freezer: the power supply.  What good is that fridge when you’ve got no juice to run it?

WSJ: The baby-formula shortage is getting … worse? – HotAir

 

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Inflation (broadly):

Hungarian Inflation Hits 24-Year Record in June

Bank Of Canada Expected To Raise Key Interest Rate To 2.25% As Inflation Soars

What’s a dollar or two between friends?

Image from the link just above:

 

 

One caveat to the above image: look at the scale on the Y-axis.

Nonsensible Shoes: Are you ready for more pain?

Theo Spark: Inflation’s Up

Bidenflation: Sacrificing Middle America in the Name of the Great Reset (americanreveille.com)

Nate Jackson: President Pay Cut Wants More Inflationary Spending | The Patriot Post

 

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US Stability (broad catch-all):

This is Extremely Dangerous To Our Democracy (bitchute.com)

Control the information flow, control the peoples’ views.  Related, RINOs are working with the Dems to squelch any challenges to concerns about elections:

Senate RINOs Working with Democrats to Basically Prevent Americans from Challenging Elections in the Future (thegatewaypundit.com)

The irony is that they do it saying “We can’t permit questioning and doubts lest people lose faith in the electoral system” even as this very deed & their broader actions to prevent examination for fraud undermine faith in the electoral system.  The only cure is sunshine, and they’re working very hard to block it.

 

 

Thirdworldization of the U.S. and the Stages of a Collapse (mind4survival.com)

First-hand experience from Brazil.  Some may be more applicable than others.

WAYNE ROOT: When Will GOP Leadership Come Out and Say It? Biden is a Traitor. He Must be Impeached, Then Indicted for Treason.

The GOP doesn’t have the stones.  They’re too busy feeding at the same trough.

Sick f*cks (coldfury.com)

A nation that destroys its past and rips its great men will soon not be a nation.  Which is the point.  This is not to say Jefferson or others were perfect – of course not.  But this?  Vile.

Orwellian: New Emails Confirm CDC Officials Scrambled to Change “Problematic” Definition of ‘Vaccine, Vaccinated’ Because Experimental mRNA Jab Did Not Qualify Under Old Definition (thegatewaypundit.com)

As if it needs saying, but… no federal agency can be trusted.  None.

Will China Joe Bail out Beijing With Your Life Savings? – Granite Grok

Years ago I started to see proposals being floated to confiscate 401k accounts and give you an IOU from fedgov.  At the time I actively commented on the local paper’s comments and criticized this – and I was struck by how fast I got replies asking me why I didn’t trust the “full faith and credit” of fedgov and castigating me for being unpatriotic.  Almost as though talking points had been issued beforehand.

“Almost”.

 

 

Darwin Smiles : The Other McCain

I call this “evolution in action”.

 

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World Stability (broad catch-all):

Canada’s Rogers network outage leaves millions without internet – The Washington Post

We had a local-to-me outage about a couple of weeks ago – state wide.  What I find disturbing is that people I know, despite this outage, still cleave to not carrying some “just in case” cash.  Because they have a debit card.

What Insurrection Looks Like

Sri Lanka approaches total collapse.  Coming soon to elsewhere.  On that:

The bell tolls, and it’s getting louder

And I just saw a video about protests in Armenia.

 

 

 

 

Remember, chaos, uncertainty, crime, war, famine, and overall desperation for a return to some form of normalcy is the Globalist goal.  Because then the “benevolent hand” of Socialism will be offered.  To quote:

 

(Link to AZ Quotes per their policy)

 

Related:

FALSE FLAG BLACKOUTS IMMINENT! – They Want To Shut Down The Grid & Bring In The Great Reset! [VIDEOS]

Invasion: Army of ‘Organized and Very Violent’ African Migrants Storm Spain (Videos) – RAIR (rairfoundation.com)

EU Warns of “Waves of Migration” Caused by Global Food Crisis – Summit News

Never-ending invasion.  Related:

Left-Wing Nonprofit Scores $171.7 Million-$1 Billion Government Contract To Help Illegal Immigrants Avoid Authorities – DC Enquirer

Great Replacement.

Governments will sink in a world drowning in debt | MoneyWeek

Related:

90 Miles From Tyranny : IMF Warns of ‘Darkening Economic Outlook’ in Call for Tighter Controls (ninetymilesfromtyranny.blogspot.com)

China’s Economy Continues to Crumble Despite Biden’s Pro-China Policies (thegatewaypundit.com)

China’s not looking too good.  Mass Covid lockdowns, potentially huge die-offs from Sinovax (something like 80%+ Jabbed), outright theft of Chinese savings, and their economy?  Looks like they’ll need a war distraction soon.  Thus, a critical question:

90 Miles From Tyranny : Will Xi Jinping’s ‘End of Days’ Plunge China and the World into War? (ninetymilesfromtyranny.blogspot.com)

 

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Specific to energy:

A Dire Situation

Ruh-roh.  More:

Europe moves closer to the brink of total collapse after Russia’s Putin bans all exports to ‘unfriendly countries’ – DC Clothesline

Y2Kyoto: Schadenfrozen

Energy Poverty in Germany

A Major Solar Storm Can Strike Earth. We Need To Be Ready

 

 

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Gardening, animals, etc.:

7 Chicken Mistakes You Should Never Make – Ask a Prepper

 

 

Regrow Food Scraps: 19 Vegetables You Can Grow (foodrevolution.org)

Useful, especially when seeds are in short supply.  And speaking of seeds, if you can, have multiples of the same kind of vegetable.  Keep track of which packets you plant and make sure you have genetic diversity of the crops from year to year if you can.

GROW MORE FOOD: 25 Pollinator Plants to Attract Nature’s Helpers to Your Garden | (gab.com)

Video.  Also, from what I’ve been told, while bees like rhododendrons their nectar – again, from what I’ve read – makes toxic-to-humans honey.  We have a honkin’ big one in our front yard and I plan to get rid of it next year.

6 Things to Know Before Growing Your Own Food (substack.com)

Related:

How to Build a Concrete Block Raised Bed Garden (shtfblog.com)

 

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

Thanks to the Canning and Preserving group on Gab, I now have these links:

Preserving foods by drying | How to dry foods safely (uada.edu)

USDA-Complete-Guide-to-Home-Canning-2015-revision.pdf (healthycanning.com)

Canning | SDSU Extension (sdstate.edu)

Food Preservation– Canning | Consumer Food Safety | Washington State University (wsu.edu)

Canning Timer & Checklist App | OSU Extension Catalog | Oregon State University

National Center for Home Food Preservation (uga.edu)

Canning Recipes | Ball® Mason Jars (ballmasonjars.com)

If you see others, tell me in the comments.

Books (also permanent):

Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking & Curing

Salumi: The Craft of Italian Dry Curing

A Guide to Canning, Freezing, Curing & Smoking Meat, Fish & Game

The Prepper’s Canning Guide

Pickled Pantry

Fermented Vegetables

What amuses me is that so many of these are on kindle.  So, what are you going to do if the grid’s down or the power’s off for days?  Reminds me of a pre-Y2K expo I went to, where one guy who looked like he’d never seen the sun for more than his walk from home to car, or car to office, was buying all sorts of survival info on CD.  Like he’d be able to access that info in a grid-down situation.

 

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Tech security:

Facebook Was Just CAUGHT RED HANDED – Unsilenced News

The new tool which the company allegedly began employing in late 2018 allowed the Escalation team to circumvent “rules put in place to block Facebook employees from accessing deleted messages.”

Contrary to its stated policy, Facebook is able to access “anyone’s Messenger history, including children within Messenger for Kids,” the suit alleges.

 

 

Through The Shepherd Group I have an AI program on my cell phone that scans it looking for intrusions.  The other day it picked up attempts at someone trying to be the “man in the middle” – and blocked it.  They also recommend a secure core type VPN (I use Protonmail VPN – my only complaint is that sometimes data reception “hangs” and I need to disconnect and reconnect to reset it) that routes through countries that have strong privacy protections like Sweden, Iceland, and Switzerland.

If you reach out to them, please tell them you heard about them through me, NITZAKHON.  They’re good people, and I’ve done some fairly high-value business through them and they’ve delivered.

 

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Self-defense & Hunting:

7 Guns Preppers Need To Buy Before The Upcoming Gun Ban (askaprepper.com)

I’m buying / looking based on common ammo types.  So, question, for rifles .30-06 or .308?  And… speak of the devil:

.30-30 vs .308 – Which is Best for Deer Hunting? (shtfblog.com)

.223 vs .308 – Which Caliber is Best? (shtfblog.com)

Why the Second Amendment Applies Especially to Travelers – AmmoLand Shooting Sports News

 

 

I think it’s more like 400+ million guns.

 

What You Need to Know About Rifle Slings – The Organic Prepper

Big Brother gets even more intrusive, and self-defense becomes even more difficult

 

 

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Catch-all miscellaneous:

 

 

Idea!

Top Climate Scientists Slam Global Warming “So-Called Evidence” as “Misrepresentation, Exaggeration and Outright Lying” – The Daily Sceptic

All this stuff… based on models.  And when the models don’t match reality, attack the reality.

Camel Knot

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/whip-knot.mp4

Whip Knot

 

101Knots – Learn How to Tie Different Types of Knots

 

 

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

Suppose the plan is to ASSASSINATE Joe Biden, and blame it on a “far right” patsy. . . . (substack.com)

Speculative IMHO.  But remember something that I keep repeating: these people are missionaries.  Their religion is to reduce the earth’s population and rule over those who remain.  They truly believe they are better / smarter / more noble / more educated, etc., than we hoi polloi.  And to create paradise, which their Marxianic Zeal states is possible to do, plus to (cue reverb) Saaaaaave the plaaaaanet, they’re willing to kill billions.

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/2015-call-for-democide.mp4

(Video embedded in my essay here.)

 

They’ve already been willing to kill over 100 million.  What’s another zero or so.  It’s just individuals.  Remember that to a committed Socialist:

Remember, in socialist societies, an individual’s worth is measured, not by being a unique person made in the image of God, but by that person’s utility to the state. If you’re no longer useful and, worse, if are an economic drain on society, you’ve got to go.

Let alone if your existence is killing the planet.  *cough bullsh*t cough*

 

 

So killing one man as a useful weapon to advance The Cause?  No problem at all.

 

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We hang petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.

Aesop

 

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Palate cleanser:

 

 

If only I had the money… I’d buy that in a heartbeat.

 

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LET’S GO BRANDON!

 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Sen. Tom Cotton: CEOs Embracing ESG Might Want to Lawyer Up!

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-07-17 13:30 +0000

Corporate #wokeism has a (reasonably) new name. ESG. Environmental Social Governance claims to be about focusing on social goals and not just profits, but it’s more like corporate socialism pushing Marxist energy policy with its own social credit score.

Big corporations love socialism on paper. The government gives you favored status and crushes competitors. But like all water carriers, they ignore the historical downside. You assume you’ll get the sole-source preference and then get to keep it. Guaranteed prosperity for you but the odds are you’ll be up against a wall with the rest of them, replaced by a better boot-licker. If not, the bureaucracy will get you or the police state.

In the end, it all goes bad but for a few. Betting you’ll be the one percent of that one percent is a long bet and unlikely to pay off. But I digress.

ESG is just another brick in that wall or stone on that path, and  Senator Tom Cotton has a few thoughts about that. ESG might look good given the focus of the regime, but that thinking has led to skyrocketing energy prices, exacerbated inflation, and the general public is unhappy.

Just ask Disney what that can do to your stock price.

And change is in the wind. And if or when that change comes, Congress could take an interest in corporate complicity.

I’m not holding my breath. Tom Cotton needs other Republicans to go along on this ride, and not just a dog an pony show. But it’s nice to see someone actually thinking about it out loud.

 



 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Belknap County Republican Committee – Candidate Speaker: Thad Riley (NH Governor)

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-07-17 12:00 +0000

We ARE in the silly time of an election year. While normal people are still doing the “summer things”, candidates are appealing to both the politically obsessed (who have been watching for a while) and those that are starting to look at both the Primary and General elections and asking “Whom”?  Thus, the Republican candidates are “making the rounds” in trying to seal the deals on the “Volunteer” election (persuading people to work for THEM instead of someone else) is going to all kinds of meet n’ greets, house gatherings, and going after any NH GOP Committee that would have them. I have to hand it to them for the determination part – often driving for hours for just a few minutes in front of a crowd.

Thad Riley is looking to be the NH GOP nominee for NH Governor instead of Chris Sununu and was trying hard to convince the BCRC attendees that he is The One (yes, a Highlander reference)

Heh!  Not only did he have to face the BRCR folks Wednesday, but he was also sufficiently brave to come to his GrokGauntlet the next evening.

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Belknap County Republican Committee – Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Jane Cormier

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-07-17 10:30 +0000

This past Wednesday night was the monthly meeting of the BCRC.  Interesting meeting, given what the “Conservative Lady” turned up and posted here(““Citizens For Belknap” – A BIG Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing“). Turns out that former NH State Rep Jane Cormier had also been doing some research and after reaching out to one of the targets of the “Citizens for Belknap” Political Action Committee (one would be almost the entirety of the Belknap County Delegation and gain control back of who gets appointed to the Gunstock Area Commission – THEIR kind of people), the BCRC invited her to be their keynote speaker for the evening.

No, this was not the first Agenda item for the evening. Normally I post things in order but this time, I’m literally mixing it up.  More in a wee bit).

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The Constitution: Bait and Switch

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

I recently had an email conversation with a woman from Connecticut who contacted me after reading Dan Barry’s article about Croydon in the New York Times.

The first thing to say about that conversation is that, once she read some of my writing, she understood the degree to which the Times article had misrepresented both me and the positions I was taking.  That made her much more open to having a serious conversation about issues (‘What should we do about education?’) rather than about personalities (‘Why are you such a horrible person?’).

So that was a small victory.  One down, a few million to go.

But before continuing to discuss specific policies, I asked her to answer two questions:

What is the purpose of government?

From where does government derive its just powers?

I like to ask these questions because it’s been my experience that people who disagree on the answers, but don’t know that they disagree, have very little chance of making any kind of progress in a conversation, as they’ll just be talking past each other all the time.

To answer the first question, she quoted the Constitution, saying that the purpose of government was to ‘promote the general welfare.  To answer the second, she said that government ‘derives its power from the consent of the governed — as expressed through democratic elections of delegates to represent them.’

I think a lot of people would say something similar. But what these people are demonstrating is the effectiveness of the bait-and-switch implemented by the Constitution.

That is, the Declaration of Independence promised something: A government whose purpose is to protect rights and which derives its just powers to act from the consent of the governed.

(When you mention the Declaration, some will reflexively say that it’s ‘not a legal document.’  But if it’s not, we’re still part of the UK. So take that argument for what it’s worth.)

The Constitution, on the other hand, delivered something nearly the opposite of this promise: A government whose purpose is to eliminate rights and which derives its powers by depriving people of the need to obtain their consent.

What do I mean by that? Well, let’s start with the second idea, that people can ‘express consent’ by voting for representatives.

The framers themselves understood that consent is not the same as majority rule. In Article V of the Constitution, they stated that the Constitution cannot be amended to deprive any state of equal suffrage in the Senate without its consent.

A vote of 49-1 wouldn’t be enough to make that change. And that’s what consent is. The power to say no, even if everyone else is saying yes. The existence of this provision makes it impossible to argue that they thought of majority rule as a form of consent.

On the contrary, what voting does — whether that’s voting directly on issues or indirectly for representatives — is to allow one group to deprive another group of the need to obtain its consent.

How large a group?  If everyone is voting, just under half.  (That is, 51 percent can force something on the remaining 49 percent.)

If not everyone is voting, potentially much more than half.  (For example, 51 percent of the 20 percent who bother to vote on an issue can force something on the other 90 percent.)

When 49 percent, or 90 percent, of the people can be forced to go along with something they abhor, that’s a parody of consent.

And what about the ‘general welfare’?

A government that claims the power to promote the ‘general welfare’ is necessarily a government that denies the existence of rights.

I’m assuming here that by ‘promoting the general welfare,’ no one is talking about just ‘leaving everyone the hell alone’ or possibly ‘making sure people leave each other the hell alone.’

(That would be consistent with the idea of rights, which always — like consent — involve the ability to say no when everyone else is saying yes. Or as Justice Brandeis put it: ‘The right to be left alone the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men.’)

Rather, they are always talking about using some form of voting to allow some group of people to decide what is best for everyone else.

This is why people want to promote the ‘general welfare’ when it aligns with their prejudices (i.e., when they’re in the first group), but want to exercise their ‘rights’ when it doesn’t (i.e., when they’re in the second group).

So everything about ‘general welfare’ eventually comes down to voting. Imposing the will of the majority without respecting the rights of the minority. In other words, might makes right.

The ideas of ‘general welfare’ and ‘rights’ are as incompatible as the ideas of ‘immovable object’ and ‘irresistible force,’  They can’t co-exist in the same logical framework. The existence of one precludes the existence of the other.

Now, you can include both of these concepts in your legal framework, if you don’t feel like you need to be able to consistently deduce consequences from premises. And by ‘consistently,’ I mean that any two people starting from the same premises should have to end up with the same conclusions.

That’s what it means to have ‘the rule of law’ — the answers to legal questions are in the law.  If different people can start from the same premises and arrive at different conclusions, then the answers aren’t in the law. They’re in the people reading the law. Which is what it means to have ‘the rule of man,’ as opposed to ‘the rule of law.’

Another way to say all this is that you can promote the general welfare, so long as no rights are violated; or you can have rights, so long as they don’t conflict with the general welfare. But you have to choose one of those.

In the first case, ‘general welfare’ doesn’t really mean anything because respecting rights will prevent you from taking any action that people aren’t already taking on their own. And in the second case, ‘rights’ don’t really mean anything because they can’t provide any check on the will of the majority.

I mean, seriously, even Rachel Maddow understands this:  ‘The thing about rights is that they’re not actually supposed to be voted on. That’s why they’re called rights.’

Now, I’ve been saying that we must choose between general welfare and rights. But that’s a slight overstatement.

There’s no law of nature that says that we must have the rule of law, as opposed to the rule of man. But we like to act as if that’s what we’re doing.  So maybe we should actually do it.

However, when you introduce contradictory premises — like ’general welfare’ and ‘rights’ — into a system, what happens is that any judge, or any bureaucrat, or any electorate, can decide first what outcome is desired and then decide second which premise to use to justify it.

This means you can justify any result in any situation. From premises P and Not-P, you can derive both conclusions C and Not-C, regardless of what P and C happen to be. The premises don’t constrain you at all. If that’s what we want to do, it would be simpler to just give up the pretense of logic and admit that our fundamental legal principle is might makes right.

To bring this back to Croydon: Is taxing some people to provide charity (in the form of things like sports and extra-curricular activities) to the children of other people a matter of general welfare? Or is it a violation of property rights?

If you start with consistent premises — that rights take precedence over general welfare or vice versa — that forces a conclusion, and everyone must reach the same conclusion.

But if you first vote on a conclusion, then you’re free to select the premises that license it and ignore the ones that prohibit it.  As the Red Queen might say: Verdict first, rationalization after!

Note that it would be more intellectually honest, if less rhetorically seductive, to just say ‘the will of the majority’ instead of ‘the general welfare’ since that’s what everyone actually means by it.

That wouldn’t eliminate the contradiction, but it would support fewer illusions about what is going on — which is, as Tommy Shelby put it, deliberately making things better for some people by deliberately making them worse for other people.

In the end, here is how I characterized the difference between our approaches.

I think it’s a good idea to help people who need help, and if other people aren’t as enlightened as me on that point, I should convince them to help, in whatever ways they think are best, and to whatever extent they think they can afford, by using logic and rhetoric to obtain their consent.

You think it’s a good idea to help people who need help, and if other people aren’t as enlightened as you on that point, you should coerce them to help, in whatever ways are consistent with your conception of ‘the general welfare,’ and to the extent that you think they can afford, by using ‘democracy’ to eliminate the need to obtain their consent.

I leave it as an exercise for the reader to consider those two characterizations — which we might call ‘Declarationist’ and ‘Constitutionalist’ — and decide which camp you’re in.

When deciding, it would be helpful to ask yourself: Are there any things that you value that you would not be willing to put up for a vote, even if that would be in service of the ‘general welfare’? (Like your ability to have kids? Or to defend them?)

If so, then you’ve got your answer right there, haven’t you?

 

 

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UK: Vaccinated Accounted for 94% of COVID Deaths

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

I’m not sure how much money it takes to buy the integrity of the media or politicians in NH or anywhere else, but it’s a question for which they may want to find an answer. Data from the UK continues to rain on their COVID vaccine parades.

For all its systemic failures, England’s socialized public health system – top-heavy with bureaucrats – keeps lots of records and follows the rules for reporting what they discover.

August 2021, around the same time that news was leaking about the growing number of healthy ‘vaccinated’ athletes dropping dead, Public Health England broke some news about COVID deaths and the Delta variant.

 

 According to an Aug 6th report released by Public Health England, out of 742 deaths reported, 253 of them were unvaccinated.

 

In October 2021, the BBC – while trying to maintain the approved narrative, reported the public health horror; 13% of COVID hospitals were unvaccinated. In other words, 87% are vaccinated, and 80% of those had both shots.

 

Although 80% of patients have been double-dosed with a vaccine, public health officials said this is not evidence that the vaccine is not working – and that vaccines keep 95% of people out of hospital.

 

A fine effort by the scribblers at the BBC but Health Service would continue to make them eat those words.

November 2021, “Data from the UK shows conclusive evidence that vaccinated people under 60 are twice as likely to die as unvaccinated people.”

In February 2022, Israel, one of the few other nations with transparent data, reports that most of the worst COVID cases continue to be fully vaccinated.

 

Between seventy and eighty percent of the serious cases are vaccinated. So, the vaccine has no significance regarding severe illness, which is why just twenty to twenty-five percent of our patients are unvaccinated.”

 

February 2022 – a cost-benefit analysis of UK and US deaths from COVID concluded that “COVID vaccine inoculations increase risk of death and produce a net negative benefit.”

What bad news do we have for you today?

The UK has released data showing that 94% of all COVID-19 Deaths since April were vaccinated.

 

A report that was quietly published by the UK Government, just hours before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his resignation, reveals that Covid-19 deaths have risen dramatically among the triple vaccinated population in England over the past couple of months whilst declining drastically among the unvaccinated population.

With the most recent figures showing the vaccinated population in England accounted for a shocking 94% of all Covid-19 Deaths in April and May, and 90% of those deaths were among the triple/quadruple vaccinated population.

 

 

We can follow the arc from late summer 2021, through the fall and winter, into the spring of 2022. As the number of vaccinated increased, the number of vaccinated dying from COVID followed.

The pandemic of the vaccinated continues.

These numbers do not include any deaths just from the vaccine itself, absent a reported COVID infection. In the US, that number is creeping up on 30,000, and we know this is underreported. Again, neither safe nor effective. A documented “known” fact made public by court order in March of 2022, well known at least six months earlier to anyone who was not a devout follower of Covidism.

And where are we now? The mRNA vaccines are still experimental despite trying to lie their way around that truth. The data (see also, “the science”) tell us any effectiveness wanes within weeks and, for some, makes them more susceptible to COVID, not less.

The result of the latter is increased hospitalizations and deaths. The opposite of the marketing used to convince people to get The Jab.

Billions of dollars diverted, printed, stolen from taxpayers – many not even born yet, many of whom died because of the “cure, all to make it available, sell it, promote it, or even mandate it.

A class of militant adherents rose from the street to the highest levels of government. People lost jobs, careers, businesses, and loved ones. Families were torn apart by what amounts to political lies about the virus and the supposed cure.

To promote the most significant public health failure in history, unless public health was not the point. Then it was a huge success.

And the Public Health Industrial Complex still tells us it is safe and effective. Get a booster.

Meanwhile, the UK has quietly published data that suggests the more COVID-Vaxx boosted you are, the greater your odds that COVID could hospitalize or kill you.

The goal must no longer be to keep people out of the hospital, if ever it was.

 

 

HT | Geller Report

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Rinos And Liars Are Among Us

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-07-16 21:00 +0000

RINOs and liars are among us and trying to divide us, and if they do, we will lose NH as we once knew it. I have seen a couple of stories come out this week, and they showed me how desperate the other side is getting, and they are not holding back.

If we don’t band together, all HOPE is lost. This means us working with the Libertarians, Free Staters, Republicans, and the Undeclared. Together we win, maybe not 100 percent of the time but very close to it.

I have never seen two people agree exactly the same on all issues. So, let’s keep the 80/20 rule in place and hope the 80 percent is the most important bills to pass to keep the people of NH in a good place. We must keep working together. Look at all the BLUE states around us. Is that what you want? We come together to win, or we lose it all.

This week they hammered the Belknap GOP with half-truths. The other side always puts some truth in their message but then fills the other half with garbage and hopes you will bite at it and end up being divided and fighting among ourselves.

I am asking you to stop just reading these articles and put your life on the line by doing something like I and many others are doing. Do you think I want my name out there? No. I am not doing any of this for me but for NH, my kids, and my grandkids.

Don’t think someone else will do it because they may not. I now know what courage our forefathers must have had when stepping up to break away for Britain. Could you see yourself doing that now? It may cost you your life by death or imprisonment, but this was the risk our forefathers took.

I think most of us can say all we want to do is to live in peace, but with evil, selfish people around us, we must fight to have and hold that peace. Anyone who does not like peace or a smaller, smarter, working government may want to find a nice home in one of those blue states. Anyone who wants to own nothing and be happy, again, there are plenty of blue states around us with hills, lakes, skiing, and hiking just waiting for you. Anyone who does not want to have rights to protect their children and for anyone who is for forced mandates for anything, well, you get the picture. Maybe you should start packing.

The primary is September 13th, and then the general election is November 8th. I am running for Grafton County District 18 (website), and I’m willing to do what I can to represent you, but without your vote, that will never happen, so first, you got to vote. Second, I need that vote. Third, we need many other like-minded conservative caring people to get elected, so spread the word, NOW!!!

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Erstwhile “Constitutional Reporter” Mike Kitch Is Back at It – Taking Potshots at Conservatives Who He Hates (Especially Me)

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-07-16 19:30 +0000

Michael Kitch has seemingly and openly assumed the mantle of “attack dog as he wrote a piece in the NH Business Review (who knew they supported Socialists?) in singing the praises of the new political hit PAC, “Citizens of Belknap.”

This innocuous-sounding group of Leftists, disaffected RINOs, and Gunstock Commissioners (current and prior) is concerned with ousting the current Belknap County Delegation.  Why? These State Reps in Belknap County that have changed the makeup of the Gunstock Area Commission to be Conservative after ousting squishy Republicans AND started to ask HARD questions about what was going on with the GAC’s overwatch.

And not getting answers. Various Commissioners quit, tossed out (re: Rusty McLear overstayed his interim term), or became ineligible to serve (re; Brian Gallagher who sold his home in Belknap County). So with other plans getting deep sixed, like the new Master Plan, revenge (IMHO) and retribution is the tone of this George Soros-supported (along with Belknap County soulmates of his) and Progressive-led (Brian Beihl of Open Democracy) has swung into political action. When you decide to deride, call names, and denigrate good Conservatarian Reps who wanted answers to those hard questions, you draw attention.

So, before I get into what I started out writing about “Mr. Kitsch,” a bit of background. After all, I don’t play at being a “journalist hiding my biases” – I’m a full-blown Conservatarian. Kitsch, not so much at admitting his. A quick story, if I might, on that “history” with one example (there are many).

The problem for this former Laconia Daily Sun reporter, scuttled from that “august” entity when they decided to jettison their own reporters and replaced them with the reporters from the then just failed Laconia Citizen, is that his hatred for Conservatives & Libertarians is now in full view, again.

Sidenote: including Gail Ober, who was one of the best, honest, and straight shooting reporters I’ve ever come to know – Kitsch couldn’t hold a candle to her. She was an honest Democrat – we disagreed but we could discuss and respect each other.  Kitch, not so much.

Again: add as many “agains” as you want because there are a lot of them.

He and I have had words in the past, most notably over his anger that I (while on Gilford’s Budget Committee) refused to raise taxes on Gilford residents to send to other cities in other States simply because “they were hurting”. Yes, his socialist wealth-redistribution side came out in a literal screaming match at Meredith’s Church Landing hotel parking lot after a meeting, and he was peeved that this lowly blogger kept pointing out:

WHY would I want to do that? Those “hurting people” keep voting in the same nitwits and crooks into positions of authority that create those bad policies (re: Detroit, LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, New Orleans – you know, all the Democrat-run places) and conditions.  Over and over again. Let them suffer from the consequences of their votes!!  WHY should I punish my constituents for their electoral failures?

But I’m a cold-hearted Conservatarian that refused to use his Power to punish people who were innocent and send their money to others who refused to look out for their own self-interest. You see, everyone HAS to be equal in his eyes. You know, having the communist mindset of Equity where everyone has exactly the same outcome in life (aka, Enforced Shared Misery). He was infamous for doing reports in the Sun on the financial inequities of various towns around Lake Winnipesaukee forever pointing out that it “wasn’t fair” that some towns had far more successful and affluent.  No one could be richer than another and he was adamant over the years that those rich people didn’t deserve what they had earned. You know, that “Eat The Rich” that the old Occupy Wall Street movement (and now a “thing” over at the Eco-Socialist site “Treehugger”).

What he is going to have a problem, conscious-wise, is how he is NOW going to have to explain his cognitive dissonance of being the “attack dog” for old rich white guys (to use the language of the Left) even as he hates those “old rich white guys” (with examples being Gary Kiedaisch (a serially fired CEO), Rusty McLear (a Gunstock Commissioner “squatter”), Hayden McLaughlin (owner of Belknap Landscape) who lost their “political play toy” otherwise known as the Gunstock Area Commission.   I’ve been writing about the GAC for a while so I’m not going to regurgitate that here.

So all of the above is because I think that Kitch will be back to this political fight with a knife. I, on the other hand, have this:

However, in the NHBR hit piece Kitch wrote (GraniteGrok Op-Ed writer “Conservative Lady” wrote about it, in part, here) that uses that tired, shopworn bugaboo phrase “Free Staters” and “Extremists” epithats that NH-based Democrats, Progressives, and out-right Socialists, he decided to take on one of the Belknap Delegation’s Conservative State Reps in commenting on Gregg Hough’s Letter to the Editor in the Daily Sun.

So now he’s factually 0-2 (standard fare for him, the NHBR piece listed Norm Silber as a member of the “Free State” movement; he’s not.)  And now, in trying to do another hit, he’s wrong again.

So Gregg’s LtE is listed below but here’s the relevant part:

The most important pieces of our Constitution’s framework is undoubtedly the separation of powers, specifically three distinct branches of government that perform independent functions. Somehow, we have allowed entire segments of our population to be wholly ignorant about who and what we are. Many people assign powers to branches that they simply do not have or believe that catchy sound bites such as “separation of church and state” are in the Constitution when it is clearly not.

The PHRASE, Kitch, does not appear in the Constitution. It only appears in the 1802 “Danbury Letter” written by Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association in Danbury, CT who were worried about the involvement of the Federal Government in their beliefs. In this, Hough is correct and YOU are wrong; you missed his point completely (or decided to twist it for partisan gain).

These lapses in basic knowledge whether accidentally or purposefully omitted, contribute exponentially to the divide we face as a nation. Strange how many seem to be proud of personal ancestry and where we come from, yet that same interest for our nation and its history has been brushed aside.

His point wasn’t about a discussion about “separation of Church and State” but that most people, especially in this age where public education has failed in teaching basic Civics including our foundational political philosophy (Kitch being a prime example) and Founding Documents, don’t know the meaning of our Declaration of Independence (the philosophy) and Constitution (our Federal government structure AND the strictures placed upon it). It wasn’t meant to be about religion vs government, just that most people have no clue what is and isn’t in those documents.

But Kitch went there anyways – any chance to discredit a Conservative even if he makes it clear he’s wrong at his attempt to do so. He decided to latch onto the “separation of Church and State” as if it was the main point of Hough’s Letter; it wasn’t.  Pointing out that people like Kitch lack such knowledge WAS the point – and Kitch obliging gives him a great example of what he excoriated Hough over: “raises doubts about his capacity to comprehend that document”.

In this case, Kitch’s inability to read the document (Gregg’s Letter) for what it is instead of what Kitch wanted it to be.

And here’s Kitch’s THIRD problem, so I guess he’s really not 0 for 2 but 0 for 3:

Hough also writes “Enforcement of those laws is for the executive branch, the president.” Perhaps in Magaland, but in the real world there is the Department of Justice, as a number of Hough’s fellow Republican constitutional scholars may soon discover.

Sorry Kitch (“Magaland” – who apparently has Trump living rent-free in his head), I’ve never known either the Federal or any of the States’ Department of Justice’s be part of either the Legislative Branch or the Judiciary Branch.  Only the Executive Branch. I was never been taught that it wasn’t in school, and in having read several constitutions (the US and NH ones several times over), I’ve never read it, either.

#FAIL.

I’ll leave that last bit with its nuance of that other State Reps will soon be in court – apparently, Kitch hasn’t read RSA 399, the GAC’s own bylaws, and the unredacted billing records that the rogue GAC Commissioner that amount to over $110,000, treating Gunstock as his own personal piggy bank (speaking of the DOJ).  So, Kitch is not the bard and authority he believes himself to be.

I do ask, as he’s always attacked old rich guys in the past, why is he doing so now?

Oh, I know – he hates the idea that Government should EVER be limited in scope, cost, and intrusiveness.  The current makeup of the Delegation is all about those three things in fidelity to our political start.  Being a socialist, if not in name but certainly in outlook, that is both anathema and a real existential threat.

Those he’s protecting, however, only want their political toy box (Gunstock) back, so they’ve duped that aging scribe as well just like they did to NH State Senator Bob Guida

Here is Gregg’s piece in full (emphasis mine):

To The Daily Sun,

I heard someone use the phrase “Constitutionally illiterate” the other day and that got me to thinking. Trying to understand why people are so thoroughly and fundamentally mistaken on their understanding of the recent slew of Supreme Court decisions. Now I’m not addressing whether one is in favor or opposed to any decision, I am specifically addressing the lack of knowledge as to form and function of our government and Constitution.

The most important pieces of our Constitution’s framework is undoubtedly the separation of powers, specifically three distinct branches of government that perform independent functions. Somehow, we have allowed entire segments of our population to be wholly ignorant about who and what we are. Many people assign powers to branches that they simply do not have or believe that catchy sound bites such as “separation of church and state” are in the Constitution when it is clearly not.

These lapses in basic knowledge whether accidentally or purposefully omitted, contribute exponentially to the divide we face as a nation. Strange how many seem to be proud of personal ancestry and where we come from, yet that same interest for our nation and its history has been brushed aside.

Laws are only created by our bicameral Congress, the Senate and the House of Representatives, period. All money bills must originate in the House. Enforcement of those laws are for the executive branch, the president. Which may not choose which laws to enforce but enforce them all. The judicial branch, this is to interpret the laws. Simply put, when a question arises as to a law’s constitutionality they are to decide in favor of the Constitution.

They all swear an oath not to you, or special interests, ideology, or pop culture. They swear to uphold the U.S. Constitution.

Rep. Gregg Hough

Kitch’s LtE in full (again, emphasis mine)

To The Daily Sun,

Rep. Gregg Hough is certainly correct to question how widely American citizens understand the Constitution that governs them. However, his command of English grammar, witnessed by his most recent letter in The Laconia Daily Sun, raises doubts about his capacity to comprehend that document.

For example, he asserts that “separation of church and state,” which he calls “a catchy sound bite,” has no place in the Constitution. In fact, the First Amendment begins “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” In other words, the Constitution expressly forbids the state from using its authority to sanction one religious denomination to the exclusion of all others as well as requires the state to allow citizens to worship — or not — as they wish.

Hough also writes “Enforcement of those laws are for the executive branch, the president.” Perhaps in Magaland, but in the real world there is the Department of Justice, as a number of Hough’s fellow Republican constitutional scholars may soon discover.

Michael Kitch
Penacook

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Life with Liz Radio Show – Yes, I’m late posting it but as LIZ said: “Liz Rocks with the ‘Grok

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-07-16 18:00 +0000

It really was a GREAT show – mixing serious with amusing with just the right amount of snark.  I will tell you that it was one of the best shows we’ve had!  So, take a watch/listen!

Just about every month, Steve and I “invade” Liz’s studio – and we appreciate the opportunity!

Now, I have to put up my “morning talk with the ‘Grok” from 7/11….always behind….

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Director Cummings – A Right to Know Repeat Offender

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-07-16 16:30 +0000

I attended the Infrastructure Committee meeting on July 13, 2022 which featured Mr. Cummings as the guest presenter reviewing two bonded projects to redesign West Pearl Street and the Downtown Riverfront Project.

The Riverfront Project was rushed through last December, a holiday shopping spree, with a board-approved $2O million bond. Mr. Cummings reviewed with the committee a “bad news” letter on project delays and cost increases.

In a line of questioning by Chairman O’Brien, Director Cummings stated that he always favors more public participation on these projects.

Mr. Cummings is running covert operations with extravagant projects paid for by taxpayers. He appears to loathe public participation as indicated by his repeated failure to notice public meetings and produce minutes for public record on projects he leads involving tens of thousands of tax dollars.  He is a repeat offender of the NH Right to Know Law, willfully withholding records requested by the public and ignoring the advice of Corporation Counsel.  The meetings of the Nashua Performing Arts Center and the Downtown Improvements Committee are illegal. Minutes are not maintained for public inspection for these committees as well as the Tax Incremental Finance Advisory Board. These three projects involve $60 million in tax dollars and the doors and shades are closed to the public.

In violation of State Law, Mr. Cummings is holding records in his office that are not accessible to the public during normal business hours.  Locked doors and unstaffed rooms are not placed to maintain public records. Ask for these records and you are told to go away or make an appointment.

Mr. Cummings has no business working in public service. He belongs in the private sector where he can manage projects that do not legally require public oversight. Nashua needs no more repeat offenders of the Right to Know Law in City Government.

Move on, Mr. Cummings.

 

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Jan. 6 Committee Criminalizes Questioning Election, Seeking Remedies

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-07-16 15:00 +0000

About 100,000,000 tax dollars have been spent searching for former President Donald Trump’s transgressions. If President Trump is so guilty, why is the Jan. 6 Committee so one-sided, inflammatory, and dishonest?

Chair Bennie Thompson falsely indicated that Capitol Police were killed on Jan. 6; none were.

Cassidy Hutchinson presented hearsay evidence; people with first-hand knowledge, interviewed privately by the committee, offer public testimony that her claims are false.

Trump’s speech urging people to protest at the Capitol was played, but without Trump’s assertion to “peacefully protest.”

The Jan 6 Committee claims that Trump was OK with armed people assaulting the Capitol. There was no evidence of protestors with guns storming the Capitol.

On Jan. 4, having been warned of possible violence, Trump offered 20,000 soldiers to protect the Capitol. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who were responsible for protecting the Capitol (not Trump), rejected Trump’s offer.  Why?

The Jan 6 Committee isn’t interested.

Officer Caroline Edwards testified that only five officers confronted about 300 protestors an hour before any violence began. Knowing of likely violence, why weren’t reinforcements provided?

The Jan 6 Committee isn’t interested.

The Jan 6 Committee criminalizes questioning the election and seeking remedies. But this is legal, common, and was done by Al Gore, John Kerry, Chair Thompson, Maxine Waters, and many others.

Trump attempted to quell the Jan. 6 violence. Joe Biden, Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and other Democrats still haven’t condemned the Justice Brett Kavanaugh assassination attempt of a few weeks ago or tried to quell, rather than encourage, the violent pro-choice rioters.

The Jan 6 Committee is the Democrats’ attempt to avoid the electoral defeat they deserve because of the pain they chose to inflict on the American people. Even worse, after more than 30 years of relative safety, Biden’s incompetence has resulted in a real threat of nuclear world war and the possible annihilation of the human race.

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I Have A Three Word Response To Andy Martin: “Up Yours, Loser”

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-07-16 13:30 +0000

Make that perennial loser. For almost as long as GraniteGrok has been open, Andy Martin has been running for something or other at the Federal level.  Each time, he makes the claim about himself that he’s the most experienced candidate in the field.

I dryly point out that he never comes even close in his narcissistic and useless runs, and his “experience” only covers remaining in the electoral basement. At least he’s consistent about that one fact.

And one other fact.

I can’t remember (and no, I’m not planning on doing even an infinitesimal amount of research into this) a single election where his “greatest tool” was anything other than bashing or suing someone or something. And for all the sturm und drang to get a headline, the result is a very minor trickle before going into hiding down some obscure storm drain. This cycle is no different.

I wrote about his latest attempt to put stars in his eyes by downgrading someone else (“2022 Senatorial Campaign – Candidate Andy Martin Is at It Again – Sticking Foot into Mouth“).  That person, this cycle, is The General – Don Bolduc. Very nice guy and has shown all the improvement you’d want in a candidate that, to be honest, didn’t do well last cycle. Martin, however, can only dream of having such improvement and having the politically obsessed talk about it.

 

 

Really, make like you’re friendly with the man, Andy, and then stab him in the back?

So, I guess my post rubbed him the wrong way – and now he has decided that his chances of winning (I guess that means “not coming in last”) would be increased if he demanded something of me.  Steve got the Martin campaign email and sent it over:

Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin held a Manchester, NH news conference Wednesday, July 6th to accuse Fox News favorite Don Bolduc of being a “Democrat in Disguise.” Bolduc, along with Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen, supports a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision by the U. S. Supreme Court. “Bolduc stands alongside Maggie Hassan, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi on the Citizens United matter,” Andy charged. “He is disqualified as a serious Republican candidate for U. S. Senator in New Hampshire. Bolduc should be running in the Democratic primary.”

Bolduc’s “defenders” came to his rescue, and triggered an even bigger crisis for Bolduc. Andy now exposes the fraudulent and bizarre defense of Bolduc by the GraniteGrok web site.

Andy demands an apology for the GraniteGrok’s bald-faced lie.

As my junior high school French teacher was known to say multiple times per class (“Repetez avec moi, s’il vous plait !”):

“Up yours, loser.”

No apology is forthcoming. Like I demanded of the Hearst Corporation when they made the claim that I was financially profiting from handouts on which I was using the WMUR logo, SHOW ME what you claim.

And if you really think that trying to pick a fight with a blogger is your idea of a “pathway to Success” this cycle, you keep doing you.

 

 

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Biden, Ukraine, and Trump

Libertarian Leanings - Sat, 2022-07-16 12:02 +0000
Leaked audio from days after the 2016 election, before Trump’s inauguration—Biden calls Poroshenko, then head of state of Ukraine, and threatens him with assassination if he cooperates with the incoming Trump administration. pic.twitter.com/j3dDzYU3gd — Rodney Howard-Browne (@rhowardbrowne) July 16, 2022 Tom Bowler
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No, Dr. Hurwitz, Signs Don’t Kill Children and Transing Doesn’t Save Them

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-07-16 12:00 +0000

“This literally kills people,” said the woman who approached me at the Independence Day commemoration on the Amherst, NH village green. I was wearing signs promoting Abigail Shrier’s book “Irreversible Damage: The Trans Craze Seducing Our Daughters” when she interrupted a discussion I was having with two young men about the dangers of medicalizing gender-confused teens.

“You’re speaking to an expert,” said the woman, who introduced herself as Alisa Hurwitz, a local psychologist who specializes in treating trans children. “We know that gender-affirming therapy reduces the risk of suicide. Not giving them gender-affirming health care greatly increases the risk of suicide.”

Sound familiar? That’s the pitch that fanatical therapists have been giving moms and dads for years: “Would you rather have a dead daughter or a living son?” But is it true?

Yes, gender dysphoric children have a higher rate of suicide; so do children with eating disorders, but therapists don’t tell anorexic girls, “Yes, you’re fat. Here’s a referral for a gastric bypass surgery.”

Suicide is complicated, and rarely has just one cause. Moreover, two-thirds of those with gender dysphoria have other mental health disorders. Also concerning is that a disproportionate number of children with autism are identifying as trans.

Children with autism have more trouble making decisions because they often can’t see the big picture, and they’re also more susceptible to social media and on-line grooming because they tend to be more isolated than other kids and consequently spend more time alone on the internet.

Parents should also consider the irreversible harm caused by medicalizing children. Giving children puberty blockers can lead to low bone density, sterility, and stunted growth. Testosterone, given to gender-confused girls, causes the growth of permanent facial and body hair, a masculine voice, and vaginal atrophy.

And what if their children later change their minds about trying to live as the opposite sex?  Gender experts claim detransitioning is “very rare,” but there are 36,000 members of the Detransition Subreddit page. You can read some of their stories here.

In spite of Dr. Hurwitz’s assertion that gender-affirming treatments saves lives, a claim repeated endlessly by the powerful LGBT lobby, there are no long-term peer reviewed studies that show that medicalizing gender dysphoric children saves lives. 

Blackmailing parents with threats of suicide is a recruiting tool for the rainbow lobby and a sales pitch for the hundreds of pediatric gender clinics that have popped up like mushrooms all over the country to cash-in on the trans craze, including here in New Hampshire at Dartmouth Health in Manchester where Dr. Hurwitz works. No parent should be presented with such a simplistic, false dichotomy.

Dr. Hurwitz said she’d email me a link to the long-term studies that conclusively demonstrate that medicalizing gender dysphoric children saves lives. I have a feeling I’ll be waiting a long time.

 

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Let’s Go Nuclear

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-07-16 10:30 +0000

We hear those on the Left admonishing us frequently to “follow the science”. We hear it regarding global warming (very much debated), homeopathy medicine (the debunked theory that ultra-small doses of poisonous substances are actually healthy), men can get pregnant and give birth, there are multiple genders and other such nonsense then push us to “go green”. Well given all that, their credibility is just not all that healthy. Want to really reduce greenhouse gasses, why not go Nuclear?

For fifty-some years the liberal Left has fought tooth and nail against the cleanest, safest form of energy production thus far invented. (talk about consistently inconsistent!) Nuclear energy production creates zero greenhouse gasses, its waste is 20 to 30 tons per year (mostly recyclable and by weight, about that of nine American families’ households of trash). So about safety; that household trash gets disposed of in incinerators, landfills, or dumped into the sea. Smoke from incinerators fills the air with not only C02  but with particular matter just like coal does. Landfills can leach into groundwater and also produce CO2 as it decomposes, Dumping into the ocean harms sea life and bird life, and makes beaches very unattractive.  All of it pollutes.

The environmentalists’ solution? Recycling (a tiny percentage)  is very inefficient and costly, solar and wing, are probably the least efficient and costly approaches and their manufacturing produces massive greenhouse gasses. If you refuse to support this approach, you are a science denier. Right, but they are the champions of the world’s effort to “save the planet”?

Time is not on our side they contend, we’re at the tipping point so they pronounce. Seems to me we were at that tipping point back in 2012 when the Arctic Ocean was scheduled to become ice-free, tundra across the sub artic was to melt releasing millions of tons of methane gas into the air making it unbreathable for humans, sea coast cities would be underwater, the Southern U.S. a desert and palm trees would be growing here in NH. So far, no palm trees and Manchester NH is not a seaport unless I missed the news.

Their record for accuracy leaves no doubt they can’t accurately predict much of anything based on their scientific models so where do they get off calling we doubters names? Forcing the government to spend trillions of taxpayer money over the past five decades to fight this bogus alarm needs to be recognized for what it is: pure waste and must be stopped.

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Palate Cleanser – This Is NOT a Simple “Home Based Fireworks Gone Wrong” Example

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-07-16 01:30 +0000

Steve has already posted a couple of fireworks-gone-really-bad (here and here).  Ghastly if you are within ten feet or so when a single spark decided to light up your life!  Not that I was looking to “out do” Steve, but while surfing, I came across this and decided that the “ten foot” mentioned earlier definitely needs a couple more zeros added to that amount:

Click on the image and it will take you to our Youtube channel to watch it.  I’ll tell you that it is one long ROAR as it goes up in this Mexican neighborhood!

 

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Don Bolduc, “Character, Courage, Country.”

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

What makes Don Bolduc the best choice as our candidate for US Senate? If you are as old as I am, I’m sure you remember the Army slogan, “Be all you can be.” This is a slogan that characterizes Don Bolduc’s entire life.

At 5’ 7’’ and not weighing near as much as his counterparts in high school, he was told “You can’t play football.” Yet he became a starter for the Laconia High School Football team. At 18 years old they said Don was too young to be a police officer, yet there he was, the youngest officer in the ranks of the Laconia Police Force.

When he was told by his parents and family members that it was time to serve in the military because it’s the family tradition, he went to enlist in the Army. Bolduc enlisted in the Army as a private and decided he wanted more. He embraced the slogan, “Be all you can be” and became The Soldier of the Year and was recognized as such by Colin Powell. He then decided that being Soldier of the Year was not all he could be, so between 10 deployments to Afghanistan, he graduated from the Army War College.

Very few, if any, soldiers returned to Afghanistan 10 times especially after receiving 2 purple hearts for battlefield injuries, once when he was critically injured when a bomb was dropped in close proximity to his personal location and later when he was shot down in a helicopter. Through the years, he was promoted through the ranks from Private to Brigadier General. The fact that this does not happen very often in the Army did not stop Don Bolduc. Don went on to command twice in Africa as a General leading the fight against terrorist cells there along with other ongoing missions.

Recognizing the effect that combat was having on those in his command as well as himself, he used his rank of General to help those suffering from post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Don stepped forward and announced that he too was suffering from PTS and advised those in his command to come forward with no repercussions even though it hurt his chances for his next promotion. Since then, Don and his service dog Victor have traveled the country being tireless advocates for those suffering with PTS and TBI.

Most recently at 59 years old, he felt he had more to give to New Hampshire and the people he admires, so he entered the NH Police Academy and graduated near the top of his class with some candidates being less than one third his age.

So, what makes Don Bolduc the best choice for candidate for the US Senate? History! History of, “Be all you can be” and consistently doing the absolute best in whatever endeavor he choose to do. Soldiers in his command called him “Everyone’s General,” a role model all can embrace.

That is what will make Don Bolduc the best choice for New Hampshire’s US Senate seat. “Character, Courage, Country.

Robert Healey is a NH State Representative (Hills 12) and sits on the Resources, Recreation and Development Committee.

 

 

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Victory for the Gene Pool? – Post Dobbs Vasectomy Consults up 900%

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-07-15 22:30 +0000

The party of loose sexual morals, and taxpayer-funded birth control, can’t stop talking about abortion. And that’s a good thing because what matters to Americans right now is the economy. Inflation, energy prices, falling behind economically. So, please – keep obsessing over abortion.

Tell everyone you meet about your anger issues over the Dobbs decisions, and hey, tell them this too.

In the hours right after the Dobbs decision dropped, giving control of these “health care”decisions back to the states and the people, liberal men (I can only assume) began calling Eurologists for vasectomy consults. I guess someone figured out that there was a way to prevent pregnancy that could then prevent the need for abortion without government involvement.

According to this report, the calls rose 900%.

Quick question. Is this an admission that all that tax money spent on contraception was wasted dollars because it doesn’t work? Answer: Democrats don’t care. Whatever launders the most cash through abortion clinics into their campaign coffers is fine by them. Failed contraception means more abortion.

Another question. If vasectomies are the only reliable contraception, will taxpayers be milked to support this essential men’s Health Care Issue? Answer: Only if Planned Parenthood starts doing vasectomies. In this context, “doing vasectomies” would mean laundering tax dollars through abortion providers who refer “clients” to actual Eurologists. Ironically, that would be one of the few examples of an activity that meets the definition of ‘Planning’ Parenthood.

Alternatively, Democrats could lobby Eurologists and try to turn them into a new campaign money laundromat, but we’re talking about a procedure on men. I don’t see it happening.

As for the men lining up to get snipped, these days, they are almost universally reversible (the procedures and the men), so the vasectomy is not permanent. But you still have to have another procedure to undo it. It’s different.

Getting it done implies free love and loose sexual morals. Sex without responsibility. But will spinless liberal Gen Z “men” be inclined to get that undone? If they skipped that, it would be a massive victory for the gene pool. We have too many beta males now.

The fewer of them procreate, the better.

As for liberal women, whatever those are, if you ever end your sex strike (and I think you should hold out for at least 10-20 years), you’ll want a notarized signed affidavit before copulation.

You should demand written legal proof of the vasectomy, and that post-procedure testing demonstrated that the snip-snip was a success.

You may not have noticed, but Democrat men lie a lot.

Don’t trust those bastards, especially if they are married.

 

 

HT | Washinton Examiner

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Friday Open Thread – It’s Summer; Whatcha Doing?

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

Meetings, doing more GrokGauntlets, and the Grandson is starting to get the “Summer Boredom” syndrome (which is more of a problem to me than him!).

Speaking of the middle one, I’m adding Gail Huff-Brown (running in CD-1) to the DECLINE category joining outright DECLINEs from Chris Sununu (running for Governor) and George Hansel).  I’m taking it that “no response” back after several entreaties to her campaign manager, Ben Hitchner, means she doesn’t want to face us.  Ditto for Joe Sweeney (former NH GOP Executive Director) for the Chuck Morse campaign. Must be that they’ve heard that our questions are too difficult.

Or what is it that they fear we’d uncover during that 2 hour process?  Yet, their opponents (Don Bolduc, Bruce Fenton, Julian Acciard, Thad Riley, and Tim Baxter) have all told us that it was a fun time!  And we have seven more to do!

What are you all up to?

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Fred Teeboom is taking the City of Nashua back to the Superior Court

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

Enough is enough! Mr. Fred Teeboom is taking the City of Nashua back to the Superior Court to enforce the Spending Cap correctly. It seems that this year the City of Nashua was creative in adding in grant fund expenses over which the Nashua taxpayers have no control.

The City of Nashua did this action in order to spend more money than it was entitled to spend therefore going over the Spending Cap.

 

PRESS RELEASE

July 14, 2022
Petition for Writ of Mandamus
Filed Against the City of Nashua
For Violating the Spending Cap Law
(NH Superior Court Case #226-2022-CV-00252)

The City of Nashua has been ordered to appear in NH Superior Court to respond to a complaint that city government violates the State and local law Spending Cap law.

The Petition for a Writ of Mandamus was brought by Fred S. Teeboom, author of the Spending Cap and a former alderman-at-large.

Spending and tax caps have been ordained in New Hampshire state law since 2011 for any city or town voting to adopt a cap on its local spending and taxes.

The Nashua Spending Cap was adopted into its charter in 1993 following a citizens’ referendum to place a reasonable limit on the annual increase of the city budget and curb excessive and often wasteful spending. The Spending Cap has been cited by the ratings agencies in assigning Nashua its AAA bond rating.

Many thousands voted to adopt the cap, and in a later election many thousands voted to soundly defeat the teachers’ union initiative to eliminate the cap.

The Nashua Spending Cap has prevailed over challenges to its validity in the courts, attempted elimination through election, and deliberate misinterpretation. It was renewed last year with an amendment to the 2011 NH spending/tax cap law that affirmed and re-validated Nashua’s Spending Cap over a 3:2 NH Supreme Court opinion in 2019 that it was unenforceable.

The Nashua Spending cap was enforced by the city for 22 years with an occasional “override” until the Donchess administration took office in 2016 and promptly attempted to eviscerate the cap. The city’s latest attempt is to manipulate and corrupt the Spending Cap so that what is in actuality a FY23 annual budget $8.5 million above the cap has been misrepresented as $113.3 million below the cap.

Enough is enough! We hope to have the Superior Court order the Nashua Spending Cap correctly enforced.

For more information, contact:

Fred S. Teeboom
24 Cheyenne Drive
Home: (603) 889-2316 (primary)
Mobile: (603) 233-8886

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