The Manchester Free Press

Saturday • December 10 • 2022

Vol.XIV • No.XLIX

Manchester, N.H.

Notable Quote – Totalitarianism Isn’t Only by Dictators – “Dull Bureaucrats Imposing Consensus” Play Roles

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-12-05 14:30 +0000

Otherwise known as the Administrative/Deep State (emphasis mine) – The Banality of Good:

One might quibble with Desmet’s arguments about the extent to which “the Science” got things wrong, or riposte that the unknown severity of the virus excused overreach, but it is difficult to argue that the pandemic fundamentally accelerated extant trends in how our society is monitored, who has overweening authority over it, and what the consequences of noncompliance can be. The book might have enjoyed even greater success if Desmet had considered the complementary woke phenomena ushered in by the #MeToo movement, critical race theory, radical gender ideology, and their consequences for free speech and behavior. Like COVID and its performative safetyism, all of those orthodoxies advanced broad social controls based on emotion, anxiety, and shaky data, much of which have also been exposed as exaggerated or fraudulent. Strikingly, they emerged in the Anglosphere at times that overlapped with the pandemic. The technocratic authorities who enforced them were similarly bland, bureaucratized, and in most cases protected from any significant liability. We might forgive Desmet for leaving them out, however, for the collective hysteria around race, gender, and sex did not travel well outside of the English-speaking world.

The question we should all be rushing to answer, of course, is how to fight back. Desmet parrots the standard middle-class professional’s argument that dissidents should speak out, but only in polite, sincere ways that avoid antagonizing the dominant ideology. His hope is that this will penetrate the mass formation sufficiently to expose its dynamics to broad majorities who go along with it without necessarily believing in it. He would know better if that could work in Belgium, but Americans have already amassed decades of evidence showing that this spells failure, if not disaster. However strongly worded their letters may have been, polite dissenters have proved remarkably easy to ignore for at least the last 50 years. Meanwhile, increasingly powerful woke mandarins have implemented their agenda of social control, long secure in the knowledge that their opponents were little more than gracious losers.

Like him or not, it took the abrasive Donald Trump and his army of “deplorables” to challenge this dismal outcome with considerable success, through aggressive media activism, the majesty of the law, and perhaps most significantly, ridicule that no tyranny can withstand.

Our graciousness and politeness has been weaponized against us. It’s what they depend on.

Be courageous and DO something. Sometimes, being obnoxious works.

(H/T: Instapundit)

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Musk Derangement Syndrome Abounds

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-12-05 13:00 +0000

Oh, how the winds have changed. When Elon Musk was simply making electric vehicles or digging tunnels to relieve traffic congestion, he was a darling of the Left. When Musk was launching rockets into space or putting his Star Link satellites over Ukraine so they could still have access to the internet, he was Noble Peace Prize material. Now that he is emptying the ugly closets of Twitter, Elon Musk is Public Enemy #1 and maybe the most hated man since Donald Trump took the down escalator. What a fickle bunch these Lefties are.

I was listening to comments from some Congressman the other day, his name is immaterial, and he was explaining how dangerous it is to National Security to have someone so connected to the Chinese owning a Social Media Platform. I get so frustrated when the person holding the microphone does not come back at such a stupid, irrational, and hypocritical statement. The United States government partners with Elon Musk and his space exploration company. There is no concern about him sharing aerospace technology with the Chinese but paranoia abounds that the Chinese might influence a tweet or two.

This weekend, Musk started to divulge information about the suppression of any info about Hunter Biden, his money dealings with foreign countries, and the amount of contact Joe Biden has with his son regarding their money laundering schemes. Since the campaign trail, Joe has told us that he has never spoken with Hunter about the family business. Since we know that Joe has the propensity to bend the truth (lie), we can bet they had daily briefings.

The Republicans in the House are posturing to get to the bottom of the Biden cesspool in January. The actions of the Administration, Justice Department, and the FBI indicate they are taking defensive positions. They know what is about to happen. Hopefully, it is the fires of hell coming down on Biden and everyone complicit in this scheme to bilk governments, foreign companies, and families of foreign officials out of millions and leave us with a compromised President.

I admit I was not sure that Kevin McCarthy would be a strong enough Speaker to bring about the changes and resistance needed to correct as much of the Biden Presidency as possible. He is showing a toughness I have never seen in him, and it is welcome, and hopefully, the Republicans will fall in line behind him. It is not just about the investigations. Those will happen starting on January 3. It is having the guts to stand up to the President and Chuck Schumer. It’s getting what we need if any bill is to get to the big desk.

A couple of examples is McCarthy telling Biden that his Defense plan would not move forward unless the military vaccine mandate is dropped. He will also stop the endless supply of money going to Ukraine unless we get accountability for where it is spent. The student loan forgiveness and the 87,000 new IRS armed agents will not see the light of day. The adults are back in the room, and they better act like it.

By Ray Cardello for December 5, 2022 Season 14 / Post 45

Oh, how the winds have changed. When Elon Musk was simply making electric vehicles or digging tunnels to relieve traffic congestion, he was a darling of the Left. When Musk was launching rockets into space or putting his Star Link satellites over Ukraine so they could still have access to the internet, he was Noble Peace Prize material. Now that he is emptying the ugly closets of Twitter, Elon Musk is Public Enemy #1 and maybe the most hated man since Donald Trump took the down escalator. What a fickle bunch these Lefties are.

I was listening to comments from some Congressman the other day, his name is immaterial, and he was explaining how dangerous it is to National Security to have someone so connected to the Chinese owning a Social Media Platform. I get so frustrated when the person holding the microphone does not come back at such a stupid, irrational, and hypocritical statement. The United States government partners with Elon Musk and his space exploration company. There is no concern about him sharing aerospace technology with the Chinese but paranoia abounds that the Chinese might influence a tweet or two.

This weekend, Musk started to divulge information about the suppression of any info about Hunter Biden, his money dealings with foreign countries, and the amount of contact Joe Biden has with his son regarding their money laundering schemes. Since the campaign trail, Joe has told us that he has never spoken with Hunter about the family business. Since we know that Joe has the propensity to bend the truth (lie), we can bet they had daily briefings.

The Republicans in the House are posturing to get to the bottom of the Biden cesspool in January. The actions of the Administration, Justice Department, and the FBI indicate they are taking defensive positions. They know what is about to happen. Hopefully, it is the fires of hell coming down on Biden and everyone complicit in this scheme to bilk governments, foreign companies, and families of foreign officials out of millions and leave us with a compromised President.

I admit I was not sure that Kevin McCarthy would be a strong enough Speaker to bring about the changes and resistance needed to correct as much of the Biden Presidency as possible. He is showing a toughness I have never seen in him, and it is welcome, and hopefully, the Republicans will fall in line behind him. It is not just about the investigations. Those will happen starting on January 3. It is having the guts to stand up to the President and Chuck Schumer. It’s getting what we need if any bill is to get to the big desk.

A couple of examples is McCarthy telling Biden that his Defense plan would not move forward unless the military vaccine mandate is dropped. He will also stop the endless supply of money going to Ukraine unless we get accountability for where it is spent. The student loan forgiveness and the 87,000 new IRS armed agents will not see the light of day. The adults are back in the room, and they better act like it.

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10 Essential Motorcycle Safety Tips

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-12-05 12:30 +0000

Riding a motorcycle can be an incredibly freeing and enjoyable experience, but it also carries a unique set of risks for which you could need a California motorcycle accident attorney

According to NHTSA, there were over 4,500 motorcyclist fatalities in 2019 alone. But the good news is that the vast majority of these accidents could have been prevented with proper safety precautions. 

So, if you’re a motorcyclist looking for ways to stay safe on your bike, here are essential motorcycle safety tips for accident prevention. 

1. Wear a Helmet

Wearing a helmet is one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself in case of an accident. Make sure your helmet fits snugly and meets all relevant safety standards. There are many types of helmets you can choose from, so keep that in mind.

2. Obtain Proper Training

Before heading out on the road, make sure you get proper training from an accredited instructor and practice on closed courses until you’re comfortable enough to ride on the open road.

3. Wear Reflective Gear

Visibility is key when riding a motorcycle, especially at night or in dimly lit areas. Make sure you wear reflective clothing and gear so that other drivers can easily see you.  

4. Avoid Distractions

When riding, it’s important to focus solely on the road ahead and avoid any distractions like talking or texting on your phone.

5. Follow All Traffic Laws

Obeying traffic laws such as speed limits and stop signs will help keep both you and other drivers safe while sharing the road together.

6. Check Your Blind Spots

When changing lanes or making turns, always check your blind spots before proceeding so that you don’t end up cutting off another driver unknowingly or entering their space without warning them first.

7. Drive Defensively

It’s always better to assume that other drivers may not be paying attention or following traffic laws properly, so drive defensively by leaving plenty of room for yourself and others to safely maneuver around each other.       

8. Be Prepared for Emergencies

Keep basic tools like tire patches, fuel, jumper cables, flashlights, flares, etc. in case of emergency. Also, make sure your cell phone is fully charged before taking off just in case something unexpected happens while out on the road.    

9. Inspect Your Bike Regularly

Before heading out, double-check your bike to make sure everything is functioning correctly; inspect tires, brakes, lights, chains, etc.   

10. Don’t Ride Under the Influence

This should go without saying but never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as this significantly increases your risk for an accident.    

Conclusion

Motorcycles can be dangerous if not approached with caution, but they don’t have to be! 

By following these essential motorcycle safety tips for accident prevention, motorcyclists can enjoy their ride with peace of mind knowing that they are doing everything they can proactively stay safe while sharing the roads with others.

You can also click here if you need tips from a California motorcycle accident attorney!

 

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Humor – Fired and Clueless Twitter Employee Learns About the Real World

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-12-05 11:30 +0000

It’s by the Babylon Bee, but from reading what it was like at Twitter, it may be closer to the truth than not:

 

Well worth your time!

(H/T: The Blaze)

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Q: Who Should Be The Next NHGOP Chairman? … A: IT DOESN’T MATTER

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-12-05 02:30 +0000

With the news that Steve Stepanek and Pam Tucker are not running for reelection as NHGOP Chairman and Vice-Chairman, the question becomes who should succeed them …. correct? WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. It doesn’t matter.

Stop looking for a savior and, if you believe (as I do not) that New Hampshire is somehow salvageable, roll up your sleeves and be the savior you’re looking for.

First of all, as I have explained in other posts, New Hampshire is NOT a RED State, nor a PURPLE State … but a BLUE State. But I won’t belabor that FACT here because so many of you refuse to believe what is apparent (for example, the last time a GOP Presidential candidate got more than 50% of the votes was 1988 … that is NOT a typo: I repeat, 1988). Instead, I’ll tell you what to do if it is an article of faith for you that New Hampshire is a RED or PURPLE State.

Fergus Cullen was going to be the savior of the NHGOP. Then it was Jennifer Horn’s turn to be that savior. And after that, Steve Stepanek. And throughout it all New Hampshire has gotten BLUER and BLUER and BLUER. Focusing on the next Chairman is like squabbling about who should be the captain of the Titanic AFTER it hit the iceberg and was sinking. A WASTE OF TIME.

Instead, focus on the upcoming School Board elections. Prove me wrong … I challenge you. Stop bloviating about the State Party not doing this or that; or that your Town Committee was of no help … and instead find like-minded people in your Town to join with you, and either run for School Board yourself or find and support a like-minded candidate. In other words, stop obsessing with the Titanic and instead start paying attention to the lifeboats.

 

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DISQUS Doodlings – Treehugger’s 5 Items per Year Clothing Ration … To Fight CO2 Emissions

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-12-05 01:00 +0000

Every time I think that they can’t get more fixated, they push my expectations to new lows. As in, “you WILL have a diminished standard of living, and you WILL be happy about it because you are saving the planet.”

 

Report Outlines How to Fix the Fashion Industry’s Enormous Emissions Problem
The Hot or Cool Institute says there’s greater value in lifestyle changes than technological innovation.

It’s hard not to love clothes. Beyond their practical purpose, they reflect one’s personality and priorities. Clothes spark conversations and harbor memories. They feel good and boost confidence—and they’re an easy way to inject some novelty into one’s life. A quick purchase here and there adds variety to a closet and gives a person something to look forward to wearing. The problem, however, is that many of us are doing too much of this. The fashion industry is one of the biggest global emitters of greenhouse gases, even according to the most conservative estimates.

 

Yep, there’s always a “but” after their warm, glowing attributes about something. I always know, right after reading something like that prose, a HUGE “butt anvil” is about to descend to complain about those of US that won’t listen to them and stop our GAIA sinning. In this case, our demanded indulgence (as in the old Catholic indulgences, paid to the Church to “pay away” past sin – you know, like what “carbon offsets” are to the Church of the CO2 Believers) are to be this (reformatted, emphasis mine):

 

The Necessity of Less

…People in the richest G20 countries (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, U.K., U.S.) must reduce their fashion-related footprints by an average of 60% by 2030 in order to stay on track for the 1.5-degree target. Upper-middle-income countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Turkey) must reduce theirs by over 40%. These necessary reductions would bring consumption down to what the report calls a fair consumption space, defined as “a space where consumption levels stay below environmentally unsustainable levels yet above sufficiency levels that allow individuals to fulfill their basic needs.” Individuals with higher footprints are required to make greater reductions than those already living with less.

 

It’s not completely totalitarian, but you can see its boot lifting up to stomp on downward. And this “think tank” has already laid out the solution as to what this would be at a consumer level. And I’m not talking about an average consumer – they mean ANY consumer, each and every one of us. And it always comes down to returning to the one enforcer they truly believe in. And they are REALLY enthused about the solution (read the next line slowly) for us all – true believers and we infidels alike:

 

…This is where the report really shines, with its emphasis on practical solutions. It turns out that reducing purchases of new clothes is the single most effective way to reduce fashion’s carbon footprint, leading to reductions more than four times greater than the next best solution, which is increasing use time of garments, and over 3 times higher than what is considered achievable through accelerated decarbonization of the fashion industry.

Other valuable actions include repairing and mending items, washing less and at lower temperatures, and buying secondhand. But if none of these is implemented, “purchases of new garments should be limited to an average 5 items per year for achieving consumption levels in line with the 1.5-degree target.”

 

Five items. Per year. And they really aren’t going to hide that “practical solution.” Yep, I know that you know who would be the enforcer:

 

…If you recoil at the thought of fashion quotas, Lewis Akenji, director of the Hot or Cool Institute, pointed out in a presentation for the report’s launch that some degree of rationing is inevitable. “This is what governments do,” he said. They can ration resource use, pollution, level of volume and frequency in the market and fashion cycle. This is done through taxes or altering practices around returns. “There’s a broad spectrum of possibilities [and] it’s an inevitable part of the discussion.”

 

Yep, just like this guy:  NH State Rep Leigh Webb (D): “The role of government is to legislate behavior.” And the logical endpoint is that bootjack that comes with rationing.

Maybe to these Eco-Socialists, that’s the purpose of Government. Not to we who believe we are Free people who happen to have a government (see Declaration of Independence). So, of course, I had a few things to say, from the “practical” to proper civics to The Role of Proper Government (in a couple of chunks):

 

But if none of these is implemented, “purchases of new garments should be limited to an average 5 items per year for achieving consumption levels in line with the 1.5-degree target.”

So I’ll be able to buy my usual set of 5 pairs of medical compression socks (due to a congenital condition, I’ve had to wear them for over 30 years) a year…

and nothing else. And then the author goes on to say that Government will make sure that everyone abides by their rationing because that’s the purpose of Government. Er, no, it’s not.

And what will happen when a Free People decided to change that government with their votes because of being absolutely stupid (govt, that is)?

 

Followed right behind with:

 

These necessary reductions would bring consumption down to what the report calls a fair consumption space, defined as “a space where consumption levels stay below environmentally unsustainable levels yet above sufficiency levels that allow individuals to fulfill their basic needs.” Individuals with higher footprints are required to make greater reductions than those already living with less.

Eco-Socialists always give away the game via their “tell” – that word is “need“. The translation for it is that *I* will tell you what you need and you will be happy with it”. As if a grown adult really wants every part of their life strictly controlled in every aspect therein.

Who, Katherine [the author], is going to determine what is “fair” (yes, yet another challenge to the use of this word here at Treehugger as if it is no big deal – when it matters quite a bit). Are you capable of making decisions for me what is “fair” and “adequate”?

If you say yes, then you have failed at the Great Mind Fallacy.

And what is the penalty that you will put into place if your “required” bit isn’t met? Financial fine? Jail time? Or like what has been rumored to have been done in getting the Iranian soccer players to sing their own national anthem – threaten their families?

So, Katherine, since you are quoting this report, what’s your take on China’s Social Credit Score system which actually implements what is required to pull this off? Do you want your kids to be forced into this totalitarian life style?  I certainly want better for my Grandson, free to make his own decisions.

This whole post is about people who are constitutionally unable to mind their own business and leave others alone.

There are a few bits by my pal, VB (Vindaloo Bugaboo), that is also one of our friends, that you might enjoy reading (smart guy and takes nothing from none of these Socialists).

But remember, this is where they want “their” Society to head, and they are doing it joyfully. Unfortunately, they are going to drag us with them. That is, unless all of us start getting in their faces and starting that pushback.

I really do hate clothes shopping, and I rarely buy new clothes (although I am REALLY getting to that point of having to do so and more than just compression socks). But that should be MY decision – not anyone else’s and CERTAINLY not Government’s.

What are your thoughts?

(H/T: Treehugger)

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New Hampshire Is Not in Demographic “Crisis”

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-12-04 23:30 +0000

Rarely has an article been more panoramically wrong than Ian Huyett’s contribution of 3 December.  The problem is supposed that New Hampshire has too many old people and too few young people — a theme heard from GOP state reps in years past, who look in awe at the Democrats’ many gunpoint solutions to non-problems and conclude that the GOP needs a few of its own.

The rhetoric is extreme: New Hampshire is in a “crisis,” facing “doom” because a “balance” has been “poisoned” by policies supposedly reflecting hatred toward an entire social class. The evidence of the problem is mere statistics: comparisons of New Hampshire to other states to portray us as “ultra-elderly.” And drawing a straight line to show that we will eventually be “majority elderly.”

We should be skeptical of any such claim of a “crisis.” We have been through two years of massive government fixated on the statistics of COVID “caseload” and “deaths” — heedless that government above all seeks to perpetuate itself. “Caseload” is cited for every new Sununu emergency decree with no one ever asking how many cases involve actual sickness, and whether any given “case” was measured with the PCR machine set to Ct=30 (30 doublings multiplies DNA by about one billion) or the popular hair-trigger Ct=40 (one trillion), which “detects” COVID anywhere. The death toll is dishonest too, conflating deaths OF COVID and deaths WITH COVID (such as George Floyd!) to multiply the crisis by about 16, with hospitals receiving a cash premium under the CARES Act if they claim to treat a “COVID death.” The ridiculous goal has been to force these numbers to zero, and failing that, prolong the emergency and portray any opposition as deadly.

We want to thank Spike for this Op-Ed. If you have an Op-Ed or LTE
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An aging population is not a crisis in the first place. George W. Bush famously wrecked his support with his base on the notion that we must give amnesty to border jumpers because “they do the jobs Americans won’t.” The simple rebuttal was: At a suitable wage, Americans will do any job. (The call for amnesty continues today among GOP donors who simply want cheaper labor. Trump won in 2016 by combining a mostly pro-liberty platform with the popular anti-liberty plank of closing the open border.)

Suppose New Hampshire became so elderly that there were no youngsters to flip hamburgers. It’s obvious what would happen: Adults who can’t cook would learn how to, people would come out of retirement to fill the gap, people doing non-menial jobs would start doing menial jobs, and we’d speed up the push toward robotics. It might take a pay increase to make this happen; this would slightly increase the cost of a hamburger; we would live. Manchester seems to have no workers able to communicate in English and Chinese; at the Heng Won take-out, the staff drives up from Boston. This is an added cost but prices are still competitive. In short, the market would effortlessly adjust to Huyett’s demographic “crisis” long before we became “a state without a functioning workforce.” “The answer is simple: without purposeful changes, New Hampshire’s jobs will not be filled.” This simple answer is myopic. At the right wage, all jobs are always filled, even without Huyett’s “purposeful changes.”

On causation, Huyett says “this demographic collapse…is the bitter fruit of purposefully anti-family…policies like age-restricted housing and a lopsided tax system.” Housing developments with a consensual over-55 requirement on residents are a voluntary solution, not to demographic diversity but to the fact that kids are disorderly and noisy. Huyett celebrates Pelham, which uses the force of law to close off this option.

He omits the elephant in the room. Opposition to growth and new residents is a constant at municipal meetings, but mainly because immigrants with children are guaranteed free schooling at everyone else’s expense at our welfare schools. “Free” schools are sold to us as the basis of civil society, even as the schools do the exact opposite, teaching hate for the country and hate for achievement and giving townspeople a reason to hate newcomers. “Lopsided tax system”? Oldsters willing to document their income to Town Hall are already partially spared from paying for the schools.

Huyett cites the dysfunction in an elderly county in Florida. This is less likely to be caused by a surplus of oldsters than by the Biden malaise. Across the nation, a “compassionate” government still makes it easy to live comfortably without working. And Huyett even mentions New Hampshire’s housing problem, which isn’t caused by demographics either, but by municipal and state barriers against development, which aren’t going anywhere because — like all barriers to entry — they inflate the prices of our own homes.

Huyett’s ironic conclusion that this “crisis” will wind up harming oldsters is cute but useless. It doesn’t matter who is harmed nor which demographic the author favors. There is no crisis.

Most of your readers believe that Americans’ Rights pre-date government and are “endowed…by their Creator.” A consequence of this is that government should minister to the population that exists, not shape it by force to make its own job easier or more pleasant. And the supposed government goal of making statistics prettier is an open-ended blank check for eternal government fixes, which we should oppose every time it is offered.

Huyett’s group, Cornerstone Action, advocates cultural change. I concede his assumption that it would be better if New Hampshire were more attractive to young adults. I even concede the group’s signature point that we would be better off as individuals and as a society if everyone lived more Christian, drug-free lives and carried every unwanted pregnancy to term. These issues call for persuasion, which Cornerstone has never achieved. Huyett’s proposal is unspecified, beyond doing something deliberate, with the implied threat of State force. Such solutions never work and always make society less civil. The legislature should enable us to live in peace, not compel us to change our lives until the statistics get prettier.

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Speaking of NH GOP Exec. Dir and Asst Secretary Elliot Gault…

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-12-04 22:00 +0000

I’m an NHGOP Delegate. Again. After a long absence of being such. With NH GOP Party Committee’s starting the voting processes for NH State Committee members and local Committee officers.  Since it has been quite some time, I wanted to know a rather simple thing: how are they now done nowadays as I was told NH GOP officials and deputies carry these out.  And I did see that done two years ago for the Belknap County Republican Committee’s voting night. Since it had been years since I’d been involved in county politics, GraniteGrok was asked to come in, with cameras, to act as a neutral observer. After all cameras, as I have found, keep people honest. And those that wish to not be found out are generally the only ones wanting them turned off.

So, I called the NH GOP HQ on Friday to ask for something I thought would be very simple – where are the written processes/procedures/mechanics by which the NH GOP will conduct each Committee’s Caucus?  Maddie answered the phone and after a brief couple of moments of hesitation, told me that Elliot Gault who would have the answer, was in a meeting in Manchester and she’d have him call me back.

Yes, I did tell her I was both an NH GOP Delegate and with GraniteGrok.  So, I’m invested twice over.

And isn’t it a GOOD thing that everybody knows how the game is played before it starts? Sure, we all know about nominating and voting, winning and losing. But it is the little details that count.  The BCRC Bylaws, for instance, lay out WHO can vote – any visitor? Any registered Republican? Any registered Republican living in the County? Who can offer nominations?  WHO can be elected?

I’ve found nothing in the NH GOP Bylaws to the level of detail that I think is needed. Nor anything else on the NH GOP website.  So I called to get those details.  I’m still waiting, Elliot.

Or does the NH GOP NOT have such written down instructions and therefore, have a process that could be malleable, arbitrary, and capricious depending on the Committee being counted?  There’s a history of that in such voting.  Been there, depending on who is at the helm (or in the dark corners).  Why else was GraniteGrok called in to be a neutral observer?

So, where’s the written protocol?  And if it doesn’t exist, why doesn’t it (for the sake of transparency, openness), NH GOP Chair Steve Stepanek?

And make no mistake about it – elections for Committee officials and State Committee members are just about there.  NH GOP elections are Jan 28.

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Sunday Spotlight: He Was Safe on a Chicago Roof

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-12-04 20:30 +0000

Sometimes it takes an individual to show what the government cannot or will not accomplish. This person took up a position on the roof of a Chicago building for nearly a year until his action raised enough money to begin constructing a community center that would serve many in downtown Chicago.

The results of his actions are why Reverand Corey Brooks is this week’s Sunday Spotlight.

Being disgusted with the spiraling degradation of Chicago and the rise of Black-on-Black crime, shootings, and death, the Pastor decided to take action and make a difference. Brooks established the New Beginnings Church of Chicago in November 2000 in the heart of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhood. This opportunity was his first glimpse into the despair in Chicago that catalyzed his ongoing efforts to date.

Now, it must be said that living on the rooftop of a Chicago high-rise for nearly a year places Rev. Brooks in one of the safest spots in the Windy City. This action is not the first time Pastor Brooks has taken to the roof.

The Pastor’s first effort received national acclaim when he spent 94 days living on the roof of a rundown motel across the street from the church. It had become a center of drugs, prostitution, and violence. Within three months, he raised enough money to buy the building and tear it down. The land is now earmarked to be the location of a $23 million state-of-the-art community center. The goal of the proposed community center is to offset violence, provide the support necessary to make the neighborhood a safer place, and give children the tools to reach for a brighter future.

Chicago was once one of America’s great cities. Under the leadership, or lack thereof, of Democrat Mayors like Lori Lightfoot, the city is now known as one of the homicide centers of the country. The city is no longer safe, resulting in people and businesses leaving the city in droves. Pastor Brooks is not one to give up on the city he loves.

Pastor Brooks and his wife Delilah have fully invested in the community of Woodlawn on Chicago’s South Side. He and his wife spearhead a community initiative called Project H.O.O.D. to revitalize the neighborhood. Project H.O.O.D. programming includes a Core and Carpentry Level I course, which places participants in entry-level construction jobs post-program, an entrepreneurship course, separate business workshops for aspiring and new business owners, a co-working office space for business owners, job placement programs, and community-wide events including The World’s Largest Baby Shower.

We cannot rely on the government to solve our decaying society’s and cities’ woes. People in power have no interest in being part of the solution. Chicago is not alone. Baltimore, New York, Detroit, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are some of the darkest stories of the last fifty years. The sad thing is that the people in office who have watched these cities crumble are often returned to office again and again.

That lack of leadership is why we need people like Reverend Brooks and Delilah. They are not spectators but players in the solution, which is why we need to sing their praises and support and pray for their success.

 

 

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WARNING: Sexually Explicit and Obscene Material Available to Children in School

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-12-04 19:00 +0000

A parent in Pennsylvania has finally taken her school district to court. Within this document, you will access some extremely obscene and pornographic content. Please make sure that your children do not access this court document. 

It is important to show parents and taxpayers how public schools are spending your tax dollars. It is no longer about teaching biology or reproduction, it is about sexualizing and grooming children in school. It is critical that you check your school district’s library to see if this kind of pornographic material is available to children in your district. They might be able to access this in the school library or on the Sora library App.

I will be watching this case closely to watch for a ruling.

 

 

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The Next Pandemic: It’s Just a “Strep” to the Left…

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-12-04 17:30 +0000

The COVID variant domestic terrorism machine isn’t working well anymore. Flu season is all year-’round, and most folks have settled into the idea without fearfully donning masks (though there are exceptions). It must be time for something new.

The Left’s moral equivalence of war machine is still chugging along. Biden keeps renewing the state o emergency. DHS keeps firing up the terrorism alert sirens. But Monkeypox failed to deliver. It’s seldom fatal and horny gay men sharing it with multiple partners is not exactly a national crisis. What to do?

The UK might have the next new thing.

 

The UK headlines are full of talk of Strep A. The infection – formally referred to as Group A streptococcus – has allegedly killed seven children across England and Wales.

The familiar refrain is echoing again – “The disease is harmless in the vast majority of cases” – and experts are coming out and saying there’s nothing “particularly alarming or concerning” about the disease.

 

Two thoughts. First, YES! There is talk about developing a vaccine and, hey, why not – money laundering!

Second, how many of these infected kids, especially those that died, were victims of the mRNA vaccines*? Find the answer to that question, and if it’s yes, the fledgling Strep epidemic dies in the crib.

 

 

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Complaint Filed in SAU50 Over SEL Social and Emotional Learning–Failure to Obtain Parental Consent

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-12-04 16:00 +0000

Dear Ms. Fenton;

Please review the following emails I sent to the Superintendent in SAU50 regarding the Social and Emotional Learning taking place in the district. There is a difference of opinion on what constitutes assessing and servicing the mental health of children through SEL.

From my research, especially when the Every Student Succeeds Act was passed, this kind of mental health service (SEL) in the classroom would require parental or guardian consent.

According to ESSA:

Much of the information supporting SEL in schools references how SEL treats the mental health of children. However, the Superintendent in SAU50 does not believe they need consent as required by federal law. Parental rights groups have relied on this law and this specific language as a way for parents and guardians to monitor mental health services for their children.

I am not here to judge the many SEL programs currently in use in our public schools, only that our school administrators are not following federal law and obtaining parental consent. It shouldn’t take a parent having to sue their school district in order to exercise their right to consent on these mental health services.

I include the emails sent to Superintendent Zadvarec that confirm this type of mental health service is provided in SAU50 and that there has been no effort to obtain parental consent.

If I am incorrect on this law and how it applies to SEL services, then we will have to look at state-level legislation to make sure parents are able to exercise their right to consent. Fortunately, ethical guidelines and codes of conduct among mental health providers are pro-parent involvement–which is good. But as you can see from the federal law, parents do not want their children participating in any of these mental health services without their informed consent.

I am asking you to conduct an investigation on whether SAU50 is violating federal law, and therefore did the educator also violate the Code of Ethics and the Code of Conduct?

Sincerely,

Ann Marie Banfield
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SENT Oct. 12, 2022:

Dear Superintendent Zedrevec and Principal Hallee:

Pursuant to the Right to Know Law (RSA, 91-1), I am requesting public access, within 5 business days, to the governmental records:

1) A copy of the consent form sent to parents by Maggie Olsen, School counselor, or any other representative from the Greenland School District, to treat children with the Kimochis program.
2) A copy of the credentials of all counselors or school personnel who will be providing therapy for students using the Kimochis program.
3) A copy of all questions on any screenings or assessments used to accompany the Kimochis program.

Per RSA 91-A:4IV(C) If you deny any portion of this request, please cite the specific exemption used to justify the denial to make each record, or part thereof, available for inspection along with a brief explanation of how the exemption applies to the information withheld.

Please let me know when these records are available for inspection or you may email the records to me at Banfieldannmarie@gmail.com.
Thank you for your lawful attention to this matter.

For more information on this: https://granitegrok.com/blog/2022/10/greenland-counselor-misleading-parents-on-sel-psychological-profiling

Sincerely,

Ann Marie Banfield

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RECEIVED Oct. 12, 2022   Hi Ann Marie, Thanks for reaching out. I embedded answers to your questions below. I also looked at the attached blog and would point out that there are some assumptions there that are not true. There is no individual or group mental health therapy going  on, and no assessments or screenings are being given. In fact there is no student data being collected at all in relation to the classroom lessons. Thanks, Steve

1) A copy of the consent form sent to parents by Maggie Olsen, School counselor, or any other representative from the Greenland School District, to treat children with the Kimochis program. A letter was sent to parents indicating what universal programming the counselor would be doing with the children.  Discussions at the universal level are whole class teaching.  As such, she is not “treating” children.

2) A copy of the credentials of all counselors or school personnel who will be providing therapy for students using the Kimochis program. The counselor is not offering therapy for students with the Kimochis program. That said, the counselor is a certified school counselor (endorsement 0040).

3) A copy of all questions on any screenings or assessments used to accompany the Kimochis program.

The counselor is not doing any screenings or assessments accompanying the Kimochis program.  There is not any student identifiable information being collected.

 

 

Stephen Zadravec

Superintendent of Schools SAU 50 48 Post Rd Greenland, NH 03840 603-422-9572 ======================================================================================

SENT OCT. 13, 2022:

Superintendent Zadvarec,
I should tell you that I made sure early on, with the national push for mental health treatment in the schools, to confirm that these kinds of programs would be categorized as treating the mental health of children. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires parental consent when you provide mental health services.

SEL funding is coming through the SAMHSA grant, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. All SEL programs must be approved by CASEL.

I spoke with parent advocate attorneys during the writing of ESSA. ESSA included the provision to require consent by parents on the mental health service or assessment of children enrolled in a public school. Kimochis would be considered group therapy among children.

From the University of Maryland School of Medicine: https://www.schoolmentalhealth.org/media/SOM/Microsites/NCSMH/Documents/Resources/Every-Student-Succeeds-Act.pdf
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and School Mental Health: Implications for Schools, Districts, and States
Resources: School Mental Health and ESSA:
Excerpt:
Website

Relevant Information: Title IV Part A (SSAEC): flexible block grant. Districts must use at least 20% of these funds on efforts to improve “student mental and behavioral health, school climate, or school safety.” Includes a list of example activities, including ‘comprehensive school mental and behavioral health delivery systems’.

From the National Library of Medicine:
Social and emotional learning: a framework for promoting mental health and reducing risk behavior in children and youth
Abstract

Many programs have been developed to help schools enhance students’ health and reduce the prevalence of drug use, violence, and high-risk sexual behaviors. How should educators choose among these? This article describes selection criteria based on theory, research, and best educational practice that identify key social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies and program features. The SEL competencies for students include 17 skills and attitudes organized into four groups: awareness of self and others; positive attitudes and values; responsible decision making; and social interaction skills. The 11 program features critical to the success of school-based SEL programs emphasize curriculum design, coordination with larger systems, educator preparation and support, and program evaluation. Developed by the Collaborative to Advance Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the SEL framework can be used to guide selection of research-based prevention programs that address health, substance abuse, violence prevention, sexuality, character, and social skills.

The National Association on Mental Health cited SEL as a support for children who are coping with “mental health conditions.”

Kimochis also promotes their program to the mental health professionals working in the school, and then includes testimonials by therapists.
For Mental Health Professionals
Kimochis® short cuts the talking that is the cornerstone of many therapies.
They allow kids and adults to rapidly and safely explore and translate emotions into root causes that can be dealt with immediately.

Listed on the Child Therapy List / The Best Way to Get Help for Your Child: Kimochis

Kimochis: Getting Started in a Mental Health Setting

I make no judgments on the Kimochis program itself. This program may very well be one that supports the mental health of children in the district, but that is not the point. The point is, this should be done with informed consent by parents.

If the SEL program in the future includes a screening or assessment of children, that too would require the school counselor to obtain informed consent.

What happens if a child, while sharing their “feelings,” since that is the goal of Kimochis, decides to revisit trauma? What is the school counselor trained to do under these conditions? School Counselors do not have the education or clinical training that I would want for my children if they were in that position.

Here is a frightening example of good intentions gone bad. Children who’ve suffered the loss of a loved one can experience trauma, but as you will see in the video, psychotherapeutic techniques (10:00) can have a negative impact on children too. In this example, you can see how it even became dangerous. While Kimochis may be the tool that draws out a child’s feelings and emotions, how is that then managed? All of this should be explained to parents so they know exactly what this kind of therapy looks like in the classroom, and how it will impact their children. That is exactly why informed consent was added to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA.)

I will forward all of this to Diana Fenton at the New Hampshire Department of Education so that she can begin an investigation.

Since I have received professional advice from those who do have the credentials and education in mental health, confirming this program does treat the mental health of children, I would highly advise that you seek legal advice. This may boil down to litigation at some point. I would certainly advise parents to seek legal advice if they have not consented to any SEL program used on their children without their consent.

You are not the first school administrator to deny that this kind of SEL treatment is not mental health treatment, but I have a Phd Child Psychologist telling me the opposite. If you were administering cancer treatment to all children in a class but denied it was a cancer treatment, biy I had a cancer specialist telling me it is a cancer treatment, I’m going to have to believe the cancer specialist.

This is how parents lose trust in the people working with their children. Similar to when the bus driver was assigned to another bus route after parents brought forth information about how he was acting inappropriately towards their son. It is critical that the leadership in this district focus on building back that trust.

One way to build trust is to understand that parents will certainly see the connection to the school counselor using an SEL program that has been reported as mental health treatment for their children. There is plenty of evidence to confirm this. It would be a positive step forward in building back that trust by explaining all of this to parents, and asking for their permission.

Thank you again for your prompt response.

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Disney About Face on Political Activism May Not Mean a Thing

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-12-04 14:30 +0000

Long-time (former) CEO Bob Iger is back at the helm of Disney, and one of his first acts as the returning King of the house that Walt built, is to suggest they dial back the political rhetoric.

Related: Struggling Disney Dumps CEO, But Will it Wake Up or Stay #Woke?

 

“Do I like the company being embroiled in controversy? Of course not. It can be distracting and it can have a negative impact on the company. And to the extent that I can work to quiet things down, I’m going to do that,” Iger said, in an all-but-obvious reference to Disney’s involvement on the left wing of the American culture war.

 

Disney has recently been at war with its customer base, choosing to rub the #woke culture into the faces of parents who might not find it appropriate for young kids. That’s not to say they object to adults making those choices. And they may not even object to the idea of turning children’s entertainment into propaganda. But being obnoxious and deliberate about integrating the Left’s addiction to sex culture is a bridge too fat for many.

Iger may not be telling us that Disney will step away from that sort of thing. His immediate concern is the overt political action by Disney or its representatives. Financially speaking, the war with Florida could cost them billions if that fence isn’t mended. As CEO, Iger’s first job is to fix that.

Related: Paying a Price: Can Disney or Democrats Get Back in that “Closet”?

As for the rest of it, there’s no way to know. #Woke sex-propaganda Disney may still be in business; Bob says he will work to quiet things down. That is not a commitment to back off the increased effort to normalize sexual lifestyle choices, but given the nation’s response to Disney products that made the leap, we’ll see less of that.

Righting the balance sheet likely demands it.

 

 

HT | Gateway Pundit

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Melanie Levesque, Candidate for NH Secretary of State, Is a Hothead

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-12-04 13:00 +0000

On January 31 of this year, my husband, Stephen Scaer, and I stood outside Nashua High School North holding signs while people were walking in for the Nashua Board of Education meeting.

Members of the Nashua Teachers’ Union and their supporters held signs in support of a new teachers’ contract. Former state senator and current candidate for NH Secretary of State, Melanie Levesque, was there in support of the teachers.

I was carrying a large sign that said “No Puberty Blockers” and my husband’s sign was an oversized image of the cover of the book “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters” by Abigail Shrier. We were peaceful and respectful and I was taking pictures of the elected officials there in support of the teachers including Sen. Lou Allesandro and Sen. Cindy Rosenwald, without any issue.

When I walked over to the group of teachers to take pictures of them, I was assaulted by a teacher who pushed me off the sidewalk by walking backward into me and she would have knocked me over if another teacher hadn’t intervened. I went back to the group of elected officials, which included former state senator Melanie Levesque, expecting they would be better behaved, but I was mistaken.

Related: I Was Roughed Up at a Teachers’ Rally

When I picked up my phone to take Melanie’s picture, Melanie suddenly charged at me with her Nashua Teachers’ Union sign in front of her as if to hit me with it and she stopped just short of doing so. I was not saying anything or making any gestures and I was a respectful distance away when I took the picture. There was no reason for her to do what she did except to physically intimidate me to get me and my sign off the sidewalk.

Is this the kind of hotheaded behavior that New Hampshire needs from a Secretary of State?

On Organization Day, December 7, New Hampshire legislators should vote for David Scanlan, who has proven himself to be a well-qualified, even-tempered Secretary of State.

Learn more about the harms of puberty blockers at sidewalksteve.org.

 

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Stop the Presses! – mRNA Vaccines May Make Botox Less Effective!

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-12-04 11:30 +0000

For those out there trying to keep up with the Kardashians, new research suggests it could be more difficult if you are one of the  269 million Americans who got one or more of the mRNA Jabs and lived to tell the tale.

 

 The mean (SD) interval between [Botulinum toxin type A] BTA injections before completing COVID-19 vaccination was estimated at 118.64 (22.73) days (range, 90–200 days), whereas the same interval after getting vaccinated was 95.95 (12.24) days (range, 75–120 days). The average interval between BTA injections was significantly shorter after getting vaccinated as compared to the interval prior to the beginning of the vaccination campaign (p < 0.001).

 

Injecting the neurotoxin produced by Clostridium botulinum to tighten up a facial feature needs to happen with more frequency post Jab than Pre-Jab.

The Study authors note that additional research is required (which means someone needs to fund it). Maybe Kris, Kourtney, Kim, or Khloé, can toss them a few bucks to dig a little deeper. It could be an entire story arc for their reality Television empire.

They could call it Keeping up with the “Klostridium” botulinum or something.

 

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Democrats in the Government “Admit” to Censoring You Online

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-12-04 02:30 +0000

No one should be surprised by this headline. We’ve all likely experienced this. The progs in Big Tech “take issue” with your content. And getting tagged, flagged, gagged, tossed “in jail,” or de-platformed by a “private company” is one thing, but what if it was at the direction of the Feds?

With no criminal basis for action, just partisan political antics.

Can you imagine? The government is deliberately colluding with search and social media companies to censor material online based on its desires. Of course, you do. It’s not new. It is not limited to one side or another. It has just never been this easy.

Two recent stories frame this cabal.

First, the Twitter files show that Biden Democrats and the DNC coordinated political speech suppression in violation of the 1st amendment. Second, testimony under oath that the FBI gave Big Tech-specific instructions to target, block, and censor content.

From The Epoch Times, referencing the work of Matt Taibbi:

 

Twitter’s censorship system was well established by 2020, an election year, and while both sides of U.S. politics had access, the political bias of the majority of the platform’s employees meant Democrats had more avenues to “complain” about tweets, according to Taibbi.

“For instance, in 2020, requests from both the Trump White House and the Biden campaign were received and honored,” Taibbi wrote.

“However,” he added. “This system wasn’t balanced. It was based on contacts. Because Twitter was and is overwhelmingly staffed by people of one political orientation, there were more channels, more ways to complain, open to the left (well, Democrats) than the right.”

 

The result was everything we complained about that was dismissed as conspiracy. But Twitter’s many progressive “channels” were shadow-banning or suppressing content based on the desires of mostly left-Wing actors, including your government.

 

During a deposition this week the FBI admitted to giving instructions to tech companies like Google, Apple and Microsoft to block URLs without a basis in legality.  Essentially the ideology of the FBI and DHS determines the targets of the content removal, blockage and/or censoring.

 

In the interests of ideological security, a Federal force with police powers directed information technology providers to constrict access points or information they deemed a threat to their political agenda.

In other words, the Feds colluded with Big Tech under the umbrella of Section 230 Communications Decency Act or, in the interest of national security (claiming foreign disinformation campaigns), asks Big Tech (weekly) to silence individuals or groups without any criminal justification.

 

“Since filing our lawsuit, we’ve uncovered troves of discovery that show a massive ‘censorship enterprise,’” Attorney General Eric Schmitt told Fox News Digital. “Now, we’re deposing top government officials, and we’re one of the first to get a look under the hood — the information we’ve uncovered through those depositions has been shocking to say the least. It’s clear from Tuesday’s deposition that the FBI has an extremely close role in working to censor freedom of speech.”

 

This is the same FBI that took the made-up Democrat Candidate Dossier and turned it into a four-year act of hate speech against a sitting US president, complete with illegal warrants, searches, indictments, Lawfare, and other harassment.

As I said in the opening. No one should be surprised by the headline. What would be surprising is if anyone does anything or someone goes to jail.

It seems unlikely, so why bother talking about it? The political party calling you a book-banning Nazi for believing that children should not have access to every sort of “book” that exists has been deliberately using government force to ban “speech” with which they disagree or have determined to be inappropriate.

Maybe ask them about that illegal censorship if the subject of book banning comes up.

 

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NH GOP Delegate / Gunstock Area Commissioner Douglas Lambert Arrested and Charged with Simple Assault – Paperwork Part 2

Granite Grok - Sun, 2022-12-04 01:00 +0000

“Be the Barry Goldwater who hounded Nixon out of office – make Dr. Strang Douglas Lambert resign his GAC Commissionership!

Yes, I fixed it for Lambert. Karma, if you believe in such, always seems to circle ’round.  And in this case, his own words. This was the mantra he (and Jade Wood, Commissioner and NH GOP Area 5 Vice-Chair; I guess she takes her verbal cues from Baby Huey) used on both Peter Ness and Dr. David Strang earlier this year. That was the line that Lambert used on Dr. Strang in trying to whip up “his” crowd once again to accomplish his political goal – simply to remove anyone that stood in his way to being the Chair of the Gunstock Area Commission.  Go ahead, change my mind – it will be hard to do based on the results and his bullying behavior at the meetings. Remember, over at the GraniteGrok YouTube channel, I have video receipts.

Lambert abused that line as history tells us that Nixon when President, indeed, oversaw a really bad political event.  To date, however, he is YET to provide any proof at all of ANY misbehavior on their part. Even the PretiFlaherty Law firm report found no malfeasance – not even a hint about Ness or Strang. Neither of them did anything wrong except to ask hard and uncomfortable questions as WAS THEIR JOB. Lambert and Wood decided to censor them instead.  Shows that Establishment Republicans are oft not to be trusted, eh?  Elections are coming up, Jade…

But I digress.  The last post (“NH GOP Delegate / Gunstock Area Commissioner Douglas Lambert Arrested and Charged with Simple Assault – Paperwork Part 1“)  went over the arresting records for Douglas Lambert. Next are some of the court records that have been filed so far. This post has the Stalking Petition that was filed against Douglas Lambert

(Hover over the page and the Navigation bar will appear)

Stalking Petition 2022-11-07 Golter v Lambert Laconia District Court

The first three pages are court-supplied forms. However, there is an additional two handwritten pages also attached to this providing a LOT of additional information concerning this incident of simple assault.

 

Yes, Douglas, you need to resign. AND you need to apologize to her for your boorish behavior. The same, after almost an entire year to Ness and Strang. It’s one thing to treat another man badly but treating a woman even worse just shows that you’re lower than a bully. While you remain innocent until proven guilty in a legal sense, IMHO, you are guilty. The BCRC General Members believed that your abysmal behavior deserved to have your membership revoked. Not only by your actions but also your demeanor while doing it – showing the intent that you believed you were imperviable to anyone.

  • So it isn’t just me – I only put a Big Flashlight on your actions and your words
  • So it isn’t just the Belknap County Republican Committee Executive Committee – if they didn’t believe that something was there, this process would have stopped right there
  • So it isn’t just the Gilford Police personnel (I don’t know who watched the video or read the victim’s statement) – if they didn’t believe that something was there, this process would have stopped right there

And now it has reached the Judiciary.

The next post will see what the Court thought of this document.

 

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Did You Know That Democracy Means Cancelling Christianity?

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-12-03 23:30 +0000

Zelensky hero of the American Left … for example, he was named by Maggie Hassan during the WMUR “debate” as the person she admires … and hero of the GOP warmonger wing … whom we are supporting with hundreds of billions because he supposedly represents “democracy” and is fighting authoritarianism … has shut down the free press, opposition parties and now he has cancelled the Orthodox Catholic Church:

 

Zelensky is a totally corrupt kleptocrat … Ukraine is not a democracy … and our support of Zelensky is just one giant grift for the military-industrial complex.

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Election Fraud: NH Arrests a Serial Double-Voter From Massachusetts

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-12-03 22:00 +0000

New Hampshire’s elections have not produced the will of its residents in a very long time. And that’s not a partisan statement. It is simply too easy for people who do not live here to vote in NH. And every now and then, the blind squirrel, stopped clock of justice, finds time to catch a nut.

Related: College Students in NH Admit They Have More Voting Rights Than True Granite Staters

How’s that for a mixed metaphor?

Having been at this for a while now, my sense is that these arrests – while legitimate acts against actual fraud (like nabbing the odd double voter) – are primarily for show. New Hampshire has a long history of ignoring voter fraud, regardless of which party controls the executive branch. It is as if there’s an unspoken agreement, and part of that is perp-walking someone every few years to make it look like this uniparty arrangement is on the job.

The latest stooge is alleged to have voted in Massachusetts and New Hampshire (off and on) as far back as 1996, both in-person and using vote-by-mail or absentee ballots.

 

Richard Rosen, 83, of Washington Street in Belmont, MA, and Route 175 in Holderness, NH, was arrested on a single felony count of wrongful voting, accused by investigators of voting in both states during the November 2016 general election.

Rosen came to the attention of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office by way of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, a database that tracks possible multiple voter registrations in several states. New Hampshire joined the program in 2017.

 

Patch has all the lengthy investigative details, including Rosen’s accusation that someone else was voting in his name. It’s a great story. All the ways you can steal votes from Granite Staters make an appearance (except for out-of-state-student voting), so it’s a great story. And odds are Rosen will lose his right to vote in NH and get fined. That’s typically the extent of these things. But it’s not the biggest problem.

Related: NH Created a ‘Right’ for “Out-Of-State Students” It Can’t Give to Actual Residents

Election fraud is as old as elections, but New Hampshire perpetuates a two-class society of voters discriminating against actual residents. Under the guise of student voting rights, college kids are given more rights than actual Granite Staters. They can choose what state to vote in (their home state or ours). And as long as they only vote in one – typically ours because these are kids from Democrat states looking to impact the NH elections – we’ll never know who New Hampshire wants to represent them.

Richard Rosen is 83 years old. He’ll get off easy. They’ll probably strip his right to vote here, as I noted above, and how many elections is that? Not as many as he already voted illegally. And we’ll be expected to see this as a serious effort to address the issue of voter fraud.

 

 

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Balenciaga, Pornography, and Your Child’s School

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-12-03 20:30 +0000

The fashion label Balenciaga has come under intense scrutiny by the public recently because of a disturbing ad campaign with Adidas. In the campaign ads, you can see toddlers holding the company’s teddy bear handbags.

The teddy bears are dressed in bondage gear, fishnet shirts, and studded leather harnesses and collars.

The ad campaign was shot by photographer Chris Maggio as part of their Balenciaga Objects collection. 

Included in the photos was a designer bag positioned on top of a pile of papers. These papers were taken from the 2008 Supreme Court ruling United States v. Williams. The case involved laws banning the “pandering” or promoting of child pornography. The case examined whether laws banning the “pandering”—promoting—of child pornography abridge First Amendment freedom of speech rights.

Does the PROTECT Act abridge First Amendment freedom of speech by outlawing the pandering of material that is believed to be, or claimed to be, illegal child pornography?

Tucker Carlson claimed this was “an endorsement of child pornography.

“A child with a teddy bear in a bondage outfit, and a Supreme Court decision striking down a kiddie porn law displayed on the table. What is that?” he said. “Are we jumping to conclusions? Don’t think so. It is what it appears to be.”

The case involved a sex offender Michael Williams, who admitted to a Secret Service agent that he had sexually explicit pictures of his underage daughter. He was charged with the crimes of possession and “pandering.”  He did end up pleading guilty but challenged the constitutionality of “pandering,”

While these details may be important to consider, many people around the country were rightfully disgusted and outraged by what they saw in this ad campaign.

What does all of this have to do with your local public schools? A lot.

Parents across the country are outraged by the pornography that their children can now access through their local public school. The Sora app is a school library app that provides access to books that include images that are pornographic, and obscene. This is leaving many people to ask, what is going on? Why are children now being groomed and sexualized in our public schools, and in campaign ads?

Note from Skip: There are a number of groups around NH that are discovering there is porn in our school.  Via our political action committee, GrokPAC, we exposed a number of NH House Representatives that voted against Parental Rights in keeping their kids safe from such materials. We also excerpted a bit of the pornographic verbiage/artwork in them.  You can see that here.

YES, WE ARE VIOLATING MY RULE #1. 

Adult Themes but Kid Friendly – Do not write or display anything that would cause little Johnny or Janie to run to Mommy and Daddy and ask “what does this mean” because then *I* get the angry emails and phone calls (and yes, I have received them).

And we are going to have to so because the Left (those whose goal is to totally sexualize our youngsters even as young as kindergartners to believe that their sexual nature is their most important attribute) are using their warped and degenerate notion that their “gender identity” should be foremost. They have declared war on those of us who still hew to traditional American values by descending to the use of Porn where our youngsters are: Public School Libraries and classrooms.

And WE are the bigots? We are the degenerates who “won’t get with the program and ?broaden our minds” (and losing OUR moral compasses)? Heck, you can’t even read these “books” at School Board meetings for being admonished by the Chair shouting back “Shut up, there are children present!”.  Or on the radio, on TV, or even pass out copies of the “naughty bits” from said public school libraries to kids as they enter or leave schools while standing on the public sidewalks without getting arrested.

I’m in contact now with several other groups that are now doing the same thing as GrokPAC and so is Ann Marie.  So my decision is this:

Because the LEFT is fighting us by, I’m not going to disarm the ‘Grok by not getting down in the porn mud with them.

We will, however, give notice when we do so.  They are setting their New Rules, so will we.

Like now…because they do NOT want Big Flashlights shown upon them.

Many schools throughout New Hampshire offer the Sora App to children attending their local public school. In SAU34, parents called upon the Superintendent to stop teaching kids to have sex with adults. While many parents may not always approve of books assigned to their children, there is no reason to provide them with obscene or pornographic content. Unfortunately, public school administrators think they get a pass on this.

This kind of sexualization of children needs to stop. We entrust our children to our local public schools, and right now, parents are struggling to trust these people.

What is it going to take for this assault on children to stop? School administrators and the librarians are allowing obscene and pornographic books to be available to children. This is a form of child abuse.

Is it considered child sexual abuse if someone shows a child pornographic pictures but doesn’t actually touch the child?

Question:
Dear Stop It Now!,
Is it considered child sexual abuse if someone shows a child pornographic pictures, but doesn’t actually touch the child? Doesn’t a child need to be physically molested in order for it to be considered child sex abuse?*

Response:
Please share your feedback
Dear Concerned Adult,
Showing pornographic pictures to a child is considered sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse can include non-touching behaviors.

This is why so many parents are angry.

Parents in New Hampshire are starting to look at the books available to their children in school. Here are a few of the pictures included in some of the books available on the Sora App:

 

To see if your district subscribes to Sora, click here. If your district shows up, you must then request to access the list of books available in your district. Then take all of this to your local school board to make them aware, and contact your local county attorney to see if they will do something.

Note 2 from Skip:  If you wish to help us, send us an email to Editor@GraniteGrok.com.  We are going to continue using Right To Knows and get the information as to how these porno books got there.  We’ll supply you with really well written Right To Knows.

And yes, a number of Conservative lawyers are assisting us.  So if your School Board doesn’t want to fork over their card catalog…we are ready to help you protect your kids. It is your Constitutional RIGHT as Parents to be the preeminent person in charge of how your kids are to be raised.

We’re merely here to help.  Let us know where we can start looking – and we can use your help!

NOTICE FOR PARENTS: These are the books that parents are tagging as explicit and offered on the Sora App:
1) This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson
2) Flamer by Mike Curato 
3) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Chbosky, Stephen

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