The Manchester Free Press

Monday • May 27 • 2024

Vol.XVI • No.XXII

Manchester, N.H.

New England’s Shortsightedness on Energy Isn’t Just Bad for You, It is Bad for The Green Agenda

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-11-17 17:30 +0000

It is no longer a secret. Instead of letting consumers and markets drive energy decisions, environmental activists and special interests did. The byproduct of policymakers listening to moonbats is, ironically, going to be worse for the environment.

Related: Working Hard to Make Sure We All Freeze to Death

 

“Natural gas shortages and reliability concerns in New England are neither short-term, nor unanticipated…. ISO-New England and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have for many months called attention to the very real reliability issues likely to face the region in the coming winter months due to insufficient supply of natural gas.”

“New England power plants generated an estimated 4.18 million metric tons of CO2 in January 2022, up from 2.77 million metric tons in January 2021, with the region’s heavier reliance on oil accounting for most of the difference.” (INGAA, below)

 

The fracking boom made natural gas more affordable and made us a world leader in carbon emission reductions over the past decade.

LNG is an abundant domestic American resource that’s efficient, reliable, and effective. We have so much that under President Trump, we tried to break Russia’s hold on Europe. That ended when Uncle Joe stumbled into the Oval Office, but New England was in trouble long before that.

The expert response to this boon in these parts was to make it less available, which came with a price.

Trying to turn natural gas into unobtanium has jacked up reliance on dirtier fuels that emit more of that stuff they tell us we need less of, or we will boil in our skivvies. In other words, the Green guardians of the Northeast Galaxy f-d up you, themselves, and the environment.

Related: Without Fossil Fuels, Millions of Americans Could Freeze to Death

They sold everyone a lemon, and while we’ve got laws for used cars, there’s no protection clause for selling energy solutions that will never be able to deliver as advertised.

 

New England will need natural gas to meet its power needs both this winter and into the foreseeable future…. Unfortunately, there is insufficient infrastructure connecting New England to domestic natural gas supplies and recent attempts to expand existing infrastructure at the request of local utilities and other energy users have been thwarted by misguided policies and vocal opponents to new infrastructure development.

 

And no, elections are no protection; look at the 2022 midterms. State Government in New Hampshire is closer to the freeze caucus after November 8th than it was on November 7th. So perhaps I need to take back my opening claim that it’s no secret. And that’s a problem. If we have service disruptions in January and February – not because of storms but due to shortages – people will wonder why.

 

New England’s reliance on imported LNG is not sustainable, and the negative consequences of overreliance on imported LNG can be avoided with additional natural gas pipeline infrastructure. This solution is especially compelling considering the region’s proximity to the Marcellus shale production area, one of the most prolific natural gas supply basins in the world.

 

Will anyone tell the truth? That poor decision-making motivated by short-sighted partisan activists peddling a false armageddon scenario is why the lights or the heat don’t work?

And how sad it is that if they’d just let us build the pipelines, we’d not only have electricity and heat but also be reducing “emissions.”

Instead, we’ll be making more of them.

The smartest people who know better, my ass.

 

 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

One Way To De-Westminsterize Congress: A Layperson Speaker of the House

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-11-17 16:00 +0000

On January 3, 2023, the 535 members of the 118th Congress will show up for duty on Capitol Hill. They owe nothing to any previous Congress. They can repeal or amend any law that was ever passed, going back to 1789.

The “new” Senate will have, in it, 66 members that did not have to face reelection. The other 34 seats were up, and many incumbents were returned. Technically, all 435 House seats got vacated. As of the counting of votes by November 15th, 218 Republicans got elected to the House; hence Nancy Pelosi will not be the Speaker. Republican Kevin McCarthy has already referred to himself as Speaker-elect.

No way, Jose. As I will explain below, a “new girl” is vying for that position.

Most Americans think that the old leaders of the Parties will have an automatic continuation. But that’s not correct. When they assemble on January 3rd, 2023, no member of the House or Senate has any privilege, not even committee membership. It’s a new Congress, the 118th in our history. Members of each chamber are dependent on a majority of their colleagues to provide them with any privilege.

Rules

According to the Constitution, each house (a.k.a. each “chamber”) makes its own rules. Article I, sec 5: “Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings.” The Senate, for example, can make a rule that their Tuesday sessions will begin at 10 am, “except, in case of snow, they will begin at 11 am.” Or whatever.

The House of Reps could make a rule — and it did in 2020 — that all members must wear a mask. But they could instead have made a rule that their rules must not include anything about facewear, including masks. A vote of 51% is needed for any such thing. (To be precise, not 51% but a majority, which is counted as half of the voting members plus one.)

The rules being made are only about Congress’s behavior; they aren’t law, and thus do not require the president’s signature or even the concurrence of the other house. At present, there is a Rules Committee, but even that could be ruled out by a new rule. Amazingly, the House could make a rule that it will no longer have committees! Congress needs to do only what the parchment told it to do (and it often declines to do even that).

The Westminsterizing of Congress

Part of the way in which the globalists have taken over America is by maneuvering the members of Congress into a fixed Party system, and maneuvering the pubic into thinking this is normal. It is not normal. John C Coleman reported, in his 1992 book The Conspirators’ Hierarchy, that Lloyd Cutler was tasked (by the globalists) with westminsterizing Congress.

This really ruins the concept of your local member of Congress representing you. How can he take orders from the field if he has already been given his orders from the globalists, as passed down through Party leaders?

As I said recently about New Hampshire’s two reps, Anne Kuster and Chris Pappas, they always vote with Nancy Pelosi and therefore don’t deserve to be paid $176,000 per annum. We could pay them an honorarium of $5,000 and all they would have to do is press the button to vote as instructed.

Of course, fixed Party control also eliminates the notion “Let a thousand legislative ideas bloom.” Believe me, it has assisted the decimation of intellectual life.

Your Humble Servant in the Speaker’s Chair

I have made a video (below) in which I name myself a candidate for Speaker of the House immediately. On the day I made the video (September 8, 2022), I was also on the ballot in New Hampshire’s primary, hoping to become elected as a member of the House. I lost, but no matter — I am advertising my availability as a layperson Speaker.

You may be shocked to hear that the Speaker does not have to be a congressperson. I reckon he or she does not even need to fit the requirements for Congress — age 25, US citizen, and seven years’ residence. It doesn’t require political experience, and I think the Speaker would be better without it.

Don’t worry about some tasks that have been given, by House Rules, to the Speaker. For example, that she would authorize particular decisions. If you make me your Speaker, I wouldn’t inherit any of those prerogatives. The House would need to vote to change such provisions. Very likely they’d give them to “the leader of the Party that has the most seats” — but even that is not pre-ordained.

What about the fact that the Speaker is presently “second in line after the VP to become president?” Not a problem. It was a federal law, not the Constitution, that made that happen. All that the Constitution says, in Article II, sec 1 is: “Congress may by law provide for the Case of Removal, Death, Resignation or inability, both of the President and Vice-President, declaring what Officer shall then act as President.”

Accordingly, there was a Presidential Succession Act in 1792, another in 1886, and the current one which was enacted in 1947. These all assumed that the Speaker is not of the Mary Maxwell variety but is a member of the House. So, if someone of the Mary Maxwell variety becomes Speaker (whether by a law or by a rule), both chambers would have to enact a variant on the 1947 order of succession.

Note: on five occasions a non-member of Congress has received at least one vote for the job of Speaker.

Recruiting a Layperson Speaker

As shown in the video below, I declared my candidacy for the Speaker position. Well, you have to start somewhere to try to get the position filled, and it was convenient for me to say “Let it be me.” But one can’t campaign to the general public. All the voters for Speaker are reps themselves. I could write to each of those 435 “voters.”

Perhaps, for a year or so, Congress should try out the new concept of a non-member Speaker. I imagine that merely discussing such a “crazy” idea would go some way to calling attention to the terrible problem of the Westminsterization of our precious legislature.

In theory, every one of the members of the House (barring those, if any, that are mind-controlled) should be pleased at the prospect of NOT having a central boss. “Mrs Speaker” or “Mr Speaker” would be their non-partisan employee. He or she would not direct legislation, much less promote any ideology. He or she would only run the business of the day.

Many of the 435 individuals may be pleased to picture such a scheme. Think of this, O Reps: If you are in Party A, and Party B has the majority and therefore the Speakership, you don’t feel very powerful, right? But if the Speaker were of the Mary Maxwell variety, y’all could make your demands on her with expectation of getting consideration.

VIDEO

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Ask Multi-Jabbed Whoopi Goldberg. How’s The View From Your Second Case of COVID?

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-11-17 14:30 +0000

I remember being in my pediatrician’s office with my mom when I was a kid. He had a small desk, a white coat, a cup of coffee, and a lit cigarette dancing on his lips as he spoke. He was my health professional. And that was the norm.

Related: Tell COVID Karen What She Needs is More Vitamin D3

It turned out those things were bad for you. The cigarettes. Not that it stopped me from smoking them for a few years in my early to mid-twenties. And I knew they were bad for me. So, maybe we could cut Whoopi Goldberg and the Vaxx-pimps like her some slack. They got the jab-thing and want you to get it, even though it doesn’t protect you from COVID (Pontificating Whoopi Goldberg’s got it again).

No.

I didn’t try to force other people to smoke cigarettes. No one said you couldn’t go here or there or live an everyday life if you’ve smoked. These days they will tell you you can’t smoke while doing many of those things, but that’s different. And while it’s none of my damn business, and I’m still trying to get rid of the taxes on them, you should probably quit smoking. It isn’t good for you.

You should also stop telling people to get the COVID-19 “vaccine” or the boosters. Just look at Doc Walensky, the Director of the CDC. Rochelle is rumored to have had five shots. The original single and the B side, and then three more. She caught another case of COVID (I’ve lost count of how many) and took Paxlovid. Our readers know about Paxlovid, and true to form, it hid the symptoms without clearing the virus.

After taking Pfizer’s latest laundromat med (Pfizer and Ukraine have a lot in common), she got COVID again, which is to say she never stopped having it. She’s confined to quarters, while anyone who came into contact between bouts might have been exposed. For most of us, that means little or nothing but some of them may have genuinely been high-risk and jabbed, which amplifies the risk. And Just like Whoopi, who espouses the useless cure but keeps getting COVID, you have to wonder if they are stupid or evil.

And yes, they could be both.

 

 

 

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Donald is in…..What’s Next

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-11-17 13:00 +0000

As much as I think the results of the Donald Trump Presidency will be considered one of the most successful in history, I hoped he would not re-enter the race for the White House.

I believe that Trump was the right person at the right time for America, and he did a phenomenal job of getting America back on track and regaining her respect worldwide. He also successfully kept America out of armed conflict during his term. He is the only President to accomplish this in recent history. Controversy, two impeachment hearings, and COVID hampered progress in the last year of his Presidency and possibly cost him a second term.

With all the good I can say about the President, I still feel he is too polarizing a man to step back into the race to regain the White House, but with his announcement on Monday night, he is officially running for President in 2024.

Trump had tremendous success pushing his choices to the top in the Republican primaries across the country. His success rate was above 85%. His candidates did not do so well in the general election. These results indicate Trump’s strength within the Party, but he may still struggle with Independents and Democrats. He would need to broaden his popularity to have a successful Presidential run. I think his divisiveness will be stronger than his popularity and message and will spell defeat.

It is imperative that the Republican Party and voters put forward the best candidates possible at all levels in 2024. The Midterms were disappointing, and many point to good to marginal candidates but poor delivery of the Republican message. A more positive approach must be used to let America know how the country will improve by placing its trust in Republican leaders.

Many names are bandied about as potential candidates for 2024. Readers of my posts know I am hoping for a Ron DeSantis/Jim Jordan ticket to run against whoever rises to the top on the Left. I do not see that being Joe Biden, but the Dems did elect John Fetterman or his wife, so anything is possible.

Some names are DeSantis, Mike Pence, Rick Scott, Nikki Haley, Glenn Youngkin, Tim Scott, Kristi Noem, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio. There are others, but this list shows how deep the bench is for the GOP. Any of these people would be better than any Progressive that the Democrats will choose should Biden not run. Add Trump to this list, and we may have a very hot and damaging Primary that will divide and not unite the Party.

The House has to do its job, keep Biden bogged down, and minimize his damage to the country until we retire him to the Delaware coast. Politics in America is a 24/7/365 bloodsport, but the 2024 campaign will not heat up until the summer of 2023. In the meantime, I hope that in that time, the Republican leadership will develop a platform that Republicans can stand behind and that Independents will understand and embrace.

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Running on Empty! PAC Fundraiser

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Thu, 2022-11-17 11:47 +0000

Liberty continues to live and grow in New Hampshire. We had 97 NHLA Endorsed Representatives and Senators elected!
We supported 158 candidates in the primary and general election and must replenish funds to be able to support liberty candidates in special elections. We are holding a PAC fundraising event at Vine 32 in Bedford on Monday, November 28th. If you can attend, we’d love to see you at the event. Please buy your ticket (which acts as a contribution to our PAC). If you can’t attend but have the means to help us prepare for what are sure to be challenging special elections in 2023, please consider donating to the PAC.

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Wake Up and Laugh: Maureen Langan – Don’t Make Me Hate You.

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-11-17 11:30 +0000

So, confession. I watched the entire thing, and it made me laugh. Maureen Langan – never heard of her until I stumbled over this – is a funny lady. And as is tradition, when I find something that makes me laugh, I share it with you.

She does a great job of setting up her running jokes and works them but not to death. And did I mention that she made me laugh? The Kardashians, Martha Stewart, Cougars, helping people (that’s what she does), Anna Nicole Smith, Stephen Hawking, and a bunch more like how people made her hate them and even menopause.

If you have time, watch it all; if you don’t have time, the first five minutes should do the trick but it gets better.

 



 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Do Us a Favor, Please?

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-11-17 04:00 +0000

We’ve got some new ads in the sidebar (you’ll have to scroll down on the mobile version). Books by authors who are also readers or contributors to GraniteGrok. We’d appreciate it if you clicked the ad and checked out their offering. Ian Underwood has a book out on the 14th Amendment.

We’ve also got an ad for a book by David Scott, who is a fan and reads our stuff.

No obligation to buy, of course. That’s your call, but if you see ads we place in the sidebar (those are all there by our command), please check them out.

And then one maintenance, housekeeping matter. We’ve had readers who get our Newsletter tell us they’ve been unsubscribed and why we did we do that. Not us. We’d never.

We can add you back if this happens, but as a heads up, if you forward that Newsletter to other email recipients, they can unsubscribe you, thinking they are “unsubscribing” themselves.

We appreciate you sharing, but we recommend that after you have added your recipients, you scroll to the bottom and remove the Unsubscribe and the Manage your subscription links.

 

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Just highlight them with your mouse and hit the backspace key.

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Note that those links should not be active when you forward them, but I’ve received these back from readers, and I can click on them. Please remove them before you share, and no one can unsubscribe you from our Newsletter.

If someone does, by the way, you’ll get an email saying you were unsubscribed that looks something like this.

 

Getting unsubscribed is not common, but if you do share the email – and thank you – just take the precaution to protect your subscription.

 

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Consumer Reports: EV’s are Some of the Most Unreliable Vehicles Sold In America

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-11-17 02:30 +0000

Electric vehicles are to modern America what hair regrowth tonics were in the 18th century. Piss with ink. EVs are a lie wrapped in shadows and penumbras of wishes and dreams without grounding in reality. They are worse for the environment, a terrible transportation choice, and not even Consumer Reports can’t hide that fact.

 

The highest-ranked domestic brands were Lincoln and Buick, which ranked 10 and 11 respectively, while Volkswagen, Jeep, and Mercedes-Benz ranked the lowest.

Elsewhere, the survey found that owners of electric vehicles reported issues with charging systems, batteries, and electric motors. Of the 11 EV models that Consumer Reports has data on, only four of them have average or better than average predicted reliability, according to the survey. They were the Kia EV6, Tesla Model 3, Nissan Leaf, and the Hyundai Ioniq 5.

 

Four of eleven were average, meaning the other seven were below average for reliability. Surprised Face – Not!

What’s not surprising?

 

A total of 24 auto brands were covered in the 2022 survey, which found that hybrid vehicles and mid-sized or large and gas-powered sedans are among the most reliable vehicles sold.

 

I like to make fun of Prius Hybrids, but I’ve long been a fan of the scheme. If you’re going to dig all those rare earth metals out of the ground – preferably without the child labor – and make this massive carbon footprint mining, hauling ore, milling, molding, manufacturing, and shipping large pack lithium batteries, putting them in a car that can charge them itself is not the stupidest idea.

And given that the replacement cost for car-sized Lithium batteries often exceeds the entire vehicle resale value – even in this market – if that battery ever dies, you can still drive the damn car for as long as Toyota typically lasts, and that’s a good long while if you took care of it.

Then there are mid to large-sized gas-powered vehicles. They are among the most reliable sold, and we can attest to that after years of owning them.

As for EVs, they are like a Democrat-run government. Unreliable. Low satisfaction. Buyer’s remorse. It’s why the Left insists on having all the guns. They know that when the truth comes out, no one will be happy with it, and there are no refunds when you buy into Democrat Socialism, while the reviews are always stunning!

 

 

HT | Epoch Times

 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

HB1169 Reintroduced – “Relative to Public Comment and Inquiry During School Board Meetings”

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-11-17 01:00 +0000

Last year, NH State Rep Judy Aron and I tried to address what I think is a serious issue for a type of Elected Representatives that seemingly don’t believe that is what they are even as they run for election. In short, they call themselves “School Board members”. And many school boards have a policy in place that renders them imperviable to question (e.g., I think loyal readers are familiar with the phrase I oft have to use: “Easter Island stone-faced Moa Statues”. Its genesis is that at public school board meetings, almost nary is the time that when asked a question by a constituent will an answer be forthcoming from any of them. They just sit there, with fixed faces, in silence.

Infuriating.  In fact, I have a series of questions outstanding concerning a Policy (Transgender) that they have written as the part concerning commanding their staff to lie to parents concerning the transgender status of their child. While it seems to have been “softened”, I had questions. I have emailed my questions twice now with no response.  So, this bill (emphasis mine):

HB 1169 – AS INTRODUCED
22-2068
10/04
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Two
AN ACT relative to public comment and inquiry during school board meetings.
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

New Subdivision; Public Comment and Inquiry During School Board Meetings. Amend RSA 189 by inserting after section 73 the following new subdivision:

Public Comment and Inquiry During School Board Meetings

189:74 Public Comment and Inquiry During School Board Meetings.

I. During any public meeting held by a school board there shall be a designated time period for interactive questions from the public and answers from the board, with sufficient time allotted to hear comments, questions, and complaints from members of the public. The public must be able to sign up to speak at the meeting, or otherwise be given time to speak during the meeting, where they may comment or ask questions.

II. During any public meeting held by a school board, the elected members of the school board, and any other school administrators present, shall hear from and shall respond to such direct questions, with as much detail as known at the time relative to a direct question, by one or more of the assembled elected school board members or school administrators, to such comments, questions, and complaints by members of the public assembled at the meeting.

III. During any public meeting held by a school board, an attendee may demand which New Hampshire statute or administrative rule gives the school board the authority described in a school policy or operational procedure. The school board shall immediately respond with a citation to its authority. If the school board is unable to respond affirmatively that there is such a New Hampshire statute or administrative rule, the school policy or operational procedure shall be immediately withdrawn until such time that the school board can show it does have such authority.

IV. If any public question remains unanswered by the end of the public meeting, the school board shall be responsible for obtaining the answer and responding to the questioner within 5 business days. Additionally, members of the public may also file a request pursuant to the right-to-know law under RSA 91-A:4 to the school board to obtain answers.

V. Members of the public may file a complaint to the commissioner of the department of education if the school board refuses to answer questions regarding school policy directly. School board meeting minutes shall specifically state the names of the school board members or school administrators who refused to answer a specific question or questions posed to them by a member of the public, as well as specify the question asked of them regarding school policy or any other school matters.

I don’t understand why this would be controversial – it was ITL’d 19-0. All it does is to have Elected Representatives interact with their voters/constituent during meetings – like with almost every other set of elected representatives here in NH. It’s called accountability which is called for in the NH Constitution (emphasis mine):

[Art.] 8. [Accountability of Magistrates and Officers; Public’s Right to Know.] All power residing originally in, and being derived from, the people, all the magistrates and officers of government are their substitutes and agents, and at all times accountable to them.  Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive.  To that end, the public’s right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted.  The public also has a right to an orderly, lawful, and accountable government.  Therefore, any individual taxpayer eligible to vote in the State, shall have standing to petition the Superior Court to declare whether the State or political subdivision in which the taxpayer resides has spent, or has approved spending, public funds in violation of a law, ordinance, or constitutional provision.  In such a case, the taxpayer shall not have to demonstrate that his or her personal rights were impaired or prejudiced beyond his or her status as a taxpayer.  However, this right shall not apply when the challenged governmental action is the subject of a judicial or administrative decision from which there is a right of appeal by statute or otherwise by the parties to that proceeding.

As a Budget Committee member, I ALWAYS made sure that a constituent’s questions were answered – it was my job. I was elected to work for THEM and not the other way around.

This bill will be followed.

 

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Government Integrity Project Co-Founder Tom Murray on NH Elections and Voter Confidence

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-11-16 23:30 +0000

Government Integrity Project Co-Founder Tom Murray not only testified before New Hampshire’s Committee on Voter Confidence, he observed testimony by other Granite Staters. And while he thinks the Committee will get it right, he talked to me about his presentation and other thoughts on the issue.

Related: Here are a Few Potential Problems in NH That are Undermining Voter Confidence

By issue, we mean voter integrity and why Granite Stater’s might have lost confidence in our elections.

And by get it right, he means they will do what they were formed to do. Gather information about why voters lack confidence in our elections and then share that with the Secretary of State and Attorney General so they can sift, filter, and develop a plan to address concerns.

We talk about overvotes, a problem only addressed this past session after years of folks on both sides claiming New Hampshire was the Gold Standard for good elections. That was a lie, and we discuss why and why we might not believe similar promises today.

We also discuss the forces pushing back on unvetted testimony. A good discussion all around, except for a technical problem. We recorded it with full video, but I had some issues that forced me to create a video with no video. The audio is good, and you’d don’t need the visual, but I’ll work that out for my next interview.

And here is the overvote report Tom delivered to the committee and references throughout the interview.

 

 

 

If you missed it, please watch my interview with Brenda Towne on her testimony to the New Hampshire Committee on Voter Confidence.

 

 

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Part 2: How Social and Emotional Learning Now Means Critical Race Theory in Our Schools (CRT through SEL)

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-11-16 22:00 +0000

After publishing this article explaining to Sarah Earle from Reaching Higher NH about the connection between Social and Emotional Learning and Critical Race Theory, I felt more needed to be explained.

Too many people become partisan on these important issues showing that they are willing to ignore or dismiss what is going on in public education. I explained in my email to Ms. Earle that her inference to conservative parents, and their concerns about CRT in SEL, were well founded. Instead of patronizing parents who have seen the transformation in SEL, we should be applauding them for questioning the direction SEL is taking in our schools.

CASEL creates the standards that measure all SEL programs. CASEL explains here how they are shifting focus away from academics because children have access to the Internet. That’s code for, we are going to dumb down your public school. Just look at how they sell this snake oil:

 

 

There’s no need to teach your kids math, science, history, etc.; they can now find information on the Internet. Can you imagine expecting this from your surgeon? Hopefully your surgeon doesn’t have to keep checking the internet when operating on you. This is a fast track to ILLITERACY.

But there’s more.

In “Transformative SEL,” “self-awareness” encompasses “identity,” with “identity” defined now through the lens of “intersectionality.” “Self-management” encompasses “agency,” with “agency” defined through “resistance” and “transformative/justice-oriented” citizenship. “Transformative SEL” also embraces “culturally relevant/responsive” pedagogy. 

SEL is now taking on the role of infusing Critical Race Theory into the classroom.

Here you can see that CASEL is moving forward with SEAD.

Is your state prioritizing SEAD?

“Is Your State Prioritizing SEAD?,” released in 2022 by The Education Trust and CASEL, reviews policies in all 50 states to highlight how states are supporting student needs by prioritizing social, educational, and academic development (SEAD) and where state policies threaten equity and diversity, including state efforts to limit the accurate teaching of history and current events.

 

Since when did CASEL decide that they should be reviewing New Hampshire education policies? Who gave them the authority to dictate what we do in the classroom? If you click on that link and go to New Hampshire, they appear to give us low grades. I guess we are not walking in lockstep with their social justice agenda at this time. Let’s hope that continues!

Transformative SEL is also known as Justice SEL. You can see that from CASEL’s VP of Research, Robert Jagers. He unveiled this to educators at their 2019 conference. Their new definition of social-emotional learning is called: Transformative SEL. CASEL, which is the organization that sets the standards by which all social-emotional programs are measured, explains how their new form of “justice”/Transformative SEL is most essential to issues of equity (which, according to their definition, means distributive justice).

 

 

CASEL also invited Dena Simmons to talk about how SEL can be leveraged to create “the social change we need” by teaching children to be “anti-racist.” Anti-racism is not about not being a racist, it’s a way to dismantle the system that they believe to be systemically racist. This is Critical Race Theory, which is a form of racism.

CASEL, which creates the standards that measure all SEL programs, began this transformation back in 2019. They want to leverage SEL to create children who are anti-racist social justice warriors.  But anti-racism IS Critical Race Theory.

In a 2020 webinar, CASEL leaders discussed how they changed their framework and 5-Core competencies (that all SEL programs are measured against & rated by) to reflect their new Transformative SEL definition:

 

Nowhere did New Hampshire school boards or elected legislators approve of any of this. So what’s up next? Gender Ideology?!

They are implementing this system-side even though “there are currently limited options for evidence-based programs and implementation models for Transformative SEL.”

 

 

In 2020, they updated their evaluation criteria to better reflect their updated definitions of SEL (Transformative).

 

 

More directly from CASEL on Transformative SEL (Critical Race Theory SEL)

 

How has this impacted children in the classroom? From the Washington Examiner:

‘Transformational SEL’ is traumatizing students

 

As of this winter, 36 states had passed legislation aimed at keeping critical race theory and other “divisive concepts,” sometimes referred to in law as “prohibited concepts,” out of K-12 public school classrooms. Despite these efforts, these very concepts are still being taught under the guise of addressing mental health and well-being. And I fear it is creating mental health problems in children, through the introduction of such caustic ideas at inappropriate ages.

Since 2000, there has been a 350% increase in the suicide rate of children between 10 and 12 years old. What could be driving this explosion? Part of it could be that pre-adolescent children are being exposed to ideas about adult subjects through books, articles, and learning materials produced by social justice warriors steeped in critical race theory, critical gender theory, and critical feminism. Another might be the promotion of specific books and articles being introduced as part of the same programs, which feed suicide ideation.

The self-appointed mental health provider, CASEL, who is the gatekeeper to all SEL programs, may be doing your children more harm than if they left them alone. And Reaching Higher NH is wondering why parents are questioning this transformation in their child’s classroom!!

When your school uses SEL competencies to collect mental health data  on your children, remember what kind of mental health data they will now be collecting. They will be grading your child’s attitudes on race and gender through SEL competencies. Competency-Based Education does NOT permit a child to move forward UNLESS they pass their competencies. Your child MUST adhere to CASEL’s viewpoints, or your child does not advance.

Lisa Logan documents much of this here in the Second Step SEL Program:

As such, the new goal of SEL programs that align to CASEL’s standards is to groom students into thinking that the systems of society are intentionally built to be oppressive toward certain groups of people, and that they need to become agents of change (social justice activists) who want to overthrow those systems to make them more “equitable.”



SEL lessons, like those found in the program Second Step, manipulate the definitions of empathy and perspective-taking in their K-5 program to frame that being kind means you have to “do something,” which later becomes “choose a disruption strategy” by 8th grade. These disruption strategies encourage students to come up with concrete plans to advocate for causes related to race, gender and sexuality. Being that the assessments (like the surveys/screeners conducted by Panorama Education) also align to CASEL’s standards, they are measuring compliance to & students’ adoption of these Marxist values, attitudes, and beliefs, which will be scored and collected as data that reflects their “emotional intelligence.”

This isn’t about educating your children so that they can become doctors, lawyers, plumbers or electricians, this is about creating social justice warriors for the radical beliefs.  The best thing to do is to OPT OUT of ALL SEL in your school district. That may be difficult since SEL is now embedded in some of the curriculum. You must let school administrators know that your child is NEVER to be assessed on any SEL Competencies and keep an eye on it.

NOTE: Credit to Lisa Logon and Michele Kee

 

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Hey Joe, Fentanyl is an Attack on America

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-11-16 20:30 +0000

Mr. President, the most critical function of your office is the safety of Americans. With the loss of 100,000 Americans each year to Fentanyl poisoning, do you see the illegal drug as a problem?

With it known that the Fentanyl that is killing 100,000 Americans a year is coming through Mexico after originating in China, do you see Fentanyl as an International threat to America? Would you consider a foreign country crossing our border and killing 100,000 people an attack on America? Do you consider China or Mexico a threat to our National Security? If yes, and I hope your answer was yes, what are you doing to stop this attack?

This week, you had your first sit-down meeting with Xi Jinping of China. This lengthy meeting between the two leaders lasted for over three hours. There are three major issues that most Americans are disappointed and surprised did not come up in the meeting. The Uighurs’ treatment, the COVID virus origin, and the Fentanyl produced and imported from China were not discussed. With all due respect, Mr. President, I think most Americans are far more interested in these three topics than climate change.

I have a theory of why this was the approach of our President, and I have written about it in the past few months. I believe that his family’s business deals compromise President Joe Biden with Russia, Ukraine, and China. If my theory is valid, we have a severe problem in the White House. We have to have a President with the strength and fortitude to stand up to any country without any personal relationship with these countries. We do not have that in President Biden, which is a potential threat to our National Security.

We know that Hunter Biden took millions of dollars from companies in Ukraine, from the wife of the former Mayor of Moscow, and the Chinese government. We also know from emails and texts that 10% of any money obtained by Hunter was for “The Big Guy”; for Joe. None of these money transfers came without a hook. So if the money was given for access, then it appears they are cashing in on their investment. No President, who was not being constrained, would have come out of this meeting without broaching these three situations. Biden is being constrained, and because of those constraints, Americans and Uighurs tar dying in large numbers.

Biden claims that Secretary of State Blinken will continue to hold talks with the Chinese, but this was Biden’s opportunity to show strength, and instead, he came up limp. This perception on the global stage makes America weak. The omission in the dialog between the two leaders was observed by leaders worldwide, and what they sense in America is a country more concerned with Climate Change than Fentanyl poisonings, human rights violations, or uncovering the source of a virus that killed millions worldwide.

This compromise of our President is why the Midterms were so important, especially taking back the House. We can now get Hunter Biden under oath in front of committees and uncover the truth about the Biden Cartel. This will be a massive test of the power of a Republican lead House.

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Gov. Abbot Invokes Invasion Clause of Texas and US Constitutions to Defend Southern Border

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-11-16 19:00 +0000

I’m trying to decide what I’m like to enjoy more, Gov. Abbot invoking constitutional powers to stop the invasion across the Southern Border of Texas or whatever Team Biden comes up with as a response.

“I invoked the Invasion Clauses of the U.S. & Texas Constitutions to fully authorize Texas to take unprecedented measures to defend our state against an invasion. I’m using that constitutional authority, & other authorization & Executive Orders to keep our state & country safe.”

 

Almost three years too late.

 

 

The Democrat response is to whine about domestic matters they claim need his attention more, like crime and shootings … in liberal-run cities. Pro-Tip for the Prog Trolls, Democracy is to blame for that. Abbott can try to pass state laws that limit the stupid that follows Democrat rule in America’s cities, but try as he may, the Dems dig in and try just as hard to find failure.

As for the border, good on him. I know that Americans, which in this case includes a majority of Hispanic Americans in Texas, are looking for relief. How that happens is unclear, despite the tweeted bullet list.

Gunboats!

We should expect local border Patrol to be ecstatic and DC leadership to be incensed. I’d be surprised If there isn’t a lawsuit headed to a judge for a stay or whatever the left thinks it can do to prevent Texas from protecting Texas, but I’ll take Texas on this one.

 

 

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What About Adam Cordano and Other Children Who Suffered at the Sununu Youth and Services Center?

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-11-16 17:30 +0000

My question is: who fights for the disadvantaged? That’s what I want you to ask yourself as you read the story of Adam Cordano and other children who suffered at the Sununu Youth and Services Center.

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Last week, I sat down with Adam Cordano to talk to him about what he experienced in the NH state foster care system and at the Sununu Youth and Services Center. Adam is one of many plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Sununu Youth and Services Center. The lawsuit alleges that state employees sexually and physically abused many children who were detained at the center.

I will just highlight some of my takeaways from the interview. I encourage you to watch the whole interview to hear Adam for yourself.

 



The foster care system needs to be overhauled.

Adam stated that he was constantly running away from foster parents because he always felt abused.

The abuse was not always physical, but it was emotional. The reason for that is that he was always one of many, many foster care children in a house, and he was treated like a paycheck.

One family had ten foster children and four biological children. They fed the foster children state rations. While the biological children ate store-bought food.

Because he was made to feel less, he ran away, and he did that repeatedly.

Can I trust the law enforcement community to take care of disadvantaged people?

After running out of foster homes to live in, at 13 years old, Adam was forced to live at YDC, which is now called the Sununu Youth and Services Center. At YDC, he was sexually abused repeatedly by Stan Watson. Stan would come into his room in the middle of the night and force him to have sex.

He reported the abuse to Joe Peters, the unit manager, but Peters refused to send Adam to the medical facility for an exam. Instead, he talked to Stan about it. After that, Stan beat Adam for reporting him.

Next, Stan asked Adam’s case worker, Evelyn Blaze, to let him be Adam’s foster dad. Adam told Evelyn that Stan was raping him. She told him that if he didn’t go with Stan, he would be forced to stay in King Cottage, a prison-like facility at YDC.

Without a background check or the usual hoops that foster parents need to go through, Stan was allowed to bring Adam home.

After some time of living with Stan, Adam got fed up and decided to hold Stan at gunpoint. The cops were called, and he told the cops what was going on. That’s when Stan’s dad, the chief of police from Merrimack (a different county from the arrest), stepped in. He told Stan that if he talked about what went on, he would never see the light of day.

So, Adam went back to Stan’s house.

According to Adam, Evelyn Blaze became the head of DCYF.

Where are all the good people at YDC?

If Adam had trouble learning, they would cuff him to a poll and put him in seclusion. How did that help Adam learn anything? Why didn’t someone step in and say, stop hurting these children?

Adam said that he was forced to wrestle other boys naked at YDC. Then, if a child was hurt, they brought them to medical. At medical, the workers never questioned why children were always getting hurt.

Why did it take so long for these things to get out?

Stan probably abused more children, not just Adam. Yet, why didn’t those children come forward after getting out of YDC?

If they did, what happened to their complaints?

Were the complaints treated like Adam’s complaint? Are we not a country that believes in innocence until proven guilty? Why were these children treated like liars if they reported their crimes?

Is that how the state treats all children who came forward with claims of abuse?

Why did it take so long for the state to investigate these crimes?

If there are over 300 people that have come forward to add their names to this lawsuit, many people have surely come forward in the past to report abuse.

Why did it have to take a class action lawsuit brought by so many people to get the state to investigate and question the system.

Who is fighting for these children?

Adam obviously felt very alone. His foster families used him as a paycheck. His case worker didn’t fight for him. Workers at the state facility were abusing him. When he reported crimes, his crimes were dismissed. The police threatened him if he spoke out.

Who was he supposed to turn to?

If you want to read about the horrors that went on at the Sununu Youth Center and other facilities for disadvantaged youths, check out this NPR article.

 

 

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The Post Pandemic Rise of COVID-VAXX-Free Dating Sites

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-11-16 16:00 +0000

You might be one of the few who thought to yourself, “you know what, I don’t think I need that COVID vaccine.” Did you also think, assuming you are single and don’t want to be, that you don’t want the certain someone to have gotten it either?

There are dating sites for you.

 

Depending on where you look, the mainstream reporting about apps like Unvxxed or Unjected have called them (Guess?) “anti-vaxxer” dating sites.

 

The app, meant to “connect critical thinkers across the world dedicated to a healthier tomorrow,” is called Unjected, and intends “on being a safe place for covid19 unvaccinated individuals to connect and find each other in their own communities.”

 

The mainstream also used to say things like you can’t get COVID from vaccinated people and some still do.

Hello, that is why the medical establishment stopped reporting the vaccine status of people hospitalized with COVID. If there was even the slimmest majority of unvaxxed filling beds, you’d never hear the end of it. Ergo, we know the truth, and thanks to the UK, Isreal, and a few other nations that cough up good data regularly, we know it’s true.

But what else should we expect? Even if you felt duped, what can you do about it but pretend you made the right choice and if you’re Liberal enough, make fun of people who were not sheeple? In other words, the vaccine, like masks, or their absence, became a gang sign. That passport business didn’t help.

So here we are a few years in, and the lines are drawn. Most of the people who got it, regret it or not, can’t undo that. More than a few feel like it was a mistake, and some of them have pursued detox programs. But a lot of them are just belligerent intolerant assholes who call people who never needed that needle anti-science or vaccine deniers.

Who wants to wade through the damaged dating gene pool only to watch that scum repetitiously rise to the surface? And you don’t have to do that. Dating apps have been popping up all over the planet to help pure bloods (their term, not mine) find each other and maybe make a connection. And since you already have that in common – and more than a few covid war stories along with it – odds are good you’ll have something to talk about.

Whether that conversation translates into anything meaningful is another matter, but that is for you to work out.

Unjected, for example, which started in 2021, isn’t just a dating app. It sells itself as a community that helps unvaccinated folks access all kinds of relationships, including with friends, family, and medical professionals. Sort of a package deals away from what, at that time, was an increasingly intolerant vaxxed community that in some places hasn’t much improved since.

So, would someone who is vaxxed try to connect with anyone in that community? And not just for detox advice. If you are dating and desperate, you’d have to be stupid not to try.

I didn’t sign up to find out any terms or conditions (I’m happily married to my unvaxxed mate), but what are the odds the potential paramour would ask you to take a blood test? German Researchers lead a multi-nation working group that proved you could identify people who are vaccinated by their blood. It’s different.

Awkward? Maybe, but when AIDS first reared its ugly head, it almost became socially acceptable for two people who were thinking about getting serious to volunteer to get tested together.

Maybe that’s the next new old thing in dating.

Swipe right, blood test, dinner, movie …

 

By the way, if you want a good laugh, check out the 2021 Mediaite piece I quoted. It’s quite the time capsule of approved opinion at the time. Talk about ideas with a shelf life.

 

 

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8 Tips to Win Parental Rights

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-11-16 15:00 +0000

If you are a parent going through a divorce, you may be wondering how to win parental responsibilities. Here are eight tips to help you get the most out of your divorce and protect your relationship with your children.

1. Get Organized

The first step is to get organized. Gather all of the important documents related to your divorce, including financial records, custody agreements, and any other relevant paperwork.

This will help you keep track of everything and make sure that you are on the same page as your ex-spouse.<

2. Communicate with Your Ex-Spouse

It is important to communicate with your ex-spouse, even if it is difficult. You need to be able to discuss things like parental rights, visitation schedules, and child support payments in a calm and rational way. If you can’t communicate directly, consider using a mediator or collaborative law attorney.

3. Put Your Children First

Your children should always be your first priority. This means that you need to put their needs above your own and make sure that they are comfortable with the arrangement that you have agreed upon.

It can be difficult to let go of some things, but it is important to remember that your children’s happiness should be more important than anything else.

4. Be Flexible

Be prepared to be flexible in the parenting agreement. There will likely be times when one parent needs to adjust the schedule due to work or other commitments.

It is important to be able to adjust accordingly so that everyone is still able to spend time with the children.

5. Cooperate with Your Co-Parent

You need to cooperate with your co-parent as much as possible. This means sharing information about doctor’s appointments, school events, and anything else that is going on in your child’s life.

It can be difficult to do this if you are not on good terms with your ex-spouse, but it is important for the sake of your children.

6. Keep Communication Open

Make sure that you keep the lines of communication open with your children. They should feel free to come to you with any questions or concerns that they have about the divorce or the new arrangement.

You need to encourage them to spend time with both parents so that they don’t feel like they have to choose sides.<

7. Seek Outside Support

If you are finding it difficult to cope with the divorce, seek outside support from friends, family, or a professional counselor.

It is crucial to talk about what you are going through so that you can process your feelings and move on in a healthy way.

8.  Seek Professional Help

If you are having difficulty reaching an agreement with your ex-spouse, seek professional help from a mediator or collaborative law attorney who can assist you in negotiations.

Conclusion

Custody battles are never easy, but by following these tips, you’ll give yourself the best chance at winning parental responsibilities for your child.

Click here if you need the help of a parental rights lawyer!

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Is Your Child’s Personal Data Collected By Google Classroom?

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-11-16 14:30 +0000

GOOGLE – has NOT protected Privacy: Parents need to evaluate what is happening in their Schools with Data collection by Ed Tech companies. More than half of K-12 grade Students use GOOGLE every day in the classroom.

Google has agreed to a $391.5 million settlement with 40 states in connection with an investigation into how the company tracked users’ locations. This has been called the largest multi-state privacy settlement in U.S history.

Google to pay 40 states $392M in location-tracking settlement
The investigation by the states, which officials said was spurred by a 2018 Associated Press story, found that Google continued to track people’s location data even after they opted out of such tracking.

What about Google in the classroom?

“Today, more than half the nation’s primary- and secondary-school students — more than 30 million children — use Google education apps like Gmail and Docs, the company said. And Chromebooks, Google-powered laptops that initially struggled to find a purpose, are now a powerhouse in America’s schools. Today they account for more than half the mobile devices shipped to schools.” Full article.

Oklahoma received 6.8 mill from Google for TRACKING Oklahomans: “This type of data is extremely personal for consumers,” said Attorney General O’Connor. “I am glad Oklahoma will benefit from this historic settlement which proves that no entity, not even big tech companies, is above the law.

Google “records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.” – AP In the largest multi-state AG settlement ever, the attorneys general found that Google violated state consumer protection laws by misleading consumers about its location-tracking practices since at least 2014.

Is my child’s Data Collected by Google Classroom?
Educators need to obtain permission from parents or guardians before implementing Google Classroom, and ensure they approve of their children using the internet and Google products. It also would be a good idea for students to be reminded by both their families and teachers that when using technology at school, they need to be responsible digital citizens. Make sure they are familiar with internet safety and the importance of refraining from sharing private or sensitive information over the internet.

Googling Education – Is Student Data Really Private with Google? 

Denise Tayloe is CEO of PRIVO and is a recognized leader and authority in children’s online privacy, customer identity and consent management. Tayloe’s company helps organizations navigate the opportunities and challenges of implementing COPPA. “We have spoken to countless developers and online service providers over the years who are quick to tell us they are COPPA compliant and do not trigger COPPA since no personal data is directly being collected from children under 13,” said Tayloe. “Companies also like to boast their lawyer has made sure they are COPPA compliant. Being in the trenches for over a decade helping companies obtain COPPA certification, we can tell you in most cases, companies are not 100 percent buttoned up as they should be, especially in the school setting. The FTC has brought 31 cases to enforce it, in addition to enforcement from state attorneys general like New York’s Operation Child Tracker and New Mexico’s AG suing Google, Twitter and other companies for violating children’s privacy.”

Mississippi Attorney General Sues Google Over Student Data-Privacy

“Through this lawsuit, we want to know the extent of Google’s data mining and marketing of student information to third parties,” Hood said in a statement. “I don’t think there could be any motivation other than greed for a company to deliberately keep secret how it collects and uses student information.”

In 2015 The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a complaint against Google, “for collecting and data mining school children’s personal information, including their Internet searches.”

Part of Google’s response was: “We track student browser history because it is helpful for the development of classroom products.”

If you view G Suite’s Privacy Policy you will learn Google will share children’s personal information with others.
Some of us do not want Google to share our children’s personal information with others, or to track our children’s browsers history to help them develop products. The problem is this is done without parental consent and most parents have no idea what’s going on.

 

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Trump is Running in 2024 – Dem vs. Republican Response

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-11-16 13:00 +0000

The big news that’s not so big ‘cuz everyone should have seen it coming is that Donald Trump has announced he is running for President in 2024. There are many good reasons to do it this soon, but the consensus from the Machine is he should have waited, which is why he didn’t.

 

 

The Machine (r)epublicans are tripping over themselves to find a microphone to claim it is a Yuge mistake while the Machine Democrats dispatch media teams to early primary states.

 

 

 

 

Guess who’s more likely to be ready when the time comes?

Until then, Republicans are saying we need to focus on Georgia. That’s not untrue, but McConnell didn’t focus on Arizona, Nevada, and New Hampshire (in the last weeks of the mid-term campaign), which is why Georgia is suddenly so damn important.

McConnell supported the stooge RINO in Alaska instead of an America-first Republican.

Before you get too spun up about the Trump announcement, take some time to think about the good stuff Trump did. Yeah, he screwed some stuff up, but he did more good for America than any President I can recall, and I’m a big fan of Ronald Reagan.

He tried to put the American people first, and the ruling class in both parties are terrified of the damage he could do to their establishment. That’s always worth a great deal of consideration.

What the establishment fears most is what’s best for America. Why do we think McConnell bailed on good candidates in Nevada, Arizona, and New Hampshire and backed the RINO stooge in Alaska when her challenger was a solid pro-American Republican?

I think the GOP should be thanking him. When the Republican Party loses Georgia, they can blame Trump when the fault lies with the RNC.

And now that Trump has announced, the J6 Dems will have to crank it into overdrive to try and disqualify him from running before January. That is, after all, the only reason for that Star Chamber.

I assume Trump knows this, so I’m interested in how he thinks that will proceed and what he has planned in response.

Oh, and didn’t we say the 2024 campaign would start right after the midterms?

 

Update: Care of MAGA 2024 :

 

Key excerpts:

President Trump: “The decline of America is being forced upon us by Biden and the radical left lunatics running our government into the ground. This decline is not a fate we must accept.”

President Trump: “Together, we will be taking on the most corrupt forces and entrenched interests imaginable… This is not a task for a politician or a conventional candidate. This is a task for a great movement.”

President Trump: “This will not be my campaign. This will be our campaign all together. Because the only force strong enough to defeat the massive corruption we are up against is you, the American people.”

President Trump: “The radical left Democrats have embraced an extreme ideology of government domination and control. Our approach is the opposite, based on freedom, values, individual responsibility and just plain common sense.”

President Trump: “We are going to restore and secure America’s borders just like we had them before. We built the wall and now we will add to it.”

President Trump: “Every drug dealer during his or her life on average will kill 500 people with the drugs they sell, not to mention the destruction of families. We are going to be asking everyone who sells drugs, gets caught selling drugs to receive the death penalty.”

President Trump: “We will abolish every Biden covid mandate and rehire every patriot who was fired from our military with an apology and full back pay.”

President Trump: “I will push a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress. I will ask for a permanent ban on taxpayer funding of campaigns, a lifetime on lobbying by former members of Congress.. a ban on members of Congress trading stocks on insider information”

 

Feel free – as I know you do – to add your thoughts on those priorities.

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SAU 3 Berlin – Public School Library RTK. Pushback.

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-11-16 11:30 +0000

Well, I did make a request for the card catalog for SAU3/Berlin, NH – a single entity that describes the books/other materials that are considered to be the “library collection” (“SAU 3 Berlin – Public School Library RTK“).

Sidenote: when dealing with a School District, always, ALWAYS first deal with the School Board members.  THEY are the Elected Representatives and THEY are responsible

However, even though it is a “public” record, it was clear that it wasn’t going to be given up.  WHY?  It’s just a list of books, right?

Yeah, not so much. Emphasis mine:

—— Original Message ——
From: “Julie King” <jking@sau3.org>
To: Skip@granitegrok.com
Cc: “Ann Nolin” <anolin@sau3.org>; “Marion Clancy” <mmoore@sau3.org>; “Jeanne Charest” <jcharest@sau3.org>; “Matthew Buteau” <mbuteau@sau3.org>; “Nathan Morin” <nmorin@sau3.org>; “Eamon Kelley” <ekelley@sau3.org>; “Julie King” <jking@sau3.org>
Sent: 10/5/2022 10:34:38 PM
Subject: Response to RTK request

Skip,

In response to your demand under the Right to Know Law, the catalog of the collections in both school’s main libraries are open for the public to browse on our website using the following:

Library / Homepage (sau3.org)  select which library then “Destiny Catalog.”

We do not catalog or maintain logs of classroom collections.

Julie King
Superintendent

SAU#3 – Berlin Public Schools
District Office
183 Hillside Ave., Berlin, NH 03570
Phone: (603) 752-6500 ext.1108 | Fax: (603) 752-2528
jking@sau3.org | www.sau3.org

Confidentiality Notice:  This message is intended only for the person to whom it is addressed, and may contain confidential information.  If you are not that person, any use of this message is prohibited.  We request that you notify us by reply that you have received this message in error, and then delete all copies of this message including any contained in your reply.  Thank you

Sidenote: Methinks someone ought to let Superintendent King know that ALL governmental emails are public records. Sorry, if confidential information is to be sent, use the US Postal Service or FedEx. At anytime, her email can also be RTK’d and for any reason or purpose that the person issuing the RTK can think up. That aside…

Well, my RTK was NOT a request of “How do I look up a book if that’s all I wanted?”.  No, the object of the RTK was the “card catalog” – the listing. Not the books in it and it is clear that ANY well run library system possesses the ability to immediately display/list/print/”save off to a file” that entity at any point in time. EVERY library system has that capability – it MUST in order to have accountability especially for inventory purposes (and a myriad of other reasons as well).

So, no, that answer was insufficient and I let Superintendent King know it (again, any emphasis is mine):

From: Skip <Skip@granitegrok.com>
Date: Fri, Oct 7, 2022 at 3:25 PM
Subject: Re: Response to RTK request
To: Julie King <jking@sau3.org>
Cc: Ann Nolin <anolin@sau3.org>, Marion Clancy <mmoore@sau3.org>, Jeanne Charest <jcharest@sau3.org>, Matthew Buteau <mbuteau@sau3.org>, Nathan Morin <nmorin@sau3.org>, Eamon Kelley <ekelley@sau3.org>

Good afternoon,

An RSA 91A demand is looking for the respondent to supply Responsive Records – in this case, the records contained in your District’s school library card catalogs. It is insufficient to provide mere links and a “look it up yourself” response. Thus, I consider this a non-response under the auspices of RSA91A to provide that which the Law demands. After all, SAU79, SAU73, SAU88, and others have already properly followed the Law’s requirements, accomplished the requested and proper action, and provided EXCEL spreadsheets with the information demanded in the Right To Know.

To recap:
* Name of the book
* Name of the Author(s)
* Content Summary
* ISBN identification (or other such designated ID)
* Name of the School
* If a School has multiple libraries, a designation of which library is being referenced (in the case of Brockton High, the five libraries: Red, Azure/Blue, Green, Yellow, and the Science libraries)
* Name/designation of the Classroom within a School

I would refer you to the original document I sent to the Board. It is the lawful expectation that the District will follow suit.

Best regards,

-Skip

Skip Murphy
Founder, co-owner
GraniteGrok.com | Skip@GraniteGrok.com | 603-630-6644 Dominating the political Bandwidth in New Hampshire

Again, a card catalog is a single datum – a list. It doesn’t require a clerk, or a group of clerks, running around a school building looking at all of the spines of books to gather or write down bibliographic information.  In fact, that is impermissible under RSA 91-A, NH’s Right To Know law:

91-A:4 Minutes and Records Available for Public Inspection. –

VII. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to require a public body or agency to compile, cross-reference, or assemble information into a form in which it is not already kept or reported by that body or agency.

A Library’s card catalog / collection listing can be had by the push of a button. Period.  The database system is already set up to reference all that is necessary.

Sadly, that’s not what I got in return from Superintendent King.  Instead (emphasis mine) – it was from a lawyer:

—— Original Message ——
From: “Atty. Barbara Loughman” <loughman@soulefirm.com>
To: “skip@granitegrok.com” <skip@granitegrok.com>
Cc: “Julie King” <jking@sau3.org>; “Karen Lancaster” <karen@soulefirm.com>
Sent: 10/11/2022 10:44:54 AM
Subject: Berlin PS/RTK/Gr.Gr.10.2.22req.

Dear Mr. Murphy,

I represent SAU #3, Berlin Public Schools and am responding to your October 2 RTK request and subsequent correspondence printed below. It will take me a couple of days to review the matter. I will get back to you by the end of the week.

Thank you for your consideration.

Barbara F. Loughman
Soule Leslie Kidder
PO Box 908
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
603-569-8044

What is with a District that has to consult with a lawyer about a public document that even kids can access?  But, I decided to “play nice” (aka the movie “Roadhouse“‘s definition) – I offered to assist the Library Staff generate the report necessary to fulfill the RTK.  After all, EVERY Library system has such a query file (unless someone sabotages it):

—— Original Message ——
From: “Skip” <Skip@granitegrok.com>
To: “Atty. Barbara Loughman” <loughman@soulefirm.com>
Cc: “Julie King” <jking@sau3.org>; “Karen Lancaster” <karen@soulefirm.com>
Sent: 10/11/2022 2:11:41 PM
Subject: Re: Berlin PS/RTK/Gr.Gr.10.2.22req.

Good afternoon!

Thanks for letting me know that you are evaluating my RSA 91A demand.

It’s not clear that there is any controversy surrounding it – nothing confidential, no privileged conversations, and certainly nothing of a personnel matter. It’s just a list of books that has been requested.

I’m quite sure that your Library Information System (as I don’t know of a single District in the State that continues to use a physical card catalog system based on paper cards anymore) is capable in fulfilling this request. Most likely, once the proper submenu navigation has been accomplished, a simple button press should be sufficient. Having an M.S. in computer science and 40 years in the industry, if the SAU staff librarians are unable to create a simple EXCEL spreadsheet file with the demanded data points in your SQL database system, I can talk them through it. It’s a trivial query.

Can you give me their contact information so as to ask prelim questions as to how they might need my assistance? As a former Principal Consultant, I’m always happy to help people!

Kindest regards,

-Skip

I have the instructions – I could have mailed it to them in a step by step basis.  But then, again, lawyers. However, there’s a hook at the end of this story that will be amusing.

To Be Continued…

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MAGA Doesn’t Equal Conservative?

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-11-16 02:30 +0000

So I read someplace that “MAGA doesn’t equal conservative.” So actually having a border with Mexico, not kowtowing to China, re-industrializing America, being energy independent, avoiding wars-of-choice, low inflation, economic growth, cutting taxes, deregulation, appointing originalist judges … to name certain MAGA policies … are not, I repeat are NOT, conservative?

MAGA is a set of principles, not a cult-of-personality. Trump won in 2016 … and materially improved on his performance in the rigged election of 2020 … because of the principles he espoused and followed. The notion that MAGA is a cult of personality is ass-backwards.

The notion that still supporting Trump is disqualifying is divisive and defeatist. I haven’t decided how I am voting in 2024. I will listen to what every candidate has to say, and then decide. The notion that I have to immediately and loudly say I won’t support Trump … before I even hear what he considers the top issues and how he proposes to address them … is the real cult-of-personality.

 

 

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