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Irony Alert: Parent Cut Off By School Board for Using Obscene Language (She Was Reading it Out of a Book for Students)

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-04-02 15:00 +0000

Imagine a school system where it is inappropriate to read to a School Board from a book the school provides for students because “students” might be watching the School Boards live feed?



[T]he parent reads an explicit passage from the book, at which point a board member, Patsy Jordan, cuts her off. The member lectured her that children could be watching the meeting, and the selection was inappropriate under those circumstances. Incredulous, the mom shot back, “Don’t you find the irony in that? You’re saying exactly what I’m telling you. You’re giving it to our children.” It seems the concept of irony is lost on the current Cherokee County School Board.


PJ Media reports that the school system’s process for removing a book that is inappropriate makes it impossible to remove a book. The system is rigged by the same board that prohibited the parent from reading content made available to students because it is obscene.

The scary part about this is that these incidents are common, more frequent than we know, and like the secret transitioning of children, illegal.

We’ve shared a handful of them over the years, all with the same results.

Parents get outraged, go to the school board, and the board ignores the complaints or makes excuses. Activists claim that calls to remove obscene material are book banning or book burning or cenrship. Parents try to mobilize to replace board members but this takes several election cycles before a board majority can be flipped and at the end of the day the Left is better and more enflamed more often and for longer to keep their majority.

While that is still the best way, you are not out of options.

Most political subdivisions have obscenity laws and school boards aren’t the only members of a community that can call the police and file a report.

Check local laws. You may find that the content or the activity (transitioning students or giving them hormone blockers) might just be illegal activity. If it is, file a complaint and try to get it investigated.

Talk to state-level elected leaders as has been the case in Florida. Leftists are losing their minds to the point that they are defending the sexualization of young children. It’s not every day you can get politicians and activists to expose their flanks that easily.

An adult obsessed with talking to little kids about sex should be on the sex-offender registry.

As for the parents of the Cherokee County School System, they spent some time investigating what the school district thought was appropriate in a school library. They found,


  • Numerous graphic sexual assaults
  • Continuous graphic child sexual abuse
  • Explicit prostitution
  • Explicit descriptions of drunkenness and alcoholism
  • Promotion of atheism
  • Promotion of shoplifting and other crimes
  • Bigotry toward the black community
  • Child abuse, abandonment, and neglect
  • Extreme spousal abuse


I can see leftists not pretending to give a damn about that other stuff but bigotry toward the black community? They let that slide?





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Addressing Geriatric Understandings of Immigration

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-04-02 13:30 +0000

The United States of America has been considered ideologically as a city upon a hill. Many leaders have spoken of this metaphor in relation to the country, from James Winthrop in 1630 at the Massachusetts Bay Colony to JFK and recently to Donald Trump. It is not a partisan idea.

In fact, the current Democrat-controlled government champions this idea in its immigration policy. This is a system of population control that is desperately broken and out-of-date.

US Democrats are in the unfortunate position to be led by several elderly American citizens who are, quite frankly, demented. They suffer from dementia. This is a disease caused by age that occurs when an individual becomes so ingrained in a particular way of life that they are unable to interact logically and sensibly with the rest of the world. It’s about being out of touch.

Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Shumer, Jerry Nadler, and several other prominent Democrat politicians fit this mold perfectly. They are swamp creatures– meaning that they have lived in Washington, DC, for many, many years. Too many years. They have held political positions ostensibly representing other people, but they rarely, if at all, actually talk with those other people.

There is a great distinction here between talking with and talking to. In the context of democratic governance, it is key. Talking with implies that you exchange ideas. Talking to is simply projecting your own ideas onto someone else. These demented elderly folks are very fond of projecting their own ideas. They sometimes talk with other politicians. Very rarely, if at all, do they speak in meaningful, conversations with common citizens.

In fact, these people protect themselves from the common citizens, because their ideas and leadership initiatives are typically rejected by the common citizen. Most citizens, by many polls, disapprove of all of these elderly Democrat party leaders. They have increasingly led in an authoritarian and dictatorial style, especially during the course of the Biden presidency.

One area of this issue is immigration, led by Democrat politician Alejandro Mayorkas. This man is a career politician trained as a lawyer, who has served successive Democrat administrations in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of Homeland Security. It is a massive red flag that a party calling itself Democrats fails to encourage plurality of voices. Instead, it hires the same people to the same jobs, risking incredibly corruption. And that is what has come to pass.

Mayorkas and the Democrat idea of America is that it should be open to all, so everyone should be welcome. These people have circumvented many standing laws to simply allow anyone into the country who wants to come in. They do not perform any real processing, background checks, or vetting. They just let people in.

Their philosophy is that the American system will be able to sustain all of these people. They look at countries like India and China, both of which have massive populations, and believe that the USA can accept more people. Yet, they do not consider that the Indian and Chinese social systems– including transportation networks, housing accommodations, standards of living, and legal frameworks– are vastly different. These people believe that since India and China have been successful in certain ways, that we should model American society after them in other ways.

This is simply idiotic.

The people who are approving this to happen are Pelosi, Biden, and the demented Democrat leadership. They are over 70, some over 80 years old. These people belong in retirement homes, not in government. Why are they in power?

Quite simply, because they were promoted to those positions by non-American actors. Those American citizens who are intelligent enough to understand these issues, and who understand how a republic works– the USA is a republic as opposed to an autocracy– know very well that the policies being forced onto the USA are counterproductive and malevolent to American citizens’ wellbeing.

These same foreign forces project information through international media channels, some of which are based in the USA, that promotes a worldview of compassion, caring, and goodwill. It also smokes people to the economic realities of the state of the planet, its countries, and its people. Instead of considering these realities, Americans are distracted by gender politics, racism, sports, movies, social media, and other fanciful ideas. They are bewildered and directionless.

The Biden administration and Mayorkas have been put in place for one purpose: to destroy the USA. The Democrat party is not fully aware of this. Some individuals within it may think that destruction is part of the creative process. Others may agree with certain tenants of their policies but go along with the whole package so they don’t lose their jobs. Many buy into it simply because they are told it is right, and they lack the critical thinking skills.

The end result is that the USA has been forced to be led by a Democrat party that is packed to the brim with demented elderly folks who think they are doing the right thing, and that anyone opposing them is a far right fascist. These people are simply professional morons.

This is a harsh view, and it’s easy to dismiss because it seems so outlandish. Well, the reality is that the projected fictions blasted from US propaganda networks is creating a false perception of the world. This is constructed intentionally by non-Americans. They want one thing: the USA to be totally destroyed.

The way to avoid such a calamity would simply be to eject any Pelosi-supporting Democrats from their positions of power. These people are totally out of touch. They have been brainwashed into thinking that identity politics is more important than whether the USA continues to exist as a country. They barrel forward towards their self-destruction, oblivious to anyone who might attempt to provide a word of advice or caution.

You’d better wake up to this reality.

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Have We Hit “Trans Peak”?

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-04-02 12:00 +0000

Transgenderism is becoming a dream killer for female athletes. Not for TRANS women – I’m talking about real women and I have a biology degree so I know what a woman is (and have been married to one for over 40 years). And this whole deal with Lia Thomas (nee, “William”, a former male swimmer ranked #462 but #1 as a “female”) at UPenn, pretty much winning every race against biological women he’s entered.

The University of Pennsylvania Systemically Abuses Young Women By Forcing Them to Compete with and Undress In Front Of a Man Who Physically Humiliates Them and Makes Them Call Him a Woman.

It has brought to a head all of what many of us said – men will become better women than actual women.  we said that real women would be relegated to second status to men that were formerly hardly in the running.  And now the dam is breaking over this in that those that have been quiet up to know have HAD it in remaining silent and letting themselves be railroaded by the militant LGBT activists who call the rest of us bigoted, uneducated, intolerant, and all of the rest of the epithets they hurl to accomplish one and only one thing:

Silence us, make us believe that 2+2=5, and have us disbelieving our “lyin’ eyes”

Especially when the Media, as Steve pointed out, is all in on this:



In short, condition us to their gaslighting and to have us meekly nod our heads up and down.  Instead, just like Parents fighting School Boards that still say “we don’t teach Critical Race Theory”, the end game is to have us believe that this is normal – just yet another “instance” of the human existence.

And disregarding the fact that the rate of detransitioning is starting to skyrocket with many stating that their underlying issue was a mental issue and not “born into the wrong body type.”

From that post (reformatted, emphasis mine).

Do you remember what it is like at all to be a young woman? Just how overwhelming and mortifying and embarrassing so much of it all is? Embarrassment can feel like death. Banishment from a social circle is death. Sex and puberty and bodily changes cause so much shyness and nerves and uncertainty and stimulation. And then sometimes…a miracle occurs. Sometimes a young woman finds something instead of consumerism and hypersexuality and the light glossy sociopathy of modern life.

Sometimes she becomes a female athlete. As everyone knows and understands, women compete against women because otherwise, competition would be patently unfair.

…That the man with the penis undressing in front of them is actually a woman? What institution could be so torturous and cruel as to punish elite female athletes by forcing them to shower and change next to a man who doesn’t cover up his intact penis and is stealing medals that rightfully belong to women—and then also is forced to call that man with the penis undressed in front of you a “woman”?

And it isn’t just Mandy Stadtmiller (the author) that’s complaining. The young lady that got bumped out of the Ivy League Championship swim because a man took a valued slot away. Even Adam Corolla spoke up about Lia Thomas. Concerned Women for America went the Civil Rights lawsuit route over infractions of Title X. And this is starting to be conventional wisdom (again):

Given that Lia has made no real moves toward transitioning to a woman besides hormone treatments and simply verbally embracing the female gender — the male parts remain as does a reported interest in dating women, by some reports — this is all starting to feel very like something most women have had to deal with in some version or another in their lives: men supplanting them in accolades despite their hard work and achievements.

In short, it’s beginning to feel a lot like toxic misogyny.

Misogyny – now THAT’S a word that the Left throws at those of us on the Right. How’s it feel to have it lobbed back at you (in sorta a sideways version of #MeToo, eh?)

Consider the other young lady that came in second, competing but knowing that she would never win against a guy that’s really just a cheat to puff up his chest (and I’m not talking about implants or hormones).

And the other (and real) female athletes have had enough:

Like I said, the militants LGBT have been trying to silence everyone else – and now people are starting to tell them to stuff it.  No longer are they willing to believe 2+2=5.  They ARE educating themselves and no longer believing that “hormone treatments” level the playing fields the way they’ve been told.

They’ve all become biologists.

And are no longer falling for the Victimhood lines that are being handed to them by those desperately trying to keep the grift going:

“Well, you know, I am absolutely able to navigate that,” Levine replied. “I’ve been doing this a while. But what I worry about is how those mean-spirited comments affect other transgender individuals who are more vulnerable than I am, particularly trans youth who we need to support and to empower in their lives, not to denigrate. So I’m fine, but we have to support others that are more vulnerable.”

That’s the “Woman of the Year”, 4 star trans female Admiral (health service) Levine (announced by Breitbart with the title of “Media Giant Declares Man a ‘Woman of the Year’” which also had this:

The poll of 1,578 registered voters was conducted October 26-28 by Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies (CAPS) and Harris Insights and Analytics. The poll asked:

Do you think that people should be able to choose their gender and pronouns or are someone’s gender and pronouns what they are born with?

Less than 40 percent of the respondents agreed that people can change their sex, according to the Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll, which also reported that 72 percent of all respondents said there are only “two genders.”

Feminists are finally starting to speak up:

Another Save Women’s Sports advocate shared a similar experience as Sousa. “I was historically liberal,” the activist explained. “I would say I’m politically homeless now because I don’t think the Democrats care about women and girls.”

So much for the former Democrat mantra of “Believe all Women” – dontcha just love quoting their own words back at them?

(H/T: Instapundit,  PJ Media)

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Help Wanted: I’m Looking for GRASS for My Dog (Gender Re-Assignment Sex Surgery)

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-04-02 10:30 +0000

Over the past few months, it has become increasingly aware to me that my dog Rynancy (formerly Ryno) is asking for Gender Re-Assignment Sex Surgery (GRASS). How do I know? S/he continues to not lift s/her leg while peeing and pooping for one.

Secondarily, s/her two best friends are girl dogs (Zoey and Princess). S/he is constantly over at their houses playing with them and LOVES playing with their toys. S/he brings them to our house often. Conversely, the neighbor dog Buddy, who is a biological male and is chained up (for good reason) is the object of Rynancy’s ridicule every day. I can hear s/her outside right now barking at he/him.

Buddy is the typical jerky male and deserves he/his chains and Rynancy makes sure he/him knows it. Did I mention buddy is white (mostly)? I think you get my point.

Anyway, I’ve been looking into GRASS surgery in Vermont and I can only find doctors who do it for human children. How unfair is that?

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Rynancy is my child and I am human, so that should count. It’s so oppressive in Vermont in fact, I had to go all the way to Rhode Island to get Ryno’s ears cropped because Vermont, although being a sanctuary state, offers no sanctuary for trans dogs who want their ears to look bold and beautiful.

This is so upsetting that s/he and I both had to be put on anti-depressants.

Another reason I know this is s/his choice is I caught him taking my wife’s shoes, mostly high heels, and bringing them from room to room to sleep with them. S/he even licks them tenderly at times which gets me a little emotional because s/he can’t speak English but actions speak louder than words.

Finally, we were watching Lia Thomas wipe the pool with those cisgender sissies and Rynancy was barking affectionately the entire time. My neighbor said it was to warn the women swimmers that there was a man in the pool with them so I asked he/him to leave because we don’t tolerate that kind of hate speech in our house.

I asked the person behind the counter at the Pet Smart in West Lebanon if they did it and they said no. We agreed that this needs to change. So if anyone can give me the name of a reliable veterinarian who performs GRASS procedures and can toss the neutering in for free that would be great.

Thank you!

JK Bananas

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Teacher Goes On Disgusting Rant, Tells Conservative Students To “Jump Off A Bridge”

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-04-02 01:30 +0000

I don’t know what else it will take for parents to pull their kids from government indoctrination centers. Seriously, what else do they have to do?

As a result of Florida’s doesn’t-go-far-enough bill that at least prevents five-year-olds from being exposed to gender identity, the left has absolutely lost its collective mind and exposed its open agenda that is pro-grooming, pro-sexualization, and pro-brainwashing of young children.

That should be enough right there to prove how corrupted our government schools are, but then recall that the Daily Wire broke a story of how the rape of a teenage girl was covered up as a result of identity politicking in Virginia schools. That’s also bad news, but even then we are barely scratching the surface.

Another story circulated among conservative outlets, such as the Daily Caller, that one Texas fourth-grade teacher proudly claimed that “20 Fourth Graders Out Of [Her] 32 Students Identify As LGBTQ.” This is beyond disgusting – and damaging. How do kids even know about this other than being force-fed woke identity politics on the daily?

Basically, if you type basic keywords into a search engine – such as “teacher arrested…minor” – you get hits for days. I don’t think it’s hyperbole to note that each day a new story breaks on the disgusting actions of teachers against young people.

That brings me to this video, originally shared to social media (and quickly deleted), back in November of 2021. Note: I tried looking up an update to the situation, but nothing was readily available. Is she still employed? Was she fired? Regardless, can you imagine if a teacher made a comment to Democrats or supporters of BLM? Needless to say, we’d know instantly what was going on.

As bad as grooming kids is, I dare say suggesting they off themselves is worse. Take a listen:



Fox News allegedly acquired a more complete transcript of the video. They reported the following dialogue:


“The Paso Robles Conservative club for the high school, you can go jump off a bridge. I’m going to post what they thought was a great show of support for the veterans, who I’m pretty sure would be absolutely offended by what they did on school campus,” Bauer Speck Elementary School teacher Kristin Usilton said in a video that appears to be filmed in a classroom and recently posted on her Instagram account. She was taking issue with a student waving a “F— Joe Biden” flag on a school parking lot last week. 

“And had the LGBTQ population done that or the Black or the Hispanic community members, we would have had our a– chewed out. Look at what they did today,” she continued in the video of the conservative club. 

She then showed a short clip of students ahead of Veterans Day waving American and military flags on the Paso Robles High School parking lot, according to the local outlet. One of the students also had a “F— Joe Biden” flag.”



Pull your kids out today. I can’t think of a better way to raise kids than keeping them out of government schools.



Hailey Sanibel writes at The Blue State Conservative

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“This Is a War about the Role of Government”

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-04-02 00:00 +0000

You might remember Dr. Julie Ponesse. She is a professor of ethics in Canada who had a viral video last fall. She was forced out of her job of 20 years by the vaccine mandate imposed by Huron University in Ontario.


I was dismissed for doing exactly what I had been hired to do. I was a professor of ethics questioning what I take to be an unethical demand. You don’t have to look very hard to see the irony.


Someone recently sent me her remarks at an event for the Democracy Fund (shared at and they are worth our attention.


“The right to determine what shall or shall not be done with one’s own body, and to be free from non-consensual medical treatment, is a right deeply rooted in our common law.” These aren’t my words; they are the words of Justice Sydney Robins of the Ontario Court of Appeal.

With very few exceptions, each person’s body is considered inviolate in Canadian law, and this is the underlying ethos of the Nuremberg Code, a promise to humanity that we would never again endorse uninformed, non-voluntary medical decision-making, even for the patient’s own good, even for the sake of the public good.

By definition, vaccine mandates are coercive immunization strategies: in the absence of coercion — the threat of a loss of employment, for example — people would not voluntarily agree to do what the mandate is trying to achieve!

Employers are holding our careers hostage, and removing our participation in the economy and in public life. Their justification is that “we are in a pandemic,” and we must therefore relinquish autonomy over our bodies for the sake of the public good.


Here’s a bit more from further along in her remarks.


As a wise colleague recently said “This is a war about the role of government. It is about our freedom to think and ask questions, and about whether individual autonomy can be downgraded to a conditional privilege or whether it remains a right. It is a war about whether you are to remain a citizen or become a subject. It is about who owns you… you or the state.”

It is about where we draw the line.

This isn’t about liberals and conservatives, pro-and anti-vaxxers, experts and lay people. Everyone should care about truth, everyone should care about the scientific and democratic processes, everyone should care about each another.

There is, I would argue, little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our freedom to debate, to criticize, to demand evidence for what our government asks of us does not survive with it.


Wait! One more.


The dismissive, well-rehearsed messaging of our public health officials has created a highly efficient machine that does not publish its evidence or engage in debate, but only issues orders that we obligingly follow. With the help of the media, its mistakes are hidden, its policies unquestioned, its dissenters silenced.


You can read the full transcript here. The speech is about 18 minutes long.





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HB1131: Certified Industrial Hygienist Stephen Petty’s Senate Testimony on Why Masks Don’t or Can’t Work

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-04-01 22:30 +0000

Stephen Petty testified before the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services in defense of NH HB1131, which would “prohibit school boards and accredited nonpublic schools from adopting, enforcing, or implementing a policy that requires students or members of the public to wear a facial covering.”

Mr. Petty is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, certified safety professional, and certified engineer, and it’s a great testimony and not just because he talks about a lot of things we’ve covered over the past years about masks and masking. He actually states for the record that his presentation would refute everything some doctor testifying before him had said.

I didn’t see that, but that had to leave a mark.

And he was clear about why. Medical doctors are what they are, but they are not certified industrial hygienists. They are not experts in the field of workplace or public safety when it comes to real threats and solutions. They are not even experts in these fields regarding a hospital or clinical settings.

And we’ve seen that play out in real-time. Public health officials have repeatedly given or mandated lousy advice on nearly every aspect of COVID policy to ignore actual accumulating evidence in favor of the approved CDC or state public health narratives.

In all instances, public health was not served by any of this, and in the case of masks, which is the focus of the hearing. The only thing that has any hope of reducing exposure to a virus is an actual respirator, and even that is the last thing you should try if the goal is mitigation to exposure if that is even necessary.


I screengrabbed it and converted it to audio because there was nothing in this testimony that you need to see to understand it. There is a handout for reference (pdf copy here).

If you’d like to watch and listen, you can jump to that part of the NH State Senate hearing, here.


HT | RiseUp NH

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One Minute Read: Responding to People who Blame Putin for High Gas Prices in America.

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-04-01 21:00 +0000

If you search Putin and Gas prices on, you will find dozens of pieces on our pages about Joe, motor fuel, and its connection to that thing in Ukraine. But Sometimes you want to dispatch the trolls quickly, so I thought I’d boil it down.

Here we go.

The standard Leftish or under-informed response to any conversation about what you just paid at the pump is, “Gas prices are high because Putin invaded Ukraine.”

The default response should be: Before Joe Biden took office, America didn’t need to buy oil from Ukraine.

You could leave that hanging there to ripen but if you think it necessary, add: “After he took office we did. Did it ever occur to anyone to ask why?”

At this point, the question is no longer about Biden responding to what Russia did but how Biden got us tied up with Russian oil in the first place?

How, (under Biden) did we become dependent on a regime that for years (under Trump) Democrats claimed was hell-bent on compromising our economy, security, and way of life?

A relationship under Biden that would not have existed under President Trump.

Go forth, happy readers, and make liberals miserable.




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Thoughts on Croydon – Residents Refusing to Accept Blame for Missing the Town Meeting Vote on School Budget

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-04-01 19:30 +0000

Listen to what a Croydon resident says at about 1:19 seconds in:

“…You’ve admitted to knowing, before the meeting, of your husband’s proposal yet you deliberately kept it from the public”

What was she supposed to do – ride like Lady Godiva or Paul Revere screaming at the top of her lungs going through town: “The budget cut is coming, the budget cut is coming!”? Get real.

As I told that single mother at the end of the last school board meeting, the school board manages the district – YOU are supposed to defend that budget.”

No, not at all. This lady, like all of the others that heatedly and angrily spoke at the first School Board meeting, is still projecting. THEY think that she was supposed to “inform” them of a proposal? Utter nonsense.

They are taking it out on Jody Underwood, Chair of the Croydon School Board, when they should have been taking it out on themselves.  THEY didn’t bother to go to the Town Meeting.  Almost no one did as it took only 20 votes in the affirmative to cut the school budget down to $10,000/child average cost instead of the original $21,250.  Why does it take that much for a government school when charter schools, private schools, and religious schools do a better job for far less?

That’s the question that ALL government-run school systems want to avoid being asked – and even more so in giving an answer.

And the answers from some of those folks that I videoed were just as bad:

  1. Oh, there was a blizzard
  2. I had to work (that’s reasonable if you’re a single parent)
  3. I didn’t think I had to
  4. This kind of thing has never happened before.

Well, you let yourselves both get snookered and snockered yourself. You all willingly brushed off your responsibilities and became, as the Union Leader put it, “no shows”. We are a representative Republic using democratic processes to get things done – and you all allowed something to happen by not being there and NOW you’re majorly ticked off STILL?


Full Disclosure: I’ve known both Jody and Ian Underwood for years and I have found both to be always forthright and honest, friendly and humorous. And Ian writes for GraniteGrok BECAUSE he makes my head hurt with his ideas – he makes you think (and if it isn’t hurting when you read his articles here, you’re not asking yourself the right questions).  If Croydon residents voted for him for Selectman, they should have known what they were getting when they did – but did they bother to ask what his “selectman philosophy” like the Republican Senators asked of Biden’s SCOTUS nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson?  She avoided all those questions but I can assure you he would have been completely honest and open and TOLD you how he sees things.

So I maintain, not caring what Croydon residents would say, that this is ALL THEIR FAULT.  Snooze, you lose. Make stupid decisions (like “I’m not going”), get stupid [sur]prises. So stop taking it out of the Underwoods.  I’m not talking as a friend here – but as an outside observer that watched their reactions to their own inaction.

Our style of governance DEMANDS an informed and active citizenry – they were not informed and instead of being active, were slothful.

But, like in a lot of things nowadays, they refuse to stand up and take the lumps they so richly deserve for not just operating on autopilot but for turning off the computer that resides between their ears.




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Palate Cleanser – A Couple of Russian Tanks Being Done in by NLAW(UK) Or Javelin (US) Anti-tank Weapons

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-04-01 18:00 +0000

For around $40,000, a Saab built NLAW does a pretty good job on a convoy of unsuspecting Russian armored tanks:

And then one of a US Javelin taking out another one.  When the smoke starts to clear, you can just watch that long, multi-ton barrel just flop onto the ground:


Cost of a Javelin is quite a bit more but with a lot more capabilities built-in:

In 2002, a single Javelin command launch unit cost $126,000, and each missile cost around $78,000 (equivalent to $111,000 in 2019). This is reinforced by the US Army’s Fiscal Year 2018 unit cost for the Javelin weapon system, which put the unit cost at $206,705.

The cost of a rather basic T-27 Russian tank is around $2,000,000 per vehicle.

So, how is that working for Russia?  That’s a war of attrition that most insurgencies would like to have over and over and over again.


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More Dumb Ideas on How to Treat Bad Behavior in Schools

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-04-01 16:30 +0000

As behavior problems escalate under the ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL multi-tiered system of support, we are seeing more dumb ideas come forward on how to deal with behavior issues.

The new approach to addressing behavior problems is by categorizing those students as having mental health issues. It’s as if they’ve never been around kids/teens before.

Some kids push boundaries and break rules for various reasons that have nothing to do with having mental health problems. There needs to be consequences that are punitive, and that will increase depending on the infraction.

This isn’t an easy decision, and I can certainly understand the teacher or principal wanting some flexibility. But it needs to be fair, show the student that there are consequences to their behavior, and escalate in severity if the disruptive behavior continues.

I’ve seen plenty of fads that seek to change the behavior in some kids. Some are just ridiculous. Let’s take this one for instance.

Remember, these fads become products to sell to schools in order to profit off of what they are selling. So if it doesn’t work well, you wont hear it from them. You will hear it from outspoken teachers who will tell you it doesn’t work well in the classroom.

The article on MindShift hits on all of the failed fads going on in public education right now; Project Based Learning (PBL), and Inquiry Based Learning, etc.  No wonder they have behavior issues, many of those classrooms are chaotic because it’s no longer teacher-centered. Many students report that in these student-groups, they goof off, they don’t talk about the academics, and the one kid who is self-motivated, and wants a good grade, ends up doing all of the work.

Inquiry based learning is another fad gone wrong. Kids who are left to discover math will need tutors to instruct them on how to work the math problems.  You can expect tutoring services to pop up in areas where this failed fad is used. I know, I used to tutor those kids who weren’t getting appropriate instruction from their teachers in math.

What does this fad consist of? MindShift:

Pulling disruptive kids out of class didn’t work, so principal Micheal Essien developed the “push-in” system, which keeps students in class while counselors help them work through their issues on the spot.

“We were surviving,” Essien said honestly of the tone at MLK when he started four years ago. “Students weren’t learning because students were having challenges in the classroom with their own academic abilities and or behaviors. Teachers who were trying to teach were having a difficult time getting into lessons because they were dealing with behaviors. It was challenging to hold collaborative conversations among the teachers because all teachers could deal with in any setting was the overwhelming behavior.”

Of course it’s difficult! Where are the consequences? The teacher is forced to deal with the behavior in a classroom that is set up for chaos.

So their solution? Let’s hear from teachers who were brutally honest in their comments.
Andrea Jane

Pushing in also doesn’t work. What winds up happening is that students destroy classroom materials and the rest of the students need to be removed from the situation thereby disrupting THEIR education, all because of 1 child. The good of the 1, outweighs the good of the many all too often now.

Donna Jackson

Andrea Jane Yes I have witnessed this many times. What about the needs of all the other students who have to leave the class and stay out until the one disruptive student settles down?

Summer Stacia

It’s a nice idea, but totally unrealistic. Schools will never have enough funding and staff to implement a program like this. And, for teachers who teach highly specialized classes, how can someone jump in and take over the lesson? Not going to happen.

Sarah McCarthy Payne

So let’s disrupt the rest of the class even more all while showing everyone that no consequences exist for bad behavior!

Vanya North

And how disruptive is that? Now all the other students have to listen to this kids meltdown AND his counseling session while trying to do their work? No. Pull out disruptive kids and if they can’t improve, send them to special schools. I’m not being cruel. I was an IEP kid and someone should have done the same to me. Stop being so accommodating. If schools had been harsher toward me from the get go, real life wouldn’t have slapped me upside the head so hard when I was done with school!

Lucie Hunter

Meanwhile the other traumatized students in the class get to be more traumatized by a peer and silently stuff their trauma and anxiety. The problem remains that the system pretends that the loud, disruptive student is the only one that needed the pullout ignoring that the other 30 students needed the one student to calm down and reset in another setting.

Mandy Lindsay

I don’t think the general public realizes how badly behaved some children have become in schools. Much of the time it’s covered over, and not documented anymore. And, teachers that ask for help then face lower evaluations. The actual child gets away with the bad behavior. They often get rewarded. It just doesn’t make sense to me.

Stephanie Reed

“Pulling disruptive kids out of class didn’t work” Yeah, it didn’t work for the students who were pulled out, but what about the majority who weren’t disruptive and came to school eager and willing to learn? Also, what schools have counselors or support staff who can help disruptive students “on the spot”? I guess it could happen if schools were funded in an equitable manner that aligns with the state constitution.

What happened to principals or administrators doing their job? Or in my case, I attended a high school south of Chicago. It was a tough school so we had Deans who administered the punishments. You were sent to the Deans office at Thornton Fractional North High School in Calumet City if you were disruptive in class.  I’m not sure if it’s that way today, but students couldn’t disrupt a class without some serious consequences.

Back then the school population was diverse, kids came from broken families, and some were coming from parents who were using drugs with their kids. It wasn’t exactly Bel Air, CA.   But there was discipline that made going to school relatively safe, given the challenges from some of the students.

Today those kids would have been treated as if they had some sort of mental health crisis. Maybe some of them did. If so, there needs to be social services, but you don’t allow the classroom to become chaotic or disrupted by the trouble makers, no matter what.

For students who struggle with learning disabilities, that may be a different issue altogether. But teachers are not miracle workers. Forcing them to use pedagogy that sets the classroom up for chaos is the first problem to address. Then giving teachers support when children are pushing boundaries, and purposely disruptive, is the next problem that needs to be fixed.

More families will leave the public schools if this continues. Parents want their children learning in a safe atmosphere where there is structure and discipline.

The kids who are pushing the boundaries need to know that their behavior will not be tolerated inside the classroom. This will benefit them as they get to the higher grades and will help them in life. As one of the commenters said: “Stop being so accommodating. If schools had been harsher toward me from the get go, real life wouldn’t have slapped me upside the head so hard when I was done with school!”

It’s better for kids to learn some life lessons when they are younger so life doesn’t slap them so hard upside their head when they are done with school.

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Failed Legislation Would Have Criminalized Upsetting A Police Officer

The Liberty Block - Fri, 2022-04-01 15:41 +0000

While well-intentioned, HB1025 seems sloppy and could have terrible ramifications for liberty. If it passed, the bill would have made it a “misdemeanor to impede, provoke, or harass a law enforcement officer.”

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Failed Legislation Would Have Criminalized Upsetting A Police Officer

The Liberty Block - Fri, 2022-04-01 15:41 +0000

While well-intentioned, HB1025 seems sloppy and could have terrible ramifications for liberty. If it passed, the bill would have made it a “misdemeanor to impede, provoke, or harass a law enforcement officer.”

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Grooming: Is It Time to Bring Some Form of Racketeering or Conspiracy Charges against Public Schools?

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-04-01 15:00 +0000

In the wake of the left’s Don’t Say Gay Campaign, numerous incidents have been made public proving it is the Educators and their leftist enablers who “don’t say gay.” Don’t tell your parents we’re transitioning you.”

This child is dead because of it, and this school nurse has been suspended for revealing what has been going on in a Hartford, Connecticut School without parental notice or consent.


As reported by the UK Daily Mail,


Writing on a local mom’s group in response to a request for local school recommendations, the 77-year-old [Kathleen Cataford]said: ‘Investigate the school system curriculum…CT is a very socially liberal, gender-confused state,’ the post read.

It continued: ‘As a public school nurse, I have an 11yo female student on puberty blockers and a dozen identifying as non-binary, all but two keeping this as a secret from their parents with the help of teachers, SSW [social workers] and school administration.


These incidents are happening in schools all over the country. Children have been chemically and emotionally modified without parental consent. And while no one will likely be able to find the interstate connection that ties them all together to invoke RICO (unless we pin it all on the Democrat party), the evidence strongly points to a conspiracy.

No single individual is responsible for manipulating the gender ideology of a dozen or more students in one school.

Related: Okay, Groomer!


I’m not a lawyer, and I don’t play one online. I am, however, willing to cite, quote, or defer to legal opinions from them or by them. What, to all you lawyers out there, is the recourse for this, and how do parents proceed to ensure that this sort of collusion is not underway in their schools?

This can’t be legal, making it criminal.

This is psychological torture and child abuse.


The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality.


And not just the grooming but the deliberate inculcation. Teachers are transitioning students and then telling them they must deceive their parents and the community outside the school building to protect the teachers and administrators.

It is a deliberate act and may even constitute a form of sexual assault. And it is not just those students being converted. Anyone who knows would be sworn to secrecy backed by some form of punishment.

We know public schools will go to great lengths to hide sex assaults, so what about this?

What are they holding over students’ heads to keep quiet about their taxpayer-funded sexual grooming business? All of them, not just those they are trying to transition?

As for faculty, ask the school nurse. She let the grooming cat out of the bag and got suspended. I suspect she is done, but at 77, I think she knew that and just had to say something on her way out the door.

Most of the employees may not have that option which means they are all forced to work under a gag order and not all are on board.

That’s not an environment conducive to learning. Not that much of that is going on.


‘Teachers and SSW are spending 37.5 hours a week influencing our children, not necessarily teaching our children what YOU think is being taught.’


Not every parent can homeschool or has the option of a charter of private education. But that is why Democrats hate school choice, education savings accounts, and the idea that the money collected to teach children should follow the student and not the teacher’s unions.



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Read the Damn Bill Before You Protest

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-04-01 13:30 +0000

The media and elite showed their incredible power by denying the reality of facts when they joined together to shut down any discussion of the infamous “Hunter Biden Laptop.”

The networks refused to give it air time. The cable networks recited the same talking points at every opportunity, with the talking heads bobbing like a dashboard dog. Except for the NY Post, all the newspapers used their ink on conspiracy headlines.

The Russians had struck again. The big bear from Siberia was working with Trump to spread a lie to win the election. They were all wrong, and they knew it.

That presents a question. Are you wrong when you know you are offering an alternative reality? They did not get the facts wrong. They created their tale or the story Biden, and the Democrats fed them in daily memos. The term “worse than Watergate” has been overused since the 70s. But the conspiracy perpetrated by the Dems and MSM does live up to the hype.

An aging fraud is in the White House because the American public was hoodwinked and kept from the truth. Because of this fraud, we put the country into a tailspin. It is often said, but someone has to be held accountable in this case.

Social Media exposed itself as a biased platform intent on manipulating the news. They blocked the NY Post and anyone who dared to mention the laptop. In a country that prides itself on the freedom of expression, we have been idle while our former President is kept from the platforms. To date, there have been no ramifications for their actions. They are immune from action.

This week the Parental Rights in Education Bill was signed into law by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The mainstream media and social media have sprung into action. Again, they do not have the facts or are not concerned with the truth. They have relabeled the bill as the “Don’t Say Gay” Law. Had they taken the time to read the bill, they would know the word gay, or any other reference to sexual orientation does not exist in the document.

Twitter and TikTok are alive with fringe actors and nobodies going off about the homophobic bill inflicted by the Nazi Governor DeSantis. Governor Newsom of California calls it “monstrous.” Even Disney has exposed itself as an indoctrination tool of the left with its criticism of the bill.

To use a phrase of Biden and Psaki, let’s be clear. The Parental Rights in Education Bill forbids the teaching or counseling of gender or sexual orientation options to elementary school children in grades K-3. This is common sense. Any teacher or counselor who broaches the subject of sex or sexual orientation with children ages 5 to 9 should be investigated for abuse.

This is not a Left or Right issue but a common-sense approach to protecting young children. The Florida bill not only protects the children but the parents, too. The new law guarantees that the parents with K-3 children will be involved in the curriculum and any situation involving their child’s well-being. What about that should bother anyone? Nothing. These critics will protest any decision made by a Conservative Governor. And that is whether they read it or not.



Ray Writes for and the Liberty Loft

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School District Says Vote-By-Mail Suppressed Voter Turnout

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

A local district in Vermont had its school budget fail by 60 votes. They blamed it on low voter turnout, which they blamed on vote-by-mail. The ability to vote by mail resulted in low turnout which put the kibosh on the budget.

Is vote by mail vote suppression?

No. According to local experts, vote-by-mail confused the voters. A problem you could eliminate by asking everyone to vote in person like they’ve been doing for centuries, but no, we can’t do that. We have to do this.


Without unanimous agreement from its member towns, the Otter Valley district could not conduct a mail-in election. So even though their towns could put municipal ballots in the mail, residents of Pittsford and Brandon had to come in person or request an absentee ballot to vote on school matters.

Collins believes that led to a significant drop in turnout in the school district election.

“It’s been reported to us by voters in those large towns (of Pittsford and Brandon) that they didn’t even realize they hadn’t voted on the school budget, because they voted on what came in the mail,” Collins said.

Last year, town officials recorded roughly 3,000 votes, she said; this year, fewer than 1,000 voted. She believes that contributed to the failure of the budget, which was voted down 522-462.

“The fact that we had such a low, low voter turnout when our two largest towns mailed municipal ballots?” she said. “I think that’s really something that we need to be looking closely at.”


Vermont passed a law with much self-indulgent back-patting that allowed local governments to run vote-by-mail fraud if they so desired. But as noted above, not everyone knows if they voted for something for which they didn’t vote.

Did you follow that? “…they didn’t even realize they hadn’t voted on the school budget, because they voted on what came in the mail,..”

This tells me that they didn’t read the ballot questions on which they voted, but how do you not know if you voted to spend 22.7 million dollars for school funding unless you are not looking at what’s on the ballot in front of you?

The solution to this, if you ask the experts, is not voting by mail or voting in person but voting itself. Like all things primarily obsessed over in public by the Left, the true definition of voting rights is to end voting. Voter suppression is not the problem. It is the goal.

Everything the Dems do distances voters (or taxpayers) from control over how the funds are spent. The less we are allowed to know, the less influence we have, the better. And that’s because while we are smart enough to earn the money, we are too stupid to know how to spend it (on their priorities without their intervention).

I feel certain this 22.7 million dollar school budget is at least 12.7 million, too much, though I may be underestimating the waste, fraud, and abuse doing business as teaching children.

Notice I didn’t say public education. They are not the same thing.

When you educate children you teach them math, science, history, and language skills. If the school is excellent, they will teach critical thinking and debate. Public schools are sieves that launder your money into the hands of Democrat activists through teachers and staff employed by the public, whose job is to prepare future Democrat voters for a life in which, if all goes well, their vote won’t matter.



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So Kids, What Did We Learn From Thursday’s House Session (03/31/22)?

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-04-01 10:30 +0000

We learned that it was possible for the House to get all of its bills done in time for Crossover Day. It was a long day though, made even longer with some additional floor amendments piled onto HB1627 in the afternoon.

None of the floor amendments passed, but some House members decided to try to offer floor amendments and try to get the bill Tabled along the way. Why? Because the bill had a Medicaid amendment tacked onto it which could potentially cost the state $60 million, and some House members thought that they could get the bill Tabled. Unfortunately, the strategy failed. Now the amended bill goes to the Senate.

We learned that the House Resolution, HR15, condemning the Communist Party and the People’s Republic of China passed via voice vote, with nary a motion or debate by the Democrat caucus. (Surprise!) We also passed HR17 (178-159) which opposes all federal and state efforts to establish a carbon tax on fuels for electricity and transportation. The Republican caucus thinks you are paying quite enough already for fuel and has no desire to tax you more… All of the Democrats present, however, disagreed. A roll call was taken. You should check it out.

[I checked it out for you: Republicans voting with the Democrats to effectively raise your gas cost and heating oil prices (via a NAY vote) were: Max Abramson (R) Rock. 37; james Allard (R) Merr. 21;  and John Hunt (R) Ches. 11  -Skip]

We learned that 3 Transportation bills that would have allowed illegal/undocumented aliens to have drivers licenses (HB1093: rollcalled 186-161), (HB1463: division vote 177-154) and (HB1666; rollcalled 189-160) all died thanks to the Republican caucus. I hope we “drove the point home” that illegal/undocumented aliens should not be given drivers licenses which would also allow them to easily vote in NH elections. Maybe we need to work on VOTER ID cards instead of relying on drivers licenses for Voter ID. Ya think?

We learned that no one licensed by the state to drive and having a NH registered vehicle should have to disclose their mileage and personal information to any public taxing authorities. HB1401 was killed 189-160. This sets up some serious NH resistance to the Federal Infrastructure bill which provides for per mile usage taxes. These federal tax ideas are enough to drive you crazy!

We learned that the House Tabled 2 election integrity bills (HB1064: rollcalled 270-75) and (HB1473: rollcalled 251-94). The first was requiring the use of hand-marked durable paper ballots in NH which would be hand counted, and the other authorized a forensic audit of the Nov 2020 election in a handful of NH towns. Citing cost to taxpayers and other complications, the Election Law committee sought to kill both bills. How would you have voted? Better yet – ask/see how your State Rep voted.

We learned that the House did not want to change how the NH Attorney General is appointed. CACR24 died 253-87 and would have allowed for the Attorney General to be selected by the House and Senate – the same way we elect our Secretary of State. We also killed CACR27 (254-85) which would have allowed for the recall of state court judges. Right now judges (and the Attorney General as well) are appointed by 4 people (the governor and 3 executive council critters). Additionally we killed CACR25 (301-40), allowing for legislative term limits; no more than 15 terms- that is 30 years! Which sounds more like a prison sentence. Seriously though, it was felt that this would take away choice from voters and damage institutional knowledge.

We learned that the bonehead bill of the day was CACR26 which would have required 100 of our 400 State Representatives (¼ of the House) be selected not by you the voters, but by some new scheme based on a “party-list proportional representation election system”… or the party leaders decide. Thank goodness that died 324-8. It is incredible that even 6 people were convinced to agree with the 2 sponsors of this bill. Once again sanity prevailed.

We learned that sexist comments were not a problem to Democrats today. Rep. O’Brien (D- Nashua) debated HB1417 having to do with retirement system contributions. What he said was, “when you get your paycheck, you went home to the wife, and you gave her the cash after you cashed the check, and then said honey go buy the bread, you were 2.13% in arrears just by that act…”. Imagine that, not an eye was blinked by woke Democrats in the chamber, and I can only imagine the riot that would have broken out had a Republican uttered those words.

We learned that HB1609 passed 231-114 (rollcalled), which allowed for exemption of fetal abnormalities inconsistent with life and clarification of ultrasound provisions in the fetal protection act which was passed last year into law. The original bill would have gutted the current 24 week abortion ban. It is good that the original proposed bill was aborted.

We learned that $35 million for a new legislative parking garage was tacked onto HB1661- a bill having to do with regional technical education agreements. The amendment passed 271-65 (rollcalled) and the whole thing passed via a voice vote. Well… I guess that’s what you do with surplus state money… do not pass GO… instead put your top hat or metal car on Free Parking.

We learned that our state is on the way to legalizing cannabis. The House passed HB1598, along with a few floor amendments, with a rollcalled vote 169-156.  Funny that Rep. Knirk (D-Freedom) rose to speak about this bill and his seat number is 4-20.  The plan to set up an initial 3 state stores and sell cannabis tax free using the same model as our state liquor outlets. Billed as a new income stream that will help us lower property taxes and help pay off retirement fund obligations, it is now on the way to the Senate. 169 House Reps hope that those plans don’t get smoked by the folks “on the other side of the wall”.

We learned that when it comes to bills that need additional “work”, the 7 most terrifying words in the House are, “It will get fixed in the Senate”. Heaven only knows what they will do some of these bills that may need some tweaking.

Finally, we learned that we’ll be back for more as the House Committees go though Senate bills in April. It will be our turn to “fix their bills”. Wink. Stay tuned.


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Data Point – It’s Biden’s “Have Less, Do Less, Be Less”

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-04-01 01:30 +0000

Thanks to Steve for coming up with that meme. Imma gonna use it a lot going forward. It all sums up to the above.  Here’s the receipts:



More inflation means you can buy less.  Having less means being able to do less.  And the Democrats, with their penchant for putting Government above Individuals means that they WANT you to be less.

This is what you want for your life?

And it only happened AFTER President Asterisk took over. Democrat House, Democrat Senate, and Democrat President.

November is coming – and a decision for you.

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Johns Hopkins Claims to Have Found a Way to Make Otherwise Useless Remdesivir ‘More Effective’ Against COVID

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-04-01 00:00 +0000

This is what I’ll call a classic bait and switch. The article is titled “New Study Shows Chemical Found in Green Leafy Vegetables Can Slow the Spread and Treat Illnesses Caused by COVID-19 and Other Common Cold Viruses.” So, Salad cures COVID?

That’s the sales pitch. Eat your greens and a phytochemical called sulforaphane “can inhibit the replication of SARS-CoV-2.”


“While the results are promising, the researchers caution the public against rushing to buy sulforaphane supplements available online and in stores, noting that studies of sulforaphane in humans are necessary before the chemical is proven effective, and emphasizing the lack of regulation covering such supplements,” Hopkins Medicine stated.

Sulforaphane can be found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, both red and white varieties, bok choy, watercress, arugula, also known as rocket.


Then we get to this.


According to Alvaro Ordonez, M.D., the first author of the paper and an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, sulforaphane and remdesivir work better combined than alone is very encouraging.


Do you know what’s even more encouraging than having a salad with your thousand-dollar a dose boutique drug that doesn’t work well at all by itself? Ivermectin. It’s cheap, safe, and works before infection, during, and can be started will into an actual infection of SARS CoV2 and all of its variants.

And the leafy greens are optional (but still good for you). No COVID19 vaccine. No ventilators. No death by hospital. No kickbacks from the feds or rising Gilead Sciences Stock prices.

It’s almost like the only incentive is to treat people and make them well.

Can you imagine if we had a health care system like that?




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Can We Call it Canine “COVID”? – Contagious Dog Virus Sweeps Across South Florida

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-03-31 22:30 +0000

To be clear, I’m having a bit of fun with the title. The correct name for the virus is Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC). It’s real and can be severe, but given the frantic cascade of crisis, it seemed like a suitable nickname because people are just going to freak out about it.

They’ve been reprogrammed for several years to announce that the sky is falling every time something happens somewhere. Murder hornets, poisonous caterpillars, that COVID thing about which you may have heard. Oh, and Joe Biden’s presidency.

And now this.


According to the Veterinary nurse’s website, CIRDC is a highly contagious disease transmissible via the oronasal route, inhalation, and direct contact.

“A disease that is caused by multiple viruses and bacteria that pretty much infect the respiratory tract of dogs and can cause pretty severe infection including pneumonia,” said Miami-Dade County Animal Services Chief Veterinarian Dr. Maria Serrano.


As a dog owner, I’m likely to pay attention because many dogs from down south come up here to get adopted, but that’s about it. We won’t be doing anything different, but I can’t say that for every dog owner, we’re likely to meet.

Recent generations have been trained to replace human babies for fur babies (Lord, I hate that term) and treat them like a single child even when they have more than one. It can be unnerving and no less annoying. Show dog people can be one million times worse than that. But they are fun to watch when you wander by with your non-show dog, even if it’s a pure breed.

I’d expect this lot to get a bit obsessive about the remediation methods. Thus the joke about mutt masks mandates. I’m also wondering if the Vet will be half or twice as weird as they were during COVID?

Stranger still was the gymnastics required to complete your dog’s annual visit. Stay in your car. A vet tech wrapped up like they were a lab tech in the movie Contagion will come to your care ad get your pet. The Veterinarian will call you to talk about the exam, and payment will be completed electronically.

If they had told me I needed to be vaccinated, I’d be using a different vet, and that was before we had solid evidence that the COVID19 vaccines were a more significant threat to public health than the Wuhan Flu.

As for the Canine COVID,


CIRDC is spread by direct contact with an infected dog and by contact with people who have been exposed to the virus. The virus can be carried on people’s clothing, hands, and on items such as food and water bowls, collars, leashes, toys, and bedding.

Coughing dogs produce virus-containing mists that can travel 20 feet or more. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, and discharge from the nose and/or eyes.

If you think your dog is showing signs of CIRDC, contact your vet immediately. The virus is easily killed by most disinfectants, handwashing with soap, washing clothes and bedding, along with washing food bowls and toys.




HT | Gateway Pundit

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