The Manchester Free Press

Monday • December 4 • 2023

Vol.XV • No.XLIX

Manchester, N.H.

Senator Hassan Seeks to BAN Common Semi-Automatic Rifles, Pistols, and Limit Rounds in Magazines

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-05-31 16:30 +0000

Maggie Hassan has never been a supporter of actual women’s rights like the 2nd Amendment. In fact, as governor, she sided with NYC billionaire Michael Bloomberg and vetoed a bill that would have ended almost 100 years of discrimination against women (and others) by Chiefs of Police. Why?

For Granite Staters daring to want to practice their fundamental human right to self defense by carrying a firearm concealed without asking permission from discriminatory governmental bodies.

Hassan never ran on banning common firearms or limiting our ability to protect ourselves from the criminals her party loves. Apparently, she’s decided that taking away actual women’s rights and actual Constitutionally protected rights is now her ‘thing.’ Once again, siding with the extreme left.

Hassan is a co-sponsor of California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s semi-automatic rifle ban. But it doesn’t just ban common semi-automatic rifles, it also bans certain semi-automatic pistols, and shotguns, AND limits the number of rounds you can have in a magazine to 10. They even created a brand-new term for some semi-automatic rifles and pistols – “semiautomatic assault weapons.”

Somehow, Hassan and other extreme leftists can see into the future and know exactly how many rounds you’ll need to ward of an attacker or multiple attackers. Amazing, aren’t they?

Does Hassan forget she is supposed to ‘represent’ the Live Free or Die state? Does she not know that NH is consistently one of the safest states in the country, even WITH Constitutional Carry in place?   Or has she decided to just go full blown left-wing extremist, despite her lies of ‘bipartisanship?’

Hassan also says she’s for a National Red Flag law, another Bloomberg-supported piece of gun control – a law that has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with gun CONFISCATION. Democrats passed Bloomberg’s Red Flag law in NH and the governor promptly vetoed it. Why? Because it violates our 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendment Rights. Red Flag laws make Americans LESS safe and do more harm.

In a floor speech in 2018, Hassan brings up the Parkland killer and why she thinks Red Flag laws are needed:

To start, Mr. President, we know that the shooter in Parkland displayed warning signs that, if properly heeded and addressed, may have prevented the incident, the massacre. But when law enforcement was called because of these warning signs, it’s not clear that they had tools that would have allowed them to confiscate the shooter’s weapons…

So, one of the things we must do is ensure that every state has what are known as Red Flag Laws – laws which allow courts to issue time-limited restraining orders to restrict access to firearms when there is evidence that an individual is planning to harm them self or others.

Except, local law enforcement, school officials, AND the FBI all knew about the Parkland killer and did NOTHING even though Florida had laws in place that would have allowed them and/or his family to commit him for psychiatric help. The FBI had detailed information about the killer and chose not to act on it.

So of course, Hassan wants to confiscate your firearms without due process based on accusations that can be made by people who simply dislike your political views.

Democrats want Americans to give up their fundamental human right to self defense they are supposed to protect due to the ACTIONS of psychopaths and the INACTIONS of law enforcement.

How about, No.

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Meme Overflow

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-05-31 15:00 +0000

As promised in the last Monday Memes, I have an overflow. My meme cup runneth over.

Now, let the mayhem, mockery, and ridicule resume:

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








My pick for the best of this post:


There can be no convincing of people whose minds have been closed through programming.  Yuri B. was completely right.

From a psychological standpoint, these people are convinced they are better, smarter, more moral, more educated, and just plain superior to you in every way.  For them to accept evidence that you’re right and they’re wrong would risk their consciously admitting they were fooled when you weren’t, would mean consciously admitting you were more perceptive and saw things that they didn’t, would mean consciously admitting that you are better informed than they are, etc.  Their vanity stops them.  Few people have the intellectual fortitude to admit error on that magnitude, which is why – on virtually every topic – the Left is impossible to argue with…





Palate cleanser:

There’s good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.



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Congratulations to Chris Pappas on his Reelection … Sununu’s Supreme Court Draws (Of Course) Pappas-Friendly Map

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-05-31 13:30 +0000

Congratulations are in order … to Sun-King Sununu and Chris Pappas. Notwithstanding all his braggadocio, the Sun-King is actually extremely insecure. He was scared you-know-what-less that the new Congressional maps might lead to Chris Pappas deciding he had a better chance at Governor than reelection in CD-1.

So Sun-King prevented the legislature from drawing new maps that would have made CD-1 more Republican. That allowed Sununu’s Supreme Court (a majority of the justices were nominated by the Sun-King) to hire a STANFORD LAW PROFESSOR who … SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE … just proposed a map that is much, much, much more favorable to Pappas than one from a Republican legislature and a Republican (which Sun-King Sununu is not) Governor.

So congratulations to Liddle Chris on his reelection.


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Skip’s Sauntering Snippets #8 – Why Won’t Government Stay In Its “Lane” and within in Its Boundaries?

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-05-31 12:00 +0000

It really comes down to PEOPLE ignoring such restrictions, doesn’t it?  People who have decided that the rules don’t apply to them anymore. Worse, are those people that are in CHARGE of enforcing such rules (e.g., Laws, the Constitution) deciding that they don’t have to anymore. Doesn’t matter to them that Legislatures have said “you SHALL enforce this” or that our Founding Fathers laid down what entity is to do what.

The Democrats / Left are practically screaming their vocal chords and lungs out in saying that “our democracy is in danger” and implying that it is everyone else that’s doing the wrong things. Yet, if you are really intellectually honest, who are the ones refusing to do the right things?

Yeah, not us on the Right. Sure, there are those on both sides that are bad Actors all the time – but are Democrats hewing to their Constitutional limitations in Congress?  Heck, even Republicans here in NH have deliberately disobeyed the NH Constitution by violating Article 28-A (your turn – do your own homework to see what that states AND where here in GraniteGrok I’ve wailed about our elected leaders violating it – simply for “Social Justice / Transgenderism”.

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Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-05-31 10:30 +0000

Well, I’m not convinced RINOs (Republican In Name Only) are better options than any Leftist Democrat. If, like me, you are a conservative who believes in the Constitution and has voted election after election for any Republican over any Democrat. The problem for us, then, is only to see that RINO who got elected then fails to prove to be even marginally better on key issues than a radical  Democrat.

You may just want to start reconsidering that silly idea that any Republican isto be better than a Democrat.

New Hampshire’s current RINO governor (Governor Chris Sununu) is my perfect example of this.  If you, too are fed up with him, and other RINOs, consider not voting for R, vote for the D. That’s what I intend to do in November if the Sun King is again on the ticket.

I will never again vote for a RINO. Might as well be screwed by an honest enemy then stabbed in the back by someone telling you he is your friend. If the NH Republican party insists on nominating RINOs I’ll be telling the Party that I’ll be voting for the Democrat and be damned, NH GOP. If enough of us stand up and let it be known that this is our default position, they may not believe us. However, this November, if those Democrats get elected in a RED WAVE year, the Party must pay attention.

These professional politicians who think they are in charge, run with the bit between their teeth, and do what is best for them not best for the Party or people, need to learn a hard lesson and vote them out.

Give them fair warning but then let the chips fall where they may.

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Impact Of Russia Ukraine War on The Energy Sector

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-05-31 03:00 +0000

The recovery of the global economy boosted global energy prices significantly in the second half of 2021 and early 2022. The Russian invasion of Ukraine triggered yet another sharp price hike, though prices have now fallen back to pre-invasion levels as key OPEC suppliers signaled that they would expand global supply.

You can check out the energy economics during the current course of the war-hit crisis on the utility bidder. But, in the medium to long term, what could Russia’s invasion of Ukraine entail for global energy markets? What are the potential growth prospects for enterprises that serve the industry?

Alternative Energy Utilities for Europe

The Russian incursion represents a dramatic shift in European politics, which has remained unchanged for three decades. European countries have come together to lessen their reliance on Russian oil and gas. That will imply new pipelines from North Africa, particularly Algeria, but maybe Egypt, and a significant investment in LNG regasification facilities.

Since the invasion, Germany has already signed a deal for one terminal, with more to follow in Germany and other countries. As a precaution against future supply disruptions, oil and gas storage capacity will be increased, and this will not be confined to Europe.

Increase In Global LNG Investment

Lower oil and gas prices harmed overall LNG investment from 2014 to 2018. Higher prices will encourage more investment. The utilization of US LNG capacity has risen above 95%, and new gasification projects are once again being considered.

Across America, Europe, and Asia, both exporting and importing countries are rethinking their LNG policies. Energy experts predicted $70 billion in annual LNG investment in 2025, up from $50 billion in 2020 before the crisis, and these projections will be revised higher when our new research is released.

Enhancement Of Renewable Energy

With nearly $300 billion invested globally in 2022, renewable energy leads to new power generation investments. Significant further growth was previously expected, but as governments prioritize energy security, investment levels in Europe will rise. Several EU countries have set new targets and programs to boost solar and wind energy, particularly offshore wind.

Equipment manufacturers, project developers, and after-market service providers will benefit from this. It will also boost the global energy storage business, with more short-duration projects (0-3 hours) to assure grid resilience and longer-duration storage (4–24 hours) to reduce renewable curtailment.

Growth In Industrial Decentralized Energy

Reducing their susceptibility to rising grid electricity rates will become increasingly crucial as businesses electrify. That will spur investment in commercial and industrial power generation and storage and clever software-driven solutions like Virtual Power Plants.

That will allow businesses to maximize the value of the energy they provide by trading it indirectly in the market. This tendency was already well established, but the volatility of 2022 will have elevated the profile of energy-related issues at the C-level, implying that action will be taken more quickly.

Energy Transition

The increased revenues flowing to fossil fuel firms have received much attention, yet this could benefit the energy transition in the long run. It allows oil and gas businesses to invest in non-oil and gas initiatives that are tougher to explain when profit margins are thin.



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Promoted from the Comments – Conservatives Need to Understand That Their Opposition Is Not Seeking Compromise, but Conquest

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-05-31 01:30 +0000

I really liked Michael Graham’s piece that says America can’t fix anything lately – and Kurt Schlichter’s (Notable Quote) amplifies it. As always, I’m scanning the comments to both see what the temperature of our readers is while looking for thoughtful remarks that make good points.  Agent Liberty left such a comment here on Graham’s piece.

I’ve lightly edited it:

I see the problem as both sides approach an issue from vastly different philosophical assumptions. Conservative groups generally want to solve the problem of these school massacres using the rational, appropriate measures of hardening the building’s security, having several armed school personnel present at the school, and locking up the patently insane youth that has made threats to themselves and others so that they can receive some care and keep them away from law-abiding society.

Progressives, on the other hand,  do not care one bit about the safety of students in their schools or people within their communities. They only see these massacres (that are almost always committed by radical leftists who are often insane for reasons of sexual deviancy, are psychopathic or sociopathic individuals, aka Democrats, progressives, liberals, Marxists, fascists, etc.) as a means of achieving further control over society, furthering the influence of their favored tribal groups and destroying any potential opposition to their fevered schemes by those they consider “Enemies of the People”. Namely you Mr. & Ms. Normal America.

Progressives don’t want to take steps to mitigate and reduce the impact of future events. They naturally will oppose any effective action to arm school personnel, fortify school buildings or even require the damn locks to be locked and only have one entrance/exit that is “airlocked”. They call those who argue for these things “racist” or “bigoted” or especially directed against the Left’s beloved minority groups which are over-represented in criminals in society.

Nor will they listen to the argument regarding the numbers of weapons; the very impossibility of eliminating even a fraction of them without plunging the nation into a civil war and bloodshed not seen since their Democratic ancestors tried to keep their slaves in 1860 evades them. I believe that their reading of their sorcerer’s apprentice philosophers (Marx, Alinsky, Gramsci, Mao, et. al.) leads them to want violence and insurrection resulting from forcing gun confiscation. Thus, there is no inclination for the Left to compromise to reduce tensions only to act to exacerbate and inflame them.

Conservatives need to understand that their opposition is not seeking compromise, but conquest.

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Notable Quote – And This Is How They Will Destroy America

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-05-31 00:00 +0000

I don’t get chances to abstract much from Kurt Schlicher’s columns even as I read them all the time – he writes in a style that DEMANDS the entirety be read in toto and it’s hard to excise a part to be standalone; all of the sections are required to get the gestalt of his point.   This, I hope, stands alone in part, especially when combined with Michael Graham.  As always, emphasis mine:

Look around and all you see is failure.

A bunch of kids are being murdered by some semi-human, so what do you do? Draw your weapon and put him down or die trying? Or do you sit there, doing nothing?

The same government we’re supposed to give up our guns to because they have it all under control chose Option B. It chose failure.

Tell me more about how the real problem is that we have the capacity to defend ourselves.

But the real problem, to our enemies, is not that murderers murder. The real problem, to our enemies, is the very fact that we can defend ourselves. The objective of our trash elite is not to have a country that runs well, where people are secure, and where rights are respected. The objective is to rule. And if a bunch of kids die for that, they’re fine with it. They can live with failure, but not accountability.

The clusterfark in Uvalde is just a symptom of a much bigger pathology. It is a symbol of the failure of every institution in our society. And the solution is never to revamp the institutions and eject the parasites heading them. It’s always – always – to take power from us and give it to the people who screwed up in the first place.

-Kurt Schlichter (The New Normal is Failure)

He’s not wrong, you know. We are so disappointing to those over us – they are grinding us down. They hold us accountable for their failures – and they will ensure that we will pay for their failures.

The only question is how much longer will our patience last?  And more importantly, what will a “no longer as Free” people DO?

We’re getting tired of nothing but disasters, debacles, and decline. And that’s when things get dangerous. What cannot go on will not go on, and we Americans are not going accept muddling through forever, lurching from crisis to crisis created by our garbage ruling class and that cannot be solved by our garbage ruling class.

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Fertilization Is the Leading Biological View on When a Human’s Life Begins

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-05-30 22:30 +0000

Biologists don’t just know what a woman is. They also understand what life is, and this will give the Left the sads – when life begins. To that end, a group of biologists from around the world submitted a brief to the US Supreme Court in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health on “when life begins.”

The Problem.


In granting Mississippi’s Petition For a Writ Of Certiorari in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, the Court agreed to consider “[w]hether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.”

The question addresses Roe’s viability standard, which held that fetal viability is the point at which a state’s “important and legitimate” interest in protecting life is compelling and thus constitutionally adequate to overcome a woman’s constitutional right to have an abortion. This viability standard, which the Court ultimately claimed had biological justifications, was established after the Court could not find a consensus of relevant experts who agreed on when a human’s life begins.


It is an essential point of order whether modern science or technology has advanced to a point where relevant experts (biologists) agree on when human life begins. Much the way the Left insists the founders could not have imagined semi-automatic rifles (which is irrelevant to the point of the Second Amendment), has medical science (biology) changed the relevance of how Roe was decided?


These Biologists Say, Yes!


Amici curiae are biologists who work at colleges, universities, and other institutions in 15 countries around the world. On average, they have 10 years of undergraduate and graduate training, they have 27 years of experience working in academia, and overall they have dedicated 37 years to the study of life and to promoting science awareness.

Their expertise bears directly on the question presented in this case. The Court will assess the constitutionality of Roe v. Wade’s viability standard, which was used as a proxy by the Court, in 1973, after it could not determine when a human’s life begins because it could not find a consensus view among experts. Today, amici provide the Court with evidence that shows most biologists affirm fertilization as the leading biological view.

As scientists, the amici curiae are solely committed to providing the Court with the best available science in service of promoting science awareness and combatting science miscommunication on both the fertilization view and the broader discussion on when a human’s life begins. Thus, the amici curiae take no position on the present case and merely offer this brief in hopes that it will be of assistance to the Court as it analyzes the relevant facts of the present case.


The question for these biologists stems from the Roe court’s position that it was “not in a position to speculate” on the “difficult question of when life begins…”

Their brief suggests that this is no longer a matter of debate among biologists.” The fertilization view is widely recognized—in the literature and by biologists—as the leading biological view on when a human’s life begins.”


Thus, amici respectfully offer the Court this brief to provide information on the biological perspective on when a human’s life begins: fertilization, generally, marks the beginning of a sexually reproducing organism’s life and, specifically, marks the beginning of a human’s life, as it is the point at which a human first comes into physical existence as an organism that is biologically classified as a member of the Homo sapiens species.


Having been on both sides of this debate (in my younger years, I was not pro-life), I can say with conviction that the point has always been to avoid the question. The Left made abortion so toxic that no one dared challenge the premise. Most people don’t even know what it is. States have a compelling interest in protecting life. If the natural human life cycle begins at fertilization (I think it does), then states need to save that life.

Dobbs v Jackson asks the Court to examine the viability standard. These biologists are saying there is no question that fertilization is the beginning of the life cycle for all mammals. Period.

If uninterrupted, that cycle continues to natural death.

The Left prefers to deny this to justify the extermination of millions of (primarily) minority babies.

And we’re the racists?



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So, Hillary Seeger, What Is That “Severe Misinformation about Gunstock” about Which You Accuse GraniteGrok – And Me?

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-05-30 21:00 +0000

I’ve been collecting a bunch of LtE’s (Letter to the Editor) from the Laconia Daily Sun. Having built up quite a number, it’s time to start answering a few.  This one is from Hillary Seeger (see below), a veteran and was (is?) quite active in the Laconia Veterans of Foreign Wars – this day, Memorial Day, I salute you and all those that have and are serving in our military branches.  That doesn’t mean, however, that you are above criticism.

on an online blog called Granite Grok, somebody named “Skip”

Your LtE of April 19 (see, I’ve been collecting LtEs for quite some time, it is listed below), tries to make it seem that you have no idea what GraniteGrok and who the heck this “Skip” character is?   Funny, Hillary – quite droll given that we have known each other for a number of years now. In the past, we’ve talked on the phone, we’ve met in person, and we’ve emailed each other in the past. I’ve even posted about you:

  • Tournaments for the “Fallen 7” MicroInterviews – Part 1: NH State Rep Harry Bean and VFW Laconia Chaplain, Hillary Seeger
  • Steve Negron Unveils Veterans and Military Families for New Hampshire Coalition

So, is trying to mislead people that we don’t know each other a datum of “misinformation”?  I would think so.

And you referenced my Gunstock Area Commission post back on the 17th (“They Lost Their Political Hold on the Gunstock Area Commission and They Are Pissed!“) when you mentioned “severe misinformation”. So let’s talk about it, shall we?

The thrust of the post was about Gunstock Commissioner Gary Kiedaisch, Gunstock Mountain Resort, NH State Senator Bob Guida, and the politics surrounding how, as Commissioners were either leaving at the end of their term (Russ Dumais), quitting because they knew the jig was up as they they no longer were eligible to serve (Brian Gallagher selling his residence in the County), having to be “escorted” off the Commission (Rusty McLear having overstayed his interim term for MONTHS).  Then, the Conservative State Reps in the Belknap Delegation, that elect/appoint new GAC Commissioners, put in Jade Wood, Dr. Dave Strang, and Doug Lambert as replacements.

And thus, with the changing of the majority to Conservative, the “playtoy” was taken away.  And how Kiedaisch, Guida, and Lang reacted by trying to rewrite the political rules of the road.

He inferred that the, as he called it, “Tim Lang Gang” was going all Ukrainian on them (certain delegation members). First of all, what an insult to the people of Ukraine, and an insult to all of the New Hampshire citizens and businesses who have so generously stepped up to help those Ukrainians fight to maintain their freedom and democracy.

First, my line was “They declared war – Let’s go all Ukrainian on them, shall we?”.  She certainly didn’t understand a turn of phrase better known as a “rhetorical flair” just like many others, in attempt to deride GraniteGrok, misunderstand our About page in thinking that’s how we really believe what we are instead of what it is – over the top satire that most people “get”. Hillary made the same mistake that they do as my line was was in showing the ferocity of the Ukrainians against the invaders; the good ole boys being the Ukrainians and trying to keep from losing “their” GAC from the newcomers.

While I am NOT making the comparisons that the Conservative delegation are “russians” (far from it, if you would take the time to understand their political philosophy instead of falling the the “far-right extremists and Free Staters!!!!” lines), it was clear that not being “decent losers politically”, the Kiedaisch / Guida / McLear /Lang Gang (“KGMLGers”), they wanted to rewrite the rules so as to be able to win.

Sidenote: remember, Putin invaded Ukraine to “de-Nazification” its government and people. That’s a better analogy of how the KGMLGers viewed the unwanted conservatives – and have reacted just like the Black Live Matter rioters with the “By Any Means Necessary” phrasing to the masses.

There were no Nazis in Ukraine running things – it was just a convenient epithet to use just as the KGMLGers use “Free Staters”, “Extremists”, and the like instead of calling them what they really are – the Delegation hewed to the Rule of Law, insist that the reconstituted GAC Follow The Law (and its Bylaws – even Gary Kiedaisch must; he wrote the Code of Ethics and then got caught in mid-Meeting of contravening it by instituting a personal attack on David Strang, a sitting Commissioner).

So, there was no disrespect – just an acknowledgement that, like the Ukrainians went to irregular tactics, no one thought the KGMLGers would go so far as to rewrite RSA 399 so as to shift the landscape that only rich people like Kiedaisch, McLear, and Hayden McLaughlin could win county wide GAC races because of the cost.  But, I’ve gone too long on this one point.

the portion of the delegation completely disregarding the wishes of the majority of the citizens of Belknap County were busily calling and emailing each other trying to find ways to spend more taxpayer money on legal bills to get their way

She fails to acknowledge two really important items:

  1. The GAC (Kiedaish, Gallahger, and McLear) used taxpayer monies to sue the Belknap Delegation – not the other way around. Gunstock Mountain Resort paid the bills (I put them up here). GMR is owned by Belknap County. That means the residents of Belknap County own the ski area – so every dollar that flows through it belongs to them. Kiedaisch seemingly used that money as his own little honey pot to protect his own political interests.
  2. What did you expect the Delegation to do – lay down, play dead, and let the GAC, over whom the Delegation has oversight responsibilities, run roughshod over them?  Not in actually running/overseeing the Mountain, mind you – but to protect their own political butts.  Of COURSE the Delegation had to defend itself.  Yes, they spent more than originally envisioned but the GAC spent over $100,000 of taxpayer money while the amount, I believe, was only 40% of that in return by the Delegation.

It was the GAC trying “to get their way” – and not the other way around, Hillary!

She also bursts out in another datum of misinformation:

Also Skip wondered why Sen. Bob Giuda was involved as Belknap County is not in his district

Hillary – even with your false assertion, Guida doesn’t live in my State Senate District!  Mine is District 7 and my State Senator is Harold French.  I live in Gilford – and I live on the backside of Gunstock Mountain.  Guida  lives in Warren. NOT MY DISTRICT.

She goes on with another datum of misinformation: that HB1397, the bill in question that was finally shot down in the Committee of Conference when Guida, as Chair, was tossed out on his ear by the NH State Senate President Chuck Morse,  wouldn’t strip the Delegation from oversight. Did you even READ it, the “Gunstock Ski Area Thievery Bill”, Hillary???

“Skip” seems quite concerned that the delegation will have no oversight of Gunstock if you the people are able to elect the commissioners

Aside from the obvious flaw she states by herself (if voters are directly electing the Commissioners, there IS no role for the Delegation), oversight devolves to the County Commissioners:

  • and each member shall be subject to removal for cause by a vote of the county commissioners after public hearing
  • If a vacancy occurs in said commission, it shall be filled by a candidate appointed by majority vote of the county commissioners

And then, other than for removal and vacancies, the GAC is then sliced away from the County Commissioners:

  • the county commissioners of Belknap county shall be relieved of all duties and responsibilities with respect to the operation and maintenance of the area.
  • and all monies overseen by the County Commissioners for the County that “belongs” to GMR is wholly transferred to GMR/GAC and financial oversight is removed.

So, Hillary?  Are YOU going to monitor their Budget – revenues and expenditures throughout the fiscal year?  Heck, they didn’t even want to give me the Budget via a Right To Know

You the people have the oversight of the delegation right now and even more so in November. Remember that and decide what you the people want run for you by folks who are power hungry, secessionists, or both.

Again, WHO started the whole kerfuffle for Power, Hillary?  It wasn’t the Delegation.  It was those on the GAC that overstayed their term of office. It was those that used taxpayer money as their own piggybank to hold onto that Power – investigating those they didn’t like, trying to get a sitting Commissioner removed because he “wasn’t them”, to prevent others “not them” to be elected by the Delegation to be seated on the Delegation, and even coming up with a Master Plan that cited “improvements” on land they didn’t own.

Power Hungry, Hillary?  The Delegation, at NO point, varied from the Rule of Law.

I can’t say the same for Kiedaisch, Gallagher, and McClear and Devine-Millimet in a supporting role (you’d think that these lawyers would have figured out that this Troublesome Trio were acting outside the Law, right?).

So, who is the “Disinformationist” now, Hillary Seeger.

Hillary Seeger’s Letter to the Editor about GraniteGrok:

In a post dated April 17, on an online blog called Granite Grok, somebody named “Skip” wrote a semi legible tirade about Gunstock. He inferred that the, as he called it, “Tim Lang Gang” was going all Ukrainian on them (certain delegation members). First of all, what an insult to the people of Ukraine, and an insult to all of the New Hampshire citizens and businesses who have so generously stepped up to help those Ukrainians fight to maintain their freedom and democracy. While non-partisan efforts were taking place all over the state to assist Ukrainian freedom fighters, the portion of the delegation completely disregarding the wishes of the majority of the citizens of Belknap County were busily calling and emailing each other trying to find ways to spend more taxpayer money on legal bills to get their way.

Also Skip wondered why Sen. Bob Giuda was involved as Belknap County is not in his district. Actually, he said the Senator doesn’t live in the district. He does live in Senate district 2 which encompasses Meredith, Sanbornton, New Hampton and Tilton which are part of Belknap County so, yes he does. Gilford may not be in his district, but his constituents in Belknap County all have a stake in Gunstock.

“Skip” seems quite concerned that the delegation will have no oversight of Gunstock if you the people are able to elect the commissioners. You the people have the oversight of the delegation right now and even more so in November. Remember that and decide what you the people want run for you by folks who are power hungry, secessionists, or both. Because it’s up to you to vote and let them know if they are doing a good job of representing your views or not.
Hillary Seeger

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Pro-life and Free-Speech Advocates Saddened and Confused by Sununu Veto

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-05-30 19:30 +0000

Gov reneges on the commitment to sign buffer zone repeal
NHRTL suggests buffer zone law now be referred to as the Sununu Sidewalk Ban

(Concord, NH – May 29, 2022) Pro-lifers and free-speech advocates across the state were saddened and confused upon hearing of Gov Sununu’s veto of HB1625, the Sidewalk Free Speech Act[1]. In doing this, Gov Sununu reneged on his written promise to sign a repeal of NH’s never-used abortion provider buffer zone law[2]. This promise was enthusiastically received by the pro-life community and likely influenced many voters[3].

The buffer zone law should now be referred to as the Sununu Sidewalk Ban, given the Governor’s sole decision to keep it on the books.

Jason Hennessey, President of NH Right to Life:

“If Sununu is willing to go back on his word on this, then what else? I don’t want to think that any special interest that spends the most on ads/lobbying can compromise the governor’s integrity, but it appears that way since he knew this was a bad law when he committed to repealing it. We hope and pray that the Sununu Sidewalk Ban won’t be used to stop peaceful volunteer sidewalk advocates from offering free support to women and children in need.”


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NH’s buffer zone law (RSA 132:37-40) gives abortion businesses the ability to designate a “buffer zone” of up to 25 feet around the entrance where they are allowed to suppress free speech and peaceful assembly on public property by prohibiting “Congregating, Patrolling, Picketing, or Demonstrating”. The law is unnecessary because other laws already protect clients and workers at abortion clinics.

Given that a buffer zone has never been implemented in NH after 7 years, and that not one NH conviction was mentioned at the hearings, the law is even less necessary now than in 2016 when Sununu signed the promise.

NH Right to Life is New Hampshire’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to the pro-life cause.


Jason Hennessey,
President, NH Right to Life
(603) 230-8136


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Remember on Memorial Day

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-05-30 18:00 +0000

Apologies for the reprint from 2021 but this continues to be an excellent list of things you can do to remember and honor members of the US military who gave their lives for our freedoms.

Here it is.


The completely hijacked a list of 10 things from Saint Leo University so please click through and see what else they had to write about each of these items.

And these are things other than drink a beer or grill a burger which you can also do if you remember why you have that or any freedom at all, and then if it’s not too much a bother, what you might be doing to keep them (the freedoms, I mean).

Here’s their list.

1. Wear or display a red poppy. (“In Flanders fields the poppies blow. Between the crosses, row by row.”)

 2. Pause at 3 p.m. (pause from whatever you are doing at this time to reflect on the sacrifices made by so many to provide freedom to all.)

3. Read the original Decoration Day proclamation. (here)

4. Watch the National Memorial Day Concert. (Home page)

5. Display the U.S. flag. (fly the flag at half-staff from sunrise until noon to commemorate those who have died. The flag is raised back to full staff at 12 p.m. to honor living veterans.)

6. Visit a national cemetery or memorial. (Click here for a list of all national cemeteries by state. If you do not have a national cemetery in your area, click here to see if there is a state veterans cemetery nearby.)

7. Attend a parade. 

8. Commit your time. (Research agencies in your area that work with veterans or active military service members and their families)

9. Make a financial donation. (Charity Navigator offers a list of reputable charities that provide wounded troops services, military social services, and military family support.)

10. Pray for the fallen and our nation. (spend some time praying for the souls of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.)

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CDC Panel Reccomends Monkey Pox Vaccine for Lab Techs and Health Care Workers

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-05-30 16:30 +0000

Gay men are reportedly spreading monkeypox around the globe. That seems far-fetched except for the tens of thousands who attended two pride events in Europe, where the difficult-to-spread non-fatal disease has since spread to 300 people worldwide, ten of those in the US.

The CDC recommends monkeypox vaccines for lab technicians and health care workers who are likely to contact the infected or infected material..


The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the CDC’s leading experts on vaccines, issued the recommendation Friday, and it will include lab workers who research orthopoxviruses, people who work in lab testing environments, and health care personnel who are treating infected patients.

The JYNNEOS vaccine in question is tailored to both smallpox and monkeypox – just as many other smallpox drugs are also believed to be effective against the rare virus.


Ten people out of over 300 million.Ten people who, if the reporting is correct, are limited to a subset of the LGBTQ community. For a non-fatal if not embarrassing and annoying infection. Typically, no one would care or think twice about that, but we’ve just been through the COVID era, Jabasaurus Rex. The unnecessary mass injection of populations with near to zero risk. With an emergency use pharmaceutical product with 32 pages of side effects, none of which prevent or protect you from COVID19.

Being suspicious is probably good “medicine” these days.

On a brighter note, the Monkey Pox vaccine is (basically) a smallpox vaccine that has been given to millions and worked, but there are some complications. According to the Mayo Clinic, you may not be able to receive this vaccine if you have HIV or a weak immune system.

You must receive both shots according to a specific schedule, and yes, if you are allergic to it, it could kill you. But for most, the side effects are mild and include chills, fever, and dizziness (more here).

If you’ve been inoculated for Smallpox, you may already be protected. That’s a lot of people, but if you were born after 1970, you probably never got the shot. That is also a lot of people.

Jynneos (brand name) is not recommended for those under 18, and … Pfizer does not manufacture it. Bavarian Nordic produces it, and their stock is probably going to rise.

Given recent events, it might not be a bad idea to see who in the US Public Health Industrial Complex is invested or investing in the company.

It is also worth noting that it is very difficult to spread this disease. Based on my reading to date, you need to basically swap spit and not just a little—physical contact with body fluids or a bite or scratch from an infected animal.


Monkeypox virus may spread from animals to people through the bite or scratch of an infected animal, by handling wild game, or through the use of products made from infected animals. The virus may also spread through direct contact with body fluids or sores on an infected person or with materials that have touched body fluids or sores, such as clothing or linens.


Rodents, in particular, are likely spreaders, including domesticated pets like gerbils or hamsters, or so they say. Health officials in Europe are considering a cull of these domesticated critters as a just-in-case measure to prevent the spread. Seems a bit reactionary.

Three hundred people are infected globally (today). Yes, that will rise because we have no clue how many people had close contact at either of the apparent patient zero events in Europe, but killing all the hamsters and gerbils? It seems a bit early for what amounts to an embarrassing and unpleasant-looking disease that takes up to three weeks to run its course.

And yes, the LGBTQ community is already worried about optics. Makes you wonder if this will put a kink in their grooming agenda.



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Uvalde Aftermath: Abolish The Police

The Liberty Block - Mon, 2022-05-30 16:09 +0000

Thanks to propaganda produced by the government and their allies, nearly all citizens believe that the primary duty of police is to ‘protect’ people from danger. Not only is this not their primary duty, police have no obligation whatsoever to protect you or me. But it gets much worse. 

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DISQUS Doodlings: Are You Willing to Pay My Larger Marginal Costs That You Wish to Foist upon Me?

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-05-30 15:00 +0000

OK, over at Treehugger on this older post, I got more than a little pointed.  I’m tired of the virtue-signaling of these Eco-Socialists and their nonchalant /passive-aggresive manner of telling people what they are supposed to be doing in prostrating themselves before GAIA in earning their way into No-Carbon Nirvana. No matter how much it costs those of us on the wrong end – mandatory indulgences. Another hobby horse, other than hating on pickup trucks, for Lloyd (head honcho) is the decarbonization of EVERYTHING and electrifying everything (“Why the Age of Fire Is Over—We Know How to Live Without It“).  Of course, no nukes, no natural gas, and certainly not coal.  Even hydro is suspect. Instead, wind and solar – those are your only choices and you WILL be happy with them!

Humans relied on fire for the past two million years but that is coming to an end. Or at least, that’s the case author Martin Edic makes in his provocatively-titled article, “The Era of Burning Things Is Over,” where he says there is no need to burn anything, from wood to gasoline, anymore. We know how to do without it.

“Burning things seems so hopelessly archaic, like those images of humans huddled around campfires in the darkness,” writes Edic. “Burning got us this far but it is no longer the best way. We can harvest endless energy with technology. Once that transition takes place everything changes.” I thought it was a fascinating article because we spend so much time talking about the specifics of cars and homes that we lose sight of the basic principle: We really shouldn’t be burning anything if we have alternatives, and it seems every day we have more of them.

So finally, Lloyd took part in the Comment section.  And SO did I as he’s been going Leftward in his outlooks/writings AND in how he’d achieve his Societal goal of not exceeding UN IPCC temperature rise. He started out with:

Hey it’s Earth Day. And as I said, I am discussing a provocative article.

So I got to the main point right away (Steve is now scratching his head as I rarely do such) that Lloyd

So Lloyd, let’s go to brass tacks right away. While I live in a passive solar home, I do use a wood stove for the majority of heating especially during the winters here in NH (just barely south of you). I harvest that wood from my own land – so it’s relatively cheap.

On the other side of the equation, the cost of electricity is soaring – I used less this winter but costs went up $75/month. The backup to my wood stove back up to solar is a propane heater – I’m sure you know that price has skyrocketed as well and both will continue up. With all of your talk of no longer burning wood and fossil fuels, here’s the bottom line:

Are YOU willing to pay my larger marginal costs that you wish to foist upon me?

And while this is just “a provocative article”, it is one in a long series in this vein. I ask because I grow weary (and angry) at people who are quite liberal in forcing other people to spend their money simply to make you feel better about yourself. Should YOUR end game always trump my financial means? If so, why shouldn’t I then force you to pay the costs you forcing me to pay?

In short: why aren’t you willing to put your money where your mouth is? So here, a provocative story followed by a provocative question.

I await your response.

There were a couple of other intervening posts but Lloyd decided to pop back in but with a “you guys are taking this FAR too seriously” type of answer.

I would say this post was about being inspired but everyone took me far too literally.

I was not having none of that, seeing that a lot of folks were also taking him to task:

When you made such an assertion, you really think people wouldn’t take it seriously? BTW, let me ask my question again:

Are YOU willing to pay my larger marginal costs that you wish to foist upon me?

Which would be paying a higher electricity cost over burning my own wood in my woodstove for heat. You wish to force electrification onto everyone – but are you willing to put your money where your mouth is (or keyboard, as the case may be?)?

Like Patti:

He had but one response:

should I pay your marginal cost for more expensive unleaded gas that isn’t poisoning everyone?

Bad move. First to set him straight on gas type – and on the deflection as the discussion was about “Electrify All” versus “you can take my hot wood stove out of my burnt withered hands”:

Old fashioned leaded gas is not available at almost every gas station here in the States so that’s an irrelevant question. Besides, your premise is wrong.

I can choose to drive an ICE or an EV – MY choice. You wish, however, take that choice away from me and force me to spend money I otherwise wouldn’t. You are avoiding the intent of my question. You are demanding that your idea that EVERYONE must “electrify everything” regardless if they can financially afford it or not.

I had an electrically heated house – the cost was enormous. I cut it down by adding insulation and solar space heating – but MY choice. You would take my wood stove that costs me next to nothing and return me to sky high electric bills again without my consent. Therefore, why shouldn’t I demand that those that put me into that situation put their financial skin into the game?

Too often, I see politicians (and the special interest groups supporting them) create policies that do harm to others. Why shouldn’t they – they do not suffer the harm themselves and just proclaim “it’s for the common good!” as if that was an overarching panacea and excuse.

And now, you’re doing the same thing (if you’d be intellectually honest about your post without the deflection of “aspirational”).
You did respond, Lloyd, with this – and then deleted it. That’s fine, I saved it off:

He did respond – but as I was responding in kind, he deleted his.  Silly person – I had already saved it off:

lots of things cost more when you don’t want to poison your neighbor. should I be paying your marginal cost because unleaded gas costs more to make? And I burn wood in my cabin, this is aspirational, we shouldn’t be doing it and we know it.


I already answered the question about unleaded gas.

So, here you are, Lloyd, taking away my woodstove but having no problem with you using one because….why? Again, your claim of “aspirational” here isn’t holding water given the totality of your posts over time. Sorry, it’s a sad attempt to scurry away from what you have been saying for a long time. At least, sir, own up to those words.

Look, if you want to live the 1.5-degree lifestyle, more power to you. As I have said many times before, there are more than a few THers that are living what they preach and putting their money where their mouths are. But isn’t forcing others under no small number of penalties just because YOU believe your lifestyle is correct, a moral wrong?

So in the end, am I understanding you correctly, in returning to one of the main assertions of your post, that you’d be perfectly happy to have govt agents remove my stove and then expect that I spend money I don’t have to put in electric heat that I can’t afford every month?

And that’s morally correct? So we’re back to that old saw, commonly attributed to Lenin, that you can’t have an omelet without breaking a few eggs. Brass tacks – how many people are you willing to see freeze to have your dream, Lloyd, because they are poor? Or go bankrupt? Or both?

And you are not willing to shoulder the burden you have placed upon them because it pleases you to change their lifestyles? Personal aspirations can often have bad real-world consequences for others – and you have just set the stage.

The ball’s in your court Lloyd – and “aspirational” is both a dodge and a weak argument in trying to get out from underneath what you’ve written.

And yes, I look forward to continuing this discussion.

He wasn’t, however.  So, being who I am, I did.  And this is The Summary of what is so bad with Leftist / Socialist politics and policies:

You know what is hypocritical, Lloyd?

People who advocate for policies THEY want but will never share in the negative consequences of that policy on others.

I really don’t think I’ve asked hard questions, Lloyd – if you ignore the issue of what is your morality in answering them. You put up a provocative post for us all (and trying to hide behind “provocative” and “aspirational”). So, have you dug deep (like the Kwisatz Haderach) into your political soul and really examine what your words are, not just to you, but to the rest of us?

Hard questions require hard thought before giving what may well be a hard answer.

And yours is?

We’ll never know – when asked hard questions, Lloyd went limp. The problem is that he is a techy wonk when it comes to “sustainability” and as a Professor of such, he’s comfortable in that space.  The problem is that in always focusing on carbon, he’s like Governor Groomer Chris Sununu during COVID, or Dr. Fauci with lockdowns and Jabs…

…nothing else matters.  Fauci even said that NONE of the CDC did during the pandemic should EVER have been adjudicate by the Judiciary – a prime example of the Administrative State Expert who should always be believed.  Ditto Sununu – never to be questions or argued with – just obeyed.

All three are single dimensional people while the rest of us are having to deal with multiple paths at the same time. Those three expect the rest of us to ONLY listen to them and their issue – and obey in orienting our lives completely to their “expertise”.

Ditto Lloyd. But throw something outside of their expertise (and in this case, the idea of morality towards others in causing harm) and they retreat.

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“Democrat Leaders Are Not the Patriotic, Pro-American Worker Democrats of the Distant Past”

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-05-30 15:00 +0000

How rich, ignorant, and/or uncaring must people be to not realize that President Biden’s policies have been disastrous, especially for middle- and lower-income Americans?

Today’s over 8% inflation means a family with a $60,000 income last year now needs an extra $5000 to maintain the same modest lifestyle.  The gasoline price jump from $2.099, just before Biden’s attack on our petroleum industry, to yesterday’s price of $4.589 hurts most families.

Biden now imports dirty oil from distant foreign countries, making foreign workers and hostile governments wealthy, and generating far more CO2 than producing clean oil here, enriching American workers, generating American taxes, protecting our national security, and reducing prices.

Wealthier Americans’ incomes, safety, health, and children’s future success are less directly harmed by the millions of illegal aliens flooding through President Biden’s open border.

Illegal aliens mostly live in poorer neighborhoods; taking local jobs and housing; depressing wages; bringing gangs, diseases, crime, and drugs (killing many of last year’s 107,000 victims); and degrading their schools and hospitals.

Crime skyrocketed in Democrat cities that defunded police, don’t prosecute, and/or release suspects without bail to victimize others.

Democrats lock millions of poor and middle-income students into bad schools, depriving them of decent educations and prosperous futures.

Democrat taxes, regulations, slanders, scapegoating, and delays drove businesses out of our country, taking many millions of good-paying jobs with them.  Along with minimum wage increases, and sanctuaries for illegal aliens those Democrat policies also caused decades of wage stagnation for middle- and lower-income families.

Most Democrat voters surely want the best for all Americans, but they need to awaken to the fact that today’s Democrat leaders are not the patriotic, pro-American worker Democrats of the distant past.

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Getting Rid of the 15 Republican Reps Who Voted Against Parental Rights …

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-05-30 13:30 +0000

A few days ago, we provided a list of the fifteen Republicans in the New Hampshire House who voted against the Parental Bill of rights. At that time, we suggested parents look for and support actual Republicans to replace them.

Parents with Republican Reps who voted not to reconsider (they killed the bill) should reconsider electing them in November by supporting a primary opponent in September. We’ll do what we can to make sure you have one to pick, and we’ll let you know who they are and how you can support them.


I’ve since received a list of those Reps from a reader listing who is not running for office again, who has a primary, and who needs to be challenged (no primary yet or not enough Republicans running in their district).

If you have other updated information, please provide it in the comments or email it to me.

Related: These Seven NH Republicans “Took a Walk” Rather Than Support the Parental Rights Bill (That Failed by 7 Votes)

Not Running

DePalma IV, Joe
Gordon, Ned
Graham, John
Rice, Kimberly
Rouillard, Claire

Already in primary:

Guthrie, Joseph (Hampstead)
Ham, Bonnie (Lincoln, Woodstock, Easton, Livermore)
Mason, Jim (Franklin)
Sytek, John (Salem)

Not yet in a primary(?)

Alexander, Joe (Goffstown) So far, there are just 3 Rs for 4 seats
Allard, Jim (Pittsfield, Chichester) So far there are 2 Rs for 2 seats
Bordes, Mike (Laconia 1, 3, 4, 5, 6) So far there are 4 Rs for 4 seats
DeSimone, Debra (Atkinson) We have just 1 candidate for 2 seats
Wolf, Dan (New London, Newbury) -1 R for 2 seats – (very blue district)


We need to add a few bodies to these districts to create a primary (Goffstown and Atkinson need two, as does New London though that blue-leaning district will be hard to leverage if at all).

If you are thinking about running in any race across the state, registering begins June 1st and ends June 10th, so now is the time to find and support good Republicans in these races.

We need to challenge everyone and every seat, but some more than others.



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Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-05-30 12:00 +0000

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

Remember, ridicule and mockery are effective weapons:

  1. Ridicule cannot easily be fought
  2. Ridicule makes the enemy angry, and angry people make mistakes
  3. For those in the “squishy middle” a Thought Splinter(and Part II and Part III) can often be hidden inside humor.  And I’m working on Thought Splinters IV and getting close to done.  Not like I have nothing else to do.  I’m also expecting a post on Urban Scoop to go live soon and will back-edit to include the link when it goes up.  I’m trying to cross-link between here and there to drive traffic both ways.

Now, let the mockery and mayhem begin.

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







MHO for the best of this post:



I see so many people who are utterly clueless as to the history of Communism.  This will be their reality.




Per permission from the admins I’ve occasionally posted a link or two to my zazzle products.  Here are two.

What’s “Build Back Better” all about?  This.  (I can’t understand why this hasn’t gone viral… maybe you can make it so?)


Bumper Sticker



Molon Labe T-shirt




Palette cleanser:



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NH State Rep Carol McGuire – Your State House 05/27/22: The Session is Done.

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-05-30 10:30 +0000

To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, & Pittsfield:

This week, the House met for the last time, until the veto session sometime in the fall, on the Committee of Conference reports. The two from my committee, SB 313 and HB 230, passed on a voice vote with no comment, as did many others.

SB 200, the congressional districts, was debated but passed, 176-171, with 10 Republicans joining all but one Democrat in opposition. Now the governor says he’s going to veto this map as well – after working with the conference committee!

HB 1431, the parental bill of rights, had a lengthy debate before it was not tabled, 169-173; then killed, 171-173, with 13 Republicans, including Representative Allard, joining all Democrats. I believe that much of the opposition to this bill was fueled by misinformation about what the bill actually said: a discussion with a teacher or counselor and a gender-confused child would be confidential, but if the teacher acted to, say, put a new name or pronoun in the school’s databases, that action would need to be reported to the parents.

The only other bill killed in the House was HB1333, on the DUI look-back period; it failed, 154-193, without debate, so I don’t really know why. (I voted for it, as it seemed likely that a third and fourth conviction wouldn’t show in a 10-year lookback.)

We celebrated the retirement of the dean of the House, Rep. Laura Pantelakis of Portsmouth. She has served since 1978!

A grandstanding Democrat (she’s running for the state senate) moved to suspend the rules enough to introduce, write, and vote on (without any public hearing or committee recommendation) a bill requiring background checks for all private gun sales (commercial sales, including at gun shows, have required such checks for years.) This would be similar to HB 1668, which was killed earlier this year, 179-144. (5 Democrats joined all Republicans.) This motion failed, 163-188, nowhere near the necessary 2/3 for a rules suspension.

My committee also met, to assign leaders to each of our nine interim study bills. Two don’t actually need study: HB 1557, on survivor allowances in the pension system, was studied in case something happened to HB 1497, which had included HB 1557; and HB 1556, on the prescription drug affordability board, where the similar SB 450 has passed the legislature. HB 1497 has been signed by the governor, and SB 450 is on its way to his desk.

I’m taking the lead on HB 1395, on administrative rulemaking; since the change I proposed for SB358 failed in committee of conference, I plan to use this as a vehicle to work out some of the details. HB 1061, on the midwifery council, will depend on the results of the OPLC study committee.

We have three bills with similar issues: HB 1429 (massage), HB 1444 (medical spas), and SB 230 (body art.) All three are attempts to require a new license for a facility that employs licensed professionals and seem to me to be attempts to solve local problems with state-wide regulations. All three are being worked together.

My HB 1191, on plumbing, gas fitting, and electrical work by unlicensed owners in duplexes, is being worked to clarify the exemptions from licensure. HB 1312, on waste disposal rulemaking, is going to consider the interaction of the building code (including the plumbing code) with the septic system rules. The building code review board was concerned that environmental services completely ignored plumbing requirements in generating their septic interface requirements.


Representative Carol McGuire

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Can Eleven Dollars Make a Difference

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-05-30 03:00 +0000

Each Sunday, I want to take a step away from daily politics and focus on someone who has done extraordinary things or who we may need to know a little better. This week’s focus is on Frank Siller.

Charities, Non-Profits, and Foundations have gotten their share of bad publicity over the years. The United Way decades ago was the favorite charity partner of many corporations. That was until it was discovered that the effort was a fundraiser for the executives and not the end-user. They cleaned up their act and are now a viable, efficient organization. Black Lives Matter is today’s target of criticism as the organizers and their families are reaping millions while the victims, which were the reason BLM started, received little.

Frank Siller seems to be the model all foundations can aspire to model. Frank started the Stephen Siller Tunnels to Tower Foundation to honor his brother. Stephen was a firefighter with the New York Fire Department on 9/11. Stephen heard the news of the first plane hitting the tower, donned his gear, ran towards the carnage to give aid, and never returned home. Stephen sacrificed his life to save others. Frank now honors his brother’s heroism.

We have all seen the ads. Wives are talking about the day they got word their husband would not be coming home. Hero husbands leaving families behind, either killed in battle or as first responders. We have seen the ad of brave men and women who served this country only to return home missing arms or legs or being disfigured by an exploding IED.

Frank Siller has devoted the last twenty years to helping those survivors of heroes who needed help putting their shattered lives back together. The Tunnels to Towers either pays off the outstanding mortgage for the surviving widow and family or constructs a custom smart house to make life easier for survivors of an accident or assault in the line of duty who has been rendered physically challenged.

T2T has collected over $250M to date and has built dozens of smart homes, and has broken ground of an entire community of 100 homes in Tampa, FL, for victims of battle. The property was donated by an anonymous individual with a huge patriotic heart. T2T is an efficient foundation, and 97% of all funds donated find their way to the end-user.

Under a new program, T2T will now build new mini-homes for homeless veterans. Over 25 veterans commit suicide every day. These homes and the support and counseling they need will help our veterans find their way back into society.

We should not need foundations like T2T, Wounded Warriors, The Gary Sinise Foundation, or Folds of Honor if our government did the right thing and took care of those who gave so much to keep us safe and America free. Our government is inept, and thank God we have people like Frank Siller who step up and fill the void. The people they honor and help are heroes. Frank Siller may not have gone to war or given the ultimate like his brother, Stephen, but he is just as much a hero.

God Bless you, Frank, and keep your mission true and successful.



Ray Writes for and the Liberty Loft


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