The Manchester Free Press

Saturday • January 29 • 2022

Vol.XIV • No.IV

Manchester, N.H.

Hassan and Shaheen Completely IGNORED Waukesha Massacre but Send ‘Condolences’ After Shooting

Granite Grok - Wed, 2021-12-01 02:30 +0000

New Hampshire Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen typically parrot one another (they probably get approval for their talking points from their party bosses) but this time, they have proven just how disgusting and fake they really are when it comes to sending ‘condolences.’

School Shooting

Earlier tonight there was a shooting at a school in Michigan. All the facts aren’t known yet other than there are possibly 3 dead victims and others who are injured. The alleged killer is in custody and is said to be a 15-year-old student at the school.

Of course, the alleged killer in Michigan couldn’t legally purchase a firearm; illegally carried a firearm concealed; illegally carried a firearm onto school grounds and then illegally committed several acts of attempted murder and murder. It doesn’t matter to Hassan or Shaheen that multiple existing gun control laws and laws against murder were violated, they just want to push MORE gun control.

They wasted no time in sending out fake condolences to push their agenda:

This is par for the course with them. They care nothing about the victims. They only care about pushing more gun control against law-abiding citizens. How do we know this?

After the horrific mass murder in Wisconsin, where a man (known for his hatred of white people and love for Black Lives Matter) murdered 6 people, including a child, while injuring over 50 other people, both Hassan and Shaheen were SILENT.

You read that right.

Waukesha Massacre SILENCE

Neither Hassan nor Shaheen said ANYTHING about the Waukesha Massacre – no condolences, no sympathies, no prayers or thoughts for the victims or their families – NOT. ONE. THING.

Apparently, a Black Supremacist with a lengthy violent criminal record, who intentionally set out to murder as many white people, including women and children, as he possibly could based on his actions (he murdered 6 and attempted to murder 50+), doesn’t mean ANYTHING to Hassan and Shaheen. Why is that? Because they support white hatred and the Black Lives Matter Marxist organization? It doesn’t fit their narrative to send condolences to HIS victims. He murdered women and a child, and another child is still in critical condition, THEIR LIVES DON’T MATTER to Hassan and Shaheen.

If you aren’t already completely disgusted with our NH Senators, maybe THIS will push you over the top (I’m looking at all of you Indies who keep voting for them).

You have a chance to make amends for your support of Hassan next election when you can VOTE. HER. OUT.

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Let’s Rebuild Scientific Inquiry

Granite Grok - Wed, 2021-12-01 01:00 +0000

On November 16th, there was a public hearing for a non-germane amendment to HB255 for the purpose of requiring exemptions for conscience, religion, and medical, including prior infection for all entities in the state of New Hampshire when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine.

The amendment was supported by hundreds of health care workers, teachers, parents, and concerned NH citizens and was opposed almost exclusively by lobbyists and a handful of Democrat legislators. Luckily, the committee heeded the will of The People and passed the amendment with a bipartisan vote.

Immediately following the vote, Rep. David Luneau (D-Hopkinton), released the following statement for the minority:

“In a last-ditch attempt to deny science and promote conspiracy theories, House Republicans disrespected the legislative process today by amending an unrelated education bill with language undermining public health and safety during a pandemic.”

This rhetoric is typical of a long line of gross fabrications from Democrats across the country, who hope to politically capitalize on people’s suffering and pain from a prolonged pandemic.

To correct the record, in no way was the legislative process disrespected. The entire reason the non-germane hearing exists is to do exactly what was done here: to take a bill and replace or add to its language with something on a different subject or concerning a different part of statute. This is a common practice by both parties and to suggest otherwise is nothing more than political obfuscation.

But the most egregious mistruth in Rep. Luneau’s statement is the suggestion that those who oppose vaccine mandates “deny science” or are promoting “conspiracy theories,” when the hearing last week proved the opposite.

It was clear that folks like Rep. Leneau are in fact, the science deniers. Those who testified against the amendment had very little to say other than empty corporate media catchphrases such as, “safe and effective,” “vaccines save lives,” and “it’s for safety”— without any actual science to back up those statements.

Parroting such tired phrases without any research behind them is not science; it is the ideology of a cult and is dangerous to actual science.

Science is about free-thinking, exploration, research, data analysis, and especially discourse. But people like Rep. Leneau attempt to shut down any conversations about these vaccines by smearing legitimate questions backed by real data and research, claiming that questioning the prevailing pharma-controlled narrative is “denying science.”

According to Rep. Leneau, unless we only listen to a handful of bureaucrats and ignore the countless doctors, epidemiologists, and scientists who have come to different conclusions, we are “denying science” as if “science” is a settled, single opinion.

No! Real science requires repeated testing and inquiry, as well as ever-evolving positions as new evidence comes to light.

During the public hearing, I didn’t hear any opposition testimony cite a single study, research paper, or data point.

By contrast, the supporting testimony was filled with research and science. My own testimony was created with the help of half a dozen doctors, epidemiologists, and public health experts. I delivered 141 studies (1600 pages of printed material) to the committee to support my claims— that natural immunity is broad, durable, and long-lasting; that COVID-19 vaccinations cannot prevent community outbreaks; that COVID-19 vaccine efficacy wanes; and that COVID-19 vaccinated people can spread COVID-19 just as easily as an unvaccinated person when infected— all of which renders a COVID-19 vaccine mandate useless in terms of halting the spread of disease.

Dr. Meryl Nass, a doctor who has spent the pandemic treating COVID patients, came to share data on outcomes in children when it comes to the COVID-19 disease versus vaccine side effects, as well as issues concerning the adequacy of the clinical trials, COVID-19 treatments, and the legality of liability concerning the vaccines. She also submitted medical studies to the committee.

Another testimony shared the all-cause mortality research done in the Moderna and Pfizer clinical trials, which concluded that neither vaccine reduced all-cause mortality. She then showed examples of the data in highly vaccinated populations of Israel, the UK, and Germany showing an increase in all-cause mortality since the introduction of the COVID-19 shots —data that correlates with the clinical trial research.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, “the science” has become nothing more than a synonym for “authority.” The narrative espoused by public health officials—but not backed by actual science— has become an article of religious faith for Democrats, who have tried to use it as a political weapon against their adversaries.

They bludgeon everyone in their path who dares to question the COVID dogma with slogans disguised as scientific fact, yet it is they who tarnish the idea of science by promoting blind adherence to propaganda and shutting down intellectual inquiry that would threaten their authoritarian aims. Science isn’t meant to be unilaterally trusted. Science is meant to be tested. It’s time we tested their “science” instead of complying without questioning.

 

Melissa Blasek is the executive director of Rebuild NH and a state representative from Merrimack.

 

 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

More Communism From Big Tech … Twitter’s New CEO Bans Pics/Memes/Videos That Expose/Mock The Left

Granite Grok - Tue, 2021-11-30 23:30 +0000

As you may know, Jack Dorsey has resigned. Twitter has a new … even worse … CEO, Parag Agrawal, who is a racist:

 

 

And who does not believe in the First Amendment:

“Our role is not to be bound by the First Amendment, but our role is to serve a healthy public conversation and our moves are reflective of things that we believe lead to a healthier public conversation,” said Agrawal. “The kinds of things that we do about this is, focus less on thinking about free speech, but thinking about how the times have changed.”

And Twitter had just announced a new policy that allows censorship of pictures/memes/videos that expose/mock the Left:

 

 

In other words, Twitter will be banning pictures /memes/videos of, for example, Gavin Newsom dining mask-less at The French Laundry.

 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Salvation Army ‘Quietly’ Removes “Let’s Talk About Racism” Guide (But We Still Have a Copy)

Granite Grok - Tue, 2021-11-30 22:00 +0000

On Thanksgiving, Browncoat shared some news about the Salvation Army. They had begun teaching the gospel of Marx, or Kendi, or some #woke Marxist malcontent. Letting white donors know that they need to apologize for their racism. That news did not go over well in majority-white America.

 

While Racism is, according to the Salvation Army, not biological, the balance of the document focuses on injustices by whites against people of color. The word “White” appears 119 times, including whiteness, White Communities, White Americans, White Men, White Youth. There’s an entire section on what is whiteness.

 

If you follow the original online link, the PDF document is gone. But not forgotten. We download these things and store them locally so that they can be, like the internet intended, forever.

And like similar mysterious document disappearing acts, the policy is still in place. They are simply no longer allowing you to know that. In fact, they got quite offended by the idea that the internet caught them Red handed and it made them look bad.

 

“The Salvation Army occasionally publishes internal study guides on various complex topics to help foster positive conversations and grace-filled reflection among Salvationists. By openly discussing these issues, we always hope to encourage the development of a more thoughtful organization that is better positioned to support those in need. But no one is being told how to think. Period.

 

The guide’s purpose was to instruct members of the Salvation Army under the assumption this mission would extend to anyone to whom they spoke. The outrage is typical. They claim they are not doing that, but there is no other outcome. To prove that point, they are sending this guide back to their International Social Justice Commission for review.

Hello! McFly! There is no room for thinking outside that box.

The fact that you have an International Social Justice Commission is proof that this is how you intend to do business. It exists to advance the idea that white people are racists. A review will only result in them saying, see, those opposed to it as written are racists, and the only change will be hiding the agenda from public eyes.

Sorry, too late for that. This is the document, and it’s what you committed to being. Until you recent and seek true forgiveness by banishing these “demons” from your “body,” this is who the Salvation Army is moving forward, and it’s going to cost you.

 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Life with Liz – whereupon Steve and I “took over” the show

Granite Grok - Tue, 2021-11-30 20:30 +0000

Actually, Steve didn’t even know that I was going to be there in studio. Every month, Steve does an entire show with Liz “Life with Liz” Gabert on a Wednesday.  Then she decide that the two of us would “prank” Steve by also having me in studio. I had planned on walking in just before show time in believing he’d already be seated. Instead, he was still seated in the lobby and merely looked up and said “What you are you doing here” in his normal non-plussed way.

Seeing that Jasmine, the board operator, having already seated her self, we then went in. And promptly decided to prank Liz back by closing the doors, locking them, and hoping that she’d then hear Steve say “Welcome everyone to the Steve and Skip Show!”. Unfortunately for us, she did get the doors open 30 seconds too soon. Steve and I (mostly me as I was the one that had the mischievous idea in the first place) “paid the price” for it. But she had to admit, later, that I had warned her about what happens when Steve and I get together. It’s sorta like Tannerite – harmless before the two components are mixed but explosive afterwards when detonated.

I had warned Liz when she first proposed me coming in that “stuff would happen”. Dunno if she’s ever do it again (heh!).

Yes, we did kinda take over like I warned.  But it WAS a good show – we did have fun! But you can see that Liz decided to “correct us” before the opening song was complete.

I dryly note that we kept Jasmine broadly smiling the entire show. I think she really enjoyed herself. Hope you do as you watch the show!

Here’s the audio:

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/LWL-11-24-21-Steve-and-Skip-in-Studio.mp3

And yes, I have been (mostly) forgiven as she had me on, by phone, yesterday.  I’ll put that segment up later on.

 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Is it Offensive to Illegal Aliens to Refer to Them as ‘Illegal Alien’?

Granite Grok - Tue, 2021-11-30 19:00 +0000

The Progressives and the Biden Administration want Illegal Aliens to be treated as if they were actual citizens. But they’re not. If they were, they’d have to show a valid and negative COVID card to get on airplanes for the free trips to the Red States where Biden is dumping them.

Flights full of mostly illiterate invaders making those States pay the welfare tabs. But hey, no more mean tweets, eh?

 

Is it Offensive to Illegal Aliens to Refer to Them as ‘Illegal Alien’?

Two U.S. states — California and Colorado — have dropped the “demeaning” term “illegal alien” from the law, and several other states are considering the move.

Is it really “demeaning” to someone who is currently in this country without legal documentation to refer to them as an “illegal alien”? A search for a poll of illegal aliens regarding their feelings about being called “illegal aliens” reveals that such a poll probably doesn’t exist. So why is the main argument against the use of the term “illegal alien” that it hurts the feelings of illegal aliens? We’re constantly being told that we should get rid of the term because it hurts the feelings of illegal aliens. Perhaps we should ask advocates making that argument to put up or shut up.

…According to U.S. law — a law that Joe Biden wants to change — people here without legal documentation are not “immigrants.” They are “illegal aliens.” The proponents of changing that term use the argument that “words matter.” They most certainly do. And that’s why there must be a sharp dividing line in words and meaning between those people entering the United States, or looking to enter the United States, who come here legally after having received all necessary documents to travel freely and those who do not.

 

Sorry, but what IS demeaning is Biden forcing the rest of us to pay for these people as if we were just ATM machines at his disposal. I rightfully say that NONE of these SJWs / Open Borders folks would EVAH think of leading from the front and hosting these “Undocumented Citizens” in their own homes and paying their way for them. But it is fine for the rest of us to “host” them.

Worst thing that ever happened, IMHO, was the late US Senator Ted “The Swimmer” Kennedy revoking the law that every immigrant had to do it the RIGHT WAY and go through our LEGAL process. In addition, he removed the barrier that these immigrants had to have a sponsor ahead of time that said they’d bear the financial burden for these newcomers instead of making them a burden on taxpayers.

As I’ve said before, Progressives hate current Citizens – we complain too much and vote them out of office. Just like what the Labor Party did in England, the Democrats WANT a “new electorate” that would vote the US Treasury for their own pockets.  That’s it in a nutshell as to why our Southern border is now an open door.

My grandparents did it the right way – they did all the paperwork and legally became Americans because they wanted to become citizens the right way.  They Followed The Law – knowing that any other way was to transgress the promise of what America offered.

It was not their home (Sweden and Ireland were) – they acted like guests in entering someone else’s home.

They treasured our Freedoms and adherence to the Rule of Law that made them possible. They studied and past the Citizenship test when it was possible. My Swedish grandparents made sure Mom and her six other siblings spoke English at home to better assimilate. They sacrificed to ensure their children did and have better.

That continued – all of my cousins earned advanced degrees to better themselves (except my brother – he just has a BA but has done very well in business for himself).

If you just crawled over the border illegally, you ARE an Illegal Alien – a specific term of Law. You earned it by spurring our Laws in crossing our border illegally. Go back.

You are offensive in mocking those that have made the effort to Follow The Law – go back home and do it right.

And Progressives, stop with the “offensive” part – YOU are the ones that really are offensive in changing our language.

(H/T: PJ Media)

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Quick Thought – Stupid UL Editorial Sounds like Lloyd at Treehugger

Granite Grok - Tue, 2021-11-30 17:30 +0000

This stupid UL editorial sounds like Lloyd and most of the denizens at Treehugger. Autumn, leaves, removal – leafblowers, ranting about leafblowers.

Ahh, the glorious sights and sounds of late autumn in New Hampshire. The sights include the lawn signs demanding climate action NOW. The sounds, from dawn to dusk, include those coming from the leaf-blowing machines that attempt to defeat Mother Nature at her own game. Often, the same lawns are in play.
Back in the day, many a fallen leaf was raked into a pile and set ablaze, adding a sharp but pleasant aroma to the crisp air. Burning of leaves, or pretty much anything, is forbidden these days. But the leaf blower, powered by gasoline or battery, rules.

Gas-powered versions contribute the most pollution, although making and charging batteries also requires energy. As for noise pollution, either method puts a rake to shame.

One watches in bemusement as the yard workers, most with ear protection, toil away at removing the leaves, only to have Mother Nature put her own lips together and blow a new crop of leaves from the trees or the neighbor’s yard. Talk about steady work.

 

Then feel free, jockos, to come on over and remove mine.  If you do, and I see you with rakes in hand, I’ll put my battery-operated leaf blower back into the garage.

My double herniated disks in my spine will thank you; my leafblower puts a rake to shame in protecting my back.  Like Lloyd, however, you put your serenity above others. Fine, I put my need to see my lawn healthy in the Spring above your “silence” wants.

You see, maybe the Editors at the UL have the money to bring in lawncare specialists to do the dirty (and noisy) work for them while they are at work and don’t have to listen to THOSE leafblowers. Or have you taken the high road and told them to use only rakes – and are willing to pay for them?  Otherwise, I’ll continue to remove those leaves at my convenience and not yours, ye of so high and mighty status.

Or, you’re telling us that you’re absolutely willing to pay extra to clear out all the mold, that has now ruined your lawn, created by that 6″ leaf covering by leaving all those leaves untouched?

I don’t have that problem – my leaves are all gone from my yard and Mother Nature is done with her Fall leaf tasks so I’m literally in the clear.

No thanks to you.

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

What’s Wrong with Wind and Solar

Granite Grok - Tue, 2021-11-30 16:00 +0000

Wind and solar are not the solution; they’re not even green. I know, you say – we’ve covered this ground before. True, but if you had not noticed the Climate Cult is still racing down this dead-end road and we’re all that stands between them and America falling off an energy cliff.

While there are a lot of loust scenarios going forward, Information is critical, and while some number of the faithful are beyond reaching, many in the middle can be swayed.

The Left’s energy fantasy is an impossible dream with several nightmare endings. And not everyone is Michael Moore. He filmed a documentary only to discover that wind and solar not only won’t be the path it can’t. Those beyond reaching were unmoved, and those in the middle might not be inclined to watch such a film.

Well, how about this.

It outlines the failure loop in five minutes without a lot of political noise and absent any snarky comments. What green energy is, can, and can’t do, and why. And why we need to stop pretending that, even if the people are causing some sort of planet-wide weather issue, this is not the solution.

It’s not even close.

 

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Chris Sununu’s “Mother May I” Letter to the Vax Mandating US Dept. of Labor

Granite Grok - Tue, 2021-11-30 14:30 +0000

Gover Sununu wrote a letter to Assistant Sec. of Labor for OSHA (Dated Nov. 24). But instead of taking the opportunity to tell the Feds that NH would defend employers or workers, no matter the outcome of the lawsuit, he did something else.

He asked them what they should do about contradictory mandate messages between OSHA the White House so NH employers will have time to prepare. FOr what? The mandate, he simultaneously claims is unconstitutional, silly bear.

Hie Excellency even requests a two-month extension if the stay is lifted so NH employers can figure out how to comply. To give them time to figure out how to properly bend the knee because, despite his rhetoric, he won’t stand in their way.

That is not what NH employers or employees need.

They need a governor with a set of stones. One who is prepared to tell the Feds that regardless of the State’s lawsuit, it will defend workers and employers from arbitrary acts of force directed at them by the General government because – as he notes in the same letter – this mandate is unconcsititonal.

Related: Breaking: Federal Judge Stops Medicare and Medicaid Services Vaxx Mandate for Health Care Workers …

Or, is it?

As you are aware, New Hampshire has joined in litigation challenging the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate. Although I appreciate OSHA’s initial compliance with the Fifth Circuit’s decision requiring OSHA to suspend implementation and enforcement activities, the messaging from the Administration implies that if the Stay is lifted, prior to January 4, 2022 OSHA will seek to implement and enforce the ETS on its original timeline.

This is problematic for many reasons. First and foremost, the timeline included in the ETS was designed to allow for OSHA and businesses to plan for implementation, and to allow employees time to get vaccinated if they so choose. Absent sufficient time, there is a real potential that employers would not be able to come into compliance should the Court rescind the Stay, including the draconian requirement that businesses lay off employees during the holidays if they are unwilling or unable to get fully vaccinated on the ETS timeline.

 

We’re suing you, and we think this is unconstitutional, but if we have to bend over we’d like to know when and how far? This is embarrassing to Granite Staters, Republicans, and Republicanism.

You believe it to be unconstitutional but not enough to stand athwart said mandate yelling stop. What then, did we elect you for if you can state a thing and then renounce that thing in the sesame breath?

Your job is to protect us from Federal overreach, not barter the terms of our surrender.

 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

The Latest Trend in Tyranny: Slovenia Introduces New COVID Vaxx-Based Gasoline Restrictions.

Granite Grok - Tue, 2021-11-30 13:00 +0000

Slovenia has introduced new COVID vaccine-related restrictions on your ability to fuel up your vehicle. The goal is to pressure people into getting jabbed, so is this a new low in the globalist obsession?

It feels like it but not by a long shot. Number one has to be a vaccine policy that is killing more kids than COVID. And while the Jab-a-palooza, in general, is dopey as all get-out, kids were never a vector or at risk. Number two might be a NY Dem proposal that could prevent the treatment of COVID cases in unvaccinated people – which is along the same vein as this.

Find pressure points that force people who do not want the state-sanctioned pharmaceutical injection to get it.

Slovenia has 1.1 million registered vehicles, while only 55% of its two million citizens are “fully vaccinated.”  I’m guessing those 55% are not driving the 1.1 million vehicles.

 

 

To Slovenia’s limited credit, which is like choosing which awful choice is less offensive than the others, The Jab is not the only pass to the pump.

 

To pump gas, drivers evidently must show proof that they “have recovered from COVID-19, have been vaccinated, or have tested negative.”

TV N1 reports that the new rules were implemented due to rising case numbers. Like many countries around the world—and some US states—Slovenia has seen its fall 2021 case numbers exceed those of 2020, even though a majority of its population is vaccinated.

 

I see a few problems outside the obvious tyrannical ones. First, we’re asking gas station attendants to become health inspectors/gatekeepers for this policy. Who bets employment is going to become a problem at fuel retailers?

Second, If you have recovered from COVID, it’s “just as good as being vaccinated.”

We all know that’s not true. Natural immunity is vastly superior without any of the risks associated with The Jab, like, say – Death. So, while good-natural antibodies are comparable on paper, it’s bad because most people will never get COIVID. And those that do will have superior immunity without the side effects, including being able to carry and spread the pathogen.

It’s such a grand farce I’m hard-pressed to find a suitable word to describe it.

You are forced to get Jabbed (rules subject to change with the booster rollouts), none of which protects you nor anyone around you from the pathogen, OR you trap yourself on the Test-o-Saurus hamster wheel (also, itself something of a fraud/money-laundering scheme).

And Go F yourself is not showing up as an option. No ticky, no washy, no jabby, no gassy.

Here’s some good news, again on the scale of best of the bad news. Both Uber and Lyft were recently made legal in the country in early June, a gig for which you’ll also need gasoline and a jab or two or three or more. You can always grab a Lyft or an Uber, assuming they allow you in the vehicle without presenting some papers and your jabbed driver doesn’t have a heart attack on route.

And those bastards call this progress.

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Notable Quote – Decisions leading to Serfdom versus Freedom.

Granite Grok - Tue, 2021-11-30 11:30 +0000

Emphasis mine:

The promotion of collectivism is combined with the profession of individualist values.

Individualism … can be achieved only in a liberal order in which government activity is limited primarily to establishing the framework within which individuals are free to pursue their own objectives.

The free market is the only mechanism that has ever been discovering for achieving participatory democracy.

Unfortunately, the relation between the ends and the means remains widely misunderstood. Many of those who profess the most individualistic objectives support collectivist means without recognizing the contradiction.

To understand why it is that ‘good’ men in positions of power will produce evil, while the ordinary many without power but able to engage in voluntary cooperation with his neighbors will produce good, requires analysis and thought, subordinating the emotions to the rational faculty.

The argument for collectivism is simple, if false; it is an immediate emotional argument. The argument for individualism is subtle and sophisticated; it is an indirect rational argument.

Experience … has strongly confirmed Hayek’s central insight – that coordination of men’s activities through central direction and through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions: the first to serfdom, the second to freedom. That experience has also strongly reinforced a secondary theme – central direction is also a road to poverty for the ordinary man; voluntary cooperation, a road to plenty.

The battle for freedom must be won over and over again. The socialists in all parties to whom Hayek dedicated his book must once again be persuaded or defeated if they and we are to remain free men.

The bulk of the intellectual community almost automatically favors any expansion of government power so long as it is advertised as a way to protect individuals from big bad corporations, relieve poverty, protect the environment, or promote ‘equality.’

It is only a little overstated to say that we preach individualism and competitive capitalism, and practice socialism.

-Milton Friedman (Introduction to 50th Anniversary of F.A. Hayek’s “Road to Serfdom“)

 

(H/T: Issues and Insights)

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The Dynasty hasn’t held up too well, has it?

Granite Grok - Tue, 2021-11-30 02:30 +0000

It’s hard to watch when a political dynasty goes from peak Power to Ridicule reality.  Like the Kennedys – How often has a family been called “a place” -> Camelot? And once at the top of Power and riches, it just seems that it takes very little time to, well, trash it.  Like with Maria:

The car that Ted “The Swimmer” was driving was also a semi-automatic, right Maria?   How did that all go for Mary Jo, eh?  And we never got a real good explanation about the what’s, why’s, and how’s, have we?

And every Kennedy has failed the name over time: hubris.  From war-heroes to a bunch of drunk and drug addled offspring.

So, does NH have a similar problem that Massachusetts has?  There is the Murkowski clan up in Alaska.

Name some more, folks?

(H/T: Powerline)

 

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Breaking: Federal Judge Stops Medicare and Medicaid Services Vaxx Mandate for Health Care Workers …

Granite Grok - Tue, 2021-11-30 01:00 +0000

One of the more dangerous Jab mandates from the Feds was the one that forced any health worker at facilities getting federal money to be vaccinated.

Medicare and Medicaid money, to be specific. A lot of providers, especially nursing homes, were hit hard.

That one mandate single-handedly undermined the whole narrative for the original lockdowns (not overwhelming health care facilities), but a Judge just blocked it from further implementation in the states listed in the lawsuit against the Feds.

District Court Judge Matthew T. Schelp, a bit late, but to the rescue, at least in the states involved in this case.

 

Today’s ruling, in a lawsuit brought by Missouri and other states, issues a preliminary injunction against the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services mandate.

The CMS mandate now joins Biden’s broader OSHA mandate on the chopping block. For now, it applies only in the 10 states that brought the lawsuit, including Iowa, Missouri, and New Hampshire.

 

Where Governors like Sununu would not step in because (so they claimed) it was not the state’s place, a federal judge has. His logic for blocking the mandate until it could walk through the legal process?

 

“Plaintiffs are likely to succeed in establishing that the CMS vaccine mandate is arbitrary and capricious.”

 

 

 

This ruling only applies to Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, both Dakotas and Wyoming.

We expect Governor Sununu to take some credit for this protection a dollar short and a day late, himself. But hw many health care workers have been affected by this mandate. Folks who lost their jobs or, worse, abandoned their rights of conscience because some political seat-warmer in Concord couldn’t stand up for their individual rights?

I’m sure they’d now like to know why.

The answer is probably simple enough. Sununu is beholden to the Hosptial Cartels and this Federal Court judge is not.

 

HT | Alex Berenson

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While Superintendents are Dividing Kids by Race: Math Scores Falling

Granite Grok - Mon, 2021-11-29 23:30 +0000

Did your Superintendent mention this to you or your school board members? didn’t think so.  I mean, they are busy dividing us by race! Psst…they can’t blame COVID!


For the first time in the study’s 50-year history, the National Assessment of Educational Progress’ 2020 Long-Term Trend Assessment revealed that U.S. 13-year-olds’ scores in both reading and math experienced statistically significant declines over the past eight years.

“The reading and mathematics scores of 13-year-old students fell between 2012 and 2020—the first time in the almost 50-year history of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) long-term trend (LTT) assessment,” the National Center for Education Statistics announced in a press release last week.

More money spent per pupil resulted in lower reading and math scores in American public schools.

Despite record-high education spending, these declines are the latest evidence casting significant doubt on Common Core’s learning standards and approach to student improvement.

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Guess Who NH-NeverTrump Is Blaming For Their Failure To Mount A Viable Candidate Against Hassan.

Granite Grok - Mon, 2021-11-29 22:00 +0000

As I am sure you know, Sun-King Sununu … after months of teasing a Senate run … bowed out of a run against Hassan, the most vulnerable incumbent in America. Almost immediately afterward, former Senator Kelly Ayotte also chickened out.

This has the talking heads outside New Hampshire scratching their heads. From an article I read yesterday on RealClearPolitics:

Nobody wants to run for the Senate as a Republican in this state. Well, not exactly nobody. But nobody who isn’t, for want of a better term, a relative nobody. That astonishing phenomenon is rendered all the more staggering when you consider that the incumbent, Maggie Hassan, is regarded as the most vulnerable Democrat in a Senate where, more than usual, every seat counts. If the Republicans beat Ms. Hassan and a series of other dominos fall in the direction the polls suggest they will, the GOP will take possession of the Senate …

So guess who is to blame according to NH-NeverTrump … Donald Trump, OF COURSE:

“You have Trump people here who control the party, and regular conservative Republicans don’t want to try to appeal to them,” said Andrew Smith, director of the UNH Survey Center. “The Trumpistas may not be chasing people away, but a lot of people don’t want to put up with them. There have been ugly incidents.” … “The Trump element in the party doesn’t have the status or capability to win the general election,” said Mr. Rath, a onetime member of the Republican National Committee. “Many people don’t want to have anything to do with them. The party now is full of true believers, but there aren’t enough of them to win an election.”

Needless to say, when Andrew Smith refers to “regular conservative Republicans” he means RINOs whose idea of conservatism is talking about the need for balanced budgets and low business taxes, while ignoring the issues that are actually driving GOP voters … such as woke corporations turning America into a medical-security-state; public schools indoctrinating students with CRT; and open borders.

As for Rath, what he means by “true believers” is voters who have realized that the “regular conservative Republicans” … e.g., Bush, McCain, Romney, Sununu … are globalist/endless-war snake oil salesmen who were never on their side.

 

 

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Piccola Opera Victorian Singers

Granite Grok - Mon, 2021-11-29 20:30 +0000

Yesterday was the annual “Just Desserts” at Grokster Mike’s home.  A tradition for years, on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, friends of the family stroll in and out, eating desserts and other assorted offerings, mingling with the others, and having a good time talking and fellowshipping.

Last year (which I missed, sadly) and this year, Mike had the Piccola Opera Victorian Singers (led by Jane Cormier) come to regale the attendees with Christmas carols. Dressed in period costume, they evoked a time gone by when groups of singers would come by and sing in front of peoples’ homes as a matter of course. This year, a reduced number of the students were able to come but still an enjoyable time.

I brought some equipment with me – the LED panels you see over the singers were to enable them to read their music and a larger set of lights to light up the group. Two of my small Mevo cameras provide the right and left side views while my small recording camera provided the front view.  I tell you this because I would normally try to edit all three views into one offering; today, I just don’t have the time to do so. Instead, here are all three views complete in themselves. Pick the one you want!

Front:

Right:

Left:

Note: Jane Cormier is a trained Opera singer and has traveled the world plying her craft. She is also a former NH State Representative and a “Grokster in hiatus”.

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Biden and Harris: Incompetents or Saboteurs of the American Dream?

Granite Grok - Mon, 2021-11-29 19:00 +0000

With each passing day, it’s becoming more apparent that the Biden/Harris Administration is failing the country.  Americans see it in increasing crime across the country and rising prices across the board.

They see it in the endless waves of migrants illegally streaming across our southern border and in the flotilla of fully loaded cargo ships harbored off our west coast.  And they see it in the polls – each one more devastating than the last.  A recent Quinnipiac Poll shows that just 36 percent of Americans approve of Biden’s job performance.  That 36 percent is likely comprised of Biden’s hard-core base and a few family members who depend on his influence.

It might be tempting to blame the abysmal numbers on incompetence, to see Biden and Harris as bumblers who are in over their heads.  But are they really just incompetent, or do they represent something more malevolent?

Biden, himself, admitted when the coronavirus first appeared, he saw an “an incredible opportunity to fundamentally transform the country.”  Now we see what he meant.

Having spent a lifetime in public office, we would have expected him to have a clear understanding – no, a deep appreciation for the freedoms enshrined in our Constitution.  But his obsession with face masks, vaccines, and mandates tells us what he really thinks of liberty.  He showed utter contempt for the freedom that so many died for by publicly mocking Americans who resisted his vaccine mandates.  Then he brazenly attacked both our First Amendment and America’s precious family structure by unleashing the FBI on the growing number of the parents who are beginning to speak out against the bizarre curriculums radical educators are thrusting on their kids.

And when Biden suddenly shut down our oil pipelines and drilling operations, he certainly knew that the resulting surge in the price of oil, gas, and other commodities would hurt American consumers.  Not knowing that would have been gross incompetence.  But by forcing Americans to pay more for basic necessities, to turn down their heat and air conditioning, and to curtail their driving habits he put the wants of the radical environmentalists before the needs of the people.

Then there’s the Biden border crisis, spawned directly from his decision to rescind President Trump’s border policies.  That decision didn’t come from ignorance or incompetence.  It was a conscious effort to alter our voting demographics by defying established law and Supreme Court decisions.  It has so far resulted in nearly two million illegal border crossings – unscreened immigrants, with unknown intentions, now entitled to untold billions in taxpayer-funded benefits – and an incalculable influx of drugs poisoning American citizens.

And Biden’s commitment to unite the country has also proven to be an unmitigated failure.  It’s easy to understand why, after hearing his response to the Rittenhouse verdict.  The trial of a white defendant, somehow labeled a white supremacist for shooting three white assailants.  That didn’t stop the radical left from turning it into racial issue.  And that was right up Biden’s alley.  After all, he perpetuated and exploited the false notion of systemic racism to help win the presidency and he, himself, had already associated Rittenhouse with white supremacists.

Following the acquittal, Biden issued a written statement, crafted to appease the racial antagonists: “While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken…”

He deliberately left the false impression that the Rittenhouse trial was somehow not on the up-and-up, that the justice system is unfair to minorities.  Joe Biden has not only failed to unite the country; he’s made substantial contributions to its division.

And what about Kamala?  As Biden’s vice president, Kamala Harris is inexorably linked to Biden and his agenda.  And though she may appear to be the essence of incompetence, she’s given some pretty good indicators that she harbors a deep antipathy for the country she was elected to serve, and that she, too, believes America needs to be fundamentally transformed.

In 2020, she helped raise bail for BLM and Antifa rioters wreaking havoc in American cities.  Today, she talks about America’s “shameful past,” and the “wave of devastation” European explorers brought to America.  And here’s what she said of the Rittenhouse verdict, “As many of you know, I’ve spent the majority of my career working to make the criminal justice system more equitable, and clearly there’s a lot more to do.”  Like Biden, she purposely left the impression that the American justice system is inherently unfair.

Incompetence and malevolence are not mutually exclusive. Biden and Harris may be bumblers, but they’re creating guilt and shame to divide America, and to dramatically change the country as we know it – to sabotage the American dream.  That’s especially clear in their efforts to perpetuate the myth of systemic racism.

Americans are fully aware of our turbulent past, and understand that our country is not perfect.  But we’ve long ago rectified our mistakes.  Isolated incidents of racial injustice may still exist today, but systemic racism was eliminated in the last century with the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, the Fair Housing Act, affirmative action, and countless other programs designed to help minorities.

America has never needed self-serving politicians determined to fundamentally transform our country into their vision of a socialist utopia.  We need, instead, competent leaders with conviction who, at the very least, are proud of the country they were elected to serve.

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Have You Heard of Plaid Friday?

Granite Grok - Mon, 2021-11-29 17:30 +0000

Plaid Friday? I never heard of it until today – or maybe I have but forgot. It’s a shopping day like Black Friday, but different, and this year it is on November 26th.

 

Plaid Friday was initially organized in Oakland in 2009. Back then, Plaid Friday, which takes place on the day after Thanksgiving, was intended to serve as a more laid back alternative to Black Friday, a day that’s become as notorious for incidents threatening public safety as it has for great deals. Plaid Friday efforts promote locally owned small businesses and encourage residents to patronize these establishments as they begin their holiday shopping.

 

Participation is local-retailer based so you’ll have to check and see if the small businesses in your town are into it or not. Or, you could wear plaid and go shopping – see how it works out.

Given that plenty of people around here already leave the house in plaid regularly, that’ll be easy for them. The rest of us will have to think about it.

And I’m not sure if you have to wear a plaid shirt or if any plaid will do ( a scarf, for example). This is all new to me, not that I’m likely to go shopping on Friday, November 26th. I shop locally all year round (primarily restaurants), assuming they have what I want or need at a price I want to pay.

And any store telling me I need to wear a mask is not getting my business no matter how much of a discount I might get for wearing plaid.

 

 

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Blast from the Past – Apropos Given What the Biden / Sanders “Build Back Better” Catastrophe wants to Do

Granite Grok - Mon, 2021-11-29 16:00 +0000

GraniteGrok now has well over 44,000 posts in its archive – and I have written well over 16,000 of them and Steve is credited with an almost as large number as well. Why do I bring this up?

We’ve become self-referential. If there has been anything in politics that has poked its head up above ground, we’ve probably written about it. In fact, several times in one aspect or another. Thus, we are our own reference area that we can research to see what we wrote about in the past.

Sidenote: have to ask the webmistress if we can get a better search engine at some point.

Sometimes, stuff just comes up during that research and I go “well, isn’t that interesting?”  Wasn’t what I was looking for exactly, but it wouldn’t be a bad thing to bubble it from whence it came, would it?

This was one of them from 2017, especially as the Biden Administration, like all Socialists, are making another run to make Christian Charities a thing of the past under the beliefs that Government is the only place where good things happen and that “God is the opiate of the masses” and should be eliminated from being a competing “Power” in competition with Government (even as this country was founded on the idea of Religious Freedom; it is becoming it’s own State Religion, IMHO):

Christian leaders or Progressive / Statist activists

This piece in the Washington Post keeps on confirming my belief that The Church is continuing its march in becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of The State.  Once again, there is no charity in Government – the government money that is used for relief is not given voluntarily – it is taken by force (go ahead, try not paying your taxes and tell me I’m wrong) but Progressives DO conflate the two  and then use that to virtue-signal to the rest of us their moral superiority.  Like these two authors – I’ve taken a few snippets out for commenting.  First, they lead off with a sentence that is absolutely true – but it is setting a false stage for something that ISN’T tru:

The Bible is replete with references to caring for the poor in obedience to God. Jesus declares that loving our neighbor — wherever they live — is one of the greatest commandments, a corollary to loving God.
Yes, we are called to do this.  All one has to do is to read Jesus’s Sermon On The Mount – or the Good Samaritan to know of the values that He preached.  But note – he NEVER preached that message to a group of politicians or to the Roman government officials, but to individuals. He came to change a person’s heart, mind, and convictions – one by one by one.  An individual ministry and not a collective one – for only one person can pray for forgiveness of their personal sin and to accept His message of redemption and salvation.    But not here:

While the U.S. government doesn’t directly share this mandate, it plays a critical role in fulfilling the moral responsibility of all Americans to help those less fortunate. In fact, the U.S. government has always been a strong partner with American citizens in helping those in extreme poverty and crisis. Yet now, President Trump’s proposed budget threatens to severely cut that foreign aid.

No, no, no, NO!  People have a sense of morality (putting aside the phrase “the public morality” for the moment), individuals have an innate sense of right and wrong as well as kindness and empathy.  A GOVERNMENT cannot fulfill the moral responsibility that belongs solely to you and to me.  Each of us putting our hands into our pockets to give sacrificially, giving of our time to those in need, applying our talents in the stead of those who cannot – that is fulfilling that moral responsibility.

Again, and I cannot hammer this home often enough – there is no voluntary with Government.  There is no charity with Government. You are forced to participate which subsumes the individual to the collective (and faceless) actions of bureaucrats.  How CAN this be charitable?  One has to KNOW what is being done – go ahead, ask most Americans about this issue and I bet you’ll get deer in headlights for responses.

And NO, the phrase  “the U.S. government has always been a strong partner with American citizens” is absolutely wrong.  One of our early posts (by Doug), Not Your’s To Give, speaks to that directly.  But it seems that ever since the Progressive Era started, we’ve been losing that early and right way of thinking – that charity belongs solely to Civil Society and Individuals.  Instead, under Progressive demands and without regard to our founding philosophy of a limited government, they have pushed Government to be large and have both crowded out Civil Society from its former roles and forcibly pushed its own organizations into those spaces, and started the process of convincing Individuals that only Government can do the good and big things.

A complete reversal of the Founders intent.  Remember, it was Bernie Sanders that said he’d eliminate ALL private charities if he could.  And here they are advocating that government do something with other peoples’ money instead of doing the hard work themselves and convince more people to support their direct mission.

At less than 1 percent of the federal budget — an amount analogous to the “widow’s mite” — foreign assistance promotes our values, our own prosperity and our nation’s security, all while providing a lifeline to the most vulnerable in the world, those Jesus called “the least of these.”

Yeah, catch that bit of “Bible-wrapping”?  Me too.  How DARE they take the utter sacrifice of that poor widow and conflate that to taxes that are forcibly taken?  She gave all she had, her tithe, while in a time when the US Govt already owes $20 Trillion, these Christian leaders want to see others taxed to service their own purposes.

HOW IS THIS BEING CHRISTIAN???  This is yet another sign of church leaders becoming more worldly even as they wrap themselves in helping the poor.  I do remember these kinds of stories of the Pharisees and Saducees…

…Every year, generous Americans, churches and foundations support the life-saving work of organizations like World Vision and Catholic Relief Services to keep vulnerable children alive and enable communities to work toward standing on their own. They expect our government to mirror their generosity. The U.S. government and faith-based organizations are powerful partners in eradicating the most egregious forms of poverty hindering human potential.

Especially to them.  World Vision got $171,950,308 in US tax monies.  Catholic Charities has received $1.6 Billion since 2012.

And NO, to add a few more thoughts, I do NOT expect the Government to “mirror” anything I do in part for Charity. What I REALLY want out of my Federal Government is to ONLY do those things outlined in the Constitution. Period.  Leave the Charity to ME, to Individuals, or Civil Society. Stick to your own mending – we’ll take care of the important stuff. Remember, “LIMITED” is supposed to be part of your name and purpose.

You’ve become too big for our britches.

With poverty-focused international assistance at risk for deep cuts, more than 100 leaders in the Christian faith community expressed our support for foreign assistance in a letter to Congress. Evangelical, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and mainline Protestant leaders, as well as leaders from a wide array of networks, seminaries, ministries and mission agencies — cumulatively representing tens of millions of American donors — have signed this letter.

Look, I am not saying they don’t do good work.  What I am saying is that they are repeating what I have seen locally – more and more becoming captured by Government and the lure of “free money”.  What gets my ire is that there IS NO FREE MONEY.  If you are given government money, be assured that money was first taken from someone else.  Yet this is what they want – from the brokest nation the world has ever seen.

Guess these two missed the lessons of Biblical stewardship.

So stop being lazy, Christian Church, and get to it. Stop doing the “well, SOMEBODY has to do something about this” – it’s lazy, it’s slothful, and it’s avoiding one of YOUR missions.

The federal budget cannot be balanced on the backs of the poor. By drastically cutting foreign assistance, we risk the extraordinary gains we have made against hunger, disease and extreme poverty. It is penny-wise and pound-foolish to forfeit funding that does so much good in the world.

Ha!  Due to the chuckleheads these two are trying to beseech additional funds from, I think that the US is INCAPABLE of balancing ANYTHING, much less its own budget. Trust me, it can’t be balanced on the back of the poor because it never balances.  Bad metaphor guys.

This is the “just a cuppa coffee” assault on our money by other means – EVERY charity that has enslaved itself by the Shiny Object that is the public Treasury has the same argument for yet other issues.

Bottom line?  They have all become LAZY; it is far easier to convince a few politicians or a handful of desk-bound bureaucrats to loosen the public purse strings than to be that individual changing yet another individual heart and mind to give.  Paperwork – far more easier to convince in getting a few signatures than the public at large.

They have turned from their first love.

Richard Stearns is president of World Vision U.S. and the author of “The Hole in Our Gospel.” Sean Callahan is president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services.

Oh yeah, Catholic Charities is a big deal in the refugee biz – bring them in at so much a head from the Federal Government, place them into a community that has no choice in the matter and do the work to put them on that community’s dole. Once again, forcing others to be “charitable”.  Yeah, right Christian charitable that is, eh?

These are the kind of folks that are turning “Christian Charity” into an oxymoron.

That’s what happens when you no longer rely on “passing the plate” and turn to the world.

 

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Biden Admin Leaves Millions in “Border Wall” Materials to Rot in the Dust

Granite Grok - Mon, 2021-11-29 14:30 +0000

President Trump’s big beautiful wall didn’t get finished not because it couldn’t. There are millions of dollars in materials, already paid for, sitting in the dust, rotting at the border.

Contracts already made and paid, materials purchased, sitting in the sun, rotting away because Democrats want the border open.

This guy went to the border to show you, so take a few minutes to watch and feel free to be suitably outraged.

 

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