The Manchester Free Press

Monday • December 4 • 2023

Vol.XV • No.XLIX

Manchester, N.H.

A Great Way to Start a Saturday Morning …

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-03-26 10:30 +0000

This excellent (not just because it is short) clip from a White House Press Briefing is making the rounds. Jen Circle-Back Psaki has been working her blame Putin magic, and everyone’s sort of like, okay, whatever, and then this happens.

Fox Reporter Peter Doocy has a question.



Post-production aside, and taken on their own, the question is excellent, and the answer is lousy.

And what a great way to start a Saturday Morning.

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That Lyin’ Ledger-Transcript

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-03-26 01:30 +0000

Every time I see the Union Leader’s tagline, I laugh. “There is Nothing So Powerful as the Truth.” Not true. They really mean that there is nothing so powerful as ignoring the truth. Selecting something and calling it the truth at the expense of everything else.

Since November, Pfizer and the FDA have been dumping docs (actual science), and they can’t find a column inch to tell the people what’s in them. But they are in good company. I’ve yet to find an honest outlet in the corporate media that cares about what Pfizer and the FDA tried to hide.

This recent example from the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript (MLT) had me laughing out loud.



Every day you bring stories about the impact of COVID19, you say.

The big type says Full COVID-19 Coverage. I don’t think you’ve quite grasped the meaning of the word full.

A quick search of your pages reveals nothing of value that you couldn’t find in an email from a Democrat-run teacher’s union, the flunkies at piping the CDC line at NH Department of Public Health, or the same FDA that wanted to help hide Pfizer’s clinical trial data for seven or eight decades because of how damning it is.

The MLT’s full coverage tells you Where to get vaccinated. Numbers of cases. The prerequisite body count. The latest variant. But nothing about the 50,000 pages of documents forced by court order to be released to the public. Some of the most pressing science made public to date. So, important, in fact, that it informs everything else we’ve been told and know.

There was an institutional conspiracy to lie to the public about safe and effective vaccines that were neither.

The MLT has over 80 search results for “Safe and Effective,” but not one for Pfizer’s own clinical data proving they lied. It’s neither.

But the MLT is in good company. WMUR can’t be bothered, nor can any other “newspaper” employing truth-tellers who think collectively that they are looking out for Granite Staters. Hardly.

Related: How Many “Media” Outlets in NH Got Fed Money to Put a Positive Spin on the COVID19 Vaccines?

They are complicit in the single biggest act of white-collar crime in history. A confidence scam responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans.

From peddling lies about Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin (and never bothering to uncover and report the truth) to promoting vaccines that were obviously not safe or effective a few months after launch. The elderly were dropping dead in care homes, athletes were collapsing in the middle of games, and the band played on to foist them on children. Kids whom the states own COVID data showed to any “reporter” who looked that kids did not need pharmaceutical intervention.

And there’s no excuse for not finding and reporting the truth, except (possibly) taking gobs of ad dollars that might prevent you from ever acting like reporters instead of propagandists.

The case is still open on that one, but the evidence is not in their favor. Struggling local news ignores real stories to peddle the official government line. It’s not flattering but less so if they did it for nothing or because ideological fealty is more important than people’s lives.

My opinion of the corporate media was low before COVID. And since the revelations from Pfizer, we’ve had to dig a hole to make room.

The idea that anyone would subscribe to whatever you are peddling is ludicrous. No one should give you or the rest of them a dime. You are co-conspirators in the deaths of women, children, grandparents, many of whom died alone for no reason – many of whom didn’t need to die but did in defense of a mountain of lies.

And you’re staying the course instead of doing any actual reporting. It’s embarrassing.

Our handful of hobbyists did a better job of reporting the facts and the science in their free time and still do.

Talk about a powerful truth.



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Why Am I Spending So Much Time on the Gunstock Area Commission?

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-03-26 00:00 +0000

Well, one easy reason is that I live on the backside of that Mountain. I was told by the previous owners a couple of times that their teen-aged boys would take the lift up to the top and then do the backside to home.

I’ve always wondered about that story over the last 36 years but I got a great price on the house so I let it go.

As I was telling Steve: “This is the kind of thing that Ed Naile used to go after – a well-constrained/bounded problem, with just a few people involved, and a bunch of dollars”. Just have to figure out the sordid details and where it needs a Big Flashlight and the first tranche of emails I demanded start to show where problems are – and why.  But more is needed.

As a Principal Consultant / Software Architect, my job was often to help figure out what had gone wrong with client software and it always came down to one of two things:

  • Is it plugged in and is turned on (works for hardware AND software)?
  • What is the root cause?

And elected/appointed officials and employees need to Follow The Law.

And at Wednesday’s GAC Public meeting during the Public Comment session, I identified that root cause and it is an either/or situation. However, which will win out?  And what are the ramification for the citizens/taxpayers of Belknap County? I ask the correct questions after handing a couple of documents out to each of the Commissioners:

The rest of it was about getting my RSA 91:A demand satisfied after GMR President / GM Tom Day had refused to furnish the GMR budget – I asked the Commissioners to reverse that decision.  And even though, at the surface, it seems to be a Right To Know over a budget, it really is “What IS this organization?”.  Until that is decided, one way or another by whatever means, there will be problems.

Doug Lambert also stood up and gave a good talk about another question to be asked: “What is Gunstock from a local skier’s viewpoint – and has that been lost?”:


So, root causes.  The “Is it plugged in and turned on” also is applicable to people as well.  The question to be answered is WHO isn’t plugged in and WHO isn’t turned on” along with the even better question, similar to my ever favorite one of “What is the Proper Role of Government?” for this case is:

What is the Proper Role/Mission for Gunstock Mountain Resort?

Is it for the out-of-state markets that GMR is appealing to now wanting to turn itself into a destination place like much larger ski areas (with the attendant problems that accrue with size) or for for the residents of Belknap County?  It’s not an either/or answer – the answer is where on the spectrum does it lie now, where SHOULD it lie in the near or mid-term future and how should it be structured  and be operated to be optimal for that point on that spectrum line?

An to that last point, I have another post coming up that addresses that wide gulf.  The answer that a question elicits is rather disturbing.

It is clear that there are wide differences of opinion on this. It is also clear that some don’t consider itself an entity of the State but that it is a business; a business that doesn’t like to be hamstrung with the rules / laws that it should be obeying.



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Forget the Gas Tax Holiday, NH – Just End the Gas Tax: You Won’t Get a Better Chance than This

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-03-25 22:30 +0000

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu says he’d sign off on a gas tax holiday in the Granite State for anyone, not just residents. This is in response to a bill in the legislature that would only give the tax break to actual residents.

The legislation would void the gasoline tax for three months – probably over the summer.

As I noted here, the three-month schtick is a gimmick, but the bigger problem was that New Hampshire is a mixed bag when it comes to defining who “lives” here. If you pay out-of-state tuition at a local college, you can’t do jury duty or even license a pet, but you can vote no matter what state issued your vehicle registration or driver’s license.

For context, Mr. Sununu defined residents as people who registered their cars in the state. That’s a bold statement that could have far-reaching consequences were it applied to elections, but we’re talking about the gas tax holiday.


He says it gives drivers a 22-cent a gallon break for a couple of months whether they live here or are just driving through.

“I’m hoping they will take it up,” Sununu said. I think it would be a huge win. I think there is an expectation on the state level to do it. We have a very strong economy, we have surpluses, we have a great rainy-day fund.”


I’ll admit that an across-the-board gas tax cut would be great for New Hampshire.


The Shining Beacon in New England

The gas tax holiday would significantly drive traffic to NH border towns from the swirling blue toilets surrounding us. New England states that until recently wanted to raise gas taxes to increase revenue while pretending to help the environment.

But they couldn’t raise them. Joe Biden’s US energy policies (sorry, I meant Putin’s US energy policy) drove gas prices up early and often until tax-and-spend libs in these blue stats couldn’t risk the political fallout of hiking the cost of motor fuel further.

Joe raised them some more, but none of that goes in their corpulent blue piggy banks, and today this means they probably can’t afford a gas tax holiday.

Add Joe Biden’s Putin’s economic inflation and supply chain woes, and these Democrat bastions are hurting. They need to raise taxes to offset the financial stresses these policies put on state and local governments. They need more revenue, so cutting any tax is untenable.

But New Hampshire can afford it.

An across-the-board twenty-two cents per gallon reduction would be a beacon attracting motorists that would translate into sales of liquor, tobacco, vaping supplies, food, snacks, and other stuff on top of the gasoline.

And while Joe Biden’s Putin’s economy is having a significant impact on prices everywhere, lower gasoline prices would attract tourists to New Hampshire instead of Maine or Vermont, reducing expected declines in seasonal revenue that come with higher fuel prices and inflation.


Can We Should We?

I’ll remind you again that I’m not a fan of taking the heat off Democrats that will come from making people feel the pain of the left’s policies every day.

A gas tax holiday might be worse for people’s pockets and pocketbooks long-term if they fail to translate the pain to the ballot box and hold Joe Putin’s party responsible.

But if you are going to do it, do it for everyone. And then, a few months in, suggest we make it permanent—no more state gas tax. Call the Legislature back in September, Mr. Sununu, and turn the heat up on the Dems.

It might fubar any Dem plan to blame Republicans when the tax holiday ends and the price goes back up.

If the Lefties call it a stunt –  it’s not a stunt if you make it forever. And that forever is inevitable, thanks to Dem policy. Their must-have-to-save-the-planet-net-zero-EV future will deliberately erase that gas tax revenue stream anyway, so why not end it now? Make it a plank in the GOP candidate’s platform.

Solve the problem before it becomes a problem, and if we never reach the EV future, millions will be left in the hands of consumers annually to spend in the economy.

Dems will say no, they love all taxes, and if they do, ask them what’s their plan?

They want Electric vehicles that we have neither the material to build nor the energy to charge, and almost no one can afford, but they won’t be paying gas taxes, so, what’s the plan?

We can’t print money to offset costs, and the DC Dem Printing Press is already making inflation and the cost of everything worse, so what’s the plan.

Crying, moaning, and finger-pointing is not a plan.

They don’t have a plan which can’t be a bad thing to point out heading into an election, but these are the facts.  We have to find another way to fund roads and bridges based on Dem priorities, so let’s get on that now.

End the gas tax. Find that funding someplace else. You won’t get a better chance than this.




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BIG Oil Cartoon Is Latest Example of Luckovich’s Propaganda

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-03-25 21:00 +0000

Amazing how editors at The Laconia Daily Sun have been so selective about what conservative cartoons are printed while those of propagandist Mike Luckovich get printed routinely.

Last week, Mike’s presentation showed “Big Oil” strangling oil production to raise prices (Page 26).

Either Mr. Luckovich knows nothing of how economics work or believes most Americans do not. For example, Henry Ford, some 100-plus years ago, realized he could make more money if he could produce more cars at lower prices than fewer at higher prices. So today, Ford Motor Company is still one of the world’s most successful industries, proving more made cheaper than less at more cost.

Let’s review.

“Several” months ago, when Donald Trump was president, oil was plentiful and low cost, and we were energy-independent exporters.

President Joe Biden cut our oil industry production via regulations and executive orders, not Big Oil, Russian President Vladimir Putin, or anyone else.

Thanks to Joe, we have high costs, distribution problems, expected shortages, and are dependent on imports. None of this jibes with the Luckovich attempt to blame someone else for our problems; that honor is all Biden’s.

Since the change in administrations just over 14 months ago, the current president has created more failures and disasters for America and the world than any other president, whether in four years or eight.

I can’t even imagine the scale he could achieve in his next three years. This man, this administration, and its leftist ideology must be stopped before the damage to the civilization here and around the world becomes irreparable.



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Democrat Party’s Bogus Claim of ‘Gerrymandering’

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-03-25 19:30 +0000

OUR FOUNDING FATHERS wrote in our U.S. Constitution that every 10 years the majority political party of each state in the union must redistrict the boundaries of each elected state and congressional seat.

Kimberley Strassel’s recent Wall Street Journal article “Eric Holder’s ‘Democracy’ Con” explains the Democrat Party’s national strategy of ruthless partisan gerrymandering their way to victory over Republicans, all in the name of “democracy” as they see it.

The Democrat goal isn’t justice or fairness though, the goal is to win. To do so they are swindling voters with “democracy” hype while hypocritically engaged in gerrymandering the blue states they control.

In red states, which New Hampshire presently is, the Democrats will file lawsuits as soon as the redistricting boundaries have been approved by the Republican majority regardless of their fairness. Why? Because the Democrats are hoping a liberal court will rule in their favor, setting aside the democratically approved boundaries as, you guessed it, racist, undemocratic, and rigged!

We want to thank Roy Dennehy for this Op-Ed.
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In 2022, the Republican Party is the majority party in the Granite State and so has the legal right and responsibility to redraw the districts that elected officials.

The Democrat leadership in Windham, my town, have been critical of Bob Lynn, the retired NH Superior Court Judge, who now chairs the House of Representatives Redistricting Committee. Local Democrats cite a March 2021 non-binding citizen petition that was overwhelmingly supported calling for fair and effective representation of New Hampshire voters without gerrymandering. Really? Less than 15% of all registered voters (about 1,600) in Windham actually voted in last year’s town election. That means approximately 85% of all registered voters (about 9,400) did not vote. This is simply hypocritical and intentionally misleading on the part of the Democrats.

Before 2020, the Democrat Party was the majority party and their leadership also had the legal right to redraw these same elected boundaries. Did they call this legal process gerrymandering then? Of course not! It’s only when Republicans are voted in that it becomes gerrymandering. The Democrats are demonstrating clear partisan bias.

In 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked what form of government we will now have and he replied: “A representative republic if you can keep it!” All of us patriotic citizens are watching every day as evil forces attempt to change our form of government into a godless socialist dictatorship. In 2020, the majority of Windham voters and the majority of all Granite State voters, freely-elected conservative Republicans to represent them.

Today’s Democratic leadership in the Granite State and Washington is hell-bent on changing our red state blue. They don’t like our island of red standing out from the sea of blue surrounding it in Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Before you cast your vote next November, consider these results delivered by New Hampshire conservatives since 2020:


– National rankings show our state has the most personal freedom, economic opportunity, and safety in the nation.
– The U.S. Census Bureau says our state is the fastest growing in the northeast area of the U.S.
– The Tax Foundation ranks our state 6th out of all 50 states in Business Tax Climate Index due primarily to no state sales tax and no income tax.
– New Hampshire is ranked first for overall freedom by The Cato Institute.
– US News & World Report has concluded our state offers the most economic freedom and safety in the nation.

But Democrats would rather talk about gerrymandering.


Roy Dennehy is a member of the Republican Town Committee in Windham, where he lives.

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Caught Violating His Own Code of Ethics …

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-03-25 18:00 +0000

Consistency much? There’s a reason why I try to remember what people have said – and David Strang, during the Gunstock Area Commission (“GAC”) meeting this past Wednesday, was doing the same. The Left and those with Big Ego hate it when you quote them and put a Big Flashlight on it (and those folks cry “DIVISIVE! You’re attacking ME!”).

Whenever I hear of someone wishing to institute a Code of Ethics, I get that mettalic, sour taste in my mouth, thanks to former Gilford Police Chief elevated to Town Administrator Evans Juris and then Finance Director Debbie Shackett (demonstrating the Peter Principle by rising to be the Belknap County Administrator). They didn’t like that when Doug or me spotted bad things happening while on the Budget Committee, we talked openly about them – and we had the outlets to do so. And we refused to shut up – we didn’t get elected simply to hang our First Amendment Rights by the door. So this dubious duo came up with a Code of Ethics that would have effectively muzzled us.  We laughed and said “Nope, not going to sign it and there’s nothing you can do to us if we don’t”.

After all, in this Dillon’s Rule State, there was no NH State Statute (RSA) that gave these appointed officials the Power to enforce a Code of Ethics onto duly elected officials. Plus, as I’ve oft recounted here, I discovered (contra their boasting that they had spent hundreds of hours prepping it, they had plaigerized it from Sunnyvale, CA’s website.

So Gary Kiedaisch tried to set up a Code of Ethics that would be binding on the GAC Commissioners (listed below).  While sometimes, they may be for “good”, often they are for “control”. And it isn’t always the case that the progenitors of them hold such document in high regard for themselves.  Such was the case on Wednesday.  Watch this video starting at 0:51 where you can hear the voice of Gary launching into a personal attack on newly elected Chair Peter Ness (poor loser, I guess).


And then Commissioner David Strang reads Kiedasich’s own Code of Ethics back at him starting at 1:49.

Words, Big Flashlight, unhappiness.

Full Disclosure: to be honest, I didn’t find it on the GAC part of the Gunstock website so I put out a bleg to friends and it was sent to me.


I find it both intellectually interesting and curious why these types of people keep on proposing (and then work hard to enact), “stuff” that is foisted upon others but refused to self-realize it themselves.  You’d think that if they PROPOSED it that they would LIVE by it – but too often it turns out to be the case of “Rules for thee but not for me”. Double standards.  If you can’t (or won’t) inculcate them internally to your own moral compass, put the pen and paper away / fingers away from the keyboard, and shut up. Just shut up and leave others alone.

Kiedaisch, IMHO, hoisted himself on his own word petard in that moment. The mask slipped for all to see.

Oh yeah, Juris was fired a little later on by the Gilford Selectmen.  It’s my opinion it may well have been a case of ethics…Karma.

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New Product Launch – “Lose the Fossils, Keep the Fuel!”

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-03-25 16:30 +0000

The GrokStore is proud to announce another new product launch. I think I said we’d be doing these weekly, but this inspiration (IMO) was too good to sit on until after the weekend.

This new graphic is available in men’s and women’s tee’s, on a hoodie, or a sticker, in several colors – though I think it looks best on white or black.



Get it on the Women’s maple tee, a Women’s comfort tee, a men’s premium or essential tee, the hoodie, or a sticker.

The Deplorable Collection is still on sale, with plenty of other goodies to check out from Live Free or Die Merch, to Let’s Go, Brandon, Taxation is Theft, I’ve Been Vaccinated (against tyranny), and Keep calm and return fire.

And don’t forget our last product launch, Stop Trying to ‘Mass Up’ My New Hampshire.

Most or all of these graphics are available on Mugs, Shirts, and stickers, and all of the profit goes to support our operating expenses.



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Germany Has it, The American Left Wants It – And This is What it Looks Like …

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-03-25 15:00 +0000

The American Left has been spit polishing its jackboots for years for a moment like this and if we didn’t have the First Amendment AND a Supreme Court committed to defending it (9-0 in most cases), this would be happening to many of us right now.

German law enforcement detained at least 100 people on charges that they engaged in hate speech. They arrested people for things they said or shared on social media. So, what was it that was so terrible?


“The basis for these investigations is Section 188 of the Criminal Code (StGB), which was revised in spring 2021 and makes insults, slander and defamation of people in political life particularly punishable,” the statement reads. “Public officials and elected representatives are given special criminal protection under [Section]188 StGB, regardless of the political level, against hate postings.”


They express an unfavorable opinion in public about politicians so they arrested them. This will have a net effect of suppressing or silencing speech directed at elected or public officials, even when that speech is necessary.

It will shut people up.

Democrats want this in the worst way. We even had local Dems in New Hampshire attempt to advance something similar along a slightly different vein.

The problem for Democrats is that like all fools they assume they will always be in positions of power and protected or will have friends in positions of power to protect them.

That’s their utopia.

But it never works out that way as I noted here in my written testimony on HB1159:


I am deeply honored to be the target of Democrat Sponsored speech suppressing legislation. The effort confirms what I have long claimed. A point that Noah Rothman just made in Commentary Magazine. Free Speech is a threat to the authoritarian tick.

That’s an amalgam of his thesis. He’s referring to a politician’s urge ” to criminalize the forms of expression [they] find distasteful.” What he calls “an old idea…that your freedom of expression is a threat to the public good.” …

The decision to claim you are being bullied stalked, or harassed (and when)  is not only entirely subjective and decided by the lawmaker, the potential object of HB1159’s force has no way to know what or when they will have broken the law.

Perhaps I can frame it another way, in terms that might elicit the opprobrium suited to this effort. If you would not want this power in the hands of President Trump, then you had damn well not, under any circumstance, give it to yourselves.


The moment any party secures absolute power in perpetuity there will be cheering from their water carriers as political opponents are rounded-up, arrested, detained, or disappeared. But history and the lesson progressivism eschews for obvious reasons, tell us that the very people on the ground who made that one-party state possible are next, if not first.

Nothing offends a despotism more than agitators of the same cloth freely expressing their opinion. Words that while aligned in appearance will draw the same ire under the very same hate speech laws these new victims worked so hard to enshrine in law and culture.

You can hate free speech or the speaker as much as you like but hate speech is a trap from which no one will escape, including the people who advocate for it now thinking it will be their master later.

There can only be one master and it won’t be you.



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The American Left’s Long March …

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-03-25 13:30 +0000

From a traditional sense of American normality, we are being eaten alive from the inside out – just like all great countries in the past.  As fellow Grokster Nitzkahon has pointed out, the Left is no longer just engaging on ideas.

They are missionaries.

They have done the equivalent of Mao’s Long March with the Franklin School and Italian Socialist Antonio Gramsci’s notions about rule.

Rule of Law? Freedom of Speech? Freedom of Religion? Belief in Judeo-Christian? Destroy those values, do a box/bum’s rush on everything else, and bankrupt the nation. Create chaos in the culture such that no one knows what is right or wrong, good or deviant. As self-professing Communist (and Obama advisor) said:

“Our governing move is three things — top-down, bottom-up, and inside out. We need to work on the middle and the bottom. Government will handle the top down but it’s also bottom-up and inside-out — so now you’re challenged as you leave here — your challenge is to take care of that bottom part and that inside-out part — the heart part.”

They took over the Mainstream Media, they took over Hollywood, they took over our Education system, they’ve taken over our churches (at least the mainstream denominations who have adopted a social gospel in replacing the actual Gospel)  they are now taking over our language. They’ve done so deliberately and determination.

They followed Mao’s ideas.

Time for us to return the favor.



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Wake Up And … How About a Few Ketanji Brown Jackson Memes?

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-03-25 12:00 +0000

The next US Supreme Court Justice, Ketanji Brown Jackson – (what, you think there are enough votes in a Democrat majority Senate to block confirmation of a radical leftist who happens to be black and might be a woman?) – has inspired the meme-making community

Not too many. Just a few to start your Friday.












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Are We Heading for Champagne Power at Gunstock Mountain or Are They Still Stuck in the Crud?

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-03-25 10:30 +0000

Wednesday night was the March GAC meeting. The first issue after the approval of previous meeting minutes was spent dealing with the Rusty McLear issue. Is he or is he not a legitimate GAC Commissioner with respect to what NH RSA 399:4 says about appointments.

Finishing the term of a Commissioner that has left office.

Peter Ness offered a Resolution that carried the day and set the stage for the next video snipped from the entire meeting.


After the Commissioner status of Rusty McLear had been dealt, per the GAC By-Laws, elections for the Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary.

Interesting given the Power Plays over the last couple of months:


While I will be putting up snippets from the meeting, here is the entire uncut/unedited video from this long meeting:

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If This Doesn’t Get the “Stand with Ukraine Libs” to Sit the Hell Down I Don’t Know What Will.

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-03-25 01:30 +0000

Ukraine, not surprisingly, is just another post-Soviet toilet swirling with corruption. As we pointed out Wednesday on Life with Liz with Grok, it’s what they know. And that, I surmise, is why the Left is so keen to support it. But this could put their panties in a twist.


Ukraine’s martial law requires all biological males between the ages of 18 and 60 to remain in the country and fight. And it makes no exceptions for trans women.


Transwomen trying to cross the border into Poland have been stopped, “frisked,” had their identity as biological male “confirmed,” and sent back into Ukraine. If you are a man, regardless of what you may think, you are being returned for active duty.

That’s gotta sting.

Writing at Zero Hedge, Tyler Durden notes that (emphasis in original), Interestingly, the American press didn’t pick up the story. Could this be because it might undermine the bright shiny (definitely not nazi-ish) new heroic image of the Ukrainian government, which has been the subject of almost unanimously positive coverage in the American press?

Do you think?

Look at how enflamed the Demorrhoids got when Gov DeSantis signed a law forcing public schools to wait until 4th grade to groom other people’s children. They lost their minds. (If the media went wide with this Ukraine story, progs would be pulling the yellow and blue bars off their social media avatars faster than it took Joe Biden to fubar domestic oil independence.)

This would unhinge them, not that it takes much.

But keep this in mind as you ponder that? Imagine if the transwomen wanted to fight, and Ukraine said no?

It’s gotta be exhausting being a Liberal.




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A Look Ahead to 2024

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-03-25 00:00 +0000

In normal times, the President announces his run for re-election as soon as he takes the oath. This declaration shows continuity and a commitment to the job and party. These are not normal times.

President Joe Biden always adds the caveat that if he is healthy, he will be on the ballot in 2024. He also claims that Vice President Kamala Harris will be his running mate. Neither of these statements is good news for half of America, and the other half may not be thrilled either.

As the approval ratings continue to fall for both Biden and Harris, the Democrats may hope that fate will intervene and save them from a second chance to make the same mistake again..electing a feckless leader and an incompetent sidekick. Nobody wishes ill-will on our President, but they certainly wish they could hit the Re-Do button. Putting this team in the White House may have removed the evil Orange Man but losing the House and Senate was not part of the plan.

The 2020 pool of Democrat potentials was weak at best. Nobody was impressive, and Kamala Harris dropped out before the first vote was cashed. She was polling at 1-3% when she folded her tent. Nobody on the Left wanted her as President, and being female and Black are the only reasons Harris was on the ticket. She was Biden’s first mistake with many to follow.

The problem with Biden stepping down is Kamala Harris sitting behind the resolute desk. Nobody on either side wants that. We hope Biden stays healthy enough to finish his term but not entertain another four years. Biden has to keep talking 2024 or become a lame-duck President. Becoming a lame President would stall his lousy policies domestically but weaken America worldwide.

So what does a one-term Biden mean for 2024? Let’s weigh some options. Should Biden step down in 2024, the natural choice would be for Harris to move into the top slot. Nobody, save maybe her close family and friends, wants to see Harris at the top of the ticket. Well, perhaps many Republicans would love to see Harris in 2024 bumper stickers.

Many see it as a foregone conclusion that Biden will not run. If they can get Harris to step away, who will be riding the Donkey in 2024? The pool is as weak on the Left as strong on the Right. DeSantis is the current front-runner to be the Republican choice. The fact that the Left has not dug up anything to tear him down may indicate his past is clean. If not the Florida Governor, most Conservatives could give you a dozen viable alternatives. The Left does not have that luxury.

The two names that rise to the top on the Left are Stace Abrahms and Hakeem Jeffries of New York. One still thinks she is the Governor of Georgia, and the other is best known for his part in the impeachment of Donald Trump. I think anyone on the Right would relish either or both of these Left-wingers as the Democrat flag bearer in 2024.

Please do not insult us by talking about Pete Buttigieg, AOC, Gavin Newsome, Elizabeth Warren, or, God forbid, Hillary Clinton. With these names on most Top 10 lists, it is evident how weak the Democrat bench might be. The biggest mistake the Dems, and Biden, made was going for a Black woman and not the best person for Vice President. Had they done the latter, they could let Biden walk into the sunset and still have a fighting chance in 2024. Now, they are dead in the water.



Ray Writes for and the Liberty Loft

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COVID Cult’s New Boogeyman – The Omicron BA.2 Variant (But What About the BS Variant?)

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-03-24 22:30 +0000

Vermont is very concerned. There’s a new variant in town, and the public health industrial complex is keeping an eye on it. Yes, I’m sure you are – and wondering if there’s a teat on it so you can milk taxpayers to pad your budgets.


The BA.2 variant is said to be more contagious than the omicron variant, but to date most cases have been less serious, Levine said. It’s uncertain whether the U.S. will see a “slight surge” in new cases or a prolonged tail to the omicron outbreak, he added.


March is a strange time to be making public statements about a flu virus, but that’s all part of the new world order. Flu in spring and summer was not a thing until the vaccination intimidation. Now, what 60-75% of the nation has accepted an experimental drug that makes them more susceptible to infection and spread, everything is COVID, and the slightest breeze elicits a warning.

The mass media is calling BA.2 the stealth variant.


(CNBC) That’s the new Covid subvariant, which preliminary research indicates is even more transmissible than the original omicron variant — but doesn’t necessarily cause more severe illness.

Less severe than the flu that 99.8% of people who got it survived? And that’s the people who actually caught it, which is a fraction of the whole. But hey, maybe they’ll get BA.2 and create antibodies that actually work?

Scientists need more research to determine how well COVID-19 treatments hold up…

“BA.2 has a whole mess of new mutations that no one has tested,”…

Like the original omicron, BA.2 makes our vaccines less protective against infection than earlier variants…

You know what that means. Get Vaccinated!

No. No thanks.

I’d rather remain unmodified, so I can continue my research on The BS variant untainted. That’s the public health industrial complex erected and funded by politicians.

The real contagion in desperate need of a cure.



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Well, I Have a Biology Degree So, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, I Can Answer “What Is a Woman?”

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-03-24 21:00 +0000

This is a PERFECT example of Ideological Fealty over what-we-see-in-actual-life reality.  It is a PERFECT example of the chaos that the Left is deliberately sowing into American life – universal gaslighting of us all that we are not to believe our lyin’ eyes. They want to get us to the point of accepting 2+2=5 and any of their other dastardly “beliefs” they held.  Sorry, I know what a woman is – my undergrad degree prepared me for that. It’s not a man.  It is the complementary gender to a man, but can never be a man.

Yesterday, during Jackson’s first full day of Senate confirmation hearings, one of the progressive left’s major dogmas related to transgender ideology and politics was torn asunder by none other than the good judge herself. Ironically, the destruction of this basic tenet of transgenderism (if it is an -ism) occurred as Jackson was attempting to be too clever and too politically correct by half when she was asked to perform the simple task of defining “woman.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) asked the good judge to perform the simple task that most pre-schoolers can accomplish. The exchange reflects a level of intellectual stupidity that only can be attained at America’s leading graduate schools… in this case, Harvard.

The above is from Townhall and I disagree with this:

That last addendum, “I’m not a biologist,” was a gratuitous little insight into a nasty little attitude that Jackson holds for the likes of Blackburn, who would dare to presuppose that such a thing as defining a woman could be glibly achieved in such a vulgar setting as this.

No, it isn’t just towards “the likes of Blackburn” – it is total disparagement towards anyone not in their tribe, including yours truly with a biology degree. What we Normals need to do is to start laughing at them at each and every time that they try to have us believe 2+2=5 or that a man can be a woman and that a woman can be a man.  All three are impossible. Oh, for sure, that latter two can have you dress up as the other sex than what you were conceived. You may even have surgery whose purpose is to fool others into believing that he is a she or a she is a he.

But neither can ever biologically be what they are not. Chromosomes (which I’ve been told doesn’t “follow the science”) make it clear as a permanent marker.  But your bone structure, your muscle mass and types, your pulmonary and cardiac capabilities, the internal and external organs, and even how your brain is wired is different than the other sex/gender.

Sidenote: remember, “gender” has been redefined by the Left to be other than what it used to be: a more genteel way during the Victorian Age, of saying “sex”. Both were defined as the same thing and up until lately, were synonyms for each other. Now enter in “social construct” that allows the Left to redefine anything they want so you SHUT UP!

You can’t change those no matter what you believe you want to believe about yourself as well as demanding that others do the same.

For Harvard trained Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to state that she can’t is a lie in fealty to the Marxist social gospel she is wedded to. And make no mistake, the culture war in which we find ourselves being shoved into.  No, it’s not the classic socioeconomic Marxist class that Communists and Socialists are infamous for but the Frankfurt School and Antonio Gramsci American twist by turning

I also like this retort that I saw in a Twitter video that demonstrates this insanity of what we Normals are being subjected to:

Ah yes, the “Totalitarianism of the Experts” in real life.  No one is to decide for themselves regardless.  This is “certification” run amok.  It is what the Left desires – to make you internalize and think normal that you are NOT allowed to opine on ANYTHING in which you don’t have a degree/certification.  ANYTHING.  And they are quickly looking to make it mandatory for all – you drone!

“I’m not a vet but I know what a dog is”

Short, to the point, and an utter refutation of the Left that makes them look silly.  Senator Blackburn, upon hearing Jackson say “I’m not a biologist”, could have used that. In fact, all of us can use that for ALL of the ways that the Left is trying to gaslight us – state something simple that can’t be refuted but stuff’s their point into a little box – and then stomp on it.

(H/T: Townhall Daily Caller)


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The March 2020 ‘Grok Invasion of Life With Liz

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-03-24 19:30 +0000

Skip and I found our way to Nashua yesterday to hang out with Liz Gabert at the WSMN 1590 studios. Lots of topics to cover along with call-in guest Melissa Blasek who talked about wins for health freedom legislation in the NH House.

Skip gave a summation of the Gunstock Mountain situation. I discussed the Federal transparency legislation that would require the AG to report the number of refugees dumped here monthly. With a few cheap shots at the Governor and the AG, along the way.

You can listen here, or watch below.

The audio version has been edited down to reduce the file size but only bumper music and some housekeeping content were removed. No edits were made to the video version of this braodcast.


Listen – Real Resistance Podcast Page – Spreaker


Watch and listen – LWL on YouTube.

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Gunstock Mountain Resort – Right to Know: Budget. All of it. At the General Ledger Account Level

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-03-24 18:00 +0000

At the end of the Public Comment section, last night, I made a bit of a stir, having previously submitted an RSA 91:A Right To Know demand for the entire budget, at the General Ledger line/account level.

Tom Day, President and General Manager of Gunstock Mountain Resort (“GMR”) told me that he was not going to do that. Period, end of story. He made it clear that he was “protecting the Business.

I capitalized Business but he had it in lower case. Claimed that because of competition and financial information: RSA 91-A:3

(j) Consideration of confidential, commercial, or financial information that is exempt from public disclosure under RSA 91-A:5, IV in an adjudicative proceeding pursuant to RSA 541 or RSA 541-A.

There’s a reason why I capitalized it and it has become increasingly evident that the former Commissioners, the GMR Senior Staff, and employees (as I found out last night at the regularly scheduled meeting of the GMR’s Gunstock Area Commission (GAC)) all believe that it is THEIR business and just not a wholly-owned entity of Belknap County, New Hampshire.

Which, by definition, makes it a political subdivision of the County which, in turn, is a subdivision of the State of New Hampshire.

Thus, not a business.

But that’s how it is being run and decidedly acting as if the normal rules, regulations, and laws that bind subdivisions of the State, don’t apply to them.

And now there’s a battle going on:  business or a mere government agency whose product is just snow. Oh, it is a product that people want if it provides a downslope. Before my knees, hips, and back did their own downslope, I used to ski at Gunstock.

My kids learned to ski there. TMEW ran the childcare center there for a while.

But in this case, there are a number of things I want to know. As I’ve said before, I spent almost 10 years on our Budget Committee and as a Grokster, I’ve helped numerous others around NH with theirs; this is not unknown territory. So, here’s the demand:

Pursuant to the Right to Know Law (RSA. 91-A), I am demanding access, within 5 business days, to the following governmental records: For the current fiscal year, the overall budgets for all operational entities commonly known, in the aggregate, as Gunstock Ski Area / Gunstock Mountain Resort / et al:

  • The complete budget(s) for each official entity to be presented at the General Ledger (“GL”) Account / line number with each line item to contain:
    • The GL account number / identifier for each line item
    • The GL textual description for each line item
    • The starting amount for each line item set at the beginning of the current fiscal year
    • Current balance / amount for each GL line item as of end of day March 13, 2022

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

As you are aware, in 2016, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled that a governmental body in possession of records is required to produce them in electronic media using standard of common file formats: Green v. SAU #55, 168 N.H. 796, 801 (2016). Unless there is some reason that it is not reasonably practicable for you to produce these records in the requested format, I ask that you either do so or explain why it is not practicable for you to comply.

Please also note, per RSA 91-A:4 III, III-a, and III-b, you are required to maintain the safety and accessibility of such responsive records.

Thus, knowing that all current accounting systems can output their General Ledger to spreadsheet files at the push of a button, I am requesting the above information be presented in either an EXCEL xls file or OpenOffice ods formats. Given that most budget processes include spreadsheets from the lowest level departments to the highest, this is not a out-of-bounds Right To Know demand (well within the abilities of a competent Accounting or IT department).

Please let me know when these responsive records are available for inspection.

You may email the responsive records (the spreadsheet files) to me at If the volume is turns out to be substantial, I have already set up a Dropbox folder for all of your responsive records.

Thank you for your lawful attention to this matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by email.


Skip Murphy

So he and I engaged in an email back-and-forth which I’ll post up later. The video of last night’s meeting will be available as well (the entire almost-4-hour long video is still uploading).  It came to a head, however, when I dropped this at the end of the Public Comment section in front of each Commissioner – a GMR Operational Budget that was deliberately let loose “into the wild” as GMR was looking to Belknap County to give it cash just as intensely as teen-aged Johnny asking Dad for the keys to the family car:

Gunstock FY 2017 Operating Budget

Developing – more coming.

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Feeble Old Man Pretending to be the US President Wanders Off Again (Watch)

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-03-24 16:30 +0000

This is a short picture in picture video featuring Ben Shaprio watching a clip of Biden getting off Marine One, but someone has added some amusing voice-over to the footage.

They are impersonating some command and control Secret-Service-Esque dialogue regarding the President’s* movements as he disembarks from the chopper.

And it’s funny; because Joe is obviously a victim of elder abuse. Head down, slumping along… incapable of simple directions that no coherent individual, let alone a leader of the increasingly less-free world, should need.

Biden needs them and can’t follow them, and this was their “nominee.*”

The Democrat’s 2020 field was so horrible they had to settle for Biden because they felt like they could push, pull, or drag him over the finish line regardless of the risks to their party or the country.


We are supposed to believe that this guy got more votes than Obama.

And here he is!


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Net-Zero Refers to Their Plans for Your Lifestyle, not Carbon Emissions

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-03-24 15:00 +0000

Big Green is a lumbering hulk whose only quality is its size and momentum. Nothing else about it makes any sense. The only thing green about it is the money printed to fund it. And it won’t make life better for anyone but a few elites who advocate for it.

And it is a tight circle within the ruling class—people who have been laundering “environmentally-conscious” programs into their pockets and those of supporters for decades.

There’s no evidence that what they claim is happening, and there is even less proof that their plans to address the non-problem would help. Unless by help, you mean paying the media with your money to write less-threatening stories to herald program successes when it appears politically necessary to do so.

Look, we made a tiny difference. See, this is working! But we need more from you.

That “more” means less for you.

Net Zero, their latest marketing ploy to sell the fraud, has nothing to do with reducing carbon emissions. As we’ve noted often, their plans are as carbon-intensive as any, off-shoring “emissions,” which they then call reductions.

The truth is that their goal is not to improve the planet but to improve their own control over it and you and to grow the size (and emissions) of government to facilitate that.

Net-Zero refers to what their plans will do to your lifestyle (and your rights) and not much else.



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