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Friday • August 12 • 2022


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Dems Target Another Black Republican Candidate

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-06-10 13:30 +0000

The Democratic Party needs America’s racial minorities to vote for their candidates. It’s the foundation of their entire electoral strategy:

Exploit white guilt by targeting college-educated white folks and preaching about privilege. Ensure loyalty from unionized blue-collar workers by bad-mouthing the wealthy and stirring up the envious emotions that accompany class warfare. Instill a sense of victimhood in non-Christians and the LGBTQ community. And, at all costs, make sure that racial minorities – particularly blacks and Hispanics – are Democrat devotees by demonizing your opponents.

It’s a strategy that has served them well for years. But when that support begins to erode, the Democratic narrative of “Vote for us because Republicans are racist” suffers. And that phenomenon becomes particularly problematic when a racial minority not only wanders off the Democrat reservation but throws their hat in the ring of a high-profile, blue state gubernatorial election. Such is the case with Republican candidate for Illinois governor, Richard Irvin.

Irvin has all the qualities that should endear him to Democrats. Irvin is black, was raised in housing projects by a single mother, and has already been elected to public office by becoming the first black mayor of the city of Aurora. But Richard Irvin is also an Army veteran, a Republican, and a candidate who scares the living daylights out of Democrats for one main reason: He could beat incumbent Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker in November.

It is for this reason that Democrats are pouring money into TV ads designed to destroy Irvin’s candidacy in the Republican primary election on June 28th, less than three weeks away. If Irvin was to win the primary, he would go head-to-head with Pritzker in November, and the last thing Democrats want is for the multi-billionaire Pritzker, whose family owns the Hyatt hotel chain, to have to face off against a black Republican.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) and Governor Pritzker have poured over $12 million into ads targeting Irvin over the past five weeks. The ads go after Irvin’s record as a defense attorney while simultaneously attempting to prop up one of his Republican opponents, Darren Bailey, who Democrats rightly believe to be much less threatening to Pritzker’s incumbency.

Irvin isn’t the first black person we’ve seen Democrats attack for the sin of being Republican. We’ve been seeing the phenomenon for ages and has recently become even more frequent. South Carolina Senator Tim Scott was despicably labeled as “Uncle Tim” last year for saying that our country isn’t racist; which it isn’t. Democrats go after Virginia Lt. Governor Winsome Earle-Sears at every opportunity, most recently in the wake of the Uvalde shooting. And the left and their media are pulling out all the stops in trying to damage Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker.

What the Democrats’ targeting of Richard Irvin illustrates, as has been the case for years, is that the Democratic Party doesn’t care about black folks, they care about power. They lecture America about black lives matter while simultaneously governing cities like Chicago where black folks are slaughtered on the streets and nothing is done. And when a black man like Richard Irvin rises from the housing projects and then has the gall to run for office as a Republican, Democrats take a bare-knuckled approach in attacking him.

Let’s hope that not only does Richard Irvin win his primary election at the end of the month, but that he also destroys J.B. Pritzker in November.



Jess Lawson writes at The Blue State Conservative

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New Sheriff at CNN Could Axe Left-Wing Talent to Reboot the Brand

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-06-10 12:00 +0000

Ted Turner’s Cable News Network was never unbiased, but after four years of Trump Derangement Syndrome, CNN is TDS. And ratings were not great, but without Trump, they crashed as caravans of viewers migrated to other content, leaving it a shell of its once great self. That’s a problem for its new masters, and changes are imminent.


CNN’s new boss, Chris Licht, is evaluating whether personalities and programming that grew polarizing during the Trump era can adapt to the network’s new priority to be less partisan.

Why it matters: If talent cannot adjust to a less partisan tone and strategy, they could be ousted, three sources familiar with the matter tell Axios.


Warner Brothers/Discovery took control as part of a merger, and the first casualty was CNN+. The unwatched premium service was aborted just outside the womb, and ownership has turned its eye on the mother ship. A global news powerhouse reduced by a petty obsession with hating on Trump and Republicans.

What was once the name in cable news is little more than a third-rate outlet with an overpriced payroll.


Brian Stelter and Jim Acosta may be the worst examples. Acosta thinks he is saving the world from Trump, and Stelter spends every waking moment telling people what FOX News is doing. But if Licht is serious about changing CNN, he will have to fire a lot more people. Don Lemon and Jake Tapper are names that spring to mind.


It sounds like CNN will be required to take transition drugs, and it won’t be painless.

I’m having a hard time feeling bad about any of that. I also don’t believe that CNN will come out the other side much differently than it is today. Chris Licht can make surface changes that people see, but as with most media, the partisanship will remain. The choice of stories to cover, the angle, deciding what truth to ignore.

It is the stock in trade of modern corporate media.

Like the attempted murder of Brett Kavanaugh. His would-be murderer admitted to police his plan to kill the Justice and, if necessary, his family. Imagine a Democrat-appointed justice being threatened in such a way during a Republican presidency.

It would be the only news.

That’s most of the media these days, with CNN and MSNBC in the vanguard. Priorities embedded in producers and staff like spike proteins that you don’t just eliminate with a few Zoom calls or meetings at the “office.”

It is a tall order but one that would be welcome.

CNN can’t survive on liberal outrage alone, and neither can MSNBC, by the way. According to the same article, May was their worst month since 1999.

Without Donald Trump to hate on, it looks like they have little or nothing to offer even to their far-left base.



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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

SAU16 – Exeter Parents WIN!

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-06-10 10:30 +0000

Congratulations to all of the parents who have been working hard to improve their public schools in SAU16. It was reported that David Ryan, Superintendent, will be leaving the district because the board chose not to renew his contract. After months  of parents organizing to change the direction, they finally see that the first step has been taken.

But this is not the time for parents to rest on their laurels. In fact, it’s more important than ever to get involved in the selection process. A good leader is hard to find. Most Superintendents have no intention of leading your district to excellence, they’d rather manage the garbage handed to them by outside forces. That’s why it’s important to stay active, remain vocal, and demand better for your kids.

SAU16 parents made it clear that they wanted the administration to focus on academic excellence. For those pushing social justice, this is how you can help all of the children in your district, black and brown children too.

The current administration was so focused on radical political agendas that they forgot who they were serving. These parents are smart, and they love and care about their children. They are tired of the politics of division and want to go back to a unified district focused on a quality public education for their children.

The leader of the school sets the tone and agenda. All these parents wanted was for their kids to attend a school in a joyful environment where the focus was on academic excellence. Instead, under Ryan’s leadership, they watched as the academics suffered, and the community become further divided.

Parents can start by asking candidates how they will work to unify this broken community.  What do they see as their top priorities in a divided community that wants unity, and a school district they can be proud of.

Parents want the best for their children. That starts by focusing on three important priorities:
1) Academic excellence
2) A disciplined and safe environment
3) Respect for the role of the parent

Let’s start with academic excellence. You can start by asking all of the candidates if they’ve read the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Ask them to present a list of flaws that they’ve identified and will address in an effort to make substantial improvements.  That will offer parents confidence that the new leader of their school district is honest with them about the flaws, and will work with the teachers to make any necessary changes.

A disciplined and safe environment allows teachers to focus on what they need to do in the classroom. Add a dash of joy to the day, and the morale will improve for all.  It’s not rocket science, there are schools like Trinity in Manchester that have this down to a science.

Respecting parents can be part of the parent engagement plan that should have been planned. Within the federal law, Every Student Succeeds Act, school administrators are responsible for developing a parent and family engagement plan. ESSA was signed into law during the Obama administration, so where is SAU16 on their plan?
If you search the district website, nothing comes up, yet here is a plan developed by a school district in GA.

Parent and family engagement plans are a way to include parents in an effort to improve academic achievement.  Instead Ryan hired an expensive outside political organization, 2Revolutions, and paid them to develop a plan that reflected their vision for the district. This conflicted with what parents wanted for their children. Talk about mismanagement!

One important measure that would unify this community would be, prioritizing academic achievement. This is something all parents and taxpayers can support. When children are receiving a quality education, parents and community members will stand together. Not only will they stand together, they will support and fight for the individuals in charge of their child’s education. When politics or political agendas become the focus, it’s sure to cause division. Stick to educating children and leave political agendas out of the classroom.

A district committed to diversity can look for a more diverse teaching staff. Hiring a DEIJ Director who comes with a radicalized political agenda diverts funds away from paying the teaching staff a better wage. Parents in SAU16 could see that pushing this radical political agendas was the priority, not academic achievement. That’s going to mobilize good parents to fight for a better education for their children.

Parents also noticed the declining enrollment numbers in SAU16. Parents will either fight or quietly remove their children, and send them somewhere else. They’re not stupid, yet that’s how they were treated. They were basically forced to accept the dumbing down, and the radicalized political agenda. It’s their children and their money, that’s not going to work for many families.

There is nothing more important than hiring highly qualified and educated teachers in the classroom. Parents have wisely voiced their support for hiring and maintaining the best teaching staff. But teachers have been working in an environment that breeds toxicity. A good leader must be honest, focused, and have integrity.

All of this is possible with a leader who cares about offering quality education to the children they were hired to serve. It’s not a recipe that is difficult to figure out.

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Data Point – Timely: Poll Says Younger Male Democrats More Willing to Assassinate Politicians

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-06-10 01:30 +0000

And the Left is ALWAYS stating that all Domestic Terrorism is committed by those on the Right?  Timely poll, given the Leftist that wanted to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanagh and his family:

According to a recently released poll, nearly half of male Democrats under the age of 50 (44 %) say it’s acceptable to assassinate a politician “who is harming the country or our democracy,” the highest percentage of any age/gender/party demographic. The poll, which was conducted by Tulchin Research for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), also found that nearly a third of younger Democrat women and younger Republican men agreed with the statement, as did 40% of younger Republican women.

I am both gobsmacked and flummoxed by the results -but I shouldn’t be surprised. It’s a constant theme that I can summarize like this:

It’s not the gun that kills, it’s the man/woman using the gun.

I’ve been railing about the degraded culture that the Left has been de-normalizing since the 1960s – we are all reaping what they sowed in the intervening decades. With the denigration by popular culture of religious faith (aka, do not murder), the “triteness” of how important Life is (e.g., abortion, euthanasia, and the wild abandon to “even” aggrievances with death), emotion over reason, and the emphasis that *I* come first before others, one should not be surprised at the result.

It’s plain scary.

That old saw “Conservatives think Progressives are misguided, Progressives think Conservatives are evil” has gone on steroids.  Seriously – assassinate someone?

That’s Banana Republic area. That’s Third World environs…oh wait!

Didn’t we all watch this, sometimes in real time, during the Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots?  Nothing mattered except for themselves – no regard for others’ property, businesses, or lives.

Welcome to what the Democrats have wrought.

And just wait until the Right has finally had enough and goes “OK, dudes – you set the New Rules and now we’re gonna play by them as well”.

Give the reaction when we started using their Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals against them, just WAIT until you see their reaction.

(H/T: PJ Media)

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Louisiana is the18th State to Save Women’s Sports – Bans Biological Men in Girls and Women’s Competition.

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-06-10 00:00 +0000

Men have an inherent biological advantage when it comes to athletics. Given equal time and training, most women can’t compete. Those who think Title IX empowers girls and women through sport believe that letting men compete as women undermine that. And now, 18 states agree with us.



SB 44 or “Fairness in 16 Women’s Sports Act,” … requires all participants of women’s sports to be “biologically female” and gives them the ability to sue in case of violations, has passed the Senate by a vote of 32-6-0 and moves to the desk of John Bel Edwards last May 25.


The Democrat Governor allowed the bill to become law without his signature, saying, “It was obvious to me after two years it was going to become law whether or not I signed or vetoed the bill.”

So, are Democrats coming around on the issue? If they can help it, sure. It’s not popular with most Americans, it doesn’t make much sense, and it’s not fair. John Bel Edwards probably took a knee because he knew he couldn’t stop it, and the momentum was not in his favor. But that’s not breaking the seventh seal or a sign from the ideological heavens. It’s just politics.

The far left has a stranglehold on the Democrat party the way Islamofascists control those “moderate Muslims” about which we hear so much. They exist but are ineffective and might as well be unicorns or peaceful Democrat protests.

What I did find interesting, and I’m not sure if this was passed in any of the other 17 states, is what I’ll call the accountability clause.

Back in 2019, Selina Soule lost a shot at a scholarship when two boys competing as girls placed higher than biological girls in the same competition. They didn’t have any legislative support, and in Connecticut, where she lived, there was little enough moral support. She had to file a federal lawsuit without a net.

The Louisiana law includes a provision that allows girls and their parents or guardians to sue schools that ignore the law, and we know why that was needed. Schools will ignore the law.

I’m not sure how you hide something like this, but I would not be surprised to see them try. There is, of course, one sure-fire way to learn the truth, not that I envy anyone who ends up with that job.

But good on Louisiana for moving this forward and making a veto untenable.




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Left Coast Lib Travels 2300 Miles to “Abort” Brett Kavanaugh

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-06-09 22:30 +0000

“I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

Those are the words of career ruling-class swamp creature Chuck Schumer after the unethical leak of the SCOTUS Draft decision in Dobbs v. Jackson. (And not one of them expressed concern over “sources and methods.”)

I can’t help thinking about what Democrats would have done with that if Trump had said it during the DC rally on January 6th. “I want to tell you, Congressman, I want to tell you, Senators, you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

It sounds like incitement to violence and insurrection, and they’d have a point.

I only bring it up because police have arrested a California man who traveled to Maryland to kill Justice Kavanaugh and his family. And I don’t know for sure, but I bet he wore a condom, a Depends undergarment, and a mask on the plane.


Early in the morning on Wednesday, a California man was arrested near the home of SCOTUS Justice Brett Kavanaugh and charged with attempted murder.  The man claimed that he was fueled by anger over the leaked draft opinion that could soon see the court overturn Roe V. Wade.


Incitement to violence and insurrection? And will they also charge him under18 US Code § 1507 (he was trying to influence a judge).


Whoever, with the intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty, pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court of the United States, or in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer, or with such intent uses any sound-truck or similar device or resorts to any other demonstration in or near any such building or residence, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

Nothing in this section shall interfere with or prevent the exercise by any court of the United States of its power to punish for contempt.


The protect “Democracy” crowd hasn’t been interested in enforcing that either. Like most progressive notions, that street only goes one way, and the rank and liberal sheeple don’t seem to notice or care.

Kavanaugh’s would-be killer, undoubtedly an avid watcher of CNN and MSNBS, is from California. Overturning the viability standard in Roe based on new scientific evidence would have no impact on California’s existing abortion laws. He could still be his niece’s “favorite uncle” for years to come without worrying about them being punished with a baby.

That’s speculation. I have no idea if he has siblings or if they have children. But he’s clearly a leftist loon and a stupid one at that. I wonder if he’ll decide he’s a woman to get locked up with the ladies. I’m not sure how well he’d fare in Federal men’s prison but needing an abortion wouldn’t be the issue.

As for Schumer, his rant is a clear incitement to violence; sorry, I meant another shining example of free speech. You know, riots, arson, muggings, assault, and murder if the cause is progressive enough. Otherwise, it’s hate speech.

If Democrats didn’t have double standards, they’d have none.

And before I forget, the would-be-killer could have just as easily been inspired by New Hampshire, Senator Jeanne Shaheen.


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“I Was Able to Achieve the American Dream for Myself and My Family”

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-06-09 21:00 +0000

Representative John Burt (Goffstown) introduced Michael Yakubovich outside the New Hampshire Secretary of State Office. Rep Burt said, “One of the many reasons I support Michael Yakubovich is because he understands and believes in the meaning of the Second Amendment. For this and many other reasons, my vote and support goes to Michael Yakubovich.”

Michael Yakubovich then spoke to the crowd of supporters. “As a young man over three decades ago, I fled the Soviet Union with only what I had in my pockets. I worked hard in life and was able to achieve the American Dream for myself and my family. I’ve fought to protect that dream and the New Hampshire Advantage for our children and grandchildren while serving my neighbors as a State Representative. But there’s so much more that I can give back to the community that has done so much for me.”

“I delivered conservative results in the State House, and my voting record reflects that: I scored 100% from the conservative House Republican Alliance, 99% from the CPAC American Conservative Union, and have been the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance’s “Legislator of the Year.” As your State Senator, I will continue to fight for common-sense conservative values so that we can protect the New Hampshire Advantage that makes the Granite State the best place in the whole world to live, work and raise a family.”

“I pledge to work hard every day of this campaign to ensure that a strong and principled conservative Senator represents the communities of District 16. I hope to earn your vote on Tuesday, September 13th so that we can continue this fight for the future of New Hampshire and for America.”


Contact: Keith Carlsen



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To Save Our Students, Let’s Debate Everything That Contributes to School Shootings.

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-06-09 19:30 +0000

Since America’s inception, guns have been a part of our culture. Our inherent right to self-defense is enshrined in our Constitution. But in recent years, senseless mass killings by deranged gunmen have become almost a commonplace occurrence. As a result, many Americans have come to see firearms as nothing more than instruments of mass destruction, serving no purpose but to dispense death, misery, and heartache.

Every time our country endures another mindless massacre, the demands to restrict guns, or limit our Second Amendment rights, grow louder. Recently, unspeakable horror was unleashed in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. It shook the nation to its core.

It’s understandable that heartbreaking carnage like that would lead to more impassioned demands for gun controls. People are angry and frustrated. They never want to see it happen again.

But the sad truth is, it is likely to happen again – not because of guns, but because of the culture of violence permeating throughout our society, the malevolence that seems to be metastasizing across the country. For even if we could wave our hands and somehow make the Second Amendment disappear, along with the estimated 400 million firearms circulating in our country, the epidemic of mass killings is not likely to end. This is a product of pure evil, an erosion of our humanity. And evil is both determined and resourceful.

On May 18, 1927, a disgruntled taxpayer firebombed a school in Bath Township, Michigan, resulting in the death of 38 children and six adults. It stunned the nation. Nothing to compare with that malevolence would occur for several decades.

On April 19, 1995, 168 innocent people died at the hands of a domestic terrorist, who bombed the Federal Building in Oklahoma City. In a bitter irony, like in Uvalde, 19 young children were among the dead.

On September 11, 2001, more than 3,000 innocent men, women, and children were slaughtered by Islamic terrorists who hijacked commercial airliners, using nothing more than boxcutters.

On November 21, 2021, a driver with a criminal record and history of mental illness deliberately plowed his SUV through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Six were killed, ranging in age from eight to 81, and dozens were injured.

None of those tragic cases involved firearms, but they had three things in common:

  1. The perpetrators were mentally disturbed, or driven by an irrational, unquenchable rage.
  2. They had access to deadly weapons, or something that could be used as deadly weapons.
  3. They attacked soft, populated targets.

Those same three elements were present in the spate of mass shootings we’ve witnessed in recent years. And while the knee-jerk, emotional response to those shootings is to focus on the guns, emotional responses have rarely solved any problems.

Our Founding Fathers used sound logic, not emotion, when they gave us our Second Amendment rights. George Mason explained their rationale this way: “To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”

Until recently, nearly all thoughtful Americans appreciated our Second Amendment. Democrat President, John F. Kennedy, understood the need for an armed citizenry. This is what he said on January 29, 1961, “Today we need a nation of minute men; citizens who are not only prepared to take up arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as a basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.”

So much has changed since then.

In speaking about our Bill of Rights, Joe Biden told us “There’s no Amendment that’s absolute.” He should read the Second Amendment again. It’s unequivocal: “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Biden argues, “This is not about taking away anyone’s guns.” But one of the radical measures he proposes allows gun manufacturers to be held liable when their weapons are misused.  It would be akin to suing a car manufacturer when a drunk driver causes a fatal accident. It makes absolutely no sense, and it would decimate the legitimate gun industry.

The concept of using firearms to massacre school children is a relatively new American nightmare. It never happened during our western expansion, when nearly everyone was armed. It never happened during our violent 1920s and 1930s. It was spawned at Columbine High School in 1999, and has been copied all too frequently since then.

Biden talks a lot about “root causes” but he and his supporters seem uninterested in understanding the root causes of these shootings and the widespread violence in general. How much is related to the disintegration of the family unit? How much is attributed to the trend away from religion? How much do video games and the internet contribute to aggression and violence? And what about the progressive policies that have made a mockery of our justice system? Biden and his supporters prefer instead to exploit the despair caused by these tragedies and to focus their efforts on disarming Americans. Contrary to Biden’s claim, that is their ultimate goal.

Let’s not limit the debate on school shootings to gun control. We need to consider all the contributing factors. And at the same time, let’s always be mindful of our Second Amendment and the reasons it exists. We can’t allow anti-gun zealots to chip away at it, using tragedies like the one in Uvalde.

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

7 Things To Do With an Extra $1000

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-06-09 18:10 +0000

Most people wouldn’t mind an extra $1000 in their hands right now. But before you go planning to spend it on a manicure or an elegant dinner, consider other things you might do with $1000 from a personal loan, an inheritance, or your lucky lottery ticket. There are infinite ways to spend it, these ones might actually give you something in return.

Invest in Cryptocurrency

You may know nothing about the cryptocurrency market, but the truth is that it’s not going anywhere. So, whether you use your $1000 to learn more, to make a few investments, or to bump up your current assets, putting your money into the right coins can give you a good return later on. Because the market can be volatile, it’s best to simply leave your money in for a while until you earn a profit.

Pay Off Debt

Do you have little debts like store credit cards lingering? What about the last bit of your student loans that are hanging on for dear life? While $1000 might not seem like much, it can make a big dent in the amount of interest you pay and can help you pay less overall for the debt. Paying off debt means that you’ll have more money in your monthly budget to help with things like emergencies and to offset the rising costs of living.

Set It Aside in Savings

Not sure what to do with it? Put it in savings. While you’re waiting to decide how to spend your windfall, you might come up with some ideas that can increase your money as well. Learning to make your money earn you more money is a great skill. Plus setting it in a savings account means that you are less likely to waste your money on unnecessary things. Some banks offer high yield savings accounts where you can also earn more interest.

Take a Weekend Trip

Has it been a while since you got away? Why not plan a weekend away? You can find great deals at state parks if you enjoy camping, at hotels if you prefer to stay indoors, and at amusement parks as well. Driving 5-6 hours from home could yield some great options for getting away over a weekend. A mental health break to do something fun is great for your morale and your energy. Sometimes getting bogged down by work and your mundane routine can keep you from enjoying life the way you should. Getting away with a relaxing trip is the perfect way to spend your $1000.

Start a Small Business

Want to get out of the 9-5 routine? You’ll need to start your own small business. Fortunately, there are plenty of business opportunities out there that don’t require a significant amount of startup costs. Just $1000 can do a lot. Using your skills and talents or another resource you already have to start your small business can give you an edge in the market. You don’t need to learn something new, instead you can create services or products using what you already know.

Take a Certification Course

Want to invest in your future? Then get new professional certification. These certifications can qualify you for new roles. They can improve your earning abilities and so much more. Investing in your learning can also help you switch careers. If you’re wanting to get into coding, for instance, you’ll want to earn one of the most recognized certifications to prove that you have the skills necessary to do the job. In many technical career fields especially, employers simply look at your certifications and less at other formal educational degrees.

Donate to Your Favorite Charity

While this might seem like it has no benefit, when you give into your community, you can feel the impact. Giving funds to a local food bank ensures that your neighbors will have enough to eat. Giving to the local animal shelters will help strays find new homes instead of being out on the streets. Giving to nonprofit organizations can also provide you with a good tax benefit at the end of the year. Donating to charity is always a good idea when you come into extra funds. It’s a way to pay it forward that may ultimately come back to you in good ways as well.

Getting an extra $1000 may feel like it’s here today and gone tomorrow. Whether you need to make some big car repairs, you need to boost your emergency savings, or you want to reinvest in the cryptocurrency market, there are many options for what to do with $1000.

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Coal Powered Car Pride Month?

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-06-09 18:00 +0000

US Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) has pride. Not ‘cuz it’s June. Well, she’s probably doing that rainbow thing, but we’re talking about EVs. In recent remarks, she gushed about how gas prices meant nothing to her as she tootled along in her electric vehicle.


“I do just have to say, on the issue of gas prices, after waiting for a long time to have enough trips in this country to finally get my electric vehicle, I got it and I drove it from Michigan to here this last weekend and went by every single gas station and it didn’t matter how high it was,” the senator said.


For the record, most electricity generation in the Senator’s home state of Michigan is from coal and natural gas. The buildings on Capitol Hill get their electricity from the 7.5 MW Gas-Fired Capitol Power Plant.

The Debbster is rah-rah about bypassing fossil fuels in her fossil fuel-powered car. Good for her. Not that the price of gas is as much of a concern given her $176,000.00 a year salary, but – to her credit – she appears to be one of the few politicians who didn’t use nearly 50 years in elected office to enrich herself.

Her net worth is one of the lowest on The Hill. But she can afford an expensive vehicle powered by coal and natural gas (maybe some low emissions nuclear if that concerns you). Most Americans cannot nor will they ever be able to drive such a thing as their high pricetag can’t do anything but go up.

And while it may feel like she is saving money, the price of electricity is rising as both progressive policy and demand require.

The price of natural gas, for example, is no less a victim of the Democrat Party and Joe Biden’s “leadership.”



It’s June, and the price is almost double that of peak winter demand. In a state where approximately three-quarters of households rely on natural gas as their primary heating source.

What do you think that will look like to voters come January in Michigan, Senator, with you and any other EV users tapping the gas-powered grid so they can brag about not having to pay the price for what Democrats have done to the cost of motor fuel?

She’s not up for re-election until 2025, so everyone will have time to think about that.



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It’s up to Us, We the People, to Fix This …

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-06-09 16:30 +0000

The past few years have made many of us aware of massive corruption happening right under our noses. We trusted our elected officials to maintain liberty and protect our freedoms. Many elected officials have proven that they are not doing this at all. Now it’s up to us, we the people, to fix this.

The Resolve initiative is a grassroots, nonpartisan, write-in campaign strategy that’s gaining traction rapidly across the entire state.

The goal of this innovative idea is to organize like-minded voters into a massively orchestrated voting bloc. We plan to create an ideal lineup of candidates for the 2022 election. Our support is intended to identify the best candidates for Governor, Executive Council, Senate, State Repand other down-ballot candidates across all positions. We want people who will fight for our freedoms.

Visit our website to learn more about us. To keep informed of our progress, simply sign up on our website. Your email will help keep you up to date with current events, while your zip code will help ensure we have the votes in your area.

United we stand, divided we fall. Together, we will win this fight!

We The People NH

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Liberal San Francisco Successfully Recalls Soft on Crime (Soros?) DA Chesa Boudin

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-06-09 15:00 +0000

This does not bode well for the Democrats and their “defund the police,” soft on crime policies. One of those progressive DAs who got elected (most likely with George Soros money) just got kicked out of office. In San Franciso!


The recall effort against Chesa Boudin, a former public defender and the son of convicted Weather Underground terrorists, was supported by 61% of voters in early returns, according to NBC.


Boudin’s out, and the mayor, London Breed, who is pissed about (some) crime – at least she says she is – will appoint the interim replacement. I think we can expect a few changes when the new sheriff comes to town, even if it’s just a show of good faith to the voters who booted Boudin.

San Francisco was a trainwreck before, but it has suffered under Boudin. Rampant shoplifting because the DA won’t prosecute what he called petty crimes. Actual hate crimes against real Asians.

And the progs are paying attention. According to the Post, other DAs who got elected (with Soros Money) have enacted similar policies with similar results. Rising crime and no accountability. Add several years of anti-police ‘defund’ rhetoric from Democrat councils and mayors, and someone will have to take the heat.


Tuesday’s recall election, Proposition H on the ballot, could prove a bellwether of voter sentiment across the US, including in New York City, where Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has faced widespread criticism since enacting a slew of progressive policies after taking office in January.

“Around the country, we have seen the rise of the so-called progressive DAs,” Richie Greenberg, a former Republican mayoral candidate and spokesman for the recall effort, told The Post before Tuesday’s vote.


The Left coast libs started it but will the East coast libs take the hint? And if NYC successfully votes their DA out of office, will that signal reach the ears of like-minded others?

And more importantly, will it do so with any depth of meaning.

Dems are big on facades. Their soft on pandemic policy posture in 2022 is entirely political. If they were to somehow win in November, we’d be back in the straightjacket before the echo from the announcement faded.

And, as always, the problem with Democracy is that it allows people to make choices that the Party elite would prefer they be denied. Especially in places like San Francisco, which is supposed to be an ideological ghetto.

If you can’t keep them on the plantation im=n a local election, what does that say about the November midterms?



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LeBron James Silent About Support For Murdered White Teenager At His Akron School

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-06-09 13:30 +0000

LeBron James is no stranger to voicing ignorant opinions about human rights violations and law enforcement. He has condemned NBA voices who dared support Hong Kong’s moribund freedom movement or vocalized opposition to concentration camps in China. At home, he has accused whites of hunting down blacks and made it clear that just being black is practically a death sentence.

Even when a white police officer shot and killed a violent, would-be teenage murderer, thus defending another innocent human being from harm, King Ignoramus doxxed the officer and made the situation look like another BLM-orgie waiting to happen.

It’s important to note all of this because James is a clueless bigot with trigger fingers ready to pounce when it serves the propagandized narrative of his false worldview.

So where is LeBron James when a kid is murdered by unknown assailants on the property of his own Akron-based school?

Police reports indicate that Ethan Liming, a white seventeen-year-old kid, was found unresponsive in a parking lot next to the grounds of I Promise School, a collaboration between LeBron James and Akron Public Schools. He had apparently been playing basketball with friends when a confrontation began with other players. The confrontation left him knocked unconscious and then brutally assaulted, according to the local paper.

It seems safe to say that James doesn’t care much when the victim is white, and the assailants are most likely black. In other words, even though his own school hosted the murder, a young man’s death doesn’t register with him because it doesn’t comport with the narrative. Of course, it does comport with FBI statistics, which show that 90% of interracial black-white violence occurs in the same direction.

Likely because his handlers know better, James mustered the bare minimum response to the situation, tweeting just:



“Our condolences goes [sic] out to the family who lost a loved one!! My [sic] the heavens above watch over you during this tragedy! Pray for our community!”


This message rings entirely hollow and insincere; for those that have watched Seinfeld, the use of exclamation points is absurdly overdone. I simply don’t believe he cares. For another thing, he couldn’t even be bothered to use spell check.

Outkick brought this story larger media attention, which needs to be plastered everywhere. LeBron needs to use his enormous platform and celebrity to bring justice to an unsolved murder. Remember how Lebron does everything he can when a black victim is killed by whites? Turns out his empathy only goes in one direction.

Noting that the entire LeBron James Foundation has been silent since tweeting a banal note about the premises being safe at their school, as opposed to voicing outrage over a murder on the property of its community’s school, Outkick notes LeBron has likewise stayed away from this story.

“LeBron has been silent as well. He hasn’t shared a photo of the teen killed. He hasn’t provided a phone number for people to call who might’ve witnessed those responsible for Liming’s death. He hasn’t applied pressure to this community that he holds so much power over. Neither has his foundation.

Nobody is asking LeBron to solve this case and bring an end to this nightmare that the Liming family is living through, but the self-annointed Muhammed Ali of this generation sure doesn’t seem interested in the blood that was spilled right there in that I Promise parking lot.” 

Clay Travis took some time to break down the situation in a video worth watching. Near the end, he breaks it down perfectly: LeBron could use his power for good and help solve a murder mystery in his hometown and personally-funded school. Indications are he won’t, and as awful as it seems to say out loud, it seems like it’s because Ethan Liming “happens to be white.”



Hailey Sanibel writes at The Blue State Conservative

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Pappas Co-Sponsors Bill Condemning Deaths of 11 Minorities in Buffalo Shooting — Err…That’s Every Weekend in Gun Control Chicago

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-06-09 12:00 +0000

Chris Pappas is a waste of space. A DC seat warmer and reliable left-wing vote, but not much else. As proof, he has co-sponsored HB1152, “Condemning the atrocity that occurred in Buffalo, New York, on May 14, 2022, in which 10 Americans were killed and 3 were injured, and in which 11 of the 13 victims were Black Americans…”

Here’s the complete title.


Condemning the atrocity that occurred in Buffalo, New York, on May 14, 2022, in which 10 Americans were killed and 3 were injured, and in which 11 of the 13 victims were Black Americans, condemning the Great Replacement Theory as a White supremacist conspiracy theory, and reaffirming the House of Representatives commitment to combating White supremacy, hatred, and racial injustice.


I think we’ll keep this takedown brief.

Chicago is the template for common sense Democrat party gun control laws, and Chicago is a crime-ravaged war zone.

Mr. Pappas condemns the death of 11 minorities in Buffalo on May 14, but hundreds of minorities lose their lives every month in Chicago. Since Chris Pappas was sworn into office, there have been 2,246 homicides in Chicago, the majority of the victims black, the majority of their assailants black.

Where’s the concern?

Is your lack of interest linked to the absence of a white supremacy angle, pasty-boy?

Related: 2021: New Hampshire Ranked Safest State in America Again, While Vermont Begins Liberal Slide.

And that’s just Chicago.

That same “show” plays nightly in every major Democrat-run urban area across America. The result of decades of Democrat rule. And the more like Chicago their gun laws are, the more violent crime you’ll find. But the junior congressman from New Hampshire only has one press release that mentions Chicago (May 22, 2022). The groundwork to advance Chicago-style anti-gun laws across the country when the problem is Democrat policy, not firearms.

What’s more,  pasty-Pappas is from a state that is over 94% white. We have very “loose” gun laws (including Constitutional carry). New Hampshire also has one of the country’s lowest crime rates and lowest violent rates of crime year after year.

He should be emulating these facts in legislation if saving lives or minority lives were of genuine concern. Instead, he is using the loss of life and race politics to grandstand failed policies whose product is the opposite of what is advertised.

Pappas is an idiot. November can’t come soon enough with a reminder that so-called pro-gun Republican Governor Chris Sununu made it easier for Pappas to get re-elected when he had the chance to sign off on redistricting that would have likely seen him replaced with a Republican in November.

Sununu is an idiot too.



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Andrew Klavan: Joe Biden’s ‘Common Sense’ Flapdoodle

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-06-09 10:30 +0000

We need a laugh. A serious laugh. To that end – and thanks to Don for sending me this – we have Andrew Klavan. He took a few minutes to enlighten us (satirically) on Common Sense. No, not Thomas Paine, Democrat gun laws.

And not just that, but all sorts of not so sensible “common sense” ideas from the left.

It’s funny. We need funny.





HT |

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Breaking: US House Passes Major Gun Control Bill

The Liberty Block - Thu, 2022-06-09 05:57 +0000

On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives voted on a few parts of HR 7910, a large gun control bill with various sections. Multiple parts of the bill passed the full House by large majorities. The bill is likely to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate, and Biden is likely to sign it into law. 

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First Johnny Depp, Now The Dems

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-06-09 01:30 +0000

When they first announced the Depp trial would be eight weeks, I thought it was a report from Babylon Bee. But no, it was accurate, and somehow cable news networks elevated a defamation trial between Hollywood celebrities to a news item worthy of interrupting regular programming.

Democrats are now aspiring to be prime-time celebrities when the January 6th hearings go live this week. Jerry Nadler is pouting that he is not on this committee and will miss the camera time. Adam Schiff will be in the spotlight where he lived spouting lies, without ramifications, for the entire Donald Trump term.

On Thursday, the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol will open the first of eight hearings, marking the turning point when “one of the single most important congressional investigations in history,” as the Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney billed it, will finally go public. Cheney is one of the side stories of this show as she has taken her vendetta to new heights. She may get her piece of skin but will destroy her career in the process.

This eight-episode mini-series has all of the earmarks of a circus, and there is only one reason these hearings are prime-time is the hope they will lift the Democrats in time for the mid-terms. They are rolling the dice hoping for double sixes, but they could quickly get snake-eyes. This charade could easily blow up in their faces.

How will Nancy Pelosi explain that she was offered extra security from the White House, and she declined? How will the Democrats explain the FBI agents on video edging on the protestors? How will the Left clarify with all of the protesters’ weapons that there was but one casualty on January 6? That individual was an unarmed female shot dead by a Capitol officer. Four Capitol Police officers lost their lives due to January 6, but they were all suicides.

One officer whose body was honored under the Capitol Rotunda as a hero killed during the conflict only to find out weeks later he died of a heart attack. There will be plenty of evidence that will not put a good light on Donald Trump but just as much on the Left.

This hearing is a third Impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump with the hope that the Democrats can inflict so much damage on him that any chance of a 2024 run is dead. That is the fear these politicians on the Left have of this man and his impact on the country.

This hearing is not about justice, for there is none to be had for a sad day and chapter in our history. The Left wants to erase history unless it serves their agenda. This situation could be put to bed, but not until the Dems get their final pound of flesh.

Reality shows that Joe Biden and his party may be the most divisive group ever collected in American history. It continues to amaze the party of the President, who pledged on the campaign trail from his basement in Delaware and during his inauguration from the balcony of the Capitol that he was a unifier and President for all Americans. By the poll numbers of this feckless President, his administration, and Congress, many Americans may welcome back tweets from Donald Trump than Executive Orders from Joe Biden.



Ray Writes for and the Liberty Loft


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NH State Rep Greg Hough – Why Am I Running?

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-06-09 00:00 +0000

Why am I running? That is the question. The simplest answer I can give is this. I grew up in the greatest time in human history, in the greatest country in human history. There was an excess of everything anyone could want. The freedom to pursue your ambitions was abundant, and the choices that were available were endless. People were happy, motivated, engaged, friendly, and grateful. We were strong and kind. We were inventive and visionary. We were individuals that often came together as a nation. Yet with all of this amazing abundance wealth and prosperity, my generation is on the precipice of being the first generation in American history to give our children a worse country than what we had. To me this is unacceptable.

I decided to get into the business end of the beast when I realized my daughter did not know the America I know. It was apparent to me that just as when she was little, I could not let others coach her in sports if I knew I could do better for her. It was apparent to me that when in school and she wasn’t provided with proper information I would teach her because I knew I could do better for her. If I worked so hard to make sure my child had the best guidance and information possible, how could I simply be satisfied by giving her a country that was broken, and run by those who valued nothing that made this the greatest place in the history of mankind? As you might have guessed I could not.

I knew I would be mocked, attacked, and ridiculed by the left. I knew if I was successful, the left would be relentless in its attempt to assassinate my character. I knew the press and others in government that are on the Left would go after me in ways I could not expect. I knew there would be the hateful vitriol that comes with public service. I also knew that I had lived a fantastic life of doing and being what I want when I want and so had all from my generation and there was no excuse or reason my child or the children of this country should have anything less. It was and still is time to give back.

So, I will Stand for your Rights, Freedoms, and Choices. I will Stand for Truth, Justice, and the American way. I will not be bought, bullied, or threatened. I will not give up, give in, or quit fighting for you and your individual liberty, the constitutions of NH and the USA. The great experiment in self-governance will not die on my watch and so I ask those who believe in these essential American qualities to show your support and vote for me as your NH State Representative in the primary on September 13Th, and again on November 8th. Together, Let’s keep government off your back and out of your wallet!

NH State Rep Gregg Hough
(soon to be representing Gilford, Gilmanton, and Laconia Ward 2).



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Dr. Naomi Wolf’s Second Amendment Road to Damascus “Moment”

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-06-08 22:30 +0000

Dr. Naomi Wolf is an admitted product of the 60s Hippie-Intellectual left. Liberal born and bred. But she’s recently had a change of heart. I wouldn’t call her a conservatarian just yet, but she has left the LEFT. And part of that journey was discovering why we have a second amendment and why we need it.

It was not as sudden a change as the Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus, but the conversion appears genuine. And being articulate, a writer by profession, her conversion makes for a good read.

A great read. And I’ll leave you to take that up when you can because it’s long but worth the time. I wanted to focus on one bit because it strikes me as most relevant and one that she explores in more detail later in the piece, but that I’d like to sum up with fewer words (I Hope).


Existential Vulnerability

Emphasis mine.


“… I thought of my decades of struggling with the issue of female victimization: the existential vulnerability of women who are always in danger from anyone bigger and stronger who wished to injure or exploit them.


Dr. Wolf is talking about armed, trained women no longer having to live like (or be) victims of those bigger and stronger. About having the confidence, awareness, and responsibility that comes with being properly trained to carry and use a firearm—being aware that threats exist but no longer living in fear of it.

My takeaway looks like this. [T]he existential vulnerability of a disarmed populace always in danger from a government that wishes to injure or exploit them. 

As Dr. Wolf notes further on in her piece,


“…I believe that we are at a moment that our Founders, in their nearly-Prophetic wisdom, knew might come to pass. We are at the kind of moment for which the Second Amendment may have been written in just the clear, unequivocal way that it was.


The second amendment serves one deep and meaningful purpose. To protect the people from a government that seeks to injure or exploit them. To protect liberty from human nature and its inevitable desire for power and the tyranny required to maintain that power.

Now is why we have it. Now is why we need more than ever to protect and defend it.

I hope Dr. Wolf’s conversion manages to inspire others to recognize the encroaching tyranny of the Left’s authoritarian tick.

Please read it and share.



HT | Dr. Naomi Wolf


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Skip’s Sauntering Snippets #10- This summer – Brownouts? Blackouts? Why and by whom?

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-06-08 21:00 +0000

Yes, I’m still doing these out of order…sigh…either I will catch up to myself or I’ll be praying to God to slow the entire world down.  Guess which one has any likelihood of happening?

Give thanks to Eco-Socialists demanding to control your energy choices. No nukes, no natural gas, no coal – even hydro (think dams) is any good to these Eco-Socialists telling you that you don’t “need” reliable energy! Keep it all in the ground is their stance! So this summer, prepare for your NEXT 3-month free trial of Collectivist Socialism known as “shared misery” called enforced brownouts and blackouts because they now control the Federal Government.

Yeah, Biden’s got his finger of the pulse of the Eco-Socialists but not us. We’re staring at $10/gallon for gas and HE decides to use the wartime law of the Defense Production Act, not to get the fossil fuel blokes to start digging and refining but lifting tariffs on solar panels – from China.  Which does us no good at all but Xi is grinning ear to ear that only Winnie the Pooh can!

So, how ya gonna vote in September (Primaries) and November (General Election)?

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