The Manchester Free Press

Tuesday • May 24 • 2022

Vol.XIV • No.XXI

Manchester, N.H.

From Incompetent to Dishonorable

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-03-12 14:30 +0000

“Let me be very clear” is the favorite preface to any response from our aged President and hapless Vice President. It triggers you to know that whatever comes next is not true. Let’s call it like it is, and let me be clear, whatever comes next is a lie.

From “incompetent to dishonorable” was how Senator Lindsey Graham described the Biden Administration as he vented this week on FOX News. The frustration and disappointment were palpable in every word of his passion-filled monologue. I do not always agree with the senior Senator from South Carolina, but he was spot on this day.

It is painful and redundant to write about the failings of the Biden/Harris/Psaki Administration, but there is nothing positive on which to focus. Everything these three touch turns to coal, and we know how they feel about fossil fuels. Let’s look at a statement made by Kamala Harris on Thursday in Poland:

“The United States and Poland are united in what we have done, and are prepared to do, to help Ukraine and the people of Ukraine. Full stop”

What does that even mean? That is 27 words put together to sound impressive but to say nothing at all. Why is she there? Why did we waste the fuel to deliver her and her staff to the people of Poland? President Zelenskyy wants planes, the people of Eastern Europe want security from Putin, and we send them Kamala Harris. Talk about a bad consolation prize. This trip will go down as another failed effort for Harris.

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley summed it up by saying we do not need photo-ops. We need to stop the carnage being rained down on Ukraine by Vladimir Putin. So with nothing to offer, why is the Vice President in Poland? There is no answer forthcoming. Her visit is symbolic of an administration with no clue what it is doing. You being our Vice President, Kamala Harris, is worthy of a cackle.

Wednesday may have been one of the most upsetting days of the conflict. Watching the bombing of innocent mothers and babies in a Maternity Hospital to the vision of dead Ukrainians wrapped in plastic bags dumped into a mass grave stretches the limits of what the world can tolerate. Europe and the United States appear willing to sit on the sidelines, watching Ukraine and its people destroyed. These countries contribute to Ukraine’s cause, short of sending troops. But the inconsistency in their effort is mind-boggling.

The United States is willing to send Javelins, Stingers, and Patriot systems to destroy Russian tanks and planes. But we call it escalation if we allow Poland to send them planes. It was okay last week, but the White House has reversed its decision this week. According to Psaki, it was decided that the aircraft would be construed as NATO involvement in the war and that the planes would be no help to Ukraine. That logic is tantamount to saying we can give them pistols but not rifles. It is insanity. Is there no logic, common sense, or decency left in this administration?

How much longer are we going to watch innocent women, children, aged, and crippled being bombed and killed. When will the sight of the dead thrown into a mass grave with no respect or dignity finally sicken us to a point where we have to act? Maybe, God forbid, it will be when Putin resorts to chemical or biological attacks on Ukraine If it gets to that point, we have already failed. Somebody has to push this feckless group, led by Biden, to the sidelines and change this situation We do not know who that person will be, but we need to find them sooner than later. The Ukrainians are starving, freezing, and dying. They are running out of time.

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Don’t Forget About F#∉!*^$! Daylight Savings Time (DST) This Weekend

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-03-12 13:00 +0000

Blame the Germans. They invented Daylight Savings Time. Something to do with saving fuel and power. An idea the US adopted then abolished at the end of World War I.

States had the option of adopting them if they wanted until 1966 when the Department of Transportation was founded and given regulatory power over time zones in the name of safety.  One of the first things they did was nationalized Daylight Savings Time and we’ve been suffering with it ever since and likely will continue to, at least in the Northeast.

It is impractical for a state like New Hampshire to drop the change while its neighbors do not. A lot happens on the clock and there would likely be commercial or transportation issues. That was, after all, what got us into the Time Zone business in the first place. The Railroads created them in 1883 because trains running at different times ran into each other.

Given how hot the pro-government crowd is to herd us back up on trains, with our digital ids and social credit scores, DST isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

It’s this Sunday, March 13th, if you weren’t sure. Spring Ahead!

 

 

All of the riveting historical details come courtesy of this link.

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Black Students Accused of Hate Crimes Must Have the Left Losing Its Hive Mind

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-03-12 11:30 +0000

We have a report of a Middle School Near miss in Broward County Florida. This near-miss isn’t about firearms but there are troubled kids and troubled educators, but not the way you might imagine.

From PJ Media, Five black children who attend Lyons Creek Middle School in Broward County, Fla., are being charged with hate crimes after assaulting several white students.

Let’s pause to let that sink in.

Black students are being accused of profiling white students and targeting them for physical abuse based on the color of their skin.

“The group looked at (the student) and stated “he is white” before another student “tackled him to the ground which subsequently allowed the group of middle school kids to start hitting him with their hands, feet and phone chargers,” the reports said.

This didn’t happen on school property which, suddenly, doesn’t require the school to act. That’s odd. I’ve heard stories of Public schools punishing students for online engagement off school property, off-hours, on private digital networks. But this, they can’t touch that. And why would they? Odds are good they are the reason why those kids were attacked.

I haven’t seen the curriculum but this is Broward County Florida. I can guess.

Whites are born racists. There is no such thing as reverse racism. And there is nothing white kids can do to absolve themselves of the crimes of slavery of which they played no part.

Not convinced that’s the deal?

[End transcript]

Listen to the rest on the latest episode of the Real Resistance Podcast.

 

 

Previous Episodes:

  • Rising to Meet Our Dystopian Present
  • State School Curriculum Suggests Students Pray to Aztec gods… “for Emotional Nourishment!”
  • Solar Panel Waste Is a Real, Expensive, Problem – Guess Who Doesn’t Want to Pay For That?
  • Happy New Year?
  • Research: Why The COVID Vaccines Cannot Protect You against Infection

 

 

You can also listen on Spreaker, iHeart Radio, or Google Podcasts.

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Full Video of CACR 32 State House Floor Discussion

NHexit.US - Sat, 2022-03-12 05:43 +0000

It was a historic day as New Hampshire was the first state since the “Civil War” to have a house floor discussion about secession.  As reported on this blog previously, CACR 32 – the constitutional amendment that would have allowed NH voters to decide the question of declaring peaceful independence from the United States – was voted down 323-13 on Thursday.  Now you can watch video of the full discussion from the floor of Rep’s Hall:

Don’t miss this post at Free Keene which gathers together seventeen hysterical posts from SHOCKED democrats in response to the heroic thirteen state reps who voted to try to stop CACR 32 from being killed.

We’re just getting started promoting independence for New Hampshire. CACR 32 was just the beginning to get the conversation going. Stay tuned here to NHexit.US for more. Meanwhile, be sure to sign the petition and join the community via the links in the top menu and help us do even more!

Historic NH Exit Constitutional Amendment Heard by Full State House: VIDEO + Dem Reaction Tweets

Free Keene - Sat, 2022-03-12 04:34 +0000

Statists on social media are freaking out over the thirteen heroic state representatives who voted in favor of the historic NH Exit constitutional amendment, CACR 32, which would have simply placed the question of peaceful independence from the United States federal gang on the ballot.

Of course, the lying pro-Empire reps and mainstream media are acting like CACR 32’s vote was a vote on secession, when it was just a vote to let the people  of NH vote on the question. That means the 323 reps who voted it down are telling the people of New Hampshire that, as democrat representative Tim Egan admitted in an email, “legislators can absolutely not trust voters with this decision”.

Sadly, there were a bunch of so-called “liberty reps” who had nothing but excuses for why they didn’t support CACR 32.  Nonetheless, bill sponsors Mike Sylvia and Matt Santonastaso spoke in favor of freedom from the tyranny of the evil federal goons, as you can see in the full video from the house floor yesterday:

Here are some of the hysterical reactions by the Empire Loyalists on Twitter.  Click the names above the images to find the actual post on their profiles:

NH Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D), Manchester:

NH Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D), Nashua:

State Rep David Meuse (D), Portsmouth:


State Rep Rosemarie Rung (D), Merrimack:

State Rep Sherry Frost (D), Dover:

State Rep Tom Loughman (D), Hampton:

State Rep Manny Espitia (D), Nashua:

@sophiabeetweets NH High School Democrats Expansion Director:

Timothy C @granitepolitics:

“PT – get vaccinated!” @pt35mm:

@JosieOShea5:

@NastyNana16:

@Katahdin5270

@FaltusEugene:

@DeVos1990:

@Darla_B:

Kathy Sullivan, former NH Democrat Party Chair:

Finally, here is a list of the thirteen heroic reps that voted to stop CACR 32 from being killed:

Abramson, Max
Aldrich, Glenn
Bailey, Glenn
Bershtein, Alan
Dodge, Dustin
Green, Dennis
Howard, Raymond
Kelley, Diane
Santonastaso, Matthew
Sylvia, Michael
Terry, Paul
Warden, Mark
Yokela, Josh

Budget or Ransom?

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-03-12 02:30 +0000

I printed these up to hand out at our annual district meeting tomorrow.  I thought I’d post it here in case anyone else wants to try something similar in another district.

 

Budget, or Ransom?
Croydon School District Meeting
March 12, 2022

What we’re being asked to vote on today isn’t a budget.  You all know how a budget works.  You’re given some amount of money to work with — your salary, your pension— and you find a way to live within those limits.

What we’re being asked to vote on is a ransom.  You also know how a ransom works.  You’re told that if you don’t pay some amount that is being demanded, someone or something will be taken from you.

I propose that we amend the amount in Article 2 to reflect a budget — that is, the amount that the voters in the district want to pay — rather than a ransom — that is, the amount that district officials feel like demanding. 

So what would a reasonable amount be?  To answer that, it helps to have some historical perspective.

 

 

This graph confirms what many people suspect:  that there is no correlation between what we spend on education, and the results we get.  These are the government’s own numbers, adjusted for inflation.

Over a period of half a century, we’ve more than tripled spending, with no increases in student achievement — as measured using tests designed by the people who claim to be experts in how to educate children. 

We could triple it again, and we would have no reason to expect things to get better. 

Similarly, we could cut it to 1/3 of what it is, and we would have no reason to expect things to get worse.

We all know that money can’t buy love.  Turns out, it can’t buy education, either. 

 

Here is a graph of what each state spends, on average, per student, plotted against those same scores.  There are a couple of things to notice. 

First, no state is getting the equivalent of a passing score. 

Second, all states are getting pretty much the same score, regardless of what they spend.  States that spend $7000 per student get the same results as states that spend three times as much. 

In a very real sense, it doesn’t matter what we choose to spend. 

 

 

Adjusted for inflation, all districts are now spending more than the richest districts were spending before the Claremont decisions.  About $10,000 more per student, on average. 

In terms of spending, every district is a rich district.  And it hasn’t made any difference at all.

So how do we choose a number?  Here are some numbers for comparison:

  • The legislature (RSA 198:40-a) has said that the cost of an adequate education is less than $4000 per student.
  • The state gives each charter school less than $8000 for each student.
  • Newport Montessori and Mount Royal charge less than $9000 per student — and the latter, at least, gives substantial discounts for additional students from the same family.
  • VLACS charges nothing

 So $10,000 per student seems like it should be more than enough to educate a child, doesn’t it?

We currently have a little less than 80 students.  If we round up to 80 (to be ready in case some children move into town), a figure of $10,000 per student gives us a budget — not a ransom — of $800,000.

 Therefore, I propose that we amend Article 2 in the district warrant by changing the amount from $1,705,496 to $800,000.

There are a lot of fundamental questions that never get serious consideration under the ransom-based model of school funding.  One such question is:  Why are we doing this in the first place?

The state supreme court, in the Claremont decisions, stated that it is the responsibility of the state to

provide each educable child with an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and learning necessary to participate intelligently in the American political, economic, and social systems of a free government

Leaving aside the question of whether the state has any responsibility towards children who are not ‘educable’; and the observation that any child with a computer and an internet connection has the opportunity to learn practically anything that there is to learn; we can ask what it means to take the word ‘necessary’ seriously in this context.

The simplest, most straightforward way to do that is to admit that if some knowledge and learning are not required by everyone, then the state has no responsibility to pay for anyone to learn them.

Can you participate intelligently in the political, economic, and social systems of a free government if you can’t read, write, understand statistics, follow and construct a logical argument, and recognize a specious one?  No, you can’t.  So learning to do these things is necessary, and taxes may be used to pay for students to learn them.

Can you participate intelligently in the political, economic, and social systems of a free government if you can’t speak a foreign language, play a sport or a musical instrument, calculate a derivative, weld two pieces of metal together, or set up a spreadsheet?  Yes, you can.  So learning to do these things is not necessary,  and using taxes to pay for students to learn them crosses the boundary between public benefit and private charity.

Or to put that another way:  Unless everyone needs to learn something, no one can be compelled to pay for students to learn it. 

Here are some other questions that need to be considered:

  • If a kid wants to learn something, can anyone stop him?
  • If a kid doesn’t want to learn something, can anyone make him?
  • What is the difference in cost between (1) teaching kids to read, then letting them learn specific course content by reading, and (2) paying teachers to read that content to students who can’t read it? 
  • Does it make sense for poorer people to pay to educate the children of richer people?

These are all questions that can safely be ignored as long as districts are funded using ransoms instead of budgets. 

Will it be difficult for our school board to find a way to get by with $10,000 per student?  Only if it tries to keep taking the same failed approach.

The point of putting them on a budget is to force them to find ways to use an entirely reasonable amount of money to accomplish, not what parents would like, but what all of us need.

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

SAU16/Exeter Administrators, Selling More Snake Oil to Spin the Failures of Remote Learning

Granite Grok - Sat, 2022-03-12 01:00 +0000

In the latest article drafted by school administrators in SAU16/Exeter, David Ryan, Esther Asbell, and Christopher Adriski try to smooth over the disaster they helped create in the school district.

All three of these administrators offer readers a spin job on what drove parents in the district to show up at numerous school board meetings, and express how they have been failing their children.

The school shut-down in SAU16 was unlike many other districts that reopened in a timely manner. It took Governor Sununu stepping in and forcing SAU16 to reopen.

It was a little too late because many of these parents watched their children suffer academically and emotionally. Why did it take the Governor to force the reopening of this district? Where was the leadership? Where was the concern for the students who were struggling academically and emotionally?  Parents gave these administrators plenty of feedback that their children were suffering –but that fell on deaf ears.

These administrators are now trying to spin this disaster by assuring parents that the learning did not stop. It “looked different, but it didn’t stop.”  No one ever said it stopped, but for some children it was a disaster.  Many of these parents told you that their kids were falling behind academically and suffering emotionally.

Remote learning, as we now know, hurt children academically and emotionally. That can no longer be denied– even from a spin machine–or in this case, a public relations firm. Yes, SAU16 hired a PR firm to spin the problems that plague the district.

They referenced an article in the New York Times by David Leonhardt. (No Way to Grow Up, January 4, 2022) Leonhardt wrote that “children fell far behind in school during the first ear of the pandemic and have not caught up.” 

Instead of acknowledging the role these three administrators played in this disaster, they go on to publish an op-ed claiming the “learning didn’t stop;” as if that is going to comfort the many families who know their children were falling further and further behind academically. The op-ed is full of education buzzwords and edu-speak that has the reader scratching their head wondering what on earth they are talking about.

Let’s face it, this op-ed was an opportunity for these administrators to try to sell the reader on more education fads instead of acknowledging the obvious fall-out from their decisions, or a pathway to a correction.

They even mention their goal of getting students to think critically. Does anyone believe this kind of spin? When parents think critically, offer evidence, scientific studies, or honest feedback, they are dismissed and marginalized.

Then they capitalize on this disaster by trying to sell you on Competency-Based Education (CBE) in their op-ed. They ignored the honest critique of how these schools failed children during remote learning, and go on to then try to sell the reader on CBE. They don’t tell you that CBE is the old failed education fad from the 90s. Back then they called this education model Outcome-Based Education (OBE)– before that it was called Mastery Learning.

Benjamin Bloom came up with this theory of Mastery Learning in the late 60’s, but Mastery Learning failed in the US and was then rejected outright. In 1980, William Spady convened a meeting to propose the implementation of the OBE philosophy with Bloom in attendance. He said OBE would be a new name for Mastery Learning because it had been destroyed by poor implementation. Poor implementation is always the excuse they use to rename and repackage failed fads. Due to Spady’s influence, he convinced many states to implement OBE.  But by the early 90’s many states in the USA rejected OBE because it failed to help students progress academically.

Today CBE is a national movement that took hold during the Obama Administration when President Obama told us during a State of the Union Address that he was changing the education model. That model would shift from a liberal arts model focused on academics, to a workforce model focused on soft skills. New Hampshire legislators jumped on board and passed into law the Competency-Based Education model, where it remains in state statute today.

You will notice that the three administrators offered no independent or peer-reviewed studies that CBE improved academic achievement for New Hampshire students. They just spun this old fad in their op-ed with no proof of academic achievement– they then expected you to just accept their sales pitch. This is just like when they tried to tell you that 2Revolutions was a reputable organization for teacher training, when we know their materials categorize everyone in New Hampshire as white supremacists. These are the same people who pay radical extremists to train the teachers in this district.

Where is the critical thinking among these school administrators ? Is critical thinking really welcome at school board meetings by parents who take the time to research what is going on, and then present evidence to the contrary? Let’s be honest, critical thinking is not welcome by those in charge of schools if it is contrary to what they are selling.

In the op-ed, they say, “And if we are asking our students to be critical thinkers with the capacity for reflection and self-evaluation, then we must engage in those activities right on up the chain of learners, all the way to the lead learners. We must create the conditions where reflection and self-evaluation are not just something that we ask education professionals to do sporadically and in a vacuum.

Where is the self-evaluation and reflection by these three administrators? Maybe they should start with reflecting on the damage they’ve done to this district and the children they’ve harmed.

The worst part of their op-ed is that they downplayed the importance of students acquiring knowledge. Instead, knowledge is replaced by the “21st-century” mantra we are hearing from the education establishment. They seem to think we are all stupid and have never heard this sales job before. This kind of agenda has been around for many years, as I will explain.

Is it any wonder that parents are showing up at board meetings, pointing to the lower proficiency scores and school rankings? You have three administrators who are still refusing to reflect on their failures and instead,  try to sell you on soft CBE. What good are those skills if a graduate does not have a foundation of academic content to draw upon?

Some history for SAU16 Administrators
Diane Ravitch, who is an education professor and historian, wrote an op-ed piece in the Boston Globe in 2009. Ravitch argued against the movement to emphasize “21st Century Skills” in K-12 schools. In her op-ed she explains how this approach, peddled by the SAU16 administrators, has the potential to harm students and public schools. These are discredited pedagogical efforts to teach life skills and replace content knowledge.  (https://www.edweek.org/education/a-dissent-on-21st-century-skills/2009/09)

That is what the parents in SAU16 have picked up on. That is why these administrators must now try to spin their agenda and hope you don’t see what’s really going on.

Look at what Ravitch wrote:
…the focus on cooperative learning, critical thinking, and employment preparation recommended by advocates of 21st Century Skills has a host of precedents. Throughout the 20th century, she says, progressive pedagogical movements repeatedly called on educators to “abandon their antiquated academic ideals” and teach students relevant practical skills through project methods, hands-on activities, and discovery-learning approaches.

These movements eventually lapsed…..”

Ravitch argues that for “critical thinking, you need knowledge.
(https://hnn.us/roundup/entries/116984.html)

Parents across the state are starting to realize that content knowledge has taken a back seat to soft skills or “21st century skills,” thanks to the dumbed-down Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, along with CBE.

This was highlighted when a home-school mom contacted me a few years ago to complain about math projects her son had to do at Pinkerton Academy. After home-schooling her son k-8, she decided to place him in Pinkerton for 9th grade. She was dismayed when her son had to work on projects with a classmate during math class. She could see that he was spending a great deal of time on the projects instead of learning the math content.  But the math teachers are now forced to shift focus to these 21st-century skills instead of teaching the math content.

She could see that if she home-schooled him, they would have made it through the textbook, and he would have been further along at the end of the year. Instead, he fell further and further behind because the focus had shifted to him learning to collaborate with his classmate, instead of learning the math. If you multiply that by 12 years, is it any wonder that Singapore students are two years ahead of U.S. students by the time they reach 9th grade?

Why is it, these three administrators didn’t mention any of this in their op-ed? Maybe they lack the critical thinking skills they say they want to embed in the children they are in charge of. Ravitch has seen these fads play out before. She has seen the damage it does to children who attend public schools.

There is nothing good about illiteracy, but that’s what they want parents to ignore. For all of these social justice warriors in the SAU16 administration, what good does this downplay of knowledge do for your black and brown children? What good does this do for all of your students if, by the time they graduate, they lack the knowledge needed to qualify for a top college or for a job that, not only requires skills, but knowledge too?

Elitists sell this kind of education while making sure their kids receive the best from private schools. This is no way to treat public schooled children.

The parents have figured it out. The curtain has been pulled back and they now see what you are selling, and they want no part of it. They want their kids to learn the academic content, and they made that clear at numerous board meetings.

CBE may be a state law, but it would help if the administrators used some critical thinking skills, stop selling these fads, and give parents the truth.

For the progressives who do not understand that CBE is an avenue for the Gig Economy, take a look at this.
(https://educationalchemy.com/2016/06/25/cbe-and-alec-preparing-students-for-the-gig-economy/) Take a look at how CBE is supported by the far right-wing ALEC in order to supply a dumbed-down labor pipeline. CBE isn’t about developing the whole child in the core academic subjects or the arts, it’s about supplying a dumbed-down labor pipeline.  Many parents avoid this when they pull their kids out, home-school them or send them to private elite schools.

When CBE first came to New Hampshire, I could go to the district website and read the competencies for each class. Now it’s difficult to find any school district that posts the competencies online. Why is that? Parents want to know their child is mastering the academic content in Algebra I. Let’s see if the Algebra I competencies cover every concept that should be covered in the typical Algebra I class. If SAU16 administrators are sold on CBE and want to sell it to the parents, then post all of the Competencies for each class on the district website so we can review them. Are your children really competent in a good Algebra I class if they master all of the competencies?

An administration working for the families in this district would lay this all out. They would look at the good, the bad and the ugly of any education reform. They’d present all of the facts, then make a decision on how to move forward in the best way possible for the children who attend these schools. But that’s not what you got from their op-ed. You got more of the snake-oil that parents have been complaining about for months now.

MORE from Diane Ravitch: (NOTE: Common Core below is not the same as the Common Core Standards. The Common Core organization Ravitch was a member of, preceded the Common Core State Standards initiative and focused on academic content knowledge)
[Diane Ravitch is research professor of education at New York University and co-chairman of Common Core.]

The latest fad to sweep K-12 education is called “21st-Century Skills.’’ States – including Massachusetts – are adding them to their learning standards, with the expectation that students will master skills such as cooperative learning and critical thinking and therefore be better able to compete for jobs in the global economy. Inevitably, putting a priority on skills pushes other subjects, including history, literature, and the arts, to the margins. But skill-centered, knowledge-free education has never worked.

The same ideas proposed today by the 21st-Century Skills movement were iterated and reiterated by pedagogues across the 20th century. In 1911, the dean of the education school at Stanford called on his fellow educators to abandon their antiquated academic ideals and adapt education to the real life and real needs of students.

In 1916, a federal government report scoffed at academic education as lacking relevance. The report’s author said black children should “learn to do by doing,’’ which he considered to be the modern, scientific approach to education.

Just a couple of years later, “the project method’’ took the education world by storm. Instead of a sequential curriculum laid out in advance, the program urged that boys and girls engage in hands-on projects of their own choosing, ideally working cooperatively in a group. It required activity, not docility, and awakened student motivation. It’s remarkably similar to the model advocated by 21st-century skills enthusiasts.

The list goes on: students built, measured, and figured things out while solving real-life problems, like how to build a playhouse, pet park, or a puppet theater, as part of the 1920s and 1930s “Activity Movement.’’ From the “Life Adjustment Movement’’ of the 1950s to “Outcome-Based Education’’ in the 1980s, one “innovation’’ after another devalued academic subject matter while making schooling relevant, hands-on, and attuned to the real interests and needs of young people.

To be sure, there has been resistance. In Roslyn, Long Island, in the 1930s, parents were incensed because their children couldn’t read but spent an entire day baking nut bread. The Roslyn superintendent assured them that baking was an excellent way to learn mathematics.

None of these initiatives survived. They did have impact, however: They inserted into American education a deeply ingrained suspicion of academic studies and subject matter. For the past century, our schools of education have obsessed over critical-thinking skills, projects, cooperative learning, experiential learning, and so on. But they have paid precious little attention to the disciplinary knowledge that young people need to make sense of the world…

Read more here: http://archive.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2009/09/15/critical_thinking_you_need_knowledge/

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Education Policy In The Republic of New Hampshire

The Liberty Block - Sat, 2022-03-12 00:44 +0000

Once New Hampshire leaves the union, what would our education system look like? Would it collapse without federal funding and support? Would our students suffer? Would we still be able to transfer seamlessly between colleges in other states of the union?
Let’s begin by taking a quick look at the education system within New Hampshire:

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Toward an honorable Ukraine ceasefire

Free Keene - Fri, 2022-03-11 23:51 +0000

Here are some suggested win-win steps that Kyiv, Moscow or Washington should take to shut down the Russo-Ukrainian war. These steps are designed to initially be taken by just one government so that they can be taken NOW. Each of these moves would “succeed even if they fail” and would stand a good chance of moving the conflict toward an honorable ceasefire. 

Now that they have had some successes against the Russian government…Washington or Kyiv should make a tiny humanitarian gesture or other conciliatory gesture aimed at sparking a response-in-kind. For instance, a small-scale prisoner release or slight reduction in some sanction that only hurts the people. This should be videotaped and done with much fanfare. It should involve an implicit request for the enemy to reciprocate, in some tiny popular way. If Moscow fails to reciprocate, this will enrage the world further and strengthen Kyiv or Washington’s positions.  And the gesture can always be repeated in some new form until it works.  If Moscow does reciprocate, that opens the door for Kyiv or Washington to make a new, larger ameliorative gesture and so on. The goal should be an “escalating” series of conciliatory gestures until the shooting is much reduced. Each side should  gain a benefit each step of the way regardless of how the other side reacts.

Moscow, for its part, should not wait for western governments to do this. It should propose and implement a small unilateral ameliorative gesture of its own, also well publicized. Western media censorship of Moscow’s statements…is becoming a serious problem, however. They can always call FreeTalkLive.com and reach 200,000 people!

This idea of “escalating humanitarian gestures” is a long shot, at least coming from a not-very-important-person like me. But back channels may have saved the world during the Cuban crisis. Maybe this will inspire someone more influential to try a back channel of their own or forward this simple idea.

Moscow has proven it can wreak enormous damage and is willing to do so when you move your empire too close to Russia.   Various territories are now its to lose, and the sooner the fighting stops the less chance it loses them all…or loses everything in a cloud of ICBM’s.

Ukraine has already proven it can fight in the best traditions of Estonia’s war of independence and Finland’s Winter War.  The West and/or Ukraine could easily aim for objectives similar to those which the Finns successfully achieved, during their solo war with Moscow in 1940: Capture the world’s imagination, be its heroes, put up a stunning fight, but limit and end the war in a negotiated settlement which gives Moscow enough ground to bury its dead. Finland’s Winter War was technically a draw, but it put Finland on the map as a place not to mess with and drew a line against USSR expansion.  Ukraine is already on the path to accomplishing this, if it can just figure out how, when and where to stop.

These are not pro-freedom objectives par se, but they would end the war (and perhaps the nuclear exchange likelihood) without appeasement.  No one today would argue that the Finns “appeased” Moscow; they disemboweled its army as Ukraine is now doing.

Once the shooting stops, or at least is dramatically reduced, the long path toward toward Ukrainian healing and world progress can continue.

Dave Ridley
NHexit.com

Notable Quote – Blame It on the Democrats That Blacks Can’t Spel

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-03-11 23:30 +0000

If the Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan wanted to sabotage black academic excellence, he could not find a more effective means to do so than the government school system in most cities.

-Prof. Walter Williams (Black Americans and liberty)

Doubt him?  If you are angry at that, or the title, start reviewing the standardized test scores in large, decades long controlled, Democrat stronghold cities.  Go ahead, just name ONE in which more than 50% of students are rated as “Proficient”.

You can’t.  And the reason is Teachers Unions.  They demand higher and higher wages, demand more control of a district, and then blame the kids when taxpayers say “Enough – do better, first!”.

Detroit is almost 40% functionally illiterate.  Not the kids – the entire population!  But will the right people hold their hands up and say “yeah, I’m responsible for this”?  Of course not.

But Parents, more and more, understand why.  No or sub-par education means little to no success later in life.  I’ve posted multiple times about one such city – Baltimore.  Only 13% of 4th graders tested at grade level (Proficient) or better.  That means, for the arithmetic challenged, that 87% of students CAN NOT READ.

Democrat run city. Democrat controlled School Board. Teacher Union skews heavily Democrat / Socialist.  They’re getting paid.

Kids get squat.

(H/T: Cafe Hayek)

 

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Did Anti-Independence Reps Break The Law?

The Liberty Block - Fri, 2022-03-11 22:11 +0000

Not one anti-independence legislator has ever agreed to debate the question of NH Independence. If they believe in their cause so strongly, why are they afraid to publicly defend their stance? The anti-liberty legislators knew that independence had a large amount of support among people and legislators. So, they utilized all the tools at their disposal to ensure that no legislators could vote in favor of the legislation, even if some of those methods are legally questionable. 

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Joe Biden in 1997 Predicting the Russian Response Today Because of Policies he Supported (VIDEO)

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-03-11 22:00 +0000

Joe Biden predicts Joe Biden. Yes, in 1997, Joe, the Senator, is speaking at the Atlantic Council about how offering NATO membership to the Balkan states would probably piss Russia off something fierce.

One commenter under the source post for this video wrote,

 

And in 1998 it was the top democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Joe Biden who pushed for this conflict by voting in favor of the inclusion of Poland, Hungary and Czech republic. And how did Joe Biden justify this vote?

“This is the beginning of another 50 years of peace”

So, Senator Joe Biden said one thing in 1997 and then did what he said might piss off Russia in 1998 and declared that it would result in peace. Well, it did, but for about 20 years.

And what did Obama’s Point man in Ukraine do with the latter bit of that peacetime besides commit fraud and extortion to enrich his family?

Did he push to get Ukraine to join NATO? Someone did, but then we also have a conundrum. Joe has been about as bad at foreign policy as anyone, ever. A trait he has today.

So was 1997 a stopped clock thing because this guy either sucks at this, or he’s been pretending for decades, and I don’t think it’s the latter.

 

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Floating Japanese ‘Joro Spider Invasion’ Question? Do They Eat Murder Hornets?

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-03-11 20:30 +0000

In case you missed it the northeast is going to be invaded by ballooning Joro spiders this spring. They have been working their way up the east coast for several years and temperature is not an issue for them.

So, airborne arachnids that are three inches across (that includes the legs) will be landing on whatever, including you.

I can handle snakes, bugs, wild critters, coyotes, bears, Moose, rankled Lefties (jackasses), the apocalypse, but the thought of spiders randomly landing on me from above gives me the willies.

This will help!

 

 

Ahhh!

The featured image up top – the actual spider, comes care of someplace called Arrow Exterminators. They’ve been dealing with these things down south so I’ll give them a nice link because I’m also about to quote their webpage.

 

The East Asian native spider, also known as the Joro spider, is a new invasive species of Golden orb-web spiders that was first found in North Georgia in 2014. Since then, these creepy crawlers have taken over northern Georgia and western South Carolina by storm and are spreading rapidly. …

The issue you might find is that since they multiply in such great quantity, they have become a nuisance for most individuals. Their golden-yellow, basket-shaped webs can be quite large. The spider itself is also quite large, so it can be intimidating and scary. …

The Joro spider can bite humans and pets, but as is with all orb-weavers, it has small mouth parts and is not aggressive. Because of their small mouth parts, the Joro has been deemed as harmless and typically not a safety concern. If someone were to be bit, it would be comparable to a bee sting.

 

So, the scariest thing about them is that one might balloon onto you at random. That’s freaky enough for me, but if they leave me alone I’ll return the favor.

And the large orb-weaver webs will trap a lot of mosquitos and other insects I can without, and that’s fine by me.

And I’m sure they’d also eat giant Asian ‘Murder” hornets if those were headed our way (currently attacking Liberals as part of Antifa on the left coast).

The murder hornets dropped off the radar along with the Venomous hair caterpillars, overwhelmed by the COVID Cult-obsessed news cycle.

 

 

Honestly, those things are all better than a President Joe Biden who has proven to be one the most destructive parasites in my lifetime.

Maybe we’ll get a chance to watch a Joro spider land on Biden. That could be entertaining. What’s the Secret Service supposed to do then? Round up some Oath Keepers or charge Trump supporters with Insurrection?

 

 

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NH House Passes Three Health Care Freedom Bills

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-03-11 19:00 +0000

COVID19 was a test, and almost everybody failed. We saw failure from politicians (expected), to Judges (not at all surprising in NH), to public health officials (a bit surprising), to doctors and Hospitals (alarming), and of course “The Media” (do they know how to do anything else?).

Politicians have one job to do. Protect their constituents based on the precepts of their State Constitutions. Few made the grade, and most did the polar opposite. Instead of protecting natural rights, they took them behind the prison laundry every day and introduced them to “little” Bubba.

The appropriate response 246 years ago would have been to roll a cannon up the governor’s door or simply start an armed rebellion. Tar and feathers might have been generously deployed. These days the appearance of order and civility means abandoning our rights to Bubba’s will while we work through the process. Writing letters, emails, phone calls, internet pamphleteering, protests, and ultimately legislative remedy.

And we can’t just roll a cannon up to Sissy Sununu’s house even as political theater. “Her” bowels moved at the mention of a legally armed citizen stepping on his lawn while exercising the right to free speech. A right he tried to regulate out of existence as if he were no different than the average Democrat.

At the time, there was no difference.

This pro-gun governor even canceled his outdoor inauguration over concerns about armed protesters.

Chris Sununu failed the test, and while he dialed it back a bit he’s still failing, by not making it widely known that much of what he was told to say was a lie and what he did would never work as advertised.

Not the least of which was that the COVID19 vaccines were safe and effective.

Admitting you were misled into denying people their rights then being part of the solution is better than all the other choices. And he could make that statement without saying a word. All he has to do is tell his “Republican” sycophants in the State Senate to get these bills to his desk so he can sign them.

And they are on the way to the State Senate.

Judy Aron gave us the good news this morning.

 

“… HB1003 which would prevent health care providers from refusing to treat patients based on vaccination status.

We also passed HB1099 which prohibits the Dept. of Health and Human Services from requiring vaccine passports in order to receive services and HB1466 which allows for prescription drugs to be sold for off-label purposes.”

 

And we need them, as well as the others in the pipeline. We know this because ‘They” failed the test. The governor, the AG, the court, the Department of health, all the way down to numerous local authorities.

Failed.

Public health is not a right. It is a privilege. A benefit of modern western society that is, more often than not, is compromised by people who seek elected and appointed office. And they need to be held accountable or restrained however possible because two things are clear.

Their oath of office means nothing, and the courts cant find a right protected by the Constitution they won’t willfully abrogate.

It has to be written out in clearer language despite the increased likelihood of that being bastardized for the benefit of the latest liberty-neutering fad.

Our thanks to the Republican majority House for moving these and bills like them forward.

 

 

 

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My response to the Jonna Carter / Conway Daily Sun hit piece:

Free Keene - Fri, 2022-03-11 18:21 +0000

I responded to this following hit piece on the Free State Project:

https://www.conwaydailysun.com/opinion/columns/jonna-carter-linos/article_3eca6d18-82d3-11ec-8e52-0f33b7df80c6.html

My response was as follows:

LiveFreeOrDie

Have you ever met a Free Stater? Had a conversation with one? Because you seem to be completely clueless about us. For one thing, few if any of us were fond of Trump. I proudly voted for Gary Johnson in 2016 and for Jo Jorgensen in 2020. I am no more attracted to the tyrants on the right than I am to the tyrants on the left. What I want is freedom, which is why I moved to the Live Free Or Die [ fighting ] state over 10 years ago.

Do I want to escape from the US government? ABSOLUTELY! The US government has done nothing but bleed the people dry to pay for endless, pointless wars and corporate welfare. They have propped up their endless attacks on freedom with lie after lie after lie … spending most of their time, when they are not making war on foreign nations, making war on their own people, with their insane and racist war on drugs, their nasty habit of shooting innocent people in the street for no apparent reason, and their constant encroachments on our right to speak freely, to make our own decisions, an to control our own bodies.

I am pro-choice, but unlike “pro-choice” leftists, I REALLY BELIEVE in “MY BODY MY CHOICE”. Of course the right to abortion is important … too many women — and men — throughout history have been trapped in poverty and hopelessness by their inability to control their own reproduction … but that is not the only right that we have over our own bodies … we also have the right to make our own medical decisions, whether that means choosing for ourselves to treat our PTSD with MDMA, or our alcoholism /drug addiction with Mushrooms … both of which have been done with great success at John’s Hopkins.

And we also have the right to make our own economic decisions. The government could end homelessness overnight, simply by ceasing to cause it. They could get up off the millions of acres of land that they hold for no purpose, and allow people to homestead. That’s all it would take. Once people had a piece of land on which to pitch a tent, the next step would be to start a massive “habitat for humanity” program, not just building houses for people, but teaching them what they need to know to help their neighbors, and to earn money once the immediate crisis is past.


But the government always works to enrich the rich, while further impoverishing the poor. Sure, they sent us $1200 at the start of the pandemic ( which they may well have caused ), but at the same time they did so, they sent 3 trillion dollars in corporate welfare to their cronies. Do the math: Three Trillion dollars divided by Three Hundred Million Americans is 10,000 dollars per person that they handed out to make the rich richer, while returning to the people only a small fraction of that. I hope that you will take the time to get to know a Free Stater. I would be delighted to buy you a cup of coffee any time you are in Keene, or perhaps when I visit my girl in the north country. I think that if you approached us with an open mind, you would quickly learn that we are not at all what you think we are. And if, after that, you choose to remain enslaved by the government, I will quote Thomas Paine by way of farewell …. may your chains sit lightly upon you, and may history forget that ye were our countrymen.

Duckduck Go! Is Down-Ranking Sites They “Associate” with Disinformation

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-03-11 17:30 +0000

We should have known better. I should have known better. What was billed as the “secure” alternative to Google’s data-siphoning search engine has turned out to be no better at belaying the leftist barrage of downvoting unacceptable speech.

What good is valuing my privacy if you don’t value my free speech or my access to all viewpoints?

Joining countless other companies at destroying lives and freedom, DuckDuckGo announced via their CEO’s Twitter feed that the company would begin engaging in, effective immediately, the censorship of articles or sites that promote – gasp! – skepticism at the corporate media’s approved narrative.

Known by the handle of @yeng, CEO Gabriel Weinberg sent out this message:

“Like so many others I am sickened by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the gigantic humanitarian crisis it continues to create. #StandWithUkraine? At DuckDuckGo, we’ve been rolling out search updates that down-rank sites associated with Russian disinformation.”

After the tweet was down-voted into oblivion and besieged with endless comments calling Weinberg out for his selling out to corporate interests, he followed up with additional replies. Two of those comments appear below:

“In addition to down-ranking sites associated with disinformation, we also often place news modules and information boxes at the top of DuckDuckGo search results (where they are seen and clicked the most) to highlight quality information for rapidly unfolding topics.”

That was the first one. Here is the second one:

“DuckDuckGo’s mission is to make simple privacy protection accessible to all. Privacy is a human right and transcends politics, which is why about 100 million people around the world use DuckDuckGo. (We don’t have an exact count since we don’t track people.)”

It’s a cowardly act that once more spits in the face of his consumer. It is the search engine equivalent of right-supported Carhartt announcing vaccine mandates to its employees.

Full disclosure: I do not receive any compensation for this suggestion, but in the face of Weinberg’s middle finger to his base it seems obvious that we all need to abandon the search engine in favor of others. I personally use Brave Browser. It is a secure, private browser that operates in the decentralized world of emerging blockchain technology. Perhaps it too is owned and operated by two-face sellouts, but given that DuckDuckGo hates us, the only option is to try and hope for the best.

Just two months ago, Weinberg was tweeting that his Google-rivaling search engine had accumulated over 100 billion all-time private searches. He deserves to lose immediate market share and future search engine discovery as a result of this craven and, indeed, misinformed outlook on the entire situation unfolding in Eastern Europe.

Shame on him for selling out and being an idiot. Shame on us for believing we had a viable alternative to Google.

 

 

Hailey Sanibel writes for The Blue State Conservative

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Hey, NH Democrats! Do You Condone What Your NY Brethren’s Gerrymandering?

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-03-11 16:00 +0000

How come NH Democrats are not calling them out this sort of thing like they do Republicans? You know, the gerrymandering. All I keep hearing is that a political operation is supposed to be non-political.

Have you not learned, yet, that once you are dealing either with or in Government, it is inherently defined as being political?  After all, it is POLITICIANS that are making the decisions.

Yet, you can’t even be intellectually honest, can you? And do you know whose Congressional District #10 represents?  Oh, to be sure, it IS a Democrat’s!

 

Does this mean, shhhhh, you’re partisan?

And if you’re wondering, the first map is of “Fat Jerry Nadler’s Congressional District.  Because NY lost a Congressional seat, the Dems QUICKLY reformed the map so that he’d keep his district.

They also “redistricted” Republicans right out of theirs – and helped themselves in Congress in trying to keep the Democrat majority.

So, tell us ALL that you want non-partisan re-districting…

…and we’ll all get to call you LIARS.

And as for YOU NH Republicans, go for it.  Return the favor that Democrats did to your NY brethren.  After all, isn’t that the fair thing to do (along with a dash of M.A.D. – Mutually Assured Destruction)?

 

 

(H/T: Instapundit)

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Poll Results: Joe’s “Leadership” Will Push Gas Prices Over $8.00/Gallon

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-03-11 14:30 +0000

Gas Can Joe has the entire media industrial complex (MIC) blaming everything but him for his Gas Price Hockey stick (the Inflation hockey stick is not his fault either).

We should blame Putin’s war which Biden probably started to distract us from inflation or gas prices.

There’s also a narrative developing that says we should blame Oil company CEOs. You know those folks who drilled and fracked us down to under 1.25/gallon under Trump. The ones Congressional Dems dragged before a committee to “ask” them cut production to make prices go up.

No worries, the MIC won’t be pandering to balanced reporting any time soon, so there’s little fear of that contradiction going wide. That space is dedicated to the lies approved by the Machine, whose goal is to muddy up the water and then tell you what to think about.

Not that gas prices are high, but that it’s not Joe’s fault.

But it is Joe’s fault, and Democrats are not just smiling; they’ve been manipulating forces to get them higher. How much higher?

We asked our readers.

  • Just over 13% said over five but not over six.
  • 17% said over sux but not seven.
  • Just under 20% said over seven but not over eight.
  • The majority, 26.4%, said over eight but not over nine.
  • 5.6% said over nine, 10.4% said over ten, and  7.6% said higher.

And Biden is out begging our enemies for oil. Maybe he could send out a few mean tweets about the Mullahs, Maduro, or Juan Guaidó? That seems to have correlated with the previous president’s success at keeping prices low.

And for the record, the national average price when the poll was published a few days ago was 4.173/gallon. Today?

 

 

Joe’s hockey stick is getting out of hand.

 

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I Can Get a Lot Done between 2am and 7am

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-03-11 13:00 +0000

I can get a lot done between 2 am and 7 am, but it isn’t always by conscious decision. Rather, it ends up as a “forcing” outside of me.  Sorta happens like this:

I’m writing this column at 4 a.m., but I need to level with you: It’s nowhere near as romantic as that sounds. I am not sitting in a hotel lobby, tuxedo bow tie unfurled, cigar smoldering in an ashtray, pecking at an old Underwood typewriter after a long night out with movie stars, rock gods and other assorted fabulous people.

The truth is I fell asleep last night right after reading to my kids. I passed out shortly before 9 p.m. …

I’m awake because over the past two years, I’ve joined a new club: the very, very early morning club. I know a lot of people have lives and jobs that require them to wake up extremely early, but this is a new lifestyle for me. It took two small children and one pandemic that kept us all home to figure out that if I was going to continue to be productive, and write nonsense humor columns like this one, I was going to need to be productive at an uncommon hour, sitting alone in the dark.

Staying up late is out of the question. Sure, I used to be able to do it when I was younger, have a cup of Dunkin’ at 9 p.m. and slug it out, but these days, asking me to stay up to watch the 11 p.m. news is like asking me to climb K2. “Saturday Night Live” actually live, on Saturday night? That’s something that hellions do.

Plus, my brain is fried by midafternoon. Honestly: Tell me anything after 3 p.m. and you should make me scribble it on my arm. As for my writing, everything I write after 1 p.m. looks like a ransom note written by miniature horses. I mean, more than it usually does. But 4 a.m.? At that hour, I’m sharper. …

The benefits are obvious: My home is quieter, as is the world, and my head. Nobody’s reaching out to me at 4 a.m. Email has slowed to a halt. Texts are nonexistent. Emergencies are waiting until 8 a.m. …

There are drawbacks, of course. My body has fully reset itself. By midmorning I’m looking for lunch. Midafternoon, I’m ready for dinner. … If my wife wants to plan a dinner with friends, I have to prepare my body like an astronaut.

It’s worth it. Lately, I’ve begun to wonder: Do I dare join the 3 a.m. club?

3 am on a regular basis?  That’s a big NO. In fact, I think that sleeping, and sleeping in, is one of life’s guilty pleasures. I like being in bed, in the dark before morning, where under the comforter I am at that just-right temperature and all is well with the world. At least for a while. Having the Grandson now for six years, I treasure it even more because, well, young children don’t sleep in.

That’s why God gives babies and young children to the young.  We were just bizarre enough to do it all over again 30 years down the line (and yes, wouldn’t have it any other way). But if I look at Paul Caron, he seems to be a lot younger than I so reading to his kids make sense and then falling asleep makes a bit of sense.  Over the last few years, it happens for me primarily by:

  • The Grandson wakes up early morning with nightmares and I have to run to his room to keep him from stumbling towards the stairs going downstairs (and not, toddler safety gates don’t work).  After that, I crawl back to bed, lay there for about an hour, I KNOW that I might as well get up as my mind, over the protestations of the bod, is racing.  So, between 2 and 4am, I go to my office and start in. Fortunately, with some medications, he and I are BOTH sleeping better.
  • And because I am older, I sometimes fall asleep on the couch after dinner. Then I can’t get to sleep, so I stay up until mid-wee hours of the morn.

These are sufficient for illustration as there are a few others.  I get up, do some of my morning tasks, and then settle into my chair in front of my laptop and start to get productive.  And it really is!

It IS a conducive time to do this!  The dogs stay in our bedroom and leave me alone (e.g., no sitting in front of me or pawing for attention, belly rubs, treats, water, food, or to go out. The Grandson is asleep (finally) and is quietly in bed – no interruptions. And yes, TMEW is sleeping. The TV is also off, so that distraction (mostly news) is off the air.  And I haven’t had a phone call yet (except school cancelations due to weather which would also wake me up too much to go back to sleep.

The house is dark and quiet and I know that there will be NO disturbances. I can think, I can write, I can plan, I can organize.  It can be nice, indeed.

But I don’t want to do it on a regular basis.

After all, I really do like sleeping.

(H/T: TaxProf Blog)

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So Kids, What Did We Learn From This Week’s House Session (03/10/22)?

Granite Grok - Fri, 2022-03-11 11:30 +0000

We learned that the “NH State House Traveling Band of Nomads” has finally come back to doing business at the State House in Representative’s Hall – and it was wonderful!

What a delight to actually sit in our rightful seats after two years of doing the “People’s Business” in parking lots, ice rinks, sports centers, and expo centers.

We saved so much time using voting stations that actually worked, and being in a legislative workspace conducive to State House decorum, that we actually got done early!

While I commend House leadership for all the work they put into making the past 2 years safe and operational, there is really nothing like being seated in the historic State House Representative’s Hall! Despite a handful of plexiglass barriers that were erected between some Republicans and Democrats, the space seemed right and normal.

Yes, Dorothy, there’s no place like home!

We learned that it was good that Rep. Renny Cushing’s passing could be properly memorialized within House Chambers and that House members took the time to reflect on his legislative contributions. Shortly after, the House also passed a resolution supporting the people of Ukraine who are now in the midst of war and encroachment of their borders by Russia.

We learned that in the plethora of bills on the Consent Calendar, we passed HB1157 which codifies the prevention of NH ballot counting devices being connected to the Internet, and HB1003 which would prevent health care providers from refusing to treat patients based on vaccination status.

We also passed HB1099 which prohibits the Dept. of Health and Human Services from requiring vaccine passports in order to receive services and HB1466 which allows for prescription drugs to be sold for off-label purposes.

We also passed HB1195 which provides that there must be a public comment period at the beginning of every public meeting of a school board.

Additionally, HB1000 prohibiting motorcycle profiling and HB 1474 which makes car inspections once a year and not tied to your birth month, were both passed. There were a lot of good bills passed, and bad bills killed, in our Consent Calendar. One voice vote to bless all of those committee recommendations is the House version of “One and Done.”

We learned that Second Amendment freedoms were protected today in the House as Constitutional Carry was affirmed by killing HB1151 (prohibiting the display of firearms at parades, processions, picket lines, marches, rallies, vigils, and demonstrations) and passing HB1636 (repealing prohibitions of carrying a loaded pistol or revolver on an OHRV or snowmobile).

Carry on!

We learned that Rep. Ralph Boehm (R-Litchfield), who collapsed and hit his head on the concrete floor in our last House session, is doing just fine. He came to the House well and delivered a heartfelt and tear-filled speech of thanks to his colleagues and local EMTs who came to his aid that day and provided him with immediate medical help. He just wanted to know who the culprit was that tore open his shirt and spewed buttons all around. We are so thankful that Rep. Boehm is well and with us to continue serving the people of his district and our state.

We learned that NH will not be seceding from the union anytime soon. CACR 32 was killed after an effort to Table it was defeated (162 yea-170 nay). The unanimous committee recommendation to ITL (Inexpedient To Legislate) this bill was upheld by the House (323-13). The debate comments will be printed in the House Journal and will promise to be some very interesting reading. If you don’t want to wait for the book to come out – you can review the live stream recording on the Gencourt website.

We learned that HB50, the House District redistricting bill, HB55 regarding State Party Committee Delegates, and HB440 prohibiting the suspension of civil liberties during a state of emergency were returned to the House from the Senate with some minor changes. The House chose to concur with those changes and they now move on in the legislative process to go to the Governor’s desk for signature. Next question… will he or won’t he?

We learned that we have 212 bills on next week’s regular calendar and 152 on the consent – so next week will be a 3-day marathon of pressing green and red buttons. Stay tuned to see what we pass and what we reject for our constituents while under the gold dome.

 

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