The Manchester Free Press

Tuesday • May 24 • 2022

Vol.XIV • No.XXI

Manchester, N.H.

Biden’s State of the Union Bounce ….1%

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-03-09 16:00 +0000

There wasn’t a lot of chatter about the traditional post State of the Union Bounce. It’s that mythical enhancement of a politician’s public perception after sharing their opinion about the state of our nation. Biden’s wasn’t big news and now we know why.

He had more bounce falling on the stairs to Air Force One than he got from the State of the Union.

 

An IBD/TIPP poll conducted after the speech on March 1 found that, overall, 39 percent of respondents approve of the job he is doing as president, compared to 47 percent who disapprove.

This is a slight improvement from the 38 percent approval in February’s IBD/TIPP poll–the lowest figure since Biden took office.

 

Those numbers have not improved since then either, though they’ve not gotten worse. March 7th polling from IBD/TIPP shows no change.

 

President Biden Job Approval IBD/TIPP Approve 39, Disapprove 47 Disapprove +8
President Biden Job Approval Quinnipiac Approve 40, Disapprove 51 Disapprove +11

 

It wasn’t a total wash. Ten Dollar a Gallon Joe did do better with Democrats after the SOTU but do they really matter because independents were not moved at all.

 

His approval from independents remains stuck at a woeful 27%. Though his disapproval from independents fell from 55% to 53%, if Brandon wants to hang his hat on that. (Note that the more you slice up a sample, the less likely these numbers are to be meaningful or accurate.)

 

Is this why he relented and added oil to his so-called Russian sanctions?

And no to hurt Russia. He wants to blame rising gas prices on Putin (The Putin Price Hike), but here’s what that looks like if at all.

 

So, I can see why he might not want Ukraine to accept Putin’s peace offering. He’d prefer the war went on until after the 2022 Midterms, or at least his party probably does. Nor, I suspect, do they want home doing any more long public speeches, though I’ll admit, we are seeing him a lot more than I ever imagined we would.

And that’s bad for America.

The more they see him and hear him the more convinced they’ll be to do whatever they can to stop his advancing the Democrat party agenda.

 

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NEW STATE PRISON MAIL POLICY

Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform – N.H. - Wed, 2022-03-09 15:52 +0000

https://www.ccjrnh.org/nh_state_prison_mail_policy

A Study in Leadership and Contrast

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-03-09 14:30 +0000

The senseless battle in Ukraine is nearly two weeks old. Almost 2.2 million Ukrainians, nearly 5% of the population, have fled this country that has become trapped by Russian troops. Americans have known war, but not like we are witnessing this conflict.

We are voyeurs on the battlefield, seeing death and destruction from the attack’s side. That is a big difference this time. We usually see coverage of conflict from the side of the attacker or oppressor. We now see scenes of fleeing civilians as they dodge incoming shells designed to take them out. It gives you a helpless feeling and a sick spot in your gut.

The desperation of the Ukrainian people is evident. But so is the show of the courage of these people who two weeks ago were living their daily lives. Today, they do not know if they will see tomorrow. But they fight. They line up for free weapons when they are available to defend their homeland and lives.

These people are not trained soldiers, but they are learning quickly. These people are inspired by their leader, President Zelenskyy, who shows the world the meaning of leadership. He is with his people every day. He stands by their side in the fight and pleads with the world to come to the aid of Ukraine. He does not want the world to fight the battle for them. He asks for food, water, medicine, and weapons to sustain his people and their fight.

Zelenskyy is not a politician. He is a comedian and an actor that played the President on Ukrainian TV. He is an unlikely person to be in the position of helping to preserve his country. But he is the right man at the right time. He stands huge, addressing his people each day, not in the uniform of a President but the uniform of a warrior. His people will follow him to the gates of hell, and that is where they may have to go to beat the superior Russian military.

Zelenskyy presents a stark contrast to our President Joe Biden. Zelenskyy is as strong as Biden is weak. Zelenskyy has stayed in Kyiv, the target of assassins and the Russian military. Biden left Washington Friday afternoon for Delaware and has not been seen since.

His hapless State of the Union speech last week is painfully apparent that he cannot motivate the country. Whispering “we are going to be okay” is not a battle cry to get Americans to meet the challenges we face. Our stock market and economy are tanking. Inflation and empty shelves are dragging down Americans. The meteoric increases in gas prices are turning people angry.

All of these result from bad policies and poor leadership from Biden. Biden’s way of handling these challenges is to hide in his Delaware basement.

We are tired and frustrated from two years of the Pandemic and one year of Joe Biden. Our challenges grow daily, and we need someone to stand up and steer this ship safely back to normalcy and prosperity. We need a Zelenskyy and not a Biden. We deserve better than what we have. But unfortunately, we have to play the hand we were dealt. Right now, our hand is flush with jokers.

We deserve better.

 

Ray writs for GraniteGrok.com and The Liberty Loft

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Biden and Russia, Sittin’ in a Tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G …

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-03-09 13:00 +0000

Ten Dollar a Gallon Joe, a speculative but realistic nickname, has conceded publicly that buying oil from Russia at this moment in history might not look good. What does that mean?

It’ll hurt their economy, and he suddenly wants that and is willing to tie himself up in his own logic chain. By not buying Russia’s oil we can cause them economic harm, which means that “not buying our own oil hurts our economy.”

Since day one, Joe has been doing that deliberately and without encouragement, but he had to be badgered for weeks into harming Russia.

I know, don’t quibble. These are “experts” we are talking about. Ten Dollar a Gallon Joe’s Administration is top-heavy with the best and brightest like the Mayor Pete guy, the Secretary of massive supply chain disruptions Transportation.

These are the same geniuses who are, right now, negotiating in Vienna, with Iran, at talks run by… a Russian ambassador. In whom Biden has placed our best interests in talks with a self-admitted American hating regime that happens to be an ally of Russia.

Related: The Perfect Headline Doesn’t Exis…”Biden Sells Alaska Back to Russia So We Can Start Drilling for Oil There Again”

Remember, experts!

At what, you might ask, and that’s a good question because what they are good at is destroying things, and that includes America.

 

A senior congressional official added on Monday: “It’s obvious that Russia should no longer serve as one of the key intermediaries brokering an Iran deal. We need to be isolating Russia not just economically, but also diplomatically. There is absolutely no chance that Russia has U.S. national security interests in mind when it comes to Iran’s nuclear program.”

 

Need an example?

 

“Under one draft interim agreement that sources said Russia presented to Iran, Tehran would be required to stop enriching uranium up to 60 percent purity and dispose of its current stockpile, possibly by exporting it to Russia, along with other restrictions. In exchange, the Iranian government would receive access to billions of dollars in oil revenues frozen in foreign bank accounts, including in South Korea, the sources said.”

 

Russia and Iran make out well enough. But we can be certain that Iran will not stop enriching Uranium. Russia will make use of what Iran parts with, and nowhere in there does America benefit unless you consider sending US dollars to the mullahs in exchange for oil we could extract from our own shores without funding global terrorism.

Lifting sanctions on our own oil would be a win for America and our economy, but Joe’s not having that. He’s pro-Venezuela, pro-Iran, pro-Saudi Arabia, and pro-Russia despite the sanctions gesture.

I’m surprised the Vienna Boys Choir penning the new Iran Deal didn’t toss in a few billion in US Military Hardware to go along with that?

Wait. No need. Like the Chinese, Iran has probably, already purchased some American Military tech from the Taliban.

Remember, Experts!

 

 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Our State’s Medical System Needs a Freedom Reset

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-03-09 11:30 +0000

It is said in great wisdom that “pride comes before a fall.”

And so, when the corporate media, bureaucrats, globalist drug pushers, and crony politicians started trumping up nurses and doctors as “expert heroes” who could not be challenged at the beginning of the pandemic—and many of them did act heroically—it was not hard to foresee the complete loss of that mantle that has come upon them in multiple forms today.

This is frankly a tragedy for all of us!

Today, many critically thinking, caring professionals who always put the best interest of their patients first—the real heroes—have been forced out of their profession because they refused to inject themselves with an experimental treatment that time is showing to be the dangerous gamble many of us warned about.

These were the smart ones who made medicine safe and effective because they weren’t afraid to challenge the status quo and work directly with their patients to find the right solution to get them the best outcome, even if the “experts” disagreed with their approach. And then the hospitals complain about a staffing shortage. Many of us wonder whether there are any of the real professionals left inside the “hallowed halls” of our state’s homogenous hospitals.

Are there any left who don’t take their prescriptions from “doctors” in federal agencies who haven’t seen a single patient for most of their careers?

We want to thank Andrew Manuse for this Op-Ed. If you have an Op-Ed or LTE
you would like us to consider, please submit it to Editor@GraniteGrok.com.

Is it even worth risking a trip to the hospital? I know people who were refused treatment for a burst appendix, a kidney stone, and a broken arm, despite obvious and present symptoms, because they wouldn’t submit to a COVID test or wear a mask, among other illogical and scientifically disproven hoops that the bureaucrats insisted on and the hospitals enforced.

I have a friend who is now fighting to keep custody of his children because he successfully treated one of them with alternative medicine. These people have suffered real emotional and physical hardship for what? Health theater? ENOUGH!

How many people just stayed home to die because they didn’t want to face the prospect of maybe dying alone while being treated by the cruel, authoritarian dictates of today’s hospitals?

How many spouses, children, parents, friends, and religious leaders were turned away from providing the needed emotional and spiritual bedside support that their loved ones needed to truly heal?

Science has proven humans need the care and attention of loved ones to heal, and yet this most desperately needed care was denied for what? Fear?

How many loved ones suffered alone at home, emotionally, physically, and spiritually while left completely blind and powerless to help? What trauma will we be living with for years due to this complete malfeasance on the part of the people who are supposed to “first do no harm?”

NHPR recorded Paula Minnehan of the New Hampshire Hospital Association scoffing with disgust in an N.H. House committee at the idea that medical facilities might need to “rebuild their trust,” pointing to “hundreds of years” that they’ve been taking care of patients.

Stress or not, it’s not the past hundred years that many folks are concerned about, but the last two, when hospitals completely abandoned humane care in deference to cold, unproven, unAmerican policies that were based on the political aspirations of our state and nation’s bureaucratic elite who superficially wear the word “doctor” next to their name without showing the scholarship that the title demands.

And this, Ms. Minnehan, is why it makes sense for the state’s Legislative body that works for the people of this state to require licensed hospitals to allow visitors for patients in their facilities, among many other needed reforms. If Hospitals hadn’t acted with such hubris and inhumanity, the legislative effort wouldn’t be necessary.

How about some competition? It might be time to loosen the health cabal’s grip on the state’s medical facilities and allow the real medical professionals being forced to the sidelines to compete for patients. Before Obamacare, 90 percent of doctors were independent, but now only 10 percent at best are independent and the rest are controlled by hospitals and corporate medicine, thanks to government intervention in the health care market.

We have a centralized command and control medical system thanks to Obamacare and Medicare and Medicaid. We need to break up this top-down system of groupthink and bring back independent medicine.

Perhaps patients ought to decide which model works better for them? I remember one hospital bureaucrat saying, “but we’d never be able to stay in business” upon hearing the idea of eliminating the state’s “certificate of need board.”

It ought to be clearly stated into the record: I think that’s the point.

Only hospitals and doctors that are truly serving their patients and fighting for their best outcomes, against “expert” advice when needed, are the ones that should be in business, and patients should be the ones to decide where they want to get the kind of care they want and where they want to spend their money. To enable this, financial ties need to be cut with Washington—and maybe even health insurance companies—‚and medical facilities ought to have the freedom to reject patients’ plans that are dependent on the federal dole and forge their alternative payment policies.

This additional competition would drive down medical costs and increase the quality of care. Who knows what free-market concepts might bring even better care to our poor and elderly? Have we tried liberty lately? I think maybe it’s time.

 

 

Andrew J. Manuse is chairman of RebuildNH, which is also known as ReopenNH, a grassroots group devoted to restoring the rule of law and rebuilding the economy.

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Democrat Dementia Propaganda

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-03-09 02:30 +0000

The Democrat (Dem) party in the United States is led by a bunch of octogenarians who have slipped into the early stages of dementia. This is widely understood by anyone with a clear perspective and a reasoning mind.

 Of course, Dem politicians have become so adept at flooding all information channels with their party’s propaganda that very few people in the USA have the wherewithal to be able to see through the noise.

It is a skill— cutting through the noise, or simply ignoring it and ascertaining one’s own ideas. It takes some amount of intellectual courage to refute another person when they seem to be doing something that they say is popular.

Well, not only are Dem policies not popular but they are supported only by the most poorly educated and loudest segments of society.

We want to thank Kensley Vitoria HERE for this Op-Ed. If you have an Op-Ed or LTE
you would like us to consider, please submit it to Editor@GraniteGrok.com.

In the 2020 election, there was documented voter fraud committed by Dem poll workers, election officials, and election infrastructure companies. This was widely supported by countries around the world who want to see the United States leashed and subservient. Not only this, but they want to see the United States led by a bunch of incompetent idiots. 

This may seem offensive to you or absurd, but it is a reality. Consider the field of Dem politicians— out of many younger, brighter, more intelligent candidates, Joe Biden was selected and essentially installed, against the will of the people. Numbers were fabricated to support the notion that he is popular, which he is assuredly not. Biden is a puppet to corporate interests, Dem party radical socialists (i.e. the National Socialists a.k.a. Nazis), and an array of countries whose interests are not in line with American citizens.

Why does the Dem party allow this to happen? Why does the Republican party allow this to happen?

First and foremost, Americans are such a docile bunch that they are simply too sheepish to fight for their ideals. Most people around the world know and understand this well. Americans talk big, but rarely back it up. It’s obnoxiously nauseating. 

Secondly, there is a strain of thought in the Dem party which goes like this: If we make the Federal government act in an abhorrent, amoral, and totally unjust way, it will incite people into action, and therefore encourage political participation and strengthen democracy. The ends justify the means, in their view. Except their actions and words are totally abhorrent.

They are festering cancer on global civilization.

A disgusting cadre of corrupted and vile people who really deserve to be removed by scalpel, and nothing else. They have gotten into positions of power simply by selling themselves out, lying, and cheating. And they continue to do so. They do not represent American citizens— they represent global corporations, other countries, and people from other countries.

Thirdly, a global campaign has been initiated by several of the most powerful countries on the planet to destroy the United States. This is on the grounds simply that the USA doesn’t need to be the unipolar global power anymore. Well, this is quite deranged. American citizens can and should stand up against that nonsense.

First and foremost, the common citizenry should stand up against it. As well, police, military and law enforcement should stand up against it. This is a matter of American citizens hilding sovereignty over their own country. 

The USA doesn’t have to become weaker to balance global power. Instead, its citizens and leaders should be encouraged to be modest and humble leaders, and to be good people capable of good leadership. This is not some pipe dream. The people who would denounce such an idea are the evil ones, who advocate allowing criminals to run free, who want to raise taxes so they can pad their own pockets, and who have sold themselves out to corporations and foreign interests.

You don’t have to listen to them. In fact, you don’t even have to react to what they say or do. Let them continue to clown themselves into their own little hell.

America is bigger than that, and democracy can be built in a good way.

 

 

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We Shouldn’t Trust The Elites About COVID Or Ukraine

The Liberty Block - Wed, 2022-03-09 02:03 +0000

Ukraine is not a budding Jeffersonian Democracy. It is a cesspool of corruption. It is a hotbed of sex trafficking, child trafficking, prostitution, money laundering, and the establishment of Western NGOs for the purpose of accomplishing that corruption. It is not a random coincidence that not merely Biden's son made millions in Ukraine, but that Pelosi's and Romney's did too. And there have been others. Ukraine is a hotbed of corruption. It is the Afghanistan of Europe.

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Poor Lil’ Timmy Is Scared and Wants to Make the Rest of Us Responsible for Making Him Feel Better

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-03-09 01:00 +0000

This has been a great tactic by the Left – to play on YOUR emotions to make you “feel bad” because somebody just made themselves a “victim.” Yes, they are “playing” you – except now it’s become institutionalized on the Left.

Sorry, dude, you don’t get to place obligations upon others without their consent.

But it works because you let it work.  Here’s Timmy after NH State Rep Bob Greene made sport of the Democrats wanting to do a PR stunt with putting up Plexiglass Shields between the Repub and Dem seating.

In response to Rep. Greene’s tweet, Rep. Tim Horrigan (D-Durham) posted: “In all fairness, I am vaxxed, boosted, masked & still scared. And I think I am entitled to my feelings after 1 million died just in the USA.”

Get a clue, there are FAR bigger things that are FAR worse than see-through plates. Especially faced with the pics of that versus the Democrat dinner – maskless.

Sure thing, Timmy – you ARE entitled to your feelings but you are NOT allowed to use them like a sword.  Frankly, your feelings should be kept to yourself. You know, like how Democrats keep yammering about “the separation of Church and State”.  Problem is, you Socialist, are two-faced – the old “Fine for me but not for thee“.  YOU want to meld “Feelz and Government” and make it stick for the rest of us.

I guess you’re too slow for thinking – only feelings (and just as bad as that song, too).

Yes, he’s a nasty bit of work and he is his own reason I threw him out of here years ago.  A rather sniveling little Gollum is almost apt for a description but at least Gollum had a few brain cells. Make no mistake, Horrigan is a Socialist and has boasted in the past about how laws are to be skirted.  Yet, let someone on the Right try the same tactic, he’s the first one to cry foul.

A teacher’s pet rock.

 

(H/T: NH Journal)

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Just How Expensive Will a Gallon of Joe’s Gasoline Get?

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-03-08 23:30 +0000

With Joe adding new records to his resume every day, we feel obligated to ask. The US just experienced the highest price for a gallon of gasoline ever on its way to the “highest ever” again, maybe every day, and for how long?

How high do we think it will get, and will there be any consequences?

And I don’t mean economic consequences; those will be crippling for many, I mean politically. Will Democrats pay a higher price electorally for Biden’s manifold of policy failures that compiled are driving prices to new record highs?

And how high will that gallon of gas get?

We’ve got a poll to take your temperature on the future peak price of gasoline and yes, that’ll depend on where you live. California will be more no matter what, but let’s shoot for the national average which at the moment is 4.173/gallon.

 

 

See “white” New Hampshire, with slightly lower prices. That’s because we have lower gas taxes than the blue states that surround us, so here’s a bonus question. Will Democrats lower gas taxes to lower the cost of Gasoline. NEVER!!!!

Anyway.

Where is that price going to eventually land and (you can add in comments) what do you think that means economically, politically, globally, locally, whatever you think adds to the conversation.

Values in the poll are rounded off to the nearest dollar.

Pick one. Your guess will be over that amount but not higher than the next choice.

The Poll will run from 6:30 pm March 8th until 6:30 pm March 10th.

Just How Expensive Will a Gallon of Joe's Gasoline Get?
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Notable Quote – Don’t Let Socialists Define What Capitalism (As in “Greedy Corporations” and Profiteers)

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-03-08 22:00 +0000

Achieving profits is a condition of survival. Consumers leave no alternative for producers. If the products don’t satisfy consumers, producers won’t cover costs and won’t survive. The drive for profits is compelled by consumer preferences for better or more economically produced goods. Over time, competition displaces less satisfactorily performing producers – those who don’t earn profits.

-Armen A. Alchain and William R. Allen (Universal Economics)

Critical Race Theory, that Cultural Marxism technique of imbuing all areas of our lives, is showing us the main mantra of Marxism / Communism. There are only two types of people: Oppressors and the Oppressed. While Marx and Engels viewed it only from the aspect of economic classes, the Harvard Law School Elites decided to transfer this “struggle” to the color of your skin and set in motion what we are seeing what teachers (being mostly Left-leaning if almost all their donations to politicians go to Democrats/ Socialists are to be used as a proxy) teaching in our Government schools.

Sidenote: I use Government Schools because it is clear that Parents have lost control of them. Indeed, I’m betting that if I started to run down the political affiliations of teachers, the most common Party would not be “Republican”.  And the Democrat Party did say:

“Government is the only thing that we all belong to.

And we on the Right honed into that “belong to” in how the Left truly thinks about it – rather Hobbesian nuanced.  We aren’t a People that happens to have a Government – they are trying hard to flip that all around in that Government is the premier “partner” in all this.  And what they didn’t “get” when it was said, this in a normal state of being. That we AREN’T Individuals – we have no ability to separate ourselves from their collective. I’ll say it plainly and draw some ire: just like the Democrats in the South before the Civil War, and Republican Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation, slavery was fine.  Now instead of plantation owners, Government now should own us all?

A bit of a digression, but that’s OK as this is a blog and not an academic treatise – back to the quote.

The Left has totally flipped the relationship of Producers and Consumers to support their Narrative and Agenda.  They want YOU to believe that the Evil Ones is any company trying to make a profit.  That’s all they exist for in life – to take (or worse) steal your money.

As if they had complete and free access to your wallet.

What the Left doesn’t want you to realize is that CONSUMERS hold the Power – and in their words, can “Oppress” companies anytime they want to.  Flipping their relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on things, doesn’t it?

Consumers determine which companies (big or small) live or die. Companies HAVE to serve Consumers with goods or services that they want.  Shoddy quality, high prices, or stuff offered to consumers that then go “meh – not interested” means Companies die.

Can’t get much Oppressed than that, now, can they?  Going out of business is the Final Oppression.

Profit, instead, is sorta / kinda like the Proclamation – you are free to continue what you are doing as we LIKE it.

And that’s the part the Left hates – the total lack of control (laws and regulations left out of this for the time being). THEY are the real Oppressors in wanting to determine what you buy, the prices you pay, and where you can buy it from.

 

(H/T: Cafe Hayek)

 

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Questions to Ask a Potential School Board Member

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-03-08 20:30 +0000

Save this page!!  Recently Mary Ellen Siegler from Massachusetts Informed Parents posted this list of questions for parents to use when considering school board candidates up for election. It may be late for 2022’s election, but it can certainly be used in the future:

Questions to Ask a Potential School Committee Member:

Background / Reasons for Running

  1. Why do you want to run?
  2. What is your professional background?
  3. Have you done any volunteer work within the community? If so, with what groups or organizations? (Research every group or organization they mention.)
  4. How long have you lived in the district? If you are new to the district, why did you choose to move to our town/city? (This question is meant to determine if they moved into the district helped or encouraged by an activist group who is strategically looking to take over the local school board and backing them to run.)
  5. Tell me about your educational experience growing up. What did you like about your education? What was missing from your education?

Education Issues

  1. What do you see as the current challenges facing public education in our town/city, state, country?
  2. What are the priorities our district needs to address? Why do you see these issues as priorities?
  3. What is your philosophy of education? How do students learn best? What do you see as the best approach to education? What are the absolute essentials of a quality education?
  4. What do you believe is the best approach to teaching history, civics, and government?
  5. Do you think controversial cultural or current events should be talked about in the classroom? If so, how should they be handled? If not, why?
  6. What do you believe is the best approach to health education? What topics do you believe should be discussed regarding sexual health? How should the sensitive topics of sexual orientation and gender be handled? Should they be discussed and taught in school or left for families to address individually? Are you in favor of comprehensive sexuality education or do you support the sexual risk avoidance approach? Do you understand the difference between the two? Please explain.
  7. Many school boards and parents disagree about what kind of literature should be included in English class, in the school library, or in the school database. How do you define the term age-appropriate when it comes to literature and/or other curriculum content? For instance, do you think it is age-appropriate for a middle school student to have access to literature describing violent or explicit sexual acts in order to communicate that such behavior should be avoided?
  8. How do you define diversity, equity, or inclusion?
  9. Do you believe the district has a diversity, equity, or inclusion problem? If so, why? What actions would you take to resolve those issues?
  10. Many districts across the state are hiring directors of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Do you think this type of position is necessary for our school district? Why or why not? Do you thinkcreating a DEI Director position is a good use of budget funds? Why or why not?
  11. Do you think there is value in welcoming local and national groups such as Teaching Tolerance /Learning for Justice, STRIDE, Safe Schools Programs for LGBTQ Youth, etc. to be actively involved in our school district? If so, why? If you do not think these groups should be actively involved in our district, tell me why.

17. Do you believe political or special interest has a place in public education? Why or why not?

Roles and Responsibilities of the Board

  1. What do you see as the board’s roles and responsibilities? Should they primarily address educational issues, or should they also seek to solve social issues as well?
  2. If elected, what key accomplishments do you hope the board could attain? What part do you see yourself playing in those accomplishments?
  3. How would you handle supporting or not supporting a board decision you were not in favor of?
  4. How would you address differences of opinion on the board or between the board and school staff?
  5. Would you vocalize your disapproval of a board decision you did not agree with or would yoube silent if you were the minority view?
  6. What do you believe about the role of the school and the role of parents in education? What is your view on the relationship between school officials and parents? Do parents abdicate certain rights when their students step foot on the school campus?
  7. What can school officials and the school board do to respect families’ individual beliefs on controversial cultural, political, or religious issues? How can the school board be careful not topromote one view over another?
  8. How would you handle requests from individuals or special interest groups?
  9. Do you think it is the role of school officials and the school board to promote specific values and if so, what values do you see as a priority? How should the school board go about identifyingand defining those values? Please offer an example.
  10. How can school officials and the school board develop a supportive and deferential relationship with parents? What are some policies that could be put in place to facilitate mutual respectbetween the district and parents?
  11. Do you believe it is ever acceptable to withhold physical or mental health information about a student from parents? If so, in what instances? Please provide specific examples.
  12. Do you believe that educational and administrative control should be local or that districts should be mandated to follow directives from the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary?Education? Please provide reasons for your answer.
  13. What kinds of policies should be amended or implemented in order to provide transparency and accountability regarding curriculum, policy, and budget to local stakeholders (i.e., parents, community leaders, concerned citizens) in the district? For instance, should all curricula be posted and viewable online? Should assemblies that include controversial topics require an opt-in (parental notification and signed permission slip) from parents in order for their students to participate?

I would ask questions that are not presumptuous but would serve to draw a candidate out. If questions are pointed without being accusatory a candidate will want to talk about the issues that are important to them. You can then tell by the way they are answering where they might stand, even if they are being evasive with their answers. Sometimes what they do not say is just as important as what do they do say.

Also, I highly recommend looking at all their social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. You can usually get a sense of someone by looking at what they post on social media.

QuesforProspSBCandidates.pdf (ia-sb.org)

Questions for Prospective School Board Candidates Provided by the Iowa Association of School Boards www.ia-sb.org

Community members need to know as much as possible about a candidate for their school board. The following questions can help citizens understand the views of candidates for school board. These questions can also help prospective school board members think about the broad range of issues that form the basis of constructive boardsmanship.

This list is intended to help the media or citizen groups in selecting questions for candidate forums or publications. Choose the questions below to create a set of questions that best fits the needs of your community and the format of your forum. Be sure to provide the questions you choose to candidates in advance to allow them time for a thoughtful response.

Background/Reasons for Seeking Election

What motivates you to want to become a board member?

What particular skills or experiences qualify you to serve as a school board member?

How long have you lived in this school district?

In what school or district activities have you been involved?

How much time will you/can you give to board service? Education Issues and Needs

What do you see as the current challenges facing public education in our state? In our country?

What are 2-3 strengths of which our district can be proud? Why do you see these as strengths?

What are 2-3 needs that must be priorities for our district to address? Why do you see these as needs?

What is your best hope for the future of this school district?
If elected, what would you hope would be key accomplishments of the board during your years of service?

Roles and Responsibilities of the Board

Why are school boards necessary?

What are the leadership responsibilities of school board members?

What do you see as the board’s roles and responsibilities?

If you could select only one thing, what do you think is the most important responsibility of a school board?

What do you believe are the most important characteristics of an effective school board? Of an effective school board member?

What specific strengths would you bring to the board table?
What role does policy have in the functioning of the board?
How is the school board’s role different from that of the superintendent and administration? Do board members/the board have a role in the day-to-day operation of the district?
Can you/should you support a board decision that you were not in favor of?

An individual school board member has no authority; only the board as a whole can make decisions for the district. What skills or traits will allow you to contribute to the effective operations of the board as a whole?

What is the best way to address differences of opinion on the board or between the board and staff? What is the board’s responsibility in setting goals to improve the school district?
How can a board know if its goals are being accomplished?
How does/should the board decide what’s most important?

How should the board balance the need to provide a meaningful education for all students with the need to efficiently use taxpayer dollars?

What is the school board’s role in ensuring that our district has a well-qualified teaching staff?

What kind of relationship should the board have with the school staff?

What kind of relationship should the board have with its community? With its parents and families?

As a board member, how will you be accessible to the community?

How would you handle requests, if approached, from an individual? Special interest groups?

What will you do as a board member to ensure you have adequate knowledge and information on which to base your decisions?

Specific Issues

You may have specific issues that have been in discussion in your district. Adapt the questions below as appropriate regarding issues current in your district.

How do you view the school board’s role in _______________? (Examples: defining the school district’s curriculum; selecting text and library books; etc.)

What do you see as the role of technology in education?
What should our school district be doing to ensure the safety of students and staff?
What should our district be doing to address the challenges of declining/increasing enrollment?

What, if anything, should this school district do about ____________? (Examples: teaching values; teaching about sex education; etc.)

What responsibilities, if any, should districts assume for dealing with such societal problems as poverty, hunger, emotional illness, or drug abuse?

What is your opinion of your school district’s policies toward ______________? (Examples: students with special needs; English as a second language; special education programs; students with behavioral problems)

What do you think about vouchers? Tuition tax credits? Charter schools?

How would you determine priorities for staff/program/budget cuts if finances were to dictate the need for such cuts?

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Did Kamala Harris Suffer A Head Injury? Her Latest Public Speech Is Simply Atrocious (VIDEO)

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-03-08 19:00 +0000

I don’t wish suffering and tragedy on most people. However, seeing it as an explanation for abject idiocy is at least undeserved charity for people as dumb as Kamala Harris.

Is it possible to be that clueless without a deeper medical explanation? Honestly, how can someone in her position be that boring, miserable, and intellectually stunted?

The fact that a person of Kamala Harris’s limited cerebral hardwiring made it to the White House is beyond proof America is the greatest country ever. Where else could such a challenged person aspire to the leadership of a nation? It’s this bad: Imagine a situation where Vladimir Putin or Xi Jinping stepped aside at a major press conference and let a Russian or Chinese Kamala speak to the nation. You simply can’t imagine it.

Unfortunately, there are other things Kamala Harris can imagine. And she can tell you with the I’m-five-years-old-playing-vice-president cadence and diction that Harris uniquely delivers. What we have learned over the years of being force-fed a steady Harris diet by the race- and gender-obsessed media is that Harris doesn’t dumb things down for us. She simply tells us in her own words. Who could forget her explanation of Ukraine and Russia? That’s her processing the events out loud.

It should come as no surprise, then, that Harris is back at sounding helpless. She uses words, but that’s about all that can be said. Where is she? What is she discussing? Who is she inspiring? I don’t know any of those answers.

 

 

“Imagine a future: The freight trucks that deliver milk to our grocery store shelves and the buses that take children to school and parents to work. Imagine all the heavy-duty vehicles that keep our supply lines strong and allow our economy to grow. Imagine that they produced zero emissions. Well, you all imagined it. That’s why we’re here today. Because we have the ability to see what can be, unburdened by what has been. And then to make the possible actually happen.”

I am not the first to note that Kamala Harris might have been the one person to make Joe Biden look good. That is no easy feat, but she pulls it off almost daily. Just wow.

It’d be nice for a change if these people could really “see” what is happening. It’s incredibly tone-deaf to be advocating for Green New Deal policies when Americans are paying record-high prices to simply drive their cars, heat their homes, and eat (since those high gas prices affect planting, raising, harvesting, and transporting food items). What did the White House say? Lower costs and spending to combat inflation? Did I say tone-deaf – I meant pure evil.

Rather than push technology we all see to be incapable of delivering cost-effectiveness and present-day utility, how about we start by pumping and drilling the hell out of our resources to make America not only energy-independent but the most affordable country on earth to use such fossil fuels? That’s the speech I want to hear.

There may come a time when solar, wind, nuclear, or other renewables outpace natural gas, coal, and oil in meeting all of society’s energy needs. In fact, I am sure of it. However, that day is not today. By accelerating our dependence on unreliable renewables, we not only harm the very people purported to be saved through unaffordability, but we also diminish the likelihood such advances will ever come to fruition. Without a market incentive to develop cheaper and better energy alternatives, corrupt relationships between existing energy providers and the government will stymie progress.

Imagine we had real leaders in the White House.

 

 

Hailey Writes at The Blue State Conservative

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The Perfect Headline Doesn’t Exis…”Biden Sells Alaska Back to Russia So We Can Start Drilling for Oil There Again”

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-03-08 17:30 +0000

At just fifteen words, this Babylon Bee headline says many things about the Left and its bizarre tendencies. Developing US reserves is bad for the environment but buying more from environmentally-indifferent Russia (plus the thousands of miles to move it) is not.

This is what passes for sensible energy policy on the left.

Like, Canada is just, like, up there, like, a little bit. We share a border. But Biden doesn’t want more oil from them either (even it’s been vaccinated). That would be too easy. So, until today, he’s been fine with carve-outs to sanctions that allow America to buy Russian Fossil Fuels.

I said until today. Either the stupid appears to have caught up to them or, more likely, they realized they accomplished two things at once. Rumor has it Biden will stop buying Russian oil – that was thingy and all – in the name of standing with Ukraine or something. It makes sense if you want to be consistent – not a Democrat trait, so I assume they have other motivations.

Dropping that supply will push gas prices past their new record cost per gallon to rates about which Obama only dreamed.

Related: Biden Thinks We Might need More Oil so He’s Looking to Russia, Iran, and Venezuela

Remember, they want to stifle commerce and transportation. Six or eight dollars a gallon for gasoline will undermine the entire lower class and a big chunk of the middle class.  Shutting off the Russia spigot might do that even if Biden Inc lifts sanctions on Venezuela and Iran (Russian Allies) to get oil from them.

Neither is close. Neither is more environmentally thoughtful. Both are enemies of the US, no matter how Democrats spin it. And buying their goodies will enrich them and their agendas instead of the easiest answer of all.

Buy American.

We already have the infrastructure. All we need to do is flip a switch, and those workers will go back to work. We’ll have cleaner and better, and the money will stay here. It will take some pressure off gas prices and inflation.

But that’s not an option, so the Bee headline may be the best thing you read today.

Related: You Heard the Man – Joe Want’s Us to Vote Democrats Out of Office (Including Joe)

The only way it would ever be okay to continue or even expand the drilling off Alaska’s massive reserves would be to sell it to Russia. They could drill baby drill, and that would be fine.

But that was yesterday. Today, we may stop buying oil from Russia but fear not. We still have options.

Biden could sell Alaska to China.

 

 

 

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It’s Voting Day Here in NH (For Most SB2 Towns, Anyways). GO VOTE!

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-03-08 16:00 +0000

And just to draw the ire of those on the Left who constantly have the words “misinformation!” or “disinformation!” on the tip of their tongues – don’t worry, it’s next week (smirk).

Heavy turnout!

Just returned from voting and, of course, and much to the dismay of TMEW, I stopped to yak with the Conservatarian candidates outside of the polling place. Not a great day to linger – temps just above freezing and a really stiff wind blowing.

Sidenote: I ran into two old friends (literally and figuratively) that had gone out for a walk and decided to come in and vote. I remarked that, as one had on a knit hat and the other hatless, that this was the kind of weather that will put the red into your ears – the hatless one grimaced and said “yeah, I know”.

I was also surprised, upon driving up, that the parking lot was all but full.  Generally, this happens only for Prez primaries and general elections do I see that.  Inside the poll, was a long line, of people waiting to put their ballots into the AccuVote machine. About 75% of the voting booths were filled.  At 9 am?

This generally doesn’t happen in an off-year election. My worry here in town – that the School Board race got politicized and the “Schoolies” upped their normal steam pressure for GOTV (Get Out The Vote). Masks wearing is still a thing here in town and I think that the politicization of that (The Left turns EVERYTHING political and demands fealty to their Narrative) along with the current national current of Critical Race Theory and the politics of THAT hasn’t helped.

True, too – the Teacher Unions are going full steam on this as well. It is clear that they believe that schools are THEIR domains and any of us Parents that DARE to challenge that status quo truly are Domestic Terrorist.

So, always, which will hold sway?  I just wish, however, that we’d get rid of the “genteelness” and naive  that local elections are supposed “non-partisan”.  Like it or not, they are and that should be recognized.  Time to get rid of that silly notion.

I’ll call down for reports and will be heading back for final results tonite after a meeting.

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New World Order Language Update – Don’t Say “Female” When Talking About Women

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-03-08 14:30 +0000

As we trundle like a battered drunken beast into the gloom and stench of the progressive new world order, it is important to know when definitions change or words come in and out of favor.

Nothing ruins a Tuesday morning like a herd of masked Karens slowing your roll, angry eyes visible above their rainbow masks because you said the latest prohibited word or failed to grasp any nuance added to its orbit while you were asleep.

The goal is to make you so fearful of writing or speaking that they win every argument by your absence. Those who do dare get a visit from the street thugs in Antifa, BLM, or any number of progressive activist groups, including the Sununu wing of the Republican party. A group that will begrudgingly pass laws against teachers bullying children into thinking they are racists incapable of redemption but will never enforce them.

Sorry, I’m drifting. Words.

A college student newspaper has issued a new advisory. A fatwa, if you like. When talking about women, the word female is problematic.

The word allegedly is “generally used to preface negative attributes about women,” the paper says, and is a way “to strip [them] of their personhood” and “reduce them to a biological name.”

Worse, the term reinforces outdated notions of gender such as the “traditional binary.” Words like “female” may seem “trivial,” the editors say, but it is crucial — crucial! — that people take care in how they speak … and to “consistently check [their] implicit biases.”

Is it because the word female has the word male in it? I’m no expert but the words women and woman and men and man in them. If you’re going to get all douchey about the patriarchal undertones and their repressive effects, shouldn’t you attempt to be consistent?

And not to slow your roll, but personhood has the word “son” in it, you bigots.

I can’t believe how insensitive you are to whatever it is a woman is, since based on your own worldview, there is no way to determine who is or is not a woman at any given moment. In what passes for your minds were not even allowed to not know what we don’t know.

A man can be a woman, as can his son. They can compete in women’s sports, use their bathrooms, and wander naked in their locker rooms. Doesn’t that make the word female more relevant now than at any point in your pointy-headed history?

A Female is a guy who thinks or says he’s a girl, and according to almost any reading of the donkey entrails, that makes him more a woman than the woman who had the unfortunate luck to be born without a penis.

Those females are higher up on the progressive totem pole than actual women.

I would agree that this is problematic. What if that woman who is a man saying he is a woman wants to be referred to as female instead of male? Who is taking responsibility for the emotional harm to his personhood?

Your response to that will be to call me names, but what do they mean? They could mean anything, but one thing is certain: they mean nothing to me coming from that crowd.

 

 

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The Rot at the Top of Gunstock.

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-03-08 13:00 +0000

Leadership in any organization starts at the top, but so does rot. The past so-called leadership of the Gunstock Area Commission (the “GAC”) exemplifies these principles.

For the past few years, the GAC has been under the purported leadership of Gary Kiedaisch, whether serving as its chair or vice-chair or in any other capacity. He volunteers that he has a lot of money, whether one asks him or not. His self-important pomposity apparently has no bounds, and his presence on the GAC is the obvious cause of its existing rot.

Example #1: When a vacancy occurs or is about to occur on the GAC, it is the duty of the leadership of the GAC to notify the County Convention (consisting of the 18 elected state representatives in Belknap County), post a notice of the vacancy and solicit applications from interested individuals. Only when those steps have been taken does the Convention start its work of evaluating the applicants and ultimately voting to fill the vacancy.

So, when Stephan Nix resigned from the GAC in early 2020, creating a vacancy, Rusty McLear was appointed by the Convention to fill the vacancy thereby created. But under the enabling laws for Gunstock, an individual selected to fill a vacancy on the GAC only serves until the normal expiration of the term of the individual whose place the new commissioner is taking. Since the Nix term would have expired on November 15, 2020, the McLear term expired then.

Yet, the GAC under Kiedaisch took no steps to advise the Convention of the upcoming vacancy and did not post a notice of the vacancy to solicit applications, nor were any formal lawful steps taken to fill the seat occupied by McLear. He was simply allowed by the GAC leadership to continue to purportedly function as a commissioner without lawful authority to do so. This would seemingly call into question the validity of any votes by the GAC during this period as to which McLear’s voted was required for passage.

In short, McLear is not now a valid commissioner of the GAC and has not been for well over a year.

Why has this been permitted to occur? Perhaps because of negligence or inattention to detail by Kiedaisch, or perhaps because McLear has effectively functioned as an acolyte of Kiedaisch?

Example #2: In recent weeks, Kiedaisch has apparently led the way in orchestrating personal attacks against, and vilification of, several elected state representatives in Belknap County who are members of the County Convention, which is empowered by state law with the power and authority to appoint or remove commissioners from the GAC, as well as attacks against two of the three individuals who submitted applications for appointment to fill a vacancy o the GAC.

After the Convention voted overwhelmingly to appoint Dr. David Strang to fill the vacancy on the GAC (on the first ballot garnering 53% of the votes), Kiedaisch had the unmitigated gall and nerve to claim that Strang was not legally a member of the GAC because he had not been sworn in at the next regular meeting of the GAC, which purported requirement appears in the GAC by-laws appearing on the GAC web site.

However, Kiedaisch conveniently overlooked that in the GAC meetings of January 29, 2020, & February 24, 2020, the GAC unanimously voted (with Kiedaisch voting with all other commissioners) to amend the by-laws to provide that a newly-appointed commissioner could be sworn in immediately after appointment, conforming to state law. He has yet to explain why the by-laws appearing on the GAC web site have not been corrected to show that amendment. But the bottom line is that he has knowingly lied about the legal status of newly-appointed commissioner Strang.

Example #3: The by-laws of the GAC appearing on its website contain as an exhibit the form of oath to be taken by newly-appointed commissioners. That form purports to require that the oath be taken before a notary public. But existing state law (RSA 92:5) expressly provides that the oath of a GAC commissioner is within the category of officials whose oaths must be administered before a justice of the peace, not a notary. Even Kiedaisch took his oath before a justice of the peace, but McLear took his now outdated oath before a notary, so it was a nullity. Commissioners Ness, Wood and Strang have all taken their oaths before a justice of the peace as required by our laws.

How to cure rot? Cut out the rotten wood and install new, solid wood in its place.

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Biden Thinks We Might need More Oil so He’s Looking to Russia, Iran, and Venezuela

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-03-08 11:30 +0000

Before Joe Biden stumbled into the Oval Office, the United States was the global leader in oil production. We weren’t dependent on anyone, sorry – that’s not entirely true.

We were dependent on the whims of career politicians like Joe Biden, who, faced with record-high gasoline prices, is treating our own oil industry as the enemy while considering our enemies to help supply more oil.

Russia, Iran, Venezuela. Buying oil from Iran is on the table, as is loosening sanctions on Venezuela to add some crude to the global supply.

BUT!, to quote Ace at AoSHQ, the Biden Administration has “No Plans to Ease Sanctions on US Oil Industry.”

Iran and Venezuela. Who else?

Russia. We can still buy oil from them ‘cuz reasons.

Did you catch that? Less supply raises prices.

The Biden Administration doesn’t want to do anything that might reduce supply…except that time, at White House Camp, right after the inauguration, when Joe went ape sh!t and reduced the supply of oil and gas from America.

And what happened? It reduced supply, and prices went up. They’ve been going up ever since. Way up. Joe’s great idea helped cripple the US economy and may have kick-started our record-setting inflation.

Speaking of setting records, Joe can add the rising price of gas and heating fuels to his resume but maybe not.

He plans to make sure US Petro-dollar employ Russians (killing Ukrainian citizens), Venezuela (Human-rights violating Russian ally and a socialist toilet), and maybe even Iran (also a Russian ally and the leading funder of terrorism on the planet).

Did you see the trend there? Sing it, Jan!

Russia Russia Russia.

Yes, there are the Saudis, but Biden is openly pro-Iran, which irks Saudi Arabia. And Biden’s campaign rhetoric attacking the Saudis can’t have helped. So, Mr. “Repair our reputation around the world” isn’t going to be building that relationship back better.

What to do? Where do we find more oil before the prices really start to harm Democrats’ re-election chances?

I can’t wait to hear what our Democrat Congress-Critters think about this. Padding the pockets of Iran and, by extension, its terrorist proxies. Let Venezuela’s Marxist elite pad their pockets (hey, someone should eat well, right?). I think they’ll be fine with that even though they are all allies of Russia.

But how do you stand with Ukraine and continue to fund Putin’s war machine? Oh, I know they can and will do it, but it doesn’t look good if you’re saying one thing and doing another. And yes, that’s all Democrats ever do, but their civilian casualties are usually Americans.

They can hide or ignore that. What they can’t hide is that US oil and gas production, which would keep US dollars in US hands, help increase supply (in case you want to suggest we circle back to that Jen Psaki), lower prices here, and take some pressure off inflation, is off-limits.

And Biden has ensured that they will have to run on that and on this. How is buying oil and funding distant enemies with all the added pumping and pipelines and trucking and shipping better for the environment than us doing any or all of that right here?

 

 

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Don’t Listen to the Left, Watch the Left

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-03-08 02:30 +0000

The Left loves to portray their side as the Champion of the lower and middle class. They love to stand with minorities and proclaim they are the party to watch their backs.

They talk this rhetoric all the way to the ballot box, and once these people pull the D lever, they are forgotten until the next election. These groups of people are but a tool of the Democrat party and, until now, an assurance of continuous power for lifelong politicians who talk one game but play another.

Two of the most blatant examples of this systemic use of the underclass are Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi. These women have been in Congress for 67 years combined, representing Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively. In that time, they have built their net worth of $3 Million and $120 Million, playing the system and rewarding friends and relatives along the way. They have accumulated wealth while both have exploding numbers of homeless people living on the sidewalks or their districts.

The policies supported by the Left may sound idealistic to the wealthy, their supporters, and academia but are crushing to low and middle-class Americans. Let’s look at a few examples, and the consequences to many left behind.

Defund the Police

The call for defunding or, as is the case with Ilhan Omar, the dismantling of Police departments is irresponsible and criminal. This movement gained traction after George Floyd was killed in 2020. What it brought was a rocket-like increase in all sectors of crime in big cities that knelt to the pressure of the Left. This wave of crime does not happen in the posh suburbs but the inner cities. It doesn’t threaten the rich in their gated communities but the poor living and working in the inner cities. Neighborhoods are overrun, businesses close, and the plight of the underprivileged worsens.

Soft Justice System

The Left convinced the underclass and people of color that the judicial system had unjustly targeted and punished these groups. The policies to protect the rights of those who break the laws hurt the victims. Prisons emptied, bail eliminated, crimes decriminalized, and repeat offenders were set loose to prey on the weak. Many cities have seen the negative impact of these flawed policies and are trying to reverse course. But the genie is out of the bottle.

Open Borders

Those who believe we are not part of America but part of the world community pressure the Left to open the borders and allow free movement of illegal immigrants. This is done under the veil of saving people from the oppression in Central America. Reality shows us that this has opened our front door to unvetted people from over 150 countries. We have lost control of who is coming and their intentions. We have apprehended known terrorists attempting to enter, but how many did we miss. These people are spreading across our country, supplying employers with low-income workers driving down wages for Americans.

Green Energy

When Biden took office in 2020, we were energy independent and an exporter of liquid gas to Europe. With the stroke of a pen, Biden destroyed our independence and put us back at the mercy of OPEC and Russia for oil. These rash decisions to yield to the Green Energy advocates have disrupted our economy, harmed our national security, and driven inflation numbers not seen in forty years The energy policy is irrational by itself but consider we are still buying Russian oil, negotiating with Iran and Venezuela for their oil, and you have to ask how low we will go to avoid energy independence.

Biden claims he will not impose new taxes on the low and middle class. The 10% inflation and gas now over $4 a gallon are worse than a tax on people not in the upper class. Foreign countries do not have to attack us to take us down. With what Biden has done in just one year, he may destroy us in the next three. Maybe that makes him an existential threat to America.

That is a term the Left knows well.

 

Ray writes at GraniteGrok.com and The Liberty Loft

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More on Wolfeboro’s Rino, Brodie “If It Gets Me a Vote, I’ll Wear a Mask!” Deshaies

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-03-08 01:00 +0000

I got beat to the story about Zandra Rice-Hawkin’s Granite State Progress endorsement of RINO Brodie Deshaies (Wolfeboro – anything to get a vote) for School Board tomorrow:

 

 

Make no mistake – this is no handprinted electioneering letter.  There are a bunch of them on the Granite State Progress.

Sidenote: “Progress” is a euphemism for Socialism. Zanda Rice-Hawkins’ group was started by a bunch of billionaires that want to do to New Hampshire what they did to Colorado: wipe out Conservatives and Libertarians electorally and turn NH deeply blue.

If you are a Republican, and Zandra or Granite State Progress (whose mission is “Building a Progressive future together”) is endorsing you, you are doing something very wrong.

And yes, Brodie Deshaies is doing something very wrong. In fact, a whole BUNCH wrong.  How do I know?

After doing GraniteGrok for 16 years, you meet a lot of people. Along the way, there are folks about whom I can say “I gotta guy…”.  So I reached out to my guy for quantitative data:

 

 https://granitegrok.com/mg_gilfordgrok/2022/03/granite-state-progress-endorses-republican

What is Brodie Deshaies’ HRA score?   I have grave concerns if Granite State Progress / Zandra Rice-Hawkins is endorsing him.

And is he “trusted” by the NHLA?

 

…as I have emailed Deshaies on several occasions asking about why his votes were what they were and his legislation. The HRA is the [NH] House Republican Alliance:

 

The New Hampshire House Republican Alliance (HRA) is a group of Republican members of the House of Representatives with a very simple and straightforward goal. We want all bills passing the New Hampshire Legislature to be consistent with the New Hampshire and US Constitutions, to embody the traditional Republican values specified in the NH State Party Platform, and to be fiscally responsible to the people of our great state.

 

And the HLA is the NH Liberty Alliance which:

 

The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, founded in Nov. 2003, is a non-partisan coalition working to increase individual freedom in New Hampshire. We do this by monitoring bills in the legislative sessions and encouraging private charity, a civil society, and citizen involvement.

…The NHLA reviews liberty-sensitive bills in each legislative session. Bills are evaluated based on their effects on civil liberties, personal responsibility, property rights, accountability, constitutionality, affordability, regulation, fiscal impact, and taxation. From this evaluation process we publish a weekly handout called The Gold Standard. We distribute it to members of the House of Representatives and Senate prior to their vote in order to give them an understanding about whether a given bill is pro- or anti-liberty.

 

And got this back:

 

RINO, n. – a squishy sort of Republican who falls well short of Reagan’s 80% rule.  See Brodie Deshaies.

 HRA score: 57.4%
NHLA: C (58%)

 

I’m sorry – I’m Old School (just ask my students). You get below a 60%, that’s an “F”.  That should be grounds for a vote of “no confidence”.  I’ve seen DEMOCRATS with far better scores than Brodie Deshaies. I will give him this – he’s slick. Says all the right words at all the right times. But a vote?

Votes are the ultimate speech for a legislature and SHOULD be used to hold them accountable.  And accountability in this case should lead to him being bounced. Not just from the Wolfeboro School Board but from the NH House as well. If you are flunking supporting the conservative planks of the NH Republican Party.

If you won’t support the NH / US Constitutions as a legislator – WE HAVE A PROBLEM!!!

Folks in Wolfboro – if this guy is approved by Zandra Rice-Hawkins, who hates almost all Republicans (Especially me!  Just ask her!), he does not have your best interest at heart – nor your kids. The fact that he boasted about mask-wearing if it got him votes?

What else would he be willing to do to get votes? Especially those that you’ll never find out about?

Vote for Jessica Williams tomorrow – I humbly ask for that vote for her.

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What If…

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-03-07 23:30 +0000

What if? What if what? Well, what if Donald Trump did all the stuff with which Joe Biden had been credibly connected? What if Trump’s Kid did the stuff Hunter Biden did? What if?

It’s three minutes of glorious what-ifs. A laundry list of the crap on which Biden gets a pass.

And I think you’ll find it is worth the 190 seconds.

 

 

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