The Manchester Free Press

Tuesday • May 24 • 2022

Vol.XIV • No.XXI

Manchester, N.H.

Resident Demands Documents Related to Two Third-Party Vendors and the Dover School District

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-01-27 20:30 +0000

Regular folks are deciding to hold Government entities more accountable.  It’s because of what the Government, especially School Boards,  are doing to us and our children. It could be described as “they’ve taken over our kids – or are trying to!”

So, I agree with Sally (below) that the Dover School District (SAU11) should be transparent and fully comply with this RSA 91:A demand for all documents related to two extra-district organizations that most people, most likely, have never heard of before.

What is the connection? What are they pushing? And how is this connected to kids in the District?

Given that a parent had to put this in, the District may not be all that forthcoming?

—— Original Message ——
From: “Sally” <shstaude@comcast.net>
To: “w.harbron@dover.k12.nh.us” <w.harbron@dover.k12.nh.us>; “p.glynn@dover.k12.nh.us” <p.glynn@dover.k12.nh.us>; “Edelblut, Louis (Frank)” <Louis.F.Edelblut@doe.nh.gov>; “david.watters@leg.state.nh.us” <david.watters@leg.state.nh.us>; “MDFernandes@gannett.com” <MDFernandes@gannett.com>; “c.mebert@dover.k12.nh.us” <c.mebert@dover.k12.nh.us>; “j.rozzo@dover.k12.nh.us” <j.rozzo@dover.k12.nh.us>; “k.morrison@dover.k12.nh.us” <k.morrison@dover.k12.nh.us>; “m.fogarty@dover.k12.nh.us” <m.fogarty@dover.k12.nh.us>; “r.trefethen@dover.k12.nh.us” <r.trefethen@dover.k12.nh.us>; “m.demeter@dover.k12.nh.us” <m.demeter@dover.k12.nh.us>; “m.clancy@dover.k12.nh.us” <m.clancy@dover.k12.nh.us>; “22jeangosselin@sau11.org” <22jeangosselin@sau11.org>; “Sally Staude” <shstaude@comcast.net>
Sent: 1/26/2022 12:51:32 PM
Subject: Right to Know Request per RSA-91A

January 26, 2022
William Harbron, PhD
Superintendant, Dover School District
61 Locust St, Ste 409
Dover, NH 03820

RE: Right to Know Request per RSA-91A

Dear Dr. Harbron,

Pursuant to the Right to Know Law (RSA. 91-A), I am requesting public access, within 5 business days, to the governmental records / Dover School District records, reasonably described as follows:

  1. all records, no matter what form, including but not limited to, printed documents, electronic documents, e-mails, or any other form of records regarding vendors “Great Schools Partnership” (Moises Nunez, Ted Hall) and “New Hampshire Learning Initiative”, including contracts or service agreements with these 2 organizations and individuals, and the Dover School District (and any of its’ employees or agents), for the period from 01/01/2018 to current. Also requested are curriculum or training content pertaining to topics to include: equity, bias, prejudice, racism, white privilege, educational equity, global citizenship, social justice, “restorative practices” and diversity.
  2. All Leadership Team meeting agendas, minutes, strategies and videos
  3. Equity Vision Keepers Steering Committee meeting agendas, minutes, strategies and videos
  4. Social Justice Team member list and agendas, minutes, strategies and videos.
  5. “Equity Walk” activity and objectives, strategies for Dover Middle School and Dover High School.
  6. Share training materials from Great Schools Partnership (Nunez, Hall) for Professional Development curriculum review for Social Studies and English (Dover Middle School)
  7. Dover School District budgetary spending/ planned spending on the above vendors, initiatives, and from which budgets the funds come.

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

Please let me know when these records are available for inspection, or you may email the records to me at shstaude@comcast.net.

Thank you for your lawful attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Sally Hebert Staude
Dover
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cc: Frank Edelblut, Senator David Watters, Paula Glynn, Carolyn Mebert, Jessica Rozzo, Kathleen Morrison, Maggie Fogarty, Robin Trefethen, Micaela Demeter, Michelle Clancy, Megan Fernandez, Ann Marie Banfield, Jack Gosselin

Great Schools Partnership is here; The New Hampshire Learning Initiative is here.

 

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UNH is Giving Class Credit to Students for Being Assh*le Progressive Activists

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-01-27 19:00 +0000

UNH should be defunded for devolving into a franchise of #woekistan. A tenable act given how UNH advances divisive concepts in violation of state law. But we’d need someone to apply and enforce the law. Anyone?

Probably not, so instead, here’s an assignment discovered by someone.

 

 

 

Translation. Be an assh*le progressive activist for college credit, not that this is the first or last example of that. The University is up to its eyeballs in this sewage and (as noted above) ripe for having all public financial support cut in violation of the divisive concepts law.

Again, not likely but maybe someone will dig into it and apply some pressure.

 

Note: Given the topic, GraniteGrok looks forward to any communication from UNH or its students related to this assignment.

Note 2:  Please!

Note 3: Is it a coincidence that UNH is the first three letters of unhinged?

 

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Our Comments on the Parental Bill of Rights (HB 1431)

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-01-27 17:30 +0000

The Parental Bill of Rights is absolutely necessary for at least three reasons, directly related to the mental and physical health of all children and my grandchildren.

  1. Masking children
  2. Vaccination of children
  3. Critical race theory parading as diversity, equity, and inclusion, according to U.S. Senator Tom Cotton

Our educational institutions expect parents to accept that masking children eight hours per day has no immediate or long-term cognitive effects on the function of their brain! With the current war on free speech, I do not know if you are allowed to read or remember the fairy tale known as the “Pied Piper of Hamelin”. He befriended the citizens of the town when he used his flute to entice all the rats in town to follow him down to the river and drown. He was a hero! Then in the middle of the night he worked his magic on the children of Hamelin and stole them from their parents. With a little courage, this Committee and the N.H. state legislature should use their common sense to save our children by freeing them from their masks and returning them to educational activities.

We want to thank Charles Bradley for this Op-Ed. If you have an Op-Ed or LTE
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If all the teachers are vaccinated, then the children do not need to be subjected to the long-term risk of inoculation, especially in view of the fact that science can provide us no data concerning the long-term adverse effects of the Covid-19 shot. The science tells us that children do not transmit the virus, and, if infected, suffer only a mild case. Their survival rate for Covid-19 is 99.5%, better than the seasonal flu. Interestingly enough Dr. Fauci, the father of Covid-19, told a U.S. Senate Committee recently that only 50% of the bureaucrats working for the CDC have been inoculated.

N. H. Secretary of Education Edelblut told all of us the following:

However, for those who promote critical race theory or similar concepts (think diversity, equity and inclusion) they are not built on a foundation of common sense but on ideology diametrically opposed to the truths found in our Declaration of Independence that we are all created equal!

Of course, it is CRT that would distort our history, limit our speech through its cancel culture and divide us up by immutable characteristics, ignoring the inherent humanity of each individual . . . all of us should continue to believe in the dream Dr. Martin Luther King gave us that one day our children live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

I strongly urge this Committee to unanimously allow the N.H. House of Representatives to support HB 1431.

My wife and I want to express our gratitude to the brave representatives of Belknap County who have sponsored this Bill.

 

 

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A Majority of Americans Still Blame COVID and Not COVID Policy for Economic Troubles

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-01-27 16:00 +0000

CNN fisked the latest Pew Poll on Biden’s numbers. Even they can’t make them look good, so instead, they just lay it out there. Not the way Tucker Carlson would, but it’s a baby step for CNN, which has a lot in common with Biden.

A declining public interest. But that wasn’t what caught my eye. I knew Biden would be a failure, so this is what has me shaking my head.

 

69%. Almost 7 in 10 Americans say that the coronavirus pandemic continues to be a major threat to the health of the economy. That number includes large majorities of Democrats (74%) and Republicans (66%).

 

And he is how that was written up by Pew.

 

  • Nearly seven-in-ten adults (69%) continue to say that the coronavirus outbreak is a major threat to the U.S. economy. A quarter say that is it a minor threat to the country’s economy, while just 5% say it is not a threat. The share who say the coronavirus is a major threat to the economy is little changed from August, when 72% called the outbreak a major threat.

 

That’s a scary number right there, and it tells us that we still have a lot of work to do. What do I mean? The virus has nothing to do with the economy; the political response did that. People did it.

 

 

And a majority of Republicans (66%) appear not to have worked that out.

It can be said that perhaps no one asked them to distill that feeling down to levels of culpability. And fewer of those identifying as Republicans see COVID as a threat to their health, so maybe this needs granulation. I may be reaching.

But on its face, it is disturbing.

In the absence of government interference, several things would be different.

 

  • The world would have gone along as it was without all the fearmongering.
  • Doctors would have been permitted to treat each patient without top-down mandates or institutional intimidation.
  • Medical professionals would have quickly found and shared ways to save a lot more lives.
  • The economy might have dipped and ebbed, but it would not have suffered the back-breaking abuse of lockdowns and quarantines.
  • The supply chain would still be intact (no shortages or massive job losses).
  • And we likely would have had little use for any warp-speed vaccine while those who wanted it would have quickly discovered it was worse than the threat.
  • Few if any other side-effects of covid policy on student achievement, suicidal ideation, drug overdoses, alcohol abuse, domestic violence, you know the list.
  • No humanitarian crisis at the border, no foreign dependence on oil, and instead of saber-rattling China and Russia, we’d have more peace in the Middle East.
  • And maybe we’d not have any polling on how badly a job Joe Biden is doing as president because he would not be that.

 

Joe Biden’s numbers are bad on COVID and a lot more, but America’s numbers are worse on COVID. Most of our current problems are the result of political force, not a virus. People still don’t understand that. Republicans don’t understand it. Until most Americans understand and accept the actual source of their ills, there will be an inadequate response to correct it.

And it doesn’t have to be a majority, but it should be a very active and committed minority. About 40-45% of colonists approved of the American Revolution. So, maybe we’re closer than we think.

 

 

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The Manchester School District Is Slowly Taking Away Your Rights as a Parent!

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-01-27 14:30 +0000

Editor’s Note: This Mom is writing about the NHSBA sponsored Policy JBAB (“Transgender and Non-Conforming Students”) which many NH School Districts including the Manchester School District, under the moniker of JBAB or similar, have enacted.

It contains language which demands that District staff lie to Parents (by commission or omission) as well as taking away Free Speech Rights).  Emphasis added. More on Manchester School Board Jim O’Connell’s gaslighting of Parents here at Girard at Large.

The writer’s name is being withheld as she works in the NH education field so as to stop any attempts at retaliation. I have talked with this person and verified the story.

Full Disclosure: My lawsuit against the Gilford School Board is awaiting a decision by the judge on “standing” on this same point although I have been a taxpayer in Gilford for 36 years and my legally adopted Grandson is in the Gilford School system. The Gilford School Board is still trying to have the case thrown out.  -Skip

To the Editor:

Did you know that Manchester School District is slowly taking away your rights as a parent? The school district is passing policies that take away your rights without you even being aware. Did you know that your child regardless of age can ask teachers to address them by a different name, not a nickname but a whole different name and ask to be identified by a different gender and the school personnel will not notify the parents? Did you know that they are held to a policy that was adopted by the Manchester School Board that states that the school will NOT notify parents about these changes? Did you also know that your child could ask to be identified by a different gender and the school must allow your child to use the bathroom that your child identifies as?

Sadly, I had this experience this year with my 12 year old daughter who is a 7th grade student at a Manchester middle school. I found out she decided to change her name by happenstance. The school did not ask me if I approved of this change. The school respected my daughter’s wishes without consulting her legal guardian, her mother. Once I learned of this, I asked the teachers to address her by her legal name. The teachers continued to call her by the name she requested. When I spoke to my daughter about this she told me that there are lots of kids changing their names in school. I thought this was a phase but I did my research and began digging to find information about what my daughter was going through at school. I found underlying concerns that needed to be addressed by a professional. Had I not accidentally found out about her name change, it is possible I would not have investigated further about why she was changing her name and identity and would have considered it a passing fad.

In January, I emailed every teacher and principal to formally request that they address my daughter by her legal name and to refer to her as a female. I also asked what the protocol is when a child decides to change their name and/or gender. The principal responded and said that due to the school board policy, school personal will address my child by what she wants to be addressed as regardless of what I asked for. She sent me the school board policy that states that the school will NOT notify a parent if a child chooses to change their identity. I have added the policy at the bottom of this article.

When did the school board decide what is in the best interest of our children? When did the school board decide that it is OK not to notify a parent or guardian when a child dramatically changes their identity? As a parent, this is a HUGE red flag that something is going on with our child and needs attention. Had I not found out about my child changing her name, I may not have gotten her the therapy she desperately needed.

Since children spend most of their hours in school, we should be informed about what is going on in their daily lives. I am certain that there are many parents that are not aware of this policy and it needs to be addressed and changed. I spoke with Jim O’Connell, member or the Manchester school committee, and he stated that his expectation is that the school personnel would contact families if a child asks to be addressed by a different name or gender. I don’t know how he could “expect” this when it is clearly written in the policy,

“School personnel should not disclose information that may reveal a student’s transgender status or gender nonconforming presentation to others, including parents and other school personnel, unless legally required to do so or unless the student has authorized such disclosure”.

He said he would look into the protocol from each school. I gave him over a week and emailed him again. He hadn’t spoken to the schools.

As parents, we need to take our rights back. I am disgusted that this policy does not allow parents to know what is going on inside the schools. Please contact the school district and school board and let them know your feelings about this policy at: https://bosc.mansd.org/ .

This is [part of] the policy that takes away our rights as a parent/legal guardian:

III. GUIDANCE

A. Privacy

The Board recognizes a student’s right to keep private one’s transgender status or gender nonconforming presentation at school. Information about a student’s transgender status, legal name, or gender assigned at birth also may constitute confidential information. School personnel should not disclose information that may reveal a student’s transgender status or gender nonconforming presentation to others, including parents and other school personnel, unless legally required to do so or unless the student has authorized such disclosure. Transgender and gender nonconforming students have the right to discuss and express their gender identity and expression openly and to decide when, with whom, and how much to share private information.

When contacting the parent or guardian of a transgender or gender nonconforming student, school personnel should use the student’s legal name and the pronoun corresponding to the student’s gender assigned at birth unless the student, parent, or guardian has specified otherwise. Any student who has a need or desire for increased privacy, regardless of the underlying reason, should be provided with a reasonable alternative to meet the need for that individual’s privacy, regardless of gender identity.

B. Official Record

The District is required to maintain a mandatory permanent pupil record (“official record”) that includes a student’s legal name and legal gender. However, the District is not required to use a student’s legal name and gender on other school records or documents. The District will change a student’s official record to reflect a change in legal name or legal gender upon receipt of documentation that such change has been made pursuant to a court order. In situations where school staff or administrators are required by law to use or to report a transgender student’s legal name or gender, such as for purposes of standardized testing, school staff and administrators shall adopt practices to avoid the inadvertent disclosure of such confidential information.

C. Names/Pronouns
A student has the right to be addressed by a name and pronoun that corresponds to the student’s gender identity. A court-ordered name or gender change is not required, and the student need not change his or her official records. The intentional or persistent refusal to respect a student’s gender identity (for example, intentionally referring to the student by a name or pronoun that does not correspond to the student’s gender identity) is a violation of this policy.

D. Gender-Segregated Activities
To the extent possible, schools should reduce or eliminate the practice of segregating students by gender. In situations where students are segregated by gender, such as for health education classes, students should be included in the group that corresponds to their gender identity. Any student who has a need or desire for increased privacy, regardless of the underlying reason, should be provided with a reasonable alternative to maintain that individual’s right to privacy during student activities that are segregated by gender.

E. Restroom Accessibility
Students shall have access to the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity consistently asserted at school. Any student who has a need or desire for increased privacy, regardless of the underlying reason, should be provided access to a single stall restroom, but no student shall be required to use such a restroom.

F. Locker Room Accessibility
The use of locker rooms by transgender students shall be assessed on a case-by-case basis with the goals of maximizing the student’s social integration and equal opportunity to participate in physical education classes and sports, ensuring the student’s safety and comfort, and minimizing stigmatization of the student. In most cases, transgender students should have access to the locker room that corresponds to their gender identity consistently asserted at school. Any student who has a need or desire for increased privacy, regardless of the underlying reason, should be provided with a reasonable alternative changing area such as the use of a private area (e.g., a nearby restroom stall with a door, an area separated by a curtain, a P.E. instructor’s office in the locker room, or a nearby health office restroom), or with a separate changing schedule (e.g., using the locker room that corresponds to their gender identity before or after other students). Any alternative arrangement should be provided in a way that protects the student’s ability to keep his or her transgender status confidential. In no case shall a transgender student be required to use a locker room that conflicts with the student’s gender identity.

G. Physical Education Classes & Intramural Sports
Transgender and gender nonconforming students shall be permitted to participate in physical education classes and intramural sports in a manner consistent with their gender identity.

H. Interscholastic Competitive Sports Teams
Transgender and gender nonconforming students shall be permitted to participate in interscholastic athletics in a manner consistent with their gender identity. This policy is in line with current (2021) New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) guidance regarding participation of transgender and gender nonconforming students in athletics.

I. Dress Codes
Transgender and gender nonconforming students have the right to dress in a manner consistent with their gender identity or gender expression. In general, schools may not adopt dress codes that restrict students’ clothing or appearance on the basis of gender.

J. Discrimination/Harassment
It is the responsibility of each school and the District to ensure that transgender and gender nonconforming students have a safe school environment. This includes ensuring that any incident of discrimination, harassment, or violence is given immediate attention, including investigating the incident, taking appropriate corrective action, and providing students and staff with appropriate resources. Complaints alleging discrimination or harassment based on a person’s actual or perceived transgender status or gender nonconformity are to be handled in the same manner as other discrimination or harassment complaints.

Legal References:
NH RSA 193:38: Discrimination in Public Schools
NHIAA By-Laws, Article 2, Section 21 (2020-2021 school year)

2021 Adoption
First Reading (Policy Committee): 1/12/21
Second Reading and BOSC Approval: 2/8/21

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My Interview with Leah Cushman Prime Sponsor of HB1022 – Making Ivermectin Available Without a Prescription

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-01-27 13:00 +0000

Representative Leah Cushman took a few minutes to chat with me about her bill, HB1022. Leah represents Hillsborough District 2 in the Town of Weare and HB1022 would permit pharmacists to dispense the drug ivermectin by means of a standing order. But what does that really mean?

Leah explains standing orders and how they benefit all Granite Staters. We also talk about why she proposed the legislation, which “players” are supporting and opposing it, and her sense of how the committee will vote on the bill.

She also talks about another healthcare-related bill she is sponsoring, what it will do, and why it needs your support.

 

You can also listen on Spreaker, iHeart Radio, Google Podcasts, or on the ‘Grok Podcast page.

 

 

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Mask Mandates Ending?

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-01-27 11:30 +0000

So now that the CDC has admitted openly (not hidden in a CDC-funded study) that cloth masks don’t work are you still going to insist on this obsession with masking children?

Meanwhile, in the UK, they announced last week they are ending ALL C-19 measures, including masking in schools. Why did they do that? Did they sprinkle magic fairy dust over the island and suddenly C-19 is all gone? Of course not. They simply decided to face the reality that the virus is now endemic and they must learn to live with it as they do all other coronaviruses and have for thousands of years.

But if you insist on “following the science” and really, truly want to reduce risk, the School Board should fund the purchase and distribution to all students and staff 3M P100 respirators. Those are the only masks found to actually stop someone from being exposed to a virus. Otherwise, it’s all just pandemic cosplay.

Additionally, you may want to know there are multiple bills pending in the New Hampshire legislature that, if passed, will not allow school boards to force students to wear masks. I recommend getting ahead of this and ending the masking yourself.

Anonymous

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Original email header moved for page appearance and formating

From: Anonymous
To: ggandini@sau73.org; kthurston@sau73.org; jonos@sau73.org; ksanborn@sau73.org; akelly@sau73.org
Sent: 1/25/2022 1:40:09 PM
Subject: Mask mandates ending?

Greetings School Board,

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Real Republicans Should Select Republican Candidates

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-01-27 02:30 +0000

The 2022 Annual Meeting of the NH Republican State Committee will be held in Windham this coming Saturday, January 29. Among the more important issues to be voted upon at that meeting will be a proposed amendment to the By-Laws of the NHGOP that could have a major effect on our elections in the future.

The voting members of the state committee (each county has a specified number of state committee members who have been selected by the “Delegates”) will have the opportunity to enhance the integrity of the process by which Republican candidates are selected in the primaries.

At present, when someone wants to run in a Republican primary, they must complete, sign and file a Declaration of Candidacy, stating, in part, that they are “a registered member of the Republican Party.” The specific required language is set forth in the statutes.

But come Primary Election Day, voters who have previously registered as “Undeclared,”( i.e. not registered as members of the Republican Party), can choose to become Republicans-for-the-moment, and obtain and vote to choose who will carry the Republican banner into the General Election, magically changing back into Undeclared status on their way out of the poll.

Why are voters who have failed or refused to register as members of the Republican party in advance of election day allowed to choose the Republican nominees to run in the general election?

Should an instant, momentary Republican, choose Republican candidates?

Frankly, this makes no sense, and actually enables non-Republicans to select as our nominee a candidate that may be the weakest candidate, thereby enhancing the chance of victory of a D candidate in the General Election.

The solution is simple and is recognized in NH laws. All that needs to be done to cure this situatuion is to adopt a rule limiting voters in the primaries to registered Republicans, which is expressly allowed to be done by applicable law.

Some might claim such a rule should be in the party platform, which is supposed to be a statement of core principles. Others claim that such a change would undercut our claim of being a “big tent” party. Still others claim we should establish a committee to “study” the issue- sort of like voting to send a proposed bill in the General Court to “interim study”- the cemetery of unpopular bills. All of these arguments beg the question and in reality seek to perpetuate a ridiculous situation.

We have tolerated this intolerable situation for much too long, and it is time for a change.

The following is the proposed addition to our by-laws by an amendment that requires a 2/3 vote:

“No person who is not registered on the applicable checklist as a member of the Republican Party immediately prior to the date any Republican Party Primary election is to be held shall be given a ballot of the Republican Party for such party primary election or permitted to vote in that Republican Party primary.”

In the past, some have opposed this proposal on the claims that if it were adopted the party would have to pay the expenses for the conduct of our primaries. That is absolutely NOT true. Secretary of State Scanlan, in response to my inquiry on that specific issue, stated in writing:

“The state is responsible for conducting a party primary by statute, but the political parties determine who can participate in their primary. There are no fees charged by the state for conducting a primary for a political party.”

Thus, it appears that the only reasons to continue to allow persons whose political principles did not allow them to register as Republicans in advance of primary election day are (a) maintenance of the status quo; and (b) a misguided desire to allow non-Republicans to influence the selection of Republican candidates.

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Teachers Union: “Let Us Do Our Jobs Without Interference From Parents…”

Granite Grok - Thu, 2022-01-27 01:00 +0000

It was extremely disappointing when Timberlane’s Coral Hampe, President of the Timberlane Teachers’ Association, disparaged parents over proposed legislation that could help parents, when it comes to objectionable material that is assigned to their children.

When the original bill was under consideration several years ago, I was there along with other parents, fighting to get this law passed. I heard from enough parents to see that they were angry and frustrated because of the inappropriate materials and books assigned to their children in school.

For instance, The Crack Cocaine Diet was assigned to children in Litchfield several years ago. If you read the reviews, you will see how dark this book is. Imagine you have a child suffering from depression, and this book is assigned to your child. You might want them to read an alternative book as they maneuver their way through that difficult time.

How do you handle that when all students are assigned books that may be inappropriate for one or a few?

We came up with an idea to pass legislation that allows a parent to opt their children out of objectionable material at their expense with approval from the administration. This would not disrupt the class, and for parents who were okay with these materials, their children could complete the assignment.

You’d think this would be an easy law to pass, but it was not. There are always distractors who object to parental involvement in their child’s education. In this case, today, it’s the Timberlane Teachers Union.

A law intended to be a compromise between teachers and parents so that all parties are respected, would slightly change if HB 1015 were to pass. HB1015 would require teachers to notify parents two weeks in advance of curriculum course material to be used in classroom instruction, and address the delivery notification method to a parent or legal guardian.

Current law wouldn’t change that much. It just requires teachers to make available to parents the materials two weeks ahead of time.

Transparency is always a good thing, but this may present some challenges to teachers, as we saw in the hearing.

What happens if the Governor wants to stop in and visit with the 4th-grade class and lets the teacher know a few days in advance? How would that work? Teachers are changing up their materials all of the time. Is this two-week notice reasonable? These are essential questions that need to be answered for the legislators to support this bill.

Unfortunately, what we saw from this message from Coral Hampe was lazy and offensive to parents whom they are supposed to be serving.

 

 

Parents are beginning to question what is assigned to their children in school, and good for them. They want excellence in public education and deserve it. Any good teacher would be making much of this transparent before the class ever begins. That’s the way you minimize parents discovering that something inappropriate was assigned to their child.

Instead of showing such hostility to parents in New Hampshire, start talking to the few teachers who think pushing the envelope with someone else’s child is okay. Parents want a good quality public education for their children. They are demanding it.

Preach academic excellence to the teachers you serve, so they are less likely to encounter angry parents. Great works of literature stand the test of time for a reason. Some of the garbage we see assigned is below grade level and has no literary value. Parents aren’t going to accept this anymore.  But when it comes to any proposed law, legislators also need to consider how this would play out in the classroom. Is it reasonable?

If it is not, then make that argument before the committee members. Do not treat good parents as if they are just an interference.

If you care about public education then you have to start working to make it the best option available to parents. When they see excellence in their public schools, that is where they will choose to send their children. When you offer garbage, they will either leave or fight back. Why not work to make public education the best option instead of fighting the parents who want their kids in the public schools?

 

UPDATE 1/26/22: 

It’s a shame she didn’t convey her message properly the first time. It’s certainly worthy of consideration, and the legislators will listen. I am afraid she revealed something about herself though. Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, it’s hard to put back in.

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Bail Me Out New Hampshire

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-01-26 23:30 +0000

Keene had its annual legislature meeting Monday which included city counselors, the mayor, state reps, and a few others. A who’s who of the Democrat Party locally.

The meeting also included an organization called the NH Municipal Association, which gave input and advice to the group. How best to fight the downshifting of costs. I’m sure they are non-partisan, right? Unbiased advice? I’m not holding my breath on that one.

I have yet to hear reports on who won the contest for most Ph.D.’s or was voted smartest person in the room, most progressive, or least likely to vote for someone with an R next to their name.

But one thing you can’t deny, all joking aside, is that some of them love to talk. Maybe to hear the sound of their voice. I’m not sure. But if you let them, they will always tell you who they are, and this instance is no different.

Keene mayor George Hansel said he and city councilors hear from their constituents constantly about the need to reduce property taxes. But without more financial help from the state, he said, the city is in a tough spot.

He talks about millions of dollars over several years (how many?) that Keene has not gotten what it should as a share of state revenue. Share and share alike? An appeal to spread around the wealth? Give me my fair share already!

If you consider what the real estate market has done these past few years, who has not seen an increase in property taxes?

Values in Cheshire county have gone up dramatically. No secret unless you live under a rock. The median home price in 2015 was $194,250. In 2020 its $285,00. The increase in value leads to a much higher bill ( Duh ) unless your town is one of those nice towns that reduce the rate per thousand to offset. I guess not so much in Keene?

And nothing can be done locally to lessen that burden unless the state steps in and helps out?

It sounds like a dire situation. Or so they like you to think.

Here’s where progressives and pretty much all Conservatives or Libertarians bunched into one differ significantly.

Self-reliance and those types of principles are at the forefront of what we do in our individual lives and what we should be doing in our towns and state. We can debate promises made, promises broken, promises kept by the state, but the fact remains that in one portion of the meeting, it was said that the state owes the town a total of $9 million since 2010? 2010! If it takes you 12 years and you still don’t wean yourself off whatever that money was supposed to be for, that is entirely on you!

Fiscal responsibility, by definition, is not relying on someone or something else to step in and bail you out. At the end of the day, your bills are yours and no one else’s. Yours.

Tell me, do you operate your household budget like that? Even if you’re promised money that never comes through, you still have to buck up and balance the budget. You could, of course, rack up credit card debt and complain about the money promised to you 12 years ago.

Let’s hold out hope for bankruptcy or, in this case, a bailout.

Reliance on the government to take care of the things you need in your life is, by definition, slavery.

A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take from you everything you have.

Yet the only real thing that matters to our local progressives, and it appears to matter a whole lot, is that we spread around the wealth to help pay the bills. And at the end of the day, we find a way to blame the budget shortcomings and high taxes on Republicans.

 

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Left Wing Activists Cancel Justice Stephen Breyer

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-01-26 22:00 +0000

Ever fearful of Supreme Court Retirements under a Republican Administration, Left-Wing Activists have been pushing hard for the retirement of aging Liberal justices. You know, while Biden is warming the seat behind the Resolute Desk.

And it looks like they got one. Justice Stephen Breyer has announced his retirement.

 

Breyer’s departure at this time will, indeed, keep a leftist seat secure, but it doesn’t tip the scales in their favor as former President Donald Trump was able to put in Niel Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett into their seats during his four years as President, tipping the court to the right.

 

Courts have been the go-to guy or gal for years when Prog wanted something but didn’t want to have to vote for it. Create a scene, go to court, rise it to the top, and get the Supreme Court to legislate it for you.

We should expect something just like that, but given the sure nature of who is actually running things, we could end up with almost anyone as the nominee.

Skip the Clintons. How about AOC, just for the fun factor?

No, well, we could get an Obama or, more likely – as Red State reminds us – Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. She’s black, a woman (whatever that means), clerked for Breyer and replaced Merrick ‘Parents are terrorists” Garland when he became the (cough-cough) AG under Whoever is Running the Biden Administration (WRBA).

A black woman on the court would be a nice touch, but a transgender woman who identifies as black would be better.

Now that you’ve canceled Justice Breyer and plan to play the affirmative action card don’t go half-woke.

All in or stay home.

 

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Notable Quote – Government Planners, by Nature, Are Anti-liberty

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-01-26 20:30 +0000

Because they believe that THEY have the smarts to tell everyone else how they will live their lives. The perfect Administrative State tool – you can’t succeed unless we “order” your lives:

Hayek was trying to show his readers that planning, everyone’s favorite remedy for the ills of the world, might sound good in theory, but would not work out in practice (or, at least, not unless the western democracies were prepared to accept severe constraints on personal liberty of the sort on display in the systems against which they currently [in 1944] were fighting).

-F.A. Hayek ( The Road to Serfdom )

And it doesn’t matter if that “ordering” doesn’t match up with what you think is right. After all, you can’t vote for them, you can’t vote them out of office – they’re bureaucrats.  And here in NH, we have “Regional Planning Commissions pretty much doing that.  And most have gone FAR beyond their original mandates of “coordinating” street building between the towns to “order” traffic patterns, at least one has rebranded itself to be a “regional purchasing manger” for bulk buying.

And no one outside of those Commissions has any idea of what this “fourth” level of Government here in NH gives it a thought.

Because every time someone makes a decision, we should be realizing that OUR Liberty to make our own self-governing decisions are taken away.

Live Free or Die! – but only within the more and more tightly proscribed smaller areas in which they deign to allow us to be.

(H/T: Cafe Hayek)

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If You Want to Be “Legally” Sex-Trafficked You May Have Go to Burlington VT.

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-01-26 19:00 +0000

A New Hampshire bill to legalize sex work “indoors” was recently killed in committee. It’s not dead yet. The recommendation could get flipped if they have the votes on the House floor (and then pass it), but that seems unlikely. No worries, just look left.

Burlington, Vermont, is considering something similar where the odds of approval are exponentially higher.

 

Burlington City Council on Monday heard what the public thinks about a charter change proposal to eliminate regulation of prostitution in the city — and many people argued prostitution and the sex trade are inseparable, despite some councilors’ claims to the contrary.

If the council approves of the change, the measure would appear as a charter change proposal for Town Meeting Day voters to decide on March 1.

 

Burlington is #woke, progressive, pro-crime, and on the slippery slope to levels of incompetence and criminality typically reserved for areas of large urban sprawl dominated by decades of Democrat rule. But legalizing sex work? That will just cement into statute the left’s complete disregard for women.

No matter how libertarian the claim that people should be free to consensually sell themselves (online or in-person), most women in these trades are trafficked and abused against their will. And much like the ridiculous bathroom bills that allow male sex predators to “present as female” to access vulnerable girls and women in once ‘safe spaces,’ legalized sex work will result in more harm than good.

True North Reports includes some testimony from advocates for these women.

 

“That is particularly active in Burlington and is directly related to the gang activity,” Clark said. “Those who survived the Vermont sex trade experience brutalization from gangs, hospitalizations from broken pelvises, complete jaw replacements, severe beatings, physical humiliation, and access to opiates and fentanyl — along with continued support in abusing these substances.”

She added that former workers and their family members have been targeted by traffickers and gang members, and often have to flee their homes.

“Should this [measure pass] you are guaranteed an increase in violence and an increased in the most marginalized here in Vermont continuing to be exploited and trafficked,” Clark said.

 

The response from advocates of legalizing sex work is basically, so what (also from TNR).

 

“This is a great first step in destigmatizing sex work — helping our erotic laborers feel seen and recognized as the valued community members they are,” she said. “If the goal is to destigmatize, then promoting of the stereotype that sex workers are all fems and taking their agency by infantizing them all as helpless victims is not removing a stigma, it’s just changing it.”

 

You’re not legitimizing sex work you are justifying the objectification and abuse of women for the profit of others, reducing them to a commodity, a piece of meat. Used up and tossed away. Is that a reasonable price so a few single moms can run a lucrative webcam business from their basement?

We get similar arguments concerning drug use. I don’t much care what consenting adults do in their spare time, but that idea does not translate to an impact on but one person. My go-to response in such instances is to quote a great piece of writing by Theodore Dalrymple.

 

In practice, of course, it is exceedingly difficult to make people take all the consequences of their own actions—as they must, if Mill’s great principle is to serve as a philosophical guide to policy. Addiction to, or regular use of, most currently prohibited drugs cannot affect only the person who takes them—and not his spouse, children, neighbors, or employers. No man, except possibly a hermit, is an island; and so it is virtually impossible for Mill’s principle to apply to any human action whatever, let alone shooting up heroin or smoking crack. Such a principle is virtually useless in determining what should or should not be permitted.

 

This applies to most if not all human vices, and Dalrymple’s piece should be required reading for advocates of legalizing pathways of human weakness, and that includes – by the way – government. No, we can’t, nor should we try to regulate them all. And yes, alcohol is an example of that sort of problem. And yes, the focus on sex work should be the abuse and trafficking, not just the work, but the same advocates – as in Burlington – embrace reduced policing as well, so I think we all know how that will turn out.

 

 

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Data Point – Government Wasting Your Money? Add Up the Numbers in this Poll. Then Bring a Cannon!

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-01-26 17:30 +0000

I don’t know what the “internals” are on this poll but I’m betting that Republicans lead the way on believing most money taken by Government from us is wasted.

Independents are a little behind the Republicans in that sentiment, but  Democrats are OUTRAGED by the rest of us calling it “waste.”

To the Left EVERY dollar spent by Government is sacred and even the smallest agency’s budget can’t be cut to anything less than they wanted at budgeting time (which often is an illogical increase given their mission).  Held to level funding? THAT’S A CUT!

 

 

And if you really want to hear the caterwauling at Volume 11, go ahead, cut the budget.  THAT’S when “Democracy Dies In Darkness”, that’s when “YOU’RE KILLING GOVERNMENT!,” that’s when you hear “SOMEONE WILL LOSE THEIR JOB!” (as if THAT never happens in the Private Sector).

And the best of all is “ANARCHIST!!!”.

And all I want to do is have a limited Government as defined by our Founders.

Here’s a thought experiment: think we could get a coalition of folks together to agree to actually CUT the Government spending?  Reset the Fed’s spending to 49% of what it is now?  Slim down State governments to 58% of current expenditures?

Frankly, at the local level, y’all ought to just start knocking on the doors of your School Board members, your Town Councils, your Selectmen, in town and do what the NH Revolutionaries did to Governor Wentworth at the time to send a message – put one of these at their front door aiming inwards:

 

 

(H/T: Powerline)

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CHILDREN: Comply or ELSE, What’s Happening in Your School?

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-01-26 16:00 +0000

Years ago I was talking with a very sweet teacher at one of the strictest schools I had ever seen. The children were amazing, the parents were amazing, and the staff was amazing. But that teacher mentioned to me, you have to put in reasonable rules if you want children to learn to respect rules.

If you put in rules that are frivolous, children grow up learning to disrespect rules. They had to balance this approach with their students, and sometimes they lost because you’d see the children lose their joy.

When Head Masters were hired that understood this important task, everything worked so much better. When a teacher is charged with policing the height of socks on an ankle, kids can figure out how absurd those rules can be.

Now that we’ve made teachers into the mask police, I’m starting to see what she meant. These kids are starting to lose respect for rules, and those in charge of enforcing the mask mandate.

Parents have lost respect for the people in charge of their school district, and we are seeing that backlash played out in school board meetings around the state.

What is all of this doing to children who have been struggling the last few years under schools shutting down, activities and sports being canceled, and now they are forced to wear masks when they don’t have to wear one anywhere outside the school?

There are many issues to consider, but one is, the forcing of compliance.

How are we treating students whose parents have already acknowledged they don’t need to wear a mask?  They are watching their parents dismissed as the authority in their child’s life. Someone else, who does not know their children, now gets to decide what is best for them. In addition, if the child does not comply with these rules, they will be punished.

Look at the way this school administrator addressed the parents:

 

 

This is a school in Derry, NH.

He did come back and try to smooth over the damage with another statement by dropping the punishment. That’s certainly better than letting it stand, but it really gives you a glimpse into the kind of authoritarianism these public school administrators are showing.

Newmarket is up next. In Newmarket, students will face suspension if they go maskless. Remember when suspensions were reserved for bad behavior that needed a serious consequence? By instituting these kinds of policies that undermine parental authority, these schools have put themselves in a position of having to issue consequences.

They are turning rule-following students into kids who are not going to respect the rules. Many of these kids are good kids who never get into trouble. Some of them would defy rules anyway. As you can see, your good kids are beginning to lose respect for rules.

Forcing kids to grow up in an atmosphere where they have to comply with rules that make no sense, undermine their parent’s authority, are contributing to physical and mental health issues, isn’t good for kids either. In fact, I find it scary.

One parent in Newmarket brought it all to a head when she was quoted as saying, “I think if they are going to require them to wear masks then they should not be using cloth masks because they don’t work. If anything, they should provide each child with an N95 mask that will actually do something to protect the child and teachers.” (Parent Jolene Felix)

Parents see the absurdity and hypocrisy in these mandates, and she called them on it.

From the Seacoast Online article: ”

If they want to police the students and harp on them about something how about the illegal smoking devices used in the bathrooms and hallways that jeopardize everyone’s health and well-being. Or how about policing the social distancing? I have seen social media posts of the hallways packed with kids.”

Parent Erika Hiera said she was one of a number of parents who advocated for a mask optional policy at the beginning of the school year.”

See the hypocrisy in the rules and enforcement?

It would help to check your school’s ESSER3 funds application to see if any promises were made to the federal government to keep those masks on in order to keep those federal dollars $$$ flowing into the school. Sometimes they sell your kids out for federal $$$, proving this wasn’t about health, it was about chasing federal $$$ money.

You can’t put parents in charge of their child’s masks because the federal govt. may not reward your school with $$ money.

With school board elections coming up in March, start asking questions of the candidates. It is more important than ever to find candidates who respect parents.

 

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Tune In to WSMN 1590 at 11 AM ET Today – Skip and Steve Are on Life with Liz

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-01-26 14:30 +0000

After taking a month off (Holidays) we are back in the WSMN1590 AM studio with Liz Gabert for our Monthly visit on Life with Liz. Both of us, in person, in the same room, with microphones.

This used to be my monthly guest host spot but Liz thought it would be more fun to have us both in Studio. Skip lives two hours away but he consented to make the trip so here we are.

Am I not enough fun? That depends on who you ask, but together, we tend to be a lot more trouble (fun) than apart.

It’s always when you put us together in front of microphones because you can never tell what we’ll talk about or where the conversation will go, even if there’s a plan in place. That’s just how this works. And we appreciate Liz giving us the opportunity to take (sort of) over her program on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

I’m not sure she knows what she’s done.

You can visit her show website here, her YouTube channel here, or, Life with Liz on Facebook.

We will be on the air from 11 am ET to 12 noon ET.

Tune in for GraniteGrok on the radio.

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Woman Develops COVID ‘Symptoms’ After Contact with CDC Test Monkeys

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-01-26 13:00 +0000

A truck with about 100 CDC cynomolgus macaque test monkeys lost its trailer after a crash, and a few of them escaped. Three were captured, but one remains at large. Is that last one named Wuhan, by any chance?

That would be so awesome. I’m going to call him that (how dare you gender that monkey!).

Wuhan flew from the scene, but a woman who witnessed the accident and wanted to help has since developed symptoms.

 

“What a day I try to help out at a[n] accident seen was told there were cats in the crates. So I [go] over to pet them [only] To find out it’s monkeys. Then I noticed that’s there 3 in each and [one] was completely broken the other was half broken,” Fallon wrote. “So I knew 4 got away. So come home go to bed. My aunt runs into New[s] crew [and] was ask[ed] to do [an] interview. Then find out not to get close to the monkey.”

 

Too late. Again, from her Facebook page (care of The Epoch Times),

 

Later, she wrote that she has “symptoms” that are like “Covid symptoms. Like seriously. A day from hell.” She was referring to COVID-19, the illness caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

Fallon told PAHomepage that she had an open cut on her hand and also developed pink-eye-like symptoms. She went to the emergency room at Geisinger Danville.

 

 

Truck full of CDC Test Monkeys (was it these?). Crash. Monkeys get loose. Woman “says” she develops symptoms.

How long before the CDC requires her to come into contact with a second monkey and then booster monkeys? It’s a fair question. We are, after all, just a bunch of CDC test monkeys.

Wait a minute, did they make ‘these’ monkeys wear masks? Would PETA care if they did?

One more point. Wuhan is still out there. Residents have been instructed not to approach the monkey but to notify authorities, probably because he is not wearing a mask in public.

 

 

 

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Quick Thought: I Would Have Rather Seen Republic But….

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-01-26 11:30 +0000

If anything is going to bring the US down, it is this nasty Culture War between the two outlooks (and no, I don’t drink alcohol but, well, you know).  Normal people vs Woke people.

People who wish to just be left alone and are willing to leave others alone versus those with the false sense of Superior Morality that judges EVERYONE from the beginning of time to the present.

Even if that Superior Morality changes radically in the next 15 minutes. And they certainly, as Super Karens, refuse to leave you alone until are absorbed.  And if you DARE defy them, you are vilified to the Nth degree (just ask Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema how that has worked for them simply for being traditional Liberals within the Democrat Party versus the Socialist Squad and Socialist Caucus).

Liberty vs Wokeness. Freedom versus lockstep. Individualism versus a tightly controlled Collective (shaded by the use of  the now highly abused word “Community” used to cut off debate).

Free thinking vs ideologue.  Science vs “social construct”. Independence vs Government dependency

You get the idea.

Don’t, as the Knight Templar in “Indiana Jones and the Holy Grail” observed: “He choose poorly”.

(H/T: Instapundit)

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So Kenneth Clark of the IRS is looking for information on Marilyn Todd?

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-01-26 04:00 +0000

Well now, this is rather interesting!  I found, in my INBOX, an email from a Kenneth Clark purporting to be from the Criminal Investigation Dept of the Internal Revenue Service. Topic? Marilyn Todd. 

From: “Clark Kenneth” <Kenneth.Clark@ci.irs.gov>
To: “Skip@granitegrok.com” <Skip@granitegrok.com>
Sent: 1/25/2022 6:43:55 PM
Subject: Article on The Grok

Hello Skip,

My name is Ken Clark, I am a Special Agent with the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation.

I saw an article on Granite Grok regarding a woman who collected money for a forensic audit to be done on the Windham, NH election issue of 2020, and is now re-locating to a southern state. The article suggests that the individual did not use the “donated” funds for the intended purpose.  Would you be willing to speak with me regarding any additional information you may have on what happened to the money she collected? If so, please call my office at 781-876-1041, leave a message and I will call you back.  I am hoping we could meet in person, so that I can verify my identity.

Sorry to not use names. Internal Revenue Service policy does not allow me to use Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on unencrypted email for the protection of taxpayers.

Kenneth Clark
Special Agent
United States Treasury
Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation
Boston Field Office
Ph: 781.876.1041
Fax: 781.876.1262

Now, if this is an official email, well, then Mr. Clark didn’t do his homework because our FAQs clearly state that any email sent to us is liable to be posted:

Email

Look in About or Contact Us to reach us by email.

Anything you send us is fair game and may be used on the site. Exceptions to this policy include if you ask us not to; however, if we judge the email to be nasty, we may still publish it to skewer poor judgment or lack of critical thinking.

Because we have lives outside of the blogosphere and are married to other people and not this blog, emails may go unanswered. This will be especially true if we become roaring successes and get millions of hits a day. Otherwise, we will make a good-faith effort to respond to some/many/most emails.

And this email certainly caught my eye. But it said nothing about being discrete, your eyes only, or something like that.   So posting it up may be the case this is a future “HELP!” in case no one hears from me for a while and then I need to get bailed out.

OK, I kid. Mostly because some of this email is “kinda off” and comes on the heel, yet again, of some of Marilyn Todd’s followers sending me 5 different emails with the same P&L (Profit and Loss statement). Sorry, a P&L doesn’t answer the question of “where’d the [donated] money go” – showing their lack of both awareness and economic literacy.  I also haven’t posted up her husband’s latest screed he texted me.

DANG!  I had no idea that I, personally, and alone, could destroy the entire political Liberty & Freedom movement here in NH. WHO KNEW I had such superpowers.  Y’all will laugh at it.

However, what does seem to be off is:

  1. The IRS would send a snailmail Letter, not an email
  2. Or he’d be knocking on my door
  3. I’ve not donated so I have no financial dog in this fight. Frankly, I’ve already said that I have no idea what the raised donations were spent on – that’s why I keep asking the question “Where’d the money go”. P&Ls don’t answer that question. But the donors to her non-profit ought to know, right?
  4. “I am hoping we could meet in person, so that I can verify my identity.”  Yeah, that isn’t happening – and that wouldn’t be asked in an email (see #1, #2, above).  Does anyone remember, besides me, what happened at a Dunkin’ Donuts to someone who went to meet Law Enforcement?
  5. WHY would I call simply to leave a voice mail?
  6. And I don’t even know what this really means: “Sorry to not use names. Internal Revenue Service policy does not allow me to use Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on unencrypted email for the protection of taxpayers.”.  I’m assuming that would be Marilyn Todd, but the email effectively outed her in the first place (“I saw an article on Granite Grok regarding a woman who collected money for a forensic audit to be done on the Windham, NH election issue of 2020, and is now re-locating to a southern state.”).

So, is it a spoof?  Dunno, so I looked at the email header info to see which servers it passed through:

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So, let’s see what happens. If it is real and is official, well, Marilyn may get her own email.

As for Mr. Clark is concerned, all that I have is already posted on GraniteGrok.  That’s what we do.

 

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Andy Ngo “Virtual Event” – BEHOLD the Amazing Production Quality of Dartmouth College

Granite Grok - Wed, 2022-01-26 02:30 +0000

GraniteGrok does video; we have over 4,000 videos on our YouTube channel and we’re rapidly moving to GabTV. But I readily admit, we’re amateurs. 

We use video to cover political events that the NH mainstream media won’t (for the most part). If they do they’ll only do a few seconds while we do the entire event.

But I would never call ourselves “professional videographers” in any sense. We’re still, for example, addressing persistent audio quality issues which we may have resolved.

That said, you would think that Dartmouth, with a PROFESSIONAL department at “one of the world’s most prestigious colleges” would be staffed with “professional videographers” – especially at an event THEY wanted to always have on an online version only.

They’d make sure that ONLY the highest levels of production qualities would be put into place in order to put the “best foot forward” in making Dartmouth College appear to be that “prestigious college”.

Sadly, Dartmouth College’s Associate Director (Conferences and Events) Jim Alberghini didn’t deliver.

And yes, I’m picking on him but for good reason. He was part of the cabal that canceled the in-person event for Andy Ngo / Gabe Nadales put on by the Dartmouth College Republicans and put on their own “virtual event”.  Using a PC. With a crappy built-in webcam.  You would have thought that having a plan made in advance to force the DCRs to go virtual, would have had lights, mics, a good camera, a couple of chairs.

Instead, it had all the quality of a dorm room.

Sorry, had to get that all in FIRST.  I was sent a recording of the event.  I put the whole thing up on our GraniteGrok YouTube channel but it’s an hour long.  I was hesitant as it’s well known that YouTube will kill off an entire video or an entire channel on a whim simply because they hate conservatives.  It’s still there and I’ve embedded it a bit further down in this post.

However, being that the Internet Attention Span isn’t the longest in the world, I have chopped up the session into smaller bites of time, and here are the first two. The other five will be put up over time.

Part 1:

 

Part 2:



 

Entire Session:

 

Sorry, but going virtual LOSES a lot in translation. Speakers often thrive on seeing faces in front of them.  Most can “read the room” and decide how to proceed to make an event more memorable and to pass on their messages in a way that appeals to their audience as it changes from venue to venue.

Doing it this way, IMHO, with very little time to prep and rejigger a presentation, was a dishonest trick by Dartmouth College upon a speaker they didn’t want in the first place by a group they seem to wish didn’t exist.

 

 

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