The Manchester Free Press

Tuesday • May 24 • 2022

Vol.XIV • No.XXI

Manchester, N.H.

Now They Say A Fourth Shot of COVID Vaccine “Will Make Some” More Resistant to Infection

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

Passing for news out of Isreal the Ministry of Health claims that the fourth shot of the COVID vaccine made recipients “three times more resistant to serious illness than thrice-vaccinated people in the same age group. Which means what exactly?

You need four shots to get three times the efficacy of three shots when three just made you a thrice-juiced typhoid Mary with permission to spread the virus and no less likelihood of illness or even death.

It sounds like you’d have equally good results with four shots of Tequila where the risk of hangover replaces myocarditis.

What the report does not mention is if you get three times more likelihood of negative side effects as with three or two or even one. A lot of people died “unvaccinated” who had been vaccinated because of the same sort of math.

We’re also left to wonder about pressing cultural questions like if I only had two or three shots am I still vaccinated?

I can answer that.

No.

The passport has nothing to do with whether the number of shots you received actually improves health outcomes. We learned that after just two shots when the Jabbed became an army of infected spreaders testing positive and clogging up Emergency Rooms the way the mRNA was clotting arteries.

What I’d like to know is where are the studies on the ethics of injecting people with experimental drugs when for pennies a day you could load them up with Hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectin (toss in some Vitamins C, D, Zinc, and even Magnesium) and almost no one gets sick or needs a hospital.

The problem there, of course, is no trillions laundered through big Pharma and hospitals back to politicians for killing people with COVID (or from COVID) that parts still shrouded in bureaucratic mystery.

We know (Cue Meghan Trainor) that they are lying. That’s about the only thing we do know is that when they open their mouths they are lying. Lying. You’re lying.

Of course a fourth shot will make some people more resistant but that’s a 4x chemistry experiment on a living person who has probably given their consent absent full disclosure. More lying.

And a lot more dying.

As a result of public health policy that is more dangerous than doing something different with no risk of harm but no trillion-dollar laundromat or endless opportunities to see your name in print of your face on video.

The only fourth shot we need is the one that puts this whole escapade out of our misery

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Announcement – Long Time CNHT Chairman Ed Naile Has Passed

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-01-25 23:30 +0000

“Just so you know, Ed passed on Friday.  So sad – what a great man…” That from a friend today.

From a couple of days ago:

Evidently he has been in ICU in Concord Hospital for some time now.  At least a month, I think. Covid, then a blood clot which caused a heart attack.

I called the hospital today and he is still in ICU and no visitors.

I considered him one of my mentors as Doug and I started up GraniteGrok.  I learned so much from him and realized how skilled he was in his Activism and how free he was to share the skill with anyone that wanted to hear and then apply it. He made the CNHT (Coalition of NH Taxpayers) space available to us as we started GrokTALK! as a weekly podcast, we and he combined forces on a number of different issues.

He was a man that stood on principles that right was right and wrong was wrong.  Fearless and took GREAT joy at beating those that thought that they were “all that and more” whether they were municipal officers and tax fraud to voter fraud.

Did I mention that he was smart?

He made CNHT live up to one of the US Marine’s mantras: “No better friend; no worse enemy.”

He enjoyed his activism and loved it when he won (which he did most of the time), especially in court. He once told me that when he entered the court, the other lawyer’s shoulders slumped. They knew that he knew more about the law than they did – and he was doing it for sport.

A Crusader for “Follow The Law.”

There will never be another like him.

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Will Ron DeSantis Blow this Opportunity?

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-01-25 22:00 +0000

Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida is upset because the federal government has decided that certain drugs should not be available to doctors who are treating patients with COVID-19.

In response to this decision, the Florida Department of Health is shutting down clinics that have been using these drugs to treat patients.

His solution?  To demand that the federal government reverse the decision.  Or more accurately, to beg for permission from the federal government to do something that — according to the written Constitution — doesn’t require any such permission.

One of the silver linings to the federal government’s lurching, spastic overreaction to COVID-19 is that it’s creating opportunities left and right for individual states to dust off their copies of the written Constitution; check Article 1, Section 8 for the list of things that the states allow the federal government to handle; and get back to the business of handling everything else — which is to say, nearly everything — as sovereign states.

Over the centuries, the states have allowed the architecture of their Constitution to be flipped on its head.  The states created the federal government, and the states delegated a very limited set of powers to it; but gradually, those same states have grown accustomed to the idea that they aren’t sovereign states at all, but really colonies; that they must do whatever their own creation tells them to do.

It’s a little like hiring a gardener, and then letting him start making financial, educational, and medical decisions for your family — as if you work for him, rather than the other way around.

Governor DeSantis has an opportunity here to say to the federal government:  You don’t have the power to deny the State of Florida anything where medical care is concerned.  And if you decide to start withholding Medicare and Medicaid payments to try to force us into compliance, we’ll start escrowing federal income taxes within Florida, and taking those payments from escrow.

(Honestly, every governor has this same opportunity.  I’m just singling out DeSantis because he seems like someone who might actually cash in on it.)

Would other states follow Florida’s lead?  Some would.  More importantly, other states might take similar initiatives in other policy areas, where Article 1, Section 8, along with the 9th and 10th Amendments, all make it clear that in almost every area of life, the role of the federal government is to butt out.

As my friend Carla Gericke likes to say:  It’s time to make America states again.  Ron DeSantis has an opportunity to get that ball rolling.  But will he take it?

 

 

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NH HB 1022 – Permitting Pharmacists to Dispense Ivermectin Without a Prescription

Free Keene - Tue, 2022-01-25 20:34 +0000

Rep. Leah Cushman presents HB 1022 at the public hearing on 1/18/22

 

On January 12, 2022, Rep. Leah Cushman (R – NH) introduced New Hampshire HB 1022: an act permitting pharmacists to dispense the drug ivermectin by means of a standing order entered into by licensed healthcare professionals. The general argument is that many healthcare workers are unable to prescribe ivermectin, either because of hospital politics or outside pressures. This bill would override the need for a prescription for ivermectin, allowing everyone in New Hampshire to pick it up over-the-counter.

A public hearing for this bill took place on January 18, 2022. Rep. Cushman, House committee (Health, Human Services, & Elderly Affairs) members, doctors, and others took part in a lively discussion that spanned over two hours. The overall consensus appeared to be in favor of the bill, with a few speakers pleading that those who cannot (or do not) get the covid-19 vaccine need another readily-available, tried, and tested alternative.

The Benefits of Ivermectin Are Well Established

The only medicine for infectious diseases to win the Nobel Prize has recently been smeared in the mainstream media. Surprised? There are innumerable studies that have overwhelmingly shown the benefits of this drug to combat all types of disease. The difference is that now the media has portrayed it as livestock medicine, and nobody can seem to counteract the bad press–not even Joe Rogan.

However, most of those in attendance, including multiple committee members, fully supported pushing this bill further. Even those who believe that vaccines are the best option had to admit that withholding medicine to those who cannot or do not get the vaccine doesn’t make sense. In fact, people who have received the vaccine can benefit from ivermectin as well.

Dr. Paul Marik Was in Attendance

One speaker of note was Dr. Paul Marik, who traveled to the public hearing for NH HB 1022 all the way from Virginia.

A former professor of medicine & chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. Marik famously sued the hospital he worked for in an effort to prescribe ivermectin to his patients with covid-19. The health system his hospital is part of has banned ivermectin. He ended up resigning in disgust December 31, 2021. During his public arguments in favor of HB 1022, Dr. Marik described ivermectin as “cheap, exceedingly safe, and exceedingly effective.”

If ivermectin had been promoted at the beginning of this pandemic, we would not be sitting here today.” – Dr. Paul Marik, NH HB 1022 public hearing, 1/18/22

 

Watch the Full 2 Hour Public Hearing Below: (6:01:00 – 8:00:00)

 

What’s Next?

The next steps are for the House Committee on Health, Human Services, & Elderly Affairs to deliberate, and eventually hold an executive session where NH HB 1022 will be voted on by attending committee members. Executive sessions are open to the public, but at the time of this writing no date has yet been set. Stay tuned!

 

Breaking: Biden Admin Has to Change Tactics After Bailing On Its Employer Vaccine Mandate

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-01-25 20:30 +0000

The Biden Administration has nixed its controversial Employer Vaccine mandate. The OSHA rule would have required businesses employing more than 100 workers to force an experimental pharmaceutical product into their employee’s veins.

That’s still a goal. A mission-critical one, which still begs the unanswered question, what’s the mission?

If the goal was to reduce the risk of transmission of infection, vaccination with mRNA injections has proven to be the least likely path to that end. But that’s not why they backed off.

Whoever is running the Biden Administration (WRBA) retracted the order because the US Supreme Court blocked their path to victory. But yanking the rule should not be seen as a loss but a retreat and a change in tactics. The goal remains the same.

Poison everyone, no matter how small.

OSHA is still planning to brew up a universal abuse of employee rights that mandates pharmaceutical interventions. But we’ve no idea how that will look and how long it will take. Until that time, OSHA – proving how unserious they are about this – is strongly recommending “vaccination of workers against the continuing dangers posed by COVID-19 in the workplace.”

Hello! Your juice increased infections. You got more positive cases, not fewer. Public Health can’t be the priority. But mission creep is. Can you imagine being at OSHA when the White House says we’d like you to find a way to make injecting people with drain cleaner a condition of employment under threat of federal intervention?

OSHA says, Yeah, baby! We’re on it.

They lost the first round. Barring new federal laws limiting their reach, they’ll keep trying. And Congress is not likely to be of much use.

Our best bet, for now, is to keep them from making it more likely and hope for the kind of wave election that gets you the opposite of mission creep. Administrative state cutbacks. As in Shrinking both departments and their reach.

 

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“We Fought Because We’d Always Governed Ourselves and Always Meant To”

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-01-25 19:00 +0000

Ned Ryan, the founder of American Majority, gave a great speech at David Horowitz’s Restoration Weekend Last November. Words bout the parallels between the years prior to the American Revolution in 1776 and our current political circumstances in 2022.

Ryan, a historian, takes you on a whirlwind exploration of why Englishman on this side of the Atlantic took up arms against Englishman from the other side.  What was it that lead them to this response? Why did they really rebel against their Homeland?

 

“I realized, as I wrote the book about Boston and Bunker Hill, it was a story for all time. It was a story of principal defiance in the face of arbitrary authoritarianism. Does that sound familiar from where we are right now in 2021? We are yet again facing authoritarianism and I always say arbitrary authoritarianism to make a point. All authoritarianism is, by its very nature, arbitrary. It’s not based on higher law. It’s based on a small group of people who have decided that they will enforce their will on other people. And if those people do not comply, they will use force to make them comply to whatever their transient ideas are based on twisted logic and a twisted worldview. So what we are experiencing today, our founders of course experienced almost 250 years ago.

“I want to talk a little bit about what the essential disagreement was back then and I think you’ll see some of that, what is taking place today. 

 

This is some great video and highly recommended watching and listening.

 

Why on earth would you take on what at the time was one of the greatest military powers in the world?” He said, “We fought because we’d always governed ourselves and always meant to. And Parliament and the Kings’ ministers meant that we shouldn’t. That’s why we fought because we’d always governed ourselves and always meant to.”

 

A little more?

 

“Our country is in great danger now, but not to be despaired of. You were to decide that important question upon which rests the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn, act worthy of yourselves.” Think about that. Not danger far, danger near. He knew that there were plenty of those British officers that had said “We will assassinate whoever says any words that we consider treasonous.” Those words echo down through these last few centuries, “You were to decide that important question upon which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn, act worthy of yourselves.”

 

More?

 

It all comes down to who decides, who makes the laws and where do those laws come from? That’s what the founders wrestled with against the British Empire. The only problem with what they were experiencing then and what we’re experiencing now, the enemy was at the gates. What we’re experiencing now is the enemy is inside the gates. These authoritarians — because that’s what Progressives are — are inside the gates. So what do we do?

 

 

Ned lives in Loudon County Virginia by the way and he has some news from there as well.

 

Here’s the video. The full transcript is available here.

 

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Fund for Victims of Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence Is Lipstick on a Pig

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-01-25 17:30 +0000

I commend AG John Formella for being the first AG to recognize the horrors and speedy effort to set up a fund to pay the victims of abuse in the centers. However, I also have to say that the proposed fund is effectively lipstick on a pig.

The “pig” is the people at the top: public officials and heads, employees or representatives of state agencies who were aware of what was going on and who allowed it to continue despite multiple warnings over and over from the US DOJ OIG and individual complainants.

None of these NH officials or members of state agencies should be allowed to claim sovereign or qualified immunity when the evidence indicates they worked in collusion across executive branches and ignored conflicts of interest in federal and state laws.

They should not have a right to privacy for their involvement because they either directly or indirectly allowed state and federal laws to be broken and turned a blind eye because it was financially and politically beneficial for them to do so.

The FRM Ponzi Scheme report revealed the failures across state agencies, including the banking department, department of revenue, and the AG’s office. What we have now is the FRM Ponzi scheme on steroids because the state has consistently failed to hold its own accountable.

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

Outwardly pretending to care about child sex abuse and domestic violence to gain recognition with the federal government and raise federal dollars, when the reality is the reverse. A web of cover-ups, self-dealing, and evading responsibility.

The US DOJ OIG wrote in 1999 to Kathleen Kerr at the DHHS/DCYF to state the agency’s failures. The same year Sylvia Gale was cited for conflicts of interest and appealed a motion to have her step down from the Neighborhood health center of Nashua.

That same year Edward Arsenault (convicted in 2014 of theft and bribery) started to charge the Diocese of Manchester for cell phones, computers, expensive meals. He was working with police, press, and I understand Nixon Peabody and David Vicinanzo as well as Jim Rosenberg in the AG’s office where Lauren Noether was employed (who later was involved with Children’s Trust Foundation, which was reported to the Boston FBI in 2016 for suspected child trafficking).

Nixon Peabody and David Vicinanzo’s involvement with victims of abuse at the State Detention Centers smacks of insider dealing again which would keep all of those at the top safe from an investigation. That’s not good enough – particularly because a lot of those at the top are elected officials who have been public leaders and who have been entrusted to follow state and federal laws by the public.

Anna Carrigan faced retaliation for bringing up child abuse under DCYF and related agencies. The state dismissed her lawsuit just as it dismissed David Meehan’s class-action lawsuit. Governor Sununu dismissed it too.

Related: Dear Attorney General John Formella – It Is beyond Time for a Serious Investigation into What Is Going on in NH

Now AG John Formella is the first AG in decades to actually do something, but it took federal investigation and federal arrests for this to happen. Why did employees abuse children at the detention centers? Because they were allowed. Why are young adults abused in solitary confinement? Because it is allowed. Why are children bullied and coerced by police and public officials? Because it is allowed.

It is time to investigate, charge and prosecute the people at the top – all the way to the top – who allowed this to continue when all the warnings were there for decades, and they did nothing. They continued to collect the federal dollars.

AG Joseph Foster declined to investigate sexual assault at Phillips Exeter Academy, where Governor Maggie Hassan’s husband had been principal. Why? I suspect because Maggie Hassan appointed him to his job. DCYF admitted to deleting files of sex abuse at Phillips Exeter Academy.

HAVEN, which was given a contract with Phillips Exeter Academy, never criticized the DCYF or the AG’s decision. Why? Because Debra Altshiller and Amanda Grady Sexton are Dem Reps/Dem Caucus and the agency relies on the goodwill of the Governor for its budget.

As Maggie Hassan was the Democratic nominee for Senator of New Hampshire, they weren’t going to criticize her or her husband for a cover-up of sexual assault at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Essentially the AG, DCYF, and NHCADSV became complicit in the cover-ups at Phillips Exeter Academy as a result.

Rep. Prudhomme-Obrien wrote at the time that it smacked of a cover-up. She, too, was ignored. Andy Martin, a candidate for Governor, also brought it up. He, too, was ignored.

In 2002, Father Gordon MacRae, a victim of corrupt police officer James F McGlaughlin, received a letter from an attorney at Nixon Peabody asking him to confess to a sex crime with a person he’d never met or heard of. MacRae was incarcerated at the time (he’s still incarcerated even though James McLaughlin’s egregious misconduct has been known by the state since 1985, when it was first reported nine years before MacRae’s trial).

The argument made to MacRae by the attorney at Nixon Peabody was that he should plead guilty to the allegations so that the Diocese could make a quick and easy settlement. David Vicinanzo was also involved with the Diocese at the time. I understand that the attorney at Nixon Peabody became the future AG Gordon MacDonald, who was ‘exploring his options” over Judge Charles Temple’s ruling to have the list of corrupt police officers released.

I believe that the release of James F. McLaughlin’s name is one that Gordon MacDonald personally wanted to hide because of Father Gordon MacRae and the Diocese of Manchester.

James F. McLaughlin went on to send unsolicited sexual images of children. It is a felony to send sexual images of children. It is federal entrapment if done by a police officer. Yet James McLaughlin was lauded for his techniques which he then taught others. He received a lifetime achievement award from the New Hampshire Fire Department and Police Officers Association in 2016.

Gordon MacDonald went on from Nixon Peabody to become Attorney General and New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice.

Let’s not forget: he/his law firm asked Father Gordon MacRae to confess to a crime with a person he’d never met because it would make for an easy settlement on the back of another crime Father Gordon MacRae been convicted of that had been fabricated off a rumor created by Sylvia Gale of Catholic Children’s Services (Later at DCYF, CASA NH) and corrupt Police Officer James F McLaughlin.

Sylvia Gale received an award from CASA NH in 2020 for her services for children’s welfare even though in 1999 it was asserted she had a conflict of interests; and even though she fabricated the tale that led to Father Gordon McRae’s prosecution and incarceration.

Police Detective Julie Curtin was rewarded in 2016 for her work in NH v Owen Labrie and “justice for the victim.” Yet she, too, lied, created, and fabricated a tale, dividing and conquering teenagers until they fell into line with the desired outcome she and the prosecutor wanted.

She lied to both teenagers directly involved and on her sworn affidavit. Later both she and AG Gordon MacDonald were exposed when her other unlawful activities (under his direction) were documented in Lacy Crawford’s memoir “Notes on a Silencing.”

Amanda Grady Sexton, Councilwoman for Concord and Chair of the Public Safety Committee, was also rewarded for her work in the wake of the Owen Labrie trial and St Paul’s School suits. Yet she created and fabricated news that contradicted the records for her own political and financial gain, accessing federal grants and obtaining contracts with St Paul’s School.

Owen Labrie was put in solitary confinement for his own safety as a result of the malicious portrait Amanda Grady Sexton and her cohorts created from which they profiteered while putting his life in danger, for life. Other students have suffered in the wake of this as well. The Concord PD, Merrimack DA, AG of NH, and NHCADSV had no regard for the privacy of students or schools at all. It was a money-making venture for them. Child welfare was irrelevant.

US Attorney Scott Murray called NH v Owen Labrie “A victory for victims rights.” His job as county attorney was not to create political victories; it was to uphold the public duty of his position, which includes the safety and welfare interests of the community (including teenagers and young adults at St Paul’s School); he serves as a public official, not the political interests of the NHCADSV or the financial interests of state representatives or civil attorneys.

AG John Formella has a choice: he either works according to the laws of his profession, the American Bar Association and the New Hampshire Laws pertaining to child abuse and the reporting of it; or he works in order to help ameliorate a cover-up which led to the enrichment of certain public officials, state agencies and law firms.

It would appear that with the addition of Nixon Peabody and David Vicinanzo to represent the victims of abuse in the State Youth Detention Centers, the second option is prevailing. I’m very sorry to hear this. It takes courage as a principled individual to stand up against the corruption of a club to which you belong and want to remain a part. But I sincerely hope that AG John Formella will find that courage because the future safety of children and young adults against the corrupt practices of state agencies is imperative.

Unless he holds his own accountable, he is not really fixing the problem but pushing it under the rug. There needs to be accountability of every state agency. Friendships, allegiances, family connections are not an excuse to cover up child abuse.

The FRM Ponzi scheme report revealed that the AG’s office, banking department, department of revenue were all guilty of ignoring the problems that had been raised for years by victims. Who got punished?

The AG’s got away and went on to other lucrative positions, including the founding of Primary Bank, which has given and forgiven PPP loans to the companies owned by its directors, one of whom is on the board of directors for the Children’s Advocacy Centers.

Donna Soucy, legal counsel to the banking department, escaped gaining a prominent position in the NH Democratic Party.

Bill Gardner, the Secretary of State, kept his position and only just retired three weeks after the Senate Ways and Means Committee launched an investigation into the Pandora Papers.

The public is now being asked to pay $100 million for abuse victims at the State Detention Centers, where the DCYF was telling interns to rip up files while a criminal investigation was in process.

DCYF, CASA NH, NHCADSV, AGs office, police departments, Children’s Advocacy Centers, and others have known for decades about what is going on because there have been complaints not only from the public but from the US DOJ.

Worse, there has been profiteering and racketeering. So why should the public pay for these agencies and public officials when these agencies have abused public funds for their own financial or political gain? The public officials, the law firms they have engaged, and the state agencies should be held accountable.

The public doesn’t pay to support public corruption, so why is the public being asked to pay victims for the horrific abuse that resulted from public corruption? A $100 million fund is the easy way out. Holding public officials and state agencies accountable is necessary.

Maximus Inc should be required to open its books for New Hampshire as well as every prosecutor involved in juvenile prosecution in New Hampshire; every agency involved in domestic and sexual abuse and child welfare; every police department; every law firm that profiteered from this and the AGs office.

The public has a right to know about the inter-government agency conspiracy and collusion that has prevailed, allowing this horrific abuse to continue for decades.

Those in charge have been allowed to fail upwards and cover up for each other and leave the taxpayers with the bill for the misconduct of officials paid for by public funds. Further, some of these non-profits seem to be running for-profit enterprises.

Caroline Delaney of the Department Of Revenue filed a statement of financial interest in CASA NH. Amanda Grady Sexton of NHCADSV gave an interview to the National Crime Victims Law Institute in which she specifically states that she works with police and prosecutors to shape the messaging pretrial.

The NHCADSV endorsed a hostile environment suit filed by Chuck Douglas Esq on behalf of Sex crimes worker Jennifer Adams v DA of Merrimack County Robin Davis. That lawsuit alleges that there was an altercation between Jennifer Adams and DA Robin Davis over a particular case and arrest.

It would appear that the case in point was the arrest of 17-year-old Griffin Furlotte. Several months later in November 2019, Griffin Furlotte, who had been held for months in pretrial detention, told the court how he had been treated as a “monster.” He was actually innocent until proven guilty, and yet he was treated as a monster.

In his plea hearing, a teenage girl told the court that for months she had been bullied, lied to, stalked, and force-fed enumerated versions of events that had occurred between her and Griffin. Another teen female asked for the sex offender registry because anything less would be “a slap on the wrist.”

Outside the courtroom one of the girls told a reporter that she felt manipulated by the prosecutor. The NHCADSV had intervened before the plea hearing which originally did not require sex offender registration. The NHCADSV I believe, was involved in bullying the teenage girls to get the result that they wanted because they are the recipients of federal grants for the Adam Walsh Sex Offender Registration Management Program.

Amanda Grady Sexton, Lyn Schollett, and the NHCADSV have also gone out of their way to malign, defame and label a scholarship student at St Paul’s School, Owen Labrie. Labrie had to be put in the torturous environment of solitary confinement “for his own safety.”

While in solitary, he lost a significant amount of weight and will have PTSD for life due to the abuse he suffered while inside.

They also maligned St Paul’s School using associates such as Alexander Prout and RP Hale to write Op-Eds to maliciously defame it and harm its reputation. Ironic, isn’t it that the NHCADSV advocated for a “compliance officer,” Jeff Maher, who came from a corrupt police department and worked with an agency that has covered up hundreds of cases of child abuse.

DA Robin Davis wrote to the LEACT commission in 2020, asserting that police go around her when they are not satisfied if she doesn’t prosecute. Who do they go around her too? The Attorney General.

The Attorney General, per NHCADSV in September 2019, has a goal to increase the successful prosecution of sex offenders. The current guidelines for the SART materials do not indicate anywhere that a target could be innocent. “Trauma-informed” training is specifically designed to gain evidence that supports prosecution, ignoring exculpatory evidence.

Teenagers and young adults are the lowest hanging fruit – not old enough to understand that they are the easiest targets and not rich enough to get adequate defense.

Jim McLaughlin taught other police officers his techniques. These included the entrapment of teenagers. And then once these teenagers are entrapped or framed, the State of New Hampshire, its police departments, AG’s office, Senators, Congress members use this to petition for federal funds to fight child sex abuse, stalking, bullying which their own public employees get away with under their watch and under their direction.

It is time to hold those accountable in the agencies supposed to address domestic and sexual violence, child welfare, police departments, AG’s office, and law firms who have profiteered, deliberately, and knowingly covered up child sex abuse and domestic violence, bullying, stalking when it might incriminate their own agencies or their friends.

The public should not have to pay for a racket.

The racketeers should pay for that racket and the horrific and lifelong PTSD that they have caused. I’m quite sure that those racketeers have done well out of this over the decades and have trusts, LLCs, and hidden accounts which may be found in the Pandora Papers. For example, one of the companies cited in the Pandora Papers is a large auto dealer. Could this be Autofair whose CEO is Andrew Crews who is on the board of Child Advocacy Centers?

Corruption at the top creates victims at the bottom. It’s time to hold those accountable at the top for the horrific abuse suffered by children and young adults which they deliberately and knowingly ignored while applying for and receiving federal grants to address the very issues to which they turned a blind eye.

 

Editor: Email sent by the author to the AG’s office and at least one State Rep. It has been lightly edited.

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Are Liz Cheney’s Political Days Numbered?

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-01-25 16:00 +0000

In the Disney Star Wars movies, Daisy Ridley plays Rey. A Force-gifted heroine descended from the bloodline of Emperor Palpatine. In the end, she chooses light over dark. Liz Cheney descends from another dark force named Dick, and she did not choose the light.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is a notorious Establishment stooge from whose orbit and influence Liz has not strayed. And surrounded by Never Trumpers and the GOPe Establishment, there is little evidence she can be turned.

More than a few of her fellow Republicans in Wyoming do not think so either.

Liz lost 59-6 to primary opponent Harriet Hageman in a recent congressional straw poll. That’s 90.1% to 8.9%.

I get it, this is just a straw poll, but her Trump-backed challenger is doing victory laps. Trump’s endorsement,

 

“Harriet is a fourth-generation daughter of Wyoming, a very successful attorney, and has the support and respect of a truly great U.S. Senator, Wyoming’s own Cynthia Lummis. Harriet Hageman adores the Great State of Wyoming, is strong on Crime and Borders, powerfully supports the Second Amendment, loves our Military and our Vets, and will fight for Election Integrity and Energy Independence (which [President Joe] Biden has already given up). Unlike RINO Liz Cheney, Harriet is all in for America First. Harriet has my Complete and Total Endorsement in replacing the Democrats number one provider of sound bites, Liz Cheney. Make America Great “gain!”

 

Cheney has been censured by the State party and disowned by about one-third of the state’s Republican County committees. That’s not a ringing endorsement, and it all adds some weight to the perception created by the straw poll. But Liz will have insider money, and you need more than just registered Republican to win an election these days.

Cheney already has over 5 million to help fend off Hageman with seven more months before the primary. And Hageman must deal with more than just Cheney Money. State Senator Anthony Bouchard, a self-styled conservative (I have no clue if that is accurate), is also primarying Liz, as are a few others.

Seven Republicans are vying for the seat, so what’s the deal with the straw poll? It looks terrible for Liz but maybe not that bad. All that competition dilutes the challengers. And having 3.8 million cash on hand after the Sept 2021 reporting won’t hurt.

As much as we’d like to see her go, Bouchard and Hageman will need to capitalize on her gaffes to have a shot, but she is sitting on the J6 commission, so there should be ample opportunity to take a few more shots at the incumbent.

 

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And Then There Were Three. Kevin Smith being the Latest Musketeer?

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-01-25 14:30 +0000

We have General Don Bolduc, Chuck Morse, and Kevin Smith,  with Smith being the latest entrant into the US Senate Race in New Hampshire.  Two, certainly, of the GOPe insider crowd, and one outsider.

I’m sure we’ll see at least one other person jump in. For that slot, I’m thinking someone that can REALLY self-fund but not all that well-grounded in the political philosophy that would appeal to the Liberty and Freedom wing of the Party.

Sidenote: you know, what the Democrats would call Far Right Wing and Extremists. But who cares what they say in that anymore?  After all, ANYone that doesn’t toe their line is automatically branded with those monikers.  Even other Democrats like Manchin and Sinema.  They haven’t realized that any shock value, except for within the faithful 10% of their Far Progressive wing, has been stripped away from overuse.

Now, I wasn’t able to get to the announcement party but NH Journal seems to have done so, and writes.

echoing the slogan found on his campaign website: “A Kitchen Table Conservative with Local New Hampshire Values.”

Yep, that line is there at the top of Kevin’s campaign site.  Well, right on top AFTER the pleading for money (which really is at the top of the home page).

Here’s my problem – After watching what seems to be a gazillion campaigns with lots of catchphrases, I have no solid idea what that means. Too often, GOPe Republicans claim to be “conservative” in campaigning and turn out to be not much better than Democrats when voting.  To be honest, I knew what “local New Hampshire Values” used to be when I first moved here 36 years ago but with the rise of the Progressive / Socialist Democrats, I don’t know what that even means any more.

So, I surfed over to his website and wanted to see if he explains what they are.

Nada.

I wanted to see what he meant by “kitchen table conservative” is.

Nada

Any other issues?  In depts (other than the second paragraph listing the talking points under the picture of him and his better half)?  EVERY candidate has an Issues page, right?

Nope.

There’s GOT to be a contact point (other than to give him money) for the campaign, right? To ask him questions?

No email. No phone. And no, I’m not writing a letter to a PO box. I left Twitter (that Leftist company let me know I wasn’t wanted) and Facebook (even more, I wasn’t “one of their types”).

Just that front page. That’s it.  One would think that if he was really serious, that website would have been ready to POP the second he announced he was a candidate. I’m looking at it right now.

Nope.

Very unserious.  Thus the image at the top of the page.

 

 

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Middle School Principal Drops Mask Detention Order

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-01-25 13:00 +0000

A few days ago, we reported on an order given by a Middle School Principal in Derry, New Hampshire. Those not wearing improperly fitted masks would get after-school detention, at which the school nurse would explain why they needed them that way.

A little COVID-Era reeducation camp.

At that time, I included a rumor that the Superintendent had rescinded the order, but we have new information. They revoked the policy, but why?

According to a source, the Principal wrote parents again to inform them that mask compliance had improved so much that they decided detention was no longer a necessary threat.

 

I am writing to you with an update regarding the communication shared with you on 1.19.22. Since then we have observed a marked improvement in students consistently wearing a properly fitted mask and responding to encouragement, prompts, and support from school staff. Upon reflection and as a result of this progress in such a short amount of time, we will no longer be asking students to stay after school as an intervention but will continue to offer encouragement, prompts, and support to students on a case by case basis.

 

The same source says the District Superintendent did visit the school two days after the policy went public. It was repealed before the next school day.

Don’t mind me for being a bit suspicious.

These are Middle School kids. The only improvement was likely the Principal’s opinion in the wake of the visit by the super.

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ACLU-NH is Withering Away

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-01-25 11:30 +0000

Over the last year, the ACLU-NH has let go of three more staff members. Field Director, Emily Kilheeny, Political Director, and Jeanne Hruska, Jordan Thompson, their Racial Justice Organizer.

Trans Justice Organizer Palana Belken was let go in November 2020.

If Thompson’s name sounds familiar, he is the head of Black Lives Matter Nashua and a recently failed candidate for alderman in Nashua who had called for abolishing the police.

Related: ACLU-NH Cuts Staff, Lets Website Domain Expire

Perhaps their support for radical causes and abandoning almost everything to do with civil rights has caused them to lose donors and support.

Their Facebook page and Twitter account are uninspiring with lots of posts about the redrawing of NH congressional districts, and they published a tedious newsletter.

It is delightful to see such a corrupt organization withering away.

| Correction: Removed incorrect statement about ACLU-NH’s lobbying on abortion bills.

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Representative Brodie Deshaies: Ignorant or a Liar?

Free Keene - Tue, 2022-01-25 04:09 +0000

Brodie Deshaies at the hearing looking guilty while Carla Gericke calls him out for using scare tactics

Representative Brodie Deshaies from Wolfeboro, New Hampshire testified in front of the State-Federal Relations and Veteran Affairs Committee on January 20, 2022 concerning CACR 32. The legislation seeks to let the people of New Hampshire vote to amend the Constitution and become an independent nation, breaking ties with DC. He was the legislator asked by the committee chairman to do the bulk of the research before the hearing.

Looking closely at all the claims Deshaies made about the legality of this bill and the implications concerning lawmakers voting to recommend that the House pass it, it is hard to decide if he is ignorant and easily swayed by empire-loving “constitutional scholars” from DC or if he gave a speech full of lies to sway the vote. He used fear-mongering language directed at the committee, implying that they may be charged by Washington DC if they vote ‘Ought To Pass’ and supported the bill through the legal process. This article is a close-up look at his claims and will look at all the material he references to see if he is really making a constitutional argument against CACR 32.

Deshaies starts off with an acknowledgment of how the public perceives him. There are some people who are pretty upset with me in the room,” he says. This is already very indicative of his character. He sent Elliot “Alu” Axelman (the editor-in-chief of LibertyBlock.com and the author of multiple books on secession) an email full of misinterpretations of the US and New Hampshire Constitutions a few weeks ago. When Alxelman politely asked if he wished to engage in a public debate on the topic, Deshaies cowered and declined. Without the opportunity to debate Deshaies, and with no legislator agreeing to debate him, Alu published his rebuttal to Deshaies’ anti-independence letter on his website. The article destroys the few arguments that the anti-freedom legislator sought to make in his letter. Instead, Deshaies went on to publish the exact same letter in an op-ed article on NHJournal.com. So, now we know he knows how people feel about his twisting of the facts, but he just goes on to ignore the people and doubles down on his way of thinking. We see from this very first sentence that he isn’t the sort of person who feels he should be in office doing what the people of New Hampshire want. He feels he’s in office to rule over the citizens of New Hampshire with an iron fist.

He goes on to say that after speaking to many “constitutional scholars” such as David Williams, author of “The Mythic Meanings of the Second Amendment”, that he believes this committee was engaged in a “constitutional process” by voting Ought to Pass or Inexpedient to Legislate. Which means every vote cast is “aiding in the constitutional process,” and “approving it at each time along the way”.

Deshaies claims, “Every vote cast has a constitutional ramification judging by amendment fourteen of the US Constitution, section three. Some scholars would argue that this is rebelling, even if it’s peaceful. This very well could be an argument where voting for this, aiding and abetting in that process could very well be unconstitutional.”

So, there it is, folks. Deshaies spoke to a man who wrote a book arguing that the second amendment doesn’t really give all Americans the right to bear arms for advice on what the Constitution says. Then, he came up with a clever way to subtly scare the other members of the committee out of voting Ought to Pass on this bill. He used a mildly veiled threat of ‘insurrection’ and ‘rebellion’ to convince everyone on the committee to vote 21-0 against recommending the bill to be passed. Even the two committee members who told Axelman that they would support the legislation ultimately caved to the fear and voted to kill it.

Amendment Fourteen Section Three of the US Constitution is written in legalese, so here is an explanation of it from AnnenbergClassroom.org;

“Amendment XIV, Section 3 prohibits any person who had gone to war against the union or given aid and comfort to the nation’s enemies from running for federal or state office, unless Congress by a two-thirds vote specifically permitted it”.

This has nothing to do with a committee in New Hampshire voting ‘Ought to Pass’ on a bill that would allow the citizens of New Hampshire to vote to become an independent nation. The representatives already took their oaths. Hopefully, if they had gone to war against the federal government, that would have been looked into before they were sworn in. That is what the fourteenth amendment, section three is discussing. It’s a far cry from allowing the people the chance to possibly vote on peacefully separating from their abusive rulers in DC.

Even if the part of the US Constitution Deshaies cited was relevant, voting Ought to Pass on CACR 32 would not constitute rebellion. According to Black’s Law Dictionary, rebellion is defined as “Deliberate, organized resistance, by force and arms, to the laws or operations of the government, committed by a subject”. It is ridiculous to assert that by allowing an amendment of the New Hampshire Constitution to appear on the ballot by proper peaceful and lawful procedure, his fellow committee members would be engaging in violent resistance against the federal government. If Granite Staters voted and it became law, we would immediately no longer be a part of the federal government. That would not be rebelling, that would be peaceful separation.

Deshaies goes on to say that part one, article ten of the New Hampshire constitution does not apply to the federal government. The referenced article reads, “Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.” It does not specify “The New Hampshire government can be reformed or a new state government established.” It simply uses the word “government.” The authors of the NH Constitution were smart enough to know the difference. If they intended for the article to apply only to the state government, they would have said so. Brodie Deshaies gives no explanation for why he thinks article ten only applies to the state government. The right of revolution isn’t specifically granted to the federal government in the US Constitution, and according to the Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution, that means that right is delegated to the states. Thankfully, the New Hampshire Constitution has this right clearly and articulately established. Granite Staters have the right to reform any government that has become perverse and/or establish a new one. CACR 32 would seek to reform the state government we have by striking all references to the United States in the New Hampshire Constitution, state statutes, and regulations.

Deshaies does acknowledge that people in New Hampshire today are upset about the amount of powers the federal government claims to have over them. He says “New Hampshire lost some of that sovereignty because we accepted federal dollars and we ceded a number of responsibilities. Now, we’re still sovereign, technically, over this. We can, through the constitutional process, freely take back those powers. It just means we’re going to have to be giving up the carrots. We took the carrot, we get the stick.” I’m not sure what carrot he’s referring to, because the federal government does nothing but leech off of New Hampshire. New Hampshire is a donor state, meaning Granite Staters pay hundreds of millions per year more in taxes to the federal government than the state government receives back in funding. Also, I’m pretty sure that the saying has to do with getting the carrot OR the stick. Brodie Deshaies would be free to move to another state if Granite Staters voted to leave the union and keep their wealth. Massachusetts is less than 100 miles from his house, and there he can take all the carrots and sticks he wants from the federal government.

Continuing to speak about the constitutional process, Deshaies says, “I think people are misguided and they’re providing an answer that isn’t the right answer, that isn’t the constitutional answer. They’re trying to work outside of the constitutional government to get this done.” That just isn’t true. CACR 32 went through all the proper channels and is a valid constitutional amendment. Just because Deshaies doesn’t think it is the right answer doesn’t mean Granite Staters should not be allowed to vote on the issue. He would be allowed to vote on the ballot like everyone else. The people deserve to have their say. As far as secession movements go, this is literally the most legal, peaceful method of seceding that any state has ever attempted in human history.

After the meeting, Joa of Breaking the Flaw confronted Deshaies publicly in the hallway of the Legislative Office Building and asked him why he would oppose this legislation so heavily and asked if he believed he was really representing the people. Deshaies stated, “I’ve had more constituents contact me to oppose it than I’ve had, you know I had two contact me to oppose it and I haven’t had any contact me to support it.” Deshaies didn’t represent his constituents that day if he believes two people contacting him to oppose CACR 32 is good enough for him to get in front of the committee and misrepresent what the US and New Hampshire Constitutions say to scare the committee into voting Inexpedient to Legislate for fear of being prosecuted by the federal government for rebellion.

Next, CACR 32 will go in front of the full House for a roll call vote, possibly on February 15th. Contact your representative and tell them you want them to defend democracy by supporting this bill, so that the people of New Hampshire can vote on it in November of 2022.

Rep. Brodie Deshaies: Ignorant Or Liar?

The Liberty Block - Tue, 2022-01-25 04:04 +0000

The legislation seeks to let the people of New Hampshire vote to amend the Constitution and become an independent nation, breaking ties with DC.

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The Union’s New Identity Crisis

The Liberty Block - Tue, 2022-01-25 03:47 +0000

In this technologically advanced society, we now find ourselves living in, the inevitable question of the relationship between the government and the governed must be asked and discussed. What is this relationship now?  

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Nashua Needs to End the Mask Mandate

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-01-25 02:30 +0000

Honorable Aldermen,

My name is John Cawthron. I am a resident of Nashua. The mask mandate put in place by the previous Board is hurting our city. I myself will not wear a mask and do not patronize any establishment in a city that enforces this mandate.

Thankfully, many businesses are ignoring the mandate, but I take my business to Hollis, Hudson, or Pelham when needed. I have four brothers and sisters that live in towns near Nashua. They all used to come to the city to shop, dine, etc. Now, none of them do.

As my brother said to me the other day, “Why would I go to Nashua and have to put on a silly mask to eat or go grocery shopping when I can do as I please in Hudson & Pelham? I believe in freedom. Nashua doesn’t.”

Many people I know refer to Nashua as “Communist Nashua.” This is due to the mask mandate. Is this the image you want for our city? Is the business that now goes elsewhere what you wish for our city?

Do the merchants within our city deserve this economic punishment?

There is no need to debate the effectiveness or lack thereof with masks. Some of you think they work. Some of you don’t. Some of you may decide to wear a mask for the rest of your lives, and that’s OK, but forcing people to be part of your belief system is not OK.

The wearing of a mask should be a personal choice, not a mandate. It is highly debatable that masks stop the spread of a virus. There is no doubt, however, that the mask mandate does hurt Nashua businesses and the city’s reputation.

With that said, I ask that you end the mask mandate.

Respectfully,

John Cawthron

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Joe Biden’s America Is Buying Three Times as Much Oil from Russia and At Higher Prices

Granite Grok - Tue, 2022-01-25 01:00 +0000

Remember when oil was cheap, and so was motor fuel? Nations that hate us were no longer raking in US petrol dollars. America was a net exporter of oil and gas. Lots of jobs and the incomes that came with them. Not since Joe Biden took over.

After just a few years of finally starving our enemies of American money for oil and gas, Joe and the Democrats have put us back on the dependency wagon.

 

According to government statistics, energy imports from Saudi Arabia more than doubled from Dec. 2020 to Oct. 2021. And our imports from Russia more than tripled from Feb. 2019 through Sept. 2021.

While I’m sure the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia and Vladimir Putin are thrilled to be making money selling oil and petroleum to the United States, it’s hard to imagine why any American president would have intentionally enriched them at the expense of our own prosperity and our national security.

 

Millions that used to stay here augmented by extra dollars from surplus sales are now lining the pockets of our enemies like Russia. Remember them. Russia, Russia, Russia. Collusion. Helping the ruskies.

Donald Trump worked to thwart Russian ambition. He got Europe to pay for more of its security. He created an energy economy that allowed them to wean dependence on Russian gas.

Biden undid that in a matter of days, and it has unraveled entirely in the months since his inauguration.

Energy prices weigh heavy on the cost of goods and services, not that Biden Inc hasn’t done all it can to make matters worse across the not-so-fruited plain. But at least those mistakes aren’t pouring more and more dollars into Putin’s war machine.

Democrats destroy everything they touch.

What do they have to break before some folks notice?

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“COVID Carols” Now in Audio Form!

Free Keene - Mon, 2022-01-24 23:01 +0000

Captain Kickass’ “COVID Carols” – Click for Printable PDF.

In December of 2020, we gave you a super-fun Christmas gift in the form of the COVID Carols songsheet!  At the time, Captain Kickass wrote some awesome parody lyrics to four classic Christmas songs and you can download a PDF of the lyrics here to sing them yourself!

This Winter, the Captain has taken the time to produce a three-song EP and is offering them on his website, which features a bunch of other parody songs.

You can listen to them all for free and then buy the record for whatever price you want to pay!  Check them out on his Bandcamp page here.

Featuring:

  • “The Lockdowns Are Dumb” – to the tune of “Little Drummer Boy”
  • “Do you fear what I fear?” – to the tune of “Do you hear what I hear?”
  • “Sterile Little Christmas” – to the tune of “Have yourself a merry little Christmas”

Update: New NH HB 1025 Aims to Limit Witnessing Police

Free Keene - Mon, 2022-01-24 22:23 +0000

This bill would give police the right to tell any person they must stay back at least 30 feet.

 

A new bill was introduced to the NH House on January 5, 2022 that, if passed, could have serious, far-reaching consequences for 1st amendment auditors and anyone attempting to witness or film police interactions in New Hampshire.  

Introduced by Rep. Al Baldasaro (R – Rockingham 5) and cosponsored by Rep. David Love, Rep. Vanessa Sheehan, Sen. Sharon Carson, Sen. Bob Giuda, and other Republicans, the bill attempts to add an 11th section to Chapter 642 of the Criminal Code; (642:11 Impeding or Provoking a Law Enforcement Officer.) 

Update

NH HB 1025 was presented to the New Hampshire House Committee on January 19, 2022. Committee members voted unanimously to recommend ITL (inexpedient to legislate) status for this bill. Nineteen of the 21 members were present, with a final vote in favor of ITL: “Yea” – 19 votes; “Nay” – 0 votes; with 2 not voting. You can view the vote in the video below (48:35 – 52:10.)

Opens the Way for “Feelings-Based” Policing

In essence, the update would give police vague avenues by which to arrest someone if they deem that person is “interrupting, disrupting, hindering, impeding, or interfering” in any way with their police work. What one officer deems “disrupting” another may deem perfectly fine, so this appears to leave the door open for interpretation. It also leaves the door open for policing based on “feelings.” Generally when things are left open to interpretation based on “feelings” it is our Constitutional rights that go by the wayside. 

This bill would give police the right to tell any person that they must stay back at least 30 feet from any scene, for any reason. For example, if you’ve been told to stay back, and continue to approach, they could slap you with a class A misdemeanor for “interference” or any one of those other terms they’ll have at their behest. If a police officer tells you to stay back and you’re closer than 30 feet, if you don’t move back to the 30 foot mark, they could slap you with a class A misdemeanor. If an officer “feels” you’re provoking a physical response, same drill. See how this works?  

Impeding or Provoking a Law Officer (642:11)

  • I. After receiving a verbal warning from a law enforcement officer not to approach, no person shall:
  • (a) Violate such warning and approach;
  • (b) Remain within 30 feet of a law enforcement officer who is engaged in the lawful performance of any legal duty with the intent to:
  • (1) Interrupt, disrupt, hinder, impede, or interfere with the law enforcement officer   s ability to perform such duty; or
  • (2) Provoke a physical response from the law enforcement officer.
  • II. A person who violates this section shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
  • 2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2023.

 

How Might This Affect the Filming of Police in New Hampshire?

The bill clearly states that if an officer verbally warns you not to approach, you cannot approach that officer or that scene at all: “After receiving a verbal warning from a law enforcement officer not to approach, no person shall violate such warning and approach.”

While HB 1025 does detail a 30-foot-distance rule once a person has been told to step back, it does not detail at what distance an officer is allowed to initially shout to you that you mustn’t approach a scene. Could it be a warning they shout at you from 100 feet away? What about when you’re 300 feet away? If they just don’t “feel” like “dealing” with someone filming them, could they technically shout to you from any distance not to approach?  

Many times, as we’ve seen in the news, video footage of police encounters is what clears the innocent and brings responsibility to police actions. This bill would allow the police to bar virtually any person from any scene that they deem a nuisance. When the ability to film police encounters is diminished, our Constitutional freedoms quickly follow. What starts as 15 feet will become 30 feet, then 50.

Breaking the Flaw, a well-known New Hampshire videographer, had this to say about the new bill: “As someone who likes to witness police interactions with a camera, I find it absurd that the direction of this bill will limit our ability for government transparency.”

 

Similar Legislation is Popping Up All Over

Recently, Rep. John Kavanaugh (R – Arizona), an ex-police officer, sponsored a bill that would require “anyone with a camera” to stay 15 feet away from a scene or police officer in Arizona. According to a MSM report dated 1/22/22, “The lawmaker said he has been approached by officers in Tucson who were concerned that people recording them were getting too close for the officers’ and their own safety.” 

In July of 2021, Rep. Alex Rizo (R – Florida) introduced a bill very similar in wording to New Hampshire HB 1025, making it unlawful to “interrupt, disrupt, hinder, impede, or interfere” with a police officer within 30 feet. Under Florida HB 11, any person who is deemed by an officer to cause a disturbance faces a 2nd degree misdemeanor. What constitutes a disturbance is completely based on how the officer “feels” in a given situation.

In May of 2021, Governor Kevin Stitt (R – Oklahoma) signed HB 1643, which took effect Nov. 1, 2021. Under this legislation, it’s unlawful to post a video or photo of a police officer with “threatening intent” (as defined by a judge or prosecutor.) In addition, HB 2273 makes it unlawful to publish any personally identifiable information of a law enforcement officer, including in video recordings. This includes an officer’s name, birth date, address, telephone number, driver license number, Social Security number, or place of employment, and includes “a photograph or any other realistic likeness of the person.”

 

Safety From Scrutiny

By “officer safety” they perhaps really mean “safety from scrutiny.”

Long has it been a curious thing to ponder how a camera can affect officer safety. If anything, filming the police has led to increased public safety by holding armed thugs with shiny badges accountable for their actions. While I can think of many examples of filming the police resulting in public safety, I can’t think of many instances where filming the police led to the police being harmed somehow. By “officer safety” they perhaps really mean “safety from scrutiny.”

“It’s hard to see such a blanket ban as anything but a targeted assault on First Amendment activity,” says Ari Cohn, a First Amendment lawyer who works at TechFreedom, a think tank dedicated to technology issues. “Cops have long tried claiming that the act of filming them in itself obstructs their ability to do their job…and now that this argument failed, they are rather transparently trying to create a safe space from observation by the people they are sworn to serve.”

What You Can Do

  • Contact your representatives
  • Contact the ACLU
  • Attend legislative sessions
  • Know your rights
  • Always film the police!

Vermont Considers New Ways to Make New Hampshire Even More Desirable

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-01-24 22:00 +0000

The Green Mountain state has been swirling the blue bowl for years. Far-Left “cities,” if you can call them that (this is Vermont), run very hard left for every new progressives fad and take the state with them.

The result is near-permanent Democrat control and Republican governors who act like Dems, while NH reaps increased rewards.

For years, we’ve enjoyed that relationship as Vermont joins Massachusetts and increasingly Maine as another leftwing tax and spend hell hole.

Their residents cross our border to buy everything from gasoline to vaping supplies and tobacco to just about everything else. We have an interest and dividends tax on investments but no income tax. And there is no “sales tax” except at restaurants and hotels (more of a tourist tax), and we just lowered those.

We also have legalized online gambling, which attracts thousands of folks and results in millions more in tax dollars that make lowering other taxes possible like business and sales taxes. And yes, in the wrong hands, Democrat hands, that would not be the case, and we have proof.

Next door, in Vermont, they have a sales and income tax and talk about another Faustian bargain. Maybe lower the sales tax but add a services tax.

 

The idea of expanding Vermont’s sales and use tax to cover services has been kicking around for a long time. Last year the Vermont Tax Commission recommended doing so in its report to the Legislature, and 10 years before that the Blue Ribbon Tax Structure Commission did the same. The idea is to “broaden the base and lower the rate.” It sounds simple, but taxing services is generally looked at as a “third-rail” by politicians, and with good reason — nobody wants to pay more for, say, childcare or having their driveway plowed.

 

On the surface, a services tax might be difficult for New Hampshire to take advantage of the way it does the sales taxes in surrounding states. The NH plow guy would be working in Vermont and charge the tax. But what about services like Day Care, beauty and barbering, accounting, yoga, gyms, or even auto services, to name a few?

If the math works, why pay the tax in Vermont when you can hop the border and save some cash? New Hampshire businesses will build then near the border to make it as easy as possible.

It’s unconventional, yes, and maybe a stretch, but in the end, New Hampshire still wins.

Vermont’s problem isn’t revenue. It’s Democrats. As long as you have Democrats, the spending is not going down, nor is it going away. It just gets more exotic.

NH Dems have sold sections of highway from one department to another and called that revenue. They’ve proposed new taxes and tax hies on everything you can imagine. And it all starts with lying.

When in power, they lie about the revenue projections, spend all that money, and when we come up short, say, oh no, we need to raise taxes.

Another tactic is to use one-time federal money to pay for things that will need to be funded when that money stops. Oh, no, we need to raise taxes.

No, we don’t. And while we’re still in shock to the feds for too much of our budget, that money is not one time but recurring. And need our Legislature to start cutting those costs to wean us off the sinking Federal ship. States like Vermont increasingly want more from every direction, and that sort of dependency will not end well.

And taxing services will result in less business for some services whether they take it to NH or not. People can’t afford that in good times, and these are not good times. That means any business tax revenue will suffer.

And regardless of that truth, since you can’t stop spending, you’ll have to raise taxes because Democrats never shrink government even if it kills you.

So that means this. David Flemming at TruNorth Reports adds, “The temptation to move over the border and pay no state income tax or sales tax should always loom large in legislators’ minds.”

That is a potential downside for the Granite State. Many of those folks flee Vermont only to poison the political well here. And maybe that was the plan all along. They can’t compete unless they ruin what makes them look undesirable and wherever Democrats take control, less desirable is what you’ll get.

 

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Tomorrow is the Day We Find Out How Many People Hate Parents – HB1431

Granite Grok - Mon, 2022-01-24 20:30 +0000

School boards all over the country were perfectly fine with defining many Parents as “Domestic Terrorists.”  And by a 4-1 margin my school board agreed with that (only one spoke out when I asked “do you consider me to be a Domestic Terrorist?”).

Is the Left that says that “Silence is Violence” and Complicity, and you get the point.

With that as a starter, I’ll be going to the hearing for HB1431, establishing a Parental Bill of Rights, tomorrow at 2:15 in the Legislative Office Building in Concord.

UPDATE: just learned that it has been moved to February 8th.

I expect that while Normal Parents will show up in support of the bill, I’ll throw my two cents in as well. However, given that it’s quite clear that the Left doesn’t like Parental involvement in Education any more (have you been watching the national news for School Boards to see how those SBs treat Parents who have become active in the education of their children??), I’m quite sure that the “Kids belong to the Community/Schools” crowd is going to come out like flocks of crows.

Sorry, if the first phrase out of your mouths is “You HAVE to trust the System / School District / School Board / Teachers”, you’ve already lost the trust that was built up over decades.

For just two examples (and I’ve posted HUNDREDS of examples!), try these:

  • School Board Let’s Dad Know His Daughter Doesn’t Matter (after she was sexually assaulted)
  • In a Government School, “Meow” is a Recognized Gender Identity? (and the teacher was fired for not “meowing back???)

I’m just going to abstract out a few bit here as the bill is seven pages long; of course a bit of reformatting and emphasis is mine.  The Sponsors [(Prime) Terry (R), Greeson (R), Potucek (R), Littlefield (R), Hough (R), Alliegro (R), Ankarberg (R), Johnson (R), Silber (R), Blasek (R), Giuda (R)] really tried hard to cover all the bases here but as with all bills this length (and longer), a few snippets can give you the gestalt of it all:

First off, the “Hands OFF!” warning and who has the PRIMARY responsibility of raising a child. Note: it isn’t the government nor its subdivision, schools:

169-I:3 Infringement of Parental Rights Prohibited. The state, any of its political subdivisions, including, without limitation, any school board, school district, or school administrative unit, any other governmental entity, or any other institution may not infringe on the fundamental rights of a parent to direct the upbringing, education, health care, and mental health of his or her minor child without demonstrating that such action is reasonable and necessary to achieve a compelling state interest and that such action is narrowly tailored and is not otherwise served by a less restrictive means.

And here are most of the recognitions of those Parental Rights:

169-I:4 Parental Rights.

I. All parental rights are reserved to the parent of a minor child in this state without obstruction or interference from the state, any of its political subdivisions, including, without limitation, any school board, school district, or school administrative unit, any other governmental entity, or any other institution, including, but not limited to, all of the following rights of a parent of a minor child in this state:

(a) The right to direct the education and care of his or her minor child.
(b) The right to direct the upbringing and the moral or religious training of his or her minor child.
(c) The right to apply to enroll his or her minor child in a public school or, as an alternative to public education, a private school, including a religious school, a home education program, or other available options, as authorized by law.
(d) The right to access and review all school records relating to his or her minor child.
(e) The right to make health care decisions for his or her minor child, unless otherwise prohibited by law.
(f) The right to access and review all medical records of his or her minor child…

(j) The right to be notified promptly if an employee of the state, any of its political, subdivisions, any other governmental entity, or any other institution suspects that a criminal offense has been committed against his or her minor child, unless the incident has first been reported to law

You get the picture – the idea is that the PARENT is in charge and that Government, in any form or at any level, is subordinate to the Parent’s Responsibility To Their Child.  It is unfortunate that Government continues for forcefully push itself outside of the lanes it was designed for.  And once having moved outside of those borders, then turns around and acts like it is normal to have done so, it is normal that has occupied “space” that wasn’t delegated to it, and then starts retaliating against those that correctly point out it should be there are all.

There’s a whole other sections on School Boards in which they SHALL create Policies (or amend as needed) which makes sure to send the message, again: “You are not in charge of the kids – Parents are”:

(a) A plan for parental participation in schools to improve parent and teacher cooperation in such areas as homework, school attendance, and discipline.
(b) A procedure for a parent to learn about his or her minor child’s course of study, including the source of any supplemental education materials.
(c) Procedures, for a parent to object to instructional materials and other materials used in the classroom. Such objections may be based on beliefs regarding morality, sex, and religion or the belief that such materials are harmful…
(d) Procedures for a parent to withdraw his or her minor child from any portion of the school district’s health education program that relates to sex education or …any instruction regarding sexuality if the parent provides a written objection to his or her minor child’s participation. Such procedures must provide for a parent to be notified in advance of such course content… 
(e) Procedures for a parent to learn about the nature and purpose of clubs and activities
offered at his or her minor child’s school, including those that are extracurricular or part of the
school curriculum.
(f) Procedures for a parent to learn about parental rights and responsibilities under general law, including all of the following:
(1) The right to opt his or her minor child out of any portion of the school district’s health education program that relates…any instruction regarding sexuality.

(4) The right of a parent to review statewide, standardized assessment results.

(6) The right of a parent to inspect school district instructional materials.

(8) The right of a parent to receive a school report card and be informed of his or her minor child’s attendance requirements and compliance with such requirements.

(11) The right of a parent to opt out of any district-level data collection relating to his or her minor child not required by law.

And given the pro-abortion and pro-transgender and pro-COVID Vax nature of SBs running amok, it also specs’ out that schools will go back to the traditional emergency care only of the kids while on school grounds.  After all, if a kid can’t be given an aspirin or an Epi-pen without permission, those three items should be strictly off limits – and the bill pretty much supports that:

169-I:6 Parental Consent for Health Care Services.
I. Except as otherwise provided by law, a health care practitioner or an individual employed by such health care practitioner may not provide or solicit or arrange to provide health care services or prescribe medicinal drugs to a minor child without first obtaining written parental consent….

There’s a lot of stuff in it – if you are a Parent / GrandParent / concerned relative or friend, at least read it once

From my stand point, this is a needed bill and is well over due. And school systems have no one to blame except for themselves because of their constant process of extending their overreach and pushing parents (unless they are compliant with what the District / School Boards demands of them).

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