The Manchester Free Press

Wednesday • September 22 • 2021

Vol.XIII • No.XXXVIII

Manchester, N.H.

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Updated: 7 min 22 sec ago

We Have Always Heard That Public Schools Have to Accept Every Student. It’s a Lie. And My Daughter Is Proof.

7 hours 17 min ago

In the spring of 2020, at my daughter’s annual Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting, the Timberlane School District proposed that my daughter receive parts of her education in their learning center/ resource room. As an equal decision-making member of my daughter’s education plan, I was not in agreement with the IEP Team proposal.

Timberlane School District had not created a safe and supportive educational environment for my daughter because the district did not address constant, repetitive bullying behaviors she had been experiencing inside the resource room.

The frequently targeting she experienced in the resource room increased my daughter’s stress responses. The IEP Team failure to address the pleas of myself and my daughter ultimately led me write to the Timberlane School District Superintendent for a request to come before the Timberlane School Board for a Manifest Educational Hardship. The Superintendent denied my request and did not provide me with any rights to appeal his decision.

With my daughter’s IEP Team and the Timberlane School District refusing to take immediate and appropriate action to investigate or otherwise determine what had been happening, I reached out to the Disability Rights Center-NH, which is limited in their scope of service but supported me in receiving a hearing with the Timberlane School Board.

We want to thank NH State Rep Glenn Cordelli for submitting this Parent’s Letter to us. If you have 
an Op-Ed or LTE you would like us to consider, please submit it to Editor@GraniteGrok.com.

Timberlane School Board voted to approve my request for a Manifest Educational Hardship which means that a student has a documented hardship in his or her current educational placement, and transfer to another public school or an approved private school.

The Timberlane School District left it up to me to find a new placement for my daughter to receive her free public appropriate education without any assistance to help me understand how to navigate finding a new placement.

I contacted the neighboring Raymond School District and they requested my daughter’s educational records. They then declined to accept my daughter in their public school with the reason that it was due to the COVID pandemic. I made contact with Sanborn Regional School District who declined to accept my daughter in their public school due to COVID.

With no public placement willing to accept my daughter, I reached out to the NH Department of Education to request a meeting with the NH State Board of Education about the barriers to accessing an educational placement for my daughter and her IEP. Stephen Berwick, NHDOE Coordinator, Dispute Resolution and Constituent Complaints, informed me through email that the NHDOE had no authority in the matter and had no suggestions for my daughter to receive an appropriate free public education.

Having no support and guidance and watching my daughter’s health & mental wellness decline, I reached out to Pinkerton Academy, which accepted her placement in April of 2021. In the special education IEP team meeting, I shared my parental input about the least restrictive environment for my daughter and advocated for an educational environment with her non-disabled peers.

Pinkerton Academy ignored my concerns about the resource room and placed my daughter into the learning lab/ resource room. After two weeks there my daughter did not feel safe & supported and she refused to go back to in-person learning at Pinkerton Academy. She was forced to switch to total remote learning.

I noticed my daughter was being marked absent on the schools’ parent portal even though I was with my daughter while she was participating in her remote learning classes. Pinkerton Academy did not reply to my emails and failed my daughter in every subject.

On August 24, 2021, I received a mailed letter from Pinkerton Academy unilaterally unenrolling my daughter due to my refusal to accept the school placement to the learning lab/resource room and my advocating for my daughter to be in a safe and supported environment. My daughter has no public school placement to receive her special education, no support and no services. I have requested that the U.S, Department of Education step in for my daughter to receive her free and appropriate education and take corrective actions on school obligations to students in special education and parent involvement in the special education process.

We have always heard that public schools have to accept every student. It’s a lie. And my daughter is proof.

Name withheld to protect my daughter

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New Hampshire Knows BEST Conference

8 hours 31 min ago

UPDATED and BUMPED: Use the code “GraniteGrok” and your tickets will be FREE!

For those of you in NH, especially in the Lakes Region, that are concerned about the rapid change of injecting Social Justice and Critical Race Theory into your child’s/grandchild’s school system by “the Professional Staff” (whether you like it or not), this is a conference that you do not want to miss!

BEST (Building Education for Students Together) would like to request for you to speak at their September 25th New Hampshire Knows BEST Conference.

Building Education for Students Together’s mission is to ignite a national parent-led movement by building, educating, and mobilizing the largest network of parent activists in the country to advocate for their children’s education through the election of school board members and the passage of policies that align with our vision of expanding education freedom.

FreedomWorks is sponsoring and hosting the event to educate and train New Hampshire leaders and parents.

Tickets are available here.

On a personal note, I will be on a panel entitled “Stopping “Wokeness” & CRT in NH Schools”.  I am hoping that fellow Grokster and Education Activist Ann-Marie Banfield will also join the panel:

11:00 PM – 12:00 PM Stopping “Wokeness” & CRT in New Hampshire Schools
Speakers: Laura Zorc (moderator), Rev. Craft, Skip Murphy, Rev. CL Bryant

Rev. CL Bryant is with the FreedomWorks Team as a Senior Fellow, traveling from his home state in Florida.  Rev. Steven Craft is based out of Massachusetts

GraniteGrok worked with FreedomWorks back in the TEA Party Movement – good folks and really have positioned themselves to serve Grassroots like us rather than expecting the relationship to be the other way around.

 

 

The mission of FreedomWorks is to build, educate, and mobilize the largest network of activists advocating the principles of smaller government, lower taxes, free markets, personal liberty, and the rule of law.

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King Biden’s Shell Game

8 hours 46 min ago

The heavy hand has fallen on Florida because Gov. DeSantis will not fall on his knees to a senile, god-king wannabe (Dementia Joe). A government-approved medication, monoclonal antibodies, that by all reports say work on COVID-19 (for those who can get it) are now being rationed in FL, where the need is very high.

This medication, long approved, is a cheap off-usage alternative to the expensive vaccines being pushed by the current administration. It works in an opposite fashion to the vaccines else, why should booster shots be the new thing? Also, the new vaccine being touted had to be withdrawn due to unexpected nasty side effects in humans. Go figure!

How come people who don’t trust or want the vaccines are being told they must have the Jab to protect everyone else? Isn’t that the vaccine’s job?

Seems very suspicious that the King’s ministers should be rationing Florida to lessen supplies where it is in high need and sending limited supplies to where the need is far less. Call me crazy, but it seems very Stalinist-like, the demand to fall in line, do as ordered, and no thinking on your own or else! A shell game, without a doubt.

Justification for this – it is said by Biden spokespersons and the mainstream media – is to distribute supplies more fairly. As usual, their rationale is based on lies.  The figures they give for vaccines are accrual numbers. For instance, in Broward County, 52% of patients have received vaccine injections, where 69% of those are over 60. Miami Dade County has 60% vaccinated, with 73% over 60 and so on. Completely opposite what is being told to us.

But that’s nothing new. We were told that no Americans would be left behind in Afghanistan, the Border is closed, Trump colluded with Russia, and Benghazi was a demonstration that got out of control.

And know what?

Biden was integral in every one of these things and more. Every time in the last four decades when “IT” has hit the fan, Biden’s shadow has been close by.

Strange, very strange.

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How Big A Bonus Did You Receive This Year?

Tue, 2021-09-21 22:30 +0000

These are the times that try men’s souls.

We are living through what appears to have been a man-made pandemic that has cost our country many thousands of jobs and businesses, small and large, that have simply disappeared.

And our economy has been severely damaged as most households have had to tighten their belts to survive.

But the Gunstock Area, which likes to bill itself as the Gunstock Ski Resort, or the Gunstock Mountain Resort, supposedly “managed” by an appointed commission, seems to believe that it is or should be immune from the economic laws that have governed almost everyone else in the country.

The Gunstock Area encompasses over 1,800 acres of relatively pristine mountainous land in the Town of Gilford. It contains the main lodge and several other buildings as well as ski lifts and snow-making equipment. The Gilford Tax Assessor thinks that the value of the Gunstock Area property is about $15 Million, which is probably on the low side of reality. But under the legislation by the NH General Court establishing the Gunstock Area, owned by Belknap County as a government-owned property, the Gunstock Area is only required to pay real estate taxes of $6,586.65 per year.

For its fiscal year ended April 30 of this year, Gunstock reported annual gross revenues of over $14 Million and that it was holding cash and short-term investments on hand of slightly less than $6 Million.

It has been reported that Gunstock had a very financially successful ski season this past year, and that is evidenced by its growth in revenues and cash on hand.

So, what did the Gunstock Area Commissioners do with all that money, which actually belongs to the taxpayers of Belknap County, who actually own the property? They paid bonuses to select members of its staff, and not just small ones and not to everyone on staff at that.

Thus, the general manager of Gunstock, who is already believed to be the highest-paid employee in Belknap County government, with a base salary of $180,250 per year + benefits, received a cash bonus of an additional $40,000.

With a base salary of $123,600 + benefits, the Gunstock Chief Financial Officer received a cash bonus of $23,484.

And 3 other employees , with base salaries of $95,004; $96,096; and 71,774 (all plus benefits) received cash bonuses of $18,069; 17,370 and $10,000, respectively.

Total bonuses paid to all employees added up to $151,873, but most of those bonus monies went only to the “top” people.

And keep in mind that all of this money is taxpayer money.

So, now, please answer the question: How big of a bonus did you receive this year?

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Rome, er, America

Tue, 2021-09-21 21:00 +0000

I’ve embedded this video before (1:44:41), and I cannot endorse it highly enough – Bill Whittle discusses the slow rise and strobe-light-flash fall of civilizations, the greatness of Western Civilization, plus many other things – bookmark it for later, but do watch it:

 

 

Time and time again the Great Cycle has turned, grinding down civilizations throughout deep history.  And it’s turning now.

Hard times make strong men

Strong men make good times

Good times make weak men

Weak men make hard times

Nobody can look at the last, say, century-or-so and the advances made in technology, medicine, food production, etc., and claim that we have not made incredible progress nor created a world – at least in first-world countries – that is good exceeding the wildest dreams of yore (the benefits of, for example, modern medicine have diffused throughout the whole world-saving countless lives).

Consider that prior to 1902 when Willis Carrier invented modern air conditioning, people relied on low-tech alternatives – e.g., fans and evaporative coolers. Even when first in production, actual air conditioning was incredibly expensive and a luxury for the rich.  Now, poor indeed is a home – at least in the US – that doesn’t have at least a window unit or two.

Those rely on electricity – cheap & reliable electricity, which we presently have (video, 7:12).

America has, virtually universally, clean running water.

Globally we understand germ theory and the need for clean medical tools, and we have antibiotics (and while we’ve known about agents that help fight infections for centuries, it was only in the early 20th century we got official antibiotics).

Actual anesthesia was “only” first used in 1846 – before then it was bourbon and bite-the-bullet surgery.

America and Britain put their own militaries on the line to end the forever-institution of slavery (Thomas Sowell’s chapter 3, read aloud, 2:19:19).  Also, see the Prager piece by Candace Owens.  The list of goodness goes on and on.

 

 

Good times indeed, especially when compared to the sweep of history and even a cross-section of today’s world, and no thinking person can dispute that.

 

FISH HEADS ROTTING

We all know that Her Heinous the Crone of Chappaqua will only face actual justice when she goes beyond the veil.  The same for innumerable pols Left, Right, Center, and Wingnuts of every color.  The fish head has rotted out completely; e.g., EXCLUSIVE: FBI Knew Of Hunter Biden’s Missing Laptop As Early As December 2019 (bolding added):

This new revelation establishes that, since December 2019, the FBI had knowledge that a second laptop had been stolen from Hunter Biden and that that laptop contained material making the Biden family a national security risk and subject to Russian influence.

Joe Biden surely received briefings on these risks well before his October 2020 denial of the authenticity of the laptop, so the question is: Did the FBI fail to provide Biden a truthful briefing on this intel, or did Biden fail to level with voters?

To which I will only comment “Embrace the healing power of AND”.  From the formerly sterling FBI acting more like the secret police to local constabularies standing down when conservatives are assaulted, or when the violence serves the Left in general.

Our “leaders” lie to us openly, those purported to be our health protectors lie to our lawmakers, our lapdog enemedia lie to us constantly.  Our financial institutions are fetid sewers.  The courts rule in shake-your-head rulings like this one.  Law enforcement actively protects domestic terrorists.  It’s no secret that our borders are not just open to those who walk in, many carrying Covid and likely worse…

 

… but we’re actively importing persons from a supremacist culture hostile to us – and for whom migration as a form of conquest is doctrinal.

 

 

Never mind that they view those not of their faith as prey.  Even our soldiers.  Know the invading enemy.  HereHere.  In particular, understand that it is DOCTRINE that they can rape infidel women; New York Times on Sex Slavery in Islam: “the Quran not only gave [ISIS] the right to rape — it condoned and encouraged it”.

 

DECADENT

On this excellent post about a liberal’s awakening is this comment (sic):

People take their prosperity, freedom. lives for granted. They have not suffered from want, mindless violence, random oppression, the heel of a harsh government till recently. They do not understand the terror of war, the horror of terrorism whether delivered via drug dealers, criminals, or your friendly government. They have no concept of going into a store and having 20 varieties of coffee to choose from, rather than waiting in line in the hope that coffee is available-its not. I spent 32 years overseas. There isn’t a nation overseas I’d rather live in. But few nations would tolerate the moonbats, racists, jagoffs and perverts that run our government. Worse are the soy boys, Karens, and race hustlers who seem to dominate government and academia. A pox on their houses. As for the “libertarians” these are people who haven’t been mugged and carjacked yet and lost everything due to some culture cancel queer. There is a storm coming. Prpeare.

Going on a walk with the kids some days ago we ran into a man walking with his dog.  A clear mutt, very friendly and well-behaved, we asked if he knew what the mix was.  He described the result of the DNA testing they did.

Wait, what?  DNA testing on your mutt is a thing?  Yup.

How absolutely decadent does your society have to be, how obsessed with the trivial, how swimming in discretionary funds, to do genetic tests on your adopted shelter dog?

We have no idea – none – what people go through outside these comfortable walls and streets in the West, and America specifically.  I remember when my wife’s overseas family first saw our house… on over an acre of property.  Each of their apartments could fit into our first floor with room to spare and the idea of owning a parcel of land like this?  Unheard-of!  Their astonishment at the abundance of food at supermarkets – plus as many supermarkets as there are in the area, in many ways, echoed this Cuban refugee seeing an American supermarket for the first time.

For me, the saddest moment was when he said “Types of butter”?! in disbelief as he stared at the selection of multiple kinds of butter, from the mundane store brand to the imported-from-somewhere gourmet type.  Similar emotions were voiced when I gave my friend in Israel, mentioned here, a virtual tour of our house and yard via our video-and-voice chat.  He couldn’t believe how big our house – on open land – was.

Decadent.  We have been coddled in luxury, plenty, and wonders undreamed of by, easily, 99%+ of humans who have ever walked the earth – for many of us, since birth.  We have abandoned restraint and are looking to rival the end times of Rome for sheer immorality and debauchery (italics in original):

We live in a world today when babies can be drawn and quartered inside the mother, and this is called “choice” – as though the choice wasn’t already made when the legs were chosen to be spread (never mind “ethicists” saying that even birth makes no difference).  Where college kids film each other in s*x orgies and sell the footage to be posted on the internet (never mind people filming & posting themselves in such acts just because brave and edgy).

 

 

THE STROBE LIGHT IS CHARGING UP

The civilizational strobe-light collapse is, IMHO, charging and too many, even now, don’t see it.  They will, but by then it will be too late.

Got preps?

Even a month’s worth of choke-it-down food and bottled water – a gallon per person per day is a recommended minimum – plus whatever suits your personal needs, and you’re better off today than most people staring at their glowing screen soma for entertainment and who, if they run out of something, think a replacement is just a drive to the supermarket away.  (I continue my quest for my kids’ favorite box juice… not only is it not available at any local market I’ve visited, but the entire juice section at my go-to store was also shorn of almost every kind of juice box.)

What’s worse is that this Great Cycle turn is not accidental – they’ve been planning this collapse and genocide for decades.  What’s next?  Another virus is certainly possible.  But, curiouser and curiouser, there’s now talk about the vulnerability of society to a massive cyberattack.

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/cyber-attacks-next.mp4

 

Without power there is no climate control – heating or cooling.  There are no elevators, no escalators, no lights.  No running water.  Hospitals will soon run out of generator fuel, and gasoline will be unpumpable.  There is no refrigeration.  No phones / internet.  Cities will soon become Mad Max zones that will spread as desperate people fan out looking to feed themselves and their families.  Untold millions, possibly billions, will starve.  Remember what the guy said at the 2015 New World Order conference?  About billions having the “peace of the grave”?  EMP has also been discussed more and more as China threatens Taiwan and discusses nuking Japan if they help.

If the best time to start prepping is five-odd years ago, the next best time is now.  Get started.  Rome America, and the West, are teetering on the edge of the abyss… and the rest of the world will burn as well if we fall.  And do not forget, ever, that this is The Plan: a ruined world, out of which the Marxianic Missionaries believe will arise their great socialist utopia.

 

Socialistopia – NITZAKHON GraniteGrok 2021

 

Let’s plan and work towards being the ones around to rebuild.  Two sites among many that I read on prepping… put other suggestions in the comments.

ASK A PREPPER

THE ORGANIC PREPPER

And it’s no great secret I live in southern NH.  Looking to connect to form meatspace relationships.  Carefully.

 

AND A REQUEST

I am looking to find a game processing butcher – from carcass to sausage, etc. – in southern NH where I could volunteer for some hours here and there to learn how to take the raw meat and process it to something storable that doesn’t need refrigeration (e.g., smoked sausage).  Also, someone who knows about home canning who I can help here and there to pick up some tricks.  Lastly, I keep trying to make pemmican and it keeps not working out.  Again, this kind of thing works best hands-on, so I’d appreciate helping someone go through the process a couple of times so I can pick it up.

And in planning / hoping for the future:

  • I would like to find a New England survival camp where I can take the kids for a week next summer to start learning how to “live off the land” (and in parallel, where can I take a mushrooming course – and more broadly, a foraging course?)
  • I would like to find someone who can help me with the basics of deer hunting; got the rifle but know virtually nothing else about it

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BLM: Vaccine Passports Are Racist

Tue, 2021-09-21 19:30 +0000

A co-founder of BLM in New York City says that 72% of blacks between 18 and 44 in the Big Apple are unvaccinated. Gee, I guess they don’t trust the government? She also says disenfranchising unvaccinated blacks is discrimination.

So, if you refuse to culturally appropriate mayor de Blasio’s white public health culture it is discrimination to demand proof of vaccination before being allowed access to a product or service?

Something like that, and BLM NYC is ready to riot if this sh!t don’t stop.

Or is it more about the color of the person with or without the government-approved “papers?”

It’s actually a bit confusing to me (I am white so what do I know) but,

 

Newsome warned: “We’re putting this city on notice, that your mandate will not be another racist social-distance practice. Black people are not going to stand by, or you will see another uprising. And that is not a threat; that is a promise. The vaccination passport is not a free passport to racism.”

Black Women’s March co-founder Kimberly Bernard stated: “We are serving notice on the mayor, on the governor, on the restaurant industry that we will not allow for you to use this pandemic, vaccination cards, and masks as another reason to be racist, to put us in prison. Because there’s enough of us in there.”

 

So, if I understand this correctly, a Marxist group is appropriating the liberties of a constitutional republic and then claiming that making blacks produce proof of a vaccination they do not want is racist. How do they feel when The Man makes whitey do the same thing and then refuses them service?

I could guess but then, I’m still going to agree in part with BLM.

Forcing someone to accept a medical treatment they may not want or need for whatever reason is sinister. A government forcing private businesses to deny them any prospect of a normal life (employment, shopping, dining, travel) for failing to comply is evil.

If calling it discrimination or racism is the only lens through which you can view this you have other issues that need to be addressed. But I’m not saying you’re wrong. The government (in New York) is deliberately trying to discriminate against anyone unvaccinated as a way to intimidate them into accepting a treatment they may not need or want.

Denying you public access on this basis is not racist but it is discriminatory and you could get a lot more help if you dropped the skin color and marched against the passports

de Blasio wants you trapped on the no-vaxx reservation (the American Indians must have some thoughts, here) regardless of race, color religion, sex, etc. until you agree to surrender on their terms.

But let’s not be racist about racism.

Unvaccinated jews can’t live a normal life in NYVC either. Catholics, Sikhs, Latinos, Italians, Germans, tall people, Women, Men, Transpeople, shote kids, skinny kids, kids who climb on rocks.

You’ve got your thing, and I get that, but I’ve been fighting for everyone. I may not have the brute presence of BLM in NYC, but that’s no reason not to master those resources for the good of all.

Vaccine passports are not “racism” unless only one race is required to have them. But it is discrimination, and this might offer a taste of something many could never understand otherwise. How you say you feel living in this culture or this place.

Most of the white allies who marched with BLM in the summer of 2020 were pandering little douchebags. They were there to “be seen,” but at no point could they ever understand your position. Vaccine passports may not make them part of the black experience, but the absence creates a discriminatory experience that seems arbitrary and capricious.

Given what we know, they are.

Beating up hostesses is not going to win you any support. Rioting will not either, quite the opposite. But protesting vaccine passports will get you a lot of help from many corners because they are in your corner on this issue.

Not everything is a nail, and you are not a hammer. That said, build a bridge instead of burning one down and see if that helps.

| LI

 

 

 

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Awe, A Certain Tuftonboro Teacher (Brian Bloomer) did have the Sads yesterday.

Tue, 2021-09-21 19:30 +0000

But we will never know what happened to the Progressive dude who brought this unto himself.  Only way we’ll know is to keep checking SAU46’s roster to see if his name is still on it.

Steve broke the story that Brian Bloomer, a fifth grade teacher at the Tuftonboro Central School, decided to go on a rant against those that disagree with them – expletives included. Fine – if that’s what he wants to do, do so, but it also gave Steve another opportunity to show what the real statistics are on the WuFlu pandemic (which, in many cases, has been more about who gets to wield Power than Public Health). I simply decided to ask the School District Administrative Unit 46 (SAU46):

What action(s) will be taken by the District by this potty-mouthed teacher in your school system?  What is your official response to his rant against those that simply have a different political worldview than his?…

Well, I did hear back from the SAU46 Superintendent:

Sidenote: I never emailed her. I DID email the entire School Board.  I thought that I would have heard from the Chair but no such luck.  WHY do School Boards use their Supers as “hatchet men” instead of having the courage and sense of responsibility to do it themselves?

—— Original Message ——
From: “Kathleen Cuddy-Egbert” <kcuddy-egbert@govwentworth.k12.nh.us>
To: “Skip” <Skip@granitegrok.com>
Sent: 9/20/2021 5:09:39 PM
Subject: Re: Brian Bloomer

Hi Skip,

I am sorry I cannot comment. This has become a personnel matter.

Kathy

Kathleen Cuddy-Egbert
Superintendent of Schools
Governor Wentworth Regional School District
PO Box 190/140 Pine Hill Rd.
Wolfeboro Falls, NH 03896
p:  603-569-1658  f: 603-569-6983

Thus, with that six word sentence, that’s the end of it. Unless some parent that has a child in that class steps forward (even anonymously), we’ll never know. With that said, IF you are such a parent, even one with just a kid in that school, we’d love to know more even if it is just his absence from the building.  We can’t be everywhere so we have to rely on you folks!

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How to Avoid a Primary Challenge if you are a RINO.

Tue, 2021-09-21 18:00 +0000

Everyone knows or should know, that there is neither a loyalty oath nor an accurate FDA-approved blood test (sorry Dr. Fauci) to verify that someone is actually a real Republican. There ought to be but there just isn’t.

All that is required to run for office in New Hampshire as a Republican is to show up in your town clerk’s office, fill out a declaration of candidacy, and on that declaration state that you are a Republican. Of course, the town clerk is supposed to check the voter checklist to verify your registration status, but you can easily change your status from one party to another or from undeclared to a party, and back again, at almost any time.

And there you have it!

Unless the electorate takes the time and effort to question a candidate and their political views, most voters assume that if they vote for a candidate carrying the Republican label they must be a Republican and if elected they will vote like a Republican. Not necessarily true.

We in New Hampshire have seen time and time again people elected as Republicans who vote as Democrats (or worse) once they get into office. These are the political figures who become labeled as Republicans In Name Only (i.e. RINO’s for short).

This writer has historically argued that if a person runs as a Republican, they should act like a real Republican, which means, generally, that they support the US and NH constitutions as written and the platforms of the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of New Hampshire.

Obviously, there may be some aspects of the platforms of the national and state party with whom one may not agree completely, keeping in mind that the platforms have been written by a committee. Of course, a camel is well known to be a horse designed by a committee. So, if you do not agree with 100% of the party platform, pick a percentage with which you do agree – 60%; 75%; 80%; 90%?

If a candidate agrees with less than, say, 60% of the material positions in the party platform, it is suggested that they are in the wrong party and should change their party registration.

In recent days, we have seen an individual elected as a state representative as a Republican, but who usually supported Dem position and voted like a Dem, finally changed his party registration to Dem, showing his true colors. This “courageous” act turned out to be a welcome way for him to avoid a primary since he was at the top of many lists of RINOs in the General Court and the Executive Council to be targeted in primaries.

So, the message is clear: If you are actually a RINO and often vote with the Dems on critical platform issues, avoid the time, expense, and trouble of having to face a primary opponent who may be more ideologically pure by changing your party registration and running under the banner of the political party in which you actually believe and support.

And it isn’t the Republican Party.

 

 

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Fake Derry “republican” Neil Wetherbee Endorsed Pete Buttigieg for President for 2020

Tue, 2021-09-21 16:30 +0000

As reported previously, Neil Wetherbee of Derry is a fake Republican. He is a Democrat who has registered as a Republican to run in a Republican Primary. And he’s not a moderate aisle crosser either. This guy supported Bernie in 2016 and Pete Buttigieg in 2020.

 

Democrat Neil Wetherbee Endorses Pete Buttigieg

 

More impact! says John DiStaso. An actual journalist. What sort of impact was Neil hoping to make?

Let’s review Mayor Pete’s platform and see what made him so damn dreamy to Neil Wetherbee.

  • Government-run healthcare
  • Open borders (DACA)
  • Climate Change (green new deal style)
  • Supports court-packing
  • All abortion (he opposed pro-life pregnancy care centers as Mayor Pete)
  • Eliminate the electoral college
  • He’s not pro-gun, and that’s an understatement.
  • Massive infrastructure spending (more debt, bailouts to donors, payback to unions, and cronies with your money).

That’s the shortlist and not exactly a bucket list even for your typical moderate/RINO.  Like, say, Bill Weld.

Bill Weld was running for President in 2020 as a Republican, but Neil didn’t endorse him. Weld is about as not Republican as you can be. If Neil was truly a closet aisle crossing, Never-Trumper Weld is far more indicative of that perception.

Neil picked Pete Buttigieg. Why not Bill? Because Neil is a Democrat, and this Bernie Supporter was pandering to a younger version of Sanders.

Just another anti-Republican, on the far left.

Not moderate. Not independent. Not Undeclared. Not even Bill Weld. We’re talking left of Nancy Pelosi.

And we are meant to believe that after a Democrat wave election, this Bernie and Buttigieg supporter suddenly wants to be a Republican? A pro-abortion, climate fearmongering, no Federalism, anti-gun, open-birders Republican?

No. Wetherbee has name recognition in town after years of being on councils and committees. Democrats (with some whiney RINO cover)  think they can steal the seat by running him as a Republican.

If he wins the “Republican Primary,” Derry voters get to choose between a Democrat registered as a Republican and a Democrat registered as a Democrat.

Neither will represent Derry which is an R+4 Republican town.

Please do not Vote for Neil Wetherbee in the primary, and do not let your Republican friends and neighbors vote for him either. But please vote. The Dems are working hard to steal the seat even if they have to use a pretend Republican to do it.

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Extending The Logic Of No Vax, No Service

Tue, 2021-09-21 15:00 +0000

Leftists want to ruin Americans’ lives for not conforming to Covid fear porn or complying with vaccine mandates. No effort has been made to convince us Covid is scary or the vaccine is worthwhile; instead, they lie to us with cheap statistical tricks and admonish us with thinning patience.

For the record, I believe with as much certainty as a casual keyboard warrior can that the issue of a viral pandemic would be near extinction if we had done nothing. Between a 99.98% survival rate for Americans under 50 and the availability of cheap therapeutic remedies, there was no reason to pretend the sky was falling.

In retrospect, it seems that most of what we know in September of 2021 was also known around April of 2020 but was intentionally disregarded and blasphemed to sell anxiety, panic, hysteria, and fear.

And vaccines. They wanted to sell lots and lots of vaccines.

If not for the political shenanigans and deceit, I might be more benevolent with my analysis of the vaccine. It is a modern medical miracle to have developed something so quickly. Unfortunately, it is also a monumental liability considering it went from production to injection with little known about its long-term consequences. On top of the thousands of VAERS entries, hopefully, waning efficacy will be the worst issue among the rest of the sizable trial group.

Related: No, The Mandate Is Not About “Protecting Myself”

One of the major battles in this upcoming autumn and winter will be the fight for individual liberties. The discussion around vaccination is no longer  – if it ever truly was (and I don’t believe so) – about protection and saving lives. It is available, and those that want it can get it.

Though I refused to bow down to illogical tyranny and lived my life as normal as ever, as a nation, we unnecessarily sacrificed eighteen months of small business sustainability, social events, family gatherings, formative years for young people, and overall sanity in the apparent wait for a vaccine. The vaccine’s arrival has now come and gone. If you want it, you can get it. If you don’t want it, then you won’t get it. Each group can weigh the risks and rewards of their decisions and live with the consequences.

Yet here we are, living among people more frightened than ever of a virus from which they’ve never been more protected. For one thing, the natural evolution of a virus is to become more infectious but less lethal over time (both common sense and evolutionary theory support this).

For another, the most panicked people have had all of the recommended doses of lab juice. They also wear masks as if they were infantile blankies. It is truly bizarre, and an honest history in future years will rightfully call out these fools for the dangerous nincompoops they are.

They are dull and dim-witted, no doubt, and therefore also dangerous. They threaten me much more than Covid. As it currently stands, I am at risk – though I have complete natural immunity (even then, who cares if you don’t have any) – of losing fundamental rights and privileges because of these indoctrinated leftist tools.

Because I refuse to get the injection, there is talk of excluding me from social events, public establishments, travel, and even medical treatment. Some of this is already happening in various locales and cities around the nation. Does this make any sense? Have we ever done anything like this before? What if this logic were extended elsewhere?

Should urgent care clinics refuse to treat daycare kids for RSV? These kids are in known super-spreader facilities.

Should hospitals decline to treat smokers for lung cancer? These patients are knowingly inhaling carcinogenic toxins.

Should emergency rooms turn away the morbidly obese after suffering from a heart attack? These patients enabled a condition to intensify with poor diet and lack of exercise.

Should schools deny remediation to kindergarten students demonstrating low literacy skills? These kids should have grown up in households that valued proper grammar, books, and conversations.

Should the police turn away from a residence dealing with domestic abuse if they have visited the same address before? These women presumably had a chance to leave the aggressor upon the initial offense.

From both a medical and logical standpoint, none of the penalties for refusing the vaccine make sense. Then again, nothing about Covid has been handled by the ruling class based on a medical standpoint and logical standpoint. It’s about par for the course for elitists despots.

 

Reposted with permission. If you’d like to read more from Parker Beauregard, please visit The Blue State Conservative.

Editors Note: Reformatted from the original and includes a different featured image.

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FDA Panel Votes 16-2 Against COVID Booster Shots Except for Those Over 65 and …

Tue, 2021-09-21 13:30 +0000

After the 8-hour hearing, parts of which we’ve shared here and here, the FDA panel voted overwhelmingly against COVID booster shots except in high-risk patients and those over 65 years of age.

By a vote of 16-2, the panel rejected approving boosters for anyone over 16-years of age. But a second vote (18-0) approved them for those 65 and older or anyone regarded as high risk.

That’s an interesting way to put that. After all the research and scientific commentary, we’ve shared people who received the vaccine are already at high risk from the vaccine.

Note: “[T]he FDA committee of outside experts agreed that an EUA for older adults or those at risk of severe disease had benefits that outweighed any risks of a booster.”

That’s the reporting from the American Journal of Managed Care.

The benefits outweighed the risks in older adults and those at severe risk. But not anyone else.

The Advisory Panel recommendations can be ignored by the Government.

Given recent revelations from Federal Whistleblower Jodi O’Malley, I wonder if they will rethink jumping another shark and ignoring the panel’s guidance?

Another thought I had: is there a redline? Can we envision a point at which the political damage to the Democrat party appears significant enough that they do what all despotic regimes must in times of trouble? Cut their losses and hand the people a few scalps.

It is one of the features of such regimes upon which we comment often. Typically, we see it in cases like those of Tara Reade. Tara is a lifelong Democrat and former staffer to then Sen. Joe Biden, who raped her. He literally grabbed her by the “pu**y.” That revelation turned her into a pariah and object of scorn, and she got the total hate, smear treatment.

Related: “In Some Elitist Circles Being Pro-Trump Has Caused Me More Grief Than Carrying the Name Bin Ladin.”

If this COVID vaxx adverse reactions thing manages to break over the left’s media seawall, will they pick a few folks like Fauci and theoretically hang them out to dry?

Does Fauci or any of the insiders know or suspect that might be how their careers end?

Most rank-and-file democrats don’t suspect or even see it coming, but they are but a tiny misstep away from being tossed under the bus by their own party.

It’s tragic and sad, but intolerant masters can brook no dissent. And when things go sideways, someone else has to take the fall. Just ask Andy Cuomo – who followed the ruling class guidance, and when it killed thousands of seniors, they murdered his career to hide the problem.

Democrats don’t care about sexual harassment; just ask female Democrats who work for Democrat men. Ask Monica Lewinski.

Sure, they’ll make you take classes, but that’s just window dressing. Whistleblowers like Reade get torched unless they are sought out by the party to cover up something else.

And these vaccines and this plan are killing thousands. If that were to get widely reported and often as we’ve asked of all media in New Hampshire, the narrative landscape would be very different.

Our approach to treatment options would change.

People can and do survive and thrive without The Jab. There is almost literally no good reason to mandate it or even recommend it. But the only force these creatures understand is that which damages either their legacy or their future.

Not much else matters.

Not even the rising body count caused by a treatment they continue to promote. Unless it gains escape velocity, at which point the Dem machine will need to find a few more Cuomo’s.

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NH Nurse “Wins” Meet and Greet with the Governor – They Won’t Let Her In

Tue, 2021-09-21 12:00 +0000

From Rumble: “Terese Grinnell won 4 tickets to Fisher Cat Baseball stadium in Manchester. It was part of a meet and greet with the tyrant in charge, Sununu. Yet, she was kept from entering the stadium under the irrational fear that she was there “to protest.”

Terese Grinnell is a nurse at Concord Regional Hospital.

Here’s the video labeled “Nurse Terese Denied Entry to Fisher Cat Stadium to Meet With Sununu! Part I”

 

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Project Veritas: Covid19 Vaccine Exposed Part 1 – “The Government Doesn’t Want to Show the COVID Vaccine Is Full of SH!T.”

Tue, 2021-09-21 10:30 +0000

James O’Keefe and Project Veritas have dropped part one of a series called COVID19 Exposed. Fun times. It starts with a surgeon, a Federal Employee, saying, ‘The government doesn’t want to show the COVID vaccine is full of sh!t.”

People are being harmed, but because the VAERS reporting takes so long to complete, many health professionals (it appears) are not bothering to do it. The CDC requires it, but no one enforces that.

In the undercover video, doctors and nurses working directly for HHS discuss these issues, and it is, to use a hackneyed phrase, explosive.

 

And the Feds are not warning people off. They are pushing hard to get more people to take The Jab.

AS WE’VE LONG SUSPECTED, the VAERS numbers that we have are but a fraction of the harms, including deaths resulting from this inoculation plan.

 

Here’s Part 1 on Twitter (embedded below so Twittler can’t take it away). You can visit Project Veritas here.

View on GAB TV here.

 

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Nitecap – ‘Grok Still on Top in Alexa Ranking (But we Have a New Number Two!)

Tue, 2021-09-21 03:00 +0000

Before the pandemic – Before Pandemic (BP), Before COVID (BC), what many of us referred to as BS, I attended a presentation by AFP with the proprietor of Liberty Block NH. Elliot Axelman. I said something then that has come to pass.

I thought it would be awesome if Grok and Liberty Block NH were number one and two in the Alexa ranking updates I occasionally share, and today, they are. GraniteGrok.com and LibertyBlock NH are the top two digital print media operations in our survey of online NH media.

The Union Leader, a print newspaper with an online presence, has been bumped to third place.

For the sake of clarity, we will need a few months of data to see if this sticks. The numbers from last month moved a lot and not just for Elliott’s online footprint. I hope it does, but there were some strange changes and giant leaps in both directions.

I see no new changes to how they collect data, and typically when we see these sorts of jumps, they balance out in successive months. Fingers crossed for Elliot as we move into the fall and winter when people stuck indoors are more likely to spend time online. With any luck, he’ll still be there come springtime.

Liberty Block has, in the past, spent several months at number four and number three on our survey, so that makes for promising news regarding their jump to number two.

It’s what the UL and Foster,s and the Monitor, and the rest deserve.

As always, sites are sorted by US rank unless they have none – then by Global ranking.

 

Alexa Global Web Ranking Site Name (Sorted by US Rank) US Rank Global Rank GraniteGrok 13,218 68,710 Liberty Block 18,720 125,245 Union leader 33,063 108,556 Fosters Daily Democrat 51,161 207,840 Concord Monitor 57,897 209,253 Lowell Sun 62,070 215,322 Lawrence Eagle-Tribune 62,438 291401 SeacoastOnline 68,711 130,920 NHPR 77,061 205,194 Manchester Ink Link 106,678 392113 Keene Sentinel 115,616 265,762 NH Business Review (NHBR) 137,767 479517 Conway/Berlin Daily Sun 153,208 569501 The Valley News 153,689 386,924 Girard at Large 168,020 511303 NH Journal no data 630373 Monadnock Ledger-Transcript no data 840651 Seacoast Current.com no data 883,164 In-depth NH no data 901,002 Nashua Telegraph no data 1,026,642 Free Keene no data 1,197,386 J Bartlett.org no data 1,399,964 Business NH no data 1,403,377 GraniteCrock no data 4,151,329

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Was Donald Trump’s Vaccine Push a Countermeasure to the Great Reset?

Tue, 2021-09-21 01:30 +0000

There seems to have been a significant amount of Trump voters who questioned Trump’s Operation Warpspeed, and rightfully so. An avid Trump supporter myself, I went through a couple-month phase at the beginning of 2021, where I questioned why he would push the vaccines despite the big pharma and central banking industries profiting from the china virus.

Donald Trump was and still is a Godsend. I know he is a human, and like all of us, humans are not perfect, and would often tell myself maybe this was one of these rare times he made a bad judgment call.

As I continued to tune into some truth seeker and patriot independent podcasts, daily videos, etc (an example being the X22 Report) and listened to the critical and tactical analysis of some of their thoughts on this matter, I decided to not settle with my own premature decision on Trump’s Operation Warpspeed. Instead, I kept my skeptical thoughts in the back of my head and told myself the hints and answers will reveal themselves over time.

Fast forward to the late spring and summer of 2021. The grassroots activism pushing back against the vaccine mandates and passport mandates worldwide combined with the cyber patriots behind the scenes leaking out pieces of vital information on the vaccine industry and their inner working their global counterparts, Trump’s vaccine push starts to make sense from a very deep, strategic vantage point.

We want to thank Ryan Bennett for this Op-Ed. If you have an Op-Ed or LTE
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In my opinion, Trump had two choices in 2020. Either allow the economy to stay locked down for years while the pharmaceutical companies “develop, test and approve” a COVID vaccine or fast-track the vaccine supply distribution.

At face value, the better scenario does not seem good in absolute terms. However, given the information about the Great Reset Trump knew about and was warned about, in my opinion, he did a comparative analysis between both choices: counter with a vaccine or allow worldwide lockdowns to endure for a year, the latter which would set the ground work for a slower vaccine creation cycle to justify FDA approval.

Perhaps this is what he meant when he has referenced being at war with the silent enemy?

Please see an open letter written to Trump in 2020 by the Archbishop of Ulpania, warning Trump of the Great Reseat Plan to enslave humanity under the auspices of a public health emergency derived from “COVID.”

As a result of fast-tracking the different COVID vaccines, they were promoted under an Emergency Use Authorization status. This makes it much easier for patriots and concerned people on the fence to fight unconstitutional vaccine mandates (regardless of any level of government or corporate institution).

The fast-tracking of any vaccine that has not been allowed to go through the academic research, pre-clinical, various phase trials, and proper safety measures for the building of its factories and manufacturing, constitute them as experimental, which violates the Nuremberg Code and Helsinki Declaration, as well as US Federal statutes here.

If Donald Trump would have decided to keep the economy closed and the global cabal players to go unchallenged with the Great Reset, the craziness that the world has experienced now likely would have been astronomically worse by now. We still have many battles ahead of us with the vaccine mandates and in some countries, with the vaccine passports, and the plethora of health-related draconian measures, yet despite all this, this pales in comparison to the asserted levels of carnage and destruction that would have occurred from years of hardcore lockdown.

Think about higher levels of domestic violence, abuse, drugs, higher unemployment, lack of socializing with family and friends, a range of severe psychological disorders, etc.

Furthermore, the global alliance of nation-states, big tech/media companies, big pharma, supranational organizations such as the World Economic Forum and International Monetary Fund all support massive vaccine distribution. They all viewed the pandemic as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to accelerate their Great Reset goal to usher in the global socialist order. In this order, civil liberties are curtailed under the auspice of public health measures, engineered by propaganda, and the government is seen as the savior of people from a bad economic and medical crisis.

Trump countered the Great Reset with the vaccine while simultaneously bringing to light therapeutics that also worked and the Deep State’s vicious censoring of medical professionals who spoke favorably of HCQ and Ivermectin.

He also encouraged patriots of many backgrounds to challenge medical tyranny through Constitutional and peaceful forms of civil redress and empowering people to think for themselves and break free from the chains of indoctrination and propaganda.

Trumps’ decision allowed the existing legal foundation to be used by courageous people of many backgrounds to stand up and expose the medical deceit, dangerous protocols, and abuse of government and corporate power against citizens of all countries. Since the vaccine was so connected to the globalist order, Trumps’ unpredicted launch of Operation Warpspeed on his time and not the cabal’s, started a process that unravels parts of the globalist framework the vaccine is injected into.

Since the lockdowns, vaccine mandates, mask mandates, suspension of civil liberties for unvaccinated are being challenged, all of which the globalists did not anticipate with the issuance of the vaccine, their narrative is falling apart and people are starting to see through it.

Is it possible Donald Trump had a deep, ulterior motive to pushing the vaccine? Is it possible that he is allowing the medical-technocratic oligarch psychopaths to hang themselves in a real-time operation?

This is not to negate the dangers of untested vaccines. I am simply trying to think from a 40,000-foot elevation status to think of the big picture. Trump has mentioned in the past before, that we are at war with a silent enemy. Never interrupt an enemy while they are destroying themselves. Time will tell what the truth is. Draw your own conclusions.

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Monday Memes

Tue, 2021-09-21 00:00 +0000

This may become a tradition – based on the comments.  Please let me know.

Remember Alinsky and his rules – particularly Rule 5: “Ridicule is Man’s Most Potent Weapon”.

LAUGH at these people.  MOCK THEM MERCILESSLY.  And if you recall from that video embedded here about mass psychosis and propagandizing, ridicule is also an effective weapon against that as well.

Currently trying to polish up the ending of an essay – not happy with what I have.  Also in the works, another Quick Takes, a few essays in various stages of developing, and waiting for the cartoonist to complete my latest cartoon idea.

And, begging our hosts’ pardon, but they did say it was OK (with an implicit understanding that I not do this too often), please consider supporting me with a purchase of a bumper sticker:

 

Or my favorite cartoon design as a T-shirt:

 

 

And if I see a person actually wearing these around, I will personally hand them a five-spot.

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Language alert in one or two… and now let the meme mockery commence.

 

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Is Capitalism Evil?

Mon, 2021-09-20 22:30 +0000

The cover page of the July 4th Union Leader read, “Poetry Returns with a Slam,” headlining the return of Slam Free or Die, a poetry club that had not met in person since the beginning of the COVID lockdowns.

The adjacent picture featured two young lyricists reciting their poetry from smartphones, with one of the pair wearing an “Anti-Capitalism Social Club” t-shirt.

Is slam poetry a hobby in communist countries? I cannot claim to know, but if it is, I am certain that its adherents are not reading their oeuvre off iPhones.

In that same vein, at the 2019 South by Southwest Festival, New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stated that “Capitalism is an ideology of capital – the most important thing is the concentration of capital and to seek and maximize profit…so to me capitalism is irredeemable.”

We want to thank Richard Malaby for this Op-Ed. If you have an Op-Ed or LTE
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South by Southwest, or SXSW as it’s popularly stylized, is a massive film, tech, and music conference held annually in Austin, Texas. If I had to guess, I would assume that countries with centrally-planned economies do not hold week-long festivals celebrating the convergence of art and technology. Without capitalism – that is, a free enterprise system that allows individuals to develop their own talents and to benefit materially by serving others – these pastimes simply would not exist.

So why is it that capitalism is often condemned as a system of exploitation, of leading to gross inequality, of being immoral? Is capitalism really evil?

There is an old joke about two economists passing one another on the street. The first says, “Hello, how is your wife?” The second replies, “Compared to what?”

The politicians and pundits who have gained the most from a free enterprise system enjoy bashing capitalism for political clout, but they never stop to compare what we have in America to state-run economies.

When Boris Yeltsin visited a Houston grocer in 1989, he believed initially that our government had set up a Potemkin store. “Even the Politburo doesn’t have this choice. Not even Mr. Gorbachev,” he whispered to his entourage, and that if the Soviets, who had to wait in lines for meager goods were to see a supermarket, “there would be a revolution.”

Behind the Iron Curtain, Soviets were told that Americans were starving, yet their shelves were always bare. Writing later in his autobiography, Yeltsin confessed, “When I saw those shelves crammed with hundreds, thousands of cans, cartons, and goods of every possible sort, for the first time I felt quite frankly sick with despair for the Soviet people;” and, “that such a potentially super-rich country as ours has been brought to a state of such poverty! It is terrible to think of it.”

Yeltsin wasn’t the only Soviet impressed by everyday American affluence. Lantana Fetisov, the wife of NHL defensemen Viacheslav Fetisov, was asked to compare the United States with Russia; she stated that “America is a wonderful place; you have fifteen brands of mayonnaise.”

A 2017 study found that three-quarters of Venezuelan adults had lost an average of 19 pounds over the prior year as a result of food shortages due to hyperinflation and price controls.

Perhaps the starkest example of the difference between capitalism and state control of the economy is a nighttime view of the Korean Peninsula, where South Korea enjoys a first-world electrical grid providing light to residences and industry at all hours, but North Korea seems to disappear in darkness into the Yellow Sea.

Call it Communism, Marxism, Socialism – all these terms boil down to state control of the economy, which leads to massive inefficiency, shortages, and poverty. Yet, these “isms” are en vogue precisely because they are defined by their objective rather than the reality. These utopian theories promise their citizens necessities but cannot clear that most basic hurdle, whereas capitalism promises its citizens nothing, yet for those willing to work by serving others, it delivers unfathomable affluence.

Prior to the free market, the way people accumulated wealth was theft, be it goods or labor. In a free market, wealth is created by individuals willing to help others – to deliver services of higher quality at a lower cost. Consider how many politicians are too happy to verbally assault Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, or Bill Gates, but would those folks prefer to live in a world without Amazon, iPhones, or computers?

Did these ultra-wealthy men take from the poor in order to amass their riches, or did they provide goods for a price consumers were willing to pay?

Perhaps the most misunderstood concept in today’s political discourse, one of the main reasons the free market is vilified, is profit. Capitalism is portrayed as evil or immoral because, as the story goes, fat-cat business owners want to make as much money as possible by gouging prices and exploiting the little guy.

Profit being nothing more than an additional cost is the Marxist definition of the term, and that understanding is totally inverted in practice. In reality, a profit is a difference between what it costs a business to produce a product and what a consumer is willing to pay for it. To claim that profit is an additional cost that a business simply tacks on to their product is to completely ignore the voluntary action of the consumer.

For instance, a farmer can attempt to sell his milk for a hundred dollars a gallon, which would be a fabulous “get rich quick” plan if there were anyone foolish enough to pay him that hundred dollars. If his customers are only willing to pay up to, say, six dollars a gallon for his farm-fresh milk, it would behoove our farmer to produce his product as inexpensively as possible to maximize his profit.

He may find that not many people buy milk at that price, but plenty will at five dollars a gallon; our farmer may make a smaller profit by selling milk at the lower price, but assuming he is one of these greedy businessmen we hear so much about, his incentive is to either sell more milk at this lower price point or to produce the milk for a lower cost.

Keep the higher price, and his potential customers may opt to buy Darigold, Garelick, Hood, Lucerne, Organic Valley, or any of the dozens of other brands. Either way, the consumer wins.

In state-run economies, that incentive to be as efficient as possible does not exist; when production costs rise, prices rise, and there is no reason to control costs as there is no competition. When there is no profit motive, there is no incentive to create goods and services. These issues lead to scarcity.

In a capitalist country, creating products such as cars, dishwashers, televisions, toilets, vacuums, and washing machines, products which improve the consumers’ quality of life, and then making them as inexpensively as possible so they are accessible to the greatest number of people, is the way to “get rich quick.”

Socialism would be a wonderful system if men were angels, but we are not. In the real world, people respond to incentives. That is the fundamental disagreement in the debate between capitalism vs communism: knowledge.

In a state-run economy, the central planners can make the decisions, but they do not have anywhere near the knowledge necessary to run an economy. Likewise, the people living in a centrally planned economy have the knowledge to produce for themselves, but they are not allowed to choose what to produce.

State planning requires coercion. In contrast, the free market allows citizens to make their own choices, leading to the creation of wealth. Our political class may bash the free market system, but consider the poverty found around the world in Latin America, in the Middle East, in parts of Asia, and compare that with the relatively unfathomable affluence of even poor Americans.

Far from being evil, the free market and the profit motive are the greatest economic forces for good the world has ever known, whether it be the creation of energy, the development of technology, or the sale of goods from smartphones and laptops to milk and mayonnaise.

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REPEAT AFTER ME: The COVID Vaccines Have Always Been About Just Preventing Bad Outcomes

Mon, 2021-09-20 21:00 +0000

Check this out. SHOT: Chris Rock telling people he has COVID and to get vaccinated. CHASER: He was “vaccinated.”

And 5.2 million people “follow” this FOOL on twitter. And the comments from this fool’s brainwashed followers are appallingly ignorant. For example, that vaccines aren’t supposed to protect you from getting infected, only from dying or getting hospitalized … which would mean the COVID vaccines aren’t vaccines in the sense we have always understood vaccines, but merely therapeutics. In other words, they don’t even know what a vaccine is … or worse, they do, but gladly accept the Biden-regime’s redefinition.

Moreover, it is total conjecture to say that the COVID vaccines … which we were told were true vaccines and prevented infection, until it became apparent that they did not … prevent worse outcomes. In other words, it is blind faith … whatever the regime tells you is true. Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia.

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Bernie Supporter Neil Wetherbee Running as a Republican in a NH House Special Election

Mon, 2021-09-20 19:30 +0000

The Democrats and RINOs in Derry are running a Bernie Sanders Supporter in the upcoming New Hampshire House Special Election. Neil Wetherbee has changed his party affiliation and is running as a Republican.

Local Democrats were encouraged to register as independents so that they could vote for him in the Republican primary to tip the election.

It has several Republicans running, so it is likely that the Democrat, Wetherbee, could win the Republican primary with the vote split. That would leave Derry with two general, Special-Election Candidates, who would rather see a Democrat governor (or President) or in any other office than a Republican.

That’s their idea of choice. In an R+4 town, you steal the primary, and then you can’t lose. Steal it and rob actual Derry Republicans of a voice.

Wait, Steve, how do you know Neil is a Democrat?

I’m sure you saw the featured image, so here’s the rest of the screengrab.

Related: Special Election: Is There a “Democrat” Snake in This Republican Primary? – Granite Grok

 

 

 

But, you say, that was 2016. Neil could have had a come to Trump or Republican moment. Yeah, sure. Okay, let’s check with his wife, Wendy Wetherbee.

 

 

He’s not a Republican. He is just registered as one. That also suggests that Wendy is or has changed her party to Independent, or she could not possibly vote for him as a registered Democrat.

I did not dig into their registration history, but I feel confident at what I’ll find (and know someone else will and will send it to me – please?)

There’s a lot more of this. We have received extensive screen grabs of social media interactions that lead us to conclude these two things. Neil is a Democrat plant and has not converted to the Republican Party. And Mark Connors and Jim Morgan are coordinating a massive head-fake by convincing voters to register as independents who can then vote for the Democrat Wetherbee in the Republican Primary.

There is also an active smear campaign against actual Republicans to move votes to Wetherbee. Please don’t fall for it. And if you need more encouragement, Neil – like many nasty, awful leftists, could not retrain themselves when Rush Limbaugh passed away.

 

His wife (who can’t bring herself to vote for her Democrat husband registered as a Republican) was quite pleased.

Derry, you need to kick this fraud out of the Republican primary and back to his own party.

 

 

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The Designer of AOC’s ‘Tax the Rich’ Dress is a “Notorious Tax Deadbeat”

Mon, 2021-09-20 18:00 +0000

Sandy Cortez set tongues wagging when she showed up at the exclusive $30,000.00 per ticket MET gala in a “Tax the Rich” dress. But that’s not all she did. The woman who designed it has been exposed as a deadbeat who doesn’t do her Patriotic Duty and pays her taxes.

 

The Post found tax records showing IRS tax liens totaling $103,220 in the parent company of her fashion brand. There are also “three open warrants in New York State for failing to withhold $14,798 in income taxes from employee paychecks (plus twelve other since-resolved NY tax warrants), and a $17,000 fine for failing to carry worker’s compensation insurance,” writes Mediate.

Mediate continues, “She’s also a rent deadbeat, the Post claims, describing an eviction action by James’ previous landlord – along with a demand for more than $25,000 plus interest for staying beyond her lease. The case was settled for an undisclosed amount.”

 

She’s also allegedly a bad boss. Reports suggest she harrases her staff and runs a sweat shop-like environment in which she abuses an endless stream of interns.

Who better to make a dress for Socialist Alexandria Ocasio Cortez than a woman who doesn’t pay her bills or her employees. A dress for a woman who used to cry poor but can drop $30,000.00 on a ticket to a fundraiser for the New York elite while pretending to look out for the interests of the little people her designer abuses.

It’s the perfect little Marxist fairy tale.

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