The Manchester Free Press

Tuesday • February 27 • 2024

Vol.XVI • No.IX

Manchester, N.H.

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Night Cap: Accountability, Transparency and Executive Council Dynamics

1 hour 8 min ago

From a front-row seat on January 31, I observed two well-known lawyers sparring in the executive council chamber.  It was Warmington and Formella, and the heated dialogue begins at 1h21 min in this video.

Most people paying attention to the Corner Office race know that reproductive issues primarily fuel Warmington’s campaign, and she lashed out at Formella because he declined to join an amicus brief with his out-of-state counterparts.  He took it like a gentleman at the mic for about 10 minutes, claiming that it didn’t pass legal muster while she was gaslighting him.

That was not the first time Warmington became unhinged in the chamber.  A previous time, a date unknown to me at the moment, she spent about 30 minutes lashing out at Wheeler for recording his vote. As the “leader of the pack,” so to speak, one of Wheeler’s responsibilities is to deliver the meeting minutes to Scanlan’s office to be archived. Warmington took objection to Wheeler recording his vote on voice votes.  It was a “wah wah wah, transparency” cry to no avail while Wheeler defended himself, claiming that he always does that.  She claimed that he was taking advantage of the benefits of being the messenger.

There’s other fodder to make criticism of Warmington, but instead, let’s discuss the kinds of votes there are and their applications.  While I’m most certainly a Wheeler critic, I commend him for recording his vote in a VOICE VOTE, which is resoundingly transparent. A future researcher who pays little or no attention to what’s happening today has a shovel to start digging if desired.

The VOICE VOTE is used in lots of government bodies, including the executive council and both chambers of the legislature, usually to move things along and/or when the item being voted on is of little interest or consequence.  In addition to saving time, there are a few other advantages.  One of them is the subjectivity of the person running the show.  Look at the Senate, for example.  No matter how loud you hear the enemy camp shout “no” with D’Allesandro playing lead vocals, Jeb can still say, “The ayes have it, and the item is adopted.”  So it’s a great “power tool” in the toolbox, but it also cloaks cowardice, and the cowards have an easier time dodging accountability in a larger body, particularly the House.

All kinds of shenanigans can and do happen when an item of specific interest, like brass knuckles, falls victim to the establishment’s hive mind. I mention brass knuckles because that bill was in the Senate last year. Twitley moved the item right after the clerk called on her to introduce the committee recommendation just to usurp any opportunity for discussion, and a VOICE VOTE was involved.  Remember that this is a body of 24; one could ask each one how they voted, but there’s no individual recording and archiving of said votes.

Let’s revisit the executive council, which only has five members.  What I just said about the Senate applies here also, hence Wheeler’s desire to record his vote.  Then there’s the roll call.  Roll calls are time-consuming, especially when there are a lot of them.  In the House, all 400, or as Senator Gray would say, “members with butts in seats,” which is often much less than 400, will press their buttons during that window of time to vote.  It goes ON RECORD, both how they voted or if they voted at all.  Accountability.

Before leaving Twitter, I used to follow Eric Brakey, the good senator from Maine who was blocked by Buckley.

One of his videos showed the Maine Senate voting just like the NH House. They have 35 members.

We have 24, and the clerk calls the roll, one at a time. Pay attention to the dynamics here. Carrie Gendreau will always vote first and Altschiller will always vote last.  This is the same for the executive council. Kenney will always vote first, and Wheeler will always vote last. In a body of 5, Wheeler has the opportunity to be a tiebreaker if one of his peers has already gone rogue with a vote.  The flip side is that Wheeler’s vote is rendered irrelevant if Kenney, Stevens, and Gatsby vote the same way.

Why am I boring you with all this civics?  It’s because the executive council has to vote on the judge nomination of the Gunstock accomplice, aka Belknap County Attorney Andrew Livernois.  Remember that this is a political favor from His Excellency for Livernois’s contribution to torpedoing NH’s reddest county. If you’re not up to speed on Gunstock, which the Damn Emperor prefers you not be, you can find intel here.

I emailed Wheeler shortly after Livernois’s January 31 nomination, which was at the same meeting as  Warmington’s most recent public meltdown.

At the end of the email, I said, “Please vote NO and encourage your peers to do the same.”  I published the open letter as a model for those with writer’s block, but personalizing an email to one’s elected is known to have a better chance of being read than copied and pasted activist group emails.  As voter number five in a ROLL CALL VOTE, Wheeler’s vote can potentially become irrelevant as I already noted.  He can’t block Livernois all by himself; therefore, it is important to get at least 2 of his peers on board. Kenney, who always votes first and was the lone dissenter against the approval of Anne Edwards’s judge appointment, would be a good person to target.  Kenney also recently made some public comments about wanting more “big government” in the form of snowmobile regulation on the heels of recent accidents involving rentals.

Politely point out that he is on notice.

Have you told YOUR executive councilor to vote NO yet?  If not, please do it now.  I suggest pointing out that it’s an election year.  Now it’s time to go follow up on Wheeler, who has a habit of ignoring my emails.

 

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At Best “Collateral Damage” … At Worst Intentional

3 hours 8 min ago

The young lady murdered by an illegal in Georgia: to the globalists/corporatists, she was “collateral damage,” the price that unfortunately has to be paid to get the ruling elites the workers they demand. To the evil people running the Biden Regime and supporting the Biden Regime, she was nothing.

Because what really matters is that she had white skin, and people with white skin have oppressed people with non-white skin throughout history, and this is a small step to evening the score.

These people … the people inciting, encouraging, allowing, tolerating, etc., etc., etc. … are EVIL. You, your family, your friends mean NOTHING to them.

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Not So Intelligent Design

Mon, 2024-02-26 23:00 +0000

The origin of life and the universe is not a typical water-cooler conversation, but in an increasingly secular world, nagging questions remain. Problems for which relativists, atheists, and secularists can’t answer with certainty. Well, no one can; that’s the beauty of mystery, but the uniqueness of reality suggests the need for more debate.

On the science side, there are variables that, if they were even the slightest bit different, suggest none of this nor any of us could exist. There’s a lot of luck involved or, as advocates would suggest, evidence of design. I’m sure it is also a “we don’t know what we don’t know” problem, so I’ll stray from that universe into one more my speed and still on topic (at least in the universe of my consciousness), using government in pursuit of progressive perfectionism.

There is an apolitical idea held by groups who are increasingly more secular than theist that someone (them, actually) can use their superpowers (legislation, rules, force of law, and even a police state) to usher in the utopia on earth. A perfectly functioning pile of millions of otherwise disparate moving bits that result in heaven on earth. A mortal political paradise – while you as an individual (in their context) are not allowed or perhaps even capable of knowing what your ideal life or world might look like. Despite the frightening similarities (homo sapiens sapiens), it is not within you to know how individual peace or prosperity might look. What it would feel like. In their mind, you are more likely a barrier on the road to utopia.

This perfect place can only be achieved by their design. A vision precipitated by their will into which you will confine yourself in deference to the illusion that they can not only know but make your life better, but each and every one of the over 300 million of you in the United States, at the same time.

For a bunch of secular humanists, this sounds very much like the theocracy that tells you to fear wherein you will play the role assigned so that you might one day achieve thanks to a government that always hunger, led by people who never starve, in pursuit of a perfection that never arrives.

The Intelligent design of an all-seeing oligarchic god-king without whom it would have been impossible.

The difference, of course, is the first cause. We do not know where all the matter in the universe came from or if there was a designer from where they came. Oligarchic god-kings or governments that behave like them are allowed to create themselves, and in our case, with the will or indifference of the people.

We allowed them to heap disdain on the paradise we had, a messy and imperfect arrangement but the best chance for true liberty in the arc of human history, whether you think it was ordained by God or not. In the end, the problem with people is always people who cannot imagine a power greater than themselves, whether it is the designer of the universe or their constituents.

 

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Outlaw the EPA in NH

Mon, 2024-02-26 21:00 +0000

Imagine a Mosquito at a nudist colony that knows what to do but doesn’t know where to start. Kudos to State Rep. Michael Granger and the five co-sponsors who know where to start! Introducing HB1294 to Nullify the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in NH will preserve state sovereignty and nullify (EPA) regulation enforcement.

Rep. Granger needs your help to educate his colleagues to overcome decades of disinformation that has saturated our culture with doomsday scenarios. Among many other frightening projections, remember 1969’s Population Bomb dangers Paul Ehrlich predicted: The battle to feed humanity is over. In the 1970’s and 1980’s hundreds millions of people will starve …”! Prophetic nonsense, in 1975, from Nigel Calder of International Wildlife, warned: “The threat of a new ice age must now stand along side nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind.”

Encroachments on our liberty ignited by loud voices of fear created the EPA. Environmental hysteria propagated EPA implemented false solutions, ostensibly to save the environment with an underlying cause to control people. The result: bureaucratic laws supersede our Bill of Rights protections. Fear of government must once again be viewed as Washington did: “…It’s a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” If government uses phony science and fear against the people, then certainly we can use the fear of truth about the EPA to save our liberty.

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America’s survival needs pullers at the oars in the liberty boat. Consider this a call for emergency action. I am now using their tool of fear to motivate action from the reader. Freedom needs help to continue for posterity. Your involvement in helping push the “nullification” of the EPA’s unconstitutional usurpations of power will not stop accidentally. We need to confront these encroachments on our liberty by placing phone calls and emails demanding NH legislators pass HB 1294 to stop the EPA’s unconstitutional law. Ponder the thought of edicts from the EPA mandating another lockdown.

We need to build a fire in the minds of our State Rep”s and Senators with true facts to help Rep Granger pass HB 1294. Tell them our Bill of Rights have no emergency exceptions. Tell them they have the authority and duty to interface for “we the people” to protect our God-given inherent rights.

Nullification

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Manchester VA Whistleblower Part 2: Federal Oversight of Manchester VA

Mon, 2024-02-26 19:00 +0000
“Report Wrongdoing.”

This is the message encouraging employees at the Manchester Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Medical Center to report violations of federal law, regulation, or policy. Several agencies are tasked with oversight of VA programs and investigation of complaints, including fraud, waste, abuse, and gross mismanagement.

After years of reporting issues to many members of leadership and their unwillingness to address the malfeasance and injustice that continued, I decided to become a whistleblower. Please read part one of this series for background information.

“Whistleblower”

This word seems to evoke fear in the hearts of Manchester VA employees.  I remember a colleague advising me not to talk about the 2015 whistleblower case around a manager who was well-known for retaliation.  Conversations about poor management often include lines such as: “They don’t work here anymore.  They were a whistleblower.”  Or, “Management made it known they didn’t like that person after the whistleblower case.”

Like-minded employees who shared my concerns seemed hesitant to talk after I revealed my whistleblowing to them, and for good reason.  I faced severe retaliation for reporting even minor concerns within Manchester, VA, and this evoked a sense of fear, preventing me from becoming a whistleblower sooner.  News stories about retaliation in the VA and this GAO report only serve to reinforce this fear. Related:Whistleblower: The Manchester VA is A Microcosm of Everything Wrong With the Federal Government.

Faced with an assortment of oversight agencies to choose from, I filed a whistleblower report with the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (OAWP).  Within a week I received an email from a representative who asked me for more information, which I provided extensive records with names and dates of each interaction with VA managers. What I did not know was that OAWP does not have investigative authority on most issues, and my case would be forwarded to the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

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“Do Not Reply”

Once my case was forwarded to OIG, I was cut off from all human interaction.  I received emails only from a “Do Not Reply” email address informing me to use an online portal if I needed to submit more information.  I asked to remain anonymous until I could speak with someone from OIG, thinking there would be some sort of investigation at Manchester VA.  About a week later, OIG sent me an email stating they closed my case without investigation and forwarded the case to VA New England Headquarters.  The email indicated I could call this office for follow-up, but they cut and pasted the address and phone number from their own website.  The final email indicated there is no appeal process and seemed to discourage any further communication.  I made two attempts to call OIG, where a voice message tells the caller that OIG “does not respond to requests of status of complaints” and “we will only contact you if we close the case or need more information.”  The emails had similar wording, stating you may never hear from anyone.  When I did speak with the telephone representative, I asked if I could have a point of contact at the New England Office to follow up.  I was informed they could not provide any information and I could file a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Transparency

When I filed FOIA requests, I was sent only my emails back to me after requesting all files in my case.  They even had the audacity to redact my own name and email address. At one point, a FOIA officer called me and attempted to talk me out of asking for more information.  I sent a letter of appeal asking for a case file as to understand better how the decisions were made and to ensure all documents were transferred from the multiple agencies involved.  The FOIA officer’s letter back to me, citing the many exceptions to FOIA, case law, and the privacy act, effectively stifled any hope for transparency.  Why did they tell me to file a FOIA request in the first place?  When I called the New England VA Headquarters, nobody returned my call.

Questions

Unsure if my concerns for the care of our nation’s Veterans would ever be addressed, I reached out to another whistleblower who informed me they had the same experience with different agencies handing off complaints to each other and no resolution.  It seems the agencies tasked with oversight and investigation do not feel the need to speak with whistleblowers.  They don’t feel the need to validate concerns brought to them or give any assurance that those concerns will be investigated or addressed in any way.  When one agency hands the case off to another, they close the case and provide no follow-up.  In my case, the oversight agency sent the case back to the same agency I filed the complaint about in the first place (or so I thought … more on that in part 3).

Are our elected representatives in Washington, DC, aware of this issue?  In part 3 of this series, I will reveal my interactions with their staff members.

 

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MONDAY MEMES

Mon, 2024-02-26 17:00 +0000

Announcing the 100th – official – MONDAY MEME post. At least, per the number in the link.

Take heart – there will be both a Wednesday and Friday Edition.  Last week’s Friday Edition.

Remember, ridicule and mockery are effective weapons:

  1. Ridicule cannot easily be fought
  2. Ridicule makes the enemy angry, and angry people make mistakes
  3. For those in the “squishy middle” a Thought Splinter (and Part II and Part III and Part IV) can often be hidden inside humor.

Now, let the mockery and mayhem begin.

 

*** Warning, a few possibly off-color ones, in case tender eyes are about ***

 

 

Already happening in some countries, e.g., Ireland.

 

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And why did they need all those shell companies to do it?

 

 

 

I have to wonder.  Barium = BA.  Aluminum = AL.  BAAL.

 

 

 

 

 

Amen.

Let me be clear: Consenting adults in the privacy of their own home?  Straight, gay, whatever?  Not my business.  You recruit kids, let alone maim, etc., kids?  My business.

 

 

 

 

Let me be clear: When VAIDS truly strikes en masse, there will be people I will mourn.  And some, I’ll pop open a bottle of bubbly.

 

 

 

 

Department of Energy too, IMHO.

 

 

 

True to their slaver roots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PSA – PSA – PSA – PSA – PSA

 

World War III Watch: US and NATO Give Ukraine permission to Use F-16 Jets to Launch Attacks Inside Russia | The Gateway Pundit | by Jim Hoft

Push-push-pushing to get Russia to do something in reply to ever-increasing provocations, which would then justify NATO’s full-on response.

Leaders Agree to Expedite Ukraine’s NATO Membership > U.S. Department of Defense > Defense Department News

Related:

Biden’s Iran Policy Is an Existential Threat – American Thinker

Now, I want to be crystal clear – within the confines of the quip that there is no form of human communication so clear that it cannot be misunderstood: I don’t want war with Iran.  Many Persians are wonderful people; I remember one video of students in Iran scooting to avoid walking on American and Israeli flags painted on a walkway.  But when one understands Shiite ideology – that their version of the messiah, the “Twelfth Imam”, cannot come to earth until there is a worldwide conflagration – one starts to grasp that unless the Mullahs can be overthrown, war will happen.  And it will happen on THEIR TERMS and on THEIR TIMING.

Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile 27 times limit of 2015 deal: IAEA – Insider Paper

War is coming, whether we want it or not.  As Iran et al develop better missile technology, pursue if not already have nuclear weapons, have already practiced launching missiles from ships declaring success when the missiles reach 90-100 miles up?  This. Is. Coming.

EMP: A Terrorist’s Dream (youtube.com)

 

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It doesn’t matter.  You could have these three on video serially sodomizing and cannibalizing infants, and the majority of Dems wouldn’t consider that a deal breaker.

 

 

This begs the question… if this is enough fentanyl to kill every American, where’d it all go?  Or are there plans for it as “someone” builds up a country-killing supply?

 

 

 

The below series are not so much Israel-related, but rather to highlight our need to GET OUT OF THE UN!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the “tells” for me, as the whole Covid story deployed, was that Nancy Pelosi (among others) encouraged people to go out.  In parallel, the absolute-common sense Trump action of shutting down travel from China was decried.  They WANTED Covid here, and to be widespread, as a weapon against Trump.

 

 

Back in the day when a household could survive on one income.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Link section (some from me, some from my Jarhead friend):

 

Largest COVID Vaccine Study Ever: What You’re Not Being Told – Vigilant News Network

Open Letter To All The Doctors Who Have And Continue To Promote Vaccinations (COVID-19 & Others) (substack.com)

Look How Bill Gates Smiles When He Says “The Next Pandemic” * 100PercentFedUp.com * by Noah

Medical Staff Ordered to Euthanize ‘Covid’ Patients: Leaked Docs – Slay News

They lied. There is DNA Plasmid Contamination in mRNA injections – Gibraltar Messenger (gibraltar-messenger.net)

Open Letter To All The Doctors Who Have And Continue To Promote Vaccinations (COVID-19 & Others) (substack.com)

Three items On the mRNA Vaxx: “Bizmillah No, we will not let it go“ – Vlad Tepes (vladtepesblog.com)

Covid was the excuse to get the genocide shots into peoples’ arms.

Bayou Renaissance Man: So who’s running the country? Not this man…

So much news that the US’ enemedia doesn’t report or comment on; we have to go overseas to get an accurate look at our own country.  No matter how much you hate the enemedia, it’s not enough.

 

 

New York Elementary School Hands Out ‘Black Lives Matter’ Coloring Book Promoting Transgender Affirmation | The Gateway Pundit | by Cassandra MacDonald

Cult.  And internationally:

Canadian High Schoolers Given Pornographic Book, Wooden Penises, Condoms for Sex Ed

A Canadian High School sent students home with condoms, wooden penises, and a sexually explicit pornographic book about gay sex as part of its sex education curriculum, according to Reduxx.

The incident occurred at Virden Collegiate Institute in Manitoba, Canada.

Janine Stephanie Penner, the mother of one of the teen students who received the items, documented the controversy in a Facebook post on Feb. 19. Penner explained that her son in grade 10 was given a “gay porn graphic flip book at school as a method of learning how to use condoms and in addition, received 15 condoms and a wooden pecker for practice.”

LOVER BOY NATHAN WADE GOT GEO-TRACKED! Fani Willis and Lover Nathan Wade in Danger of Disqualification in Trump Case After Fresh Discovery of Cellphone Data Suggests They Lied Under Oath | The Gateway Pundit | by Jim Hoft

So geotracking works for this.  Geotracking works for J6 persecutions prosecutions.  Doesn’t work for the 2020 vote mules.  Got it.

Trump Georgia Case: Cellphone Data Allegedly Contradicts Wade’s Testimony About Visiting Willis’s Home Before 2022 (legalinsurrection.com)

 

 

Bayou Renaissance Man: Inflation: Food is costing more and more – but so is everything else

Joe Biden’s Disastrous Economy Sends Food Prices, Credit Card Debt Soaring to Highest Rates in Decades – The Lid (lidblog.com)

I’m in a double bind because I work very hard to buy organic stuff only.  And it hurts.  There are foods we’re having to go without.  From the Grok on that:

As Australia Considers Clothing Regulations (To Save The Planet), Who Doesn’t See Where “This” is Leading? – Granite Grok

Moonbattery Google AI Defends Pedophilia – Moonbattery

Regarding perverts who sexually molest children, Gemini intones, “generalizing about entire groups of people can be dangerous and lead to discrimination and prejudice.”

In a world run by Google through AI, disapproving of raping children will be punished as a hate crime.

Canary in the German Coal Mine? | Gates of Vienna

Silvia Sardone: The Suicide of Europe | Gates of Vienna

The end of Europe.  And America:

The Democrats’ Long Game for 2030 Census – American Thinker

Prepping for When “I Can’t Hear You Now” (legalinsurrection.com)

I have a satellite phone.  Not cheap, either the phone or equipment, but I have it.  Need to look into ham radio asap as well.  Related:

No, It Wasn’t A Software Update | NC Renegades

Video.  If we get a direct hit by a Carrington-level flare, it’s GRID DOWN.  And for quite some time IMHO.  Related:

10 Foods You Should Store in Lard for a Long Shelf Life – Ask a Prepper

And don’t forget my last Survival Sunday:

Survival Sunday – Granite Grok

Also:

Here’s Why I Think An “EMP” Is The Biggest Threat To America Right Now * 100PercentFedUp.com * by Noah

EMP’s a big threat; MHO is that the invading army of mostly fit military-age men being married to all the weapons Barackus bought – and then let loose on the US after being told the native whites want to deport them – is a bigger one.

Now, as a nightmare scenario, imagine those arms and ammo distributed, the army primed by telling them about deportation… and then an EMP hits.  A foreign army already here, with no means of organizing effectively to resist it.

Get Out of New York, If You Can (legalinsurrection.com)

That Hochul is even giving such an explanation is tantamount to an admission of the unusual nature of the effort to get Trump. Just follow the rules and you’ll be okay, until you are subjected to our inquisition and found not to be completely following a rule.

And more broadly about all blue-hive cities:

San Francisco Hardware Store Requires Customers Shop With Escort to Curb Shoplifting (legalinsurrection.com)

U.S. Spending $1 Million on Research to Make Bird Flu More Infectious and Deadly (legalinsurrection.com)

And then people wonder when I repeat Surak in saying “They really do want you dead”.  There can be no innocent reason for this.

Geological Discovery Upends Politically Correct Climate Science | Canada Free Press

Interesting analysis. Related:

Top Climate Scientist Admits ‘Global Warming’ Alarmism Is ‘Rewarded’ by Green Agenda ‘Industry’ – Slay News

Biden’s Legacy Disease Is Appropriately Named | NC Renegades

Look who what is coming to the US.  And, broadly, related to mass migration:

It’s a very sad day for Great Britain when a Parliament member says he would feel safer in Israel right now (during a war) than he feels on the streets of his own country (barenakedislam.com)

It starts to end when those in power feel the pain as well.

 

 

Democrat Denialists | Power Line (powerlineblog.com)

The Democrats have become so insane on the subject of Donald Trump that it is hard to know which of their mutterings to take seriously. But if Trump wins the election and a Democrat-controlled House refuses to certify his election on the ground that he is an “insurrectionist” under the 14th Amendment, we will be past the point of a constitutional crisis. If that happens, the only realistic path forward will be disunion, possibly accompanied by civil war, but preferably not.

Here it comes.  Rest assured, IMHO, the Dems WILL do this if Trump can somehow overcome the vote fraud that’s coming.  More:

WEF Orders U.S. Electors To Not Certify Trump’s 2024 Election Win – The People’s Voice (thepeoplesvoice.tv)

‘Big brother’ satellite capable of zooming in on ANYONE, anywhere from space is set to launch in 2025 – and privacy experts say ‘we should definitely be worried’ | Daily Mail Online

But the EFF said that aside from these positive uses, more detailed satellites could infringe on human rights, saying: ‘The same technology that exposes human rights abuses can also be used to perpetuate them.’

Experts fear that this could mean privacy will become a thing of the past and government agencies will be able to view anyone, anytime, anywhere without their knowledge.

‘This is a giant camera in the sky for any government to use at any time without our knowledge,’ Jennifer Lynch, the EFF general counsel, told the New York Times, adding: ‘We should definitely be worried.’

One does need to ask: Why does anyone need to look at the earth’s surface with that close a resolution?

Liberal Media Outlet Axios Says the Term ‘Open Border’ is a ‘Myth’ Being Pushed by Conservatives | The Gateway Pundit | by Mike LaChance

Denying the evidence right in front of our eyes.  Related:

Before opening this, try to guess which country is ranking #2 for illegal immigration in San Diego (Really, try to guess.) | Not the Bee

Debt spending to surpass defense spending … this year – American Thinker

There’s no stopping what can’t be stopped.  Collapse is coming.

 

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Funny how, when faced with the consequences of their actions, they flip?  Remember just how fast the people on Martha’s Vineyard deported the illegals flown there?

 

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Palate Cleansers:

 

 

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Come back Wednesday for another edition.  Same Meme Time.  Same Meme channel.

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Bear Pond Conservative Chronicles: What Do Maine Democrats Stand For?

Mon, 2024-02-26 15:00 +0000

That does not seem like a complicated question to answer. When you look at some of the laws passed over the last few years, the Democrats who claim to represent all the people in Maine when they get together in Augusta are doing quite the opposite. They certainly are not passing laws that make it easier or safer to raise a family in The Pine Tree State, and they are not pro-business in a state that desperately needs an influx of new industry to help increase the living standards for much of Maine that exists at or below the poverty level. They are not interested in getting tough on organized crime poisoning much of Maine’s rural cities and towns. So when you listen to Democrats, they will gaslight you to think they are still the Party of the People, but their actions prove they are the most anti-people legislators you could conceive.

The people are starting to wake up in Maine and throughout this great country. The Black and Brown people that the Democrats thought they could count on without effort are beginning to realize they are the forgotten people of the inner city. Housing is scarce and out of reach of most minorities. Crime, especially in the metropolitan areas, makes it unsafe to raise a family and is forcing businesses to leave the downtown areas as it is too expensive to remain viable.

Minorities are also seeing the truth that Democrats have been supporting abortion rights for decades as a way of controlling Black and Brown populations. And now, with the influx of millions of illegal migrants, minorities are seeing the resources meant for them redirected to people who broke into our country. These illegals are the new darlings of the Democrats because they see these people as future voters, and they are padding census numbers in Blue states from Day One, which helps to keep the Democrat power base solid.

Democrat policies in Maine are mimicking the national trends. Maine has one of the most liberal abortion laws in the country, allowing abortion up to the moment of birth. Maine legalized recreational marijuana use almost a decade ago, and with pot shops more prevalent than coffee shops, they are keeping the population numb and easy to manipulate. Maine has welcomed more than their share of illegal migrants, including a vast number of Asians, who have established a huge illegal pot farming industry that Democrats do not seem anxious to stop.

Democrats seem unable to stand up to the Biden Administration that is crushing the Maine Lobster industry with excessive regulations, and they are working tirelessly to make legal gun ownership more difficult. They are putting pressure on legitimate businesses to stop selling “assault” weapons even though there is no such classification of rifles. Democrats argued that if Maine’s only Cabela’s location was to stop selling “military-style semi-automatic weapons,” they would be showing “leadership” and would be doing their part to prevent another shooting in Maine. Rather than push for more support for mental health services, Representative Golden and Senator King have used the recent shooting in Lewiston to attack gun sales.

Maine Democrats believe in removing a child from a family that does not support their transgender efforts and voted no to a bill to prevent males from using female restrooms. There are few, if any, decisions that Democrats can point to show support for Mainers or families in general, which harkens to the question, why give these people the power to continue to chip away at the Maine we have loved. It is time for Mainers to follow the trend of Democrat voters nationwide. It is time to look at the Republican Party as the option for a better tomorrow.

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This Week’s Comment of the Week Winner Is …

Mon, 2024-02-26 14:00 +0000

Two inspiring trends from my stroll through last week’s comments. I see a lot of new names and a lot more upvotes. Our debate team – that’s you, folks – are engaging with each other and showing more support for good or meaningful input.

I enjoyed reading these and admit it took some time to wade through them, but I increasingly enjoy the experience. I’m still not 100% Grok full-time because we never hit our fundraising goal. Steve is still doing other work (he says of himself in the third person), so time to not just wade in but comment is not yet part of my “schedule.” My loss, truly. And it is still something I want to spend more time on.

Comment of the week forced me to find time to read through your thoughts and remarks, and there is plenty worthy of recognition, so I have been trying to upvote some of them myself as I work through my process.

Nice job, everyone, even the trollish goon calling everyone stupid, whom I think my moderator has since banned – stopped clock and all that.

Anyway.

The weekly recognition of someone’s comment is upon us in all its inspired randomness, but first, a few of the many runners-up. Snellville Bob, Nitzakhon, Ian Underwood, NHNative, Jim Lanese, Tony Jankowski, RRMo, TombstoneGabby, …wow, there were so many good ones.

This week’s winner is Rick Kenyon.

Create a Crisis- Democratic Governing

“BELLOWS FALLS — U.S. Rep. Becca Balint, D-Vt., unveiled what she said Monday was her first major piece of legislation in her first term in Congress — a $500 billion plan to boost affordable housing.” As reported by the Reformer.
You kind of have to chuckle when you watch how the Democrats run this our country. And here’s a good example:
1. Let 10 million illegal immigrants come into our country with open boarders and have no plan on how to assimilate them into the country.
2. Then…….. declare there is a affordable housing crisis……hello!….
3. Solution: $500 billion dollar plan to fix affordable housing crisis by taxing the citizens who have worked hard to pay off their mortgages and outrageous property taxes.
4. And the underlining goal: you will have dedicated illegal immigrants voting Democratic.
5. Unfortunately, we have republican politicians who have no problem with this.
And of course we all know that affordable housing means “government controlled” housing. As in socialism!
And lastly, and this is heartless…..the collateral damage of having open borders has resulted in tens of thousands of American youth dying from fentanyl coming over the border unchecked! But, the democrats will not declare that a crisis because it would not benefit them politically.

Rick, please email me at steve@granitegrok.com so I can get a ship-to address.

AllyforFreedom, you won last week, and I have either not received or missed your email. Could you please reach out as well?

Thanks!

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CDC/Pfizer/Moderna Admit Serious Jab Side Effects And Other Misadventures in “Science”

Mon, 2024-02-26 13:00 +0000

There had been a lot of “movement” in the COVID/vaccine universe. A major online medical influencer, Annette Bosworth, MD (“Dr. Boz”), had a road to Damascus experience thanks to a peer-reviewed paper by Peter McCullough, Steve Krisch, and others. Oh, and Pfizer/Moderna admit their cure had issues.

Side Effects

The major forces in the Vaxx or Bust Pharmacological universe have published a report claiming there were indeed some unpleasant side effects from their various injectable treatments. Russell Brand has an amusing look at the cause and effect (the report and some reactions). It is a genuinely unique idea (among that crowd). Your need for their vaccine might be something (put your coffee down) you should decide based on your circumstances.

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People got pilloried and canceled for having that opinion not so long ago. They also got downgraded, censored, or erased for suggesting there was evidence of severe health issues after receiving a Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech injection, which the Vaxx or Bust folks are admitting. The debate destroyed careers, relationships, and even families.

Don’t get too excited; allowing for the things you were suggesting and warning years ago are not admissions of guilt but an introduction to the new science. We knew or suspected these emergency-use drugs could have significant side effects, but now, as then, we continue to assert that for many, the benefits outweighed the risks. That’s their new crutch, and the vaxx cult that assembled to worship the culture of fear and lies is expected to use the breadcrumb left to them to carry forward.

If you have been lazy about screengrabbing your lefty neighbor or local elected officials’ social media screeds about safety and effectiveness, mandates, passports, unemploying, or confining the unvaccinated, you might be running out of time. Anyone who didn’t start erasing all that evidence when the Medical Industrial Complex reluctantly admitted that their drugs neither prevented infection nor transmission, or that masks and social distancing don’t work, or that quarantining the healthy doesn’t work, this latest mea culpa will probably drive them to do some outrage housecleaning.

Myocarditis, Gillian Barre Syndrome, blood and organ issues. There’s a lot there and then not enough, but the CDC and Pfizer were never going to fund research whose conclusion was that the level of fraud invalidates any assumed benefit. Despite the truths that admittedly many have not yet seen, they are clinging bitterly to their preventing severe disease and hospitalization schtick (unless you got myocarditis, a blood disease, experienced organ failure, or developed a complex and debilitating nervous system disorder).

They did (sort of, kind of) leave their jabbernaughts out to dry. Do you remember them? The ranting lunatics screeching about following arrows on supermarket floors. The “safe and effective and “we’re all in this together” Gregorian chants. Gang sign mask wearing. Stay on your Dot! Follow the Science!

What a bunch of wankers.

The real science was always that only a few were at high risk, and only they needed to consider either Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions or emergency use treatments. Children never needed the Jab. Pregnant mothers should have skipped it. Most healthy adults were neither at risk nor presented a risk unless they actually had symptoms. We didn’t need to shut down anything. Businesses didn’t need to not just close but go out of business.

The COVID Jabs were not effective (they do not stop infection or transmission), and they have now admitted there were serious risks (not safe). All things we’ve known for some time.

There were more mistakes made.

Will the Medial Industrial Establishment continue to force doctors with a conscience to do their bidding? I’d say yes, especially where I live. Private practice is not exactly private. Everything, including urgent care, answers to the nearest hospital. And Big Pharma is still big. Hospitals buy the attention of politicians to protect their monopoly on care, even when it includes the coordinated censorship of doctors and experts who did real science on what turned out to be a not-so-dangerous virus and a dangerous cure.

And then, there is the media’s complicity. I have not yet looked, and perhaps you can help. Local media, with rare exceptions, continues to repeat the approved psalms. They’ve ignored not just the truth but a balanced look at the debate throughout the pandemic period. Where did they come down when the CDC-funded report admitting side effects was released? Did they apse the “but covid was worse” narrative?

Did any of them even notice the damning peer-reviewed research by McCullough, Kirsch, Rose, Meade, and others?

I’ll start looking when I have time, but I think I already know the answer.

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Massachusetts Border Towns Ask New Hampshire for Help

Mon, 2024-02-26 11:00 +0000

As an abutting neighbor of the Granite State, an owner of rental properties in NH (who would be stupid enough to be a residential LL in MA), and a thoroughly kindred spirit of the “ole Yankee farmers” of NH, I ask you to come to the aid of your brothers in kind south of your border.

The taxpayers of Dunstable and Groton are on the verge of getting a Louisville Slugger shoved into their anterior orifice sans lubricant. We are facing a HUGE prop 2 1/2 override bill precipitated by our regional school district’s outrageous budget request.

It is my opinion that the administration of the school district is a puppet and tool of the teachers’ union, as well as being inveterate woke lefties to the core. It is my understanding from several “public discussion forums” held by our town administrators, which, by the way, are correlated with similar “public discussion forums” being held in our partner town of Groton, that the school district’s administrators refuse to cooperate with any detailed investigation of the facts. They apparently have erected a granite wall against such audacious behavior by the serfs who toil in their fields to pay their rent burden. At best, we are to be allocated a small plot for our potato patch.

A town meeting is scheduled in BOTH towns for 3/26/24. How convenient is that? A mere coincidence, I am sure. The main article to be voted on is the question of placing the override on the concurrent 4/2/24 town elections. I am guessing the purpose of that coordination is so that the rebels in neither town will be able to use a NO OVERRIDE verdict by the other town’s electorate to influence the second town’s voters. The town administrators of both towns have worked closely hand in hand to put forth this agenda.

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My daughter Erica and I have worked diligently to assemble a significant amount of data from the MA DOR and Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) websites, which, in our opinion, completely repudiates the need for additional funds. These facts have been assembled into spreadsheets with attendant notes, and a PowerPoint presentation was made by Erica to the Dunstable Select Board (talk about an arrogant name) on Tuesday, 2/20/24. A number of other taxpayers were present, the majority of whom supported our efforts.

Back in 2017, our town investigated the possibility of secession from the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District (GDRSD), but the matter was eventually dropped. The possibility of such a break up was mentioned earlier this year by our Town Administrator. I raised the question again at this meeting. Naturally we heard a lot of excuses why the matter isn’t being diligently pursued.

Immediately after the meeting, my daughter posted the PowerPoint presentation on both the Dunstable Facebook site and the Groton Facebook site. The video of the meeting is available on Dunstable’s website. Additionally, we are both working with as many Dunstable and Groton like-minded taxpayers as we can find. We need many, many more. I am sure both town administrations, as well as the entire school administration in conjunction with its union members, will be exerting great effort to have a record turnout for their team. I ask your help in doing the same for our side. If you need ready access to more of our data, just email me, and I will send you additional charts and spreadsheets for your review.

I don’t know how many followers this publication has in the border towns, but we need every hand on deck to beat this thing back. The school district has made it clear they “need” similar increases in their budgets for the next 4 -5 years.

On May 22, 1775, the patriots of your state joined ranks with those in our state to fight our common oppressor. We need your help again, about two months earlier this time. Any assistance you can lend us in getting out the vote will be greatly appreciated and returned in kind, as your need may dictate.

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Night Cap: Chris Sununu … An Idiot Or A Liar?

Mon, 2024-02-26 03:00 +0000

Here is the latest nonsense from New Hampshire’s fast-talking Sun-King, Chris Sununu … GOP voters don’t support Trump because of his policies but because they believe he is a fighter. I know it is just anecdotal evidence, mighty Sun-King, but you are a fighter and I certainly do NOT support you … because you fight for all the wrong things: boys participating in girls school sports, DEI, COVID-tyranny, destroying local zoning laws, doing nothing about stratospheric local property taxes, etc., etc. etc.. Roll the tape:

Oh mighty Sun-King, you are such an entitled, spoiled, privileged bloviator. GOP voters support Trump because of his policies … securing the border, no endless wars, actually getting tough (as opposed to just talking tough) on China. That is why Trump destroyed the field in the 2016 primary. The other candidates were talking about “immigration reform” (recall John Kasich telling everyone illegal immigration was essentially like jaywalking … “you pay a fine”), still defending the senseless and stupid Iraq War, regurgitating globalist pablum about “free markets.”

Whether he is just an idiot or a liar, what’s undeniable is that the mighty Sun-King despises, loathes, hates actual GOP voters.

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20 Budget Tips for My Town, and Yours!

Mon, 2024-02-26 01:00 +0000

As we embark on the latest city budget fiasco that’s going to cost us where it hurts, as a taxpayer who has to balance a home and business budget, here are some tips. First, I implore you to stay under the tax cap or, even better, below. Second, the key to successful budgeting is to start with income and work within those numbers backward, not the other way around!

Tips from personal observation with this city (and perhaps your town or city as well)!

1. When you leave a room, and no one is in there, turn out the lights and monitors. Energy and water conservation efforts are huge savings. Fix dripping faucets, etc…
2. Close all computers and detach chargers at days end
3. Turn down the thermostat to 68 and wear a sweater in winter. On this topic, I was at a meeting at city hall in a conference room not used all day. It was HOT, so hot the person who opened the room put the AC on. This was in January! In summer, open windows (especially at night) and use fans until it’s unbearable before turning on AC. Maybe some thoughts on insulation!?
4. Optimize staff to multitask. Instead of waiting for so and so, just do the job.
5. Stop trying to embark on new businesses when you cannot keep the basic city budget under control. The land/river development, electric company, waste management etc.
6. Stop pandering to the school board. At this point, the numbers enrolled are declining as fast as the test scores…. Ten years of this is enough. Say no.
7. Don’t say yes to everything right away. Pause and reflect. Sleep on it. Ask the people. Think how you save money in your home or business world!
8. Business development on existing facilities, ice arena, and schools during downtimes is underutilized!
9. Sandpits, it fries my butt that we own our own sand yet pay for it and allow a subcontractor to use it!?
10. Limit overtime.
11. Travel restrictions and don’t let city employees take city vehicles home or for personal use, period!
12. Riverfront development aka Dovers Big Dig is a bust, a money pit of despair, stop the bleed, sell it.
13. We supposedly have mechanics, yet seem to buy new equipment all the time… You should at least keep them until they are irreparable, then sell them for metal.
14. We pay a librarian(s) huge salaries, and they don’t read books!?
15. This city and schools are top heavy with Admin…need a serious audit on essential necessary jobs and cull the rest. Worth the consult fee.
16. Your tri-city homeless band-aid is a total mess and money pit. Enabling these mentally ill drug addicts has our city police and EMTs tapped out to the point where tax payers in need are now in line waiting while Dovers finest chase them around town.
17. Install time clocks or whatever time management tools are out there… Track specific jobs so you can be more efficient
18. Don’t leave vehicles running
19. Get trash compactors
20. Employees of the city need to be on a performance scale, especially teachers. There needs to be check and balances on the job performed by the measurable outcome. If a class is failing, then the teacher needs to be put on probation. If students continue to fail, fired. All this pandering has got us dumb kids and huge budgets. It’s time to fix that and aside from good/better curriculum, teachers who can teach. Same for all employees. You won’t find a production company keeping a slacker or poor performer. You may actually get measurable results!

Some purchasing tips

1. The lowest bidder is not always the cheapest, get solid references
2. Do not fall prey to the illusion of electric vehicles! And I hope you charge people to use the chargers in the parking garage and that money goes to the city electric bill!!
3. Get a Costco card for bulk
4. Use more UNH students in schools
5. You have a whole technical high school, start using it more for city projects
6. Start “go fund me’s” or baked sales for stuff like athletic fields and other things like new city hall clock that broke after a year.

There is a point to the following…

.Here’s a true story of my years engineering with government contractors, in the late 70s. I was part of the Total Quality Management team for Navy contractors. We wanted a way for the workers to understand that through their good “quality” work, in turn, they were saving their own tax dollars! So we did a movie on a submarine that was “dead in the water” the reason was a faulty bearing. A $50 item. The cost to fix it was $75,000. We showed this movie to contractor employees right down to the foundries. It worked. We saw less problems. The workers started paying more attention to their work. The city employees remind me of the contractor workers. They didn’t care until they realized they were hurting themselves, in a sense. City workers should realize every decision cost money from turning a light out to quality time on the job. Maybe they need a TQM course!

You’ve been overspending the city and school budget for years. Our city is overinflated with waste and people. If it were your personal money you were messing with, you’d lose your car and house and end up at Willand Warming Center. Be responsible with my money. I’m tapped out, and if you keep upping our “taxes,” the levy will break because there aren’t that many “rich” people here yet who can afford it.

The above consultation is on me (as in free) in an effort to save me money by lowering everyone’s taxes.

 

Editor: email to the town of Dover, lightly edited.

 

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His Excellency’s Long Term Plans … Don’t Be Thinking CNN or MSNBC.

Sun, 2024-02-25 23:00 +0000

Being the small world that it is, I often run into familiar people on “our side” at Market Basket, and today’s encounter person was former Nashua GOP chair Chris Buda.  I asked him if he read my latest piece on Chuck Morse, and he said no and followed up with “I’m sure it’s not flattering.”

I said that I made the obligatory PSA in the beginning but added some animal-themed levity and ultimately went into the current school mask bill, HB 1093.  I went on to say how I expect the Damn Emperor to veto it, and he cut in with a supposition that I haven’t given any original thought to.  The conversation went something like this:

CB: “There’s a good chance that he won’t veto it.”
JS: “That would be great, a win-win for everyone, but WHY?”
CB: “He wants higher office.”
JS: “He already eschewed a federal senate run and the Oval Office.”
CB: “Oval Office for 2024, that is, but I’m thinking 2028.”
JS: “That’s possible, but why would you bet the farm?”
CB: “He just sent troops to Texas.”
JS: “Yeah, but so did other governors, it could be peer pressure.”
CB: “I don’t think so, plus he’s going to Texas to be a speaker at the NRA.”
JS: “He’s a narcissist and an attention-seeking ham.”
CB: “He’s building out-of-state exposure and recognition.”
JS: “But he’s been doing that for a few election cycles.  Again, the ego.”

At this point, Chris went on to explain how ALL presidential candidates have a pattern of putting their big egos on full display and that it’s a multi-year and multi-election cycle process building their campaigns.  He went on to talk about some out-of-state Gilmore (or is it Gilmour?) guy from several years ago.

I turned into a deer in the headlights when I heard that name because my mental knee-jerk thought was about Peggy Gilmour, that decaying old lobbyist and enemy camp event hostess who dyes her hair an unfortunate orange and looks just about ready to start using a D’Allesandro wheelie walker.

I should have taken notes or at least paid closer attention.  If you want to know more about the guy Chris was talking about, reach out to him.  Meanwhile, I need to take some Pepto Bismol over thinking about Peggy.

Back to His Excellency; much has already been discussed, surmised, and speculated as to what his next move might be.  He even pointed out to the whole legislature that he had time to change his mind about retiring from the Corner Office.  It was in his recent State of the State speech, and he even poked fun at Warmington when everyone in Reps Hall presumably gasped.

Because he’s in bed with CNN, MSNBC, and their ilk, it’s common to think that he’s got some pundit gig waiting for him in January.  I doubt he’ll quietly go back to his ski area and quietly live out his post-50 years in obscurity. He thrives on attention and is addicted to relevancy.

So my parting comment is to say don’t be so quick to dismiss Chris Buda’s prognostication.  And I’m interested in thoughts from a Grokster who’s gifted at calling a spade a spade.  That’s the one and only Ed Mosca.  Consider this a request.

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Biden’s Innocence Based on an Inability To Recall How Guilty He Is

Sun, 2024-02-25 21:00 +0000

Claims in a special counsel report that the president’s neurological decline has progressed to the point where he is too incompetent to be held accountable for alleged improper handling of sensitive documents drew rather furious responses from Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Still, it seems obvious to a great many Americans that their president cannot possibly serve a second term. That the Biden campaign criticizes the integrity of the report further tarnishes his credibility, amplifying the national anxiety about the 2024 presidential election.

An Awkward Offensive

The race to rewrite special counsel Robert K. Hur’s report about Biden’s handling of classified documents reveals an awkward, if not Orwellian, effort. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) labeled the findings “right-wing extremism,” while the president’s personal lawyer, Bob Bauer, claimed, “This is a report that went off the rails … A shabby work product.” Biden and his defenders found the report’s criticisms of Donald Trump legitimate while condemning any negative observations about Biden.

The mainstream media has rallied to the president. The New York Times proclaimed that “[t]he report … cleared Mr. Biden of criminal wrongdoing,” and the commander-in-chief made similar assertions at his Feb. 9 press conference:

“I’ve seen the headlines since the report was released about my willful retention of documents. This [undiscernible] assertion is not only misleading, they’re just plain wrong.

“That’s the counsel’s decision to make … And they decided not to move forward. For any extraneous commentary, they don’t know what they’re talking about. That has no place in this report. The bottom line is the matter is now closed.”

This effort to sweep clear prosecutorial conclusions under the Oval Office rug instead kicks up more dust. Hur found that Mr. Biden illegally handled documents; the special counsel’s comments about mental acuity were necessary to determine whether he could establish that such actions were intentional. The two factual issues – mishandling of documents and the mens rea (criminal intent) to knowingly have done so – are both essential elements for prosecution. Democrats’ efforts to separate these facts from the report’s conclusions are even less credible than the administration’s claims that Republicans won’t permit Biden to secure the Mexican border.

Hiding Biden

Tellingly, as the chief executive addressed the nation, he railed against a prosecutor conducting required work:

“I know there is some attention paid to some language in the report about my recollection of events. There is even reference that I don’t remember when my son died. How in the Hell dare he raise that? Frankly, when I was asked the question I thought to myself it wasn’t any of their damn business.”

This indignation invites concerns over the president’s thinking processes – he is an attorney and surely understands that it is standard practice to ask such questions when assessing mental competence to stand trial or prove the intent element of a crime. The president defended himself against the faulty memory allegations by saying he never forgets because he wears every day “the rosary [Beau] got at Our Lady of …, ” unable to recall the name of the church. The Hur report noted other lapses and errors, including an inability to recall the name Roe v. Wade and the years when he was vice president.

Lying Again, or Forgetting Again?

There is little reasonable doubt that the president suffers from persistent memory problems. The special counsel report found “Mr. Biden’s memory was significantly limited, both during his recorded interviews with the ghostwriter in 2017, and in his interview with our office in 2023.” Those lapses formed a substantial basis for the decision not to prosecute Biden for mishandling documents. Now Democrats and the White House dismiss the weak memory evidence that rescued him and claim he was somehow “proved innocent.”

In his public statements, Biden snapped back:

“I did not share classified information. I did not share it. [Reporter in background: With your ghostwriter?] … with my ghostrider [sic]. Guarantee you did not. [Reporter: But the counsel said you did.] No, they did not say that. They did not say that.”

Small wonder the White House seeks to bury that statement by omitting it from the transcript. The Hur report found that various documents – including notes and notebooks containing sensitive information – were recklessly kept in bags, boxes, and other unsecured means at several different locations. The prosecutor specifically determined that Biden had provided classified material to his ghostwriter:

“Our investigation uncovered evidence that President Biden willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen. These materials included (1) marked classified documents about military and foreign policy in Afghanistan, and (2) notebooks containing Mr. Biden’s handwritten entries about issues of national security and foreign policy implicating sensitive intelligence sources and methods …

“Mr. Biden shared information, including some classified information, from those notebooks with his ghostwriter …

“[W]hile reading his notebook entries aloud during meetings with his ghostwriter, Mr. Biden sometimes skipped over presumptively classified material and warned his ghostwriter the entries might be classified, but at least three times Mr. Biden read from classified entries aloud to his ghostwriter nearly verbatim …

“Mr. Biden’s lapses in attention and vigilance demonstrate why former officials should not keep classified materials unsecured at home and read them aloud to others, but jurors could well conclude that Mr. Biden’s actions were unintentional. We therefore decline to charge Mr. Biden for disclosure of these passages to his ghostwriter.”

Contrary to the president’s and the media’s claims that Biden was “cleared of any wrongdoing,” the report concluded, “The practices of retaining classified material in unsecured locations and reading classified material to one’s ghostwriter present serious risks to national security, given the vulnerability of extraordinarily sensitive information to loss or compromise to America’s adversaries.”

Ignorance Is Bliss?

Either the president is a savvy dissembler who outsmarted the prosecutor by playing stupid, or his current behavior exhibits precisely the neurological/memory problems documented by Hur as (1) a hurdle to establishing intentional (rather than negligent) mismanagement of files, and (2) a problem for a sympathetic jury: “[H]e is someone for whom many jurors will want to identify reasonable doubt. It would be difficult to convince a jury that they should convict him – by then a former president well into his eighties – of a serious felony that requires a mental state of willfulness.”

The Democrat response reflects how far fact-deniers will go to advance their power – their ends justify their means. But the end for America is the 2024 candidacy of a man with obvious memory struggles. Biden ironically lashed out at Republicans on Feb. 9: “Time and again, Republicans show they’re a party of chaos and disunion. This is not your father’s Republican Party. They shout about a problem but then do nothing to solve the problem.”

Presumably, the president’s deficiency will serve him equally well when he denies memory of his foreign dealings with son Hunter. This is not your father’s Democratic Party.

 

John Klar is an Attorney, farmer, and author. Mostly farmer… And Regular Contributor to GraniteGrok and VermontGrok.

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How Google Is Run By The CIA And Is Rigging The Election

Sun, 2024-02-25 19:00 +0000

I’m sure that the response of New Hampshire’s free-marketeers to this post would be something along the lines of … Google is a private company and as such has an absolute right to bias its search results any way it wishes, … has an absolute right to employ as may ex-CIA as it wants … if you don’t like it, build your own Google, … blah, blah, blah.

The reality, however, is that Google is a monopoly that has the ability to sway elections AND is being run by ex-CIA, AND rigging elections is exactly what Google (and other Big-Tech except for Elon) is doing.

Google’s algorithm (I don’t even know if that is the correct term) is weighted to disproportionately produce “news” from the hard-Left such as the New York Times and CNN. And as I discussed in a recent post:

… you can have voter ID, paper ballots, get rid of “early voting,” etc., etc., etc., and still not have a functional democracy if the government can censor the information available to voters (e.g., Hunter-laptop) and plant false information (e.g., Russia-bounties, the military are “suckers and losers”). America does NOT have a functional democracy because of government censorship.

Here is the data that shows the bias:

Even more ominous is that Google (and Facebook) is run by ex-CIA. But just keep pretending “land of the free,” that America is not a Police State, that our elections aren’t rigged, etc., etc., etc.:

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Where’s The Beef?

Sun, 2024-02-25 17:00 +0000

Hundreds of millions of pounds of beef are imported into the US every year. Consumers believe because an American company is on the label, the beef is from the USA. As US farmland disappears, we slow down on exports with dwindling farms, imports are rising. The main sources of imported beef are from Australia, Brazil, Uruguay, and other countries.

Even if the label says “USA,” it only means some value was added to the meat in the US. Slicing, packaging, and shipping all qualify it to have the label “product of USA.” That means the cow may have been raised and slaughtered in another country under their rules, not our USDA and FDA rules. There is no way to know…

During the last millennial, there’s been a move from local farms to grocery store food produced in mass quantities. This brought about additives, coloring, fillers, and chemical preservatives. You need a chemistry degree to try and figure out the ingredients. Yet, we trusted the USDA and FDA to do right by us. At fIrst many chemicals were used as preservatives. Then “natural spices or flavoring was labeled without details of what exactly they were. We bought the food anyway.

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Remember “mystery meat” at school lunch? Today, supermarket meat is a mystery. You don’t know if the animal was fed growth hormones, antibiotics, and during processing, preservatives, red dye 40 coloring, Pink slime fillers, carbon monoxide, or even if the cow was raised in the USA. You won’t find any information on the label. How do you even know if it’s fresh!? They inject carbon monoxide into the air during packaging, then heat seal it to give and keep that fresh reddish pink look. It is banned in Japan and Canada because it can mask spoiled meat and fish, but not here. Much of our meat from Canada, Australia, Brazil, and Uruguay is a long way from farm to table. The USDA and FDA do not require a point of origin on the label as long as it was trimmed or cut in the USA.

Move over cows; there are other options!

Redefine Meat:  Lab meat.

The USDA approved lab-grown meat and chicken in June 2023. A factory in Holland prints 500 tons of steaks per month through 3D printers.

The Redefine Meat company will supply printed fillets to German restaurants. Around 110 German restaurants are already buying “meat” from Redefine Meat.

“To begin the process of 3D-pressed meat, scientists biopsy a sample of animal stem cells depending on the desired type of meat: beef, pork, poultry, or even fish. These cells are then subjected to a proliferation process and are immersed in a nutrient-dense serum in a climate-controlled bioreactor. Over several weeks, these cells multiply, interact, and differentiate in the fat and muscle cells that make up the bioink.

This is how a robot arm uses a nozzle to spread this filament of baked meat over each other in thin layers. The arm follows the instructions of an uploaded digital file with computer-aided design software (CAD) to replicate the correct shape and structure of the desired meat. The 3D-printed meat material must be viscose but solid enough to achieve a full structural model of accurate vascularization of tissue depending on the type and cut of meat.” Enjoy your meal! This is the direction the globalist, WHO and WEF are moving toward for “the people.” I’ll bet Bill G (his last name rhymes with hates), doesn’t eat 3D meat or has it in his Hawaii farm/bunker. I doubt any globalists do.

Impossible Foods (impossible burger)

Plant-based meat: Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat sell plant-based concoctions. Using soy, oils, minerals or proteins, flavors, fats, and binders to imitate ground beef. An ingredient called “Heme”, a gene made using yeast and genetically engineered, that gives it the flavor of beef, is controversial for vegans and possible health risks. One has to wonder if the efforts and “processing” involved in an “impossible” burger are more about the “feels” than healthy eating!? Their biggest hype is no animal was hurt and saving the planet. Highly processed food, such as Impossible Burger, reports trouble with digestion due to a lack of enzymes to digest certain carbs and soy. The amount of water used and other environmental impacts in processing have become a question that remains unanswered.

I’m not a geneticist, chemist or biologist, just a consumer looking for answers. I encourage everyone to do their own research and ask questions about their food source. I’m not saying any of the following is safe or not. Just saying you may want to know where your food comes from, when, and how. I’ve been buying beef from a neighboring farm for many years. There is a distinct difference between store beef and the beef I buy from them. The hamburger is infinitely better! The cows are grass-fed and a mixture of silage treated very well, live in open pastures and have shelter. Their fecal waste is made into highly sought-after fertilizer. Every part of the cow is used for byproducts. When their time comes, they are ethically euthanized, and a New Hampshire USDA butcher processes the meat.

Save a farm and buy local!

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Tulsi Gabbard As Trump’s Running Mate?

Sun, 2024-02-25 15:00 +0000

Tulsi Gabbard, a former U.S. representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district and a decorated military veteran, has emerged as a fascinating potential candidate for the vice-presidential spot in Donald Trump’s administration. Her background, unorthodox political stances, and broad appeal marked by a unique blend of military experience, legislative understanding, and a distinctive foreign policy stance offer a compelling narrative for her potential role in the Trump administration.

Tulsi Gabbard’s political career has been marked by a strong focus on legislative achievements that resonate with a broad spectrum of constituents. During her tenure in Congress, Tulsi Gabbard demonstrated a multifaceted approach to governance, focusing on several key areas:

Environmental Advocacy: Gabbard cosponsored the Coral Reef Sustainability Through Innovation Act of 2016, aiming to promote coral reef research and conservation through federal grants. She supported green energy policies, including transitioning to near-zero greenhouse gas emissions and 100% clean renewable energy.

Affordable Housing Initiatives: Addressing Hawaii’s high cost of living, Gabbard focused on affordable housing issues, highlighting her commitment to economic development and social welfare.

Health and Food Policy Advocacy: Gabbard was a leading advocate for mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food, earning recognition from Food Policy Action for her efforts to improve the nation’s food system and fight against the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act.

National Parks Conservation Support: Gabbard was honored with the “Friend of the National Parks” award from the National Parks Conservation Association for her support of the National Park System, underscoring her commitment to preserving the natural and cultural resources of the United States.

Gabbard’s legislative achievements reflect her dedication to serving the needs and interests of her constituents, showcasing her commitment to environmental protection, economic development, and social welfare.

Military Experience and Foreign Policy Stance: Gabbard’s distinguished military career and experience in the United States Army Reserve have shaped her unique foreign policy views, setting her apart from mainstream Democratic or Republican positions. Her service in Iraq and Kuwait has given her a deep understanding of military operations and strategy.

In this regard, her interactions with the Trump administration have also been notable. Gabbard has met with President Trump and has been critical of specific policies while supporting others.

The potential impact of Tulsi Gabbard’s inclusion in the Trump administration must be considered. The speculation around Gabbard’s possible candidacy for the vice-presidential spot in the Trump administration is intriguing. Her ability to appeal to women, military personnel, and Democrats presents a unique opportunity for the Trump campaign to broaden its support base.

Gabbard’s calm and logical approach could balance Trump’s aggressive style, potentially mellowing his rhetoric and making his administration more appealing to a broader range of voters. Her background in Congress and military experience could help reshape the administration’s policy and public engagement approach.

However, Tulsi Gabbard’s relationship with the World Economic Forum has raised serious concerns among conservatives. WEF is a globalist organization established by Klaus Schwab.

Gabbard’s willingness to support authoritarian regimes under certain conditions has both been criticized and contributed to her distinct foreign policy stance.

Gabbard’s foreign policy views are characterized by a critical view of “regime change wars” and an advocacy for a more diplomatic approach to international relations and a focus on environmentalism. She has shown a willingness to support authoritarian regimes in certain contexts, such as her meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which was controversial due to her defense of his authoritarianism and his use of force against civilians. Additionally, she has expressed support for brutal authoritarian repression in places like Egypt in the name of counter-terrorism, placing her outside of the mainstream of American progressives.

“Gabbard was scrutinized for a 2017 meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom the United States government blames for deadly attacks against Syrian civilians during the country’s civil war.”

“Gabbard endorsed independent senator Sanders’ run against Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Gabbard ended her presidential candidacy in March 2020 and immediately endorsed Joe Biden.

Here is a long list of  Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s (2013-202) Congressional Report Card. Conclusion

Is Tulsi Gabbard picture-perfect? No, she is not. Can Republican voters trust her should she become a VP nominee? That’s the question that is still lingering. But, hypothetically, let’s assume Trump chooses her as his running mate; what should we expect?

In a hypothetical situation, Tulsi Gabbard’s potential can be seen by some as a game-changer for the Trump administration. Her selection as Trump’s vice president could bring many benefits, including unifying the Republican base, appealing to a broader range of voters, and balancing influence on Trump’s more combative approach to governance.

“Tulsi Gabbard’s odds of becoming the 2024 Republican vice-presidential candidate surged with a leading bookmaker after Donald Trump said she was on his short list during a Fox News town hall on Tuesday.”

Her legislative achievements, military experience, and distinct foreign policy stance make her a compelling candidate for a vice-presidential role. The benefits of her selection, including her broad appeal and potential to influence the administration’s approach, warrant serious consideration.

In short, her candidacy remains speculative, and further developments will provide more insight into the direction of the Trump administration. Gabbard’s unique blend of experiences and perspectives could significantly influence the Trump administration’s policies and approach to governance, setting a new precedent for the role of vice president in American politics.

 

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NH Dem’s Dog Ban Bill

Sun, 2024-02-25 13:00 +0000

No one, including (I suspect) the lone Democrat Rep who sponsored the legislation, New Market Democrat Ellen Read, expects HB1102 to get very far. The Bill would modify the state’s animal cruelty law to effectively ban English and French bulldogs, bull mastiffs, Boston terriers, boxers, pugs, shih tzus, Lhasa apsos, and Pekingese.

By ban, I mean the breeding for sale of Brachycephalic Dogs. These are flat-faced pups with shortened snouts that can lead to a variety of pre-ordained health issues. According to this source,

While not all of these dogs have associated health problems, the shape of the nose and head of a brachycephalic dog can place them at risk for a condition called brachycephalic airway syndrome, says Dr. Cheryl Yuill for Veterinary Centers of America. VCA Hospitals. There are four distinct upper airway abnormalities that can cause this condition, and a brachycephalic dog can have one or more of these abnormalities.

Read’s Bill would prohibit their sale in the state, their breeding being statutorily defined as animal cruelty, changes that include two or more of “an animal that has a birth deformity that causes suffering.”

No matter your thoughts on Bull Dogs, Pugs, or any other related varieties, labradors, for example, tend to be born with hip dysplasia. It may or may not cause suffering, but the odds of it are not low, while treatment can be reasonable and noninvasive. My dog, Cosmo, was diagnosed with hip dysplasia around the age of one. He’s been on joint supplements since (a daily chewable tablet), and, as he approaches his 8th birthday, has never once shown any discomfort, lack of mobility, or disinterest in testing his speed or agility at the dog park (or chasing critters in the yard) since diagnosed. But, technically, were the breeder to have had two such instances in that litter (his was eight pups), I believe they could be said to have violated the statute as modified by HB1102.

It’s absurd. The quality of his life, and ours for having him in it, have been exceptional. And while I’ve never owned a Brachycephalic Dog, I know people who have or do, and they love each other a great deal, experiencing the joys of pet and owner (not to mention the added commerce created by pet ownership in general).

In other words, whether a constituent requested this Bill or it came to Rep. Read in a progressive fever dream, it is a ridiculous proposition. Two of the (would be) banned dogs are in the top ten most popular breeds in the US, with the French Bulldog at number one (the other is the English Bulldog at No. 6). Related: The Climate Cult is “Coming” For the Family Pet – Dogs and Cats Contribute to Global Warming.

The Bill does not ban your getting a breed outside New Hampshire and bringing it home, but that then encourages prospective pet owners to take their business outside the state. The actual message is anti-local dog breeding, which you’d think might make them more accountable to their customers than those outside the state. I assume that HB1102 would also end the ability of rescue services to bring them here for adoption to good, happy homes.

If you are inclined to appear and express your doubts about this as an exercise of state authority, a public hearing is scheduled on 03/05/2024 01:00 pm LOB 301-303, with a Full Committee Work Session scheduled for 03/06/2024 10:00 am LOB 301-303

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Biden’s Policies And Swing State Polls

Sun, 2024-02-25 11:00 +0000

Many Presidents have tempered their policy positions while campaigning for or during their second term. Bill Clinton was praised by many for his move toward the middle, allowing him to get much accomplished in his second term. What Joe Biden has been doing the last few weeks is evidence his reelection staff is in panic mode.

They will say or do whatever is necessary to counter the damaging polls coming out of swing states that will determine the winner in 2024.

Michigan is an excellent example to analyze because the President has to win Michigan and is currently behind Trump in one-to-one polling. Joe Biden’s Green Policies and his mandate to phase out internal combustion vehicles are destroying the auto industry in Michigan and thousands of good-paying union jobs. Green Energy has been the number one policy of this Administration, and Biden has been unyielding in his focus until now. The difference today is that the impact of Biden’s premature and poor policy decisions has been devastating enough to break Biden’s support by the Michigan voters. With his policy no longer set in stone, Biden will reassess exhaust emissions that will delay the death of gas-driven automobiles. Biden’s difficulty securing the support of the powerful UAW and the recent announcement that the Teamsters are backing Trump has forced Biden’s hand. This Teamster decision will mark the first time they have supported a Republican in nearly fifty years.

This policy change is good news for the autoworkers in Michigan but leaves automakers questioning their future focus. Do they continue shifting their attention to electric vehicles, or is this a short-term flip solely for votes, and Biden will return to his pro-green push? Nobody except Biden can answer that question, and who would believe his answer? The Radical Left will pay close attention to this issue as any deviation from his green policies will bring stiff resistance.

The other issue generating interest and debate is also a high-wire act for Biden as he does not want to alienate one block of Democrats as he satisfies another. Michigan has a significant Muslim population that has been critical of any sign of Biden’s support for Israel. This Muslim pressure, along with the Radical Left, in other words, The Squad, has been having an impact on Biden’s tempered support of Israel as they defend themselves against Hamas and Hezbollah.

Joe Biden has sent billions of our tax dollars to Ukraine and consistently demands more funds. There are reports of kickbacks from Ukraine into the Biden Family accounts. Biden tells us how important it is to give Ukraine the resources to protect its borders while ours remains completely open. When it comes to Israel, his message is very different. Instead of funds, he sends Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Israel to urge them to stop their attack on Hamas. He publicly denounces the push into Gaza by Israeli ground troops on their mission to retaliate for the Hamas attack of October 7 and to eliminate the potential repeat of such a breach of their sovereignty. Israel was once our strongest ally in the Middle East. Still, Biden is doing irreversible damage to that relationship if only to appease his connection with the Radical Left and to buy Muslim votes in places like Michigan. It is a transparent and shameless act but one we have come to expect from our Shadow president.

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Night Cap: Biden Couldn’t Find Memory Lane With …

Sun, 2024-02-25 09:00 +0000

The man who occasionally (rarely?) sits behind the Resolute desk in the Oval Office (photo ops?) can’t seem to find his way onstage. He has difficulty making it to the podium.

He appears to shake hands with people who aren’t on the stage. He frequently speaks to or about people who aren’t there—because they’re dead (e.g., Francois Mitterrand, who died in 1996, Helmut Kohl, who died in 2017, or Rep. Jackie Walorski who died before a conference that she had convened).

He just spoke of asking President Lopez Obrador of Mexico to open the gate between Gaza and Israel. He continues to repeat tall tales about various events that have been fact-checked as false. He slurs words together.

When he is finally done. he can’t find his way off of the stage. Does he seem OK to you?

The latest buzz? The report about the classified documents about Afghanistan and Ukraine found in cardboard boxes in Mr. Biden’s garage and in his office at the Penn Biden Center. As Mr. Biden was the vice-president or a senator at the time, he was not legally allowed to declassify and retain those documents.

Will he be indicted? Per special counsel Robert Hur—no. Why?

Mr. Hur noted that Mr. Biden’s memory was so poor that he couldn’t remember when he was vice president or when his son Beau died, among other things. Mr. Hur stated that Mr. Biden would be a sympathetic elderly defendant and a jury wouldn’t convict. Not that AG Garland would actually issue an indictment against his buddy. C’mon, man

Are you still planning to vote for this person as president of the United States?

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