The Manchester Free Press

Tuesday • May 24 • 2022

Vol.XIV • No.XXI

Manchester, N.H.

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Data Point – For All the Talk That Trump Is Now Fading, He’s Got a Great Candidate-Picking Track Record

Thu, 2022-05-19 02:00 +0000

I wish I had this kind of track record. Reformatted, emphasis mine:

EXCLUSIVE: President Trump’s Endorsements Matter – Last Night 23-2-1 (TBD-Oz) – Overall 81 Wins, 3 Losses, 1 TBD (Oz)

President Trump’s endorsements are golden.  After last night, President Trump’s results to date are 81-3-1 (Oz).

Last night was another huge win for Americans who want to Make America Great Again.  President Trump’s endorsements were big winners.

Here are the results to date and from last night: PRIMARIES

Idaho-Senate: Crapo, Mike
Idaho-Governor: McGeachin, Janice (L)
Idaho-01: Fulcher, Russ

Kentucky-Senate: Paul, Rand
Kentucky-01: Comer, James
Kentucky-02: Guthrie, Brett
Kentucky-04: Massie, Thomas
Kentucky-05: Rogers, Hal
Kentucky-06: Barr, Andy

North Carolina-Senate: Budd, Ted
North Carolina-03: Murphy, Greg
North Carolina-05: Foxx, Virginia
North Carolina-07: Rouzer, David
North Carolina-08: Bishop, Dan
North Carolina-09: Hudson, Richard
North Carolina-10: McHenry, Patrick
North Carolina-11: Cawthorn, Madison (L)
North Carolina-13: Hines, Bo

Pennsylvania-Senate: Oz, Mehmet (TBD)
Pennsylvania-Governor: Mastriano, Doug
Pennsylvania-08: Bognet, Jim
Pennsylvania-10: Perry, Scott
Pennsylvania-11: Smucker, Lloyd
Pennsylvania-13: Joyce, John
Pennsylvania-14: Reschenthaler, Guy
Pennsylvania-16: Kelly, Mike

May 10: Nebraska, West Virginia (3-1)

Nebraska-Governor: Herbster, Charles (L)
Nebraska-03: Smith, Adrian

West Virginia-01: Miller, Carol
West Virginia-02: Mooney, Alex

May 3: Indiana, Ohio (22-0)

Indiana-02: Walorski, Jackie
Indiana-03: Banks, Jim
Indiana-04: Baird, Jim
Indiana-05: Spartz, Victoria
Indiana-06: Pence, Greg
Indiana-08: Bucshon, Larry

Ohio-Senate: Vance, J.D.
Ohio-Secretary of State: LaRose, Frank
Ohio-Attorney General: Yost, Dave
Ohio-Treasurer: Sprague, Robert
Ohio-Auditor: Faber, Keith
Ohio-01: Chabot, Steve
Ohio-02: Wenstrup, Brad
Ohio-04: Jordan, Jim
Ohio-05: Latta, Bob
Ohio-06: Johnson, Bill
Ohio-07: Miller, Max
Ohio-08: Davidson, Warren
Ohio-10: Turner, Mike
Ohio-12: Balderson, Troy
Ohio-13: Gilbert, Madison Gesiotto
Ohio-15: Carey, Mike

March 1: Texas (33-0)

Texas-Governor: Abbott, Greg
Texas-Lieutenant Governor: Patrick, Dan
Texas-Attorney General: Paxton, Ken*
Texas-Agriculture Commissioner: Miller, Sid
Texas-Comptroller: Hegar, Glenn
Texas-Land Commissioner: Buckingham, Dawn*
Texas-04: Fallon, Pat
Texas-05: Gooden, Lance
Texas-06: Ellzey, Jake
Texas-10: McCaul, Michael
Texas-11: Pfluger, August
Texas-12: Granger, Kay
Texas-13: Jackson, Ronny
Texas-14: Weber, Randy
Texas-15: De La Cruz, Monica
Texas-19: Arrington, Jodey
Texas-22: Nehls, Troy
Texas-24: Van Duyne, Beth
Texas-25: Williams, Roger
Texas-26: Burgess, Michael
Texas-27: Cloud, Michael
Texas-31: Carter, John
Texas-36: Babin, Brian
Texas-38: Hunt, Wesley
Texas-SD-08: Paxton, Angela
Texas-SD-11: Middleton, Mayes
Texas-SD-24: Flores, Pete*
Texas-SD-31: Sparks, Kevin
Texas-HD-15: Toth, Steve
Texas-HD-31: Guillen, Ryan*
Texas-HD-61: Frazier, Frederick
Texas-Tarrant Co.-Judge: O’Hare, Tim
Texas-Tarrant Co.-District Attorney: Sorrells, Phil*

*advanced to runoff

That’s impressive.  Sure, all of the talk is of a Red Wave – but that’s for the General Election(s).  I dare say that none of the “Professionals” have this kind of track record; if so, they’ve kept it rather quiet which it TOTALLY unlike Political Operatives / Consultants.  After all, “wins” begat more business, right?  The Golden Touch for elective races?

83 wins, 1 loss, and one To Be Decided.

(H/T: Gateway Pundit)

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President Franklin Pierce and the Worst Franchise Players Ever

Thu, 2022-05-19 00:00 +0000

U.S. News and World Report famously does an annual ranking of the top 100 colleges in America. It all gets lots of attention and schools that make the list understandably tout the ratings in their marketing plans.

Truth be told, the best college in America for a Granite Stater could be a community college or an affordable state college. A place to get the necessary background to succeed in a chosen field. A place to make lifelong friends. A place to meet a future spouse. A place to play on a sports team.

All things that would not happen if said Granite Stater attended Princeton, the Report’s #1 rated school. (Princeton’s annual tuition is over $56,000.00). So, the best college in America for said Granite Stater could well be White Mountains Community College, Plymouth State, UNH, or whatever. Yes?

Inevitably lists are also generated as to the worst colleges in each state. These lists also get attention and are not helpful to whatever institutions make those lists. But such lists create a buzz and draw attention to the list-makers—which account for the lists.

Presidential rankings are common. Was Washington or Lincoln our greatest president? Who was our worst president? I take issue with those who say New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce was our worst president. He was only the third worst. Perhaps soon to be fourth worst.

Sports lists are common. The greatest this or the worst that. Statistics are cited to make cases. Then others point out that intangibles matter. Arguments abound. Lists of the greatest player ever for each sports franchise are regularly published.

The all-time greatest Red Sox player? Ted Williams or Carl Yastrzemski? Or Babe Ruth?

Such lists provide fun fodder for Fenway Park arguments over grandstand beers, though the ultra-contentious do draw energy from arguing for the sake of arguing. Enjoyable at times, but tiresome after a while.

Inevitably, lists come out as to the WORST player for each sports franchise—like a recent one from sportsdrop.com listing each NFL team’s worst player ever. For example, the immortal Giovanni Carmazzi was listed as the worst 49er ever. (Look him up.) The immortal Limas Sweed is supposedly the worst Pittsburgh Steeler ever. (Look him up.)

So naturally, I had to see who was listed as the worst New England Patriot ever.

The immortal Chad Jackson. (Look him up.)

According to sportsdrop.com, Pats coach Bill Belichick is known for finding hidden gems in the NFL draft. Guys who weren’t at the top of every scout’s wish list, but who’d go on to have solid, overachieving careers. Chad Jackson was supposed to be one of those guys. In 2006 Jackson was taken in the second round and was seen as a receiving weapon for Tom Brady. Instead, he played in just 14 games, catching 14 passes for 171 yards before the Pats cut him.

Not even Belichick gets every pick right.

No doubt someone pointed out the ranking to Jackson, who surely blanched at the news. But such things go with being a high-profile athlete. I’m sure Jackson’s mom would argue against the designation, over Gillette Stadium beers with the ultra-contentious. She might claim that the immortal Mike Taliaferro was a worse player. (Look him up.)

Such lists actually may benefit those who receive those “worst” designations, after all, sportsdrop.com’s list helped to get Carmazzi, Sweed, Jackson, and Taliaferro into this column.

Bring on the next list so we can have another fun “discussion.”

And …

Upon further review, I now rate Franklin Pierce as our fifth-worst president, as opposed to third or fourth worst.

(Look him up!)

 

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State Rep. Mike Moffett is a retired professor and former Marine Corps officer. He vice-chairs the House Committee on State-Federal Relations and also serves on House Education Committee.

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Poll: COVID Comes in Dead Last among America’s “Worries” but is The Damage Already Done?

Wed, 2022-05-18 22:00 +0000

The headline from CNBC isn’t precisely what you’d expect. “Inflation Is Top Problem Facing America, with No Other Issue Coming Close.” The product of a Pew Research Poll, the results measured a dozen “concerns” from guns and violence to school, healthcare, racism, and COVID.

Here’s the snapshot from the poll.

 

 

Can you smell the Pew in this poll? Climate change 42%. That’s an outlier. Climate Change rarely rises from the bottom unless you oversample Democrats but look at inflation AND where COVID landed? Dead last.

Unemployment – not a big concern in this poll (they must not have polled people looking for workers) – beats it by 4 points. Racism is also low on this list, as is infrastructure.

But if this is accurate, COVID is no longer a big deal to most Americans, which is a vast improvement. Everyone is acting like they are supposed to when the flu comes to town. It’s the flu in May. But is it an act? If the “powers that be” hit the shiny candy apple red button again, will enough Americans bend the knee the way they did the last time?

Will the wallflowers who took a tentative step toward liberty during the last dance wilt under the fresh heat of tyranny or grab it by the b***s and tell it to go to hell?

Tossup

People activated by one crisis or event can become well-rounded, long-term activists for liberty, but most will not. A few will get a little too radicalized by a cause. Maybe burn bright and then burn out. But most will get worn out by the unrelenting Left, which is what the Left does. The Democrats are the Nazis bombing London only no breaks between raids. They come at you on TV, in movies, on the radio, in print, at work, school, on social media, and everywhere.

And no matter how crazy you might be, the Left can plug you into something now and keep that crazy going. Recruitment appears easy.

Liberty is different, and to be honest, the Republican Party doesn’t truly understand that or can’t operate alongside it; take your pick. Look at how few Republican governors stood up for it and the rights protected by our Constitutions during COVID.

Liberty is so easy it’s hard. It’s not a sound bite, a long weekend away, or even one political campaign. Defending it is a lifelong life choice. Look at Rand Paul or his dad Ron. You don’t have to agree with them on everything, but you have to agree they are in it for liberty.

As I wrote in my Memoriam to the passing of Ed Nail and John Irish,

 

Ed and John were in it for the long haul, come what may. And they woke up, maybe not every morning but most, with an idea about how they could help, what it would require of them, and they did that.

We cannot replace them; we can only succeed them. And not like them but in their spirit, because the battle against tyranny is eternal, as is the desire for liberty but tyranny never rests, so – like them – neither shall we.

 

Liberty is messy, and the Left has trained people to be afraid of it. To accept constraints in exchange for assurances never delivered. Promises that are never kept. Lies propped up by lies. But people still believe. It is why 42% of those in this poll actually think the climate is a thing and that (here’s the bigger lie) the government could do anything but make life worse either way.

And inflation killed COVID. Even Democrats and left-leaning independents think higher prices are the most significant concern. For how long? Are we paying attention until a new narrative starts trending? That’s the way of things these days but is it too late for that narrative to be liberty?

Liberty is sexy, and it’s yours to do with as you like with a few boundaries. Has America evolved beyond that or can we get it back? Can the threat to liberty posed by whatever the Feds are doing this week ever be the biggest concern in America?

Only if your state decides to make it so? And only you can make that happen.

It’s not lost, but it can’t find its way back without you. Every day, any way you can. “Because the battle against tyranny is eternal, as is the desire for liberty but tyranny never rests, so – like them – neither shall we.”

 

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Democrat Senator Jay Kahn Leads Republican Senators to Oppose Parental Rights in NH

Wed, 2022-05-18 20:00 +0000

It is bad enough that parents no longer have democrats fighting for them, but we are now seeing some of our elected Republicans follow in that direction.

Today the NH House of Representatives and Senators had to concur on an important parental rights Bill. HB1639

You can watch the Committee of Conference meeting here. Fast forward to 1:02:00

 



 

When the NH House and Senate pass different versions of the same bill, that legislation goes to a Committee of Conference where both sides must concur on an acceptable version. In this case, you will see that Jay Kahn (D) leads Senators Ruth Ward (R) and Erin Hennessey (R) to oppose a good bill that would have required parental consent when children take a CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey at school.

We know anytime there is research conducted on children, ethical guidelines require informed consent from parents. Children can be exploited which is what we’ve been seeing for many years that this survey has been administered.

You can read from Dr. Mark B. Constantian who explains the ethical reasoning for parental consent on surveys like the YRBS. He says:

There is an easy example of why this legislation is needed.

I have done many years of clinical research.  Any research involving students, according to the Declaration of Helsinki, requires Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. The purpose of such approval, which is rigorous, is to assure that any human experimentation, which includes surveys, is not only safe but likely to produce important new information.

The current Youth Risk Behavior Survey would not pass IRB muster, for several reasons.

First, to my knowledge it is not a metric proven to give reliable information. It is not “controlled,” except by measuring the current data against the data from two years ago. To my knowledge, the YRBS has not been shown to be reliable; and moreover its questions are potentially harmful because they can create confusion in the children’s minds, plant ideas that may not have occurred to them, and invade their privacy in a way that parents may not approve. The YBRS is thus an experiment with no defined goal.

The latest administrative analysis of this data (attached) is naïve. The writer consistently talks about “significant” change with no evidence of any statistical proof, and is excited, for example, that the percent of students who ingest alcohol before sexual intercourse has dropped from 22% to 5% in two years. This is an unbelievable conclusion.

Sadly, none of this mattered to the Senators. What matters is that NGO’s receive funding $$$ from grant organizations so they can offer programs to schools to curb risky behavior. Does it work? Who knows. No one presented any independent research to the committee during the hearings, that showed their programs curb risky behavior. In fact, I’d argue that some of these programs do the opposite. But I guess that doesn’t matter. Facts be damned, let’s throw money at the problems and hope they work. But what if they don’t work and actually do the opposite?  Read more about that here.

These people make their living off of selling these programs to schools. They should be held to a very high standard. They should be conducting their research in an ethical way, and they should present independent and peer-reviewed studies showing their programs actually work.

For now, parents lose. The CDC survey will continue in our schools without any ethical boundaries. While parents may have seen momentum on their side, some of their elected officials just threw them under the bus.

It is good to mention that the four State Representative serving on this committee supported the opt-in requirement on the YRBS. They should be thanked for not abandoning parental rights:
Rick Ladd (R)
Deb Hobson (R)
Glenn Cordelli (R)
Ralph Boehm (R)

On parental rights :
CDC 1
Parents 0

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Two New Choices, One Fateful Decision in November

Wed, 2022-05-18 18:00 +0000

Today’s voters usually think of our elections as political contests between liberal and conservative visions of America, often contentious, but always consistent with American values. In recent years, as our political rhetoric became more heated and the rancor more bitter, politicians and pundits started labeling every election as “the most important in history” – a vote for the very soul of America.

Now, almost overnight, we’ve witnessed historic changes in our country. Many of those American values and civil rights we’ve always taken for granted have come under attack.

When Covid-19 arrived, some politicians panicked. Out of fear, they overreacted. But others actually saw the pandemic, not as an emergency, but an opportunity to change America. They responded by abrogating the civil rights of American citizens. They arbitrarily closed schools and places of worship. They outlawed peaceful assemblies of any kind, required all citizens to wear facemasks in public, and forced them to submit to vaccines that they, themselves, had denigrated just a few months earlier. They promised that their mandates would be short-lived, but repeatedly extended them for what seemed like an eternity.

While out of the public eye, those same politicians ignored their own arbitrary decrees, knowing they were virtually useless. At the same time, they revealed a true lack of concern over the virus itself, by infusing American communities with millions of unvaccinated, unscreened illegal immigrants. Their lockdowns did nothing to mitigate the mortality rate. Per capita, Covid deaths were higher in this country than in Sweden, which had a much less stringent response to the virus. It tells us that the suspension of our civil rights was not only wholly unjustified, but mostly ineffective. More than that, it set the stage for the economic and social disasters we’re dealing with today.

But just as threatening to our freedom is the growing censorship by the news and social media. Leading up to the 2020 election, the media suppressed a major story incriminating the son of a presidential candidate and most likely, the candidate himself. Their biased and tainted reporting likely altered the outcome of that election, and saddled our country with most of the problems we now face.

Now, in defiance of our Bill of Rights, the federal government is joining the censorship business. A new government entity, designated the Disinformation Governance Board, has been established under the Department of Homeland Security. Ostensibly, this new board is tasked with standardizing the DHS response to so-called disinformation. We’ve seen what a biased news media can accomplish, and we’ve seen how effective government propaganda has been in authoritarian countries. The last thing America needs is state control over free speech.

It’s not just our freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and other basic liberties that have come under siege. So many other American values have been crumbling before our eyes.

We’ve watched the concept of equal justice vanish as crime rates escalate across the country.  Progressive prosecutors and antipathy toward peace officers are turning America into a lawless, third-world country. All this, while the powerful treat Lady Justice as their personal instrument of retribution.

We saw easily manipulated zealots follow radical agitators onto streets across America, rioting over fabricated injustices. We were dumfounded and disgusted when they began to frantically tear down random historic monuments. Now they’re invading our churches, attacking our cherished freedom of religion, and freely violating federal statutes by protesting at the homes of Supreme Court justices. They envision themselves as champions of women’s rights, but what they’re demanding is the right to kill more unborn babies,

And those responsible for protecting our borders have instead opened the floodgates. Defying our immigration laws, they allowed more than two million foreign nationals to cross into our country illegally. Then they took the limited resources needed to feed America’s children and diverted them to families who have no right to be here.  And if they seem overly confident during their congressional testimony, it’s because they know they’re free to lie under oath with utter impunity.

America’s decline is apparent in so many other ways.

There are the record-high gas prices and soaring inflation, the deep division in our country, and the force-fed racial animus.

Our children and young people are being taught to see America as a greedy, imperialistic country, infested with systemic racism. So national pride, the glue that holds a country together, is eroding before our eyes.

Our founders wrote of unalienable rights bestowed on us by our Creator. Now, elements within our country are demanding other rights that have nothing to do with our Creator – like the right to free education, the right to silence opposing views by any means necessary, and the right to murder unborn children at will. Those aren’t, nor could they ever be construed as God-given rights. Nor do they remotely resemble the rights guaranteed by our Constitution.

In the 2020 election, voters were deceived by politicians and the media. They believed that the man they were electing was a uniter, who would bring dignity and decorum to the White House. But now they’ve seen what happens when a feeble president bends to the will of the radical elements in his party. A new NBC poll reveals that 75 percent of Americans now believe we’re on the wrong track. That includes voters across the political spectrum. Only they can stop America’s disintegration by electing rational lawmakers who will stand up to this president’s radical agenda.

This upcoming election is not about liberal vs. conservative ideas. It’s a contest between anti-Americanism and American values. This time, it is a vote for the soul of America.

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NH State Senator Bob Guida’s Agenda (For Gunstock Area Commissioners)

Wed, 2022-05-18 16:00 +0000

The Daily Sun continues its support of the Citizens for Gunstock by featuring an opinion piece by senator Giuda.  While calling out others for dishonesty, he uses incorrect references for support.

He claims the delegation violated the enabling statute and claims appointees need ‘experience in ski area business or strategic planning.’  The actual law as amended 2020 Chapter 18:1 reads;

399:4  Appointive Agency.  The county convention for the county of Belknap, hereinafter sometimes referred to as the “appointive agency”, shall, acting as a body, appoint the members of the commission.  Members of the commission shall be residents of Belknap county.  At least one member shall be an experienced skier and at least one member shall be experienced in the field of finance, banking, or accounting.  The term of office of each member shall be five years, except that initially, one member shall be appointed for a term of five years, one member for a term of four years, one member for a term of three years, one member for a term of two years, and one member for a term of one year.  Thereafter, appointments shall be made for five years.  No commission member shall serve more than 2 consecutive terms. Each member shall continue in office until his or her successor has been appointed and qualified, and each member shall be subject to removal for cause by the appointive agency after public hearing.

The key provision being “At least one member shall be an experienced skier and at least one member shall be experienced in the field of finance, banking, or accounting.”  The current members are all experienced skiers Each of the current commissioners have varying levels of the additional skills requiredThe county delegation has delivered commissioners well suited for the position and beyond that which is required by statute.

We want to thank NH State Rep Mike Sylvia (Chair of the Belknap County Delegation) for this Op-Ed. If you have an Op-Ed or LTE
you would like us to consider, please submit it to Editor@GraniteGrok.com.

The senator goes further to suggest that the Attorney General and Secretary of State took a position on the question of Rusty McLear’s hold-over term.  As chairman of the appointive agency, I am not aware of any official statement having been made by either office. 

He also asserts that the delegation’s attorney ‘found no evidence of criminality’ which is correct.  It is rather misleading as the delegation’s attorney was defending the body from the suit brought by the Gunstock Area Commission (GAC), there was no investigation of criminality conducted.  I have no evidence that the senator has a hidden agenda.  We do know that the senator does have a connection to the suit brought by GAC.  Prior to sending a letter to the Belknap county delegation in January, putting his thumb on the scale, the law firm for GAC charge $240 for reviewing said letter.  Some might say that suggests there is more than meets the eye in this matter.

The Daily Sun’s policies for letters appear not to apply to opinion pieces.  The senator resorts, in his failed arguments, to ad hominem attacks on commissioners appointed in the recent past.  He repeats the defamatory allegations manufactured by GAC attorneys intended to remove commissioner Ness.  Perhaps the senator is not familiar with the billing records and evaluation of said records recently published on GraniteGrok.  The Laconia Daily Sun claims to seek the truth and print it, they seem to have trouble finding that which is in plain sight.

In a final moment of absurdity the senator claims that in order to take politics out of the GAC you must have them elected.  Just in case you miss the point; elections are political.

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So McDonald’s Thinks It Can Force “Ordering Compliance”? The Follow Up – Part 2

Wed, 2022-05-18 14:00 +0000

So my first post, “So McDonald’s Thinks It Can Force “Ordering Compliance”?“, told the tale of poor customer service at the Laconia McDonalds (“You WILL use our ordering kiosk – Oh, the sausage burrito isn’t on it…”) and then attempting to get in contact with a responsible adult (“So McDonald’s Thinks It Can Force “Ordering Compliance”? The Follow Up – Part 1“).

I am happy to report that I did get a response (unlike the Gilford School Board, of which most of you understand the simple explanation: “Easter Island stone-faced Moa statues”) yesterday:

—— Original Message ——
From: “Boston Rest. 01693 (US Stores)” <bos.1693@us.stores.mcd.com>
To: “skip@granitegrok.com” <skip@granitegrok.com>
Sent: 5/16/2022 4:12:37 PM
Subject: Recent visit to McDonald’s

Hello Skip,
Thank you for reaching out to me about your poor visit to my restaurant. I did attempt to call you this afternoon however your voicemail box is full and I was unable to leave a message.
If you would like to further discuss your poor visit please call me here at the restaurant (603)524-9394. I will be available between the hours of 9:30am and 5pm tomorrow.

Thank you,

Mykle Lepene
General Manager
McDonalds #1693
1231 Union Avenue
Laconia NH 03246
603-524-9394

So, having been invited to do so, this morning, I called. After a few moments, Mykle came on the line.  Not a very long call but sufficient.  He agreed that it was a problem that should NOT have happened – especially as another person was treated the same way while I was watching.

“A training issue”, he said. Given that I had included the receipts, he said he’d be talking with them.  Then he corrected himself and said that he’d be talking to a lot more of the employees to ensure that the right message was presented correctly; this should not have happened.  He also offered to sit down with myself, TMEW, and the Grandson to talk across a “make it up to you” meal.  Being honest, I told him that I would think that offer over – after all, T-Bones management had offered the same thing but I never took them up on it. It was never my intention to get a freebie out of this – mostly to point out that the employees’ management had put them into that difficult position (are you listening, Gilford School Board?).

He’s “out of the office” tomorrow so I’ll think about the offer.  But it was nice to see that Mykle wants to do the right thing.

Now – to the lady that experienced the same thing we did (and whose brother reads GraniteGrok).  Tell your brother to email me at Skip@GraniteGrok.com and 1) tell me the item your sister bought for you, and 2) if you would like to accompany us IF I decide to take him up on his offer.

After all, I think you both are due an apology as well.

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Silencing the Public at the Nashua Budget Meetings – Right To Know

Wed, 2022-05-18 12:00 +0000

The City of Nashua has just begun the Budget Review Committee meeting for the 2023 budget. The City will hold 6-7 budget meetings over the next month. Per the City’s NRO 5-14, any committee of the Board shall have public comment at the beginning and the end of the meeting. Alderman Dowd, a seasoned politician, chairs this board.  This year, Alderman Richard Dowd decided to cancel public comment and change the name of the meeting to a “working session”. Nowhere is “working session” defined in the charter, NRO’s or policy.

It is the same meeting as year’s past where public input was allowed at the beginning and the end. He believed he had the right to just cancel the public.

On Sunday evening, I put the Alderman on notice, through an email, that this was in violation of the City NRO. I requested public input be restored. Monday’s budget covered the Mayor’s, Alderman, Legal and Clerk’s offices. I had plenty to say in my 3 minutes about those offices, particularly the Mayor and legal departments given the tactics and costs the taxpayer bore to deny the public access to public information. The $120,000 (salary & benefits) Right to Know Attorney should be removed from the budget. This was a big failure and it is clear that Attorney Bolton did not properly manage and provide the oversight necessary for this position.

At Monday evening’s Budget Review Committee meeting began, Alderman Dowd announced that public comment would be allowed. He was unaware he had broken the ordinance. This is unlikely as this is an ordinance he personally revised and presented that garnered Board approval in 2020. He then explained why he cancelled it. He wanted the new two recently elected Aldermen to be able to ask plenty of questions to the department leadership as this would be the only time they would be present for these meetings. Apparently, he did not want the public wasting valuable teaching moments for the newcomers to the Board.

Clearly, Alderman Dowd, similar to many Aldermen, has forgotten who elected him and who he serves. His constituents are the last thought in his mind. Few citizens come out to participate in the budget meetings; more are needed to get involved. I am a citizen who participates and because I am strongly disliked, Alderman Dowd thought it prudent to just cancel public input for the budget meeting. The public’s voice should be welcomed at a meeting involving the spending of our tax dollars. I have every right to express my dissatisfaction in the spending of my money in departments I believe are mismanaged.

Monday evening’s Budget Review Committee meeting lasted about two hours. Public input lasted 9 minutes. Alderman Dowd, was it worth the public dissension and your reputation to violate your ordinance and cancel public input?

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How About Running for Office – Yes, You!

Wed, 2022-05-18 10:00 +0000

We elect our legislators every two years, and 2022 is a state election year. Primary elections for the NH State Senate and House of Representatives are in four short months, and the general election is in six months. A lot can happen in that time. Will you be part of ensuring a bright future for the next generation in New Hampshire?

We live in difficult times. The fight to protect our individual liberties, not only at the national level, but right here in New Hampshire, is a daily struggle. In Concord, there are 424 individuals – 400 representatives and 24 senators –  who speak and vote for us, each bearing significant responsibility for the future of our state and its citizens.

Although we have narrow Republican majorities in both chambers, that is no guarantee that life, family, and liberty are protected. As voters, we need to be informed as never before, to truly understand our candidates and what they stand for.

And, in a state where we often know our representatives and those in our community, we have a unique opportunity to run and serve ourselves. In fact, the state is in real need of principled, strong individuals who are willing to speak truth and defend our individual rights and institutions which have never been under the type of sustained assault they are now.

Our biennial elections aren’t only for state representatives and senators, but for our governor, the key role of executive councilor and for county offices. We at Cornerstone have been privileged to support many first-time candidates. And they’ve made a real difference at the state house. But there is much work left to be done. To secure our freedoms for future generations, many more candidates of integrity are needed.

Now is the time. We can’t afford to wait out this election. This is the year we must stand strong and stand together. And Cornerstone is here to help with information and insight. Here are key dates and deadlines for the 2022 Elections in New Hampshire (to determine your voting district, go here):

Filing Period for all seats: June 1 (Wednesday) to June 10 (Friday), 2022

Qualified candidates for Executive Councilor, state senator, or county office must file with the Secretary of State. Qualified Candidates for representative to the General Court (NH House) or as a delegate to the Republican state convention must file in person with the Town or City Clerk’s office where they live. Filing typically includes:

  • Declaration of Candidacy
  • Statement of Financial Interests (RSA 15-A)
  • A small administrative assessment fee or a specified number of Primary Petitions with an Assent to Candidacy

Filing Period: June 1 – 10, 2022. All filings must be completed by Friday, June 10th, 5:00. (Note: Any filing on the last day of the filing period must be in person by the candidate.)

State Primary Election: Tuesday, September 13, 2022

General Election: Tuesday, November 8, 2022

You’ll find full details on filing on the Secretary of State’s website. You can contact the Secretary of State’s Office with any questions by calling them at 603-271-3242 or emailing them at elections@sos.nh.gov.

If you are considering filing for office, please get in touch. We understand New Hampshire’s legislative landscape and where the greatest needs are for candidates of integrity. We are also here to support principled candidates and to serve as a knowledgeable resource. Let’s stand together.

 

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Our Former President is a Creature

Wed, 2022-05-18 02:00 +0000

The Democrats were apoplectic for four years every time President Trump spoke or tweeted an off-color description of an adversary. Sleepy Joe, Pocahontas, and Crooked Hillary were some that hit the mark and set the media world on fire. The Left claimed this language was below the status of President and was one of the reasons they urged you to vote for Joe Biden. Uncle Joe would bring civility and harmony back to a White House plagued by the evil Orange Man. The hair sniffing look at the hair on my legs in the pool man from Delaware would bring class and decorum back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Like a cheap used car salesman, they lied.

With the polls continuing to slide to below Carter-like numbers, the Democrats realize they have to take the focus away from the facts and issues of a failed administration. They have charged their research teams to develop effective monikers they can use against the Republicans. They are going to go low and start the labeling and name-calling. Mind you, this is not a new tactic for Democrats, and you need only travel back to 2016 and the Basket of Deplorables coined by then-candidate Hillary Clinton. It did not work then, and it will not work for Joe. It is a lame last-ditch effort to save the mid-terms.

On her way out the door, Jen Psaki claimed erroneously that Joe Biden coined the phrase Ultra MAGA all by himself. It has since been debunked and disclosed that this phrase, that Joe is having trouble saying, resulted from a six-month round table discussion led by Anita Dunn. She had to use one more lie for us to remember her. When Joe went one step further and called Donald Trump the MAGA King, Trump thanked Biden for the compliment. Joe is just putting shells in Donald’s gun, and he will not beat the former President in a war of words.

Biden is not the only one stooping to new lows. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was in rare form on the Sunday talk shows. She attacked the former President and the current Supreme Court in one short sentence. First, she referred to Donald Trump as a “creature” and described the Court he built as the most dangerous in our history. This rhetoric comes from a woman who has a freezer full of more chocolate ice cream treats than it would cost to fill up the average person’s car on Biden Gas. She also has amassed more money from insider trading than any of us could spend in a lifetime. She is the Loch Ness Monster of the Washington swamp.

This metamorphosis of the Democrat party into Progressive wanderers lacking direction is the unfortunate effect it has on our country. It is changing the culture and destroying the next generation with its continuous assault on our children through education. In 1956, Russia’s Communist leader Nikita Khrushchev said, “We will take America without firing a shot. We do not have to invade the U.S. We will destroy you from within.” His words are coming to fruition, and his weapon is the Democrat Party. To think this great nation can be brought to her knees by a bunch of octogenarians led by Biden, Pelosi, and Schumer.

This article was first published on The Liberty Loft thelibertyloft.com

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Another Democrat Vote Buying Program Emerges Before the Elections

Wed, 2022-05-18 00:00 +0000

Just as the Dems are using various measures to make sure crime pays, they are also thinking of ways to make people “comfortable” being poor.  They need to, because poverty is the lifeblood of the Democrat Party. Without high levels of poverty, the Democrat Party would wither away.  This is why they implement policies that guarantee poverty will be sustained at a high level, and then offering “free” poverty-related benefits to ensure the votes will keep rolling in.

White House says 20 internet companies will provide effectively free internet to millions of Americans

[Video at the link – important bits below]

The Biden administration announced Monday that 20 leading internet service providers have agreed to offer basic low cost plans that will be free for millions of Americans after a refund.

The 20 companies, including AT&T (T), Comcast (CMCSA), and Verizon (VZ), cover more than 80% of the U.S. population. They will immediately provide at least one plan that costs no more than $30 a month and provides download speeds of at least 100 mbps.

The White House says that 40% of the U.S. population, about 48 million households, will be eligible to sign up through an existing program called the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The program is aimed at lower income Americans and offers participants a discount of up to $30/month on their internet bill, meaning they’ll effectively get free service if they can get online with one of these participating companies.

Democrats know that it’s hard for Republicans to compete against their version of Santa Claus, so they persist in killing the proverbial “golden goose.” Democrat politicians pretend to be “helping the poor” but it’s a crass, self-serving lie. In reality, they are helping themselves to stay in power, which is, after all, their primary goal.

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For their next vote-buying ‘act,’ they are trying to have over $1 trillion in student loan debt “forgiven.”: Administration signals student loan forgiveness decision may come soon

Today, it was admitted that $100 billion (or more) was stolen by criminals from COVID relief funds due to lack of program oversight.

Considering ALL the multitude of government giveaway (vote-buying) programs, this must amount to hundreds of billions which go directly to crooks. Crime pays (these days) and the middle class picks up the tab, so get your Vaseline ready, you know what’s about to happen. The bottom line is that Democrat politicians don’t care how much human misery those “beneficial” programs create — after all, that IS the point. Adding expensive new welfare perks will only serve to hasten the day when our debt-ridden bankrupt nation goes into a state of complete and precipitous financial collapse.

At the rate we are spending money and given the sky-high rate of inflation being fueled by “free money” which may be fairly soon.  To make matters worse, and needing every vote he can buy,
Biden is now talking about a new $2 trillion giveaway program just as we begin to head into the Fall election.

This is vote-buying on a massive scale. If you agree that vote-buying is a bad deal for both the poor and the middle class, and will destroy the economy, do not vote for a Democrat ever again.

You won’t regret it.

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Michael Yakubovich Releases List Of Early Endorsements In Race For State Senate District 16

Tue, 2022-05-17 22:00 +0000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Keith Carlsen
603-997-1446
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www.Michael4NH.com

Michael Yakubovich Releases List Of Early Endorsements In Race For State Senate District 16
Six Term State Representative John Burt of Goffstown Will Serve As 
Campaign’s Fiscal Agent

HOOKSETT, NH (May 13, 2022) – In advance of his official campaign kickoff on May 19, Michael Yakubovich’s campaign for State Senate today released a list of early endorsements in the race for District 16. The list contains current and former State Representatives for Goffstown, Candia and Raymond.

Topping the list of endorsements is six term State Representative John Burt, of Goffstown, who will serve as the Yakubovich campaign’s fiscal agent.

“I’ve served in the Legislature with Michael Yakubovich, and I know that he is completely committed to the ideals of lower spending and lower taxes – ideals that make New Hampshire the best state to live, work and raise a family. As the next State Senator, Michael will deliver results for the voters of Goffstown and State Senate District 16.

The following legislators currently serve in the State House:

  • Rep. John Burt (Goffstown)
  • Rep. Alan Bershtein (Candia)
  • Rep. Dustin Dodge (Raymond)
  • Rep. Kevin Verville (Candia)
  • Rep. Mark Warden (formerly of Goffstown, presently of Manchester)

The following legislators have previously served in the State House:

  • The Honorable Michael Costable (Raymond)
  • The Honorable Joe Duarte (Candia)
  • The Honorable Michael Gunski (Goffstown)
  • The Honorable John Hikel (Goffstown)
  • The Honorable Cal Pratt (Goffstown)

“I’m proud to have the endorsements of John Burt and other current and former State Representatives from towns across Senate District 16,” said Yakubovich. “And I’m already working hard to earn the most important endorsement of all: the support of the voters of Senate District 16 in the September 13th primary election.”

Yakubovich will officially announce his campaign at a kickoff event on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at the New England Tap House Grille (1292 Hooksett Rd) in Hooksett.

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Montpelier: Counter-Woke Firebrand Dr. James Lindsay and Recent First Amendment Champion Nick Merriweather

Tue, 2022-05-17 20:00 +0000

The banquet hall at the Capitol Plaza & Conference center was nearly full for the 6 pm speaking session featuring counter-woke firebrand Dr. James Lindsay and recent First Amendment champion Nick Merriweather. Drinks and somewhat lively conversation filled the air as concerned parties shared stories and ideas in anticipation of the evening’s presenters.

One Burlington resident spoke of her concerns for seeing her lovely city on the verge of being uninhabitable by someone with her political views. A mother of two, she shared stories of losing friends while gaining others as she spoke up about her political concerns. Though a libertarian and not a Trump supporter she found even that was enough to have friends cancel her from their inner circle. Carrying a degree in microbiology and molecular genetics she bemoaned the lack of science behind the mask mandates. Though an expert she has taken heat for speaking out against the futility of masks for stopping transmission of a highly contagious airborne virus. In her case the narrative proved stronger than the actual science.

Some familiar faces and some new ones gathered to the tables as the event hosts introduced new Republican Party senate hopefuls and other leaders of conservative Vermont politics. The esprit-de-corps was lively for an older dinner party crowd, and the evening began with solemn moments including a pledge of allegiance and prayer offered by John Klar.

James Lindsay is quickly becoming one of the most sought after speakers among conservative groups in the U.S. thanks largely to his expertise in understanding “woke” culture. His popular Youtube channel “The New Discourses” has nearly one hundred thousand subscribers, which some will tell you represents what they’ll allow not what he would actually have were Youtube not a woke corporation. Recent discoveries of Twitters number fudging give one pause. Lindsay is no doubt one of the scariest voices to the left, given he is a confessed liberal Democrat and college educator, not to mention an atheist who published the book “Why Everyone Is Wrong About God”. If He too is wrong about God I can’t help but to be amused by the fact they the Almighty may be trolling him by making him a defender of both Christianity and Christians post publishing. Such are the times.

Lindsay takes no time getting to the serious nature of the culture war. Referencing Antonio Gramsci’s “long march to the institutions” strategy he warns the woke goose-stepping is getting louder and more forceful by the day. His recent book Race Marxism exposes the roots of Critical Race Theory, as well as the other grievance theories such as queer theory and gender theory, as fundamentally Marxist. All of them have the dialectical model of oppressor v. oppressed first proffered by Marx, only his was among the classes. Lindsay points out the failure of the class dialectic led to Marxists like Gramsci and Herbert Marcuse to switch identities to the “ghetto” population and other societal outcasts, like homosexuals, feminists and the like. The more radical the more revolutionary is their reasoning.

He reminds the audience Marxism, despite its atheism, is a theology with all of the trappings of a religion. It has prophets (Gramsci, Paulo Freire), a savior (socialist man), a promised land (Utopia), scripture, liturgy, sacraments, and so on. This explains the obvious religious fervor, extremism and evangelism of the youth that is at the root of our current societal dysfunction. Lindsay’s warning is more dire than the last time he spoke for the Dartmouth Republicans. Though Americans are fundamentally in favor of freedom and a shared American dream, the crypto-communists have co-opted those values and used them strategically to take over institutions (banking, universities, tech) as well as Lindsay’s chief concern – pedagogy. The revolution they want can’t survive a battle among boomer and Gen X, but it can outlast them by indoctrinating our children, which they are doing and with haste.

Of course the funding is an issue too and here he explains such groups as Black Rock and the aptly named Vanguard are acquiring vast sums of wealth in the trillions of dollars while shaping a Marxist future with such things as their Chinese Communist Party inspired ESG scores and woke corporate grooming agenda via Diversity, Equity and Inclusion consultants who are paid absurd amounts of money to effectively intimidate while codifying neo-Marxism among the workers.

The picture is bleak to those without the stomach of men such as Dr. Lindsay, however he won’t let anyone off the hook. The battle is at our door and you get one shot to win this, we are in the ninth inning and up to bat. This is not the time to go to the bathroom, get more popcorn and watch or get to your car to leave early. No – this is the time to fight back with everything you have including what little courage you can muster. It’s all hands on deck and playing for keeps.

There is a natural transition from that to Professor Merriweather who did in fact stand up and fight his own battle at Shawnee State. Accused essentially of harassment for not bowing to a student’s preferred pronouns. Merriweather expected his administration to know their constitution and support him but instead were intimidated by an unhinged college-aged person who lacked the stability of their own identity.

Professor Merriweather, a Bible believing Christian, stood firm on both Biblical truth and his faith as he sought the legal counsel of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a group with a 13-0 record at the Supreme Court, who padded their stats as they argued Merriweather’s first amendment right to not be compelled to speak were greater than the student’s right to not be offended.

The judge agreed, and Merriweather spent the bulk of his time reading the judge’s decision. Attacked by staff and faculty along the way, Merriweather maintained his reasoned position which the judge elucidated with the following logic. The student’s “I am offended” plea is subjective and therefore opens the door to militarizing speech in the hands of the professional victim class. Setting this precedent would open the door to compelled speech whereby complainants could require pacifists to support war, believers to reject God, and so on. Speech standards in line with the principles of the first amendment must be objectively sound. This extends beyond personal preference to the freedom enumerated up to and including speech that offends.

Both men are examples of the need to stand against this devilish enemy swirling in our streets, schools and even sanctuaries. Brothers in arms, Trevor Loudon, podcaster John Harris and Pastor Judd Saul recently released a documentary “Enemies Within the Church” that corroborate Dr. Lindsay’s work. We recommend you listen to as many of Lindsay’s podcasts and watch that film to get a clearer picture of just who has brought this fight to America, from without as well as within.

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DISQUS Doodlings: Socialism Disavows Individual Responsibility – The Old “Makers vs Takers” Connundrum

Tue, 2022-05-17 18:00 +0000

Note: No, not me this time but from “Vindaloo Bugaboo”, also a frequent commenter at Treehugger who would fit in well here at GraniteGrok.  I liked what he wrote at one of TH those posts and asked if he’d “translate” it for GraniteGrok. And no, I had no input in that commenting series as he was doing so splendidly well!

As a child, one of my favorite bedtime stories my mum would read me was the 1974 Scholastic Books classic, “Little Red Hen” by Paul Galdone.

In it, the little red hen is an industrious busybody who lives on a farm with a dog, cat, and mouse, all of whom are rather lackadaisical in their approach to life. The little red hen asks who will help her sow the wheat, tend the crop, harvest the grain, have it milled into flour, and mixed into a batter, but the three of them refuse to help. Only once the cake is baked and its tempting smell wafts through the farmhouse do the dog, cat, and mouse collectively have their interest piqued in “helping”. So it’s no surprise that when the little red hen asks who will help her eat the cake, all three eagerly answer in the affirmative—but she denies them, pointing out they did no work and thus should not benefit from hers. Instead, only she will enjoy eating the cake, which she does.

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At the time, I didn’t realize the story was an aphorism for the predatory failures of socialism, where the largesse of work ethic and self-sufficiency are denied the worker and instead, the spoils of his labor are shared with those who did not earn the right to its access. Instead, I simply saw it as a fun story with farm animals and an additional message of Hard Work is how you achieve what you want in life—which resonated with my parents and became an essential recurring theme of their childrearing.

Recently, there was a discussion over on TreeHugger.com about how Los Angeles County has  approved a ban on single use plastics within all unincorporated areas for restaurants, stores, food trucks, and hospital cafeterias. The ban ostensibly will assist in fighting the ever-growing threat of oceanic plastic pollution. What wasn’t discussed was why L.A. County officials didn’t apply the single-use plastic ban to all residents within county limits, even though they’re responsible for issues related to surface water use and pollution control (both of which are imperative aspects to limiting oceanic plastic pollution.)

I raised the argument that the decision was a coward’s endeavor for not extending the ban to all 8 million residents within county limits. If they were truly sincere about having an impact, then the biggest bang for the buck would have been to implement a policy that specifically targets a reduction in plastic waste made by the biggest polluters—and that would fall primarily on the restaurants, food trucks, stores, and other businesses within incorporated areas of Los Angeles and its 7 million residents, not the 1 million residents outside those areas. Instead, they chose to prioritize enforcement among the latter, presumably because they have no recourse for redress except to the state legislature, and in deep blue California, that’s a non-starter.

One of the other commenters whom I’m typically friendly with, Bob Baal, argued vehemently that:

“[oceanic plastic pollution] is our problem – it’s your problem – it’s my problem – it’s everybody’s problem – all 8 billion of us.”

Well, yes, collectively it is all our problem, but there’s a difference between unintentional pollution and wanton disregard for consequences that requires further nuance when debating the topic. So while it’s true the U.S. is the largest producer of plastic waste in the world, very little of what we produce ends up in our waterways that connect to the ocean, according to the EPA’s 2020 federal strategy on addressing marine litter.

Thus, those who are contributing most heavily towards oceanic plastic pollution should be the primary concern for policy makers who are intent on ameliorating the problem. And that, no surprise, would require systemic change beyond what the U.S. can or should do:

“Systemic change, in contrast to relying on product-specific regulations, would require middle- and low-income countries to expand their waste collection rates to 90% in urban areas and 50% in rural areas and to support the informal collection sector. Achieving that goal would require adding 4 billion people to the world’s waste and recycling collection ranks, or 500,000 people per day, every day from now to 2040.”

Notice how the Pew Trusts’ report focuses on middle- and low-income countries for implementing systemic change despite the U.S. being the largest producer of plastic waste. In other words, one can conclude we deal with our own plastic waste quite effectively, thanks to our highly regulated waste and pollution abatement systems. I emphasized the difference between responsible behavior and wanton disregard for consequences by using an analogy about spending habits:

“If I’m responsible with my spending habits, if I save and invest, if I keep up my credit score by not defaulting on loans and paying my credit cards on time every month, if I go to college and further my education, if I go into a profession with good compensation, and don’t squander money on vices such as drugs or alcohol or gambling, why should I be held accountable for what the high school drop-out with a drug use problem and inability to hold down a job does? Why should my life be made more difficult when those who cannot—or simply refuse to—comply with societal norms of responsibility get a free pass of unaccountability?”

Bob’s response was this:

“A better model [for comparison] is the old family finance model. You have a pot in the middle of the dinner table. When a family member gets paid, he tosses the money into the pot. When a family member needs money, he reaches into the pot. It’s the family responsibility to make sure there is enough money in the pot for essential bills.

So, you and the high school dropout draw from the same pot – and his actions determine how much you can draw out.”

In theory, this is true—except when it isn’t, which is always, because as we all know every family suffers from dysfunction, sometimes severe dysfunction, whether readily observable or not. And Americans, as we like to pretend we’re one big family, have serious internal dysfunction that puts to shame even a “People of Walmart” collage. This extends to the idea of mutually contributing to a common by all individuals, i.e. the “old family finance model” of a pot in the middle of the dinner table, as I pointed out to Bob:

“Imagine some family members consistently put money into the kitty, but there was one giant suck who didn’t contribute at all—or did so, but infrequently, or at a miniscule level—yet consistently kept taking out far more than [he or she] contributed. Would all the other family members simply look the other way, or would they speak out? Would they encourage that individual to put more money in, or maybe suggest getting a better job, or working more hours, or merely not taking out as much as they had? If other family members knew there was something they were saving for, but could never achieve that goal because the money being taken by the giant suck kept undermining the family&#39;s goals, would there be any resentment or perhaps some kind of action, e.g. the giant suck not being able to use the money pot any longer?”

Sadly, these arguments went unacknowledged because to do so would have meant Bob had to address the pressing issue at hand: what to do about those who disavow their obligation to both collective effort and personal responsibility. But in his quiescence, one can clearly see his ideological rationale: that Little Red Hen alone is the primary individual from whom compliance can be successfully extracted, because the scores of dogs, cats, and mice far outnumber her and are impatiently waiting for that cake to finish baking.

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Belknap County (NH) Candidates Wanted!!

Tue, 2022-05-17 17:30 +0000

Even with the revising of the State House Districts in Belknap County based on the latest federal census, there are still 18 State Representative seats for the county, although the grouping of towns has changed. Principled, freedom-loving conservative Republicans, who will actually vote Republican if they are elected, are needed for the following state representative districts for which we do not yet have “suitable” candidates:

  • District 2- (Meredith)- 2 candidates needed
  • District 5- (Laconia Wards 1, 3 & 6)- 2 candidates needed
  • District 8- (Belmont, Sanbornton & Tilton)- 2 candidates needed

As far as the State Senate goes, all towns in Belknap County are in District 2 except Gilmanton which is in District 6. Tilton is in District 7 and Barnstead is in District 17- so we need 4 Senate candidates.

All Belknap towns and cities are in Executive Council District 1 except for Barnstead which (for some unknown reason) is in District 4- so we need 2 Executive Council candidates.

The 603 ALLIANCE conducts excellent training for prospective candidates. If you have already decided you’d like to run for office in 2022, or even if you’re just thinking about it, please mark your calendar and plan on attending one of the 603 Alliance training events. You only need to attend ONE Of the following trainings. Pre-approval and advance registration are required. If you’re interested in attending, contact the 603 Alliance via email at info@603alliance.org

Here’s the schedule:

  • Saturday, June 4th from 9 AM to 5 PM in Ashland, NH
  • Saturday, July 9th from 9 AM to 5 PM in location TBD
  • Saturday, July 30th from 9 AM to 5 PM in Bedford, NH

In addition, the 603 Alliance will be holding its biennial Issues Briefing for all Republican candidates. Mark your calendar for Thursday, July 14th from 6 to 9 PM in Concord. Watch the 603 Alliance website and newsletter for details.

If you have any questions about running for office- what it takes to win and what it takes to serve, or anything else you can think of, and how the BCRC can help your race, contact one or more of the members of the Executive Committee of the Belknap County Republican Committee (the “BCRC”), as follows:

Chair- Norm Silber
Email: njs@silbersnh.com
Phone: (603) 293-0565

Vice Chair- (Rev) Paul Terry
Email: revpaul51@verizon.net
Phone: (401) 648-1607

Secretary- Priscilla Bean
Email: froggytouttaint@aol.com
Phone: (603) 455-6115

Treasurer- Dr. David Strang
Email: davidstrangmd@yahoo.com
Phone: (603) 520-0435

Member at large- Marc Abear
Email: sea1mra@gmail.com
Phone: (603) 707-6538

Please note that although the by-laws of the Republican Party of New Hampshire prohibit taking positions in primaries, there is no such restriction on the BCRC.

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Meme Overflow

Tue, 2022-05-17 16:00 +0000

As promised in the last Monday Memes, I have an overflow. My meme cup runneth over.

Now, let the mayhem, mockery, and ridicule resume:

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

 

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This post’s winner.

I do not agree with being a racist, though the last few years are forcing me to be more… cautious in general, but I find this to be spot-on accurate.  I am a multi-generational American on my father’s side, as “pasty white” as you can get visually.  Both my mother and wife are immigrants.  My wife is a non-white (nominally) Sunni Muslim woman.  And yet… and yet… if I disagree in the slightest with anything the Left wants, I’m a raaaaacist or whatever else.  I have, as a couple of examples, autographed-and-framed pictures of Larry Elder, Alan West, and Walter E. Williams on my wall at home – among others, of course, and anyone who has followed me for any length of time knows of my admiration for Thomas Sowell.

I’m tired of extending my hand only to have it slapped.  I’m tired of having my character judged by the color of my skin – an action that, were I to do it the other way, would rightly be called racist.

 

 

Regrettable.  But understandable.

 

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I have several essays I’m working on, but none are “ripe” yet.  Also, got lots going on at the house.  Don’t worry, I haven’t given up writing.  And – hopefully – a piece coming out soon at Urban Scoop that I submitted about a week ago but it hasn’t popped yet that I’ve seen.

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Social IQ Test: Conspiracy Theory Edition – If You Don’t Believe This You’ll Believe Anything

Tue, 2022-05-17 14:00 +0000

Depending upon in which circles you run, or chant among burning candles, the term conspiracy theory has no doubt been tossed around. Among most, it has become a pejorative term to dismiss those who voice their distrust in official narratives or reported stories of major world-changing events.

Among others, it’s a badge of honor indicating a healthy level of distrust for a world full of, often powerful and elite, criminal conspirators. At least that’s what Elvis told me at last’s weeks Tin-Foil Hat Brigade meeting.

It is important to note for a conspiracy theory to emerge there must always be an official story it is built to challenge.

Some of the more popular conspiracy theories include:

  • Official story: President Kennedy was assassinated by lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald.
  • Conspiracy Theory: He was assassinated by a team of jilted female lovers working for the CIA
  • Official story: 9/11 was coordinated by Osama Bin Laden and Saudi Arabian Muslim extremists
  • Conspiracy Theory: 9/11 was an inside job coordinated by the FAA, Dick Cheney, and George Bush to raise awareness regarding the need for better airline pilots

The beautiful thing about both the official story and the conspiracy theories is their believability, or as one of my assets refers to it “plausible deniability.” What is plausible deniability? It’s the ability of the actual perpetrators (re: intelligence community) to claim denial of any wrongdoing on plausible grounds.

For you non-theorists, that’s a battlemented way of saying “lying.”

So, assuming JFK was shot by a coordinated effort among the CIA, anti-Castro Cubans, and the Mafia (as is assumed in Oliver Stone’s movie), all with shared means and motives, having Lee Harvey Oswald, a known Communist, at the scene and a narrative that claims he was the lone assassin, despite the reports of multiple shots from around the grassy knoll area, create a plausibly deniable scenario allowing the actual conspirators to escape.

The goal of most crimes is to escape unless you’re a mass shooter, which is obviously a suicide mission meant to call attention to your plight. Lee Harvey was a man ahead of his time.

With that in mind, we at the GraniteGrok Conspiratory are offering the world’s first Conspiracy Theory IQ Test! Are you shrewd, silly, or a simple sheep? Let’s find out.

The Moon Landing was…

  1. Faked by Stanley Kubrick and company shooting footage in the desert
  2. Real despite the impassible Van Allen Belt radiation, poorly shot photos of differing shadows, and lack of adequate fuel to return to earth
  3. Faked by aliens who secretly run our government from Area 51
  4. Real in the minds of the American public who needed the incentive to stay in Vietnam
  5. Confirmed in all of the NASA documents that are suddenly now all missing
  6. A & D
  7. None of the above

The Reichstag was burnt down by…

  1. A mentally ill man who had nothing better to do
  2. Mentally ill NAZI conspirators who wanted a pretext to take over Germany
  3. Extreme global warming unique to German government buildings
  4. Deiter and the Sprockets
  5. None of the above

Examples of a false flag (list all – 1 pt. for each correct answer)

  1. Any school shooting as a pre-text to disarm the public
  2. Any flag with a rainbow on it
  3. The Gulf of Tonkin torpedoing of American ships
  4. The Gleiwitz Station attack
  5. Operation Northwoods
  6. Betsy Ross’ first twelve attempts
  7. All of the above

Jesus Christ was killed by…

  1. The CIA, Mafia, and anti-Castro Cubans
  2. The Jewish religious leaders and Judas
  3. The sin of the world
  4. The Clintons
  5. All of the above

The type of rifle Lee Harvey Oswald used to not kill Kennedy with

  1. Mannlicher-Carcano
  2. AR-15
  3. AR-14
  4. AK-47
  5. Red Rider
  6. All of the above

The SARS-COV2 virus originated in…

  1. Wild Geese
  2. A Freemason Meeting in the City of London
  3. Wuhan, China
  4. The mind of Bill Gates
  5. The mind of Dean Koontz
  6. A bowl of guano soup

The 2020 election was…

  1. The most secure in history
  2. Fair in all but 49 states
  3. A record turnout for dead people
  4. Overrun with 2,000 mules
  5. A textbook example of an international conspiracy
  6. An extended infomercial for My Pillow

The Piltdown Hoax was…

  1. The result of evolution
  2. Solved by Sherlock Holmes
  3. Contrived by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and friends
  4. The result of orangutan parts “discovered” by Charles Dawson, Edgar Willet, and Pierre de Chardin
  5. The first attempt at making My Pillow

The Paperclip Conspiracy was…

  1. Oddly started by Staples employees
  2. Named for Milton’s triumphal burning down of Initech
  3. A secret military plan to help Nazi scientists escape Nuremberg and to the west where they continued their “science”
  4. Solved by Peter, Samir, and Michael with a bat in a field

The Tuskegee Syphilis experiment was…

  1. The origin of the Feel the Bern campaign
  2. A prime example of why you should trust the science
  3. Concocted by the US government as a way to see the damaging effects of syphilis on unsuspecting black men who they deceived
  4. The subject of Anthony Fauci’s doctoral thesis and inspiration for his life’s work
  5. Slightly better than the Tallahassee Gonorrhea experiment

 

Put down your number two and let’s total your score!

Answer key:

1. A, B, C, D & E (max 4 pts.)

2. B (1 pt.)

3. A, C, D & E (4 pts.)

4. A, B, C, D & E (4 pts.)

5. A (1 pt.)

6. A, B, C, D & E (5 pts.)

7. C, D & F (3 pts.)

8. D (1 pt.)

9. C (1 pt.)

10. C (1pt.)

Add’em up and find your score!

25-20 points – You are from a superior race, most likely aliens

19-14 points – You quit watching mainstream media years ago

13-8 points – Your public school education has not been wasted

8-4 points – You’re still upset about your CNN+ subscription being canceled

3 or less – You don’t read good

Congratulations and keep that head on a swivel, because the next conspiracy against mankind starts in three…two…

 

 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Why are GPT Sites so Popular?

Tue, 2022-05-17 12:39 +0000
Introduction

Get-Paid-To (GPT) are websites that pay users in small amounts for the tasks they are given to complete. Users can earn good money from such sites, and the work they are required to do is simple.

This phenomenon automatically makes the GPT sites a popular choice for traders or other market users. There would be less people who would not prefer GPT to get an extra income or rewards.

To analyse the website and why it is so popular among the masses, we have a brief discussion on the topic. So, let’s understand the importance of GPT websites.

Defining GPT Sites

GPT sites are the websites that work online to help traders or users earn money in small amounts. Users can go to such sites and complete the tasks available to earn points and gradually get against the points earned.

The points carry some value for the sites, although every website has its earning point value. In addition, there are payment methods like PayPal, e-wallets, Neteller, etc.

Users can go for one task or complete multiple tasks to make money within a short time span. The money earned is used for getting gift cards such as Amazon vouchers, Starbucks gift cards, and many others.

How Users can Earn Points at GPT Sites?

GPT sites have a range of offers for the users to earn, and they can go for a single or many at a time tasks to get earning points. Below mentioned are the ways to earn points at GPT sites:

  • Online Surveys
  • Rewards or Earning rebates
  • Sign-up rewards
  • Watching videos
  • Playing games
  • Reading Emails
  • Completing offers
  • Listening to radio stations
  • Cash backs on shopping online
  • Internet searches
  • Referrals
  • Completing small tasks
Pros of GPT Sites

Users can have advantages of GPT sites as they are online and a great medium to make money. Here, we have a brief overview of the website and how users can make the best of it, considering its pros:

  • Cashback offers
  • Multiple revenue options
  • Connects with major online retailers
  • Profitable for small earnings
  • A good way to spend time
  • Interesting contests and opportunities for users
  • Good money for task completion
How much can Users make with GPT Sites?

GPT site users can have small profits with their online task completion, but to know how much is this amount, here we are. As the amount for the tasks we generally do is based on the work, the same goes with these GPT sites.

Users are paid on the basis of the work they are doing and the time used. Therefore, the length and complexity of the task are of great importance to analyse the price earned for it.

Tasks that are small and easy to do will have low value. For example, reading emails or sign-ups may cost a few cents, but the tasks that are difficult and long may offer dollars.

There are even point systems used with many GPT sites, and each has a different value. Traders can check the point value and get the funds used.

To have a brief understanding, users can have a look at the data available:

  • Surveys: $2 to $6
  • Email reading: $0.2 per email
  • Partner surveys: $3 to $5
  • Click website links: $0.01 per click
  • Watch videos: $1

In similar ways, other tasks can have their value, and these can vary for different websites.

Some Popular GPT Sites

GPT sites are known to many users of the market and internet users but to consider the reliable and genuine websites; we have selected the best and most used GPT sites.

Hee’s the list of the famous GPT sites:

  • Freecash.com
  • SwagBucks
  • Earnably
  • Prize Rebel
  • Cointiply
  • My Points
  • InboxDollars
  • Quick Rewards
Are GPT sites Legit?

Certainly yes, GPT sites are legitimate and have a rich scheme to entertain users and attract them with the rewards of money or cryptos. Users of such websites work to get paid for their efforts which could be in any form.

The earning is not a 10 to 6 job but an open network of small tasks that are interesting for the user and help them have some profit in their free time. A pleasant way to earn money online without risking anything.

Conclusion

GPT sites are legitimate, easy to use, do not require degrees, have unique tasks, and engage many online users. These are popular because of the money they offer with small tasks that are engaging for the people.

In their free time, users can go to GPT sites to make a small amount of money, which can be a few dollars for a month. The article has discussed GPT sites, their advantages, how users can earn from them and how much they can earn.

All these points, along with the site being a legitimate place, make it highly popular among the crowd and support them.

 

 

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There’s No “Baby Formula” Shortage in Canada – Why Does Facebook NOT Want You to Know That?

Tue, 2022-05-17 12:00 +0000

I think some Republicans would like baby formula to be the ‘George Floyd’ of the empty shelf crisis. “I can’t eat. I can’t eat.” A systemic supply-chain failure that also hits women and minorities hardest. Something that stirs up the outrage. Shelves are empty but is there a “shortage?”

One reader attempted to provide some helpful information on Facebook about that. She discovered that if you use Amazon and change the country from US to Canada, they’ve got baby formula. Lots of it. Just order it and have it shipped to your door.

 

 

 

It never occurred to me to try that, so I did.

 

 

 

 

There is plenty of formula on the US Search, but many are increasingly unavailable or out of stock. It is clearly a problem.

And I can’t speak about the prices. I’m sure they’ve gone up as supply has been pinched, which creates a shortage by pricing people who may need it most out but the Biden economy has been doing that to everything, and now this.

 

 

 

On Amazon’s Canadian site, they have no shortages that I could find, so – an excellent tip for moms looking for formula? I guess if you can’t get any in the US.

So, why did Facebook yank that message?

 

 

 

Was it an honest mistake? Did Zuckerberg’s bots get it wrong? Does it matter because what’s up with the war against moms? Better yet, what do they have against women’s rights?

Women, with a few exceptions, can feed their babies. They don’t need the government, Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, or even Canada to do it. But it interferes (or so the messaging goes) with their career potential. It infringes on their right to equal pay or hours potential and what have you. And isn’t that why they say we have abortions?

It’s actually to exterminate millions of minority babies, but they like to claim it protects women’s freedom from the natural constraints of motherhood.

I know. Democrats suck at math, but we need a few babies to grow up and become good little serfs to pay for the Progressive experiment. We gonna need some babies. That “Trophy Wife” ain’t cheap.

AND yes, before you say it, Bill Gates stopped stroking his Persian long enough to invent synthetic baby formula or something. I heard the story. So, maybe that is a thing too but excuse me? Baby Formula is already a suitable replacement for mother’s milk.

Why didn’t Bill buy up the Baby Formula “farmland” and corner the market? Why all the supply chain voodoo? And to what political end.

Remember, everything is political.

And the shortage, whether contrived by Democrats or another deliberate “failure” of their poor leadership, limits women more than anyone. Is this just another flank in that war?

And what about the chest-feeder class of Progressive? Men need baby formula or a womban to feed a baby (*womban being a woman who has a right to an abortion because she has a womb).

The shortages potentially harm them too but self-harm? Looking for Canadian baby formula is ‘self-harm’?

We’ve also got the more obvious problem. Canada has tons of baby formula. How about Mexico and everywhere else? Is this like oil? The Biden administration is undermining our supplies so he can beg our enemies to increase imports of … baby formula?

Is there a strategic national reserve about which we don’t know?

Is it in Canada?

 

 

 

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Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Diesel and Food

Tue, 2022-05-17 10:00 +0000

I wrote this 10 days ago and now we have the baby formula problem to add to the food shortages.

While I understand the importance of protecting our freedom of speech and the right to bear arms, we should be gravely concerned with outrageous energy prices and the “under the radar” war on our food supply.

Joe Biden, on his first day in office, signed executive orders destroying our energy independence, making the U.S. dependent on hostile foreign governments in the name of global warming. He sabotaged our energy needs and preeminence.

Driving down I-93 the other day I noticed the price of diesel gas was $6.25 per gallon. I thought about my recent road trip through six states to Delaware and how I encountered an endless stream of hero truck drivers keeping America fed and supplied with goods.

If the price of diesel fuel continues to escalate, as is the Biden Plan, the transportation of food and goods will be in great jeopardy shortly. Many of these truck drivers are independent and will soon find it economically impossible to bear the exorbitant cost of fuel. Who will replace them if they stop driving?

We want to thank Marie Bradley for this Op-Ed. If you have an Op-Ed or LTE
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Now I’ve learned that 20 food processing plants in multiple states have been shut down due to suspicious fires, explosions, and animal destruction over the last two weeks. Additionally, the FBI’s cyber division issued a flash alert on 4/20/22 that “ransomware actors may be more likely to attack agricultural cooperatives during critical planting and harvesting seasons”.

When the food supply is already vulnerable, what is occurring is obviously suspicious and will lead to serious food shortages. This is not being reported by the mainstream media. Please read the article on “American Thinker” to learn more about the attacks on our food supply.

America as we’ve known it is being quickly destroyed by senile Biden and his puppet masters’ outrageous policies and inaction!

 

 

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