The Manchester Free Press

Tuesday • February 27 • 2024

Vol.XVI • No.IX

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ICYMI – Bill Maher Serves Haley Cult Leader Chris Sununu a Yuge Reality Sandwich

Fri, 2024-02-09 18:00 +0000

Bill Maher is wrong about a lot of things, but he has never been afraid to say what he thinks, and given who his audience is, that means a lot when it comes to issues like free speech. It also makes us giggle (like a schoolgirl on hormone replacement therapy) when he smacks down Haley-Homer Chris Sununu.

The clip has been collecting in-box digital dust for a few days, so apologies for the delay (and thanks for the link), but it is something that – in my opinion – will never get old.

Chris Sununu is on Real Time with Bill Maher to continue to appeal to undecided voters and Democrats to pick the Republican nominee. That’s my guess. I can’t imagine any other reason why he’d be on or even invited.

And while we don’t have the whole interview or any surrounding context, the smackdown by Maher looks brutal (with a stylized ending by the X-poster that is smirk-worthy).

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Friday Meme Overflow-Overflow

Fri, 2024-02-09 17:00 +0000

To all those who are sending in memes, thank you!  Keep them coming please, as it helps me gather weaponry to fight the Left.  Please do share this post, and if you share an individual meme, consider mentioning you saw it on the Grok!

Speaking of, from this week, Monday Edition and Wednesday Edition.  Also check out my latest Israel-focused meme & commentary post if this is a subject of interest to you.

 

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

 

 

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And then they wonder why we don’t trust the enemedia any more.

 

 

 

 

Remember my cartoon:

 

 

 

 

 

I have a crapton of Delta SkyMiles.  Guess I won’t be adding any more.

 

 

 

I can only hope.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wondering if I can get such a table, but with a lion or with a dragon…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why do I have the feeling I posted this one before…?

 

 

 

Or government.  Or medical professionals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PSA – PSA – PSA – PSA – PSA

 

Be on guard with the police.  They can lie to you.

 

LAWYER EXPLAINS: 12 Lies the Police Love to Use

 

 

 

LAWYER: 5 Ways to Outsmart the Police

 

 

This is another shattering of illusions moment for me, because – at least on the local level – I’ve always believed that I can trust the police.  Not so any more.

Lawyers may be expensive, but… better to get one than not.  You will never, ever talk yourself out of being a suspect, but you can blab your way into being arrested.  Or, worse, they can compile enough to even prosecute you.

 

ONLY 3 Things to Say to The Police!

 

 

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You and any descendants you have first.

Abstract question – who would win, a soldier arachnid (above) from Starship Troopers, or a Xenomorph from Alien?

 

 

Enemedia going batsh!t crazy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Links:

 

America’s Favorite Cookie Takes a Hard Left Turn (townhall.com)

Haven’t liked Oreos for decades.  No loss.  Kinda related, at least to me:

WATCH: Leaked Internal Footage of Senior Officials at Federal Aviation Administration Reveals Plan to Reduce Number of White Males in Aviation | The Gateway Pundit | by Cristina Laila

Woke is harmful and is going to prove deadly.

The Feral Irishman: Perspective…

Bunch of links with commentary.  Prep stuff too. Related to prepping:

Don’t Be Misled by Propaganda: Banks Are Collapsing | NC Renegades

And from Surak:

Economic deception and collapse – Surak substack blog

Also:

The Social Security clock keeps ticking – American Thinker

Some years ago I read that between the public debt and the unfunded liabilities for various programs in the US, the money needed to repay the debt and fund these is north of $100 trillion.  Worldwide, debt and unfunded liabilities was north of $200 trillion.  The wealth to do this literally does not exist.  And related to financing on a specific product:

Bayou Renaissance Man: Rooftop solar panels: warning lights are flashing

And on solar in general:

Greens in Shock at Australia’s “Rally Against Reckless Renewables” – Watts Up With That?

The True Costs of Net Zero Are Becoming Impossible to Hide – MishTalk

Full-Time Work Is Being Replaced by Part-Time Jobs as Americans and Businesses Struggle – Tennessee Star

“Wherever possible, businesses are eliminating full-time jobs and replacing them with part-time jobs to reduce costs,” E.J. Antoni, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Many firms are also conducting ‘quiet’ layoffs, according to multiple surveys. This involves eliminating a full-time position when the occupant either quits or is fired — the person simply isn’t replaced. The drop in payrolls is the same as if you laid off those people. Meanwhile, the sectors that are still hiring are predominantly bringing on people part-time.”

Has The “Cancer Cure” Been Known For 42 Years? * 100PercentFedUp.com * by Noah

As I understand it, cancer drugs are a huge industry.  Imagine if there was something simple that could cure cancer (or mostly).  There is an awful lot of incentive to quash therapies that don’t fit that model.

Christian UPS driver confronts company over LGBT and woke agenda (massresistance.org)

A man fights back.

Making Sense of Disease Mortality Charts (substack.com)

Surak weighs in; very interesting data, e.g., on measles.  Sanitation, nutrition, and food hygiene.  Speaking of:

Sweden & Germany: We found No Deaths In Children Due to Covid, by Dr. Paul Alexander; we also found not one healthy child in America across 4 years got COVID infection, or severe illness or died, NONE (substack.com)

And more:

THE SPIKE PROTEIN OF SARS-CoV-2 BINDS HEMOGLOBIN, RELEASING IRON INTO THE CIRCULATION INDUCING ONCOGENIC, NEURODEGENERATIVE, INFLAMMATORY, IMMUNE AND VASCULAR COMPLICATIONS, SENESCENCE AND AGING – WMC Research

So it causes heart disease, causes / accelerates cancers, and all these other effects.  Who the living F developed this?

Biden to send troops to STOP Texas from protecting border (wnd.com)

Treason.  Plain and simple – treason.

UK’s “Online Safety Act” OFFICIALLY grants MSM permission to publish lies – OffGuardian (off-guardian.org)

Incredible.  And whether on the books officially or not, I suspect this is the same in most countries.

How Empires Live and Die – Starving the Monkeys

RIP USMC – Starving the Monkeys

Wet Paper Tiger – Starving the Monkeys

Maf is Hard – Starving the Monkeys

Recently came across this blogger (Starving the Monkeys), and his insights on various military readiness issues (mostly involving Naval Warfare and/or Marines) were pretty amazing.  Some of these are long to read (and rather disheartening), but it paints the (fairly bleak) picture of how our military would fare in an actual peer to peer or near-peer conflict.

African Nation Passes New Law For Surgical Castration Of Convicted Pedophiles * 100PercentFedUp.com * by Danielle

Madagascar just passed a law allowing judges to sentence pedophiles to surgical castration, as the “chemical castration” was not working, and criminals would “re-offend”.

 

 

Looks like it’s catching on.  Bring it to America.  Heck, for regular rape… three separate-incident convictions… the odds you’re innocent in all three are ZERO.  Bye bye boys.  Though for pedos and repeat rapists, I’d suggest that the equation BULLET + BRAIN might be cheaper, and possibly more effective as a deterrent.

Moonbattery Leftists Threaten to Target Patriots in Homes and Churches – Moonbattery

So  what else is new?

Thermal Earring feels its wearer’s heat – via their earlobe (newatlas.com)

Closing out – wearable monitors.  Remember what Yuval said?  Surveillance under your skin.

 

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Pick of the Post:

 

 

Slammed on so many levels.

And sooooo close behind, I’ll put it here, for the sheer, raw gut-feel mockery:

 

 

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Palate Cleansers:

 

 

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And don’t forget… come back Monday for another edition.  Same Meme Time.  Same Meme channel.

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‘Spanking’ Encourages Obedience

Fri, 2024-02-09 15:00 +0000

After reading an account of a 1948 primary election that detailed a probability of criminality, which apparently continues to be relied upon, I am reminded of more youthful times when parents, after learning of or witnessing bad behavior, would correct their children with a spanking.

As stated, the tactics employed in the 1948 stunner were apparently still in play during the 2020 Presidential elections. While some question just how a 1948 primary contest can be connected with today, many others still close their eyes when singing the rhyme of, “Oh, that’s just good ole Uncle Joe, he’s harmless.”

Has anyone ever asked about the purpose of re-electing a “harmless” Senator? If he’s really so harmless, just what is the worth of his Senate seat, especially when, during his career, he’s never been right on any foreign policy issue? This distinction of such a difficult consistency is well known.

Returning to that 1948 Texas primary, think about the similarities that re-surfaced in 2020. In 1948, LBJ was the underdog to the popular former Texas Governor, Coke Stevenson. Then, too, in 1948, poll watchers were distanced from the action, late discoveries of large amounts of ballots appeared many days after Texas’s three-day extension, former residents of Texas, along with dead people, submitted ballots, and the necessary media was controlled by Johnson and the State Constitution was blatantly violated.

Not only will this pattern of past success probably resurface in 2024, but more importantly, this comparison establishes an MO, a ‘method of operation’ from the same culprit source, the Democrat Party, while answering the same need. Since that source and intent remain unchanged and are now also being fueled by their increased trepidation of the probable 2024 outcome, this cannot and should not be cavalierly dismissed.

This piece of writing is a “voter beware sign” as to what we could face again this November. Naturally, to the more liberal-minded, this info is automatically viewed as “more MAGA propaganda.” Well, not so quick. This information was taken from a 1977 audio recording, which was posted to the archival website of the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum. MAGA wasn’t involved!

The twentieth century is loaded with examples that failed to spark any corrective proceedings, so this modern-day habit of inaction will not be a shocker, and neither will the results! What is needed is to appreciate and use this evidence against what has become a Democrat standard. Remember, to be forewarned is to be forearmed.

America needs to re-activate its law and order mechanisms without delay. The term “America” still means “we the people.” What is needed is to identify and then remove (spank) the undeserving at all levels of governing. It would require a diversion from our normal routines, but time and interest spent learning what these career politicians are really all about will bring unknown dividends. To paraphrase Dr. Ben Franklin when also explaining why education has ceased to educate properly, he believed that a nation that stays well informed “cannot be enslaved.”

Our “too busy” or “my vote won’t matter” refrains encourage these career undesirables and incompetents, and that is why their re-elections have become so routine. Both parties are busy grooming their own stable of controllable puppets; and it shows!

Spanking works, and judging from the lack of it, today’s youthful violence satisfies the democrat’s anti-American agenda. Without restraints and accountability, whether it be the child, the politician, or the rioter, their behavior will never change! Why would it?

Our people own the right and have the opportunity to correct and improve the country they love on each election day. It is the day when not only their voices are heard but finally listened to and obeyed! And since it appears that “we the people” are the only remaining contingent that cares, this solemn duty must be addressed. If not, then their abusive power, for which all governments are drawn, will continue, but more to the point, it will then reflect the truer caliber of our citizens!

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HB1002 – Public Documents Tax Didn’t Pass But it Didn’t Fail – Recommitted (Back to Committee)

Fri, 2024-02-09 13:00 +0000

Last week, after a bill to charge citizens for access to public documents failed, I called the charge (fee, levy) a tax. Some boob took to X to tell me it was not a tax, as if the government taking money from citizens could be anything but. Later that day, a motion to reconsider was scheduled and reconsidered yesterday.

The vote to reconsider passed, but an effort to table it failed. HB1002 was eventually recommitted, which means it is still alive and back in committee where it was recommended as ought to pass the first time by a vote of 12-8. We’d like to see that change for many reasons, some of which we’ve shared on these pages already.

To facilitate this wind of change, you’ll have to reach out to the committee with many of the same points that helped get the reconsideration vote.

The original floor vote on HB1002 was 193-179. Seven votes the other way, and it fails. After the request to recommit, groups like the ACLU are alleged to have been working on the Democrat’s side in opposition to the legislation with as much enthusiasm as we were working on the Republican side. The vote to reconsider was 195-183. The vote to table it (kill it without killing it; someone can always ask for a vote to take it off the table) failed 126-254, after which it was recommitted.

It is back in the Judiciary Committee from which it originated, and at this point, our goal is to get the committee to vote it inexpedient to legislate, which will make it easier to kill come the next floor vote.

Advocates will do whatever they can to dress this thing up, but at the end of the day, it will be the same old whore in a new dress. A tax on access to public documents, which, as I noted here, “HB1002 will make the government less transparent, less accessible, and less accountable. Is that what you were elected to do in Concord, or was it the reverse?

Please get in touch with the reps on the Judiciary Committee and politely offer your thoughts in opposition to the bill.

No new fees, fines, levies, or taxes for public documents unless they are against the towns/individuals, making them more difficult to access; we could support that.

 

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So Kids, What Did We Learn From This Week’s House Session (2/8/24)?

Fri, 2024-02-09 12:00 +0000

We learned that State Representative Matthew (Matt) Coker (R-Meredith) officially switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. The Republican Caucus welcomed him warmly and looks forward to working with him to serve his constituents with integrity and conviction.

A House Republican press release stated, “Representative Coker’s transition to the Republican Party underscores the inclusive nature of the GOP, which prioritizes diversity of thought and welcomes individuals from all walks of life who share a common vision for a prosperous and vibrant New Hampshire.”   You could say they put out the “Welcome Matt.”

We learned that the Consulat général du Canada à Boston is celebrating its 75th Anniversary! And to celebrate, we had a visit and speech from Consul General Bernadette Jordan who spoke about our northern border, our trade relationship, and our working together. With her was Deputy Ambassador Arun Alexander. Speaker Packard presented the Consul General with a declaration recognizing the 75th anniversary. The Consul General even treated us to lunch in the cafeteria. Sadly, there was no poutine. However, they did leave us maple candies at each table.

We learned that a bill that passed on February 1st was brought back for reconsideration after Rep Lisa Smart (R-Meredith) filed a motion for reconsideration after the House session after voting on the prevailing side. HB1002 passed last week 193-179. This bill allows public bodies to charge $25 an hour for documents requested under the Right to Know law if it takes over 10 hours to gather said documents. Anyway, the motion to reconsider passed 195-183. Then, a motion to Table failed 126-254, after which the bill was recommitted to the Judiciary Committee on a voice vote. Let’s see what they do to it there. It seems to me this bill will be totally ineffective because people will merely submit these large requests in smaller chunks to get around paying a fee.

We also learned that the 3 high-profile bills of the day yielded two losses and one win for School Choice in NH, even as almost all members of the Republican caucus wore yellow scarves in support of School Choice. First was HB1561, which failed 197-185. HB1561, relative to qualifications for student eligibility in the Education Freedom Accounts program, would have allowed students who are having difficulties in their school to qualify for the Education Freedom Account program, no matter what the family income bracket is. Children of families outside of the income cap, who are in vulnerable student groups, apparently do not have a chance to succeed, according to 197 who voted NO on Ought To Pass. All Democrats and 10 Republicans would rather pour money into systems failing these kids instead of investing in alternatives to help these kids succeed.

Additionally, we learned that HB1634 failed with a vote of 194-186 against the OTP motion, which would have made EFA’s universal and removed the income cap completely. All Democrats and 7 Republicans kept this bill from passing. After taking a lunch break, we came back, and thankfully, the third time was the charm. HB1665 passed 190-189 with 1 Democrat voting Yes and 4 Republicans voting No. This bill will change the income cap for eligibility from 350% to 500% of the federal poverty level guidelines. All votes on these three bills were roll-called. It appears people vote better on a full stomach.

We learned that slavery was back in the bill docket as we voted on HB1580. That bill would have prevented government procurement of electric vehicles containing components created through the use of forced labor. The ITL motion passed 294-84 and the bill failed primarily because it can’t really be determined what components of an EV would have been produced by forced labor. The bill was well-meaning but just not workable… unless we ban anything produced in places like China, etc.…. And why just stop at EVs? What about other stuff the state buys that’s made in places that utilize forced labor, like China?

We learned that HB1116 passed 221-157. This bill updates current law to remove the restriction on the action of the rifle and adds the use of straight-walled pistol cartridges of .357 or greater. The majority of the Fish and Game committee agreed that the action of the rifle has a negligible impact on the ballistics or power of the pistol round fired. They also thought that adding more options for hunters allowed for greater accuracy and safety. Of course, Democrats, who are clueless about firearms in general, just couldn’t bear the thought of firearms expansion with this bill. I guess you could say they were gun-shy.

We learned that a bill (HB1662) that would have prohibited certain Health and Human Services department members from having simultaneous employment with adoption or child placement agencies failed to pass. The ITL motion passed 190-187. 183 Democrats and 7 Republicans did not think that any kind of conflict of interest could happen. Perhaps we can sell them a bridge too.

We also learned that HB1049 was not only killed, but was Indefinitely Postponed with a vote of 324-53. This bill would have allowed overnight mooring of houseboats on bodies of water held in public trust, otherwise known as inland waters over 10 acres in size. House members received hundreds of emails from people on Lake Winnipesaukee asking to kill this bill because they didn’t want people lingering overnight, polluting the lake with trash and sewage, or partying and making a nuisance. I was afraid that we might not have had the time to vote on this bill because, clearly, we were still reading all of the hundreds of emails sent to us.

We learned that HB1700 failed to move on after an ITL motion passed 315-58. This bill would have prohibited the intentional release of polluting emissions, including cloud seeding, weather modification, excessive electromagnetic radio frequency, and microwave radiation into our skies. The bill included stiff penalties for violations. Now on its face it’s a good idea not to want to have all kinds of chemicals sprayed above us, but this bill identified a very wide range of items, some of which have not been proven to be harmful. Additionally, the reporting mechanism and enforcement were just not ready for prime time. That being said, my feeling is that in the near future, this issue should be something we should look at more closely for workable legislation and not just allow this to dissipate into thin air.

We learned that some people thought that HB1062 was a frivolous bill. It clarifies how “cover plates” on your vehicle can be used. It states that it is OK for you to use your cover plate on one end of your vehicle and your regular license plate on the other. It passed 198-177. So, frivolity wins!

Finally, we learned that a bill pulled off the Consent Calendar (HB1228) which was ITL’d in committee 15-2 was then summarily ITL’d 312-61 in the House. This bill had to do with establishing a fish and game guide committee to determine qualifications for fish and game guides. Apparently, folks are upset that applicants are failing licensure tests because they are having trouble due to learning styles and problems with the oral testing. This bill didn’t really address the issue, and perhaps it’s a better idea that instead of passing a new law, NH Fish and Game should collaborate with the Dept. of Education on how to do an effective evaluation of skills. At the end of the day, we don’t want to lower standards and allow people to pass these exams who cannot read maps or perform other necessary skills, so that we can fill positions.

There’s more to come next week…

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Trump Wins Nevada Caucus … With 96.4% of the Vote

Fri, 2024-02-09 11:00 +0000

Nevada’s screwed-up primary/caucus has even the ordinarily well-informed scratching their heads after Tuesday’s primary with Haley, no Trump. Haley didn’t do well on Tuesday, losing to none of the above by over 30 points. The Caucus, held last night, appointed delegates, and Candidate Trump crushed it.

Trump was one of two candidates on the caucus ballot, along with pastor Ryan Binkley, who failed to secure a delegate in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. As of 11:02 p.m. ET, NBC News had called the race when Trump garnered 96.4 percent of the vote to Binkley’s 3.6 percent, with one percent reporting. …

As the state Republican Party pointed out, Govs. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Doug Burgum (R-ND), entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) had originally qualified for the caucus ballot but were removed after suspending their campaigns. Notably, all of the men but Christie have come out and voiced their support for Trump.

Trump, who flew to Nevada on Thursday afternoon, won the Virgin Islands Republican Caucuses as well on Thursday night.

Haley was actually on the ballot in the Virgin Islands, but Chris Sununu won’t likely be chasing microphones to tell us how vital this non-victory was to her campaign. Trump won it 74% to 26% – 182 to 64 votes. 4 Delegates were up for grabs.

Nevada offered up 26 delegates—a few. Trump has 63 delegates total, compared to Haley’s 17 (DeSantis has nine, Ramaswamy has three).

South Carolina is next (Super Tuesday, Feb 24), where Trump is polling at 68% to Haley’s 31% with 50 Delegates up for grabs. Michigan, Idaho, Missouri, DC, and North Dakota are the week after – March 5th is Super Tuesday, with 16 more states voting for a Republican Nominee.

 

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Night Cap: What’s SO Bad About Social and Emotional Learning (and the SEL Proposed Legislation in NH)?

Fri, 2024-02-09 03:00 +0000

PART 1: Introduction
This week, there was a hearing before the House Education Committee to prohibit SEL in our public schools. The sponsor proposed an amendment at the hearing to change that to parental consent for children to participate in SEL.

Many counselors showed up to give praise to SEL in our schools. But none of them brought up the importance of parental consent, which is something they should all be requiring. I supported the amendment because it affirms ethical boundaries when treating or servicing a child’s mental health. It would also mean that the state will require parental consent for SEL, which is essentially what the federal government already requires.

In addition, as SEL transitions to Transformative SEL, the goal of turning children into political radicals and activists becomes the focus.

Here is a follow-up email to the House Education Committee on HB1473, which if amended, would require parental consent for a child to participate in social and emotional learning:

Part 2: Message to NH House Ed After Hearing on HB1473
Honorable Members of the House Education Committee:

Due to the limited time for testimony on HB1473, I am submitting my testimony with files and links that support the information I presented at the hearing today. (Below)

In addition to my testimony, I would like to call your attention to one of the school counselors who spoke before your committee today. Nicole Long mentioned that in her district, they used SEL programs like Second Step. I think it’s important to look at the Second Step Transformative SEL program, to better understand why informed consent by parents is essential, It may also explain why some parents would not want this kind of SEL for their children. I was not able to comment on Transformative SEL during my testimony since my time ran out. If you read how SEL is shifting its focus to Transformative SEL, you will get a better understanding of what that looks like in the classroom.

Second Step’s anti-racism and anti-bias Transformative SEL becomes a tool for pushing students to become political activists. Not only is this inappropriate for the classroom, it takes valuable time away from learning the academics.

Megan Phillips from Keene State BHII also spoke to follow up on the testimony that was given during the hearing. It’s unfortunate that no one questioned her on the personally identifiable (pii) mental health data that was collected without informed consent, so BHII could report back to the Federal Government on the MTSS-B framework. Not only did this violate the school counselor’s code of conduct, it was what many of us consider a gross violation of trust. Where did that sensitive mental health data end up? Who had access to it? Why was it even collected to formulate the report?

Ms. Phillips also made the statement that she was there to keep an eye out for inaccuracies in testimony. She clarified social and emotional screenings or surveys and went on to caution us about using the term “mental health assessment” in this context. Ms.Phillips mentioned using assessment tools by a qualified individual and that it’s not a part of social and emotional learning.

WATCH THIS VIDEO of NH SCHOOL COUNSELORS TRYING TO MANIPULATE PARENTS 

After that she explained how teachers using a survey or rating scale would be screening children based on their observation. Teachers would not be interpreting the data from the assessment process because teachers are not qualified to do that, and they are not asked to do that.

This is not what teachers and school counselors have revealed to me. It was a teacher who notified me several years ago that she was assessing her students using the DESSA. Devereux Student Strengths Assessment This information is included in my testimony. DESSA was used in SAU16, which is why I sent a 91-a asking to see the parental consent form. SAU16 did not obtain parental consent prior to assessing their students using the DESSA.

It was teachers in New York who also revolted against the DESSA, citing what New Hampshire teachers have revealed to me:
“Teachers feared they didn’t know their students well enough and that their responses could be biased. Many revolted against the directive to administer it, asking parents to opt out. Parents from various ends of the political spectrum refused to have their kids assessed. Some had concerns about privacy and data security, others worried about the questions’ overreach and the time it would take teachers away from building relationships with their children.”

A physician from New Hampshire wrote an article on the use of the DESSA in the Wall Street Journal titled, Have You Seen Jr’s Psych Profile? Emphasis mine

EXCERPT:
Rooted in what’s called “resilience theory,” the test comprises 72 questions that teachers answer about each student every month. They range from “How often did the child carry himself with confidence?” to “Does he cope well with insults and mean comments?” Answers are rated on a five-point scale from “never” to “very frequently.” A student’s composite score “provides an overall indication of the strength of the child’s social-emotional competence.” This information is tracked over time.

The justification for blanket screening of all students is noble—to identify those who may benefit from intervention before their social and emotional issues become a problem that impedes success in school and life. But aren’t we really creating psychological profiles that in other settings would be deemed confidential? If so, what is the privacy cost to students who are not at risk for a psychological imbalance, yet whose mental-health information is being documented by teachers and tracked over time?

Dr. Cerundolo goes on to make the argument that parents should be consenting when schools are engaged in building a psychological profile on students.

In my testimony, you will read that I spoke with Marc Kirsch, Director of Sales & Business Development at Aperture Education. We talked about how the DESSA was used as a mental health assessment. Aperture is a vendor for the DESSA assessment. 
Aperture Education claims success in treating a student’s mental health through the DESSA:
Mental Well-being
In the past few years, students have experienced a dramatic increase in mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, and behavior disorders. School-based programs focused on building social and emotional skills can proactively support students’ mental health. https://www.apertureed.com/



I’m not questioning the validity or the quality of the DESSA; it’s used by Child Psychologists in their private practice. It may be a valuable tool in the hands of a doctor of Child Psychology, but our teachers were receiving about 8 hours of training.

I’m confused by Ms. Phillips’ statements but I would agree that teachers are not qualified to do some of what they are doing under the umbrella of social and emotional learning. These teachers have expressed their concerns to me, and many have been sharing the same concerns in New York.

Why should parents consent to SEL in our schools? Because we do not know what every school district is providing their students. Federal law also requires parental consent when assessing or treating a child’s mental health. Since we know that schools are failing to follow basic ethical guidelines and federal law, a state law is needed.

Parents have lost trust in school officials. Some parents have opted out of SEL for their children in some of our schools. When they hear a discussion where school personnel talk about how to manipulate a consent form to fool parents, it doesn’t help this situation. The parents who’ve watched that video were shocked by what they heard coming from those who are counseling students in our schools. https://www.veed.io/embed/a9d32c65-c439-4885-8a4b-7d629bf636e6?watermark=0&color=&sharing=1&title=1&irclickid=1sIweFQm0xyPT3aW3R15cXtmUkHwF6RpRVJ5W80&utm_source=Linkhaitao.&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=Linkhaitao.&utm_content=Online%20Tracking%20Link&irgwc=1

It doesn’t help that everyone who spoke today never mentioned the importance of informed consent when engaging with these kinds of mental health assessments and programs in our schools. When you read through the Codes of Conduct for those who work in the field of child psychology and mental health, they are very pro-parent and pro-informed consent when treating children or sharing their sensitive mental health data. There seems to be a disconnect when you watch the Zoom video and then listen to the people who are in charge of SEL in New Hampshire schools.

PART 3 TESTIMONY on HB1473 Feb. 5, 2024

Honorable Members of the House Education Committee:

My name is Ann Marie Banfield, and I am a parental rights advocate in New Hampshire focused on education. Today I come before you in support of the amendment to HB1473, which will require parental consent for children who participate in Social and Emotional Learning in school.

Teachers have always tried to support their students’ social and emotional well-being at school. But what was once considered common practice among teachers has been transformed into a standardized mental health program.

SEL programs have become profitable products to sell by Ed Technology Vendors. They are oftentimes administered by teachers with little or no mental health education or training. This is pseudo-psychology in the classroom.

Not only are the goals of SEL ill-defined, but they also raise significant, unanswered questions about what attitudes should be promoted.

Some of the problems associated with SEL in the schools include:

1. Creating standards for attitudes, values, beliefs, and dispositions.
2. Assessments using psychological measurements on children, which would include research when the data is shared through the SEL vendor.
3. Who decides what the proficiency level will be when it comes to the child’s personality and traits?
4. Scoring a child’s attitudes, values, beliefs and dispositions is subjective, and compiled by individuals who do not have the education or clinical training in the field of Child Psychology.
5. Some of the programs are new, which means that the children become research subjects. Vendors compile data on their product.
6. What type of experimental programs will be incorporated into the classroom to change a child’s attitudes? States like Arizona are now setting SEL competencies. That means the government determines what attitudes a child must exhibit.
7. Who receives the personal data on children when data is entered into the state longitudinal data system that allows data to be shared with outside contractors?
8. Children have both a Constitutional 1st and 4th Amendment protection to be left alone in their conscience.
9. Who is liable for damage incurred by staff and social workers?
10. An SEL assessment may violate the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA).

HB 1473 would affirm ethical treatment of children when they are assessed or receiving mental health services. This is already a mandate in federal law but there seems to be confusion on the part of school administrators when it comes to informed consent.

I have found that some school administrators are not acquiring parental consent when they bring SEL into the classroom.

HB1473 would explicitly spell out in state statute what they should already be doing. Not only is this ethical, it’s also required in federal law Every Student Succeeds Act. ESSA: https://www.everystudentsucceedsact.org/copy-of-title-iv-sec-4001-general-provisions

ESSA requires :
(a) Parental Consent.–

“(1) In general.–

“(A) Informed written consent.–A State, local educational agency, or other entity receiving funds under this title shall obtain prior written, informed consent from the parent of each child who is under 18 years of age to participate in any mental-health assessment or service that is funded under this title and conducted in connection with an elementary school or secondary school under this title.

“(B) Contents.–Before obtaining the consent described in subparagraph (A), the entity shall provide the parent written notice describing in detail such mental health assessment or service, including the purpose for such assessment or service, the provider of such assessment.

One might wonder why a state law is necessary. Why aren’t local school administrators obtaining informed consent from parents?

School administrators and school board members are not Ph.D. Child Psychologists. This is not their area of expertise. What they may see as behavior modification can cross over to mental health treatment.

For instance, the DESSA is an SEL assessment that has been used in many schools in New Hampshire. The DESSA is also used by Child Psychologists in their private practice. https://www.kaplanco.com/content/products/DESSAIntroduction.pdf
The Devereux Student Strengths Assessment

When districts are assessing their students with the DESSA, they should be receiving informed consent from parents. I know of several districts that did not ask for consent before assessing their students when they used the DESSA. SAU16 for example.

When I spoke with Marc Kirsch, Director of Sales & Business Development at Aperture Education, he confirmed that this was a mental health assessment. They are vendors for the DESSA assessment.

The Aperture Education website promotes their success in treating a student’s mental health through their products. This is on their website:

Mental Well-being
In the past few years, students have experienced a dramatic increase in mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, and behavior disorders. School-based programs focused on building social and emotional skills can proactively support students’ mental health. https://www.apertureed.com/

I was introduced to the DESSA when a teacher contacted me concerned about what she was assessing using the DESSA. She became concerned that her child’s teacher would be collecting mental health data on her child, too.

She acknowledged that she was not qualified to grade students subjectively on their mental health. Where would this sensitive data go? Since they use a 3rd party vendor, Aperture Education would now be able to access her child’s mental health data.

SEL vendors will include a privacy policy; however, we know that when they cite FERPA as a privacy protection, FERPA allows for data to be shared because of the exceptions that currently exist. Anyone researching education can now access this sensitive mental health data, and parents will never know.

SEL programs and the data are profitable in the field of Ed Technology.

The Collaborative for Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the central organization in the SEL sector. Proponents of SEL are proud to focus less on academic content and knowledge in schools and more on a student’s attributes, mindsets, values, and behaviors.

Tim Shriver, Board Chairman of CASEL said in a promotional video, “Content is more and more of a commodity. Children own what they want now at a very young age. They will become self directed. They can find out the dates of the civil war without learning it from a teacher.”

There is a deliberate attempt to eliminate teachers from the classroom. You can see it here and in Education Reimagined. But in my opinion, this is just another way to dumb down public education.

In 2019, CASEL embraced a controversial interpretation of the SEL skills in what is called “transformative SEL.”

Max Eden a Research Fellow at AEI wrote In an Op-ed:
“In the “transformative” model, “self-awareness” encompasses a student’s understanding of their “identity.” Their “identity” is to be understood in terms of “intersectionality,” a concept coined by Kimberle Crenshaw, the woman who coined the term “critical race theory.” This “transformative SEL” encourages students to understand their “identity” in terms of their belonging or non-belonging to identity politics categories that signify privilege or oppression. Transformative SEL also embraces “culturally relevant/responsive” pedagogy, an educational philosophy pioneered by Gloria Ladson-Billings, the woman who introduced critical race theory to the field of education. https://www.aei.org/op-eds/the-critical-race-theory-to-sel-education-pipeline/

From my research on CASEL and from what they’ve shared with the public, this is exactly the direction SEL is heading.

One needs to look no further than the Arizona State Competencies for SEL. Arizona students are required to master SEL competencies before moving. Did you know that there are SEL competencies now? That means students in Arizona must consider diversity salience or climate and assess the impact of beliefs and biases.

So when using the Second Step SEL program, anti-racism and anti-bias include a commitment to addressing racial injustice by driving change in our communities. This means that there is a shift from time spent on academics to time spent on training a child to become a political activist. Except they will be more likely to be an illiterate political activist. https://www.secondstep.org/anti-racism-and-anti-bias-resources

You need to look no further than what is made available to the public to understand the numerous problems that can accompany SEL in our schools.

Some of these programs may be valuable in the hands of a Child Psychologist in their private practice. But some of them have a specific political agenda attached to them.

Based on all of these reasons, I urge you to support the amended HB1473, which affirms federal laws and the ethical treatment of children when they are receiving mental health services or assessments in schools.

 

 

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Israel: Ongoing Links, Memes, and Commentary

Fri, 2024-02-09 01:00 +0000

This is an attempt to “break out” memes, links, and my commentary about the situation in Israel / the Middle East so as to not overload the standard meme posts that I do.  My last “normal” meme post.  In these Israel-related posts I don’t just have memes such, but lots of informative links as well as hopefully-insightful commentary.

Note that this is not meant to be a day-by-day update about what’s going on.  Rather, to highlight uncomfortable truths about the actual nature of the conflict, deep-history background, and so on, as well as to show the at-present immutable nature of Islamic hatred of Jews and why that matters to today’s events.

Note that these posts do not repeat information – so there is a lot of stuff in prior posts.  Please do check them out too if this is a topic of interest to you.  In reverse chronological order:

Israel: Ongoing Links, Memes, and Commentary – Granite Grok

Israel: Ongoing Links, Memes, and Commentary – Granite Grok

Israel: Ongoing Links, Memes, and Commentary – Granite Grok

Israel: Ongoing Links, Memes, and Commentary – Granite Grok

Israel: Ongoing Links, Memes, and Commentary – Granite Grok

Israel: Ongoing Links, Memes, and Commentary – Granite Grok

Israel: Ongoing Links, Memes, and Commentary – Granite Grok

Israel: Ongoing Links, Memes, and Commentary – Granite Grok

Israel: Ongoing Links, Memes, and Commentary – Granite Grok

Israel: Ongoing Links, Memes, and Commentary – Granite Grok

Israel: Still More Links, Memes, and Commentary – Granite Grok

Israel: Ongoing Memes, Links, and Commentary – Granite Grok

Israel: Ongoing Memes, Links, and Commentary – Granite Grok

Israel: More Memes, Links, and Commentary – Granite Grok

Israel: Even More Memes, Links, and Commentary – Granite Grok

Israel: More Memes, Links, and Commentary – Granite Grok

Israel: Memes and Commentary – Granite Grok

Israel: Memes and Commentary – Granite Grok

With some Israel-related materials here:

Meme Overflow – Granite Grok

 

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A message for Arabs and Muslims about Israel

 

 

Kudos to this guy for being open-minded enough to go see for himself.  And below, another Muslim who was born to hate Jews who, upon actually visiting Israel, also changed his mind:

 

Born to Hate Jews

 

 

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TOP OF THE FOLD

What Is Beneath the Temple Mount? | History| Smithsonian Magazine

It’s been our land since forever.

 

 

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/2000-year-old-coin.mp4

 

And on my rumble channel, a little history on just what the “Flag of Palestine” looked like:

Palestinian Flag in 1939 (rumble.com)

Remember, Jews have maintained a continuous presence in the land:

Jews – a continuous presence in Israel, no matter who was in control (rumble.com)

 

 

And a video with the above Imam:

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/every-muslim-knows-israel-belongs-to-the-jews.mp4

 

Speaking of Israel and land:

WRITE TO YOUR LOCAL ARGENTINA EMBASSY AND THANK THEM:

Argentina plans to move embassy to Jerusalem: Milei – Insider Paper

Embassy in United States (cancilleria.gob.ar)

1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009

From here:

Israel : Can you recognise Israel’s right to exist & make peace treaty?
Hamas : No

Israel : Can you stop launching rockets?
Hamas : No

Israel : Can you prevent terror attacks?
Hamas : No

Israel : Can you release Israeli hostages?
Hamas : No

Israel : Ok, we’ll protect our citizens.
Hamas : Genocide.

REWARDING TERROR State Department: “Palestinian State is Best Way to Bring About Lasting Peace” – Geller Report

In studying for my MBA, one of the lessons hammered home was “You get more of what you reward”.  So, Hamas kidnaps and rapes and murders civilians, launches unguided missiles, and openly announces their plans for genocide… and the UK plans to reward them by de facto recognizing their nationhood?

Rewarding the Oct 7 Massacres With a ‘Palestinian’ State | Frontpage Mag

 

 

WAR & WHEN WILL IT END?

Israel Implemented More Measures to Prevent Civilian Casualties Than Any Other Nation in History | Opinion (newsweek.com)

But Israel has taken more measures to avoid needless civilian harm than virtually any other nation that’s fought an urban war.

In fact, as someone who has served two tours in Iraq and studied urban warfare for over a decade, Israel has taken precautionary measures even the United States did not do during its recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

By contrast, Israel provided days and then weeks of warnings, as well as time for civilians to evacuate multiple cities in northern Gaza before starting the main air-ground attack of urban areas. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) employed their practice of calling and texting ahead of an air strike as well as roof-knocking, where they drop small munitions on the roof of a building notifying everyone to evacuate the building before a strike.

No military has ever implemented any of these practices in war before.

Read the whole thing.  Also:

In Gaza, Civilian Deaths Keep Decreasing (jihadwatch.org)

My Fellow Palestinians: It’s Time to Get Rid of Our Leaders and Accept Israel’s Offers for Peace | Opinion (newsweek.com) (bolding added):

 As a Palestinian who genuinely yearns for a two-state solution and an improvement in living conditions in the West Bank and Gaza, I believe this truth must be told: It is Israel—and the Zionist Jewish community preceding independence—that consistently offered compromise, dialogue, and a two-state solution.

The history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict regarding a two-state solution reveals a harsh reality: Israel has consistently made genuine efforts toward peace, only to be met with rejection, treachery, and blood-curdling violence by the Palestinian side. This pattern of refusal, particularly epitomized by groups like Hamas, has been the real obstacle to peace.

I wish I could believe this is a genuine wish for peace.  Related:

Another Jewish ‘Timesman’ doesn’t let facts affect his opinion – JNS.org

The Palestinians don’t have a state for one simple reason: They have rejected every opportunity to have one because they insist on replacing Israel. Hamas wants to destroy Israel, not live beside it, and Fatah wants to “liberate” Palestine in stages.

How many Palestinian civilians are innocent? – JNS.org

Moreover, Palestinians almost universally support Hamas terrorism. Reuters has reported that a poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy Survey and Research found: “Almost three in four Palestinians believe the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas on Israel was correct.” Another poll by the Arab World for Research and Development found: “Ninety-eight percent of Palestinians said the Oct. 7 slaughter made them feel ‘prouder of their identity as Palestinians.’” Those who believe such things may not be guilty of terrorism, but they are definitely not innocent.

Neither are the thousands of Gaza civilians who cheered as kidnapped Israelis were paraded through the streets, many of the women having been obviously raped and brutalized. Nor are the Palestinian civilians who have been exposed as Hamas spies.

And take a look at their summer camps:

Palestinian children from UNRWA schools have for years participated in summer terror training camps at Hamas bases

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/unwra-school-teaches-jihad.mp4

 

Jordanian news site: “We are in a war against the Jews.” (Not “Zionists.”) ~ Elder Of Ziyon – Israel News

The Jordanians are clear on this.  Here’s a 1964 Jordanian stamp from the article:

 

 

So let me offer a counter (and every purchase supports yours truly):

 

 

Free Judea Coffee Mug | Zazzle

This is spot-on correct.  We just don’t think alike… and the fact that the West doesn’t grasp this is exceedingly dangerous.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The west needs to stop thinking that its core values are in line with radical Islam.

You see, in the civilized world, we have some core beliefs. For example, if you treat someone with respect and dignity, they will reciprocate.

The thing is, radical Islam does not share that value.

You can treat a radical Islamist with all the dignity in the world but you’re still an infidel and they want you dead, irrelevant of how you treat them.

The west needs to understand that radical Islam’s war is not about land, human rights, or anything else other than a religious ideological war on everything we believe in.

We like to give them fancy names like Hamas, Hezbolloh, Houthis, ISIS, Islamic Jihad, etc.

You can call them whatever you want, it’s all the same garbage. You can march for them day and night, but don’t kid yourself to think that if they have a chance to bring October 7th to a theater near you, that they’d hesitate for a second. They wouldn’t, and if Israel doesn’t defeat Hamas in this war, they won’t! The west is next!

The thing is, it’s not politically correct to say it, but radical Islam is a global plague. This isn’t about Israel. This isn’t about land. This isn’t about a state. This is about dead Jews and the defeat of the west.

Another example, which took me years to internalize, is that, in the west, we have morals. We have ethics. We have red lines that we would never cross. There are some things that are NEVER ok.

That is not the case for radical Islam. It’s time we internalize this. For them, rape is ok. Pedophilia is ok. Mutilating bodies is ok. Burning families is ok. Decapitating babies is ok. They have NO red lines.

The most tragic part of it all is the indoctrination of children who are taught to murder infidels from age zero.

You cannot make peace with an ideology that believes you do not have a right to exist.

It’s really time the west understands that taking their values and applying them to the world of radical Islam is both ridiculous and dangerous.

Just like no moral person thought that making peace with the Nazis was a good idea… Just like everyone understood that Germany had to be denazified, even if it entailed many innocent lives lost, the same is true for societies run by radical
Islam. There is no fixing them. It’s ingrained from before they can talk…

It’s time we stopped speaking our language and started speaking theirs.

That is the only way we can effectively battle the plague of radical Islam that is slowly destroying us from the inside.

(Hillel Fuld on X)

Related is the quote from Bernard Lewis:

Modern Western man is incapable, for the most part, of assigning a dominant and central place to religion in his own life, and incapable of imagining that other peoples elsewhere might do so. […] Modern Western thinking cannot imagine people fighting and dying in such numbers because of mere religious differences; there must be some other – “genuine” – reasons beneath the religious veil. We are willing to accept that religious conflicts occur in rare instances, such as in Ulster, but to admit that religion can be the essence of an entire civilization is a stretch. Even the very appearance of such an idea is regarded by liberals as a gross insult to their “subjects.” This is reflected in the current failure, politically, journalistically, and academically, to recognize the importance of the factor of religion in the current affairs of the Muslim world and in the subsequent resort to the language of “left” and “right,” “progressive” and “conservative,” and the rest of the Western terminology, the use of which in explaining Muslim political phenomena is about as relevant as a cricket commentator commenting on a baseball game…. Muslims from different countries, speaking different languages, share the same memories of a common and sacred past, the same understanding of social identity, the same sense of common destiny. It is not the nation or country, as in the West, that forms the historical basis of identity, but the religious and political community, and the imported Western idea of ethnic and territorial nationhood remains, like secularism, alien, strange and incomprehensible.”

We cannot win militarily unless we kill every last one of them.   From here:

Here is a Fatwas book we apprehended that shows they had a fatwa that ordered them to murder every Israeli on sight, including women and children. Hamas will be destroyed, so it can never perpetrate these atrocities again.

 

 

 

 

 

Interesting that it has an English version.  And notice one other thing – how every Israeli, because they served in the military, is treated as an enemy combatant.

Hamas grabbing power in places IDF controlled early in war | World Israel News

We must focus not just on driving them back by force, but by discrediting their belief system.  Only when the ideology is defeated is there hope.

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/defeat-the-ideology.mp4

 

And on force – I’m becoming very lukewarm about Ben Shapiro in general because of his apparent / alleged continued support of mass migration, but here he’s spot-on:

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/shapiro-the-only-currency-in-the-middle-east.mp4

 

Certainly only force will deter Iran:

Iranian official: All the rockets fired against Israel anywhere are made in Iran or the product of Iranian training (jihadwatch.org)

And when you fight, fight to win.  Period.

Why Didn’t We Listen? (amyisroelchai.com)

When asked about wars, [the Rebbe] kept repeating that the IDF needed to complete what they started because if not, soldiers would die in vain.

Why We MUST Fully Support Netanyahu – PJ Media

So it doesn’t matter how any of us feel about Netanyahu. Right now, in this crucial moment, we must all support Israel’s decision to reject Hamas’ proposal entirely. For the sake of our lives, the lives of our children, and the perpetuation of Western values, we must fully support Israel’s right to fight this enemy on behalf of all of us. We must let those in Washington on BOTH sides of the aisle know that we support Israel and her decision to reject Hamas and their attempts to re-arm themselves and repeat the horrors and depravities of Oct. 7.

Bibi’s star has, as I’ve said before, fallen far in my universe.  And IMHO there does need to be a reckoning.  But to quote an old Klingon proverb:

Only fools fight in a burning house.

Bayou Renaissance Man: Give her a medal!

Brave woman!

 

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These are images of before and after Oct. 7.  All these places could still be as they were… had the Gazans not attacked Israel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ISLAM: PRACTICES, HISTORY, AND MENTALITY

Islam: Abolition of Civilisation | Gates of Vienna

Understand the enemy.

What should I do with the treasure trove of Islamic thought sitting hidden in a folder in my Gmail account (Judean Rose) ~ Elder Of Ziyon – Israel News

Very long with a lot of info.

The Greeks have:

Islam: Theory vs Experience – American Thinker

Also:

GEERT WILDERS on what Muslims have done to seaside resorts in the Netherlands (barenakedislam.com)

They want it all.  Every square inch.  In accordance with 2:191 – “Drive them out from where they drove you out”.

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/hamas-leader-openly-states-goal.mp4

 

In general, Islam is not peaceful.

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/islam-not-peaceful-at-all.mp4

 

It is, in fact…

The Greatest Murder Machine in History – American Thinker

And in general, evil:

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/islam-is-evil.mp4

 

Gaza civilians among the invaders Oct. 7 (rumble.com)

Do not think this was done by a small amount of the population.  Massively high numbers were in on it.  Remember history – the chance to loot, pillage, plunder, and rape were all parts of how Mohammed got people on board.

Israel Visitor to Morocco is Well-Treated and Has His ‘Faith in Humanity’ Restored (jihadwatch.org)

A good question.  Where did the seller of all that ancient Judaica get them to sell?  Look, I too want to see the good in people, but this is naivete – or flat-out ignorance – of a staggering level.  Where  did these artifacts come from?  Read:

Uprooted: How 3000 Years of Jewish Civilization in the Arab World Vanished Overnight

 

 

ATROCITIES

There were massacres of Jews by Muslims before Israel was even created:

Massacres of Jews in every century (rumble.com)

What I show in this section is merely history, written today… written in the blood of Jews now.  Like this:

Terry Glavin: I went to the heart of Hamas horror | National Post

The killers set up another ambush by leaving two orphaned infants alive and screaming, so that anyone who came in hopes of comforting the children were gunned down. They went from house to house, firing indiscriminately, throwing grenades, setting fires and killing anyone and everyone they encountered, except for the dozen or so residents they abducted and took as hostages back to Gaza.

More:

THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS: Holocaust survivor explains how the Hamas bloodbath is much worse

Hamas sexually mutilated Israeli women, then booby-trapped their bodies | World Israel News

As a testament to the sexual assault that was perpetrated on the women who were killed, Shari Mendes said she saw many of the women with underwear pulled down to their knees with blood on the groin and on the fabric.

“Women were shot many times in the face… Their mouths were in grimaces, their eyes were open, their fists were clenched.”

Hamas had booby-trapped many of the bodies in an attempt to kill anyone attending to them, and workers had to be evacuated.

“Our team saw women shot in the crotch, in the genitals. Women were shot in the breast… Our team saw this.”

The double-standard is staggering.  If it were not a Jewish woman, just the mere mention of someone doing something would be enough to raise the ire of Lefists everywhere.  But here… crickets.  Related:

Hamas terrorists argue during phone call with Israeli hostage and her mother (nypost.com)

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/they-cut-the-heads-off.mp4

 

MUST WATCH: “They cut the heads and took it with them.” Irit Lahav, a resident of Kibbutz Nir Oz in Southern Israel shares.

She used to be a bridge between Palestinians in Gaza and Israeli hospitals – helping people in Gaza to get medical treatment in Israel. But everything changed on October 7, when hundreds of Palestinians stormed Kibbutz Nir Oz, unleashing horror—murdering, looting, kidnapping.

Remember this video:

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Message-to-sjws.mp4

 

Remember, these were people who opened their hearts, hands, communities, and homes to the Gazans.  And what did they get in return?  Death and horror.

Palestinian civilians in Gaza CELEBRATE as Hamas terrorists come back with hostages after massacring Israeli civilians.

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/New_video_from_October_7th_show_Gazans_celebrating_as_Hamas_terrorists.mp4

 

Related:

We all were lied to: Gaza was a modern, developed city before October 7 – The Jerusalem Post (jpost.com)

 

 

ON INTERSECTIONALITY / LEFTIST SUPPORT

I wonder if they could be invited to college s*x weeks:

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/hamas-sex-toys.mp4

 

Yemen: Houthis sentence 13 people to public execution on homosexuality charges (jihadwatch.org)

Somebody tell the rainbow crowd.

Queers for Palestine: An Unholy Alliance | Frontpage Mag

 

 

PALLYWOOD & MEDIA IN GENERAL

Israel Implemented More Measures to Prevent Civilian Casualties Than Any Other Nation in History – Geller Report

And yet… Israel is smeared by the enemedia.  Here’s one likely incoming:

The Israel Police publishes the video of the stabbing attempt this morning near Azaria, in which the terrorist, Dei Elian, 14 years old, a resident of Jebel Machabar in East Jerusalem, was killed.

Here’s a video of the event:

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/teen-jerusalem-stabber.mp4

 

And here’s a picture of the stabber – this will be the cherubic, innocent image you will see portrayed.

 

 

When Muslims and the media start boohooing about “Israel killing Palestinian kids,” make sure you have the facts (barenakedislam.com)

 

 

Would we, in WW2, have accepted news from any source that was so clearly associated with the Nazis?

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/misconception-jews-running-things.mp4

 

Very good points.

Countering ‘Pro-Palestine’ Propaganda Part 4: Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing :: Middle East Forum (meforum.org)

Good history – and knowledge against The Narrative.  Related:

October 7 Conspiracies Spreading In U.S. – Report – I24NEWS

Forewarned is forearmed.  As is this FAKE / ACTED arrest:

 

 

Moonbattery CNN Staffers Gripe About Pro-Israel Coverage – Moonbattery

It would be difficult to overstate how malevolent liberal journalists are.

 

TERROR COMING HERE?  TO THE WEST?

See If You Can Spot the Problem: Pro-Hamas Protesters Block Roads Into Washington, D.C. – PJ Media

Already here.  More:

The United States of Allah: It Happened in My Neighborhood, Yours Is Next – PJ Media

WSJ Op-Ed: Muslims in Dearborn, Michigan Celebrated the Events of October 7th (legalinsurrection.com)

Last time I was in Dearborn, right next to Detroit, it was like I’d stepped into the Middle East.  This guy highlights calls for sharia in the UK:

UK: Muslims call for sharia law (rumble.com)

But he misses the point by asking why these people are in the UK if they miss sharia.  Why?  Because conquest by migration is a doctrine:

HIJRA search at Political Islam

Apparently they’ve made inroads and are confident in getting Rome – one of their greatest-desired prizes:

Muslim proposes that Rome has already been conquered (rumble.com)

And here in the US:

Islam in the US – city by city (rumble.com)

Look at how organized they are globally.  Here they are professing a desire to take France too:

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/pal-leader-to-macron.mp4

 

And this is the thing so many fence-sitters and even critics of Israel fail to grasp.  Islam’s ambitions are global.  And all the “useful idiots” below will be forcibly converted or killed if Islam succeeds.  Well, except for the women, who will be made into rape receptacles and baby factories.

 

Stanford University:

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/stanford-university-jew-hate.mp4

 

 

Washington DC:

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/hamas-protestors-in-dc.mp4

 

 

Palo Alto CA:

 

https://granitegrok.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Palo-Alto-CA.mp4

 

Boston MA:

Pro-Pali Protest at Boston Latin School (rumble.com)

 

In General:

MEMRI TV COMPILATION – Dearborn And Detroit Imams And Protests Prior To And Following October 7 Hamas Attack: Dearborn Is ‘A City Of Resistance,’ President Biden Is ‘A Cancer In Our Country’; October 7 Is ‘One Of The Days Of God’; ‘Dismantl[e] The Terrorist Racist State Of Israel’; ‘Start Normalizing Jihad’; ‘Warmest Congratulations To Our Very Special Leader Imam [Iranian Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei’ For October 7 Attack; The Jews ‘Control People’s Resources Through Tricks And Deception’ | MEMRI

These sermons and statements reflect the sentiment we have found in our broader monitoring of U.S. Sunni and Shi’ite imams from major mosques and leading organizations, as well as by individuals affiliated with universities. They include antisemitic and pro-Hamas statements, expressions of support for the October 7 attacks and calls for further violence, denial of the atrocities perpetrated by Hamas, and anti-Israel and anti-U.S. statements.

It is notable that in our extensive monitoring of sermons and statements from this region, or indeed from across the U.S., our researchers have not found a single sermon denouncing Hamas or the October 7 attacks.

Brigitte Gabriel: Hezbollah is working with cartels to tunnel into the U.S. (rumble.com)

I would be more surprised if they weren’t.

They’re at WAR with the West.  And until we start taking it seriously, we’ll continue to lose ground.

 

 

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TREADING ON THE POLITICAL

Did We Stop Funding UNRWA? Nope – HotAir

[T]he “freeze” in funding only applies to new, additional funding requests. Previously approved funds will continue to flow to them as usual.

Biden Admin Repeatedly Praised UNRWA’s ‘Essential’ Work

 

 

Why the ‘Two-State Solution’ Won’t Really Solve Anything (jihadwatch.org)

Biden regime Secretary of State Antony Blinken has ordered the State Department to begin looking at options for recognizing a Palestinian state once the Gaza war is over. Yes, you read that right: Hamas brutally massacres 1,200 Israelis, Palestinians celebrate the murders, and the Biden regime’s first thought is “How can we reward the Palestinians?”

Main article behind paywall.  More on the two-state solution:

Netanyahu tells US he opposes creation of Palestinian state after Gaza war | Israel-Gaza war | The Guardian

“Every territory we pull out from, we get terror, terrible terror against us. It happened in southern Lebanon, it happened in the Gaza Strip, and it happened in [the West Bank] when we did it, in parts.”

Entirely consistent with what Arafat said:

On Progressive Jewish Angst – American Thinker

As America has become less white and less Christian, it has predictably become far more antisemitic (and far less tolerant).  It is not antisemitic to ponder what role progressive Jews have played in furthering such social conditions.

And yet, most Jewicidal Yidiots still don’t see it.  We’re supposed to be at the top IQ-wise, but we’re sure showing we’re damned low on the common sense side.  Related:

Dear Jews: We never liked you. We were just using you – Bookworm Room

The Jews were never in with the “In Crowd,” whether that crowd was feminists, LGBTQ+, minorities, or any other variants of leftism. They were being used and, having been used, they are now being thrown away. It’s a hard lesson to learn and, potentially, a deadly one.

My greatest fear is that, in 2024, Democrat Jews, having recovered from this emotional nadir, will revert to being the pathetic 14-year-old geek at at high school. Instead of saying, “I don’t need you” to the Democrats, they’ll continue to run after these soul-less, often downright evil, popular kids, still desperate for their approval.

The 3 Constants in Life: Death, Taxes and Anti-Semitism | Frontpage Mag

The truth is, as much as you might not like to hear it, when Trump was in office it was good for the Jews. Too bad most Jews just don’t know what’s good for them. Also most of the Jews that might benefit from clear thinking will surely not read this. Perhaps you’ll share this with someone who needs to hear it and we can all pray that they will listen. Believe me, it’s as important as ever.

Now Mr Biden is in office, the flood of money to terrorists has begun again. The funnels of money to Iran turns around into tunnels in Gaza.

Related:

Ben-Gvir swipes at Biden: ‘Would’ve been better with Trump’ – JNS.org

“Instead of giving us his full backing, Biden is busy with giving humanitarian aid and fuel [to Gaza], which goes to Hamas,” said Ben-Gvir. “If Trump was in power, the U.S. conduct would be completely different.”

Biden Calls Netanyahu a ‘Bad F**king Guy’ | Frontpage Mag

Hey Israel, Don’t Be So Sure About Your Support Among Republicans – I24NEWS

Israel needs – NEEDS – to release that 40-odd minute video compiled from the terrorists’ own cameras.

Jew-hating Palestinian migrant busted in NY for stealing pro-Israel flag: cops (nypost.com)

An Arab gets to Mexico, crosses the border, gets up to NYC, and attacks a Jew.  WHO opened the border?

Fetterman asks those demanding ceasefire: ‘Why aren’t you demanding Hamas surrenders as well?’ (jihadwatch.org)

Talking sense.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

What We’ve Learned from the Israel / Hamas Conflict – Quick Roundup (1/3) – Flopping Aces

Great roundup of a bunch of rabbit-hole links.  One such, about Rachel Corrie, i.e., “Saint Pancake”:

The Holy Church of St. Pancake The International Solidarity Movement and the Rachel Corrie Death Cult : The Other McCain

Also link rich.

 

 

GIVING SUPPORT TO ISRAEL

You can’t go wrong with a donation here:

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And please share this post far and wide.  There’s a lot of info here that many people don’t know.  Post it, email it, share widely.

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A CONCLUDING THOUGHT FOR THIS POST

Hamas leader Haniyeh sent terrorists to massacre Israelis — while his niece was receiving medical treatment in Israel.
Hamas leader Haniyeh sent terrorists to massacre Israelis — while his niece was receiving medical treatment in Israel.
Hold her hostage.  Her child too.  I’m serious.  Start playing the game their way.  There’s a story from decades ago, and it ties in with the Ben Shapiro video above, about using force:

The Jerusalem Post said the Soviet secret police last year secured the release of three kidnaped Soviet diplomats in Beirut by castrating a relative of a radical Lebanese Shia Muslim leader, sending him the severed organs and then shooting the relative in the head.

The incident began when four Soviet diplomats were kidnaped last September by Muslim extremists who demanded that Moscow pressure the Syrian government to stop pro-Syrian militiamen from shelling rival Muslim positions in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.

The militiamen, the Jerusalem paper said, did not cease their attacks, and the body of one of the Soviet diplomats, Arkady Katkov, was found a few days later in a field in Beirut.

The KGB then apparently kidnaped and killed a relative of an unnamed leader of the Shias’ Hezbollah (Party of God) group, a radical, pro-Iranian group that has been suspected of various terrorist activities against Western targets in Lebanon.

Parts of the man’s body, the paper said, were then sent to the Hezbollah leader with a warning that he would lose other relatives in a similar fashion if the three remaining Soviet diplomats were not immediately released. They were quickly freed.

The newspaper quoted “observers in Jerusalem” as saying: “This is the way the Soviets operate. They do things–they don’t talk. And this is the language Hezbollah understands.”

This is the only language they speak.  Start talking it.  As opposed to the cringing weakness that is Blinken et al:

No way to treat a friend | Power Line (powerlineblog.com)

In fact, I remember another story – don’t have a source – of how a Russian diplomat went to an Iranian diplomat to discuss something the USSR didn’t like, the details escape me.  But one of the observations made by the Russian to the Iranian was that a Soviet nuclear missile base was relatively close to a Shiite holy site, and that “missile accidents with inadvertent launches” do happen from time to time.

Message received; the Iranians put a stop to things.  So what can we do here?

This is kind of related:

 

 

Last year, Turkey experienced a catastrophic earthquake that took the lives of 59,000 people.

Israel was one of the first countries to sent help – to rescue Turkish families, to provide food, medical care and everything that Turkish people needed.

What did Turkey’s President do in return? One year later, after Hamas invaded & massacred Israeli civilians, when Israel needed its friends to show support – Erdogan called Israel a “terrorist state”, and pushed for the International Criminal Court to trial Israel.

Dictator Erdogan spits in the face of a country that throughout history was always there for Turkey. One day, Israel and Turkey will be true friends – when Dictator Erdogan will be out of the picture.

 

 

Israel sends aid to enemies:

Israel Must Stop Sending Aid to its Enemies – Geller Report

So the next time there is a tsunami in Indonesia, or an earthquake in Pakistan, Turkey, or Syria, the Israelis should not immediately dispatch humanitarian aid and search-and-rescue teams. Instead, both the government, and Jewish aid agencies, should sit tight. Let the world realize that Israel is no longer going to be a source of succor for its enemies, who have so often pocketed its aid and then continued to denounce the Jewish state until the welkin rings with anti-Israel hate. Just this once, Israel, behave the way all other countries behave. Stop thinking you have to be so very tikkun-olamish and in all things a light unto the nations, including by helping your worst enemies. No, you don’t.

So this brings to mind two sayings I’ve seen on the internet:

Pleasing your enemies does not turn them into friends.

And from Rome (I’m not admiring the guy who said it, just observing the truth in what he said):

Let them hate me, so long as they fear me.

Caligula

Israel will not soon, and probably not ever, have the respect of the Arabs.  For now, I’ll settle for their fear.

 

 

 

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Bad Start: “New” ‘Republican’ Matt Coker, Has Lunch with a Union Lobbyist, and Three Lousy ‘republicans.’

Thu, 2024-02-08 23:00 +0000

Fresh from his transition from Democrat to Republican, Matt Coker (who changed parties before lunch) was spotted having lunch with Labor Union lobbyist (AFL-CIO NH President) Glenn Brackett and notoriously small ‘r’ Republicans Mike Bordes, Doug Trottier, and Travis O’Hara.

You’ll remember Travis; we shared some thoughts about him recently. Bordes was already infamous on our pages, Trottier, not as much, but the word ilk applies to the lot of them, and now Coker, given the company he chooses. If he was hoping to make an impression, he has (lunching with Turcotte, Ploszaj, Cambrils, or Comtois would have been a better call). But like is drawn to like, as they say, and to be fair, he’s only been a “Republican” for a few hours. I’m sure he doesn’t really know how to do it, in which case, he’s with the wrong people.

They don’t know either.

Maybe Coker should have stayed in the Democrat party.

You know what? We’ll cut him some slack. It’s been less than a day. We will reserve further judgment until we’ve seen a few week’s worth of votes. We know he shows up more often than the three amigos, so he’ll have more opportunity to impress … or not.

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Public Education Choking Hooksett Taxpayers

Thu, 2024-02-08 21:00 +0000

Another chaotic confrontation took place at the Hooksett Town Meeting on Saturday. On both sides good folks were confronted with the reality that the school budget is choking taxpayers.

Thanks to Steve MacDonald’s excellent GraniteGrok article on 2/4, citizens of NH were treated to an accurate picture. Cutting the school budget consumes most tax revenue, not only in New Hampshire but throughout the nation.

Since the COVID lockdown of schools, parents got a taste of what their children are exposed to in public schools. Most good folks do not appreciate tax dollars wasted on the globalist UNESCO/U.S. Department of Education perversions of true education, such as gender studies, CRT, and DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), that have nothing to do with true education. In all fairness, would you, the reader, like to teach all these divisive Marxist programs to innocent children under the threat, so to speak, of taking the highway or Big Brothers way?

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What is true education? Noah Webster draws a complete picture of true education in his 1828 dictionary:

The bringing up, as of a child, instruction, formation of manners, education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. “

Do you see anything in the definition that includes LBGTQ+, CRT or DEI? Perhaps more revealing: ask yourself, do you think all of the good qualities of discipline, correct temper, and manners are being taught to reinforce the upbringing of your children?

Hooksett is a town with approximately 9 or 10,000 people that let a small minority of voters represent their views. Is this the type of apathy that blindly trusts the so-called experts a product of public education? Too many Federal Bureaucrats are forcing un-American DEA/UNESCO globalist education on your children. Many of these jobs need to be cut first. The John Birch Society legislative alert demands the “defunding Public Schools.” Those who say this is too extreme consider how the Marxist revolution is demanding defund the police.

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In Four Minutes … How Our Elections Are RIGGED

Thu, 2024-02-08 19:00 +0000

The RINO/Uniparty NH-Journal, a/k/a NH-NeverTrumpJournal, regularly regurgitates the Left’s mantra that there is “no evidence” that the 2020 election was rigged. That claim is a LIE. A big, fat LIE.

I have pointed to the evidence repeatedly … the censorship of the Hunter laptop, the amplification of Deep State LIES (such as “Russian bounties,” “losers and suckers”), election “month,” ballot “harvesting,” “Zuckerbucks,” etc., etc., etc. The 2024 election is being rigged as I write this (2/7 10:00 AM) … the tidal wave of lawsuits have one common purpose: preventing Trump from again becoming President, TikTok instructing illegals how to vote, etc., etc., etc..

Mollie Hemingway sums it up in four minutes:

We have the Biden Regime instigating and enabling an illegal alien invasion of America; we have the Biden Regime doing all it can to put the leader of the opposition party in jail and bankrupt him. And what are NHGOP “leaders” talking about … eviscerating local zoning laws and cutting taxes for rich people and big business.

 

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NH Democrat with 38% HRA Score Decides He is a Republican – Leaves Dems to Caucus with GOP

Thu, 2024-02-08 17:00 +0000

Merideth, NH Rep Matt Coker (D – until a few minutes ago) has announced -more or less – that his party has left him, so he’s decided to leave it. He has changed party affiliation and formally joined the New Hampshire Republican House Caucus.


The NH Republican House Caucus is, of course, very excited about this transition.

 

My first instinct was to investigate just what sort of Democrat he was from the lens of the Republican/liberty universe. Coker’s NHHRA score last session, NHHRA measures key votes against the NH Constitution and State Republican Party platform, was 38.6. He voted with Republicans on key Republican bills more than one-third of the time while voting the other way just over 60% of the time.

The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance (NHLA) gave him a liberty rating of C-, which is not terrible while not compelling There are a number of Republicans whose liberty rating was worse. That’s not an endorsement of a C rating. I only want to note that we’ve had worse while we should aspire to better.

Having said that, this presents an interesting opportunity. As the NH House Republicans post on X notes, “The Republican Caucus looks forward to working closely with Representative Coker to champion policies that empower individuals, foster economic prosperity, and uphold the values that define the great state of New Hampshire.

As the session progresses, there is an opportunity to see if Caucus can help Matt improve his Liberty Rating and HRA scores.

Everything’s a test, so here we go.

And congrats to the NH Republicans for adding another seat to their very slim majority and to Rep Coker for seeing some light if – in fact – that’s what happened.

Let us know in the comments what “improved” Liberty and HRA ratings you’d like to see by the time the session comes to a close.

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Taxes, Inflation, Vacancies, and Shoplifting Becoming Too Hard To Bear

Thu, 2024-02-08 15:00 +0000

A convergence of financial pressures threatens to send shock waves through America’s commercial real estate sector in 2024. As a record number of outstanding commercial mortgages mature, refinancing at nosebleed interest rates is a daunting hurdle for investors and lenders alike.

Concurrently, retail and office space demand has declined as more Americans shop – and work – from home. Vacancy rates are spiking. Rising real estate taxes, shoplifting, and inflation of essentially all overhead costs threaten the profitability of what has historically been a safe haven in real estate investment.

A Commercial Loan Crisis?

Commercial loans face what could prove to be a perfect storm of financial negatives. Unlike home mortgages, most commercial loans are “interest only,” increasing the risk of default if property values deteriorate. Some lenders are willing to extend favorable refinancing terms in exchange for increased principle (reducing the loan balance and improving loan security), but more and more borrowers may balk at throwing good cash after bad – if they have the cash at all.

This lending market has already been struggling for the past two years, but many loans carried one- or two-year extension options that provided a short-term hiatus that is now waning. The Wall Street Journal summarized 2024’s gargantuan loan exposure:

“In 2023, $541 billion in debt backed by office buildings, hotels, apartments and other types of commercial real estate came due, the highest amount ever for a single year, according to the data firm Trepp. Commercial-debt maturities are expected to continue rising, with more than $2.2 trillion coming due between now and the end of 2027, Trepp said.”

The loan-sticker shock of refinancing at much higher interest rates is exacerbated by declining property values, skyrocketing shrinkage (shoplifting and other losses) in retail businesses, declines in office space demand as more workers shift to home (accelerated during COVID), and anxiety about future inflation and economic stability. The combined impact of these disparate negatives on commercial real estate poses a substantial, persistent risk to lenders and real estate investors alike, with the potential to spill over into other lending markets, stock and bond markets, and consumer prices.

Pressures on Businesses

Many businesses have faced increasing costs in the current inflationary climate, but often these are passed on to customers. This pressure relief valve is unavailable for many commercial lenders, who face a triple whammy: vacancy rates skyrocketing, rents dropping in many market sectors, and insurance, tax, energy, and other costs inflating. Vacancy rates suggest an accelerating crisis: Office vacancy rates stood at 11.5% in the first quarter of 2020, rising to 15.1% by the second quarter of 2022, and 16.1% by the first quarter of 2023. This had climbed to an alarming 18.2% in November 2023.

Not all loans and properties are the same, with inner-city turmoil, closed stores, increasing crime and theft creating a particular vulnerability for commercial properties caught in the socio-political backlash. Indeed, eight markets account for fully half of all maturing commercial loan volume through 2024 — New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago being the top three. The industry-wide downturn is aggravated in America’s three largest cities. Other hostile market forces include struggling tech companies grappling with the double-barrel of remote work and broader industry-wide downturn: Some of the nation’s highest office vacancy rates are found in San Fransico (24.2%), Seattle (22.3%), and Austin (21.2%). Multifamily properties and industrial space are also exhibiting signs of weakness.

Progressive Policy Failures

These multiple pressures converge to wilt future prospects for commercial real estate investment, fueled by progressive policies that seed destruction instead of economic growth. Retail outlets — including vital grocery stores in low-income neighborhoods — have shuttered their doors in Chicago and Los Angeles. San Francisco and Portland resemble Mad Max film sets. What hedge fund or billionaire investor will buy up such headaches, except at a great discount? Defunding police departments increases building repair and security costs, while steadily expanded taxes on the “rich” undermine the profitability of businesses: Most leases are triple net, requiring tenants to pay a proportionate share of underlying tax hikes.

Progressive ideology disregards the mathematical and market realities of the real world. Defunding police drives up crime and retail price inflation; printing money willy-nilly for pet art projects, social justice scams, and renewables seeds core inflation; taxing the rich and doling out free money to slackards undermines hard-working businesspeople. A New York study determined that steady real estate tax increases there have been passed on to tenants, doubling from 2007 to 2017, “accounting for a rising share of total retail rent burdens.” Across the nation, rental prices are down and delinquencies are rising for commercial loans.

Vapid progressive policies destroy American businesses. Chicago’s mayor proposed starting state-run grocery stores after food retailers fled that city. Government edicts for manufacturing and purchasing solar panels and EVs are patently regressive and transfer wealth from rich to poor. Calls for ever-more taxes on the rich craft burdens that land on the shoulders of the middle and business classes. If city taxes are raised sufficiently, property owners may simply bow out and let the government operate the buildings whose tenants it has taxed into unprofitability.

Defaults on the Horizon?

Loan defaults in the commercial real estate market in 2024 could spill over into other financial markets, leave empty retail/office shells looming over urban landscapes, weaken economic growth, and deprive cities of food, goods, jobs, and a healthy tax base. This is an “economic climate” crisis.

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So, Every American Journalist Who has “Interviewed” Trump is a MAGA Apologist?

Thu, 2024-02-08 13:00 +0000

There is not one Machine Media talking head or reporter who claims to be a journalist who wouldn’t sell their soul for a chance to interview Vladimir Putin. That’s just a fact. World leader. Times of crisis. Some amount of risk. It’s a massive get unless the journalist is Tucker Carlson.

He’s in Russia, and the left has lost their mind. Carlson is a Kremlin apologist—a useful idiot for Putin.

The same people would give up their souls for a one-on-one with any number of historical figures far more despicable or with whom they’ve little if any, respect, but it would be journalism. It is a rare opportunity for someone in Western media to be permitted that access. They might even have lists of questions prepared that they would want to ask.

Tucker Carson is in Russia, so it’s something else, but here’s the thing about that. Every reporter who interviewed Donald Trump after he became the Left’s Anti-Christ must then be a Trump Tower apologist. They are useful idiots for Donald Trump. They gave him a platform for his deplorable views.

Those are the new rules.

Kristen Welker, most recently. Josh Dawsey for the Washington Post. Jim VandeHei and Jonathan Swan for Axios. There are many others. And the comparison works because, in their minds, Trump is as bad or worse than Putin, and they still want to lob questions at him. Fastballs, sliders, curves.

And they’d want to interview Putin as well; they didn’t get that interview, so they have to smear Carlson, which suggests liberals never learn certain lessons.

The more they crap on Tucker, the more relevant and influential he will become. And the more they talk about it – the way they talk about Trump because that’s the sort of news that keeps them employed – the more people will be attracted to Tucker without their interference.

All over the world.

And they hate that more than Donald Trump.

 

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For the Children: Ban Flavored Tobacco, but Not Flavored Pot, Legalize Drug Dens (No Age Limits)

Thu, 2024-02-08 11:00 +0000

If you want to know why Vermont is in such terrible shape on so many fronts, it is because the people we have elected to make important decisions for us are totally unmoored from any rational approach to problem-solving. They are devoid of any guiding principle, barring an intense desire to get their hands on our money and spend it as they see fit, which is usually not in a fit way. This is perfectly illustrated by the wildly divergent policies regarding marijuana, hard drugs, and nicotine currently under consideration in the State House.

I recently wrote about H.72 – An act relating to a harm-reduction criminal justice response to drug use, which the Vermont House passed 96-35 largely along party lines (a handful of Democrats joined all the Republicans in voting no), that would establish and fund state-sponsored drug ingestion sites. These “safe spaces” – for all intents and purposes loosely supervised, no-tell crack dens – would allow anyone of any age to come in and do any drug without fear of criminal charges or being reported to health or other authorities, official or parental.

Then there is S.300 – An act relating to funding support services for persons who use drugs and eliminating misdemeanor criminal penalties for possessing or dispensing a personal use drug supply, which “decriminalizes” (de facto legalizes) the possession AND DISTRIBUTION of small amounts of you name it. Fentanyl, meth, heroin, cocaine, acid, ecstasy, peyote…

According to this bill – which 12 of the 23 Democrat senators have signed onto as sponsors – someone can have or distribute an amount of pretty much any drug defined as a “benchmark personal use supply” or “the quantity of a drug commonly possessed for consumption by an individual for any therapeutic, medicinal, or recreational purpose,” with no age restrictions mentioned about who one can distribute these to.

Then there is S.72 – An act relating to lifting the potency limits on concentrated cannabis products, for which the title is self-explanatory.

So, at this point, one might conclude that these are just a bunch of libertines with a “do whatever you want” attitude about what we all do with and put into our bodies. But then comes along the other bill getting a lot of attention this week, S.18 – An act relating to banning flavored tobacco products and e-liquids.

Wait, what?

How can we help you do your opioids? Who are we to say how much THC belongs in your edibles or your Tropicana Cookies Hash Rosin Vape (a real thing; I looked it up)? But that pack of Kools? Oh, no. You can’t make that choice for yourself. That bubble gum-flavored nicotine vape? Hand it over, you evil dirtbag! Think of the children!

The justification for a flavored tobacco ban is, as it so often is that it’s “for the children.” It’s not enough that these products are already illegal to anyone under twenty-one. It’s not enough that nicotine vapes are a healthier alternative to smoking that helps many people to quit. Kids are getting their hands on them. Sure. Just like kids got their hands on regular cigarettes before flavors were available. Just like kids get their hands on pot, they’re too young to legally buy today, and just like they got their hands on pot that was totally illegal not too long ago.

But (S.18 features two pages of teeth-gnashing and garment-rending “findings”) those flavors are attracting kids and getting them hooked… say the same people who want to allow for even more potent marijuana-laced gummies because that’ll be just fine and not in any way a temptation for four-year-olds thinking they’ve discovered a cache of leftover Halloween candy.

In fact, S.18 specifically states that the law “does not include cannabis and cannabis products that are offered by a cannabis establishment.” So, our legislators’ real message to kids: If you want to inhale flavored vapor like Cherry Snacks Liquid Diamonds (a real thing, I looked it up), your only option is a cannabis product that will get you really high. It’s almost as if these lawmakers didn’t so much care about kids’ health but were really just working in league with the pot dealers, knee-capping their competition in order to boost their cronies’ bottom line. Hmmmm.

Is it any wonder we have a dangerously out-of-control drug culture flourishing in our state? In the world our elected leaders are creating for us and our children to live in, a drug dealer would be allowed to dispense single-serving amounts of the worst, most addictive, most destructive drugs to elementary school kids — in a government-sponsored safe space designed for such a purpose, no less — and face no criminal penalties, whereas a gas station/convenience store owner who sells a pack of Newport Lights to a thirty-five-year-old could face civil penalties of $200 for a first offense and $500 for subsequent offenses. How messed up is that?

On the bright side, though, last week, the Joint Fiscal Office let the members of the House Ways & Means Committee know that banning flavored tobacco products would result in an estimated annual revenue loss of between $7 million and $14 million. And so much for all that “save the children” rhetoric. It evaporated like a cloud of tobacco smoke in the wind. Screw the children. The people who profess to care so much would rather have the money.

 

Rob Roper is a freelance writer with 20 years of experience in Vermont politics, including three years of service as chair of the Vermont Republican Party and nine years as President of the Ethan Allen Institute, Vermont’s free-market think tank. He is also a regular contributor to VermontGrok.

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Night Cap: Transgenderism Madness

Thu, 2024-02-08 05:00 +0000

I just retired after 35 years of working in the human service field. I was appalled at the lack of truthfulness, informed consent, and irrational fear that was foisted upon citizens by the medical bureaucrats during the Covid pandemic years. Their many lies are coming to light with Lord Fauci, Patron Saint of Wuhan, merely the idolized figurehead.

I am equally dismayed at the way the medical establishment is handling the transgender issue for the same reasons.

People who feel they were born in the wrong body is nothing new. But the dramatic rise in those now identifying as transgender has almost tripled just since 2017, according to Komodo health reports. There is still much research that needs to be done before we know about the positive and negative consequences of “gender-affirming care,” as it is euphemistically called by the medical field.

Yet the medical community thinks they are showing compassion by immediately accepting a child’s emotional belief that they were born in the wrong body. Until very recently, those with gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder were treated with counseling and mental health support. Neuropsychologist Alan Hopewell asserts that “administering hormones to a person under mental stress can exacerbate mental health issues.” “Hormones can change brain chemistry,” states Kathy Plantani, who holds a doctorate in clinical psychology.

Now, there are growing concerns over links between transgenderism and violence, according to an article in the January 31 edition of the Epoch Times. Audrey Hale is the most horrific example to date. Scary confrontations such as what happened to Riley Gaines after her speech at San Francisco University about protecting women in athletics and in the locker room will become more common and violent if cooler heads and common sense don’t soon return to the forefront of mental health and sports.

Michael D. Breen, Ph.D., wrote in the February 1 edition of the Laconia Daily Sun, “Efforts to mislead our still cognitively developing children and teens, even when well-intentioned, is not compassionate. It is often harmful. It should stop.”

The medical community is actually changing the definition of child abuse in an Orwellian fashion. A Montana father spent years to successfully appeal a jail sentence in British Columbia for “misgendering” his daughter. While the push to perform mutilating surgeries and dangerous hormone treatments on ever younger children is considered “compassionate child care.” Even Dr. Frankenstein performed his experimental surgeries on an adult. Of course, his patient ended up being the cause of his demise. Check back in seven more years, and we will likely know if there will be a similar result for this medical establishment’s dystopian horror show of confusion and chaos, in non-fiction fashion this time.

 

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The Strange Case of Alex Talcott

Thu, 2024-02-08 03:00 +0000

Not much makes sense in the homicide of GOP lawyer Alexander Talcott or the investigation and report on it from the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office. Following the money is always a good place to start.

According to the final report from the AG’s office, Alex Talcott’s wife, Kristin Talcott, murdered him in self-defense in late August 2023. AG John Formella apparently identified him.

At the time of his death, there was apparently an investigation into his political candidacy in Conway, New Hampshire, while being a resident in Durham. Bizarrely, the investigation seems to have shut down immediately after because he was deceased. That seems like a red flag to anyone paying attention. Why would the NH DOJ feel the need to communicate this before any conclusions have been made about Alex Talcott’s death? Was the probe into his candidacy and business in Conway related to his death, and who else was involved in that? It would appear that Jay Lucas, who owns the Eagle Times, might be.

“DURHAM — The stabbing death of Alexander Talcott of Durham, who in 2022 ran briefly as a Republican for a District 1 state representative seat in Conway, has been ruled a homicide by the state officials. Attorney General John Formella identified Talcott, 41, Sunday and said an autopsy showed he died from a stab wound to the neck in his home at 98 Bennett Road in Durham.

Talcott, an investment executive who was general counsel and director of New Constellation Capital, also was an adjunct instructor in business law and finance at UNH Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, according to LinkedIn.

In June 2022, he filed to run as a GOP candidate for one of three state representative seats in Conway that ultimately went to Democrats Steve Woodcock, Tom Buco, and David Paige.

Talcott never returned any of the Sun’s requests for comment on his campaign bid. However, on June 6, 2022, he sent a letter to the editor that said, “NH Gives, an initiative of the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, is underway June 7–8. Think the ‘Giving Tuesday’ tradition around winter holiday time. If you’re in a position to donate, I recommend the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust. Their community forest projects are opportunities to pay it forward. Alex Talcott, Center Conway.”

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Kristin Talcott is listed as an officer on the board of a non-profit: “Oyster River Parents & Preschoolers.” She has been since 2009. You would think that the AG of New Hampshire and the major crimes unit might have some questions about this instead of closing the file. I understand that there has been no notice of a will belonging to Alexander Talcott either. Newspaper reports indicate the couple had three young children, but another report from 2004 indicates that they had a 6-month-old baby and a 3-year-old back then. This would put these children at 19 & 22 years old in 2023 when the homicide happened.

“Alex Talcott is keeping busy teaching finance and business law classes at Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, working with a financial planning service in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and working with an estate planning and elder law firm she affiliated with last year. The firm is expanding to Exeter and has offices in New York as well! Kristin (Steinert) Talcott teaches graduate social work virtually for Simmons College. Kristin and Alex were recently in Hanover for Homecoming with their 6-month-old daughter _____and 3-year-old twins ______ and ______. The weekend included a family 5k in Cornish, New Hampshire!”

Alex Talcott was associated with a couple of businesses in Conway, several companies in Durham, and a few others in Massachusetts and elsewhere, including overseas ventures. He is also associated with Jay Lucas, who has had businesses in Portsmouth dating back to shortly before the above notice in the Dartmouth Alumni magazine. It looks as though Alexander Talcott’s association with Jay Lucas may go back to this time.

The Sunshine Fund and Opportunity Funds of New England list Jay Lucas. They appear to be one and the same. They are tied to another company called Lexdan LLC on which Alex Talcott’s name appears.

Meanwhile, The Sunshine Fund appears to be tied to Sunshine Communications, which is also registered to Jay Lucas, who owns the Eagle newspaper in Claremont, New Hampshire. The purchase of the newspaper was announced on July 14, 2022.

The following day, on July 15, 2022, Alexander Talcott registered “Real Estate Action LLC” with his wife, Kristin Talcott, who is listed as the agent for it.

The email address for “Real Estate Action LLC” is with “New Constellation Capital”.

On 13th November, 2022, the following article appeared on Medium from Eric Pines — a federal employment layer. It suggests there should be more questions about the Alexander Talcott case and how news media and officials in New Hampshire have reported it:

“Alex Talcott is a real estate and private equity attorney in New Hampshire with investments in 16 other states and three foreign countries. He is an adjunct instructor at the University of New Hampshire’s business school and a graduate of Dartmouth College and Notre Dame Law School. Talcott serves on his State Housing Council and as a senior fellow for a community economic development nonprofit.”

One month before Alex Talcott’s homicide, Kristin Talcott opened another company: “Discovering Resilience PLLC.”

Alex Talcott’s relationship with Jay Lucas is worthy of scrutiny given another company that Jay Lucas has and the people involved in that and their ties to Primary Bank and Richard C Tracy, who is the top crimes investigator in New Hampshire:

“Ride to Recovery” is a non-profit listing Jay Lucas and Phil Taub of Nixon Peabody (New Hampshire’s Supreme Court Chief Justice, Gordon MacDonald, hails from this law firm). Phil Taub is on the board of directors for Primary Bank, which gave PPP loans (and forgave them) to companies belonging to its board of directors. One of these was Autofair, where Primary Bank Director Andrew H Crews was CEO. The company was sold to an address in Florida (with help from a Dartmouth alum, apparently) not long after the Pandora Papers articles were published. Crews stepped down and is no longer listed on the board of directors of the bank.

Phil Taub and Andrew H Crews are also listed on the non-profit “Granite State Children’s Alliance” (aka “The Children’s Advocacy Centers”). Richard C Tracy is listed as the Secretary. Coincidentally, Richard C Tracy had his appointment as the New Hampshire Chief Criminal Justice Investigator renewed by AG John Formella in 2021.

The report into Alex Talcott’s homicide would have included input from Richard C Tracy -connected to Phil Taub, who is connected to Jay Lucas, who is tied to Alex Talcott’s failed business ventures. Are New Hampshire law officials covering something up?

Jay Lucas has a Facebook page. From January 17th, 2024, he sheds praise on David Scanlan, the New Hampshire Secretary of State whose office looks after the registration of all Lucas & cos companies. Governor Sununu is featured in the photograph at the top of the page. What seems apparent in New Hampshire is that donations go a long way, and something doesn’t add up. Jay Lucas and Alex Talcott opened a number of companies between 2020 and 2023 (after the PPP loan windfalls). At least one of Talcott’s companies was opened with his wife. To claim that she was unaware of the financial woes until late in the day and to ignore the probe into his business and candidacy in Conway doesn’t smell right.

“In the summer of last year, Alex Talcott borrowed more and more money from friends and family as he looked for a job with a high salary. Kristin Talcott, a licensed social worker, renewed her license and started a practice in order to bring in money for the family.”

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Reminder: 70% of Democrats Approve of Government Censorship and Dem Candidates Should Be Asked if They Agree

Thu, 2024-02-08 01:00 +0000

Last summer, a surprising bit of polling emerged from the Pew Research Center. It asked respondents about their tolerance for censorship by the government or big tech. A surprising number of Americans said they supported it, but a supermajority of Democrats were all in.

The secret to getting such high numbers, in my opinion, was how the questions were framed. They asked what they thought about moderating false information but without any reference to the mass of false information, misinformation, disinformation, and deceitful prebunking coming from big tech and the government.

At its core, the survey is misleading, but it is difficult to get past the Left’s quick and ready embrace of censorship, even if it limits freedom of information.

 

 

This deliberate embrace of censorship strikes me as a rhetorical cudgel as we approach the November elections. For all the talk of banning books that are still readily available with a click, Democrats are clearly the party of censorship, even if free speech suffers. Any Republican who fails to see the opportunity needs to open their eyes.

Candidate x, a Pew Research Poll, shows that 70% of Democrats approved of the government censoring speech even if it limited legitimate free speech. Do you agree with the majority of Democrats?

If they try to dodge it by leaning into the disinformation misinformation false-information narrative, say something like, what – like the Hunter Biden laptop? Or, how does the COVID-19 vaccine stops infection and spread, or how it is safe and effective, or do you mean the Steele Dossier?

Those were all government disinformation misinformation campaigns that interfered with elections and undermined informed consent and bodily autonomy. Masks, distancing, and lockdowns were also both disinformation and misinformation, and the key in all these examples is that those of us who challenged them early and often were fighting false information and censored by Big Tech, often at the behest of the government.

The government will censor the truth to protect its lies, and after all of that, 70% of Democrats still support more of the same.

I think Democrat candidates should be forced to run on that or at least defend it.

 

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Some In NH Think Suicide Is Another Issue For Government Intervention

Wed, 2024-02-07 23:00 +0000

Why is it that Democrats put such a low value on human life? Whether writing laws that allow the killing of an unborn fetus up to the moment of birth or now, pushing for the legalization of state-assisted suicides, the authors and co-sponsors of these bills are showing zero regard for life.

There are three Republican sponsors, and maybe Representatives Phillips, Lynn, and Wolf should reconsider their party affiliation. We used to be a country and society that cherished life. We fund research to find cures and treatments for debilitating illnesses, and we used to look at the increase in life expectancy as a success. Today, our government does not intercede with the flow of illegal Fentanyl that kills 100,000 a year, promotes the killing of the unborn, and now wants to facilitate the voluntary end of life.

Below is a summary of the proposed New Hampshire bill scheduled for public hearings at the State House on Wednesday.

Official Summary/Bill Text

HB 1283-FN is a bill that establishes a procedure for individuals with terminal illnesses to receive medical assistance in dying through self-administration of medication. The bill outlines the criteria that must be met for a prescribing health care provider to provide a prescription for medical-assistance-in-dying medications to an individual. The bill also includes provisions for witnesses to the patient’s request and sets a waiting period before the prescription can be filled. The bill provides immunities and conscience-based decisions for those who participate in medical assistance in dying, and it prohibits penalties for health care providers who refuse to participate for reasons of conscience.

HB 1283-FN is a bill that allows terminally ill patients to request a prescription for medications that will end their life if they choose to self-administer the medications. The bill requires the patient to make a voluntary and informed request, and it allows the patient’s health care provider to contact a pharmacist to fulfill the request. The bill also includes provisions for witnesses to the patient’s request and sets a waiting period before the prescription can be filled. The bill also establishes standards of care for providers and allows for mental capability evaluations if there are doubts about the patient’s competence. The bill provides immunities and conscience-based decisions for those who participate in medical assistance in dying, and it prohibits penalties for healthcare providers who refuse to participate for reasons of conscience.

NH has a serious suicide crisis, especially among at-risk teens, veterans, and people living with disabilities. HB 1283 would normalize suicide as medical care to be administered by a doctor and strongly contradicts suicide prevention efforts. Once the initial hurdle is met and the bill becomes law, it will then be an easier process to expand the scope of deciding who meets the criteria to request assistance to end their lives.

A similar bill became law in Oregon, where some of the most used reasons to request assisted suicide include “fear of being a burden to others” and “loss of independence.” If passed, this bill invites coercion. Assisted suicide puts a new weapon in the hands of people who already abuse and exploit the elderly or infirm. The government should have limited control over the public, and inserting themselves into this issue is not where elected officials should venture.

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Bananas: Feminists Struggle To Decide On Fifth Wave of Movement … and Dinner

Wed, 2024-02-07 21:00 +0000

The International Fraternity of Feminists (IFF) meeting took place at the lovely Brettonwoods resort earlier this month, and these little ladies have a lot to bitch about, it seems.

For those unfamiliar with the term, Feminism it can be defined as “a range of socio-political movements and ideologies that aim to define and establish the political, economic, personal, and social equality of the sexes – all 284 of them to be exact, with 283 being feminine or feminine fluid. Speaking of feminine fluid, they may want to schedule it other than during a full moon because the passive-aggressive back-biting and hissing from these bimbos was enough to make a man cry little girly tears.

Scheduled to start at 8 am, the meetings were not able to convene until a quarter after ten as many of the participants struggled to find fashionably late parking and got hung up chatting and snacking in the foyer.  However, once the call to arms was raised, these brazen hussies set out to craft the next wave of the movement.

The broad’s spectrum of issues were:

  • Reproductive rights
  • Holding doors and handling heavy overhead luggage
  • Sexual assault, sexual harassment or sex work – how to monetize misery
  • This year’s approved hair colors (irate red & hypoxic blue led the way)
  • Existential threats: TERFs, Toddlers, Trads, Trump & Taylor Swift
  • A few others we didn’t pay attention to since a playoff game was on in the sports bar

After breaking into focus groups, the birthing units reconvened to watch a short documentary on the history of the feminist movement’s accomplishments.  Harkening back to days of yore, the film moved through a tableau of women’s clothing, beginning with lengthy hand-crafted dresses made by western women living under the patriarchy for pennies on the dollar to today’s triumphal peek-a-boo tops and skin-tight yoga pants made by less-privileged women and children also for pennies on the dollar.

A genuine sense of pride could be felt in the air as they celebrated overcoming male objectification by announcing this year’s top Only Fans earners.  This was followed by a lecture on “How To Be A Strong Woman,” which, checking our notes, sounded a lot like acting more like men.

The early afternoon talks centered around women’s health issues, which looked at the victory won over the kitchen and the drudgery of home-cooked meals.  The expert speakers asserted neither have any link to the West’s eating disorder and obesity epidemics, which they concluded are likely the result of climate change.  A brief survey of the attendees was taken in regard to current mental health status.  When asked, “What’s wrong with our current mental health crises?” the overwhelming answer from respondents was, “I’m fine.”

Next on the docket was women in politics.  Women’s suffrage was celebrated alongside the question, “How did women leaders let America get $17 trillion in debt?” followed by a how-to lecture on organizing your wardrobe for activism.  Some of the attendees went outside to burn their bras only to be met by dozens of eager men dutifully holding doors open in anticipation, which caused the protestors to reconsider.  Several ladies were able to find an American flag and some complimentary Gideon’s Bibles they were able to burn instead.

The late afternoon sessions included a celebration for women’s equality by having both Aunt Jemima and Mia the Land O’ Lakes squaw ceremonially retired.  A collective sigh of relief was shared as women would not have to worry about seeing these BIPOC, albeit cartoon, women subjected to mere commercial iconography as they sat down to start their day at breakfast. Girl power!

Also receiving the award for Womyn of the Year were Dylan Mulvaney, Caitlyn “Don’t Call Me Bruce” Jenner, and Rachel Lavine.  Both Jenner and Lavine gave speeches thanking the fairer sex for their support of men becoming women in the name of feminism.  Jenner, once the greatest male athlete on the planet, choked back the tears as s/he looked back on a year where she dominated her country club women’s golf league and also looked at a future in politics.  Lavine likewise shared a semi-emotional address to the uteran class as s/he wondered “Who’d have thought an overweight, near-sighted, mentally ill man with bad skin could be a federal health secretary and Womyn of the Year – GOD BLESS AMERICA!” garnering a standing ovation.

The ovation was short-lived as the evening’s two keynote speakers took the stage.  E. Jean Carroll and Claudine Gay shared the lectern, telling their heroic tales of woe in the face of still more patriarchal oppression. Carroll reminded the women it’s never too late to sue a man who may or may not have sexually assaulted you like the scene from Law and Order SVU, while encouraging the wee maidens to re-imagine rape as “sexy” and not to be afraid to take sex tips from your dog.  Gay followed up by reminding women that plagiarism is not a crime but a matter of duplicative style and questionable attribution and that, even if one did it, and she wasn’t saying one did, women are still the victim in a world where a part-time professor makes just shy of nine-hundred thousand dollars.

Also meeting at the historic hotel was a small gathering of Moms for Liberty, who were offering a parenting seminar for new and expectant moms.  As the scent of Johnson & Johnson baby powder wafted into the banquet hall, many of the IFF attendees began to wander over, only to find themselves smitten with the tiny humans being passed around the room.  Though several instances of feminist fit-throwing occurred at the sight of the apparent betrayal, the Mom’s for Liberty chapter grew by nearly three hundred members in under an hour.

At the conclusion of the evening, the guests were to meet for dinner; however, the committee tasked with supplying the menu, despite having almost a year of planning, had yet to decide what they wanted to eat.  In the rush back to the parking lot, many of the women found their EVs would not start in the sub-zero temperatures of Northern New England and had to wait inside drinking hot chocolate as a team of local men weathered the cold until their vehicles were drivable.

As a result of the disappointing failure to name the new wave, the ladies from IFF are merging with the Betty’s from NOW under the banner Women’s True Feminist organization for next year’s WTF conference.

 

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