The Manchester Free Press

Tuesday • September 27 • 2022

Vol.XIV • No.XXXIX

Manchester, N.H.

Syndicate content
Ruminations of a New Hampshire Republican with decidedly libertarian leanings TypePad
Updated: 17 min 27 sec ago

Joe Biden at Peak Performance

Sat, 2021-08-14 12:52 +0000

Categories: Blogs, United States

A United Nations of Mass Illegal Immigration, In Four Parts

Sat, 2021-08-14 12:05 +0000

The U.S. migration crisis in plain view at the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border:

This May’s more than 40,000 non-Central American and non-Mexican illegal immigrants add to a tally of 137,000 for FY 2021 so far.

While the numbers tell much, so do the human smugglers, hoteliers, and business people in the Los Chiles area. They are perhaps as good a barometer of what is happening to the American border as any other measure of trail traffic because they are prospering from it. They also show no inclination toward discretion since international media has bypassed this area and Costa Rica immigration and law enforcement told CIS their interest and resources are limited to occasionally busting significant smugglers.

One not-so-big human smuggler/driver named Luis, who CIS found on a public street trying to sell passage to three Senegalese, said everyone in town had been suffering from the effects of Trump’s deterrence-based border policies, especially the pandemic-related ones where all immigrants were returned to Mexico. This, he said, heavily damaged the local economy. But everyone has been catching up on the money-making “since this president [Joe Biden], and since Trump was not in office,” he said.

“Since Trump left, we started seeing this large horde of people,” Luis explained. “They tell me they’re giving out papers to everyone ... Venezuelans, Cubans — everyone! They say they’re going to the U.S. to work. The border was too tight before.”

“Once there was a time when they collapsed the whole town. There was not one single room here available,” Luis continued. “They were sleeping even at the bus stops, and they even had to take them to the churches.”

It was a great problem for the town to have, hundreds of U.S.-bound immigrants a day: Haitians, Cubans, South Americans, Africans of all stripes, Russians, Uzbeks, Bangladeshis, and Arabs from Iraq and Syria. Everyone’s finally becoming financially whole again, Luis said. He thinks at least 10,000 have come through town since the American election and he’s quite the optimist.

“We’re at something of an ebb right now, but we’re expecting another wave,” Luis said.

Read the rest of Part One.

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Categories: Blogs, United States

Proof at American Greatness: Russian Collusion Was a Hillary-Inspired Hoax

Sat, 2021-08-14 10:48 +0000

Categories: Blogs, United States

Socialist Venezuela to Slash 6 Zeros from Its Failed Currency

Fri, 2021-08-13 17:14 +0000

The following article was provided by Mike Gleason, a Director with Money Metals Exchange.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

After getting off to a rough start to open the week, precious metals markets appear to be stabilizing.

Gold and silver prices got walloped in a futures selling raid ahead of Monday’s market open. Some leveraged speculators who faced margin calls had to sell long positions to raise cash.

This sort of forced selling is indicative of a possible washout bottom. But we will need to see a stronger snapback in the days ahead in order to confirm that.

As of this Friday recording the metals are getting a bit of a bump here on the last trading day of the week with gold now up at slight 0.5% for the week to trade at $1,778 an ounce.

Silver got hammered down to an 8-month low earlier this week. The white metal is currently on track for a 2.4% weekly loss with spot prices coming in at $23.82 an ounce.

Meanwhile, the platinum group metals are showing positive divergences. Platinum is up an impressive 4.3% for the week to trade at $1,037. And palladium is ahead this week by 0.6% to check in at $2,680 per ounce.

Metals markets have responded poorly this summer to inflation data that continues to come in hot. Hard assets are taking a back seat to the stock market where rising prices have actually helped large companies post better than expected quarterly profits.

How sustainable that profit growth will be is highly questionable. In the later stages of rising inflation, upward pressure on wages combined with downward pressure on discretionary consumer purchasing power can eat into corporate earnings.

That’s when hard assets outperform just about all other investments. Low-yielding bonds obviously have no chance while inflation is running high. But most sectors of the stock market are vulnerable to real declines as well.

Past hyperinflations in history such as in Weimer Germany and more recently Zimbabwe show that wealth is destroyed, not increased, by rapidly rising prices. No economist would suggest that hyperinflation is a path to prosperity. Yet many economists, including those who work at the Federal Reserve, would have us believe that a measured level of inflation somehow makes us more prosperous than if we had no inflation.

The case for precious metals ownership doesn’t rest on a hyperinflation scenario. It doesn’t necessarily even assume rising inflation.

If inflation just fails to go down as much as financial markets are pricing in, then gold and silver can be expected to offer superior upside compared to bonds and cash. The only way low-yielding paper assets can offer positive real returns over time is if inflation rates plunge and stay down.

Apparently that’s what a lot of investors think will happen. They are convinced that the Federal Reserve has inflation under control and will act to tighten monetary policy whenever necessary. Yet the Fed is doing the exact opposite right now – under inflation conditions that would have caused previous central bankers to immediately hike interest rates.

Even if recent inflation readings prove to be transitory, the Fed admits the price increases won’t reverse or stop. They’ll just continue at a hopefully less robust pace.

But over the years and decades, even a relatively mild level of constant inflation compounds to create the same sorts of price-distorting and wealth-destroying effects of hyperinflation…in slow motion.

The latest country to be plunged into hyperinflation is Venezuela. Its socialist government recently announced it would significantly alter the value of the currency, the bolivar, to avoid having to continue issuing it in increasingly absurd denominations.

News Report: As of October 1st, this 100 Bolivar note will be the highest denomination, equivalent to today's 100 million Bolivar note. That means six zeros will be removed from a currency that has been so devalued by hyperinflation that it's become practically worthless. Inflation in the first four months of this year was nearly 300%, and last year it was 3,000%. That's why the country's de facto currency has become the U.S. dollar, but millions of Venezuelans don't have access to it. By slashing six zeros off its currency, the government hopes to reinstate the widespread use of its own coin.

The 1 million bolivar note is currently worth about 25 U.S. cents.

But quarters have also lost a tremendous amount of value over time. Today a quarter is worth less than three cents in 1964 purchasing power terms. In other words, U.S. coinage has lost close to 90% of its value since the final year silver quarters were minted for circulation.

The good news for those who have held onto pre-1965 silver quarters is that they are now worth far more than their face value. Based solely on their intrinsic metal content of 90% silver, pre-1965 silver quarters are worth about $4.25. And that’s with the silver market being extremely depressed at the moment.

When silver prices recover, 90% silver coin values will rise just as surely as any form of silver bullion. Most silver stackers have a healthy supply of these so-called “junk” coins on hand. They are convenient for potential barter transactions. And since they are no longer minted, they could command scarcity premiums in the future.

    

Mike Gleason is a Director with Money Metals Exchange, a precious metals dealer recently named "Best in the USA" by an independent global ratings group. Gleason is a hard money advocate and a strong proponent of personal liberty, limited government and the Austrian School of Economics. A graduate of the University of Florida, Gleason has extensive experience in management, sales and logistics as well as precious metals investing. He also puts his longtime broadcasting background to good use, hosting a weekly precious metals podcast since 2011, a program listened to by tens of thousands each week.

Categories: Blogs, United States

Democrats: The Oldest and Most Enduring Racist Political Party in History

Fri, 2021-08-13 16:38 +0000

From American Thinker, A Racial Reckoning for the Democrats:

The Democrat Party was founded in 1828. Its first national party platform, ratified during the 1840 Presidential election, stated: “ that all efforts by abolitionists or others, made to induce congress to interfere with questions of slavery… are calculated to lead to the most alarming and dangerous consequences, and that all such efforts have an inevitable tendency to diminish the happiness of the people… and ought not to be countenanced by any friend to our political institutions.”

The message was clear:  the Democrat Party did not consider Black Americans to be “people”  deserving of “happiness.”

That same language was in every national Democrat party platform for the next 16 years.

[...]

Throughout most of the 20th century, Democrats condoned  or excused policies of apartheid and disenfranchisement of Black Americans.  Senate Democrats successfully filibustered a Republican led anti-lynching bill in 1934, and a Republican-led effort to ban the poll tax in 1940.  At the time, the poll tax was so effective  in the American South that  only 3% of Black Americans were registered to vote there. Elected Democrats fought tooth and nail against anti-racist legislation, filibustering the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and engaging in so-called “massive resistance” against school integration into the early 1970s. A century and half of racist policies vigorously supported  by Democrat party leaders -- no other political party in history comes close. 

Read the rest here.

Categories: Blogs, United States

We No Longer Have a Fourth Estate in America

Fri, 2021-08-13 14:52 +0000

Yesterday the Daily Mail reported on recently unearthed videos that feature Hunter Biden complaining to a hooker how Russians stole his laptop to blackmail him.

Hunter Biden claimed Russians stole another one of his laptops for blackmail while he was close to overdosing in a Las Vegas hotel room, DailyMail.com can reveal. 

The alleged incident would mean Hunter lost a total of three computers - the first abandoned at a Delaware computer store and the second seized by federal agents -  each likely to hold sensitive information on President Joe Biden and the embarrassing pictures, videos and communications of his son.

The third laptop still appears to be missing – and was taken by Russian drug dealers after they partied with Hunter in Vegas, he told a prostitute in a conversation caught on camera.

The story was picked up by Zero Hedge, various conservative blogs, and foreign outlets like OpIndia, but no US Media outlets have shown any interest in it.  How strange for an industry that constantly presents itself with awards for "speaking truth to power."

From the Gateway Pundit:

Earlier this week video was released of President Biden’s son Hunter Biden naked with a hooker complaining about Russians stealing his laptop for blackmail purposes.

Hunter Biden filmed the whole thing and kept the video on his laptop that he later abandoned at a computer repair shop in Delaware.

This is a national scandal like NOTHING this country has ever seen before.
Certainly, dirtbag Chris Wray and the FBI are on top of this?

And yet NOT ONE mainstream liberal outlet even ran the story!
NOT ONE!

Can you imagine the headlines and movies and books and harassing reporters if a Trump son or daughter ever did anything CLOSE to this?
This is really a defining moment in US history.

We no longer have anything that even resembles the fourth estate in America anymore.

Our major media don't even bother to pretend anymore.  The extent and the reach of the swamp are positively astonishing.  

Categories: Blogs, United States

Is Our Nashua Police Commission Insufficiently Diverse?

Fri, 2021-08-13 13:28 +0000

A petition is in circulation in Nashua that proposes a referendum question for the November ballot that would expand the Nashua Police Commission and allow local officials to choose its members.  Currently, the commission's three members are nominated by the governor and approved by the Executive Council.  Apparently, a lack of diversity on the Commission is the driving force for the proposed changes.

Two former police chiefs and other retired officers, Nashua business leaders, including operators of three automotive dealerships, realtors, and former Nashua Mayor Bernie Streeter are among many who oppose the change and have sent a letter calling on the Nashua Board of Aldermen to withdraw the petition. 

One issue raised by the letter signers was past issues with investigations and illegal activities at city hall that resulted in the conviction and imprisonment of prior aldermen — something that might not have occurred with aldermen who had control of the police commission members and the decisions they make when it comes to hiring and firing. Other issues like hiring decisions, response times, the city's police budget, and the impact public safety decisions might have on the tax base, real estate values, and other issues should be considered, they said.

Nashua Police Chief Michael Carignan also opposes the changes, posted a letter to the citizens of Nashua on the Nashua PD website. 

To the Citizens of Nashua,

    Recently, a resolution was presented to reconfigure and restructure the Nashua Police Commission. I oppose this resolution. This resolution is shortsighted and lacks the appropriate public discussion for such a significant change. The professionalism of the Nashua Police Department is a substantial reason why the City of Nashua is regarded as one of the safest cities in the country. Changing the leadership structure for an entity responsible for ensuring your safety should not be done hastily or haphazardly. Please do not sign the petition for Resolution R-21-143 until you are fully informed of the implications for this change.

The majority of the City's Alderwomen and Aldermen are in agreement with me in wanting to have a broader conversation relative to this issue. Recognizing the gravity of this decision, and the unintended consequences that come from rushed legislation, the Board of Aldermen Personnel Committee tabled the current legislation to form a study group on the matter. Yet the Mayor, a few Aldermen, and a citizen group, have ignored this process and are seeking a petition to get this matter on the ballot for November.

When I moved to Nashua in 1998, a banner across Main Street boasted Money Magazine's designation of Nashua as the number one place to live in the United States.  Nashua has routinely made it into the magazine's top 100 places to live.  One of the reasons is public safety.

NASHUA, NH — Nashua is the safest city in America. That is according to WalletHub, a personal finance service which on Monday released its "2017 Safest Cities in America" survey. Nashua was one of five New England cities to make the top 10. The survey was based on crime, road quality and unemployment, among other factors. Manchester was ranked No. 28.

"No one can avoid all danger, however, and we take on a certain level of risk based on where we choose to live," WalletHub wrote. "Some cities are simply better at protecting their residents from harm... People encounter hazards every day, some serious, others rare and innocuous. But we fear certain kinds more than others. According to Gallup, four in 10 Americans 'fear being a victim of a mass shooting,' while 30 percent of U.S. adults are concerned about terrorism. Many also worry about falling victim to hate crimes or sexual assault."

It seems Mayor Donchess and a minority on the Board of Aldermen would ask Nashua citizens to throw all that away in the interests of diversity.  Doing things for the sake of diversity is all the rage these days, but will this improve public safety?  Is there an urgent problem that needs attention?  Chief Carignan argues persuasively that there is not.

The manner in which the Nashua Police Commissioners are selected provides a sense of leadership stability. This consistency has led to the Nashua Police Department receiving the highest reviews from CALEA, the national accrediting body for police agencies. Nashua Police is among 5% of all police agencies to receive, or attempt to receive accreditation. Within that small number of selective agencies, NPD has received the honor of being recognized as the best of the best.

NPD hires and promotes based on merit. This seems intuitive, but it is often not the case for many government departments. NPD's exceptional service comes from individuals who earned the privilege of being hired and promoted. Political influences in these decisions, which happens routinely in many systems similar to that proposed in the Resolution, will degrade the quality of personnel hired or promoted within the Department. This leads to offering a diluted service to the citizens.

I ask this question to the Nashua business community. If your business is highly profitable, responsibly managed, and recognized as an industry leader, would you change your organizational structure on a whim? You would not do that, because it does not make sense. The Mayor has referenced lack of diversity on the Commission as being a driving force for this change, yet he has never contacted the Governor to effect any change or request candidates. The Mayor has also said a change in the Commission structure would provide greater budget control. This is not accurate. The Department's budget is controlled by the Board of Aldermen. In fact, NPD is authorized to have 187 officers, yet in working within the budgetary boundaries established by the Board of Aldermen, the Department will not hire above 179 officers.

Nashua has won numerous awards for livability. Public safety is a key component for such a rating. Will a change to the Police Commission make Nashua a SAFER city? No, it will not. Will it result in hiring and retaining better officers? No, it will not.

I am opposed to this Resolution. The current system has served the City of Nashua exceptionally well for over 120 years. It is a contributing factor for Nashua being one of the best cities to live and work. NPD's commitment to creating a safe and secure community is why many of you have decided to live here. I want to engage in a conversation with citizens to see if and where improvements can be made. However, people should not sign the petition for Resolution R-21-143 until they have had an opportunity to hear both sides of the issue.

Read the rest of Chief Carignan's letter here.

Categories: Blogs, United States

Baby It's Cold Outside

Fri, 2021-08-13 11:00 +0000

Global Warming Climate Change

Categories: Blogs, United States

Scott Rasmussen: The Majority Favor Voter ID

Thu, 2021-08-12 19:29 +0000

Voters prefer a Congressional candidate who believes that all voters should show a photo ID before casting a ballot.

The candidate supporting photo ID requirements is preferred by 70% of White voters, 68% of Hispanic voters, and 56% of Black voters.

Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Republicans prefer the candidate supporting photo IDs. Independents, by a 62% to 10% margin, agree. Among Democrats, 50% prefer the candidate supporting photo ID while 32% take the opposite view.

This could be a significant challenge for Democrats in the 2022 midterm elections. The “For the People Act” effectively banned the use of photo ID requirements for elections. Virtually all Democrats in Congress have voted for that legislation.

Advocates of the  “For the People Act,” argue that the bill would not technically ban photo ID requirements. In their view, the legislation simply provides a workaround for people who don’t have photo IDs. Anybody would be allowed to vote by providing a sworn, written statement to an election official stating that they are eligible to vote. However, only 19% of voters consider that an acceptable substitute. Seventy-three percent (73%) are opposed.

Read the rest here.

Categories: Blogs, United States

Still Doesn't Get It

Thu, 2021-08-12 13:51 +0000

Scott Brown has decided on a return to the political arena.  Good luck with that.

Former Sen. Scott Brown announced on Wednesday he is resigning as head of New England Law Boston and plans to "re-engage in the political arena."

Why it matters: There are a few potentially attractive opportunities for the former Massachusetts Republican — who has strong name recognition and is an ally of former President Trump — in his new home state of New Hampshire.

  • Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has long been courted by the GOP to run for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Maggie Hassan. If Sununu ultimately chooses to do so, Brown would have an opening to possibly replace him as governor.
  • Brown could potentially try to get in the race against Hassan in 2022, although some GOP strategists told Axios his closeness to Trump could hurt his chances.
  • More of a long-shot: running for president in 2024 boosted by his residency in the first primary state, connection to Trump and recent experience in foreign affairs.

The backdrop: Brown served as Trump's U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa from 2017 until December 2020.

All that Brown has going for him is his decision to hitch his wagon to the Trump campaign back in 2016, an opportunistic move at best.  Unfortunately, Brown is not Trump. 

Brown's rise to the national spotlight came as ObamaCare made its way through Congress in early 2010. At that moment, Massachusetts voters faced a rare opportunity in the special election to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy, who had died of cancer.  By rejecting Democrat and heir apparent Martha Coakley, who would have been the decisive 60th Senate vote in favor, Massachusetts voters might defeat ObamaCare.  Brown promised to vote against ObamaCare, and in a shocking upset, defeated Coakley.

But Brown hadn't come to his anti-ObamaCare strategy right away, initially billing himself as someone who could help break the gridlock in Washington.  I suspect that even now Brown doesn't realize that the voters who put him in office for his brief Senate career were voting for gridlock.  In any case, Brown never got his chance to vote against ObamaCare (or break his promise and vote in favor of it — a real possibility).  Employing something called "deem and pass," the House voted to accept the Senate's version of the ObamaCare bill as its own, thus eliminating the need for a Senate vote on the reconciliation of two competing versions.

Shortly afterward, Brown went back to talking about breaking gridlock and reaching across the aisle.  He hasn't won an election since.  And what does he say now?

Brown added he is looking forward “to re-engaging in the political arena in support of candidates and causes who share my vision of re-building the Republican Party and moving our country beyond the partisan gridlock — goals that were incompatible with my role as the leader of a non-partisan academic institution.”

Great.  With the 2020 election having been stolen, our voices censored by a big tech/government coalition, and our constitutional rights under attack as never before, Brown wants to reach across the aisle.  Nice to know that Brown would like to make the death of America a bipartisan effort.

Categories: Blogs, United States

Seth Keshel at the Cyber Symposium

Thu, 2021-08-12 12:48 +0000

Categories: Blogs, United States

IPCC Sea Level Projections

Thu, 2021-08-12 12:41 +0000

Categories: Blogs, United States

2010 Census Used to Inflate the 2020 Vote

Wed, 2021-08-11 19:48 +0000

Dr. Douglas G Frank

Categories: Blogs, United States

Senator Rand Paul on YouTube Censorship

Wed, 2021-08-11 17:18 +0000

Categories: Blogs, United States

In This Day and Age?

Wed, 2021-08-11 17:05 +0000
Categories: Blogs, United States

Who Stole the Election?

Wed, 2021-08-11 16:15 +0000

Categories: Blogs, United States

How Many Others?

Wed, 2021-08-11 15:41 +0000

How Many Other Andrew Cuomos Are Elites Covering For?  It's always Democrats or big dollar Democrat donors who get the cover, and it's been going on for quite a long time.

Covering for elite misconduct is a perpetual problem in the media; it didn’t start with Cuomo. As Federalist Political Editor John Daniel Davidson wrote on Tuesday, the media did the same with Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein, and Theodore McCarrick. Don’t forget Bill Clinton or Roman Polanski, either.

“Everyone knew. No one cared. No one said anything until forced to. Then the feigned shock and outrage, the concern about the treatment of women, the hand-wringing and Me Too-ing, the performances on social media,” Davidson wrote. “As long as sexual harassment, assault, abuse, even the sex trafficking of underage girls stays quiet, then [the media] stay quiet, too.”

The media provided the same cover in the ’80s and ’90s for Ted Kennedy. Allegedly drunkenly rubbing his genitals against an unwitting waitress in the private room of a restaurant in the infamous “waitress sandwich” episode wasn’t enough to get the media’s attention. Nor was plummeting his car off a bridge and leaving a woman for dead in the passenger seat as it sank to the bottom of a pond.

The media framed the “accident” as something Kennedy’s political opponents would use against him in campaigns — your stereotypical “Republicans pounce” spin. “His big heart, sharp mind, and boundless energy were gifts he gave to make our democracy a more perfect union,” Bill Clinton would later say, with Barack Obama adding that Kennedy was “the greatest United States senator of our time.”

Read the rest here.

Categories: Blogs, United States

UN Routinely Warns Us

Wed, 2021-08-11 13:19 +0000

Thread:

Categories: Blogs, United States

Lost?

Wed, 2021-08-11 05:20 +0000

Categories: Blogs, United States

The Manchester Free Press aims to bring together in one place everything that you need to know about what’s happening in the Free State of New Hampshire.

As of August 2021, we are currently in the process of removing dead links and feeds, and updating the site with newer ones.

Articles

Media

Blogs

Our friends & allies

New Hampshire

United States