LISTEN NOW… While most people say they’re committed to free speech, an alarming (and growing) number of Americans seem to be souring on the principle. Do they have good reason to abandon the country’s tradition of toleration and free expression? Find out with your hosts on this week’s episode of Told You So!
Tammy Simmons is chairperson of the Manchester Republican Committee, and last evening, she, together with her partner, Dan Garthwaite, threw quite the p-a-r-t-a-y in honor of Victoria Sullivan, candidate for mayor of Manchester.
Approximately 80-100 people gathered on their front lawn on Varney Street to meet and mingle with candidates running for local elections. Even the Governor made an appearance, giving a great speech, and graciously staying for several rounds of pics.
I am running for local school charter commission this Fall, and it was a pleasure to meet Ward 10 and 11 voters. Two real conversations: “I voted for you last time, but it’s great to finally put a face to a name,” and “I *didn’t* vote for you last time, but now that I’ve met you, I definitely will!” I look forward to meeting more constituents in the coming months, and remember, I’ll be back in 2020 for my Senate seat!
LISTEN NOW… The New Hampshire Primary brings candidates and national media from all over the country to our little state every four years. While many see it as a boon to the political (and economic) culture of the state, is it really a net positive? Get the inside scoop on the New Hampshire primaries and some analysis on this cycle’s Democratic slate from your hosts on this week’s Told You So! LISTEN NOW…
LISTEN NOW… Can people control your mind with social media? From Cambridge Analytica and Russian Facebook trolls to platforms de-platforming controversial creators, there’s a deep concern about outside forces manipulating and meddling with our heads on social media. Are these problems the growing pains of the most revolutionary publishing invention since the printing press, or the seeds of something much more troubling in the future of tech? Find out with your hosts on this week’s Told You So! LISTEN NOW…
This week we discuss out-of-state interests pushing for gun control, Governor Sununu’s recent vetoes including three “red flags” laws, and more! Interested in learning more about the destructive policies from Seattle we mention? Catch my podcast, Told You So, about the subject: Seattle is Dying; Is Manchester Next?
Was looking for something on the Tubes and ran across this Dave Ridley interview at Taproom Tuesday in 2008, soon after we moved to NH . My favorite parts are… too many to mention! D’aaaaw, Younger Me Who Is Still Figuring Stuff Out. You go, Queenie!
LISTEN NOW… “Lockdowns” have become a part of everyday life across America – but where did it all start, and what can we do to stop this? From the birth of the concept in prisons to events right here in Manchester, dive into the history and reality of school and neighborhood lockdowns with your hosts on this week’s episode of Told You So!
BONUS CONTENT! I was invited by State Representative Werner Horn to attend a discussion last night at a Republican meet-up in Franklin.
We had a fruitful discussion about “Lockdowns in NH,” delving into the history of these in our state, including details about past lockdown, like the recent Hillsborough County fiasco in which 300,000 Granite Staters were wrongly informed they’d been place under a “lockdown advisory,” and the 2016 West Manchester Lockdown where 30,000 residents of Manchester were place under a “lockdown” for more than 7 hours AFTER the subject had been apprehended. I explained how government-run schools are now routinely placed in lockdown, for example more than 10 have taken place in Manchester and surrounding areas since February 2018.
We discussed the legal basis for lockdowns. My position is there is none since “free people move freely.” One participant mentioned the “imminent danger exception,” and another said according to the Office of Legislative Services, they could not find any RSAs or laws authorizing “lockdowns” for civilian populations. We discussed the use of National Guard in Watertown, MA after the Boston Marathon Bombing, and how this appears to be a clear violation the Posse Comitatus Act.
We chatted about possible solutions for this emerging danger to our civil liberties as free people. Some ideas that were bandied about: making sure people are better informed about their rights; better training for police officers to understand that people can assume the risk of moving around freely, even in possibly volatile situations and that is NEVER OK to order people back into their homes at gunpoint; better communication between police and citizens, including decrypting their scanners so that law abiding citizens can know what is happening when an incident is occurring; and parents need to be made aware of the dangers of school lockdowns, and the traumatizing realistic “training” scenarios their children are being subjected to.
This week, Tammy and Carla discuss Manchester employees’ salaries and pensions, and how these rising costs are unsustainable and will drown us under a tsunami of ever increasing taxes and fees. This Union Leader article was the one Tammy references near the start: “Eviction, arrest at the hands of Manchester police-officer landlord”.
LISTEN NOW… Do you have a complicated relationship with food and exercise? With more Americans succumbing to the “illnesses of wealth” like heart disease and diabetes, something is obviously wrong with the way our food and fitness culture operates. So what’s the answer?
Your hosts discuss their personal history and experience with different fitness and diet regimes, and work through the difference between a diet and a lifestyle. While this week’s episode is a bit of a detour from our regular subject matter, at its core it’s about self ownership and working to make life better. We hope you’ll find something useful! LISTEN NOW…