E. Scott Cracraft - The 'martial law' myth

This past month has seen a lot of tragedy: the terror attacks in Paris, the terror attack on Planned Parenthood in Colorado, and now, the horrible, senseless tragedy at a center for the developmentally disabled in California. But, the victims of the terror attacks in California were barely dead before right-wing conspiracy theorists reprehensibly used the tragedy to attack President Obama using social media.
According to these, the horrific shootings in California were ordered by Obama so he could impose martial law and seize everyone's guns. It would actually be funny if it not so sad. Of course, this was not the first time the president has been accused of trying to impose martial law or seize people's guns.
Obama has been in office for seven years. From his earliest days in office, the rumor floated and was believed — that he would confiscate firearms. Seven years later, he still has not done it. One would think that if there were such a plot it would have been carried out by now. Of course, it was all a lie but it certainly served the gun business well by drastically increasing sales! P.T. Barnum was right: there are suckers born every minute.
This latest accusation comes on top of numerous malicious accusations toward the president since he first ran: favorites include: that he is not a native-born citizen, that he is a radical Muslim, or that "death panels" for grandpa are in Obamacare. Then, there is the lie that Obama is building concentration camps for those who criticize him. Or, that Obama is going to suspend the Constitution and cancel elections next year! What? We have been in times of crisis greater than what we have presently and no president has cancelled elections!
Of course, there is a tiny bit of truth in every piece of propaganda. During WII, FDR did intern Japanese-Americans and even imposed martial law in Hawaii, but for the most part, the Constitution stayed in effect in the U.S.A. for civilians
This "Big Lie" propaganda would have made Dr. Josef Goebbels, Hitler's minister for information, very proud! In spite of all evidence to the contrary, some choose to believe these lies.
Many misunderstand what "martial law" means. They also misunderstand our Constitution and its history. There is a difference between martial law and a "state of emergency." Martial law means that civilians are tried and punished under military jurisdiction and that is very rare in our history. When it has happened, the courts have often ruled it unconstitutional.
During a state of emergency, such as a hurricane, a flood, an earthquake or civil unrest, the National Guard and even active-duty military may aid local law enforcement as well as emergency and rescue services. The military, however, cannot take over law enforcement and judicial functions when the civilian system is still working. On U.S. soil, it is rare that civilians can be tried under military law. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, for instance, arrested looters were tried under state law. Even in the wake of 9-11, Bush did not impose "martial law."
Of course, martial law is real. It was imposed on the conquered Southern states after the American civil war but only until they rejoined the Union. It was also imposed on Germany and Japan during the U.S. occupation of those countries but only until they got their civilian governments back.
In the U.S.A., it has been become less common to even try service members by court martial for "civilian crimes" such as murder or robbery unless those crimes occur on base or have a "military connection." The days are past when first sergeants went to county jails in the middle of the night to spring drunken soldiers with the promise that "the Army will take care of it." More and more often, soldiers who commit non-service connect crimes are tried in the local civilian courts. This even occurs more overseas unless the offense was committed in a combat zone.
On U.S. soil, to legally declare martial law would require a MAJOR emergency such as a nuclear war or perhaps a massive invasion of the U.S.A. Civilian law enforcement and the judiciary would have to be so broken that there was no other alternative available.

(Scott is a citizen, a taxpayer, a veteran, and a resident of Gilford.)

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Pat Buchanan - Why liberal media hate Donald Trump

In the feudal era there were the "three estates" — the clergy, the nobility and the commons. The first and second were eradicated in Robespierre's Revolution. But in the 18th and 19th century, Edmund Burke and Thomas Carlyle identified what the latter called a "stupendous Fourth Estate."

Wrote William Thackeray: "Of the Corporation of the Goosequill — of the press ... of the fourth estate. ... There she is — the great engine — she never sleeps. She has her ambassadors in every quarter of the world — her courtiers upon every road. Her officers march along with armies, and her envoys walk into statesmen's cabinets."

The fourth estate, the press, the disciples of Voltaire, had replaced the clergy it had dethroned as the new arbiters of morality and rectitude.

Today the press decides what words are permissible and what thoughts are acceptable. The press conducts the inquisitions where heretics are blacklisted and excommunicated from the company of decent men, while others are forgiven if they recant their heresies.

With the rise of network television and its vast audience, the fourth estate reached apogee in the 1960s and 1970s, playing lead roles in elevating JFK and breaking Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.

Yet before he went down, Nixon inflicted deep and enduring wounds upon the fourth estate. When the national press and its auxiliaries sought to break his Vietnam War policy in 1969, Nixon called on the "great silent majority" to stand by him and dispatched Vice President Spiro Agnew to launch a counter-strike on network prejudice and power.

A huge majority rallied to Nixon and Agnew, exposing how far out of touch with America our Lords Spiritual and Lords Temporal had become.

Nixon, the man most hated by the elites in the postwar era, save Joe McCarthy, who also detested and battled the press, then ran up a 49-state landslide against the candidate of the media and counter-culture, George McGovern. Media bitterness knew no bounds. And with Watergate, the press extracted its pound of flesh. By August 1974, it had reached a new apex of national prestige.

In "The Making of the President 1972," Teddy White described the power the "adversary press" had acquired over America's public life. "The power of the press in America is a primordial one. It sets the agenda of public discussion, and this sweeping political power is unrestrained by any law. It determines what people will talk and think about — an authority that in other nations is reserved for tyrants, priests, parties and mandarins."

Nixon and Agnew were attacked for not understanding the First Amendment freedom of the press. But all they were doing was using their First Amendment freedom of speech to raise doubts about the objectivity, reliability and truthfulness of the adversary press.
Since those days, conservatives have attacked the mainstream media attacking them. And four decades of this endless warfare has stripped the press of its pious pretense to neutrality. Millions now regard the media as ideologues who are masquerading as journalists and use press privileges and power to pursue agendas not dissimilar to those of the candidates and parties they oppose.

Even before Nixon and Agnew, conservatives believed this. At the Goldwater convention at the Cow Palace in 1964 when ex-President Eisenhower mentioned "sensation-seeking columnists and commentators," to his amazement, the hall exploded.

Enter The Donald.

His popularity is traceable to the fact that he rejects the moral authority of the media, breaks their commandments, and mocks their condemnations. His contempt for the norms of Political Correctness is daily on display.

And that large slice of America that detests a media whose public approval now rivals that of Congress, relishes this defiance. The last thing these folks want Trump to do is to apologize to the press.

And the media have played right into Trump's hand. They constantly denounce him as grossly insensitive for what he has said about women, Mexicans, Muslims, McCain and a reporter with a disability. Such crimes against decency, says the press, disqualify Trump as a candidate for president.

Yet, when they demand he apologize, Trump doubles down. And when they demand that Republicans repudiate him, the GOP base replies: "Who are you to tell us whom we may nominate? You are not friends. You are not going to vote for us. And the names you call Trump — bigot, racist, xenophobe, sexist — are the names you call us, nothing but cuss words that a corrupt establishment uses on those it most detests."

What the Trump campaign reveals is that, to populists and Republicans, the political establishment and its media arm are looked upon the way the commons and peasantry of 1789 looked upon the ancien regime and the king's courtiers at Versailles.

Yet, now that the fourth estate is as discredited as the clergy in 1789, the larger problem is that there is no arbiter of truth, morality and decency left whom we all respect. Like 4th-century Romans, we barely agree on what those terms mean anymore.

(Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan has been a senior advisor to three presidents, twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. He won the New Hampshire Republican Primary in 1996.)

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Real estate - The Redneck Handyman's Christmas Gift List

By Roy Sanborn

OK, so I missed getting this out last week for Black Friday. I apologize. So, if you have already bought your redneck boyfriend or husband something like a new wallet or scarf for Christmas you can always take it back and pick up one of these suggestions. You see, guys like awesome tools or gadgets they can use around the house to make improvements and repairs. So, here goes...

First up, I'd recommend a good wrecking and utility bar because before you can fix something you need to take it apart and sometimes a simple crowbar, just doesn't look as cool. Sometimes a redneck needs motivation to do work and being able to use a tool that looks like something you would kill zombies with gets him up and out of the chair. The FatMax Extreem 30" III-FuBar will get him going. It looks more like a Mad Max tool than a FatMax one. This tool weighs 9 pounds and is 30 inches long and is used for prying, splitting, board bending and striking. It is a nail puller, pry bar, hammer, and hydrant wrench all in one. Don't know why you need to open a fire hydrant, but you can with this! It has a textured grip so it doesn't slip out of your hands when you use it to hit an intruder. Available at Home Depot for under $30. It would probably look cool hanging on your pick rear window gun rack.

For a neat tool that is a lot smaller and bit more hi-tech, check out the EDC Card by CHA/O/HA online. That's an Every Day Cary Multi Tool that fits in the wallet I told you to take back, so on second thought give him the wallet, too. This is a weapons-grade S35VN stainless blade steel tool the size of a credit card that is just 2.84 mm thick. It has over 30 functions, including 23 hex wrenches (metric and imperial), flat head and Phillips screwdrivers, pry bar, ruler, and 1/4-inch hex driver designed to hold any 1/4-inch screw bit shank. It has the requisite redneck bottle opener as well. Priced at $60 at Cha-o-ha.com.

It seems like many times you are working on things and you just don't have enough hands. Sometimes that's because you have a beverage in one hand while you are working. In those cases a Ryobi Hands Free Lazer level Model # ELL1002 will help. This level will stick to virtually any flat, smooth surface utilizing its AIR Grip technology so you can use it with no hands. They are available for twenty bucks at the big box stores. Another time proven tool to free up your hands is a Black and Decker Workmate. These portable work benches are available in different models and capacities but they all have a clamping mechanism to hold whatever you are working on. They are available from light duty ones for $30 or so up to over $300 for the rugged he-man types and are available just about everywhere massive quantities of tools are sold.

If your guy likes remote control stuff, get him a Looj Gutter Cleaning Robot. It is made by the same folks that make the Roomba robot floor vacuum. This remote control device must have been designed by the same folks that designed vehicles for Mad Max movies. It is a low-slung tracked machine with a radical looking four-stage auger on front that breaks apart, lifts and throws out the clogs in your gutter while a set of sweepers and a scraper clean up the leftover debris. The device goes forward and backward and eliminates the need of repeatedly moving and climbing up and down a ladder to get the job done. You could buy two of them and have robot wars on the living room carpet. But remember, they don't turn so they can only go back and forth. It is probably safer that way. I found them on Amazon for $239.99. A little expensive, but they're worth it, right?

Finally, the ultimate redneck handyman gift is the XM-42 Personal Flamethrower by The Ion Production Team. Why would any homeowner need a flamethrower? Well, I guess if you might have large piles of brush to burn, and for safety purposes you want to be 20 feet away when you light it? Or, you may have weeds growing up between pavement cracks. They also say you can use it to melt ice and snow. Not recommended for roofs though ... or indoor use. Duh. Anyway, this is the real deal, a well made, and potential dangerous tool(?) that I am sure will make your guy smile ... at least until his first trip to the hospital. It is available online at http://store.xm42.com for just under $1,000. Remember, in New Hampshire, there's a little bit of redneck in all of us...

There were 948 residential homes for sale as of Dec. 1, in the 12 communities covered by this real estate market report. The median price point for all homes on the market stood at $259,900. This inventory level represents about a 10.4-month supply of homes currently on the market

P​ease feel free to visit www.lakesregionhome.com to learn more about the Lakes Region real estate market and comment on this article and others. Data compiled using the NNEREN MLS system as of 12/11/15. ​Roy Sanborn is a sales associate at Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty and can be reached at 677-7012.

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Lakes Region Profiles – Gilford, an ideal community

By Mary O'Neill

Sales Associate at Roche Realty Group


Have you ever stopped to consider how unique a town like Gilford is? There are a lot of reasons why so many people stop by our realty offices wanting to see homes in Gilford. The truth is that if all the urban planners got together, they could not plan a community such as Gilford. They simply could not manipulate the location, manufacture the natural beauty, duplicate the character, and create the lifestyle.

Aspen, Colorado was recently named Ski Magazine's "2015 Top Ski Town." There is no question that few ski areas can compete with Aspen. But reality sets in when you learn that the medium single-family home price is $4,600,000 and that, the magazine notes, "waiters, plumbers, ski instructors, doctors and realtors benefit from...a government subsidized housing program, which covers some 2,800 units." This is not most people's idea of the American Dream.


Many factors converge to make Gilford an ideal place for a family to live, and these factors draw people to this community. The average price for a single-family home in Gilford is about $234,000. There are no Rocky Mountain ski areas, but ten minutes up the road from Gilford's quaint main street is a phenomenal family ski area, Gunstock Mountain Resort. Along with alpine skiing, there is snowboarding, Nordic skiing, night skiing, tubing, hiking, camping, and a host of winter and summer programs. Gilford is also strategically located for summer activities. From the center of the village, the town beach is only five minutes down the road. This amazing spot encompasses 13 acres with 1,800 feet of breathtaking shore front on Lake Winnipesaukee. Ellacoya State Park, with 600 feet of Winnipesaukee beachfront, is less than ten minutes from the village.


Why do these factors make Gilford ideal? Well if a family is sitting in their $4,600,000 home in Aspen, there is a good chance they are still more than ten minutes from the ski lift lines. And when summer comes along, will the Aspen family have a beautiful sandy beach only five minutes away? Will their boat be sitting at a marina ten minutes away? Could they drive to an organic farm in three minutes? To an airport in seven? Ocean beaches are 1 hour and 10 minutes from Gilford. A drive to the Pacific Ocean from Aspen is at least a 20-hour haul for a family.


This same scenario is true for most places. They may have one or two attractions nearby, but Gilford has it all. And what Gilford does not have within its town limits can be found a reasonable distance away. The entertainment and culture of Boston, for instance, is only a 1-hour and 50-minute drive from the village center. The Mount Washington area is one and a half hours north and the Canadian border is only another hour or so beyond.


Here are a just few of the many activities and advantages Gilford has to offer:
- Gilford's historic district includes the circa 1838 Benjamin Rowe House, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. It serves as one of Gilford Village's museum buildings. The rooms are furnished with items donated by Arthur A. Tilton and his family, which are typical of an 1800s and early 1900s farmhouse.
- The newer Gilford Town Library serves as a cultural and educational resource, providing high quality books and a wealth of programs and activities for every age. Next door is the Gilford Youth Center with educational, athletic, and events for youth and adults. The beautiful Community Church is also tucked away in this corner of Gilford. In addition to nourishing the soul, it provides many other activities. Today, Dec. 5, it is hosting its annual Christmas Fair from 9 to 1.
- The excellent Gilford school system includes the high school, located in the historic center of Gilford Village on about twenty acres, and the well-respected middle and elementary schools.
- Gilford Village Field has four lighted tennis courts, a soccer field, a lighted basketball court, two baseball diamonds, a picnic area, and a bandstand on 28 acres.
- Lincoln Park offers a scenic waterfront and picnic area on Lake Winnipesaukee.
- The Arthur A. Tilton Ice Rink has an outdoor, covered skating rink with lights.
- During the summer, the Bank of NH Meadowbrook Pavilion comes alive with the sound of top-notch music. This award-winning, 8,000-seat amphitheater hosts some of music's biggest names.
- Gilford has some interesting dining choices. Kitchen Cravings serves original dishes made from scratch using only cage free eggs, real butter, and the purest products available. It was awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence from 2013 to 2015. Ellacoya Bar & Grille has an eclectic menu coupled with wine and local beers in a circa 1843 restored barn. Patrick's Pub & Eatery serves quality food in a comfortable setting, making it a favorite of diners from miles around. The nostalgic feeling at Sawyer's Dairy Bar has made it a "family tradition since 1945." Their homemade ice cream has been made in-house for 70 years.
- Ramblin' Vewe Farm maintains a flock of registered purebred sheep and produces high quality meat, wool, and breeding stock replacements for the local and New England market. They have set aside 245 acres for forestry and recreation with a trail network for walkers and bikers.
- Gilford has fairs and events throughout the year. To brighten this Christmas season, there is the annual Gilford Village Country Candlelight Stroll on Saturday, December 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. People can walk through the village lit by hundreds of candles and take an old-fashioned horse and wagon ride to the sound of carolers. A bonfire will roar in Village Field for toasting marshmallows. On December 20, at the high school auditorium, the Gilford Community Band will perform a Christmas concert. Every August, Gilford has its famous Old Home Day.


Probably the most important factor that draws people to Gilford is that a home is attainable for a family at a wide range of prices. For as low as $60,000, you can purchase a condominium at a community such as Misty Harbor. This complex comes with amenities including a 335-foot sugar sand beach. At the higher end of the spectrum are neighborhoods such as Governor's Island. Accessed by a scenic bridge, this island has luxury lakefront homes dotting the expansive shoreline. Current asking prices for waterfront homes range from $2.3 million to $10 million. Simply put, there is something for everyone in Gilford.


Gilford is no Aspen. But at the same time, Aspen is no Gilford. Few places can offer the average family the lifestyle Gilford can provide, a lifestyle usually reserved for the rich and famous. In many ways, Gilford's lifestyle surpasses the Aspens of the world – skiing, skating, hiking, boating, swimming, sports facilities, shopping, dining, music, airport, and a host of other amenities all within a 10-minute radius of reasonably priced homes in the village. Gilford certainly is unique.


Please feel free to visit www.rocherealty.com to learn more about the Lakes Region and its real estate market. Mary O'Neill is a sales associate at Roche Realty Group in Meredith & Laconia, NH and can be reached at (603) 366-6306. www.rocherealty.com



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Lakes Region Profiles — The Lakes Region's Thanksgiving to God



The oldest account of Thanksgiving is recorded in a letter written by Edward Winslow dated December 12, 1621. He wrote:

"Our corn did prove well, and God be praised, we had a good increase of Indian corn...our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors... many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some 90 men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted... and although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want."

The people of the Lakes Region not only know the story of Thanksgiving, they put it into practice. When asked what in particular in the Lakes Region they are thankful to God for, here are some of their answers.

Chevy from Meredith Center: "I'm thankful for the good-hearted residents of the Lakes Region. You see people you know at the supermarket and they take the time to stop and chat. It's uncommon to be surrounded by people who thank us for what we do. It's nice to be appreciated."
Steve B.: "I'm thankful for New Hampshire Fish and Games employees' efforts in controlling the great fishery we have in the Lakes Region and for all the volunteers who maintain our great hiking trail systems throughout the Lakes Region and White Mountains."
Mary Jane F.: "What isn't there in the Lakes Region to be thankful to God for? I wake up and look out over a beautiful lake. I love the wildlife in the area, especially the waterfowl and the bald eagles. Years ago when I was in school, I lived in another state. I remember paying $5 just to swim for the day in a mud hole with leaches and here we are surrounded by the most beautiful, clean lakes."
Rick H.: "I am grateful for the traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation which make the Lakes Region what it is: a great place to be."

Kevin T: "I'm thankful for the lakes. That's why I get up, mow my lawn, and pay my property taxes – so I can live on the lake."
Rachel X.: "I am thankful for the unique, natural experience of the Polar Caves that my son loves! And the [Squam Lakes Natural] science center!"
Linda H.: "I am thankful for the local mental health center that works to improve the lives of people who are less fortunate."
Frank R.: "I'm so thankful that my entire family lives in such a beautiful and peaceful corner of the world with a quality of life that is unsurpassed."

John G.: I'm most thankful for Lake Winnipesaukee. I've made my living off that lake and so has my family. A lot of us wouldn't be here if it wasn't for that lake."
Joe M.: "I'm thankful for the lifestyle in the Lakes Region. I was a suit and tie in Boston for 40 years but I came here and found I could not beat the lifestyle. The traffic in Boston was always horrendous but here if there are five cars in front of me it means someone has hit a moose."
Sue C.: "I'm grateful for the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford. It is such a great music venue. You would have to go to Boston to hear music of that caliber and here the venue is surrounded by all the natural beauty."
Erika from Laconia: "I'm thankful for all the places to hike and walk that are peaceful and relaxing. I love Ahern Park."

Amanda N.: "I'd have to say I am thankful I have the opportunity to live where everyone vacations; we have lakes, rivers, mountains, oceans, cities and even different countries all within a day's travel. You simply can't be bored living here. There is something for everyone."
Amy: "I'm thankful for the year-round activities that make you appreciate being from such a small community with so much to offer."
Liz L.: "I'm thankful that the Greater Meredith Program created the Meredith Sculpture Walk. It has received appreciation and praise from residents and visitors and has become an integral part of our community."
Alice and John O.: "Oh my Lord, where to start! We're glad to see the Colonial Theater being revived. We have such fond memories of that place. We're thankful for the good city clerk who is right on top of things. We're thankful for Vista Foods in Laconia. It's good to have a grocery store right in town. It's nice to walk down Main Street and go to yard sales. You see all the people you know. And we're thankful for the Laconia Antique Center – it's a great outing."
Nate: "I'm thankful for all the outdoor stuff we can do in the Lakes Region. I like Mount Major. We don't have to go far for so many places to hike. I like to hike late at night to see for instance the Supermoon from the top of one of our mountains."

To these, I would like to add a few of my own. I'm thankful for my friendly neighborhood. When you walk down the road, everyone waves as they drive by. I'm thankful for Lake Opechee and that sometimes it freezes so clear you can see fish swimming under the ice when you are skating. I'm thankful I can drive a short distance to markets filled with fresh produce, some of it from our own local farms, and see people working there who have become my friends. I'm thankful there are moments when I'm outside and there is complete silence. I am thankful that despite what is going on in the world, peace reigns in the Lakes Region, showing that God is still on His throne and everything is as it should be.

Years ago the pilgrims gathered as a community to thank God for their survival. Together with the pilgrims and the people of the Lakes Region, join in giving thanks not only during this week of Thanksgiving but on every day in every moment.

Please feel free to visit www.rocherealty.com to learn more about the Lakes Region and its real estate market. Mary O'Neill is a sales associate at Roche Realty Group in Meredith & Laconia, NH and can be reached at (603) 366-6306. www.rocherealty.com

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